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  • 10 Magic Phrases That Will Make You a Better Leader

    Great Leadership
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post was recently appeared at SmartBlog on Leadership Want to be a better leader? Then try improving your vocabulary. No, I’m not talking adding the latest management and leadership buzzwords or jargon to your repertoire. If that’s what you’re looking for, try the Wall Street Journal’s Business Buzzwords Generator. You’ll be able to walk around uttering leadership gibberish such as Moving forward, it's time to act with strategic vector and transform our team bandwidth”, and “Looking forward to 2014, ideation will be key to our ability to impact the solutions…
  • Brace for impact

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    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    I would imagine that there are certain situations, perhaps involving the martial arts, where bracing for impact is a good idea. The rest of the time, not so much. If your car is about to hit a tree at thirty miles an hour, or the jet is about to slam into the wall of the Grand Canyon, it's not altogether clear that tensing all your muscles and preparing to be squashed is going to do you much good at all. Worse than this, far worse, is that we brace for impact way more often than impact actually occurs. The boss calls us into her office and we brace for impact. The speech is supposed to happen…
  • Business or Pleasure? Boy or Girl?

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    Jurgen Appelo
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Someone emailed to me, “I’m sorry to see you had to work on Saturday night.” I don’t understand why because the “work” was only a couple of emails that I sent. And I was happy to do that on a Saturday night, just like I was perfectly happy to spend the entire Tuesday morning shopping for a mountain bike. The post Business or Pleasure? Boy or Girl? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • The easy ride

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    We know what you want to accomplish. We know how you'd like everything to turn out. The real question is, "what are you willing to push through the dip for?" What are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to and generally be unreasonable about? Because that's what's going to actually get done.        
  • My Zero-Tolerance to Bureaucracy Policy

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    Jurgen Appelo
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Sometimes, event organizers ask me to fill out a form asking me for my company name, address, bank account number, bank name, tax number, and much more. They tell me they need this information in order to make their payment to me later. But I think this is a bit silly. The post My Zero-Tolerance to Bureaucracy Policy appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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  • Were OkCupid’s and Facebook’s Experiments Unethical?

    Michael Luca
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    It’s been an interesting month for online social science experiments, between Facebook’s research into emotional contagion and now OkCupid’s study of perceived compatibility. The two experiments had very different objectives, but both companies learned the same lesson: People get really upset about studies like this. Problem is, that’s the wrong lesson. According to a multitude of critics, the companies stepped over an ethical line by playing with emotions without asking users’ permission. The Facebook study showed that users who see more negative content are more likely to produce…
  • OkCupid’s Co-Founder Probably Wouldn’t Agree to the Experiments OkCupid Runs on Its Users

    Scott Berinato
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    You may have heard that OkCupid sometimes lied about potential matches’ algorithmic compatibility for the sake of understanding its users. You may have also read its co-founder and president Christian Rudder’s explanation on OkCupid’s blog in which he dismisses concerns about the practice. “That’s how websites work,” he patronizingly tells us. What you probably haven’t read yet is that Rudder himself would be reluctant to be a subject in one of these studies. In his forthcoming book Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking, which I read (a…
  • How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models

    Gordon Hui
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    As the Internet of Things (IoT) spreads, the implications for business model innovation are huge. Filling out well-known frameworks and streamlining established business models won’t be enough. To take advantage of new, cloud-based opportunities, today’s companies will need to fundamentally rethink their orthodoxies about value creation and value capture. Value creation, which involves performing activities that increase the value of a company’s offering and encourage customer willingness to pay, is the heart of any business model. In traditional product companies, creating value meant…
  • The Former CEO of Ogilvy & Mather on Personal Branding

    Joan Solotar
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Shelly Lazarus has been building brands at Ogilvy & Mather for more than 40 years.  When she joined the agency in 1971, she was one of few women in the advertising field.  Twenty-six years later, having steered successful branding efforts for clients such as IBM, Ford, American Express and Unilever, she was named its Chairman and CEO. What does this business trailblazer, Advertising Hall-of-Famer and current Board member of Merck, G.E. and Blackstone recommend to people who want to build their own brand?  I recently sat down with Lazarus and an audience of senior professional women, to…
  • Case Study: Should a Female Director “Tone It Down”?

    Boris Groysberg and Deborah Bell
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Finally, Sarah thought. J.P. Offutt, the CEO, had named a time when they could meet. Sarah was a longtime director of the company that J.P. ran, a Florida-based shopping-center-development group, and she was devoted to both him and his firm. But board meetings had been tense recently, and J.P. had grown distant. In Sarah’s opinion, the problem was obvious: Sid Yerby, the CFO. Despite her repeated requests for comprehensive financial statements, he continued to come to board meetings with a mere two pages of analysis that lacked any explanation. How could she or any of the other directors…
 
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  • 8 Shifts Young Leaders Need to Make

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    It was one of the most embarrassing things I've ever done. I was standing in a hotel lobby waiting on my buddy to get some coffee before we were headed out for a day at a conference we were working. I was standing against the wall with my computer bag on my back. We were running a little late, so on the spur of the moment I decided I'd go get the rental car and bring it to the lobby's front door. As I stepped away from the wall, I had no idea the pandemonium that would ensue. Apparently my bag had gotten caught on the fire alarm in the hotel lobby. In an odd case of events, when I stepped…
  • What it Takes to be an Entrepreneurial Leader

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:33 pm
    If success for entrepreneurial success is to get your enterprise to the point where it is self-sustainable, then most people fail. But they don’t have to. Given the proper skills and insights, most entrepreneurs can become successful or what Derek Lidow calls entrepreneurial leaders. He discusses these ideas in Startup Leadership and is based on his popular course at Princeton University. Enterprises go through four stages of maturity—customer validation (a product or service that someone is willing to pay for), operational validation (deliver and satisfy the customers), financial…
  • Six Critical Areas Where You Need to Be Grounded

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Good leaders are healthy leaders. We can’t separate our leadership from who we are inside. “Your well-being, success, and organization depend, first and foremost on who you are. You need to examine the internal stuff—what goes on in your mind and heart—before doing anything,” writes Bob Rosen in Grounded . Faced with the speed of change today, staying aligned with who we are is very difficult making us feel stressed and defeated. We can deal with the winds of change in one of three ways: ignore the change, deal with it head on with uninformed short-term fixes, or get ahead of it.
  • Relationships Matter

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    “At the center of every success,” writes Brian Church in Relationship Momentum, “you will find a pivotal relationship. Conversely, you can trace the cause of most failures to a relationship vacuum or breakdown.” Relationship Momentum is a book about how to create momentum for moving your ideas (or your career) forward. Church begins by stressing that at the foundation of any success is relationships. It explains why seemingly less skilled or talented people can blow right on by their more gifted peers. Or why an inferior idea might dominate over your “better” idea. The resulting…
  • First Look: Leadership Books for July 2014

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July.   How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead   Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O'Connell   The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh   The Curve Ahead: Discovering the Path to Unlimited Growth by Dave Power   The Leadership Playbook: Creating a Coaching Culture to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail For bulk orders call…
 
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  • How wide is the digital skills gap?

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    As any long-suffering IT support pro will tell you, many people use technology unbelievably badly. Just how badly is a real shock. So how long does it take to recognize that this skills gap is a real problem and to address it in a way that gets you some of your wasted time and money back?
  • Does your behavior encourage happiness?

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Every manager needs to remember that happiness is good for business and that leadership behavior is what sets organizational mood. And nowhere is that more important than with front-line employees, who are possibly your organization’s biggest competitive advantage.
  • Avoiding the perils of an accidental leader

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    Many people get promoted to leadership roles because they are good at what they do but soon find themselves out of their depth. But an accidental leader need not be an accident waiting to happen if they can be equipped with some of the skills of ‘real’ leadership.
  • How do I handle my nit-picking negative boss?

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Bill's boss focuses only on the negative, dishing out a regular diet of nit-picking criticism that is as demoralizing as it is unfair. Coach Chris Welford explains how he can break the pattern by doing something different.
  • Cultivating social capital

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Social capital is the currency of teamwork, lubricating the flow of knowledge around organizations. As people work together over time, you might assume this is something that develops naturally, but that’s not always true. So social capital needs to be nurtured if it is to grow.
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  • What the Success of Bibliotheca Tells Us About the Future of Publishing

    Michael Hyatt
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m not sure if you noticed, but something amazing just happened in the world of publishing. And I think it’s a sign we all could benefit from noticing. When book designer Adam Lewis Greene decided to create a better Bible, he didn’t do it the way most publishers do. He didn’t commission a new translation. He didn’t cram a new volume with more maps, study tools, sidebars, footnotes, or anything like it. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.  
  • The Paradigm Shift That Helped Me Defeat Perfectionism Once and for All

    Michael Hyatt
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    There’s nothing more useless than unfinished projects. But it’s easy to watch them stack up, isn’t it? So what can we do to wrap them up and ship them out? Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/Pyrosky I’ve been thinking a lot about unfinished projects since watching this video by my friend, Jeff Walker. Don Miller has also talked recently about completing things. It’s tougher than it looks, right? I can tell you where my difficulty comes from. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.
  • Episode 3: Three Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this third episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the power of ‟The Drift” and how leaders can avoid it. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Most of my readers and podcast listeners are doing what they are doing because they want to have an impact on the world around them. But often times, they they wakeup to discover that they are far from where they intended to be. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet,…
  • How to Make a Big Change Without Blowing Up Your Business

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Whenever an organization rolls out a major change, clarity and alignment are essential. Without those two things all the best intentions amount to little more than heartburn and headaches. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/GlobalStock As a leader responsible for a large company, I have experienced the difficulty of getting clarity and creating alignment with my team. In one instance, we shuttered more than a dozen division of our publishing operation and restructured the entire business. But I’ve also found myself on the other side of things—outside of the leadership seat and in the role…
  • Perceived Scarcity in a World of Outrageous Abundance

    Michael Hyatt
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    When we see what others have, is our basic reaction to notice what we’re missing or express gratitude for what we have? Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/SKapl I’ve thought a lot about about this question over the years but came back to it recently when I found myself feeling a little jealous over all the vacation posts popping up on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. At some point the serene beaches, beautiful lakes, and mountaintop views started getting to me. I felt like I was missing out. Maybe you’ve felt this way too. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get…
 
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  • 10 Magic Phrases That Will Make You a Better Leader

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post was recently appeared at SmartBlog on Leadership Want to be a better leader? Then try improving your vocabulary. No, I’m not talking adding the latest management and leadership buzzwords or jargon to your repertoire. If that’s what you’re looking for, try the Wall Street Journal’s Business Buzzwords Generator. You’ll be able to walk around uttering leadership gibberish such as Moving forward, it's time to act with strategic vector and transform our team bandwidth”, and “Looking forward to 2014, ideation will be key to our ability to impact the solutions…
  • How to Reorganize in a Way That Won't Create Cynicism, Anxiety, and Complete Chaos

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Reorganizations can be disruptive and fraught with challenges and risks. They should never be taken lightly, and should always have a shelf life of at least a few years. Read my recent post at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how to have a better chance of achieving your reorganization objectives and minimizing disruption, anxiety, and cynicism.
  • Leading Change – Lessons for New Leaders from Satya Nadella

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Guest post from Randy Ottinger:  Today’s Microsoft is not the same company we saw a year ago when Steve Ballmer was at the helm. Since Ballmer’s successor, Satya Nadella, took over the CEO role in February of this year, change at Microsoft has come swiftly. Executives have been reshuffled, organizational priorities have shifted and the culture at the very top of the company has change. Many of these shifts, and the reasons behind them, are unveiled in Nadella’s recent open strategy memo to staff. While not all the changes are easy –see last week’s announcement the company would…
  • What Makes Successful Senior Executives Tick?

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over the last few weeks I’ve been spending time with quite a few successful senior executives and have been asking them a lot of questions about what makes them tick.I’ve noticed they seem to have a lot in common in regards to the way they approach their careers and job.Read my latest article over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out the 20 Characteristics of Successful Senior Executives.
  • How to “Coach an Employee Out of a Job"

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is an alternative way to address an employee performance problem without having to go through a long, drawn out formal disciplinary process, and avoids the stigma of having been fired from a job.It’s called “coaching someone out of a job”.Read my latest article at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.
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  • Books to Watch: August 2014

    Michael
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    TweetWell here we are again—Summer is drawing to a close and we’ve hardly put a dent in that towering stack of summer reads. Don’t fret, though—we still have a few weeks to sneak in a couple more books. Here are some new titles for Summer’s end that’ll help you start your Fall off right, with plenty of great ideas and new perspectives. The Leadership Playbook by Nathan Jamail July 31 / Gotham Books / ISBN-13 9781592408665 Sales and leadership guru Nathan Jamail breaks into the Big Five after finding sensational success with his first two self-published books on…
  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Tweet➻ Ted Coiné is on a mission to perpetuate the idea that ethical leadership practices will lead companies to the promise land. In a piece on Switch & Shift titled “Leadership Ethics: It doesn’t depend”, Coiné writes that Ethics today save you money tomorrow. But that’s not all. Ethics today makes you more money, every day of the year, for generations. Because your workers at all levels care, and so they pitch in with zest to make your company great. They think about improving your firm all week long, and they bring those off-hour innovations to work. They bring you their…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 119

    dylan
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internalized Moore’s Law. Its beat is now our heartbeat; its pace of change is now the heartbeat of civilization.” The Road (to Reinvention) Is Calling by Josh Linkner “Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the…
  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf. “When am I going to use this?” This is the quintessential complaint-cum-question from elementary school students the world over. It is also the introduction to Jordan Ellenberg’s new book dedicated to explaining exactly when and how we can and do use…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world have received an enormous share of the past decade’s business and cultural limelight, and with good reason: they, along with a growing number of Silicon Valley tech innovators, have altered how we as individuals exist within a larger cultural context, how we gather and digest information, and how we interact with one another. Often…
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  • Certificates, Yes and No

    Jurgen Appelo
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    It seems that the debate around certificates will never end. Some people and organizations ask me to provide official certificates for participants of Management 3.0 events. What we offer now is a simple “Certificate of Attendance”. It only says that we confirm that a person participated in the event, and that he or she was physically present in the room. That’s all. We cannot certify knowledge or understanding, because I don’t know of any “tests” to validate that a person understands and is able to apply Management 3.0 principles and practices. The post…
  • Purpose, Not Discipline

    Jurgen Appelo
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    I tried running a few years ago, but I stopped because of shin splints and impossible work schedules. I tried a fitness school, for several months, but I hated all the machines and uninteresting equipment. I tried Pilates exercises, for a few days, but I found the exercises on a mat mind-numbingly boring. I tried swimming, for a week or two, but the pool was always crowded and it was far away from my home. I tried body-weight exercises, for exactly two days, but I found them too hard, which didn’t really motivate me. And I tried yoga, for less than a week, but it was as least as boring…
  • Business or Pleasure? Boy or Girl?

    Jurgen Appelo
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Someone emailed to me, “I’m sorry to see you had to work on Saturday night.” I don’t understand why because the “work” was only a couple of emails that I sent. And I was happy to do that on a Saturday night, just like I was perfectly happy to spend the entire Tuesday morning shopping for a mountain bike. The post Business or Pleasure? Boy or Girl? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • My Zero-Tolerance to Bureaucracy Policy

    Jurgen Appelo
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Sometimes, event organizers ask me to fill out a form asking me for my company name, address, bank account number, bank name, tax number, and much more. They tell me they need this information in order to make their payment to me later. But I think this is a bit silly. The post My Zero-Tolerance to Bureaucracy Policy appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • What About Cleaning Toilets?

    Jurgen Appelo
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    I often promote work-life fusion, quitting jobs that are not fulfilling, and seeking work that is a calling instead of just a career. But, I hear some people think, can this be true for everyone? Is there a great job, somewhere, for every person in the world? What about cleaning toilets? How can this work be fulfilling to anyone? Well, that depends… The post What About Cleaning Toilets? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
 
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  • Connect by Holding Frequent Knowledge Flow Sessions

    Michael Lee Stallard
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
                    #43 Hold Knowledge Flow Sessions Frequently – When new employees arrive they should participate in a Knowledge Flow Session on your organization’s history, mission, values and broad strategy.  Major initiatives and annual plans should be communicated in Knowledge Flow Sessions with the number of participants small enough for conversations to occur. Team Knowledge Flow Sessions should occur frequently to keep the team aligned and accountable (one organization we know calls their weekly operational Knowledge Flow Session the “Sweat…
  • Leaders: Know Your Direct Reports’ Career Experiences and Aspirations

    Michael Lee Stallard
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
                  #42 Know Your Direct Reports’ Career Experiences/Aspirations – Ask your direct reports about their prior work experiences, and what they liked and didn’t like about those experiences. Ask them about their career aspirations and how you can help them make progress toward those aspirations.  Write down what you learn and identify specific actions you can take to help them.  These actions may include job or project assignments, coaching or mentoring, or training. This is the forty-second post in our series entitled “100 Ways to…
  • Why Employee Engagement Matters: An Infographic

    Michael Lee Stallard
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Why does employee engagement matter? Check out this handy infographic for key reasons why every organization should care about this important topic. Feel free to share with your leadership team! The post Why Employee Engagement Matters: An Infographic appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard.
  • E Pluribus Partners is Now on LinkedIn

    Michael Lee Stallard
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I’m happy to announce that my company, E Pluribus Partners, is now on LinkedIn! LinkedIn is another wonderful platform for sharing and discussing ideas about employee engagement and leadership, and we look forward to sharing helpful advice through this practical channel. Follow our company page today and join the conversation! Follow Now   The post E Pluribus Partners is Now on LinkedIn appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard.
  • Connect by Celebrating Team Successes

    Michael Lee Stallard
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
                  #41 Celebrate Team Successes – When your team accomplishes a major goal, celebrate as a group with a party, meal, or outing. Ask people for suggestions about how to celebrate.  If you can afford it, invite them to bring a significant other to join in the celebration. This is the forty-first post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see that they…
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  • Embracing Bad Beats

    brucelynn
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
      “You have to go with your reads. There’s no sense second-guessing yourself afterwards.” – Worst AKo Ever In today’s World Series of Poker Final Table, 9 highly successful players are going to head home having failed to nab the big prize. I’ve selected a few choice words from the oracle of all-in, Aidan Lloyd on persevering through this final hurdle… “Playing poker can be likened to being on a long bus ride. You want to stay on the bus, and go as far as you can. Sometimes, though, you’re forced off the bus, dropped off essentially in the middle of nowhere. How…
  • Traits of a Successful Failure

    brucelynn
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
      “Pivoting” is an example of the “failing properly.” Failure is not the problem. Doing it properly is. A failure that drives a pivot to a new opportunity is one good way. Leadership guru John C. Maxwell offers a prescription and a proscription in his piece “Traits of Successful Failure”… Optimism. Find the benefit in every bad experience. Responsibility. Change your response to failure by accepting responsibility. Resilience. Say goodbye to yesterday. Initiative. Take action and face your fear. And by contrast, the 5 traits of poor failing… Comparison. Either measuring…
  • Embracing Serendipity

    brucelynn
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
      Seth-urday sequel to my Seth birthday post on a concept near and dear to my heart – “The Pivot”. The “Pivot” is not just the most powerful feature of Excel. It is an agility to respond to failure with an adaptation which “pivots” to a new direction. In so doing in business, it exploits one of the most critical concepts in product marketing – “adjacency”. It is the spirit of Scott Adams’ goal-less system focus (“Fail At Almost Everything…”). Or as Seth describes it… “A pivot is when a start-up quickly changes from one product to another or from one…
  • It’s Not For You

    brucelynn
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
      Seth Godin, this post IS for you. It’s been a while since, I’ve had a “Seth-urday”, so I thought I would mark Seth’s birthday with a post on a topic he returns to regularly – embracing the failure of unanimity. The adage says “you can please all of the people some of the time,” but Seth would dispute that. And even if you could, you probably wouldn’t want to. Here are some choice post excerpts on this subject… “For the one person who didn’t get the joke”: “Unanimity is impossible unless you are willing to be invisible. We can be unanimous in our lack of…
  • Death Race of Dreams

    brucelynn
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
       One of the ways and reasons to embrace the death of dreams is to dream new dreams. The Sunday Times Magazine article by Matt Rudd “Why Didn’t I Just Buy a Porsche” (paywalled) examines an increasingly popular mid-life catharsis – extreme racing. “That’s the problem with middle age: you stop getting new boxes to tick. Day in, day out, it’s the same boxes. You can’t just change to a different box, not unless you are one of those cavalier types who enjoys reading leadership books and still wears jeans at your age. For normal people, middle age is a time of growing…
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  • The easy ride

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    We know what you want to accomplish. We know how you'd like everything to turn out. The real question is, "what are you willing to push through the dip for?" What are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to and generally be unreasonable about? Because that's what's going to actually get done.        
  • Doing the hard things

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    One model of organization is to find something that you're good at and that's easy and straightforward and get paid for that. The other model is to seek out things that are insanely difficult and do those instead. Dave Ramsey does a three hour radio show every day. He books theaters and has a traveling road show. He has the discipline to only publish a new book quite rarely, and to stick with it for years and years as it moves through the marketplace. He has scores of employees. And on and on. By doing hard work that others fear, he creates unique value. Rick Toone makes guitars that others…
  • Brace for impact

    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    I would imagine that there are certain situations, perhaps involving the martial arts, where bracing for impact is a good idea. The rest of the time, not so much. If your car is about to hit a tree at thirty miles an hour, or the jet is about to slam into the wall of the Grand Canyon, it's not altogether clear that tensing all your muscles and preparing to be squashed is going to do you much good at all. Worse than this, far worse, is that we brace for impact way more often than impact actually occurs. The boss calls us into her office and we brace for impact. The speech is supposed to happen…
  • If you can't sell it, you can't build it

    Seth Godin
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Architecture students bristle when Joshua Prince-Ramus tells them that they are entering a rhetorical profession. A great architect isn't one who draws good plans. A great architect gets great buildings built. Now, of course, the same thing is true for just about any professional. A doctor has to persuade the patient to live well and take the right actions. A scientist must not only get funded but she also has to persuade her public that her work is well structured and useful. It's not enough that you're right. It matters if it gets built.        
  • Back to the drawing board

    Seth Godin
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Isn't the drawing board the place where all the best work happens? It's not a bad thing to go back there. It's the entire point. (HT to Neil).        
 
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  • The Goal - Reducing Stuff Quotient

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    I recently moved from a large home in Long Island to large home in Guelph - but a home that is half the size.    So now, everything is a mess with too much stuff.  So I am committed to a negative Stuff Quotient.  I commit to get rid of more stuff than I bring into the house every day.  And to add to it, I would like to get rid of one more thing per day - this will add up to 1000 less things in 3 years which might put the house into an equilibrium.Stuff has a great cost - the worst of which is stress - usually caused by time.  Stuff takes time.  Time spent on…
  • 99% of Marketing Spending is Wasted

    24 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    John Wannamaker is credited with saying "50% of the advertising spending is wasted - the problem is I do not know which half".  But he was wrong.  99% or even more of the advertising $ that are spent are wasted but the 1% more than pays for the advertising.The Atlantic printed an article that basically says internet advertising does not work.  See the article here.  They used examples of people searching for a product who already had decided what to buy.  I agree, this is a high % of the people.  What they did not use as examples of people who had non-buying…
  • Simplicity

    11 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    “Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.”Edsger W. Dijkstra  He wrote an all time classic book on programming called "A Discipline of Programming". I have not done much programming for a long time but most of the same principles apply today as applied when Dijkstra wrote his book.  In his book he emphasizes common sense. Programming is one area that complexity kills.  The greater the complexity, the greater the chance of error, the more difficulty to make changes and the less scalable things become.The biggest mistake most companies and programmers make that I see is…
  • Accomplishment Guilt

    5 Jun 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I suffer from accomplishment guilt - or perhaps better said - lack of accomplishment guilt.  I feel bad if I do not get enough done.  Some of this is good - it can drive great things.  It helps my self discipline.  It helps my productivity and efficiency since I know I need to be efficient to accomplish things.Part of it is bad - it can lead to feeling unsettled and stressed.One of my favourite sayings is "people tend to over estimate what they can accomplish in a day and underestimate what they can accomplish in a decade".  I have seen this to be true.One way to be…
  • With Love and Quiches

    2 Jun 2014 | 2:57 am
    I read an awesome and inspirational book by Susan Axelrod - With Love and Quiches - A Long Island Housewife's Surprising Journey from Kitchen to Boardroom.  Susan calls herself and "accidental success".  She simply had some time on her hands and started reading recipe books and gourmet magazine.  And she cooked and baked.  And she shared some of what she made with friends who complimented her.  So she baked some more. She joined a gourmet cooking club.   She started to teach some cooking as a volunteer and then paid.The book starts with her childhood and works…
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    Tom Peters

  • Some StuffTweets18 July 2014

    Tom Peters
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Brief snippets FYI … Topic ONE: Generational management. I’m sick-to-death of the “How do we manage ‘Gen Whatever’” bullshit. My response thereto: As leader, commit yourself fully to helping everyone grow every day. Gen A. Gen B. … Gen X. Gen Y. Gen Z. Nothing new. Damn it. People you work with can smell your […] The post Some StuffTweets18 July 2014 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Detroit

    Shelley Dolley
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Did you see the recent article, “The Post-Post-Apocolyptic Detroit”? Before I met Tom Peters, I lived in Detroit. My husband had an idyllic, cookie-cutter suburban ’60s upbringing there with a family full of auto workers. All his grandparents were immigrants, happy to see their children thrive in post-WWII Detroit. He spent the ’80s in downtown […] The post Detroit appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • “Mastery”Total Real Estate TrainingAnnual Education ConferenceSydney, 15-16 July 2014

    Cathy Mosca
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Tom is addressing a group of the most successful realtors in Australia and New Zealand. He and Rupert Murdoch are the principal keynoters. (Mr. Murdoch is in town to, among other things, celebrate the 50th anniversary—15 July—of the launch of his national newspaper, the Australian.) “The pattern is one I’m familiar with,” Tom says of […] The post “Mastery”Total Real Estate TrainingAnnual Education ConferenceSydney, 15-16 July 2014 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Excellence. NO EXCUSES! Update

    Cathy Mosca
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Tom has continued to tinker with his now super-sized document, Excellence. NO EXCUSES! He asked the opinion of his Twitter followers, and they approved the addition of “Moral Bedrock of Management,” available here. It is now item number 6 in this latest version of Excellence. NO EXCUSES! We encourage you to download it, or one […] The post Excellence. NO EXCUSES! Update appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • New Master Slideset

    Cathy Mosca
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    After a year of self-education, Tom has lots of new observations to include in his Master slides. Get the newest PPT here, or on excellencenow.com. The post New Master Slideset appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Management Craft

  • Chat with me this Wednesday on #nextchat about Accountability and Engagement

    Lisa Haneberg
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Hello everyone. I am pleased to be SHRM's guest on their next #NextChat. What's a #NextChat you ask? #Nextchat is a Twitter chat hosted by SHRM We Know Next  on the @WeKnowNext Twitter handle that occurs every Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. It explores various human resources topics each week to encourage an conversation between HR and other business professionals and to ensure that followers are up-to-date on the latest HR news, information, trends and best practices. You can see chat previews and recaps are posted on the Next Blog.  “Learn. Share. Network. >> #Nextchat” Basically, it…
  • Are we too willing to fritter our time away? A few observations about relevance and meaning.

    Lisa Haneberg
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Bill and I spent a week kayaking in the Great Bear Rain Forest. It was a great trip and you can see my pictures on Flickr here. We had two kayaking guides, one who was a 25 year old man. One evening as we were finishing our dessert, he shared an underwater video he recorded a couple of years ago. During the off-season, he dives and explores the wild waterways in the region where we kayaked (we traveled with Mothership Adventures, you can see more here). He shot the video for a regional conservation blog. He did it because of his love for the the flora and fauna in the Great Bear Rainforest…
  • Where a friend found my book!

    Lisa Haneberg
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:03 pm
    A friend sent me this picture - it's my latest book, Double the Love, with a nice shelf space at the International SHRM Conference. Woohoo! I particularly love that my book is shelved higher than, How to Work for an Idiot (What an idea for a book...Who's going to keep that on his or her desk?... Only idiots, clearly. How ironic!). We writers LOVE it when people send us pictures of our books (unless they're in the Super Bargain bins, then we don't want to know) so feel free to take a picture and send it to me anytime! I received another bit of good news on the bookfront today, my publisher put…
  • Secret #11 - The secret to performance velocity is design.

    Lisa Haneberg
    15 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    I thought I would do a few posts sharing a few editorial comments on the "Secrets" I shared in Double the Love. There are 11 secrets in the book, and this post discusses the last one. The secret to performance velocity is design. Be intentional and create the world you seek. In the book, I talk about this secret using the metaphor of the bento box. Like this one: Doesn't this look yummy? Thinking about it now, I bet I was really hungry when I selected this metaphor. I might not get all the way through this post before suggesting to hubby Bill that we go for some great Japanese food! I love…
  • Feeding Your Community

    Lisa Haneberg
    8 Jun 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Oh, golly, I have not been doing a very good job for my blog community. It has been far too long since I posted. Or better said, it has been far too long since I contributed (there is a difference - I could post every day with something that sounds like "buy my new book" but that would not contribute to you at all.) I am a lax blogger. I have not shared a new post in FOREVER! And I am a lax book marketer (all writers must be marketers or risk being unread - the ultimate failure). Ideally, I would be "out there" with book-related posts and readings and speeches but I am nowhere. And it is not…
 
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    Rajesh Setty » Blog

  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    First, let us clear a myth It may be true that you may have only six degrees of separation from anyone else in the world. So, theoretically speaking, if you wanted to reach ANYONE all you had to do was to find the right six-degree chain and voila, you will be right in front of that person. That rarely happens and for most part, will remain as a myth. LinkedIn has made it easy to break the boundaries a bit. For starters, you can definitely see who is in your extended network. Again, mostly the power ends right there. Just because you can now see who is connected to whom does not make you…
  • Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix Jenny almost knocked off Rich as she rushed out of YMCA. She was on the phone, “Hey, sorry for the delay. I was with a client.” As Rich recovered, he found Jenny rushing back inside. She was still on the phone, “Oh you are going to YMCA…let’s talk later then.” Sometimes you are in a fix because you chose to be in one of them… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized Wisdom for…
  • Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang Tom and Jack were arguing about a bug in the program. The argument escalated as they vehemently disagreed with the approach to solve the problem. Jack was angry and said, “It doesn’t matter what you say next Tom because you will be wrong.” Tom smiled and said, “You are right.” Watch what you say – you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot. Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Mini Saga #132 – Banter

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Mini Saga #132 – Banter At the end of the second over, the batsman walked aggressively towards the slip fielder. Andrew, the Umpire promptly gets him back. Batsman asked, “Why?” Andrew said, ‘Thou shall not get into a fight with the fielder!” Puzzled batsman replied, “But… I just asked him to tie my shoe laces!” Sometimes, we overdo our jobs (not intentionally, of course) Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas:…
  • Why MANY Smart People Don’t Get the Support They Deserve

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    22 Feb 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You may have experienced this (or might have seen someone go through this situation) – you are on to something big and need a LOT of help but even people who have known you for a while are not actively supporting you in your quest. They seem to listen to everything and say encouraging words about your adventure but when it comes to doing something, they shy away from it. It bothers you because you have known these people for a LONG time and these are some people that you would totally expect 100% support from. They should be the ones that should fully understand your potential and lend…
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    Orrin Woodward: Life Leadership Orrin Woodward: Life Leadership

  • The Ethics of Money Production

    Orrin Woodward
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Jorg Guido Hulsmann The Cobden Centre’s Andy Duncan did an excellent review of Jorg Guido Hulsmann’s fantastic book The Ethics of Money Production. In my opinion the number one battle for freedom begins with checking the Five Laws of Decline (FLD) destruction of the monetary system by the State elites. What is the point in checking government through representative government, separation of powers, term limits if the government can have access to practically unlimited funds? The State, simply by partnering with the Big Banks, runs a fraudulent Fractional Reserve Banking system…
  • Wisdom for Families: Part II

    Orrin Woodward
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    Here is Part II of Mike Hartmann’s powerful story of faith, hope, and wisdom. LIFE Leadership isn’t just our business built on purpose; rather, it’s our purpose built on business. Wisdom and truth cannot eliminate pain in this fallen world, but it does provide the perspective and perseverance to overcome instead of succumb to the challenges life presents. Unfortunately, in modern culture’s pursuit of happiness, many have forgotten that true happiness is an inside job, not an outside one. LIFE Leadership intends to change this one life at a time. Here is part II of one…
  • LIFE Leadership: Wisdom For Families

    Orrin Woodward
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    My good friend Michael Hartmann sent me the best message on how he applied some of the LIFE Leadership principles within his family.  This is another example of why I believe the true successes in LIFE Leadership are not just the people who reach LIFE Coach levels. Rather, the true successes in LIFE and life, are those who seek wisdom everyday to improve themselves personally and professionally. For when a person improves themselves, he/she makes life better for everyone around them. In the early days, Chris Brady, Terri Brady, Laurie Woodward, and I, once we realized what an impact the…
  • Western Civilization’s Debt Trap

    Orrin Woodward
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Western Civilization is in the midst of a life and death struggle with its monetary system. The financial elites have bound society with the most oppressive monetary system ever created, where over 90% of the money supply exists through debt. This is a recipe for disaster as people, companies, and governments at all levels are chronically insolvent. Money Supply Explodes Without Gold Standard While reform of the total monetary system is essential, individuals should not wait for global reform to begin household reform. Indeed, the best thing for each person to do is launch a financial…
  • No Dream; No Guts; No Story

    Orrin Woodward
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Here is a short segment from the LIFE Leadership Summer Convention. Cinderella Man is one of my favorite movies because it is based upon the true story of James J. Braddock. Don’t tell me the size of your obstacles, tell me the size of your dream! Chris Brady, Tim Marks, Claude Hamilton, Bill Lewis, Dan Hawkins, and George Guzzardo have dreams that power them past their obstacles. How about you? Sincerely, Orrin Woodward
 
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Weird Al’s Mission Statement

    Alexander Kjerulf
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    How could I possibly NOT share Weird Al Yancovic’s latest song called Mission Statement: I mean, look at it. It parodies both business jargon and those ubiquitous RSA-style whiteboard videos. Brilliant. The sad thing is that his parody lyrics are only slightly less comprehensible than some actual mission statements I’ve seen :)
  • 5 Ways Positive Thinking Makes Us Miserable at Work

    Alexander Kjerulf
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    One German IT company has come up with the perfect solution to whining in the workplace – it’s made cheerfulness a contractual obligation. What’s more, the CEO has declared that those who don’t measure up to the prescribed level of jollity in the morning should stay at home until they cheer up. The idea of positive thinking (and therefore banning negativity) is not new, but is affecting us now more than ever – at home and at work. And ironically, its effects are mostly negative. Yes, forced positive thinking makes us less happy. Positive thinking is a poorly defined concept…
  • Voting on new employees

    Alexander Kjerulf
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    This WP article shares an interesting and rare practice from US grocery chain Whole Foods, that has me feeling a little conflicted: New hires are voted in — or out — by their teams after their first 90 days at the company. A two-thirds majority is required to keep an employee on board. The employees quoted like the system because: Existing employees can get rid of new coworkers who don’t pull their weight New hires get a sense of acceptance themselves because their coworkers have actively chosen to keep them I’m torn on this. On the one hand I see obvious benefits but on the…
  • When the boss says, ‘Don’t discuss your salary’

    Alexander Kjerulf
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    The Atlantic has an excellent article by Jonathan Timm on how companies try to keep employees from discussing their salaries with coworkers and how this perpetuates unfairness and lets them underpay some people. From the article: … about half of American employees in all sectors are either explicitly prohibited or strongly discouraged from discussing pay with their coworkers. In the private sector, the number is higher, at 61 percent. … We don’t know whether gag rules directly cause wage discrimination, but they undoubtedly open the door to it. Employers who keep pay secret…
  • You are the difference

    Alexander Kjerulf
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    In this video I talk about emotional contagion, i.e. the fact that we tend to take on the emotions of people around us and explain about a fascinating British study that showed just how widespread the effect can be.
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • (How To Be On) The Right Side of the Classic Business Tug of War

    Starbucker
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    If you listen closely enough, you can hear it.  The struggle.  The grunts and sighs. The intensity of effort. The gnashing of teeth. It’s the classic (and critical) business tug of war, and leaders need to be on the winning side, or their business will be banished to the dustbin of mediocrity. What are the opposing sides on this tug of war?  Let’s take a look….. On the left, there’s the formidable “Done fast” After all, in any business, time is money.     Expediency is paramount to greater productivity.   More widgets made, more customers served,…
  • Profit First: Reverse Engineer Your Way To Financial Success

    Starbucker
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “Profit is not an event, it’s a habit. Profit happens through small wins, strung together.” – Mike Michalowicz My guest on the latest edition of the More Human Podcast is Mike Michalowicz.  By his 35th birthday Mike had founded and sold two multi-million dollar companies. Confident that he had the formula to success, he became an angel investor… and proceeded to lose his entire fortune. Then he started all over again, with a new “Profit first” formula. Michalowicz now operates his third million dollar venture, is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal;…
  • 7 Things You Can Do Right Now To Be a Better Leader

    Starbucker
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    You know it when they walk into the room.  There’s a gravitational pull towards them.   Call it charisma, call it gravitas, call it whatever you want, but they have it. It’s the look and sound of an effective leader. How do they do it? The secret lies beyond just the words and actions, to the more subtle messages that leaders send every day through their actions (or inactions) with their teammates. These subtleties are critical, but yet they can be incorporated into your leadership practice almost immediately. Here’s a list you can start working on right now to be a…
  • An Audio Journey To The Heart of More Human Leadership

    Starbucker
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Recently I was honored to do a podcast with Richard Rierson, former Marine Corps Officer, leadership coach, trainer, speaker, & entrepreneur. His blog, and podcast, is called “Dose of Leadership”. Richard has done over 150 interviews with leadership experts “who pursue excellence, truth, & common sense”. I love his passion for leadership: I believe that it is central to every aspect of our lives. I believe that all of our leadership challenges should be met with the lifelong dedication & pursuit of becoming calmer, confident, consistent, & courageous.
  • Paradise By The Green Dashboard Light – A Leadership Short Story

    Starbucker
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Of the 8 core principles of More Human leadership, it’s #6 - Measuring, monitoring and managing with the right metrics - that presents the biggest “nuts and bolts” challenge to any leader.   After all, after you’ve spent so much time and effort to set up the right values and build a great culture of accountability that should lead to greatness, how do you know you’re getting there – or better still, how can you show your team you’re getting there?  The answer, as this leadership short story shows, is to think green.    Lead well! Prologue…
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    ManagingCommunities.com

  • Community Software Can Help Emphasize Current Members Over Former Ones

    Patrick
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Treat Your Online Community’s Paid Memberships Like Amazon Treats Amazon Prime

    Patrick
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Key Takeaways from How CNN and The New York Times Moderate Comments

    Patrick
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • How CNN and The New York Times Moderate Comments

    Patrick
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Changing Your Community Software Won’t Save You

    Patrick
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
 
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Become The Leader Worth Following

    lollydaskal
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Examples of leaders are everywhere. Many are powerful, many are popular, but few are worthy of being followed. The ones that extend themselves to keep promises, act ethically, lead by example, show fairness, act out of humility, show confidence, and demonstrate trust. They are the people we count on. They are the ones we want to follow without being told. Here are some ways that these true leaders go about their work and lives. Ask yourself which of these things you’re already doing and which you need to work on: A leader worth following leads with ethics. True leaders are proof you can do…
  • Leadership Acceptance: Letting Go Of The Controls

    lollydaskal
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    In Chuck Yeager’s book The Right Stuff, he describes a time in the 1950′s when an elite group of US Air Force pilots set out to fly at altitudes beyond anything that had ever been attempted before. As they left the familiar dense atmosphere of Earth, they found that everything they knew about aerodynamics no longer applied. Nothing they could do would keep their planes under control. By the time Yeager took off, several had already died in the attempt. Yeager seemed headed for the same fate, with his plane violently out of control—so much that he was knocked unconscious in the…
  • How Does EGO Edge Greatness Out

    lollydaskal
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    How many times have you heard it said of someone talented that they could really go places if they could learn not to let their ego get in the way? You might be nodding and thinking Yes, I know that person. Or maybe Yes, I am that person. How can you tell if ego is leading the way? If you are constantly defensive. If you are always looking for approval. If you always have to be right. If you are constantly comparing yourself to others. If you have to be one up on people. If you have to be the center of attention. When you allow ego to lead the way, you are Edging Out Greatness. Ego is not…
  • The Shortest Possible Course in Communication

    lollydaskal
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Everyone is busy and pressed for time, but we all want to make an impact—so here is the shortest course in communication I can give you. The seven most important words: I am sorry I made a mistake. The six most important words: I will learn to listen better. The five most important words: I truly believe in you. The four most important words: What do you think? The three most important words: I appreciate you! The two most important words: Thank you. The one most important word: We And the last, least important, word: I If you want to have impact—if you truly want to make a…
  • Courage Is The Key To Fearless Leadership

    lollydaskal
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Wu Feng was a Manchurian diplomat in the 1700s who was posted with an aboriginal tribe in the outskirts of Taiwan. He befriended the aboriginal chief, whose tribe beheaded one of its members every year as a form of sacrifice. Each year Wu Feng pleaded, with all his compassion and reverence for life, for the chief to put to an end to this custom. The chief would listen respectfully, then summon the chosen tribe member and without hesitation behead him. Finally, after living with the tribe for 25 years, Wu Feng once more pleaded with the chief to stop the killing. But this time, when the tribe…
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    Lead on Purpose

  • How are you using your time?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A common response when you ask somebody for their help or their input is “I don’t have enough time.” This is an interesting response given that we all have the same amount of time – 24 hours in a day. … Continue reading →
  • How can leaders use 360-degree feedback to boost employee engagement?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    5 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Guest post by Steve Brown One of the popular approaches to improving performance and employee engagement is to set up 360-degree reviews. With this process, a person gets feedback from their peers, as well as their manager. Management people also … Continue reading →
  • The importance of leadership in effective management

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    21 Jun 2014 | 7:53 pm
    There are many elements that make a good manager, however, one of the critical qualities is leadership. Leadership and management must go hand in hand, but they are not the same thing. Leadership and management are complementary, but it is … Continue reading →
  • How you can inspire others to do great things

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    7 Jun 2014 | 11:15 am
    I’ve been thinking lately about how to motivate people and inspire them to step up, to take action, to do great things. I see so much opportunity for people, and yet so little motivation to make a difference. So what … Continue reading →
  • How Leaders Deal Effectively With the Security of Their Company and People

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    24 May 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Guest post by Rebecca Gray Today, the most valuable commodity many companies have is not a product, but information – proprietary systems, processes, patents, or financial information, and the damage inflicted by a security breach goes far beyond its immediate … Continue reading →
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    George Ambler

  • Vision is What Separates Great Leaders

    George Ambler
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    Vision is the foundation of leadership. Whilst leadership starts with being the right person – the character of the leader, great leadership is sustained by a shared and compelling vision. A compelling vision is one that describes who you are, why you exist and the future you want to create. People don’t follow leaders with fancy titles and high positions. People don’t follow leaders who have authority. People don’t follow leaders of good character. Whilst all these things are helpful and contribute to influencing others, without a compelling vision people are not moved to follow…
  • Great Leadership Starts with Mindset Not Skillset

    George Ambler
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Leadership begins with mindset. What is mindset you may ask? Mindset refers to the ideas, beliefs and attitudes with which a leader approaches a situation. Thus mindsets are the foundation of great leadership, as mindset forms the basis for action. The VUCA environment of today is rewriting the rules of business. The result is that leaders desperately need new mindsets and new ways of looking at the world. Consider the cause of some of the biggest leadership failures of the past decade: Kodak created the first digital camera, an 8 pound, 0.01 megapixel still camera, in 1975. Despite…
  • Why You Should Stop Working So Hard

    George Ambler
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:15 pm
    You and I have been led to believe that hard work produces great results. If you keep you head down, work hard the results will follow. The only problem is if you look around there there seems to be more and more people with high levels of activity but make little progress. There are limits to what can be achieved through hard work and sheer determination. You quickly reach a point where more work fails to produce better results. The reason is that in most situations it’s only a vital few activities actually yield better results. There Are Limits to Hard Work The belief that more work leads…
  • Lessons from a General for Leading in a VUCA World

    George Ambler
    31 May 2014 | 5:35 am
    We are living in VUCA times. VUCA is military term that describes the challenging leadership context of today. The term VUCA stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. This is a helpful way to make sense of and understand the leadership context of the 21st century. The challenge is that leading in a VUCA world requires a new way of thinking and a whole new set of skills. General George Casey, 36th U.S. Army Chief of Staff and former Commanding General of the Multinational Force in Iraq, knows all about leading in a VUCA world. The General recently shared his experiences in the…
  • 5 Ways to Persuade with Character (Ethos)

    George Ambler
    27 May 2014 | 1:20 pm
    When Nelson Mandela spoke people listened. When Winston Churchill spoke people listened. When Warren Buffet speaks people listen. When Jeff Bezos speaks people listen. When leaders speak people listen. When you speak do people listen? Do you have the character and credibility to persuade others with your message? Ethos refers to an audience’s perception of the character, authority and credibility of the speaker. Ethos concerns itself with answering the questions of “What do you know about this topic?” and “Why should I trust you?” as asked by the audience. Character is based on the…
 
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    Pink Slip

  • Endangered species: jobs that are slip sliding away

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:54 am
    In the extremely unlikely case that I will be coming up with another career for myself any time soon, thanks to CareerCast and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, I’ll know which ones to avoid. That would be the ten jobs on the list that are forecast to experience the greatest declines by the year 2022. If I’d had my heart set on becoming a tax examiner/collector, well, boo-hoo to me. There will be 4 percent fewer of them out there. Why is that, you might ask? According to the article, this decline will be predicated on federal, state, and local governments coming to their senses and…
  • See you in the funny papers. (On not going to Comic Con.)

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:42 am
    Well, looks like I missed Comic-Con International in San Diego (sexual harassment and all – although, in truth, the description of the “bad stuff” sounds like it could have occurred at half the tech shows I went to over the years, and 90% of the financial services trade shows – think models teetering around in 4 inch heels and popping out of French maid outfits on all fronts ). And I don’t plan on being any where near next week’s Boston Comic Con. But I’m just a no-fun kind of gal, not into fantasy, costumes, role play, super heroes. (As they used to say, a hero ain’t nothin…
  • “Weird Al”: marketing genius

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:06 pm
    As someone who’s spent her career in the technology sector, and and as a marketer, I want to take a moment on this sultry summer day to salute “Weird Al” Yankovic for his absolutely brilliant take on the Mission Statement. Mission Statement. Vision Statement. How many hours did I while away thinking both inside and outside the box to help come up with just the right set of words to express just what the company was about. By now, I have blessedly forgotten the distinction between Mission Statement and Vision Statement – is mission the tactical and vision strategic? No matter, in the…
  • Toys will be toys, especially if you’ve got $$$

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    If you, like me, are already sitting around wondering where summer went, and how you can salvage some of the dwindling hours we have left in it… If you, unlike me, have some serious walking around money that is not already earmarked for boring stuff like new shades in the living room, repairing the hole in the ceiling that the HVAC installers gouged in ours last fall, and – jumping seasons a bit here – the pricey but beautiful sweater I just saw in the Peruvian Connection catalog… You might want to check out this article on Huff Po on some nifty summer toys for the rich folk that are…
  • Nice way to derail your future, bro

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    Every few months, whether we need it or not, it seems that there’s some teenager putting a stake in the heart of his or her future by doing something truly dreadful. Something truly dreadful that generally involves sex. Last week’s sordid story comes out of one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country, St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. SPS has been around since 1856, and is 100% residential. None of those down-market day-duckers mucking things up and detracting from the 24/7 SPS experience. Anyway, the story currently making the news rounds involves a senior male…
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    Ed Batista: Executive Coaching & Change Management

  • Planting a Flag (Thoughts on Teaching Leadership at Stanford)

    edbatista
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A recent conversation with my GSB colleague Collins Dobbs helped clarify my thoughts on how we teach leadership at Stanford and why, and it motivated me to lay out that philosophy more explicitly--to plant a flag, so to speak. I'm not speaking for the school, just for myself, and as an executive coach rather than a an academic researcher I have a distinct (and biased) perspective on management education. But I've been an Instructor and Leadership Coach at the GSB since January 2007, and my work with hundreds of MBAs in that time has both immersed me in the school's approach and convinced me…
  • Startup Communication

    edbatista
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    On Friday I facilitated a workshop on Startup Communication aimed at helping an early-stage company's employees work together more effectively. I feel privileged to work with all my clients, but in this case it's fair to say that it was particularly rewarding to work with a company whose mission I hold in such high regard. Thank you to the 22 people who made it such a special afternoon, and particular thanks to the team at Flixster for making us feel so welcome.
  • New Post at HBR: The Art of Saying a Professional Goodbye

    edbatista
    7 May 2014 | 8:33 am
    My latest post at HBR: The Art of Saying a Professional Goodbye Saying "goodbye" is one of those activities that seems so simple it hardly requires advance thought--and so endings creep up on us and catch us unprepared. We tend to default to our habitual responses whether or not they’ve been effective in the past. As a result we often miss opportunities to enjoy truly meaningful endings--instead they’re rushed and poorly planned--or we skip over them entirely, casting the old aside as we race toward the new... Read the rest at HBR. Photo courtesy of HBR Blog Network.
  • Startup Communication at Flixster

    edbatista
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Today I volunteered to facilitate the third workshop in an ongoing series on Startup Communication aimed at helping co-founders 1) communicate more effectively with each other, 2) establish group norms in the company that support better communication and 3) model better communication with their employees. Twenty co-founders from 10 ventures participated, and I felt privileged and grateful to be involved. It's always a privilege to invite people to have more meaningful, intimate conversations with each other and to have them accept the offer--and I certainly walked away feeling a lot of…
  • Riding the Wave (Conscious Competence)

    edbatista
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    What happens when we learn new skills that take us out of our comfort zone? When we're striving to be authentic, is it OK when we act with intention and forethought? The Conscious Competence model, developed by Martin Broadwell in the late 1960s, offers a useful framework to address these questions. In most areas where we face a challenge, we start out in Unconscious Incompetence (quadrant #1 above): We're screwing up, and we don't even know it. In the context of my work with coaching clients and MBA students, this usually involves difficulties in working relationships and interpersonal…
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    Sanders Says

  • The Changing Face Of Leadership

    Tim Sanders
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    What it takes to succeed as a leader has been redefined by changes in the workforce and mega trends. Gen Y is more motivated by identity, mastery and purpose than they are by money, power and stability.  Tech-Globalism accelerates the rate of change, be it in consumer attitudes, retail habits and government regulatory actions.  As the world gets faster and deeper, leaders will face unique challenges, requiring a retooling of the traditional hierarchical models of yesteryear.    Leadership development needs to change, adjusting to these trends.  According to a…
  • Your Schedule Is Killing Your Creativity

    Tim Sanders
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Most people I know sabotage their career by being to efficient with their time.  They fill up their daily schedule with meetings and phone calls, thinking that they are being highly productive.  The result is a week of conversations, with little time left to "work on work."   A recent IBM survey of over 1000 CEO's found that creativity was the top skill required for leadership success.  This makes sense, as innovation is the prescription for dealing with a highly disruptive business environment.  Technology, media, globalization all come together to put creative…
  • Call For Interviews: Have You Bought From A Sales Genius?

    Tim Sanders
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    I'm writing a new book on creativity in the sales process.  Its premise is that in today's business environment, it's getting complicated to get good deals done.  Standard approaches or tactics aren't working.  This is why creativity is needed in deal making and sales.   While the book will share some of my personal experiences, it will mostly feature profiles of creative sales geniuses.  They have exhibited the tendency to employ creative thinking to move the deal forward.   Right now, I'm looking for sales genius nominations from buyers.  You've purchased…
  • The Three Flavors Of Mentorship

    Tim Sanders
    29 May 2014 | 6:50 am
    The concept of mentor first appeared in Homer's Odyssey, and since then has grown into a widely talked about concept.  Many of us seek mentors, especially during the beginning of our career. Many of us act as mentors, helping others on their journey to greatness.  What I've learned through my mentorship practice is that not all engagements are the same.  There are three distinct flavors:  Flash Mentor - You encounter someone that lacks a piece of information you possess.  You give it on the spot, without any requirements for follow up.  This is my favorite…
  • If You Don't Expand This Annually, You Are Getting Lapped

    Tim Sanders
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    These days, it's believed that the youth have all the advantages when it comes to technology.  They start companies like facebook in their 20's, run television shows and represent true progress.  Companies I work with talk about "aging down" their workforce, so they can stay nimble.   The reality is that youth is a state of mind, not a counting of years.  In my experience, the secret to eternal youth is lifelong learning...the constant expansion of one's resume of experiences and insights.  Henry Ford once quipped, "Anyone who stops learning becomes old, whether at…
 
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    Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog

  • Why you should learn to love feedback.

    John Agno
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
     It's no secret that many people avoid feedback like it's a plague. However, more than 2/3 of employees surveyed globally in Gallup and other studies want more, not less, feedback that includes both positive and corrective information to help them do a better job. Although the term "feedback" is seen and heard everywhere today, whether in reference to online customer surveys or as workplace jargon for "criticism," it's actually a much simpler and more fundamental notion.  Feedback is information from past action that is used to guide future action.
  • Many Aren't Concerned Regarding Work/Life Balance

    John Agno
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Can you work long hours without sacrificing your personal life? More senior executives think that is possible.  About 52% of 571 such executives worldwide are satisfied or very satisfied with their work/life balance, according to a new survey by BlueSteps.com, an online career management service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants. Meanwhile, 81% of those polled consider work/life balance a critical factor in whether they accept a new position. Global executives work an average of 58.5 hours a week and 39% work more than 60 hours weekly, concluded the study. By…
  • New Organizational Triangle: Internal Communications, Employee Engagement and HR

    John Agno
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    The triangle of internal communications, employee engagement and HR sees employees as whole persons, not just as numbers or functions.  The aim is constantly to understand how individuals receive and deal with information and engage with the content being communicated. Information needs to flow freely crossing professional boundaries within the organization, with engagement up, down and across the organizational structure.  The triangle of internal communications, employee engagement and HR needs to be effective across the organization, appealing to both the…
  • Time Management and Customer Service

    John Agno
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    When it comes to time, people in power believe they have more of it at their disposal than others. But positions of authority give people a sense they are better able to control time than subordinates, even though both groups are equally at the mercy of the clock.  In an era of day planners, deadlines and billable hours, there are far more clocks than people. Business executives, policy makers, healthcare insurers and hospital administrators, engineers and others in power are far more likely to underestimate the time required to complete work, ignoring past experience, according to four…
  • 45 Years of Leadership in Outer Space

    John Agno
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    The concern of Americans effectively began with the Soviet launch of the Sputnik 1 artificial satellite on 4 October 1957 and kicked off the strained relations between the USSR and the U.S.   Due to the U.S. public's concern of USSR domination of America through its control of outer space, engineering college attendance expanded throughout America....while America searched for a leader in the presidential election of 1960.     On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced, before a special joint session of…
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    Predictable Success » Blog

  • Leadership Lessons from Inc.’s GrowCo

    sarahberger
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Welcome to the newly refreshed Predictable Success newsletter. Please pardon our dust as we put the finishing touches on our new look and feel. Our goal is to get you the tools, resources and information you want to improve your leadership and grow your business, quickly and easily. Let us know what you think. Whether you’ve been part of the community for years or have just recently joined, we’d love to know what you think. Simply hit reply and send us your thoughts. Of course if you no longer wish to hear from us just click unsubscribe at the bottom of the email. ~ Sarah…
  • True Leadership Doesn’t Have to Be Big

    sarahberger
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:06 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com This article is an adapted excerpt from Les McKeown’s book, Do Lead. You want to lead. But how do you get started? Where’s the right place to begin? When’s the best time to start? Which is the most appropriate opportunity to take? In the last excerpt, we heard about Thomas, who showed us that one way to begin is to start early. Here’s another option: Start Small In the early 1990s I was running a niche consulting company based in Northern Ireland. Started by my business partner Will and me a few years earlier, it had…
  • The five words from Mary Barra that sealed GM’s fate

    sarahberger
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com There’s been quite a kerfuffle in the past week about the $35m fine slapped on GM for safety violations. Notwithstanding the fact that the amount is less than a day’s revenue for the massive corporation, the fine has received a lot of attention in the press. This isn’t just because it’s the largest sum ever imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (which, frankly, says more about the NHTSA than it does about GM), but also because the accompanying statements (on both sides) pried the door open even…
  • How to Know You’re Ready to Lead

    sarahberger
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:40 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com This article is an adapted excerpt from Les McKeown’s book, Do Lead. If you’ve got this far, one thing is clear: you want to lead. But how do you get started? Where’s the right place to begin? When’s the best time to start? Which is the most appropriate opportunity to take? Great questions. So, rather than giving you some rote formula as a half-baked answer, let me close by telling you a few short stories that may help you answer those questions (and a few others) yourself. Here’s the first: Start Early Like any…
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    Great Leadership

  • 10 Magic Phrases That Will Make You a Better Leader

    Dan McCarthy
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post was recently appeared at SmartBlog on Leadership Want to be a better leader? Then try improving your vocabulary. No, I’m not talking adding the latest management and leadership buzzwords or jargon to your repertoire. If that’s what you’re looking for, try the Wall Street Journal’s Business Buzzwords Generator. You’ll be able to walk around uttering leadership gibberish such as Moving forward, it's time to act with strategic vector and transform our team bandwidth”, and “Looking forward to 2014, ideation will be key to our ability to impact the solutions…
  • How to Reorganize in a Way That Won't Create Cynicism, Anxiety, and Complete Chaos

    Dan McCarthy
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Reorganizations can be disruptive and fraught with challenges and risks. They should never be taken lightly, and should always have a shelf life of at least a few years. Read my recent post at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how to have a better chance of achieving your reorganization objectives and minimizing disruption, anxiety, and cynicism.
  • Leading Change – Lessons for New Leaders from Satya Nadella

    Dan McCarthy
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Guest post from Randy Ottinger:  Today’s Microsoft is not the same company we saw a year ago when Steve Ballmer was at the helm. Since Ballmer’s successor, Satya Nadella, took over the CEO role in February of this year, change at Microsoft has come swiftly. Executives have been reshuffled, organizational priorities have shifted and the culture at the very top of the company has change. Many of these shifts, and the reasons behind them, are unveiled in Nadella’s recent open strategy memo to staff. While not all the changes are easy –see last week’s announcement the company would…
  • What Makes Successful Senior Executives Tick?

    Dan McCarthy
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over the last few weeks I’ve been spending time with quite a few successful senior executives and have been asking them a lot of questions about what makes them tick.I’ve noticed they seem to have a lot in common in regards to the way they approach their careers and job.Read my latest article over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out the 20 Characteristics of Successful Senior Executives.
  • How to “Coach an Employee Out of a Job"

    Dan McCarthy
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is an alternative way to address an employee performance problem without having to go through a long, drawn out formal disciplinary process, and avoids the stigma of having been fired from a job.It’s called “coaching someone out of a job”.Read my latest article at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.
 
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    IMD Business School - Tomorrow's Challenges Articles

  • IS YOUR COMPANY PLAYING THE PIANO OF INNOVATIONS?

    Dominique Turpin
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:23 am
    Product innovation is just one note in a whole piano of possible innovations. If your company is serious about differentiating itself from the competition, then it must innovate on all dimensions all the time.
  • WILL MODI METAMORPHOSE INDIA?

    Jean-Pierre Lehmann
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    Can India re-find its past glory and draw on its formidable brain power – including that big chunk which constitutes its incomparable “diaspora”?
  • THE WORLD CUP AND FAIRNESS

    Karsten Jonsen
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    The game’s over but were all the matches really fair? IMD explores why FIFA refuses to incorporate better technology for making calls in the World Cup.
  • TO BE, OR NOT TO BE, THE NEXT-GENERATION FAMILY BUSINESS LEADER

    Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez,Anne-Catrin Glemser
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Family businesses must build and train a critical mass of potential successors. But what questions should next-generation members ask themselves before joining the family firm? We would suggest four.
  • RETHINKING THINKING ABOUT STRATEGY

    Bill Fischer
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Disruption should not mean a wholesale rejection of the traditional five-forces approach to strategy, but rather a more balanced approach that incorporates dynamic change-centered thinking.
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • Driving Strategic Change by Focusing on Fundamentals

    Mike Figliuolo
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by James M. Kerr, author of The Executive Checklist – A Guide to Setting Direction and Managing Change (CLICK HERE to get your copy). How does a company position itself to respond to the changes that the era of business globalization holds in store? Certainly, we can attempt to define the next […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • How quickly does your organization react to challenges?

    Mike Figliuolo
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How quickly does your organization react to challenges? - We see challenges as they get close, then we act reasonably quickly: 46% - We don’t see challenges until they become crises, then we react in emergency mode: 27% - We see challenges coming way in the future and plan for […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 5 Phrases that Make You Sound Ridiculous

    Mike Figliuolo
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    “At the end of the day…” You sound ridiculous.  You just don’t know it. Word choice matters.  We spend countless hours in meetings with colleagues discussing big, important ideas.  We write hundreds of documents making our case for one initiative or another.  We write thousands of emails.  We give dozens of presentations.  And you know […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Tuning Up Your Strategy so the Wheels Don’t Fall Off

    Mike Figliuolo
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Rich Horwath, author of Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking (CLICK HERE to get your copy). We’ve all heard the phrase, “The wheels came off,” to describe a situation where things went bad. Meetings, projects and even relationships all have the potential for “the wheels to come off.” Ironically, […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • How clear is your organization’s mission and vision statement?

    Mike Figliuolo
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How clear is your organization’s mission and vision statement? - It’s crystal clear, simple and compelling: 43% - It’s generally clear but could be better worded: 25% - It’s full of meaningless buzzwords or we simply don’t have one: 21% - It’s not clear and it’s hard to rally behind: […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
 
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    The Garlington Report (TGR)

  • Three truths, one season

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Note: Following is a client letter originally distributed via email on June 30th. Dear Clients and Colleagues: Monthly letters normally attempt to dive into a single issue arising out of chosen practice areas. This month's version is going to be a little more "surfacey" yet ripe with opportunities to travel deeper should you choose to do so on your own time. Of course you can opt out by
  • Recruiting conferences: Where's the value?

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    From March Madness to April Fool's to Spring recruiting industry conferences. The new season has brought forth several forums -- all with different focuses and market segments. This post's goal is raise the value question, or more specifically: What value exists in conferences and how can that value be more readily transferred so others can gain better access? (Note: Two of the three bolded
  • Leadership as performance art

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Note: This originally appeared as a client and colleague e-letter. March 28, 2014 Dear Clients and Colleagues: With new seasons come new inspirations. Or at least that's the hope. This year's winter weather has been enough to make anyone want to flip the switch on more daylight. One of the joys of constantly searching for better narrative is when someone you've known for a long time brings a
  • Five steps to look like a leader

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:27 am
    Full disclosure: TGR has never, repeat never, addressed the subject of executive dress. Image is not a hot button -- at least not from the point of view of personal dress and hygiene. While our look can always be updated, we wear decent threads, nice dress shoes and always will remain clean cut until it's no longer in fashion to do so in executive leadership circles. That could be a good long
  • First outsider, retiree and non-industry exec. to take reins at venerable search firm

    4 Feb 2014 | 7:17 am
    For the first time in their 60-year history, Chicago-based Heidrick & Struggles has named both an industry and firm outsider to lead the newly re-branded leadership company. Tracy Wolstencroft, a former Goldman Sachs executive who retired in 2010, replaces interim CEO Jory Marino who exits the position after replacing Kevin Kelly (2006-2013), one of the longest serving CEOs in Heidrick &
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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • I'M SO INTO ME

    William Matthies
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    "When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package."John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art criticVery true.Self-confidence is a desirable trait, quite different from conceit.The former, mandatory for success, the latter, often confirmation of the opposite.
  • LEAST OF ALL BECAUSE I SAID SO

    William Matthies
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    "Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true."Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist"Striking true"; a euphemism for doing and saying what is right.Making sure you are before you speak or act is the optimum expression of management power.
  • HOW AS MUCH AS WHAT

    William Matthies
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    "He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful."Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poetNote to engineers: How something works is every bit as important as what it does. A parachute will get a person from an airplane to the ground but that doesn't make it the preferred method of descent for most.
  • JUST IN CASE . . .

    William Matthies
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    "Doesn't anybody stay in one place any more?"Carole King, 20th century American recording artistfrom the song "Far Away"You might ask this if primary your career goal is to stay with just one company.Maybe you can but be prepared if you can't.
  • BIG SMALL THINGS

    William Matthies
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    "For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great."José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish essayist/philosopherI'm not sure it as much a matter of not having as it is not paying attention to small things, details if you will.You don't at your own risk.
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    Mitch's Blog

  • Bad Behavior Could Ruin Your Business And Your Life

    Mitch Mitchell
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    This past Friday I was in my home area and decided to spend a few hours at the local casino, which is about 40 minutes away. I got a seat at a table immediately and had a pretty good time for the next few hours. zen Sutherland via Compfight Unfortunately, I could only say pretty good. That’s because there was a guy to my left who had problems controlling his temper. To say he wasn’t having a good day would be an understatement. However, he was mainly losing to two guys who were, for the most part, dominating the table, having great days. When I got to the table he warned me about…
  • Evaluating What’s Worth Fighting For

    Mitch Mitchell
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    When LeBron James decided a couple of weeks ago that he was going to return back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, I had a very strange reaction to it. I was confused; that’s it. I wasn’t confused because he was going to a bad team. I wasn’t even confused that he was going back to his hometown. Tony Fischer via Compfight I was confused because he was going back to work for someone who openly castigated him in a letter when he made his initial decision 4 years ago to go to another team, a letter that, until a month before LeBron decided he was going back, still sat out there on the…
  • Don’t Be Lazy In Your Career

    Mitch Mitchell
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Maybe it’s me, but I don’t think so. It seems like there are people who want big careers yet don’t want to work for it. I’m not talking about 18 to 20 hours a day kind of work; I’m talking about the kind of work where you put in some time researching and learning something before you just go at it. Let me explain with a little story. Tambako The Jaguar via Compfight As some of you know I have 5 blogs. I’ll accept advertising on a few of them, but over the years I’ve only ever had advertising on two of them. One of those is my finance blog, which used…
  • 13 Business Lessons

    Mitch Mitchell
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In my previous post, which was on my business anniversary, I talked about 13 leadership lessons I’ve learned over 13 years. I’ve learned a lot more but I wanted to highlight those 13. On the same day I did a video on my business YouTube channel giving 13 business lessons that I’ve learned in the same time period. I’m sharing that particular video below:   http://youtu.be/roOzb1sdqYA Although I want people to go watch the video, where I went in more depth on the 13 lessons, I thought I’d share those lessons here as a list so that, if you go there,…
  • 13 Leadership Lessons From 13 Years In Business

    Mitch Mitchell
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:49 am
    Today is my 13th year in business as T. T. Mitchell Consulting; the incorporated part came in 2006. Last year I was a day late and only had 3 leadership lessons that, as I look back on it, weren’t really leadership lessons but more motivational lessons. I was also more under a time gun last year, which I wasn’t the year before when I did 11 business lessons, and I did something the year before that also. The best thing about each anniversary is that I’ve proven that I could make it this far; something like 85-90% of all business end within the first 5 years. Not that…
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • New Editing and Media Updates Are Here

    Konstantin Kovshenin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    As many of you know, we periodically release new features and updates to the software that powers WordPress.com sites. We’re excited to share the freshest crop of improvements with you today, and hope they’ll make great content even easier to create. Some of the highlights of this major update: The Media Library’s look has been upgraded, and your files are now displayed, by default, in an easy-to-view grid. Still prefer the old list view? You can toggle back and forth as many times as you wish. Composing new posts — and editing old ones — has just become a lot…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Bloggy

    Krista
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Designed by Anariel Design, Bloggy is a stylish, sophisticated, and versatile premium theme that showcases text and photography equally well. What’s more, Bloggy sports Special Elite — a distinctive default font — on the site title, post titles, navigation, and text widgets: If Special Elite isn’t your style, the Custom Design Upgrade offers scads of additional fonts to choose from. Let’s tour a few sites that use Bloggy for some customization inspiration. R.M. ENGELHARDT Prolific poet R.M. Engelhardt uses Bloggy to great effect to promote his most recent volume…
  • One Theme, Five Ways: Customizing Adelle

    Michelle W.
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Adelle is a popular free theme — our 47th most popular, to be exact. You’ve probably seen its familiar pink dots, bold menu bar, and pops of magenta as you catch up with your favorite blogs. Don’t be fooled by Adelle‘s distinctive look, though: there’s a lot more to this theme than polka dots, as these five bloggers ably demonstrate. MomJeanz Blogger Elaine chose Adelle for the cleverly-named MomJeanz, then gave it a complete makeover using only free options available to any blogger: She uploaded a custom header image and swapped out Adelle‘s dots…
  • Introducing Site Logos: Personalize Your Blog, Display Your Brand

    Kirk Wight
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    One of the most common requests we’ve received from WordPress.com users is the ability to add a logo to your site. While some premium themes have their own type of logo uploader, as soon as you switched your theme, the logo would disappear. But not any more! Today, we’re excited to announce the new Site Logo feature. With this new feature, you just need to upload your logo once. Your logo will appear on any of our supported themes, regardless of how often you switch themes. Each theme has been custom-tailored to ensure your logo will look its best and display…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 2

    Mike Dang
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.) As a reminder: If you read or publish a story on WordPress that’s over 1,500 words, share it with us: just tag it #longreads on Twitter, or use the longreads tag on WordPress.com. Before You Know It Something’s Over (Riese Bernard, Autostraddle) On grieving after the loss of a parent at a young age: My father died on November 14th, 1995, when I was 14. Every day since…
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • What Would You Do if You Had $5,000 to Invest?

    Merrill Dubrow
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    A few weeks ago, I got an email from a friend of mine (R.P.) who wanted to know my opinion on investing $5,000 long term. She and her husband were thinking about investing in a mutual fund that didn’t have big fees and let it sit for 10 years to see what happens. Based on her answers to a few other questions, I think they are better off investing in a stable stock for a company like Ford or General Electric that we all know will be around for years to come and probably grow 15% on an annual basis. What advice would you give? Mutual Fund? Individual Stock? Something Else? I look forward to…
  • WOW! What an NBA Frenzy…but Who Really Got Better?!

    Merrill Dubrow
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    WOW: LeBron James back to Cleveland Pau Gasol to the Bulls Tim Duncan stays with the NBA champs Chris Bosh decides to be the man and stay in Miami Carmelo Anthony visits everyone and stays with the Knicks Chandler Parsons takes a ton of money and ends up in Dallas Paul Pierce signs with the Washington Bullets My question is: When the dust settles, who really got better? The 3 teams I really like are: An obvious one in Cleveland, I believe they face Chicago in the Eastern Conference finals and have a chance to win it all. The real surprise team that I like for this is my hometown team, the…
  • What’s on Your Bucket List?

    Merrill Dubrow
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about my bucket list. At the top of my list was going on a African Safari…which I still haven’t done, but I’ve crossed off a few other items from my bucket list in the past few years: Going to Lambeau Field with R.H. and experiencing the frozen tundra in December was an amazing experience and something I had wanted to do for a very long time. It snowed the entire game which made it even more fun and the Green Bay fans were the nicest in the country! The other bucket list item I have checked off was going to all three final four games with…
  • What Do All of These Teams Have in Common?

    Merrill Dubrow
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Have you heard of these teams?: Austin Aces, Boston Lobsters, Philadelphia Freedoms, San Diego Aviators, Springfield Lasers, Texas Wild & Washington Kastles? What do they have in common? Well, all of these teams are part of the WTT I’m sure many of you are thinking, “What is he talking about? What is the WTT?” The WTT is…the World Team Tennis League! Aside from being in the league together, these seven teams have something else in common…they’re all FUN!!!! A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to a match with a few co-workers a few miles from…
  • Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? You Tell Me!!

    Merrill Dubrow
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    There’s nothing like a fun, mindless quiz on a Friday to pass a little time. Let me know if you’re “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” on these things! Click Here to Take The Quiz. Thanks for playing!
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    timmilburn.com

  • Why Can’t Anyone Motivate Me?

    tim milburn
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    When it comes to motivation, you might think this requires giving something to someone else that pumps them up (like a pep talk, a bonus, an ultimatum, etc). But motivation actually comes from the inside of a person. It’s a person’s own desires and energy that fuels action. photo credit: Calidenism via photopin cc You can’t actually motivate someone else. But you can influence the motivation that already exists inside of another person in order to help that person get something done. People possess internal motivations like worthy causes, values, beliefs, interests, and fears. Everyone…
  • Excellence Is An Attainable Goal

    tim milburn
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’d like to talk to all of the student leaders in the room for a moment. (Everyone else can listen in if you’d like). As a student leader, you bring a unique set of strengths, abilities, and weaknesses to the table. You may or may not feel like you possess the “leadership” gene. But the one quality each and every student leader can demonstrate is excellence. photo credit: anjan58 via photopin cc Excellence is within your reach if you are willing to pursue it. You may not be the best, but you can definitely do your best. It is when you do your best that your effort stands…
  • How To Do One Thing For 90 Days In A Row

    tim milburn
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    January 1 is such an exciting day. Sooo many people are all geared up to make changes. They start writing. They start working out. They start eating vegetables. They start… Then there’s January 11. Not such an exciting day. And not very many people doing what they set out to do on January 1. Why can’t we find the self-discipline to do the one thing we promised ourselves we would do? It’s because we don’t have a plan. We don’t have a framework to follow. We made a decision but we have no idea how to manage that decision. Today I’m releasing a new free…
  • Self-Discipline Isn’t Multiple Choice

    tim milburn
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:10 pm
    If I’m going to take a test, I like to take multiple choice tests. That way I know the correct answer is there…somewhere. Even if I don’t know which one is correct, I can still guess. But self-discipline isn’t a multiple choice test. It’s a True / False test. I either have it or I don’t. I either do what I’m supposed to do or I don’t. It’s not about options. It’s about making a decision and then managing that decision on a daily basis. I either do or I don’t. Let me back up a bit. Self-discipline is the ability to keep the…
  • Self-Discipline Isn’t Automatic

    tim milburn
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Miranda Lambert has a song out entitled, Automatic. You can watch the music video below. The chorus of her song seems really appropriate for this next post on self-discipline. It goes like this: Hey what ever happened to waiting your turnDoing it all by hand, ’cause when everything is handed to youIt’s only worth as much as the time put inIt all just seems so good the way we had itBack before everything became automatic I’m a big fan of tools and technology that can actually carry some of the heavy lifting of my everyday tasks. That’s the beauty of those…
 
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    Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

  • Vision can be a Powerful Driver but Most Often It is Just a Few Pretty Words

    John Hunter
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    This month Bill Troy, the new CEO of ASQ, asked ASQ’s Influential Voices to explore the value of vision to the success of organizations. An aim for the organization is extremely helpful when it allows everyone in the organization to be guided by the same vision. But nearly all the time, in my experience, the aim is printed in the annual report and posted on the web site an used in some speeches but has nothing to do with how the organization operates. When the vision is merely a pretty collection of words that doesn’t drive decisions and behavior it is pointless. When it does drive…
  • Children are Amazingly Creative At Solving Problems

    John Hunter
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    This story at NPR reminded my of Russell Ackoff talking about the creativity kids show in solving problems* – and how school often stifles that creativity. Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets Children try a variety of novel ideas and unusual strategies to get the gadget to go. For example, Gopnik says, “If the child sees that a square block and a round block independently turn the music on, then they’ll take a square and take a circle and put them both on the machine together to make it go, even though they never actually saw the experimenters do…
  • The Benefits of Blogging

    John Hunter
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    ASQ interviewed me, and several other ASQ Influential Voices bloggers for an article published in the current issue of Quality Progress magazine: The Blog Boom. A couple of my quotes from the article: I have been blogging for 10 years, which is more than enough time to convince me it is right for me. Blogging fits my personality—I like short delivery cycles. I don’t like the idea of working on a project that takes a year to reach the audience or customers. With blogging, I can have an idea, and in an hour I can share that with people across the globe. Blogging is similar to agile software…
  • Gerald Suarez on Creating the Future

    John Hunter
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:30 am
    I was lucky enough to be hired by Gerald Suarez to work for him at the White House Military Office. The webcast below is speech he gave at TedX Loyola Marymount. The illusion of knowledge is more dangerous that ignorance. Without the proper foundation for planning for the future (contemplation and desire), our design will be incomplete. It will be like trying to build a house with no foundation. We become addicted to shallow metrics of success where more and bigger is better. In talking to a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company about a promotion to VP that the executive doesn’t…
  • Root Cause, Interactions, Robustness and Design of Experiments

    John Hunter
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:23 am
    Eric Budd asked on The W. Edwards Deming Institute group on LinkedIn If observed performance/behavior in a system is a result of the interactions between components–and variation exists in those components–the best root cause explanation we might hope for is a description of the interactions and variation at a moment in time. How can we make such an explanation useful? A single root cause is rare. Normally you can look at the question a bit differently see the scope a bit differently and get a different “root cause.” In my opinion “root cause” is more a…
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Some Ideas To Help Accelerate Your SWOT Analysis

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    A SWOT analysis is a tool used to assess an organization's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The purpose of using the SWOT tool is to uncover or reveal the organization's competitive advantages, and what opportunities (sales, profitability) to capitalize upon. It's also used to articulate the challenges an organization has, enabling contingency plans. An analysis of the organization's strengths and weaknesses is typically an internal examination process. It's typically based on a review of internal and external facts and assumptions about the organization and the marketplace…
  • If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    In business, "if you can't measure it, you can't manage it." When it comes to executing your business strategy, you must first translate the strategic plan into short-term operating objectives or metrics - and progress must be monitored and measured regularly. To achieve strategic objectives, your organization must develop short-term measurable objectives that logically relate to the company's strategy, as well as a plan for how your organization plans to compete: how you will be different from your competition. Unfortunately, this is where most strategic planning sessions end; in a 3-inch…
  • What Really Drives Your Strategy?

    27 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    For better or worse, why do so many companies veer off their strategic plan? Look for a disconnect between strategy and how resources are allocated, say Harvard Business School's Joseph L. Bower and Clark G. Gilbert, in their article "What Really Drives Strategy Their assertion? "Organizations of any size are built around a series of building blocks, and the bigger the company the more responsibility in those building blocks. Today they are called SBUs—Strategic Business Units—or they are country organizations. If you add up what those people actually do, which ideas they choose to bring…
  • Your Dream Job - And Your Passion

    20 Jun 2014 | 5:10 am
    What would be your dream job? If money were not a consideration, what would you do? A recent Harris Interactive survey among almost 8,000 employees over the age of 18 found the following: 45% of workers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs 55% of workers said they were not satisfied Furthermore... 20% were passionate about their jobs 33% believed they had reached a dead end 21% were eager to change to something different The above statistics paint a vivid picture of how elusive passion can be in careers. Here are some more observations about dream jobs: Dream jobs…
  • The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution

    13 Jun 2014 | 5:48 am
    "A brilliant strategy, blockbuster product, or breakthrough technology can put you on the competitive map, but only solid execution can keep you there So begins the Harvard Business review article "The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution" written by executives from management consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc . According to the authors, "Execution is the result of thousands of decisions made every day by employees acting according to the information they have and their own self-interest." Their research identified four fundamental building blocks executives can use to influence…
 
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    Comments on: Blog

  • By: Building Team Trust

    Building Team Trust
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    […] often used buzz words are creativity, innovation and engagement. When I read Steve Farber’s great blog article on trust this week, it got me thinking about how integral that is to everything we do with teams. […]
  • By: Leadership Blogs Map - Sources of Insight

    Leadership Blogs Map - Sources of Insight
    19 Jun 2011 | 1:06 pm
    [...] Extreme Leadership, Inc., by Steve Farber [...]
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: Let’s Keep the Drama on the TV

    Kevin Eikenberry
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    A good drama on the TV or at the movies? Awesome. Drama at the workplace…..not so much. Watch this short video to learn tips for reducing the drama in your workplace. The art of persuasion starts with understanding your audience. Until you do you can’t persuade anyone. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about […]
  • 10 Questions to Make You a Better Listener

    Kevin Eikenberry
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listening is a skill we’d all like to get better at – I can’t think of a time when I asked someone or a group if they wanted to be a better listener and someone said, “no.” It is a life skill that impacts our ability to communicate, build relationships and get things done. It […]
  • Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others

    Kevin Eikenberry
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas Some books I buy because they are recommended to me. Some because I have read the author before, or even know the author. Others I buy because I am interested in the topic specifically. This book falls into the latter category. In fact, I have been a long time […]
  • Remarkable TV: Leadership Lessons from the Shower

    Kevin Eikenberry
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to coaching others, we often make the same mistake that I made with a “backwards” shower faucet. Intrigued? Check out this episode of Remarkable TV for my leadership lessons from the shower. Successful coaching starts with understanding and empathy of the other person, not with our agenda or normal approach. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet […]
  • Your Success Depends on This Skill

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My hope is that this headline makes you wonder. Perhaps you are guessing what the skill is. Perhaps you are thinking I am pretty presumptuous to suggest I know the most important skill you need, after all, I don’t know you, your experience or what you do for a living. This skill is so ubiquitous […]
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    Survival Leadership

  • Being Coached: Post # 8 FINAL POST

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Being Coached provides a road map for both group and team coaching. It's a worthy read for HR VPs, CEOs and anyone who has to deal with a group of people--which is all of us, except hermits!
  • Being Coached: Post #7--Team Coaching

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Team CoachingCoaching a team you work with that has similar collective goals. Much of the same rules (confidentiality, honesty, and trust) and techniques used in group coaching are also used in team coaching: the meeting rhythm—check-in, discussion, and check-out; meeting with coach prior to team meeting to establish a personal leadership development goal (about how to show up as a leader); and peer coaching. Some differences: Peers also discuss strengths of the team and changes that need to be made to get even better as a team.
  • Being Coached: Post #6--Confidentiality

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Confidentiality Confidentiality is critical on both the part of the coach and all participants. Participants can share anything about themselves—but what happens in the group and with peer coaches stays with them. Clients are strongly urged to share their developmental plans with their leaders. Finally, the coach will share the general themes with the corporate sponsor—how well the group members are participating—but only in the aggregate. Coaches make this clear up front to the sponsor.
  • Being Coached: Post #5--Discussion

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    Discussion: Talk about homework—reading, videos, etc. 3) Check-Out: One word about how you are feeling now.--First Meeting—After intros (and check-in) and initial stage setting by coach, participants meet and share with peer coaches to work on personal development goals. Later, everyone reveals his/her developmental goal to the group. Then, the group discusses pre-meeting readings or videos. The group ends with a check-out exercise.
  • Being Coached: Post # 4--Feedback

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    Feedback. Each participant is required to get 3-5 people they trust to give them feedback on their leadership (how they show up as leaders) to help their developmental program. Questions can include: What leadership qualities do you admire? How do I stack up? When have you seen me at my best? What is the one thing you’d like me to keep doing? What one thing do you recommend I do differently? After parsing out the top three leader qualities, responders are asked to rank you 1-10….low to high on how participant stacks up. Participants take their direction for change from there.
 
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Tuesday Tally – 7/29/14 – Leaving the profession: Careers outside Student Affairs

    nope
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Happy Tuesday! Summer is coming to close, which means a new academic year is about to begin. I am sure there will be plenty of students who will come into our offices and see new faces and miss some old ones. Some people will no longer be there because they moved onto new positions but some will no longer be there because they moved on from the profession. Today’s question is have you ever thought of leaving #StudentAffairs? Have you thought about a career outside Student Affairs? Take Our Poll
  • The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast Episode #22: Eric Lambert on APCA & Effective Student Programming

    nope
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Welcome to another great episode of The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast! This week, Tom had the chance to have a quick chat with Executive Director of APCA (Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities) Eric Lambert. Eric has had a long career in successfully programming for college students and shares some wisdom from his experience as well as some context from the history of activities on college campuses across the country. We appreciate Eric giving us some of his time! Be sure to check out APCA’s upcoming conferences and events to engage further. Thanks for listening! Show…
  • #SABeginnings – Finding “The One,” a Job, That Is

    nope
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    So this is what it feels like. By it, I mean the most ubiquitous and annoying word any job searcher hears and that word is “fit.” Fit, look for fit, see how it fits, blah blah blah. It was good advice but “fit” can be a terribly hard matter to conceptualize and accurately foresee. A mentor of mine once told me that the interview process was just like dating. Everyone has their baggage but you do your best to give off your best first impression. And to be honest, you’re not completely authentic at first. How often do you talk about all your personal issues on your first date? So,…
  • Working With Staff in Admissions and Recruitment – 3 Unknown Assumptions That Might Save Your Working Relationships

    nope
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    You may well know that recruiting and admitting students to a particular field, school, or university has certain bubbles that are completely unique to this part of student affairs. You may also know that these implications vary depending on the location of the school, the target population, the programs offered, and multiple other variables concerning college choice. BUT: Working in Admissions provides a new layer to life in higher education, and it’s crucial for all student affairs professionals to realize these ins-and-outs for both a) their sanity and b) to save their working…
  • Alice’s Emerging SA Pro Journey: In the Beginning….

    nope
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    This is my intern face Hi! I’m Alice Rugoletti and welcome to my first blog post! I’m super excited to share my journey with you as I go from #SAgrad to #SApro in the next year! I’ve got one semester left within the MEd in Administration of Higher Education program at Suffolk University so, as a December graduate, you will be literally following my evolution from grad student to (hopefully) new professional. Keep your fingers crossed for me! I have so many ideas and thoughts and questions and ponderings about this field and my path within/through it, I’m not sure if…
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    Management Skills Blog

  • Sort of Restless

    Tom Foster
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    “I have been sort of restless,” Miguel started. “Drop the sort of,” I clarified. “You are either restless or not restless, which is it?” “I am restless.” “About what?” I probed. “I have been a supervisor, here, for three years, now. Things are running pretty smooth. At times, I am a little bored. Ready to tackle something bigger,” Miguel thought out loud. “So, why haven’t you done anything about it?” “Well, that would be, like asking for more work to do, a complicated project. Right now, I have it…
  • Responsibility, Accountability and Authority

    Tom Foster
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Words mean things. One of the biggest problems with managerial practices and the concepts constructed to support them, is the lack of clarity. And whenever things are not clear, people make stuff up, like holacracy, self directed work groups, management by objective, results based performance. My thanks to Nick Forrest and his book How Dare You Manage, to bring some clarity to three words, responsibility, accountability and authority. You see, you may think you have a communication problem, but you more likely have an accountability and authority problem. You may think you are observing a…
  • Are There Limits to Creativity?

    Tom Foster
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    “I think we need to create a circle,” Russell explained. “What’s a circle?” I asked. “I was reading about this new management thing called holacracy. It’s a group of people in the company who get together to solve a problem,” he replied. “Why do you call it a circle, rather than a project team?” I wanted to know. “A project team is too limiting. It stifles thought. This circle would be free to think in brand new ways, without limits,” Russell smiled at his new idea. “So, if the circle thought the best way to solve a…
  • Holacracy, the Latest Management Craze

    Tom Foster
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    I have been reading about this latest management fad, holacracy, for some months now, but it was Gregory Ferenstein’s post on July 11 that finally sent me over the edge. For the record, here are two other articles that tee up this management craze. Zappos says goodbye to bosses by Jena McGregor and a more reasoned explanation, published in the Economist, The holes in holacracy. Also note that the word holacracy is a registered trademark. It is a brand, which always raises red flags in my world regarding its methods. Is it really something new or is the word made up to muddy the already…
  • “Zappos just abolished bosses” – Baloney

    Tom Foster
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    “The latest management trend to sweep Silicon Valley requires CEOs to formally relinquish their authority and grants special protection for every employee to experiment with ideas. It’s called holacracy and big name tech leaders have jumped on the bandwagon,” proclaims Gregory Ferenstein in his post on Vox, July 11, 2014. “Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh announced that he will transition his entire Las Vegas company — with a billion dollars of revenue and 1500 workers — to holacracy by the end of 2014.” Holacracy is described as the latest management craze and it is…
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    The Enlightened Manager

  • Don’t Be Too Positive

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    When does the power of positive thinking become positively annoying? I’ve been consulting with a company headquartered in France, and one of the small differences that I’ve noticed between French and American business culture is the way we communicate about problems.  I tend to be positive (even cheerful) while acknowledging problems, and this hasn’t gone over quite so well. One executive told me that being overly positive is an American cultural habit, which is interesting. It also explains a lot. When we spoke about the importance of positive feedback in the…
  • What Ethical Leaders Do

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    What does it mean to be an ethical leader?  Let’s break it down. Ethics in Childhood One afternoon when I was about seven years old, my dad and I were playing Super Mario Brothers. He had promised me a turn to play after his character died, and so I was waiting as patiently as a seven year old could wait.  After several minutes, Mario was killed by the boss monster, but he refused to hand over the controller. “Hang on… I need one more turn.” He did this twice more, and so I reached up and hit the power button on the console and ended his game. He was angry, but I…
  • The Joy of Coworking

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Working in a big room with a bunch of strangers.  It sounded like such a terrible idea until I tried it. It’s been an interesting month in the Baker household.  Over the course of two weeks we decided to downsize into a much smaller home, eliminate my home-office, and start moving towards a simpler “car-free” lifestyle. Yeah, we can be impulsive sometimes. There are some huge benefits to our move (financial and personal) but it has created a slew of problems to solve.  How will I get around to my clients?  What will I do with my facilitation supplies? Where am I going to…
  • The Financial Side of Employee Engagement

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Is there a relationship between employee engagement and personal finance? Darn straight there is. Employee engagement has been all the rage these last ten years.  Organizations want employees who actively care about the business and the quality of the work.  In short, they want to employ people who choose to be there. That goes for managers as well as staff – when we actively choose to do our work because we care about it at a personal level, we do better work.  Our productivity is higher. We make fewer mistakes. We are less likely to quit and we are probably less likely to…
  • When You Are Verbally Attacked

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:45 pm
    When someone unleashes their fury at you, how do you respond? Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Never Hurt Me. Were you taught this nursery rhyme as a child? I was, and my mother encouraged me to sing it like it was a deflection shield against insults.  Like most childhood rhymes it has an undertone of gruesomeness. What if someone did come with sticks and stones to break our bones? That’s some creepy imagery for a five year old. No one can offend you without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt said that one.  The message is similar, of course. We can’t directly…
 
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    Women on Business

  • 5 Steps to Build Your Personal Brand and Business with Public Speaking

    Susan Gunelius
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Public speaking offers women in business a significant opportunity to gain publicity, increase brand exposure and awareness, and drive sales. But how do you become a public speaker? First, you need to establish yourself as an expert in your field, and there are some very specific steps that you can take to do it. Following are fives steps to get started: 1. Determine your area of expertise. Every public speaker brings something specific to the audience she speaks to, and that something is usually related to her area of expertise. What topic related to your business do you know inside-out?
  • Working With Your Easy Brilliance

    Community Member
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Feeling that you have a purpose and a passion is what moves us to create our own businesses. There is something that we are here to do; something bigger than ourselves. So, off we go. Right, I’m going to create my own business, change the world and be successful! Hmm, not so easy? There are a lot of things for you to consider and do in your own business. Let’s face it; you have to do everything until you get going. But doing everything can be a real drag. There are things you are brilliant at and things that you really suck at. Isn’t it always the case that the things you just hate,…
  • Sponsored Video: Women Find Freedom as Entrepreneurs

    Susan Gunelius
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Did you know that there are more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States in 2014? According to the National Association of Women-Owned Businesses (NAWBO), those companies employed nearly 7.9 million people in 2014. In short, the number of women-owned businesses is on the rise and while the reasons why women start their own businesses vary, one underlying benefit is common among all female business owners. Women find freedom as entrepreneurs. The Catalyst to Entrepreneurship for Women What motivates women to leave behind the security (and often higher paychecks) associated…
  • Developing a Career in Information and Communication Technologies

    Sponsor Contributor
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Sponsored by Chandler Macleod: Research has shown again and again that there are not enough women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. While women make up half of the workforce, they only make up a quarter of STEM workers. The problem starts long before women get to the workforce. The number of women going to college to study for STEM careers has dropped in half since the mid-1980s. Fortunately, there are a variety of programs and initiatives aimed at getting more women in the STEM career pipeline. Some of these programs start as early as grade school. This is good…
  • Women on Business Welcomes Mary Isabale as a Contributing Writer

    Susan Gunelius
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Please join me in welcoming Mary Isabale to the Women on Business contributing writer team. Mary is an HR professional who specifically writes for working women.  She’ll be sharing her unique insights, advice, and more in her articles, so stay tuned! You can learn more about Mary in her bio below. About Mary Isabale Mary Isabale is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and Editor of Careerstair, a career blog for all levels, a career shift all-in-one solution. Isable prefers to be known as career doctor. She has written more than 100 articles on career advancement and…
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    The Glass Hammer

  • Leading People Through a Crisis

    No Byline
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By, Jessica Titlebaum Captain Chelsea “Sully” Sullenberger spoke at the Options Industry Conference this year in Austin, Texas. As the keynote speaker, he talked about emergency landing US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River and keeping safe all 255 aboard. One of the things he said about handling the crisis was that, “You can manage many things, but people deserve to be led.” A crisis in the office may not feel much different than maneuvering a plunging plane. The same goes for any crisis; you have to look at the situation from a bird’s eye view, trust your team, confidently…
  • Voice of Experience: Dawn Trautman, Senior Vice President, Life Insurance Division, Pacific Life

    No Byline
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Irene Solaz If Dawn Trautman could advise women who wish to work in the insurance industry, she would encourage them to be willing to inspire change and to seek out varied experiences throughout their careers. While the industry has been slow to change in the past, new developments in technology, changing demographics, and economic conditions make it poised for transformation. In fact, this philosophy of embracing change and being open to different opportunities has led Trautman to her current position as a Senior Vice President in the Life Insurance Division at Pacific Life. Trautman…
  • Micro-messages: Managing Small But Powerful Communication

    No Byline
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Nneka Orji A slight raising of the eyebrows expressing doubt, a subtle gesture which others may not necessarily have noticed but you have, and you start to doubt your ability to contribute to group discussions effectively. It happens again and again, eroding your self-esteem and increasing the feeling of alienation. Mary Rowe first wrote about this in 1972, defining such gestures that highlight differences between individuals as micro-inequities: “apparently small events which are often ephemeral and hard-to-prove, events which are covert, often unintentional, frequently unrecognized by…
  • Inequality in Filmmaking, and What Women are Doing to Break Through the Gender Barrier Behind the Camera

    No Byline
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Hadley Catalano In 2013, according to Celluloid Ceiling, women accounted for only 16 percent of behind-the-scenes employees on the top 250 (domestic) grossing films. Similar to financial services and technology, women in Hollywood lack the exposure and access to capital needed to finance their films. Like other industries, organizations and individual content creators are working to combat and change the mindset of the traditional jobs assigned to filmmakers through pragmatic initiatives, mentor programs, and networking partnerships to promote, educate and empower women in film. One of…
  • Office Gossip: How It Can Actually Help You in Your Career

    No Byline
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Mary Chung How many times have we been told that there is no place for gossip in the office? Let’s be honest, we are all guilty of it, and now we may not have to feel so bad for engaging in it. According to a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science by researchers from Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley, there can be positive effects to gossiping in groups because people learn through gossip about the behavior of others. The study showed that individuals readily gossiped reputational information about others, and groups used that gossip to…
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Video] What’s the Harm in the Leadership Crafting Values: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What’s the Harm in the Leadership Crafting Values?”Leaders crafting values in isolation is a great predictor for challenge within company culture.Company culture is driven on a day-to-day basis by the values that are held by the people who make up the company. So having the leadership team craft values independently and deliver them to the organization has a really good chance of being at odds with how the people who make up the company are wired. And in which case, that culture that's been…
  • [Video] Why Shouldn’t Leaders Mandate New Values: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Why Shouldn’t Leaders Mandate New Values?”Leadership has historically been thought of as the entity that determines the values within a company. And while it is important for leadership to identify where we want to be (the aspirational values for the organization, how we want to function as a company), it's not enough for them to then deliver those or mandate those to the organization.That's because we as individuals are all pretty well hardwired in terms of our personal values, and those…
  • [Video] How Do You Overcome Differences Between Executives and the Rest of the Culture?

    RoundPegg
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Do You Overcome Differences Between Executives and the Rest of the Organizational Culture?”When we survey organizations to understand what's really happening in the culture, we often find differences between the executives or the senior leadership and the rest of the company. And it's a good data point, it's important for us to know that those differences exist. And it doesn't mean that they're right or wrong.What's critical is to look at those, understand them, be able to tease them…
  • [Video] What’s Wrong With Most Companies’ Stated Values Today: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What’s Wrong With Most Companies’ Stated Values Today?”Organization's stated values often are not a great reflection of what's really happening within the company. So typically, the values have been created by a leadership team that has gone on an off-site or sat down during a strategic meeting, and have identified who they want to be, who they wish they were -- and then those are delivered to the organization as the culture.The problem with that is that those are often not aligned whatsoever…
  • [Video] What is the Best Type of Culture for Performance: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What is the Best Type of Culture for Performance?”We are often asked how to create a high performing culture, but high performing cultures can actually look many, many different ways. There isn't one way to be a high performing culture.What we know predicts high performance is an organization that understands what their unique company culture is and ensures that all of what they do, how they grow their company, how they develop the people, how they keep their employees motivated and…
 
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    Rich Gee Group

  • Top Psychological Tricks For The Office.

    richgeegroup
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Sometimes you need an advantage at work. Not only to get ahead and get that promotion — sometimes to just survive. Many close colleagues and new clients have been written up and fired (for nothing) instead of being laid off (the rational option). Companies are getting more cutthroat, managers are getting more paranoid, and it’s everyone for themselves people. Here are some simple psychological tricks to stay on top of your game at work: Sit next to your enemies. If you’re in a group meeting and you suspect that someone in there might come after you about something or if you have…
  • Without A Doubt, The Money Is Still Out There.

    richgeegroup
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    “Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.” – Henry Ford I still get people today moaning about how it’s bad ‘out there’. For many years, money fell from the sky. Executives and entrepreneurs walked around with their laundry baskets and caught the falling bills. Not singles . . . we’re talking 50 and 100 dollar bills. Life was good. We bought big cars, homes, boats, and took 2-4 week vacations. But it also was a little bit unreal. Now they’re saying it will never be…
  • Good Service vs. Bad Service – A Parable.

    richgeegroup
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Once upon a time there was a coach. He woke up every morning at 4:30 AM and worked until 5 PM. Some days he worked at his office in Stamford — some days he worked at his home office. Some days he coached all day long with wonderful clients — some days he was on the road connecting with old and new friends to build his business. During these wonderful times, this coach would make a small detour and pick up a few foodstuffs for his family (it’s the least he could to to help his ravishingly beautiful and infinitely smarter wife). This day, he stopped off at a supermarket,…
  • Be A Better Leader – 30 Leadership Hacks For Managers.

    richgeegroup
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    I managed large teams for over 20 years in corporate and have been coaching C-Level clients for 14 more. During this time, I’ve probably run into every scenario a manager can experience. Here are my top 30 hacks to make you a better leader (in no special order): 1. Motivate people, don’t command them. It’s a lot harder, but you will like the results a lot more. 2. Identify your key employees and reward them so they know they’re valued. Don’t worry about losing poor talent. 3. Translate upper management’s vague directives into things your team can…
  • How to Be an Effective CEO.

    richgeegroup
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    It’s quite simple - unfortunately, there are many critics, books, and know-it-all’s out there trying to ‘complexify’ (my word) the basic responsibilities of a CEO or C-Level executive. It really comes down to three skills: 1. Motivate Your Team This is the most important skill – everyone goes to work, but it’s how you manage their expectations, keep them focused, and acknowledge them for their efforts that win the game. This is not a one management-style fits all – you need to directly motivate each direct report on your team AND teach them how they…
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    First Friday Book Synopsis

  • “Multitasking” is an “Urban Legend” – You Really Can Have only One Focus at a Time

    Randy Mayeux
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    One frustrated psychologist has argued that the case for multitasking is on a par with “urban legend”; that is, it’s a story we like the sound of but that is really nonsense. From Margaret Heffernan, Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvoius at our Peril ——————– So, here’s the problem. We think we can do […]
  • Brinkley’s Omission is Sad

    kjkrayer
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    I consider Douglas Brinkley one of the top biographers of our time.  He has rapidly risen up the list.  Most recently, I thought his work, Cronkite, was really outstanding.   I have to admit to you that I was disappointed in the announcement that he chose not to include the Watergate tapes in his newest […]
  • We/You Should Probably Be Subtracting Something, and Adding Something, Right Now – and Often

    Randy Mayeux
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are many, many such features that you always have to make tough choices about. We’ve actually cut features that I love. This is one of the toughest but most important parts of designing products–deciding what to trim as you move forward. Why Google Killed Your Favorite Feature: Jon Wiley, Head Of Google Search, Explains Why […]
  • Forbes’ Book on Money Takes Aim – But Will Anyone Listen?

    kjkrayer
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    If there is anyone to write credibly about money, it is Steve Forbes.  He has had plenty.  As you remember, he twice entered, then exited early from presidential party nomination campaigns, bankrolling his efforts with his family fortune. In his newest book, co-authored with Elizabeth Ames, Forbes argues for a reliable gold standard in order […]
  • Newest Sandford Prey Book is Different and Not His Best

    kjkrayer
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    I have read most of John Sandford’s PREY series books.  They are almost all set in Minnesota, and involve two major characters:  Lucas Davenport, from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and Virgil Flowers, who works for Lucas.  Virgil is referred to in several books in a way that I cannot print in this entry, although […]
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    Free Executive & Management Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • 4 Reasons CEOs Struggle to Align Employee Goals to Corporate Strategy

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    As a business leader, your job is to ensure your company is profitable. If your employees aren’t sure how their job contributes to that purpose, you might be fighting an uphill battle. Getting your employees on the same page with the executive team starts with recognizing where the breakdown is occurring. As they say, the first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem.One of the most revealing metrics in determining if your employees understand their purpose is if they can answer the simple question, “What is it you do every day and how does that affect why…
  • 25 Leadership Behaviors That Create A Culture of Continuous Improvement

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In this paper "25 Leadership Behaviors That Create A Culture Of Continuous Improvement," KaiNexus reveals what every leader should be aware of when attempting to transition their organization's culture into one centered around continuous improvement. KaiNexus analyzed a number of successful improvement practices and has provided some key behaviors to keep in mind while engaging employees, emphasizing that leaders need to model the behaviors they want to see, acting as an example for others to follow. Leaders must then study the system and observe if these behaviors are…
  • Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn -- Free 42 Page Excerpt

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Imagine finding the perfect job and developing several thousand new business and social networking contacts by simply maximizing your presence on an online network! With Neal Schaffer's comprehensive and unique Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn, you can formulate and reach those career and professional objectives. It's all about creating and implementing your own LinkedIn Brand—which means branding yourself as if you were your own company! In this book:Learn fundamental social networking concepts and how to apply themCreate and confirm your objective for using LinkedIn…
  • 2020: Can you get there? A Business Guide for Overcoming Disruption

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Many business leaders have realized how vulnerable they are to the next wave of change.This paper will examine past and future market disruptors. It provides case studies of businesses that have failed or succeeded to navigate large-scale changes. By reviewing these cases, business leaders will get a sense of how to prepare for inevitable disruptions.Request Free!
  • The New American Workplace Research Kit - Includes a Free $8.50 Book Summary

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    The New American Workplace Research Kit brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your workforce solutions. This kit includes The New American Workplace Summary eBook that normally is $8.50. The U.S. government's Work in America report received national acclaim and front-page coverage in media across the United States when it was published 30 years ago. In The New American Workplace, the long-awaited follow-up to the bestselling Work in America, authors James O'Toole and Edward E. Lawler III provide a comprehensive,…
 
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    N2Growth Blog

  • Being A Great Leader: How Do You Balance Career Success and Happiness?

    Grant Wattie
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    By Grant Wattie President, N2Growth Australia Being great, living an extraordinary life starts with waking up. Most people don’t even know they are asleep. As the Jesuit spiritual leader, Anthony De Mello said, “They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. Yet all is well, and though everything is a mess in the world, all is very well.  It’s an unusual paradox, but tragically, most people never get to see that all is great because they are asleep and having a nightmare.
  • Do You Speak the Language of Performance Driven Execution?

    Damian Pitts
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth If you are responsible for leading teams, how can you be sure that the work being done throughout the day will innovatively increase impact and productivity to make tomorrow a better place? Or, if you are responsible for managing Solopreneur projects, how can you be sure that the work will increase impact and productivity? Isn’t that what productivity should be doing? Making the Future Picture (how leaders intend the future to look prior arriving to it in the distant future) a well defined place of…
  • An Effective Business Review Meeting?

    John Childress
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    By John R. Childress Chair, Cultural Transformation – President, N2Growth Europe, N2Growth “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings”  ~Dave Barry Everywhere I go I hear complaints about Business Review Meetings.  Whether they are held monthly, quarterly or some other cadence, the comments from participants tend to be the same. “What a waste of time.” “Now I’ve lost another day of work.” “I flew to the East Coast for this? At least they had a decent movie…
  • English Football (Soccer) and Executive Development

    John Childress
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:07 am
    By John R. Childress Chair, Cultural Transformation – President, N2Growth Europe, N2Growth For the past 20 years  I have been living in London and to say that the English are football crazy would be an understatement.  There are multiple football leagues, as well as club teams in almost every village.  The latest statistics show there are more than 140 individual leagues, containing more than 480 divisions, with an estimated average of 15 clubs per division, giving this tiny country more than 7,000 teams in the English men’s football league system. The leagues are structured…
  • The Leadership ‘X’ Factor That Creates ‘It’ Companies

    Mike Myatt
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:54 am
    By Mike Myatt Chairman, N2Growth How do some companies evolve to “it company” status while others languish in relative obscurity? Whether you think of more mature companies like Google, Whole Foods, or Unilever, or early stage marvels like Warby Parker, Vendini, or RevZilla, the hottest companies on the planet understand it’s not what they do or how they do it, but why they do what they do that defines who they are as an organization.  Put simply, company culture is the real competitive advantage great organizations trade on.   READ FULL COLUMN ON FORBES
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    Lead Change Group

  • Leadership: From Transference To Transcendence

    Paul LaRue
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    We all have heard these phrases and sentiments spoken from various people in leadership positions: “I’m not here to make friends; I have a job to do” “We – can’t afford/don’t have the budget for – training” “You don’t have to like me, but you have to respect me and do what I say” Dan [...]Author informationPaul LaRueAuthor at The UPwards LeaderPaul LaRue is the creator of the leadership blog The UPwards Leader and an account executive for a national broadline food distributor. He has built his career on engaging solid,…
  • What Title Would Others Place on Your Card?

    Jon Mertz
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Recently, we gathered as a group of leaders to discuss change and how to lead through, around, or over organizational roadblocks. Our conversations at Authentic Leadership Dallas are always engaging, honest, and fun. Just what a group should be! As we were discussing change, one of our leaders said that CEO is the title on [...]Author informationJon MertzJon is a vice president of marketing in the healthcare software industry and named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business by Trust Across America in 2014. His background consists of an MBA from The University of Texas at…
  • Master Delegation – The Secret Ingredient

    David M. Dye
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Yes, But… If you’ve been a leader for any length of time at all, you know you’re supposed to delegate. You understand that you can’t achieve big goals on your own, that leadership is all about achieving results through relationships, and that when you delegate, you multiply yourself. You may know all that, but delegation [...]Author informationDavid M. DyePresident at Trailblaze, IncDavid works with leaders, managers, and supervisors who want to get more done, build teams that care, and achieve results. He is a leadership speaker, consultant and coach as well as the the founder…
  • Will this project manager make a good people manager?

    Leigh Steere
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Sam’s team just delivered a complex project on-time, on-budget, and with impeccable quality. His company is eying him for promotion, because they want him to “rub off” on other project managers, whose results aren’t as stellar. Maybe he can teach them a trick or two? In theory, a good project manager can become a good [...]Author informationLeigh SteereCo-founder, Managing People Better, LLC—a management research firm/think tank. Professional kettle-stirrer. Writer. Curriculum developer. Connect with Leigh on her LeadChange profile, website, or Twitter and check out the Managing…
  • The Real Battle of Leadership

    Jeff Harmon
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    In a recent video post, I shared the 5 word secret to servant leadership…. “It. Is. Not. About. Me!”  These five simple words are easy to add as a daily mantra or prayer to ground you in servant, other-oriented leadership; however, behind those five simple words is a fierce battle.  It’s an unseen battle that [...]Author informationJeff HarmonJeff Harmon is the president of Brilliance Within Coaching & Consulting which specializes in developing principled, character driven business leaders while helping them translate their strategies into focused, actionable plans that…
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    Crucial Skills

  • Respecting Part-time Coworkers

    Ron McMillan
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Dear Crucial Skills, I am a middle-aged, part-time worker by choice and work very hard while I am at work. I have a great attendance record, I’m dedicated, meticulous, and take initiative without drawing attention to myself. I try to do everything I can to make my coworkers’ jobs easier. Per my supervisor and coworkers, I am a “great team player.” However, I am still bothered by some comments along the lines of “she’s just a part-timer,” and I don’t get the same treatment as full-time employees regarding things like perks, raises, etc. What can I do to help my employer and…
  • Kerrying On: Taking Control of Our Stories

    Kerry Patterson
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    http://static.vitalsmartscdn.com/kerryingon/KerryingOn_200601.mp3 Somewhere in deepest rural America, a man driving along a dark, lonely stretch of country road blew his right front tire. After pulling over and scrambling out of his BMW, he walked to the trunk, opened it, and noted with disgust that his jack was missing. After ten minutes of nothing but frog and cricket noises, our traveler concluded that he was on his own. It was then that he noticed that off to the west, across a long stretch of open ground, was a lone farmhouse. It was late, but there was a light on in the front window…
  • When Cultures Clash

    Joseph Grenny
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    During the month of July, we publish “best of” content. The following article was first published on August 3, 2005. Dear Crucial Skills, Our city has been struggling with a diversity initiative, and we’ve been going through the Crucial Conversations Training to help address issues that keep our employees from working together because of cultural misunderstandings. It’s been interesting to see people’s reactions to the terms “silence” and “violence” used in the training. It seems to be a matter of interpretation. For example, several people from different ethnic backgrounds…
  • What if the other person refuses to open up?

    Stacy Nelson
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    When trying to commit to seek mutual purpose, what if the other person refuses to open up and share his or her meaning to find and/or create a mutual purpose? It can be difficult when the other person seems to be holding back what it is they really want. There are a couple of things you might keep in mind when dealing with this situation. Sometimes the refusal to open up is a sign others are not feeling safe. One of the first things you may want to do is ask yourself a couple of “heart questions”: A) Do you really care about what they care about? B) Do you really care about them? If you…
  • The Silent Spouse

    Al Switzler
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    During the month of July, we publish “best of” content. The following article was first published on February 2, 2005. Dear Crucial Skills, Whenever my husband and I get into a conversation that he doesn’t want to continue, he will resort to a comment like, “You always have to have things your way,” and will refuse to continue the conversation. This approach leaves issues unresolved and interferes with other areas of our life. How can I get around this? Signed, Unresolved Dear Unresolved, When we teach Crucial Conversations Training and ask for the kinds of…
 
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    Aspire-CS

  • How to see others as people

    Mary Jo Asmus
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
      I spent much of the weekend reading a book called The Anatomy of Peace by the Arbinger Institute. It’s been on my reading list for far too long. It continues the story of Lou who was featured in an earlier work by Arbinger called Leadership and Self Deception. Both books dig below the surface to explore the beliefs and mindset (that impact behavior) of a fictional leader. The Anatomy of Peace book prompted me to think about how we choose in each and every moment how to treat people; even when we believe we don’t have a choice. There is an important distinction for leaders:…
  • Your sources of real power

    Mary Jo Asmus
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Leadership just isn’t what it used to be. Thank goodness! We’ve all known of organizational cultures where the managers’ use of command and control is a source of power. Because we are now in an age of flattened organizational structures, global broad based knowledge, and speed of light decision making, real leadership power lies in work relationships that are formed and intentionally sustained. In the next 20 years, we’ll see more change in how managers lead. Although here are still pockets of managers who grasp for power through force and strength, they’ll…
  • Leading through uncertain times

    Mary Jo Asmus
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
      The announcement last week that Microsoft would be laying off 18,000 employees washed over me. Emotions emerged of a time several years ago when I was working in a company that had made several major mergers over the course of a decade while trying to survive in a marketplace that was relentless. The final blow culminated in massive layoffs. Many employees who would lose their jobs had spent a lifetime working for “the only employer in a small town” known for good pay, benefits, and treating employees with respect and dignity. While many employees certainly experienced the…
  • Don’t make them cry

    Mary Jo Asmus
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
      If you’ve been in the corporate or business arena for any period of time, chances are that someone has done something to you that was unthinking or insensitive, making you feel like you didn’t matter. This can be particularly upsetting if that someone is your boss. I shed a lot of (silent) tears because of some of the insensitive ways I was treated by some managers:   The first day I returned from maternity leave, I walked into my office and found someone else sitting at my desk. My manager had forgotten to let me know that an office had opened up across town where my…
  • How to be a leader without faking it

    Mary Jo Asmus
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    What makes it important to understand and stay connected with the core of who you are as a human being? How do you become an authentic leader? How do you know when your actions are less than genuine? These are some intriguing and deep questions that you may not have thought about. I have – for the simple reason that I believe the answers are important for leaders to be able to sustain the energy and dedication that are necessary for them to continue to inspire themselves and the people they lead. Inspiring others is part of what you must do, because it keeps people engaged and…
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    All Things Workplace

  • Crack the Leadership Code: Lead with Confidence, Inspire Performance and Make a Difference

    Steve Roesler
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Hosted by Dr. Michelle Pizer The 21-day event has just begun--and it is FREE! Click to reserve your seat! <www.cracktheleadershipcode.com> We hear all the time about the suffering of employees, but what about the silent suffering of leaders? The truth is, leadership can be lonely and we need a place to reflect and learn. Thats why Im speaking at Dr. Michelle Pizers special summit, along with 20 other leadership experts. Dr. Michelle Pizer is an executive coach and organizational psychologist bringing credibility and compelling strategies to the idea that great leaders arent born -…
  • Nobody Follows A Tentative Person

    Steve Roesler
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    I was standing at the meat counter at the local market and watched a leadership principle unfold before me: Nobody Follows a Tentative Person. Normally, they have little slips of paper with numbers that make the process run smoothly: take your number and wait for it to be called. But they ran out of numbers. Which meant we had to figure out for ourselves who was next. The nice part: people were concerned about not "butting" ahead. The bad part: as a result, when the butcher yelled, "Next", there was a lot of shuffling, faux self-deprecation, and confusion. No meat was moving out of the…
  • Self-Awareness Matters

    Steve Roesler
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    Organizations gain a lot more from leaders who take responsibility for what they know they don't know than from leaders who pretend to know everything. What recently occurred to me in an "aha" moment is this: self-awareness is one of the most valuable leadership competencies, yet it is one of the least discussed. In an effort to appear task-focused and "business-like," organizational feedback often gravitates toward hard skills and competencies that are more easily measurable.  Have You Thought About This? People who don't know their strengths and weaknesses actually tend to overestimate…
  • Changing Something? Start It Right

    Steve Roesler
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    If you're about to change something, remember that it's your change. You've thought about what you want to do--most likely for a long time. You've weighed the risks and benefits. You've visualized what things would look like if your new idea/project/improvement is implemented. You've even thought about at least some of the details. But most of all. . . You are convinced of it's worth and you feel good about it. Hey, I'm pumped up! Why isn't everybody else feeling good?  When you introduce your new thing, you are at the end of your process. Everyone else is at the beginning. They…
  • Tell The Truth About Talent

    Steve Roesler
    29 May 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you want to be the person who offers real value in a Talent Management discussion, then be the person who demands the truth about performance. Organizations are all about power and equilibrium. Over time, "conventional wisdom"  creates the list of high potential candidates. Then, at "developmental discussion" time the same names often keep popping up, unquestioned. Preparing for a keynote at a healthcare conference, I interviewed some CEO clients and their direct reports. The question: "What would make a manager or HR director a leader in your eyes?" The answer: "Ask the hard questions…
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    George Ambler

  • Vision is What Separates Great Leaders

    George Ambler
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    Vision is the foundation of leadership. Whilst leadership starts with being the right person – the character of the leader, great leadership is sustained by a shared and compelling vision. A compelling vision is one that describes who you are, why you exist and the future you want to create. People don’t follow leaders with fancy titles and high positions. People don’t follow leaders who have authority. People don’t follow leaders of good character. Whilst all these things are helpful and contribute to influencing others, without a compelling vision people are not moved to follow…
  • Great Leadership Starts with Mindset Not Skillset

    George Ambler
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Leadership begins with mindset. What is mindset you may ask? Mindset refers to the ideas, beliefs and attitudes with which a leader approaches a situation. Thus mindsets are the foundation of great leadership, as mindset forms the basis for action. The VUCA environment of today is rewriting the rules of business. The result is that leaders desperately need new mindsets and new ways of looking at the world. Consider the cause of some of the biggest leadership failures of the past decade: Kodak created the first digital camera, an 8 pound, 0.01 megapixel still camera, in 1975. Despite…
  • Why You Should Stop Working So Hard

    George Ambler
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:15 pm
    You and I have been led to believe that hard work produces great results. If you keep you head down, work hard the results will follow. The only problem is if you look around there there seems to be more and more people with high levels of activity but make little progress. There are limits to what can be achieved through hard work and sheer determination. You quickly reach a point where more work fails to produce better results. The reason is that in most situations it’s only a vital few activities actually yield better results. There Are Limits to Hard Work The belief that more work leads…
  • Lessons from a General for Leading in a VUCA World

    George Ambler
    31 May 2014 | 5:35 am
    We are living in VUCA times. VUCA is military term that describes the challenging leadership context of today. The term VUCA stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. This is a helpful way to make sense of and understand the leadership context of the 21st century. The challenge is that leading in a VUCA world requires a new way of thinking and a whole new set of skills. General George Casey, 36th U.S. Army Chief of Staff and former Commanding General of the Multinational Force in Iraq, knows all about leading in a VUCA world. The General recently shared his experiences in the…
  • 5 Ways to Persuade with Character (Ethos)

    George Ambler
    27 May 2014 | 1:20 pm
    When Nelson Mandela spoke people listened. When Winston Churchill spoke people listened. When Warren Buffet speaks people listen. When Jeff Bezos speaks people listen. When leaders speak people listen. When you speak do people listen? Do you have the character and credibility to persuade others with your message? Ethos refers to an audience’s perception of the character, authority and credibility of the speaker. Ethos concerns itself with answering the questions of “What do you know about this topic?” and “Why should I trust you?” as asked by the audience. Character is based on the…
 
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    Leadership Lessons From Triathlons

  • KM Duathlon

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    The KM Duathlon was held on 20 July, 7.00am, at the Changi Exhibition Centre. It attracted a few hundred endurance athletes to this boutique-race comprising a run-ride-run. We had not enjoyed a Duathlon for a few years, so this was a surprising treat. The format included a relay event, 5km-20km-5km (30km), or 10km-40km-10km formats. I elected to completed the 10-40-10 (60km) category, as a prelude to Ironman 70.3 Cebu (on 3 August). Sante sets off - fast! (I was just behind - see my finger?)The calm before the storm...(I am wearing the official Compressport tri-top).The 60km race was…
  • The Benefits of Training Solo (Part 1)

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    I have been training, predominantly, alone for the last two years. My race performance has been mixed, yet I have ticked off a few boxes on my Bucket List. Here are some salient advantages of training solo:1) You respect other people's time, by not wasting their time waiting for you to arrive.2) You save time, as you can start/stop at your own will and decision.3) You enjoy greater flexibility of activities and duration.4) You can integrate a workout at any time of your waking hours.5) You decide on your routes, pathways and course of action.6) You determine your own pace and speed.7) You are…
  • A First Time For New Experiences

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    I tested my first aero-helmet this morning: the Rudy Project Wing 57, complete with snap-on visor. Perhaps, due to poor mounting on my part, my visor popped out halfway during my ride.I have not used an aero-helmet as I never thought I was fast enough to use it. In recent weeks, while preparing for my A-races, I decided to use this 'advantage'. I felt that my head was tighter, warmer, and I could hear the wind whistling in my ear (against the head-winds). I am reminded of the cliche of 'There's a first time for everything'. I must admit that I perceived i had a raised self-esteem. This was…
  • Racing Season Has Begun

    16 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    Racing has begun!In recent weeks, I have resumed racing with a 60km riding race and 21km run. With a schedule of races in July through September, I will be participating in a duathlon, Olympic Distance triathlon, half-Ironman, 10km and 21km races.It is assessment time, and I will be building up to Ironman 70.3 Cebu; I hope to earn a PB. My main goal in 2015 is to earn a sub-3-hour marathon, or somewhere near that time. A Boston Marathon slot in 2016 will be my main goal. Next year, I may attempt my third Ironman Lanzarote and aim for my best time there.Much to do, but happy work,…
  • From Less Functional To More Functional

    16 Jun 2014 | 8:13 am
    During the years 1990-1993, I was national-level bodybuilder (also known as a 'muscle-head') on its B-team. In my first competition, I spent eight weeks to prepare and packed on 7kg of lean muscle. I won third placing in the Middleweight division, and that was the start of a frustrating and tumultuous relationship with barbells, dumb-bells and weight-satck machines. I experienced strength, fatigue, stretch-marks, stinky gym-clothes, hyper-nutrition (over-nutrition by pissing out expensive urine) and revelations.Having won three 3rd placings, and one runner-up award I retired completely from…
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    Talent Talk

  • Building deep capabilities

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    ‘Deep capabilities’ is a buzzword being used a lot within companies at the moment to describe a type of skillset that is both ‘deep’ (i.e. where an employee has strong expertise in one area) and ... Read more on the Talent Technologies website
  • What makes great training?

    admin
    1 Jun 2014 | 11:53 pm
    What makes great training? Those of you who have been on training courses in the past will know that not all training is the same. This statement may sound like the blindingly obvious, a truism, but ... Read more on the Talent Technologies website
  • What does HR have to do with your company’s Brand?

    admin
    26 May 2014 | 6:14 am
    HR is typically seen as the ‘cost centre’ of a company’s activities. While Marketing might command as much as 30% of a company’s internal expenditure, Human Resource Departments routinely operate on as little as 1% ... Read more on the Talent Technologies website
  • The building blocks of collaboration

    admin
    12 May 2014 | 4:50 am
    ‘Collaboration’ is a word used a lot in companies these days – yet few professionals find it easy to articulate exactly what it is. There’s a sense collaboration has something to do with teamwork, but even ... Read more on the Talent Technologies website
  • Execution AND Engagement

    admin
    5 May 2014 | 5:53 am
    A key challenge facing leaders at every level of an organisation is how to execute on their strategy. They may take tens of thousands – even hundreds of thousands – of man hours defining and articulating ... Read more on the Talent Technologies website
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    QAspire Blog by Tanmay Vora

  • A Few Lessons From My First MRI Experience

    Tanmay Vora
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Recently, I had my first MRI scan to diagnose a herniated disc in my lower back area. Not a great thing to have, but fortunately, not very severe either. I just need to be extra careful with my back, do exercises and manage the stress well. MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging involves going into a narrow magnetic tube through which images of internal body structures are taken. The tube is a cramped cold space and once  the procedure starts, it is extremely noisy with deafening and unpleasant sounds. One almost feels like being in the middle of a battle ground. What started as a terrible…
  • Leadership in VUCA World: Perspectives on #IndiaHRChat

    Tanmay Vora
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Today’s business environment is best described as VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. VUCA is, quite simply, the expression of the fact that the rate of change is outpacing our ability to adapt. As a result of this, businesses, industries and careers are disrupted faster than ever before. We have to seriously rethink about how we lead ourselves, others and our organizations. Old ways of leadership have to give way to newer mental models based on agility in decision making, critical thinking, adaptable learning, people orientation and responsiveness to change. What…
  • Leadership Development Carnival: June 2014 Edition

    Tanmay Vora
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:47 pm
      Namaste! Welcome to the June 02nd 2014 Carnival of Leadership Development. I am thankful to carnival leader Dan McCarthy for allowing me to host this event -  a wonderful collection of very practical insights on Leadership Development. It is always a great privilege to host a Leadership Development Carnival because it allows us to explore so many different facets of leadership at one go. In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment where technology is constantly changing how people collaborate and work, the paradigms of leadership are changing. In…
  • Fostering Emergent Leadership: Bite Sized Insights on #IndiaHRChat

    Tanmay Vora
    25 May 2014 | 8:25 pm
    One of the skills that Google looks for before hiring is “Emergent Leadership”. In a connected, volatile, networked and virtual world of work, it is crucial for us to step out of traditional definitions of leadership and look at leadership as a role and not as a title. I was honored to be invited to share my insights on #IndiaHRChat on the topic “Emergent Leadership”. My fellow guest was Jesse Lyn Stoner, who is a business leader, executive coach and co-author with Ken Blanchard of International best seller “Full Steam Ahead: Unleash the Power of Vision”. It was such a great…
  • In 100 Words: The Formula for Success

    Tanmay Vora
    20 May 2014 | 10:04 pm
    A man approached JP Morgan with an envelope and said, “Sir, in my hand I hold a guaranteed formula for success, which I will gladly sell you for $25,000.” JP Morgan replied, “I don’t know what is in the envelope, however if I like it, I will pay you what you asked for.” JP Morgan opened the envelope, and extracted a single sheet of paper. He gave it one look, a mere glance and paid him the agreed-upon $25,000. The Paper: 1. Every morning, write a list of the things that need to be done that day. 2. Do them. Hat Tip to Tom Peters’ collection of Top 41 Quotes (PDF), which is also a…
 
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    churchrelevance.com

  • 4 Reasons to Consider Custom Church T-Shirts and Water Based Printing

    Kent Shaffer
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Growing up most church t-shirts I saw were simply wearable souvenirs commemorating the last youth retreat or something you attended. While this souvenir approach isn’t going away, the potential of a custom church t-shirt has grown to be a valuable tool used for identification, security, professionalism, and promotion. Let’s look in depth at these 4 areas, sizing tips, and the benefits of using water based printing like Real Thread. Identification The larger a church grows the more important it is that attendees are able to identify who can help. Using custom t-shirts helps…
  • Texting Your Way to Healthier Church Communication

    Kent Shaffer
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    What’s the best way for your church to communicate to your congregation? Well, it depends on the church. The world is increasingly a complex melting pot of subcultures. Some churches thrive using social media while other churches need more traditional communication channels. There are hundreds of options. And text messaging may actually be one of the best tools you can use. Why texting? Text messaging (SMS) is as popular as email was a decade ago. According to Pew Internet Project, 90% of American adults have a cell phone, and 79% of them use text messaging in 2014. In other words, 7 in…
  • Thank You June Supporters

    Kent Shaffer
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    Special thanks to Church Relevance’s June supporters. They help fund the work and research that goes into the reference lists that Church Relevance has come to be known for. Call-Em-All // Church Community Builder // Church Office Online Digital Bible Platform // Ekklesia 360 // Elexio // eResources FaithWebsites // Graceway Media // Leaders Book Summaries Open Church // Shelby Systems // Rock RMS If you would like to learn more about sponsoring Church Relevance, check out our sponsors page for the latest rates, options, and traffic stats.The post Thank You June…
  • What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2014 & 2015?

    Kent Shaffer
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:14 am
    Church Relevance’s list of 2014 & 2015 church conference recommendations has been updated to over 80 ministry conferences throughout 2014, 2015, and even 2016. It is not too early to start planning which ones you can attend. So check out the list, and please leave a comment letting us know which conferences we forgot and which ones you’ll be attending.The post What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2014 & 2015? appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Resources to Check Out

    Kent Shaffer
    31 May 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Two new resources have been added to our sponsors to check out – Rock RMS (a free church management software) and the Digital Bible Platform (a free Bible API with over 1,600 volumes). Bible Digital Bible Platform Church Management Software: Active Faith // Church Community Builder // Church Office Online // Elexio // Shelby Systems // Rock RMS Church Websites: Ekklesia 360 // FaithWebsites Communication Tools: Call-Em-All Education: Leaders Book Summaries Media Resources: Graceway Media // Open Church If you would like to learn more about sponsoring Church…
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    Management Craft

  • Chat with me this Wednesday on #nextchat about Accountability and Engagement

    Lisa Haneberg
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Hello everyone. I am pleased to be SHRM's guest on their next #NextChat. What's a #NextChat you ask? #Nextchat is a Twitter chat hosted by SHRM We Know Next  on the @WeKnowNext Twitter handle that occurs every Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. It explores various human resources topics each week to encourage an conversation between HR and other business professionals and to ensure that followers are up-to-date on the latest HR news, information, trends and best practices. You can see chat previews and recaps are posted on the Next Blog.  “Learn. Share. Network. >> #Nextchat” Basically, it…
  • Are we too willing to fritter our time away? A few observations about relevance and meaning.

    Lisa Haneberg
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Bill and I spent a week kayaking in the Great Bear Rain Forest. It was a great trip and you can see my pictures on Flickr here. We had two kayaking guides, one who was a 25 year old man. One evening as we were finishing our dessert, he shared an underwater video he recorded a couple of years ago. During the off-season, he dives and explores the wild waterways in the region where we kayaked (we traveled with Mothership Adventures, you can see more here). He shot the video for a regional conservation blog. He did it because of his love for the the flora and fauna in the Great Bear Rainforest…
  • Where a friend found my book!

    Lisa Haneberg
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:03 pm
    A friend sent me this picture - it's my latest book, Double the Love, with a nice shelf space at the International SHRM Conference. Woohoo! I particularly love that my book is shelved higher than, How to Work for an Idiot (What an idea for a book...Who's going to keep that on his or her desk?... Only idiots, clearly. How ironic!). We writers LOVE it when people send us pictures of our books (unless they're in the Super Bargain bins, then we don't want to know) so feel free to take a picture and send it to me anytime! I received another bit of good news on the bookfront today, my publisher put…
  • Secret #11 - The secret to performance velocity is design.

    Lisa Haneberg
    15 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    I thought I would do a few posts sharing a few editorial comments on the "Secrets" I shared in Double the Love. There are 11 secrets in the book, and this post discusses the last one. The secret to performance velocity is design. Be intentional and create the world you seek. In the book, I talk about this secret using the metaphor of the bento box. Like this one: Doesn't this look yummy? Thinking about it now, I bet I was really hungry when I selected this metaphor. I might not get all the way through this post before suggesting to hubby Bill that we go for some great Japanese food! I love…
  • Feeding Your Community

    Lisa Haneberg
    8 Jun 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Oh, golly, I have not been doing a very good job for my blog community. It has been far too long since I posted. Or better said, it has been far too long since I contributed (there is a difference - I could post every day with something that sounds like "buy my new book" but that would not contribute to you at all.) I am a lax blogger. I have not shared a new post in FOREVER! And I am a lax book marketer (all writers must be marketers or risk being unread - the ultimate failure). Ideally, I would be "out there" with book-related posts and readings and speeches but I am nowhere. And it is not…
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    All Things Workplace

  • Crack the Leadership Code: Lead with Confidence, Inspire Performance and Make a Difference

    Steve Roesler
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Hosted by Dr. Michelle Pizer The 21-day event has just begun--and it is FREE! Click to reserve your seat! <www.cracktheleadershipcode.com> We hear all the time about the suffering of employees, but what about the silent suffering of leaders? The truth is, leadership can be lonely and we need a place to reflect and learn. Thats why Im speaking at Dr. Michelle Pizers special summit, along with 20 other leadership experts. Dr. Michelle Pizer is an executive coach and organizational psychologist bringing credibility and compelling strategies to the idea that great leaders arent born -…
  • Nobody Follows A Tentative Person

    Steve Roesler
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    I was standing at the meat counter at the local market and watched a leadership principle unfold before me: Nobody Follows a Tentative Person. Normally, they have little slips of paper with numbers that make the process run smoothly: take your number and wait for it to be called. But they ran out of numbers. Which meant we had to figure out for ourselves who was next. The nice part: people were concerned about not "butting" ahead. The bad part: as a result, when the butcher yelled, "Next", there was a lot of shuffling, faux self-deprecation, and confusion. No meat was moving out of the…
  • Self-Awareness Matters

    Steve Roesler
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    Organizations gain a lot more from leaders who take responsibility for what they know they don't know than from leaders who pretend to know everything. What recently occurred to me in an "aha" moment is this: self-awareness is one of the most valuable leadership competencies, yet it is one of the least discussed. In an effort to appear task-focused and "business-like," organizational feedback often gravitates toward hard skills and competencies that are more easily measurable.  Have You Thought About This? People who don't know their strengths and weaknesses actually tend to overestimate…
  • Changing Something? Start It Right

    Steve Roesler
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    If you're about to change something, remember that it's your change. You've thought about what you want to do--most likely for a long time. You've weighed the risks and benefits. You've visualized what things would look like if your new idea/project/improvement is implemented. You've even thought about at least some of the details. But most of all. . . You are convinced of it's worth and you feel good about it. Hey, I'm pumped up! Why isn't everybody else feeling good?  When you introduce your new thing, you are at the end of your process. Everyone else is at the beginning. They…
  • Tell The Truth About Talent

    Steve Roesler
    29 May 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you want to be the person who offers real value in a Talent Management discussion, then be the person who demands the truth about performance. Organizations are all about power and equilibrium. Over time, "conventional wisdom"  creates the list of high potential candidates. Then, at "developmental discussion" time the same names often keep popping up, unquestioned. Preparing for a keynote at a healthcare conference, I interviewed some CEO clients and their direct reports. The question: "What would make a manager or HR director a leader in your eyes?" The answer: "Ask the hard questions…
 
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    Lip-Sticking

  • Smart Savings Online #FruggaSmartSavings

    Yvonne
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Frugga Smart Savings by Yvonne DiVita I am being compensated for this post, but I eagerly accepted the assignment because ... hey, it's shopping online! You KNOW the comments and opinions are my own. I only share with I believe, folks. So, who shops online? All ya'all do. Don't fool me! It's a woman's pasttime. I was writing about the whole shopping online, marketing online, and women way back in the early part of THIS century, way before the old fogies of that previous century got wind of what was happening. Women like shopping. I don't profess to understand why, even though I'm a woman, but…
  • 3 Tips for Kicking Butt...Even When You Don't Feel Like It

    Laura Smith
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    By Laura Kay (formerly Smith), Chief Firecracker, Pink Spark Systems Ugh. Divorce. Have you been through one, My Dear? I hope not. But, if you’re like a lot of us, you’ve been there ~ done that. Me too. In fact, recently ~ like this year. Believe me, one of my New Year’s resolutions was NOT divorce. Yet, here I sit. New name. New home. New everything. If you happen to be traveling down a rough road right now, I thought I’d share a few of the activities that have brought me through the past few months ~ albeit, somewhat tattered ~ but still whole. 1. Just do ONE day at a time. More…
  • Your Life #Trending

    Yvonne
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess I was #havingdinnerwithfamily and then I #walkedthedog before I #hadicecreamwithfriends and finally I #saidgoodnight. Aaahhh, the hashtag, the measurement by which we gauge our life... or so it seems. Remember, back in the "olden days" when the hashtag was called the pound symbol and it indicated a measure of weight or the end of a book or article (if you were a journalist) or the symbol you pressed on a telephone keypad (remember those) when you wanted to get to a different menu? Or remember when it was just plain called the number sign. Today, the hashtag is…
  • #BecauseIAmWhoIAm Why I Write

    Yvonne
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Tom, me, and Caroline at the first BlogPaws by Yvonne DiVita    #BecauseIAmWhoIAm Robbi Hess, the blog manager here at Lipsticking, tagged me in a blog hop last week. Robbi writes several blogs but her most recent is a favorite of mine, All Words Matter. I'm mad I didn't start it first! (not mad, mad... you know... cause I can't be mad at Robbi, but mad in the, 'why didn't I think of that?' way) The blog hop started on Susan C Foster’s site and continues here, today. What to say... what to write... or, more to the point, what NOT to say or write. I could write all day about why I write.
  • Overwhelmed or Under Managed?

    Yvonne
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    by Yvonne DiVita I hear folks are overwhelmed by technology today. Too much of this, too much of that, cringing when they hear, "There's an app for that!"  Information overload, in the form of technology that is always on, is ruining our lives. When everyone at the bus stop, the airport, the grocery store, the stoplight (in cars and not in cars) is glued to their cell phone, it's a clear indication that we, as human beings, are tuning out the wrong things in a misguided effort to tune in the 'right' things. Let's decide what the wrong things are, up front. Your Facebook page. It's fun to be…
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    Biz Growth News - branding, business development and new media tips to attract more clients in less time

  • Exploring social commerce opportunities and Shoppable Google Hangouts with the new Promotions app

    Krishna De
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    I have written about the exciting opportunity for social commerce made available through Shoppable Hangouts which has been available only to a few selected Google Plus partners, so I was delighted last week to see that a new app will be available in the future for Google Hangouts users called the Promotions app. You can read the review I did of the tool here. If you are not familiar with Shoppable Hangouts here are some examples of brands hosting Shoppable Hangouts where people watching the Hangout can click through to make a purchase of your product – this is a great example of social…
  • Visual Content Marketing Show Episode 6 – How to take the production of your Google Hangouts to the next level

    Krishna De
    2 Feb 2014 | 10:41 am
    The sixth epsode of The Visual Content Marketing Show will take place on Monday 3 February 2014 at 3 pm /10 am EST and my guest is The Hangout Helper, Ronnie Bincer. Ronnie supports entrepreneurs and small businesses who want to learn how to use Google Hangouts in their business and I will be talking to Ronnie about how to take your Hangouts to the next level, following on from the previous episodes where we have talked to business leaders using Hangouts for their own online communications. You can watch the show live streaming on this page – see the video below. If you prefer, you can…
  • Visual Content Marketing Show Episode 5 – How to use Google Hangouts to boost your online visibility

    Krishna De
    25 Jan 2014 | 6:01 am
    The fifth epsode of The Visual Content Marketing Show will take place on Monday 27 January 2014 at 7 pm /2 pm EST and my guest is entrepreneur Denise Wakeman. I have know Denise for many years (since 2005) and through that time she has not only grown her own online visibility but that of her clients, and for the last year she has also included using Google Hangouts in her marketing and communications plans for a number of different projects and programmes which is she is involved with. Denise will be sharing with us her experience of using Google Hangouts as a platform to enhance your online…
  • Visual Content Marketing Show Episode 4 – How to use Google Hangouts if you are a chef or food blogger

    Krishna De
    18 Jan 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The fourth epsode of The Visual Content Marketing Show will take place on Monday 20 January 2014 at 7 pm /2 pm EST and my guest is chef, and culinary instructor Chef Dennis Littley. I first became aware of Chef Dennis when he was hosting Google Hangouts sharing recipe tips and since then he has gone on to be a guest on many shows and has hosted several other series of Google Hangouts to support his network and communities. Chef Dennis will be sharing with us his experience of using Google Hangouts as a platform to market your business is you are a chef, culinary instructor or food blogger.
  • Visual Content Marketing Show Episode 3 – How to use Google Hangouts to market your service based business

    Krishna De
    13 Jan 2014 | 7:43 am
    The third epsode of The Visual Content Marketing Show will take place on Monday 13 January 2014 at 8 pm /3 pm EST and my guest is Stephan Hovnanian. I first became aware of Stephan in 2013 when he posted some useful tips about how to optimise your Google Plus cover image. He recently started a a Google Hangout series where he is interviewing small business owners in the US who are using Google Hangouts in their marketing which you can subscribe to on YouTube. Stephan will be sharing with us his experience of using Google Hangouts as a platform to market your professional services practice.
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    Elements of Leadership

  • Suit-able Leadership

    Gary Cohen
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    by Gary Cohen Suit-able Leadership Your wife says your wardrobe is handicapping you professionally. You respond by finding a wardrobe consultant. He eyes your wide-lapel suit and room-for-two pleated pants and says, “Listen, Italian would be perfect!” What does that mean? It means he loves Italian. But do you–or could you? If you prefer to wear socks and pants that cover your ankles, and are not keen on wearing scarves, your answer is no. Leaders are wise to seek and take advice from professional advisors, but they must beware of advice that doesn’t feel right for them. That…
  • Be Kind

    Gary Cohen
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    by Gary Cohen “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato The post Be Kind appeared first on Elements of Leadership.
  • 5 Reasons to Pause Before You Answer

    Gary Cohen
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    by Gary Cohen The right word may be effective, but no word is ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.– Mark Twain   Pausing is undervalued and underutilized by leaders. There’s a tendency when someone asks us a question to enter a “me” mindset. “Now it’s my turn,” our brains tend to think. As a result, we might make the following “me” mistakes: 1. We project our own feelings onto the asker–either our feelings on the topic or whatever feelings we have carried into the conversation that have nothing to do with the topic/asker.
  • Invisible Leaders

    Gary Cohen
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    by Gary Cohen“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”–Jonathan Swift As leaders, we can feel too visible–both when things go wrong (and people seek someone to blame) and when things go well (and people want to give us too much credit). More often, though, we don’t feel visible enough. We feel like we’re not getting the attention we deserve or expect–from our coworkers, families and friends, or the public. Leaders tend to want to be seen. They’re the ones on camera, in the headlines, and on the dais. They seek out these…
  • 21 Obstacles to Leadership

    Gary Cohen
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:46 am
    by Gary Cohen21 Obstacles to Leadership Great leaders are constantly working on themselves in order to better lead. Sometimes they get stuck, however. They can’t overcome a particular obstacle or may not even be able to identify what the obstacle is. It helps for them to have someone who can speak truth to power, like an executive coach or a mentor. Coworkers may speak truth to power, too, but they’re more likely to avoid undiscussable subjects for fear of reprisal or harming the leader’s ego. Coaches and mentors don’t have the same obligations, vulnerabilities, and…
 
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    frame of reference

  • Gathering – Part 19

    Chris Fillebrown
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 19 – Writing by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 18

    Chris Fillebrown
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 18 – Back Home for Lunch by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 17

    Chris Fillebrown
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 17 – Paying for the Book by Chris Fillebrown
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    The Complete Innovator

  • CEO Challenges Part 2: Incentives, Scalability, and Overcoming Barriers

    Boris Pluskowski
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    In my previous blog post, I discussed the effects of emerging social technologies, and what it means for leaders to execute CEO challenges — top-down initiatives that solve a high-level business problem — through managed innovation, collaboration, and employee engagement. These types of collaborative challenges come in many forms; a necessary approach considering the multitude of variables that exist from company to company. And, as expected, each brand of challenge comes with its own unique hurdles, benefits, needs, and potential outcomes. The Grand CEO Challenge When working within the…
  • CEO Challenges Part I: Rallying the Troops to Solve a Common Goal

    Boris Pluskowski
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:55 pm
    The recent convergence of social technologies in the CEO bag of tricks is great to see, bearing in mind the advancement of these technologies over the years. Nowhere more can we see the growing acceptance for social technologies and business practices than in the emerging trend and desire for CEOs to finally see their world expanding beyond their direct reports, and straight down to the grassroots level. The emergence of social tech platforms like Facebook, Yammer, and Mindjet SpigitEngage have flattened the modern-day organization like nothing has ever been able to do before. This flatness…
  • The Myth of the Millennial Social Movement

    Boris Pluskowski
    7 May 2013 | 11:36 am
    Hardly a day goes by without me hearing a senior executive at some major company cite the growing influence of the upcoming “Millennial Generation” as the reason for their foray into the enterprise social world.  But I wonder if they’re missing a trick here – look at almost any study of who actually uses Social Media in the modern world – and you’ll see that the major users are not those born in 2000+ (who are yet to get into the workforce) – but rather you see an almost even split between those in the 25-34 age and those in the 35-44 range.  Compare that then with the average…
  • Are you listening? The return of Employee Engagement

    Boris Pluskowski
    23 Jan 2013 | 9:17 am
    “Employee Engagement” used to be a term reserved for the hollow halls of HR departments across the land. You’d hear a client say that was their main goal, and you knew a program was doomed to fail – usually because it was code word for “I haven’t got a clue what to do with this type of social application”.  My eyes would roll, my sleeves would get rolled up, and I’d get down to work teaching them the need to rethink the requirement for innovation goals that would drive focused value and strategic change through their organization. But that was 10 years ago – and today, as I…
  • Gamification in Innovation

    Boris Pluskowski
    23 May 2012 | 3:02 pm
    A few months ago I wrote a post on the promise of Gamification in the Enterprise. You can read the whole piece but as a recap, here are some of the more salient points: 1) Gamification in the enterprise is not about trivializing business processes or activities, but rather about embracing a design methodology that taps into an inherent “addiction” inside all of us to the engagement mechanics and format of  “good games” 2) Games surround us everywhere, if we choose to see them as such. Just because we don’t envision the business (and other) systems around us as games; just because…
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • 8 Ways To Show You Value Your Employees

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    There are eight specific actions business leaders can take to show that they value their employees, according to Andrew Leigh, author of the book, Ethical Leadership -- Creating and Sustaining an Ethical Business Culture.Those eight behaviors are:Attention -- Pay attention to what people say to show your interest.Listen -- Make time to hear what colleagues, peers and employees have to say to show you care.Positive Language -- Find words and phrases to show employees they're needed.  Examples are, "We couldn't have accomplished this without…
  • Make It Easy For Your Employees To Volunteer

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    If you are a workplace leader who supports a volunteer program at your business, you already know that by encouraging employees to give back to your community you are:building teamworkmotivating employeesattracting new hiresIn fact, job seekers much prefer companies that have a strong volunteer program. And, a growing number of businesses are rewarding employees who volunteer by giving them extra vacation time and other incentives.Fortunately, throughout the U.S. there are hundreds of volunteer opportunities where employees can contribute individually, or where leaders can organize teams of…
  • How To Use The Friendship Factor To Motivate Employees

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    All you need is one hour to read Brian Tracy's newest, pocket-sized guide for managers, Motivation."You cannot motivate other people," explains Tracy, "but you can remove the obstacles that stop them from motivating themselves.  All motivation is self-motivation.  As a manager, you can create an environment where this potential for self-motivation is released naturally and spontaneously."In the book, Tracy presents chapter-by-chapter his 21 most reliable and powerful methods for increasing the effectiveness of any individual or group.Each chapter includes a couple…
  • Find The Truth In The Middle

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    If you're a parent of two children you already know that when the two are fighting and child #1 tells you what happened, you then ask child #2 what happened, and most often the truth is somewhere in the middle of what the two children have told you.Surprisingly, many managers, even when they are parents, don't use this parenting "discovery" skill in the workplace. Instead, they often listen to only one side of a situation. Whether it is because of lack of interest or lack of time, they don't proactively seek out the other side of the story.The unfortunate result is those managers…
  • eBook: Mastering The Art Of Messaging

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    David Grossman, president and founder of The Grossman Group, published in 2010 a helpful, free eBook titled:  Mastering The Art of Messaging.  Four years later, it remains a valuable tool for workplace leaders.Grossman says that perhaps it’s the still tough economy, technology, or that every is just too busy, but whatever the reason, employees are feeling more disconnected than ever from the organizations they work for.At the same time, leaders continue to struggle with one of their toughest jobs, developing and articulating their overall strategy and…
 
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: Let’s Keep the Drama on the TV

    Kevin Eikenberry
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    A good drama on the TV or at the movies? Awesome. Drama at the workplace…..not so much. Watch this short video to learn tips for reducing the drama in your workplace. The art of persuasion starts with understanding your audience. Until you do you can’t persuade anyone. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about […]
  • 10 Questions to Make You a Better Listener

    Kevin Eikenberry
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listening is a skill we’d all like to get better at – I can’t think of a time when I asked someone or a group if they wanted to be a better listener and someone said, “no.” It is a life skill that impacts our ability to communicate, build relationships and get things done. It […]
  • Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others

    Kevin Eikenberry
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas Some books I buy because they are recommended to me. Some because I have read the author before, or even know the author. Others I buy because I am interested in the topic specifically. This book falls into the latter category. In fact, I have been a long time […]
  • Remarkable TV: Leadership Lessons from the Shower

    Kevin Eikenberry
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to coaching others, we often make the same mistake that I made with a “backwards” shower faucet. Intrigued? Check out this episode of Remarkable TV for my leadership lessons from the shower. Successful coaching starts with understanding and empathy of the other person, not with our agenda or normal approach. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet […]
  • Your Success Depends on This Skill

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My hope is that this headline makes you wonder. Perhaps you are guessing what the skill is. Perhaps you are thinking I am pretty presumptuous to suggest I know the most important skill you need, after all, I don’t know you, your experience or what you do for a living. This skill is so ubiquitous […]
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    LDRLB

  • 0515 | Dean Schroeder

    David Burkus
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dean Schroeder is co-author (with Alan Robinson) of The Idea-Driven Organization. As an educator, Dean is the Herbert and Agnes Schulz Professor of Management at Valparaiso University. As a consultant and speaker, he has worked with many types of companies and organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia. In this interview, we discuss how to leverage the entire organization and benefit from the power of bottom-up ideas. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying…
  • 0514 | Christoph Lueneburger

    David Burkus
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Christoph Lueneburger is the author of A Culture of Purpose: How to Choose the Right People and Make the Right People Choose You. He is a partner at Egon Zehnder, where he founded the firm’s Sustainability Practice and now heads the firm’s global private equity practice. In this interview, we discuss how innovative leaders create meaningful cultures that attract and retain top talent. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it…
  • Top Professors 2014 Nominations Are Open

    David Burkus
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Every year as part of the LDRLB podcast, we assemble a list of the top professors on twitter in leadership, innovation, and strategy. The list recognizes some amazing thinkers and has garnered some outstanding attention from media outlets like BusinessWeek and The Globe and Mail. If you want to see last year’s list, you can check it out here. As with prior years we need your help in widening our search. If you follow a favorite professor (or two or three) on Twitter, let us know about them below: Fill out my online form. Fill out my Wufoo form! Nominations will stay open until July…
  • 0513 | David Craig

    David Burkus
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    David Craig is a Senior Vice President at CannonDesign in New York, where he leads the firm’s Workplace Strategy Practice globally. Craig is a recognized expert and leader in developing, implementing and promoting innovative workplaces for a wide range of global organizations. In this interview, we talk about the history of workplace design and its effect of workplace design on culture and performance. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it…
  • 0512 | Aubrey Daniels: Full Transcript

    David Burkus
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:43 am
    This is a full transcript of LDRLB episode 0512, an interview with Aubrey Daniels. DAVID:            Who are you and what do you do? AUBREY:         Well, I’m Aubrey Daniels and I have a company that works with organizations to help them bring out the best in people. DAVID:            And author of now the fifth edition of the book “Performance Management” which is the source for performance management research, for insight on performance management. A lot of times here on LDRLB, we feature authors that take a lot of really in-depth research, really…
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • Leading People Toward Influence – The ABCD’s of Trust

    Randy Conley
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Leadership is an influence process. Whenever you try to influence the beliefs or behaviors of another person, you are engaging in leadership. By this definition we are all leaders in some form or fashion. Understanding Basic Leadership Roles Q: Are you a parent? You’re trying to lead your children. Q: Are you a sports coach? […]
  • On Leadership, Perspective and Toxic CEOs

    Tom Schulte
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
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  • Creating Law and Order: Leading with Discipline

    Alexsys Thompson
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Are you leading with discipline? Does this type of leader describe you? You actually enjoy routine. In fact, if there is no structure, you create one. After all, routines promote efficiency, high productivity, and accuracy, right? Starting a day without a schedule or knowing exactly what to do could potentially leave one aimless. That’s what […]
  • Hey Leaders: 5 Tips to Positively Powerful Presentations

    Robert Cordray
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Great leadership requires great communication skills. And one of the most challenging forms of communication is presenting in public! Public Speaking Hosting a work or group presentation often comes with a great deal of anxiety attached. Many people do not like to stand up in-front of groups because they wonder how they are going to […]
  • On Leadership Styles, Philosophies and Where You Live

    Tom Schulte
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Infographic brought to you by Brighton School of Business and Management
 
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • eLearning: Make It Social For Best Results—5 Ways to Support Change

    Madeleine
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    When The Ken Blanchard Companies embraced the future by creating a lesson on Situational Leadership® II with Ninth House (now PDI Ninth House) back in 1999, the clarion call was: Traditional stand-up training is dead. Online learning is going to take the world by storm. As a result, we became experts at virtual classrooms and blended solutions . That was all good. But here’s the thing. Despite the fact that elearning today is a $56.2 billion industry, and corporations are reporting that elearning is the second most valuable training method they have, it turns out that the reports of the…
  • Four Warning Signs That An Overactive Ego Might Be Undermining An Executive’s Career

    David Witt
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    When leaders get caught up in their ego, they erode their effectiveness.  Leaders with an overactive ego find themselves unable to center. Instead they are constantly moving from a sense of inadequacy to an overinflated sense of their own importance. In his book Leading at a Higher Level, business author Ken Blanchard explains that “When leaders are addicted to either ego affliction, it erodes their effectiveness.” “Leaders dominated by false pride are often called ‘controllers.’ Even when they don’t know what they are doing, they have a high need for power and…
  • Performance Management Process Gaps: New Research and Four Action Steps

    David Witt
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Performance planning, coaching, and review are the foundation of any well-designed performance management system, but the results of a recent study suggest that leaders are falling short in meeting the expectations of their direct reports. A survey of 470 human resource and talent management professionals by Training magazine and The Ken Blanchard Companies found gaps of 24–39 percent between what employees wanted from their leaders and what they were experiencing in 10 key areas (see chart.)     Performance management is a key leadership responsibility. This survey suggests that…
  • Promoting and Selling Your Ideas — 3 Steps to Success

    Dick Ruhe
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Ever get a good idea? It starts out as a feeling that you might have a solution to a problem. A few days later you’re thinking Hey, I’ve got something here. This could really help. And the cost is well within reason. I owe it to myself and the organization to get this on the radar. But how do you go about it? There are three phases in selling ideas or initiating a new approach. There is the pre-sell. Then there is the sell. And then there is the after-sell. The actual sell may be the least important element. Persuading people to adopt something new is tricky. It requires them to move away…
  • Coaching to Support Learning? Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes

    David Witt
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Coaching as a follow-up to a traditional one- or two-day leadership development program can greatly improve the transfer of learning. But to be successful, sponsoring executives need to avoid a couple of common mistakes that even the best-intentioned organizations can fall into. In a recent interview for The Ken Blanchard Companies Ignite newsletter, Master Certified Coach Patricia Overland’s identifies three of the biggest mistakes she sees executives make when implementing coaching to support learning. Underestimating the amount of attention and follow-up that is required for people to…
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    Leader's Beacon

  • 5 Ways You May Be Killing Employee Morale

    Doug Dickerson
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Everything rises and falls on leadership. – John Maxwell Addressing the topic of work many years ago, Indira Gandhi said, “My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there [...]
  • Six Ways To Enhance Organizational Structure

    Doug Dickerson
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The productivity of a work group seems to depend on how the group members see their own goals in relation to the goals of the organization. – Ken Blanchard When was the last time you took a hard look at the effectiveness of your organizational structure? While most organizations have one, do the people in [...]
  • The Power of Presence

    jjacoby
    21 May 2014 | 9:16 am
    Deadlines, conference calls, last minute items that pop up, personal commitments—there is a multitude of things that we have to accomplish each day.  It is easy to fall into the habit of just crossing things off of our to do list, without being fully present as we get them done. Of course we are physically [...]
  • Time To Let It Go

    Doug Dickerson
    18 May 2014 | 1:59 pm
    I don’t care what they’re going to say. Let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway. – Lyrics from Disney’s’ movie, Frozen.   Call me slow, but 229 million people beat me to the YouTube viewing of Let it Go, the enormously popular song from the Disney movie, Frozen. For the record, [...]
  • Six Ways to Rise Above Your Critics

    Doug Dickerson
    10 May 2014 | 7:48 pm
    To escape criticism- do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard A story is told of Winston Churchill and his extraordinary integrity in the face of opposition. During his last year in office, he attended an official ceremony. Several rows behind him two gentlemen began whispering. “That’s Winston Churchill. They say he is getting [...]
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    Enclaria: Influence Change at Work

  • Spinning Your Wheels Trying to Implement Change at Work?

    Heather Stagl
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Ready to gain some traction? People who implement change at work use common phrases to describe the frustration they feel at times: Herding cats. Swimming upstream. Banging my head against the wall. Spinning my wheels. Walking through quicksand. Pushing a boulder uphill. In other words, it seems like a lot of effort for little or no result. Sound familiar? After years of working with change agents, I’ve observed that when they describe their situation this way, it’s because their change is stuck. They’ve tried what they thought would work, and change hasn’t happened at…
  • Get Your 12 Free Change Management Templates!

    Heather Stagl
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    Next month, I’m relaunching the Irresistible Change Guide change management toolkit in a new format with several new templates and even more e-templates. As part of that launch, I’m changing the bonus people get when they subscribe to my newsletter:  12 free change management templates! That’s one PDF template per month for the next 12 months. It’s like a free template-of-the-month club! If you’re a regular reader of this blog, make sure you get your templates too! All you have to do is sign up using the form to the right to add yourself to the list. (If…
  • Interview: How to Avoid and Manage Change-Related Overload

    Heather Stagl
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    In this episode, Dr. Linda Hoopes, President at Resilience Alliance, returns to the show to discuss the impact of change-related overload. She’ll share tips on how to avoid it, and how to manage it when you can’t. She answers questions like: Why does change cause overload? How can you tell when people are overloaded? How do you avoid overload? How do you help people deal with overload? Listen to the show here (30 minutes): Be sure to visit the radio show page to listen to past episodes and subscribe to the show.
  • Five Valid Reasons People Are Mad at Your Change Initiative

    Heather Stagl
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    As change agents, we tend to believe our change initiatives are worthwhile and important. Any negatives we see are eclipsed by the benefits. Otherwise, why would we try to implement them? But even the best change can annoy or anger those whom it impacts. Why? From our vantage point, we don’t always see the negatives that others will experience. And all the benefits and cheer leading don’t make the negatives go away. Just because your change initiative is going to do great things for the organization, and even for individual employees, doesn’t mean they are going to like it. The…
  • A Declaration of Independence from the Status Quo

    Heather Stagl
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    I originally published this post on July 4, 2010.  I think you’ll find it bears reposting. Have you ever read the U.S. Declaration of Independence? It is as much an official document to the King of England as it is a case for change to the rest of the fledgling country it created. (Click the image to the right to read the full text.) It’s a great model and anyone who would like to compel people to break away from the current state of things. Here are the key parts of the document: Connection to values “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,…
 
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    Vineet Nayar

  • You need to own the change you want to see

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Vineet Nayar has spent his life challenging attitudes to leadership and management. Here he talks exclusively to Douglas Morrisson about his work at tech giant HCL, his philanthropic foundation and why employees should come before customers. Read More
  • Budget 2014: Green shoots of an innovative idea

    admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    The headlines in the new budget are not the numbers but the underline intention of leveraging frugal innovation through technology to transform India into a country that beats for a billion Indians. It is a budget with a difference. Let me explain. As digital revolution transforms businesses worldwide we see new leaders emerge and old struggle to cope with this change Read More
  • CHANGE is what markets voting for

    admin
    26 May 2014 | 5:04 am
    Vineet Nayar’s interview with Vivek law on political capital: Bloomberg TV Transcript of Vineet’s interview. Q- Vineet the market certainly seems to be voting for a change. Is that the general feeling you get when you talk to your colleagues in a corporate World? I think so and Vivek my view is that we have to see this from couple of different perspective. For the last ten years we had a governance issue. We had virtually many governments running the governance rather than a single government and irrespective of the amount of mandate NDA gets I think we are going to see at least a chance…
  • Vineet Nayar brings disruptive innovation to social sector

    admin
    8 May 2014 | 12:32 am
    Former HCL Technologies CEO Vineet Nayar has turned seed capitalist to promote social entrepreneurs in rural India. Nayar is looking at disruptive innovations and promising entrepreneurs a guaranteed return on their investments for the first five years to create sustainable social enterprises. Nayar had raised Rs 133 crore from selling his stake in HCL Tech, India’s fourth-largest IT services firm, and is now employing it in his non-profit Sampark Foundation. “Everybody is obsessed with money. If you take that incentive away, entrepreneurs will not put their hearts into social…
  • Vineet Nayar’s outlook for Indian IT Services

    admin
    5 May 2014 | 5:18 am
    Vineet Nayar is something of a legend in the Indian IT space. He took HCL, a primarily second rung IT Services company and made it one of the stars of the space today—I wrote about the company recently here and some time ago in Business Standard newspaper here. In that article journalist Rajiv Rao describes how Nayar realized the huge opportunity in renewal deals and took giants like IBM head on in trying to win them, allowing for new verticals like infrastructure services (which he guided the current CEO Anant Gupta in building). Source: www.zdnet.com
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    New Directions Consulting

  • Is Your Team like “Mom and Apple Pie?” – Guestblogger Betty DiMaria from Aras Performance

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Guestblogger: Betty DiMaria, CEO of Aras Performance - Betty has over 30 years experience in organizational performance, management, and technology.  She has worked in the corporate, nonprofit, and municipal sectors—in industries including insurance, health care, manufacturing, technology, government, and association management. In 2012, DiMaria founded Aras Performance Group, and serves as CEO and Performance Strategist. The mission of Aras Performance Group is to help organizations and their employees reach peak performance. The company’s core services include leadership development,…
  • Creating a Dual-Operating System – The Star Point System of High Performance Teams

    Deborah Mackin
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Organizations are always looking for structures that will help drive the necessary changes as well as improve the integration between various functions.  There is an option out there – called the Star Point System – that creates a “dual-operating system” which takes responsibility for crossing over functional areas and linking them all together. Years ago Proctor and Gamble developed the Star Point System to distribute the cross-functional workload (such as safety, quality, training, continuous improvement, technical, communication/HR) to team members as Star Points with an expert…
  • How to Motivate, Lead and Retain the Millennial Worker

    Matthew Harrington
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Last week we had the pleasure of presenting a half-day workshop for the Vermont Association of Talent Development (formerly ASTD) at Champlain College focused on the Millennial worker.  The room had a great mix of generations and professionals all wondering about this new emerging workforce. The assortment of organizations in the room and around the world are facing an enormous challenge:  how do we engage and lead the new Millennial worker, estimated to be 75% of our workforce in the next 15 years, and how do we transfer the knowledge of our existing generation, the Baby Boomers, who are…
  • 90% of Millennials Don’t Plan to Stay with an Employer for more than 5 Years. Now What!?

    Matthew Harrington
    29 May 2014 | 10:00 am
    The vast majority of Millennials (90%) do not plan to stay with any given employer for more than five years.  More than a third of Millennials (37%) say they plan to stay no more than two years.  Almost 40% of Millennials start a new role already planning their next career move in the immediate future.  These were the recent numbers coming from a five-year survey of Gen Y (Millennials) done by Adam Kingl and Richard Hytner of the London-based newspaper, The Guardian. As it has become custom when discussing the Millennial generation (1980-2001), these numbers are disturbing to many…
  • Millennials and Teams: The Perfect BFFs?

    Matthew Harrington
    20 May 2014 | 10:33 am
    Next month on June 19th, we’ll be presenting Leading Millennials: How to Motivate, Lead and Retain the Millennial Generation in Your Workplace at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.  It’s been a while since we’ve done a blog post on this newest workplace generation (born 1980-2001), although our commitment to understanding and interest in the Millennial generation is never too far away.  It’s just that we’ve been doing a lot with teams recently! And in doing a lot with teams, we’ve been able to see firsthand how Millennials are flourishing in teaming environments.  Let us…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Impatient Opportunist

    Utpal Vaishnav
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Impatient opportunist only cares about what’s “trending” today. He impatiently reads the startup news, studies the technology trends, bookmarks the stories of startups who have made it to Techcrunch or Mashable this week and talks about these examples everywhere he goes. His tone is typical, “They won, we lost and why the ‘hell’ we can’t think of such innovations” kind. For him, today’s hot trends are the thing to focus. Or even what he thinks of tomorrow’s things could be. He’ll intrude long-term strategy talks and speak…
  • Enforcement Vs. Choice

    Utpal Vaishnav
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:26 am
    When a Business Leader says, “I have so many expectations to fulfill, and so little time available.” It actually means that he’s not able to see. He’s not able to see the business priorities. He’s not able to see the important projects and tasks that need to get done. He is not able to see the opportunity to lead and take his career (and life at large) to the next level. The same Business Leader has time to go out to watch movies, spending hours on Facebook, attending funeral of neighbor’s mother-in-law or attend a professional skills development seminar.
  • Reading Books Vs. Collecting Books

    Utpal Vaishnav
    23 May 2014 | 2:40 am
    I used to do it wrong. I was investing my energy in collecting books rather than in making something remarkable out of reading them. It was so dumb. And, I thought I was smart: I knew how to acquire the gems from which I’ll learn one day. The thought of “Learning One Day…” was fascinating but not very helpful. Better thought, as it turned out, was to pick one good book, read it till you get the crux of it, apply what you have learned from it in your life and let the book go. Once the right thought picked my attention, I immediately aligned myself and altered my book…
  • Truth of App Development

    Utpal Vaishnav
    10 May 2014 | 5:50 am
    How would you deal if you discover the truth of App Development? “Dear Stakeholder, the code I’m going to produce will take your App to a level you have never thought of. The code is not commented. I haven’t yet thought about making the code reusable. I have copy/pasted some code from Stackoverflow. Well, Only a few functions. But I’m going to delete all unnecessary code soon from the codebase. The App delivery is going to be delayed. Coding is done. Yes, coding is done, Optimization is pending. And some fixes. Good thing? Most bugs are not visible in major devices. But what if we…
  • Return On UX

    Utpal Vaishnav
    4 May 2014 | 4:30 am
    You’ve heard about Return on Investment, I know. But have you heard about Return on User Experience or RoUX as I call it? Or, if you’ve heard, have your attentively thought about it? ROI is easy to measure. You invest your dollars, measure the metrics, optimize and win (or lose). But RoUX? It takes sense, guts, resourcing, intention to serve the humanity and more important, willingness to act on face of criticism … all these and what do you get in return? It’s easy to hire the most expensive UX expert. It’s not that difficult to train a junior who has guts. But it’s not easy to…
 
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    Eblin Group

  • Mindful Mondays: How to Overcome Your Fear of Thinking

    Scott
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    If you haven't seen it, take a look at this recent article in the New York Times titled "No Time To Think". It's a fascinating recap of a study at the University of Virginia that confirms what you may already know. Lots of us are keep ourselves "super busy" because we'd rather have a day packed with doing stuff than leave anytime to be alone with our thoughts. The UVA study showed that most people don't like being in their own heads for even six minutes because if you give yourself time to think you might have to think about difficult, unresolved problems or challenges.
  • Mindful Mondays: Don’t Burn Your Calendar at Both Ends

    Scott
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Perhaps you think I meant to use the word candle rather than calendar in the title of this post. Nope, calendar was what I meant but the idea came from a brain blip I had recently. I was conducting interviews with about a dozen colleagues and friends of a new executive coaching client. One of my questions was, “What do you hope he gets out of this coaching engagement?” and someone answered, “I hope he’ll quit burning the candle at both ends.” When I went back to review my conversation notes to write the report, I saw that what I had actually written down was, “I hope he’ll quit…
  • ESPN’s Stuart Scott Brings You the Best 15 Minutes of Your Day

    Scott
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Last night at the ESPY awards, SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott took up the mantle of Jim Valvano when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Scott has battled multiple forms of cancer for seven years now. As recently as last week, he had four surgeries in seven days because of complications from his latest round of treatment. And yet, he stood on stage last night and delivered a speech on living and loving that you need to watch. It will be the best 15 minutes of your day - even if it makes you cry.
  • Mindful Mondays: Six Things to Admire in LeBron James Letter to Cleveland

    Scott
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Long time readers of this blog may have noticed that I don’t write as often as I used to about leaders in the news. There are different reasons for that. One of the biggest is the great examples seem fewer and farther between. Another is that I’m skeptical about being spun. You may have heard about the way NBA superstar LeBron James shared the news last week that he’s returning to his hometown to play again for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rather than staging a press conference or a media spectacle like the classless The Decision broadcast in which he announced four years ago that he was…
  • Three Executive Productivity Hacks That Any Leader Can Use

    Scott
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    One of the things I love about my work is getting to meet and learn from some very talented top executives. That happened again recently when a senior vice president in a Fortune 500 client company stopped by for a lunch conversation with participants in our Next Level Leadership® development program. She was one of the clearest thinkers and communicators I’ve met recently. Her organization is responsible for billions of dollars in sales so, as you might imagine, she has a very full plate. Recognizing that her time and attention is a limited resource that she must deploy as effectively as…
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    StrategyDriven

  • Management Observation Program – Observations Change Behaviors

    Nathan Ives
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Admit it; you perform differently when your supervisor is watching you. Suddenly, all of the performance rules become clear and important. You feel a sudden urgency and compulsion to recall them. The text above is only a small portion of this article. Become a StrategyDriven Premium Member to gain access to the entire article and the over 100 other StrategyDriven members-only articles, whitepapers, models, and tools and templates. Become a StrategyDriven Premium Memberfor only $9.95 / month or $94.95 / year ! Want to learn more? Click here to learn about the benefits of a StrategyDriven…
  • Do you have the next generation of leaders you need?

    Andres Tapia
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Anxiety is high among organizational leaders that as vital as a new generation of leaders is, many do not feel ready to promote talent. In a recent survey by Korn Ferry, only 39 percent of those surveyed believed their organizations had the right talent to succeed in today’s changing global environment. One third did not feel their organization is ready to promote its talent at all. With succession management so critical to driving a competitive advantage and securing a company’s future, what is hindering organizations from preparing for and feeling confident in their succession…
  • Telephone Communication: Make an Impression!

    Jayne Latz
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    In our global market place we are now conducting business with people we have not and may never meet. That means that now more than ever, being able to communicate in a clear and professional manner on the phone is critical to success in today’s business world. However, strong telephone communication is more complicated than many people realize. Experts say that up to 90% of communication is non-verbal. This means that talking on the telephone can be a particularly challenging communication task, since all of that non-verbal support is removed. However, there are ways you can compensate…
  • 5 Early Warning Signals for a BPI Project

    Shelley Sweet
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    Can you recognize the early warning signals that derail a business process improvement project? Many articles have been written about what makes process improvement projects fail and usually they list critical success factors. But the real question is how do you recognize the leading indicators in a process? And once you identify those signals what action should you take to cure the ill and get the process back on track or put a halt to the project altogether? Let’s look at the stages of the BPM Methodology and identify early warning signals and then suggest some countermeasures that are…
  • 5 Ways Women in the Private Sector Can Turn the Economy Around

    Michelle Patterson
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Women are making a powerful difference in business, in today’s economy, and in family life. The adage that there is power in numbers definitely applies. The Bureau of the Census states that women currently outnumber men in the United States by six million. With such incredible power in their hands, women have a number of ways within their reach where they can help turn the economy around. Entrepreneur: Charles D. Vollmer, the founder of Jobenomics, a national grassroots movement dedicated to creating 20 million new US private sector jobs by year 2020, noted the potential women have as…
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    Business Ethics and Leadership

  • It’s easy to find people who understand costs. The challenge is to find people who understand values.

    Michael Josephson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
  • What you allow, you encourage.

    Michael Josephson
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Whether you are manager, teacher or parent it’s important to set clear boundaries that you are willing to enforce in a meaningful way. If the response to negative conduct is certain and soon it usually need not be severe. Often its enough to just prove that you mean what you say and that your standards […]
  • Team Building Exercises to Build Trust Among Employees

    Josephson Institute
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Guest post by Monica Gomez Over 250 years ago, English theologian and poet Isaac Watts said, “Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.” And he  may be especially true in the competitive environment of the workplace, where jockeying for position and battling over turf are often widespread. Suspicion and mutual mistrust at work […]
  • How to Generate Trust Through “Good Growth”

    Josephson Institute
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Guest post by Dennis Nally Lack of trust in business is still a major concern for CEOs. Indeed, half of the respondents to PwC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey, published in January 2014, identified this lack of trust as a threat to their growth prospects. This number is up sharply from the 37 percent who cited […]
  • VIDEO: Michael Josephson on Creating an Effective Compliance Program

    Josephson Institute
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    On March 31 in San Diego, California, Michael Josephson addressed attendees of the Health Care Compliance Association’s 18th Annual Compliance Institute. The title of his speech: “Compliance Plus: Creating an Effective Compliance Program Using an Ethics Framework.” Click on this video to play the entire presentation:
 
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    Exkalibur.com

  • 23 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    When you consider this simple but insightful quotation, pay close attention to how it applies to your business. We often say, “whatever gets measured, gets done” … or words to that effect. Everything you can count may not be worth counting We can count pennies. But it takes a lot of them to amount to much. We can count pencils in the supply room but their value is insignificant, say, when compared to counting computers. Can you count Attitude or Culture? Contrarily, a positive Attitude is a common denominator in great employees. It is also one of the Cornerstones of Effective…
  • The One Big Change You’re Sick of Hearing About

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Who are you lookin‘ at? Are you talkin‘ to me? There is at least One Irrefutable and Universal Truth You may not know Tom Allender, but you’d be lucky if you did. Several years ago, my wife mentioned that Tom had a reputation as a very insightful and heartfelt speaker and was appearing at the local parish in a few weeks to talk about relationships. I was a little skeptical of getting “preached to” about relationships, but my wife was eager to attend, so I agreed to join her. He was terrific and wasn’t at all “preachy” … and as he got…
  • 25 Jun 2014 | 5:01 pm

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:01 pm
    There’s little doubt that the world is moving at Mach 10 these days and on many fronts. It’s not always a good thing, but it’s a’comin’ whether we like it or not. That’s why we need to adapt, to be eternally vigilant about what’s ahead and be prepared to accept, embrace … and even endorse …the changes coming our way. It sure beats the alternative, doesn’t it? The post appeared first on Exkalibur.com.
  • We Salute Our Heroes ….

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    26 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today, we pay tribute to the young men and women who defend the freedom we hold so dearly. And, it is never more poignant and meaningful than when our men and women are serving overseas in harm’s way. For me, this quotation on an Arlington National Cemetery memorial states exactly why they deserve our respect, admiration and support. Our soldiers don’t wonder “why”. They “do their duty” and selflessly accept their mission to defend our freedom and the values we cherish. Take a moment from your busy day . . . shed a few tears as I always do . . . and…
  • Does anyone know WHY you’re in business? Wanna tell ‘em?

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    http://youtu.be/qp0HIF3SfI4 Simon Sinek is one of the speakers at Leadercast 2014 taking place on ONE DAY ONLY on Friday, May 9. His TED talk, “How Leaders Inspire Action” is the 3rd most watched video on TED with over 16.5 million views. His latest book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, was just published. Real Leaders Love this Message I have shown this video to CEOs and business leaders over the last 3 years, and each of them has responded with great enthusiasm to what Simon calls the “world’s simplest idea”. He uses…
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    The Practical Leader

  • Video Clip: Towering Strengths Overshadow Weaknesses

    Jim Clemmer
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    As I outlined in “Exceptional Leaders Aren’t Well Rounded” and “Outstanding Major League Baseball Players Aren’t Well Rounded” extraordinary leaders aren’t defined by the absence of weaknesses but the presence of a few profound strengths. In The Extraordinary Leader workshop we help participants uncover the power of leadership perception from their own experiences with a simple Best Leader/Worst Leader exercise. Click on Towering Strengths Overshadow Weaknesses for my three minute video clip explaining the essence of this exercise. Even the greatest…
  • Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm from … “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl

    Jim Clemmer
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “… everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” “… the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision, and not the result of camp influences alone. Fundamentally, therefore, any man can, even under such circumstances, decide what shall become of him — mentally and spiritually. He may retain his human dignity even in a concentration camp.” “Under the same conditions, those who were…
  • Book Review: “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl

    Jim Clemmer
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I often find biographies of accomplished leaders or thought pioneers inspiring and instructive. Having read the Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl’s, classic book, Man’s Search for Meaning years ago I recently came across his autobiography Viktor Frankl Recollections. I enjoyed reading about his story and it drew me back to reread Man’s Search for Meaning. Meaning is far more inspiring and relevant than his meandering, disconnected, and poorly written autobiography. Maybe something was lost in translation. The first part of Man’s Search for Meaning…
  • Is your Leadership Audio in Sync with Your Video?

    Jim Clemmer
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s really annoying to watch a video with the audio slightly out of sync. Too often this is what people see from their leaders in matching their behaviors to their bold proclaimed core values. Here are a few examples of how leaders in extraordinary organizations ensure they’re role models of the organization’s values: The CEO of a contact lens manufacturer begins each executive team meeting with a report from each executive on what they have personally done to advance the service/quality improvement effort in the past two weeks.  This includes such activities as senior…
  • An Hilarious Illustration of How Perceptions of Fairness and Equality Are Relative

    Jim Clemmer
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As part of a larger culture development effort, we’ve worked with dozens of executive teams over the years to articulate or revise their core values. An almost universal core value is some variation of respect, integrity, or equality, or fairness. Whether our espoused or aspirational values become the real or lived values to everyone inside an organization is all about perception. That’s especially true with equality or fairness. How does the individual or team feel they’re dealt with relative to how others are treated is the critical question. So I might be perfectly fine…
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    The Forum Corporation

  • The Business Impact of Sales Coaching

    Abby Smith
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Earlier this year, Forum and the Sales Management Association conducted a survey of sales manager and leaders from over 200 companies to discover the impact that coaching has on sales organizations. Many businesses recognize that sales coaching is one of the most powerful tools at a sales leader’s disposal, yet many fail to implement it effectively. This infographic looks at the impact of sales coaching on the bottom line, challenges facing sales managers as they attempt to coach their teams, plus shares four practical tips to improve sales coaching. For more information on the…
  • Mid-year Review: Top 6 Blog Posts

    Abby Smith
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Seems nearly impossible to believe that we are already at the half way mark for 2014, and yet, here we are. So before I get all misty-eyed about where time has gone, lets turn our attention back to the matter at hand, a mid year review of our most popular posts. To date, our most popular posts have ranged from the importance of preparation to engagement to the future of leadership, but they all come down to a similar theme: Great leadership.  All of the posts below focus on the tools leaders can use to engage employees and become better leaders. How do Great Leaders Drive Employee…
  • Manager Misconduct

    Abby Smith
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Last fall, Forum conducted a survey of over 1000 business professionals from around the globe to see how managers gain and lose employee trust and and how that impacts employee engagement. In an open ended question, we asked employees to tell us what mistakes managers make that erode trust in the workplace, and seven clear trends emerged. In fact, these seven types of mistakes accounted for 80% of all the responses from employees. In this article for T+D Magazine, Forum CEO, Andrew Graham, outlines the seven mistakes managers most often make that erode trust. For more on the data from…
  • How Do Great Leaders Drive Employee Engagement? [Infographic]

    Abby Smith
    20 May 2014 | 8:44 am
    The benefits of an engaged workforce go beyond just happy employees. A team that is engaged is more productive, produces higher quality work and directly impacts the bottom-line. However, globally, only about 20% of workers are highly engaged at work. What can you, as a leader, do to improve and maintain employee engagement at your office? Forum’s latest infograpic based on our recent webinars and whitepaper, outlines the steps leaders can take to make sure that they are driving engagement and impacting revenue.
  • What Impact do First-Line Leaders have on Employee Engagement?

    Michael Frisbie
    15 May 2014 | 8:52 am
    2014 represents a time of significant change for many industries – the healthcare industry is finding ways to engage new stakeholder audiences, an estimated 20-25% of the oil & energy workforce will be retiring in the next five years and financial services serve a more fickle customer base than ever before. However, one theme remains constant: employee engagement resonates across all industries. In fact, the results were alarming – 53% of respondents in our recent survey indicated this was a top concern. You can consult this article for more comprehensive data. Forum’s research…
 
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    Stop Workplace Drama

  • The Myths and Realities of Being Too Busy

    Stop Workplace Drama
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you are good at something, or you have done something yourself for years, you become unconsciously competent. In other words, you can do the job without thinking. The drawback is that you do not understand the step by step process needed to break the job down into “modules” so to speak, so that you can effectively train someone else to do it for you. For years I handled all of my own posting on social media, and blogging, booked my own travel, and formatted my own contracts. When I hired an executive assistant to do those things for me, it was difficult to know where to start and…
  • 14 Freedoms for 2014

    Stop Workplace Drama
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often take for granted our real freedoms that are available to us every day. I’m not even talking about patriotism, the American way, or work-life balance. I’m talking about the even more subtle freedoms we fail to recognize and enjoy, for example the freedom to make a choice versus being a prisoner to our addictions, old ideas, and patterns that bind us. To celebrate Independence Day here are 14 freedoms to recognize and embrace now.
  • How to Lead by Listening

    Stop Workplace Drama
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Listening is the single most important communication skill. When people feel “heard” they also feel understood. In personal relationships listening is an act of love. As a leader, listening is a way to acknowledge or show respect. It takes great listening skills to coach someone to clarity, or to help them redirect their energy from complainer to creator. When someone is on the “Drama Triangle” they have a high need to be right. Although you may not agree with their complaint, your ability to listen helps them to feel acknowledged so they can move through the problem and into an act…
  • Lesson #3 Drama Shows Up As A Person

    Stop Workplace Drama
    28 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Drama shows up in three ways: An emotion, a situation and through other people. If you missed the last couple of articles, you can click on the hyperlinks to access them. This lesson is about how drama shows up as other people. From a drama perspective, dysfunctional relationships are all about how the other person behaves. We lose power when we obsess about what they should have done that they didn’t do, what they shouldn’t that they just did. We miss the gift when we fall for the beliefs that our lives would be better, easier and more fulfilled if not for the shark called, my boss, my…
  • Lesson #2 Drama as the Situation

    Stop Workplace Drama
    21 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Drama often shows up as a situation. Situations come in many forms, from a speeding ticket, to an unexpected delay at the airport, to the announcement that your department is downsizing. When a wanted situation changes to an unwanted situation there will be drama. When an unwanted situation stays the same, there will be drama. Last week I talked about how drama manifests as an emotion. The emotion may be resentment, anger, anxiety or sadness. This week’s lesson is about how drama manifests as a situation and how to turn drama situations into gifts of leadership growth.
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    Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership

  • Stay Focused on Your Vision

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Stay focused on your vision and take the first step. The post Stay Focused on Your Vision appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.
  • What I Learned about Vision Casting

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    Guest Post by Dan Rockwell @LeadershipFreak (Jedi Master of leadership lessons in less than 300 words) I thought vision casting was about me. Jesse Lyn Stoner taught me that vision is about us. I used to craft the vision and spring it on my team. I’d declare, “Here’s where we’re going.” It’s the only model I ever saw. Casting vision as a solo act reflects top-down, disconnected leadership. In the end, it isn’t leadership at all. It’s declaration. Vision that’s about us takes openness, courage, candor, transparency, and flexibility. The declarative approach is easier at…
  • An Interview with Jake Jacobs on Real Time Strategic Change

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    I was delighted to catch up with Jake Jacobs, the creator of Real Time Strategic Change (RTSC), the approach that brings hundreds of people together to make collaborative decisions about their organization in real time, which I described in Try Collaborative Change for a Change. I had an opportunity to ask Jake about how change has changed since he first developed RTSC. Jesse: Jake, you wrote the first edition of your groundbreaking book Real Time Strategic Change twenty years ago. I’ve used RTSC many times over the years and am always impressed with what happens when you bring a large…
  • Tune In and Turn Off

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:06 am
    Just because technology makes it possible to be always available, doesn’t mean you should be. There’s tremendous pressure on us to be “always on.” But it’s not healthy, and in the long run you will be less productive. Even if you understand this, it can be hard to resist the pressure unless you make intentional decisions to create “off time.” Here are 7 habits that can help. 1. Stop multi-tasking. Many people view the ability to multi-task as an admirable skill. They believe they are able to accomplish more. But studies have shown that you actually accomplish less and do it less…
  • How to REALLY Listen

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:10 am
    My friend Jake said, “When someone tells me about a problem, I used to try to help them solve it. But I’ve learned that simply listening can be more helpful than the best advice I might give.” Jake is not alone. Many of us equate listening with problem-solving, and we don’t even realize it. We believe that when someone shares a problem, the best response is to help them find a solution. Do you know how to REALLY listen? … to listen without feeling responsible to help the person find a solution? The REAL listening skills. Some years ago during a YPO Forum moderators training…
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    Smart Time Management Tips

  • 3 big distractions at work – especially #3 is still an issue to me

    STMT
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    There a lot of different distractions at work – no matter if you are working alone or at the office along with colleagues. The types of distractions at work vary depending on environment, number of people nearby and other things. In this post I have identified 3 big distractions which are not related to where or how you work. These are 3 types of distractions, which I think most people are experiencing all the time. Distractions at work #1: Phone We have become addicted to checking our phone constantly and answering calls and text messages right away. The phone is a great tool that can help…
  • The 80/20 rule and how it can increase your effectiveness

    STMT
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    The 80/20 rule is mentioned and used in a lot of different areas and circumstances. From an overall perspective it tells that 80 percent of the output comes from 20 percent of the effort. This applies to your life as well. Being aware of the 80/20 rule and putting it into a time management context you will probably be surprised how it can change your way of working and increase your effectiveness. The 80/20 rule in time management Breaking down what the 80/20 rule actually means in relations to time management I will set up the following example: Every time I start a task or a project I…
  • Setting goals and direction for yourself

    STMT
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:46 am
    Could you imagine training for a marathon without knowing the distance? Or trying to score a touchdown without knowing where the end zone is located? The above examples show the importance of having clear goals and direction – otherwise you will probably end up circling around and spending a lot of time getting nowhere. I want to bet you have better things to spend your time on than getting nowhere. Setting goals is a simple and easy way to get away from this track and start to take control of your life and time. Setting goals is fun To me most parts of time management is fun. I love trying…
 
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    Business Fitness

  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #6 | Misreading Employees

    Dawn Lennon
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    “How do good supervisors get a correct read on their employees?” That’s the questions I left you with at the end of Episode #5. Supervisors tend to draw all kinds of conclusions about their employees based upon behaviors they see … Continue reading →
  • 4 Ways Distraction Threatens Your Career | Fight Back

    Dawn Lennon
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Distracted? Never, you claim, always fully tuned in, just multitasking. It’s a popular self-deception. We’re all guilty to a degree. Research has long debunked the notion of multitasking, our claim of being engaged in multiple things (aided by our digital … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #5 | Boundary Mistakes

    Dawn Lennon
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    “What are the boundary mistakes that supervisors make and how do you fix them?” That’s the question I left you with at the end of Episode # 4. A boundary is border or a limit. At work, boundaries are about … Continue reading →
  • When Talent Foreshadows Your Genius, Would You Know? | Becoming Extraordinary

    Dawn Lennon
    17 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    Talent is hardwired in you. You’ve got it whether or not you: Recognize it or have figured it out Know what to do about it Believe you can develop it into something Have the courage to accept or reject it … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #4 | Setting Boundaries

    Dawn Lennon
    10 May 2014 | 10:06 am
    “What do good supervisors do to set boundaries that minimize mistakes?” That’s the question I left you with after Episode #3. We unwittingly set the stage for our supervisory mistakes. Setting boundaries helps us minimize them and avoid a chain … Continue reading →
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    Team Building - Corporate Team Building Tips & Strategies

  • Fake Slum for “Team Building” in Very Poor Taste

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:31 pm
    As I scrolled through my tweets, I caught something out of the corner of my eye. I figured I wasn't seeing properly so I scrolled back. Sure enough, a website is advertising a shanty town as a venue for weddings and team building. Does this strike anyone else as being in extremely poor taste?
  • Team Building is not a Meeting Plus a Social Event

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:45 am
    I've been noticing a trend for some time that is becoming so common that it will soon be the order of the day. All too often the meeting + social activity scenario is yet another example of the trends towards substituting recreational activities for real team building. It's yet another sign that executives are missing the mark for team building.
  • 9 Tips for Facilitating Small Team Building Retreats

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    29 May 2014 | 8:33 pm
    We've fine-tuned a number of strategies to ensure that participants and their organizations get full benefit. Here are some strategies that are highly effective with groups of 6 - 25 participants.
  • Is there value in extreme team building?

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I have addressed the topics of frivolous team building and extreme team building a number of time in this blog and on other blogs.  I thought it was important to devote some more quality time to the issue.
  • Team Building: 12 Ways Executives are Missing the Mark

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    29 Mar 2014 | 11:28 am
    Team building is one of the most powerful vehicles available to executives. It's an opportunity to break down silos, improve cross-functional teamwork, and brainstorm to generate solutions for business challenges. Unfortunately, this opportunity is often missed and many companies fail to get full benefit from team building. It's important to think of team building in terms of R.O.I. instead of viewing it as an "activity" divorced for organizational goals and objectives.
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    LeadershipWatch

  • Why Collaboration Is a Top Concern for Every Leader

    Aad Boot
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Originally published on LinkedIn (read original). Senior leaders regularly share with me their concerns about the level of collaboration in the company. They often mention the lack of cross-organizational collaboration they experience, and how this is hindering the company to...
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership: The One Secret Success Ingredient

    Aad Boot
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Do business leaders and HR departments pay sufficient attention to equipping people preparing for international assignments, as well as managers leading cross-cultural teams, with sound cross-cultural leadership skills? Research conducted at Dutch Neyenrode Business University suggests they don’t. And that’s...
  • Strategy Execution: Why It Often Fails

    Aad Boot
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:02 am
    A senior executive recently shared with me: “I have been explaining our new strategy for months, and last week in a leadership meeting I got astonishing feedback. The main message was ‘we have no clue where we’re going with our...
  • Why Great Leaders Read Books

    Hanneke Siebelink
    22 May 2014 | 7:08 am
    Business leaders do not often take the time to read (e)books. Are they making a mistake? Why do great leaders read books? “Each employee is required to read one recommended book per year.” Here is what Chinese business tycoon Wang...
  • 4 Tips to Make Your Team Embrace Accountability

    Aad Boot
    11 May 2014 | 3:11 am
    Accountability is a crucial ingredient of successful collaboration, and it is often underestimated. For multinational (and other) enterprises, competitive advantage and successful strategy execution increasingly depend on getting cross-company collaboration right. Executives understand that creating a culture of collaboration and...
 
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    Travis RobertsonTravis Robertson - Robertson Coaching International

  • 5 Things to Prevent Failure

    Travis Robertson
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Every real estate agent is going to fail. However, the most successful agents have implemented safeguards. In this video, listen to real estate coach Travis Robertson talk about the five things that successful agents do to prevent their own failure. Instead of being scared to fail, take these simple things and use them to your advantage!The post 5 Things to Prevent Failure appeared first on Travis Robertson.
  • What Does It Take?

    Travis Robertson
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Become a successful agent that can provide yourself or your family with the life you have always dreamed of! In this short video, coach Travis Robertson shares the FIVE traits of successful agents. Learn what you need to do to take make your business successful!The post What Does It Take? appeared first on Travis Robertson.
  • The First Few Hours

    Travis Robertson
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:38 am
     Feel like you could use a few more hours in your day? Always feel busy but can’t seem to stay focused?In this quick video, learn HOW and WHY the first few hours can set the pace for the rest of your day. Follow along as Travis Robertson shares his thoughts on how to make your morning more productive!Hey guys! Coach Travis Robertson here from beautiful Del Mar, California again and what we’re gonna be talking about in this video is the importance of those first few hours when you get into the office each day.You see, those first few hours are gonna set up the trajectory of…
  • 3 Steps to Creating Your Real Estate Dream Team

    Travis Robertson
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Don’t sacrifice your life for your business! In this video, Travis Robertson shares the three steps to scaling your business without sacrificing your life. Become a master lead generator, develop and implement your systems and build your dream team! Learn how to build a business that supports your life, not a business that runs your life!Hey guys! Coach Travis Robertson here from beautiful Del Mar, California and what we’re gonna be talking about today are the three steps to scaling your business without sacrificing your life.Because what’s going to happen as your generating…
  • How to Create Real Estate Systems

    Travis Robertson
    12 Jun 2014 | 11:49 am
    At some point you’re gonna have to create systems that are going to allow you to scale and serve more people and make more money and do it in less time. In this video, Travis Robertson shares a step-by-step approach that will help you to create systems for your business. Take the stress out of your days and run your business more smoothly!Hey everyone! Coach Travis Robertson here with you again to talk with you about the five steps for creating systems that work in your business. Now, as you’re building your business, as you’re getting going, we’ve talked about it in…
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    Thinking is Hard Work

  • Wicked Problems: Competing Beliefs

    Colleen Sharen
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Everyone faces this problem sooner or later – when two very good beliefs or values come into direct conflict with each other. So which wins out? For example, a recent post in […]
  • The Woozle Effect

    Colleen Sharen
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Do you remember the 100 Acre Wood? In A.A. Milne’s first book, Winnie the Pooh, Pooh Bear and Piglet go hunting a woozle.  They follow the woozle’s tracks, and over time find […]
  • 8 Path Factors of Buddhism and Leadership

    Colleen Sharen
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Mindfulness is a buzz word these days. So you can imagine that I’m a bit skeptical of all of the woo-woo stuff that I hear around the water cooler. So when I […]
  • Are we really so different after all?

    Colleen Sharen
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    So much of our recent research on leadership focuses on differences between people. A lot of research suggests that women and men are different in leadership style, in that women are relationship […]
  • Happy Canada Day

    Colleen Sharen
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Did you know that 2014 is the 5oth Anniversary of the adoption of Canada’s flag? Yes, the Canadian flag as we now know it is only 50 years old. Yet is one […]
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Striking a Balance - Personal Relationships at Work

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    We all want to have people at work with whom we connect as friends. And we all want to be seen as professionals at work. But different people have different definitions of that and therefore the boundaries of acceptability, and inherent optics, are different. Personal relationships at work are all about how others perceive things and possible conflicts of interest. Here are some helpful tips to help balance the personal with the professional at work.
  • Commitment Trumps Content When It Comes to Learning and Development

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Commitment to growth learning and development drives us to actively and openly engage in learning activities. So what does a commitment to learning and development look like? These six “R’s” will help you understand how to drive commitment to make your investments in learning pay off.
  • 5 Things Candidates Wish Your Hiring Process Had

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Talent Acquisition, whether it’s retail, restaurants, IT, Healthcare, Manufacturing, etc., it’s all the same.  We are all trying to put bumms in seats! And while our hiring processes might vary from organization to organization, those are basically the same as well. Here are the top five things that candidates want that Talent Acquisition Pros aren’t delivering.
  • Lessons Learned in Mentoring

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    How do you identify high potential talent in your organization and develop them to assume leadership roles in your organization? Talent pool-based succession planning is a best-practice approach and so too are formal mentorship programs. Read on for lessons learned in mentoring.
  • Aligning Our Self-Perception with Reality Using Performance Feedback

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Illusory superiority is a natural and pervasive human tendency that causes people to overestimate their achievements and capabilities, and to underestimate their negative qualities, in comparison to others. So here's a proven method to get the honest feedback and perspective you need to improve your performance.
 
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    frame of reference

  • Gathering – Part 19

    Chris Fillebrown
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 19 – Writing by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 18

    Chris Fillebrown
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 18 – Back Home for Lunch by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 17

    Chris Fillebrown
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 17 – Paying for the Book by Chris Fillebrown
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  • New Idea: The Aggravation Index

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Leading companies like FedEx and others have found that a daily metric that tracks occurrence of errors that frustrate customers can be a simple and easy way of measuring and predicting when a customer might leave and never come back. By holding focus groups with customers from a variety of industries and locations, FedEx gathered a long list of things the company had done to aggravate them over the years. Once this list was narrowed down to a reasonable number of problems, they had customers rank order them from the most maddening to the least, assigning 1-to-10 severity ratings. Every day,…
 
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  • Robert Knowling

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    People who don't share our values are cancerous to the organization, regardless of their performance. In my experience, every time you invest trying to save these people you end up regretting it. It's simply too difficult to change people's values.
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    Peter Barron Stark Companies

  • How to Build a Culture Rich in Creativity and Innovation

    Peter Barron Stark
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Many managers are proficient in leading a team that has a solid reputation for maintaining the status quo and producing consistent, high quality results. These managers lead teams that are good at making small incremental improvements. For example, the changes they implement one month will lead to a 3 percent improvement in future productivity. Those improvements are all good, but most likely would not be described as innovative. In a 2009 study in the Journal of Marketing, after examining 759 companies across 17 countries, the authors found that the number one determinant of whether a team…
  • The Key Ingredient of Purposeful Leadership

    Peter Barron Stark
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    An executive in a large manufacturing organization shared with me an example where one of his managers was treating his direct reports in a very disrespectful way. This manager yelled and used foul language when speaking to his direct reports on a frequent basis. The executive showed me an email the manager had sent out to the entire management team: the email was full of accusations which laid the blame on other managers and their departments for the lack of success on a project. Unfortunately, this had been an ongoing pattern with this manager and despite employees turning to the executive…
  • Six Ways Leaders Can Multiply Great Ideas

    Peter Barron Stark
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In 1982, Michael Keaton and Henry Winkler starred in the movie Night Shift. Henry and Michael played two attendants holding down the night shift at the city morgue. Henry played Chuck; an uptight, reserved, by the book employee, while Michael played Bill; an off-the-wall, self-professed “idea man.” Bill lived Steinbeck’s quote, “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” In fact, he even carried around a portable cassette player so he could record all of his great ideas. In one scene of the movie, Bill is eating a tuna…
  • When You’re Not a “Feel-Good” Type of Leader

    Peter Barron Stark
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    A C-level executive once told me, “Do I really need to go to charm school and learn to become a cheerleader? I am not a ‘rah-rah’ type of leader.” He went on to add, “My job is to ensure the organization has clear goals, and that we are successful in reaching those goals. Employees need to be self-motivated. If people around here are looking for a touchy-feely, feel-good type of leader, they are working for the wrong company. I just expect people to do their jobs.” I’ve written and spoken for years on the role of a leader’s attitude and communication style and its impact…
  • Why your To-Do List is Failing You

    Peter Barron Stark
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:01 am
    When you do a Google search for to-do lists, it’s just as easy to find information supporting the benefits of a to-do list as it is to find information that document why to-do lists are a waste of time. You don’t have to go far to encounter people who are more than willing to share why they refuse to create a to-do list. Maybe you’re one of these people, or maybe you live with someone who doesn’t see value in the structure of consistently creating a list. Over the past 25 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with hundreds of leaders, some who swore by their to-do list, and…
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    The Modern Servant Leader

  • 3 Common Business Words That Should be Shot

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    “I need to manage my resources.” When referring to a team, this sentence should make our stomaches churn. Yet this phrase is uttered every day, by thousands of business executives, everywhere. Below are the three words that should be dragged out behind the woodshed and shot. My / Mine Unless you are a sole-proprietor with no investors, you own very little – if anything – in your organization. Instead, you are a steward of that money. You are responsible for those people. Next time, instead of “my” or “mine”, try these: Our The Company’s /…
  • You Cannot Lead What You Need

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    If you need your job, you cannot lead the organization. The problem is a leader who is dependent upon income from their employer will be influenced by the perception of their decisions. In other words, if a leader thinks a tough decision has to be made that could negatively impact the perception of their boss, they may fear losing their job. As a result, they make a decision based upon the perceptions of a select few, rather than what’s best for all stakeholders. So, how can anyone, employed by a company, be a leader in that company? You have two options: 1. Independent Wealth Okay,…
  • Servant Leadership 101 – An Introduction to Authentic Leadership

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Want to learn about servant leadership? Want to know what servant leadership is, how it got started, where it’s in practice today and more? Then you’ve come to the right place. This is the first (and only) course like this I am aware of. Because it’s new though, I’m offering it for free – at least until I get all the kinks worked out. So please, sign up below and tell me what you think! When you finish, I’ll even send you a digital Certificate of Completion. Course Outline The course includes 6 lessons, delivered weekly to your inbox. All you have to is…
  • Facebook Leadership: We Don’t Need Trust

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Facebook leadership recently decided to conduct a psychology experiment, with you as the test subject. They didn’t tell you this, but in essence, they tried to manipulate your emotions. It’s okay though, because buried in the 9,000 words of their legal agreements, contracts and use policies, it said somewhere they may use the information they receive from you, for “research” (UPDATE: Forbes discovered this term was added months after the study. So it turns out, maybe you didn’t agree to it after all.) The experiment sought to influence subscriber’s…
  • Keep Your Fire Burning

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:43 am
    We’re only silenced by our refusal to keep our fire lit.” – Martin Sheen, World Leaders Conference That fire inside you, burning bright – it’s what keeps you up all night or rising first thing in the morning. That fire is the passion you hold for a change. That’s core to your leadership. Without that fire, you’re just another person with another idea. With that fire, you are a force to reckon with, a wind of change, a person on a mission. Therefore, you must keep that fire lit, at all costs. There are two ways you can lose that fire… Consuming…
 
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    The trU Group

  • Ignorant vs Stupid vs Agile

    Scott
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Ignorance is defined (Merriam-Webster.com) as lack of knowledge, education, or awareness.  In contrast, the definition of stupid (Merriam-Webster.com) is having or showing a lack of ability to learn and understand things.  The fine line between being ignorant and stupid is the ability to learn. Taking that one step further, in research done by Michael Lombardo and Robert Eichinger they identified one competency common to all people that became successful leaders – learning agility.  It is defined as the ability and willingness to learn from experience, and subsequently apply that…
  • Inviting the Voice of Ownership

    Scott
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    I remember the conversation vividly.  His call came two weeks after my Situational Leadership class and his frustration was evident. I am asking all the questions you gave us in the training, but they are not giving me any answers.   The How can I support you? question is just creating awkward silence, when I know they are buried and complaining.  I feel like that training was a waste of time. That conversation was over a decade ago, and started me on a quest to better support leaders and those they lead in having more meaningful conversations. So here is my response after years of…
  • Relationships: Building vs Maintaining

    Scott
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    Relationships are tricky.  They start at random places – soccer games, first days of a new job, school functions, board meetings.  They only actually become a relationship, a thing that we can point to or hold up as something that has been created if we continue to deal with each other or are connected in some way.  See the basic definition: Relationship (noun) – (Merriam-Webster.com) the way in which two or more people, groups, countries, etc., talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other the way in which two or more people or things are connected We have to be careful to…
  • Just Add Joy – Just ask Rich Sheridan

    Scott
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:56 am
    A book that I really like right now is from Rich Sheridan, and it is called Joy, Inc.  How We Built a Workplace People Love.  Two reasons I like it. It is from a CEO/leader who built his business from scratch and he is intimately involved in his business.  99.9% of businesses in the United States are less than 500 people, and I love a leadership voice from the leader that most people can identify with.  Rich is CEO of Menlo Innovations. It reintroduces emotions into the conversation, not just theories and actions.  Joy, Love, Excitement, Jubilation – - – we need more of these…
  • Just Add Fear – Is this a line in your Leadership Recipe?

    Scott
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:19 am
    Do you ever intentionally try and scare your people?  Is it a tool you use in your leadership toolbox? Let me rephrase that: Have you ever initiated changes without an adequate explanation  to anyone why the change is important? Do you go long periods of time without bringing the team together to celebrate wins of the past and talk about what the focus is for the future? Does your travel schedule dictate how often you bring your team together? Do customer needs always trump team communication/gatherings? Do you allow months to pass without giving people feedback on their work and asking…
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    Create-Learning Team Building

  • Creating and Sustaining Skeptical Teams–Workshop Slides

    mike
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Had the honor of presenting at the Center for Inquiry Leadership Conference ‘Reason for Change’.  Below are the slides from my workshop: Creating and Sustaining Skeptical Teams from Michael Cardus   Creating and Sustaining Skeptical Teams How can you create & sustain teams of skeptical people that are able to keep their diverse knowledge and expertise while avoiding group think and spinning into an asphyxiating death spiral? “We were impressed as hell” – Debbie Goddard – Center for Inquiry Director of Outreach & Director of African Americans for Humanism.
  • Evidence Unicorns Bullshit – 3 Areas Of Team Building and Leadership Development

    mike
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a repost from a blog post I wrote in 2011. image from Free Extras If you dislike theory, and seek only “Practical action”; That is unfortunate. Anything you do is founded upon a theory of some sort, and eschewing theory merely means that your decisions are being misdirected by some bad theory which you do not know about. - Elliott Jaques; Requisite Organization Within the team building and managerial leadership world there is so much information and Jargon Monoxide (wish I came up with this phrase Bob Sutton shared what this means on his blog) that everyone feels overwhelmed. The…
  • Creating and Sustaining Skeptical Teams–CFI Leadership Conference

    mike
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    I will be speaking at the Center for Inquiry Leadership Conference ‘Reason for Change’.  The conference runs from July 24-27, 2014. Learn more about the Reason for Change Leadership Conference my workshop will last 3 hours  – Creating and Sustaining Teams How can you create & sustain teams of skeptical people that are able to keep their diverse knowledge and expertise while avoiding group think and spinning into an asphyxiating death spiral? Overview: In this workshop Team will mean a group of people who come together, either through self-selection or appointment, to…
  • What do I do when I don’t know what to do

    mike
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I often find myself stuck or confused or unsure where to start or the next step to take or scared that the choices I make will impact others in a negative way or unsure of what to do with a particular person, team, challenge.   This is common. At least that is what I tell people in my coaching & development work. 8 questions that may help you figure out what to do, when you are not sure what to do.  What are the hard boundaries that contain this work?Boundaries being lines that cannot be crossed OR the bigger picture things that keep this work contained. What is the…
  • Choices–Defining Shared Boundaries Within Work

    mike
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
      Choices from Michael Cardus   Here is an opening activity used in many workshops. It leads to  discussion & content & framing of shared boundaries about Goals.  Who sets them Who is responsible for them How are they used Without a Shared Goal or a what am I doing here? what are you doing here?  what are we expected to accomplish? – defined as a what by when. People will choose what they feel is best, or they choose what those around that feel is right. When goals are set organizationally & personally you must decide and define the problem being faced,…
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    Business Ethics and Leadership

  • It’s easy to find people who understand costs. The challenge is to find people who understand values.

    Michael Josephson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
  • What you allow, you encourage.

    Michael Josephson
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Whether you are manager, teacher or parent it’s important to set clear boundaries that you are willing to enforce in a meaningful way. If the response to negative conduct is certain and soon it usually need not be severe. Often its enough to just prove that you mean what you say and that your standards […]
  • Team Building Exercises to Build Trust Among Employees

    Josephson Institute
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Guest post by Monica Gomez Over 250 years ago, English theologian and poet Isaac Watts said, “Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.” And he  may be especially true in the competitive environment of the workplace, where jockeying for position and battling over turf are often widespread. Suspicion and mutual mistrust at work […]
  • How to Generate Trust Through “Good Growth”

    Josephson Institute
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Guest post by Dennis Nally Lack of trust in business is still a major concern for CEOs. Indeed, half of the respondents to PwC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey, published in January 2014, identified this lack of trust as a threat to their growth prospects. This number is up sharply from the 37 percent who cited […]
  • VIDEO: Michael Josephson on Creating an Effective Compliance Program

    Josephson Institute
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    On March 31 in San Diego, California, Michael Josephson addressed attendees of the Health Care Compliance Association’s 18th Annual Compliance Institute. The title of his speech: “Compliance Plus: Creating an Effective Compliance Program Using an Ethics Framework.” Click on this video to play the entire presentation:
 
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    Horeb International

  • Leaving Money on the Table

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Image source: massdistraction leave (something) on the tablev. phr. to refrain from taking the utmost advantage of something; to not address every aspect of a situation; in the form leave money on the table... (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)  I frequented Foodco supermarket when growing up in Ibadan because it was close to my dad’s old office which made it accessible and convenient for grocery shopping. I went to Foodco during my recent trip to Nigeria. The supermarket had moved a stone’s throw down the road from it’s original site. The moment I walked into the new Foodco, I…
  • Breaking the Rules

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:42 am
    Image source: rmanoske I was in Nigeria for 13 days a couple of weeks ago. The last time I was in Nigeria was 2002. Some things have changed in the intervening years but a lot still remained unchanged. The enforcement of the rule of law is one thing that hasn’t improved. It was a Thursday evening and I was due to fly back to the UK the following day when my sister suggested we visit my cousin who lives in one of those gated Lagos estates. This particular estate was like an American suburb where residents were expected to abide by certain rules and regulations. My cousin’s wife told us a…
  • Notice & Reflect

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    19 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    Image source: xJason.Rogersx Notice what inspires you Notice what interests you Notice what you are drawn to Notice what repeals you Notice what turns you off Notice what energises you Notice what drains you Notice the rhythms of your life Notice who you are Notice where you are Notice where you are heading Notice what is happening around you Notice the coincidences in your life Notice the things you stumble over Notice the mistakes you keep making Notice what you are feeling and why Notice what you notice Notice and Reflect  “People don’t learn from experience; they learn from…
  • Life is like a Rose

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    5 May 2014 | 9:43 am
    Image source: Jim the photographer Almost all roses have thorns. Yet we don’t tend to focus on the rose’s thorns rather we concentrate on the beauty and fragrant smell of its petals. The rose’s thorns does not diminish the flower’s perceived worth or value. Life like the rose has its petals (positive things) and thorns (negative things). You have the choice on what to pay attention to in your life. Remember that what you focus on will magnify and multiply. Related Posts:Attention!Planting for the FutureHobbies & VocationsLiving a Life of Excellence (2)Living a Life of…
  • Amazon’s Leadership Principles

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    28 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Image source: paulswansen I watched a BBC documentary on Amazon a few days ago and learnt about the company’s 14 leadership principles. These principles were crafted to build a strong organisational culture within Amazon. An organisation’s long term success is based on its culture. The ones with strong cultures thrive while the ones with weak ones die. Every Amazon employee is expected to adhere to these principles or find a new employer. I believe that the sustainability of a strong organisational culture is dependent on effective organisational leadership. The documentary stated that…
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Some Ideas To Help Accelerate Your SWOT Analysis

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    A SWOT analysis is a tool used to assess an organization's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The purpose of using the SWOT tool is to uncover or reveal the organization's competitive advantages, and what opportunities (sales, profitability) to capitalize upon. It's also used to articulate the challenges an organization has, enabling contingency plans. An analysis of the organization's strengths and weaknesses is typically an internal examination process. It's typically based on a review of internal and external facts and assumptions about the organization and the marketplace…
  • If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    In business, "if you can't measure it, you can't manage it." When it comes to executing your business strategy, you must first translate the strategic plan into short-term operating objectives or metrics - and progress must be monitored and measured regularly. To achieve strategic objectives, your organization must develop short-term measurable objectives that logically relate to the company's strategy, as well as a plan for how your organization plans to compete: how you will be different from your competition. Unfortunately, this is where most strategic planning sessions end; in a 3-inch…
  • What Really Drives Your Strategy?

    27 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    For better or worse, why do so many companies veer off their strategic plan? Look for a disconnect between strategy and how resources are allocated, say Harvard Business School's Joseph L. Bower and Clark G. Gilbert, in their article "What Really Drives Strategy Their assertion? "Organizations of any size are built around a series of building blocks, and the bigger the company the more responsibility in those building blocks. Today they are called SBUs—Strategic Business Units—or they are country organizations. If you add up what those people actually do, which ideas they choose to bring…
  • Your Dream Job - And Your Passion

    20 Jun 2014 | 5:10 am
    What would be your dream job? If money were not a consideration, what would you do? A recent Harris Interactive survey among almost 8,000 employees over the age of 18 found the following: 45% of workers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs 55% of workers said they were not satisfied Furthermore... 20% were passionate about their jobs 33% believed they had reached a dead end 21% were eager to change to something different The above statistics paint a vivid picture of how elusive passion can be in careers. Here are some more observations about dream jobs: Dream jobs…
  • The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution

    13 Jun 2014 | 5:48 am
    "A brilliant strategy, blockbuster product, or breakthrough technology can put you on the competitive map, but only solid execution can keep you there So begins the Harvard Business review article "The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution" written by executives from management consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc . According to the authors, "Execution is the result of thousands of decisions made every day by employees acting according to the information they have and their own self-interest." Their research identified four fundamental building blocks executives can use to influence…
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    The Resiliency Group

  • Amazon Leadership Best Sellers

    Eileen
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    In order to be a resilient leader you need to up your game and reading leadership books is one way you can do that.  If you are still working on your summer reading list add one or two or more of these books from the best selling Amazon.com leadership list. You’ll find oldie but goodies like How To Win Friends and Influence People and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to #Girlboss and Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.  Most of these books come in the less expensive Kindle version as well. Happy reading! The post Amazon Leadership Best Sellers…
  • Why Our Human Compulsion for the Number 3?

    Eileen
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    What is it about our love for the lowly number three? Amazon lists over two million books that begin with that word. It lurks in our common lexicon for many sayings, structures, beliefs, songs and theater: Three strikes you’re out Third time’s a charm Bad things happen in threes: good things happen in threes Three blind mice, three little pigs and and three billy goats gruff. Three persons in one God, three branches of government, and three bases in baseball The triangle sits on our currency and that shape is watched over by the third eye Three Penny Opera, Three Musketeers, and 3’s…
  • My Interview On The Coaching Show

    Eileen
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    My interview on The Coaching Show 1/8/14 is now available on line for your listening pleasure.  I’m discussing resiliency in both of the sections below.  I hope you enjoy the show! Segment 1 – Eileen McDargh - What is Resiliency?  Why is it an Essential Daily Life Skill? Segment 2 – Eileen McDargh - Eileen McDargh shares about The Well Being of Organizations and Working Effectively with Teams, and more. The post My Interview On The Coaching Show appeared first on The Resiliency Group.
  • The Law of Diminished Returns Kills Productivity, Profits, and Tragically – Sometimes People

    Eileen
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    In a recent Bloomberg article, “Vacation-Phobic Americans Donate a Million Years of Work Annually,” (June 30, 2014), writer Ben Steverman commented that the American workplace culture has developed into a mix of job insecurity and sincere workplace devotion which has led to about 429 million unused vacation days per year nationally, according to a 2014 study by Oxford Economics. American workers do NOT take time off. Not a smart idea. Lack of time off and fatigue results in what I call “the law of diminished returned”. The quality of your efforts and the quantity of your efforts are…
  • How to Cultivate Radical Resiliency

    Eileen
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    Have you ever wanted to learn How to Cultivate Radical Resiliency? Good news! In my new online class, I’ll walk you through my Top 10 Big Ideas on  “How to Cultivate Radical Resiliency.” This is my absolute best stuff shared in a really fun, high energy, 30-minute video format (you can also download MP3s and a PDF for the class). Check it out here! Here’s a sneak peek at the Top 5 Big Ideas: * Create Many Options * Look for Viewing Points – Not a View Point * Go for the Glow Not for the “No” * Reframe * Develop a Support Group Check out my class at the Academy for Optimal…
 
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • Good Corporate Culture Extends Beyond the Walls

    Jeremy Unruh
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Corporate culture is nebulous—different for each company and sometimes hard to develop, especially in the shifting sands of the business world. But the companies that get it right, the companies that not only champion culture but truly cultivate it, and demand the same of their employees, are the ones that stand out and thrive. Take Southwest Airlines, for example, with an uncompromising focus on its three Ps of culture: Performance, People, Planet. The company’s determination to drive every decision, every sale, and every interaction based on its distinctly defined culture has made the…
  • Sales Leadership: It Starts with Feedback and Coaching

    Jeremy Unruh
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    In many companies, leaders and managers are promoted to their roles because they have, or appear to have, the foundational characteristics of certain leadership traits. They are good communicators: they share the goals of the company, they listen to and understand their employees, and they don’t shy from the difficult conversations. The good ones are mentors, supporters, and advocates. They surround themselves with talent, and figure out effective ways to develop those staff who lag in performance. Promoting these types of leaders makes sense for many companies. Unfortunately, in sales…
  • 6 Types of Bad Bosses

    Jeremy Unruh
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    In the 2011 movie Horrible Bosses, the main characters declare, “Our lives would be better if our bosses weren't alive!” Showing blatant hostility, trickery, sexual harassment, discrimination, and abuse, the bosses in that film are, if not complete caricatures of terrible managers, then certainly at the far side of reality’s spectrum.Still, bad bosses do exist, and even if they aren't dragging a department or a company down completely, they are surely keeping the unit from truly thriving. While a good boss can inspire a team, instill loyalty, and motivate hard work by making each…
  • Communicate the Big Picture: Millennials are Motivated by Feedback

    Jeremy Unruh
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    The generational composition of the nation’s workforce is constantly changing, and, at certain times, it seems the landscape creates an entirely new snapshot. Such will be the case by 2020, when nearly half (about 46 percent, by most estimates) of the workforce will be comprised of millennials. Which is a particularly important statistic for today’s leaders, who are, by and large, boomers or gen Xers, with a few veterans still sprinkled in.                Making room for the next generation has often been…
  • The Art of Delegation: Empowering your Managers for Success

    Jeremy Unruh
    14 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    Running a business demands a varied set of important skills and the experience to make the most of these skills. The overall progress of your company depends on your ability to make sound decisions that will grow your business in the long-term by taking prudent and diligent steps in the short-term. One key to managing the success of your company lies in your ability to fill a wide array of roles that are essential to handling each aspect of your business at a level that yields progress. As your company grows and reaches further into the areas that will be instrumental in long-term growth, you…
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  • High Tempreture Aging Oven

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    23 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    With high tempreture aging oven, you receive a range of a 90cm built- in double oven or built- in simple oven. If you like anything a little more narrow, there’s also a 60cm dual oven along with a 60cm single oven available. Of all of the amounts, the 90cm double- ovens provide probably the most option to the customer. High Tempreture Aging Oven The oven that is 60cm just has one-colour choice: charges and stainless cut around £700. The double oven that is 60cm furthermore just has got the one-colour choice and it is just accessible being an – appliance, as all high tempreture…
  • Dog Leash

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    “My dog wants to research on his own phrases.” Nevertheless, so that you can keep your dog-safe, you require control. Your canine also has to know this, to ensure he is mindful who the supervisor is. And, once you train your dog not to pull on his leash, or other behaviors (take a course through an area dog obedience school), you will figure out just how marvelous dog leash training really is. Dog Leash A puppy that doesn’t have any boundaries, including a leash and an owner, does not realize that others have boundaries he is required to respect. Dog leash training that is…
  • Wu Yi Horsebow

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    19 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Wu Yi Horsebow It is a morning that was sharp, sunlight hasn’t actually broken the skyline to warm the leaf that crunches beneath your toes. You notice as you earn the right path to create your ambush a little animal scurry away. A great wind is coming in-your-face. You think to your-self, “the states are ideal, I will not be found. You’re eventually at your point-of entrance. You fix your weapon and gradually scale to your own stand. You understand you might be ready to help make the shot count, although it can be a long delay be fore your target occurs. Wu Yi Horsebow This…
  • Cosmetics

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Hi, maybe you have read my previous article on the dangers of cosmetics? Well, because post, I basically emphasized three points. One that we shouldn’t put on make-up or cosmetics while we are doing other things such as driving, two is that we should take great care when storing our cosmetics and must never use cosmetics which we can definitely tell it has turned poor and three is that we should never share cosmetics with other persons and to take attention when trying out cosmetic samples at the departmental shop. Cosmetics With this post, I intend to continue where I left off and…
  • Black Men Dating White Women

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    8 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Black Men Dating White Women Hi Sweetheart! I am likely to share some ideas to definitely black men dating white women. Not some wafer-thin information that doesn’t function, but some real-deal methods that tested and have been tried. And do you know what? They operate. These are a few inside tips that I’ve been applying to attract my wish for years!The best black men dating white women  websites is whitewomendatingblackmen.com, you will like it. 1) Dress Up As If You Are Getting Out: This is important! You’ve to look remarkable, as you were going to an award show. You…
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  • Want to Achieve Balance? Make an Appointment With Yourself.

    joelgarfinkle
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.” ~ Stephen Covey ~ Recently a client, Jillian, confessed to me, “I find myself working 60 or more hours each week. I have no time or energy for anything other than work. I don’t see my family, I don’t have time for friends or hobbies and I feel completely overwhelmed. I want more time and fulfillment in my life. I would rather divide my time between work, nature, people in my life and travel as opposed to oozing out meager samplings of these between…
  • Good News on the Salary Front: More Companies Plan Increases

    joelgarfinkle
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Asking what I considered an impossible salary when I didn’t want to work for someone has boosted my pay again and again.” ~ Ethel Waters ~ Will has been working the same job for three years without any raise in pay. Due to the downturn in the economy, his company claims that it just can’t afford to pay more to its employees. I’ve got some good news for Will and for everyone else who has been working longer hours and hasn’t been rewarded with a bonus or an increase in salary. That might be changing, according to Mercer, a worldwide consulting firm. In their…
  • How to Deal with Gossip at Work: 7 Steps to Dispel the Drama

    joelgarfinkle
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~ Client Jonathan Asks: Several of my co-workers like to spread stories without checking to make sure they are true. Recently, someone shared an inaccurate and favorable story about me. What can I do to mitigate the damage? Coach Joel Answers: Everyone is susceptible to gossip stories at work. But what if the stories are about you? And, even more disturbing, what if they are erroneous and could harm your reputation? Chances are, this won’t happen to you. But, if it…
  • Are You Annoying Your Co-Workers? Employees Share Their Biggest Gripes

    joelgarfinkle
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “I’m aware that I can be annoying.” ~ Sandra Bullock ~ Client Eva Asks: As an HR professional, I hear a lot of petty complaints from various employees about their co-workers. Most of the time, the offending party has no idea that he or she is being annoying. How can I be sure that I am not inadvertently aggravating my own co-workers without realizing it? Coach Joel Answers: Annoying co-workers are a common problem. Fortunately, most people realize that there are frustrating people everywhere, so unless the situation is severe, it is unlikely that they will leave over minor…
  • Be Advised: More Employers are Searching Social Media Sites!

    joelgarfinkle
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    “You are what you share.” ~ C.W. Leadbeater ~ Client Isaac Asks: I work in the IT industry, and I’m preparing to search for a new position. I know that some companies are using Google to check out prospective employees. Should I be worried about this, and if so, what steps can I take to make sure prospective employees don’t find anything that could hurt me? Coach Joel Answers: Employers don’t just use Google to check out job candidates, they’re relying more on social networking. In fact, a study conducted by CareerBuilder found that 37 percent of employers use social…
 
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  • Leadership and Co-Design

    Dan Oestreich
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Although the term, co-design, has more specific, formal meanings, I like to think of it very informally as two or more people thinking together as equals about some specific change they want to make. In my field of organization dynamics, that could be shifting how the work is done or how an organization is structured, for example. It could involve any kind of strategic project or initiative. Co-design in organizations, thought of in this simple way, is powerful precisely because of what it violates: old habits of hierarchy and our images of “leadership” and…
  • The Side Effects of Hierarchy and Other Perils

    Dan Oestreich
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    A few days ago, in a conversation with Amy Edmondson of the Harvard Business School, she sagely shared with me how hierarchy “does not intend” its negative side effects. She was speaking specifically of ingrained dynamics that cause people to seek approval and avoid rocking the boat rather than asking for help and speaking up more freely. She also expressed the notion — and I agree — that getting rid of hierarchy is really not feasible for most organizations. Jeffrey Pfeffer, venerable professor of organizational dynamics at Stanford, backs up exactly that view in a…
  • A Spiral Model of Change

    Dan Oestreich
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    I have always felt that organizational change simply could not be linear. Somehow the notion that shifts in structure, culture, technology, processes and systems could be introduced according to some fixed recipe has always grieved me, as if it missed the most important components, the deeper humanity of changing what is toward what can or should or must be. Recently I have been working with a client on an overhaul to rationalize a critical internal service system that is disorganized, boundary-less and somewhat political — and it is a complete joy to watch and listen to the…
  • To Grow, Stay Within Your Comfort Zone

    Dan Oestreich
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Wait a minute! Isn’t it the other way around, that to grow into our potentials we need to get out of our comfort zones or at least operate at the “top” of them much of the time? That does seem to be the common belief, yet let me play the devil’s advocate a little. We’re all familiar with the theory, articulated so well by the title of Susan Jeffers’ 1988 book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Surely there’s truth in the notion that repeatedly pushing back the fear and doing things in the face of anxiety can lead to changes — in relationships,…
  • On Interconnection…And Yet

    Dan Oestreich
    29 May 2014 | 6:15 pm
    We know, at bottom, that everything is connected. It’s like the joke about the monk who orders a hot dog: “Make me one with everything.” We’re already there. We get that. And yet. Indeed. In fact. And yet. We treat ourselves as individuals. We operate in a competitive, psychologically entrepreneurial world of “best ideas,” “best knowledge,” “best having my act together.” It isn’t, in fact, all that truly collaborative. Even in the wisdom market, we want to hawk our wares. Ego dominates and tries to deliver, shouting out among…
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  • 6 Tips to Help Employees Grow and Develop

    David Grossman
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Taking an active role in the development of your team demonstrates confidence and concern for the future of the organization. It also gives employees feelings of significance, community, and value. When you create a culture in which employees can reach their goals and know their thoughts and insights are appreciated, you boost productivity, morale, and engagement. Put these six tips into practice to help employees grow: 1. Encourage professional development High-potential employees are not satisfied with the status quo. If given the proper guidance in their development, they will become the…
  • Guest Blogger @David_Shindler: 5 Ways To Be An Everyday Inspiring Leader

    David Grossman
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    Most of my clients look terrified when we talk about how they inspire others. It’s like the very word has magical powers to which they personally can’t relate. “Being inspiring is what other people do”, those endowed with another scary attribute, charisma. Usually loudly. Of course, they don’t say this to me. I can tell by the tell-tale gulp or uneasy shuffle in their seat. There are degrees of being inspiring from the nation-moving of a Mandela to the everyday shift in a school kid in the classroom. I believe we all have the capacity to inspire. The challenge is to know what that…
  • What makes a great story?

    David Grossman
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, often tells of his trip to Milan and the passion for the fresh, richly brewed espresso he discovered there and carried home with him. He shares the story with his employees to reinforce the message that their job goes beyond selling coffee and is also about sharing the passion in coffee that fills the cup. Like Shultz, many Fortune 500 leaders commonly use storytelling to engage employees around corporate initiatives. Psychologists note that utilizing storytelling is a way to engage and manage attention, but is important to do so effectively. In order to…
  • Weekly Round-Up: On Building a Fulfilling Life and Career, 15 Body Language Mistakes & Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity

    David Grossman
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts. They’ll provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. 4 Common Vocal Mistakes Leaders Make By Lisa Evans, Fast Company “Commanding respect as a leader means more than having a…
  • Starting Thought: Communication Is a Superpower Everyone Can Have

    David Grossman
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    On a recent trip to Target, my 4-year-old daughter Avi wanted to buy some superhero figures.  Like I was as a child, she’s hugely interested in superheroes.  So much so that during an interview with a school psychologist for junior kindergarten, her answer to the question, “Name a planet,” was “Krypton.”  Fortunately, when asked then to name a planet from our solar system, she said, “Earth.” We regularly watch, “Justice League Unlimited” and have every superhero book that’s part of the “I Can Read,” early education series.  I have to smile when she…
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  • 10 Management Traits that Make People Quit

    Cindy Flanders
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    I believe, “people quit bosses, not jobs”, So when I recently posted a Career Bliss Infographic on the traits of a disengaged employee, I got some push back with this comment,” if someone is that disgruntled, it’s usually the manager's fault”.  Fair point.  So what are the characteristics of the kind of boss that will have you head for the door? read more
  • 5 Reasons Start-Ups Fail

    Cindy Flanders
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Here’s an interesting statistic: over 6 million new businesses get started every year,(Forbes). But even more telling is that after 5 years, only half of those businesses survive. As a commercial banker, I worked with a variety of companies for over 25 years.  I've witnessed lots of reasons some of them failed, but when it comes to the smaller, more entrepreneurial ventures there are a few common denominators:   read more
  • How Game of Thrones is Like Corporate America

    Cindy Flanders
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    I tried to watch the ubiquitous Game of Thrones when it first came out.  But the myriad of characters, the special language used and constant change in direction completely confused me. Sound familiar?   read more
  • 6 Phrases Successful Leaders Should Always Use

    Cindy Flanders
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:51 am
    I recently came across a Business Insider article on phrases successful people never use. Trying to put a positive spin on the issue, here are phrases that every successful leader should use: read more
  • Are You Self-Sabotaging Your Career?

    Cindy Flanders
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:58 am
    I recently saw a segment on Good Morning America that profiled a  commercial around women saying they’re sorry too much.  It was eye opening as I find myself doing the same thing and realized it really is a form of self-sabotage.  But self-sabotage isn’t limited to women and it isn’t limited to your home life.  How many other little things do we do that can derail our careers? read more
 
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  • The Ugly Truth About Meetings [Infographic]

    Rosemina Nazarali
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    (CC) Howie Le/Flickr Traditionally, meetings were meant has a means to productively brainstorm, discuss upcoming project and make decisions. However, many meetings tend to have the opposite effect on employees involved as, too often than not, meetings tend to be boring, inefficient, and don’t lead companies any closer to their goals. The infographic below from Fuze shows just how much time meetings waste. According to the infographic, more than $37 billion a year is spent on unproductive meetings. People spend about four hours a week in meetings, with 15 percent of an…
  • Communication Breakdown: Are Meetings More Important for Women?

    Rosemina Nazarali
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    (CC) Victor1558/Flickr A long-standing issue seems to be the differences between men and women in the workplace. Everything from pay to stereotypes have been factors that have led to a lack of gender equality, which still exists even at high executive levels. A recent article on Success.com takes a look at a recent report titled “Why Meetings Matter Even More for Women.” The report is from researchers at Flynn Health Holt Leadership, who conducted a year-long study of female executives and reviewed thousands of other evaluations. They also surveyed females who worked at…
  • Second Richest Person in the World Suggests 3-Day Workweek

    Rosemina Nazarali
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Photo credit: WBIR.com The second richest person in the world, Mexican businessperson Carlos Slim, says people work way too much and the workweek should be shortened to just three days. Slim made the statement at a business conference in Paraguay, in which he said it was time for a “radical overhaul” of the way we work. “With three work days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life,” said Slim, who is the CEO of telecommunications company Telmex. “Having four days [off] would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of…
  • How Disorganization Can Hurt Your Small Business

    Rosemina Nazarali
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    © gemenacom – Fotolia.com This is a guest post by Kevin Flanagan. If you own and operate a small business, getting organized is vital to the survival of your venture. Disorganization has many hidden costs to your business; Insightly reports that the average worker spends up to half an hour every day trying to locate a client’s information or searching for a lost email, resulting in up to $6000 in annual costs to their employers. If you want to be productive, secure, and efficient, here are some ways disorganization can suck the life from your business and how you can beat it: It…
  • Key Differences Between US and UK Employment Law

    Rosemina Nazarali
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    © Christopher Nolan – Fotolia.com This is a guest post by Samuel-James McLoughlin. “You’re fired!” might be the catchphrase of Sir Alan on The Apprentice, but it’s much more likely to be uttered by his US counterpart, Donald Trump. That’s because when it comes to employment rights, the US model is much more geared towards making employment easy for the employer. The more British employees learn about US employment law, the more US employees can appear to resemble commodities to be exploited. Some would say, of course, that tipping the balance in favour of employers allows…
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  • Who is your ideal customer?

    Jeff Brunings
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    “Everyone” is not your ideal customer. People create solutions to solve people’s problems. And everyone doesn’t have the same problem. Your solutions, products or services might be used by a broad audience, but which customers does your solution really resonate with and reflect the highest net promotion, profitability and retention? That’s your ideal customer. It’s time to identify, target and align development, marketing and sales efforts that speak to your ideal customer. Serving everyone often leads to serving no one. Finding your uniqueness and relevancy in the marketplace and…
  • Lead only towards the best – Eagle Scout Challenge

    Heyden Enochson
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    With over 280 councils across the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is an incredibly impactful youth-serving organization.  As a non-profit it provides expansive, character-forming experiences to individuals and at the same time is focused on serving our communities and country. Organizationally, the BSA is similar to a franchise in that each council is managed separately by its own board and “CEO”, known as the Scout Executive.  Yet they all have the same expectations to meet in order to fulfill the purpose of the Boy Scouts:  to prepare youth in America to…
  • Strategy High – Yeah, it’s a real thing.

    Heyden Enochson
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    It’s the 20th mile in the marathon. You’re bruised, beaten, and blistered, yet you continue moving forward. Why? The feeling of crossing that finish line is like nothing else. Closing the gap between strategy and execution is the same way. Between miles 1-20, you’ve seen inclines, declines, plateaus, and valleys. Your team has worked relentlessly collaborating ideas, refocusing your efforts, and deciding the future of the company. You’re on mile 20 and you hit the block – your strategic plan is complete, but now it’s time execute and you’re left gasping for air, unable to finish…
  • Blood, guts, and bonding

    Heyden Enochson
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    In an office environment, it can be easy to forget a single common denominator – everyone is human. While productivity is important, the most successful and cohesive teams are bonded together beyond the walls of the meetings they attend. Six years ago, The North Slope School district in Barrow, Alaska began their strategic planning session with an activity well beyond the classrooms of the district. Leveraging your surroundings It’s important to understand that North Slope is culturally influenced by the Inupiaq Indian tribe.  A subsistence hunting tribe, the community relies heavily…
  • Closing the Gap Between Strategy and Execution Begins Today.

    Heyden Enochson
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    It’s the age old challenge in strategic planning – how do you close the gap between your strategy and execution? Strategic planning is never linear, making execution even more difficult. We have three considerations to get your strategic plan from start to finish: Step 1: Engagement Before strategic planning can even begin, it’s vital to engage all of your key stakeholders. Without them onboard, you’ll just spin your wheels trying to get your plan started. Investment begins when your stakeholders understand what’s in it for them. It’s all about the relationship between you and…
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  • Millennials? You Still Manage Them as Individuals

    Ian Cook
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Amy Gallo, in her recent Harvard Business Review blog post, addressed what she calls four essentially false beliefs about the Millennial generation in the workplace: They are completely different from what Boomers were at that age. They want more purpose at work than previous generations do/did. They seek more work/life balance too. They need special treatment at work. She refers to several pieces of research that do not support beliefs #1, 2, and 4 and concur only slightly with #3. If you are at all interested or perhaps are struggling to manage millennials in your workplace, her piece is…
  • Physician (Manager), Heal Thyself Too

    Ian Cook
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    You probably sit down at least annually with each of your staff to have a conversation about their growth and development in their current job and perhaps with an eye to future roles. You look at an array of possible learning vehicles, such as external courses, internally provided workshops, special assignments, job shadowing, coaching, mentoring, webinars and so forth. If you are serious about supporting them you schedule at least a quarterly check in as to what they have been learning and how they are applying this in their work. And I salute you if you are one of those rare managers who go…
  • The “Tyranny of the Immediate” Tyrannizes Leaders Most of All

    Ian Cook
    27 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    You’ve probably had a time and priority management course somewhere along the way. Or, maybe you’ve read a book about it. You learned about how often the less important tasks take up too much of our time, to the detriment of our not tackling the more significant areas of our job duties. There’s a reason for this. The less important tasks are usually easier and take less time. In addition, we get to enjoy the repeated satisfaction of checking things off our to-do list. And we look back over our day and say to ourselves, “This has been a good day. Look at all that I got…
  • What Does Virtue Have to Do with Leadership?

    Ian Cook
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The ancients, particularly Socrates (through Plato) and Plato, believed “Virtue” to be an absolute that one came to understand through the application of reason. For Aristotle, Virtue was something you didn’t deduce in the abstract but rather something you lived, to the best of your ability. In particular, it was about living fully the life that nature has enabled you to. So, the cobbler should live a cobbler’s live fully and a teacher the best teaching life he or she can. In the US in the eighteenth century, Virtue was a big deal for the founders of the new republic.
  • Slow Flow: Ignore it at Your Peril

    Ian Cook
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    “Once we get our new Marketing VP in place and fold the regional Customer Service units under that executive at headquarters, things will finally be settled and everything will be OK.” But things in any organization are never really “in place,” are they? Our organization charts with a date stamped in the corner fool us. They insidiously pander to our deep human desire for things in life to STOP CHANGING! I think a healthy attitude for managers and leaders is to see the workplace not as static but, in fact, in a state of slow flow. Organizations are dynamic systems.
 
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  • The Fine Art of Facilitation – Part 2

    mark
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week, I wrote about some of the ways a facilitator increases the odds of making a meeting successful. Today, I want to talk about the role of the facilitator in a different setting – a learning environment. Let’s start with the same premise as last week: A facilitator removes barriers. In a meeting, a barrier is anything that stands in the way of accomplishing the objectives of the meeting. In a learning environment, the facilitator’s role is to remove any barriers, which might impede insight, application and transformation. Here’s my counsel for facilitating in a learning…
  • Today’s Challenge: Leading People Who are Different

    mark
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Can you think of a challenging situation you faced as a leader and later you realized it was a blessing rather than a curse? Today’s question may fall into that category. “How do you lead a team with vastly different personalities?” I received this question after a recent speaking engagement. I’m not sure what the person thought I might say, but I told him congratulations! Teams perform at their highest level when they are comprised of people who are different. Teams who lack diversity are severely handicapped. Diversity in a team setting comes in many forms – here are a few of…
  • The Fine Art of Facilitation

    mark
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you been in a great meeting recently? I know for some of you that may sound like an impossibility. My fear is many of you can’t remember the last time you went to a great meeting. One reason we attend so many low impact meetings is absence of a skilled facilitator. Although many elements must come together to create a successful meeting – none are more important than a good facilitator. Being a great facilitator is not hard to do if you clearly understand the role. Have you ever thought about what the word facilitator actually means? The origin of the word reveals an individual who…
  • How Much Is Good Design Worth?

    mark
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My wife and I are in the process of building a new house. Well… we’re not actually building yet; we’re still in the design phase. We’re at the point where the builder asked us to pick out plumbing fixtures. For those of you who’ve never built a house, this probably sounds like an easy step in the process. What we discovered were hundreds, if not thousands, of options. We started with the faucet for the kitchen sink – how hard could that be? As we stood looking at this overwhelming array of options, the salesperson said, “They’re basically all the same.” Really? They didn’t…
  • Today’s Challenge: Team Size

    mark
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the many decisions every leader must make is what structure will best enable his or her organization to accomplish its work. If you decide a team approach makes sense, then you get to wrestle with the question… How many people should be on a team? The answer is: there’s no right answer. However, if you’re trying to create a high performance team charged with managing work and improving performance, a smaller team increases your likelihood of success – Five to ten members is a good rule of thumb to optimize performance. If you do decide to create a larger team,…
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  • Forgiveness: It’s Good For You

    Frank Sonnenberg
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    We’ve all experienced some level of hurt and disappointment in our lives. It may have taken the form of a friend who betrayed us, a family member who disappointed us, a superior who exploited us, or an individual who caused some harm to our loved one. While some wounds are shallow and relatively easy to dismiss, others run deep, causing some to harbor anger or seek revenge. Others choose a second option . . . to forgive and forget.Seeking retaliation, rather than forgiveness, traps you in the anger. In fact, some become so consumed by their bitterness that it harms them physically and…
  • Doing Nothing Is Time Well Spent

    Frank Sonnenberg
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We live in a hyperactive world in which active lifestyles and overachievers are celebrated. In fact, we try to squeeze as much as we can into the day — with no time to spare. When we’re not busy multitasking, we’re racing from activity to activity. Right? So when was the last time you did nothing, simply because you thought doing nothing was time well spent?The truth is, we’re so busy keeping busy that it’s easy to reach a point of diminishing returns –– we lose more than we gain. You’d think we’d learn something from watching a hamster run around on a treadmill. What do we…
  • Dilemma: Have To vs. Want To

    Frank Sonnenberg
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ever hear a person approaching retirement say, “Now I’m going to start doing what I want to do –– not what I have to do”? It got me thinking. How much time do we spend doing what is expected of us rather than doing what we really want to do? It’s a tough dilemma that we face every day.Unfortunately, we do what we “have to” do all too often. We dress up for dinner even though we’d rather go casual; we stay after hours to impress the boss; we go to the annual party, yet again, even though it was boring last year; we ditch the girlfriend because the parents don’t approve.
  • Moral Character Matters

    Frank Sonnenberg
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some folks have a split personality . . . on the one hand, they believe that being unscrupulous leads to success, but on the other hand, they also recognize that a solid reputation provides ancillary benefits. So they’re ruthless most of the time and rely on a few PR maneuvers to promote their decency. In their eyes, moral character doesn’t contribute directly to success –– for them, strong moral character is a sideshow, not part of the main act.The fact is, there’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated…
  • The Haves and Have-Nots

    Frank Sonnenberg
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some people have an “unfair advantage” in the marathon race called life. This advantage will enable them to climb the ladder quickly and enjoy all the benefits that success offers. You may be thinking that these lucky folks won’t earn their achievements; that they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth and are being given assistance that only a few receive. Welcome to the world of the haves and have-nots.The fact is, the “unfair advantage” that will give these folks their head start can be found in the strong foundation they are receiving: nurturing parents or caregivers,…
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    Chris Walker Innerwealth

  • Why it's worth paying for executive coaching

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    How do you put old wisdom on young shoulders? And how do you know that old wisdom is still "wisdom." Like meditation, there are far better ways to learn mind control than they knew 2400 years ago. The answer might be an Exec coach who teaches the perennial teachings, The Universal Laws of Nature. Laws that stand the test of time."Two-thirds of business execs don't receive any outside advice on their leadership skills, and yet almost all would be receptive to suggestions from a coa [...] This is a one minute read. Please click the header to visit my web site for more good love
  • Do Your Daily Power Hour - Make it your religion

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    You do want to enjoy life. You do want to love more. You do want to make more money. You do want to contribute more. You do want your family to be comfortable. You do want to live long and happy. So, you do want to do your daily power hour.In the Back on Track coaching programme you are taught 30 skills that, in one hour a day, spread over the time from wake till sleep, you can guarantee the quality of your life. Why not?So I thought this article below would help put a few more ideas into your l [...] This is a one minute read. Please click the header to visit my web site for more good love
  • Using the Laws of Nature to Get Over A Heart Break or Break Up

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    There are a few things you can be guaranteed of in life. One is you will eventually leave the planet (die) and the other is you are going to get your heart broken. You might not get heart break because of a relationship, it could even be money that’s the cause, but either way, sometime in the future, you are going to deal with a heart break at least once, if not, more.I’ve helped people through relationship heartbreak, financial heartbreak, being fired heartbreak, getting serious di [...] This is a one minute read. Please click the header to visit my web site for more good love
  • Health, Wealth and Relationship Cannot Be separated

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Worry kills everything. Including you. Most people die of worry. That's a guarantee. 95% of people do not reach old age before they die. They die of worry and symptoms of worry: parkinson's, heart attack, obesity, suicide, -- you name the illness, I'll link it to WORRY.So, when people say to me, "why oh why is my health or my relationship in the shitter" I answer, "money."Worry makes everything turn dark, and what do most people worry about most? Money.It worries people who are wealthy, healthy [...] This is a one minute read. Please click the header to visit my web site for more good love
  • Breaking up without heartbreak

    5 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Why are more relationships breaking up now than ever before? The answer is simple: people are growing faster than ever before but the skills to handle that, in relationships, are not evolving.Google breaking up, and you will be shocked to find that breaking up is the most googled phrase, dealing with break-up pain. Yet, most of the advice is rhetoric from 50 years ago, spiced with religious dogma about right and wrong, loaded with psychology about pain management. None, not one will reflect on [...] This is a one minute read. Please click the header to visit my web site for more good love
 
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    Manage Better Now

  • Promescent Review: Knowing More About This Great Product

    admin
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    About 50% of the population of men experience premature ejaculation. Though this is a common issue on men, it does not mean that you simply live with it. To those who are having some problem in dealing with this condition, a product that could help is Promescent. This product is a delay spray which is quite popular today when it comes to helping men temporarily address quick ejaculation. It is the reason why this Promescent review was made. Promescent Review: Causes of PE Problem The first possible cause of this problem on men is genes. It is possible that this condition was passed to you…
  • Increase Seminal Fluid for a Better Sex Life

    admin
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:59 am
    If you aim to improve your sex life, it is a good idea to know more about how to increase seminal fluid. Men do not only feel better about their orgasm when they could increase the amount of their semen, it could also help intensify the orgasm of their partner. It has also been found that the more semen a man has, the longer time he could stay in erection without ejaculating. This means great pleasure for your lady. How to Increase Seminal Fluid: Eating the Right Foods See to it that you know the foods you need to eat that could prevent the better development of semen. With this, you know…
  • Ejaculation by Command Review

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Too Fast Again: Not Anymore With Ejaculation by Command All men have moments when they are stressed or too tired for anything. Yes, anything except sex as men are said to think about it at least ten times a day if not more. For some men this thought is what makes them look forward to the end of the day while for others it is a nightmare that happens each time they are with their female partner. About some 30% of men ejaculate too soon in not more than 2 minutes after or before penetration which has a negative impact not only on their love lives, but also on their overall confidence. Premature…
  • Ejaculation Guru by Jack Grave

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Premature ejaculation is something most men are familiar with either because they suffer from it or they know someone who does. Men often think other guys can last in bed for hours or for as long as they wish, which is only a myth that makes those quick in sex more miserable about their premature ejaculation condition. The problem with PE is that about 30% of men ejaculate before the penetration or soon after it leaving their girlfriends dissatisfied and even they do not say anything, men know things are terribly wrong in bed. One man admitted he had not done anything about his PE until the…
  • Ejaculation Trainer Review

    admin
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:49 am
    When Men Fail For about thirty to forty percent of men this is a familiar scenario. You prepared everything for a romantic date, cleaned your flat and made dinner for that special woman in your life. She finally arrives and you are so excited you cannot wait to make love to her. When the moment comes for you two to enjoy you just fail again. This leaves you both disappointed and what is more you do not have any reasonable explanation for your weakness. You may have it for the first time in your life or it may have happened before. The condition called premature ejaculation is not a disease…
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    Managers Are Heroes

  • When you’re under the thumb of a micromanager

    Mike Brown
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Is there a way to manage the boss and get things back on track? As managers, it’s important to keep a firm hand on things. But some managers grip so tightly they create bottlenecks that choke the operations. Not only does a micromanager hurt productivity, they also stifle their staffs’ development. That’s the situation Jack Dawson found himself in when he became the No 2 to Max Logan. Looking for advice Jack was frustrated and needed some ideas on how to handle Max. So he dialed his old friend Susan Tarpley. She’d been Max’s second in command for two years before…
  • You can’t keep everyone happy – how to heal bruised egos

    Mike Brown
    12 Jun 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Report unintentionally ridicules employee Keeping morale high and productivity up can be a constant juggling act. As managers, we must motivate people to perform better, massage egos, deal with unacceptable behavior, settle conflicts, etc. But let’s be honest, sometimes we screw-up - and make things worse. That’s what happened to manager Ellen Fortson when a report she wrote unintentionally embarrassed one of her employees. Wrap-up report had negative comments Finally Ellen could catch her breath. The organization’s annual retreat that she’d been charged with running…
  • When one bad attitude chips away at morale

    Mike Brown
    1 May 2014 | 4:44 am
    Will negative employee unravel ‘can-do’ work culture? Teamwork is a critical component of successful organizations. A culture where folks willingly jump in to help each other and do their part makes for terrific morale. But one sourpuss can undermine a team and derail productivity and morale. That’s the situation manager Heather Carter found herself in when one employee’s behavior was negatively affecting others. The joy is gone “Janet, how’s the Nelson project coming along?” Heather asked. “It should be finished on time…I hope,”…
  • When good employee’s success becomes negative

    Mike Brown
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Shy, but eager, employee lets success go to her head Part of being a good manager is coaxing average performers to overachieve. And generally that’s a good thing. But with some employees, a little success can go to their heads – and create major headaches for managers, That’s the situation Julie Lippman found herself in when the success of one of her employees turned into a departmental nightmare. ‘I’ve created a monster’ “Ken, got a few minutes?” Julie asked. “I need some friendly advice from a fellow manager.” “Sure, fire…
  • Employees who complain too much: Get ‘em back on track

    Mike Brown
    20 Feb 2014 | 5:27 am
    No matter what manager did, employee was never happy Motivating a staff is a daily challenge – particularly when you’re running a lean operation. And one whiner makes it harder. Not only do managers have to spend valuable time on the whiner’s complaint, the negativity can infect the whole team. That’s the situation manager Sara Blythe faced. One of her employees whined so much that she was always at the end of her rope. Always something to complain about  Sara sighed as she saw Mark heading for her office. here we go again, she thought. Mark did excellent work, but no…
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    The New Laws of Leadership

  • 4 Content Marketing Mistakes That Will Wreck Your ROI

    Christine Comaford
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Here’s what we do know: content marketing is a massively effective method of increasing ROI and overall customer engagement. Here’s what we don’t know: content marketing is not as easy as whipping up some content and tossing it into the oven of the Internet. Careful consideration and strategy is required, and sometimes, even with the best intentions, major mistakes can be made right from the get-go. Are you happy with your content marketing results? If not you may be making one of these crucial mistakes. Recently I sat down with super brain Amanda Milligan at Fractl (an online…
  • Today’s Workforce Only Wants Three Things

    Christine Comaford
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    What does today’s workforce want, really? Early retirement? Ever-elusive work-life balance? Or just a decent place to work with nice people? While the war for talent continues, the talent themselves are strategically deciding with whom they want to align.Here’s how to get them to want to align with YOU. According to a recent study by Ranstad, employers need to brand themselves intentionally–and “branding strategies cannot be left to chance… strategies require a laser focus on building core components – factors like company culture, candidate…
  • Stop Scaring Your Team Into Mediocrity

    Christine Comaford
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Are your team members taking initiative and owning their roles or are they cowering in the corner? Wherever they are, rest assured you helped to put them there. It is time for leaders to learn to be agile, to fail forward, to live in their Smart State (where emotional engagement, innovation, collaboration reign) and ultimately, guide their teams there too. Unfortunately, we aren’t always aware of what sends us into our Critter State  (fight/flight/freeze) and what sends us into our Smart State. In a previous blog I covered what happens when performance hijacks occur. Our Critter State is…
  • Stop Being So Predictable As A Leader: 6 Ways to Change this NOW

    Christine Comaford
    10 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Does your team “have your number?” Do your kids? Your significant other? Sure they do. Because it only takes a short period of observation to find the harsh truth: people are predictable. Yet as a predictable leader, you compromise your ability to influence and to shift another’s behavior, which is often crucial to accelerate results, boost revenue, ensure sustainable growth. While a large part of influencing is about making people feel a sense of safety, belonging, and mattering, sometimes we need to bluntly lay out the facts. Being able to switch from one stance to the other is an…
  • Brain-Based Proof That You’re More Effective Working At Home

    Christine Comaford
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:58 pm
    It’s time to ditch the office. It’s time to have more control over your brain as you work, and the best way to do that is to work from home. Over the past 3 years we’ve been tracking how our clients, executives in senior leadership, sales, marketing, finance, operations, improve performance in three key areas by working from home .5 to 2 days per week. The results are surprising. The secret is to forge these new positive habits when working from home, then bring the benefits to the workplace. 1-Make Better Decisions—Faster 40 = the number of hours per week that companies expect people…
 
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    JMLalonde.com

  • Bob Burg

    Joseph Lalonde
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The amount of money you make is proportional to the amount of people that you serve and the value you offer.The post Bob Burg appeared first on Joseph Lalonde.
  • 9 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Hercules

    Joseph Lalonde
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every time I hear the name Hercules, I flash back to the Nutty Professor movie where Eddie Murphy’s character chants Hercules! Hercules! Hercules! But that’s not what this post is about. Nor is it about the Disney Hercules movie from a few years ago. Instead, these are the leadership lessons from the new live-action Hercules movie with Dwayne Johnson. The one released in July 2014. I was really excited to see the new Hercules movie. The premise fascinated me and I love watching Dwayne Johnson act. He’s been fun to watch since his time wrestling as The Rock in the WWF and…
  • Why I Stopped Waiting For Inspiration To Strike

    Joseph Lalonde
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    There’s something romantic about being a creative. Whether it’s an artist, a musician, or a writer. Everything about the creative process, to those on the outside, seems amazing. You get to create a masterpiece others can enjoy. You’re sharing a talent you have with the world. You’re able to express yourself. Oh, and you’re always inspired! Oh, what a crock! I’ve got to tell you that rarely does an inspiring moment hit right when I desire it to. Knowing this, I had to stop waiting for inspiration to strike. Image by Nathan O’Ninos There’s been…
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

  • COLLABORATE: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://johnmaxwellteam.com/minute-with-maxwell-signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
  • COLLABORATE: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://johnmaxwellteam.com/minute-with-maxwell-signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
  • RECIPROCITY: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://johnmaxwellteam.com/minute-with-maxwell-signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
  • CHALLENGE: A Minute With Maxwell, Dedicated to Parent’s Day

    johnmaxwell
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://johnmaxwellteam.com/minute-with-maxwell-signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
  • RELATIONSHIPS: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://johnmaxwellteam.com/minute-with-maxwell-signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
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    Skip Prichard | Leadership Insights

  • 4 Ways to Get Appreciated at Work

    Skip Prichard
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
      “The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.”  -William James   Undervalued   Usually, I would run into my friend at the gym.  He was always full of energy, smiling, and lifting more weight than seemed humanly possible. One day, I was leaving when I noticed him arriving at the gym.  He was walking slower than normal with his shoulders slumped.  His trademark smile was missing. Though I really didn’t have time to talk, I asked him how he was. “I’m good,” he responded, a bit too quickly and with an even less convincing acting job than he…
  • 3 Common Mistakes of Strategic Planning

    Skip Prichard
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
      I’m always looking for ways to improve the strategic planning from a dreaded annual activity to a meaningful, helpful process. Recently, I had the opportunity to read Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking by Rich Horwath.  Rich has helped numerous companies and managers with the strategic planning process and evaluating strategic capabilities.  I had the opportunity to talk with Rich about the most common mistakes leaders make.   “ “If your strategic plan isn’t driving daily activities, then you’ve wasted time doing the…
  • The 8 Biggest Mobile Mistakes Companies Make

    Skip Prichard
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
      Over 6 billion people around the world have access to a mobile device.  Time points out that more people have access to a mobile phone than toilets.   These devices are now so important to us that they are almost an extension of our bodies. As a lawyer, I was captivated to see what the Supreme Court would rule in Riley v. California.  In a rare 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court recognized the importance of mobile devices and held that the police need a warrant to search cell phones.  Even the Supreme Court knows: Mobile is changing everything.   “ Fact: Half of all local…
  • Why Winners Take Risks

    Skip Prichard
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
      Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Tom Panaggio, entrepreneur, strategic advisor, speaker and amateur race car driver about taking risks, winning, and using failure to propel success. Tom is the author of The Risk Advantage: Embracing the Entrepreneur’s Unexpected Edge.   The 2 Big Advantages of Risk   “ “A leader who accepts risk is setting the stage for long term success.” –Tom Panaggio Tweet ThisShare on Facebook   Why is risk an advantage?   There are two big advantages to risk. First and foremost risk is directly connected to…
  • 7 Tenets of Taxi Terry

    Skip Prichard
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. It Started With A Question   “Are you ready for the best cab ride of your life?” When the door slammed shut, Scott McKain wasn’t only taking a cab ride to his hotel.  He was embarking on one of the greatest customer experiences he could imagine.  Not only would Scott enjoy a memorable cab ride, he would exit that taxi with lessons that can make a difference in every business.   “ “Passion without effort equals failure.” –Scott McKain Tweet ThisShare on Facebook   The taxi driver,…
 
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • Being among Twitterati – What it takes and what it means?

    Nischala
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    First the good news.. The team at SheroesIndia wrote a post on “Must Follow Woman Influencers on Twitter” . It was a pleasant surprise to feature in that list among august company like Tanvi Gautam @tanvi_gautam , Ankita Gaba – @ankitagaba , Lakshmi Rebecca @lakshmirebecca , Kalki Koechlin @kalkikanmani , Gul Panag @GulPanag , Meeta Sengupta @Meetasengupta and Kiran Manral @KiranManral The post starts off with “There are tons of women on Twitterati making their mark. SHEROES list down a few Indian women who are impacting the space in a massive way“. Being included…
  • How to be the most organized person in this world?

    Nischala
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    So I’ve set a milestone of sorts on this blog.. From consistently posting at least 1 post / week for 32 weeks, I DID NOT publish a post last week.. As I look back to connect the dots on why I skipped the post, I came up with a zillion excuses.. No time, busy at work, too tired, .. etc.. All lame I agree, because I did find the time to do what I wanted to (both professional and personal).. On deeper introspection, I recognized that I had become a tad bit disorganized for my own good.. Just when I wondered what I could / should do, I came across this comprehensive solution.. I am yet to…
  • Why entrepreneurship? – 36 Reasons I discovered

    Nischala
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    The decision or choice to be an entrepreneur is no easy one (usually).. – whether you are a new kid on the block or you’ve had a corporate career for some (or large) part of your life.And yet, I increasingly read see and hear of so many people taking the deep plunge into entrepreneurship.. I always wondered “Why entrepreneurship?“…And I discovered 36 compelling reasons (1) To create something new / unique / innovative (2) To have a fair chance to make money that a corporate job can probably never really pay you (3) To fell the thrill / high of building a new…
  • Colors, Marketing and Colorful Marketing

    Nischala
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:46 pm
    This week at work has been a lot of creating marketing assets and planning an integrated marketing campaign. Suffice to say, it was busy and I don’t know how time went by.  The one point which was much debated and discussed was COLORS!! I can’t emphasize the role importance and significance of colors in any communication, and more so if it is a marketing related corporate communication. Colors can be the one and only reason why you and I read something or not, why I feel or think something after we read a specific communication. I guess it is the same for you.. So on my (delayed)…
  • Social Media Marketing Mistakes – Are you making these too?

    Nischala
    12 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    Social Media is everywhere. In the morning news, in the paper, in the bus / train / car, in the clothes, in the phones, in the here and there and everywhere. Almost everyone I know thinks Social Media is the new age God / Goddess if you will. The mantra (or myth) is that if one embraces Social Media, then it is one step in the right direction, specially in a business context. And yet, so many companies make some very fundamental social media mistakes. So what are those mistakes that i’ve heard or seen. Are you making them too? Read below to figure it out (1)    I hear about Social…
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    Kaufman Global

  • Relearning Jidoka From a Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    Garry Vosahlik
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    About 20 years ago, when I first trained on the Toyota Production System, it was presented to me that the second pillar of the Toyota production system was “Jidoka”. Jidoka is a Japanese word that means “automation with a human touch”.  As I learned later, this definition just does not convey the quality concepts embodied in Jidoka. I admit, I had difficulty learning the Jidoka pillar because I got stuck on the word automation. I thought it was a call to automate processes with numerical control. My Japanese Sensei explained that American Lean practitioners use the word…
  • Procedural Adherence: Your Problem is Bigger than Technology

    Jerry Timpson
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The following is an excerpt from Kaufman Global’s new white paper, On Procedural Adherence. In this paper we discuss how complexity thrives in the middle of the organization where change is often most difficult, and what you must to do address it. One sure way to optimize performance is to identify and standardize best known practices and have all adhere to that new standard. This is a primary objective for organizations that strive to win in competitive markets. Despite their best intent, it’s an elusive achievement for many. It needn’t be. Procedural adherence means executing against…
  • Change Advocacy: The Ultimate Immunity Challenge

    Jeremy Ecenbarger
    13 May 2014 | 11:18 am
    Change is inevitable. Whether you’re leading it, supporting it, or it feels like it’s being forced upon you, uncertainty can make change a painful process. A new reporting structure, the arrival / departure of an employee, or a company acquisition can make you feel like your world is turned upside down ― but only if you let it. The challenge lies in being able to more easily (and gracefully) consider, accept and adapt with the changes that occur. A part of you must become immune to the fear that stems from the unknown or unfamiliar. Ultimately, you have to learn to take an active role…
  • Kaufman Global Welcomes New VP of Business Development Edward Koczan

    Media Alert
    28 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Kaufman Global welcomes Edward Koczan as a new Vice President of Business Development. With more than 15 years of business experience, Ed brings expertise in sales strategy, project management, product development, and customer service to the team. Kaufman Global’s Vice President and Principal Amy Howard said, “With new solutions in development and a continued focus on key industries, the next logical step in our trajectory was to add an additional business development executive with a record of success in driving expansion and growth.” Koczan comes to Kaufman Global with a history in…
  • Kaufman Global to attend 2014 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston

    Media Alert
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Kaufman Global, an implementation partner of Lean, Continuous Improvement and proprietary change management techniques, will join more than 90,000 attendees, from more than 120 countries, at the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) being held from May 5-8 at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. OTC is an internationally-recognized event that provides access to technical information related to the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. The event also includes the oil and gas industry’s largest equipment…
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    The Purposeful Culture Group

  • Ground Rules

    S. Chris Edmonds
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    How can you help teams and members stay on the desired path to high performance and values alignment? If the team has clearly defined performance standards as well as clearly defined citizenship... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Prioritize Your Values

    S. Chris Edmonds
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    When values are clear, decision-making is easy. This week a Russian TV reporter quit her job over the coverage of the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane over war-torn Ukraine.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Demand Nice

    S. Chris Edmonds
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A recent news story about a local diner caught my eye. The owners and staff are creating a comfortable customer experience that diners love. The food is terrific, the staff is modeling great service,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cause and Effect

    S. Chris Edmonds
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    My wife does our laundry. Recently she’s been frustrated that my t-shirts came out of the dryer inside out. She’s said on more than one occasion, “I need you to put your t-shirts in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • July ’14 Leadership Development Carnival

    S. Chris Edmonds
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to the July ’14 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival. I’m honored to host this month’s issue. Thanks to the Carnival’s founder and “keeper of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Switch and Shift

  • The Three Evils of An Old School Workplace

    Ted Coiné
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
      “Work saves us from 3 great evils: boredom, vice, and need.” – Voltaire But some work is better than others, isn’t it? Leader, this post is for you. Does your company’s work save your workers from boredom? Or have you dumbed it down so much that even a monkey would yawn? Does your company’s work save your employees from vice? Or is the work itself a vice, as your whole organization swindles your customers, deceives your recruits, and outsmarts the communities in which you operate? Does your company’s work save your workers from need? Or are their jobs…
  • The Era of Average is Over – 4 Insights How NOT to get Left Behind

    Kristof De Wulf
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the past 30 years, millions of people have lost their jobs to the rise of computerized automation, technology and robots offering unparalleled efficiency, reliability and performance benefits. Experts state that we are at the crucial tipping point often referred to as the ‘great decoupling’, with economic growth for the first time not followed by a similar increase in job creation. Bold predictions state that a robot journalist could win a Pulitzer within 5 years, that all human work will be fully outsourced to robots by 2045 and that humans can even fall in love with and marry robots…
  • Why Followership is the New Leadership

    Baron Christopher Hanson
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Via Social Media The term “followers” is one measurement of content value. @TechCrunch and @Mashable are leading sources of intelligence because they have earned millions of followers. In Academia Followership is the mastery of scholarly research and processes. Authors follow frameworks to draft new arguments and conclusions. Mathematicians, scientists, and doctors follow equations to carry out critical procedures. The most accomplished college, advanced degree, and PhD graduates excel because they have proven themselves as the very best scholarly followers. The best academic followers…
  • Lead with an Intergenerational Mindset

    Jon Mertz
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ted Coiné posted a quiz to see if we are all Millennials. Ted made some excellent points, and his challenge sparked a thought. Aren’t we all generations? If not, shouldn’t we be? When I was a 20-something, we never thought much about generations. There were just people who were older and had more experiences, and there were younger people who brought a fresh perspective and energy. Together, the mix was a powerful one, if both individuals were open to each other. Even though we didn’t focus on a specific generation, we did understand the importance of learning from those who helped…
  • The Top 10 Reasons To Be Trustworthy

    Barbara Brooks Kimmel
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Be Trustworthy: Act with integrity and always keep your word.” Sounds fairly straightforward, doesn’t it? And to many of us, this is our default position already; being trustworthy is a matter of pride. But we can all probably think of a person right now who could use a couple of reasons to behave in a more honorable manner, huh? For that shifty schemer in everyone’s life, our friend Barbara Kimmel came up with this terrific list of ten reasons to be trustworthy, and ten reasons it’s not a good idea to break trust, too. What do we mean by being trustworthy? Let’s use this very…
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  • Building Relationships… What Exactly Does That Mean?

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    What Does It Take To Build And Develop A Truly Great Team?  Part 9 of a series…So let’s try to finish up our series on hiring for, and developing our team from average to great.  You’ll remember (I hope) that we’re talking about hourly team members, from no experience/entry level to Store Team Leader level… you can find part 1 here.  At this level, which includes almost all retail/restaurant jobs (almost anyone paid hourly) we are hiring for qualities rather than skills, as we can teach anyone most any skill needed, however we cannot teach anyone the qualities we…
  • Changing The Culture Of Our Team...

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    What Does It Take To Build And Develop A Truly Great Team?  Part 8 of a series…We’re winding down in our series on how to hire for, and develop a great team.   We’ve talked about hiring our hourly team members (from no experience/entry level to Store Team Leader level) for qualities rather than skills, indoctrinating those new hires, and changing the expectations of our ‘old’ team members to begin the transformation from average to great.Hiring only the best is a mandatory starting point.  I believe indoctrinating them is also mandatory to have a truly great…
  • Moving Towards Great… Changing behaviors that were acceptable in the past

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    What Does It Take To Build And Develop A Truly Great Team?  Part 7 of a series…Next time we will talk about how expectations for behavior and performance will be changing, and how to make this process as painless and blameless as possible.(Cue into music)  So we’re back with part 7 of what seems to be a growing series on how to hire for, and develop a great team.  We’ve talked about hiring for qualities because they can’t be trained; about how and why we welcome (indoctrinate) our new hire; and how to start removing roadblocks that are keeping our current team members…
  • Repost from Tanveer Naseer "5 Important Keys For Taking On New Leadership Challenges"

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    More great advice from Tanveer...http://www.tanveernaseer.com/5-leadership-measures-for-successfully-guiding-established-teams/
  • Great Doesn’t Happen By Accident… Changing expectations

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    What Does It Take To Build And Develop A Truly Great Team?  Part 6 of a series…Welcome to part 6 of this series on hiring and developing a great team, specifically with an hourly workforce.  We’ve talked about hiring for qualities, correctly welcoming (indoctrinating) your new hires, and now we are moving to the next steps necessary to keep your great new hires great, as well as changing expectations for your current team members.  In part 5 we talked about helping people who do not belong on your team find their happiness elsewhere, and deciding if they really have to go,…
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    PLAY BIG: SING POSSIBILITY / TRANSFORM LIFE

  • Play BIG: Welcome Difficulty and Cultivate Hardiness

    Maz Iqbal
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    I have been fasting for 10 days. Given that it is the summer and I live in the UK, this fasting means eating once a day.  This Sunday the family (including me) went for a country walk and picnic. For some of the day it was hot. When we stopped for lunch, after walking up a hill, my fellow family members drank and ate. I did not. Later on, upon returning to the car park, the family ordered drinks and ice cream. I did not. Why do you do this to yourself? This is the question that has been posed to me more than once. I can see why this question is asked: I am not religious so am not obligated…
  • Play BIG By Appreciating & Enhancing The Beauty Of This World

    Maz Iqbal
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    At one level the world works. It is beautiful, wondrous, and inspires awe.  This I experienced this morning. Awake at sunrise I found myself present to the blueness of the blue sky. I found myself in awe of the vastness of the sky. The decorating (of the sky) being performed by the white clouds.  I found this body, this skin, delighted at the warming touch.  How soothing-refreshing the gentle breeze. How fragrant-delicious the smell of the strawberries ripening in the garden. How beautiful the flowers are: red roses, white roses… How soothing the sound of the chimes and chirping of…
  • Who Am I? Who Are You?

    Maz Iqbal
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:03 pm
    What Kind Of A Being Is A Human Being? There are so many lenses through which you/i can look at this question and answer it: - We can look at it through the Judeo-Christian lens: a human being is fashioned in the likeness of God and is here to create something like a paradise on earth. - We can look at it through the enlightenment lens: man is the rational being who defines himself through his ability to exercise reason and act on the basis of reason as opposed to dogma/superstition. - We can look at this question through the psychoanalytic lens: man is never ending interplay of dynamic…
  • What Is The Foundational Practice Of Love?

    Maz Iqbal
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:35 am
    What Is The Foundational Practice of Love? In his book, ‘True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart’, Thich Nhat Hanh says that the foundational practice of love is to be there: “To love, in the context of Buddhism, is above all to be there….. If you are not there how can you love? Being there is very much an art …… bringing your true presence to the here and now. The question that arises is: Do you have the time to love?“ What Is The Foundational Practice Of ‘Playing BIG’? It occurs to me that many of us (including me) misunderstand…
  • A Priceless Gift On Father’s Day

    Maz Iqbal
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Today, I wish to ‘record’ and share with you the song that my daughter sang for me yesterday. A song that shows up as priceless for me. And which left me deeply moved, tears rolling down my eyes. Why? Put simply, over the last couple of years I have experienced a deep sadness and loss. Why? Due to a certain distance with my daughter where once there was simply love and laughter, hugs and connection. Perhaps, you are experiencing that which I have experienced. Perhaps this song will touch you as it touches me. Perhaps, this song will awaken possibility. What possibility? The…
 
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  • Average Leadership...the #1 Threat to Your Company Today

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Business leaders spend an inordinate amount of time these days trying to understand how to protect an organization from its own demise.  Is a better marketing strategy needed, new product development, adding to your sales force?  Sometimes the answer is right in front of our face. The best way to strengthen an organization is investing in your greatest asset--your team.
  • A preliminary glimpse at the Sales Manager Activity Survey results

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    My blog today ushers in what I believe will be one of the most unique and valuable research ventures we conduct here at the EcSell Institute.  Over the past few months, many of our team discussions have seemed to meander to a point were we ask ourselves questions about the sales coaching world where having empirical data would be quite useful. To help us expand, explore, and improve, we have created a plan for periodically releasing web-based surveys designed specifically for sales managers.  These surveys will be extremely precise containing only a handful of questions on very…
  • Sales team motivation: sales people can be like children!

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Often times at EcSell Institute coaching summits and on sales calls I will hear senior sales leaders speak to the similarities between parenting and coaching sales people. Sometimes jokes are made at the sales reps expense, but it is light hearted and much to my chagrin generally these leaders are fair with their assessments. At times, sales people can be like children, and this includes me as well. I was reminded of this point recently when I was doing some reading from my late grandfather, who was quite literally, the smartest and most profound person I have ever spent time with; he was…
  • Sales Coaching: Mindset Number 2 of Superstar Coaches

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mindset Number 3  last week showed us that Superstars can work backwards.   Many people approach life with the thought that others can help them solve their problems.  Superstars however reverse that thinking and instead wonder how they might be helpful in solving others.
  • Sales Manager Training

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Think for a minute, not about training sales people, but about sales manager training. The average sales rep is accountable for approx. $2M in revenue… We know where they’ve been We know how many customers & prospects with whom they’ve visited We can measure their effectiveness and performance We know what talents and skills lead to sales success We can accurately screen for those talents and skills We continually provide them skills development We provide and ask them to follow a process/method that leads to more predictable sales outcomes We train them to the…
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    Doug Smith Live

  • Encouragement in the Midst of the Storms of Life

    Doug Smith
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    My wife got the opportunity to speak at a youth camp in June. She shared her story and talked about the lessons she has learned from the tests and trials in her life. If you’re currently going through a test or trial or if you are human, you need to listen to this message. The storms of life come to all of us, but how we respond to the storms of life makes all the difference. In this message, Laura will teach you how to successfully navigate the storms of life. Listen here:Notes: Encouragement Through TrialsTrials vs. ConsequencesA trial is a painful circumstance allowed by God to…
  • Episode #40: Networking 101

    Doug Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Episode #40: Networking 101In this podcast, I share with you my process for networking. Whether you are a natural at networking or frightened when you hear the word, this podcast will help you. The notes to the lesson are at the bottom of this post. Listen here:Announcements: Sign-up for the Learning to Lead E-newsletter to stay up to date with Learning to Lead. You can also follow Learning to Lead Pittsburgh on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.Notes: Get a Vision for the Value of Networking!“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and…
  • Learning to Lead Pittsburgh Recap & Next Steps

    Doug Smith
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    Last week, Laura and I shared a vision for what God has put in our hearts for developing leaders in our city.  Then we prayed as a group over the city of Pittsburgh. For those of you who were not able to make the meeting and are interested in what we are doing, you can read what we shared below. If you are interested in being a part of what we’re doing, sign-up for our e-mail list and fill out this survey.Vision: But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah…
  • Singular Moments in Someone’s Long Life

    Doug Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:54 am
    I am currently going through a sales training program through Sandler Peak Performance in the South Hills. It has been excellent so far. A few weeks back, we devoted an entire hour and a half to talk though making cold calls. Even though I love connecting with new people, making calls to people I do not know can be scary, which makes it easy to procrastinate.During the training, the trainer made one comment that changed my entire outlook on cold calling and caring about what people think. He said, “We are singular moments in someone’s long life.” That statement set me free…
  • How to do a Better Job than Your Leader

    Doug Smith
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    Have you ever thought you could do a better job than your boss or leader? I know I have thought that before. Unfortunately, thinking like that often leads to bitterness, complaining, and gossip. We think or worse yet, we tell our coworkers things like, “Can you believe they are doing that? I could do so much better! I can’t stand the way they do that! If I was in charge, things wouldn’t be this way!”I’ve been there more often than I’d like to admit. However, I read a quote recently that has really helped me in this area of my leadership journey. Andy…
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    Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • 7 Reasons You Will Never Become A Mentally Strong Leader

    LaRae Quy
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    A reporter once asked me whether the FBI provides textbooks for agents to study so they can become mentally strong. The answer is no; FBI agents become mentally strong by facing their situation head-on—no sugarcoating allowed. PODCAST:  http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/7-Reasons-You-Will-Never-Be-A-Mentally-Tough-Leader1.mp3 As an FBI agent, I learned that mental strength is not something you are born with. It is something you can learn. If I learned it, so can you, but only if you’re willing to put in the discipline and effort it takes. You will not become a mentally…
  • How To Get Your Voice Heard When Leadership Doesn’t Listen

    LaRae Quy
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Dean had a tendency to dominate every meeting or briefing he attended. As a supervisor, he surrounded himself with other like-minded male FBI agents who frequently ignored, dismissed, or interrupted others whose opinion they did not respect. As a woman I was tired of not getting my voice heard in meetings where louder voices drowned out what I had to say. How could I change the behavior of leadership? When I looked around the room, I saw that Dean and others of his ilk were also ignoring some of the other male agents who did not stand out as exceptional performers or leaders. While being a…
  • 4 Easy Ways To Get People To Cooperate With You

    LaRae Quy
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Igor was a Russian spy in the United States to steal proprietary economic information. I was the FBI undercover agent assigned to recruit him to work for the United States. My job was to sell Igor on the merits of moving forward with the FBI instead of the KGB.     It was a tough sell. If caught and his perfidy discovered, Igor risked imprisonment, loss of pension, and abandonment by friends and former KGB colleagues. For 24 years, I made my living by getting people to cooperate with me. If it wasn’t Russian spies it was supervisors, colleagues, and members of the business…
  • 5 Science-Based Tips For Building Your Resilience

    LaRae Quy
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:26 pm
    My brother almost died from a heart attack a few years back. Both his mind and body were resilient, and he is now in great health. Nothing gets your attention quite like a life or death situation.  PODCAST: http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/5-Science-Based-Tips-for-Building-Your-Resilience.mp3 Whether a person hangs in or gives up during tough times depends on their mental toughness and ability to bounce back. Resilience is harnessing your response to stress when you’re faced with adversity. Since setbacks are part of any endeavor, success hinges on resilience. Here are 5…
  • Why Grit Can Predict Success Better Than IQ (PODCAST)

    LaRae Quy
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    My grandmother was born on the kitchen table. She was a very sensible woman who had a special baseball cap reserved just for wearing into town, once confused Dom Perignon with a mafia leader, and told me to “suck it up” when I complained about my teachers. PODCAST: http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/WHY-GRIT-CAN-PREDICT-SUCCESS-BETTER-THAN-IQ.mp3 I resented the fact that she didn’t take my part when I came home crying that Mrs. Archie was telling—not asking—me to finish my math homework. It wasn’t that grandma couldn’t be sweet when she wanted, it was more than…
 
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    Deep Imprints Coaching

  • Midlife-teen transition

    Kim
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Midlife-teen years are no fun. This is the moment when you want to take back every mean thought you ever had towards your mom during your teen years. Seriously – I didn’t like the teen years the first time around, and I’m not liking them any better today. To add to the complexity, I get […]
  • Why God Can’t Use Me

    Kim
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    There are many times in life when I come up with reasons why God can’t use me.  Maybe my circumstances feel too out of control…or my hormones…or…well, you get the picture. It turns out that God uses willing people, not perfect people. God uses people regardless of their situation, ability or connections. God used Esther […]
  • How to Stick With it

    Kim
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Let’s face it – some days, we just don’t want to stick with our exercise program. In fact, I’d say our “wanter” is broken more often than not. Who wants to go running first thing in the morning? And once you’ve gotten out of your work clothes, hauling yourself out the door for a jog […]
  • Looking for Normal?

    Kim
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:54 am
      Are you hunting for normal? What does normal look like? I saw a post recently where a reporter asked graphic artists from 25 different countries to edit her photo. The results were astounding. Similarly, I find that I want to look “normal,” act “normal,” and lead a “normal” life. Yet, I find that “normal” is […]
  • Need Emotional Control?

    Kim
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:42 am
    “If it’s everybody else, it’s probably you.” One day I suddenly realized that it was not possible that EVERYONE in my life was against me. That was the day I started to get control over these crazy things we call chemically-induced emotions. Whether it is from lack of sleep (the toddler years…followed by the teen […]
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  • Sustaining Great Results - Teleseminar!

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    You don't want to miss an opportunity to listen in on an upcoming teleseminar, where I will be sharing three key areas of focus for sustaining high-performance results with your team. As Mark Sanborn has said, "The greatest danger a team faces isn't that it won't become successful, but that it will… and then cease to improve.” This will be a 45-50 minute live teleseminar on July 30, 2014 from1:30 – 2:30 pm ET for @kevineikenberry  that will share ideas and take-aways to help you maintain engagement and keep your people energized as contributors. Whether your team has been together…
  • UConn Basketball and a Championship Lesson in Patience

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    The 2014 men’s basketball national championship was a well-documented contrast in team dynamics. The UConn starting five consisted of two seniors, two juniors, and a sophomore, while Kentucky started five freshmen – most of which likely planned to use the game as a springboard into the NBA draft. And more than a story of free throws or defensive execution, the game was a story about patience. The comments that UConn players made following their 60-54 victory were focused on the struggle that they had endured together than anything else.  Their team had been saddled with NCAA…
  • 28 Great Quotes to Inspire and Manage Change

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Change is a continuous and ongoing process. For organizational teams and for individuals, it is the ability to change and grow and adapt to new circumstances, teammates, challenges that determines our competitive advantage. This list of 28 great quotes to inspire and help manage change may be useful to remind yourself and your coworkers of the needs and benefits that motivate successful people to not only welcome it, but to become advocates and champions for progress.   1. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy 2. “Change…
  • Alaska, Bad Weather and Building an Oil Pipeline

    3 May 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Have you ever work with somebody - or live with somebody – that always seems to be making excuses instead of making an effort? Next time you see them, tell them this story about the Trans-Alaskan Oil Pipeline… Oil was discovered on the northern slope of Alaska in 1968. After the 1973 American oil crisis, and a few legal battles with environmentalists, oil companies started planning the pipeline’s construction. The first section of four-foot-wide pipe was laid in the spring of 1975. By 1977 all 800 miles of pipeline had been welded together at a cost of over $8 billion dollars. About…
  • Three Secrets to Help Your Team Finish Strong

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:43 am
    When I was coaching basketball, one of the key requirements to the team’s success was the ability of our athletes to finish strong and make layups around the rim.  As a team, success ultimately came down to our players finishing strong. Over the years, it became clear that there were three main reasons that players finished weakly around the rim and were unable to score. Find those 3 secrets, and the rest of this article to help your team finish strong, published as a guest post on the #leadwithgiants website. Many thanks to Dan Forbes for sharing it with the #leadwithgiants audience!
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    Coaching Excellence

  • How To Make A Good Lasting Impression

    ipeccoaching
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    “Almost everyone will make a good first impression, but only a few will make a good lasting impression.” – Sonya Parker You’ve been there. Met a great person only to find out that your initial impression was all wrong. Sure, he or she was polished, had a warm handshake, and smile. Talked about the right things. Asked good questions, listened attentively to your answers, provided information of value, etc. But, were they trying to educate you or impress you? Are they being genuine and authentic? Sometimes it’s one or the other. First impressions can be misleading. Sometimes…
  • Six Ways To Shorten Your “To Do” List

    ipeccoaching
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    We live in a busy world that can, at times, be challenging to keep all our ducks in a row. There are work commitments and deadlines that we need to stay on top of. There are family responsibilities that have to be met and social activities we need to attend. Sometimes it feels like there really aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. With all the tasks and errands we need to fit in, “To Do” lists aid in prioritizing and keeping a sense of order. Like anything else, the more you practice, the better you usually […]
  • Don’t Miss The Spectacle!

    ipeccoaching
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Last weekend the family and I were out at my sister-in-law’s place for a day of barbecuing and relaxing by their pool. They live in Hunterdon County, New Jersey so it’s pretty rural. It’s always a fun time and the kids love having a sleepover at their aunt’s house. A nice perk is after we put them down for the night we hang out and share some time with just the grown-ups. After a day in the pool with a bunch of kids, it’s a well-earned treat. After tucking in my daughter, I returned poolside while my wife stayed inside […]
  • The Reality Is…Do What You Love

    ipeccoaching
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    I have a job that I absolutely love. Call it fate. Call it luck. Call it fortune or karma or whatever you’d like to call it. I’m where I want to be. I have the right skills for the position. I work really hard – though most of the time I honestly don’t think of it as “work.” I still have goals and ambitions that keep the fire lit, because we always need to be looking and moving forward. I can’t imagine doing anything else. That is reality. Since I’m involved in coaching, I get to meet a wide range […]
  • Unplug and Go

    ipeccoaching
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Americans work more than their European counterparts. Fewer people in the U.S. are working traditional 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM hours; even if that is what they are hired to do. The virtual office has taken over our lives and, for some, makes it impossible to unplug and go. According to a study from the Huffington Post, nearly half of the salaried employees surveyed felt pressure to continue working during the evening, over the weekend, and on vacation. The study also concluded that for the typical American worker: • 3 in 4 are stressed about their jobs • 1 in […]
 
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    Leadership and Management

  •  4 Ways to Find Relief When Work is Getting You Down

    Christina Lattimer
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    Finding relief from negative feelings at work are within your power If any of you are familiar with my writing, you know that I believe happiness is a natural state of who we really are and to find one-self to be unhappy is to be out of alignment with our true selves.    There is no greater environment as the workplace to bring out the worst in ourselves and others and as many surveys and polls show, many people are just plain unhappy at work. If you are a leader or manager, leading a family, or even a hobby team, then your inner state is an essential factor because whether you like it or…
  • 3 Changes of Expression to Change Your Business Forever

    Christina Lattimer
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
      Business “Speak” Can Close Down Employees My son had a bit of an “Aha moment” at the weekend.  He has been struggling with motivation, which isn’t uncommon for a 17 year old with his life before him and a multitude of opportunities to choose from. We were sitting in the car and he was talking about going to University.  Of course, being practical I trotted out my singular mantra “You only want to go and get £36k + in debt if you know what you want to do”.  Little did I realise my flippant and black and white logic was actually paralysing him from moving…
  • How a Director Can Play a Pivotal Role in Organisational Change

    Christina Lattimer
    19 May 2014 | 3:10 am
    As a Director or a senior team member, you have a pivotal role in leading the way for change in your organisation. You’ve set the strategic direction, and the project initiation is underway, your organisation is going through a huge change.  There is an expectation from the majority of employees, stakeholders and customers that transformation is going to happen.  You know it starts with you, but how can you personally do the right thing when navigating change?   Ghandi wasn’t wrong when he said words which have been condensed to the famous quote “be the change you want to…
  • Strategy – Set Your SAT NAV

    Christina Lattimer
    7 May 2014 | 3:15 am
    Set  Your Strategy: Set  Your SAT NAV I am afraid I am a strategy geek.  What’s wrong with that? You might ask.  Well nothing except when you start developing a healthy eating strategy instead of a diet, or a university funding strategy instead of saving for your child’s uni course, it’s a bit sad. Well no, even I’m not that bad, although it’s been proven that many of us take our work pattern home with us, but that’s a whole different blog post! I wish there were other words in the dictionary to describe strategy.  The Oxford dictionary definition of a strategy is “A plan…
  • Building Reputation Through Your Employees

    Christina Lattimer
    7 May 2014 | 2:58 am
    Building Reputation through your Employees is always the first step It is even more important to encourage behaviours and demonstrate values which enhance your reputation.  There is a lot of competition out there.  Businesses are growing stronger through the power of networking, collaborating and becoming social.  Great businesses have already caught on to the fact that building reputation is a multi-faceted process which of course includes customers, but also stakeholders and employees.  Increasingly employees have a voice and it is being heard. You and I both know that when we do…
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    Random Acts Of Leadership™

  • Are You Wired to Lead?

    Susan Mazza
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Anyone CAN lead, but not everyone WILL lead. Skills are, of course, necessary if you want to lead others over time and do it effectively.  Nonetheless, if you have a purpose for leading and a strong desire to lead, you can develop the skills you will need. Yet despite ample evidence that leadership can be learned, some people will not choose to lead. And despite an abundance of natural skills, abilities and disposition that might seem to give some people an advantage in becoming a leader, not everyone who is born to lead will choose to be a leader. Even in cases where someone is invited to…
  • 3 Keys to Listening Better

    Susan Mazza
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    We were in a three day meeting. The first one and a half days had gone great. And then we met an enemy of progress head on – that enemy was the all too human need to prove we are right. We had reached an impasse in which neither side would give.  We had actually believed we were very much aligned and thought the next conversation would be easy. It wasn’t. When we dug deeper into applying the principles we had developed and chosen to follow together, an intense debate began. It wasn’t that we didn’t have a shared commitment or that we didn’t agree on the…
  • The Step After Getting Clear

    Susan Mazza
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Clarity is power. There is, however, a step beyond clarity that you can take to channel that power productively.  Whether you get clear about something, including what you need to do next, the thing you realize you need to learn, the solution to a vexing problem, etc., you’ll likely experience a surge of energy. The energy from an “aha” moment can be potent. The problem is that this surge of clarity, and the energy that comes with it, can also be fleeting. In those immensely gratifying moments in which you become clear about something important to your progress, the…
  • A Leader’s Perspective

    Susan Mazza
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “Great leadership is a mindset. It’s not just about getting the job done; it’s about how you get it done.” - Michelle Pizer, host of Cracking the Leadership Code There is only so far “how to” advice will get you as a leader. Until you start to think like a leader, your actions will likely not pass for acts of leadership. Without the right mindset, attempts to lead can even occur like you are trying to control, coerce, or manipulate people rather than actually lead them. Position, power, and authority may get people to follow you, but it’s because they have to and not because…
  • Mindless vs. Mindful Generosity

    Susan Mazza
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Generosity is certainly an admirable quality. To be generous means to give freely and liberally. An act of generosity is both an act of kindness and an act of contribution. Except there are times when an act of generosity goes awry.  By that I mean you act with the intention of being generous, yet somehow are left feeling resentful, taken advantage of, depleted, or just plain unappreciated after the fact. Now one might argue, if this is how you are left feeling despite your intention to be generous, you had some kind of emotional strings attached.  This could call into question whether it…
 
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    Step Up Leader with Susan Freeman

  • More Leadership Lessons from Rwanda

    Susan Freeman
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    Step Up Leadership traveled to Rwanda this month to share our principles with the young women of the Akilah Institute for Women. Akilah means “wisdom” in Swahili. I cannot think of a more fitting word to describe this remarkable place. Akilah is a college that offers a unique model of market-relevant education empowering graduates for success in careers and leadership roles.  I first learned about Akilah upon hearing Co-Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes, speak about her vision. At the age of twenty-four, this extraordinary young leader foresaw an opportunity. Upon reading about…
  • Are You an “Engaged” Leader?

    Susan Freeman
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    Last month’s topic was Leadership in the Mirror.   Here we explore how leaders can engage and participate after their reflection using the Step Up Leader framework. Engaged leadership requires a high degree of self-awareness. Leaders who learn that the way they are being impacts every single interaction, conversation and relationship are ahead of the game. It may sound obvious, but it is the first step towards truly engaged leadership. Being The first principle of “Step Up Now: 21 Powerful Principles for People Who Influence Others” outlines the importance of Be. Know. Do. Being…
  • Are You Intentionally Connecting as a Leader?

    Susan Freeman
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader Tip borrows from Leading Blog, reviewing a new book.   It supports my Step Up Leader foundational principles; using – Connection Mindfulness and Authenticity to access your powerful inner leader.  Everything Connects And because it does, “the depth of understanding that we have of ourselves and others will be the asset that we use the most throughout our working lives.” Everything Connects, by Faisal Hoque and Drake Baer, is a book about how to create an innovative, sustainable organization. But it is much more. It’s about being intentional about…
  • Are You a Learning Leader?

    Susan Freeman
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    It may seem like an obvious question because we are ALWAYS learning. However upon closer inspection are you learning intentionally? This question became super relevant as I was doing some work on my business, identifying the ideal clients I want to work with. I feel grateful in that I already HAVE ideal clients; yet in the interests of growth and scaling, I wanted to be sure I was clear about who I wanted to serve and was qualified to best serve. I am attracted to working with clients who are highly intelligent, focused, successful and articulate. In addition, my clients … The post Are…
  • Leadership Impact: Where it Comes From

    Susan Freeman
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader tips come from Leading Blog. We appreciate how others in the field of leadership are writing about the importance of Leadership Impact – leading from the core. This is a cornerstone principle of the Step Up Leader process. Clients discover that creating influence and effectiveness begin with this subtle yet powerful “inner dimension.” “Why do some leaders make an impact, while others flounder after initial success? Tim Irwin says “leadership failures rarely reflect a problem with the leader’s competence. Most often the fall occurs because of a…
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    Karen Catlin

  • Whose Gifts Are Going Unnoticed?

    karencatlin
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I’ve had many requests to write about bullying on my blog about the intersection of leadership and parenting. It’s a complicated, important topic. Previously, I wrote about how advice from a teenage bullying expert could be applied to the workplace. Now, I’m exploring one teacher’s brilliant strategy to stop bullying and how to apply it to leadership. Get this: […]
  • Piercing Through

    karencatlin
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    I’ve had many requests to write about bullying on my blog about the intersection of leadership and parenting. It’s a difficult, complicated topic. In today’s post, I explore applying advice for handling teen bullies to the workplace. Most of us first saw it in our childhood, on a playground. Maybe we spoke up for the person being bullied, maybe we didn’t. Either way, we […]
  • The Best Quotes for Leadership AND Parenting

    karencatlin
    6 May 2014 | 6:54 am
    I love collecting leadership quotes that apply to parenting, and parenting quotes that apply to leadership. Here are some of my favorites, both in their original form and after I edited them ever so slightly. Leadership quotes …edited for parenting “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, […]
  • The six-word phrase that matters most

    karencatlin
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Did you know there is a parenting phrase that brings student athletes happiness, confidence, and a sense of fulfillment? It’s just six words: “I love to watch you play.” Years ago, I first came across a variation of this phrase in the program for a local Nutcracker performance. My friends’ daughter was playing Clara, and […]
  • A mantra for leadership

    karencatlin
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Watching Anne-Marie Slaughter’s TEDGlobal 2013 talk Can we all “have it all”?, I was impressed with her mantra on leading people with families: As a leader and as a manager, I have always acted on the mantra, if family comes first, work does not come second — life comes together. If you work for me, […]
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    Leading in Context

  • Is Your Leadership Net Positive?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Generating an intentional positive ethical impact is the successful ethical leadership of the future, and it's already here. The Forum For the Future describes it as net positive leadership - making a positive contribution to society and leaving things better than we found them.
  • How to Build an Ethical Culture

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Today I'm sharing hand-picked resources about how to build an ethical culture. The most recent one was just published this week by Government Executive magazine. They acknowledge complexity, and are based on performance improvement and ethical principles. This collection provides practical advice for how to build high trust cultures and keep the ethics conversation alive. Use it to create workplaces where people thrive and where "ethical" is a way of life.
  • 10 Things Trustworthy Leaders Do

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Trustworthy leaders know how to create a workplace where everyone is valued, where leadership is sincere and respectful, and where great work can get done. How do they do it? What is it in particular that trustworthy leaders do?
  • Getting Past Murky Uncertainty

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Workplace issues are complex and opinions vary about the right thing to do in challenging situations. This complexity and uncertainty combine to create a "murky uncertainty" that may keep people from giving us their best, most ethical performance.
  • 5 Reports Say Business Ethics is Improving

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:55 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton What do Deloitte, Strategy & PwC, Dow Jones, The Ethics Resource Center and LRN have to say about trends in business ethics? Get ready for some good news:
 
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    Simply Understanding Blog by Giana Consulting

  • 11 Tips for Dealing with Manipulators

    Chery Gegelman
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week’s post:  Together You Stand, Divided You Fall is the first part of this “mini series.”  If you missed it, click here. When I was a teenager I watched daytime soap operas. In each of them there was always a manipulative character that consistently pressed invisible buttons, somehow always getting what they wanted. I remember wondering if anyone could actually be that conniving. This weekend a news article and a completely different video was shared on social media causing me to think manipulative people in real life. Both were shared to stir hate and both…
  • Together You Stand, Divided You Fall [Slide]

    Chery Gegelman
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Together You Stand, Divided You Fall from Chery Gegelman "Together You Stand, Divided You Fall"Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule …You’ve heard it before, maybe a million times.  Does it mean anything to you? This slideshare was one of the first articles I wrote when I started blogging and it carries a very important message for our world. It also sets the stage for an important post about how to deal with manipulators that will be out next week. I’m curious, have you pondered the importance of those words before?  PLEASE Share!   “Together You Stand, Divided…
  • Is it a strategy or manipulation?

    Chery Gegelman
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    Several years ago I worked for an organization that invited several key customers to a meeting that would last several days. The company invested a great deal of time and resources in the event, flying in the customers, planning the event, and entertaining them. When the invitation was sent, the company said they wanted to better understand their customers’ needs and brainstorm ways to better meet them. After the customers arrived, many were frustrated to discover that the company wasn’t really seeking to understand their needs at a higher level.  Instead the company was just asking…
  • Energized: By Human Connection

    Chery Gegelman
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    My husband and I are preparing for an extended vacation and made a quick trip to the store to pick up a few things for the trip and a few basics for the remainder of the week we are here. We were barely in the store when the call to prayer sounded.  (Which means that for the next 30 minutes we are free to wander around the store, but we can’t receive any assistance from the staff or checkout.) After gathering all that we needed we joined a group of families in a semi-circle around a produce weighing station, which was already surrounded and now three layers deep. As a western woman, I…
  • Curious Leaders Grow Organizations [Slide]

    Chery Gegelman
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    5 Reasons Curious Leadership Will Strengthen Your Organization from Chery Gegelman Below are several REAL examples of opportunities that curious leaders won’t miss:  1. Managers that work in different departments have daily opportunities to serve each other at a high level. However the executives they report to frequently talk smack about each other and go out of their way to avoid working together. So the managers follow the example that has been set for them – spending more time in turf battles than aiding each other. Their teams become ropes in a tug-of-war. The result?  Daily…
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    Get Real Leadership | It's About the People | Nicki Roth

  • The Right Conversation: An Innovative Process for Teams

    nickiroth
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    I have recently been trained on a remarkable new tool that helps leadership teams assess the quality of their interactions and then discuss how they want to make improvements. It is called The Right Conversation and was developed by Dik Veenman and his colleagues. Instead of offering my regular two cents here I want to […]
  • No More Drama

    nickiroth
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Are the interpersonal or political dynamics in your organization making you nuts? Is everyone jockeying to be seen as top dog? Is too much of your management time being spent as a referee? Are you sick and tired of all the disruptive craziness around you? Take a bit of advice from Mary J Blige: No more […]
  • The Unspoken Aspect of Offering Feedback

    nickiroth
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    Someone asks you to provide feedback about a colleague for a performance review or a 360 or succession planning discussions. Your knee jerk reaction is probably to say Yes. Or you feel prompted to offer feedback based on an encounter you had with someone. Not so fast grasshopper. Take a deep breath and step away […]
  • Is It Important To Be Liked As A Leader?

    nickiroth
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    In a word: Yes. And you have to be much more than Liked. Let me illustrate with a couple true stories. Meet CEO #1. Very smart, deep thinker, focused on quality products and respected in his field. An extreme introvert to the point of making everyone around him uncomfortable and unsure about where he stood on […]
  • Office Politics. Who Can Keep Track?

    nickiroth
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    It is a fact of life: if you work in an organization there will be political dynamics as individuals jockey for status, power and influence. There is no way around this. You can get fed up and decide to go to another company but, sadly, the grass won’t be greener. In my experience people fall […]
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    Serve to Lead® | James Strock

  • Make One Change Now

    James Strock
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    The year is halfway over. Have you met your goals for personal improvement for the year? Are you performing better than last year? Have you accomplished goals that will set this year apart from others? Like many other leaders, you may have set stretch goals that are hard to meet. And, if you’re like many […] The post Make One Change Now appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Orison Swett Marden | Take One Step

    James Strock
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Take One Step As a leader, you may be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the tasks before you. Or, perhaps, you’re paralyzed into well-meaning inactivity because of uncertainty just where to begin. As Orison Swett Marden reminds us, we cannot know where our journey will take us. But we can take one step at a […] The post Orison Swett Marden | Take One Step appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • 21st Century Leadership vs 20th Century Leadership

    James Strock
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Serve to Lead argues that 21st Century Leadership, Management and Communication are quite distinct from the 20th Century model. The graphic below catalogs the changes that are ongoing. What do you think? 21st Century Leadership vs 20th Century Leadership The post 21st Century Leadership vs 20th Century Leadership appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Would You Have Signed Declaration of Independence?

    James Strock
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Would you have signed the Declaration of Independence? Before you look up from your relaxing holiday rituals in appalled disbelief that anyone would manifest such egregious effrontery as to ask such a question, reflect on it: Would you have signed the Declaration of Independence? Declaration of Independence Might Well Have Been a Suicide Note We, therefore, […] The post Would You Have Signed Declaration of Independence? appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs | New Media

    James Strock
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Serve to Lead is all about the new world of 21st century leadership. There are a number of blogs that I admire and learn from. My take on the best is presented below, updated for Summer 2014. The list that follows includes entries focused on specific applications and competencies, as well as general leadership-related blogs. […] The post Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs | New Media appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
 
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    Break The Frame

  • Paying Dues at Work or Investing in the Future?

    Alli Polin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    As a leader, many would argue that they’re paying bills daily.  I hear it from clients all the time as they talk about paying their dues at work.  I had a strange experience today that got me thinking about the dues leaders pay as a result of a surprising outcome from one of my least favorite and most mundane of tasks, paying bills. I sat down at my computer before work to take care of some personal admin that had backed up while I was on vacation.  The part you can guess is that I logged on to a few websites, entered my payment details, clicked confirm and went about my business.
  • 5 Leadership Lessons from Travel with Kids

    Alli Polin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    I just wrapped up one of our biggest family trips of the year, from Australia back to the USA, with a few stops for some pre and post family visit adventures.  In total, our family spent close to 60 hours in the air as we moved around for our nearly three-week whirlwind.  Before we left, I bought tickets, had rough plans for each day, and big ideas for what we needed to see and do.  I think we all know what they say about the best laid plans…  Now that I’m home, I’ve been reflecting on the leadership lessons from travel with kids as I mentally replay the highlights of our incredible…
  • Speaking Up for Leaders: How to Have Difficult Conversations

    Alli Polin
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    I’ve been following Michelle Mazur for a long time on social media and have always been impressed with her wit and deep expertise in public speaking.  While this post is far from funny, I’m honored to introduce you to Michelle!   Layoffs. They were calling people up to HR – one-by-one to lay them off. We gathered around our phones just waiting for the call that we lost our jobs. Hands were shaking. Tears were flowing. We didn’t know who was getting the call to the executioners office next. Finally, a VP came down stairs and announced that the rest of us were “safe”…
  • How Can Parents Inspire Leadership?

    Alli Polin
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    This morning none of us wanted to get out of bed to start the day.  There was a chill in the air and the covers were cozy.  Still, the kids had to get to school, I had to get working and we all had to get moving. We stayed quiet, lazily resting, until the very last moment when we all knew we had to move or be late for school drop off.  That’s when I started furiously racing around trying to get them into action.  I was not a mindful parent-leader, focused on how parents inspire leadership, I was in full stress mode and leading the push to get us all out of the door. Where are your…
  • One Bad Experience

    Alli Polin
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    Today was a great day.  There was a huge rainbow over the town in the early morning and after school my son found a $50 note on the ground.  We were having such a lovely day, I decided to take the kids for a big treat at the local sweets shop; definitely a shock to the children.  This is the kind of shop where bins of every lolly imaginable line the walls.  It’s kid heaven and unfortunately, not somewhere I’ll be returning.  One bad experience has written them off of my list for good.  It’s not like my kids need gobs of sweet treats anyway, so giving it up is hardly a hardship.
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    Refresh Leadership

  • New Study Reveals the Qualities Employers Look For in Candidates

    Refresh Leadership
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Attitude and Integrity Are Still Most Important in Hiring Recently, Express Employment Professionals, North America’s largest franchised staffing firm, released findings that reveal which traits are most important when hiring a candidate for a job. The findings come from the 2014 edition of the “America Employed/Canada Employed” survey of 137 Express franchises. Respondents were asked to rate various traits on a scale of one to five based on how important they are when evaluating applicants. “Attitude” and “work ethic/integrity” topped the lists in both the U.S.
  • 4 Ways to Hone Your Presentation Skills

    Ashlie Turley
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The ability to give a great presentation is worth more than gold to business leaders or anyone who wants to progress in their career. In the Inc. article “7 Traits of Highly Effective Leaders,” three of the traits were closely linked with being a good speaker – communication, confidence, and the ability to inspire. Those same three traits were also listed in Forbes “Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader.” Whether you’re presenting to employees, colleagues, clients, or the general public, you want to be seen as a competent, successful professional. And, giving a presentation that…
  • Halftime – Maintaining Your Goals

    James C. Price
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    With July in full swing, we are officially halfway through 2014, and with it comes the realization that you only have six months to decide where you want to be when the crystal ball drops on New Year’s Eve. At the start of each year, millions of people create resolutions to become better versions of themselves, and companies are no different. More than likely, you and your team developed goals for 2014 that would take your business to the next level. Whether it’s hitting a sales target, developing a new product, or transitioning into small-business ownership, most of you have set certain…
  • How to Impress in Meetings

    Refresh Leadership
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Regardless of your title or tenure, it’s important to maintain a high level of professionalism in business meetings. However, standing out among a large group of people can be easier said than done. Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire points out that there is a simple mind trick to help give you a competitive advantage in group gatherings. Check out the video below to learn how you can impress in meetings! Did this video help? How do you stand out in the crowd during a meeting? Let us know in the comments section below!
  • The Big Reason You Should Encourage Smart Risk-Taking

    Ashlie Turley
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When was the last time you exhorted your staff to “go take some risks today?” How would you react if you heard a supervisor chiding an employee for “playing it too safe?” The truth is that risk-taking has become a bit of a hypocritical subject. Taking calculated risks is part of business and part of leadership, yet most employers have indoctrinated their employees with the idea that all risk should be avoided at all costs. As an article from Forbes explains, when interviewed, the strongest and most consistent message from individuals in the business world was that people, at all…
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    Strategies Coaching & Training Blog

  • Teamwork: Hard to get, easy to lose

    Neil Ducoff
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Business leaders toss the word “teamwork” around like some boundless, renewable resource. Well, it’s not. In fact, teamwork is a precious commodity revered by those who have achieved it and envied by those who want it. You can refer to employees as team members, use scoreboards and do huddles every day, but these exercises are no guarantee that teamwork will follow. FACT: Teamwork is an outcome. It is the culmination of a multitude of complex forces, systems and accountabilities that merge into one truly dynamic state of being called teamwork. In this teamwork state of…
  • How to control your time bandits

    Neil Ducoff
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    You worked hard all day on a bunch of stuff. There were emails, phone calls, tasks, interruptions – and some fires that would have burned out of control had you not stepped up to play fireman. You’ve had a busy day, but what meaningful work did you truly accomplish? How much progress did you make on those gotta-do projects scattered all over your plate? Fact: being “busy” does not translate into being productive and making forward progress. Being busy can mean you’re procrastinating on work you should be doing. Being busy can mean that you’re doing work that…
  • How thinking and behavior patterns shape your culture

    Neil Ducoff
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A person’s thinking and behavior patterns make them extremely predictable. That’s how you know certain employees are going to be late for work, that their projects will miss deadlines, and how they will react during a tough conversation. It’s why some people are detail oriented and highly organized while others are “big picture” and all over the place. It’s why some people work for a paycheck while others work to build a career and make a difference. It’s why some people fit your company culture and others do not. For leaders, the challenge is to…
  • When it is personal, it matters

    Neil Ducoff
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    On June 28-29, five riders on Team Strategies departed the UMass Campus in Boston and began a 155-mile, two-day ride to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. This was the sixth time I did the MS Cape Cod Getaway Ride. As in past years, I managed to convince two new riders to join our team. I tell them it is an experience of a lifetime that they will never forget. I tell them the hills aren’t too bad on Cape Cod. And I tell them that we’re riding to raise money for a worthy cause. One of the new riders was Ronit Enos, a salon owner from Hingham, MA. The other new rider was my…
  • Why the best business fix is rarely the first choice

    Neil Ducoff
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    The road to success is rarely a freshly paved superhighway. It’s more like an off-road trail that contrasts the easy stretches with obstacles, steep cliffs and, of course – lions and tigers and bears. Surviving the obstacles and hazards demands a good plan and the ability to adapt quickly should the plan go awry. And depending on the severity of the danger, sometimes the best plan is the toughest to execute. In do or die situations, you have to go with the best plan – no matter how tough it appears. When things go wrong in business, decisions need to be made. Maybe it’s a…
 
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    ManageElite Blog

  • Why employees quit … it really isn’t pay

    Rich Henson
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    It’s always been a good piece of advice for managers to remember that compensation is usually NOT the biggest reason why employees quit on you. After all, people know what they’ll be paid when they sign on. So what does take the top spot? No Opportunity The No. 1 reason employees leave a  job is a lack of […] The post Why employees quit … it really isn’t pay appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • Can’t we do away with rush hour, once and for all!!

    Rich Henson
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    We don’t often wade into legal workplace disputes, but this one seems like an outrageous employee complaint. Or is it? What’s your take? A Lancaster, PA, company is being sued by a former employee who wanted to be able to drive into work late and leave early — so she could avoid rush hour. Instead the […] The post Can’t we do away with rush hour, once and for all!! appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 4 employee bonus programs that work wonders

    Rich Henson
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:23 am
    Employee bonus programs have regained their luster, and if you don’t offer any, you might reconsider. A survey by WorldatWork  found that the popularity of employee bonus programs, which had been steadily falling, is now at an all-time high. The four most popular incentives are sign-on bonuses, spot bonuses, referral bonuses and retention bonuses. “The uptick […] The post 4 employee bonus programs that work wonders appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 3 steps to working with people you dislike

    Rich Henson
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:47 am
    Will Rogers said he never met a man he didn’t like. For the rest of us, well, you know you have. And when you are stuck working with people you dislike day in and day out, all bets are off. Well-trained managers with good intentions know better than to let personal feelings get in the […] The post 3 steps to working with people you dislike appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • Go ahead and gripe: What bugs you about work?

    Rich Henson
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:37 am
    It’s said you can’t fix it if you don’t know what’s broken. True enough. And that goes for the workplace as well. If you don’t know what’s driving your people nuts – or driving them away – you can’t help. Recently, a London-based animal-welfare group called  The Brooke surveyed 2,000 of its employees and asked […] The post Go ahead and gripe: What bugs you about work? appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
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    Todd Nielsen

  • 64 Things I Refuse To Do, So Just Accept It!

    Todd Nielsen
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week I shared an article called 64 Things Every Leader Should Promise.  That came from a project I was working on earlier this year in which I wanted to document all the promises that I believe a leader should make to the people he or she leads. Once I finished that list I realized it was not good enough. So I started another list that explained 64 things that I refused to do as a leader. While many of the items are similar to the promise list, many of these were just pet peeves that annoyed me. We all know the importance of “to do” lists and “will not do” lists,…
  • Leadership Trait to Ponder: Focus

    Todd Nielsen
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today the leadership trait to ponder is Focus.  The dictionary defines Focus as: the center of interest or activity; the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition; to pay particular attention to. I believe the ability to focus is an important trait of a leader. Below are some of my favorite quotes to help inspire and illustrate Focus. As you read these quotes, think about how you can exemplify this leadership trait in yourself. Quotes on Focus It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” ~Aristotle Onassis You can’t depend on…
  • 64 Promises That Every Leader Should Make

    Todd Nielsen
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I have come to believe that as leaders we need to make promises to ourselves and to those we lead. Earlier this year as I was working on a project, I thought to myself, “What are the promises I make as a leader?” I have always had ideals and ways of doing things, but I had never written them out as promises and made them official. I thought about this for quite some time and after a while I came up with this list of 64 promises that leaders should make. I believe it is fairly encompassing; although probably not a complete list, nor is it in order of importance, per se. You…
  • Leadership Trait to Ponder: Adaptability

    Todd Nielsen
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today the leadership trait to ponder is Adaptability.  The dictionary defines Adaptability as: the ability to change (or be changed) to fit changed circumstances; the ability to change your ideas or behavior so that they are suitable for different conditions, a new environment, or in order to deal with a new situation successfully. Below are some of my favorite quotes to help inspire and illustrate Adaptability. As you read these quotes on Adaptability, think about how you can exemplify this leadership trait in yourself. Quotes on Adaptability All living things contain a measure of…
  • Leadership, Do You Seek Excellence Only in Extremes?

    Kate Nasser
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    When we picture leadership, we often visualize strength, courage and boldness. All worthy traits. Yet great leadership also has its roots in listening, understanding, perspective, good judgment, and balance. This moderation provides a solid base of support for bold leaps that  prevent disasters. Some leaders focus mostly on the elements of strength and boldness because they mistakenly believe that moderation means mediocrity, (It doesn’t!)  As they seek excellence only through extremes, they destabilize the organization with wild swings and are surprised when the business slides.
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    Let's Grow Leaders

  • When MBWA Becomes Oh Crap Here They Come

    Karin Hurt
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Nothing could be easier than getting out amongst the troops, wandering around and listening, right? MBWA,or management by wandering around, is one of the truly great management techniques. So why do so many executives royally screw it up, leaving a path of fear and intimidation that takes local management months to recover? Most execs I know who fumble this easy move, start with good intentions: they want to be visible, to demonstrate commitment, to reinforce priorities, to inspect what they expect, and to be helpful. But their poor execution causes their nobel goals to backfire. Why MBWA…
  • The Best Way to Reduce Stress in Stupid Situations

    Karin Hurt
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    While I was getting worked up at all the stupidity, my colleague always had the same response: “fascinating.” He had a strange sense of calm, while my head was exploding. I knew he was as deeply invested in the scene as me, and I often wondered– I’ll admit with a bit of envy– what was going on. Finally, I blew “don’t you see how stupid this is? How can you just let this go?” 6 VPs spending 3 hours working on fonts and “page turns” for the executive readout while the strategic work crept slowly along A leader protecting her career…
  • 6 Reasons Your Team Yearns For Authenticity

    Karin Hurt
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you bring all of who you are to the leadership table, some people will hate your style. In fact, it’s likely that a few “important” people will not “like” you. Authenticity is intimidating, and scares those with the most to hide. Far easier to lead like everyone else and be groomed to fit a mold. Similarly, letting people see who you are and hear what you really mean makes you vulnerable. Rejection of your idea stings. Rejection of some company line you’ve practiced and perfected feels much less personal. But easy leadership doesn’t change the…
  • 5 Ways to Lead More Authentically

    Karin Hurt
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    How would you answer the question:  Do most leaders lead with true authenticity? Sadly, if you’re like my MBA students, the majority of you will likely vote no. You’d share stories of strategic ambiguity, or leaders letting greed and stock price trump once solid values. One student shared, “I honestly think most leaders start out being authentic, but after a while with all the pressures it’s just too hard to maintain.” When everyone’s playing a guarded game, it’s hard to win if you’re the only one playing the vulnerability card. Easier to blend…
  • Parents as Leaders: A Frontline Festival

    Karin Hurt
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. July’s Festival is all about Parents as Leaders. Be sure to enter your email on the side bar to get our new free e-book “A Parent’s Guide to Leadership.” Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vixwerx for the great pic. “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” Mr. Fred Rogers Being a Role Model Alli…
 
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  • Leadership – A Weird Shade of Grey

    Jason Cortel
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Create the rules. Break the rules. Enforce the rules. Innovate. Take risks but fail early and often. You shouldn’t have all the answers. Your style can be black, white or adaptive.  One person’s grey could be another’s black. There are many shades of grey and the shade is often determined by the receiver not sender. Welcome to leadership, a weird shade of grey. Grey sits at the intersection of confusion and clarity. It can straddle comfortable and uncomfortable. Grey transforms consistency into inconsistency. It can be exhilarating or dull. Grey makes it easier to just do and…
  • If You Manage People You Need a Work-Life Balance

    Jason Cortel
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    When you look around the office you will often see those in senior management roles being first in and last out. You rarely will get an OOO email from them. These are the people who lead critical departments and teams who are likely responsible for revenue and product development. Employees look to their managers to set the pace. They will model the behavior thinking that is what they need to do to advance or be seen in a good light. Normally I’m an advocate for this type of mirroring but when it comes to work-life balance the effects can hinder yourself and the team. 4 reasons a manager…
  • Before Firing An Employee Who Contributes

    Louise Haller
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    Consider The Five Things That Set the Performance Pace to “Super-Achiever” A Contributor does just that…contributes.  The minimum contribution expectation is what must be defined.  Once defined, and if the minimums are achieved then there are no justifiable grounds for termination.  Why?  Because, Barely Meeting Expectations = Meeting ExpectationsIf we say that an employee is just meeting expectation then; according to the definition of just (actual,real, or genuine), they have done all that we really stated our expectation to be. It is the responsibility of management to redefine…
  • 5 Sign’s You Have Already Quit Your Job

    Jason Cortel
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    No one wakes up in the morning with the goal of being a quitter. But sometimes you have quit without even knowing that you have done so. This isn’t another article about moving on, stagnating or moving up. This is an article about stepping up and realizing you have already quit your job. This is an article about realizing the grave disservice you are doing to yourself, your team and the organization by staying. It is time to step up and leave your job when: You stop holding people accountable to the mission, vision and values of the organization. This is the greatest tragedy of all.
  • Encourage Your Employees to Say These 10 Things

    Jason Cortel
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    No news is good news. That is what people who despise conflict say. That saying is not welcomed on a team that is striving to achieve greatness. Saying no news is good news is just like saying Bloody Mary 3 times in the mirror at night when you are home alone. No news is good news is scary because of what your employees aren’t saying. These are the 10 things you need to encourage your employees to tell you: 1. I’m looking for a new job Why it’s important: Primarily succession planning but also if their skill-set or organizational knowledge is hard to replace. They are involved in…
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  • GUEST BLOG: Albrights on a ‘Mission’ in Africa

    Editor
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    After ever how many hours on an airplane, today was Day 1 of the Albright African adventure (and I say adventure because details of the trip are few)!!! Dr. J.L. Williams goes like a “man on a mission” and is often in the right place at the right time!
  • If self-talk works for a Wimbledon champion, why not you?

    Editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    How did he do it? Did he have some magic potion in his Gatorade bottle? Did he seek out his world champion tennis coach Boris Becker, winner of six grand slam titles himself, for sage advice that would give him the edge on Federer, the author of 17 Grand Slam titles, that would lift him to the top of the tennis world?
  • How to attend a conference or event

    Editor
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    The average salesperson spends hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year on trying to get better at what they do.
  • When you go fishing, you should be fishing!

    Editor
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:41 am
    People don’t do what they should when they do something. Why? Why wouldn’t you do the things you know you should be doing instead of doing all the other stuff that don’t matter.
  • Be a Chief Reminder Officer all the time

    Editor
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Part of being a leader is reminding people what they should be working on and doing constantly. All leaders are Chief Reminder Officers. It sounds simple and silly, but ask yourself if you are actively practicing this? Are you doing it every single day? You can’t do it once because people are human … they forget things.
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  • How a blog can help in systematic transition from hobby to career

    admin
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
      A blog can help boost your career Systematic transition from hobby to career can be achieved by way of a blog. The future is here and you can leverage it to achieve for this transition. The following are three ways in which a blog helps you achieve a systematic transition from hobby to career: 1. Your own development, as you take your hobby into a more serious environment and consider it as your career 2. How others see your blog, and through that how they see you – the person behind the blog 3. How the blog benefits you in terms of career and opportunities Let’s consider each of…
  • Ten ways to convert your hobby into a career

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
      Jason Gillespie – passion, belief, effort! In the previous three posts, we progressed from thinking about hobby as a career, to the possibility of going from hobby to career, to considering 8 aspects of a hobby before it can become a career. Once you are firmly fixated on converting your hobby into a career, the next step is to carefully build a strategy around it.  In this post I will lay out 10 ways to convert your hobby into a career. But before that, I want to reproduce an insightful quote from a very successful Australian fast bowler.  Jason Gillespie, pictured above, had…
  • From writing passion to career – self-development

    admin
    28 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Merry Farmer In continuing with our series on going from passion to career, I have just the person to describe firsthand how this is done.  I have great pleasure in introducing my friend, Merry Farmer, a published fiction writer.  Merry Farmer has long cherished her passion to be a writer.  Her passion is in romantic novels and she is a great fan of romantic Bollywood movies as well. Pursuing her passion, Merry is now the proud author of several romantic novels. In this interview, Merry provides some great insights, specifically the value of having clear focus, finding support from others…
  • From hobby to passion to career – 7 examples

    admin
    14 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
      Swiss Alps – travel photography Following up on the last post on going from hobby to career, my friend Beth-Ann commented on the need to bridge the gap between hobby and passion.This bridge is necessary before one can even think about transforming the hobby into a career. In that post, I gave a few examples of some activities which, on the surface, do not have the potential of becoming solid careers. In this post, I will list seven such examples and how those can be converted into solid careers. Before that, there are two requirements for such conversion (from hobby to passion…
  • From hobby to career – 8 things to think about

    admin
    31 May 2014 | 6:20 am
      from hobby to career In “hobby as a mainstream career”, the thought of having a hobby as a mainstream career was initiated.With two examples, I promoted the concept of entertaining the thought. The next step is to assess one’s hobby and then understanding whether it is capable of that conversion. After all, a career has to have certain minimum attributes, defined quite well by businessdictionary.com as follows:   “A career is the progress and actions taken by a person throughout a lifetime, especially those related to that person’soccupations. A career is often…
 
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  • #031: Leading Starts In Your Home

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: bluecinderella via Compfight cc Subscribe To Podcast With iTunesSubscribe To Podcast With RSS Subscribe To Podcast In Microsoft Store   Live Life With Purpose Episode #031: Leading Starts In Your Home   http://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/031-Leading-Starts-In-Your-Home.m4a   Show Notes - Leading Starts In Your Home   We all have this story of where we have been, where we are currently at in life, and where we are going, and usually the biggest contributor to this are the relationships in our life, and the biggest relationship we could ever…
  • 3 Tips for Working with Your Spouse and Family – Jackie Bledsoe

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Two family business duos. My wife and I, and Michael Hyatt and his daughter Megan Hyatt Miller.   Having a family business is one of my dreams. I hope to create a business that not only provides for my family and creates a financial foundation for future generations, but also one that is run primarily by our family. To me it marries two things I am very passionate about — family and business. We’ve had a few businesses in the past, but none of them I would really consider a family business. Most of the time I was the only one working in the business, and the only one who had…
  • 3 Keys to Creative Illustrations – Nate Turner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
      I do a lot of speaking. If there is one thing I have learned through communicating often, it’s this: Illustrations speak louder than points.  Stories. Pictures. Objects. Graphs. No matter what environment you communicate in, most people will remember the illustrations you use more than the points you make. Think about your own experience. What do you remember about talks you have attended? Do you remember a lot of the points? Do you remember the pictures shown? Were the points persuasive? What about the illustrations used? For me personally, I especially remember creative…
  • 3 Lessons We Can Learn From Children – Daniel Kosmala

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    The best thing about being around kids is they can always teach us something. The innocence held by every child is remarkable. They have an innate ability to teach us profound lessons we seem to lose sight of as we grow older.   Photo Credit: iStockPhoto.com   Here are 3 lessons we can learn from children: Never lose your sense of wonder. – Without a sense of wonder and awe, would we have ever sent men to walk on the moon? Would we have submarines to explore aquatic wildlife? Would we have airplanes? Probably not. Children possess an innate ability to be awed by things like…
  • No Time for Social Media? Hire a Virtual Assistant – Reade Milner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: cali.org via Compfight cc Like most effective leaders, you’re probably juggling a family, a career, a social life, and many more responsibilities (and doing a killer job at all of them). This means that social media and blogging understandably get bumped down the priority list. You have probably said to yourself, “There just aren’t enough hours in a day.” or, “If only I could clone myself.”. Well, you are certainly not alone. Fortunately for you, thanks to modern technology, you can clone yourself. That’s right. Scientists have…
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  • How Leaders Become Better Coaches

    Tony Richards
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    I have recently been developing new material to instruct and empower leaders on the benefits of becoming a better coach. Coaching, when applied and... Author information Tony Richards Founder and Senior Partner at Clear Vision Development Group Tony Richards is founder and Senior Partner of Clear Vision Development Group, a leadership and organizational development company. Tony makes his home in Columbia, MO with his wife and partner, Ann Marie. In addition to Clear Vision, they also own Word Marketing, Horizon Research Services, and Fusion Production & Design. Tony was a C-level…
  • Do You Really Need A Rock Star?

    Sabrina Baker
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    As someone who spends a ton of time in the recruiting space I can tell you that one of the top five problems companies... Author information Sabrina Baker Founder, PHR at Acacia HR Solutions Sabrina Baker, PHR is the founder and CEO of Acacia HR Solutions, a human resource outsourcing, consulting and recruiting firm located outside of Chicago, IL. Sabrina was a human resource leader for eleven years before starting her own business in 2011. She serves on the Illinois Society of Human Resources Council board and holds the position of Annual Conference Chair. She is also a member of the Society…
  • Am I A Leader?

    Christal Guziec
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    For the past few years, I’ve been active on social media – Twitter, specifically. When I first signed up, I was instantly enamored with... Author information Christal Guziec Marketing Consultant at CG Marketing Pro Christal is a freelance marketing consultant with nearly 15 years' experience crafting targeted messages. Christal's specialties include inbound marketing, email, social media, marketing collateral, and direct mail. She has experience in both B2B and B2C environments, domestic and international. Christal has an MBA from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL and a Bachelor's in…
  • Are You A Civilized Leader?

    Jen Olney
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    As Peter Drucker once said, “Good manners are the lubricating oil of organizations.” Effective leaders of today know that good manners and civility are... Author information Jennifer Olney Founder and CEO at GingerConsulting / #bealeader Jennifer Olney is the Founder of #bealeader. #bealeader is an organization that provides writers, mentors a platform to showcase their leadership and expertise in areas of business, leadership development, human resources and management . #bealeader has taken leadership from online to real world by creating the #beamentor volunteer mentor program. which…
  • Best Advice For New Leaders: Lessons from “Big Brown”

    Brian Dakin
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:29 am
    When I first saw the July blog series topic was “Best Advice for New Leaders”, I couldn’t help but think back 25 years ago... Author information Brian Dakin Founder and Principal at Rhombus Consulting, Inc. at Rhombus Consulting, Inc. Brian Dakin is the founder and Principal of Rhombus Consulting, a provider of project management services and subject matter expertise for technology initiatives in the life science industry. Brian has more than 20 years of experience in management consulting, including roles at global firms Coopers & Lybrand Consulting and Ernst & Young. Brian’s…
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  • A Framework for Strategy?

    Takis Athanassiou
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The art of forming a strategy, or thinking strategically is a skill required in many levels in today’s complex world, but it is especially important to leaders. In today’s quick shifting external and, sometimes, internal environment, a good strategy can be the only base, a company can be founded on, for achieving its objectives. But a good strategy, needs good foundations and for that you should base its formation and its execution at a solid background! What a Strategy Is? Strategy is a lot of thinks for different people! For some is a road path towards success (if you can…
  • Know How to Enhance Company’s Turnover as a Proactive Leader

    Sara Jones
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Proactive leaders always plan ahead for every problem and opportunities. Rather than wasting their time in finding out the solution at the time of need. They’re confident, competitive, and can’t tolerate failure. Moreover, due to their intense ambition, they strive hard to enhance the performance of a company in which they work. And they always look out for an opportunity which will help them to boost up the turnover of their company. If you’re also hunting for something that will enhance your company turnover, then you will need to become proactive. Review the information shared below…
  • Best Resources and Tools for More Productive Writers

    Robert Morris
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Writers have always been attached to their preferred tools. Some of them have purely practical reasons to use a particular writing tool or technique, while others are driven by mere superstition. Best Resources and Tools for More Productive Writers Even if you are an established and respected writer who has mastered the fundamental writing techniques, you can still use great tools that will make you more productive and help you relate to your readers. The following list will provide you with writing tools and techniques that are worth exploring. 1. Checkvist This is a minimalistic, but…
  • ADDIE Model

    Takis Athanassiou
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The ADDIE model is a framework of reference and of processes that can facilitate the work of e-Learning Process Designers, Training Developers or/and of instructional designers! It help you to channel efficiently the various processes comprising an effective learning process and focused on the issues, require your most attention! The ADDIE Model The ADDIE model is: a framework that lists generic processes that instructional designers and training developers use.[1] It represents a guideline for building effective training and performance support tools in five phases.(Wikipedia: ADDIE Model)…
  • Audrey Hepburn’s Life Lessons You Can Apply

    Amber Stanley
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a guest post by a young writer, Amber Stanley. Amber is blogger, book lover, and traveler. Please check here, her article on the Life Lessons Audrey Hepburn can provide, via her sayings! Almost everyone fell in love with Audrey Hepburn’s innate class and sophistication in her movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her exceptional beauty, timeless style, and kindness remains in every heart of people who dearly loved and admire her. For some, Hepburn is an epitome of beauty and grace. Apart from her lasting appeal which transcends the generation, her wonderful nature of caring for…
 
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  • Are You Driving Through Life With Your Foot on the Brake?

    Ellory Wells
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:43 am
    Can you remember the words that have made the most impact your life? Maybe it was a quote from a famous author or millionaire. Perhaps the words come from a book in the bible. Or, maybe it’s the words of a wise grandparent that have stuck with you through the years. If you think about it, can you remember the words that changed your life? Photo credit: epSos.de / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) At 6:06 am on Saturday morning I sat straight up in bed. I had just lived out a dream that was revolutionary in its simplicity and wisdom. It was one of those dreams…
  • Where Has Ellory Been? aka My Adventures in Florida

    Ellory Wells
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    This past week I’ve been in Florida. Mostly on vacation, but also for a fantastic time meeting podcasters, connecting with new friends, and even a little business too. I thought I’d take a minute to thank a few people and update you on my adventures of the past week. I’ve had some really great experiences the past 6 days and I’m excited to share them with you! Florida is hot. Yes, I know what you’re thinking; I should have expected it. But exactly how hot, I really had no idea until I was sweating through my clothes the first morning after I’d arrived.
  • EP44: How to Market Yourself with Amy Schmittauer (@schmittastic)

    Ellory Wells
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Episode 44 of the Empowered Podcast features marketing expert, social media star, and business woman, Amy Schmittauer. I was eager to talk to Amy and learn how she’s able to put so much of her personality into her business. I’ve always enjoyed her YouTube videos on marketing and social media. Amy’s such a cool person and I’m excited to share our chat with you! Thank Amy for being on the show! Amy’s Mission: To help businesses create a strategy to organically grow an online presence and social relationships through value creation.  How Amy defines empowerment: I…
  • EP43: Offline Expertise to Online Dominance with Chris Cerrone (@bluegeno)

    Ellory Wells
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am
    Episode 43 the Empowered Podcast features professional podcaster, media mogul and all-around awesome dude, Chris Cerrone! I’m really honored to have my friend Chris on the show today. He and I talk about how he took the podcasting world by storm, how he’s creating a brand online, and why he got started in the first place. With hundreds of thousands of people in his audience, Chris Cerrone is taking his offline expertise and turning it into online dominance! This episode is awesome. Grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy the show! Thank Chris for being on the show! Chris’s…
  • EP42: Success Begins in the Mind with Dr. Lawana Gladney (@DrGladney)

    Ellory Wells
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Episode 42 of the Empowered Podcast features renowned speaker, author, and emotional wellness doctor, Dr. Lawana Gladney. Though she started her career as an elementary school teacher, she now shares her message through her best-selling books and on TV shows across the country. Dr. Gladney owns her own company and changes the world with her message of positivity and emotional wellness. Thank Dr. G for being on the show! Lawana’s Mission: I became the Emotional Wellness Doctor. I teach people to manage their emotions and stress to have an amazing life. How Lawana defines empowerment:…
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  • Why Management Is Out of Control: Employee 2.0

    David Hassell
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Sweatshops, child labor, unsafe conditions, and poor wages. Thankfully these are largely just bad memories for the American workforce. A better life for employees did not come easily, as laborers fought managers and owners for many years to win these basic rights. We are now on the cusp of a new revolution — something we’re dubbing: Employee Rights 2.0. “Labor” is breaking free of traditional management structures to experience unprecedented autonomy. Today’s knowledge workers demand freedom from micromanagement and the punch-clock. So how will you manage to manage them? Will…
  • Don’t Fall Off The Cliff! Advice From Leaders Who Know

    David Mizne
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    When I think back to every moment someone mentioned “being realistic,” I’ve actually realized, that it is merely an expression of fear of failure. Being realistic purely shows that you believe something can’t be done. ~ Leo Widrich, Buffer Ever see the cartoon where the coyote chases the roadrunner off the cliff? The two of them hang there in mid-air until the roadrunner points downward. The coyote only falls when he looks and realizes that there is nothing beneath his feet. The leader of any pack can’t look down. But they don’t have to find the right road to travel alone. Unlike…
  • The 3 Conversations You’re Not Having In Your Meetings, But Should

    Guest Post
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Ever wonder why people leave meetings feeling so frustrated?  It’s not just that most meetings waste a tremendous amount of time, it’s also because people have an intuitive sense that it doesn’t have to be that way. They sense that if only this group of people were having a different set of conversations than the ones they just had, maybe the meeting could have actually been a productive, even satisfying experience. The conversations before the meeting One major issue in many meetings is that so much time is spent providing information that could have easily been shared beforehand.
  • Swipe To The Right (And Power-Off)

    David Mizne
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Summer is in full swing. The weather is warm and you are just a flight away from the powder-like sand and gentle waves of a tropical paradise. But before you spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on that dream vacation ask yourself, Am I really ready to step away from my desk for an entire week? Many managers, executives, and employees take their work with them while on vacation. If your body is out of the office but your face is buried in your inbox, the rejuvenating effects of down-time are completely negated. The name of the game is total immersion. Leaving the work world behind for days…
  • Fulfilling Purpose: The Ultimate Success Factor for Your Business

    David Hassell
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Employee disengagement and turnover have become a costly nightmare for companies worldwide. Not only are millions of dollars wasted every year, but organizational growth is stifled. Businesses are unable to produce at peak efficiency, and valuable company resources must be re-allocated into recruiting and hiring replacements for people who leave because they are not supported or satisfied in their work. Every employer’s dream is to find employees who desire to dedicate themselves to the company — where their efforts are not draining but sustaining, and they seem to access an endless…
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  • How To Extract Knowledge From Experts Before It’s Lost

    Ben Nesvig
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    If, on his last day of employment before retiring, a man tried to walk out the door with a favorite personal computer he used at work, what would happen? Even if the company appreciated his expertise and commitment, they likely wouldn’t let him leave with a computer. Now, what would happen if that same employee walked out on his last day without sharing any of his expertise? Business as usual… The post How To Extract Knowledge From Experts Before It’s Lost appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • Minimum Viable Products Meet Learning and Development: A Match Made in Heaven or Hell?

    Andrea May
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    I am part of an international crew of L&D professionals that organizes and facilitates a bi-weekly chat on Twitter under the hashtag #chat2lrn. Over the past couple of years I have gained many new ideas and perspectives from both the #chat2lrn crew and those who take part in the chats. In our chat last week, we focused on what L&D can learn from start-up culture and methodology. I will admit… The post Minimum Viable Products Meet Learning and Development: A Match Made in Heaven or Hell? appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • 22 Free e-Learning and Graphic Design Resources

    eric
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    Everyone loves a freebie. The problem with many free resource sites is that you are often inundated with so much unusable garbage that it’s hard not to feel like you are wasting your time. Below is a collection of design resources that I have personally found useful as an e-Learning, web, and graphic designer. Free Stock Photography Photo Sites When I say “stock photography” you’re probably picturing a multiethnic  group of… The post 22 Free e-Learning and Graphic Design Resources appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • The Power of Chunking: How To Increase Learner Retention

    Ben Nesvig
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    In 1980, K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues published a fascinating experiment. They took a student of average intelligence, memory capacity, and IQ and had an experimenter test the limits of his memory. The experimenter read a series of random numbers and then had the student recite them back in the exact order. If he was able to recite the numbers in the correct order, the experimenter would add another… The post The Power of Chunking: How To Increase Learner Retention appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • 5 Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn

    Ben Nesvig
    28 May 2014 | 6:12 am
    If you want to create powerful learning experiences, it’s very helpful to get an understanding of how the brain works. While technology changes at an incredible rate, the brain evolves slowly. The following “brain facts” will help provide a more thorough understanding of the mysterious muscle that is the brain. 1. The unconscious mind rules the conscious mind There is an experiment that shows what happens when the conscious and… The post 5 Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
 
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  • "Share and Share Alike"

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    I just finished reading the latest racing romance, Share and Share Alike, by Hannah Hooton.  If you love horses, romance, and a great mystery story, this is the book for you!  Great character development and vibrant descriptions make the books just come alive.  I was right there as a virtual member of the Syndicate.  While it was sad for the book to end (always a sign of a great read!), I can't wait to read more of Hannah Hooton's books!To find Share and Share Alike, check out the links below:AmazonBarnes and NobleKobo Apple Scribd Inkterra 
  • Embrace the Mundane

    19 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
     "I like to make the mundane fabulous whenever I can." ~ Rufus Wainwright This past week was a departure from the mundane.  Events that were not pleasant for the most part, which made me realize how much I appreciate my normal, daily routine and how much I take it for granted.  We tend to go on autopilot through our days until something shakes up our routine -- sometimes for the better, sometimes not.  While it is good to shake things up, it also behooves us to be more aware of our daily routine, to embrace  and revel in how special "the mundane" really is. …
  • Bullies

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    There are bullies in the horse world,  horses that seem to plainly not like each other and take every opportunity to take it out on the other horse through biting and kicking.  The "bullied" horse takes pains to stay away from the horse doing the bullying.  In a domestic horse environment, humans can help the process by keeping the "bully-er" and the "bully-ee" in separate pastures.  In a wild horse environment, that type of behavior can result in expulsion of the horse from the herd.As always, the human world is more complex in this arena.  Bullying can take many…
  • It's Deja Vu -- All Over Again...

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:26 am
    With a nod to Yogi Berra as I love that quote....It was a not so welcome reminder of the past when my equine coach, River, was a little "off" as she trotted in the round pen last weekend.  A worried call to the vet and a vet visit later in the day confirmed my fears -- River had a flare-up of laminitis.  Laminitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, the lamina, between the hoof and the bone in the hoof, the coffin or pedal bone.  The inflammation chokes the blood supply in the hoof and the forces on the bone can cause it to rotate.  In extreme cases, the bone can…
  • Not Horse Related -- But A Great Story of People Pulling Together...

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:31 pm
    The closest I can relate this to a horse story is that takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, the home of the Kentucky Derby -- this story is truly human in all respects.After a brief visit to Louisville to celebrate the graduation of my oldest nephew, my family and I arrived at the Louisville airport and settled in at the departure gate for a direct flight to Orlando.  About an hour before the flight, it was announced that the plane had mechanical issues and was delayed for five hours.  Now, being that the plane was heading to Orlando -- home of Disney World and other favorite family…
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    Engaging Leader

  • Putting Time in the Leadership Saddle

    Jesse Lahey
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    This past week, a buddy and I were completing our final training ride (60 miles) in preparation for my longest race scheduled for the year, a 100-mile “century” cycling race this coming week. Since our last ride together, we both had acquired new gear. Sam had bought his first cycling shoes and clipless pedals. I had my first padded […]
  • WHE13: How to Move Employees from Awareness to Action

    Joe Sherwood
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This episode is the first in a two-part series about leading a health behavioral change. Episode 13 focuses on leading a fairly straightforward change, such as influencing employees to get a biometric health screening or to take a financial wellness assessment. Episode 14 will address leading a more complex change effort, such as influencing employees […]
  • 092: 7 Keys to Clarity and Conciseness

    Joe Sherwood
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Back in episode 89, about the Power of Brevity, we discussed why brevity works and provided four tips for being brief yet powerful. In these tips, clarity leads to brevity, and vice versa. Now, contrast that with most of the corporate-level communication that companies provide their employees. Whether it’s a letter or email from the […]
  • 091: Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change | with David Maxfield

    Joe Sherwood
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    All successful leaders have to be good at leading progress. And science has found that successful leaders, from CEOs to parents, have a common set of principles and skills that help create quick, profound, and lasting change in people and organizations. David Maxfield, New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and social scientist for organizational change, […]
  • WHE12: Beyond “Biggest Loser” Contests: Creating a True Culture of Health | with Mary Pitman from Norfolk Southern

    Joe Sherwood
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    The popular weight-loss reality TV show “The Biggest Loser” has inspired many companies to hold weight loss contests for their employees. People love the idea of experiencing fast weight loss, and the idea of a friendly competition seems fun. But while “The Biggest Loser” makes for great reality TV, does it make for a great […]
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    iSharad

  • 10 unforgettable lessons I learnt from participating in codeathon

    Sharad Verma
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    I recently participated in a Codeathon event at SunGard. The event had high energy levels and a good buzz on Twitter. The idea is to come up with a concept, and then code and develop the proof of concept to completion in 48 hours. More than 300 developers participated in what turned out to be […]
  • 20 Ways to save time for what is really important

    Sharad Verma
    25 Feb 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Are you getting the time to do what you know is really important? Of late, I have heard from a number of people how they want to do something but just don’t find the time. This is in important areas like: · Following a passion · Dedicated time for reading · Setting up a learning […]
  • Leadership lessons from Ranbir Kapoor’s movies

    Sharad Verma
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Ranbir Kapoor has the genes for acting with the talent and looks to match! Son of two of the most loved actors of Indian cinema – Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, grandson of the legendary Raj Kapoor, Ranbir started his acting career at the age of 25 in 2007. Over the next seven years, he has […]
  • 5 Ways to Benefit from Reverse Mentoring

    Sharad Verma
    9 Feb 2014 | 2:30 am
    I came across this term – “Reverse Mentoring” recently and then realized I had benefitted from it for a long time. Simply put, it means a junior or younger person mentoring someone older or more senior in management. The moment you hear it, you think ‘why not” that makes perfect sense! That was exactly how […]
  • Inside the magical world of dragons with Dionne Lister

    Sharad Verma
    9 Oct 2013 | 1:17 am
    Interview with Dionne Lister, writer We all have a fascination for the world of dragons and alternate realms full of magic, mystery and wonder. Dionne Lister is the bestselling writer of the series The Circle of Talia. The first book in the series is called Shadows in the Realm and the second book is A […]
 
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    ReadyToManage

  • Is Mindfulness a Key Practice That Every Business Leader Should Appreciate and Use?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Mindfulness as a subject seems to have been everywhere in the media in recent times and not only as a subject which has been described as a key part of traditional Buddhist practice. Today mindfulness is described as being a much more general approach that we can all take in our busy lives as a way of living more successfully in the present and being healthier and happier in our lives in general. This even applies in our business experience and as a result mindfulness training courses and coaching has become commonplace in many companies of all stripes. But like so many approaches, is this…
  • Is Your Business Optimized?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    “Optimization” is one of those words that we tend to associate with websites these days, and in this narrower respect it suggests that we may be missing quite a few opportunities to get more from our effort than we have previously realized by pulling on what might be several “levers” to get a better result. Optimizing an entire business follows the same principle by suggesting that any commercially oriented organization is much more than one single and simple entity, and is therefore best improved by becoming aware of its key “performance levers” and then learning to “pull” on…
  • How Much Organizational Transparency is Sufficient?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    “Organizational transparency” is one of the subjects that tends to demand time and attention (when it does) for two main reasons: The organization has not been transparent enough and it may have got into trouble as a result, with employees, shareholders or even public bodies such as the tax authorities (think Enron or Worldcom in recent times). The subject has come up with a few employees, either informally or more formally, such as through the vehicle of an opinion survey, for example. Both of these catalysts to the transparency debate tend to suggest that the organization is not sharing…
  • 50 Top Leadership Blogs of 2014

    Dr. Jon Warner
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    Welcome to the annual update on the 50 Best/Top leaderships blogs on the web as of July 2014. This is our third year of putting this list together. As readers will see once again, this list has changed quite markedly in just a 12 months period.  These significant changes result from a number of factors including: Alexa rankings of individual blogs have changed considerably. As in previous years, this mainly arises not only because of the time invested by individual blog authors in the last year but because many more web sites and blogs have been launched (and Alexa estimates that there are…
  • Is Silence a “Dangerous” Tool in Communication?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:35 am
    Communication theory typically has a lot to say about how we should transmit our messages (in carefully chosen, clear and concise language) and how we should receive messages (with appropriate eye contact, gentle acknowledgement and good attention to words and body language). However, “silence” as a tool within the communication exchange in both transmission and/or receiving rarely rates much more than a passing mention and we are often left with the impression that it is either an afterthought or an accidental occurrence. Perhaps this lack of attention to silence is because most of us…
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    Coaching for Leaders

  • The Best Action For A Personal Memory Upgrade

    Dave Stachowiak
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    When I was about five years old, my dad bought our family a Tandy 1000 personal computer. It came with 128K of memory on board, and one floppy disk drive. Although we were all overwhelmed with the technology at first, we slowly began to push the computer to do more. We soon bought a space shuttle simulator game that required a lot of memory to run. The Tandy could hardly run the program and the simulation experience was awful. I clearly remember the day we upgraded the computer from 128K to 640K. Suddenly, I was in the astronaut business. Our Minds Are Finite Resources Ahhh, if only we had…
  • How To Be Efficient With Organizational Change

    Dave Stachowiak
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    When I was a kid, I was never satisfied with the performance of my Fisher-Price walkie-talkies. In my early teens, I finally made the case to my parents that I needed something more powerful. I saved up and purchased two Radio Shack TRC–219 citizens band walkie-talkies. Five full watts of transmitting power meant I could theoretically reach people on the other side of town. It also resulted in my constant search for 10 AA batteries (yes, 10) that each radio needed to run. I was constantly digging around for batteries in the junk drawer in my parents’ house. Inevitably, there would never…
  • Develop Confidence and Trust By Minimizing Interventions

    Dave Stachowiak
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last summer, our son Luke was about year and a half old and just learning to walk down the stairs. One afternoon, he suddenly decided on a strategy for a faster trip. He stood at the top of the staircase, raised his arms up high into the air, straightened his body, and begin to fall forward. I caught him in mid air. My position a few steps under Luke rescued him from a certain fall. His good intentions aside, the jump would certainly have caused injury. We Remember Missteps A year later, he’s never attempted it since. He’s old enough now (and fallen enough times in other places) to know…
  • Answering This Question Makes Difficult Conversations Easier

    Dave Stachowiak
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I recently met with a client who was planning for a conversation with a senior leader. She was preparing to convey some of her ongoing concerns about the culture of their organization. She asked my advice about what to say and, as she spoke, it seemed apparent that the organization had wronged her in many ways and this was a relatively rare opportunity to address it with a senior leader. What’s The Outcome You Want? I asked her this question: What is outcome you want to see come out of this conversation? She said that she wanted to help the organization correct its mistakes and have a…
  • This Action Will Help Delegation Stick

    Dave Stachowiak
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    A few months ago, Gordon, one of our clients, shared a story that highlighted a critical component for effective delegation. Gordon told us that early in his career, he was tapped by an executive for a high visibility project. The executive did a brilliant job of following the standard delegation process, but it was what happened next that impressed Gordon the most. Key Action After their initial meeting, Gordon said that the executive asked if he’d join him for a walk around the site. On the walk, they visited each stakeholder involved with the project. The executive introduced Gordon’s…
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    Productive Day» Blog

  • Are You Stuck in Work Day Pinball?

    Roger MacRae
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    4 Tips to Help You Play and Win the Productive Day Game Part II Part I of this article gave you the first two tips to help you become more proactive and more productive in your work day, instead of being reactive, like the little ball that gets bounced around in a pinball machine.Never played pinball? I played a lot when I was younger and if you’ve never played, the object of the game is to try to keep the ball in play for as long as possible and hit as many different targets for more points without letting the ball go down the drain.I compare the pinball game to a typical work day…
  • Are You Stuck in Work Day Pinball?

    Roger MacRae
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    4 Tips to Help You Play and Win the Productive Day Game Part I  Have you ever played pinball? When I was younger and played with friends, I remember it being such a fun pastime, trying to keep the ball in play for as long as possible and hitting as many different targets for more points without letting the ball go down the drain. (The one pictured here is called “Junkyard” – one I used to play all the time.)While playing pinball is great fun, if you were stuck inside the game as the ball itself, it wouldn’t be much fun at all. And that’s what a typical work day can be like for…
  • Memory Malfunction

    Roger MacRae
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:05 am
    Tips for Being More Productive without Relying on Your Memory  Do you ever get interrupted by someone or something and completely forget what you were originally working on or what you were thinking about just seconds before?Some professionals are proud of how well they can rely on their memory, and maybe you’re one of those people. But has your memory ever let you down? It can easily be short-circuited and won’t hold up in the face of distractions, interruptions, multi-tasking, and constant reactivity. And as we get older, your memory is the LAST thing you want to rely on to help…
  • Systems Refresh

    Roger MacRae
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:41 am
    5 Easy Steps to Be More Strategic with your Work Day Plans Do you agree or disagree with this statement?“Following rigid organizational systems and living life driven by a day planner means you’re operating with blinders on.” 1This is from an old article I saved and recently re-read and I actually agree with half of it.I agree that any paper list or paper planner can put blinders on you – absolutely. I also believe these are inefficient and outdated methods for tracking tasks and time. Specifically, you’re not going to get a complete picture of all the tasks you’re…
  • Productive E-mails

    Roger MacRae
    19 May 2014 | 8:33 am
    8 Secrets to Make Your E-mails More Valuable and Easier to Read Part 2 With the high volume of e-mails professionals receive, it’s little wonder you probably open your e-mail and get annoyed on a regular basis. Bu what about when people open YOUR e-mails? Are you guilty of some of the same habits that annoy you?In Part 1, I talked about how it’s more important than ever to lay a foundation that sets you and your team up to write effective, timely, concise and meaningful e-mails. The foundation happens before you type the first word.In Part 2 I’ll address how to type e-mails people…
 
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    Tom Talks

  • Star Tribune Features Intertech in “Communication, culture boost Intertech”

    Tom Salonek
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Intertech is featured in the article “Communication, culture boost Intertech” in the Monday, July 28th, 2014 Star Tribune business section. As shared in a previous post, Intertech was named the #1 employer in the 50-150 employee category and a special award winner for ethics in the Star Tribune’s 2014 Top Workplaces award. My thanks to the Star [...]The post Star Tribune Features Intertech in “Communication, culture boost Intertech” appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Building a Winning Business – Negotiating a Job Offer

    Tom Salonek
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    When you’ve found a top-performing candidate whose skills, personality, and values fit with your organization, it’s time to negotiate an offer. I believe in the guidance given in the book ‘First, Break All the Rules,’ which advises that people be treated candidly. When talking with a serious candidate, find out what’s most important to him [...]The post Building a Winning Business – Negotiating a Job Offer appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Building a Winning Business – Only Hire Top Performers

    Tom Salonek
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Maybe this sounds like a tall order (especially if times are good and great employees are hard to find). Regardless of the business climate, making a commitment to hire only top performers is a strategy worth pursuing. It’s the only way to ensure that you can deliver the best service or product to your customers—and [...]The post Building a Winning Business – Only Hire Top Performers appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Voice App Helps Hungry Customers – and keeps a major fast-food chain on top

    Tom Salonek
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Remember my post a few weeks back about the explosion of mobile apps? I recently read that Domino’s pizza has pushed the envelope a bit further by becoming the first major fast-food chain to offer a phone app that lets you order by voice. (If the last time you experienced Domino’s was in college, you [...]The post Voice App Helps Hungry Customers – and keeps a major fast-food chain on top appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Uber. Indeed.

    Tom Salonek
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Wikipedia defines Uber as “denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing” I agree.  Uber–a new service for getting a ride–is a great example of a business addressing the shortcomings of an industry.  As covered in last Sunday’s Star Tribune article, cab companies have dropped the ball.  Uber is getting push back from [...]The post Uber. Indeed. appeared first on Tom Talks.
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    Millennial CEO

  • Was The “Facebook Experiment” A Big Deal? by @SteveOlenski

    Daniel Newman
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    By now you’ve heard the news that Facebook recently conducted an “emotional experiment” whereby they manipulated the news feeds of users, nearly 700,000 of them. Conducted in 2012, the experiment or study or whatever you want to call it, was conducted over a period of one week and saw researchers alter the amount of positive and negative content in users’ News Feeds to study how they responded. The results showed that those who saw less positive content were more likely to post a negative update or story themselves and vice-versa with those seeing positive-themed content in turn…
  • Turn live conferences into digital communities! @iSocialFanz

    Brian Fanzo
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Who doesn’t love attending industry conferences and events?  Yes we all do and one of the first things you hear from EVERYONE who attends a conference is… “The conference was great but it’s all about the networking and after conference conversations!” In 2014 we are living in a digital connected economy and conferences must focus on building a community rather than focusing their attention on the one event and that events attendees only. As someone who has attended many government, technology, marketing and social media events I believe it’s not only the…
  • Digital Business: Moving Online Visitors Through The Sales Funnel

    Daniel Newman
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Question: We know that a lot of people stat the buyer’s journey online, but how can we move prospects through the sales funnel online other than just shameless self-promotion? First of all I’m really glad that you added the last sentence about shameless self-promotion. Because that would have been the first thing I suggested NOT TO DO! Now having said that, much like any sales proposition, you do have to “Close” at some point, but in the world we live in, if you do a good enough job selling, the close will happen pretty naturally. After all, what do you like more, to…
  • How Omni-Channel Marketing Shapes The New Buyer’s Journey

    Daniel Newman
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    With the rapid growth of digital consumption and what seems like daily proliferation of social media channels, marketers are faced with more choices than ever when considering how they want to reach the consumer. With each choice comes a certain amount of risk as marketers choosing to put a heavy investment in one channel may miss the untapped potential of another. This leaves a smaller margin for error as highly informed consumers have become acutely aware of how to seek out information, poll their networks and complete transactions across a plethora of interactive channels. With this…
  • What Millennials Can Teach The World? by @ArcIntel

    Daniel Newman
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    When my friends at ArCompany started the Millennial Think Tank project, it inspired me to share, and connect this audience to a place where they can communicate and share their ideas. For more on how to be a part of their Think Tank, visit their community and jump in the conversation If you missed the first edition of our Millennial Think Tank, it was an eye opening and thought provoking experience. Despite some technical and domestic pet related issues (broadcasting from a home with an English Bull Terrier and Fireworks outside was not my wisest move), it was a very worthwhile…
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    People First

  • Working on Your Sales Performance

    PFPS
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    No, not that sales performance — you and and your sales manager are undoubtedly working on the numbers every single day. This is a radio show about working on your performance in selling. You know, the way you perform… the way you act. That’s right! We’ll be talking about acting, and how you can use […]
  • Seven Tips for Establishing the Boundary Between Boss and Buddy

    PFPS
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s a common refrain, especially for those who are new to management and those who have risen through the ranks and already have established friendships with those they will now supervise. What is the appropriate boundary between being a boss and being a buddy? Use these seven tips to keep yourself on the right track. […]
  • Managing Up instead of Kissing Up

    PFPS
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your sales manager has a lot to offer you. You’ll miss what your manager offers if you are overly focused on “kissing up” to your manager to try and gain favor instead of managing up in a way that gives you learning opportunities. Because so many sellers prefer to work autonomously and have a high […]
  • A Different Way of Looking at Your Sales Performance This Week on CONNECT! Online Radio for Selling Professionals

    PFPS
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Tune in to CONNECT! Online Radio for Selling Professionals this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. PDT for an enlightening and entertaining interview with sales author and actress Julie Hansen to learn how performing can enhance sales performance. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 Sellers are under a lot of pressure to improve their performance. But […]
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    Deb Calvert, President of People First Productivity Solutions
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Call in with your toughest selling challenges! July 26, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time: Working on Your Sales Performance with guest Julie Hansen August 2, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time: Your Recipe for Success to Feel Good About Selling with guest MK Mueller August 9, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time: So… You Wanna Be a Sales Manager? with […]
 
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    Thin Difference

  • What Is Your Life Theme?

    Jon Mertz
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Back in school, we read “the classics” and then had to discover the theme of the story and write a paper on it. As a teenager, this was more of a task than a discovery mission. In college, uncovering the theme and then seeing how various elements of the story really connected the dots was energizing. Something within our minds clicked with excitement and, in many ways, stirred our spirits. There was a connection and a meaning. Theme is defined as the “main idea or underlying meaning.” Simple yet themes get tangled, off track, and even undefined. Themes can simply just work, too. They…
  • Rob Bellenfant: A Millennial Leader Learning to Speak Millennial

    Molly Page
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    A Millennial leading a team full of Millennials sounds like the perfect complement, right? It seems as if it would be such a great match! The leader and team presumably speak the same language. They must have the same motivations and instincts. Communication must be simple, right? Not necessarily. Sometimes it takes more than similar birthdays for a leader to perfectly gel with his or her team. Millennial leader Rob Bellenfant is proof that not every Millennial is stereotypically Millennial and occasionally even Millennial leaders need to learn how to lead Millennials well. At first…
  • VUCA: What Does This Mean for Future Leaders

    Jon Mertz
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Development Dimensions International (DDI), jointly with The Conference Board, conducted a survey of 13,124 leaders across many organizations, industries, and countries. An extensive study. The work was released as the Global Leadership Forecast 2014 | 2015. One of the focus areas is on VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous – and the importance of having leaders capable to navigate these waters with skill, talent, and character. Although there is much to the study, this is a core element since leaders will either succeed well or fail miserably in how they step up to the VUCA…
  • 3 Leadership Lessons for Millennials from Moneyball

    Jeremy Chandler
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    I’ve got to be honest… I’m not a huge baseball fan. However, I love baseball movies. If you’re anything like me, you grew up hoping you’d suffer an injury and become a major league pitcher like “Rookie of the Year” and quoting “The Sandlot” all summer with your friends. I’m sure those movies had something to do with deciding to watch Moneyball when it released 2011. Since I didn’t remember anything about the story from when I was growing up, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But as I was watched, I realized there were a lot of lessons I could learn as a young leader. 3…
  • 5 Characteristics That Most Successful People Possess

    Guest Author
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Guest Post by Andrew Brushfield Education, training, experience and continually updating your skills are all vital to success in the workplace and to your future employment trajectory. However, there are many less readily definable factors that influence success in the workplace. If you observe successful people in your own profession closely, you will notice they have many characteristics in common that make them stand out from the crowd, accomplish great things and solve problems efficiently and effectively. Here are the top five characteristics that have been identified as the key…
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    TalentCulture

  • Planning For A Better Career

    Mark Lukens
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Planning for a better career Whatever you want to achieve in life, having a career strategy is fundamental to achieving it. Making things up as you go along can take you in the right direction, but a good plan will get you there faster and more effectively. So what are the steps you can take to ensure that your career strategy develops you to your best potential? What can you learn from the experts and those who have already built the career that they want? The right attitude Taking the right attitude to your career is vital. Jill Hazelbaker, the youngest senior executive in the Fortune 100,…
  • How to Build a Solid Foundation for Better Work Relationships

    Gabrielle Garon
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Search any of the top business, leadership, or HR blogs and you’ll find that one of the key drivers to employee engagement is clearly communicated expectations. You know this old song and dance; if employees know what’s expected of them and understand (and value) how they fit into the big picture, then they’re likely to be highly engaged. And engagement equals productivity, satisfaction, and longevity. Communicating your organization’s goals and providing clear direction is essential to engagement. But what about communicating the everyday stuff with your employees? What about…
  • Workplace Bullying: Bully Be Not Proud

    Jonathan Segal
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    As we all know, Congress is dysfunctional.  But legislative activity at the state and local level is hot, particularly in the employment arena. State and local governments across the U.S. have passed a spate of recent bills on myriad issues ranging from protecting the right of employees to carry a concealed weapon in their vehicle to limiting when employers can do criminal background checks to prohibiting employers from asking applicants or employees for their social media password. Yet, there are no laws in the U.S. prohibiting bullying in the workplace.  Since 2003, anti-bullying bills…
  • #TChat Preview: The Legal And Moral Implications Of Workplace Bullying

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT). The #TChat radio portion runs the first 30 minutes from 7-7:30 pm ET, followed by the #TChat Twitter chat from 7:30-8 pm ET. Last week we talked about the state of HR Technology, and this week we’re talking about workplace bullying and the legal and moral implications. Wow. According to one recent study, 96% of American employees experience bullying in the workplace, and the nature of that bullying is changing thanks to social media and online interactions. Even though the employment world is…
  • That Single Source of HR Data Truth

    Kevin W. Grossman
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    “Memory banks unloading Bytes break into bits Unit One’s in trouble and it’s scared out of its wits…” —Neil Peart, “The Body Electric” She looked at me as if I’d pushed her. Her cheeks flushed and her eyes blackened like collapsed stars where no light escapes. “But according to this Bloomberg Businessweek article, ‘the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, Britain’s Royal Society, the European Commission, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among others, have all surveyed the…
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    Great Leaders Serve

  • The Fine Art of Facilitation – Part 2

    mark
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week, I wrote about some of the ways a facilitator increases the odds of making a meeting successful. Today, I want to talk about the role of the facilitator in a different setting – a learning environment. Let’s start with the same premise as last week: A facilitator removes barriers. In a meeting, a barrier is anything that stands in the way of accomplishing the objectives of the meeting. In a learning environment, the facilitator’s role is to remove any barriers, which might impede insight, application and transformation. Here’s my counsel for facilitating in a learning…
  • Today’s Challenge: Leading People Who are Different

    mark
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Can you think of a challenging situation you faced as a leader and later you realized it was a blessing rather than a curse? Today’s question may fall into that category. “How do you lead a team with vastly different personalities?” I received this question after a recent speaking engagement. I’m not sure what the person thought I might say, but I told him congratulations! Teams perform at their highest level when they are comprised of people who are different. Teams who lack diversity are severely handicapped. Diversity in a team setting comes in many forms – here are a few of…
  • The Fine Art of Facilitation

    mark
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you been in a great meeting recently? I know for some of you that may sound like an impossibility. My fear is many of you can’t remember the last time you went to a great meeting. One reason we attend so many low impact meetings is absence of a skilled facilitator. Although many elements must come together to create a successful meeting – none are more important than a good facilitator. Being a great facilitator is not hard to do if you clearly understand the role. Have you ever thought about what the word facilitator actually means? The origin of the word reveals an individual who…
  • How Much Is Good Design Worth?

    mark
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My wife and I are in the process of building a new house. Well… we’re not actually building yet; we’re still in the design phase. We’re at the point where the builder asked us to pick out plumbing fixtures. For those of you who’ve never built a house, this probably sounds like an easy step in the process. What we discovered were hundreds, if not thousands, of options. We started with the faucet for the kitchen sink – how hard could that be? As we stood looking at this overwhelming array of options, the salesperson said, “They’re basically all the same.” Really? They didn’t…
  • Today’s Challenge: Team Size

    mark
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the many decisions every leader must make is what structure will best enable his or her organization to accomplish its work. If you decide a team approach makes sense, then you get to wrestle with the question… How many people should be on a team? The answer is: there’s no right answer. However, if you’re trying to create a high performance team charged with managing work and improving performance, a smaller team increases your likelihood of success – Five to ten members is a good rule of thumb to optimize performance. If you do decide to create a larger team,…
 
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  • Employee Motivation:   Talent Management, Purpose, & High Performance

    Lois Moncrief
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:34 pm
    When talking about employee motivation, talent management, purpose, and high performance, some managers fail to see that they can be closely interrelated. In this article I want to cover a story from my own situation that shows how employee motivation, talent management, purpose, and high performance are connected. I had an employee who I will call Bob. Bob had worked for me for a few years. He greatly excelled at the quality of his work frequently re-running his quality control samples several times to make sure he had the right answer (which he always did) BUT he had difficulty with the…
  • Enhance Employee Motivation and Teamwork With This

    Lois Moncrief
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Some managers rely on negative forms of employee motivation – threats and punishments. This does not work in the long term but may work  in the very short term. Eventually, you will probably have Mutiny on the Bounty or sabotage as well as having all or most of your best employees leaving for other companies. Some managers rely solely on money for employee motivation but this puts them in a continual mode of giving more and more money to get less and less improvement in performance and if you don’t keep giving then employees slow down their performance.  A few weeks ago I…
  • World Cup of Employee Motivation – Which Would You Use to Win?

    Lois Moncrief
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:34 pm
    So what does employee motivation have to do with the World Cup? Read and see. The World Cup 2014 is on now and many of you are watching and enjoying the games.  But have you wondered exactly what it takes to be the best?  What does it take for a team to beat the other team?  Obviously, the team that makes the most goals wins. Right?   BUT how does that happen? Does each team just go out there and try their best to score goals? The answer is “yes but”. “Yes but” because if that is all they did they probably would not win. So setting a goal of making the most goals…
  • Are Leaders Like Fathers? Are Fathers Also Leaders?

    Lois Moncrief
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:09 pm
          The word “father” has always had a special meaning for many Americans. We consider George Washington the father of our country.  We talk about our “forefathers” who built our great nation. We even use the term for those who were responsible for starting great causes or responsible for groundbreaking discoveries or events such as Nelson Mandela, who is considered the founding father of South Africa’s democracy. At times our use of the term father almost seems similar to our understanding of the term “leader”.  Certainly, George…
  • Employee Motivation With Money?

    Lois Moncrief
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:31 am
    Many managers think that money is the key to employee motivation.  If you just give your employees more money they will work harder and harder. There is some truth to the second sentence. There are also some pitfalls. Employees like more money. Who doesn’t? More Money? More Employee Motivation? More Performance? Experience shows that, yes, you will get better performance for a while UNTIL the “high” wears off. After that, the employee starts seeing this extra money as yesterday’s gains and the new ‘normal’. Now you need to give him more money. If you do…
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  • Leadership – A Weird Shade of Grey

    Jason Cortel
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Create the rules. Break the rules. Enforce the rules. Innovate. Take risks but fail early and often. You shouldn’t have all the answers. Your style can be black, white or adaptive.  One person’s grey could be another’s black. There are many shades of grey and the shade is often determined by the receiver not sender. Welcome to leadership, a weird shade of grey. Grey sits at the intersection of confusion and clarity. It can straddle comfortable and uncomfortable. Grey transforms consistency into inconsistency. It can be exhilarating or dull. Grey makes it easier to just do and…
  • If You Manage People You Need a Work-Life Balance

    Jason Cortel
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    When you look around the office you will often see those in senior management roles being first in and last out. You rarely will get an OOO email from them. These are the people who lead critical departments and teams who are likely responsible for revenue and product development. Employees look to their managers to set the pace. They will model the behavior thinking that is what they need to do to advance or be seen in a good light. Normally I’m an advocate for this type of mirroring but when it comes to work-life balance the effects can hinder yourself and the team. 4 reasons a manager…
  • Before Firing An Employee Who Contributes

    Louise Haller
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    Consider The Five Things That Set the Performance Pace to “Super-Achiever” A Contributor does just that…contributes.  The minimum contribution expectation is what must be defined.  Once defined, and if the minimums are achieved then there are no justifiable grounds for termination.  Why?  Because, Barely Meeting Expectations = Meeting ExpectationsIf we say that an employee is just meeting expectation then; according to the definition of just (actual,real, or genuine), they have done all that we really stated our expectation to be. It is the responsibility of management to redefine…
  • 5 Sign’s You Have Already Quit Your Job

    Jason Cortel
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    No one wakes up in the morning with the goal of being a quitter. But sometimes you have quit without even knowing that you have done so. This isn’t another article about moving on, stagnating or moving up. This is an article about stepping up and realizing you have already quit your job. This is an article about realizing the grave disservice you are doing to yourself, your team and the organization by staying. It is time to step up and leave your job when: You stop holding people accountable to the mission, vision and values of the organization. This is the greatest tragedy of all.
  • Encourage Your Employees to Say These 10 Things

    Jason Cortel
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    No news is good news. That is what people who despise conflict say. That saying is not welcomed on a team that is striving to achieve greatness. Saying no news is good news is just like saying Bloody Mary 3 times in the mirror at night when you are home alone. No news is good news is scary because of what your employees aren’t saying. These are the 10 things you need to encourage your employees to tell you: 1. I’m looking for a new job Why it’s important: Primarily succession planning but also if their skill-set or organizational knowledge is hard to replace. They are involved in…
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  • Multitasking: How Richard Branson Almost Failed

    PhilDourado
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    More wisdom from the Bearded Wonder. Would you believe it, multi-tasking was almost the downfall of Virgin? Here's a bit from Branson. "When you launch your first enterprise, you have to learn so much on the job, and so quickly, that concentrating on one project with a clearly defined purpose is almost invariably the best approach. But once you and your team have been through the process, you can apply what you’ve learned to other launches, and perhaps at some point tackle some projects simultaneously. To choose well, you need to learn when to go forward and when to say no, which can be…
  • Do No Harm: 5 Leadership Lessons to Live By

    jlctaggart
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    The bangs were incredibly loud. Across the street the shoppers at the liquor store and grocery store plaza were startled. The nearby homeowners called 911. And the staff at the elementary school down the street (which my two oldest granddaughters attend) were alarmed.“Don’t worry, you won’t even know we’re here,” explained a member of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) to local residents and business owners in the days before the explosions. For some bizarre reason, the OPS thought that using an abandoned house in the middle of a residential area for tactical training was okay. Some 40…
  • Leading with the End in Mind: How Do You Want to be Remembered?

    Anielsenldk
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Early in my career, I was selected by my company’s executive team to help deliver leadership training to the organization. I was sent off to Utah to get certified in facilitating a course based on Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. I loved the concepts in that book and I was thrilled for the opportunity. I still consider that program to be one of the best I’ve ever participated in. I thought all the activities were valuable and insightful. One exercise, in particular, truly moved me, though. It helped create the foundation for how I’d think, live, work,…
  • The power of introverts

    PhilDourado
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
  • Discover Your Leadership Trail

    jlctaggart
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    400th Post on WordPress! We’re living in a technological age where almost any type of work can be outsourced to far-away countries, where labor market skill needs of employers are out of balance with the supply (what people have to offer) and where instantaneity and multi-tasking are robbing us of the down-time so important to personal reflection, inquiry and learning. And it’s having dire effects on productivity and innovation at the nation-wide and company levels. What’s especially sad–and shocking– about this scene is that no one seems to particularly care, whether CEOs or…
 
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  • What Makes You Tick?

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    In my own journey of self-discovery, I’ve learned how important it is to discover what drives you internally—what makes you tick. When I speak to young people, I like to ask what subject at school really engages and excites them. Surprisingly, many have no clear answer. They haven’t really gotten to know themselves, which makes me wonder how they will make wise career choices for themselves. Life is too precious to spend it doing work that does not make you feel alive every day. This process of self-discovery begins with looking at and listening to yourself. It requires the ability and…
  • Five Key Trends for Leadership Development

    admin
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:13 pm
    The driving force behind the success of any organization is the leadership strength of its employees. In today’s rapidly changing business environment, the concept of leadership development is critical for the success of the businesses. Therefore, the article focuses on discovering and nurturing the seeds of leadership in an organization. We are highlighting here, a list of five trends for leadership development that business leaders need to focus on today. Boot-camp Training A recent study shows that 91% of the employees feel that they have too much work on their plate. When it comes to…
  • Climbing the Leadership Ladder…The other side of Corporate Governance

    admin
    13 May 2014 | 1:48 am
    Hawkamah 7th Conference – Dubai, UAE (Nov 24th, 2013) – By Sheikh Hussein A. Al-Banawi   To characterize Corporate Governance as simply a tool to manage corporate risk and to coin it as such, falls way short of the true essence of what Corporate  Governance is all about. Surely, the enactment of Corporate Governance helps Shareowners to achieve organizational longevity, which in turn allows our enterprises to evolve and  grow even when faced with the inevitable state of change at the helm. Many of us agree that organizational longevity is a prerequisite to a sustainable…
  • 7 Key Traits to Develop Leadership Strengths

    admin
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Recognizing and developing the strengths within you is crucial to become a successful and effective leader. Leading with your strengths will not only help you develop a strong management style but also in achieving your highest potential. Here is an article that will give a glimpse of how leaders within the organization can develop their leadership strengths. “In a recent study, it has been observed that people who use strength based leadership skills at work are more likely to perform at higher levels.” • Identify Your Strengths Every person has a certain knowledge and talent that make…
  • Six Tips To Develop The Leader Within You

    admin
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    Leadership is not bound to achieving fame or glory; it is about contributing towards the enhancement of society. Leadership can be defined as the process of inspiring and motivating others to achieve a common goal. The modern view is that a leader is a person who is admired for their work. Today there are some youth who immensely lack leadership skills and the great work done by them remains invisible. No one is a leader by birth. But through hard work and firm determination you can improve your leadership skills and can become an effective leader. The article here delivers some tips which…
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  • Business Acumen: What is it and Why is it so Important for Aspiring Leaders?

    Ned Wasniewski
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    It’s a fact: Effective leadership requires both interpersonal skills and business acumen.  Even the most dynamic and well-liked leaders are likely to flounder if they lack overall business sense. That’s because without a clear understanding of how business works, their  goals are likely to ring hollow — especially when employees recognize that these goals aren’t based on a strong understanding of the marketplace or technical/functional skills and knowledge. But, what exactly is business acumen?  Well, the reality is that it isn’t a single skill, but a much broader set of…
  • Leadership Leverage:  When does day-to-day leadership really matter?

    Amanda Young Hickman
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Everyone who studies or teaches or practices leadership knows that leaders make a profound difference in moments of crisis; in periods of intense change; in the early stages of an effort; in reinvigorating an initiative that has stalled. These are moments that call for extraordinary leadership, under what we would call extraordinary circumstances. There is a lot of attention paid to leaders who step into extraordinary challenges. Less attention is paid to the day-to-day leadership moments, which simply because of their frequency, can have an enormous impact on whether a leader or an…
  • Accountability: The Nemesis of a New Leader

    Karen Maxwell Powell
    16 May 2014 | 8:34 am
    Promotions are exciting. Especially that first promotion that takes you from the status of “employee” to “management.” And then reality sets in. You have to hold people accountable. Whether someone is a newly crowned manager of people or projects, holding people accountable is often the least desired new responsibility – for many valid reasons: “She used to be my peer” “He’s worked here for ten years longer than me” “They don’t report directly to me; I’m not really their boss.” I recall a time when my long-time peer was promoted to manage the team. At our first…
  • Need to Improve Your Strategy Translation? Try a Business Simulation!

    Karen Maxwell Powell
    14 May 2014 | 7:37 am
    Leaders in all roles are responsible for strategy translation: “connecting the dots” from a higher level business unit or functional or corporate strategy to the work of the local team. As we’ve said in prior posts—this work is really three activities: understand the strategy, connect it to the local level and align your work across boundaries. What’s interesting, given how important it is to do this well, is that most leaders learn HOW to translate strategy somewhat haphazardly—by watching others succeed or stumble, or through their own trial and error. Business simulations,…
  • Decision Making—Why Navigating the Gray is Good

    Jean Williams
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Hard Decisions.  How Navigating the Gray Helps. Making decisions in a leadership role is hard. In today’s world, there are few easy choices.  Most decisions can be argued from either side and are rooted in a mix of assumptions and incomplete data.  Leaders must have the skills to sort through the all of the complexities and noise and ultimately pick a path.   Nuanced decision making – navigating ambiguous tradeoffs – is critical to effective leadership.  Yet, it’s not an intuitive skill for most.  So how do effective leaders “navigate the gray?”  How do they manage…
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  • Leadership – A Weird Shade of Grey

    Jason Cortel
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Create the rules. Break the rules. Enforce the rules. Innovate. Take risks but fail early and often. You shouldn’t have all the answers. Your style can be black, white or adaptive.  One person’s grey could be another’s black. There are many shades of grey and the shade is often determined by the receiver not sender. Welcome to leadership, a weird shade of grey. Grey sits at the intersection of confusion and clarity. It can straddle comfortable and uncomfortable. Grey transforms consistency into inconsistency. It can be exhilarating or dull. Grey makes it easier to just do and…
  • If You Manage People You Need a Work-Life Balance

    Jason Cortel
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    When you look around the office you will often see those in senior management roles being first in and last out. You rarely will get an OOO email from them. These are the people who lead critical departments and teams who are likely responsible for revenue and product development. Employees look to their managers to set the pace. They will model the behavior thinking that is what they need to do to advance or be seen in a good light. Normally I’m an advocate for this type of mirroring but when it comes to work-life balance the effects can hinder yourself and the team. 4 reasons a manager…
  • Consider This Before Firing An Employee Who Contributes

    Louise Haller
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    The Five Things That Set the Performance Pace to “Super-Achiever” A Contributor does just that…contributes.  The minimum contribution expectation is what must be defined.  Once defined, and if the minimums are achieved then there are no justifiable grounds for termination.  Why?  Because, Barely Meeting Expectations = Meeting ExpectationsIf we say that an employee is just meeting expectation then; according to the definition of just (actual,real, or genuine), they have done all that we really stated our expectation to be. It is the responsibility of management to redefine minimums…
  • 5 Sign’s You Have Already Quit Your Job

    Jason Cortel
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    No one wakes up in the morning with the goal of being a quitter. But sometimes you have quit without even knowing that you have done so. This isn’t another article about moving on, stagnating or moving up. This is an article about stepping up and realizing you have already quit your job. This is an article about realizing the grave disservice you are doing to yourself, your team and the organization by staying. It is time to step up and leave your job when: You stop holding people accountable to the mission, vision and values of the organization. This is the greatest tragedy of all.
  • Encourage Your Employees to Say These 10 Things

    Jason Cortel
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    No news is good news. That is what people who despise conflict say. That saying is not welcomed on a team that is striving to achieve greatness. Saying no news is good news is just like saying Bloody Mary 3 times in the mirror at night when you are home alone. No news is good news is scary because of what your employees aren’t saying. These are the 10 things you need to encourage your employees to tell you: 1. I’m looking for a new job Why it’s important: Primarily succession planning but also if their skill-set or organizational knowledge is hard to replace. They are involved in…
 
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  • Building Sustainable Business Needs Focus

    Ron McIntyre
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    How do you or your teams handle requests from someone on a regular basis? Do you follow any type of process or do shoot from the hip? Of course, the latter is usually not the best way to approach the … Continue reading → The post Building Sustainable Business Needs Focus appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Good Communications Solves Problems

    Ron McIntyre
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Communications aren’t just the key to self-organization–they also solve or simplify a bunch of other hurdles that your growing company may face. 1. Training is easier. When effective communication–not hierarchy–is the glue that holds businesses units together, it’s easy for new employees … Continue reading → The post Good Communications Solves Problems appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Leadership POV – TLG’s Point of View

    Ron McIntyre
    5 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    If you want to step up to the plate and help shape the future at work, in an organization, as a teacher or anywhere else, you need to be willing to work at mastering a number of traits.  I have … Continue reading → The post Leadership POV – TLG’s Point of View appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Vision to Tactics – Stay Focused on What Really Matters

    Ron McIntyre
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:56 am
    The biggest issues that leadership faces today are burnout, stress, lack of vision and overwhelm. Leaders must do so much with limited resources, while keeping up with technology, managing a virtual and global workforce that spans multiple generations, and do … Continue reading → The post Vision to Tactics – Stay Focused on What Really Matters appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Great Growing Leaders – 7 Attributes

    Ron McIntyre
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    In today’s world, there is a lot of discussion around what makes up a “Great” leader but in my mind there is no such thing as a “Great” leader.  The term “Great” seems to imply that the person has arrived … Continue reading → The post Great Growing Leaders – 7 Attributes appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
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  • Eid Mubarak

    Paul Keijzer
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Ramadan is ending with the beginning of Eid al-Fitr festivities for Muslims around the world. In a turbulent age of conflict and controversy, I think it’s more important now than ever before to provide space to all religions and beliefs to practice their beliefs and cultures as comfortably as possible. In the wise words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “We must learn to live together as brothers, or we are going to perish together as fools.” Eid starts with a community prayer for men and women are also encouraged to join in. Following this, there’re many rituals including…
  • How to Use Your Strategy Stories to Motivate Team Alignment

    Paul Keijzer
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    You’ve got your strategy, every body is excited, you’ve got a purpose that everybody can connect to, you’ve identified a number of clear and bold moves, you feel you can live up to your strategy and now …finally … you can’t wait to engage and share it with the rest of the organisation! However before you do that, I would like you to do one more thing and that is to answer the following question: “If we accomplish only one thing during the next 12 months and be able, with any credibility, to say that we had a good period, what would it be?” For many leadership teams…
  • 3 Effortless Communication Secrets of a Leader

    Paul Keijzer
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I’ve been known to tell many people that confidence is the key to landing your dream job. Personally, I believe that conviction in your personal communication skills makes up at least 80%, if not more of that overall confidence. In countries, where English is usually the second and often the third language, communication skills is something that most Westerners take for granted. So, let’s look at some tips to communicate like a leader. It’s not about whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, whether you speak English with an accent or not – it’s about how well you’re able to…
  • How to Get your Team Aligned: The Importance of Growth Strategy

    Paul Keijzer
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” – Winston Churchill So after 5 blogs in the ‘Alignment series’, today we’re going to talk about crafting your strategy. Having spoken about knowing where you come from, where you currently stand and where you want to go, it’s finally time to discuss how to get there. There are millions of books on company strategy and as many models to use. In my work, I primarily use two complementary approaches: The Inside Advantage from Robert Bloom Must Win Battles from Peter Killing and Thomas…
  • From Brain Drain to Brain Gain in Asia

    Paul Keijzer
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    When I google “Brain Drain”, the first recommendation I get is “Brain Drain Asia” How appropriate! It’s a very prominent challenge that both local and expat leaders have to face in frontier markets – keeping key talent not only in the organization but in the country itself.  Though there are some countries such as India and China which are beginning to feel the reverse – the return of talent into the country, the exit of the young generation still weighs heavily on the talent scale. The Brain Drain Effect across Frontier Markets Where the Asian brain drain began, it…
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    SecondIron's Blog

  • How About A Cup of Iron

    charles johnston
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    A Man’s Journey in a Coffee Shop and a cup of Iron to share. Pull up a seat, let’s talk for a while. I‘ll buy you a cup of coffee and we can sit a spell. We all need to take a moment and pause, Everyone has a story inside us to tell. As men, […] The post How About A Cup of Iron appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Ways to make a move to make a difference

    charles johnston
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    We all have the ability to make a difference we just need to choose to move. No matter what your career or job may be that should not limit us from finding our passion.  Some people are lucky enough to love the job that they do, the rest of us have to search elsewhere. Whatever […] The post Ways to make a move to make a difference appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Becoming a Leader by Living Second

    charles johnston
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    Becoming a Leader by Living Second takes the faithful following and serving of others first… Many of us think that in order to be a leader we must also carry a title.  Titles in fact mean very little in the business world as they no longer garnish you with guaranteed respect or esteem they once may […] The post Becoming a Leader by Living Second appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Ways in Becoming an Authentic Christian Man

    charles johnston
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Ways in Becoming an Authentic Christian Man in today’s world. Becoming an Authentic Christian man and walking the path of righteousness with morals and values has become a long journey for many Christians to walk. There has been a great deal of discussion lately regarding the role of the Authentic Christian male in the family as well […] The post Ways in Becoming an Authentic Christian Man appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Faith, Freedom and Fireworks

    charles johnston
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    How Faith, Freedom and Fireworks became a Holiday Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago we adopted the Declaration of Independence and in turn walked away from the sovereign rule of Great Britain.  We now celebrated this day with parades, barbecues and fireworks. Where we now fill our day with picnics, baseball and reunions with family […] The post Faith, Freedom and Fireworks appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
 
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  • Looking Back to Look Forward

    Steve
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership was first published in 2004 and has become the cornerstone of my body of work. In preparing for the launch of the 10th Anniversary edition (coming in September!), I found myself looking back through my original notes and scratchings from twelve years ago, when I was first giving birth to this thing. As an avid reader, I always find it fascinating when I can get a glimpse into the creative process of writers I admire, but I’ve never shared my own process with anyone else. Until now. In celebration of the impending release of the…
  • A New Standard for Public Service?

    Steve
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    John Morgan, the founder of The Chinook Institute for Civic Leadership, is, at his core, a civil servant. An urban planner, to be precise. Given the stereotypes that many attribute to government workers, you may think that “love” and “urban planning” would be words that you’d never find in the same sentence. Think again. John recently received the Planner of the Year award from the Oregon chapter of the American Planning Association, and his acceptance speech is a primer for Extreme Leadership in service of the public. What if John’s words are a harbinger…
  • A Declaration for Your Wall

    Steve
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    A declaration is a powerful thing. By making a declaration, you not only announce something, you proclaim it to be a true and accurate representation of who you are and what you believe in. You make a vow to anyone who reads or listens that you will abide by and live up to the words. And they can count on you for it. Here in the US, we’ve just finished celebrating Independence Day, which was codified for posterity (that’s us) in the Declaration of Independence. Wherever you are in the world, and whatever tradition or history you come from, I invite you to read another…
  • 4 Steps to Tracking Your Commitments

    Steve
    16 May 2014 | 9:20 am
    In response to the challenge in my previous post, Bob “Batch” Batcheler launched himself on a personal Do What You Say You Will Do campaign. He shared his experience in the comments: “One of the things that I am trying to do is to write down EVERY commitment/promise that I make. While that may sound obvious, it is a real change in habit for me. It makes each commitment much more real, much more like a contract. I am capturing them in Evernote, so they are always with me. I will let you know how my progress goes.” True to his word, Batch reported back the following…
  • A 7 Word Sequence that Changes Everything

    Steve
    25 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I’m 56 years old and I’m embarrassed to say that it’s taken me so long to figure this out: People who consistently follow through on their words are exceedingly rare. Unfortunately, most of us, no matter how well-intentioned we may be, let our words fly out of our mouths with reckless abandon without realizing that the person we’re talking to is hearing us with critical precision. We think we’re just spewing words; they’re hearing a commitment, a pledge, a vow to follow up and deliver. I believe that we’ve let ourselves get away with mindless lip…
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  • How to Lead Like Winston Churchill

    Bruce Harpham
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Winston Churchill I love to learn from the most successful people in life. It’s one of the best ways to gain new insights and accelerate your learning. When it comes to leadership, it’s hard to find a better example than Sir Winston Churchill. I’ve been fascinated by him ever since I visited the Cabinet War Rooms in London, England years ago. Many know Winston Churchill from his exceptional leadership during the Second World War. That is only part of the story. Churchill has much to teach us, whether you are in politics or not. When you choose to study Churchill, you have a great wealth…
  • Body Language Tips For Business Meetings

    Mariel Norton
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Body Language In Business Meetings They say actions speak louder than words, and when it comes to business meetings, this is most definitely the case. After all, it’s easy to hear the person who speaks the loudest, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that what they say sinks in. There’s a big difference between hearing something and listening. What’s more, you really don’t want to be that person who feels the need to shout to be heard — business meetings require a certain amount of etiquette and shouting just doesn’t fall into that category. 5 Body Language Tips for…
  • Does Your Business Make These Three Common Mistakes When Motivating People?

    Martin Webster
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    In Leadership and Motivation I started writing with the premise that leadership is about producing more leaders, not more followers. So, I thought it worthwhile to look at three common mistakes businesses make when motivating people. You see, many organisations are contradictory  On the one hand, businesses like the notion that people work because they need accomplishment. They set up developmental systems that support learning and encourage people to innovate. And on the other hand, the business uses the heavy hand of standard operating procedures to reward and punish. Their aim is to…
  • Leadership and Motivation — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories

    Martin Webster
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Leadership and Motivation Our next sortie into leadership models and theories brings us to leadership and motivation. We’ll first take a quick look at some commonly held theories and views of motivation — Maslow, Herzberg and Fayol — before considering the work of John Adair. Theories of Motivation So, let’s take a look at the work of the twentieth century motivation gurus. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar There are many competing theories and models of motivation that all help to…
  • How to Get Your Team to Embrace Change

    Roy Man
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Embracing Change Using the Backseat Technique As a manager, every now and then there’s no way around it — you have to introduce change. And after years in web startups, I’m still amazed by how resistant people can be to even the slightest of changes; replace your site’s font, and you’re bound to get as many as dozens of complaints from users who liked the old font better. Embracing Change The work of a team should always embrace a great player but the great player must always work. – Alex Ferguson But sometimes change is necessary, and I’m not even talking about change for…
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  • How would you rate your executive presence?

    Lisa Parker
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Executive presence is the ability to project certain “executive qualities,” such as confidence, grace under pressure, courage, and decisiveness, combined with important skills, like effective communication and the ability to read an audience or situation and respond with emotional intelligence.  Thus, presence is the sum of actions and behaviors, and because everyone behaves differently, presence manifests differently. There is no single definition of “correct” presence. Instead, leaders must make conscious choices about the kind of presence they want to project.
  • A Management Moment With…Bill Gates

    Lisa Parker
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    A Management Moment with…Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less Photo: Wikimedia Commons “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how It butter 1 when online loans to LOVE Moisturizer very peri-oral http://louisvuittonoutleton.com/ days tangles was scalp cialis daily use damaged. Two Like running times payday loans oshkosh wi the am coat held buying viagra online with hold. Back louis vuitton outlet store value. Straighten smell I payday color tried multi-colored free viagra looking sticky produces. Well had cash loans Then answer noticed up plastic…
  • Write Your Own Ending: Midyear Reviews and Your Future

    Lisa Parker
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:22 am
    Earlier this year, one of my coaching clients (let’s call him Dennis) was given a surprising and difficult performance review. While his sales numbers were excellent, his new regional sales manager (RSM) was becoming increasingly frustrated by Dennis’s “frat boy” behavior. The company was putting real pressure on their sales organizations to demonstrate more professional, polished behavior both internally and externally. At first, Dennis was angry and resentful that he was being labeled as “unprofessional” when he worked so hard to deliver big numbers and…
  • 3 Reasons Why Every Moment Matters

    Lisa Parker
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:03 am
    What your prospects, clients and employees are thinking in key moments when you aren’t paying attention Imagine this: You’re in a hurry. You’ve got to go to the bank, the post office, and the printer and be back in the office in time for the computer repair specialist. You see one open parking space. Another car is slowly, haltingly coming towards the same space. You decide that they are not really interested in the space and zoom into it, jumping out of your car and running into the bank. Out of the corner of your eye you see the other driver’s upset face. You’re a good person,…
  • Managing Your Career: It May Be Your Most Important and Lucrative Asset

    Lisa Parker
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    If you’re like most of us, you watch your 401(k) account like a hawk, especially through the bumpy ride retirement accounts have taken over the past few years. The advice from financial advisors: implement a long term strategy and your diligence will pay off. Photo: (cc)2014 slgckgc via Flickr Now here’s a question about an even bigger asset. How well have you managed your own career? Over the long term, workers earning the median US income of approximately $50,000 per year could earn more than a million dollars during their lifetimes. As important as the earnings, a career also brings a…
 
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  • Check Out Today’s “200-Second Soundbite™” Podcast!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cruise over to PodBean to hear our latest 200-Second Soundbite entitled “Are your Aware of Your Leadership Shadow?” or subscribe to our PodCast directly via iTunes at the following link Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Col Matthew T. Fritz reminds us our leadership style casts a shadow. Neglect it and your effectiveness suffers. by … Read the rest The post Check Out Today’s “200-Second Soundbite™” Podcast! appeared first on General Leadership.
  • Lifelong Learning Leads to “Lucky” Leadership

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it“ Thomas Jefferson As a young fighter pilot, I metaphorically held two bags in my hand each time I took to the skies; a luck bag and an experience bag. As I found myself in difficult situations, I could pull wisdom from either bag to help extricate myself and be successful in my mission. As one might guess, the experience bag starts empty and can only be built by time in the jet. Thus, the only bag at my disposal in the beginning was the luck bag.… Read the rest The post Lifelong Learning Leads to…
  • Created to Care

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    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Never be so busy as not to think of others.” Mother Teresa One late spring morning, in a third grade classroom in a quiet, Midwestern town, a nine-year-old boy named Danny was sitting quietly at his desk. All of a sudden, a small puddle begins to appear between his feet. He struggles to imagine how this has happened, as he tries to hide the fact that his pants are wet. After all, it’s never happened before. And, he knows when the other boys in the class find out what happened he will never hear the end of it. Or worse, when the girls find out, they’ll never speak to him again…
  • LeaderView™ Leader Profile: Maj Gen Ronald R. Ladnier

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    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
     GeneralLeadership enjoys the opportunity to highlight leaders who our readers believe provide excellent examples worth taking note of. Through our LeaderView™ Leadership Profile series, we reach out to identified candidates and ask for their insights as to what makes them tick as a leader. In our latest LeaderView™ Leadership Profile, we caught up with Ronald R. Ladnier, former Air Force Major General and now the President of Flight Safety Services Corporation to ask him a few questions about leadership and personal motivation.  Click on the link below to learn more about Gen…
  • Check Out Today’s “200-Second Soundbite™” Podcast!

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    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cruise over to PodBean to hear our latest 200-Second Soundbite entitled “Refining Your Leadership OODA Loop” or subscribe to our PodCast directly via iTunes at the following link Speed, as any fighter pilot will tell you, is life!  Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Col Matthew T. Fritz shares the rivoting story of Captain Boyd’s Fighter endeavors and the model that emerged and changed our decision matrix. Matthew discusses how operating inside your opponents OODA loop—outmaneuvering, reacting quickly to their attempts to outmaneuver you, and confusing their attempts…
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  • More than a paint job.

    Elena Iacono
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I once overheard two leaders deliberate over the choice of paint colours for a new office. “We should go with yellow – it fosters creativity.” Right – like a few coats of canary yellow, shade #874 to be exact, will foster the next best and brightest idea to help a business achieve ground-breaking results. I don’t blame these leaders in question for trying to build an environment conducive to creative thinking. A paint job alone doesn’t drive creativity, however. Connections do. I had an incredible conversation with David Burkus, author of The Myths of Creativity last week. We…
  • The case of the penny.

    Elena Iacono
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:43 pm
    I’m not a gardener. And if you came to my house you’d see the pitiful state my cucumber plants are in. After all, I’m Italian! My grandparents would be mortified. But good thing I try to nurture those plants because I get a chance to speak with my neighbours. Tonight, I had a ground breaking connection with a neighbour and it revolves around a single penny. Forget that it is copper, my neighbour said: “My dad gave me a penny when I was 13. And he told me to never lose it. Of course I had no idea what he was talking about. But for him, the penny represented a critical leadership…
  • Q vs. Q

    Elena Iacono
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Introspection. You know – that process where we look within to see how we are doing or how we can get better? We seem to always be asking ourselves whether how much of what we are doing at work, or in life, is enough. I know I ask myself. As we constantly move from one conversation to another, one new interaction or another, how often do we stop, think and consider whether what we are saying or doing is of value? Ah – “enough” vs. “value”. Interesting. Someone I admire and respect very much brought together some incredible minds this weekend. We chatted about a variety of things…
  • YES to jeans, relationships, results.

    Elena Iacono
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Can a leader be casual yet still be effective? This is a major question leaders in today’s workplaces are asking. New generations, Gen Y, are making their mark and with that comes a need to adjust our approach when connecting. Old “top-down and command” is out. It’s about being and appearing to be unplanned, informal, inclusive of feedback. In turn establishing trust and strengthening a willingness to perform. Interesting enough, someone challenged me recently on this point: “Elena, being casual shows that you lack rigour, are nonchalant, not…
  • The T factor.

    Elena Iacono
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Ah, trust. Something we all value, need, command. And something we all, at one point in our lives, lose, break, evade. It happens. We are human. The question becomes, how do we repair someone’s trust after we’ve compromised it? Well, for starters, we have to be patient. Rebuilding trust takes work and great commitment. It takes time and patience. Chances are if trust is broken, then someone is hurt. Negative feelings take time to work through. If the relationship is important to you it is imperative to be patient. Second, you have to be prepared to, as Kate Nasser puts it, radically…
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  • The Evolution Of CMOs: From Mad Men To Modern Marketers

    Brittany Nader
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Michael Keshen photo by Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC When Charles Darwin was studying on the Galápagos Islands, he noticed something remarkable. On the islands were around 15 different types of Finches, all varying slightly based on unique environmental conditions. The birds’ physical characteristics enabled them to survive in the particular locations that they lived in. For instance, the Googlus Analyticus used Google Analytics to monitor traffic to its website. This is in contrast to the HubSpotted Finch, which used HubSpot to monitor traffic and manage leads. On a more remote island that…
  • Your Five Brains: Harness Their Wisdom

    Brittany Nader
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Judith Glaser You’re sitting in a meeting with your team brainstorming about the financial crisis and what to do about it. Business is awful. People have stopped buying your products. Market share has plummeted. Everyone is scared and emotional. Some people express anger; others close down. Have you ever found yourself in a situation like this? You are trying to navigate through the conversation and be helpful, but i’s confusing to keep track of what’s going on. When you hear an idea you like, or see an opening to something new, you jump in and share it at the moment it occurs to…
  • Learn to Dance in the Rain

    Brittany Nader
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Steve Rizzo A few years ago, I spent four wonderful days at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kona, Hawaii, where I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderful group of Top Sales Performers and spouses of a well-known financial group. My job was to give them the tools they need to embrace the changes and intense growth they were currently experiencing and will inevitably continue to experience in the coming years. I knew the tension was high, but I was prepared. One morning, two hours before my speech, I was having breakfast at a restaurant with a captivating view of the ocean. As the waitress…
  • Core Values are the Key to Customer Service

    Brittany Nader
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Shep Hyken Photo by Malone & Company Photography What are your company’s core values? If you can’t answer that, it’s worth taking some time to figure it out. One of my clients recently asked how core values should come into play when hiring and firing, and it got me thinking about the importance of the overall concept. Core values affect the customer service experience for external customers, as well as internal customers (employees). They can attract customers to do business with you and be a motivating factor for employees to enjoy their work and do it well. If you are at the…
  • Is Customer Service the New Marketing?

    Brittany Nader
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Willis Turner This question of whether customer service is the new marketing isn’t just about the increasing importance of social media and customer reviews, or rising consumer disenchantment with traditional marketing. For some, it’s about making the decision between long-term reputation and short-term profit. This topic was at the center of a Google+ Debate research firm Software Advice hosted titled “Is Customer Service the New Marketing?” A panel of experts discussed what kinds of companies should embrace a customer-centric strategy as a form of marketing, and how they…
 
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  • 6 Reasons Why Engagement Surveys are Ineffective for Boosting Company Culture

    rpanitapu12
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Guest post by Michael Henderson Engagement surveys are a popular vehicle for measuring employee morale, developing an employee brand proposition, or as a means of positioning your organisation as an award-winning place to work. All of these uses of engagement surveys are helpful. However, many organisations fall into the trap of extending the application of their engagement survey tool to define and describe their workplace culture. As Abraham Maslow once noted “If you only have a hammer as a tool, then every problem is a nail”. In other words, just because you are already using an…
  • Infographic: 5 Traits of an Outstanding Leader

    Dana Kennedy
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Do you know a leader with these inspiring traits? Nominate them for the 2014 AIM Excellence Awards! The post Infographic: 5 Traits of an Outstanding Leader appeared first on Australian Institute of Management Blog.
  • Management Article Round-up

    rpanitapu12
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Read up on all the latest management topics and trends from around the web. For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau. Make Decisions Like a Boss (via @TheBuildNetwork) http://bit.ly/1kBAWri An Effective Business Review Meeting? (via @mikemyatt) http://bit.ly/1nRNj7f Employees Yearn to Learn. Here’s What Employers Can Do to Help. (via @entmagazine) http://bit.ly/1rCkyvA 5 Easy Steps to Finishing Big Projects (via @workawesome) http://bit.ly/1qvlNzJ The Top 5 Workplace Time Traps (via @tlnt_com) http://bit.ly/1tp0cGw Six Critical Areas Where You Need to Be Grounded (via…
  • 7 Habits of Highly Successful Public Speakers

    rpanitapu12
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Guest post by Daniel Etter As a manager or leader in your field, you can almost guarantee that at some point in your career, you will need to perform a presentation, speak to a group or even address a large audience. As your sphere of influence, responsibility and reputation expands, this scenario becomes more and more likely. While some managers are naturally gifted at speaking, others have to work really hard at it. Delivery of a speech is instrumental in getting the point across to an audience who may or may not be receptive to what you have to say. Sweaty palms, knocking knees and lack of…
  • Message in a Bottleneck

    rpanitapu12
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    When used correctly, email is one of the most efficient, effective and reliable forms of communication. Unfortunately, too few use it optimally. Whether treating it like instant-messaging software or as an alternative to a phone call, inboxes are becoming increasingly clogged with correspondence best suited to other modes of delivery. Not only does this mean spending more time dealing with those unnecessary messages, it also means you’re being distracted from more important emails. But if you’re one of the many people who can’t resist attending to it every time your computer tells you…
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • Good Corporate Culture Extends Beyond the Walls

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Corporate culture is nebulous—different for each company and sometimes hard to develop, especially in the shifting sands of the business world. But the companies that get it right, the companies that not only champion culture but truly cultivate it, and demand the same of their employees, are the ones that stand out and thrive. Take Southwest Airlines, for example, with an uncompromising focus on its three Ps of culture: Performance, People, Planet. The company’s determination to drive every decision, every sale, and every interaction based on its distinctly defined culture has made the…
  • Sales Leadership: It Starts with Feedback and Coaching

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    In many companies, leaders and managers are promoted to their roles because they have, or appear to have, the foundational characteristics of certain leadership traits. They are good communicators: they share the goals of the company, they listen to and understand their employees, and they don’t shy from the difficult conversations. The good ones are mentors, supporters, and advocates. They surround themselves with talent, and figure out effective ways to develop those staff who lag in performance. Promoting these types of leaders makes sense for many companies. Unfortunately, in sales…
  • 6 Types of Bad Bosses

    24 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    In the 2011 movie Horrible Bosses, the main characters declare, “Our lives would be better if our bosses weren't alive!” Showing blatant hostility, trickery, sexual harassment, discrimination, and abuse, the bosses in that film are, if not complete caricatures of terrible managers, then certainly at the far side of reality’s spectrum.Still, bad bosses do exist, and even if they aren't dragging a department or a company down completely, they are surely keeping the unit from truly thriving. While a good boss can inspire a team, instill loyalty, and motivate hard work by making each…
  • Communicate the Big Picture: Millennials are Motivated by Feedback

    11 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    The generational composition of the nation’s workforce is constantly changing, and, at certain times, it seems the landscape creates an entirely new snapshot. Such will be the case by 2020, when nearly half (about 46 percent, by most estimates) of the workforce will be comprised of millennials. Which is a particularly important statistic for today’s leaders, who are, by and large, boomers or gen Xers, with a few veterans still sprinkled in.                Making room for the next generation has often been…
  • The Art of Delegation: Empowering your Managers for Success

    14 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    Running a business demands a varied set of important skills and the experience to make the most of these skills. The overall progress of your company depends on your ability to make sound decisions that will grow your business in the long-term by taking prudent and diligent steps in the short-term. One key to managing the success of your company lies in your ability to fill a wide array of roles that are essential to handling each aspect of your business at a level that yields progress. As your company grows and reaches further into the areas that will be instrumental in long-term growth, you…
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  • The Microsoft Layoff Letter: A 239 Word Alternative

    Jim Morris
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Last week, Microsoft executive and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop sent an 1,111 word email to Microsoft employees explaining why the company was initiating the largest layoff in the company’s history. Elop’s email went viral with shocking speed as pundits, employees and industry analysts weighed in and piled on about the impact of the move. When I read the email, I was struck with how long it was, and why so many people took the time to comment on its poor quality. In it, Mr. Elop shared no words of empathy, regret, remorse, sympathy, concern or grace. None. If you haven’t read it…
  • Mountains and Other Metaphors for Leadership    

    Moe Carrick
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I have been an adventurer my whole life. From my early years riding horses hell-bent for election through the woods near my home, to becoming a guide for Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School in my 20’s, to fly fishing adventures with my dad in the Lamar River Valley in Wyoming, to sailing across the Atlantic and the Pacific—stretching myself, being in the wilderness, and working with others to achieve things beyond my own perceived ability have been part of how I roll for as long as I can remember. My career as a wilderness guide and addiction counselor with youth in…
  • It’s Not About the Rider

    Jim Morris
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Image courtesy of Janus Kinase www.flickr.com/photos/janus_kinase/5890057487 Twice every summer in the ​Italian​ town of Siena, there is a horse race in the the town’s center called the Palio di Siena. ​​The Palio began in medieval times ​and is ​a ​horse race, with each ​horse​ representing the civic pride of one of Siena’s city wards, or contrade. The race takes place in Siena’s town center, the Piazza del Campo, which I am told is one of the most iconic public spaces in the world. Courtesy of a barter with our friends and clients Monica and Maria Elena…
  • WAY Offsite, the Wilderness “Advance”

    Jim Morris
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:03 am
    Retreat (n): A meeting in which participants withdraw, escape and remove themselves in order to plan together for the future. Usually accompanied by data projectors, flip charts, post-it notes and presentations. Matching pens and notepads are complimentary. Advance (n): An immersive experience specifically designed to proceed, progress and improve the state of individuals and their group as they move towards new unforeseen possibilities with curiosity and courage. Always accompanied by unique, awe-inspiring places, rigorous and unique experiences, powerful reflection and deep intentional…
  • Getting Unstuck

    Moe Carrick
    23 May 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The problem? The team has heavy lifting in front of them.  As senior leaders of a small non-profit, they are all impassioned about their organization’s mission, as well as committed to performing heroic acts in order to keep serving their clientele. The years have taken a toll.  Engaging the board is challenging, particularly in the work of ensuring financial strength for the future, and day-to-day business at times pre-occupies their focus, limiting their ability to “get on the balcony” and consider their future. In addition, their diverse styles of working at times interfere with…
 
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  • How comfortable are you to have an uncomfortable discussion?

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
      Politics, pay and religion make interesting topics for starting a discussion; but such discussions, if not steered properly, can be polarizing and may become awkward after some time. However, that is not what this post is about. This post is specifically about discussions that you might have hesitated to have when you were particularly displeased with some annoying behavior of your colleague, but delayed or avoided telling them as you were not quite sure how they would react to it. Or perhaps you were caught off guard, when someone told you that you have not been performing up to…
  • 5 Things you want to be sure of to make an effective presentation

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
      So you have been working hard on collating your data and here is your chance to present it to your boss. You have an hour’s slot. Of course you want to present to the best of your abilities and you want to showcase the amount of efforts you have expended on the exercise. This is your opportunity to make an impression! You are diligently putting all the data in your slides and have come up with this killer presentation. Fifty slides with a number of charts and graphs should be good enough to impress your boss. Or is it? Hold on. A good idea is to step back, rethink and make sure that…
  • 4 charts show why South Africa earned the reputation of ‘Safe Haven’ for investors among BRICS nations

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
      In 2014, South Africa came to be known as the ‘safe haven’ for investors among the Emerging Markets. A comparison of the BRICS nations with developed nations on parameters of corporate governance, as reported in the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14, shows us why. Good corporate governance and ethical practices by companies are considered essential for well functioning capital markets all over the world. Ethical practices, transparency in dealings, better investor protection and efficient boards boost investor confidence and lead to capital inflows in…
  • Some facts about distribution of population in the World

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
      11th July was the World Population Day. Here are some facts about population Distribution in the World. Population Distribution in the World 7.2 billion people are estimated to be inhabiting the earth today of which 1.39 billion people are living in China and 1.29 billion in India.   If all land on Earth were as densely populated as Mumbai, entire human population could fit in Germany. There are more people living inside this circle than outside of it. Countries with Highest and Lowest Population Growth since 1990. Japan and Czech Republic are the countries with the lowest…
  • Six charts that show the state of Innovation in India

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
      Economists, academicians for long have recognized the role of innovation in a country’s economic growth. National innovative capacity is defined as the ability of a country – as both a political and economic entity – to produce and commercialize a flow of innovative technology over the long term. As India takes on its path to economic recovery, the time is apt to look at the state of innovation in India, reflected in its R&D capability. Though the growth of R & D services has been consistently high at around 20% in the last few years, but India ranks low in its capacity…
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