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  • Leadership Inspiration – Foregoing the Advantage

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    StrategyDriven
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    “Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.” Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881) Earl of Beaconsfield You just finished reading Leadership Inspiration - Foregoing the Advantage! Consider leaving a comment! If you enjoyed this article, let us keep you up-to-date on other newly published insights by signing up for our complimentary StrategyDriven Newsletter Copyright 2007-2015 by StrategyDriven Enterprises, LLC. This content is intended for personal and non-commercial use only. All rights reserved. Please…
  • The Women’s Economy Starts Here

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    Michelle Patterson
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    For the first time in this nation’s history, women are now the majority of the work force and what a force that is. As the number of entrepreneurial women rises, it is clear that this country’s economy can begin to move in the right direction as long as these women begin to be treated equally; however this isn’t the case. Just recently, the pay equity bill failed to pass that would ensure equal pay for women. On average in this country, women make $0.85 on the dollar compared to men- and that’s Caucasian women, it drops dramatically when you look at other Ethnic groups. This is a…
  • 8 Ways to Enjoy Your Work Most Days (a.k.a., "Success")

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    David Peck
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:10 pm
    No matter what you do for a living, when you enjoy your work you’re going to do a great job—the  best work of your career. Beyond that, you can’t help but bring good energy and inspiration to family, friends, and colleagues. Put simply, this is “success” in a deeper, more sustainable sense than title, power, paycheck or prestige. Yet most people settle for jobs that fall far short of “happy at work” for too many years. In fact, to some, the notion that we can enjoy our work most days, and have both rewarding and fulfilling (and even fun) careers seems absurd. That’s…
  • Leadership Caffeine™ —The Inner Game of Leading

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    Art Petty
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
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  • The Language of Encouragement

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    Kevin Eikenberry
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Some of the most powerful things in life are simple. Such is the case with encouragement. People are more productive, more focused and more successful in a positive and supportive environment than in a negative one. And we can help create that environment by being more encouraging. John Adair wrote, “Praise and recognition based on […] The post The Language of Encouragement appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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  • Looking for Problems Makes Us Tired

    Nicole Torres
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Photo by Andrew Nguyen When employees see something amiss, you want them to be able to speak up. GM’s safety scandal last year is a good reminder why; the Challenger and Columbia explosions are classic case studies. People often avoid raising difficult issues, so the struggle to encourage this behavior has become a perennial management problem. The latest addition to the corpus of research on this suggests why: Speaking up can wear us out. A new paper, forthcoming later this year in the Journal of Applied Psychology, studies the effects of different kinds of speech on employees. In…
  • Two Ways to Clarify Your Professional Passions

    Robert Steven Kaplan
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever noticed that highly effective people almost always say they love what they do? If you ask them about their good career fortune, they’re likely to advise that you have to love what you do in order to perform at a high level of effectiveness. They will talk about the critical importance of having a long-term perspective and real passion in pursuing a career. Numerous studies of highly effective people point to a strong correlation between believing in the mission, enjoying the job, and performing at a high level. So why is it that people are often skeptical of the notion…
  • Overcome Your Company’s Resistance to Data

    Thomas C. Redman
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I started work on data quality nearly 30 years ago, I had no idea how revolutionary most people would find the concept of preventing data errors at their sources. Nor did I anticipate the outsize resistance that putting this simple idea into practice would engender. Over the years, I’ve learned some hard lessons about what it takes to advance a data agenda, whether that’s advocating for a new data quality program, a different type of data, or a fresh strategy that relies on data. These lessons are particularly timely as more and more people find opportunities to push…
  • How to Deliver Bad News to Your Employees

    Amy Gallo
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    Kenneth Andersson Delivering bad news is tough. It’s even harder when you don’t agree with the message or decision you’re communicating. Maybe you have to tell your star performer that HR turned down her request for a raise or to inform your team that the company doesn’t want them working from home any longer. Should you toe the line and act like you agree with the decision or new policy? Or should you break ranks and explain how upset you are too? What the Experts Say “In a managerial role, it’s natural to feel ambivalence” when delivering…
  • The Most Productive Way to Develop as a Leader

    Herminia Ibarra
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Everybody loves self-improvement. We want to get smarter, network better, be connected, balance our lives, and so on. That’s why we’re such avid consumers of “top 10” lists of things to do to be a more effective, productive, promotable, mindful — you name it — leader. We read all the lists, but we have trouble sticking to the “easy steps” because while we all want the benefits of change, we rarely ever want to do the hard work of change. But what if we didn’t think of self-improvement as work? What if we thought of it as play —…
 
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  • Getting the Attacker’s Advantage

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:28 pm
    To Ram Charan, The Attacker’s Advantage is the ability to detect ahead of others those forces that are radically reshaping your marketplace, then position your business to make the next move first. The key is not fearing uncertainty but immersing ourselves in it. It is in the uncertainty that we find the possibilities we can combine to create something new and immensely valuable. We miss the possibilities says Charan because we’re flying at low altitude—immersed in the daily minutia. The other problem is that we gravitate towards being comfortable. Uncomfortable and uncertainty is where…
  • Being a Responsible Leader

    10 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    There has always been a call for responsible leaders, but perhaps we just hear the call more clearly today. In The Responsible Leader, author Tim Richardson begins with a well-written overview of how we got where we are in our leadership understanding and the forces that are shaping our leadership context today. It points to the need for more responsible leadership. What is at the core of being a responsible leader? What are the mindsets the shape the behavior of a responsible leader? Richardson identifies four characteristics: Internal Assuredness and Attractiveness These leaders are…
  • How to Build ROPE Teams in Sales Organizations

    9 Mar 2015 | 7:14 pm
    This is a post by Susan Ershler co-author of Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales. Neil Armstrong’s historic step onto the lunar surface was not his achievement alone, but the result of decades of effort by a team of thousands. In this, as in most complex human endeavors, teams outperform individuals. Teams have also played a central role in my life by ensuring that I received the support needed to achieve two cherished goals: leading sales organizations at several of the nation’s largest technology firms and climbing the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.
  • The 5 Habits of Mind that Self-Made Billionaires Possess

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Self-made billionaires think differently than most of us do. Most of us think like what authors John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen call Performers because their success is tracked through performance. They excel at optimizing within known systems. They strive to excel in well-defined areas, and are important to any organization – in fact, they are important to the self-made billionaire. Self-made billionaires have what the authors call the Producer mind-set. They thrive in uncertainty. Producers are critical to any company looking to create massive value because they redefine what’s possible,…
  • First Look: Leadership Books for March 2015

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in March.   Changing Your Company from the Inside Out: A Guide for Social Intrapreneurs by Gerald F. Davis and Christopher J. White   Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention by Ben Parr   Road to Power: How GM's Mary Barra Shattered the Glass Ceiling by Laura Colby   Becoming Your Best: Bringing Your Best Self to Work by Harry M. Kraemer   Peter Drucker's Five Most Important Questions: Enduring Wisdom for Today's Leaders by Peter F. Drucker, Joan Snyder Kuhl and Frances Hesselbein For…
 
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    Management-Issues

  • Service delivery and the city of the future

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    The quality of the public services provided by a city can only be defined by the citizens who use them. And as technology continues to transform our daily lives, now more than ever the onus is on municipalities to explore new and innovative ways of delivering services.
  • Ten habits of bad management

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:02 am
    Too many organizations ignore or tolerate bad management. Yet bad managers will never get optimal results, so their tell-tail traits need to recognized and dealt with. Here are ten classic bad habits to look out for that no organization should put up with.
  • Public safety and the city of the future

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    The third article in our City of the Future series examines progressive public safety practices, the emerging science of public safety and predictive analytics that can help make cities safer.
  • Is your project going off the rails?

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:54 am
    Time and again, projects get derailed for the same reasons. But how do you know if a project is in trouble? Here are five questions programme sponsors should ask to establish the health of their project and to keep it heading along the right track.
  • State-of-the-art public access and the city of the future

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    The second article in our City of the Future series examines the need for state-of-the-art public access to services and service delivery, arguing that only multi-channel access will suffice in satisfying today’s “connected” citizen.
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • How to Be a Demo God

    Guy Kawasaki
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Several times a year a group of executives from startups do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This name of the event is, logically, DEMO. It’s a great occasion—especially if you understand the dance that’s going on: Entrepreneurs acting as if they don’t need venture capital, and venture capitalists acting as if they don’t need entrepreneurs. (This is like acting prudish in a brothel.) This post is for anyone who has to give a good demo, whether at DEMO or anywhere else. Demoing is an essential skill to launch a…
  • GuyStockphotos from #SMMW15

    Guy Kawasaki
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    More “stock photos.” This time from the Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego, California. The post GuyStockphotos from #SMMW15 appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Best Hotel for SXSW

    Guy Kawasaki
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Although this may bite me in the butt someday if it’s booked solid, I’d like to tell you about the Hyatt Place in Austin, Texas. I will stay at this hotel every time I go to SXSW. The hotel is one block from the Austin Convention Center. There is a breakfast buffet with no waiting. There are restaurants within one hundred yards that fulfill my four main food groups: steak, Thai, sushi, and fried chicken. If these don’t take care of you, there’s a boutique market across the street for snacks. The hotel bar also sells food 24-hours per day. The Wifi is fast—maybe…
  • Guy Kawasaki appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    I’ve joined the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. This entity is the parent organization of all the “Wiki” projects such as Wikipedia and other free-knowledge projects. The activities of the Wikimedia Foundation represent one of the most important projects in the history of civilization. Having helped democratize computing with Apple and currently helping to democratize design with Canva, how could I resist the opportunity to democratize knowledge with Wikimedia? The Wikimedia Board of trustees has ten members. Can it get much cooler than helping Wikimedia…
  • The Art of Leading

    Guy Kawasaki
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Some aspiring entrepreneurs are already working for a big company. Like external entrepreneurs, they dream of creating innovative products. They, too, must prototype, position, pitch, bootstrap, recruit, fund, partner, sell, and support. The purpose of this minichapter is to explain how to do all this when you’re employed by a large business. Ironically, many entrepreneurs envy the employees of major companies—they think that these lucky souls have humongous financial resources, large sales forces, fully equipped labs, scalable factories, and established brands, plus medical and dental…
 
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • Who Makes the Best Entrepreneurs? It’s Not Who You Think

    Michael Hyatt
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    Why I’m Putting My Money on the Older Horse When I think of an entrepreneur, I think of someone forward-thinking, creative, energetic, and relentless. I also think of someone forty and up. Courtesy of iStock/monkeybusinessimages What? Our stereotypes don’t run that direction, do they? We’re more likely to think of Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg dropping out of college than someone who graduated twenty years before and who’s now starting a new venture. But that’s what the numbers say. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your…
  • How Much Business Is Your Profanity Costing You?

    Michael Hyatt
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    3 Reasons to Cut the Cussing I follow a lot of speakers, bloggers, and podcasters who swear on stage, on screen, and at the microphone. I’m no fan of profanity, but I’ll wade through it if there’s a payoff. I’ve made huge gains in my personal and professional life from people who could make sailors blush. But here’s the thing: I don’t always feel comfortable directing my audience to do the same. It’s just not worth offending them. 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.
  • Season 3, Episode 11: How to Lead Transformational Conversations [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    10 Practical Strategies for Greater Influence Welcome to Season 3, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can lead transformational conversations. A new model of leadership has emerged over the last several years that is more about dialogue than the traditional model. But it’s not always intuitive and it takes some practice. Here are ten practical strategies you can use to gain greater influence. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe…
  • Why Exercising Now Matters for Your Future

    Michael Hyatt
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    3 Powerful Reasons to Drop the Excuses and Hit the Treadmill Today I sometimes talk with people who say they don’t have enough time to exercise. The older I get the more that reminds me of people who say they don’t have enough money to save for retirement. Courtesy of iStock/ferrantraite I can relate. When I was younger and rising in my career, I rarely made time to exercise. I was too busy killing it to realize it was killing me. And it almost did. 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…
  • The Secret Part of Bravery People Struggle with Most

    Jon Acuff
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    Jon Acuff Explains Why We Need to Step Out When We Feel Like Holding Back This is a guest post from my friend Jon Acuff. He’s a New York Times bestselling author who just wrote a new book called Do Over. (I bought a copy for every member of my team!) You can read his blog here and follow him on Twitter. I write about fear a lot. I write about more than just rational fears like when you go to Chipotle and try to order queso and they tell you, “We don’t have queso.” I write about irrational fears as well. Photo courtesy of iStock/Sergey Nivens People often ask me, “Where do you get…
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Listen to Learn, Learn to Lead

    Andrea Learned
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    How often do you hear a leader described in the media as a “good listener?” Not often. That may be because, both in theory and by tradition, descriptions of leadership still tend to focus more on the output (decisive! charismatic!) than the input. But, the best leadership in practice today gets noted for its calibration toward the latter. And, social media is an incredible source for that. One business leader currently well representing the listening and learning “input” approach is Deidre Paknad , founder and CEO of Workboard (her third company). I first came across…
  • The Unheralded Beauty and Power of Social Capital

    Andrea Learned
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:49 pm
    What drives you? This question emerges at key transition points in most career journeys. When that gets nailed down, the world opens up – and a person’s potential impact as a change agent is likely to explode. So, what has made the difference and brought an ever-increasing sense of purpose to my own work? The combination of writing and connecting via social media with so many different kinds of people from diverse fields with a range of expertise. What a world this has opened up! Emphasis On Social Capital Social capital is the broader term used these days for the sort of relationship…
  • Leadership and Transparency 2015: The Social Media Imperative

    Andrea Learned
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    By the time “trends” get mentioned in the new year forecast blog posts, they can be little more “old” than “news.” Though forward motion is always worth celebrating, change usually happens more slowly. Take, for example, the call for more transparency in business leadership. While today’s startups are more likely to intentionally bake this into their corporate DNA, 100+ year old companies have a lot more embedded business culture to counter. Still, no matter the corporation’s size or embedded culture, the imperative of transparency really is, to be festive about it, “nipping…
  • Get On Social Media To Become the “Source”

    Andrea Learned
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    “All things being equal” is quite an overused phrase, but there can still be gold in what follows it. Whether it’s a consumer’s evaluation of cleaning products or a way to differentiate potential business consultants, the reasons why one option is chosen over another is especially key in a world of choice gone wild. As a business thought leader, don’t you want “[your name here] is the best choice” to be the end of that “all things being equal” sentence? I got to thinking about this recently as it relates to Tweetchat guests, conference speakers, podcast interviewees and NPR…
  • Social Media and the Introverted Leader

    Andrea Learned
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The building conversation about introverts in the business world strikes a chord. Though few who have met me in person would guess it, I am one, with a capital “I.” Interestingly (and fortunately), using social media has been key for finding the balance that lets me think, work and connect most productively. Thanks to this tool, my ability to build a profile in my particular focus area, sustainability, is not hindered by the fact that I live in “remote” Seattle (compared to cities like NYC, Boston or San Francisco, I mean). Even with my strong introvert tendencies, I…
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    Great Leadership

  • Women Need to Embrace Office Politics to Get Ahead

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    "Office politics can make or break your career. This is especially important for women to understand. Women avoid politics due to their belief that it’s dirty and underhanded, and it’s a waste of their valuable time. Unfortunately, our avoidance of the workplace dynamics makes us vulnerable to being blindsided and passed over for promotions. We need to embrace office politics to get ahead."Read the rest of Bonnie Marcus's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to learn the importance of politics, power and culture in getting ahead.
  • How Leaders Can Get People to Tell the Truth

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Peter Romary:Harry S. Truman once said, “My definition of a leader . . . is a man who can persuade people to do what they don’t want to do, or do what they’re too lazy to do, and like it.” If we can be generous enough to overlook the sexist element of that quote, and disregard for a moment the notion of labeling anyone as “lazy,” we can learn a lot from the crux of Mr. Truman’s insight. We can even learn the secret behind a skill that any leader would do well to master: getting people to tell the truth.If a leader is someone who can persuade others to do what…
  • How to Prepare for a Performance Review so it won’t Feel Like a Root Canal : Employee Version

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The annual employee performance review is an important opportunity to get feedback from your manager in order to make sure your performance is meeting expectations and to learn what you need to do to improve. Performance reviews can be used to justify raises or promotions, so it’s important to make sure you performance is accurately documented. However, the annual workplace ritual been compared to a trip to the dentist to get a root canal Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to learn how an employee can prepare for an annual employee performance review in…
  • 7 Ways to Prepare for a Performance Review so it won’t Feel Like a Root Canal: Manager Version

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The annual employee performance review is an essential human resource process for documenting how well an employee performed throughout the year, an opportunity to provide feedback to the employee, and serves as a springboard for setting performance and development objectives for the coming year. However, the annual workplace ritual been compared to a trip to the dentist to get a root canal Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to learn how a manager can prepare for an annual employee performance review in order to make it a productive and painless discussion.
  • 10 Ways to Get Brutally Candid Feedback

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 10 ways to get candid feedback.Just make sure that when you do, you listen, keep your mouth shut, and say “thank-you”!
 
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    NOOP.NL

  • How to Turn a Bad Presentation Into a Good One

    Jurgen Appelo
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    For three weeks, I had been working on a new presentation: New stories, new message, new visuals, new format, new jokes… everything was new. Even my hair was new. The idea was to reinvent myself as a public speaker. Raising the bar! The post How to Turn a Bad Presentation Into a Good One appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Best Happiness Books #InternationalDayOfHappiness

    Jurgen Appelo
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    Today is International Day of Happiness. What a great day to search and find all the best book on the topic of happiness! This list is created from the books on GoodReads tagged with “happiness”, sorted using an algorithm that favors number of reviews, average rating, and recent availability. The post Best Happiness Books #InternationalDayOfHappiness appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Will You Offer This for Free?

    Jurgen Appelo
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:54 am
    I have done many things for free. All chapters of my new #Workout book have been available for free since I started writing them, because this helped me get early and fast feedback. I have done countless of free talks for local communities, because it allowed me to learn about their needs and stories. And I have offered plenty of participants free seats in my workshops when they offered me some other value in return. What I don’t do is give away stuff for free just because people ask. The post Will You Offer This for Free? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Best Mindfulness Books

    Jurgen Appelo
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    I have developed an interest in mindfulness and meditation, from a scientific perspective. For this reason, I did a bit of research on GoodReads to discover which are the best mindfulness books. Unsurprisingly, I found a lot religious works among these books. Those were not what I was looking for. In my not-so-humble opinion, religion is spiritualy for the ignorant mind, while enlightenment is spirituality for the curious mind. The post Best Mindfulness Books appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Off-Time: It’s OK to Do Nothing

    Jurgen Appelo
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    On my final trip last year, I had been looking forward to run in Rio de Janeiro, along Ipanema Beach and Copacabana. But British Airways lost my luggage. I had no running gear and no time to purchase alternative shoes and clothes. I felt a bit sad and disappointed. The post Off-Time: It’s OK to Do Nothing appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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    Michael Lee Stallard

  • Find New Ways to Connect by Discussing a Story a Week

    Katie Russell
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    #78 Discuss a Story a Week Part IV of Fired Up or Burned Out has 20 inspiring stories of great leaders who created Connection Cultures (see pages 132-194). Take your team through one story each week and discuss how you can employ the practices in each chapter to your workplace. To receive a complimentary digital copy of Fired Up or Burned Out, sign up for my Connect to Thrive newsletter, which offers helpful tips and resources on connection. This is the seventy-eighth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you…
  • How Leaders can Identify and Establish Core Values That Connect

    Katie Russell
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    If you asked your employees what the organization’s core values are, could they tell you? Most cannot. This is a problem for leaders since it is impossible to create a healthy corporate culture, which I refer to as a “Connection Culture,” if employees can’t articulate what the organization stands for. Furthermore, the organization’s values should be ones that encourage connection and teamwork, rather than silos and dysfunctional behavior. The following steps can help leaders to identify and establish core values that are meaningful and encourage connection across the entire…
  • Provide Constructive Feedback

    Katie Russell
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    #77 Provide Constructive Feedback When providing feedback to help someone improve, we recommend the following: always communicate it in private, be respectful in your tone of voice and volume, and begin with three positive things you like about his/her work.  After sharing the three positives, say “I believe you would be even better if… [insert what you want them to do or stop doing].” Kindness matters and the approach you take will affect how the person receives the feedback. This is the seventy-seventh post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights…
  • Connect With Your Team by Keeping Them “In the Loop”

    Katie Russell
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    #76 Keep Them “In the Loop” Keep your team in the loop on issues they need to know about. Whenever possible, bring individuals into the loop who express an interest in an issue. Doing so helps people to feel prepared for what’s ahead, which reduces stress and increases engagement. This is the seventy-sixth 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…
  • The Secret Weapon in Combating Employee Engagement Woes: Part 3

    Katie Russell
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Image Credit: AMA Playbook As seen on AMA Playbook Check out the final part of a three part series we wrote for the American Management Association’s Playbook. Part 3 is on the connection culture element of voice. The post The Secret Weapon in Combating Employee Engagement Woes: Part 3 appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard.
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    Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage

  • Turning Side Effects in the Main Effects

    brucelynn
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
      Today is a day that has inspired men to rise up against their flaccidity. The drug Viagra was introduced to the market and the male gender had its own pill-driven sexual revolution. All based on a complete product failure as Andrew Hargadon so obliquely describes in his lecture… “[Pharmaceutical companies] are spending enormous amounts of money and developing less and less new drugs…In the past three years, no new molecules have come from the big pharma companies…Viagra. It was a drug that original failed in clinical trials for the treatment of angina…and so they had to…
  • Embracing Bad

    brucelynn
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
      “Not only did Vince Gilligan’s five-season, hyper-violent prose poem to midlife male frustration tie up virtually every loose end in sight, it contained the Holy Grail of all storytelling: an Actual Moment of Truth. And not just this particular story’s truth, but one that extended to the beloved and bloated genre Gilligan both elevated and mocked. ‘I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really … I was alive.’ The strongest moments of the final season came as Walt realised that great truism so often underscored in stories like his: Once you…
  • Embracing Duality

    brucelynn
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
      Dreams are stories we tell ourselves.  These stories get us out of bed in the morning. And today of all days we celebrate those stories on World Storytelling Day. But I personally adopt a contradictory perspective on stories and dreams. They are essential to our well-being…which is why they should be regularly attacked and even killed. One example is the set of stories we tell ourselves about how the world works. These models are the foundation to us going about our daily life and how all our modern technology works, but the sceptic in me seeks to constantly seek new answers and…
  • Eire-bracing Failure

    brucelynn
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
      “Is fheàrr teicheadh math na droch fhuireach.” Better a good retreat than a bad stand – Irish Proverb Some Gaelic inspiration on St. Patrick’s Day ((thanks Valerie for the graphics).
  • Embracing Meltdowns

    brucelynn
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:25 am
      What’s the best way to prepare for and learn from mistakes? Even the disasters of the worst kind? Make them happen. That is what scientists are doing with one of the most nightmarish failures of modern life – the nuclear reactor meltdown. Like one of the biggest in history that happened four years ago today at Fukushima. The Argonne National Laboratory have contrived a way to create an nuclear meltdown in a controlled laboratory environment as described in this article, “First look at nuclear fuel in a meltdown”… “Scientists have managed to take their first close-up look at…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The panic tax

    Seth Godin
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:56 am
    Systems under severe stress degrade. While individuals might do extraordinary work while pumped with adrenalin (lifting a car, running through a burning building), panic can decrease the efficacy of a system by 30% or more--often completely destroying it. Compare the typical throughput of a highway during rush hour (when it's filled with seasoned commuters) to a similar road when people are fleeing a natural disaster.... in the first case, the cars naturally keep a safe distance, drivers are sufficiently alert, everyone gets home. In the other, there's a complete standstill. Or consider how…
  • Self talk

    Seth Godin
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:28 am
    There's no more important criticism than self criticism. There's no amount of external validation that can undo the constant drone of internal criticism. And negative self talk is hungry for external corroboration. One little voice in the ether that agrees with your internal critic is enough to put you in a tailspin. The remedy for negative self talk, then, is not the search for unanimous praise from the outside world. It's a hopeless journey, and one that destroys the work, because you will water it down in fear of that outside critic that amplifies your internal one. The remedy is accurate…
  • 'Pick yourself' and taking responsibility

    Seth Godin
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Perhaps you've decided that the idea of Pick Yourself is sort of a new-age mantra, a promise that everyone is entitled to what they want, right now. What a shortcut it seems to be. A false promise, holding out that illusion that we can get what we want if we just raise our hand. Pick yourself, you win... It's precisely the opposite. If you want to be responsible for making music, make music. If you want to be responsible for writing, speaking, making change happen, go do that. Waiting to get picked is a form of hiding, not realism. No, it’s not always possible for everyone to…
  • Hypergrowth

    Seth Godin
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    Fast growth comes from overwhelming the smallest possible audience with a product or service that so delights that they insist that their friends and colleagues use it. And hypergrowth is a version of the same thing, except those friends and colleagues quickly become even bigger fans, and tell even more people. Often, we get sidetracked when we forget about "smallest possible." If you make the audience you're initially serving too big, you will dilute the very thing you set out to make, avoid critical mass, and compromise the magic of what you're building. You'll make average stuff for…
  • Active listening

    Seth Godin
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The kind of listening we're trained to do in school and at work is passive listening. Sit still. Get through it. Figure out what's going to be on the test and ignore the rest. Your eyes can glaze over, but don't let it show. Try not to nod off. People are talking, and they'd like the illusion of listening to accompany that. Don't interrupt.  Passive listening is letting the other person talk. Active listening, on the other hand, requires that you interrupt when you need a clarification, and it requires that you ask a truly difficult question when the speaker is finished. If it's worth…
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    CEO Blog - Time Leadership

  • Really Great Mentors

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    I would like to be a really great mentor so I was attracted to Stephen Kohn and Vincent O'Connell's book:  9 Practices of really Great Mentors - How to Inspire and Motivate Anyone.The book  is a self-actualizing and highly motivational read that portrays the many facets that mentors hold.Starting off with more than one definition of what a mentor is, this book is incredibly inspiring and practical making it the fitting last book of a three part series by Stephen E. Kohn and Vincent D. O'Connell.All of the key ideas discussed are applicable in developing a person’s full…
  • Sales See Saw

    8 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    We are new (since Dec 1/2014) in our new business - DDE Media.   We have almost 10 full time writers working at our office now (plus the bookkeeper, Graphics Designer, etc).  So the office has a bit of life.I now am suffering for a start-up syndrome I have seen play out often.  I am really the only person who sells for us right now.  But I do some of the work (especially around SEO) and much of the orchestration.  So I am the limiting factor - the funnel point that limits growth.What happens is one month, we close sales but the next we are scrambling to deliver on…
  • And then there were 4 (Grandkids that is)

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    I am not really a graphics designer.  I certainly have no training in the field.  So I suspect I break most design rules.That is why Creative Anarchy - How to Break the Rules of Creative Design for Creative Success appealed to me.This summary is from one of my writers at DDE.Denise Bosler’s “Creative Anarchy" is a helpful and engaging read on modern graphic design. The text is cleverly divided into Bosler’s two fundamental principles of the subject: learning the rules and breaking the rules. Bosler is adamant that graphic designers need to be both rigorously unique…
  • Trackimo - GPS Track anything

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:20 am
    We have been reviewing a new GPS tracker called Trackimo at DDE Media. In all honesty it’s a pretty good product. It is small (like a small post it note size).  Fits in or attaches to anything.  Then you can track it with your phone or computer.It is used to keep things safe.  Attach it to cars, bikes, luggage, pets - even kids.  And then watch real time where they are.It’s a little eerie as well. My assistant tested it out before we started hiring writers and the device pinpointed him exactly at our work address. It claims a 50 foot margin of error but it hit the nail…
  • Winter Wonderland and Empathic Acknowledging

    2 Feb 2015 | 2:51 am
    I read a great little book by Lawrence Bookbinder PhD (Great name for an author) called Win Friends and Customers - Relationship and Business Success from Empathic Acknowledging.I like sales books and have read dozens of them.  Most of them have a section on listening and I know this is one of the characteristics of a great sales person.  This whole book is about empathy.Empathy is about real listening.The book give numerous examples of how and why to do it.  It points out the benefit of doing it well and how many people need help learning to do it better.I liked the chapter on…
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    Tom Peters

  • Management: The Arrangement and Animation of Human Affairs in Pursuit of Desired Outcomes

    Tom Peters
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    I have been tweaking and twisting the attached document. Here's the latest. The post Management: The Arrangement and Animation of Human Affairs in Pursuit of Desired Outcomes appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Audvisor: A Cool Friend’s Cool New Project

    Cathy Mosca
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    When we interviewed Rajesh Setty for our Cool Friends collection, he described himself as a serial entrepreneur. Since then, he's skipped from one good idea to another, always with the the same goal, the tag line for his blog, "Bringing Ideas to Life, With Love!" Tom participated in a recent project, Audvisor. In Setty's words: […] The post Audvisor: A Cool Friend’s Cool New Project appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • The (REAL) Story on Management

    Tom Peters
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    What follows is the byproduct of an enhanced (>140 characters) twitter discussion in February 2015 at @tom_peters: TP: "Management" is a dreary/misleading word. E.g., mgt/standard usage = shouting (or whispering, if you're a "Theory Y" aficionado) orders in the slave galley. Consider, please, a more encompassing/more accurate definition: "'Management' is the arrangement of human affairs […] The post The (REAL) Story on Management appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Tweetstream:Leadership, Cognitive Biases, Etc.

    Tom Peters
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    FYI: TP: Every day for every one of us—teen and octogenarian alike—offers numerous leadership opportunities. What are you waiting for? TP: Leadership's Big Four: Enthusiasm. Acknowledgement/intense listening. Helping others when you haven't got the time. Reading/learning. Michael St. Lawrence: Bonus Fifth: Lead to somewhere interesting and worthwhile. TP/My #5: "Be playful." I never trust anyone […] The post Tweetstream:Leadership, Cognitive Biases, Etc. appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Profit Through Putting People First(“Good Guys”) Business Book Club

    Tom Peters
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Most business books focus on what's broken. This selection focuses on organizations that work & shine—by (actually, far beyond lip service) "Putting People First." Why not a book club? I've known organizations where such groups had very high impact. Nice Companies Finish First: Why Cutthroat Management Is Over—and Collaboration Is In, by Peter Shankman with […] The post Profit Through Putting People First(“Good Guys”) Business Book Club appeared first on Tom Peters.
 
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Philosophy

    shapiro
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The post Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Philosophy appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • The Uberization of Everything

    sshapiro
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    The taxi industry is shaking in its boots, worried about the impact of Uber. The reality is, every industry should be concerned. For those of you luddites who have not yet heard of Uber, it is a technology platform that allows you to request a ride from an individual who will then pick you up in his... The post The Uberization of Everything appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • The Soft Drink Printing Machine

    sshapiro
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I don’t have many vices. But I’ll admit that I do enjoy a Diet Coke from time-to-time. And my latest hedonistic pleasure is Diet Coke blended with orange soda. The cola/orange blend isn’t something I ever “make” on my own. I could buy a bottle of diet coke and a bottle ... The post The Soft Drink Printing Machine appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Blackjack and Innovation

    sshapiro
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:46 am
    As I write this, I am in Las Vegas, a place sometimes referred to as Lost Wages. For the past two nights, I hit the blackjack tables for some fun. Fortunately I am ahead…so far. I like blackjack because it is a game of probability – and only probability. It is fun to watch other players. Some ... The post Blackjack and Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Innovation Philosophy Transcription

    sshapiro
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I recently posted my 6-minute animation video that explains my innovation philosophy. If you prefer it in written form, here it is…Enjoy! *** Innovation. You know it is essential for long-term growth. You are clear that it’s the key to beating the competition. And… you avoid it like the plague... The post Innovation Philosophy Transcription appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Crossderry Blog

  • Now THIS Is What I Mean By “Advanced” Training

    Paul Ritchie
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    We’ve had a ton of discussions with clients after the Project Management Institute (PMI)announcement that it would soon demand business and leadership training from its certification holders. Some organizations wanted just the facts – who, what, where, when, why, and how — then were on their way. A few weren’t interested for personal reasons: their organizations don’t require or reward PMI certification. The most interesting talks, however, were with customers who didn’t really focus on the requirements at all. The original blog post or email had merely…
  • PM Skills Benchmark Study

    Paul Ritchie
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    PM Solutions and PM College are pleased to announce our latest research initiative: The Project Manager Skills Benchmark Study. This study is designed to help us understand current skill levels of project managers in the areas of project management, leadership, and business. What skills do project managers have, and how do these skills impact project and organizational success? This survey should take about 10 minutes of your time. Complete survey results (which includes the full data and cross tabulations) will be sent to all those who finish the survey. Filed under: PMO Tagged: PM College,…
  • The Biotech IT PMO 2.0

    Paul Ritchie
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    As a CIO, you have either made – or heard – recommendations to create an IT project management office. Perhaps you have implemented one, and your department is reaping the benefits of project planning, monitoring, and controlling. IT delivers its projects on time, on budget, and to spec. Congratulations! You and your IT PMO have put the foundation of consistent innovation in place. Nevertheless, it is no more than a foundation. A PMO must… For more, see the full article at CIO Review.Filed under: Agile, Innovation, IT Strategy, PMO, Portfolio Management, Project Management Tagged:…
  • PMI Requires Business and Leadership Training

    Paul Ritchie
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    NOTE: My colleagues at PM College passed along the news that PMI is changing its PDU requirements. This post is adapted from our email to our customers. Well, it’s now official: the Project Management Institute (PMI) demands strategy, business, and leadership skills from its certification holders. Its change to Professional Development Unit (PDU) requirements formalizes the shift away from the “project managers just need to know project management” mentality that used to pervade the profession. As we’ve noted: people skills and domain knowledge are essential to…
  • “Train as we work” — National Disaster Medical System

    Paul Ritchie
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:15 am
    It seems like simulation and practice is in the air these days. Not just from my posts (McKinsey on simulation, Football-on-Football on practice), but now in the Facebook feed of one of my friends, Lee Turpen. Lee is a thought leader in the EMS community and attends the annual Gathering of Eagles, which is the nickname of the EMS State of the Sciences Conference. Sure enough, simulation and realistic practice came up on day one. Lee pointed me to a presentation from Andrew Garrett of the Health and Human Services Department. He gave an update on the National Disaster Medical System. In case…
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    MBA Depot - Latest Content

  • Article from the Archive: Inside the B-school Interview

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you want admissions officers hanging on your every word rather than sneak-checking their watches, take a look at this Jungle guide. Author: Anne Dunham Source: MBA Jungle Subject: Prospective MBAs
  • Articles: Why Leadership-Development Programs Fail

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sidestepping four common mistakes can help companies develop stronger and more capable leaders, save time and money, and boost morale. Author: Pierre Gurdjian, Thomas Halbeisen, Kevin Lane Source: McKinsey Quarterly Subject: Human Resources
  • Quotes: Bertrand Russell

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise. Subject: Thought, Decision
 
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Happiness at work on a military base

    Alexander
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:48 pm
    I just got this hilarious email from Dean Langsam: Hi. I’m Dean, a casual follower. I work at a military base. The base has two entrances, one to the north and one to the south. The entrances have guards – regular soldiers who have other jobs but once every few month they have this guard duty for a week. Let me tell you it is a CRAPPY duty, but it must be done. Most soldiers hate it and show it, telling you “good day” with out really meaning it. But today, I showed my credentials to the soldier, and he replied “Good day sir, thank you for choosing the northern…
  • Catch me on CNN Turkey tomorrow

    Alexander
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    I just did a really fun interview for CNN Turkey. It goes out tomorrow at 4pm when they’re transmitting live from the conference I’m speaking at. UPDATE: You can see the whole thing here. I’m on around 15 minutes into the video.
  • How to get out of an unhappy job

    Alexander
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    I just got this amazing email from “Lauren” who’s been stuck in an unhappy job: Just wanted to send a note to say THANK YOU for your team’s wonderful work. It has inspired me greatly over the years, and last week I finally did something about my crappy job, with the goal of having it settled before International Quit Your Crappy Job Day! I have the usual range of excuses for keeping the job way too long: “It’s not THAT bad, is it? Maybe I’m just oversensitive.” “It’s stable for the most part, and this economy is crappy. Really, who…
  • Happy Hour in Turkish

    Alexander
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I’m in Istanbul to do a couple of gigs AND to celebrate the launch of Happy Hour is 9 to 5 in Turkish. I even spotted it in a book shop :) Get it right here.
  • 3 Things Your Workplace Can Learn from Parks and Recreation

    Alexander
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    The TV show Parks and Recreation recently ended and while I was sad to see it go, the final episodes were awesome and very satisfying. I have admired the show for a while not just for being very funny and moving but also for how much the cast and crew obviously loved their work. Here are 3 lessons any workplace could stand to learn from the cast of Parks and Rec. 3: Have someone nice at the top In this clip Chris Pratt talks about the positive atmosphere they had on the set and how that started with their biggest star (#1 on the call sheet) Amy Poehler. 2: Give people freedom to screw…
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • The 5 Best Pieces Of Advice Any New Leader Will Ever Get

    Starbucker
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Jack Kent Cooke, my boss back in 1987, when I had my first leadership job “Terry, my boy….” When I heard those words from Jack Kent Cooke back in 1987, I knew he was about to teach me something. I had a lot to learn, since he had plucked me from the accounting ranks to be the COO of a cable company at the ripe young age of 27. What was amazing at the time was how little I really knew about leadership. Sure, I was young and fearless enough to figure I could make it up as I went along, but all I had to work with was a short stint as student body president in college, and some…
  • Fighting The Good Startup Fight (Without a Unicorn In Sight)

    Starbucker
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Kjell van Zoen and his wife, Kim (image by Faith Cathcart) Kjell van Zoen isn’t looking for unicorns. The founder and CEO of Portland company Plywerk, Kjell has been fighting the good startup fight for nearly 8 years, handcrafting beautiful wood photo displays with his crew in a warehouse on the east side of the city. It is a classic startup story. When Kjell’s wife Kim, a photographer, needed to mount a photo, she simply took some wood glue to the photo and pasted it on a piece of wood.  Kjell saw this, had the light bulb go off, and saw an business opportunity. A product was…
  • Use It Or Lose It: Leveraging Pride In The Workplace

    Starbucker
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    One of the keys to being a good leader is the ability to leverage a basic human trait that exists in every workplace. That is, unless you destroy it by how you lead. Among those who serve the customers, or make the widgets, or support those who do either of these things, is a strong desire to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. It’s called pride. Humans have a propensity to take satisfaction from doing something well. Leaders don’t have to “create” pride. They have to understand it’s already there, and should do their best to sustain and nurture it. And so, when…
  • Leadership And The Incredible Power Of Love

    Starbucker
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Love isn’t a new concept when it comes to great leadership- after all, in one of the oldest leadership books out there, The Art of War (it goes back to the 6th Century BC),  Sun Tzu said  “He treats them as his own beloved sons and they will stand by him until death”. However, it is not a concept well suited to the typically rough and tumble world of business. It’s a point of view that dares not speak its name in the halls and in the boardrooms. It seems too “soft” – too “wishy-washy“. As if speaking about loving our teammates and customers would be the ultimate…
  • How Just A Little Zen Can Make a Huge Difference In Your Leadership

    Starbucker
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    There are days when I can get in serious “auto-pilot” mode – the state of being where things are happening so fast and furiously that all I do is react, instead of think. It’s during those times that my leadership suffers. Because I’m “not all there“. I become a mile wide and an inch deep. My teammates don’t get the benefit of any fully developed and reasoned thought and analysis. They don’t get ME. Fortunately, this has happened to me less frequently over the years, because I discovered that putting a “just a little Zen” into my leadership is the perfect…
 
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Why Do We Have To Make Others Wrong To Be Right?

    lollydaskal
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    People sometimes have to make others wrong to be right. They do it not to be rude, not to be mean, not to be hateful but because they fear their own bad feelings. Simply put, when we think we’re right we feel good, and when we’re wrong we feel bad. But it’s not always about right or wrong. How can we relate to others without making them, or ourselves, feel bad? We must lead with an open and nonjudgmental heart. Wronging others is a way of protecting ourselves. Instead we must allow ourselves to feel what we feel without pushing it on. It means we must accept ourselves and others—even…
  • Lessons from Geese: A Better Way to Lead

    lollydaskal
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    When it comes to leadership, we can draw inspiration from many places — even from nature. Take for instance the great northern geese, shrewd and wild birds with a lot to teach us. Unity. A flock of great northern geese will fly thousands of miles in a perfect V formation. As each bird moves its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird that is following. It’s estimated that their formation flying is 70 percent more efficient than flying alone. We prosper when we share a common direction and sense of community. We can get where we are going faster and better when we are traveling…
  • The Power Of Parting: 7 Things You Need to Stop Doing

    lollydaskal
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    A young man came to his wise leader and asked how he could be a better leader. The wise leader said, “Let me pour you a cup of tea.” And so he started pouring a cup of tea; he kept pouring and pouring and pouring until the young man screamed, “Stop! The cup is full.” And the wise leader looked at the young man and said, “Exactly. Your cup is full, and unless you empty your cup first—unless you are ready to part with things you are holding on to—there will be no room for new wisdom, new ideas, new innovation, new reasoning, new anything. There is great wisdom in parting.” The…
  • Lead From Where You Are And With All That You Have

    lollydaskal
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    How many times have you heard yourself say If only I had the right role … the right job … the right business … the right opportunity, then I would step into my leadership. But that role, position, opportunity, or business may never come along. So when is the right moment to start leading? That moment is now, right where you are. If you can’t start from where you want to be, how do you start from where you are? Here are some ways to clear the path: Develop yourself. To lead others, you must first learn to lead yourself. As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to…
  • Your Attitude Is Everything If You Want To Succeed

    lollydaskal
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    When it comes to success, many of us never even think about our attitude. Most of us are so busy just trying to live our lives, with all our hundred responsibilities and our thousand tasks and our million commitments, that we find ourselves often reacting to our lives instead of responding to them. Successful leaders don’t have fewer problems than unsuccessful leaders—they just have a different attitude. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding our attitude: Don’t get locked into negative thoughts where you’ve experienced difficult times in the past. Any ill…
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    Lead on Purpose

  • How to turn your small idea into a big success

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    “Creators build toward where they are going, not where they are.” What if you had a key that could unlock tremendous growth and success in your life and business? How would you change your goals and desires with this knowledge? … Continue reading →
  • Do you expect to win?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:35 am
    The people I consider successful all have at least one thing in common…they expect to win. They see themselves as winners and whatever they put their minds to they accomplish. Their ‘win’ does not always happen in the way they … Continue reading →
  • 6 Ways to Choose the Best Employees

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    Guest post by Jon Spivey The best employees help your company to thrive and achieve its greatest potential. So to reach your potential, you must put effort into finding and choosing the best employees for your company. Consider these six … Continue reading →
  • Great Leaders are Made, Not Born

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Guest post by Allen Kors While some may be born with an innate knack for great leadership skills like confidence, communication, and creativity, I’d like to argue that great leaders are made not born. Even if you are born with … Continue reading →
  • How engaged are your employees?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Employee engagement means much more than employee happiness, and an engaged employee can have such a positive effect on the bottom-line of a company. Conversely, employees who are not engaged have a detrimental effect on a company. There seems to … Continue reading →
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    Recovering Leader

  • 8 Ways to Enjoy Your Work Most Days (a.k.a., "Success")

    David Peck
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:10 pm
    No matter what you do for a living, when you enjoy your work you’re going to do a great job—the  best work of your career. Beyond that, you can’t help but bring good energy and inspiration to family, friends, and colleagues. Put simply, this is “success” in a deeper, more sustainable sense than title, power, paycheck or prestige. Yet most people settle for jobs that fall far short of “happy at work” for too many years. In fact, to some, the notion that we can enjoy our work most days, and have both rewarding and fulfilling (and even fun) careers seems absurd. That’s…
  • 15 for 2015: Exercises to Stretch and Strengthen Your Leadership

    David Peck
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    You take yourself to the gym ... so why not strengthen your leadership "muscles" too? Coaching executives and aspiring leaders across many roles, industries and geographies over many  years, I’ve compiled a list of 15 exercises to help you build your leadership muscles. For each one, take a look in the mirror of how you handle it now, what’s working, and what you want to to enhance through practice. Then go for it! 1. Make sure everyone in your enterprise knows where you are all heading, has a simple road map to get there, and "gets" why your goal(s) and direction are so important…
  • A Simple Formula for Distraction Subtraction

    David Peck
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Sharply focused teams tend to deliver results effectively. Those who take on too many things tend to melt down. Sounds simple, but in this distracted world, it's an issue in most organizations.  Is everyone on your team aware of your short list of key priorities? If I asked them, could they rattle  them off? Are you actively monitoring for distractions and filtering them out? Whether you’re running a Fortune 500 corporation, a pre-IPO start up, or a government agency, the simple formula of choose, transmit, and filter can make the difference between success and failure. In fact,…
  • One Formula to Lead and Live Better: 75+/25-

    David Peck
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    A 75/25 balance between a positive and negative outlook is ideal, according to Emotional Intelligence experts -- thus answering the quesiton once and for all if it's best our glass is half empty or half full. 3/4 full works best. Yet the daily avalanche of wireless and live workplace interactions supports the more half empty, negative outlook. In fact, problems and demands are so dominant that positive messages can sound weird. You’re much more likely to hear “What’s the problem?” than “What’s going well here?” From my work with many executives, I know that when you strike…
  • 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…
 
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    Pink Slip

  • A $10K fine for a bad tenant review? Yelp!

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:51 pm
    I’m not much of a Yelp user. Oh, I’ll occasionally take a look at what they say about a restaurant or hotel I’m thinking of going to. But mostly when I’m trying a new restaurant, it’s one that I’ve heard about word of mouth. And for a hotel, I’ll usually do a flea-bag check on TripAdvisor, and google the hotel’s name and the word “bedbug.” (Hmmmm…I just checked the place I’ll be staying – on the recommendation of my client - in NYC tonight, and there was a bb incident last year. I’ll have to flip the mattress when I get in, which won’t be until nearly 10 p.m.
  • Welcome sweet springtime…

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:28 am
    No Pink Slip today, I’m afraid. Two client deadlines yesterday, and no reserve posts in the queue. (Which never happens, but apparently just has.) So I’ll leave you with this: Which is, admittedly, a terrible picture, even by my exceedingly low standards. So if you can’t quite tell what it is, other than that it includes someone – that would be me – casting a mighty shadow – it’s the first crocuses that popped up out front just yesterday morning. Now, I don’t know whether I accidentally ordered mini-crocuses last fall, or whether my normal-sized crocuses were stunted by all…
  • Spec house, schmeck house. (The bigger the better? I think not.)

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:52 am
    As anyone who knows me well realizes, I am quite interested in – perhaps even obsessed with – the Tiny House movement. I am not a johnny-come-lately to this. In fact, I’ve been fantasizing about living small, and designing compact living spaces in my head, since I was a kid, when I’d lounge in the tub until the water got cold figuring out what would go where if I were going to convert the bathroom into a house. As an adult, visiting my sister in Wellfleet, I always look with longing at Brownie’s Cabins on Route 6 when I pass by. Sure, it seems ridiculous to pay for accommodations…
  • Traitors, beware!

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:52 am
    Was it just  yesterday that I was at least quasi-decrying using data to figure out whether an employee was in danger of saying ‘sayonara?’ (Not that, as a manager, I couldn’t have used such data analysis tools in couple of situations…) Well, in today’s episode of “What Software Can Do For You,” it’s not about worrying whether your employees are leaving. It’s about worrying whether those employees have got cheatin’ on their minds. As in making off with your company’s intellectual property. Nothing new about walking out the door on that last day with a few …
  • Retaining walls.

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:17 am
    I count myself blessed to have dropped out of “corporate” before the rage for all sorts of employee analytics began. Oh, sure, back in the day we had HR departments, but there never seemed to be much of a scientific overlay to what they were doing. Sometimes they’d come around and tell all the managers that they had to do annual reviews; sometimes the managers ignored them. (I went years during my career when there was no such thing as a review.) Sometimes reviews were tied to salary increases. Other times, they weren’t. Sometimes managers rated employees the way they were told to,…
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    Ed Batista: Executive Coaching & Change Management

  • Freedom From and Freedom To

    edbatista
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Recent conversations with a number of my coaching clients and MBA students at Stanford have touched on what we might call "freedom from" and "freedom to," or, respectively, negative liberty and positive liberty. As described in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Negative liberty is the absence of obstacles, barriers or constraints. One has negative liberty to the extent that actions are available to one in this negative sense. Positive liberty is the possibility of acting--or the fact of acting--in such a way as to take control of one's life and realize one's fundamental purposes. These…
  • Spiral Learning and Flow States

    edbatista
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    As learners we can sometimes be disheartened by a perceived lack of progress, particularly when we're trying to master a complex and challenging discipline. At our worst, we can feel that haven't made any progress at all--that we've actually regressed and somehow returned to our starting point. The problem may simply be a matter of perspective. We're generally trained to measure progress on a two-dimensional graph that tracks a variable over time--and when things are going well the line moves steadily upward and to the right. But I've come to think of most learning as a spiral process. Our…
  • Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative

    edbatista
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Ironies abound as I turn to this review of Scott Eblin's Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. I've been meaning to write about it for months, but have continually delayed, feeling too busy with students, clients, my own writing and life in general. It would be inaccurate to say that I'm "overworked," but my plate's been pretty full for a while. (Irony #1.) I finally made time for it when a recent cold left me feeling capable of reading and writing, but not well enough to hold any coaching sessions, so I had an unexpectedly empty calendar for a few days. I know myself well…
  • The Art of Self-Coaching at InnerSpace

    edbatista
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    This afternoon I led a pro bono workshop on The Art of Self-Coaching with a group of startup founders and execs, organized and hosted by my colleagues at InnerSpace, a group that aims to help startups develop more effective organizational cultures. Today's session was based on material I've developed for the new course on self-coaching that I'll begin teaching at Stanford in a few weeks. I appreciated the opportunity to give this material a test run before my course starts, and it was really gratifying to explore these concepts with leaders who'll take them back to their organizations…
  • New Post at HBR: Tips for Coaching Someone Remotely

    edbatista
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Leaders are providing less explicit direction to their employees these days, and relying more on coaching as a leadership tool, as organizations become flatter and more dependent on knowledge work. But many people also manage teams that span locations and time zones, which means they must do at least some of their coaching virtually. While most of my coaching with clients and MBA students at Stanford is conducted face-to-face in the Bay Area, over the last decade I’ve worked with people across the U.S. and internationally, from Brazil to London to South Africa. Here are some guidelines for…
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    Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog

  • Assumptions Guide Our Perception

    John Agno
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
     Other people almost never see you the way you see yourself. Knowing how you are perceived---in an interview, a sales call, in your everyday interactions---can go a long way toward improving nearly every aspect of your working life.  It's the key to making, and sustaining, a good impression, to being respected and valued, to getting ahead, and to hanging on to what you've got. In her new book, NO ONE UNDERSTANDS YOU AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT, social psychologist Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson examines how perception and communication really work in order to communicate more…
  • Performance Management and Coaching.

    John Agno
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    Every organization has its own approach to performance management and coaching.   But all models view coaching as interactive. Coaching helps individuals grow as professionals and contribute fully to the success of an organization.  Done well, it can turn performance management into a collaborative process that benefits everyone. In today's environment of changing technology and evolving organizations, coaching can have a strategic impact.  It provides continuous learning and develops people to meet current and…
  • Building Leadership Bridges

    John Agno
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    "Many of the world's problems and conflicts arise because we have lost sight of the basic humanity that binds us all together as a human family.  We tend to forget that despite the diversity of race, religion, ideology and so forth, people are equal in their basic wish for peace and happiness."  By His Holiness The Dalai Lama Interdependent problems cannot be resolved by one group acting alone or in isolation.  Therefore, a new notion of leadership and change is needed.  Today, we need global change agents. In "LEADERSHIP FOR A FRACTURED WORLD: How…
  • Really Great Mentors

    John Agno
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    To help extract the full potential of individuals and teams, we engage coaches and find others who have specialized expertise and knowledge to advance skill development and learning.  Mentoring is just one of many examples of efforts organized to support others with specialized teaching and guidance.  It is a potential-developing process that has changed history, from Socrates to Aristotle and Plato. Authors Stephen E. Kohn and Vincent D. O'Connell recognize the value of great mentors in their new book, "9 POWERFUL PRACTICES OF REALLY GREAT MENTORS: How to…
  • Leadership Tactics for Career Women

    John Agno
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    To survive, many women have developed coping mechanisms to get them through the day.  Because they're so overburdened, they nearly break down in tears at work when things go awry; they blame others for problems, deflecting responsibility for failure; they're out of shape, yet make excuses for not eating right and not exercising; and they avoid confrontation, hoping that conflicts will "work themselves out."  Understandably, they avoid taking responsibility, avoid additional work, and avoid tackling situations head on.  They're too stressed and…
 
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    Great Leadership

  • Women Need to Embrace Office Politics to Get Ahead

    Dan McCarthy
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    "Office politics can make or break your career. This is especially important for women to understand. Women avoid politics due to their belief that it’s dirty and underhanded, and it’s a waste of their valuable time. Unfortunately, our avoidance of the workplace dynamics makes us vulnerable to being blindsided and passed over for promotions. We need to embrace office politics to get ahead."Read the rest of Bonnie Marcus's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to learn the importance of politics, power and culture in getting ahead.
  • How Leaders Can Get People to Tell the Truth

    Dan McCarthy
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Peter Romary:Harry S. Truman once said, “My definition of a leader . . . is a man who can persuade people to do what they don’t want to do, or do what they’re too lazy to do, and like it.” If we can be generous enough to overlook the sexist element of that quote, and disregard for a moment the notion of labeling anyone as “lazy,” we can learn a lot from the crux of Mr. Truman’s insight. We can even learn the secret behind a skill that any leader would do well to master: getting people to tell the truth.If a leader is someone who can persuade others to do what…
  • How to Prepare for a Performance Review so it won’t Feel Like a Root Canal : Employee Version

    Dan McCarthy
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The annual employee performance review is an important opportunity to get feedback from your manager in order to make sure your performance is meeting expectations and to learn what you need to do to improve. Performance reviews can be used to justify raises or promotions, so it’s important to make sure you performance is accurately documented. However, the annual workplace ritual been compared to a trip to the dentist to get a root canal Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to learn how an employee can prepare for an annual employee performance review in…
  • 7 Ways to Prepare for a Performance Review so it won’t Feel Like a Root Canal: Manager Version

    Dan McCarthy
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The annual employee performance review is an essential human resource process for documenting how well an employee performed throughout the year, an opportunity to provide feedback to the employee, and serves as a springboard for setting performance and development objectives for the coming year. However, the annual workplace ritual been compared to a trip to the dentist to get a root canal Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to learn how a manager can prepare for an annual employee performance review in order to make it a productive and painless discussion.
  • 10 Ways to Get Brutally Candid Feedback

    Dan McCarthy
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 10 ways to get candid feedback.Just make sure that when you do, you listen, keep your mouth shut, and say “thank-you”!
 
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • The Secret Ingredient in Successful Hiring Practices

    Mike Figliuolo
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    While many dismiss luck as an element of the hiring process, it can account for performance more than you think.  The good news is, there are ways to make your own luck. Today’s post is by Tony Beshara, Ph.D., creator of The Job Search Solution and president of Babich & Associates Most hiring authorities will […] 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 financially educated are the members of your team?

    Mike Figliuolo
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Our poll today asks: How financially educated are the members of your team? – They understand our business’ economics very well: 15.67% – They generally understand our business’ economics: 52.61% – They’re somewhat unclear on our business’ economics: 19.4% – They’re clueless about our business’ economics: 12.31% Show them how they matter. It’s hard to […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • A Surefire Way to Screw Up a Reorg

    Mike Figliuolo
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Leading your team through a reorganization is stressful and challenging.  If you’re not careful, you can screw things up – royally. Here’s the cautionary tale of a leader who did exactly that. The following is an excerpt from Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • To Supercharge Innovation, Map your Customer’s Processes

    Mike Figliuolo
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by David Hamme, author of Customer Focused Process Innovation (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Remember when you had to purchase your music via CDs, records, or cassettes at brick and mortar record stores? Prior to the iPod’s arrival, there was always a delay between the intent to purchase the songs we […] 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 well do you take care of your physical well-being?

    Mike Figliuolo
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How well do you take care of your own physical well-being? – Very well — I’m a picture of fitness and healthy living: 9.15% – Well — I invest time and energy in it but could do more: 51.3% – Not well — my habits aren’t nearly what they should […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
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    The Garlington Report (TGR)

  • "I Hate Christian Laettner": Personal rebranding genius

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    There are a lot of individuals, job seekers, executives, political candidates, etc., who work tirelessly to present themselves in the best potential light. For the most part they can carve out a position in people's minds that leads to a desired outcome over time: A new job, coveted position or winning a race for office. Some take longer than others. Then there are the brand names, or the
  • Bibi Netanyahu: Leadership POV 101

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    This week's speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "Bibi," was the most fundamental display of resolute geopolitical leadership backed by a point of view (POV) since former President Bush's address to Congress following the September 11th terrorist attacks. It was similar yet different from a speech Bibi gave back in 1996 when passengers could still board airplanes without taking
  • DHR/CT Partners Merger: Who cares?

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    Generally speaking, when owners of a business form a committee to consider their "strategic options," everyone needs to take cover or head for the exits because it's a clear sign no one knows what they're doing. Except, of course, if you represent middle market firms active in executive search, or Search as the industry's long-time players like to refer to themselves. Recent news http://
  • Dupont: Quote of the year (even though it's early)

    10 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/stock-sales-by-dupont-ceo-raise-eyebrows-1423528311?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_management Following is a quote from a governance expert commenting on recently disclosed stock sales by Dupont CEO Ellen Kullman, which coincided with activist Nelson Peltz's announcement that he and his firm, Trian, were seeking a split of Dupont's main businesses as well as additional board
  • #Hash Tag -- you're it#

    9 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    Note: Following was originally distributed as a client letter on February 6, 2015.   Dear Clients and Colleagues:   Did you know that more than half of the ads in the most watched, highest socially engaged Super Bowl earlier this week contained a hash tag? If you ask, “What’s a hash tag do?” then you’re behind the curve. If you don't care then you're somewhere in the safe middle. Good news
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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • THE MISTAKE OF DOING NOTHING

    William Matthies
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    "To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself."Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.The fear of making a mistake is what keeps many from attempting changes they would otherwise like to make.There's no need for that, it's a certainty; you will make mistakes and the first one will be believing you won't if you never make the attempt.
  • BIG PICTURE IDEAS, SMALL PICTURE EXECUTION

    William Matthies
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    "We think in generalities, but we live in detail."Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) English mathematician.And fortunately there are those among us who do one if not the other very well.The trick is to build balanced teams of both.
  • IT'S YOUR TURN

    William Matthies
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    "In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich."Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.There was a time when you were beginning your career you could have and hopefully did benefit from the help of someone older, more experienced.Now you have the knowledge to help someone who is what you once were.Just starting.There are many ways to do this; what will you do?
  • THE PUBLIC YOU

    William Matthies
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    "A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other."Charles Dickens (1812-1870) British novelist.Constituted maybe but not destined, particularly in this day of social networks.Be careful what you share of yourself with others; what is once said is said forever.
  • ONE DOWN, UNLIMITED MORE TO GO

    William Matthies
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    "Science becomes dangerous only when it imagines that it has reached its goal."George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.I wonder what he meant by dangerous? Lazy, lethargic, complacent and similar I understand, but dangerous? Not so sure.Unless he refers to the danger in becoming those things because you feel you've achieved your goal.If so this applies to management as well.Achieving your goals only means one thing is done, another about to begin.
 
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    Mitch's Blog

  • Changing One’s Business Model

    Mitch Mitchell
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    Today’s post is both personal and, hopefully, a bit of a leadership teaching moment. Sometimes we feel like we’re at a crossroads in our lives, our work or our careers. I’m in that spot right now as it pertains to my career. Let me explain. Tired me… I’m 55 years old. My most recent contract had me going back and forth to Memphis from Syracuse for 18 months. It wasn’t a bad gig but I have to admit it was pretty tiring. It wasn’t the travel so much that was tiring; it was the feeling that I wasn’t really doing what I wanted to do. This particular…
  • Are We Ready For A Morning Conversation About Race?

    Mitch Mitchell
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    I’m not a coffee drinker, and since that’s the primary product of Starbucks, it looks like I won’t be taking them up on their offer to talk about race. Earl via Compfight Last week’s announcement that they were going to “ask” their barristas (I didn’t even know that’s what they were called) to talk to some of their customers about race, based on a campaign they’re calling “Race Together”, was met with a lot more vitriol and derision than even I thought was possible. When I was thinking that this project was a bit naive and…
  • Sometimes You Just Have To Take Action

    Mitch Mitchell
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    Below is a true story. It happened to me last week. It’s a story that will have kind of a moral at the end; actually, you’ve seen the moral in the title but go with me here and just enjoy the story first. This doesn’t look like much more than a sink, does it? Last Sunday night it was full of water. It wouldn’t drain, and it seemed like it was getting more and more full. A quick trip to Wegmans for some Drano, the heavy stuff, produced nothing; it just didn’t work. I went to bed hoping it might drain in the morning, after siphoning some of the water out and…
  • How To Ask For Advice

    Mitch Mitchell
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    Some of you may know that I’ve been thinking about changing my business model. I figure that at my age it’s very important that I at least consider it, because the way I have earned the bulk of my income over the last 13 or so years has meant I’ve had to spend a lot of time away from home. It also means I’ve had long periods inactivity, where I’ve had to do other things to keep money coming in the door. l a b e t e via Compfight One of things which I’ve had to consider in changing my business model is that there aren’t that many people or companies…
  • Why I Talk About Health Care Leadership All The Time

    Mitch Mitchell
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    I sometimes wonder if people think that I am hard on hospital leadership. I want to stress that there is nothing further from the truth. Christiana Care via Compfight The reason I talk about it from time to time as being somewhat different than almost anything else is because health care is a different animal than any other business. Whereas most of us get to decide which store we want to go into and when we want to go, and then purchase whatever we want to and go home, health care doesn’t work like that. Why? Because other than the people who work there, nobody ever wants to go to…
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    WordPress.com News

  • The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

    Mark Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on WordPress.com: She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with…
  • New Themes: Saga and Satellite

    Caroline Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typography and attention to detail make for an enjoyable reading experience, and with support for large featured images and multiple post formats, Saga is flexible enough to be used as a photoblog, a personal journal, or a tumblelog. Read more about Saga on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes! Satellite…
  • Press Publish Livestream

    Andrea Middleton
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by WordPress.com, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on April 18th, 2015.) Erick Prince-Heaggans will present Around the World in 80 Posts. Because this is the first event of its kind, we’re eager to get as much feedback from attendees as possible. And since it’s not always easy for people to travel to attend conferences, we’ve decided to bring Press Publish Portland to you (or at least to your…
  • This April in Blogging U.: The Return of Writing 101!

    Michelle W.
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. What is Writing 101? Writing 101 is a four-week course that runs from Monday, April 6, to Friday, May 1, 2015. Each weekday, you’ll get an assignment that includes a writing prompt and an optional “twist”; prompts are your topic inspiration for the day, while twists push you to experiment with writing techniques and tools. Who else is…
  • New Themes: Resonar and Scrawl

    Takashi Irie
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m pleased to present two new free themes designed especially for longform writing. Resonar Designed by yours truly, Resonar is an elegant blog theme with full-screen Featured Images. It’s perfect for blogs about fashion, food, or design, and the layout works especially well for longform features with large images. The combination of gorgeous images and beautiful typography creates posts that make an immediate visual impact. Read more about Resonar on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Scrawl Scrawl,…
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • What’s The One Thing…

    Merrill Dubrow
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    I was thinking about some of my favorite foods, drinks, TV shows and social networking sites and which one would be the hardest for me to give up. Time to take a 5 question survey and tell me what you believe would be the hardest thing for you to give up: Enjoy! Click Here to Take The Survey.
  • Attention Delta Airlines! We Owe You an Apology…and Perhaps Some $$$

    Merrill Dubrow
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    Last month I was visiting my parents in Florida and the house was a little chilly so I noticed my sister had a red blanket on her while she was reading her Nook. I’m sure you are thinking that this sounds pretty ordinary and normally it would have been…except: I noticed a logo and name on the blanket. The blanket was clearly marked “Delta Airlines”. At first I smiled then openly chuckled and then I couldn’t believe that one of my family members took, “borrowed” or forgot to return a Delta Airlines blanket from a plane. Seriously I can’t make this up! I…
  • On Which College Campus Was This Movie Filmed?

    Merrill Dubrow
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Do you ever watch a movie and try to figure out where the movie was filmed? Well, I do that all the time and I’m always curious on where movies are filmed especially when it comes to colleges and universities. Today’s quiz might be one of my all-time favorite blog posts. I truly hope you have as much fun with it as I did. As always, the quiz will be timed so no need to get any help from friends or the internet. The answers will be posted in a few weeks. Enjoy! Click Here to Take The Quiz.
  • Waiting For a Table…I Say No to Giving Me a Buzzer…Yes to New Technology!

    Merrill Dubrow
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    A few weeks ago I was having dinner with my sister and cousins in Florida. While we were outside talking, my cousin said, “Ok we are all set” I looked at him and asked, “How do you know? Are you a mind reader?” to which he replied, “No I just got a text from them saying our table is ready.” I think this is brilliant for so many reasons! Why not use the technology of today as opposed to a buzzer?! I am the only person using my phone as opposed to a buzzer that everyone has touched! My cell phone has better range than a buzzer which would allow me to perhaps…
  • This is a GREAT Offer From American Express

    Merrill Dubrow
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    Like you, I get a ton of email. A lot of it is spam and unnecessary email but once in a while I get an email that is a pleasant surprise and this one from American Express was one of them. A few weeks ago they included in my American Express Business Card 10 internet passes to GOGO. I use GOGO often, I’m familiar with the cost and quickly realized they were giving me a $150 gift for a card I love and a service (GOGO) I use. At first I was a little hesitant to sign up but I did it all in about 30 seconds and the free passes are in my account. I can’t wait to use it on tomorrow’s…
 
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • The Ten Myths of Strategic Planning

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    CEOs of small businesses often appear to believe in myths surrounding the subject of strategic planning and execution - myths that can prove dangerous to the health of their organization. Myth #1: “We don’t need a strategic plan!” The truth is that every organization needs some form of plan to guide its actions or it will simply “drift off course” in the chaos businesses often face in their daily operations. Myth #2: Strategic planning can only be done at a resort. Strategic planning is serious and shouldn’t be equated with a vacation. Getting away from the distractions of the…
  • The Seven Critical Elements of Strategy Execution

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    "The greatest strategy in the world is useless - if you cannot execute it." Here are the seven critical elements of strategy execution: People. Strategy formulation often gathers the "smartest people in the room." However, it's not the senior leadership team that executes strategy - it's everyone in your workforce. Get the right people in the right positions. Communication. Strategy can only be executed if your employees know about it and really understands it. Most importantly, each person needs to understand how their daily activities fit with and support the strategy. Direction. When…
  • Ten Golden Rules of Continuous Improvement

    13 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Problems create opportunities The impossible is a paradigm - Change your mind to change your performance Ask why five times to get to the real answer Eliminate excuses - do it right the first time Correct errors immediately Involve everyone - we are smarter as a group than a single individual Reconsider rigid thoughts, situations change Think simple, not perfect solutions Use your mind more than your money The goal: continuous improvement over delayed perfection More ...
  • Barriers To Enduring Business Excellence

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    The barriers that keep us from achieving the kind of business excellence that lasts are deeply rooted and wont be removed by "quick fixes." At Six Disciplines, our research shows that there are six fundamental barriers to enduring business excellence: 1. Poorly Understood Strategy. While most organizations have a strategy, most people do not understand it. One research report revelad that 85% of leadership teams spend less than 1 hour a month discussing strategy. The barrier isn't usually the strategy itself -- 90% of strategies fail due to execution. Write the strategy down (3-4 pages…
  • Barriers to Strategy Execution

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    Strategy execution is the single hardest challenge in business. What makes it so tough? Here's a list of the primary execution challenges, based on surveys of organizational leaders: - Inability to manage change effectively or overcome internal resistance to change. - Strategy conflicts with the existing organizational structure. - Poor or inadequate information sharing among individuals or business units responsible for strategy execution. - Unclear communication of responsibility and/or accountability for execution decisions or actions. - Employees' lack of feeling of ownership of a…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • The Language of Encouragement

    Kevin Eikenberry
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Some of the most powerful things in life are simple. Such is the case with encouragement. People are more productive, more focused and more successful in a positive and supportive environment than in a negative one. And we can help create that environment by being more encouraging. John Adair wrote, “Praise and recognition based on […] The post The Language of Encouragement appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Attention Remote Leaders – This Site is for YOU

    Kevin Eikenberry
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    In some ways, the title says it all. I’ve been observing the increasing struggle for organizations and individual leaders who lead others who are in a different time zone or country, rather than a down-the-hall office for a long time. And for several years I have been leading a remote team as well. All of […] The post Attention Remote Leaders – This Site is for YOU appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Where’s Waldo?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    How can Finding Waldo help you with goal setting and achievement? Check out this Remarkable TV episode to find out! You’ve surely seen the Where’s Waldo? posters, books and more. English illustrator Martin Handford created Waldo in what started as a series of children’s books where readers are challenged to find Waldo amongst many other […] The post Remarkable TV: Where’s Waldo? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • What Do You Stand For?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    As leaders we are in the influence business. Think about it – while it might be desirable and make our lives easier, we can’t make anyone do anything. (At least not for very long and without there being unintended consequences.) If we as leaders can’t control others, we must influence or persuade them. Without question, […] The post What Do You Stand For? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Powerful Free Content for New Leaders

    Kevin Eikenberry
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you are a new leader, a leader of leaders, or responsible for leadership development in your organization, STOP. Because what I’m about to announce is for YOU. Over 5 years ago, Guy Harris and I introduced the Bud to Boss Workshop. Just over 4 years ago, we released the bestselling book, From Bud to […] The post Powerful Free Content for New Leaders appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
 
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    Survival Leadership

  • Physics of Business Growth: Post #3--Systems

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    Growth Systems: Alignment accelerates growth. It does no one any good to have internal systems bumping into each other—stifling growth. Thus, HR policies, reward systems, culture and structure (to mention just a few) need to be tested and aligned to facilitate growth, not frustrate progress. For example, if CEOs are rewarded for quarterly growth, they’ll likely take short-term gain over the long view—creating just the opposite of growth. “Asking for new behaviors in a system that still encourages, measures, and rewards the old behaviors is a complete waste of time or, worse, engenders…
  • Phyiscs of Business Growth: Post #2--Mindsets

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    Creating Growth Mindsets: Leaders need to create the kind of environment where innovation can thrive. Chance favors the prepared mind, and mindset determines choices. A learning mindset, a broad repertoire of experiences, and customer empathy all create the kind of mindset required to thrive in an uncertain, adaptive environment. Cognitive diversity especially improves decision quality. Some creativity engineering techniques: Challenging assumptions; Connecting unrelated ideas; Visualizing how the future might look; Collaborating with diverse people (and customers); Improvising when necessity…
  • Physics of Growth: Post #1--Overview

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Overview: The shift in the natural laws of the “physics” of business, from steady state to uncertainty, calls for a fundamental shift from business as usual to innovation and experimentation. To become a growth company, approaches must change when underlying assumptions change. Despite understanding this shift, fundamental mindsets, corporate values, systems and processes can be misaligned and work against critical, even survival, innovation. Research shows that growth companies leaders are both humble and passionate. The workforce is engaged, loyal, and really knows the customers. …
  • Zero-to-One: Post #8 FINAL--7 Questions

    5 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Seven Critical Questions Every Business Must Answer1. Can you create breakthrough tech instead of incremental improvements? (Engineering);2. Is now the right time to start your particular business? (Timing);3. Are you starting with a big share of a small market? (Monopoly);4. Do you have the right team? (People);5. Do you have a way to not only create but also deliver your product? (Distribution);6. Will your market position be defensible 10 and 20 years into the future? (Durability);7. Have you identified a unique opportunity that others don’t see? (Secret). 
  • Zero-to-One: Post #7--Thiel's Tips

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Thiel Tips.  Keep corporate boards small—no more than 5 unless you’re publicallytraded; avoid part timers—either people are on or off the bus; CEOs of early stage startups should never make more than $150K to encourage innovation; equity can align people, but should align it to risk—the more risk and future orientation, the more equity.  However, even then be judicial about giving equity away—you want people fiercely loyal to your mission; define roles and keep it simple—maybe focus on only one critical role per person; incorporate distribution into design of a product…
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    Management Skills Blog

  • Role Mis-Match?

    Tom Foster
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Question: How do you deal (humanely) with someone who clearly is holding an S-IV role, but only appears to have S-III capability? Response: First, understand that this person is doing their best, and the mistake was made by the manager (I assume that is you) who promoted this person into that role without proper due diligence. Now, what to do? Pull out the role description and carefully examine those Key Result Areas that describe decision making and problem solving at S-IV (multi-system analysis and system integration). Using the role description, you can…
  • Time to Practice

    Tom Foster
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    “But, I am back to my original question,” Marsha wanted to know. “How many skills can a person be good at?” “You can be good at as many skills as you have time to practice,” I said. “Right now, you are good at the technical stuff that flows through your department?” “Yes,” Marsha replied. “Because I practice. We get problems every day that have to be solved. We get technical bulletins all the time that we have to pay attention to.” “If you focus on this new department, it is a different skill set, with a learning…
  • Skill Development is About Practice

    Tom Foster
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:17 am
    “How different is this new department?” I asked. “Oh, it’s different. The department I run now is full of technicians. This new role is all about merchandising and promotion. I will have to learn a lot,” Marsha replied. “But, it sounds interesting to you?” Marsha nodded. “Yes, it sounds interesting. More than that, I have always had an interest in marketing. I mean, I know I am in charge of a technical department, so this would be a challenge for me.” “What will have to change?” “There will be a learning curve, to get up…
  • How Many Skill Sets?

    Tom Foster
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    “You look out of sorts,” I said. “I am,” Marsha replied. “I have been at this job, as a manager, for almost 15 years. I have an opportunity to move into a brand new department. I would still be a manager, but I have no real experience in that area.” “If you have no experience, why does the company think you can handle it? Why would you even be interested?” “The manager of the department retired. My manager said I should give it shot. His boss said they would like someone on the inside to take it over, rather than recruit from the outside.
  • Keep the Key, Delegate the Key

    Tom Foster
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:25 am
    “So, you are telling me the key-ring has nothing to do with keys?” I asked. “No more than an open door policy has anything to do with the door,” Ryan replied. “I had to figure out what tasks I need to self-perform and what is necessary to delegate to other team members.” “And, how do you make that decision?” “Ultimately, I am accountable for the output, as the manager, but who completes the task depends on the task. I make that decision based on the target completion time. If the target completion time of the task is short, like a day, a…
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    The Enlightened Manager

  • Signing Off! (The Final Post)

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    One door closes, another opens. Dear Enlightened Managers, This blog has been an adventure! And as write this final post, I am both smiling and sad. Letting go of something wonderful can be hard, even when the time is right. I’m wrapping up this blog for a few reasons. 1) I’ve said what I came here to say. In nine years of blogging about management, I’ve had a chance to explore hundreds of topics about how to be a good boss and a good communicator. 2) I want to free up some creative energy. I’m finally figuring this work-life balance thing out! I intend to spend my…
  • Healing the Past

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Why are your employees still complaining about events that occurred several years ago? It’s probably because they are suffering from a wound that never healed correctly in the first place. Let’s consider the metaphor of a broken bone. If you broke your lower leg bone, you’d go to a doctor and have it set properly, right? If the break was severe, you might need surgery and some metal plates or pins. If the break was a fracture, an ordinary cast might be enough. In either case, you’d need to stay off that leg for a while until the damage was fully healed. Several weeks (or months)…
  • January First

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Let’s welcome in the new year! Not with resolutions, but with a new state of mind. There’s nothing magical about the flip of two numbers on a calendar, but January first is a day filled with possibility. It’s the start to a brand new year, ready to be experienced. It feels like a chance to let go of the past and create something better. Goodbye 2014 If 2014 were a house guest, I’d walk him politely out the front door, close it, and then change the locks! It was an educational year, but also a painful one. Here are some of my big takeaways: 1. It’s not healthy to suppress…
  • Outlook vs Paper Planner

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    One of my clients came up to me last week to show me his color-coded Outlook calendar. I loved this, because it’s working for him, and because I used to LOVE color coding my calendar.  It was cool to see at a glance how I was spending my time. I used to scan my calendar for hints of blue and yellow, because blue was business development and yellow was health, and I wasn’t doing enough of those things. Color coding was great, for a while. I used to live and die by Toodledo. It was a really amazing to-do list, with as much detail as you could want. Heck, I even optimized my to-do list by…
  • When Small Companies Get Big

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    “We used to feel like a family,” she said. “But now it’s all about business, and I’m not sure if I want to be here anymore.” I was a newcomer to the company, in an HR role, and I thought that the employee sitting across from me was being a bit dramatic. From my perspective, the company was inefficient and behind-the-times, I was glad that the executive team was making changes. She pointed to her white plastic name badge. “You see this?” “Yes.” “I was told that if I don’t wear my badge, I can be fired. How ridiculous is that? We all used to know each other. But now I…
 
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    Women on Business

  • Does Your Business Solve a Problem?

    Toni Nelson
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    More and more people are dissatisfied working the 9 to 5 grind.  Many of these are moms who are looking for ways to be with their children while bringing in an income. Did you know about 550 women start a business everyday? I know when I started my first business, my objective was to be home with my daughter.  I wanted to be the mom with milk and cookies when their child came home from school. There were moments in my daughter’s life that I didn’t want to miss out on. When I embarked on...Read the whole entry... »…
  • Graphic Designs for Women Entrepreneurs – How Crowdsourcing Can Help

    Sponsor Contributor
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    Sponsored by Designhill: The world seems to have awakened to the power of women. No wonder, there has been a significant upsurge in the number of women entrepreneurs, over the years. The rising generation of passionate women entrepreneurs constantly challenges the gender imbalance of the business world. Though women power is on a rise in the business world, there are some things that still haven’t changed. Hollie Slade, Forbes writer, recently revealed in one of her articles that “getting...Read the whole entry... »…
  • How to Speak up about Abuse in Your Workplace

    Sponsor Contributor
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Sponsored by Patinos Personal Lawyers: Workplace relations aren’t always easy. You have lunch-stealers, over-sharers, and occasional bad-music-playing offenders. But nothing compares to workplace abuse. From sarcastic remarks to verbal and physical abuse, this behavior is unacceptable. While you should never be afraid to seek help, this can sometimes be difficult if you feel intimidated or nervous. Below is a guide to speaking up about abuse. Following these steps should help you work towards...Read the whole entry... »…
  • Staying Objective in Sales Meetings

    Community Member
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    A dynamic that frequently occurs in sales meetings is taking a customer reaction (or lack of reaction) personally. You are sitting in the lobby and suddenly you get a rush of anxiety. You are trapped in your head and pondering what you may have done wrong. Stop! The crutch that you can always fall back on in sales is morphing into process mode. That being said, it is not as simple as it seems. How do you de-personalize the moment and escape the oppressive self-introspection that you are stuck...Read the whole entry... »…
  • Reasons You Need to Relocate Your Office

    Sponsor Contributor
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Sponsored by Your Local Movers: Businesses are tricky to run, whether it’s your own little home setup or a multi-million dollar company. There are many decisions that have to be made, and one of these is relocating. There are always reasons for and against this decision, so you have to make the right one for your business. If you’ve already decided that you need to relocate, many moving specialists, such as Your Local Movers, have dedicated business removals services. But, if you’re still...Read the whole entry... »…
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    NinaSimosko.com

  • Take Steps to Crack the Glass Ceiling

    Nina
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:34 pm
    We still have some way to go before we can honestly claim to have shattered the glass ceiling. That invisible barrier between minorities and women that prevents access to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder still requires our attention and action. The Economist’s glass ceiling index for 2015 reveals that the United States ranks below the OECD average, behind Germany and Australia and well behind countries like Finland, Norway and Sweden which rank highest. The Glass Ceiling Index combines data on higher education, labor-force participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity rights,…
  • New Horizons

    Nina
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:39 am
    This week I start in a new role as Chief Product Officer, leading global product and commercialization strategy for NTT Innovation Institute (NTT i3). NTT i3 is the Silicon Valley-based open innovation and applied research and development center of NTT Group. I will lead the development and commercialization of NTT i3‘s groundbreaking platforms and solutions aimed at today’s Digital Businesses. You can read the full press release here. This is an incredibly exciting time to be stepping into this kind of role – one I see more and more leading businesses creating. We are living in…
  • Women Who Lead

    Nina
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    We hear a lot of talk about gender inequality at all levels. From the board room to the call center and everywhere in-between, we seem to have a problem. This is particularly in the technology field where qualified women are abandoning the industry in record numbers. In 2014, “big tech” got together to analyze the situation, releasing a report that showed that men outnumbered women 4:1 – or more – in their technical sectors. And we’re not talking “old skool” tech companies here – we are talking Google, Apple and Facebook. Collectively we are facing a huge challenge. Not only…
  • The Three Ms of Mentoring

    Nina
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Mentoring is one of those strange, unknowable beasts. It can be hard to do, difficult to explain, but can have enormous benefits for all involved. Both mentors and mentees find significant value in the process – but it’s more like a dance and less like a business relationship than you might imagine. And in today’s multi-level, matrixed organizations, finding just the right mentor-mentee relationship can be like finding a needle in a haystack. For women in particular, the challenge is even more complicated. Studies show that women find it more difficult to find mentors – and a LinkedIn…
  • Is the Digital Age Over and, If So, What “Age” are We in Now?

    Nina
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    #181817413 / gettyimages.com In speaking with colleagues recently, the question came up as to whether or not we are now post the Digital Age and, if we are, what would we call this next wave? Some robust discussion and debate followed. One perspective is that we haven’t even scratched the surface of the Digital Age. With the Internet of Things (IOT), advancements in mobile still unrealized, eye-sensor technology that merchants now can place on shelves to assess how long a consumer is looking at product, the virtual dressing room, wearable and gesture-based technologies that are coming of…
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    The Glasshammer

  • Voice of Experience: Anne Ozimek, SVP Securities Operations, of Voya Investment

    Content Team
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    “Through every step of my career, I have focused on learning a set of skills and doing everything possible to meet the needs of my clients, so that when an opportunity came up, I was ready,” says Anne Ozimek, senior vice president at Voya Investment Management. “Each job will offer a different set of challenges and every one of them will prepare you for your next step.” Ozimek’s career in the insurance and investment business has spanned many years and a wide variety of positions. As she has taken on different roles, she has always preferred those that were fast paced and required…
  • Men Who Get It: Mike Jones, CEO, Core Consulting

    Content Team
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    “As a country, we are 80 years away from gender equality.” That statistic, which was shared during the World Economic Forum, caught Mike Jones’ attention, because as he says, “If that’s true, I won’t live to see it.” Jones is CEO of Core Consulting, a technology and management consulting firm. His personal mission is reflected in the company motto: “Have a positive impact on the lives of others – do that and you’ll be ok.” Jones’ varied career spans from his early years in banking to a stint in IT for an international insurance company to eight years with a large…
  • Why Being “True to Yourself” Can Hold You Back From Your Leadership Journey

    Content Team
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Aimee Hansen “Countless books and advisers tell you to start your leadership journey with a clear sense of who you are. But that can be a recipe for staying stuck in the past. Your leadership identity can and should change each time you move on to bigger and better things,” says Herminia Ibarra, professor of Leadership and Learning at INSEAD. In an article entitled “The Authenticity Paradox” in Harvard Business Review’s January 2015 issue, Ibarra challenges the predominant views and momentum on authenticity to assert that “true to self” approaches can hinder leadership…
  • She Hates You After You Confronted Her – Now What?

    Content Team
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Guest contribution by Beate Chelette It happens to even the best communicators, especially when we are having that kind of day. One thing pushes us to the edge of our tolerance and the voice inside our head says, “You have to confront her about this.” And we do—with disastrous consequences. The calm yet firm conversation we had intended somehow turned into a much bigger issue than the one we had before. Now she is avoiding you, working around you, and giving you the cold shoulder. The problem is that she may be your boss or a key person within the company. You have a nagging…
  • Career Tip of the Week

    nickigilmour
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Career Tip of the Week. In this column we aim to provide you with a useful snippet of advice to carry with you all week as you navigate the day to day path in your career. This Week’s Tip Is… Know your bottom line. On Everything. Where are your boundaries? Last week we talked about “Everyday Negotiations” in Career Tip of the week. What is your bottom line? What is acceptable and what is out of the question?. Know this ahead of every meeting! By Nicki Gilmour, Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist The post Career Tip of the Week appeared first on The Glasshammer.
 
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • How Perks Follow Values (By Libby Sartain)

    RoundPegg
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Actions aren't the only things driven by values. This is a story from our friend and colleague, Libby Sartain, about how perks and things like dress code can follow values.Earlier this week week we looked at Tenet 1: Culture is defined by actions. Today we're sharing a story about the ways in which dress code, vacation policies, office design and other perks follow an organization's values. Perks reinforce culture, they don't define it. Guest contributor Libby Sartain is the former Chief Human Resources Officer at Yahoo! and Southwest Airlines. Today she's an Author, Speaker, Board…
  • Tenet 1: Culture is Defined by Actions

    RoundPegg
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Culture is not whether employees wear ties or tie-dye or bring dogs to work - it is 
more elemental than that.Last week, we looked at the Definition of Culture. This week, we’re going to chat about RoundPegg’s 5 Culture Tenets. Our slideshow will give you a sneak peak of the topics we’ll be discussing in more detail.Tenet 1: Culture is Defined by ActionsCulture is not whether employees wear ties or tie-dye or bring dogs to work - it is 
more elemental than that.Earlier this week, we examined the 3 different types of culture that people commonly talk about. At RoundPegg, we like to…
  • The 5 Tenets of Culture [Slideshow]

    RoundPegg
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    tenet /tenət/ (noun): a principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy.​ The Five Tenets of Culture from RoundPegg You can call them principles, beliefs, doctrines, creeds, axioms, dogmas, canons.. we call them tenets, and when it comes to organizational culture, we believe that there are five of them.Keep an eye out for our blog post next week when we discuss Tenet 1 in more detail.
  • How Do You Define Culture?

    RoundPegg
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    Over the years, we’ve talked to thousands of people leaders about company culture and one thing is clear: culture is important no matter the definition.What is Culture? We asked some fellow culture champions and this is what we heard. "Culture is the rules, both written and unwritten, that govern how work really gets done in an organization." – Lain Adams, Executive Coach and Strategic Leadership Advisory, RoundPegg Consulting Partner “Culture is something that you feel on a cellular level. It will either compel or repel your employees and customers. When it compels it will become a…
  • Use Culture When you On-board to Make Everyone’s Lives Easier

    RoundPegg
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    On-boarding using culture as a lever is a good way to not only help new hires feel welcomed, but it also gives everyone a tool to work more effectively and efficiently together.As a new hire, we are often a little overwhelmed by everything that we need to learn during our first few weeks on the job. Whether it’s learning new software, getting to know your coworkers, or simply figuring out where the kitchen is and how to operate the coffeemaker, there are many obstacles to settling into a flow. The hardest part, in my opinion, is getting to know your coworkers and managers. There is only so…
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    Rich Gee Group

  • Pump Up Your Social Skills — How To Approach New People.

    richgeegroup
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    A great post from Reddit — when I read something I like, I try to pass it on. The author focuses on talking to new people, but you can take his technique and apply it to almost any activity you find difficult to master. “So lately I’ve been having crises about not being able to socialize to the best of my ability.” About a month or two ago, I reached a breaking point — and now I’ve finally become desperate to want to do something about it. It’s been really bothering me about how I’m not living life to the fullest, maximizing the amount of people I…
  • Don’t Have A Job? It’s YOUR Fault.

    richgeegroup
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m not pulling any punches here. Why? Because I think most people who are looking for a job need a dose of reality instead of ‘good thoughts’ and ‘quick tricks’. Here are Rich Gee’s 10 Commandments Of Looking For A Job: 1. It’s going to be HARD. You will push yourself farther than you’ve ever pushed yourself before — into areas that are uncomfortable — networking, connecting, selling, negotiation, schmoozing, etc. Get used to it. WHY? Most job-seekers are afraid of the process. They want the limo to pull up to their house and whisk them…
  • My Favorite Podcasts — John Lee Dumas.

    richgeegroup
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Here’s a little coaching secret: Some of my best ideas and strategies come from my clients. Let me introduce you to John Lee Dumas, host of Entrepreneur On Fire. Awarded Best Of iTunes in 2013 because of his dedication to serve his listeners and share incredible insights to help guide us on our Entrepreneurial journey. Failure is part of every journey, and on EntrepreneurOnFire, the first story John shares is his guest’s biggest failure and their lessons learned. The second story he dives into is his guest’s AH-HA moment and the steps they took to turn that moment into…
  • GardenFork & Rich Gee Podcast!

    richgeegroup
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Once again, Eric Rochow from the world-class podcast GardenFork TV has asked me to ‘co-host’ an episode with him! We begin by talking about my love of the Snow Wolf a neat snow removal shovel. We also talk about my favorite site – Cool Tools. We both like Stabilicers, those strap on ice cleats that keep you from slipping. We touch upon data protection begins with online backups. We then move on to troubleshooting your heating system where I was able to narrow down his heating problem to a controller on one of the heat zones of his house. And we close with our love of…
  • Want To Move Up? Want To Grow? Start Thinking BIG.

    richgeegroup
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Most of the time we think small. It’s okay. Why do we think small? We’re trying to track many of the details of our work. The phone calls, the email follow-ups, the elements of the project, cleaning up after other people. The nature of our position makes us forget to see the ENTIRE forest sometimes because we are focused on every tree. The problem is — if we don’t start thinking BIG, we usually get used to thinking small. Not that it’s a bad thing — but thinking BIG is a prerequisite for MOVING UP. Growing your position, growing your business, getting the RIGHT…
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    Inside Personal Growth

  • Podcast 509: Unretirement with Chris Farrell

    Greg Voisen
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    I happen to listen to National Public Radio a lot, and I was listening to an interview with Chris Farrell about his new book entitled “Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing The Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life.”  I was so intrigued that I reached out to Chris and he granted me an interview. You will find that Chris does not buy into the gloom and doom that most economists believe, the sky is falling– Social Security is going to fail and there’s not enough money.  Chris is quite the contrarian and believes that if we the retirees shift our…
  • Podcast 508: Refire Don’t Retire with Ken Blanchard & Morton Shaevitz

    Greg Voisen
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    I recently was invited to a presentation by Ken Blanchard and his co-author Morton Shaevitz about a new book entitled ” Refire Don’t Retire: Make the Rest of your Life the Best of Your Life.”  I was certainly inspired by what Ken and Mort has to say about aging and how we need to shift our paradigm about retirement. The reality is that baby boomers are living longer and are healthier than previous generations.  It is not uncommon to see baby boomers working into their 70′s and 80′s with more zest and vitality for what they are doing.  Some are required to work…
  • Podcast 507: Slim by Design with Brian Wansink, Ph.D.

    Greg Voisen
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    I happen to be watching the documentary ” Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead #2″ by Joe Cross.  If you have not seen this documentary it is certainly worth watching, and learning about the life changing steps that Joe Cross took to get himself and thousands of others back to health and vitality. As a result of watching Joe’s documentary I payed particular attention to an interview he conducted with Brian Wansink from Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab.  I was fascinated by how Brain was focused on how the change in our surroundings and environment can have a significant impact on…
  • Podcast 506: The Principles of Success 10th Anniversary Edition with Jack Canfield

    Greg Voisen
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jack Canfield about his newly revised and updated edition ” The Principles of Success 10th Anniversary Edition”.   In our interview we had the opportunity to discuss the revision in the 10th anniversary edition.  As Jack mentions the edition of “The Principles of Success” now includes new success stories, teachings and a entire section of the book dedicated to digital media, branding and important topics of how to grow in our digitally connected world. My interview with Jack is filled with stories and a focus on the…
  • Podcast 505: Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change with Derek Rydall

    Greg Voisen
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:28 pm
    I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Derek Rydall the author of a new book entitled ” Emergence: Steven Steps for Radical Life Change.   In my interview with Derek we discussed his unique approach to the end of self-improvement.  As Derek discussed with me, his premise is that if we look at ourselves as being whole and complete just the way we are, we don’t need to change anything.  I actually really like his approach, because it is correct.  Each and every soul that is incarnate on this planet is whole and complete, and if we were to approach life from this…
 
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    First Friday Book Synopsis

  • The Book That Tells College Basketball Fans How We Got Here

    kjkrayer
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    If you are a college basketball fan, this is your weekend.  It is time for the Final Four.  The road has ended with three # 1 seeds, and an improbable entry by Michigan State, a # 7 seed. One of the studio anchors you will see is Seth Davis. His most recent book was Wooden: […]
  • Elon Musk on Intrinsic Motivation (from Bold by Peter Diamandis) – with a Little Michael Jordan Thrown In

    Randy Mayeux
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:22 am
    How are the great things accomplished? Not from carrots and sticks. This quote from Elon Musk, from Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, pretty much says it all: Passion and purpose scale—always have, always will. Every movement, every revolution, is proof of this fact. Plus, […]
  • Mike Paton: An interview by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Mike Paton has spent a lifetime learning from and sharing with entrepreneurs. The product of an entrepreneurial household, he cut his teeth in banking before running (or helping run) four small, growing companies. For the last seven years, he’s been helping entrepreneurs clarify, simplify and achieve their vision by mastering the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). […]
  • Not What Sandberg Had In Mind – This One May Need to “Lean Out”

    kjkrayer
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:51 pm
    A new book about gender has created controversy, but perhaps for all the wrong reasons.  How would you like to know that women are the superior gender, and that we actually don’t need men at all? I don’t think that’s what Sheryl Sandberg had in mind when she wrote Lean In:  Women, Work, and the […]
  • All the Way to the Top for “Get What’s Yours” – Our Profound Insecurity!

    kjkrayer
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    The book I blogged about on March 21, Get What’s Yours, has soared to the top of the hardcover business best-seller list in the Wall Street Journal, published today (3/28-3/29, 2015, p. C10).  It is # 1 on that list, and # 4 on the hardcover non-fiction list. Here is its rankings on the Amazon.com […]
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  • How To Write And Publish Your First iBook Using iBooks Author

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    As the self-publishing industry grows larger, Apple’s iBooks Author (free) exists as a unique tool for publishing e-books than can reach a large audience of iPad, iPhone and Mac users. The iBooks format is also useful for showcasing and distributing content independent of the iBooks Store.Apple first released iBooks Author back in 2012, and it was and still is largely geared to the textbook and education community. iBooks has introduced many ways to present and display content, with an audience of over 800 million iPad users across the world. It’s been reported that since…
  • Making a Smooth Transition: Avoiding the Top 5 Risks of the ICD-10 Conversion

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The adoption of the ICD-10 code set will represent a significant change in the health care industry. This whitepaper outlines the five major risks of the ICD-10 transition that your practice should expect, as well as ways to ensure your medical billing, practice management, and EHR vendor is prepared to make your transition as smooth as possible.Request Free!
  • The Future of the Manufacturing Supply Chain - Networked, Mobile, and Collaborative

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    What does the future supply chain look like, and what do we expect some of the essential characteristics to be? Although this requires a degree of speculation, there are also some trends and technologies that clearly are having, and will continue to have, an enormous impact on the supply chain.Request Free!
  • Evaluating Routing Software: 4 Things You Can't Do Without

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Every solution out there will help you improve efficiency and reduce costs if you use it properly. But, as you shop around and compare technical features and vendor characteristics, there are some checklist items you should consider mandatory. We've based this list on what we hear from our own customers and users who have used multiple products over the course of their careers.Request Free!
  • What Logistics Challenges Keep You Up At Night?

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Even in the best of economic times, those in the transportation industry face daily obstacles – such as unstable fuel costs, providing superior customer satisfaction, improving driver and resource productivity, and maintaining healthy business growth – that keep executives up at night. Let's address the seven most important logistics challenges.Request Free!
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  • A Leadership Manifesto: 10 Keys To Living Courageously

    Grant Wattie
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    By Grant Wattie President, N2Growth Australia You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor” ~Aristotle The word manifesto can be traced back to the Latin root manifestum, which means clear or conspicuous. A manifesto is defined as a declaration of beliefs, opinions, motives, and intentions. In other words, a document that an organization or person writes that declares what they value. A manifesto is a bold, courageous call to action. It prompts us to evaluate the gap between those principles we value and our current…
  • Addicted to Wealth

    Grant Wattie
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    By Grant Wattie President, N2Growth Australia “Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher If Schopenhauer’s quote is true, then the mining magnate, Gina Rinehart (one of the richest women in the world who’s worth an estimated $12 billion) is very thirsty indeed. As quoted in several leading magazines, she says, “There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire. If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain; do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking,…
  • A Chief What Officer? The truth about titles.

    Brody Clemmer
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    By Brody Clemmer Chief Innovation Officer, N2Growth I have been a Digital Marketer, a Genius, a Business Representative, and a Shift Manager. I have guided through the titles that life has graciously provided me, without a true understanding of what it meant. Now, I find myself in this position again as a Chief Innovation Officer. When people ask me, “Brody, what do you do?” I tell them my respective title. When they look at me with a puzzled ‘yeah right!’ face, I say something to the effect of – “That means I sit in a chair and think about things.” It’s not…
  • Write Your Leadership Legacy in 6 Words

    Grant Wattie
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    By Grant Wattie President, N2Growth Australia While having lunch with a number of writers, Ernest Hemingway claimed he could write a short story that was only six words long. When the lofty group of writers scoffed at the notion, he invited each of them to put ten dollars on the table, saying that if he was wrong he’d match it. But if he was right he’d keep the money. He quickly wrote six words down on a napkin and passed it around: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.”  Of course, he won the bet because his “story” had a perfect beginning, middle and end. I first…
  • PRINCIPLES OVER PROCESS

    Mark Hefner
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:06 am
    By Mark Hefner Global Practice Chair, Strategy N2Growth ADVANTAGE STRATEGY Five Paradigm-Shifting Principles Repeatable processes and procedures add great value in stable and predictable times. Those are not the times we live in today or likely in the future. Strategy that works has got to be based on something that proves successful in unpredictable, fast moving, and changing times. Principles, not process and procedures, provide the overarching guidance in any situation for making the right decisions and taking the best action. A move toward the Advantage Strategy Paradigm begins with the…
 
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  • The Mismanagement of Change (And 5 Ways to Get It Right)

    Scott Mautz
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    As humans we are driven to make connections, find patterns, and establish associations in places where they may not inherently exist.  We are compelled to bind ourselves to the external world and have a fundamental motivation to believe that our perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors are correct.  When elements of our perceived reality change or are shattered, a disconcerting sense of fundamental incongruity motivates us to reestablish a sense of normalcy, coherence, and certainty. 1  This feeling of incongruity can be deeply unsettling, for example, when men set off explosives at a…
  • The Curse of the Professional

    John Smith
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    What do you do easily and with little thought? As leaders, we are usually very aware of what takes conscious effort on our part, but less so about other things. Those things you do unconsciously and easily are important, although they probably range from trivial to essential actions. Maybe we learned something so long ago that we have forgotten any effort required to gain the skill in the first place. Think tying your shoelaces or checking the rear-view mirror before backing up. This is why teaching our young citizens basic skills and behaviors is so important. We create our future by how we…
  • How Can A Leader Of A Virtual Team Express Servant Leadership?

    Becky Robinson
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    As my workday begins, I pop into our Facebook group, my team’s virtual water cooler, to say good morning. I often add the request: Let me know how I can serve you today. As I do it, it feels, at times, like an empty offer. My team is scattered across several time zones. We are each working from our home offices, on varying schedules. What does it mean to serve a dispersed, virtual team? How can I live out the values of servant leadership in directing my team day to day? This is a work in progress, and I am daily working out the answer. Here are a few ways I’ve found to serve my…
  • The Five Greatest Qualities Of An Effective Event Facilitator

    Sean Glaze
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you are searching for an effective event facilitator to help with any group productivity meeting, there are a number of things you should consider. A strong facilitator will discuss goals with the meeting planner and have a thorough understanding of the meeting’s purpose prior to his or her arrival. It is vital that the facilitator understands expectations. He or she will also be skilled enough to create a feeling of safety and trust in order to foster more honest and productive communication throughout the event, and establish effective ground rules for productive feedback during the…
  • Daring To Serve

    Paula Kiger
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    I spent an hour today participating in the Becoming A Dare to Serve Leader webinar with Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Cheryl presented the information in such a compelling way. I walked away feeling like I, too, could use the principles she discussed to make a difference in the world.  Cheryl Bachelder has chosen to make a difference in the food service industry. The three core principles she espoused can apply in any industry. It occurred to me that our Leading Voices, Instigators, and Lead Change Group Members have touched on these principles in many of their…
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    Crucial Skills

  • Pablo, Where Are You?

    Kerry Patterson
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Two weeks into my sophomore year of high school, I overheard a student speaking Spanish in the hallway. I was taking a Spanish class at the time and was aware of no student who actually spoke the language, so the sound of a trilled r caught my attention. “I am here on exchange,” the stranger explained as I introduced myself. “I am called Pablo and I come from Mexico.” And thus began a rather odd alliance. After making small talk for a few minutes, Pablo and I decided he would help me with Spanish and I would help him with English. We completed this feat by tutoring each other as we…
  • Holding Crucial Conversations in Law Enforcement

    Editor
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    By Charles “Chip” Huth Captain, Kansas City Police Department Police officers are frequently faced with challenging decisions that have the potential to dramatically impact the safety of the public and their fellow officers. They are trained to deal with some of the most stress-inducing circumstances imaginable, and a great deal is typically riding on how well they perform under pressure. Among the most critical skills an officer must possess is the ability to artfully engage in high stakes conversations, both with members of the public and their colleagues. Police officers are…
  • How to Forgive, Forget, and Move Forward

    David Maxfield
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Dear David, How should I handle a very opinionated person who says things to me that are hateful and mean? This particular person is so opinionated that I could try giving my point of view until I’m blue in the face and they won’t hear a word I say. When I’ve tried expressing how their comments make me feel, it doesn’t seem to matter to them and they respond with, “Well that’s just the way I feel. That’s my opinion.” However, they want to then continue on with the relationship and act like nothing has happened, yet I’m left harboring negative feelings about the hurtful…
  • Society’s New Addiction: Getting a “Like” over Having a Life

    Editor
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    New research by Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield shows obsession with posting photos and checking phones corresponds with lower enjoyment. More and more of us are losing connection with our lives in order to earn “likes” and social media praise. We have, in a sense, turned into social media “trophy hunters.” Ultimately, the study reveals this obsession with social media trophy hunting isn’t just distracting—it’s dictating lives. Consider: Nearly 3 out of 4 people admit to being rude or disconnected from others because they’re more focused on their phone than on the other…
  • How to Deal with Delicate Family Issues

    Joseph Grenny
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Dear Joseph, My sister is the executor of my parents’ estate. When my dad died last May, the estate went to my mom who is living with my sister. Recently, my sister helped my mom re-write her will. The new will leaves all of the acreage of my parents’ property and sole decision-making authority for distribution of all other assets to my sister. When I talked to my sister about our parents’ estate she said she believes no one in the family deserves another dime. I think it is wrong to have such a partial fiduciary for the estate and would like to discuss this with my mother.
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  • How to have conversations like a jazz musician

    Mary Jo Asmus
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
      Winton Marsalis has said that the best listener in an improvisational jazz session often ends up contributing the most to the music because they are able to play off whatever is being offered by the other musicians. And so it could be with the conversations you have within your organization. How often have you been in a meeting where everyone is vying for attention and waiting for their turn to speak? The dialog is disjointed, with disparate pieces of information coming in from all sides. If you’re leading the meeting, you have to work doubly hard to make meaning of the…
  • The leader you will be

    Mary Jo Asmus
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
      Perhaps it hasn’t occurred to you to consider that the leader you are now is highly linked to who you are. You are unique, and what is both obvious and hidden to you about who you are greatly impacts your behavior and actions. You, as a human being, are the leader you are because of a multitude of things that make up you: personality, history, education and beliefs among others. Likewise, the leader you will become is highly linked to the human you will become. A day from now, a week, month, year and decade into the future you will be someone different because you will be…
  • 10 conversations you’re avoiding and how to start them

    Mary Jo Asmus
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
      How often do you have a conversation with your team that consists of something other than what’s being done, what needs to get done, and what they didn’t do? Slow down and include some conversations that are a level deeper than that; you’ll find that if you ask a few good starting questions and listen, you – and they – will learn, grow, and develop the kind of relationships that actually help to get things done with enjoyment and engagement. There are lots of conversations you can have that you aren’t. Here are some of my favorites and some questions you can…
  • Beyond brilliance: gaining wisdom

    Mary Jo Asmus
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Many of you have achieved a certain status or position in your companies because you’re intelligent. Like others who’ve risen through the ranks by being knowledgeable, you may have discovered a big obstacle in your leadership. You’ve realized that brilliance isn’t enough for you to be the best leader you want to be. You may now see that you need to focus more on the people who support you, but you’re stuck because they’re unpredictable and not subject to any of the things you’ve learned through books and education. It’s time to develop the…
  • Gaining the courage to move through fear

    Mary Jo Asmus
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
      Adele is a leader in a company that produces software. She’s climbed relatively quickly to her current position, where she is a “manager of managers”. Although she’s been in this position for only nine months, she’s hit a barrier in her ability to lead her new team. Adele is risk-averse. In an industry that’s fast moving and very competitive, success comes with taking risks. Adele’s need to be absolutely certain that the end products of her team’s work will be perfect will eventually translate into lost revenue for the company. Things…
 
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  • 5 Tips Leaders Can Use Today

    Steve Roesler
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    One of the benefits of working with lots of leaders in many different organizations is the chance to see what really works, regardless of the individual personality or industry.  So, here are: 5 Tips That Make A Difference 1. Leading starts with clarity. The time that a leader spends getting clear about what needs to be done will pay off in quickly-focused effort as a result of increased understanding.  When things aren't clear, the day doesn't  go well. Minds and bodies gravitate toward something that does seem clear. The world abhors a vacuum. When a vacuum is created, people will…
  • How Culture Impacts Perception

    Steve Roesler
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:27 am
    Re-published by request. Clear-thinking people everywhere acknowledge that it's easy for two people to see the same situation very differently.  In a world where we increasingly work across time zones and cultures, this would have even greater meaning if perceptions were influenced by one's culture. While those of us who work globally may have experienced--and thought about-- the inherent reality of these perceptive differences, Canadian and Japanese researchers  have confirmed some very specific distinctions. When East Doesn't Meet West According to the study: Researchers showed Japanese…
  • Leaders Connect Visually

    Steve Roesler
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Influential people create compelling images. But of what? Of the benefits those around them will gain from the ideas they propose. They take time to let us know what we'll see, hear, and feel. You can do this, too. Take time to choose words that create pictures, sounds, and feelings that will make your ideas connect in different ways all at once. For example: "Using this plan offers clear benefits that are in total harmony with our goals and will have an impact on customer satisfaction." In one sentence, you've touched the visual, auditory, and feeling senses of your listeners. It's…
  • Consistency and Trust

    Steve Roesler
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    "Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you say." That line was spoken by an associate to a speaker at a recent business business event we attended. The interaction between the speaker and the audience was totally out of sync with what he was professing. The result: Great words, no credibility. A few attendees even referred to him later as a "liar." Not good for his business. Consistency We communicate through our actions, not just our words. Which policies you decide to enforce or ignore, what you say and don't say, what you reward and what you punish, what you fund and what you…
  • Coaching Your People?: Manage Risks

    Steve Roesler
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    We all want to stretch the capabilities of our team members. At the same time, think about minimizing failure when someone has a "stretch" goal with high risk attached. Any high risk goal can damage your reputation, your staff member, and even the organization.  Manage risks by discussing the actions your person plans to implement. Then, monitor the results and agree on frequent reviews to catch anything that needs adjusting before things get "off track." Stretch goals are great confidence builders for everyone involved; they also require more follow up conversations than low risk goals. …
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    Bret L. Simmons - Positive Organizational Behavior

  • The Leadership Of Marc Benioff, CEO Of Salesforce.com

    Bret L. Simmons
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    I have strong opinions about things like religion and politics, but I usually try to avoid expressing those online. Through my work, I have both the responsibility and the honor of serving people of every religion, political party, sexual orientation, race, age, etc. and I try very hard not to offend anyone with my own personal beliefs. I'm going to depart from that policy and briefly give my opinion about the decision Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com made today to protest the State of Indiana's new law on religious freedom. Bravo, Marc! As a born-again Christian, I believe every single…
  • Chances Lead To Choices Lead To Changes

    Bret L. Simmons
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    I am the curator of TEDxUniversityofNevada.  It's one of the extra things I do in my role as an employee of the University of Nevada to try to be a good organizational citizen. Our third event was held on January 23, 2015, and it was a huge success - maybe our best effort so far. The program covered a wide variety of topics, e.g. the manipulation of media messages, dealing with addiction, LGBT issues of faith, medicinal cannabis, preventing gun violence, and achieving intimacy in a shutdown world. Owen Roberts, the General Manager of Microsoft Licensing, gave a fantastic talk on change.
  • Make Normal More Excellent

    Bret L. Simmons
    27 May 2014 | 9:18 am
    I had the honor of speaking at the Big Ideas Lecture series sponsored by Colliers International, The University of Nevada, and The Nevada Museum of Art. I spoke about excellence, and in 45 minutes tried to weave together the most important points I make when I speak about leadership and social business. The video above is a short clip where I discuss the challenge of making normal more excellent. Just before this point in my presentation, I had discussed how the social business environment makes operational excellence a strategic imperative. The reputation your business earns for how it…
  • Book Review: Scaling Up Excellence By Bob Sutton And Huggy Rao

    Bret L. Simmons
    3 Feb 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I'm a huge fan of Bob Sutton's evidence-based management body of work. I think his new book with Huggy Rao might be his best book yet. I certainly believe that Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without Settling For Less is one of the best evidence-based management books I've ever read. I got my review copy from the publisher, but I also purchased an additional hard copy. Huggy Rao spoke at our TEDxUniversityofNevada last week. Huggy is an extremely kind and generous man, and everyone that met him during his visit appreciated him. I would strongly encourage you to watch the above…
  • Guest Post By Brandon Jones Of Leadership Done Right

    Bret L. Simmons
    2 Feb 2014 | 6:13 pm
    I'm very glad to feature a guest post from one of my former MBA students, Brandon Jones of Leadership Done Right. Please make sure to check out Brandon's blog and follow his thoughts on leadership. When you are a leader, you have many responsibilities. To effectively handle each responsibility, you need to actively dedicate your time to them. With a limited number of hours in the day, this can be very challenging. Since you are human and can’t do everything all the time, how do you decide what to do, what not to do, and how or when to do it? For that, you need to be strategic and have a…
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    Leadership Lessons From Triathlons

  • If You Like It, Sneeze It!

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:11 am
    The power of the Tribe to influence can be enormous. Consider 'word of mouth', that form of communication 'behind your back' that may make or break you.Reputation is part of your brand. Who you are, is reflected in your character, persona, style and presence. How we communicate ourselves to others, describes our set of beliefs, values, attitudes, perceptions, and judgements. Certainly, our behaviors are a mirror to who we are for they reflect our inner 'self' to an outward audience. For instance, wearing your sponsors is an attempt to promote the 'duality' of relevance for both…
  • Do You Have The Legs For It?

    22 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    This morning, these legs (owned by riders with the moniker of 'Alpha-Male', 'Chopper' & 'Machine') completed 105km worth of headwinds and tailwinds, smooth ascents, and pulled along the occasional lone draftee. We averaged about 31kph (km/h), three loops of Selarang/Coastal Road. It was a good hit out before the two head out for their half-Iron distance in a fortnight. Best part, all the work was accomplished with water only, and no sports-gels. Keep your heart-rate low, and get to the chopper! My 'work' is done. *After-thought: Stick to the plan!' And, you will achieve much more.* Good…
  • What Is Your Inspiration?

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    President Nelson Mandela: 'What is your philosophy on leadership? What inspires you?'Captain of Springboks, Francois Pinnaar: 'I believe in leading by example.'Mandela: 'That is exactly right? But how do you inspire your team to become better than they truly are? Now, that is difficult I find!'~ INVICTUS, film.What inspires you? Where do you get your inspiration? Inspiration is a form of motivation. It is something that can sweep us off our feet, or make us stand to steadfast attention. We can be inspired through the following ways:From People Around UsPeople are real, dynamic and…
  • 10 Lessons From Films

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:55 pm
    I have always loved films. In 1990, I assumed the responsibility of reviewing videos for a magazine. Every month, I would receive a stack of videos from Warner Home Videos (WHV) from the distributor, and I would give either a deep review or one, or superficial ones were there a few. These are lessons I have gleaned over the years, as a fan and buyer of 'box-sets' and 'collection of classics'.I am not a graduate of film-school, yet I grew up loving the film of medium. With the technology of Blu-Ray and DVD, the reach of films has become one of attainment and attachment of what we term the…
  • Book-Ends: Filling Content, Not Filling Content

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    Books are a treasure trove of not just content - fiction and non-fiction - they can be our companions of our minds, hearts and hands. These cover-bound pages may conceal, yet reveal much about our past and present. They can be treated casually or seriously. We can refer to them, study them, be inspired, engaged and entertained.The sub-heading of Guy Kawasaki's book 'Enchantment' is 'The Art of Changing Hearts, minds, and Actions'. Underlined subtlety in this book on business, is the elusive art and science of leadership. [I reviewed this book on this blog, before its release in 2011.]Books…
 
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    Top Executive Coaching with Tony Mayo

  • Top Executive Coaching Newsletter Directory

    Tony Mayo mg
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
        CEO Executive Coach Tony Mayo has shared a great deal of practical information with business people since re-launching his free e-mail newsletter in 2008. Here is a list of topics covered. Just click on any title to read more. Bring the Love Tony Mayo’s gift to you. And, a request for help. Stay Green & […]
  • Pixar Fosters Creative Community

    Tony Mayo
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
        I believe that community matters. … Pixar is a community in the true sense of the word. We think that lasting relationships matter, and we share some basic beliefs: Talent is rare. Management’s job is not to prevent risk but to build the capability to recover when failures occur….we don’t second-guess or micromanage. […]
  • Two Question Survey

    Tony Mayo
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
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  • Major Consultancy Simplifies Performance Reviews

    Tony Mayo
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
        Everyone loves to hate performance evaluations, and with good reason: Research has shown them to be ineffective, unreliable and unsatisfactory for seemingly everyone involved. They consume way too much time, leave most workers deflated and feel increasingly out of step with reality. …more than half the executives questioned (58%) believe that their current […]
  • Marriott: Happy Employees = Happy Customers

    Tony Mayo
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
    It’s always been the major belief of our company, take good care of your people, they’ll take good care of the customer and the customer will come back. And we celebrate them. We train them. We teach them. We provide opportunity for them. You’ve got to make your employees happy. If the employees are happy, […]
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    By Tanmay Vora

  • Great Quotes: We Are Made of Star Stuff, Carl Sagan

    Tanmay Vora
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:22 am
    “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff”. – Carl Sagan From – “That “we are” – The Connective Tissue of Humans Being” by Bernie Nagle which is a must read. Here’s one more: But it all begins with acknowledgment and profound appreciation for the most rudimentary fact of human existence: “we are”. Joni Mitchell said, “we are stardust, we are golden” and in the workplace we are so much more than “Humans Doing”…we are…
  • Dealing With Analysis Paralysis Versus Death by Instinct

    Tanmay Vora
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:10 pm
    When it comes to decision making, there are two extremes. First one is analysis paralysis. Large organizations, multiple layers of management and risk averse culture breeds over analysis of facts, data and information before making a decision. Too much analysis paralyzes progress. Even when progress is made, it is often reactive and slow. Analysis paralysis is a sign of over-management and is, quite clearly, a huge waste in many organizations large and small.  Analysis, reflection and sufficient critical thinking is definitely required to make better informed decisions. It provides…
  • Purpose and Progress: Powerful Motivators

    Tanmay Vora
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Progress is a powerful motivator. When individuals and teams achieve small wins, they have a big impact on the overall motivation. It also generates positive momentum and energy to take further steps in the journey of achieving the purpose. Authors Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer presented their research findings in a book titled “The Progress Principle” – Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement and Creativity at Work” where they found, “Of all the positive events that influence the inner work life, the single most powerful is progress in meaningful work” – The Progress…
  • Some Gentle #Leadership Reminders

    Tanmay Vora
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:14 am
    You are a leader only when people who choose to follow you see you as a leader. Which means, it helps to see yourself through the eyes of those who have opted to believe in you. Then live the traits your tribe is looking for in their leader.  While your greatness may be the starting point of influencing others, you don’t lead others by constantly showing them how great you are. Real leaders show people how great they are. Can you bring the possibilities lying within people to the fore? And help people see the source of their own power? And when people live up to those possibilities,…
  • Not Invented Here

    Tanmay Vora
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Organizations, teams and individuals are obsessed with doing things themselves when a similar or better solution is already available elsewhere. Thinking that if you have to get it done right then you have to do it yourself is no less than some kind of obsession. I have seen people rejecting better ideas just because they did not contribute in the ideation. Organizations spending enormous amount of effort in developing internal systems when a majority of what they want is available off-the-shelf. Teams trying to solve technical problems themselves when a solution is available already in other…
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    All Things Workplace

  • 5 Tips Leaders Can Use Today

    Steve Roesler
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    One of the benefits of working with lots of leaders in many different organizations is the chance to see what really works, regardless of the individual personality or industry.  So, here are: 5 Tips That Make A Difference 1. Leading starts with clarity. The time that a leader spends getting clear about what needs to be done will pay off in quickly-focused effort as a result of increased understanding.  When things aren't clear, the day doesn't  go well. Minds and bodies gravitate toward something that does seem clear. The world abhors a vacuum. When a vacuum is created, people will…
  • How Culture Impacts Perception

    Steve Roesler
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:27 am
    Re-published by request. Clear-thinking people everywhere acknowledge that it's easy for two people to see the same situation very differently.  In a world where we increasingly work across time zones and cultures, this would have even greater meaning if perceptions were influenced by one's culture. While those of us who work globally may have experienced--and thought about-- the inherent reality of these perceptive differences, Canadian and Japanese researchers  have confirmed some very specific distinctions. When East Doesn't Meet West According to the study: Researchers showed Japanese…
  • Leaders Connect Visually

    Steve Roesler
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Influential people create compelling images. But of what? Of the benefits those around them will gain from the ideas they propose. They take time to let us know what we'll see, hear, and feel. You can do this, too. Take time to choose words that create pictures, sounds, and feelings that will make your ideas connect in different ways all at once. For example: "Using this plan offers clear benefits that are in total harmony with our goals and will have an impact on customer satisfaction." In one sentence, you've touched the visual, auditory, and feeling senses of your listeners. It's…
  • Consistency and Trust

    Steve Roesler
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    "Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you say." That line was spoken by an associate to a speaker at a recent business business event we attended. The interaction between the speaker and the audience was totally out of sync with what he was professing. The result: Great words, no credibility. A few attendees even referred to him later as a "liar." Not good for his business. Consistency We communicate through our actions, not just our words. Which policies you decide to enforce or ignore, what you say and don't say, what you reward and what you punish, what you fund and what you…
  • Coaching Your People?: Manage Risks

    Steve Roesler
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    We all want to stretch the capabilities of our team members. At the same time, think about minimizing failure when someone has a "stretch" goal with high risk attached. Any high risk goal can damage your reputation, your staff member, and even the organization.  Manage risks by discussing the actions your person plans to implement. Then, monitor the results and agree on frequent reviews to catch anything that needs adjusting before things get "off track." Stretch goals are great confidence builders for everyone involved; they also require more follow up conversations than low risk goals. …
 
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    Latest solar energy news

  • Advantages And Disadvantages Of Solar Powered Products

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    Sustainable or green energy is becoming one word above all for those who want to save on their energy consumption. The use of solar energy is becoming very popular not only because it is free and plentiful, it is also one of the cleanest renewable energy resources used today. Whether you are looking for some efficient products, choosing solar energy devices is one of the best options you can choose. These are some of the advantages and disadvantages of solar panel lights to help you make an informed decision. Advantages of solar energy products One of the benefits of installing solar energy…
  • Highlighted Aspects of the Solar Industry

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Solar energy has entered our lives for decades, and has been the change in our lives since. With more spin-off industry, many things that have become difficult to treat. While many aspects have become very popular rooms that provide large amounts of benefits every day. What are they? Distributed solar Service The service relates to a solar energy system is decentralized, modular and very flexible. It is located close to the load used, but generally have less capacity than traditional electricity. A photovoltaic system connected to the network is often considered the service. In practice, both…
  • Predictions for the Solar PV Industry in 2015

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    The global market for solar PV is facing a strong growth momentum due to reduced production costs and technological advances in the industry. Governments and other agencies around the world to promote the use of solar energy through various financial incentives. The year 2015 should see continued growth, emerging markets and changes in production processes. These are some of the major projected global trends for 2015: More organizations will present to provide solar power residential loans in the US It is expected that next year more companies in the US offer solar home loans that can replace…
  • Environmental Benefits of Using Solar Power

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Electricity is known to be the best invention of all time. With electricity, people have good lighting at night with the use of light bulbs. Electricity is the main source of almost all devices used in homes and institutions to work. And electricity enables companies to operate with the use of machines. With the help of electricity, people can get the best features that can improve their lives and their future. Unfortunately, many places around the powerlessness of the world experience due to decreased energy sources such as gas, trees, water and coal. Therefore, it is essential to seek…
  • Will a Solar Power System Work for You?

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    If you still think of going solar and find it difficult to choose the right provider and installer, then you’re in the right place. Here, we help you look more closely at how installing an outside residential solar reliable network allows you to save a lot of money and the best possible energy. Installation of solar panels With urban, rural and remote areas in search of green building design ideas, it becomes commonplace to leverage the significant focus and effective nature of these panels. The lead to large savings on energy bills with free electricity, off-grid solar systems are…
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    Elements of Leadership

  • ADHD At Work For Leaders

    Gary Cohen
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    by Gary Cohen Scaling our company to one of the top 5,000 companies in the US while managing undiagnosed ADHD was a challenge. People would come in to my office and start telling me what was on their mind. Eventually they would get to the point of the story, but meanwhile my mind would race—seeking a place to put my focus. “Can you get to the point already?” I would be thinking, but I would try to engage active listening, too, since I’d had a lot of training in that area. I would try hard to stay present and engaged, and to demonstrate that engagement to others. But it was a real…
  • Top 10 Questions Business Partners Fail to Ask

    Gary Cohen
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    by Gary Cohen As a business leader who built a company from 2 to 2,200 employees with a business partner, and as a business coach who has work with many business partnerships for over a decade, I know what gets said between business partners and what is often left unsaid. Today’s post is about the questions business partners should, but often fail to ask. Business partners usually value honest communication, but when they’re busy or just starting out, they don’t always know what information to ask for or to volunteer. They tend to rely too much on assumptions and…
  • The Well of Grief

    Gary Cohen
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:24 pm
    by Gary CohenThose who will not slip beneath the still surface on the well of grief turning downward through its black water to the place we cannot breathe will never know the source from which we drink, the secret water, cold and clear, nor find in the darkness glimmering the small round coins thrown by those who wished for something else. – David Whyte from Where Many Rivers Meet ©2007 Many Rivers Press   The post The Well of Grief appeared first on Elements of Leadership.
  • Gandhi Wisdom

    Gary Cohen
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    by Gary Cohen When Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, a professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely and always displayed animosity towards him. Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him as he expected, there were always “arguments” and confrontations. One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University, and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor said,”Mr Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.” Gandhi…
  • Don’t Drop the Values Ball

    Gary Cohen
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    by Gary Cohen Value Ball At CO2 Partners, we always begin strategic planning sessions with the organization’s values. It’s important to know who you are as an organization before deciding upon what you want to do and where you want to go. The values exercise we do involves identifying, prioritizing, and wordsmithing a set of values. It’s typically a one-day process that involves as many of the organization’s employees as possible–in order to increase input and buy-in. According to psychologists, seven is the number of items in a sequence we humans can hold in our…
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    Robin Sharma's Blog

  • How to Remember How Powerful You Are

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Robin Sharma reminds us that we were each born into greatness and that no evidence exists to suggest otherwise.
  • Why Mandela Won

    admin
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    To really LEAD your life, you and I absolutely must own that all that's in our lives right now is the result of our own actions. Every movement we've made has created a consequence. Every cause has had an effect...
  • Great Quotes for Hard Times

    admin
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:36 am
    Robin Sharma shares the 8 quotes that inspire him amid times of deep change and epic uncertainty.
  • The A-Player’s Creed

    admin
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Robin Sharma shares that an epic life is the birthright of everyone alive today.
  • My Eyes Burned

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Robin Sharma shares that the real heroes are the women and men, who every day, pursue a silent personal victory. A victory over average. A win against mediocrity. And a success above defeat.
 
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • The Reconnected Leader

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Norman PickavanceNorman Pickavance's new book, The Reconnected Leader, provides an eight-step model for implementing new practices to help leaders reconnect with their teams and reset the relationship the business has with its stakeholders.Those eight steps are:Discovering the power of purposeBuilding reconnected boardsCreating reconnected work environmentsNurturing a spirit of shared enterpriseConnecting with the wider worldCreating deeper customer connectionsInspiring connected innovatorsCreating a new model for your personal leadershipPickavance explains that all the following factors…
  • How To Give Praise To An Employee

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Entrepreneur magazine's February 2012 issue offers these great tips on how to give praise:Praise followed by criticism is not praise.Praise followed by praise is probably a little too much praise.Ending an expression of praise with "...and stuff" nullifies the praise.And,Make it timely.  The closer the recognition is to the behavior, the more likely the behavior will be repeated.Be sincere.  Be impromptu. Remember, a handwritten note is worth more than a gift card.Having trouble writing your handwritten note of praise?  Try this template to get you…
  • How To Really Listen

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    Here are some great tips from Michelle Tillis Lederman's book, The 11 Laws of Likability.  They are all about:what to do and what not to do to be a leader who's an effective listener:Do:Maintain eye contactLimit your talkingFocus on the speakerAsk questionsManage your emotionsListen with your eyes and earsListen for ideas and opportunitiesRemain open to the conversationConfirm understanding, paraphraseGive nonverbal messages that you are listening (nod, smile)Ignore distractionsDon't:InterruptShow signs of impatienceJudge or argue mentallyMultitask during a conversationProject…
  • Five Ways To Get More Ideas From Your Employees

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    Your employees have lots of ideas. So, be sure you provide the forums and mechanisms for your employees to share their ideas with you.Hold at least a few brainstorming sessions each year, as well.And, when you are brainstorming with your employees, try these five tips:Encourage ALL ideas.Don't evaluate or criticize ideas when they are first suggested.Ask for wild ideas. Often, the craziest ideas end up being the most useful.Shoot for quantity not quality during brainstorming.Encourage everyone to offer new combinations and improvements of old ideas.
  • The Three Ways To Discuss Change With Your Employees

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    When you communicate change to your team, explain the logical and rational reasons for the change:1. Explain how the change will make employees feel before, during and after the implementation.2. Explain the tactical plan and goals.3. Answer questions from your team.
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • The Language of Encouragement

    Kevin Eikenberry
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Some of the most powerful things in life are simple. Such is the case with encouragement. People are more productive, more focused and more successful in a positive and supportive environment than in a negative one. And we can help create that environment by being more encouraging. John Adair wrote, “Praise and recognition based on […] The post The Language of Encouragement appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Attention Remote Leaders – This Site is for YOU

    Kevin Eikenberry
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    In some ways, the title says it all. I’ve been observing the increasing struggle for organizations and individual leaders who lead others who are in a different time zone or country, rather than a down-the-hall office for a long time. And for several years I have been leading a remote team as well. All of […] The post Attention Remote Leaders – This Site is for YOU appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Where’s Waldo?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    How can Finding Waldo help you with goal setting and achievement? Check out this Remarkable TV episode to find out! You’ve surely seen the Where’s Waldo? posters, books and more. English illustrator Martin Handford created Waldo in what started as a series of children’s books where readers are challenged to find Waldo amongst many other […] The post Remarkable TV: Where’s Waldo? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • What Do You Stand For?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    As leaders we are in the influence business. Think about it – while it might be desirable and make our lives easier, we can’t make anyone do anything. (At least not for very long and without there being unintended consequences.) If we as leaders can’t control others, we must influence or persuade them. Without question, […] The post What Do You Stand For? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Powerful Free Content for New Leaders

    Kevin Eikenberry
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you are a new leader, a leader of leaders, or responsible for leadership development in your organization, STOP. Because what I’m about to announce is for YOU. Over 5 years ago, Guy Harris and I introduced the Bud to Boss Workshop. Just over 4 years ago, we released the bestselling book, From Bud to […] The post Powerful Free Content for New Leaders appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    David Burkus

  • 0606 | Herminia Ibarra

    david
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Herminia Ibarra is an expert on professional and leadership development. She is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning at INSEAD, the founding director of The Leadership Transition executive education program at INSEAD. She is the author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader. In this interview, we discuss how managers and executives at all levels can step up to leadership by making small but crucial changes in their jobs, their networks, and themselves. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook…
  • 0605 | L. David Marquet

    david
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    L. David Marquet is the author of Turn The Ship Around and the new workbook Turn YOUR Ship Around. He is a former submarine captain in the US Navy and sought-after leadership authority. In this interview, we discuss how to turn followers into leaders. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it at www.audibletrial.com/lead.
  • Win a Malcolm Gladwell Box Set

    david
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    I blame Malcolm Gladwell. As an undergraduate English major, I read Blink for the first time. Not only did it relieve me to learn that I didn’t have to be a novelist to be a “writer,” but it also sparked my interest in social science. I blame Gladwell for setting me down the road I am on. His books are beautiful and this box set is the first book designed to match that beauty. Enter now to win a FREE copy of this box set. You’ll also win the book I wrote as a result of his work, The Myths of Creativity. Click here to enter I’ve designed this giveaway so that if you share the…
  • 0604 | John Richard Bell

    david
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:18 pm
    John Richard Bell is a retired CEO, a strategy consultant, and author of Do Less Better. In this interview, we discuss the power of strategic sacrifice in complex world. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it at www.audibletrial.com/lead.
  • Win Signed Books from Liz Wiseman and Me

    david
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Liz Wiseman is amazing. I’ve been an admirer and friend of Liz’s for several years. I’m also an admirer of the idea that keeping a beginner mindset can heighten your creative and leadership ability. Thus, I am crazy excited for her new book Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work. It’s a deep dive in the concepts I touched on in the Expert Myth in The Myths of Creativity. Because they go so well together, I’m giving them away together. I’m giving away 7 copies of Rookie Smarts & The Myths of Creativity. [Click Here to Enter the Contest] I’ve…
 
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • L2L Infographic: Core Values of America’s Top 7 Tech Firms

    Tom Schulte
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    L2L Infographic: Core Values of America’s Top 7 Tech Firms Infographic Courtesy of MidAmerican Nazarene University The post L2L Infographic: Core Values of America’s Top 7 Tech Firms appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • On Leadership and Proactive Intentionality

    Dr. Dan Roberts
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    Every weekday, twice a day, I have to joy of playing in traffic with about 2.2 million of my closest friends (give or take a few thousand).  I live and […] The post On Leadership and Proactive Intentionality appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • The Roots of Leadership: Start With You

    Elliot Begoun
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    If you Google the word leadership you will find 490,000,000 results. A search on Amazon shows over 130,000 books referring to leadership. I think it is safe to say that […] The post The Roots of Leadership: Start With You appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • 6 Easy Ways to Achieve a Healthier Work-Life Balance

    Dawn Ellis
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Something in which every person craves is a healthy, successful working-life balance. But finding and maintaining this worshiped ideal is often trickier said than done. As you advanced into different […] The post 6 Easy Ways to Achieve a Healthier Work-Life Balance appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • On Leadership and Healing: Leaders Must Heal Themselves

    Leonard Doohan
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    When we read the papers these days, or watch television, or consult social media, we can easily be filled with sadness. And even despair. We seem to have “leaders” who […] The post On Leadership and Healing: Leaders Must Heal Themselves appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • Saying “No” Not an Option for Some High Achievers: Ask Madeleine

    Madeleine
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    Dear Madeleine, I’ve been with a small and very successful business for fifteen years and am a senior manager. Every time we want to try something new, I am asked to be in charge of it—even though I already have a full-time job and am running all the other initiatives and programs I’ve successfully started for the company. I keep saying yes because I enjoy the new projects and am good at them. However, I’m starting to feel that I’m being pushed to my limits and that I’m not able to keep up my standards on my work product, which makes me anxious. My bosses keep piling on more,…
  • The Curse of Unspoken Expectations – 3 Ways to Improve Teamwork and Collaboration

    Randy Conley
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Unspoken expectations are a curse upon relationships. It’s a surefire way to guarantee you will have conflict and discord that leads to poor teamwork and collaboration in the workplace. Some time ago I was working with a CEO to help him improve the levels of trust and engagement in his company. He had recently hired a Vice President from a competing organization in the same industry. This gentleman was highly successful in his previous organization and had excellent values and ethics—by all accounts a great hire. But the CEO was dissatisfied with the VP’s performance less than a…
  • Practicing Extreme Self Care—7 Ways to Get Started

    Madeleine
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    When Ken Blanchard and Don Shula’s book Everyone’s A Coach was released, professional coaches took umbrage. Some among us thought Well, that’s just not true. Not everyone is a coach. But over the years, I have come to see that anyone who is in the business of helping and serving others really can benefit by thinking of themselves as a coach. I recently was reminded of this concept and why it is important when working with a client who runs her own business providing direction and support for people signing up for Medicare. I told her “You are like a coach—and you have to take care…
  • 5 Tips for Building Clarity and Confidence at Work: Ask Madeleine

    Madeleine
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    Dear Madeleine, I’ve been in my job for 18 months and I’m good at it. I’m basically pretty clear about what I’m supposed to be doing, and I know my coworkers see me as dependable. My problem is that I can’t get any time with my boss. I send emails and leave voicemails with questions, but seldom get an answer from him. Even when he responds, he doesn’t answer my questions. To be fair, he travels all over the world so he is always on a plane or in an airport, managing time zones. And since the company downsized he now has about 15 direct reports, so I’m guessing he’s basically…
  • Motivation at Work: Six Action Steps for Leaders

    David Witt
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    Recent research into motivation has shown us that, at least in the corporate world, we don’t have the complete story. In their latest column for Training Industry Magazine Ken Blanchard and Scott Blanchard share that typical variations of the carrot and the stick—money, incentives, fear, or goal pressure—either don’t work very well or don’t have an enduring quality to achieve lasting motivation. Drawing on research from Blanchard senior consulting partner Susan Fowler, the two Blanchards explain that a better approach involves looking for ways to connect a task or goal to something…
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    The Executive Roundtable

  • Top Gear Fires Jeremy Clarkson: All hail actual leadership

    Glain
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about why there is so much anger and aggression everywhere. From watching Monica Lewinsky talk about online shaming, to posts in my facebook feed that are angry and derogatory (always veiled as jokes of course) to the comments section on just about everything (don’t read the comments and don’t feed the trolls!), it’s made me wonder what all this negative energy is doing to us. Too often people who are bullied are the ones put on the defensive while the bullies walk away intact. Especially online. But then you see a bright spark. And for…
  • Work hard, work harder: How we’re screwing up the pursuit of happiness.

    Glain
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Once upon a time, in a work galaxy far, far away, there was a mantra that companies used to use. It went like this: work hard, play hard. Over the past decade (or possibly more), the mantra has changed to work hard, work harder as companies move their focus from why they do what they do, to a single minded drive to make money and increase shareholder value. Sure, there are a few bright sparks on the horizon. A handful of companies are bringing back the drive for purpose – Zappos, G Adventures, Whole Foods to name a few – but they are overwhelmingly few and far between. In my observation,…
  • Kindness During My Worst Moment

    Julie
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:03 pm
    “Executive Roundtable team member Brenda Marshall, PhD shares her very touching story of how kindness made a difference to her during an extremely difficult time, as we continue to mark Random Acts of Kindness Week.” – Glain It was 6:30 a.m. , September 16, 2006. I’d been up for 24 hrs sitting bedside in a hospital with my younger brother as he battled some weird flu-like illness that had quickly escalated to critical. Hooked up to all kinds of tubes and now on life support he looked different. If he was to survive – the next 2 hours were critical. I stepped away from…
  • Have kindness, will travel.

    Julie
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:33 pm
    As part of Random Acts of Kindness Week, I asked the Executive Roundtable team for their take on kindness and what it means to them – here’s a great story I think you’ll enjoy! – Glain 18 hours of travel, 7 backpacks, 5 carry-ons, 3 bleary-eyed sleep-deprived tots and their 2 equally exhausted jet-lagged parents plus one shocked dog – we were a sight to behold I’m sure, as we threw ourselves onto the train platform in our new ‘home’. An international career move is a huge undertaking, make no mistake, and of all the things I remember from that day, I remember…
  • Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs….

    Julie
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Are you one of those people who’s always trying to do “one more thing”? Do you have difficulty slowing down, being on time (because you’re always pushing the number of activities you’re doing to the limit), or (god forbid) asking for help? Well, true confession: I’m one of those people. Last week, I came into our office to drop off a refill 18L jug of water before heading out to facilitate a wrap-up Roundtable group. I had a bit of extra time, so decided I was going to put the jug into the reservoir by myself. If you’ve ever wrestled an 18L jug of water into a dispenser by…
 
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    Enclaria: Influence Change at Work

  • Interview: Creating a Deliberately Developmental Organization

    Heather Stagl
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Andy Fleming, CEO & Founding Principal at Way to Grow, Inc. joined the show this month to tell us about Deliberately Developmental Organizations. Listen to learn what they are, and why you’d want your organization to be one, and how to go about implementing it in your organization. Listen to the show here (30 minutes):
  • Ten Types of Organizational Change

    Heather Stagl
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    Organizational change, or the change that happens at work, encompasses many different types of projects. While the general approach to influencing change is similar across projects, the specific details of how you implement each project will depend on what you’re trying to change. The first step towards customizing your change management approach is defining your change. To help you identify the type of change you’re implementing, here are ten examples of organizational change projects. Do you see yours on the list? Increasing Engagement In order to improve results, a manufacturer sought…
  • Two Ways to Deal with Change Snipers

    Heather Stagl
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:06 pm
    In my Gain Leadership Support webinar, part of the Design & Influence Irresistible Change webinar series, one of the categories of leaders I encourage change agents to plan for are Snipers. Snipers are people who might blindside you if you’re not paying attention, by exerting their influence at an inopportune moment, destroying your project’s momentum. They’re hard to spot, but one question you can ask yourself is, “Who would I like to just stay out of the way?” Flickr/Marc Crowther In today’s webinar, one of the attendees asked, how do you deal with…
  • Interview: Forget Work-Life Balance… It’s Role Integration

    Heather Stagl
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    As the lines between our work and the rest of our lives blur, it seems more difficult to navigate and differentiate between the two. According to this month’s guest, Dr. Jane Goldner, author of You Can Have YOUR All, the key is not work-life balance, it’s role integration. Tune in to hear how to know if you or others have poor “work-life balance” and what the impact on the organization is, and how to go about implementing role integration concepts at work. Listen to the show here (30 minutes):
  • Five Key Responsibilities of a Change Manager

    Heather Stagl
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    When you find yourself responsible for managing a change project at work, you might wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. It quickly becomes clear that the task is not as simple as letting people know what they should do and then standing back to let it happen, especially when you don’t have authority among those who need to change. Influencing change across even a subset of an organization takes a deliberate and continual effort by the individual or team that is trying to make it happen. So what are the activities a change manager must do to ultimately achieve the desired result for…
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    New Directions Consulting

  • New Directions Provides 2-Day Leadership Boot Camp Based on Bee Book

    Matthew Harrington
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Leadership Firm Launches Survival of the Hive Leadership Boot Camp for Companies New Directions, an innovative team-building and leadership development firm, launched their newest service focused on providing an intensive ‘boot camp-style’ course on organizational leadership.  The course, a 2-day immersive workshop, uses the firm’s recently published book Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive to create a fun, engaging and highly effective retreat for emerging leaders. Survival of the Hive, published by Authorhouse (2013), launches a new conversation about leadership…
  • Sidecar Leadership and the Need to Build Your Leadership Bench

    Matthew Harrington
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    According to a recent 2014 report from DDI and The Conference Board’s Global Leadership Forecast, the challenges CEOs see as most critical in the near future are human capital, customer relationships, innovation, and operational excellence. However, when asked if they feel prepared for these challenges 55%, more than half, indicated that they did not feel prepared. In our work we have the opportunity to partner and collaborate with top leaders in various organizations and when we ask them what they lose sleep about they go a bit deeper and more candid.  One of the top challenges that…
  • Harrington to Present at the Vermont Human Resource Association on the Millennial Generation Worker

    Matthew Harrington
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Leadership Speaker and Author Set to Address the Vermont HR Association about the Largest Generation of Workers in the Workplace (Colchester, VT) –– Matthew Harrington, leadership speaker and author specializing in the Millennial generation (1980-2001), will present for the Vermont Human Resource Association at their program “Fine Tuning Your Employees’ Acumen around Engagement and Effectiveness” on January 21, 2015 in Colchester, Vermont at the Hampton Inn. Harrington’s presentation titled, Strategically Understanding and Maximizing the Strengths of the Milllennial Generation…
  • Values: Why To Hire and Why To Fire

    Matthew Harrington
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    The values of an organization get a bad rap.  Usually they come after the prestigious mission and vision, don’t receive the proper time to be fully developed and are rarely used for what they were designed for.  At times they can be characterized as the ‘fluffy’ stuff or the ‘human interest’ piece of an organization with the thought that they are weak, fillers, and tacky. However, values are an incredibly important part of the holy trinity of strategic planning as they set the tone for any company or business moving forward.  Have you ever asked the questions:  “What would…
  • Professional Growth and Development Number One Driver for Millennials in 2014 Employee Engagement Trends Report

    Matthew Harrington
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    The 2014 Employee Engagement Trends Report, produced by Quantum Workplace, looked at over 400,000 employees of nearly 5,000 organizations and determined that professional growth and career development was the number one driver of successful engagement and retention among Millennial (1980-2001) employees. Additional research, conducted by The Ken Blanchard Companies, found that there was a gap of nearly 40% between how often employees had career conversations with their leader versus how often they desired these conversations.  The survey broke down job development (a 29% gap between actual…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • How to Get the Shit Out of Your Coding Skills

    Utpal Vaishnav
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:14 am
    Do you know how to get the shit out of your coding skills? No? You can do two things with your coding skills. Sell your skills on per-hour basis, a pretty good source of income, or use your skill to create an app, a product and experience the compound returns on your skills sooner or later. The developer who writes the code aggressively, without regard for her peers earning pretty good income for more or less the same skills, and partying out loud on the weekends more frequently than she could, often ends up with more opportunities on her way and more possibilities to influence the world…
  • Screw It, Let’s Do It!

    Utpal Vaishnav
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    “Screw It, Let’s Do It!” ~ Sir Richard Branson This is one of the most powerful advices one could ever get. It’s powerful because it can change lives. It’s powerful because it works … however, it’s not so easy to make it work. The reason is your #1 enemy who pretends to be your friend and lives inside you. Outside enemies are relatively easy to deal with. You know who they are. You know what their intentions are. You know you have to be careful or you’re gone. But the enemy inside you, the voice of procrastination and resistance,…
  • In Search of Self-Worth

    Utpal Vaishnav
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    Do you know what’s your self worth? Are you in search of things that are beyond the logical boundaries of sorts? Do you believe in … yourself, your vision, your co-founders, your product idea … … and your startup so deeply that others find your beliefs highly opinionated, unreasonable and outside the generally accepted norms? If so, then chances are you might be creating your destiny in a way you won’t regret later. But if your default is to never sound opinionated, unreasonable and you always strive to act within the accepted norms, then you’re probably…
  • Startup Founders And Social Validation

    Utpal Vaishnav
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    What is your first response when you encounter a tremor? You wonder if anyone else has also noticed the tremor. The need for “validation” is widespread and happens for incidents that don’t involve tremor as well. If those in your group feel something, you’ll too. That’s the reason we look around before we start clapping on really good speech by that inspiring guest speaker. Why should it matter if people in  your group felt the way you did about the episode? Because it matters. A lot. Social validation matters. Startup founders are no different. They…
  • The Perfect Time to Do the Exercise

    Utpal Vaishnav
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    The perfect time to do the exercise is when you don’t feel like doing it. The perfect time to do the exercise is when you don’t feel like it will have an immediate positive impact on your belly fat. The perfect time to exercise is when you have a choice not to do it. The perfect time to exercise is when you have realized that doing exercise is important and it is more worth than the time, energy and efforts it will take. Same is the case with learning a new skill or taking your spouse on an intentional date after 15 years of marriage. Same is the case with doing anything that you…
 
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    Eblin Group

  • What is the Creator’s Code?

    Scott
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    What do Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Spanx founder Sara Blakely and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank all have in common? Amy Wilkinson has done the research and knows the answer. She shares it in her new book, "The Creator's Code". (Audio)
  • Mindful Mondays: Are You the Firehose or the Nozzle?

    Scott
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    As you enter into countless live and virtual conversations this week, here's a question to consider. Are you the firehose or the nozzle? Here's a quick description of each and a few ways to tell the difference. To get the mental picture of a firehose, imagine the real thing hooked up to a fire hydrant on a summer day. The water is turned on full force and is just gushing everywhere and in no particular direction. There's a lot of waste and, other than getting the street soaked, very little is being accomplished.
  • Ten Ways to Lead Bigger

    Scott
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    As I wrote here a few months ago, the biggest development opportunity for many of the rising leaders I work with as an executive coach is to play a bigger game. Once a leader achieves a level of mastery in leading his or her functional team, the next step is to play a bigger leadership role (informal, formal or both) in the broader organization. This dynamic has come up in a couple of coaching conversations I’ve had lately which prompts me to share these ten tips for how you or the rising leaders you work with can step up and lead bigger.
  • Mindful Mondays: One Less, One More

    Scott
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    We’ve all heard the phrase less is more. Perhaps it’s also true that more is less. I think that’s where Robbie Vorhaus is coming from with his recent book, "One Less. One More. Follow Your Heart. Be Happy. Change Slowly". Vorhaus is a well respected crisis expert and communications strategist with years of experience advising corporate leaders, government officials and celebrities about how to get things back on track when they’ve run off the rails.
  • Make Better Choices for Better Time Management

    Scott
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    There's a very high likelihood that you've heard the counsel to spend your time on the things that are important but not urgent. Easy to advise, hard to do, right? It's all too easy to end up spending your day reacting to things that are both urgent and important or, worse, not that important to you but urgent to someone else. And, after hours and days of that, burnout can easily occur and you end up wasting your time and attention on stuff that is neither urgent or important just to get some relief. (Audio)
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    StrategyDriven

  • The risk of 9 to 5. And the reality of BEFORE and AFTER.

    Jeffrey Gitomer
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    95 percent of all salespeople try to fit their sales day into a normal workday. They want their day to be from 9 to 5, maybe from 8 to 5, maybe even from 8 to 6, but very little before that or after that. The reality is, that 9 to 5 is the riskiest time and the worst time to make sales. Especially a new sale, a sales call, or a cold call to a prospect. People are busy doing THEIR stuff from 9 to 5. NOTE WELL: If you have a solid relationship with your customer, and are doing ongoing business, you have a good chance of making a daytime appointment. But a new sale, or a new prospect, you have…
  • Leadership Inspiration – Foregoing the Advantage

    StrategyDriven
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    “Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.” Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881) Earl of Beaconsfield You just finished reading Leadership Inspiration - Foregoing the Advantage! Consider leaving a comment! If you enjoyed this article, let us keep you up-to-date on other newly published insights by signing up for our complimentary StrategyDriven Newsletter Copyright 2007-2015 by StrategyDriven Enterprises, LLC. This content is intended for personal and non-commercial use only. All rights reserved. Please…
  • The Women’s Economy Starts Here

    Michelle Patterson
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    For the first time in this nation’s history, women are now the majority of the work force and what a force that is. As the number of entrepreneurial women rises, it is clear that this country’s economy can begin to move in the right direction as long as these women begin to be treated equally; however this isn’t the case. Just recently, the pay equity bill failed to pass that would ensure equal pay for women. On average in this country, women make $0.85 on the dollar compared to men- and that’s Caucasian women, it drops dramatically when you look at other Ethnic groups. This is a…
  • Corrective Action Program Best Practice 15 – Condition Report Review Meetings

    Nathan Ives
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    Effective corrective action programs promptly and consistently screen newly reported issues for their impact on the organization’s vision, mission, values, and goals. 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…
  • How’s your networking working? Better if you follow the rules.

    Jeffrey Gitomer
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    I went to a networking meeting last week hosted by a formal networking organization called Business Network International. Many of you know this group. They have meetings all over the world. This particular chapter meeting was in New York City, and is populated by sophisticated business people who are on fire. NOTE WELL: NYC business people, in general, take no prisoners. This BNI chapter takes no amateurs. And their meetings are exceptionally well structured. I went as a guest – without an agenda – just to meet people and provide value. HISTORY: I began my networking career more than 25…
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    Exkalibur.com

  • Are you a Successful Leader? Are you a Lifelong Learner? Pick Two!

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    When we’re in the Spotlight of Leadership, our behavior is always on display. What are these behaviors and where can we get Inspiration to be a Leader Worth Following? As a leader, you don’t have the luxury of paying attention to just a few things, or only to what you most enjoy. There are simply too many issues that confront you as a leader working hard to build a successful organization: How can I develop a world-class leadership team to make sure we’re growing in a competitive environment? How can I build an accountable organization that collaborates to achieve the best…
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    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
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  • Starting Today – The 5 Tools I Can’t Live Without

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’m old enough to remember how awesome it was to have several female friends who would help me sneak into the girls’ dormitory after curfew.   It was a bit tricky to traipse though the bushes with a small flashlight to find the back door … you prayed none of the “dorm mothers” were hovering … but it was exhilarating when you found the door slightly ajar and no adult supervision in sight. It was a risky gambit because you knew those dorm mothers were particularly vigilant and relished nothing more than trapping a male intruder and banishing him to the…
  • Don’t skip this! Create Goals that You Can Actually Achieve

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    Creating goals that have meaning “It’s just a goal.” That’s a phrase I’ve heard too many times when a business leader engages in a performance review with an employee or when companies embark on a corporate planning effort. Do they mean that a goal is more like a road sign, pointing the way without regard for whether you actually arrive? Is it like the proverbial carrot dangled on the stick in front of us, with some motivational value but with no expectation that we will ever feast upon it? Make your goals realistically achievable I don’t think this helps much. When JFK announced…
  • Have You Created a Battle Plan – or is Hope your only Strategy?

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Most of us weren’t around during World War II … but D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion of all time. It involved over 250,000 troops and 15,000 ships landing along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944. Luck? Accident? … or the result of rigorous strategic planning and project management? Could this happen without planning? “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, (Our 34th President) Did General Eisenhower, the Allied Supreme Commander, lead this effort without…
 
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    The Clemmer Group » Blog

  • Checking Your Coaching Skills

    Jim Clemmer
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    We have seen a dramatic increase in the use of coaching as a tool for leadership development over the past few years. And for good reason…the list of benefits is impressive: improved productivity high-energy company culture dynamic supervisor/employee relationships creative problem solving greater risk taking heightened innovation, and higher levels of customer service and satisfaction Is your organization using coaching effectively? Last month Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman focused on successful coaching in their webinar, Train Your Managers to Coach and Give Feedback. They combined their own…
  • Video Clip: Feedback Pinpoints Perceptions of Leadership Effectiveness

    Jim Clemmer
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    As I described recently in “Courageous Leaders Ask for Feedback“, strong leaders encourage feedback, and reap the benefit in their improved leadership and coaching effectiveness. Feedback from others is twice as valid as our own self-assessment, and provides a double value: insight into how others perceive our current leadership effectiveness and assurance that our route to increased effectiveness is based on accurate information. In this three minute video clip, Feedback Pinpoints Perceptions of Leadership Effectiveness, I discuss the importance of uncovering how our leadership…
  • What’s the Meaning of Your Work?

    Jim Clemmer
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Any job can become a career or calling, and any career or calling can become a job. A scientist, physician, or pastor may have initially felt called. But if he or she finds work has become drudgery, it’s now a job. An hourly production worker or hospitality server may have started in a job and progressed to feeling a calling to make better products, happier people, or the world a little better place. He or she now has a career or even a calling. Job A means to some other end. Provides financial support. Not much else expected from the work. Little loyalty or emotional commitment…
  • The Quality of our Communication Determines the Quality of our Lives and Workplaces

    Jim Clemmer
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Ironically, in today’s age of instantaneous communication and technologies that have made us a global village, communication breakdowns are the single biggest complaint we hear from our Clients. It’s a complex issue with both cause and effect tightly intertwined. In many cases, people don’t have the skills to address tough issues with each other. And so they do it poorly and raise defensiveness in the other person, or stir up conflict that can get personal and quite vicious. Many times people are afraid to speak up because they have seen others who have been ostracized,…
  • Powerful Combination: Technical Expertise and Relationship Building Skills

    Jim Clemmer
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Craig was a brilliant young engineer who aspired to be the go-to technical leader in his company. He studied journals and books, attended professional conferences, enrolled in technical courses, and was active in his professional association. He prided himself in his outstanding academic ratings. He routinely aced technical exams and scored in the top 10% of his class. As Craig’s technical expertise, experience, and confidence grew, he became increasingly puzzled by how infrequently he was consulted by others for his technical advice. So when a career development opportunity was…
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    The Forum Corporation

  • Forum Named a Top 20 Sales Training Company by TrainingIndustry.com for Fifth Consecutive Year

    Brian Hawthorne
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The Forum Corporation is once again pleased to announce that we have been named a Top 20 Sales Training Company by TrainingIndustry.com for a fifth consecutive year! This award would not be possible without the continued relationships of our exceptional clients and partners who work with us to help salespeople develop strategy-specific skills and improve their overall performance. TrainingIndustry.com compiles its annual Top 20 Sales Training Companies list to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of outstanding service, and a proven track record for…
  • Old Goat Singapore – 3 Ways Business can Lead the Flock in the Year of ‘Yang’

    Cindy Stuckey
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    February 19 was the start of a new year in the Chinese zodiac. The year of the horse galloped on by, making way for the year of ‘Yang’ the sheep, goat or gazelle depending on which prophet you follow. For some, Singapore may be seen as an old goat in Southeast Asia; an established economy fighting to remain relevant against a number of competitive newcomers in the region, with the year of ‘Yang’ possibly offering more head-butts and side-kicks to productivity rather than a lucrative golden fleece. But if anything, Singapore is persistent and is no stranger to tribulation. The ways in…
  • How to Retain the Best People and Develop a Healthy Pipeline of Talent

    David Robertson
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    People have a fundamental need to feel they are progressing, or they will leave. So a successful learning strategy is one where there’s visible commitment throughout the organisation to developing talent that is owned on three levels; by the company, manager and employee. To address these three levels of ownership organisations can: 1. Create a ‘nurturing talent’ programme for all levels of leadership This programme should help leaders understand their role in coaching and nurturing talent development and developing the leadership pipeline, and how this drives the business…
  • Forum Named TrainingIndustry.com Top 20 Leadership Training Companies for the Sixth Year in a Row!

    Brian Hawthorne
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    We are once again thrilled to announce that for the sixth straight year, Forum has been named a TrainingIndustry.com Top 20 Leadership Training Company. As with any award, this honor would not be possible without the continued collaboration with our clients and the hard work of all Forum employees, facilitators and valued partners. TrainingIndustry.com compiles this annual list to monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. Selection of the Top 20 Leadership Training Companies was based on the following criteria: Thought leadership and…
  • Celebrating Women in Business – Part 1

    Nithya Ramaswamy
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    As we mark the International Women`s Day this Sunday we at Forum celebrate all women in business for their achievements. Often challenging, female leadership is on the rise and we would like to inspire and encourage all aspiring women by sharing insights from our very own senior female executives. Launching today, we are starting our “Celebrating Women in Business” monthly series, where Forum’s female leaders will share their challenges and advice on succeeding in business. Starting the series, Nithya Ramaswamy, Design and Development Consultant shares her personal and professional…
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    Stop Workplace Drama

  • Why Communication is a Critical Skill Not a Soft Skill

    Stop Workplace Drama
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Starting emails without a warm introduction brands you as one without manners. Writing an email that way too long or detailed brands you as one who will waste someone’s time. Letting voice mai back up brands you as unorganized or overwhelmed. Losing control of a meeting brands you as one who can't lead. Interrupting while someone is talking brands you as insensitive. Letting your communication flow into endless stories instead of getting to the point brands you as scattered. Criticizing and blaming brands you as one who is irresponsible.
  • Better to Complain than Ask

    Stop Workplace Drama
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    I often find myself throughout the day listening and observing the behaviors of personnel and today it dawned on me that many would rather complain than ask for what they want or what they need. It makes me ponder the question, Why? Is it that they don't believe they can have or get what they want? Or, is it just better to complain and have an excuse to why something can't be done?
  • Reinterpreting Thoughts to Increase Leadership Effectiveness

    Stop Workplace Drama
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    The skill of separating fact from feeling helps managers and supervisors become critical thinking. An equally important skill is to learn how to reinterpret your thoughts.
  • Enlightened Leadership: The Power to Create

    Stop Workplace Drama
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    You don’t need a jubilee, a special event, a limited offer, an authority figure, or the allure of a beautiful building to transform your life or your business. As a leader you can choose to step into a new truth through your power to create.
  • 15 Things to Stop Saying in 2015

    Stop Workplace Drama
    27 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you want more power in your life change your language. Here are 15 phrases to throw away in 2015 in order to step into your power.
 
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    Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership

  • How to Change Someone Who Doesn’t Want to Change

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:08 am
    The post How to Change Someone Who Doesn’t Want to Change appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.
  • Strong Leaders Ask For Help

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
    If you are in a leadership role, chances are you believe it’s better to give than to receive. Which means you also probably believe you should … always be competent … never make mistakes … always be strong and that you should only receive when you have something to give in return. The problem with this attitude is that when you are in a situation where you don’t have a choice and must receive, you are likely to feel … humiliated … incompetent … stupid We hear “it’s better to give than to receive” but the truth is: It’s easier to give than to receive, but not always…
  • Small Companies Need Clear Values

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Springtime reminds me of fruit trees and the power of values-driven companies – or more accurately – the cost of NOT being one. Small companies often think they don’t need to bother with things like mission and values – that those are things for large companies. Big mistake. It’s why our tree service company lost our business. They were very nice people, dependable and a good price. But they did not communicate guiding values to their employees, and one of them endangered my son’s health. That was a show-stopper. Here’s what happened. One lovely spring afternoon,…
  • Situational Team Decision-Making: Collaboration Does Not Require Consensus

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
      There are six ways teams can make decisions. Some people believe that in a collaborative environment, consensus is the best. But that’s a big mistake. Pushing for consensus when it’s not needed actually makes collaboration more difficult. The best collaborative environments are situational in their approach to team decision-making. You make countless decisions every day. Knowing when and how you need to involve others, and the best team decision-making method for each situation, will help you make the right decisions, will make implementation easier and will save time in the…
  • Why Nobody Noticed You Changed and 5 Things You Can Do To Make Change Stick

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
    Did you ever get feedback that your behavior was having a negative impact on others? Perhaps you were told you’re too critical… or don’t listen enough… or are micro-managing your team… or even the other end – that you’re not involved enough? Have you ever worked hard to change that behavior, perhaps even worked with a coach, but then got feedback that they still saw you as a frog… not the prince or princess you thought you had become? If so, you’ve not alone. One of the most common reasons people revert to old behavior patterns is because of lack of appreciation of their…
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    Braithwaite Innovation Group

  • How Savvy Are You About Office Politics?

    Bonnie Marcus
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Bonnie Marcus, author of The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead (Wiley, March 2015). You can learn more by visiting her site or by picking up a copy on Amazon.   Political savvy is critical for career success and the good news is that you don’t ... The post How Savvy Are You About Office Politics? appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Women, High Heels and L.E.A.D.

    Debora McLaughlin
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Debora McLaughlin, CEO of The Renegade Leader Coaching and Consulting Group, executive coach, and author. Debora helps business owners, executives, and managers ignite their inner renegade leader to unleash their full potential, drive their visions, and yield positive results both in business and in life.     I’d like to see business ... The post Women, High Heels and L.E.A.D. appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Solitude: a surprise tool for making important decisions

    Edward G. Brown
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    Edward G. Brown is today’s guest contributor. He is the author of The Time Bandit Solution: Recovering Stolen Time You Never Knew You Had and co-founder of Cohen Brown Management Group, the #1 firm in culture change management consulting and training for the financial services industry. You can connect with Edward on Twitter.   “What? ... The post Solitude: a surprise tool for making important decisions appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Gender equality: what will it take to make us pay attention?

    Jane Perdue
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
      The national movement that’s begun in sports to hold domestic violence abusers accountable is gratifying and long overdue. I live in South Carolina, which for too long, has been one of the worst states for violence against women. State government is currently on a (hopeful) path to finally enacting some meaningful legislation. Interest and ... The post Gender equality: what will it take to make us pay attention? appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • IWD 2015: Women & Men Make It Happen

    Jane Perdue
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    “In 2015, ‘awareness’ is out—action is in” — reads a TIME post for International Women’s Day. Agreed, it is time for more action around gender equality, but let’s not totally discard the awareness! Paying attention keeps men and women focused on the issues. Being under the microscope is good because without it progress slows, even stops. ... The post IWD 2015: Women & Men Make It Happen appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
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    Skywalk Group

  • Using Smart Goals to Drive Higher Levels of Performance and Accountability By Sarah Hall

    Skywalk Group
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Clearly defined performance standards are specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented and time-framed. While vague goals and unspecified time limits tend to confuse day-to-day activities, clearly specified performance standards make it easy for team members to carry out daily activities. In order for your team to commit to an organizational goal, they must feel they have been a part of the decision-making process. Solicit team member input when establishing goals and work with team members in setting realistic performance standards that speak to the overarching organizational goals.
  • Skywalk Group Welcomes New Director of Client Services

    Skywalk Group
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Tina Steffens has joined Skywalk Group as Director of Client Services. “Tina is an accomplished operations professional with a proven track record of building and leading successful teams. She has established herself as a consummate professional and has been recognized for establishing solid client relationships, positively impacting processes, growing and developing industry leading teams, managing complex projects, and expanding business, all traits we need at this juncture in our growth,” said Elizabeth Trcka, a partner of Skywalk Group. Tina has held various leadership positions…
  • A Discussion on Ethics by Carla Werning

    Skywalk Group
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    This morning in my inbox landed the Ethisphere Institute 2015 Most Ethical Companies list. This year’s 132 honorees span 21 countries from five continents and represent over 50 industries. In its ninth year, the list includes 15 nine-time honorees and 11 first-time honorees. It’s an impressive list – be sure to check it out here: http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/. Around the office, we had the discussion as to what it might actually take to make this list. It’s a tough list to join in a world where we are sometimes forced to focus on the bottom line –…
  • Sign Up Now For Leadership Training

    Skywalk Group
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Beginning in February 2015, Skywalk Group is hosting a leadership workshop designed to help leaders develop key competencies to enhance their current skills, as well as help them grow for future jobs opportunities.  The workshop is first come/first serve, with 12 open spots. Each class will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Skywalk Group Training Room located at 221 2nd Ave SE, Suite #240. Registration must be completed no later than Friday, January 23, if spots are still available at that time. The workshop is $995 per person and includes e-learning, workbooks and a continental…
  • Rethink Your Sales Management Strategy As You Plan For 2015

    Skywalk Group
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    The recent announcement that the U.S. economy is on pace for its sharpest year of labor expansion in 15 years, combined with the fact that the unemployment rate dropped to the lowest rate in six years (5.8%), confirms what many have already felt – 2014 was good, but 2015 can be great. Now is the time of year when many leaders begin to project revenues for 2015. As you are gazing into the revenue projection crystal ball, you may want to take some time to rethink how you manage your sales professionals. If you are using the same approach to sales leadership you did five years ago, you may…
 
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    Business Fitness

  • Identity Lost? Try Finding It in “We.” | Commitment to “The Band”

    Dawn Lennon
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    I’ve done it and I suspect you have too. I’ve asked myself these exasperating questions: Who am I really? Am I the person others think I am–in my family, at work, among my friends? Is my identity a product of … Continue reading →
  • Caught in a Vortex of Expectations? Listen to Find Your Way Out.

    Dawn Lennon
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    I’ve always had a strong dependency on words. They help me get a grip on the world around me and the nature of people who could hurt or help me. They’ve often saved me from myself. There’s so much going … Continue reading →
  • Unearthing Your Creative Side: It’s All in How You Dig.

    Dawn Lennon
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    I love a good book. A gripping play. A haunting song. An elegant sculpture. A graceful dance. All that artistry, that creativity, fully on display astounds and moves me. I also love a well-designed plan. A complex project that comes … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #7 | Showing Respect

    Dawn Lennon
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Do you have a question about supervising that you would like me to answer here? If so, please put it in a comment after this post or any that preceded it. This series will continue based on those questions, so … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #6 | Misreading Employees

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

  • Upcoming Webinar | Leading for Results: From Collective Impact to Large-Scale Social Change

    Miriam Persley
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    Friday, April 17, 2015| 10-11am PSTPresenters: Ashley B. Stewart, Senior Associate, Talent and Leadership Development, Annie E. Casey FoundationMichelle Martin, Chief Operating Officer, Northside Achievement ZoneSuggested Donation $30 What is the best way for leaders in the field of social change to move from intention to action? How can diverse groups work together to improve outcomes for children and families? For more than 20 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been helping people develop the skills, the behaviors and the relationships they need to lead organizations and…
  • Webinar Recap: Building a National Network of Leaders: Replicating the BCLI (March 2015)

    Miriam Persley
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Building a National Network of Leadership: Replicating the BCLIPresenters:  Uma Viswanathan and Terri Thao | March 2015The Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) is a six-month fellowship that trains and places advocates from low-income communities of color onto local and regional boards and commissions through the Bay Area. Preparing mid-career leaders to leverage and enhance their knowledge, skills, and networks to enter political life, the BCLI is not just an individual leadership development program. It is a strategy to change the face of politics, creating a network…
  • Upcoming Webinar | Pioneers in Social Justice: Bolstering leaders, organizations, and networks to navigate changing landscapes

    Miriam Persley
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    March 31, 2015 | 11am-12pm PacificSuggested Donation $30 Session DescriptionNonprofit leaders working to promote a more democratic and just society are grappling with how to adapt legacy organizations founded in an “analog” era to new realities shaped by the power of networks and technology. Concurrently, a growing number of grantmakers seek to support the leaders and organizations navigating these shifts – which can require funding new approaches to the work. This interactive session will explore concrete examples of how pioneering social justice leaders have embraced…
  • Appreciation for our Taproot Team

    Natalia Castaneda
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    Photo Courtesy of Deborah MeehanA few months ago we were awarded a Taproot Service Grant for Salesforce implementation.  As we mentioned in a previous article, we are focusing on strategic expansion over the next few years, prioritizing fundraising and relationship management as critical elements to successful growth and engagement.  Salesforce is an ideal solution for our organization as we have fifteen years worth of data and contacts representing thousands of leadership development stakeholders across the nation and beyond.  We are glad to announce that our Taproot team…
  • Continuing To Commit To Racial Equity

    Miriam Persley
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
     As many of you are aware, in the recent months a growing movement is changing perspectives in many communities. People have taken to the streets, conversations have started not only in the privacy of homes but also through social media about how #BlackLivesMatter. LLC has engaged many of you through our own articles and we are continuing to work with the Racial Equity Leadership Network here in Oakland to dive deeper into these important conversations on how we can all contribute to tearing down and healing from the systems of racism we are all a part of.  Towards my own growth in…
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    Leadership and Management

  • A picture is worth a thousand words

    virk
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
     Don’t get stuck on design without looking into user experience Don’t start refinement too early or else you may miss out best solution   How random data can be interpreted depends upon experience and creativity Always remember, keep is succinct as much as possible   Credit pictures – Internet. If any of the above shared […]
  • 5 Leadership Quotes

    virk
    22 May 2014 | 1:34 pm
      It all comes down to the decisions a leader makes. I believe following 5 quotes will inspire you as well. Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. – Henry Ford By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. – Ben Franklin Diversity in counsel, unity in command. – Cyrus the Great […]
  • Solving the Blabbing Leader Problem | Leadership Freak

    virk
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    This is ONE of the excellent posts of 2014. It has lots of good actionable info. Read it and apply it. http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/solving-the-blabbing-leader-problem/
  • Art of Encouragement – its more than just saying ‘good job’

    virk
    13 Nov 2013 | 8:54 am
    Once I was asked a straightforward question that when all are paid to do their job, why we need encouragement or praise here? Why won’t people do what they are supposed to do? As George Matthew Adams said, there are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement […]
  • How to deal with fools in your life

    virk
    25 Jan 2013 | 8:11 am
        I was puzzled for many days due to irrational behavior of someone.  I was reading a book by Robert Greene called Mastery and it had a section that helped me keep my sanity.  This prompted me to share the one page of info from this book (mostly as it is) for anyone who […]
 
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    LeadershipWatch

  • East and West Perceive Authority Differently. And It Affects Your Cross-Cultural Team

    Aad Boot
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    When working with cross-cultural teams, especially teams where East meets West, team members can have very different perceptions of authority. Are you aware that these different perceptions affect the functioning of your team, and your role as a business leader?...
  • 5 Unusual Statements that Reveal how Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Thinks

    Hanneke Siebelink
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:43 am
    What is your first thought when you hear the name Jack Ma? The king of e- and mobile commerce? The richest man in China? How did the founder and chairman of the Alibaba Group (Alibaba’s recent IPO was the largest in world history) build his success, and that of the countless people using Alibaba’s trading platforms? What lessons does he want to share?
  • Collaboration that Generates Results: 5 Articles with Interesting Tips

    Aad Boot
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Not so long ago, I was asked by a client to help with the rollout of a large corporate transformation program. One thing quickly became clear: producing tangible results will in large part depend on the quality of collaboration between...
  • Leading Indian-Dutch Business Teams: 3 Insights that Help Create Results

    Aad Boot
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I advised and facilitated newly formed Indian-Dutch business teams – this in the context of a recent acquisition of a Dutch and very innovative SME by an Indian multinational in the pharmaceutical sector. I (myself...
  • Leading Change: 3 Key Tips from Wi-Fi Pioneer Cees Links

    Hanneke Siebelink
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Did you ever hear the story of how Cees (‘Case’) Links, whose boyish face lights up behind his glasses when he recounts it now, convinced Steve Jobs to embrace Wi-Fi, the wireless internet technology he co-invented? He spent almost a decade pursuing the idea, which nobody thought particularly useful. Until finally, in 2000, the tipping point arrived.
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    Travis Robertson » Travis Robertson - Robertson Coaching International

  • Creating a Daily Routine

    Travis Robertson
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Have you ever wondered how the most successful agents structure their days? It’s a question that comes up a lot so, I’m going to walk you through how to create a daily routine just like the top agents in the industry. Having a routine may be the most important step you can take if you want to grow your income. Yet so few agents actually have one. Develop yours today! The post Creating a Daily Routine appeared first on Travis Robertson.
  • How to Convert More Listing Appointments

    Travis Robertson
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    If you want to ensure that when you walk into a listing appointment you’re walking away with the listing, there’s a few things you have to be doing. Whether it’s implementing a strategic marketing plan, creating testimonial videos, or mastering your professional listing presentation, you need to develop a strategy to stay in front of your leads before and after the appointment! How to Convert More Listing Appointments Converting on listing appointments are something a lot of agents could use some help on. Have you ever wondered what you could be doing to improve your…
  • How to On-board a New Administrative Assistant

    Travis Robertson
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    When it comes to hiring an new administrative assistant, getting them on-board and up and running is just as important as finding a good fit. You know you need an assistant and you know what qualities to be looking for in that person, so now you need to know what the process of actually bringing them on the team looks like. These 5 steps will insure that you get your new hire on the team and as productive as possible sooner rather than later.  Put this process in place and take back control of your time! How to On-board a New Administrative Assistant When it comes to hiring an…
  • Best Qualities for an Administrative Assistant

    Travis Robertson
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Welcome to part 2 in our series on hiring an administrative assistants! In the previous video, I walked you through how to know when it was the right time to hire an administrative assistant. The next question you should be asking is “what should I look for in an admin?” If you want to hire an assistant to help take your business to the next level, you need to be looking for these five qualities in your applicants. Slow down your hiring process and make sure they are truly a good fit! Best Qualities for an Administrative Assistant Continuing the theme of administrative assistant,…
  • When to Hire an Assistant

    Travis Robertson
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    This is a frequently asked question: when should I hire an admin? How do I know if it’s the right time? Travis Robertson dives in and explains the five tell tale signs that you’re ready for an administrative assistant. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, behind on your follow-up calls and emails, and unorganized, this video is for you! Are you ready to hire an admin? When to Hire an Assistant This is a question I get asked all the time. “Travis, when should I bring on an admin? How do I know if it’s the right time?” Today we’re going to be looking at five…
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    Minding Gaps

  • The Simple Secret to All Great Leadership

    Minding Gaps
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    By Thomas J. Lee On any given day, the people you seek to lead may or may not hear, understand, believe, remember, or appreciate what you have to say. Nevertheless, you must speak your truth, and you must speak it often. On any given day, the people you seek to lead will always notice, observe and remember what you do and how you do it. Never forget that people are always watching you. They are constantly comparing what you do and what you neglect or decline to do with what you say and what you said. That's accountability, and you like accountability. Finally, on any given day, the people you…
  • 'Communication Is the Real Work of Leadership'

    Minding Gaps
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Gleacher Center, The University of Chicago Our new venue for Master Class: Extraordinary Leadership, Extraordinary Engagement and The Serving Leader: Adventures in Servant Leadership “Communication is the real work of leadership,” Harvard Business School dean Nitin Nohria likes to say. We emphatically agree. We have been saying it for years: Successful leaders communicate their vision or concern or priority with clarity, with coherence, and with credibility. People know what the leaders think, what they feel, and what they believe. There is no doubt, no confusion, no vacillation. Think of…
  • Leadership and the Proverbial Dessert Cart

    Minding Gaps
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    By Thomas J. Lee Think back to the last time you took the family out for a casual dinner. When it came to dessert, chances are the waiters didn't just bring you a simple printed menu. More likely, they either described the choices in colorful language or, even more likely, brought a dessert cart to show you (and especially your kids) what you could order. That wasn't by whim or accident. It was deliberate and carefully planned. By describing or illustrating the selections, the restaurant was expanding your possible options and, in the process, making it much more likely you would order that…
  • A Leadership Lesson on Vulnerability — from the Oscars

    Minding Gaps
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:05 pm
    By Thomas J. Lee Anyone who watched the Academy Awards the other night — and 36 million people did — had to be struck by the courageous candor of Graham Moore, the 33-year-old writer who won an Oscar for The Imitation Game screenplay. The movie starred Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the brilliant British mathematician who is remembered today as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. Turing did as much as anyone to win World War II for the Allies by cracking Enigma, the Third Reich's complex, mechanized process of encoding messages. In spite of his intellectual…
  • Why Are So Many Leaders Such Poor Listeners?

    Minding Gaps
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:33 am
    By Thomas J. Lee Readers of this blog have little in common with one another. You live all around the world. You're young and old. You're rich and poor, man and woman, black and white. But you do have a couple of things in common. One, you are interested in leadership and in the communication that enables and energizes it. Two, on the whole, you're a fairly bright bunch of people. But that last thing, that can be a problem. It's certainly a problem for anyone who aspires to lead people on a journey of change. Why? Simply because intelligence can get in the way of leading. Some of the worst…
 
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Why You Need a Big Beefy Guy Employment Brand

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Despite the push for healthy eating driving a 25% decline in frozen meals over the past 5 years, Hungry-Man dinners has seen a growth in sales. The lesson here? Your employment brand needs to speak to your target audience like Hungry-Man dinners speak to big beefy guys who like high calorie, unhealthy food!
  • How HR Can Transition from Business Partner to Business Leader

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    The demand for HR leadership is high, and yet research shows that organizations and HR skills are not keeping up with business needs. Here’s why HR professionals need to keep up with the pace of change in business, and five ways they can get there.
  • 5 Lessons in Organizational Engagement from Honeybees

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    A beehive is a hub of teamwork and productivity. From the average working bee to the queen bee herself, everyone has their role to play to help the hive survive... and produce some pretty sweet results! David Zinger shares 5 lessons in organizational engagement we can learn from these small indefatigable workers.
  • Accelerate Leadership & Employee Development with Halogen TalentSpace™

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    When it comes to helping our customers build their world-class workforces, we take that commitment seriously. It’s why we offer tools, resources and services that make employee feedback and coaching, as well as learning and development, a tangible and integral element of performance management. Here’s how the latest Halogen TalentSpace release reinforces that commitment.
  • Got an Hour? Train Your Team

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Given the realities of today’s time-starved workplace, it’s easy to let training and development fall by the wayside. Yet, it’s under these always-increasing pressures to perform better and faster that learning is more crucial than ever. Julie Winkle-Giulioni shares how you can get the biggest impact from training in a small amount of time – just one hour!
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    mgmtideas.com - Latest Content

  • Idea from the Vault: Understanding Your Employees' Goals

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Leaders can reduce the risk of losing good people for the wrong reasons by working with them to understand their passions and career goals and serving up challenging assignments that help them grow from where they are to where they would like to go. Customizing opportunities to each employee requires understanding that person's goals, motivations, and values. It's a simple process, but very few leaders do it—or even know how to. Take a look at these questions and answer them as you believe one of your direct reports would: What are your proudest accomplishments and biggest…
 
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    Peter Barron Stark Companies

  • The Arrogant Leadership Test

    Peter Barron Stark
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Arrogant leaders operate under the belief that they are simply confident go-getters. Actually, arrogant leaders believe a lot of things about themselves that are; A) false, and B) severely detrimental to their success as a leader. Arrogance is leadership repellant. There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. When leaders are confident, they have a deep belief in their ability to make a difference in the world. Confidence is an important competency in leadership, and it is critical to your success. Confidence is motivating and inspirational to others.  It gives you the ability to…
  • The 5 Signs of a Thriving Workplace Culture

    Peter Barron Stark
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    Most people would agree that the culture of your organization is critically important to its success. As Peter Drucker said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Consider these examples for a minute. Zappos has a culture famous for delivering WOW levels of customer service. Southwest Airlines is known for being fun and rewarding employees who draw outside the lines.  Apple has a culture famous for rewarding people who develop innovative and distinctively designed products.  Fortune 100 CEO’s are also acknowledging the importance of culture.Ginny Rometty, the CEO at IBM, says that…
  • Top 10 Traits of a Confident & Competent Leader

    Peter Barron Stark
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    If you were to write down all of the traits a strong leader should have, you could create quite an impressive list. No matter what traits you write on that list, though, confidence needs to be at the very top of it. People don’t follow those who lack confidence. You can be the most technically competent individual in your respective field, but if you lack the confidence to back it up, you will not lead successfully. Interestingly, people are willing to follow leaders who may not have all the required technical competence, as long as that leader has confidence. Here are some of the top…
  • These Employees Are Stealing from Your Organization

    Peter Barron Stark
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    We love asking the leaders we work with, “How much can an employee steal from your organization before they get fired?” The response is almost always, “If an employee steals, they’re fired immediately.” And yet, most of these leaders continue to employ disengaged employees who are “stealing” valuable time and resources. These leaders generally don’t consider their employees’ disengagement to be stealing. But, indirectly, that’s exactly what it is. Time and money are valuable commodities, and both are being wasted by employees that are not engaged with their heads or their…
  • Making Your 360 Leadership Development Assessment Work for You

    Peter Barron Stark
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    You asked for feedback on what you could do to be a stronger leader. The most important thing you can do now is take action. Leaders who diligently act on their 360 survey results make great strides toward becoming strong leaders that people want to follow.  Leaders who take the feedback seriously build invaluable trust and support among their team members. On the flip side, leaders who ask for feedback, but never take action, seriously undermine their workplace relationships. Their lack of action sends the message that they don’t value their employees’ and coworkers’ feedback or, even…
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    WordPress.com News

  • The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

    Mark Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on WordPress.com: She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with…
  • New Themes: Saga and Satellite

    Caroline Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typography and attention to detail make for an enjoyable reading experience, and with support for large featured images and multiple post formats, Saga is flexible enough to be used as a photoblog, a personal journal, or a tumblelog. Read more about Saga on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes! Satellite…
  • Press Publish Livestream

    Andrea Middleton
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by WordPress.com, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on April 18th, 2015.) Erick Prince-Heaggans will present Around the World in 80 Posts. Because this is the first event of its kind, we’re eager to get as much feedback from attendees as possible. And since it’s not always easy for people to travel to attend conferences, we’ve decided to bring Press Publish Portland to you (or at least to your…
  • This April in Blogging U.: The Return of Writing 101!

    Michelle W.
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. What is Writing 101? Writing 101 is a four-week course that runs from Monday, April 6, to Friday, May 1, 2015. Each weekday, you’ll get an assignment that includes a writing prompt and an optional “twist”; prompts are your topic inspiration for the day, while twists push you to experiment with writing techniques and tools. Who else is…
  • New Themes: Resonar and Scrawl

    Takashi Irie
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m pleased to present two new free themes designed especially for longform writing. Resonar Designed by yours truly, Resonar is an elegant blog theme with full-screen Featured Images. It’s perfect for blogs about fashion, food, or design, and the layout works especially well for longform features with large images. The combination of gorgeous images and beautiful typography creates posts that make an immediate visual impact. Read more about Resonar on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Scrawl Scrawl,…
 
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    The Modern Servant Leader

  • You Must Serve to be Great

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:33 pm
    You don’t have to be great to serve, but you must serve to be great. -Jon GordonIf you want to be a great leader, you must serve. Jon Gordon got it right when he said this at the World LEADERS Conference. Service comes before greatness, but greatness is not a requirement to serve. I’ve said time and again, to lead you must serve because if you’re not serving others, you are self-serving and that’s not leadership.Why Greatness Requires ServiceJon takes that view a step further: greatness requires service. How right that is. Here’s why:1. Great results are…
  • Afraid? Stop Being So Selfish!

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    One of the hardest lessons I ever learned was that I couldn’t lead what I needed. I was reminded of this when I recently heard Ken Blanchard say, “Fear and self-doubt is an ego problem. Why? Because you are focusing on yourself.”As a leader, you should be prepared to face your fears and self-doubts then dismiss them for what they are: a self-serving view. As a servant leader, you are called to serve others. This means doing what’s right for all stakeholders and putting the needs of others before yourself.In your service as a leader there will be times when you need to…
  • Are You Ready to Serve the Team?

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:40 am
    The highest type of ruler is one of whose existence the people are barely aware. -Lao Tzu [Share This: Twitter | LinkedIn]Dan Rockwell (aka Leadership Freak) interviews Suzy & Jack Welch, backstage at the World LEADERS Conference.Here’s a dirty little secret: many of us think we’re servant leaders, until we’re really tested – myself included.You see, in our daily jobs, it’s easy to cast off the credit, saying, “Oh, no, it’s not me, it’s really this great team behind me that deserves your praise.” But this is a false humility, because…
  • How an Organization May Reflect Servant Leadership

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:09 am
    Usually, when speaking of servant leadership, we refer to the leader as an individual. For example, “he or she is a servant leader”. Then, organizations that emphasize servant leadership as a core attribute of its people are inherently, servant led organizations. So then, how does an organization reflect servant leadership to the community? I recently had the opportunity to experience a great example…Seneca College ExampleLast week, I spoke at the Seneca School of Hospitality & Tourism’s Industry Think Tank. They asked me to speak about service leadership in their…
  • If You Go to ONE Leadership Conference This Year…

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:17 am
    If you go to one leadership development event this year, the World Leaders Conference is the one. This year’s speakers include incredible names like, Ken Blanchard, Bill Hybels, Erwin McManus, Ben Carson, Mark Sanborn, Drew Brees and many, many more. But here’s what makes this conference so special:PriceThe conference is one of the most reasonably priced for such incredible speakers. And, if you read to the bottom, you get 20% off. Prices for admission start at just $495 (before the 20% off).PersonalThe conference is not so big that people can only participate by sitting in a…
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    Lisa Petrilli

  • 5 Ingredients of Superior Leadership: Guest Post by @FSonnenberg

    Lisa Petrilli
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    Special thanks to my friend, Frank Sonnenberg, for this guest post. His beliefs about leadership fully align with my beliefs and my work, and it’s my pleasure to introduce you to him. ~Lisa Petrilli Superior leaders achieve success by setting the bar high, encouraging teamwork, promoting win-win relationships, and demanding everyone’s best effort. Superior leaders win the support of their constituents by earning their trust and respect. This is achieved through powerful ideas, personal expertise, and impeccable integrity rather than through their position or by “pulling rank.” In…
  • The Daunting Truth About Women’s Empowerment

    Lisa Petrilli
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    True empowerment comes from within each of us as individuals. It comes from giving power to ourselves by awakening what already lies within us. I believe one of the most unsupportive beliefs about empowerment is that empowerment is given to us by other people; it implies we must wait for it to be given to us, or search for the right person to bestow it upon us. This mindset is actually disempowering as it places us at the mercy of others. This has a very negative spiral effect. Most women don’t consciously see this happening, but when we wait for someone else to give us power, we then…
  • True Empowerment Comes from Giving Power to Ourselves

    Lisa Petrilli
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    True empowerment comes from within each of us as individuals. It comes from giving power to ourselves by awakening what already lies within us. I believe one of the most unsupportive beliefs about empowerment is that empowerment is given to us by other people; it implies we must wait for it to be given to us, or search for the right person to bestow it upon us. This mindset is actually disempowering as it places us at the mercy of others. This has a very negative spiral effect. Most women don’t consciously see this happening, but when we wait for someone else to give us power, we then…
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    The trU Group

  • Leadership and EGO: Words of Wisdom from Alan Mulally

    Scott
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    In a recent Inc. editorial, advice from Alan Mulally (past CEO of Ford and Boeing) was direct and simple - It's not about you. It is all about the plan. The biggest trap for leaders is EGO, and Mulally gives some simple advice for battling that in how you lead and in the culture you create. Inc. Magazine is a must read for leaders in my opinion, and here is a great excerpt to share with others at your next leadership meeting.
  • Good Question – Great Question

    Scott
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    What if we asked more questions? You might be thinking that you do ask more questions, at least compared to the people around you. Here is some research on kids that I believe applies to adults. Do you really think the graph starts going back up AFTER the age of 18? It comes down to being aware of how our EGO gets in the way and committing to asking GREAT questions vs GOOD questions.
  • 3 Questions that help create a culture that SUPPORTS performance

    Scott
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    Is a performance conversation you are having with your own leader, peer, or direct report laced with adjectives and/or emotions? Too often they are, and it clouds the real issues that need to be talked about. Here are some tips for creating a culture that supports performance - whether you are a leader or someone being led.
  • Read Seth

    Scott
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:23 am
    People who want to be there best find ways to feed their thirst for excellence. For me, Seth Godin is a voice that feeds me. He takes a fancy corporate slogan like Entrepreneurial Spirit and makes it simple, real, and actionable. I have two questions I ask people to see how hungry they are for knowledge and personal excellence - Do you read Seth? and What is your favorite TED talk? Here is a few thoughts for leaders and individuals.
  • Change – 3 things you can do to lead it from ANY role

    Scott
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    Change is not easy, and we make it harder by not being masters and processing it well regardless of how effective our leaders are at managing it. Here are three tips to make you a force for positive change. People that do this are on their way to becoming Linchpins (thanks to Seth Godin for coining that title) in their organizations.
 
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    Create-Learning Team Building

  • How Teams Work Influence Strategies

    mike
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:02 pm
    About 2 years ago I created 12 on-line Team Building & Development sessions for a company. We called it ‘Helping Teams Work’. It was meant to be short, less than 5 minutes, & give 1 concrete action step people can apply to their work on teams… They liked it & I enjoyed trying to make content that did not require me to be present. Below is the 8th of 12 ‘Helping Teams Work’ content sections. Biggest Team Leader Mistake Team Meetings Making them good enough to get work done Making team decisions through consensus Team Based Conflict Management Approaches Teamwork Through…
  • Blameworthy to Praiseworthy Perceptions of Failure Within a Team

    mike
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
      First shared this image while in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Consulting & coaching on the ‘7 Steps to High Performance Teams’. Thanks to Vigor Enterprises.  Create-Learning Teams are aware of challenges & failures. This is part of the work in innovative & complex team environments. I’ve seen a variety of ways that people on teams view others, their own & the teams failure. The intention the other person perceives caused the failure creates a team that finds the effort ‘Blameworthy’ to ‘Praiseworthy’ Perceptions of Failure Within a Team Blameworthy to…
  • 7 Questions to Solve Team Problems and Innovate Solutions

    mike
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Asking good questions & listening is a valuable part of all teams.  It is not as easy as we think. We want to jump in & tell them what to do. When they don’t do what we told them, or they respond with “I already tried that, you don’t understand my problem!” we feel slighted. The power of coaching questions allow the manager to listen. To really understand how & what the person is thinking. The job of a manager is to add value to the work. Asking questions focuses development & respect for the learner on the learner. Next time someone (or you) are faced with a…
  • How Teams Work My Team Has Problems

    mike
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:10 pm
    About 2 years ago I created 12 on-line Team Building & Development sessions for a company. We called it ‘Helping Teams Work’. It was meant to be short, less than 5 minutes, & give 1 concrete action step people can apply to their work on teams… They liked it & I enjoyed trying to make content that did not require me to be present. Below is the 7th of 12 ‘Helping Teams Work’ content sections. Biggest Team Leader Mistake Team Meetings Making them good enough to get work done Making team decisions through consensus Team Based Conflict Management Approaches Teamwork Through…
  • You can enforce attendance you cannot enforce learning

    mike
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Having coffee with a super smart friend who manages a large manufacturing operation. He is frustrated at the lack of desire for people to learn & improve. He wants a way to enforce development. Reminded him People can only do their best. It’s his job to create a trust-attracting environment for best to happen. If you want to solve someone’s problem more than they want to solve it, you are enlarging the problem for both of you. Look for exceptions, people who are attending the learning & development. What is different about their work? How are they able to find time to…
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    Shearing Layers

  • The loss of confidence

    Nick
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Joe Friel is the source of coaching wisdom for a generation of athletes. In his Going Long, written with Gordon Byrn in 2003, he lists eight Success Traits of successful triathletes. The first is Confidence, “There are two types of confidence: respect for yourself as a person and respect for your athletic abilities. The successful athlete scores high in both areas. Confidence in either area is lost usually through our own initiative. Inside each of us is a small voice that likes to criticise. It often points out our shortcomings and limiters. Success comes in large part from merely learning…
  • The source of confidence

    Nick
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Two people or teams or organisations: one knows, the other guesses. One marches, the other scurries. One is loud and proud, the other quiet and nervous. The difference is confidence. It comes from the whole organisation. It comes when everyone knows what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and the impact they make on the company and the customer. It takes time and thought and evidence, a clear vision and a belief that this is the way. And when the evidence shifts? The arrogant keep going. The confident put their hands up, think again, pull together and change direction. Skippy Strategy:…
  • Slow down

    Nick
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    If you have one day in Rome, do you rush about bagging every sight, or sit in a square and experience the pace and the heat. Sights (and customers) were there yesterday, before you arrived, and they’ll be there tomorrow. It’s compelling to think you have to go fast, and sometimes it’s true. But not often. Most times you can wait until the sky clears and sun comes out – you’ll get a much better view. It takes time to tell a story. Slow down, let it unfold. Then … when you’re ready … jump. Skippy Strategy: If you’re rushing, take a moment to work out whether it’s because…
  • When you’re wronged

    Nick
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    Everyone makes mistakes. When it’s you, there’s a choice: fess up, put it right and move on, or; cover up, bite it back and move grudgingly. When it’s someone else, what then? If they act with a grudge – it makes things worse. If they’re genuine … ok, let’s see how we can work things out. When someone comes to you to put things right, give them the benefit of the doubt. Assume the mistake was honest and the apology heart felt. It’s ok to be angry and annoyed, but a pound of flesh? It’s too much. It may be hard, but try to give them an easy path to making things right.
  • Space for a creative engine

    Nick
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Fire fighters don’t build things, they save things. They deal with a specific problem and do their best to leave things as close to OK as they can. It’s not a creative process. No one expects them to put down the hose pipe and pick up a paint brush. Teams that spend most of their time fire fighting don’t push things forward, don’t invent new products or win clients or change the world. They strive for a nil sum – on a good day, just getting back to where they started. If fire fighting becomes standard operating procedure, there’s no room for the creative engine and the next…
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  • The Sweet Spot

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Image source: Olaojo Aiyegbayo There is a career profile series called ‘Get that Life’ which is published weekly on Cosmopolitan’s website. I have read a few articles in the series especially the ones profiling individuals with creative writing careers and would recommend that you visit the website to check out some of the women profiled in the series. The women in the ‘Get that Life’ series had found in their careers what Scott Belsky terms ‘the sweet spot’ which he discusses in his career-oriented chapter in the book – Maximize your potential.  Aside from lots of hard…
  • Creative Success

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Image source: Creativedc The hardest thing with any creative activity is starting it. It is daunting when you confront the blank page and you don’t know what to do. You want to express yourself, create something good but you are stumped. You try to pull out ideas from your brain and you produce nothing intelligible. A lot of folks give up at this stage and believe that they are simply not creative.   Other folks  persevere for as long as it takes. They refuse to allow the blank page to crush their creative desires. They put stuff on the page that isn’t very good but they know that first…
  • The Leader as Shepherd

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Image source: B4bees I was invited by a lecturer in the Business School to do a session of guest teaching on one of his modules. The students on this module were full-time International MSc and MBA students. Long time subscribers of this blog might remember that the same lecturer had invited me to do a guest teaching session a couple of years ago. You can read the blog post I wrote about that session here.  He requested that I teach the same topic, The power of organisational and leadership metaphors, which I did two years ago. At the end of last week’s lecture, one of the students asked…
  • The Protagonist and Storyteller

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
      Image source: Mike Shaheen Life is a story we live and tell.  You are the protagonist and storyteller of your life – your auto-biographical story. A protagonist is “the most important person in a real situation” {Oxford English Dictionary}.Everybody else in your story world is a supporting cast member of varying importance and relevance. Every protagonist needs a motivating central goal or a purpose to drive him if not his story becomes meaningless. There might be smaller goals or sub-goals but there is always a central goal. The protagonist confronts obstacles along the way…
  • Building New Habits

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Image source: Mike Rhode Today is the 12th day of the month. The clock seems to be running down on 2015 already. I bet most of you have set goals, targets or resolutions for the year. How is that working out for you? Are you still on target or are you struggling? My main 2015 resolution is to build new habits and develop new skills. I aim to be realistic with myself this year. I would normally start the year with many goals, get overwhelmed, fail before the end of January and feel guilty the rest of the year for lacking discipline. This is the reason I decided to give up ineffective…
 
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  • The Ten Myths of Strategic Planning

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    CEOs of small businesses often appear to believe in myths surrounding the subject of strategic planning and execution - myths that can prove dangerous to the health of their organization. Myth #1: “We don’t need a strategic plan!” The truth is that every organization needs some form of plan to guide its actions or it will simply “drift off course” in the chaos businesses often face in their daily operations. Myth #2: Strategic planning can only be done at a resort. Strategic planning is serious and shouldn’t be equated with a vacation. Getting away from the distractions of the…
  • The Seven Critical Elements of Strategy Execution

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    "The greatest strategy in the world is useless - if you cannot execute it." Here are the seven critical elements of strategy execution: People. Strategy formulation often gathers the "smartest people in the room." However, it's not the senior leadership team that executes strategy - it's everyone in your workforce. Get the right people in the right positions. Communication. Strategy can only be executed if your employees know about it and really understands it. Most importantly, each person needs to understand how their daily activities fit with and support the strategy. Direction. When…
  • Ten Golden Rules of Continuous Improvement

    13 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Problems create opportunities The impossible is a paradigm - Change your mind to change your performance Ask why five times to get to the real answer Eliminate excuses - do it right the first time Correct errors immediately Involve everyone - we are smarter as a group than a single individual Reconsider rigid thoughts, situations change Think simple, not perfect solutions Use your mind more than your money The goal: continuous improvement over delayed perfection More ...
  • Barriers To Enduring Business Excellence

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    The barriers that keep us from achieving the kind of business excellence that lasts are deeply rooted and wont be removed by "quick fixes." At Six Disciplines, our research shows that there are six fundamental barriers to enduring business excellence: 1. Poorly Understood Strategy. While most organizations have a strategy, most people do not understand it. One research report revelad that 85% of leadership teams spend less than 1 hour a month discussing strategy. The barrier isn't usually the strategy itself -- 90% of strategies fail due to execution. Write the strategy down (3-4 pages…
  • Barriers to Strategy Execution

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    Strategy execution is the single hardest challenge in business. What makes it so tough? Here's a list of the primary execution challenges, based on surveys of organizational leaders: - Inability to manage change effectively or overcome internal resistance to change. - Strategy conflicts with the existing organizational structure. - Poor or inadequate information sharing among individuals or business units responsible for strategy execution. - Unclear communication of responsibility and/or accountability for execution decisions or actions. - Employees' lack of feeling of ownership of a…
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  • Chaussure New Balance Femme Pas Cher

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    chaussure New Balance femme pas cher New balance had been established within 1906 and is a footwear organization located in Birkenstock boston, Massachusetts. Unlike extra big footwear firms which have huge marketing methods, New equilibrium prefer to remain behind the scenes and is a privately held organization. In spite of it’s very simple track record, New balance has actually made rather a name for by itself both in the United States as well as European nations. The business creates shoes generally for those who cherish strolling in addition to running and also does not try to…
  • Giày Đi Mưa

    admin
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Giày Đi Mưa The shoes that we put on for our daily requirements are not designed practically to safeguard our feet from severe climate condition. If we subject our feet to drizzle deep water the shoes are incapable to stand up to the water making us really feel uncomfortable. The footwears also experience for the rainfall water as well as after a couple of days we simply have to throw them out. In shorts, normal footwears are not suitable for wet period. Consequently, the intro of Tretorn rainfall boot to the marketplace. They are functionally designed to combat water as well as matches…
  • WOW Gold from Imbuygold

    admin
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    To really do well in World of Warcraft you should learn ways to get lawful WOW gold from Imbuygold. Now, you might be asking yourself “Why must I find out the most effective ways to make WOW gold when I could simply buy some genuine money.” That’s easy. Firstly utilizing WOW gold that you have actually gotten for real money will certainly obtain your account prohibited. You may easily escape a little amount once, however what do you do when you not having enough that gold? Get much more? I’m certain there a great deal of various other points you could be spending your…
  • FIFA 16 Coins Xbox

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Means back in September 2012, the launch of EA Sports FIFA 16 triggered enjoyment throughout the football globe. Every year the video game offers a lot of duplicates world broad as well as the current in the franchise really did not disappoint either. One attribute that is closely taken a look at is the job method as well as just what had been included in it for this years installment. FIFA 16 Coins Xbox The well-known occupation method has been a big talking factor with followers of the series over the past couple of years. So there was a great deal to be anticipated on this mode for the…
  • WOW Gold For Sale

    admin
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:44 am
    Allows face it, without having the ability to successfully make gold in WoW, you are acquiring the short end of the stick. Without gold, you will certainly have problem acquiring the weapons you desire, will have problem leveling as swiftly as you would such as, and will have problem acquiring products that you need to advance through the video game. Simply puts, without WOW gold for sale you will not have much enjoyable. Nonetheless, there is good news. The excellent news is that it is feasible for day-to-day Warcraft gamers to make respectable gold with easy WOW gold tips, as well as I am…
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  • To earn trust, honesty is the best policy

    Roxanne Emmerich
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Too many employees think that in order to have a smooth, drama-free workplace, they have to sugarcoat their communications with others in the company. In fact, the opposite is often true. Spinning bad news or sugarcoating feedback can lead employees to distrust what you say. That road leads not to engagement but to disengagement. Great employees at every level respect those around them enough to be direct and truthful. That doesn’t mean harsh, of course. You can and should tell the truth in a kind and empathetic way. Just don’t let your kindness and desire to avoid conflict get in the way…
  • Boost your company’s online reviews

    Roxanne Emmerich
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    You know that online reviews on sites like Yelp and Yahoo can make or break a business. As an employee who cares about the company’s success, you’ve recruited every friend and relative to boost the reviews, but your company’s competitor across town has 500 reviews and counting. How do they do it? The odds are good that they are actively recruiting reviews from actual customers. No matter where you are in the company, you can do the same. If you’re on the front line, ask every single customer to leave a review about their experience. Put the request on every receipt, all paperwork, and…
  • Employee engagement is not yesterday’s news – it’s tomorrow’s

    Roxanne Emmerich
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    It’s as predictable as the sunrise. Now that employee engagement has been on everyone’s lips for a while, it’s time for the backlash. Countless articles and talking heads are now saying employee engagement is a flash in the pan, the flavor of the month, yesterday’s news. That’s not just a concern for management. It’s a concern for employees. After all, it’s YOUR engagement they’re talking about! Don’t believe the naysayers for a minute. The research says otherwise—not just one or two studies in obscure journals, but hundreds of studies by major researchers published in the…
  • How’s your relationship with your boss?

    Roxanne Emmerich
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    A recent study by Dale Carnegie Training found that fewer than 30 percent of employees are fully engaged at work. But the survey went further, asking those engaged employees what accounts for their engagement. The number one factor? Their relationship with their immediate supervisor. This isn’t the first time personal relationships have been found to be important for engagement. Gallup research has found the same result for years. That doesn’t mean managers and direct reports have to go on long walks together or bond over a candlelight dinner. They just have to communicate clearly and…
  • Building renewal into the day

    Roxanne Emmerich
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    Business author Tony Schwartz has spent fifteen years looking at the American workplace, so he knows that engagement is always a struggle. But the latest numbers even took him by surprise. 70% of workers say they lack time for creative or strategic thinking. Two-thirds say they can’t focus on more than one thing at a time. And nearly as many say they never have time for the things they enjoy most in their work. The urgent, he said, overwhelms the important on a daily basis. The solution is to take control of your boundaries. There are no finish lines any more in American business. We are…
 
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  • Women in Leadership Roles: Are They Perceived Differently?

    joelgarfinkle
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” ~ Malcolm S. Forbes ~ Client Ellen Asks: I’m a woman in a leadership role, and I have a question about perceptions. It seems that women are judged differently than men for the exact same actions. Where a man might be seen as authoritative, a woman acting the same way might be seen as bossy. How do ensure that I am projecting the image I desire as a female business leader? Coach Joel Answers: I’ve often written about the importance of proactively shaping the perceptions others have of you. This…
  • Office Politics: You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play!

    joelgarfinkle
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “The person who says ‘I’m not political’ is in great danger…. Only the fittest will survive, and the fittest will be the ones who understand their office’s politics.” ~ Jean Hollands ~ Sabrina is an introvert who was intimidated by office politics. She tried to avoid them completely, but the result was that she felt like she was losing. She was right. Office politics is a game, and you can’t win if you don’t play! Whether you work for an international corporation, government agency, small business or non-profit, office politics are…
  • Is email sucking up your time? Do these 3 things and save an hour every day

    joelgarfinkle
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” ~Peter Drucker~   If you’re thinking that the Inbox Zero craze will never work for you, you’re not alone. But consider the alternative. Can you let email continue to have so much control over your time? Do you want to keep feeling overwhelmed and demoralized by your Inbox? What else could you be doing with an extra hour a day? How would it feel to be aware of everything on your plate or to complete a project that you actually enjoy? Start changing the way you manage your Inbox today with these advanced common sense…
  • Share Your Achievements to Get Recognition at Work

    joelgarfinkle
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    “It is important that you recognize your progress and take pride in your accomplishments. Share your achievements with others. Brag a little. The recognition and support of those around you is nurturing.” ~ Rosemarie Rossetti ~ Client Matt Asks: I never seem to get the recognition I deserve for my work, but I’m afraid to say anything because it might seem like I’m bragging. Is it appropriate to mention my accomplishments to others at work? Coach Joel Answers: You know you’re good at what you do and deserve to get more recognition, increased responsibility and a probably even…
  • Want to Improve Your Chances of Being Promoted by 80 Percent?

    joelgarfinkle
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Successful people turn everyone who can help them into sometime mentors.” ~ John Crosby ~ Virginia is hoping to be promoted soon. She approached me to find out what she can do to increase her chances of getting the position she desires. As I told Virginia, there is one thing you can do that is so important, you are practically shooting yourself in the foot if you don’t do it. Studies have shown that a mentoring relationship with an influential individual can increase your chances of being promoted by more than 80 percent. So if you don’t have a mentor, it’s time to…
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    Unfolding Leadership

  • Reflections at Palm Canyon

    Dan Oestreich
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    At the bottom of a rocky canyon grow the native California Fan Palms, in clusters along an unexpected watercourse. It is a winding oasis under the brilliant, raw sun, an ancient home of the Cahuilla people. I have to be careful of the rattlesnakes here, for the water attracts them, but in theory, assuming I look where I step, I’ll be okay. As I enter the grove of towering, long-skirted palms I realize this is truly a sanctuary, quiet and shady and full of bird songs rising above the background trickle of the creek. I am out of my ken, far from home. The canyon seems to be a metaphor for…
  • On Soul Sparks: A Postscript

    Dan Oestreich
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:02 pm
    The concept of “soul sparks” comes from Jon Mertz’s great new book, Activate Leadership: Aspen Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders. Jon defines soul sparks this way: “Soul sparks are those small ignitions of inspiration that fan into big changes, new directions, or fresh works. They come from deep down inside.” At his request, I’m honored to share an example from my life and career. One soul spark for sure showed up in my senior year of college. I was pretty much wandering in the desert of what to do with my life. I was a history major, the default major…
  • On ‘Soul Sparks’

    Dan Oestreich
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:12 pm
    I am honored to share my view of ‘soul sparks’ at the request of Jon Mertz of Thin Difference. This is a concept Jon has developed as part of his wonderful new book, Activate Leadership: Aspen Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders. As someone whose life work is devoted to helping others in leadership roles, the very idea that there are such moments of awakening insight is an indelible part of my coaching and consulting practice. Without such moments when our soul comes forward, not just in our work, but in our lives, too, we lose personal meaning. We become, more or less, objects.
  • Leadership is a Field

    Dan Oestreich
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:41 pm
    I believe leadership is a kind of psychic field where noble acts take place, acts of self-affirmation, trust, love and ethics. When the field is there, the right things occur, the right things come out of our mouths. Our deeds are part of a greater story. When the field is off, we stumble. I was once doing some management training work in a very isolated location. To the west, a big snow-covered mountain hung behind the outpost like a dark cape. Scrub pines and junipers ran down the mountain’s flanks to meet cold plains to the east below. One day, after a session, a woman named Ingred…
  • On Fairy Tales

    Dan Oestreich
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Often we can see someone else — a friend, perhaps — living out their untrue story, and we want to help. The other person says something like… “I’m an outsider — that’s just my nature!” — a story of feeling separate “Whatever room I’m in, I’m the smartest one there!” — also a story of feeling separate “I never learned to stand up for myself!” — a story of emotional weakness “I’m an extrovert, and I like to joke around. So what?” — also a story of emotional weakness.
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  • Weekly Round-Up: The Case for Being a Generous Leader, 5 Tips to Be a More Impressive Speaker & 13 Ways to Re-Energize Your Team

    David Grossman
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog. This week you’ll see articles on the best ways to manage both your introverted and extroverted employees, tips to become a better public speaker and why successful leaders focus on giving over getting.  These articles will 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…
  • Let Them Eat Cake: The Value of Celebration

    David Grossman
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    “The more you praise and celebrate life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” -          Oprah Winfrey This month marks 15 years of being Your Thought Partner at The Grossman Group.  Growing up I never appreciated the significance of milestone birthdays or anniversaries.  Uncle Tom and Aunt Rose’s 25th anniversary party?   My focus was on when we got to eat the cake and go home.  (For those of you who know me well, I am skipping the “have my cake and eat it too” pun here.) Then I got married and had kids and…
  • Embrace Conflict and Transform Discomfort For Better Business Results

    David Grossman
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    It’s a paradox that every leader faces: create teams that work well together but embrace conflict. Also, drive consensus but encourage individual points of view. Discomfort is emotional. Feelings can be complex and multi-layered. But stifling expression can inhibit a team’s performance and lead to poor decision making. Here are the top 6 strategies to drive discomfort for better decision-making:  Make “disagreers” part of your team (but not disruptors). Maximize team diversity to reap the benefits of differences in experience and thinking. Ensure you have various points…
  • Weekly Round-Up: 5 Ways to Move a Culture to a Community, Motivation at Work & The Power of Your Leadership Story

    David Grossman
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog. This week you’ll see articles on ways to make your work culture a community, the importance of telling your story as a leader and 10 quotes from the best business books of 2015.  These articles will 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…
  • New Tip Sheet: 10 Dos and Don’ts of Email

    David Grossman
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    We have a love-hate relationship with email.  Research shows employees spend an estimated 71 hours on irrelevant emails per work year – that’s almost 90 minutes a week.  Yet, CEOs, leaders and employees agreed email is an effective way to exchange information at work. Despite its effectiveness as a communication vehicle, there’s consensus that it needs to be improved. Email is not as effective as it could be.  Managers and employees say the top issue with work-related email includes a number of misbehaviors. So, in the spirit of using email better, and helping others use…
 
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  • Negativity At The Office…We Can’t Blame It On The Weather

    Cindy Flanders
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    It’s not your imagination…the bad weather a third of the country experienced this winter put everyone a little on edge.  To endure the amount of snow that fell in Boston without one grumpy day would take a particularly happy saint.   read more
  • Finding the Right Connection

    Cindy Flanders
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Love is definitely in the air this month, and it’s got me thinking about one of the most important aspects of the workplace: job satisfaction. People who drag themselves to work every day and then clock watch all day aren’t living…nor are they fulfilling their potential.    read more
  • The Danger of Judging Others

    Cindy Flanders
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    In a recent WSJ op-ed piece, Rorke Denver, a Navy Seal Commander, wrote an interesting piece about Chris Kyle, the American Sniper.  Mr. Denver, while not agreeing with his statement, defended Michael Moore’s first amendment right to say what he said.   read more
  • 5 Things to Stop Doing in 2015

    Cindy Flanders
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I thought I’d take a different slant on turning over a new leaf for the New Year.  Most people put “eating better” and ‘exercising” at the top of their list. Professionally, they may put “increase results” or “be a better coach”.   read more
  • Just Breathe

    Cindy Flanders
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Yes, I’ve noticed that I haven’t updated my blog since Thanksgiving. So I’m going to stop everything right now, sit back, close my eyes and take a deep, full breath. In fact, I think I’ll take a few deep, full breaths….. There-I feel better all ready. read more
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  • Millennial Monday: Where We Live (Hint – It’s Not in Cities)

    Marissa Brassfield
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In today’s edition of Millennial Monday, I’m sharing my take on stats and stories on where we live. I’ve been thinking a lot about my living situation lately. I used to think that homeownership wouldn’t be in my future, at least not in my near future.It’s expensive as hell to own in Southern California, and for years I rationalized renting because it enabled me to live in neighborhoods where homeownership was financially out of reach (Hollywood Hills, Santa Barbara, San Diego).And then in December 2014, I had the kind of deus ex machina most people only see in…
  • AdVenture Capitalist, and Why Tech Addiction is Your #1 Productivity Nemesis

    Marissa Brassfield
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Two weeks ago, I lost an entire half-day to AdVenture Capitalist, an insanely addicting online/mobile capitalism simulator. And I’m not talking about a morning or afternoon during business hours. No. Twelve freakin’ hours.I learned about this colossal time suck from a colleague, who was compulsively playing it during a work film session.At the time, I laughed, naive to the lure of my growing Cash on Hand and the production of my humble oil companies, lemonade stands and movie studios.Then I downloaded the damned thing. And got three of my friends to start playing.I now totally get…
  • Why You’ll Never See Me on a Hamster Wheel Desk

    Marissa Brassfield
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    (CC) Robb via InstructablesYou won’t catch me on this hamster wheel desk, posted on Instructables and recently featured by Fast Company. There’s no way.At every turn, I’ve railed against the “rat race” and any form of traditional work that makes me feel like a cog in a wheel.Every aspect of my work environment is nontraditional. And while this is definitely nontraditional, just look at it:Nothing says “I’m a part of the rat race” more than working on an actual hamster wheel for a desk. And that’s why you won’t catch me on it.The post…
  • New Study Suggests Sleep Deprivation is Good for Creativity

    Rosemina Nazarali
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    © stokkete – Fotolia.comWhen we are tired, we tend to make bad, and sometimes plain dumb, decisions. Researchers have told us to stay away from online shopping, junk food eating and driving when we are sleep deprived, but a new study says this fatigue actually makes us better problem solvers.There are two types of problems. The first is analytical, such as mathematical problems, that have one right answer. Then there are insight-based problems, which require a bit of creative thinking to come up with a solution. Albion University researchers studied almost 500 students and found that…
  • 5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Job Satisfaction

    Marissa Brassfield
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you in the right job? Or are you in a job that used to be right, but now is stealing your spirit? Liz Ryan’s latest Forbes piece asks some tough questions that I believe we all should ask ourselves.Here are the questions to ask yourself about job satisfaction, paraphrased from Ryan’s piece. Be sure to read the whole thing at Forbes.1. Does your job still deserve your talents now?2. What’s your passion in life?3. Do you believe that your job should do more than just keep you alive?4. Knowing we can’t predict how long we live, do you want to spend your life…
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  • #ThinkReno is Thinking Ahead

    Heyden Enochson
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Customer insight is a cornerstone in learning where your organization is currently, where it needs to be, and how you’ll win. The problem? Gathering it is a painstaking and difficult process. It takes multiple inputs and a fair bit of data synthesis to gather the information you’ll need to make strategic decisions. Prepping for a recent facilitation, we were astounded with the approach the City of Reno took when gathering citizen insight. Reno, who once relied heavily on gaming revenue, is undergoing a huge diversification in economy and culture. With Nevada’s attractive tax laws, the…
  • Is Your Vision Proactive or Reactive?

    Erica Olsen
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    Success hinges on your willingness to create a proactive strategy rather than one that is reactive. Preparing for and embracing change keep organizations thriving. You’ve got to have vision for the future. During a recent facilitation, we observed this notion as the City of Reno prepared the new vision for their community. In the midst of economic diversification and growth, Reno is being proactive to prepare for a change in population and culture. The greater Reno, Nevada area is becoming a manufacturing, distribution, arts, and technology hub due in part to Nevada’s attractive…
  • Why Strategic Planning Isn’t A Covert Operation

    Heyden Enochson
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    A strategic plan is a road-map for telling you where you’ve been and where you’re going. It helps deliver focus, clarity and organizational alignment. Then why do some people use it as something different? We’ve seen organizations enter the planning process with a hidden agenda. Strategic planning becomes a code word for carrying out a different kind of mission. Sometimes it’s to point fingers, lay blame, or back-handedly call out poor performance across individuals, teams, or departments. Strategic planning is meant to bring an organization together, unite efforts, and rally around…
  • Use Customer Insight to Tell You Where to Play and How to Win

    Erica Olsen
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    How are we going to succeed? It’s a hard-core strategy question every organization faces. You can answer it yourself, but shouldn’t your customers? Your ability to collect and act on customer feedback will determine if you outperform your competition or polish the brass on the sinking Titanic. If your customer insight is out of shape, your strategy and execution will lack the muscle it needs to achieve your desired results. Strategy lacking true customer insight is the equivalent of a body builder entering a competition without ever setting foot into a gym. Customer insight isn’t just…
  • Your SMART Goals Suck – Fix Them

    Erica Olsen
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:34 pm
    In order to reach your strategic objectives, you need to set goals – short-term, more immediate milestones that stretch your company to reach its full potential. We’re just going to move past the Business 101 speak about the importance of SMART goals because you’ve already heard that song-and-dance. It’s pretty common knowledge goals should be SMART. But, for being something that’s taught even in entry level business courses, people really suck at creating them. First, the really basic overview. You know, the surface-level definition: Specific: Try to answer the questions of How…
 
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  • How Are You Viewed on Social Media?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    How Are You Viewed on Social Media? Social media is a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family. We share wonderful memories, hilarious jokes, breathtaking photos, and interesting articles. Sometimes we even raise controversial subjects and rant over things that get under our skin. The interesting thing is that many of us post things on social media that we wouldn’t dare say in person. Have you ever thought about the image that you present to your friends and colleagues on social media? You ARE Your Message. Additional Reading: Reputation: You Can’t Run from Your Shadow…
  • 10 Tips to Create Better Life Balance

    Frank Sonnenberg
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Many of us take each day as it comes and then seem surprised to find where life has taken us. We’ve risen to the top, but regret what we’ve lost during the journey; we’ve accumulated fancy possessions, but learned that money can’t buy the best riches in life. It’s as if we’ve followed a prepared script rather than consciously choosing the right path for us. Here are 10 tips to create better life balance: Remain focused and disciplined. Do you feel overwhelmed at times? That may be because you value quantity over quality. Priorities serve as guideposts to keep you on track. Your…
  • Honor: Your Word Is Your Bond

    Frank Sonnenberg
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    There was a time when keeping your word held special significance. We took great pride in being of good character. Personal integrity was both expected and valued. That was a time when everyone knew each other’s family, and you wouldn’t do anything that would cast a shadow on your family’s good name. It was a time when integrity was instilled in children at a very early age and was viewed as instrumental in achieving success. The truth is, our world may have changed, but the importance of integrity has not. While we may not know everyone in our own town, the world is still smaller than…
  • You Think You Have Problems?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Complaining, complaining, complaining. For some people, it’s their job. (And they’re good at it.) They complain about the weather, the noise level, and their personal comfort. They complain about their job, their kids, and how the world’s been unfair to them. In fact, they pretty much complain about everything. If you didn’t know better, you’d think they have real problems, but the fact is they don’t. Their biggest problem is that they complain too much. As Sydney J. Harris, the American journalist said, “When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask,…
  • 13 Ways to Spot a Lie

    Frank Sonnenberg
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    The truth is . . . we can’t build relationships if we mistrust what friends say; we won’t follow leaders if we mistrust what they do; and we can’t make good decisions if we doubt the accuracy of the information that we receive. So why do people lie? The reasons are countless. Regardless of the motive, the ultimate results are the same. As someone once said, “The worst thing about being lied to is knowing you’re not worth the truth.” Can You Spot a Lie? Here are some common forms of dishonesty that masquerade as acceptable behavior: Misrepresentation. Distorting facts to…
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  • Small Business Spotlight: 3 Ways Bespoke Collection Gets Personal With Customers

    Paul Leary
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bespoke Collection is a boutique wine producer and lifestyle brand based in Napa Valley. In addition to offering premium wine, we also provide a curated selection of premium wine and art experiences. Aside from selling to everyday wine consumers, we also offer a series of corporate programs which is what we rely on for a significant portion of our revenue. Selling wine isn’t as anecdotal as you might think — meaning, our sales teams can't rely on simple demographics to discover potential clients. I knew early on that in order to grow our revenue and bring our wine and art products to…
  • Salesforce Named a Leader in Gartner’s aPaaS Magic Quadrant

    Jim Sinai
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    For the second consecutive year, Gartner has recognized Salesforce as a leader in their recently released Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS) report. A recognition within the report calls out Salesforce1 Platform’s trusted reputation within the PaaS landscape. Gartner’s Magic Quadrants are based on rigorous analysis, backed up by highly structured methodologies. According to Gartner, "In the enterprise aPaaS market, leadership implies an understanding of the demands of the enterprise and the opportunities of cloud computing, and a genuine…
  • This Week in Small Business: Customer Service in the Digital Age

    Kim Honjo
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    This week, we saw a lot of articles about how technology both helps and hinders customer service efforts. Learn more about how to navigate this changing field to deliver a better customer experience. Sustainability + Growth: Greenvelope is a rapidly growing electronic invitation, ticketing, and event management company for people looking to celebrate in eco-friendly ways. They stop by to discusses their commitment to sustainability and how customer service goes beyond just being fast and helpful. (Hint: it’s more of a total customer experience) What’s Cobrowsing? Chat, phone and email…
  • The Top 10 Sales Tips for Small Businesses in 2015

    Alexa Schirtzinger
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Sales is the lifeblood of any small business. Without sales, you have no customers — and without customers, you have no revenue. In 2015, small businesses will face a host of challenges, from evolving technology to informed consumers with sophisticated expectations. In order to help businesses prepare for this evolving sales landscape, we consulted our network of sales experts and leaders to get their best tips for 2015, and we've narrowed them down to 10 amazing insights for small businesses. Enjoy! 1. Know Your Priorities When you delegate a task, always give a due date and a…
  • "Turning Sales Managers into Sales Leaders" A New Salesforce E-Book

    Salesforce
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Finding effective sales leadership is a notorious pain point in many organizations. Sales managers are tasked with managing and improving the sales activities of entire teams, in addition to their own responsibilities such as forecasting, reporting, and development. With so much on their plates, it can be a challenge for sales managers to become true sales leaders. But sales leaders can be an indispensable asset to a sales team and organization as a whole. They are transparent, accessible, and incredibly effective. They handle the work of a dozen average sales people, all while continuously…
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  • Remember the fertile silence of awareness,

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    “It’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention.”We’re only here for a short while. And I think it’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention. In some ways, this is getting far afield. I mean, we are — as far as we know — the only part of the universe that’s self-conscious. We could even be the universe’s form of consciousness. We might have come along so that the universe could look at itself. I don’t know that, but we’re made of…
  • Ebook For Your Enjoyment

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    I wrote my part in this global book to celebrate the human spirit at work and at home. I hope you enjoy the short reads many people have come together to create. Maybe something will resonate with your heart and help you help others.
  • What is in Your HEART today

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Would you love the answer to that question to be love, a vision, dreams, wisdom, kindness and generosity? The spirit of the mountains is this: an open heart filled with the good things of life. What can be between you and this open hearted gift is mind noise and body pain. The Walker Model is based on The Spirit of the Mountains. It brings with it: a burst of energy, a shot of inspiration, a trajectory unstoppable.  In my experience it is the secret to the joy of city life, to thriving in relationships, working well, and healing grief and stress.  Put your right hand on your heart…
  • Awakened Mind - Part 4# - Love

    20 Mar 2015 | 1:23 am
    Every day I wake up to the miracle of life. I learn something new. I explore my life, examine the finer details of my ambitions and dreams. I examine my worries and fears, give them space to exist and then extinguish them with love. I dress and put on my sporty me, go for a swim, make love to the universe, connect with the water, the sky and the energy of life. After I change and put on another suit. My work suit and I morph into the doer, the giver, the guide, the speaker, the podcast maker. I morph into the shapes that are good for the expression of my creative genius. This is the challenge…
  • Part 3. GPCL - AWAKENED MIND -  Certainty

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    Part #3 Certainty There is one human quality I love so much that it's frightening to those who know me well and that quality is certainty. I've been obsessed with it since my mother died when I was 3 years old. Understandably so. I mean, that was the one certainty I had and boom, gone in a blink. I even witnessed her accidental death. So, my quest for certainty took me to Himalayan mountains, business wealth, success and trophies in sport and I suspect, six marriages (so far). When I learnt that I couldn't trust my parents to be there when I needed them, and that whoever created us all had a…
 
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    Managers Are Heroes

  • Employee badmouths company online: What do we do?

    Mike Brown
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    The Scenario HR director Stu Capper had just gotten out of his car Monday morning when supervisor Eric Cottrell yelled his name. Eric ran across the parking lot. “I need to talk to you,” he told Stu. “I got a problem I’ve never run into before.” “Better follow me to the office,” said Stu. A lot of criticism, no identification Finally inside, Eric began: “It’s Betty Bonora. She’s been badmouthing us on the internet.” “What do you mean? asked Stu. “How? Where?” “On her Facebook page,” said Eric.
  • Employee freaks out when long-term co-worker becomes her supervisor

    Mike Brown
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    The Scenario “I want to register a complaint,” Lucy Alschuler announced as she stamped into Stu Capper’s office. “About what, exactly, Lucy?” asked the HR director, motioning Lucy to a chair. “About Linda Webster. My new boss.” Lucy spat out the last word. ‘She thinks she knows everything’ “You mean Linda Webster, your closest friend? The person you worked next to for, what, seven years?” “I mean the Linda Webster who just got promoted to department head.” said Lucy. “Yes, we’ve known each other a…
  • How to deal with a backstabbing employee

    Mike Brown
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Employee smiles to your face, then trashes you behind your back No matter how good morale is, there are always some employees with negative attitudes. The worst may be those who offer sweet smiles to your face – and then badmouth you or the company to other employees. It can tarnish a manager’s image, undermine his or her authority and crush morale. That’s the situation manager Katie Adams faced when she heard a worker badmouthed her to others. She did okay, but… “So how did Mandy do on that special assignment she did for you?” asked fellow manager Jason…
  • Good Worker; Toxic Employee: What to do?

    Mike Brown
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    One toxic employee can crush the morale of a whole staff Toxic employees negatively impact morale and productivity more than you may think. Every day their behavior wears you – and your employees – down just a little bit more. Their nitpicking, controlling and self-centered behavior ultimately can send stress levels soaring, says recent research. And the problem is widespread. More than 87% of employees say they’ve worked with toxic employees at one time or another. Toxic but talented If these folks just had bad attitudes, many managers would find a way to get rid of…
  • When you’re under the thumb of a micromanager

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

  • Why You Do What You Don’t Want To Do

    Christine Comaford
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    What makes us who we are? What drives our behavior? These questions are key when we want to change a repeated and ineffective behavior pattern in either ourselves or in someone we care about. Since behavior is driven by beliefs and identity, how do we change–or upgrade–both? As a neuroscience-based executive coach I’ve invested 30 years of my life studying this, and helping leaders at all levels to modify their behavior in order to get what they want, grow their businesses, have happier more productive teams and more fulfilling lives. How To Understand Your Experiences First, we…
  • 12 Stress-Busters Happy Healthy People Know

    Christine Comaford
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Email. Texting. Voicemail. We’re constantly connecting with others, so why do so many people feel so disconnected–which is a key factor in excessive stress? According to Dr. Edward Hallowell, an expert on anxiety and stress, there are twelve ways in which people need to connect in order to have full, rich, healthy, long lives. I had no idea how much more connected I could feel until I read his outstanding book, Connect: 12 Vital Ties That Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, and Deepen Your Soul. I learned more about connecting in that book than I have from any shrink or at any…
  • Email Overload? Do This And Gain 10 Hours Per Week

    Christine Comaford
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    Are you overloaded by emails? Most of us are. Here’s how to get control of your inbox and your brain. Effective Emails Emails, like meetings, can be handled effectively. End “bottom up” attention grabbing: turn off sounds/visual indicators that new emails have arrived Set the intention of the email – what exactly do you want to accomplish – have a clear agenda Send to the doers, decision-makers, impacted parties only Use the subject line and email coding system below Manage communication and feedback: optimize the subject line for your response   Step 1: Use Our Proven Email…
  • Leadership Lacking? 3 Fast Fixes To Boost Brains (And Hearts)

    Christine Comaford
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    2015 is off to a bang—is your brain and business? Is your team?   There are 3 things that will make all the difference for your company this year. Read on, and optimize your 2015. 1. Assess, Track, Increase Leadership At All Levels Our clients find it helpful to set numbered levels for leadership growth. This helps everyone to track how they are cultivating key leadership behaviors, and nicely complements the use of Individual Development Plans. A good starting point is William Oncken’s 5 Levels of Freedom. We prefer to call them Leadership Levels, as this makes more sense to the…
  • Surprising Leadership Lessons From The Sea

    Christine Comaford
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    “We’re all equal before a wave.” ~Laird Hamilton While surfing in Maui (park at mile marker 12 near Ukumehame Beach Park for nice swells!) I realized how the sport provides a perfect metaphor for how to navigate leadership and life. 1. The Hawaiians say “Never turn your back on the ocean.” This means don’t turn your back to energy, don’t be arrogant and think you are more powerful than the sea. You aren’t. Likewise, don’t turn your back on your business, your loved ones, the forces that support, sustain and influence your life. Stay aware and engaged. 2. Always…
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    JMLalonde.com

  • 10 Ways You Can Acquire The Attitude Of Gratitude

    Joseph Lalonde
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    The world is a pretty messed up place. We hear story after story of negative news. Violence. Crime. Death. These fill the news headlines. It’s easy to begin to wonder if there’s any happiness left in the world. And I can say that YES, there is happiness left in the world. One way to obtain this happiness is to acquire the attitude of gratitude. Image by BK The attitude of gratitude is a life changing principle we can all grasp onto. This principle is simple to implement yet hard to master. Today, I want to help encourage you to become mindful of what you’re grateful for with…
  • Your Key To Getting Things Done

    Joseph Lalonde
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    David Allen is known as the Getting Things Done guy. He’s created a process that will help you get things done but I think there’s another way. Image by Derek Gavey Right now, I know I need to write a blog post. This one, in fact. There was a struggle to write. I didn’t want to create a blog post but I knew I needed to. There’s also days I find myself not wanting to go to church or head into the office. But I need to get those things done as well. That’s where my strategy for getting things done comes into play. My strategy is a lot simpler than David’s.
  • 7 Inspiring Quotes From The Confident Father’s Guidebook: 5 Steps To Personal Transformation

    Joseph Lalonde
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Have you wandered through life wondering what your purpose really was? Do you know who you truly are? I know a lot of us grow through periods of time when we are completely lost. We don’t know what to do or where to turn. That’s why I smiled as I read through Jason Pockrandt’s new book, The Confident Father’s Guidebook: 5 Steps To Personal Transformation. His story mirrors mine closely. Working jobs I didn’t enjoy and not knowing where, or how, to get to where I wanted to be. His words rang true. Not only that, Jason’s words were inspiring. They renewed my…
 
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

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

    johnmaxwell
    30 Mar 2015 | 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.  The video you have just watched is just a sample of this free but invaluable resource. To receive “A Minute with Maxwell” daily directly to your e-mail inbox, subscribe at…
  • AWESOME: Your Friday Challenge, A Minute With John Maxwell

    johnmaxwell
    27 Mar 2015 | 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.  The video you have just watched is just a sample of this free but invaluable resource. To receive “A Minute with Maxwell” daily directly to your e-mail inbox, subscribe at…
  • EXCUSES: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    23 Mar 2015 | 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.  The video you have just watched is just a sample of this free but invaluable resource. To receive “A Minute with Maxwell” daily directly to your e-mail inbox, subscribe at…
  • FINISHING: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    19 Mar 2015 | 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.  The video you have just watched is just a sample of this free but invaluable resource. To receive “A Minute with Maxwell” daily directly to your e-mail inbox, subscribe at…
  • CELEBRATE: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    17 Mar 2015 | 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.  The video you have just watched is just a sample of this free but invaluable resource. To receive “A Minute with Maxwell” daily directly to your e-mail inbox, subscribe at…
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    Skip Prichard | Leadership Insights

  • Leaders: Choose Your Season

    Skip Prichard
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:47 am
    Time to Pause This morning I went for a walk in the woods behind my house. It’s that time of year when winter’s line is blurring into spring, and spring is beginning to win. The trees remain leafless, and yet, if you look closely enough, you can see the tiniest hints of green scattered here and there. Days are beginning to shift and I feel the restlessness of nature. A slight wind is at first cold and biting before it shifts to a warm, teasing breeze. Walking to the back of the house, I glance up and watch quietly as a small bird ducks under the deck, carrying twigs to make a nest.
  • Why Journaling Makes Better Leaders

    Skip Prichard
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    This is a guest post by friend and mentor Bruce Rhoades, who retired after having run several companies. He often helps me with strategy. I am delighted that he is a regular contributor. Why Journal? There is much written about journaling, most of it on how to keep a journal, covering mechanics, tools and discipline.  It is more difficult to find information on the benefits of journaling from real-life experiences, especially pertaining to leaders.  Most of what is written on the benefits of journaling is about self-discovery, but I believe it can help make better leaders, too. Many…
  • Leadership Vertigo: How the Best Leaders Go Off Course

    Skip Prichard
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:04 pm
    What To Do When You Are Off Course Do you know a leader who insists everything is fine when everyone else knows trouble is ahead? Have you watched someone so oblivious to signs and signals that employees are not engaged? How do leaders accurately assess and view how they are perceived in an organization?   My friend Tanveer Naseer recently co-authored Leadership Vertigo: Why Even the Best Leaders Go Off Course and How They Can Get Back On Track.  It’s a thoughtful read designed to help leaders accurately diagnose and solve problems with culture and leadership.  I recently spoke with…
  • Power Your Creative Thinking With the 4 Lenses of Innovation

    Skip Prichard
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Copyright Rowan Gibson; Used by Permission Do you want to create a culture of innovation in your business? Do you want to tap into your inner creative voice? Do you want to power your creative thinking? Power Your Creative Thinking I love reading about the world’s greatest innovators. Whether it’s an innovative individual or a company, I am fascinated with the stories behind history’s greatest breakthroughs and inventions. Recently, a terrific new book on the subject crossed my desk and captured my attention. After reading it, I had the opportunity to converse with the author. The…
  • 5 Simple Steps To Blow Your Productivity Through The Roof

    Andrew
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    This is a guest post by Tor Refsland. Tor decided to leave his six-figure job to follow his passion – to help online entrepreneurs free up more time, so they can do what they love. Want to become more productive? Download his free eBook and learn how to double your productivity in 7 days. Have you ever experienced this? You are sitting with your laptop late at night and you have had waaaay too many cups of coffee. You could probably have stopped with your cup number 5, since your body seems to have become temporarily immune to the invigorating effect of the caffeine. This is NOT the…
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • Round-up of Social Media Image / Video Creation Tools (Mostly free)

    Nischala
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    In the past 3 months, I have tried and used several tools to create images / videos for social media. In this post, I’m sharing a list of the  tools I’ve used – grouped into different categories. Most of them are free of cost for the basic feature set, and also have an option for paid feature upgrades. Images for Simple Text, Easy and Quick to Use – Particularly useful for quotes, blog headers, simple images Pablo Canva ReciteThis Creating collages of Images Photovisi PicMonkey Editing Images – particularly useful to retain / improve image quality (clarity) or make…
  • Video | The A to Z of Blogging

    Nischala
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:20 am
    When I was born I did not know A to Z. Thanks to my parents and teachers, I learned. Now as a parent myself, as I’m teaching my kids A to Z, I wonder if there is an A to Z for blogging too! Surprisingly, I discovered YES! In this post, I’ve tried to share my views on the A to Z of blogging using a video. To view the video, click here Please Note: This is the first time that I am creating a video. I hope you enjoy watching it! I know I enjoyed creating it! Liked it? Leave a comment to let me know Connect with me on Nischala’s Social World Columnist / Byline in : Economic Times |…
  • The 5 Treasured Lessons in 5 Years of Blogging

    Nischala
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    In March 2015, I’ve completed 5 years of active blogging. So I asked myself what are the 5 key lessons I took away from blogging. Since my latest muse are infographics, I compiled the insights into the below. Like It? Leave a comment to let me know… —————————————————————————————————————————————— Connect with me on Nischala’s Social World Columnist : Huffingtonpost | Business2Community | WomensWeb | Sheroes India | PeopleMatters | YoWoTo | 12Most.com | Parentous Blog : Nischala’s Space,…
  • 300+ years of women at work | What were her key career enablers?

    Nischala
    7 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Today is 8 March 2015. So Happy Women’s Day! Anyone who reads me knows that women at work is a topic dear to me, and I hope my writings make a difference for the case and cause of women at work. Last year in 2014, I did a survey on women at work, and “women speaking to each other / sharing their stories” emerged as one of the top points on how women can support the case and cause of women at work. As I looked in my network (real / virtual), I recognized that I knew several amazing women at work who were doing their bit and best to make it work every single day – with…
  • What determines “HER” Career Path?

    Nischala
    7 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    I’ve been in the corporate world for about 15 years now. In this tenure, I have been fortunate to experience in my career (up close and personal) the great, good, bad & ugly; and I survived. Along the way, I’ve also seen a lot of women / mothers navigate their career trajectories very differently at different phases. Everyone’s context / circumstances are different, and hence so are their choices. And yet, there seems to be some drivers on how she makes those choices to make peace with her work and her life. So what are those variables which determine her ‘career…
 
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    The Purposeful Culture Group

  • The Authenticity Factor

    S. Chris Edmonds
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    To what degree are you genuine and authentic with your work colleagues – bosses, peers, and team members – in daily interactions? Dictionary.com defines authentic as “not false or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Hawthorne Effect and Your Culture

    S. Chris Edmonds
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    What do you pay attention to in your work environment? Do you actively engage with players regularly to learn what’s going well and what’s not, or do they rarely see you? Or are you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • One Company’s Values Journey, Part II

    S. Chris Edmonds
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week I continue my interview with the Luck Companies Chief Leadership Officer, Mark S. Fernandes. Mark is the person charged with transforming Luck Companies into a Values Based Leadership... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • One Company’s Values Journey

    S. Chris Edmonds
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’re a frequent reader of these pages, you know I’m always enthused to discover high performing, values-aligned organizations. I’m delighted to bring you the Luck Companies... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What I Do and Why

    S. Chris Edmonds
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’m a rational thinker. There are times it helps me serve others well. And, there are times when it becomes a hurdle to helping others truly understand what I do! When I’m not able to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Switch & Shift

  • The Voice of David – Listen Up Leaders

    Eileen McDargh
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Every business has some Goliath over the next hill: giant attrition of talented employees; giant competition in the marketplace; a giant need to control costs; a giant need to expand into a new market. Who are your Little Davids?... Read More»
  • 3 Leadership Lessons from the Dinner Table

    Chris R. Stricklin
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Where do people do their most honest discussion, let their guard down a bit and just talk? At the meal table. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, this is the time most of us focus on relaxing and enjoying a satisfying meal. So, the obvious question that follows is how do you utilize this opportunity? ... Read More»
  • Will Commissioned Salespeople Soon Disappear?

    Ryan Estis
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    A new Forrester study predicts that of the 4.5 million B2B sales jobs in existence today, “one million jobs will be net displaced by 2020.” Are salespeople disappearing?... Read More»
  • If Mother Nature Was Your CEO

    Kristof De Wulf
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Looking at what nature has created over millions of years of evolution to get to the ‘perfect shape’, the designers at McLaren Automotive get their inspiration from animal anatomy, tree branches, blood vessels and river deltas to create some of the most sophisticated and efficient design solutions. If McLaren Automotive manages to create better designs by stealing from nature, surely nature must contain lessons that apply to business and leadership as well. Here are 4 laws of nature that can inspire you to become a better leader...... Read More»
  • What Leonard Nimoy Taught Me About Leadership Over Lunch

    Ron Ricci
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    My job: fly to Las Vegas and have dinner with Nimoy at Caesar’s Palace – and figure out how to use him as a spokesperson for the product line. Over the next six months, we talked a few times about his role and how to be effective.... Read More»
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    Play BIG: Conversations For Possibility / Leadership

  • Play BIG: Distinguishing Between Having Money & Being Rich

    Maz Iqbal
    15 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
    The ‘gods’ are smiling upon me once more. I find that my back is almost back to normal. Once again, I can sit for more than five minutes without pain. Rich!  After sitting I can get up on my own without searing pain. Rich! Laying on the bed, I can turn from one side to […]
  • Play BIG: Choose Being Over Having

    Maz Iqbal
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    When do you find yourself alive – truly alive as in bursting with enthusiasm, joy, vitality?  Is it when you have donned on the costume of the successful Vice President? Or the up and coming Manager? Or the good corporate employee?  Is it when you are playing the perfect wife/husband?  Are you bursting with joy […]
  • Play BIG: Give Your Life Meaning By Inventing And Struggling For Your Ithaca

    Maz Iqbal
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:15 am
    Have you read Homer’s The Odyssey? If you have you will know that the hero, Odysseus, undergoes ten years of struggle/hardship to return to Ithaca – his kingdom, his home, where his family awaits him.  His ten years are not years of ease, pleasure and happiness. The ten years are full of everything that life […]
  • Play BIG: Be Strong, Give Into Life, Give Into Love, Give Into Hope, Give Into Trust..

    Maz Iqbal
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:25 am
    Back has been troublesome for two weeks now. Pain. Pain. Pain. Difficulty sleeping. Difficulty sitting. Difficulty moving. Quality of living lacking that quality that goes with good health. Took action to loosen back and cheer myself up: listened to long forgotten dance music. Came across Lysa Stansfield singing People Hold On. Find the lyrics soulful: […]
  • Play BIG: Listen To / Embrace The Wisdom Of Viktor Frankl (Part 1)

    Maz Iqbal
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    If you/i are to play BIG and experience ourselves living a vital-vibrant existence then I say you/i can help ourselves by listening to, embracing-embodying the wisdom of Viktor Frankl.  In today’s conversation I share some of this wisdom with you.  I urge you to make the time to watch and truly listen to the following. […]
 
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    Sales Coaching Blog

  • Sales Coaching: Quality and Consistency

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Perhaps it’s so easy it’s hard. That is the only reason I can think of when considering why sales departments do almost nothing to measure and analyze the consistency and quality of coaching that is occurring in their organizations. Or perhaps I’m not giving the EcSell Institute enough credit, but that is not the point of this post. The point of this message is to focus on looking at sales performance through a different lens to challenge the status quo.
  • Why We Promote the Wrong Sales Reps into Management

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Many sales organizations focus on promoting leaders from the ranks of their current group of reps rather than hiring management from outside. They do this because it can help create a stronger, more consistent culture in their organization, provide their reps with opportunities for advancement and also shorten new leader ramp-up time as products and processes are already known. While there are clearly benefits to promoting from within, it can also be hard to know which sales reps have the potential to become effective leaders. Usually the highest-performing salespeople are first…
  • 5 Sales Skills You Need in the Workplace

    18 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Every day we utilize our sales skills in order to advance our company and our customer's businesses.  We often take for granted the importance these same skills have in their ability to advance our own organziation.  According to Russell Sachs, Vice President of sales for Work Market, there are five sales skills that are important in order to implement continuous learning relating to any order to improve your performance and enhance opportunities at work, try your hand at honing these in the spirit of working towards elevated job performance.
  • Elevate Your Team's Performance at our Upcoming Sales Coaching Summit!

    7 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
      The EcSell Institute it is gearing up for one of the most exciting times of the year--the upcoming sales coaching Summit in Scottsdale, AZ. Our annual Summit is a valuable time to learn from industry thought leaders as well as connect with your peers and gather meaningful takeaways to take back to your organization. It is also a time to pause, refine and refocus our coaching efforts with our team. There are many aspects that make the Summit experience meaningful for the growth of your sales organization, but this week I'd like to list my top 5 reasons to attend this May:
  • Sales motivation: Millennials expect coaching

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    I was born in 1982 which technically makes me part of the Millennial generation. And when it comes to sales motivation there might not be a more polarizing subject than how to effectively coach Millennials. I mean how do you get through to an entire group of people who are lazy, self-centered, and entitled? Although, I do not believe these characteristics to be at all representative of my generation, they are words that get thrown around by some senior executives and a few grumpy boomers on a routine basis. It is hard to not get into arguments when talking about different age groups and all…
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    Doug Smith Live

  • April’s Learning to Lead Events

    Doug Smith
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    I could not be more excited about the two events we have coming up in April! I can’t encourage you enough to register for these and make the commitment to attend them. These events are for leaders of all ages. Whether you are 15 or 65, we would love for you to attend. here is what you need to know: April’s Leadership Breakfast with Oracle VP, Dave Profozich Our next leadership event is on Friday, April 17th at 7:00 a.m. at North Way Christian Church’s Wexford Campus. Our speaker will be Dave Profozich, a VP at Oracle. I’ve known Dave for three years. He is an…
  • Episode #57: Mike Steidel Learn | Lead | Launch

    Doug Smith
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    This episode comes from our breakfast series. Our speaker this month was Director of Admissions at Carnegie Mellon University, Mike Steidel. Mike’s lesson was called “Learn, Launch, Lead”. It was one of the best lessons I’ve heard on leadership in a while. Mike’s professional bio is in the show notes below. I’ve also interviewed Mike in the past for my podcast. You can listen to those interviews here: http://dougsmithlive.com/interview-with-mike-steidel-part-1/ http://dougsmithlive.com/interview-with-mike-steidel-part-2/ To listen to other interviews, go…
  • Grey Hair

    Doug Smith
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness. -Proverbs 16:31 My Pastor often says, “The problem with our generation is that all of our mentors are 30 seconds older than us!” He then encourages us to get around and be mentored by people who have grey hair! People that have experience. People who can tell you all the mistakes they made and help you not make the same ones. I’ve been doing my best to get around wise people since I was a teenager. When I was 17, I was interning at my church and my mentor would bring successful men and women with…
  • Episode #56: Dr. Jim Withers, The Homeless Doctor

    Doug Smith
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:16 am
    In this podcast, I interview Dr. Jim Withers, Founder of Operation Safety Net. In 1992, Dr. Jim Withers, an internal medicine physician, began providing medical care to Pittsburgh’s unsheltered homeless population. He partnered with street-savvy formerly homeless individuals and, initially dressing as a homeless person, began to make nighttime street rounds in the alleys and under the bridges of the city. From this initial outreach service other clinical volunteers joined in and Operation Safety Net was born. Today, Operation Safety Net is recognized as one of nation’s first, targeted,…
  • 7 Amazing Things About being a Christian that I take for Granted

    Doug Smith
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    I have lived half of my life for God and half of my life not living for God and there is no comparison! However, after 12 years of walking with God consistently, I have found that there are things that are available to us as Christians that if I am not careful, I can take for granted. Sadly, people who are not walking with God and even some who do, have absolutely no idea what’s available to them in Christ. Here are 7 amazing things that are available to every child of God on the planet that we should never take for granted: 1.) Salvation – Christ died for me - Romans 5:8 say,…
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    LaRae Quy | Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • 6 Habits Smart Leaders Never Forget

    LaRae Quy
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    If you're new here, you may want to receive notices of new blog posts via email. Thanks for visiting - LaRae.Over a 24 year career, FBI Firearms instructors made us repeat the same series of actions on the firing range. After awhile, it got so repetitive that I wondered how I would fare in a shootout if I didn’t have my firearms instructor barking out orders on what to do next! PODCAST: http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/6-Habits-Smart-Leaders-Never-Forget.mp3 In fact, our repeated behavior patterns became involuntary. In short, they became a habit. I no longer needed to…
  • 5 Powerful Ways A Strong Mind Breaks Through Barriers

    LaRae Quy
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:25 pm
    As an FBI agent working counterintelligence cases, I learned that ignoring problems in investigations will not make them go away. They must be worked through and not allowed to become a barrier in finding the answer. Working through problems is not limited to FBI investigations. Breaking through the barriers that show up in life and business takes mental toughness to face them so you can manage your emotions, behavior, and thoughts in a way that will set you up for success. In our country, barriers are synonymous with failure and shame. Barriers are things to be avoided so we can keep moving…
  • 11 Signs You Have What It Takes To Be A Success

    LaRae Quy
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    FBI counterintelligence agents use personality assessments and behavioral analysis to determine whether the foreign spies they are investigating can be recruited to work for the U.S. Government. But these approaches are not limited to spy agencies; corporations and investors have also relied upon innate psychological factors to pinpoint traits—such as a need for achievement and a propensity for risk-taking—to guide their choices in whom they promote or fund. The reason? The stereotypical image of what it takes to succeed clings in our minds—these ingrained patterns of thinking allow our…
  • How Women Can Find The Perfect Mentor To Guide Them To Success

    LaRae Quy
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    As a female FBI agent, there were very few other women in my office—or in the building, for that matter. The closest thing to a mentor I had was my male training agent, who viewed me as more of a burden than an opportunity. But it had been to my advantage to be raised on a cattle ranch in the middle of Wyoming. It was a tough environment—fast food was hitting a deer at 60 miles an hour. My grandmother had ammo on her Christmas list. And there is one thing you never say to a grandmother who is a crack shot with a rifle—“It’s not my fault.” This was exactly the type of mental…
  • 10 Differences Between High Performers And Overachievers

    LaRae Quy
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    As a new FBI agent, I couldn’t wait to work undercover. John le Carre novels and James Bond movies filled my head, so I jumped at chance when the opportunity came up for me to start an undercover operation against foreign spies in the Silicon Valley. This was my first time out of the gate as an undercover agent and it was exhilarating. It was necessary that I move immediately from idea to action with very little time between thinking and doing. I loved performing and I was good at approaching the targets of my investigation. As a result, I gained attention, made good progress, and received…
 
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    Deep Imprints Coaching

  • One Word 2015

    Kim
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    Every year in late December or early January, I ask God for a word to encompass the next year. I don’t use this word like a fortune cookie, to predict the future, but actually as a mirror. At the middle of the year and the end of the year, I look up what my word […]
  • Afraid to be first

    Kim
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    I was watching my son’s First robotics competition, and a young woman spoke. I didn’t catch her name, but her words were inspiring. “If you are the first in any area, it is scary because there is no model for you to follow.” This parallels my recent thoughts on risk aversion. It is ingrained in […]
  • God is God and I am not

    Kim
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    “God, you are God and I am not.” This is perhaps one of the most challenging prayers to ever pray. After all, we are the one who has control over if we get out of bed in the morning, what we eat for breakfast, etc. When people make us angry, we have a choice to […]
  • Find your purpose

    Kim
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:42 am
    I’m reading a book that really resonates. It is about purpose. You can get the gist from the TedTalk here. Why do you do what you do? Simon Sinek repeats over and over in his book Start with Why “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” As I’ve walked through my […]
  • Honest Questions

    Kim
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Today I read an article on Quartz that brings out honest questions in me – the kind of questions that cause the white silence the author mentions. First, I am appalled at the abuse of power in our nation – it isn’t just race that it effected, it is a socio-economic divide whose name is […]
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    Great Results Teambuilding

  • 9 Spartan Race Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork

    Sean Glaze
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    A few weeks ago I experienced my first Spartan Sprint. The “Sprint” is a 4-5 mile obstacle course race created by Joe De Sena, an entrepreneur and extreme endurance race enthusiast.  In 2012, Outside magazine designated it the “Best Obstacle Race,” and hundreds of thousands of people have participated in Spartan race events around the world. I figured it would be a fun experience for my family and I to share. So on the Saturday morning of the race, my wife and I, along with our three children (ages 16, 14, and 11) hopped in our SUV and made our way to the race site, prepared…
  • “What Impresses a Coach” – A Letter to Athletes on Toughness

    Sean Glaze
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:06 am
    A LETTER TO ATHLETES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF TOUGHNESS:   “Dear Player: I am glad you have worked to build skills, and skills will serve you well when you are on the floor competing against other talented athletes… but it is not skill alone that separates successful achievers from the mediocre masses. The greatest divider of players in basketball, or in business, is toughness. If you were an office manager, it would be nice to have people with terrific skills – but if you had an employee who was very skilled and experienced, but who also whined and complained or was negative or…
  • 4 Steps to Create REAL Impact at Your Next Event

    Sean Glaze
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:25 am
    As a meeting professional, you want to create real impact at your event, but all too often people look back after attending a conference or an annual meeting and, even though they may have had a few nice conversations and taken a few interesting notes, feel like it was all just empty calories? Cake, or potato chips, are great examples of foods that provide empty calories – and like some conferences or meetings you may have attended, they offer very little that is really useful or nourishing. But there IS hope… You CAN ensure that your next company event delivers REAL impact.
  • What Drives Engagement and Motivates Employees?

    Sean Glaze
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    As a team leader, it is important to be aware of what drives engagement and motivates your employees and teammates. Most leaders are familiar with the 2013 Gallup poll that suggested “70% of American workers are ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’ and are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.” Employee engagement has a tremendous impact on productivity, and there are a number of factors that contribute to your people feeling connected to a compelling common goal and to other people in your organization.    Below is an image,…
  • Top 20 Fun Conference Theme Ideas to Inspire Teamwork

    Sean Glaze
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    Are you looking for fun conference theme ideas to inspire teamwork in your organization? If you are planning an annual meeting or event, one of the things you want to decide on early in your planning is a theme that will tie all of your speakers and breakout sessions and activities together under one main message.   Your speakers will appreciate having some direction when planning their comments, and your people will leave with a more clear and consistent message. So, as you begin to plan for your next gathering – whether it is for 20 people or 2,000 – consider using one of these…
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    Coaching Excellence

  • Warmth on a Cold Day

    ipeccoaching
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    OK, I’m not going to complain when it’s cold outside. Some days it’s just cold. That doesn’t mean it sure doesn’t feel good to warm up after being outside for a while. Is there anything better than wrapping both your hands around a cup of hot chocolate? (You can call it cocoa if you prefer.) If it’s made with water, it’s tolerable. But, for full, creamy deliciousness, you gotta mix your Hershey’s syrup with milk. Soooo good! It should be served just a little too hot to drink, too. That gives you time to hold the mug under your nose […]
  • You’re the Best! Actually, You’re Probably Not…

    ipeccoaching
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    It’s award show season. SAG Awards, Golden Globes, Oscar, Grammy, and I don’t know how many other award shows there are. So, every year, certain individuals will be heralded as the Best Actress, the Best Director, the Best (“insert category here.”) Most of us have won some award or trophy in our lives. Maybe your Little League team won a championship or you were the “Employee of the Month” or some other recognition was bestowed upon you. It’s cool. It’s rewarding to have our efforts recognized by others. Being the “best” is hard to…
  • 5 Ways To Become More Intuitive

    ipeccoaching
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    It’s kind of funny how “themes” pop up in our lives. Maybe we look for patterns. Or rather, we recognize the patterns. One that I’ve noticed, lately, is how the concept of “intuition” keeps showing up. I had come across a quote that I tweeted by best-selling author, Shakti Gawain: “We need to let our intuition guide us and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly.” Then, I read an article about meditation that included this: “The really valuable thing is the intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.”…
  • 3 Tips In Dealing With Life’s Rough Patches

    ipeccoaching
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    For those who live in warmer climates, winter weather is rarely a concern. As a north-easterner, we can get some pretty severe winter storms. I can deal with the cold and even a foot of snow. But, the worst is freezing rain that becomes black ice on the roads, walkways, and stairs. If you’ve experienced it, you know how treacherous it can be. If you haven’t, trust me, you don’t want to. Now, the ice isn’t really black, it’s transparent. Yeah, a nice, unseen, stealthy hazard that will send you crashing to the ground or skidding out of control. Usually, […]
  • The First Step To Creating Sustainable Wellbeing

    ipeccoaching
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    When it comes to consistently making conscious healthy choices, discipline isn’t enough. Even with my years of training as a professional athlete, I found it too easy to break from my strategies. Something was missing. Reflect and follow intuitive strategies to make a sustainable change. My role at iPEC has given me the opportunity to really study sustainable behavior change, while also taking into consideration what might have contributed to the times that I successfully stuck to my own wellbeing strategies. It may seem counter intuitive to go into stillness and contemplation when you are…
 
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    Blog entries

  • Five Ways to Manage Angry Internet Posts

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    I have grown accustomed to receiving feedback, good and bad, over my 40 years in business and education. The feedback I dislike the most is that which comes from anonymo...
  • A Tale of Two Interviews and Lying on Resumes

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Because we are always in pursuit of quality employees I am always reading and looking for insights that might help us with our recruiting. Here are three items I stumbled across this week.
  • Leaders Should Learn to Forgive

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:13 pm
    People quite often “stretch the truth” or lie, even experienced and wise people like Brian Williams. While it fascinates me why the public so passionately takes shots at Williams, who really has not hurt any of us, I ...
  • Entrepreneurship Can Make a Difference in Africa

    11 Feb 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Entrepreneurship is always required if you want to build a robust and healthy economy. Entrepreneurs are people who see opportunities where others do not and who see barriers as a way to invigorate their life.I always enjoy reading about entrepreneurship in Africa because it is especially hard to be successful. The barriers in many African countries include corrupt governments, poor infrastructures (e.g. Education, roads, public utilities, transportation), and very low personal incom...
  • Were the Patriots Just Lucky?

    3 Feb 2015 | 5:17 pm
    I am a huge New England Patriots fan and acknowledge that maybe luck was in our favor on Sunday night when the Patriots won the Super Bowl. In football,...
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    strategy+business: STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP

  • Boost Your Innovation Confidence

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Company leaders know they must drive change to stay competitive, but many lack the confidence to know which moves will pay off. To develop the wherewithal to take a successful innovation leap, trust your customer insight, combine it with a deep understanding of what new technologies can deliver, and give people the freedom to fail.
  • Hey, Leaders: Stop Thinking So Much and Just Do It

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    To reach your true leadership potential, writes INSEAD professor Herminia Ibarra, push yourself outside your comfort zone.
  • Learning from the Persuasive Genius of Great Leaders

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The art of framing is an essential skill for executives who want to motivate and inspire.
  • 10 Principles of Organization Design

    22 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Within each CEO's term, there is likely to be one and only one major reorganization. The chief executive has to get the reorg right the first time; he or she won't get a second chance. Here are 10 guiding principles that apply to every company's organization design--approaches recognized to have dramatically improved performance in more than 400 companies. These principles point the way for leaders whose evolving strategies require a different kind of organization than the one they have today.
  • A Culture of Personality

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    A CEO's character can change a company's culture, the way it operates, and its performance.
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    peoplediscovery.co.uk

  • Never Was There A Springtime, When The Buds Forgot To Bloom

    Christina Lattimer
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Springtime is a time for new beginnings Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom. —Margaret Elizabeth Sangster Springtime is the essence of new beginnings.  The days are becoming longer, if we are lucky, temperatures become a little more palatable, and we begin to shake off the winter blanket of hibernation.  The cycle of seasons is a micro-cycle of life itself, it’s no mistake that when the sun appears, the lambs are born and the leaves on the tree start sprouting.  It’s a time of rebirth and renewal. As children, the seasons seemed long and meaningful and…
  • No-one Can Hurt Me Without My Permission – Ghandi

    Christina Lattimer
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    When we are hurt If you’ve ever felt the sting of someone’s negativity towards you or someone you love, you will understand that awful feeling of hurt experienced.  This hurt invariably we cover up firstly with anger, and then quite often by attacking back.  This hurt/attack/counter attack dynamic plays itself across micro and macro scenes across the world’s stage.  From small family tiff’s to world wars, the dynamic of hurting and attacking then counterattack is rife. Like many dynamics, there is always an alternative.  Collectively, the world will only come to…
  • Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality – Les Brown

    Christina Lattimer
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    “Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality”, is a quote that  really does make sense The “Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality”  Quick Quiz 1.  When you are about to make a decision, do you hesitate because you are worried about what people think? 2.  Do you agree to do things you don’t want to do, because you feel you must be helpful? 3.  Do you find yourself acting in different ways for different people? 4.  Do you feel guilty if you want to reduce your working hours/ditch the charity…
  • Be Careful What You Set Your Heart Upon— For It Will Surely Be Yours

    Christina Lattimer
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Be careful:  How to set out your future goals It’s always amazing, when we set our goals, ask the Universe for what we want and harness the power of our imagination and subconscious minds to get what we want, and it appears, isn’t it?   Well, in reality, no, its not always amazing.  It is always revealing though!  The problem is of course, we often simply don’t know what is good for us, and that’s why we need to be careful.    When I set out on my journey, I set myself 4 goals which involved what I believed,  if achieved,  would make me happy.  Of course, I…
  • 3 Simple Ways to Make 2015 the Best Year Ever!

    Christina Lattimer
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    Make 2015 the Best Year Ever! I thought long and hard about my seasonal message and what I could sincerely wish for you for this holiday season and for the coming year.  Profound ideas crossed my mind, and I wrestled with sentimental thoughts and meaningful messages.  Eventually I decided to keep it simple. Here are 3 simple ways to make your 2015 the best yet.  All you have to do is implement the methodology! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  –  From Christina; People Discovery and the eMILE People Development Magazine In 2015 1.  Resolve to feel better      …
 
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    Eugenia Bieto's Blog

  • Women Executives

    Eugenia Bieto
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    In the Bissagos Archipelago, in Guinea-Bissau, women are usually the ones with the authority to manage the economy, social welfare and the law of the land. The anthropological history of the world contains a few specific cases like Bissagos, as well as a number of different schemes. In Western society, there has been a centuries-long movement towards schemes that are increasingly egalitarian in every way. In recent years, the percentage of women on boards of directors has increased significantly throughout the world. According to a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in…
  • Alumni Giving Back, committed to helping alumni collaborate with the third sector

    Eugenia Bieto
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:33 am
    Projects come to life and flourish like never before when the people involved make them their own. This has certainly been the case with Alumni Giving Back, which, ten years after its launch, continues to thrive thanks to the desire of ESADE alumni in the private sector to volunteer their time and skills to support non-profits. The idea of offering knowledge to make the world a fairer, more sustainable place is one of ESADE’s core values, and it can be seen in the school’s unflagging efforts to promote social leadership. Alumni Giving Back offers an increasingly wide range of activities…
  • A made-in-ESADE visionary

    Eugenia Bieto
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:21 am
    I first learned of Alfonso Zamarro (BBA 2014), an exemplary innovator whose idea has been recognized in both investment circles and the media, through the EGarage on our Sant Cugat campus. In less than half a year, Alfonso’s start-up, DEA Drones, has gone from promising project to winner of the Adecco Prize for ‘Brilliant Ideas’ and finalist for the Smart City Award, garnering features on the front pages of the leading Spanish newspapers. These accomplishments have no doubt also awakened investors’ interest in the company. The story reminds me of the twists, turns and dogged ascents…
  • The CLADEA network: necessary and more relevant than ever

    Eugenia Bieto
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    In early September ESADE’s Barcelona campus became a true reflection of today’s global, interconnected society as more than 500 people – professors, researchers, students and business leaders – gathered for the 49th CLADEA Annual Assembly from 3rd to 5th September. For three intense days, ESADE’s auditoriums, classrooms, hallways and grounds became the nerve centre of Latin America’s largest business school network. It was an academic celebration of the exchange of trend-setting ideas and the collaborative launching of innovative educational initiatives. Most importantly, however,…
  • Ruralmind, showcasing our students’ entrepreneurial skills

    Eugenia Bieto
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    Once again, ESADE students’ entrepreneurial dexterity and drive are on display. This time, the ESADE BBA alumni Carles Royo and Clara Sellarès have given concrete form to their final-year project. Conceived in ESADE classrooms, Ruralmind is a rural tourism and adventure activities website that is swiftly emerging as a mountain tourism industry leader. Starting a business is not easy. Getting a business idea off the ground requires hard work and perseverance. The attitude that would-be entrepreneurs bring to this challenge is vital to allowing them to achieve their goals. Carles and Clara…
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    Random Acts Of Leadership™

  • 3 Simple Steps to Achieve High Performance

    Susan Mazza
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    As a professional the demands on your time and attention are intense. Unfortunately, the commitments you make to yourself likely get put aside more often than you intend. Of course, it is your level of commitments to others, your willingness to go above and beyond, and drive to deliver with excellence that sets you apart. Yet are you investing the time, energy, and mind-share in your own growth and development that will take your performance to the next level? In the E-Myth Michael Gerber offers a potent distinction whether you are an entrepreneur or a professional working for someone else.
  • Recognizing Leadership in Action

    Susan Mazza
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Think of someone whose leadership stands out for you. If no one comes to mind, take a moment and consider those around you right now.  Is there someone you can identify whose leadership is noteworthy? Now that you have a specific person in mind, ask yourself: what is it that they have done or provided that has you name them as a leader? It can be far easier to name those things for someone like Martin Luther King, Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, or whomever your favorite historical leader might be.  After all you can see the culmination of their life’s work and the legacy of their leadership in…
  • Talent Management: You Own It

    Susan Mazza
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    You’re the owner of a business, the leader of your team, the visionary who sees what’s next for the company and strategizes ways to get there. People are the most valuable resource you have, and you recognize this. But cultivating a winning team is no easy feat. You’re trying to figure out how to embark on a Strategic Talent Management journey to better recruit, select, develop, promote and engage the individuals who work in your business. It’s overwhelming—but here’s the good news. You’re not in this alone. As the owner, you need an executive bench to execute your business…
  • Are You Practicing Enough?

    Susan Mazza
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    As I watch my daughter play in her first high school lacrosse season I am reminded of the value of practice. Our girls have won 9 straight state championships and we hope and intend this year will be their 10th. Their success certainly did not happen by accident. There is nothing magical, at least that I know of, in the water in our small town. Over the last 9 years players have come and gone so winning has never depended on a few stellar athletes. It has taken years of focused dedication by the coaches and the community that has been built to support this exceptional program. While there are…
  • Embracing Failure

    Susan Mazza
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Successful business leaders tell us over and over again that they had to fail to get to where they are. In fact, it is precisely those failures that led to their success.  Look at Steve Jobs. When did he come up with the iPod? After he had been kicked out of Apple!  When you think of him, do you think of his mistakes? Probably not. You think of his successes: the Macintosh, the iPod, iTunes. Arthur Rock, one of Apple’s board members, said, “The best thing ever to happen to Steve is when we fired him, told him to get lost” (Isaacson 2011). The tough love gave him the opportunity to…
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    Step Up Leader with Susan Freeman

  • Happy and Productitve Organizations are a Leaders Choice

    Susan Freeman
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    “Leadership is not a rank; it’s a decision,” according to Simon Sinek. I’m a big fan of his work. His previous book, Start with Why, is a simple yet profound look at the missing ingredient in bringing passion and purpose to our work. Circle of Safety In his new book and video, “Leaders Eat Last,” he discusses the biological component of working with and building trust with people. He shows how we are biologically wired to connect. Leaders need to tap into that through empathy by creating a “Circle of Safety”, an environment where everyone feels…
  • Overcoming the Challenges of Responsible Leadership

    Susan Freeman
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader tip comes from Leading Blog. I chose it because my executive coaching clients will find the themes very relevant. Several of these clients and their companies are on the threshold of the next stage of growth. Making this leap requires the qualities outlined in the book.  These can be challenging to already-successful leaders. “There has always been a call for responsible leaders, but perhaps we just hear the call more clearly today.” In The Responsible Leader, author Tim Richardson begins with a well-written overview of how we got where we are in our…
  • Does Your Leadership Inspire a Higher Calling?

    Susan Freeman
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Recently I was in a very special food establishment in Asheville, North Carolina, The French Broad Chocolate Company. As I sat down to enjoy a hot liquid truffle concoction, my eyes caught the word “Manifesto” boldly appearing right above the table. Being curious and already delighted (this being a chocolate lover’s paradise), I stopped to read the company’s description of its purpose. As you can see from the attached photo, this is no ordinary mission statement. Here are my observations: Every line begins with “we;” this represents the community and team of people with a shared…
  • Is Your Leadership As Effective As It Could Be? The Missing Piece

    Susan Freeman
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Be the change you want to see in the world.” This famous quote by Mahatma Ghandi summarizes this month’s focus on transformation for leaders. This is admittedly one of my favorite leadership topics. Why? Because when a leader has impact, transformation occurs, and when transformation occurs, a leader has impact. What gets in the way of transformation? Busy-ness is the obvious distraction: “I don’t have time for that,” “that’s not real work,” “what’s that got to do with making our numbers?” It turns out, that transformation has everything to do with real work, and…
  • A Beautiful Constraint

    Susan Freeman
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader Tip focuses on a common leadership issue; constraint. We borrow from “Leading Blog” to reinforce for our readers the power of reframe, mindset and curiosity. Typically we look at a constraint as a negative. A problem to be solved. But what if a constraint was the gift that opened up previously unimagined possibilities? What if a constraint was the gift that took you to the next level? Authors Adam Morgan and Mark Barden remind us in A Beautiful Constraint that Google’s home page is as simple as it is because that was the limit of … The post A Beautiful…
 
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    Leading in Context

  • What is Authentic Leadership?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:05 am
    How Do We Define Authenticity in Leadership? Most people would agree that authentic leadership is a good thing. But what does it mean? What qualities do authentic leaders possess that set them apart from other leaders?
  • There Are No Quick Fixes For Ethics

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton I have been thinking about how lightly some leaders take the subject of ethics. Some ignore ethical issues altogether or think ethical issues are unimportant compared to money concerns. It’s a risky choice to take ethics lightly. Why? There are no “ethics transplants” for people who have made bad ethical decisions. We are responsible for our choices. If an ethics transplant did exist and we could easily start over, imagine how long the waiting list would be for that procedure! Since there is no quick fix for failed ethics, we need to protect our ethical…
  • 5 Ways To Bolster Your Organization’s Ethical Immune System

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton I was thinking about organizational culture recently, and noticed an interesting parallel. Eating healthy foods, exercising and getting enough sleep all boost our individual immune systems. What actions can we take to boost our ethical immune systems? And how could doing that help us create more ethical organizations? Building a healthy ethical culture where people take steps to protect ethics and reputation takes intentional effort. It requires regular attention, similar to the way we must eat healthy foods and exercise daily to maintain our individual health.
  • Leaders: Is Respect Enough?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Respectful behavior makes it possible for people to work together successfully. But when we ask the teams we lead to be respectful, I wonder if we're aiming too low. Shouldn't we be asking for more?
  • 11 Paths To Ethical Leadership Competence

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Developing competent ethical leaders is a huge challenge. Why is it so difficult? We live in a globally-connected society, and are expected to be globally-aware. We are dealing with catastrophic change and uncertainty. We fill roles in many different settings including in our organizations, industries and communities. Competence in all of these areas is not simple to achieve.
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    Giana Consulting |Understanding People, Life, Leadership & Change |

  • Pop, Soda, Coke… Right Word = Getting Heard

    Chery Gegelman
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    When my husband and I were first married we moved three states away from where we had grown up. And quickly learned that the carbonated beverages we had been consuming for our entire lives were not called POP. In this place they were called SODA! A few years later we moved south and learned that no matter what flavor of carbonated beverage we wanted to consume we needed to order a COKE – and then name our flavor of choice. As we’ve continued to move I’ve kept a mental list of others… When you throw something away do you CHUCK it or CHUNK it? When you hold onto something have you…
  • Continuous Improvement: Cures The Two-Year Itch

    Chery Gegelman
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:44 am
    Several years ago I had a long but fun job interview. In that interview I was honest with my prospective employer about my strengths, my passions and my need to be challenged. I pointed to my historical pattern of two years of achieving in a role, before I got bored and needed to learn something new and needed to make a greater difference. (Which usually meant I moved on…) The interviewer smiled and nodded and shared that he had the same problem. …Until he came to work in this company… He had my attention. I had his attention. And I got the job. Nearly two years later – the team…
  • CRISIS!!! The Impact of a Leader’s Response

    Chery Gegelman
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is part II in a series to examine how a Leader’s response to a crisis impacts the people and the organizations they lead.   Crises are more than LARGE-SCALE natural disasters and acts of hate. Crises actually occur daily: As economies, regulations, technology and consumer needs CHANGE When dishonest leaders are in charge With an unexpected diagnosis The death of a loved-one The loss of a job The betrayal of a spouse The negative choices of a family member _________________________ (What else would you add?) Crises can fuel creativity, develop synergy and produce…
  • Have you personally witnessed leadership in a crisis?

    Chery Gegelman
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Current events and a class I’m taking have me thinking about how people lead in a crisis. So I reached out to my network and asked: Have you personally witnessed great leadership in a crisis? If so what did you see, feel and experience? The answers I got back were fascinating. One person told a story of a life and death experience. Everyone else shared a work-related experience that impacted them emotionally and sometimes physically. Think about that for a minute… In the face of horrific current events in our world – work related crises impact so many more lives! And just in…
  • Is forgiveness an overlooked leadership skill?

    Chery Gegelman
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    If you’re like me – You believe in the faith-based and health-based reasons to practice forgiveness. But have you ever considered that forgiveness might be an important leadership skill? In the book Picking Cotton, two people share their true story: They are both 23. She’s white, a senior in college with a 4.0 and looking forward to starting her career, marrying her boyfriend and having a family. He is a person of color, working, and has a history of making some unwise choices. One night she is at home alone and a man breaks into her apartment and rapes her. She is able to escape…
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    Get Real Leadership | It's About the People | Nicki Roth

  • Huffington Post Blog Entry: Nonprofit Leadership

    nickiroth
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Deep commitment, extensive knowledge and abiding passion to make a difference on a specific issue are baseline traits of countless nonprofit leaders. This is necessary but not enough to achieve bold changes in the world. Effective leadership skills are needed to realize the full impact of these far-reaching missions. Beyond Passion is the story of […]
  • Who is Your Glue?

    nickiroth
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Every organization has that one person who provides the connective tissue that makes things run. S/he is usually not the formal person in charge and may not even have a senior role. This person brings order to the chaos, sanity to the craziness, direction to the pinball-like ADD, wise counsel to those on the verge of […]
  • Traits of an Effective Team: You May be Surprised

    nickiroth
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    If you still have any doubt that Emotional Intelligence matters a great deal in the work place, read this article. It also says that teams with women and more diversity in general do better.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/opinion/sunday/why-some-teams-are-smarter-than-others.html?_r=0 I think what still amazes, and frustrates, me the most here in 2015 is that so few organizations act on this […]
  • Some Good Reading: Leadership and Bullies

    nickiroth
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    I was struck by a couple articles that resonated with posts I’ve written here. I especially like the one on why leaders retain the bullies in the office. It’s a different twist on the topic. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-bosses-siding-office-bully-vanessa-edmonds?midToken=AQG_DqzTFTzR7w&trk=eml-b2_content_ecosystem_digest-recommended_articles-389-null&fromEmail=fromEmail&ut=0-Ge407lAGlmA1 Also, McKinsey’s summary of leadership skills for the 21st century is revealing. Not all the usual suspects……
  • In Case You Thought That a Great CEO Doesn’t Make a World of Difference

    nickiroth
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    This is a great story from 2014 that may have only caught the attention of those of us in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe awarded the Bostonian of the Year award to the employees of Market Basket for their determination to reinstate the benevolent CEO who was squeezed out of the family business. It is instructive […]
 
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    Serve to Lead® | James Strock

  • Brian Williams | Who Are You Serving?

    James Strock
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    The sad denouement of the career of NBC anchor Brian Williams continues apace.  On the plus side of the ledger, Williams has recently garnered a high-profile defender: Fox anchor Bill O’Reilly. More tellingly, the number of apparent misrepresentations and inaccuracies has mounted. One anticipates that ongoing reviews may unearth additional misstatements by the news anchor whose stock […] The post Brian Williams | Who Are You Serving? appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Frank Sonnenberg | 8 Reasons Why Money’s Not Worth What You Think

    James Strock
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    If you live for money, it’s time to get a life. The truth is, many people are actually poor because the only thing they have is money. Are you in it just for the money? 8 Reasons Why Money’s Not Worth What You Think Are you willing to sacrifice your dreams for more money? Some […] The post Frank Sonnenberg | 8 Reasons Why Money’s Not Worth What You Think appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Mike Henry Sr. | A Twist on Servant Leadership

    James Strock
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Character-based leadership is leading from who you are, your character, rather than from your position or your performance. I’ve been saying that since 2009.  Many other leadership speakers, coaches and consultants use words like authentic or genuine leadership and many others talk about servant leadership. But one thing all of them have in common is […] The post Mike Henry Sr. | A Twist on Servant Leadership appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Marwa Hijazi | Entrepreneurs and Leaders

    James Strock
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Are entrepreneurs invariably regarded as leaders? Or do they, like effective leaders generally, need to develop their leadership skills? It’s clear that being an entrepreneur—developing ideas or products and creating companies around them—takes a distinct set of skills, and not necessarily those that most leaders possess. But entrepreneurship and leadership skills can overlap. When the […] The post Marwa Hijazi | Entrepreneurs and Leaders appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • 21st Century Leaders List

    James Strock
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Who are the 21st century leaders? Where can we find them? The premise–stated or unstated–is that there’s a leadership gap today. Who can argue against the spectacular failures of leadership in large institutions? They range from the White House and Congress (whether in the hands of the Democrats or Republicans); to Wall Street and back […] The post 21st Century Leaders List appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
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    Learn2 Solutions

  • Welcome to the Strategy Blog

    Amy Dano
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Welcome to the Strategy Blog The post Welcome to the Strategy Blog appeared first on Learn2 Solutions.
  • Welcome to the Engage Blog

    Amy Dano
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Welcome to the Engage Blog The post Welcome to the Engage Blog appeared first on Learn2 Solutions.
  • Competitive Innovation with Strategic Intent

    Gail Johnson Morris
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:06 pm
    VIEW OURLEADPROGRAMS You can gain significant competitive innovation through leveraging new opportunities with strategic intent.  What is strategic intent?  Shared through-out all levels of an organization, and sustained over 15 – 20 years, strategic intent is the collective will to achieve inspirational stretch targets.   Case Study: Strategic Intent at Komatsu Just how much gain can be achieved through competitive innovation?  Let’s dial back to Japan in 1970 – struggling with lower basic resources, smaller manufacturing numbers, and lagging both Europe and the US…
  • Be a High Trust, High Performance Leader

    Gail Johnson Morris
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    As a leader, why should you care about fostering a high trust environment on your teams?  High trust teams are also high performance teams. Why is this true?  High Trust = High Performance Consider your own situation for a moment. When you trust someone, you are more likely to be forgiving, you are more willing to take risks or share accountability. In an atmosphere of trust, you will stretch yourself because you know someone is there that will catch you. High trust, high performance leaders have people in their corner who will reliably provide helpful advice and counsel to knock off rough…
  • How to Identify, Develop and Engage your High Potential Leaders!

    Gail Johnson Morris
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    VIEW OURLEADPROGRAMS If you knew just one program that could help you create an energized, results focused, and capable workforce, it’s the program that identifies, develops, and engages your high potential leaders (HIPOs). Inoculate your organization from the war-on-talent virus by ensuring you have deep bench-strength of rising global leaders. One of our clients described how a HIPO program addresses these global realities:   “We have a leadership model with expectations for leaders at different levels in the organization. We look at business leadership, people leadership and market…
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    Alli Polin | Break The Frame

  • Leadership Thrives With the Power of Two

    Alli Polin
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    So many people aspire to be top dog, the Big Kahuna, the CEO, that they cease to realize that sometimes it’s more fun, fulfilling, and energizing to be Number Two.  The person who sits on the top of the org chart does not have a monopoly on influence, nor does a box determine your value.  I often work with clients who want their boss’s job. They want to do everything they can to set themselves up for success. I always suggest that the first thing that they should do is to lean into the relationship with their boss and set the team up for success… good things will follow. Some…
  • 70 Ways to Be and Do Your Best Today

    Alli Polin
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    It’s easy to convince yourself that you don’t have time to do anything except sleep, eat and go to work with a few minutes thrown in with your kids or significant other so they remember what you look like.  You are shortchanging yourself.  It may feel like a sacrifice you have to make for success, but it’s not.  It’s called the daily grind because it wears you down.  It’s time to uplift yourself; feed your heart mind and soul. It does not need to take hours or be one more hardship to throw into your already packed schedule – start small and see how it goes. Pick one…
  • 7 Quick Hit Changes to Make Life Better – Starting Now

    Alli Polin
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    You wake up early, race to work, meetings all day, come home, “real life” awaits and does not care that you’re tired… and stressed.  Family, friends, laundry all are calling your name and all you want to do is crash on the couch and stare at the television and forget about work for a while.  Maybe, if you’re not a TV person, it’s a book, or browsing the internet, but at the end of the day you long to sit, not continue to race. Days can be a blur.   My clients describe it as: Stressful… Manic… Unsustainable… Exhausting… When people come to me, they…
  • Soul Sparks Change Everything – What’s Yours?

    Alli Polin
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    I’ve always been an actress, but post college, I haven’t always had the confidence to audition. I’d take class after class; on camera class, monologues, scene study, you name it. I’d tell myself that I needed another class and I’d be ready to put myself out there more. However, the moment I found my courage, it became an unstoppable force that led to a soul spark I’ll never forget.  Jon Mertz of Thin Difference writes about Soul Sparks in his new book, Activate Leadership: Aspen Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders. Jon defines a Soul Spark as: “Soul sparks are those small…
  • How to Lead a High Performing Virtual Team

    Alli Polin
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    For most of my career, working inside of corporations, I was not co-located with my team.  At one point, my boss was in LA, I was in Virginia and the people I supervised were literally all around the country. During those years, I learned a lot about how to create high performing virtual teams. It stretched my skills beyond managing the work effort to finding new and creative ways to build relationships and create a web of strength among all of the team members. This past year, I worked with a client who was unsure about his new leadership position where he would have a large virtual…
 
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    David P. Mariano

  • How To Build a Healthy (and Wealthy) Service Organization

    David
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    On The Business: Feature thrive verb | (thrīv) 1. to make steady progress: prosper 2. to grow vigorously:flourish Whether we’re examining nature, individuals or organizations, nothing can thrive, prosper or flourish without being healthy. And when it comes to health and organizations, Patrick Lencioni’s latest book says it all – The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business. When an organization is healthy you can tell right away – politics are minimal, morale and productivity are high and good people don’t leave. Healthy companies…
  • The Truth About Hours, Productivity and Health

    David
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    On The Business: Feature Long hours have become the norm in professional services. The hours are often attributed to the effort required to deliver the highest levels of customer service, and other times simply due to genuine love for the work and desire to succeed. Happy clients are a must and getting the work done right takes time, but much of what we believe about hours and productivity just isn’t true and the effect on our health (not to mention, employee attrition) is something we can’t ignore. Public Service Announcement: You may dislike or find controversial some of the…
  • Win More By Pitching Less

    David
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:54 am
    On The Business: Feature In many service industries “pitching” is part of the business. Pitching requires a lot of time, costs a lot of money and too often doesn’t result in new business. What if I told you that you could actually win more if you pitched less? You may think I’m crazy, but this is just some of the advice given by Peter Levitan in his book “Buy This Book, Win More Pitches.” Peter, a former agency owner and head of business development for Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, wrote the book primarily for agencies, but the principles apply to other service…
  • Staying In The Moment

    David
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:30 am
    If Steve and Mary are having lunch in a crowded restaurant and Steve is constantly looking over Mary’s shoulder, scanning the room for other people he knows, she notices. Mary feels slighted and a bit of trust is lost. Or, if Mary is pushing to end the conversation, cutting Steve off or regularly checking her watch, Steve notices. He feels hurried. He can tell she doesn’t really want to be there or has somewhere more important to be. Again, trust trickles out of the relationship. Instead, Steve could stay with the conversation. He could give Mary his undivided attention for 45 or…
  • Hello 2014!

    David
    23 Jan 2014 | 3:31 am
    Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s nearly February. But I haven’t been around for a while and I’ve missed this. I’ve missed creating. I’ve missed you. I took a break from regular posting shortly after I returned from Thailand a few months ago. I was sick and beat up from the long trip, work piled up and then suddenly months had flown by. I would like to blame the circumstances, but I lost my discipline. Well now it is 2014 and it is time to get back to it. In hindsight, I really needed the break. I had been wanting to shift the focus of this site for a while but I…
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    refreshleadership.com

  • From Homeless to Harvard

    Refresh Leadership
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast is back, with an exciting new lineup of speakers, including Liz Murray, motivational speaker and bestselling author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard. During the 2015 Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast, Murray will share her fascinating, inspirational story of growing up with two drug-addicted parents who she began supporting at age 10. While living on the streets of New York City, she graduated from high school in just two years, then went on to receive a full scholarship to Harvard University.
  • Toxic Leadership: Are You Infecting Your Team?

    James C. Price
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Great leadership is contagious. If you are a positive person, chances are your team will catch on. If you are a highly productive person, your employees may become more engaged at work. If you are generous with your time in developing careers, your positive influence may encourage your employees to raise up next-generation leaders. However, the flipside is that toxic leadership can be just as contagious. And without even knowing it, you may be infecting your team. In many ways, toxic leadership can have a lasting effect on your office. Side effects may include lack of motivation,…
  • Peak Performer’s Life: You Are Getting Ripped Off

    Walter Bond
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond continues his discussion on the importance of time management. He explains that “you are getting ripped off,” because people are “robbing you of your time.” According to Walter: “We can’t deal with time management until we deal with time thieves. There are activities and people that are robbing you. In the real world, a thief goes to jail—it’s a serious offense. I want you to understand your legacy is serious … and I don’t want you to waste time as you build a legacy.” Are you letting people or things rob you of your…
  • The Funny Thing About Leadership

    Refresh Leadership
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast is back with an exciting new lineup of speakers, including the legendary actor and comedian, Dan Aykroyd. Aykroyd has worn many hats – actor, comedian, screenwriter, musician, businessman, Ghostbuster, Blues Brother – the list goes on and on. During his presentation at the 2015 Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast, he’ll discuss the lessons he’s learned about great leadership throughout his legendary career and how they have impacted every facet of his life. About Dan Aykroyd Dan Aykroyd is best known as a member of the original cast of Saturday…
  • Infographic: 5 Skills Every Workplace Leader Needs

    Refresh Leadership
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Young leaders don’t become seasoned veterans of the business world without a little trial and error. Check out this infographic from New England College for some insight into five key skills all leaders must master to effectively guide their teams to success and productivity.
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    Strategies Coaching & Training Blog

  • Are you a control freak leader?

    Neil Ducoff
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you want it done right … do it yourself. That’s the motto of a control freak leader. You oversee everything. You need to approve everything. You come up with the ideas that everyone else needs to execute. Your definition of delegating is allowing others the freedom to get things started … then stepping in, taking over and doing it the way you want. You’ve got your tentacles embedded into every nook and cranny of your company. Yes, you are a proud and worthy control freak leader. You are also the most frustrating, smothering and energy sapping leader to work for.
  • Do not be a business maintenance man

    Neil Ducoff
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    When I was a young man starting out on my first job, I thought to myself, “I want to be the manager.” I was always fascinated with business and what made it work. I love the energy that comes from a team of people working together and believed that I had the ability to “manage” a team. From the beginning, I worked closely with the manager to learn everything I could about being a “manager.” I learned about handling money, scheduling for productivity, setting goals, inventory control, filling out reports, performance evaluations and keeping everyone on task.
  • Consistency is a choice

    Neil Ducoff
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Just how good do you want to be? What level of the game do you want to play? How important is that vision of yours? How passionate are you about the work you do? How committed are you to achieving excellence? If you were an aspiring athlete with your sights set on winning Olympic gold, your coach would tell you in extreme detail what that road map to winning would look like. The coach would explain the relentless hours of training and the pain of pushing through your perceived physical limits. The coach would simply detail the process of achieving consistency in execution at a world-class…
  • You feel stuck because (?)

    Neil Ducoff
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Sooner or later, all leaders have symptoms of being stuck. It’s when you feel like you’re working really hard and making excruciatingly slow progress, or no progress at all. It’s when a few setbacks turn into major hurdles. It’s when getting things done seems to take more work and more time. It’s when problems begin to multiply faster than you can fix them. It’s when current reality feels like permanent reality. It’s when there is no doubt that you are officially running on the hamster wheel and getting nowhere. Simply put, feeling stuck sucks. Maybe…
  • TOP TEN Worst Leadership Behaviors

    Neil Ducoff
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    For 40 years I have devoted my career to teaching, writing and coaching on entrepreneurial business growth and leadership. I included the term “entrepreneurial” because I am also a life-long entrepreneur. I just love all aspects of what makes a small business great. I especially love the passion that drives individuals to turn a vision into a functioning, dynamic and profitable enterprise. On the flip side of all the stuff I love, is all the stuff that turns visions into nightmares, profit into losses, and passion into toxic waste. When a business drifts into dysfunctional…
 
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  • What Curve Balls Say About Your Culture

    Karin Hurt
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I was recently interviewed by Fast Company on the effectiveness of “curve ball questions” in the interview process.  When I received the call, I was intrigued. Surely there would be a pro and con, and I was happy to be the con artist. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in hiring managers conducting deep interviews to get beyond the BS. But judging competence on a 30 second response to “who would win a battle between Spiderman and Batman,” places heavy value on a candidate’s ability to BS eloquently rather than lead. Insightful introverts will lose in this…
  • How to Stop Having Stupid Staff Meetings

    Karin Hurt
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    I asked the crowd, “Raise your hand if you’ve been to a really stupid staff meeting.” Every hand in the room went up. “Keep your hand up, if you find most staff meetings in your career could have been more efficient.” Nearly all hands stayed raised, with the exception of the new kid, who’s in his first job, sitting next to his current boss. He grins knowingly and stays quiet. Most meetings suck, but staff meetings are amongst the suckiest. Interestingly, my experience has been that the higher the pay grade of the people in the room, the more stupid they…
  • The 5 Biggest Succession Planning Mistakes

    Karin Hurt
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Succession planning, done well, creates brilliant competitive advantage. Poorly executed, at best it’s a waste of time, and often creates serious havoc on long term performance. All words I’ve heard in the last 15 days: “Oh, we’re too small to need a formal process.” “Our business is moving so fast we don’t have time for that.” “We’re baby boomers and we don’t know how”(trust me, I would never have included this one until I heard it TWICE this week from different companies looking for help). And the scariest of all,…
  • 5 Ways to Become a LinkedIn Ninja

    Karin Hurt
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Building a strong LinkedIn network takes time. Scrambling to build a profile and connections when your current position has suddenly become “qualified manager seeking opportunities” is not attractive. I hear this again and again from my speaking audiences– stories of folks who waited too late and then had to scramble. And if you think LinkedIn really doesn’t matter, know that Pew Research  found that 98% of Recruiters and 85% of hiring managers use LinkedIn. Even if you’re absolutely sure you’ll never need another job again, know that for many…
  • Experts Share Advice on Inspiring Breakthrough Results: A Frontline Festival

    Karin Hurt
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our March Festival is all about inspiring breakthrough results. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Festival is all about “Spring Cleaning” for your leadership or team (e.g. renew, refresh, planting seeds) New contributors welcome. The Internal Side of Breakthrough Results The achievements of an organization are the result of the combined efforts of each individual. – Vince Lombardi Wally Bock of Three-Star Leadership reminds us that…
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  • Tuesday Tip: Work With Someone New Today

    Jason Cortel
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    The other day in our training class we started by playing Seal’s Fly Like an Eagle. It got me to thinking how can you fly like an eagle if you’re always with the same flock? The other thing that is of important note is that this class is full of women who are encouraging each other and pushing each other out of their comfort zones, getting each other to do things they have never done before. This is very different from other training classes I’ve observed in the past. Sure there are groups who encourage each other or pairs of people who do this for one another. This is different…
  • How to Have More Meaningful Coaching Sessions

    Jason Cortel
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    Do you find that your coaching sessions are more one-way in that you are doing all of the talking? Does it feel like the coaching isn’t working no matter how much time you spend with a particular employee? Next to hiring, coaching is the most important thing you will do in a given work week. Following this simple guideline will help you have more meaningful coaching sessions. The purpose of coaching is to push someone harder than they would push themselves. Employees have hopes of achieving optimum performance and dreams of advancing their career. Coaching is where those hopes and…
  • Tuesday Tip: Stop Complaining About These Things

    Jason Cortel
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    It is so easy to get stuck in office complain chain. Sometimes you spread the complaining around and other times people draw you into their complaints. Here are 5 things you need to stop complaining about. Your salary Because you never know what the salary is of the person you are complaining to. Instead of complaining start documenting your accomplishments and it’s even better to relate those things to revenue to the company. How fair your boss is Fair is subjective and usually people confuse unfair with not getting their way. Bosses are usually hardest on those they see have the greatest…
  • How to Easily Accept Feedback

    Jason Cortel
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    Feedback is among the greatest gifts that you will ever receive from a manager. Feedback improves your performance, aligns expectations, develops your skills, solves problems and will help you navigate the waters toward a promotion and increased pay. Feedback benefits an organization by developing talent and improving the bottom line. Yet with all of these positive reasons to have a hunger for feedback so many resist it, ignore it or complain about the manager who gives it. Here are 5 ways to more easily accept feedback. Separate the “what” from the “who” When in a feedback session it…
  • Want More Credibility? Stop Using These Words

    Jason Cortel
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    Word choice matters. It matters when we are speaking and even more so when we are using written communication such as emails, web chat or letters. To have more credibility and authority with your audience rethink your use of these words. Actually This word provides no value and some people may wonder why it was added so much so that they may drill down on what you are saying. Honestly This causes people to rethink everything you have said before the use of this word. Just This minimizes what you are saying and indicates that you don’t feel your message or request was important so why…
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  • Reading Can Spark Your Creativity – Ryan Bonaparte

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
      I’ve written a lot about looking outside your usual trappings for inspiration of creativity. This can be from changing your scenery to connecting with a new set of people. One of the methods that I love to use is reading. It could be fiction or nonfiction. It could be novels, short stories, or even just magazine articles. There are tons of reasons to look to reading to spark creativity, but I’ll focus on three. Reason 1 Reading is a fantastic way to have a shared experience with others. If you have ever been in the room with two avid readers, you know just how quickly the…
  • 9 Handy Tips to Read More Productively – Kirby Ingles

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
      In the last of this four-part series on reading more productively, you have read up on bad habits that you may have developed throughout the years. Hopefully you took away some new strategies and more aggressive techniques that will make you more productive and efficient than before you began reading this series. If you didn’t catch the three other posts from previous weeks, you can click the links below to become an even more productive reader than you are right now. 3 Wrong Ways to Read Getting Smart With Speed Reading 3 Strategies to Read What’s Relevant Today, we will…
  • It is Time for Businesses to Embrace Social Media or Cease to Exist – Reade Milner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
      Is your brand on social media? This is one of the common questions that businesspeople everywhere hear on a regular basis. No matter what field or industry you might be in, people are always curious whether you’re on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram. Some people become enthusiastic and immediately give out the link to their social media profiles. But for others, they just shrug and say, “That’s not for us”. This is where the problem starts. When Social Media was Just a Trend Back in the days when the first social media sites were just starting to gain popularity (and…
  • Spreading Your Message through Social Media – Jed Jurchenko

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
      Learning to effectively communicate through social media can be an adventure. My adventure began approximately a year ago, and I have discovered a ton along the way. I’ve learned that spreading a message via social media can be quite the balancing act. Knowing what to share, how much information to provide, and how often to engage is never easy. And, if your message is something that you passionately believe in, deciding how frequently to present your “call to action” can also be a conundrum. Make too many requests and you will come across as pushy. Yet, people who…
  • Crazy Useful Questions Leaders Ask – Glenn Brooke

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    About projects: What’s the tempo? What surprised you, and how will you ensure not to be surprised again?  If you had to blow up this project, where is the critical point to place the explosives? Where have you underestimated? Where are people bored, and where are they frightened? How do we measure progress? What do we want to be able to say, to whom, and when? Where is complacency or lethargy limiting progress? Dreaming about the future: What’s our big Why? What could we learn from XYZ industry that’s different than ours? What’s our biggest problem, and how do we bypass it? What…
 
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  • Breaking Down The Door To Growth

    Paul Heagen
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Ah, these Irish are a clever and resourceful lot. On the eve of St. Patricks Day, I recall a trip to County Cork a few years ago where my wife and I explored some of the more modest and oft-overlooked feudal castles. The tours served to dissuade me from any romanticized notions of life in a medieval castle (they hung ... Read More The post Breaking Down The Door To Growth appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • The Road Less Traveled to Succession Success

    Paul Heagen
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    What are the milestones in making sure our succession candidate is ready to step up to the CEO role? A good friend of mine called me a few weeks ago to toss around some ideas for one of his clients who was wrestling with what “mile markers” would best help prepare the person being readied for the top job. Milestones, ... Read More The post The Road Less Traveled to Succession Success appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • The Catharsis of Truth

    Paul Heagen
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    It has become inescapable to me that I have a problem. I have disgraced my family, let down my teammates, dishonored the trust of the team owner and coaches, and have betrayed the loyalty of the fans. It is time that I confront my failures in how I have lived my life to this point. I can only ask for ... Read More The post The Catharsis of Truth appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • Doing It The Hard Way

    Paul Heagen
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    There is no substitute for hard work. Thomas A. Edison   I started the P90X video fitness program a couple of weeks ago. I’ve a long way to go, if my observations of my initial baseline fitness results are any indication: Pushups:  Gravity must be stronger closer to the ground. Jumping Jacks:  Are my arms supposed to move in sync ... Read More The post Doing It The Hard Way appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • “Thanks” giving

    Paul Heagen
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    “Do-dze!” I nodded politely at the frail, leathered, old woman in the oversized straw hat, but really had no idea what she was saying. It was the first of many trips to Hong Kong in my newly launched consulting practice, and I had already adopted the habit of buying an orange or pear each morning from this woman sitting cross-legged ... Read More The post “Thanks” giving appeared first on Defining Moments.
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  • Three Characteristics of an Employer of Choice

    Sabrina Baker
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    There exists in the world several different types of companies. Those that have great, well-known consumer brands who everyone wants to work for because... Author information Sabrina Baker Founder, PHR at Acacia HR Solutions Sabrina Baker, PHR is the founder and CEO of Acacia HR Solutions, a human resource outsourcing, consulting and recruiting firm located outside of Chicago, IL. Sabrina was a human resource leader for eleven years before starting her own business in 2011. She serves on the Illinois Society of Human Resources Council board and holds the position of Annual Conference Chair.
  • Who is More Important, Your Customer or Your Employee?

    Karrie Landsverk
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    You might think that question is a bit like asking which came first, the chicken or the egg. Without customers to buy your products... Author information Karrie Landsverk Partner, Trainer, and Professional Speaker at American Way University Karrie Landsverk is a Partner with AmericanWay University, Trainer, and Professional Speaker who brings humor and engagement to any training event or conference. As a professional member of the National Speakers Association, Karrie’s style is dynamic and energetic, captivating her audiences with real-life experiences. She has been a leader in the…
  • Leading On Management: Leadership, Tournament Style

    Brian Dakin
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    When my wife and I first started dating over twenty years ago, she started to ask me about my sports passions. I reassured her... 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…
  • 3 Quick Ways to Improve Your Listening for Content Marketing Success

    Don Stanley
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    Today, Don Stanley brings us a great video on how to improve your content marketing success. Author information Don Stanley Owner at 3Rhino Media Don Stanley is owner of 3Rhino Media, a digital marketing consultancy dedicated to helping companies and individual share their expertise and connect with the right clients online. He’s personally worked with a wide range of organizations including Fortunate 500 companies, Silicon Valley start-ups, nationally known non-profits, professional athletes, a Nobel Prize Winner and a UN Special Ambassador. He’s an education-based marketer, workshop…
  • Are Your Leaders Helping Or Hurting Your Business?

    Karrie Landsverk
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    Having a profitable business that delivers rock star service is a primary focus for business owners and rightly so. We wouldn’t have a business... Author information Karrie Landsverk Partner, Trainer, and Professional Speaker at American Way University Karrie Landsverk is a Partner with AmericanWay University, Trainer, and Professional Speaker who brings humor and engagement to any training event or conference. As a professional member of the National Speakers Association, Karrie’s style is dynamic and energetic, captivating her audiences with real-life experiences. She has been a leader…
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  • Leading In A Season Of Change

    Takis Athanassiou
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:51 am
    I was talking, with an old friend of mine, about the possibility of effective changing within our modern social and business systems. My friend argued that it is quite impossible to make large changes in the already established structures (social, political, business, etc.), but I had (and still have) a quite different opinion. I think that you can effectively and intentionally control your life, in most cases, at least! To Have A Vision To have a vision for how the things should be, is not an easy task, you should undertaken without prior thought! Our time, is a time of constant transition…
  • Ace your SEO Job With These Skills

    Anshuman Kukreti
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer working with Naukrigulf and a follower of the global job market. Here present a post with the title: “Ace your SEO Job With These Skills”! Amidst this era of modernization, the hassle of making your brand prominent amongst users is what makes companies round the globe go berserk. However, with the advent of modernization and technology, numerous solutions have been found to decipher this problem. One such method widespread nowadays is SEO (search engine optimization). Essentially a marketing technique, SEO stands as a blend of tactics and…
  • Leadership for a Purpose!

    Takis Athanassiou
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:29 am
    Purpose is a very important element in Leadership. According to Simon Sayek purpose is the 1/3 of the leadership equation (passion, purpose, people) and the framework brings together the people toward a goal (for which they are passionate). But leading with a purpose, is quite different from leadership FOR a purpose! Leadership is never exercised in void (besides “Nature abhors a vacuum“). It is bind to certain objectives, values, principles, conditions, people, circumstances, obstacles, limitations, environment, etc. And for this reason it needs to monitor closely, the…
  • Please Take My 2015 Readers Survey

    Takis Athanassiou
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Do you have 5 minutes? I really want to ask you a favor! I’d like to ask you to help me to help you! I want to help me build better content, approaches and ideas to share with you! Help me to build a blog that would effectively meet your requirements! Please take my 2015 readers survey! This is my 2015 Readers Survey. It is a readers survey related to my blog and what my readers would like to read. This survey is a continuation of the corresponding survey I launched in 2013 & 2014! I have launched these surveys in order to gather all the necessary information for making my blog more…
  • Your Next Steps

    Takis Athanassiou
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:17 am
    Do you know your next steps? Who would you be, in 5 years? In 10? Next month? What you would have achieved until the next week?  Until tomorrow? These are the questions I have posed, as tasks, to a meeting of associates, aiming to solve some managerial and coordination problems for a project! Difficult questions, you would said! But, my intention was, to unblock my peers from the day-to-day problems of the project (the situations that originally created that specific problem) and make them to see the bigger picture (and themselves in that!), by creating a different inertia and a different…
 
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  • 5 Basic SEO Tips You Can Implement in 5 Minutes or Less

    Ellory Wells
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    We’re all looking for ways we can rank higher on Google. Every good blogger and website owner knows the value of search traffic. But is SEO as easy as we want it to be? Or, is SEO the magic box we all throw our sites into hoping we get lucky on the other side? First, let’s demystify SEO. Let’s look at what it is and what it isn’t. Then, we’ll look at what we can do about it. What is Search Engine Optimization? Search engine optimization, or SEO, is the effort to make a website rank higher on the list of search results. We say “optimization” instead of…
  • EP77: Building a Business that Runs on Referrals w/ Lauren Gaggioli (@LaurenGaggioli)

    Ellory Wells
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Episode 77 of the Empowered Podcast features entrepreneur and owner of Higher Scores Test Prep, Lauren Gaggioli. This is the second time I’ve had Lauren on the show and I couldn’t be more excited to dig deeper into her story. Today you’ll hear the specifics of how Lauren has built her online business. Lauren and I talk about pricing products, building an 80% plus referral business, and where you should focus your time when you’re building a business. If you like this episode and want more awesome information from real entrepreneurs, join my membership site for $1!
  • 11 Big No-Nos to Avoid When Hosting a Professional Podcast

    Ellory Wells
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    When I started podcasting, like many new podcasters, I didn’t know what I was getting into. Though I’d been blogging a while, I didn’t know what protocols, procedures or processes (are those the same thing?) went into producing a show. Photo credit: saaste / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA Most people don’t know this, but I made some pretty big mistakes when starting out. One was pretty stupid. Another a newby-mistake. Others still were just plain no-nos in the professional world. In one of my first episodes, while in the flow of Q&A, I asked a blind man about the last movie…
  • EP76: Email Marketing for the Modern Entreprenuer

    Ellory Wells
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Episode 76 of the Empowered Podcast all about Email Marketing services you can use for your growing blog, podcast or business. Specifically, we take a deeper look at MailChimp, AWeber, and GetResponse. When I first started, I used MailChimp. While it took me a few years, I realized I wanted to do more with my email marketing than they would allow me to do on a free plan. When I started researching where to go next, I found AWeber, GetResponse, Infusionsoft and a variety of other email marketing services available. Today we look at a few of the most popular options and evaluate them against…
  • Redefining Normal

    Ellory Wells
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:34 am
    Every time I take a shower at my friend’s house I feel weird. The experience is kinda gross and I always feel slimy afterward. See, my friends live in East Texas. Where they live, the water is soft. Where I live, the water is hard. There’s so much salt and hard water in the ground, our real estate agent cracked more than one joke about it being called “Round Rock for a reason.” For me, the soft water in the shower feels weird. After showering or washing my face, I always feel like there’s still soap on my skin. However, after about a week, my body begins to…
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  • Infographic: How Important Is Communication To Your (Millennial) Employees?

    David Hassell
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    See Full Infographic Below What do your employees really want; a shiny new ping pong table and catered lunches or can you make them happy with the basic “benefit” of providing honest feedback? A recent survey of 1,000 full-time employees across the US found 81% of workers would rather join a company that values “open communication” than one that offers great perks such as top health plans, free food, and gym memberships. Yet only 15% of employees surveyed said their current companies were doing a “very good” job fostering honesty at the office. Millennials (aged…
  • The Human Resources Dilemma

    David Hassell
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    The term “human resources” is paradoxical at best. Humans are living beings of arguably the highest order. They have complex emotional, physical, and mental systems that must be understood and nurtured in order to facilitate their self-actualization. Resources on the other hand are valuable company assets that must be maintained, catalogued, and put to use in a way that proves their worth or they are quickly replaced. Our profit-focused paradigm is facing a crisis, because management tends to focus on the resource, not on the human. People come with aspects of self that are incompatible…
  • Why The Best Companies Use A Culture Blueprint: An Interview with Robert Richman

    David Mizne
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    What is the most important factor that drives business success? Sales and marketing strategy? Bringing your product to market at the right time? No, the answer is far more subtle and counter-intuitive and permeates all aspects of an organization. The answer is company culture. Robert Richman is a culture-strategist, speaker and author of The Culture BlueprintIn his book, he distills his years of experience teaching culture-building to companies like Zappos, Intuit and Toyota, into a step-by-step guide to empower and enable employees so that the company can succeed. I recently caught up with…
  • Management 2.0: Coaching Employees In The New Economy

    David Hassell
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Are people fixed in terms of their abilities or can they grow into virtually unlimited potential? Is an employee just a replaceable resource, or a whole human being complete with emotional, physical, mental and spiritual experiences? Today’s best managers believe that their employees are more than just fixed assets. They have shifted away from the role of commanding boss to supportive coach, by creating space for employees to live great lives and do great work. As a result, employees become self-motivated, bring higher energy into the office, grow in their roles and lives, and become more…
  • Disengaged Employees: What Are They Thinking Now?

    David Mizne
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    The 2014 Employee Engagement Gallup Poll is in and…drum roll please…engagement is on the rise! 31.5%, the highest since 2000. But engagement is still sorely lacking— especially among millennials. The younger generations are less-than-enthused at the workplace. One explanation could be that when people are given tasks that do not tap into their talents and strengths, that increases the likelihood that they will continue to be disengaged.  So what would the impact be if managers built relationships with their employees, listened to them, discovered their personal and…
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  • How to Read Like an Artist

    Karl Rohde
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:12 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde In every interview I conduct I ask this question: What book are you reading or have you recently read? It's with good reason. With the pressure of the Social Age bearing down on us keeping sharp and savvy is a fundamental expectation for any knowledge worker. In today's modern workforce creativity and innovation is paramount to preserving one's value proposition. It naturally follows that I emphasize the mentality of the artist. Why? To be an artist you must create. To support this capability a source of…
  • The Real Driving Force in Your Life

    Karl Rohde
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde I’m guessing for most of us, we would like to think that we are driven by goals, a higher purpose, meaning, fulfillment and passion. The reality is that these things really do not drive us. There is a difference between our aspirations and what really goes down in the history book of your life. The reality that’s hard to hear is that our lives are not a product of some great vision. It’s rather something un-sexy and a little staid. And it’s why true change can be a tough challenge. What really drives us is…
  • 4 Productivity Principles That Will Revolutionise Your Work This Year #now

    Karl Rohde
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:55 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde Whenever a New Year rings in the blogosphere erupts with a flurry of goal setting, planning, vision creating tips and tricks. It's good vibes all around. It's a wave well worth riding. In order to achieve the big things that matter to you, taking the time to eke out a map is a definite step in the right direction. It does mean however that some action must follow to ensure the envisioned transforms into the tangible. As you approach the apparent blank canvas for the new year consider how easily it is to lose track…
  • My 4 Best Books of 2014 for Finding Your Edge

    Karl Rohde
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:59 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde Its hard to think 2015 is already here. With another year down I thought I would share my 4 most recommended books I devoured in 2014. With the social age bearing down on us and the industrial age slipping away the pressure to transform our way at work is higher than ever. These 4 books dig deep into what I believe is paramount insight into a purposeful approach to our life’s work. With the rapid innovations of the social age and the breaking down of the traditional barriers to create something of meaning we are…
  • 10 Things I Learn't from Endurance Swimmer Lewis Pugh

    Karl Rohde
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde We all need a little inspiration and last week I was broadsided with a monster dose. I was at the Gartner Symposium 2014 in Australia on the Gold Coast, day 4, taking in the day’s opening keynote. This is the last place, being a hard-line corporate, technology conference, that you would expect to be touched by a story. Being inundated and overwhelmed with content that week my anticipation was somewhat jaded. Lewis Pugh, a long distance endurance swimmer takes the stage to relate his account swimming in exotic and…
 
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  • Leaders Inspire Shared Purpose

    Scott Wilson
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Former 4-star General Stanley McChrystal gave this Ted Talk back in 2011 but it is still relevant today. In fact, it may be even more relevant. In today’s organizations you will usually find multi-generational teams. Millennials, Gen-X’ers, and Baby-Boomers share positions in the same company. With all these different kinds of people, how do you build a shared purpose to achieve common goals? General McChrystal tell us about building trust, listening to your people, and understanding your team. Good advice for any organization. A leader isn’t good because they’re…
  • 7 Bad Habits You Should Drop Right Now

    Scott Wilson
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    We talk a lot about habits and the need to establish good ones. Unfortunately, a habit is a habit, both good and bad. John Meyer from Lemonly wrote a good post about 7 bad habits that are likely holding you back. Here’s his list. BAD HABITS ARE…WELL…BAD Touching emails more than once Meeting just to meet (a personal pet peeve of mine) Meeting without an agenda Repeating Mistakes Using a phone as an alarm (Not sure I can go along with this one) Allowing app notifications Being a chameleon Point 6 is particularly salient to me. I turned off notifications last year and I’ll…
  • 10 Secrets of Great Communicators

    Scott Wilson
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Everyone has their “trade secrets” and great communicators are no different. The ability to educate, instruct and inspire others to great things through words sets great leaders apart from the mediocre ones. We should all take advantage of opportunities to learn from the greatest of these. Whether it was Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address or Churchill’s Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat, the great communicators motivated the masses to do great and difficult things. While personality and opportunity played a role in these situations, there are some principles that we can…
  • Enlightened Leaders

    Scott Wilson
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Great leaders are often thought to be ultra-outgoing firebrands that burn the candle at both ends and postpone sleep until they are dead. While many of these leaders are highly motivated and driven to succeed, few are all-in all the time. For starters, we weren’t created to run at that pace for long periods of time. Those who try to live that stereotype generally burn out long before they really make a difference. Leaders think outside the box…Really? You dug up that old cliche?Click To Tweet Even so, the pace is definitely well above average. That is one of the traits of a leader…
  • Leadership Styles Infographic

    Scott Wilson
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    You know I love infographics. This one created by Kelly Services on leadership styles is nicely done and confirms what almost everyone in the developed world knows. Authoritarian leaders create terrible work environments (and workplace happiness matters!) and are generally ineffective and disliked. Seems the Europeans dislike authoritarian leadership styles as well and, unfortunately, seem to have even more of them than we do. LEADERSHIP STYLES MATTER!   The post Leadership Styles Infographic appeared first on Scott K. Wilson.
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  • Wisdom Chasers

    bmgadmin
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    How To Maximize The World Leaders Conference So you’re attending the World Leaders Conference. Smart move. What is your plan to maximize this event? Solomon would say, “Become a wisdom chaser.” According to Solomon, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Solomon was a wealthy man. In his day he would have topped Forbes’ list of billionaires. He had money in abundance, but that wasn’t his treasure. Solomon valued something more than a few more coins in his pocket. He valued wisdom. Solomon said wisdom “is more precious…
  • The Servant Leaders Disappearing Act

    bmgadmin
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    By Tommy Kiedis Would you be willing to give up your lifelong dream for a greater cause? If achievement were within sight, would you let it go for “the bigger picture”? That was Abraham Lincoln’s dilemma in 1855. Just four votes separated Lincoln from a coveted seat in the United States Senate. The votes were within his grasp because in 1855 the 100-member state legislature, not the populace, elected senators. Lincoln had forty-seven votes wrapped up, just four shy of joining Stephen A. Douglas as a senator from Illinois. Lincoln’s victory was in no way guaranteed. A number of men…
  • THE ENCORE EFFECT

    bmgadmin
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    In Sanborn’s book The Encore Effect, he delves into the concept of going beyond the extraordinary. Comparing our lives to a stage, he explains that we should live in such a way that our performance is worthy of being called back for an “encore.” Our “stage” is wherever we play a role: at the office, at home, in our communities. Within those roles, we have important audiences who depend on us to perform at our best. When we perform well and from a place of authenticity, those audiences will “shout for more.” What elements make performers remarkable? What makes them so valuable…
  • THE NEED FOR SERVANT LEADERSHIP

    bmgadmin
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    Leaders have the choice to command or to serve. Using one’s position for self-indulgence, rather than in a way that heals the world, is a destructive use of power. Commanding leaders will lose their influence as soon as they lose their title. A servant leader will never even need a title to be effective. The greatest leaders earn their influence through humility. Jesus said, “The greatest among you will be your servant.” The leader who serves first will have a powerful, lasting influence on the people around them. People choose a leader they can trust, someone with integrity who…
  • THE BEST VERSION OF YOU

    bmgadmin
    2 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Individuals and teams facing discouragement need to find a way to dream again. How do great leaders help identify, plan and realize dreams with their teams and colleagues? By helping them to become the best version of themselves. Working with a client list that includes Chick-fil-A, Pepsi, McDonalds, U.S. Bank, 3M Co., and the U.S. military, Matthew Kelly has a passion for inspiring individuals to do more than simply chase happiness. He helps his customers and audiences understand the value of defining and pursuing their dreams. He explains that our lives are determined by our decisions. He…
 
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    ReadyToManage

  • The “Triple” Bottom Line

    Dr. Jon Warner
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:10 am
    The term “the triple bottom line” (often abbreviated as TBL or 3BL) has been around for around 20 years now. In essence it is an accounting framework with three parts to it: social, environmental and financial. These three divisions are also called the easier to remember three Ps: people, planet and profit. In traditional business accounting and common usage, the “bottom line” refers to either the “profit” or “loss” that has been achieved by an organization. But over the last few decades a new debate has gained more and more interest, which essentially…
  • Why Don’t People Like Selling?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:43 am
    Every individual involved in the sales process, whether it is directly with a full sales title (such as sales rep or territory sales manager) or indirectly as a support person (but still one who talks to customers frequently) will have a different personality. This may be a more “extraverted” personality, meaning that he or she is happy to talk to strangers or a more “introverted” one, meaning that he or she is not wholly comfortable with cold calling of any kind (and certainly not without lots of preparation). But irrespective of whether a person has a more extraverted or introverted…
  • Why it Matters to Know, Like, Trust and then Refer

    Dr. Jon Warner
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    When networking with others in order to both refer business to someone you don’t know well and in reverse, to earn a referral from the other person who you may not know well, both parties are often likely to follow the “Know, Like, Trust” formula in order to be successful. Let’s look briefly at each of these steps: Step 1 – The Know factor: This involves working hard to understand the person with whom you would like to do business in the future (either directly or as a collaboration partner) and allowing them to get to know you. This might include sharing some background facts on…
  • Why Aren’t More Women in Top Leadership Positions in Business?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    Despite the fact that women are in the majority in most western world countries in general and account for at least 50% of graduates from business degrees and MBA programs these days, it seems to be having very little impact on how many women occupy the top leadership positions in the business world. Although the numbers vary from country to country, in the US women are estimated to occupy only 17% of so-called “C-suite” positions and even then, these tend to be in the more junior C-suite roles, with CEO, Chancellor, Managing Partner, Agency Head and other top jobs being even more male…
  • Why Do So Many Startup Companies Go out of Business?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:17 am
    While the entrepreneurial world is very familiar with so-called “birthing” or launch events (especially when these are pitching for investment), full of excitement and optimism about the future as they talk about their new product or service and how it is going to change the world, until recently there have been few approaches or events which consider why start-up businesses fail (even though up to 90% of them do within 2 years according to recent research on new startup ventures across the US). This is partly because in the popularly followed “lean start-up” thinking the concept of…
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    Coaching for Leaders

  • 4 Apps That Will Save You Time

    Dave Stachowiak
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    If you’ve been listening to Coaching for Leaders for any length of time, you know that one focus of the show is productivity — and you also know that I’m a bit of a tech geek. Like any geek worth their stripes, I enjoy new technology, but what really gets me excited is when I can put technology to work to be noticeably more productive. These apps/services get results and will help you too. Here are four apps that will save you time: TimeTrade Every week, at least one appointment I have with someone starts with this comment: Wow, that’s a cool scheduling system you have. That must save…
  • How to Get Things Done

    Dave Stachowiak
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    David Allen joined me on Monday’s show to discuss the just-released revision to his blockbuster bestseller, Getting Things Done*. After speaking to someone as talented as David, it’s only natural to spend time thinking about productivity. This week’s leadership guide examines additional perspectives on productivity. Limit Email A lot of us feel pretty good when we see an empty email inbox. Perhaps too good. The sad irony of email is that the better you get at answering it, the more of it you receive. Your email box is a list of other people’s priorities. Of course we need to be…
  • Working While Female

    Dave Stachowiak
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    Sunday was International Women’s Day and this past weekend was also the annual conference of the Global Center for Women & Justice, where I serve on the board. As such, articles on women in leadership and business that I’ve been seeing recently are top of mind. Women have come a long way in leadership in the last generation. There is also still much work to be done, as I am reminded of often both in my reading and in conversations with clients and friends. Knowing how your organization and you can help is a responsibility of leadership. Awareness, the focus of this week’s guide, is…
  • To Lead is Human

    Dave Stachowiak
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Some books and articles distill effective leadership down to a simple model or a five or six step process to follow. I dig those simple models. When someone can create something that’s easy for me to get my head around, I’m game. For better or worse, good leadership is way more complicated than that. The human factor that makes a great leader is always an essential element – and the genuine human connection is rarely captured with a process or formula. In this issue, the human element in leading. Not That Mad, After All Don Draper’s character in the series Mad Men is based partially…
  • Better Results From One Idea

    Dave Stachowiak
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    When I first read The Fifth Discipline* by Peter Senge, I began to appreciate the real power of one idea, if applied in the right place. A new approach at a key leverage point can provide a substantial shift. In this issue, an examination of how one new idea can produce better results. Pizza or Entertainment Solutions? When I first saw this 4-minute video by Dan Heath a few years ago, I knew I’d be forwarding it to every leader going forward who was working on a mission statement. It sets the stage for a mission statement that doesn’t just hang on a wall. The key idea is to avoid…
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  • Email Driven

    Leslie Shreve
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Are You Driving Your Work Day or Just Along for the Ride?   OK, quick quiz: Who’s in charge of your work day? YOU! That’s right. Now, who’s in charge of all of your other stuff, like tasks, papers, calls and e-mail? Right again… it’s you. And who’s in charge of making decisions? Yep… you! (You’re on a roll!) So, why are you letting your e-mail Inbox call the shots and drive your day? The E-mail Treadmill You know how it goes… you reply to e-mail after e-mail as they pour in, and you respond to e-mail notifications, even when they pull you away from something important…
  • What to Do When Fear Gets in The Way of Productivity

    Leslie Shreve
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
      E-mail is pouring in, the phone is ringing, and others are coming to you with requests. You want to be helpful, responsive, and a team player. But lately, you feel like your whole day is being lost to interruptions and “squeaky wheels,” and you’re wondering how to get some time for yourself so you can finally make some progress – on your priorities. If we look at the word “react” in the dictionary it says “to act in a reverse direction or manner, especially to return to a prior condition,” which means you can stay stuck very easily and not make noticeable progress. As…
  • Replace Resolutions with Becoming Who You’re Meant to Be

    Leslie Shreve
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
      It’s that time of year again. It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. You may try each year to make changes and improvements in your health, home, life, relationships, work, and more, but it can soon become frustrating and even overwhelming because of all things you want to fix. Usually, you hear advice about making a list of all the things you want to change or improve and then you choose the top one, two or three things to focus on. It’s not bad advice, but you can ask and answer a bigger question first so you can be more successful with fewer, but more notable and…
  • Smart Choices

    Roger MacRae
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    7 Essential Steps for Planning and Prioritizing with Confidence   You’ll be more productive when you make an effort to work more proactively – identifying and capturing all of your tasks and responsibilities, making informed decisions about what to do next (no matter what has recently come up), and negotiating your time. Here are 7 simple steps – including the WHY behind each step – to help you with the mental process of planning and prioritizing your tasks. When you finish these steps for the first task, you can run through them again for the next task and the next. And yes,…
  • Vanishing Act

    Leslie Shreve
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Your Productivity Relies on How Well and How Often You Can Disappear   Many professionals are uncomfortable disappearing for any length of time to get things done for fear of not being responsive or available to others, but this is unreasonable. Unless you’re in a position of customer service all day long, you don’t have to be 100% available all the time, every day. Are you 100% available when you’re… Outside of work and in the dentist’s chair? On an airplane flying somewhere? In a 1-hour meeting with a client? In a half–day or all-day conference? On vacation? If you said…
 
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    Tom Talks

  • What a Leader Does in 25 Seconds

    Tom Salonek
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:20 am
    What does a leader do?  Take 25 seconds and listen to the interview with John Chambers.The post What a Leader Does in 25 Seconds appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Virtues of Virtual Teams – Technology (Part 5 of 5)

    Tom Salonek
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    If you’ve been following this series on virtual teams, you know I’ve been sharing highlights from the Harvard Business Review article (12/14) article “Getting Virtual Teams Right” by consultant and business author Keith Ferrazzi. So far we’ve examined the importance of having the right team, sound leadership and the right touchpoints. What’s left? Technology of [...]The post Virtues of Virtual Teams – Technology (Part 5 of 5) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Virtues of Virtual Teams – Staying Connected (Part 4 of 5)

    Tom Salonek
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Last time I shared the importance of leadership for virtual teams. This post will focus on when virtual teams should come together, based on our experience at Intertech and the recommendations of consultant and business author Keith Ferrazzi in his Harvard Business Review article (12/14) article, “Getting Virtual Teams Right.” Getting the whole team together [...]The post Virtues of Virtual Teams – Staying Connected (Part 4 of 5) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • EO Rally Minnesota

    Tom Salonek
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
    If you’re an early-stage entrepreneur, check out EO Rally. The event brings together established entrepreneurs and early-stage entrepreneurs for a no-holds-barred speed-dating style of mentoring. It has proven to be a dramatic success for both the mentors and mentees that have participated each of the past years.  Bring your questions, challenges, ideas and a healthy [...]The post EO Rally Minnesota appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Virtual Team Virtues (Post 3 of 5)

    Tom Salonek
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    If you’ve been following this series on virtual teams, you know I’ve been sharing highlights from the Harvard Business Review article (12/14) article “Getting Virtual Teams Right” by consultant and business author Keith Ferrazzi. Today I’m sharing his thoughts and mine on the topic of virtual team leadership. Fostering trust is the first task of [...]The post Virtual Team Virtues (Post 3 of 5) appeared first on Tom Talks.
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    People First

  • Are You Feeling Or Are You Thinking?

    Deb Calvert
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Much has been written about the way we make decisions and the way we are wired to first respond emotionally and then to evaluate logically. Leaders need to understand the difference between their own emotional responses and their logical thinking. Developing self-awareness and mindfulness to discern between the two is essential for solid decision-making. There are many, many […]
  • The Collaborative Sale with Special Guests Keith Eades and Timothy Sullivan

    Deb Calvert
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Listen here: How the Collaborative Sale Brings You and Your Buyers Together 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 […]
  • Common Sense Selling: A Continuance Is Worse than a “No”

    Deb Calvert
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Stop celebrating continuances. They aren’t as likely to result in a sale as you think they are. Think about your sales process. It has specific steps that progress from opening the sale to closing the sale. There is no step in that process where the seller sits on the sidelines. So why do sellers breathe […]
  • Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda — 3 Nonsense Words that Are Holding You Back

    Deb Calvert
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    In a perfect world… STOP! There is no such thing as a perfect world… So what’s the point of thinking that way? Here and now. What is. Reality. You have an obligation to start here. Now don’t misunderstand. Leaders can and do strive to improve the status quo. They are not satisfied with leaving things […]
  • Turn Your Adversaries into Allies! with Special Guest Bob Burg

    Deb Calvert
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Listen here: Bob Burg explains how you can master the Five Principles of Ultimate Influence In sales, we’re faced with persuading others in a wide variety of situations. And, every single day, we face resistance. We may even begin to see our buyers as adversaries… which leads us to resort to manipulative or coercive tactics […]
 
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    Thin Difference

  • The Growing Roles of Millennials in the Workforce

    Guest
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Guest Post by Marwa Hijazi Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) holds that Millennials – the generation born from 1981 through 1997 – will become the largest generation in the U.S. workforce by 2015. As they welcome the new wave of employees, businesses are scrambling to determine how Millennials’ ideas, values and personalities will shape the future of their organizations. Millennials in the workforce learn differently Never before has a single generation been the object of such close scrutiny as its members swap classrooms for cubicles on their way up America’s corporate…
  • 5 Things My 20-Something Self Should Do, 30 Years Later

    Jon Mertz
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:39 am
    Most days as a 50-something I feel more like a 20-something. The difference is a few wrinkles and hindsight. Nothing mentors better than shared experiences. (tweet to share) Part of the reason why I feel like a 20-something is because of what I have learned from Generation Y (aka Millennials). And the reason for this post is due to an email exchange with Heidi Oran. Heidi wrote her thoughts about what she learned over ten years and how those lessons may have helped her when she was 20-something. Now, it is my turn. I have a few more years to look back. By doing this though, it provides a…
  • The Leadership Challenge: Soul Sparks

    Jon Mertz
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    A leadership responsibility is to spur purpose. In my book, Activate Leadership: Aspen Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders, the idea of soul sparks is discussed. Soul sparks come in different forms. Simply put, “Soul sparks are those small ignitions of inspiration that fan into big changes, new directions, or fresh works. They come from deep down inside. Make your body and mind shake with excitement. These are soul sparks.” The leadership challenge of soul sparks is two-fold. First, for our own soul sparks, we need to have a healthy sense of self-awareness and then motivation to act in…
  • 5 Things I’d Tell My 20-Something Self, 10 Years Later

    Heidi Oran
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I can’t believe how much I’ve changed since turning thirty nearly two years ago. It probably sounds absurd; how much can one really change that quickly? But I swear it, I’ve somehow managed to figure out the many problems I struggled with over and over for the entire decade of my twenties, in a fraction of that time. Perhaps it was the still developing prefrontal cortex. In fact, I’m fairly certain it was – but I am grateful for my once youthful spirit and determination. I was a risk-taker. I wasn’t afraid to…
  • The Uncomfortable Truths about Generational Culture

    Jon Mertz
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    The IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a multigenerational study and issued a report entitled “Myths, Exaggerations, and Uncomfortable Truths: The Real Story behind Millennials in the Workplace.” This is a well-done, insightful report, highlighting a key fact – there is a thin difference between generations in what we want from leaders and the organizational culture in which we work. Where generations meet is in our organizational cultures and communities. We have two choices: Do we instigate generational stereotypes to build walls between groups and individuals? Do we build…
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    TalentCulture

  • #TChat Preview: The Predictive Power Of HR Analytics

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 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. In a global market where the “recruiter spends on average 6.25 seconds reviewing a resume” (according to Susan Adams from Forbes), and focuses “80% of their time on Name, Current Title/Company, Start Dates and End dates and Education,” it’s no wonder the “gut feel in hiring” is less accurate than a coin flip. To recruit and develop…
  • Why You Should Start A Talent Community Now

    Ben Slater
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Everyone seems to have a different opinion on what exactly makes up a talent community. Is it the contents of your CRM? Your job board resume database? The collection of people that ‘follow’ your company on LinkedIn. For me, there isn’t necessarily a single hard and fast definition. What there is though, is an overriding theme. The clue is in the word. Community. A talent community is a group of candidates that a company is focused on building a relationship with. The emphasis is very much on communication. Companies stay in touch with these candidates and focus on creating…
  • HR’s Predictive Power on Your Customer

    Jen Phillips Kirkwood
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    A nurse snarled at me for my 3rd repeated call on my hospital bed. 3 hours past pain medication post-surgery. I sighed… “How did they possibly hire this nurse?”  After a second nurse came in later to administer the WRONG medication to me, I really started to get nervous. Lucky for me, a different shift nurse came in and my experience shifted from “get me out of here” to “amazing”. How did this healthcare organization get hiring so wrong on the first 2 and right on 3rd? They aren’t alone. Let’s face it, as a customer – anywhere- retail, call centers, when was the last…
  • Using Your Super Powers For Good

    Lisa Ryan
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Life doesn’t happen TO you.  Rather, it can happen BECAUSE of you.  You have far more power and influence than you can possibly imagine.  And once you decide, you can use your power to affect your own life as well as the life of the people around you.” Dick Sutphen In the movie, “The Avengers,” each character has a specific super power that enables him or her to make a difference.  They have a choice – they can use their power for good or for evil purposes. Iron Man can fly, and fight, and has a suit of armor to protect him.  (It doesn’t hurt that he is beyond…
  • Unleash The Power Of Social Media Recruitment

    Mark Lukens
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Social media is everywhere in the modern world. Its ability to improve communication and to compel our attention makes it one of the most powerful forces of the 21st century. This makes it incredibly useful to recruiters, but many have yet to unleash that power. So how can you get the most out of social media in recruitment? Innovation And Imitation Most companies have now jumped on the social media bandwagon, making it a feature of their recruitment strategies. But they use it in the way that they used old-fashioned techniques like mass advertising. The old way is a spray-and-pray approach…
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    Leadership XL | Leadership XL

  • Tuesday Tip: Work With Someone New Today

    Jason Cortel
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    The other day in our training class we started by playing Seal’s Fly Like an Eagle. It got me to thinking how can you fly like an eagle if you’re always with the same flock? The other thing that is of important note is that this class is full of women who are encouraging each other and pushing each other out of their comfort zones, getting each other to do things they have never done before. This is very different from other training classes I’ve observed in the past. Sure there are groups who encourage each other or pairs of people who do this for one another. This is different…
  • How to Have More Meaningful Coaching Sessions

    Jason Cortel
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    Do you find that your coaching sessions are more one-way in that you are doing all of the talking? Does it feel like the coaching isn’t working no matter how much time you spend with a particular employee? Next to hiring, coaching is the most important thing you will do in a given work week. Following this simple guideline will help you have more meaningful coaching sessions. The purpose of coaching is to push someone harder than they would push themselves. Employees have hopes of achieving optimum performance and dreams of advancing their career. Coaching is where those hopes and…
  • Tuesday Tip: Stop Complaining About These Things

    Jason Cortel
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    It is so easy to get stuck in office complain chain. Sometimes you spread the complaining around and other times people draw you into their complaints. Here are 5 things you need to stop complaining about. Your salary Because you never know what the salary is of the person you are complaining to. Instead of complaining start documenting your accomplishments and it’s even better to relate those things to revenue to the company. How fair your boss is Fair is subjective and usually people confuse unfair with not getting their way. Bosses are usually hardest on those they see have the greatest…
  • How to Easily Accept Feedback

    Jason Cortel
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    Feedback is among the greatest gifts that you will ever receive from a manager. Feedback improves your performance, aligns expectations, develops your skills, solves problems and will help you navigate the waters toward a promotion and increased pay. Feedback benefits an organization by developing talent and improving the bottom line. Yet with all of these positive reasons to have a hunger for feedback so many resist it, ignore it or complain about the manager who gives it. Here are 5 ways to more easily accept feedback. Separate the “what” from the “who” When in a feedback session it…
  • Want More Credibility? Stop Using These Words

    Jason Cortel
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    Word choice matters. It matters when we are speaking and even more so when we are using written communication such as emails, web chat or letters. To have more credibility and authority with your audience rethink your use of these words. Actually This word provides no value and some people may wonder why it was added so much so that they may drill down on what you are saying. Honestly This causes people to rethink everything you have said before the use of this word. Just This minimizes what you are saying and indicates that you don’t feel your message or request was important so why…
 
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    The Leadership Hub

  • What is Your Mission?

    Jim Taggart
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Each of us as mere mortals, existing on a 4.5 billion year-old planet in a speck of planetary time, needs to have a sense of purpose and contribution to our lives. It connects to leadership. Without contribution and purpose, we risk travelling through our short lifetimes as hitchhikers on a gorgeous Earth. During my six decades on this planet, one thing I’ve learned about myself is that I need a sense of purpose and contribution; without these intertwined forces I feel adrift. During my three decades with the Government of Canada, which started in 1982, I was happiest and felt the most…
  • One thing all leaders struggle with

    Phil Dourado
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    Giving feedback. Receiving feedback can trigger a fight-or-flight response. We all rationally want to improve and would want honesty from those around us. Otherwise we end up with a bizarre funhouse mirror idea of who we are. How can we make it easier? Dan McCarthy has 10 tips on giving feedback. You should read all 10. But here's the 3 I think are most important: 1. Make it Frequent. Is your work environment allowing open communication? Don't save it for annual reviews, make it common and accepted. Which you can start by... 2. Ask for feedback. Set a standard and establish trust. 3. But…
  • 6 BASIC STEPS OF SUCCESSFUL MANAGEMENT DECISION MAKING

    Vasiliy Smetanin
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Organizing, considering alternatives, making choices and solving problems are those common tasks managers have to cope with every day. The effectiveness of decision making shows how successful the manager is. Some of the decisions are quite simple and are made instantaneously, however some of them are quite complex and require considering lot of interrelated factors. In order to reduce more complicated decisions down to simpler steps, it is advisable to use a constructive systematic approach. Here is a strategy that can help you to make the right choice and develop the quality of what you do.
  • How Distorted is Your Leadership Lens?

    Jim Taggart
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    We all wear filters which affect how we perceive the world. Let’s call it our leadership lens.No one is immune–even super smart people.And there’s nothing wrong with that.The challenge is for each of us to be fully aware of our filters and how they influence our leadership lens. Otherwise, our filters become so saturated that our view of the world becomes distorted, weakening our effectiveness as leaders.Addressing how we perceive the world through our leadership lens helps make us more effective leaders because we’re able to remove the interference that can impedes our judgement.
  • Inside The Mind of a Successful Manager

    The Architect
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    Submitted by Pepperdine University.  Tags: leadership, management, infographic
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    Insight Experience

  • The 8 Predictable Pitfalls of Executing Strategy

    Jean Williams
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    We see the same mistakes over and over again.  Strategy execution is challenging but leaders often make it even tougher.  In our work with global leaders and their teams, we see repeated, universal strategy execution missteps that leaders should learn to recognize and avoid. Here are the top 8 pitfalls we see even the most capable leaders struggle with: Communication doesn’t equal execution. Leaders often assume that once they have communicated the strategy, even once, that execution will happen automatically. Starting with the easy action. Frequently leaders choose the quick and easy…
  • Lessons from the End

    Amanda Young Hickman
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    The end of a brand is often a rotten confluence of events—economic trends, smart competitors, and changing technologies can all be the death knell for a company.  However, leaders or leadership teams that stay balanced in their approach improve the odds of seeing potentially fatal challenges early enough to address them. There is an interesting interplay between business failure and “unbalanced” leadership.  An article in the Huffington Post recently chronicled the downfall of 9 iconic brands that “could soon be dead.”  These brands vividly tell stories of leaders who either lost…
  • Catch the Tidal Wave: Coaching the Coach

    Karen Maxwell Powell
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Actor Victor Webster is quoted as saying, “If you throw a pebble in the water on one side of the ocean, you can create a tidal wave on the other side.” The same could be said for the actions of a leader. The question for many mid to senior-level leaders is not whether their choices make an impact, but how big a difference can they make. With greater span of control, they move further and further from the operations of the business (and often the direct contact with the customer). Ironically, from a position of more power they must rely not on themselves to effect change, but on the…
  • Balanced Leadership: Start with Strengths

    Nick Noyes
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    The value of Balanced Leadership is clear: balancing your Orientation (organizational vs market), your Approach (analytical vs interpersonal), and your Horizon (tactical vs vision) makes you and the organization you lead more effective.  Balance is good… or is it? You can’t get far in considering the virtues of Balanced Leadership without running into a sticky question: what about our natural strengths? Strength-based leadership has become a widely researched and accepted concept, supported by the work of Gallup (Clifton, Buckingham, Coffman, Rath) and Zenger-Folkman, among others.  The…
  • The Missing Link for Strategy Execution

    Jean Williams
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:52 pm
    The concept of “cascading a strategy” is important, but incomplete.  “Cascading Strategy” implies only a vertical downward movement of information.  Although it is an appealing image, the concept misses the increasingly vital need to align and share strategies across organizational boundaries: to build alignment across an extended network of functions and geographies in order to deliver results. Strategy execution is less and less hierarchical.  Key information about customers and competitors and technologies is found in distant teams and disparate functions.  Strategy is…
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  • Tuesday Tip: Work With Someone New Today

    Jason Cortel
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:34 am
    The other day in our training class we started by playing Seal’s Fly Like an Eagle. It got me to thinking how can you fly like an eagle if you’re always with the same flock? The other thing that is of important note is that this class is full of women who are encouraging each other and pushing each other out of their comfort zones, getting each other to do things they have never done before. This is very different from other training classes I’ve observed in the past. Sure there are groups who encourage each other or pairs of people who do this for one another. This is different…
  • How to Have More Meaningful Coaching Sessions

    Jason Cortel
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Do you find that your coaching sessions are more one-way in that you are doing all of the talking? Does it feel like the coaching isn’t working no matter how much time you spend with a particular employee? Next to hiring, coaching is the most important thing you will do in a given work week. Following this simple guideline will help you have more meaningful coaching sessions. The purpose of coaching is to push someone harder than they would push themselves. Employees have hopes of achieving optimum performance and dreams of advancing their career. Coaching is where those hopes and…
  • Tuesday Tip: Stop Complaining About These Things

    Jason Cortel
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:43 am
    It is so easy to get stuck in office complain chain. Sometimes you spread the complaining around and other times people draw you into their complaints. Here are 5 things you need to stop complaining about. Your salary Because you never know what the salary is of the person you are complaining to. Instead of complaining start documenting your accomplishments and it’s even better to relate those things to revenue to the company. How fair your boss is Fair is subjective and usually people confuse unfair with not getting their way. Bosses are usually hardest on those they see have the greatest…
  • How to Easily Accept Feedback

    Jason Cortel
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    Feedback is among the greatest gifts that you will ever receive from a manager. Feedback improves your performance, aligns expectations, develops your skills, solves problems and will help you navigate the waters toward a promotion and increased pay. Feedback benefits an organization by developing talent and improving the bottom line. Yet with all of these positive reasons to have a hunger for feedback so many resist it, ignore it or complain about the manager who gives it. Here are 5 ways to more easily accept feedback. Separate the “what” from the “who” When in a feedback session it…
  • Want More Credibility? Stop Using These Words

    Jason Cortel
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    Word choice matters. It matters when we are speaking and even more so when we are using written communication such as emails, web chat or letters. To have more credibility and authority with your audience rethink your use of these words. Actually This word provides no value and some people may wonder why it was added so much so that they may drill down on what you are saying. Honestly This causes people to rethink everything you have said before the use of this word. Just This minimizes what you are saying and indicates that you don’t feel your message or request was important so why…
 
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    RW McIntyre Leadership Notes

  • Behold the Remarkable Leader!

    Ron
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In her 2011 book, “Behind the Executive Door: Unexpected Lessons for Managing Your Boss”, Karol Wasylyshyn advanced the idea that leadership could be seen as a continuum that ranged from Toxic, to Perilous and then Remarkable. The book was the … Continue reading → The post Behold the Remarkable Leader! appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 10 Simple Ideas to Mitigate Stress & Anxiety at Work

    Ron
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Work related stress can be defined as: the adverse reaction a person has to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed upon them.” This adverse reaction can and does take its toll on our health, our productivity and general … Continue reading → The post 10 Simple Ideas to Mitigate Stress & Anxiety at Work appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Excerpt from “Field Guide to the Workplace Jungle

    Ron
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is an excerpt from the introduction to our new Kindle book available on Amazon. We really loved working on this book because there is so much that still needs to be explored and we are looking forward to that … Continue reading → The post Excerpt from “Field Guide to the Workplace Jungle appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 4 Tips to Develop a Team Competitive Advantage

    Ron
    8 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    In a previous article, we discussed the idea of problem solving broken into a mindset structure, in this article we will look at ways to make a team building strategy that can become a competitive advantage, if done consistently and … Continue reading → The post 4 Tips to Develop a Team Competitive Advantage appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • What is Your Approach to Problem Resolution?

    Ron
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    Do you truly understand how you approach problem resolution at work and in life? It is critical for you to understand your strengths and weaknesses in this part of your life because it plays a massive role in your success … Continue reading → The post What is Your Approach to Problem Resolution? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
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    Paul Keijzer

  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – A Grounded Visionary and Implementer

    Paul Keijzer
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Loads has been written about Dubai’s phenomenal rise as one of the leading cities in the world. Who would have guessed twenty years ago that every sports tournament, pop concert, cultural show and museum exhibition would automatically add Dubai to their calendars of cities to visit? It’s become the place to be for anyone important. This side-by-side satellite image, although outdated, blows me away every time I see it. Just look at the visible, mind blowing growth the emirate went through in just over 30 years. The driving force behind this complete transformation is the visionary…
  • The 3 Most Important Things to Consider for Succession Planning

    Paul Keijzer
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:02 pm
    It’s a sad time for Singapore and the world in general. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of the country passed away leaving behind a legacy of prosperity and change. Just last week I talked about how he was an Iconic Servant Leader from whom many people could learn from and his recent demise made me think about succession planning. Specifically, Are people forgetting about the importance of succession planning because people join and leave organizations so much faster than before? In other words, are people thinking about people within the organization who can step up to…
  • Lee Kuan Yew – A Servant Leader for the People

    Paul Keijzer
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:59 pm
    I saw on the news yesterday that the health of one of Asia’s most prominent leaders, Lee Kuan Yew, is sadly worsening, As the founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew is an absolutely remarkable man. With a political career spanning more than 40 years, he transformed Singapore from a colonial trading post to a leading financial center.  Keeping in mind that Singapore had no natural resources to speak off, a small land mass, limited population and a strong dependency on its Malaysian neighbor for trade and especially fresh water, Lee Kuan Yew made Singapore into one of the safest,…
  • The Top 3 Most Dangerous HR Mistakes

    Paul Keijzer
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:16 pm
    If you work in HR, you may feel like you have the most thankless job in the world. I suppose the same could be said about people in the admin department and there are probably a bunch of other jobs out there where people feel this way. However, I know a number of people who say that people in the HR department are simply not appreciated for all the work they do for employees and the company. That said (and with a respectful nod to  anyone who feels this way) I’ve also seen a number of HR people making grave mistakes in their departments. These mistakes not only affect the efficiency…
  • Ho Chi Minh – A Leader Interested in Only His People

    Paul Keijzer
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:48 pm
    I had the privilege of spending 4 amazing years in Vietnam and the end of the last century. I have so many warm memories of that incredible period. Vietnam was at the start of its development curve and the energy, excitement and will to progress was electric. Apart from the incredible landscape, the amazing food and fantastic weather, the memories that I most cherish are those of the Vietnamese themselves. They had (and still have) an extremely hard working, fun loving, smart, eager to learn, respectful of elders and specifically teachers and a strong yearn to move forward. It was…
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  • An Interview: The Old Dog House

    cjohnstonjax
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    You may not be able to teach old dogs new tricks but you can give them a new lease on life at The Old Dog House. I had the opportunity to talk with Kim from The Old Dog House, a nonprofit dog rescue located in Jacksonville Florida. They have been saving older dogs in our community for many years now. By rescuing the dogs that would otherwise be ignored at the shelters they provide them a place to live out their golden years. In doing so they save them as well as foster and provide adoption opportunities. 1. How did the old dog house first start out? When I worked at the humane society about…
  • You Inspire Others by Your Art

    cjohnstonjax
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    Steve Pressfield  in The War of Art said it best “The best and only thing that one artist can do for another is to serve as an example and an inspiration.” No truer words have been said and yet many don’t even know they do it. We spend hours laboring to master our craft. To fine tune it so it will be perfect. Then we release it into the wild for public view and it lands like a wet sock. All our work we feel was for nothing. Stay true to yourself. Those words you write. The lines you draw. Whatever your craft, your art may be. Others notice. They are watching you and you inspire…
  • Are You Really Crushing It?

    cjohnstonjax
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you are like me you are pretty competitive. Okay maybe really really competitive at times. That's a good thing right? Like many people I am trying to get a few things done. Since I sit at a desk in a cubicle for my day job. I bought a FitBit Surge to improve my health. Replacing the FitBit Flex I had been using so I could better track my 10,000 steps. Crushing it right.. wrong! I am in a Facebook group where some people treat the 10,000 steps as a starting point. I set a blogging goal for myself, even committed to my readers (you can see here). Although I control my own destiny I failed.
  • Do You Believe? Movie Review

    cjohnstonjax
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Do You Believe takes 12 lives on separate paths that all converge at the foot of the cross. Pure Flix films has once again made a movie to make Christians and non-Christians alike, evaluate and ask themselves the question “Do you Believe?” Undaunted by the reviews that came out earlier this week from the mainstream media, I took my family to see the movie. The theater as many Christian films these days was not that full. Disappointed but not surprised as many people would rather wait until these movies come out on DVD to watch them in the comfort of their own homes. Therefore they can…
  • Touched by the Holy Spirit

    cjohnstonjax
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    As Christians we travel through life guided and touched by the Holy Spirit. Or are we? We thrive in life through our flesh rather than being guided by the light. We profess that we believe, but do you? Last weekend I spent getting my world shattered. I know I am broken, we all are to some extent. But when you have your brokenness laid out before you and are called to look it straight in the eye. How would you react? Sure I read my Bible, go to Church, tithe and “act Christian.” As many do I wear the t-shirts, preach the gospel. But that is not enough. I might as well be a…
 
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    Steve Farber: Extreme Leadership

  • And, Finally…The Radical Leap is an Audiobook

    Steve
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    I’m thrilled to officially announce that The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership is finally available on audio. Lots of folks have been asking for this for years, now, so it’s been a long time a-coming. Even better, this recording marks the arrival of Leap’s 10th Anniversary Edition, which includes a new self assessment. We’ve decided to forgo the CDs-in-a-box format and stick with the strictly digital route. You’ll find it at the most formidable digital haunts, that is Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. Now you can drive, go for a walk, work out at…
  • The Cure for Toxic Employees? [Infographic]

    Steve
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    You’ve known them–the energy-suckers in your midst that appear to be out to ruin your day or drain the life out of your team or company. Not only are they expensive, demoralizing, and infuriating, toxic employees can bring teamwork to a grinding halt, jeopardize goals, and potentially become an enormous liability. In this infographic, Reuben Yonaton of GetVoIP, categorizes these folks and offers ways to cure their respective maladies. Have a look, and let me know if it rings true for you. Hopefully, you won’t see yourself in here:
  • I Ordered A Sandwich and was Served this Lesson on Customer Service and Leadership

    Steve
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    I ordered a hot turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, and was served a lesson in customer service and leadership, instead. Click here to view the embedded video.                                        
  • True Love Knows No Species

    Steve
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s a good day to cultivate love across all divides, as demonstrated by our Abyssinian, Rudy, and Golden Retriever, Ellie. Rudy and Ellie snuggle to the tune of Greg Brown’s beautiful song, which asks the question, “why were you ashamed of our love?” “Our love had room for everyone,” he sings. Indeed, it did. And does. Happy Valentine’s day from our home to yours!                        
  • The Success Principles

    Steve
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Jack Canfield (of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame) is a significant mentor to more thought-leaders, authors, and entrepreneurs than anyone else I know. 10 years ago, Jack founded The Transformational Leadership Council “so leaders of personal and organizational transformation could support each other in their contributions to the world.” I’m proud to say that I’m a member of that inspiring group of CEOs, trainers, facilitators, thought leaders, authors, movie producers, directors, and coaches all focused on changing the world for the better. And that’s how I know…
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    Heads Up Coaching and Consulting

  • A Management Moment With…Winston Churchill

    Lisa Parker
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less! “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Winston Churchill Attention managers: Difficult conversations are difficult for both parties, but they are especially difficult when the parties involved do not have equal power or authority. Of course it takes courage to say the difficult messages that bosses often have to say. But it takes at least as much courage for bosses to sit back and listen. You might hear some things that you don’t want to hear, but…
  • A Management Moment With…Steven Spielberg

    Lisa Parker
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less! “All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.”                                                                   — Steven Spielberg Attention Managers:  Very soon most of you will be delivering performance reviews. If you’re good at it, you’ll concentrate on WHAT your team members achieved, HOW they got it done, and WHY it matters. But have you thought about the WHO? Who do you need them to be,…
  • Lose (Verbal) Weight This Year

    Lisa Parker
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Because Sleek and Trim Messages Are More Popular! Yep, it’s true. Verbally skinny message are more popular, while verbally obese messages are ignored like the garlic dip on prom night. People who can be concise and still complete are 27% more likely to have their message repeated. OK, I made that number up in an effort to sound informative, but the fact remains that TMI (too much information) is a total turnoff and is one of the most frequently mentioned complaints that I hear from colleagues of the overly verbose. Since it’s January and we are bombarded with ads for diet pills,…
  • A Management Moment With…Eckhart Tolle

    Lisa Parker
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less! “The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.”  – Author Eckhart Tolle  Attention managers:   This month I have a 10-second tip for you.  Ready? Leave your Blackberry or phone in your desk when you go to your next meeting, workshop, or Town Hall event. Show people that you are most concerned with what is happening right here, right now. Set the example of presence. When we poll participants in our Executive Presence seminars, they…
  • Unwrap Your Presence

    Lisa Parker
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    It’s year-end. So many deadlines. So many distractions. We feel our attention divided between tying up loose ends from the past year, planning for next year, and managing the dozens of things that need to get done right now. Oh, and there are those holiday plans, shopping, special events…the fun stuff. Those demand attention, too. With all the stress that comes with December, how present are you throughout the day, really? If you’re honest with yourself, how often do you find yourself snapping back to attention during a meeting or conference call because your mind was busy…
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    General LeadershipGeneral Leadership » | Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders!

  • Monday Quote

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” Dwight D. Eisenhower Stars: A Study in Military Character and Leadership                          How did you enjoy today’s post? If you liked what you read, sign up for our frequent newsletter by clicking HERE — and you’ll also receive our…
  • Leading the Right Team

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com “In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product, & profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two.” Lee Iacocca I feel very privileged that GeneralLeadership.com asked me to make another contribution on leadership. I understand that my last blog, “Heroes” was well received by readers and I hope this article is equally successful…
  • Throwback Thursday: Simulated Leadership

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com From Our Early Files: Originally Published 18 April 2013 “No enemy bombs will ever land on Berlin, or my name is not Hermann Goering.” the leader formerly known as Hermann Goering In most organizations, leaders live in an environment of respect, rules, professionalism, and obedience. In simpler words…the boss is the boss, and we follow their direction. That basic foundation is definitely important to success.
  • Encourage TRUST in Your Workplace

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” Ernest Hemmingway   Recently, a friend shared a story that moved me.  His grandfather was grieving the loss of his wife.  When she died, his grandfather was overcome with grief and inconsolable.  Desperate, his grandfather asked my friend if the Air Force could bring his dead wife back to life.  He believed he would meet her someday in heaven,…
  • Check Out Today’s Tuesday Soundbite!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com http://www.excellentcultures.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/podcasts/72_John_Michel.mp3 GeneralLeadership Co-Founder and Senior Curator, Brigadier General John E. Michel, was a recent guest on Transformational Leadership.  In this broadcast, he shares how transformation truly works within organizational structures beginning with investing in the relationship with others, and then realizing to go fast, we must go slow.      …
 
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    C-Suite Network

  • 5 Things You Can Learn from a Service Failure

    Brittany Nader
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Mark Sanborn When I find myself getting really bad service, I try to extract lessons I can share with my clients. There is a national chain of upscale seafood restaurants where I’ve always enjoyed dining. I took my family, my brother and sister-in-law and mother there to celebrate my youngest son’s birthday. The experience couldn’t have been more goofed up: Slow service, wrong drink and food orders and much more. But that isn’t the point of my story. A manager on duty did a splendid job of salvaging the situation. She comped our meal and gave me a gift certificate to use when I…
  • C-Suite Conference Continues Success in Boston

    Brittany Nader
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Celebrity Entrepreneur Kevin Jonas and Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham to Open Sessions at the Exclusive Three-Day Business Leadership Conference at the Westin Copley Place, March 29-31. The C-Suite Network, the world’s most powerful network of C-Suite leaders, will gather executives from across the country to network and share ideas at The Westin Copley Place, in the well-known Victorian neighborhood of Back Bay. The exclusive invitation-only C-Suite Conference takes place March 29-31. As the C-Suite Network continues to build the largest network of thought leaders, executives and…
  • And I Think to Myself, ‘What a Wonderful World!’

    Brittany Nader
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Steve Rizzo via Darinka Maja This morning I was at my favorite table at my local Panera Bread restaurant when an elderly couple walked in. They both had gray hair, and the woman was wearing a soft pink sweater under her coat. I noticed when they got in line, they were holding hands and showing obvious affection to one another. It touched my heart. I watched them for a while, thinking about my own future. I spoke to the manager and told her that I wanted to secretly pay for the couple’s breakfast. “Just tell them someone anonymous was in a low mood today and watching them being so…
  • It’s Time to Evolve | 6 Tips to Prolong the Lifespan of the Endangered C-Suite Species: The CIO

    Brittany Nader
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Bob Dvorak In our previous piece, we explained that CIOs are facing incredible pressure to perform in today’s digital age. A recent study by McKinsey & Co. only bolstered negative perceptions of IT leadership. The report said business executives don’t see the CIO as a strategic business partner. In this article, the second in a two-part series, we’ll discuss the recommendations we have for CIOs to help them align and unify their organization’s IT strategy with their company’s business strategy. Here are six tips for CIOs to better align their IT strategy with business…
  • Preventing Rejection at Work

    Brittany Nader
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Judith Glaser You walk into a meeting late and what do you find? People are already in huddles. Colleagues glance over ever so briefly toward you then return to in-progress conversations. You sit down in a corner and use your smartphone to check your email. Once the group discussion actually starts, you try to offer an opinion but can’t seem to get a word in. Eventually, you give up, take a few notes, check more email and wait for the meeting to end. You stay at your desk the rest of the day but don’t get much done. Face it: Who can tolerate rejection, especially in the…
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    ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter » ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter

  • Book Review: Essentialism by Greg McKeown

    Diane Byington, Ph.D.
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    At social occasions I hear a similar complaint repeated over and over: “I’m too busy. I’ve got to find some way to cut down on some of my activities.” I recommend the new book Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, as a way to decide which activities to cut and which to keep. According to McKeown, Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less. It’s about doing only what is essential so you can operate at your highest point of contribution. The post Book Review: Essentialism by Greg McKeown appeared…
  • TBC releases the next evolution in its Survey Hosting Platform TruScore®

    Jeremy Unruh
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    The Booth Company (TBC), a global assessment company with over 4 decades of experience, specializing in 360 degree feedback and survey customization, has launched its much anticipated TruScore 3.0, the next evolution in cloud-based survey solutions. This completely redesigned version of TruScore® is a survey hosting platform developed to make the process of setting up and executing an assessment project quick and easy; from initial project creation and automated invitations/reminders to progress tracking and report delivery. The newly developed enhancements include flexible automated…
  • A Few Characteristics of Good Sales Leaders

    Jeremy Unruh
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    At the top level, sales-based companies are necessarily metrics-focused, driven by tangible results. With numbers as the ultimate deliverables, that thinking can pervade the approach some sales leaders use in managing their teams. However, if that’s all they focus on as leaders, it can be a sure way to stunt rather than encourage growth. The managers who help their teams see greater success share some additional approaches and traits. Good leaders—in any organization, sales or otherwise—are often characterized by the talent they hire. Identifying and drawing good candidates sets the…
  • 3 Tips to Stay Focused at Work

    Jeremy Unruh
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    Just a regular day at the office, and, first thing in the morning, your to-do list is at least a mile long. You hit lunch break and see that nothing has changed: you still have the same number of tasks on your list. Suddenly, it’s time to go home, and you might have crossed a thing or two off, but you’ve also added five for tomorrow. You sat diligently at your desk the whole day, so why didn’t you get anything done? Many people visit and revisit this scenario all the time. And sadly, it becomes a cycle that can be hard to break, which is a problem in companies that reward performance…
  • Leading 360 Degree Feedback Provider TBC Launches Newly Designed Website

    Jeremy Unruh
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    The Booth Company (TBC), a global assessment company with over 4 decades of experience, specializing in 360 degree feedback and survey customization, announces the launch of its newly designed website, at http://www.boothco.com. The new website has been redesigned to be more contemporary, keeping in tune with today’s web trends while providing information about TBCs offerings. “The latest evolution of The Booth Company’s website was designed to simplify the visitor’s experience by giving them the information they seek quickly. We have done away with needless marketing jargon keeping…
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    Work Smart Blog, Moementum, Un-Consultants

  • Don’t Be an Aars (Attractive Alternative to a Real Solution)

    Jim Morris
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    “Based on these (survey) results, the way forward seems pretty obvious; by focusing on our policies and consistent application of procedures, our culture scores will go up, and so will our quality.” So said a member of the culture development steering team for one of our clients. He was referring to the data we collected using the Denison Organizational Culture Survey (DOCS). The Denison process isn’t measuring “best places to work” or company popularity with employees, rather 12 key research-based factors in four primary areas: Adaptability, Involvement,…
  • Does (Team) Size Really Matter?

    Moe Carrick
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:14 am
    One of the most frequent questions clients ask us is “what is the ideal size for a cohesive team.” Our answer? Before even considering ideal team size, we have to take into account the primary factors that are critical to a team’s ultimate cohesion, productivity and health. For what purpose is the team mobilized? Why do we exist? What goals do we have for which time period? How will we know we have succeeded? A clear, galvanizing purpose that transcends individual objectives is essential for a team to perform well. High performing teams stay very focused on what it is they must achieve…
  • When Losing Makes You Feel Like a Loser

    Jim Morris
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    As a student of character, I pay attention to how people “do competition” – winning and losing at work. I’m not tracking who wins and who loses, but how people deal with the inevitable setbacks that life and work deal us on a regular basis. What I have been most interested in lately is how people generalize winning and losing as a reflection of their own value or worth. This a slippery slope; connecting winning a contract or out-performing the competition with one’s self-esteem seems great when you’re in the winner’s circle, but if you are in a pattern of not winning, does the…
  • Do Nice Bosses Win?

    Moe Carrick
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    “A leader is supposed to look like he is in charge; that he knows what he is doing. I don’t buy that it matters whether he is ‘compassionate’ or ‘vulnerable.’” A participant shared this comment with me a few weeks ago during a session about the role of empathy and compassion in performance conversations. I appreciated his honesty. It revealed a belief I hear repeated often: that creating a culture of trust and being a warm, compassionate boss does not materially matter. People concede that while it is great to have, it doesn’t make or break results. The research is clear that…
  • The Virtue Of Brevity

    Jim Morris
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:13 pm
      ” I have already made this paper too long, for which I must crave pardon, not having now time to make it shorter.” - Benjamin Franklin - In her last blog, Moe shared some tips on verbal communication, In keeping with her theme, I’ll riff for a moment on written communication. We are not professional writers, but we spend a LOT of time helping our clients work through how to effectively communicate the hard stuff. As this blog’s title implies, it takes talent and time to write succinctly: talent developed through practice, and time intentionally prioritized for good…
 
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    Scribble and Scrawl

  • Digital India – An Initiative to Transform Lives

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:49 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   India is heading towards an internet economy worth USD 200 billion by 2020, that will contribute 5 per cent of the GDP. – Report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).   Digital India – A Transformational Initiative The Digital India initiative, envisioned by the Govt of India, aims to transform India into digital empowered society and knowledge economy by leveraging IT as a growth engine to enable change. With 850 million mobile users and 243 million internet users in 2014, India is all set to…
  • Vegetarian Fusion food in Singapore

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Singapore, symbolized by the iconic Merlion is a place where cultures meet and flavours mix. The Little Red Dot on the world map, Singapore is the fusion of the old and new Asia, merged with influences from East and West. In this melting pot of different cultures, one finds gastronomic delights from many different parts of the world. You can treat yourself to Chinese specialties, traditional Malaysian fare, Indian meals, Peranakan (Singapore’s oldest fusion cuisine), or try out international cuisine including Japanese and Korean spreads, Thai food, Arab…
  • A Naga Sojourn

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    By Bhudeb Chakrabarti Nagaland, well-known for its natural beauty and breath-taking pristine natural forests is also known for its warm and hospitable people. In December 1968, I was posted in Pfutsero in Kohima District of Nagaland, as Second-in-Command of a CRPF Battalion. The Battalion was deployed to aid the Government of Nagaland in maintaining Law and Order. Pfutsero, Nagaland | Image credit : touristlink.com   The State of Nagaland was formed on 1st December 1963. The “Cease Fire” between the Security Forces and the Insurgents was in force when I joined my new Battalion. Our…
  • Walking around the beaches in Mumbai

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Neither by service nor fee Come I to mine estate – Mother of Cities to me, For I was born in her gate, Between the palms and the sea, Where the world-end steamers wait. ~Excerpt from To the City of Bombay, By Rudyard Kipling A home alike to the richest and the poor, Mumbai is marked by its typical chaotic, cosmopolitan and dynamic spirit. The narrow wedge shaped metropolis, surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides, attracts a large number of tourists all over the year. Beaches and coastlines offer a respite from the frantic life to us, the locals of Mumbai,…
  • Critical Illness policy by Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance – A Review

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset. ~ Dave Pelzer A critical illness like cancer can completely can disrupt anyone’s life. The patient has to deal with immense physical pain and emotional trauma, while the family has to incur huge medical expenses, at the same time keep the other expenses going. Critical illness of an earning member means the loss of income, which causes additional strain on finances. For this reason, insurance to cover such unforeseen expenses due to critical illness becomes a must for every earning…
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    Ying Ying Shi

  • The backstage of an investor presentation

    Ying Ying Shi
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    It was a sunny day and we just finished a one-hour meeting with a potential investor. We shake hands and everybody goes back home or back to business. One has the impression that the show started when the meeting room’s … Read more →
  • The art of introducing yourself

    Ying Ying Shi
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    We are often offered the opportunity to talk about ourselves. When those times come, we need to have a short introduction ready. The question is: how do you introduce yourself? As with most questions in life, there is no unique … Read more →
  • A day in my life

    Ying Ying Shi
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Today I am talking about a day because our life is formed by days. As we examine a cell to better understand organisms, we can also examine a day to better understand our lives. This is also one of the … Read more →
  • The Andes and Life

    Ying Ying Shi
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:34 am
    The Andes, with its 7,000 km length, is the world’s longest above-ground mountain chain stretching from north to south through seven countries in South America, along the west coast of the continent: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. … Read more →
  • The invisible oil in business

    Ying Ying Shi
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    If we think of business as a machine, we can think in terms of its physical infrastructure and its processes. Problems might emerge in both of these fronts. In the first case, the complication could be, e.g. the dysfunction of a division. … Read more →
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    On Target Talent » Blog

  • 4 Ways to Ruin The 360-Degree Feedback Process

    Tim Sieck
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    When properly executed, a good 360-degree feedback process can be a valuable tool to use for development.  The data received as well as the comments provided by participants can inform your developmental activities so that they are focused on the things that are most important.  Not only to you, but to the people that work with you on a regular basis.As good as 360-degree feedback is, it has a dark side.  What is intended to be helpful, can also be damaging to a person’s career if it is not handled in the proper way.  Hurt feelings are just the tip of the iceberg.  Trust,…
  • The Art of Keeping Your Team Informed

    Tim Sieck
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    One of the difficult skills to master for the new manager is creating an atmosphere where employees feel there is open communication among the team.  New managers confuse the term open communication with over communication.  In fact, during our Essential Skills of Communicating course, we ask participants to agree or disagree with the following statement: “A team leader should not limit the amount of open communication allowed.”  How would you answer that question?  Agree or disagree?  Most new managers disagree because they think this statement means that employees will spend their…
  • You Got Promoted…Now What?

    Tim Sieck
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    Congratulations!  You’ve been promoted to manager.  Now what?  The transition from individual contributor to manager is one of the most difficult transitions you’ll make in your career.  In addition to being difficult, it can be awkward as well. After all, yesterday you were his or her friend and coworker, and today you are everyone’s boss.One of the important things to remember is that in this new role it’s not simply about doing more, or doing things faster. As a new manager you have to completely change the way you approach your work. In addition, there is a huge learning…
  • Hiring The Right Person Is Well Worth The Time It Takes To Find Them

    Tim Sieck
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Capital One CEO, Rich Fairbank once said, ““Great talent is the most talked about and least delivered. People spend 1% of their time recruiting and the rest of the time managing their recruiting mistakes.” That quote speaks volumes about the importance of finding the right person for the job.  Fortunately, with the tools and processes at a manager’s disposal today, hiring mistakes can be minimized.  This allows managers to focus on what’s really important.  Delivering results.  Below are several things you can do to help get the best person on board at just the…
  • Intentionally Lose Your Best Employees

    Tim Sieck
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    A manager told me once that her biggest fear was losing her good talent to other parts of the organization. She felt that she worked hard to hire the best person possible, trained and developed them to contribute to the department, and then too often, they would leave for another assignment and the cycle would start over. You can imagine her surprise when I told her that was the goal of a great manager. I went on to say that she should intentionally try to lose her best employees.This manager’s view is not uncommon.  In fact, it is the generally accepted rule that managers should do…
 
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    The Ahern Blog

  • Acquisition Targets for 4th Quarter of 2014

    A.W. Ahern
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Each quarter, I provide the needs of Ahern’s clients so that my readers can determine if they are ready to “begin the process”.  2014 has been a very profitable year for many Carriers, but also a challenging year.  The first 3 quarters of 2014 have been very active for my firm; as such, our clients have advised us of their needs through December 31st of 2014, as well as the first quarter of 2015.In each instance, Ahern has been retained for the following searches:  CLIENT 1:  This is a family-owned company that generates in excess of $750M of annual revenue.  The client is a…
  • Pursuing a Career in Consulting? Andy Ahern Offers Advice for Success

    A.W. Ahern
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    There are more than half a million consultants who work in the United States – consultants can help in big ways with making sure a company stays on the right path, whether it be with finances and accounting or with human resource management and planning. Andy Ahern, CEO and Founder of Ahern & Associates, spoke with Gillian Kruse during a recent interview for CBS Local’s Let’s Get To Work segment and shared sound advice, tips, and information for everyone who is interested in consulting. Education and Early Beginnings Andy Ahern received a double major in business and business…
  • Why Benchmarking Alone Isn’t Enough for Proper Cost Analysis

    A.W. Ahern
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Carriers in the trucking industry today are actively looking for ways to combat the rising costs of operating their businesses, but they often do not fully understand proper benchmarking, cost analysis, and profit management are intertwined. Without understanding true costs and using benchmarks as just that – benchmarks – carriers and owners will struggle to effectively analyze and reduce their costs. Benchmarking A popular, and possibly overly-stressed, component of profit management is benchmarking. Although it is certainly important for carriers to review industry averages in…
  • Three Steps To Keep Your Trucking Company Ahead of the Curve

    A.W. Ahern
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Trucking companies seem to continually face pressure to continue to be profitable, compliant, and stay ahead of the curve. While we’ve covered many ways in which trucking business owners and transport consultants can try to remain profitable or improve their bottom line, we wanted to delve into three specific ways that trucking companies need to adapt in order to stay ahead of the industry and remain profitable, not only surviving, but thriving in a challenging economy. From political pressure to physical resources, we’ve outlined three ways that can help trucking businesses streamline…
  • Highway Hero Award Highlights The Good Truckers Do

    A.W. Ahern
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The Mid-America Trucking Show is one of the largest trucking shows in the USA. Far too often we forget about the great things that are happening everyday in the trucking industry. We get caught up in the complexities of new regulations and day to day operations that we forget to look for that silver living. This month, the silver lining at the Mid-America Trucking Show was the Goodyear Highway Hero Award of 2014. The Highway Hero Award brings recognition to the extraordinary feats of bravery and selflessness present in the trucking industry. This year’s winner was one Ivan Vasovic, a truck…
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    Todd Kaplan

  • Jerry Jones Standing Boldly in the Face of Adversity

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Dallas Cowboys, better known as the “America’s Team,” is the most valuable franchise in the National Football League’s history. Behind the team’s on-field successes and their $3.2 billion worth is their feisty owner and general manager, Jerry Jones. Learning the Value of Hard Work Unlike other professional sports team owners, Jerry Jones always makes appearances in his team’s game, making him equally popular as the Cowboys. He improved not just the team’s on-field functioning but also its financial performance.J The drive for success and the value of hard work were instilled…
  • Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong’s Adversity-Driven Vision

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, age 62, is considered as the wealthiest doctor in history.  He dedicated his career into developing new methods, medication, and treatment to battle health-related diseases, most especially diabetes and cancer.  Dr. Soon-Shiong is a visionary who only wanted to improve the healthcare system through advancement of science and technology.  As a surgeon, physician, and scientist, he values accountability in the medical field and continues to conduct various researches to develop new way of curing illnesses.  Moreover, he is an influential icon in the medical and…
  • Celine Dion: Adversity, Big Voice, Big Heart

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Celine Dion was born into an impoverished but happy family on March 30, 1968. She was the youngest of 14 children and was raised in the small town of Charlemagne, Quebec in Canada. Her childhood was filled with music as she learned to sing with her older brothers and sisters, so she never lacked musicians to accompany her. While still enduring adversity in her early years, Dion already felt the influence of her family’s love for music. Making of a Star At the age of 12, she composed “Ce N’était Qu’un Rêve” (“It Was Only a Dream”) with the help of her mother and brother…
  • J.K. Rowling’s Magical Success despite Adversity

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    “There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place,” says J.K. Rowling, the author of the best-selling children’s fantasy novel, Harry Potter. Joanne Rowling was born in England in 1965.  She grew up in Chepstow, Gwent with her family, who had average socio-economic means at that time.  Despite this, they made sure that Rowling got proper education.  She studied at Michael’s Primary School in Gloucestershire then moved to Chepstow at age nine.  In school, Rowling grew enthusiastic towards English and Languages subjects. At an early age, Rowling already…
  • Jackie Cochran’s Flying Over Adversity

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Unlike many successful women in the world, Jackie Cochran’s life has always been a puzzle with many missing pieces. As early as six, she realized that she was an orphan, and no one in her foster family knew her exact birth date. Eventually she learned that her real name was Bessie Lee Pittman, but she chose to use the name Jacqueline instead. She picked her own surname, Cochran, from a phone book. She was raised in poverty; she did not even own her own pair of shoes until she was nine. She was also an elementary school dropout. She lacked almost everything needed in order to…
 
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    Raven Consulting Group » Blog

  • Into the Storm: Mastering team conflict

    jeanieduncan
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    As a sailor, when I see a storm building on the horizon, I intentionally alter my path to circumvent the system – tacking to port or starboard, or identifying a cove or marina to head into for safety…anything to escape the danger that lies ahead. In the business setting, our human tendency is to do the same – avoid the storm, the conflict, that we see brewing. We are a conflict-adverse culture and society. Often, our last (or near last) resort is moving directly into the issue, tension, and challenge to attend to what must be addressed. So, why is this? Why do we avoid addressing and…
  • Team Trust – Critical Yet Rare

    jeanieduncan
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    The foundation of any highly functioning team is trust. While critically important, it can be rare among teams, and we all know it takes time and intentional practice to build. Trust is all about vulnerability – get comfortable being open, honest, and ‘exposed’ to one another around failures, challenges, and areas for development and trust begins to emerge. The process is well worth the effort invested and can be cultivated with sustained intention, purpose, and focus. In many workplaces, what we find is a group of individuals who have been hired over time and are expected to begin…
  • When You Know Your Why

    jeanieduncan
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    I recently completed some forecasting and goal setting for my business. As I went through this process, I pulled from several resources that inspire and motivate me, a favorite of which is Simon Sinek’s “Start With WHY.” He expresses his message through what he calls The Golden Circle: His premise is that you must begin with your WHY, and from there figure out your HOW and WHAT. When Sinek studied successful leaders, he found a common denominator – they inspire through a clearly and passionately articulated WHY. They hold their WHY front and center – like a North Star – to guide…
  • Limit Yourself to the Essential – In Life and Work

    jeanieduncan
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    It topped 50 degrees last Sunday…almost enough to give me some early spring fever in January. I decided to curl up in my window seat, enjoy the warm sunshine, and savor a thought provoking read, “The Power of Less” by Leo Babauta. In keeping with his mantra, the book is brief enough to finish in an afternoon. Bonus! Just three days later, I can’t stop thinking about his core principles. I find them so meaningful and effective that I’d like to highlight a few. I’m especially enjoying the one “simple focus.” What a difference I’m experiencing with only a few days of…
  • Reflection

    jeanieduncan
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Each year, as one year concludes and another begins, it lures me to a place of reflection. It’s my way of honoring life events, learning from what I’ve experienced, and dreaming of what I most want. Over the years, I’ve developed a few tools that have served me well. Today, I’m sharing some favorites in hopes that you find them of value. Enjoy! Grab a blank sheet of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle of the page. On the left side at the top, write “Freedom From” (What do I want to STOP doing?). On the right side, write “Freedom Towards” (What do I want to BE or…
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    Passion @ Centre

  • Do You Like Power?

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    The post Do You Like Power? appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • Servant Leadership in Healthcare – Who cares, serves…

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    I started looking for a new career opportunity. More specifically, I started to investigate what the current state is of leadership in the healthcare realm. I interviewed a few contacts I have in that area and I am still recovering from the shock. Call me an idiot. Here, I’ll be totally transparent: If you were looking for […] The post Servant Leadership in Healthcare – Who cares, serves… appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • Cultural Change: dream or reality?

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    What most of the guides and other resources often forget to mention is, that a cultural change does not happen overnight. We are not born with the same talent as chameleons, quickly adapting to a new environment. There are so many reasons things can go wrong during the process, so many parameters that need to […] The post Cultural Change: dream or reality? appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • Adjourning: Because all good things come to an end

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In one of my previous post I talked about how a team goes through the different team development phases. Remember? Refresh your memory, here’s the link: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing. These 4 are based on the research done by Tuckman. There was one other study by Lacoursière (1980) which distinguished more or less the same […] The post Adjourning: Because all good things come to an end appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • A handy tool to build trust

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    In one of my previous posts I promised to provide you with a method you can use to ‘get to know your new employee’. It’s actually also useful in other situations. Have you ever been in the situation where YOU as manager are the newbie? Or maybe, you are in a situation with your team in […] The post A handy tool to build trust appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
 
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    The UPwards Leader

  • 10 Reasons Leaders Should Be Givers

    Paul LaRue
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Leadership, as many have said before, is not about title or position. Depending on who you consult, experts will state that leadership is about influence, vision, development, goals, motivation, belief, values, or hope. All of those are valid and applicable definitions to the role. So here is another thought on the topic. Leadership is a stewardship […]
  • How Cultural Decline Kills ANY Organization

    Paul LaRue
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    What does a college fraternity and leadership culture have in common? EVERYTHING! I pledged a fraternity mid-way through my college career. I had gotten to know some of the brothers and one of the things that compelled me to join was their focus on leadership. Unlike most other fraternal groups, ours was a local chapter […]
  • Leading When The “A” Game Ain’t There

    Paul LaRue
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    If leadership was a perpetual mountaintop experience, then everyone would be successful. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There are a myriad of situations in which we have an off-day, and the “A” game is a wish more than a reality on certain days. In fact, as I write this, I am contending with a […]
  • Leadership, Or Risk Management?

    Paul LaRue
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    I talked with a new senior leadership member who was just hired to oversee operations for a key department. In our discussion, he explained that his staff confided in him that his predecessor was never open to new ideas, efficiencies, or solving problems that challenged the status quo. It reminded me of how many in leadership […]
  • 7 Reasons To Promote Your Core Values

    Paul LaRue
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:26 pm
    In the research I have done on various companies and looking at their literature, websites, and marketing materials, it’s startling to see how many organizations do not promote, or list, or even seem to have an essential piece to govern their path. Core values of many companies are simply not listed. What should be such […]
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    ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter » ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter

  • Book Review: Essentialism by Greg McKeown

    Diane Byington, Ph.D.
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    At social occasions I hear a similar complaint repeated over and over: “I’m too busy. I’ve got to find some way to cut down on some of my activities.” I recommend the new book Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, as a way to decide which activities to cut and which to keep. According to McKeown, Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less. It’s about doing only what is essential so you can operate at your highest point of contribution. The post Book Review: Essentialism by Greg McKeown appeared…
  • TBC releases the next evolution in its Survey Hosting Platform TruScore®

    Jeremy Unruh
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    The Booth Company (TBC), a global assessment company with over 4 decades of experience, specializing in 360 degree feedback and survey customization, has launched its much anticipated TruScore 3.0, the next evolution in cloud-based survey solutions. This completely redesigned version of TruScore® is a survey hosting platform developed to make the process of setting up and executing an assessment project quick and easy; from initial project creation and automated invitations/reminders to progress tracking and report delivery. The newly developed enhancements include flexible automated…
  • A Few Characteristics of Good Sales Leaders

    Jeremy Unruh
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    At the top level, sales-based companies are necessarily metrics-focused, driven by tangible results. With numbers as the ultimate deliverables, that thinking can pervade the approach some sales leaders use in managing their teams. However, if that’s all they focus on as leaders, it can be a sure way to stunt rather than encourage growth. The managers who help their teams see greater success share some additional approaches and traits. Good leaders—in any organization, sales or otherwise—are often characterized by the talent they hire. Identifying and drawing good candidates sets the…
  • 3 Tips to Stay Focused at Work

    Jeremy Unruh
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    Just a regular day at the office, and, first thing in the morning, your to-do list is at least a mile long. You hit lunch break and see that nothing has changed: you still have the same number of tasks on your list. Suddenly, it’s time to go home, and you might have crossed a thing or two off, but you’ve also added five for tomorrow. You sat diligently at your desk the whole day, so why didn’t you get anything done? Many people visit and revisit this scenario all the time. And sadly, it becomes a cycle that can be hard to break, which is a problem in companies that reward performance…
  • Leading 360 Degree Feedback Provider TBC Launches Newly Designed Website

    Jeremy Unruh
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    The Booth Company (TBC), a global assessment company with over 4 decades of experience, specializing in 360 degree feedback and survey customization, announces the launch of its newly designed website, at http://www.boothco.com. The new website has been redesigned to be more contemporary, keeping in tune with today’s web trends while providing information about TBCs offerings. “The latest evolution of The Booth Company’s website was designed to simplify the visitor’s experience by giving them the information they seek quickly. We have done away with needless marketing jargon keeping…
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  • Skills are an under-utilised lever for enabling transformation

    Peter Fuda
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Traditionally, skill development in organizations is approached as a program of activities designed to increase individual capability. The effort is typically led by HR learning and development professionals, the content is shaped by conducting training needs analysis, with the desired outcome being a measurable improvement in the targeted skills. This traditional approach addresses the question of how to design and deliver suitable training programs to develop people. It encourages employees to think about what training do I need to complete in order to advance my career? The challenge with…
  • When your aspirations and systems are in conflict, your systems will win.

    Peter Fuda
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    There are many types of systems in organizations; these include people and performance systems (e.g. recruitment, performance management), management systems (e.g. financial reporting, customer data), and business systems (e.g. resource demand forecasting). Not surprisingly, it’s the people and performance systems that influence behaviour in our organizations the most. For example, an organization espousing teamwork but with systems that exclusively reward individual achievement will get competition, not collaboration. Systems are important transmitters of culture, and many companies have…
  • The futile search for the ‘perfect’ structure

    Peter Fuda
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In most organisations, ‘structure’ means the distribution of power and accountability through formal reporting lines. But what would happen if, starting today, the only way you could get work done in your organisation was through the formal hierarchy? Not much, right? The search for the ‘perfect’ structure is elusive at best, and can be expensive, demoralising and futile at worst.  All structures have inadequacies that must be managed. And while structure may be seen as a rational extension of the aspirations, the most rational structures usually land in a sea of human emotion,…
  • Does your scorecard promote compliance or discretionary effort?

    Peter Fuda
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Is your business scorecard something that people pay attention to once a year to see if they’ll make their bonus?  It could be so much more. A great scorecard well used enables you to: Tell a story of how your leading indicators will produce your lagging outcomes Engage your people, and Align effort – from the boardroom to the front line – every day In last week’s blog I suggested strategy is a ‘how to’ achieve your aspirations.  Your scorecard builds on the strategy by answering the question ‘how will we know we are on track?’  It defines the most critical objectives…
  • Having a Great Strategy is No Guarantee of Success

    Peter Fuda
    4 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    One statement you will often hear senior leaders make is that “we need to align everyone to the strategy”. The problem with this idea is that strategy is not a ‘where to’; it is a ‘how to’. What we actually need to do is align our strategy to our aspirations. If, for example, we aim to double our footprint, then we better have a pretty aggressive growth strategy. Great strategy is based on a mix of hard data and rich dialogue amongst leaders: it leverages the experience, insight and intuition of key organizational members. It articulates a clear stakeholder value proposition and…
 
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    Jason Hoover

  • 3 Keys for Building Team Unity

    Jason Hoover
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success When I was a young boy, my parents took me to a science museum one Saturday. Upon arriving, I was quickly in complete awe of all the amazing and fun exhibits. There was a large water tornado, some full size dinosaur displays, and even an indoor hot-air balloon. But there was another exhibit that I found fascinating and is  actually a perfect example for team unity. Image credit: Depositphotos by trialhuni This particular exhibit was a tall and massive collection of metal rods and gears. It probably stood two stories tall and on top was a…
  • 3 Proven Steps to Increase Your Sales

    Jason Hoover
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success As you are aware, selling is an art that’s crafted through education and experience. It takes time and training to master the process. And though there are different styles of selling, there are some basics that seem to work well for most. These are grouped into three parts that when implemented, can produce great results! Image credit: Depositphotos by Sepy Before we jump into these import parts of selling, it must be said that there is a difference between skillfully selling and order taking. Selling is the journey you take with a…
  • 3 Keys to a High Performance Team Machine

    Jason Hoover
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success Years ago I sold cars for a living. It was a job I thoroughly loved because I enjoyed both selling and vehicles. This combination contributed to my being one of the top performing sales consultants each month. Now, many years later, I’m still learning valuable lessons from those days. Image credit: Depositphotos by minervastock I was fortunate to work for the top automotive group in our region. Being so, I and the other consultants experienced what it’s like to be apart of an award winning team year after year. And we didn’t get…
  • 2 Core Elements to a Success System

    Jason Hoover
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success As you know, business success doesn’t just happen by luck. It takes hard work, determination, and a lot of perseverance to make it come alive. And one key feature of a well organized and managed company of any magnitude, is the design and implementation of Success Systems. Image credit: Depositphotos by alphaspirit These types of systems can take a daily operation and turn it into a rhythmic task with higher efficiency. Understand that you can’t expect to achieve great results by simply “winging it.” That may work in some instances…
  • How to Greatly Increase Your Awareness

    Jason Hoover
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success Just a few years ago I entered into a downward spiral in my career which quickly crashed into my life and and wreaked my health. I was at a company that was failing but the worst part is that I was in a career that was sucking the joy and passion right out of me. By the time I started to hit bottom is when I finally started becoming intentional with my life and getting clear with what I wanted to do. That’s when I learned how powerful living in a state of awareness can be. Image credit: Depositphotos by olly18 Many things happened…
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  • 5 Smart ways to maxi-mingle

    11 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    You've arrived early enough to your presentation site to set up all you materials, check your technology and have a cup of coffee. The first participant is likely to walk in the door any moment, followed by groups of people as the room fills up. What are you feeling?Many presenters want to take these last moments to hide in a bathroom or wander an empty hallway. Don't do this! Instead, maxi-mingle. Maxi-mingling lets you maximize the success of your training or presentation by greeting people with a smile, introducing yourself and asking key questions. As you do this, you are gathering…
  • must have tool for engaging learners

    11 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the newest entries to interactive slide presentations is PearDeck. This free web tool (with a paid version) allows you to create live sessions for your slides and invite up to 50 participants to join in. As the instructor, you control the flow while they use their devices to respond to questions you have previously designed or add in the moment. The free version includes 10 different response types, from  multiple choice to drawing on a grid.  You can then choose to show anonymous results in real time. For data analysis, upgrade to the paid version. I used…
  • The Wrong Way to evaluate your class

    11 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
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  • Learning without Lecture

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Why is there still so much lecture when we know that it has limited utility? Try using one of these alternative methods in your next class!
  • the 2 most important words for a tech-training

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Last week I had the pleasure of providing several technology-based training sessions in locations around the country. Each location was new for me and included a variety of unattractive challenges – spotty wifi, lack of sound proofing, firewalls, etc. I am not a digital native, but instead a Boomer for whom technology causes anxiety, unless I remember the 2 most important words:  BACKUP PLAN I carry ·      my own hotspot in case of firewalls ·      a portable IPEVO document camera that can show my iPad…
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  • The True Benefits of Being a Great Listener

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
      When I was young, ambitious and motivated, I remember having what I thought was a “brilliant” idea about how to do something better. I don’t remember what the idea was, but I do remember that when I tried to share my great insight with my supervisor, I was cut off in the middle of a sentence and told that my idea wouldn’t work. “We’ve done that before,” or “We’ve tried that before and it didn’t work,” I don’t remember the exact words my supervisor used, but the message was clear.   However, I
  • Take a Strategic Timeout; Imagine the Future of Your Business

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
      Many top leaders have been influenced and shaped to some extent by a man they never met named Earl Nightingale. He has been hailed as the “Dean of Personal Development” and his body of work is extensive.   One of the many impactful things he advocated we each do as leaders, is to take out a blank sheet of paper and spend some time, say 15 or 20 minutes, to brainstorm where our business will be in the future.   How will your business change in the next 5, 10, or 20 years? What will those on the
  • How to be a Properly Assertive Leader

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
        Many leaders struggle with being assertive in the right way and at the right time.  Consider this story:        My name is Tony and I run the customer service section at our local branch office. Last month our operations were being reviewed by a corporate team led by the Regional Office Manager.  While he and I were going over our ISO-9001 processes, we were distracted by Sylvia, a senior member of my team, who was talking loudly with another worker.  I personally find it difficult to deal
  • Fixing Leadership Issue #1: Fear of Confrontation

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    8 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
      Fear of confrontation is at pandemic proportions among leaders and managers, and some supervisors will avoid it at all costs. It’s completely understandable though; who among us really wants to confront others?    HR departments and senior leaders have designed a vast array of management tools in attempting to help leaders cope with this issue. But really, none of these can make up for a leader who is intimidated by someone they are supposed to be leading. And the effects are far-reaching as
  • The Single Biggest Mistake Today’s Managers Make

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:05 pm
      An “old school” way of doing business has “not so quietly” found favor by many of today’s managers. This has probably been driven by the economic issues of recent years, where “bean counting” has again become king. This trend results in managers who focus excessively on outcomes instead of influencing attitudes and ways of thinking.   That’s the big mistake: Focusing on outcomes rather than influencing attitudes.   Focusing on outcomes is like treating a symptom instead of the disease. Bosses
 
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  • Leadership, Tournament Style

    Brian
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:24 pm
    When my wife and I first started dating over twenty years ago, she started to ask me about my sports passions. I reassured her that while I enjoy watching a good game, she would not be a football widow each autumn. I also promised her that she would not loose me to a softball league in the summer. I did forewarn her, however, that each year, the last three weeks of March are sacred to me. As most of you are aware, since we are in the heart of it right now, those last three weeks represent to me one of our nation’s greatest and purest sporting events – the NCAA Men’s Basketball…
  • Leadership of One

    Brian
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    A typical day in my work week is spent engaged as a Senior Project Manager, providing oversight for a given client’s technology initiative. From a functional perspective, I serve in the traditional role of project manager, monitoring the project schedule, budget, and scope of work. More often than not, I also find myself serving as a leader at the client site, giving resources direction, and sometimes even mentorship and advice as to their role on the project, within the client’s organization as a whole, and perhaps even industry / career guidance. My clients view me as a trusted advisor,…
  • Block and Tackle Project Management

    Brian
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    I recently had a meeting with a prospective client that asked me to describe my project management style, and to his surprise, my response was that I consider myself a “block and tackle” project manager.  The answer seemed to have caught him off guard for a minute or two, and opened the door for me to elaborate on my comment.  While I do stand 6’ 6” tall and played offensive line in high school football, my notion of “block and tackle” project management is not to suggest a rough, relentless style.  Additionally, my use of the term is not the typical buzz phrase that may even…
  • The Leadership of Jesus

    Brian
    25 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    When your BEALEADER post occurs on the 25th of each month, there is a chance it will occur on Memorial Day, or at least close to it.  The same holds true for Thanksgiving.  However, when it comes to your December posting, there’s no avoiding the fact that your post will be on Christmas Day. I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, and wanted to try to find some way to incorporate the holiday as best as possible.  There are a few ways I could have gone with this, including a rather light-hearted Santa Claus as a leader at the North Pole theme.  However, I decided to take a leap…
  • Thank You, Mr. Gilmore

    Brian
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:18 pm
    More often than not, when we think of leaders we think of “wow” factor, helping to guide others towards the achievement of a grand idea or vision.  Occasionally, the impact of leaders can be far more subtle, and the effects of their leadership may not be evident for months, or even years.  It is only in hindsight that we realize how even the smallest doses of mentorship and leadership at the right place and the right time can have powerful, lasting effects. I always think of November as a month of traditions.  The Thanksgiving holiday is the cornerstone of those traditions.  But for…
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