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  • The Leadership Downside of Confidence

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    David Peck
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Troubling and not uncommon is the exec or leader who “comes across so confident” and “so great” and who lacks the substance needed to guide others toward a collective good.  The data are overwhelming that from a career perspective, professionals are rewarded more on confidence and appearance than substance. Whether we’ve been bedazzled in the interview process and hired a dud, or seen someone with plenty of swagger fail their way to top jobs, it’s worth noticing and addressing confidence-bias in ourselves and others. The heavy recent emphasis on confidence in executive…
  • Do Your Company’s Incentives Reward Bad Behavior?

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    Steve Kerr
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The current lull in the sparring between General Motors and Congress provides a great opportunity to look at what wasn’t discussed in the furor over the company’s recent recalls and its admitted slip-ups in auto safety: namely, rewards and punishments. For example, during CEO Mary Barra’s testimony in Washington, few lawmakers seemed interested in exactly how GM plans to change its processes, and Barra, while acknowledging that the company needs to improve safety procedures, made it clear that the company won’t share the data from its internal investigation of ignition-switch defects.
  • The 4 Achilles’ Heels of Great Leaders: Could They Be Holding You Back?

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    sarahberger
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    As a new school year begins, it reminds us that we should never stop learning – regardless of age. Now is a perfect time to think about which core areas you want to focus on and develop. From breaking habits/behaviors that are harmful to your business to cultivating tools to enhance your leadership effectiveness, enclosed are resources that will help. Enjoy! ~ Sarah The 4 Achilles’ Heels of Great Leaders See which behaviors could be holding you (and your business) back. Many organizations hover on the verge of greatness, yet never fully achieve it. While there are a lot of potential…
  • The last of the hobo train-hoppers

    SmartBrief on Leadership
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    Changes in freight rail have made being a hobo much less attractive since the early 20th century, when up to half a million p -More- 
  • Cut the Strings: Provide Autonomy in Execution

    Michael Lee Stallard
    Michael Lee Stallard
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    #47 Provide Autonomy in Execution –Monitor progress and be available to help your direct reports but refrain from “micro managing” unless they ask for specific help. This meets the human need for autonomy that allows people to experience personal growth. This is the forty-seventh 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 also apply to your relationships at home and in the…
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  • Do Your Company’s Incentives Reward Bad Behavior?

    Steve Kerr
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The current lull in the sparring between General Motors and Congress provides a great opportunity to look at what wasn’t discussed in the furor over the company’s recent recalls and its admitted slip-ups in auto safety: namely, rewards and punishments. For example, during CEO Mary Barra’s testimony in Washington, few lawmakers seemed interested in exactly how GM plans to change its processes, and Barra, while acknowledging that the company needs to improve safety procedures, made it clear that the company won’t share the data from its internal investigation of ignition-switch defects.
  • Curiosity Is as Important as Intelligence

    Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    There seems to be wide support for the idea that we are living in an “age of complexity”, which implies that the world has never been more intricate. This idea is based on the rapid pace of technological changes, and the vast amount of information that we are generating (the two are related). Yet consider that philosophers like Leibniz (17th century) and Diderot (18th century) were already complaining about information overload. The “horrible mass of books” they referred to may have represented only a tiny portion of what we know today, but much of what we know today will be equally…
  • Who’s Being Left Out on Your Team?

    Carolyn O'Hara
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Feeling left out or ignored at work can have tremendously negative effects on workers’ well-being. In a recent survey, researchers at the University of Ottawa found that workplace ostracism does greater harm to employees’ happiness than outright harassment. But what does feeling “included” at work even mean? And how can managers foster an environment where all employees — regardless of age, race, gender, or personality type — feel valued? What the Experts Say Creating a workplace where employees feel included is directly connected to worker retention and growth, says Jeanine…
  • The Problem with Using Personality Tests for Hiring

    Whitney Martin
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A decade ago, researchers discovered something that should have opened eyes and raised red flags in the business world. Sara Rynes, Amy Colbert, and Kenneth Brown conducted a study in 2002 to determine whether the beliefs of HR professionals were consistent with established research findings on the effectiveness of various HR practices. They surveyed 1,000 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) members — HR Managers, Directors, and VPs — with an average of 14 years’ experience. The results? The area of greatest disconnect was in staffing— one of the lynchpins of HR. This was…
  • The Power of the Odd Price Ending in Assuaging Buyers’ Guilt

    The Daily Stat
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    When two equally functioning laptops — one visually attractive, the other less so — were priced at $600, research participants were pretty much evenly split over which to choose; but when the computers were priced at $599, 85% chose the attractive one, says a team led by Jungsil Choi of Cleveland State University in Ohio. The apparent reason is that a price ending in “99” conveys a discount image, which assuages buyers’ anticipated monetary guilt over making a purchase that would feel good as well as be useful.
 
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    SmartBrief on Leadership

  • The last of the hobo train-hoppers

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    Changes in freight rail have made being a hobo much less attractive since the early 20th century, when up to half a million p -More- 
  • How to lead with little money while halfway around the world

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    As executive director of the Mali Health Organizing Project, a small public-health group based in Mali, Kris Ansin has learne -More- Global Talent Management: 6 Keys to Unlocking Success Global talent management is more complex than exporting a local program to other locations. Download our guidebook for the straightforward approach—that you can start implementing today—to solving the three most common global talent challenges. Download the Guidebook Now
  • Why Kraft's innovation strategy is "thinking bigger"

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    Kraft's breakthrough innovation chief Barry Calpino pushes his company to see "bigger opportunities" in product extensions, s -More- 
  • Malaysia Airlines' restructuring could be its last chance

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    Malaysia Airlines is losing money, passengers and employees after two deadly disasters that tarnished its public image and cr -More- 
  • 6 ways to be a better delegator

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    The best leaders know how to delegate well, especially in growing companies that require their full attention, writes Sangeet -More- 
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    Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog

  • Get Advice from People Who Have…

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Giving decisions to people closest to the action can transform any organization says Dennis Bakke in The Decision Maker. In a decision-maker organization, the leader leads by choosing a decision-maker based on their proximity, perspective, experience and wisdom. But since we are all human, the decision-maker must ask for advice. The advice process brings multiple perspectives together to guide a successful outcome. But the decision-maker makes the final call—and takes responsibility for it. Deciding who to get advice from can influence a successful outcome. So get advice from people who…
  • Leading People Like Family

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    In Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek shares an insight he learned from Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of the Barry-Wehmiller Companies. It’s an important way of framing our leadership responsibility: Every single employee is someone’s son or someone’s daughter. Parents work to offer their children a good life and a good education and to teach them the lessons that will help them grow up to be happy, confident and able to use all the talents they were blessed with. Those parents then hand their children over to a company with the hope the leaders of that company will exercise the same love…
  • 5 Leadership Lessons: Opportunity and Risk are Soul Mates

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:52 pm
    The Risk Advantage by Tom Panaggio is designed as a guide for those who are contemplating an entrepreneurial pursuit, are already engaged in building a business, or are currently working for someone else and want to inject their entrepreneurial ideas and attitude. “Those who understand where risk belongs in their lives,” says Panaggio, “will ultimately be successful.”   When failure occurs, it’s natural to say, “We made a bad decision.” But what you need to do is ask yourself this question: Was it a bad decision or simply a bad outcome? A decision is a choice you make.
  • Designing Moments of Impact

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:58 pm
    In a world of adaptive challenges—messy, open-ended, and ill-defined—your garden variety meeting isn’t going to cut it. What you need is a strategic conversation. But these kinds of conversations don’t just happen—they need to be designed. Moments of Impact by Chris Ertel and Lisa Kay Solomon will help you to do just that. A moment of impact is created at the intersection of design, strategy and conversation. Pierre Wack described the challenge as: It happens when your message reaches the microcosms [mental models] of decision makers, obliges them to question their assumptions about…
  • How to Accelerate Learning and Change Lives

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Teachers are the builders of the future. In a book written for teachers, we find a valuable book for all leaders because leaders are teachers. Leaders are educators. In The Best Teacher in You, you will find the thinking and approaches behind highly effective teachers who accelerate learning and change lives. There are two kinds of change that individuals experience: incremental change and deep change. “We frequently make incremental changes: We make adjustments, we elaborate on a practice, we try harder, and we exert a greater degree of control. In other words, we attempt to solve the…
 
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    Management-Issues

  • Why change? Why not?

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    One of the biggest mistakes business people make is executing the plan/do model. We plan, and then expect people to do. But questioning how we do things is vital, and we too easily forget about the exploration, thinking, mistaking, learning, testing and struggling that goes with change.
  • What’s stopping you from healing?

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    Many people claim they want to ‘heal’. In reality, however, what they’re actually looking for isn’t healing, it’s simply a quick-fix that can reduce their pain and suffering. That’s an important distinction, because true healing can be both challenging and threatening.
  • Every team needs communication rules

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    It doesn't matter what you call it, the fact is that every team needs is a set of communication guidelines to help them work together more effectively. So what does one of these communication agreements look like - and how do you go about creating one?
  • It's the little things, stupid

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    For most of us, the big things - like the global economy - are out of our control. So let's turn off the news for a while and focus on the little things that happen at work that make so many managers lives far more complicated than they need to be.
  • The keys to strategic differentiation

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    The only way that a business can deliver sustainable achievement over the long haul is through the pursuit of three simple goals that together represent the universal truth of all strategic differentiation. They are to be a company of choice, an employer of choice and an investment of choice.
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • Episode 8: Twenty Questions to Ask Other Leaders [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this eighth episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about a set of questions I use whenever I meet with leaders. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. To grow as a leader, you need to be mentored, either formally or informally. One of the best ways to take advantage of the opportunities you get to meet with other leaders is to come prepared with a set of questions. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via…
  • Four Emotions Derailing Your Goals

    Michael Hyatt
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Emotions are powerful, especially if we let them work in our lives without paying full attention. They can derail our goals if we let them. Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com/murengstockphoto In my experience there are four emotions that usually come mixed in a powerful cocktail, sure to undermine our goals: fear, uncertainty, doubt, and shame. Most of us succumb to these from one time to another. I certainly do. 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.  
  • Don’t Quit Before the Whistle Blows

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    What do you do when you find yourself down on the track while the race goes on without you? We all trip and fall. The question is what comes next? If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Heather Dorniden, now Kampf, is a highly decorated runner with an impressive string of accomplishments. But what’s most impressive was the time she won first place in the 600 meter dash—after falling flat on her face. 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.  
  • Early Bird Special on SCORRE Conference Ends Soon

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’re only two months away from the SCORRE Conference in Vail, Colorado, but you can still register today and save $200. But first… If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Have you dreamed of being a speaker, writer, or powerful communicator? Do you have a message with the potential to change lives? Are you passionate about speaking in a way that inspires people to action? If you answered Yes to any of these questions, the SCORRE Conference is for you. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your…
  • Episode 7: Why Doing Less Is the Best Way to Do More [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this seventh episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about Greg McKeown’s most recent book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Like cleaning out a cluttered closet, McKeown recommends that we intentionally declutter our lives from the well-intended commitments and activities we’ve accumulated. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my…
 
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Social Media IS Professional Development

    Andrea Learned
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Communications has a bad rap. Long (and wrongly) suffering a “soft skill” or lower priority taint, it – at the same time – is considered a key leadership strength. What? The disconnect has harmed the practice, and even seeing it as a “practice” or separate role has harmed the integration of communication into EVERYONE’s job.  Not to discount at all the importance of deeply trained marketing and communications professionals, but the power of their work is only further enhanced by more corporate leaders who can authentically (and comfortably) contribute. Therein lies the rub.
  • Forces Collide In Business and Sustainability

    Andrea Learned
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    Who would have thought: that marijuana would one day be a legitimate business with energy efficiency issues that demanded resolving;* that a study would show how biking and urban transportation issues connect with societal good; or, that company culture and employee engagement around sustainability could really matter in home building.** In just the first hours of my morning today, I found myself noticing these connections (with the help of Twitter) and celebrating that this is the new world of business. All bets are off. If ever you’ve thought “I’ve got to open up my business…
  • You May Lead, But Do You Influence?

    Andrea Learned
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Who are the leaders in corporate sustainability? When you hear that question, do you think of an individual or a brand name? The average business-aware person would likely spout brand names like Unilever or Coca Cola, given the coverage they get for various sustainability related practices. But, does knowing that these corporations “lead” mean they also influence others in learning and furthering sustainability in the broader sense? Not necessarily. Individuals have much more power to influence. Consider Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman as a theoretical example. He represents a global…
  • Do The Time: “Social” Relationship Building

    Andrea Learned
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    The following article, which originally published March 21, 2013 in Puget Sound Business Journal has been updated a bit. Conversations and articles abound on the power of social media. Many of those newer to the practice marvel about how something tweeted with a hashtag specific to an industry, for example, could have the potential to be seen by so many people. Often the business decision is made, on that point alone, to jump onto the two most familiar networks, Twitter and Facebook. Then comes the disappointment, and the myth busting truth: if you’ve got no existing “social”…
  • Relational Skills: The Secret Sauce for Business Leadership

    Andrea Learned
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    The definition of business leadership has changed, a lot, since the 1950s. The fact that there are many more women in leadership positions these days is rightly getting plenty of coverage now. But, beyond celebrating that women are bringing “it” to the table, what “it” is has yet to be been given its full due. What I’m talking about are relational skills and traits. Things like practicing empathy and understanding communications nuances are the secret sauce for business leadership success. But, while these have long been typed as “women’s ways”…
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    Great Leadership

  • Social Media and EQ in the Workplace

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    When employees are unable to manage their emotional intelligence there can be a negative impact on your organization. And when social media is added to the mix, the impact can go viral and be more significant. Read Beth Armknecht Miller's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how to deal with this tricky issue.
  • How to Connect with An Audience—It’s One of Your Most Important Leadership Skills

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest post from Gary Genard:Perhaps the biggest public speaking mistake emerging leaders make is to focus on delivering information. But a leader never gives a speech to convey content. Instead, the aim should be to influence—and often activate—listeners.Your purpose, then, needs to inform all of your other choices when you speak. In fact, things should be much easier for you if you think like that.  The dry delivery of information is seldom interesting. But the speaker who can put that information into context and reveal why it matters vitally to the audience—well, that speaker…
  • 10 Powerful Ways to Develop Your Employees

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know, you've heard it a zillion times before: the importance in taking the time and effort to develop your employees. So why aren't you?Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 10 Powerful Ways to Develop Your Employees.How many of these are you engaged in for each of your employees?
  • Leadership and Management Lessons from Fantasy Football!?

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I, along with approximately 36 million other knuckleheads, am a fantasy football addict. I've been playing in a league for few years now and love it!Are there any leadership or management lessons to be gleaned from fantasy football? May a few, but read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find outWhy You Shouldn’t Lead Your Real Team Like You Manage Your Fantasy Football Team 
  • Leaders: Tame the Brain’s Fight-or-Flight Response and Give Helpful Feedback

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest post by Anna Carroll:Almost every boss recognizes the need to give honest and frequent feedback to their employees about what they are doing well and what needs improvement.  Yet, according to my research with over 1100 leaders at all levels, almost half of all leaders avoid feedback altogether, and over 80% don’t do it all that well. Less than 5% are delivering super-helpful feedback on a regular basis. Big Impact Employees, especially young and hard-to-retain workers, complain that their bosses deprive them of feedback. HR professionals spend a lot of time preventing or dealing…
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  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    dylan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but … because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.” Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of…
  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The End of Absence

    Ryan Schleicher
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Tweet The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris, Current, 243 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, August 2014, ISBN 9781591846932 Journalist Michael Harris approaches the often-discussed topic of the internet’s impact on our lives from a very specific angle: people living now who were born prior to 1985, who will be the only people in world history to know what life was like both with and without the internet. As part of this generation of people, Harris sets out to discover what we need to do to reclaim what the internet stole from everyday…
 
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    NOOP.NL

  • The Plague of Methods and Frameworks

    Jurgen Appelo
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    I know of no industry in the world that is as infested with methods and frameworks as the software business. Whether it’s RUP, XP, Scrum, AUP, DAD, or SAFe, it seems IT businesses are always looking for yet another method or framework that they can “implement” next month. The post The Plague of Methods and Frameworks appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Three Types of Activities

    Jurgen Appelo
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Three types of activities are keeping you busy: Type 1: Bad These are the things you should not be doing. They are wasting your time but still you do them. Stop it! The post Three Types of Activities appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • 13 Business Models for Book Authors

    Jurgen Appelo
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:03 am
    It’s such a great time to write books! The publishing world is transforming rapidly and smart authors–with a sense of business–will thrive on opportunities that didn’t exist until a few years ago. It appears that almost one-third of all e-books sold on Amazon are published by indie authors. This is great news for everyone who loves freedom and independence (including yours truly). On the other hand, income for book writers seems to be declining steadily. This will only get worse now that Amazon has started offering subscriptions to read unlimited numbers of e-books,…
  • Publish Book. Done. Next.

    Jurgen Appelo
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    One of the best thing about finishing a book is finishing the research. No more skimming through dozens of books–and thousands of pages–to find two or three nuggets of wisdom. No more digging through web pages, dictionaries, and Wikipedia entries, to get the details right between this word and that word. No more flipping through magazines, blogs, and news sites, just to see if my writing is still up-to-date on this topic or that topic. Sorry, that’s not entirely true The post Publish Book. Done. Next. appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • 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…
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    Michael Lee Stallard

  • Cut the Strings: Provide Autonomy in Execution

    Michael Lee Stallard
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    #47 Provide Autonomy in Execution –Monitor progress and be available to help your direct reports but refrain from “micro managing” unless they ask for specific help. This meets the human need for autonomy that allows people to experience personal growth. This is the forty-seventh 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 also apply to your relationships at home and in the…
  • What CEOs Can Learn from Alcoholics Anonymous

    Michael Lee Stallard
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    By Michael Lee Stallard and Colton Perry As seen on Fox Business. Change is hard.  It requires energy and effort. Some people relish change; most resist, consciously or unconsciously.  For them change is uncomfortable at best, painful at worst.  CEOs who want to effect major change have their work cut out for them. It might not be an obvious place to look, but CEOs can learn about successfully implementing change from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Beating addiction is no easy feat. Seventy percent of addicts relapse within one year.  Since its founding in 1935, AA has helped many alcoholics…
  • Connect by Holding Individual Knowledge Flow Sessions

    Michael Lee Stallard
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:03 pm
    #46 Hold Individual Knowledge Flow Sessions – Begin by making a list of the people you must interact with in order to perform your work well. Similar to Group Knowledge Flow Sessions, in meeting with individuals, share your Vision for what relevant actions need to be taken in your work with them, who you see as responsible for each action, and when it needs to be completed; ask them to tell you “what’s right, what’s wrong and what’s missing” from your thinking; and consider their ideas and opinions to learn from them and show you value them. This is the forty-sixth post in our…
  • Seek Ideas and Opinions in Group Knowledge Flow Sessions

    Michael Lee Stallard
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    #45 Seek Ideas and Opinions in Group Knowledge Flow Sessions – When leading Knowledge Flow Sessions, share with participants that “I don’t have a monopoly on good ideas and we will be our best only when we all share our opinions and ideas.” Encourage dialogue by asking participants to tell you “what’s right, what’s wrong and what’s missing” from your thinking. Everyone’s opinions and ideas should be considered so ask people who are quiet to share what they think.  Listen and consider the ideas put forth.  Implement good ideas and give credit where it’s due.  This…
  • Lead with Vision in Group Knowledge Flow Sessions

    Michael Lee Stallard
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Photo Credit: StockImages #44 Lead with Vision in Group Knowledge Flow Sessions – A knowledge flow session is a meeting that allows leaders to both inform and listen to members of their teams. Begin by sharing your Vision, i.e. your thoughts about what actions need to be done, by whom, and when each action needs to be completed. We call this “putting your cards on the table.” In the coming weeks, I will share more helpful tips for facilitating knowledge flow sessions. This is the forty-fourth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language,…
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    Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage

  • Roaring Twenties

    brucelynn
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
      You don’t need haters to face a bit of hate every date. Buzzfeed cites a number of self-imposed “hates” – your degree and your relationship – is its piece “Mistakes you make in the 20s that don’t actually matter” amongst other failures Getting a degree in something you hate Waiting to travel Getting yourself fired Picking the wrong career Dropping out of graduate school Being in a long-term relationship you hate Ending a friendship Leaving a job for a relationship (or a relationship for a job) For each one, Buzzfeed describes… “Why it feels like the end of the…
  • Embrace the Hate

    brucelynn
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
      Haters gotta hate. And you can hate back. Or you can ignore them. Or you can embrace the hate. Like Honey Maid (above), who made no mistakes in spelling out their message of love for all their detractors, and Spirit Airlines (below), who gave out free frequent flyer miles to customers who raised complaints… “The makers of Honey Maid graham crackers have come up with a unique response to anti-gay backlash by some against its commercial featuring two gay dads and their family. They printed out the negative comments and turned them into a piece of art that spells out ‘Love.”…
  • Imbracingg Failure

    brucelynn
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
      You might not want to embrace spelling mistakes for your tattoo, but possible so in other places according to Kevin Roose in his piece “How Spelling Mistakes and Bad E-mail Etiquette Can Help You Get Ahead” He highlights the example of the email respond by Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg… “Spiegel’s e-mail, which he released earlier this week after a Forbes profile characterized the exchange in a way he didn’t appreciate, has been called cocky and arrogant. And it was. But it was also brilliant. By one-upping Zuckerberg’s breezy, informal…
  • Tattoo Thinking

    brucelynn
    2 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
      Seth-urday post today is about difference between a blemish and a tattoo. In “Tattoo Thinking”, he urges people to realise that most things you do in life do not have the permanence of tattoos… “A tattoo is basically forever. You should think pretty hard before you get one, because it’s largely an irreversible decision. Just about every choice you make with your project and your career, though, doesn’t last forever. And the benefit of taking a risk is significantly higher than it is with a tattoo. A landing page, a pricing move, a bit of copy–they don’t…
  • Embracing Blemishes

    brucelynn
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
      Some extensive travel in recent weeks has put a blemish on the regularity of my posts. But according to my friend and digital marketing maven Allister Frost, that’s not such a bad thing. His recent post “The Blemish Effect” explained how a blemish is better than perfection… “In this situation, many people will opt for Book B with its 4.6 star rating, rather than Book A with its perfect 5 star score. Under logical scrutiny this may seem counterintuitive, but researchers refer to this phenomenon as the blemish effect, a nature human bias towards the most credible, authentic…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • "I made it my mission..."

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    These are the people you want to hire, the people who will become linchpins, the people who will change your organization for the better. Not people who merely accept a mission, or grudgingly grind through a mission, but people who voluntarily choose to make something important their mission. This post from Scott on iOS battery life is what I'm talking about. Mission-driven beats compliant, every time.        
  • The best lesson from Fantasy Football's success

    Seth Godin
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    When people say, "my team," they mean it. In the top-down world of industrial marketing, the San Francisco 49ers say, "we built this team, buy a ticket if you want to come." Then, a few years later, it broadened to, "you should buy a jersey so you can be part of it." In the sideways, modern world of peer-to-peer connection, people say, "my team has this player, that player and this defense." It belongs to them, because they built it. Everyone has their own team. In neither case is the fan on the field, getting concussed or making the big decisions. It doesn't matter. What matters is that our…
  • The idea is not the (only) hard part

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In 1989, I created and launched a new idea: videotapes of people playing video games. It was ridiculed by the hipsters of the day, and my publisher later admitted that they hadn't even bothered to bring it to market beyond a few stores. A copycat product went on to sell a few million copies. Today, Amazon paid a billion dollars for Twitch, which is precisely the same idea, used by millions of people every day. More than a billion hours have been spent/wasted on Twitch to date, I'm guessing. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for a commission check. No, the hard part isn't merely thinking…
  • You could wreck this (if you want to)

    Seth Godin
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    Which is more satisfying: Breaking something or watching someone else break it? When we sense a job is going wrong, it's easy to act out and make things worse... in the moment, it might feel like it's better to get fired for something we did than to get laid off. When a partnership hits some bumps, it might be tempting to keep score, push back on everything and get ready to fight... actually causing the change that you fear. A challenging project, employee or situation sometimes is easier to avoid than it is to work on. Leaning in is really difficult when you sense that there's nothing to…
  • Why drafting works

    Seth Godin
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    The other day, a speedster on a bike passed me as I rode along the bike path. For the next ten minutes, I rode right behind him, drafting his progress. Sure, there's an aerodynamic reason that this works--there's less wind resistance when you ride closely. But the real reason is mental, not based on physics. Drafting works because, right in front of you is proof that you can go faster. Without knowing it, you do this at work every day. We set our pace based on what competitors or co-workers are doing. One secret to making more of an impact, then, is figuring out who you intend to follow.
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    CEO Blog - Time Leadership

  • Leading Surveys and the Power of Asking the Right Questions

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    When we ask questions - we get answers.This is why I like the How question.  Often when you ask why - you come up with reasons and excuses for why something happens or is not happening.  Why are sales down this year?  Competition is higher and we lost XYZ account.  And of course the exchange rate.I think of things we cannot change as "conditions".  My exCOO used that all the time.  Conditions are simply things which are.  And anything that needs to be done needs doing "in spite of the condition".But ask the How question.  How can we increase sales.
  • 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…
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    Tom Peters

  • HR Indiana

    Cathy Mosca
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    Tom is speaking at HR Indiana, the largest HR conference in the Midwest. As you know, he has been working for the last few months on an essay, “The Moral Bedrock of Management: Maximizing Human Capital Development.” In many ways, he says, that essay will be the basis for his speech. “I try to do […] The post HR Indiana appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Update: Moral Bedrock

    Cathy Mosca
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    What should you focus on right now to make Excellence happen in your organization? That’s the question that’s always on Tom’s mind. He’s been working on a document called Excellence. NO EXCUSES! (available here) for months. This collection of Twitter conversations now encompasses all the topics Tom sees as important right now for excellence in […] The post Update: Moral Bedrock appeared first on 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.
 
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    Management Craft

  • My bike makes me want to be a better rider. #Leadership

    Lisa Haneberg
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I have a new bike. It's an awesome steel Gunnar Sport frame, with SRAM Force 22 componments, carbon seat post and handlebar, Speedplay pedals/clips and a Selle Anitomica seat. And it's ORANGE! My bike is so great that it makes me want to be a better rider. What does this have to do with leadership? In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell shared the Broken Windows Theory which emphasizes the power of context. (when broken windows were fixed, crime went down) At my current job, each member of our small team brought in a poster that inspired us and we hung them in our common area. They spark…
  • 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…
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It

    sshapiro
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Over the years I have tried many methods for growing my business. I’ve hired internet marketing firms to implement direct marketing programs or improve my Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I’ve worked with PR firms who secured me key spots in national newspapers, magazines, and television. And I’ve ... The post Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Why Being Different Can Kill Your Business

    sshapiro
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Being different for the sake of being different is a losing proposition. So how do you stand out from the crowd? Find your true differentiator. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, a tourist destination known for its boardwalk and beach, you’ll find dozens of t-shirt shops, restaurants, massage parlo... The post Why Being Different Can Kill Your Business appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Welcome to Our New Website

    sshapiro
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    On Friday July 11, 2014, we launched this new website. It has been 4 years since the last website refresh. We hope you like it and welcome any comments you may have! Stephen Shapiro... The post Welcome to Our New Website appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Certified Speaking Professional

    sshapiro
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    It is with great pleasure that I can formally announce that I was recently awarded the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation by the National Speakers Association (NSA). What is does the CSP designation mean? Established in 1980 by the National Speakers Association, CSP is the speaking pr... The post Certified Speaking Professional appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Even Dilbert Thinks Best Practices Are Stupid

    sshapiro
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Even Dilbert agrees that Best Practices Are Stupid…   Source: Dilbert.com... The post Even Dilbert Thinks Best Practices Are Stupid appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Orrin Woodward Leadership

  • How Limiting Beliefs Paralyze Your Growth

    Orrin Woodward
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Life is interesting. On one hand people say they want better results in life, but on the other, they seem paralyzed to perform the actions they know need to be done to improve. Why is this? Well, after 21 years of leading communities and studying human behavior, I have concluded that until a person changes his limiting belief, he will not change his inactivity. I know. I know. You are probably thinking: but Orrin, how do you change beliefs? Great question. In fact, this is the topic of one of this months (August)  LIFE Leadership LLR talks. In effect, one must learn to stand outside yourself…
  • You Cannot Lead Who You Need

    Orrin Woodward
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Leaders must have posture (a mixture of self-respect and love for others) to build a following. For people will not respect a person who begs and pleads them to follow. Instead, people follow a leader who knows where he is going and invites them to come along while maintaining his self-respect, dignity, and direction. In short, you cannot lead those you need. LIFE Leadership is about building a leader’s self-respect so that he can serve others needs. Posture is the recognition that life is a parade and that a person’s leadership is not for everyone. Therefore, maintain your…
  • 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…
 
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    Crossderry Blog

  • Probing questions for your change management candidate

    Paul Ritchie
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    The methodology topic is a great one to use when interviewing potential change management consultants. My experience is that there’s a large group of “change” consultants who are merely rebranded MarCom (marketing communications) types. Challenge them to give you an example of how they used a change methodology. Bonus points if they can discuss how they integrated it with another framework (e.g., project or implementation methods). Adapted from my LinkedIn comment to Rick Rothermel’s blog post.Filed under: PMO Tagged: interview questions, interviewing, Methodology,…
  • Talent Development for Complex IT Programs

    Paul Ritchie
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
    I just received a McKinsey brief on “Developing talent for large IT projects” that has the usual recommendations, but adds two useful insights.  From the opening section: The responses [to a survey on levers for improving IT performance] reflect the challenge of attracting, developing, and retaining the right IT talent at a time when building a digital enterprise has become a priority for most companies. To succeed, organizations need to cultivate in-house talent for roles that require intimate knowledge of the business and the organization. Enterprises must recognize the…
  • Why is digital transformation disruptive?

    Paul Ritchie
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:32 am
    I’ve found that other functions struggle with innovative technology when: They don’t know their processes particularly well. In this scenario, discussions about a mere port to a new platform get stuck on basic process misunderstandings. They try to jam existing processes on a new platform without considering new opportunities the technology brings. It’s a reasonable implementation strategy to simply port processes, However, if one doesn’t account for new cases — e.g., using mobile form factors to present demos or quote and approve in real-time — one may…
  • Maintaining Outsourced Development Quality

    Paul Ritchie
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Many firms that outsource want to reap all the savings from cutting costs on developers without accounting for the additional overhead they’ll need to manage developers who aren’t right down the hall. All the informal code reviews, requirements clarification, etc. that was done real-time and face-to-face must be made explicit and conducted remotely…often across multiple time zones. Furthermore, the project management performed by the outsourcing company is done for the benefit of the outsourcing company, not one’s own firm. This overhead can only be ameliorated a bit…
  • More on why projects fail

    Paul Ritchie
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    This post on top reasons for IT project failure by Ron Sheldrick has up on LinkedIn for a while. Here were my two cents, nothing new if you’ve followed for a while: @James Pastor [a fellow commenter] hit on the scope issue early on in this thread. Back in my SAP days we found that poor knowledge of the contract and SOW — especially among the project team and contractors — was a common thread among troubled projects. The strategic assumptions that underpinned the initiative were lost as the project devolved into satifying immediate, tactical needs…which deviated from…
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    MBA Depot - Latest Content

  • Article from the Archive: Colonizers and Consolidators - The Two Cultures Of Corporate Strategy

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Demand-driven innovations can, at best, develop and extend existing markets incrementally. These innovations usually come in the form of product extensions or process innovations. While valuable, they do not create disruptive new markets. Evidence shows that disruptive new markets are actually created in a haphazard manner when a new technology gets pushed onto a market. This kind of innovation process is called "supply push" by economists, and it has a peculiar property: Since innovation leads demand, inventors have to aim at a very imprecise target. The individuals or companies that create…
  • Articles: M&A as Competitive Advantage

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Treating M&A as a strategic capability can give companies an edge that their peers will struggle to replicate. Author: Andy West, Robert Uhlaner, Cristina Ferrer Source: McKinsey Quarterly Subject: Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Quotes: Sam Hill

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    I don't think business writing is necessarily getting worse. I think it's always been terrible. But I do think tools like PowerPoint and e-mail, coupled with the organizational downsizing of secretaries, has given illiterate businesspeople the ability to send babble out unedited, and this has increased visibility of the problem. Source: Across the Board (ATB) Subject: Communication
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Announcing Woohoo Labs – our research division

    Alexander Kjerulf
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    We’re conducting 3 different and really cool studies right now. Which is why we’re proud to announce the inauguration of … drumroll please … Woohoo Labs is our research division and currently consists of 1 full-time employee and two interns. Expect cool things.
  • Plan for slack

    Alexander Kjerulf
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Workplaces must give employees unscheduled play time. If work days are overloaded, there is no learning or creativity. Plan for slack.
  • Study: Positive feedback increases intrinsic motivation

    Alexander Kjerulf
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    Here an interesting study on the effects of positive feedback: Male and female undergraduate students performed an interesting task and received either positive or negative feedback relative to their performance. Subjects then filled out intrinsic motivation and feelings of competence scales. Results showed that, relative to negative feedback, positive feedback led to higher levels of intrinsic motivation and competence feelings for both males and females. So not only did positive feedback increase feelings of competence, it also gave the subjects more intrinsic motivation. This is crucial,…
  • Do you want to be a Chief Happiness Officer?

    Alexander Kjerulf
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here’s one of the next big things we’re working on: We want to create a training program for other potential Chief Happiness Officers. We’ve been doing this work for corporate and government clients for over 10 years. We’ve spoken in over 30 countries and worked with organizations like IKEA, LEGO, IBM, Pfizer, Accenture, Oracle and many, many others. In short, we have collected a lot of experience and knowledge on making workplaces happier – and we’d like to share that as widely as possible. Here’s the idea: We will create a 4 or 5-day training some…
  • Get to know new employees

    Alexander Kjerulf
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    In the last two months we have doubled the size of our company. We used to be three but we have added two interns and one full-time employee, who are working on some really cool projects for us. Basically, Thomas, Nanna and Sofia in the picture above are our research department. We call them Woohoo Labs :) Any time you add people to a team, it’s essential to get to know each other. The best tool we know for that is Personality Poker, so of course we played a game and ended up learning a lot about ourselves and each other. Here are the personalities of everyone in the team: No matter…
 
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • 10 Life Lessons Essential To The Making Of The More Human Leader

    Starbucker
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    In this space I usually write about the “leading” part of my philosophy of More Human Leadership. Today, I’d like to chat about the “More Human” part. Bur first, a little history:  I started this blog on December 25, 2005. It was a lark, really  - a friend of mine had showed me his Blogger account a few days before and I thought “cool, a place to put your thoughts“. Here’s what I wrote on my very first post about what I came to call “Half-Fullism“: “Call me an eternal optimist, call me a fool, but I find it’s the best way to live one’s life…
  • Assembly Required: 12 Steps To Building A Leadership Juggernaut

    Starbucker
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Once it was built, great progress became inevitable as tomorrow. Once all the pieces were in their right place, it became a leadership juggernaut destined for success. And it was a wonderful ride. I was lucky to have been part of something pretty special – a team that blossomed into one of the highest performing groups in our industry. But it wasn’t all luck.   There was some work, some “assembly” involved. It wasn’t one of those kind of things you could just “plug and play”. I’m often asked after I tell the story of how it all happened, this…
  • THE Essential Trait of Great Leadership

    Starbucker
    10 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Bill Bresnan “And this month, we hit our goal of 98%” After saying this, I sat back in my chair at a quarterly review meeting feeling pretty good about myself, and awaited a positive reaction from my colleagues. I was especially hopeful for an acknowledgement from the CEO, Bill Bresnan, who had been my mentor for many years. He was also an industry titan, a leader and pioneer in the cable TV business for nearly 50 years. So getting an “attaboy” from Bill was a sought after, and greatly treasured and appreciated, seal of approval for whatever I was doing as a leader. I had been looking…
  • The Soul (and The Science To Prove It) of Great Leadership

    Starbucker
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “People follow people, not ideas” – Dr. Kathy Cramer My guest on the latest edition of the More Human Podcast is Dr. Kathy Cramer, who has created and has dedicated her life to what she calls asset-based thinking (ABT), a way of looking at the world that helps leaders, influencers, and their teams make small shifts in thinking to produce extraordinary impact. As a business consultant, she has worked with clients such as DuPont, Prudential Real Estate, Starbucks, and Microsoft, as well as many educational and non-profit organizations. She’s also a psychologist, has…
  • (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,…
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    Lolly Daskal

  • We Choose Our Leadership By How Much We Give

    lollydaskal
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Two men shared a hospital room. One was allowed to sit up in his bed beside the window for an hour each afternoon; the other had to stay flat on his back. Every afternoon the man by the window would pass the time by describing all the things he could see outside the window. There was a park with a lovely lake, with the city skyline in the distance. There were trees and flowers and sunshine and clouds and all manner of people doing all manner of things. As the man by the window described the day’s scenes, the man on the other side would close his eyes and imagine them. It was by far his…
  • The Art Of Leadership Is Not Without Struggle

    lollydaskal
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    At the age of seven, a young boy and his family were forced out of their home. The boy had to work to help support his family. When he was nine, his mother passed away. As a young man was keen to go to law school, but had no education. At 22, he lost his job as a store clerk. At 23, he ran for the state legislature and lost. The same year, a business failure left him with a debt that took him 17 years to repay. At 27, he had a nervous breakdown. At 29, he lost an election to be speaker in his state legislature. At 31, he was defeated in his attempt to become an elector. By 35, he had been…
  • Make A Difference: Lead With A Noble Heart

    lollydaskal
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Many of us lead, but not many of us lead with a noble heart. There is a well-known anecdote related by Tom Peters about a hospital in the US that treats cancer. During a series of staff interviews, an interviewer asked the housekeeper what her job entailed. She responded, “I help to cure cancer.” Somewhere in that hospital, a leader had connected the dots for this individual and made her feel that she was an integral part of the hospital’s mission. Everyone wants to know that what they do matters. Everyone craves a purpose. Being noble in leadership is not so much about what…
  • Leadership Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

    lollydaskal
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The life of a modern leader brings challenges of leading, innovating, motivating, growing, developing, evaluating, communicating, and risking. And here’s a fact: You can’t do any of those things very well within your comfort zone. The end of your comfort zone is where your leadership begins. It’s challenging to move beyond your comfort zone—that’s how it got its name! There’s something very comforting in using a limited set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk. We experience tasks and routines that are so familiar, or that…
  • 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…
 
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    Lead on Purpose

  • Six Channels of Influence: How to Navigate Them Effectively

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Guest post by Willy Steiner “The human being is a self-propelled automaton entirely under the control of external influences. Willful and predetermined though they appear, his actions are governed not from within, but from without. He is like a float … Continue reading →
  • How deep is your desire to succeed?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:28 pm
    As I’ve gotten older and seen more the of what the world offers, I’ve come to realize that success depends as much on the desire of an individual as anything else. Hard work, persistence and intelligence also factor in, and … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    Recovering Leader

  • 12 Great Job interview Questions

    David Peck
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    “I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.” -Lawrence Bossidy, former COO of GE. Hiring the right person can be a challenge. Beyond realizing you need to add someone to your team, working with HR on a great job description, and sourcing great candidates, hiring well means doing interviews that result in insights about each candidate. That begins with good questions that increase the likelihood you'll get some type of x-ray of the person – showing more of them than they are likely to…
  • The Leadership Downside of Confidence

    David Peck
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Troubling and not uncommon is the exec or leader who “comes across so confident” and “so great” and who lacks the substance needed to guide others toward a collective good.  The data are overwhelming that from a career perspective, professionals are rewarded more on confidence and appearance than substance. Whether we’ve been bedazzled in the interview process and hired a dud, or seen someone with plenty of swagger fail their way to top jobs, it’s worth noticing and addressing confidence-bias in ourselves and others. The heavy recent emphasis on confidence in executive…
  • How to Choose Work that Works for You - Infographic

    David Peck
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Work that works for you -- and those you love -- is a matter of selection, tenacity and patience rather than luck.  Find the intersection of the following five circles, keeping in mind the three outside factors.  Select well, stick with it, and be patient.  Over time, don't settle for less.                       Related StoriesResolution-free Fun Self-Coaching Practice to Kick Off 2014Truth About Leader Development: People Can Change4 Factors To Be an Effective Buyer of…
  • 52 Top Leadership Strengths You Need to Know

    David Peck
    23 May 2014 | 8:40 am
    Every time I start coaching someone, I interview 8-12 of their colleagues. They list for me real-life strengths and development areas.  Over 10 years, I've collected thousands, and recently analyzed them to look for common themes. Here's what you need to know: They  fell into four themes 52 of them appeared over and over, in one form or another Think of it as kind of a tried-and-tested "menu" -- behaviors and skills you should consider working on and developing, to learn, work, and lead others in better and stronger ways. Here they are in detail: Theme 1: Execute and Deliver…
  • 11 Coaching Tips to Upgrade Your Email Executive Presence

    David Peck
    1 May 2014 | 7:51 am
    Building executive presence (EP) is a hot topic from cubicle to corner office. A dash of swagger and reading the room when face to face are crucial; but how do you demonstrate EP on email? After all, the majority of our workaday communication involves hitting SEND. EP-busting email habits are rampant, according to my experience as an executive coach. Yet with a few simple practices, and by breaking a few habits, you can use email as an instrument of greater influence. Coaching Tips Here’s a technique that works for my clients. When was the last time you re-read older sent email for the sake…
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    George Ambler

  • Turbulent Times Require More Frequent Strategic Breaks

    George Ambler
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.” – Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne, 1926 Bump, bump, bump! Does this sound like your days, weeks, months and maybe even years? Are you acting purposefully? Are you taking timeout to think? Or do you find yourself too busy? The biggest challenge of leading in VUCA times is the huge amount of demand…
  • Always Lead First, Manage Second

    George Ambler
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    How you as leader see your role has a significant impact on how you think, where you spend your time and how you act. How you see your role set’s you up for success, mediocrity or at worse failure. One of the biggest areas of confusion is in understanding how the role of a leader is different to that of a manager.   How the Focus of Leadership and Management Differs The distinction between management and leadership is useful as it helps to provide a clear understanding of leadership and how it differs from the role of management. To get to grips with the role of a leader and that of a…
  • 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…
 
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    Pink Slip

  • Warning labels on choclat? Just say non!

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:19 am
    I am a complete and firm believer that a chocolate a day (at minimum) keeps, if not the doctor, then the psychiatrist, away. And that a day without chocolate is like a day without sunshine. Or something like that. I must acknowledge that I have taken my belief in the restorative and joy-giving powers of chocolate a real workout over the last couple of years. And that I’m now trying to shed the handful of entirely unnecessary and, frankly, pretty mean-spirited – haven’t I been going through enough, without having to experience a weight gain while I’m at it? – extra pounds that I’ve…
  • Thank you for coming to Fenway? Don’t mention it.

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    I am a baseball fan by both baptism and desire – much my favorite sport. And the Red Sox, even after watching them through so many years that were full of annoyance, frustration, rage, apathy, irrational expectation, despair, disappointment, exuberance, and, on occasion stark ravin’ joy, are much my favorite team. While I have been watching (or, as was often the case in my early years of fandom, when weekday games weren’t televised, listening to) the Olde Towne Team since the late 1950’s, I will actually pinpoint the day when I truly became an anointed Red Sox fan. That was Friday,…
  • Naked Came the Dater

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    I’m a true believer that “reality” TV serves an important keep-the-lid-on function in our society. After all, it provides hope for those who are woefully lacking in truly worthwhile attributes, talents, or capabilities – beyond an often uncannily shrewd marketing sense for building and exploiting a brand (look no further than Honey Boo Boo’s earthy mother or the Duggar clan’s smug daddy-o. Hope for those without worthwhile attributes, etc., but singularly possessed of shamelessness, devoid of any need for privacy, and just plain hungering to make a quick buck. (Well, what could be…
  • One awful way to make an awful living

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    One thing I’ve got to say: there are an awful lot of awful ways to try to make a living out there. And one of them has to be dressing up like Elmo, Spider-Man, or Cookie Monster and hanging around Times Square, hoping that you can sucker some tourist into taking a picture with you – and giving you a tip. I am a bit familiar with the posers – or whatever you call the folks who paint themselves verdigris, don robes and diadem, and stand stock still while holding a torch – you see in Battery Park and elsewhere in Manhattan. A while back, I took a picture of my niece Caroline with one of…
  • Truth in advertising, or infographic gone bad?

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Well, I’m on of those out-of-fashion readerly types who believes that one word is worth a thousand pictures, so my bias is clearly toward the written word over the graphic depiction. I am, of course, at odds with the (marketing) times, as so-called “infographics” have become all the rage as a means to quickly convey lots o’ information (numerical and other) to those put- upon, info-overloaded folks who have time to read bullet-points at best, but who have not yet gone over to the totally dark side and become capable of receiving input only via audio-video. Me, I have to work too hard…
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    Ed Batista: Executive Coaching & Change Management

  • Ignoring Bandits and Building Resilience

    edbatista
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    In "Bouncing Back," a profoundly thought-provoking book that draws upon concepts from philosophy, psychology and neuroscience to promote resilience and well being, therapist Linda Graham relates the following story from Buddhist tradition: A master monk is meditating in a temple with other monks. Suddenly a fierce bandit storms into the temple, threatening to kill everybody. The other monks flee, but the master monk remains, calmly meditating. Enraged, the bandit shouts, "Don't you understand? I could run you through with my sword and not bat an eye!" The monk calmly replies, "Don't you…
  • Team Effectiveness

    edbatista
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Last week I conducted a workshop in San Francisco on Team Effectiveness with a group of senior managers at a technology company. They were able to acknowledge right from the start that their communication as a team could be improved, and in my experience that's always a positive (and important) sign. The condensed deck above includes the slides covering the various concepts we discussed, but the slides related to the exercises we conducted have been removed. Thanks to everyone who participated--I felt privileged to be there.
  • New Post at HBR: The Most Productive People Know Who to Ignore

    edbatista
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    My latest post at HBR: The Most Productive People Know Who to Ignore A coaching client of mine is managing partner at a very large law firm, and one of the issues we’ve been working on is how to cope more effectively with the intense demands on his time—clients who expect him to be available, firm partners and other employees who want him to address their concerns and resolve disputes, an inbox overflowing with messages from these same (and still other!) people, and an endless to-do list. Compounding this challenge, of course, is the importance of making time for loved one and friends,…
  • A Power and Influence Primer

    edbatista
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Much of my work as a coach involves helping leaders determine how they can most effectively wield power to best meet the needs of their organizations. And note that by power I mean not only the directive authority invested in their roles, but also the many forms of influence at their disposal. I often refer clients to the articles below, so I've compiled them here for easier access: Power is the Great Motivator: A classic HBR article based on David McClelland's motivational needs theory.McClelland and Burnham on Power and Management: A post of mine on McClelland's theory.   Power Play:…
  • New Post at HBR: Make Getting Feedback Less Stressful

    edbatista
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    My latest post at HBR: Make Getting Feedback Less Stressful Much of my work as an executive coach and an instructor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business involves helping people improve their abilities to deliver feedback more effectively. It’s a critical skill, particularly for both leaders in flat organizations where giving orders is generally counter-productive and for anyone who needs to manage up or across by influencing their bosses or peers. And it’s a topic on which I’ve written extensively, not only in posts on my site and at HBR.org, but also in the HBR Guide to Coaching…
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    Sanders Says

  • Do You Have the Courage To Mentor Up?

    Tim Sanders
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Mentorship is an opportunity to build relationships and give gifts. Mentoring up, to those above you in rank or stature, may be one of your best career boosters. Really. This post will show you how to do it without getting shot for the message.  There's a common misconception in our business culture that mentorship is a top-down activity. In The Hero's Journey, the mentor is often case as the Wise Old Man or the Wise Old Woman. Think Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars or Miyagi in The Karate Kid. In this theory, one must have achieved success to pass on wisdom to the young or the new.  If…
  • Great Leaders Can Change the Subject

    Tim Sanders
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Your work culture is a conversation, led by leaders or troublemakers, about how things are done around here.  If the leader isn't driving the conversation forward, troublemakers can move it sideways or backwards.  Troublemakers include the naysayers, doomsdayers and taker-types.   Much of our work life is spent in conversations with others. When these conversations move forward, we make progress. When they go sideways, confusion reigns. When they slide backward, conflict and negative emotions ensue. “Conversation is a game of circles,” wrote Ralph…
  • Why Today’s Leader Needs the Agility of a Downhill Skier

    Tim Sanders
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Read any recent white paper on leadership, and you'll see numerous references to agility as a key area for development.  From learning agility to innovation agility, it's clear that leaders need to focus on how to go fast but stay graceful.   Prior to my recent talk on this subject at a leadership conference, I conducted research to uncover why agility has become so critical to success.  The answer was quite simple: The time it takes for a new business concept or technological innovation to disrupt and industry is compressing ... fast.  What took a decade to wreck and…
  • 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…
 
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    Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog

  • What do you know about self-assessments?

    John Agno
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Knowing who you are and what you are meant to do gives you the energy to transform your life.                   By completing one or more confidential self assessments in the area of personal concern, you may discover a number of things about yourself. Knowing how you impact others can establish solid beginnings for developing productive relationships. Assessments can provide information to you on "Who am I?", "How others see me?" and…
  • The Power of Reframing

    John Agno
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Intelligence, talent and experience are all vital qualities for leadership, but they're not enough. They don't make the difference between success and failure.  It's commonplace for businesses, once successful, to go into a funk.  They need a turnaround because the smart, experienced people in charge who know the place better than anyone else have failed.  The usual solution is to bring in an outsider with a stellar track record, but that approach doesn't always work.  It all depends on how a leader thinks. Neuroscientists now tell us that…
  • Self-Awareness Builds Leadership Capability

    John Agno
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    There has always been pressure on corporate leaders to perform well. Some have stretched and improved their competencies by learning more about themselves.     Most have chosen to adopt best practices of those whom they respect to improve their own leadership style. So, which is the better method to develop leadership skills --- improve your innate signature talents or copy what others have developed and used successfully? The short answer is don't jump from one leadership fad to another but do engage in authentic conversations and…
  • What is a mentor coach?

    John Agno
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Many business executives and entrepreneurs are used to doing things their own way and find it difficult to accept criticism or instruction.  Yet, one of the best sources for an unofficial business education is a good mentor coach. What is a mentor coach? Someone who is really interested in helping you accomplish your goals.  You can talk to them when you run into problems or want to prevent problems from developing. Why find a mentor coach? If you get into a situation that feels uncomfortable, simply talking to your mentor coach can clear up the cobwebs.  Mentoring used to…
  • Slow Decline of Eastman Kodak due to an Inability to Reinvent

    John Agno
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
     In its heyday, Eastman Kodak Company was an icon of innovation in photography; a juggernaut in its field. The film giant gave us the "Kodak Moment," which persists as the quintessential photographic experience even though in today's digital camera age "selfies" on smartphones are a major factor. Supremely confident, making decisions that presumed the past was an appropriate guide to the future, Kodak executives didn't understand that the world was changing dramatically.  Creative changes in customers' taste, technologies and global economic…
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    Predictable Success » Blog

  • The 4 Achilles’ Heels of Great Leaders: Could They Be Holding You Back?

    sarahberger
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    As a new school year begins, it reminds us that we should never stop learning – regardless of age. Now is a perfect time to think about which core areas you want to focus on and develop. From breaking habits/behaviors that are harmful to your business to cultivating tools to enhance your leadership effectiveness, enclosed are resources that will help. Enjoy! ~ Sarah The 4 Achilles’ Heels of Great Leaders See which behaviors could be holding you (and your business) back. Many organizations hover on the verge of greatness, yet never fully achieve it. While there are a lot of potential…
  • Watch This 60-Second Tip for Better Leadership

    sarahberger
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    This issue is all about finding solutions to business challenges and how sometimes the answer is much simpler than you may think. Watch the video tip below to see what we mean, and then read on to obtain more great takeaways. What’s your “go to” social network? Bringing valuable new content to you is a priority for us. So could you please tell us which social site you turn to the most? Simply click here to vote for Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Then be sure to connect with us if you haven’t done so already. ~ Sarah View This Quick Leadership Tip Often the best option…
  • 5 Ways to Overcome Business Blind Spots

    sarahberger
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    It’s summer (in our hemisphere) which means that many people are out on vacation. If this is the case in your office, take advantage of this temporary lull by using it to reflect on your business. Identify which policies/procedures are working, which aren’t, and make changes where necessary. Not sure where to begin? We have tips that will help in our first article below. Synergist Trivia Question In honor of our latest webinar, do you know which recent former U.S. president was known to be a massive Synergist while in office? Send us your guess! ~ Sarah 5 Ways to Overcome Business…
  • Wondering if your team has got what it takes to scale?

    sarahberger
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com I’ve written frequently about the vitally mundane skill of effective team-based decision-making for those executive teams who truly want to scale their business. The question I most frequently get asked is ‘How can I tell – apart from waiting to see how years of decisions pan out – whether we’re any good at this?‘. Here’s the checklist I work through when I’m helping organizations assess their ability to meet in groups and make (and implement) great decisions. While it isn’t all-encompassing,…
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    Management by Baseball

  • La Russa Agile Innovation #13 of 17: Channeling Pressure to Ease Pressure

    j
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Most "managers" facilitating Agile projects have a classic Baseball problem: Resolving the intrinsic pressure by either deflecting too little of it or too much of it. That's a classic Binary Thinking Trap, one of the most common weaknesses of American managers. Again, Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa has already developed a theory of Agile action you can tap into. It requires understanding and lots of practice, but I think it works better for finding the guts one needs to be successful at Agile than any other I've been exposed to. And the craziest thing about this technioque applied to…
  • La Russa Agile Innovation #12 of 17: You've Gotta Be Pulling My Legacy

    j
    3 Feb 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Some of La Russa's techniques are as valid beyond Agile/Lean environments as they are within strictly advanced environments. For the first time in this series, I'll cover a technique cluster that is as effective for managers who work outside Agile or Lean shops as it is within it. That cluster is around transparent decision-making that has the by-product of effort-free mentoring. I learn something useful from every manager I worked for or with. But the Gold Standard for managers I've worked for is Rachel K.E. Black, a Boeing honcha. I got a lot of lessons from her, but the one that has earned…
  • La Russa Agile Innovation #11 of 17: Using Unintentional Intention in Your Own World

    j
    19 Jan 2014 | 4:58 pm
    In the previous entry, I used the example of a La Russa tactic description to describe a managerial orientation. In this one, I'll show you how you can use this very tactic, The Unintentional Intentional Walk, in your own shop IF you face rival managers or even executives up the chain from you who care more about getting their own way or advancing their own career than the health/survival of the organization. That is, a statistically normal organization if you work in the corporate, elected officeholder or academic worlds. THE TACTIC IN BASEBALL In Baseball, many managers, especially in the…
  • La Russa Agile Innovation #10 of 17: Once You've Found an Optimal Tactic, Treat it as Sub-Optimal

    j
    12 Jan 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Adhering to a process you've proven works effectively and efficiently in the context of a team is optimal. But you need to vary the use of Optimal methods gently and continually over time. No line of work is more effective and illustrative Agile and Lean norm than Baseball. One great practitioner of the mix of art and science of knowing when to simply apply the Optimal move and when to riff off it is now Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, who desribed it in his recent. He documents it in a way any manager can "get" it in his recent book, One Last Strike (p. 231-233). In the book, he…
  • Wait Till Next Year: Hiatus until January

    j
    15 Dec 2013 | 12:41 pm
    I planned to finish the La Russa Invention of Agile series before the year expired but family events got in the way. And while I could soldier on and deliver the product on time, it wouldn't meet quality standards so there's no virtue in that. A BUSHEL OF HONEYDEWS & A TRIP TO THE BATTING CAGE I'm being called to do many projects around not only my home, but my daughter's home as well, a veritable bushel of honeydews. Ergo, I won't even attempt to trickle out a few good entries for a few weeks. I will be thinking of you though when I treat myself to an hour at the batting cage to work on…
 
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    Great Leadership

  • Social Media and EQ in the Workplace

    Dan McCarthy
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    When employees are unable to manage their emotional intelligence there can be a negative impact on your organization. And when social media is added to the mix, the impact can go viral and be more significant. Read Beth Armknecht Miller's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how to deal with this tricky issue.
  • How to Connect with An Audience—It’s One of Your Most Important Leadership Skills

    Dan McCarthy
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest post from Gary Genard:Perhaps the biggest public speaking mistake emerging leaders make is to focus on delivering information. But a leader never gives a speech to convey content. Instead, the aim should be to influence—and often activate—listeners.Your purpose, then, needs to inform all of your other choices when you speak. In fact, things should be much easier for you if you think like that.  The dry delivery of information is seldom interesting. But the speaker who can put that information into context and reveal why it matters vitally to the audience—well, that speaker…
  • 10 Powerful Ways to Develop Your Employees

    Dan McCarthy
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know, you've heard it a zillion times before: the importance in taking the time and effort to develop your employees. So why aren't you?Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 10 Powerful Ways to Develop Your Employees.How many of these are you engaged in for each of your employees?
  • Leadership and Management Lessons from Fantasy Football!?

    Dan McCarthy
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I, along with approximately 36 million other knuckleheads, am a fantasy football addict. I've been playing in a league for few years now and love it!Are there any leadership or management lessons to be gleaned from fantasy football? May a few, but read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find outWhy You Shouldn’t Lead Your Real Team Like You Manage Your Fantasy Football Team 
  • Leaders: Tame the Brain’s Fight-or-Flight Response and Give Helpful Feedback

    Dan McCarthy
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest post by Anna Carroll:Almost every boss recognizes the need to give honest and frequent feedback to their employees about what they are doing well and what needs improvement.  Yet, according to my research with over 1100 leaders at all levels, almost half of all leaders avoid feedback altogether, and over 80% don’t do it all that well. Less than 5% are delivering super-helpful feedback on a regular basis. Big Impact Employees, especially young and hard-to-retain workers, complain that their bosses deprive them of feedback. HR professionals spend a lot of time preventing or dealing…
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    IMD Business School - Tomorrow's Challenges Articles

  • IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE FUTURE, LOOK AT TRANSPORTATION

    Cyril Bouquet,Chloé Renault
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    The future of transportation shows that tomorrow’s technology will be clean and smart but is “big brother” knowing our every move worth the benefits?
  • CONDOM COMPANY MASTERS SOCIAL INTERNET AND WINS IN CHINA

    Misiek Piskorski
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    Selling condoms in China was not easy but Durex adopted a new digital strategy and won over the country’s market.
  • DARWINIANS AT THE GATE

    Benoit Leleux,Jan van der Kaaij
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:22 am
    Can sustainability really be turned into an effective driver of innovation and improve a firm’s profitability? Here’s how Dutch multinational company DSM made the case to investors and financial markets.
  • MELTDOWN 2015?

    Arturo Bris
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:27 am
    “While many economies seem to be rebounding since the 2008 crisis, we shouldn’t be complacent,” says IMD Professor Arturo Bris. “Too often we do not learn from history and do not act when faced with a crisis we know is imminent.”
  • SUCCESSION CHALLENGES FOR ASIAN FAMILY BUSINESSES

    Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez,Joachim Schwass,Anne-Catrin Glemser
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:59 am
    Family feuds at the heart of some big Asian companies show the damage that can arise from avoiding difficult conversations. By contrast, Indorama Ventures’ Aloke Lohia had a tough talk with his father – and it held the key to his future success.
 
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • 10 Things that Took Me 10 Years to Learn

    Mike Figliuolo
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Happy Birthday to me! No, it’s not my birthday (although you can send me gifts if you like).  It’s thoughtLEADERS‘ birthday and the firm just turned 10.  10 years old.  Mind-boggling. In those 10 years I’ve had ups and downs.  I’ve learned a great deal as an entrepreneur, an executive, a leader, and a person.  […] 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 to Emotionally Jazz Up Your Technical Presentations

    Mike Figliuolo
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Dr. Vikas Jhingran, author of EMOTE: Using Emotions to Make Your Message Memorable (CLICK HERE to get your copy). ‘The Crime Scene’. My first slide, certainly not the norm for a technical paper on Vortex-Induced Vibrations. I could see the confusion and surprise on the faces of the audience. This was […] 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 do you think your people would rate you as a leader?

    Mike Figliuolo
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How do you think your people would rate you as a leader? - They think I’m the best leader they’ve ever had: 12% - They think I’m an above-average leader: 62% - They think I’m an average leader: 21% - They think I’m a below-average leader: 3% - They think […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 10-minute Leadership Lessons – One Story at a Time

    Mike Figliuolo
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Today’s post is by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS instructor and bestselling author of Lead With a Story. You’re busy as a leader.  You don’t always have time to invest in learning a great new leadership story to help you build your skills.  I recognize that and I’m here to help.  I’ve distilled down 6 great stories […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 8 Tips for Avoiding Your Leadership Blindspots

    Mike Figliuolo
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Robert Bruce Shaw, author of Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Leaders are faced with two conflicting needs. The first is to act with a deep confidence in their abilities and the strategies they are implementing. This allows them […] 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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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • THE REMEMBERED OFFENSE

    William Matthies
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    "Acts of kindness may soon be forgotten, but the memory of an offense remains."ProverbSo think carefully before you speak or act; those you offend will long after you hope they'd forget.
  • IT COULDA' BEEN WORSE!

    William Matthies
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    "When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped."Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British authorAnd once you've (briefly) acknowledged how fortunate you are, get on with addressing whatever misfortune you've suffered.At the core of every setback is a potential comeback.
  • KNOW WHEN TO BRACE, WHEN TO BEND

    William Matthies
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    "Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame."Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist/essayistWe do need rigidity, however complete inflexibility leaves no room for growth.Flexible and rigid.Simultaneously ready to be the other while being the one.
  • THE REAL PROBLEM WITH MONEY

    William Matthies
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    "Money without brains is always dangerous."Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American speaker/motivational writerKinda cold; I'll take a softer tact.Without a well thought out plan to spend it, there almost can't be too much money to do what must be done.
  • HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULDA' DONE

    William Matthies
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    "After the ship has sunk, everyone knows how she might have been saved."Italian proverbThe big bucks go to those who know how to keep it from sinking.
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    Mitch's Blog

  • Taking Credit For The Work Of Others

    Mitch Mitchell
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Over this past weekend, one of my wife’s friends, who used to be a co-worker, stopped by the house. I hadn’t seen her in a long while, but I knew that over the past 6 months her department had undergone a management change. I asked her how things were going with the new manager. Her response was shocking to me; she said: “I don’t know if things are better or not. Whereas the previous manager was always coming upstairs barking at us to have better production times, even though she didn’t know what we did, after the new manager’s first week we almost never…
  • Written Procedures Always Work Better

    Mitch Mitchell
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Once again I’m packing up my hotel room so I can move everything to the main office and then go home once again for what always feels like a very short weekend. I absolutely hate the process of packing up my room, but last year I was paying for time that I wasn’t here and it got pretty expensive. I have better ways of throwing my money away where I actually enjoy myself. Giulia Forsythe via Compfight The strange thing is that I never feel the same stress when I’m leaving home to go out of town. You’d think that pressure would be greater and yet it never is. There are…
  • Confidence Is Empowering

    Mitch Mitchell
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    There was an ad for an anti-perspirant from a couple of decades ago with the slogan “never let them see you sweat”. It promised to keep you dry during those tense moments when you start sweating under your arms during stressful times, though it had a humorous bent to it. Bilal Kamoon via Compfight There’s nothing more powerful than being confident. When you’re confident you do your best work. When you’re confident people respond to you in the most positive ways. Confidence is infectious if it’s genuine. Just to get this out of the way, there’s a fine…
  • 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…
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • Projects Around the World

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re inspired to see bloggers doing things they love and using this platform to make their voices heard. Here’s a look at some interesting projects around the globe. Russell Chapman: Telling the stories of Syrian refugees Image by Russell Chapman Last year, photographer and writer Russell Chapman documented the conflict in Syria and spent time in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. His book, Syria: Refugees and Rebels, compiles images of his time there. Russell is currently working on a project to tell the stories of Syrian refugees rebuilding their lives in Jordan.
  • Ferguson: Ten Bloggers Speak Out

    Ben Huberman
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Many details about the violent death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, remain unclear. What is beyond doubt is the intensity of reactions to this story — in the media and in neighborhoods all over the US (and beyond). Here are ten personal perspectives on this event and its aftermath, from writers representing a diverse cross-section of the WordPress.com community. Image by Shawn Semmler (CC BY 2.0)   Gukira Writer and scholar Keguro Macharia reacts with his usual incisiveness to one of the signature chants of post-Ferguson protests : If “Hands Up, Don’t…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Isola

    Ben Huberman
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Whether you’re a personal blogger, a designer, or an artist, Isola gives you a bright, clean space to showcase your work. Its minimalist design stays crisp across devices and screens of all sizes, with generous white space to keep the focus on your content. Isola, a free theme, comes with numerous customization options, from featured images and custom header images to sleek post formats. Let’s take a look at three sites that are already using it to great effect. Design_That’s_It Leon Scott, who writes thoughtful posts on design and technology on his aptly-named…
  • Ten Illustrators To Follow Now

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    From sketches to digital art narratives, here’s a visual journey into the worlds of ten illustrators on WordPress.com. Brad Young The drawings at Brad Young Art capture life’s little moments. From pen and ink to watercolor, and gardening to food to neighborhood spots, it’s easy to get lost sifting through Brad’s mix of doodles and sketches. “Macchiato,” Brad Young Art Sarah Goodreau Sarah Goodreau, an illustrator living in Amsterdam, has a distinct style marked with the warmth you’ll find in children’s picture books, as well as the mystery of…
  • New Theme: Sketch

    Caroline Moore
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we’re happy to debut a new, free portfolio theme, Sketch! Sketch Designed by yours truly, Sketch is a clean, modern theme for showcasing your best visual works. Whether you’re a professional illustrator, an aspiring photographer, or a painter, Sketch will ensure your portfolio looks stunning no matter the device or screen size. Further customize your site with a logo, showcase your favorites with a Featured Content slider, or spruce it up with a Custom Background or Header. Take Sketch for a spin — visit the Theme Showcase to learn more, or activate it on your site by…
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • Attention Parents of Teens: You May Want to Sign Up For This New Technology!

    Merrill Dubrow
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Does this sound familiar? Your kids aren’t answering their phone and they’re not calling you back…who knows, it could be even worse and they’re avoiding you. In the past, you may have grounded them, taken away their allowance or had them do additional chores around the house as punishment for being unresponsive. Well, thanks to a new $2 Android app called “Ignore No More”, you now have another choice! Here is how this app works: the parent launches the “Ignore No More” app, selects their child’s unsuspecting smartphone from their contact list,…
  • What Does This Mean to You?

    Merrill Dubrow
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    I was listening to the radio a few weeks ago and during an interview, one of the athletes said, “I am taking what I am given and I make the most of it”. I really like the way this was said and framed and I’m curious…… What does that statement mean to you? Do you think most people follow this principle? I look forward to reading your comments!
  • Are You Ready For Some Football? Time To Join Our Weekly Football Pool! Yes! It Is Free… And There Are Prizes!

    Merrill Dubrow
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    For four years now, we have had a football pool and I am excited to say we are going to continue it for another year. Last year’s overall winner was Steve Kennedy, who was also the cumulative winner. Steve followed Doug G Golab Andrew Dixon and Sarah Baird who won the first three years of the pool. It is VERY easy to participate. Here are the rules: We keep track of everyone’s cumulative score and will be awarding a spot in the final week to the top two people who pick the most correct games right for the first 16 weeks. If those people win a week they will be awarded another spot in the…
  • Okay, Am I the Only Person Who Loses or Breaks Sunglasses?

    Merrill Dubrow
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Its sunny out, of course I put on my sunglasses! The problem I have more often than not is: “Where are they?” I tend to be an organized person but for some reason I always seem to misplace my sunglasses…or worse, I have them in my briefcase, which usually means they get broken. Yes, I have had some expensive sunglasses in the past. Ray-Ban? Check. Maui Jim? Check. Oakley? Check. Guess what? I have broken each and every pair. Clearly there is something wrong with me that I continue to lose or break my sunglasses. Now some of them aren’t 100% my fault…I have broken…
  • Remember the Days When Penny Candy…Actually Cost a Penny?

    Merrill Dubrow
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Last month, I was having a blast with my kids in Cape Cod. As part of our fun I needed to go to a candy store…yes, partly for the kids but also for myself because I have a sweet tooth as well. I must admit I chuckled a little bit when I saw the sign that said “Penny Candy $7.99 a Pound”. I can still close my eyes and remember the days when I would take a short bike ride with my sisters or friends to a buffalo farm that had a general store where Fire Balls, Bazooka gum, Lemon Drops and Root Beer Barrels were actually sold for a penny! I miss those days! Let’s go back a…
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    Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

  • Revolutionary Management Improvement May Be Needed But Most Management Change is Evolutionary

    John Hunter
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    This month the ASQ Influential Bloggers were asked to respond to the question – will the future of quality be evolutionary or revolutionary? I think it has been and will continue to be both. Revolutionary change is powerful but very difficult for entrenched people and organizations to actually pull off. It is much easy to dream about doing so. Often even revolutionary ideas are adopted in a more evolutionary way: partial adoption of some practices based on the insight provided by the revolutionary idea. I think this is where the biggest impact of W. Edwards Deming’s ideas have…
  • Out of Touch Executives Damage Companies: Go to the Gemba

    John Hunter
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    When your customer service organization is universally recognized as horrible adding sales requirements to customer service representatives jobs is a really bad practice. Sadly it isn’t at all surprising to learn of management doing just that at our largest companies. Within a system where cash and corruption buys freedom from market forces (see below for more details) such practices can continue. Such customer hostile practices shouldn’t continue. They shouldn’t be allowed to continue. And even though the company’s cash has bought politically corrupt parties to allow…
  • Use Urls – Don’t Use Click x, Then Click y, Then Click z Instructions

    John Hunter
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:41 am
    In the 1980s software applications had to use click x, then click y, then click z type instructions to get you to a specific location in a software application (or at least they had a decent excuse to do that). Too many web application development organizations forget that they now have urls to direct people exactly where to go: and that they shouldn’t rely on ancient “click here, then there, then in that other place” type instructions. Here is an example I wrote up on my recent experience with iTunes and their failure to do this properly: Bad iTunes Ux and How to Submit a…
  • 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…
 
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Deming's Fourteen Points of Quality Management

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    W. Edwards Deming was a supreme practitioner of quality management. He summarized his ideas in these Fourteen Points of Quality Management: Create constancy of purpose towards improvement. That means short-term out, long-term in. Adopt the new philosophy. From top to bottom Cease dependence on inspection. You don’t inspect quality into products and services - you design it in. Move towards a single supplier for any one item. Playing many suppliers off against each other is wasteful. Improve constantly and forever. However good you are, you can always do better. Institute training on…
  • The Importance of Time Tracking

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    If you want to improve performance, or likewise increase capacity or capability, you need to track the one thing that you'll never get back: time. In order to improve effectiveness and efficiency, you must understand how your time is being used. With all of the technological advances over the past two decades, we're continually forced to do things "better, faster, cheaper." In other words, all of these advances have taught us how to be more efficient. But - have any of these advances (spreadsheets, email, cell phones, IM, etc.) made us more effective? The difference between the two? Being…
  • Using SWOT During Times of Economic Uncertainty

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Tough times require tough decisions. During times of economic uncertainty, strategy refinement and executionneed to become the top priority for business leaders. How to start? Begin by doing a SWOT Analysis. SWOT is a strategic planning tool used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in your business. The aim of any SWOT analysis is to identify the key internal and external factors that are important to achieving your strategy. SWOT analysis groups key pieces of information into two main categories: Internal factors - The strengths and weaknesses…
  • 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…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: One More Reason for Clear Expectations

    Kevin Eikenberry
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are a lot of reasons that setting clear expectations is important to leadership success, but here’s one really important one that you might not have thought of… When we make expectations clear with others, we provide an opportunity for trust to grow. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about the Bud to Boss […] The post Remarkable TV: One More Reason for Clear Expectations appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • How to Make Every Performance Review More Effective

    Kevin Eikenberry
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    When you think about performance reviews, what do you think? Chances are, your first thoughts aren’t positive, and the day of your performance review isn’t a day you circle with positive anticipation. The fact is that . . . Most performance reviews . . . aren’t very effective. Most performance reviews . . . are stressful. […] The post How to Make Every Performance Review More Effective appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • No More Meeting Madness: Simple Steps to More Effective, Efficient Meetings

    Kevin Eikenberry
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Perhaps no topic I talk about in workshops gains more immediate and heartfelt groans than the topic of meetings. You likely attended too many last week. You likely attended at least one last week that was a waste of your time. You likely can think of a recent meeting that you didn’t even know why […] The post No More Meeting Madness: Simple Steps to More Effective, Efficient Meetings appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Creating Real Team Alignment

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week, I wrote about the importance of seeing opportunity in your team and what you can do to help your team see opportunities as well. I ended by telling you that the way to create that opportunity view was by creating a definiteness of purpose across all members of your team. Then I promised […] The post Creating Real Team Alignment appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Are Leaders Born or Made?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s an age-old question: are leaders made or born? My answer is “yes” and here’s what I mean… We are born with talents that can help us, but we must learn the skills to be a highly effective leader. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about the Bud to Boss workshops here. If you […] The post Remarkable TV: Are Leaders Born or Made? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
 
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    Survival Leadership

  • FINAL Post #8--Parenting

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    Wholehearted Parenting. Joseph Pearce writes: “What we are teaches the child more than what we say, so we must be what we want our children to become.” Amen!
  • Daring Greatly: Post #7--Work and School

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Re-humanize work and school. Leaders are those who hold themselves accountable for finding potential in people and process. It’s not about position but attitude and behavior. Leading in a culture of scarcity—“never enough”—is tough. Fear of failure and rejection inhibits innovation at school and work. “Blaming, gossiping, name-calling and harassment are all behavioral clues that shame has permeated a culture.” Often kids are shamed at school about something they created (writing, drawing, art, etc.) and it can scar them for a LONG time. Same at work.
  • Daring Greatly: Post #6--The Gap

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    Mind the Gap. “The gap” is the distance between our aspirational and practiced values. We often say one thing but do another, and that creates a credibility and vulnerability value gap. Parents and bosses lose credibility when the say-do gap is large.  When our practiced values conflict regularly with our cultural values and aspirations, disengagement is inevitable. Engagement doesn’t come from compliance but from connection, love and vulnerability.
  • Daring Greatly: Post #5--Vulnerablity Armor

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Vulnerability Armor: “Vulnerability is the last thing I want to see in me, but the first thing I look for in you.” A scarcity mentality leads to shame, comparison (with others), and disengagement (pulling away). An “enough” mindset brings a sense of worthiness, boundaries and engagement. When we were kids, we started to build shields to protect ourselves. Bravado, perfectionism, being cool, critical and more became our armor—the wall we put around ourselves—our protective mask, a persona. Some ways we armor up:a.    Numbing is an addiction shield (anything to dull…
  • Daring Greatly: Post #4--Shame Resilience

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    Shame Resilience. To be fully engaged (wholehearted), you have to be vulnerable—resilient to shame.  To become shame resilient, we have to name our shame and reach out to others with it—get vulnerable—and then shame dissipates. Shame hates the light of day. Shame resistance comes with speaking about shame, reaching out to others, understanding shame triggers. Self-love and compassion help us greatly. Blame is a defensive shield we often put up to discharge our own discomfort. “If blame is driving [the car], shame is riding shotgun.” To become shame-resilient at work: 1. Need…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • #SACareer – An Introduction to A New SAC Series

    nope
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    Careers are in the fabric of our lives. We spend 40 hours a week at our jobs, talk about them with our friends, and sometimes relocate for the right one. Whether we like it or not, one of the first questions we ask of people we have just met is about their job. There’s no way around it; these topics matter. As a result, we at the Commission for Career Services from ACPA have teamed up with the Student Affairs Collective to produce #SACareer; an examination of careers from a number of angles. In this ongoing series, we (and maybe you!) will be addressing careers in student affairs, careers…
  • Best of #SAchat Tweets – Week of 08/25/2014

    nope
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Every day the #sachat feed is full of great resources, professional musings, and important questions that have been posed to the community. Here is a highlight of some of the tweets from the stream during the last week. We know this list is only scratching the surface, but we hope it will encourage you to keep the conversation going. Chat on! “Your life will always b bigger than ur work–so trying to balance them is a recipe 4 failure” | http://t.co/0cA8jJfLVS | #sachat #wellbeing — Becky Patt (@becky_patt) August 24, 2014 "I have a question and you look important, can you…
  • #SAsurvives – The Path to Recovery

    nope
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Image Credit: freebigpictures.com Trigger Warning: This post contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to some survivors. As an undergraduate, I was very involved. I joined hall council, and then became an RA for the next three years. I participated in the National Student Exchange program, and I always got involved in campus wide events. I loved everything about my undergraduate career, except for the shadow that followed me. That shadow was my date rape. I had been on and off with a guy for about a year, and we came to the decision that we should just…
  • The 4 Lessons I’ve Learned Working 10 Years in Student Affairs

    nope
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    Isn’t it funny the things that pop into your mind when standing in line waiting for coffee in the mornings? Sometimes it’s the fact that you’d forgotten to call someone or finish a task or write an email, but this week it occurred to me one morning that I was just about to tick over 10 years of service in student affairs. It was a realization I found almost difficult to completely comprehend when it truly felt like only a few years ago I was a fresh faced student commencing my degree, or what seemed like only a few months ago, as a new professional just starting work in the student…
  • The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast Episode #26: Josie & Lloyd Ahlquist on YouTube & College Students

    nope
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Welcome to another great episode of The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast!               This week on the show, we have two(!) awesome guests. We welcome back Josie Ahlquist and give a warm student affairs welcome to her husband, Lloyd (otherwise known as Epic LLOYD from Epic Rap Battles of History fame) who is new to the show. They spoke with Dustin about YouTube and as where this new network of educational and entertainment content is headed and how it affects college students. It was a great chat with both contributing some really awesome insight into…
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    Managing Leadership

  • Shape Shifting

    Jim Stroup
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Due to an inexorable change in the direction and nature of my activities, as well as certain effects these are having on my discretionary writing schedule, I must herein announce that I will no longer be publishing to this site. The nature of the writing here and the need for regularity in its presentation clearly cannot be met for the foreseeable future. The site will remain up, as its archives are often visited by readers either browsing from the main page or directed to specific articles by internet searches. It remains possible that I will write irregularly on a variety of (primarily…
  • High expectations

    Jim Stroup
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    We’ve been talking about how the military uses the 5-paragraph order as one way to generate activity that is founded in organizationally relevant perspective. We most recently noted that this order-promulgation method isn’t just used at the top – it’s expected that all commanders at all levels use the system in full – from the commander of all forces in theater to every team-leader of even the smallest units. But there’s one more thing to note about this: It’s not just that commanders are expected by their seniors to give the fully-prepared order – their troops also expect to…
  • Here and there – everywhere

    Jim Stroup
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:57 am
    We’ve covered two key elements of the 5-paragraph order used by the modern US military to not only transmit operational instructions to subordinates, but to ensure they have the perspective and context necessary to properly and intelligently carry them out. These are principally the “mission-oriented” nature of this order transmission system, and the detailed situation analysis provided – both of which precede the actual delineation of the tasks to be performed. This system, and the decentralizing, push-authority-down approach it expresses, are key to the phenomenal performance under…
  • Putting it all in context

    Jim Stroup
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:48 pm
    We’ve been working to offer concrete examples to explain why a primary management task is to impart perspective to the organization. Last week we looked at just one way the military does that through what is sometimes known as the mission-oriented order. We saw how military commanders don’t simply give “orders” – or instructions – to subordinate units as is often assumed. Rather, they put those instructions in context with a detailed explanation of the mission those tasks are intended to help achieve – and not only that: but also provided are the commander’s intent and concept…
  • Making sense of it all

    Jim Stroup
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:04 am
    We’ve been arguing that perspective is a principle managerial task. Of course managers need to have perspective themselves – but the actual point here is that a major responsibility they shoulder as managers is to make sure that the organization as a whole has it as well. They do this in two broad ways, and we will take a brief look at the first today and next week. This is the manner in which management disseminates the general organizational mission and specific instructions. As mentioned periodically here, the extraordinary circumstances in which military commanders operate make their…
 
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    Management Skills Blog

  • What Were They Thinking?

    Tom Foster
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    “I don’t understand,” Geoff began. “We had a meeting. I explained the new way things were going to be done. A couple of people asked questions. Everyone on the team agreed.” “And?” I asked. “And when I took a look at the work today, nothing was changed. It was done the same as before without the changes,” he replied. “I don’t know what they are thinking.” “If you want to know what someone is thinking, watch what they do. People say and agree to all kinds of things. As a manager, never mistake what someone says for…
  • Why Do We Do That?

    Tom Foster
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    “Why do you assemble the pieces of the installation on-site?” I asked. “Because that’s what we are paid to do,” Roger replied. “The customer purchased this assembly and needs it installed in this location. That’s what we do.” “But, I am watching this installation and it seems very awkward. That technician is standing on a ladder, in a dark corner of the room, securing two pieces that he cannot see, reaching around another piece that is in the way.” “I know,” Roger agreed. “But that’s what we do.”…
  • Massive Update to Time Span 101

    Tom Foster
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    Just wanted to tell you about a massive content update to Time Span 101. New Video Content (2-1/2 hours worth) Time Span 101 now contains video from our most popular workshop Management Myths and Time Span. We recently produced this recording, and embedded more than 2-1/2 hours in 23 video segments into the learning platform at Time Span 101. If you attended one of my live workshops over the past ten years, this is your chance to re-capture the things you discovered about your organization. New Updated Workbook Subscribers will receive our pdf workbook, based on the workshop handout, to help…
  • The Uncertainty of the Future

    Tom Foster
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    “You look absorbed in something,” I observed. Abbe looked up from her desk. “Yes, I have this project coming up. Never worked on a project like this before. Don’t know anyone who has worked on a project like this before. Risky. Not devastating risk, but this project could go sideways fast.” “And?” I asked. “I am trying to think about projects we have completed in the past that could help me figure out this new project,” she replied. “Looking for patterns in past projects will only help you so much. It helps you understand the past.
  • Before the Team Can Get Better

    Tom Foster
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    “I am really disappointed in my team,” Carole began. “I really need to get them to step up their game.” “Whenever I watch a team,” I replied, “to see how it is performing, I always end up watching the leader. Most times, the competency of the team reveals the competency of the leader.” “Are you saying that the lack of performance of my team, is my fault?” Carole defended. “No, I am saying, before the team can step up, it’s the leader who has to step up. Before the team can change, the leader has to change. The team you…
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    The Enlightened Manager

  • Turn Into the Skid

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    When I was fifteen and learning how to drive, I hit a patch of ice and started to slide off the road. My Dad’s voice was calm and steady. “Turn into the skid, Cheri.” It worked.  I turned my wheels in the direction that I was sliding and felt the car come back under my control.  Once my heart stopped pounding, I stopped the car and turned to him. “I wanted to turn away from the skid.”  He nodded. “It’s instinct to turn away. But it’s usually the wrong thing to do.” His advice came back to me this week as I’ve been wrestling with…
  • 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…
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    Women on Business

  • Paula Deen, an Amazing Comeback Of A Woman Entrepreneur

    Mary Isabale
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Among working women’s successes and comeback stories, there is no better example than woman entrepreneur, Paula Deen. Paula was a shining star who on worked her way up from being a “bag lady” and making and taking lunches to customers to a successful business woman with a phenomenal career and television show, “Cooking With Paula Deen” on the Food Network,. She also sold a collection of cookware and furniture, published cookbooks, gave inspirational speeches, and much more. Paula’s business was nearly lost amid highly publicized legal entanglements. When she gave a deposition…
  • Why Your Clients Dictate Which Social Media Platforms Work Best For You

    A. Michelle Blakeley
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    Your client profile is not complete until you know which social media platforms your clients like use to communicate and how often they use those platforms. Share too much or too often and you lose them. Share too little or every blue moon, and your voice gets lost. There is a fine balanced line between informing or sharing and bombarding and overselling. You have to communicate often enough that you remain top of mind, and your message needs to be timely, informative and useful. Do you know the social media tools of your trade? Where are your clients mingling, sharing and searching for…
  • Onboarding: Advice for New Directors and “Fit” With the Board

    Susan Gunelius
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    One way to help with onboarding a new director is to focus not just on skills but also on cultural fit—how well will the new director fit with the way their fellow directors work. New directors and sitting directors can become more effective and influential by examining these three ideas: 1) The difference between the actual role and the expectations the new director has about the role. During the interviews, the best side of the board, the company, and the culture are presented. On occasion, I have seen directors or C-suite executives be frank about some of their “warts,” but this…
  • 5 Ways To Manage Virtual Employees

    Toni Nelson
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    As you look to grow your business, you may decide it’s time to bring others on board. When you hire employees there are several questions you need to consider. First, do you have office space to handle your staff? Second, will you have a dress code? Third, what will their hours be? When you decide to hire virtual employees none of these concerns apply to you. Your virtual employees work from their own location. They can dress as they like because no one sees them. Their hours depend on the time frame you set out for your projects. Here are five areas you need to manage when it comes to…
  • 5 Ways to Boost the Digital Presence of Your Business

    Asavari Sharma
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Having a strong digital presence has never been so important for doing business as it is today. Why? Because, believe it or not, your customers—both the existing and prospective ones—expect to see you out there. You may think that your business is not the kind that needs an online presence, but the truth is there is no set convention guiding which businesses should or shouldn’t do so. You don’t have to be an e-commerce firm or a media organization to go digital. Whatever the nature of your business, enhancing its virtual presence can do wonders. You can increase your…
 
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    The Glass Hammer

  • Voice of Experience: Nora Wu, PwC Global Vice Chairwoman, PwC Global Human Capital Leader

    No Byline
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome the The Glass Hammer’s “Spotlight on Asia” week! We will be highlighting successful women working in Asia all week long! By Irene Solaz Nora Wu believes that achievements do not determine success, but that success is determined by the obstacles that have been overcome. She herself has faced numerous challenges and barriers on her journey to being appointed PwC Global Vice Chairwoman and Global Human Capital Leader in July. “My professional career got off to a late start,” she recounts. “I started my family before I began to focus on my career and by the time I…
  • Voice of Experience: Paloma Wang, Partner, Capital Markets Group, Shearman & Sterling

    No Byline
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome the The Glass Hammer’s “Spotlight on Asia” week! We will be highlighting successful women working in Asia all week long! By Michelle Hendelman At just 37 years old, Paloma Wang’s rapid ascension to the partnership at global law firm Shearman & Sterling, where she specializes in initial public offerings (IPOs) and other corporate finance transactions in the firm’s Hong Kong office, is a tale worth telling. Her career achievements are a testament to the value of establishing a long-term vision and having the drive to make it a reality. “You need to determine…
  • Voice of Experience: Stephanie Hui, head of the Merchant Banking Division in Asia Pacific Ex-Japan, Goldman Sachs

    No Byline
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome the The Glass Hammer’s “Spotlight on Asia” week! We will be highlighting successful women working in Asia all week long! By Michelle Hendelman “Earlier in my career, I was more reserved about expressing my views,” said Stephanie Hui, head of the Merchant Banking Division in Asia Pacific Ex-Japan at Goldman Sachs. “But over time, I realized we are in the business of taking calculated risks and just keeping my head down to produce top quality work while hoping others would notice would not make me a leader. Instead, I would have to effectively and respectfully…
  • Summer Fridays!

    No Byline
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Happy Summer Friday from The Glass Hammer Team! You can catch up on this week’s content here: Voice of Experience: Pamela Yeo, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, AIG PC Asia Pacific Update: Spotlight on Asia 2014 – China and Singapore: Baby Steps Towards Improving Gender Diversity Update: Spotlight on Asia 2014 (part 2): Japan Continues to Lag in Diversity Rankings Voice of Experience: Anna Chung, Counsel, Project Development & Finance, Shearman & Sterling Want to get these stories in your inbox? Sign up here for our weekly newsletter. Enjoy your weekend!
  • Voice of Experience: Anna Chung, Counsel, Project Development & Finance, Shearman & Sterling

    No Byline
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Irene Solaz To Anna Chung, landing your “dream job” is not a question of whether you are female or male but rather of how good you are. As a Singapore-based senior lawyer at global law firm Shearman & Sterling, Chung has demonstrated the ability to shine on client work throughout Asia and, increasingly, around the world. A project finance lawyer, Chung’s practice focuses on power, LNG, oil and gas, and petrochemicals projects. She began her career at a leading Australian firm but left after a few years for Shearman & Sterling. “To be honest, my career was not particularly…
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • RoundPegg #TChat Recap: The Talent Science Of Cultural Change

    RoundPegg
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    On 8/13, our co-founders Brent Daily and Dr. Natalie Baumgartner had the pleasure of sitting down with the show’s co-creators and hosts, Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman, to talk about how data and analytics are shaping organizational culture. TalentCulture’s #TChat show is a weekly net-based discussion that delves into what is going on in the rapidly evolving world of work. Last week, our co-founders Brent Daily and Dr. Natalie Baumgartner had the pleasure of sitting down with the show’s co-creators and hosts, Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman, to talk about how data and…
  • #TChat 8/13: The Talent Science Of Cultural Change Ft. RoundPegg

    RoundPegg
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    This week on #TChat, RoundPegg Co-Founders Brent Daily and Natalie Baumgartner talk “Talent Science” — the science of using quantifiable data to find and hire employees that will be most engaged with the company, therefore contributing more to the bottom line.The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, August 13, 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.This week Brent Daily and Natalie Baumgartner will be featured on the TalentCulture #TChat show,…
  • [Video] How Do You Address Culture in M&A Due Diligence: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Do You Address Culture in M&A Due Diligence?”Due diligence, in the context of mergers and acquisitions, has to be focused on organizational culture. Since organizational culture is by far the biggest reason that mergers and acquisitions fail, it's imperative for individuals who are managing that transaction to understand where they're starting from.What sits at the core for each of the two organizations? What's appropriate or acceptable from the leadership standpoint in terms of where…
  • [Video] Why Do Most Mergers Fail: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Why Do Most Mergers Fail?”The vast majority of mergers and acquisitions fail. At least 70% do, and some estimate that it's even higher than that. And most of those mergers fail for reasons that have nothing to do with the product or the business imperatives between the two organizations - they fail for culture reasons.When you are bringing two organizations together that have different sets of values, it's really critical to be able to understand those differences and manage them.
  • [Video] What’s Wrong With Integrity as a Value: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What’s Wrong With Integrity as a Value?”There are a lot of buzzwords that get captured in organizational values these days (ex: accountability, integrity, high performance), and what we know is that when we have a value that isn't well defined, that isn't operationalized, that isn't easy to understand in terms of how it plays out in the organization, it's very difficult to live that value as an employee.So, leadership has the job of identifying aspirational values that can be drilled down…
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    Rich Gee Group

  • How To Eliminate Guilt About Not Doing Everything.

    Rich Gee
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We all like Shiny Objects. We’re attracted to them. Like moths to a flame. Whenever a new product, idea, solution, or strategy comes along, we sometimes catch ourselves getting distracted and focusing a lot of our efforts towards our Shiny Object. We want to get our Shiny Object and place it into our ‘Shiny Object Repository’. The Shiny Object can take many forms: A new position. A new car. A strategy a competitor is using. A direction recommended by friends. A blog post with a ‘new’ idea. A new tool (especially technology). It can be anything. In the past, when…
  • Two Questions That Will Change Your Life In A Powerful Way.

    richgeegroup
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    DO THIS TODAY. I did it and found it COMPLETELY EXHILARATING & POWERFUL. Find a quiet place, no distractions (see below). Turn off your phone and email, close your door — this time is for you. Use your laptop to write down the answers to these two questions: 1. EXPLAIN YOUR CURRENT SITUATION TO YOUR ‘FIVE-YEARS-AGO’ SELF. Example: Tom — you’re going to be fired from your job, you’re going to feel like ‘fired’, but they’re really letting you go. But don’t worry – you’re going to take six months off reeling from that…
  • 8 Things I Wish I Learned In College.

    richgeegroup
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I loved going to college. I learned a lot and grew a lot while I was there. In addition to all the facts and figures, I also learned many intangibles – how to communicate with very intelligent people, how to do real research, and how to solve difficult problems (to name just a few). But there were a few things I either missed or was never exposed to in my four years. During my 20 years in corporate management and 10+ years coaching, I found many different themes bubbling up to the surface time and time again. When it finally cut through my thick irish/polish/russian head, I made it a…
  • 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…
 
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    First Friday Book Synopsis

  • Easy; Convenient; FAST! – Whole Foods Will No Longer Accept Personal Checks; Checks Slow Things Down

    Randy Mayeux
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    “By accepting only electronic payments and cash, we will reduce wait times in line.” Lindsay Robison, Whole Foods spokesperson based in Austin (read article here) ——————– A short history – My personal history of paying for groceries… c. 1961 – Harlingen, Texas — My mother bought groceries at Winn Dixie (I think), paying for the […]
  • Francis Got It Right 54 Years Ago

    kjkrayer
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
      Perhaps some advice is time-sensitive, and others are timeless. I found this to be the case when reading Arlene Francis‘ epic that she published in 1960 entitled That Certain Something:  The Magic of Charm (New York:  Messner, 1960). If you are not familiar with Arlene Francis, you can read a great biography about her […]
  • Get the Little Things Right, (Maybe the Little Things are Big Things), and You’ll be a Better Speaker

    Randy Mayeux
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    In the last week, I’ve heard two good speakers. One of them was introducing a new facility in a major non-profit. The room was not built for speaking acoustics. But he adapted well, and did a very good job. The other one was in a traditional setting — church. It was the Sunday sermon. It […]
  • The Talent Masters: A book review by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers Bill Conaty and Ram Charan Crown Business (2010) How to develop “robust talent pipelines and same-day succession plans” I agree with Bill Conaty and Ram Charan that Steve Jobs is the archetypical “talent master.” Few others possess his combination of intelligence, temperament, energy, and determination […]
  • When Trust is Lost – Reflections on the Bank of America, and Fareed Zakaria’s Plagiarism

    Randy Mayeux
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    “I have a strong feeling that a young reporter is entitled to one mistake and to have the holy bejeezus scared out of her to never do it again.” Nina Totenberg, reflecting on the time she was fired for plagiarism as a 28-year-old reporter (Quoted by King Kaufman, who concluded with this: If it’s a […]
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    Free Executive & Management Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Team Building - Developing Your Leadership Skills

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Successful team building in the workplace has more to do with making a success of the team you have been given, rather than building an ideal team from scratch.You will learn how to apply these principles to:A project team where even though you are not an expert in all of the technical aspects of the project you  are still expected to coordinate the team’s efforts.A support team where there are problems with motivation and high staff turnover.A high-level strategic team where you do not have any direct authority over the other participants. Chapter 1 - Team Building in the…
  • Why Teams Underperform - Developing Your Leadership Skills

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    You will learn:The four essential behaviors you must demonstrate in order to turn around an underperforming team.How to deal with the problems inherent in matrix or cross-functional teams where you do not have authority over all of the team members.The six ‘silent barriers’ to performance that cannot be tackled directly because they result from issues that senior management prefers to ignore.How to recognize the symptoms of GroupThink and prevent it from becoming a problem in your team.How to stop Ingroup behavior having an adverse effect on your team’s performance and…
  • Principles of Project Management - Developing Your Project Skills

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Organizations are increasingly using project management techniques within their operations and the specialist language of project management has become more and more commonplace in managerial and executive meetings. This trend is here to stay and it means that managers need to be familiar with project management roles, terms and processes.You will learn:How projects are defined and why they differ from business processesHow the structure of an organization impacts project managementHow project management roles and responsibilities are definedWhat the PMBOK® Guide is and how it can help…
  • Team Leadership - Developing Your Leadership Skills

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This free eBook uses three real-life examples to illustrate how different leadership styles can be applied to suit different types of teams.You will learn:Where transactional leadership will be appropriate and where it is counter-productive to the team’s objective.How transformational leadership can enhance motivation, morale, and performance by creating a sense of collective identity.The four key elements of transformational leadership and how to apply them in your interactions with your team.How situational leadership can be used to alter your leadership style to suit the ability and…
  • Effective Goal Setting - Developing Your Productivity Skills

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This book explains how to use the theory of goal setting to set practical targets for you and your team members.You will learn:The theories that underpin goal setting and motivation.The two most popular goal setting methods, 4CF and SMART.How to turn aspirations into clear ‘goal statements’.The key to persuading team members to buy into the goals you set.How to recognize situations where traditional goal setting won’t work. Chapter 1 - Goal Setting for ManagersChapter 2 - Goal Setting Theories of Locke and LathamChapter 3 - 4CF Goal Setting for ManagersChapter 4 - SMART…
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    leadchangegroup.com

  • Is Hope A Leadership Trait?

    Paul LaRue
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:11 am
      We like to hear of lessons in leadership, and look for relevant examples in all mediums. Whether reading articles, books or watching movies, there is always a leadership tip we can gain, whether from good or bad displays. An example of this is one of my favorite movies – Apollo 13. One of the [...]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, character-based leadership principles throughout the…
  • Why Nobody Wants To Be A Hero

    Deborah Costello
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Last weekend I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy, in my mind a silly action/adventure film starring some second tier comic book characters.  I expected to be amused and entertained and I was.   The characters in the film were heroes in that they did, reluctantly, save the universe.  They were also conniving, sarcastic, opportunistic, [...]Author informationDeborah CostelloDeborah Costello is a teacher and the Mathematics Department Chair at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Florida. She also serves as a consultant for the College Board. Her passions include leadership,…
  • An Unconventional Way to Safeguard Employee Motivation

    Mary C Schaefer
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Create an environment that inspires motivation and engagement through empathy. You can make sure your people are using their natural strengths. You can focus on job fit and culture fit.   Is that all there is to ensure motivated employees? When I think of supporting employee motivation, my thoughts go a slightly different direction. What if [...]Author informationMary C SchaeferPresident at Artemis Path, Inc.As a coach, trainer and consultant, Mary Schaefer's expertise is in helping managers and employees conquer their dread about difficult conversations, to go into them feeling equipped…
  • The Oath of Leadership

    Chip Bell
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    Every president since George Washington has started the role of president by taking the oath of office specified in the U.S. Constitution.  Our founding fathers saw it as a crucial pledge to be made by the highest leader of the country.   “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President [...]Author informationChip BellChip R. Bell is a renowned keynote speaker, consultant and author of several national best selling books. His newest book is The 9 1/2 Principles of Innovative Service. He can be reached at www.chipbell.com.
  • Are You Getting an A in Social Excellence?

    Mary C Schaefer
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    Social Excellence [n]: A state of perpetual generosity, curiosity, positivity, and openness to limitless possibility. A desire to intentionally connect with others. The ability to engage in deep, meaningful conversation. Acting in a responsible and respectable manner with high expectations of others… the highest level of societal participation and contribution. What is social excellence beyond [...]Author informationMary C SchaeferPresident at Artemis Path, Inc.As a coach, trainer and consultant, Mary Schaefer's expertise is in helping managers and employees conquer their dread about…
 
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    Crucial Skills

  • Kerrying On: Whose Line Is It Anyway?

    Kerry Patterson
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    It was a Saturday morning in the summer of 1980, the front doorbell chimed, and my seven-year-old daughter Rebecca ran to see who was there. It turned out to be her best friend, Candy, who smiled and asked, “Can you come out and play?” Rebecca took a quick look at her pal, curled her lip, said “No,” and then slammed the door. I watched this exchange and thought to myself, ‘Who slams the door in a friend’s face?’ Apparently my daughter. So, I asked her what had just taken place. She explained that her mom had told her to clean her room before she went anywhere. “So you wanted…
  • Dealing with New Job Expectations

    David Maxfield
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Dear Crucial Skills, I have been doing a job for 14 years, making improvements and reevaluating each year to make it more efficient and produce better results. The two teams I have been dealing with have always expressed satisfaction with my work. We now have a different management team with a different philosophy; they want me to do my job in less than half the time, assisting 50% more clients than I had previously. They want me to just “get the job done” and are not concerned about quality. How do I deal with this without sacrificing personal integrity? Regards, Frustrated with…
  • Communicating with the Unresponsive

    Al Switzler
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    This column will be Al Switzler’s last. He is transitioning to a more advisory role and will be supporting some of our non-profit efforts. We will be introducing new thought leaders in coming issues of Crucial Skills. Dear Crucial Skills, What do I do about a supervisor who doesn’t respond to or acknowledge e-mails and other correspondence from me? I even use the “read receipt” which indicates that it was read, but still no response. Sincerely, Awaiting a Response Dear Awaiting, When I read questions like this, I sense frustration, self-doubt, and difficulty in restraining…
  • How to Help the Demoted

    Joseph Grenny
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Dear Crucial Skills, A colleague of mine started in an entry-level role. For the past two years he has been an acting supervisor in an unfilled position. He applied for the permanent position but did not get the job. He must now return to his entry-level role under my supervision. How can I support him through this transition? What should I do if he continues to act like a supervisor? Signed, Assisting a Colleague Dear Assisting, My first question to you is: Are you imagining a problem that doesn’t exist? Your question might reflect your own lack of leadership confidence rather than your…
  • Influencer 2.0 Source 1

    Emily Hoffman
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The U.S. Women’s Ski Jump team made their Olympic debut in the 2014 Socchi Games. While they did not medal (the three members of the team placed 10th, 15th, and 21st), they had thousands of fans cheering them on, including the youngest member of the U.S. Women’s Ski team—twelve-year-old Zia Terry. Two years ago at the tender age of ten years old, Zia was made an honorary member of the U.S. Women’s Ski team. How did this precocious youngster ascend to such a lofty honor? She jumped. Literally. Zia became a YouTube sensation thanks to her GoPro helmet-mounted camera recording her…
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  • Leadership from the inside out

    Mary Jo Asmus
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
      There is an interesting story about the shortest letter sent to the Daily Mail, an English newspaper. The editor asked readers to respond to the question, “What’s wrong with the world?”. The following response was reported to have been received from C.K. Chesterton, a well-known writer in the last century:   Dear Sir, I am. Yours Sincerely, C.K. Chesterton   When I learned of that story, I wondered how many leaders realize that the impact they make begins with what’s inside of them. The good “human” qualities that are expressed outwardly by…
  • Living into integrity

    Mary Jo Asmus
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
      Many leaders I know gasp when I tell them about the vacation that Ken and I take (almost) every year. We both own and operate businesses that require a lot of our attention. We love what we do, but yearn for time away doing something that energizes us and makes us feel whole. So we spend a week in nature with little outside contact (i.e. we don’t have cell phone service or wi-fi except when we’re on the road between stops). We tow a small camper and hike, wade, observe, photograph, meditate and rest. This is our time away from work and it helps us to live into integrity.
  • Passion needs persistence

    Mary Jo Asmus
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
      The truth is that passion for leadership is only a good start to being the best leader you can be. Leadership for most of us isn’t easy since there are hurdles to jump over and obstacles in the way to success. There are lots of things you need along with passion in order to be a successful leader, but persistence comes in at a strong second place. Without persistence, you don’t get to express your passion. Without dogged determination your craving to be a great leader lies dormant all clouded over with excuses about the things you “should do” but don’t. My…
  • When you decide to lead

    Mary Jo Asmus
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Three years ago the Michigan International Coach Federation chapter needed a Board President. Nobody came forward to fill the slot, and when asked, I said “no”; I was too busy and besides, I preferred to stay on the board, but not to lead the organization. I liked the idea of staying behind the scenes a bit. A month or two went by without a successor willing to take the spot, and as a founding board member, I had a stake in the matter. So I asked myself, “What would a leader do?”. I made the tough decision to step up to the plate as the Board President. I knew that…
  • Giving space and light for others to grow

    Mary Jo Asmus
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
      Last winter, we had an old apple tree in the yard topple from sub-zero freezing temperatures and the weight of more snow than we’ve seen since we’ve lived here. When we lost that tree, we gained a patch of sun that we hadn’t had before. Excitement ensued when we envisioned the possibility of having our first vegetable garden in many years. So in the spring we tilled and fertilized the soil. We shopped for starter plants. We made sure we kept the hungry vegetable-eating critters at bay. It was a spring of just enough sun and a summer of plenty of rain to foster…
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    All Things Workplace

  • Beware of Feedback In Disguise

    Steve Roesler
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Faux Feedback Disguised as 360 Assessment About 8 months ago I was asked to provide coaching for a middle manager. During the exploratory meeting, I asked his boss how he (the middle manager) responded to the performance feedback that led to the coaching solution. The boss responded in a very generic way and shuffled papers nervously. Then, he said it: "I guess I should sit down with him again. But I think using some kind of 360 feedback tool would really be helpful." Three weeks ago...yep, it happened again. Along with the "360 might be helpful..." These are three different companies in…
  • On The Air: Crack the Leadership Code

    Steve Roesler
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Enjoyed good interview by Dr Michelle Pizer; had a chance to discuss leadership and its available today on Crack the Leadership Code. Register FREE! @steveroesler ow.ly/zpyXu
  • 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…
 
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    George Ambler

  • Turbulent Times Require More Frequent Strategic Breaks

    George Ambler
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.” – Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne, 1926 Bump, bump, bump! Does this sound like your days, weeks, months and maybe even years? Are you acting purposefully? Are you taking timeout to think? Or do you find yourself too busy? The biggest challenge of leading in VUCA times is the huge amount of demand…
  • Always Lead First, Manage Second

    George Ambler
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    How you as leader see your role has a significant impact on how you think, where you spend your time and how you act. How you see your role set’s you up for success, mediocrity or at worse failure. One of the biggest areas of confusion is in understanding how the role of a leader is different to that of a manager.   How the Focus of Leadership and Management Differs The distinction between management and leadership is useful as it helps to provide a clear understanding of leadership and how it differs from the role of management. To get to grips with the role of a leader and that of a…
  • 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…
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    Talent Talk

  • How to LAND your L&D Strategy

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    L&D (Learning & Development) is a hugely misunderstood function within HR and one that is routinely treated as an afterthought. Yet for companies that need to innovate to grow, or that need excellence in their people ... Read more on the Talent Technologies website
  • 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
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    Top Executive Coaching with Tony Mayo

  • Coaching from the Man Who Launched 40,000 Businesses

    Tony Mayo
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
        Failing entrepreneur: “My problem is money.” Entrepreneurship Coach: “No, your problem is trying to do everything yourself. Finding people is your job.” … One of Sirolli’s current goals is to work with business schools to shift the nature of entrepreneurial education. “Most schools teach entrepreneurs that they must have all the skills—product, marketing, […]
  • Tony’s Interview with Healthcare Finance News

    Tony Mayo
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    Tips for CFOs to survive the transition to value Give up clinging to the illusion of certainty, said executive coach Tony Mayo. Accounting is a black and white world and as such attracts people who like certainty. However, once you move from being a bookkeeper to being a CFO, you are dealing with the future […]
  • Practice Makes Us

    Tony Mayo
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    The form of [Buddhism] I study is not really a matter of beliefs. I don’t believe; I just try to practice. And I’m no better than that practice, which is in the present moment. You’re either here or you’re not, either in contact or you’re not. The Sun Magazine Interview Not On Any Map Jack […]
  • The Science of the Good Life

    Tony Mayo
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
        The founder and driving force of “Positive Psychology” has summarized his lifetime of research in this accessible book for the lay reader. Though padded with the usual flab of today’s nonfiction–refutations of criticisms most readers have never encountered, tangential personal anecdotes, and repetition–the substance of his findings are practical and enlivening. Dr. Seligman […]
  • Simple Science of Healthy Eating

    Tony Mayo
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
        Click here for an up-to-date review of what science knows about healthful diet, written by two public health experts at Yale. The gist: don’t be distracted by the latest popular diet or the tendency of publicized studies to contradict details of previous advice. The basics have been established and understood for a long […]
 
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    QAspire Blog by Tanmay Vora

  • In 100 Words: Excellence by Pablo Casals

    Tanmay Vora
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:53 am
    Pablo Casals was a great Spanish cellist and conductor who is considered one of the greatest cellists of all time. He believed that music has the power to save the world. When he was 93, he was asked why he continued to practice the cello three hours everyday. Pablo’s response to this question, in my view, is the hallmark of excellence. He said, “Because I think I am making progress and improving.” Malcolm Gladwell famously said, “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” The quest for excellence never ends. Also Read: Other…
  • 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…
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    churchrelevance.com

  • How to Increase Spiritual Fruit in a Digital World

    Kent Shaffer
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In June 2014, I spoke at Biola Digital Conference about how can we increase spiritual fruit in a digital world. Biola University has been kind enough to make this video free for you. View it and my notes below. How do we increase spiritual fruit in a digital world? Now we could talk about… The importance of branding, design, and first impressions. Digital atmospherics and how to nudge users in the direction you want them to go. Emerging technologies and what these shifts mean for the future of ministry. Or even results-based strategy. I’ve taught about that, but it guarantees nothing!
  • 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.
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    Management Craft

  • My bike makes me want to be a better rider. #Leadership

    Lisa Haneberg
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I have a new bike. It's an awesome steel Gunnar Sport frame, with SRAM Force 22 componments, carbon seat post and handlebar, Speedplay pedals/clips and a Selle Anitomica seat. And it's ORANGE! My bike is so great that it makes me want to be a better rider. What does this have to do with leadership? In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell shared the Broken Windows Theory which emphasizes the power of context. (when broken windows were fixed, crime went down) At my current job, each member of our small team brought in a poster that inspired us and we hung them in our common area. They spark…
  • 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…
 
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    All Things Workplace

  • Beware of Feedback In Disguise

    Steve Roesler
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Faux Feedback Disguised as 360 Assessment About 8 months ago I was asked to provide coaching for a middle manager. During the exploratory meeting, I asked his boss how he (the middle manager) responded to the performance feedback that led to the coaching solution. The boss responded in a very generic way and shuffled papers nervously. Then, he said it: "I guess I should sit down with him again. But I think using some kind of 360 feedback tool would really be helpful." Three weeks ago...yep, it happened again. Along with the "360 might be helpful..." These are three different companies in…
  • On The Air: Crack the Leadership Code

    Steve Roesler
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Enjoyed good interview by Dr Michelle Pizer; had a chance to discuss leadership and its available today on Crack the Leadership Code. Register FREE! @steveroesler ow.ly/zpyXu
  • 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…
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    Lip-Sticking

  • STOP Making These Writing Mistakes

    Yvonne
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess Oh the misteaks we've scene! (Please tell me you see the mistakes in that prior sentence!) I'm not certain whether it's the texting generation or pure laziness, but the mistakes I see in the daily missives I receive make me cringe -- especially when they come from #womenofdistinction for whom I have great respect. Here are five mistakes you should be aware of and eradicate from your writing: You type and then simply hit, "send." Whoops, did you even give your email a once-over? If you haven't had enough coffee before you hit reply all you may be sending along a…
  • #nevergiveup #womanofdistinction Woman of Distinction

    Yvonne
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Yes I have tattoos. Yes I am pursuing my dreams of becoming a model... I have been told on several occasions that everything about me is perfect for modeling if only I didn't have those tattoos ... I've honestly thought about removing them to advance ... I have put each and every one of these beautiful tattoos on my body for a reason. Most of them are reminders ... visual tokens that show me how far I have come in this life ... I have spent years perfecting the art of loving myself fully and I have decided to not comprise who i am because my style doesn't for into the category mold of…
  • #WomenofWIPIN - Women in the Pet Industry Rock!

    Yvonne
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    by Yvonne DiVita The women of WIPIN rock big time! WIPIN is Women in the Pet Industry. I am a member. A proud member. This past weekend I experienced such profound acceptance by a large group of business women, it made me glad to be alive. Over and over, at the WIPIN conference in Portland, OR, women were saying, "Everyone here is so friendly! I am amazed by how giving they all are!" That's the catch-phrase of the weekend... Giving. The conference itself was about Growing. But we don't grow until we GIVE, isn't that true? Each woman brought a unique set of ideas with her. Each woman was an…
  • Creating Fresh Website And Blog Content: 3 Ways

    Yvonne
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess Does the idea of the "blank screen" make you cringe? It does for many entrepreneurs. After all, you're an expert in your business niche and that niche may not be writing. If you endeavor to write your own blog posts, here are three ways you can create content that will intrigue and enchant your readers: Use photos podcasts or video. As many blog sites to, host a "Wordless" day. As in a "Wordless Wednesday" in which you ask your readers to simply submit a photo under a stated theme. "Relaxation at home" for example could prompt your readers to send photos of…
  • Does Your Business Need A Blog? Yes!

    Yvonne
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess It still kind of amazes me that even today, business owners will ask, "Do I really need a blog?" My short answer is a resounding, "yes!" Why? Myriad reasons, but the main one is that if you have a website and you don't typically update your site -- and no one usually does -- it will not rank high in Google searches. However, if you have a blog on your website, every time you add new content Google thinks you've updated your site (which essentially you have) and your searchability gets revved up. Here are three ways having a blog can help you market your…
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    Biz Growth News - branding, business development and new media tips to attract more clients in less time

  • How to use Pinterest Messages on your desktop or mobile device

    Krishna De
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    For some time it has been possible to send Pins to people you know on Pinterest or even by email. However now Pinterest has introduced a new feature where you can create a conversation around specific content – be that a Board or a Pin, using Pinterest Messages – read the announcement here. The introduction of Pinterest Messages extends the previously released ‘Send’ feature. Pinterest has to-date been a difficult platform to build relationships on, with the only option being to leave comments on Pins or find the person through their social links on their Pinterest…
  • 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.
 
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    Elements of Leadership

  • Over-Functioning and Under-Functioning

    Gary Cohen
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    by Gary Cohen A business partnership is a system. Sometimes that system resembles a couple or family system. And like any couple or family, there may be one over-functioning and one under-functioning person in the partnership. Often the over-functioning one does a great job of compensating for the other’s dysfunction, but that doesn’t mean that it’s healthy to do so or good for the business. A normal, functional person is one who can fulfill the following job posting: “Looking for a responsible person who meets deadlines, shows up on time, keeps their promises, makes…
  • Three Reasons Why Business Leaders Fail to Use Their Bully Pulpits

    Gary Cohen
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    by Gary Cohen   A “bully pulpit” is simply an excellent platform from which to share an important (and often moral) message. You don’t need an actual pulpit in a church or chapel to be in possession of one. President Theodore Roosevelt, who coined the term, used the White House as his bully pulpit. Today’s business leaders have bully pulpits, but they’re less likely to use them than politicians or religious leaders. Here are three reasons why: 1. They have difficulty assessing their public standing. Business leaders know the power they wield in their own…
  • Narcissism Of Small Differences

    Gary Cohen
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    by Gary Cohen “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” In Snow White, the queen has it all seemingly–privilege, power, wealth, and beauty. She’s just not quite as fair as Snow White. That shouldn’t be a problem, right? Just shrug it off. Take your second place trophy for fairest in the land and go back to your castle. Well, of course, that’s not what happens. The queen can’t shrug it off. Her envy grows, and she comes to see Snow White as an arch enemy who must be destroyed. Though few among us would go quite so far as the queen…
  • What Is Your Pecking Order?

    Gary Cohen
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    by Gary Cohen Pecking Order The term “pecking order” was introduced by Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebbe in 1921 under the German terms Hackordnung or Hackliste, and brought into English in 1927. Schjelderup-Ebbe studied chickens and how they express dominance via pecking. He found that chickens typically have a pecking order that runs 15 deep. This pecking order allows for a more effective use of energy and resources when they are scarce, and reduces risk of injury–since the predetermined hierarchy discourages fighting over food or mates. In The Dark The social hierarchy of…
  • The Losada Ratio: Praise (5) vs. Criticism (1)

    Gary Cohen
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    by Gary Cohen Losada Ratio The Losada ratio is the ratio of positive to negative comments you convey to others. As you might imagine, people prefer to hear praise. They also tend to be more productive when they do. Losada and Heaphy found that the most effective work teams praised five times or more than they criticized. Filling the Emotional Bank Account Stephen Covey said that we are either making deposits in or withdrawals from others’ emotional bank account. The Losada ratio supports Covey’s theory and shows that the goal should be much higher than a one-to-one ratio. Too…
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    frame of reference

  • Gathering – Part 23

    Chris Fillebrown
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 23 – The Aquarium by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 22

    Chris Fillebrown
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 22 – The Reception by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 21

    Chris Fillebrown
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 21 – The Grocery Store by Chris Fillebrown
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • The Leadership Test

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of my favorite books about leadership is The Leadership Test by Timothy R. Clark.  You can read it in an hour and its message will guide you through your entire career.Here are some important points from the book that are particularly powerful:Leadership is the process of influencing volunteers to accomplish good things.The spectrum of influence ranges from manipulation to persuasion to coercion.Only persuasion is leadership.  Manipulation exploits.  Coercion controls.  Neither manipulation nor coercion can produce lasting results or consistent good…
  • A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    "A goal without a plan is just a wish," is something Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said a long time ago.  But, goals and plans were top of mind this past weekend. When 2013 started, I set a goal of running in 30 5K races during the year.  Because of good weather on most weekends, minimal injury setbacks, and a lot of races to select from in the Kansas City area each weekend, I reached my goal in October of that year.I would not have reached my goal without also having a plan in place of how I would train, schedule runs, and adjust for setbacks and unforeseen…
  • Business Transformation Only Happens When Employees Equate Change With Deep Personal Growth

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    David Shaner's compelling, The Seven Arts of Change, shows business leaders that transforming a business only happens when each employee equates organizational change with the process of deep personal growth."The bottom line is that, despite how technological and automated organizations have become, at their core they remain a collection of human energies that are merely being applied in an organized environment," explains Shaner.  "Resurrecting and guiding that human core of your organization is the secret to leading and sustaining change," he adds.Shaner pulls from…
  • 4 Ways To Run A Better Meeting

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Research shows that unfortunately, many workplace meetings are not nearly as productive as they could be.To help ensure the meetings you host are productive, lead them by:Observing nonverbal feedback and encouraging everyone to participate.Summarizing group consensus after each point.Reminding the group who is responsible for taking care of each follow-up action.Encouraging team-building, networking and problem-solving among your meeting participants.
  • Try These "Best Companies" Programs To Attract And Retain Employees

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here are some of the things the companies often ranked as "best companies" by leading industry magazines do to attract and retain employees.  Many of these programs and activities take little to no investment.  But, they all can only happen when there's strong leadership at the company's helm.Try some of these in your workplace this year:Mentoring programs, especially for new employeesVolunteer opportunities/daysLunches with the CEO or presidentOn-site wellness fairsPep ralliesTelecommuting programsSummer picnics for employees and their familiesRetention bonusesLending…
 
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: One More Reason for Clear Expectations

    Kevin Eikenberry
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are a lot of reasons that setting clear expectations is important to leadership success, but here’s one really important one that you might not have thought of… When we make expectations clear with others, we provide an opportunity for trust to grow. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about the Bud to Boss […] The post Remarkable TV: One More Reason for Clear Expectations appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • How to Make Every Performance Review More Effective

    Kevin Eikenberry
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    When you think about performance reviews, what do you think? Chances are, your first thoughts aren’t positive, and the day of your performance review isn’t a day you circle with positive anticipation. The fact is that . . . Most performance reviews . . . aren’t very effective. Most performance reviews . . . are stressful. […] The post How to Make Every Performance Review More Effective appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • No More Meeting Madness: Simple Steps to More Effective, Efficient Meetings

    Kevin Eikenberry
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Perhaps no topic I talk about in workshops gains more immediate and heartfelt groans than the topic of meetings. You likely attended too many last week. You likely attended at least one last week that was a waste of your time. You likely can think of a recent meeting that you didn’t even know why […] The post No More Meeting Madness: Simple Steps to More Effective, Efficient Meetings appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Creating Real Team Alignment

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week, I wrote about the importance of seeing opportunity in your team and what you can do to help your team see opportunities as well. I ended by telling you that the way to create that opportunity view was by creating a definiteness of purpose across all members of your team. Then I promised […] The post Creating Real Team Alignment appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Are Leaders Born or Made?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s an age-old question: are leaders made or born? My answer is “yes” and here’s what I mean… We are born with talents that can help us, but we must learn the skills to be a highly effective leader. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about the Bud to Boss workshops here. If you […] The post Remarkable TV: Are Leaders Born or Made? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    LDRLB

  • 0517 | Henry Evans

    David Burkus
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Henry is co-author (with Colm Foster) of Step Up: Lead in Six Moments that Matter. He is the founder and Managing Partner for Dynamic Results, LLC, providing coaching and consulting solutions to companies and individuals. He provides performance coaching to independent executives, as well as those in national organizations, helping each achieve their desired goals. In this interview, we talk about how to lead when it matters and how to know when it matters. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The…
  • 0516 | Edward Slingerland

    David Burkus
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Edward Slingerland is the author of Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity. He is Professor of Asian Studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia. Educated at Princeton, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, he is an internationally renowned expert in Chinese thought, comparative religion, and cognitive science. In this interview, we discuss how the modern science of cognition and influence are proving valid ancient Chinese wisdom. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This…
  • 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…
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • On Leadership and The Value You Bring Your Followers

    Gary R Coulton
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:29 pm
    So Leaders: What’s your value proposition to your followers? “The employee is regarded by the employer merely in the light of his value as an operative. His productive capacity alone is taken into account.” ~ Leland Stanford Compelling Value Proposition In the world of modern sales and marketing, providing customers and clients with a compelling value proposition […]
  • Articles of Faith: Strong and Courageous Leadership: The Joshua Effect

    Betty Parker
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    This post is part of our Sunday Series titled “Articles of Faith.” We investigate leadership lessons from the Bible. See the whole series here. Published only on Sundays. An ongoing misperception in leadership is that a strong leader is an authoritative one. For centuries, it was acceptable that a leader must take control of his […]
  • On Leadership and Reaching Beyond Wonder

    Anil Saxena
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Leadership is understanding the balance between the push for purpose and the need for action. Human beings are drawn to thoughts of what’s possible and what could be. We are built for a focus on a brighter future. But a critical leadership skill is to the ability to link today’s actions to that possible future. […]
  • Leading Value to Your Target Customer

    Robert Cordray
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Leadership metrics are almost always visible from an organization’s bottom-line. And nowhere is this more clear than in sales and growth figures. But how does a leader retain existing customers and grow with new ones? Reeling in a new customer and getting them to commit to buying a product or service takes time and money, […]
  • On Leadership, Feedback and the Fuel of Achievement

    Gary R Coulton
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “True intuitive expertise is learned from prolonged experience with good feedback on mistakes.” ~ Daniel Kahneman The experience of giving and receiving feedback at best is a wonderful and enlivening experience, and at its worst can de-motivate and drive wedges between managers and their reports. As Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman said “People join companies but […]
 
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • “Because I Said So!” – 3 Steps To Help Employees Do What You Need Them To Do

    Sarah Caverhill
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Do you remember arguing with your parents about cleaning your room, writing thank you notes, or wearing your bike helmet? Did any of those family battles end up with your mom or dad saying “Do it because I said so!”—after which you skulked away under threat of grounding and did the minimum possible to complete the task so you could go back outside to play? Why did you resist your parent’s request? Didn’t the battle take longer than the actual task?  Did you have better and more fun things to do? Did you just not like being told what to do?  Maybe you didn’t know exactly how to…
  • eLearning – 8 Ways to Set the Expectation for Involvement

    Madeleine
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    eLearning in organizations is often optional—and no matter how good the program is, it will always take a back seat to mission critical work unless some real measures for accountability are put in place. One of the design principles we’ve built into Blanchard Online Learning is providing accountability for learning. Our goal is to clearly set the expectation for involvement from the very beginning. In a new white paper on Elearning: Building an Effective and Engaging Solution Online, my colleague Dobie Houson explains that in order to get people involved in the learning process you must…
  • Leaders: Got Questions? Ask Your People!

    David Witt
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Ken Blanchard tells a story about his early days as a consultant.  One day he was brought in to help address a turnover problem at a manufacturing plant in the Southeastern United States.  In spite of competitive wages and benefits and an overall positive assessment from employees, the plant was experiencing large spikes in people leaving every summer and management couldn’t figure out why. When Ken arrived, he was briefed on the situation and the inability to determine a cause.  After reviewing the data, Ken thought about it a minute and then suggested that a good next step would be to…
  • Executive Coaching—5 Top Mistakes—A Coach’s Perspective

    David Witt
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Executive coaching has become a mainstream development tool for leaders in today’s organizations. The challenge with any tool is to use it properly. Used poorly, a tool can have unintentional effects, or fail to achieve the desired outcomes. That was one of the key points that Patricia Overland, Executive Coaching Solutions Partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies made in a recent presentation on Coaching In Today’s Organizations—Best Practices and Common Mistakes. Drawing on her extensive experience helping to implement coaching in a wide variety of organizations, Overland shared the…
  • 4 Reasons Why the Quest for Happiness at Work is Misguided

    Randy Conley
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    To borrow from Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy:” It might seem crazy what I’m about to say… But I really don’t care if you’re happy at work. In fact, I think all the hype about happiness at work is a bit misguided. Now, before you blow up my Twitter feed with negative feedback or blast me in the comments section of this article, let me explain. I’m all in favor of being happy. Personally, I much prefer happiness over sadness. If I have a choice, I’ll take happy every day of the week and twice on Sunday. When it comes to work,…
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    The Executive Roundtable

  • Leadership: Are we “Targeting” the right things?

    Glain
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Yesterday, embattled US retailer Target announced their new CEO.  A gentleman by the name of Brian Cornell who’s most recent stint was a PepsiCo.  He’s the first outside hire and immediately the media analysts and pundits started complaining about all the things this guy is lacking before he even hits the bricks in the role.  Once again proving to me that many “so-called experts” don’t have a clue…especially when it comes to what it takes to lead.  Here’s why… From the reports I’ve read, the overarching criticisms about Mr. Cornell seem to be that: he doesn’t…
  • Lessons Learned: how to manage a virtual team

    Glain
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:53 am
    When I first launched The Executive Roundtable, it was me, myself and I, so keeping things aligned was pretty easy.  As we grew and added more and more team members – some part-time, some full-time – we continually revisited whether we needed to move to a “bricks and mortar” office or stay as a virtual organization.  In a time where you can work anywhere (I’m working from my club right now) and applications that live in the cloud, we’ve repeatedly decided to stay virtual.  Although that may change soon, here are some lessons I’ve learned as I’ve made the transition from…
  • Is it you or is it them? How to navigate a new organizational culture

    Glain
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:51 am
    Every organization has its own culture and every culture (just as every leader) has strengths and corresponding weaknesses that go along with those strengths.  It made me think:  what if the strengths of a company culture work well in one part of the world, but not the other?  Or at one stage of company growth, but not another? Over the past month, I’ve encountered several high performing, successful leaders who are finding themselves at odds with the cultural expectations of their new employers.  All of these individuals were actively recruited into their organizations and each of them…
  • 4 Tips to Streamline Your Work with Your Life

    admin
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Managing family obligations alongside work responsibilities can be challenging at times, but leaders at all levels can achieve balance by bringing some basic work strategies into the home. The key to success is delivering on both fronts, so that neither aspect of your life suffers at the hand of the other. Here are some tips for those seeking to gain a little more balance between work and home: Delegate for Success High performing leaders often take-on a wide range of responsibilities within their organizations and look to drive performance up to their own high standards. While micro-managing…
  • The downside to playing to your strengths

    Glain
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:15 am
    In 1999, I heard Marcus Buckingham first talk about the work that he and colleague Curt Coffman had done in their seminal book First Break All the Rules on the benefits of a strengths-based management approach.  Since then Buckingham has gone on to be the self-styled guru of the strengths-based movement.  The pitch goes: work with your strengths and you’ll be happier, more productive and more successful.  As more and more individuals turn their focus to their strengths, it’s worth noting that, you can have too much of a good thing. One of the things I love about working at The…
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    Leader's Beacon

  • Blueprint for Building an Internal Change Management Capability

    jjacoby
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    The Business Imperative Everyone has heard the statistic. Two-thirds of all change initiatives fail to achieve their expected business benefits – a statistic that has stayed constant from the 1970s to the present. This failure rate represents billions of dollars in lost productivity, wasted resources, opportunity costs and rework—not to mention the negative impact on [...]
  • 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, [...]
 
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    Enclaria: Influence Change at Work

  • Fuel your project with the Design & Influence Irresistible Change™ online course – Starts September 17

    Heather Stagl
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Looking for new ways to keep your change project going when the going gets tough? Would you prefer it if it weren’t so tough to begin with? Starting on September 17, join me for the Design & Influence Irresistible Change™ webinar series. You’ll learn a practical, straightforward methodology with exercises, templates and tips to help you keep your change project moving forward. In this 5-part webinar series, you will learn the steps and gain the tools to both design change in advance so it has the best chance of succeeding and influence change as you go so your initiative can…
  • Interview: Leading Change With and Without Authority

    Heather Stagl
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    Like many change agents, this month’s guest had a unique career path that brought him to that role. Danny Peterson was CEO of a large nonprofit organization. When he retired, he went back to work — this time as the Manager of Global Continuous Improvement within a Fortune 500 company. In this episode, we’ll explore Danny’s experience with influencing change as CEO and how it compared to leading change from the middle of a large company. 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.
  • The Reason for Change Management – Signed, Sealed and Delivered

    Heather Stagl
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    I was at the post office recently to mail a package. The postal worker at the counter was friendly and made funny voices at my 6 year old daughter to make her laugh. He was the picture of good customer service. Then, as he nearly completed the transaction to add postage to the package, he accidentally touched a button on the screen that apparently canceled the whole transaction. His demeanor changed. He made a noise of frustration and started inputting the information again. Me, empathetically:  “Push the wrong button?” Him, exasperated:  “Well, Management moved one of…
  • The Irresistible Change Guide is now available with more tips and templates to help you influence change at work!

    Heather Stagl
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Two years ago, I introduced the Irresistible Change Guide™ as an easy-to-use change management toolkit to help people with the essential yet often elusive components of implementing change. Since then, it’s helped scores of change agents design and influence change at work. Here’s what some of them have said after using the Irresistible Change Guide: “The Irresistible Change Guide is stuffed with practical, pragmatic and just plain real guidance on how to make meaningful change happen in organizations.” “I use it every time I need people to alter their behavior…
  • Four Features to Look For in a Change Management Methodology

    Heather Stagl
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    When you embark on implementing change at work, a change management methodology provides a way to organize your activities, focus your attention, and engage others in a common approach. There are many frameworks to choose from – five levers, eight steps, five phases, three stages – so how do you know which methodology to use? The easy answer is that you should use the one that makes sense in your situation, a methodology you feel comfortable using and one that will work in your organization. But when you’re selecting an approach to help you implement change, there are a few more…
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    New Directions Consulting

  • Trending: Employee Engagement (If not now, soon)

    Matthew Harrington
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Every so often we try to take a step back here at New Directions and analyze the landscape of organizational development.  Where are we at and where are we all going?  What will we be talking about in 3-5 years? What do our clients need to know today to prepare for tomorrow? These are some of the questions we ask, and in turn, look for answers.  Because we converse and cross-pollinate with many different types of clients, organizations and industries, it’s in our best interest to have a good pulse on what’s trending or what will be trending. We’ve mentioned it before, but recently…
  • 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…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • How to Become the Master of Knack?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this… App Development is a knack! Just like Ikebana is a knack. Just like Knitting is a knack. Just like Public Speaking is a knack. Knack = There are certain principles to follow and master. When you implement those principles, you get predictable results. “Open your speech with this statement, communicate these 3 points swiftly, make people think about X point and Boom! your speech is loved.” The same works in App Development. “Get Agile, create a prototype, then develop an MVP, then test it in a niche…
  • 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…
 
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  • Mindful Mondays: What If We All Hugged It Out?

    Scott
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Because I fly a lot for my work, I get upgraded to first class a good bit. Sometimes, it’s just a happy surprise and other times, I’ll use frequent flyer miles to secure a seat up front at the end of a long week of travel. Last week was one of those long week of travel scenarios. I had a connection at Washington Dulles to catch a late afternoon flight to Los Angeles. My connecting flight to Dulles was late taking off and then got put in a holding pattern over the airport for 45 minutes. By the time we landed and I got my bags, it was five minutes after the door to the LA flight was…
  • Overworked and Overwhelmed? We Have an Offer for You and Your Colleagues

    Scott
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you’ve been reading this blog the past few months, you know that I’ve been working on my next book, "Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative". There are two questions that people usually ask me when they hear the title of the book. The first is, “When can I read it?” The second is “How does the new book relate to what you’ve been doing?” On the first question, I’m thrilled to let you know that "Overworked and Overwhelmed" is now in production and will be available on October 13. On the second question, I view this new book as the logical successor to my…
  • Tired of the Fire Drills? Appoint a Fire Marshal

    Scott
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of the things I talk a lot about with my executive coaching clients is the highest and best use of their time and attention. When they think about what they really need to accomplish and how they should be spending their time to do that they often see a gap. The gap is between what they should be spending their time and attention on and what they actually are spending it on.
  • Mindful Mondays: Inject Some Life Into Your Daily Grind

    Scott
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Back in 2007, Tim Ferris released a mega best-seller called The Four Hour Work Week. He’s since gone on to release a couple of other best-sellers but it was his first book that really put him on the map. It was a great title for sure. Who doesn’t want a four-hour work week? I’ve always joked, however, that there was no way Tim Ferris was only spending four hours a week working on writing and then getting the word out about his book. As I’ve been doing the same thing on my second book, Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative this year, I’ve been reminded of what a…
  • What Leaders Can Learn About Trust from Vladimir Putin

    Scott
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Given his track record in Crimea and Ukraine over the past several months, you wouldn’t think there is much that leaders could learn about trust from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The shoot down of the Malaysian Air flight, the Russian-backed rebels, the troops massed on the Ukrainian border, the government-stoked propaganda in Russian media and the current “humanitarian” convoy that the Russian army is driving into Ukraine have blown the international community’s trust in Putin out of the water.
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    StrategyDriven

  • The Advisor’s Corner – Can Ethics Be Learned?

    Roxi Hewertson
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    Question: Can you teach ethics, or are we ‘hard wired’ and born with or without ethics? StrategyDriven Response: (by Roxi Hewertson, StrategyDriven Principal Contributor) YES you can teach the principles and importance of ethics. YES, you can model the ethics you expect within your culture. And… NO, you cannot be sure someone will behave and act in ethical ways just because you’ve taught or modeled ethics for them. NO, we are not born with a particular set of ethics of what is right and what is wrong in every context. And here’s why… Whatever society you…
  • Managing a Remote Team: 12 Best Practices for Better Productivity

    Maricel Rivera
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    The remote and mobile workforce population is steadily rising. Even IBM adjusted its HR policies to accommodate remote workers. Today, it is one of the top companies that make use of a remote workforce, offering flexible work options, alongside Apple, Dell and Xerox. To ascertain staff productivity in teams that are scattered across various locations, below are twelve best practices to effectively manage a mobile/remote workforce: 1. Embrace flexibility Managing a remote workforce will require application of a diverse set of techniques and mediums to get a task accomplished. Individuals are,…
  • Tactical Execution Best Practice 7 – Clearly Defined Organizational Roles and Responsibilities

    Nathan Ives
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    All too often, duplicate effort is unknowingly expended by an organization’s various workgroups. 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 Premium Membership. About the Author Nathan Ives is a StrategyDriven Principal and Host of the…
  • Decision makers vs. Influencers

    Sharon Drew Morgen
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    I’ve heard there are 5.7 decision makers for each sale, and ‘unknown’ influencers. Yet there is no difference between ‘decision makers’ and ‘influencers’. If you want to move and your daughter is in her last year of high school, is she a decision maker or an influencer? If your tech group isn’t available to implement a new program until they finish current work, would the tech director be an influencer or a decision maker? If your company is going through a merger and the teams haven’t been merged yet, would the director of the groups that needed training be influencers or…
  • Managing Talent in a Passion Driven Job Market

    James Rosseau
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    I have not sought out nor come across any empirical data set that proves this, nor do I plan to. However, I have spent a lot of time hearing the same story over and over again. Many people are not excited about the work they are doing everyday. The last Forbes survey stated that four out of five people were not happy with their jobs. Four out of Five – that is 80%, which puts the 20/80 rule (that 20% of your efforts get 80% of the work done) into an entirely different perspective. Just think about that when you’re heading out the door and on the crowded bumper-to-bumper highway on the…
 
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  • How to Improve Employee Motivation with the Three Needs Theory

    Robert Tanner
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    I hope you enjoyed the above video. I’m a big fan of the Three Needs Theory because it is a simple tool that you can use to improve the motivation of your employees. Before you can effectively use the Three Needs Theory, however,  you will have to spend some time getting to know your people. Taking […]
  • Conflict Resolution – One Size Does Not Fit All!

    Robert Tanner
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    My new boss is the one that should be attending this training! I still remember “Marty” and his protest. It occurred as I began to facilitate a training session on conflict resolution for a group of technical, midcareer professionals. Like the others, Marty had his advanced degree. He had also held a series of increasingly […]
  • Motivation – Why Winners Never Quit [Video]

    Robert Tanner
    8 Jun 2014 | 10:32 am
    As I work with managers, often their main objective for me is to help them “motivate” their teams.  I understand their concern. When employees lack motivation, organizational productivity suffers. While their employees may do their jobs, their employees won’t be committed to going that extra mile. Further, without motivation, it’s impossible for those managers to move their […]
  • Leadership Lessons from Maya Angelou, my Grandmother, and Grandmothers Everywhere

    Robert Tanner
    2 Jun 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Maya Angelou just passed and I have been struggling with whether I should write a blog post to express my feelings about her life lessons or just quietly reflect to myself on their impact.  Like so many others who have spoken eloquently about her contributions and the wisdom of her quotes, her passing saddens me […]
  • If You Hate Conflict Then Leadership is Not For You

    Robert Tanner
    15 May 2014 | 2:04 am
    John was highly intelligent and cooperative. He excelled at his craft and he took pride in his work. Others liked to work with him. Senior leadership took notice. They promoted him to management. John did well and he quickly progressed to middle management. As John progressed higher into the upper levels of management, however, his effectiveness declined. […]
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  • 20 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    One of our biggest battles these days is to keep our head above the water line … not drowning in the tsunami of endless inputs that flood our inbox. Sure, we need a trusted system to manage it all … but we also need to spend enough time to focus on what really needs to get done. What is your unique contribution? What is it that only you can do? What will move the needle and really make a difference? Today, give it a try. Intensely focus on doing first things first. Just that process alone will do wonders. If you do that, you’ll likely discover that no one will miss the…
  • As a Leader, are you an Architect or just a Handyman?

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    You need to develop a Delegation Mindset! Yes, it’s sad but true. If you’re a leader and you don’t develop a delegation mindset, you’ll never get enough done to extend your influence or grow in your organization. Most importantly, you’ll be unable to accomplish the things that only YOU can do. Do you really have a chance if you don’t delegate? When you look over your shoulder, you probably see the flood waters rising behind … and somewhere deep in your subconscious, you’re reminded that you need help. It’s dawning on you that as you seek and take on…
  • Lose $1Million in 1 Day – and Still Become a Champion

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Focus. Focus. Focus. I never thought that Rory McIlroy, a PGA golfer, would be the subject any article I ever wrote, least of all 2 of them. What a difference a few years makes! When I wrote about the Magic of True Grit, Rory appeared in an ignominious way. What do you do when you totally screw up? In 2011, Rory entered the final day of the Masters Tournament with a 4 stroke lead … and watched it quickly evaporate as his game imploded. He shot 80 on that final day, the worst score of anyone playing on Sunday. He finished 10 strokes behind the winner, a Masters rookie, Charl Schwartzel. (The…
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    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…
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    The Practical Leader

  • Recognition Pitfalls and Traps

    Jim Clemmer
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A friend with a past drinking problem has been a devoted member of Alcoholics Anonymous and not touched a drop of alcohol for many years. Recently he gave up most of his weekend to deal with a Client emergency. The next week his manager “thanked him” with an expensive bottle of wine. This breaks one of the most basic rules of giving recognition: tailor it to the individual. For example, some people love public recognition. Others consider being centered out and put on stage a form of punishment. Here are other common recognition pitfalls and traps: Random Recognition To keep…
  • Tips for Taming the E-Mail Beast

    Jim Clemmer
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    E-mail continues to be a huge challenge for many leaders. In our workshops, leaders often assess how much time they spend dealing with technical, management, and leadership issues and where they’d prefer to invest their time (“Check Your Balance with the Performance Triangle“). Every poll we’ve ever taken with participants shows that 80 – 90% want to increase the time they spend in leadership. As discussions go deeper into what’s getting in the way of leadership, e-mail is quickly identified as one of the biggest problems. Most leaders complain about hours of…
  • Thoughts on Leadership Reflecting the Legacy of Warren Bennis

    Jim Clemmer
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Warren Bennis. Over the past 30 years my views and practices on leadership have been profoundly influenced by his research and writing. After reading his personally revealing and deeply thoughtful memoirs a few years ago (“Review of Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership“) he almost felt like a friend or close colleague. I quoted a few highlights from his book in “Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm….Leadership Reflections from Warren Bennis“. Looking back at “the wisdom of Warren” quotations we still use in…
  • Webinar: Secrets to Discovering Your Company’s Hidden Talent Pools

    Jim Clemmer
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    One of the highlights of the Leadership Summit was a keynote presentation by Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman on a critical topic that’s vital to the future of many organizations. In much of the Western World we’re on the edge of a dangerous talent precipice. For many it’s becoming a crisis. In America 60% of companies face leadership shortages that impede their performance. Ten thousand baby boomers retire every day, and data predicts a 30% drop in available managers between 2009 and 2015. Yet many organizations have three overlooked resources that data reveals are largely…
  • Leadership Lessons from The Summit

    Jim Clemmer
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Our Business Development Director Brad Smith, and I just returned from an intensive week in Park City, Utah. This idyllic setting in the mountains above Salt Lake City is famous for their natural beauty, numerous ski hills and resorts, and the Sundance Film Festival. We didn’t have much time to enjoy this beautiful location with an action packed schedule that included Zenger Folkman’s Annual Extraordinary Leadership Summit, International Strategic Partners conference (which included updates to ZF’s programs and services), and certification in our newest coaching program,…
 
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  • It's FOR whom it's FOR

    Chris Brady
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Never conform to please your critics, perform to thrill your fans! It's FOR whom it's FOR!! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Communication

    Chris Brady
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    "Interconnectivity" seems to be the category in which most technological advancement is directly impacting our lives. There appears to be an over-abundance of companies, methods, and means by which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Journey of an Idea

    Chris Brady
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Ideas are funny things, and everyone seems to have some sort of idea about ideas. For instance, one famous quote (usually attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but which is actually a misquote of an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • An Old Man in Italy

    Chris Brady
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:21 pm
    When I am an old man I want to sit in Italy On a bench in the sun, With a view behind me And the town before, The reverse of my life. I will watch it all: The birds and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Focus

    Chris Brady
    1 Jun 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Time spread too thinly across too many activities is a killer for anyone truly seeking mastery. There simply isn't enough time to become a master at more than one or two things in life. Time doesn't... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Forum Corporation

  • Learning in a Company with Diverse Cultures

    Melissa Chiew
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I am about to reach my one year mark on board with Forum, and it has been, and still is, a learning journey for me every day. The biggest change for me was the transition from working in a local company to a global, regionally structured company. Forum is based in the United States with offices in Europe, Asia and Australia so my colleagues are truly spread across the globe! Taking up the marketing role which covers Asia Pacific (APAC) and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) was indeed a challenge for me versus marketing locally to Asia in my previous roles.  Below are two of the…
  • 1 Basket, 2 Arthurs, and 25,000 Employees: How Trust and Employee Engagement Drive (or Kill) Business Results

    Claudette Chagnon
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    “Leaders can no longer trust in power; instead they rely on the power of trust. “ Charles Green, Forbes Magazine In a small corner of New England in the United States, a huge workplace revolution is taking place.  And it is being talked about over the water cooler and dinner tables as the hottest “reality show” of the summer.  (A welcome relief from the Bachelorette…just sayin’.) Market Basket, a privately held and family-owned grocery chain with estimated annual sales of $3.2 billion, is embroiled in the eruption of a long-running family feud that has lasted for…
  • High Performance Team Working – Breaking the “Log Jam” with Senior Teams

    David Robertson
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    It is surprising that many senior leadership teams, even those that are quite mature, do not take advantage of one of their greatest opportunities for improving their effectiveness: confronting the behaviours of the people who comprise the team. Team work is a dynamic that needs to be nurtured and evolves through the active input and ownership of the whole team. Everyone knows about the importance of team development but do they understand the importance of maintaining healthy teams once they have been developed and matured? In Forum, we believe there are three stages of team development:…
  • Does Employee Engagement Impact the Bottom Line?

    Abby Smith
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    “Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first.” – Angela Ahrendts When Angela Ahrendts, now Apple’s head of retail, was new as CEO at Burberry in 2006, she put together an ambitious strategy to turn around the struggling company. An independent consulting firm hired by Burberry’s board gave her strategy a 5% chance of success. She proved them all wrong and achieved all of the goals in her strategy a year ahead of schedule. What she knew and the consulting company didn’t account for was the power of an engaged…
  • 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…
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  • From Drama to Enlightenment

    Stop Workplace Drama
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to drama, I have discovered that there are levels that people go through when they are on the journey to enlightenment. This internal shift is evolutionary. More importantly you have a new found freedom. The beauty of this evolution is how it impacts your personal effectiveness at work, your relationships and your own sense of self-worth.
  • Power and Choice

    Stop Workplace Drama
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The act of recognizing a choice comes with a fair amount of discomfort. Why? Once the choice has been recognized, the next evolution is taking ownership (responsibility) for making a decision. To actually recognize that a choice exists, puts you in the driver’s seat. You must be willing to choose: Do I go straight, turn left or turn right? When I hear highly paid professionals claim that they have no choices to develop themselves because their company won’t pay for it, I feel sad for their inability to see choice. There is always a choice—to invest in yourself.
  • 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…
 
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    Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership

  • How to Identify Team Values that Unify and Guide Your Team

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    When you agree on your team values, you increase trust and create a language for more effectively working together. Values are deeply held beliefs about what is right and good and evoke standards that you care deeply about. They drive your behaviors and decisions. Most often your values influence your behavior unconsciously. High performance teams are clear about their values and consciously make decisions based on them. If your organization has published values, it is still helpful to identify the values that are specific to the needs and purpose of your team. It’s okay if they are not the…
  • Organizational Change Can Start Wherever You Are

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Do you wish senior leaders would make some changes in your organization? Instead of waiting and wishing for someone from above to provide leadership, you can make a significant impact no matter what your role is. According to Steven Covey said, “Most people think of leadership as a position and therefore don’t see themselves as leaders.” The assumption that organizational change has to start at the top is wrong. Peter Senge says to “give up traditional notions that visions are always announced from ‘on high’ or come from an organization’s institutionalized planning…
  • Make Your Next Meeting as Engaging as a Video Game

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    Guest Post by Dick Axelrod Are meetings in your organization places where productivity goes to die? If you answered yes, you are not alone. There are 11 million meetings a day in the U.S. alone. Half are ineffective. The problem with most meetings is that meeting leaders and participants do not think of them as places to do productive work. An efficiency mindset prevails. How to get through the agenda as quickly and efficiently as possible becomes the driving force behind many meetings. This strategy may work to minimize the pain you associate with meetings, but it does not lead to a positive…
  • My Leadership Lessons as Executive Director

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Today begins my last week as executive director of the Berrett-Koehler Foundation. This is the second time I’ve done this with an organization—served as executive director during the startup phase—and I’ve learned many lessons along the way. My involvement began two years ago when Steve Piersanti, president of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, asked me to help create a new organization that would further their mission of helping to create a world that works for all in a way that went beyond what Berrett-Koehler could do as a publisher. I began by facilitating a design team. After research…
  • 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.
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    Braithwaite Innovation Group

  • Go ahead & disagree but leave the snark at home

    Jane Perdue
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    It was a day of the triple rudeness whammy…one delivered in my Twitter stream and the other two observed in meetings:  someone sharing their point of view only to be vigorously pommelled with personal attacks. The retorts were just plain brutal. Research tells us that more and more people feel free to insult and attack those with differing viewpoints. They ... The post Go ahead & disagree but leave the snark at home appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 5 ways to banish the perfection gremlin

    Jane Perdue
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Rebecca’s gifts were always so perfectly wrapped that it felt wrong to open them. They were works of art with perfectly creased foil paper, artfully draped lace doilies, and exquisitely abundant handmade bows. She would spend hours on each creation. Rebecca was a perfectionist, what author Don E. Hamachek describes as someone who can “derive a very real sense of ... The post 5 ways to banish the perfection gremlin appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Be a Volunteer & Escape the Unemployment Trap

    Richard Alman
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Richard B. Alman, principal and chief career/employment strategist of Recruiter Media Inc., owner/operator of the career website Recruiter Networks. Richard has also managed human resources for Fortune 100 and smaller multi-national companies.   There’s good news for jobs in the United States. In June, the private sector added 288,000 jobs, according ... The post Be a Volunteer & Escape the Unemployment Trap appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Dancing with purposeful discomfort

    Jane Perdue
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    We joined the conversation just as Matt was defending the right to be quirky and go against the mainstream. He was calm, gracious, and articulate—speaking his mind without being in anyone’s face, urging respect for different values and opinions. His message of tolerance went unheeded. As the threads of conversation began anew, anyone who disagreed ... The post Dancing with purposeful discomfort appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 3 Ways for Boomers to Stay in the Game

    Steve Kayser
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:18 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Steve Kayser, an award-winning writer, editor, publisher, former radio host, founder of Kayser Media, and author of The Greatest Words You’ve Never Heard.  Boomers may want to recall one of the poets they grew up reading, Dylan Thomas, and his most famous poem, named for its first line, “Do not go ... The post 3 Ways for Boomers to Stay in the Game appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
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  • Upcoming LLC Webinar: 10 Lessons about Virtual Network Leadership Development

    Natalia Castaneda
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Be the first to hear lessons learned and keys to success that were harvested by June Holley from a 5 module virtual practicum that was based on principles of learning and behavior change. This will be relevant to leadership programs and networks that want to augment face to face time with virtual learning opportunities that can address the geographic, time, and cost challenges of working only through face to face connections. As a teaser one of the lessons is the importance of “having the capacity to have breakout group capacity to increase engagement around content.”In this webinar you…
  • Just a few slots left for the Network Leadership Action Research Project!

    Deborah Meehan
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm
    You may have been following our posts (and findings) from a Network Leadership Research and Development Project that the Leadership Learning Community launched in 2013 with support from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation.  We set out to:Identify key leadership competencies and skills needed for utilizing network strategies and tools and leading effectively in networks.Scan the field to identify key practices and processes that leadership programs and successful networks are utilizing to develop network leadership capacity.The Network Leadership Research Collaborative (NLRC)–…
  • How To Avoid Alienating People Through Your Work

    Miriam Persley
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:28 pm
    This weekend, my husband and I stopped by a well-known grocery store in what is becoming our gentrified neighborhood in Oakland. From the moment we stepped foot through the door, an armed security guard followed us throughout the store and remained within ten feet of us, his arm resting on his gun the entire time. When for a moment I stepped a way to grab another item on our list, he followed me and radioed for backup. Although my husband and I remained calm, avoided any sudden movements, and pretended ignore him, I felt angry to be treated so aggressively in what was an unmistakable case of…
  • Getting Involved in the Leadership and Networks CoP – Bay Area and Beyond

    Natalia Castaneda
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    As we mentioned in our article last month, we are launching a community of practice in the Bay Area to partner with leadership programs in developing practical tools that can help build the network capacity of their program participants.  There has been great interest from the LLC network around this initiative so we are hoping to build in some virtual engagement strategies and are even exploring the possibility of hosting a meeting in the East Coast (Boston).We will keep all of you posted on the virtual and Boston initiatives, but for now, we are ready to launch the Bay Area work! …
  • 2014 Funders & Evaluators Circle

    Elizabeth Lanyon
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    LLC has a rich history of innovation, collaboration and working across silos.  From the very start, LLC, recognized a need for a different type of leadership to make progress on pressing social challenges.  The research, convenings, collaborative learning, scans & analysis represented the breadth of the resources LLC has provided to help organizations move to a new understanding of leadership – one that is more inclusive, networked and collective. To support new models for leadership development, LLC hosts two signature events every year.  Creating Space, hosted in…
 
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    Team Building - Corporate Team Building Tips & Strategies

  • Team Power: What Teamwork Can Accomplish (Video Blog)

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Perth Passengers Free Man Trapped on Subway Platform   In the perfect metaphor for teamwork, a group of commuters in Perth, Australia worked together to free a man whose leg had become trapped between a subway car and the platform. Words can’t do it justice so take a peek: A team can accomplish much more […]
  • Team Building: How to Avoid Team Building Gone Bad

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    2 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Recntly, I did an interview for NPR called Paintballing The Boss: Office Team-Building Exercises Gone Bad. While I shared a lot of team building tips with the interviewer, only one small part of what I said made it to air. None of the activities mentioned in the NPR programme or so far in this blog post represent real team building. Yet, a lot of what was discussed is being passed off as "corporate team building". In fact, it's not team building. It's team fun at best or team frivolity. Here is how to avoid team building gone wrong.
  • 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.
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    Thinking is Hard Work

  • Role Models: Oscar the Grouch vs. Cookie Monster

    Colleen Sharen
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    I couldn’t stop laughing. My 20 month old nephew was running around the living room imitating the cookie monster. A few years from now, he’ll still be imitating people, but perhaps with […]
  • Features vs. Functions of #Leadership

    Colleen Sharen
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    There are four “levels” of leadership we see in most organizations: The leader – developing self, developing character, being self-aware Leadership of others Leadership of teams Leadership of organizations Have you noticed […]
  • #Leadership and Time

    Colleen Sharen
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    How do good leaders think about time? I’m not talking about time management, or about speed to market. I’m talking about how we frame our decisions. Good leaders use the past, the […]
  • Don’t Major in Minor Things: Rethinking #Priorities

    Colleen Sharen
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    Enough already – I’ve been doing way too much, with way too little impact. Something has got to give. I started thinking about this over my recent summer vacation. I diligently read […]
  • 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 […]
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Assessing Cultural Fit – Values Over Knowledge and Skills

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Hiring the best candidate for a position is not as simple as stacking up a prospective candidate’s background and credentials against the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required for the position. It is important to utilize strategic hiring to ensure you find the best candidates that are right fit for your organization – with shared values, style and behavior.
  • Candidates With Hickeys – How to Identify Bad Job Candidates

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    A job candidate’s past work blunder can appear as an unwanted hickey to a talent acquisition professional. The key is to determine if the candidate has learned their lesson and can be a great addition to your organization – or if history is likely to repeat itself.
  • Do Boards Really Care About Compensation Programs?

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Boards typically spend a great deal of time on executive pay, but show little interest in total payroll. However, board members are interested in high potential and pivotal employees… and how the rewards system helps retain these individuals. Managing a strategic rewards system can help ensure you are not losing good people due to a short-sighted or inflexible compensation.
  • How to Make Good Career Decisions

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    It’s important to tell employees they are part of the succession plan… because some may not want to be. Here are a few helpful tips for identifying your most productive self and how to make career decisions that will help you feel productive, healthy, and successful.
  • Corporate Sustainability and Cultural Congruence – Does it Really Matter?

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    We’ve all heard that green is the new black (except those of you who think orange is the new black). But before you jump on the green HR bandwagon and begin promoting your organization as such, you need to think carefully about whether it truly is a priority for your organization.
 
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    frame of reference

  • Gathering – Part 23

    Chris Fillebrown
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 23 – The Aquarium by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 22

    Chris Fillebrown
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 22 – The Reception by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 21

    Chris Fillebrown
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 21 – The Grocery Store by Chris Fillebrown
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    mgmtideas.com - Latest Content

  • Idea from the Vault: Doughnuts and BlackBerrys

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the ubiquitous BlackBerry, is one company that takes great pains to signal its distance from the shareholder value principle. Back in 1997, just after the firm’s IPO, the founders made a rule that any manager who talked about the share price at work had to buy a doughnut for every person in the company. Early infractions were not terribly painful for the culprit, but as the company grew, that changed. In 2001, the chief operating officer mentioned RIM’s surging stock price in the wake of a call with analysts and was saddled with the task of delivering…
 
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  • Sam Hill

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    I don't think business writing is necessarily getting worse. I think it's always been terrible. But I do think tools like PowerPoint and e-mail, coupled with the organizational downsizing of secretaries, has given illiterate businesspeople the ability to send babble out unedited, and this has increased visibility of the problem.
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    Peter Barron Stark Companies

  • The Important Roles of Fear in Public Speaking

    Peter Barron Stark
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Why is it, when someone asks us to speak before a group, that the mere thought sends quivers or convulsions through most of us? Suddenly, we lose sight of the fact that we routinely converse intelligently on a daily basis and conjure up strange notions of becoming a babbling fool in front of a crowd. Instantly, we have a severe case of “podium panic.” When people talk about what they are afraid of, their comments include: Fear of forgetting their message; looking stupid; being humiliated; shaking; hyperventilating; passing out, etc. My all-time favorite came from a woman who said, “If I…
  • 8 Steps to Stronger Organizational Communication

    Peter Barron Stark
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Historically, it’s never been easier to effectively communicate than right now. We are connected on multiple devices, and most of us check them frequently, if not incessantly. We can do business 24/7, enhancing our productivity and overall communication effectiveness. Yet, we still hear the same old refrain to explain organizational challenges . . . “It’s a communication problem.” What? How can that still be with our almost unlimited venues to get communication right in this continuously connected world? In our 25 plus years of conducting surveys, statements pertaining to…
  • 6 Characteristics of a Meaningful Job

    Peter Barron Stark
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    Daniel Pink, prolific author and expert on the workplace and motivation, reminds us that money alone is not enough to push us to do our best. Rather, we are driven and inspired to do our best when we believe that we are doing something that benefits or serves others, or something that is important beyond ourselves. In other words, we feel personally at our best and most motivated to contribute when we feel that our work has meaning. When we are engaged in meaningful activity and doing work we love, it’s not work—it’s living. Knowing that we are engaged in doing something that’s…
  • Employee Turnover: The Top Five Myths and How to Handle It

    Peter Barron Stark
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Most leaders do not focus on turnover until it is already a problem. As the economy slowly continues to recover, surveys are telling us that a larger number of employees are likely to seek out a job in a different organization over the next year. More specifically, The Hay Group, a global consulting firm, tells us that turnover will accelerate in 2014 to 161.7 million employees, a 12.9 percent increase when compared to the data in 2012. Average employee turnover rates over the next five years are expected to rise from 20.6 to 23.4 percent. Furthermore, if employees receive an enticing job…
  • What Many Leaders Misunderstand About Fairness

    Peter Barron Stark
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    You probably weren’t in your leadership role for a long period of time before you heard someone on your team say, “That’s not fair.” There is no doubt that that accusation stung because you are ethical, honest, and above all . . . a fair leader. The term “fair” means different things to different people. Usually, being accused of being an unfair leader happens when you are perceived to have not treated everyone equally, nor consistent with your company’s rules, policies and past practices. In some cases, though, practicing leadership that may be perceived by some as “unfair”…
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    The Modern Servant Leader

  • Return on Relationship – Now in Audiobook

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
     “Return on Relationship = ROI”  -Ted Rubin & Kathryn Rose I heard a lot about this book, “Return on Relationship: Relationships are the new currency honor them, invest in them and start measuring your ROR” but hadn’t read it yet. I wanted to, but it wasn’t available on audio, which put it way down on my book list. Then I bumped into Ted Rubin, one of the authors, at a conference. I picked up a copy that day and finished it the next. I loved it and think you will too. Best of all, it’s now available on audio at Amazon, iTunes and Audible. You…
  • 6 Signs You’re Not Qualified to Lead

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
      It boggles the mind that current co-CEOs (James Gooch & Felicia Thornton) of Market Basket blame employees for the company’s problems. That’s a classic example of leaders who are no longer qualified to lead at the organization. Which got me thinking, when should any leader know it is time to step down? What are the signs you are no longer qualified to lead? Here’s my list: 1. You publicly blame your stakeholders for… anything Accountability is good. However, all great leaders know you praise in public, criticize in private. If you point a finger of blame,…
  • Give Feed Forward, Not Feedback

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” - Edmund Burke In corporate life, people leaders are often told to give “feedback” to those they lead. A better way to frame these communications is “feed forward“. Here’s why: Feedback Feedback infers a focus on what happened in the past. While learning from history is important and necessary, the emphasis should be, as Edmund Burke’s quote highlights, avoiding a repeat of the negative past. To do this, we look forward more than back. The back is merely an indicator,  brief example or a…
  • Market Basket and the Price of Vengeance

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Arthur T. DeMoulas is a servant leader. We know this by the thousands of employees, customers and other stakeholders protesting his dismissal from the role of company president at Market Basket. However, according to most accounts, cousin Arthur S. DeMoulas and his side of the family seek vengeance against Arthur T. DeMoulas, for the perceived sins of his father. In fact, Arthur S. and his team refuse to accept an offer to buy him out, even though the ongoing boycotts cost them $10 Million / day. So what does this vengeance cost? $10 Million sure sounds like a lot of money. But, let’s…
  • When a Servant Leader is Fired – Market Basket Demonstrates the Cost of Terminating a Servant Leader CEO

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Market Basket Stakeholders Rally to Support Their Servant Leader There’s a Hollywood plot playing out in Massachusetts, as cousins battle for control over a large grocery store chain. Unfortunately, employees, suppliers and customers are paying the price. Market Basket is a multi-billion dollar, family owned, grocery chain in New England. Or at least, it was worth billions. Thanks to a family feud, it’s value is about to implode. According to news reports, one side of the family (lead by Arthur S. Demoulas), recently gained majority control of the board. With control in his…
 
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    The trU Group

  • When we don’t react, and Listen

    Scott
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    Great conversations start with a question.  As a regular reader, you probably are tiring of hearing this statement from me. A friend reminded me yesterday of a lesson she was re-learning with her kids.  They were testing her with statements meant to shock her, and while her impulse was to react, her intuition told her to take a deep breath and simply say “Tell me a little bit more about that?”  Then keep breathing and listen. She also reminded me that I taught her that through watching me facilitate a group.  I was flattered, and also secretly glad she did not follow me around…
  • Why I Hate Job Descriptions, and 3 Things to Fix Them

    Scott
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Recently I was handed a job description for a not-for-profit volunteer role.  What hit me was the length (2 pages) and the line that said Reports to.  I know everyone reports to someone, but if I am looking for volunteer work would I look for another boss or somewhere I could have fun and be significant?  By the way, this organization is struggling to get volunteers, and when they do people are confused with their roles.  This happened because someone from outside their organization handed them a template for defining roles and they just copied it.  As we have formed organizations and…
  • What Leaders Do – To Serve

    Scott
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    What is a leader? What does a leader DO? How do I become the leader that I aspire to be? Great conversations start with a question.  Becoming a leader requires someone to ask the three questions posed above, and then commit to the work of making the beliefs you have about leadership show up in the habits and skills you develop as a leader. Six months ago I started a journey with a group of leaders in their field to launch a program designed to help a leader explore these questions, and start DOing the work of being a leader.  The group is called LeaderWork, and we are actually launching a…
  • 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…
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    Create-Learning Team Building

  • Team Building and Leadership Development with MBA Students. Simon Graduate School of Business

    mike
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Outcomes of the Team Building & Leadership Development included; Student teams created a foundation of team-development. Shared language of team-development and leadership within the MBA program leading to enhanced communication and school work. Supplied students with skills and techniques to work as a team and properly handle conflict that will arise Students got to know each other in a fun and relaxed environment Here are some photos and comments from the MBA Students. To see all the teambuilding & leadership photos “How MBAs operate as team members, not just as leaders.Level of…
  • Culture Surveys Do Not and Cannot Measure Culture

    mike
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    A challenge to organization development is the existing culture of the organization. All companies have a culture & people are unaware of how this culture inhibits or amplifies change.  An example is the ‘This is Water’ video based upon the talk from the late David Foster Wallace.   Trying to work with the existing culture in a co-evolution organical process may allow the people within the culture to change their current behaviors & understand that their expertise is what allowed the change to happen. For this cooperation & trust attracting systems must be used. Why…
  • Finding Shared Vulnerability Attracts Trust

    mike
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
      As work & environments seem to increase in complexity & uncertainty & ambiguity the more we want to believe that there’s deterministic solution.  Unfortunately people do not work that way. The interactional nature & change that happens while we are together cannot operate like a machine or a game that has strongly defined inputs, outputs & pieces that can be removed then added or changed. That deterministic belief creates Trust Repelling organizations that constrict creativity & cause underemployment. We are not deterministic machines that can have our…
  • Leadership Behavior Lists are Hyperbolic at best, Rife with Confirmation-Bias at Worst

    mike
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:44 pm
    All behavior traits we attribute to good leaders are the same behaviors of a decent person. This is why defining in-group behavior traits are hyperbolic or a dangerous way for incompetent managers to reinforce their misattribution of success. Googling ‘what personality traits make a good leader’ will yield a plethora of results. Here’s  10 Traits of Great Leaders (and Their Followers) from Inc.Com Ambition Patience Humility Humor Vision Compliance Tolerance Courage Accountability Gratitude Shit, it is like we are playing an on-line dating game & the person desires “Funny &…
  • Is Anyone Better Off? How Can we Prove This? Nested Organization Development Model

    mike
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:47 pm
      GetSET Organization Development Model   GetSET (Success in Extraordinary Times) Above is an informational model developed for work with nonprofit human services agencies. The work is being funded by the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, The Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation & The John R. Oishei Foundation The model applies to any organization that is faced with increasing complexity & unknown or rapid change in their environment. From the outside to the inside boundary Agency Value Proposition – How much did the Agency do? How well did we…
 
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    Horeb International

  • Dealing with Weaknesses

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Image source: @boetter There is the assumption that because you are naturally strong at something; you don’t have to have to spend too much time on it. You should devote most of your attention to your weaknesses instead. The danger of this is that you take your strengths for granted; overcompensate on your weaknesses with little marginal gains to show for it. There are three main things you can do with any given weakness. (1) Delegate it to others who enjoy doing it. (2) Drop it completely if it wouldn’t have any major implications for your life. (3) Develop it to a manageable/competent…
  • 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)What is your story?
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Deming's Fourteen Points of Quality Management

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    W. Edwards Deming was a supreme practitioner of quality management. He summarized his ideas in these Fourteen Points of Quality Management: Create constancy of purpose towards improvement. That means short-term out, long-term in. Adopt the new philosophy. From top to bottom Cease dependence on inspection. You don’t inspect quality into products and services - you design it in. Move towards a single supplier for any one item. Playing many suppliers off against each other is wasteful. Improve constantly and forever. However good you are, you can always do better. Institute training on…
  • The Importance of Time Tracking

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    If you want to improve performance, or likewise increase capacity or capability, you need to track the one thing that you'll never get back: time. In order to improve effectiveness and efficiency, you must understand how your time is being used. With all of the technological advances over the past two decades, we're continually forced to do things "better, faster, cheaper." In other words, all of these advances have taught us how to be more efficient. But - have any of these advances (spreadsheets, email, cell phones, IM, etc.) made us more effective? The difference between the two? Being…
  • Using SWOT During Times of Economic Uncertainty

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Tough times require tough decisions. During times of economic uncertainty, strategy refinement and executionneed to become the top priority for business leaders. How to start? Begin by doing a SWOT Analysis. SWOT is a strategic planning tool used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in your business. The aim of any SWOT analysis is to identify the key internal and external factors that are important to achieving your strategy. SWOT analysis groups key pieces of information into two main categories: Internal factors - The strengths and weaknesses…
  • 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…
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    The Resiliency Group

  • Vacation for Your Vocation

    Eileen
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Raise your hand: How many of you have NOT taken a vacation this year (a Friday off does not count)? If you raised your hand, you join 75% of Americans who fail to take all the paid vacation they are due each year. On behalf of career website Glassdoor, Harris Interactive took a poll of 2,300 workers who get paid vacation. Only 25% said they use all their paid days each year and 61% said that while they’re on vacation, they continue to work. It is said that Europeans work to live whereas Americans live to work. That’s not a statement in which to take pride. Our constant focus on work does…
  • Service is a Contact Sport—But Often We Beat Up the Customer!

    Eileen
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    Call it a blind spot. Call it regimented thinking. Call it the-way-we’ve-always-done-it. But by any name, there are actions and practices happening within our businesses that unknowingly drive customers (and employees) away. You’ve been there. You too have had experiences that leave you baffled and furious. “Don’t they get it?” you mutter. In fact, I wrote the following verse in a fit of anger at just another bit of lousy customer service. It’s the I am-mad-as- heck-and-I-am-not-going-to-take-it-any-longer reaction. See what you think. Screw the Customers We’ve got a plan to…
  • LOL-It Might Be Your BFF

    Eileen
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    A solider thanking Mom for her service in WWII. She loved that hug! 2010 NEWS FLASH: A good laugh may lift your spirits as much as meditation suggests new research presented at the Experimental Biology 2014 conference in San Diego. I knew it. Didn’t need a conference to convince me that laughter is not only the shortest distance between too people but also can lighten the load–even if for a second. I’m forever looking for things that strike me as funny — whether the silly things that Siri “thinks” is said, to watching a dad and his 2 year-old play…
  • GREAT LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES From a Child

    Eileen
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    My colleague and fellow Berrett Koehler author, Bill Treasurer, told me that his child came home one day and proudly announced he had been made a “leader”. Like all good parents, Bill sought to find out more. “So, what do you get to do as a leader?” asked Bill. “Leaders open doors.” replied his child. Leaders open doors!?!? It struck Bill, a consultant, between the eyes.  But of course!!!  Great leaders do open doors!!  They make sure doors are open for learning, for career progression, for new ideas, and for candid feedback. His child just created such…
  • Monarch Butterfly Magic (ear)Rings True

    Eileen
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m up to 10 milkweed plants in the garden. Eight of them have been stripped to the bare stalks by voracious caterpillars. This morning, I rushed out to buy the last two—no more planting room in the yard and my wallet has screeched ”Enough!”. Milkweed is the only plant that Monarch caterpillars will eat on their journey of transformation into butterflies. Nine lime green chrysalis hang from various protected places: the lip of a garden wall, a bench and fountain. But one little guy (or gal) decided to opt for serenity and became a single earring for my only garden sculpture: Kwan Yin.
 
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  • Ditch the Fear, Leaders Need to Create a Culture of Fun

    Jeremy Unruh
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Many people agree: a workplace culture of fear limits employee engagement, productivity, and retention—and by turns, the bottom line. But often, leaders aren't cognizant that they've created that environment. However, Gallup surmises that lost productivity due to lack of employee engagement costs U.S. companies $300 billion annually. Other studies show that happier—and therefore more engaged—employees are more likely to be more “creative, productive, and committed.” In other words, good leadership doesn't have to be with an iron fist—in fact, more often, it shouldn't include iron…
  • Stop the Summertime Slowdown: 5 Tips to Bolster Productivity

    Jeremy Unruh
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    In summertime especially, it’s easy to let the lure of everything outside the office (blue skies, birdsong, vacation plans) distract you from being productive in the office. Luckily, summer is also the best time to start taking steps to develop new habits that can last throughout the rest of the year.To bolster productivity, try these tips:Get up earlier. Giving yourself even just an extra 15 minutes in the morning can make a huge difference to how the rest of the day plays out. It might allow you to fit in a balanced breakfast, leave home without being in a stressed-out rush, and get to…
  • Taking Risks in Leadership

    Jeremy Unruh
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Thanks to the ongoing Values campaign from Foundation for a Better Life, folks across the nation have been supplied with tidbits from the lives of the famous and the not so famous—snippets that, through inspirational messaging, provide motivation to dream, to do, and to hope for what might seem like an impossible success. The billboards, TV commercials, radio spots, and videos remind us of the historic trials—and, in fact, the failures—of arguably rather successful people. Like Abraham Lincoln, whose story was riddled with personal pain, sacrifice, ups, and downs before he achieved the…
  • 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…
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  • NHL Snapback Hats

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    On Grid PV Inverter Among the common styles for power on grid pv inverters these days would be to choose a component which is practical both solid in addition to for mobile electricity. In many situations there are tons of apparatus that is easily powered from a 5000 watt power on grid pv inverter that is standard but, several units have quite precise stipulations regarding the nature of the power source and controlling necessities. A 5000 watt power on grid pv inverter is easily hooked around a 12 v car battery as a way to supply individuals with enough electricity run, to charge or use a…
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    Tibet Nepal Tour Overseas Tibet nepal tour considering entering Tibet must first get yourself an Asian L-visa (Tourist credit) in the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in their region. An exemption applies to individuals who have a home in countries that have signed China on specific agreements. A summary of those nations is found online. When trying to get this permit, international travelers are expected to distribute simple recognition data (including title, nationality, era, gender, profession, and passport number), approach to and point of access, approximate travel period, travel…
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  • How to Get a Promotion at Work: 11 Tips to Help You Move Up

    joelgarfinkle
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Financial rewards follow accomplishment; they don’t precede it.” ~ Harry F. Banks ~ A client of mine, Lance, has been with his company for ten years. He works hard and gets his work done. Management knows he is consistent, reliable, and loyal. They’re happy with the status quo. Unfortunately, my client is not. He is ready to make the change. He’s tired of being taken for granted. He wants to get paid appropriately and get promoted. So he must overcome his current perception as a “reliable workhorse.” If you’re like Lance, you can’t just…
  • 5 Ways to Develop Executive Presence

    joelgarfinkle
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” ~ Epictetus ~ When Connor walks into a room, all eyes turn toward him. He commands a presence that is unmistakable. He projects confidence, and people instinctively trust him. He speaks with authority. Connor has executive presence. As I describe the traits that Connor and other successful leaders possess, ask yourself: Where do I stand? What do I do well? What needs improvement? If you have executive presence, you have an aura or magnetism or charisma that draws others to you.
  • 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…
 
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  • Cowardice at Work

    Dan Oestreich
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    This is a tale of two higher level managers — the first all but terminated, shuffled into a secondary job without an explanation except the unstated, very real message, “your time is up — find something else.” By comparison the second is offered a dignified opportunity to leave the organization with significant feedback and as a matter of personal choice. You may ask, well, what’s the difference? In either case someone is told they no longer fit, and must exit! Yes, that’s true and I believe there is — or can be — a vast difference. If I am…
  • Breaking Patterns

    Dan Oestreich
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    My very smart wife, Carmen, noticing my restlessness, gave me an assignment: “Go photograph a still life using light from a window.” While she worked in her office, I rummaged around the kitchen looking for items, chastising myself. “I should be working,” I thought. “I should be writing. I should be making calls and sending emails.” Not helpful. And then, to make matters worse, my mind’s eye filled with images of sumptuous displays of fruits and flowers and old paintings of books, pipes, skulls and musical instruments. This is another pattern of…
  • 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…
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  • The Key to Building a Culture of Innovation

    David Grossman
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
      Innovation is clearly a hot topic with many leaders today. It’s often seen as the major driver of a company’s success. Yet how exactly do you foster innovation within your company? According to a group of researchers who’ve studied this question for more than a decade, many leaders are doing all the wrong things when it comes to encouraging creative thinking. “Every day, we hear more leaders call for increased innovation from their organizations. They recognize what’s now obvious. In a world of rapid change, the ability to innovate over and over is probably the only enduring…
  • Weekly Round-Up: On What Leaders Can Learn From Robin Williams, Proven Ways to Connect With Your Employees & 5 Ways To Be A Leader Who Gets It

    David Grossman
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:47 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. What Leaders Can Learn From Robin Williams By Ken Perlman, Switch & Shift “I am at the age when people I grew up…
  • German Car and Truck Maker Takes Email Out of Vacation

    David Grossman
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Recognizing that email overload is a growing contributor to workers’ stress levels, German car and truck maker Daimler recently launched a seemingly radical new solution: no email on vacation, guaranteed. The company’s “Mail on Holiday” program allows about 100,000 German employees to choose whether they’d like all their incoming emails during their vacation to be automatically deleted. The “Mail on Holiday” assistant notifies the sender that the email was received but deleted, and then refers them to a substitute employee who can respond to questions. Employees return from…
  • Starting Thought: The Problem with Practice and the “Try and Try Again” Approach

    David Grossman
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Sometimes those of us who are diligent, driven, and focused on getting to that end result can become frustrated when we don’t master something immediately.  “Try and try again” is a good motto except when we just keep trying the same thing in the same way. Sometimes we try and try again by just doing more of what we have been trying and then we are surprised when we don’t get the result we want.  We often then abandon ship and do something we know will get results.  For example, you might take over a project, “I will just do it myself,” or get upset with people…
  • New eBook - Cutting to Win: 6 Steps for Getting Employees on Your Side During Cost Cuts

    David Grossman
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Talking to employees about cost cuts is a difficult job for leaders and communicators, yet it is vitally important to get it right, especially now that it is such a big part of the way businesses function. Scores of the Fortune 500 clients we’ve worked with at The Grossman Group are cutting costs, and often that’s not because of financial issues. Instead, cutting costs is seen as a smart business practice, designed to help a company prioritize so it can innovate, invest smartly and grow. At the same time, poorly communicated cuts can severely damage employee morale, as well as a…
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  • Want to be Voted a Top 25 Company to Work For?

    Cindy Flanders
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Who wouldn’t?  How great to be in the company of the likes of Google, Twitter, Southwest, Proctor & Gamble and 21 others who seem to make the list every year in Glassdoor's annual survey.  So what do these companies have in common that make their employees love to come to work?     read more
  • The Case for the Solid B Performer

    Cindy Flanders
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    What would happen if you had a whole team of "A" players?  You’d likely be having weekly therapy sessions on your way to becoming “manager of the year”.  Is it worth the higher level of stress and anxiety?   read more
  • What Diversity Really Means

    Cindy Flanders
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    Do you have a diversity council at your company?  Are the members primarily made up of women and people of color? If you answered yes to either or both of these, I’m sure you have a very diverse workplace, right?  Maybe not.   read more
  • 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
 
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  • Take the Icy Plunge

    Heyden Enochson
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Has your newsfeed been feeling a little icy lately? Ours too. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been dumping on social media feeds for weeks now. For those of you who haven’t seen it (which should be few and far between by now), users are challenged to dump a bucket of ice water on their heads or donate $100 to the ALS Association, a non-profit that provides assistance to people with Lou Gehrig’s disease and research for its cure. After completing the challenge, they pass it on to selected friends and family move the challenge forward. Everyone from Bill Gates to Lady Gaga has taken the…
  • Keeping your head out of the weeds.

    Heyden Enochson
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    As you walk through the strategic planning process, it can be difficult keeping your team on a leash and out of the weeds. Productivity stops when teams are mired by off-topic details, dirty laundry, and minutia. Keeping the team focused, on-task and flying at the right altitude is a challenge. We tip our hats to Nevada Industry Excellence, an economic services provider, for their ability to stay on-course during a recent strategic planning facilitation. We commonly find ourselves pulling planning teams out of the weeds and refocusing them, but this wasn’t the case with them. The 14-person…
  • Gain New Perspectives with an Ideal Organizational Profile

    Jeff Brunings
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Creating a profile of your ideal customer is not a new principal – it’s been used for decades. But in our recent experiences developing profiles of OnStrategy’s own customers, we found that basing attributes of an ideal profile on individual buying influences is telling only half the story. OnStrategy’s ideal customers are often members of larger organizations, and we couldn’t create an effective strategy until we were positioned to sell to both the individual and organization. The plight of the B2B organization; we needed to create an Ideal Customer Profile and an Ideal…
  • Subscribing to your company culture

    Heyden Enochson
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Netflix’s auto play feature has me hooked into their brand. The constant “it’s only one more episode” approach has sucked me into the series television vortex more times than I even care to mention. This isn’t the only time Netflix has successfully drawn people into their company. In fact, their HR strategy has given them the opportunity to recruit and retain incredible talent within their workforce. Netflix has created a company culture which has made them famous for giving their employees unlimited vacation time. Yep, unlimited. Oh, they also pay their employees the best in their…
  • Photosynthesizing your company values.

    Heyden Enochson
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The roots of a tree are essential to its survival. They keep it in place, unwavering while also providing the essential nutrients and water it needs to thrive. Your values statements are the roots of your organization.  They serve your foundation while providing the culture and passion that allows you to thrive. The most successful organizations are those whose core values are at the root of everything they do. Much like vision and mission statements, values statements are only useful if they are in daily use. It’s essential to create a values statement that reflects the culture and…
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  • What Whole Foods CEO Would Advise His “Younger Self” to Do

    Ian Cook
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    John Mackey is an entrepreneur who has built his very successful business with a genuine eye on his core values. His journey to leading today’s Whole Foods is an interesting one. What began as one store in Austin Texas, is now close to 400 outlets employing  80,000 staff and grossing over $12 million. “So John,” asked the interviewer in yesterday’s Washington Post, “if you could go back to those early years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?” Having read the full interview about his story, I was really ready to hear how he would…
  • 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.
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  • How to Revive a Culture

    mark
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every year, I attend the Global Leadership Summit. Over the last two decades, it has been a constant source of challenge, inspiration and encouragement. This year was no different. In the opening session, Bill Hybels shared some of his Hard Fought Leadership Lessons. Today, I want to recap one of those: How do you turn around a culture? Bill shared the process he and his team used to transform the culture of their organization. He challenged the 200,000 leaders participating in the Summit to do the following… Assess the Current Reality – You may not be shocked by this advice. However,…
  • Top Mistakes Leaders Make

    mark
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I read a fun article today in Golf Digest: “The Top 40 Mistakes Golfers Make.” The list included: Wearing black socks with khakis, following a bad shot with a dumb one, and thinking a white belt makes you look hip! It was such a good list I decided to make my own: The top mistakes leaders make. Let me warn you, my list is not as fun as theirs.   1. Leading without a destination – Call this what you will, but don’t confuse it with leadership. 2. Forgetting vision leaks – The vast majority of leaders, maybe 90% or more, don’t communicate vision enough. 3. Assuming the…
  • Are You Prepared to Succeed?

    mark
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last winter in Atlanta, we had two major ice events. In both cases, many were unprepared. The consequences… a lot of scrambling to get ready and a lot of empty shelves. I guess that’s okay in the greater scheme of things. Ice events in Atlanta are fairly rare. These events prompted me to think more seriously about the issue of being prepared. I’ve given the topic a fair amount of thought since the ice melted. I have several observations and ideas to share – too many for one post. So, today is the first in a series – five or six, maybe seven posts, on this critical issue. Here’s my…
  • How’s Your Focus?

    mark
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    As a photographer, I pay more attention to images than your average person. I often wonder how the photographer created the image? Something I’ve noticed over time, rarely do I find an out of focus image compelling. I think the same can be said for an out of focus leader. As leaders, when you and I are focused, we add more value to our organizations. When we are out of focus, our impact is greatly diminished. Obviously, no leader sets out to be un-focused. So, how does it happen? The culprit masquerades in many forms. Sometimes we lack focus because… We are unclear on our priorities. If…
  • Who Is Your Competition?

    mark
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Who is your competition? It may not be who you think it is. I was reminded of this again recently as I read a Knowledge@Wharton interview with MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga. You might think MasterCard’s competition would be American Express or Citibank – no, Ajay says their competition is cash. As Banga explained, 85% of the world’s transactions are conducted using cash. He asserts that to focus on his traditional competitors means wrestling with them for 15% of a global market. He’d rather go after the other 85%. Genius! So, let me ask again, who is your competition? If you operate a…
 
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  • Fair Is Fair

    Frank Sonnenberg
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    “They play favorites.” “They made their mind up before they started.” “They didn’t earn it.” “They don’t deserve it.” “It’s a popularity contest.” “They have more than me.” And the list goes on and on. So what’s fair, and how is fairness determined? Fairness affects everything we do. It shapes our judgment, impacts our credibility, affects our ability to trust, and influences our loyalty and motivation. It can bolster or damage a career, strengthen or torpedo a relationship, and advance or ruin a leader’s authority. In fact, fairness is so important, it’s a…
  • Times May Change, But Your Core Values Don’t

    Frank Sonnenberg
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Times May Change, But Your Core Values Don’t See the good in everything. Make him or her feel special. Never stop learning. Keep your promises. Do right by others. Be a loyal friend. Appreciate what you have. Be humble. Challenge yourself. Practice what you preach. Reach for the stars. Be dependable and reliable. Lead a purposeful life. Give of yourself. Be courageous. Work hard, work smart. Be self-reliant. Tell the truth. Accept responsibility. Do yourself proud. Show compassion. Do the right thing. Be strong. Meet others halfway. Play nice. Have faith. Give ’em a chance. Keep it in…
  • 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.
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    Chris Walker Innerwealth

  • 5 Things I guarantee you didn’t know and will change your life around love, relationships and people. #5

    9 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    The cause of relationship failureI have had the privilege of being invited to coach over 3,000 people through tough times. Most of those coaching sessions involved something or everything to do with relationships. There are no generic people, so there are no generic relationships, and so there are no generic formulas for repair of damaged trust. But there are generic causes of relationship success. 1. People fall in love with your vision.What has a 25 year old got that a 40 year old hasn&rs [...] This is a one minute read. Please click the header to visit my web site for more good love
  • 5 Things I guarantee you didn’t know and will change your life around love, relationships and people Number  #4 

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:55 pm
    The More You Obsess about Work Life Balance - The Sooner Your Relationship will Fail.Misery has many disguises but the worst of them is the obsession with work life balance. Work life balance is a catchall for ignorance. Work life balance is like pouring petrol on a fire in order to extinguish it. Nobody in the world wants worklife balance but what they do want is what is heralded as the rewards for work life balance. Everybody wants peace of mind, everybody wants to relax, Everybody wants to en [...] This is a one minute read. Please click the header to visit my web site for more good love
  • 5 Things I guarantee you didn’t know and will change your life around love, relationships and people. #3

    4 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Feeling is healingMany many people believe feeling is living. Feeling is not living. Feeling is healing. If you live to feel things you’ll be confused. You’ll make decisions based on feelings. You might even call those feelings intuitive. Feelings are not intuitive. Feelings are translations of the environment. Feelings are self-actualised. Feelings are healings.In healing you get a dictation from nature that you need to feel at home, in love, in-spired. In other words, happy with l [...] This is a one minute read. Please click the header to visit my web site for more good love
  • 5 Things I guarantee you didn’t know and will change your life around love, relationships and people. Number #2

    4 Aug 2014 | 3:59 am
    Love is not the foundation of a sustainable, loving, caring relationshipWhen you feel so in love, so dedicated to someone, so fantastic, alive and ready to love them forever, the relationship has about 1% chance of lasting. Here are the nature based reasons why:1. Parasites in nature exist. They cling to a tree, an animal or the earth and co-exist. You will notice however that parasites are small, irrelevant and in some small ways, add value (picking flees off elephants). When you are smit [...] This is a one minute read. Please click the header to visit my web site for more good love
  • 5 Things I guarantee you didn’t know and will change your life around love, relationships and people.

    2 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    #1. ReflectionsWho we are when we are single is different to who we are in a relationship. Why is this important? Because sometimes the person we become is a person we don’t like being. Nature’s Universal law of balance means that two people will always become bookends to each other, and a single person will integrate both qualities into themselves. Here’s an example: P gets into a relationship with M. M is an emotionally vulnerable, generous and outgoing person. So was P but [...] This is a one minute read. Please click the header to visit my web site for more good love
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    The New Laws of Leadership

  • Galileo Was Wrong: The Customer Is The Center Of The Universe [Infographic]

    Christine Comaford
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Gartner says that in 2017 CMOs will have a bigger share of the technology budget than CIOs. Mayur Gupta, Global Head, Marketing Technology & Operation at Kimberly-Clark, says it is not about the C-Suite or the budget—the customer is in charge now, and more than ever before. I caught up with him recently to tap his brilliant brain. They’ve Got The Power And Pull Thanks to the vast quantities of info available, the customer now has the ability to make smart choices with speed and agility anytime and anywhere she wants. Not only is she in charge and in full control but she is also…
  • 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…
 
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    JMLalonde.com

  • Discover The Positives Of Negative Leadership

    Joseph Lalonde
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Everyone who’s been led well has, more than likely, also been led poorly. Can I get an amen on that? For every good leader, there seems to be 2 or more leaders who use lead wrong. These negatives leaders don’t care for their teams. They neglect the responsibilities of great leadership. They kill the spirits of their teams. But don’t fret. Just because there’s negative leadership doesn’t mean there’s not a positive in there somewhere. Companies, for years, have known there’s value in the negative space. Take a look at the logos of major brands. You may…
  • Sir Frederick Treves

    Joseph Lalonde
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Don’t bother about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination.The post Sir Frederick Treves appeared first on Joseph Lalonde.
  • 4 Reasons You Need To Stop Asking Why Me?

    Joseph Lalonde
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    I’m pretty sure there’s not a person out there who hasn’t asked “Why me?” This question has almost become default for many people today. Every time something bad happens, they automatically ask why bad things happen. But asking Why Me won’t really help you. In fact, asking this question hinders you more often than anything else. Image by Anne Hornyak We’ve got to begin shifting our mindsets and asking better questions. Why me has to be one of the least productive questions to ask yourself. Why? I’m glad you asked. What you’ll find in this…
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

  • INNOVATION: LIVE From the John Maxwell Team Training Event

    johnmaxwell
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Minute-With-Maxwell-Signup is where you can subscribe to receive free daily leadership coaching videos from John C. Maxwell such as this one. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program, go to http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Join-Us.
  • EDIFICATION: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    26 Aug 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,…
  • ADAGE: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    25 Aug 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,…
  • SIMPLICITY: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    24 Aug 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,…
  • EMPATHY: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    23 Aug 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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    Management Meditations

  • Engaging Everyone in Lean! A Cost Effective Solution

    Lawrence Miller
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Let's be honest about lean implementation and training. In most organizations lean training is for a select few. These same few may engage a few more. But, the dominant culture, the dominant habits of working and managing too often do not change. What if you had an effective method, and a low cost method, of training and engaging everyone in the organization? This is now available through an partnership of Lean Leadership Institute and myself. The post Engaging Everyone in Lean! A Cost Effective Solution appeared first on Management Meditations.
  • The Science of Positive Interactions – Key to the Coaching Kata

    Lawrence Miller
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Neuroscience now confirms why both learning and motivation on the part of employees is optimized when the ratio of positive to negative interactions with managers lean toward four positives to one negative. Higher rates of negative interactions reduce learning, increase fear, increase avoidance behavior, rather than problem-solving and experimentation. The post The Science of Positive Interactions – Key to the Coaching Kata appeared first on Management Meditations.
  • The Coaching Kata

    Lawrence Miller
    31 May 2014 | 3:46 pm
    I developed my Team Kata Udemy.com training course to provide a solution to training a large number of people, self-paced and over an extended period of time. But, coaching is essential to the learning process. Here are examples of the coaching kata that follow well proven methods of behavior based training. The post The Coaching Kata appeared first on Management Meditations.
  • Lean Training: An Efficient Solution

    Lawrence Miller
    19 May 2014 | 7:54 pm
    The problem for most organizations developing lean management is two fold: first, how to change the culture in a significant way, in a reasonable period of time; and second, how to provide the needed training to a large number of people in a consistent and quality manner. Team Kata is an effort to solve both of those problems. The post Lean Training: An Efficient Solution appeared first on Management Meditations.
  • The Lean System of Motivation

    Lawrence Miller
    23 Feb 2014 | 7:23 pm
    One aspect of lean that has not been given enough attention, in my opinion, is how lean is an organization wide system of motivation that creates a high performance culture. Too many lean implementations suffer from a focus on problem solving skills, but a failure to attend to the system or culture of motivation. Too many rely on the "they oughtta wanna" assumption which usually results in disappointment. A highly motivated work force is not an accident. It is not the result of being in one part of the country or another, have having a union or non-union. It is the result of systematic…
 
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    Skip Prichard | Leadership Insights

  • What Ice Buckets Teach Us About The Spread of Ideas

    Skip Prichard
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
      Actors, sports figures, musicians, and even a former United States President have been doused in ice-cold water in recent days.  If you haven’t witnessed this, you may be enjoying a summer on a remote island with no connection to any media.  For those of us who have watched this phenomenon take off, we may ask what lessons we can all learn from it all. Why did this take off?  What is it about this campaign that made people act?   Purposeful The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is for a meaningful purpose: to raise money to find a cure for a devastating and fatal disease called…
  • 5 Critical Moments to Evaluate Your Strategy

    Skip Prichard
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:17 pm
    “ “To see things in a new way, we must rise above the fray.” -Rich Horwath Tweet ThisShare on Facebook   Not too long ago, I featured Rich Horwath, the author of Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking here to discuss the common mistakes of strategic planning.  Rich has helped thousands of managers with the strategic process. After the interview, I decided to follow up with him to ask when leaders need to abandon or re-evaluate a strategic plan.  I have seen executives stick with a plan and others modify or abandon a plan.  Most leaders…
  • Success Starts With Self-Mastery: 7 Effective Strategies

    Skip Prichard
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    This is a guest post by Thai Nguyen. The power of words to evoke positive change motivates Thai to write. Formerly a professional chef and international athlete, he’s now somewhere in the world with a backpack, MacBook, and a story to share. You can follow his work at The Utopian Life, Facebook or Twitter. It all begins with looking in the mirror.  Success in the public world goes hand-in-hand with success in your private life.  Effective leadership flows from effectively leading yourself.   “ “Effective leadership flows from effectively leading yourself.” -Thai…
  • Leading With Others in Mind

    Skip Prichard
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:06 am
      Who do you think of when you think of a servant leader?  What are the traits of a servant leader? Is it possible for an entire organization to have these characteristics?   KEEP READING TO LEARN HOW TO GET THE NEW FREE SERVANT LEADERSHIP E-BOOK   I love to watch baseball.  Live, up close:  Hearing the “thwack!” of the bat making contact, feeling the crowd take a collective breath as a ball heads for the outfield, peering through the dust to see if the runner made it to home plate.  There is something incredibly different about being there versus watching it on…
  • Leading From The Shadows

    Skip Prichard
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    When I first became the CEO of a large global company, I could see how dependent I was on others.  My own efforts would be meaningless without many others supporting me.  The top job is often the one in the brightest spotlight, but that person’s success or failure is always the result of a team effort.  Usually a very small group—or even one individual—takes on the key supportive role. Many people dream of becoming President or the leader of the organization.  Some people realize that they are best suited and happier in a supportive role or as number two.   “…
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • How to fuel your creativity? – Here are 20 ways..

    Nischala
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    “Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity” – Charles Mingus “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett “Imagination is the beginning…
  • My (love) affair with blogging – How it came to be?

    Nischala
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Regular readers of my blog know that I’ve been blogging for years now (4+ to be precise). I have chronicled my blogging journey in many of my posts to share my lessons and insights. It was indeed an honor and a pleasure when Bhakthi Bapat Mathew requested me to give an interview on the chronicles of my blogging journey. For those who don’t know, Bhakti is a freelance journalist based in Bangalore, India. Bhakti has been writing for Indian and international publications since 2006.Her byline has appeared in CNN Travel, South China Morning Post, Women’s e-News (USA), The…
  • Why women should work? – Here are 30 good reasons

    Nischala
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    If you thought “(S)he loves me /loves me not” was one of the most difficult questions to answer in life, you probably got it right and wrong. Why? Because there’s another question which is equally (if not more difficult) to answer, i.e. “Should she work or not? – especially if she is married / mother”. This topic is much discussed and debated in almost every circle I know. No matter his / her age, almost everyone I know has a strong view, opinion and perspective on the issue – from my neighbor’s grandfather to my mother to my mother-in-law to my friends to my colleagues to my…
  • T for Thought Leadership..

    Nischala
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    There are some buzzwords which will not go out of fashion in the business / corporate world. “THOUGHT LEADERSHIP” is one of them. When I first heard the word more than a decade ago at the start of my professional career, I was in “awe” as the word sounded important and impressive. My first thoughts were “Don’t we all have a zillion thoughts zooming in our minds every single day, so what qualifies for thought leadership? How can anyone demonstrate leadership with their thoughts? Who decides that it is thought leadership? How does one demonstrate thought leadership?” With time and…
  • 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…
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    Kaufman Global

  • Introducing… Travel Tuesday

    Media Alert
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Our work with our global clients takes us around the world. In the process we get the opportunity to meet exceptional people and see some pretty amazing things. We’re starting a new blog category we’re calling “Travel Tuesday” where we will periodically share some of these experiences with you. This month VP and Principal Amy Howard took a break from her travels in Asia to spend the day at rescue and rehabilitation center Patara Elephant Farm in northern Thailand. The farm pairs individuals with their own elephant for the day and provides education on elephant health,…
  • 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…
 
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    The Purposeful Culture Group

  • Tied for First

    S. Chris Edmonds
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Quick – note down your top four personal values, the desired principles that guide your day-to-day plans, decisions, and actions. If you’ve formalized your personal values, this exercise... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Choose Your Play

    S. Chris Edmonds
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Are you doing what you’re great at? And what you love to do? And you’re paid a living wage to do it? And – a hugely important consideration – you’re serving others well... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Identity Crisis

    S. Chris Edmonds
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    What is your team’s identity? It has one – it just may not be the one you want it to have. I define identity as a combination of your team’s purpose and how team members see... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Be Yourself

    S. Chris Edmonds
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been struck recently by people’s chosen personas – the way a person chooses to act in his or her situation. People on opposing sides of issues were in meetings I facilitated or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    Switch and Shift

  • 3 Rules of Engagement for Making You and Your Organization Stronger

    Dr. Lynette Reed
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A house is only as strong as its foundation. A solid foundation gives the house a firm base allowing for less structural issues over time. This is also true for an organization. A strong foundation allows the organization to maintain an un-fractured workplace where individuals, who make up this foundation, reduce cracks in communication, relationships, and help keep the focus on the goals of the organization. An un-fractured workplace impacts employee engagement, corporate culture, and even the bottom line. The challenge most organizations face when building their behavioral organizational…
  • The First Decade of 21st Century Thought

    David Houle
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We are arithmetically in the second decade of the 21st century.  Yet because most of the developed countries – and therefore the leaders in these countries- have powered into this century with the legacy thinking of the last one thinking is of the past.  In this, the Transformation Decade of 2010-2020, as mentioned in the prior video post, it is also the decade of the collapse of legacy thinking; thinking from the past that is no longer accurate or relevant.  This means that the decade 2010-2020 is the first decade of 21st century thought.  So, as a leader of humans who are all going…
  • 3 Ways Leaders Can Succeed At Failing

    Aaron Bartlett
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This article is part of our My Story Millennial Campaign contest series where we’re featuring the best of the millennial voices. Be sure to keep track of the series HERE. I couldn’t believe it. There in my inbox sat my separation agreement. An agreement that confirmed my production and work was not up to company standards. My cons outweighed my pros. My “all” wasn’t good enough. As a member of the millennial generation, this was something new to me. I had previously encountered slight setbacks in my career, but nothing to this extent. Failure. It was difficult to…
  • 5 Lessons from the “Corner” Office

    Kris Ansin
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This article is part of our My Story Millennial Campaign contest series where we’re featuring the best of the millennial voices. Be sure to keep track of the series HERE. I have a passion for exploring the world’s corners – those places far away from a Wall St, Main St, or any another conventional boulevard with an inherent familiarity. These corners have often been the places and times where I’ve learned the most about the world and myself. For the last two and a half years, I have satiated this string of my DNA with my unconventional job – as Executive Director…
  • The Difference Between Ordinary and Extraordinary Outcomes

    Mark Fernandes
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Just as people cannot live without eating, so a business cannot live without profit. But most people don’t live to eat and neither must a business live to just make profits.” – John Mackey In business today we often find ourselves thinking in terms of trade-offs, an “either-or” mindset if you will. Trade-offs implies giving up one thing to get something else and for some, a path of least resistance for change. Least resistance in that we will disparage, disregard, and eventually walk away from what is, to influence movement towards what’s new or what needs to be. And while…
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    PLAY BIG: SING POSSIBILITY / TRANSFORM LIFE

  • Each Of Us Is More Than S/he Seems

    Maz Iqbal
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    During my participation in the Landmark Forum (many years ago) I found myself deeply touched by that which was unconcealed once the social masks that are us, in our everydayness, lost their grip on me and my fellow participants. What showed up in this unconcealment?  Allow me to introduce that through the following story: Some years ago a young resident psychiatrist ……. who wanted to learn more about people at the edge of life was observing one of my sessions. A former gang member whose hands were covered with tattoos was speaking of the deep love he now felt for his young wife…
  • 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…
 
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  • Sales Coaching Thoughts

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    There is much I could write about this week in this sales coaching blog, so as opposed to focusing on a single topic, why not touch on several topics that motivated me this week… -When I hear sales leaders say “our new hires need industry experience”, I immediately know they are limiting their team’s performance.  This comment says they place skill over talent--big mistake.  Skills can be taught, but talent cannot. 
  • Sales Manager's: Coach to more performance

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Contrary to mostly popular opinion, a Sales Manager’s job is not to hire great people and then get out of their way. If it were, and I was a CEO, I would simply hire a great talent and acquisition staff, train my sales people, and eliminate the sales management layer entirely because they would be rendered mostly useless. At best they would be sales compliance officers and at worst they would be an in-house ask.com for sales reps. This is a bold statement, however as a talented sales producer it pains me at my core to listen to executives in sales leadership undermine the importance of…
  • Coaching Conversations: Creating Trust Relationships

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    A couple weeks ago, I discussed the importance of not only coaching your reps’ skills, but also coaching their mental performance. To keep your reps performing at their peak level, you have to ensure they are always mentally engaged with their work. To that end, I introduced three key coaching principles that you can use to help improve your sales reps’ performance mentality: Creating relationships of trust with those you are coaching Asking powerful questions to drive effective learning Facilitating growth experiences for your team to maximize their potential.  In…
  • What Robin Williams Taught Us About Complexity

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    I loved being a student, and especially loved my classes where the focus was literature, writing and creativity.  It was my first year of college and I was placed in an honors English class at the University of Nebraska.  I was a nervous wreck on my first day. I was right to be nervous, but once I took my seat I knew I was in for a memorable moment in my educational experience.  We were empowered from the first day to be brave in our writing, in our classroom conversations with one another and in our efforts to create a piece of writing that would raise the bar on our…
  • Research: How to Define Sales Coaching

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    What is sales coaching?  At first glance, this should be an easy question to answer. There are certain behaviors that we already know successful sales managers exhibit.  Just scrolling through recent blog posts on our EcSell Institute website can give you a good idea of what these best practices might include. Motivating reps, having effective sales team meetings, building personal relationships, and debriefing are a few examples of behaviors that we know impact sales. Sales coaches, even sales coaches who are already top-notch, need to keep these example…
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  • When God Tells You to Go [Podcast]

    Doug Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:49 am
    I recently had the privilege of speaking at iChurch for my friends Ben and Alicia Rath. If you live in Pittsburgh and are looking for a church, I couldn’t encourage you enough to visit their church! It’s an incredible place.In this message, I talk to you about the seasons of your life when God tells you to go. They can often be uncomfortable seasons. However, if we will learn how to successful navigate our seasons of “go”, our lives will become a story worth telling. You can listen to the message below or by clicking this link. The notes for this message are below. I…
  • Choose Joy

    Doug Smith
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:23 am
    I recently had the opportunity to speak at Greater Life Church in Boardman, OH for my friend, Keith and Emily Bruner. I absolutely love what God is doing in and through their church! I spoke on how to live with joy in the midst of any circumstance. The message is compiled of a few lessons that I learned from Paul in the book of Philippians. I hope that this message will help you live a life full of joy regardless of what you are currently going through.You can listen to the message below. If you would like to listen to other messages I’ve done or subscribe to my message podcast,…
  • The Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit Day 2 Recap

    Doug Smith
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:06 am
    Another Leadership Summit has come to a close. This year’s conference was incredible. If you are ever able to, I cannot encourage you enough to attend this event. Below are my highlights from Day 2. In case you missed my highlights from day 1, you can read those here. Enjoy!Joseph GrennyAnytime you find yourself stuck in a relationship, stop and ask: What crucial conversations are we not holding or not holding well?The way to avoid crucial conversations is to ave a meaningless life!How are you acting differently as a result of the relationship with someone whom you think of…
  • The Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit Day 1 Recap

    Doug Smith
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:51 am
    This week, I’ve had the privilege of attending the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit. This is my favorite leadership conference to attend. In this post, I will be sharing my key takeaways from each session from day 1. I hope they will add value to your life!Today, I will be live tweeting my key takeaways during the conference. You can follow along by following me on twitter here. Session 1: Bill HybelsIf you care at all about anything, then you better care about leadership.Armed with enough humility, you can learn from anyone.Leaders with the highest level of vision…
  • Learning to Lead Episode #41: Kurt Bjorklund

    Doug Smith
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    In this podcast, I interview Kurt Bjorklund, Pastor of Orchard Hill Church. In the interview, we talk about leadership and ministry. You can find the Kurt’s bio, questions that I asked, my key takeaways, and ways to connect with Kurt below in the show notes. I know that this interview will add value to your life! Enjoy!How You Can Help this Podcast: To listen to past interviews, go to my podcast page. Subscribe to this podcastRate and leave a review of the podcastShare the content on Social MediaSign-up for my Learning to Lead Newsletter If you have an idea for a future podcast you…
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  • 4 Ways Negative Thoughts Are Holding You Back

    LaRae Quy
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:24 pm
    I grew up very poor. My parents were hard working cattle ranchers in a remote area of Wyoming. There was no money to pay a hired hand, so my brother and I started helping out with chores at the age of 6. By the age of 8, I could stack bales of hay, grease the baler, and move a hundred head of cows into another pasture. As a girl, I was expected to marry and start a family, not pursue a career. The standing joke was that college was for young women looking for an MRS degree. After all, higher education was not needed to work on a ranch. Indeed, no one else in my family had attended college and…
  • 5 Great Pieces Of Advice About Success

    LaRae Quy
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    FBI agents are expected to be successful investigators. When a child is kidnapped, success in finding the kidnapper is not a desired outcome; it is a requirement. PODCAST:  http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/5-Great-Pieces-of-Advice-About-Success.mp3 When facing distraught parents, you know deep down that you will do whatever it takes to bring that child home. Success is possible, but it takes mental toughness to sort through the hard facts about what it takes to succeed. Here are five great pieces of advice to keep in mind about success:    1. SUCCESS REQUIRES AN…
  • 5 Toxic Beliefs About Perfection That Ruin Careers

    LaRae Quy
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
    I am a recovering perfectionist. I set high goals and beat myself up when I fail to meet the mark. The verbal attacks I’ve unleashed upon myself would be categorized as emotional abuse if they were inflicted by a parent! PODCAST: http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/5-Toxic-Beliefs-About-Perfection.mp3 5 Toxic Beliefs About Perfection That Ruin Careers I’m not the only one who struggles with the toxic and negative messages that our mind produces in the relentless pursuit of perfection. Great leaders strive to achieve excellence for many reasons. For some, the need for…
  • Most Important Tip For Building Mental Strength—Keep Moving or Die

    LaRae Quy
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    While at the FBI Academy, I worked with a coach to help me train for the physical fitness test. After a few weeks, I reached the magic number of 25 pushups and then fizzled. Hard as I tired, I couldn’t move beyond those 25 pushups. PODCAST: http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Keep-moving-or-die.mp3 I was stuck. I had hit a plateau. Athletes understand that plateaus are normal, as do CEO’s, scientists, and other successful professionals. When we are stalled, we’re often left with the question: what to do next? The answer to this question matters a lot. Leaders who keep…
  • 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…
 
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  • What will you risk?

    Kim
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    Would you risk more if your view of God expanded and changed? I woke up Sunday morning with the song below going through my head. So, all week, in my quiet moments, I’ve been contemplating – what does it mean to me that God is I AM? I know what it meant to the Israelites […]
  • Guest Post: Taking a Leap?

    Kim
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    Today, our guest post is from Brian Setaro. Brian is taking a leap to fulfill the dreams God put on his heart. What a treat to walk with him and learn from his adventure. Enjoy his guest post: I am embarking on what’s sure to be a wild journey.  I’m a father of 2 boys […]
  • When God doesn’t make sense

    Kim
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    You might have noticed that these last few weeks, we are working our way through the book of John.  This week, we will look at John 7 & 8, and then next week we will start a series loosely based on my teaching series Making Sense of the Life God Gave You. One of the things […]
  • What to do with all that stress

    Kim
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    All day long I’ve been thinking about God and money. After all, if I’m submitted to Him, then He provides for what I need.  Yet, at certain times of year (like when school starts) the need seems to out way the income. If I’m not careful, I can let this stress distract me and ruin […]
  • Too Religious for Your Shirt

    Kim
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    For some people, it is all about being right. You’ve met them. They kind of feel like the religious mafia. There are those who are “in” the family, and there are those who are “out.” Should you show compassion to just the wrong person or break the wrong rule, you can sense them leaning into […]
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  • Solve a Common Problem on Virtual Teams

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Virtual teams are a terrific solution for organizations to consider in many cases, but they also offer common problems and challenges. A study by online project management technology review firm Software Advice surveyed over 600 adults and found that people on virtual teams had very similar perceived issues.  Noel Radley, Managing Editor at the Software Advice Blog, write an article discussing the results and suggests that there are three main take-aways from the study. Key Takeaways: Thirty-eight percent of team members said communication was difficult on virtual projects, making…
  • 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…
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    Coaching Excellence

  • O Captain! My Captain!

    ipeccoaching
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    It’s a funny thing “losing” someone you never met. Someone you never socialized with. Someone who you never spoke with over a cup of coffee. Someone you never saw in person or even interacted with via social media. Yet, they felt like a friend or a mentor or they were an inspiration. That my friends, was Robin Williams, to me. Mr. Williams could always make me laugh, frequently to the point of tears. He could also touch me through his roles as an actor in Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society, again, frequently to the point of tears. Especially, […]
  • Scream If You Have To …

    ipeccoaching
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    These days, it takes a lot to make me angry but the story of Maggie Kudirka, an extremely talented ballerina with the prestigious Joffrey Ballet, and her diagnosis of Stage IV breast cancer at the age of 23, did just that. So pardon my rant, but here goes… Each person MUST take full responsibility for their personal wellbeing. MUST!  Everyone MUST learn to trust their intuition, be a strong self-advocate, and follow through on that intuition. MUST! Healthcare professionals downplayed Maggie’s concern about her lump, but thankfully, Maggie didn’t downplay her own lump. You are the…
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    ipeccoaching
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    I’m sure, by now, you’ve either dumped a bucket of ice cold water on your head or seen videos of some of your friends or celebrities do it, and hopefully gave a donation to ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.) Yep, thanks to my buddy, Alison, I got to take the chilly bath. My wife got it, too. My kids liked it so much they did it on their own and nominated their friends. For those not in the know, the challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others […]
  • Adjust Your Sails In The Wake Of Challenges

    ipeccoaching
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    “If you want to be happy, put your effort into controlling the sail, not the wind.” – Anonymous While at the beautiful Jersey Shore I had the opportunity to observe people boating. One group was on a sail boat while others were on speed boats. The speed boaters flew by me with the wind in their hair and a smile on their face having the time of their lives. The sailors, who also appeared to be having a good time, were busy hoisting the sails and “coming about” (i.e. turning the sail in another direction) to catch the wind, so […]
  • Art is Life

    ipeccoaching
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Artists come in many shapes and sizes. Some are authors whose words can inspire. Others are actors who seamlessly transition from role to role in their varied projects. Artists are musicians who we marvel at as they play a riff or sing a song that stirs our emotions. Painters who take a blank canvas and transform it into a masterpiece. Sculptors, poets, directors, potters, the list goes on with those who create art. But, if I may ask: “What is art?”  Take painters, for example, I doubt anyone would argue that painters aren’t artists. Matisse and Monet. Warhol and Wyeth.
 
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    Leadership and Management

  • 5 Mind-set Short Cuts to Overcome Problems

    Christina Lattimer
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:40 am
    Mind-set – The Winning Factor It’s been a pretty stressful week, and one of the factors which have made it so has been the work I am doing with my daughter helping her set up her online fashion store.  There are a number of factors making the process stressful, not least the damning data which show 50% of start-ups fail within 2 years of launching according to Theo Paphitis reported in the Guardian earlier this month. For me, it’s another venture, for my daughter it is the risk a culmination of 12 years of dreaming might not materialise. Donna, my daughter has been in the fashion…
  •  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…
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  • Hard Work Isn’t Enough

    David M. Dye
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    I hate it. That feeling that creeps over you and you try to shake off. The realization that you can’t keep going like this… The pace. The frustration. And the panic that sneaks in if you entertain the thought …that you can’t work hard enough to get through this. I get it (and it stinks!) What more can anyone ask of you than to work hard? After all, your hard work, all the times you give it your best, your commitment to excellence – all of that got you where you are, right? But as a leader, hard work isn’t enough. You’ve probably heard that “practice makes perfect”, but…
  • Be the Leader You Want Your Boss to Be

    David M. Dye
    23 May 2014 | 8:22 am
    One year from now, would you like to be three times the leader you are today? What if the tools to get there didn’t cost you one cent? What if they were available in both audio and pdf? I’m excited to share a new resource I’ve put together that will help you: Double (or more) your team’s productivity Have more time to enjoy your work and your life Be a leader others respect and want to follow When you sign up, you’ll get a practical leadership tip delivered straight to your inbox each week for a full year. Here’s a quick sample…just a few of the tips you’ll receive:…
  • Calling All Leaders!

    David M. Dye
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    I Don’t Care I’m sure it’s happened to you. It happens to all of us…you hear the words coming out of your mouth and before you finish the sentence, you realize you’re saying something an adult told you when you were a child. Something you haven’t uttered in decades. When I was eight-years-old, I joined a youth soccer team. When the coach asked me what position I wanted to play, I said, “Goalie.” My reasoning was that the goal-keeper didn’t have to run. It’s probably not a surprise that I didn’t last very long in that position. The next year, Coach Tom moved me to…
  • Reality Check – Leadership Communication

    David M. Dye
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
      Recently, I had the opportunity to spend time with Craig Price, host of the excellent Reality Check Podcast. Craig is an expert in real-world thinking and we had a good conversation. We cover a lot of ground including: Fear as a poor yet popular tactic that usually only gets the least amount of effort from your team, Craig getting robbed at gunpoint, and why leaders need to humanize themselves instead of setting themselves above their employees. Bonus: near the end of the interview, Craig contemplates renaming his show! Check out the interview And if you like Craig’s podcast…
  • Your Bad Boss Didn’t Intend to Be Bad (and How You Can Avoid the Same Fate)

    David M. Dye
    19 Feb 2014 | 7:01 am
    Do You Know This Person? Have you ever met an aspiring leader who says, “I want to be a horrible boss.” No? Me neither. I’m not saying there isn’t a random psychopath or two out there, but for the most part, if you have a lousy leader in your life: Your bad boss didn’t intend to be bad. Think about that for a moment. Let it sink in; it’s important. They might have taken the position for many reasons, but their goal was never to be a jerk, to fail, or to make life miserable for their team. If you’ve ever had a bad boss, those awful outcomes are byproducts, never goals. Why It…
 
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  • Key Components of A Business Plan

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As a Business Coach one of my essential roles is to assist you in determining what the key components of your business plan should be. My experience is that many companies do a poor job of creating their plans, costing them serious growth in revenue and profits. If you are like most leaders I’ve worked with, your annual planning process may be broken.  Often I find that leaders spend too much time focusing their attention on goals rather than on the components of their plan that will cause them to achieve those goals. Two indications that you have a problem: You do not find the need to…
  • How Does Your Level of Trust Affect Performance?

    Howard Shore
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    How Does Your Level of Trust Affect Performance? Do you consider trust as something you have or don’t have? Do you give the same level of trust to everyone and at all times? If you are really aware you will notice that you expect everyone to trust you all the time while you give varying degrees of trust to everyone else. Trust is important because the feeling of having it or not having it affects behavior, critical thinking, creativity, speed, likeability, energy, and overall happiness. In other words, the trust levels in your organization can dramatically affect your…
  • Can A Leader Be Too Trustful?

    Howard Shore
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Can A Leader Be Too Trustful? Are you mistaking trustful people as being gullible. I found this topic to be of great importance because it is commonly acknowledged that a team cannot function without trust, salespeople cannot get business if their prospects do not trust them, and that it is very difficult to earn someone’s trust without giving it. 6 Common Beliefs About Trust In John Maxwell’s “Monthly Mentoring” session entitled “Trust – The Foundation of Leadership”, he identifies research and data on 6 common beliefs about trust, and you may find the following conclusions…
  • Effective Meetings Have Conflict

    Howard Shore
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:45 am
    Effective Meetings Have Conflict Are your meetings boring? Do your meetings result in everyone feeling more engaged after you are done? How many meetings does it take before you can make a key decision? Are your meetings mainly status updates? Are the meetings dominated by one or two leaders? Is the senior leader dictating to everyone else what they must do? How well aligned are everyone’s priorities? Do leaders hold each other accountable? Do all the leaders really say what they are thinking? Are everyone’s ideas heard? Do people leave feeling stressed? If your meetings fit those…
  • Effective Meetings Require a Purpose

    Howard Shore
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:46 am
    Effective Meetings Require a Purpose Do you want to increase the effectiveness of your meetings? Do you ever wonder whether you belong at a particular meeting? Do you ever wonder what the difference between one meeting and another is? Is it possible that you are talking about too many different topics at your meetings and not going deep enough into any one topic? Did We Achieve Our Purpose As a business coach, I find that defining the purpose of a meeting and naming the meeting based on that purpose, it becomes clear who needs to be at the meeting and what the agenda needs to be. At the end…
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  • 3 Coaching Practices for Taking the Lid Off of Your Leadership

    Susan Mazza
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you are someone who loves to support others in being successful, there is an important distinction to keep in mind: Are you being supportive and compassionate, or are you colluding for their status quo? tweet this Many years ago, when I began my journey as a consultant in organizational change and as a leadership coach, this was perhaps one of the hardest things for me to learn.  For whatever reason I seem to have a well developed capacity for empathy.  This capacity was perhaps the source of feedback I received from one of my early mentors, Dr. Romi Boucher, that I “loved people…
  • Take Action Despite Your Fear

    Susan Mazza
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    “True courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to proceed in spite of it.” -Unknown Leading can be simple, but it is not always easy. Sometimes just the thought of doing something as simple as raising your hand can make your heart race uncontrollably. It did for me back in school and at times it still does. What do we fear? After all, raising your hand is not usually a matter of life or death. Mostly, I think we fear being embarrassed or even humiliated. What if I say the wrong thing? What if people laugh at me? What if my boss doesn’t like what I said? We…
  • Are You Ready to Lead? 7 Important Questions to Ask Yourself

    Beth Miller
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let’s face it, there are too many people in leadership and management roles who aren’t effective and some are just plain inept. And because most people leave managers not companies, AND with workplace talent being at such a premium globally, it is more important than ever to have the right people in leadership roles. Great leadership has been shown to be highly correlated to organizational success. So how did we get to this point? My experience tells me that over the past decades, technical experts were promoted into leadership roles before they really reflected on what their new…
  • 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…
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    Step Up Leader with Susan Freeman

  • Are You Designing Moments of Impact?

    Susan Freeman
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader tip offers an opportunity to explore how to consciously design moments of impact as a leader. It borrows from Leading Blog, in which a new book outlines how to have strategic conversations that have impact. One of the things we teach leaders to do is create the capacity and spaciousness for conversations to emerge. This happens when there is a vision, intention, and an invitation for collaboration among the group. “The new book, Moments of Impact by Chris Ertel and Lisa Kay Solomon shows that the real challenge is not to find the right answer … The post…
  • More Reflections about Rwanda: A Country’s Leadership Journey

    Susan Freeman
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    This is the second part in my series about Rwanda and its leadership journey. (If you missed the first part, click here.) Here are a few of my observations on key influences for the country’s current success. 1. Stewardship of natural resources; effective planning and implementation Plastic bags are banned in Rwanda, so there is a cleanliness that is striking to travelers upon arrival in Kigali. Roads and streets are clean; air is clean. Because the mountain gorillas are a national treasure, access to them is limited and restrictions are many. This allows Rwanda to continue to be a refuge…
  • Reflections about Rwanda: A Country’s Leadership Journey – Part 1

    Susan Freeman
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    When I visited Rwanda this last month, my primary purpose was to deepen my connection to the Akilah Institute for Women. My blog post, “More Leadership Lessons from Rwanda” focused on how they were taking our Step Up Leader principles and integrating them into their world. This week and next, I will share my impressions and highlight a few cultural distinctions that I believe contribute to Rwanda becoming a leading nation in Africa. I hope these observations may shed light on what we may learn about transformation. The timing of my visit coincided with the conclusion of the Kwibuka, the…
  • Mindful Leadership on the Rise

    Susan Freeman
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    This month’s newsletter topic is inspired from a recent Huffington post article by Gabriel Riera, co-Founder and Director of the Mindful Leadership Summit. It is thrilling for me to see that Step Up Leader’s perspective on helping leaders develop their inner core is becoming mainstream! “Something significant is happening in the evolution of leadership. For some years now, mindfulness has been quietly gaining ground as an effective way to heal difficult work cultures and create a more sane and productive environment. Encouraged by a growing body of research, leading corporations and…
  • 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…
 
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    Karen Catlin

  • My Collection Grows

    karencatlin
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    My collection of parenting quotes that apply to leadership is growing! Here are some recent additions, including one by Bill Cosby. Parenting quotes …edited for leadership “There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.” -Hodding Carter, Jr. “There are two lasting bequests we can give our employees. One […]
  • 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 […]
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    Leading in Context

  • “Hearing” All Stakeholders (Even When They’re Not in the Room)?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton A quiet group of stakeholders is being considered in leadership conversations. They can't weigh in on major decisions, but they have a lot at stake in the decisions that get made. They are silent stakeholders, and the decisions we make in our meetings every day affects them directly.
  • Using Negative Examples to Teach Ethics? Why It’s Not Enough.

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton How many times have we tried to teach people about ethics by explaining every detail of what it doesn't look like? We describe laws and regulations and ethics guidelines in great detail, then ask attendees if there are any questions. After learning in great detail how to stay out of trouble, the thought on their minds may just be "Okay, now I know what NOT to do." We can't teach ethics by giving people negative examples.
  • Critical Roles of the (Ethical) CEO

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton There have been many stories about unethical CEOs in the news, but not as many about the good ones. That's a shame, because the ethical CEO is a positive powerhouse - devoted to serving employees, customers, and communities. I thought it would be helpful to describe some of the critical functions of the ethical CEO that enable organizational success. Intentionally investing in these roles creates the kind of workplaces that attract top employees and devoted customers.
  • 5 Reasons Ethical Culture Doesn’t Just Happen

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Don't assume that an ethical culture will just happen in your workplace. Even if you are a good leader, ethical culture is a delicate thing, requiring intentional positive leadership and daily tending. It requires more than good leadership, more than trust building, and more than good hiring. Why does building an ethical culture require so much more than good leadership? Ethical culture is a system of systems, and just putting in good leadership, trust-building and good hiring doesn't make it healthy.
  • 13 (Culture-Numbing) Side Effects of Toxic Leadership

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton A reader commented on the post Can A Toxic Leader Be Ethical? Yes and No requesting more information about the organizational side-effects of toxic leadership. If you have ever worked for a toxic leader (myself included) you have already experienced the powerful negative side effects first-hand. When people are treated as "less than human," "less than capable" or as "pawns in a game" some extremely negative things happen in the organization that derail its success. Attempts to control what people do and say makes them feel inadequate and unappreciated. Withholding…
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    Simply Understanding Blog by Giana Consulting

  • 7 Quotes that Inspired a Young Leader

    Chery Gegelman
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    I was recently cleaning closets and opened a box of paperwork, re-discovering  one short story and several quotes that I found so inspiring as a young leader that I shared them with all of our front line employees, supervisors, and managers at our daily meetings. Then I purchased beautiful paper, typed them up and copied them onto that paper, cut them out, boxed them up and sent them to some of our other locations to share with their teams. When I re-discovered them, I felt like I ‘d just found buried treasure. And then I thought of the stories we all hear, about people who climb the…
  • Integrity Matters Because…

    Chery Gegelman
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today I visited with a neighbor that was emphasizing how much the company her husband works for values integrity. As she shared her thoughts I imagined the difference between the list of core values that hang on walls and collect dust, and those that are used to guide decisions. She went on to share a story about a compound that the company had decided they would not continue to use for their expat’s housing because of extraordinary cost. The first thing the company did was to decide that anyone that was already living there could stay. (A choice that will cost the company a few extra…
  • 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 video covering a completely different story were shared on social media causing me to think about manipulative people in real life. Both were shared to…
  • 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…
 
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    Get Real Leadership | It's About the People | Nicki Roth

  • Thinking About Leaving Corporate for Nonprofit? What You Should Know

    nickiroth
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    I co-authored an article with Kathleen Yazbak addressing the challenges of making a transition from the for-profit world into nonprofits. If you are one of those people considering this type of move, I suggest you read our piece here. We see common trends and have established practices that help smooth the inevitable bumps. Here is […]
  • A Shout Out to the Great but Unrecognized Leaders

    nickiroth
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    I’m on the phone with one of my long-term clients. He’s about to leave his current CFO position for one at another company.This will be the third round for our partnership. As he prepares for the new gig he is doing his usual self-flagellation. “I worked harder in the past six years than any other […]
  • 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 […]
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    Serve to Lead® | James Strock

  • Robin Williams | Eulogize the Living

    James Strock
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The unexpected loss of Robin Williams has occasioned an extraordinary outpouring of sentiment. His protean career moved in so many directions, that he touched people the world over, one way or another, one time or another. Understanding that Williams took his own life amid longtime struggles with depression, the thought has doubtless occurred to so […] The post Robin Williams | Eulogize the Living appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Lech Walesa | Day that Changed Course of History

    James Strock
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    On Thursday, August 14, 1980, Lech Walesa led his fellow workers in Gdansk, Poland, seizing the Lenin Shipyard, demanding wage increases and the right to organize a union. In their “crowded hour,” their “moment of truth,” Walesa and his compatriots embarked on an uncharted path that would end in altering the currents of history. Inevitable? […] The post Lech Walesa | Day that Changed Course of History appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • 10 Watergate Leadership Lessons

    James Strock
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
      The anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon is a moment for reflection on lessons–including cautions–from a catastrophic leadership breakdown at highest level. These lessons are as familiar as Shakespeare or the Bible–and as pertinent as ever in the new world of 21st century leadership. 10 Watergate Leadership Lessons 1. Uphold the Highest Ethical […] The post 10 Watergate Leadership Lessons appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Warren Bennis | A Life in Leadership

    James Strock
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Warren Bennis, the man, has passed away. Warren Bennis, the leader, continues to influence countless individuals and organizations striving to serve more effectively in a time of accelerating, rampant, exhilarating disruption. Warren Bennis is a peerless example of a leader in full.  A Life in Leadership It is apt that Professor Bennis subtitled his final […] The post Warren Bennis | A Life in Leadership appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Charles De Gaulle | People Get History They Deserve

    James Strock
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    People Get History They Deserve Do you agree with De Gaulle’s dictum? If so, what are you doing to advance the values you hold most close? If not, how does your sense of fatalism affect your leadership approach? How do you use history to inform your judgments? Who are your spiritual ancestors, individuals to whom […] The post Charles De Gaulle | People Get History They Deserve appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
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    Break The Frame

  • How Do You Work with Someone You Hate?

    Alli Polin
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    I’m currently working with a contractor that drives me batty.  Everything they do and say rubs me the wrong way and as a result, I’m losing confidence in their ability to be effective. They’re demanding, judgmental, secretive about their processes and promised results have yet to be proven.  Honestly, I was brought up to never use the word “hate,” but instead, say “strongly dislike,” yet this person is pushing me over the edge.  I hired this person to be on my team, and now I’m left wondering what to do when you work with someone you hate? Something strange happens…
  • Does Your Leadership Mindset Create Success?

    Alli Polin
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Over the past months, I’ve noticed a trend in the classroom, at the office and around the town: There is an assumption that people need to be filled up to reach success instead of built up to create success.  It’s led me to wonder, are most people simply filling holes or building mountains?  Do they realize that their leadership mindset is at the heart of everything they do and say? I have no doubt, we are all capable of great things.  The trick is believing that greatness is possible and putting aside saboteurs to embrace our full potential.  Still, I see daily what happens when…
  • How to Remove Frustration and Invite Connection

    Alli Polin
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    I thought I was dying.  The pain in my arm had been there for days and even though it was my right, not my left, I still worried about heart attack, blood clots and other terrible conditions.  After googling all possibilities and working myself up, I headed to the ER, only to sit and wait for hours. By the time I met with the doctor, I was frustrated and embarrassed.  Luckily, my doctor did the one thing that could remove my frustration and immediately improve her ability to help. Did she ask me to describe my symptoms?  Of course. Did she ask me to show her where it hurts?  Absolutely.
  • Break Free from the Mommy Wars

    Alli Polin
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Over a decade ago,  I made a choice to leave my leadership position and successful career behind to stay home full time with my children. Many of the women I met at Mommy and Me told me I could never go back to the same pay or position level so I better throw myself into my new life. From my first trepidatious step into motherhood, I was ready to break free from the Mommy Wars.  It was a battle I didn’t want to fight. I see now that those women were telling me their fears masked as helpful advice. Fear isn’t truth and is often disguised as the stories that ultimately hold us back…
  • 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.
 
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    Refresh Leadership

  • Being the Boss: Leadership Lessons from Bruce Springsteen

    James C. Price
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    Throughout the past four decades, few have embodied the blue-collar plight and the American dream as much as Bruce Springsteen. With his gritty voice and down-to-earth lyrics, Springsteen has sold more than 64 million records in the U.S. alone, making him the 15th highest selling artist of all time. But his expertise doesn’t stop at simply writing great music; Springsteen is a natural born leader. In fact, he got his moniker while playing small venues with the E-Street Band. “It was Bruce’s job to collect the money and pay the rest of the band,” says Andrew Delahunty, author of…
  • 4 Tips to Jump Start Your Morning Routine and Prepare for a Productive Day

    Jared Brox
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you a little sluggish in the mornings? If so, you’re not alone. For many of us the strength to summon enough energy to take on another busy day can be a monumental task. Luckily, getting a better start to your day may be as easy as adding a few steps to your morning routine. Avoid the snooze button Hitting the snooze button to get just a few more precious minutes of quality time with your bed may only be making your eventual rise and shine harder on yourself. Because we sleep in cycles, when you wake up and hit the snooze button, your brain starts a new cycle when you go back to sleep.
  • Infographic: 7 Signs Your Rock Star Employee is Looking for a New Job

    Refresh Leadership
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Top talent is becoming harder to find. There’s an ever-widening skills gap in the workforce, so competition for the best and brightest workers is fierce. What would it mean for your business if you lost your rock star employees to a competitor? Check out this infographic from Mindflash.com, an online training platform provider, for a few key indicators that an employee may be looking to jump ship. by Column Five Media.
  • The Results Are In: 54% of Companies Fully Integrate Interns into Their Team

    Jared Brox
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    In July, we asked our readers how their companies use their summer interns and according to the results, more than half say they fully integrate them into their team for real hands-on experience. Another 21% said they don’t have summer interns; 10% said their interns are relegated to tasks like filing and answering phones; and nearly 9% use their interns to pick up the slack from their busy teams. Interestingly, 3% of respondents said they don’t know what their interns do all day. Some respondents to the poll selected “other” and chose to enter their own thoughts on the question. A…
  • Link Past Actions to Future Behavior with 8 Interview Questions

    Ashlie Turley
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hiring new employees isn’t cheap. In fact, a widely-held belief is that it costs six-to-nine months’ worth of salary every time an employer replaces an employee. If you multiply that cost by each time your business has experienced turnover, you could be in for a surprise at how much money your company actually spends to fill positions. With the high cost of turnover, it’s especially important that you utilize the hiring and interview process to the fullest. Interviews, in particular, can help you make the right hiring decision, but you have to ask the right questions. It’s natural…
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    Strategies Coaching & Training Blog

  • TEN No-Compromise Leadership Disciplines

    Cameron Taylor
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    No leader is a complete package of thinking and behavior disciplines. For most leaders, being that complete package is best defined as a quest to becoming as near complete as one can get. Just how hard are you willing to work at it? Just how open are you to making profound changes in your own thinking and behavior? If you’re truly committed to becoming an authentic No-Compromise Leader, you will need to embrace the following ten No-Compromise Leadership disciplines: It’s not about you: Being a leader is innately personal. It’s about achieving your full potential by coaching…
  • The No-Compromise approach to building and protecting your BRAND

    Neil Ducoff
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every company has a vision of what it will become. That vision defines how big a company will grow, the markets it will serve, its commitment to excellence, its core values, its growth opportunities, its potential financial rewards and all those other lofty and worthy things that represent a well-crafted vision. Company visions are supposed to be enticing and empowering because they define the quest. But within those visions resides one of the most essential components to achieving any goal – your “brand.” Envision a large funnel with an incredibly tiny opening at the…
  • A NO-COMPROMISE LESSON: When it is time to shake things up

    Neil Ducoff
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The body language of the employees I was about to address oozed negativity and resistance. You could cut the tension in the meeting room with a knife. As the business owner prepared to introduce me, my mind was in rapid creativity mode, crafting my opening for this launch of a major change initiative that included a new compensation system. It was show time. “Good morning,” I began. “As your consultant, I have examined every conceivable aspect of your company, and I’m happy to announce that absolutely nothing needs to change.” As I stood silently, allowing my words to sink in,…
  • Controlling your own chaos

    Neil Ducoff
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    In many ways, the work of leadership is the work of controlling chaos. It’s a given that change is relentless, but to embrace change is to embrace chaos. Likewise, if you resist and avoid change, you feed chaos, because holding on to status quo is unsustainable, short-term thinking, as current strategies and systems will wither over time. It’s also a given that problems will occur, equipment will break, seemingly good decisions will backfire, and employees will come and go. For this discussion, I’m simply going to define chaos as a state of varying degrees of disorder and…
  • 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…
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    ManageElite Blog

  • Why 2 in 5 employees leave vacation time on the table

    Rich Henson
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    We love time off! So why don’t we take all our vacation time? Because American workers are too scared to go on vacation. About 40 percent of us don’t plan on using all of our paid time off this year, according to a new survey released by the U.S. Travel Association and GfK, a market research firm. […] The post Why 2 in 5 employees leave vacation time on the table appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • Coming soon: The eHarmony guide to better hiring

    Rich Henson
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    If online matchmaker eHarmony goes through with its plans to launch a site that brings together workers and employers, the pick-up line could go something like this: “So, do you come here often?” “Uh, yeah. I work here.” Or maybe this: “Hey, if you’re not busy, want to hook up, say 9 to 5?” It […] The post Coming soon: The eHarmony guide to better hiring appeared first on 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.
 
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    Todd Nielsen

  • Leadership Trait to Ponder: Fun

    Todd Nielsen
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today the leadership trait to ponder is Fun. As leaders we can’t be slave drivers of ourselves and those we lead. While I am all about execution, it is important to also have some fun at work, as well as away from work, to recharge and be be able to better focus. The dictionary defines Fun as: enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure; amusing, entertaining, or enjoyable. Below are some of my favorite quotes to help inspire and illustrate Fun. As you read these quotes, think about how you can exemplify this leadership trait in yourself. Quotes on Fun I cannot even imagine…
  • UQ Power – Have You Got It?

    Todd Nielsen
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Six months ago a wonderful and original book hit the world by my good friend Heidi Alexandra Pollard called, Power Up Your UQ: Boost Income, Influence, & Impact. I truly regret not sharing this book sooner, but life has been full of twists and turns that have made it difficult to get my review out. Heidi asked me to review the book last year and write the forward. I was honored when she asked me, but even more so after I finished the book. This book is like no other self improvement or leadership book you have ever seen, I guarantee it. Below is the forward I wrote, after reading it…
  • Leadership Trait to Ponder: Punctuality

    Todd Nielsen
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today the leadership trait to ponder is Punctuality. Punctuality is important to me since a leader’s time is almost always scarce. I have sat in many conference rooms with a number of other executives waiting for the leader or some other key member to arrive in order to begin a meeting.  I estimated in one meeting that the cost of waiting amounted to be in the thousands of dollars. I have taught my 6 year old son the phrase, “Early is on time and on time is late.” It’s a motto that we could all benefit from. The dictionary defines Punctuality as: the condition of keeping to…
  • 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…
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  • Why You Need to Build Your Personal Brand

    Jason Cortel
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    You are kidding right? Some would say that personal branding is a fad. The only thing that may be a fad is that we are calling it a personal brand. Personal branding has been around since the caveman days. One caveman may have been known as the best hunter and another one as the best homestead builder. They didn’t call it a personal brand and not just because they only grunted. What is a personal brand? Your personal brand is the consistent experience that you deliver to anyone who engages with you at any time. Think of it like your signature. No one signature is the same with the…
  • Is it Really You and Not Them?

    Jason Cortel
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Why is it easier to put the blame on others than it is to be reflective and acknowledge your role in a less than desirable outcome? Ego, pride, arrogance, confidence or any other adjective you want to use to describe your so called “strong” personality determines your likelihood to examine how your thoughts, behaviors and actions may have contributed to the outcome of a situation. If you find yourself thinking these things regularly it’s time to stop looking outward for blame: Why does this keep happening to me? Why can’t I get a lucky break? It’s because I am not one of the…
  • Start Taking Half-Charge

    Jason Cortel
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    Leaders naturally take charge, delegate tasks and follow-up with those tasks until they are completed. Sometimes we take charge when we feel people aren’t moving fast enough or when we feel they aren’t going to do it the way we think it should be done. Leaders are so busy balancing all their plates that they blindly think taking charge is just easier. The worst reason to take charge is because your way is the only way that is acceptable. We continue to see the leadership gap widening. There are too few leaders to fill all the vacancies needed for companies to achieve their goals or lead…
  • The Gravity of Leadership

    Jason Cortel
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    In Star Trek and Star Wars they have artificial gravity. In Babylon 5 they had technology that replicated the gravitational properties of Earth. What really keeps the crews of Sci-Fi shows grounded? Leadership. In Star Trek Voyager, Captain Janeway destroyed the only means of getting her crew back home so that it wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands and be used as a weapon. While some of the crew disliked her for that decision, over time they understood that it was necessary. Over time they all happily followed her and the decisions that she made. Leadership is like a gravitational…
  • Master the Art of “I Don’t Understand”

    Jason Cortel
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    Throughout most of my K-12 education I can remember feeling completely lost. I remember not understanding what was being taught. I remember wanting so badly to raise my hand an ask questions but then just slouching in my chair. It is amazing that I ended up on honor roll in high-school. Fast forward to my business career and I find myself saying I don’t understand frequently. I say don’t know what that means in excess of a dozen times a day. 2 reasons you should say “I don’t understand” or “I don’t know what that means” more often: You need to learn – You…
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  • Extreme Self-Motivation to Achieve your Goal

    admin
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
      Extreme self-motivation The other day I was watching “Koun banega crorepati” (KBC), the 2014 season Hindi edition of “Who wants to be a millionaire”.With viewership well into the tens of millions, the biggest draw is undoubtedly Amitabh Bachchan, the Bollywood icon and the show’s compere. From a leadership and self-development perspective, the first candidate of 2014, Khushbu Singh completely floored me with her story.For understanding extreme self-motivation against hardship and tremendous competition, you cannot get a better real-life example. In this post, I want to…
  • How to get a favorable decision for your proposal – every time

    admin
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
      Get a favorable decision Over the past few years I have been closely observing the habits of highly effective executives and how they manage to get a favorable decision for their proposal, every timeYou may call it lobbying, politicking or influencing.But this is arguably one of the most important skills to develop, especially when you want to manage “up” to senior executives. This skill comes quite handy in numerous occasions including selling a product or a concept, influencing someone, resolving a conflict, impressing in an interview, leading a team, presenting a business case…
  • 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…
 
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  • Leading Lonely People – Glenn Brooke

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    The loneliness of leading is oft-described; few people speak wisely about the loneliness in every individual.  This is critical for leaders to understand. The people you encounter are desperately lonely, at least in certain seasons of their life.  Henry David Thoreau touched on this in his classic book, “Walden”: The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is…
  • #034: Stop Complaining

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: aturkus via Compfight cc Subscribe To Podcast With iTunesSubscribe To Podcast With RSS Subscribe To Podcast In Microsoft Store   Live Life With Purpose Episode #034: Stop Complaining   http://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/034-Stop-Complaining.m4a   Show Notes - Stop Complaining Sometimes we can be blinded by the few bad things that are going on in our lives and we can let those happenings control our view on life. One or two bad things going on in your life doesn’t culminate to a bad life. It also doesn’t mean you should start…
  • A Dad’s Guide: Top 12 Do’s and Don’ts For Moms’ Night Out – Jackie Bledsoe

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    This past weekend my wife and some of the other wives/moms who are in our circle of friends had their Moms’ Night Out. They typically do this 2-3 times per year, and it always seems to come at just the right time for my wife. Right when she is at or near the point of burnout. I am thankful for the relationships she has developed with this group of ladies, and love how they pour into each other when and where they need it most. However, on the other end of the spectrum, while the ladies are hanging out, being renewed and refreshed, it can be a different story for the dads.   Photo…
  • The New Culture Of Servanthood – Nate Turner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
      Recently, I read the book More or Less. What I read there represented something I have noticed more and more over the last few years. There has been a major shift in thinking. Bloggers are building audiences based on it. Networkers are developing partnerships based on it. Communities are developing programs based on it. What I saw there is what I think of as the new culture of servanthood. A new culture is emerging among the young adult generation. They are making their homes in communities very different from their parents. They are more purposeful in their choices about impacting…
  • How to Plan for Productivity – Daniel Kosmala

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: Unsplash.com   Do you have problems staying productive during the work day? Do you ever run out of things on your to do list? Do you lose direction half way through your day? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, I am willing to bet that you either don’t write a to do list or if you do, it happens after you arrive at work in the morning. You think that you can plan out your day when you arrive in the morning and go from there. Unfortunately, I do not think that is an effective way to start your day. Writing a to do list after you get to work…
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    BEALEADER | BY LEADERS FOR LEADERS

  • Creating A Culture Of Engagement

    Christal Guziec
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    A friend of mine recently said that he wants to change the culture at his company. He’d been talking with one of his co-workers... 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 Marketing…
  • Time To Stock Up On Skills And Experience

    Bob Wheeler
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    What’s the very best meal you could make right now using nothing but the items currently found in your kitchen? Could you pull off... Author information Bob Wheeler Author, Speaker, and Personal Career Consultant Bob is a Navy Veteran, HR Professional, and Hawk Eye Certified Veteran Development Coach. His positions have included work in training and development, leading and managing medical units, and recruiting medical professionals. Bob holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. He resides in Jacksonville, NC where he…
  • Where Have All The Leaders Gone?

    Brian Dakin
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:26 am
    During a BEALEADER chat in late June on the topic of ego and self-image, Lee Iacocca was mentioned during the chat as an example... 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…
  • Influence Is More Than A Buzzword

    Jen Olney
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    It seems the new buzzword these days is “Influencer.” Everyone is an influencer now. However, influence is not something that can be bought or... 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 puts…
  • Leading On Tech: Creating A Podcast With A Limited Budget (Video)

    Scott Murray
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    Author information Scott Murray Writer at Great Scott Ideas Scott Murray is a creative professional specializing in marketing, writing and content production. TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedIn The post Leading On Tech: Creating A Podcast With A Limited Budget (Video) appeared first on BEALEADER | BY LEADERS FOR LEADERS Scott Murray
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    Takis Athanassiou Blog

  • How To Decide As A Fighter Pilot – The OODA Loop!

    Takis Athanassiou
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    Do you like to make better decisions? Do you like to decide as a fighter pilot? Then, perhaps you should try to put a little bit of OODA in your life! OODA is a small military acronym I picked up during my army days (in Greece, an at least 1-year military service is compulsory for the men.) I had plenty of hours to spear and a lot of American Army manuals to read! OODA is one of those things you could find extremely useful, later on, at your civilian life! What OODA Is? OODA or OODA loop more correctly, stands for Observe, Orient, Decide and Act and is a military acronym, developed by Colonel…
  • Focus: How To Do It Better & More Effectively

    Takis Athanassiou
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    Focus is an attribute, much in needed today, in a information overload environment! Focus permits you to solely concentrate on the things to be done, ignoring all the other aspects of the environment. Focus – What A Strange Notion! Focus (or attention, as more formally it is known) is: the behavioral and cognitive process of selectively concentrating on one aspect of the environment while ignoring other things. Attention has also been referred to as the allocation of processing resources. (WIKIPEDIA: attention) Focus is an intentional action and moves, always, toward the completion of…
  • What Is A Growth Hacker?

    Apostle Mengoulis
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is an infographic developed by Apostle Mengoulis. Apostle is Growth and Content Hacker at GrowthRocks. You can connect with him at Google+. In the hindmost half of the 1990s the usage of the Internet erupted. Bits and bytes transformed into products, and since then marketing was never the same. Charles Darwin, imprinted in his infamous Law Of Evolution that: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change”. I don’t know about nature in general, but Darwin left a really good hint for…
  • What The Theme Has To Do With It!

    Takis Athanassiou
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The theme of the blog is an important component of the blog itself. A theme is like the painting job in a car (denotes personal preferences and inclinations of its owner!) but, in blogging is more than that. It is part of the identity of its author(s) and an identifiable sign of its purpose. It is part of a branding! Personally. in my blog, I use a tweaked version of the GetNoticed Theme for WordPress, an excellent theme designed by Michael Hyatt and Andrew Buckman. What A Theme Is Anyway? In blogging, and especially in WordPress based blogging, theme is one of the major components of a good…
  • Learn the Strengths of Smart Students for Boosting Your Career

    Sara Jones
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    This is a guest post, by Sara Jones, focusing on how a student can be better and more adequate to boost his or her career. Sara Jones currently, helping the students who want to become smart for boosting up their career. You can reach her at Google+. High intelligence, confidence, top scores are the signs of smart students. In today’s world, every student wants to become smarter in order to boost up their career. Smart students plan ahead and accomplish their academic goals on time. Any student can become a smart student by learning some smart techniques that are vital for high academic…
 
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  • EP49: Ellory Tells All

    Ellory Wells
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Episode 49: Ellory Tells All. This episode is a little different. I got to sit down with Ellory and talk with him about our story. We discuss how working in corporate America changed for him and the events that caused him to become a full-time entrepreneur…and I got to add in how things affected me as well. Let us know your thoughts and questions in the comments section below or send us a tweet! - Ashley (Ellory’s other half) Ashley and me in Las Vegas the day after New Media Expo Resources and Links Mentioned in This Episode: Attend: Turn Your Offline Expertise into an Online…
  • 6 Reasons You Need to Launch Your First Product Immediately

    Ellory Wells
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    You’re gripped by fear, but you shouldn’t be. You’re waiting until the timing is right, but it never will be. You’ve been working on your website for weeks and your first product isn’t quite ready. You’ve spent hours agonizing over every detail but fear is keeping you from hitting PUBLISH When I started my website I was terrified to launch my first product. Had I known then what I know now (I find myself saying that a lot lately), I would do things differently. I would have launched my first product earlier, and that’s what I want to share with you.
  • EP48: Making the Leap from Day Job to Dream Job with @KaryOberbrunner

    Ellory Wells
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Kary Oberbrunner is on the show today! In Episode 48 of the Empowered Podcast we talk about the prison that is corporate America. Kary and I share our stories about working our Day Jobs and how we made the transition to our Dream Jobs. Thank Kary for being on the show! Kary’s Mission: To show you that anyone can make the leap from day job to dream job.  Resources and Links Mentioned in This Episode: Read: Day Job to Dream Job by Kary Oberbrunner Attend: Kary’s Deeper Path coaching course Listen: Nick Loper on the Empowered Podcast  Listen: The Sales Evangelist with Donald Kelly…
  • 15 Principles to Live By

    Ellory Wells
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:06 am
    Do you have a set of rules, principles or guidelines you try to live by? I’ve always said, Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything For the most part, that bit of advice has served me well over the past thirty years. While it’s important to have a mission for your life and a road map for the future you want to have, it’s even more valuable to have a set of principles to live by and guide you along the way. Plans and goals get updated, changed and pushed back, but principles will guide your every waking moment. I’m a big believer in introspection, the act…
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Twitter

    Ellory Wells
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    Joining Twitter wasn’t a decision I made lightly. Whenever I finally decided to pull the trigger, I didn’t know what I was getting in to. I didn’t know how Twitter worked, and I didn’t know how to make it count for my brand or for my business. I want you to enjoy Twitter and see it as one of the best ways to connect with your audience and your friends. I want you to enjoy Twitter like I’ve learned how to, and use it as an effective social media tool to build your brand and business online. Photo Credit: oggin via Compfight cc As if we needed further proof great…
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    15Five

  • Lost in Translation: How To Communicate With Your Development Team

    David Hassell
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In the exciting fast-paced world of technology startups, communication failures between different departments can spell disaster. As the founder of a company that builds software to streamline and optimize communication on teams, I know subjectively and from customers, that this problem is pervasive between technical and nontechnical teams. And the communication gap can’t be bridged with project-management software. Basecamp, Trello and other scrum platforms are amazing, but the kind of communication breakdowns I’m talking about run deep. It’s almost as if one party were speaking…
  • Trusting The Inmates To Run The Asylum

    David Hassell
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    What if senior management didn’t “run” the company? We usually think of it that way –the executives make the decisions and everyone else follows orders. Right? That’s certainly how insane asylums are run. It’s time to change that frame and start trusting employees. No matter how well you multi-task or how varied your skill-set, you have to develop a team that can work autonomously as the company grows. I am not saying to just hand over the keys and head to Maui. But try to micromanage it all, and before long you will be the one requiring psychiatric care. Empowerment leads to…
  • How To Motivate Your Startup Team Without Carrots or Sticks

    David Hassell
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    With limited funding and resources, a startup has to stay results-focused while racing against rapidly changing market conditions, consumer demands and overnight competitors. Founders and other business leaders have plenty to do without micromanaging employees — especially when they should have their eyes on the prize and not over their employees’ shoulders. Without constant supervision, how do you keep your team focused on results? It all begins with accountability. When the organization values personal responsibility and integrity, people work with focus and autonomy. But…
  • Taking Workplace Transparency To The Next Level: Seeing My Boss’s 15Five

    David Mizne
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Have you ever wondered what an executive was thinking but were too afraid to ask? For several weeks now, our CEO David Hassell has filled out a 15Five and shared his responses with the entire team. Yeah, you heard right. My boss submitted a report to his staff, informing us of his goals, triumphs, challenges and ideas. Why on earth would he do that? Inspired by Info According to the Society for Human Resource Management, communication between employees and senior management, and employee relationships with immediate supervisors are two of the most important aspects of employee job…
  • Mindreading 1.2: Ten More Questions To Take Your Team From 0 To 60

    David Hassell
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    How do you discover what is going on in the minds of your employees? Ever wish that you had the power of mind-reading, aka mental telepathy? Telepathy is an ancient Greek term, tele meaning distant and pathos meaning feeling, perception, passion, affliction or experience. To be telepathic you need to see beneath the surface. Your employees’ thoughts, perceptions, ideas, challenges and anxieties all lurk behind the blank stare or false smile that you might be met with during one-on-one’s. Zero scientific evidence exists to support the validity of mindreading, so don’t risk freaking out…
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    Dashe & Thomson » Social Learning Blog

  • Teach Them to Fish

    Paul Paradis
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Most corporate training programs just aren’t cutting it these days. They are often boring, ineffective, and treat training as an event instead of a process. I would gamble that if you took a poll, asking employees of large corporations whether or not they found value in their company’s training programs, the vast majority of them would say, “No siree!” I think we can agree that almost everyone wants to learn… The post Teach Them to Fish appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • The Forgotten Role of Reflection in Learning

    Andrea May
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    John Dewey, a noted psychologist, philosopher and educational reformer, once said, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” Reflection in the context of learning can be described as linking ideas and constructing meaning from our experiences. As learners, we need to reflect on our experiences in order to incorporate new information into our mental schemas. Recent research has shown that taking just 15 minutes to reflect at the… The post The Forgotten Role of Reflection in Learning appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • Why Instructional Designers Should Draw

    Jolene Wilson
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    According to graphic designer Von Glitschka, his industry (graphic design) has: “become creatively lazy over the last 20 years when it comes to the creative process… Instead of spending the necessary time working out concepts by drawing out the ideas and thoroughly exploring the visual possibilities in a drawn form, they instead immediately jump on the box.” Hearing Von Glitschka’s assertion made me wonder about the instructional design industry. Certainly,… The post Why Instructional Designers Should Draw appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • 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.
 
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    Leadership through Horsemanship

  • Light the Shadows

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    "Every act of evil unleashes a million acts of kindness. That is why shadows will never win while there is still light to shine." ~ Aaron PaquetteSometimes it feels like the world is against us.  People conspire to take away our self-confidence and self-esteem.  We try to treat others as we would like to be treated only to be rebuffed or trod upon.  At the end of the day, we feel demoralized.  Is it worth the effort to live by the Golden Rule? Should we become one of those same people who have, at the end of the day, sapped our sense of self?It is at those…
  • Barn Time

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Monday and I hit the ground running.  So much to do!  Work, home, family -- did I mention school is starting?!   Physically and mentally, I am pushed and rushed.  After a long day, I hop in the car and make the drive to the barn, making a mental checklist of everything I need to do at the there:  groom River, treat her hooves, exercise her.  I park my car at the barn, ready to sprint to get my "to do" list done. The barn, though, lives to its own schedule and I feel the topsy turvy "gotta do it now" world slipping away.  Time slows…
  • Integrity

    3 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    Have the courage to say no.  Have the courage to face the truth.  Do the right thing because it is right.  These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.  ~ W. Clement Stone  It seems like everywhere around us, we are seeing evidence of people living contrary to W. Clement Stone's quote: on the news, in the newspaper, via word of mouth, through personal experience  -- but then comes that one story of someone that defines the word "integrity" -- and we feel that maybe the world isn't such a bad place after all. Living with integrity is an…
  • Walk the Same Path with a New Perspective

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    After recovering from another flair-up of laminitis, my Equine Coach, River, has been cleared by her veterinarian to be ridden again!  River's exercise had been  limited to ground work only to this point in her recovery.  Exercise is a double-edged sword for River after she is out of the acute laminitic phase -- Exercise is essential to her recovery and hoof health, but heavily monitored so as not to compromise her recovery.River and I have been down this path before, but I come this time with a new perspective -- a perspective that is borne…
  • "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 
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    Engaging Leader

  • WHE14: The 6 Drivers of Behavioral Engagement

    Joe Sherwood
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    This episode is the second in a two-part series about leading a health behavioral change. Episode 13 focused 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 addresses leading a more complex change effort, such as influencing employees to […]
  • 094: Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation | with Greg Brandeau

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Are you a leader who builds teams that innovate again and again? Creating and sustaining an organization that is consistently innovative is extremely difficult (and rare). Conventional leaders see their role as conjuring up a vision and inspiring others to make it happen. The best leaders of innovation see their role quite differently. Former Pixar […]
  • If You Don’t Lead Innovation, You Aren’t a Leader. (And you won’t stay in business very long.)

    Jesse Lahey
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Conventional wisdom says creativity is the realm of advertising, and innovation the job of product development. We wouldn’t expect to find the IT or Finance departments bursting with innovation. But Google could never have grown from a startup in 1998 to the market dominator, with over one million servers, without an IT team that was […]
  • Leading Behind the Flock

    Jesse Lahey
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    While reading the new book Collective Genius in preparation for my upcoming interview with former Pixar tech wizard Greg Brandeau, I was reminded by this powerful insight: “A leader … is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along […]
  • 093: The Pure-Hearted Leader: The Surprising Relevance of an Ancient Concept

    Joe Sherwood
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Back in 2000, Jesse was helping an executive at one of the world’s largest companies develop a communication plan. As they were working through the key messages, the executive got tripped up on one of the words Jesse was recommending. He thought the word and even the concept might be dated, old-fashioned. The word was […]
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    ReadyToManage

  • Leadership Accountability

    Dr. Jon Warner
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Have you ever experienced any of the following when dealing with a particular leader in your organization? You send them an email asking for a response or a decision but you never hear from them He or she is regularly late for meetings (or doesn’t show up at all) He or she constantly delays on projects or procrastinates on deliverables He or she regularly makes excuses for inaction He or she is nowhere to be seen when problems in his or her area arise or conflict occurs He or she often blames or criticizes a subordinate or colleague rather than takes responsibility for the situation…
  • Employee Disengagement: The Enemy of Every Leader

    Dr. Jon Warner
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    The world of work is transforming rapidly as a result of many factors, including the increased prevalence of small companies, greater automation of tasks, shorter employment contracts for employees, more temporary workers, increasing outsourcing and/or off-shoring of work, home or remote working, part-time employees, and more shift work, just to name a few. All of these factors make the challenge of engaging employees that much harder to achieve. As a result, employee engagement has become even more critical to secure as individuals have become increasingly mobile and free to choose their own…
  • Why an Elevator “Rant” Should Precede an Elevator “Pitch”

    Dr. Jon Warner
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    As most of us know these days, an elevator speech or pitch is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a person, profession, product, service, organization or event and its so-called “value proposition” or how the receiving person can potentially gain value from what has been described in terms of the product or service on offer. The name “elevator pitch” simply aims to convey that we have limited time to get any message across and an elevator ride constrains that time to anywhere from 30-60 seconds, at most. This means that our pitch needs to be well-crafted and…
  • What is Business Insight?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    Insight typically occurs when a solution to a problem presents itself quickly and without warning. It is the sudden discovery of the better solution following less effective or efficient attempts based on trial and error. Insight was first rigorously studied by Gestalt Psychology where some of the definitions of what counted as insight were seen to include: suddenly seeing the problem in a new way, connecting the problem to another relevant problem/solution pair, releasing past experiences that are blocking the solution, or seeing problem in a larger, coherent context. Although there is…
  • 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…
 
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    Coaching for Leaders

  • Don’t Start Your Presentation Like This

    Dave Stachowiak
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Earlier this summer, I attended a rather formal event with several speakers slated. As the program began, there was a slight pause, followed by the first speaker suddenly running up on stage. He apologized profusely for being out of sorts and made some mention of trouble with his microphone. He explained that he was normally much more prepared, much more organized, and always timely. The apology and stumbling took half a minute before he got underway with the program. It was a bit uncomfortable to watch and an odd start to a formal event. It could have easily been skipped. Had he simply…
  • How To Care About Jerks

    Dave Stachowiak
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    You dread it. It suddenly becomes apparent that your job will, once again, require you to interact with a jerk. That one customer that simply never shuts up about how great they are. That one colleague who takes credit for every idea you share. That one executive who always “shoots” the messenger. You Will Deal With Jerks Many years ago, I attended a presentation featuring a panel of executive coaches who worked with some of the top leaders in business. During the panel, someone pointed out that with the nature of their clientele, many of these coaches had probably worked with people they…
  • When Efficiency Is The Wrong Answer

    Dave Stachowiak
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Several weeks ago, we took our kids to LEGOLAND. As we were leaving the park one afternoon, we stopped into one of the many retail stores and purchased a LEGO set for Luke and a few gifts for friends. It was a hot, busy day at the park and I felt sorry for the employees. I have family in the retail industry and I’ve seen how grueling retail work can be, especially in less than ideal conditions. When I got to the front of the line, a college aged man greeted me: “How is your visit at LEGOLAND today?” he asked with a warm smile. I told him we were having a fabulous time and that we really…
  • How To Help Others Relate To You

    Dave Stachowiak
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    A few months ago, we were hosting an evening class at a client site. One of the executives we’ve worked with over the years happened to walk by and asked if he could say a few words. In addition to talking about his own experience in the course, he told the group about his personal journey to get to become an executive in a large organization. The story was genuine, personal, and compelling. I know that, even though I wasn’t there. A colleague relayed it later. The story made enough of a positive impression that she was able to recall almost every detail, days after the event. Tell Your…
  • Can You Change Your Roar?

    Dave Stachowiak
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    In the middle of the 20th century, Swiss theologian Karl Barth gradually published a series of book volumes that became celebrated works in his field. Since these came later in life, he occasionally referred to his earlier writings. In one notable passage, he quotes one of his prior works and then invokes a line from Demetrius in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Well roared, lion. The point is obvious: he’s poking fun at his younger self. We Admire Confidence I’ve recently spoken with two people who have prominent roles in organizations that most readers would recognize. Both…
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  • Why Tasks Don’t Belong on Your Calendar

    Roger MacRae
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
      We have numerous sources of to-dos coming from many different directions. It’s a constant bombardment of e-mail, voice mail and incoming information that lands on the desk. On top of that, new tasks are already sitting around represented on papers and files, in meeting notes and on post-it notes. And then new ideas come from reading articles, doing research, being online and participating in social media.For many, collecting all of these tasks and tracking them can be tough to do. What tool to use? Where to put them all? How to prioritize and get them all done?Paper to-do lists are…
  • Inbox Eraser

    Roger MacRae
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    3 Steps to Clear Out Your E-mail Inbox So You Can Be More Productive with Your Time “There are no items to show in this view.”These are nine of my favorite words that show in my Outlook Inbox when it’s empty. My clients love seeing these words – and all the white space, too – but not all professionals have reached this level of e-mail management. (And some don’t aspire to it!)Most professionals are reactively glued to their Inboxes all day long. Many let the Inbox build up and they spend their days scrolling and searching for things… wasting precious time and energy and…
  • 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…
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  • Intertech Named to Inc. 5000

    Tom Salonek
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    For the ninth time, Intertech was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of the fastest growing companies in America.  Intertech experienced 77% growth in sales over the past three years.  My thanks to our exceptional employees and dedicated customers.  We are not possible without you.The post Intertech Named to Inc. 5000 appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Intertech Profiled as a Business Journal Best Place to Work

    Tom Salonek
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Intertech was profiled in the August 15th, 2014 Business Journal as a Best Place to Work. As shared in an earlier post, this was our 10th time being named to the list.  My thanks to our employees and customers… we’re not possible without you. See the profile here.The post Intertech Profiled as a Business Journal Best Place to Work appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Intertech Named to Best Places to Work for 10th Time

    Tom Salonek
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    For the 10th time, Intertech was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Earlier this year, Intertech was named #1 place to work by The Star Tribune in the 50-150 employee category and the #1 place to work by Minnesota Business magazine in the mid-sized category. We are all humbled [...]The post Intertech Named to Best Places to Work for 10th Time appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Building a Winning Business – Checking in with New Employees

    Tom Salonek
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Successfully launching a new employee means checking in on regular intervals to see how things are going. I recommend checking in after the person has been on the job for 30, 60, and 90 days. These are informal opportunities to ask how things are going and whether the employee has clear direction on what he [...]The post Building a Winning Business – Checking in with New Employees appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Building a Winning Business – Onboarding New Employees

    Tom Salonek
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    As anyone who has ever had an awkward first date knows, first impressions matter. Likewise, the amount of effort you put into effectively bringing someone new into your organization plays a significant role in whether or not he becomes a long-term employee. At Intertech, we send a floral arrangement to a new employee’s home upon [...]The post Building a Winning Business – Onboarding New Employees appeared first on Tom Talks.
 
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    Millennial CEO

  • 3 Ways Social Media Creates Amazing Customer Experiences

    Daniel Newman
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    Did you know that according to a study performed by Maritz and Evolve 24 that more than 70 percent of customer-service complaints made on Twitter go unanswered? That’s right, ignored. Either blatantly or by mere ignorance and neglect of the company, customers are ignored and when that happens it has a snowball effect that many businesses may not consider.  Fact is, 82 percent of consumers in the US have stopped doing business at some point due to a poor customer experience and according to my calculation, being ignored (on purpose or not) constitutes as one way to be a statistic in the…
  • Why Social Business tools will fail without a Dotted Line Culture!

    Brian Fanzo
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    As leaders embrace the importance of culture and community in building a brand the focus and value of a brand is now shifted to the place it’s supposed to be, the people!  The word “Social” in social business is the major change that leaders and brands must embrace which means a new focus must be made on improving who, how and why we communicate. Before we get into designing a culture that embraces this shift in communication and collaboration we must first understand the technology and innovation that are driving this change.  Technology and innovation won’t fix culture or…
  • Does Privacy Exist On The Internet Of Things?

    Daniel Newman
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:32 am
    Over the last month there has been an unfathomable amount of content published about the massive privacy intrusion that isFacebook Messenger. With the ability to intrude into the lives of its users in ways that the NSA would never think to, it isn’t a surprise that the new download brought such strong opinions; many of which served as recommendations to not download the application. The good news about the widespread dialogue on messenger is that it brought to light the issues that surround privacy of data. Further implicating what some of us have always known. “When the service is free,…
  • Millennial Think Tank: Technology & Privacy via @AmyMccTobin

    Hessie Jones
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    When we decided to put the topic of Privacy on last week’s agenda, both Hessie Jones and I thought that our panel would be deeply concerned, possibly even afraid of how much of their personal privacy was exposed online. What we discovered is  that our panel is certainly concerned, but definitely far more sophisticated in how they manage their online life to keep it as private as possible; their behavior is something that will be of particular interest to marketers and social networks. To frame the discussion we started with these points, taken from an infographic from the Rad…
  • 3 Valuable Life Lessons I Learned From Shitty Bosses @RachellouMiller

    Rachel Miller
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Today’s workforce is incredibly diverse — comprising multiple generations, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. And even while businesses that embrace and leverage diversity see significant increases in workforce productivity, it is also true that some departments and companies are run by individuals who are poor leaders. Over time, poor leaders can derail an otherwise high-performing team, leaving unforeseen (and costly) consequences not only for talent retention but also talent acquisition. I have been fortunate to have had many wonderful bosses and mentors throughout my career…
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    People First

  • The Toilet Story: a Lesson in Listening

    PFPS
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Nick is the best seller I’ve ever encountered. When I met him, I didn’t intend to buy anything at all. By the time he got through with me, I’d spent a lot of money with him. And I’ve never regretted doing so. I met Nick when I walked into his upscale fixtures store. We had […]
  • Exclusive Interview with Anthony Iannarino on How to Defend Your Price

    PFPS
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Empowered buyers are demanding price discounts, deals and negotiated rates. What’s a seller to do? It’s so tempting to shave the cost and close the sale… But that short-term solution could be costing you more than you realize. So don’t do it. Instead, join popular speaker, blogger and sales thought leader S. Anthony Iannarino live […]
  • Take the Listening Challenge

    PFPS
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Share this challenge with everyone you know and let’s make it go viral. Our aim? To heighten the awareness of what it takes to really, truly listen to others and to give others that wonderful, rare feeling of truly being heard. Without explaining what you’re doing, commit to one conversation each day for the next […]
  • How good are you at answering questions?

    PFPS
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s a common fallacy. Most believe those who can give the “right” response are the ones who are good at answering questions. I do not agree. Life isn’t a trivia contest. We’re not in an elementary school classroom anymore, regurgitating facts back to the teacher to prove what we’ve learned. And, for sales professionals, absolutes […]
  • How the Collaborative Sale Brings You and Your Buyers Together

    PFPS
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Selling has changed. Buyers have changed. Isn’t it time that you changed, too? Easier said than done! Sales professionals who are looking for the definitive blueprint on what to change and how to change (along with why to change) won’t want to miss this live broadcast with Keith Eades and Timothy Sullivan, authors of the “The […]
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    Thin Difference

  • Why Millennials Are Not Ready to Lead

    Molly Page
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Sean Graber believes Millennials aren’t ready for the leadership roles they’re stepping into. And there just may be census data to substantiate his claim. As Baby Boomers retire in ever-increasing numbers and leave positions of leadership there simply aren’t enough members of Generation X to fill the gaps being left behind. As a result, Millennials are being thrust into leadership roles far earlier than they might have been in generations past. This rapid advancement is finding some unprepared for the position into which they are stepping. Many of these Millennials are not ready to…
  • 7 Types of Leadership Intentions and Impacts

    Jon Mertz
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    In work and leadership, we get into conversations about intent. Some phrases like these appear: “Even though what he did was wrong, his intentions were good.” “He had good intentions but just failed.” “What she did was very selfish, but we need to move forward.” “Her selflessness is inspiring.” We try to balance what was done with the intent. Although we may not always know the true intent, we make assumptions based on a track record of words and actions. An implied intent can be the real one, but we need to be careful on both sides. What I mean is this – Leaders need to be…
  • What Makes A Truly Great Leader (to Millennials)?

    Heidi Oran
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a keen interest in the hows and whys of human behavior. How did Jimmy ace that math test when he didn’t study? Why didn’t Jenny try out for that role she was so excited about? These were the thoughts that would run through my head in elementary and high school. I knew, even back then, that humans were very complex. I accepted the idea that to truly understand a person and their actions, many layers would need to be peeled back. At the time, in my younger days, this habit of deconstructing the motivations of others to better understand…
  • Explaining What You Do to Your Parents

    Guest Author
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    When I first read this article by Danny Rubin, I had a good chuckle. I always had this challenge with my career! Try explaining being a Legislative Assistant for a U.S. Senator to your parents! I read about certain issues, worked with legislative committees, answered constituent mail, and participated in town hall meetings…. And, yes, they did pay me to do those things! I don’t know if things ever improved in my explanations as I moved into the business and entrepreneurial world, but they always supported me in what I did and seemed proud. What more can you ask for? Anyway, enjoy this…
  • What I Learned About Leading Up

    Jeremy Chandler
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    What I learned about “leading up” from being yelled at in the parking lot The other day I was meeting a friend for dinner in a relatively busy part of town. All of the parking for the restaurant was full (not surprising if you’ve ever tried to visit Nashville), so I decided to park down the street in an empty bank lot. It was after hours and the bank had been closed for a couple of hours. As I was getting out of my car, an older gentleman yelled at me from across the street. “YOU CAN’T PARK THERE! THAT’S FOR BANK CUSTOMERS ONLY!” My first reaction was to yell…
 
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    TalentCulture

  • Ways to Be More Than Just Your Average Businesswoman

    Katherine Ogilvie
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    What do some of the most successful business women all have in common? They are more than just your average businesswoman, some of them just have that certain je ne sais quoi factor, others may just work incredibly hard and a few do things a little differently but most of them have impact. Whatever level of business you are at there is always a way to go that extra mile that could put you head and shoulders above your peers. Whether you admire the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, Christine Lagarde, Angela Merkel and Hilary Clinton or more unexpected savvy icons like Beyoncé or even more…
  • Office Time: How Much Does An Hour Difference Make?

    Mary Isabale
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” – Mark Twain Although he didn’t use the terms, “efficient” or “effective”, that’s what Mark Twain was referring to in his quote. Sometimes the hurdles employee face during the workday are more biological than task-driven. Everyone is more alert and energetic at a particular time of day. When workplace efficiency and productivity suffer, it may not be the work…
  • Only You Can Prevent Poorest Hires!

    Ann Everett
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Much focus has been placed on getting the right people on the bus, and for good reason. Across every imaginable industry, today’s selection process poses some of the greatest challenges to organizations already in the thick of fierce talent competition. For decades, Honeywell’s Chairman and CEO (retired) Larry Bossidy has urged managers to focus on hiring only the best people, “No company can expect to beat the competition unless it has the best human capital…” And perhaps even more important than hiring the right person is NOT hiring the wrong person. To avoid risking a costly bad…
  • Unleashing Innovation: Are You Up For A Challenge?

    Hans Balmaekers
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Innovation, innovation, innovation. When CEO’s were asked by IBM how they envisioned their companies to grow in 2014, they all pointed to innovation of their current products and services as the main driver for improved results. Most of these leaders added they were looking for ways to bring about these innovations from within, but that they were not yet sure how that could happen. Not far from now, we’re 100 days away from 2014 to end – and so we’re curious: where’s your company at? Did you succeed in finding ways to fuel innovation from inside of your organization? How many…
  • One Powerful Technique to Amplify Team Success

    Külli Koort
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Whether you are a first time leader or experienced one, chances are that each day you struggle with information overload. Struggle to spot the most useful methods, techniques and knowledge. Especially when leading a team of talented individuals, you are forced to constantly figure out new ways to amplify your team’s success and become even greater than you were yesterday. Before building great companies, we need great employees. Therefore, keeping up with your team and keeping them happy, should be on top of your list. What is more, according to Quantum Workplace’s report mistrust in…
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    Great Leaders Serve

  • How to Revive a Culture

    mark
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every year, I attend the Global Leadership Summit. Over the last two decades, it has been a constant source of challenge, inspiration and encouragement. This year was no different. In the opening session, Bill Hybels shared some of his Hard Fought Leadership Lessons. Today, I want to recap one of those: How do you turn around a culture? Bill shared the process he and his team used to transform the culture of their organization. He challenged the 200,000 leaders participating in the Summit to do the following… Assess the Current Reality – You may not be shocked by this advice. However,…
  • Top Mistakes Leaders Make

    mark
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I read a fun article today in Golf Digest: “The Top 40 Mistakes Golfers Make.” The list included: Wearing black socks with khakis, following a bad shot with a dumb one, and thinking a white belt makes you look hip! It was such a good list I decided to make my own: The top mistakes leaders make. Let me warn you, my list is not as fun as theirs.   1. Leading without a destination – Call this what you will, but don’t confuse it with leadership. 2. Forgetting vision leaks – The vast majority of leaders, maybe 90% or more, don’t communicate vision enough. 3. Assuming the…
  • Are You Prepared to Succeed?

    mark
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last winter in Atlanta, we had two major ice events. In both cases, many were unprepared. The consequences… a lot of scrambling to get ready and a lot of empty shelves. I guess that’s okay in the greater scheme of things. Ice events in Atlanta are fairly rare. These events prompted me to think more seriously about the issue of being prepared. I’ve given the topic a fair amount of thought since the ice melted. I have several observations and ideas to share – too many for one post. So, today is the first in a series – five or six, maybe seven posts, on this critical issue. Here’s my…
  • How’s Your Focus?

    mark
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    As a photographer, I pay more attention to images than your average person. I often wonder how the photographer created the image? Something I’ve noticed over time, rarely do I find an out of focus image compelling. I think the same can be said for an out of focus leader. As leaders, when you and I are focused, we add more value to our organizations. When we are out of focus, our impact is greatly diminished. Obviously, no leader sets out to be un-focused. So, how does it happen? The culprit masquerades in many forms. Sometimes we lack focus because… We are unclear on our priorities. If…
  • Who Is Your Competition?

    mark
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Who is your competition? It may not be who you think it is. I was reminded of this again recently as I read a Knowledge@Wharton interview with MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga. You might think MasterCard’s competition would be American Express or Citibank – no, Ajay says their competition is cash. As Banga explained, 85% of the world’s transactions are conducted using cash. He asserts that to focus on his traditional competitors means wrestling with them for 15% of a global market. He’d rather go after the other 85%. Genius! So, let me ask again, who is your competition? If you operate a…
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    howtomotivateemployeesnow.com

  • Want Better Employee Motivation? Here are 13 Ways

    Lois Moncrief
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    Employee Motivation, Workplace Stress, and Performance Workplace stress is known to interfere and diminish employee motivation and performance. A recent study1 showed that 83% of USA workers say that stress at work is their biggest problem and that the situation is getting worse. The top reason that employees are stressed out is less than adequate paychecks. A close second reason for stress at work was an unreasonable workload. Let’s assume for a moment that this is the case with your employees and that you can not give more pay or reduce the workload. 1. Have…
  • Is the Problem Employee Motivation or Training?

    Lois Moncrief
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:44 pm
          Recently I bought gas (ethanol free). The cost was supposed to be 8 cents more than listed on the pump if I paid by credit. I gave the clerk my driver’s license to hold as ransom while I filled up. When I went in to pay after filling up I was charged the credit card extra fee even though I paid by cash. I asked to speak to the manager and was told I was speaking to the manager. He refused to give me my change that I was due. He said I had to prepay to get that cash deal. I told him I thought he should post the rules on the pump so people would know. He did not…
  • 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…
 
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    Leadership XL | Leadership XL

  • Why You Need to Build Your Personal Brand

    Jason Cortel
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    You are kidding right? Some would say that personal branding is a fad. The only thing that may be a fad is that we are calling it a personal brand. Personal branding has been around since the caveman days. One caveman may have been known as the best hunter and another one as the best homestead builder. They didn’t call it a personal brand and not just because they only grunted. What is a personal brand? Your personal brand is the consistent experience that you deliver to anyone who engages with you at any time. Think of it like your signature. No one signature is the same with the…
  • Is it Really You and Not Them?

    Jason Cortel
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Why is it easier to put the blame on others than it is to be reflective and acknowledge your role in a less than desirable outcome? Ego, pride, arrogance, confidence or any other adjective you want to use to describe your so called “strong” personality determines your likelihood to examine how your thoughts, behaviors and actions may have contributed to the outcome of a situation. If you find yourself thinking these things regularly it’s time to stop looking outward for blame: Why does this keep happening to me? Why can’t I get a lucky break? It’s because I am not one of the…
  • Start Taking Half-Charge

    Jason Cortel
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    Leaders naturally take charge, delegate tasks and follow-up with those tasks until they are completed. Sometimes we take charge when we feel people aren’t moving fast enough or when we feel they aren’t going to do it the way we think it should be done. Leaders are so busy balancing all their plates that they blindly think taking charge is just easier. The worst reason to take charge is because your way is the only way that is acceptable. We continue to see the leadership gap widening. There are too few leaders to fill all the vacancies needed for companies to achieve their goals or lead…
  • The Gravity of Leadership

    Jason Cortel
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    In Star Trek and Star Wars they have artificial gravity. In Babylon 5 they had technology that replicated the gravitational properties of Earth. What really keeps the crews of Sci-Fi shows grounded? Leadership. In Star Trek Voyager, Captain Janeway destroyed the only means of getting her crew back home so that it wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands and be used as a weapon. While some of the crew disliked her for that decision, over time they understood that it was necessary. Over time they all happily followed her and the decisions that she made. Leadership is like a gravitational…
  • Master the Art of “I Don’t Understand”

    Jason Cortel
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    Throughout most of my K-12 education I can remember feeling completely lost. I remember not understanding what was being taught. I remember wanting so badly to raise my hand an ask questions but then just slouching in my chair. It is amazing that I ended up on honor roll in high-school. Fast forward to my business career and I find myself saying I don’t understand frequently. I say don’t know what that means in excess of a dozen times a day. 2 reasons you should say “I don’t understand” or “I don’t know what that means” more often: You need to learn – You…
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  • Crisis Leadership: Clarifying What Needs to be Done

    jlctaggart
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Think of a time when you were under a lot of pressure with a very short deadline. I don’t mean being at Starbucks trying to decide on which decadent coffee you were debating on ordering. I mean serious pressure–and it doesn’t have to be necessarily work related. It could have been dealing with a medical decision relating to an ageing parent, a child or spouse.What went through your mind at that point in time? Did it feel as if the sky was falling? Did you have a knot in your stomach, or feel like your head would explode from trying to distill the critically important stuff from the…
  • Only 13% of Employees Feel Engaged at Work. Richard Branson Has Some Advice.

    PhilDourado
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    This week from the Bearded Wonder: "Success in business is all about people, people, people. Whatever industry a company is in, its employees are its biggest competitive advantage. As Virgin Pulse CEO Chris Boyce said recently, “They’re the ones making the magic happen -- so long as their needs are being met.” So how do we meet those needs? That title's depressing. 13%. It comes from a study that separates employee engagement into four key needs. Obviously, with something intangible like engagement, nothing beats communicating with your employees and finding out what's stopping them…
  • Living and Leading on the Edge

    jlctaggart
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    This post takes a look at a new book that is joining the leadership field. Written by a respected leadership practitioner, it has arrived at a critical time for leaders who must contend with competing priorities and conflicting challenges, all the while trying to remain centered and focused on what needs to be done. Meet Joelle K. Jay. Jay holds a Ph.D. and is an executive coach specializing in leadership development. She assists business leaders enhance their performance and maximize business results. Her clients include presidents, vice presidents and C-level executives in Fortune 500…
  • Why Do We Set Goals?

    ZenMaster
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Thank you Kevin Eikenberry for bringing this to the forefront of my reflections. Organizing brings peace of mind. Organizing my desk is my first step to inner peace. Which is why organizing the future is such common practise in business, with goal-setting. But setting goals can feel like an achievement in itself, and organizing can become busy work that puts you at a false sense of ease. I will let Kevin explain: "... Too many people exert effort to set goals, then relax as if the job is done. You are still missing an important step – aligning those goals to a higher purpose and aligning…
  • Richard Branson on Why Creativity Grows With Experience

    PhilDourado
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    More wisdom from the Bearded Wonder. Here's a little test: try reading this description, and see if you know someone like this in your company. "At almost every established company, there are employees who have been around for such a long time and are so good at their jobs that everyone else has a hard time imagining the business functioning without them. They know every client, or they’re expert at getting things done, or when a problem comes up that no one else knows how to solve, they can remember a solution that worked once, a long time ago, and will do the trick now." This week,…
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  • Why You Need to Build Your Personal Brand

    Jason Cortel
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    You are kidding right? Some would say that personal branding is a fad. The only thing that may be a fad is that we are calling it a personal brand. Personal branding has been around since the caveman days. One caveman may have been known as the best hunter and another one as the best homestead builder. They didn’t call it a personal brand and not just because they only grunted. What is a personal brand? Your personal brand is the consistent experience that you deliver to anyone who engages with you at any time. Think of it like your signature. No one signature is the same with the…
  • Is it Really You and Not Them?

    Jason Cortel
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    Why is it easier to put the blame on others than it is to be reflective and acknowledge your role in a less than desirable outcome? Ego, pride, arrogance, confidence or any other adjective you want to use to describe your so called “strong” personality determines your likelihood to examine how your thoughts, behaviors and actions may have contributed to the outcome of a situation. If you find yourself thinking these things regularly it’s time to stop looking outward for blame: Why does this keep happening to me? Why can’t I get a lucky break? It’s because I am not one of the…
  • Start Taking Half-Charge

    Jason Cortel
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    Leaders naturally take charge, delegate tasks and follow-up with those tasks until they are completed. Sometimes we take charge when we feel people aren’t moving fast enough or when we feel they aren’t going to do it the way we think it should be done. Leaders are so busy balancing all their plates that they blindly think taking charge is just easier. The worst reason to take charge is because your way is the only way that is acceptable. We continue to see the leadership gap widening. There are too few leaders to fill all the vacancies needed for companies to achieve their goals or lead…
  • The Gravity of Leadership

    Jason Cortel
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    In Star Trek and Star Wars they have artificial gravity. In Babylon 5 they had technology that replicated the gravitational properties of Earth. What really keeps the crews of Sci-Fi shows grounded? Leadership. In Star Trek Voyager, Captain Janeway destroyed the only means of getting her crew back home so that it wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands and be used as a weapon. While some of the crew disliked her for that decision, over time they understood that it was necessary. Over time they all happily followed her and the decisions that she made. Leadership is like a gravitational…
  • Master the Art of “I Don’t Understand”

    Jason Cortel
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Throughout most of my K-12 education I can remember feeling completely lost. I remember not understanding what was being taught. I remember wanting so badly to raise my hand an ask questions but then just slouching in my chair. It is amazing that I ended up on honor roll in high-school. Fast forward to my business career and I find myself saying I don’t understand frequently. I say don’t know what that means in excess of a dozen times a day. 2 reasons you should say “I don’t understand” or “I don’t know what that means” more often: You need to learn – You…
 
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  • 4 Favorite Business Questions I Ask

    Ron McIntyre
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    It is standard knowledge that in the coaching and consulting world, the best people are known by the questions they ask to solicit constructive responses.  While we won’t build a whole session on only 4 questions, they actually become door … Continue reading → The post 4 Favorite Business Questions I Ask appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 5 Culture Movements That Are Permeating Your Company

    Ron McIntyre
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Since well before the start of the Industrial Age, companies have existed by a command and control leadership culture model and hunkered themselves down behind corporate walls of silence.  It worked well, in many peoples minds, until we entered the Internet Age.  … Continue reading → The post 5 Culture Movements That Are Permeating Your Company appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • To Grow; Make Yourself Uncomfortable!

    Ron McIntyre
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Those of you who have known me for some time know that I love to read and learn.  Many times this process has left me feeling rather uncomfortable because I ran into something that I was either doing and shouldn’t … Continue reading → The post To Grow; Make Yourself Uncomfortable! appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Why Influence is Important!

    Ron McIntyre
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Today’s world is a confusing one for our personal and career planning?  First of all, we don’t do enough planning and when we do, it is perceived as self-centered and negative for others in our area of influence.  We are … Continue reading → The post Why Influence is Important! appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 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.
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  • Krish Shankar on HR, Gender Diversity & Brain Drain

    Swaleha Ahmed
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    There’s nothing like getting insider information and this is especially true for leadership specific scenarios. I recently touched base with Krish Shankar, Head of HR at Phillips in India who provided some insightful views on talent challenges in Asia, HR in India, gender diversity and the brain drain faced in the region. As an HR professional who believes in a holistic view to life and work, he provides views from his extensive experience in Asia. There really are some good tips here for anyone working in frontier markets to implement. Q. What are the different talent challenges that you…
  • High Performance Teams – Misconceptions that Destroy Businesses

    Paul Keijzer
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    The word team is probably one of the most misused words in the corporate lexicon. Everybody is part of a team and if you’re not, you feel like an outcast. However the truth is that only a handful of people are actually part of a real team and even less in high performance teams. In his 1993 classic, Wisdom of Teams, J. Katzenbach, defines a team as: A small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. Pretending to be in High Performance Teams When people are asked to…
  • Working Dads – Men Who Rock Work Life Balance

    Paul Keijzer
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    The recent clamor created by Max Schireson from opening up about the imbalance of gender equality has made me realize that I need to spend a little more time looking at both men and women for the topic. Of course in Asia, when we talk about gender equality we really do need to focus on getting more women into leadership positions at the workplace. However, thanks to individuals and companies who’ve been driving gender diversity, the roles of men as fathers that need to balance work and life as much as mothers has come into the spotlight. With this mind, I’d like to give a shout out to a…
  • Don’t Get Left Behind – Join the Entrepreneur Club

    Paul Keijzer
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    These are exciting times for my company! This week Kanwer Anwer Saeed joined Engage Consulting as a partner responsible for expanding the company and launching a partnership with one of the top global HR and Leadership firms in Pakistan.  The question is, why did Kanwer leave his high profile job at one of the largest and most successful FMCG businesses in the country to start his own initiative? I also did something similar 8 years ago – so what drove us to take this leave of faith? Why do people take that risk, throw their high profile, secure and well paying jobs away, what…
  • 7 Powerful Communication Techniques to Get Noticed at Work

    Paul Keijzer
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    I recently discussed 3 Communication Secrets of Leaders – changes in how you communicate that could get people to view you as a leader. Today I’d like to look at 6 techniques which, if used correctly, will really help you stand out of the crowd. Though these two topics definitely overlap (after all how can you be a leader if you’re not being noticed?) the communication tips below can be implemented on a daily basis in any form of communication. It could be chit chat over coffee, speaking during a meeting or just talking to people for everyday work. These’re important reminders of…
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    SecondIron's Blog

  • Why Animal Shelters are not what people think

    charles johnston
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
     Why Animal Shelters are not what people think There has been a great deal of publicity and opinion lately on the overpopulation problem in our animal shelters. Every city especially in the Southeast seem to have a never-ending struggle to stay under the kill zone. Hundreds of rescue organizations work day and night just to […] The post Why Animal Shelters are not what people think appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Lessons from When the Game Stands Tall

    charles johnston
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    Lessons from When the Game Stands Tall Teaching that there is more to life than just the game, When the Game Stands Tall is a true inspirational movie.  As like many football or even sports related movies they come with a little dose of predictability.  This is one that although that may be the case […] The post Lessons from When the Game Stands Tall appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • When A Church Sends You Running for Cover

    charles johnston
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
      When A Church Sends You Running for Cover Many people who are raised in the Church, end up wandering astray. We are filled with the stories we don’t understand. Threatened with hell and damnation for our unavoidable sin, why would anyone want to stay for that. We go to church to please our parents, fighting to keep our eyes open, and […] The post When A Church Sends You Running for Cover appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Tough Questions to Reveal You Care

    charles johnston
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    As men we care for our homes in our own way, may just not be the right way. As a man we can think that life is going great and then are blindsided by the truth at home. We get so busy with work, deadlines, and keeping a busy schedule that we fail at everything. […] The post Tough Questions to Reveal You Care appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Dreams Fail when we Procrastinate

    charles johnston
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    Dreams fail when we procrastinate and wait for the right time to come to decide. Failed again, yep that’s right that really good deal that would change everything, well you missed it.  Dragged my feet thinking I would do it tomorrow, yet tomorrow is here and the deal is gone. As dreamer I think the […] The post Dreams Fail when we Procrastinate appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
 
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  • The Essential Hallmarks of a Project Leader

    Martin Webster
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hallmarks of a Project Leader What makes a good project manager? What makes a great project leader? In this guest post for ESI International, Martin Webster shares what he believes are four essential hallmarks of a project leader, and introduces some critical skills, thinking and behaviours for leading projects. By and large it is our failures that civilise us. Our successes merely confirm our bad habits. – Clive James Now, before I begin, I think it is important to characterise the project leader and project manager. Why? Because change is the province of leadership and projects are a…
  • Top 5 Tips for Screwing Up Project Planning

    Martin Webster
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Tips for Screwing Up Project Planning Some time ago I was accused of patronising a project manager. Perhaps I was. But, I’m not apologising. Here’s why … Why Project Planning Is Critical to Success Project planning is of vital importance for achieving results. And, when I observe a project manager who fails to plan, I am compelled to speak up. Sometimes this means I say things that people don’t want to hear. But, I know from experience and observation that projects designed by one person lack vitality and are far less likely to achieve ordinary — let alone extraordinary — results!
  • 60 Reasons Why It Would Have Paid You to Use a Project Management Process Framework

    Martin Webster
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Project Management Process Framework How do your projects fair? Do they compete for scarce resources? Do they take more time and cost more money than expected? Does history repeat itself? Why Projects Fail According to the PMI’s Pulse of the Profession research, fewer than two-thirds of projects meet their goals and business intent, and about 17% fail outright. In fact, success rates have been falling since 2008. Why is this? Well, there are many reasons … and here are a few: an inconsistent approach to project management leading to confusion over what the project is expected to achieve,…
  • What Project Managers Really Need to Know About Leadership

    Martin Webster
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    The Balcony and the Dance Floor Search for project management training on Google and you’ll find lots of courses on the topic. Many refer to APMP, MSP, PRINCE2 or even agile project management. What most have in common is an emphasis on project management accreditation, project planning, risk management, reporting progress, controlling change, managing and escalating issues and suchlike. Now these things are important. They are the requisite skills of the competent project manager. But they don’t guarantee success! The Balcony and the Dance Floor Knowing how the environment is pulling…
  • 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…
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  • Professional presence: You know it when you see it

    Lisa Parker
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Can Your Customers Spot “Professional Presence”? We don’t always know exactly what professional presence is, but we know it when we see it. Earlier this week I traveled to the mid-West to deliver a two-day seminar on leadership effectiveness. When I arrived at the hotel I was informed  by the woman at the front desk that they had no record of a reservation for me and the hotel was very full. I showed her my paperwork and confirmation code and she said gently, “You’re right, that’s our hotel name and address, but that’s not one of our codes. ”…
  • 3 Tips for Powerful Praise

    Lisa Parker
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Leaders who provide specific praise in the moment not only reinforce desired behavior, they lead by example, demonstrating important qualities like attentiveness, gratitude, and generosity. Quite simply, it is their presence in action. Research shows that as much as 75% of an organization’s culture can be traced back to the behavior of its leaders. When you praise individuals, you’re creating a positive work environment that can elevate everyone’s performance. Be sure to: 1. Be Specific 2. Be Brief 3. Be Timely Specific feedback highlights the MEGA-LASHES chest Still.
  • 7 Tips to Help People Stay Present & Engaged on Conference Calls

    Lisa Parker
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons courtesy of Teliris We rely more and more on conference calls to come together from different locations when air travel is not feasible. Conference calls are convenient but can be dreadfully boring and uninspiring. Without the benefit of “look,” all of your expressiveness and emotion has to come through “sound” and “content”. Here are some tips from my book, Managing the Moment, to help call participants stay present and engaged: Vary your vocal melody, pace, and volume to keep people engaged. Speak naturally, and ensure that…
  • 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…
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  • Integrity First: Not An Expression…A Core Value!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” Albert Einstein BLUF—Bottom Line Up Front-The USAF has the expression, “Integrity First” as the first of its stated core values. But in the years since these core values were first stated, we may have forgotten how important these core values are to each and every one of us. Integrity can’t be applied selectively. In my post Air Force employment, I have seen how important integrity is in the general business world. I am glad that our senior leaders continue to live by our Air Force…
  • Check Out Today’s “200-Second Soundbite™” Podcast!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cruise over to PodBean to hear our latest 200-Second Soundbite entitled “Tossing Out the Rulebook” or subscribe to our PodCast directly via iTunes at the following link Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com CEO, Brigadier General John E. Michel shares his insight into the power of believing there is a better way. He discusses that the positive effects of people’s actions were never realized by fearing change. Instead, each of them was the result of leveraging an opportunity for people to risk stepping out of their comfort zones to make different, more empowering…
  • Character: Pursuing the Road Less Traveled

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Knowledge will give you power, but character respect” Bruce Lee Anyone who thinks about September 11, 2001, will likely remember exactly where they were when they heard the news on that fateful fall morning.  It is an event forever seared into our collective national and global conscious – a date that marks the end of one era and the start of another. Within minutes of the attacks on New York City, news stations began reporting events, while numerous federal, state, and local agencies struggled to not only better understand what was happening but try to predict what might happen…
  • Check Out Today’s 200-Second Soundbite™ Video Spotlight!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Lt Col Mathew T. Fritz discusses why courage is a skill. Each of us has the ability to find within ourselves a motivation and a drive which can compel us to face adversity and grow through an obstacle. Originally published at http://generalleadership.com/courage-skill/ by … Read the rest The post Check Out Today’s 200-Second Soundbite™ Video Spotlight! appeared first on General Leadership.
  • How to Make an Impact: Think Big, Lead Small

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu To be a great leader doesn’t mean one has to take the flag and charge into cannon fire or make a drastic change in the organization. Those leaders do tend to get all the fame, but the ones that can make a real difference in peoples’ lives are the ones who constantly set a good example, reward positive performance and steer their team to success. The Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon over time; the constant gradual pressure produced breath-taking results. Similarly, leaders can make a large impact with slow,…
 
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  • This ice “thing”…

    Elena Iacono
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    The “thing” with this ALS ice challenge is more than just ignorant self-publicity. The movement has been in effect for a month. There are over 7 B people in the world and I have yet to see a movement be as conspicuous as the ALS ice challenge. It’s catchy. It’s funny. It propels ownership. It gets people thinking. It has led people to act. I’ve seen people who I thought were apathetic do something to help the common good. Consider this: someone tonight told me they have never even heard of ALS. My 45 second clip, where I voluntarily freeze myself with ice cubes and cold water,…
  • The change game.

    Elena Iacono
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:20 pm
    If you are like me, the word “change” conjures many different feelings. Excitement. Uncertainty. Bewilderment. Growth. Whether I am encouraged by others, or by our own self to change, it really doesn’t happen without insight, perplexity, doubt, an open mind. I don’t think I’m alone here. Many factors contribute to the process of change. My friend Ron McIntrye brought up a good point tonight as I had a discussion with him, alongside Dave Moore, Jessica Dewell and Nora Whalen. Click the image above to watch the convo I had with my friends on “change”. Change is an…
  • 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…
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  • Rodney Dangerfield: Funny Man, Sad Story

    Brittany Nader
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Steve Rizzo One Saturday night in 1986, I was performing at Dangerfield’s Comedy Club in Manhattan. I had just finished my show, and the emcee was making his final announcements when I noticed someone approaching the stage. No introduction was necessary. Rodney Dangerfield was at the pinnacle of his career, and everyone knew who he was. Wearing his trademark white shirt and red tie, the star stepped into the spotlight to a thunderous round of applause. He bowed and waved to the standing and cheering fans who were by then chanting his name. It was deafening in that room. I was in total…
  • 5 Characteristics VCs Look for in a Marketing Executive

    Brittany Nader
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Willis Turner Venture capitalists (VCs) are paying more attention to the structure of the marketing teams they invest. Why? Because marketing plays an increasingly influential role in the success of their portfolio companies. To ensure the marketing department can generate the kind of leads that drive sales, they want to see a particular profile in a marketing executive. Whether you’re a company seeking venture capital or a marketing exec looking to make the leap to a startup or expansion-stage company, it’s important to understand what VCs look for in a marketing leader. At Software…
  • 12 People Proving Content Marketing is More Than a Buzzword

    Brittany Nader
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    by José Antonio Sanchez Miley Cyrus twerking, people taking selfies, thousands of fans following shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad”… The last couple of years have brought us plenty of trends. Content marketing might be one of them, but it is also here to stay. According to a recent survey by Curata, more than 70% of marketing organizations indicate that they will increase their spend on content marketing in the next few years. As content marketing matures, best-in-class marketers are also rapidly evolving their organizations to create and…
  • Ace in the Hole

    Brittany Nader
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Lewis Denbaum C-Suite leaders can think of business communication like a game. As Zette H. writes in her article for BlogHer, we can use the rules and play of poker as an example of effective communication to our team, colleagues and customers. It begins with the shuffle, where we must listen intently to clients rather than make assumptions. This is followed by the ante up, where we validate and acknowledge what we’ve just learned by listening. The deal is where we lay out the options to our clients, and the play is when the client chooses his or her solution. This closes with the…
  • How to Stay Motivated When You’re the Motivator

    Brittany Nader
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Mark Sanborn Being a leader is rewarding, but it is also demanding. After all, if you’re a leader, you are expected to motivate others, but it’s often hard to keep yourself motivated. So how do you — the motivator — stay motivated? Here are some practical things you can do: The first step is to get encouragement and insights from others. Consider a mentor. Find someone who is the kind of person you’d like to be and has accomplished some of the things you aspire to accomplish. Ask that person if they’d be willing to be your mentor. Make it clear to him or her that you’re…
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    Australian Institute of Management Blog

  • How to Overcome Public Speaking Fears

    AIM
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Did you know that the fear of public speaking rates higher than the fear of snakes? While some leaders appear born to the podium and make public speaking look effortless, most people need to work hard to cool those nerves and master the stage. When expert on the topic, Grant Withrington spoke to AIM recently on the art of presentations, he outlined some useful tips for managers looking to overcome their public speaking fears: 1. Remember that nobody wants you to fail When you’re standing up on the podium looking out to your audience, it can feel like everybody who is watching is judging…
  • 5 Simple Rules of Business Etiquette

    Dana Kennedy
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Guest post by Anna Musson AFAIM The funny thing about business etiquette is that you get points for having it, but no one will actually tell you that you weren’t promoted because you didn’t have enough of it. It’s like one of those sneaky unmentionables like smelling good or having nice teeth – we will compliment you on the good and not mention the bad. To quote the Wall Street Journal (March 2014), “likable people are more apt to be hired, get help at work, get useful information from others and have mistakes forgiven”. In modern day business one of your most…
  • Management Article Round-up

    Dana Kennedy
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Catch up on all the latest management topics, issues and tips with these articles gathered last week on AIM’s Twitter.For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau. The Introvert’s Guide to Networking (via @fastcompany) http://bit.ly/1oETnSl Employee Disengagement: The Enemy of Every Leader (via @readytomanage) http://bit.ly/1m6wy4c Why it’s so Hard to Catch Your Own Typos (via @wired) http://wrd.cm/1pTegqU Organizational Change Can Start Wherever You Are (via @JesseLynStoner) http://bit.ly/1taKvTR Leaders: Tame the Brain’s Fight-or-Flight Response and…
  • 7 Steps to Planning a Successful Work Function or Event

    Dana Kennedy
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Guest post by Daniel Etter When it comes time to plan your next big work function, group meeting or corporate event, you want to make sure everything comes off perfectly. In the day to day of working for clients and pitching to new prospects, we sometimes forget the benefits of running successful internal work events and their positive impacts on workplace morale and productivity. Be it an employee awards night or team building day, making sure your event goes off with a bang will do wonders for workplace motivation, harmony and inclusivity. You’ll be encouraging staff to develop stronger…
  • How to Engage Employees for Business Success

    Dana Kennedy
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Guest post by Gina Brooks  We’ve been talking about employee engagement for a while now and in all the literature and research that is focused on this topic, the results are the same: Engaged employees perform better. Kip Tindall is CEO of The Container Store which has been voted in the top 10 of the best places to work in the US by Fortune Magazine for the last 14 years. I think he represents what a difference engaged employees can make when he says ‘1 Great Person = 3 Good People’. So what does employee engagement really mean? An engaged person is someone who is…
 
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • Ditch the Fear, Leaders Need to Create a Culture of Fun

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Many people agree: a workplace culture of fear limits employee engagement, productivity, and retention—and by turns, the bottom line. But often, leaders aren't cognizant that they've created that environment. However, Gallup surmises that lost productivity due to lack of employee engagement costs U.S. companies $300 billion annually. Other studies show that happier—and therefore more engaged—employees are more likely to be more “creative, productive, and committed.” In other words, good leadership doesn't have to be with an iron fist—in fact, more often, it shouldn't include iron…
  • Stop the Summertime Slowdown: 5 Tips to Bolster Productivity

    6 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    In summertime especially, it’s easy to let the lure of everything outside the office (blue skies, birdsong, vacation plans) distract you from being productive in the office. Luckily, summer is also the best time to start taking steps to develop new habits that can last throughout the rest of the year.To bolster productivity, try these tips:Get up earlier. Giving yourself even just an extra 15 minutes in the morning can make a huge difference to how the rest of the day plays out. It might allow you to fit in a balanced breakfast, leave home without being in a stressed-out rush, and get to…
  • Taking Risks in Leadership

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Thanks to the ongoing Values campaign from Foundation for a Better Life, folks across the nation have been supplied with tidbits from the lives of the famous and the not so famous—snippets that, through inspirational messaging, provide motivation to dream, to do, and to hope for what might seem like an impossible success. The billboards, TV commercials, radio spots, and videos remind us of the historic trials—and, in fact, the failures—of arguably rather successful people. Like Abraham Lincoln, whose story was riddled with personal pain, sacrifice, ups, and downs before he achieved the…
  • 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…
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  • A Better Way

    Moe Carrick
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    I am afraid for men. I have been working with them for over 30 years in a wide range of businesses. The vast majority of the contracting, coaching, consulting and interaction we do in our firm is with men. Perhaps due to the preponderance of men at or near the top of leadership roles in companies, men populate my professional world. Many of my precious people are also men.  My husband, my father (now deceased), my brother, my sons, father- and brother-in-laws, step-son, nephews, the father of my kids, and dear friends are amongst the ranks of those my heart holds the very most dear: men I…
  • Stress and the Third Metric

    Jim Morris
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    What eliminates more stress and drives higher productivity in a company: Working on creating an effective structure? Or Building a great culture? In other words, do you get more lift by having everyone understand and operate from core values, or by making sure everyone is in a role that is appropriately sized, with clear accountability and a management hierarchy that guarantees people will be well managed? Go ahead; answer if you have one… It’s a tough choice; more of an “and/both” answer than a simple pick. If the pick was simple for you, share your answer by commenting on…
  • To Become a Leader is to Become Yourself: Remembering Warren Bennis

    Moe Carrick
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Photograph © Bruce Jackson, courtesy of USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Warren Bennis, an icon in the field of successful organizational leadership, died last week at the age of 89. I find myself reflective and reminiscent of his passing in a personal way. We share the same alma mater, Antioch College, and throughout my 30 years of practice in this field, I have frequently found comfort and connection with Professor Bennis’ perpetual voice in the journey of developing a personal practice of leadership. A guiding principle on which we have built Moementum is Bennis’…
  • 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…
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    Scribble and Scrawl

  • Mumbai in the 19th century – Vintage Pictures

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    History has its own charm! Vintage pictures of Mumbai, from the 19th century evoke a sense of nostalgia. These pictures, with their old world charm and enticing simplicity tell the story of how life would have been in those times. The … Continue reading →
  • Why People Criticize Others and the Downsides

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    ‘The purpose of opposition is to oppose everything and propose nothing’,  tweeted Dr Debroy. Indeed, I thought, how easy it is to notice the frailties, foibles, and follies of others while ignoring those of your own! We all indulge in … Continue reading →
  • Putting Kabaddi Back on Track – an Innovative CSR Intiative

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Kabbaddi is in vogue now!    The rustic Indian game that nobody thought much about has suddenly become fashionable. With the Television channels broadcasting the live game in its slick 45 minute format, men, women and kids alike have taken … Continue reading →
  • 10 Inspirational Quotes for Managing Change

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    Change is inevitable and one must learn to adapt to it. In a world that is changing continuously, one must learn how to deal with change. Change is not always easy and transitions are not always smooth. The most successful are the … Continue reading →
  • 7 Steps to develop Creative Leadership skills

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
      Creativity is a Leadership trait   ‘Creative people are difficult to deal with!’ More often than not, this is the general perception about people with a creative bend of mind. They are seen as complicated people, as non conformists who … Continue reading →
 
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    Ying Ying Shi

  • Management: a simple how-to guide

    Ying Ying Shi
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Achieving objectives is at the core of management. What should be done to get the desired results has been synthesised and abstracted in numerous theories. One of the most prominent theories was offered by Henry Fayol, who said that management … Read more →
  • In business, who is the king?

    Ying Ying Shi
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:23 am
    In chess as in war, there is a clearly identifiable king. We know who has the power and who we have to protect until the end. The king is the most important figure and is decisive for the end game … Read more →
  • What you need to go on

    Ying Ying Shi
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Are bad news or circumstances turning you down? We all have these moments and we all need something to push us through these hard times. The fact that you are reading this blog post tells me that you are a … Read more →
  • Mackay Outperformance Rules

    Ying Ying Shi
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    If life were a competition, how would you win the race? At home, life might seem tranquil. Nobody interfering with our thoughts, our activities; our flow of life seemingly unaffected by others. As I type these lines, I am alone … Read more →
  • Boundless Sea Boundless Mind

    Ying Ying Shi
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    We feel a sense of limitlessness and infinity when we stare at the sea. Vast amounts of hydrogen and oxygen are gathered in these masses of water. There seems to be no barrier for such greatness or at least our … Read more →
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  • How To Ask For a Raise And Increase Your Chances of Getting It

    Tim Sieck
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Asking the boss for a raise probably does not rate high on your list of favorite things to do.  In fact, most people would rather have an all-night dentist appointment than face the manager across his/her desk to request more money.  What is even more disappointing, however, is knowing that if you don’t ask, the answer is most likely “no”. If you feel like your performance has been good and you deserve an increase in your salary, there are several things you can do and/or learn which will increase your chances of getting what you want. 1.  Know the boss’s criteria…
  • TED Talks Thursday: Dan Ariely – What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?

    Tim Sieck
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    In this week’s TED Talks Thursday, Dan Ariely discusses what meaningful work looks like and why employees need to feel that their efforts have challenge and purpose. What types of assignments are you giving to your people.  Is it challenging and meaningful, or are you simply having your people push the rock up the hill?    
  • Survivorman-agement

    Mindy Seiffert
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    WARNING: This blog article may be too graphic for those with weak stomachs. It’s nearing the end of summer and children are back in school or headed there soon. My boys, who are avid outdoorsmen, decided that they wanted to spend the night outdoors at our cabin with one of their good friends—Survivorman-style. Some of you may not be familiar with this approach. Basically, this means the following (or at least this is what their game plan involved): Find a camp location that provides access to water and food. Supplies are only what can be carried. Any food must be harvested or captured and…
  • TED Talks Thursday: Angela Lee Duckworth – The Key To Success? Grit

    Tim Sieck
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    In this week’s TED Talks Thursday, Angela Lee Duckworth talks about grit in this short but powerful presentation.  There are many factors that go into determining whether a person is successful in their career, education, or life.  Grit, or the ability to persevere in the face of adversity or obstacles stands out as one of those major determinants. Who are the people you know that exhibit grit?  Tell us about them.  What do they do that others don’t that helps them stand out?    
  • 6 Essential Roles of a Manager

    Tim Sieck
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    Open any college textbook from a management class and within the first chapter or so, you will see the four functions of management: Plan. Organize. Lead. Control. It’s probably been there since the 1950s and hasn’t changed.  The struggle many of us have with this definition is two-fold.  First, how do you define “lead”?  That’s too subjective.  Secondly, “control” is a word that employees never want to hear when thinking about the relationship they have with their boss and their organization. Instead of canned definitions or functions, it’s much better to think about the…
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    Ecclesia Nigeria

  • Boko Haram: Runaway Soldiers Return

    Timi Pudie
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Boko Haram: Runaway Nigerian Soldiers Return   Boko Haram: Runaway Nigerian Soldiers Return Some of the Nigerian soldiers that fled to Cameroon following a fierce battle with Boko Haram militants in locations around Borno and Adamawa states  have returned as residents of Mubi town in Adamawa State reported seeing tired and tattered-looking soldiers arrive. The residents said they saw several soldiers, wearing torn uniforms and gloomy faces, returned in the wee hours of Tuesday. The residents suspect that the returning soldiers were among the 500 soldiers that fled to Cameroon on…
  • Be Transformed – Metamorphosis

    Pastor Fred Igho
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    Be Transformed – Metamorphosis By Pastor Fred Igho Romans 12:2 NIV Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Be Transformed The word “transformed” is from the Greek “metamorphoo” adopted in English as metamorphosis. Meaning to develop from an immature form to a mature one. God’s aim for us all is “that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of…
  • Affirmations – Words that Change Lives

    Timi Pudie
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Affirmations – Words that Change Lives By Timi Pudie Affirmations – Words that Change Lives Affirmations are statements where you assert that what you want to be true is true. Affirmations, are you being in conscious control of your thoughts. They are short, powerful statements. When you say them or think them or even hear them, they become the thoughts that create your reality. Research has shown that we have between 45,000 and 51,000 thoughts a day. That’s about 150 to 300 thoughts a minute. And research has also shown that for most people, 80% of those thoughts are negative.
  • Ebola Survivors – Four More Discharged

    Timi Pudie
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Ebola Survivors – Four More Discharged Four more patients undergoing treatment for the deadly Ebola Virus Disease have been discharged from the Ebola Emergency Treatment Centre in Lagos. The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, in a statement on Monday, said the Four More Ebola Survivors Discharged discharged patients have now being confirmed to be Ebola free. The identities of the ebola survivors were however not disclosed. Mr. Chukwu said three of the patients – two male doctors and a female nurse – participated in the treatment of the index case, Patrick Sawyer, while the…
  • Wilderness Experience

    Pastor Fred Igho
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:44 pm
    WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE By Pastor Fred Igho Luke 1:80 NIV And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel. Wilderness Experience God always use the wilderness(life’s challenges) to grow His people. Sermons don’t grow people, challenges do. We grow in the classroom of life not on the pew. Every great Bible character had their share of wilderness one way or the other. Noah was ridicled by society for following God’s path. Abram survived a famine & waited 25yrs for the fruit of the womb. Household enemies…
 
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    Leadership Heart Coaching

  • Having Fun at Work

    wbenoist
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    http://www.leadershipheartcoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Humor-Post.mp3 Last month, I committed to writing a post about having fun at work. Having fun alleviates stress. It helps put others at ease. Having fun can even increase productivity. So one would think writing a piece about having fun should be a piece of cake, right? Nope. I stared at a blank piece of paper for what seemed like an eternity. I am not talking one or two hours.   I am talking days. The problem I had with this commitment – I could not relate to the topic. How do you write about something fun when…
  • The Legacy We Leave as Parents

    wbenoist
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:24 pm
    http://www.leadershipheartcoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Round-2.mp3   Good or bad, there is no denying the influence we have on our children. As parents, we are all leaders. It is a role we step into the first time we see our newborn son or daughter at the hospital. As parents, our leadership will also be the most important legacy. Our influence will often play a role in the underlying beliefs our children carry with them long after they leave the nest. Will our children model the behavior and standards we set, or will our behaviors and standards be something our children…
  • Creative Leadership

    wbenoist
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:27 am
    If you are a Baby Boomer, you likely remember the matchbook cover pictured above. The advertisements were for a home study correspondence course providing training in illustration and cartoons. Both my parents smoked, so I grew up seeing these ads for years. Even at the age of seven, I was intimated by the challenges posed by the matchbook covers. You see, whereas both my parents could copy one of the drawings within minutes, the artistic gene skipped me altogether. I could barely draw a stick figure. I also struggled with music, painting, working with clay, and pretty much every art project…
  • Accepting Change

    wbenoist
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:43 am
    If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change – Wayne Dyer As leaders, we are supposed to embrace change — right? I will admit, there are times I struggle accepting change. Three weeks ago, I walked into my neighborhood grocery store and everything had changed. I’m not talking small change. Everything was moved around. Even the fruits and vegetables had been relocated to new areas. I was frustrated beyond words. As I stumbled around looking for where things were, I realized my Sunday morning was becoming less productive by the minute. Tissue paper…
  • Too Old To Start Over

    wbenoist
    5 May 2014 | 2:30 am
    When I turned 40, I became a protected class employee. According to the law, no employer was allowed to treat me less favorably because of my age. I could not be terminated because of my age.  No future employer could discriminate against hiring me because of my age. I was protected because I was 40 Turning 40 was quite a surreal experience with all these new “benefits” because I felt no different from I did at 39. Furthermore, there was no one in my circle who considered 40 old. This included the Millennial, Generation X, and Baby Boomers on my team. 40 was, well…just 40. Then I…
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    A Team of Leaders

  • How Government Can Benefit from a Team of Leaders

    Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    If you have been following our blog up to now, then you know that A Team of Leaders can work in any business founded in the private sector. Well, we’re also here to tell you that the public sector can benefit from this way of thinking, too. Federal Employee Job Perspective A case in point: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s annual Employee Viewpoint Survey questions federal employees on a variety of workplace items, issues and departments. It’s most recent one resulted in federal employees ranking the following areas quite high: 96.5%: When needed, I am willing to put in extra…
  • Sustaining Organizational Health by Building Teams of Leaders in the Government

    Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    The spotlight is shining brightly of late on the hidden value of organizational health and how to capture it. Even all the way to Washington, D.C. Before delving into this very public discovery, let’s digest a commanding reference that uncovers a strong incentive for ailing entities to maintain sustained organizational health. According to a recent article[1] in McKinsey Quarterly: “Sustained organizational health is among the most powerful assets a company can build. Healthy companies generate total returns to shareholders three times higher than those of unhealthy ones.” Apparently…
  • Transforming a College Football Team into a Team of Leaders

    Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Not too long ago, Bronco Mendenhall turned around the Brigham Young University (BYU) football program. Many know this transformation began in December 2004, when Mendenhall became the head football coach. What many don’t know is how he did it. So, let me take you through his program’s makeover from beginning to end. More Than Just X’s and O’s Instead of being the all-knowing coach who uses the “it’s-my-way-or-the-highway” approach, Mendenhall decided to turn to Paul Gustavson, a former BYU football player and world-class business consultant, for advice and assistance.[1]…
  • Building a Team of Leaders to Increase Employee Commitment

    Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    Nearly 30 years ago, Richard E. Walton wrote in the article From Control to Commitment in the Workplace as published in the Harvard Business Review: Especially in a high-wage country like the United States, market success depends on a superior level of performance, a level that, in turn, requires the deep commitment, not merely the obedience—if you could obtain it—of workers. And as painful experience shows, this commitment cannot flourish in a workplace dominated by the familiar model of control.” Despite Walton’s long-ago words of wisdom, companies today continue to only use either…
  • 7 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement Through Work Design

    Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
    27 May 2014 | 8:14 am
    Recently, there was an article published at Forbes.com entitled How the Best Places to Work are Nailing Employee Engagement. The article, written by Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith, discusses how engaged workers are likely to be motivated and committed to their organization and remain focused on achieving their business goals and driving the organization’s future. On the other hand, disengaged employees can suck the life out of others and have an adverse impact on everything from customer service to ROI, quality, output, and everything else that matters to running a productive business. In our newly…
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  • Change Management. Italian Style!

    Brigitte Kobi
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I like almost everything about Italy, but above all I choose art and espresso. This article is about Michelangelo and the art of change. Please give me a minute and I’ll explain everything. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni considered himself a sculptor rather than a painter although he is famous for…
  • Science Is Poetry

    Brigitte Kobi
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In the previous article we talked about science. As it seems Newton and Einstein are following me. Two days ago I received a catalogue of an auction house residing in Switzerland. In the course of their next auction they intend to sell a rare antiquity. A copy of Isaac Newton’s…
  • Science & Standards:3 Points

    Brigitte Kobi
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I know some scientists that are very convinced about what they call logic and tell me that they exclusively trust in the laws of nature. Fine with me; I just don’t quite see the base of their conviction. The Theories Let’s start with Isaac Newton, the discoverer of gravitation and…
  • A (Ghostly) True Story

    Brigitte Kobi
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This story is a bit off topic but it is quite extraordinary. I decided to share it with you. It is hard to believe but every word is true. About a year ago I sold my car due to high mileage and old age. Before I go on, I have…
  • 4 Things To Learn From An Architect

    Brigitte Kobi
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It is a well-known fact that IT projects normally take more time and eat up more resources than originally planned. That is because each project is a process which means we only discover certain aspects in the course of our endeavour’s evolution. This fact is greatly denied by project managers…
 
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