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  • Good Worker; Toxic Employee: What to do?

    Managers Are Heroes
    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…
  • Only a Vampire Needs To Be Invited

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    Jason Cortel
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Invitation is a weakness to vampires. In order to enter they must be invited, and once the invitation has been made they cannot be uninvited. Invitation is also a weakness for employees and once they have been invited they seldom feel uninvited. When employees are waiting to be invited to the table, invited to the discussion or invited to contribute, it will slow down their career progression. Employees who sit on the sidelines waiting for an invitation to speak or do miss out on opportunities and the business loses too. How invitation is a weakness for employees When people feel they…
  • The Core Incompetencies of the Corporation

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    Gary Hamel
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Large organizations of all types suffer from an assortment of congenital disabilities that no amount of incremental therapy can cure. First, they are inertial. They are frequently caught out by the future and seldom change in the absence of a crisis. Deep change, when it happens, is belated and convulsive, and typically requires an overhaul of the leadership team. Absent the bloodshed, the dynamics of change in the world’s largest companies aren’t much different from what one sees in a poorly-governed, authoritarian regime – and for the same reason: there are few, if any, mechanisms…
  • Don't ignore these employee red flags

    SmartBrief on Leadership
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    An employee can have the perfect skill set but not the right attitude, writes Matt Straz, founder and CEO of Namely.  -More- 
  • LeadershipNow 140: October 2014 Compilation

    Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Here are a selection of tweets from October 2014 that you might have missed: How to Encourage the Lazy and Disengaged by Karin Hurt via @letsgrowleaders 5 Times When it Pays to Focus on the Negative by @Mark_Sanborn The best advice in business: 40 execs reveal their secrets to success via @FortuneMagazine Six Reasons Why Boundaries Help Everyone Be More Successful by @KevinEikenberry Mindful Mondays: Take the Time by @ScottEblin FT: A 1964 masterclass from Ronald Reagan FT: The spy tale all bosses should read and BBC News Are we overlooking genius leaders? FT: Feedback: Can you hear me? Why I…
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  • The Core Incompetencies of the Corporation

    Gary Hamel
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Large organizations of all types suffer from an assortment of congenital disabilities that no amount of incremental therapy can cure. First, they are inertial. They are frequently caught out by the future and seldom change in the absence of a crisis. Deep change, when it happens, is belated and convulsive, and typically requires an overhaul of the leadership team. Absent the bloodshed, the dynamics of change in the world’s largest companies aren’t much different from what one sees in a poorly-governed, authoritarian regime – and for the same reason: there are few, if any, mechanisms…
  • Governing the Smart, Connected City

    Susan Crawford
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    As politics at the federal level becomes increasingly corrosive and polarized, with trust in Congress and the President at historic lows, Americans still celebrate their cities. And cities are where the action is when it comes to using technology to thicken the mesh of civic goods — more and more cities are using data to animate and inform interactions between government and citizens to improve wellbeing. Every day, I learn about some new civic improvement that will become possible when we can assume the presence of ubiquitous, cheap, and unlimited data connectivity in cities. Some of…
  • Coworkers Should Be Like Neighbors, Not Like Family

    Art Markman
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    All companies want engaged employees. After all, people who are engaged put in effort that goes above and beyond the minimum that’s required to complete a task. They are less likely to look for another job. And they project positive energy, which improves the mood of other employees and customers. One way to increase engagement is to foster a “neighbor” relationship. Research on types of relationships suggests that we can break the world up into several kinds of relationships. I refer to the three that are particularly important in the context of business as strangers,…
  • How the Market Ruined Twitter

    Justin Fox
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There was a time when Twitter could be described as “plumbing.” Now the best description might be, “giant bank account with a company attached.” It’s hard not to see this as a big step backwards, and to wonder whether the standard venture-capital-to-public-company trajectory is turning out to be entirely wrong for an enterprise like Twitter. Let me explain, starting with the plumbing. The quote comes from author, tech thinker, and now public-TV personality Steven Johnson: “The history of the Internet suggests that there have been cool Web sites that go in and out of fashion and…
  • It’s Not HR’s Job to Be Strategic

    Sean Graber
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Human-capital issues are top-of-mind for CEOs around the world — but their regard for the HR function remains perilously low: In a PwC study, only 34% said that HR is well prepared to capitalize on transformational trends (compared with 56% for finance). Sadly, chief executives aren’t the only ones with this negative perception. It’s pervasive in organizations — and to make matters worse, HR practitioners have inadvertently played into it. In its “State of Human Capital” report, McKinsey found that people in HR still largely have “a support-function mindset, a low…
 
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    Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog

  • LeadershipNow 140: October 2014 Compilation

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Here are a selection of tweets from October 2014 that you might have missed: How to Encourage the Lazy and Disengaged by Karin Hurt via @letsgrowleaders 5 Times When it Pays to Focus on the Negative by @Mark_Sanborn The best advice in business: 40 execs reveal their secrets to success via @FortuneMagazine Six Reasons Why Boundaries Help Everyone Be More Successful by @KevinEikenberry Mindful Mondays: Take the Time by @ScottEblin FT: A 1964 masterclass from Ronald Reagan FT: The spy tale all bosses should read and BBC News Are we overlooking genius leaders? FT: Feedback: Can you hear me? Why I…
  • The Power of Noticing

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Harvard professor Max Bazerman believes in the power of noticing. Sometimes we get so focused on what is right in front of us that we miss the critical information that would help us to make better decisions. The Power of Noticing guides us through what happens when our focus can prevent us from seeing the critical information we need to make better decisions. Focusing too narrowly on the information in front of us is common too us all. Where we would never do it in certain situations we can easily do it in others. Loyalty creates “blinders to full awareness and action.” Personality cults…
  • The Moment You Can’t Ignore

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    A leader once told me, “We’re stuck.” It was an un-ignorable moment that reflected a cultural issue within the organization. In this case, it hinged around a destructive, persistent, self-perpetuating organizational belief about what leadership should look like that had plagued it for decades. Un-ignorable moments, write authors Malachi O’Connor and Barry Dornfeld, “typically occur when an organization is teetering on the brink of a cultural shift.” They share four characteristics: they are public in nature, they are irreversible, they are systemic, and they challenge the identity…
  • Leading Rookie Talent: The Tight Rope and the Safety Net

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    Is it possible that we are actually at our best when we are least qualified for the job? In my research studying the situations and types of leaders that bring out the best in people, I’ve noticed a counterintuitive but persistent theme: people tend to do their best work when they are out of their comfort zone, doing something important and difficult – often for the very first time. When we are stretched to our limits (and often beyond), we are forced to focus, and we learn fast – a mode I call “rookie smarts.” Working high above ones skill level can feel like a tight rope act –…
  • Leading Rookie Talent: Helping New Recruits Hit the Target

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Are your new employees loose canons or heat-seeking missiles? In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Strategies can grow stale and innovation can stop. Being new, naïve, and even clueless, can be an asset. Rookies – people of any age who are new to a task – aren’t weighed down with old assumptions and are more likely to explore new possibilities. Lacking knowledge of their own, they seek out and mobilize a network of experts – my research found they consult with five times more experts than experienced people do. Because they are unsure of themselves they take small,…
 
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    Management-Issues

  • Work, spirituality and interdependence

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are all interconnected. Whether we like it or not, every individual within a group or organization affects the way it functions in some way. So acknowledging our own humanity and that of those around us is fundamental to the overall well-being of every organization.
  • Managing change remotely

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    Managing change isn't easy. It’s even harder when people are scattered across time zones, oceans and departments. Change is both inevitable and necessary. But it doesn’t have to be messy. So how can you effectively lead change in remote teams?
  • Encouraging employees to voice their values

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    How can organizations encourage their employees to act responsibly and to voice their values effectively and constructively when they see things that put the firm and its reputation, not to mention public safety and wellbeing, at risk?
  • Voicing thoughts

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Every emotion, every word and every sound you utter, from birth till death, expresses what you are, what you feel, what you think and what you do. So voicing your thoughts out loud can be a powerful and cathartic psychological tool.
  • Respect is not enough

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    I’m often asked, “isn’t cultural intelligence basically a matter of respect?” But the trouble is that we can’t always judge people's intent through their behavior. And moreover, the greater the cultural distance, the more likely your respect won’t be interpreted as such.
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • My Secret Weapon for Extra Energy at Work

    Michael Hyatt
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The evidence is undeniable—we need good sleep to perform at our best. And one way we can get more rest is to make room in the middle of the day for a killer nap. I once worked for a man who napped nearly every day. He would sit upright in his chair, hold his keys in his hand, and doze. Eventually, the keys would clatter to the ground and wake him. He would snap to, refreshed and ready for the rest of the day. More and more I follow his example, and I wouldn’t trade those 10 to 20 minutes for anything. I’m more alert, energetic, and creative because of the time I take to disconnect and…
  • Season 2, Episode 03: Grow Your Social Media Following with These 10 Different Kinds of Posts [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss ten different kinds of social media posts you can use to keep your followers engaged and attract new ones. It’s challenging to keep creating fresh, new content. Yet this is essential if we want to keep our current followers engaged. We have to add value. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.
  • Why Keeping Your Commitments Is Critical to Your Influence

    Michael Hyatt
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When we think of someone with integrity, we think of someone we can count on to come through on what they promise. Unfortunately, that’s not always a safe bet today. Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com/lolostock Over the last several years I’ve noticed a change in the way we use the word integrity. The word used to mean staying true to your word—even if it’s difficult, inconvenient, or expensive. But today I hear more and more people using the word as if it means being true to themselves—even if that means leaving someone else to clean up the mess. This might look like a win if…
  • An Invitation to Join My Exclusive, Guided Mastermind Group

    Michael Hyatt
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    William Shakespeare is one of the greatest literary figures of all time. But he didn’t start out that way. He spent his early days in the theater learning from more experienced writers and actors. The truth is, whatever we’re doing, we all need feedback, advice, and mentoring. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Cowart Almost every day someone asks to “pick my brain.” There are a lot of ways to do that already, including my podcasts, books, and online courses—not to mention the blog you’re reading right now. But I’ve been thinking for a long time about how to take it to the next level.
  • Season 2, Episode 02: Why Accountability Is Vital for Leaders Who Want to Make a Big Difference [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the topic of accountability in leadership. Most leaders avoid it. Real leaders embrace it. The reason is that taking responsibility for your attitudes, actions, and overall results is tremendously liberating. Attempting to avoid accountability—playing the victim—keeps you stuck. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast,…
 
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Thought Leadership Development Through Twitter: My TriplePundit Interview

    Andrea Learned
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    TriplePundit.com caught up with me at SXSWEco a few weeks ago, and asked about using Twitter for thought leadership development. Especially for the sake of moving the sustainable business cause, I love to talk about its power (as you’ll see).   What I hope comes across in this video is that Twitter (or social media, in general) is not only a communications or marketing strategy tool. It is also an as-yet underutilized way to develop influence as a thought leader, and to elevate and amplify the industry conversation. The little known fun of it is that it is all about human-to-human…
  • Who Narrates Business? The Gender Disparity of Social CEOs

    Andrea Learned
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    The following article first published September 19, 2014 in The HuffingtonPost. Women may be leaning in, or at least talking a lot about what that means as business leaders, but they are not doing the greatest job getting their voices heard. Instead, men are still perceived to be narrating business. It follows that men have also taken the lead in using social media to build their credibility and gain influence. So, what’s stopping women leaders from using it to do the same? Just days back from participating in The OpEd Project, with all that organization’s compelling statistics on…
  • Social Media IS Professional Development

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

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

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

  • Let's Kill off our Best Employees!

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Organizations don’t always do a good job when it comes to nurturing, developing, rewarding, and retaining their high potential employees. In fact, it often seems like they are going out of their way to sabotage their best employees.Read my latest over at About.com Management and Leadership to learn more:Live. Die. Repeat. 10 Ways to Kill Your Best Employees
  • 10 Ways to Take Charge of Your Own Leadership Development

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    This post was recently published at Smartblog on Leadership.When I first started in the field of leadership development (when gas was 89 cents a gallon), the model we used looking like this: When someone got promoted to team leader, supervisor, or manager, they were sent a memo (no email yet) from HR informing them that they have been registered for a mandatory 4 week supervisory training course.When they showed up, some (or most) of them kicking and screaming, HR told them everything they had to learn, showed them step-by-step details, made them practice (role plays), and then sent them off…
  • What NOT to Delegate

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Most managers understand the importance of delegation, and probably already know how to delegate. However, what about the other extreme end of the delegation continuum- the handful of things a manager should never delegate?Read my latest over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out more: 10 Things a Manager Should Never Delegate. 
  • Why Leaders Don’t Listen

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post by Marcia Reynolds, PsyD“Leaders boldly go where no one has ever gone before.” Is this true? Rarely. The more successful a leader becomes, the less likely he or she chooses to step into the unknown. Although I have seen the words, “Embracing ambiguity,” on the list of leadership competencies for many companies worldwide, I have never met an executive who loves not knowing the answers.The problem is related to biology, not personality. The brain’s primary function is to protect you, but your brain doesn’t differentiate external things from internal ego. Whatever has…
  • Informal Coaching and Feedback

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    "Performance feedback and coaching shouldn’t just happen once a year during a formal performance review. In order to create real, measurable, and meaningful change, it is also important to supplement those formal, documented meetings with continuous, informal coaching that is delivered as things happen."Read Beth Armknecht Miller's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.  
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    800 CEO Read

  • Authors on the Road – The New Generation of Philanthropy

    Aaron
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    TweetWe do business in a world where it’s not uncommon for the authors we promote and whose books we sell to share their expertise with groups for a speaking fee in the range of what most middle class families make in an entire year. Sometimes it’s hard not to scratch one’s head in disbelief that an hour keynote can demand such a high price tag and to ponder what value attendees take away from that experience. A similar head-scratcher is the fact that for fifteen straight years, Warren Buffett has auctioned off private lunches with individuals, bids starting at $25,000 — and in…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

    dylan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tweet The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.” The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. The…
  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very far removed from typical Silicon Valley incubators (though there was Valley investment involved). First up, Frederick Hutson, who used his time spent in prison to launch a company that would ultimately serve the people with whom he had shared cells. Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacson briefly shares the story of the book’s completion and publication. The book has been over a decade in coming, says Isaacson, and its development was interrupted twice by focused biographies on Einstein and Steve Jobs. For the length and scope that The Innovators covers, its introduction is brief, but it shares some valuable insights into…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Sally
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
 
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    NOOP.NL

  • #Workout – Premium Print Edition

    Jurgen Appelo
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    The new Management 3.0 #Workout book is already available in PDF, Kindle and ePUB versions. And in just a few weeks, readers will be able to get the Premium Print Edition as well. Nearly 500 pages of high-quality, full-color paper, with great design, awesome photos, crisp illustrations, and concrete practices. It will be the most colorful and practical management book ever published! The post #Workout – Premium Print Edition appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • What’s Your Management 3.0 Story?

    Jurgen Appelo
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Some readers told me they have used Moving Motivators during job interviews. Some readers told me they used Delegation Boards on management teams. Some readers told me they adopted Merit Money to get rid of bonuses. I just visited REA Group in Melbourne, Australia, where they use lots of Management 3.0 practices, and have great experiences to share. The post What’s Your Management 3.0 Story? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • How to Be a 10x Better Speaker with 20 Benefits

    Jurgen Appelo
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Last week, one conference attendee told me my presentation at Agile Tour Toulouse was perfect. It was very kind, but I didn’t believe her. In five years, I have spoken at almost 100 conferences and joined a similar number of community and company events. Thanks to the many discussions I had with event organizers, I think I now understand how to be a more valuable speaker. The post How to Be a 10x Better Speaker with 20 Benefits appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Mix Mashup

    Jurgen Appelo
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    <promotion> The MIX Mashup is a gathering of the vanguard of management innovators—pioneering leaders, courageous hackers, and agenda-setting thinkers from every realm of endeavor The post Mix Mashup appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Practices, Not Platitudes

    Jurgen Appelo
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    I recently took part in a conversation about compensation of employees. Some readers offered criticism on the Merit Money practice, described in my new Workout book, claiming that Merit Money is just another way to incentivize people. The feedback I received was, “Money doesn’t motivate people”, followed by, “Don’t incentivize people” and “Just pay people well”. Let me explain why I think this advice is useless. The post Practices, Not Platitudes appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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    Michael Lee Stallard

  • To Connect, Learn Team Strengths and Vulnerabilities

    Michael Lee Stallard
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    #56 Know Your Team’s Strengths and Vulnerabilities – Have your direct reports take tests that identify their individual temperaments and strengths (e.g. Myers Briggs Personality Type, Gallup StrengthsFinder, VIA Inventory of Strengths, etc.). In E Pluribus Partners’ work with teams, we often have team members take several tests and share the results with their teammates. We assess the team to determine its collective strengths and vulnerabilities in light of the work they are responsible for completing. You should do the same. For the greatest impact, hire an outside facilitator to…
  • How to Keep Remote Employees Enthused, Energized and Engaged

    Michael Lee Stallard
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    By Michael Lee Stallard and Colton Perry. As seen on SmartBlog on Leadership.  A 49-year-old father of two hits his alarm clock at 6:30 a.m., starts a pot of coffee and prepares for his daily commute. For the past three years, Bill Lewis has worked for a large company based in the heart of New York City; even though his home in Texas is nearly 2,000 miles from the office, Bill’s daily commute only takes him a few steps. Along with a rapidly growing percent of America’s workforce, Bill Lewis is a telecommuter, a remote employee. He completes his daily assignments from his front porch,…
  • Help Your Direct Reports Create Personal Development Plans

    Michael Lee Stallard
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    #55 Create Personal Development Plans – People are more engaged when they are striving and progressing toward goals. Work with your direct reports to create personal development plans. Help them discover wise goals to advance their careers. Put disciplines in place to help them achieve these goals. Doing so will boost their effectiveness and their connection to you. This is the fifty-fifth 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…
  • How to Become Indispensable to Your Clients

    Michael Lee Stallard
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
                  What makes you indispensable to a client? So indispensable that she treats you as a valued partner and pays you well for a sustained period of time? The obvious answer is to have clearly demonstrable expertise in areas she values. This alone will open doors and close deals for you. It won’t ensure long-term loyalty, however. To become truly indispensable requires a human connection that nurtures trust. Integral to this type of connection is Shared Identity, Shared Empathy and Shared Understanding.  Three Essential Elements for Connection…
  • Connect Through Team Activities

    Michael Lee Stallard
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
                  #54 Take Time for Team Activities – Consider activities that you can do together as a team.  Pixar Animation has Pixar University to help create connection among employees.  Each employee has the option to attend up to four hours of classes each week.  The university offers more than 90 classes from filmmaking to drawing.  The motto on Pixar University’s crest is a Latin phrase meaning “alone no longer.” Zappos gives its managers a budget for team-building activities. Team activities done away from work help people to truly focus on…
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    Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage

  • Antifragile – Risk

    brucelynn
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
      While this blog is ostensibly about Embracing Failure and Leadership and Management, the underlying common thread is the notion of “risk”. Notions, approaches and even philosophy about “risk” (or “probability” or “stochastic” processes) is also underpins Nassim Taleb’s “Antifragile”… “I used the image of the barbell to describe a dual attitude of playing it safe in some areas (robust to negative Black Swans) and taking a lot of small risks in others (open to positive Black Swans), hence achieving antifragility. This is extreme risk aversion on one side and…
  • Antifragile – Leadership and Management

    brucelynn
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
      I’m not the only one who talks about Embracing Failure along with Leadership and Management in the same breath. Not surprisingly, Taleb’s “Antifragile” had plenty to say on the subject of Leadership and Management. And like my perspective and link between the two subject, Taleb’s observations also pivoted on the notion of risk stewardship. Contrary to the prevailing cult of ‘Leadership’, Taleb articulates strong advocacy for the power of effective ‘Management’ (ie. downside minimisation)… “Of course a bonus system based on ‘performance’ exacerbates the problem…
  • Antifragile – Failure

    brucelynn
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
      Part 2 of reviewing Nassim Taleb’s masterwork, Antifragile, has to look at some of his insights into embracing failure itself. He explores the subject on a personal and almost philosophical level… “Provided we have the right type of rigor, we need randomness, mess, adventures, uncertainty, self-discovery, near-traumatic episodes, all these things that make life worth living.” “Nature loves small error (without which genetic variations are impossible), humans don’t – hence when you rely on human judgement you are at the mercy of a mental bias that disfavours…
  • Antifragile

    brucelynn
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:12 am
      “Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire. Likewise with randomness, uncertainty, chaos; you want to use them, not hide from them. You want to be the fire and wish for the wind” – first line of Anti-Fragile “Antifragile” is the inspired word of Embracing Failure. Many wise individuals embrace failure, but its prophet has to be Nassim Taleb. All of his works are imbued with its spirit, but his latest book ‘Antifragile’ makes the principle its very heart and core. It’s not a perfect book. It employs lots of anecdote which is fine as illustration, but can lead to…
  • Embracing Suffering, Desolation, Sickness, Ill-treatment, and Indignities

    brucelynn
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
      “To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities – I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished.” – Friedrich Nietzsche The author of one of embracing failure’s most popular tag lines – “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” – was born 170 year ago today. Nietzsche’s embrace of failure extends well beyond a catchy turn of phrase and was central to this multi-faceted philosophy. The quote…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Plasticity

    Seth Godin
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    Can you change? Are you stuck with your habits, your knowledge, your weight, your fitness, your interpersonal skills? Is your future a slightly different rerun of your past? We spend an enormous amount of time and money seeking to reinvent and upgrade ourselves, working to give up something, start something, build something or change something about who we are and what we do. And we usually fail. It's tempting to say, "this is who I am, habits are hardwired, it's in my DNA, I'm going to live with it." Tempting, and an easy way out.  Change is hard, sometimes nearly impossible. But if…
  • Decoding Apple as a luxury tools company

    Seth Godin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hundreds of years ago, Hermes and Louis Vuitton started out as luxury makers of tools. If you needed a saddle or a suitcase, they offered an extraordinary option, both elite and useful. Over time, they shifted gears, no longer competing on whether or not their luggage was the most useful, or their saddles the most efficient. They competed on luxury, which is a fundamentally different promise than the optimal design of a tool. Patagonia is still a luxury tools company. The coats they sell cost more, but some professionals choose them regardless of brand, because in addition to tribal…
  • This is not a promotion

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The internet and big media are wrestling with chokepoints. Cable TV companies, for example, are a natural monopoly in the home. Everyone only has one provider. If the provider has an argument with a TV network, they kick them off, the signal doesn't get through, the viewer gets nothing. One of the arguments behind the common sense of net neutrality is that chokepoints and tollbooths aren't in the interest of the users. Now, of course, online stores, if they get big enough, can act as chokepoints. And so can Google. If you're used to getting this blog delivered for free to your gmail account,…
  • But what do *you* do?

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Do you make your own paper? Do you start with wood pulp and mix and bleach and set and produce the sheets you use? My guess is that you save time (and a lot of money) and just go to Staples and buy a ream or two. The theory of the firm shows us that when people work together in an institution, they are able to produce more than if they work separately. Ricardo makes it obvious that if one person mixes the dough while the other bakes the loaves, they'll get more done than if each did the whole job. This explains one reason why big companies keep getting bigger. They gain economies of…
  • Solving the popular problem

    Seth Godin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    "Do you know the head of FIFA?" "I have come up with a way to speed up airport security dramatically..." "How come the people in script development at Warner won't get back to me about my Matrix idea?" If you're intent on making an impact by developing and marketing a big idea, two things to keep in mind: a. avoid trying to contribute solutions to a popular problem. It's too crowded and the people you're trying to help are almost certainly not open or eager to hear from you. Their attitude is the most important factor in whether or not your idea gains traction, so if the door is closed,…
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    Tom Peters

  • RESPECT++ IN 140 CHARACTERS

    Tom Peters
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Respect is not “earned.” Respect given is automatic—though you may upon occasion discover that it was not, alas, merited. Respect is the default position. Disrespect must be earned. Respect is the greatest motivator of all. Every human being has an interesting story. You’ll find it if you give a shit. (And listen.) Everyone has a […] The post RESPECT++ IN 140 CHARACTERS appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Guadalahara

    Cathy Mosca
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Tom’s chosen topic for his appearance today in Guadalahara is “Innovate … or Perish.” If you were in the audience and would like to have the slides he used, you can download the PowerPoint presentation here. There’s also a long Web-only version if you want more in-depth coverage of the topic. Enjoy! The post Guadalahara appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • The Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 42Revision, 27 October 2014

    Tom Peters
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    What follows is a slightly revised version of the Project Leadership Excellence 42 list from my presentation last week to the PMI Leadership Institute confab. We have also attached this list in both PDF and PowerPoint formats. 1. Politics as nuisance-distraction vs. “Politics Is Life. RELISH It.” 2. IQ > EQ vs. EQ > IQ. […] The post The Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 42Revision, 27 October 2014 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Project Management InstituteThe Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 42

    Cathy Mosca
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Tom is speaking in Phoenix (+63F temperature shift from Vermont) to the Project Management Institute‘s North American Leadership Institute Meeting 2014. “I am excited beyond measure–I’ve been waiting 48 years for this,” he says. “I got my construction engineering masters degree from the civil engineering department at Cornell in June 1965. My thesis was on […] The post Project Management InstituteThe Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 42 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • EXCELLENCE Potpourri:A Collection of (Important) Papers

    Tom Peters
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    I. The Moral Bedrock of Management: Maximizing Human Capital Development II. TRAINING: Investment #1 III. The 34 BFOs/Blinding Flashes of the Obvious: This Is the (OBVIOUS) Stuff I Care About. This Is the (OBVIOUS) Stuff, the Absence of Which Sends Me into a … RAGE IV. Systems Have Their Place: SECOND Place V. PUTTING PEOPLE […] The post EXCELLENCE Potpourri:A Collection of (Important) Papers appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Management Craft

  • Note to Self: What matters most, shows up most. What shows up most, matters most.

    Lisa Haneberg
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I have had some form of ADHD since I was a kid. The tests revealed that I suffer from a bad case of anticipation (that's something they actually measure!). What this means is that I tend to have and practice imaginary conversations in advance of real ones. It's quite twisted. Yesterday I was having such an imaginary conversation and caught myself "saying" (thinking, really, I don't speak these imaginary conversation aloud), "this is what matters most to me; this is what's most important." My imaginary conversations include all parts/parties and the person I was pretending to talk with said,…
  • The Agony of Realizing: It's All Social

    Lisa Haneberg
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    I am doing some research for a work project on retention. I am racking my brain trying to find a study I read a few years ago that said: Rock Star employees - best performers - generally underperform when they quit for another/better job BECAUSE what makes them the best performer is not their individual skills. It's their social network, relationships, and the system they have created around them that is a "human performance machine." It said something like this. I hope to find it. But even if I do not find it, we can explore this more here on the blog (I can still call it my blog even if I…
  • My bike makes me want to be a better rider. #Leadership

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

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

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

  • Voices of Experience Transcription

    sshapiro
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week, I posted the audio of an interview where I shared some thoughts about innovation in the speaking industry – and in general. You can listen to the audio, or read the transcription below. Michael: With this month’s emphasis on innovation, I can’t think of a better person t... The post Voices of Experience Transcription appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Be the Source

    sshapiro
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week while in Vegas, I saw Larry the Cable Guy off in the distance. I expected everyone in the room to be flocking to him. Although a few people went up to get their picture taken with him, he was pretty much left alone. I decided to go over and talk with him. I quickly discovered that he is th... The post Be the Source appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Watch Me on USA Network

    sshapiro
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week, I made a guest appearance on USA Network’s show, “Partners in Crime.” This reality show follows the lives of two very colorful criminal attorneys, Mario and Lou. In this episode, the law firm’s staff are complaining about Mario and it is decided that an interventio... The post Watch Me on USA Network appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • My SUCCESS Magazine Article is Online

    sshapiro
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    For those of you who missed my article on “4 Great Ways to Make Breakthroughs,” you can now read it online. Here’s the beginning… Steve Jobs, Apple’s maverick co-founder, once said, “Creativity is just connecting things…. Creative people… connect experiences and s... The post My SUCCESS Magazine Article is Online appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Differentiation, Expertise and Opposites

    sshapiro
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I was recently interviewed for the National Speakers Association’s “Voices of Experience” CD. Each month, experts are interviewed about topics relevant to the speaking industry. For the September 2014 issue, I was asked to talk about innovation and professional speaking. In this 6 ... The post Differentiation, Expertise and Opposites appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Orrin Woodward Leadership

  • Take New Measurements by Dan Hawkins

    Orrin Woodward
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Dan and Lisa Hawkins: LIFE Coach Leaders Dan Hawkins has become one of the top leaders in LIFE Leadership. Dan and Lisa Hawkins were recently recognized as new LIFE Coaches in Milwaukee and they continue grow in leadership. In this video, Dan explains the importance of not letting your current capabilities and results from stopping you from developing better capabilities, and thus, results. If Dan and Lisa can change to win, so can you. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward
  • Financial Fitness for Teens

    Orrin Woodward
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    Thanks to popular demand, the top-selling Financial Fitness program has been spawned a version for teenagers. This information is everything that adults wished they had learned in high school. With the release of Financial Fitness for Teens, any hungry student will will learn it. I am so thankful for Chris Brady’s leadership and vision at the LIFE Leadership company and look forward to the feedback on this new release. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward
  • Is LIFE Leadership a Network Marketing Scam?

    Orrin Woodward
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    LIFE Leadership Releases The Leadership Train The Leadership Train is officially released and available for purchase. I wrote my new book to ask and answer the key questions people ask when evaluating whether Network Marketing is a viable option for them. In reality, Network Marketing is not for everyone. Because it is a performance based system that cares little for one’s credentials, leadership creators love it while management credentialist do not. For anyone aspiring to learn leadership, I believe Network Marketing is the best option. In Chris Brady and my NY Times bestseller…
  • The Leadership Train

    Orrin Woodward
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    I am so excited to finally announce the release of a book I conceptualized over two years ago! I wanted a book that educates people on the viability of Network Marketing while answering common objections and teaching a winning mindset through the leadership train analogy. The Leadership Train will be released at the three LIFE Leadership major functions across North America on Friday, October 24. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward Click here to order Leadership Train The Leadership Train by Orrin Woodward  All aboard the LIFE Leadership…
  • Personal and Professional Turnarounds

    Orrin Woodward
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    I wanted to share Jim Collins’s summary of his 5 stages of decline. These stages can cause both personal and professional decline and must be recognized before its too late. Unfortunately, to paraphrase Socrates, the examined life is extremely rare and most people do not take the time to study the scoreboard of life. Here is your opportunity to study Collin’s list and see which area you can improve. LIFE Leadership is about personal and professional development to launch a leadership revolution. Are you ready for the revolution? Sincerely, Orrin Woodward Our research indicates…
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    Crossderry Blog

  • Will the Apple Watch doom the Swiss watchmakers?

    Paul Ritchie
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    One of the most memorable classes I had in business school was Strategic Cost Management, which was taught by the inimitable John Shank. Our first case was on the Swiss watch industry, which had been threatened by the introduction of inexpensive Japanese quartz timepieces. He asked us what we would do to combat this threat. Most of our answers were generic — lower costs, buy Japanese competitors, do better marketing — foolish, or crazy. After ten minutes of putting up with our pablum, Professor Shank pointed to the Rolex on his wrist and asked “What is this?” We…
  • Quote of the day: Thomas Jefferson

    Paul Ritchie
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. – Thomas JeffersonFiled under: PMO Tagged: Knowledge, PM Quote of the Day, Thomas Jefferson, Truth
  • Strategy and Stories Redux

    Paul Ritchie
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    When we want to convey or convince, our first instinct is often ask to “tell a story.” It may be a joke or fable, but the ideas that we want to promote aren’t thrown out there randomly. We try to embed them in a plot and setting that engages the listener. It also brings together the teller and hearer in a way that fishing for a “yes” to an idea never can. I was reminded of storytelling and strategy by a Jonah Goldberg piece about stories in our political culture. From his open: There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates.
  • We say we want faster horses

    Paul Ritchie
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    While I’m on a Henry Ford roll, here’s one about the dangers of simply taking orders from one’s customers. If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. We now mock Ford for “any color he wants, as long as it’s black“; but passively listening to the customer is no good either. Long ago Ford understood the pitfalls of just asking “what would you like?” This quote came to mind as I reviewed the predictions in the Pew Research report on Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age. Full disclosure, I don’t buy such specific…
  • History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme

    Paul Ritchie
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    I can’t believe I forgot to mention this quote in my earlier post on history quotes. It has been long attributed to Mark Twain: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” Unfortunately, its first appearance appears to be the one that established it as a Twain quote. It’s a misattribution.Filed under: PMO Tagged: History, Mark Twain, Misattributed Quotes
 
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    MBA Depot - Latest Content

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 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: The Five Traps of High-Stakes Decision Making

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’ve been studying decision-making at the top for many years and what I've found is that good decisions nearly always result from robust decision processes. Similarly, decisions that go wrong nearly always stem from procedural or organizational failures. In fact, just five mistakes account for the vast majority of poor decisions. See Related: Roskin on Decision Making High-Stakes Decision Making: The Lessons of Mount Everest Brainstorm software lets ideas speak, not egos Barrier to Exploration? The Role of the Narrative in Corporate Decision-Making (.pdf) Contingent Capitalism: Planning and…
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Positive thinking doesn’t work (and makes us unhappy)

    Alexander Kjerulf
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    I recently wrote an article called 5 Ways Positive Thinking Makes Us Miserable At Work. Among other things I argue that faking happiness and positivity is stressful and contributes to quelling dissent and problem-solving. And now I can add a 6th reason: positive thinking doesn’t work. From the article: …across dozens of peer-reviewed studies examining the effects of positive visions of the future on people pursuing various kinds of wishes — from health-related, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, or recovering quickly from surgery, to the improvement of professional or…
  • Hire great people and pay them fairly

    Alexander Kjerulf
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Container Store CEO Kip Tindell explains why his retail staff are paid significantly higher wages than what’s typical for the industry:
  • CHO Academy is happening. Tell us how.

    Alexander Kjerulf
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    As we previously announced, we’re creating a training program for other potential Chief Happiness Officers. Just to recap: It will be a 4 or 5-day training some time in the first half of 2015. Possibly in Copenhagen (where we are), possibly in London or New York. Space will be limited to approx. 25 people. We’re still working on pricing and exact timing. The academy is for: Consultants/speakers who want to build a business creating happier workplaces. Managers and HR people who want to become internal CHOs inside their organization. But we have some questions…
  • Announcing a new newsletter: Leading With Happiness

    Alexander Kjerulf
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Next week we’re launching a new free newsletter. Our original newsletter is for everyone and has 3,500 people who get tips ideas and ideas on how to become happier at work. Our brand new newsletter is called “Leading With Happiness” and is for any leader or HR professional who wants inspiration and tools to create a happier and more productive workplace. Sign up right here: Subscribe to “Leading With Happiness” My Email Address is My First Name is My Last Name is And My Title is
  • Friday Woohoo: Ron Swanson on coworkers

    Alexander Kjerulf
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Parks and Recreation is a funny show and this clip of Ron Swanson talking about his coworkers is hilarious:
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • Why Disruptive Ideas Need Equally Disruptive Leadership

    Starbucker
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Since I left the corporate world a little less than four years ago, I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to be a startup investor. It’s been one of the most awesome experiences of my life.  I’ve been exposed to multiple industries and multiple talents that have taken my brain on a fantastic learning journey. One of the core words that are kicked around in these circles as we evaluate possible investments is “disruptive“. That is, put in the form of a question, “Is the idea, concept, product, service, etc. capable of disrupting an existing market…
  • The Quickest Path To Building Trust – In Just 6 (Big) Steps

    Starbucker
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    You’ve accepted a big leadership position at a company that had been mismanaged for many years, leaving its employees discouraged, jaded and skeptical. You have big plans to take this group to greatness using your brand of More Human Leadership, but the top brass wants it done “yesterday”. What’s the first thing you must do to kickstart this transformation? Building trust as soon as possible. It’s the 2nd principle of More Human Leadership – and an absolute must for any lasting change. Because the last thing a leader needs in quickly pushing goals,…
  • Leading Past The Target

    Starbucker
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It was so much fun we didn’t want it to be over. We were having a great ride on this roller coaster, and the cool thing was, there were more thrilling twists and turns ahead of us. But reality had intervened, and we had to stop – and, on top of that, all the riders had to go their separate ways. It was July of 2010, and I was playing a round of golf with my core management team in Billings, Montana. Our company had just been sold for a very nice profit for the investors. The buyers had already signaled their intentions to change the management structure post-closing, which meant I…
  • Do Leaders Need To Be Liked To Be Successful?

    Starbucker
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I was reading the Sunday NY Times this morning (my weekly old-school ritual) and came across this quote in Adam Bryant’s “Corner Office” column: I used to care a lot that people liked me. That’s no longer as much the case. Of course, nobody wants not to be liked, but I don’t care as much. I remember feeling liberated when it no longer influenced my decision-making. - Deborah Bial, president of the Posse Foundation These words brought back to mind my own struggles with the need to be liked. When I was suddenly thrust into a COO-type role when I was 27, the desire to be…
  • (Beware of) The 7 Deadly Leadership Sins

    Starbucker
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Anyone who is chosen to be a leader has to take on one huge responsibility to do it successfully – to be the person who “shows the way“.   It’s the very definition of the word “lead“. In that position, all eyes are on YOU. Your actions, attitudes, and demeanor will dictate how well your team will perform. It calls for a great sense of self-awareness, and a keen sense of the trap doors that will inevitably lurk around every corner. I call them the seven deadly leadership sins. Commit one, and we lose a key element of our team dynamic.   If we succumb to…
 
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Get Mad But Don’t Get Even

    lollydaskal
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s happened to most of us at some point: Someone did something that left us feeling mad, hurt, betrayed, lied to, cheated on. Maybe it was a business colleague, a competitor, a partner, or a friend or family member. Whoever it was, whatever the circumstances, it’s human nature to want to strike back. When we’re deeply hurt, it’s natural to want to get even. But it’s almost always the more prudent path to turn the other cheek. The best leaders get mad—sometimes very mad—when it’s called for, but they don’t concern themselves much with getting even. That doesn’t mean they…
  • The Power of Being Your Best

    lollydaskal
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most important aspect you can bring to your leadership is to strive to be your best. That means setting high expectations and standards and refusing to accept anything less. This same principle applies to you personally, your company, your team, and the products and services you represent. When you accept nothing less than the best you become the kind of leader who focuses their energy—and the energy of others—on achieving their best. Here are some ways to make sure you’re getting the best from yourself and your team: Align with the best. In every situation and relationship—from…
  • Invest in Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

    lollydaskal
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Leaders at every level understand that the world is changing, and changing rapidly. If we want to remain effective, the most valuable investment we can make is the development of our leaders today to ensure great leadership tomorrow. When we invest in leadership for the future we need to ensure that we can keep up, both with technology and with increasing levels of interconnection and interdependence. And we need to start today in order to cultivate the skills and attributes we’ll require tomorrow: Invest in Problem Solving: Our future leaders will no longer be able to get by with just…
  • Why You Should Play on Your Strengths–Not Focus on Your Weaknesses

    lollydaskal
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Most of us can name all the things we don’t like about ourselves. And we’ve probably also gotten feedback on “areas for improvement” (which usually feels a lot like outright criticism). The result? We work on overcoming our weaknesses instead of playing to our strengths. What would happen if we reversed that pattern? And acknowledged our strength by asking ourselves the following: What are you a natural at? What comes easily to you that others struggle with? Find and leverage that ability. What does reflection tell you? Spend time in reflection, then make a list of the five things…
  • Lead By Example Others Will Follow

    lollydaskal
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    We’ve all worked for this person: The director who tells everyone they have to work hard to reach their targets and then leaves to play golf. The manager who calls down staffers for not keeping regular office hours and then says, “I’ll be working from home for the rest of the week.” The executive who freezes salaries and then attends a conference at an expensive resort. These people may be leaders in the technical sense of the word, but they aren’t inspiring anyone or earning respect. That’s why the gold standard of leadership is leading by example. When you lead by example, you…
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    Lead on Purpose

  • What is the value in perseverance?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Throughout my life I’ve been a big believer in the value of hard work—it’s one of three lessons I was taught from my youth. Everyone who takes an idea and makes it into something valuable does it through hard work. … Continue reading →
  • What is your level of positivity?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    “The most successful companies and businesses understand that their greatest asset is their people. When businesses take care of their people the businesses and their people thrive. When they don’t take careof this incredibly valuable resource, they lose it. Fast.” … Continue reading →
  • One Compelling Question for Innovators

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Guest post by David Sturt for Lead on Purpose blog I recently came across a story in Wired magazine about a radically new technology being developed for heating and cooling. Aside from the exciting product idea to heat and cool … Continue reading →
  • What are your 5 whys?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    One of the quickest, simplest approaches to performing root cause analysis (finding the answers for why something happened the way it did) is to use the 5 whys technique. Using this approach, you write a statement that contains the problem … Continue reading →
  • What is the real driver of your success?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Every so often something happens that brings into question long, and sometimes closely held beliefs. One of those happened this morning. An important topic, one that has—I thought—defined who I am and the way I work, was turned on its … Continue reading →
 
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    George Ambler

  • The Secret of a Productive Morning Routine

    George Ambler
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    You wake up as a blank slate every morning. Each morning you have a new opportunity live a happy, healthy, productive and successful day. So how are you using your mornings? If you’re like me, not very well. One of the big lessons I learnt from studying Benjamin Franklin is the importance of a morning routine. Morning routines have a large impact our health, our happiness and our productivity. It turns out the success of your day rests on a well designed morning routine. How you start your day set’s it up for success or failure. Have you ever found yourself stuck? Disconnected from your…
  • 5 Personal Leadership Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

    George Ambler
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
      Benjamin Franklin was a man who got things done. Benjamin Franklin “was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and in many ways was “the First American”. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.” To illustrate just how much he got done consider the following list of inventions and achievements. Invented the lightning rod Invented bifocals Invented the Franklin stove One of the first Maps of the Gulf Stream Made numerous electricity discoveries…
  • Leadership Starts With You

    George Ambler
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    What’s the greatest challenge faced by any leader? It’s leading yourself! Most leadership failure is the result of poor self-leadership. Leading yourself – personal leadership – is the most important tasks of any leader. It’s the most important set of practices a leader can develop. Personal leadership starts with accepting responsibility for lead yourself first. It begins with the recognition that unless you lead yourself, you cannot lead others. Personal leadership a commitment to lead your own life. A commitment to take the opportunity to create, design and live a life of…
  • Leading with the Past, Present and Future in Balance

    George Ambler
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
      As humans we exist in time. You and I are strongly influenced by the past, the present and our expectations of the future. As a leader you need to understand the influence of your past. Manage the pressures of today. Whilst you create a compelling vision of the future. This requires leaders to unlearn and learn in a continuous cycle. Let me explain. The Pull of the Past We exist and live in the present. But we have a history – a personal past – that influences how we see the world. As people we hold tightly to the habits and beliefs of our past. And as leaders we become…
  • Turbulent Times Require More Frequent Strategic Breaks

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

  • What I’ll be going out as (and what I hope to get in my bag)

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Of course, I will not actually be going out as anything. And since I won’t be going out as anything, there will be nothing in my bag. Since I won’t have one. But my sister lives in Salem, and I’ll be heading up there and, in the spirit of good fun, I will be in costume. But in the spirit or little or no effort, it actually won’t be that much of a costume. Not much of a stretch, but I will be going at as an old lefty: jeans, turtle neck, army shirt (authentic Viet Nam era, once belonging to my former brother in law), bandana, and dangling earrings. (Not big hoops: in the spirit of…
  • Note to Blake Francis: we don’t need this kind of marketing, and we probably don’t need Need, either

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:38 am
    There once was a marketing day, long, long, ago, when even a pokey, crummy, obscure tech company could get an audience with a tech journalist. You might be a pokey, crummy, obscure tech company, and you might well stay that way, but journalists couldn’t afford to completely ignore you because, on occasion, one of those pokey, crummy, obscure tech companies actually emerged from the slough of despond of underfunding and eroding tech edge, and became a large, crummy, non-obscure powerhouse. There was something called a “road show”, and, when your pokey, crummy, obscure tech company had a…
  • A shout out to Music Maker. (Let their voices be heard!)

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    In this day and age, it’s hard at times not to fall into the trap that equates artistic greatness and talent with financial success. The trap that tells us that “the market” (that brutal, unrelenting, but inherently – ahem -  impartial beast) will somehow discover all there is to discover and reward it appropriately.To some degree, the market does do a lot of weeding out for us. Really terrible actors will generally stop getting good roles, no matter how many casting couches they fall onto. Really dreadful, wooden artists whose works fall flat on the canvas, emitting no spark of…
  • Pumpkin rager

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    Things have pretty much calmed down, but last week the biggest dealio on the local news was the Pumpkin Fest riots in Keene, New Hampshire. Keene, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is a quite pleasant little city. I’ve never spent any time there, but I’ve driven through a few occasions, as it’s on the way to Bellows Falls, VT, where my husband hailed from. (We almost stayed in Keene once, after a pre-Internet fiasco with a B&B we’d booked in Vermont. When we rolled in on our way back from a nice stay in Burlington, we found that our B&B – advertised as ‘walking…
  • You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Breastaurant (excepting Alice)

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    Until I came across an article about Twin Peaks, I had scant awareness of a restaurant category informally referred to as “breastaurants”. Sure, I had heard of Hooters. There used to be on in downtown Boston, in fact – not surprisingly, near the TD/Boston Garden, where the Bruins and Celtics play. Nor surprisingly, it didn’t last. The rap on New England is that “our girls” are just not as sexy and pretty as the ones in locations where Hooters and the like seem to flourish. And it is true that we don’t tend to go in for the big hair, gleaming teeth, fake tan, beauty queen look.
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    Sanders Says

  • Are You Letting The Voices Around You Crush Your Effectiveness?

    Tim Sanders
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    It's late October, the heart of the Fall season where we finish off the year and set strategies for the next one. Of all months, it's the crunch one that counts. By mid-November, you are into the holiday season and before you know it, January is pressing down on you asking, "What have you done for us lately."  You are only as strong as the voices around you. You think you can resist their message, but you are only human, and will succumb to their tone eventually. Everywhere you turn, there are voices broadcasting gloom, doom and misery. Your attention might be trapped by current events…
  • What It Means To Be Creative At Work

    Tim Sanders
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    If you've attended a conference or visited the business section of a bookstore recently, you've likely been encouraged to bring your creativity to work.  There are dozens of books out, promising help you get unstuck and start your creative juices flowing.  Almost half of the lectures involve a discussion on the pressing need to be innovative and creative to survive.  A recent piece on this in the New Yorker (Creativity Creep) quotes a 2010 IBM study of 1500 executives to identified creativity as the #1 attribute they valued in employees.   It makes sense, actually.
  • Why Stars Don't Always Make Good Leaders

    Tim Sanders
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Quick, name a Hall Of Fame player that was also a head coach.  It's quite rare, actually. but if you take this test on a company's sales or product group, the answer would be different.  We often graduate the rock stars of business to middle management and beyond.  That's the bench strength program of the average organization.  Too often, though, the Peter Principle applies as the new manager struggles to make the leap from Rock Star to Director.  Why?  Because most stars are deeply scripted to focus on their personal improvement above all, so they can outwit and…
  • If I Was the Opening Keynote At Your Convention, Here's What I Would Talk About

    Tim Sanders
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Over the last decade, I've had the opportunity to be the opening keynote speaker at over 300 conferences, meetings and conventions around the world.  Agents at speaker bureaus instinctively knew to recommend me when a meeting planner was "looking for someone to set the tone for our event."  Instead of defining my current vocation as professional speaker, I think of myself as a Conference Kickoff Specialist.   Why me? I have enthusiasm, offer business-action content and have the right message (from Love Is the Killer App).  I find a way to validate the theme of the event…
  • Do You Have the Courage To Mentor Up?

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

  • Are you annoying your co-workers without even knowing it?

    John Agno
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Back in October 1971, an engineer (who I knew when we both went to a small high school in Upstate New York during the late 1950s) named Ray Tomlinson chose the '@' symbol for email addresses and wrote software to send the first network email     At the time, it must not have seemed very important because Ray didn't bother to save that first message or even record the exact date.  Ray Tomlinson has been called the father of email because he invented the software that allowed messages to be sent between computers.  Ray made it possible to swap messages…
  • The 21st Century Leader

    John Agno
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
      Changes in the world of work are imposing new challenges on leaders, the most significant of which are: Innovation: the challenge is to create an innovative and entreprenurial culture that meets ever-increasing customer needs. Talent management: this involves not only attracting exceptional individuals, but also developing and retaining them. Communication: the 21st Century knowledge economy poses both threats and opportunities for leaders.  Companies must harness the communication opportunities of the Internet and social media in particular, in order to innovate, differentiate…
  • What is Executive Coaching?

    John Agno
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Executive coaching focuses on improving performance and developing individual skills. It can be applied to individual leaders or within a group learning environment.  With regard to one-to-one coaching of leaders, often referred to as executive or leadership coaching, it is often used by organizations when a leader has been appointed to a new role or has been identified for one in the near future. For coaching to effect sustained behavioral and performance improvements it should: Provide insight into current leadership style. Clarify inner strengths and values. Improve interpersonal…
  • A Manager's Biggest Challenges

    John Agno
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Leading and managing productive teams requires laying the groundwork for success and following through effectively.  With growing resource constraints, relentless change, and high turnover, today's business climate poses many difficulties.  So, how do managers balance conflicting expectations from their boss, peers, and direct reports? When Going From Peer to Leader When you are promoted from within, you can easily make the mistake of thinking you already know everything and everyone.  You already have relationships with everyone, and you likely already have strong…
  • Perception is Real

    John Agno
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
     "Perception is real even when it is not reality"  Edward de Bono We can see how vertigo presents a risk to pilots, but how does vertigo pose an issue for leaders? In order to answer that question, let's first start with a definition of what we are referring to when we talk about leadership vertigo: Leadership vertigo refers to false signals being sent by our brain asserting that everything is moving along as it should when it's not. While all of us are susceptible to experiencing this distortion in our perception, as a leader, the risk is greater because…
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    Predictable Success » Blog

  • How to Unlock Success For 2015: Look Up(stream)

    sarahberger
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com Discover the specific strategies you and your team need to succeed next year. Join us at Inc.’s New York City headquarters for the ultimate year-end strategic workshop. Get details here. The nature of my business means that most of the calls and emails I receive are from business leaders looking for a way to jump-start their business, division, department, project, group or team. Here, in no particular order, are the five most common reasons they give me for calling or emailing in the first place: - General economic headwinds; – Tired…
  • 3 Fundamental Shifts You Must Make to Scale

    sarahberger
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Even the best of plans won’t get your organization where you want it to be if you’re missing key elements. This week, we’re looking at two of them. The first addresses when it’s time to change tactics because your growing organization requires it. The second involves your team and the importance of the roles you play. ~ Sarah 3 Fundamental Shifts You Must Make to Scale Unlock your organization’s full growth potential. It’s one thing to grow your business, but it’s another entirely to scale it. Reaching that level of rapid, compound growth requires an…
  • Is Your Work Exhausting You? This Could Be Why

    sarahberger
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    As a hard-working professional, it’s only natural to become tired from time to time. However, what if you could pinpoint the specific cause of this fatigue and not only fix it, but also enhance the cohesiveness and effectiveness of your team? That’s just one of the tools we have for you this issue. ~ Sarah Is Your Work Exhausting You? This Could Be Why. Associate Presenter Alex Thatcher offers tips that can help. During a recent webinar, a listener told us that when her Visionary boss is forced to function in an Operator role, he becomes quite exhausted. She wondered if this was…
  • 10 Signs That It’s Time To Accelerate Your Success

    sarahberger
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    When we announced that we’re presenting the Predictable Success Acceleration Program in partnership with Inc. at their NYC headquarters, we received an amazing response. Everyone is saying what a wonderful event it will be. However, one question often seemed to come up, and that’s “How do I know whether it’s right for me and my organization?” The answer lies in the questions below. Use them to determine precisely how this event could benefit your business in 2015 and beyond: 1. Is your team able to consistently make high-quality decisions? 2. Once decisions…
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    Management by Baseball

  • La Russa Agile Innovation #16 of 17: Nepotism, Nasty Talent and Nitrates

    j
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    On any small-team project, Agile or otherwise, a critical success factor (maybe outside of keeping senior management from constant meddling, it is THE critical success factor), is the careful blending of skills and personalities within the team to be able to achieve and maintain high performance. Rejecting nepotism or Nepotism Lite (hiring friends because you like them and/or they are easy to work with) as a norm, while concurrently allowing for some exceptions is a challenging but key skill for the manager. Baseball has great lessons for the Beyond Baseball manager, and one fine documented…
  • La Russa Agile Innovation #15 of 17: When Being "No Fun" Makes For More Fun

    j
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    In Agile projects, as in Baseball, your Fun Quotient doesn't have to be "at eleven" as a norm, but to get the best sustainable production, you certainly want to err on the side of building an environment that stimulates (not just allows) fun. In Agile, as in Baseball, that will mean, more often than not, you as the leader won't be showing off as much fun as the team, and that is, in most environments, a necessity. Tony La Russa embodied this stance as brilliantly as any successful Agile leader has, and his transparency is useful to any Agile practitioner or aspiring leader. As he explained in…
  • La Russa Agile Insight #14 of 17: "Aliasing" Decisions in Zero-Sum Projects

    j
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    Good managers, in and Beyond Baseball, have to (what I call) "Alias" decisions and choose the right spots to autonomically pick the easy call while reserving their contemplative energy for the tough or crucial decisions. People managing Lean or Agile endeavors have to do this more deftly than more traditional ones, not less deftly as many believe. Baseball has great lessons for when to Alias and when not to Aliasing is when you don't grind through a decision, meticulously measuring probabilities and possibilities. Instead, you count on the weight of history to automatically pick your option.
  • La Russa Agile Innovation #13 of 17: Channeling Pressure to Ease Pressure

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

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

  • Let's Kill off our Best Employees!

    Dan McCarthy
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Organizations don’t always do a good job when it comes to nurturing, developing, rewarding, and retaining their high potential employees. In fact, it often seems like they are going out of their way to sabotage their best employees.Read my latest over at About.com Management and Leadership to learn more:Live. Die. Repeat. 10 Ways to Kill Your Best Employees
  • 10 Ways to Take Charge of Your Own Leadership Development

    Dan McCarthy
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    This post was recently published at Smartblog on Leadership.When I first started in the field of leadership development (when gas was 89 cents a gallon), the model we used looking like this: When someone got promoted to team leader, supervisor, or manager, they were sent a memo (no email yet) from HR informing them that they have been registered for a mandatory 4 week supervisory training course.When they showed up, some (or most) of them kicking and screaming, HR told them everything they had to learn, showed them step-by-step details, made them practice (role plays), and then sent them off…
  • What NOT to Delegate

    Dan McCarthy
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Most managers understand the importance of delegation, and probably already know how to delegate. However, what about the other extreme end of the delegation continuum- the handful of things a manager should never delegate?Read my latest over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out more: 10 Things a Manager Should Never Delegate. 
  • Why Leaders Don’t Listen

    Dan McCarthy
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post by Marcia Reynolds, PsyD“Leaders boldly go where no one has ever gone before.” Is this true? Rarely. The more successful a leader becomes, the less likely he or she chooses to step into the unknown. Although I have seen the words, “Embracing ambiguity,” on the list of leadership competencies for many companies worldwide, I have never met an executive who loves not knowing the answers.The problem is related to biology, not personality. The brain’s primary function is to protect you, but your brain doesn’t differentiate external things from internal ego. Whatever has…
  • Informal Coaching and Feedback

    Dan McCarthy
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    "Performance feedback and coaching shouldn’t just happen once a year during a formal performance review. In order to create real, measurable, and meaningful change, it is also important to supplement those formal, documented meetings with continuous, informal coaching that is delivered as things happen."Read Beth Armknecht Miller's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.  
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    IMD Business School - Tomorrow's Challenges Articles

  • 5 WAYS TO MAKE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS SUCCESSFUL

    Charles Dhanaraj,James Henderson
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Business partnerships are on the rise but a large proportion of them fail. Companies can increase their chances of success by following five steps.
  • FROM BRICKLAYER TO ARCHITECT

    Michael D. Watkins
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:33 am
    Successful business leaders go through seven major, or seismic, shifts in moving from functional to business leadership. This article focuses on the fourth of these: the switch from “bricklayer” to “architect.”
  • AYALA CORPORATION: NATION BUILDING AND SUCCESSION

    Benoit Leleux,Anne-Catrin Glemser
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:34 pm
    One family has steered Ayala Corporation, one of the Philippines’ oldest and most successful conglomerates, through the ups and downs of an emerging market for over 180 years.
  • 2014: THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

    Carlos A. Primo Braga
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    The chemistry of increasing financial volatility, unusually low interest rates, and growing geopolitical tensions suggests that even if a disaster is avoided, 2014 will be a year to remember.
  • FIGHTING EBOLA MEANS MANAGING FEAR

    Bill Fischer,William A. Fischer II
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    One reason why it has been so difficult to tackle the Ebola crisis is fear, which prevents healthcare workers from grappling effectively with the situation. Fear can hobble any organization, rendering it unable to respond to a fast-changing situation.
 
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • How prevalent is scope creep in your organization?

    Mike Figliuolo
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How prevalent is scope creep in your organization? – Not at all. We manage scope very tightly and effectively: 4.27% – A little. We occasionally face scope creep but it’s not too bad: 20.22% – Moderate. We get scope right about half the time: 28.54% – A lot. More often […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Moments of Clarity: 10-minute Lessons in Character

    Mike Figliuolo
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS instructor and bestselling author of Lead With a Story. Character is at the heart of good leadership, and therefore ultimately of success at work and in life. I recently interviewed 100 people from 20 countries around the world and from all walks of life. I asked them 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.
  • Why You Should Build a Culture of Purpose

    Mike Figliuolo
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Christoph Lueneburger, author of A Culture of Purpose (CLICK HERE to get your copy). In the summer of 2002, John Replogle – currently CEO of Seventh Generation Inc., a leading maker of environmentally friendly personal and household products – was US President of a beer company. John recalls that one morning, as […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Are candidate values or skills more important?

    Mike Figliuolo
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: When interviewing job candidates, what’s more important to you in making your selection? – I place equal emphasis on the balance between skills and values/background: 75.29% – I value their background and values more than anything else: 19.3% – I value their skills more than anything else: 5.41% Balance matters. […] 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 Why and So What Can Fuel Innovation

    Mike Figliuolo
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    One of the biggest barriers to creating new ideas is the raw inertia of organizations. Personally, I am not satisfied with the “way we’ve always done it.” Whenever I am given an explanation of how the organization does something, I ask “why?” five times. That’s my maxim for generating new insights: “Why? Why? Why? Why? […] 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)

  • Short Bursts (SBs) on Leadership

    7 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Note: The following content was originally distributed as an e-letter on October 1, 2014. Dear Clients and Colleagues: Welcome to a new e-letter format called Short Bursts (SBs.) These have been used in client-specific situations but now are evolving into wider use. Largely because the world seems to be increasing at such breakneck speed that very few are willing to take the time to go
  • Three truths, one season

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

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

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

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:27 am
    Full disclosure: TGR has never, repeat never, addressed the subject of executive dress. Image is not a hot button -- at least not from the point of view of personal dress and hygiene. While our look can always be updated, we wear decent threads, nice dress shoes and always will remain clean cut until it's no longer in fashion to do so in executive leadership circles. That could be a good long
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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • WHAT AS MUCH AS HOW IT IS SAID

    William Matthies
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    "There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued."Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895) English biologistNot clear? Maybe this will help.The opinion of a man pointing a gun at you, stuttering "Haaaaaaaannnnndsss  Upppp!", should be every bit as important to you as the same scenario minus the stutter.Well presented ideas deserve to be thoughtfully considered, but don't be too quick to dismiss those that are not.
  • ISN'T THAT GREAT?

    William Matthies
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    "No truly great person ever thought themselves so."William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayistTaken literally, few, if any, could ever be great.It's human nature for our egos to occasionally to frequently stop to admire what a great person it thinks we are.But once more the problem is not with the basic idea but rather the all inclusiveness of it.You can recognize your greatness, just not to the point that you expect/assume others will as well.
  • NOT ALL THINGS, JUST YOUR THINGS

    William Matthies
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    "Things without remedy should be without regard; what is done is done."William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet/playwrightYou know this. This is what you advise others to do.What about when it's you?
  • FEAR THE ACCIDENTAL CAREER

    William Matthies
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    "The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain."Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poetObviously about life in general but think about this relative to your career.You don't want to only "exist" in whatever job you do, which you will if you don't consciously, with much thought, determine your life's work.
  • IF ONLY HOPES WERE RESULTS

    William Matthies
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    "We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears."François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writerWhich often isn't good enough.While fear may motive us to perform, our lack of preparedness often results in subpar performance.
 
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    Mitch's Blog

  • Going Out With A Bang Or A Whimper; Is It Ever Your Choice?

    Mitch Mitchell
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    I’ve been on a consulting assignment for 18 months in Memphis, and it ends on Friday of this week. It’s been an interesting project, and the city has been interesting as well, but I’m really glad to be going home. In a weird way, my leaving is like that of countless numbers of people who give their notice because they’ve found a new job, or like someone who knew their position was being eliminated and was given a date, and that date has come. You’re never quite sure what to do as things wind down, as some of the work you’ve been doing is being shifted…
  • A Lesson In Communicating With Millennials

    Mitch Mitchell
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Last week I found myself having what turned out to be an interesting and illuminating conversation with a couple of millennials on Twitter. It turned out to be this way because it started out badly but ended well. Kevin Dooley via Compfight One of my online friends shared a link to something where I’d heard the term bandied about but had no idea what it meant. The term is “gamergate”, and overall it involves the issue of whether some people were being paid or given other favors to get video game reviewers to write positive stories about their games. In its own way it morphed…
  • Leading By Doing

    Mitch Mitchell
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I’m in an interesting position as a sole proprietor. I could choose to do nothing all day when I’m not working on a project for a client and live like a rich person. Except I’m not rich so that wouldn’t last very long. Jon Rawlinson via Compfight This means that the only way I make money is by doing something to try to bring income into the household. Basically I can do that in two ways, but really it comes down to one way. I can create something or I can market, but even if I create something I still have to market, thus the one thing. That takes action, aka…
  • 5 Rights You Have Regarding Your Hospital Bill

    Mitch Mitchell
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    I guess it’s been more than 4 years since I’ve written an article more for the rights of patients than talking to those who are already in health care, although when I talked about hospital charges I’m betting that most people working at hospitals don’t know much of this stuff either. ReSurge International via Compfight Hospital billing and its relationship with the public is much different than any other business in this country. Whereas there’s all this noise about how unfair it all is, I don’t necessarily take that view all the time. Sure, there are some…
  • 5 Reasons Why Being A Leader Is A Good Thing

    Mitch Mitchell
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    I’m always saying there are a lot of bad leaders and almost every day I have it proven to me. And yet, I think that being in leadership is a great thing, and wish more people were ready to embrace it and use it to their advantage and the benefit of others. Why? I have 5 reasons, and here they are: Steve Jurvetson via Compfight 1. You’re in the know more often than not. Sometimes you’re in the know because you’re at a level where you might have to help make some decisions. Maybe you’re in the know because you’re the one putting things into action. In any…
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    WordPress.com News

  • Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals. Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be…
  • 2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

    Peter Slutsky
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm…
  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • Are You Ready For Some Football?! Join the Week 10 Football Pool!

    Merrill Dubrow
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Congratulations to Ken Troupe, who won week 8 of the football pool and will get a $25 American Express gift card. For winning the week Ken joins Scott Waller, Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe ,Lynn Stallone, Colleen Nelson Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for championship week. To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings. Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool which will be during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights…
  • Time to Get a Haircut…is Getting it Colored Next?

    Merrill Dubrow
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    I get my hair cut about every three weeks and I always make fun of the amount of gray hair I have. Recently, the person who cuts my hair (thanks S.Y.) has been asking me if I’d like my hair colored and every time I say “No, definitely not, whatever is supposed to happen will happen.” However, I must admit that I’m coming off my answer a little bit and asked S.Y. what % of men over 40 color their hair and I was shocked to find out that the percentage is very high – over 50%! After I heard that, I started to ask around: Who does get their hair colored? While many of my…
  • I Need Your Help! I Need a New Homepage….Any Ideas?

    Merrill Dubrow
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    For the last few years, MSN has been my internet homepage. Within the past few weeks there have been some changes to the site and frankly, I just don’t like it as much as I used too. I need your help. I am ready, willing and able to change my home page but haven’t decided what to go with. Any ideas? What is your homepage? What do you like about it?
  • Are You Ready For Some Football?! Join the Week 9 Football Pool!!

    Merrill Dubrow
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Congratulations to Scott Waller who won week 7 of the football pool and will get a $25 American Express gift card. For winning the week Scott joins Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe ,Lynn Stallone, Colleen Nelson Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for championship week. To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings. Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool which will be during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next…
  • Time To Watch Our Video Post…Let Me Know: Did I Do The Right Thing?

    Merrill Dubrow
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Please watch the short video. Did I or did I not do the right thing? Have you thought about leaving a doctor’s office because he or she made you wait too long? Have you actually left an office like this? I look forward to reading your comments.
 
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    Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

  • A Strong Management System Handles the Transition of Leaders With Ease

    John Hunter
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Part three (of three) of an interview of me with Bill Fox has been published. Leadership While Viewing the Organization as a System …So if I see the weak management system as the problem, the solution is not nearly as easy as coming up with a new CIO. I don’t really think the problem is so much the CIO not being a good manager – because the system shouldn’t allow a new manager to come in and ruin a good management system. The management system is the problem. So we need to fix that and that’s a very long, hard thing to do well, but it’s the kind of thing…
  • Remembering Peter Scholtes

    Guest Post
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Guest Post by Fazel Hayati Fall always reminds me of my friend Peter Scholtes. It was during 2008 annual Deming Institute fall conference in Madison, Wisconsin when Peter said farewell to his friends and colleagues. He gave a keynote titled Deming 101 (that full speech can be watched online). Although inactive for many years and managing numerous health challenges, he was sharp, witty and very happy to be talking about Dr. Deming, systems thinking, problems with performance appraisal, talking to his old friends and reminiscing. Anticipating this event had really energized him. He told me…
  • Curious Cat Blog Network

    John Hunter
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    I recently created one RSS feed for all the Curious Cat Network blogs (which also includes other blogs I author). Of course, you can also subscribe to the RSS feed for this blog by itself: Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog RSS feed. RSS readers are by far the best way to read blogs; if you want some more information here is a post on RSS feed readers and how to use them. The Curious Cat blog Network includes many blogs on topics including: management, investing, travel, engineering and technology. My most recent addition is the Curious Cat Travel Destinations Blog. John Hunter at…
  • Agile Software Development and Deming

    John Hunter
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Part two of three of an interview of me with Bill Fox has been published. See part one: John Hunter on PDSA, Deming and Strategy. From part two, Lean, Agile, Deming, Leadership and Management Systems: I see that agile is very consistent with Deming. Agile has all sorts of variants, so to different extents, they fit in. But one of the things I find really interesting is the agile folks, and of course the lean software folks, they much more than any other group of people I’ve seen traced the agile ideas back to find Deming’s ideas. So it seems to me many of the leading agile and…
  • Strategy Based on Capability and Integrated with Execution

    John Hunter
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    This month Bill Troy, ASQ CEO, asked ASQ Influential Voices bloggers to explore the topic of strategy. If you read about management and organizational strategy you will read a lot about planning and alignment and the process of creating a strategy. I believe too little focus is given to building the capability of the organization to execute on the strategy (and continual management improvement). Lofty ideas without capability are not of much use. “Strategy” without a thorough understanding of the organization as a system or an understanding of the capabilities of the organization…
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • The Leapfrog Opportunity For Executing Strategy (Summarized)

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Occasionally, circumstance and progress in seemingly unrelated areas combine to create an opportunity for solving old problems in new and exciting ways. One of those breakthrough periods is upon us now, with regard to strategy execution. This inflection point has developed primarily because large corporations have made huge investments developing best practices for effective management, strong leadership and strategy execution. Built upon the results of these efforts, we believe the coming Execution Revolution will result in an order-of-magnitude change in cost that will allow small to…
  • Requirements Of A Next-Generation Strategy Execution Program (Summarized)

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    In researching how to build a sustainable strategy execution program, we’ve uncovered three major barriers that have to be overcome if the program is to be successful. They are insufficient expertise, prohibitive economics and simple human nature. We’ve determined that these three barriers are actually the major design requirements any truly effective strategy execution program must be able to address. The Expertise Hurdle: To produce lasting results, any complete strategy execution program has to somehow help the organizations that use it to cope with the wide range of expertise…
  • The First Complete Strategy Execution Program (Summarized)

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    The critical question for every business leader is, “How do I build an organization that consistently executes its strategy?” The answer: it takes a complete program. The reasons other approaches do not last is that they are missing key elements. Technology (i.e., performance mangement software) alone is not enough. Training, by itself, is not adequate. Simply reading best-selling books won’t do it. New leadership by itself is not the answer. Retaining better people won’t make the critical difference. Hiring an executive coach by itself will not overcome this challenge. No, the…
  • The Importance of A Repeatable Methodology for Strategy Execution

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    A methodology, or method, is another name for any step-by-step approach to getting something done. A business-building methodology must include the steps that are essential for an organization to build and sustain a healthy, growing business. It must define how the organization sets its goals and priorities and organizes its resources to best achieve these goals. It must teach the organization how to stay focused on what’s important, while dealing with the inevitable surprises that occur regularly in life. It must provide ways to identify where the organization is on plan (or off) and do so…
  • The Importance of Coaching In A Strategy Execution Program

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Most leaders fail to understand the implication of the human nature barriers. Our natural tendency is to do what we like doing, not necessarily what we should. The topic of coaching offers the most insight into what it takes to deliver a complete strategy execution program. Strategy execution coaching implies that an accountability model exists. Employees in organizations will learn to be accountable – that is, they’ll do what is needed and expected – proportionate to the extent in which three factors are present: Expectations are clear. These expectations are perceived as credible and…
 
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: Three Things to Do When in Conflict [VIDEO]

    Kevin Eikenberry
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are three things all leaders need to know in order to successfully move from conflict to resolution. I’ll reveal these below in my latest episode of Remarkable TV. Three Things to Do When in Conflict When resolving conflicts, learn from but don’t live in the past. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about […] The post Remarkable TV: Three Things to Do When in Conflict [VIDEO] appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Five Things That Matter More When Leading Other Leaders

    Kevin Eikenberry
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    You may be thinking “I don’t lead leaders; I don’t need to read this.” Even if you don’t (yet), there are three important reasons why you need to keep reading: Some day you might lead leaders – and thinking about these ideas now is worth the minimal effort required. You may want to share it […] The post Five Things That Matter More When Leading Other Leaders appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • What (and Where) Will You Learn in 2015?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It is an important question. What will you learn? Once you determine that, you then need to determine how you will learn those skills. If your how includes a workshop experience, you are in the right place. Because we have released our public workshop schedule for the first half of 2015! If your “what” includes […] The post What (and Where) Will You Learn in 2015? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: When Leaders Should Get Involved in a Conflict [VIDEO]

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    To help answer this frequently asked question, I brought in the best expert I know in managing and resolving conflict. Check it out in my latest episode of Remarkable TV. When Leaders Should Get Involved in Conflict As a supervisor, get involved in a conflict when there is a business problem, not a personal frustration. […] The post Remarkable TV: When Leaders Should Get Involved in a Conflict [VIDEO] appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Six Reasons Why Boundaries Help Everyone Be More Successful

    Kevin Eikenberry
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are all sorts of boundaries in our lives. Boundaries define the playing field for most sports. Fences provide boundaries for homes and farms. Walls keep people in, or out. These are obvious and clear boundaries. There are others that while we know they exist, there isn’t a physical line of demarcation. The boundaries in […] The post Six Reasons Why Boundaries Help Everyone Be More Successful appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    Survival Leadership

  • Overworked and Overwhelmed: Post #11--Spiritual

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Spiritual: Reflection is the “killer app” for spiritual, mindful awareness. Figure out your purpose—What am I trying to do and how do I need to show up to be that best self? Becoming intentional about creating space and time to reflect allows you to assess your direction in life. Meditation, prayer, quiet time, and journaling are a few habits that help us create mindful space in our lives to reflect on our purpose in life.
  • Overworked and Overwhelmed: Post #10--Relational Killer App

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Relational: Listening is the “killer app” for stronger relationships. We’re social animals, relying on relationships to nurture us. To instill a sense of caring with another person, just listen in a caring and attentive way. Eblin describes three types of listening: Transient (me-focused, distracted listening); Transactional (you-focused, problem-solving listening); and Transformational (us-focused, relationship-building listening).
  • Overworked and Overwhelemed: Post #9--Mental Killer App

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Mental  Breathing is the “killer app” for mindful thinking. Breathe slowly (deep, belly breathing) and even when your mind wanders, come back to focusing on your breathing. It improves memory, retention, and calms the brain, allowing it to focus 10 times better. Focus on the present, not the past (can bring regret) or future (can bring anxiety). 
  • Overworked and Overwhelmed: Post #8--Physical Domain--Movement

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Four Mindful Domains: Physical, Mental, Relational, Spiritual. Create routines that are simple, regular, and reinforce your best self. To become more mindful (present, aware, and intentional), imbed routines in the four domains of your life:#1. Physical: Movement is the “killer app” for mindful physical activity. It calms the flight/fright state, it’s free, and you can take it wherever you go. Walk, run, swim, do yoga—but DO something, regularly. Habit is king.
  • Overworked and Overwhelmed: Post #7

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Make a list of when you were at your best in each place and then look for common denominators to find your GPS. For example, maybe you were teaching, sharing, and learning. So, create an environment that allows those activities to flourish. Become thoughtful and act accordingly—do first things first, meditate, set boundaries, and be strategic.
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • “Why” Is a Crooked Letter

    nope
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    If your childhood was anything like mine you had a natural curiosity to understand why things happen.Before Wikipediawe went to grown-ups for answers and received a variety of perplexing responses. The three responses I remember most were: because Y is a crooked letter, because I said so, and because life is not fairAlthough we are now older, and presumably wiser, we still ask questions from the “grown-ups” around us and get similar responses. Ask a question of your supervisor, colleague, professor, spouse, partner, or friend and see if these types of responses still apply. One would hope…
  • #CSAM14: Snapshot of Clare Cady, Serving Humans in Need

    nope
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    As #CSAM14 comes to a close, we have one more featured #SApro to share: meet Clare Cady! What was your path to Student Affairs (feel free to include your plans as an undergraduate, etc.)? I am a student affairs legacy. Both of my parents worked in athletics administration at Colgate University, the campus where I essentially grew up. Doing my undergraduate work at Clark University, I worked at the Dean of Students Office, which was where I first learned about student affairs. It was watching the Deans respond to 9-11 that showed me the critical importance of student services and support in…
  • Do Your Own Dance

    nope
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Source: http://www.panoramitalia.com/ Own the Floor Years ago, 3 guys walked into a bar. One of those guys was B-Boy (breakdancer) Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli. He was greeted with blaring hip hop music and a large circle of dancers. Luca, born and raised in Montreal, Canada, lived with arthrogryposis or curved joints his entire life. He’s far too familiar with surgery rooms, but that night there were no tables or doctors – only the floor. While his friends traveled by foot and car, Luca used a skateboard for transportation. His legs were weak and unable to carry him; his physical…
  • #SAChat Transcript – 10/30/14 – Transferring your skills: Transitioning from one area of higher ed to another

    nope
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on  Transferring your skills: Transitioning from one area of higher ed to another . In this week’s chat 160 Student affairs professionals, graduate students and undergraduates interested in, or working in, Student Affairs participated. Here’s a break down: DAYTIME CHAT (1-2pm EST): 937 tweets 115 contributors Transcript MOD: Lisa Endersby Top Contributors Shane Cadden Derek Bundy alice Jake Nelko Erik Heller EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 237 tweets 45 contributors Transcript MOD: Brian Proffer Top Contributors Elenna Geffrard…
  • #CSAM14 – Snapshot of Mairead Kiernan, Being THAT RA

    nope
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Who is Mairead Kiernan? My name is Mairead Kiernan, and I’m a new #SAPro working as a Resident Director at Stevenson University just outside Baltimore. I’m a May 2014 graduate of the M. Ed. program at Texas Tech University, and prior to that, spent four years at Syracuse University study communications and sociology. Professionally, my areas of interest lie in student conduct, violence prevention, and risk management. Personally, I enjoy cooking, wine tasting, traveling, learning the ins and outs of being a cat mom, blogging, and the occasional Netflix binge! What was your path to…
 
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    Management Skills Blog

  • Democratic Decision Making

    Tom Foster
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    “I am conducting an experiment,” Marianne explained. “Why do you call it an experiment?” I asked. “Because I’m not sure if it will work. I have never tried it before. So, if it fails, then it was just an experiment. I am going to try democratic decision making with my team.” “How will that work?” I wanted to know. “Well, we have a situation with a couple of different solutions. Some people think we should go one way, others think the other way. I thought it best just to take a vote. At least that will get buy-in and support.”…
  • Is It Beyond the Capability Required in the Role

    Tom Foster
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Question: In our company, we have a Stratum II (S-II) sales role, 3-12 months time span. In that role, we have a person who has demonstrated solid S-II effectiveness at around 9 months in the role. Our lead time on proposals along with the length of the sales cycle feels about right. In the past year, I have been trying to get our salesperson to think out a bit further. Sometimes, we find that we are not on the short list for some RFPs because our competitors have already established a better relationship. In some cases, our competitors have been courting the…
  • Not a Lot of Listening

    Tom Foster
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    “The biggest difficulty we have,” Susan insisted, “is communication.” I nodded. “How so?” “Well, sometimes it seems we are not even on the same team. I give instructions, I hold meetings, but when somebody has to coordinate with someone else, it always seems like the ball gets dropped.” “What do you think the problem is?” I asked. “It seems that when I do the talking, there’s not a lot of listening.” “And that surprises you?” I smiled. “No. But, as the manager, I expect my team to listen when I…
  • Do You Carry an Organizer?

    Tom Foster
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    “I’ve been working with my team to get them to be more effective at time management,” Bobbie explained. “How’s that going?” I asked. “Kind of rough. I showed them how to use a task list, how to schedule events into a calendar, using our software. But, I haven’t really seen any improvement. They still miss deadlines and forget things.” “Do they understand the mission of the work they do?” I wanted to know. “Well, the company has a mission, I mean, we have a mission statement.” “But, do they understand the…
  • Not Enough Time

    Tom Foster
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    “Rush, rush, rush, that’s all we seem to do,” Russell complained. “So, you get a lot done?” I asked. “Not really. We move so fast, we end up having to do a lot of re-work,” he explained. “Why don’t you slow down?” “We don’t have time to slow down!” Russell shook his head. “You mean, there is not enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it twice?”
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    Women on Business

  • 9 Tips For Giving A Free Consultation

    Toni Nelson
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are right and wrong ways to go about any marketing strategy. At a networking event I just attended, I had a conversation with a CPA about doing an e-book. She felt if she wrote a book no one would hire her. That’s a response I hear from many people. When you offer a free e-book or consultation it’s not about giving away everything. It’s meant to encourage people to continue the “conversation” with you. How to Use the Free Consultation Model to Grow Your Business A free consultation gives you the opportunity to connect with a person. During this conversation, you are able to…
  • 5 New Leadership and Management Books You Can Read on a Plane

    Tracy Houston
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Looking for some good leadership and management books that you can read on your next business trip? Here are few new books that I recommend about risk, capitalism, data, and more! 1. Take Command Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business by Jake Wood The founder and CEO of Team Rubicon and an ex-Marine sniper applies lessons in leadership and teamwork from the disaster zone and battlefield to show how to be a “first responder” in business. 2. The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Risks, Bold Characters, and the Occasional Spectacular Failure by Deborah…
  • Are You in Business or Do You Just Own a Job?

    Rosemary Nonny Knight
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Leverage is one massive key to successful business. And leveraging the skills and experiences of people who work with and for you is absolutely essential if you want to reach the dizzying heights of business success. It is also a skill that a lot of business owners lack. You may have started your business as the general dogsbody—learning how to do every little thing in your business. That is the norm at the beginning. However, if you keep doing this, it will get to the point where you become the cork in a business that is ready to explode. And if you wait too long to let it explode, all…
  • As a Woman in Business, Can You Really Have It All?

    Community Member
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    As an executive creative director in advertising, being a woman is apparently a rare thing. I recently found out that I am one of three percent of women creative directors. Being a single mom makes my distinction even more rare or at least seemingly undoable. I get asked how I balance life and work all the time. Here’s my answer: I don’t separate life and work. It’s simply not possible in my position. My Dad showed the way when he was in advertising. As a creative director he went to work wearing a tee shirt and a smile every day. He traveled to exotic places and made friends wherever…
  • When is a Director Independent?

    Tracy Houston
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    When is a board director independent? This question is on the minds of many in the corporate governance arena. The world’s two biggest and most powerful proxy firms, ISS and CGI Glass Lewis, are weighing in for no votes on directors they feel are not independent. Here are a few thoughts as to when a director may be deemed as not independent from the Australian Securities Exchange. They include if a director is or has been: Employed in an executive capacity in the company, or a related company, within three years of joining the board A consultant or advisor, or has a commercial…
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    The Glass Hammer

  • The glasshammer.com’s 5th Annual Women in Technology Career Panel

    No Byline
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By CEO and Founder Nicki Gilmour TGH 5th Annual Women in Technology Panelists Nicki Gilmour, CEO of theglasshammer.com welcomed 250 women to theglasshammer.com ’s 5th Annual Women in Technology event last Thursday night at the auditorium at American Express. Guests enjoyed an amazing evening of shared experiences and good advice from the panelists who are all navigating their career paths as women in technology. The keynote, presented by Lucy Sanders, CEO of NCWIT addressed stereotyping in tech and how women can innovate which will be covered in full next week on theglasshammer.com. Avis…
  • STEM Companies Keep Driving Women MBAs Away

    No Byline
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Melissa Anderson A new Catalyst study shows that companies in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) industries are setting women MBAs up to fail from the start. “The STEM industry has a poor reputation and our research shows that reputation is deserved. There is a significant gender gap across STEM, and not just in technical roles,” says Anna Beninger, director of research at Catalyst. From ‘brogrammers’ in tech to the old boys club in oil and gas, these male dominated industries don’t do much to help women feel welcome. The women in the study all…
  • Three Lessons about Organizational Politics I wish I knew Earlier

    No Byline
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Guest Contribution by Michelle Brailsford (London, England) On the topic of organizational politics, what I know now after 30 years in the Fortune 500 world and what I knew starting out is vastly different. I have learned many important lessons about ‘managing politics’ and how important it is to ‘play the game’ in order to be both successful and happy at work. I learned those lessons the hard way and today I coach many women about the importance of managing power, perceptions and personalities (stakeholders). If I could go back in time and tell my young self what I know now, here is…
  • Can’t Code, But Have a Degree in Accounting, Marketing or Graphic Design? 4 Tips To Get Hired by a Tech Company

    No Byline
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Mai Browne In the past few decades, the world has seen household name technology companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Google and Facebook launched by a succession of young engineers. The massive success of these enterprises, and their famous founders, give many people the impression that tech companies are always led by engineers. Not so. In a Harvard Business Review article titled “Tech Startups Need Non-Techies to Succeed,” tech entrepreneur Ndubuisi Ekekwe noted that non-tech-related factors often play an instrumental role in a tech company’s success. For example, it was not…
  • Voice of Experience: Jo Hannaford, Global Co-Head of Enterprise Platforms Team, Global Co-Head of Compliance Technology, Head of EMEA Federation Technology, Goldman Sachs

    No Byline
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to The Glass Hammer’s “Women in Tech” month! We will be celebrating successful women in technology all month long! By Michelle Hendelman Jo Hannaford has been in Technology for 24 years, and thinks of herself as fortunate for having the opportunity to pursue a career which she enjoys. “Technology is a fast-changing environment,” she explained, “I have learned to act positively when faced with uncertainty. Embrace new opportunities and look forward to the new experiences.” Career in Technology Hannaford was always drawn toward technology, and when she earned a…
 
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Video] What’s The Best Way to Create an Employment Brand: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What’s The Best Way to Create an Employment Brand?”Employment brand is what lets the public know about who you are as an organization - it really tells the public about what your culture is. So the best way to create an employment brand is to understand who you are - to start of with real, robust culture data about how your people are wired and what is important to them, because that is what drives the culture of your organization. Once you understand that, you can articulate that out to the…
  • [Video] How Should Culture Affect Strategy: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Should Culture Affect Strategy?”Culture affects strategy. It affects strategy whether we're managing or not. Organizations are pretty good at identifying where they want to be - what their strategy is. But most organizations are not paying attention to culture, which is really the engine behind their strategy – so, that engine is playing a role whether it's managed or not.How you do things in your company affects whether you can get to your strategic imperatives. It is essential to, once you…
  • It’s Not the Size of the Data…

    RoundPegg
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    There is so much we’re doing wrong from a ‘traditional’ sense that any data that refutes the current ‘best practices’ will push us in a better direction. The current model of management is broken and we mere humans are powerless to change the paradigm without computers. BUT. Big data with respect to ‘talent science’ is a red herring. At least in its current form.There was a noticeable shift at this year’s HR Technology conference. For the first time in four years the focus was no longer on mobile and the cloud. Instead all eyes were on putting ‘big data’ and analytics to…
  • [Video] Peter Drucker Said “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.” What’d He Mean by That?

    RoundPegg
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Peter Drucker Said “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.” What’d He Mean by That?”Peter Drucker is known for saying "culture eats strategy for breakfast," and really what that is about is that culture is such a critical and key driver of business performance, and yet historically has received very little attention or acclaim. We know that both culture and strategy are critical for organizations, but most organizations pay attention to strategy - they put the effort into identifying strategy…
  • [Video] Which Comes First, Culture or Strategy: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Which Comes First, Culture or Strategy?”Culture and strategy are two peas in a pod, and they need to feed one another in terms of informing success of an organization. To understand the kind of culture you need, you need to have your strategic imperatives well defined. You need to understand: Where are we heading as a company? What does business success look like? Once that is well articulated and well defined, then you need to understand who you are, who your people are, how they're wired, how…
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    Rich Gee Group

  • Great Business Lessons From The Movies – Working Girl.

    richgeegroup
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Let’s zip back to 1988 and watch one of my favorite Harrison Ford movies . . . Working Girl! Yes, I know, Working Girl. I love this movie — it’s a romantic comedy directed by Mike Nichols. It tells the inspiring story of Tess, a secretary, played by Melanie Griffith, who works in the mergers and acquisitions department of a Wall Street investment bank. When her boss, Sigourney Weaver, breaks her leg skiing, Tess uses her absence and connections, including Weaver’s boyfriend, Harrison Ford, to put forward her idea for a merger deal. I can’t believe it’s 26 years…
  • Top Ten Presentation Tips For My Son.

    richgeegroup
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    An oldie but goodie from the past — one of my most requested articles. Enjoy! My 13 year-old son is presenting today at school - his 8th year graduation presentation. He’s been working on it for months – a 32 page research paper AND a 30 minute presentation to the school and parents (that’s more than I did in college!). This morning, I threw together some presentation points for him to brush up on during his ride to school. I thought I would share them with you: 1. Smile. Smile. Smile. The more that you smile, the more relaxed you’ll be. In addition, your audience will…
  • Great Business Lessons From The Movies – Jerry Maguire.

    richgeegroup
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    WOW – What a wonderful movie. It’s a love story, a coming of age movie, and building strong friendships, all mixed with humor and pathos. And so many business rules. So here they are: “Show me the money!” – Rod Tidwell (video You work to make money. So many people forget this. I know — there’s the satisfaction, the notoriety, the use of your talents, etc. But at the end of the day, you need to take a signed check home. And most people forget this. When it comes to asking for a price for their services, most people either bunt or balk. They don’t…
  • Great Business Lessons From The Movies – The Godfather.

    richgeegroup
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    There’s a lot to learn from the movies!  The Godfather is a classic ‘business’ movie. It’s ALL about business. Even when it personal, it’s business! So here goes: Listen, Listen, Listen There are many instances when the characters are shown to either listen intently and succeed (Michael Corleone) or talk and fail (Sonny Corleone). Don Corleone always listened carefully and almost never spoke, unless he had to. Too many people in business tend to talk TOO much. In meetings, at lunch, during sales calls, etc. Listening (and asking questions) will always deliver…
  • Great Business Lessons From The Movies – Zombieland.

    richgeegroup
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    In honor of one of my favorite holidays, Halloween, let’s take a good look at a new, but classic horror/comedy . . . Zombieland! The main character, Columbus, has a solid set of rules he abides by to stay alive in a world full of zombies. So far — they work — so let’s get them working for you! Cardio & Limber Up (video) Zombies are fast — you should be too. Don’t sit around all day at your desk or in meetings at work. Your head is attached to a body that requires movement. Get out – take a walk – go work out. You’ll find you have more energy and…
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    Inside Personal Growth

  • Podcast 486: Value Proposition Design with Alan Smith

    Greg Voisen
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    You might be familiar with all the buzz around something called the “Business Model Canvas”.  There are currently three books in the series which started with “Business Model Generation” then “Business Model You” now a new book ” Value Proposition Design“.  So why the interest from the business communities in this interesting way of developing a business model.  Simply put, it is engaging, inclusive ,compelling and it works. Authors Alex Osterwalder, Yves Pingeur, Greg Bernarda and Alan Smith are the dynamic team behind the business model…
  • Podcast 485: Lead with Humility-12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis with Jeffrey Krames

    Greg Voisen
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    I am certain that the talk around the water cooler doesn’t default to leadership in this country, but I am certain that it is a topic of discussion more than we think.  It seems like everywhere we turn we see leaders falling from grace due to improprieties in their judgement and or just not doing an adequate job.  What is happening?  Is there a lack of competent leaders with great skills and strong emotional intelligence. In my recent interview with author Jeffrey Krames we discuss his new book entitled ” Lead with Humility-12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis”.  …
  • Podcast 484: Leadership As A Hero’s Journey with Eric Kauffman

    Greg Voisen
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    I think that many American’s ask the question on a regular basis, especially with our congress “Where are the leaders”?  Yes, leadership is a skill and talent that is learned, and just because you have a law degree or any other degree in higher education doesn’t qualify you to be a skilled leader.  I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Eric Kaufmann the author of a new book entitled ” Leadership As A Hero’s Journey“. In our interview together we discussed how “Joseph Campbell’s” famous “Hero’s Journey” is an…
  • Podcast 483: The Plant Plus Diet Solutions with Joan Borysenko

    Greg Voisen
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I think that everyone is interested in improving their health, and releasing a few pounds.   American’s spend billions annually on diets, exercise programs and supplements–all in the name of feeling and looking better.  While our health is our wealth as an old proverb states, there ways to approach our diet, nutrition and exercise programs with an easy and simple solution. In her new book “The Plant Plus Diet Solution” author Joan Boysenko takes a personalized approach that is systemic and a way of living that you can make part of your DNA and live it for life.  In…
  • Podcast 482: All You Need Is Less with Madeleine Somerville

    Greg Voisen
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Are you looking for new ways to be more eco-friendly?  Would you like to be mindful about your consumption, and the effects that it is having on the planet?  Do you want to reduce your personal ecological footprint? I recently had the opportunity of interviewing author Madeleine Somerville about her new book entitled “All You Need Is Less“.  This is a wonderful book loaded with ideas and tips to transform how you run your household.  Madeleine states you can realistically adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle without either losing your mind from the soul-destroying guilt of using a…
 
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    First Friday Book Synopsis

  • Tim Cook Reveals His (Open) Secret – A Moment that Matters

    Randy Mayeux
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    This is a remarkable moment… There aren’t many such moments. When Walter Cronkite gave his famous Vietnam assessment, on Febraury 27, 1968, it changed the viewpoint of many. He ended with these words: To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, if unsatisfactory conclusion. On the off chance that military and […]
  • Karl M. Kapp: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Karl M. Kapp, Ed.D., CFPIM, CIRM, is a scholar, writer and expert on the convergence of learning, technology and business operations. He is a graduate professor of instructional technology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. where he teaches courses in instructional game design and gamification and is the Director of the acclaimed Institute for Interactive […]
  • The Eyes of Madison Bumgarner’s Coach – A Lesson in World-Class Coaching from Dave Righetti, the Coach of the World Series MVP

    Randy Mayeux
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    What does the best coach do? First, I think the best coach notices what the person being coached is doing right – and what the person is doing wrong. Which means, the best coach knows what to look for. If the person being coached does things right, then all is well. If the person being […]
  • What is Your Plan When You Mess Up? – You will Probably Need One at Some Point

    Randy Mayeux
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Plan noun a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something an intention or decision about what one is going to do.”I have no plans to retire” blueprint Plan verb decide on and arrange in advance ——————– You know the accepted wisdom. Like: “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” And, you know that […]
  • Taylor Swift Seems to Win the Contest at Best at Branding

    Randy Mayeux
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    I’m not “with it” in the current music scene. My satellite radio music stations are set on Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Neil Diamond. My Pandora stations are pretty much all set on instrumental stations. So, if the best known Taylor Swift song crossed my ears, I would not recognize the song or the singer’s […]
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    Free Executive & Management Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • 'Top 10 Tips for Effective Onboarding'

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new employee’s first week on their new job will shape their future with your company.  But even before Day 1, you want to engage new hires with a pre-onboarding program - teach them about your culture, core values, and company mission and vision.  Then from Day 1 to Day 365, provide them with an experience of a life time…an experience that will create an ambassador for your company.Request Free!
  • '10 Steps to Effectively Communicate Employee Equity Compensation Programs'

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    How many of your employees truly understand their equity compensation programs? Companies are looking for effective ways to build, promote, and maximize their employee benefits packages—especially to attract and retain top talent. Equity compensation programs, in all their various forms, are an important part of the strategy. They’re designed to keep employees motivated and productive, but understanding how to educate employees about these inherently complicated programs, as well as getting employees to see their value can be challenging. More than a financial incentive to engage…
  • CEO Perspective: 5 Ways Marketing Automation Can Optimize & Grow Your Business

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Like many of your executive peers, you may be hearing a rising chorus from your marketing team requesting additional budget so they can upgrade from an email solution to a marketing automation platform. That’s no surprise. The benefits of marketing automation solutions are now well established and adoption has been growing at an explosive rate. And much of the growth is happening in small and mid-sized businesses. As a CEO, you have to be asking yourself:What’s the urgency around marketing automation?Is it worth the investment?How will marketing automation impact the bottom…
  • The Talent Smart Stress Management Bundle

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. These 4 articles from TalentSmart address how to gain these skills:How Successful People Stay CalmHow to Handle Criticism and Nonconstructive FeedbackStress Literally Shrinks Your Brain: Five Strategies for Reversing This EffectThe Six Secrets of Self-ControlTalentSmart is the world's…
  • The Talent Smart Positivity Bundle

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A positive outlook on life helps you succeed in your career, relationships and overall physical wellbeing. So why is it so hard for many of us to ditch pessimism? These 4 articles from TalentSmart address our attitudes and how they affect us emotionally and physically.How (and Why) to Stay PositiveHow Negativity and Complaining Literally Rot Your BrainSix Toxic Beliefs That Will Ruin Your CareerThree Traps People Fall Into That Limit Their HappinessTalentSmart is the world's premier provider of emotional intelligence (EQ). More than 75% of Fortune 500 companies come to them when they need…
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    Lead Change Group

  • What Is A Leader’s Most Important Role?

    Susan Mazza
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    What is a leader’s most important role? Kristin Mackey suggests it’s to be the example. She goes on to say: “Leaders influence the direction of the team by their thoughts and behaviors. The very language a leader chooses to use can make or break the level of talent that surfaces.” Sandra Martinez, Ph.D suggests a leader’s most important role is acting collectively in the present to shape the future. “This means having the capacity to build trust among diverse groups of people to advance toward a shared goal. It means exerting influence to harness…
  • Chip Shots – When Internal Dissatisfaction Goes External

    Paula Kiger
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here at Lead Change Group, we know that problems are most effectively solved when individuals come together to meld ideas, energies, and approaches. To use a golf analogy, not every shot is a long drive. Many times, golfers have to take a chip shot to move the ball along for a short distance, with incisive accuracy. If you are new to the Chip Shots green, welcome. In our Chip Shots feature, our Leading Voices are invited to provide brief insights into a leadership dilemma. Our first Chip Shots post can be viewed here. Today’s Question: What steps do you take when internal…
  • How Healthy is Your Team’s Culture?

    Chris Edmonds
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    How is contribution and teamwork measured in your organization? In many small businesses, tasks and deadlines are all encompassing. Leaders find themselves focusing primarily on results and paying less attention to the quality of their work environment. The reality is that your team’s culture – how team leaders and team members treat each other and how they treat customers – drives everything that happens in your organization, good or bad. Obviously, keeping performance commitments is a vital part of business success. It’s good to focus on performance results. What’s not…
  • Parents as Leadership Developers

    Karin Hurt
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Parents are well positioned to be the first leadership developers of their children. And yet, many parents do not take a deliberate approach to growing leadership in their kids. Parents work to give them an early start in music, sports, and reading, but for some reason wait until they are older to talk about leading. It is never too early to help your kids understand that leadership involves service, communication, teamwork, and helping others to grow. Conversation Starters It can feel awkward to speak to your kids about leadership if you feel like the pressure’s on to always be in active…
  • Sometimes We Wear Masks While Leading Others

    John Smith
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Leaders who care about their professional development read books. Oh sure, they also spend time with people who challenge them, learn new and exciting insights and ideas, seek growth experiences, and so on. But leaders read. The question is “What do we read?” The bookstores and online sites are chock-full of leadership-related titles and new ones appear every month, and each claims to be the one that will change your life as a leader and often, as a person. With that, I recently revisited an older and classic leadership growth work. Leadership & Self-Deception, published originally in…
 
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    Crucial Skills

  • Kerrying On: Life’s a Speech

    Kerry Patterson
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    When John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd started rehearsing the 1981 film Neighbors, one of the greatest casting errors in the history of movies was set into action. John, true to type, had been cast as the zany neighbor and Dan as the conservative one. For reasons only the two of them will ever know, Belushi and Aykroyd insisted on reversing roles. Now, thousands of fans would be able to watch John Belushi—the greatest maniac of all time—acting controlled and normal. What a disaster. By the time the director shouted, “It’s a wrap,” everyone associated with the film was…
  • Speaking Up To A Coughing Coworker

    Emily Hoffman
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    We’re excited to announce that Emily Hoffman, a Senior Master Trainer as well as VitalSmarts’ VP of Development & Delivery, will become a regular contributor to the Crucial Skills Newsletter. Dear Crucial Skills, A friend of mine works in a small office. She has a new coworker who sits on the other side of her cube. They face each other and the cubes are very low. This new office mate is very nice and she would like to have a good relationship with her, however the young woman continuously coughs without covering her mouth. My friend sometimes feels the cough on her face and…
  • Changing the Culture of a Government Agency

    Joseph Grenny
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Dear Crucial Skills, How can you change the culture of a federal agency with constant political leadership changes? Because of constant change at the top, no one actually follows through on strategic plans. Long-time federal employees know that if they just wait it out, the leadership will change and they won’t have to. Signed, This Too Shall Pass Dear This Too Shall Pass, Confucius was once asked what changes he would make if he were emperor. His answer: I would change the language. Confucius’ argument is that language is the most fundamental influence of all; what you think, how you…
  • Most Parents Fail at School-Related Crucial Conversations

    Editor
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    According to a recent VitalSmarts’ study of 986 parents, three-fourths overestimate their effectiveness in helping their children navigate common school-related problems, including their child’s academic performance, discipline problems, and social issues like bullying. Yet when parents were asked about how they dealt with these issues in real life, thirty-five percent failed to raise key issues with teachers or administrators, and eighteen percent more tried but described their interventions as “not at all successful.” Parents see themselves as far more skilled at these…
  • Slim by Design: An Interview with Brian Wansink

    Joseph Grenny
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Any time one of our Influencers publishes new research, we pay attention. These are people with a track record of success that proves they’re experts at changing behavior. Brian Wansink is just one of those influencers. His research on eating behavior contributed to the introduction of smaller “100 calorie” packages (to prevent overeating), the use of taller glasses in bars (to prevent the overpouring of alcohol), and the removal of 500 million calories from restaurants each year (via Unilever’s Seductive Nutrition program). He was appointed by the White House to help develop the 2010…
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    Aspire-CS

  • Your automatic self vs. your aware self

    Mary Jo Asmus
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
      Bethany, a leader in a Fortune company, knew she had an issue with expressing quick and deadly (metaphorically speaking) anger. It would come out of nowhere in a flash that silenced her stakeholders. Dirk, CEO of a nonprofit, interrupted people. He cut them off or talked over them to get the first, second, and last word in. Amy, a middle manager in a government organization would roll her eyes in impatience and cross her arms over her chest in disagreement with others. Perhaps these seem like insignificant behaviors, but as organizational leaders, they had become barriers to…
  • Holding others accountable

    Mary Jo Asmus
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
      When I was young and new to a corporate position, my manager Karen gave me an assignment that involved translating a very confusing government regulation into a benefit that would be available for our employees. She was expecting a proposal from me that would detail what needed to be done and then to lead the implementation of the benefit. At first, I struggled to understand the regulation and had difficulty grasping how this could be put to use in our company. Karen refused to let me off the hook by giving me the answers (that I was pretty sure she had); she simply trusted that I…
  • From technically brilliant to great leader

    Mary Jo Asmus
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
      One thing that hasn’t changed much over the years in many technical organizations is the criteria used (sometimes unspoken) about who gets to be promoted to choice management roles. A smart and successful technical manager often has a head start on getting a promotion that will require them to lead a larger piece of the organizational pie even if enough attention isn’t paid to whether they possess the skills to lead people at this new level. If a technically bright manager doesn’t have the right people skills, you might notice that work isn’t getting done or…
  • How to lead when others hesitate

    Mary Jo Asmus
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    There are times when people may be reluctant to follow your lead. Maybe you recently received a promotion to a new position with new direct reports and they are holding back as they evaluate your leadership capability. Or you might be working to become a better leader and changing your behavior making people unsure of what to expect from you now. Maybe you’ve been leading your team for a long time and you’ve just awakened to the realization that team members have been hesitant and you want more of them to step up to increased responsibility. They might also have lost trust in you…
  • Developing strong peer relationships

    Mary Jo Asmus
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Peter, an executive on the CEO’s team, hired me to work with him. Something wasn’t working in his relationships with his peers on the team, and he wanted to figure it out. He felt ignored, dismissed and disrespected by his peers. They seemed to avoid Peter and often went around him to others in his organization for decisions that he should be making. So I interviewed the CEO and Peter’s peers to ask them about what they observed in the situation. As it turns out the CEO felt Peter was smart and capable but could push too hard for his viewpoint, and he had given Peter this…
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    All Things Workplace

  • What Is In Your Unspoken Contract?

    Steve Roesler
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    When 300 technical professionals at a major utility were told to re-apply for jobs in their department as part of a major reorganization, they were livid. "I've been here 18 years."  (Longevity means immunity to change) "I hired the idiot who's running this thing." (If I gave someone their job, they won't mess with mine) "They already know what I can do." (I only have to prove myself once) "No other utility has ever had to go through this." (This place isn't being run according to the norm) "No one told me this could happen when I was hired." (This wasn't part of the deal) "My wife…
  • Six Things To Pay Attention To In Groups

    Steve Roesler
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    We're always part of some group You and I pretty much spend our entire lives in groups. We start off in a family, play with groups of friends, attend classes, and work in groups and teams. So, woudn't it make sense to learn as much as possible about the dynamics associated with groups?  Some years ago, organizations spent a fair amount of time educating people on the fine points of group dynamics. The research was new and fascinating. New is good. Now that that body of work has been around for a while, it's no longer "what's happening." The human condition--and certainly the organizational…
  • Keep It Simple Like Einstein

    Steve Roesler
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    "Everything should be made as simple as possible, and no simpler." --Albert Einstein If Einstein was into simple, then why aren't we? Whether you're an entrepreneur, coach/consultant, or someone slugging it out every day in corporate life, you know how complex things can become. But why? 3 Reasons Things Become Complex When They Don't Have To Be 1. Complexity can indicate a lack of clarity. When nothing is number one, everything becomes number one--all at once. 2. Many people view complex explanations and business presentations as indicative of superior intelligence. I've not seen that proven…
  • 5 Ways To Be More Coachable

    Steve Roesler
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Who Is Coachable? The fact is, everyone isn't. Those who are uncoachable often think they have no performance issues and if there is one, believe everyone "out there" is the cause. In these cases, coaching isn't a very good option to produce positive results. It's kind of like one spouse dragging another to marriage counseling in the hope that the counselor can "fix" the partner. (Ever see how well that works?). The sticking point here is a mindset that doesn't allow someone to reflect on their own behavior, a desire to change it, and their personal responsibility for the relationship. So,…
  • Communication: Where to Find the Meaning

    Steve Roesler
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
    "We see things not as they are, but as we are."   --H.M Tomlinson Meaning is in the Response You GetWe often deal with new ideas, with changing how things are done, with trying to persuade others about our point of view. The longer you've lived, the more you realize the number of obstacles to people automatically accepting and absorbing your information.Maybe the greatest single stumbling block to real communication is the one-sided nature of speaking. I know that you already know about this: intellectually. But let's face it:  Most of us concentrate on what to say and how to say it.
 
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    George Ambler

  • The Secret of a Productive Morning Routine

    George Ambler
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    You wake up as a blank slate every morning. Each morning you have a new opportunity live a happy, healthy, productive and successful day. So how are you using your mornings? If you’re like me, not very well. One of the big lessons I learnt from studying Benjamin Franklin is the importance of a morning routine. Morning routines have a large impact our health, our happiness and our productivity. It turns out the success of your day rests on a well designed morning routine. How you start your day set’s it up for success or failure. Have you ever found yourself stuck? Disconnected from your…
  • 5 Personal Leadership Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

    George Ambler
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
      Benjamin Franklin was a man who got things done. Benjamin Franklin “was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and in many ways was “the First American”. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.” To illustrate just how much he got done consider the following list of inventions and achievements. Invented the lightning rod Invented bifocals Invented the Franklin stove One of the first Maps of the Gulf Stream Made numerous electricity discoveries…
  • Leadership Starts With You

    George Ambler
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    What’s the greatest challenge faced by any leader? It’s leading yourself! Most leadership failure is the result of poor self-leadership. Leading yourself – personal leadership – is the most important tasks of any leader. It’s the most important set of practices a leader can develop. Personal leadership starts with accepting responsibility for lead yourself first. It begins with the recognition that unless you lead yourself, you cannot lead others. Personal leadership a commitment to lead your own life. A commitment to take the opportunity to create, design and live a life of…
  • Leading with the Past, Present and Future in Balance

    George Ambler
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
      As humans we exist in time. You and I are strongly influenced by the past, the present and our expectations of the future. As a leader you need to understand the influence of your past. Manage the pressures of today. Whilst you create a compelling vision of the future. This requires leaders to unlearn and learn in a continuous cycle. Let me explain. The Pull of the Past We exist and live in the present. But we have a history – a personal past – that influences how we see the world. As people we hold tightly to the habits and beliefs of our past. And as leaders we become…
  • Turbulent Times Require More Frequent Strategic Breaks

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

  • Race-Travel Considerations (Interview on SBR Singapore)

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    This was the latest interview I had with a magazine. Swim Bike Run Singapore is a local magazine that focuses on Singaporean endurance athletes. I trust that you will find this piece of sharing useful.
  • Be The Best YOU You Can Be

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    I was having a conversation today with good friend, Alan and we discussed the books we were reading. As I recently introduced to him the writings by Seth Godin, and Alan is a businessperson, I mentioned 'Purple Cows'. Purple Cows was a term coined by marketing-guru, Godin and he referred to uniqueness and outliers in business and industry. In other words, how do you stand out in your business or profession?One national-leader once spoke of this approach: 'We must continue to reinvent ourselves in order to stay relevant.' I took these words seriously and have applied it to my vocation,…
  • Measurements & Measuring Up To Your Excellence

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Excellence. That is a word that tends to be used carelessly and callously. The word denotes an ability to 'excel', to do better, and progress.To be excellent, you have to identify with something that you excel in. It may be a field of discipline where you demonstrate an aptitude for, or a natural ability in. It could also be an area of deep interest, study, research, and practice.With the pursuit of excellence (pursuit seems to be a word that suggests a motivation towards), comes a need for measurement. How do you know that you making progress? How do you know that you are exceeding yourself…
  • Update on Endurance Challenges

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    To wit, since early-August I completed Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Cebu Island. I scrapped through just under six hours with a nutritional malfunction. My lost bottle of fuel led me to digging deep, and learning abject lessons in the process.I did reasonably well for the Army Half-Marathon/Singapore Bay Run. I was off my personal best by four minutes, yet considering my off-season/running-averse program I arrived within the top-1 percent. I learnt that to do a better BQ timing (for Boston Marathon 2016), and be near the 3-hour mark, I would need to consider an intensive (but still…
  • The 5-Minute Challenge or the 30-Day Challenge

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:21 pm
    When was the last time you challenged yourself? It does not matter if it was big or small, gargantuan or miniscule.I read with great delight, 30-day challenges for physical fitness. For instance, doing one push-up on Day 1, and adding one more for subsequent days. By Day 30, you would be doing 30 pushups; cumulatively, that is a great number of pushups altogether. You can substitute the exercise for another of choice or circumstance.Or, you give yourself five (5) minutes, and challenge yourself to write as much as you (as I am doing now). You tease your brain to make mental connections, will…
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    Top Executive Coaching with Tony Mayo

  • Tony Mayo interviewed by client REI 360

    Tony Mayo
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Chris Haddon sits down for a high-level conversation with Executive Coach, Tony Mayo, who has been coaching him and his business partners for years. During this time they have made tremendous progress in their professional and personal lives. Check it out here. On this podcast they cover: How can you tell if a coach is […]
  • Making the Best of the Worst Part of Your Day

    Tony Mayo
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
        ‘Mindful’ commuters say deep breaths, clear mind keep them calm under stress Nancy Kaplan, chief operating officer at a management consulting firm in downtown D.C., said she pays attention to her breathing and relaxes when her jaw tightens or her fingers clench the steering wheel during her hour-plus commute. She said practicing mindfulness […]
  • FREE: Courageous, Genuine Relationships

    Tony Mayo
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
        I am happy to make available at no charge and for a limited time the bonus chapter to my Amazon #1 best-selling book, The Courage to be in Community. The free bonus chapter is a simple, practical guide to building better relationships at work and at home. The focus of the book was […]
  • Behaviorial Economist Dan Ariely wants to help manage your time

    Tony Mayo
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
        You have very few hours in the day when you’re at peak performance, so every minute of these hours that isn’t spent doing something important is just waste.   –Dan ArielyThe Washington Post    
  • Grow a Big Company by Keeping Your Job Small

    Tony Mayo
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
        These leadership insights from MCI founder Bill McGowan should sound familiar to my executive coaching clients and to readers of this blog.   INC.: You’ve taken a company from nothing and, in the span of 18 years, created a new industry and built a company doing almost $3 billion worth of business. How […]
 
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    QAspire Blog by Tanmay Vora

  • A Compelling Vision is an Anchor

    Tanmay Vora
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Management has a lot to do with answers. Leadership is a function of questions. And the first question for a leader always is: ‘Who do we intend to be?’ Not ‘What are we going to do?’ but ‘Who do we intend to be?’ - Max DePree Specific, measurable and time bound goals are important to set expectations on results and drive performance in short term. Goals is like math; they address the head. Goals have an end date. Goals however, are not sufficient. If you only try to provide direction to people through goals, they will know “what” needs to be done but…
  • The Guy in the Glass: Dale Wimbrow

    Tanmay Vora
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    My friend Utpal wrote a blog titled “Your Mirror is a Powerful Tool”. While his post is about reflecting upon the right questions in life, it reminded me of one of my favorite poems “The Guy in the Glass” by Dale Wimbrow. It is a powerful poem that emphasizes on being integral and true to our own selves. Right from the time we start the school, we are taught to meet external expectations like grades and ranks. We grow up learning how to meet external expectations and somewhere along the way, lose the sight of what is truly important to us. So, here is the poem. When you get what you…
  • In 100 Words: Excellence by Pablo Casals

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

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

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

  • 8 Ways Churches Can Use SMS Text Messaging

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    What is the best way for a church to communicate with its congregation? There is a good chance it is SMS text messaging. It is a fast way to reach almost anyone. Consider the alternatives. Postcards and direct mail also reach almost anyone but at slow pace. Phone trees are annoying and impersonal. Email is quick but only reaches the digitally inclined. Social media is like email but with the added handicap of fighting through the clutter. Announcements at church are quite successful but only if it can wait until the next church service. So how can a church use SMS text messaging? TextMarks…
  • Measuring the Intangible with 6 Symptoms of Discipleship

    Ben Savage
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    Guest Writer: Ben Savage When you work with church leaders for long enough, you begin to identify common themes and challenges. I have been involved in lay leadership in several churches and have worked with hundreds of pastors over the years, and one thing they all have in common is the desire for people to engage with their church and be transformed by an encounter with Jesus. Setting the stage for these encounters takes many forms. Each church is unique, but all face a similar challenge: How do we measure the intangible with the observable? Spiritual growth and engagement is largely…
  • How to Increase Spiritual Fruit in a Digital World

    Kent Shaffer
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In June 2014, I spoke at Biola Digital Conference about how can we increase spiritual fruit in a digital world. Biola University has been kind enough to make this video free for you. View it and my notes below. How do we increase spiritual fruit in a digital world? Now we could talk about… The importance of branding, design, and first impressions. Digital atmospherics and how to nudge users in the direction you want them to go. Emerging technologies and what these shifts mean for the future of ministry. Or even results-based strategy. I’ve taught about that, but it guarantees nothing!
  • 4 Reasons to Consider Custom Church T-Shirts and Water Based Printing

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

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

  • Note to Self: What matters most, shows up most. What shows up most, matters most.

    Lisa Haneberg
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I have had some form of ADHD since I was a kid. The tests revealed that I suffer from a bad case of anticipation (that's something they actually measure!). What this means is that I tend to have and practice imaginary conversations in advance of real ones. It's quite twisted. Yesterday I was having such an imaginary conversation and caught myself "saying" (thinking, really, I don't speak these imaginary conversation aloud), "this is what matters most to me; this is what's most important." My imaginary conversations include all parts/parties and the person I was pretending to talk with said,…
  • The Agony of Realizing: It's All Social

    Lisa Haneberg
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    I am doing some research for a work project on retention. I am racking my brain trying to find a study I read a few years ago that said: Rock Star employees - best performers - generally underperform when they quit for another/better job BECAUSE what makes them the best performer is not their individual skills. It's their social network, relationships, and the system they have created around them that is a "human performance machine." It said something like this. I hope to find it. But even if I do not find it, we can explore this more here on the blog (I can still call it my blog even if I…
  • My bike makes me want to be a better rider. #Leadership

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

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

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

  • What Is In Your Unspoken Contract?

    Steve Roesler
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    When 300 technical professionals at a major utility were told to re-apply for jobs in their department as part of a major reorganization, they were livid. "I've been here 18 years."  (Longevity means immunity to change) "I hired the idiot who's running this thing." (If I gave someone their job, they won't mess with mine) "They already know what I can do." (I only have to prove myself once) "No other utility has ever had to go through this." (This place isn't being run according to the norm) "No one told me this could happen when I was hired." (This wasn't part of the deal) "My wife…
  • Six Things To Pay Attention To In Groups

    Steve Roesler
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    We're always part of some group You and I pretty much spend our entire lives in groups. We start off in a family, play with groups of friends, attend classes, and work in groups and teams. So, woudn't it make sense to learn as much as possible about the dynamics associated with groups?  Some years ago, organizations spent a fair amount of time educating people on the fine points of group dynamics. The research was new and fascinating. New is good. Now that that body of work has been around for a while, it's no longer "what's happening." The human condition--and certainly the organizational…
  • Keep It Simple Like Einstein

    Steve Roesler
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    "Everything should be made as simple as possible, and no simpler." --Albert Einstein If Einstein was into simple, then why aren't we? Whether you're an entrepreneur, coach/consultant, or someone slugging it out every day in corporate life, you know how complex things can become. But why? 3 Reasons Things Become Complex When They Don't Have To Be 1. Complexity can indicate a lack of clarity. When nothing is number one, everything becomes number one--all at once. 2. Many people view complex explanations and business presentations as indicative of superior intelligence. I've not seen that proven…
  • 5 Ways To Be More Coachable

    Steve Roesler
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Who Is Coachable? The fact is, everyone isn't. Those who are uncoachable often think they have no performance issues and if there is one, believe everyone "out there" is the cause. In these cases, coaching isn't a very good option to produce positive results. It's kind of like one spouse dragging another to marriage counseling in the hope that the counselor can "fix" the partner. (Ever see how well that works?). The sticking point here is a mindset that doesn't allow someone to reflect on their own behavior, a desire to change it, and their personal responsibility for the relationship. So,…
  • Communication: Where to Find the Meaning

    Steve Roesler
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
    "We see things not as they are, but as we are."   --H.M Tomlinson Meaning is in the Response You GetWe often deal with new ideas, with changing how things are done, with trying to persuade others about our point of view. The longer you've lived, the more you realize the number of obstacles to people automatically accepting and absorbing your information.Maybe the greatest single stumbling block to real communication is the one-sided nature of speaking. I know that you already know about this: intellectually. But let's face it:  Most of us concentrate on what to say and how to say it.
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    Lip-Sticking

  • Your Power is in Your Voice #womenofpower

    Yvonne
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    by Yvonne DiVita "It's great reconnecting," she said. Her voice boomed through the phone with a power that penetrated my entire body. It dominated her presence. I could see her speaking to me, through the miles between us, the phone line, the very air separating us. "I agree," I said, without anywhere near as much impact, I am sure. We talked business. We talked personal lives. We laughed. We shared a few stories. We took the frayed edges of our lost connection and began to repair them. The color of our lives improved. We went from gray to red... and variations between.  I find it…
  • Conversation with A Friend #friendshipendures

    Yvonne
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Dr Lorie Huston and Yvonne at WIPIN by Yvonne DiVita   #friendshipendures “This is an amazing event,” she said as we met in the narrow hall of the exhibit area for BlogPaws Denver, 2010. Her blue eyes sparkled like a sunny afternoon in June. I have to admit, I was pleased with all the praise coming our way. The event was the second BlogPaws, here in Denver, back in our launch year. I remember the conversation so well because having someone of the stature of Dr. Lorie Huston compliment you is not something you forget. “Thank you,” I said. We shook hands. We talked a bit more about why…
  • Blogging is So 1999!

    Yvonne
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    by Yvonne DiVita It may only be October but the New Year is looming. Somehow, once we hit September, the days and weeks pass by in a blur and before you know it, Jolly Old St Nick is arriving, with the celebratory night called New Year's Eve, hard on his heels. I wonder how St. Nick celebrates - does he just crash and heave a big sigh, and wait for his wife to bring him a beer? #thingsthatmakeyougohmmmm Over the last two years, as I've worked more intimately in blogging and programs with brands, over at BlogPaws, my emerging and strong community of pet people who blog or tweet or just connect…
  • #Sunisforshining Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

    Yvonne
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    by Yvonne DiVita "You're just so hard to work with!" Harsh words to hear. Especially given the fact that I'm not hard to work with. Yes, I am proud and confident and I can be domineering. But, I also listen well and 99% of the time try to see things from the other person's viewpoint. The incident causing this statement arose from an event that had happened several weeks prior. The person making the statement had worked with a competitor, a big competitor, to devise some online content that she now wanted ME to share.  I was surprised. I was confused. I was ... slowly, a bit angry. "I'm here,…
  • Can We Trust Women Empowerment Ads?

    Yvonne
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Guest post by Katie Parsons By now you’ve probably seen the viral “Like a Girl” video ad from Always that features men and women from different age groups performing physical actions like running or throwing a ball like (you guessed it) a girl. The ad, directed by women’s rights documentary maker Lauren Greenberg, has been hailed as an empowering one for both genders by proving that perceptions of what women can and cannot do are vastly man-made. The ad joins a growing list of them that highlight strong, powerful women who are comfortable in their own skin, including those from brands…
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    Elements of Leadership

  • Removing Weaknesses & Building Strengths

    Gary Cohen
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    by Gary Cohen Leaders want themselves, their coworkers, and their organizations to be stronger. To get stronger, they tend to take one of two approaches: removing weaknesses or building strengths. Both approaches work. But to be happy and achieve the most success, you must do both. You must remove weaknesses and build strengths. In the U.S., we tend to focus heavily on one or the other: deficits or strengths. A child art prodigy may spend her days in the learning center to become an average speller. A standout soccer player may spend so much time playing that sport and traveling to games that…
  • Ladder of Inference

    Gary Cohen
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    by Gary CohenYou pull off the Washington Bridge in New York like Sherman McCoy, the protagonist and self-proclaimed “Master of the Universe” in The Bonfire of the Vanities. You find yourself in a dark and uncomfortable place with smoldering cars that have been picked over for parts.  Your fear mounts, your adrenaline pumps, your heart races, and you desperately search for a safe way out. You perceive threats everywhere. All your avenues for escape appear closed. It’s just you. What do you do? When flight doesn’t appear to be an option, Sherman McCoy shifts into fight…
  • The Single Wringable Neck

    Gary Cohen
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    by Gary CohenThe quickest and best way to solve accountability problems, I’ve found, is to have a Single Wringable Neck. Leaders and managers often make the mistake of sharing accountability for a particular action between two or more coworkers. When the action isn’t completed or done well, the blame game starts. Who did what and when? How did that affect or not affect the others’ work and the outcome as a whole? Rather than sort through this mess, leaders and managers can and should avoid it. Even in cases where the work will be shared equally, assign responsibility to one…
  • When Death Comes – by Mary Oliver

    Gary Cohen
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    by Gary Cohen When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps his purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox; when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering; what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness? And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility, and I think of each life as a flower, as common as a…
  • I Love You, and You Can’t Do Anything About It

    Gary Cohen
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    by Gary Cohen Diane Rawlings Meder (a very kind and talented business executive) died suddenly this summer. At the memorial service, I was struck by one of the solutions she and her husband employed when they got angry with one another. When one of them was on the verge of walking out of the room, the other would say, “I love you, and you can’t do anything about it.” When we get flooded with emotions, our prefrontal cortexes become inaccessible for rational discussion. Our options are reduced to fight, flight, or freezing. Naturally these reactions don’t usually lead…
 
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    Strat. In - A Strategy Blog

  • Indian Super League – Digital Media Review

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    What is the Indian Super League - The Indian Super League is touted as India’s Answer to EPL – English Premier League – which is perhaps among the most popular football league at a global level, at least that’s the perception in India. The League consists of 8 teams from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Northeast, Chennai, Goa and Kerala. The league is co-owned by Reliance, IMG and Starsports. For other details on the league visit the Wiki Page. Why is the league different - The league is different from other tournaments since it does not use a Relegation / Promotion…
  • User Privacy or Website metrics – A tough choice

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    The other day, one very interesting question came to me, from Raj, one of my students. He was referring to the ad below – Privacy-settings-internet I browsed for some TShirts and shoes on a top Internet Website. And those kept coming back to me! Again, and again! Everything I do, is being tracked. I get a feeling as if I am being watched! And I don’t like it one bit.  The problem - The main issue concerning Raj was the lack of choice that these websites gave him regarding his browsing preferences. There was no choice given to him by respective ecommerce websites regarding what…
  • Four reasons why Diwali Shopping is different in 2014

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Diwali Shopping Phenomenon Nationwide, its been widely acknowledged that Diwali is the biggest festival in India. And, what does a festival mean? Festival means meeting family, friends, lots of sweets and of course shopping! This has been the norm for decades! But then, 2014 was different for India, so much so, that Minister for Commerce & Industry – Nirmala Seetharaman had to say this about complaints on Flipkart Sale Day Flipkart’s ‘Big Billion Day’ sale on Monday, that offered steep discounts on various products, has raised concerns among small and big traders that such…
  • Four Ways to Think like an Entrepreneur

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    The Premise Today, a lot of things don’t work like they did before. And as a student, you know what’s happening in the world around you. A student has better idea than an existing professional about what the future is going to be, since she/he is already using stuff that would grow more popular in the future, thats the nature of your demographic. The best way to use this situation to your advantage is to think like an entrepreneur! Why to think like an entrepreneur Ownership - The real reason why entrepreneurs are so valued is the sense of ownership that they bring to the table.
  • Flipkart and its BigBillionDay!

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Yesterday, Oct 6, 2014 was a huge day in Indian Ecommerce. It all started with this ad by Flipkart, and Snapdeal tried to ambush it right on TOI front page itself! (Surprise, surprise!) . Ambush marketing in Ecommerce? pic.twitter.com/d2nk7a4zPS — Siddhesh Joglekar (@siddheshj) October 6, 2014 In any ways, here’s what I thought of the whole thing – I thought largely the BigBillionDay was executed well Of course there were aggrieved customers, and posts from an ‘esoteric’ blog about how prices went up and down, but still I thought, a lot of consumers actually did…
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    Robin Sharma's Blog

  • The Awesome Power of Getting Wild

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares the staggering power in leaving the world and heading out into some solitude for at least an hour every day.
  • 50 Rules to Lead The Field

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares 50 rules to lead the field.
  • How to Predict the Future

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares an exclusive webinar that stunned attendees with the wealth of value, original insights and uncommon tactics for high performance it delivered.
  • Turning The Pain of Excuses into The Seeds of Greatness

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares that the instant we drop our excuses is the moment we enjoy freedom from pain.
  • How to Sustain Your A-Game (Every Day)

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares that it is fine to play at world-class for a week...but what makes legendary is sustaining it for a lifetime.
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • How To Foster Creativity

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Here are some great tips and guiding principles for how a manager and leader can build a culture to foster creativity.Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.If you don’t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead.It’s not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It’s the manager’s job to make it safe for others to take them.The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them.A…
  • 132 Pages Of Tips For How To Be A Better Leader

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    The authors of the above pictured leadership book suggest that readers don't read their book cover to cover.  But, if you're like me, you'll read the book that way.  That's because I found, The Little Book of Leadership Development, by Scott J. Allen and Mitchell Kusy, a compelling read, packed with practical tips and techniques for both leading and helping others to learn how to lead effectively.What you'll find is basically 50 one- to two-page chapters, each highlighting a leadership tip.  Some tips seem easy and no-brainers.  Others are more difficult to…
  • Challenging High-Potential Managers To Become Great Leaders

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    When I read business books, I turn the corner of every page that has something I really like, want to remember and easily reference in the future.Halfway into the 300-page book, Leadership Conversations, I had turned the corners of nearly every fifth pages.  So, you can see why I believe this is such a good book.  There is so much to learn from Leadership Conversations.  It's a must read for today's business leaders.  Leaders who are leading multi-generational workforces.  And, leaders who want the skills to get…
  • How To Make Better Decisions

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Many years ago, I worked with a person who could not make decisions.  Neither big nor small decisions. That indecisiveness paralyzed our business in many ways.Unfortunately, the book, Decide:  Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example, had not been published.  Had it, I would have shared it with my co-worker.Decide, published this past February, teaches readers how to make better decisions based on the real results they want to experience.The author, Steve McClatchy, explains how to use the two forms of human motivation -- Gain, or Prevent Pain, to make…
  • The Six Drivers That Maximize Employee Engagement

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Overland Park, Kansas-based author Leigh Branham, along with Mark Hirschfeld, awhile back completed a survey of 10,000 employees in 43 states to better understand what separates a "best places to work" company from other companies.What Branham and Hirschfeld discovered is that the best companies use six "universal drivers" that maximize employee engagement:Caring, Competent, and Engaging Senior LeadersEffective Managers Who Keep Employees Aligned and EngagedEffective Teamwork at All LevelsJob Enrichment and Professional GrowthValuing Employee ContributionsConcern for Employee…
 
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: Three Things to Do When in Conflict [VIDEO]

    Kevin Eikenberry
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are three things all leaders need to know in order to successfully move from conflict to resolution. I’ll reveal these below in my latest episode of Remarkable TV. Three Things to Do When in Conflict When resolving conflicts, learn from but don’t live in the past. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about […] The post Remarkable TV: Three Things to Do When in Conflict [VIDEO] appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Five Things That Matter More When Leading Other Leaders

    Kevin Eikenberry
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    You may be thinking “I don’t lead leaders; I don’t need to read this.” Even if you don’t (yet), there are three important reasons why you need to keep reading: Some day you might lead leaders – and thinking about these ideas now is worth the minimal effort required. You may want to share it […] The post Five Things That Matter More When Leading Other Leaders appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • What (and Where) Will You Learn in 2015?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It is an important question. What will you learn? Once you determine that, you then need to determine how you will learn those skills. If your how includes a workshop experience, you are in the right place. Because we have released our public workshop schedule for the first half of 2015! If your “what” includes […] The post What (and Where) Will You Learn in 2015? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: When Leaders Should Get Involved in a Conflict [VIDEO]

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    To help answer this frequently asked question, I brought in the best expert I know in managing and resolving conflict. Check it out in my latest episode of Remarkable TV. When Leaders Should Get Involved in Conflict As a supervisor, get involved in a conflict when there is a business problem, not a personal frustration. […] The post Remarkable TV: When Leaders Should Get Involved in a Conflict [VIDEO] appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Six Reasons Why Boundaries Help Everyone Be More Successful

    Kevin Eikenberry
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are all sorts of boundaries in our lives. Boundaries define the playing field for most sports. Fences provide boundaries for homes and farms. Walls keep people in, or out. These are obvious and clear boundaries. There are others that while we know they exist, there isn’t a physical line of demarcation. The boundaries in […] The post Six Reasons Why Boundaries Help Everyone Be More Successful appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    LDRLB

  • 0522 | Tanveer Naseer

    David Burkus
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Tanveer Naseer is the co-author of Leadership Vertigo. He is also the Principal and Founder of Tanveer Naseer Leadership, a leadership coaching firm that works with executives and managers to help them develop practical leadership and team-building competencies to guide organizational growth and development. In this interview, we discuss why even the best leaders go off course and how they can get back on track. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it…
  • 0521 | Scott Eblin

    David Burkus
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Scott Eblin is the the author of Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, and founder of the Eblin Group, a professional development firm committed to helping executives and managers improve their leadership presence by being fully present. In this interview, we talk about the growing number of overwhelmed leaders and how mindfulness and purpose contribute to better leadership and better lives. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it…
  • 0520 | Dorie Clark

    David Burkus
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Dorie Clark is the author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future. She is a former presidential campaign spokeswoman, a former divinity student, a faculty member at Duke University, and a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and the American Management Association’s publications. In this interview, we talk about how to rebrand yourself for future leadership roles. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it…
  • 0519 | Rich Horwath

    David Burkus
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Rich Horwath is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author on strategy, including his new book Elevate. In this interview, we discuss the three disciplines of advanced strategic thinking and how to cultivate them inside any organizations. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it at www.audibletrial.com/lead. The post 0519 | Rich Horwath appeared first on LDRLB.
  • 0518 | Rajiv Narang

    David Burkus
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Rajiv Narang is the author of Orbit-Shifting Innovation and founder of Erehwon, a 20 year old pioneering Innovation firm, where he has helmed the redefining and recasting of Innovation. Recognized as India’s Innovation thought leader, Rajiv has inspired leaders and organizations across cultures and across the world in adopting orbit-shifting innovation. In this interview, we discuss the mindsets and dynamics of ideas that create history. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of…
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • Does your business create raving customers?

    Tom Schulte
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Originally posted on Leadership Cafe:This past week I had the opportunity to welcome back one of our most loyal customers .Mr. Young has been staying at our property for almost three years on and off. He traveled internationally for business and came back after several months of conducting business outside the US. When he…
  • L2L: How To Be The Best Boss

    Tom Schulte
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    How To Be The Best Boss [Infographic] by the team at Computers In Personnel Ltd.
  • How to Connect With Your Team When You Don’t Have Time

    Susan Foster
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”  ~Carl Sandburg Having The Time To Connect A client and I spent about 50 minutes during a recent session talking […]
  • The Navy SEAL Experience: Leadership Lessons From Extreme Training

    George Hines
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you need to recharge after months of grueling work, where do you go on vacation? Do you take a trip to a tropical island, a golfing paradise, or somewhere with a little culture? All of these options may relax and refresh you, but if you’re looking to return to work with the feeling that […]
  • Leadership and Conflict: Deal With It Now or Pay For It Later

    Dr. Tommy Shavers
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    No one likes conflict (no one normal, at least). The feeling your body gets when it knows you have to address the awkward situations, the humongous elephant in the living room, or the long dreaded “talk.” Dealing with conflict can sap the energy out of you, increase your stress, decrease your performance and your productivity. […]
 
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • 10 Signs You Might Be a Frankenboss (or work for one)

    Randy Conley
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Frankenboss – noun; 1. A mean boss that terrorizes his or her employees; 2. A boss whose behavior closely resembles that of a half-brained monster; 3. A jerk. Tomorrow is Halloween and in many workplaces around the world employees will don costumes, have a party, and enjoy the crazy and scary alter-egos of their coworkers. On Monday everyone will show up to work dressed normally and we’ll resume our regularly scheduled programming…except for those Frankenbosses. I’ve reported to a few Frankenbosses in my time and it’s not fun. Just like the Frankenstein monster…
  • 11 Signs That It Might Be Time for a Motivation Tune-Up

    David Witt
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    In her new book, Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work … And What Does, author Susan Fowler reminds leaders that employees are always motivated—it’s just the quality of their motivation that’s a problem sometimes. Fowler shares how the repeated use of motivational carrots & sticks might get results in the short term, but often have negative consequences long-term. That’s why she labels a motivational mindset created by the use of rewards and/or punishment as sub-optimal and why she encourages individuals and leaders to check-in on their own motivational mindset…
  • Motivation Problems with Your Team? Your Leadership Habits Might Be An Issue

    David Facer
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    Habits are a time saver. They function a bit like reading a large paper map and knowing where to go with a single glance instead of having to rotate the map and trace the route to the destination with your finger. But sometimes there’s a downside to this kind of efficiency. Sometimes the fast way doesn’t work and we go off course. Such is the case with a great many approaches to motivating employees. Just when the situation calls for deliberation and a different approach, our habits kick in and we again head down the route that is fast and easy, but a bit off course. One of my coaching…
  • Don’t Hold People Accountable—Do This Instead

    David Witt
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Managers often miss the most important part of performance management conversations by focusing only on results and accountability, says Susan Fowler, author of the new book Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work … and What Does.  In an interview for The Ken Blanchard Companies’ Ignite newsletter Fowler recommends that managers shift their focus from holding people accountable for results to looking at creating the type of environment where people will take on the responsibility for those results themselves. “There is a huge difference between seeing your job as holding people…
  • Are You Enabling A Dysfunctional Company Culture? Four Questions to Ask Yourself

    David Witt
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    In his new book, The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace, author Chris Edmonds identifies a common problem that keeps many leaders from addressing potentially dysfunctional corporate cultures—they aren’t aware of how bad it really is! In Edmonds’ experience, leaders—especially senior leaders at the highest levels in organizations, are often disconnected from their company’s culture as experienced by the rank and file members of the organization. Wondering if you might be out of touch with what is happening in…
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    The Executive Roundtable

  • Jian Ghomeshi and the perils of personal branding

    Glain
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    “Be sure your sins will find you out”. My mother’s eyes were lit up with glee as she chanted the minister’s sermon words with great vigor at her four kids. I remember very few church sermons from childhood, but I do remember that one. It came back to me this week as the Jian Ghomeshi story started unfolding and has got me thinking about how, no matter how perfectly curated your personal brand is, it can all fall apart based on what lies beneath the highly polished surface. There’s no shortage of things being written about the Ghomeshi situation. Whether you believe him or not, you…
  • Dream Big, Get Stuff Done, Have Fun: Roundtable Recharge Alumni “Unconference” Highlights

    Glain
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    On Tuesday, September 30th, over 30 of our Roundtable program graduates reunited to get reinvigorated through a day of leadership learning, dialog and inspiration. The sessions kicked off with a TED-style talk from our friend Charles Brown, President of The Source and followed up with a CEO Panel featuring Charles, Naseem Somani of Gamma Dynacare and Tony Gareri of Roma Moulding who absolutely killed it. Injected throughout the day were talks on mindfulness, neuroscience, the importance of leadership and peer and expert roundtables.  Here are a few of the things I learned that day: Our…
  • Have you passed your “Best Before” date?

    Dr. Brenda Marshall
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Years ago I had a coaching client – Alex – who didn’t like his boss, peers or direct reports. And guess what, none of them liked him either. His abrasive and confrontational style ensured he’d never be promoted or offered a lateral move. “No one will take him” his boss told me privately. And yet, here he was, forced to participate in the company wide leadership development program. Alex was long passed his “best before” date. Companies spend huge dollars trying to “attract, develop and retain” their talent. And yet, all of us have a…
  • Leadership: Are we “Targeting” the right things?

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

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

  • Good Manners Make Good Leaders

    Admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Established in 1769 Derbrett’s is “the trusted source on British social skills, etiquette and style.” They have just released a 432-page guide that tackles modern dilemmas of etiquette. They have ruled that it is “selfish” to recline your airline seat and deemed it rude to smoke e-cigarettes in the office. Leaders must not ignore these guidelines however inconvenient. “Politeness,” Theodore Roosevelt said, “[is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.” Emily Post, the famed etiquette scribe, best describes the utility of proper manners: If…
  • Top 10 Compelling Proactive Leadership Links: Oct. 20-24

    Admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    How to make a decision like Ike. Eisenhower’s thought process explained. Should leaders consider speed to be the end all be all? We have to remember, speed kills. Leaders, sometimes it is not only OK to be ruthless, but it is essential A complete look at how Benjamin Franklin got things done. Worth study and imitation. Ignore emotional intelligence at your own risk. How to follow your dreams: Step 1 – Don’t Take Rejection Personally. Mark Zuckerberg studies Mandarin. Should you? “What I dream of is an art of balance…an art which could be for every mental worker,…
  • How To Be Successful & Only Work Two Hours A Day

    Admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Greene Hard At Work When Graham Greene was asked if he was a “9-to-5 man” he replied, “Me? Good Heavens, no. I’d say I’m a 9 to a quarter past 10 man.” Greene wrote, on average, a novel a year during his professional career as well as numerous articles and reviews. How did he find the time if he only worked less than two hours a weekday? One can only assume it came down to his strict discipline and routine. Greene wrote 500 words, Monday through Friday, and only 500 words no matter what. Not one word more or less. Exactly 500. If he was in the middle a…
  • Two Invaluable Productivity Tips From H.L. Mencken

    William Briggs
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    H.L. Mencken and his colleague George Jean Nathan became editors of The Smart Set magazine as it was nearing bankruptcy. Mencken and Nathan not only rescued The Smart Set, but also created three new and popular magazines (Saucy Stories, Black Mask, and Parisienne). On top of these editorial successes Mencken was also a successful columnist and critic. In Mencken’s autobiography he attributes his immense productivity to the following two work methods:  1. Out of Office Mencken would only go to his New York office once a month. His partner, Nathan, would only go into the office “every…
  • Are You a Failing Leader?

    Samuel B. Bacharach
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Over at my Inc.com column I present five questions you should ask yourself to determine if you are  failing leader or not. Acknowledging that your leadership is on the brink of failing is the first step to turning it around.
 
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    Ravi Pratap Singh

  • Stubborn on Vision, Flexible on Details

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Every entrepreneurial journey begins with a VISION. But as the entrepreneur treads farther and farther away from the familiar environs of his pre-entrepreneurial comfort zones and heads deeper and deeper into the uncertainty-riddled paths of the business world, he finds himself being slowly but surely engulfed in the kinds of pressures that he never even knew existed. At this point, the original vision of a majority of entrepreneurs starts to fade... and before long, darkness takes over! This 'loss of vision' occurs primarily because most entrepreneurs don't have the guts to…
  • POSITIONAL POWER and PERSONAL POWER

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm
    "...if you want to test a man’s character, give him power." When he uttered those profound words, I guess Abraham Lincoln was hinting at a person's Positional Power, which can be given as well as snatched. As the name suggests, Positional Power is the authority which comes from the 'office' or 'position' to which the leader is appointed or elected. Since it is derived from external sources, this type of power is not permanent, and can quickly evaporate with the loss of the leader's office or position. Politics…
  • Walk The Social Talk: Best Practices In Social Learning

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    18 May 2014 | 2:42 am
    Last week I had a wonderful time speaking at HCL's Social Learning Conference in Chennai. The aim of the conference was to have external and internal specialists share their thoughts and experiences in Social Learning with HCL's leaders. The topics covered by four other eminent speakers were - The Age of Social Learning, Driving Collaboration through Social Media, Social Learning Tools, and M-Learning. I spoke on 'Walk The Social Talk: Best Practices In Social Learning'. Here are the slides I used for my presentation. Would be glad to discuss in case you have any…
  • Learnnovators is about LEARNING and INNOVATION...

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    Last week I had the opportunity of doing an interview with SocialProma. Here are some excerpts: 1) What was the idea behind starting Learnnovators? I had been working in the learning/training business for about a dozen years when I got bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. So in 2003, I started C2 Workshop along with another colleague, Srividya Kumar. In June 2013, we rebranded C2 Workshop as Learnnovators. When we began our entrepreneurial journey, e-learning was a new (infact, almost unknown) concept in India and there weren’t too many players in the market. But Vidya and I were convinced…
  • Keep A 'Beginner's Mind'

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:11 am
    The 'Beginner's Mind' or 'Shoshin' is a concept in Zen Buddhism that refers to "having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would." Let me explain this in simple words. When you are a beginner in any activity, you focus all your energy and enthusiasm into accomplishing that activity. Your mind is devoid of unnecessary clutter and your concentration is solely on achieving the task at hand. Remember the time when you were learning to…
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    Enclaria: Influence Change at Work

  • So You Want to Be an Independent Change Management Consultant…

    Heather Stagl
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    It seems to be a trend that after spending enough time as an internal change management practitioner that you’ll have the desire to go out on your own and become an independent consultant. I frequently talk with people who are considering or in the process of making this transition, or who are at least dreaming of making the leap some day. I suspect that the tendency to want to escape is due in part because influencing change from the middle of an organization is at best challenging and at times a seemingly fruitless effort. From that point of view, it seems that becoming an external…
  • Interview: The Four Workplace Conversations

    Heather Stagl
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    In this episode, workplace communication expert Skip Weisman shares the four conversations that happen at work, three of which create low morale, low productivity and kill profits. Which one works? Listen to find out The Four Workplace Conversations, how and why they occur and specific strategies to move to the one “right” conversation. Listen to the show here (30 minutes): Be sure to visit the radio show page to listen to past episodes and subscribe to the show.
  • How to Thrive (and Not Dive) as a Change Agent

    Heather Stagl
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    When we take on a change agent role in an organization, we start off with high hopes for making a difference. Whether you’re hired into the position, assigned or volunteered to take it on, there are a number of things that can help set you apart as someone who can get things done. On the other hand, not doing these things can cause your effort to crash and burn. Align Your Efforts to the Bigger Picture. There’s no faster way to burn out as a change agent than working counter to the stated goals and strategy of the organization. And even if you’re not at odds with the direction the…
  • Interview: How to Measure and Maximize Alignment in Your Change Initiatives

    Heather Stagl
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Ever wonder if people in your organization are really on the same page when it comes to change? In this episode, Michael Taylor of SchellingPoint shares a way to measure and maximize alignment in your change initiatives. We discuss why alignment is important, who needs to be aligned, how to tell if you have alignment or not, and what you can do when you need better alignment. Listen to the show here (30 minutes): Be sure to visit the radio show page to listen to past episodes and subscribe to the show.
  • Can’t Get Support for Change? Just Hide It

    Heather Stagl
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    In my 2010 book 99 Ways to Influence Change, one thing I did not include was to Hide It. Yet, I’ve heard recent examples of people doing just that – implementing change even when it’s been explicitly shot down or repeatedly unsupported at the top. In one case, a presenter at a PMI event shared a number of ways to implement Agile software development practices in an organization, and one of the approaches she called “Black Market Agile.” In the example she cited, they had decided against implementing Agile at the corporate level, but one division decided to do it…
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    Vineet Nayar

  • Granular Approach Vital to organisation’s success: Vineet Nayar

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Ahmedabad: MICA, on 10th October 2014 organized an interesting interactive session by Mr. Vineet Nayar, HCL’s Ex-CEO & Founder of Sampark Foundation for MICAns. Known for both his business expertise and thought leadership, Mr Nayar is also the author of Harvard Business June 2010 Press bestseller, ‘Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down’. In an interactive session which was filled with interesting insights complimented with great illustrations, Mr. Nayar shared his experience working with HCL, wisdom in defying conventions and views related…
  • Nayars Gift an Auditorium to their Alma Mater, Campus School

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    6th October 2014: In a glittering ceremony in Pantnagar, Uttrakhand, Former CEO of HCL Technologies and Founder, Sampark foundation Vineet Nayar and his wife Anupama Nayar, Co-Founder, Sampark Foundation, dedicated a new auditorium – ‘Janak Nayar Auditorium’ – to their Alma Mater, The Campus School. The School hosted a gathering of hundreds of students, alumni, friends and families to formally inaugurate the new state-of-the-art facility. The Auditorium named after Nayar’s mother, is the family’s tribute to the School where both Vineet and Anupama studied and Mrs. Janak Nayar…
  • You need to own the change you want to see

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

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

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

  • Reaching Consensus on Key Decisions as a Self Directed Work Team

    Deborah Mackin
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Consensus is about agreement and supportunlike voting which is just about agreement. It’s a belief that when you disagree, you see something another person isn’t able to see. Therefore, the goal is not to push past you, but to try to understand what you see. It’s not about voting or any decision-making process that divides the team by leaving one group winners and another group losers.   Consensus was founded by Quakers who called it “participatory humility” and because of this ideal way to collaborate teams find clarity and union around the many decisions they have to make as…
  • Making Decisions as a Self Directed Work Team

    Deborah Mackin
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    One of the vital differences in SDWTs is that silence during decision making is treated as disagreement.  This simple difference changes everything in terms of team dynamics.  People in a team environment have to show their position on any decision made, whether in agreement, needing time for more discussion or blocking the decision.  Right away we see the accountability change as people must make their positions transparent in front of others.  No longer can a minority of three or four people decide on the actions for all, while others remain silent.  Some key principles around team…
  • Sowing the Field for Self Directed Work Teams in Your Organizations

    Deborah Mackin
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Usually the first we try to do when we’re brought in to discuss building a culture around self directed work teams is to convince the organization not to do teaming.  We know, it sounds counter intuitive for a teaming firm like ours to convince the potential client not to do teams.  However, we take that approach for two reasons: 1.  Does the client know of the long-term, hard work and dedication that is needed in order to implement teams as a culture shift and are his/her senior leadership team on board? Are they okay with giving more authority and autonomy to their workers? Are they in…
  • 10 Tips To Becoming the Value-Added, Indispensable Millennial Employee

    Matthew Harrington
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    When we train on the new workforce generation one of the most common themes that emerges is how can a Millennial worker become more value-added in a short amount of time.  In addition to this theme usually the next sub-theme is ‘…make it practical, real life examples, attainable differences.’  With those two thoughts in mind we’ve put together a list of what we have heard, seen, and believe are ways that a new Millennial worker can become indispensable: 1. Have a “Show Up, On Time, Ready To Go” Philosophy.  Number one on the list and quite possibly the most important (because…
  • Mackin Presents Leadership Secrets from a Beehive and New Adaptive Coach Competencies to Vermont State SHRM Conference

    Matthew Harrington
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building and leadership author, presented two presentations today at the annual SHRM Vermont State HR Conference.  Her first presentation was based off of her recent co-authored book, Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive entitled Leadership Secrets from the Beehive, while the second presentation focused on The Adaptive Coach: Identifying New Competencies Needed for New Generations of Workers. In Leadership Secrets from the Beehive Mackin led a presentation and discussion around the seven key lessons that emerged from studying the inner…
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    Eblin Group

  • Getting Up to Speed on A World Gone Social

    Scott
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Whether you love it, hate it or are somewhere in the middle on it, social media can have a huge impact on your effectiveness as a leader. Whether you're in the conversation or not, the chances are people are talking about your organization online. Why not search for your organization on Google, Yelp or Glassdoor and see what you find? The results might surprise you. (Audio)
  • Three Short Videos for the Overworked and Overwhelmed

    Scott
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Summers and other great folks from the American Management Association to talk about Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. The AMA has a really cool little video series called Three Questions where authors give short answers to questions in their wheelhouse. If you’re feeling overworked and overwhelmed or know someone who is, these videos just might help. You can watch all three in under five minutes.
  • Mindful Mondays: Take the Time

    Scott
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    When people ask me, as they often do, why my wife Diane and I moved from the Washington, DC suburbs to L.A., I tell them the truth. When Diane, who grew up outside of Philadelphia, was eight, her parents took her to Disneyland and she never got over it. She’s wanted to live in Southern California for most of her life. So, when we figured out how to do it, we moved. And, as I usually tell people, we moved in the most inefficient way imaginable. We had been in our house in Virginia for 13 years and raised two boys there. Needless to say, there was a lot of stuff in there.
  • Are You Fit to Lead?

    Scott
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    The question posed in the title of this post is one that I’ve heard asked a lot over the years. Usually, it refers to someone having the right mix of temperament, ethics, experience and the like that’s needed to be an effective leader. My guest in the podcast interview that accompanies this post would likely ask the question from a different perspective. Carol Himmelhoch is a professor of leadership at Siena Heights University and she’s recently published a monograph titled "Transformational Leadership and High-Intensity Interval Training". If you’re familiar with CrossFit, you know…
  • Mindful Mondays: How to Feel Amazing in Five Minutes

    Scott
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    One of the ironic effects of the hyper-connected age we live in is that there is very little true listening going on. As I write about in my new book, there’s a lot of transient listening in which we’re so preoccupied with all the thoughts of our multi-tasking minds that we hear each other but don’t really listen. Higher up the value chain is transactional listening in which we’re listening with the goal of accomplishing something or solving a problem. That’s important but doesn’t really do much for the heart and soul. Then there’s transformational listening which is when we…
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    StrategyDriven

  • Human Feedback is the Greatest Path to Efficiency

    Anna Carroll
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Feedback, at its core, is simply information about the results of past action that can improve the results of future actions. An airplane’s navigation system, the thermostat in your home’s heating unit, and a flashing electronic sign that displays your car’s speed are all examples of feedback that drives improvement. The plane adjusts its course, the heat turns off in the warm afternoon, and you slow down to the speed limit. Each time an adjustment is made, a ‘feedback loop’ is completed. It’s not happening in the workplace This is so not the way information…
  • Lead Like it Matters… Because it Does, part 3 of 4

    Roxi Hewertson
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    We asked Roxi Hewertson about the 8 overarching leadership insights that kick off her new book Lead Like it Matters…Because it Does hitting the stores in just a few weeks. She agreed to share them with us as a four-part series. This is Part 3 of 4. Insight #5: Leading is All About Relationships Let’s get to the heart of the matter. If no one is following you, you aren’t leading. Period. You can manage all kinds of tasks that might involve schedules, money, projects, budgets, and so on, and yet everything you do with your staff and other stakeholders involves relationships.
  • Lead Like it Matters… Because it Does, part 2 of 4

    Roxi Hewertson
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    We asked Roxi Hewertson about the 8 overarching leadership insights that kick off her new book Lead Like it Matters…Because it Does hitting the stores in just a few weeks. She agreed to share them with us as a four-part series. This is Part 2 of 4. Insight #3: Leadership Is a Discipline, Not an Accident We know for sure that highly effective leaders get much better results. There is no debate about this, and you know it’s plain old common sense. Don’t we all want better results? Don’t we want to get more bang for the buck? Those of you who already lead people (as…
  • The Big Picture of Business – Visioning Scope: Applying Vision Toward Your Organization’s Progress

    Hank Moore
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Visioning is the process where good ideas become something more. It is a catalyst toward long-term evaluation, planning and implementation. It is a vantage point by which forward-thinking organizations ask: What will we look like in the future? What do we want to become? How will we evolve? Vision is a realistic picture of what is possible. 7 Steps Toward Strategic Vision Analyze the company’s environment, resources and capabilities. Determine where the Big Picture existed before, if it did at all. Crystallize the core business in terms of viabilities to move successfully forward to…
  • Present for Success

    Jayne Latz
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    Does this sound familiar? You have a big presentation and you practice reading your notes for several days. You work on the perfect PowerPoint slides and polish your content, but on the big day it feels like your presentation falls flat. What happened? If public speaking makes you uncomfortable or gives you anxiety, you’re not alone: public speaking is one of the most common fears in the United States. Unfortunately, that anxiety can interfere with your delivery. It doesn’t matter how strong the content of your presentation is, if you’re unable to speak in a clear, confident…
 
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    Management is a Journey

  • A Video to Keep You & Your Team Inspired!

    Robert Tanner
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
  • Three Critical Leadership Lessons From the Roosevelts

    Robert Tanner
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Ken Burns prepared an excellent documentary on Teddy, Eleanor, and Franklin Roosevelt. Below is  a post on leadership that I recently published on Linkedin about the Roosevelts: Like many people, I enjoyed watching Ken Burn’s latest documentary on the Roosevelts. Some of my favorite quotes on leadership come from Teddy, Eleanor, and Franklin. Of course, any quote […]
  • Why Employees Resist Change

    Robert Tanner
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
  • Eight Traits of Effective Leaders

    Robert Tanner
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:27 pm
    What do effective leaders do? While there is no one style or personality profile for an effective leader, it turns out that these men and women do have something in common. Effective leaders share eight common traits. The late management expert, Peter Drucker, identified these traits. While Drucker’s traits are not new leadership information, they […]
  • How to Improve Employee Motivation with the Three Needs Theory

    Robert Tanner
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    Video: I hope you enjoyed the above video. I’m a big fan of the Three Needs Theory because it is a simple tool that you can use to improve the motivation of your employees. Before you can effectively use the Three Needs Theory, however,  you will have to spend some time getting to know your people. […]
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    The Clemmer Group » Blog

  • Perceptions Are a Leader’s Reality

    Jim Clemmer
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Have you ever caught yourself saying, “that’s not reality, that’s just their perception”? This is a common trap leaders often fall into when receiving personal feedback or reviewing organizational survey data. We judge ourselves by our intentions. Everyone else assesses our leadership effectiveness by our behavior. That’s a highly subjective evaluation based on what others see us doing. No one can see into a leader’s heart or hear his or her thoughts (which for some is a very good thing). So the perceptions of a leader’s direct reports, peers,…
  • Strong Leaders Serve and Support

    Jim Clemmer
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    After reading my post “Recognition Pitfalls and Traps” a reader sent me an e-mail highlighting two points that resonated most with her: “Employees are like partners, to be listened to and involved in running the organization”; and “Sincere and honest recognition is one of the lowest cost and highly effective ways a leader can inspire and energize people.” She went on to explain that she has three new supervisors who “are ripe for this kind of messaging. What they lack in experience they multiply in enthusiasm and energy. I keep sharing with them in…
  • Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm from…Joseph Campbell

    Jim Clemmer
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you want to ask me how you should live your life, I ask you what is the most meaningful thing to you, your raison d’être (reason for existence), and suggest you ally yourself with that (your bliss). - Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind: The Authorized Biography, Stephen Larsen and Robin Larsen …what is the nature of the wasteland? It is a land where everybody is living an inauthentic life, doing as other people do, doing as you’re told, with no courage for your own life. - The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers A person is a hero or heroine when he or she is…
  • Book Review of “Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind”

    Jim Clemmer
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    As I posted a few years ago in “At What Stage Are You in Your Hero’s Journey?” I drew from Joseph Campbell’s pioneering work on mythology in writing my only work of fiction, Moose on the Table: A Novel Approach to Communications @ Work. Campbell’s life work focused on exploring how religions, philosophies, arts and “the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic ring of myth.” Campbell wrote and edited dozens of books on comparative mythology and religion. His books and thousands of lectures focused on finding the “monomyth”…
  • Human Resources Leaders Need to Create More Strategic Value

    Jim Clemmer
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    International consultant and management author, Ram Charan, wrote a provocative article in the July-August issue of Harvard Business Review. In It’s Time to Split HR he declares “I talk with CEOs across the globe who are disappointed in their HR people.” He goes on to explain that CEOs would like to get the same sort of strategic advice from their CHRO (chief human resources officer) as from their CFO and use them as sounding boards and trusted partners in key people and organizational issues. Ram recommends breaking the profession into an administrative department for…
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    The Forum Corporation

  • Women in the Workplace: Egg Freezing and Alternative Benefits

    Janine Carlson
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Apple, Facebook and other tech companies have recently garnered headlines with their policy to offer company insurance coverage to women who wish to freeze their eggs. Apple’s spokeswoman said Apple wants to “empower women at Apple to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones and raise their families.” Yet many see it as going too far. This debate is focusing on companies that already have the most comprehensive benefits packages available and misses an important point: at many companies here in Asia Pacific, the need for the “basics” for women is still not met.
  • How to Make Gamification Meaningful in Learning

    Ana Bedard
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Gamification is such a big phenomenon in today’s business world that this decade has been dubbed “The Decade of Gamification (O’Brien, 2012).”Companies use gamification to promote interaction with and ultimately loyalty to their brand.  Learning professionals are integrating game elements into learning solutions to motivate learners to engage in learning. Sounds simple – incorporate game elements, motivate learners! What are some game elements? Think about your favorite games. They most likely have rules, challenges, and competition. They have leader boards and points. They have…
  • Engagement + Accountability = Performance that Matters

    Tom Rose
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In our recent survey, we responded to client interest in accountability and what drives it.   We undertook this work because we see a connection between accountability and engagement.  We believe that Engagement + Accountability = Performance that Matters. Let me give a brief explanation.   Engagement- namely the motivation to exert extra effort to achieve results- and accountability- taking on the difficult challenges that makes a real difference- lead to outcomes that advance organizations and strengthen their cultures from “business as usual” to meaningful, sustained progress. Our…
  • Learning in a Company with Diverse Cultures

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

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

  • Seeing Self and Others

    Stop Workplace Drama
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is scientific evidence to support that the way we see ourselves and the way we see others influences our communication with them. When you see an employee as less than you, you build a barrier. When you see someone on a committee or board as an adversary you create a barrier. Ready to build a bridge instead of a barrier?
  • Lack of Clarity as a Barrier

    Stop Workplace Drama
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We tend to focus on and thus communicate about what we do not want but rarely communicate about what we do want. It is rare to hear anyone answer the question “what do you want?” with a clear positive statement. Until you are clear about what you want, you can’t get it. Until you are clear about what you want from your employees, associates, or colleagues, they can’t measure up. Clarity is king when it comes to communication.
  • Three Barriers to Strategic Communication

    Stop Workplace Drama
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    When we fail to tap into cultural awareness, we risk being misunderstood, and make mistakes that could be avoided if we would have invested the energy to understand the rules of the game, or the expectations and norms of the culture. We can all imagine how difficult it would be to move to another country with different cultures. The same is true in the workplace. When new employees join the company, they are entering a little bit of culture shock until they develop cultural awareness.
  • From Drama to Enlightenment

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

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

  • 3 Tips to Quickly Onboard New Employees

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Mark was upbeat at the end of his first day at his new job as a programmer for a small tech company. He was shown around, introduced to his coworkers, and given a desk and a computer. He had spent most of the day alone and settling in, which was fine with him. A few days later, he wasn’t so upbeat. He had been given an interesting assignment, but he wasn’t sure how it fit with the overall project, and he wasn’t sure how to do some of the work. He was concerned about asking too many questions because he wanted to look like he knew what he was doing. By the end of the week, Mark was…
  • 5 Ways to Use Discomfort to Be More Effective as a Leader

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    I am honored to host this guest post by Marcia Reynolds, author of the new bestseller The Discomfort Zone: Mastering the Art of Turning Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs, and to offer the opportunity to win a free copy of her book. Leave a comment and winners will be randomly drawn on October 27th. As a leader, there will be times when the people you lead or coach get stuck when dealing with difficult decisions and relationship issues. They know they have to resolve their issue but can’t see new solutions. You want to help, but these conversations can stir up emotions, and you…
  • Mindfulness in the Workplace Is More than Meditation

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    In a recent Huffington Post article, Ford Motor Company chairman Bill Ford and former Google.org director Larry Brilliant are described as “business leaders who advocate mindfulness.” The article then goes on to list ten executives who meditate regularly. It’s easy to assume mindfulness and meditation are the same. No wonder there’s confusion. With the increased interest in mindfulness in the workplace, many companies now offer classes in yoga, meditation, and stress reduction, and endorse activities such as spending 5 minutes each day doing nothing and taking time out…
  • Could You Be Off Course Without Knowing It?

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    You’re clear about where you want to go. You made your plans. You’ve started on your journey. Maybe you landed your dream job, or found your soulmate, or have a vision for how you can make a difference in the world. So now, you simply need to focus on execution – on implementing your plans. Right? Wrong! Sadly, it’s not uncommon that at some point in the future, you might take stock and wonder how you ended up where you are. Why does that happen? How is it possible to be off course without knowing it? 1. A huge, sudden external shift. A sudden change in your world can derail you,…
  • Craft Workplace Inspiration With an Organizational Constitution

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Guest post by S. Chris Edmonds How is your team or department performing today? I’ll bet you think you know how your team is performing. Most likely you have dashboards that indicate production, error rates, profitability, sales, market share, and more. You probably also have customer service metrics at your fingertips – tools that indicate service ratings, customer satisfaction, customer churn, and the like. But do you know exactly how inspiring your work environment is? Performance, customer service, and workplace inspiration are all equally important metrics. The reality is that…
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    Braithwaite Innovation Group

  • 5 ways to lead from the head and the heart

    Jane Perdue
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
      I’ve long believed that the options we face in life, love, and leadership aren’t limited to either/or choices. What I see is a bountiful array of both head and heart opportunities. What do you see? One area where someone’s either/or or both/and orientation shows up in stark head or heart contrast is in how they work with others—whether it’s at ... The post 5 ways to lead from the head and the heart appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Time to stop believing the worst

    Jane Perdue
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    His written words were cutting, cold, and cruel. “It’s obvious she’s trying to pull a fast one. Does she think I’m stupid? Some kind of wimp? Tell her she’s finished writing for us. We don’t work with devious people.” My crime? Emailing the wrong file. I’d been in a hurry and carelessly attached an article that ... The post Time to stop believing the worst appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • The business case for women getting an MBA

    Frances Kweller
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Frances Kweller, entrepreneur and founder of Kweller Prep, a learning incubator specializing in advanced test preparation in New York City.   Ideas are nothing. Execution is everything.  While women may have many ideas for starting their own businesses, or for improving an existing business, the problem is that far too few of us ... The post The business case for women getting an MBA appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Investing in your employees’ health

    Marsha Friedman
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:21 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Marsha Friedman, a 24-year veteran of the public relations industry and the CEO of EMSI P.R., a top public relations firm. Marsha is the author of Celebritize Yourself. You can hear her on her weekly Blog Talk Radio Show, EMSI’s PR Insider or connect with her on Twitter. Her insight on investing ... The post Investing in your employees’ health appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 10.3.14 First Friday Favs

    Jane Perdue
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
      I’m fascinated with power. Have been since a boss misused his in describing a colleague as a colorful butterfly and me as a soft and round Aunt Polly. I’m a woman on a mission to rehabilitate our views of power. As I’m writing a book about power, the last month was filled with going through ... The post 10.3.14 First Friday Favs appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
 
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    Business Fitness

  • 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 →
  • 4 Ways Distraction Threatens Your Career | Fight Back

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

    Dawn Lennon
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    “What are the boundary mistakes that supervisors make and how do you fix them?” That’s the question I left you with at the end of Episode # 4. A boundary is border or a limit. At work, boundaries are about … Continue reading →
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    Leadership Learning Community blogs

  • What If?!!! Thinking outside of the box about leadership program delivery

    Deborah Meehan
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    There are so many benefits to individuals who attend leadership programs, some might wonder why we should consider different approaches…if it’s not broken why fix it?  After all, people who attend traditional leadership programs report increased self-confidence and new skills that they believe enable them to perform more effectively in their leadership roles, often within organizations.   As times change so are our ideas about leadership.  Complex problems need a new level of connection and collaboration across organizations and work on single issues. Ten years…
  • 2014 Funders and Evaluators Circle: Preliminary Insights and Reaction

    Natalia Castaneda
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    “It was clear that the meeting planners had a high intention of making the meeting useful to all and very applicable to our respective work agendas.”  (Meeting Participant)Last week, the Leadership Learning Community and the Annie E. Casey Foundation joined forces to host the Funders and Evaluators Learning Circle in Baltimore, MD with the support of the W.K.K Foundation, American Express and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  As someone new to this particular LLC event I am thrilled to report that, as I told my colleagues last week, this was one of my favorite LLC convenings –…
  • Reflections on LLC’s 2014 Funders & Evaluators Circle

    Elizabeth Lanyon
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Language, Metrics and EquityIt was dark when we landed in Baltimore; the city seemed to hum, waiting enthusiastically for our arrival.  I hadn’t been back to Baltimore for several years following a very short stint between college semesters; all I remembered was the streets paved in asphalt with recycled glass.  When I set out on Monday to complete a few last-minute tasks for the 2014 Funders & Evaluators meeting, I found myself pausing to snap pictures of the historic buildings, the bronze statues and churches that shadowed my path.  I felt the city’s bones and could…
  • You’re Invited: October 9th Peer Assist – “How Power, Privilege and Race Show Up in Networks”

    Deborah Meehan
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    When LLC conducted a recent survey of leadership development programs about the relevance of networks for those leading social change over 80% of the respondents felt that being able to use network strategies and tools was an important leadership competency. Interest in networks is growing and often with the belief that networks are flatter, more democratic and inclusive.  Networks do have different dynamics and are not devoid of power.  These issues came up in sessions at our national meeting elevating the conversation to an important and needed level.  For example, networks…
  • In Response to Darren Walker’s Message on September 2nd: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead

    Elizabeth Lanyon
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:13 pm
    In September, the Ford Foundation’s President, Darren Walker, sent an email reflecting on his experience in the first year of his role at the Foundation. It was refreshing to read and was, for me, an experience in breaking down walls to reveal the relationships that are at the heart of philanthropy and social change work.  We’ve all been in a situation where we go to the front lines to experience firsthand the challenges of a community.  As leaders and movement builders, often we come with a lens of “how can I help improve these conditions so people have opportunity.” …
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    Team Building - Corporate Team Building Tips & Strategies

  • Fallback Friday for Fine-Tuning Team Performance #teamfallbackfriday

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    8 Months ago Dr. Scott Simmerman @scottsimmerman, founder of Performance Management Company, issued a Spring Forward Monday challenge #SpringForward. I raise him and propose Fallback Friday #teamfallbackfriday. It's an ideal time for corporate teams to sit down, evaluate results achieved so far this year and generate strategies to fall back in line if results are not tracking on target.
  • Team Power: What Teamwork Can Accomplish (Video Blog)

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

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

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

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

  • 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.
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Stimulate Your Asian Team Members to Speak Up?

    Aad Boot
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    In global teams, team effectiveness is not only impacted by personal (people’s characters and temperament) and organizational (level of team alignment from the start) elements. There are important cultural elements at play as well. Cultural elements that can, if not understood and properly addressed, quickly lead to frustration and ineffective teams.
  • A Powerful Story about Team Diversity: The Philips Founding Fathers

    Hanneke Siebelink
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    This is an episode of the LeadershipWatch Series: How to collaborate across divisions, companies and cultures and achieve your goals? Follow the LeadershipWatch Series and learn from the best experts out there.
  • Strategy Execution: A Short Checklist that Helps

    Aad Boot
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Strategy execution is a key topic on the agenda of Boards and Executive Committees. The increased focus by senior leadership on strategy execution is a good thing. If you’re not good at it, you can get into trouble. Read more ...
  • Why Collaboration Is a Top Concern for Every Leader

    Aad Boot
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Originally published on LinkedIn (read original). Senior leaders regularly share with me their concerns about the level of collaboration in the company. They often mention the lack of cross-organizational collaboration they experience, and how this is hindering the company to...
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    Travis Robertson » Travis Robertson - Robertson Coaching International

  • How to Prepare Your Real Estate Business For Winter

    Travis Robertson
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Ever wondered how to prepare for the seasonal shifts in the business? Real estate coach and trainer Travis Robertson explains how you can prepare for winter while also taking steps to setup a great start to next year.How to Prepare Your Real Estate Business For WinterWinter happens every single year and yet so many agents seem caught off guard by it. It sneaks up on agents and they don’t do anything to prepare their business in advance. As you’re heading into the winter months, use these three tips to winter proof, or winterize, your business.1. Don’t Slow…
  • 4 Tools That Will Add Hours To Your Week

    Travis Robertson
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    One thing that gets in the way of most real estate agents being productive throughout the day is all the follow-up calls and emails that have to be made. Discover four tools you can use to DRAMATICALLY speed up the time it takes for you to power through that list of people to call or email so you can get on with your day.The post 4 Tools That Will Add Hours To Your Week appeared first on Travis Robertson.
  • How To Actually Get Repeat and Referral Business

    Travis Robertson
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Every real estate agent wants more referrals coming in to them. Real estate coach and trainer Travis Robertson shares with you FIVE things you can do, starting today, to explode the number of real estate referrals you are getting!How To Actually Get Repeat and Referral BusinessEverybody wants more referrals. Every agent wants more people coming to them or talking about their business, because those are often times the best people to work with. Want to know how to generate more of repeat or referral business? Here are five different things that you can do, starting today, to explode the…
  • How To Finish Your Year Strong

    Travis Robertson
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Real estate coach and trainer, Travis Robertson, shares his ideas on how to finish the year strong! The real estate transactions you plan and complete in the final quarter of this year will directly impact the start of 2015. Nurture leads, close deals, and finish strong!Finish StrongIt is currently mid-October, meaning you have 4 to 6 weeks left to put deals together that are going to affect this year’s goals. If you’re looking to finish the year strong and set up for a great 2015, the first thing you need to keep in mind is this: deals aren’t just going to happen.
  • 7 Core Actions Every Top Real Estate Agent Performs

    Travis Robertson
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Have you ever wondered what it takes to be really successful in real estate? In this video, Travis Robertson explains the 7 keys steps to becoming as successful as the top 10%! 7 Core Actions Every Top Real Estate Agent PerformsThere’s probably no question that I get asked more by real estate professionals than “how do I be successful in this business?” Most agents make around $35,000-40,000/year. That is not enough money to support the life you want and provide for your family. Here are the 7 keys for being more successful in this business:Treat this like a…
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    Thinking is Hard Work

  • The List: What History Can Tell You

    Colleen Sharen
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Margaret MacMillan’s new book, “The War that Ended Peace” is my latest read. It is a thorough analysis of the fifteen years preceding the first world war. MacMillan looks at the build […]
  • Asking the right questions

    Colleen Sharen
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
      As the dust settles after last week’s shooting on Parliament Hill, it’s time for Canadians to reflect on what has happened in our land of Peace, Order and Good Government. Many […]
  • Tough Day to Be A Canadian

    Colleen Sharen
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    It’s been a tough couple of days to be a Canadian. A young, engaged, caring man has died. Gunshots rang out in the centre of our democracy, Parliament Hill. The bubble has […]
  • Narcissism of Small Differences

    Colleen Sharen
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Have you ever noticed how Canadians are immediately able to list in minute detail how we are NOT like Americans? Or Kiwis can explain how they are different from Aussies? I recently […]
  • The List: Cool Blogs on Learning

    Colleen Sharen
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Learning is a lifelong skill, but most of us don’t really think much about how we learn. Today’s List is about the science and practice of teaching and learning. I’ve recently become […]
 
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • The CEO’s Influence on Culture: The Market Basket Story

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Intentional or not, all organizations have a corporate culture. And whether that culture has a positive or negative impact on employees, leaders are ultimately responsible. The story of Market Basket supermarkets is a perfect example.
  • CIPD Employee Outlook Survey: Career Management Matters

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Autumn 2014 CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook survey reveals one in three employees report that their career progression to date has failed to meet their expectations. Here’s why the results are a bit of a wake-up call for employers.
  • Putting Engagement to Work: The Wheel of Engagement for Task, Work, and Project

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Engagement is more than the general and abstract measurement of attitudes and attachments an employee has with an organisation. Work engagement focuses more on being engaged - or how employees connect and perform with specific work, tasks, and projects. Here are 4 recommendations to make better use of task, work, and project engagement.
  • Why Compensation Planning Shouldn’t Scare the (Blank) Out of You

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Compensation planning can strike fear in the hearts of the bravest HR and compensation managers. It can become a recurring nightmare of trying to stick to your budget and merit matrix, and chasing down supervisors for recommendations and approvals. How do you make the process less frightful? Find out in this post.
  • How to Support Employee Career Advancement

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    What do your employees’ want in their careers? It’s an important question, because a lot of your corporate success depends on their sense of achievement. If they’re not engaged, if they don’t see a future with your company, they’re going to leave. Your new mantra: Engage and train to retain. Here’s how our new career management eBook can help.
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    mgmtideas.com - Latest Content

  • Idea from the Vault: The 24 Hour Rule

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ford has put a rule in place. It says: 'You have 24 hours to take a new and emerging issue, try to understand it and see if you can resolve it yourself. After that, you have to go public with it.' It's an escalation process. Because with a lot of these issues, we can solve them pretty quickly by applying the intellect we have in this company. Author(s): Bennie Fowler Source(s): How Ford Profits from its '24 Hour Rule' (Harvard Business Review)
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  • New Article: The Five Traps of High-Stakes Decision Making

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’ve been studying decision-making at the top for many years and what I've found is that good decisions nearly always result from robust decision processes. Similarly, decisions that go wrong nearly always stem from procedural or organizational failures. In fact, just five mistakes account for the vast majority of poor decisions. Author(s): Michael C. Mankins Source(s): Bain & Company
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals. Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be…
  • 2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

    Peter Slutsky
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm…
  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
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    The Modern Servant Leader

  • SERVANT Leaders are Empathetic – Acronym Model

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT (Selfless, Empathetic, Resolute, Virtuous, Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The second principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Empathetic. In order to lead people, you need to know what it feels like to walk a mile in their shoes. Even if you’ve never been in their position, you must have the empathy to perceive their circumstances, from their point of view.
  • SERVANT Leaders are Selfless – Acronym Model

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT (Selfless, Empathetic, Resolute, Virtuous, Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The first principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Selfless. If you’re not serving others, you’re not leading. This captures the selfless nature of leadership in a simple statement. Selflessness is about putting the needs of others before yourself. Specifically, we speak here of putting the…
  • SERVANT Leadership Acronym Definition

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    It took me too long to discover servant leadership. It’s taking too long for others to discover the concept as well. Simply put, servant leadership is authentic leadership. If you’re not serving others, you’re not leading. The problem is, most definitions of servant leadership are difficult to understand or share. Therefore, to increase awareness and advocacy I created a more simple definition, using the acronym S.E.R.V.A.N.T. This acronym is not just another model for servant leadership though. Instead, it is a compilation of many, wonderful models before it. In fact,…
  • Why I Started The Modern Servant Leader

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    It was 2006. My CFO just fired the 4th person he hired, within a year of hiring them. Now, his entire team had turned over 3 times in as many years. Yet, the executive team felt he was getting positive results. In fact, on paper, he was. The organization was stronger than ever, from a fiscal perspective. However, the reputation of the organization and the lives of many employees were damaged. So it was clear, the executives focused completely on their investors – even at the expense of employees. I knew there was a better way. I’d seen other leaders achieve better results,…
  • Are You a Complainer or a Contributor?

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Are you a complainer or a contributor?   The complainer likes to point out everything that is wrong. The contributor likes to change what is wrong.   The complainer likes to talk. The contributor likes to take action.   Complainers take from others. Contributors give to others.   A complainer offers feedback. A contributor offers feed forward.   A complainer says, “I could do better”. A contributor does better.   A complainer expects to be served. A contributor serves.   Which are you, a complainer or a contributor?
 
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    Create-Learning Team Building

  • Solution Finding Stimulus Attract Usefulness

    mike
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Solution-Finding & Innovation Thinking is more than a set of tools. It is a different way of thinking and approaching work. Plus, I enjoy finding and phrasing questions that break stuckness in thinking. Attract Usefulness Thinking Looking at what you want SOLVED … focus on a solution or opportunity that enhances & attracts the benefits provided by the system or product or challenge. Reason The more useful the system the more attractive it will be to the users. Question What about the system is useful? What else? What else? How can that be more useful? How can that be more…
  • Leveraging Diversity to Find What Works and Amplify Presentation

    mike
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Academic & pragmatic ways to gather a wide variety of ideas, then create ways to implement the ideas. Working to shift the default mode of problem solving away from people who are senior or tenured within the organization. Leveraging Diversity to Find What Works and Amplify from Michael Cardus   Here is a copy of the slides I used for an opening to a multi-day series of workshops on: Leveraging diversity to find what works and amplify it   Hire Create-Learning
  • How is connecting PVC pipe into a closed structure corporate development and learning?

    mike
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    My favorite team building activities are more mental than physical. I think this better reflects the world of work & examining how people work together. Having a team work on a shared challenge that is similar but different enough to work challenges they face, may allow unique perspectives & ways to achieve the goal. One of my current favorites is an activity that uses a bunch of PVC pipes & connectors. The teambuilding activity has several names: Closed Network Putting it all Together Emergent Solution The PVC Network (Jim Cain the originator of this activity) It does not matter…
  • To Do In Progress Complete – Project Management and Team Building Activity

    mike
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    This is sort of a team building, project management, goal-setting, communication idea. I walked into the ‘war room’ of a team that I am coaching / consulting and saw something similar to the image above on a large white board. I pointed and asked them, “What’s that?” They replied, “Mike, that came from our last team-development meeting, you were talking about recognizing success and all the small steps we each take within our roles, that lead to project completion. After the meeting we met and decided that you were right. Then we asked ourselves, how can we do that? And this is…
  • Your Big Hairy Audacious Goals are Creating Resistance and Repelling Trust

    mike
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
      “… change can be implemented effectively by focusing on minimal, concrete goals, going slowly, and proceeding step by step, rather than strongly promoting vast and vague targets with whose desirability nobody would take issue, but whose attainability is a different question altogether.” – Watzlawick  ‘Change’ Image Credit Sitting in a meeting room with 12 men wearing suits. We sat for over 6 hours listening, nodding, pretending to take notes showing formal agreement. We agreed upon 3 what they forced me to call  BHAGs or Big Hairy Audacious Goals (Collins 1994). I…
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    Horeb International

  • Telling Good Stories

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    John Steinbeck quote – image by Jill Clardy I watched the movie, Locke, last weekend and I would rate it as the best film I have seen this year so far. This is saying a lot considering that I have seen 60 movies in 2014 already. Locke takes place in a car and the audience only sees the driver, a man called Ivan Locke, the entire film. The film involves a trip from Birmingham to London in Locke’s BMW and the hands-free phone conversations which he has with different people. This includes his wife, two sons, work colleagues, the woman he impregnated, a few hospital staff members and his…
  • Taking the Long View

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Image source: photographer padawan *(xava du) There is a big difference between having an idea and executing an idea. The discipline required to execute an idea is what separates dreamers from doers. Executing your ideas not only requires ‘discipline’ but also ‘time’ therefore I would advise you to take the long view.  “Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.” – Tony Robbins There is no such thing as an ‘overnight success’.
  • Dealing with Weaknesses

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

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

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

  • The Leapfrog Opportunity For Executing Strategy (Summarized)

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Occasionally, circumstance and progress in seemingly unrelated areas combine to create an opportunity for solving old problems in new and exciting ways. One of those breakthrough periods is upon us now, with regard to strategy execution. This inflection point has developed primarily because large corporations have made huge investments developing best practices for effective management, strong leadership and strategy execution. Built upon the results of these efforts, we believe the coming Execution Revolution will result in an order-of-magnitude change in cost that will allow small to…
  • Requirements Of A Next-Generation Strategy Execution Program (Summarized)

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    In researching how to build a sustainable strategy execution program, we’ve uncovered three major barriers that have to be overcome if the program is to be successful. They are insufficient expertise, prohibitive economics and simple human nature. We’ve determined that these three barriers are actually the major design requirements any truly effective strategy execution program must be able to address. The Expertise Hurdle: To produce lasting results, any complete strategy execution program has to somehow help the organizations that use it to cope with the wide range of expertise…
  • The First Complete Strategy Execution Program (Summarized)

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    The critical question for every business leader is, “How do I build an organization that consistently executes its strategy?” The answer: it takes a complete program. The reasons other approaches do not last is that they are missing key elements. Technology (i.e., performance mangement software) alone is not enough. Training, by itself, is not adequate. Simply reading best-selling books won’t do it. New leadership by itself is not the answer. Retaining better people won’t make the critical difference. Hiring an executive coach by itself will not overcome this challenge. No, the…
  • The Importance of A Repeatable Methodology for Strategy Execution

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    A methodology, or method, is another name for any step-by-step approach to getting something done. A business-building methodology must include the steps that are essential for an organization to build and sustain a healthy, growing business. It must define how the organization sets its goals and priorities and organizes its resources to best achieve these goals. It must teach the organization how to stay focused on what’s important, while dealing with the inevitable surprises that occur regularly in life. It must provide ways to identify where the organization is on plan (or off) and do so…
  • The Importance of Coaching In A Strategy Execution Program

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Most leaders fail to understand the implication of the human nature barriers. Our natural tendency is to do what we like doing, not necessarily what we should. The topic of coaching offers the most insight into what it takes to deliver a complete strategy execution program. Strategy execution coaching implies that an accountability model exists. Employees in organizations will learn to be accountable – that is, they’ll do what is needed and expected – proportionate to the extent in which three factors are present: Expectations are clear. These expectations are perceived as credible and…
 
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    The Resiliency Group

  • Don’t Take Leadership Lessons from Henry VIII of England!

    Eileen
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    King Henry was thought to be a great leader at the beginning of his reign but he made a series of horrid mistakes that eroded the trust of his people and his court. Does this sound like some of our politicians and now disgraced corporate CEO’s? You decide! Henry did not honor his commitments. He made promises to wives, his privy council and high ranking people in his court and then ignored them. At times he would banish someone from court simply to avoid keeping his promises. Henry surrounded himself with advisers who came and went through the years. His modus operandi was often to respond…
  • Do you percolate or procrastinate? Resilient people know the difference.

    Eileen
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s a question I started asking myself every time I realized I had not written an article, a blog post, or a Tweet. After all – without putting material in the social media pipeline, how are we to get noticed?  How am I suppose to growing my business if I am not “out there” all the time? Procrastinate means to put off something that is either too difficult, too boring, too onerous. Percolate, however, means to simmer, to stew in one’s juice until the “thought coffee” is ready to be poured. I’d like to think I do the latter. I don’t hesitate to write. I hesitate to put…
  • Speaking Of Employee Attitude… Let’s Have Some Fun!

    Eileen
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Turnaround your negative work environment by taking steps to be more positive. You can start by having clear expectations of employees and by having leaders who take an interest in their staff. If you really want to get employees excited about coming to work everyday then you’ll have to go a bit farther. Try some of these fun ideas: Have lunch catered for the entire staff and have it served to employees by management. Celebrate Halloween in February and encourage staff to wear costumes. Give out prizes and candy. Have a contest each month where the winner will have dinner with their…
  • Are the best leaders introverts and extroverts?

    Eileen
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Come watch and listen to my colleague, Jennifer Kahnweiler, PhD as she shares her research and insights into two “polar”opposites. You might be surprised.   The post Are the best leaders introverts and extroverts? appeared first on The Resiliency Group.
  • Energizing Others—To Your Ideas

    Eileen
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Getting other people excited about our ideas is all about preparation and knowing the audience.  First, consider preparation. Do all your advance research. Has this worked in other places? Can you cite authorities or statistics that back your idea? What are the available resources of time, money, people, etc.? Think in terms of results. What will happen if your idea is accepted? What will happen if it won’t? Who do you need on your side as an advocate for your idea? Tell them your idea and get their feedback so that they have no problem supporting you. Now, analyze the audience. Is…
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • Would a Shorter Work Week Benefit Americans?

    Jeremy Unruh
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Many Americans dream of working less, imagining how they might use the extra hours outside of the workplace—perhaps envisioning spending more time with family, taking care of more chores around the home, or devoting time to a new hobby, sport or even a new path in higher education. Lately, some pretty powerful people are thinking the same—and have some good arguments for why American businesses should move in that direction.             *Survey from YouGov.comIn general, the accepted 40-hour workweek has been set since 1938, when…
  • Rebuilding Trust in the Workplace

    Jeremy Unruh
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is learning about it—the fallout that comes from losing trust. In his case, he’s losing it because of missteps, unclear responses to issues, and potential lies. But he’s not just facing the fallout from the football organization solely, he’s facing it from the true people who pay him: NFL fans.Trust is the cornerstone of all good relationships, both inside and outside of the office. Notwithstanding, it can be human nature to make mistakes—inadvertently or even unknowingly at times. At which point begins the task of rebuilding employees’…
  • 5 Steps for Better Stretch Goals

    Jeremy Unruh
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Good leaders should want their employees to not only succeed but also push their limits and raise the bar. One way that can help employees get there, is through regular goal-setting. This can be challenging because often times, employees don’t understand the overarching visionand goals of a company or organization. So it’s important that all players are aligned on the corporate vision in order to effectively start with the goals process. With that firmly in place, a manager can try to push his or her employees by suggesting stretch goals—the type of target that may seem impossible.
  • 5 Signs you may be a costly Micromanager

    Jeremy Unruh
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Are you a micromanager? Or—perhaps worse—you may be one and not realize it?Here are 5 signs you might be too involved in your employees’ work:-You rarely delegate (and when you do, you are entirely too nervous about it)-You find yourself spending more time overseeing (or even doing) other people’s projects than on getting your own done-You nitpick the details (like putting the cover sheets on the TPS reports) and neglect the 30,000-foot view-You reassign projects—to yourself—before they’re done-You discourage autonomy and decision-making at any level under yoursIf one or all of…
  • How to “Ace” your 360 Feedback Assessment

    Jeremy Unruh
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Alright, 360 Assessments do not fall into the testing category that you can “Ace”, however there are steps you can take to ensure that you are getting the most out of your 360 Assessment.  Here’s one question to get you started:Which of the following will help you get the most out of a 360 feedback program?Acknowledge the Process – Feedback is a positive thing and should be used as a development tool.  If you go into a 360 assessment with this in mind, you will get out of it what you put into it, which should be a clear and concise view of your strengths and weaknesses…
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    i360 Insight

  • Silver Mens Rings For Sale

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Silver Mens Rings For Sale Silver mens rings for sale are often chosen over gold ones when the individual that will be wearing the thing comes with an allergic reaction to the gold metals. These individuals will often purchase jewelry so they tend not to respond for their jewelry which is made of silver. Silver mens rings for sale would be the most often purchased types of things bought by people with allergies to gold. Silver and diamond engagement rings are classic, ageless, and beautiful. You do not need to be allergic to gold in order for silver and diamond engagement rings to appeal to…
  • Supra Australia

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    You can perhaps shy from the buying price of leading it but Supra Australia shoes are not unworthy of the cost. They’re usually triple-stitched with additional supplies that will be thick adequate to lessen tearing despite the fact that been location through the a number of inspections of professional skateboarding as well as outcomes on the heavy point due to to undesirable conditions. Supra Australia Supra which suggests ” far above ” in Latin have were able to appear with a few of the primary & most important manufacturers within the atmosphere into a person of the…
  • Accesorios Para Celulares

    admin
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Accesorios Para Celulares Because the iphone has which can be described as a broadly preferred product on the buyer computer and digital market, it’s no real surprise that there are several accesorios para celulares which have debuted about the market. Today, some might be dismissive of the arrival of the accessories seeing lots of the accessories as unwanted (this, incidentally, is really a thoroughly erroneous opinion, albeit one used by several who’ve steadily become negative people). Nevertheless, are to stretching the life of the iphone a number of essential accessories that…
  • Mens Skull Rings

    admin
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Silver mens skull rings are quite popular as people want various things, but not the old styles. Nowadays, folks favor silver rings rather than gold rings. Gold is currently offered in different colors like white, pink, copper etc. Jewelry is among the very most famous elements of our culture, which both girls and men show by accessorizing themselves in the world today. Silver rings are observed in a few other metals too, so it depends upon you, for making the ring that which metal you choose. Silver mens skull rings may be gifted to the men as it is in great need. It’s possible for…
  • Tods Shoes

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
    You must ensure the tods shoes you buy are of top quality. The ballet and posture routine one uses affects. You also need to make sure that the shoes aren’t tight as this can lead to untoward consequences on your wellbeing. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind while picking out some of tods shoes. Tods Shoes 1. The sole is just another significant part the shoe. The sole that is entire might be a great option for Pointe students. The split sole, on the other hand, enables the dancer to point readily. Complete soled shoes are not usually more expensive compared to split sole…
 
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    Career Advancement Blog

  • 3 Keys to Mentally Preparing Yourself for Salary Negotiation.

    joelgarfinkle
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Salary negotiation is simply one interaction among many. After it’s done you have to live and work with the people on the other side of the equation for the foreseeable future. If one person walks away feeling like they’ve lost or been forced to compromise it sets up a disempowering context for the rest of the relationship. When it comes to employment, the paradigm of someone winning and the other person losing doesn’t serve either party in the long run.” ~ Michael B. Junge ~ Client Mark Asks: I’ve been asked to take on more responsibility, but no mention has…
  • Position Yourself for a Promotion & Prepare to Move Up the Ladder

    joelgarfinkle
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” ~ Ayn Rand ~ Tammy is good at her job, but her career doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. She has been in the same position for two years and is ready to move up to the next rung of the ladder. One of her co-workers was just promoted to the position she wanted, and now she wonders if she will be stuck in her current position forever. Getting a promotion requires more effort than merely doing your job and being good at it. Supervisors want to see that you are qualified for the new position, not…
  • 10 Ways to Ease Your Workload and Reduce Your Stress at Work

    joelgarfinkle
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “A round of golf is the ideal antidote to stress.” ~ Bruce Forsyth ~ Client Jordan Asks: My job has become overwhelming. My work load keeps increasing, and I find myself working long hours to get everything done. How can I take control of the situation and get my life back? Coach Joel Answers: It’s not uncommon for job responsibilities to grow over time, especially when economic conditions prevent the hiring of additional help. Instead of adding employees, organizations expect individual employees to take on more and more responsibilities. However, there is a limit to how much…
  • How being indispensable is hurting your career

    joelgarfinkle
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    You’ve seen multiple colleagues promoted ahead of you, despite your better job performance. You have received nothing but praise and great reviews, month after month, but still, career advancement eludes you. You don’t have time to delegate, and can’t take a holiday without being bombarded with questions only you can answer. Any of this sounding familiar? Too often, hard-working, intelligent managers are passed over for promotions because they have struggled to make the necessary transition from their current role to a strategic leader for the business. In fact, they have become…
  • Be Carried to the Top: 5 Support People Who Can Help You Get Ahead

    joelgarfinkle
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” ~ George Shinn ~ Client Dena Asks: In their book, The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers, James Citrin and Richard Smith concluded that, “People with extraordinary careers do not claw their way to the top, they are carried there.”Where can I get the support I need to help me reach my career goals? Coach Joel Answers: Support from others is a valuable commodity in any situation, but it’s a necessity when you navigate the corporate landscape. Without it, you…
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    Unfolding Leadership

  • How We Learned Our Language

    Dan Oestreich
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    We gathered around the stony hill and watched it as the seasons turned, and years went by with heat and cold, rain-lashed, sleet-lashed, snow; and then, wan light returning we considered it all and some began to call it patience. There were places we gathered, there and there upon that hill, near the flowing pines who whispered among themselves while we softly hummed, and some of us, learning to dance mimicked with their arms just so, outspread. For lack of something better we called that grace, though we also knew that word would never be enough. Just then it seemed someone heard two hawks…
  • Soul-Making

    Dan Oestreich
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Soul can be a difficult word when it is associated with a workplace. Work and business are the domain of measurement and management, of productivity, logic, structure, systems, strategies and alignments. Often these are things that have little obvious connection to the deeper stories of the people within the systems. Those hidden stories may contain subjective truths and emotional realities, but often such soulful intangibles are regarded as mere distractions, just so much sunlight glinting off the surface of a moving river. Even businesses enlightened to their role and contribution in…
  • On Leading Judgmentally

    Dan Oestreich
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Is it me, or is there an epidemic out there right now regarding the judgments of leaders about those who work for them? I hear it over and over: “How do I get them to step up?” “They don’t work as hard as I do — they don’t have the same work ethic.” “Why don’t they just do their jobs?” “How come the simplest things, turning in time sheets for instance, results in my having to nag and nag?” And we are not talking about people new to the workplace. It’s the experienced managers who are not “stepping up” or…
  • This is What I Notice

    Dan Oestreich
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    This is what I notice: a song I have never heard from a bird at dusk by a river I don’t remember. Bird, dusk, song, river. Then just river, the choir of stones keeps the quiet going waiting for the bird. You and I at dusk are also inseparable. You lean down to touch the face of the fern beautiful as your own lean down to listen for the bird still there by the river. The bird sings less and less as the quiet that is always waiting that is always dusk grows down inside us leans down inside us toward the forest we will always enter. Inseparable river and bird. This is what I notice. This…
  • On Personal Change

    Dan Oestreich
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    As a coach and consultant, I often find myself helping clients with changes they would like to see themselves make. It is quite natural for the client, after quickly identifying what the change is about, to rush immediately to the next question: “How do I do this?” Yet, truth be told, the emphasis can be so strongly on the “how-to” part, which is behavioral and action oriented, that it begs the question of whether a true first step in self-change has been completed. What is that step? This is not as easily answered as it might sound. One could say that…
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  • Weekly Round-Up: On Getting Results from a Flexible Workforce, a Roadmap for Leader Effectiveness & Rediscovering Your Motivation

    David Grossman
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts. They’ll provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. Getting Results from the Flexible Workforce By Comcast, Inc The concept of the 'anywhere office' fits into the growing trend…
  • Online Employee Engagement Course – Classes Begin November 4.

    David Grossman
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    There’s more evidence than ever before that engaged employees can significantly boost a company's bottom line. Top employers know engagement is no longer just about work-life balance or employees feeling good about their jobs. Instead, it's a key strategy for strengthening companies and building profits. Still, what's less clear is how organizations can actually impact engagement. High performing companies realize that boosting employees' sense of commitment and passion for their work doesn't happen overnight. At the same time, they know that there are proven strategies for building an…
  • Going the Distance to Engage Remote Workers

    David Grossman
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    It’s a common concern we hear from corporate leaders: How do we consistently capture the attention of remote workers with no regular access to a laptop? If they’re on a factory floor, with customers, or out on a farm, what’s the best way to effectively communicate? This challenge is clearly growing by the day. According to the Global Workplace Analytics and Telework Research Network, telecommuting increased 80 percent from 2005 to 2012, and that’s just one measure of a remote workforce. A recent article for Ragan Communications highlights some of the encouraging progress some…
  • Weekly Round-Up: On Making Values as Important as Performance, Creating a Game Plan for Your Goals & Setting the Context That Fosters Collaboration

    David Grossman
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts. They’ll provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. The Three Types of Feedback By Adi Gaskell n the early 20th century, psychologists discovered that your brain, just like your…
  • Guest Blogger Les Landes: Getting Value from Values

    David Grossman
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    It’s a rare organization that hasn’t gone through the process of defining their vision, mission and values at one time or another.  It just makes good sense to have a clear picture of where you’re heading and a roadmap for how you’re going to get there.  What’s more, it seems natural to assume that the impact of that process on employee engagement would be highly positive.  Not so much according to a study of 5,000 employees across the country that reported only 4% are “inspired by values and a commitment to a mission and purpose.”  That’s not a typo –…
 
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  • 4 Ways to Make Feedback Easy

    Cindy Flanders
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Over the past several weeks, I’ve been hearing a common refrain from the folks I’ve met: “I never receive any feedback”.  To the rank & file, they find it frustrating as they want to move up and are not sure how orwhat they need to do to achieve their goals.   read more
  • Is it Time to Become Mindful?

    Cindy Flanders
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    There’s a reason that companies like General Mills, Goldman Sachs, and Google have incorporated a mindfulness practice into their workplace.  According to a Towers & Watson study, “almost six out of 10 (57%) of employees who claimed to be experiencing high stress levels also reported that they felt disengaged.” read more
  • When They Just Don’t Believe You

    Cindy Flanders
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Know who the hardest person to manage is?  No, it’s not the underperformer. Nor is it the high maintenance employee.  The absolute hardest person to manage is the person who can’t accurately self-assess. This type of employee never, ever sees himself or herself the way others do. And by others, I mean everyone else.  A recent Harvard Business Review article talks about ways to coach the person that doesn’t want to be coached.       read more
  • 3 Traits of Bad Leadership

    Cindy Flanders
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Is it just me, or is really bad leadership becoming more commonplace? This week, Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner seems to be the latest example of leadership “don’ts”. Earlier this year, we saw Mike Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie stripped of his Chairman title for making controversial statements. So what traits lead to bad leadership?   read more
  • What Joan Rivers Taught us About Leadership

    Cindy Flanders
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Along with millions of people around the globe, I was deeply saddened by the passing of Joan Rivers. She brought the kind of humor I think we could all use a little more of right now. She was ground breaking, gutsy and inspired others. So despite her critics, Joan led her life the way a great leader should by: read more
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  • 44 Productivity Apps You Need to Know About [Infographic]

    Rosemina Nazarali
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Photo credit: Jason Howie/FlickrThe term “there’s an app for that” has never been more true. For every list you need to make, every task you need to complete and every meeting you need to schedule, you can do it right from your smartphone. The infographic below by Conosco outlines 44 apps that will help with every aspect of your productivity, from to-do lists to goal-tracking, and everything in between. There’s even a few Ridiculously Efficient favourites in there, like Todoist, Basecamp, Toggl and Google Drive. Check out the entire list below!The post 44 Productivity…
  • How to Retain High Performing Employees

    Rosemina Nazarali
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    © berc – Fotolia.comThis is a guest post by Charlie Reynolds.When you’re running a business it’s easy to get into the mindset of thinking you are the business and your employees are there to do your bidding. But of course, on a day-to-day basis you’re really the person with their hand on the tiller, the person with whom the buck stops, the person who can influence things at a strategic level.Company owners who forget that their staff absorb skills from the company and put new skills back into it are doomed to underestimate their irreplaceability. Sure, no one is truly…
  • 2 Huge Reasons People Quit

    Marissa Brassfield
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    There’s always going to be “the employee who got away” — the high performer whose departure from your team delivered a crushing blow to productivity or workgroup cohesion or both.Carly Guthrie, who specializes in human resources in the tech industry, recently gave a fascinating perspective on retention for First Round. I appreciate that she didn’t speak to some of the obvious reasons that employees quit, instead going for two subtler nuances: time and trust.Here are my favorite bits from her interview (again, read the whole thing here) as to why people…
  • Company Offers Travel Budget to Get Employees Out of Their Comfort Zone

    Rosemina Nazarali
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    © Kurhan – FotoliaIt’s become the norm for Americans to ignore their vacation days and work year round without taking more than a day or two off at a time. But the routine can get boring very quickly. For those in creative positions, it is especially important to go out into the world, experience new things, and get out of the mundanity of a typical work routine. It is this idea that inspired a creative agency in Southern California to offer a $1,500 travel budget to employees.ThinkPARALLAX launched a new initiative this year, offering everyone in the 12-person team a travel budget…
  • 3 Ways to Be Resilient, Not Reactive (Right Now)

    Marissa Brassfield
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Do you ever get the feeling that you’re an inactive participant in your own life? This loss of control is frustrating and stressful; to fight it, the key is to be resilient, not reactive.“Resilient people feel a greater sense of control over their lives,” says Robert Brooks, a Harvard Medical School professor of psychology and the co-author of The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence and Personal Strength in Your Life. “Also, because of their optimistic outlook, they are more likely to develop and maintain positive relationships with others.Reactive…
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  • How Do You Know if Your Vision Needs a Makeover?

    Jeff Brunings
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    It’s the end of October. You’re probably knee-deep in preparing for 2015 strategic planning. You’ve set expectations. The planning team is ready to engage. But first, take a pregnant pause. Before jumping into strategic priorities, organizational goals and assigning ownership and accountability, is it time to dust off your vision statement? Does it need a makeover? Consider the greats. Here are a few real-world vision statements that have helped shape our world: “We will provide extraordinary motorcycles and customer experiences.” – Harley-Davidson. “Fill the earth with the…
  • The World Series of Social Media

    Heyden Enochson
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    October means baseball season. For the city of San Francisco, it means #OrangeOctober. Baseball arguments aside, you simply can’t argue with the San Francisco Giant’s winning social media strategy. But, it wasn’t always winning. When their current social media director, Bryan Srabian, took over in 2010, the team was only using a few social media channels and lacked a consistent voice. Yep, in the city known for technology and startups (only a stone’s throw away from Silicon Valley, mind you) the Giants couldn’t create a communications strategy. Recognizing an opportunity, Srabian…
  • Use Strategic Issues to Create a Better Organizational Strategy.

    Jeff Brunings
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Sure, you can develop good strategy without identifying and analyzing your organization’s strategic issues. But why waste time? You’d be settling with having just a good strategy when you could have had a great strategy. Undoubtedly, identifying and analyzing your strategic issues is often the difference between hitting a triple in baseball versus a grand-slam. What are strategic issues? Strategic issues are the ones that you’re losing sleep over. They’re the ones you think about when you’re driving home from the office. They’re the elephants in the room…
  • Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

    Heyden Enochson
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    After 50 long years, CVS Health quit tobacco products cold-turkey. After merging with Caremark RX in 2007, CVS has been dedicated to helping consumers live healthier lives. The irony? CVS has been selling tobacco products since its conception 50 years ago. No more. Earlier this month, CVS announced they will no longer carry or sell tobacco products and the business implications are huge — $2 Billion in annual sales huge. Yes, that’s billion with a capital B. But, CVS’s company culture and values are dedicated to helping people live healthy lives. There becomes an issue when you’re…
  • Are You Sure You’re Ready for 2015 Strategic Planning?

    Jeff Brunings
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    October’s the time for organizations to start the 2015 strategic planning process. And if you’re like most strategy leaders you also know strategic planning is often bundled with a lot of anxiety. There’s potential for endless meetings, lackluster engagement or even derailment by so-called anti-sponsors. What’s a strategy leader to do? Take ownership. Chart a course. Pave a path. It’s time to start the strategic planning process. But it doesn’t mean the rest of your organization is ready. Bad strategic planning is like throwing a party and no one comes.
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • Attention, Control Freaks: It’s Time to Delegate

    Frank Sonnenberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    You’re smart, you’re gifted, and you’re self-assured. You dot your i’s, you cross your t’s, and you’ve got pride and a work ethic that’s second to none. In fact, when you put your mind to something, your work is always outstanding. So I completely understand why you believe “the only way to get things done right is to do them myself.” BUT … if you’re a control freak, and prefer not to delegate, you may be hurting yourself in ways you’ve never imagined. Sure … when you do things yourself, you won’t have to worry about whether they’re done properly. And you’ll…
  • Ever Hear the Excuse “Everybody Does It”?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Executive greed, dishonest politicians, and celebrities living out-of-control lifestyles . . . You’d think these things would infuriate us. Instead, people excuse it away by claiming “Everybody does it.” And that’s supposed to make it acceptable. Does this mean that we find this behavior right? Unfortunately, we’ve become so accustomed to these ills that we’re becoming complacent and even accepting. Is this the way we choose to live our lives? Do our kids view these folks as role models? Do we want our children to live this way? If not, where’s the outrage? The truth is, every…
  • Believe

    Frank Sonnenberg
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Believe Some things are impossible, until they’re not. BELIEVE! Close your eyes and have a little faith in a power higher than yourself. Things work out for no apparent reason. When you least expect it, the stars will align, and magic will fill the air. Your dreams will be born at the intersection of hope and reality. You won’t find an explanation for why, because it may defy all logic and reason. Remember that life unfolds in mysterious ways. Yesterday you hoped for a miracle . . . today it became a reality. When your miracle is born, pinch yourself to make sure that it’s real. It…
  • Do You Take It for Granted?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you grateful for the life that you have? Or do you take things for granted? Maybe you haven’t thought about it for a while. Did you ever fail to appreciate someone you care about? Was that because you were too busy putting out fires or focusing on other things? Or perhaps you assumed they’d just hang around forever. The problem is, when you take people or things for granted, you put them in jeopardy. It’s not enough to make up for neglect after they’ve slipped away. It’s important to be grateful every day for the wonderful things in your life. Think of this as a wake-up call.
  • Get It Done!

    Frank Sonnenberg
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    What happens when someone asks us to do something really tough? First, we try to get out of it. Right? Next, we complain that they’re asking the impossible. Then, we whine to our friends, “I’m having such a bad day” or “The world is unfair.” After we’ve exhausted every way to get out of the work . . . we take a break. (It’s exhausting.) When we return, we brainstorm excuses to cover our behind if things go south. And, when all else fails, and it usually does, we get down to work while talking to ourselves. Contrast this mindset to a champion’s approach . . . I can hear the…
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    Chris Walker VIP Blog

  • Save your Relationship - Take your Pig Poo Boots off Before you walk in your Home

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    If you worked in a pig farm would you walk around in those pig poo boots all day then come home and wear them inside the house and throw your smelling boots into the washing machine with all the family's other clothes? Of course not. And yet, you might come home with emotion, stinky, smelly emotion, worry, fatigue, anxiety, exhaustion, anger, hate, elation, jealousy, envy, resentment, frustration and walk in the door of your home and contaminate the whole family. Do you think there is a differen [...] (This is a 2 minute summary. If the video or book is not displaying, click the header title…
  • A Small Book ABOUT ACTION OF THE HEART for your Next Flight

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Download the PDF here Read it Online Here [...] (This is a 2 minute summary. If the video or book is not displaying, click the header title and you'll find the whole article, video or book waiting at the other end.)
  • 2 Secret Tricks of Highly Productive, Self-Disciplined People

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    From Mark and Angel Hack life Blog"I used to call Joe a genius – everyone did.  At school we all thought of him as an incredibly “gifted” guitarist and he’s since gone on to travel the world making a very good living at what he loves to do. Joe and I became good friends toward the end of high school, and that’s when I learned the truth.  I stayed over at his house one night and was awakened at 6am on a Sunday morning by the harmonious strum of his acousti [...] (This is a 2 minute summary. If the video or book is not displaying, click the header title…
  • Do it yourself - Veggie Detox - Weight Loss - Muscle tone - Scary Berry Superfoods Bondi

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Since reading one of my long term, favourite, life changing health books "Paul Bragg - The Miracle of Fasting" I've been a real advocate for fasting and healthy vegetable detox programmes to solve tiredness, confusion, muscle aches and the flu. I do them at least once a week (just drink my meals for a day) and once a month or so, do a 3-4 day detox.Acid builds in your body from sport, exercise, stress, air-pollution, water pollution, hormones in food, sugar, coffee, alcohol, worry, travel, sex, [...] (This is a 2 minute summary. If the video or book is not displaying, click the header title…
  • Dealing with Challenging People

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Over and over again we let people get under our skin. Whether it's a boss or a friend, this reactiveness is bought about, usually because we think we are in a good operating space and they are a disrupter. Next time it happens, think again.If someone makes you angry you've handed them too much power. Really, nothing comes from nothing. If you weren't already angry how could they make you angry?It may be more appropriate to say "that person bought my anger up" and this is a good start to dea [...] (This is a 2 minute summary. If the video or book is not displaying, click the header title…
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    Managers Are Heroes

  • 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…
  • You can’t keep everyone happy – how to heal bruised egos

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

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

  • Increase Customer Acquisition By 400% With Storytelling

    Christine Comaford
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Thanks to mobile and the social web consumers now have more interests than ever. They can be engaged and exposed to their areas of interest whenever they want, and to whatever depth. It’s virtually impossible to keep up with the sheer volume of content being produced around every topic imaginable, and people are spending on average five hours a day consuming content. Wow. So businesses are struggling to craft authentic, compelling stories and content to engage consumers online and inspire them to act. Yet consumers are far more fascinated by consumer-created content–it’s…
  • Galileo Was Wrong: The Customer Is The Center Of The Universe [Infographic]

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

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

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

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

    Joseph Lalonde
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Throughout our lives, we have multiple identities. We may be fathers, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, leaders, businessmen, athletes, and the list goes on. We have title after title. We have position after position. We have responsibility after responsibility. The crazy thing is, we can get lost and easily forget who we are. Image by Hape Gera That’s one of the reasons why I loved watched the beginning of CBS’s CSI: Miami. The theme song for the show was The Who’s Who Are You song. Who Are You is a catchy song that, at the beginning, simply asks Who are you? Who, who,…
  • Fearful Leaders Are Bad Leaders

    Joseph Lalonde
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Leaders are called to be many things. Leaders need to be brave. Leaders need to be honest. Leaders need to be innovative. But one thing leaders cannot do is to let fear rule their decisions. When fearful leaders rule, bad things begin to happen. Image via Creative Commons I’ve been trying to catch up on the TV series 24 with Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. He’s one bad dude you don’t want to mess with. In 24, you rarely see him come across as fearful. The further I’ve watched 24 (I’m on season 5 or 6 right now), the more clear it’s become about the role…
  • Jay Forte

    Joseph Lalonde
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    True leadership comes from the inside out – it comes from your greatness. Titles may give you the authority, but your inner greatness gives you the ability.The post Jay Forte appeared first on Joseph Lalonde.
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

  • BENEFACTOR: Your Friday Challenge, A Minute With John Maxwell

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

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

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

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

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

  • Avoid the Nightmare of the Email Blind Carbon Copy (BCC).

    Skip Prichard
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Beware the BCC I’m not sure exactly when or why the blind carbon copy (BCC) was invented, but I have seen it misused, misunderstood, and misfired too many times to count.  The BCC allows you to write an email TO some people and BCC others.  The people you send it TO don’t know that others are secretly on the BCC line. Most email problems with the BCC start when an email is written to a few people, but others are blind carbon copied. “ “Trust is built with consistency.” -Lincoln Chafee Tweet ThisShare on Facebook DANGER: REPLY ALL The first and most visible problem…
  • Leading Culture Change Starts At Home

    Skip Prichard
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It Starts at Home We talk about corporate and organizational culture every day.  The culture of an organization can make or break a company.  “Culture trumps strategy” is a quote attributed to different people, but the idea is clear. “ “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” -Confucius Tweet ThisShare on Facebook   If success at work is rooted in culture, why do we ignore it at home?  All homes have unwritten rules, social mores, and patterns of behavior.  In fact, the behavior at home may be much more difficult to change than at work. How…
  • How to Create Brand Names That Stick

    Skip Prichard
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    A Great Name is a Must Whether you are launching a new company, a new product, or refreshing a brand, you need to have a great name.  Some companies have a name that just fits while others see massive marketing campaigns fail because of a poor name.  Still others have names that are limiting future growth.  For instance, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com says that Zappos.com started out as ShoeSite.com. Alexandra Watkins is a nationally recognized naming expert and founder of Eat My Words. She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Inc. and Entreprenuer.  Her clients range from Disney…
  • Becoming A Heart-Centered Leader

    Skip Prichard
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    Matters of the Heart Students of leadership will often look at the intellectual attributes of a great leader. We point to great strategy, distinction, winning against the competition.  Leadership is also about matters of the heart.  Susan Steinbrecher and Joel Bennett’s book Heart-Centered Leadership reminds leaders to be mindful, authentic, and caring. I recently had the opportunity to ask Susan Steinbrecher about her work. Susan is a consultant, mediator, speaker and leads Steinbrecher & Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm.   “ “Never look down on anybody…
  • Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success

    Skip Prichard
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    The New Rules You’ve heard the advice, but maybe you are uncomfortable: Why standing out is more important than ever The importance of personal branding How to get noticed in a crowded world More than ever, your career opportunities are dependent on your reputation.  The good news is that there are more tools than ever to help you get started. Dan Schawbel is a columnist at Time and Forbes.  He is the managing partner of Millennial Branding.  If you haven’t read his many articles and blog posts, you may have heard or seen him in the media.  As I was reading his latest book, Promote…
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • Social Media in 2014 : Facts, Figures and Findings

    Nischala
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    As a marketing professional, creating and executing integrated social strategies for business is a core part of my work responsibilities, and hence I am always looking for latest, interesting, insightful and comprehensive content on Social Media data. I came across one recently, and found it worthy of sharing. Hence posting on my blog.. by Digital Insights Did you find it useful? Have you come across any recent data on Social Media? Leave a comment / link below to let me knowFiled under: Social Media, Strategy
  • Sheroes Must-Do’s : Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly

    Nischala
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    I first heard of the word Sheroe from Sairee Chahal, Founder and CEO of Sheroes.in (A careers community of women achievers).  She defined a Sheroe is “Any woman who makes a choice, and makes the choice work for her“. Short, Simple, Sweet, Profound and very relevant for the woman of today – especially if you are a women at work – be it corporate (Corporate Sheroe as I call it) or entrepreneur (entrepreneur Sheroe as I call it) or Mompreneur (Mompreneur Sheroe as I call it). The word caught my fancy when I first heard it, something about it appealed to me – I…
  • Do you participate in Tweet Chats? 6 Compelling reasons you should..

    Nischala
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    I started participating in Tweet chats several months ago. At first, it was just out of curiosity. Over a period of time, I realized the many benefits (not to mention, I enjoyed myself too!) and continue to participate in a few chats regularly. Some of the Twitter chats that I’ve been part of include #Bufferchat, #Eduin, #IndiaHrChat, #chrdx, #hrtrends, etc. According to this Forbes article, a Tweet chat is a live Twitter event, usually moderated and focused around a general topic. To filter all the chatter on Twitter into a single conversation a hashtag is used. A set time is also…
  • Women at Work | Mantras to live by…

    Nischala
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Filed under: Mantras and Lessons, Women At Work Tagged: Mantras, women at work
  • Blogging for Business / Run a corporate blog? – Here are a list of topics for 1 year (for FREE!)

    Nischala
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Are you blogging for your business / run a corporate blog to gain mind-share, market-share or profit-share? And you don’t know what to blog about? If I had to create a Blogging FAQ( Frequently Asked Questions) on what I get asked most of the time, the top questions would be 1) Why blog? 2) What to blog about? If I had to answer Why should a business / corporate blog? – The answers are manifold : (i) To share their views / voice (ii) To engage / nurture your industry ecosystem by connecting with customers,partners, suppliers, analysts, solution providers, etc. (iii) To learn…
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    Kaufman Global

  • Turning up the heat: Golf in Bahrain

    Travel Tuesday
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    While our previous Travel Tuesday post took us to Argentina where it’s currently winter, this weeks post really turns up the heat and shows just how deep the love of golf runs in some of our people! Here, European Director Rolf den Nieuwenboer works on his tan and his golf swing in the 100*F / 37*C heat of the Bahrain desert. Given the backdrop it makes one wonder, what exactly are the drop rules if you hit your ball under an oil pipeline?
  • Kaufman Global Attends SSPHA and NASMHPD Mental Health Conference

    Media Alert
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Kaufman Global will join representatives from the Southern States Psychiatric Hospital Association and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (Forensic Division) at their upcoming Joint Conference in Atlanta next week. The event is being held on September 22-24 at the Marriott Marquis, in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will feature presentations and discussions on some of the critical challenges facing the mental health community today, including: Department of Justice (DOJ) inquiries Reducing Violence in the Inpatient Setting Inpatient Forensic Services Behavior…
  • Eating Abroad: Argentinian Asado

    Travel Tuesday
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    This Tuesday we’re traveling south to experience Argentinian Asado! The term Asado is used interchangeably to describe either the various barbecue techniques used to prepare the meat, or the social event of having or attending a barbecue. Here, Senior Consultant Heinz Behrschmidt takes a break from the oil patch and gets ready to partake in the relaxed weekend meal.
  • Introducing… Travel Tuesday

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

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

  • Culture Audit

    S. Chris Edmonds
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    What metrics to you scrutinize frequently? If you’re like most leaders, you pay attention to performance metrics – quotas, service ratings, market share, profits, and the like. What you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Positive Proof that Culture Works

    S. Chris Edmonds
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m a culture geek. I’m bold with leaders, telling them they’re leaving money on the table if their team or department or company culture isn’t based on trust, respect, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Mindfulness Alternative

    S. Chris Edmonds
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week features an interview with Scott Eblin, executive coach and best-selling author of The Next Level. Scott just released his latest book, Overworked and Overwhelmed. What prompted you to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Your Brand On Purpose

    S. Chris Edmonds
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week I jumped at the chance to interview Dan Schawbel, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success. Dan is an expert on personal branding –... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How is Your Culture Engine Running?

    S. Chris Edmonds
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    What critical success factors do you monitor closely in your business? What “select few” metrics do you watch carefully to ensure your organization’s health? Most leaders I have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Switch and Shift

  • Help for the Chronically Overworked with Dr. Greg Marcus

    Shawn Murphy
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you're overworked and want to do something about change, then this episode of Work That Matters will be invaluable. I talk with Dr. Greg Marcus about chronic overworking and what you can do to get control of your overworked life. So, grab something to take notes. There is more great wisdom coming your way.... Read More»           
  • How Startups Survive Costly Mistakes

    Graham Moreno
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Mistakes in business can be bad, sometimes even fatal (Blockbuster vs. Netflix). At a startup though, mistakes are key learning tools that often deliver more value in terms of long term results than initiatives that are executed flawlessly.... Read More»           
  • How to Leverage Succession Planning to Drive Strategic Change

    Tom Rose
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Talent management professionals design succession management/talent review processes that help leaders set, monitor and recalibrate their efforts to align people and strategy. Yet there is a great opportunity for improvement in these processes. Only 57 percent of leaders who named succession planning a current top priority are confident in the results produced by the process.... Read More»           
  • Five Things Great Leaders Do Right

    Rich Berens
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    To state the obvious: Great leadership is vital to any organization. Great leaders set the direction for the organization and determine resource allocation to get it done. They create the tone by how they lead and make decisions. They nurture and enable a culture to thrive. And to do their jobs well, they must be... Read More»            CommentsSounds great, Rich. But – no one can motivate another person, ... by Ben SimontonExcellent post, I especially like the points on transparency, ... by Tim Kuppler 
  • 5 More Rules to Avoid a Collaboration Hangover

    Kristof De Wulf
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Gartner estimates that throughout 2015 about 80% of social business efforts are not expected to achieve the intended benefits. Even more so, many collaboration initiatives leave participants behind with a hangover, generating the opposite effect of what was intended originally. So how can you make sure you don’t suffer from a collaboration hangover?... Read More»           
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    Sales Coaching Blog

  • Does Emotional Intelligence Impact Your Success?

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    The theory of emotional intelligence made it's first appearance in 1995, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. This new realization threw a huge wrench into what people had always assumed was the sole source of success—IQ. After decades of research, findings point to emotional intelligence as the partnering critical factor that sets high performers apart from everyone else. Emotional intelligence is that  “something” in each of us that slightly intangible. It affects how we…
  • Four Critical Sales Coaching Metrics Nobody Measures

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    It’s not that they are not tracked, but they are not even thought of.  Sales departments focus too much on what the sales people do or don’t do as opposed to focusing on those who coach them.  I can write (and have many times) more about this issue, but if sales leaders believe the performance of a team is a reflection of how that team is coached, why don’t they measure if coaching is occurring and if it is being done well?  Or more broadly, why don’t sales teams measure overall sales manager effectiveness?
  • Sales Coaching: Simple Start - Listen

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Listen. Take a moment to ponder through your last 24 hours. Think about the conversations you had, the meetings, you attended, and the information you heard. For a sales professional, you probably spent a large portion of your day taking in information in some sort of auditory form. Now, think about it one-step deeper. How much of those interactions did you hear and to what portion of them did you listen? From our Through the Eyes of the Sales Rep survey, reps tell us that listening is a highly important trait of an effective sales coach.   In fact, rep agreement that their…
  • The Kansas City Royals and the Power of the Collective

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    I live in Kansas City and, as you can imagine, this town is baseball crazy right now.  Last week, I went to the grocery store on the opening day of the World Series and you would’ve thought everybody was heading to Kauffman Stadium. Absolutely EVERYBODY was decked out in their Royals gear.  It’s been 29 years and the Royals are finally playing in the post-season again, having made it all the way to the World Series!
  • Sales Coaching: 4 Leadership Traits of Sales Managers

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sales Organizations are unique in ways that create unique challenges. According to Harvard Business Review contributor Scott Edinger, and noted in this previous blog post by Kristi Shoemaker, the most difficult leadership position is head of sales.    First of all, in most cases, sales reps are often spread out physically all over the place, since sellers tend to stay close to customers, not to headquarters. Not being all together makes substantive interactions between sales producers, management staff and sales team leaders difficult.
 
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    Doug Smith Live

  • What I’ve Been Reading Lately

    Doug Smith
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    Here is a list of what I have been reading throughout the second half of 2014. I would love to hear what you have read this year that has helped you. Leave a comment below letting me know what books you would recommend for us to read.Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruz – This is a book Dave Ramsey wrote with his daughter, Rachel Cruze. If you are a parent, this is a must read. It will teach you how to raise your kids responsibly. If you are not a parent, this is a great book to remind you of the principles Dave Ramsey teaches through his Financial Peace curriculum.
  • Spending Time at Golf and Tennis Clubs

    Doug Smith
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    I’ve heard several stories over the past two years of successful men and women who started out with nothing and are now doing quite well for themselves.What do they attribute their success to?Working at golf and tennis clubs.You may be wondering what that has to do with becoming successful. Think about it. Who spends a lot of their time at golf clubs and tennis clubs? Successful people.While they were young, these men and women got jobs at golf and tennis clubs and built relationships with the members. They would ask them questions about success, hard work, making money, life, marriage,…
  • Two Life Changing Videos from Light of Life

    Doug Smith
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    On Tuesday, we held our annual More than a Meal Gala at Light of Life. It was an incredible evening raising money for the homeless men, women, and children of Pittsburgh. We debuted the following video testimonies of two of our graduates. I can’t encourage you enough to take ten minutes to watch their stories. I promise you that they will have a profound impact on your life.Robert’s Story:Angela’s StoryI absolutely love getting to be a part of this ministry. Jesus said that whatever you do for the least of these, you do unto me. When you give your time, talent, and money to…
  • Shine Your Shoes

    Doug Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    About a year ago, I was meeting with a mentor, getting coached on a difficult situation I was in. We met for about an hour. At the end of our time together, he looked at me and asked, “Do you mind if I give you some feedback?”“Sure!” I said. I did not expect to hear what he said next… He said, “Shine your shoes! I’ve been distracted by them the entire time we’ve been meeting and as a result, I have not been able to give you the focus I would have liked to.”At first I thought to myself, “Really? Shine my shoes? Out of everything we…
  • Episode #46: Melanie Mitro on Leadership [Podcast]

    Doug Smith
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
     Episode #46: Melanie Mitro on LeadershipThis episode comes from our Learning to Lead Breakfast series. Our October 2014 speaker was Melanie Mitro. Melanie shared her story and the leadership lessons she learned on her way to becoming the #1 Beachbody coach in the country. Everyone who attended the breakfast learned so much. I hope it adds as much value to your life as it did to mine! Below you will find Melanie’s bio, ways to connect with her, some of my key takeaways, and upcoming announcements for Learning to Lead.Our next breakfast will be Saturday, November 15th at 8 a.m. at…
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    LaRae Quy | Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • The Secret To A Successful Mindset

    LaRae Quy
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    If you're new here, you may want to receive notices of new blog posts via email. Thanks for visiting - LaRae.FBI agents are required to qualify at firearms at least four times a year throughout their career. Years of training in mock arrest scenarios and target practice prepare agents to respond to threats automatically. When confronted with fast-moving situations, there is no time for decision making—they must rely on instinct to survive.  Training is an important component of mental toughness because it builds confidence, produces a sense of control, and provides insights into our…
  • 4 Secrets Of Mental Toughness

    LaRae Quy
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The FBI made its reputation hunting down mobsters like John Dillinger and Al Capone. But times have changed, and as the world has become more complex, the FBI has changed its focus to knottier and more sophisticated cases such as terrorism, cybercrime, and counterintelligence. It’s no secret the world has become more complex. Neither life nor business are as simple as they were—even a few years ago. It is no longer a matter of knowledge, ability, and skill. We also need to be psychologically prepared to deal with strong competition, recover from mistakes and failure quickly, tackle tough…
  • 4 Ways To Increase Your Odds of Success

    LaRae Quy
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:26 pm
    My first job out of college was a dead-end position as a Buyer at a fancy retail store in Arizona. I thought this would be the perfect position for me because—surprise, I loved to shop! Although I dreaded going to work everyday, I found myself wooed by the glamour of the position and the great discount on very expensive clothes. PODCAST:  http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/4-Ways-To-Increase-Your-Odds-Of-Success.mp3 At first, I was enamored with the idea of being a fashion buyer—and I was successful by most people’s standards. But I came to be miserable, because I was…
  • 9 Questions To Help You Move Forward When You Feel Helpless

    LaRae Quy
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    I was living in the Marina District in 1989 when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco and killed 63 people. The magnitude 6.9 shock jammed my front door so I could not open it and get out. 9 Questions To Help You Move Forward When You Feel Helpless Every piece of glass and stoneware that I owned crashed onto the floor in pieces. All I can remember of those few seconds was the roar as the earth beneath me rocked and rolled. Buildings started to collapse, and I could see an apartment complex go up in flames down the street. As I looked out my window at blocks of upheaved pavements and…
  • How Women Stay Strong At Work: Create New Rules

    LaRae Quy
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series How Women Stay Strong At WorkWhen I was assigned the crappy counterintelligence cases no one else on my squad wanted, I decided to be mentally tough and take matters into my own hands by submitting an undercover proposal to FBI Headquarters. I knew if I sat there and played by the established rules, I’d never get past the roadblocks in front of me—I was both a female and a rookie. FBI Headquarters loved the proposal because it was fresh, and different from the tired formula that had been used so many times before by the other male agents on my…
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    Deep Imprints Coaching

  • Why we need each other

    Kim
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    I’ve written extensively this year on the role of church. One of the foundations that sits in the background, but has not yet been expressed is the need for women in church leadership. The doctoral program that I am in has worked extensively on understanding the theology of women in ministry. Today I’d like to […]
  • Sometimes it’s all about me

    Kim
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    This week I’ve been floored by how much of my Christian life is all about me. I’m certain that I don’t see this reflected in scripture, yet A huge number of my “worship” songs are about what God does for me. My giving has as much to do with the good feeling I get as […]
  • What box do you fit in?

    Kim
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Yesterday I talked about self-identity. I’m thinking through this for a reason. I highly suspect that: Just as we tend to change careers every 7 years, we also tend to need to redefine our boxes (which means teens aren’t the only ones working on self-identity). When we are solely defined by what others think of […]
  • How do you define yourself?

    Kim
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    How many facebook quizzes have you taken this year? For a certain age of person (think teen years) this seems to be a part-time occupation. After all: No one is more interesting to you. No one is really more of a mystery to you than yourself. Why else would we take all those quizzes? Theorists […]
  • What makes you okay?

    Kim
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Many of us feel okay by setting a standard and meeting that standard. What do you use to make yourself feel okay? Some people define themselves by Family relationships Knowing and obeying all the rules Our mistakes and failures In John 8 Jesus and the Pharisees face off about how we define ourselves. Jesus suggests […]
 
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    Coaching Excellence

  • Baby Boomers Are At It Again

    ipeccoaching
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Baby Boomers (67 million people born between 1946 and 1964) are changing things up again. Well-recognized for their desire to make an impact, this generation is not retiring peacefully. In fact, according to a study done by the Federal Reserve Bank in August 2014, around 21% of people said their plan for retirement is simply “to work as long as possible” and the number of people giving this response increased by age. An article entitled, “The Truth About Retirement for Baby Boomers,” published in the August 14, 2014 issue of the Wall Street Journal pointed out that in 1993, only…
  • Greatness Is As Easy As A-B-C

    ipeccoaching
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    What do you think of when you hear the word “greatness?” Someone who is a pioneer of industry? A sports superstar? A philanthropist? Your dad? Frosted Flakes? Do you ever think of yourself? You should… We can all be great. Hey, I know no one is perfect. But, we can all be great. We can be great at our jobs. We can be great parents. Great spouses. Great friends. See, greatness is as unique as it is subjective. We are all individuals with skills and talents and hopes and fears. All we need to do is understand that there is […]
  • It’s Time For A “Corporate Wellness” Checkup

    ipeccoaching
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Prior to becoming a coach, I spent about 15 years in the highly competitive world of Hollywood. Like Corporate America, the film business is seldom synonymous with wellness. Fortunately, times have changed and companies are waking up and embracing employee wellness. The wellness bandwagon is gaining momentum. In September 2014, CEOs from nine leading companies—such as Aetna, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, and Verizon—banded together in a public commitment to health and wellness programs. Not only did they vow to promote comprehensive programs focused on exercise, nutrition, tobacco…
  • Are Millennials Changing The Way The Game Is Played?

    ipeccoaching
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Some might argue that golf has been the traditional game of business. More deals have been made on the golf course than one could imagine. It takes around four hours to play 18 holes of golf. Time well spent if you are on the course with a prospect or client. Where else would you have their undivided attention for an extended window of time? Especially given that most business meetings last one to two hours in total. Even so, millennials (75 million people born between 1980 and 2000) are not buying into the game. The National Golf Federation reports there […]
  • Fall Into A Season Of Change

    ipeccoaching
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    There is something magical about the fall. Those brisk early mornings. The crisp, starlit nights. The sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet. And, the colors. All those wonderful colors. It’s as if Mother Nature unleashes every hue on her palette. There are hayrides and Halloween celebrations. Apple picking. Mums. Around my house we have lots of mums. The smell of a wood-burning fireplace. And, though it is inescapable, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention pumpkin-spice-flavored-everything. To some, autumn signals an end. An end of summer. An end of short sleeves and…
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    Blog entries

  • The Business of Halloween

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I have always enjoyed Halloween. So this week, I thought I would explore the business of Halloween.Halloween History. Some historians believe Halloween’s origin go...
  • The Narratives of Columbus Day and Political Ads

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I believe people respond best to narratives, not statistics, and that is important for leaders to remember. Effective narratives often include stories and have a message that pushes people to act. Statistics by themselves, while interesting to people like me, rarely push us into action.
  • Did You Know There is a U.S. Presidents Club?

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Only 43 men have known what it is like to be President of the United States. So when a person becomes President there are only a few living souls who really understand what the job entails, and that is where the Presidents Club comes in.
  • So, What is the Mason-Dixon Line?

    2 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    This past weekend when Patti and I drove to Virginia we passed a sign noting we were crossing the Mason-Dixon Line. Patti asked me how it got the name and wondered if it was named after someone related to the Civil War. She had always heard the term when people spoke about the North and South and free and slave states, so her assumptions were logical.
  • Effective Leaders Ask the Right Questions - Part 2

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    How an organization finds solutions to problems says a great deal about its culture, and its leadership.In Part 2 of this Blog about how effective leaders ask the right questions I’ll explore how leaders can...
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    strategy+business: STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP

  • The Virgin Chronicles

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Richard Branson's books demonstrate how an entrepreneur's drive and verve can turn seemingly crazy ideas into reality.
  • Free Your Strategy from Annual Planning

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When your strategy is shackled to the annual planning process, you lose a uniquely powerful management tool.
  • The Sharing Company

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The open sharing of resources among businesses is an offshoot of the sharing economy that has significant potential, but that has just started to attract media attention. In only a few years of activity, it's become clear that the unfettered exchange of otherwise unused major assets, including physical space and industrial equipment, allows a sharing company to operate more efficiently than its non-sharing rivals.
  • The 10 Principles of Organizational DNA

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Based on 10 years of organizational design ("organizational DNA") research and 220,000 diagnostic surveys, here's what we've learned about building high-performance companies.
  • Ending the Battle between Leadership and Management

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Historical and fictional accounts of King Henry V show how powerful the two disciplines can be when used together.
 
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  • Two Essential Skills of A Great HR Business Partner

    Christina Lattimer
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    A True HR Business Partner will infuse themselves with knowledge about their business My first ever opportunity to work in HR was as an HR Business Partner.  In those days it was when David Ulrich’s book which introduced Business Partnering, Human Resource Champions (1997), was being widely  implemented throughout the UK.   It was  exciting times, a new ask was being made of “Personnel Departments” and businesses were curious and expectant about how this new model of HR would benefit them.  Human Resource Champions: The Next Agenda for Adding Value and Delivering Results List…
  • Christina Lattimer Interviews Sir Richard Branson

    Christina Lattimer
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    Interview with Sir Richard Branson Founder of Virgin Group This is the final interview in this wonderful series about the 6 Challenges identified by CEO’s across the globe, highlighted by the Centre for Creative Leadership in their Report in 2013.  When I turned my attention to who I would want to interview for this important final issue,  the first person who sprang to mind was Sir Richard Branson.  To me Richard epitomises the ultimate combination of brilliant leadership and business skills.  Richard has successfully, transparently and wholeheartedly lived his values which have…
  • Your Thinking Will Determine The Success of Your Business

    Christina Lattimer
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    We all know positive thinking is beneficial. There has been lots of research carried out which shows the business benefits of positive and happy people in your business will make it more successful, productive and innovate. Whether we like it or not, our reality is changed by the way we think. If you don’t believe that, then you need to get in touch with the latest Quantum Science.   As it turns out, we are all energetically connected, and as we change our energy, everything; yes everything,  in the Universe is changed; even if imperceptibly. As a great advocate of wellbeing, not just…
  • How to Make Sure HR Adds Value to the Business

    Christina Lattimer
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    You may be an HR Professional leader, or a manager relying on HR to help move your business forward. Whichever role you play, you have likely been at some point a party to a discussion about whether HR brings value to the table.   When discussing the value that HR can bring, there are often a range of views. Many of the problems HR seem to have in delivering value and earning credibility is that the HR role is often seen differently depending on the culture of the organisation. For years of course, HR, was the Personnel Office. This was where they used transactional processes to underpin…
  • The Getting Of Wisdom

    Christina Lattimer
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Wisdom is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise“. How is wisdom measured? But how is wisdom measured?  How do we know who is wise or who isn’t?  Isn’t wisdom a subjective judgment made in the light of whether we agree with the person or not?  Do the army of ISIL think their leader who is beheading victims in support of their “cause”, believe he is wise?  Does the risk-taker who makes good,  look like a person of wisdom, or is the cautious person who takes the…
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  • Learning To Count On Everyone

    Howard Shore
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Your team grows and advances based on your leadership skills and direction. Every team has a group of individuals that excels over another. As a leader you need to learn to count on everyone on your team and to elevate everyone from the level they are at. You can start today by delegating new tasks, but before you do, make sure you incorporate these important factors. Selecting the Individual or Team Are you going to the same people over and over again when delegating a task or project? Is it possible you’ve become too comfortable with specific individuals or teams? Doing so may…
  • Agree on Deadlines

    Howard Shore
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Agree on Deadlines The deadline is the most painful and underappreciated part of delegating a task. Too many leaders give people tasks without setting a deadline or asking what else they have on their “to do” list. This is a motivation killer. You must keep in mind that even though the task you are assigning is of great importance, your employees have their tasks too. Do You Ever Say No? Most people are trained to never say “no.” They have been wired to say “yes,” even when they know they already have too much on their plate. Often, the delegator already knows this, but chooses…
  • Why Are You Delegating?

    Howard Shore
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Why Are You Delegating? Delegating can be very difficult for many leaders. What they do not realize is that it actually can benefit not only them but their employees too. There are really three important reasons to delegate work: to better control our use of time, to build our people, and to motivate our people. Better Control Our Use Of Time You come into work, you begin to check emails, then the phone rings, a coworker then steps into your office, before you know it is lunch time. Sound familiar? You haven’t even begun to start you day and already you are behind. You need to…
  • Business Planning and Core Values Must Unite!

    Howard Shore
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Business Planning and Core Values Must Unite! As you plan your agenda for your next business planning session, I hope you have carved out some time to discuss core values. If you study any great company, one that produces exceptional performance, you will find culture is a key component to their success. Great culture does not happen by accident, and thus it is imperative that part of your business-planning process addresses how you will build and nourish your firm’s culture. CULTURE = CORE VALUES Core values are the rules that when practiced daily by your employees shape and define your…
  • Action Plans Lead to Success

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Action Plans Lead to Success Have you ever wondered why many business plans fail? Do you find that your organizations fail to achieve the key priorities in your plan? You are not alone! Most leaders, if they are honest, will admit that their business planning process is failing. Do you create an annual business plan and find that your team fails to follow through? Do you achieve your financial goals but still fail to achieve the key initiatives? If you do, this is a major issue for your business and a part of the solution is a solid action plan. Failing to Elevate Your Business As a business…
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    Random Acts Of Leadership™

  • How to Access Your Greatness Zone

    Susan Mazza
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    “You have an inventory of greatness – your talents, strengths and passions. You come packaged to do great things. Do a lot with what you have – be a game changer.” –Jay Forte, The Greatness Zone  Yes, you do indeed “come packaged to do great things”! The question is: do you really believe that? One place to look for your answer is in your actions.  Are you actively and consistently taking steps that are moving you forward to realizing the best of who you know and desire you can be? If you are taking action, but not making progress the next place to…
  • Three Necessary Conditions for Changing Someone’s Mind

    Susan Mazza
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dr. Marcia Reynolds is passionate about changing the conversations leaders have at work. She feels the most effective leaders help people think more broadly for themselves, and believes that when leaders have powerful conversations that change people’s minds from the inside out, the workplace comes alive with an eagerness to discover what is possible.  People don’t change because you want them to. They might not even change if they want to. Three conditions must be present for people to engage with you to explore new ways of looking at situations: willingness, desire, and…
  • Are You Willing to Speak up?

    Susan Mazza
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi from India, for their extraordinary work in standing for the right of all children to an education.  For most of us in the western world, speaking up may require courage, but rarely does it require us to risk our lives as was the case for Malala. She was not allowed to go to school as a girl because of Talibanization.  Here is an excerpt from her story: “At that time I stood up for my rights and I decided that I would speak up.  I did not wait for someone else. I had really two options.  One…
  • The Key to Alignment

    Susan Mazza
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The mood was extremely tense. Forty leaders gathered in a room to address a crisis in their community. The meeting was closed to the press. There was a story to be told, but none of these leaders wanted to let the press turn an isolated incident into an indictment on their town. We had two hours to get on the same page about how to handle the situation. History would definitely not have predicted a positive outcome.  It seemed unlikely this group could reach agreement about anything, let alone something so significant.  As one of the key players described it, this was a lions den. Despite…
  • Lead From Your Greatness Zone

    Jay Forte
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Please join me in welcoming Jay Forte as a guest writer.  Jay’s message about living in your Greatness Zone is at the heart of the call to lead.  I admire how Jay lives true to his message and am thrilled to have him join us here at Random Acts of Leadership.  — Susan Mazza True leadership comes from the inside out – it comes from your inner greatness.  tweet this Titles may give you the authority, but greatness gives you the ability. When you tap into your inner greatness – your talents, strengths, passions, and values – you connect to what is best in you. From this…
 
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  • What Scares You as a Leader?

    Susan Freeman
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Much of the U.S. is gearing up for Halloween on Friday. I admit that this is not one of my favorite holidays. When my children were young, it had more allure for me than it does now.   In the spirit of the week, we decorate our homes, dress in costume, and have a legitimate excuse to “act up.” This made me think about what scares us as leaders. I have recently returned from a trip to Bhutan, a fascinating country with exquisite natural beauty and architecture, lore and legends, and a unique fusion in the religious practice of superstition, myth … The post What Scares You as a…
  • Asking a More Beautiful Question

    Susan Freeman
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week’s Step Up Tip comes from Leading Blog. It builds upon the Step Up Now foundational principle of curiosity. We coach our leaders to develop the capacity to be curious, and to engage through questions, the hallmark of the coaching leadership style. “If our questions are so unimaginative and predictable that Google can guess what we’re asking before we’re even three words in”, says Warren Berger, “then we aren’t asking the right questions.” “It’s the questions Google cannot easily anticipate or even answer that we should be asking. Asking the right questions helps…
  • Mid-Life Career Pivot: Are You Ready?

    Susan Freeman
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    I’ve been privileged to coach many successful executives and leaders who are in mid-life career transition. I enjoy this work immensely, due in part to the fact that I myself once stood in their place. I remember the feelings of knowing there was something else I wanted to do, but couldn’t identify exactly what that was. Well-meaning colleagues forwarded opportunities for positions, none of which held any appeal, in spite of the fact that I had the skills and experience to do the work. What happens then? If you’re like many boomers, this can be a bit of a scare. … The post…
  • How to Lead from the Creative Zone

    Susan Freeman
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    This month, along with Conscious Shift Magazine, we explore how to tune in to creativity; both in ourselves and with others. I am privileged to work with leaders who value creativity and innovation. Because the work we do positively impacts their ability to lead creatively, this is one of my favorite coaching topics! There is a common misperception that creativity is limited to a select few among us; writers, artists, musicians, or those in the “creative arts.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Leadership is truly a creative endeavor. To create a business, product or service…
  • What are you making room for as a leader?

    Susan Freeman
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Steve, a CEO client, recently relayed a story that captures an important idea for leaders; the need to let go of certain beliefs, habits and approaches in order to create something different. He told me he and his wife were recently cleaning out their basement storage room.  There were piles of things in the center of the room surrounded by already-full bookshelves. There was stuff as far as they could see. He had been practicing the skill of centering for a short minute or two each morning. This resulted in him becoming aware of developing an ability to quiet his … The post What are…
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    Leading in Context

  • Global Sentiment About Taking Responsibility

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton A clearer picture of global ethics is coming into view. In this clearer picture, we know what's important and see how far our responsibilities extend into the global community. We understand that business leadership includes responsibility for much more than just making a profit and obeying the law. Ethical leaders have begun to realize how connected our global community is. Customers for our products may live in 50 or more countries. Product parts may be made in multiple countries, each with different laws and regulations.
  • What is Integrity? Beyond “I’ll Know It When I See It”

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton During the recent 2014 NeuroLeadership Summit, Jamil Zaki (an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford) talked about an interesting experiment the Stanford Neuroscience Lab did. The team took a large number of Fortune 100 statements of company values and generated a word cloud from them to see which word would appear most often. Which word was it? Integrity was the most frequently used word. This experiment reveals a general agreement that integrity is important, but what exactly does it mean? People may understand it in very different ways.
  • 3 Factors That Numb Ethics Efforts (And 3 That Energize Them)

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton To build a strong ethical culture, leaders should take a positive, preventive approach to ethics. That would include communicating clear ethical values and expectations and quickly stopping any unethical behavior. But those things are not enough by themselves. There are cultural factors that either enable our prevention efforts or disable them.
  • Focusing on Profits? Watch Out For the “Blinder” Effect

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton We need profits to exchange goods and services, pay bills and grow our businesses. So what's the problem with it? The problem is that profitability cannot become our defining business goal, and it cannot replace values as the central beacon of our decision-making.
  • 5 Ways to Talk About Ethics (Without Being “Blah Blah Boring”)

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton We owe it to our employees to make ethics real. People learning ethics are often given "blah blah boring" material (and then expected to remember and apply it). I believe that this is not just a mistake, it's a crime! Why? Because ethics is anything but boring. Ethics is really interesting stuff when you dive into its complexities. Today I'm sharing 5 ways to talk about ethics without being "blah blah boring." Feel free to use these as conversation starters with your team, and let me know if they make your conversations more meaningful.
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  • Join me: I’m building the perfect notebook (preview & insight into the upcoming Kickstarter!)

    kate
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    For my whole career, I’ve been looking for the perfect notebook. Taking notes is one of my secrets of success as a successful leader. It is how I show up with the right answers, it is how I make smart connections between ideas, and it is how I set myself apart as someone who can think big picture while still getting things done day-to-day. And yet, most of the time, I have struggled to find a notebook that really meets my needs. I want something with tons of organization, lots of space for taking notes, and something I can customize for all my different needs (research, planning…
  • Getting promoted was the easy part — do you have what it takes to shine in your new leadership role?

    kate
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Getting promoted is awesome. When you work hard and that work gets not only recognized, but also rewarded? Yeah, that is a pretty great feeling. Getting promoted is a common goal among many Popforms readers and Pop Star users. And it makes sense, right? The people who read our blog posts and newsletter, who take our sparks, and who do the hard work it takes to keep up in the elite Pop Star membership program, do it because they want to be amazing at their jobs, and with being amazing comes the opportunity to move up and be even more awesome in a bigger way. But here’s the…
  • Announcing Pop Star! A content subscription to help you be amazing at your job.

    kate
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    At Popforms, my startup, we have been working to make tools to help superstars shine at work. Through research and conversations with leadership experts, psychologists, consultants, coaches, and most of all our users, we’ve tinkered with products and ideas for how to help amazing people to be even more amazing at work.  And we discovered, today’s leaders want to be empowered in their career development. They want to own their journey. They’re not doing a long climb up the corporate ladder, taking prescribed paths or using the tools that worked yesterday. They crave new content,…
  • Creating the ultimate notebook

    kate
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Hello! It has been a while since I have updated here.  Hopefully you haven’t missed all the great updates though, since I am blogging a lot on the Popforms blog (and there is a ton of other great stuff on there too!). If you aren’t following along though, I would still love your opinion.  I am considering pursuing a little passion project of mine and I would love your reaction. Essentially I want to create a new breed of planner/notebook and I would love your comments and ideas.You can skim the post about how most notebooks fall short, and if you have 2 minutes and are…
  • A guide for new managers: how to own your role and build a successful team

    kate
    8 Jan 2014 | 9:05 am
    When I first became a manager, I was not very good at my job. I struggled to find the right balance, prioritize the right things, and communicate with the right people to make myself and my team successful. It’s a big part of why I founded Popforms — I know that smart people who are in leadership positions want to be amazing at their jobs, but it’s not always that easy. We all come to work to do a good job, but in leadership roles, what “doing a good job” looks like can be really unclear especially when you are new. New managers are some of the people I hear from most often,…
 
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    Dave Bratcher - Leadership: ENGAGED

  • 3 Examples of Humility in Leadership

    Dave
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Who were the people who helped you succeed?  Do you remember their names? Credit: Bud Grimes (UT-Martin) The three folks pictured above were recently recognized during Homecoming celebrations at The University of Tennessee at Martin.  Retire WNBA coach Lin Dunn, news anchor Jennifer Horbelt, and retired Slippery Rock University President Dr. Bob Smith. Each of these honorees shared a common theme during their acceptance remarks…they would not have been able to achieve all they did without the help of others.  I’ve included an excerpt from today’s article below. "If better…
  • Less Traveled Leadership…Washington style

    Dave
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    What document is being signed below? During our recent trip to the northeast, we had the opportunity to take a tour of Independence Hall.  This painting was hanging in the east wing. Being in such a historic place was something that is difficult to put into words.  Having been to Washington, D.C., the feeling was not the same.  While their is a great appreciate for our nation’s capital, much more was at stake during this period in Philadelphia.  It was a matter of life and death. As we crammed into the small room, the park ranger asked the question I posed above.  In this painting,…
  • Leading through Turbulence

    Dave
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you ever seen a child on their first flight scared when flying through turbulence? This past week, our family had the opportunity to go visit some friends.  It was our children’s first flight.  Needless to say, they were excited.  Special thanks to Frontier Airlines for an amazing experience.  They took great care of us and for that we are truly grateful. In today’s article, I share a special lesson learned when the flight became a little bumpy.  This was one of the things that worried me the most since it was our kids’ first flight.  Below is an excerpt: When was…
  • 3 Reasons to Invest in YOU

    Dave
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    This Friday, [find a location near you] people from around the country will have an opportunity to learn from John Maxwell and a couple of special guests.  As a certified member of the John Maxwell Team, I know what a treat this will be for everyone. So many of you may be wondering, “Why would I invest time and money into growing me?”  I would simply ask you, “If you don’t, who will?”  I wanted to outline 3 Reasons to Invest in YOU!  In addition to the thoughts below, I also wrote about a couple of other lessons in today’s Jackson Sun article. If we are…
  • Ryder Cup Lessons

    Dave
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Are you excited about the Ryder Cup?  I ready to see the 12 best golfers from the United States get revenge against the European team.  Many of the top golfers from the PGA Tour will be competing, but they will be more interested about helping the team win than just helping themselves. The more I thought about this the more I found ways this connected with each of us.  In today’s article, I outline some of the lessons this teaches and how they apply to you.  I’ve included an excerpt below. Have you ever felt like you were on an island? For those of you dreaming about a…
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    Simply Understanding Blog by Giana Consulting

  • Consumed by a Problem You Can’t Solve?

    Chery Gegelman
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Several years ago an executive told me that if I knew about a problem that was unsolved, it didn’t matter how hard I wanted to be a part of the solution,…   I was a part of the problem until it was solved.   Ouch. That was a hard pill to swallow. Recently I was reminded of that pill, as someone contacted me and asked for my help. First I listened. Then I offered some advice. A few months passed and I received another call from this person. The conversation was essentially the same conversation we’d had a few months earlier and other than talking, this person had done nothing to…
  • 2 Steps Forward + 1 Step Back = Progress

    Chery Gegelman
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Last week a friend pointed out the importance of celebrating progress. Her comment came at a time when many people we care about are focused on “what is not” instead of on “what is”. 2 steps forward and 1 step back is still progress.Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule Her words were a waving caution flag reminding me that: Focusing on the steps back, on the struggle, or on what is not…  Fuels negativity and slows progress.   A few days later, I saw that friend again, and she spoke that important truth once more. . “It is important to stop and celebrate progress.”…
  • I wanted to say yes, but I don’t trust you…

    Chery Gegelman
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Once upon a time, I worked with someone that had some great skills even though they made a lot of choices that I didn’t like, respect or trust.  (This person wassmart, witty, and could be really fun, but repeatedly lied and manipulated and bullied others to get what they wanted.) Years after we worked together, that person sent me an invitation to connect on LinkedIn. If some time had not passed, I would have declined it instantly and been filled with tons of negative emotions as I did it. But grace had changed my heart and in spite of all of the behaviors that I disagreed with I had…
  • Got Sugar? Learning to Speak Truth with Grace

    Chery Gegelman
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Whatever you call it… A Spoonful of Sugar Tact Wisdom Emotional Intelligence Speaking Grace with Truth Do you have it? When I was 24, I was a Youth Director. My favorite part of the job was spending time with the teenagers. While a not-so favorite part of the job was holding them accountable for crossing boundaries. Early in my new position, a fun-loving young man crossed many boundaries while we were on a weekend trip that was within driving distance of our location. I knew that within a few months, he was scheduled to attend a much longer trip that was several hours away by plane. So…
  • Executives: Do you not know? OR …Do you not care?

    Chery Gegelman
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Years ago I read a wonderful post by Ted Coine titled, Dear CEO:  Who tells you when your baby is ugly? The post resonated loudly, because as an employee and as a customer I have wondered…  Do they not know, or do they not care?Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule Over the past 41 days, I’ve asked that question at an increasingly high level… This summer my husband and I traveled from our expat lives on one side of the world to a dream vacation spot and then traveled some more, to visit family on the other side of the world.  …Which means that we caught a lot of connecting…
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    Get Real Leadership | It's About the People | Nicki Roth

  • 360 Feedback Tools: How to Get the Most Value

    nickiroth
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Feeling skeptical about initiating a 360 feedback process for yourself or other leaders? You are not alone. 360s can be powerful, yet too often they are just headaches or time-wasters. Ostensibly, a 360 process should gather feedback from bosses, peers, and direct reports to gain insight into a leader’s strengths and areas for improvement; the […]
  • The Impact our Memories Have on Our Willingness and Ability to Change

    nickiroth
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Think of a major positive event in your life. Remember who was present. Remember what was said and done. Remember the sounds and colors and smells. Remember how you felt. Now look at the faces of the other people who were present. Is it your belief that they experienced things in the exact same way […]
  • Finally: A CEO Who Says That Parenting Made Her a Better Leader

    nickiroth
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    I was so struck by this Corner Office (from the Sunday New York Times) column this week that I had to share it. Her upbringing and candor about being unprepared for the CEO role are refreshing, interesting and revealing. I can’t remember the last time that I read such an honest account of the journey […]
  • “We Treat Everyone The Same Here”

    nickiroth
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    If that is what you believe or that is the consensus attitude amongst your staff, you are in deep trouble. It is a defensive and naive response to these questions: Does this organization value diversity? Would you say there is equal treatment towards all employees? Is there an openness to different points of view? How […]
  • The Bottom Line on Culture Change

    nickiroth
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Changing organizational culture is a marathon, not a sprint or an event. It is the most challenging task an executive team can commit to. It’s not like implementing a new strategy or a new organization structure. Culture change is about asking people to change their ingrained habits. We human beings are not wired to embrace […]
 
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    Serve to Lead® | James Strock

  • Jeremy Kingsley | Leading as an Introvert

    James Strock
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    There is false assumption out there that all great leaders are extroverts and that charisma drives success. A quick glance reveals that some of the most successful leaders in all fields are introverts. In contemporary business, their ranks include: Doug Conant, former president of Campbell Soup Company; Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo; Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook; and […] The post Jeremy Kingsley | Leading as an Introvert appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • 10 Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Lessons

    James Strock
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest leaders in American history. Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership distills his leadership lessons, so they can be transferred seamlessly into the 21st century. TR’s timeless example can be put to work in business, finance, the not-for-profit sector, a government agency or the military. The 10 leadership lessons that […] The post 10 Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Lessons appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Leadership | Birthday Commemoration

    James Strock
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The anniversary of TR’s birthday, October 27th, is an appropriate time to commemorate his historic leadership. And, just perhaps, it’s useful to reflect on our national leadership–and what TR called the “national character.” How do we stack up? What can we do better? What can we make better? What can we begin on this very day, in this very hour?  Theodore […] The post Theodore Roosevelt Leadership | Birthday Commemoration appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • The Leader is the Teacher is the Student

    James Strock
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Malala Youfsafzai, age 17, personifies the possibilities of 21st century leadership. One can assert without fear of contradiction that she is the first individual to be summoned from chemistry class to be informed that she was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. This extraordinary individual is known to the world simply as Malala. She encourages such […] The post The Leader is the Teacher is the Student appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • 21st Century Leaders List

    James Strock
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    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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  • Join me: I’m building the perfect notebook (preview & insight into the upcoming Kickstarter!)

    kate
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    For my whole career, I’ve been looking for the perfect notebook. Taking notes is one of my secrets of success as a successful leader. It is how I show up with the right answers, it is how I make smart connections between ideas, and it is how I set myself apart as someone who can think big picture while still getting things done day-to-day. And yet, most of the time, I have struggled to find a notebook that really meets my needs. I want something with tons of organization, lots of space for taking notes, and something I can customize for all my different needs (research, planning…
  • Getting promoted was the easy part — do you have what it takes to shine in your new leadership role?

    kate
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Getting promoted is awesome. When you work hard and that work gets not only recognized, but also rewarded? Yeah, that is a pretty great feeling. Getting promoted is a common goal among many Popforms readers and Pop Star users. And it makes sense, right? The people who read our blog posts and newsletter, who take our sparks, and who do the hard work it takes to keep up in the elite Pop Star membership program, do it because they want to be amazing at their jobs, and with being amazing comes the opportunity to move up and be even more awesome in a bigger way. But here’s the…
  • Announcing Pop Star! A content subscription to help you be amazing at your job.

    kate
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    At Popforms, my startup, we have been working to make tools to help superstars shine at work. Through research and conversations with leadership experts, psychologists, consultants, coaches, and most of all our users, we’ve tinkered with products and ideas for how to help amazing people to be even more amazing at work.  And we discovered, today’s leaders want to be empowered in their career development. They want to own their journey. They’re not doing a long climb up the corporate ladder, taking prescribed paths or using the tools that worked yesterday. They crave new content,…
  • Creating the ultimate notebook

    kate
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Hello! It has been a while since I have updated here.  Hopefully you haven’t missed all the great updates though, since I am blogging a lot on the Popforms blog (and there is a ton of other great stuff on there too!). If you aren’t following along though, I would still love your opinion.  I am considering pursuing a little passion project of mine and I would love your reaction. Essentially I want to create a new breed of planner/notebook and I would love your comments and ideas.You can skim the post about how most notebooks fall short, and if you have 2 minutes and are…
  • A guide for new managers: how to own your role and build a successful team

    kate
    8 Jan 2014 | 9:05 am
    When I first became a manager, I was not very good at my job. I struggled to find the right balance, prioritize the right things, and communicate with the right people to make myself and my team successful. It’s a big part of why I founded Popforms — I know that smart people who are in leadership positions want to be amazing at their jobs, but it’s not always that easy. We all come to work to do a good job, but in leadership roles, what “doing a good job” looks like can be really unclear especially when you are new. New managers are some of the people I hear from most often,…
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    Learn2 Solutions

  • Top 3 Signs Your Organization Needs a Culture Change

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    A Look From the Inside Out   Culture isn’t as much what you believe as how you behave. It is the living values of the organization, not the printed values. And much of the time, culture trumps strategy. Some experts even say culture eats strategy for breakfast. So how do you recognize when you need to work on your culture?   If you are doing all of the right things and you are not getting results, this is a sign that something is missing. That something is likely a strong culture. A bad organizational culture will kill a great organizational mission or strategy most of the time.
  • Convincing Management to Invest in Learning & Engagement

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Convince your boss that you need to invest in Learning and Engagement with your team   Having trouble making the case to your boss to invest in learning? Here’s some help…   Times are tough. With budget cuts, lean operations, and increasing pressure to do more with less, learning and engagement seem like a “nice to have”, not a “need to have”. The numbers tell a different story.   By investing in Learning and Engagement, your team will:   Be more engaged…and more engaged employees are 20% more productive, 40% more likely to stay with your organization. They…
  • Learning creates more synapses -

    Marianna
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    AMAZING research proves the value of learning. Learning creates more synapses! Another benefit of learning. Keep the brain healthy, enjoy adult life and learn… I know a company with great learning experiences.   Normal sensory experiences direct brain cells to their location and reinforce the connections between brain cells. We are born with more than 100 billion brain cells or neurons; we will not grow more. That’s about 10 times the number of stars in the entire Milky Way, and about 20 times the number of people on the planet. Neurons are the functioning core of the brain.
  • Turn good leaders into great leaders: 4 great leadership development tips

    Anthony Furia
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    Hello leaders! Today, I wanted to share with you all some insight into how you can improve your leadership skills! We all know the benefits of good managers versus bad managers and what effect their leadership can have on organizations as a whole. Good managers decrease costs, intelligently allocate resources, and increase overall productivity. However, good managers aren’t made overnight. Leaders commit to a leadership development process of hard work, learning, dedication, passion, and patience to inspire and motivate others. Good leaders are the kind of talent you want to retain, but…
  • Bring Your Team Back to Life!

    admin
    9 May 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Learn2 designed the obstacle course for The Running Dead: Toronto Zombie Run – a 5km obstacle challenge on October 27th in the Riverdale East Park in Toronto. The vision created a community-building event where participants actively collaborated with other participants to keep everyone “alive” and safe from the packs of zombies. The importance of being responsible for others has never been as high and the Zombie concept allows for a natural “enemy” to promote collaboration between participants. The general storyline goes as follows: A unique virus has been unleashed and is quickly…
 
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    Alli Polin | Break The Frame

  • Leadership: Building an Alliance to Create Success

    Alli Polin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    I’ve been sick for a week now.  Not just a little cold, but hacking cough, sore throat, achy, and absolutely exhausted. I’m sure it’s the flu and it appears to be very fond of me.  It happens that my illness has coincided with a critical point for one of my husband’s projects at work.  Not just a little project, but one that requires long and odd hours as he tries to make magic happen. Unfortunately, we’ve both been so caught up in our own worlds, that while we sense one another’s challenges, we have not really spent any time connecting.  Ultimately, we took our alliance for…
  • 25 Ways to Unleash the Quiet Hero in You

    Alli Polin
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Tonight after dinner,  I cuddled with my son as he read to me as a part of his bedtime routine.  When he was done, he looked up at me and told me I’m his hero.  All I did was close my laptop, put my arm around him and listen, but to him, it really mattered.  His sweet words tell me that there  are hidden, quiet heroes everywhere.  If you look closely enough, you’ll see the quiet heroes around you in your neighbors, friends and colleagues. In the news we’ll often see stories about significant heroic acts: Man runs into a burning building to save a family. A group of people help…
  • Your Choice: Tolerate or Change?

    Alli Polin
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    A few weeks ago I was talking to some friends during a dinner party at our house.  While we waited for the steak to cook on the barbecue, I was sharing my excitement for my new eCourse that was about to launch and I asked my friends:  Have you ever been stuck?  One of them quickly answered without hesitation, “Never.” Her career has always been on track, she has a husband she loves and they’re constantly traveling and going on new adventures. “Wow, never?  That’s awesome.”  Still, I was curious.  Was there  a time in her life that she was tolerating…
  • Stretch Goals Should Inspire Not Keep You Stuck

    Alli Polin
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    My kids rode their bikes home as fast as they could to tell me their exciting news!  They decided to participate in NaMoWriMo and write a book in the month of November.  The music teacher is leading the charge over lunch and recess and they’d selected a target number of words.  Let’s just say that they set the bar high at 15,000 words each.  I wanted to encourage them, but also didn’t want their goals to keep them stuck or worse, make them quit.  It was up to me to help them find a more inspiring stretch goal, or so I thought. My son said, “The most I’ve ever written is 200.
  • Guest Post: Be a Great Boss with an Organizational Constitution

    Alli Polin
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    I’ve been a fan of Chris Edmonds for quite some time.  His down to earth attitude, combined with his incredible insights into organizational culture made an impression on me from day one.  I am a long time champion of the responsibility of leaders to create a Great Place to Work and as a result, Chris’ words consistently resonate.  I’ve personally read his new book, The Culture Engine and not only is it filled with important ideas – it’s actionable.  I’m happy to share with you this guest post from Chris Edmonds today.  Could your organization…
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    Emotional Marketing

  • The Real Secret to Customer Engagement: Get Emotional

    Kellie Cummings
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Advertisers have long known that emotions have the power to loosen customers’ purse strings, but in other aspects of business, emotions haven’t played as favorably. Until now. Recent research and empirical data are changing the way companies think about emotional engagement with customers. Following are three examples of how leading businesses are incorporating emotions into […]
  • The Dark Side of Unethical Journalism at Slate.com

    Kellie Cummings
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    It looks like Slate.com and journalist Alison Griswold have broken some cardinal rules in journalism, those being: 1) to not defame or libel by omission; 2) to substantiate opinions; and 3) to tell a balanced story. Yesterday, Alison Griswold, a writer at Slate.com, published “The Dark Side of Techtopia,” in which she claims that Tony […]
  • The Apology Epidemic—Where do we go from here?

    Kellie Cummings
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
      Roger Goodell took us to a new low last week—staging one of the most disingenuous apologies seen since. . . well since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie staged his theatrical presentation of “Bridgegate Was Not My Fault.” Goodell’s phony display last Friday sparked outrage—and Bill Simmons of ESPN said what everyone is thinking: “Goodell, […]
  • How to Dodge an Apology–by Roger Goodell

    Kellie Cummings
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
      On Friday, September 20, Roger Goodell promised to bring integrity back to the NFL. Or did he? The NFL Commissioner stood behind a podium and talked ambiguously about mistakes—mistakes he had made and mistakes he was sorry for—but he didn’t define precisely how he would correct those mistakes. Typically, leaders hold a press conference […]
  • The Home Depot Breach: 5 Trust-Breaking Errors

    Kellie Cummings
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    On September 2nd Brian Krebs, a security blogger, alerted his readers of a security breach at Home Depot. In this world of 24/7 communications, companies can no longer control the message. But, companies can—and must—become the most credible and consistent source of information about events that affect their brand and their customers. During the Asiana […]
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    Refresh Leadership

  • Question of the Month: What Type of Holiday Bonus Will You Give Your Employees This Year?

    Refresh Leadership
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    For many companies, the holiday season is the perfect time to show employees that their work is appreciated in the form of a special bonus. From cash to extra time off, there are a wide variety of ways to compensate your workforce for a year’s worth of hard work. So, for our November question of the month, we want to know what type of holiday bonus you plan to give your employees this year. Let us know by voting in our poll. Take Our Poll
  • Peak Performer’s Life: Are You a Leader?

    Walter Bond
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond continues on the topic of “vision” and discusses his concept of “visionary leadership.” He also shares a personal anecdote about how a legendary business leader and motivational speaker once showed him that even when you’re at the top, you still have to make a commitment to learn. According to Walter: “Leaders, you have to understand, you set the tempo. If you want your organization to grow, you must grow first. You need to set the example.” How do you set an example for your employees? What are some ways you ensure you continue…
  • 3 Quick Tips to Help Boost Your Memory and Retain Important Information

    Jared Brox
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    From employee and business contact names to speaking points for your next big presentation, if you’re like many leaders, there’s probably a lot of activities vying for valuable real estate in your brain. So, here are some ways to help boost your memory and retain important information. Stop cramming According to Miller’s Law, the average number of objects we can hold in our working memory is seven – give or take two. Beyond that, performance on memory tasks tends to fall off. So, while it may have gotten you through a few college exams, cramming in as much information at the last…
  • Hired Today, Gone Tomorrow: Recent Grads Don’t Stay In First Jobs Very Long

    James C. Price
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing firm, released survey findings that reveal how long recent college graduates stay in their first job after graduation. More than three-quarters, 77% of franchises surveyed in the U.S. and Canada, said they expect a recent graduate to stay less than a year in his or her first job. In he U.S., only 23% think the average graduate stays for more than a year, while in Canada, the number drops to 22%. Findings come from the 2014 editions of the “America Employed” and “Canada Employed” surveys of…
  • Peak Performer’s Life: Game Changer Vision

    Walter Bond
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond continues on the theme of “vision” and discusses what it means to have game-changer vision and why it’s often good to be disruptive. According to Walter: “If you’re going to be a great visionary, if you’re going to be an innovator, you have to understand something – you have to predict the future. Now, you don’t want to roll the dice. You don’t want to have to be a gambler, but somehow, someway in your industry relative to the information available to you, you have to be able to predict the future.” Check out Walter’s…
 
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    Strategies Coaching & Training Blog

  • Founders Fatigue Epilogue: To become reinvigorated

    Neil Ducoff
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    My Founders Fatigue MMWU of a few weeks ago not only hit its mark, it pushed some owners to recognize that they have Founder’s Fatigue and inspired them to do something about it. I was glowing as I read one such email from a husband and wife team that own a wildly successful, six million dollar company. They attended a Strategies Incubator prior to opening in 2003 and have grown a model Team-Based Pay company ever since. Their words were inspiring because no matter how successful a company may be, owners and leaders are always susceptible to Founder’s Fatigue. Their email said,…
  • The Conversation

    Neil Ducoff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    As a business coach, much of my work centers on guiding leaders through the wonderful, wacky world of human thinking and behavior, both of those they lead and their own. Dealing with financial stuff is easy. It’s math. Spend less than you bring in and there will be profit. Revenue projections and budgets are mathematical assumptions that we fondly refer to as “wild-ass guesses.” But it’s the leader’s thinking and behavior that brings the numbers and profits to life. System and procedure design is easy too, but it’s getting people to buy into and live the…
  • Founders Fatigue and what to do about it

    Neil Ducoff
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was doing a coaching call with an owner. We were discussing strategic changes he would like to implement that could dramatically increase revenues, address customer needs more quickly and efficiently, improve customer retention rates and provide his employees with significant income growth. His company was already quite successful and actively encouraged employee engagement through open-book management, team bonuses and profit sharing. His proposed strategic changes made perfect sense. I could hear the commitment and passion in his voice – until he began talking about his people and…
  • Reigniting your leadership passion

    Neil Ducoff
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last July I completed the 77-mile Prouty Ride in New Hampshire. There were hills-a-plenty and I turned in an average speed that was so slow I don’t even want to share it. I have a top-of-the-line Specialized S-Works road bike, so it wasn’t my equipment that was lacking. What was lacking was the ability of the bike’s engine – me. My growing frustration with my slow performance finally got to me. I may be 64 years old, but I know I’m physically capable of developing more power and speed – and reigniting my passion for cycling. So I hired Tracey Drews, a…
  • The Team-Based business model ROCKS

    Neil Ducoff
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    On September 21st-22nd, Strategies held our first annual Team-Based Pay (TBP) Conference in Chicago, IL. It’s amazing that 158 business owners and leaders gathered to learn, to be inspired and to celebrate this thing called “Team-Based Pay.” Heck, it’s just a pay system. But labeling it “just a pay system” is a shortsighted conclusion that discounts what a company can achieve by rewarding the right overall individual and team performance. Team-Based Pay isn’t about the “pay” … it’s about achieving excellence by defining and…
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    ManageElite Blog

  • 4 signposts when seeking your ‘discomfort zone’

    Rich Henson
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    It’s said that to be at your best, you must get out of your comfort zone. So then, the place you are looking for must be your … discomfort zone? So how do you find it? Where is it? If you’ve not been there before, how do you know when you find it? And lastly, […] The post 4 signposts when seeking your ‘discomfort zone’ appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • My plastic surgery needed a tweak – and other lame excuses

    Rich Henson
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    When’s a good time to call in a sick? When you’re sick? In real life, it doesn’t work that way. For some, it seems, every day is a good day to call in sick. Why not? They give us sick days, so we should use them, right? Wrong. Still, people use lame excuses to take […] The post My plastic surgery needed a tweak – and other lame excuses appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 4 problem-solving tactics employees will love you for

    Rich Henson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    One of the biggest productivity-killers managers face every day is interruptions. And one of the most frequent interruptions is … employees with questions. A Cal/Irvine study estimated that managers get interrupted four times an hour by staff, mostly to answer questions. It’s a common problem-solving scenario that plays out like this: Employee has an issue […] The post 4 problem-solving tactics employees will love you for appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 6 dumb ways to kill employee morale

    Rich Henson
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Smart managers spend time practicing techniques to improve employee morale. And that’s hard work. But many more managers do things that kill morale. Or more accurately, they FAIL to do things and that ends up killing morale. Here are the six dumb mistakes managers often make that kill morale. No. 1 is the failure to […] The post 6 dumb ways to kill employee morale appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 4 myths of leadership we all get wrong

    Rich Henson
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Every successful leader has their own personality, their own style, their own approach. They can be as different as day and night. Think Donald Trump. Then think Mother Teresa. See what I mean? Some leaders work smarter. Some work harder. But all of them work at it. Leadership is there for the taking, to one […] The post 4 myths of leadership we all get wrong appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
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    Todd Nielsen

  • High Standards Pave the Way

    S. Chris Edmonds
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Is your team’s work environment engaging and inspiring or dull and frustrating? An engaging and inspiring environment is usually active and noisy. People are moving around, talking and working together to solve problems and deliver solutions. Team members are pleasant and happy. A dull and frustrating environment is usually passive and quiet. Team members work independently, not cooperatively. Interactions between team members are often tense and short. Noise may come from unhappy people arguing. Your work environment may fall somewhere between these two extremes. Do you pay attention to…
  • Leadership Trait to Ponder: Fun

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

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

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

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

  • Only a Vampire Needs To Be Invited

    Jason Cortel
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Invitation is a weakness to vampires. In order to enter they must be invited, and once the invitation has been made they cannot be uninvited. Invitation is also a weakness for employees and once they have been invited they seldom feel uninvited. When employees are waiting to be invited to the table, invited to the discussion or invited to contribute, it will slow down their career progression. Employees who sit on the sidelines waiting for an invitation to speak or do miss out on opportunities and the business loses too. How invitation is a weakness for employees When people feel they…
  • The One Thing a Great Boss Never Says

    Jason Cortel
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Being a great boss isn’t easy. The designation of a great boss is entirely dependent on an individual’s feelings which can change based on how they feel any given situation ends. Bosses will say more than their fair share of stupid or demotivating things to their staff but the great ones always double back quickly to apologize. The one thing a great boss never says is “you have no authority.” It doesn’t matter if the employee is leading a project, serving on a cross-functional team or just doing the job they were hired to do, a great boss knows employees need a certain level of…
  • Tuesday Tip: That’s a Great Question

    Jason Cortel
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Some people are of the belief that we should stop saying “that’s a great question”. Some view it as a stalling technique while others view it as a distraction. Some people feel you are grading the questions and yet some think it is a veiled attempt at flattery. I call nonsense on all of those things. Why you should say “that’s a great question” Because it takes a huge amount of confidence for someone to speak up in a group and ask a question. Many people will withhold their questions for fear of looking stupid and feeling they should already know the answer. By injecting…
  • The Worst Mistake Made in Personal Branding

    Jason Cortel
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    There are many elements that go into building your personal brand. Being active on social networks, participating in LinkedIn discussions, attending in-person networking events and maybe even having a blog. Yet your name hasn’t become synonymous with the greatness you envisioned. You are working harder not smarter. Could it be that you are neglecting your own backyard? Relationships are important in personal branding especially those whom you work with daily. Lending a helping hand, providing mentoring and showing gratitude will help you build lasting relationships with people you may not…
  • Do You Want to Grow Your LinkedIn Network?

    Jason Cortel
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Do you want to expose yourself to opportunities? Do you want your content to be seen, shared and liked by more people? If you have something to offer that no one else can you need to let the world know. LinkedIn is one of the top ways that you can promote yourself professionally and get in front of the people who make decisions. Networking is just as much about meeting and connecting with people you don’t know as it is about maintaining relationships with those you do know. In order to grow your network on LinkedIn and open the possibilities of partnering with the right people at the right…
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    Kay Leadership Academy

  • How to lead teams without authority

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
      How to lead teams without authority   Very often as a leader, you are dependent on others to deliver results to you.  Your other initiatives depend on these results.  How do you motivate or drive people that do not directly report to you? How do you manage external partners who do not have any contractual obligations to you? How to lead teams without authority?     One such example is a global project.  While you can still manage a project, to deliver excellent results you must lead effectively.  In the diagram below, I have tried to describe the various…
  • 21 tips for more effective email communication

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
      Effective email communication A large portion of my communication takes place via email.  Over a period of time I have built certain guidelines to conduct effective email communication.  For the foreseeable future, email will remain the primary source of corporate (and personal) communication.  I present below the following tips (in no particular order) which have helped me get good results – I am sure you will also find value in at least one of these: Quick response A quick “got it” or “will get to it next week” is much better than just waiting and doing a lot of work on…
  • Effective self-development – Stepping out of your comfort zone

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
      Stepping out of your comfort zone For effective self-development and for realizing your full potential, you must develop the habit of stepping out of your comfort zone. When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone, feared that what you were getting into would be a failure, or nervously considered that you were taking a big risk? Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg could have stayed at Harvard, completed their top-pedigree education and still gone on to be quite successful. The reason they are successful, the reason they were able to achieve what they did is because they were…
  • How Effective Leaders guide, support or decide on a proposal

    admin
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
      Decision In continuing with the post on “how to get a favorable decision for your proposal – every time”, I want to present the view from the opposite side of the table in this post.  As a leader you will be called on numerous occasions to guide, support or decide on a proposal.   Here we look at a situation where someone has a proposal and is approaching a leader for supporting the proposal, getting guidance on how to proceed with it, or seeking a decision. While the tasks and situations considered in this post related to a corporate or business setting, you can…
  • Extreme Self-Motivation to Achieve your Goal

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

  • How to Organize in a Complicated World – Kirby Ingles

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: Wiertz Sébastien via Compfight cc Organization is the simplest way to become more productive, but the most overlooked. Keeping your focus on small things in the beginning will lead to increased organization when it comes to the bigger things. If you modify your behavior to be more organized consistently, tasks become automatic. The goal here is to persuade you to increase productivity and focus with some tips on how to better organize your life. When I was a child I can remember organizing my trophies, books, movies, drawers in my room from largest too small, front to back,…
  • Connecting or Just Making Noise? My Journey to Reclaim Social Media – Reade Milner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Photo Credit: mikeyp2000 via Compfight cc Before I even begin, I have a confession to make: I am part of the problem. Social media has admittedly become more media, and not so social. It is the fault of people like me who tell you to use this tool on this medium at these times for these people. I am not necessarily saying that what I’ve written and spoken a great deal about was all wrong, but I do feel guilty for the fact that I/we have not made enough effort to emphasize that the real purpose of social media is to connect with people. It is not to spread your message or to further…
  • Three Strategies for Influencing Positive Change – Jed Jurchenko

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    On most mornings, during my commute to work, I drive by a guy wearing a bright yellow chicken suit. Yep, this is a true story. Stuff like this is just too good to make up. He’s strategically positioned on the corner of Center City Parkway and Mission Avenue, holds a sign encouraging those passing by to eat at the Golden Omelet House restaurant, and the best part is he’s usually dancing.   Doug Kline via Compfight cc I have got to give this young man credit; he is one of the most enthusiastic sign-spinners I have ever seen. He is continually bobbing up and down, kicking…
  • Leaders Make Others into Heroes

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Leaders make others into heroes. One of the most powerful things you can do as a leader is establish your customer/client and your team as the hero. Not you, them. Shift the center of focus to them. Pay attention to how the most effective ad campaigns and web sites work. The focus is on the customer/prospect/community member, not on the company itself. Call them heroes. Remind them that they’re doing important, heroic, world-changing work. Write things like “If you’re reading this, you ARE the resistance.”  (A ripoff from a Terminator movie, brilliantly done in a newsletter I…
  • #041: Positive Thinking Is Good, But Action Is Better

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: Matthew T Rader via Compfight cc   Subscribe To Podcast With iTunesSubscribe To Podcast With RSS Subscribe To Podcast In Microsoft Store   Live Life With Purpose Episode #041: Positive Thinking Is Good, But Action Is Better   http://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/041-Positive-Thinking-Is-Good-But-Action-Is-Better-.m4a   Show Notes – Positive Thinking Is Good, But Action Is Better   Yes, I know that I focus a lot on the idea of positive thinking here on the show, but the thing about thinking is that it only helps you. Thinking can only go…
 
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  • Discovering Authenticity

    Paul Heagen
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Two years ago, a friend of mine was on his way to a private reception for then-Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Knowing my focus on leadership coaching, he asked me what he should ask Romney, if given the chance to corner him in the crowd. “Sure,” I said readily. “Ask him: What makes you angry, what makes you laugh, what makes ... Read More The post Discovering Authenticity appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • Checking Our Rest Watch

    Paul Heagen
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    I’m probably not going to get the new Apple Watch. I haven’t worn a watch for decades, relying more on an innate, albeit quirky, knack of knowing what time it is – an ability I honed years ago in all news radio when seconds and minutes shared a natural rhythm with the work. But that’s not the reason I’m not ... Read More The post Checking Our Rest Watch appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • The “Cost” of Growth

    Paul Heagen
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    A board of directors fires a CEO for not being aggressive enough in pursuing profits. Ho-hum. Dog bites man. An entire workforce quits over the board firing the CEO. Man bites dog. Headlines: Butchers, cashiers, stockers, produce stockers all out on the sidewalks of towns in New England over the last few weeks in a gallant and costly show of ... Read More The post The “Cost” of Growth appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • Working on Purpose

    Paul Heagen
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Dream big. Live out your dreams. Pursue your dream relentlessly. You are not whole until your dreams are made real. We hear that a lot, and I’ve said some of it myself.  It’s actually a whole cottage industry in the self-help field, and I am thrilled with the life-changing impact those people have had on others who thought dreams were ... Read More The post Working on Purpose appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • An Ownership Interest

    Paul Heagen
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Several years ago, my grandson cobbled together his own little video commercial extolling the virtues of a local pizza company. They were so impressed by his enterprising verve, the local manager invited him back into the kitchen to watch the whole process and make a pizza for himself. My daughter asked him if he liked it enough to want to ... Read More The post An Ownership Interest appeared first on Defining Moments.
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  • Leading On Marketing: How To Make Your Company Videos Stand Out

    Scott Murray
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    As a content producer and consultant, I’ve worked with clients on improving the layout, organization, copy and content of their websites. In recent years,... Author information Scott Murray Writer at Great Scott Ideas Scott Murray is a creative professional specializing in marketing, writing and content production. TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedIn The post Leading On Marketing: How To Make Your Company Videos Stand Out appeared first on BEALEADER | BY LEADERS FOR LEADERS Scott Murray
  • 7 Gems from Daniel Pink’s book “To Sell Is Human”

    Kaarina Dillabough
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    I just finished reading Daniel Pink‘s latest book, “To Sell is Human The Surprising Truth About Moving Others“, as part of my commitment to... Author information Kaarina Dillabough Business Life Coach at Decide2Do Kaarina is a business/life coach living in Ontario. For over 25 years her high-voltage energy, expertise and experience has inspired those she has worked with to reach beyond their grasp, to attain great things in business and in life. A former Olympic sports colour commentator and coach, Kaarina parlayed her coaching skills from the gym floor to the boardroom, working with…
  • Great Work Takes Patience

    Sabrina Baker
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    In the book, Great Work, David Stuart of O.C. Tanner states that “good is the foundation of great.” He quotes Carl Sagan who once... Author information Sabrina Baker Founder, PHR at Acacia HR Solutions Sabrina Baker, PHR is the founder and CEO of Acacia HR Solutions, a human resource outsourcing, consulting and recruiting firm located outside of Chicago, IL. Sabrina was a human resource leader for eleven years before starting her own business in 2011. She serves on the Illinois Society of Human Resources Council board and holds the position of Annual Conference Chair. She is also…
  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow… Stopping the Cycle of Procrastination

    Christal Guziec
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    I love writing for BEALEADER. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jen Olney and for the entire BEALEADER team. My fellow writers... Author information Christal Guziec Marketing Consultant at CG Marketing Pro Christal is a freelance marketing consultant with nearly 15 years' experience crafting targeted messages. Christal's specialties include inbound marketing, email, social media, marketing collateral, and direct mail. She has experience in both B2B and B2C environments, domestic and international. Christal has an MBA from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL and a Bachelor's in…
  • Leading On Faith: Finding Comfort In Silence

    Kevin Murray
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    Most of us appreciate a good conversation with a close friend and the nourishment these talks provide. The opportunity to share what’s going on... Author information Kevin Murray Founder at Encourge To Faith After 28 years immersed in the fast-paced world of commercial real estate in Atlanta, Georgia, Kevin branched out from the familiarity of the company he co-founded to wholeheartedly follow his passion--encouraging others in their walk with the Lord. His heart’s desire is sharing and exchanging ideas that impact and transform lives. ”Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you…
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  • The Secret Of Focus

    Takis Athanassiou
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    There is a secret of focus? Focus is a rare commodity in today’s personal attention “market”. You, literally, bombarded by thousand if not millions of stimuli per minute, seeking for your attention. It is a modern art to know how to select and focus on what’s important for YOU! An Endless Flow Of Information & Stimuli Modern times are complete different from previous eras in the sense that our previous traditional habitats and familiar ecosystems have been changed radically, by the disruptive power of information. Information is not anymore something to learn, to…
  • Creative Usages Of Twitter For Sales & Marketing Prospects

    Ashley Alex
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Ashley Alex is a dedicated writer who support students who want to enhance their marketing strategy knowledge through social media. In this post writes about the “Creative Usages Of Twitter For Sales & Marketing Prospects“. Creative Usages Of Twitter For Sales & Marketing Prospects OR  “How to use Twitter for Effective Sales and Marketing Prospects for Your Business” Organizations are finding that Twitter is an exceptionally successful apparatus for promoting, deals, technical assistance, and client help. Your prospects and clients are discussing you and your rivals…
  • A Little Bit More!

    Takis Athanassiou
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    Do you, ever, find yourself, at the urgency, of doing more! I mean, you have to do a job, a task, an assignment, OK! You done it, and it is OK! But is seems not enough! For you. It seems as if it needs something more to be completed! Do you know the feeling? The Extra Mile There are times in our lives, when things we do, does not seem enough! It is something incomplete, beckons for more attention, even if we not want to see it! Incomplete things, are always challenge our mind. You need to do something more, to read the continuation, to find out what’s next, in order for you to be OK!
  • Do You Want A Job Or A Career? – Part III

    Takis Athanassiou
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:34 am
    This is the third and final part of a rather long answer I provide to a Greek student, wanted to work in the area of e-Learning in Greece, with the title:”Do You Want A Job Or A Career?“. I think the text I wrote then, as a reply, can provide a base for reference for people seeking work all over the world and value to their efforts. The respond structured to 3 different posts! This is part III. you can read part I here and part II here. 3. “Re-Build” Your CV Dear Niko, since you have defined your goals and the field of e-learning you want to work in, you need to…
  • Do You Want A Job Or A Career? – Part II

    Takis Athanassiou
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    This is the second part of a rather long answer I provide to a Greek student, wanted to work in the area of e-Learning in Greece, with the title:”Do You Want A Job Or A Career?“. I think the text I wrote then, as a reply, can provide a base for reference for people seeking work all over the world and value to their efforts. The respond structured to 3 different posts!This is part II. You can read part I here. A 7-Part Action Plan Proposition Niko, in order to answer the question “Do You Want A Job Or A Career?” you need to follow a more structured approach, a one that…
 
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  • EP58: Developing Your Expertise and Finding Your Purpose w/ Lauren Gaggioli (@LaurenGaggioli)

    Ellory Wells
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Episode 58 of the Empowered Podcast features entrepreneur, #2 pencil nerd and founder of Higher Scores Test Prep, Lauren Gaggioli. Several years ago, Lauren worked for the Goliath’s in the test prep industry. She felt she could do better and decided to take on the role of David and challenge the status quo. She got the help she needed, focused on her areas of expertise, and launched her own online business. Thank Lauren for being on the show! Lauren’s Mission: To help students open the door to a brighter future.  The EPIC Final Question: What is one tip, or one piece of advice…
  • Podcasting Essentials: How to Create a Podcast Studio in a Bag

    Ellory Wells
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Have you ever thought about taking your podcast on the road? Have you wondered how you could record an episode somewhere other than your studio? Podcasting is such an incredible way to share the stories of inspiring people. However, getting world travelers into your home-office, or onto a Skype call, can be difficult. Photo Credit: rockmixer via Compfight cc When I first started the Empowered Podcast I wanted to do things at the lowest-possible cost. My show started as a hobby, and I didn’t want to sink a ton of money into something I wasn’t sure about. But, over time, my…
  • EP57: How a Combat Veteran & Cancer Survivor Fights to Stay Positive w/ Mylee YC (@MyleeYC)

    Ellory Wells
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
    Episode 57 of the Empowered Podcast features combat veteran, mother, model, and cancer survivor, Mylee YC. Mylee shares what it was like discovering she had a lump on her left breast after coming back from a combat mission. She shares about her experience, what was going through her mind, and what she decided to do about it. When faced with a life-threatening situation, your mind does crazy things. Mylee shares her story with us today! Thank Mylee for being on the show! Mylee’s Mission: Be perfectly flawed. How Mylee defines empowerment: It means to dig deep and find a way to find the…
  • How to Connect Better, Sell More, and Boost Your Bottom Line

    Ellory Wells
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Have you ever been called socially awkward? Have you ever wished you could connect with everyone? When it comes to predicting future success, how well you connect with other people is a determining factor. Photo credit: cybrarian77 / Foter / CC BY-NC When I worked my Corporate job, I had people at all levels of the business asking me how to build better relationships. Sitting at a business dinner, a high-profile Account Executive asked me, Ellory, what’s the secret to building relationships? How can I connect with my customers better? I was pretty shocked he’d be asking me. He was…
  • EP56: How to Merge Your Passions for a Happy Life w/ Jon D Harrison (@CT_blog)

    Ellory Wells
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Episode 56 of the Empowered Podcast features professional blogger, leadership expert and video game guru, Jon Harrison. Jon and I met a few years ago when he was blogging about leadership and personal development. Recently, however, he changed topics. He realized his passion was for vintage and classic video games. He asked himself how he could mesh his two favorite things, leadership and video games, and came up with his new brand Classically Trained. Since merging his two passions he’s been featured on Lifehacker, CNN, Fast Company and more! Jon is proof you can see more success, live…
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  • 15Five’s Tales of Horror: The World’s Scariest Bosses

    David Mizne
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    When I think of scary bosses, I always picture Darth Vader. Forget about being fired, that guy can strangle you to death over video conference. Some company leaders are ruling with an iron fist, creating disengaged employees and high turnover. These bad bosses are building haunted houses of poor company culture and unhappy employees (cue Imperial March). In honor of Halloween, we’ve selected the top articles from around the web that shine a light on the darkness of scary leadership: 1.  18 Signs You Have a Terrible Boss by Jacquelyn Smith Terrible bosses don’t only affect employees in…
  • Failure Is Not An Option. It’s Required.

    David Hassell
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Whether you’re creating the next big social media platform or attempting to perfect the hamburger, you want your business to succeed. On that burger challenge, you can stop trying, though, because that feat was already accomplished by Father’s Office in Santa Monica, Calif. When people think of success, they are usually talking about hefty profits and minimized costs. Certainly financial growth is a desired outcome. But one definition of success is much more modest. It literally means a result or outcome. Thus, if success is not necessarily a positive, then it stands to reason…
  • 5 TED Talks That Every Entrepreneur Must Watch

    David Mizne
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Ted Talk has become this generation’s quick answer to gaining more knowledge on any subject. Who wants to read 272 pages on how to motivate employees when you can spend eighteen and a half minutes hearing Daniel Pink speak about it? Sit back, put on your headphones and enjoy. If your boss walks by and asks what you’re doing, say that you are working on your leadership skills and increasing your engagement and productivity. 1. Simon Sinek: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe In 2009, Simon Sinek gave a Ted Talk entitled “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”. The talk…
  • 6 Simple Ways to Improve Employee Morale – Don’t Freak Out About #4

    Guest Post
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The other day at a coffee shop I heard someone refer to “low company moral”. Not morale, moral. At first I cringed, but then I thought, where does the word originate? Turns out that he was right. The French added the “e” to “moral” in the 18th Century because…well because the French have style. So while you are worried about employee burnout, you are actually focused on employee morality — the collective character and confidence of everyone in your organization. When people become overly-stressed, their work will suffer, they will disengage, and your turnover rate…
  • Confessions of A Fully Supported Employee

    David Mizne
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I love my job. Sure, 15Five pays me to write blog posts that positively show our company culture and product. But I mean it, I genuinely love working here: - My colleagues are brilliant and inspiring. - I am treated with respect, and am fully supported by management in my personal and professional goals. - I am celebrating my one year work-a-versary and have evolved from who I was when I joined the company. You may be saying to yourself, “Employee retention is a challenge, and recruiting and hiring is expensive and time-consuming. How can I create an environment where my employees love…
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    Dashe & Thomson » Social Learning Blog

  • How to Avoid Scrap Learning

    Andrea May
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    We’ve all been there. Attending a training course, or working through an eLearning module, and thinking “This is great information. I wonder how I can apply this to my job.” And, after some thought, you realize “I can’t…at least not right now.” So what happens to the learning gains you made while going through the course? Unfortunately, unless you can apply those gains fairly immediately, they simply fall away resulting… The post How to Avoid Scrap Learning appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • 11 Things Dashe & Thomson is Looking Forward to Most at DevLearn 2014

    Paul Paradis
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The eLearning Guild is hosting its annual DevLearn Conference at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, October 29-31, and Dashe & Thomson is looking forward to sponsoring the event once again.  Here are the 11 things our staff is looking forward to most. 1. Neil deGrasse Tyson Who doesn’t want to see the lovable astrophysicist with a knack for explaining the world’s most complicated scientific laws in layman’s terms. 2. #Chat2Lrn Tweet-Up During the… The post 11 Things Dashe & Thomson is Looking Forward to Most at DevLearn 2014 appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • How Not to Crush the Souls of Your Contractors

    Claire Narum
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    I know what you’re thinking: Who cares about my contractor? The whole point of hiring a contractor is to avoid dealing with all of the hassles of having a regular employee, right? They come in, they do a job, they leave. Well, that’s true. A good contractor is able to fit into your organization and quickly assimilate the necessary information and deliver a product, whatever that product might be. But… The post How Not to Crush the Souls of Your Contractors appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • Implementing C.R.A.P. into your eLearning Design

    ericberget
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    Flashback to one of my very first Graphic Design courses in college. Professor Bill introduced an important methodology for assessing effective visual design. “What are the key ingredients to a great design?” he asked. Projected on the wall were four giant letters: C.R.A.P. Contrast. Repetition. Alignment. Proximity.1 You might look at a design and know, or at least feel, that it is either “good” or “bad.” But the principles of… The post Implementing C.R.A.P. into your eLearning Design appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • Teach Them to Fish

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

  • WHE15: How to Make the Most of Narrow Networks | with Scott Wallace from Dartmouth

    Joe Sherwood
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Direct contracts and narrow networks of health care providers offer new ways for employers to control the costs of health care.  But many of these arrangements are missing huge opportunities to improve health and deliver true value for the money you spend. Scott Wallace is a visiting professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and […]
  • 098: Overworked and Overwhelmed: 4 tools for leaders to reclaim their lives and boost productivity | with Scott Eblin

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many leaders today are chronically overworked and overwhelmed by the seemingly non-stop demands on their time and attention. If you feel like you’re constantly outrunning burnout, resentment, and collapse, chances are you aren’t performing up to your potential as a leader. Hard work tends to go hand-in-hand with success, but over the long term, that […]
  • How Mindful Leaders Get Results

    Jesse Lahey
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    This is a guest post by Scott Eblin, author of the new book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, which releases today. Scott shared a draft of the book with me; I loved it, eagerly read it from cover to cover, and enthusiastically recommend it to you.  One of the things I know for sure […]
  • Pull Yourself Back from the Brink of Your Caffeine-Driven, Smartphone-Addicted Life

    Jesse Lahey
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest post by Scott Eblin, author of the new book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. Scott shared a draft of the book with me; I loved it, eagerly read it from cover to cover, and enthusiastically recommend it to you.  On a summer Sunday night four years ago, I found myself […]
  • What Pickle Juice Teaches about Mirror Neurons and Empathetic Thinking [video transcript]

    Jesse Lahey
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Link to video: What Pickle Juice Teaches about Mirror Neurons and Empathetic Thinking I have a jar of dill pickles in my office to help me share about the power of empathy in communicating for influence. My dad tells a story from when he was a kid about going over to his grandmother’s house after […]
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  • Wise Decision Making

    Dr. Jon Warner
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    We make hundreds of decisions, both small and large every day but how do we ensure whether or not they are good ones or even better it is “wise” decision-making, meaning that they are good ones in the short, medium and longer term, as much as this is possible? To explore this subject let’s look at the two main criteria by which individuals tend to make decisions. As the diagram below indicates it is “risk” and “reward” that dominate our thinking when making decisions, with the two pushing and pulling in almost every situation in which a choice needs to be made. As the diagram…
  • Dealing with Tough Questions

    Dr. Jon Warner
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:23 am
    Some questions are very easy to answer and we simply take them in our stride. But this is not always the case, especially when an individual is in a leadership position. We therefore need to be better prepared or mentally ready to answer tough questions that may be put to us from time to time. Although we can’t predict what questions we may be asked in detail, or how “tough” they may be, we can think about the different business stakeholders that may be interested in asking questions and then at the kind of questions that they may be interested in putting in response to any particular…
  • Is Vulnerability a Key Trait in a Leader’s Make-Up?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    When you take a quick survey of how most people respond when they are asked to describe a strong leader they will often say things like “strong”, “directive”, “self-confident”, “persistent”, “organized”, “power-broker”, “influencer”, “tenacious” and “goal-driven” etc. All of these suggest that a leader is fairly certain about what to do and is willing and able to direct people, as firmly as necessary. But these perceptions may not reflect reality very closely at all and in this article we will explore another important leadership trait that rarely gets any…
  • Why All Businesses Need an Exit Strategy

    Dr. Jon Warner
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    While most businesses will have had a start-up strategy and may have a business strategy on an ongoing basis, the idea of an “exit strategy” does not typically occur to a CEO, the Board or the senior executive team until it is suggested to them, especially in smaller and younger companies. In other words, exit strategies are often developed as a “knee-jerk” response to external circumstances, such as a need to bring in a partner firm or to respond to an inquiry about selling, in most cases. As such they may be far from fit-for-purpose. This is not because a plan cannot be developed to…
  • Building a Business Brand

    Dr. Jon Warner
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    We hear a lot about the power of brands today and it’s not just in the retail or consumer product world (and therefore only those companies behind them). Today it is seen to be important for every business to have a strong brand and to make sure that its customers know what it stands for. So what is a brand and (as our graphic at the top of this article illustrates) what are some of the sub components that we should think about? At its most simple level, a brand is only an identifying mark or design that is attached to a product or service. To “brand” livestock historically was to give…
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  • How to Not Take Things So Personally

    Dave Stachowiak
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:21 am
    Earlier this week, I interviewed Tom Henschel, a top executive coach and host of The Look & Sound of Leadership show. We discussed how to handle a boss who’s a jerk. One of Tom’s key points was to not take it personally when we’re dealing with a someone who’s treating you poorly (easier said than done). While a lot of us know that we shouldn’t take things personally, on a practical level, we still do. I’m not a fan of the phrase, “It’s not personal, it’s business.” Sorry, but if someone treats you badly, it’s personal, whenever and wherever it happens to be. That…
  • 4 Ways to Get People to Stop Talking

    Dave Stachowiak
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    A few weeks ago, I released an article on 4 Ways to Help Others Be More Concise with strategies to help us all to improve verbal efficiency within our organizations. But what do you do when an individual simply won’t shut up? That’s the question one of my colleagues says he’s asked more these days than anything else. It’s a topic to approach thoughtfully, since lots of us work hard to get people to talk more in the workplace. That said, this is a real obstacle for people who regularly interact with someone who simply doesn’t know when to stop. The four practical actions below will…
  • 3 Ways to Make Appreciation Memorable

    Dave Stachowiak
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    A few days before I graduated from junior high school, I was honored with the Rotary Award at the our school’s annual recognition event for students. I knew little of the award prior to receiving it, other than a faint memory of seeing other students receive it in prior years. I got a heads up before accepting it formally, and it was described as a prestigious award that teachers voted on. I was always an excellent student in school, but rarely the best student (so I didn’t get those awards). I was awful at sports, dating, and fairly mediocre at a lot of other things. In retrospect, this…
  • The Little Recognized Secret of Success

    Dave Stachowiak
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    This past weekend, my wife Bonni, her parents, and I saw Tony Bennett perform at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. He is 88 years old and still performing regularly. It’s not just his age that’s impressive. He’s had chart topping releases in each of his six decades of music (including his new Cheek to Cheek* album with Lady Gaga). With his unparalleled success and career longevity, most anyone would forgive him a slip of a note or a missed lyric at his age. It never happened. At several points during the concert, I closed my eyes and just listened to Bennett’s voice. It was as…
  • 4 Ways to Help Others Be More Concise

    Dave Stachowiak
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    It’s happened again. Despite your best efforts to avoid it, you’re stuck on an online meeting, listening to the guy who takes 15 minutes to explain anything. When someone finally gets a word in, he listens a bit, but suddenly interrupts when he realizes that he forgot, “One other detail.” Five minutes later, he’s still talking and you’re thinking of all the better things you could be doing. When we run into this, the default response for many of us is to complain about the person or strategize on how to fix them. The question I’m often asked is: How can I get this guy to be more…
 
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  • How to Protect Your Productivity from the Unexpected

    Roger MacRae
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
      “What do you do when a series of emergencies totally ruin your schedule?” It was a question I received from a member of an executive group and if you have the same question, here’s my reply: It’s not the pop-up issues or emergencies that bother me, nor should they bother you too much either – – unless they’re chronic, repeat issues and then you DO need to investigate. But many pop-up issues and emergencies are NOT within your control and they WILL happen. What matters most is how you react to them, how you handle them, and how quickly you recover from them.  …
  • Work Day Insanity

    Leslie
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Doing Things Twice (or More) is a Waste of Time   Let me ask you a few questions. When you get ready for work in the morning, do you put your pants on twice? When you get to work, do you enter the building, walk out, and then enter again? In the evening, do you cook and eat dinner multiple times? No, of course not! After all, it would seem rather silly and a waste of time to do something more than once if once will do the trick, right? Yet, that’s EXACTLY what most professionals do with their e-mail. You know the drill. You open an e-mail, read the content and think, “I…
  • Are You Still Waiting?

    Leslie
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    What You Need to Know About Pending Tasks So You Can Stop Wasting Time and Start Making More Progress   The advice I read was to create a “Waiting for Response” File to keep track of who owes you a response. It stated that you should review it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow up on. What an incredible and colossal waste of time. And on top of that…what a risky way to keep track of your tasks. I commonly find those who have the “Waiting for” File or the “Pending” pile (and during my corporate career, I had one, too!), but it’s not an air-tight,…
  • “Pre-crastination” and How It Hurts Your Productivity

    Roger MacRae
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
      Have you heard the new buzz-word? It’s pre-crastination. I started receiving links to recent articles about it from my clients and then I saw it mentioned in Health Magazine. The definition that appeared in Health Magazine (as defined by Psychological Science) was “Hurrying to complete a task as soon as possible just to get it off your plate.” It went on to say, “Though it may seem better then procrastinating, rushing through a project can cause you to overexert yourself and may cost you more time.” And I will add to that and say it will cost you more than just time and…
  • Why Tasks Don’t Belong on Your Calendar

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

  • Life and Work Balance Is Doable (Post 3 of 3)

    Tom Salonek
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    In this final post in the series, I share thoughts on innovation and preparing for growth through education. Professor Stewart Friedman in Work+Home+Community+Self from the September issue of Harvard Business Review states the third leadership principle is being innovative. Friedman shares six strategies for being innovative to support the earlier described “four way win” concept.  They are: Being results [...]The post Life and Work Balance Is Doable (Post 3 of 3) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Life and Work Balance Is Doable (Post 2 of 3)

    Tom Salonek
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    In the first post in this series, I outlined thoughts on the HBS article from Paul Friedman of Wharton. At the core, his article is about an approach to work, life balance. He shares the first step is being real.  The next step is being whole.  Ways to be whole include: Being clear on expectations Helping others [...]The post Life and Work Balance Is Doable (Post 2 of 3) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Team SuperManners – An Illustrated Book for Preschoolers

    Tom Salonek
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:27 pm
    This year, I had a goal to write an illustrated kid’s book (while my kids were young enough to enjoy seeing themselves as characters in a book). I’m happy to say that Team SuperManners, The Well-Behaved Adventures of Zander the Dog, Sweet Cheeks, and Baby Girl is finished and on Amazon in print and Kindle. Jakob Bartels was [...]The post Team SuperManners – An Illustrated Book for Preschoolers appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • iOS Compatibility Chart

    Tom Salonek
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    If you know of anyone who creates applications for iPhones, iPads, or iPods, they may find this graphic useful.  It was created by our top iOS instructor and breaks down what iOS and Xcode versions are required for the various iOS devices.  The post iOS Compatibility Chart appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Life and Work Balance Is Doable (Post 1 of 3)

    Tom Salonek
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    The September issue of Harvard Business Review had an article titled “Work+Home+Community+Self”.  Sort of clumsy title… but a good article. It was written by Stewart D. Friedman, a Wharton professor.  He’s the author of Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life. His take on life balance is based on a concept he calls [...]The post Life and Work Balance Is Doable (Post 1 of 3) appeared first on Tom Talks.
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    Millennial CEO

  • Big Data and Cloud for SMBs starts with Engagement

    Brian Fanzo
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    With so much confusing talk around Cloud, Big Data and Analytics it’s no wonder that many small and midsize businesses still feel like only enterprises are utilizing these tools. After attending IBM Insight in Las Vegas this week, it’s clear that this trend is changing. By thinking of these components as a “system of insight,” IBM is simplifying the discussion and focusing on what could be the most important element: engagement. System of Insight allows SMBs to create new customer experiences (Tweet) Engagement has been a popular topic in social media, marketing and HR but seldom is…
  • Millennial Think Tank: Relationships, Traditional Values and Gender Roles

    Amy Tobin
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    This week our hangout focused on relationships and marriage for the second time, but this time with a focus on Traditional Values and Gender Roles. Last week we heard a lot of ‘equality talk’ from our Millennial panel when we asked them to define marriage as they see it. I was extremely curious to find out if, when pressed, they held to the ‘teamwork’ concept in relationships. I wondered if we were finally seeing an honest to God shift in gender roles within relationships. I was suspect; as a Gen X-er I’d also heard a lot of equality talk from my generation…
  • Twitter and Watson: Little Data Gets Big Validation

    Daniel Newman
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I just can’t seem to kick the phrase “Little Data.” Yes, I know that isn’t really a term that has been adopted, certainly not like its better looking counterpart, but for the majority of us who are living in the world of small and midsize business, the whole “Big Data” thing is well, just too big for us to put our arms around. Over the past few years we have found ourselves entrenched in the shifting communication landscape. Mobile, Cloud, Analytics and Social Media have become more than just a buzz in our business, but they have collectively redefined who we are. Our little…
  • The Role of Innovation in the SMB: New Thinking on Innovation and How Small Changes Can Make Way for Big Improvements

    Daniel Newman
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    When it comes to innovation in business, most leaders and organizations are divided on what innovation looks like in general, and what it should look like for their businesses. In many instances, we collectively tend to think of innovation as a “big bang” concept collectively tend to think of innovation as a “big bang” concept and associate it with big companies, complex technology and things bigger and better than what we, in the small to midsize space might be able to acomplish. But, that’s hardly true innovation. I disagree with that thinking. I’m a believer that innovation…
  • How to Standout when Live Tweeting! #iSocialtalks

    Brian Fanzo
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I’m live from IBM Insight in Las Vegas this week talking Big Data + Cloud + Engagement and the most popular question I’ve been asked is “How do you standout on twitter at live events?” Standing out on Twitter at a live event with a hashtag is NOT the same as standing out on a normal twitter day…. Why might you ask? Number of Twitter Followers DOESN’T matter! When people are at an event or following an event in the digital space they aren’t following you they are following a hashtag, therefore people with 20 followers and people with 300k come across…
 
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    People First

  • Dr. Ali

    PFPS
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Personal transformation never happens without help. Thank you, Dr. Ali, for helping me help myself 12 years ago.
  • What Defines YOU as a Sale Professional?

    PFPS
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    What do you stand for? What are your values? What is your philosophy? How do you want to be described by others? The best sales professionals are the ones who can answer these questions. In fact, they can answer these questions in exactly the same way they would respond whether talking about their professional life […]
  • The Epic Odyssey of Thomas McLean

    PFPS
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    How about a diversion during your workday? Check out this comic by animator Renee Calvert http://www.theepicodyssey.com/
  • Five Steps to Finding Your Voice

    PFPS
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In order to lead, you need a voice. Finding your voice is the real challenge. In my executive coaching work, I frequently find leaders who have no trouble verbalizing but still don’t have a voice. Finding and using your voice is absolutely essential because, without it, you aren’t effectively leading. What’s the difference? Let’s look […]
  • Innovation is your Competitive Advantage

    PFPS
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Using Your Innovation Quotient Edge to Gain the Upper Hand In today’s hyper connected, highly informed and competitive world you have to bring more than information to the table. You have to bring innovative ideas and valuable insights to the conversation. Wouldn’t it be great if you had the knowledge and the tools to be […]
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  • Collaborative Millennial Leaders: Common Sense Action

    Molly Page
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    If you’re like me, when you hear the word collaboration, the first thing that springs to mind is the American political system. Okay, maybe not. But if Andrew Kaplan and Sam Gilman have anything to say about it, someday that might actually be true. These collaborative Millennial leaders formed Common Sense Action (CSA) as sophomores at Brown University. It is the first and only bipartisan advocacy organization made up entirely of Millennials. Common Sense Action has chapters on 40 campuses in 20 states and they’re building a movement of Millennial voters committed to repairing politics…
  • What Can A Trust Creed Deliver?

    Jon Mertz
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    I want to be a trust activist. Being one is challenging though and raises questions on two fronts: How will others know? How will I know how I am doing? Being a trust activist means: Consistency of character: actions equal words, and words equal actions Embraces the truth, tells the truth Honest, forthright relationships Solves issues in a timely way Trust Gets Simply Complicated Most believe trust is simple. Just be consistent in what you say and do. However, trust is complicated. We are surrounded by corporate cultures that thrive on political maneuverings. Communities embrace certain…
  • The Curse of the Multi-Passionate Millennial

    Heidi Oran
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    ‘I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.’ – Einstein A few weeks ago I was sorting through some old boxes in my parents basement when I stumbled on an Art Journal from a media class I took in Eleventh grade (circa 2000.) One of the exercises was a run-of-the-mill 20 Questions type deal. What was my favorite color? Blue. Favorite musician/band? Blur. What did I want to do when I grew up? Director/Writer/Actor/Musician. A Multi-Passionate Life And so it was: The curse of a multi-passionate life. Should I focus on the music? Or the acting? Or the writing?
  • The Challenges of 21st Century Leadership

    Guest Author
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Guest Post by Ali Jafri Despite the fact the countries are slowly recovering from recent financial crisis, CEOs across the globe still feel that financial environment is far from stable or comfortable. It has always been a tough challenge to find strong business leaders offering a unique combination of personality and skill necessary to take the top job. Many CEOs believe that their markets are being affected by factors like technology or government regulations. Similarly, they have to combat with continuously occurring changes to grow and maintain their competitive advantage in the market.
  • Reader Survey

    Molly Page
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are grateful to you for visiting Thin Difference and engaging with us. Getting feedback from our community is important as we continue to write articles and have guest writers join us with their perspectives. Please take a few minutes and share your suggestions with us. Thank you for reading and participating. Our mission is to bring generations together to share and learn from each other and empower Millennials to be the next great generation of leaders!   Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Thank you! Author…
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    TalentCulture

  • #TChat Preview: World Of Work Productivity And E-mail Excellence

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT). The #TChat radio portion runs the first 30 minutes from 7-7:30 pm ET, followed by the #TChat Twitter chat from 7:30-8 pm ET. Last week we talked about the business leadership cliff and how to avoid it, and this week we’re going to talk about productivity and e-mail excellence. Yes, that right — productivity and e-mail excellence. The fact is, no matter how much some of us feel that e-mail is killing “world of work” productivity, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. And while…
  • The Bravery Of Being Fearlessly Authentic

    Kevin W. Grossman
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “We play the game With the bravery of being out of range We zap and maim With the bravery of being out of range…” —Roger Waters (musician and writer) Small craters pocked the desk around her laptop dock. Tiny tendrils of sulfurous smoke rose from each one, like poisonous snakes entranced by music only they could hear. Pens lay strewn like bodies left behind on a war-ravaged beach. Jodi rubbed her eyes with shrapnel scarred hands and gazed again into her laptop screen. She thought, Where did it go? The email — it was right there with all the others earlier that morning. Her boss, a…
  • Could Employee Appreciation Transform Your Hiring Strategies?

    David Bator
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Employee retention is an important business consideration because high turnover rates are costly and often detrimental to overall team performance. However, even with the best retention rates, companies usually need to hire new workers once in a while. Whether they’re expanding or filling the holes left by retirees, leaders seek talented candidates who are excellent fits for the open roles. Anyone who’s been involved in the hiring process can attest to the fact that the whole ordeal can be quite a hassle, often with less than optimal results. So are you stuck with the…
  • Getting Things Done Vs. Making An Impact

    Deidre Paknad
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There is a lot of discussion about productivity, but I’ve always preferred the term velocity. I’ve found that my velocity to goal determines my career velocity. By that I mean the speed and efficiency with which I achieve my goals determines the speed and degree of career growth I experience. If I use half the time and half the people, capital and other resources to achieve the goal as planned or as a peer, there will be career reward and recognition. As importantly, the organization can then apply the unused time, capital, people and other resources to achieving more than it planned or…
  • #TChat Recap: Leadership Development: At The Cliff

    Meghan M. Biro
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Leadership Development: At The Cliff Being a leader is a constant reminder that you are a manager of people. Leadership development has never before been more recognized in the World of Work than it is today. Leaders have to be able to drive and manage change effectively. The truth is there a doubt that lingers in the World of Work that believes leaders are not capable of effectively driving and managing change, and it comes from at least 44% of executives that expressed their doubt, during a global study conducted by Oxford Economics and was commissioned by Sap SuccessFactors. This week our…
 
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    Leadership XL | Leadership XL

  • Only a Vampire Needs To Be Invited

    Jason Cortel
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Invitation is a weakness to vampires. In order to enter they must be invited, and once the invitation has been made they cannot be uninvited. Invitation is also a weakness for employees and once they have been invited they seldom feel uninvited. When employees are waiting to be invited to the table, invited to the discussion or invited to contribute, it will slow down their career progression. Employees who sit on the sidelines waiting for an invitation to speak or do miss out on opportunities and the business loses too. How invitation is a weakness for employees When people feel they…
  • The One Thing a Great Boss Never Says

    Jason Cortel
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Being a great boss isn’t easy. The designation of a great boss is entirely dependent on an individual’s feelings which can change based on how they feel any given situation ends. Bosses will say more than their fair share of stupid or demotivating things to their staff but the great ones always double back quickly to apologize. The one thing a great boss never says is “you have no authority.” It doesn’t matter if the employee is leading a project, serving on a cross-functional team or just doing the job they were hired to do, a great boss knows employees need a certain level of…
  • Tuesday Tip: That’s a Great Question

    Jason Cortel
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Some people are of the belief that we should stop saying “that’s a great question”. Some view it as a stalling technique while others view it as a distraction. Some people feel you are grading the questions and yet some think it is a veiled attempt at flattery. I call nonsense on all of those things. Why you should say “that’s a great question” Because it takes a huge amount of confidence for someone to speak up in a group and ask a question. Many people will withhold their questions for fear of looking stupid and feeling they should already know the answer. By injecting…
  • The Worst Mistake Made in Personal Branding

    Jason Cortel
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    There are many elements that go into building your personal brand. Being active on social networks, participating in LinkedIn discussions, attending in-person networking events and maybe even having a blog. Yet your name hasn’t become synonymous with the greatness you envisioned. You are working harder not smarter. Could it be that you are neglecting your own backyard? Relationships are important in personal branding especially those whom you work with daily. Lending a helping hand, providing mentoring and showing gratitude will help you build lasting relationships with people you may not…
  • Do You Want to Grow Your LinkedIn Network?

    Jason Cortel
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Do you want to expose yourself to opportunities? Do you want your content to be seen, shared and liked by more people? If you have something to offer that no one else can you need to let the world know. LinkedIn is one of the top ways that you can promote yourself professionally and get in front of the people who make decisions. Networking is just as much about meeting and connecting with people you don’t know as it is about maintaining relationships with those you do know. In order to grow your network on LinkedIn and open the possibilities of partnering with the right people at the right…
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    The Leadership Hub

  • The need for entrepreneurial leadership, everywhere

    Barry Dore
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    I am so excited that The Apprentice is back!  So many people I share my excitement with are astonished that I like this programme.  So many people hate it.  The egotistical Alan Sugar with his scripted one liners and a whole bunch of arrogant young morons who think they are God's gift to business and each week spend an hour proving they are just the opposite, while doing everything they can to stab each other in the back. It is, of course, the worst example you could ever come across of how to lead, and I do dread to think that any young people watching it might think otherwise, but for me…
  • A Fallen Hero Who Served His Country

    jlctaggart
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    October 22, 2014, is the day that changed Canada, when the country’s Parliament in Ottawa was attacked suddenly and brutally. Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24 year-old reservist from Hamilton with theArgyll and Sutherland Highlanders, an infantry reserve unit at the core of the Combat Arms team, was on duty at theNational War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, just a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill. Performing ceremonial guard duty with another soldier to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Corporal Cirillo took this position of honor very seriously and with great pride. Without warning a…
  • Are we at our best when we are least qualified for the job?

    PhilDourado
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    We often underestimate our ability to learn new things.A great part of being a leader and mentor is learning. Not just learning yourself, but fostering a learning environment.We learn best when we are faced with the unfamiliar. As Liz Wiseman puts it in her blog post over on Leadership Now:"People tend to do their best work when they are out of their comfort zone, doing something important and difficult – often for the very first time. When we are stretched to our limits (and often beyond), we are forced to focus, and we learn fast – a mode I call “rookie smarts"."Sometimes the hardest…
  • The challenge of delivering transformational change

    Barry Dore
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    The most challenging assignments I take on are those where transformational change is required. I started one such assignment last week with the Director and senior leadership team of a large national restaurant brand.   This brand is already very profitable, delivering good results. But the Director knows that it could be doing much better. In reality it is successful in spite of itself rather than because of itself. Standards are inconsistent across their various restaurants. Some are consistently excellent while in others quality is very variable. The quality of management is also…
  • A True Green CEO: Unilever’s Paul Polman

    jlctaggart
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Money talks and bullshit walks.  I use this expression, and so do countless others, except that it’s useful to understand its origin. Attributed to Congressman Michael “Ozzie” Myers in 1980, resulting from his expulsion from the House of Representatives for accepting bribes and his subsequent 1981 imprisonment, the former longshoreman was referring to putting money down to make things happen; in other words, putting your money where your mouth is. So if that puts me in the company of a foul mouthed ex-longshoreman, ex-Congressman who went to prison, so be it. I like the expression…
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    Insight Experience » IE Insight Blog

  • Developing First Level Leaders: Questions and Answers

    Amanda Young Hickman
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Karen Powell and I recently shared our thoughts on developing first level leaders in a webinar for members of the Human Capital Institute. The presentation generated a lot of questions and chat that we didn’t have time to answer during the session, so we’re sharing our thoughts here. Q – What is the right time in a new leader’s tenure to offer this kind of training? A – First level leaders need support at multiple points in their development. This training is most critical in the first 9-12 months a first level of leader is in the role as he or she develops her personal…
  • Discussing strategic finance in your organization can be fascinating

    Laurel Tyler
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Who would have thought this would be the year terms like “tax inversion” and “strategic finance” became cocktail party conversation?  Thanks to proposed restructurings by Walgreens’ and Burger King, that’s just what’s happening.  People are talking.  And, they’re realizing the importance of financial strategy and its application.  In this case, the tradeoffs were clear and interesting – cost savings versus local presence.  Walgreens leaned towards local presence and Burger King towards lower cost structure. These two companies provide a great example of how finance is…
  • The Power of Practice

    Jamie Hayman
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Imagine going to the emergency room and finding out you need your appendix removed.  There are only two surgeons available. All you know about the first is that she has played the game Operation thousands of times. All you know about the second is that she spent more than 200 hours practicing in a surgical skills lab. Who do you choose?   The obvious choice is the second doctor. While Operation does require a steady hand (especially removing the funny bone), it’s no substitute for practicing actual surgical skills. The human body is dynamic and even a single wrong decision can be…
  • Better Strategy Alignment—It’s All About Communication

    Jean Williams
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Webster Dictionary defines “organization” as an organized body of people with a particular purpose, especially a business, society, association, etc. synonyms: company, firm, corporation.”   An organized body of people can’t achieve its purpose without effective communication. In fact, many believe it’s the glue that binds companies together — making it an essential leadership capability. There are many aspects of organizational communication.  Having difficult conversations, conducting performance appraisals, and influencing across a complex matrix are just a few. …
  • Leadership’s Simple Secret: Consistency in Word, Deed, and Direction

    Amanda Young Hickman
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Leadership comes in all kinds of styles, in all kinds of settings.   Despite the endless variations and examples of leaders in the world, there is a simple truth about the leadership choices that resonate and make a difference in driving results.  It’s about consistency.  Word, Deed, and Direction. New managers and B-School students focus on resources, investments and ROI.  Our first understanding about how business works focuses on the economic business cycle: the concrete “hard” decisions that we make to price the product or hire the team or configure manufacturing or fund…
 
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    Jason Cortel | Jason Cortel

  • Only a Vampire Needs To Be Invited

    Jason Cortel
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Invitation is a weakness to vampires. In order to enter they must be invited, and once the invitation has been made they cannot be uninvited. Invitation is also a weakness for employees and once they have been invited they seldom feel uninvited. When employees are waiting to be invited to the table, invited to the discussion or invited to contribute, it will slow down their career progression. Employees who sit on the sidelines waiting for an invitation to speak or do miss out on opportunities and the business loses too. How invitation is a weakness for employees When people feel they…
  • The One Thing a Great Boss Never Says

    Jason Cortel
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Being a great boss isn’t easy. The designation of a great boss is entirely dependent on an individual’s feelings which can change based on how they feel any given situation ends. Bosses will say more than their fair share of stupid or demotivating things to their staff but the great ones always double back quickly to apologize. The one thing a great boss never says is “you have no authority.” It doesn’t matter if the employee is leading a project, serving on a cross-functional team or just doing the job they were hired to do, a great boss knows employees need a certain level of…
  • Tuesday Tip: That’s a Great Question

    Jason Cortel
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Some people are of the belief that we should stop saying “that’s a great question”. Some view it as a stalling technique while others view it as a distraction. Some people feel you are grading the questions and yet some think it is a veiled attempt at flattery. I call nonsense on all of those things. Why you should say “that’s a great question” Because it takes a huge amount of confidence for someone to speak up in a group and ask a question. Many people will withhold their questions for fear of looking stupid and feeling they should already know the answer. By injecting…
  • The Worst Mistake Made in Personal Branding

    Jason Cortel
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    There are many elements that go into building your personal brand. Being active on social networks, participating in LinkedIn discussions, attending in-person networking events and maybe even having a blog. Yet your name hasn’t become synonymous with the greatness you envisioned. You are working harder not smarter. Could it be that you are neglecting your own backyard? Relationships are important in personal branding especially those whom you work with daily. Lending a helping hand, providing mentoring and showing gratitude will help you build lasting relationships with people you may not…
  • Do You Want to Grow Your LinkedIn Network?

    Jason Cortel
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Do you want to expose yourself to opportunities? Do you want your content to be seen, shared and liked by more people? If you have something to offer that no one else can you need to let the world know. LinkedIn is one of the top ways that you can promote yourself professionally and get in front of the people who make decisions. Networking is just as much about meeting and connecting with people you don’t know as it is about maintaining relationships with those you do know. In order to grow your network on LinkedIn and open the possibilities of partnering with the right people at the right…
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    RW McIntyre Leadership Notes

  • Kids Teach Leadership!

    Ron McIntyre
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    While watching our granddaughters as we were shopping over the weekend, it dawned on me that I can learn many positive concepts about leadership from them. Kids teach leadership? Now keep in mind, the oldest is 18 months and the youngest is … Continue reading → The post Kids Teach Leadership! appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Centricity Balance – an Oxymoron?

    Ron McIntyre
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    For small businesses here in the US, we many times focus our energies on providing a great product, service or customer support but when dealing with a sustainable approach means that we must focus on all of the above.  If … Continue reading → The post Centricity Balance – an Oxymoron? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 6 – Empowering Attributes to Be Your Best at Work.

    Ron McIntyre
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    In business, there are a number of areas where you rely on your own and other’s skills, both hard and soft that help you make it through the day.  As a leader, it is important that you make these five … Continue reading → The post 6 – Empowering Attributes to Be Your Best at Work. appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Leadership Crisis? – How About Coaching?

    Ron McIntyre
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    According to a recent government report the business world is currently in a leadership crisis. Up and coming managers, those who will be our business leaders of the future don’t see positive examples of “inspirational leadership” in their work places. Employees … Continue reading → The post Leadership Crisis? – How About Coaching? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Real-ationships, a Must in the Hyper-Connected World

    Ron McIntyre
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    I find it interesting how changing a letter or two can open up a whole new arena for a person’s mind.  In listening to the sermon recently, the word Real-ationships was coined and discussed in a spiritual sense but I … Continue reading → The post Real-ationships, a Must in the Hyper-Connected World appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
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    Paul Keijzer

  • 5 Simple Steps for Line Managers to Achieve Employee Engagement

    Paul Keijzer
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    How often have we not heard the famous Marcus Buckingham sentence: People don’t leave companies they leave managers?The fact that Google spits out 330 million search results for that sentence proves that it’s true.  The Corporate Leadership Council in their landmark report ‘Engaging the Workforce’ also identified that line managers have the biggest impact on employee engagement. The reason for this is pretty straightforward: No one can influence motivation, sense of belonging and emotional well-being  as much as the boss. [Tweet This] 1. Be Clear on What You Expect…
  • 5 Leading Ladies You DON’T Want to be at the Workplace

    Paul Keijzer
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:38 pm
    It’s in our nature to talk about people we want to be like but I think there’s one general guideline in project management that also applies to personal growth: Identify what it isn’t to define what it is.  [Tweet this] Basically, I’m saying that to define who you want to be you also need to be able to identify what characteristics you don’t want to have. I’m a fan of extracting lessons from movies and TV shows and this one targets the ladies. Specifically I’ve highlighted fictional female characters from whom we can all learn some serious lessons about what not to do to…
  • Stop Complaining – Take Employee Engagement into Your Own Hands

    Paul Keijzer
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    There’s been a lot of fanfare surrounding employee engagement. Executives are urged to design and implement engagement programs, line managers are trained on how to engage employees and HR departments are designing engagement tools, measuring its success and ensuring that engagement plans are implemented. However, few are talking about the responsibility of the individual employee to make himself engagable or to engage himself. Employee engagement is a two way street – it requires the employer and the employee to develop and nurture a relation in which employees are: Committed to…
  • 5 Simple Habits Guaranteed to Increase Focus All Day

    Paul Keijzer
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    There are two types of people I know – incredible leaders who are able to increase focus as their day progresses and people who would love to be like them but lose their spark even before lunch. So what is it that makes the former group check off item after item on their seemingly endless checklist? I believe they go back to the basics. Back to before we were bombarded with too much information and our bodies tried to keep up with a pace of life that was simply unfair to it. By slowing down your life you’ll be able to increase your focus at work and home. [Tweet This] Here are…
  • 6 Everyday Steps to Help Your Team Achieve It’s Goals

    Paul Keijzer
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Great organisations are not only known for having a smart business model, clear strategy, multiple financing options or better people. Great organisations differentiate themselves by being able to get things done better than others by translating a business model or strategy into quick action. In other words they differentiate themselves through better and more nimble execution. Plenty of books have been written about execution (take a look at a couple of my favorites at the end) and you can find plenty of tips and suggestion on the web. For your convenience I’ve summarized the…
 
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  • 23 Blast – Inspiring Us to See Differently

    cjohnstonjax
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Vision Comes From Within When you look for a movie to watch over the next couple of weeks the pickings are slim. It almost seems that family movies get buried behind movies like John Wick starring Keanu Reeves which people will go see just because it is Keanu. Then there is Ouija which no matter […] The post 23 Blast – Inspiring Us to See Differently appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Why a Social Platform is Vital to Your Business

    cjohnstonjax
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
     Why a Social Platform is Vital to Your Business. In the day and age of social media there is no longer an excuse for  companies not be able to provide great customer service.  As a business owner, whether large of small you are under the scrutiny of the public eye. Yet it amazing how many […] The post Why a Social Platform is Vital to Your Business appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Why We Have to Take a Stand

    cjohnstonjax
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    The time to take a stand is now. Like many communities in America since the recession began my hometown has been plagued with a disease. This disease has eroded the city from its core. What was once a friendly big city with a small town feel has become a place where crime and fear has […] The post Why We Have to Take a Stand appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • 10 Blogger Tips To Get Noticed

    cjohnstonjax
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    10 Blogger Tips To Get Noticed. As a blogger we all have our own ways of doing the same things. Ultimately our goal is to have our voices heard. Some will do it with headlines, others with extreme SEO while others base it on their content alone. No matter what you write if it is engaging […] The post 10 Blogger Tips To Get Noticed appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Why We Must Possess in Order to Give

    cjohnstonjax
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    In order for one to truly give of oneself, we must possess control of oneself. “The fundamental issue is freedom. You must possess yourself in order to give yourself away.” We all like to give to others in the form of charity whether in time, talent or money. Once we obtain a clean heart then and only […] The post Why We Must Possess in Order to Give appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
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  • Tin and Wires: Data Centre Migration Master Class

    Donato Piccinno
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Ultimate Project Manager An exclusive to Leadership Thoughts, chapter 26 of Donato Piccinos new book — The Ultimate IT Project Manager — Tin and Wires, Part 1: Data Centre Migration Master (DCM) Class. That ain’t working, that’s the way you do it – Money for Nothing, Dire Straits DCM is a three letter acronym that strikes fear into the hearts of the most hardened IT Project Manager. A DCM is probably the most complex IT infrastructure project in the world. Everyone’s doing it all the time, so best to learn all you need to know about the basics. Get it wrong and it’s…
  • Who Else Wants More Fun and Less Stress When Managing Projects?

    Donato Piccinno
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    How to Deliver a Successful Project Just look at the statistics from Gartner, whose studies show 75% of IT projects fail. Every year I read the headlines from Standish. In the eternal words of Run DMC, it goes a little something like this: 32% of all projects succeeded: delivered on time, on budget, with required features 44% were challenged: late, over budget, and / or with less than the required features 24% failed: cancelled prior to completion or delivered and never used Delivering a Successful Project Looking at the Standish figures, the chances of delivering a successful IT project are…
  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t — Infographic

    Martin Webster
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Leaders Eat Last Learn why companies like Google build phenomenal teams within unconventional workplaces and rigid corporate offices stifle innovation and tear apart teams with unnatural structures. The following infographic, which was kindly passed to me by Sebastian Bos at RocketMill, is inspired by Simon Sinek’s book Leaders Eat Last*. Leaders Eat First The infographic charts a course for would-be leaders to follow. But it’s not a conventional journey. No, on the contrary, you will find that traditional corporate practices actually undermine leadership teams. In 2012, 56%…
  • Top Tips for Improving Employee Retention

    Alison Brattle
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Improving Employee Retention Improving employee retention is important in every industry, but it’s rarely an easy matter, especially given the heavy impact of factors such as industry competition, changing demands of customers and clients, economic instability, and advancing technology. In economically uncertain times, budgetary concerns and workforce morale come into play too. Unlikely as it may seem, economic instability can actually result in more people voluntarily leaving their jobs, particularly in manager-level positions. This kind of attrition has a significant impact on…
  • Leadership Articles, September 2014

    Martin Webster
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Leadership Articles, September 2014 Welcome to the Leadership Thoughts Blog Carousel. Leadership articles for September 2014 are about leadership and team development. Thanks to all our contributors! Leadership Articles, September 2014 — A Blog Carousel Sometimes it’s about less is more. It’s about the seed. Thinking about this gigantic tree that you think is so beautiful but it started with this just seed. – Fred Durst Leadership Kathryn Alexander of The Art of Leadership – Impact! discusses how Sustainable Leadership mimics nature by using its values, laws and…
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  • When Do We Trust?

    Lisa Kaslyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    In our seminars, when we ask the participants “What is trust?” there is a long silence as folks think of how to define something as esoteric as trust. When we ask how trust is built, they offer a bit more, but still with hesitation. When we ask how trust is destroyed, people answer very quickly — and vehemently! We may not know how to define it, but we know it when we see it...and especially when we don’t. So, when do we trust someone? What four elements need to be in place before someone says to us:  “Yes, I trust you” or even more importantly “Yes,…
  • A Management Moment With…John F. Kennedy

    Lisa Parker
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less   “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”  —  President John F. Kennedy Are you a “learning leader?” Do you encourage people to participate in learning events inside and outside of the office? Do you attend learning events yourself, either as a student or as a guest speaker…or even as a trainer? As the leader you set the example. Here are 3 tips to keep your team current, fresh and knowledgeable: 1.  BE HANDS ON and help people apply what they’ve learned. Take a minute…
  • The Myth of the Flawless Leader

    Lisa Parker
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    I admit it:  I struggled over this month’s lead article.  Specifically, I struggled over the title. Here are some of the attempts I tried and deleted:   – Why It’s Right to be Wrong – How Perfection Can Work Against You – To Err is Human – Sometimes Your Baby is Ugly (That last one was just to see if you’re paying attention!)   Why the dilemma? For the same reason many of you get stuck when you’re trying to communicate: Am I going for style, or for substance? You see, I know from your feedback that my more provocative titles get a response and I…
  • Don’t be a Bore!

    Lisa Parker
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Imagine someone is handing you a beautifully wrapped gift, all the while hinting that the treasure inside is something that you really want…would you feel bored? Of course not. But suppose the giver has a pattern of giving pretty boxes filled with sawdust? Nothing but sawdust, month after month. How would you feel now? That’s exactly how an audience feels when they are forced to sit through yet another boring monthly update, status report, or any other routine presentation where presenters have spent an inordinate amount of time making their slides look good and too little time…
  • A Management Moment With…Robin Williams

    Lisa Parker
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”   —  Robin Williams Do you ever feel like your ideas are too “out there” to be expressed in a meeting? Is your work environment one that rewards conformity over originality? If so, then perhaps you’ve lost your inner Robin Williams. Who can forget Williams’ early days as Mork from Ork? We all sat open-mouthed as we watched him unleash not just a spark, but a bonfire of insanity that lifted a mediocre sitcom to the…
 
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  • Inclusion: 8 Drivers of Employee Engagement

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.” Joe Paterno We have all heard the homily “There is no “I” in “Team. ” As any sports coach knows, a team’s results overshadow the individual. You do need some top talent on a first class team, but every team is more than the sum of its parts. Similarly in business environments, success is a function of more than individual effort. Employee collaboration and contribution leads to increased success. Employee contribution and engagement in group decision making is as…
  • Monday Quote:

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” Sam Walton by … Read the rest The post Monday Quote: appeared first on General Leadership.
  • Resilience: Standing Up Against Life’s Storms

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “A good half of the art of living is resilience.” Alain de Botton Resilience is not a new term in academic and preventive medicine circles, nor is the idea of nurturing people’s inner strengths a new idea. In fact, the view that resilience is an important aspect of our well-being has been gaining attention among researchers and health professionals over the last 25 or so years. Studies have increasingly shown that the way people cope with the challenges they face in the various stages of life is influenced by their sense of who they are, how they relate to the world and others around…
  • The Two Most Important Questions In Leadership

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Judge a man by his questions, …not by his answers.” Voltaire 1.  Do you know what you’re doing? 2. Do you know where you’re going? These are the two most important questions I ask when evaluating young leaders in my organization, or even when assessing my own leadership ability. I find answering these simple, deep-meaning questions tells me a lot about a leader’s impact and potential. As I think about the answers, I often look beyond results, which often masks a leader’s real influence, and experience, which often is an excuse to cling to obsolete ways of doing…
  • Monday Quote:

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” Max Lucado by … Read the rest The post Monday Quote: appeared first on General Leadership.
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  • What do you stand for?

    Elena Iacono
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    There is something about this time of the year that gets me reflecting. Maybe it is because the new year is quickly approaching. With two months left to 2014, what will I achieve? How am I setting myself up for 2015? 2014, for me, was marked by a very clear theme of “reputation”.  As leaders, nothing matters more than our reputation. Plain and simple. Think about it – are you happy with yourself? How do you define your core principles? What matters most in your life? What three things best describe how you treat your people? The answers to these questions are bedrock to…
  • My hope.

    Elena Iacono
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I’m feeling saddened and sick. What a day for my beloved hometown, Ottawa. It was an atrocious day – not any more or any less catastrophic than the atrocities we read about daily from around the globe. I have no leadership lessons to bring you with this post, no communication angle to explore. Rather, my heart is heavy for the tragic loss of life and a loss of innocence the City of Ottawa has preserved for so long. Does today change things for Canadians? For Ottawa? Yes – but I’m not yet sure what yet. Am I prepared to jump into a political debate and start commenting on ideology?
  • Unambiguously annoyed. You?

    Elena Iacono
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    A friend of mine lost a few colleagues to an organizational restructuring recently. The most frustrating part? Ambiguous communication surrounding the whole thing. Team updates were last minute, inaccurate, unclear and worse – demoralizing for remaining team members. I couldn’t help myself from being unambiguously annoyed by hearing how my friend, and his colleagues, were left to feel. Communicating big change shouldn’t be like this! Why do team members have to suffer as a result of poor messaging, lousy timing and second-thought distribution methods? Say it with me….
  • Lazy? In need of revival.

    Elena Iacono
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    “Elena – when are you going to have a kid?” – it’s something I keep hearing. Granted I’ve been married for awhile and I’m settled in my professional realm. However, I’m not ready to bring a kid into a lazy world. Ok, fine. There are a few exceptions. Like the tailor who calls me to tell me my blazers are ready for pick-up in precisely 2.6 hours. Or the leader who spends time creating team cultures based on trust and openness. Or a service provider who notifies me that my service will go down before it does (so as to prevent panic). Or a…
  • This just in: onus on you.

    Elena Iacono
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    When something goes wrong, who do you blame? Think about it. I was very disappointed this past weekend. My hair stylist gave me the absolute most terrible hair cut I’ve seen in years. It doesn’t look THAT bad – but I wasn’t happy. In situations like this – who is to blame? I will take full accountability (even though I was less than impressed). I don’t think I was clear on what I wanted. The onus lies on us – whether we are in a meeting, on the phone, in a video conference, writing a document – to be crystal clear. Clarity and…
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  • Julia Gillard on Women in Leadership Roles

    Dana Kennedy
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    As an advocate for gender equality in Australia, the Australian Institute of Management stages a number of high-profile events each year such as the International Women’s Day Debate in Brisbane and the Great Debate in Canberra in order to promote the advancement of women in leadership roles. Another of these events is the Outstanding Women’s Series which will feature former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Melbourne on Friday 14 November. The following is an excerpt from Ms Gillard’s recently released book, My Story. In this chapter entitled ‘The curious question of…
  • What’s So Funny About Management?

    Dana Kennedy
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Guest post by Jonathan Sandling In September of this year British Entrepreneur Richard Branson published a book entitled, The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead. It may come as no surprise to find laughter featured in this elite list of leadership qualities however in many cases humour is far-removed for the unnecessarily serious nature of the workplace. This article aims to explore the concept of laughter in the workplace by highlighting the benefits it can provide and how they influence managerial behaviour. It will also provide tips for incorporating laughter into your…
  • Management Article Round-up

    Dana Kennedy
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Catch up on all the latest management, leadership and workplace articles gathered on AIM’s Twitter account last week. For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau. Is Vulnerability a Key Trait in a Leader’s Make-Up? (via @readytomanage) http://bit.ly/1rRB3kl 5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Relationship With Your Boss (And Your Next Boss) (via @KathrynDill) http://onforb.es/1oisyEm Insights: the Raw Material for Big Ideas (via @ixchat) http://bit.ly/1wqikmm Reframing Sales Effectiveness (via @stratandbiz) http://bit.ly/1vvZPwS Exposing the Multitasking Myth: 4 Better…
  • From the Archives: Managing High Complexity

    Dana Kennedy
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    In this post we revisit a classic article from the January/February edition of Management Today. Increasing business complexity and uncertainty requires an effective approach to solving important problems. By Geoffrey Coffey In today’s organisations there is little doubt that high complexity and uncertainty abound. Increasingly, leaders are faced with a raft of complex problems that defy simple solution. There are two broad approaches to dealing with high complexity. The first aims to reduce complexity to a manageable level. The second, when complexity cannot be reduced, is to deal with it…
  • Keeping an Outlook on Distractions

    Dana Kennedy
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    By Dr Malcolm Johnson FAIM Increasingly, people at work are feeling overwhelmed by the volume of tasks they are being asked to complete or contribute to. A case in point is your email inbox of which every morning waits to consume your day. It is almost a common routine to settling into work; make a coffee and open Microsoft Outlook before tackling your own task agenda. Immediately your own plans are swamped by the needs of others as you respond to each email. In the absence of a clear task agenda of your own, it is tempting to use email responses to create a busyness and sense of importance…
 
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  • Would a Shorter Work Week Benefit Americans?

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Many Americans dream of working less, imagining how they might use the extra hours outside of the workplace—perhaps envisioning spending more time with family, taking care of more chores around the home, or devoting time to a new hobby, sport or even a new path in higher education. Lately, some pretty powerful people are thinking the same—and have some good arguments for why American businesses should move in that direction.             *Survey from YouGov.comIn general, the accepted 40-hour workweek has been set since 1938, when…
  • Rebuilding Trust in the Workplace

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is learning about it—the fallout that comes from losing trust. In his case, he’s losing it because of missteps, unclear responses to issues, and potential lies. But he’s not just facing the fallout from the football organization solely, he’s facing it from the true people who pay him: NFL fans.Trust is the cornerstone of all good relationships, both inside and outside of the office. Notwithstanding, it can be human nature to make mistakes—inadvertently or even unknowingly at times. At which point begins the task of rebuilding employees’…
  • 5 Steps for Better Stretch Goals

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Good leaders should want their employees to not only succeed but also push their limits and raise the bar. One way that can help employees get there, is through regular goal-setting. This can be challenging because often times, employees don’t understand the overarching visionand goals of a company or organization. So it’s important that all players are aligned on the corporate vision in order to effectively start with the goals process. With that firmly in place, a manager can try to push his or her employees by suggesting stretch goals—the type of target that may seem impossible.
  • 5 Signs you may be a costly Micromanager

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Are you a micromanager? Or—perhaps worse—you may be one and not realize it?Here are 5 signs you might be too involved in your employees’ work:-You rarely delegate (and when you do, you are entirely too nervous about it)-You find yourself spending more time overseeing (or even doing) other people’s projects than on getting your own done-You nitpick the details (like putting the cover sheets on the TPS reports) and neglect the 30,000-foot view-You reassign projects—to yourself—before they’re done-You discourage autonomy and decision-making at any level under yoursIf one or all of…
  • How to “Ace” your 360 Feedback Assessment

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Alright, 360 Assessments do not fall into the testing category that you can “Ace”, however there are steps you can take to ensure that you are getting the most out of your 360 Assessment.  Here’s one question to get you started:Which of the following will help you get the most out of a 360 feedback program?Acknowledge the Process – Feedback is a positive thing and should be used as a development tool.  If you go into a 360 assessment with this in mind, you will get out of it what you put into it, which should be a clear and concise view of your strengths and weaknesses…
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  • Undistractable: What I Learned When I Forgot My Smartphone

    Jim Morris
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Twice this week, I forgot to bring my smart phone with me while running errands. We are moving and the routines that I follow to keep track of stuff have been disrupted. Of course, I don’t actually need my smart phone with me while I stand in line for 10 minutes at the post office, or wait my turn at the pharmacy, or drive around our little town running errands. I take it with me to give me something to do while I wait. I am embarrassed to admit that not having my little digital distraction with me has led to a remarkable re-discovery: I need time to reflect, think and consider, which I…
  • You Had Me at Hello: 4 Ways Some Leaders Inspire Us

    Moe Carrick
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
      Have you ever worked for someone you would follow anywhere? Despite the numerous definitions of effective leadership, and store shelves packed with books claiming to unlock its secrets, it seems to me that there are a few, very simple reasons why some leaders compel us to acts of loyalty, and others don’t. At the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in Ireland last week – an international conference I have had the privilege of being involved in for more than a decade – I witnessed a leader inspiring truly unprecedented followership. Shannon Stowell is the President of…
  • The New Universalists

    Jim Morris
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    My friend Chris and Elon Musk have a lot in common. Chris is a counselor and therapist who works with the court system on behalf of children and their families. Most of his work is either dealing with the effects of domestic violence and abuse or working to prevent it. Elon Musk is an entrepreneur, the co-founder of PayPal, founder and CEO of Tesla Motor Company and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), and chairman of SolarCity. Chris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and wilderness instructor by training. Elon is an engineer. He is in the news all the time. Chris to my knowledge…
  • 7 Ways to Lead When You Don’t Have the Answer: Learning vs. Knowing

    Moe Carrick
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This past week I interviewed a candidate for a client hiring a key position. I was struck by something the candidate said in response to my question “what compels you to want to join this company?” His answer? “Frankly I am impressed at the level of learning I sense from the CEO—he seems to want the people here and the company to be constantly evolving, and consequently, seems open to learning from others what he/they don’t know. That’s inviting!” This statement struck me as a profound observation. In our work, we are often faced with big, hairy issues clients have internally or…
  • Updating the Metaphor

    Jim Morris
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Dear Everyone: Please stop referring to matters of business and organizations competing with one another as “War”, and please drop the metaphorical reference to winning market share as “killing the competition”. There are real wars people are fighting today, and there are people dying in them. The risk is grave that we collectively diminish the devastation and gravity of actual armed conflicts by using the same language to describe price competition between two soft drink companies. Coke vs. Pepsi isn’t a war: no one dies as a result of losing market-share, at least not directly.
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  • 10 Key Facts about India’s Economy in 2014

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:27 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   The year 2014, has been an unprecedented year for India in terms of election results. In the last quarter of the year, here are some key facts about India’s economy.   1. India ranks 10th in … Continue reading →
  • Why society should accept Alternative Sexuality

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   Alan Turing, whose pioneering work laid the mathematical foundations of computer, was convicted for homosexuality and subjected to chemical castration that drove him to suicide. His suicide prompted the British government to amend laws concerning … Continue reading →
  • Why the World is more Indian than you think

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   China targeting Indian wedding market                                                                … Continue reading →
  • Break the Worry before it breaks you

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.  ~ Alain de Botton We know that some people have a naturally strong mental built, … Continue reading →
  • Kolkata in the 19th century – Vintage Pictures

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Kolkata, the ‘City of Joy’, is a city with a glorious past! For those who live there, Kolkata is also about its alluring spirit, emotions, heightened sensibilities and creative energy. It is a city with fabulous heritage architecture where the old merges … Continue reading →
 
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  • Understanding employee turnover

    Ying Ying Shi
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Innovation does not only occur in products or processes; it can also be reflected in names and titles. Most people have probably never heard of “Chief Organization Manager” which is the title I currently bear at Clueda AG. Some people … Read more →
  • Using emotions the right way

    Ying Ying Shi
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    What I have learnt in life and business is that success is all about how to achieve what you want with what you have. You might get a job, buy a ring, collect dividends if you have a good CV, … Read more →
  • 3 love inspired business principles

    Ying Ying Shi
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    While there is a lot of discussion about whether to keep private life and work separate and great suggestions are available about how to separate them, there are also areas where we would benefit from considering them as a unified … Read more →
  • The communication we all need

    Ying Ying Shi
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Like nuclear weapon, communication is extremely powerful. When used appropriately, we can motivate thousands and millions of people. When used inappropriately, we may hurt someone for a lifetime. The importance of communication has made it one of the most fundamental … Read more →
  • Does the candidate fit with the team?

    Ying Ying Shi
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    While efficiently allocating resources is a major concern for economists, effectively selecting talents is a major concern for both managers and human resources. Everything on earth has a value – even if it does not have a price (e.g. air) … Read more →
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  • Want To Improve Your Performance? Play a Little “Small Ball”

    Tim Sieck
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Game 7 of the 2014 World Series starts in about 30 minutes.  No one knows what the outcome will be at the end of the evening, but one thing is for sure.  The Kansas City Royals have provided a fantastic story to follow during the postseason. This is most definitely not a sports blog.  However, the Royals improbable run provides some great lessons for all of us as we think about how we perform our duties on the job.  Top of the list is that you don’t have to be a home run hitter to achieve great results. Yes, the big hitters get a lion’s share of the attention in any…
  • How To Deliver Bad News To Your Boss

    Tim Sieck
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Surprises on birthdays and other holidays are just fine.  They don’t work so well when it comes to communication.  Communication surprises are especially bad when they come in the form of bad news delivered to your manager.  Regardless of the nature of the bad news.  Your manager wants, and expects to hear about it right away.   So how do you deliver bad news to your manager without it having a long term affect on your working relationship? Here are some tips to help you deliver your message: 1.  Be mindful of the time and place – As a general rule, the sooner you tell your boss…
  • TED Talks Thursday: Simon Sinek – Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

    Tim Sieck
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    In honor of Boss’s Day, listen to Simon Sinek discuss what makes a great leader?  Here’s a hint, it’s not just bringing in a bag of Dilly Bars.
  • Who Stands In Your Leadership Shadow?

    Tim Sieck
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Does the word “shadow” stir positive or negative thoughts when you hear it?  It’s an interesting concept.  Shadow of suspicion immediately has a negative connotation, but walking in the shadow of greatness has a positive tone.  Either way, as a leader, your style casts a shadow over the people you are responsible for. In our Essential Skills of Communicating workshop, there is an exercise that includes a list of communication behaviors. with a continuum between a negative behavior and a positive behavior.  In the class, we ask people to think about a past manager or…
  • Top 10 Signs You Might Not Be a Great Boss

    Tim Sieck
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Since next week is Boss’s Day, we thought we would have a little fun.  So in David Letterman style, here are our: Top 10 Signs You Might Not Be a Great Boss 10.  Your staff keeps forwarding emails for discount cruises to far away places. 9.   Someone keeps hanging “tow away zone” signs in front of your reserved parking space. 8.   Your open door policy is that if you can figure out how to open the door, come on in. 7.    You think diversity is interviewing (but not actually hiring) someone from a different fraternity than yours. 6.    Your idea of work / life balance…
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    Leadership Heart Coaching

  • What Financial Advisors Don’t Tell Us About Retirement

    wbenoist
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Although I’m still a few years away from collecting my first social security check, retirement has been on my mind recently. In fact, I seldom go a day without hearing the word. Maybe it has to do with my age. I am a Baby Boomer. Maybe it has to do with those in my life, as many of my friends are also Baby Boomers. Several relatives – one older, and one a few years younger, were able to retire this year because of strategic investing. A few weeks back, I spent the weekend with a group of friends during which one disclosed he was retiring in seven weeks. The rest of us were a little…
  • Get Rid of The Box

    wbenoist
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space. Not to be outdone by the Soviet victory, on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first American to set foot on the moon. America did not raise the bar when Armstrong took that first step. America reinvented the bar. Space wasn’t enough. America was going to the moon. There was no thinking outside the box.  The box had been thrown out. This is how break through results are achieved. We get rid of the box that keeps our goals restrained. For the past 10 years, my company’s help desk…
  • Bold, Innovative Leadership

    wbenoist
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Bold, Innovative Leadership Who comes to mind when you think about these words? Patton?   Kennedy?   Churchill?   Jobs? If you’re into football, you may think Lombardi. In most cases, we don’t think close to home when we consider bold, innovative leadership. Bold “not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring…” Innovative “introducing new ideas, devices, or methods….” For some, these are larger than life words.   Traits only big shoes can fill. Management seems so much safer.   No risk involved. All that’s…
  • Having Fun at Work

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

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

  • Why a Great Leaders Use Teams of Leaders

    Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    A Team of Leaders Success Profile Story For you, the concept of having a team of leaders is new. But Irv Rothman disagrees. Irv is currently the president and CEO of HP Financial Services. Not too long ago, he served as the president and CEO of Compaq Financial Services Corp. Before that, he was the group president of AT&T Capital Corp. Today, he leads 1500 employees. Those employees are broken down into small, manageable teams. Not Your ‘of the Month’ Club Having teams is not some program of the month for Irv. It’s the way he does business. He believes that people work best when…
  • How Government Can Benefit from a Team of Leaders

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

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

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

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

  • How To Work With Passion?

    Brigitte Kobi
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Are you into social media? Or do you read job offers from time to time? If so you might have noticed how many people (including myself) are passionate about some things or how many companies are looking for people with passion. According to my observations this phenomenon predominantly occurs in…
  • Listen Up!

    Brigitte Kobi
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I recently read an interview that has been published in a Swiss newspaper. The journalist wrote about a successful sales manager who delivers perfect sales pitches, based on facts and figures and has a lot of great sales arguments. Yet, this gentlemen has one flaw: he does not pay attention…
  • Thoughts On Attitude

    Brigitte Kobi
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “Things were better in the past”. Whenever I hear that phrase my blood pressure is going up since neither it is true nor does it get us anywhere. Survival Humans were born to live and to survive. I think that this is the major reason why we tend to forget…
  • Value Your Resouces.A True Story

    Brigitte Kobi
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The above picture which I took from the window of a jewellery shop immediately reminded me to the phrase “to cast pearls before swine” and of how to use resources wisely. Some months ago someone who is running his own business asked me for help with a blog for a…
  • 3 Important Aspects of Change Management

    Brigitte Kobi
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Greek Philosopher Heraclitus made the famous statement “panta rhei” which translates in “everything flows”. This phrase symbolizes the necessity of constant change. But this does not mean that change must necessarily revolutionize everything. Let me give you an example. Some days ago I walked though Zurich’s old town. This…
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    Lit Up Leadership

  • 5 Steps to Stop Stressing & Start Leading Now

    mabaumga
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    44SHARESTwitterLinkedin SubscribeGoogleFacebookBufferWhatsappPinterestDiggReddit Stumbleupon Tumblr You have big goals, high expectations of yourself and people are depend on you to deliver. But your responsibilities can seem overwhelming and never ending.  If you just want to feel excited each day, not always dreading your next meeting or your next morning then stress is stopping you and your[Read and Watch] The post 5 Steps to Stop Stressing & Start Leading Now appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
  • Creating Clarity When the Future is Fuzzy (with Carol Novello)

    mabaumga
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    68SHARESTwitterLinkedin SubscribeGoogleFacebookBufferWhatsappPinterestDiggReddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Sometimes the future can be quite fuzzy or like for today’s guest…furry. In life, maybe you have planned to master a specific subject, land a particular gig, live in a certain area,  find your ideal partner, have kids or not, etcetera. When you find and construct a path forward, you better see and decide where to[Read and Watch] The post Creating Clarity When the Future is Fuzzy (with Carol Novello) appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
  • How You Can Be Excellent at Leading Scale (w/ Bob Sutton)

    mabaumga
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    82SHARESTwitterLinkedin SubscribeGoogleFacebookBufferWhatsappPinterestDiggReddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Now, more than ever, growth is a constant requirement to succeed. With more access to information, people are smarter and businesses are more competitive.  So we need to be excellent at failing fast then scaling success quickly.  But scale means change which can be a major struggle to both lead and[Read and Watch] The post How You Can Be Excellent at Leading Scale (w/ Bob Sutton) appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
  • Why Great Leaders Are Entrepreneurs At Heart (w/ Deidre Paknad)

    mabaumga
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    103SHARESTwitterLinkedin SubscribeGoogleFacebookBufferWhatsappPinterestDiggReddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Are you really a leader or an entrepreneur?  I had two clients in very different leadership roles face this question and dilemma. One is a director in a well-known tech company in Silicon Valley and he was stuck.  He just wanted to get past the ceiling he felt both in his[Read and Watch] The post Why Great Leaders Are Entrepreneurs At Heart (w/ Deidre Paknad) appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
  • How to Lead Innovation with Influence (with Vivek Wadhwa)

    mabaumga
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    165SHARESTwitterLinkedin SubscribeGoogleFacebookBufferWhatsappPinterestDiggReddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Are you leading innovation or managing the status quo?  Or worse, falling behind? Innovation is a business requirement that requires leadership. Without innovation, nothing improves.  But why is it so important to be a leader to actually spark true innovative thinking and focused action? My guest on this inaugural episode of[Read and Watch] The post How to Lead Innovation with Influence (with Vivek Wadhwa) appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
 
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