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  • The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

    Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Michael Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas have reviewed the writings of the Classical philosophers and selected ten ideas that will positively impact our leadership effectiveness in The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership. Not surprisingly, the philosophies of classic figures remain relevant in today's workplace. Early on the authors suggest that the raw material of leadership is not latent in just about everyone and rightly discredit the idea that it “just takes a nudge to trigger its unfolding.” Further, they say that the “special qualities of genuine leadership are remarkably complex and…
  • Jeff Bezos and the Why Behind the What

    Author Chris Brady's Blog
    Chris Brady
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Success leaves clues. For that reason, I've long been interested in studying individuals who have managed to make something of their lives and contribute value in this big complicated world. Whether... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Four Ways Leaders Can Impact Learning

    All Things Workplace
    Steve Roesler
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    Leaders, managers, and heads of projects constantly seek ways to grow talent and make a difference in organizational success. More and more, job candidates are asking the question, "What will I learn here?" If they don't like the answer, chances are they'll keep looking. So, I began reflecting on some recent speaking and workshop experiences. Four distinct factors came to mind as I thought about the give-and-take that led to learning for all of us. I hope you'll find these useful.   Four Ways to Impact Learning Impact Curiosity: For every action there's a reaction. When we say or do…
  • FROM PROBLEM-SOLVER TO AGENDA-SETTER

    IMD Business School - Tomorrow's Challenges Articles
    Michael D. Watkins
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:11 am
    Successful business leaders go through seven major, or seismic, shifts in moving from functional to business leadership. This article focuses on the fifth of these: the switch from “problem-solver” to “agenda-setter”.
  • Build The Best Standing Desk For Your Office.

    Rich Gee Group
    richgeegroup
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    When I first started working in retail many years ago, our job demanded we stand eight hours a day — Bloomingdales, Koenig’s, Caldors, The Video Station, Waldenbooks — they all had us standing and walking around the store. And I never complained. Then I got into the ‘big time’ and for the the next 15-20 years, worked in corporate at a desk. When I started coaching, I built a huge desk out of birch plywood — it was beautiful — but I still sat for most of the day. Lately, I’ve been reading about the healthy aspects of standing desks and learned about all the…
 
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  • The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Michael Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas have reviewed the writings of the Classical philosophers and selected ten ideas that will positively impact our leadership effectiveness in The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership. Not surprisingly, the philosophies of classic figures remain relevant in today's workplace. Early on the authors suggest that the raw material of leadership is not latent in just about everyone and rightly discredit the idea that it “just takes a nudge to trigger its unfolding.” Further, they say that the “special qualities of genuine leadership are remarkably complex and…
  • Do you have Moxie?

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Leaders with moxie are leaders that have what it takes to lead others in tough circumstances. They are tough on the outside but soft on the inside. When knocked down they know how to get back up and they can bring others with them because they are likeable. John Baldoni, author of MOXIE, says that “Leadership post-crash is not really any different from leadership pre-crash, except for one thing: resilience.” Leaders with moxie have four key attributes: Fire. They have a passion for what they do and have a need to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Drive. They have ambition…
  • How to Pull Yourself Back from the Brink of Your Caffeine-Driven, Smart Phone-Addicted Life

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    This is a post by Scott Eblin. Scott is is the co-founder and president of The Eblin Group. He is the author of The Next Level and Overworked and Overwhelmed. On a summer Sunday night four years ago, I found myself standing in front of a roomful of about 80 corporate managers who probably didn’t want to be there. They had just finished the first week of a high-profile leadership development program in one of the world’s largest companies and week two was scheduled to start at 7:30 am the next morning. They were polite but understandably restless. I was there as a guest speaker brought in…
  • First Look: Leadership Books for November 2014

    1 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in November.   Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner by Anjali Sastry and Kara Penn   Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts   The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders by M. A. Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas   Seven Disciplines of A Leader by Jeff Wolf   Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top by Bo Burlingham For bulk orders call 1-800-423-8273 Build your leadership library with these specials on over 100 titles. All titles are at…
  • 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…
 
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    Management-Issues

  • Why it's good to bring your emotions to work

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Emotions are an integral part of being human. Without emotion there is no energy and no action. So far from leaving them at home, emotions are critical to the success of an enterprise and need to be acknowledged, valued and understood - even the ‘inconvenient’ ones.
  • Good change, bad change

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    If the impact of change can't be simply defined, be on your guard. If it hasn't been created with the knowledge of those who are expected to implement it then fear for the worst. And if it reverses the best things about the organisation, then it's really time to start worrying.
  • Rediscovering a mythic worldview

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    Our worldviews are mostly framed through the lenses of politics, power, strategy and structure. The same themes shape our view about leadership. But there’s a much older wisdom in which we view ourselves not as dominant, but as an integral part of the circle of life.
  • Three steps for surviving a sick organization

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    How can individuals can survive in a dysfunctional workplace? One of the most effective approaches I have come across is built on three simple but powerful principles that together can help you find more peace of mind and reduce the stress caused by a toxic working environment.
  • Five seconds to better virtual meetings

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Here’s an incredibly simple technique that will radically improve the effectiveness of any online presentation, meetings or training session. All you need to do is count to five slowly.
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • What the Success of Slack Can Teach Us about Creating Winning Products

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I love watching people succeed, especially if I can learn something I can apply in my own life and share with you. That’s why I’m excited about what I learned from watching Slack’s success this year. Slack is a communications tool that enables natural and effective team collaboration. The company, started by Stewart Butterfield, the cofounder of Flickr, has been making news since going public earlier this year and is already worth more than a billion dollars. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and…
  • The One Thing That Separates the Successful from the Unsuccessful

    Michael Hyatt
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    People often ask me how I’ve been able to build a successful business that’s doubled every year for the last three years. I had similar wins in the corporate world. I was able to set some audacious goals and beat them again and again. This has been a pattern for me professionally, but I have a secret: I’ve never assumed I could do it on my own. So how have I done it? Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.  
  • Season 2, Episode 06: What to Do When You Are Forced to Wait [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the difficulty of waiting. I am good at a few things, but waiting is not one of them. Whether it is being put on hold when I call a business, sitting in the waiting room of my dentist’s office, or standing in the security line at the airport, I am impatient. How about you? 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…
  • How Leaders Make It Right When They Blow It

    Michael Hyatt
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’re in a position of leadership, chances are better than good you’re going to blow it with your people sooner or later. It’s like messing things up in your marriage. Don’t ask me how I know this, but it’s inevitable from time to time. Courtesy of Istockphoto.com/ozgurcankaya There are pluses and minuses to that comparison, but one benefit is that making things right with our spouses can teach us how to make things right with just about anyone. How? I’m not a counselor, but after decades of professional and personal experience, I’ve found mending relationships involves the…
  • Get the Product Launch Blueprint for Free

    Michael Hyatt
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    I was talking with a friend yesterday who just finished his first online sales campaign using Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula. He generated almost a million dollars in sales on the last day. This is just a portion of the free Product Launch Formula Blueprint Mindmap Needless to say, my friend was over the moon. He said, “I can’t thank you enough for introducing me to Jeff. I was skeptical. But, I now I’m a believer. Thank you!” In case you are not familiar with Jeff, Forbes magazine called him the “$400 million man” because his Product Launch Formula students…
 
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Why The C-Suite Needs a Chief Sustainability Officer

    Andrea Learned
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    Does your corporation intend to be in business in another 100 years? Adding a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) to your C-Suite may make the difference. But do enough CEOs understand the sustainability role and why it matters? It’s not clear. A new report from The Weinreb Group, CSO Backstory II: The Evolution of the Chief Sustainability Officer, should serve as a wake-up call on that front. Though there has been progress, with 36 CSOs today, up from 29 in 2011, the importance of the role – which, to be clear, can either be in the C-Suite or report to it, depending on the…
  • 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…
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    Great Leadership

  • The Truth Doesn’t Have to Hurt

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Deb Bright:  Here it is the end of the year. You are feeling pretty good about how things are going in general but you have trepidations about giving some people their annual review. As you probably appreciate, you are not alone. In fact your boss likely feels the same way about giving you your annual review. For everyone knows and expects that at least some negatives will come up during their review session. Only the masochists among us look forward to being put on the carpet for things they have done wrong over the year!  Let’s face it, just about everyone hates…
  • Your Leadership Legacy is About the People you Leave Behind

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    When leaving a leadership legacy, you should think more about the people you leave behind, rather than the products and services you leave behind. After all, products and services come and go. It is the people that will keep the company moving forward toward its vision.For more on why and how, read Beth Armknecht Miller's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership.
  • Help Wanted: Manager. 5-10 Years of Experience Required.

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s hard to land a management position when you don’t have the title “manager” on your resume, or be able to provide specific examples of your management experience.So what’s an aspiring manager to do without holding formal management positions? Plenty! If you are interested in becoming a manager, read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 5 ways to get management experience without being a manager.
  • Engaging Your Team in Three Steps

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Chris Ruisi:Achieving collective employee engagement is a challenge for most companies, especially in today’s delicate economy. It’s crucial for business leaders to engage their workers in order to prosper. What is an engaged employee? This team member is fully invested and enthusiastic in their work because they identify with the company’s overall vision and feel their job responsibilities contribute to the company goals. They are dedicated to their specific role, which allows them to work toward the success of the company as well as their individual success. Creating a…
  • A Succession Planning Template

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Succession planning is critical in order to ensure the long-term success of any organization. See my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for a template that contains all of the most common data elements of a good succession plan.
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    800 CEO Read

  • Thinker in Residence: Nicholas Carr

    dylan
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Tweet “All too often, automation frees us from that which makes us feel free.” ~Nicholas Carr About Nicholas Carr I wrote in my recent Jack Covert Selects review of The Glass Cage that “Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity.” That’s true, but in the original draft of that review, I wrote it a bit differently: “Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, enlightening, and sometimes scary books about the history of technology and its relationship to the human civilization that…
  • An Excerpt from Chinese Rules

    dylan
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    TweetTim Clissold’s Mr. China, released almost a decade ago, is one of the great books on China’s rise as an economic power. An in-the-trenches account of the business boom that he was in the belly of during his more than twenty years there, Mr. China was an international bestseller translated into twelve languages and was one of the Economist‘s books of the year in 2004. The growth of China hasn’t slowed much since then, and Clissold is now back with a new book, Chinese Rules: Mao’s Dog, Deng’s Cat, and Five Timeless Lessons from the Front Lines in China…
  • The Best Books of 2014, strategy+business Edition

    Ryan Schleicher
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    TweetIf you’re a regular 800-CEO-READ reader or follower, you know that we always look forward to strategy+business revealing their picks for best business books of the year, in part because the s+b list is decidedly different than most other lists. Their categories often change to reflect the most important business topics of the year, and instead of relying solely on an internal editorial team to choose the winners, they reach out to experts in each category’s field. But what we most appreciate in the s-b list is that each book is accompanied by an essay explaining the the…
  • 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…
 
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  • How Do You Do It? (A Job Like a Tailored Suit)

    Jurgen Appelo
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    I regularly get the question, “How Do You Do It?” “How are you able to travel so much and not get sick of it?” “How can you read 50+ books per year and also write your own?” Gosh, I don’t know. The post How Do You Do It? (A Job Like a Tailored Suit) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • DON’T PANIC! (For Everyone Who Fears Failure)

    Jurgen Appelo
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    It happened just after I told my friend Lisette never to panic. When something goes wrong during your presentation, your workshop, your travels, or in any other endeavor, DO NOT PANIC! Your panic is most likely to cause the thing that you fear most. The post DON’T PANIC! (For Everyone Who Fears Failure) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • My Offer to Book Resellers

    Jurgen Appelo
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    There are two great aspects to people complaining about the shipping fees of my book: It shows that readers care. They want the book! Even the 15,000 people who already downloaded the free PDF. Within three days, I sold XXX copies of the #Workout book from the Management 3.0 web shop. Imagine how much more people we can reach when we slash distribution costs? Already several people asked me if they can resell the book locally, which will cut shipping fees dramatically. The answer is: Yes, please! The less I have to do, the better. My goal is to be a writer, not a distributor. The post My…
  • “Your Book Is Expensive!” (Yes, and It’s Also Cheap)

    Jurgen Appelo
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    I have started the pre-sales of Management 3.0 #Workout – Paper Edition. The paper book looks amazing! Besides the regular print version, I offer an exclusive version with autograph, unique number, postcards, kudo cards, and a hand-drawn illustration. There are only 500 of those! The post “Your Book Is Expensive!” (Yes, and It’s Also Cheap) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • The Four Whys

    Jurgen Appelo
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    I’m sure you recognize the problem. You’re nose-deep in some activity that takes ten times longer than expected, and suddenly you think, “Why on earth am I wasting my time with this nonsense?” Yes, I have that too sometimes! I had it yesterday when I was explaining to one of my customers how sales tax works in Europe. It took so long, I needed two coffee breaks. The post The Four Whys appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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  • Create a Culture Office to Promote Connection

    Michael Lee Stallard
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
                #59 Create a Culture Office to Promote Connection – Research has shown that connection begins to breakdown when the number of individuals in an organization exceeds 150.  Establishing a culture office or center that reports to the CEO and promotes connection is a best practice. For example, Southwest Airlines has a Culture Office that reports to the CEO. The Culture Office has 30 people and is responsible for promoting Southwest’s culture. In addition, there is a Culture Committee of 150 individuals who are spread throughout the company. Texas…
  • To Connect, Share Your Stories

    Michael Lee Stallard
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
                  #58 Share Your Stories, Be Open to Connect and Build Trust– The deepest connections are formed when you are appropriately open by communicating who you really are, what you really believe and your struggles in life. When it will help another person and it’s appropriate, consider sharing what you’ve learned from past mistakes.  This openness communicates humility and promotes connection and trust. If you are uncertain about when it is appropriate to be open in a particular context, seek the advice of trusted friends. This is the…
  • Corporations: Lessons from a College Football Halftime

    Michael Lee Stallard
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Enthusiasm and energy will be on full display this Saturday as the #6 TCU Horned Frogs football team host the #7 Kansas State Wildcats at 6:30 pm EDT on Fox.  During halftime, TCU will celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Frogs for the Cure” which began in 2005 when TCU athletics partnered with Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth to sponsor the first ever pink-out halftime presentation at a university football game. Frogs for the Cure began the national trend to honor survivors that is now commonplace on collegiate and professional athletic fields…
  • Lead Like a U.S. Marine

    Michael Lee Stallard
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
                  Great leaders know that task excellence alone is not sufficient to achieve sustainable superior performance. They also know that relationship excellence alone is not sufficient in the end. Instead, truly great leaders realize the vital importance of both elements. The dual focus of task and relationship excellence can be difficult for many leaders to grasp. In our daily lives, we see many illustrations of what it looks like to focus on task excellence and many illustrations of relationship excellence, but it is rare to find examples of leaders…
  • To Connect, Affirm Your Colleagues

    Michael Lee Stallard
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    #57 Affirm Your Colleagues – When you become aware of something a colleague did well, encourage him/her by saying so in person or sending a note or email. A handwritten note can be especially meaningful given the rarity of receiving such notes in the age of instant communication. Remember that some people like being recognized publicly while others prefer private praise. Try to match your method of encouragement with your colleague’s preferred style whenever possible. This is the fifty-seventh post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language,…
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    Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage

  • Danger Will Robinson

    brucelynn
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Universal Children’s Day today promotes the well-being of children around the world. Of course, sometimes the best thing for a child’s welfare…is a little danger. As Gever Tulley aticulates in his TED talk “5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do”… Play with fire Own a pocket knife Throw a spear Deconstruct Appliances Break the DMCA Tully explains that these activities inspire children to be “creative, confident and in control of the environment around them.” His point about “deconstructing appliances” is also link to my related “Black Box” sub-theme quite…
  • Be Dramatically Wrong

    brucelynn
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:19 am
    “Humans tend to do better with acute than with chronic stressors, particularly when the former are followed by ample time for recovery, which allows the stressors to do their jobs as messengers…” – Nassim Taleb Another one of Taleb’s insights into embracing failure which echoes a pundit from my professional life – Alan Hansen. This month marks the decennial for our Piero product which debuted on Match of the Day which continues to be one of its marquee shows. Hansen is the pundit’s pundit and one of the earliest adopters of the Piero technology for analysis (example below).
  • Antifragile – Black Box

    brucelynn
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
      Not only does Taleb link the notions of Failure with Leadership and Management, but he often delves into other adjacent topics that I’ve also found myself meandering down. One of the most prominent is the notion of the “black box”, a term for dysfunctional opacity often created by excessive complexity… “In business and economic decision making, reliance on data causes severe side effects – data is now plentiful thanks to connectivity, and the proportion of spuriousness in the data increases as one gets more immersed in it. A very rarely discussed property of data: it is…
  • 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…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • A little more than a bushel, a little bit less

    Seth Godin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Marketing works best when the effort you put into it is a little more than you think you need and a lot more than the market expects from your project. And projects work best when the amount you need to get done is a little less than the resources you have available. Marketing rewards a taut system, a show of confidence, the ability to be where you need to be with a true story that works. Projects reward slack, the ability to keep your schedule and your quality, to watch the critical path and to make smart decisions. The common errors, then: Pick too big an arena for your marketing, and seem…
  • The tragedy of the last 10%

    Seth Godin
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    In a competitive market, if you do the work to lower your price by 10%, your market share grows. If you dig in deep, analyze, reengineer and make thoughtful changes, you can lower your price another 10%. This leads to an even bigger jump in market share. The third time (or maybe the fourth, or even before then), you only achieve a 10% savings by cutting safety, or quality, or reliability. You cut corners, certainly. The last 10% costs your workers the chance to make a decent living, it costs your suppliers the opportunity to treat their people with dignity, and it costs you your reputation.
  • Inventing a tribe

    Seth Godin
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    I can't think of a single time that an individual or an organization has created a brand-new worldview, spread it and then led that tribe. There were Harley-type renegades before there was Harley Davidson. There were digital nomads before there was Apple. There were pop music fans before there were the Beatles and Rastafarians before Marley. Without a doubt, a new technology creates new experiences. But the early adopters who gravitate to it were early adopters before we got there. Our job is to find the disconnected and connect them, to find people eager to pursue a goal and give them the…
  • The wrong question to ask yourself before crowdfunding

    Seth Godin
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    A friend explained to me all the reasons for her upcoming Kickstarter campaign. The machine she wanted to buy was sorely needed, it would increase her productivity and also make her day significantly easier--it made perfect business sense. These are all great reasons to borrow money from a bank or a professional investor. They aren't good reasons to crowdfund. No, the right question is, "how will the new financial relationship I offer to my biggest supporters enhance their lives?" There's a huge amount of emotion and story we tell ourselves before we send in money to crowdfund something.
  • "This will blow over"

    Seth Godin
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Your employees notice when you take action. And when you don't. When a storm hits your company, the instinct is to wait it out, to seek shelter, to work to set an agenda, not to let the outside world set it for you. And sometimes this works. But even if the storm passes, your employees remember. They remember the standard you've set and the way things are around here. Every time we give someone the employee of the month parking space for perfect compliance, or fire someone for creating a culture of disrespect, we send a message. Action or inaction are both forms of leadership and standard…
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    CEO Blog - Time Leadership

  • Xavier Charles Estill Austen

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    I am once again a proud grandfather.  Mother Laura and baby are both doing well and healthy.Xavier Austen. 5 lbs 15 oz, 19.5 inches, born 19 November 2014 at 1:46 pm.  He arrived about a month early.  He already is trying to be punctual - a skill that will serve him well in life.I am not sure what is with the toque - he lives in Texas and they have no snow.  Perhaps he is just trying to make a fashion statement.
  • Statistical Success Yes - But Long Term Measurements are Tougher

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:23 pm
    The advent of the internet and internet advertising seemed to push a move towards measuring direct results.  Spend $1000 on ads and see if it yields $1000 in results.    Statistically experiment with small tests to see if it pays more to advertise with this catch phrase or that, with green or blue, in the morning or night etc.I am a big believer in split run testing.  Try multiple experiments to see what works best.  Test on small samples before spending money on larger ones.Measure everything to figure out the repeatable system that yields success.This same…
  • Efficiency vs Health

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I have to admit to being a bit of a Fitbit addict.  Fitbit tracks steps and it has a social media component that allows people I am "connected" to see how many steps I do and I can see what they do.  And my kids and brothers all have them.  Not that I am competitive at all but Lyle particularly pushes me a bit since I do not want him to have more steps than I do.So how does this relate to efficiency which is really the theme of this blog?  For perfect efficiency, I should set my life up to take less steps.  I should have all my files at my desk and…
  • Article Clipping at its Best

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    My mother is an article clipper.  When I stop by, she often has articles she clipped from a newspaper or magazine for me.  And she does this for everyone else in her life. I realize I have become the same way.  The difference is most of what I read is online so I clip URLs and email them to people that I think might be interested in an article.  And many of the articles I email were emailed to me - so I am just passing them on.She clipped an article/book report that combined a review on 2 books - The Organized Mind - Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by…
  • Growing Ice Cream

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    From an email exchange with a friend on what makes successful entrepreneurs:listen - filter - learn - leadNot blind obedience.Work ethic - time management - energy - passion.And the appropriate mix of dreams and reality, focus and trying different things.Statistical experimentation.Learning is the big one.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++I thought this simple article on 5 things to do before bed to jump start your day was good.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++And for those who thought they were too old to start a venture.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++And always thinking of Venture…
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    Tom Peters

  • 12 Whirlwind Days in Japan

    Tom Peters
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    One essayist ungrammatically called Japan “uniquely unique.” Ungrammatical or not, it is perhaps accurate. In addition to jet lag following a 13+ hour flight from Boston to Tokyo, the intrigue of Japanese culture per se gripped me instantly. My wife, Susan, is a tapestry weaver, textile designer, and avid gardener, and this was her first […] The post 12 Whirlwind Days in Japan appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Video: Tom on Mittelstand

    Cathy Mosca
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    Tom recently had a chance to talk to CNBC on a subject that’s dear to him: Germany’s Mittelstand. Medium-sized companies that are a driving force in the economy. He’s been a champion of the phenomenon for years, so it’s good to see that others are joining the discussion. Watch the video to get in on […] The post Video: Tom on Mittelstand appeared first on 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.
 
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • 2 Part Interview on Fei’s World

    sshapiro
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    I was recently interviewed by Fei Wu for her Fei’s World podcast. She is a fantastic interviewer. It was truly a conversation that meandered to a lot of different, yet related topics. We discussed concepts such as: Innovation Asking Better Questions and Creating Better “Briefs” Con... The post 2 Part Interview on Fei’s World appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Mastery is Not Enough

    sshapiro
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Think about the last time you went to your favorite restaurant. Was the quality of the food the only reason you enjoyed it so much? Or were there other factors? Décor? Service? Overall atmosphere? Other intangibles? If you can, recall a time you needed technical support and were 100% pleased with th... The post Mastery is Not Enough appeared first on 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.
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    Orrin Woodward Leadership

  • The Law of Averages Produces Results

    Orrin Woodward
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    Most successful people realize that the Law of Averages (LOA) is a key part of success in any field. For when a person leverages the LOA properly, the seemingly unpredictable becomes very predictable. Unfortunately, most people do not allow the LOA to work in their favor and then label themselves failures when actually they have only failed to apply the LOA. Here is a short segment from the LIFE Leadership major function where I share how to leverage the Law of Averages to produce results! Sincerely, Orrin Woodward
  • Dan and Lisa Hawkins: Past and Future

    Orrin Woodward
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Two traveling monks that were sworn to avoid contact with females reached a river where they met a young woman. Wary of the current, she asked if they could carry her across. One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other bank. She thanked him and departed.  As the monks continued on their way, the one was brooding and preoccupied. Unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “Brother, our spiritual training teaches us to avoid any contact with women, but you picked that one up on your…
  • Soft Skills vs. Hard Skills

    Orrin Woodward
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    I wanted to share on my blog an article I wrote for LinkedIn on Soft Skills and Hard Skills. LIFE Leadership is in the sweet spot for business and personal development with its emphasis on Soft Skill growth. Soft Skills could be compared to Emotional Quotient while Hard Skills could be compared to Intelligence Quotient. Both are important but the picture of the iceberg below depicts their relative contribution. A huge thank you to CEO Chris Brady, the field leaders, and our many customers for your support. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward There is a leadership revolution brewing in America today.
  • Art Jonak’s MasterMind Event

    Orrin Woodward
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Art Jonak’s 2014 MasterMind Event was another huge success, selling out the Orlando hotel! The top leaders from around the world gathered together to benchmark best practices, inspire one another to do more, and make friendships that lasts a lifetime. For the last five years, I have supported the event because it represents everything that is right about Network Marketing. MasterMind Event 2014 There are three main reasons why I love the MasterMind events: First, the people who attend are hungry, driven, and so uplifting to others attendees. Even though hundreds of organizations are…
  • Bird-Dogging Using the Law of Averages

    Orrin Woodward
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    One of the talks that I shared at the LIFE Leadership Fall Convention and also the MasterMind Event was on utilizing the Law of Averages to produce better results in one’s Compensated Community. Here is a short segment of the Bird-Dogging talk for your viewing pleasure. I call the concept bird-dogging and it applies the concepts of leverage that I shared in my recently released new book The Leadership Train. Anyone involved in Network Marketing will benefit from the new book as it teaches why this profession is not a life scam, pyramid scheme, or merely a door-to-door business. Network…
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    Crossderry Blog

  • Crossderry Podcast #2 — 16 November 2014

    Paul Ritchie
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Here is the second Crossderry podcast. The topics are: Best and Worst Project Names Tweet review: CIOs must influence CEO behavior, storytelling quote, RIP Tom Magliozzi Enjoy! https://crossderry.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/16nov2014_crossderrypod.mp3 Links: My posts on Best and Worst Project Names here and here. What BOHICA means. The myth of the Phoenix. The links to my Nov 10 tweet on CIO influence, the Disney Institute article on storytelling, and my Nov 14 tweet on Car Talk. Intro, bumper, and close music is “Frog In the Well” played by Lucas Gonze. Filed under:…
  • Quote of the Day: Tom Magliozzi (RIP)

    Paul Ritchie
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Car Talk was the score to the Saturday morning errand run for my son and me. RIP, Click…or was it Clack? Do it while you’re young. You may never have another chance to do anything this stupid again! – Tom Magliozzi, RIPFiled under: PMO
  • The Value of Domain Expertise: Football By Football

    Paul Ritchie
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    One of the “old chestnuts” I heard when I started to consort with project management professionals was the “functional vs. project skills” chestnut. I used to hear from many project pros that all that was really needed for project leadership success was command of the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK). But as the quote from the PMBOK Guide (3rd edition) in the post suggests, the full PMBOK itself is just one element of what must be understood and used. To that point, a new football blog — American football, for my international readers — is…
  • Crossderry Podcast #1 — 11 November 2014

    Paul Ritchie
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Here is the first Crossderry podcast. I plan to do this roughly once a week. The topics are: Apple Watch as threat to Swiss watch industry, Quick hitter tweet review: Team size, platform category errors, and salespeople who do not know anything about their customers. Enjoy! https://crossderry.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/12nov2014_crossderrypod.mp3 Links: The John Shank/Vijay Govindarajan book I referenced on Strategic Cost Management Definition of jewelry I used: decorative objects…that people wear on their body. Here’s a link to the  FT article (via CNBC) where I pulled quotes.
  • Quote of the day: Herman Melville

    Paul Ritchie
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. – Opening line of Captain Ahab’s last words, Moby DickFiled under: PMO Tagged: Hate, Melville, Moby DIck, Obsession
 
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    MBA Depot - Latest Content

  • Case Studies: For Honda, Waigaya Is the Way

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    At the Japanese auto giant, unplanned, agenda-free meetings are ubiquitous and indispensable. Author: Jeffrey Rothfeder Source: strategy+business Subject: Management
  • Article from the Archive: Still Thinking Of Doing An IPO?

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    This article lays out the formal IPO procedural process and discusses the purpose and requirements for the "roadshow," a grueling two to three week marathon of presentations to investor groups about your company. The approximate cost is also be discussed, as well as the pros and cons of being a public company. Finally, a list of useful web sites is provided should you want to do additional research on your own. Editor's Note: this is part 2 of a series but part 1 was topical in content and can be skipped without missing much. Author: Michael Davis, Ph.D. Source: Graziadio Business Report…
  • Articles: Taking the Measure of Your Innovation Performance

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Many executive teams still treat innovation as a black box, the serendipitous achievement of a few gifted individuals. But our survey found that innovation leaders consistently outperformed laggards on five manageable capability areas. The disparity suggests that innovators rely on a systematic approach, not just on finding people who happen to be innovative. Author: Darrell K. Rigby, Eric Almquist, Mitchell Leiman, Alex Roth Source: Bain & Company Subject: Innovation
  • Quotes: Gunnar Hedlund

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The current, and justified, fascination with the tacit component of knowledge [...] must not cloud the fact that organizations to a large extent are ‘articulation machines,’ built around codified practices and deriving some of their competitive advantages from clever, unique articulation. Source: European Business Forum (EBF) Subject: Knowledge
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Top 5 awesome corporate email policies

    Alexander
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    If you feel like email is stressing you out, there might be something to it. A study conducted at the University of California found that giving people uninterrupted time where they weren’t dealing with email generally made them less stressed subjects and better able to focus: Without email, people multitasked less and had a longer task focus, as measured by a lower frequency of shifting between windows and a longer duration of time spent working in each computer window. Further, we directly measured stress using wearable heart rate monitors and found that stress, as measured by heart…
  • Can you nudge people towards workplace happiness?

    Alexander
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    This article was written by Woohoo inc’s newest employee Thomas Christensen. Have you ever wondered why you have to walk all the way to the back end of the supermarket to get milk? Or why there are mountains of candy close to the checkout, where you always have to stand in line and wait? It is a carefully planned ploy to ensure you walk through the entire store to get to your everyday groceries, thus increasing your exposure to other items, which makes you more likely to buy something more than milk. Similarly, candy is placed where it is most likely that you will stand around bored for the…
  • Top 5 great quitters

    Alexander
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    If you gotta quit your job, why not go out in style. Here are 5 of my all-time favorite quitters: #5: With a brass band #4: With cake #3: Live on the air #2: With interpretive dance #1: With a beer in hand Steven Slater, a flight attendant, announced over the plane’s public address system that he had been abused by a passenger and that he quit his job. He then grabbed two beers and exited the plane by deploying the evacuation slide and sliding down it. (source)
  • New rule

    Alexander
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:23 am
    New rule for managers: If the way you lead your employees makes them unhappy, you’re doing it wrong.
  • Leading with Happiness – Free Webinar December 3rd

    Alexander
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Update: Over 100 people have signed up already. We believe that there is a new style of leadership emerging – one that focuses more on doing what’s good for employees and customers than on short-term profits. A form of leadership, in short, that has happiness at its core. Join our free webinar on Wednesday December 3rd if you’d like to learn about: What does happy leadership look like? How do you do it in practice? How can managers themselves stay happy in their careers? What are great examples of happy leaders? Could it be that happy leaders ultimately create better…
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • The 19th Century Rock Star Leadership Guru You’ve Never Heard Of (and Why His Lessons Are Important)

    Starbucker
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    He’s an all-time favorite leadership guru. His lessons have deeply resonated with me since the first time I read them. They were simple, straightforward, unapologetically direct, and timeless. And there isn’t a week that goes by in my leadership practice that I don’t think of them. Who is this man, and what were those lessons? His name is Emil Liebling. Born in Germany in 1851, he emigrated to the US when he was a teenager and started teaching music in Kentucky and Chicago when he was 17. It wasn’t long before he became an accomplished linguist and writer, a…
  • It’s At The Top Of Your List For a Reason: Don’t Put Off The Hard Stuff

    Starbucker
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Remember yellow legal note pads?   I used to have them with me constantly, before modern technology banished them to the desk drawer in favor of laptops, iPads and smartphones (And yes, that officially qualifies me as a dinosaur). Every morning before I started my day, I’d make a “to do” list on those pads.   Some just had a few things on it, and some had dozens.   But I’d always manage to put them in order of their importance. The first one on my list was typically a “doozy” task – a task so daunting, so challenging, and so unappealing, that you couldn’t help but…
  • My Favorite Leadership Pep Talk

    Starbucker
    2 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The Scene:  Sally is about to start her first day as the manager of a division of a service company. She’s called a team meeting that will have her entire staff of 75 in attendance. Before heading to work, she meets her mentor and friend Terry for coffee, and a some last-minute advice. After finishing his almond milk latte, Terry gives Sally a leadership pep talk….. “Sally, there comes a time after you’ve gone to school, read the books,  found a mentor, attended the seminars, and/or bought the DVD, when you just have to step up, and lead. For you, that time is now.
  • 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,…
 
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    ManagingCommunities.com

  • How to Respond to Negative Reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp

    Patrick
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Private Messages: Not Flashy, But a Must Have for Community Managers and Staff

    Patrick
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Over-Communicate

    Patrick
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Community is What Fills the Gap Between Sales and Service

    Patrick
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Examples of Companies Engaging in Online Forums They Don’t Own

    Patrick
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
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    Lolly Daskal

  • The Best Leaders Are Critical Thinkers

    lollydaskal
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    What makes some leaders stand out from the rest? It has to do with their ability to think decisively. The best leaders evaluate their options, weigh in on the alternatives, connect the dots, and look for potential in order to make informed decisions. Here are some of the things great critical thinkers make a habit of: Leading with questions. Open-ended questions, in particular, help you get to the heart of the matter. Start with Why?, How?, What?, and Where? Embracing different points of view. As a leader, you need to be able to take advantage of the diversity in your team (and board, if you…
  • Codes Of Conduct To Lead By

    lollydaskal
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    As you move through life, if you’re at all thoughtful, you’re constantly developing your own personal code of conduct. It’s a process that happens consciously or unconsciously. You see a cruel or destructive act and think I’d never do that. Or you hear of an act of kindness and store it away, thinking I want to be like that. And over time, these individual elements fuse together into the principles you live by. If you have found your stride in life and you consider that your code’s more or less in place, that’s great. If you’re still mastering the things you want to accomplish.
  • Let Your Leadership Speak For Itself

    lollydaskal
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you want to make a name for yourself and be recognized as a leader in your field, remember: It’s not who you know, it’s how you know yourself. Most people assume that the most efficient way to make yourself known is to meet the right people. And certainly that’s worth doing—but if you think meeting people is the only way to network, think again. The best way to make a name for yourself is to carry yourself in such a way that your name speaks for you. Let your life speak for you. Your effectiveness as a leader is tied to the image that others form about you, and your ability to…
  • 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…
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    Lead on Purpose

  • How do you win the war for talent?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Guest post by Sarah Sladek About 40 years ago, shortly after the Baby Boomers (1946-1964) were born, demographers and industry leaders realized that someday this generation of 78 million Americans would retire and the nation would experience a shortage of … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
 
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    George Ambler

  • How to Create a System for Goal Getting

    George Ambler
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    To be an effective leader you have to master both goal setting AND goal getting. Too often we focus on goal setting at the expense of goal getting. It’s one thing to set big, hairy and audacious goals (BHAGs), but without commitment to a system – process, routines and habits – we’ll fail to achieve our goals. A woman, passionate about the violin, once traveled a long distance to see one of the world’s greatest violinists perform at Carnegie Hall in New York. Carnegie Hall is one of the most prestigious concert venues in the world for both classical and popular music. The…
  • 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…
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    Pink Slip

  • Can STEM girls be pretty in pink? Mattel thinks not.

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:44 am
    In the old days, Barbie was just a glamour puss, standing tall in her spikes and striped bathing suit, just waiting for you to pull a ball gown over her head and send her out the door on tux-wearing Ken’s arm. But then Barbie became something of a career gal, with her ambitions growing over time. Stewardess Barbie, meet Astronaut Barbie. Nurse Barbie, meet Doctor Barbie. Secretary Barbie, meet Executive Barbie. And Barbie can even be a Computer Engineer, pink laptop and all! Me, I love whenever I hear that more women are finding their way into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)…
  • A few words on words

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:41 am
    There was a fun little piece over on the WSJ small business blog the other day. In the post that caught my eye, three folks sounded off on the buzzwords that give them, as entrepreneurs, brain cramps. David Kalt, founder of reverb.com, a musical instrument exchange, is on his third startup. For him the bad word is startup, which he thinks you need to outgrow fast. Startup might work for the first several months, or perhaps even the first year, of a company’s life, but at some point it’s time to move on and to become a business. To me, the words “amateur” and “startup” are…
  • How’s this for a hostile work environment?

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:43 am
    As a veteran of at least a couple of hostile work environments, I will, of course, be drawn to any headline reading My Boss is Creating a Hostile Work Environment. My first thought, while clicking through, was ‘now there’s a sob sister headline if ever.’ And, in fact, it was a Job Sister header for an advice column, the Job Doc Blog, on boston.com. In the question posed, an HR person (apparently the head of HR) wrote about his/her enfant terrible of a leader: He yells, swears and uses threatening language as “motivation." He behaves like this with senior leaders, or when meeting…
  • Spies are everywhere. (And I do mean everywhere.)

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    Boston’s Dolt of the Month Award for November has to go to the creep who “found” an iPhone on a T-platform and walked away with it it. Well, finders keepers and all that, but this particular iPhone had just flown out of the hand of a young woman who had either fallen or jumped in front of an incoming train and lost her life. On the surveillance video taken in the T-station – which I hadn’t rally been aware existed, but oh, why not – the dolt-winner is shown covering the iPhone with his foot; putting his hand over his mouth and feigning wide-eyed shock that someone had just…
  • My landline: kept only so that I can continue to hear the dulcet voice of Rachel from cardholder services

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    Last week, I actually got two real calls on my landline. One was from the hairdresser, confirming my appointment. (I confirmed but, alas, on day of, there was a mainline back up in my downstairs bathtub, and I had to wait for the plumber.) The other was a real-real call, from my cousin Barbara. I let it go to voicemail, then picked up when I realized it actually was a real-real call. Mostly the calls that I get on that number are robocalls. Number One is “Rachel from cardholder services”, who calls every couple of days. On occasion, I’ve stayed on the line to tell someone to take me off…
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    Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog

  • Entrepreneurs' Successful Exit

    John Agno
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    The elements of a successful exit breaks down into four stages: exploration, strategy, execution and transition--all potentially tricky. Entrepreneurs who leave their positions with a sense of accomplishment, feeling well compensated and secure in the belief that their employees would be treated well by their successors, feel better about the move. Some advice for anyone who owns a business or is planning to launch one: If you haven't already begun thinking about your eventual exit, now is the time to start.  You should do so even if you currently believe that you'll never want…
  • Leaders Build and Maintain Trust

    John Agno
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    Trust is something that the highly successful leader constructs over time and then nurtures over the course of any relationship. When you do things that increase the level of trust, your capacity to build relationships, create and seize opportunities, and achieve success increases substantially.  When trust is high, you become more effective and influential in all aspects of your life.  Even the most complex interactions and transactions become significantly easier when there is a high level of trust. If you want to influence, do business with, or interact safely with others,…
  • Women Leadership Voices

    John Agno
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., Chief executive of the Y.W.C.A. USA: "There are so few women in leadership, and the burden on women who are leaders is so high, because you’re expected to be everything to everybody, and to pave the way and bring more women in, and root out all the bad stuff." Sharon Napier, Chief executive, Partners + Napier, an ad agency: "I love to see someone at a lower or a midlevel position walk into a meeting and know what their role is and have a point of view. Don’t sit quietly and think about things and maybe whisper to somebody or tell people…
  • Be the Best Bad Presenter

    John Agno
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
      According to Forbes, 90% of all people have anxiety about public speaking. Everyone's heard tips like "Picture your audience in their underwear," and "Practice in front of a mirror," but Karen Hough has written "Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever" to help the 90% feel truly confident in presentations--by being our authentic selves.  You can't be authentic if you're following rules that drain the life and personality out of your presentation, Hough says.  It's authenticity and passion that win people over, not polish. You have…
  • Leadership in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association

    John Agno
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
       RVIA Membership Directory Special Award Presented to an individual within the RV industry who has made extraordinary contributions to the industry's overall success. 2012 Norm Jacobson Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. 2011 Sid Johnson Jayco, Inc. 2010 The RV Financing Community 2009 Pete Liegl Forest River, Inc. 2007 Wade Thompson Thor Industries 2006 Jim Sheldon Monaco Coach Corporation 2005 Don Walter Starcraft RV 2004 Mel Adams Airxcel, Inc. 2003 B.J. Thompson B.J. Thompson Associates, Inc. 2002 Thomas Faludy Carefree of Colorado 2001 Bob Tiffin Tiffin Motor Homes, Inc.
 
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  • Dine with the President of Inc. & Put His Best Tips Into Practice

    sarahberger
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Imagine if you could ask the president and editor-in-chief of Inc. what he sees as the biggest business opportunities for 2015. Or find out some of the secrets to success that he’s seen, as well as key lessons other organizations had to learn the hard way and how you can avoid making those same mistakes. Well, here’s your chance. Reserve your spot for the NYC Predictable Success Acceleration Program, and take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to dine with President/Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg inside Inc.’s Manhattan headquarters. Only two seats remain, so act…
  • So You’ve Got the Right People On the Bus. But What If It’s Not a Bus Anymore?

    sarahberger
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com Discover how to recognize the exact team members you need to manage your growing business’s new complexity. We’ll show you and help build your game plan. Get details here. Jim Collins’ book Good to Great is by universal acclaim one of the best business books there is – and rightly so. I’m an unabashed fan. One of the reasons it – and most of his other books – are such hits is because he has a storyteller’s way of explaining business growth concepts using easily grasped metaphors. One of his most…
  • 21 Signs Your Team is Engaging Effectively

    sarahberger
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Take a moment to think about your team and how they interact. Do they know how to engage effectively? Are they making high-quality team-based decisions, consistently? The tools below will enable you to objectively assess where your team stands and identify the best potential steps to take next. ~ Sarah 21 Signs Your Team is Engaging Effectively Diagnose the level of ownership/self-accountability in your organization. Each day, individuals are meeting and making team-based decisions that will impact your organization’s bottom line. How do you know whether high-quality decisions are being…
  • Gauge the Degree of Ownership and Self-accountability in Your Organization

    lesmckeown
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Ownership and self-accountability are at the very heart of sustained business success. So how do you gauge the strength of these within your organization? Here’s what we suggest: 1. Grab a problem or issue that’s relatively complicated and transcends multiple departments in the organization. 2. Randomly (and that part is important – genuinely randomly) grab a group of up to 8 people from the various impacted departments. Make sure the folks are from all levels in the organization, not just management. 3. Put them in a room and agree with them on a definition of the problem.
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    Great Leadership

  • The Truth Doesn’t Have to Hurt

    Dan McCarthy
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Deb Bright:  Here it is the end of the year. You are feeling pretty good about how things are going in general but you have trepidations about giving some people their annual review. As you probably appreciate, you are not alone. In fact your boss likely feels the same way about giving you your annual review. For everyone knows and expects that at least some negatives will come up during their review session. Only the masochists among us look forward to being put on the carpet for things they have done wrong over the year!  Let’s face it, just about everyone hates…
  • Your Leadership Legacy is About the People you Leave Behind

    Dan McCarthy
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    When leaving a leadership legacy, you should think more about the people you leave behind, rather than the products and services you leave behind. After all, products and services come and go. It is the people that will keep the company moving forward toward its vision.For more on why and how, read Beth Armknecht Miller's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership.
  • Help Wanted: Manager. 5-10 Years of Experience Required.

    Dan McCarthy
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s hard to land a management position when you don’t have the title “manager” on your resume, or be able to provide specific examples of your management experience.So what’s an aspiring manager to do without holding formal management positions? Plenty! If you are interested in becoming a manager, read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 5 ways to get management experience without being a manager.
  • Engaging Your Team in Three Steps

    Dan McCarthy
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Chris Ruisi:Achieving collective employee engagement is a challenge for most companies, especially in today’s delicate economy. It’s crucial for business leaders to engage their workers in order to prosper. What is an engaged employee? This team member is fully invested and enthusiastic in their work because they identify with the company’s overall vision and feel their job responsibilities contribute to the company goals. They are dedicated to their specific role, which allows them to work toward the success of the company as well as their individual success. Creating a…
  • A Succession Planning Template

    Dan McCarthy
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Succession planning is critical in order to ensure the long-term success of any organization. See my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for a template that contains all of the most common data elements of a good succession plan.
 
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  • As a leader, how much of a project’s success can you influence?

    Mike Figliuolo
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: As a leader, how much of a project’s success or failure can you influence? – I can affect every aspect of a project, and I’m a big factor in its success or failure: 17.28% – I can affect many aspects of a project’s success, but some are out of my […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • The True Value in Walking Away from Money

    Mike Figliuolo
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:12 pm
    I have been in my share of uncomfortable situations where all the choices before me were painful ones. As much as I would have liked to have punted on the decision, I was the leader and I had to make the choice. Those uncomfortable moments were and continue to be perfect times to rely on […] 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 You Can Get Off the Career Treadmill

    Mike Figliuolo
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Kerry Preston and Kim Zoller, the co-authors of Enhancing Your Executive Edge (CLICK HERE to get your copy). We recently worked with a male executive in the fast moving consumer goods space who made a decision to change his career direction. His name is Bob. He had been working in a […] 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 much of your team’s work is a waste of time?

    Mike Figliuolo
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How much of your team’s work is irrelevant or a waste of time/efficiency? – Less than 5%: 15.5% – 6% to 15%: 33.04% – 16% to 25%: 31.14% – 26% or more: 20.32% Stop doing stupid stuff. More than 50% of you believe you’re wasting more than 15% of your […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • A Balanced Life is Achievable – if You Work at it

    Mike Figliuolo
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:08 pm
    I had a heart attack. Wait.  Calm down.  Not another heart attack.  Geez.  Relax. I had a heart attack almost a year ago to the day.  I never saw it coming.  I was a healthy (so I thought), energetic entrepreneur running a great business. Sure I had stress in my life.  Tons of it.  Still […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • NOT WHAT YOU HAVE BUT WHAT YOU DO WITH IT

    William Matthies
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    "Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them."Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte, French generalYou can have intelligence, education, experience, personality, wealth, etc., but if you don't do something with it there is no value.
  • THE MANY OF US

    William Matthies
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    "A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him."William James (1842-1910) American philosopher/psychologistAppropriate to remember in this time of social networking that we are as many versions of ourselves as there are people passing judgement on who we are.And they do that based on what we say and do.Best to think about what you say and do before you say and do it.
  • TAKING CHARGE OF YOU

    William Matthies
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    "Self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward."Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American speaker/motivational writerA VERY underrated personality quality.Get your education, have your work experience, but if you don't have self-discipline much of what you do have is wasted.
  • I DON'T KNOW BUT I'LL FIND OUT

    William Matthies
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    "It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient."Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist/lecturerTrue, but as difficult and inconvenient as it may be, how can you expect others to know you until you know yourself?
  • ONE (CAN BE) THE LONELIEST NUMBER THAT YOU'LL EVER DO

    William Matthies
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    "To be no part of any body, is to be nothing."John Donne (1572-1632) English poetThis figures to come from the "No man is an island" man, however don't let that diminish his message.It's good to be independent, just not to the point of failing to recognize when it's not.
 
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    Mitch's Blog

  • Measuring Levels Of Competence

    Mitch Mitchell
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    In a 5-hour period the other day I put together two things. The first was a kerosene heater. It was more complicated than I expected it to be. Once you put it together you’re supposed to take it outside, fill it up, let it sit for an hour for the wick to get nice and moistened, then turn this knob until it elevates the wick to its highest level, push this button to ignite it, and it lights and starts warming things up. The heater Problem is it didn’t work. Nothing’s happening, even after I changed the batteries on the starter. Truthfully, I’m assuming I’ve put…
  • How Easily Do You Trust Others?

    Mitch Mitchell
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about some of the crazy things some people do. Dru! via Compfight Suffice it to say, there’s a lot of things I don’t take chances on because, well, life is tough enough. Sure, there are people who get on rollercoasters and that might be a bit too extreme for me; if I can’t control it, I’m probably not doing it. But there are some people who do some truly extreme things. There are people who climb mountains and will hang in the air while using grapples. There are people who climb these mountains only to jump off them…
  • Will They Understand?

    Mitch Mitchell
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    I’ve got a story for you. Many years ago I was on a consulting assignment that had been going really well. I was having a lot of fun and a lot of success; we were all getting things done in a miraculous and positive way. alist via Compfight One day a new CFO showed up and decided he wanted to change things up. He stated that before I could make any changes to anything he needed to review everything first. Knowing how busy CFOs are, and questioning his knowledge about what I did internally, I suddenly worried that things were going to get backlogged and that it would destroy the…
  • Are You An Elitist Leader?

    Mitch Mitchell
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    One of the things about being an independent consultant is that I get to work with a lot of different entities. That also means I get to see what leadership is like in many places; unfortunately, it’s often not all that great. Durotriges via Compfight Whenever I’ve been brought into a place where I’m going to be an interim leader, I like to try to make sure everyone knows who I am and what I do. I don’t just mean the people who will be reporting to me, because if they don’t know who I am then I’ve already lost. I mean everyone; housekeeping, IT,…
  • Of Course You Should Be Trying To Live Your Life To The Fullest

    Mitch Mitchell
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    I recently came across a blog post recommended by someone I’ve known for a long time on social media. The title of the post was 5 Reasons Why Living Your Life to The Fullest is Wrong Advice. Koshy Koshy via Compfight In the post, the writer said that people have been given incorrect advice and he lists 5 reasons why he believes it’s bad advice. He also gives 3 ways people should think about living that he believes are better. What’s funny is that I don’t disagree with his 5 reasons at all. What I disagree with is the conclusion he came to based on those reasons. I hope…
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  • Explore Longform with Writing 201

    Michelle W.
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whether you have trouble organizing your thoughts in longer pieces of writing or simply want to challenge yourself as a blogger, Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post can help. What is Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post? Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post is a four-week course to help those beginning to explore longform writing (or who are frustrated…
  • Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

    Ben Huberman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats. While conceived with nonfiction writers in mind, fiction writers (we know you’re out there, NaNoWriMo participants!) could find both courses just as useful. Which ebook should you choose? Writing 101: Build a Blogging Habit…
  • Emoji Everywhere 🎃

    Marcus Kazmierczak
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Emoji? What are they? “Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like , every emoji has its own letter. Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence. Today we’re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across WordPress.com — 872 to be exact. Do they look familiar? That’s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set,…
  • New Themes: Editor and Sequential

    David A. Kennedy
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today, we have two new free themes ready for you! Editor Meet Editor, a new addition to our theme collection designed by Mike McAlister at Array. Geared toward personal bloggers and photo bloggers, Editor features big typography and images and a tab-based sidebar with a spot for featured posts, a site logo, and a social links menu. Editor makes it easy to put a personal stamp on your site or blog. Learn more about the free Editor theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sequential Crafted by Thomas Guillot, Sequential is a contemporary, clean, and…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 8

    Mike Dang
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    We’re back with a new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. 1. Books for the Broken-Hearted Hannah Richell Hannah Richell’s husband Matt was killed in a surfing accident in July. In a recent post, Richell writes about finding comfort in reading words written by people who have also experienced the shock of losing a loved one — people like Joan Didion, C.S. Lewis, and Cheryl Strayed. 2. The Shame of Poor Teeth in a Rich World Sarah Smarsh, Aeon An essay about growing up poor in America, and the role of teeth as a class signifier. 3. Giving Up the Ghost…
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 13 Football Pool!!

    Merrill Dubrow
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Congratulations to Harold D who won week 11 of the football pool and will get a $25 American Express gift card. For winning the week, Harold joins: Colleen Nelson and her two entries, Chanttel Allen, Ken Troupe, Scott Waller, Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe, Lynn Stallone, 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 during week 17 for an opportunity to win…
  • Who is the Greatest Stand-Up Comic of All Time?

    Merrill Dubrow
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    A few weeks ago, I was reading a very interesting article that I thought I would share. Growing up in Boston, I absolutely loved stand-up comedy. A.B., G.S. and R.Z. and I would often go to shows together and we were very fortunate because Boston had some of the best stand-up comics around. Here is Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Up Comics” list. Please take a look and let me know your thoughts: I must admit, I was a little surprised that Robin Williams (13) wasn’t higher on the list. I have seen Roseanne Barr and Eddie Murphy live and personally, I don’t think I…
  • How Well Do You Know the President of the United States?

    Merrill Dubrow
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    Time to take a quick and fun quiz about Barack Obama. How well do you know the President of the United States? PS – As usual the quiz will be timed so no need to get help from your friends or the internet Click Here to Take The Quiz.
  • Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 12 Football Pool!!

    Merrill Dubrow
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Congratulations to Colleen Nelson who won week 10 of the football pool and will get a $25 American Express gift card. Colleen also won week 4 and is the first double winner this year! For winning the week, Colleen and her two entries join: Chanttel Allen, Ken Troupe, Scott Waller, Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe, Lynn Stallone, 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…
  • Attention Female NFL Fans…Who is Your Favorite Player?

    Merrill Dubrow
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    Last week, I saw this map and I thought it was pretty cool. Basically, inside each state is the name of the “favorite” NFL player based on female jersey sales over the course a 6 month period. For me, there were some clear and obvious ones like Tom Brady in Massachusettes or Peyton Manning in Colorado. But Andrew Luck in Oregon was surprising to me and I was stunned that Russell Wilson had the most states with 4! So, I ask you: What surprises you about this map? Ladies: In which state do you live and who is your favorite NFL player? Men: In which state do you live and who is your…
 
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    Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

  • Don’t Ignore Customer Complaints

    John Hunter
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I find Paul Graham’s ideas very useful. I disagree with his recent tweet though. Update: See note at bottom of the post – Paul tweeted that his original tweet was wrong. Base your assessment of the merit of an idea on the actual merit of the idea, not the category you place the person in that is expressing the idea. His reply tweet addresses the problem with the first one in a very specific case. But you have “bugs” that are part of your management system, “policies,” products or services. Few customers will bother to voice those problems. Rather than…
  • Attracting Members and Volunteers to Professional Organizations

    John Hunter
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    This month Bill Troy, ASQ CEO, asked ASQ Influential Voices bloggers to explore recruiting members and volunteers amid a changing landscape. In most ways the answer is the same as any large question on directing an organization. We must figure out the value we wish to offer that is in demand and provide it in a package people desire. As part of that we need to continually focus on the customer and adjust to their changing desires and the changing realities of the marketplace. Organizations frequently get attached to their ways of doing things and fail to adapt to changing conditions. I have…
  • 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…
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Using SWOT During Times of Economic Uncertainty

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Tough times require tough decisions. During times of economic uncertainty, strategy refinement and execution need to become the top priority for business leaders. How to start? Begin by doing a SWOT Analysis. SWOT is a strategic planning tool used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in your business. The aim of any SWOT analysis is to identify the key internal and external factors that are important to achieving your strategy. SWOT analysis groups key pieces of information into two main categories: Internal factors - The strengths and weaknesses…
  • 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…
 
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: What If People Don’t Want to Be Coached?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    What if people don’t want to be coached? Check out this episode of Remarkable TV for tips and ideas to coach the “uncoachable”… In a recent Coaching workshop I was asked – what do you do if the person doesn’t want to be coached?  It is a good question, and one deceptive in its depth.  […] The post Remarkable TV: What If People Don’t Want to Be Coached? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • What Leaders Can Learn From . . . Homemade Bread?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    This post is written to celebrate Homemade Bread Day, and while it may seem strange to connect homemade bread and leadership, please get past the quirkiness and follow along. I believe there are powerful points that follow, even if you aren’t (gasp!) a fan of homemade bread. As I made notes to create this article, […] The post What Leaders Can Learn From . . . Homemade Bread? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Five Reasons Remote Leaders are Frustrated, Floundering and Afraid

    Kevin Eikenberry
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I lead a remote team, and that we have begun offering some services for leaders in that situation. (Here are a couple of posts of note – here, and here, and here – in video). Recently my collaborator on some of this […] The post Five Reasons Remote Leaders are Frustrated, Floundering and Afraid appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Leadership Tripod

    Kevin Eikenberry
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you want to lead more effectively, you need a leadership tripod. Check out today’s Remarkable TV episode to hear what I mean… Want to lead more effectively? Keep a balanced perspective regarding your team and organization and yourself. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It!) You can learn more about the Leading at the Next Level workshops here. […] The post Remarkable TV: Leadership Tripod appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • A Boy, Ping Pong Balls, and Why it Matters to You

    Kevin Eikenberry
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Before you read, do yourself a favor and watch this video. Why did I want you to watch a boy doing amazing things with ping pong balls, plastic cups and household items? Because this video, in less than four minutes, illustrates a number of important points about learning. More than just “points” though, these are […] The post A Boy, Ping Pong Balls, and Why it Matters to You appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    Survival Leadership

  • Innovator's Method: Post #7--Conclusion

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Conclusion. Evidence—it works. Intuit increased its revenues tenfold using experimentation and rapid prototyping. Regeneron (biotech) reduces go-to- market for pharma from $4.3 B to $.07 B—18% of the usual cost. Increase the number of experiments if you want to get more ideas to market faster. Business schools don’t have courses on product development, but business should be about “creating a customer” (Drucker). Bottom line: If you have high certainty, write a business plan, but if you’re in uncertain times or industry, become an innovator and experiment like hell!
  • Innovator's Method: Post #6--Innovative Companies

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Innovative Companies: Research on Forbes list of most innovative companies—authors established several categories:--Established corps that maintain innovation—Amazon, Salesforce, Google, Valve Software, Starbucks, W.L. Gore, IDEO. --Established corps that reignite innovation—Intuit, Unilever, P&G, AT&T.--And, start-up innovators—Rent the Runway, Qualitics, Motive Communications.
  • Innovator's Model: Post #5--Four Steps

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Innovator’s Method. Engineering uses “design thinking.” Entrepreneurship uses “lean start up.” Computer Science uses “agile software.” Authors synthesized these models and came up with “innovator’s method”: Insight-Problem-Solution-Business Model. a.    Step 1: Insight. ”Savor Surprises.” Associative thinking combines things that don’t usually go together to create something new. Creativity is connecting things. Triggering new ideas (from Innovator’s DNA): Observe, Network, Experiment, and Ask Questions to get to Associative…
  • Innovator's Model: Post #4--Different Models

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    Different Models. Certain and uncertain markets require different models to succeed. Mature companies want to make a better, cheaper, more efficient product. High uncertainty problems require a faster, more adaptive model born from experiments rather than a business plan.
  • Innovator's Method: Post #3--Case Study

    5 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    Case Study. Rent the Runway—Jennifer Hyman, Harvard MBA student. What to wear to a formal event? Women do not want to be seen in same dress, but can’t afford to buy designer dresses. Would the Netflix model work for renting formal, designer dresses? In the past, when markets were more certain, people wrote business plans. Now—with uncertainty—answering key questions with experiments gets us to market sooner and cheaper. Three questions and experiments used: Experiment #1—Will women rent and return the dresses? #2—Will they rent a dress they can’t try on—as seen only on the…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Alice’s Emerging SA Pro Journey: #NASPA14R1

    nope
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Let’s talk about the NASPA Region I Conference, OBVIOUSLY.   So, for those of you who don’t know (which, if you don’t, you should definitely look into it… http://www.naspa.org/about Check it out.), NASPA is a (recently re-named so the acronym no longer makes sense) Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education professional organization. It is a global organization “comprised of 13,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories. ” Region I serves New England, eastern Canada, and western Europe. This year, the Region 1 conference…
  • From Getting Them There, to Making Them Care

    nope
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Free food, raffle prizes and giveaways are all common strategies that student affairs professionals use to entice students to attend programs and events on campus. Although this method of bribery is usually an efficient way to draw large numbers of students to events, its’ overall purpose is ineffective if students are not engaged once you have them as a captive audience.As a student affairs practitioner and Generation Y (born in the early 1980s-2000s) graduate student, I have the fluidity to understand the purpose of programming on campus as it relates to retention and progression, yet…
  • Getting Ahead With Students in Mind

    nope
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Photo from UCSB Graduate Students Association: http://ucsbgsa.org/2010/02/graduate-student-support-network-4/   I am a futuristic thinker. More often than not, if my mind wanders during a period of silence in my day, I think about what I need to accomplish for my next student meeting, what I have in my refrigerator to make for dinner that night, or when I am going to get a post-work run into my schedule that week. I don’t remember always thinking this way; as a college student, I felt much more grounded in the here-and-now, and was even sometimes behind the curve as I spent way too…
  • #MenInSA – The Melting Pot of Masculinity

    nope
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    What does it mean to be a man? This is a constant question, not just for college men still forming who they are at their core, but also for researchers, parents, and college administrators. Is there one answer, one definition of masculinity, or is a person’s gender identity and expression one that is fluid, defined by that person, a post-modern “what you believe is right” answer? It would appear that the latter is becoming the more accepted answer on campus, but what consequences does this have for men on campus and in life? And, if the former is accepted, what culture provides the…
  • #SACareer – 5 Winter Break Bucket List Ideas for Students

    nope
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
      The chaos of spring registration and the frantic buzz among students about upcoming final exams symbolizes that winter break is right around the corner. This is the time of the semester students are daydreaming of  their winter break bucket list, which typically includes eating home cooked meals, cleaning laundry, watching their favorite shows for hours on Netflix, and spending time with family. Although winter break is an important time to decompress, regroup and relax, it is also an opportunity for students to spend time on some things they have kept at the bottom of their to-do…
 
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    Management Skills Blog

  • Forbidden Relationship

    Tom Foster
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:16 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Question: You talk about the manager once removed, the manager’s manager. That’s me. You say that I should have a mentoring relationship with the team two levels below. Our company has a policy that if I need to communicate with that team, I am required to go through their manager. It’s almost a forbidden relationship. Response: It’s an unfortunate policy. As the manager once removed, there is a required relationship with the team two levels of work below. Now, it’s not an accountability relationship. It is a mentoring…
  • Does Increasing the Number of Projects Impact Level of Work?

    Tom Foster
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:48 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Question: You seem to base level of work on time span. But can’t the level of work also be defined by the number of simultaneous projects? It seems odd that doing (1) six month project is the same level of work as doing (3) six-month projects, at the same time. The time span is still six months, but juggling three projects seems more complex than executing one project? Response: Yes, the number of simultaneous projects does impact the level of work, but not in the way you might think. In your example of the project manager, who effectively executes (1)…
  • Hidden Power of Delegation

    Tom Foster
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:58 am
    “So, how much time do you want to save?” I asked again. “It’s going to take me an hour to complete the task. If I can delegate it, it will save me one hour. That’s how much time I want to save,” Roger replied. “Pittance,” I said. “Pittance?” Roger didn’t understand. “If all you are going to save is one hour, then you should complete the task yourself.” Roger sat upright, a little surprised. “But, I am supposed to delegate more. My manager has been encouraging me for the past year to delegate more. Now, you are…
  • Running Out of Gas

    Tom Foster
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:09 am
    “I know,” Roger replied. “The reason I don’t delegate more is that I don’t have time to teach the skills in the task. If I stop to teach, the ordeal will take 45 minutes and I will still have to do the work over, anyway. If I just do it myself, I can finish the task in 15 minutes and get on to the next thing.” “Roger, the last time you took a road trip, did you run out of gas?” I asked. “Well, no, of course not,” he chuckled. “But, you were excited about getting on the road, likely in a hurry to get to your destination. Why did…
  • The Problem with Delegation

    Tom Foster
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:28 am
    “How much time do you want to save?” I asked. “I want to delegate this project because my manager told me that I needed to delegate more to my team,” Roger explained. “Why does your manager want you to delegate more?” “He thinks, and I agree, that I have too much on my plate. I work too many hours and many things don’t get finished. My manager thinks if I delegate some of my projects, that more things will get finished.” “So, what’s stopping you from delegating more often?” I wanted to know. “The things I have to do…
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    The Enlightened Manager

  • When Small Companies Get Big

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

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    “Go ahead Cheri.” I clutched my notebook to my chest like a shield. My black leatherette portfolio held two new pens, a yellow legal pad, and my notes from two weeks of meticulous preparation. It was my first day as a management coach, and I was determined to make a good first impression.   Mark (not his real name) was a healthcare practice manager, three months into the job. Prior to this promotion he’d been an exemplary nurse, and his background as a Marine made him a natural leader in times of crisis. But his civilian employees didn’t trust him, didn’t really like him in fact,…
  • Turn Into the Skid

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    When I was fifteen and learning how to drive, I hit a patch of ice and started to slide off the road. My Dad’s voice was calm and steady. “Turn into the skid, Cheri.” It worked.  I turned my wheels in the direction that I was sliding and felt the car come back under my control.  Once my heart stopped pounding, I stopped the car and turned to him. “I wanted to turn away from the skid.”  He nodded. “It’s instinct to turn away. But it’s usually the wrong thing to do.” His advice came back to me this week as I’ve been wrestling with…
  • Don’t Be Too Positive

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

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

  • Next Generation Board Member – New Normal, New Competencies

    Tracy Houston
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Traditionally, what makes someone qualified for a board seat is experience, knowledge, and skill. But the business climate in the 21st century has been changing. Three changes that board members need to understand today include: 1. Knowledge Knowledge is universally available and can rapidly become obsolete. 2. Uncertainty The business climate is one of increasing uncertainty and risk. 3. Business environment The business environment, itself, is more global and diverse than ever. Those that have been tested in the fires of disruption and transition show a capability for value creation in…
  • Are You Building Your Business Based on Relationships?

    Toni Nelson
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Are you building your business based on relationships? We all have relationships with various people we come in contact with. For example, you have a relationship with the person who cuts your hair. They know what you want and the way you  want it. That’s a relationship. In your business, you must also build relationships. Relationships where your clients can trust that you will deliver on your products and services. Relationship marketing is targeted at building strong and lasting relationships with your customers/clients. Here are three steps for strategically building business…
  • Sponsored Video: Recognizing People Who Help You Overcome Business Struggles

    Susan Gunelius
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    In the United States, November is a month of giving thanks, particularly on Thanksgiving Day, and giving thanks should extend to your business, too. No matter where you live or do business, it’s the perfect time to reflect on your business struggles over the past year and recognize the people who helped you overcome those struggles. Following are six groups of people who have undoubtedly helped you and your business be more successful this year. Take the time to show your appreciation! 1. Anyone and Everyone Think about everyone you’ve come into contact with this year. Anyone could give…
  • A 7 Step Marketing Plan That Absolutely Works

    Rosemary Nonny Knight
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Setting up your business to make sales can sometimes feel a bit like a ‘hit or miss’ event. It does not have to be quite so complicated. What if you had a system that worked and worked and worked? Let me give you a simple marketing plan that you can use to double your business within the next 12 months and start attracting a flood of ideal customers within the next 90 days. 1. Determine Who Your Best Buyer Is This is an absolutely crucial part of every marketing plan. And yet, a lot of business owners approach it the wrong way. They, instead lead with their product to everyone…
  • Cost Savings of Telecommuting Would Be Over $1 Trillion Per Year

    Susan Gunelius
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    If U.S. employees with compatible jobs (meaning they could work from home) worked remotely for just half the year, the national savings would be greater than $700 billion according to a new infographic from Sure Payroll (below). The Monetary Benefit of Telecommuting to the Nation But what if those employees worked from home all the time? That cost savings would double to over $1.4 trillion per year! National productivity would increase by 10 million man-years which equates to $540 billion worth of work! The country’s use of foreign oil would also drop. Oil savings would equal more than…
 
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    NinaSimosko.com

  • Is the Digital Age Over and, If So, What “Age” are We in Now?

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

    Nina
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Study after study has shown that diversity in the workplace has significant impacts on an organization’s employee morale, productivity and profitability. Yet, at the same time, we continue to see upstream challenges to the participation of women in those industries responsible for driving innovation in the economy. Just look at the percentage of women employees in tech companies –  women make up no more than 20% of the tech workforce at Apple, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter. With this in mind, in early 2014, Google undertook a study of their own. The aim was to…
  • Putting a STEM in STEM for Women

    Nina
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    We often look at the world of tech startups through rose colored glasses. After all, these companies are the future IBMs, Oracles and SAPs – long-lived, large scale organizations that have generated not just large returns for shareholders, but massive value for customers, employees and partners. Yet despite their obvious focus on future value building and innovation, startup tech companies have a startlingly poor record when it comes to hiring women. Ann Hoang from STEMINIST explains: Women make up less than 40 percent of the workforce at Apple, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo and…
  • Are You CEO Ready? Start with a Principle not an Idea

    Nina
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Each year Inc. carries out research with some of the nation’s top private company CEOs focusing on the areas of business launch, growth and innovation. It provides a fascinating snapshot into the lives of the people behind these fast-growth companies. And for aspiring leaders, it reveals just how hard, and how much hard work, being a CEO can be. Be sure to take some time to read through all areas of the report. The sections on social media use, focus in innovation and leadership potential provide plenty of food for thought. But I’d like to focus on the first section – what does that…
  • Closing the Gap-Statistics, Perceptions and Futures for Women in the Workplace

    Nina
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Gender equality in the workplace has been a topic that I have followed with great interest for some time. Looking around the world, we can now see many women who have smashed through the glass ceiling to be recognized as leaders on a world stage. Just think of Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, and Janet Yellen, Governor of the Federal Reserve to name a few. But its not just at the top echelons of global leadership where women are having an impact. Young working women these days are making more money relative to men of the…
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    The Glass Hammer

  • To Be, or Not to Be Social: Is participating in social media good for your career?

    No Byline
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rebecca Caum The power of social media lies in its ability to deliver information with unprecedented speed to a global audience. Like most kinds of power, the inherent risks are congruent with the potential benefits. We have all figured out how to avoid the most common mistakes: set your drinks aside, don’t post your political views, and leave all things private as just that—private. But, what about using social media at work—is being social becoming as important of an asset for America’s top CEOs as reading a balance sheet? Can being social online or having a blog actually advance…
  • Getting Back to Work After a Break: 10 Things You Need to Know to Return to the Workplace

    No Byline
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Cathie Ericson “The Opt Out Generation Wants Back In” heralded the headline of a 2013 New York Times article about women who had taken a career break and then subsequently desired to re-enter the workforce. The story itself, however, painted a rather bleak picture of these women’s futures. And while no one claims that finding the right fit is easy, there are ways women can prepare themselves for transitioning back to the workforce. We spoke with iRelaunch.com cofounder Carol Fishman Cohen and Michelle Friedman, an executive coach who has worked with iRelaunch as well as many…
  • Know Your Goal and Know Your Role: Connecting the Dots to Success

    No Byline
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Guest Contribution By Danielle Tate, CEO of MissNowMrs.com Do you know what your goal is? Is it happiness, independence, wealth or a combination of those things? The key to success is knowing your specific goal and the steps to achieving it. Waking up each morning with your goal burning in your brain will help you steer your day and life towards its achievement. It is important to note that you don’t have to be entirely responsible for your path to success, you simply need to identify the dots that connect you from where you are now to where you want to be. Things like education and mentors…
  • What Drives Male Diversity Champions

    No Byline
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Melissa J. Anderson Even today in 2014, the vast majority of leadership in industries like the physical sciences or financial services is made up of men, which, can create a self-fulfilling prophecy of “think leader, think male” since men and also women hold firm stereotypes around which gender assigned traits make good leadership traits. Leaders, in many cases, are viewed as “decisive” or “aggressive” or a number of other traits often associated with men. Leaders are not usually described as “inclusive” or “nurturing” or other traits generally associated with women.
  • Voice of Experience: Amanda Tepper, CEO of Chestnut Advisory Group

    No Byline
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Cathie Ericson Fresh out of college, Amanda Tepper, currently a financial industry leader as founder and CEO of Chestnut Advisory Group, set her sights on a career in the radio industry. “And then one night, as I stood on stage introducing Ozzy Osbourne, I realized it was not for me. Time to get off the ‘Crazy Train’,” she says. That wakeup call sent Tepper to the career networking office at her alma mater, Brown University, where she found a job on Wall Street at Mabon, Nugent & Co — and she has never looked back. Moving Up, Up, Up… With her position on the syndicated…
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Video] Is There Such Thing as a Bad Culture: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Is There Such Thing as a Bad Culture?”We often think in the business arena of cultures being good or bad, and the good ones are reinforced through workshops that you can attend and books that you can read. But truthfully, there are no inherently good or bad cultures.What we do know is that cultures that are well aligned, meaning well-understood and supported by systems and processes that allow for the maintenance and health of that particular unique culture. Those are cultures that are high…
  • [Video] What’s the Best Way to Create a Culture of Accountability: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What's the Best Way to Create a Culture of Accountability?”When organizations are looking to create a culture of accountability, it's really critical to understand how their people are wired. So are your people wired to take personal responsibility? Take individual responsibility? Are they more wired to rely on systems and processes and colleagues to support success? That's an example of a question that you need to look at as an organization (when you're looking to create a culture of…
  • [Video] How Do Perks Relate to Culture: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Do Perks Relate to Culture?”We often think of things like having a foosball table in the break room, having great snacks in the kitchen, getting extra days off to go skiing or on vacation as culture - but those aren't culture, those are perks of culture. Those are driven by who you are as an organization.Culture is the set of core values that make up how you do things in your company. And the offshoot of that can be things like how we entertain our employees, or how we reward great performance.
  • [Webinar Announcement] Culture Intelligence: Be Smart, Measure and Leverage Your Culture

    RoundPegg
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    During this hour-long webinar, Point B’s Seth Rosenbloom and RoundPegg’s Dr. Natalie Baumgartner will describe how culture can be measured to create culture intelligence, informing every step a leader takes to manage and transform their organization.Most leaders know that culture is a key asset critical not only in attracting and retaining talent, but also in bringing people together to tackle the toughest challenges and biggest opportunities their enterprise faces. Corporate culture is a critical predictor of how companies function, from employee satisfaction and retention to…
  • [Video] How Do You Align the Employment Brand With the Consumer Brand: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Do You Align the Employment Brand With the Consumer Brand?”Aligning your employment brand with your consumer brand is really important. You need to be one thing to all people. It's not okay to have an internal culture that is highly discrepant from the brand that you represent to your consumers.It's important to understand who you are, how your people are wired, what's core to who you are as an organization, what are your most importantly and commonly held values - and use those to drive not…
 
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    Rich Gee Group

  • The Most Important Thing You Should Do In The Shower.

    richgeegroup
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    My 13-year-old son hit me with a blinding insight the other day. “Dad, why are you so happy when I get home? I’m tired from school and practice and you’re all excited when I walk through the door!” After I stopped laughing, we sat down, I reflected and told him, “I love my life.” “I love you, your Mom and your brother at college. We’re healthy, we have a roof over our heads, we’re never hungry, and I love what I do for a living.” I added, “We have lots of friends and our families are doing just fine. And the best part?
  • Ask Rich Gee: Career Questions From Quora.

    richgeegroup
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    Frequently, I am asked questions from people within the website Quora — I try my best to answer most — but candidly, there are too many. Here are some of my best answers to great questions concerning people’s careers: What is more difficult in the long run, working for a company or running your own business? Both are difficult and rewarding in their own ways: Company - you have a boss to keep happy, you have set work hours, you get a regular paycheck, you get a paid location to work at, you get benefits, and you also get jerk bosses, the chance to lose your job instantly, cancelled…
  • GardenFork & Rich Gee Again!

    richgeegroup
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Once again, Eric Rochow from the world-class podcast GardenFork TV has asked me to ‘co-host’ an episode with him! We talk about my new IKEA standing desk, Mowers vs. Tractors, and Time Management! If you want to hear our great stories, insightful information, and some funny banter, CLICK HERE! P.S. If you want to learn more about how to build the standing desk I built, CLICK HERE! The post GardenFork & Rich Gee Again! appeared first on Rich Gee Group.
  • Build The Best Standing Desk For Your Office.

    richgeegroup
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    When I first started working in retail many years ago, our job demanded we stand eight hours a day — Bloomingdales, Koenig’s, Caldors, The Video Station, Waldenbooks — they all had us standing and walking around the store. And I never complained. Then I got into the ‘big time’ and for the the next 15-20 years, worked in corporate at a desk. When I started coaching, I built a huge desk out of birch plywood — it was beautiful — but I still sat for most of the day. Lately, I’ve been reading about the healthy aspects of standing desks and learned about all the…
  • 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…
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    Inside Personal Growth

  • Podcast 493: Power UP, Transform Your Life and Health in 14 Days with Howard Koseff, MD and Lauri Koseff

    Greg Voisen
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Lets face it there is a health and nutrition revolution going on in our country, or is there?  If you look at the statistics in the media it does not seem like we are making great progress.  So what is the secret?  How can we improve our health, and vitality? In my recent interview with Howard Koseff MD and his wife Lauri Koseff we discuss the techniques and plan outlined in their new book entitled ” Power UP, Transform Your Life and Health in 14 Days.”  It is really quite simple, no major detox plans just plain old whole foods loaded with nutrient rich green vegetables, and…
  • Podcast 492: YOU A Spiritual Being on A Spiritual Journey with Indira Dominguez

    Greg Voisen
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    We have all heard the saying that “we are spiritual  beings having a human experience”, and I truly believe this is the case.  If this is not the case then what is our bigger purpose for being on this planet? I recently had the honor of interviewing Indira Dominguez the author of a new book entitled ” YOU, A Spiritual Being on a Spiritual Journey“.  In our dialogue together we discuss the elements of getting our “out of our mind” and that we are not our minds.  Indira guides her readers into a new dimension and paradigm shift about how to access an…
  • Podcast 491: Build the Strength Within with Dr. Deborah Carlin

    Greg Voisen
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    We are all attempting to improve our lives, while having a more fulfilling personal and professional life.  We all experience peaks and valleys, that seem like a rollercoaster ride at times.   I am always excited  interviewing new authors who have spent much of their lives not only living in the peaks and valley, but finding ways to make life more fulfilling. In my interview with Dr. Deb Carlin the author of “Build the Strength Within” we explore ways that she has found over the years with working together with her patients to create more exciting and fulfilling lives.
  • Podcast 490: Reinventing You with Dorie Clark

    Greg Voisen
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Our world is moving a very rapid pace, at least that what is seems like to me.  If you have these same feelings and are wondering if your current career is not as fulfilling as it once was then you might want to pay attention to my interview with author Dorie Clark.  Dorie has authored a new book entitled ” Reinventing You-Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future.” In my interview with Dorie we discuss not only the “how” of reinventing yourself, but also the “why” you would consider reinvention.  To succeed in today’s competitive job market and build…
  • Podcast 489: Selling with Noble Purpose with Lisa Earle McLeod

    Greg Voisen
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    If all salespeople would follow the philosophy of Lisa Earle McLeod the author of “Selling with Noble Purpose” our world would be a better place.  Let’s face it we are all consumers of goods and services, and much of the time we are interacting with salespeople to purchase  goods and services.   We all have our horror stories of incredibly bad or dishonest salespeople, and it is never pleasant. Lisa’s approach is so refreshing and needed in our world of commerce today.  As Lisa states ” Our deepest desire is to make a difference in the world–and our…
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    First Friday Book Synopsis

  • Until There are More Women in Positions of Leadership and Influence… – More Reflections Prompted by Lean In

    Randy Mayeux
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    {I presented my synopsis of Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg yesterday at the Urban Engagement Book Club, sponsored by CitySquare. This book club deals with issues of social justice, poverty, equality. Lean In was a good choice. This post is prompted by the after-synopsis discussion}. Even in places where equality seems to be taken seriously, […]
  • Lin O’Neill Speaks at December 5 Book Synopsis

    kjkrayer
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:47 pm
    We are excited about our guest speaker at the December 5 First Friday Book Synopsis.  Substituting for me will be Lin O’Neill, who has presented at our synopsis several times.   Lin is an effective and innovative consultant, trainer, speaker and coach with significant experience in strategy development and implementation, entrepreneurship, transition planning, cross-functional teams, […]
  • Six Questions to Discuss with Your Leadership Team – Prompted by This Era of Perpetual Innovation

    Randy Mayeux
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    Sometimes, you just need to pull your team aside for a good discussion… So, I was asked to help come up with some discussion questions about this era of perpetual innovation. These might be useful for any leadership team “let’s think about things” discussion. #1 – How have our personal lives changed because of new technology? […]
  • The News is Filled with Stories of Incivility, and Worse – A Sad Reminder from M. Scott Peck

    Randy Mayeux
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I wish to resurrect and redefine the meaning of civility. This is necessary for the healing of our society. What is civility? Politeness and good manners are designed to avoid hurting people’s feelings. But I began to arrive at a better definition of civility… Genuine civility is in part consciously motivated organizational behavior… It seems […]
  • A Short Update about our Monthly Event, the First Friday Book Synopsis, and our 15minutebusinessbooks site

    Randy Mayeux
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Just a short update about our monthly event, the First Friday book Synopsis. Karl Krayer and I have presented our book synopses at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas every month since April, 1998. 24 books a year, over 16 years. We read business books, create multi-page comprehensive handouts, and then present our 15-17 […]
 
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  • 5 Minutes to Stress Relief -- eBook (Usually $14.99) FREE for a limited time!

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Stress has three main fuels: worry, fear, and doubt. They act like little serpents that crawl into the lap of your life and wreak havoc emotionally, spiritually, and physically.But you have the ability to identify and dismiss these serpents that are trying to hinder your ability to maintain inner calm, clarity of focus, and a motivated response to all of life.5 Minutes to Stress Relief will give you the specific skills and tools to:Identify and relieve stressAccess personal excellence in your thought life to create positive transformation in your physical, emotional, and spiritual…
  • The 1 Hour Plan For Growth - How a Single Sheet of Paper Can Take Your Business to the Next Level

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s easy to become extremely busy and yet ultimately unproductive because all you do is spin your wheels but get nowhere. To avoid that, you need to plan how to move things forward – or more accurately, you need a simple and fast planning process that works. Most planning processes are too complicated to be of much use in the real world. A better approach is to set aside one hour for developing your business growth plan and the strategy you want to use. On a single sheet of paper, you want to answer the only three questions that count when it comes to planning growth in any…
  • Disciplined Dreaming - A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    In a research project during which two hundred highly successful people were interviewed, it became clear they all considered creativity to be a critically important factor in their ongoing success. Simply put, unless you can offer something different and compelling, you won’t stand out, and the key to coming up with that distinctive edge is to be able to think creatively.SUMMARIES.COM is a concentrated business information service. Every week, subscribers are e-mailed a concise summary of a different business book. Each summary is about 8 pages long and contains the stripped-down…
  • Secrets of Power Negotiating

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Roger Dawson’s Secrets of Power Negotiating has changed the way American business thinks about negotiating. Thinking “win-win”—looking for that magical third solution in which everyone wins but nobody loses—can be a naïve and ultimately unsuccessful approach in today’s tough business environment. Power Negotiating teaches that the way you negotiate can get you everything you want and still convince the other side that they won also.Sections include:    Twenty sure-fire negotiating gambits.    How to negotiate over the…
  • Emote: Using Emotions to Make Your Message Memorable

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Surprisingly, few professional speakers and presenters understand speeches or presentations at a fundamental level. Their overly prescriptive approach actually ends up confusing the speech and the tools that are used to deliver it, instead of connecting with the essential part of speaking—that which engages listeners with the message and the emotions that go with it.By focusing on the most important aspect of communication—the transfer of emotion—Emote:Develops an emotion-driven approach that will help you deliver a powerful, effective message despite any perceived…
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    N2Growth Blog

  • The Five Strategic Rules of Leadership Clarity

    Brody Clemmer
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth In today’s leadership and strategy methodologies, leaders and organizations need to have five strategic rules of leadership clarity present in order to achieve greater outcomes of effort within their organizational designs. And, when they are successful, everyone will be able to manage complexity – the new complexities of business – without becoming complicated. The five strategic rules of leadership clarity are outlined as: Understand what others do; acknowledge their value. Identify the Poker’s…
  • Twisted Leadership

    Grant Wattie
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    By Grant Wattie President, N2Growth Australia Never in the history of mankind has there been a greater need for leadership and yet there is a massive shortage. The reason is simple. Leadership is taught in universities and courses by intellectual ‘fu – k – wits’ who talk a good game, but don’t play. Today’s model by and large teaches about leadership with fancy theories. What’s missing is the practical application of how to actually be a leader. Think about it – how stupid is that? It’s like trying to teach Roger Federer how to play tennis in a classroom. We all…
  • John Baldoni Interviewed on ESPN

    John Baldoni
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has not spoken publicly since Sept. 9. Bob Ley talks with ESPN NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt and John Baldoni, Chair of N2Growth’s Leadership Development Practice about the commissioner’s recent lack of presence. Watch the Interview
  • Being A Great Leader: How Do You Balance Career Success and Happiness?

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

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

  • Show Deference or Make a Difference?

    Page Cole
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    Deference- “respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another.” Make a Difference- “to cause a change in one’s situation, circumstances or course of action.” Is one better than the other?  More right?  More noble? Of course one is a better choice than the other.  “Which one?”, you ask.  BOTH. Being a dynamic and successful leader doesn’t mean you are always right, nor does it mean you always get your way.  The wise leader understands that there are times when he or she needs to walk their own ideas back in…
  • Put Your Phone Away And Look Up

    Leigh Steere
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    That’s what I wanted to say to several hundred people in Florida last week. They had paid to enjoy Universal Orlando, but their eyes were glued to tiny screens. Some visitors even had both hands occupied — tablet in one and selfie stick in the other. They posed in front of various attractions, held up the selfie stick, clicked, studied the tablet screen, and moved on. They never even turned around to look at the attraction thoroughly. The best details were behind them. To me, the selfie stick is a metaphor for Corporate America’s creativity dilemma. Organizations seek ways to boost…
  • 3 Connections That Propel Every Great Leader

    David Dye
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    Last week, I traveled to San Francisco to speak at a conference. I took an extra day to visit the famous California Coast Redwoods. I’d read about them and seen many pictures, but the reality of standing beside the tallest living things on the planet was astounding. If you’ve never been and you have the chance, you don’t want to miss these giants, some of which are thousands of years old. How You Grow Tall The tallest tree was the height of a 36 story building with a trunk that would take ten or twelve people to encircle. Wow! When I got back to my hotel that night, I read some…
  • 8 Reasons Why Money’s Not Worth What You Think

    Frank Sonnenberg
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    If you live for money, it’s time to get a life. The truth is, money can’t buy everything. For example, money can’t buy peace of mind, good friends, a close-knit family, work-life balance, a worry-free day, good karma, time to relax, good health, a golden anniversary, quality time with your kids, a new beginning, natural beauty, happy memories, to name just a few. Many people are actually poor because the only thing they have is money. Are you in it just for the money? Are you willing to sacrifice your dreams for more money? Some folks justify continuing in a miserable job situation by…
  • When The Right Channels Lead to Dead Ends

    Paula Kiger (Admin)
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    In the October 30th edition of Chip Shots, Leading Voices addressed the question of when internal dissatisfaction goes external. After reading that post, one of our Lead Change Group members shared a time when the only recourse seemed to be taking an issue public within the organization after multiple attempts to bring the issue to management’s attention more privately had failed. She shares: I was on an information systems project team responsible for implementing new software. The consultant from the software company was uncooperative with me, and coincidentally all of the other…
 
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    Crucial Skills

  • Tackling the Right Crucial Conversation

    Emily Hoffman
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Dear Crucial Skills, How do you respond to work colleagues who complain that management never asks our opinion? I agree it’s good to get insight from management on how and why things are the way they are. But my coworkers seem to forget there are some things administration just can’t get everyone’s viewpoint on—because a consensus would never be reached. I feel our administration does keep us in the loop as much as they can, and these childish attitudes from my coworkers are more frustrating and demoralizing than what they’re complaining about. Signed, Done with Complainers Dear…
  • Changing the System

    David Maxfield
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Dear Crucial Skills, I’m president of my church choir’s advisory council. The choir has long had a “slush fund” that is used for various choir-related expenses, but it is not administered by the advisory council. I would like to change this, but am unsure of how to approach the “owners” of the fund. These are members of the choir who make decisions on whether money can be spent without any general choir input. Recently, they denied the advisory council’s request for a small amount of money saying it was an “inappropriate” use of funds. I…
  • Kerry Patterson’s New Book: It’s Never Too Late to Be Nice

    Editor
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Looking for a great present this holiday season? Check out Kerry Patterson’s new book about how one person can make the difference in a hostile environment. An excellent gift for kids and adults alike! Order now at a special pre-release price. Book orders placed by November 15 will be guaranteed for delivery by December 23. You can also discover Kerry’s inspiration for this book in a video conversation between Kerry and the illustrator, David Habben.
  • Post Training Coaching-From Learner to Doer

    Steve Childs
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Most of us who teach Crucial Conversations love to coach our trainees. Often this happens in the classroom during the training process, but sometimes we get the opportunity to coach one-on-one after the primary learning has taken place. This can be a great opportunity for us and the trainee if we approach it correctly. There are two key steps we will explore here: encouraging the one-on-one process and the actual coaching process itself. Our goal should be to help the trainee prepare to take action in his own impending crucial conversation—transitioning from learner to doer. If you don’t…
  • What should I do if I have an entire group that is very bitter and resistant to change?

    Candace Bertotti
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:55 am
    What should I do if I have an entire group/team attending the training that is very bitter and angry with management and resistant to change? This is a great question. Let me share a few tips that may be helpful to think about. 1. If you have the opportunity to work with this group in their intact work team, I recommend engaging them in the activity on page 165 of the toolkit (page 139 of the trainer guide)—the optional Team Application for Master My Stories in Module 7. It’s probably one that they didn’t do in the Crucial Conversations class—so it will be new to them. The key…
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    Aspire-CS

  • Are you ready to do the work of being coached?

    Mary Jo Asmus
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
      If you’re thinking of working with a coach, consider them as a guide. You will be taking responsibility to actually do the work that will help you to become the best you can be. An analogy would be the sports or music coaches you’ve had. You “met” with them on a regular basis, but in order for you to get better at your craft, you also needed to practice between these meetings. It takes work on your part. In executive and leadership coaching, this means you will co-design fieldwork with your coach that will be practiced in your workplace during your coaching…
  • Collaboration: it’s not what you think it is

    Mary Jo Asmus
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    “I’m going to begin to collaborate more with the stakeholders outside of my organization – clients, cross-functional partners and others.” I asked the leader who made this statement what “collaboration” meant to him and his organization. “I see it as a way to get more buy-in into the mission of our organization and to learn a bit more about them in the bargain.” This isn’t really collaboration, a term that has become a buzzword in business and politics. True collaboration is not about what you can get from others. A continuum of interaction…
  • The “V Word”

    Mary Jo Asmus
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:56 am
      Vulnerable: Emotionally open to attack, harm, or damage. Merriam-Webster.com   We were young and old, male and female, leaders and coaches, sitting in a circle at the retreat center that houses a profound learning experience called “Presence-Based Coaching”. We were learning to learn from each other. When we started talking about vulnerability, the room quieted as our struggle to understand what it meant in our lives and work. This learning is part of a lifelong journey for those of us who yearn to make deeper connections with other people. We talked about how the word…
  • Happiness is an inside job

    Mary Jo Asmus
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
      Do you get weary and irritated at all of the attention paid to happiness these days? Research studies, blog posts, TED talks, and even entire nations studying “gross national happiness”. Bah, humbug. What does happiness have to do with leadership anyway? A lot it seems, despite my feeling peeved when yet another psychologist throws their hat in the happiness ring. Expecting your success at work to make you happy is the wrong way to think about this, according to Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc. (his TED talk is very entertaining; take a look). Shawn claims that 90% of…
  • 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…
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    All Things Workplace

  • Really: How Many Choices Do You Want?

    Steve Roesler
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    The rallying cry of sales reps, product managers and politicians is "Choices! We offer choices!" My observation?  We really don’t like having too many choices. It makes us a little nervous. Every option leads to a chance to foul something up. Heck, a lot of people are more worried about not being wrong than about being right. So, we allow our experiences and habits to narrow our options to just a couple of familiar ones. It reduces the anxiety and relieves stress. So, how do you make genuine changes faced with the siren song of habits? The first move is to re-capture your sense of…
  • Four Ways Leaders Can Impact Learning

    Steve Roesler
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    Leaders, managers, and heads of projects constantly seek ways to grow talent and make a difference in organizational success. More and more, job candidates are asking the question, "What will I learn here?" If they don't like the answer, chances are they'll keep looking. So, I began reflecting on some recent speaking and workshop experiences. Four distinct factors came to mind as I thought about the give-and-take that led to learning for all of us. I hope you'll find these useful.   Four Ways to Impact Learning Impact Curiosity: For every action there's a reaction. When we say or do…
  • What Happens When Leaders Coach?

    Steve Roesler
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    You may already have the right people to enable your company to "win"--however you define the word. A couple of years ago I was involved in designing a leadership program to develop the top talent in a global company. We created a model that used the senior management team as coaches for the structured learning activities. First we coached the coaches on how to coach; then we turned them loose. It's been the most effective learning we've experienced in nearly 30 years of leadership development and design. What's happening that works? The top leadership learns a lot about their own abilities.
  • 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…
 
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    George Ambler

  • How to Create a System for Goal Getting

    George Ambler
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    To be an effective leader you have to master both goal setting AND goal getting. Too often we focus on goal setting at the expense of goal getting. It’s one thing to set big, hairy and audacious goals (BHAGs), but without commitment to a system – process, routines and habits – we’ll fail to achieve our goals. A woman, passionate about the violin, once traveled a long distance to see one of the world’s greatest violinists perform at Carnegie Hall in New York. Carnegie Hall is one of the most prestigious concert venues in the world for both classical and popular music. The…
  • 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…
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    Leadership Lessons From Triathlons

  • Focus: Long & Short of It

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:06 am
    Parkour runners claim to 'focus on the present'. Exponents of this dangerous but exciting sport, incorporate techniques of jumping, scaling, leaping, acrobatics, and climbing to achieve their goals of reaching a location in their space. It is as much about the journey, as it is the the destination for these 'free runners'.Focus is imminent and critical to athletic or business success. By being specific in your goals, you set your goals with clarity, precision and purpose. By being frivolous with your goals and approaches, your results may elude you. By training mostly on trails, you may risk…
  • 10 Approaches to Smarter Social Media Use

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:54 am
    Getting my name on the cover on a monthly magazine on local multisport endurance athletes.After three years of continuous daily blogging (thanks to Seth Godin for his clever challenge, and his dedicated daily postings), selective use of Facebook and Tweeter, and garnering recognition and treasured relationships in the process, here are my opinions and perspectives.1) Learn from a variety of online sources. Talk to bloggers, online marketers, Tweeters, and Facebook marketers.2) Surround yourself with experts in online marketing. Actively interview them.3) Pay your dues. Study, apply and learn…
  • Re-Booted and Re-Loaded

    5 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    It has been a while since I updated this blog-site. I have my reasons and excuses, however they are irrelevant and not useful. As we have proposed, time and again, excuses can limit us in many ways especially through our behaviors. Our actions and inactions can lead us to outcomes and results that we vary in their impact on our expectations.The first three years, I blogged almost daily. When Seth Godin suggested this challenge, I was intrigued and curious. Would it be possible? How would I begin? How would I sustain it? What if I missed a day or more, due to other commitments and priorities?
  • 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,…
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    Top Executive Coaching with Tony Mayo

  • Leadership Matters in Business

    tonymayo
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    The business ability of the man at the head of any business concern, big or little, is usually the factor which fixes the gulf between striking success and hopeless failure. –Theodore RooseveltAnnual Message to CongressDecember 31, 1901
  • Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

    tonymayo
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
        From 1840: In the United States a man builds a house to spend his latter years in it, and he sells it before the roof is on: he plants a garden, and lets it just as the trees are coming into bearing: he brings a field into tillage, and leaves other men to […]
  • Radio interview on The Courage to Be in Community

    tonymayo
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
        Eric Tonningsen interviewed Tony for his radio program, “Awakening to Awareness: Realigning with What Really Matters”   Click here to listen to Tony Mayo talk with Eric  about “The Courage to Be in Community”   Eric wrote: Tony’s recently published book, “The Courage to Be in Community” served as the underlying focus for […]
  • Tony Mayo interviewed by client REI 360

    tonymayo
    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

    tonymayo
    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 […]
 
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    QAspire Blog by Tanmay Vora

  • Double the Love: An Interview with Lisa Haneberg

    Tanmay Vora
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 pm
      Lisa Haneberg is an expert (and lifelong student) in the areas of organization development, management, leadership, talent management, and personal and organizational success. With over 25 years of experience she has provided departmental leadership, consulting, training and coaching solutions for manufacturing, health care, high technology, government, and nonprofit organizations. She has written 14 business books and speaks on a broad range of topics of interest to leaders and managers. Lisa recently published her new book Double the Love – 11 Secrets for Cultivating Highly…
  • When Your Best Ideas are Shot Down

    Tanmay Vora
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:56 pm
    It is very likely that your best ideas will get shot down. It happened with me a few years ago. I went to the boss with my bright idea that had potential to generate additional revenue for the organization. My idea was shot down at first. No wonder, I was disappointed. When our best ideas are shot down, there are reasons behind it. Sometimes, you are not able to explain the idea in a way that it generates the required buy-in. Sometimes, your timing is just not correct. Most of the other times, people are not equipped to handle anxiety and fear that comes along when judging new ideas. What do…
  • 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…
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    churchrelevance.com

  • Open Church is Hiring a Program Director

    Kent Shaffer
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Open Church helps Christians collaborate, learn from each other, and share resources. We accomplish this in 2 ways: Manage a database directory of people, resources, & research. Increase access to the database with standardized approaches to cataloging, licensing, archiving, distributing, & technology. The Program Director’s Role Program Director is a full-time, telecommuting position responsible for the early stage implementation of Open Church’s ecosystem. Core responsibilities include: In-depth research of global Christianity. Nurture relationships with strategic…
  • 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…
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    All Things Workplace

  • Really: How Many Choices Do You Want?

    Steve Roesler
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    The rallying cry of sales reps, product managers and politicians is "Choices! We offer choices!" My observation?  We really don’t like having too many choices. It makes us a little nervous. Every option leads to a chance to foul something up. Heck, a lot of people are more worried about not being wrong than about being right. So, we allow our experiences and habits to narrow our options to just a couple of familiar ones. It reduces the anxiety and relieves stress. So, how do you make genuine changes faced with the siren song of habits? The first move is to re-capture your sense of…
  • Four Ways Leaders Can Impact Learning

    Steve Roesler
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    Leaders, managers, and heads of projects constantly seek ways to grow talent and make a difference in organizational success. More and more, job candidates are asking the question, "What will I learn here?" If they don't like the answer, chances are they'll keep looking. So, I began reflecting on some recent speaking and workshop experiences. Four distinct factors came to mind as I thought about the give-and-take that led to learning for all of us. I hope you'll find these useful.   Four Ways to Impact Learning Impact Curiosity: For every action there's a reaction. When we say or do…
  • What Happens When Leaders Coach?

    Steve Roesler
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    You may already have the right people to enable your company to "win"--however you define the word. A couple of years ago I was involved in designing a leadership program to develop the top talent in a global company. We created a model that used the senior management team as coaches for the structured learning activities. First we coached the coaches on how to coach; then we turned them loose. It's been the most effective learning we've experienced in nearly 30 years of leadership development and design. What's happening that works? The top leadership learns a lot about their own abilities.
  • 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…
 
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    Elements of Leadership

  • Thinking Fast, While Executing Slowly

    Gary Cohen
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:42 pm
    by Gary Cohen Thinking Fast as an Entrepreneur Entrepreneurial leaders are open-minded, energetic, and always questioning. They ask: How can we do it better? Where should we go from here? What is preventing us from taking action, and how can it be overcome? Couldn’t we do this and that? These questions lead to millions of ideas, and entrepreneurial leaders tend to see opportunities everywhere! And, of course, they want to act on them. More specifically, they want others to act on these ideas for them. Where entrepreneurs see opportunities, their coworkers (particularly those who have…
  • 47% of US Jobs at Risk for Automation

    Gary Cohen
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    by Gary Cohen Jobs at risk for automation An Oxford University study conducted by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne suggests that 47 percent of US jobs are at high risk due to computerization; they could be replaced in the next decade or two. This study was based on a detailed study of 702 occupations, and business leaders ought to take heed. The Google car drives passengers It’s not a surprise that computers are stealing jobs; what is a surprise is how fast they’re taking these jobs and the kinds of jobs they’re taking. Computers are now doing complex tasks, like…
  • The Eulogy Exercise

    Gary Cohen
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:27 am
    by Gary CohenIt’s hard to look past the present moment, to tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that. It’s even harder to imagine our deaths and the future without us. That day will come, unfortunately, and it’s scary to consider. But we can also use this thought-exercise as inspiration. How do we want to leave this world for others, especially our loved ones? And what do we need to do now to make that possible? If you have attended a leadership course, worked with a coach, or participated in some management retreat around finding your purpose, you have likely…
  • We Shall Not Cease From Exploration – T.S. Elliot

    Gary Cohen
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    by Gary Cohen We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, remembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning; At the source of the longest river The voice of the hidden waterfall And the children in the apple¬tree Not known, because not looked for But heard, half¬heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea. Quick now, here, now, always- A condition of complete simplicity (Costing not less than everything) And all shall be well…
  • Befriending Enemies: Is It Worth It?

    Gary Cohen
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    by Gary Cohen In Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin tells the story of how Abraham Lincoln invited and accepted three Cabinet members who had previously run against him in the 1860 Republican nomination: Attorney General Edward Bates, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase, and Secretary of State William H. Seward. Lincoln’s gesture was both noble and shrewd. He helped galvanize his party, demonstrated his ability to set aside hard feelings, and put himself in position to learn from his critics. Befriending enemies makes a lot of sense. It is the type of advice espoused by parents…
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    Strat. In - A Strategy Blog

  • Audio Books – Should books be heard?

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Can books be heard? Indigo’s on air magazine gives you a lot to learn. One of the most different ‘packages’ on ‘Sale’ on that magazine was from a company called ‘Reado’ about 4 Classic books on Sale – But those weren’t normal books – those were in fact ‘Audiobooks’ . Books that are read to you! While this is fascinating and there are whole companies actually trying this model out – the real question is Do you need AudioBooks in the first place? Why Audiobooks? Audible – A recently acquired company by Amazon…
  • 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.
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • 8 Specific Actions To Show You Value Your Employees

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    There are eight specific actions business leaders can take to show that they value their employees, according to Andrew Leigh, author of the book, Ethical Leadership -- Creating and Sustaining an Ethical Business Culture.Those eight behaviors are:Attention -- Pay attention to what people say to show your interest.Listen -- Make time to hear what colleagues, peers and employees have to say to show you care.Positive Language -- Find words and phrases to show employees they're needed.  Examples are, "We couldn't have accomplished this…
  • The Ten Golden Rules Of Leadership

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This month saw the release of the new book, The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership:  Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders.As you dig in, you'll step back in time to learn philosophies of the past and how to apply them today.Authors M. A. Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas offer a fresh approach to becoming a great leader by learning from antiquity's great thinkers, such as Aristotle, Hesiod, Sophocles, Heraclitus, and others.Each chapter in the book is devoted to one philosophy of leadership that equate to ten simple rules:Know ThyselfOffice Shows the PersonNurture…
  • How To Click At Work

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Research from some universities around the country show that employees who "click" with each other at work have more career success.  And, those who "click" well get to the core of the office network within 18 months, while it can take years for those who don't "click" well.As a leader, there are things you can do and things you can encourage your employees to do to promote better clicking.Consider these findings from the research:How much you reveal about yourself to a co-worker helps you click.The more you open up and share your feelings, the more trust you build and the more likely…
  • 4 Questions To Ask An Employee When He Quits

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As a leader, it's critical that you understand the real reasons employees leave your company. To do that, you need to ask specific questions that may not be ones you currently include in your exit interviews.Fortunately, Richard Finnegan, shares in his book, Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad, four key questions you should include in your exit interviews:Why did you decide to leave us?Of all the things you've told me, what is the top thing that caused you to resign?It's great that you've found such a good opportunity, but why did you look?What one thing could…
  • 7 Must-Ask Questions When Interviewing A Potential New Hire

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Awhile back, the Harvard Business Review published some great questions that Gilt Groupe CEO Kevin Ryan asks when he is checking references.Ryan serves on the board of Yale Corporation, Human Rights Watch, and INSEAD, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He holds a B.A. from Yale University and a M.B.A from INSEAD.His main seven honest-feedback-extracting-questions (and follow-ups) are:Would you hire this person again?  If so, why and in what capacity?  If not, why not?How would you describe the candidate's ability to…
 
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: What If People Don’t Want to Be Coached?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    What if people don’t want to be coached? Check out this episode of Remarkable TV for tips and ideas to coach the “uncoachable”… In a recent Coaching workshop I was asked – what do you do if the person doesn’t want to be coached?  It is a good question, and one deceptive in its depth.  […] The post Remarkable TV: What If People Don’t Want to Be Coached? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • What Leaders Can Learn From . . . Homemade Bread?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    This post is written to celebrate Homemade Bread Day, and while it may seem strange to connect homemade bread and leadership, please get past the quirkiness and follow along. I believe there are powerful points that follow, even if you aren’t (gasp!) a fan of homemade bread. As I made notes to create this article, […] The post What Leaders Can Learn From . . . Homemade Bread? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Five Reasons Remote Leaders are Frustrated, Floundering and Afraid

    Kevin Eikenberry
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I lead a remote team, and that we have begun offering some services for leaders in that situation. (Here are a couple of posts of note – here, and here, and here – in video). Recently my collaborator on some of this […] The post Five Reasons Remote Leaders are Frustrated, Floundering and Afraid appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Leadership Tripod

    Kevin Eikenberry
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you want to lead more effectively, you need a leadership tripod. Check out today’s Remarkable TV episode to hear what I mean… Want to lead more effectively? Keep a balanced perspective regarding your team and organization and yourself. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It!) You can learn more about the Leading at the Next Level workshops here. […] The post Remarkable TV: Leadership Tripod appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • A Boy, Ping Pong Balls, and Why it Matters to You

    Kevin Eikenberry
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Before you read, do yourself a favor and watch this video. Why did I want you to watch a boy doing amazing things with ping pong balls, plastic cups and household items? Because this video, in less than four minutes, illustrates a number of important points about learning. More than just “points” though, these are […] The post A Boy, Ping Pong Balls, and Why it Matters to You appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    LDRLB

  • 0523 | S. Chris Edmonds

    David Burkus
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    S. Chris Edmonds is the author of The Culture Engine. He is a sought-after speaker, thought leader, and executive consultant. Chris has been a senior consultant with the Ken Blanchard Companies since 1995. In this interview, we talk about how to use culture to drive results, inspire people, and transform your workplace. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. If you like this episode, make sure you subscribe via email and we’ll update you every time a new episode is posted: Email Address This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of…
  • 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 follow via iTunes or Stitcher. If you like this episode, make sure you subscribe via email and we’ll update you every time a new episode is posted: Email…
  • 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.
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • On Leadership and Healing: Striving for Wellness

    Leonard Doohan
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    We often speak about service and leadership and even servant leadership, but the original word to serve in Greek, the language of the New Testament, was the word “therapy,” that expressed the idea of leading, serving, taking care of, and healing.  In the New Testament, leadership had two components or facets: teaching and healing. If […]
  • Three Habits of Empathetic Leaders

    Tal Shnall
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Originally posted on Leadership Cafe:We live in a fast-paced world where many people feel stretched and overwhelmed with just trying to balance their lives. Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to catch up with a longtime friend. Jeff was overwhelmed with some new responsibilities he had been given with his recent promotion and…
  • On Leadership and Knowing Your Audience

    Aryanne Oade
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Imagine this in your current role: You have taken a position on an issue that really matters to you. And you now need the backing of some of your key colleagues to turn your ideas into reality.  So what should you be thinking at this point? Leading Your Path to Success In thinking about your […]
  • 5 Tips to a Winning Company Culture

    Emily Egbert
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    What’s the difference between being a good friend and a good employer? According the happiest companies in America last year, not much. Happy companies all have one thing in common: They give without expecting reciprocity. Google This Google, for example, is famous for going the extra mile to treat its employees like friends. In addition […]
  • 3 Ways Leaders Can Pioneer Effective Change Management

    Luis Gallardo
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    There are two types of leaders: Those who lead from the back, and those who lead from the front. You can tell these two types of leaders apart when market changes happen and shake their business’s foundations to the core. Different Types of Leaders While the leaders who dictate from the back sit in their offices pulling […]
 
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • Why Millennials Leave Organizations (and What Senior Leaders Can Do About It)

    David Witt
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    In their 2014 Employee Engagement Trends Report, consultants at Quantum Workplace looked at survey findings from more than 400,000 employees at nearly 5,000 organizations. In exploring the importance of various drivers of Millennial engagement and retention, Quantum researchers found that Professional Growth and Career Development came in at number one. They observed: “If young employees aren’t having their needs for professional development met, they will seek opportunities elsewhere.” Clearly, the ability to grow in both their job and career is a necessity for workers ages 18 through…
  • A Better Approach to Performance Management

    John Hester
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    What comes to mind when you hear the term performance management? For many managers and their staff, the term fills them with dread. A major reason for the negative reaction comes from the typical way performance management is implemented. Traditional performance management systems focus on evaluation. Managers set goals for direct reports at the beginning of the year, meet with them at midyear to see how they are doing and provide feedback, and meet with them again at the end of the year to assign them a grade. That grade is used to calculate pay increases and bonuses, and often to determine…
  • The Big Problem with Employee Engagement

    David Witt
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    Employee engagement is at an important crossroads. After years of conducting engagement surveys, organizations are finding that improving employee engagement is a lot more difficult than measuring it. Surveys have helped organizations to identify areas that need to be addressed, but an inability to “move the needle” when it comes to improving scores has turned optimism into cynicism in many cases. Organizations need to shift their focus says Bob Freytag, Director of Consulting Services for The Ken Blanchard Companies. In an interview for Blanchard Ignite, Freytag says it’s time to take…
  • Leaders Not Talking About Career Growth With Their People—Survey Shows Large Gaps

    David Witt
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    The ability to grow in both your job and career is a key driver of employee engagement but the results of a recent study suggest that leaders are falling short in meeting the expectations of their direct reports. Researchers from The Ken Blanchard Companies teamed up with Training magazine to poll a cross-section of 456 human resources and talent management professionals. The survey found gaps of 29 and 39 percent between how often direct reports had career conversations with their leaders when compared to how often they wanted to have those conversations. 29% Gap in Job Development…
  • 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…
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    The Executive Roundtable

  • Are you afraid to pursue your passion?

    Glain
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    I spent the better part of my 30’s being afraid. Afraid to do what I really wanted to do with my life, which was to run my own business. It wasn’t that I wasn’t good at being an employee.  I think I was a pretty textbook high performer. I got promoted quickly, got tagged for succession roles and typically had a good relationship with my bosses.  Despite all this, I had a hard time with authority and was continuously concocting business ideas.  But, I was afraid.  Afraid to leave the security of a paycheque and afraid to take the leap. Thanks to my husband, after close to 7 years of…
  • Silent Witness: why bullies thrive in today’s workplace

    Glain
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    I’m sick of Jian Ghomeshi. I’m sick of hearing about him. I’m sick of reading about him. But what makes me the most sick is knowing that there were numerous leaders walking the halls at CBC who knew about his abusive behaviour at work and did nothing about it. My friend Pam Ross just wrote a thoughtful blog about the need to not tolerate jerks in the workplace, but it got me reflecting on why we do. I’m sure that the vast majority of leaders at the CBC are good people trying to do good work, like leaders in most organizations. So why didn’t any of them stop Jian Ghomeshi in his…
  • 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…
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    Samuel Bacharach Blog

  • The One Leadership Skill You Need

    Samuel B. Bacharach
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    It’s not the ability to have good ideas, it’s not charisma, and it’s not about telling a good story, it’s about…Find out in my latest Inc.com article.  
  • 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…
 
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    Enclaria: Influence Change at Work

  • Interview: Change-Friendly Leadership

    Heather Stagl
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Bestselling author Rodger Dean Duncan of Duncan Worldwide shares nuggets of wisdom from his book, Change-Friendly Leadership: How to Transform Good Intentions into Great Performance. Listen to hear what Dr. Duncan calls the Four T’s: key leadership behaviors that drive change. 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.
  • Prerequisites for Change Adoption

    Heather Stagl
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    About twenty years ago, I was an engineering co-op student at Delco Electronics (now Delphi), an automotive electronics company that at the time was a subsidiary of General Motors. One summer, the company put on a Technology Expo to show off all the futuristic technology they were developing. They needed help with some of the demonstrations, so naturally, we interns were asked to volunteer. One of the cars featured in the Expo was a Geo Metro sedan (remember those?) that had been converted to an electric car. The battery took up the entire space under the hood and the trunk. After the Expo…
  • Three Main Impact Zones of Change

    Heather Stagl
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    As you embark on implementing a change in your organization, it’s important to identify who will be impacted – not just those who are the primary targets of the change, but others in your organization who are impacted by or who have an impact on the change. There may be many individuals or groups who may not be obvious stakeholders in your project whom you need to address and influence. If you don’t, your change initiative may create some unexpected collateral damage. Click to download a pdf of the map. One way to map out your stakeholders is by Impact Zone, which tells you the ultimate…
  • 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.
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    New Directions Consulting

  • Professional Growth and Development Number One Driver for Millennials in 2014 Employee Engagement Trends Report

    Matthew Harrington
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    The 2014 Employee Engagement Trends Report, produced by Quantum Workplace, looked at over 400,000 employees of nearly 5,000 organizations and determined that professional growth and career development was the number one driver of successful engagement and retention among Millennial (1980-2001) employees. Additional research, conducted by The Ken Blanchard Companies, found that there was a gap of nearly 40% between how often employees had career conversations with their leader versus how often they desired these conversations.  The survey broke down job development (a 29% gap between actual…
  • 15 Leadership Tools for 2015

    Matthew Harrington
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    This is what we’re seeing out in the field as some of the best leadership tools that are being used and implemented effectively: 1. LinkedIn – LinkedIn has been around for over a decade now but its importance as a social leadership tool is unrivaled. This is a great platform to connect with other leaders, curate your resume and provide thought leadership (if that’s your thing).  Even if you’re in a secure leadership position in your company, this provides you with the ability to connect with like-minded people in your industry and expand your portfolio of resources. 2. Super 6 – a…
  • 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…
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    Eblin Group

  • Which Matters Most? Ambition or Talent?

    Scott
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    One of my favorite Saturday routines is spending an hour or so browsing through the weekend edition of the Financial Times on my iPad. There are often fascinating long interviews with newsmakers in a feature called “Lunch with the FT” and usually some interesting reviews of books I won’t read but am interested in learning a little bit about. Without fail, though, my favorite feature is a short one called “The Inventory.”
  • Mindful Mondays: What’s on Your De-Stress Checklist?

    Scott
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    In a meeting with a group of CEO's last week, we were talking about how to show up at your best under conditions of high stress. One of the group shared a checklist of that a well eds expert had given him. It was a list of activities you could do either indoors or outdoors that would lower your stress. Each activity has a point value assigned to it. The goal is to get in 100 point points worth of de-stressing activities a week. Here are some examples of what was on the list and the point values assigned to them...
  • Seven Things Leaders Can Learn from Bill Clinton About Connecting with People

    Scott
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Delivering his monologue after the midterm elections last week, David Letterman was talking about President Obama’s low approval ratings and landed a great line: “Take a look at this: gas under $3 a gallon – under $3 a gallon. Unemployment under 6%, whoever thought? Stock market breaking records every day. No wonder the guy is so unpopular.” As Letterman said, before delivering his punch line, being President of the United States is a “lonely, lonely gig.”
  • Mindful Mondays: How to Relax Like a Baby

    Scott
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    One of my guiding principles in life is to look for and act on the stuff that’s easy to do and likely to make a difference. Even the smallest mindful breaks can make a huge difference in reducing the overwork and overwhelm that comes with modern life. If you are looking for a super simple way to get started, you’ll want to listen to my recent conversation with Mimi Sommers. (Audio)
  • Five Questions for Leaders Who Would Rather Be Effective Than Right

    Scott
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    During the opening session of a new leadership development program last week, I asked the participants to share the biggest leadership lesson they’ve learned in their careers so far. There were a lot of interesting answers. One participant shared one that really stuck with me because I think it’s so true. The lesson was it’s not enough to have the right idea, you have to influence other people to believe that it’s the right idea.
 
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    StrategyDriven

  • What Does Your Voice Say About You?

    Jayne Latz
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:25 am
    Unless there is an obvious problem, most of us don’t give more than an occasional passing thought to how our voice sounds. However, recent research on how vocal quality affects others’ perceptions may make you think twice. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discusses a study that shows that the quality of your voice has an even stronger impact on how you are perceived than the content of your message. As listeners provided feedback on speakers, it was found that their vocal quality mattered twice as much as the content of the message. The article cites another study as well,…
  • Job Seekers Should Consider What Their Online, In-Person and On-Paper Personas Say about Them

    Kathy Harris
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    A potential employer takes just a moment or two to size up a potential candidate, leaving job seekers little room for error when trying to make a positive first impression. Whether presenting themselves online, in-person, or on paper, job seekers relay a lot of information to a potential employer in the first few minutes. Employers quickly assess confidence, energy level and professionalism – all key traits that tell the employer what a candidate might bring to the workplace. As a result, it’s very important to present yourself in the best possible light. Job seekers need to focus on…
  • Key Strategic Action Questions

    Roxi Hewertson
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:56 am
    Leaders can sometimes get sidelined and stuck in a rut by focusing too much on tactics rather than strategies, and on what happened yesterday rather than what needs to happen tomorrow and the many tomorrows to come. Here are some questions to answer when you are thinking about Strategic Action. You might want to rate yourself on the questions including – how often and how well do you ask yourself and your people these questions? Questions to Answer 1. Mission – the organization’s core work; reason/purpose for being Why does this organization exist? Whom does it serve? What distinguishes…
  • Branding vs. Marketing

    JD Norman
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    Many believe that a brand is a function of marketing. Or more specifically, brand building. Marketers and marketing departments love ‘branding campaigns’ or ‘brand-building programs,’ because they are sexier and more exciting than their less attractive cousin, the product campaign. Agencies love them because they think it means big budgets and mass media. But a brand is much more than a component of marketing. A brand is the promise a business makes to its customers and this promise is often communicated via marketing, but the fulfillment of the promise rests on every…
  • The Big Picture of Business – Cut the Weeds: Focus on Priorities and Strategy, Avoid the Time Zappers

    Hank Moore
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:34 am
    One of the by-products of being high-profile is that you get hangers-on. Most mean well and want to associate with someone successful. Some are groupies, and some are outright users. The art is to discern and marginalize the weeds from your path. One mean-weller kept hounding me. He wanted to introduce me to people to form “strategic partnerships.” Turns out that they were people with their hands out, thinking that somebody (anybody) could magically open doors for them. I tried to set boundaries with that person. He would not respect perimeters. One of his ‘strategic partners’…
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    The Clemmer Group » Blog

  • Join Me for a Conference Board Webinar on Leadership Development in Canada

    Jim Clemmer
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The Conference Board’s recent study on the state of leadership development in Canada shows serious shortcomings and lots of improvement opportunities (see my last blog). The results are also supplemented by interviews with five Canadian organizations that are making a best-in-class impact with their leadership development programs.  View the report overview and reviews. Leaders are being pushed to be “lean and efficient” while enhancing innovation, collaboration, and partnerships. As many Canadian senior leaders near retirement the nature of leadership is changing. The need…
  • A Snapshot of Leadership Development Practices in Canada

    Jim Clemmer
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Conference Board of Canada recently published a report summarizing their research on leadership development from a cross section of public and private sector organizations. Participants identified their top leadership development drivers as: addressing declining levels of leadership capacity planning for succession and growing the talent pool engaging and mobilizing employees managing changing demographics and retirement challenges attracting and retaining new talent 81% of respondents said leadership development was a strategic priority. Given research cited in the report that…
  • Leveraging the Power of the Halo Effect

    Jim Clemmer
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    As I wrote in “Perceptions Are a Leader’s Reality” a leader’s impact on others is dramatically increased by the presence of a few towering strengths or sharply reduced by one or two glaring weaknesses. This halo or horns effect was first documented with empirical research by Edward Thorndike, an early 20th century pioneering American psychologist. Based on his research asking commanding officers to rate their soldiers he found there was “a marked tendency to think of the person in general as rather good or rather inferior and color the judgments of the qualities…
  • Video: The Difference between Training, Mentoring & Coaching

    Jim Clemmer
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve written extensively about coaching skills development. Many of my leadership books have full chapters on coaching and developing. We have also designed and delivered numerous coaching skills development workshops. Two years before we formed a strategic partnership with Zenger Folkman I reviewed their new book, The Extraordinary Coach: How the Best Leaders Help Others Grow. It was (and is) by far the best book on coaching available. Now that I’ve been delivering The Extraordinary Coach workshops for the past few years I’ve been even more impressed by the ground breaking…
  • Webinar on 8 Critical Behaviors that Leverage Accountability

    Jim Clemmer
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    During one of my workshops we were discussing keys to building responsibility and ownership. One participant told us that he and his wife had their four year old grandson, Tyler, stay overnight at their house. In the morning he came running down the stairs and reported, “Grandma, Grandpa, somebody peed in my bed!” Kids will often avoid taking responsibility for their behaviors — especially if they fear punishment or ridicule. This often extends into young siblings or classmates playing “the blame game” as they point fingers at others to avoid being seen as the…
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    Author Chris Brady's Blog

  • Excellence in Motorized Adventure

    Chris Brady
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Excellence is beautiful in any genre, and what could be more illustrative of the concept than motorsports? I'm not sure if the driving, filming, or creative course are my favorite part of this,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jeff Bezos and the Why Behind the What

    Chris Brady
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Success leaves clues. For that reason, I've long been interested in studying individuals who have managed to make something of their lives and contribute value in this big complicated world. Whether... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Handshake Etiquette

    Chris Brady
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Sincerely, Chris Brady (Click here to subscribe to my youtube channel) [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It's FOR whom it's FOR

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

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

  • Can a Classroom Trainer “Cut It” in the Virtual Learning Environment? 



    Nanette Miner, Ed.D
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Lately I’ve been doing a lot of coaching of corporate classroom trainers, helping them to transition their skills to the virtual delivery environment. It’s been an “aha moment” for me to realize that some folks just aren’t “cut out” for virtual delivery. 
Purely from my experience, here are some of the techniques that work in the classroom but do not work in vILT (virtual instructor led training). Asking Open Ended Questions
- In the classroom, open-ended questions encourage participation; online they encourage confusion. “Who has a manager who is a poor…
  • 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…
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    Stop Workplace Drama

  • Transparency is Not a Choice

    Stop Workplace Drama
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Companies are realizing they must develop more enlightened leaders because of the fact that nothing is hidden anymore. As much as we talk about “choosing to be more transparent,” we need to understand that transparency is no longer a choice. Transparency is a given.
  • Speeding Out of Control

    Stop Workplace Drama
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    It only takes a little observation to see things spiraling out of control. Kids are being bullied on cyberspace. Shootings and violence occur over minor incidents. There is virtually no space between stimulus and response. People’s fuses are getting shorter and reactions are happening faster. This is why we need enlightened leaders. We need someone to show us how to take responsibility to gain the necessary skills so that we don’t spin out of control by driving beyond our level of experience.
  • Lessons from Market Basket: Power is Shifting

    Stop Workplace Drama
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Power is shifting. The speed at which change can happen is astounding. People have power through social media, and as a result transparency is no longer an option—it is a given. People at the bottom have more choices, and they are waking up to the power their choices provide. When people believe in a purpose, they will sacrifice everything to stand up for what they believe in.
  • 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.
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    Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership

  • The Two Faces of Leadership

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    There are two faces of leadership. One face looks forward – because leadership is about going somewhere. That face of leadership focuses on questions like: 1. Where are we going? 2. Why? What is the purpose? 3. How will we get there? What are our key strategies? 4. What will guide our journey? What values will guide behavior and decision-making? The other face of leadership looks back at who’s following – at building organizational capacity and ensuring people have what they need to move forward easily. That face of leadership focuses on questions like: 1. What skills do people…
  • Let Go of Control But Keep Responsibility

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
      Last week I had the honor and pleasure of co-chairing the Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative annual retreat, attended by over 70 people – ranging in age from 25 to 83, and enriched with authors from Slovenia, Singapore and Australia. Each year I look forward to this retreat where I gather with fellow authors and community members to exchange ideas, connect around issues, and deepen friendships. Although we focus on many different topics and approaches, we are joined by a shared commitment to the mission of Berrett-Koehler Publishers – to create a world that works for all. I had…
  • 5 Questions That Will Help You Be a Better Leader

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Do you think you’re an effective leader? Feedback is one good way to find out, especially through “360 feedback.” But there’s another, equally powerful way. Take a serious look at your beliefs – your “assumed truths” about yourself, others and how the world works. Your beliefs dictate your behavior. And unexamined beliefs are like icebergs. Unseen below the surface, they can undermine your good intentions without your awareness. Instead of believing everything you think, think about what you really believe. Taking some time to reflect on these questions will help uncover…
  • 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…
 
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    Braithwaite Innovation Group

  • The beauty of differences

    Jane Perdue
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:19 am
      Hubby returned home from running errands and excitedly told me about the new screens that had been installed on the gas pumps—screens that played music and TV shows. “What a great concept,” he gushed. “Now I don’t have to just stand there anymore.” Had hubby participated in the University of Virginia time alone study, I ... The post The beauty of differences appeared first on 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.
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  • Peer Assist Webinar: Evaluation Framework for a Network Strategy | Friday, November 21, 2014 | 11am-12pm

    Natalia Castaneda
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Peer Assist Webinar: Evaluation Framework for a Network StrategyFriday, November 21, 2014 | 11am - 12pm PT | Presenter: Claire Reinelt, Ph.DWe would like to invite you to be part of a one hour Peer Assist Webinar. We will be sharing an evaluation framework that we have developed for assessing the impact of a network strategy for leadership development programs.  This is part of a project that LLC is doing in conjunction with network and leadership development experts for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  We will be using an interactive format of presenting…
  • Webinar Recap: Developing a Network Strategy for Leadership Programming (November 2014)

    Natalia Castaneda
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Developing a Network Strategy for Leadership ProgrammingPresenter: Deborah Meehan, Executive Director, Leadership Learning CommunityThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has articulated a bold new strategic vision “to help create a national Culture of Health that makes it possible for everyone to lead healthy lives, now and for generations to come.” To create a Culture of Health will require systems change, and leadership development can be a leverage point to catalyze change. The Leadership Learning Community was selected, along with seven other organizations, to partner with…
  • Upcoming Webinar: Equitable Evaluation - Integrating Cultural Competence and Equity | December 11, 2014 | 11am

    Natalia Castaneda
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    Join us for our upcoming webinarEquitable Evaluation - Integrating Cultural Competence and EquityDate: 12/11/14 from 11:00am-12:00pm Pacific TimePresenters: Jara Dean-Coffey, Principal and Founder, jdcPartnerships and Jill Casey, Associate, jdcPartnershipsWhether implicit or explicit, social justice and human rights are part of the mission of many social and philanthropic and sector organizations. Evaluation produced, consumed or used by either sector that doesn’t pay attention to the imperatives of cultural competency nor integrate an equity lens may be…
  • 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 ago the…
  • 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 –…
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  • Bad Team Building Photo and Video Contest Launched #baaadteambuilding

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Have you ever attended what was supposed to be team building and found that yourself instead participating in some silly activity while work was piling up on your desk? Don't be baaashful. Tweet with the #baaadteambuilding hashtag!
  • Team Building: 12 Ways to Give Back to the Community

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    How can your company offer team building delivers tangible business results and makes a contribution to the community? It is the context setting, debriefing and business applications exercises that transform a charity event into a full fledged team building simulation. This blog post shows you how to do it and offers 12 specific suggestions for giving back to the community.
  • 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.
 
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  • 4 Questions to Rev Up Your Goal Setting

    Travis Robertson
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Business Planning is a process that many people get hung up on. Travis Robertson shares 4 questions that will help you reflect on the last 12 months, and set goals for the next 12 months to make business planning easy and fun! 4 Questions to Rev Up Your Goal Setting Many people want to know one question: how do you help your clients plan their business or plan their next year? What is the process that they go through? The answer is quite simple. It all starts with four questions to kind of rev up your goal setting. If you’re looking ahead to the next year, depending on when…
  • Essential vs. Trivial

    Travis Robertson
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Being busy is not the goal. Being EFFECTIVE is the goal. But in order to transition from being busy to being effective we need to understand how to differentiate between the trivial and the essential. Travis Robertson shares his thoughts on what it means to be busy and how “busy” can impact your business and your life.   Essential vs. Trivial Too many people are wearing their busyness as a badge of honor. It’ as if the less sleep they get the more we should praise them. Our lives need to have a little bit of margin in them. Instead of working as hard as we can for as…
  • Life of Adventure or Illusion of Safety

    Travis Robertson
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    When we’ve let fear or doubt in, we often feel alone. Like we’re the only person on the planet who can’t get it together. That’s why this message is so important. You are not alone. Travis Robertson provides his call to action. It’s for you. It’s for your friends, your family, your co-workers or anyone else you think needs to take action on a dream. Don’t settle for normal. Live the life of adventure that you’ve always dreamed about. Life of Adventure or Illusion of Safety Your life was meant to be an adventure. It was meant to be lived with…
  • 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 Winter Winter 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 Down…
  • 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.
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    Thinking is Hard Work

  • I Remember

    Colleen Sharen
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    On Remembrance Day, this video reminds me of what our men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces fought for and continue to fight for – a place of peace, order, good […]
  • What’s in it for me? The Value Proposition Explained

    Colleen Sharen
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
    “Marketing is Everything” is the title of a famous article by Regis McKenna in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) from the mid-1980s. McKenna argues that the marketing function should be embedded in […]
  • 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 […]
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Serious About Career Advancement? Tell Me What You’re Reading

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    In a job interview, have you ever been asked, “So tell me, what you have been reading recently?” What’s your response? Is it anything that’s helped you to advance your career? If not, here’s why you need to make the time for more business-related reading.
  • A How-to on Effective Feedback and Coaching Conversations

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Ever notice how coaches in the movies always have the perfect motivational speech ready at just the right time? In the real world coaching employees to success can be much more challenging. And yet effective feedback and coaching are essential to building a great team. Here’s how.
  • Why Wait? Start Developing Future Leaders Now

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Research conducted by Zenger-Folkman suggests that 88 percent of development effort within organizations goes to Gen Xers and Boomers. Only 12 percent goes to Generation Y, the people who will be running the show in the not-too-distant future. Perhaps it’s time to invest more in developing the new entrants to the workplace… especially when it comes to leadership.
  • Fixing The Problems with Traditional Performance Reviews

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Almost anyone you talk to in the corporate world has a list of complaints about what’s wrong with the traditional performance review process. However when you make performance management an ongoing process it alleviates a lot of those complaints. That’s why we created this infographic — it outlines how HR, managers and employees can all get what they really need out of the process.
  • How to Create Organizational Buy-In

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    What kind of things can you do to create buy-in? What are top managers most concerned with related to this process? With different opinions and communication styles, it can be challenging to garner support for a new action or decision at your organization. HR Bartender Sharlyn Lauby shares 8 steps for achieving organizational buy-in.
 
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  • Idea from the Vault: Improving Personal Contact with Top Staff

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The CEO of a luxury goods company identified personal contact with his top staff as an important lever that would help move the business if he invested his discretionary time in it. “I always carry two documents with me,” he said. The first is a set of pictures of his direct reports and “every day I mentally ask myself, ‘Have I talked to these guys’? If not, I pick up the phone.” The other contains contact details for his top 100 managers. “When I’m in an airport, or similar,” he said, “I will systematically call them, tick them off, then print a new list and start…
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  • New Article: Taking the Measure of Your Innovation Performance

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Many executive teams still treat innovation as a black box, the serendipitous achievement of a few gifted individuals. But our survey found that innovation leaders consistently outperformed laggards on five manageable capability areas. The disparity suggests that innovators rely on a systematic approach, not just on finding people who happen to be innovative. Author(s): Darrell K. Rigby, Eric Almquist, Mitchell Leiman, Alex Roth Source(s): Bain & Company
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  • Gunnar Hedlund

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The current, and justified, fascination with the tacit component of knowledge [...] must not cloud the fact that organizations to a large extent are ‘articulation machines,’ built around codified practices and deriving some of their competitive advantages from clever, unique articulation.
 
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  • How Great Leaders Thrive on Criticism

    Peter Barron Stark
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Great leaders know that the only way to avoid criticism is to say nothing and do nothing that upsets the status quo. But, if you’re a great leader, you’re focused on taking the necessary actions to implement your positive vision of the future and improve the condition of the world, your organization, or your team. If you’re proposing new ideas and taking action to implement changes to improve the organization, you are guaranteed to generate a fair amount of criticism. The more successful you are, the more criticism you are likely to generate as a leader. Criticism can be tough to deal…
  • How to Play Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul

    Peter Barron Stark
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    Playing politics simply refers to the dynamics of, and struggles for, power. Politics exist in every organization, and we should expect its presence in the workplace. Politics are even played at home when a child lobbies one parent, or plays one parent off the other parent to achieve their goals. Building relationships to create momentum and power is how we all get things done. Without the right relationships, we most likely would not have received our last promotion. A study of 400 U.S. workers from staffing firm Robert Half International says that nearly 60% of workers believe that…
  • Leading a New Team – How to Ensure a Successful Transition

    Peter Barron Stark
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    Congratulations on your new leadership position! Next — reality. Research over the past 15 years has consistently shown that approximately 40% of managers newly hired, or promoted into bigger leadership roles, fail. That’s a scary statistic. So, how do you avoid becoming a part of this statistic? Here’s how to not only survive your hiring or promotion, but how to lead a vibrant, productive, loyal and happy team. Honor the Past You’re the newest star attraction, and clearly hired for your technical expertise, talent, and people smarts. Even though you may have inherited a highly…
  • How to Build a Vision for Today and Tomorrow

    Peter Barron Stark
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Which is more important: a short-term or a long-term vision? The answer is… both. A vision is a clear mental picture of a future desired state, preferably written. A great analogy for a vision is a jigsaw puzzle. Before you even begin to organize and assemble the small puzzle pieces that are inside of the box, you will see, very clearly, the final outcome displayed on the puzzle’s box top. That’s your vision – the outcome you’re striving to create. Thankfully, life isn’t laid out for us like a puzzle. We get to create our own vision. Your vision may have nothing,…
  • Great Leaders Love Being Uncomfortable!

    Peter Barron Stark
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    I am fond of the words, “Great leaders get bored quickly.” As I have studied great leaders, I have observed that once they learn to do something, they love delegating what they have learned to someone else and then focusing their energy on thinking strategically and/or learning something new. The challenge of thinking strategically or learning something new is that it’s more difficult than doing something you already know how to do, and could do in your sleep. Doing something differently or learning something new is uncomfortable. I have a challenge for you today. Take your watch off…
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  • Explore Longform with Writing 201

    Michelle W.
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whether you have trouble organizing your thoughts in longer pieces of writing or simply want to challenge yourself as a blogger, Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post can help. What is Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post? Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post is a four-week course to help those beginning to explore longform writing (or who are frustrated…
  • Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

    Ben Huberman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats. While conceived with nonfiction writers in mind, fiction writers (we know you’re out there, NaNoWriMo participants!) could find both courses just as useful. Which ebook should you choose? Writing 101: Build a Blogging Habit…
  • Emoji Everywhere 🎃

    Marcus Kazmierczak
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Emoji? What are they? “Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like , every emoji has its own letter. Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence. Today we’re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across WordPress.com — 872 to be exact. Do they look familiar? That’s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set,…
  • New Themes: Editor and Sequential

    David A. Kennedy
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today, we have two new free themes ready for you! Editor Meet Editor, a new addition to our theme collection designed by Mike McAlister at Array. Geared toward personal bloggers and photo bloggers, Editor features big typography and images and a tab-based sidebar with a spot for featured posts, a site logo, and a social links menu. Editor makes it easy to put a personal stamp on your site or blog. Learn more about the free Editor theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sequential Crafted by Thomas Guillot, Sequential is a contemporary, clean, and…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 8

    Mike Dang
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    We’re back with a new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. 1. Books for the Broken-Hearted Hannah Richell Hannah Richell’s husband Matt was killed in a surfing accident in July. In a recent post, Richell writes about finding comfort in reading words written by people who have also experienced the shock of losing a loved one — people like Joan Didion, C.S. Lewis, and Cheryl Strayed. 2. The Shame of Poor Teeth in a Rich World Sarah Smarsh, Aeon An essay about growing up poor in America, and the role of teeth as a class signifier. 3. Giving Up the Ghost…
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    The Modern Servant Leader

  • SERVANT Leaders are Needful – Acronym Model

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:37 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. We’re near the end of our series on the definition of Servant Leadership through the acronym SERVANT. The second-to-last principle is Needful. The servant leader is needful by being open to new ideas from anywhere and remains human, by reflecting their vulnerability. Operating environments change…
  • SERVANT Leaders are Authentic – Acronym Model

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:29 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 next principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Authentic. Authenticity is all about transparency. A great leader is the same in private as they are in public. What they speak behind closed doors matches what they say on stage. The authentic servant leader is consistent in message and…
  • SERVANT Leaders are Virtuous – Acronym Model

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:34 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 next principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Virtuous. The virtuous leader has high moral standards and leads their organization by example in this regard. In an age of corruption and corporate scandals, the virtuous leader is especially important to avoid failures of character in the…
  • SERVANT Leaders are Resolute – Acronym Model

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:29 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 next principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Resolute. Resolve is necessary both to establish a culture of servant leadership and to achieve objectives. In modern society, where the popular view of leadership is command-and-control, the servant leader faces many detractors. Therefore, the…
  • 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.
 
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  • The Smartest Person In The Room

    Scott
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:40 am
    Captain John Meier understands that great conversations start with a question. He also knows that to serve first as a leader one must seek answers and input first. Of course, he commands an aircraft carrier, so he has some experience leading. Here are two tips he shared to move an intent to serve to an ACTION that your team will see and feel.
  • Never Start With Do

    Scott
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    Leadership development is about honest conversations, that lead to thoughtful actions, and improved performance. It rarely starts with the DO of practice, but the DO of observation. Here is what I mean by that.
  • Do What You Love

    Scott
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    Talent management is about great conversations. Sometimes it starts with a conversation with ourselves. Here are two videos that evoked a conversation within me - one on Slomo and the other on Alex Zanardi. They are not corporate titans, but men who faced a fork in the road and chose a path. Very different people, but both reminded me of the piece of mind that results when we own our choices. Great lessons for individuals facing decisions around career or professional development. Remember, do what you love.
  • When we don’t react, and Listen

    Scott
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    Great conversations start with a question. Leadership development is about learning to listen and then react, and to act out of an understanding of most of the variables in the situation so that the decision is the best one for your people and the organization. That is what I believe, and this is a piece of how to DO that has a leader. This is also a foundation for talent management.
  • Why I Hate Job Descriptions, and 3 Things to Fix Them

    Scott
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Job descriptions are one of the problems with employee engagement. Here are three of my top frustrations and three fixes that will help any leader do a better job defining the work. Talent management is about great conversations, and using the new job description form is a big step towards having a great conversation. These are free templates for leaders looking to do talent management more effectively and build a stronger culture in their business.
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    Create-Learning Team Building

  • Solution Finding Stimulus Succeed Without Measuring

    mike
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    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. Thinking Looking at what you want SOLVED … Trying to avoid unproductive use of resources by working around the need to check the system’s status. Measurement takes resources, time & energy. Measuring something may effect the system in ways that are not predicable or helpful. Reason The need to measure requires resources. These resources drain on securing other resources that may…
  • How Teams Work Biggest Team Leader Meeting Mistake

    mike
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    About 2 years ago I created 12 on-line Team Building & Development sessions for a company. We called it ‘Helping Teams Work’. It was meant to be short, less than 5 minutes, & give 1 concrete action step people can apply to their work on teams… They liked it & I enjoyed trying to make content that did not require me to be present. Below is the 1st of 12 ‘Helping Teams Work’ content sections. Team Leaders’ Biggest  Team Meeting Mistake Mike Cardus’ How Teams Work – Biggest Team Leader Meeting Mistake from Michael Cardus   Give members the chance to…
  • Fear of Loss of Group Membership is More Powerful Than Management

    mike
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    Photo Credit Resistance to Change and Learning Anxiety Working as a change agent you must think about creating psychological safety for people & their peer groups to change. The fear of being seen as an outcast or deviant is enough to halt the best change efforts. 3 Ideas for influencing teams to change Involve the team Bringing the team together and involving them in the change You involve the team by going to them early and sharing the needed change…asking for their help and input then actually using their ideas. Example – I did this with a team of Machinists. The company hired me…
  • Responsibilities are defined Whenever there is confusion we discuss and resolve the situation

    mike
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
      Most teams will have challenges. How they understand the obstacles & learn while working together is what separates high performance teams from average teams.  Not all problems can be or should be prevented   What should you do when you encounter difficulties? Return to the 7 Steps to High Performance Teamsmodel. Ask the team where they are; What evidence they have to support their progress; How they can move to the next step; What obstacles or challenges may impede progress.   Return to your Project Charter. Confirm that the team knows the Goals, Roles and…
  • Solution Finding Stimulus Remove Unnecessary Actions

    mike
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:40 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. Thinking Looking at what you want SOLVED … When many systems are created they have steps that are purposely duplicative. As the system matures the duplicative steps will become a waste or drain on the work. Eliminate from the system an operation or step that is either no longer needed or is redundant. Reason Keeping an unnecessary action or step detracts from the system’s performance.
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  • 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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  • Using SWOT During Times of Economic Uncertainty

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Tough times require tough decisions. During times of economic uncertainty, strategy refinement and execution need to become the top priority for business leaders. How to start? Begin by doing a SWOT Analysis. SWOT is a strategic planning tool used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in your business. The aim of any SWOT analysis is to identify the key internal and external factors that are important to achieving your strategy. SWOT analysis groups key pieces of information into two main categories: Internal factors - The strengths and weaknesses…
  • 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…
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  • Veterans Day Demands More Than Words

    Eileen
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Two years ago, my sister and I stood in the theater at Arlington Cemetery for the premier of the documentary “We Served Too-The Women’s Air force Service Pilots of WWII. It was a moving experience, made even more so by the view of so many who died for us. But if I could stand and speak to the nation from the briefing room at the Pentagon (as I did in this mock press conference), here is what I would say: While we wave flags, buy red poppies, and march in parades today, there is a grave matter that should shame us all. Today, more men and women have died or been horribly…
  • 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.
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  • Leading through Crisis

    Jeremy Unruh
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    A workplace crisis can occur at any time—and it can be anything, such as destructive weather, an economic failure, or a physical attack on an employee or the office itself. The situation can be swift and fleeting or it can last for days, weeks or months. Either way, it can be devastating. How well your business and employees recover from it depends largely on how well you can lead through it.             If you find yourself in a crisis situation, you must first remember to act—don’t freeze. It’s imperative that you deal with…
  • Why Introverts can be Valuable Leaders

    Jeremy Unruh
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    It seems like society is canted toward extroverts—the high-energy, fast-pace-loving people who are adept at working a room, making connections, being social. Based on their comfort with being around other people and their ability to slide easily into teamwork situations, extroverts would seem to be shoo-ins for the majority of leadership positions. And, according to studies noted by Jennifer Kahnweiler in her book, The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength, it’s true—extroverts are in the majority of leadership roles. But not by as much as you might think.
  • 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.
 
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  • Cheap Jordans Online

    admin
    8 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Nike shoes have gained popularity amongst all classes of men and women and have ruled the marketplace, thanks to its brand image. The sports industry has been ruled by Nike and these cheap Jordans online are preferred by a lot of sports enthusiasts. Nike is well known for quality along with exceptional layouts. There are available in many different colors, shapes and layouts and blend perfectly to fit any ensemble. The look that is right is lent by these cheap Jordans online when you wear them and it satisfies all occasions. Nike shoes add your persona and style. You could put on a set of…
  • Traditional Archery Supplies

    admin
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    Archery is skill, an art or practice dealing with bow and an arrow for a sport, hunting or warfare. Modern bows for pushing traditional archery supplies, employed, are normally made from wood fiberglass, or carbon composites. Graphites can be utilized using a a taut cord or a string to link the curve ends of the bow. Traditional Archery Supplies An arrow is commonly made of aluminum or carbon graphite, pointed at one end along with a fight-stabilizing feather in the opposite end. The notch of this butt end assembled and is fitted to the bowstring. As the taut cord is recoiled, the bow curves…
  • Fiscal Cash Register

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Fiscal Cash Register A Fiscal cash register  is a tool used at the sales counter of a department retailer to calculate the entire gross sales of a specific customer in addition to calculate the change to be handed over to the customer. It also generates a bill in accordance with the legal guidelines of the government. It comes with a draw, which opens during a transaction and assists the cashier in keeping the cash obtained as well as giving the respective change to the customer. It has a lock and key as well. The typical operation consists in entering each product manually to establish the…
  • Mountain House

    admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    If you’re house, but without power, the food problem is something which you should prepare yourself for. You will possess plenty of choices however. The large problems become just how much food you’ve got kept for crises, and just how much water you’ve got access to, when that runs out. You do have to take into account water quality, in order to add a different additive or bleach or it is possible to change outside the water at regular times, likely every 4-6 months. If you are using something such as alternative pump, or a backpacking water filter -and- when you would like…
  • Chaussure Asics Pas Cher

    admin
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    Chaussure Asics Pas Cher Now most people pick sports and chaussure asics pas cher clothes as this kind of gear makes them feel more comfortable and able enough to maintain an active lifestyle. Previously most makers created only male chaussure asics pas cher, but beginning together with the year 2000, they believed that they were needed by women as well and for this reason they began to additionally concentrate on ladies chaussure asics pas cher. In the past, the measurement of the shoes was the sole difference between the ones made for women and the ones made for guys, but during the last…
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    Career Advancement Blog

  • Seven Ways to Sell Your Ideas to Management

    joelgarfinkle
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “If you want to get across an idea, wrap it up in a person.” ~ Ralph Bunche ~ Being able to influence upwards allows your ideas to be heard and implemented. This directly enhances your value because you are the owner of that idea. Yet how do you break through the layers of bureaucracy to find advocates for your ideas? Diane McGarry, Xerox’s Chief Marketing Officer, says, “Success at a big company such as Xerox requires an understanding of the many layers of office politics as well as the confidence to put your best ideas forward. You have to know which people you need…
  • 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…
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    Unfolding Leadership

  • Leadership and Decency

    Dan Oestreich
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    We have a dream, an ideal of leadership that it should be an intelligible sphere whose center is everywhere and circumference is nowhere. Of course this idea is that we all see ourselves as leaders, that we all operate with unspoken understanding and unity derived from the best parts of who we are as people. Would it surprise you, then, to know that this definition is at least eight centuries old — with only one slight exception? It comes from a twelfth-century volume, The Book of Twenty-Four Philosophers, but the book is not about leading at all; it is about defining God. I am not…
  • Where the Trouble Is

    Dan Oestreich
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:17 pm
    I look across the empty spaces here in Arizona and realize they are anything but empty. The San Francisco peaks, home of the spirits, collect light and hold onto it as the sun sets across the vast scrub deserts and canyons below. As I watch, the light on the mountains climbs back above the peaks into the sky, which to the east seems to hide itself under a shawl of deepening blue and glowing pink. There the moon rises, full and bright. One has to respect those spirits that according to legend have emerged from the underworld through clefts in the stone to find their ultimate destination in the…
  • 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…
 
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  • Weekly Round-Up: On Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Criticism, the 3 Beliefs of Human Business & Showing Your Employees Respect

    David Grossman
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:57 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. Why We Shouldn’t Be So Afraid of Giving or Receiving Criticism By Deb Bright, Fast Company Not long ago I was visiting with…
  • Your Favorite eBooks From 2014: On Top CEO Care-Abouts, Internal Communications Barriers & Effective Communication Strategies

    David Grossman
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    We’re humbled when we hit the mark on content that makes a difference for you. As we head toward the New Year, I wanted to share with you the Top 3 most popular eBooks from 2014.  Use them to learn something new before year-end, to finish 2014 strong, or to make resolutions for what you want to work on in 2015.  Here they are in order: 3. How To Think Like A CEO Understanding how others think is critical to influencing them and getting results. Once you know what someone is thinking, you're in the best position to be able to persuade them and move them to action. How To Think Like…
  • Thanksgiving Brings…A New Recipe From Grandma Elsie’s Kitchen!

    David Grossman
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I want to share a new and delicious recipe from Grandma Elsie’s kitchen that you can use while planning your own holiday meal. But before I reveal the new sweet treat, I’d first like to take a moment to share with you the Grandma Elsie tradition.  Instead of getting holiday gifts for friends and neighbors, Elsie Edelstein made pumpkin pies and hand-delivered them before Thanksgiving.  The blessing, as she used to say, was in the making (“food brings people together”) and in giving ("it’s better to give than receive!”). A tradition…
  • Weekly Round-Up: On Tips for Speakers, Principles of Human-Centric Leadership & Simple Ways to Drive Employee Engagement

    David Grossman
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:01 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. Get Charisma! 6 Tips for Speakers By Jesse Scinto, MS, LinkedIn When I ask students to think of charismatic speakers, I often…
  • Se7en Deadly Sins Blog Post Series Recap

    David Grossman
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Now that you have gotten familiar with each of the Se7en Deadly Sins of Leadership over the past few months, I am going to briefly recap them for you.  Leadership comes with a lot of responsibilities and these Se7en Deadly Sins can harm even the best of us.  Making sure you are aware of these common but dangerous sins is a step in the right direction for productive and successful leadership. Myopia: The sin of only seeing what’s right in front of you Hypocrisy: The sin of failing to practice what you preach Sloth: The sin of being too lazy to commit time and resources to…
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  • Forget Mentors. Find a Sponsor

    Cindy Flanders
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Notwithstanding that I’ve written more than once about the importance of being mentored, if you really want to get ahead, get a sponsor.  What’s the difference, you might ask?   read more
  • 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
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    In the CEO Afterlife

  • Charismatic Leadership: Style or Substance?

    John
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Have you ever watched a charismatic person “work” a room? At the outset, they assess the collective mood. Then they advance to the gathering with a demeanor that suits the environment and their desired role within it. Moving from one person to the next, they engage each individual, albeit briefly, as though that person was a VIP. Regardless of authenticity, personality can be an irresistible force. No one knows this better than political parties. America’s Democrats had a 50 year love affair with the Kennedys. And when a Kennedy wasn’t available for the White House, the Party…
  • The Moral of Workplace Morale

    John
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:06 am
    When it comes to workplace morale, there is no shortage of articles suggesting the ways and means to build and/or enhance cultures that motivate employees to deliver the goods. Beyond their intent to boost morale, the commentaries have one thing in common – the counsel is generic. In other words, the pundits inherently assume that their morale-lifting tactics and strategies apply to any organization, no matter the product or service in which they are engaged. They are correct in this regard. But, there is a catch. One cannot assume a constant success rate because there is more at play.
  • The Best Things in Business are Free

    John
    20 May 2014 | 10:25 am
    Negotiating for a lower price or something extra is the modus operandi of every antique retailer, real estate broker, flea market merchant and automobile dealer. Everyone is looking for a good deal, a real bargain. I’m not taking issue with that. Bargaining is a terrific way to create and stimulate economies. Everyone has heard the saying, “the best things in life are free.” That idiom was a line in a song from the 1920’s but it is often attributed to Coco Chanel, who added a second sentence afterthought – “the second best things are very, very expensive.” Almost a century…
  • Brand NBA: A Sterling Silver Case of Crisis Management

    John
    30 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    Call it a hiccup or a long-term slump; large or small, every business faces a crisis. The crisis can be brought on by a direct competitor (Blockbuster trumped by Netflix), a sudden shift in consumer habits (The Beatles haircuts on Brylcreem Hairdressing), a product recall (GM’s ignition switches), the mishandling of an environmental disaster (BP‘s oil spill), or the personal misbehavior of an executive. As for the misbehavior of a chief executive, Donald Sterling is in a league of his own. The racial slurs spouted by the LA Clipper’s owner sets a new standard for tarnishing the…
  • Talent without Leadership doesn’t count for Diddly-Squat

    John
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Every company wants TALENT. But not every company is bestowed with the LEADERSHIP that unleashes talent’s power. Talent without leadership is as good as spitting into a gale-force wind.   I learned that lesson growing up in a working-class district of Toronto in the 1950s. Back then, every public primary school fed into one large junior high school after the sixth grade. For me, there was a special feature about junior high beyond a burgeoning interest in the opposite sex and the temptations of juvenile delinquency. The attraction was this: One of the junior high’s nine grade 7 classes…
 
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  • The Benefit of Entitlement

    Marissa Brassfield
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Most people would consider entitlement a negative trait, but there’s a surprising benefit: creativity.Joint research from Vanderbilt and Cornell University published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that small yet temporary entitlement — or “state entitlement” — improved participants’ creativity test results.“Our results suggest that people who feel more entitled value being different from others, and the greater their need for uniqueness, the more they break convention, think divergently and give creative responses,” say…
  • When Managing High-Performance Workers, Forget Feedback

    Marissa Brassfield
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    The very idea of feedback makes most employees cringe, but it’s especially injurious to high-performance workers. In a recent post for Inc., leadership expert Marshall Goldsmith recommends an approach that resounded with me: feedforward.Feedback is inherently focused on the past — what you did, not what you’re doing now, or what you need to be doing to succeed in the future. And depending on the feedback intervals, miscues brought up in a review could have occurred as many as six months ago.Entrepreneurial teams move so quickly that if I were to get feedback from a leader…
  • No, You Don’t Need to Make People Think You’re Working 29 Hours a Day. Ever.

    Marissa Brassfield
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    Jason Fell recently wrote a post for Entrepreneur on entrepreneur Grant Cardone’s approach that entrepreneurs must always be open for business, and that means staying semi-plugged-in while on vacation (about an hour a day).The piece closes with this killer quote:“Nobody ever knows when I’m [away from work],” he says. “People think I’m working 29 hours out of a 24-hour day. That’s the impression you need to create.”Why? Because you want your employees to feel sorry for your lack of sleep, family time, downtime, creative space, and…
  • Are You Surrounded by Energy Givers or Takers? Find Out With This Filter

    Kelley Lujan
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    (CC) John Martinez Pavliga/FlickrWho are the people that you surround yourself with on a daily basis?Many that come to mind for me are my family, friends, mentors, and teammates. When I am around these people, I always leave the encounter feeling like I can accomplish anything and cannot wait to see them again. We support each other, trust each other, and inspire each other. The reason for this is because these people give me energy; they make me better and stronger, both personally and professionally. Bo Eason says, “Surround yourself with people who see greatness in you.”However, this…
  • 5 Things to Know About Working With Highly Sensitive People

    Rosemina Nazarali
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    (CC) Jerry Bunkers/FlickrBeing sensitive tends to have negative connotations, especially in the workplace. This, however, is a huge misconception.Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. first researched the traits of high sensitive people back in the early ’90s, finding that as many as one in five people can identify with being highly sensitive. Traits include reflecting on things more than others, worrying about how others feel and preferring quieter environments. Aron authored The Highly Sensitive Person and has even developed a self-test (which you can download here) to determine if you are a highly…
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    OnStrategy

  • 3 Rules We Used In Our Own Planning Retreat

    Heyden Enochson
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    With the eminent whirl-wind of the holidays and New Year approaching, our team is not immune to the pressure of strategic planning for the upcoming year. 2015 is only weeks away and we’re in the same boat as our clients – it’s strategic planning season. So, we drank our own Kool-Aid. With team members scattered throughout the Globe, we flew everyone in for a two-day planning retreat in Lake Tahoe, CA – the OnStrategy team’s home away from home. Play, with Some Work We set an agenda for the two-day retreat with a set of expected outcomes. That being said, we set aside some time to…
  • It’s Not a Strategy until You’ve Answered These Two Questions

    Jeff Brunings
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Like most strategy leaders you’re probably full swing ahead in planning for next year. You’ve assembled your strategic planning team. Your team has completed its kick-off meetings to communicate timelines and outcomes. You’ve aligned on mission, vision and organization values. Sweet, but where do you go from there? Before you jump into defining organizational goals, your team needs to answer this essential question: Where are you going to play and how are you going to win? This fundamental question is one we’ve borrowed (and frequently use in our own day-to-day operations) from Alan…
  • Strategic Planning Terms

    Shannon Sage
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Phase 1 – Determine Position Jump to: Phase 2 • Phase 3 • Phase 4 Strategy Definition: Consciously choosing to be clear about your company’s direction in relation to what’s happening in the dynamic environment. Definition in Detail: Establishes unique value proposition compared to your competitors Executed through operations that provide different and tailored value to customers Identifies clear trade-offs and clarifies what not to do Focuses on activities that fit together and reinforce each other Drives continual improvement within the organization and moves it…
  • 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…
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • Follow Your Conscience

    Frank Sonnenberg
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Moral character is the DNA of success and happiness. Follow Your Conscience by Frank Sonnenberg, is jam-packed with actionable advice on improving your relationships, strengthening your career, and finding your purpose in life. Follow Your Conscience answers questions such as: How do you build a solid reputation? How do you achieve better balance in life? What makes relationships last? How can you spot a counterfeit leader? What steps should you take during tough times? What separates the haves from the have-nots? How do you build a solid foundation for your kids? What are proven ways to…
  • Executive Compensation: Have You No Shame?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    I’m so sorry to bother you. I know how important you are, but it’s critical for you to hear this message. Given that there are only a handful of positions at the top of any organization, anyone who achieves that level of success should be congratulated. No one gets that far as a result of luck. It requires exceptional talent, tireless hours, and personal sacrifice. As such, executives should be compensated handsomely for their performance. Period. BUT, even the most talented people in the world depend, in part, on the team that surrounds them. In fact, chances are that the organization…
  • Life Is A Balancing Act

    Frank Sonnenberg
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Life Is A Balancing Act Having a fast-track career      Maintaining a vibrant family and social life Making time to think      Completing a task Eating what you love      Living a healthy lifestyle Working for money      Doing what you love Having “me” time      Being social with others Spending money now     Saving for the future Doing what you want     Doing what is expected of you Spending time with the kids     Enjoying one-on-one time with your spouse Pushing yourself to achieve more     Stopping to smell the roses Trying something new    …
  • 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…
 
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    Blog

  • 4 Reasons Every Day Should Be Thanksgiving for Salespeople

    Joanne Black
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    For those of us in the U.S., Thanksgiving will soon kick off the holiday season. It’s a national day for unplugging and connecting with the people who matter most. Yes, it’s a day for eating turkey, but more importantly, it’s a reminder to be grateful for all the blessings in our lives. Too bad it only comes once a year, because giving thanks should be on salespeople’s minds every single day — especially those who prospect through referrals. A “thank you” goes a long way — thanks for a referral, thanks for new business, thanks for the meeting. You can never thank someone…
  • 4 Steps to Plan Smart Marketing Campaigns with Salesforce

    Amanda Nelson
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Salesforce is a springboard for amazing marketing campaigns. It enables you to segment customers by behavior or activity, report on the results of marketing initiatives, or create lists. When your Salesforce Leads and Contacts perform certain activities you think are important — downloading an ebook, for example, or calling a phone number — they will automatically become “members” of associated campaigns that you set up. This is a fantastic way to segment your prospects and customers according to the marketing initiatives they respond to. Here are some best practices to plan for…
  • ICYMI: The NYC Salesforce World Tour

    Marissa Kraines
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    What a memorable day in New York City! Yesterday Salesforce hosted our biggest New York event ever. We announced two big launches — the next generation of Social Studio, and the all-new Salesforce1 Mobile App. Thank you to everyone for an incredible show where we brought the energy of Dreamforce and the spirit of giving back to the heart of New York City. Didn't catch the New York City Salesforce World Tour in person or by watching on Salesforce Live? We've got you covered! Check out our highlights: The Salesforce World Tour continues in Tokyo on December 4, where we will be…
  • 10 Steps to Getting Started with Reports and Dashboards

    Ashwini Govindaraman
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Reports and dashboards are a critical component of the Salesforce Sales Cloud, delivering insight to sales reps, managers, and executives across your company, and on any device. But lately, I have been getting a lot of questions about best practices around reports and dashboards in Salesforce. Regardless of whether you are an administrator at a growing SMB or a large enterprise, there are 10 key principles that can help you build a solid foundation. 1. Clean data means accurate reporting We have all heard the adage, “Garbage in, garbage out.” No matter how simple, sophisticated, or smart,…
  • B2B Sales Benchmark Research Finds Some Pipeline Surprises [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Gilad Raichshtain
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Implisit analyzed the pipelines of hundreds of companies to discover the channels that deliver the highest conversion rate. Are you focusing on the right channels? B2B sales processes are complex, with myriad stakeholders and prolonged decision cycles. That’s why it’s hard to know from the top of your head what’s working and what’s not. Fortunately, we have Salesforce, where we can track lead sources all the way to closing the deal. At Implisit, we analyzed anonymous aggregated lead data from hundreds of companies to see what works and what doesn’t. Results are surprising: some…
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    Chris Walker VIP Blog

  • Live love life - Daily Practices to keep you on track

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Everyday you have the opportunity to become overwhelmed by stress or live and love life. It's really the ultimate freedom, the way you think and act. A huge key to this is not to cause more problems than life automatically generates. This means a daily routine that sweeps up debris from yesterday, clears the fog for today and refreshes your view of the horizon. Maybe this little chart will help you.  http://www.chriswalker.com.au/reminders.html [...] (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…
  • Aussie For Neti Pot - It's right under Your Nose

    16 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    When you are really sick or something gets broken you go to hospital. That's where you hand over the power to keep you healthy to an expert. But sometimes nature has the perfect cure and in this case of the Neti Pot ... it's right under your nose - the Aussie Neti Pot... a swim in the ocean.The water is clean, salty, gets up your nose, you can blow it out without offending the neighbours and you don't need a piece of home furniture shaped like Aladdin's lamp ... just a willingness to get wet.No [...] (This is a 2 minute summary. If the video or book is not displaying, click the header title…
  • Boxed in? People work better in Nature

    16 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    When you go on holidays, you usually go to nature right? You usually don't go to a hotel room and watch TV the whole time do you? Why is that? Well, intuitively you know the obvious. Watching TV is a waste of time and being in nature is really good. You intuitively know that when you are on holiday you want to make the best of it, get out and see things, feel things and enjoy the sunshine or wind or waves or whatever... you even take a camera with you to snap some selfies or a great view. And y [...] (This is a 2 minute summary. If the video or book is not displaying, click the header title…
  • Do you need a kick in THE B.U.T ?

    15 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    If you live your life as you maintain your car, you'll do pretty well. Like this: you don't wait for your car to breakdown in order to put oil in it do you? You don't wait till your tires go flat to put air in them do you? And you schedule a service every now and then to keep the car "happy." All of this has payback because you want reliability, you want good resale and you want trouble free motoring. Got it.. absolutely ... So, I created the B.U.T ...  daily maintenance routine. I act [...] (This is a 2 minute summary. If the video or book is not displaying, click the header title…
  • STRESS AND FOUR WORDS TO HELP PREVENT IT

    13 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    There is an audio at the end of this article. We have this opportunity to choose many times each day. We can make the effort to be open and to live with a genuine love and respect for ourselves and for others; we can choose to see all our inner effort as an investment in the quality of our outer life. We can choose love or we can let ourselves be consumed by doubts, fears, judgments, anger, worries and insecurities. You have to choose your outcome carefully. Instead of being consumed by tension [...] (This is a 2 minute summary. If the video or book is not displaying, click the header title…
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    The New Laws of Leadership

  • The Truth About How Your Brain Gets Smarter

    Christine Comaford
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    “What’s your greatest fear?” I asked Bill Gates one night, over Tom Yum Gai. “Easy—not getting smarter.” Bill then laid out his plan to ensure he’d always be surrounded by super smart people. Maybe he didn’t know about myelin. The Smarter Secret Let’s assume “smarter” means making better choices, getting more of what you want and less of what you don’t. Let’s assume “smarter” means learning things faster, having more “ah ha” moments, breaking through mental barriers swiftly and with deep fulfillment. Here’s how it works. Roughly half of your brain is made…
  • 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…
 
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    JMLalonde.com

  • Sitting May Be Killing You

    Joseph Lalonde
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    The latest health warning has been that sitting all day is bad for you. So bad, that they’re saying sitting may be killing you! That’s a tough pill to swallow as most people spend a large amount of their day sitting behind a desk at work or driving back and forth to different work locations. But that’s not the sitting I want to talk about today. There’s another type of sitting that is killing you (and your dreams). Image via Creative Commons From birth, we don’t really live but we are slowly dying. Every day we step closer to death. It’s a fact of life.
  • The Definition Of A Great Leader

    Joseph Lalonde
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Everyone has an idea in their heads of what a great leader looks like. They have the picture-perfect image in their minds. Sometimes this idea of a great leader is easy to express. Other times, words are elusive and you just can’t pinpoint what makes a great leader. Image by Wesley Fryer I’ve got my own ideas of what makes a great leader. You do too. But I hope you’ll stick around while I share my definition of a great leader. A great leader shares a clear vision with his team. A great leader takes responsibility for what happens to and in his team. A great leader looks for…
  • 37 Signals

    Joseph Lalonde
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:09 am
    The customer is not always right. The truth is you have to sort out who’s right and who’s wrong for your app. If you try to please everyone, you won’t please anyone.The post 37 Signals appeared first on Joseph Lalonde.
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

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

    johnmaxwell
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 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,…
  • DECISION: Your Friday Challenge, A Minute With John Maxwell

    johnmaxwell
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 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,…
  • AVERAGE: LIVE From the John Maxwell Team Training Event

    johnmaxwell
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 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.
  • CONFLICT: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 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,…
  • PROSPER: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 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

  • 29 Ways to Celebrate World Hello Day

    Skip Prichard
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:19 pm
    World Hello Day   Hallo. Ciao! Hallo. Ni hao! Hola. Marhaba! Shalom. Bonjour! Friday, November 21 is World Hello Day. What are you supposed to do on World Hello Day? Greet 10 people. That’s it.   “ “For every goodbye, God also provides a hello.” –Donna Gable Hatch Tweet ThisShare on Facebook   The idea is to encourage the resolution of conflicts through communication instead of force. Sure, we can all point to examples where this is not possible. We may call it idealistic. Still, I like having a day where we can celebrate the power of communication. It’s easy to…
  • Assume the Positive

    Skip Prichard
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Start With The Positive You’re flipping channels on the television when all of a sudden you land on a game show. You hear the crowd shouting answers.  The person playing the game is trying to answer the host of the show, hoping to win big.  In the background you can see a gleaming new car. You don’t intend to watch, but you want to see what happens. The contestant squints, grimaces, and tentatively answers. Almost instantaneously you hear a loud buzzer going off.  The obnoxious sound signals the end of the dream. Game Over. Some people seem to wait in the wings as if watching a game…
  • Overcoming Rejection: Why No is A Good Thing

    Skip Prichard
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Every No is One Step Closer to a Yes When I think of overcoming objections, I immediately think about sales professionals and sales training.  The fact is that sales training is a key skill for aspiring leaders whether you are in the sales profession or not. After all, objections are not only an exercise in closing a sale.  Every leader experiences rejection.  If you don’t have the skills to overcome the occasional “no,” you will have difficulty leading anyone or anything. Sales is not only closing business.  It also is about selling ideas.  In fact, in today’s social media age,…
  • Why Adapting in the Social Age is Key to Survival

    Skip Prichard
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Do you think social media is something to assign to the marketing department? Do you think social is mainly about getting out your message? Do you understand that the Social Age changes everything?   Adapting to a Social World I recently had the opportunity to talk with my friends, Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt about their new book A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive. They are both social media experts who help leaders and companies understand and thrive in the new social age.  Ted Coiné is co-founder of one of my favorite leadership communities, Switch & Shift…
  • How to Jumpstart Innovation

    Skip Prichard
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
      Is your team stuck and in need of an innovation injection? Are there ways to structure brainstorming to enhance the creative process? Is it possible to learn how to innovate and create?   Make Stone Soup If you study innovation, creativity and success, you will likely know my friend Jeff DeGraff.  I first met him when I was running a business in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Someone on my team introduced me to the “Dean of Innovation” when we were struggling with a problem.  Dr. DeGraff is a professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  He has worked…
 
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • The 14 cherished lessons from 14 years of corporate work experience

    Nischala
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    In 2014, I completed 14 years of professional work experience. Looking back, I can say that I’ve come a long way from where I started. 14 years is indeed a long time in life..! Sometimes I wonder about how far I’ve come Sometimes I ponder about what I really achieved Many times I wonder and ponder on where that time really went! In all these years, the good thing is that the penchant for ‘new and diverse experiences’ has fueled my career taking me across the world through unique, exciting and enriching destinations, cultures, places, people, work assignments, challenges,…
  • 3 minutes of your time for the case and cause of Indian women at work

    Nischala
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    Do you think that Indian women at work issues are spoken about enough? Or rather the right issues are acknowledged enough? Do you think the Indian women at work is at the cross-roads to manage their personal and professional lives? Do you have any views, perspectives, opinions on what the real problems are? Do you think the ‘real conversations’ which make a difference are happening? Are they enough? Any thoughts on what solutions can make it all better for her – Be it your daughter(-in-law), mother(-in-law), sister(-in-law), friend or any women around you? Here’s a…
  • Know a woman (in India) on a career break and looking to resume work? You must read this post…

    Nischala
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    There are so many Indian women who end up taking a career break. If “What options, possibilities and opportunities exist?” is your question, you’ll find answers in this post.. She is well educated She was a career woman She was financially independent She loved her work She loved the professional identity She really enjoyed having an active work life As she traversed the journey of life.. The inevitable happens Marriage or Motherhood or Ill-health (of self, spouse, kids, ailing parents / in-laws / relatives) come knocking at her life And then it happens.. THE inevitable…
  • 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…
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    Kaufman Global

  • Kaufman Global Attends 2014 ADIPEC in UAE

    Media Alert
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    Kaufman Global will be among the 60,000 participants at this years’ Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, 10 – 13 November 2014. This year’s theme, “Challenges and Opportunities for the Next 30 Years” will be the focal point of discussion for global energy leaders, policy makers, innovators, technicians, and scholars. Conference attendees are invited to connect with Kaufman Global’s Michael Plageman, vice president, business development to discuss how operational excellence methods can be…
  • Pursuing World-Class Performance? “20 Keys” to Success

    Don Rae
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    world–class adjective : among the best in the world : being of the highest caliber in the world <a world–class athlete> Source: Webster-Merriam.com dictionary What does the phrase “world-class” really mean? This question has been asked since the term first became popular in the 1950s. Companies that are considered to be world-class consistently exceed customer expectations. This type of performance isn’t accidental. It requires systems that adapt to dynamic environments. Kaufman Global frequently uses the 20 Keys system in our work with clients that are pursuing world-class…
  • 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.
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    The Purposeful Culture Group

  • Is Your Culture “Sticky”?

    S. Chris Edmonds
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Let’s pretend for a moment. Let’s put you in the role of leading a large division within your company. And, you’ve done really well. You’ve worked hard and crafted a high... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Common Ground

    S. Chris Edmonds
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you experience workplace fulfillment in your job? Apparently, not many of us do. For a recent study, the Energy Project interviewed over 12,000 employees and found that 50% report a lack of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Off Script with Liberating Rules

    S. Chris Edmonds
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love the new Audi commercial. You’ve probably seen it. Everyone has a written script. They carry it around and refer to it. They don’t think. They don’t act outside the scripted... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
 
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    Switch & Shift

  • 13 Scary Statistics on Employee Engagement

    Jacob Shriar
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    There is a serious problem with the way we work. Most employees are disengaged and not passionate about the work they do. This is costing companies a ton of money in lost productivity, absenteeism, and turnover. It’s also harmful to employees, because they’re more stressed out than ever. The thing that bothers me the most about it, is that this is all so easy to fix. I can’t figure out why managers aren’t more proactive about this.... Read More»
  • How Great Leaders Make a FUSS About What Works

    Jim Haudan
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Why are we always so focused on what’s NOT right? It’s partly human nature, partly habit, and we are just drawn to solve the biggest breakdowns in the business. The problem is that when we do this, we neglect to focus on what actually is working. And that’s where the real opportunity lies.... Read More»
  • 3 Ways We Confuse Emotions with Emotional Intelligence

    Dana Theus
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    It often surprises my executive coaching clients how important their emotions are to their workplace success. Most of us have been trained to keep our emotions out of the office, so we let lag an ongoing investment in our Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Part of the problem is that investing in developing EQ is work that doesn’t always have an immediate payoff, and most of us are focused on results now! But part of the problem is a fundamental misunderstanding about what EQ is. ... Read More»
  • 6 Ways to Know You Need a Course Correction

    Frank Sonnenberg
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Some people measure success by the wealth they’ve accumulated, the power they’ve attained, or the status they’ve achieved. Yet, even though they’ve reached success beyond their wildest dreams, they still have an empty feeling — something is missing from their life. In order to fill that void and be completely fulfilled in life, their soul may be searching for something more. ... Read More»
  • 14 Essentials That Help Today’s Leaders Do Great Work

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council) surveyed some folks about one thing they need to do good work. Here are the responses.... Read More»
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    PLAY BIG: SING POSSIBILITY / TRANSFORM LIFE

  • Play BIG By Granting Yourself Permission To Be Fractured/Broken

    Maz Iqbal
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:57 am
    My parents were great at beating me up. How so? By pointing out where I failed to match their expectations. My school teachers were great at beating me up. How so? My pointing out where I failed to meet their standards? In the business world, my managers have been great at beating me up. How so? By pointing out my deficiencies / weaknesses during the appraisal process. It worked. Over the course of time I became a master of beating myself. Never content to be and to enjoy that which I have. Always striving to do (more, different), become (more, better, different) and look like I have it all…
  • Bruce Lee’s Wisdom For Living Well & Playing Big

    Maz Iqbal
    2 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Until recently, I had known and related to Bruce Lee as a martial artist and as an actor. It turns out that he was much more. He was also someone who looked deeply into life.  Today I share with you some of his wisdom. Truth Is Outside All Fixed Patterns Conditioning is to limit a person within the framework of a particular system. All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.  The Problems Of Belief Belief binds, belief isolates. An established set style. Chained down. In bondage. Bound. It can never comprehend the new, the…
  • Each Of Us Is More Than S/he Seems

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

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

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

  • Sales Coaching: The Dirty Little Secret about Sales Coaching.

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
      Recently we introduced our sales coaching cloud technology known as ONE-UP.   This technology was developed solely as a tool for our members when, as with so many solutions, there came a total moment of clarity created by need.     While in conversation with a member who is an EVP, and asked what percent of time his managers spent in coaching, and focusing on high pay off activities, his response was “ I simply don’t know.”   But he continued, “While I would like to think that my managers are spending the majority of their time doing the…
  • Sales Coaching: Focusing on Sales Management

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    Throughout the years the sales the sales industry has done a pretty darn good job of determining the tools, resources, training, metrics, and methodologies that sales people need to execute against in order to hit their sales objectives. As a producer myself I appreciate this fact, but it is not enough!
  • Are You Motivated to Motivate?

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Being a coach is not easy and on some days it can be quite exhausting. The trick is to keep your motivation for being a motivator! Sustaining motivation can be tough under the best of circumstances. 
  • Sales Coaching: What I Won't Talk About Today

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    How can I talk about sales coaching today when I’ve got this adorable face begging to play? This is Rubble. He arrived to our household yesterday. Sure, I could relate his homecoming to the philosophies and importance of sales coaching here at the EcSell Institute. For example, I could talk about the prep work we have been doing in advance of Rubble’s arrival. This included discussions with my kids about the responsibilities that come with having a new pet. We had regular talks at our daily meetings (dinner time) to discuss the expectations for each household member once Rubble arrived.
  • Make less decisions to create more motivation

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    If you are a parent, you probably remember when your child started becoming independent. First, they wanted to feed themselves their own Cheerios. Next, they tried to pick out their own clothes. And then, they insisted on holding their toothbrush when cleaning their teeth. All these little steps along the way were so meaningful to them because they were becoming “big” and you saw the pride on their face when they were able to do something by themself. This drive that your child displayed early on is the same drive that also fuels grown-ups – to have ownership over things in their life.
 
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    Doug Smith Live

  • If I Knew Then What I Know Now [Podcast]

    Doug Smith
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I recently had the privilege of speaking at Thrive and 19 North for my friends Zack and Lauren Blair. If you live in Pittsburgh and are a teenager or twenty-something, I couldn’t encourage you enough to visit these ministries! They are incredible!In this message, I share 11 things God has taught me in the last 12 years that I wish I had known when I was younger. I hope that it adds value to your life. Enjoy! Notes:If I knew Then what I know Now“We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if…
  • Learning to Lead Episode #48: Greg Peaslee on Leadership

    Doug Smith
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    This episode comes from our Learning to Lead Breakfast series. Our November 2014 speaker was UPMC Executive, Greg Peaslee. In this episode, Greg teaches what he believes to be some of the most significant lessons for next generation leaders to learn.Everyone who attended the breakfast learned so much. I hope that this episode adds as much value to your life as it did to mine! Below you will find the podcast, Greg’s bio, some of my key takeaways, and upcoming announcements for Learning to Lead.If you enjoy Greg’s talk, you can listen to my interview with Greg from a few years ago…
  • 8 Milestones that Have Marked My Life

    Doug Smith
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:28 am
    I was meeting with a mentor last week and we had a conversation around milestones that have marked our lives. In our conversation, my mentor made an interesting observation. He said, “Every milestone I experienced in life involved me taking a jump.”Today, I want to share with you milestones that have marked my life. I define a milestone as a significant moment in our lives that makes a lasting impact on who and where we are today. After you read my milestones, I’d love to hear what your milestones have been. Feel free to comment below letting me know your…
  • Learning to Lead Episode #47: Allan Woods

    Doug Smith
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    In this podcast I interviewed Allan Woods, former Vice Chairman and Chief Information Officer at Mellon Financial. This was one of my favorite interviews. Allan is one of the most interesting people I have ever met. He retired from Mellon in 2005 in order to become a paramedic. In his words, “I went from being the most senior person in the boardroom to the rank of a rookie in the ambulance, having twenty-year olds tell me what to do.” In the interview, Allan talks about that transition and what it taught him.Allan also shares with us his best leadership advice. At Mellon, he was…
  • 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.
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    LaRae Quy | Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • 3 Things to Remember When Good Performance Doesn’t Lead To Success

    LaRae Quy
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    If you're new here, you may want to receive notices of new blog posts via email. Thanks for visiting - LaRae.During my four months in the FBI Academy, I shot over 3,000 rounds of ammo in firearms training, spent untold hours in the gym building up enough muscle to pass the fitness test, and endured an endless number of mock interrogation sessions.  We spent hundreds of hours practicing real life situations so that when we hit the streets with our badge and gun, we’d be successful as newly minted FBI agents. It didn’t take me long in the real world of hard knocks to understand that…
  • 7 Disadvantages You Need For Massive Success

    LaRae Quy
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Growing up in a rural area, going to a small college, and moving into the fast-paced business world, I felt at a disadvantage on many levels. Little did I know that these same disadvantages would give me the scrappiness I’d need to succeed. It takes mental toughness to develop the healthy habits we need to overcome the disadvantages we face in life. I quickly learned that while surviving in my circumstances may be considered success; thriving in them is massive success. Check out this list to see how how your disadvantages in life have prepared you for massive success:   1. NEVER…
  • 14 Promises To Make To Yourself When Life Gets Tough

    LaRae Quy
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:40 pm
    When life gets tough, it’s hard to look truth in the eye. We’ve all paid a heavy price to get where we are today, and we need mental toughness to keep this important promise to ourselves—that if we keep looking for positive alternatives in our life, we will find them.  Looking truth in the eye, and recognizing it when we see it, has always been a challenge. One of history’s most reviled characters is Pontius Pilate, the judge at the trial of Jesus over two thousand years ago. Pilate asked a fascinating question, “What is truth?” The scene on that Passover night would have been…
  • The Secret To A Successful Mindset

    LaRae Quy
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    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 behavior when we’re pushed to our limits. These traits help successful leaders make good decisions in life.
  • 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…
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    Deep Imprints Coaching

  • Can you walk the tightrope of change?

    Kim
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:34 am
    When you are in a new situation, how do you determine if you are safe to be yourself? I work a lot in change management, and this question keeps coming up. When we walk into a new situation, or when the ground shifts around us, we perceive threat. When we perceive threat, we pull back. […]
  • How do you recharge?

    Kim
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    This weekend I reached that point – where every word someone speaks feels like an arrow where other people’s emotions feel like sandpaper As an introvert, this place is real. It has taken years to realize that it is perfectly normal and okay to reach that point from time to time. It means we are […]
  • Leading change?

    Kim
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    It is dangerous for me to have time to myself. This morning, I ended up with free time and went on a hunt for leadership resources. I found something interesting that I think you might enjoy too. First, You were created for a purpose, and your unique makeup is part of that purpose. You have […]
  • Reality Check

    Kim
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    Sometimes God is kind to us and gives us a serious reality check. Today was one of those days. I came out of the restroom, and saw a beautiful woman with perfect hair standing there. Next to her, I felt dowdy. It is not uncommon for me to blurt what is on my mind, and […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Great Results Teambuilding

  • Technology Cannot Replace Student or Teacher Teamwork

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
      The integration of technology into the hands of your students has likely been a topic of much discussion, but it will never replace the importance of teacher teamwork or the environment that a quality classroom provides. Whether by laptops, I-pads, smart-boards, or smart phones, your classroom has in all likelihood already been invaded by technology.  And that is not a bad thing. While, as a teacher, you may marvel at the capabilities these tools bring to your classroom, technology is still just exactly that – simply a collection of shiny new tools. Still, it is true that the right…
  • Better Teamwork Begins With Training Your Eyes to See the Best in Your Teammates

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
      There is no magic pill for building better teamwork, but one of the most important keys is helping your team realize that they will likely often see only what thy look for in those they have the responsibility to inspire and develop. A team leaders attention should therefore be modified, for what leaders train their eyes to focus on has a tremendous impact on the results their team will be able to enjoy. You may not have seen it, but there is an entertaining selective attentiontest video available on YouTube that does a terrific job of illustrating this point.  The video asks you to…
  • Eight Great Motivational Video Clips for Inspiring Your Team

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
      Every team, at some point in their time together, needs the boost of motivational videos or an inspiring message delivered to help them get through adversity or regain an emotional intensity that may have begun to diminish… Below are eight great motivational clips for you to consider sharing with your team. Since they are only short video clips, you can easily access them from your laptop and watch them together as a pre-game boost or as an energizing introduction to your next team meeting…   Here is the list, in no particular order:   http://bit.ly/z4BDdI       …
  • Seven Great Ways to Deal With Whiners on Your Team

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
      Virtually every office, faculty, or athletic group has at least one whiner, and the rest of the group find themselves looking for ways to deal with whiners. Whiners are just regular people with an irrational response to reality. The simple truth is that while most successful people invest their time in solving problems and taking action, whiners insist on complaining and wallowing in the mud that they find themselves in – playing the role of victim instead of victor. One of the most important equations you will ever memorize is this one, compliments of Mark Victor Hansen, who is…
  • The Top 20 Team Building Outcomes Your People Will Value

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
      When considering a team building event, you should know and be prepared to discuss the outcomes that you most value and the take-aways you desire your team to enjoy following the event. There are virtually hundreds of team challenges and activities available that provide outcomes ranging from trust building, to improving accountability practices, to defining roles, to boosting group morale.  Each group is different, and your unique mixture of personalities and project requirements brings with it specific needs to ensure that your people are able to work together as productively as…
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    Coaching Excellence

  • 5 Principles For Creating A Life Of Wellbeing

    ipeccoaching
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I first learned of Helen Keller while watching my babysitter’s high school production of the story. I recall sitting transfixed in the auditorium chair stuffed with old coils that groaned and protested every time I leaned in closer to the unfolding drama. I marveled at Helen’s wildness as she tore about the stage in anger and frustration. And I felt grateful for the patience of Annie, her teacher. Look at illness with an enlightened perspective. Keller had so many reasons to suffer at the hands of her circumstances and never risk a connection to the outside world. Instead, she fought…
  • The Impact of Workplace Conflict

    ipeccoaching
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    “Often those that criticize others reveal what he himself lacks.” ― Shannon L. Alder According to the Ayers Group, an organizational consulting firm, managers spend 1/3 of their workday dealing with conflict. Conflict is responsible for the majority of work performance problems. It frequently takes the form of back stabbing, gossip, and in worse case scenarios, sabotage. A study entitled, “Workplace Conflict and How Businesses Can Harness It to Thrive,” conducted by CPP, Inc., found that employees in the U.S. spend nearly three hours per week dealing with conflict in the workplace.
  • Everyday We Write The Book

    ipeccoaching
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    When time allows, one of my favorite pastimes is to find a quiet spot and lose myself between the covers of a good book. Sure, I like movies, but, a book lets me see the characters and locations as I envision them, not how someone else does. Reading is active. It’s stimulating. It’s creative. Most people I know enjoy reading. Some like Clancy and Crichton. Others prefer Stephen King or George R. R. Martin. Nora Roberts is, of course, one of the most popular current authors. Though their genres and styles differ, one thing they all share is the ability […]
  • Attitude is Everything

    ipeccoaching
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    Working in the coaching community, I am exposed to lots, and I mean lots, of tremendously talented people. People who motivate. People who inspire. People who are so full of energy it radiates out of them and is absorbed by others. They come from as varied backgrounds as one can imagine. From business executives to cancer survivors and actors to policemen (I was going to say “actors to zoologists” for the A to Z effect, but I honestly don’t know any zoologists) and anywhere in between, they all have one thing in common: they not only have great attitudes about […]
  • Leaders: Is Your Company Fitting In Or Standing Out?

    ipeccoaching
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Have you ever thought about how people will change just to fit into their environment? In 1962, social psychologist Solomon Asch teamed up with the then popular television show, Candid Camera, to demonstrate how quickly a basic social norm (how people stand in an elevator facing the door), could be reversed using group conformity. During the experiment, Asch had his team enter an elevator first, turn around, and face in the other direction. People who entered afterwards did the same. They faced the back wall instead of the door. It was a simple, yet effective way to demonstrate that people…
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    Blog entries

  • Powerful Women Dealing with Weak Cultures – Part 2

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    In these two blogs I am writing about two powerful women and the deficient organizational cultures they are responsible for changing. Last week I wrote about Ginni Rometty, Fortune Magazine’s most powerful business leader, and how she is trying to transform IBM. This week I will write about Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and touch on her organizational challenge that is almost too large an...
  • Powerful Women Dealing with Weak Cultures – Part 1

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Entrenched organizational culture is the biggest challenge two of Fortune magazine’s most powerful women leaders, Ginni Rometty of IBM and Janet Yellen of the Federal Reserve Bank, are dealing with. And when I read about their corporate cultures and problems, one seems to have a better chance of success than the other. Let me start with Ginni Rometty.
  • Women in Business – Four Short Stories

    7 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    Last week I watched the PBS special Women in Business and read the October 6th issue of Fortune magazine, which featured the 50 Most Powerful Women. Today I thought I would introduce you to four business women who caught my interest.
  • 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.
 
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    peoplediscovery.co.uk

  • The 25 Step Employee Mindset Audit For Successful Culture Change

    Christina Lattimer
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    Developing an Employee Mindset Committed to Growth is Essential In my experience, employee mindset is one of the most difficult and tricky issues for a leader or manager to tackle.  Of course, in an ideal world at the recruitment stage, leaders would hopefully choose people with a mindset which is condusive to the success of the business, but often this is simply not the reality.  Many circumstances can make employees appear bright and fresh right at the outset of the employee contract and things can go wrong, or a leader may inherit a team with an ingrained employee mindset.  Often…
  • 5 Little Articulated Truths Which Shape Our World View

    Christina Lattimer
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Our World View Shapes Our Experience We all have an individual world view.  Our view of the world can be big picture or a series of details, much depends on our psychological make-up, experiences, beliefs and ideas about the world.  As individuals we are all unique in this respect and world views are individual, so no matter how much we try, we can never completely see the world the same as another.  Empathy and compassion can help us to do this by virtue of “walking in another shoes”, or “seeing things through their point of view” for example.  But you can never…
  • 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…
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    leading brains

  • Can leaders change their spots?

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    I remember a few years ago now speaking to a country manager of one of the largest multinationals on the planet. We were discussing a coaching assignment I was about to take on with one of his senior managers. What struck me about the conversation was how this particular leader kept on repeating the phrase, “It's in his DNA”. I did object to this and gently drew his attention to the ability of people to change - he was unconvinced.The question is then: Can people change? Can bad leaders become good leaders? Isn’t it all hard wired anyway?According to this Harvard Business…
  • The importance of fun in business

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    In the model of the brain I propose to business leaders I always talk about the basic need for pleasure [1]. However there seems to be an instinctive desire to say, “We’re here to work not have fun”. Sure many understand that fun is a good part of work but only as an additional add on. It is not deemed something that is an essential part of work.However, I beg to differ! Fun is an essential component of work. Not only that, if you do not have fun, pleasure that is, you cannot be performing at your peak. Obviously the concept of fun differs from person to person. And fun does not mean…
  • For the love of leadership

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    In my talk at TEDxZug in 2013 I spoke on a topic that concerns all of humanity. All economic systems, all political systems and all corporate systems. Indeed any system in which human beings operate. In short I said that there is one component all of these systems need to have to support humanity: the basic rationale for all these systems is that ultimately they increase the well-being of humanity (socialism and capitalism, for example, claim to help humanity but in different ways). Many of these systems do not explicitly deal with this one component.This one component is…
  • Leader, leader on the wall, do you have the highest self-esteem of all?

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Last post I spoke about the need for control - one of five basic human needs - and how leaders often take control at the expense of their employees hence lowering engagement. These basic human needs I speak about in my book ("Neuroleadership"), with Argang Ghadiri and Prof. Theo Peters, are based on strong emotional circuitry in the brain. More that that if these are not fulfilled this will lead to disruption in brain functioning and disruption of psychological well-being.Self-esteem is one of these basic human needs deeply wired in our brain[1]. It is our natural human desire to feel…
  • Bad Leadership - The Need for Control

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    "Leadership" is everywhere and has been so for many years now. A quick search in Amazon will spit out 108,504 book results. That's a lot of books and a lot of words on leadership. This plethora of books is packed with words, phrases and clichés inspiring "great leadership". And yet this is a conundrum: with universities and business schools offering ever more courses we should have hordes of fantastic leaders swarming over the planet. Yet ask the average business person and the answer is different. Everyone has had a bad boss and I have seen first hand the impacts of bad leadership. Trust…
 
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  • How Showing Up Early May Help Increase Revenue

    Howard Shore
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    How Showing Up Early May Help Increase Revenue We all know that missing meetings, showing up late, or canceling at the last minute causes a bad reputation, which leads to lost income. Well, have you ever thought that showing up early to a meeting could actually increase your revenues? The Factor of Time We all have built a lifestyle where we really could use a 36-hour day vs. a 24-hour day. Time management is key to making the best of your days and keeping commitments. Imagine you are heading to a meeting. You have no time to spare. You rush in, imagining the others are already a little…
  • Learning To Count On Everyone

    Howard Shore
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Learning To Count On Everyone 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…
  • 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
    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 delegate tasks. Delegating…
  • 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…
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  • Why Didn’t I Get That Promotion?

    Beth Armknecht Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Following is an article from one of our favorite guest bloggers, Beth Armknecht Miller Most of us have asked ourselves this question sometime during our career, and you might be asking yourself the question right now.  After working with scores of executives as a coach and advisor, I have developed my top eight reasons why people are overlooked for a promotion. A high performance doesn’t mean high potential  In other words, just because you are doing a great job today doesn’t mean that you are displaying the competencies and behaviors necessary to be successful in a higher-level…
  • The Power of Your Voice

    Susan Mazza
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    As I sat listening to Sally Armstrong, an award winning journalist who has covered zones of conflict all over the world for the past 25 years, I was mesmerized by her stories of women who are courageously altering the status quo for themselves and igniting others to do the same around the world.  She was sharing stories from her recently released book titled Uprising. When asked “what can we do,” one of her responses was this: “Your most powerful weapon is your voice.” – Sally Armstrong  (tweet this) Her stories demonstrate the power we can wield when we are…
  • Make Values As Important As Results

    Susan Mazza
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    S. Chris Edmonds believes that great culture drives great performance – an idea he develops in his latest book, The Culture Engine. For an organization to fulfill its potential, the culture must truly reflect the heart of the company from leaders to team members. Here’s one way leaders can inspire their teams to increased potential and higher performance. How is “leadership effectiveness” measured in your organization? If the only thing people pay attention to is results, you might be reinforcing behaviors that erode trust, respect, and dignity. A friend told me recently…
  • 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…
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  • Meetings: Five Tips to Getting More Done With Less Struggle

    Susan Freeman
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    Is your meeting communication mysterious? We spend a lot of our time in meetings; so much so that in companies a common complaint is there isn’t enough time to move our projects ahead during the work day. We compensate by working longer days, often bringing home work in the evening or on the weekends. Is this an effective response? Is it even sustainable? Because we spend so much time in meetings, (many of which are dreaded), it would seem that we would have the hang of how to get a lot done in less time. Alas, that’s not always the … The post Meetings: Five Tips to Getting More…
  • Six Critical Areas Where You Need to Be Grounded

    Susan Freeman
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader Tips borrows from a Leading Blog post. Introducing a new book, Grounded, we are thrilled that it reinforces our approach to developing leaders; it begins with who we are being inside. Everything depends upon that. Good leaders are healthy leaders. We can’t separate our leadership from who we are inside. “Your well-being, success, and organization depend, first and foremost on who you are. You need to examine the internal stuff—what goes on in your mind and heart—before doing anything,” writes Bob Rosen in Grounded. Faced with the speed of change today,…
  • Does Your Leadership Reflect Your Intentions?

    Susan Freeman
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    This month’s theme is about Intention as a leadership practice. I recently visited Bhutan, a fascinating, tiny country in Asia, just south of Tibet and north of India.  Famous for its breathtaking natural beauty and unique architecture, Bhutan was closed to the West until the early 1960’s. Television arrived only a decade ago, and there is still one highway north-south and one east-west with no traffic lights, even in the capital city. Bhutan is well-known for its incredible landscape. Yet for a Westerner, what was remarkable was the prevalence of prayer flags. They are visible…
  • 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…
 
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    Leading in Context

  • 10 Things Trustworthy Leaders Know…

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton This week the Alliance of Trustworthy Business Experts from Trust Across America-Trust Around the World is holding a social media awareness campaign called #Trustgiving2014, In support of that campaign, I am featuring 10 posts about what it means to be a trustworthy leader. They include individual actions and organizational commitments that build trust. I hope you enjoy them!
  • 5 Elements of a (Proactive) Ethical Workplace

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Last week I wrote about how to prepare for leadership future by staying centered in ethical values. Grounding our work in values is critically important but it's not enough. There's much more to being ready for the future of leadership than just staying aligned with positive values. This week I'm sharing a graphic about 5 other variables that need to be in place to build a (positive) ethical culture.
  • Want To Thrive in Leadership Future? Tether Yourself To Values

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton It would be "easy [...] for organizations and leaders to become frozen by the magnitude of the changes under way" (McKinsey & Co., Management Intuition For the Next 50 Years). Success in future leadership requires being nimble and adaptive, flexing with constant change, and being ready for anything. How should we stay grounded as we avoid crises and manage our way through a maze of increasing expectations?
  • 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.
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  • Worth doing poorly?

    Dave
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing…POORLY??? Approximately one year ago, I started running…and nobody was chasing me.  To say I had my challenges and setbacks in the beginning would be an understatement.  I thought my knees were going to break, my lungs were going to fail, and waking up super early was not sustainable. While I was unaware of the following quote, it makes so much sense to me now. [Tweet “”Anything worth doing, is worth doing poorly.” ~ Jim Bearden”] In approximately two weeks, I will be participating in my first half…
  • 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. [Tweet…
  • 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. [Tweet…
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  • EXTREME TESTING: Practicing what you believe in

    Chery Gegelman
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    This week has been filled with the wrapping up of several projects, the planning of future projects, and the packing of suitcases for a much-needed break. And in that space, I’ve been pondering the past few months. This fall was a season of EXTREME TESTING.  (Only the teacher forgot to warn me that the tests were coming so I didn’t get to study.  And truthfully, I didn’t realize how much testing was occuring – until things slowed down and I paused to reflect.) It’s worth noting that although the tests were different, one theme was repeated over and over again:…
  • Band-Aids and EASY Buttons -Or- SOLUTIONS?

    Chery Gegelman
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:21 am
    An owner of a couple of small businesses is frustrated with dwindling profits. He blames his staff, treats them badly, moves them to different locations, stalls their vacations and refuses to listen to their feedback. The truth is: He has been an absentee owner that has happily collected profits from the businesses while choosing not to be involved in day-to-day operations. He hasn’t trained his employees or empowered them to make decisions. He has not been engaged with his customers and doesn’t know what they value. He hasn’t been proactive about growing his businesses or even keeping…
  • 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…
 
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    Get Real Leadership | It's About the People | Nicki Roth

  • Beyond Passion: from nonprofit expert to organizational leader

    nickiroth
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    I’m pleased to announce my latest book in now available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Passion-nonprofit-expert-organizational/dp/0692301771/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414971783&sr=1-1&keywords=beyond+passion%3B+from+nonprofit+expert+to+organizational+leader This is an exploration of developing high impact nonprofit leadership. It is based on work that I do with my colleagues at Saroga.org. I hope you check it out.Filed under: Leading, Self/other awareness Tagged: leadership
  • When All Else Fails, Hire a Female CEO

    nickiroth
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    This article in a recent Sunday Boston Globe got me thinking. Not all new thoughts. I remember when Obama was first elected and thinking, “Right, when the country is falling apart, bring in the person of color to clean up! Things can’t get any worse.” Shirley Leung’s piece makes the case that women CEOs are more […]
  • 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 […]
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    Serve to Lead® | James Strock

  • Daniel R Murphy | Eisenhower Time Management

    James Strock
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    In 1989 Stephen R. Covey published his best seller, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The book popularized what he called the “The Time Management Matrix.” Many readers may have been unaware that Covey did not give credit to its inventor, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower was a spectacularly effective manager of complex enterprises, with […] The post Daniel R Murphy | Eisenhower Time Management appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • 13 Leadership Lessons World War I

    James Strock
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Great War of 1914-18—it became the First World War only in tragic retrospect—was the seminal event of the 20th century. Its after-effects reverberate in our day. One might argue that the 20th century actually began with the war in 1914, culminating with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The Great War and […] The post 13 Leadership Lessons World War I appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Armistice Day | Eleventh Hour, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Month

    James Strock
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    This brief silent film montage evokes a moment at the hinge of history… We know so much they could not know…. They knew so much we cannot know…. ARMISTICE DAY, 1918 by ROBERT GRAVES What’s all this hubbub and yelling, Commotion and scamper of feet, With ear-splitting clatter of kettles and cans, Wild laughter down […] The post Armistice Day | Eleventh Hour, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Month appeared first on 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.
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  • Setting Sail – Introducing our Lead the Endurance program!

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    There are so many things about the story of Shackleton, his crew, and the Endurance that inspire us. It is a story of aspirations to greatness, of survival, of essentialism, and of unwavering leadership. Against impossible odds, they discovered something within themselves – greater than their circumstances – that helped them overcome the freezing conditions, lethargy, hopelessness, and strife. Their inner, collective fire burned so bright that kept them alive long enough to be rescued. After 22 months at frozen sea, not a single life was lost.   This year marks the 100th anniversary…
  • Just the Essentials – 2 Leadership Insights from the Endurance

    admin
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    “This isn’t what we signed up for” In considering the plight of the Endurance, it’s astounding just how well the crew fared in the most desolate of conditions. Not a single crew member died, and upon rescue they were reported to be in good spirits. Weather, few supplies, and a bleak outlook would have greatly accelerate the attrition of their spirit and willingness to push on. So, what made them and their experience different? In spite of their losses, the crew of the Endurance had a strong sense of unity, vision, and purpose – much of it instilled by their captain,…
  • Against All Odds – The Story of the Endurance

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Adversity can rarely be anticipated with enough detail for it to be circumvented. In its myriad forms, motivations, spontaneity, and mutability, all that can be certain about adversity is that it is sure to flourish at some point in your journey. Facing adversity effectively requires an honest admission that it will come to pass, without needing to know how it will develop or what it will be concerned with.   The voyage The date is August 6th, 1914.  The Endurance sets sail from Plymouth, England on a voyage to Buenos Aires, stopping for a few days before continuing on towards its…
  • 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 a culture change?   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. If all…
  • Convincing Management to Invest in Learning & Engagement

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Convince your boss that you need to invest in Learning & 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 & engagement seem like a “nice to have”, not a “need to have”. The numbers tell a different story.   By investing in Learning & Engagement, your team will:   Be more engaged…and more engaged employees are 20% more productive, 40% more likely to stay with your…
 
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    Alli Polin | Break The Frame

  • Selective Memory: A Perfect Past and Unknown Future

    Alli Polin
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    As I replay the highs and lows of my career and life, I realize that I only remember bits and pieces.  No, I don’t suffer from amnesia, but I do have selective memory.  I can look back on even the most trying of times and in retrospect, with many years in-between, they weren’t so bad.  In my memory stress and tears, bad bosses and challenging colleagues, professional failures and successes are reduced to a snapshot.  At best, I have a highlight reel I can play in my brain that makes me long for the good old days even while knowing in my gut that they weren’t always so good in…
  • A Self-Talk Gap: Exceptional vs Mediocre Employees

    Alli Polin
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Having worked as an internal employee in corporate life for nearly twenty years, I’ve hired and worked with some super stars.  It’s no surprise that I’ve also worked with individuals who personified mediocrity.  Since coaching people on strengthening their personal leadership for the past five years, I have spent a lot of time understanding the gap between mediocre employees and exceptional performers as I support people to be and do their best.  Oftentimes, performance is influenced by self-talk as much as real skill gaps. I can remember when a new hire on my team, who…
  • Why Be Creative? 10 Reasons to Make the Leap

    Alli Polin
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    A few weeks ago I wrote about my children and their commitment to the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program.  In my effort to support them, I’ve decided to throw my hat in the ring too.  All it takes to “win” is 50,000 words in 30 days.  Easy peasy? I doubt it.  I know all of the reasons “why not” and have been going over and over them in my mind, but excuses kill creativity.  I’ve finally started to ask a much better question: “Why be creative?” I’ve been sitting on the fence long enough – change only happens with action. If you…
  • 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…
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  • 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 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 […]
  • Why Crises Stimulate Innovation

    Kellie Cummings
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    Change is hard. Even small changes like finding a new dry cleaner or shifting from 2% to skim milk require mental effort. It’s tempting to stay with your current dry cleaner, even though you’re not happy with their service, because finding a new one forces us to think and try something different, which always conjures […]
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    Refresh Leadership

  • Self-Sabotage: 3 Ways We Get in Our Own Way

    Ashlie Turley
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are plenty of things that make your role as leader difficult – troublesome employees, small budgets, technology problems, demanding customers. But, if you’re having problems within your company and you’re having trouble pin-pointing the cause, there might be one other place you should look. Try taking a good look in the mirror, because sometimes the problem is actually you. Nothing is more damaging, or frustrating, than when you get in your own way. So check out these three forms of self-sabotage and make sure you aren’t behind your workplace woes. Avoiding Taking Responsibility…
  • Peak Performer’s Life: I Have a Dream

    Walter Bond
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond discusses the famous “I have a dream” Martin Luther King Jr. speech and the importance of being committed to your dream. Dr. King’s actions lined up with his dreams, so in order to achieve success, your daily actions must also line up with your dream. According to Walter: “Before you get committed to your dream, it’s going to be impossible to stay focused over time to make the dream come true.” How do your actions show your commitment to your dream? How do you get other people to buy into your goal? Let us know in the comments…
  • A Safety Net … or a Trap?

    Refresh Leadership
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Express Employment Professionals recently released a white paper exploring government benefit programs and their impact on employment. The paper seeks to answer four pressing questions: Are people abusing the disability insurance program? Are unemployment benefits prolonging unemployment? Are welfare benefits creating a “low-wage trap?” Have other programs become inefficient and counterproductive? These questions have taken on new urgency as government budgets tighten and as the nation’s labor force participation rate (LFPR) has remained too low for too long, even after the economic…
  • The Results Are In: Companies’ Biggest Roadblocks to Finishing Strong in 2014

    Jared Brox
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    In October, we asked what you anticipated to be your company’s biggest roadblocks to finishing strong in 2014. According to the results, with 19% of the votes, “outside influences (i.e. regulations, competition, economy, etc.)” is weighing heaviest on the minds of business leaders as we head into the end of the year. In second place, 16% of respondents said “lack of skilled workers” would be their biggest roadblock, followed by “insufficient staff” at 14%. The rest of the results are as follows: Poor leadership (13%) Turnover and retention issues (11%) Disengaged workforce (11%)…
  • Peak Performer’s Life: Master Your Day

    Walter Bond
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond reveals three simple things you can start doing today to help you get on your way to becoming  a peak performer. Simply put, before you can be an effective leader, you must first be able to “govern yourself.” According to Walter: “Be disciplined with your mind and what you think, because if you’re not thinking the right things, you’re not going to say the right things … you aren’t going to do the right things.” How do you take your thoughts captive? What do you do to ensure you are first managing yourself before you lead…
 
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  • When your Financials speak

    Neil Ducoff
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you were your company’s financial reports, would you feel ignored and disrespected? Or even worse, would you feel irrelevant? This may sound weird, but your financial reports have “feelings” too. They can feel strong, healthy and full of vitality. Likewise, they can feel sick, anemic, and in extreme cases, near death. And just as when your child is not feeling well, all you have to do is pay attention, understand the signs, and “listen” to what your financials are telling you about their past, current and probable future condition. Entrepreneurs tend to view…
  • If there were nothing but green lights

    Neil Ducoff
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    There are specific milestones in our lives when vision, determination, ambition, self-confidence and opportunity collide in ways that explode all the fears and obstacles that seemingly lay before you. These are the transformative moments when you step willingly into the unknown and take responsibility for your own success. It’s like driving to a destination with nothing but green lights before you. You become so positively charged that you overcome and break through the negative resistance that accompanies all bold journeys. And when you encounter the inevitable setbacks, you simply…
  • Leaders are always a work in progress

    Neil Ducoff
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Over twenty-one years ago, I founded Strategies to coach and train business owners in the disciplines of leadership, performance and growth. I am proud beyond words of my company. In 2008, I wrote a book called No-Compromise Leadership. It won the 2010 IPPY Award for business and leadership. I am also proud beyond words of that book. Guess what? After 40+ years of doing classes, keynotes, countless articles, three books, and coaching leaders … not to mention writing 354 Monday Morning Wake-Ups … I am proud to say that as a leader, I am still a work in progress. I still have much to learn…
  • 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…
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  • When is being a jerk a legally protected activity?

    Rich Henson
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Let’s concede right off the bat that any of us can be guilty of being a jerk at one point or another. In a moment of frustration, you descend to the cellar of human nature and flip the switch to jerk-dom. (Think morning traffic commute.) It happens, if ever so briefly. So you recognize it, fix it, and move on. But […] The post When is being a jerk a legally protected activity? appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • Top 5 reasons new hires say they quit their jobs

    Rich Henson
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    A study by software company BambooHR found that one in three people have quit a job within the first six months. The firm surveyed 1,005 U.S. employees over the age of 24 to learn if they’d quit a job, why they quit, and what which onboarding efforts might have kept them around longer. Here are […] The post Top 5 reasons new hires say they quit their jobs appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • How long must you keep a red grouper fish? Ask your CPA

    Rich Henson
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    It’s good advice for companies to keep tax records for 7 years, internal audits for 6 and bank deposit slips for 3. So then, how long do you keep a red grouper fish? Hint: It’s species Epinephelus morio? That may seem amusing, but it’s no joke to small-time commercial fisherman John L. Yates, who may one […] The post How long must you keep a red grouper fish? Ask your CPA appeared first on 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.
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    Let's Grow Leaders

  • Leaders Share about Worklife Balance Integration – A Frontline Festival

    Karin Hurt
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
      Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our November Festival is all about Worklife Balance Integration.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! What is Worklife Balance? “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton Michelle Cubas of Positive Potentials shares that Work-Life Balance is a Gender Based Myth. Follow Michelle. Balancing will not suffice in today’s fast paced world. According to Jon Mertz of Thin Difference, we instead…
  • Helping People Find Their Voice

    Karin Hurt
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Even the most confident among us sometimes lose our voice. Everyone needs encouragement every now and then. A Story of Voice Losing and Finding Our church is exceptionally progressive when it comes to women in leadership. In fact, the ministers and all church staff are women. And yet, we have this big deal tradition– a fundraiser auction– which has been historically led by male auctioneers. Something just didn’t seem right about that. After hearing enough behind-the-scenes chatter on the phenomenon, I mentioned my/our concern to Bob, the auctioneer lead. “Why are…
  • The Importance of Applauding Yourself

    Karin Hurt
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Confident, humble leaders take a moment to privately applaud themselves. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a mini-timeout to tell yourself “Wow! Great job,” particularly for the incremental baby steps that change the game. Privately applauding yourself is vital if others aren’t looking at or caring about your greater mission. One of the great joys of my new journey is that I get to meet so many kindred spirits from all over the world. I’m honing my “confident-humility” radar-detection system. I’m pleased to introduce Roberto Martinez from…
  • 5 Ways to Rebuild Confidence

    Karin Hurt
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    It didn’t go well for Jennifer the last the time, and now her confidence was shaken. She was doing everything she could to avoid the situation, which only increased her anxiety and frustrated the rest of us. We had to rebuild her confidence and encourage her to try again. When the last time goes south, it can be hard to pick up the pieces. Perhaps you’ve heard similar concerns. “The last time I gave someone feedback they cried.” “The last time I was honest with my boss, I got a negative review.” “The last time I presented to senior management, I got…
  • How To Respect People You Disdain

    Karin Hurt
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    You care deeply about breakthrough results. This guy’s a jerk. No no, not just annoying, a poster-child good blocker. You’ve got stories. Be careful. Two disrespects don’t build respect. In full disclosure,  I don’t have this mastered. The worst moments of my career have come from the times I let the one or two really nasty, disrespectful (I’m tempted to say “evil”) human beings get underneath my skin and bring out the worst in me. I’m learning to respect myself enough to seek to find something to respect in even the most ridiculous human…
 
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    Leadership XL | Leadership XL

  • How to Promote to Sales Leadership

    Jason Cortel
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    In sales, especially with the current economy, the likelihood of your sales leaders moving up or being moved out is high. That vacancy could provide you with a real opportunity for a promotion. Do you have what it takes? Are you promotable? Are you even on the decision maker’s radar? Being an A-player sales leader requires you to have these key competencies. Master them and make it known that you possess them to increase your likelihood of being offered a seat at the table. Coaching and talent development What it means: Teaching not hoarding information by being an active participant in…
  • Activate Encouragement Instead of Fear

    Jason Cortel
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:18 am
    Fear is a natural reaction to risks associated with the unknown. Business leaders are faced with the unknown quite often. Some allow their fear to drive them to the dark corner of leading by fear. Better leaders lead by activating encouragement when fear creeps in. Some business leaders are masquerading as experts and fear their own insecurities, unable to admit when they don’t know something. When a leader fears being discovered as a fraud in their domain they intentionally or unintentionally project their fears into a weapon that gets used on their team and their peers. They use their…
  • How to Prevent a Mass Exodus

    Jason Cortel
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    The war on talent continues to escalate. Companies are starting to thaw their budgets and have increased their sales and marketing spend. It won’t be too much longer before their job requisitions spend increases too. Right now companies all across the globe are submitting their 2015 budgets and growth plans that may include recruiting members of your team. Is your team headed for a mass exodus? Are your employees giving you the unwritten signs they are looking to abandon ship? Or, perhaps many have already started the process but you haven’t connected the dots. Can you really afford to…
  • Tuesday Tip: Turn Envy Into Motivation

    Jason Cortel
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:10 am
    Envy is a powerful and understandable emotion. Envy comes in two flavors, one that will help you and one that will hurt you. Unhealthy envy is feeling like you want something someone else has and even being willing to spoil it for them. Healthy envy is realizing you want to get to where someone else is and even admiring them for it. Turning unhealthy envy into healthy envy requires a little tweak to your perspective of the situation and a realization that there is nothing wrong with wanting something that someone else has. Being in a place of not having doesn’t define you and there is…
  • The Number One Rule for New Managers

    Jason Cortel
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:34 am
    When you become a manager for the first time there are many things that must be learned. One of the first rules that a new manager should learn to follow is there can be no surprises when it comes to performance. Managers should communicate expectations up front and clearly so that everyone knows what is expected of them. Additionally you should share yours and others views of the employee’s performance on a regular basis not just during the annual performance review. When your expectations aren’t communicated or aren’t clear the employee doesn’t know what they are working toward.
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  • Leadership and self-development – effective negotiation techniques

    admin
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
      Effective negotiation techniques I admit that negotiating a better deal for my own self is not my strong-point.  I do understand the power of good negotiation and how you can leverage that skill to build solid business cases. Some of my friends are quite good at garnering great deals. I have observed them quite closely for some time now and marvel at the highly effective negotiation techniques that they deploy. One of my friends religiously sets aside one week in January every year to negotiate better insurance rates on his auto and home.  Another swaps between Comcast and Verizon…
  • 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…
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    Adam Smith - Leadership In Life

  • Meditation Could Blow Up Your Productivity – Kirby Ingles

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: dtcchc via Compfight cc Disclaimer: The word meditation in this post is utilized in broad terms, it means something else to each one of us spiritually and assumes different forms on the basis of your spiritual discipline. The goal in meditation is to come close to a point where you are simply sitting or engaged in an activity which becomes your meditative state. Your senses become heightened as you stroll in the park, a garden, while cleaning, chopping wood, etcetera. Your mind becomes pointed, absorbed, engaged and consumed. Not everyone feels their morning should take off like…
  • 6 Stats That Take Down the Biggest Myths in Social Media – Reade Milner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
      There is no shortage of myths and conventional wisdom floating around regarding the demographics of those who are on social media. One of the more frustrating of those myths is a common objection I hear from prospects. “Our target market is too old for social media” or, “that stuff is for kids”. Well, I’m afraid that claim just doesn’t hold water. According to the Pew Research Center’s Social Networking Fact Sheet, 74% of online adults were active in one social media network or another. I decided to research the most surprising stats…
  • Moving to a Deeper Level of Communication – Jed Jurchenko

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Years ago, while I was in graduate school, one of my favorite professors made a simple statement that stuck with me. This phrase forever altered the way that I communicate, and I believe that it has the power to positively impact the way you connect with others as well. The statement goes like this: “All behavior is communication.” The idea is that every action a person takes, both positive and negative, is being done for a reason and communicates something important about that person. By choosing to listen to the behaviors of those around us, we are able to gain a deeper level of…
  • 3 Ways Leaders Sharpen Concentration – Glenn Brooke

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    My grandfather used to say that the same gunpowder that could propel a 30-30 slug through a small tree couldn’t shoot a shotgun full of marshmallows through a screen door.  Leadership is about focused power, not scattered energy. Leaders must systematically develop powers of concentration and physical stamina.   The nature of our cultures, our lazy selfishness, and the entropy of the universe (2nd law of thermodynamics) works against us. Our first task is to avoid leadership distractions that keep us from our best work. Every leadership venture risks being stalled when it’s time to…
  • #043: The Real Issue With Time

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Subscribe To Podcast With iTunesSubscribe To Podcast With RSS Subscribe To Podcast In Microsoft Store   Live Life With Purpose Episode #043: The Real Issue With Time   http://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/043-The-Real-Issue-With-Time.m4a   Show Notes – The Real Issue With Time When I think about this podcast and what it stands for – “to live life with purpose” – the meaning is something that I have to define to myself. What does it mean to live life with purpose? Does it mean that you need to get a lot of things done to live life with…
 
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  • More Than Car Talk

    Paul Heagen
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    For more years than I can count, my Saturday morning ritual has been to tune in to Tom and Ray Magliozzi, (the Tappet Brothers), on NPR’s Car Talk. With the death this week of the older brother Tom from complications of Alzheimer’s, my Saturdays will never be quite the same. The two self-professed bum auto mechanics from Cambridge, Massachusetts guffawed ... Read More The post More Than Car Talk appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • 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.
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  • No Loyalty? You Lose!

    Chip Lutz
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    Every summer, I try to do something for my own personal development. This summer, it was to get in touch with my “geeky” love... Author information Chip Lutz President and Founder at Unconventional Leader, LLC Lieutenant Commander Chip Lutz, USN(Ret) works with leaders who want to lead better, get more done and leave a legacy. A retired Navy Officer, he has had two command tours and served as the Director of Security for Naval District Washington, DC during September 11th 2001 – where he was responsible for the safety and security of 25,000 people on 9 different Naval Installations in…
  • Five Keys to Leading a Turn Around

    David Clarke
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    It takes a special breed of leadership to lead a turn around. To take an entity of any size whether they’re a team, department,... Author information David Clarke Dreamer, Encourager, Life-Changer, Believer at Pastor David Anthony Clarke, SR Flint, MI native, David Anthony Clarke, is a pastor, speaker, self-published author of two books, honorably discharged U.S. Marine, and wanna be blogger at pastorclarke.com David received an A.S. in Business (Barstow Community College), B.A. in Leadership, and M.S. in Organizational Performance (Bellevue University). Clarke’s e-newsletter, Enjoy the…
  • Beige is Boring: 3 Ways to Be Memorable.

    Bridget Webb
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Corporate branding and organizational story telling are big business. Just look at BP and the $211 million they spent for their logo design alone.... Author information Bridget Webb Recruitment and Marketing Enthusiast Bridget Webb is a Recruitment and Marketing enthusiast, leader, advisor and speaker. Her specialties include Demand Generation (customers & talent), People Analytics, Employer Branding, HR Technology and homeroom mom duties. With over a decade in the talent acquisition space both as a practitioner and marketing/business development executive Bridget has built a reputation…
  • When Is “Good” Advice Not Advice?

    Steve Beaumont
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    Have you ever noticed that sometimes we struggle to take what seems to be “good” advice? There are very few people out there in... Author information Steve Beaumont Founding Director at Rare Creative Group Steve is founding director of award winning Rare Creative Group, supporting organisations across B2B and B2C who want to expand their sales and service offering, increase awareness, revenue, market share and value. HIs experience is across traditional and digital platforms focused on delivering higher response rates, increased customer engagement and acquisition whilst tracking…
  • How To Create A Culture Of Respect

    Kaarina Dillabough
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    “If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel... 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 business owners…
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    Takis Athanassiou Blog

  • UTVP – Unique Training Value Proposition

    Takis Athanassiou
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:16 am
    In modern world, attention is the most dominant feature, every marketing group wants to capture and manipulate. In a world of millions (if not billions) stimuli, the ones get your attention, are the ones that address their message tell you in a few words the how and whys you can trust them to provide value for you! What a UVP is? According to Wikipedia a Value Proposition is: a promise of value to be delivered and acknowledged and a belief from the customer that value will be appealed and experienced. A value proposition can apply to an entire organization, or parts thereof, or customer…
  • Here’s a Quick Way to Develop And Use An Incubated Ideas List

    Takis Athanassiou
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:43 am
    What is an Incubated Ideas List? You have ideas all the time! When you sleep, when you walk, when you exercise, when you work on a certain topic! What you do with them? How do you capture your brilliant ideas and how do you evaluate them later? The “Mechanics” Of The Ideas There are two great categories of ideas (of course there are more than two, but since I’m referring to the mechanics of this process, allow me the excessiveness!) There are the: ad-hoc ideas (ideas that came up to you randomly and might or might not be of any value for you and your personal or professional…
  • Top 10 Great Tools to Save the Time You Spend on Content Creation

    Jessica Millis
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Jessica Millis, is an aspiring writer, editor, essay writer and content creator. She is a Writing Professor at James Madison University and today shares her thoughts on the “Top 10 Great Tools to Save the Time You Spend on Content Creation“. Time is of the essence. If you’re in the field of Content creation, or any professional field, you know this statement to be true. Projects are nearing deadlines, reports are nearing due dates, and everything has yet to be adequately prepared and written up. You’re pulling out your hair thinking of any and all ways that you can get that…
  • PPC ID Card Printer Infographic

    Jason Hicks
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here a very interesting infographic about the usage if ID Cards, by Jason Hicks. Take a look! Question: Do you find the information useful? -Takis Want to read more like this from Takis Athanassiou? You can subscribe to my blog by Mail or via RSS Feed. The post PPC ID Card Printer Infographic appeared first on Takis Athanassiou | Leadership Initiative blog.
  • Monthly Review – October 2014

    Takis Athanassiou
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    The Monthly Review for October 2014 is a collection of the most interesting posts and articles, presented in this blog and articles of interest from around the web! I hope you will enjoy them! A lot for reading this month, but I think, it worth it. In this review, I have included some more resources you might find of use in your personal life or work. I hope you would enjoy them! NOTE: If you enjoy my monthly roundup and the content of this blog, please join me and on the other social media sites I’m active (check and the sidebar!). You would find either a Leadership Initiative dedicate…
 
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  • EP61: How to Build a Business by Giving Things Away for Free with David Sherry & Allie Lehman (@deathtostock)

    Ellory Wells
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:37 am
    Episode 61 of the Empowered Podcast features photographers and entrepreneurs, David Sherry and Allie Lehman. Together David and Allie started the photography site DeathtotheStockPhoto.com where I get many of the images I use here on my blog. Today we talk about free, and why Death to the Stock Photo has chosen the freemium model for building their business. With so many photographers out there, you’ll want to hear how David and Allie have distinguished themselves, built a business, and are loving life at the same time. Thank David & Allie for being on the show! David &…
  • 4 Reasons to Release a $10 Product ASAP

    Ellory Wells
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:41 am
    Over the past few weeks I’ve had several conversations with aspiring entrepreneurs. They’re eager to start making money online and they want to know more about launching products. A friend in Canada who learned his work contract hadn’t been renewed. A fitness professional in Texas trying to sell high-end services to personal trainers. Even a newlywed in Georgia who can’t see himself working for someone else his entire life. Maybe you’re in the same boat. Maybe your life has taken an unexpected turn and now you’re looking to take back control of your…
  • EP60: How to Build the Brand of You w/ Michael Peggs (@MichaelPeggs)

    Ellory Wells
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Episode 60 of the Empowered Podcast features entrepreneur, personal branding specialist and blogger, Michael Peggs. Today Michael and I discuss why he left his job at Google to pursue entrepreneurship. He’ll share why building a personal brand is so important. Peggs also answers the question, “When will Google be able to hear?” – a question that’s been plaguing podcasters for years. Whether you’re a college student, a budding entrepreneur, or looking for a catalyst to take your career to new heights, this podcast is a must-listen! Thank Michael for being on…
  • Disqus vs Livefyre – Why I Switched Comment Plugins (And Back Again)

    Ellory Wells
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    When it comes to blogging, comments are huge! They’re not only an indicator of your effectiveness as a blogger, but comments are a good way to determine if you’re connecting with your audience. It’s easier to click “like,” “tweet,” or “share this” than it is to leave a comment. If a reader takes the time to respond to your question or give you feedback, you know you’ve gotten their attention. Photo credit: geishaboy500 / Foter / CC BY To capture comments and engage directly with your readers, you need a comment system. This usually…
  • EP59: How to Stand Out & Own Your Uniqueness with Laci Urcioli (@lacivegas)

    Ellory Wells
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Episode 59 of the Empowered Podcast features podcaster, mother and marketing master, Laci Urcioli. When Laci was first introduced to the world of podcasting, she wasn’t impressed. And I can’t blame her. In this episode we talk about the barrier to entry for podcasters, and how to overcome it. Laci also shares how she’s now neck-deep in the podcasting world and how it has changed her life. Thank Laci for being on the show! How Laci defines empowerment: Pouring into one another the truth of what we see in one another and what we see in ourselves. What Laci and I talked…
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  • Why Email Is The Worst Technology Ever Invented

    David Mizne
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    I hate email. Sure the premise is brilliant — instantly send and receive messages and files anywhere on the planet. But humanity has proven itself unprepared to wield such power. Email technology was invented all the way back in 1971, so why did it take over two decades for it to be shared with the rest of the world? Because “they” knew that it would destroy civilization as we know it. This tool designed to streamline communication often causes more harm than good. Managers wonder why employees send so many unimportant emails, and employees have no idea why managers ignore…
  • 11 Frightening Facts About Workplace Stress (Infographic)

    Guest Post
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    In a culture where overworking without breaks and always being online is the norm, people viscerally know what stress feels like. A toxic force overwhelms the body creating stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, and the many side effects continuously drain your energy. But did you know that stress can be the gateway to doing your best work? People require stress to grow. It is the natural outcome of stepping outside your comfort zone and challenging yourself. Just think of weightlifting, to gain strength you have to push yourself physically which actually means regularly tearing your…
  • Smashing Down Your Open Door Policy

    David Hassell
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    In some companies approaching the executive is like walking up to the Wizard of Oz, his gigantic floating head and flaming pillars striking fear into those who dare to disturb him. With an open door policy, the onus is on the employee, who will probably be intimidated and unlikely to accept the offer to step past the threshold. Besides, many modern organizations don’t even have walls, let alone doors to walk through. Open floor plans  are being used to make teams feel more cohesive, open, and transparent– with everyone from entry-levels to executives working in the same space.
  • 5 Signs Employee Engagement Is Going Downhill and What You Can Do About It

    David Mizne
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s 4:57 p.m. and your entire team is poised at the edges of their desks, muscles tense and sweat dripping from their furrowed brows. Ok, they’re probably not wearing chicken suits unless they compete in San Francisco‘s Bring Your Own Big Wheel competition. But they are certainly visualizing the freedom that awaits at the finish line. Why do some work environments leave employees unhappy, disengaged and counting down every millisecond until it is time to punch out? Wondering what is happening within your company? Here are the top 5 signs that your employees are disengaged: 1) The…
  • Why Do Employees Really Quit Their Jobs? (Infographic)

    Guest Post
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    How real do you get with employees during exit interviews? Do you push the envelope and ask for the dirty details or do you settle for, “it was just time to move on to something different”? You occasionally get an employee who has been waiting for this glorious moment to tell you off. But for those unwilling to share, now is your chance to find out if the company culture is failing or flourishing. Get all of the details about their direct supervisor, co-workers, and team morale. Did an employee recently quit without providing details? Maybe it was because they weren’t getting enough…
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  • The Power of Visual Communication

    Scott Wilson
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    I have said many times that visual communication is not the future, it is the now. If you’re not using images to convey your message, you are missing out on a pretty amazing opportunity. If there was any doubt, the popularity of services like Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter has demonstrated that visual media is the preferred method that people want to receive information. VISUAL COMMUNICATION IS FASTER AND MORE EFFICIENT The infographic below from https://www.wyzowl.com/ gives a little background to the history of visual communication. Take a close look. If you aren’t already…
  • Quit Multitasking

    Scott Wilson
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Multitasking was the end-all of skills until just recently. In the 90’s and 00’s, your worth as a power-leader was directly related to how many things you could keep going at one time. The thinking was that the more you could do at one time, the more valuable to the organization you were. Boy, were we wrong. Not only is it ineffective, multitasking can be a career-killer according to Forbes. IS MULTITASKING REALLY THAT BAD? So what’s the big deal? Don’t you have to juggle tasks sometimes? Sure, but that should be the exception, not the rule. Take a look at the…
  • Habits Take Time – A Lot More Than You Thought

    Scott Wilson
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Have you ever intended to start something new and been derailed in record time? Lord knows I have. Many, many times. I used to think that all I had to do was identify something that I wanted to change and then go do it. Changing habits is easy-peasey, right? Turns out that’s not the case. But Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle was a smart guy so we need to give this some thought. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle Tweet this HABITS DON’T JUST…
  • The Promise of Possibility

    Scott Wilson
    5 May 2014 | 2:43 pm
    I had the good fortune of having breakfast with a young man recently, who is about to graduate from college. He is in the process of meeting with some “older” people for information and guidance on the employment landscape. I take some exception at being classified as “older,” but I guess aging is better than the alternative. Anyway, we had a great conversation and will meet again soon to talk more. I take some exception at being classified as “older,” but I guess aging is better than the alternative. Tweet this! THE PROMISE OF YOUTH IS INFECTIOUS Before I…
  • 5 Tips For Better Communication

    Scott Wilson
    1 May 2014 | 9:22 am
    All too often I find that good communication is undervalued as a skill by organizations. I believe that communication is a business skill at least as important as other “core” competencies such as finance or strategy. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that no one has ever been a truly successful leader without the ability to communicate well. …good communication is undervalued as a skill by organizations. Tweet this! COMMUNICATION STARTS SMALL With that said, let’s make sure we are talking about the same thing. When many people think of a great communicator, they…
 
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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

  • 100: Becoming the Boss: New Rules for Gen Y Leaders | with Lindsey Pollak

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are in the midst of a leadership revolution, as power passes from Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers to Millennials. All grown up, the highly educated Generation Y is moving into executive positions in corporations and government, as well as running their own businesses, where they are beginning to have a profound impact that will […]
  • WHE16: Combining Wellness Programs with Medical Management | with Abby Green of HealthCheck360

    Joe Sherwood
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jesse and guest Abby Green from HealthCheck360 discuss how to combine wellness initiatives and medical management to drive health improvement and reduce overall benefit costs. HealthCheck360 is a health risk management company focused on reducing medical costs, worker’s compensation claims, and absenteeism, while increasing employee morale and productivity. HealthCheck360 provides biometric measurements, targeted communications and […]
  • 099: Business Intuition: 7 Ways Leaders Apply the Science of Intuition | with Simone Wright

    Joe Sherwood
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Intuition is the new buzz-word in business, and everyone from Branson to Buffet is touting its ability to guide and direct them to greater success and higher profits. However, the understanding of what intuition really is and how it can serve us in business and in life is deeply flawed. But according to a new […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Hiring for a Marathon or Sprint?

    Ather Imran
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    An executive’s life is rife with decision making. Small or big, strategic or tactical, he seems to be always deciding. The worst backlog is that of pending decisions. The worst executive is one who is stalled and paralyzed. Of the decisions that get to his desk, most critical ones are on people: promotion, hiring, firing, […]
  • The Story of Story-telling

    Ather Imran
    3 Feb 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Jeff is a great guy. He has a knack of making others get his point. He is an excellent communicator. He engages others. He is convincing and persuasive. He generously quotes stories, anecdotes, historical events, personal experiences and real world examples. He uses these examples to get his point across. His narratives are realistic rather […]
  • NOT YET – and not NO – is your largest enemy

    Ather Imran
    23 Jan 2014 | 11:26 pm
    I have frequently written about change. Change sucks because its difficult to get out of our comfort zone, no matter how uncomfortable that comfort zone may be. We sometimes simply change at a superficial level when what is really needed is a Change of Heart. And what we are most scared of is not the final […]
  • How productive is the knowledge worker?

    Ather Imran
    1 Jan 2014 | 11:27 pm
    So here is the million dollar question that everyone asks – how productive is the knowledge worker? I think the question is way over priced. In some ways, it is misleading; in others its disastrous. Lets take a quick history tour. 19th and early 20th century were defined by blue-collar workers. It was the era […]
  • Anatomy of a Good Decision

    Ather Imran
    19 Dec 2013 | 3:17 am
    An executive in a knowledge organization is making decisions every day. The nature and scope of these decisions vary from small approvals to making strategic long-term choices. But what is always there in an executive’s life is plenty of decision-making. The thing worse than making wrong decision is making no decisions. An executive with a […]
 
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    ReadyToManage

  • Building Effective Relationships in Start-up Businesses

    Dr. Jon Warner
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:08 am
    New “start-up” businesses are said to be the key to future prosperity in the world. Businesses that have been around for 25 years or less already account for over 50% of all employees in the US for example. These are not only startups of course but they are nonetheless young companies which have a “startup feel” to them. Add to this that startups are often a “hot-bed” for new innovation and technology and that they are frequently substantially changing the way that the world will operate in the future, we should probably pay more attention to who can work most successfully in a…
  • Building People Strength across an Organization

    Dr. Jon Warner
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:26 am
    While this may vary from one company to the next, when an Organization has more than say fifty employees, and certainly once this number is greater than a hundred, a more systematic approach to developing people is necessary. And being “systematic” here doesn’t mean computer software to manage employee hiring or development, or even one of the many market offerings that claim to help better manage people’s performance on the job or those with the greatest talent, for example. What systematic does mean however, is that the leaders should have a “joined-up” process in place which…
  • What is an Effective Business “Dashboard”?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:27 pm
    We have all become familiar with the concept of a dashboard from driving in cars where all the information we need is presented to us in a panel in front of us. In a car this will include critical data like speed and whether or not we have sufficient fuel to perhaps less critical but useful data such as the time or the outside air temperature. In fact, these car dashboards are getting ever more sophisticated with onboard computers providing all sorts of additional data that we can choose to have fed to us or available at call, allowing the journey to be safer, more efficient or just more…
  • 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…
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    Coaching for Leaders

  • How to Handle Loneliness in Leadership

    Dave Stachowiak
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    In Henry IV, William Shakespeare wrote: Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. While the world has mostly moved on from the wearing of crowns, the uneasiness that Shakespeare speaks of is as true today as it was for the kings and queens of yesteryear. Many leaders find themselves surprised and unsure when battling loneliness. You’re Not Alone in Loneliness Loneliness is famously cited as one of the biggest struggles of American presidents. Even President Andrew Jackson, well known for his confident and angry temperament, complained of loneliness after only four months on the job. Harvard…
  • What to Know When Hiring a Coach

    Dave Stachowiak
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:38 pm
    A few days ago, a member of the Coaching for Leaders community reached out because he is thinking about hiring a coach and wanted to know what he should be looking for. As I considered a response, I realized that my thoughts might be helpful to others. Here’s a list of his questions (I’ve also added a few of my own) and my thoughts on what I think you should be looking for when seeking a coach: What does an effective coach do? Vance Caesar, an executive coach and professor from my graduate school days taught me that effective coaches do six things: Help you clarify where you are. Help you…
  • How to Avoid Blank Stares From Your Customer

    Dave Stachowiak
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:08 pm
    About a year ago, I was facilitating a workshop at a client site. During the event, I used an image of chain links in order to highlight the steps of a process. The Best of Intentions… The graphic was intended to convey a message of strength, confidence, and simplicity of the process I was presenting. When the event was over, one of my friends at the organization started talking with me about the image. …Don’t Always Pan Out He pointed out to me that the links in the image of the chain clearly appeared to be welded together, meaning the chain was far less strong than it would have been…
  • 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…
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  • Worry-Free Files

    Roger MacRae
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    What to STOP Doing with Your Files So You Can Save Time in Your Day  Over the years I’ve worked professionals who had tons of files and those who had almost none. One client referred to her credenza file drawers as “The Black Hole” and had confessed that she hadn’t been in those drawers for about three years. Now there’s a file system NOT to trust!If you don’t know how to set up or maintain a useful file system, it can cost you time later on when looking for things. Naming files can be challenging if it’s not your strong suit and over the years, I’ve worked with many…
  • How You’re Turning Your Back on Time and Why It’s Costing You

    Leslie
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Staying organized is one of the essential elements for productivity, but many people don’t really place a lot of importance on it, even though they want to be more productive and more successful. They don’t realize that NOT being more organized is costing them in surprising ways.You’ve heard the old saying before: “A place for everything and everything in its place.” It’s the backbone of organization: having reliable places to put things, where you can find them again and again, every time.But what if you’re NOT organized and you DON’T have a…
  • 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…
  • 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 can’t…
  • 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,…
 
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    Tom Talks

  • My Interview on Growth Everywhere

    Tom Salonek
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    My thanks to Eric Siu from Growth Everywhere for interviewing me on engagement, Intertech, and my book.The post My Interview on Growth Everywhere appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) Minnesota

    Tom Salonek
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    If you’re the founder or owner of a business with annual revenues over $1M, consider joining Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). EO is the largest entrepreneur organization in the world with over 10,000 members worldwide.  EO is not a networking group. It is a peer to peer group, designed to build better entrepreneurs.  For me, the monthly forum [...]The post Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) Minnesota appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • How to Create Employee Engagement Printed in Upsize magazine

    Tom Salonek
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    My thanks to Upsize magazine for printing my article “Beyond Nerf guns: How to create real employee engagement.”The post How to Create Employee Engagement Printed in Upsize magazine appeared first on 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.
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    Millennial CEO

  • Millennial Think Tank: The Future of Sports

    Amy Tobin
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    This week we focused our Millennials’ attention on major professional sports; the NFL has reigned supreme for at least 20 years, but we had an inkling that things might be changing amongst Millennials.  Before we delve in, I’ll introduce our panel: Joe Cardillo,  an older Millennial, Content and Analytics specialist Salina Mendoza, a young entrepreneurial Millennial working in Solar Satnam Singh, a young Millennial working in digital Kelly Mosgofian, a young Millennial working in sports Albert Qian, a young Millennial working in Silicon Valley You can watch the entire hangout, or read…
  • How Brand Communities Foster Innovation

    Daniel Newman
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Most often the success of a brand is defined by its community. In fact, only few brands have spurred innovation without the help of their community. If you take the recent examples, brands like Coca-Cola, Microsoft and Google have harnessed the benefits of crowdsourcing to develop new marketing and innovation strategies. Thanks to the growth of social media and the digital media that help to gain rapid feedback and crowdsource ideas, brands are more empowered than ever before to lead innovation with the aid of their community. As a brand, community-fueled ideation could lead you to create…
  • Digital Eyeballs will provide us a #NewWayToWork

    Brian Fanzo
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    iSocialTalks is live from NYC this week as I’m in the city participating in a Think Tank Event sponsored by PureMatter Thinkathon sponsored by IBM a dynamic three combined days of incredible content and conversation, all centered around reimagining the future of work and the concept of design thinking. I shared my thoughts here on how I thought the Future of Work would be changed thanks to our Digital Eyeballs from a cold park bench in Union Square Park. How do you feel the future of work will be changed?  Check back Tuesday for my iSocialTalks Recap from Day 1. As always thanks for…
  • The Emerging MSP as the Valued Business Partner

    Daniel Newman
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Perhaps technology is the most indispensible aspect for today’s businesses. Right from big corporations to small businesses, everyone is turning to technology to streamline their core operations. Think about ERP, CRM, or HR administration and tell me how many businesses don’t use them. I believe you can count them on your fingers. However, factors like the increasing cost of hardware and software are making things difficult for businesses wanting to capitalize on available technology. But, that’s not all. Last year, Tech America Foundation released their technology employment data which…
  • Millennial Think Tank: Self Expression, Selfies, and Personal Branding

    Amy Tobin
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Last week we tackled the fascinating subject of Selfies, Self Expression, and what the phenomenon of Selfies means. Is this generation simply incredibly narcissistic, or is something deeper happening? Our panel included: Samantha Estoesta, a young Millennial working in Public Interest Research Albert Qian, a young Millennial working in Silicon Valley. Kiernan McGinnis, young Millennial, 2nd year student at Lehigh University, English Lit. Major Jillian Jackson, a middle Millennial and Community Manager. Tiffany Daniels, an older Millennial working in Government & Community Relations Brian…
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    People First

  • Making the Transition to Relationship Selling

    PFPS
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    What happens when the culture at your workplace begins to change? Whether it’s a shift in a sales process, or an entirely new incorporation of a sales culture, adapting to that change can leave professionals feeling unsure of themselves and their company. Join us for this interview with Mike Patterson, the Sales Coach. Mike will […]
  • Five Ways Asking Questions Leads to Connections

    Deb Calvert
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Because we customize all our People First Productivity Solutions sales training workshops, we routinely survey participants prior to training. This gives participants a voice in shaping the focus and content of their training. By asking a series of questions, we learn a great deal about the sales culture, practices and strengths of a team. We […]
  • Trustworthiness Tool

    PFPS
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Assess Your Trustworthiness with this free online tool. You may be surprised! http://trustsuite.trustedadvisor.com/
  • Why Thinking in Win/Lose Absolutes Disconnects You from Others

    PFPS
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Connections happen in the gray area. It’s where we overlap with others, where we have the greatest opportunities to connect. It’s when we go to either extreme that we inherently set ourselves up for a disconnect. Naturally, some people choose to only be connected with those who share their opinions. For them, extremism is intentional. […]
  • 3 Simple Steps to Amp Up Your Sales

    PFPS
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    What will take your sales to the next level? Sales author Andy Paul is returning to CONNECT! Online Radio to talk about just that. In this interview, conducted by your host and sales coach Deb Calvert, Andy and Deb will discuss the key themes from Andy’s new book about how accelerating your responsiveness, maximizing the […]
 
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  • What Does Giving Trust Mean?

    Jon Mertz
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Trust Across America – Trust Around the World is an organization highlighting the importance and value of trusted leaders and organizations. They have launched a week long campaign – Trust Giving 2014 – to highlight perspectives on trust. Trust is critical to making any relationship or organization function in a meaningful, productive way. As a value, trust is one of those things we know it is working when we experience and believe it. As soon as something seems to break that bond, we grow skeptical quickly. Trust is given, just as trust is received. In the middle, we decide if the…
  • The Trouble with Distractions

    Heidi Oran
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    Have you spent much time alone in your life? Have you ever lived by yourself? Have you traveled without company? I grew up in a busy home with two siblings and a revolving door welcoming family and friends any time – the house was never quiet! When I moved away from my parents home at 18 the trend of chaos continued, and as I grew older I began to realize that I really preferred it this way: I despised being alone. Back in 2011 when I launched my exploration into spirituality and mindfulness, I began to understand that my disdain for solitude was revealing that something important was…
  • Be Grateful for Second Chances

    Jon Mertz
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    We can be hard on people. We give up when they screw up. We put them down when they are trying hard to rise up. We are quick to criticize small errors. We are slow to forgive. We ignore. We roll our eyes. We exclude. We are all guilty at times. When we are quick to judge, we need to take a step back and think about the second chances we were given. We need to be grateful for our second chances. If you believe you haven’t received a second chance, think again. A new job is a second (or third) chance to work in better ways and lead in a more inclusive, collaborative, empowering way. Going to…
  • Sidney Kushner: A Millennial Leader Listening for Solutions

    Molly Page
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    Comedian Paula Poundstone famously observed, “Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas.” It’s unclear if that was Millennial leader Sidney Kushner’s intention when he asked his young friend Andy that question. But Andy’s answer most definitely gave Sidney an idea. During his sophomore year, Sidney Kushner was volunteering at a camp for kids who have cancer. He explains, “Andy was eleven years old and meeting him changed my life in so many ways.” When Andy spoke about growing up to be a baseball player, Kushner…
  • Not Work-Life Balance, Work-Life Tempo

    Jon Mertz
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Work-life balance is a myth. Have you tried to balance yourself on a thin beam? You can do it; it just takes a lot of concentration and effort. If you move, you need to move slowly in order to retain your balance. Have you tried to balance something on your head? Or, have you participated in a race in which you must balance an egg on a spoon? Both are doable. You just need to move slowly. Balancing will not suffice in today’s fast paced world. Of course, you can slow down and unplug from it all, and you definitely need to do this at times. However, depending on what type of life you want to…
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    TalentCulture

  • Being Great Means Being Grateful

    Deidre Paknad
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s Friday and you’ve probably had a long week and a long day. Maybe you’re ready to call it a week or you’re bogged down in how much work you’re going to take home for the weekend. Either way, NOW is the perfect time to experience gratitude. It’s the ultimate win/win: we feel great when we experience gratitude and, when we share it, other people feel great too. If you’re a team leader, valuing your team is an essential part of your job; our teams do their best when they know they’re valued and get regular feedback (and so do we). But if you’re human, you know…
  • #TChat Preview: Anniversary Show And Employee-Employer Relationship

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show will take a break for Thanksgiving, but will be back live on Wednesday, December 3, 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 challenges of enabling a talent management strategy with technology, and in our next show we’re going to talk about the future of the employee-employer relationship — and celebrate the TalentCulture #TChat Show’s 4-year anniversary! We keep talking incessantly about how bad the…
  • Follow Stand-Up Comedy To Become Better Presenter

    Norah Abraham
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When you’re trying to hone your speaking and presentation skills, it’s always a good idea to turn to the pros as examples. But who would you consider to be great presenters? You’ll find that stand-up comedians are great at public speaking and have great tips and methods that can be used to make your presentations memorable. Tell a Story What makes people remember things we say? Storytelling is a primal technique we have used for centuries to make the audience remember events and people. The idea here is to get people to feel an emotion, so that a connection is made with what you’re…
  • #TChat Recap: The Impact Of Talent Management Technology

    Meghan M. Biro
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Impact Of Talent Management Technology There’s never a topic we’re not passionate about on #TChat. This week, we discussed another buzz worthy topic about the impact of talent management technology on the World of Work. Yes, we know that managing talent is on everyone’s mind. And why wouldn’t it be? Talent is an asset. People are an asset. Organizations are starting to see the “bigger picture,” but it’s finding a way to manage this big picture that’s creating a challenge for decision-makers. This week’s guests: Margaret Wood, HR Generalist at Kay Flo; and Tom…
  • Thanksgiving Shifts? Select Stores Say No

    Great Rated!™
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    By Kim Peters The Christmas shopping season has now grown so long, it’s officially bumped into Thanksgiving. Macy’s has announced it will begin its Black Friday sales at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27, before the leftovers even have a chance to get cold. Kohl’s and Sears followed suit and will open at the same time. J.C. Penney went a step further and announced it will open at 5 p.m., while Kmart plans to begin its Black Friday push on Thanksgiving before the break of dawn. Even as this year marked yet another encroachment into retail employees’ holidays, it’s also been notable…
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  • How to Promote to Sales Leadership

    Jason Cortel
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    In sales, especially with the current economy, the likelihood of your sales leaders moving up or being moved out is high. That vacancy could provide you with a real opportunity for a promotion. Do you have what it takes? Are you promotable? Are you even on the decision maker’s radar? Being an A-player sales leader requires you to have these key competencies. Master them and make it known that you possess them to increase your likelihood of being offered a seat at the table. Coaching and talent development What it means: Teaching not hoarding information by being an active participant in…
  • Activate Encouragement Instead of Fear

    Jason Cortel
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:18 am
    Fear is a natural reaction to risks associated with the unknown. Business leaders are faced with the unknown quite often. Some allow their fear to drive them to the dark corner of leading by fear. Better leaders lead by activating encouragement when fear creeps in. Some business leaders are masquerading as experts and fear their own insecurities, unable to admit when they don’t know something. When a leader fears being discovered as a fraud in their domain they intentionally or unintentionally project their fears into a weapon that gets used on their team and their peers. They use their…
  • How to Prevent a Mass Exodus

    Jason Cortel
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    The war on talent continues to escalate. Companies are starting to thaw their budgets and have increased their sales and marketing spend. It won’t be too much longer before their job requisitions spend increases too. Right now companies all across the globe are submitting their 2015 budgets and growth plans that may include recruiting members of your team. Is your team headed for a mass exodus? Are your employees giving you the unwritten signs they are looking to abandon ship? Or, perhaps many have already started the process but you haven’t connected the dots. Can you really afford to…
  • Tuesday Tip: Turn Envy Into Motivation

    Jason Cortel
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:10 am
    Envy is a powerful and understandable emotion. Envy comes in two flavors, one that will help you and one that will hurt you. Unhealthy envy is feeling like you want something someone else has and even being willing to spoil it for them. Healthy envy is realizing you want to get to where someone else is and even admiring them for it. Turning unhealthy envy into healthy envy requires a little tweak to your perspective of the situation and a realization that there is nothing wrong with wanting something that someone else has. Being in a place of not having doesn’t define you and there is…
  • The Number One Rule for New Managers

    Jason Cortel
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:34 am
    When you become a manager for the first time there are many things that must be learned. One of the first rules that a new manager should learn to follow is there can be no surprises when it comes to performance. Managers should communicate expectations up front and clearly so that everyone knows what is expected of them. Additionally you should share yours and others views of the employee’s performance on a regular basis not just during the annual performance review. When your expectations aren’t communicated or aren’t clear the employee doesn’t know what they are working toward.
 
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    The Leadership Hub

  • New Book - "The Facts of Life Regarding Management"

    TimBryce
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    "The Facts of Life Regarding Management" provides common sense approachBRYCE'S "THE FACTS OF LIFE REGARDING MANAGEMENT" PROVIDES COMMON SENSE APPROACHhttp://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/sense.htm#mgmt I've just written a new book entitled, "The Facts of Life Regarding Management," which provides a common sense approach for management, leadership, corporate culture, and much more.  Available in paper and eBook (Kindle) formats.  I hope you find it useful. <p> <a href="http://www.phmainstreet.com/mba/sense.htm#mgmt"…
  • Leading in a Time of Rapidly Shifting Tectonic Plates

    jlctaggart
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:23 pm
    A movement at the boundary of twotectonic plates of only eight inches will set off an earthquake. Using plate tectonics as the metaphor, what has been happening to global manufacturing over the past three decades has been a series of ongoing earthquakes. China’s rise as a major manufacturing centre by the nineties, subsuming Hong Kong and Japan and increasingly the United States, Canada and Western Europe, escalated in the 2000s to where it was the world’s manufacturing hub. That rank stood its ground until a series of earthquakes occurred. Read…
  • Who said it? "I build something to solve a real problem; I didn’t manufacture a problem"

    Gadget_Leader
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    "I think the only thing that separates me from others is that I build something to solve a real problem; I didn’t manufacture a problem." Have you been reading 800 CEO Read? That quote comes from a start-up, quoted in one of their Friday Links Posts. Technology is problem-solving. For every life-changing piece of tech we have today, somebody stopped and thought: How do I keep my food fresh? How do I cross this ocean? How do I talk to someone across the world? These are pretty big examples, but whole companies start-up around small ideas that solve to address one problem well. Such is the…
  • Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

    jlctaggart
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    October 26 was the day when Jian Ghomeshi’s world began its rapid implosion. The 47 year-old CBC Radio broadcaster and host of the corporation’s hugely popular and US–syndicated morning show Q finally was facing reality. One of Canada’s major celebrities and most eligible bachelors, Jian Ghomeshi had steadily cultivated his reputation over many years as being one of the hippest media dudes around who had interviewed a wide spectrum of artists from the entertainment world. Read more...http://changingwinds.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/hear-no-evil-see-no-evil-s... StumbleUpon Reddit…
  • You are the Center / Centre of the Universe

    PhilDourado
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    That is how a good leader should make you feel. Tom Peters recalls this in his blog post remembering Warren Bennis, the famed leadership guru who sadly passed away this year. Bennis had a brilliant story about dining with two types of leaders, brought to life in 19th Century British Prime Ministers Gladstone and Disraeli. When you had dinner with Gladstone, you were left feeling that he was the wittiest, the most brilliant, the most charming person you had ever met. But after dinner with Disraeli, you felt that YOU were the wittiest, the most intelligent, the most charming person. If you have…
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    Insight Experience » IE Insight Blog

  • Two Behaviors New Leaders Must Lose

    Karen Maxwell Powell
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Being a new manager means facing new challenges and applying new skills.  However, in many cases it also means letting go of old habits.  Two of the most important behaviors that must be avoided are: 1)  being a passive bystander when it comes to strategic decisions and 2) being the “doer” in project work. Let’s start with strategic decisions. New leaders typically rise into their positions from an individual contributor role, in which they were assigned work and expected to complete that work as well as they possibly could.  As individual contributors, they may or may not have…
  • Are you a balanced leader?

    Amanda Young Hickman
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Leadership is a great balancing act: short term and long term; investment and return; innovation and efficiency; head and heart. Leaders relentlessly live F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous quote: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” Great leaders are not one dimensional. Great leaders—in politics, in society, in business, in athletics…pick your field of endeavor—function by balancing multiple dimensions of their perspective and their skill. Three dimensions are…
  • 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…
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  • How to Promote to Sales Leadership

    Jason Cortel
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    In sales, especially with the current economy, the likelihood of your sales leaders moving up or being moved out is high. That vacancy could provide you with a real opportunity for a promotion. Do you have what it takes? Are you promotable? Are you even on the decision maker’s radar? Being an A-player sales leader requires you to have these key competencies. Master them and make it known that you possess them to increase your likelihood of being offered a seat at the table. Coaching and talent development What it means: Teaching not hoarding information by being an active participant in…
  • Activate Encouragement Instead of Fear

    Jason Cortel
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:22 am
    Fear is a natural reaction to risks associated with the unknown. Business leaders are faced with the unknown quite often. Some allow their fear to drive them to the dark corner of leading by fear. Better leaders lead by activating encouragement when fear creeps in. Some business leaders are masquerading as experts and fear their own insecurities, unable to admit when they don’t know something. When a leader fears being discovered as a fraud in their domain they intentionally or unintentionally project their fears into a weapon that gets used on their team and their peers. They use their…
  • How to Prevent a Mass Exodus

    Jason Cortel
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    The war on talent continues to escalate. Companies are starting to thaw their budgets and have increased their sales and marketing spend. It won’t be too much longer before their job requisitions spend increases too. Right now companies all across the globe are submitting their 2015 budgets and growth plans that may include recruiting members of your team. Is your team headed for a mass exodus? Are your employees giving you the unwritten signs they are looking to abandon ship? Or, perhaps many have already started the process but you haven’t connected the dots. Can you really afford to…
  • Tuesday Tip: Turn Envy Into Motivation

    Jason Cortel
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    Envy is a powerful and understandable emotion. Envy comes in two flavors, one that will help you and one that will hurt you. Unhealthy envy is feeling like you want something someone else has and even being willing to spoil it for them. Healthy envy is realizing you want to get to where someone else is and even admiring them for it. Turning unhealthy envy into healthy envy requires a little tweak to your perspective of the situation and a realization that there is nothing wrong with wanting something that someone else has. Being in a place of not having doesn’t define you and there is…
  • The Number One Rule for New Managers

    Jason Cortel
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    When you become a manager for the first time there are many things that must be learned. One of the first rules that a new manager should learn to follow is there can be no surprises when it comes to performance. Managers should communicate expectations up front and clearly so that everyone knows what is expected of them. Additionally you should share yours and others views of the employee’s performance on a regular basis not just during the annual performance review. When your expectations aren’t communicated or aren’t clear the employee doesn’t know what they are working toward.
 
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    RW McIntyre Leadership Notes

  • Build a Culture For Learning!

    Ron
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    In today’s business world we continually harp on “learning” but then we expect people to find it themselves.  Trust me there is nothing more deflating than a Learning and Development plan that points a finger at a computer and says … Continue reading → The post Build a Culture For Learning! appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Keystone Leadership Concepts

    Ron
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    There is a term in the realm of biology entitled a Keystone Species.  In architecture there is a building term that refers to the Keystone of an Arch.  In thinking about these terms last week I wondered if there were … Continue reading → The post Keystone Leadership Concepts appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Dueling Checklists Killing Engagement?

    Ron
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    Today, we have a dilemma that is facing many companies when it comes to hiring. Checklists are getting in the way. Having dealt with the application process for a while, I find it interesting what the automated process has done … Continue reading → The post Dueling Checklists Killing Engagement? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Kids Teach Leadership!

    Ron
    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
    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.
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    Paul Keijzer

  • Reg Bull on the East vs West Leadership Outlook

    Paul Keijzer
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:13 pm
    If you’re going to read one interview from a leader this is it. Reg Bull is a novelist, change management specialist and overall HR adventurist. In his extremely busy schedule he took some time out for all of us to talk about working in the West vs the East, leadership development and working in Asia in general. If nothing else, read the very last question and answer set. It’s probably the best summary of the East meets West working relationship. Q: Explain what you see as the most significant differences between East Asian and European leaders? A: The big difference is because of…
  • Women Entrepreneurship Day – What You Can do to Encourage Women Entrepreneurship in Your Company

    Paul Keijzer
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Women Entrepreneurship Day is right around the corner – November 19th to be exact. If you ever take a look at all the important days of the year, there are probably more than 365. However, with the way the business world is changing and opportunities for women increasing in all different industries I frankly think this is one of the most important days out there. Now you may be wondering, what difference does this make to me as a leader in a company. If a person wants to be an entrepreneur – woman or man – it’s not my responsibility to make it happen. Right? Wrong.
  • 5 HR Department Roles for Successful Employee Engagement

    Paul Keijzer
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Over the past couple weeks I’ve been talking about how employees can make themselves more enageable, what line managers can do to engage their teams and what CEO’s should to to engage the company and drive performance. Today, the last of the series, is dedicated to 5 roles you should expect the HR department to fulfill in driving employee engagement. 1. The Engagement Advocate If someone is going to drive employee engagement it’s the HR department. They should be able to clearly articulate the benefits of employee engagement in a way that: The executive leadership team…
  • What to Say When your Boss is Wrong

    Paul Keijzer
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Bosses are complicated things – they’re kind of your father, mother and best friend (if you’re lucky) all packaged into one person. Now think back to the last time you had to tell your father or mother they were wrong. Chances are, and this is especially true if you live in an a frontier market because of complex family relationships, that it wasn’t easy. The same is true when you have to tell your boss that they’re wrong. Even if you have an excellent relationship with them the bottom line is you have to do what they say. So how do you get the message across without putting…
  • 6 Simple Steps a CEO can Take to Improve Employee Engagement

    Paul Keijzer
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    One of the easiest ways to improve your company’s performance is to increase the number of people that are engaged with the organisation and are emotional and rationally committed to the vision, strategy and the delivery of the results of that same organisation. According to the AONHewitt definition, engaged employees want to: Stay (intent to stay with the organisation) Say (speak highly of the organisation to others) and Strive (make an discretionary effort to deliver results) There is tons of evidence about how companies with more engage employees are able to outperform their…
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    SecondIron's Blog

  • Why Men are Leaving Church

    cjohnstonjax
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    Church leaders everywhere are scrambling to understand why the men are leaving Church and not coming back. Historically men have led the church, fed the church and filled the church. As Church attendance across the nation declines and some churches are having to shutter their doors. One trend has become true, the men that once attended […] The post Why Men are Leaving Church appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • 11 Fishing Lessons of Leadership

    cjohnstonjax
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Imagine a day on the water, a crisp cool breeze in the air. The smell of salt-laden air penetrates your soul. You have been looking forward to this taste of fishing paradise all week. As men we look forward to being one with the sea. A few hours on a boat can remedy almost anything […] The post 11 Fishing Lessons of Leadership appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Ethan Hallmark – An Involuntary Hero

    cjohnstonjax
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    I am Second – Ethan Hallmark’s story As a Christian there are times when even we struggle for answers. It is through those times that we seek. I am Second was formed just for that purpose to provide answers and hope through real life stories. This is a recap of one such story of a […] The post Ethan Hallmark – An Involuntary Hero appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • 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.
 
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    Steve Farber: Extreme Leadership

  • A Personal Invitation

    Steve
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Attendance for The Certification Weekend is limited to a small group, so claim your spot now!   Click here for all the details!   Right now, there are only a handful of Extreme Leadership Facilitators on the planet, and you may have an opportunity to be one of the team. If you have the impulse, instinct, or inclination to get certified in The Extreme Leadership Workshop (whether you work for an organization, have your own coaching or consulting practice, or you’re just wanting to expand your own leadership capacity), I suggest that you consider joining me in San Diego this…
  • 4 Steps for Extreme Feedback

    Steve
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    It’s the oldest skill in the management texts: listen to your employees. Seek their input. But it’s not enough to ask for feedback; you have to be genuinely interested in the response—especially if you think you won’t like it. Those posing as leaders seek feedback because HR has ordered them to do it, not because they’re really interested. Extreme Leaders will not only use 360-degree assessments (which can be powerful tools when used effectively), but they seek extreme feedback face-to-face because they know they need it in order to be great. If you’re willing to hear the…
  • When Was the Last Time You Wrote One of These?

    Steve
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    When it comes to strumming the heart strings at work (or anywhere else), nothing beats a personal, hand-written note of thanks, praise, or gratitude–especially in these hyper-digital days of texts and email. Maybe it’s because of the manifest, tactile, 3-dimensional nature of ink and paper; maybe it’s because of the subtle presence of the writer’s DNA. You can hold the paper. Feel the fibers. Keep it as tangible evidence of your positive influence on others. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying the impact of the literal pen on the human heart. [Tweet…
  • The Love Assessment

    Steve
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    “Love is the ultimate motivation of the Extreme Leader: love of something or someone, love of a cause, love of a principal, love of the people you work with and the customers you serve, love of the future you and yours can create together, love of the business you conduct together every day.” —  From The Radical Leap How would you rate your own ability to Cultivate Love in the way you lead and work? Almost by definition, your self-assessment will be biased, but it’s a great way to begin to hold up a mirror and reflect on where you excel, and where you may need some…
  • When I First Met Pops

    Steve
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    In anticipation of the release of the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Radical Leap, here’s another entry from my hand-written notes on the original manuscript. (Read the previous post here). This became the scene where I first meet the character, Pops Maritime, and he lectures me on the importance of Love as a business principle. And since these are my original notes, it’s not only the scene where I first met him, it’s when I actually first met him–in the world of my imagination, that is. Said another way, this really is my first encounter with Pops (a character many…
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  • Three Steps to Success

    Martin Webster
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    Three Steps to Project Management SuccessMartin Webster MBCS CITP is Head of Oracle Applications at Arriva plc and his job is to solve problems and find solutions that enable beneficial business-led change. Project management is a core competence in directing and managing change. Let’s begin with a concise definition of project management taken directly from Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2, 5th Edition. Project management is the planning, delegating, monitoring and control of all aspects of the project, and the motivation of those involved, to achieve the project objectives…
  • Tin and Wires: Data Centre Migration Master Class, part 2

    Donato Piccinno
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    The Ultimate Project Manager An exclusive to Leadership Thoughts, chapter 26 of Donato Piccino’s new book — The Ultimate IT Project Manager — Tin and Wires, Part 2: Data Centre Migration Master (DCM) Class. Monkey Episode 7 : The Beginning of Wisdom DCM involves data migration but it is only one constituent part of the programme. DCM is not a purely technical project — many stakeholder groups are impacted across the organisation. A purely technical focus will just bore them. There is a plethora of documentation on DCM. For ease of understanding, I have tried to take all of those…
  • Warning: Your Business Could Be Loosing One Day a Week Because of Insufficient Digital Skills

    Jeff Fernandez
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Digital Skills Transformation In a successful business people work together in unison. Even so, each employee needs the skills to succeed and the potential to develop. It is the team leader’s responsibility to grow and equip the team. Yet, there is one area often overlooked when developing employees: digital skills. A Digital Skills Shortage A McKinsey poll found that 21% of the average work week is unproductive because of insufficient digital skills. Put another way, that’s on average, a $10 Million loss each year for firms of a 1,000 or more employees. Despite companies from…
  • 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 Piccino’s 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…
  • 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…
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  • A Management Moment With…Diane Sawyer

    Lisa Parker
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less! “It’s in the preparation — in those dreary pedestrian virtues they taught you in seventh grade and you didn’t believe. It’s making the extra call and caring a lot.” — News Anchor Diane Sawyer How did Diane Sawyer rise to the top of her profession? She put in the prep time so that her on-camera performances were both substantive and smooth. Here are 3 simple tips managers can apply right now to help their people — and themselves — achieve greater success in the limelight: 1. SET THE…
  • Why We Hate to Practice… Even Though We KNOW It Makes Us Better!

    Lisa Parker
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    Two weeks ago, one of my executive coaching clients delivered a brief presentation at her division’s Town Hall. When I asked her how it went, she said, “Just okay…but it could have been great if I’d been more prepared.” I asked her what got in the way of her preparation, expecting an answer like “too much work” or “big client meeting” but she candidly admitted that she simply avoided setting aside time to practice. She went on to stress that she knows she’s better when she practices, but she still finds reasons not to do so. I wish I…
  • 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…
 
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  • 6 Rules Learned in Afghanistan

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    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words, and indeed in thought.” T.E. Lawrence Yes, Afghanistan Rules! What follows are six rules or truisms that a group of combat advisors codified during the course of their year-long deployment in Afghanistan. Some of the rules may be unique to their experience; some may be consistent with the experience of others that have deployed to Afghanistan. These themes repeatedly emerged during the advisor’s interaction with multiple organizations and provided a common language and lens that helped them make sense of their…
  • You Can’t Lead From Behind

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    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail. Winston Churchill I used a common leadership slogan earlier in my writing, “Your people are your best resource”. I find now as I reflect on those words I have come to disagree with that statement and must advise against its use. Money in a bank is a resource. Iron ore in a mine is a resource. Fighter aircraft on the ramp are a resource. Your people are your partners! While writing for General Leadership, I rely not only on my military leadership experience but also on the wisdom of others.… Read the rest The…
  • Think Twice Before Going Back to the Basics

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Don’t succumb to excuses. Go back to the job of making the corrections and forming the habits that will make your goal possible.” Vince Lombardi Those of us who cut our teeth in a profession during the last century often lament the loss of focus. A typical reaction when we feel our organization has strayed too far from its original purpose is to talk about getting back to the basics. In today’s ever-changing environment, however, it’s important to ask which basics are still relevant, or whether the game and the players have fundamentally changed. Otherwise, we as leaders can come…
  • Be A Renaissance Person: Four Ideas To Achieve Your Best Self!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Eureka – I have found it!” Archimedes A renaissance person or polymath is a one who is skilled in multiple fields or multiple disciplines, and who has a broad base of knowledge. In short a multi-dimensional person. I have always admired those renaissance people who were accomplished at many tasks, those with an hidden skill such as music, painting, poetry, or cabinet making. Unfortunately I am not one of those people. Embarrassingly I am not even a jack-of-all-trades. But secretly I want to be a polymath. I have been blessed in my lifetime to serve with many incredibly…
  • Veterans Day – Solemnly Remember

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Armistice Day parade – 1929 – Boston(Source: Boston Public Library) “…solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower On November 11, 1918–after more than four years of bloody fighting by over 70 million soldiers from as many as 100 countries, an armistice was signed in France between the Allies and Germany bringing World War I to a close. At the time, H.G. Wells coined the term “the war to end all wars,” referring to the…
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  • No paper needed.

    Elena Iacono
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I was cleaning out my basement this weekend and found a copy of my Master Degree thesis – including binders of research, my defence speaking notes and PowerPoint presentation. And I had a chuckle – because despite the amount of hours I put into it, the observations I’ve had over the past few years have been interesting. Imagine this – key leaders I know “get” comms. I mean, they get it! Investing time in employee relationships, connecting with honesty, sharing information that not only impacts trust but performance. And here I spent a year and a half…
  • 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…
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  • Connection, Loyalty and Disengaged Millennial Talent

    Brittany Nader
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Dov Baron We all know that employee disengagement is at an all-time high, but what does that mean to you and your organization? Come with me on a journey: Imagine I ask you if you’d like to go out to dinner with me. As you and I sit down in the restaurant for a relaxing meal, you look over at a nearby table and see four people sitting together. The table is silent, but there is no indication that someone had said something awkward or offensive to create this intense silence. You have a momentary flashback to your childhood and you consider that these “friends” may be praying, as…
  • Hundreds of C-Suite Executives Gathered in Los Angeles to Listen, Learn and Network at C-Suite Conference

    Brittany Nader
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    C-Suite Network, the world’s most powerful network of C-Suite leaders, wrapped up its highly anticipated second C-Suite Conference in Marina del Rey. The Conference, held November 16 – 18, featured over 30 C-Suite executives and thought leaders offering their expertise to over 400 attendees. Topics focused on new ideas, emerging technologies, techniques for navigating government policies, and new forms of corporate capital. The invitation-only Conference provided an arena for qualified C-Suite executives and the world’s most elite thought leaders (from companies with…
  • Bizcast Announces New Episode Featuring Scott McKain

    Brittany Nader
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Weekly Podcast Spotlights Best-Selling Business Book Authors Bizcast, a podcast featuring leading business book authors who share tips, strategies and key points from their best-selling titles, today announced its newest episode featuring Scott McKain, author of 7 Tenets of Taxi Terry and other popular books. Bizcast is part of C-Suite Radio and the C-Suite Network family and is hosted by Kevin Craine. In 7 Tenets of Taxi Terry, McKain tells the story of a cab driver and successful self-starting entrepreneur who combines passion with effort and skill to create distinction in his job and…
  • The Era of the Low-Tech CMO Is Over

    Brittany Nader
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    PepsiCo CMO Frank Cooper Calls Mobile the “Front Door to the Internet of Things” on the Next Installment of C-Suite TV’s MYOB, Premiering November 19. The sixth episode of MYOB (Mind Your Own Business) on C-Suite TV, premieres today, featuring PepsiCo Chief Marketing Officer Frank Cooper talking with host Jeffrey Hayzlett about mobile technology and PepsiCo’s journey to deliver content to consumers at the point of decision. In an industry-wide trend reversal, more CMOs are coming from the business side instead of the brand side. Long gone are the days of traditional…
  • Why it’s Time for Professional Services Firms to Embrace Online Marketing

    Brittany Nader
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Lee Frederiksen You may not have noticed it happening, but the past few years have created a revolution in professional services marketing. What was once a referral-driven marketplace is quickly being replaced by the convenience and visibility of online marketing. This shift in how professional service firms are doing business has grown from a change in buyer preference. Rather than spending weeks waiting for an RFP response, buyers are taking their search for services to the Internet. They’re Googling keywords and comparing content to narrow down their choices, allowing them to make an…
 
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  • 6 Tips for Being an Optimistic Leader

    AIM
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:31 pm
    As a manager or a leader, we are responsible for the culture in our teams and organisations. So if we want to create a positive culture we need to learn to be positive ourselves. This isn’t always easy as there are any number of factors that affect our outlook and mood every day. You may have a team meeting planned that you were going to turn into an all-out, pat on the back pep rally but receiving an angry email from the chairman five minutes beforehand can really take the wind out of your sails. Train delays, spilt coffee and parking tickets can all throw a spanner in the works for your…
  • Powering Up Performance

    Dana Kennedy
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    By Dr Malcolm Johnson FAIM Time flies. Halfway through the financial year and performance targets have become a near and present reality. It’s here we ask, what can you change now to gain beneficial outcomes at the start of the new calendar year? As we approach Christmas, some employees will be looking forward to performance bonuses. Others do not have this as part of their remuneration package. Within a single workforce, such disparity can set a discordant tone if remuneration arrangements are seen to lack fairness in terms of dollars (distributive justice) or organisational processes…
  • Management Article Round-up

    Dana Kennedy
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Catch up on all the latest management, leadership and workplace articles gathered by AIM’s Twitter last week. For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau. How to Handle Stress in the Moment (via @harvardbiz) http://bit.ly/1uE1Hoe How to Prepare Your Business for Growth (via @fastcompany) http://bit.ly/1oqhG7i Trust as the Differentiator (via @therootinc) http://bit.ly/1tjmE12 Why Self-Improvement Begins with Self-Reflection (via @DanielGolemanEI) http://linkd.in/1x8g8BO Respecting Every Individual is the Foundation for Building Business Success (via @pexnetwork)…
  • Breaking through the breakdown

    AIM
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Mindfulness and emotional intelligence have received plenty of extra attention in management education in recent years, due to their proven success in dealing with stress. Whether stress is caused by shrinking budgets at work or a growing family at home, one thing is certain – something has to give. Most of us manage to avoid crisis by carefully manicuring the immediate issues that manifest as a consequence of larger underlying problems. But avoiding crisis at every turn does not give us the tools to deal with one when it inevitably occurs. Your boss snapping at you in front of a room…
  • From the Archives: Super Goals Too Much of a Stretch

    Dana Kennedy
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    In this post we revisit a classic article from the July 2013 edition of Management Today. Pulling back your ambitions may lead to better results. By Gerard McManus Some management ideas are extremely fashionable for a while before being overtaken by a shiny new trend, but they may linger for years afterwards as imitator experts continue to hold on and run with them regardless of their inherent merits. One such concept is that of stretch goals – a concept popularised by the most macho of modern management gurus, Jack Welch. Welch revolutionised and energised General Electric during the…
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  • Leading through Crisis

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    A workplace crisis can occur at any time—and it can be anything, such as destructive weather, an economic failure, or a physical attack on an employee or the office itself. The situation can be swift and fleeting or it can last for days, weeks or months. Either way, it can be devastating. How well your business and employees recover from it depends largely on how well you can lead through it.             If you find yourself in a crisis situation, you must first remember to act—don’t freeze. It’s imperative that you deal with…
  • Why Introverts can be Valuable Leaders

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    It seems like society is canted toward extroverts—the high-energy, fast-pace-loving people who are adept at working a room, making connections, being social. Based on their comfort with being around other people and their ability to slide easily into teamwork situations, extroverts would seem to be shoo-ins for the majority of leadership positions. And, according to studies noted by Jennifer Kahnweiler in her book, The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength, it’s true—extroverts are in the majority of leadership roles. But not by as much as you might think.
  • 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.
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  • Six Thoughts on Curbing the Disease of Being Busy

    Moe Carrick
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    A great blog came across my screen this week, titled “The disease of being busy.” I spoke with my friend and colleague Bill Proudman about it, and we shared a great laugh when he blurted out, “tell me about it, I am a carrier!” It got me thinking about what it means to be busy, and why I hear from clients, friends, and even my thirteen-year-old daughter, that either they feel “so busy” or they see me as being “so busy.” The article referenced above points to technology as a key source of our North American cultural obsession with always “doing” and never “being.” A…
  • How Scientists and Engineers Help Save the World

    Jim Morris
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    Although our work is not limited to a specific sector or niche, we pay particular attention to a few topics, sectors and disciplines whose only connection to one another is our curiosity. One of these is adventure travel, which we are interested in because of its power to connect people and nature and because we have roots as wilderness guides, instructors and business owners. Another is Brené Brown’s work, The Daring Way, because of its relevance to our work in leadership, relationship development and personal growth. Moe is preparing to offer a workshop on this topic now with a focus on…
  • Families on Ice – A Step Forward or Backwards?

    Moe Carrick
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    I have been paralyzed about writing this blog. Facebook and Apple recently launched a new employee perk aimed at their young women professionals, providing them with $20,000 in order to freeze their eggs. Created in response to continued evidence that women are not entering or staying in high tech roles in any meaningful volume compared to men, this program would allow female employees the ability to continue on a career path, while maintaining the possibility of conception for later. Some hail this as the next best thing for women since birth control, empowering them to put childbirth and…
  • 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…
 
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  • 10 Quotes that teach us to deal with Anger

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
     By Somali K Chakrabarti   Anger is that powerful internal force that blows out the light of reason. –Ralph Waldo Emerson Anger, we know, is a powerful emotion that is difficult to repress and finds expression in the most destructive … Continue reading →
  • Frugal Innovation – bringing Grassroot creativity to the Global stage

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   “Frugal innovation is about creating advantage out of constraint.” ~ Kirsten Bound, Head International Innovation Research, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta).   The ‘Grassroot to Global’ (G2G) approach for innovation, propagated by … Continue reading →
  • Baliyatra – commemorating ancient maritime traditions

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Pls see the flow Continue reading →
  • Busting the myth of Manliness in Indian society

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   Mard ko dard nahin hota. Amitabh Bachchan had declared in his characteristic style in ‘Mard’, one of the memorable Bollywood blockbusters from the 1980s. Translated in English it means ‘A real man does not feel … Continue reading →
  • Why Mobile Concierge Services are the future of digital strategy for hotels

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   ‘Sell the destination, not the plane’  has been a long standing adage for airlines marketers. People do not fly the plane just for the sake of it, they take a plane to reach a destination. The … Continue reading →
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  • Times of uncertainty

    Ying Ying Shi
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    The world does not disappear when you close your eyes. The illusion that everything will remain the same is at best temporary. When you open your eyes, the world presents itself with a new appearance and from different lights. Uncertainty … Read more →
  • Business Partnerships: The Process

    Ying Ying Shi
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    When we think about the multitude of players in the market, we tend to think about competition. This would however imply that we are the only ones pursuing our goals. If we slightly changed our mindset, we would realise that … Read more →
  • 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 →
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  • Five Career Myths That Can Hamper Your Growth

    Tim Sieck
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Career advice comes in many different forms, and from a variety of sources (including your mother).  If you are not careful, the advice flying at you can become overwhelming at the least and career damaging in the extreme.  Having listened to a good amount of this advice being given and acted upon for several years now, there are five career myths that need to be debunked before they derail your professional growth. Working for an organization with a clear career path is important – Organizations that have set career paths for employees can actually limit your career growth.  It…
  • The Difference Between Praise and Feedback

    Tim Sieck
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    First, the good news.  Managers are really good at giving praise to their employees.  Now, the bad news.  Most of the time the manager mistakenly thinks they are giving positive feedback when they dish out that praise.  The problem is that there is a big difference between praise and positive feedback, and managers need to understand the difference if they hope to be effective.  Here’s a quick look at both: Praise Praise is a general “feel good” statement to your employee.  It’s not specific enough about job performance to let the employee know what he or she is…
  • TED Talks Thursday: Marc Pachter – The Art Of The Interview

    Tim Sieck
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In this weeks TED Talks Thursday, Marc Pachter discusses the art of the interview.  Powerful concepts that translate to managers and supervisors.  One of the best ways to understand what makes your employees tick is to have a meaningful conversation about who they are.  What are there aspirations and desires?  Improving your skills as an interviewer can only help with this process.
  • As a Leader, Getting Feedback is Just As Important As Giving It

    Tim Sieck
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    As a leader, you spend a lot of time reading about the importance of giving feedback.  Much has been written about that topic in this blog.  It’s true.  Your ability to effectively give feedback to your employees will have a great impact on your performance as a manager.  Just as important is your ability to gather feedback from the people who report to you. It’s too easy to just wait for the employee satisfaction survey to come out to find out how you are doing as a leader.  To increase your effectiveness, you need to seek feedback in an attempt to improve, not just yourself, but…
  • TED Talks Thursday: Susan Colantuono – The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get

    Tim Sieck
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Susan Colantuono provides some great advice primarily for women, but with messages that will touch all demographics.  Some great takeaways for us all as we think about where we are on our career path.
 
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  • Leaders – 4 Keys to Long Haul Leadership

    Timi Pudie
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Four Keys to Long-Haul Leadership By Thom S. Rainer He was once regarded as one of the best business leaders in the world. At the end of his career, he was disgraced and, by some measures, considered one of the worst business leaders of all time. Leaders – 4 Keys to Long Haul LeadershipAl Dunlap believed that the primary goal of a company was to make money for its shareholders. To that end, he would lead an organization to massive layoffs and plant closings. The short-term profits would soar, and so would the value of the company. He led Scott Paper with that ruthless behavior.
  • $9.3m Arms Deal – CENTREP Says Nigerians should refuse to be deceived

    Timi Pudie
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
    $9.3m Arms Deal $9.3m Arms Deal – CENTREP Says Nigerians should refuse to be deceived By Emma Amaize Committee  for the Vulnerable and Underprivileged, CENTREP, Warri, Delta State, yesterday, urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and reject any attempt to sweep the transporting of a colossal sum of 9.3 million dollars in a chartered private jet to South Africa under the carpet. Executive director of the group, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, in a statement, said, “We vehemently condemn the ferrying of a colossal sum of 9.3 million dollars in a chartered private Jet to South Africa, under the…
  • Helpers – The Love Gifts 1

    Pastor Fred Igho
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Helpers – The Love Gifts 1 1 Corinthians 12:28 AMP “So God has appointed some in the church for His own use: first apostles (special messengers); second prophets (inspired preachers and expounders); third teachers; then wonder-workers; then those with ability to heal the sick; HELPERS…” Helpers – The Love Gifts 1 Helpers are gifted burden bearers. They’re the strength of any ministry, business or viable projects. Nothing succeeds without helpers. Nehemiah 4:10 NLT “The people of Judah began to complain, ‘The workers(burden bearers) are getting…
  • Jonathan on Boko Haram – Things Will Change Next Month

    Timi Pudie
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Jonathan on Boko Haram – Things will change Next Month Jonathan on Boko Haram – Things will change Next Month ABUJA—President Goodluck Jonathan promised yesterday that by next month, the security challenge posed by members of the Boko Haram sect who have engaged in massive killing and wanton destruction of property would change drastically. This is just as the troops have killed 60 of the insurgents. Speaking yesterday at the 66th National Executive Committee, NEC of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, President Jonathan who admitted that the nation’s greatest challenge was…
  • $9.3million Secret Arms Deal – Nigerian officials blame U.S

    Timi Pudie
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:03 pm
    $9.3million Secret Arms Deal – Nigerian Officials Blame U.S $9.3 Secret Arms Deal – Nigerian Officials Blame U.S The Nigerian government opted for a discreet purchase of arms with cash as a desperate measure after the American government allegedly blocked all legitimate arms order made by the military, high ranking military officers and top administration officials have told PREMIUM TIMES. The Nigerian government had on Tuesday admitted that it owned the $9.3million cash smuggled into South Africa aboard a private jet and seized by the authorities of that country. The…
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  • 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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  • Good Communication.Clear, Yet Emotional.

    Brigitte Kobi
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    “One cannot not communicate”. This is a famous dictum of the Austrian-American psychologist and communications theorist Paul Watzlawik. Well, the space probe Philae apparently can. While on November 13, 2014 ESA (the European Space Agency) happily announced the great news that Philae landed on the comet P67/Tschurjumow-Gerassimenko they communicated only…
  • Change Twice! Why?

    Brigitte Kobi
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Many of you know that I studied philosophy and communication science. The following is the kind of conversation I frequently find myself in: My conversation partner: “Why did you study philosophy after having worked so many years in the IT-arena as a project manager and consultant?” Me: “Because it broadens…
  • How About Design?

    Brigitte Kobi
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    People who know me know as well that I am very much into design and beautiful things. If I have the choice between extremely handy and not totally unpractical but stylish I go for the latter. Having said this you will not be surprised that I recently visited an exhibition…
  • 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…
 
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  • Percy Harvin and the Three Questions Every Business Leader Must Ask

    Sarah Frye
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    by Harry Feuerstein, Practice Lead, Merryck & CoAs football fans know, Percy Harvin is a player with tremendous talent for whom the Seattle Seahawks traded multiple high-level draft picks. On a pure talent level, he is a game-changer. But on October 18, less than halfway into his second full season with the ‘Hawks, he was traded to the lowly Jets for a conditional mid-level draft pick. His sudden exit raises three key leadership questions for executives of all stripes. What Game Are You Playing? Great coaches do more than make locker room speeches. Masters of their game – men and women…
  • Decision Making Amidst Complexity

    Dennis Kerslake
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    by Dennis Kerslake, Mentor, Merryck & Co Decisiveness has always been seen as one of the key attributes of a successful leader.  Boards and organizations expect the ability to process information, see the forest for the trees, and set a clear course of action. Everything the CEO does affects the entire business. But in a world that is changing faster than ever, and with greater volatility, how does the leader of today demonstrate decisiveness?  Based on feedback from our clients, senior leaders today face five recurring themes as they approach efficient decision-making in the face of…
  • Why Your Merger Failed

    Sarah Frye
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    by Margaret Heffernan, Mentor, Merryck & CoThe failure rate for mergers and acquisitions, or M&As, is anywhere from 40 percent to 80 percent. That means that most deals fail to achieve the strategic aims for which they were initiated. They make money only for the lawyers who conclude them. The major reasons for failure are simple: Deal fever. Momentum, personal ambition, and public headlines make it difficult to stop a deal once it gets going. Politics and ego make it hard to assess the objective merits of a negotiation once it has started. This applies to boards, too. Implementation.
  • How Empathy Leads to Excellence

    Sarah Frye
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    by Margaret Heffernan, Mentor, Merryck & CoAre you sensitive enough? MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence found that the teams that are best at problem solving are distinguished not by IQ but by social sensitivity. This is measured by the “Reading the Mind in the Eye” test, which is also a test for empathy. The researchers’ findings conclude that highly effective teams pay a lot of attention to each other and thus get higher levels of equal participation. When I was discussing this work at a conference last month, one of the attendees asked a great question: But…
  • The Willingness to Recognize What He Still Needed to Learn

    merryck
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:02 am
    by David Reimer, CEO, Merryck & Co AmericasAs the leader of a highly complex global business unit with general management responsibilities spanning R&D, business development, and new product marketing, Juan Ramón Alaix proved he could effectively run a business. But was he ready to be a CEO? After rising through the leadership ranks, with years of progressively more demanding and broader-in-scale responsibilities under their belts, many motivated and high-achieving leaders will immediately answer that question with a resounding “Yes!” But often it’s those who are…
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  • Michael Jordan’s Adversity Killing Winning Attitude

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Michael Jordan is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest athletes of all time and arguably even the greatest basketball player that ever graced the basketball court. He is also among the most financially successful athlete endorsers and most popular athletes in the world. Much has been said about Michael as a basketball superstar and commercial icon, but it’s also interesting to note his humble beginnings. His legendary story of being a high-school team reject to being ranked as the most successful athlete of all time is probably the greatest example of overcoming adversity. Early Years…
  • Akio Morita: Traditions and Adversity

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
      As the pragmatic co-founder of Sony Corporation, Akio Morita was admired and honored as the man behind Sony’s international success. Aside from being a businessman and a marketer, he was a visionary for he saw the vast opportunities for gaining global presence.Morita was recognized as a Master of Adversity for his ability to see only opportunity. Early Years Akio Morita was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1921 to a wealthy middle class family. His family had been brewing sake or rice wine for nearly 400 years. Since Morita was the eldest son, he was groomed to become the heir to the family…
  • The Wisdom Gained Through Adversity: The Story of Rowland Hussey Macy

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Who would have thought that what was once a simple and modest dry goods store would turn into one of the world’s largest department retail giants? Rowland Hussey Macy, the brain behind R.H. Macy & Co. (or what we all know today as Macy’s), encountered several failed ventures before overcoming adversity and achieving this huge success. At the tender age of 15, Macy started working in a whaling ship with his father. He earned a relatively small amount for a tough job, which consequently inspired him to be more ambitious.Influenced by Benjamin Franklin’s story, Macy worked as a…
  • Steven Spielberg: Adversity and Success in Movies

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Steven Spielberg’s path to becoming Hollywood’s most successful motion picture director of all time was not straightforward, nor was it without adversity. Before he got his name up in lights for directing 6 of 25 top-grossing films in Hollywood, Spielberg had to come face-to-face with numerous rejection and adversities. “I dream for a living. This is what I’ve done with my life. This is what I want to do with my life.” Spielberg knew at a very young age that he wanted to become a filmmaker. Inspired by the first film he watched with his father, he created his first motion picture…
  • Soichiro Honda: Turning Adversity Into Opportunity

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    A single-minded determination will motivate you to venture into new heights with renewed vigor. Soichiro Honda, founder of the Honda Motor Company, is known to be a man who defied clichés where Japanese businessmen are stringent. An Soichiro Honda outsider to Japan’s industrial establishment, he became one of the 20th century’s industrial giants. This Japanese engineer and industrialist went from countless failures, innumerable adversities and threatening bankruptcies for over four decades in search of success. His persistent efforts, dedication and confidence finally paid off when he…
 
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  • I Got This! Creating a life of choice, resonance, and flow

    jeanieduncan
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    I spoke at an executive women’s conference recently where the program centered around the theme of  “Having it All.” Speakers and panelists offered perspectives on this topic that ranged from myth to miracle. Often, when I hear people talk about “having it all,” the conversation is about volume…as in “super-size” me. I get this image of a caped super-human individual with the mystic powers to be a deeply devoted parent, put in 12-hours at the office, work out at the gym, manage the household, and get a full night’s rest. I don’t buy in to this steel facade of “I got…
  • Envisioning Your Future

    jeanieduncan
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Some consider visioning to be a fluff exercise rather than an effective personal or business development strategy. After all, in both our personal and business lives, we spend the majority of our time working ‘in it’ rather than ‘on it.’ However, dedicating time to thinking about the future can be a critical investment that reaps big rewards. How do I know? I have proven it for myself and and experienced it with my clients time and time again. In fact, I have found that visioning is 100% smart business practice, helping organizations and individuals who lead them chart the course, set…
  • Leadership Coaching – How do you know when you’re ready?

    jeanieduncan
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Individuals come to coaching via different pathways and that path can make a big difference whether you meet it with openness or resistance, or a point somewhere in between. One thing for certain, to be successful, coaching cannot be forced. Your perception of coaching greatly affects your readiness to benefit from having a coach. If it’s just a status symbol, a job perk, or a development tool being prescribed to you, it’s less likely that you’ll be open and commit the time and effort it takes to assess and change your behavior. If you believe that your organization or boss is punishing…
  • What to Expect from Leadership Coaching

    jeanieduncan
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    I believe deeply in the value and impact of coaching. Yet in my work, I’ve discovered that many people have never had a coaching relationship and aren’t quite sure what to expect. I would like to share more about leadership coaching, possibly dispel some myths, and offer perspective about when it might be right for you. One way I like to think of leadership coaching is similar to how an elite athlete uses a coach. A good coach helps leaders develop clarity of purpose and focus on action. The relationship is a formal engagement in which a qualified coach works with an organizational leader…
  • 10 Ways to Build Resilience

    jeanieduncan
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    The American Psychological Association offers ten ways to develop and use a personal strategy for enhancing resilience. The key is to identify ways that are likely to work well for you as part of your own personal approach. I especially like #1. When I get stuck and feel “up against it,” it helps to think of people resources around me – those who might have ideas or approaches to solving a particular challenge…or may have been through a similar experience and can offer insight. What about you?   Make connections. Good relationships with close family members, friends or…
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