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  • Fairness is Overrated

    Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:03 am
    Fairness is Overrated is a solid leadership primer on what it takes to create a healthy culture day-in and day-out. Tim Stevens comes from a Church leadership perspective. However, his 52 principles are applicable anywhere because people are people with the same issues—only the peer pressure changes (unfortunately). The 52 principles are organized around four key areas: Be a leader worth following, Find the right people, Build a healthy culture and Lead confidently through a crisis. Stevens begins with “live a life with margins” and ends with the “five stages of failure.” Living a…
  • Clear These Three Hurdles To Be A Great Leader

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    Tim Sanders
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    Napoleon Bonaparte believed that the leader's role is "to define reality, then give hope." Within this prescription lies a formidable challenge to leaders.  How can you focus on the challenges and opportunities of today and, at the same time, maintain the spirit and effectiveness to lead your team forward?  In today's business environment, there are high hurdles that stand between you and leadership success.  The ability to leap over them through lifestyle design and talent development separates the truly effective from the ambitious or charismatic.  The three hurdles…
  • Hold “Stop-Start-Continue” Meetings With Your Team

    Michael Lee Stallard
    Katie Russell
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    #100 Begin “Stop-Start-Continue” Meetings Periodically hold “stop-start-continue” meetings to review your team’s activities. During these meetings, identify the activities your team should start that you are not presently doing, current activities that your team should stop doing, and activities that your team should continue doing. “Stop-start-continue” meetings give your team an opportunity to voice their thoughts on projects and enhance connection. This is the one hundredth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language,…
  • The 2 Most Powerful Words for Reaching Your Goals [Periscope] [Video]

    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership
    Michael Hyatt
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:02 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. This is a Periscope replay of the #VirtualMentor. In this scope, we discussed my blog post, “The 2 Most Powerful Words for Reaching Your Goals.” If you are interested, I broadcast daily on Periscope, Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. If I published a new blog post or podcast, we discuss that. If not, we talk about whatever I am thinking about. And I always take some off-topic questions. You’ll need to download the free Periscope app if you want to watch live. You can get the iPhone and Android…
  • 3 Tips to Ensure Your Next Hire Will Be The Right Fit

    Predictable Success » Blog
    sarahberger
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
      Ever hired a bona fide hotshot, only to see them fizzle and underperform? Ever felt certain you’d landed a proven high performer, then watched in bewilderment as they struggled to achieve success with you? Even more confusingly, perhaps you’ve watched one or more of those very same people move on to another organization and thrive? Chances are, when it has happened, you’ve nursed your wounds, notched it up to ‘cultural fit’ (or lack thereof) and eaten the cost of an expensive re-hire. The reality, however, is that most high-performer blowouts aren’t…
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  • Stress Can Be a Good Thing If You Know How to Use It

    Alia Crum
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    With all the media and medical attention on stress and its negative health impacts, it is easy to reach the conclusion that stress is irredeemably bad—something to be avoided as much as possible. We have a different perspective. We believe that pursuing a “stress-free” life often causes more stress down the line—problems compound, and by failing to face our most intense challenges we never overcome them. Think about a time when you experienced substantial personal or professional growth, or a time when you performed at your highest level, such as finishing a race,…
  • 5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For

    Freek Vermeulen
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever noticed that when you ask someone in your company, “How are you?” they are more likely to answer “Busy!” than “Very well, thank you”? That is because the norm in most companies is that you are supposed to be very busy – or otherwise at least pretend to be – because otherwise you can’t be all that important. The answers “I am not up to much” and “I have some time on my hands, actually” are not going to do much for your internal status and career. However, that you are very busy all the time is…
  • The U.S. Government Needs to Hire More Geeks

    John Paul Farmer
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Randy Watson is choking back tears. He is a proud and grizzled Vietnam veteran, standing in front of an audience of hundreds. With the help of his daughter, Randy has just driven 1,100 miles from his home in Joplin, Missouri to Washington, DC to tell the story of how he almost died. But as he stands on stage overcome with emotion, Randy is very much alive. And he wants to thank the people responsible: policy wonks and data geeks. Three years ago, the White House welcomed the Presidential Innovation Fellows program to the world. The mission was simple: save lives, save taxpayer dollars, and…
  • A New Way to Rate Retailers on Providing Good Jobs

    Zeynep Ton
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:05 am
    Executives have a choice in how they run their operations. They can run them in a way that uses people as interchangeable parts. Or they can run them in a way that leverages a skilled, capable, motivated workforce. Both ways can be profitable. But the employee-centered way is a better way — even in low-cost retail. In my research, I’ve found that retailers using an employee-centered operations strategy, which I call the good jobs strategy, have two strategic advantages. First, they differentiate themselves by offering low prices and good service at the same…
  • Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

    Shawn Achor
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    HBR STAFF Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, mirror neurons can activate, making you yawn, in turn. Your brain picks up the fatigue response of someone sitting on the other side of the room. But it’s not just smiles and yawns that spread. We can pick up negativity, stress, and uncertainty like secondhand smoke. Researchers Howard…
 
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    SmartBrief on Leadership

  • The worst-smelling flower that people love to see

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:56 am
    Thousands of people have been visiting botanical gardens in Denver and Chicago in recent weeks in the hopes of catching a sni -More- 
  • 8 ways to deal with a smaller-than-expected budget

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:56 am
    If your team doesn't get the budget it requested, you still have many ways to meet your goals, Mark Miller writes.  -More- Your Sustainability Toolkit With only 15 percent of learners applying what they learn to improve performance, where are your opportunities to crush the forgetting curve and sustain learning? To get you started, here are nine sustainability tools and templates that you can experiment with or implement immediately.
  • How can we increase employment without sacrificing flexibility?

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:56 am
    In the modern workplace, many low-paid employees are in effect no better off than independent contractors, thanks to factors  -More- 
  • To revamp its brands, Hilton turned to its consumers

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:56 am
    Hilton Worldwide launched a data-driven revamp underpinned by surveys and interviews of thousands of consumers around the wor -More- 
  • Try showing some respect

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:56 am
    Creating a respectful and positive work environment starts with small actions, writes Dean Brenner.  -More- 
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    Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog

  • First Look: Leadership Books for September 2015

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:01 am
    Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September.   5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram   Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time by Jeffrey Pfeffer   What You Really Need to Lead: The Power of Thinking and Acting Like an Owner by Robert Steven Kaplan   H3 Leadership: Stay Hungry. Be Humble. Always Hustle. by Brad Lomenick   The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me Age by Joseph Burgo For…
  • LeadershipNow 140: August 2015 Compilation

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    Here are a selection of tweets from August 2015 that you might have missed: 90 Powerful Ways to Become a Highly Successful Leader by @LollyDaskal 3 Situations Where Leaders Should Keep Their Mouth Shut by AJ Agrawal via @Inc Words that Heal, Words that Steal by @JeremieKubicek Why People Are Drawn to Narcissists Like Donald Trump by Michael Maccoby via @HarvardBiz Fake It Til You Make It? Not So Fast via @KelloggSchool Stuck In The Middle With Me by @StratLearner From @JohnBaldoni Does It Take Courage To Run For President? Dynamic Duos: How Introverts and Extroverts Create Breakthrough…
  • Fairness is Overrated

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:03 am
    Fairness is Overrated is a solid leadership primer on what it takes to create a healthy culture day-in and day-out. Tim Stevens comes from a Church leadership perspective. However, his 52 principles are applicable anywhere because people are people with the same issues—only the peer pressure changes (unfortunately). The 52 principles are organized around four key areas: Be a leader worth following, Find the right people, Build a healthy culture and Lead confidently through a crisis. Stevens begins with “live a life with margins” and ends with the “five stages of failure.” Living a…
  • What Are Your Hidden Strengths?

    26 Aug 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Your strengths will get you in the door, but to make progress you are going to have to become more of who you are and draw on your hidden strengths. Hidden strengths are not weaknesses. They are capacities you have that have yet to be recognized, developed and utilized. They become your Learned Strengths. Your strengths and weaknesses need to be managed. Strengths need to be managed so that they are not overused or overbearing. Weaknesses need to be managed so that they don’t derail you. Often they can be delegated. But the area between the two—your hidden strengths—not only provide a…
  • First Look: Leadership Books for August 2015

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August.   Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will by Geoff Colvin   Unthinkable: The Culture and Politics of Getting Innovation Wrong by Tom Hopkins   Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice by Todd Henry   Leading Continuous Change: Navigating Churn in the Real World by Bill Pasmore   Rising Strong by Brené Brown For bulk orders call 1-800-423-8273 Build your leadership library with these specials on over 100 titles. All titles are at…
 
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    Management-Issues

  • Don't be a busy fool!

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:51 am
    With summer almost over and the post-holiday pressure starting to pile up, it’s easy to fall into the trap of becoming a busy fool. Being too busy is like a disease. And to avoid catching it you need to understand how to work smarter.
  • When you're not 'their boss'

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:43 am
    Many of us today are tasked with getting work done when we don't have direct reporting responsibility over the people on the team. This can lead to confusion, frustration and miscommunication. But it doesn’t have to.
  • Too much innovation doesn't pay dividends

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Those who try to innovate the most often don’t reap any benefit from their efforts, even when circumstances seem to be at their most optimal.
  • Don't use technology as an excuse for bad management

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    When it comes to managing a remote team, technology is not a communication problem. Your choices are the problem. You need to choose the right tool then execute your communication well - and stop blaming the tools if you chose the wrong one for the wrong reason.
  • Why work profiles should replace job titles

    19 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Work profiles are the perfect replacement for traditional job descriptions because they encourage organizations to grow work around people, instead of force-fitting people into narrow job roles.
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • How to Give Yourself an Unfair Leadership Advantage [Periscope] [Video]

    Michael Hyatt
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:24 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. This is a Periscope replay of the #VirtualMentor. In this scope, we discussed my podcast post, “Permission to Turn the Page: 5 Reasons Reading Will Make You an Awesome Leader.” If you are interested, I (usually) broadcast daily on Periscope, Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. If I published a new blog post or podcast, we discuss that. If not, we talk about whatever I am thinking about. And I always take some off-topic questions. You’ll need to download the free Periscope app if you want to watch…
  • Open Q&A on Any Topic You Want to Discuss [Periscope] [Video]

    Michael Hyatt
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:26 pm
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. This is a Periscope replay of the #VirtualMentor. In this scope, I opened up the session to questions. If you are interested, I broadcast daily on Periscope, Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. If I published a new blog post or podcast, we discuss that. If not, we talk about whatever I am thinking about. And I always take some off-topic questions. You’ll need to download the free Periscope app if you want to watch live. You can get the iPhone and Android versions here. Click here for more. Or, better…
  • Season 5, Episode 4: Permission to Turn the Page [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:45 am
    5 Reasons Reading Will Make You an Awesome Leader Welcome to Season 5, Episode 4 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss five reasons reading will make you an awesome leader. I’m convinced that the reason I ascended the corporate ranks, became a CEO, and ended up writing about leadership is because I’m a reader. Here’s why it made the difference for me and how it can make the difference for you. Listen to the Audio MICHAEL HYATT WITH MICHELE CUSHATTThis is Your Life PodcastSubscribe to Podcast in…
  • The 2 Most Powerful Words for Reaching Your Goals [Periscope] [Video]

    Michael Hyatt
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:02 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. This is a Periscope replay of the #VirtualMentor. In this scope, we discussed my blog post, “The 2 Most Powerful Words for Reaching Your Goals.” If you are interested, I broadcast daily on Periscope, Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. If I published a new blog post or podcast, we discuss that. If not, we talk about whatever I am thinking about. And I always take some off-topic questions. You’ll need to download the free Periscope app if you want to watch live. You can get the iPhone and Android…
  • The 2 Most Powerful Words for Reaching Your Goals

    Michael Hyatt
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
    One Simple, Proven Trick that Will Set You up to Win Every Time Tell me this hasn’t happened to you: You decide on a goal and you’re full of enthusiasm for the first week, maybe two. Then you slack off. Finally, months go by and you’ve made no real progress. Courtesy of iStock/Erik Khalitov When you remember your original goal, you either feel bad and quit, or feel bad and try again—only to experience the same dynamic again and again. But what if I told you two little words could enable you to break out of that cycle? Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my…
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Influencer Engagement, Part I: It’s Not About You

    Andrea Learned
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:50 pm
      In my work coaching clients on how (and why) to use social media, I’ve found an interesting tendency: While people seem fairly confident they have industry wisdom to share, and believe they have insight to contribute to the existing conversation, the idea of developing their own “thought leadership” seems uncomfortable. As has often been pointed out, you can’t necessarily call yourself a thought leader (someone else needs to do that), so how could you openly admit to wanting to develop into one? But, what happens when you turn the lens away from yourself and toward those you…
  • Twitter Beckons, Business Leaders Go Missing

    Andrea Learned
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:45 pm
    The long established brand emphasis on raising business-to-consumer awareness (B2C) has lead to neglect of the as-important opportunities in developing business-to-business (B2B) thought leadership. In a world where value-sharing and trust-building have become so crucial to communications, this oversight has left a hole of epic proportions. And, while the legal department may still have to work through their fear of the idea, a whole new level of impact and influence can be gained when a company leader dives into the world of social media. This neglected opportunity was apparent when I…
  • Climate Action Means Business – My Next Step

    Andrea Learned
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    The fantastic but perhaps little understood thing about social capital building through Twitter is that you truly DO develop what feels like a warm, supportive in-real-life style community – with each member looking out for one another. Like any other community (in churches or schools, for example…), it can then be pretty jarring when an active member doesn’t show up as often. That’s why I wanted to share my current work transition. As of April 1, I have taken a full-time social media strategist position with the incredible We Mean Business Coalition communications team. The seven…
  • Listen to Learn, Learn to Lead

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

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

  • 10 Ways to Keep Cool and Composed

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post was originally recently published in SmartBlog on Leadership:When a leader blows up, loses their temper, or lets their emotions get the better of them they can quickly develop a reputation as volatile, moody, defensive, or having a lack of leadership presence. Unfortunately, all it takes is one public outburst. When coaching leaders who have received negative 360 degree feedback about composure, I’ll ask them when the last time they lost their cool was. In most cases, it’s on a rare occasion, maybe months ago. However, people remember, and it becomes a tough reputation to…
  • 7 Elements of a Strategic Plan

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    It’s been said that “a vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world.” Read my latest post over at About.com to learn the 7 basic elements of a strategic plan: vision, mission, SWOT analysis, core values, goals, objectives, and action plans.
  • Are Your Employees Dressed for Success?

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Guest post from Tom Pandola:Being a curious student of leadership, I find myself always noticing businesses that are doing things well, and those that are not.  One day while ordering my lunch at a well-established and famous hamburger chain – In-N-Out Burger – I was overwhelmed with the desire to find out why every employee was smiling, being friendly, and demonstrating an absolute focus on customer satisfaction.  With no one in line behind me, I felt that it would be a good time to chat-up the friendly woman behind the cash register to find out the secret behind all of these…
  • How to Apply Lean Startup Ideas to Achieve Product-Market Fit

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Read Dan Olson’s guest post over at About.com to learn the six steps of the Lean Start-up Process, a way to improve the development and commercialization of new products using Lean principles.
  • Responsible Leadership at Market Basket

    20 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    Guest post from Daniel Korschun:If your CEO got fired tomorrow, would anyone notice? Last year, the board of directors at one of New England’s largest supermarket chains fired CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. Instead of going about their business as usual, as people at other companies would do, 25,000 employees at Market Basket (they call themselves associates) protested in the streets for six weeks to get Demoulas back. Incredibly, they were joined by almost two million customers, who sustained a boycott over that same period. Even vendors contributed to this protest. With 90% of sales gone almost…
 
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  • Why We Work

    Dylan
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:27 am
    Why We Work by Barry Schwartz, TED Books, 120 pages, $16.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9781476784861 In the past two months' Jack Coverts Selects, we’ve explored how we work, how to get better at certain aspects of our work, who we go to work to serve, and what jobs will be left for us to even do. Barry Schwartz goes even deeper and asks the crucial question, “Why do we work?” His answer takes shape in his new book, Why We Work. Adam Smith had a rather pessimistic answer: It is in the inherent interest of every man to live as much at his ease as he can; and if his emoluments are to be precisely…
  • We're moving!

    Blyth
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    Our company began as the business and computer section in the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop on Wisconsin Avenue. As the bookshop opened new locations in response to the big box bookstores, we evolved into a backroom, online retailer—the weird kids in the back of the home office on Milwaukee Street. The bookstores have closed (though one location still thrives as Boswell Book Company), and we are all that’s left in that office. For many years we have made our home here in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, but with books covering every last spare inch and spreading out over multiple floors…
  • The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers

    Dylan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:17 am
    Gillian Tett, the U.S. managing editor and columnist at the Financial Times, follows up her previous acclaimed books Saving the Sun and Fool’s Gold with The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers. The Silo Effect articulates a revelatory new understanding of the workplace. Tett shows how our tendency to create silos hinders our work, and how some people and organizations can break those silos down. The book is structured around eight case studies: Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s City Hall in New York Facebook in San Francisco The Chicago Police Department…
  • August 2015 Business Book Bestsellers

    Blyth
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:08 am
    Each month we compile a list of our top selling books. These books are featured on our site, within our Keen Thinker Newsletter, and syndicated through various publications. We hope the popularity of these titles offers guidance for those seeking an interesting and helpful new book. We report our business book bestsellers to The New York Times and Nielsen BookScan. Congratulations to these bestselling authors for August!   1. The Power of Relentless: 7 Secrets to Achieving Mega-Success, Financial Freedom, and the Life of Your Dreams By Wayne Allyn Root Published by Regnery…
  • Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations

    Dylan
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:53 am
    Ben Gomes-Casseres, author of The Alliance Revolution and Mastering Alliance Strategy, has a new book coming out from Harvard Business Review Press today. Entitled Remix Strategy, the publisher's press release tells us: Remixes are common in the world of music and art. Different medias are used to create new styles. Musicians remix tracks to create new and unique sounds. But what about business? In his new book, Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations, Brandeis University professor Ben Gomes-Casseres uses the word to describe the mixing of resources, assets, and capabilities…
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    NOOP.NL

  • 30 Hot Books for Your Backlog (September)

    Jurgen Appelo
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:26 am
    30 Hot Books for Your Backlog… These are my 30 personal reading tips for September! The post 30 Hot Books for Your Backlog (September) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Success and Failure (Get Your Free Celebration Grid Poster!)

    Jurgen Appelo
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Success and Failure – The Celebration Grid The post Success and Failure (Get Your Free Celebration Grid Poster!) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Time for a Speaking Break, and a Writing Streak

    Jurgen Appelo
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:32 am
    When I travel a lot, I dream of being back home for a while so that I can “get things done”. My God, the traveling is a giant productivity killer! However, when I am home for a couple of months, I yearn for new events, conferences, and gatherings. Because, even for an introvert like me, working alone can feel so… alone. The post Time for a Speaking Break, and a Writing Streak appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Interview with Dave Gray about The Connected Company

    Jurgen Appelo
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    Last year, I read the book The Connected Company by Dave Gray, and I gave it five stars. As an experiment, I decided to reach out to Dave with a couple of questions, and he graciously took time to reply. The post Interview with Dave Gray about The Connected Company appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • The Crater of Unhappiness

    Jurgen Appelo
    27 May 2015 | 2:52 am
    Many years ago, during a trip through the USA, a friend and I visited Meteor Crater, a giant crater left behind by a meteorite. At the bottom of the crater, there are some remains of a small airplane. We were told that, many years ago, the plane had unintentionally flown into the space contained within the crater, and was then unable to get out. The post The Crater of Unhappiness appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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    Michael Lee Stallard

  • Why You May Not Be Connecting with Others

    Katie Russell
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:59 am
    We connect with some people and not with others. Great leaders master how to connect with just about everyone and that’s one reason why people want to follow them. There are many facets to connection. Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram have written an excellent book titled 5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There is Never Enough Time that provides insight into an important aspect of connection. The idea is simple. There are five gears that people operate in and when you fail to recognize the gear others are in and shift into that gear, you will fail to connect. Consider the…
  • How Lafayette, an “Outsider,” Won the Allegiance of His Team

    Katie Russell
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:01 pm
    If you’ve ever been hired into a leadership role, you know how difficult it can be to lead when you are viewed as an “outsider.” It’s crucial to establish trust and connection with your new colleagues quickly, but how? Leaders who find themselves in this challenging position can look to a widely unknown example from the American Revolution for inspiration and guidance: Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, more commonly known as the Marquis de Lafayette. An Unlikely Leadership Candidate Lafayette was one of the wealthiest young men in France, but in his late teens,…
  • Hold “Stop-Start-Continue” Meetings With Your Team

    Katie Russell
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    #100 Begin “Stop-Start-Continue” Meetings Periodically hold “stop-start-continue” meetings to review your team’s activities. During these meetings, identify the activities your team should start that you are not presently doing, current activities that your team should stop doing, and activities that your team should continue doing. “Stop-start-continue” meetings give your team an opportunity to voice their thoughts on projects and enhance connection. This is the one hundredth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language,…
  • Read a Book With Your Team Quarterly

    Katie Russell
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    #99 Read a Book Together Quarterly Periodically select a business book for your direct reports or team members to read together. Consider reading one book every quarter. Meet to identify ideas from the book that you can implement. Some examples include The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Pour Your Heart Into It, and It’s Not About the Coffee. This is the ninety-ninth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application…
  • 3 Lessons from the Attack on Amazon

    Katie Russell
    22 Aug 2015 | 4:26 pm
    The Sunday New York Times article on Amazon’s workplace culture has generated all kinds of buzz. Most commentators join the attack, while some defend Amazon’s practices. The stories are all over the map, from branding Amazon as an evil empire to describing its culture as one that’s apropos for an challenging entrepreneurial trail-blazer. What are we to believe and what does this controversy say about the modern workplace? Think Subcultures, Not Single Culture First, I’m not surprised in the disparity of stories. As much as upper management may wish it were so, organizations rarely…
 
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    Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage

  • Flying into Failure

    brucelynn
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:09 am
       “Brace for impact!” It’s a shame some pilot doesn’t come over the loudspeaker of life when the crash of failure is imminent. Possibly the most dramatic plummet a person can endure is the spiralling failure of addiction. And yet, the most successful treatment ever devised for addicts, the AA’s 12 Steps, starts with embracing that failure. Even after years or even decades of non-addictive behaviour, the individual must always embrace their addiction with the ritual salutation, “My name is…and I am an addict.” Moreover, conventional wisdom indicates that the most…
  • Embracing Research

    brucelynn
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:15 am
      The US Tennis Open opens this week. One of the classic books articulating the spirit of embracing failure in sport is “The Inner Game of Tennis” by W Timothy Gallwey (which my wife, as it happens, just read this summer break to help with her golf game). Here are a few ace lobs of wisdom to help you in your game… “When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as ‘rootless and stemless.’ We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed. When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don’t…
  • Tethered to Dreams

    brucelynn
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:17 pm
      MARK – I gave up everything for you. BECKY – Don’t bullshit me Mark, you don’t do a damn thing for anyone else. Ever. You’d leave me in a heartbeat if you could but you’re not good enough. You only run with me because it means you can finally feel good about yourself again. Like father, like daughter.  Our daughter, Isley, makes her latest stage triumph at the Edinburgh Fringe with a play all about triumph…and not just its failure, but embracing that failure.  Isley’s play “Tether” wins the dramatic arts triathlon being insightful,…
  • Embracing the Monkey

    brucelynn
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
       “Not my circus, not my monkeys” – Polish saying That Polish saying is one of my favourite sayings these days. It vividly captures to spirit of letting go of things that are simply not your problem or concern. But sometimes you need to embrace those monkeys. In the world of software development (my day job), one “monkey” actually literally seeks out failure for you. As Jamie Allen, director of Global Services, Typesafe explains, in the BBC Academy piece “The Need for Resilience” “A further approach is to use tools, such as Netflix’s open-source library, Chaos…
  • Embracing Wonder

    brucelynn
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
      “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” – Neil Armstrong Neil Armstrong, born today 85 years ago, never came across Hugh’s little green man (above), but they both inspired the similar reflections on the vital role the failure of understanding has in driving knowledge forward.
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Rearranging our prejudices

    Seth Godin
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:53 am
    Change is the point. It's what we seek to do to the world around us. Change, actual change, is hard work. And changing our own minds is the most difficult place to start. It's also the only place to start. It's hard to find the leverage to change the way you see the world, hard to pull on your thoughtstraps. But it's urgent. "A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices..." William James        
  • No one knows

    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:36 am
    No one knows the right answer, no one knows precisely what will happen, no one can produce the desired future, on demand. Some people are better at guessing than others, but not by much. The people who are supposed to know rejected Harry Potter, Tracy Chapman and the Beatles. The people who are supposed to know sell stocks just before they go up, and give us rules of thumb that don't pan out. If you mistakenly believe that there's someone who knows, you're likely to decide that whoever that person it is, it's not you. And if it's not you, what a great reason to hesitate. In fact, the gap…
  • "Don't touch it, you might break it."

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    This is, of course, the opposite of, "Touch it, you can make it better." What's the default where you work?        
  • Failing, again

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:37 am
    Pema Chodron's new book is out this month. I was rendered speechless by her invitation to write the short foreword for the book, the first time I've ever agreed to do this. She's a caring, generous, magical person, a teacher with a special voice, one worth listening to. Why buy a book about failing? Because success is easier to deal with and you're probably doing fine with that. Because your narrative about failing is keeping you from succeeding. And because you will have far more chances to fail than you know what to do with... PS if you sign up this week, at this link, Sounds…
  • Day traders rarely make history

    Seth Godin
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    The short-term stuff is pretty easy to do well. Respond to incoming. Check it off your list. Next! The long-term stuff, on the other hand, is so easy to postpone, because tomorrow always sounds promising. And so we might hesitate to define the next project, or look for a new job, or visualize something that breaks what we're already used to. Two thoughts: a. Keep them separate. The best way to avoid long-term work is to be exposed to juicy short-term urgencies. b. Hesitate before spending your most alert and dedicated work time on the short-term tasks.  Day trading might be fun, but we…
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    Tom Peters

  • Working the Room

    Cathy Mosca
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:40 am
    The key to engaging an audience is to make a human connection. Tom explains exactly how he does this in a conversation with colleague Shelley Dolley in the latest in our Off the Cuff video series. You can find the video at YouTube (time: 2 minutes 57 seconds). The post Working the Room appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Nissan North America 2015

    Cathy Mosca
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    Today's event is Nissan North America's 2015 Annual National Dealer Advisory Board Seminar, in Atlanta. This is an opportunity for Tom to speak to the kind of group he loves—a group of quintessential SMEs—auto dealerships. Collectively, they have great potential for growth and change. We know they'll be inspired by Tom! Slide presentations are here: […] The post Nissan North America 2015 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Opportunity to See Tom Live

    Cathy Mosca
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    If you live in the Northwest United States, you are within driving distance (albeit a long drive) of an upcoming Tom appearance: The Art Of Leadership Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on 11 September 2015. If you've never seen Tom live, we'd recommend you consider making the trip. We can almost guarantee you'd come away […] The post Opportunity to See Tom Live appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Tailoring Speeches

    Cathy Mosca
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Longtime member of Tom Peters' staff Shelley Dolley posed questions to Tom that she frequently gets asked by other business speakers. Many crave insights into Tom's tricks of the trade. As part of our Off the Cuff series of videos, Tom tells us what the keys to successful speaking are. In this video, he shares […] The post Tailoring Speeches appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Brett Steenbarger Expounds on Tom’s Stance Against Vision

    Cathy Mosca
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Brett Steenbarger, a contributor at Forbes, has taken a couple of Tom's tweets and expanded on them with great insight. Tom tweeted, "Thinking ahead is great, but it becomes more than it is when when you sprinkle Holy Water and enshrine it as Vision." In response to reaction to this pronouncement, Tom went on to […] The post Brett Steenbarger Expounds on Tom’s Stance Against Vision appeared first on Tom Peters.
 
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Speaker Hall of Fame

    sshapiro
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    I am thrilled to announce that on July 21, 2015, I was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. That evening, I received the National Speakers Association’s Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE) award in front of 1,500 people at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC. This award... The post Speaker Hall of Fame appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Magic and Creativity Transcription

    sshapiro
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    The other day I posted an article about purposeful tangents that included a video interview with magician Armando Lucero.  If you did not read that article, please sure to do so before reading this video transcription.  Armando: You know I enjoyed figuring out the facts on my own, so I had this habi... The post Magic and Creativity Transcription appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Personality Poker Limited Time Offer

    sshapiro
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Personality Poker®: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamwork and Innovation is unlike any other book. And now you can get a case of them for less than the cost of one copy on Amazon.com! Yes, it the book is jam packed with examples and scientific studies on teamwork, collaboration... The post Personality Poker Limited Time Offer appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Magic and Creativity Video

    sshapiro
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Although I have dedicated the last 20 years of my life to understanding innovation, I no longer attend innovation conferences, unless I am speaking. Also, I read very few innovation books. Why? Two reasons. The first reason is that there seems to be very little innovation in the world of innovation;... The post Magic and Creativity Video appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • 5% of the population; 100% of the conversation

    sshapiro
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you watch the news, you might assume you know what is really going on in the world. But what if 5% of the population accounts for 100% of the conversation? From my experience, the vocal few speak loudly and their voices are the only ones we tend to hear. We see this manifest in many different way... The post 5% of the population; 100% of the conversation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Crossderry Blog

  • I’ll be at the PMO Symposium 2015: Phoenix, AZ (8-11 November)

    Paul Ritchie
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Are you headed out to the Phoenix PMO Symposium in November? We’ll I’ll be there too. I’ll be on site from about 2 PM on Sunday until midday on Wednesday. I’ll be circulating, but I’d love to be booked up w/ meetings! Reach out to me via the comments or crossderry. Hope to see you then and there!Filed under: PMO
  • a16z Podcast: Tech’s Biggest Ideas and How They Take Hold

    Paul Ritchie
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:02 am
    I really liked this pod from @a16Z…though it’s a @pmarca pod. Once he get’s rolling, you gotta be careful if you’re driving…I get lead-foot! From the website’s intro: Google, eBay, even the web itself: In the beginning all of these things appeared as point products, interesting in their way, but small. Of course, they weren’t. “There is this swallow-the-red-pill moment that happens,” Marc Andreessen says, “Where you realize something really, really big is going to happen.” In this segment of the pod, Andreessen joins Optimizely CEO Dan Siroker…
  • Quotes on Saying No

    Paul Ritchie
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:05 am
    Great stuff from Jonathan Becher in the link below. My favorite is similar to the Tim Ferriss quote he shared: “How you spend your time tells me what you think is important.” I don’t know how to attribute it, but I heard it from a McDonald’s executive I worked with back in the day. Source: Quotes on Saying NoFiled under: PMO
  • 16 Startup Metrics

    Paul Ritchie
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:23 am
    A great primer on measure your business’s effectiveness: startup or not. Source: 16 Startup MetricsFiled under: PMO
  • This startup can grow metal like a tree, and it’s about to hit the big time

    Paul Ritchie
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Paul Ritchie:Cool beyond words! Originally posted on Fortune: A Seattle startup has found a way to grow high performance metals in a cheap and energy efficient way, marking an important breakthrough for industries like construction, automotive, and oil and gas. You can already find some of the metals from seven-year-old company Modumetal on oil rigs off of the Australian and African coasts, as well as the U.S., off of Texas. Those metals can withstand the ocean’s corrosive power for up to eight times longer than conventional materials, according to the company. On Tuesday, Modumetal took a…
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    MBA Depot - Latest Content

  • Article from the Archive: The Competitive Edge of e-Privacy Policy

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    The absence of universally integrated privacy policy means consumers at the moment cannot feel confident that their personal details will remain confidential if they choose to do business online. The demand for greater protection must lead to companies and governments developing privacy policies on a global scale if e-commerce is ever to reach its potential. Author: Raj Rao Source: European Business Forum (EBF) Subject: IT / Internet / E-Business, Online Privacy
  • Business Related Images: Big Data Architecture

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    See Related: Making Sense of Social Data: Digital Exhaust and the Next Frontier in Social Data Analytics Too Big to Ignore: When Does Big Data Provide Big Value? Looking Outward with Big Data: A Q&A with Tom Davenport The Benefits—and Limits—of Decision Models When Big Data Isn’t an Option Using Big Data to Make Better Pricing Decisions Four Strategies to Capture and Create Value from Big Data Creating Competitive Advantage Using Big Data Using Analytics to Make Powerful Business Decisions The Quantified Self Goes Corporate The Personalized and the Personal: Socially Responsible…
 
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • I am “completely stunned” by the Woohoo Partner program

    Alexander
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    Just got an email from our new Woohoo Partner in Canada, Danielle, who wrote that: “I have been immersed in the Woohoo Partner Curriculum. It’s fantastic!! I am completely stunned by the quantity and quality of material you’ve prepared.” Thanks, Danielle :) If you might like to partner with us, read more here.
  • New research: Overwork kills productivity AND employees

    Alexander
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:28 am
    Yikes – overwork can kill you: … those working a 55-hour week face 33% increased risk of stroke than those working a 35- to 40-hour week. And to make matters worse, all those extra hours don’t even mean you get more work done: [Overwork] … doesn’t seem to result in more output. So overwork is killing employees while not improving business results. Can we stop it already? It’s a topic I’ve talked about a lot on this blog.
  • Leading with happiness

    Alexander
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:25 am
    I believe we’re seeing a new kind of leadership emerging. It’s been a truism that leadership is about maximizing business results, whatever it takes. As the economist Milton Friedman depressingly put it: The business of business is business. He argued that a CEO who spent resources on anything that did not enhance shareholder value was failing his duties and could be fired or sued. This kind of thinking is still incredibly prevalent in the business world and it leads to attitudes and actions that are incredibly damaging. This is the kind of thinking that lets a corporation:…
  • I don’t know of a single nurse who isn’t afraid of being fired.

    Alexander
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    Here is a really scary email I got from a nurse in a US hospital. She was kind enough to give me permission to reprint the email here and you can see my reply below. I would love to hear your ideas on the healthcare industry.  As you may know, hospitals reimbursement for Medicare are in part determined by patient satisfaction.  Management, in turn, has adopted the “customer is always right” in order to secure positive feedback. As you can imagine, this has not worked. At the same time, nurses are quitting by the truckloads.  Employee morale is at a ridiculously low point and…
  • The most basic freedom is the freedom to quit

    Alexander
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:22 am
    Bernie deKoven points to this fascinating article by Peter Gray that examines quitting. Here’s an excerpt: We like to think of human rights in affirmative terms, so we speak most often of our rights to move toward what we want:  our rights to vote, assemble freely, speak freely, and choose our own paths to happiness. My contention here, however, is that the most basic right—the right that makes all other rights possible—is the right to quit. He looks at our freedom to quit i.e. work and relationships and show how important that is. Gray points to hunter-gatherer societies as the…
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • A Love Song In 1,000 Verses: My Ode To Leadership…..And Life

    Starbucker
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    On December 25, 2005, it started this way: Hello blogland, starbucker here – I figured that Christmas Day was the best time as ever to start doing this. Yes, I always tend to look at the glass as “half full” – call me an eternal optimist, call me a fool, but I find it’s the best way to live one’s life with the least amount of angst. I hate angst. Now I wish I could always see the bright side of everything, but hey, that’s why I need to blog – to share perspectives and learn from other experiences. I wanted to share, I wanted to learn, and I hated angst – that’s how…
  • Leaders Should Be (More) Human Too: In Praise of Touchy-Feely

    Starbucker
    16 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    This is the last in a series of my 3 favorite posts over the past 9+ years, in anticipation of my 1,000th (!) post coming up next Sunday, on August 23rd.  I’m so grateful you’re here reading this today, and I hope you’ll join me again next week to help me celebrate this milestone (to make it easier for you please be my guest to sign up for email delivery of my posts in the box on the right side bar). When I look back at 998 posts and pinpoint the day I completely embraced the concept of More Human leadership, and took my first shot at defining it, it was the day I wrote…
  • The Real Secret of Life

    Starbucker
    9 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    “I never want to grow up.” – Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie, August 3, 2008 This is the second in a series of my 3 favorite posts over the past 9+ years, in anticipation of my 1,000th (!) post coming up on August 23rd. As always, I’m eternally grateful that you’re here today to read this post and join my More Human Leadership journey. This post was written in August of 2008, after a trip to Boulder, Colorado. At that time I was spending a lot of time traveling back and forth from my home in Connecticut to the Rocky Mountain region for my cable TV company,…
  • Leadership – What’s Love Got To Do With it?

    Starbucker
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    In anticipation of my 1,000th post coming up on August 23rd, I wanted to share a few of my favorites over the past 10 years. These posts go to the core of my principles of More Human leadership, as well as take a peek into my heart and soul. That’s been the nature of this blog – documenting a personal journey that has revealed itself little by little, and week after week. I’m so glad you’ve been along for the ride, and I also hope you enjoy (or re-enjoy) these favorite posts with me. Thank you! This post, originally published in November of 2009, came at a sad time for…
  • The 6 Most Effective Lessons For The On-The-Job Leadership Teacher

    Starbucker
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    I always thought it was strange how great leadership was always thought to be vitally important to a businesses success, but yet it was quite often the least discussed thing in the meeting rooms, and the budget money allocated to “leadership training” was always limited (or the first thing to get cut back). Why is this the case? It’s a question that has banged around in my head for a long time. I think in many respects leadership was just thought to be a “passed along” skill that didn’t need any formal teaching structure attached to it. That is, if you wanted to learn, you…
 
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    Lolly Daskal

  • 90 Powerful Ways to Become a Highly Successful Leader

    lollydaskal
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    If you’re starting a new position or role, or your leadership just needs a refresher use these 90 powerful tips over the first three months to get your leadership on track. It’s a tough statistic: 40 percent of leaders going into a new roles fail in their first 18 months. An estimated one-third of outside senior hires fail. In any position, your effectiveness and trajectory are powerfully affected by choices you make – so how can you best make them count? By having your very own playbook for success like this one:  1.   Get A Head Start. Build relationships before you begin your…
  • Blame Is What Is Tearing You Down

    lollydaskal
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:59 am
    She had just finished giving her presentation, which she had been preparing for weeks. She could feel all the eyes in the room on her. She knew she had failed and she felt miserable. She dragged herself to her seat and slumped down in the chair. She didn’t dare look up for fear of even more embarrassment. She felt depressed, disappointed, and most of all dejected. It would take her weeks to recover from her presumed failure. Everyone goes through times when they feel they have not been at their best, when they could have been better, when they should have done more. But when our response to…
  • Stand In Your Discomfort With Comfort

    lollydaskal
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    A man on a weekend hike spotted a cocoon. Looking closely, he saw a small opening. He watched amazed as the butterfly struggled to force its body through hole and out of the cocoon. It seemed to be stuck. So the man took his pocket knife and cut through the cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily, but its body was swollen and its wings were shriveled. It was unable to fly. In his kindness, the man did not realize that the butterfly’s struggle through the opening of the cocoon was nature’s way of forcing fluid from its body into its wings. We may often wish for our business to go more…
  • At the Intersection of Must And Want We Find Ourselves

    lollydaskal
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:27 am
    We’ve all heard the  word must too many times: You must take that job, you must have that career, you must be that kind of leader, you must be clever, you must have all the answers, you must be at all meetings, you must be perfect, you must be smart, you must be on time, you must always be right, you must travel for work, you must not miss that deadline, you must say the right thing, you must not express your feelings, you must . . . . Sometimes all our musts add up to a whole bunch of I don’t want to! When we say we must do something it gives us a urgency that detracts from what we…
  • There Is No Significance Without Character

    lollydaskal
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    He walked into our coaching session smug and proud. He did not think he needed a coach. He didn’t want to work on self –development, nor did he think he needed to. He felt he was fine as he was, successful as he could be and wealthy as he should be for a man in his position. But we soon found out that he appeared much more confident, much more in control, and much more smug than he really was. Most of us have well-developed strategies for how to achieve career success. But when it comes to character development, we’re too often willing to leave it up to chance—and sometimes we all…
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    Lead on Purpose

  • How to deal with change effectively

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Guest post by Matt Driscoll Photo courtesy of Shutter Stock Change has long been considered vital for businesses, which need to keep adapting to the times or risk being left behind in their respective industries. While it’s easy to accept … Continue reading →
  • How do you develop product leadership?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:17 pm
    One of the most challenging aspects of any product organization is knowing what products to build or services to provide. There are so many ‘voices’ and distractions vying for your attention that make it difficult to know where you should … Continue reading →
  • The 8 Kinds of Leadership Your Team Needs from You

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Guest post by Victor Prince We hear the phrase “think outside the box” a lot. If “the box” is something that is stifling creativity, it sounds like something to avoid. But when “the box” is a framework that smart leaders … Continue reading →
  • How a Disengaged Workforce is Costing You Money

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Guest post by Jüri Kaljundi As a CEO, I make sure that at the end of the week I know what every member of my team is up to and they know that I know. Why? Because I believe that … Continue reading →
  • Getting the Results You Want – 7 Things to Consider

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    9 May 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Guest post by Paul Axtell One of the toughest jobs in the universe is to be a product or project leader with people who do not work directly or exclusively for you. Every team leader has faced these two questions … Continue reading →
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    Recovering Leader

  • Hanging on to Problem People for Too Long

    David Peck
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    You want to give a struggling or difficult employee the right chances to turn things around. Yet when the wish or hope for change keeps them around for too long, it does more harm than good: You spend too much of your valuable time/energy on them and the problems they cause. Your best people suffer as they see you avoiding the inevitable, and they may leave your organization. Your struggling employee is under stress from negative feedback and diminishing colleague support. In smaller organizations, the disruption cost of holding on to a chronic low performer or problem person is particularly…
  • How Successful People Manage Worry

    David Peck
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    Worry is a killer—over time it harms our health and emotional well-being. It doesn’t solve problems, nor does it make us better, faster, or more effective at anything. Yet studies have shown our capacity to worry evolved in tandem with our intelligence. That means we’re going to worry. So what do successful people do to manage their worry? Having assessed and coached many executives over the last decade, I’ve seen some great worry-management habits that are worth sharing. Here they are: They Recognize That Worry is Optional and Manageable If you believe worry is something that…
  • Trump's Unlikely Lesson on Leadership

    David Peck
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    While the Donald is fond of telling us, in essence, "what got me rich will fix America," his polling popularity is reminding us of something powerful about leadership itself: Be authentic--drop the game face, masks, and caring too much about what others think. Come clean and say what you believe and people will follow you. If "authenticity" strikes you as an overused buzzword, look no further than Trump's surging poll numbers to grasp its raw power. Despite being flawed and offensive to some, Trump says--repeatedly--what he means without trying to please anyone else. Love or hate his…
  • Physical Leadership 101: You're Larger Than Life

    David Peck
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:50 am
    Physicality—posture, facial expressions, body language, and movement style—streams big data about what we think and feel. For leaders, that data is received by many, magnifying its impact. Yet most lack awareness about the impact of their non-verbal messaging until or unless it gets pointed out, which may or may not happen. After all, how much feedback do we get about our physicality or body language? Those who “get it” and take charge of it turn it into an asset: They discover even modest physicality changes result in key upgrades to executive presence, charisma, podium skills,…
  • 8 Ways to Enjoy Your Work Most Days (a.k.a., "Success")

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

  • As summer wends its way to fall

    3 Sep 2015 | 1:29 am
    It’s in the 90’s, so it’s hard to believe that summer’s winding down and wending its way into fall. But it is so.The last month has been a blur. First, there was the frenzy of picking out and purchasing everything I needed for a major reno. I’m sure that there’ll be more, but so far there’s only been one hiccup: the place where I ordered my tiles couldn’t guarantee delivery of the Carrara marble jamb and threshold before the end of October. Too late! Fortunately, the tile place next door had them in stock, so the bathrooms will be able to be completed. Phew.Once the…
  • The Fuller Brush Man

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:17 am
    I grew up in the age before going shopping was something that was done for pleasure. You shopped when you needed something, and – other than grocery shopping, which was an every week thing, with mini excursions mid-week, when kids were dispatched to pick up a box of raisins or whatever – was a Big Deal.When my sister Kath and I went “down city” with our mother, we got dressed up – hats, white gloves, patent leather shoes – and took the bus for our forays to Denholm’s, Filene’s, and Barnard’s. Surprisingly, there was also quite a bit of shopping done from the home. We had a…
  • Are squirrels getting smarter? What’s going on here?

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:58 am
    Yesterday morning, while walking through the Boston Common on my way to an even more pathetic workout than usual – the gym has (unbelievably) little by way of AC and it was sweltering; I was exhausted by having spent 13 hours straight on Sunday doing some more packing up so the house would be ready for the looming reno – I came across this odd little sight.At first, I walked on by. Then I doubled back to take a picture.Despite the excellence of my smartphone shot – I really am getting to be something of a Margaret Bourke-White – if you can’t figure out what this is, it’s a…
  • The B is back (sort of)

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:53 am
    Even if they didn’t shop there, pretty much everyone who grew up in the Boston area knew about Filene’s Automatic Bargain Basement. Well before there you could get the max for the minimum at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. Well before there were outlet malls full of Off Fifth and Hanes. Well before there was a Nordstrom Rack around the corner, there was Filene’s Basement.When I was in high school, I probably got half of my non-mom-made clothing at the scaled-down Worcester version. Since I wore a uniform to school, and had no money, that didn’t amount to all that much clothing, but I can…
  • Bird-in-Hand

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:42 am
    I bank at a couple of boring banks. The same boring banks that pretty much everyone banks at. Household word banks. I don’t care about them one way or the other. They – and their ATM machines – are there when I need them. But my heart doesn’t go pitter-pat when I think about them. In fact, my brain doesn’t go pitter-pat, either. Because unless there’s a problem or I need Euros, I don’t think about them one way or the other.But maybe if I had a bank with a fun name, both heart and brain would, at least on occasion, go, if not pitter-pat, at least pitter. As in, if I lived in…
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    Ed Batista: Executive Coaching & Change Management

  • Five Levels of Communication

    edbatista
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    One of the most useful and flexible models of human interaction that I've encountered is Richard Francisco's Five Levels of Communication (which comprises Chapter 2.6 of the Reading Book for Human Relations Training, 8th edition.) Francisco, a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a psychologist at San José State University, essentially asks "In what ways do we communicate?" and then answers that question by mapping out a series of "levels" that represent increasing degrees of difficulty, risk, and potential learning in our interactions. Level 1: Ritual We begin with the…
  • The Blue Problem (Communication and Power)

    edbatista
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    VC Jeremy Liew shared a link to a concise, thought-provoking Adam Galinsky column, When You're in Charge, Your Whisper May Feel Like a Shout, on what the Columbia Business School professor calls the "power amplification effect." In interactions between parties of differing status, Galinsky writes, "the words of those with power loom large over those with less power." He cites three specific ways this can happen: First, any feedback, positive or negative, from a powerful figure often has a stronger impact than was intended. Also, silence from those in power creates anxiety in others. And…
  • Meditation is a WORKOUT, not a BREAK

    edbatista
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    I just ran an image search for "meditation" and got the results above: Twelve of the first 13 shots show people seated in a soothing, peaceful environment, backed by the ocean, or the setting sun, or the ocean and the setting sun. (The thirteenth image is, of course, a lotus flower...floating on the ocean...under the setting sun.) These results are consistent with the popular image of meditation as a break--a soothing, peaceful experience during which we "clear our minds," leaving us feeling blissed-out and relaxed. But this is not how many people actually experience meditation, and the…
  • Welcome @StanfordBiz!

    edbatista
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:11 am
    My colleagues who run @StanfordBiz are promoting my Twitter feed today as a part of a campaign to spread the word about people at the school who are active on social media. (Thanks, Karen and Natalie!) Assuming this effort converts some of their 318,000 followers into new visitors to this site, I thought it would be useful to explain who I am, what I do, and what you'll find here. I'm a GSB alum from the Class of 2000, and in 2006 I established my executive coaching practice after a 15-year career in management. In 2007 I returned to the GSB to as part of the team that launched the…
  • Startup Leadership: Are We Video-Gaming or Ditch-Digging?

    edbatista
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    In Startups as Human Systems I described early stage ventures as "deceptively complex organizations" and went on to note that "the small number of employees and, often, the shared background of the founding team can give the impression that the company's interpersonal dynamics will be simple and easy to manage. But by definition a startup is in the process of establishing its culture, the set of informal norms and formal practices that determine how people interact with each other in a given system. A startup's culture can change rapidly, sometimes with the arrival or departure of a single…
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    Sanders Says

  • Is Your Culture Built On the Right Foundation?

    Tim Sanders
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    Ask a strategic consultant about the value of a strong organizational culture and she'll likely remark: "Culture eats strategy for lunch!" Her reasoning is usually based on the consistency of behavior that strong culture creates - enabling every associate to make "the right decision" even when the leader is not around.  The name of the game in business growth is scalability, growing steadily without sacrificing consistency in quality (whatever that means to you.)  Org-culture is a conversation, led by leaders, about "how we do things here successfully." It's built up through hiring,…
  • Clear These Three Hurdles To Be A Great Leader

    Tim Sanders
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    Napoleon Bonaparte believed that the leader's role is "to define reality, then give hope." Within this prescription lies a formidable challenge to leaders.  How can you focus on the challenges and opportunities of today and, at the same time, maintain the spirit and effectiveness to lead your team forward?  In today's business environment, there are high hurdles that stand between you and leadership success.  The ability to leap over them through lifestyle design and talent development separates the truly effective from the ambitious or charismatic.  The three hurdles…
  • To Multiply Your Success, Bring This To Every Conversation

    Tim Sanders
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:35 am
    Years ago, I discovered a technique for converting every meeting, conversation or interaction into a success-building opportunity.  I followed a maxim, taught to me as a child: Everywhere you go, always bring a gift.  It had long been a part of my social style, but when I applied this to my business life, success quickly followed.  Whether you are a leader, manager, sales professional or entrepreneur ... gifting drives success. You see, success is not a place you arrive at, but instead, a direction you traverse over your career.  That direction is forward, where everyday brings new…
  • Stop Being Medium Quality Maximum Quantity

    Tim Sanders
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    Too many <entrepreneurial> people I know are constantly multi-tasking in their careers.  Sure, when Benjamin Franklin endorsed pursuing "a network of enterprises," he was promoting career and interest diversity.  It was good for our creative thinking.  But he emphasized they be "networked" with each other.  Lately, I've wondered if our constant spreading out of business ventures is good for our level of quality.  Some have a career consulting, supplanted by writing, overlaid with blogging, and then they develop myriad products on top of that.  The result?
  • Are You Letting The Voices Around You Crush Your Effectiveness?

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

  • Euro vs. Dollar: See Why "Excitement Is Yet to Come"

    John Agno
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:12 am
    Elliott Wave International's Chief Currency Strategist discusses the EURUSD 1,200-pip "roundtrip" By Elliott Wave International Stocks and oil weren't the only markets going berserk last week. Eurodollar, or EURUSD -- the world's biggest and most popular forex market -- first rallied 700+ points (or pips) higher and then crashed about 500 pips back to earth, all in a matter of a few days. Watch this new interview with our Chief Currency Strategist and Currency Pro Service editor, Jim Martens to find out what was behind this stunning 1,200-pip "roundtrip"?
  • Improve Leadership Capabilities

    John Agno
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The ability to lead--to make split-second decisions under "the fog of war" can mean life or death on the battlefield. "FIRST, FAST, FEARLESS: How to Lead a Navy SEAL" offers an insider's view of the intense leadership training every SEAL receives, and how performance under stress underscores every step of the training process. The ability to motivate, inspire trust, and place value on every soldier's life is the backbone of SEALs leadership training.  Those skills set the direction of a team to perform at the highest levels, under extreme stress--conditions…
  • Harnessing Time

    John Agno
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    In the 21st century, the notion of productivity is very different from which prevailed during the late 19th and 20th centuries.  It's not just about producing more widgets per hour, but about maximizing the efficiency of each working day, which includes nurturing relationships with clients, co-workers and family. Inundated by emails, text messages, tweets, and phone calls, executives are experiencing a decline in productivity.  A typical manager is interrupted approximately seven times an hour, which adds up to 56 interruptions a day, 80% of which are considered trivial,…
  • Leaders Search to Know Thyself

    John Agno
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    "Know Thyself" --Inscribed at the temple wall at Delphi in Greece during the sixth century BC How comfortable are you with who you are right now? Self-awareness is the foundation of authenticity, and thus it is at the center of your compass.  You develop it by exploring your life story.  As you do this, you need to understand who you are at a deeper level.  This is hard work but an essential step in your development as a leader.  A foundation of self-awareness leads to self-acceptance and ultimately self-actualization so that you can fulfill your greatest…
  • Creative Problem Solving Teams

    John Agno
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    "My way or the highway" partnerships don't work well.  Yet, introvert and extrovert opposites working together can accomplish great things. The sooner that introverts and extroverts learn about each other's thinking patterns and different languages, the quicker they can get to creative results.  With the blending of complementary talents of introverts and extroverts, by skillfully combining the extrovert set of signature talents with those of the introvert, you don't just get addition.  You get exponential results. When you bring them together and…
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    Predictable Success » Blog

  • 3 Tips to Ensure Your Next Hire Will Be The Right Fit

    sarahberger
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
      Ever hired a bona fide hotshot, only to see them fizzle and underperform? Ever felt certain you’d landed a proven high performer, then watched in bewilderment as they struggled to achieve success with you? Even more confusingly, perhaps you’ve watched one or more of those very same people move on to another organization and thrive? Chances are, when it has happened, you’ve nursed your wounds, notched it up to ‘cultural fit’ (or lack thereof) and eaten the cost of an expensive re-hire. The reality, however, is that most high-performer blowouts aren’t…
  • The 20 Most Powerful Words in Leadership

    sarahberger
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Note: This is the 2nd video in our Leadership Mindset series, the 1st one is available here. In order to master the leadership mindset, you must not only develop it, but also be able to invoke it quickly and easily. In this video, we dive deeper into precisely what this means and share a powerful maxim that will enable you to do just that. Enhance the focus and effectiveness of those you lead             Additional Resource: – Download your own set of Enterprise Commitment flashcards here to use for yourself and your team.          …
  • Can You Reverse Aging in Business?

    sarahberger
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:41 pm
    You may be surprised to learn that not only is it possible, but once your organization reaches a critical point, it becomes essential. In this audio clip, Les McKeown reveals why. He then provides five steps an organization can take to turn back the clock and return to its competitive prime.   Ways You Can Listen: Stream & Listen    Download mp3  Download in iTunes   Next Steps for Your Business: Put your business back on top and keep it there, here’s how:   Additional Resources: – Not sure whether you’re in Treadmill? See if you recognize these…
  • Put an End to Unproductive Meetings

    sarahberger
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    This article is written by Predictable Success Consultant Alex Thatcher. Alex Thatcher, Predictable Success Consultant Isn’t it depressing when you know a meeting is going to be unproductive before it even begins? First you receive a calendar invite with a cryptic subject line and no additional meeting details. Then you arrive on time, only to find that no one else has. Once others start filing in, a random conversation begins. Eventually, the meeting accidentally kicks off, only to be hijacked by someone who leads it down a long, winding rabbit hole around a detail of questionable…
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    Great Leadership

  • 10 Ways to Keep Cool and Composed

    Dan McCarthy
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post was originally recently published in SmartBlog on Leadership:When a leader blows up, loses their temper, or lets their emotions get the better of them they can quickly develop a reputation as volatile, moody, defensive, or having a lack of leadership presence. Unfortunately, all it takes is one public outburst. When coaching leaders who have received negative 360 degree feedback about composure, I’ll ask them when the last time they lost their cool was. In most cases, it’s on a rare occasion, maybe months ago. However, people remember, and it becomes a tough reputation to…
  • 7 Elements of a Strategic Plan

    Dan McCarthy
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    It’s been said that “a vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world.” Read my latest post over at About.com to learn the 7 basic elements of a strategic plan: vision, mission, SWOT analysis, core values, goals, objectives, and action plans.
  • Are Your Employees Dressed for Success?

    Dan McCarthy
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Guest post from Tom Pandola:Being a curious student of leadership, I find myself always noticing businesses that are doing things well, and those that are not.  One day while ordering my lunch at a well-established and famous hamburger chain – In-N-Out Burger – I was overwhelmed with the desire to find out why every employee was smiling, being friendly, and demonstrating an absolute focus on customer satisfaction.  With no one in line behind me, I felt that it would be a good time to chat-up the friendly woman behind the cash register to find out the secret behind all of these…
  • How to Apply Lean Startup Ideas to Achieve Product-Market Fit

    Dan McCarthy
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Read Dan Olson’s guest post over at About.com to learn the six steps of the Lean Start-up Process, a way to improve the development and commercialization of new products using Lean principles.
  • Responsible Leadership at Market Basket

    Dan McCarthy
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    Guest post from Daniel Korschun:If your CEO got fired tomorrow, would anyone notice? Last year, the board of directors at one of New England’s largest supermarket chains fired CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. Instead of going about their business as usual, as people at other companies would do, 25,000 employees at Market Basket (they call themselves associates) protested in the streets for six weeks to get Demoulas back. Incredibly, they were joined by almost two million customers, who sustained a boycott over that same period. Even vendors contributed to this protest. With 90% of sales gone almost…
 
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • How effective are you at driving innovation?

    Mike Figliuolo
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How effective are you at driving innovation? Very — I generate a ton of innovative ideas: 37.68% Kind of — I’ll be inspired from time to time: 51.84% Infrequently — Inspiration is hard to find: 7.65% Rarely — I can’t remember my last great idea: 2.83% Innovation takes Time. The […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 3 Common – and Dangerous – Myths About Business Plans

    Mike Figliuolo
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:40 am
    Business plans aren’t only for entrepreneurs. Any new venture requires thorough planning before you launch it if you want a reasonable chance of success. There are a lot of myths about business plans out there. Today I’d like to debunk three of the biggest ones. It’s exciting launching a new business. Whether you’re building 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.
  • 6 Tips for Advancing your Career

    Mike Figliuolo
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:14 am
    If you’re looking to advance your career (who isn’t?), these 6 tips will help you clarify where you’re going as well as how to get there. Today’s post is by Alex Jones of DeVry University. Advancing your career is something that you should always be thinking about. If you aren’t working to advance your career, […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • If someone on your team hates their job, what do you do?

    Mike Figliuolo
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: If someone on your team hates their job, what do you do? – Nothing — it’s up to them to find happiness: 7.24% – Point out the good things about their role: 27.35% – Change their role to make them happy: 7.81% – Encourage them to find another role: 57.6% […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 11 Business Lessons You Can’t Survive Without

    Mike Figliuolo
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:08 am
    Running a business is an exercise in fear, excitement, fear, elation, fear, hard work, and fear. Did I mention fear? In the 11 years I’ve been running my firm, I’ve learned a few indispensable lessons that apply no only to entrepreneurs but to business folks in all walks of life. Yesterday was our 11th birthday.  […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
 
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    The Garlington Report (TGR)

  • Pre-Labor Day special: Forks vs. pivots

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:59 am
    <!-- .hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { font-size: 12pt; font-family:Calibri } A friend named Dan recently took a new job with a firm based on another continent. While the job is elsewhere, his employer has said that he can still live in Atlanta where he, his wife and two children call home. The job became permanent following a short period of contract-for-hire status, a
  • Leadership Do's and Don(u)ts

    17 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    This post will attempt to reframe the litany of how to be a better leader lists that currently populate the universe. Content is the product of 15+ years of work, observation and engagement with business leaders, which at times, has been pretty revealing. These rules do not really take into account the cast of characters currently vying for the United States' top leadership position although it
  • What is a new narrative?

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    Note: This post has been adapted from a monthly e-letter to clients and colleagues. Dear Clients and Colleagues: What is a new narrative? Great question that deserves a better answer. Put simply, narrative is a story. In the context of leadership and career transition, a new narrative often takes the form of a bio (brief biography) that frames where someone has been vs. where they want to go. 
  • Client letter: Bad Month

    3 Jun 2015 | 7:46 am
    Dear Clients and Colleagues: Every business that doesn't have scale or leverage goes through the same thing eventually: A bad month, quarter or longer stretch of under-performance. When things go bad, the traps are many: Fall into a hole, hide in a corner or assume the fetal position. All of which, by the way, have been done by yours truly. If it weren't for faith, friends and role models,
  • April letter: Head scratchers

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    (Note: This originally appeared as a client e-letter on April 8th.)    Dear Clients and Colleagues:   Following are some head scratchers (noun: conventional ideas or practices that beg further review) in Short Burst (SBs) form. Welcome your thoughts as always.     1.) Social media is dead. Long live social media. There has always been a certain follow the crowd mentality in business
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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • ALWAYS NEW AND IMPROVED

    William Matthies
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:01 pm
    "Our ideals are our better selves."Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) American educator.Probably.However, keep in mind, "better" is only that; it isn't necessarily as good as you can be.Strive to improve and when you have, look to become even better.
  • WALKING THE WALK

    William Matthies
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:46 am
    "Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out."Italian proverbThink all the great thoughts you want but whatever that is will mean nothing without actually doing something.
  • HOBBES KNOWS

    William Matthies
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:29 am
    "The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness."Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher/author.Contentedness is a form of happiness.Find that and you'll be happy, tail or no tail.
  • IF YOU WANT TO LEAD . . .

    William Matthies
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    "Follow the crowd and you will never be followed by a crowd."UnknownOk but at least understand what the crowd thinks, where it intends to go.Not doing that is another reason you will never be followed.
  • I KNOW THIS MUCH

    William Matthies
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    "Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our life."Simone Weil (1910-1943) French PhilosopherDon't know how Ms. Weil would know that, and "three quarters" does sound like a convenient number regardless.But I do believe the concept is true.What I imagine added to what I erroneously believe to be true is a big number.What about you?
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    Mitch's Blog

  • Finding The Enthusiasm & Energy Of A 2-Year Old

    Mitch Mitchell
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:35 am
    On Sunday my wife and I had the pleasure of babysitting our 2-year old great niece, named appropriately Shaniece. Because of our schedules we don’t get to see her all that often, so when we were asked if we could watch her for a few hours while her mother and grandmother went to the NY State Fair, we said yes. My wife is one of 7 children. When she was a teenager she was a babysitter of renown in her area. She also helped raise some of her siblings, being the 2nd oldest. So she’s used to kids, but it’s been a while for her… and for me. My story is quite different.
  • Do You Know What You’re Talking About?

    Mitch Mitchell
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    Last week there was a story in our local news about one of the hospitals in town. Seems they’re in a horrible financial position, where they showed a loss of almost $18 million in the first half of the year due to depreciation, supplies, interest and other costs. Sasha Kimel via Compfight That’s always scary to see, although this particular hospital is about to become part of a larger network of hospitals that will help guide it through some of its financial issues. They’ll survive, although they certainly could have used my services. Anyway, like many news stories that show…
  • 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do – Book Review

    Mitch Mitchell
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    Sometimes you’re going to get a surprise you’re just not expecting and it’s going to be wondrous. In my case I don’t remember the full beginning, but I somehow got connected to a young woman named Amy Morin on Twitter, and I saw that she’d written a book titled 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. I don’t know why but my mind said I had to buy it and read it… possibly because when I took a look at it on Amazon the electronic version was on sale at the time; any time you can get a deal right? First, I’m using an affiliate link for the…
  • The Difference Between A Hands Off & An Empowering Leader

    Mitch Mitchell
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    Last night I went to an event at the Everson Museum here in the Syracuse area. It was called Unique, and it’s a presentation of the words of talented disabled artists as well as a fundraiser for Arise Inc, on whose board I presently sit. Tom McKeown I’m not an artist in this sense. I know what I like but if someone asked me to paint something it would be a mess. Thus, seeing what these folks can do that I can’t shows me and everyone else that being labeled “disabled” doesn’t mean one isn’t talented or smart or lacking in skills. Something for those of…
  • Overstepping Your Level Of Responsibility

    Mitch Mitchell
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:40 am
    My wife and I both travel for our careers. We’re different in that I’m a consultant, whereas she’s an independent contractor who works on 13-week assignments. Fondazione Giannino Bassetti via Compfight Her present assignment will be ending in a couple of weeks and she’ll be coming home. She has spent the last couple of weeks trying to confirm where she will go next, after a two-week break. I’m about to tell you a tale of elation and frustration, and the frustration isn’t her fault. One of the companies she works with contacted her and mentioned that there…
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • A Niche of Their Own: Five Sites to Check Out Today

    Ben Huberman
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    The blogging community is huge and diverse, with thousands of smaller clusters of sites built around shared interests, causes, and passions. It might seem daunting at first — like walking into a party where everyone already seems to know each other — but there are a number of ways to ease your entry into the community, from participating in a blogging event (or even starting your own) to taking one of our free blogging courses. As the bloggers we feature here demonstrate, there’s another way to find your place in the big, wide world of blogging: zoom in on one thing…
  • New Themes: Colinear and Franklin

    Ernesto Méndez
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports featured images and six widget areas — up to three in the sidebar and three in the footer. Primarily designed for magazine-style sites, Colinear is a flexible theme that also suits any personal blog or content-rich site. Check out Colinear on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site. Franklin Franklin is a lightweight blogging theme,…
  • Introducing: Our New Action Bar

    Andy Peatling
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    We strive to make all aspects of using WordPress.com streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter what device you’re on. Following and more When you visit a site you’re not yet following, look to the bottom-right corner of the screen and you’ll see this: Clicking on Follow will make it so new posts from that site will appear in the WordPress.com Reader. Becoming a new follower has never been easier, whether you or your…
  • Get Up to Speed at learn.wordpress.com

    Krista
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: learn.wordpress.com. Have you just created a blog or website to: Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir? Highlight your business’ offerings and attract new customers? Promote an organization and want to know how to get connected to potential supporters on social media? No matter the reason you created that…
  • Next Stop for Accelerate.LGBT: Dublin, Ireland

    Anne McCarthy
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world. A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence, empowering professionals through focused workshops and hands-on, one-on-one support from Automattic and Google employees. We held our first event in San Francisco this past April, which was a great success.
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • I play….do you?

    Merrill Dubrow
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:15 am
    As most of you know I love to play games – especially games of strategy. Time to take a quick quiz about games! Good Luck! Click Here to Take The Quiz.
  • Yes I love this email and not because it is from a Justin!

    Merrill Dubrow
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Like you I get a ton of emails a day. Probably north of 200. Included in that number are probably 40+ that are unwanted and unread. The question is how does an email get thru the clutter? Catch my eye? Well here is one that did and I’m here to tell you why. To start with, the email didn’t say sir or madam and actually did spell my name right. Believe me that helps! Also it was short, 114 words, and was 100% customized to me! He knew we advertised in Marketing News but he also knew I was involved with Baylor and that I moved to Texas. All of that means he did his homework and too many…
  • Are You Ready For Some Football? Time To Join Our Weekly Football Pool! Yes! It Is Free… And There Are Prizes!

    Merrill Dubrow
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    For five years now, we have had a football pool and I am excited to say we are going to continue it for another year. Last year’s overall winner was Jeff Spitzer Jr. Jeff followed Steve Kennedy, Doug G Golab, Andrew Dixon, and Sarah Baird who won the first five years of the pool. It is VERY easy to participate. Here are the rules: We keep track of everyone’s cumulative score and will be awarding a spot in the final week to the top two people who pick the most correct games right for the first 16 weeks. If those people win a week they will be awarded another spot in the finale. Every…
  • Do you turn back the clock – yes or no?

    Merrill Dubrow
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    On my last trip to the east coast I decided to try something different and not change my watch to reflect the correct time zone. No matter where I go I always change my watch to reflect where I am going prior to getting off the plane. I have lots of friends and industry contacts who actually don’t change their watch and this time I decided to join that team. I must admit it was a little different. I did like the fact I knew what time it was back in the office but didn’t really like it when I went to sleep and was setting my alarm. That part made me very nervous since my iPhone does change…
  • Time to get in a cab…ugh…help!

    Merrill Dubrow
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    All of my close friends know I get motion sickness. On a boat, train, or cab the end result typically is the same which is I just don’t feel well and sometimes worse happens! Well a few weeks ago I was in New York and I must admit really dreading a cab ride into the city. I find most… (not all cabbies) like to do the old, start and slam on the brake routine and all of those types of people seem to find me! Well this time I was going to try something different. I made a decision to not check emails, texts, or call anyone but rather put on my headphones and listen to music. As luck would…
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    Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

  • The Road Not Taken

    John Hunter
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:20 am
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Wonderful advice and so poignant. But actually, if you read the whole poem, what we take from the quote isn’t what the poem was saying. Earlier in the poem it says Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same photo from a temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia by John Hunter Robert Frost was poking fun at his friend who would obsess over what fork to take in the path as they walked when in reality the choice made no difference. And “that has made all…
  • Using Technology to Improve The Sharing of Knowledge

    John Hunter
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    This month the ASQ is asking Influential Voices to discuss methods to aid in sharing knowledge. Manu Vora kicked the discussion off with his post on The Gift of Knowledge Transfer Through Technology. My career has been largely shaped by the pursuit of better ways to communicate. I grew up surrounded by those seeking to improve management (Bill Hunter, George Box, Brian Joiner, Peter Scholtes…). When I was in grade school that focus was largely on statistics and the value of multi-factor experiments (Dad was a statistician who wrote the “bible” on design of experiments, with…
  • Look at All the Data and Be Wary of Unjustified Confidence

    John Hunter
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    Interesting interview with Richard Feynman about the NASA’s space shuttle Challenge disaster. He discusses very well the problem of not thinking of all of the data and how systems produce results with variation. “Results” are not enough to judge whether the current process is wise. He describes a child running into the street without looking that is warned by his parent and counters with the evidence that nothing happened. A child repeating this several times can think they have evidence it is not unsafe but that isn’t so. With the Challenger disaster a simple view of…
  • Applying Improvement Concepts and Tools to Your Daily Life

    John Hunter
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    This month the ASQ Influential Voices is taking a bit different approach. This month we are looking at applying quality tools in our personal life based on the post from other influential voice, Sunil Kaushik: How Lean Helped Me Travel To Egypt With Just $500. Sunil is on a nomadic trip around the world to learn and enjoy the experience while also helping others applying lean thinking. I just returned from my own nomadic adventure. John Hunter, in a cave at Marble Mountain, Da nang, Vietnam. This is one of my last stops before returning home. See more of my travel photos I have experience…
  • Interview of John Hunter by Jimena Calfa On Quality

    John Hunter
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    Jimena Calfa interviewed me for her blog OnQuality as part of her Quality Interview Chain. John Hunter, Yangshuo, China. See photos from my trip to China What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and improve as a professional and/or as a person? John: I don’t do anything consciously to achieve that. I think if we retain a thirst for knowledge and curiosity and have a desire to do a good job we will do what is necessary. I follow my passion to learn largely through the internet (blogs, webcasts, articles and podcasts). And I constantly question and experiment and adapt based on…
 
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    Leadercast

  • Are You A Lone Wolf in Your Organizational Culture?

    Mike McGalliard
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    I think that some of the triggers that we need to look for, about when we should pull back a little bit and not charge ahead on a dream is whether we’re alone because you really can’t get anywhere by yourself and having a team come along with you, means that you’re negotiating with folks. And you’re trying to recognize their needs and their desires and their vision too and link it all up. That’s powerful when you have a bunch of people that share a vision, much more powerful than me having one by myself. And so, a trigger would be, are you alone? And you can kind…
  • The Genie in the Room

    Dr. Jill Guindon-Nasir
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    So the genie in the room, I learned that in some of my doctoral studies at University of Pennsylvania, some of the Wharton faculty would talk about that. That a lot of people, they’ll go outside, they will hire consultants, they will do different things, but they won’t actually talk to their own people that are right there and that have the answers. So a lot of innovation, or I even talk about different companies that have created some amazing things, they did that right there internally with their employees when they get together and told them that they were empowered to have the…
  • Building a Code of Ethics with Institutional Integrity

    Michael Daly
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    Sadly, non-profits and many organizations, the trust has been broken because of misuse of funds or misuse of the trust of the person that’s receiving those goods or services or the need. So we make sure as an organization, that ethics and transparency are paramount. So as a young foundation as you can imagine with one or two classes our first year, we had all of our financials audited to make sure that we were meeting financial benchmarks of the highest non-profits, the highest financial integrity by GuideStar. That was an expensive gesture and many of our board members said, “You…
  • The Affect of Goal Setting on Motivation

    Joe Boyd
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    I’ve been in several organizations where goal setting was a regular part of what we did and almost everyone hated it except the C-level people. I’ve been in organizations where I was at that level and where I wasn’t. I think one of the biggest mistakes we can make when we set goals, especially numeric goals, is that we don’t take the time to cast the vision of what the goals mean. People generally, at a C-level you might be able to, but generally, people aren’t thinking that way. So when you say our goal this year is to do 100 million in revenues with the company…
  • Challenge Your Employees to Grow

    Ken Tracy
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    Any great leader will realize that they cannot be successful unless their people are successful. So with that involved, training is such a huge essential for growth in your people. There was a story of an individual. We had just implemented new technology, and this individual believed that there was no reason at all he needed to be trained in the new technology because he already knew everything. And this new technology, he wasn’t going to use it anyway so he just didn’t need the training. Well, as a leader you can take two stances. You can say, “You know what, you’re…
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Mackert and Garfield Named to Board of Examiners for 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:16 pm
    GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named Casey Mackert, Director of Baldrige Services and Dr. Jan Garfield, Baldrige Client Coach at Six Disciplines Consulting Services in Findlay, Ohio, to the Board of Examiners for the 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.             Appointed by the NIST Director, examiners are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige…
  • Six Disciplines Improves Business Management Platform

    14 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    Six Disciplines, a Solomon Cloud Solutions company, and sister company of Beyond Software, has updated its business management platform which helps build organizations that execute their strategy more effectively. This updated edition of the Six Disciplines program features a new touch-based user interface. The interface has been redesigned to streamline the presentation of critical information and to make it touch friendly for easier use on today’s mobile devices. In addition, the new program has been optimized for team based planning and execution management. Gary Harpst, President,…
  • ATTENTION IT managers of small and mid-sized businesses: URGENT message regarding network bandwidth

    7 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    With the release of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system on July 29th, 2015 Microsoft increased the amount of bandwidth available for Windows Update downloads. While this change makes sense, our testing to determine how much bandwidth is actually consumed indicates speeds of 50Mbps or greater. We are noticing this change is causing internet bandwidth issues when our employees download Windows Updates to their machine directly from Microsoft servers. This means the Windows Update downloads starve the rest of the machines on our network from accessing the internet. With Microsoft’s Patch…
  • The Leapfrog Opportunity For Executing Strategy (Summarized)

    7 Aug 2015 | 5:59 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…
  • Why Is Strategy Execution So Hard? (Summarized)

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    Why is strategy execution so difficult? Why do we know what to do, but don’t always do it? Doing what we know we should requires someone who will keep us on track, to teach, direct and encourage us to do the things we know we should do – the difficult things that we rarely, if ever, follow through to the finish, if left to our own devices. While the majority of us have one or more "specialties", the majority of us just don’t know how to put together all the key steps of strategy, planning, organizational alignment, execution management, innovation and measurement. BOTTOMLINE: Strategy…
 
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: After the Workshop is Over

    Kevin Eikenberry
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:41 am
    When we come back to the office after a workshop or training event, there is almost always a long list of people to follow up with and tasks to be completed. But there are 3 very important things that we should do to help make the training and our time away to be as successful […] The post Remarkable TV: After the Workshop is Over appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Five Ways You Can Learn Something Today!

    Kevin Eikenberry
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Learning. In a world where change seems to come hurling toward us like a bullet train, we know learning is needed just to survive, let alone thrive. And while most everyone would nod at the idea that we must be lifelong learners, the list of excuses people have for why they aren’t and can’t be […] The post Five Ways You Can Learn Something Today! appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • The Six Habits of Successful New Managers

    Kevin Eikenberry
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The challenges that new managers and leaders face are immense. They must learn their new role and understand the expectations of them. They must get to know their team and begin to build trust with them. They must communicate with new people in new ways. They must get their new work done. They must delegate […] The post The Six Habits of Successful New Managers appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: When You Don’t Feel Like Coaching

    Kevin Eikenberry
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:51 am
    While it’s hard, time-consuming and often frustrating, coaching can be extremely gratifying on a personal level. Here’s a little motivation to help jump-start your next coaching situation. Click here for just the audio of this episode. Click to learn more about the Remarkable Coaching Workshop. As leaders we must coach – and when we do […] The post Remarkable TV: When You Don’t Feel Like Coaching appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • What Leaders Can Learn From Cal Ripken, Jr.

    Kevin Eikenberry
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you aren’t a baseball fan, Cal Ripken, Jr. is a Hall of Fame shortstop who played his whole career with the Baltimore Orioles. While over 18,000 have played in the Major Leagues, less than 250 have been elected to the Hall of Fame. And no one who has ever played in 2,632 games in […] The post What Leaders Can Learn From Cal Ripken, Jr. appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    Survival Leadership

  • Team of Teams: Post #3 Trust and Communcation

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:17 am
    Teams, Trust, and Communication. For teams to be effective, there must be a sense of trust among team members as well as a shared common purpose. Moreover, successful enterprises must be made up of a “team of teams,” which also shares trust between and among teams as well as an enterprise-wide sense of purpose and meaning. Trust is built by collaboration and communication, not on competition between members of a single team or between teams. When team members and teams of teams have high trust, they’re more likely to share resources in service of the greater good. On the other hand,…
  • Team of Teams: Post #2--Efficient, not Effective?

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:16 am
    Efficient is Not Always Effective. The authors dedicate a lot of space to Frederick Taylor’s reductionist theories of efficiency, which argue for step-by-step processes for products and service that are designed for maximum optimization and efficiency. Designed around reducing workers to near-robots with little say in how things get done, Taylor’s theories dominated at one time both industry and the military and in its day met a need to solve complicated problems; however, those theories were less effective years later when engaged workers and adaptive thinking were required for highly…
  • Team of Teams: Post #1--Overview

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    Overview. General Stanley McChrystal and his author team tell us that to beat an agile foe in an uncertain environment, an efficient team is never as effective as an adaptive one. Restructuring the Joint Special Operations Command from a classic command-and-control military management style to a more team-based, team of teams, McChrystal was far better able to fight the allusive al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) under the notorious leadership of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Forsaking the Frederick Taylor reductionist paradigm of always being efficient and effective, at the expense of being adaptive, even…
  • Fully Charged: FINAL Post

    15 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    Energy. We get our energy from taking care of ourselves and caring for others.Rath’s advice about energy is also the title of a former best seller—Eat, Move, Sleep.a.    Eat: No surprise here—eat more fruits and vegetables, less sugar and processed food. Protein in the morning increases levels of dopamine—keeping us in a better mood and reducing cravings. Put healthy foods in sight and don’t buy unhealthy ones. b.    Move: We spend 9.3 hours sitting—more time than we do sleeping. Sitting is the new smoking. In terms of negative health implications,…
  • Fully Charged: Post #3--Interactions

    8 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Interactions. Keep your interactions positive and watch your life change.a.    Ripple Effect: When we act happy, are kind, even lose weight—do anything positive—we can positively impact 10 and even 100 people around us (Yale research). And frequency of interactions is more important than intensity of our interaction. Little things count, not amazing gestures. People experiencing them are four times more likely to have a high level of well-being. Also, the closer you live to someone who’s kind or loving, the higher your happiness—up to 40% more if a half mile or…
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    Learn This

  • Book Review: Hidden Strengths

    Mike King
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Unleashing the Crucial Leadership Skills You Already Have Author: Thuy Sindell and Milo Sindell This book is a concise and straight forward leadership development book with a bit of a twist to the normal personal development focus.  Most of us know that focusing on weaknesses can be less fruitful than focusing on our strengths, as in “Now, Discover Your Strengths” and I’ve certainly used that coaching people for personal development.  This book adds the advice to also not focus only on your strengths but instead, find the ‘hidden strengths’ that you can…
  • Book Review: Creative Anarchy

    Mike King
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:34 pm
    How to Break the Rules of Graphic Design For Creative Success Author: Denise Bosler I received another offer to review a book just recently and couldn’t pass it up.  The cover and title sounded very interesting to me and certainly with my graphic design and 3D animation business, I thought there would be many things to learn and discover in the book. First, the book is a large book and about 140+80 pages (more on that later) and a quick thumb through it leaves you impressed with the many visuals and color pages, yet scratching you head as to how its put together.  The reason; This is…
  • Book Review: The Martian

    Mike King
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Author: Andy Weir I rarely read fiction compared to the many non-fiction titles I devour.  Anyway, I had caught up on books I brought with me while travelling recently and so needed something new to sink into while doing some business travel.  I have to say, most of the fiction rack didn’t interest me at all, either romance or books about someone’s dog it seems.  At the time, I thought The Martian was the best of the worse, since nothing really interested me.  Anyway, I was quickly taken into the depth of this intriguing book and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Book Review: Wins Friends and Customers

    Mike King
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Relationship and Business Success from Empathic Acknowledging Author: Lawrence Bookbinder, PH.D. This book is a short and easy to read book with what is often otherwise complex content and terminology.  Bookbinder presents a wide scope of examples and context around the idea of using empathic communication (primarily listening) as well as acknowledging during conversations to help the reader better connect and understand how to show interest in relationships.  The book jumps between numerous examples, some repeated, to highlight different aspects of conversation that teach how to bring more…
  • How and what are you learning lately?

    Mike King
    29 Dec 2013 | 3:51 pm
    Lately, I’ve been doing a lot less blogging.  I still enjoy it however, one thing I’ve shifted from is how much I actually learn from blogging now from what I used to learn from it.  It seems looking back, that learning to blog, research topics, write content, market it, share it and discuss it with others had me learning as much about that whole process as the content itself I was writing about.  That process of so many added things to learn kept me quite excited about blogging and with so much of that becoming regular work instead of something to learn each time I had…
 
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    Management Skills Blog

  • Connecting Values to Behavior in the Interview

    Tom Foster
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:47 am
    “We just had our annual planning meeting,” Kelly explained. “We talked about our core values as a company, and wanted to find a way to integrate that intention into our interview process when we recruit new people into our company. But how do you interview for values? You can’t just ask someone, if they have integrity.” “You can interview for anything that you can connect to behavior,” I replied. “That goes for any critical role requirement. Connect it to behavior and the questions will follow.” “Okay, integrity,” Kelly…
  • The Enterprise as a Whole

    Tom Foster
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – “Different functions in a business do different things, and they each have their own set of cultures, rules and ways to be measured. We need to respect this, and stop imagining that how it works for us is how it should work for everyone else. Each function needs to be managed in the best way to suit its purpose, and the business needs all of its functions to work well and respect each other and their methods and measures if the enterprise as a whole is to be successful.” Comment posted to Responsibility, Accountability and Authority. Response: This…
  • Operations and Command and Control

    Tom Foster
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:55 am
    “If only life and business were that simplistic,” Scott said. “If you work in operations then your job is about commanding and controlling the time, labor and technical resources towards an agreed output. For the jobs in operations, your vision makes sense. But, I think it is only a functional perspective, not a universal one.” “You seem to think that operations is all about command and control,” I replied. “It sounds a bit mechanical. Tell me more.” “Operations is operations. Pretty cut and dried. We have defined processes inside…
  • Slow Way to Change the Culture

    Tom Foster
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:15 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – on Quickest Way to Change the Culture. Question: Okay, I got what I wanted about hiring new people who are more into process than firefighting. But how do you change the current team, whose culture has been more about firefighting than process. Response: Changing culture is a long term journey. It requires patience, persistence and paying attention. Same scenario for maintaining the culture you want. Behavior – it’s all about behavior. We can put teamwork posters on the wall, but that doesn’t mean a thing. Culture is about behavior, not…
  • Quickest Way to Change the Culture

    Tom Foster
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:48 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Question: I am working in an environment where firefighting has been modus operandi for a number of years, and as a new manager in my area, I am hoping to define a new culture to break out of constant firefighting mode and into a more pro-active mode of operation. The organization is growing starting now and will continue to do so into Q2 of next year, so we are interviewing and hiring NOW. Can you talk a little bit more about how to define an intentional culture in an organization, especially in one where an unintentional culture already exists and is deeply…
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    Women on Business

  • Managing Shift Workers and Their Special Needs

    Community Member
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:59 pm
    In a global marketplace that has no time zone of geographic restrictions anymore, industry must continue to churn out goods and services 24 hours of the day, seven days a week. What was once the domain only of health care workers and emergency personnel now impacts air traffic controllers, oil refinery and power plant workers, manufacturers, restaurants and supermarkets, truckers and communications workers. The number of people working shifts out of normal business hours in the United States is...Read the whole entry... »…
  • 4 Tips for Building a Positive Online Presence

    Community Member
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:46 pm
    By now, most of us are well aware that sharing inappropriate photos, posts, or other information online could negatively impact our careers, but new research by CareerBuilder shows that these days, not having any online presence at all can be damaging, too. According to the survey, 35 percent of employers are less likely to interview an applicant they can’t find online, and some even go as far as to send job candidates friend requests or ask to “follow” those who have private accounts....Read the whole entry... »…
  • Entrepreneurs: Some Quick Tips on Writing for Marketing

    Community Member
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:25 pm
    As an entrepreneur, writing may not be something you’re particularly well-practiced in. Especially when it comes to writing marketing content for your business. How exactly do you sell your services using your words? It can be difficult to know how to write effective, compelling content in order to draw customers to your business. Here are some quick tips recommended by language professionals to help with your next campaign: Check Spelling and Grammar It may seem obvious, but make...Read the whole entry... »…
  • 4 Ways to be Productive at Work – Always

    Asavari Sharma
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Life at work is hectic. There is so much happening there—new projects, client meetings, internal discussions, etc. It’s good to be busy. It’s also essential for you to be productive at all times. However, there are times when you do encounter some sort of a ‘block’ at work. Even though everyone encounters such a block, this kind of break from work at work can lead to delay in completing tasks and put you on the wrong page with your co-workers or manager. So how can you ensure being...Read the whole entry... »…
  • When Branding Seems Like a Mammoth Task

    Sandy Archer
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    If you’ve ever thought about branding or re-branding, you might be overwhelmed by the process and not sure where and how to start. If the idea of branding seems like a big job and you keep putting it off, there’s one thing to understand that will help you enjoy creating and delivering a highly successful and rewarding brand—your brand is never done. A Brand is Never Done The main problem people have with branding is never being entirely satisfied with what they’ve got, and not...Read the whole entry... »…
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    NinaSimosko.com

  • Accelerating the Speed of Innovation

    Nina
    9 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Over the last 100 years or so, we have become experts at wrangling efficiencies and optimizing processes for large enterprises. The enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that emerged in the 1980s and accelerated through the early 2000s created the digital architecture that has allowed large organizations to consistently scale, optimize and improve the way they manage their businesses, people and customers. It’s the vital backbone for national and global businesses – and when I worked with SAP, we would proudly explain that 74% of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP…
  • Do Women in Leadership Offer More Opportunities for their Female Employees?

    Nina
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:56 am
    Corporate America has worked hard for the past several decades to try to solve the problem of wage inequality between the genders. It is commonly known that women earn only about 75% of the income that men in similar roles with similar experience earn. This injustice pushed many companies to pursue more women in leadership positions. The hope was that as more women moved into leadership positions in companies, the wage gap would naturally narrow, because surely women managers would treat their female employees fairly. Unfortunately, a new study performed at the University of California…
  • Leveraging Female Talent to Drive Innovation

    Nina
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:58 pm
    One of the most significant factors limiting the growth potential of countries around the world is the fundamental participation and engagement of women in their workforce. The second annual research study by Mercer on gender diversity in the workplace suggests that eliminating the gap between male and female employment rates could boost countries’ GDP by up to 34%.  How do we get there? We need to leverage the talent of women to drive innovation in our businesses – and this goes beyond lip service. It needs to become a strategic imperative. How Investing in Female Talent Produces…
  • Women in Leadership: Raji Kumar and the Dallas Medical Center Turnaround

    Nina
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:31 am
    When it comes to women in leadership, there are many cases where women show unique and valuable leadership styles based in both their gender and cultural identities. Raji Kumar, CEO of Dallas Medical Center, is a great example of bringing a fresh style of leadership to her executive job and in so doing, turning a failing hospital into one of the area’s most disruptive, innovative and successful hospitals. Previous Leadership Kumar inherited Dallas Medical Center in a very bad position. The previous leadership had focused on getting the latest technology and newest cutting edge medical…
  • The Four Styles of Mentoring

    Nina
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:43 am
    People often picture a mentor as someone older or at least someone who has been in a particular business for a long time, but mentoring is not always about age or the number of years of experience a particular person has in a certain field. Instead, mentoring is about inspiring or helping another person, no matter the age or experience level of the people involved in the mentoring relationship. Kim Getty, president of Deutsch LA, an advertising agency which markets for companies such as M&M’s and 7up, talked in a recent article about how people of all ages can be mentors to others. She…
 
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    The Glasshammer

  • Business Travel to China: Dos and Don’ts

    Content Team
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    By Gina Scanlon China has proven itself to be a leading economic giant that continues to grow exponential sources of revenue for companies in the United States. VP of research for the Global Business Travel Association, Joe Bates, states that China is expected to surpass the U.S. as the world’s most dominant business travel market by 2016. Which is why learning more about their business culture may prove fruitful for managers and executives traveling to the Asian continent. Westerners traveling to China on business sometimes have an unsettling feeling that they’ll do or say something…
  • Career Tip Of The Week

    nickigilmour
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Changing companies? Do benefits and company policy matter in this decision? Yes. Due to the USA having the same maternity support as Papua New Guinea ( i.e. very little), it is essential that you choose an employer in the USA who offers maternity leave if you are planning in the short, medium or long term to have kids. Check leave for adoption, spousal leave etc and remember that there are companies who operate with excellent leave and offer support around re-entry and flexible work. For any country in the world- check for additional perks and cultural norms around time off. Welcome to Career…
  • Voice of Experience: Bin Hwee Quek, Vice-Chairman of PwC Singapore and the Markets Leader of PwC Asia

    Content Team
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    “The barriers to success for women in our profession are sometimes ourselves,” says the Vice-Chairman of PwC Singapore and the Markets Leader of PwC Asia Bin Hwee Quek. “We sometimes believe we cannot reach the pinnacle of our career. This is not always true. It is possible for those who desire it. These women tend to embrace change and always keep an open mind.” In her current position, Bin oversees all industries and sectors, both in Singapore and in the Asia Pacific Region, including financial services, health, technology, infrastructure and government. “I spearhead the markets…
  • Women in China: Chutes and Ladders of Professional Women

    Content Team
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    How easy is it for Chinese woman to climb the corporate ladder in modern day China? Deborah Dunsire, Chief Executive Officer and President of Millennium says, “We have a very well-educated set of women in China who can contribute to the economic dynamism of the country, yet there does still seem to be a gender gap. It’s not a disparity in education anymore and hasn’t been for decades, and it’s not a disparity in the legal framework of work.” Evidently, the main barriers to women in professional services are not educational. Women in China also occupy a number of high profile…
  • Voice of Experience: Karuna Annavajjala, Director, Corporate Systems Technology, TIAA-CREF

    Content Team
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Keep an open mind, be willing to try new things and ask for help. For Karuna Annavajjala, this trio has provided the key to her corporate success. After completing her bachelor’s in engineering in India, Annavajjala came to the United States and earned her master’s degree in computer science. She moved to Columbus, Ohio, to become a developer at a startup company, eventually moving into the role of software architect. She then joined Alliance Data in the marketing technology department prior to segueing into product management. At that point, she realized that she wanted to focus on core…
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  • Developing The CEO Within You.

    richgeegroup
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    You’re moving on up. Making your way up the ladder, dodging bullets, using every last bit of your intellect and motivation to deftly ingratiate yourself with key decision-makers. It’s a high-wire balancing act many executives go through to grab the golden ring. What are some of the techniques used? Based upon many hours of advisory with C-Level clients, here are the two major tenets that bubble to the top: IQ – Intelligence Quotient (or Tactical Intelligence) You have to have the chops, the intellect, the experience, and knowledge to make it through the first hurdle. It’s that…
  • It’s 2015! Why Are These Annoyances Still Around?

    richgeegroup
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:44 am
    As you know, I am an avid follower of Reddit and I found this wonderful question posed on AskReddit — here are some of the better responses. Enjoy! Bathroom doors with the handle on the inside. I just washed my hands and now have to grab the same handle after that person didn’t???? Why are they still delivering phonebooks to my house? I always thought we would have separate highways for trucks by now. We have them in some places, but I feel like truckers would have a more enjoyable ride if they weren’t dealing with jerks looping in and out of traffic or passing them on the…
  • Do The Impossible — The Country Club Technique.

    richgeegroup
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Career or business changes are a lot about making things happen. We get caught up in the inertia of our fears and are afraid of making a mistake. One exercise we use with our clients centers around a ‘country club event’. Here’s the scenario . . . you are in front of the country club and we’ve charged you with the task of getting into their ‘event’ with no invitation, no money, nothing. Now you may ask, like all of our clients do, how can I do this? And we say – “I don’t care. Just figure it out and MAKE IT HAPPEN.” We then let the…
  • Top 10 Clear Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job.

    richgeegroup
    19 May 2015 | 3:24 am
    I answered this question on the website Quora a few weeks ago. Here’s my Top 10 (in no real order of importance) list why you should probably quit your current position and move on: You start looking forward to the weekend on Wednesday (or even worse, Monday). This is the typical, “I can’t stand my job and I love my weekends behavior”. Face it, you are going to spend a LOT more time at work during the week — start enjoying that environment too. If you don’t like what you do, your boss, the people, the commute, etc. — change it. Sunday night is the loneliest…
  • Are You A Pilot Or Passenger In Your Career?

    richgeegroup
    11 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    Today, we live in a time better than ever before.  Greater life expectancy, better health standards while we’re alive, more variety of food and experiences. More opportunity than ever before. You can try new vocations or start your own business for a lot less money and effort than it took even 20 years ago. If you fail, you can start again, reclaim your position and start moving up the ladder (with hard work). In today’s society, we unfortunately live with a sense of entitlement. If something does go wrong, it’s someone else’s fault and not our own fault. We are the…
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    Inside Personal Growth

  • Podcast 538: Can’t Not Do–The Compelling Social Drive that Changes Our World with Paul Shoemaker

    Greg Voisen
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Shoemaker the author of a new book entitled “Can’t Not Do–The Compelling Social Drive That Changes Our World.”    In our interview together we discuss the elements and passion required to change the world. Paul is focused on letting the readers know that taking on a social project is for anyone.  You don’t have to create a nonprofit or have thousands of people following your movement.  He states that ” we have the solutions, technology and resources necessary to fight many of the world’s largest…
  • Podcast 537: Whole30–The 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom with Dallas Hartwig

    Greg Voisen
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    I am certain that almost everyone listening to this podcast is interested in better health and nutrition.  So what makes the approach that Dallas & Melissa Hartwig authors of the new book ” Whole 30”  so much different that all the other diet & nutrition programs? In my interview with Dallas Hartwig we explore how “Whole30” transforms your life.  It is not a diet program or even a quick fix for that matter.  The “Whole 30″ program has been carefully designed to change the food you eat, and find out which foods are causing you health challenges.
  • Podcast 536: The Watchman’s Rattle Thinking our Way Out of Extinction with Rebecca Costa

    Greg Voisen
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:31 pm
    It is seldom that I come across a book that is packed full of insight, wisdom and real world applications.  I had the honor of conducting an interview with Rebecca Costa the author of ” The Watchman’s Rattle-Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction“, about her new groundbreaking book. Rebecca states that many of our current world problems are due to the accelerating complexity which outpaces the rate at which the human brain can function and develop new capabilities.  If you feel that our world is moving at breakneck speed and you are not able to keep up with the pace, you are…
  • Podcast 535: The Energy of Abundance with Phyllis King

    Greg Voisen
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Phyllis King the author of a new book entitled “The Energy of Abundance“.  In our interview together we explore how one can connect to an abundant core and master the art of receiving. The Energy Game is about intentionally directing your focus to choose which frequencies are going to consume and align with us as truthfu .  Phyllis states that our consciousness responds to feelings and potent thought, it does not differentiate between real and imagined. Phyllis has developed the “Energy Game” as way to access and invite in…
  • Podcast 534: Business Storytelling for Dummies with Karen Dietz

    Greg Voisen
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    How many of you have had an opportunity to speak before a group of people and wished you could have conveyed your message in a more compelling way?  I know that this has happened to my several times, and while I have known about the impact a good storyteller can make on an audience I never felt that I was very proficient at the storytelling process. In my interview with my friend and author Karen Dietz, we discuss her new book entitled “Business Storytelling for Dummies“.   We explore some of the mistakes that many of us make in developing our story as well as practices for…
 
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    First Friday Book Synopsis

  • “No, I Haven’t Read that Book Yet” – “Yes, I feel Guilty that I Haven’t”

    Randy Mayeux
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    Every now and again, I run into the writings of Ryan Holiday. (Here’s his web site). Ryan is not a good writer. He is a very good writer. And, he is pretty eclectic. He writes about a lot of subjects. One of the things he writes about is reading books. And I read books. We each… Read More “No, I Haven’t Read that Book Yet” – “Yes, I feel Guilty that I Haven’t”
  • “Their Best Days are Behind Them” – The “Catch-Up” and the “Cut-Back Syndromes; Do They Signal Desperation (McDonald’s and Breakfast all-day)

    Randy Mayeux
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:49 am
    McDonald’s is about to start serving breakfast all day. I think this is a good thing. I might even, on occasion, stop in and buy some breakfast at a non-breakfast time of day. But this move by McDonald’s has more the feel of a “catch-up” move — almost a “desperation” move — than a move that… Read More “Their Best Days are Behind Them” – The “Catch-Up” and the “Cut-Back Syndromes; Do They Signal Desperation (McDonald’s and Breakfast all-day)
  • Kabir Sehgal: An interview by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:06 am
    Kabir Sehgal was a vice president in emerging market equities at J. P. Morgan. A Grammy-winning producer, he has performed with Grammy-winning musicians as a jazz bassist. He co-founded an arts organization which merged with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics. And he’s… Read More Kabir Sehgal: An interview by Bob Morris
  • Maybe hearing about it, reading about it, doesn’t fix it…

    Randy Mayeux
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:32 am
    “until your people are mocking you, you’ve not repeated your message enough.” Verne Harnish, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits ——————— Maybe hearing about it, reading about it, doesn’t fix it… Recently, I heard someone say “I’ve heard enough about this.” Yes, there are themes that crop up pretty often in business books and other business writings.… Read More Maybe hearing about it, reading about it, doesn’t fix it…
  • Well, of course 1 Great Person = 3 Good People – (Insight from Uncontainable)

    Randy Mayeux
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    I’m just thinking… (after reading Uncontainable). One of the foundational principles for the Container Store is: “1=3; 1 Great person = 3 good people.” Now, here’s what I’ve been thinking. This is so obvious, isn’t it? Imagine it this way – a loved one is scheduled for surgery. Would you like to have an “average” surgeon,… Read More Well, of course 1 Great Person = 3 Good People – (Insight from Uncontainable)
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  • Delivering a Presentation: Developing Your Communication Skills

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    You will learn how to:Develop a persuasive delivery style that demonstrates ownership of the key messageEliminate any verbal mannerisms you may have and to use positive body language and eye contact to engage the audienceRead the audience so that you can set the pace of your delivery to match their understandingPrevent your presentation being hijacked by an unexpected or controversial question from the audienceManage the question and answer session so that people feel that your presentation was important and relevantRequest Free!
  • Principles of Coaching -- Developing Your Coaching Skills

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    This book discusses the use of external coaches and the issues that confront managers who act as coaches to their own team. It describes key aspects of coaching including: active listening, building rapport, asking questions, demonstrating empathy, using intuition, goal setting and giving feedback.You will learn:What coaching can achieve for your teamThe differences between coaching, training, mentoring and counselingHow to establish the right mindset for effective coachingThe advantages and disadvantages of internal, external, formal and informal coachingThe key principles of successful…
  • Dynamic Case Management

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    How are you handling the unpredictability that inevitably surfaces when you are pushing for positive business outcomes? How can you be sure you are maximizing the knowledge of your organization to overcome it?More than ever, the knowledge and intuition of your employees is imperative to respond to unpredictable business circumstances. To address this, many rely on dynamic case management.Get a better understanding of the frameworks of effective case management, and how modern case management frameworks combine Business Process Management with Knowledge Management to create a case structure…
  • Do We Know What's Really in Our Food?

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Detection tools are vital to control and determine food authenticity issues. With a need to test more samples and the challenge of ever more insightful fraudsters, rapid tests that screen for a broad range of fraudulent activities are becoming more widely adopted. Learn about innovative solutions for the detection and prevention of food fraud and rapid non-targeted methods for real time detection to ensure food safety.  Several examples will be included in high-risk ingredients such as dairy, spices and olive oils.Request Free!
  • Implementing an Analytics Strategy to Accelerate Insight

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Organizations are investing in new analytics technologies to improve agility and performance. IDC discusses key findings in the analytics market to help companies and other organizations learn how to deliver analytics capabilities suitable for a wide range of use cases. The technology and data must come together to serve the business users under the guidance and management of IT. It is only through communication and collaboration that organizations can deliver the right analytics at the right time to the right people.Request Free!
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    Lead Change Group

  • Our September Theme – When Life is Messy

    Paula Kiger
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    For September, we are gleaning our theme from Co-Active Leadership, the new book from Karen and Henry Kimsey-House, which is being launched on September 21. Karen and Henry believe: “People aren’t compartmentalized.” They employ concepts such as: A life purpose statement, another way of capturing the essence of what it means to be fully alive—living life intentionally, making choices that increase the value of life to one’s self and to others. This belief: “In the big picture, fulfillment is about living a life that is valued, purposeful, and alive, and balance is…
  • Why Employees Feel Like A Burden

    Leo Hamblin
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Why is payroll considered an expense, a liability? I would like to know who decided, way back in the dark ages, that payroll was to be placed in the expense side of a financial report. This fundamentally flawed perspective has had a damaging effect on our workforce since time began. Payroll is also considered a liability and a burden. It may make sense in order to count beans, but it makes no sense when you must get work done through other people. The current perspective of our American workforce is fundamentally erroneous. In order to lead, action is required. The actions a leader takes are…
  • Bringing a Business Back to Life (and FREE Resources)

    Margy Kerr-Jarrett
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever heard the statistic “9/10 new business fail within the first five years?” Many people have mentioned this or a similar statistic to me, often in reference to restaurants in my hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, that seemed to open and go out of business every other day. When I heard about how Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeye’s chicken and veteran restaurant industry leader, was able to bring back Popeye’s declining brand—increasing sales by 25% and profits by 40% within 7 years of her appointment as CEO—I was amazed. Taking a small, local restaurant and trying to…
  • Leading Change Requires Attitude Adjustments

    Mike Henry
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    My first job as a manager ended up being much more of a lesson than I had hoped. My prior leadership experience was limited to my fraternity or the Jaycees. In my jobs, I had only had 2 or 3 bosses by the time I became a boss so I made things up as I went. Many of the things I made up were mistakes. The trucking business experiences high turnover, but ours was even high for the industry. Our first hires left quickly. When I gave someone work, they often produced different results than I expected. And when they did something without being told, it was very often not what I would have wanted.
  • Stuck In The Middle With Me

    John Smith
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    You are only as good as you think you are. This month’s theme about opposites was focused on one well-known set of opposing characteristics: Extroverts versus Introverts. Reading some of the thoughtful observations has made me think a little more generally about how opposites exist and sometimes clash in the workplace and everywhere else, for that matter. Many of us approach interactions with others with one deeply-held belief: Our own preferred beliefs and behavior are the standards by which all others should be measured. We base our perceptions of others on how closely they fit us and…
 
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    Crucial Skills

  • How to Help Others Help Themselves

    Joseph Grenny
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Dear Joseph, Our twenty-five-year old son is living on his own for the first time. He has a good-paying job but still lives paycheck to paycheck and frequently borrows money from us. We have bailed him out a number of times and just can’t do it anymore. He has asked if he could move back home to save for a year. He manipulates us and often plays the “feel sorry for me” card. As a mother, I hate to refuse helping him. Is letting him move home a good idea? How can we help him learn to control his spending without controlling him? Signed, Apron Strings Dear Apron Strings, You are…
  • How to Increase Student Success Through Communication

    Editor
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:40 pm
    New research by Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield reveals a discouraging communication gap between parents and teachers that has potential to affect a child’s success. Teachers feel parents don’t communicate major changes in the home and parents feel teachers don’t share revealing details about their child’s behavior in the classroom. To bridge the gap between what parents and teachers want to hear and what the two parties actually communicate, Grenny and Maxfield suggest both take action at the beginning of the school year. For Parents 1. Over-communicate. Use the beginning of the…
  • The Frightening First Days of School

    Kerry Patterson
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    http://static.vitalsmartscdn.com/kerryingon/KerryingOn_201508.mp3 In the fall of 1952, I faced the prospect of attending school for the first time. The whole idea of going to school made me weak in the knees. My older brother had filled my head with bullying stories that gave me second thoughts about ever leaving home, let alone sharing the playground with a bunch of three-and-a-half-foot thugs. “They better not beat me up,” I muttered under my breath as I started the long, lonely walk toward Larrabee Elementary School. Stupid second graders. They were the ones to watch out for, or so my…
  • Navigating Differences in Language

    Joseph Grenny
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Dear Joseph, One of my direct reports has a very thick accent. His job is to define business needs for our customers and hand them off to our database techs. When he does this orally, none of us understand much of what he is saying. I sense he is exasperated as well because he is trying his best and cares about his work. He has good writing skills, but he is not confident and resists writing anything unless pressed. The rest of the team tries to be patient, but gives up after a point. He is also very sensitive and feels hurt when we ask him to repeat himself. How can I tell him he needs to…
  • Addressing Health in the Home

    Emily Hoffman
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Dear Crucial Skills, Over the past year, my wife has developed an unhealthy pattern of caring less and less about her physical appearance and is now considerably overweight. Whenever I try to discuss the potential impact on her quality of life, she becomes very defensive and says, “You don’t love me anymore.” I counter and say, “Actually I do love you and am very concerned about your health.” I’m concerned about her being overweight as well as her lack of sleep. She works various shifts in her job and continues to be an extremely devout mother to our twenty-three-year old daughter…
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    Aspire-CS

  • Courage is a muscle

    Mary Jo Asmus
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
      It’s easy to deceive yourself that your ability to be courageous isn’t an issue for you. In your rational mind, you may avoid stepping into conflict, decisions, and speaking truth with (what you believe to be) logic. When self-deception happens, you can miss opportunities to make a difference in your organizations and those you lead. Think carefully about where you mislead yourself because most of the things that require leaders to exercise courage aren’t big splashy acts; they’re the everyday things you avoid. Some examples and their deceptive self-talk might…
  • What kind of leader do you want to be?

    Mary Jo Asmus
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
      You, like most leaders, spend a lot of time on what you need to “do”. Long lists of action items, email and text messages waiting in que, phone calls to make and meetings to go to are enticing you. Being busy and feeling needed is seductive and addictive; crossing “to do’s” off a list feels really good, giving an impression that you’re moving forward. You’ve forgotten something. In the midst of your adrenaline-addicted pace of doing, have you stopped to consider who you want to be as a leader? I know – thinking can feel unproductive. It…
  • Leading people you don’t like

    Mary Jo Asmus
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:39 am
    It’s happened to you, as it happens to all of us at some point. You have an employee (or more) that you manage who is challenging you. When you’re honest with yourself, you just don’t like them and this bothers you. They are “average” at their work yet you sense that they have the potential to be even better. If you look closely at how your dislike for this person impacts how you interact with them, you notice that you avoid having the kind of conversations you need to have, and you don’t give them the feedback and encouragement you give to others. Perhaps…
  • The opposite of good leadership

    Mary Jo Asmus
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    The following is not meant to be a political commentary – I’ve made a conscious decision not to wave any political flag in this space. Yet I couldn’t miss the opportunity to point out some disconcerting observable behaviors in a public leader that demonstrate what good leaders shouldn’t do. Sometimes you can learn how to be a better leader by noticing other leaders who do things that you find objectionable. The leader featured here is everywhere in the news; bigger than life, demonstrating many things you might dislike in workplace managers and leaders. I often hear that…
  • The top 10 things you’re resisting that will make you a better leader

    Mary Jo Asmus
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:47 am
      There are certain patterns of resistance I’ve noticed in the leaders I’ve worked with that are really good at their craft – but have the potential to be great. These behaviors that leaders resist can increase their potential to lead at the top of their game. Perhaps as you read through the list, you’ll notice some of your own resistance poking through as you tell yourself: “I don’t have time.” “It’s not as important as meeting our goals.” “What will they (my boss, my employees, my peers) think?” “Tried that once,…
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    All Things Workplace

  • What Are You Paying Attention To?

    Steve Roesler
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    There's an incongruity between  time and money devoted to leadership development and the number of articles about bad bosses.  Maybe its' time to re-visit the definition of "bad." Here's why: People do that for which they are rewarded. Period. I've seen very few organizations care about bad bosses who "make the numbers." In fact, the very people described by employees as "bad bosses" may be the very bosses who keep the shareholders happy. We all pay attention to what our bosses pay attention to. When people get rewarded solely for behavior that produces profit, then that behavior becomes…
  • Do Your Leaders Coach?

    Steve Roesler
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    That isn't a "gotcha" question. It's simply a direct one. Regardless of the job title, if we're responsible for how other people perform then we're responsible for how they learn to perform even better. One of the things we now know from organizational research is that employees not only want a coaching relationship with their boss--they expect it. (If you want some coaching tips for yourself or to share, please download the free e-book in the column on the right). So. . . What Happens When Leaders Coach? You may already have the right people to enable your company to "win"--however you…
  • Build Competence Through Questions

    Steve Roesler
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    Leaders do have to tell people exactly what to do when a person isn't yet competent--and confident--about the task or assignment. (The whole "leader" thing isn't just about high-concept and vision). But how do you develop managers who are knowledgeable and committed? You can build increased confidence and deeper understanding by asking questions designed to help them make their own discoveries and decisions. Here are seven questions to get you started as  a "coaching" leader: As you become more comfortable with probing questions, you'll develop your own. Do you have any favorites now?
  • Five Hints You Should Make A Change

    Steve Roesler
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    If you've ever wondered what executive coaches really do that adds great value, it's this: We create a relationship that enables our client to clearly see reality.  Life isn't a part of business; business is a part of life. So, everything of consequence leads to confronting and resolving some kind of issue that leads to a choice about personal change. All of the choices aren't always huge, but they are necessary in order to develop more healthy and effective patterns of work and leadership. What To Look For I started thinking about the kinds of signs that flash to indicate the person across…
  • Three Persuasive Ideas

    Steve Roesler
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
    If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe.--Abraham Lincoln We never outgrow our need to be persuasive. Managers have to persuade employees to "get on board" with a new idea or change; salespeople get paid to persuade customers to buy; and potential customers persuade salespeople that a change in the "deal" just might make them a paying customer. We're all faced with the challenge of persuasion and influencing. Here are three ideas to help meet your next challenge: Create the Right Atmosphere Did you know that participants rate educational seminars higher when…
 
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    Saying What You Mean

  • Another Way to Make Training Stick – The Long Term Memory Trick

    nicoledefalco
    7 Aug 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Linking to the Past Secures a Space in Long Term Memory Starting as early as pre-learning or “pre-work” assignments, help participants reduce the insecurity that comes from looking up the steep side of a learning curve by providing them with opportunities to anchor their understanding to past knowledge or experiences. Here’s how it works. Remember the days when offices were full of filing cabinets? Good. Now, think of the adult learner’s brain like a room full of those gray behemoths. Instead of asking learners to label a new file folder and find room in already overcrowded drawers…
  • How To Make Training Stick

    nicoledefalco
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Right around the time “training and development” was the latest in the business lexicon-replacing “corporate education,” I started my career as a facilitator. Three years later, as I moved into instructional design, “training and development” was  passé and “Global Learning” was in. Over the years, department titles may change but the goal remains the same: contribute to business results by improving employee performance through the enhancement of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or habits; otherwise known as KASH. The art in this instructional science is to motivate adult…
  • A Wordle About This Site

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    7 Nov 2013 | 10:43 am
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  • Leading People Through Organizational Change

    nicoledefalco
    19 Feb 2013 | 12:42 pm
    A Prezi on Leading Organizational Change When it comes to installing a “new” practice, system, or process and making it “the way” of producing specified results, anyone who has lead such a change initiative knows that success or failure often comes down to the conduct of leadership and the extent to which people adapt. Click this link to learn what effective change leaders know about helping people transition from the way things are to the way they need to be. When you’re done, come back and let us know what you think of the message and the medium!Filed under:…
  • Behavior Change: A Talent Development Challenge

    nicoledefalco
    15 Jan 2013 | 8:08 pm
    Many organizations today have Talent Management functions staffed with human resource professionals diligently trying to attract, train, and retain “talent” (the newish word for those paid to do a job. You know, employees.) An important mandate for these Talent Management groups is “talent development”; growing the skills, knowledge, and capabilities of the talent. Implicit in the term “talent development” is the notion that the “talent” will change their behavior in order to improve their performance levels ideally toward the achievement of organizational objectives. Netting…
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    Leadership Lessons From Triathlons

  • Lean Startups and Bartering Relationships (Part 3)

    30 Aug 2015 | 3:11 am
    C) Build A Business That Will Offer ValueYou cannot get rich, unless you offer people something of value.People are attracted to things that they value, thus, they will treat it as valuable. How will your business benefit another?Conduct two measurements before you embark on your business: Do a SWOT analysis, and a Cost-to-Benefit (CBA) analysis. These will give you a fair indication of what to prepare for. If you are investing into a business, avoid parasitic processes where you have to 'work' for somebody else's pot of gold. If you do, ensure you are higher up in the process. You…
  • How To Be A Better Runner

    30 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
    How do you become a better runner?Stay injury-free and improve on your weaknesses, is the simplified answer.How do you stay injury-free?By training within your limits (we have more physical limitations as compared to our mental ones), you can keep serious injuries at bay. Mild injuries may be unavoidable when you step up on intensity, prior to a race. Thus, my promotion of 'Run Less, Run Faster' is pertinent, if you are already plagued by persistent niggles and soreness. Your build-up to the race needs to be sensible and realistic. Give yourself SMART Goals, and be mindful of how well…
  • 10 Ways To Use Diversity In Fitness Development

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
    What do you do when you get bored of your training and racing?Motivation can wane through time, so we should be mindful when our enthusiasm and passion loses it fizzle and sizzle. Just as we can 'get our goose cooked', we can experience fatigue, boredom and lethargy. Over-training and over-racing can accelerate our sense of malaise. So, what can do to rejuvenate our interests?1) Reduce training mileage, and maintain intensity (tempo, track-work, running up slopes).2) Focus on speed and strength (higher intensity, strength-training).3) Race in shorter events (add intensity and focus).4)…
  • Lean Startups & Bartering Relationships (Part2)

    23 Aug 2015 | 8:50 pm
    In a continuing series on business startups and entrepreneurial ventures, we discuss the relevance of Relationships.B) Bartering Your Way To ResultsBartering may seem like 'old school', yet it is one of the backbones of business success. The 'Law of Exchange' is as old as trading, sales, and reciprocity. One of the considerations of bartering is that it can be informal, and kept 'off the books'. Because, it is an 'exchange' of service-for-service, or product-for-product, or service-for-product, or product-for-service, you can be flexible with how you calculate your 'costs'. You can…
  • Lean Startups & Bartering Relationships (Part1)

    23 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Being self-employed, and a 'free agent' for the last 15 years, I have been asked questions pertaining to start-ups and sustainability. Here are my thoughts distilled over the years for those who are thinking seriously about taking that quantum leap of faith into self-employment. To start your own company, and launch it, you can start lean and still be mean. Key considerations are:A) Have 12 Months of SalaryIn case things do not work according to plan, you have a year's worth of savings to tide over your overheads. These include purchase of capital expenses (notebook, work-station,…
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    Tony Mayo

  • Teddy Roosevelt gave me the title for my new book

    Tony Mayo
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    Tony Mayo Executive Coach Click here to read more about the book.   The post Teddy Roosevelt gave me the title for my new book appeared first on Tony Mayo.
  • Tony Mayo Reads the bonus chapter of The Courage to Be in Community

    Tony Mayo
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Tony Mayo Executive Coach     How to BE in Courageous, Genuine Relationships This podcast is Tony Mayo reading the bonus chapter to his Amazon #1 best-selling book, The Courage to be in Community. Get the text for free here. The focus of the book was the importance of compassion and authenticity, while this new chapter is all about […] The post Tony Mayo Reads the bonus chapter of The Courage to Be in Community appeared first on Tony Mayo.
  • A conversation with executive coaching client Ron Dimon. Part 9

    Tony Mayo
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    Tony Mayo Executive Coach     This latest podcast is part nine of a funny and useful conversation between top executive coach Tony Mayo and his longtime client Ron Dimon. Ron is an expert on the use of information by executives of large organizations. Listen as two experienced business people play with useful ideas in this episode including: Group coaching […] The post A conversation with executive coaching client Ron Dimon. Part 9 appeared first on Tony Mayo.
  • Crimes of Cunning

    Tony Mayo
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Tony Mayo Executive Coach     Coming in September! Crimes of Cunning A comedy of personal and political transformation in the deteriorating American workplace. Fast-paced, funny, and smart. This novel puts you into the world of a young MBA striving to succeed at a famous high-tech company. Brash and confident yet comically inept, Tony clashes with colleagues, clients, and […] The post Crimes of Cunning appeared first on Tony Mayo.
  • A conversation with executive coaching client Ron Dimon. Part 8

    Tony Mayo
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    Tony Mayo Executive Coach     This latest podcast is part eight of a funny and useful conversation between top executive coach Tony Mayo and his longtime client Ron Dimon. Ron is an expert on the use of information by executives of large organizations. Listen as two experienced business people play with useful ideas in this episode including: Management […] The post A conversation with executive coaching client Ron Dimon. Part 8 appeared first on Tony Mayo.
 
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    By Tanmay Vora

  • Skills For Future Success in a Disruptive World of Work

    Tanmay Vora
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:30 pm
    My dad retired as a Library Science professional soon after which the profession of Library management was transformed by digital forces. With the rise of digital content, we now needed different kind of librarians who could help us walk through this maze of information and find what we need, not just deal with only physical books. The way libraries are structured and run has completely changed (and it continues to evolve). In past 15 years, we have seen number of businesses being disrupted or transformed completely by digital forces. This may accelerate in future with the continuous rise in…
  • #Sketchnote: Leadership 7 by Nicholas Bate

    Tanmay Vora
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:10 pm
    In 2009, Nicholas Bate had sent me a few of his books and a wonderful collection of handmade cards with brilliant insights. I still refer to those books/cards and the amazing thing is that all the ideas are still so relevant after so many years. One of the cards he had sent contained ideas on Leadership. Here is a sketch note version of that particular card which decorates the soft board behind my desk for an easy reference. Nicholas Bate’s blog is a must read – short bursts of profound insights that has the potential to take you and your organization to a better place.
  • #Sketchnote: Blends, by Michael Wade @execupundit

    Tanmay Vora
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:19 pm
    The genius of Michael Wade is in his ability to pack punch (and meaning) in as few words as possible. Here is one example in form of his blog post titled “Blends”. And here is a sketchnote version of the post.
  • #Sketchnote: 10 Cs for Employee Engagement

    Tanmay Vora
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    Engaging people in knowledge world is not easy. While there is no single formula for engaging people, there are some principles that increase the likelihood of engaging people. I read the article by Dan Crim and Gerard Seijts on “What Engages Employees the Most” at Ivey Business Journal and created the following sketch note based on the ideas presented there.
  • Sketch Note: 6 Rules of Change by Esther Derby

    Tanmay Vora
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Esther Derby is a highly respected voice in building up agile environments, organizations and teams for success. As a quality consultant and organization development enthusiast, I have been following her work since last many years. Recently, Esther shared her insights (video) on the topic “Six Rules of Change” at LeanUX2015 and offered practical wisdom on driving large scale changes in the organization. Here is a sketch note version that covers the essence of the talk. I highly recommend seeing the video for a full context on these 6 rules. – – – – – A Note…
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    churchrelevance.com

  • Want to design apps and digital tools for ministry?

    Kent Shaffer
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Code for the Kingdom’s first global hackathon is only one month away! On October 2-4, 2015, you can choose from 14 cities to be your basecamp for 48 hours of creating new technologies to impact God’s Kingdom. You can join me at the Seattle location or one of the following: Canada – Waterloo, Ontario England – London Ethiopia – Addis Ababa Guatemala – Guatemala City India – Bengaluru Indonesia – Jakarta Kenya – Nairobi United States – Albuquerque, NM United States – Atlanta, GA United States – Houston, TX United States…
  • Clover is back with Clover Sites 3

    Kent Shaffer
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    After roughly 3 years of development, this week Clover has released the newest version of their website solution, Clover Sites 3. Clover originally launched their first solution in 2008, which quickly became the largest provider of church websites, and now serves over 10,000 ministries. Their newest release is a complete HTML5 redesign of their product, optimized and designed from the ground up. Here are some of their stand-out features: Beautiful, Handcrafted Website Templates. You can choose from 5 different site designs (more options coming soon), and easily have a website comparable to…
  • Are Fun-Filled Church Events Missing the Point?

    Kent Shaffer
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    Last week Matthew Paul Turner reached out to get my opinion on church Father’s Day celebrations like Church Unlimited’s Baconfest (Corpus Christi, TX) – offering 5 types of free bacon cuisine to draw a crowd to celebrate fathers and Father God. Matthew’s article for The Daily Beast explores how church Father’s Day parties are trying to reverse the American male’s disinterest in church. But what if these fun-filled church events are missing the point? Having helped produce big church events and studied them from afar, I’ve learned that it can be easy…
  • Business Meets Ministry with the Revive Network

    Kent Shaffer
    6 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    Revive is a strategic network where leaders in the Church & marketplace come together to collaborate and explore how they can transform cities & culture together. There will be events, a network directory, and online school of business and ministry. The inaugural event is less then a month away on June 1-2 in Dallas. You can see the full details at: revivenetwork.com/dfw I am eager to see how this community grows. It has a potential to be a mashup of The Barnabas Group and The Center for Faith & Work with a bit of launching new businesses and ministries. In other words, how…
  • Join Open Church

    Kent Shaffer
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    It is an exciting year for Open Church! I’d love for you to join us as we build a global library of free resources and a directory of key initiatives in God’s Kingdom. There are 17 roles that can be filled by volunteers, interns, or self-funded full-time team members. It’s a unique opportunity to be a part of the foundational stages of Open Church. Visit openchurch.com/join to see all of the telecommuting opportunities or check out our top 7 needs below: Scout – Market Researcher identify key initiatives in the Kingdom research what they are doing + see full details…
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    All Things Workplace

  • What Are You Paying Attention To?

    Steve Roesler
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    There's an incongruity between  time and money devoted to leadership development and the number of articles about bad bosses.  Maybe its' time to re-visit the definition of "bad." Here's why: People do that for which they are rewarded. Period. I've seen very few organizations care about bad bosses who "make the numbers." In fact, the very people described by employees as "bad bosses" may be the very bosses who keep the shareholders happy. We all pay attention to what our bosses pay attention to. When people get rewarded solely for behavior that produces profit, then that behavior becomes…
  • Do Your Leaders Coach?

    Steve Roesler
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    That isn't a "gotcha" question. It's simply a direct one. Regardless of the job title, if we're responsible for how other people perform then we're responsible for how they learn to perform even better. One of the things we now know from organizational research is that employees not only want a coaching relationship with their boss--they expect it. (If you want some coaching tips for yourself or to share, please download the free e-book in the column on the right). So. . . What Happens When Leaders Coach? You may already have the right people to enable your company to "win"--however you…
  • Build Competence Through Questions

    Steve Roesler
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    Leaders do have to tell people exactly what to do when a person isn't yet competent--and confident--about the task or assignment. (The whole "leader" thing isn't just about high-concept and vision). But how do you develop managers who are knowledgeable and committed? You can build increased confidence and deeper understanding by asking questions designed to help them make their own discoveries and decisions. Here are seven questions to get you started as  a "coaching" leader: As you become more comfortable with probing questions, you'll develop your own. Do you have any favorites now?
  • Five Hints You Should Make A Change

    Steve Roesler
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    If you've ever wondered what executive coaches really do that adds great value, it's this: We create a relationship that enables our client to clearly see reality.  Life isn't a part of business; business is a part of life. So, everything of consequence leads to confronting and resolving some kind of issue that leads to a choice about personal change. All of the choices aren't always huge, but they are necessary in order to develop more healthy and effective patterns of work and leadership. What To Look For I started thinking about the kinds of signs that flash to indicate the person across…
  • Three Persuasive Ideas

    Steve Roesler
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
    If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe.--Abraham Lincoln We never outgrow our need to be persuasive. Managers have to persuade employees to "get on board" with a new idea or change; salespeople get paid to persuade customers to buy; and potential customers persuade salespeople that a change in the "deal" just might make them a paying customer. We're all faced with the challenge of persuasion and influencing. Here are three ideas to help meet your next challenge: Create the Right Atmosphere Did you know that participants rate educational seminars higher when…
 
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    Secret Women's Business Network

  • Just Desserts

    swbn
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    Imagine if you will for a moment that you have a large dessert in front of you. At the table sits your partner, your children (or if you don’t have those, then your friends). Your boss is there too. Your job is to divide the dessert so everyone gets a piece fairly. So you cut it up with large pieces going to your family members, your boss and your friends. But how big was the piece that you cut for yourself, and when did you cut it? If you are like most women, the piece will have been tiny to non-existent and come last; as you content yourself in seeing everyone else happy ahead of your own…
  • Integrity – Do You Have It?

    swbn
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:28 am
    Please note: this article was originally published in 2008… Remember the premise of the movie Indecent Proposal? How everyone has a price and how you will change your tune when the price is right. That your ethical stance can be bought… well bollocks to that I say. Those with true integrity do not change their mind when money is involved. Those that do were only kidding themselves they had an ethical position in the first place. The internet marketing business is a place where you meet the best of people, and the very worst. Today saw the very worst. One of the “inner circle” of…
  • Mind Your Own Business

    swbn
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    One of the sad facts about the flood of starry eyed people to the “start a business on the internet” phenomena is that they start something but miss completely the business part of the equation. It isn’t really their fault. Realising you are “in business” is a two part thing, and those parts are seldom touched on in online education, or even for small business owners offline. Part One – The mindset Take a moment and picture what a business owner looks like to you in your imagination. Think about what they look like, the things they do, where they go, the kind of calls they…
  • Good Enough is Good Enough!

    swbn
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:12 pm
    You’ve probably heard the phrase “good enough is good enough” but what does it mean? This is a concept I’ve been battling with quite a bit lately while creating lessons for the Secret Women’s Business Network. After recording Lesson 3 for the 3rd time, Allison and Barb had to give me a metaphorical slap round the face and shout “No More”! “Good enough is good enough” basically means, stop spending hours trying to make your work – whether it be a blog, article, report, video or podcast – absolutely perfect, and just get it out there. There’s no point creating anything…
  • Are You Being Heard?

    swbn
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Have you ever thought about the people that make up your customer base?. Like really thought about them? Forget about thinking about them as just a faceless cash source, an anonymous wallet/handbag that you need to somehow pry open. Think of them as a person.A real person. My favourite cafe knows that they have a lot of people passing by who are taking their dogs for walkies. The cafe places bowls of water under each of the tables. Costs nothing to do, does not scream “I want your money”, is probably not even noticed on a conscious level by non-dog people, but is appreciated by those that…
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    Latest solar energy news

  • Cinch tent with solar power

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:10 am
    Built to sleep the modern couple or family, the Cinch tent pitches in seconds and includes integrated LED lighting and an available power supply that keeps gadgets topped off using sunlight. Campers enjoy full weatherproof protection with some of the wired-in convenience of home. The Cinch tent is available for preorder now The two awnings provide a bit of outdoor shade Each entryway includes a storage vestibule The Cinch tent uses an integrated fiberglass pole system to pop into shape Cinch designer Jake Jackson loved everything about camping, except for the tent. After years of frustration…
  • Solar Impulse 2 Puts Solar Technology in the Spotlight

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:44 am
    The solar technology was news lately, and it’s easy to see why. It is a fascinating topic that homeowners and business owners are of similar interest, mainly because of their ability to save money. Perhaps the reason the news of the Solar Impulse 2 landed in Hawaii and the establishment of a register is so compelling. About the Solar Impulse 2 The Solar Impulse 2 is a solar airplane that departed from Nagoya, Japan, on June 28 The pilot, André Borschberg, sailed the plan for a period of five days, as he headed to Hawaii. After flying at an average speed of about 38 miles per hour and…
  • Woman completes solar-powered bike ride across US

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    Last week 34-year-old Marissa Muller completed a solo, cross country bicycle ride in 80 days. Her custom bike was powered in part by solar energy, and the impetus for her trip was to show Americans the possibilities of solar power. NewsHour’s Saskia de Melker has the story.
  • PV Solar Panel Glass

    29 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    The glass in a solar panel is designed to protect solar cells, but at the same time as the light efficiently and reached the solar cells efficiently without thinking. When we ask, “How does a solar panel”, tempered glass, which is the material used in the real panel must be part of our discussion. The reason is simple, is not easily broken and when it does not produce sharp pieces of glass that can cause harm to a person when it breaks. A tempered glass is as the glass material of the window of his car. Tempered glass panel also helps provide stiffness. If you have experienced the…
  • A Drone Found A Man With No Chill Sunbathing On Top Of A 200 Foot Wind Turbine

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    It’s summer and the beaches are packed – so this guy got some private sunbathing time sky high A drone pilot scoping out a giant wind turbine stumbled upon a man sunbathing on top of it. Woken from his nap by the noise of the drone, he sits up, gives a wave, and looks rather nonplussed as the drone moves in further for a good look.
 
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • How To Lead Breakthrough Change

    2 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    David S. Pottruck's book, Stacking the Deck, teaches readers a nine-step course of action leaders can follow from the first realization that change is needed through all the steps of implementation, including assembling the right team of close advisors and getting the word out to the wider group.This book tells the in-the-trenches stories of individuals who led bold, sweeping change. Stories that walk you through the social and emotional reality of leading others -- many of whom are fearful of change.Stories from eBay President and CEO John Donahoe; Wells Fargo former CEO and…
  • 10 Signs That Indicate You Are Ready For A New Challenge

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Liz Wiseman's latest book is Rookie Smarts. It's all about living and working perpetually on a learning curve. She contends that we do our best work when we are new to something. And, she teaches us how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible and youthful mindset called "rookie smarts.""Something magical happens when a skilled veteran successfully re-learns his rookie smarts and is still able to retain his veteran acumen," explains Wiseman.Wondering if you are ready for a new challenge?  Take a look at this list from Wiseman of the 10 signs that indicate you…
  • How To Discover Your True North

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In his new book, True North, Bill George shows you how to discover your true north - your internal compass that guides you successfully through life. "Only when you discover your true north can you unlock your full potential as a leader and human being," explains George.In the book, published a couple weeks ago, George shares with you how to:Cultivate self-awarenessDefine your valuesFind the "sweet spots": of your motivated capabilitiesBuild your support team and lead an integrated lifeMake the journey from "I' to "We" as an empowering leaderBecome a global leaderBill GeorgeGeorge shares…
  • No Cape Needed By David Grossman

    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I'm super excited to read David Grossman's new book, No Cape Needed.David is both a communications and a leadership expert and I use his advice all the time. His new book provides, "the simplest, smartest, fastest steps to improve how you communicate by leads and bounds," explains David.
  • Work Is Meaningful When...

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:10 am
    There are so many good things to learn in the book, Helping People Win At Work, by Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge. Among those is the section about how to define meaningful work.Their definition consists of these seven attributes.  Work is meaningful when it:It is conducted in a manner that is "good and proper" in all respects.It positively affects our company and our communities, giving our work an impact that extends beyond ourselves.It provides learning and growth, offers challenges, requires creativity, pushes us to surpass limits, and creates exciting results.It…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: After the Workshop is Over

    Kevin Eikenberry
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:41 am
    When we come back to the office after a workshop or training event, there is almost always a long list of people to follow up with and tasks to be completed. But there are 3 very important things that we should do to help make the training and our time away to be as successful […] The post Remarkable TV: After the Workshop is Over appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Five Ways You Can Learn Something Today!

    Kevin Eikenberry
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Learning. In a world where change seems to come hurling toward us like a bullet train, we know learning is needed just to survive, let alone thrive. And while most everyone would nod at the idea that we must be lifelong learners, the list of excuses people have for why they aren’t and can’t be […] The post Five Ways You Can Learn Something Today! appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • The Six Habits of Successful New Managers

    Kevin Eikenberry
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The challenges that new managers and leaders face are immense. They must learn their new role and understand the expectations of them. They must get to know their team and begin to build trust with them. They must communicate with new people in new ways. They must get their new work done. They must delegate […] The post The Six Habits of Successful New Managers appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: When You Don’t Feel Like Coaching

    Kevin Eikenberry
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:51 am
    While it’s hard, time-consuming and often frustrating, coaching can be extremely gratifying on a personal level. Here’s a little motivation to help jump-start your next coaching situation. Click here for just the audio of this episode. Click to learn more about the Remarkable Coaching Workshop. As leaders we must coach – and when we do […] The post Remarkable TV: When You Don’t Feel Like Coaching appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • What Leaders Can Learn From Cal Ripken, Jr.

    Kevin Eikenberry
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you aren’t a baseball fan, Cal Ripken, Jr. is a Hall of Fame shortstop who played his whole career with the Baltimore Orioles. While over 18,000 have played in the Major Leagues, less than 250 have been elected to the Hall of Fame. And no one who has ever played in 2,632 games in […] The post What Leaders Can Learn From Cal Ripken, Jr. appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    David Burkus

  • 0618 | Ryan T. Hartwig

    david
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Ryan Hartwig is Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies at Asuza Pacific University, where he teaches courses on Group Communication and Leadership. He is co-author of Teams That Thrive. In this interview, we discuss the myth of meaningful work, its leadership implications, and Ryan’s recent TEDx talk on the subject. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it at www.audibletrial.com/lead.
  • 0617 | Todd Henry

    david
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Todd Henry is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams be prolific, brilliant and healthy. He regularly speaks and consults with companies about how to develop practices that lead to everyday brilliance. His new book, Louder Than Words, outlines the role of a authentic voice as an individual and a leader. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it at www.audibletrial.com/lead.
  • 0616 | Donald Sull & Kathleen Eisenhardt

    david
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    Donald Sull is a global expert on strategy and execution in turbulent markets. He is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Kathleen Eisenhardt is the S. W. Ascherman Professor of Strategy at Stanford, a highly cited author, and the co-director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. The are the authors of the new book Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World. In this interview, we talk about the complexity that surrounds all of us, and how by developing a few simple yet effective rules, people can best even the most complex problems. Listen below or follow…
  • 0615 | Lee Cockerell

    david
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World Resort. As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping and entertainment village, and the ESPN sports and recreation complex. He is the author of the new book Time Management Magic and an investor in the new startup, Thrive 15. Lee also hosts a podcast, Creating Disney Magic. In this interview, we discuss how Lee created and led Disney Magic and how you can too,…
  • 0614 | Heidi Grant Halvorson

    david
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Heidi Grant Halvorson is a social psychologist and Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at Columbia Business School. She is the author of four bestselling books, including Nine Things Successful People Do Differently and her new book No One Understands You and What To Do About It. In this interview, we discuss the cognitive biases that make authentic interactions so difficult…and what to do about it. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it…
 
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • Leaders: Ask and You Shall Achieve!

    Peter D. Demarest
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Discovering The Central Question of Life, Love and Leadership Great leaders don’t have great answers, they have great questions. But, the most important question you can ask is one that you […] The post Leaders: Ask and You Shall Achieve! appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • 5 Ways to Build Organizational Strength in Risk-Taking Arena

    Rosaria (Ria) Hawkins, Ph.D.
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Because business, technology, and economics have changed so drastically, today’s leaders and organizations need to provide for stability during times of chaos. They need to excel at the implementation of […] The post 5 Ways to Build Organizational Strength in Risk-Taking Arena appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • Leaders: 10 Steps to Create a Killer Succession Plan

    Wayne Kehl
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As a matter of age and evolution, every 10 to 20 years or so almost every business is forced to find new leaders to carry it into the future. As older […] The post Leaders: 10 Steps to Create a Killer Succession Plan appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • L2L Infographic: Start Holiday Hiring Now!

    Tom Schulte
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:28 pm
    L2L Infographic: Start Holiday Hiring Now! Click to Enlarge Infographic Courtesy of Adecco The post L2L Infographic: Start Holiday Hiring Now! appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • Teamwork: Lessons of Success in the Auto Industry Learned from Overseas

    Robert Cordray
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Oh, what lessons we can learn from working together as a team and learning from each other. Work Together, or Fail Together Teamwork is essential for any business venture to […] The post Teamwork: Lessons of Success in the Auto Industry Learned from Overseas appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • Think You’re Ready to Collaborate? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

    David Witt
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:08 am
    Ken Blanchard knows a thing or two about collaboration.  After all, he’s written successful business books with over 60 different coauthors.  In a new article for Chief Learning Officer, Ken shares five keys for successful collaboration from his latest book, Collaboration Begins with You, which is being released on October 12.  Together with coauthors Eunice Parisi-Carew and Jane Ripley, Ken explains that successful collaboration requires five commitments on the part of potential team members.  How would you score yourself on each of these five commitments? Utilize differences. Many…
  • 4 Steps to Finding, Defining, and Taking Action on Personal Growth

    Joanne Maynard
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:08 am
    American social philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote, “In times of change, learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”  I’d like to take it one step further suggesting we don’t just need to keep learning, we need to also use what we learn to continue to grow and develop. To not live off our past accomplishments—no matter how successful those achievements have been—but to set new goals and achieve new accomplishments. The reality is that most of us in our too busy, too full lives, don’t take the time to…
  • I’m Not Getting the Promotion I Think I Deserve: Ask Madeleine

    Madeleine
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    Dear Madeleine, I am senior manager for my firm with a large team reporting to me. I have been doing what I do for a long time and I am very good at it, as I have been told repeatedly. A lot of what I do would be in the job description of a vice president, and I believe it’s time for me to get the title and salary to reflect this. When I bring this up to my boss, who is the COO, he tells me there are obstacles that I must overcome before I am promoted. He says I rub a lot of people the wrong way and do not have the gravitas of a senior leader. It is true that I don’t always see eye to eye…
  • The 10 Commandments of Communication to Build Trust

    Randy Conley
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The way we communicate with others is a primary way we build trust. Along with specific behaviors and actions, communication serves as the vehicle for building trust in relationships. What we say, how we say it, and how we respond to what others communicate can make or break trust. That’s why it’s important to develop your interpersonal communication skills. There are some basic communication do’s and don’ts…the 10 commandments if you will…that everyone should know to facilitate the growth of trust. Check yourself against this list to see how many of the…
  • Do You Need to Get Out of Your Own Way?

    Mary Ellen Sailer
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    In the sixteen years I’ve been a professional coach, I have had the privilege of coaching leaders at every level in organizations.  It’s interesting to note that whether the leader is a new manager or an executive, whether they are just out of grad school or nearing retirement, I am often their first professional coach. Consequently, I am often the first person to stand shoulder to shoulder with the leader in assessing what is working well, and what isn’t, in their leadership function. An example of this is a brilliant person I recently worked with who had quickly ascended the…
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    The Executive Roundtable

  • Video Blog #7: The Doom Loop

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    Are you in a ‘Doom Loop’ of frustration or boredom in your job? We know that as a high-potential leader, you’re not going to stick around if you’re not feeling satisfied by your work— but there might be another way out of the cycle. In less than two minutes, Glain explains the basics of Charles Cranston Jett’s ‘Doom Loop’ and offers you a personal challenge to escape the final stage of doom without quitting your job. How will you challenge yourself at work today? Join the conversation on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/theexecutiveroundtable…
  • Video Blog #6: The Best Interview Question Ever!

    Glain
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    In my experience, the early stage of any career is the time to experiment and take risks. It’s a time of figuring out what you love, where your strength’s lie and how your values line up to your work. As you progress further into your career, you want to start to become more choosy about how new opportunities line up to your needs and wants. Mid-career moves become more risky because they become more and more about “fit” aka culture. Here’s my favourite question to ask to find out if there is a culture issue before you make a big job move.   Let me know if…
  • Trumped by Ego: Lessons in Career Transition from The Donald

    Glain
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    Business magnate and consummate self-promoter, Donald Trump has been at his run for the Republican Presidential nomination for just three weeks and has already managed to alienate people and burn business bridges. And that’s just as a result of his kick off speech! In true Trump style, the launch was filled with hostile jabs, bravado and indecent amounts of self-aggrandizing behaviour. There’s an expression in recruiting that past behaviour dictates future behaviour. Smart interviewers know not to ask candidates hypothetical “what would you do in this scenario” questions, but rather…
  • Video Blog #5: Taking Charge of Your Behavioural Signals

    admin
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    “Be more strategic.” “Be more innovative.” “Stop being so black & white.” What does this feedback really mean? Particularly in more senior roles, our behaviour plays a key role in creating or limiting our opportunities, but too often we get very little concrete feedback in this area. Glain shares her tips for translating behavioural critiques into actionable steps to stay at the top of your reputation game. Join the conversation: Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter The post Video Blog #5: Taking Charge of Your Behavioural Signals appeared first on…
  • Video Blog #4: Change The Game in 5 Minutes

    admin
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    Is your brain in overdrive? Glain shares one of her favourite tools for busy people, The Five-Minute Journal. Got a question for Glain or a coaching tool you’re curious about? Tweet it at Glain: @ExecRoundtable or join the conversation by liking our Facebook page. The post Video Blog #4: Change The Game in 5 Minutes appeared first on The Executive Roundtable.
 
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    Enclaria: Influence Change at Work

  • Five Ways to Equip People to Change

    Heather Stagl
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:24 am
    As change agents at work, we spend much of our effort on motivating people to change. However, even if someone is motivated to do something differently, they still need to be able to do it. Much of resistance is not a lack of motivation, but being daunted by the task ahead. It’s not that they won’t, but that they can’t. Our job as change agents is not just to convince people to change, but to enable them to do it. Consider these five ways you can equip people to change. Develop Capability The default way to equip people to change is to train them, whether in a classroom or on the job.
  • Do you wish implementing change was not such an uphill battle?

    Heather Stagl
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    Do you wish implementing change was not such an uphill battle? I’ve worked with scores of people who have undertaken the challenge of implementing change in their organizations, and many felt the same way. My job is usually to help make sense of the task ahead, or to help them get unstuck in the middle of it. As a result, I’ve developed a set of tools and approaches which have been used to overcome what can seem like endless obstacles to the adoption of change. The resulting methodology has its foundation in proven change management practices, combined with the essential element…
  • Interview: Get Invited to the Strategy Table

    Heather Stagl
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:38 am
    There’s nothing more frustrating than to be given a goal by senior leadership only to realize that had they consulted your team, they may have developed a much more meaningful goal or altered the strategy completely to optimize the outcome. How do internal teams that provide services to the lines of business (HR, Technology, Legal, Operations etc.) earn respect as a strategic partner and get invited to join planning conversations with executives much earlier in the process? This month’s guest, Paige Lillard, CEO and Principal of Beacon Consulting PBL, provides straightforward answers…
  • For Change Agents: How to Be Resilient in the Face of Endless Obstacles

    Heather Stagl
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:16 am
    Although I’ve long been the host of the Influence Change at Work radio show, yesterday, I had the privilege of being the guest on someone else’s show. Dr. Linda Hoopes of Resilience Alliance, who has twice been a guest on Enclaria Radio (How to Help Yourself and Others Adapt to Change and How to Avoid and Manage Change-Related Overload), invited me to her show to talk about the challenges change agents face, and how to be resilient in the face of seemingly endless obstacles when you find yourself in that role. You can listen to our interview here (30 minutes):
  • Whose Job Is It Anyway? A Checklist for Change Initiatives

    Heather Stagl
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    Contrary to what some might think, the task of implementing change does not lie solely with the change manager, or anyone else for that matter. Yet, all too often, the responsibility for the tasks involved is assumed and not clearly defined. This lack of role clarity leads to confusion and blame, and important jobs go undone. Defining accountability for the many moving parts of change is a necessary – and continual – step in the change process. So then, whose job is change? Consider which of these parties would ideally be actively involved in implementing your change initiative: Change…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Depthless Impulse Vs. Slow Mastery

    Utpal Vaishnav
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    What is one of the most common behavioral patterns of young startup founders? Depthless impulse married with an action bias. Action bias is good. Action bias with impulse is accident prone. Action bias with depthless impulse is disastrous. Action bias=good. Action bias+impulse=accident prone. Action bias+depthless impulse=disaster.…Click To Tweet Here’s a story of a young such startup founder and his mentor: A young startup founder went to his newfound mentor and said passionately, “I am committed to learning your thinking process. How long will it take me to master it?” The…
  • Do Less AND Do Better

    Utpal Vaishnav
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    Had a chat with a young startup founder yesterday. She was  in her early twenties. Young blood with full of energy. Her startup is about creating a fitness related solution using mobile-first approach. The idea looked good. She was talented and confident. She was determined to make it happen. Here’s a glimpse of our conversation: "If I get funding of around US$25,000 then I'll hire the best mobile app developer and have them develop 10 BEST features from the competitor's apps," she said. "Why do you want to build those 10 features?" was my question. She: "Because I think all these…
  • The disease of copying superiors

    Utpal Vaishnav
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Recently, Tom Peters shared this insightful article – The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis – on his FB page and titled it as Wow & Wow & Wow! It got Tom’s attention then who am I to ignore it? It turned out to be a really insightful read and its author Gary Hamel has articulated it so aptly. While all the pointers have a potential to be a wake-up call for many of us, point #10 struck the chord. Here it goes: The disease of idolizing superiors: This is the disease of those who court their superiors in the hope of gaining their favor. They are…
  • Do Things That Might Not Work

    Utpal Vaishnav
    19 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Huh? Are you insane? Certainly everyone wants this … assurance. When a wedding event is planned then the head of the family wants the assurance that the event will go well. When a new project is about to begin, the sponsor wants the assurance that it will be successful. When a new product line is launched, the Executives, VPs and Sr. Managers need assurance that it will work. When a startup is hiring a freelancer, they want certainty that the work freelancer would carry out will be extremely useful  to them (and since the freelancer is supposed to be needing the work, she should offer…
  • Will You Miss Me If I’m Gone?

    Utpal Vaishnav
    12 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Recently read this news on TechCrunch: Secret App Shuts Down. Details here. It raises some questions and the answers to those questions come with an opportunity to reflect on important something. Here’re the questions: How would your app users react if you take the app down? How would your clients react if you stop providing your consulting services? How would your employer react if you put up your resignation? If you stop doing your work, will that be a setback for them? If your app is a clone of a popular app then no one would ever bother to notice if it is taken down. If the quality…
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    It's Worth Noting | By Levi Smith

  • Focusing on the customers you enjoy

    Levi Smith
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Back in 2013, I started praying and thinking through whether I should work on launching another start-up. I had a list of reasonably good ideas I had cultivated, solutions to problems I thought would be valued by customers, but I had to decide which, if any, were really worth pursuing. As I prayed through the list, I felt challenged to use filtering criteria I had never genuinely considered before: Who are the customers you would enjoy being with even if you had nothing to sell them? I enjoy interacting with a wide variety of people and have had the privilege of getting to know a lot of…
  • Are all your leaders worth following?

    Levi Smith
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:13 pm
    What if you walked into your business tomorrow, tossed the handbook and told your employees that from this point forward they should simply mimic the behavior of their supervisor or manager? Aside from giving HR and Legal a heart attack, would this shift result in better or worse behavior? Better or worse performance? Probably depends on the leader. If your company is like most, you have a least a few managers or supervisors that you don’t want to replicate. They may be high performers on paper, but they don’t align well with the company’s mission, vision and values. They…
  • A simple “Is it worth my time to improve?” calculator

    Levi Smith
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    I’m an optimizer by nature. I notice opportunities for small improvements to save time or money that are only motivating when you think about the time or money saved over the course of a year. I call this the “Accumulated Efficiency Effect“. I’ve also written a related post about the “Power of 10x Problem Solving“. But how do you know whether a small inefficiency is actually worth the time and effort to improve with a better tool or automation? Well, I’ve got a calculator for that. This little gem will help you figure out whether saving a minute or…
  • Stop paying for performance

    Levi Smith
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    It’s a best practice of countless companies and a recommendation from even more consultants, advisors and the like. Identify the key metrics for success in your business, measure them and incentivize your team to hit or exceed those metrics with a reward, usually monetary. Pay for performance. The trouble though with typical pay for performance programs is that they only measure and incentivize outcomes. Sales quotas are a classic example. New revenue is measured and if a salesperson meets or exceeds their revenue quota, they get a reward. The measurement and reward system can be…
  • Do you have any canaries to warn you of trouble?

    Levi Smith
    20 Feb 2014 | 10:04 am
    You’ve probably heard about how miners used to bring caged canaries with them deep into mine shafts. If any harmful gases emerged, the canaries would die, giving the miners sign of trouble while they still had time to get out. Having easily observable indicators of coming trouble is really helpful, not just in mines, but in all areas of life. As we go about our days, weeks and months it’s easy to get lost in the details and fail to see trouble brewing until it hits us hard and has significant consequences. If you can identify a few leading indicators or “canaries” that…
 
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    Eblin Group

  • Mindful Mondays: How to Live a Life That’s “Beyond Happy”

    Scott
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:55 am
    Being happy is a fundamental life goal for most people. But is it possible that by setting the bar at “being happy,” that we’re aiming too low? In her new book, Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being, Beth Cabrera makes a compelling case for striving for more. Better yet, she offers practical and actionable steps on how to do it.
  • Mindful Mondays: The Case for Competitive Civility

    Scott
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    The executive that signed professional golfer Jordan Spieth to a long-term endorsement deal with Under Armour should get a raise. In the year, since he signed on, the 21 year old Texan has won two major golf championships, missed winning the other two by a total of four strokes and, with his second place finish in the PGA Championship yesterday, captured the number one ranking in the world. He did all of this while remaining calm, steady and friendly. In short, he’s an absolutely killer competitor who is, by the standards of any era, remarkably civil.
  • Mindful Mondays: Quit Trying to Solve for Work-Life Balance

    Scott
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    Do you know how many results come back when you do a Google search on “work-life balance”? I just did one and the answer is 176 million. That’s an awful lot of discussion on a problem that no one has really solved. You could keep trying to solve for work-life balance or you could try to solve for something else that is more attainable, accessible and would likely make a bigger difference for you anyway.
  • Mindful Mondays: The Surprising Benefits of Being More Fully Present at Work

    Scott
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    Whenever we run a 360 or self-assessment based on The Next Level model of leadership presence, one of the lowest rated behaviors is usually “Gives others his/her full presence and attention during meetings and conversations.” If you take a little time to observe your own behavior and that of others you work or live with, you’ll understand why the behavior of being fully present is often rated so low. The increasing levels of addiction to checking smartphones and other screens throughout the day are well documented. If you’re paying attention to or distracted by what’s on a screen,…
  • Mindful Mondays: Three Easy Ways to Unplug on Vacation

    Scott
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    One of the big reasons you need a vacation this summer is to take a break from the chronic state of fight or flight that an overworked and overwhelmed lifestyle generates. By doing some quick math based on email statistics collected by the Radicati Group, I’m ball parking that the average business person gets 113 emails per day. When I ask the people in my leadership workshops how many they get in a day the responses are usually in the range of 200 to 300. Whatever the actual number is, for most professionals, it’s a lot.
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    StrategyDriven

  • Why do we gather information from buyers?

    Sharon Drew Morgen
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Information, when used to influence or sell, has cost us untold loss in business and relationships. It actually causes resistance. Information Causes Resistance For some reason, we maintain a long-standing belief that if we offer the right people the right information at the right time, presented in the right way, those it's intended to influence will be duly impressed and adopt it. But that's erroneous. Just think how often we patiently explain to our kids why something is bad for them, present a well-considered idea to our boss, offer great data as rationale to lead change initiatives,…
  • IT’S NOT ABOUT WORK-LIFE BALANCE. IT’S ABOUT SETTING PRIORITIES 5 Reasons Why Focusing On Priorities Not Balance Makes Life Better

    Larry Weidel
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    As a kid, I spent summers on my grandparents’ farm in Georgia. At harvest time, all hands were required in the field—everybody from my seven-year-old self to my seventy-year-old grandmother. If rain was coming, we pushed hard, missing meals and getting little sleep. Maintenance on the farm would slide. Personal needs would be set aside. Everybody was focused on the most important thing: getting the job done before the crop was ruined. The concept of balance never entered our heads. Why would it? My grandparents had an opportunity with a time limit, and it was our highest priority. People…
  • The Big Picture of Business – Tribute to a Great Mentor. Remembering Cactus Pryor.

    Hank Moore
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:27 am
    One never forgets their first mentor. I have had several great ones, who in turn taught me the value of passing it on to others. That’s why I advise businesses, write books, speak at conferences and more. That first great mentor sticks with you always. Mine was legendary humorist and media figure Cactus Pryor. He died August 30, 2011 at the age of 88. I started working for him in 1958, at KTBC Radio in Austin, Texas. A new show had premiered on TV entitled American Bandstand. I was 10 years old and wanted to be the Dick Clark of local media. Cactus was the program director and morning radio…
  • Doing Business in a Big Data World

    Dale Neef
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Internet and cloud computing have revolutionized the nature of data capture and storage, tempting many companies to adopt a new 'Big Data' philosophy: collect all the data you can; all the time. But this new world of Big Data is proving to be much more demanding and complex than expected, requiring companies not only to adopt different technologies, but also to make significant changes to their business strategy, internal skillsets, and organizational structures. Big Data is Not Just More Data: That’s because the nature of the data we can now collect has changed. Big Data involves not…
  • What Should Coaches Be Listening For?

    Sharon Drew Morgen
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    A coach's job is to facilitate potential change, usually by asking questions to identify the components of the problem and decide between solutions while reinforcing the changes and maintaining a trusting relationship. To achieve the excellence that all coaches seek, it's necessary to avoid the listening filters that could prejudice the interaction, such as: Bias. By listening for specifically for elements of the stated issues – problems, hopes, missing skills or motivation – a coach will merely hear what she/he recognizes as missing. If there are unspoken or omitted bits, if there are…
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    Exkalibur.com

  • Are You Ready to Start Your Own “Bonfire of the Vanities?

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    More than 500 years ago, the Bonfire of the Vanities purged sin and excess.Objects like cosmetics, artworks, mirrors and much more were burned in the town square. What are you going to throw on your own bonfire?   Bonfire of the Vanities   Is it Time to Start Your Own Bonfire? Barely 500 years ago, Girolamo Savonarola was an outspoken and strident critic of the current order, angrily vilifying the worldly possessions that tempted people to become sinners. He was ultimately excommunicated from the Catholic church, condemned for heresy, stripped of his priestly garments, hanged, and…
  • Leaders Remember: You’re Leading Teams of Regular People

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    I wanted to share this concept with you today because it is a powerful reminder that as leaders, we’re working with average human beings just like ourselves.Sure, there might be a few scattered superstars among us, but those are the exceptions. Everyone else is like us … getting up early to get the kids to school, getting lunches packed, schedules aligned … providing for their families. They have good days and bad, feel pain and pleasure and in almost all cases, are trying to do the best job they can.   The post Leaders Remember: You’re Leading Teams of Regular…
  • Fun Friday | Why don’t people return phone calls?

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s remarkable that so few people return their phone calls on a timely basis. Why is that?Are we just lazy? Too busy? Did I mention lazy? Don’t give a rip? “If it’s important, they’ll call back?”   Are you eyeballin’ me? Of course not … not you. You return all your calls. Right? Wanna think about all the time we invest in phone tag? Nah, me neither. Ok, let’s do it anyway. Talk about a time sink … keeping track of all those who … don’t return the call, are out of the office, traveling, on vacation, sick, already on the phone … … what a bother, huh? If…
  • The 7 Key Attributes of Successful New Leaders

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Consider these 7 Key Attributes of Successful New Leaders to give yourself a running start.Existing leaders will also benefit from reading along and making course corrections where necessary. A number of my clients and colleagues have recently ascended to greater positions of leadership at the top ranks of their companies. There’s suddenly even more to do, but have you paused long enough to consider how you should start? Do you need to do anything differently? 1. Credibility is Foremost Without it, you’ll look over your shoulder and find no one there. You need to do it by being committed…
  • Yes, it’s true. There’s no rest for the weary.

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The post Yes, it’s true. There’s no rest for the weary. appeared first on Exkalibur.com.
 
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    The Clemmer Group » Blog

  • 4 Vital Competencies That Differentiate Top HR Leaders from the Rest

    Jim Clemmer
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    We started working with Troy, an HR leader with a consumer goods manufacturer, last spring. He reached out for help with culture and organization development because communication breakdowns had created extreme silo behavior causing engagement and productivity levels to drop. Working with Troy we found the common ground among the competing departments and he adroitly coordinated an offsite management retreat with pre-assessments to help us focus the group on strategic problems connected to customer issues. Following the retreat — which further raised his credibility and influence…
  • Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on…Culture Development

    Jim Clemmer
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    A few thought provoking excerpts from, The Culture Blueprint: A Guide to Building the High-Performance Workplace, by Robert Richman: Culture change is not a strategy or an initiative. This is a total mind shift. Once you truly experience it, you can’t go back. Without taking care of your people, who will deliver? In order to take care of others, you must take care of yourself. That is why your own team’s needs (not wants, but needs) come before the customers.’ Values are the DNA of any organization…..values provide a decision-making framework… they can be re-engineered…
  • Six Lessons in Culture Development from Zappos

    Jim Clemmer
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    Recently I delivered a keynote presentation on culture and leadership development at a senior leader’s conference. Robert Richman also spoke at the event sharing his insights and experiences as co-creator of Zappos Insights, a program for educating companies on the powerful culture of Zappos that catapulted the American online shoe retailer from a startup in 1999 to $1 billion in sales by 2008. In 2011 the company was rated #1 in customer service by American Express customers and #6 in Best Places to Work by Fortune magazine. Robert captured the key lessons and insights from his time…
  • Four Steps to FUEL More Effective Coaching Conversations

    Jim Clemmer
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:53 am
    There are many models and approaches to coaching skill development. Over the years we’ve worked with many of them and modified or developed a few of our own. As we’ve been developing Client coaching skills with the FUEL framework for the last few years we’ve seen striking differences from other coaching models and approaches. The FUEL conversation framework is an evidence-based approach that evolved from extensive research. FUEL is designed to achieve behavioral outcomes, challenge assumptions, and strengthen an adult-to-adult partnering relationship between the coach and…
  • Ten Critical Questions to Assess HR’s Effectiveness

    Jim Clemmer
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    Over the years we’ve worked with many Human Resource executives. We’ve also facilitated a few hundred offsite executive retreats as part of Culture and Organization Development. Step #2 in that process, setting up and following through on the executive retreat, is where we see the starkest differences in HR leaders. The biggest differences often show up in how the HR leader is able to influence and guide the CEO and executive team in setting up the retreat and following through with steps 3, 4, and 5 after the session. The most effective HR leaders are valued advisors and key…
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    Author Chris Brady's Blog

  • The Top 6 Mistakes Public Speakers Make

    Chris Brady
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:19 am
    1. Being Boring. Speaking in front of a group of people is as much about entertaining as it is about informing, sharing facts, or explaining. For some reason, most public speakers are entirely... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Scam of our Life: Our Smart Phone Culture

    Chris Brady
    18 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    It's not that often that I use this blog for a rant, but today I just can't help it. After noticing the marked increase in the terrible affliction known as Left Lane Driving (LLD), and quickly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Orrin Woodward: Financial Matrix Scam Exposed

    Chris Brady
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    1. Debt is Stupid 2. You're a Victim 3. There's a Way Out! In essence, this is the message of NY Times best selling author Orrin Woodward's latest book (to be released this month), entitled The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • T-Shaped Model for Leadership Development

    Chris Brady
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    In a recent article in Fortune Magazine (January 22, 2015 by Geoff Colvin), Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld presented a very simple model for what they as a company look for in leadership development.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • "Gimmick Prospect"

    Chris Brady
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Inadequacy How many times in life have you felt inadequate? How often have you sensed deep down that you didn't really have what it took to make it? How frequently have you found yourself short of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Forum Corporation

  • Accountability and the Little Things that Count

    Russ Becker
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    Sepp Blatter has been working under a dark cloud in the wake of a major personal and organizational challenge, the launch of a federal investigation into the corruption within the world’s soccer governing body that has ultimately led to his resignation immediately following the U.S. Justice Department’s 47-count indictment against 14 FIFA officials. Although he was once known as one of the most powerful people in sports, the federal investigation and timing of this scandal has caused Blatter to end his 40-year FIFA tenure rather than step further into his role and face accountability.
  • Price versus Value

    Emily Thornton
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:13 am
    The recent news about the farmers` frustration in the UK with unfair milk prices, which lose them 7p a litre on average, has generated many discussions about customers being prepared to pay more for higher quality products. In the UK the average cost of milk is lower than the price of bottled water, which creates difficult conditions for many dairy farmers – in fact according to the National Farmers` Union the crisis had already driven 256 herds out of the industry so far in 2015. The new initiative – Milk for Farmers aims to pay an extra 10p per litre to farmers which mean the cost of a…
  • Selling is a Team Effort

    Monika Benz
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    In a B2B environment you should never sell alone. To achieve success, the sales team needs to involve the wider team: from marketing, focused on building the presence in the market place to generate new business opportunities, through to the product development team, ensuring the right fit between demand and supply, and project leaders focused on delivering the best possible client experience; everyone involved in representing the business during the sales process is selling, not just those who carry the official job title. The power of team work should not be underestimated; if aligned and…
  • Don’t spend your time – invest it instead

    Petra Urhofer
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:36 am
    Time management is an investment in results, where time is your capital that is strategically invested in activities with the most potential for return. Managing time is about generating results, but real results are not achieved using the traditional approach such as rigid schedules, lists, and hyper-organised work environments. Those who effectively manage their time, use what they want to achieve as a guidepost for determining which activities to invest in and whether and how to make changes in direction. They don’t spend their time – they invest it instead. Additionally, they…
  • Leadership skills that England can deploy to help win The Ashes 2015

    Simon Brown
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    The most historic battle in cricket, The Ashes, is just about to see England and Australia head to the third Test match with the series currently tied at 1-1. After the convincing success of the English team in the first Test match in Cardiff, the England team were heavily defeated by 405 runs at Lord’s as Australia levelled the five match Ashes series. Prior to the series, the England team has seen a number of important changes from a leadership and team perspective which boosted the climate and had a significant impact on the team’s performance (the ‘brand’ of cricket that England…
 
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    Stop Workplace Drama

  • How to Close the Integrity Gap

    Stop Workplace Drama
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    One definition of integrity is the state of being complete or undivided. To live in complete integrity is more of a process than an absolute because sometimes our competing desires come into conflict. For example, you want to lose weight but you like to eat out. You want to make more money but you also want to have more free time. Or you say that you value high productivity but you also value relationships. Eventually these desires will compete and that the competition will either divide your loyalties or strengthen your commitments. When you are divided because of competing commitments, I…
  • The Invisible Components of Communication

    Stop Workplace Drama
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    When it comes to history you can overcome it, benefit from it or blame it for your circumstances. With your imagination, you can either create a dream or a nightmare. Your desires either provide focus or distraction. You can either learn to master your emotion or become a slave to them. The key is to use the conscious mind to take charge instead of being ruled by the unconscious mind. We teach these executive skills in my new program: Critical Skills for the No-Drama Leader.
  • Self-Talk: A Critical Leadership Skill

    Stop Workplace Drama
    19 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    If you constantly criticize and judge yourself, you aren’t going to be giving anyone else much more slack. If you aren’t able to manage your self-talk, your self-talk will leak out in your communication. Instead of speaking your truth, you will end up blaming someone else for your experience, using manipulation to get your point across, or justifying your bad behaviors.
  • Create a Culture of Truth-Telling

    Stop Workplace Drama
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Honesty is often used as an excuse to “tell the truth,” when the reality is, if the truth would have been spoken five years ago, there wouldn’t be such a blow up in the first place. But, we don’t have the critical skills required to speak truth. We don’t know how to separate fact from feeling. We don’t know how to monitor the narrative in our heads to discern perception from reality. We don’t have the right strategic mindset to initiate difficult conversations in service of the bigger picture, nor do we know how to handle uncomfortable emotions. As a result, avoidance and denial…
  • Communication Tactics that Work in the Short Term

    Stop Workplace Drama
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:13 am
    We all have communication tactics to get people to think and behave the way we want them to. The reason people use these methods is because there is a pay-off: the tactic either relieves stress, reinforces an old habit, or elicits a specific response from another person. Here are five communication tactics that work in the short term.
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    Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership

  • If your vision is about only yourself

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:50 am
    Thursday Thought: If your vision is about only yourself, you are too narrowly focused. Jesse Lyn Stoner The post If your vision is about only yourself appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.
  • The best coaches coach themselves out of a job

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:50 am
    Thursday Thoughts: The best coaches coach themselves out of a job. The goal is not to keep people dependent but to give them wings. The greatest gratification comes when the student outgrows the teacher. Jesse Lyn Stoner The post The best coaches coach themselves out of a job appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.
  • To Craft a Powerful Mission Statement Avoid These 6 Traps

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:05 pm
      One of the most important things you can do is to identify your team’s mission. And one of the biggest wastes of time is creating a mission statement that is not used. How to Write a Mission Statement in 5 Steps explains what a mission statement is and how to write one. But simply writing a good statement does not ensure it will be used. How you create it is as important as what it says. Avoid these six common traps to craft a powerful mission statement that provides guidance for strategic decisions, focuses your team’s energies, and increases their commitment, clarity and trust.
  • When your vision is clear… trust yourself and have faith even when

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    Thursday Thoughts: When your vision is clear, trust yourself and have faith… even when you don’t know where your path is taking you. Jesse Lyn Stoner The post When your vision is clear… trust yourself and have faith even when appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.
  • Dynamic Duos: How Introverts and Extroverts Create Breakthrough Results

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:49 am
          What do these famous pairs have in common? Lennon and McCartney Burns and Allen Jobs and Wozniak Lerner and Loewe Siskel and Ebert They are all dynamic duos: extrovert – introvert pairs who created something together that neither of them would have done on their own. What’s their secret? Too often extroverts complain to each other about their introverted peers. You never know what they’re thinking. They take too long to respond. They’re not good communicators. And too often introverts quietly roll their eyes at their extroverted peers. They talk too much.
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    Braithwaite Innovation Group

  • How to keep things running smoothly when family and business mix

    Marsha Friedman
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Today’s guest contributor is Marsha Friedman, a public relations expert, founder/CEO of EMSI Public Relations, author, advisor on PR issues and strategies, and speaker.   I once agreed to be a guest on a radio talk show. I thought we would be discussing marketing tips. Not so! The radio hosts had noticed that in addition to me, […] The post How to keep things running smoothly when family and business mix appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • A new mindset twist: thinking of conversation as an operating system

    Brady Wilson
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Brady Wilson, co-founder of Juice Inc., a corporate training company. This article is based on principles from Brady’s latest book, Beyond Engagement: A Brain-Based Approach That Blends the Engagement Managers Want with the Energy Employees Need. Follow Brady on Twitter @BradyJuiceInc or visit his site.   You may not realize it, […] The post A new mindset twist: thinking of conversation as an operating system appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • How to improve workplace culture by investing in people

    Maxine Attong
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Today’s guest contributor is Maxine Attong, Gestalt Organizational Development practitioner, Certified Evidence-Based Coach, Certified Professional Facilitator, Certified Management Accountant and former Quality Manager. Maxine’s latest book is Lead Your Team to Win: Achieve Optimal Performance By Providing A Safe Space For Employees. Getting your people to contribute more to your organization while simultaneously establishing stronger […] The post How to improve workplace culture by investing in people appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Collaboration is risky. Now get on with it.

    Whitney Johnson
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work, and Dare, Dream, Do. Additionally, she is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review. Learn more about Whitney at her website or connect with her on Twitter.   Last week I arrived home from work to […] The post Collaboration is risky. Now get on with it. appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Work-life balance: you’ve got to find the right fit for you

    Brian Mohr
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Today’s guest contributor is Brian Mohr, co-founder and managing partner for Y Scouts, a purpose-based leadership search firm that connects organizations with exceptional leaders. Previously, Brian worked as a talent strategist and in leadership management for major corporations, including P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and Jobing.com. He is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program at […] The post Work-life balance: you’ve got to find the right fit for you appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
 
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    Skywalk Group

  • Top 5 Recruitment Trends in 2015

    Skywalk Group
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    It can pay (literally) to keep an eye on recruiting trends. Just like any workplace activities, recruiting and hiring also go through cyclical trends. It is important to stay on top of these trends, as they will help you better find and attract the top talent your company needs to succeed. This year is over halfway complete and there have been some clear recruitment trends that appeared this year. The top five recruitment trends focus on social networks, mobile recruitment and other important aspects to recruit the best of the best potential hires. Increased Focus on Quality of Hire–…
  • Hiring for Cultural Fit – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Skywalk Group
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    A good cultural fit with your new hires helps protect against a “flame-out.” Hiring for cultural fit has been a common idea in the business world for decades. Recently, the advice circulating in the human resources sector has been to put less emphasis on hiring for cultural fit. So what is it that makes hiring for ‘cultural fit’ good? What makes it bad? If you’re interested in hearing about the good, the bad and the ugly of hiring for cultural fit, read on. The truth is – companies should be hiring with cultural fit in mind. However, this idea can go array when a hiring…
  • Are You Making These Common Onboarding Mistakes

    Skywalk Group
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Making these onboarding mistakes could cause good employees to jump ship. The phrase “jump ship” comes from “abandon ship,” a term used on boats when the vessel is lost and is inevitably going to sink. In business terms, to jump ship means to leave a company that looks like it is headed for trouble or isn’t an ideal place to work. It is therefore the opposite of onboarding, which is the process of bringing on new employees. But why do employees jump ship? More importantly, why do some jump ship more quickly than others? The answer may lie in your onboarding process. We’ve worked…
  • Your Guide to Successful Onboarding

    Skywalk Group
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    A successful onboarding plan involves pre-start and post-start initiatives. What is the goal of hiring a new employee? Sure, you need them to fill a positional need, whether it’s client-facing, administrative, creative or production. But you want them to do all of these things well and for a long period of time so you don’t have to spend the time and resources recruiting another person to fill the same job 90 days later. It all starts with a successful onboarding process. If an employee doesn’t feel welcomed or is thrown into the fire too soon, they’ll jump ship. Let’s take a look…
  • Workplace Trends for Job Candidates

    Skywalk Group
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    Gen Xers and Millennials make up a large majority of possible employees. Do you understand their wants and needs? That can be a loaded question, with job seekers having dozens of different skills, attitudes and personality traits. The majority of today’s job seekers also cover two large demographic groups: Generation X, born between 1965 and 1984, and Millennials, born between 1985 and the early 2000s. Both of these generations have generalized qualities, characteristics and values. Completely understanding them would take far too much time, as generational scientists will tell you.
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    Team Building Events and Public Speaking Classes

  • Bimbo Bakeries Rescue Bear Team Event in Birmingham, AL

    Doug Staneart
    9 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Tweet I recently traveled to Pelham, Alabama, just outside of Birmingham, to work with Bimbo Bakeries on a really fun Rescue Bear® team building event. Bimbo Bakeries US is part of Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company, and although many American’s are not familiar with their name, the brands that they represent are iconic. […] The post Bimbo Bakeries Rescue Bear Team Event in Birmingham, AL appeared first on Team Building Events and Public Speaking Classes.
  • Account Manager Job Posting

    Doug Staneart
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    TweetPresentations Skills Instructor/Account Manager Position – Arlington, TX We have an immediate opening for a presentation skills instructor and account manager for our Fearless Presentations® seminar company based in Arlington, TX. This position requires a lot of enthusiasm about helping business people increase their success and the ability to coach and lead others. Since this […] The post Account Manager Job Posting appeared first on Team Building Events and Public Speaking Classes.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Builds Bikes in San Antonio

    Doug Staneart
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:05 pm
    TweetBCS Communications, a division of Boehringer Ingelheim, had a great time and made a significant contribution when they got together in San Antonio, Texas, for a wonderful Build-A-Bike Team Building Event. About 180 reps from across the country got together to enhance their team building and leadership skills, while at the same time having a […] The post Boehringer Ingelheim Builds Bikes in San Antonio appeared first on Team Building Events and Public Speaking Classes.
  • Build a Team Boosted with Creativity

    Doug Staneart
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:13 pm
    TweetMany companies are focusing on building a team with creativity these days.  Why? Creativity pays off in a lot of ways.  Whether you’re building a sales team, expanding product offerings, or encouraging a team atmosphere, put on your creative thinking cap to do business in a different way. Stimulate your sales team. People who can […] The post Build a Team Boosted with Creativity appeared first on Team Building Events and Public Speaking Classes.
  • Free Presentation Tips

    Doug Staneart
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    TweetBelow is a list of just a few sample free public speaking tips published by the instructors of Fearless Presentations ®. The Leader’s Institute ® website has HUNDREDS of self-help presentation tip articles that can help you eliminate stage fright and learn to write and deliver better presentations, and the articles are listed randomly below. […] The post Free Presentation Tips appeared first on Team Building Events and Public Speaking Classes.
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    Leadership Learning Community blogs

  • Networks and Leadership Webinar Series: Boundary Spanning Leadership Integrated with Network Development | September 21, 2015

    Miriam Persley
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Join Us for the next Networks and Leadership Webinar SeriesBoundary Spanning Leadership Integrated with Network Development 2:00-3:00pm Eastern | 11am-12pm Pacific, Sept 21 (Monday)Welcome back to our networks and leadership webinar series! We host this space for practitioners and researchers in both the leadership and network development areas to connect and learn from each other. Our introductory webinar is archived here (slides & video).Our presenter Chris Ernst is a four-way player: He is active in both research and practice of both leadership…
  • Guest Blog By Anne Whatley: Follow Up on “Strengthening Network Practice Through Evaluation Webinar”

    Miriam Persley
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Network Impact presented the webinarStrengthening Network Practice Through Evaluationon July 15th, 2015.  There was great interest in the topic and more questions than there was time to respond to each. Therefore, we have selected questions that were representative and are providing links to additional resources that address key topics in network building and assessment.Q: I lead a network of 50 organizations across the US - we're interested in learning what kinds of evaluations are theoretically possible and the practical issues with different types of evaluationsThe State of Network…
  • Guest Blog By Adriano Pianesi: No Touchy Feely Stuff! The Myth Of Rationality and My Leadership Lab

    LLC Staff
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:48 pm
    This blog was originally posted on August 19th, 2015 through Adriano's Blog and has been re-posted with his permision.Dualism, the idea that thinking and feeling are separated, can be traced from Plato to Descartes, and from Kant to the Logical Positivists. For Plato, emotions were defects, irrational urges that needed controlling, and for Kant, emotions were regarded as an illness. Day-to-day life is permeated with expressions like, “Don’t be so emotional!” and “Let’s leave emotions out of this discussion.” In Anglo-Saxon cultures the word “passionate” is often used…
  • Non-Traditional Approaches to Developing Non-Traditional Leadership: Learning From the Burma Center

    Deborah Meehan
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:37 pm
    In 2013, we spoke with Martha  Thwanghmung from the Burma Center- Battle Creek. In this month’s newsletter, we are sharing the conversation with our community. The Burma Center meets the need for  leadership development for Burmese immigrants/refugees. BCBC supports the building of  lasting and thriving relationships within the Burmese community as well as other Battle Creek residents. They continue their work today, here are some highlights of their work. Non-Traditional Approaches to Developing Non-Traditional Leadership: Learning From the Burma CenterWe are eager to…
  • Non-Traditional Approaches to Developing Non-Traditional Leadership: Learning from LINC Community Revitalization

    LLC Staff
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
    In 2013, we spoke with Darel Ross (who is one of the Catalysts this year at Creating Space XII) and Jorge Gonzalez from LINC Community Revitalization in Grand Rapids. In this month’s newsletter, we are once again sharing the conversation with our community since we are passionate about the LINC model of community change that is focused on promoting collective impact, racial justice and civic engagement.LINC Community Revitalization, A Model originally posted 7/31/2013Why is LINC demonstrating important models of Leadership development?LINC is an example of leadership hiding in…
 
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    The Sundheim Group

  • Choosing the Right Focus for Risk Taking

    Doug Sundheim
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:59 am
    Whether or not we take a risk in a given situation depends, in large part, on where we focus our attention as we weigh the pros and cons. If we focus on the upside of risk taking, we’ll feel pulled to take the risk. If we focus on the downside, we’ll feel pushed not to take the risk. Unfortunately, our focus isn’t derived from a rationally selected set of data. When we’re making choices, we are all dealing with cognitive biases—ways in which our minds selectively pick out only certain pieces of information to pay attention to. One bias in particular has a significant impact on risk…
  • What Improv Taught Me About Risk Taking

    Doug Sundheim
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:15 pm
    A few years ago I had lost a bet with a friend and, against my wishes, was accompanying her to an improv workshop as payment. I say against my wishes because to me, improv is the ultimate in anxiety-producing situations. You’re performing before an audience with no preparation, trying to get a laugh. And you’re most certainly about to make a fool of yourself. On stage that night, all my fears were realized. As the scene turned to me, I panicked and went blank. I felt my face flush. I didn’t know what to do next. Out of desperation, I blurted out some nonsense about wanting to play…
  • Walking the Fine Line Between Genius and Insanity

    Doug Sundheim
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    You have a spark of genius in you. We all do. It’s not the result of you being smarter than everyone else. It’s the result of you being different from everyone else. No one else has walked your path. No one else has your distinctive mix of anxieties, experiments, scars, disasters, and triumphs. No one else has your exact personality and temperament. No one else has been influenced by the same set of weird, wild, boring or frustrating characters as you have. So no one else can see what you see. Of course, most of us snuff out our spark of genius before it has time to grow. Nascent genius…
  • Expect Your Communication to Break Down

    Doug Sundheim
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:39 pm
    The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. —George Bernard Shaw When it comes to pursuing new ideas, entering new markets, or trying to make any big changes that involve other people, I always tell clients to start with the assumption that their communication is going to break down. This advice isn’t based on my observations of them, their specific organization, or the specific situation they’re facing. Rather, it’s based on my observations of hundreds of leaders just like them, all their organizations, and all the situations they’ve faced.
  • Debriefing: A Simple Tool to Help Your Team Tackle Tough Problems

    Doug Sundheim
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Your team has identified an important goal to hit, challenge to be addressed, or opportunity to be pursued. You call a meeting or two, set objectives, put a plan together, and start to execute. Everything looks good on paper. But then your plan starts to hit some snags. Certain objectives are harder to meet than you had hoped. Critical players get pulled onto another project. Timelines take longer than you had anticipated. The impact is smaller than you need it to be. At this point you can either (1) keep muddling through with your fingers crossed, hoping that things get better (2) abandon…
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    Team Building - Corporate Team Building Tips & Strategies

  • Team Building: What is the Role of Fun in Corporate Team Building?

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Fun is not always appropriate for team building but when it is, it can greatly enhance the experience for participants. This discussion of the role of fun in team building highlights when it is and isn't appropriate and provides examples of business team building that includes recreation.
  • Team Building Simulations: What are the Benefits?

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Team building simulations are engaging and interactive experiences that create a parallel universe to reflects and mirror the realities that organizations face. What are the benefits and essential elements of effective team building simulations.
  • Misusing Team Building: Words of Caution for Executives

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Sometimes companies throw team building at problems it was not intended to resolve. Here is what to do instead.
  • Team Building Budgets: The Perils of Being Pound Foolish

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Team Building  & Corporate Event Budgets: The Perils of Being Penny Wise and Pound Foolish Unfortunately, we’re hearing it again. The “R” word is being used in news stories for Canada as well as some countries in Europe and Latin America.Canada, where I am based, is facing the double whammy of an erosion in its … Continue reading Team Building Budgets: The Perils of Being Pound Foolish →
  • Paintballing The Boss Interview

    Anne Thornley-Brown
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Paintballing The Boss: Team-Building Gone Bad
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    Thinking is Hard Work

  • 6 Components of #Strategic Leadership

    Colleen Sharen
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:19 am
      What is strategic #leadership? I bet most of you can’t answer this question. Largely because there are so many definitions of leadership out there that we are all confused.  Today I’m […]
  • The List: Handy Online Tools

    Colleen Sharen
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    Grammarly is an online grammar checker.  If you write a lot and find editing a chore, this site can be a helpful tool.  It provides grammar, spelling, and typo check.  It is […]
  • Getting Unstuck – Using the Lean StartUp Method to Move Forward

    Colleen Sharen
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Ever been stuck?  Just can’t move? Don’t know what to do? Most of us have been stuck at one point or another. The question is how to get unstuck. And the answer […]
  • Refreshing Your #Leadership

    Colleen Sharen
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Every leader hits a point where they are stale, bored, or where their leadership is in crisis.  This boredom isn’t necessarily related to productivity or to enjoyment.  With me, it happened when […]
  • What I’m Reading: The Fresh Start Effect

    Colleen Sharen
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    Framing a situation as a “fresh start” is a great way to improve motivation.  Here is a video explaining why from Wharton Professor Katherine Milkman: One of the most important skills in […]
 
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Maximizing Organizational Learning: From “Edutainment” to “Engagucation”

    2 Sep 2015 | 7:35 am
    Are your organizational learning programs getting the results you need? It may be time to re-examine the idea of educational entertainment or “Edutainment.” We loved the fun and games, but did we really learn anything? To maximize learning and really inspire your employees, try “Engagucation.” Julie Winkle-Giulioni explains the benefits of engaging education.
  • Workplace Culture: The Perks of Coffee Breaks

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Taking short coffee breaks at work is essential in some countries, but almost non-existent in others. Yet studies show that getting away from your desk, and socializing for a short period of time can actually boost productivity and creativity. It also helps build a workplace culture of communication, collaboration, and fun. Get inspired by coffee break traditions from around the world!
  • Halogen’s Brilliant Customers Share Their Stories at the 2015 Halogen Customer Conference

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    The Halogen Customer Conference is right around the corner! One of the things we get the most excited about each year is the opportunity to share the remarkable stories of some of our brilliant customers. Here’s a sneak peak of what NASCO, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, and Cornerstone Health Group will be talking about at the conference.
  • Performance Management Starts With Onboarding

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    The earliest connection a new hire has with the organization is onboarding. For employees to perform at a high level, it only makes sense to include performance management in the onboarding process. This means talking about performance management before an employee ever applies. HR Bartender, Sharlyn Lauby, shares why performance management should start on day one.
  • Why Knowledge Management Matters

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    You may have heard of knowledge management, but do you know why it’s important to business success, and what strategies you can use to help put it to work at your company? Get the answers you need on how to use your organization’s collective knowledge and institutional memory to help build your business.
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    mgmtideas.com - Latest Content

  • Idea from the Vault: Improving the Company by Doing Less

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Instead of asking employees to suggest new initiatives to improve the company, why not turn the question around? Ask employees for ideas about what to terminate. Employees often respond with a slew of good suggestions. …Regularly ask yourself, your managers, and the whole company: “Which of our current activities would we start now if they weren’t already under way?” Then eliminate all the others. Author(s): Heike Bruch, Jochen I. Menges Source(s): The Acceleration Trap (Harvard Business Review)
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    mgmtarticles.com - Latest Content

  • Article from the Vault: It's Not Just How Many, But Who Gets Stock Options That Matters

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Now that employees in many dot-com companies have suddenly found their stock options to be substantially "out of the money," is it time to announce the death of stock options as an integral component of compensation packages? Not so fast, argue Wharton accounting professors Christopher Ittner, Richard Lambert and David Larcker in a new paper that studies whether the performance of new economy firms is related to the level of equity grants to employees. Source(s): Knowledge@Wharton
 
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  • Jim Collins

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Technology by itself can't make a company or leader great. The role of technology is to accelerate greatness that's already there, not to build greatness in the first place.
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    Peter Barron Stark Companies

  • Are You Leading with Gratitude?

    Peter Barron Stark
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:54 am
    You can read about the 7 actions a leader can take to demonstrate gratitude here. The post Are You Leading with Gratitude? appeared first on Peter Barron Stark Companies.
  • 8 Habits Roadblocking Your Next Promotion

    Peter Barron Stark
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Most executives and managers we coach have a desire to be promoted and take on more responsibility in their organizations. Some successfully continue to improve and develop their leadership skills, and rise to even higher levels in their organizations. Others struggle with adapting and developing as leaders, are passed over for promotions, and get stuck treading the waters of their career. Here are 8 of the most common roadblocks preventing leaders from receiving their next promotion.   Refuse to delegate. Leaders who refuse to delegate, and either do the tasks themselves or micromanage…
  • 8 Signs of a Leader Lacking Confidence

    Peter Barron Stark
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    It is widely known that confidence is a critical trait of successful leadership. Confident leaders genuinely believe in their ability to make a difference. When confidence is taken too far, you can wind up with an arrogant leader that is unpleasant to be around, and people have no desire to follow. On the other hand, a leader who lacks confidence is unable to empower, motivate, and lead others. When a project doesn’t go well, or sudden, big organizational changes have taken place, a leader’s confidence can take a hit. Here are 8 signs your confidence might need a boost.   Praising…
  • Why Managers Resist Coaching

    Peter Barron Stark
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    Some leaders, when presented with the opportunity to work with an executive coach, recognize the value this resource contributes to their leadership skills and career. Others, however, are decidedly less thrilled at the prospect. A CEO asked us to coach one of his leaders. We were informed that if this leader doesn’t improve their leadership skills and their ability to build strong relationships with a diverse group of people, he will continue to undermine his chances of ever being promoted in this organization. The CEO went on to add, “Worse, if there are many more missteps, I am going…
  • 10 Steps a Leader Can Take to Rebuild Lost Trust

    Peter Barron Stark
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Trust is one of the most important leadership competencies a leader can develop and consistently role model for their team members. It can take weeks, months, or even years for a leader to build trust. And, unfortunately, it only takes one misstep or action contrary to the leader’s or organization’s stated values to lose all the trust you worked so hard to earn. Consider this question; Why are some leaders trusted and spoken positively about (whether they’re in the room or not) and always given the benefit of the doubt, while other leaders are not trusted, even when they should be?
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    WordPress.com News

  • A Niche of Their Own: Five Sites to Check Out Today

    Ben Huberman
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    The blogging community is huge and diverse, with thousands of smaller clusters of sites built around shared interests, causes, and passions. It might seem daunting at first — like walking into a party where everyone already seems to know each other — but there are a number of ways to ease your entry into the community, from participating in a blogging event (or even starting your own) to taking one of our free blogging courses. As the bloggers we feature here demonstrate, there’s another way to find your place in the big, wide world of blogging: zoom in on one thing…
  • New Themes: Colinear and Franklin

    Ernesto Méndez
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports featured images and six widget areas — up to three in the sidebar and three in the footer. Primarily designed for magazine-style sites, Colinear is a flexible theme that also suits any personal blog or content-rich site. Check out Colinear on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site. Franklin Franklin is a lightweight blogging theme,…
  • Introducing: Our New Action Bar

    Andy Peatling
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    We strive to make all aspects of using WordPress.com streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter what device you’re on. Following and more When you visit a site you’re not yet following, look to the bottom-right corner of the screen and you’ll see this: Clicking on Follow will make it so new posts from that site will appear in the WordPress.com Reader. Becoming a new follower has never been easier, whether you or your…
  • Get Up to Speed at learn.wordpress.com

    Krista
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: learn.wordpress.com. Have you just created a blog or website to: Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir? Highlight your business’ offerings and attract new customers? Promote an organization and want to know how to get connected to potential supporters on social media? No matter the reason you created that…
  • Next Stop for Accelerate.LGBT: Dublin, Ireland

    Anne McCarthy
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world. A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence, empowering professionals through focused workshops and hands-on, one-on-one support from Automattic and Google employees. We held our first event in San Francisco this past April, which was a great success.
 
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    The Modern Servant Leader

  • Why Social Media Makes Now a Great Time to be a Leader

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    For the first time in history, leaders can receive effective feedback from millions of people.Why is now a great time to be a leader? What makes today so different from prior centuries, or even decades?Technology delivered a leadership innovation called digital social media. Throughout history there have been many communication innovations, but digital media, and its child – social media, provide the greatest benefit to leaders. Here’s how leadership communication evolved:Nomad Era of Leadership CommunicationIt began with a club and muscle – the first leadership…
  • Please Vote for Modern Servant Leader Today!

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Can I get 1 minute of your time?I’ve been running this blog to advocate servant leadership adoption and digital media action, for free, since 2008. In all that time, I don’t recall asking you for a favor. Today though, I have a favor to ask. It should only take a minute of your time.I want to continue spreading servant leadership adoption and digital media action, to help others succeed. You have a great opportunity to help me do this by voting on the Thinkers 50.All I ask is:Go to Thinkers50.comVote for me, using the following: Person Who Gets Your Vote: Ben LichtenwalnerThat…
  • How to Build Courage Through Caring for Your Team

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:22 am
    Share this quote: Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ or Facebook.In The Killing Fields by Diane Cory in Insights on Leadership by Larry Spears, we learn that courage stems from caring. For example, a parent has tremendous courage when it comes to protecting their child. In contrast, the team member who doesn’t care about the team will not take on risk to advance its mission. So how do we get our team to care more and increase courage?While leading a discussion on this topic at Herman Miller, we recently uncovered an answer. There are two types of caring to build in your team: care for the…
  • Real Time Listening in Digital Media for People Leaders

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    Click here if you are unable to see the video.In Paradigm Flip, I introduced three types of listening in digital media for people leaders to monitor the online conversation about their business or non-profit and it’s industry:1. Real Time: A real-time monitor streams content as it occurs in real-time online, from a specific source.2. Comprehensive: The comprehensive monitor captures new content, anywhere publicly available online, but runs in batches. So you might not see it for days or even weeks after the content posted.3. Analytic: Analytic listening is similar to comprehensive,…
  • Why You’re a Bad Boss (and Everyone’s Afraid to Tell You)

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    We can be really stupid leaders sometimes and that leads to being a bad boss. I can say this because I’ve done it. I still do it sometimes. I can be a bad boss and I bet you can too. Here’s how:1. Focus on what your boss thinks of you more than what’s right for the organization.2. Take the big, “important” projects for yourself rather than provide them as opportunities for the team.3. Spend a lot of time “heads down” on your “work” rather than “heads up” with your team.4. Talk too much5. Listen too little6. Assume7. Ignore…
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    Lisa Petrilli

  • Empowering Strategies for Introverts and Extroverts Pursuing Collaborative Greatness

    Lisa Petrilli
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:02 am
    As most of you know, I’m a staunch champion of strategies that help introverts succeed in business and leadership. This is why I’m elated to have Jennifer Kahnweiler Ph.D., author of the new book, “The Genius of Opposites,” here as a guest author. Jennifer has written a book that not only helps introverts succeed, it helps introverts and extroverts tap into the genius of each other for true collaborative greatness. I asked Jennifer a few questions about how her book helps introverts and extroverts empower themselves, communicate effectively, and…
  • How to Successfully Lead Your Team through a Reorganization

    Lisa Petrilli
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:22 am
    Readers, I’m delighted to introduce you to today’s guest blogger, Mike Figliuolo. Mike is an authority on leadership and co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here).  You can learn more about Mike and the book at the end of the post.  Here’s Mike with his insights on how to successfully lead your team through a reorganization: Quite often, departments are combined, split, or a team’s purpose is redefined. Reorganizations are disquieting. Leaders in this role face several challenges the…
  • 5 Ingredients of Superior Leadership: Guest Post by @FSonnenberg

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

  • Empathy: 3 Things Leaders Can Do to Develop It

    Scott
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:44 am
    Leaders have to be empathetic, and unfortunately there is not a metric on empathy which makes it elusive and often ignored. That is until the feedback comes by key people leaving or they do not care about me/us. Empathy can be developed, and here are three things any leader can do to develop it. Great conversations start with a question, and empathy requires some great conversations.
  • Time to DEVELOP PEOPLE – 3 Tips to Make It Happen

    Scott
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:52 am
    Time has replaced money as the number one excuse from leaders for not developing their people. Here are three tips for making it happen if it truly is a priority, and one tip includes a lesson I learned parenting teenagers to help shift the conversation from excuses to reasons. I believe Learning + Doing = Growth, and here are some thoughts and resources for making that happen for you and your people around leadership and individual development.
  • Friday Thought: Finding Your Growth Mindset – Is it there?

    Scott
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    The entrepreneurial mindset is coveted by organizations today, and is the only reason that small organizations grow through all the barriers to success. Another way to phrase it (thanks to the research of Carol Dweck) is growth mindset. What does it look like and do you have it?
  • Failure 101 – The Movie Is Better Than The Book

    Scott
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:16 am
    Failure is painful, and yet a key part of the 'entrepreneurial mindset'. This hit me as I tried to read a book from a speaker that gave me one of my favorite TED talks, Sherry Turkle. The book was not good in my opinion, and it reminded me of watching teams/leaders process failure. Here is one step you can take as a leader to see how your team processes failure - which will tell you how you lead through mistakes and failures.
  • 3 Tips for Doing Leadership Development Better Than Your Competitors

    Scott
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:13 am
    Leadership development in any organization is pretty simple, and here are some thoughts on how any size organization can do it effectively. Hidden secret - If you are a growth focused organization you have a HUGE advantage over your bigger and slower rivals. Another hint - doing this well WILL MAKE YOU STAND OUT in the war for talent. Here are 3 tips in addition to my past trUTips on how to get started.
 
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    Create-Learning

  • Team Leaders Responsibility in Team Building

    mike
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Coaching and Consulting a top management team we found ourselves in an ambiguous discussion about the responsibility of a team leader. I shared John Adair’s action centered leadership model and we took some ideas + examples. When the management team documented the responsibility they could compare that to the authority of team leaders and we changed how the work got done, leading to people working differently. achieving the task building & maintaining the team developing the individual   What is the team leader’s responsibility in building team Building? The first responsibility…
  • Barriers and Opportunities for top management teams

    mike
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Barriers for top management teams Opportunities for top management teams Ambiguous boundaries Tend to be rule/process makers Length of time to know if decision was beneficial or damaging to the organization Limited to absent organizational context  Self-designing Influence over key conditions within the organization Access to resources Ability to change how works get done A major barrier for top management teams derives from them being organizationally positioned at the top. Top management teams suffer from limited to absent organizational context. Being the rule makers the context of…
  • Changes in Team Leadership from crisis to stability

    mike
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:42 pm
    In an earlier post I listed 5 challenges in creating and sustaining team performance. This post is looking at change in team leadership. Changes to Team Leadership Leading a senior management team requires that a number of tensions be managed on a continuous basis. Leading a top management team has unique challenges. The leader must help the team set overall direction, boundaries for the organization & make sure the team implements. This requires that a number of tensions be managed continuously, for example exercising authority to complete tasks versus sufficient autonomy of team members…
  • Changes in team norms from crisis to stability

    mike
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Photo credit Jim Hooper In an earlier post I listed 5 challenges in creating and sustaining team performance. This post is looking at change in team norms. Changes in Team Norms Team norms that develop during a crisis are likely to be dysfunctional during periods of stability. During a crisis what is normal, within boundaries, is very different than when a team is stable. Team norms in crisis will be dysfunctional during stability. During a crisis management teams often develop the norm of individual managers complete their tasks & report their progress in team meetings. Overt feeling of…
  • Changes in Team Composition Crisis to Stability

    mike
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
    In an earlier post I listed 5 challenges in creating and sustaining team performance. This post is looking at change in team composition. Changes in Team Composition Different circumstances require different skilled-knowledge & capacity. Circumstances in a team lifecycle require new skilled-knowledge & behaviors. There is no guarantee that any person will be able to gain these skills, understand their usage & make the behavioral changes needed for success in the new context of the teams work. A change in team member(s) sometimes may be required to unfreeze the team. This is…
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    Shearing Layers

  • Learn the line

    Nick
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:18 am
    It starts with the basics. Architects learn how to hold a pencil. Programmers learn logic. Designers learn the simplicity of the line. Fabricators, to bend and cut and weld metal. Data scientists, to corral the points and wrangle the meta. Doctors, anatomy. Civil engineers, soil and materials. Product developers, how to fit Tab A into Slot B. It always starts with the basics. For teams, the basic is how to work together. Day one of the first term … “Who are you really?” Skippy Strategy: Tell your colleagues what you’re good at, where you’re not so good, and how they can…
  • Spend your way to success?

    Nick
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:44 am
    Grand hotels chew through a lot of cash. Some of it goes to location: the beach, city centre, by the conference, opposite the park. Some goes to furnishing and fittings and the 1000 thread-count Egyptian-cotton linens on the beds. More goes to offering intriguing service options that get you in the spa with hot stones on your back. Anyone with enough money can spend their way to the top end in their industry. It’s not enough. Grand hotels and great businesses hook the moving parts together to make them sing –  it takes grand people who never settle, who keep an eye on everything,…
  • Leadership and certainty

    Nick
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    Everybody’s looking for leaders. Staff, investors, recruiters, managers, executives, customers aren’t after Superman. The sign of potential: someone who seems to know where they’re going and has a credible sense of how to get there. But it’s not just about choosing a hill to climb – that’s easy. The real deal: a feeling of certainty that this person, this team, has what it takes to work its way through every setback … whatever’s in the way … no matter what. Certainty … that they’ll keep at it until they out-think and out-manoeuvre the problem. No one really expects…
  • Standard kit #2

    Nick
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Each job is different, but when you do them, some things are the same every time: Climb down from the cab … put the cones out. Pitch a client … the proposition always hangs on the same peg. Induct a new starter  … give them a desk, a laptop and a working understanding of the team and where they fit. All hands meeting … start with why we’re here and where we’re heading. Standard kit. No surprises. No excuse for missing items or lack of prep. Skippy Strategy: If you need a tool every time you step into action, may as well keep it wiped down and in easy reach.
  • Standard kit #1

    Nick
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    There are some tools you need on every trip: paying attention, thinking laterally, smarts and working hard. Paying attention gets you into more places with more opportunities and way more detail than skimming along the surface. Thinking laterally shows the connections, opens up peripheral vision, looks for the unusual, links the chains. Smarts understands the bounty and work out what to do about it. Hard work doesn’t take the easy answer; it looks again, pulls things together, chews the problem and gets things done no matter what. Not everyone has every asset, but every team needs them all.
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    Horeb International

  • The Sword versus the Sling

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
      Image source: Fried Dough (CC BY 2.0) 38 Then Saul gave David his own armour—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail.39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. 40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:38-40 I have…
  • Effective Leaders aren’t Clumsy with Words

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Image via Pierre Metivier (CC BY-NC 2.0) Exo 4:10 ‘But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m just not a good speaker. I never have been, and I’m not now, even after you have spoken to me. I’m clumsy with words” (NLT). Every great leader who accomplished his vision had to be an effective communicator. Effective communication is the process of getting people to see what you see and what is required of them. There comes a time when you will have to share your vision with others and it is important that you are able to communicate your vision with clarity and simplicity if you are…
  • The story of Black Africa’s ill-fated 1976 Professional Tennis Tournament

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    6 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    Image source: Sean MacEntee I have just published my first longform story on the Atavist platform. This has been an 18 month side project which I have mentioned on this blog a few times in the past. I am very proud of it and wish to thank everyone who helped me report and write it especially my wife who read numerous drafts and provided feedback. I also wish to thank all the key participants (ex-tennis players and WCT officials) I interviewed for this piece. The story is about the 1976 World Championship Tennis tournament held in Lagos, Nigeria, which featured some of the best tennis players…
  • Creativity and Reverse Engineering

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    18 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Image source: Netsnake I believe ‘reverse engineering’ is essential for producing creative ideas. The video clip below is a cool visual description of the terminology. This clip is the first 23 seconds of the movie trailer for Pay Check (2003) starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman. I wrote a couple of blog posts a few years ago on creativity and reverse engineering. Though I have included relevant excerpts from both posts in this post, I would recommend that you click the links for these posts to read the full texts. The first post titled “Creative Leadership 6” was published in…
  • First Things First

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Image source: Grufnik I have to admit that April has been my most unproductive month in comparison to the first three months of 2015. There are several creative projects that I have been working on for a while which have stalled. This is because I haven’t managed my time in April as well as I would like. It was during the period of coming up with today’s blog post as well as thinking about April’s productivity challenges that I recalled Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix. It just felt like the right topic for today’s post and a good model to help me examine my time management…
 
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Mackert and Garfield Named to Board of Examiners for 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:16 pm
    GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named Casey Mackert, Director of Baldrige Services and Dr. Jan Garfield, Baldrige Client Coach at Six Disciplines Consulting Services in Findlay, Ohio, to the Board of Examiners for the 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.             Appointed by the NIST Director, examiners are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige…
  • Six Disciplines Improves Business Management Platform

    14 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    Six Disciplines, a Solomon Cloud Solutions company, and sister company of Beyond Software, has updated its business management platform which helps build organizations that execute their strategy more effectively. This updated edition of the Six Disciplines program features a new touch-based user interface. The interface has been redesigned to streamline the presentation of critical information and to make it touch friendly for easier use on today’s mobile devices. In addition, the new program has been optimized for team based planning and execution management. Gary Harpst, President,…
  • ATTENTION IT managers of small and mid-sized businesses: URGENT message regarding network bandwidth

    7 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    With the release of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system on July 29th, 2015 Microsoft increased the amount of bandwidth available for Windows Update downloads. While this change makes sense, our testing to determine how much bandwidth is actually consumed indicates speeds of 50Mbps or greater. We are noticing this change is causing internet bandwidth issues when our employees download Windows Updates to their machine directly from Microsoft servers. This means the Windows Update downloads starve the rest of the machines on our network from accessing the internet. With Microsoft’s Patch…
  • The Leapfrog Opportunity For Executing Strategy (Summarized)

    7 Aug 2015 | 5:59 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…
  • Why Is Strategy Execution So Hard? (Summarized)

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    Why is strategy execution so difficult? Why do we know what to do, but don’t always do it? Doing what we know we should requires someone who will keep us on track, to teach, direct and encourage us to do the things we know we should do – the difficult things that we rarely, if ever, follow through to the finish, if left to our own devices. While the majority of us have one or more "specialties", the majority of us just don’t know how to put together all the key steps of strategy, planning, organizational alignment, execution management, innovation and measurement. BOTTOMLINE: Strategy…
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    i360 Insight

  • RS Money

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    cheap rs money Have you ever before considered these problems: Did I ever purchase cheap rs money with a large quantity dollars invested? Did I ever before wait ages for rs gold from rs gold seller? Do I desire economical rs gold? Do I desire quickly runescape cash? As a runescape player, we need to get rs gold, since we need to acquire some expensive items in the marvelous exchange, however there is consistently insufficient rs gold for it, so we have to acquire cheap rs money. It prevails as you know. However we would like to invested much less money for more rs gold from rs gold vendor, we…
  • Tips For Getting FFXIV Gil

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    FFXIV Gil There are some MMORPG’s that break the mold and mildew as well as develop devoted fans. These fans are normally compensated from the video games they play with the content they prefer, considering that the followers are currently the bread and butter of the video games successful run. Final fantasy XIV is an enormously multiplayer on the internet part having fun game that is from Squares,(currently Square Enix), effective final fantasy franchise, released in Japan on Sony’s PlayStation 2 on May 16, 2002, the PC launch for north America in October 28 2003, the PlayStation…
  • Runescape Gold

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:08 am
    runescape gold There are ways on Runescape you can make 100 million runescape gold every few hours – this is not one of these. But the issue using the more sophisticated approaches is that the individuals making the large bundle don’t desire to disclose each of their secrets, and those who want the cash do not want to place the attempt in anyhow. Individuals need quick gold. Making money using farming on Runescape isn’t going to make you a vast amount, but it will make you extra cash without wasting any extra time. When you take a look at producing gold on Runescape you…
  • Old School Runescape Gold

    admin
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    old school runescape gold A single thing that’s asked by many that invest in gold is; the best location to buy runescape gold is www.runescape4u. The answer to this inquiry is the Internet. A single thing that makes gold much like various other items is it is much cheaper per unit when bought in bulk. Several sites will often have a discount if a big quantity of gold coins is acquisition. If a buyer is buying a big amount of gold it is recommended to contrast various internet sites for the very best deals. Another point that is recommended is to also include shipping, insurance policy…
  • Billige Abschlusskleider

    admin
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    Billige Abschlusskleider Prior to you head out as well as begin looking for a cost effective billige abschlusskleider, there are crucial aspects you must consider very first consisting of the shade, style, length or kind of outfit that you really want. Some people go about buying billige abschlusskleider without banking on the color as well as style they are seeking therefore they wind up acquiring a dress that is not really suitable for the occasion. This only verifies to be costly and also instead of saving money for an affordable gown, it ended up that you will have to buy another one that…
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    Thank God It's Monday!® Blog

  • Exceeding the minimum

    Roxanne Emmerich
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    It’s easy to fall into the habit of doing just what’s required and no more. I mean, if they wanted more, they would have asked for it, right? Sure. Perhaps stop thinking about it as having a job. You don’t have a job. Instead, you have responsibilities. And if you want to keep that job, you need to meet and exceed those responsibilities. That is the game. But let me ask you this: Do you pay the minimum amount due on your credit cards each month? If you do, you might want to take a close look at your next statement. Give the minimum and it can take seven or ten or twelve years to pay off…
  • Uncommon sense

    Roxanne Emmerich
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    I heard a story the other day about a guy who went into a bank all hunched over with a hat covering most of his face and asked for $7,000 out of a checking account. The teller gave him the $7,000, was very friendly, smiled…but she violated policy by not matching the person’s face to the ID. She probably didn’t want to seem rude by asking him to show his face. A couple of days later he returned—same hunch, same hat over his face, and asked for a similar amount. Once again the teller complied, and once again she violated policy by not matching the face on the ID with the face of the…
  • Effective meetings

    Roxanne Emmerich
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Have you ever had a meeting that went on twice as long as you wanted and STILL left you feeling more confused about the project than you did coming in? Time is money. If you want to know how MUCH money, add up the hourly salaries of everyone in the room, plus, the real cost is the value of the work they’re not doing during that time which should exceed the cost of the salaries by five to ten times assuming someone is relatively productive—which they should be. In short, it’s crazy expensive to have a meeting. To make sure your meetings accomplishes its goal, ask your team leader to…
  • Do the right thing

    Roxanne Emmerich
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    You’ve made some good decisions, and you’ve made a few lousy ones. Welcome to the human race. But what can you learn from your personal history to improve the ratio of good to lousy? You know the decisions I’m talking about. You needed to meet a goal or quota, so you did the wrong thing by the client. You thought the client and your boss wouldn’t notice. That didn’t work. You violated your value of always doing the right thing by the customer, and a bad result was your reward. You had to get home early to meet with friends, so you didn’t double-check that…
  • Deciding to like it

    Roxanne Emmerich
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    A lot of people have decided not to like their jobs. They wouldn’t put it that way, of course. They think of their job like the weather. It’s something that happens to them, and all they can do is complain. It’s actually more like a thermostat. How silly would it be to sit in your living room day after day complaining about how darn hot it is in here when there’s a little box on the wall that can fix the problem! Job satisfaction is like that thermostat. Make the decision to turn up your job satisfaction, and guess what? Your job satisfaction goes up. That doesn’t mean the things…
 
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    Career Advancement Blog

  • Is it a Myth? Can You Actually Achieve Work-Life Balance?

    joelgarfinkle
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    “You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life” ~ Heather Schuck ~ Client Karen Asks: I feel like I’m being pulled in all directions at once. My boss wants higher productivity, my family wants more time with me. Is balancing work and a personal life hard to do for most people? Coach Joel Answers: It’s becoming an increasingly common problem in today’s hyper-competitive world. In a survey conducted by Strategy One, a global research and consulting firm they found that 89% of 1,043 Americans they surveyed state that work/life balance…
  • How to Ask for and Get a Promotion The Promotion Process Through Visibility

    joelgarfinkle
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    “The power of visibility can never be underestimated.” ~ Margaret Cho ~ Rosie has been with her company for a little less than a year. Last month she had a very positive performance review with Jake, her immediate boss. During the review, Rosie told Jake that she felt she could handle a bigger workload, and Jake seemed to agree, but nothing happened. Yesterday Rosie found out that Jan, a co-worker with the same job title she has, was promoted—and it’s been only a year since her last promotion. Rosie knows Jan earned it, but now she’s wondering how to ask for a…
  • Salary is Important, But so are Benefit and Compensation Packages When it Comes to Looking for a Job

    joelgarfinkle
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.” ~ Ralph Marston ~ Client Kevin Asks: I got an offer letter from the company I really want to work for. It’s a pretty low offer. Do I just take what I can get and hope to work my way up once I’m there, or is there a way to negotiate for more right up front? Coach Joel Answers: Most companies expect you to negotiate, once an offer has been made. It’s not whether…
  • To Improve Your Team’s Output, Look at it Differently

    joelgarfinkle
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    “To Improve Your Team’s Output, Look at it Differently” Today’s guest post is by Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here). You can learn more about Mike and the book at the end of the post. Here’s Mike: Why do you pay your team members? If you asked them, they might answer “You pay us to work.” If you ask an office-based worker what “work” means to them, you’ll get a list of typical workday activities. They read and write emails. They write reports. They go…
  • Can Proper Employee Coaching Turn a Problem Employee into a “Superstar”

    joelgarfinkle
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    “If somebody is gracious enough to give me a second chance, I won’t need a third.” ~ Pete Rose ~ Kimberly, a free-lance marketing consultant, landed an assignment to temporarily replace Jennifer, the VP of marketing at a large financial institution for six to twelve months. Jennifer was taking a leave due to complications from a high-risk pregnancy. Because of her medical condition, she had very little time to brief Kimberly, but as she was leaving she informed Kimberly that she had just fired Jerry, a young IT guy—and the only IT guy in the department. A couple of days later…
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    Unfolding Leadership

  • Contagion

    Dan Oestreich
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    It’s usually around 3 AM when the dream begins. It is the middle of the night, both inside and outside the dream, and I am again being chased by Nazis. The dream has many variations. In a few there’s a distinct figure of power that captures me and from whom I must escape, but in most versions there is just a gut wrenching feeling of deep dread as a Nazi army approaches, a sense of social chaos where everyone suddenly panics. There are screams in the street. We are being overrun and if you don’t run now you’ll be lost. I trace these dreams to my inheritance. My father was native German…
  • Relationships — Reciprocity and Conflict

    Dan Oestreich
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Let’s say there is a scale of effective relating — it goes from high trust and collaboration at one pole to destructive hostility at the other. In between there are some intermediary points, so that we get something like the following. Please click on the graph to make it larger. What the graph displays is an oversimplification, of course. There are many ways of relating, more nuanced, with more layers. The point is that in any given relationship there are always cues being picked up about the nature of the relationship two people have. One way conflict in this relationship shows…
  • On the Discrediting of People

    Dan Oestreich
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The central means by which informal power is maintained in an organization is all too often through the discrediting and exclusion of people. This creates a tight circle of control and a culture based on generalized performance anxiety, competitions, fixed mindsets, and fears of scarcity. Because it’s “culture,” these factors tend to be felt — but are spoken of only in the background. They may not even be that obvious in group meetings where people must show up and look cooperative. Many good things may seem to be going on. Programs are getting carried out, people are…
  • The Horse

    Dan Oestreich
    27 May 2015 | 6:32 pm
    I stopped along a country road to take a photograph. I had been down by the river under the mountain, but the shadows had grown longer and now on my way home the mountain was immersed in late afternoon light. At first, two horses galloped to see me, but they soon wandered off, distracted by the lush grass along the fence and under the trees. Then one, the one with a little white mark, trotted back, sticking her head over the fence. I rubbed her between her eyes and apologized silently for not having an apple or handful of hay. I know I could write here as if the whole experience of meeting…
  • The Work With No Name

    Dan Oestreich
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    The work with no name is from one angle just the humble work of humanizing our workplaces, our working civilization. It cannot have a name lest it go the way of all programs, destined to be judged by whether or not it makes money for some corporation. (This came up for me last week via one of Louise Altman’s powerful posts on how even the current movement in mindfulness can be subverted into a means to deliver productivity and profit.) What Louise described is not different than what has happened to other efforts I’ve seen in the last twenty-five years, ones that seemed to have…
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    leaderCommunicator blog | David Grossman

  • Barriers Communicators Face #5 —Little or No Planning

    David Grossman
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:30 am
    Research shows that a typical leader spends 70-80% of his or her week communicating.  Yet only spends 10-15% of that time planning communication.  How can you tell if your leader has this line of thinking? You’ll hear your leader saying or doing the following:
  • Anticipate and Adapt to the Social Media Change Curve

    David Grossman
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:30 am
    When asked what made him such a successful competitor, hockey great Wayne Gretzky famously said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” The same lesson holds true for social media. In choosing the most effective tools and platforms for collaboration and dialogue, communicators need to anticipate where their key stakeholders—employees, managers and leaders—are headed, not where they’ve been. They need to understand these audiences well enough to proactively anticipate their needs and preferences.
  • Hit or MISS'ive - Hooray for Howard Schultz: Proactive Message on How To Lead In Tough Times at @Starbucks

    David Grossman
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    “But I’m a Barista…why does #GreatFallOfChina matter to me?”  On August 24, Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz sent an email to all employees regarding, “Leading Through Turbulent Times,” asking employees to “be very sensitive to the pressures our customers may be feeling, and do everything we can individually and collectively to exceed their expectations.”
  • Weekly Round-Up: How to Craft a Powerful Mission Statement, The 10 Commandments of Communication & Creating a Happy Work Culture

    David Grossman
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog. This week you’ll see articles on practices resilient leaders use to thrive, using big data to boost employee engagement and crafting a powerful mission statement.  These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for…
  • Starting Thought: What It Takes To Be Your Best At Work

    David Grossman
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to be my most productive self at work. My thoughts have changed on this over time. Because I run a consulting firm that is all about providing the very best service to our clients, I naturally went into this business thinking that one of the keys to success was to work a lot.  Bottom line: stop to eat (or not) and I’ll work until I drop, with little downside to myself or to my clients.
 
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    Ridiculously Efficient | Rebellious Productivity

  • 6 Signs It’s Time to Quit a Client

    Rosemina Nazarali
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    For freelancers and solopreneurs, getting and keeping a client requires a certain type of hustle that allows us to maintain several different jobs at once, while ensuring our clients are happy. And those who do it successfully are damn good at it. But, not every client is one that is useful to you — and this is something we often only find out after spending several months working on a project. However, it takes so much time and energy to maintain said client, that you want to see it through for as long as possible… and the extra cash is always nice. So, how do you know it’s…
  • Overheard While Hiking: With Millennials, the Passion vs. Money Debate Rages On

    Marissa Brassfield
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    Our unretouched view of the Hollywood sign. © Marissa Brassfield Yesterday, Mike and I hiked the Hollywood Sign hike at Griffith Park — a 6+ mile roundtrip walk that takes you directly above and behind the famed landmark — and we overheard an overwhelmingly common discussion topic among fellow millennial hikers: the old passion vs. money debate.Every overheard conversation had two parts. First, the millennial was in a job that paid well and satisfied their parents/family, but wasn’t significant or fulfilling. Second, the millennial expressed a desire to go into another…
  • How to Ask for a Vacation and Set Your Team Up for Success

    Kelley Lujan
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    In a work force, where your badge of honor is based upon the hours you work instead of how much you actually get done, asking for a vacation can seem like you are not dedicated to the job or aren’t as ambitious as others in the company.Although that may not be the case, that may be how it is perceived. However, the success of the request comes down to how you communicate it. When making the request, try to make it a win-win for all parties involved. When making a request. it is as much about how you present the request as what you are actually asking for. My colleague, Marissa Brassfield,…
  • Why Millennials Will Make a Larger Impact Than You Think

    Kelley Lujan
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Millennials are changing the game and have begun to shift the workforce in more ways than one. Millennials are those born between 1980 and 2000, so they are currently between the ages of 15 and 35. Chirag Kulkarini from Insightfully shares seven ways millennials are shifting the traditional mindset and gaining success at a young age.They’re hungry. Give them a challenge, they will accept. Tell them they can’t and they will prove you wrong. They aren’t accepting the stereotype.They’re talking. Young entrepreneurs are connecting faster and more often than ever before. Youth are able to…
  • Why You Should Prioritize Exercise Above Your Business

    Rosemina Nazarali
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Entrepreneurs tend to put their businesses above all else. It’s always at the top of their priority list, sitting high above relationships and even health. This isn’t usually driven by money. Most entrepreneurs are driven by the idea of building something great, something that can change lives or even make the world a better place. It’s this rationale that justifies putting the business above everything else.However, Josh Steimle, CEO of international digital marketing agency MWI, says exercise is now his top priority.“On any given day there are easily 100 important…
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    OnStrategy

  • Signs Your Team Lacks Subject-Matter Expertise (And What to Do About It)

    Jeff Brunings
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:29 pm
    When it comes to great strategy, don’t be afraid to admit if there’s a gap in subject-matter expertise required of your leadership team. Solid strategic planning requires hard work, but it also involves surrounding yourself with the right insight, experiences, and perspectives. How do I know if a knowledge gap exists? A strategic planning process diluted by knowledge gaps is characterized by uncertainty, doubt, or sufficient detail. The wavering details can lead to creating a strategy that isn’t actionable.   External knowledge gaps like significant market shifts or…
  • Ready to Drive Results from the Bottom Up?

    Jeff Brunings
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    For the past six weeks we’ve dedicated the OnStrategy newsletter toward sharing simple steps for driving results from the bottom up within organization. And since we’re adding 500 new subscribers with each edition, we thought a quick recap is in order for those who’ve missed it. What is driving results from the bottom up? Driving results from the bottom requires your organization to shift its thinking to build a foundation that supports sustainable strategic focus. It takes the initial spark of strategic planning and cultivates it into the fire that drives your team forward.
  • Why Focus is Measured in Days, Not Months

    Jeff Brunings
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    Bottom up is the new top down. You’ve heard us say it before. Sure, collaboration and engagement are key during strategy design, but it’s still a top down approach led by leaders, as it should be. But what happens in the weeks and months that follow? How can sustainability be driven from the bottom up within an organization? What role does measurements and targets have in driving results from the bottom up? Let’s do a little exercise: Step One: Take out a piece of paper. Sketch out three columns. In the first column write down each of the measurements you or your team is…
  • Simple Isn’t Simple

    Heyden Enochson
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:59 pm
    In a world of ever-growing complexity, many leaders look for ways to simplify strategy as an approach for increasing adoption by an organization’s culture. Mark these words of warning: oversimplification could achieve the opposite effect. But why? Oversimplification makes strategy too vague. The omission of details – the who, when, where, and why – in strategy will make it too vague to execute. Sure, eliminating the details could make it easier to remember, but it also takes away substance to what makes your strategy strategic. The backbone of strategy is outlining what you’re doing,…
  • No Goals? No Wins

    Heyden Enochson
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Soccer, Baseball, Football, and Basketball; what do all professional athletes have in common? They want to win.   Your organization is comprised of players, each bringing their unique talents and skillset to your team. Every team member needs to know what position they play, how they play, and how they’re contributing to your overall strategic win. Individual, personalized goals help drive the day-to-day focus that is required for your strategy to reach the fourth quarter. Here are three reasons why your team needs to have individual goals: Goals provide focus. Archers can’t shoot an…
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • It’s Hard Being Filthy Rich

    Frank Sonnenberg
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:15 am
    Once upon a time, there was a brat named Phil T. Rich. He grew up with everything a kid could want. He had every gadget imaginable, a house that rivaled the Disney castle, and parents who gave him free rein to do whatever he wanted. Unfortunately, his parents were rarely around for him — they had high-powered jobs, you know. And when they weren’t working “killer hours,” they were off to the club to play golf and trade gossip with friends. Phil knew that he wasn’t like the other kids. Whenever he wanted something, he snapped his fingers and it appeared — like magic. He didn’t…
  • Thanks a Bunch

    Frank Sonnenberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Who says no one cares about moral character, personal values, and personal responsibility? I’m pleased to report that this month marks the five-year anniversary of FrankSonnenbergOnline. According to projections, this year our blog will attract just shy of half a million visitors from around the world. It’s also worth mentioning that the blog has been recognized among “The Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs” and one of the “Top 100 Most Socially-Shared Leadership Blogs.” Thank YOU From the Bottom of My Heart Every time that you, a loyal reader, “likes,” shares, or comments on…
  • 9 Keys to Twitter Success

    Frank Sonnenberg
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Twitter offers a gateway to wonderful people and access to vast resources, but there’s an etiquette that should be followed to achieve Twitter success. Here are nine lessons I’ve learned to achieve Twitter success: Twitter is a megaphone to the world. It’s remarkable how far a good idea can travel on social media. I am still amazed to send out a tweet and see it retweeted from South Africa, Australia, and the Philippines in seconds. Remember, a bad one travels too. So focus on the quality rather than the quantity of your messages. 140 characters say a lot about you. You’d be…
  • Mind Your Manners

    Frank Sonnenberg
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Can you read people’s minds? It’s not really that hard. What do people think when they see someone eat with their mouth open, slam the door in someone’s face, cut someone off in the middle of a sentence, shout across the room, use foul language, look like a slob, bark orders instead of saying “please” and “thank you” … and the list goes on. They’re probably thinking “He has no manners; she should know better. What a loser.” (Ouch.) Manners certainly count when you’re interviewing for a job, meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time, or having lunch…
  • 8 Ways to Build a Strong Foundation for Your Kids

    Frank Sonnenberg
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:10 am
    8 Ways to Build a Strong Foundation For Your Kids Providing a good foundation is easier said than done. After an exhausting day at work, it’s easier to stare at the TV than review your child’s homework; when your kid does something wrong, it’s easier to let it slide than to be the “bad guy” and discipline him or her; when your kid is surrounded by bad influences, it’s easier to look the other way, than to confront the issue head-on; and when your child meets defeat, it’s easier to “blame the world” rather than help your child accept responsibility and learn from the setback.
 
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    Chris Walker - Wonder and Explore Life

  • Protecting Life From Work – The Solution is Evolution:

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:06 pm
    “Companies are using less people to fulfil the roles that remain. This is the challenge for workers in the next decade: how to remain competitive in the new world of outsourcing and offshoring. If they don’t there won’t be work.” Matt Church Full article Here The Solution is Evolution: Getting more done in less time… do…Read more Protecting Life From Work – The Solution is Evolution:
  • Trust: How do You Know Who Or What to Trust?

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Spirituality in Reality leads you to a place of questioning… which in turn leads us to explore: who or what do I trust? Do you trust your boss? Do you trust your friend? Do you trust your spouse? Do you trust the health food shop? Do you trust what you read? Do you trust people…Read more Trust: How do You Know Who Or What to Trust?
  • Photo of the week

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:42 am
    Namche Bazaar, training programme for monks – these nuns gate crashed the very male training program and just sat silently learning and reading together. With Inspiration and love, Filed under: Back On Track
  • Organic panic

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:04 am
    Today I was given some organic chocolate. It’s the equivalent of arsenic with a “go for it” label. Next month when I die from heart failure due to obesity – remind people – “it was organic”Filed under: Back On Track
  • Why Do Relationships Fail?

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:16 am
    There are five separate categories of answer to the above question. Each ties into one of Nature’s Five Universal Laws. To be comprehensive in this answer, I need to share all five. I will do so with as much brevity as humanly possible. As the quote goes “Sorry it’s a long letter, I just didn’t…Read more Why Do Relationships Fail?
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    The New Laws of Leadership

  • Stuck? Do This And Get Your Leadership Groove Back

    Christine Comaford
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:43 am
    Is your life running beautifully like the proverbial well-oiled machine, or is it stuck or stalled in low gear? Got Your Groove? Maybe you’re thinking, “Everything is great, I feel totally connected to myself and my purpose, there is nothing I need right now.” If that’s the case, you can put this blog down and get back to your bliss. But if you’re feeling a bit “off” or irritated or disconnected or unaligned with who you are and why you’re here, I hope the following will help. My experience is that life is about remembering and forgetting. When we remember we feel great, when…
  • 7 Tips To Boost Sales In August

    Christine Comaford
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    Our favorite door opener Caryn Kopp has these terrific tips for selling in August — thought we’d share! Why waste the month of August cleaning your office? Make the most of your summer by seizing new business opportunities while your competition plays miniature golf!Most business owners and salespeople assume making calls in August is pointless because decision makers are on vacation. While it’s true that most people do vacation in August, I don’t know anyone who goes away for 4 weeks straight! What does this mean for you? It means people are at their desks, often in good…
  • The Connection Between Peace & Power

    Christine Comaford
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    You’re the CEO of your own life, and maybe even of your own business, so you often have to deal with power. As we go through life and meet people, we learn about power—specifically who has it and who doesn’t. Got Power? You’ll always be dealing with people who have (or think they have) power over you to some extent, yet I want you to be able to have power too—to know where it starts and where it stops, and to exercise it responsibly and compassionately over others. But how do you get it? And what, exactly, is it? Is it money? It is position? Is it prestige? Is it the ability to…
  • How Great Leaders Build Trust And Increase Employee Engagement

    Christine Comaford
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Have you ever done something with the best intentions only to have it backfire? Understanding how to light up the brain’s reward network and stay out of the pain network can help you to avoid common pitfalls (thanks to Naomi Eisenberger of UCLA for her research here). The brain’s pain network gets activated when we feel physical pain (lack of safety), social exclusion (no belonging), bereavement (loss), betrayal (unfair treatment), and negative social comparison (no mattering). Our reward network is activated when we feel things like physical pleasure (safety), cooperating (belonging),…
  • Be Cool Under Pressure–6 Steps To Save Face

    Christine Comaford
    12 Jun 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Pet peeves, irritation, triggers, negativity… are these part of your daily life or things that only happen once in a while? Do you look forward to or do you dread the moments between your morning cup of coffee and reading your first email? Respond Versus React We are all human, so being trigged is a natural part of life. We can’t change that and we can’t control how other people act, especially when their actions irritate us. But we can control our reaction, and better yet, we can forge new neural pathways that will enable us to respond to a negative trigger in a way that serves us,…
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    JMLalonde.com

  • Top Posts And Comments For August 2015

    Joseph Lalonde
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    We’re now another month closer to 2016. Can you believe it? This year has flown by. It’s easy to get sidetracked and miss your goals for the year. Have you been staying on track? Have you been checking? If not, today’s the day to review your progress. It’s also the day I do my monthly blog review. This is where I look over the top blog posts of the month, share who commented the most, and share statistical information about the blog. It’s good stuff. I hope you’re ready. Top Posts 1. 17 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Pixar’s Inside Out 2. 20…
  • 7 Leadership Lessons I Learned From Leading A Youth Group

    Joseph Lalonde
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    With the decision to step down from our leadership position in our youth group and to begin looking for a new church, I’ve started to reflect on my time as a youth leader. Being a youth leader was a lot of fun. It’s where my wife and I have felt called for all of our marriage and then some. We love the students we’ve had the opportunity to minister to. We’ve learned so much from leading these precious kids. We’ve also learned so much FROM those same kids. 1. Be authentic: There’s nothing I’ve learned more from leading students than the need to be…
  • What Leaders Can Learn From The Biblical Parable Of The Talents

    Joseph Lalonde
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    Having spent a lot of time working in the church, I’ve become intimately familiar with the story of the hard driving master and the talents he gave to his servants. Image via Creative Commons The parable of the talents comes from Matthew 25:14-30. The story goes: 14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his…
 
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

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

    johnmaxwell
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:30 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.&nbsp; <br/><br/> The video you have just watched is just a sample of this <u><em>free</em></u> but invaluable resource. To receive “A Minute with Maxwell” daily directly to your…
  • INTEGRITY: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too. John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.  The video you have just watched is just a sample of this free but invaluable resource. To receive “A Minute with Maxwell” daily directly to your e-mail inbox, subscribe at…
  • INTIMACY: Your Friday Challenge, A Minute With John Maxwell

    johnmaxwell
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too. John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.  The video you have just watched is just a sample of this free but invaluable resource. To receive “A Minute with Maxwell” daily directly to your e-mail inbox, subscribe at…
  • SOAR: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too. John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.  The video you have just watched is just a sample of this free but invaluable resource. To receive “A Minute with Maxwell” daily directly to your e-mail inbox, subscribe at…
  • DOWNSIZING: Your Friday Challenge, A Minute With John Maxwell

    johnmaxwell
    7 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too. John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.  The video you have just watched is just a sample of this free but invaluable resource. To receive “A Minute with Maxwell” daily directly to your e-mail inbox, subscribe at…
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    安心して始められる人気の副業紹介

  • バイト 儲かる人気のお仕事ランキング2015 簡単

    はりねずみ
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    ゆーしーねー、ヤーできれるようなわじゃをしーねーしちゃんら、副業をそーんくとぅや、同僚んかいやっさーまっておくくとぅがゆたさんとうむなます。なかんずくわじゃぬ内容んかいよってうむいもよらねーらん嫉妬くくるがおきてギクシャクするくとぅもあんと聞ちゅーん。…
  • 高額収入バイト 儲かる人気のお仕事ランキング2015

    はりねずみ
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    取りぁえず、努力してネットでお小遣いをてぃーんかいする方法を模索してみましょう。グスーヨーがネットを使った副業で副収入をてぃーんかいするノウハウを知る機会やっさーとうむなます。 ネットで副業をやって副収入を稼ぎたいんでぃいーんんなぁ様方ぬためんかい、いろんな情報提供をしましょうね。近いちちろ流行りぬネットを利用しちゃん副業や、学生を始め、会社員や主婦など、どなたやてぃん気楽んかい稼げます。…
  • 高収入バイト 儲かる人気のお仕事ランキング2015

    はりねずみ
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    ネットを使った副業やたんら、イチ、まーやてぃん余暇んかいでちゅーん。すらいている時間んかい稼ぐくとぅがきれるし、でーじいいー点やいびーん。 近いちちろいなぐんかい人気が高いパソコンできれる在宅ぬおわじゃを始め、スマホぬ在宅ワークや、未経験者やてぃんだぁなりぬ稼ぎが期待きれるようやいびーんし、ウングトールくとぅもあげーて知っちょる人もうーさんんでぃいーん人気らしいやいびーん。…
  • バイト 儲かる人気のお仕事ランキング2015 オススメ

    はりねずみ
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    小遣い稼ぎが未経験やたんら、てぃーっ取りへーくポイントサイトを利用して挑戦してみるくとぅがゆたさんんあんにびんやーか。なんといっても、主婦ぬんなぁみーちも気楽んかいジンを稼ぐくとぅがでちゅーん。 ややりアフィリエイトがネットを利用しちゃん副業でや、さっこー人気があいっさーうやいびーんね。ウイーてぃーくやったら、しばらくナンジせずんかいあん程度ぬ副収入が貯まってちゅーんから最高やいびーん。…
  • 簡単 バイト 儲かる人気のお仕事ランキング2015

    はりねずみ
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    例えば暇な時んかい、ヤーでやりたい分やっさーけ出ちゅーさチャットレディなどや、いなぐぬ方々んかいしに、人気ぬ内職やっさーと断言可能やいびーん。 アフィリエイトんでぃいーんぬやネットぬ副業ぬ中んかい置いてや、グスーヨーんかい好まれていて、場合んかいよってや、長期んかい渡ってウフしちゃんくとぅをしなくてもあん程度ぬ副収入が懐んかい入ってくるんやいびーん。…
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    Skip Prichard | Leadership Insights

  • 4 Secrets of Passionate Organizations

    Skip Prichard
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:49 am
    How to Create Performance Breakthroughs   How can your team reach its potential? What if you could add a dose of passion to every member of your team? How do you improve productivity and morale? In his new book, Performance Breakthrough: The FOUR Secrets of Passionate Organizations, Mike Goldman reveals the four secrets for creating a more passionate organization. With 25 years of experience coaching organizations of all sizes, Mike Goldman has seen what works and what doesn’t. I recently spoke with Mike about how to create performance breakthroughs.   “The first step to a…
  • How to Lead Like a Navy SEAL

    Skip Prichard
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:41 am
    Navy SEAL When you read those two words, what comes to mind? Words like: tough, decisive, driven, fearless, disciplined? What can leaders learn from the SEALS?   Under incredible conditions, Navy SEALS prove their worth by getting the job done. When I meet a SEAL, I am intrigued because I know this is someone who is proven. Recently, when I had the opportunity to interview Brian “Iron Ed” Hiner, about his new book, First, Fast, Fearless: How to Lead Like a Navy SEAL, I knew I would walk away with many lessons I could apply in business and in life.   “When leadership is…
  • Leadership Lessons From the Unusual Story of Market Basket

    Skip Prichard
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:43 am
    An Uplifting Corporate Story We often read stories about corporate greed, about slimy executives, about profits at the expense of people. These stories grab headlines because they hit a nerve and fuel anger. I have never read a story quite like We Are Market Basket: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement That Saved a Beloved Business where employees and customers joined together to demand the return of a fired CEO. The story may be unique, but it offers powerful lessons and insight into the changing nature of how we view corporations and what we expect as employees. I recently spoke…
  • 27 Practices Resilient Leaders Use to Thrive

    Skip Prichard
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:41 am
    Struggles, Difficulties & Challenges Someone once told me that people identify more with your struggles than your successes. It’s true for me, too. It’s hard to identify with those who have seemingly had win after win with no knowledge of the effort it took to make it happen. If you talk with any successful person long enough, you start to uncover the difficulties, the challenges, the struggles, and the failures that happened along the way. One of my entrepreneurial friends, Faisal Hoque, has a new book out about resilience. Faisal and his co-author, journalist Lydia Dishman, share…
  • 10 Commandments of the Dealmaker

    Skip Prichard
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:27 am
    From Childhood Actor to Dealmaker Jeff B. Cohen’s story is compelling. The former child actor is best known for his role as “Chunk” in The Goonies. The Goonies debuted and quickly became a classic, but Jeff’s career took a different turn. Adolescence changed both his body and his career trajectory. Now, Jeff is one of the entertainment industry’s prominent transactional attorneys. He co-founded Cohen Gardner LLP and has been named by Variety to its Dealmakers Impact List.   “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” -Aristotle     Though…
 
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • The 10 M’s which affect the career trajectory of Women At Work

    Nischala Murthy Kaushik
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    As I navigated through the journey of my career and life as a woman at work – I realized that there were many factors which strongly influenced my career trajectory. As I looked around, it appeared to be the same story for almost every woman I know.. Some of these factors stood out, Some affected women very deeply, Some can be make or break points.. So what are these many factors? Just being aware of them, and acknowledging them can sometimes make all the difference! Connect with me on Nischala’s Social World Columnist / Byline in : Economic…
  • The Power of Networking and why you should do more of it?

    Nischala Murthy Kaushik
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    A few days ago, I was an invited speaker for a session on “Making your NETWORK your NETWORTH“. It was a pleasure and honor to be on the stage, interact with an esteemed panel and connect with an interesting and diverse audience – at different stages and phases of their career trajectory. The event will be memorable for me for a few reasons: It was one of the opportunities which came my way purely due to my writing / social media connections! It was interesting to hear the narratives of many diverse individuals and what they endure on a daily basis to keep their life and…
  • Request for Votes | SXSW Interactive (2016) Panel Picker Session

    Nischala Murthy Kaushik
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    Happy and proud to share my entry to the SXSW 2016 Interactive Panel Picker on the topic “Did You Say “Content”? That’s Passé. It’s Cont-Art” [Theme: Content and Distribution, Format: Solo] My CMO (Naveen Rajdev) submission is titled “Transforming 150K people into marketers in 90 days” [Theme: Branding and Marketing, Format: Solo] As Naveen said “This is an event where noise becomes music, flailing movements become dance & magically your environment turns into a unicorn-haven“. We look forward to your support to help us be part of…
  • Round-up of Marketing Automation Tools

    Nischala Murthy Kaushik
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    I was recently involved in an exercise to evaluate multiple marketing automation tools. As I scanned through the market for solutions, I was impressed by the number of options and capabilities of many of these tools. But first things first | As a marketer, I believe “marketing automation” is BIG BUSINESS! It is also critical if a marketing team needs to show outcomes and impact beyond vanity metrics. So what is Marketing Automation? According to Wikipedia, “Marketing automation refers to software platforms and technologies designed for marketing departments and organizations…
  • Essential Skills for the New-Age Marketer

    Nischala Murthy Kaushik
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    According to the 2015 CMO Survey sponsored by Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and McKinsey, Inc, marketers are optimistic about the business growth and economic outlook this year, and marketing budgets are expected to grow by ~8.7% in the next 1 year. However according to the 2015 IBM CMO Study, “4 out of 5 CMO’s anticipate a high level of complexity over the next 5 years, but only 50% feel ready to handle it‘ It is indeed an important, interesting and exciting time in the life of marketing professionals. Marketing is at the hot-seat, invited to the…
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    The Purposeful Culture Group

  • Work: Where the Human Spirit Goes to Die

    S. Chris Edmonds
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Is your work environment dull and frustrating or engaging and inspiring? Is employee productivity the only meaningful metric in your organization? On the heels of last week’s flurry of articles about Amazon’s “bruising” corporate culture, recent studies indicate that our workplaces are dismal places to inhabit for us humans. 24/7 Wall Street identified 2014’s worst companies to work for by analyzing employee ratings on Glassdoor.com. The worst? Books-A-Million, with an overall score of 2 on a five-point scale. Only 14% of employees would recommend the company to…
  • Do you want a “bruising” workplace?

    S. Chris Edmonds
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last week’s New York Times article, “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace,” caused quite a stir. The article describes a corporate culture that apparently tolerates – and even encourages – mis-treatment, discounting, blaming, and worse. Empathy is hard to find. Over 100 current and former Amazon corporate employees, including leadership team members, human resource directors, retail executives, marketers, and engineers from some of Amazon’s most audacious projects, were interviewed. Those players provide a very consistent view of the…
  • Is Your Company a “Best Place to Work”?

    S. Chris Edmonds
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    24/7 Wall Street just released their 2015 “America’s Best Companies to Work For” list. They studied current and former employees’ company ratings and testimonials on Glassdoor.com to establish the top 54 best places to work. Glassdoor’s ratings are very relevant. Employees rank a variety of factors beyond their personal satisfaction with the company, including pay, benefits, work-life balance, culture, leadership (including rating the CEO), and more. On Glassdoor’s five-point scale, only nine of the 54 best places to work scored a 4.0 or better. Five of…
  • Customer Service Polarities

    S. Chris Edmonds
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    How often are you positively WOW’ed by the customer service you experience? According to Tempkin’s new customer service ratings, the best service providers include USAA in banking, credit cards, and insurance categories, Chick-Fil-A in the fast food category, and Aldi, Trader Joe’s, and Publix in the supermarket category. This week brought examples of great and not so great customer service. Customer service is mediocre at best in our day to day experiences. It typically takes something really amazingly good and on target for us to be impressed at the service experience.
  • Three Ways Servant Leaders Recognize Employees

    S. Chris Edmonds
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” ― William James How many of you get enough praise on the job? I ask this question at nearly every keynote I deliver. The results are astounding. Less than 10 percent of audience members raise their hands! My informal social research mirrors that of Tiny HR’s 2014 Employee Engagement and Organizational Culture Report which found that only 21 percent of employees feel strongly valued at work. A 2010 study by Psychometrics Canada found that 69 percent of HR professionals believe that engagement is a problem in…
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    Switch & Shift

  • Wisdom From A Rebellious Leader

    Amy Tobin
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our focus is on Rebellious Leaders who refuse to accept the normal standards of behavior. They think differently, lead differently and leave their egos at the door.... Read More»
  • #SocialLeader Chat Recap: “The Threat and Promise of Autonomous Teams”

    Lauren Kirkpatrick
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    The industrial age is dead, but some leadership styles from it are still alive and well. As we move further into the Social Age though, many workforces are shifting from hierarchies to wirearchies.... Read More»
  • Beyond Happy: The Role of Well-being in Our Work Lives

    Shawn Murphy
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Happiness is a tricky subject; its meaning varies from person to person. There is fleeting happiness: the happiness we feel when we get something we want. Then there is a richer form of happiness that comes from doing something meaningful, like work or volunteering. This latter form of happiness is more fulfilling and its affects are longer lasting.... Read More»
  • Winning The Battle Against Conformity, Sanding Down & Outmoded Assumptions

    Dara Goldberg
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Embrace Social Leadership, and the battle against these devil-like, debilitating mindsets and behaviors, is finally nearing victory.... Read More»
  • Rising to the Occasion

    Lisa Shelley
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    What you choose to believe about others can either inspire them to grow and contribute, or impose a wall of low expectations triggering resentment and disengagement. Be mindful of your choice.... Read More»
 
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    安心して始められる人気の副業紹介

  • バイト 儲かる人気のお仕事ランキング2015 簡単

    はりねずみ
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    ゆーしーねー、ヤーできれるようなわじゃをしーねーしちゃんら、副業をそーんくとぅや、同僚んかいやっさーまっておくくとぅがゆたさんとうむなます。なかんずくわじゃぬ内容んかいよってうむいもよらねーらん嫉妬くくるがおきてギクシャクするくとぅもあんと聞ちゅーん。…
  • 高額収入バイト 儲かる人気のお仕事ランキング2015

    はりねずみ
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    取りぁえず、努力してネットでお小遣いをてぃーんかいする方法を模索してみましょう。グスーヨーがネットを使った副業で副収入をてぃーんかいするノウハウを知る機会やっさーとうむなます。 ネットで副業をやって副収入を稼ぎたいんでぃいーんんなぁ様方ぬためんかい、いろんな情報提供をしましょうね。近いちちろ流行りぬネットを利用しちゃん副業や、学生を始め、会社員や主婦など、どなたやてぃん気楽んかい稼げます。…
  • 高収入バイト 儲かる人気のお仕事ランキング2015

    はりねずみ
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    ネットを使った副業やたんら、イチ、まーやてぃん余暇んかいでちゅーん。すらいている時間んかい稼ぐくとぅがきれるし、でーじいいー点やいびーん。 近いちちろいなぐんかい人気が高いパソコンできれる在宅ぬおわじゃを始め、スマホぬ在宅ワークや、未経験者やてぃんだぁなりぬ稼ぎが期待きれるようやいびーんし、ウングトールくとぅもあげーて知っちょる人もうーさんんでぃいーん人気らしいやいびーん。…
  • バイト 儲かる人気のお仕事ランキング2015 オススメ

    はりねずみ
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    小遣い稼ぎが未経験やたんら、てぃーっ取りへーくポイントサイトを利用して挑戦してみるくとぅがゆたさんんあんにびんやーか。なんといっても、主婦ぬんなぁみーちも気楽んかいジンを稼ぐくとぅがでちゅーん。 ややりアフィリエイトがネットを利用しちゃん副業でや、さっこー人気があいっさーうやいびーんね。ウイーてぃーくやったら、しばらくナンジせずんかいあん程度ぬ副収入が貯まってちゅーんから最高やいびーん。…
  • 簡単 バイト 儲かる人気のお仕事ランキング2015

    はりねずみ
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    例えば暇な時んかい、ヤーでやりたい分やっさーけ出ちゅーさチャットレディなどや、いなぐぬ方々んかいしに、人気ぬ内職やっさーと断言可能やいびーん。 アフィリエイトんでぃいーんぬやネットぬ副業ぬ中んかい置いてや、グスーヨーんかい好まれていて、場合んかいよってや、長期んかい渡ってウフしちゃんくとぅをしなくてもあん程度ぬ副収入が懐んかい入ってくるんやいびーん。…
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    Sales Coaching Blog

  • The Most Powerful Sales Coaching Question

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:45 am
    It is simple, succinct and should evoke great thought.  Whether you are a front line sales leader or a Chief Sales Officer, challenge yourself by answering the following question. What does it feel like to be coached by you? Before you read further, stop and write down the question and your answer.  Please, do it now. Most every workshop or speaking engagement I lead, I ask this question somewhere near the beginning.  If you are like most audiences of sales leaders, and if you take the time to provide a thoughtful response, this powerful question caught you off guard.  The…
  • 5 Coaching Fundamentals Learned From Major League Baseball

    Debbie Menke
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:36 pm
    by Debbie Menke Director of Field Sales, US + Caribbean, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics Recently recognized as the EcSell Institute's 2015 New Member of the Year at the 2015 Sales Coaching Summit. Fundamental #1: Rise early. Go long.  I grew up a bit of a “baseball brat.” My father, Denis Menke, was a professional Major League Baseball player while I was growing up. After playing, he went on to finish his 40 year career in baseball as a coach. I didn't have a traditional childhood: I watched my father play ball on TV, the Astrodome was my playground, and…
  • Sales Coaching: Intellectual Understanding vs Emotional Readiness

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
     “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude” – Thomas Jefferson Executive sales leaders have a huge opportunity to grow more revenue, build a world-class sales department, and do something special. However, it is not going to be easy and that is the problem. Not too long ago I heard from an EVP of sales that he did not want to bring the same level of accountability to his sales management team that he has in place for his sales producers. What? How could you be against asking…
  • Sales Coaching Research: What Five Words Results

    17 Aug 2015 | 9:42 pm
    The results are in! What five words best describe you as a sales manager? To give some background here, in a blog I posted a few weeks back, I asked you (all you sales managers out there) to share with me via a web-based mini survey the five words that best describe what you do as a sales coach. This was a simple data collection effort – just five questions that would literally take a minute of your time. Today, I eagerly rubbed my hands together as I jumped into aggregating and analyzing the results.
  • Coaching Complexity. Conundrum or Catalyst?

    Debbie Menke
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    by Debbie Menke Director of Field Sales, US + Caribbean, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics Recently recognized as the EcSell Institute's 2015 New Member of the Year at the 2015 Sales Coaching Summit. Webster's Dictionary defines complex as: "hard to separate, analyze, or solve." What happens when we put our employees into complex situations?  The EcSell Institute refers to the term as "complexity" and further suggests that "complexity" is a necessary "catalyst" for the achievement of greater success! Complexity is a scary and uncomfortable place to live.  Think about the last time…
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    Doug Smith Live

  • A Lesson in Humility - Doug Smith Live

    Doug Smith
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:15 am
    4 Questions to Ask Yourself about Humility Last week, I was reading my Bible reading plan and I came across a story about a king named Manasseh who spent the beginning days of his reign doing horrible things. The Bible said he did evil, put up images of false gods, sacrificed his own son, practiced sorcery, witchcraft, and led his people to do more evil things than had ever been done by any other nations before.  After listing all of these things, the story shifts: 2 Chronicles 33:10-13 says, “The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they ignored all his warnings. 11 So the Lord…
  • Episode #69: Interview with Gerald Brooks

    Doug Smith
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:13 am
    In this episode, Doug interviews Gerald Brooks, Founding Pastor of Grace Outreach Center in Plano, Texas Welcome to Episode #69 of the Learning to Lead podcast. This episode is a part of our interview series, in which I interview leaders in order to extract their best leadership lessons and tips. This month, I had the privilege of interviewing Gerald Brooks, the founding Pastor of Grace Outreach Center in Plano Texas. Before I introduce Gerald, I just want to thank you for listening to this podcast. I hope it adds value to your life. If you have enjoyed it, I’d like to ask you for a…
  • Episode #68: Lisa Slayton on Leadership

    Doug Smith
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:46 am
    In this episode, Lisa shares what she believes the be the most important leadership lesson for the next generation. This episode comes from our breakfast series. In this message, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation President, Lisa Slayton, shares what she believes to be the most important leadership lesson for the next generation. Episode #68: Lisa Slayton Lisa’s Bio: Lisa brings a diverse set of experiences to the leadership of SL/ PLF. Over 20 years of experience in the marketplace in sales and marketing and senior management roles as well as ministry leadership experience marries a…
  • Stop Undervaluing the Influence You Have!

    Doug Smith
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Learn the importance of valuing the influence you already have. A few weeks ago, I watched this video by Gary Vaynerchuk and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since. Please take a few minutes to watch it. One is better than zero. #BOOM! I’ve learned this over the last ten years: Too often, we overestimate who we could reach and underestimate who we are currently reaching.  “ Too often, we overestimate who we could reach and underestimate who we are currently reaching. My challenge to you today (and to myself) is to start valuing the difference we are making…
  • Episode #67: I’m 30 and Thriving (Part 1) [Podcast]

    Doug Smith
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Top Lessons I learned in My Twenties I recently turned 30 years old and spent some time reflecting on how I used the last decade of my life. In this episode, I share the top lessons I’ve learned in my twenties. I hope it adds value to your life. Episode #67: I’m 30 and Thriving (Part 1) Links Talked about in this Podcast:  Personal Growth Podcast http://dougsmithlive.com/personal-growth-decision/  Making the Most of Mentors Podcast My Year End Review Process  Notes: I’m 30 and Thriving: Making the Most of Your Twenties:  1.) Decide to Follow God 2 Corinthians 5:17…
 
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    LaRae Quy | Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • 9 Powerful Ways To Build Confidence

    LaRae Quy
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:24 pm
    If you're new here, you may want to receive notices of new blog posts via email. Thanks for visiting - LaRae.During a mock trial, I was selected to be a witness and cross-examined by a criminal lawyer. The purpose of the mock trial was to give FBI agents an idea of how defense attorneys would try to distort our words and use them against us, especially in front of a jury. We were in a real federal courtroom with real lawyers and judges. I had never testified in a court of law before—I felt inadequate, uncertain, and afraid that I would blow the case by saying the wrong thing. Sure enough, I…
  • 9 Tough Truths About Your Fear Of Change

    LaRae Quy
    16 Aug 2015 | 2:38 pm
    One of the most irritating things working for the FBI was their transfer policy—it was always changing and it was always dictated by the needs of the Bureau. When you received an assignment you didn’t like, you could either accept it or quit. There was very little room for negotiation or discussion. As a new agent, I worked on two different squads in six months. It is also the FBI’s policy to rotate agents to various parts of the country. In the first three years, I was transferred to three different cities. It was not easy to pull up roots, disrupt relationships, and start over with…
  • 7 Surprising Ways You Can Increase Your Willpower

    LaRae Quy
    9 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    The majority of complicated and sophisticated cases worked by the FBI take several months, if not years, to solve. It can take willpower to doggedly continue to pursue new leads and maintain the hope of bringing the case to a conclusion. Whether I was sitting across from parents whose child had been abducted, elderly people who had been swindled out of their life savings, or a young executive coming to grips with the fact that her company was the victim of corporate espionage, I felt the full heft of responsibility as the lead investigator. I was committed to these people, and I promised that…
  • 10 FBI Tricks For Effective Persuasion

    LaRae Quy
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Some of my biggest laughs come from watching Hollywood movies and TV shows depicting FBI agents as indestructible bullies walking that fine line between good and evil. They are either taking the law into their own hands in their pursuit of justice or abusing their power to crush the little people that get in their way. The silliness of it all is pure entertainment for someone like me, a former FBI agent. The danger that lurks, however, is that impressionable audiences actually start to believe all the crap they see, read, and hear. Bullying, intimidation, and rudeness pump up hormones and get…
  • Vulnerability —The Road To Courage And Success

    LaRae Quy
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:54 pm
    When people meet me, they expect me to have the kind of bravado that is portrayed by FBI agents on TV and in movies—confident with no signs of weakness or vulnerability. Nothing could be further from the truth! The happiest and most successful FBI agents with whom I worked alongside had the self-awareness to know that it takes a great deal of courage to be vulnerable. To be authentic and seen for who you truly are is not for wimps. Less courageous leaders pretend they are strong and will never break. They never acknowledge their weaknesses or vulnerabilities. The possibility of greatness…
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    Deep Imprints Coaching

  • Sitting in Transition

    Kim
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:27 pm
    I put out a frantic text to my cohort. "I can see my life shrinking. Soon it won't be bigger than my couch." This was a critical moment in my recent transitions. We all reach that point - some of you aren't as dramatic as I was. I knew I was in trouble because I […]
  • Pivot Leadership by Angela Craig

    Kim
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:28 am
    My friend Angela has written a book, and you will find it an excellent companion as you prepare to organize your life again this Fall. We all look for times of renewal and fresh start. For many of us, Fall is the perfect time to refresh and renew. Angela's book is your leadership refresher in […]
  • Do you talk to yourself?

    Kim
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Yesterday, while running a quick errand, I came across two people who were talking to themselves. Well, one was clearly seeing people who weren't there, and talking to them. The other was so mad at someone that he vented all the way to work - outloud - on the street. This isn't the type of […]
  • Are you trying too hard?

    Kim
    28 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    "A bird planted that." "Without even trying?" I looked at my arborist (person who is really smart with plants) friend, then back to the mini-tree in my front yard incredulously. You see, I am bad with plants. So, when I moved into a house with way too many bushes, I asked my friend to join me […]
  • Your attitude is showing!

    Kim
    21 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    Let’s face it. Sometimes we don’t feel "nice". In fact, we are downright grumpy. Sometimes it feels like every word that others speak is a scrub brush on an open wound. And as you know, hurting people hurt people. Yet, we still have to progress through the day. How do you have a good attitude […]
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    Great Results Teambuilding

  • A Special Incentive for Rapid Teamwork Pre-Orders

    Sean Glaze
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    I am excited to announce that my next book, Rapid Teamwork, will officially launch on September 21st, 2015. For the many fans and followers and friends that I have had the pleasure of connecting with over the last few years, I wanted to offer you the opportunity to pre-order the book and receive a couple of great gifts for doing so. Rapid Teamwork tells the story of Greg Sharpe, a manager that readers can easily relate to. Greg’s team has been underachieving and struggling with a few issues.  What he and his executive team experience during an unusual rafting retreat is a lesson on how to…
  • Keys to Retaining Your Team’s Top Talent

    Sean Glaze
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:54 am
    Today’s guest post is by Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here).  (You can learn more about Mike and the book at the end of the post.) Here’s Mike: Erin joined your team about a year ago. She came in with many other candidates for a job opening and she impressed you in the interview. She was far and away the best candidate. You knew you would be lucky to get her to join your team. Since her first day of work, she has lived up to the high expectations she set in her interviews.
  • How to Motivate Your Team with Numbers

    Sean Glaze
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    I was reminded of an important technique you can use to motivate your team while talking with my son about the basketball camp he attended this week. One of the things that makes him a good player is intrinsic motivation – he practices on his own because he just enjoys getting better.  He doesn’t do it because dad offers him milkshakes or other extrinsic rewards. Now, there is NOTHING WRONG with sharing rewards and celebrating individual or team performances… what gets rewarded often gets repeated… but if the external reward is the only motivation, study after study has shown that…
  • Assigned Seats Are Even More Effective Outside of Schools

    Sean Glaze
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:23 am
    Teachers have used assigned seats for decades to arrange and organize students in their classrooms, because it was convenient.  In my classroom, I used to assign seats and would switch up those assignments at different points during the year to allow students to interact and build relationships with people that they otherwise likely wouldn’t have talked with. But leaders in any field should find a way to assign seats to their people at meetings and events – and not just for organizational efficiency. Assigned seats can be a powerful positive catalyst for building relationships and…
  • How to Build Accountability With a Team Character Draft

    Sean Glaze
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    With the NFL draft approaching, millions of people are getting excited about the addition of talent to their team rosters.  Most people can see and appreciate talent – but great leaders know that talent alone is never sufficient.  Talent without character and trust – traits of great teammates – will always underachieve. So how do you build an appreciation of character and emphasize the importance of great teammates, while also creating a culture of accountability among your athletes? Well, even for a veteran coach that sounds like a tall order… but it really is possible. Early in…
 
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    Coaching Excellence

  • People Need You

    ipeccoaching
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Last fall, at one of our iPEC Dialogue Among Coaching Leaders events, I met a fellow wellbeing coach when we spoke on an expert panel together. During the Q&A, a newer coach asked for tips on how to move through the fear that can come up when launching a business. There were some great insights from the panelists. But it was the words of the quiet spoken, wellbeing coach that stopped me—and the rest of the event attendees—in our tracks. “Get over yourselves – because people need you,” he advised referring to when fear or overwhelm kick in. So true! […]
  • Conscious Eating? When a Cookie Isn’t Just a Cookie…

    ipeccoaching
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    There is something about shopping malls that turns me into the “Cookie Monster.” I walk into a mall and my brain starts screaming, “Cooooookie!” Before any productive shopping can be done, I march like a robot to the nearest cookie store and wolf one down. I barely taste it and often I’m not even hungry when I eat that cookie. Meanwhile, I’m trying to limit the amount of sugar that I eat because it really wreaks havoc on my physical and mental wellbeing. That cookie may well put me over a healthy sugar intake for the day. So what’s up […]
  • The Final Step To Sustainable Wellbeing: Connection!

    ipeccoaching
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Throughout this series, I have discussed the factors that go into creating sustainable wellbeing: It’s about being aware of the changes you want to make in your life, being confident in your plan, and taking positive steps consistently as part of a systemic process. There’s just one secret I haven’t let you in on—that final key to making positive, long-lasting changes. And that’s being connected. Tune Into Yourself and Others In my wellbeing coaching practice, I use the COR.E Wellbeing Dynamics™ approach to help people attain their goals. That only works, however, when they…
  • Five Tips to Encourage Collaboration in Your Business

    ipeccoaching
    7 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Building collaborative teams where people work together for a common cause is critical to the success of any business. Collaboration opens the door to innovation. A perfect example of an innovative company with a highly collaborative workforce is Bell Labs. From 1925 to 1980, Bell Labs contributed more to technology than any other company in history. The organization filed for 17,000 patents, which is the equivalent of five patents a day for 50 years. How did Bell Labs accomplish so much? The technology giant had a clear vision, mission, and the work culture to support a free environment of…
  • The Third Step To Sustainable Wellbeing – A Systematic Approach

    ipeccoaching
    1 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    What creates sustainable change? It requires several factors, two of which we’ve already explored. In my first installment of this series, I discussed the need to be aware of the desired changes that help promote healthy choices. Then, we looked at the need to be confident in the plan, and practice consistency to reinforce good habits. This requires a systematic approach. Knowing what changes you want to make, and then being confident in your ability to do them repeatedly, makes up the systemic approach needed for sustainable wellbeing. In my wellness coaching practice, drawing from COR.E…
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    strategy+business: STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP

  • The Search for an Oracle

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Where do you look for leadership wisdom?
  • Consistency Drives Success at Telus

    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In many organizations the bias is to change often -- simply to appear to be doing something different. But the bias at Telus, the Canadian telecom giant, was always not to change. This unusual consistency of focus, in terms of both its business strategy and its culture, helped transform Telus into an industry leader.
  • A New Perspective on Chief Information Officers

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    CIOs are staying longer in their jobs, another sign that supply chain management is becoming more vital to large companies.
  • How Adidas Found Its Second Wind

    23 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When leaders rediscover their company's heritage and learn what works and what doesn't, the core assumptions and values of the past are reabsorbed into the organizational culture, and start to define the company's strategic choices. As Adidas found, the key is not only reconnecting with the past -- but knowing how to use it effectively to meet the future needs of consumers.
  • 20 Questions for Business Leaders

    23 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The history of business is the story of entrepreneurs, executives, leaders, and employees, all of whom along the way add to the theory of management. For the 20th anniversary of strategy+business, we, the editors, decided to track the milestones of management history. This interactive catalog is the result.
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    Simplifying Exceptional Leadership

  • How to use the FUEL model of Coaching – A Step by Step Guide for Leaders

    Joseph Abraham
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    Visiting a village school one day, King Oscar II of Sweden asked the pupils to name the greatest kings of Sweden. The answers were unanimous: Gustavus Vasa, Gustavus Adolphus, Charles X. Then the teacher leaned over to one little boy and whispered something in his ear. “And King Oscar,” volunteered the child. “Really? And what has King Oscar done that’s so remarkable?” asked the king. “I–I–I don’t know,” stammered the unhappy child. “That’s all right,” said the king. “Neither do I.” Awareness is the…
  • How to use the GROW model of Coaching – A Step by Step Guide

    Joseph Abraham
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    In the monsoon of 1979, a sixteen year old witnessed an unusual phenomenon in Johrat, Assam. He saw snakes dying in large numbers. During the monsoon with floods rising, wooden logs and snakes would be found floating on water and when the waters receded and dried these large number of snakes would be found dead due to excessive heat. For a normal teenager it might have seemed liked a relief in seeing these reptiles perish as they made the villagers anxious with their unannounced presence. This boy was different, he saw the whole problem statement differently, he realized that these snakes…
  • Become an effective coach using the right coaching model

    Joseph Abraham
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Here’s a great story I read on James Clear’s Blog about Coach Dave Brailsford, and new stint in 2010 as the new General Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky (Great Britan’s professional cycling team), who changed the winning scenario of the British Cycling Team who went on to win the most prized Tour de France not once but thrice, so what made the difference? Brailsford’s belief in a concept he called as the ‘aggregation of marginal gains’. He went on to explain that it meant one percent margin for improvement in everything you do and so coach Brailsford and his team went…
  • 4 Ways to bring exceptional learning results back into your organization

    Joseph Abraham
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:57 am
    At the core of any training program is the results that it yields, results are multi-dimensional: There is the client (internal/external), the learner, the delivery team, the business unit and the whole training team or department in some cases. All this points to one big goal, is the training program adding value to the organization in terms of increasing profitability, decreasing costs, improving customer loyalty, enhancing good-will, adding immense value to the share-holders and yes is it attracting the right talent. However when it comes to the training program itself, it’s the…
  • 10 inspirational TED Talks to help you develop exceptional leadership

    Joseph Abraham
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    1. Simon Sinek: Start with why? 2. Derek Sivers: How to start a moment 3.  Richard St. John: 8 secrets to success 4. Diana Laufenberg: How to learn from mistakes 5. Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors 6. Dan Pink: The surprising science of motivation 7. David Logan: Tribal Leadership 8. Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn… then lead 9. Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread 10. Field Wicker-Miurin: Learning from leadership’s ‘missing manual’ The post 10 inspirational TED Talks to help you develop exceptional leadership appeared first on Simplifying…
 
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    Activate Group, Inc

  • Executive Coach Helps You Write Your Story

    Howard Shore
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:47 am
    Executive Coach Helps You Write Your Story Do you ever wonder what an executive coach does? I get this question all the time. A coach’s job is to help you write your story. What do I mean by this? Whether you want to improve your business, career, or personal circumstances, the coach’s role is to provide a forum and process to help you maximize your potential. In other words, as your story is unfolding, your coach’s job is to help you to write your best story, a great story. It is important that you work with someone that will help keep bias out of your story creation. Your story starts…
  • Concentration Is One Of The Biggest Risks To Your Business!

    Howard Shore
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    Concentration Is One Of The Biggest Risks To Your Business! You may be focusing on the wrong indicators in your company. Your revenue may be growing, your profit margins good, and your net profit plentiful, yet you may be close to impending problems. Concentration is one of the biggest risks to your business so you must make it an important part of your key performance indicators. You can measure concentration both in terms of market and customer, and both areas need to be monitored for the reasons in this article. Why Should You Care About Concentration? Issues relating to concentration come…
  • How Predictable and Consistent is Your Profit Growth Rate?

    Howard Shore
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    How Predictable and Consistent is Your Profit Growth Rate? Two important measurements of the health of your business are the predictability and consistency of your revenue growth rate. If someone were to ask you “What was the growth rate in your profit in each of the last 3 years?”; “What was it last quarter?”; and “What was the growth rate in the comparable quarter last year?”, could you answer those questions quickly and without stumbling? Many business owners are not tracking these crucial statistics, so when they give me their answer and I check the numbers, they are usually…
  • How to Increase the Value of Your Business

    Howard Shore
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    How to Increase the Value of Your Business Is selling your business a future consideration? If you are like many business owners, you know you will one day sell your business. Too often owners take time for granted. They always believe they have more time to consider how best to prepare their businesses for sale. The flaw in their thinking is that they really do not know whether the best time to sell is this year, next year, or 50 years from now. I have heard so many stories from people who were offered a lot of money to sell their businesses and turned down the offer only to find only five…
  • How Do You Measure The Success of A Meeting?

    Howard Shore
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    How Do You Measure The Success of A Meeting? How do you know whether or not your meeting was successful? Do you measure the success of a meeting by the fact that it started or ended on time or by the fact that you completed its agenda? Many times you can cover your agenda and fulfill the time constraints and yet accomplish nothing. Often I see leaders judge their meetings successful because there was lively discussion. Or people got animated. Or they had fun. One leader showed me long lists of items they talked about during one of their all-day meetings. I suggest that you set much higher…
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    Random Acts Of Leadership™

  • Is The Payoff Worth More Than The Cost?

    Susan Mazza
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of my favorite quotes is from T. Harv Ecker, author of The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: “You can have your reasons or you can have results.” Reasons are essentially your explanation for why you don’t have the results you want. Another word for that is an excuse. In an article titled “No Excuses,” Shakti Sutriasa of Decide Differently shares a great personal example of working through Wayne Dyer’s “Excuses Begone” process. One of the questions Wayne Dyer suggest we ask ourselves is: “What’s the payoff for using this…
  • How Leaders Drive Behavior

    Susan Mazza
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    “What you focus on grows. What you concentrate more on is what you see more of in your life.”  Robin Sharma This applies in every dimension of our lives.  It is particularly important to your leadership, especially when you are in a position of leadership, whether you are leading a team or the CEO of a fortune 500 company. People will naturally start to notice what you choose to frequently shine the spotlight on.Tweet This This is how they will learn what they should focus on, which amplifies whatever message you send. Shine the spotlight to discover whose fault it was and what’s…
  • Tap Into Your Strengths

    Susan Mazza
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    I am happy to introduce you to Jennifer Kahnweiler, author of the new book Genius of Opposites. Jennifer is passionate about helping introverts find their leadership voice by embracing their natural traits, rather than forcing themselves to act like their more outgoing counterparts. Her words today are helpful for introverts and extroverts alike. In February, I took part in a great 4-hour session on the LinkedIn group Connect: Professional Women’s Network, where we discussed the idea of introverted leadership.  Here are some excerpts from that event: Many introverts assume that because…
  • Leading the Way in Trust

    Susan Mazza
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Trust is one of those things we intuitively know makes a difference in our effectiveness and even the bottom line.  It can be a lot harder, though, to actually show the return on investment of being a trustworthy business.  And make no mistake about it – building trustworthy business practices and doing what it takes to be trusted in the world does require a significant investment! Trust Across America/Trust Around the World has been working to make a business case for what they refer to as the “Return on Trust,” and has developed a methodology for putting together an…
  • Are You All In?

    Susan Mazza
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Are you all in?” is a pivotal question to ask yourself if you want to achieve anything remarkable. Of course, “yes” is the answer that will put you on the road to success.  However, the difference between saying “yes, I am all in” and being “all in” will be the deciding factor in whether you actually arrive in a future that matches the picture you envisioned. So by all means, start by saying “yes, I am all in” — because it’s only then that you will really get to work. The bad news is that soon after you begin, you will…
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    Step Up Leader with Susan Freeman

  • Ignorance and Leadership: What You Don’t Know Counts for More than You Think

    Susan Freeman
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    Recently the topic of ignorance has caught my eye. Not ignorance that comes from a lack of knowledge, but rather from a desire to be open to what’s new and possible. Leading Blog reviewed a new book by Itay Talgam on the topic called The Ignorant Maestro, and Jamie Holmes wrote a New York Times op-ed piece imploring “The Case for Teaching Ignorance.” How can ignorance be applied to helping leaders become more effective? It has to do with instilling curiosity as a value. “The more we know, the more we can ask. Questions don’t give way to answers so … The post Ignorance…
  • Become Part of the Fabric – Guest Post by Alana Muller

    Susan Freeman
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today’s guest post by master networker, Alana Muller. You can read Alana’s blog at Coffee Lunch Coffee. For many of us, when we enter unknown territory or face a new situation, we have a sense of momentary anxiety… How do I get from here to there? Will I know anybody? Will anyone talk to me? What do I say? What am I doing here anyway? Of course, the tension eases as we become more familiar with the activity, get to know names and faces, learn about the organization or purpose for the event. It helps if we feel confident in our approach. … The post Become Part of the…
  • Living and Leading Connected

    Susan Freeman
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Below is a re-post of my Conscious Shift Magazine article. What does it mean to be connected as a leader? (Hint: It’s not about the Wi-Fi)! According to the dictionary, to connect is to “bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established.” What may be surprising is how vitally important being “connected” is to being a good leader. Leaders work with and through people, and that requires connection. In a Harvard Business Review article from February 2013, entitled “How Poor Leaders Become Good Leaders” Zenger and Folkman…
  • Does Your Leadership Make Connection a Cultural Priority?

    Susan Freeman
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    Connection is a hot leadership topic for me this month. I’ve been exploring the impact of connection on how and why work gets done. There is a strong link between effective connection and results. In my work with leaders and teams, I have observed a range of cultures in which connection is present; I have also seen the opportunity for connection to be deepened and instilled as a cultural priority. We know that effective leadership requires the presence of two key dimensions; the relational (how we work with and through others) and task (the getting things done part). Decades ago,…
  • Technology and Leadership: The Missing Connection

    Susan Freeman
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Technology is one of the greatest additions to our modern lives.  Yet the way we use it and engage with it, may not necessarily be helping with our leadership effectiveness.  Sure, we are more ostensibly connected-never far away from our phones, tablets and laptops.  Yet proximity does not a connection make.  I would argue that technology may be one of the contributors to leadership disconnection. Leadership requires focus. Technology is distracting. It takes a lot of discipline to stay off social media and email. The more we can remove distractions, the easier it is to become focused on…
 
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    Leading in Context

  • What is Positive Leadership?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:04 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Positive leadership is a new term that is popping up regularly in articles. What does it mean? What kind of leadership do we describe as positive?
  • Ethical and Unethical Sales Leadership: What’s The Difference?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:04 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Unfriendly Sales Techniques Times are still tight for consumers and salespeople are concerned about their jobs. It seems that is more tempting now than it would be in a booming economy to use high-pressure tactics or other unfriendly approaches in order to get business. And pushy, unfriendly sales techniques stand out even more in difficult economic times. Customers will go out of their way to avoid companies that use them. Some unfriendly approaches that I have observed recently include:
  • 5 Warning Signs Of Oversimplified Ethics

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:04 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Leaders and organizations can get into real trouble if they oversimplify ethics. Some examples of what that might look like include lonely ethics statements (that look good on paper but are not brought to life) and grand statements (that are vague and not well understood). Here are 5 warning signs to watch for that signal an oversimplified approach to ethics:
  • What is Research?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:04 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton What is research? The answer depends on your perspective. Some people believe the definition is very narrow, and only if you "do it right" in the scientific sense does it meet the requirements of proper research. Others believe that it includes paying attention to messages from all areas of our lives and using that information to achieve insight and understanding.
  • Hitting the High Notes

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:04 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton When I was singing with a local chorus, I took some voice lessons. My teacher had me start by singing scales while she listened. After my voice cracked, I explained that I had trouble "hitting the high notes." I explained that I was an Alto, not a Soprano and the high notes seemed way out of my reach.
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    Dave Bratcher - Leadership: ENGAGED

  • What I learned from “No Service”

    Dave
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    “No Service” Lessons Here’s an excerpt from this week’s article: When was the last time you saw a sign like this hanging outside of a restaurant? Probably never. What about a sign with these words hanging outside of a church? Hopefully, never. It had been quite a while since I had seen these words anywhere…until this past weekend. The words appeared in the upper left corner of my iPhone.  Continue reading… Comment below – What are your suggestions to create “No Service” areas in your life and mine? Have you connected? Leave Blank:Do Not…
  • Most important time of your life?

    Dave
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:39 am
    What is the most important time of your life? Have you ever been caught off guard by something?  This very thing happened this past week and it is the focus of this week’s article.  Read an excerpt below: This seems like an easy question, but stick with me. It all started as a normal Saturday afternoon, with my daughter waving an American Flag and singing the National Anthem. After that, she placed her hand over her heart and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. I joined in with her. When we finished she continued to something else…something I had not heard before.  Continue…
  • 3 Lessons Completing #StJude Half-Marathon

    Dave
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:37 am
    Running…13.1 MILES? This time last year, I could run around the couch.  After a year of running, starting with running for 30 seconds and culminating with running for 2 hours, 18 minutes, what a rush.  During the race, I learned 3 important lessons which apply to running, but are equally important to life. 3 Lessons Learned completing #StJude Half-Marathon 1.  You don’t know what you don’t know – If you’ve never been herded like cattle before, you are somewhat overwhelmed when you are standing shoulder to shoulder with thousands of people.  As we were…
  • Who taught you to give?

    Dave
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    How did you learn to give?  Who taught you? Have you ever noticed sharing is something we are not born knowing how to do.  One of the most used words by small children is, “Mine.”  We must learn how to give.  We must learn to share what we have with others. This past week a friend shared an article with me that was originally posted on Forbes.com, written by Fidelity, and giving specific ways we can teach our children to give. Teach your children to give…The needs of tomorrow are dependent on the children of today.Click To Tweet During this season of Thanksgiving, we…
  • 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. “Anything worth doing, is worth doing poorly.” ~ Jim BeardenClick To Tweet In approximately two weeks, I will be participating in my first half marathon, St.
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    Giana Consulting |Understanding & Growing People, Leaders & Organizations

  • A Character-Based Leadership Manifesto

    Chery Gegelman
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    How do you aspire to lead? Yesterday I felt a strong urge to clearly articulate what Character-Based Leadership means to me. As I wrote it I thought of: Leaders that create beautiful symphonies by unleashing the differences and strengths of others. Leader that inspire us all to lead at a higher level. Leadership decisions that make my blood boil. People I am currently serving and people I’ve served. Times I’ve led well, and times I’ve failed. All that I am and all that I hope to be… What’s your leadership manifesto? Click To Tweet This is mine: It’s…
  • When Companies Don’t Tell The Whole Truth…

    Chery Gegelman
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:46 am
    A True Expat Recruitment Story Last week, I visited a new friend that has been an expat for about 4 months in a country that is nothing like the one her family comes from. When her husband accepted the position, they were promised life in a compound – a guarded and gated community with streets, and parks, and amenities that vary depending on your location. The day before they left home to begin their expat lives, they were informed that there was a housing shortage in the area they were relocating to. (When it was conveniently too late to get their previous jobs back or easily jump back…
  • Having “Skin In The Game” Matters Because…

    Chery Gegelman
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:55 am
    “Skin in the game” emphasizes that not one of us is as smart as all of us. “Skin in the game” separates the watchers from the joiners & the whiners from the winners. “Skin in the game” unleashes: Creativity, Innovation, Joy, Synergy & RESULTS! When everyone has “skin in the game” – we play better & we win more often.Click To Tweet Communities don’t need more critics. They need models. Companies don’t need more problems. They need solutions. Our world doesn’t need bench-warmers.   It needs players. Titled Leaders: Are you…
  • Dealing with Change: Both Wanted & Unwanted

    Chery Gegelman
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Will it kill you? Or will you thrive? Once upon a time, I hired a fun-loving woman with great recommendations, strong experience, and impressive tenure. (True Story!) Not long after she joined our team she began to struggle.   Things that she thought would be easy to learn were harder than normal, which chewed away at her confidence, which made it even harder to learn, which ate away even more confidence. Sometimes when we spoke privately, tears flowed. At one point she shared that in her last role she was so confident that she would put on a pink feather boa. And when she wore it –…
  • How to Refocus & Recharge – With or Without a Vacation

    Chery Gegelman
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Several years ago I was in a role that was getting busier and busier. As the demands and distractions poured in I began to feel less energized and lose my focus. And as my focus shifted, so did the focus of the entire team that I supported.  With no corporate retreats in our future we needed to figure out how to refocus and recharge.  1.  Create an EXPERIENCE:    I brought some tiny matchbox cars to a meeting and asked everyone to take a car and personalize it. Then I gave them a bunch of foot-long crepe paper streamers and asked them to use a streamer to list one thing that was causing…
 
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    Get Real Leadership | It's About the People | Nicki Roth

  • One Secret For Leading Teams: Sit Back More

    nickiroth
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    Ever wonder why you struggle to lead great teamwork? Ever feel like you’d rather run and hide? This is how most of us feel when it comes to teams. Oh sure, we all know that nothing gets done unless it is with a group of people and we’ve all had some decent training on how to […]
  • The Hunger for Selfless Leaders

    nickiroth
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    “I care more about the overall well being of the organization and the staff than I do about my own career trajectory. When I am making challenging decisions my well being isn’t even part of the equation.” This is a real statement made by a very effective and humble leader. And his actions back up […]
  • Unintended Consequences: When New CEOs Bring Their “People”

    nickiroth
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    This is an old story that hasn’t changed much over time. An external person is selected to succeed the current CEO for any number of good reasons. Whatever those reasons are, this decision by the board dashes the hope of one or several internal candidates who thought they had the inside track. Detailed transition plans […]
  • The Power of Thank You

    nickiroth
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    At the end of a long and productive team meeting, the CFO asked me (the consultant) to offer the group some observational feedback. After making a few very specific remarks about the team’s behavior that was helpful and one or two things that needed continued improvement, I turned to one of the VPs around the […]
  • Building Team Connectivity…Through Food

    nickiroth
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    Over the years I have designed and facilitated countless leadership team offsite meetings. Some I remember fondly, some I’m embarrassed to remember, many are forgettable (for the participants as well as me!) and a handful are the stories I repeat to all my clients. During the past two decades the nature of the requests for […]
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    Serve to Lead Group

  • Rev. Richard Maraj | Service and Love

    James Strock
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Rev. Richard Maraj | Service and Love  The post Rev. Richard Maraj | Service and Love appeared first on Serve to Lead Group.
  • Service is Love in Action

    James Strock
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Serve to Lead presents a series of propositions: –Leadership in the 21st century is about service; –Service is love in action; –Leadership, therefore, is about love. Love as a Binder of Life and Work Many readers of Serve to Lead have commented on its unabashed focus on love. We’re simply not accustomed to speaking of love […] The post Service is Love in Action appeared first on Serve to Lead Group.
  • Everyone Can’t Be In Your Front Row

    James Strock
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Life is a theater… the world’s a stage…so invite your audiences carefully. Not everyone is holy enough and healthy enough to have a seat in your front row. Everyone Can’t Be In Your Front Row (Anonymous) There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance. It’s amazing what you […] The post Everyone Can’t Be In Your Front Row appeared first on Serve to Lead Group.
  • Daniel R Murphy | Leaders First Lead Themselves

    James Strock
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    Nothing so conclusively proves a person’s ability to lead others, as what they do from day to day to lead themselves. – Thomas J. Watson, former chairman of IBM. We cannot lead others until we lead ourselves. Leadership expert John C. Maxwell was asked in an interview what his greatest challenge has been as a leader. […] The post Daniel R Murphy | Leaders First Lead Themselves appeared first on Serve to Lead Group.
  • Reason, Season or Lifetime?

    James Strock
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person.     A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which […] The post Reason, Season or Lifetime? appeared first on Serve to Lead Group.
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    Learn2 Solutions

  • Choose The Right Leadership Triggers

    Doug Bolger
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:02 am
    You take action. Your action affects what others see you do. What you do indicates what is important to you. What you recognize and celebrate in others illustrates what is important to you. The activities, approaches and results you recognize and celebrate speak volumes to your team. What is a trigger? Most of us get that a trigger is the mechanism that actuates the firing sequence of a firearm. As leaders, our triggers are mechanisms that activates us to take action. What are “helpful” triggers? Many leaders have well-defined “negative” triggers. We get activated when someone is…
  • Creating A Team Culture

    Doug Bolger
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Creating a team is like making a cake. Each ingredient serves a purpose. Without an ingredient, the cake changes. If an ingredient is off, the entire cake can be distasteful or the other ingredients have to mask the bad taste of the one. When all the ingredients are fresh, the cake tastes good, feeds many and is cause for celebration. Each ingredient serves a purpose. Each ingredient has a role and function to play in a team. Knowing your role in the team comes from the hiring process, the job description, how you are measured, your supervisor, and primarily how you choose to contribute…
  • 12 Keys To Getting Results When Merging Teams

    Tammy Sweeney
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    A company’s culture is the shared values, beliefs and behaviors that determine how people do things in an organization. A team’s culture, while aligned with the larger organization culture, can often look very different across the organization, and pocket cultures may emerge. In the midst of organizational change and restructuring, these pocket cultures may collide, and the fallout, can be disastrous or at the very least disheartening. Keep issues related to blending team cultures a top priority and take these steps to ensure a smooth transition. SO YOU’RE MERGING TWO TEAMS – 12 KEYS…
  • Corporate Team Building Activities: 4 Things To Watch Out For

    Doug Bolger
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    Corporate team building activities effectively boost employee engagement and productivity when organizations invest in these important corporate events. Here are 4 things to consider when scheduling your next team building activity. Frequency of corporate team building activities It has been observed that the frequency of team building activities, especially those outside the workplace, is very effective and can increase employee productivity. So, how often should organizations hold team building events? The frequency of team building activities and their success highly depend on the type of…
  • Engage Not-For-Profit Boards in Strategic Planning

    Doug Bolger
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    Your board consists of professionals who are passionate about your cause. Their experience and skills are varied, and they don’t necessarily think about strategic planning as a way to accomplish purpose. Often, not-for-profit organizations focus more on their passion for purpose than the running of the business. It doesn’t have to be that way. With simple steps, you can engage not-for-profit boards in developing an actionable and measurable strategic plan that is fully aligned with your purpose, and actually allows you to achieve your purpose more fully. This is the first of a three-part…
 
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    Alli Polin | Break The Frame

  • Leaders: Don’t Fail Because You Fail to Reimagine

    Alli Polin
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    When I picked up the phone, I heard the strain in her voice. “I hate to ask, can you watch Matt? It’s my back. The PT is going to squeeze me in if I can get there in 20 minutes.” Matt is her two-year-old son; she would take her newborn with her to the appointment. No client calls scheduled until the afternoon, I quickly agreed. When Matt came in my house, he knew to look for the good stuff. He walked over to our snack bin to make a selection and asked for juice. Next stop? Toys. My son is on the edge of outgrowing his matchbox cars, so we have them all packed away in drawers, out…
  • Get Over the Hype – 5 Reasons the Comfort Zone Isn’t Your Enemy

    Alli Polin
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    Seems like everyone and their grandmother writes about why you need to break out of your comfort zone. Heck, I’ve written about it more than a time or two. It’s as if there is a cult of personal development and leadership bloggers proselytizing the evils of the comfort zone. Even worse, if you dare stay within your comfort zone, you might as well shrivel up and blow away into irrelevance now. Sounds like fun, right? Here’s the truth: Your comfort zone serves a purpose and it’s not your enemy. Your enemy is your fear that this is it, the end of the road, the buck stops here, (add your…
  • Four Sentences to Amp up Your Personal Leadership

    Alli Polin
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    The grocery store was packed, and every single shopper was miserable. Aisles were slow going, favorite brands were sold out and the checkout lines looked like they were miles long. It was a scene that’s probably familiar to anyone who has ever done their grocery shopping on the weekend.  Not one person was making eye contact with anyone else. Everyone was on a mission to fill their cart and go home; making a human connection was not on the agenda.  When it was my turn to pay, I smiled at the cashier and got a weak smile in return. I was willing to bet a lot of money that most people…
  • Why It’s Time to Prioritize Leading Your Life

    Alli Polin
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    My son walked into my room, awake from a nightmare, crying. “How many days?” “How many days until what?” I asked. “How many days will you be alive?” Wow. That was not a math question I could answer with a quick swoosh of my fingertips across the keyboard.  “Will you be alive for a million?  Will I?” Oh, honey. I told him I’d like 36,500, at least, but I couldn’t promise a number. “Where are you now?” he asked. “In my bedroom.” “No, how many days.” I thought about it for a moment and grabbed my iPad to use the calculator app. It was…
  • 10 Reasons You Gotta Stop Obsessing Over Facebook

    Alli Polin
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    I’m on a Facebook hiatus, but, then again, Facebook has never been my go-to social networking site. I’m more of a Twitter fan, but that may be because I resisted Facebook like the plague and missed the “oh-my-gosh-it’s-the-best-ever” boat. When the movie, The Social Network, was released at the end of 2010, I went to see it in the theater, but I would bet big money I was one of the few in the audience without a Facebook account. By summer 2011, I took the plunge. I’d often like and comment on friend’s posts from high school, college, and work with whom I’d lost touch. Not…
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  • The Failure Formula

    Jim Stovall
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    I often think that failure is the most misunderstood element of the human condition.  Failure is not the opposite of success. Failure is, instead, part of success. Every great invention, accomplishment, or victory is preceded by a failure or, in most cases, a series of failures. When we understand that failure is part of the success process, we then come to understand that as long as we don’t quit, failure is not final. It is simply fertilizer for future success. I am a huge baseball fan and enjoy listening to the satellite radio broadcasts of games most every night during the baseball…
  • Question of the Month: How will you handle the extra workload during the holiday season?

    Refresh Leadership
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    We’re one month away from the final quarter of 2015, and with that, it’s time to plan for the increased workload during the holiday season. Whether you’re expecting a boost in sales or an increase in employees using vacation days, it’s important to know how you will maintain a high level of productivity and customer service during this season to ensure you finish the year strong. So, we to know your seasonal solutions—sound off by voting in our poll! Take Our Poll  
  • 4 Essential Characteristics of a Successful Team

    Jared Brox
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    At one time or another in your professional career, you’ve likely been reminded that teamwork makes the dream work or that there’s no “I” in team. Or maybe you’ve been encouraged to be a team player and take one for the team. And in some instances, you may have even found yourself going to bat for the other team. There are very few professions where we aren’t expected to work in— or at least be part of—a team. In the workplace, teamwork can mean the difference between success and failure. Organizations that place an emphasis on team building and ensure they hire employees who…
  • 5 Steps to Take Right Now to Prepare Yourself to Be an Entrepreneur

    Jared Brox
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur, but for those who are, it can be all at once exciting, terrifying, and rewarding. Many people have dreams of owning their own business, but are quick to dismiss the idea, because they don’t think it’s a realistic option. For some, that may be true, but if you’re willing to put in the work and start taking a few early steps, you can significantly increase your chances of success when the opportunity comes to strike out on your own. Build a nest egg Starting a business isn’t cheap. From expected expenses associated with getting a company…
  • Why Employers Can’t Afford to Ignore the Skills Gap

    Refresh Leadership
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    You hear it every day: businesses can’t find qualified workers, yet workers can’t find jobs. It sounds like an oxymoron, but the “skills gap” is real and growing at an alarming rate. According to Fortune magazine, there is likely to be a shortage of about 40 million high-skilled workers and 45 million medium-skilled workers by 2020. At the same time, analysts predict that there will be a surplus of 95 million workers who do not have the training to fill most vacant jobs. What’s Causing the Gap? Experts across all industries cite four issues contributing to the skills gap: A mismatch…
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  • Five Perspectives on Being a Salon/Spa Leader

    Neil Ducoff
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    You cannot be the leader you are capable of without overcoming your own insecurities, fears and blockages. Every leader has stuff behind the curtain that gets in the way and holds you back, stuff you’d prefer to leave behind the curtain. Some leaders have issues with confrontational situations. Some leaders absolutely hate the disciplines of […]
  • Dynamics of Salon & Spa Productivity Rates

    Neil Ducoff
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
        Productivity is about a consistent, efficient and proficient output rate in a specified time. If it needs to be accomplished – its productivity rate can be measured. In a service business, achieving and maintaining an optimal productivity rate can mean operating in the glow of profitability or the stress of mounting losses. The […]
  • How to Increase Salon & Spa Productivity in Six Steps

    Eric Ducoff
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:40 pm
    So, your salon/spa is not as productive and efficient as it should be. You’re certainly not alone and share the same frustrations as many of the country’s top salons and spas. Now, how do you reach the target benchmark of +/- 85% productivity and achieve the kind of profit levels that you deserve? There are six strategies to […]
  • When You Want It Bad Enough

    Neil Ducoff
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Everything changes when you want it bad enough. It doesn’t matter if it’s advancing in your career, starting and growing your own business, achieving a once unthinkable goal, or mastering new skills and abilities. When you want it bad enough, it exists with absolute clarity in your mind. When you want it bad enough, the […]
  • Making Peace with Performance Reviews

    Neil Ducoff
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Do you do quarterly performance reviews at least once a year? That’s a line from my No-Compromise Leadership book that always gets an unsettled chuckle. Why? Because there’s something about conducting performance reviews that causes them to be avoided, conveniently forgotten or dreaded. For many leaders, the thought of scheduling performance reviews is the equivalent […]
 
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  • Does Marissa Mayer’s Choice Limit Yours?

    Karin Hurt
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:45 pm
    I wasn’t going to weigh in on Marissa Mayer’s choice to take a 2 week maternity leave, because quite frankly, I’m conflicted. I know the choices I’ve made (and continue to make) as a working mom leave some of my friends scratching their heads. “Why would she want to travel like that?” “All this time working on that book can’t be good for her kids.”  Sometimes they say it, sometimes I just see it in their eyes, or hear it as subtext to their question, “oh where are you off to this week?” So I’m a bit in the camp of…
  • Why to Be Surprised: The Power of Not Knowing

    Karin Hurt
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:54 pm
    This weekend, on a flight out to Bend, Oregon to film am exciting project (coming soon), I clumsily dumped the manuscript for my upcoming book, Winning Well, on the lap of an older gentleman with sparkling eyes sitting beside me. We were about an hour into the flight, and up until then, neither of us had said a word–and quite frankly, we both seemed just fine with that. #thankgoodnesswegotpastthat When I apologized and tried to recover the paper that was all over his feet and lap (#nexttimeuseabinderclip), he just seemed annoyed. Now, I know he was processing. A few minutes after…
  • How to Get Promoted At Work: The ASK Strategy

    Featured Guest
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    A guest post by Bruce Harpham Getting promoted at works increases your responsibility, power and ability to grow as a leader. When you are seeking your first management role, getting promoted is a mysterious process. If you are seeking an executive role, the process is even more challenging. This three-part strategy is built on timeless principles that will deliver results in all industries. With this foundation in place, you can ASK for a promotion! Allies: Promotion Requires a Team Promotion decisions are generally made with the input from many people. That’s why you need to build up a…
  • Go Slow to Go Fast

    Karin Hurt
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Have you every had a really crazy date? Or worked with a leader who was totally delusional? Well that was me, about 15 years ago, single (again), feeling old (ironic now) and unsure on the Acela train. It was just after the diversity council debacle.  I was sitting in the café car on my way to NYC for another meeting trying to rebuild trust. I hadn’t looked up when the crowd pushed on at the Wilmington stop. It always gets crowded at that stop, and frankly I was really hoping no one would sit next to me. I wasn’t exactly feeling like company. The conductor came on the overly loud…
  • Experts Share Thoughts on Communication: A Frontline Festival

    Karin Hurt
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our August Festival is all about communication. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Festival is all about Building Effective Peer Relationships. New contributors welcome. Refining Your Personal Communication Style To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. – Tony Robbins According to David Dye of Trailblaze, new…
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  • Building Trust – a core leadership quality

    admin
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:08 pm
      Building trust Last week I read a post on the “speed of trust” and it got me thinking.  The author, Stephen M.R. Covey (different from Stephen R. Covey of the “7 habits of highly successful people”) makes a great point in the post about “high trust, high speed, low cost”. Anytime we hear about the appointment of a new CEO, the company expects the CEO to bring “her own team”.  In fact one of the points of negotiation between the incumbent CEO and the Board is the CEO’s direct reports and how many of her own choice can be appointed. It is not a question of…
  • See round the corner – identifying, preparing and positioning yourself for the next big thing

    admin
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:56 pm
      Crystal ball – see round the corner Wayne Gretzky famously attributed the reason for his greatness as a hockey player to his ability to see round the corner.  This is captured in his famous quote that he is able to “to skate to where the puck was going to be”. Metaphorically, this means you build and prepare yourself to be in a highly advantageous position – in a future business environment – from where you can generate substantial gains and have an extraordinary competitive advantage. Gains could be purely dollar benefits from early investments, early career move into a…
  • How to build a compelling online presence

    admin
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
      compelling online presence A few weeks ago one of my good friends asked me why his name was not showing up in Google search results.This person has more than 25 years of solid work experience, having delivered multiple challenging projects.One of those even included involvement in a strategic move of the Liberty Bell in the historic city of Philadelphia! Not satisfied with his name not showing up, he googled two of his classmates’ names, and, to his surprise, found that they were prominently visible on Google page 1. I offered to write up something to help my friend strategically…
  • Using Anchoring as an Effective Negotiation technique

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
      Anchor – effective negotiation   Anchoring or focalismis acognitive bias that describes the common human tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information offered (the “anchor”) when making decisions. During decision making, anchoring occurs when individuals use an initial piece of information to make subsequent judgments. Once an anchor is set, other judgments are made by adjusting away from that anchor, and there is a bias toward interpreting other information around the anchor. For example, the initial price offered for a used car sets the…
  • 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…
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  • Maximizing Your Personal Brand Part 1: Attire – Erik Tyler

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:01 pm
      A friend treated me to a birthday dinner the week before last. I was enjoying a three-week vacation in Naples, Florida, at the time, and with his being from three-and-a-half hours north in Clearwater, we were both in unfamiliar territory. So we decided on Italian and then just asked Siri to present us with nearby options. Upon arriving at our destination, we entered the rather posh dining area of the restaurant we’d chosen. The maître d’ was dressed to the nines as were all of the wait staff, and each spoke with an undeniably Italian accent. From the lighting to the wall art,…
  • Quotes from Marcus Aurelius – Glenn Brooke

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:01 pm
      I strongly recommend that leaders study great books, especially books which have stood the test of time.  One author you should read is Marcus Aurelius, the “philosopher king” Roman emperor. Here are some quotes from his book of “Meditations”: Now that you are old, it is time you stopped allowing [your body] to be enslaved, jerked about by every selfish whim, grumbling at its present lot one moment and bemoaning the future the next. Do not dress your thought in much fine talk. Be short in speech and restrained in action. Don’t look at the world through the eyes of an…
  • Profiling John Oliver – Beth Kelly

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:01 am
      This is a guest post from Beth Kelly, who is a freelance writer and blogger. Born and raised in Michigan, she moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University where she graduated in 2011. She lived in Krakow, Poland briefly before moving to South Korea to teach English. She writes most frequently on health and technology topics. You can follow her on Twitter @bkelly_88. Best known to American audiences for his own HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and his earlier contributions to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, John Oliver is an Englishman with equal flair for comedy and…
  • How to Use Delegating As a Leadership Tool – Ott Jõgi

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:01 pm
      This is a guest post from Ott Jõgi. He is currently working as a Marketing Manager at a start-up called Weekdone, an employee progress reporting platform. He is passionate about time-management and productivity, so he’s especially pleased that he has the chance to introduce managers to smart time-saving tools. You will always have more tasks to finish, and more details that need your attention. To achieve success, you must know what is important and needs your personal touch, and also what you can be delegating to others, or to computers. Entrepreneurs and individuals in…
  • Do Your Rounds: A Fun and Proactive Approach to Relationship Building – Andre Castillo

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:01 pm
      The image above shows me “doing rounds” in the Middle East back in 2005. It’s how I learned how to speak Arabic. It’s also how I quickly developed one of the largest professional networks in my job despite having been one of the youngest and least experienced members in a half-billion-person large organization. Because of my strong network of relationships, I was quickly seen as a leader among my peers, which enabled me to lead large, prestigious initiatives far sooner than anyone had imagined — while being as many as three decades younger than…
 
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  • Sorting For Leadership Qualities, Not Just Personality

    Paul Heagen
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    I was touring a CEO client’s manufacturing plant recently when we dropped in on a specialty production room, only to find it was strangely quiet. Just then, the young technician in charge of the area tumbled into the room, grabbed a notebook and headed for the door. “Little slow today?” the CEO asked the tech. “No,” the young man replied. ... Read More The post Sorting For Leadership Qualities, Not Just Personality appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • Leadership By Design

    Paul Heagen
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    When was the last time you walked through or looked up at a building – public or private – and felt moved? Where was it? What did it stir in you – a sense of history, drive, hope, ambition, care, purpose? When was the last time you worked with a leader who made you feel the same way? Daniel Libeskind is ... Read More The post Leadership By Design appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • Just Wired That Way

    Paul Heagen
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Are you fearless? Are you delusional? It’s the same question. We don’t always like to include fear in our discussions about leadership, but to deny its presence is to deny the essential, protective place it hold in the human condition. When you accept fear as one of several innate emotions – joy, sadness, fright, panic, anger – you see where ... Read More The post Just Wired That Way appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • A command of leadership

    Paul Heagen
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:43 am
    What a horrible way to die.  That’s the strangest but most riveting thought as I stooped and dodged my way through the dark green interior of the B-17 parked in the throbbing sun at Lunken Field in Cincinnati last weekend. Barely room for two crewmen to pass each other in here as the plane would buck and dodge through a ... Read More The post A command of leadership appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • Finding Your Voice

    Paul Heagen
    15 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    A long time ago, I had B.B. King’s album Live At The Regal.  I also had an acoustic jazz guitar given to me by my fourth-grade teacher, who sensed I would develop a more enduring affection for music if I wasn’t planted on a piano bench ham-handing passages from Chopin. I was fascinated by the sounds that poured out of my ... Read More The post Finding Your Voice appeared first on Defining Moments.
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  • Summer Sabbatical 2015

    Takis Athanassiou
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    The time for my second yearly Sabbatical has come. It is a time of year I try to release the pressure for my everyday activities and “recharge my batteries” doing other things or the same things with a different way! Every year I try to take some time off, for myself and my family. I usually try to take some kind of a break 2 times a year, on February and August. These sabbatical have helped me to form many of the ideas and approaches I deal with in my blogs and triggered the development of my books and courses, among other things. I have violated this principle (to take some…
  • 10 Ways to Develop Authority

    Takis Athanassiou
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:49 am
    The web is a new territory, and no one can claim that he/she knows the ins and out of online business! There are many experts in various fields and niches and several experts can direct you to the intricacies of online interaction. Especially so, when your aim at sales or make a business in the web. There are not any standard operations and everyone needs to find his/her own voice for the market he/she want to exploit! What Authority Is? Everything is about choices! there are no standard routes, but if you want a short roadmap here is one of the possible thousands (or even million) can help…
  • How To Change the World

    Takis Athanassiou
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:59 am
    I was browsing on the Amazon the other day to find some books I would like to buy and I stumble upon a book with description about shapeshifters! It is a word came out of old stories and myths in various cultures and an one signifies the adaptability of some living creatures! It is also a much wanted feature in many comic books and in many heroic sagas, when the hero is in trouble! But the feature, does not make me too much impression, as its connotations! The shapeshifting relates to someone who can take various shapes. But its opposite is much more interesting. How it is call someone who…
  • HubSpot CRM

    Takis Athanassiou
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:19 am
    If you are serious about sales, then you need a good Customer Relationship Management approach or CRM for short. Customers are the most important part of your business and you aim at providing them with constant value and information about your products and services. Customer Relationship Management basically is: an approach to managing a company’s interaction with current and future customers. It often involves using technology to organize, automate, and synchronize sales, marketing, customer service, and technical support.(Wikipedia: Customer relationship management) In order to implement…
  • The New Leadership

    Takis Athanassiou
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    I had a terrible quarrel the other day with a friend insist that his team haven’t followed his lead! I ask him “How come?” and he reply that lately his associates “demonstrate” a more free-will tendency from the one he was able to allow to his stuff! I reply to him, why that was so bad and he told me that the member of his team, demonstrate too many initiatives for him to handle and that fact created a chaos at the proceedings of his teamor rather to himself). In any case I argued a lot with my friend, pointing out, that his group was behaving in a very…
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  • 6 Reasons You’re Not Getting as Much Blog Traffic as You Think You Should

    Ellory Wells
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:21 am
    It’s not them, it’s you. When it comes to increasing the number of people who read your blog each week, the responsibility falls squarely on your shoulders. Want to listen? There’s an audio version below That said, it’s not easy to get more traffic to your blog and get more visitors to your site. Sometimes it can be downright difficult to increase your blog traffic month over month and show growth as a result of your work. Over the past (almost) 4 years, I’ve learned a lot about building traffic. I’ve learned from experts, had them on my podcast and done…
  • Blogging vs Podcasting: Building Your Media Empire

    Ellory Wells
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:27 pm
    In today’s connected world, one in which we can read, watch, listen and even broadcast from the phones in our pockets, it’s more important than ever to think about all forms of media as a way to communicate and connect with your audience. Podcast Movement isn’t a conference about podcasting. It’s an event about sharing stories and connecting with one another in a whole new way. Podcasting isn’t about Libsyn or Sound Cloud, iTunes or Stitcher. It’s about sharing a story with the people who need to hear it and making the lives of our listeners, readers, and…
  • EP97: The Truth About What it Takes to Start a Business and Build a Brand

    Ellory Wells
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Episode 97 of the Empowered Podcast is about the truth about what it takes to start a business. My wife, Ashley, and I hash it out. We talk about the ups and downs of the past year and a half after I got fired (see episode 49). Has it been smooth sailing? Have we both thought about calling it quits? You’ll have to listen and see. If you want to start your own business and strike out on your own, but have some reservations, this episode is a must listen! In this episode, Ashley and Ellory talk about: The mini storage device Ellory uses to get files off of his new phone (SanDisk 32 GB)…
  • How to Start a Blog in 8 Minutes or Less

    Ellory Wells
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    To start a blog and turn it into a business has never been easier than it is today. It is possible; I’m living proof. No, it’s not simple to become successful, but it is easy to start a blog, tell your story and share a message with the world. Trust me, when I got started I’d never bought a domain, I’d never heard of WordPress, and I thought “blogging” was something only done by teenagers. Fast forward to 2015 and I have blog readers in 176 countries around the world. Thousands of people read my words every month and I’m now able to work for myself…
  • EP96: How to Get New Clients & Optimize for Results w/ Alex Harris (@Alexdesigns)

    Ellory Wells
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    Episode 96 of the Empowered Podcast conversion rate and website optimization expert, Alex Harris. Today you’ll hear how Alex was able to make the transition from his day job to full-time business owner and entrepreneur after getting laid off from his dot com job almost 15 years ago. We’ll discuss how you can develop an exit strategy to help you move from your day job to your dream job and start a business of your own. If you want to get new clients, build a successful website or blog, see results for your work, and get started the right way, this episode is for you! Thank…
 
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  • 4 Scientifically Proven Methods To Increase Your Productivity

    David Hassell
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    The way we are working isn’t working anymore, and hasn’t been for some time. Checking email in bed the moment we awake, chugging too much coffee, hour-long commutes twice each day…they all take a toll on the quality of our work and our lives. Not to mention that when we get to the office, many of us are often marginalized and overworked. Our efforts and ideas are ignored during 50 or 60+ stressful hours each week. Some of us are treated more like numbers than people, as companies choose stack ranking systems over weekly conversations and gathering employee feedback. But all is not…
  • How Will You Replace Your Annual Performance Review?

    David Hassell
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    The world of performance management was irrevocably shaken last month when Accenture announced that it would abolish annual performance reviews. They will be replaced with “a more fluid system, in which employees receive timely feedback from their managers on an ongoing basis.” Accenture wasn’t the first to kill their reviews and they certainly won’t be the last. According to The Washington Post, nearly 10% of Fortune 500 companies have abandoned annual reviews. Judging by all of the research suggesting that reviews do more harm than good (and the scorn from both managers and…
  • The Army General Who Battled Command and Control Leadership

    Ryan Spence
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    I just finished reading the book Team of Teams. It stunned me. I’m not a huge proponent of business books. I have read many of them and they seem to fall into 3 categories. The first category is the business owner or executive who, for ego reasons, needs to also see their face on the bookshelf, thereby cementing their legacy. Because these books are about the successful leaders legacy and not about any particular question, these titles rarely have anything of value in them other than making sure you know the name of the leader and why they are better at being awesome than most people.
  • Culture At Amazon: Losing The Trees For The Forest

    David Mizne
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    On August 15th, the New York Times published an article entitled Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideasin a Bruising Workplace This controversial article is nothing short of a scathing exposé on what is described as a brutal work environment. While I am impressed with Amazon’s accomplishments I definitely have to question their methods: 1) What creates more innovation and success – overwork and brutal competition, or just the right amount of stress in a supportive, collaborative environment? 2) What is more important, profit or quality of life? Is it possible to have both? Inhumane…
  • Five Questions To Boost Productivity And Innovation At Your Company

    David Mizne
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Sometimes it seems like my desk is situated at the end of a conveyer belt with business apps just churning out ad nauseam. I feel like Lucy working at the chocolate factory, cramming SaaS in my laptop to avoid the pile-up of marketing automation software, communication apps, data tools…etc… Arguably the most powerful business tool isn’t necessarily software. This one has been around for millennia and was only recently perfected through technology. I am referring of course to the almighty question. Questions are deceptively simple. They can be used to gain information, to send…
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  • Why Your Next Position Description Will Be Written By You

    Karl Rohde
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:15 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde There is a compelling explanation for the disruption we see in the economy now. In his book, the Fourth Economy, Ron Davison examines what happens when we transition between the economic ages. We understand there to be three distinct economic periods: Agricultural (1300–1700), Industrial (1700–1900), and Knowledge (1900–2000). At each economic transition, we've seen diminishing returns from investing in the previous system. The popular response has been to label our current economic woes a painful global…
  • How to be the CEO of You

    Karl Rohde
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde This article is a continuation in a series of articles on the social age. Career security used to be baked into our jobs. There was a time when you could rely on an employer for relative long term security. In the social age this has changed. Businesses are changing their resourcing by choosing on-demand models, technology is providing mass automation and globalisation is shipping white-collar work overseas. The economy for workers has shifted and people are adapting. We see this in the rise of the freelance…
  • Why You Don't Have What You Want

    Karl Rohde
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:14 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde The social age is causing disruption with businesses everywhere. Indeed the chaos, pace and pressure of this present day shift can often leave us in a state of bewilderment, a slump, a funk or a rut. Perhaps, from time to time, like me, you find yourself in a valley of deep shadow wondering how to change the apparent trajectory of your vocation whilst trying to balance it all. "I need answers!" I hear you say. Get a grip. You've got them already. Take a blank sheet of paper, pen/pencil of choice. Proceed to a quiet…
  • How to Kickstart your Day

    Karl Rohde
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:18 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde As you begin another work day, what goes through your mind? Is it just another day on auto pilot? What will you do today? Will it matter? Will you enjoy it? Will you inspire others and maybe yourself? Will you be productive, engaged or even passionate? Will you surprise others or maybe even yourself? Will you do your best work? Will you bravely transform or simply transact? Will you complete the day feeling satisfied with your contribution? Will you do what you want to do or will it be the bidding of someone else?
  • The Most Important Step to Working in a Vocation You Love

    Karl Rohde
    5 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: unsplash Building on my series of articles on the Social Age, in this article we look a little deeper into the first step to winning in the new world of work. On September 2009, in a small venue in Puget Sound, the 3rd most popular TED talk of all time was given by Simon Sinek to an audience of around 100 people. The punch of the 18 minute discourse sums up succinctly how leaders inspire action. It's a simple message that resonates deeply with the human spirit and our innate desire to grow and do something that matters.
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    Scott K. Wilson

  • How Will You Measure Your Life?

    Scott Wilson
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    When I graduated from High School I had grand visions of what I thought my life was going to be. I was going to go to college, make lots of money, and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, that was the extent of my planning process. I started college in my hometown, squandered a good deal of time, opportunity, and my father’s money until he had enough and pulled the purse strings. WORK MATTERS After a couple false starts, I went to work at FedEx unloading airplanes and quickly learned the value of hard work.  Even more than that, I met and worked with (and for) a number of exceptional…
  • Smart Goals

    Scott Wilson
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    I have done quite a bit of seminars and small groups in personal goal setting and change management. As a result, I put together a brief PDF of the basics of goal setting. Click the link below to access it. Take a look at it and let me know what you think.   SMART_Goals The post Smart Goals appeared first on Scott K. Wilson.
  • What To Do After A Big Mistake

    Scott Wilson
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    Everyone makes mistakes. I’ve made them, you’ve made them, and we’ll both make more before it’s over. But a really big blunder at work can be difficult to recover from. Especially if your coworkers won’t let it go. Fast Company has some suggestion on how to recover after the smoke clears. Source: How Do I Move On From A Big Mistake When Everyone Keeps Bringing It Up? | Fast Company | Business + Innovation The post What To Do After A Big Mistake appeared first on Scott K. Wilson.
  • Marketing Strategy – The Business Case for Rebranding: Nine Essential Elements : MarketingProfs Article

    Scott Wilson
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    Brands don’t survive without some care and feeding. Even with the proper care, sometimes they need to be freshened up or rebuilt altogether. The trick is knowing what to do and when. This article gives 9 essential elements to think about when considering rebranding.   Source: Marketing Strategy – The Business Case for Rebranding: Nine Essential Elements : MarketingProfs Article The post Marketing Strategy – The Business Case for Rebranding: Nine Essential Elements : MarketingProfs Article appeared first on Scott K. Wilson.
  • 4 Tips for Training Your Employees to Think Like a CEO

    Scott Wilson
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    Build a shared vision, recognize performance, listen to employee feedback, and value your company culture…all classically proven, great ideas! It’s all about a shared company vision that pulls in every employee, top to bottom. Source: 4 Tips for Training Your Employees to Think Like a CEO The post 4 Tips for Training Your Employees to Think Like a CEO appeared first on Scott K. Wilson.
 
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  • Are You an Engaging Leader, or Just a Smooth Talker?

    Jesse Lahey
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    If communication is a tool for cultivating and influencing, then communication is power … the power to make a difference in people’s lives, for better or worse. Unfortunately, the history of the world is full of leaders who use their power of communication for selfish reasons. For example, Adolf Hitler had a magnetic charisma but […]
  • 119: Goals Gone Wild: The New Performance Management | with Kris Duggan of BetterWorks

    Joe Sherwood
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Research shows no one is happy with annual performance reviews—not executives, not managers, and not individual contributors. Even HR teams responsible for performance management aren’t convinced annual reviews provide value. According to Kris Duggan of BetterWorks, that’s because traditional performance management processes and systems no longer accurately reflect the way we work. (They never did, […]
  • 7 Tips for Authentic Listening: Do You Set Yourself Apart as a Leader?

    Jesse Lahey
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    A few weeks ago we talked about 5 listening mistakes leaders make. Here are seven things leaders should practice to become better listeners.   Most people (especially those in positions of leadership) don’t listen. When you give full attention to what people have to say, you set yourself apart as an engaging leader. As a […]
  • GC31: Gamified Goal Setting in the Enterprise: Helping People Win at Work | with Kris Duggan of BetterWorks

    Joe Sherwood
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Focusing on goals establishes a business culture of innovation and collaboration because you are measuring ongoing operations, not a single point in time. For organizations to drive better performance, goal setting should be done frequently, and should focus on just a few high-quality, high-impact goals. BetterWorks is an enterprise goals platform designed to enable all […]
  • 118: Engaging Employees in the “Mobile Moment” | with Joe Loya

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Most people today constantly reach for their smartphones for instant answers and services. What’s the weather? Will Monique be joining us tomorrow? What’s the name of that song? And even people who don’t know how to use most smartphone features know how to send and receive texts. For many, it’s their preferred method for timely […]
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    ReadyToManage

  • The Power of the Johari’s Window Model

    Dr. Jon Warner
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Joe Luft and Harry Ingram originally developed the “JoHari window” in the 1950’s to help people better understand their relationship with themselves and others. At the outset it had a simple but powerful goal – to provide a model for better communication and was therefore used as a simple reflection exercise at the beginning of many management training workshops. The four areas of the model (or mental “rooms” as the management writer Charles Handy called them) are described below and shown in the diagram that follows these descriptions: The Open or Arena area: This so-called…
  • Why is “Innovation” Your Most Useful Competitive Weapon?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:50 am
    Many senior leaders in business (in both for-profit and nonprofit ventures) tend to see innovation as one of those activities that can be a discretionary “add-on” when needed (if it’s needed at all, of course). In other words, they believe they only need to innovate from time to time, or at least only for a short time, and then go back to the standard or conservative ways of doing things. But this is a very narrow viewpoint and one which can be business-threatening and in this brief article we want to explore why and what we might do differently. For Innovation to occur regularly and on…
  • Finding a Good Executive Coach – Traps to Avoid

    Dr. Jon Warner
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Executive coaching has had a relatively short history, but a successful one, if you consider the many people who now seem to be available to provide coaching to leaders of all kinds in a wide variety of industries and sectors. Unfortunately, this proliferation of coaches has left many individuals who may like to utilize this service wondering how to best choose a coach and spend their money (which can be quite a lot over time) in the wisest way possible. This is not helped by coaches commonly utilizing several marketing practices which are likely to mislead more than anything else. These…
  • 3 Things That Make a Work Safety Program Effective

    Tom Reddon
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:39 am
    Everyone agrees that safety in the workplace is an important concept, and one that benefits everyone concerned, including employees and employers. No employee wants to be hurt during the conduct of his/her normal duties at work, and no employer wants to incur the expense of a worker’s compensation claim. Clearly, different types of workplace will have varying needs in terms of how to bring it about but the cost of establishing a safe workplace is always far less than the cost of repairing damaged equipment and making good on employee claims for hospital and doctor bills (not to mention the…
  • Why is Good Instructional Design More Important than Ever in the Modern World?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Although instructional design as a discipline has been around for decades (and probably was at its height in the 1970’s and 1980’s as a profession, its application and use has diminished in the age of easy to use software and access to and use of Internet. This is partly because it is so easy to create a course of almost any type, add as many “bells and whistles” as you like and then widely distribute it to a given audience. But in paying less attention to instructional design than we should we have lost something important and it is therefore high time we recognized that it is more…
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  • How to Finish With Results

    Dave Stachowiak
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    About ten years ago, I ran the Big Sur Marathon, just south of Monterey on the California Coast. They close Highway 1 so runners get to enjoy the beautiful scenery over the ocean. However, the scenery quickly becomes an afterthought, since the total elevation gain is over 2,000 feet along the course, starting around the halfway point. Woe to the runner who gets 10 miles in and thinks the race has been a breeze — that’s where the real race starts. Finishing that race has been a reminder to me of how easy it is to get a short-term win or to do something halfway. In today’s guide, the…
  • 4 Ways to Master Your Attitude

    Dave Stachowiak
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Last week I received an email from someone in our community who is at a difficult point, both professionaly and personally. The email contained this phrase: I feel like I am wasting my life being at my current job. Almost two decades ago, I said almost the same thing to a coach I was working with. I was very worried that I’d get to a point where I’d feel like I was wasting my life. I remember her response to this day: That’s not possible. When I challenged her on how she could know that, she responded that people who waste their lives aren’t the kind of people who hire coaches and ask…
  • It’s Complicated

    Dave Stachowiak
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:53 am
    I used to see most decisions as right/wrong, black/white, or yes/no. After feedback from a few customer complaints early in my career, it became apparent that working with people is as much an art as it is a science. In most things worth pursuing, complexity abounds. This week, perspective on navigating the complexity of people. Lady in Blue Shortly after last year’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri last year, a member of our church called attention to the complexity of the current conversation in America about police and race. His daughter is a white police officer and his grandson is a…
  • 5 Strategies to Be More Effective

    Dave Stachowiak
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    I’m the kind of person that thinks to take stuff out of the car trunk if they won’t be needed for awhile, so the vehicle is slightly lighter (thus, more fuel efficient). If there are ways to be more effective, I’m game. Here are five strategies to help you do the same: Ignore Some Feedback Earlier this week, I received an email from someone I’d never heard from before saying that I had too many “ands” and “umms” in a podcast episode I aired almost four years ago. I replied with, “Thanks for the feedback,” and hit delete. I likely would have given it too much attention…
  • Get Better Outside of Work

    Dave Stachowiak
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Legend has it that Ōsensei, the founder of Aikido, was once approached by a student who asked how the master never lost his balance. He responded by challenging the premise of the question, saying: I am constantly losing my balance. My skill lies in my ability to regain it. You’ve heard both Bonni and I mention family and our personal lives before. Since we have a belief that good leadership also means leading well at home and outside of the organization, this week’s guide provides resources to get better outside of work. How to Make Friends There’s been a lot written on the value of…
 
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  • What NOT to Use in Your Task list and Why

    Leslie Shreve
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    You might think it’s intuitive, but it’s not. You might think it’s self-explanatory, but it isn’t. Or maybe you expect your instincts will take over when you see it. But they don’t. What is it? It’s the typical Task list you might find in your email system. At first, you might be excited to use something digital to manage to-dos. But at first glance, the list doesn’t impress you as straightforward or easy to use. One of two things happen next. You turn away from it, thinking it’s easier to keep doing what you’re doing now using paper to…
  • The Consequences of Working in the Dark

    Roger MacRae
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:17 pm
      “I wouldn’t want all of my tasks listed in one place. That would be too overwhelming.” That’s what an audience member said to me once when I addressed a large group during their annual conference, and this simple statement revealed a whole lot about how productive this guy really wanted to be. Apparently, he didn’t really want to be in the driver’s seat of his workday. He didn’t want to have 100% awareness of his responsibilities. He didn’t want control over his actions and choices so he could make the right decisions about how to spend his time. And he most certainly…
  • The Truth about Your Email Inbox

    Leslie Shreve
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:46 pm
      I was on Facebook one day and just happened to see a post from someone who had JUST emptied her email Inbox, and the dozens of comments that followed were fascinating. Here’s just a smattering of what I read… “This is a dream of mine…” “Wow. That’s a feeling I haven’t felt for a very long time.” “I cannot even imagine.” “Okay, now that’s impressive and should warrant some sort of reward or something.” “I’m soooo impressed!” “I’m not even sure I’ve seen that before.” “Did you post this to taunt the rest of us?” “You’ll be overflowing…
  • Destination: Productivity

    Leslie Shreve
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:25 am
    How to Stop Interruptions from Driving Your Day into Reactivity Do you ever feel like you follow interruptions through your day like bread crumbs down a path from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm… or later, and before you know it the day is gone? Interruptions pose many threats, the least of which is the interruption itself, which is only the beginning. If you’re not prepared to make choices, the domino effect following an interruption can turn your day into chaos, and it’s questionable how soon or how well you’ll recover.   Making Choices A phone call is a good example of a typical…
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors

    Leslie Shreve
    4 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    Don’t Play Games with Your Priorities   Ever played “Rock-Paper-Scissors?” It’s a game that reminds me of the task management process in your workday. Although, if you’re working it like the game of Rock-Paper-Scissors, you may be taking some risks with your productivity you don’t realize. If you haven’t played Rock-Paper-Scissors before, it’s a game played by two people where players count to three and then simultaneously show one of three possible shapes they’ve formed with one hand, which is outstretched so everyone can see the shape they made. The shape of the…
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  • Social Media… the Great Empathizer. Second in a Series

    Tom Salonek
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:30 am
    Does social media make the world a better or worse place?  Are we zombies tethered with a digital leash to the office through mobile texting and emailing or stressed because our updates on Facebook aren’t as impressive as a high school friend’s recent vacation? A study by Rutgers and Pew Research Center found social media [...]The post Social Media… the Great Empathizer. Second in a Series appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Technology. Friend or Foe? First in a Series.

    Tom Salonek
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:04 am
    Technology superstars like Bill Gates are challenging the wisdom of artificial intelligence.  Others are blaming technology for unemployment and stagnant growth.  Parents are blaming technology—constant gaming or being socially connected on phones—for making kids dumb. Are we at a technology tipping point? The article, “A World without Work” in The Atlantic looks at the impact [...]The post Technology. Friend or Foe? First in a Series. appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Intertech Named 2nd Best Place to Work in Minnesota

    Tom Salonek
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:55 pm
    For the 11th year, Intertech was named to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list. This year, we landed the #2 slot in the medium sized business category.  My thanks to our customers and employees for making us possible.The post Intertech Named 2nd Best Place to Work in Minnesota appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • My Interview with MeetAdvisors on Company Mission

    Tom Salonek
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    My thanks to Naftali Garber from MeetAdvisors for interviewing me on company mission.  You can read “7 Companies That Deliver Their Mission To Customers Each Day” here.The post My Interview with MeetAdvisors on Company Mission appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • 5 Tips to Make It 15+ Years

    Tom Salonek
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:14 am
    This great infographic from Business Insider breaks down the stats on US small business.  Here are the big rocks: 1/2 the population works for a small business Small business created 2/3’s of the new (net) jobs since ’95 It’s risky… 75% of startups don’t make it 15+years Here are some thoughts on making it 15+ years: [...]The post 5 Tips to Make It 15+ Years appeared first on Tom Talks.
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  • Defining the NEW Customer Journey #Cloudtalk Sponsored by @SAP

    Daniel Newman
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:13 am
    Hosts Brian Fanzo & Daniel Newman discuss a wide range of topics ranging around the future of work, cloud computing and technologies impact on today’s digital business. The month of September is being dedicated to “Customer Experience & the Customer Journey” (See today’s questions below). Follow hashtag #CloudTalk on twitter to join the conversation! #Cloudtalk Tweets This event is sponsored by SAP & PivotPoint.IO.  Download SAP’s Blueprint for Digital Marketing Success Toolkit – Download the InfoBriefs now. Subscribe to the LIVE event…
  • Stand for Something and People Will Stand With You – How Controversy Can Help Build Community

    Andrew Hutchinson
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    A while ago, I read an article which looked at the controversial tactics employed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA regularly makes headlines due to their promotional tactics – in this post, the author, Scott Alexander, discusses PETA’s campaign to pay the water bills of needy families in Detroit if those families would stop eating meat. The campaign was widely criticised, with commentators criticising the arrogance of PETA’s move – these people are about to have their water cut-off because they can’t afford to pay such basic human needs, the last thing…
  • Four Steps to Protecting Your Utility Management System from Hackers

    Shelly Kramer
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Every day it seems as though there’s another hacking story in the news, the most recent of which is yet another hacking by the Chinese of the federal government’s databases, this time gaining access to personal information on some four million current and former federal employees. Troubling, to be sure. More troubling if you happen to be an IT pro in the utility field charged with keeping your utility management system secure from hackers. Nobody takes news of security breaches lightly, and when breaches of this size and nature happen, utility management system pros know that there’s…
  • #SMACTalk Episode # 36 – The Value of Live Streaming for B2B

    Daniel Newman
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:35 pm
    We’re proudly sponsored by SAP For the third Friday in a row I joined Brian on Blab to talk some SMAC for the podcast and the community.  I don’t do a lot of live streaming individually but I’ve been taking part in a lot of collaborative sessions on blab lately and was happy to fill a square again. I’ve seen a lot of self promoters out in the live streaming world promoting themselves or just making noise.  What Brian and I really want to dive into today is what live streaming can really do to help businesses succeed. Brian points out that in order for any platform to gain traction,…
  • Why Everyone Is Thirsty for Your Data

    Daniel Newman
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    As technology grows by leaps and bounds, we have to ask ourselves, “Are we headed into a future where security and privacy will be lost forever?” Why? Well, very recently, analysts put out a warning to consumers to be careful what they talk about in front of the new Samsung Smart TV. Apparently, this device can “listen” to your conversations and share them with service providers or third-parties by converting your spoken word into text and translating it for them. Call it an era of cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, or anything else you want to call…
 
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  • What Prospects or Customers Intimidate You?

    Deb Calvert
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’ve all been there… We’ve all made excuses not to call that prospect… or been relieved when we did call and went straight through to voice mail… or felt just a little bit intimidated by that person and/or their position… In selling, there’s a fine line between being respectful and completely disempowering yourself. Here are […]
  • On Hiatus

    PFPS
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:21 pm
    CONNECT! Online Radio for Professional Sellers is currently on hiatus for 2015. To listen to our archive, please visit iTunes to download for on-the-go podcasts, or browse our previous shows below.
  • To Delegate Or Not To Delegate: That Is The Question.

    Deb Calvert
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    If you’re following this series, you’ve already read about the 5 lame excuses managers give for not delegating and the one real reason so many managers do the work themselves. You’ve also read the 8 Essentials of Effective Delegating. Like most managers who want to delegate more to develop their direct reports, you’re probably struggling […]
  • In the Heat of the Moment: Sellers Behaving Badly

    Deb Calvert
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    In every sale, there’s a moment of truth. It’s the moment when the buyer decides whether or not to buy. Sellers often miss the moment. Why? Because in the “heat of the moment” we aren’t fully tuned in. With adrenaline pumping and anticipation building, we miss not only that moment but also fail to stay […]
  • The 8 Essentials of Effective Delegation

    Deb Calvert
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    When supervisors fail to delegate work and give others an opportunity develop, they limit themselves and others. Managers who saddle themselves with technician work and recurring tasks leave no time to develop for personal development of higher level strategic skills. Further, the time they spend on work that could be delegated is time that isn’t spent on […]
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  • Adaptability: The Most Valued Leadership Skill

    Guest
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:30 am
    Guest Post by Philip Murphy H.G. Wells once wrote: “Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.” The Victorian-era writer may have been talking about the future of humanity, but those who have navigated the professional world long enough to reach a position of leadership may also find some truth in what Wells said. A multitude of attributes marks a good leader. They can motivate, facilitate change and work with the people around them to achieve a desired outcome. They are decisive, possess solid people skills and are self-aware, but understand the balance that needs…
  • Finding Success in Option B

    Molly Page
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:45 am
    Amy Lust is a Senior Digital Training Associate in the Station, Products, and Innovation group at PBS. In a very short time, she’s moved up the ranks and is excelling in her current position. But her current line of work was not her option A. “I wanted to be in the arts,” Lust explains. “I wanted to be running a gallery.” Lust earned a graduate degree in Arts Management in 2011. In school, she interned at PBS before finding her dream job working as a curator at the Lorton Art Foundation. When an insufficient budget at the gallery led to the loss of that job, she found her way back…
  • Can a Leader Be a Saint?

    Jon Mertz
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:29 am
    Jeff Bezos will unlikely get nominated to be a saint, given the recent article. Some think he is just like an entrepreneur while others disagree. Jeff Bezos is not alone. Look back a few years and Jack Welch was called “Neutron Jack” for eliminating the bottom 10% each year. The hard-charging, hard-nosed leaders can be rattled off without too much effort. Now, list the names of leaders who would be classified as a saint. Identifying the saintly leaders gets more challenging. Can effective leaders be saints? An interesting question. What Does It Take to Be a Saint? There may be different…
  • Bad Day? Don’t Lose Hope

    Megan Dougherty
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Admiral Jim Stockdale of the United States Navy was a POW during the height of the Vietnam War. He is reported to have been tortured more than 20 times during his imprisonment. He had no rights, no release date, and no guarantee that he would ever see his wife and family again. During a bleak time of uncertainty and misery, Stockdale was a beacon of hope for his fellow POWs, helping them discover ways to cope with torture and maintain morale. After eight long years Admiral Stockdale made it out alive, many of his comrades were not as fortunate. Years following his release he did an interview…
  • When Imbalance Strikes the Activist Leader Formula

    Jon Mertz
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    An activist mindset matters for leaders. Equally essential, an activist mindset matters for contributors. A motivating equilibrium happens when both are in an activist mindset. The equilibrium is a platform in which everyone: Performs at the highest level Enjoys the work and the partnerships Solves problems and achieves goals to make a positive difference (profit and purpose) Although activists are accused of being idealists, the reality is when leaders and contributors are in an activist mindset, great things happen. Being an activist leader and contributor is not an easy task. Effort and…
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  • #TChat Recap: The Hot HR Technology Trends Of 2015

    Meghan M. Biro
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week we were joined by Steve Boese, co-chair of Human Resource Executive’s HR Technology® Conference and a technology editor for LRP Publications. Kevin, Steve and I talked about trends and current innovations in HR Technology, why they’re important, and how HR and technology intersect inside modern organizations today and tomorrow. Cloud computing, HR data management, talent analytics and best of breed and integrated HR and talent acquisition and management systems continue to be hot trends in the HR tech space. We investigated these as we  looked at the hot HR technology…
  • How to Take Charge of Your Career

    Stine Halmind
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Want to let your peers outpace you? If you’re not constantly looking for ways to enhance your professional worth, you’ll soon find yourself in the cloud of dust your peers leave behind as they race past you. They’ll be moving rapidly toward your promotion, your job, and the recognition you were meant to have. If you don’t take action, your value will simply be undermined. To avoid getting stuck in your career while your colleagues outplay you, you must increase your market value. You must continuously acquire new skills and new experience. Take charge of your growth To avoid…
  • How To Encourage An Entrepreneurial Spirit At Work

    Sydney Goodfellow
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    What does Joe from accounting have in common with Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, or Beyonce? He might not have the dance moves down and he’s probably never seriously considered moving to Mars, but maybe he shares these leaders’ entrepreneurial spirit. Take note next time an employee advocates implementing new software or starts questioning the current budget breakdown. Embracing change, taking initiative, and risking failure are all signs of an entrepreneurial spirit—and encouraging that mindset in your employees can result in huge benefits for your company. Traditionally, we think of…
  • The ATS Alone Is Not Enough

    Chris Brablc
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is the final part in a four-part series on why talent acquisition doesn’t need to reinvent the ATS. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.  In my last post, I outlined the parallels between marketing and sales and talent acquisition. The traditional recruiting process exemplified by the ATS has been focused on the bottom half of the funnel, similar to sales, with the main goal of hiring qualified applicants. Because of this goal, the ATS was built with process and compliance in mind and admirably serves this function. It enables recruiters to better understand open job requisitions,…
  • 4 Next-Level Questions To Ask In A Job Interview

    Danny Rubin
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Every part of the hiring process counts, but a face-to-face meeting is the best opportunity to dazzle the boss and land a coveted offer. To maximize those precious moments, here are the four types of interview questions everyone should ask an employer. Each question demonstrates critical thinking and declares: I’m in it to win it. Note: to answer interview questions in a memorable way, tell stories. Here’s how. — Scenario: you interview to do marketing/communications for a grocery chain. 1. The Background Check People love to talk about themselves. Period. If you come…
 
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  • How Supervisors Can Be HR Heroes

    Alicia Dearn
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Alicia I. Dearn is a lawyer and business owner who supervises her own employees and advises employers on law and management. To download her free white paper, How to Avoid Employee Lawsuits, go to http://epp.bellatrixlaw.com/ white-paper I’m friends with a guy named Greg. Greg supervises about thirty people at a retail shop in California. One Read more
  • Is Your Job Candidate Lying? A Simple way to uncover the truth

    Rafael
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:41 pm
    You may think you’ve looked into everything you need to uncover about job candidate. You’ve interviewed them, maybe more than once, they’ve presented an impressive resume and they fit in with your company’s culture. Just to be extra sure, you call their references, all of whom have glowing reviews about the candidate. While this may Read more
  • The #1 reason why you have an absenteeism problem.

    Rafael
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:36 pm
    In many occasions I have spoken to supervisors and managers about planning their week and they seem eager to get this done. But they also feel the plan may be derailed because of absenteeism. You have to understand how absenteeism works. There are planned absences which are scheduled in advance and can be managed however Read more
  • The best way you can add value to your organization is by learning.

    Rafael
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Being a supervisor in any organization is not a stagnant position. You are always being challenged with available time and resources. You don’t enough time and you may not have enough people but at the end of the day you make it happen. This is pretty common among many of supervisors or front line leaders Read more
  • Are employees telling you to “stop being a micro manager”. First, know the difference.

    Rafael
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Have you been told by your employees that you are micro manager? Or maybe they said they did not like being micro managed so “back off”? This response typically occurs when employees feel they are being managed. The feel as you are coming around too often and checking on them. In some cases, they feel Read more
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    RW McIntyre Leadership Notes

  • Intentionally Redefine Your Leadership Style (part 4)

    Ron
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
      So what can you do to develop    your unique leadership style into one that will be highly trusted and respected? Today we continue last week’s post, here are the last three of the seven characteristics you can integrate when selecting the best leadership style, with tips for putting them into action. Be Collaboration-Focused The […] The post Intentionally Redefine Your Leadership Style (part 4) appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Intentionally Redefine Your Leadership Style (part 3)

    Ron
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    So what can you do to develop your unique leadership style into one that will be highly trusted and respected? Today we continue last week’s post, here are two more of the seven characteristics you can integrate when redefine your unique leadership style, with tips for putting them into action. Get OUT of Your Comfort […] The post Intentionally Redefine Your Leadership Style (part 3) appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Intentionally Redefine Your Leadership Style (part 2)

    Ron
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    So what can you do to intentionally redefine your unique leadership style into one that will be highly trusted and respected? Today we continue last week’s post, here are two of the seven characteristics you can integrate when intentionally redefine your leadership style, with tips for putting them into action. Be Bold and Confident Boldness […] The post Intentionally Redefine Your Leadership Style (part 2) appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Develop Your Own Leadership Style (Part 1)

    Ron
    9 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    Do you have any idea of what your leadership style is or what the legacy of your unique  leadership will be when you are gone? I have thought about this for the last few years and I hope that I have lived in the authentic way I have worked for and helped as many people […] The post Develop Your Own Leadership Style (Part 1) appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 5 Secret Power Soft Skills

    Ron
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:10 am
    Whether you believe it or not, the old fashioned command and control hierarchy is diminishing rapidly in today’s business world. It is not dead, nor do I believe it will ever disappear completely because there are certain circumstances that will always demand micromanagement. However, the idea of a flatter organization, i.e., matrix organization, continues to […] The post 5 Secret Power Soft Skills appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
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    Paul Keijzer

  • How to Build a Successful Consulting Firm in Frontier Markets

    Paul Keijzer
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If you’ve been following my writings at all, you know how obsessed I am when it comes to working in  Frontier Markets. From how to be a Successful Entrepreneur in Frontier Markets to Leadership Traits Required in the Region I could go on for what seems like forever on the topic. So today, I’ll let a picture speak a thousand words and share this infographic on 10 Tips on how Consulting Firms Operate Successfully in Frontier Markets. I hope you found this useful. I will be sharing more infographics that are great to print as reminders on leadership and personal skills so sign…
  • How to Manage Unhappy Employees Who Stay Silent

    Paul Keijzer
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Having to manage unhappy employees in a team who won’t say anything about why they’re not satisfied is supremely frustrating. We’ve all been there. Any good leader is willing to solve “why” a potentially valuable team member is unhappy, if only they knew the reason. The employee in question probably has the right pay, promotions and responsibilities. But, the team lead will get a nagging feeling that they’re dragging their feet at work or worse, hunting for a new job. So why do employees, who technically should be very satisfied become unhappy at…
  • How to Create Powerful Leaders Instead of Passive Followers

    Paul Keijzer
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In a Gallup article on Asian Leaders a writer shared a very profound line at the end: “A great leader is one under whom many leaders emerge,  rather than the one whom many follow.” It struck a cord. As I look back on my career, I’m proud of the business results I’ve helped achieve, the organisational transformations I orchestrated and the impact I have made on people’s personal growth. However, I’m most proud of the fact that over all these years I can now count at least 25 people that have worked in my teams who are now (hopefully) powerful…
  • Crazy Important Lessons from Fortune 500 Female CEOs

    Paul Keijzer
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    There are generalized views about the Best and Worst Industries for Women to Work in based on the number of female leaders holding top positions. There’s no secret about the fact that IT is generally still viewed as a “Boys Club” but if you take a look at the top 3 women CEO’s of fortune 500 companies, 2 of them are IT. Though chivalry states that women are the “the delicate half of the human race”, you’ll see that these female CEOs have had their fair share of mind boggling situations and have handled them incredibly. Mary Barra – General…
  • 5 Popular Myths About Entrepreneurship in Asia

    Paul Keijzer
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I’ve set up 5 companies across 3 different countries in Asia over the past 8 years (Malaysia, Pakistan and U.A.E.). Some have done extremely well, some started off well, sputtered and then came to an abrupt stop and one has not seen any lift off. So you can rightfully say that my entrepreneurial success has been a mixed bag. The good thing however is that it’s given me tremendous learning. Recently I shared my 10 Lessons of My Entrepreneurship Journey, but when I hear the arguments people use when they consider whether they should start their own company, I hear so many myths…
 
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  • Everyone Knows the devil is a Liar

    Charles Johnston
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Recently I have been in a battle with the devil and the devil is a liar. Anyone that has a big goal in their sights whether it be a promotion, vacation, graduation, mission trip whatever it may be you will be dragged out into the desert to meet the devil. It may not last a full 40 days of temptation as it did for Jesus. I bet it will start around the 40 day mark before your goal though. The devil will use every tool he can to stop you from reaching your goal, after all the devil is a liar. Back in the end of March and early April the devil and I danced a few rounds before my graduation in…
  • Do You Have Mighty Big Shoes to Fill?

    Charles Johnston
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    Growing up I heard that I had  “mighty big shoes to fill” quite often. Many people grow up thinking they want to be like someone else. Whether we are trying to follow the footsteps of our father, or in my case grandfather or some other person we want to be like. The shoes we long to fill seem unobtainable and never the right size or fit. Shoes are usually pretty personal, I don’t know too many guys that share their sneakers with their friends. Yet we spend much of our lives trying to fill the shoes of others before us. We spend our childhood looking up to others. It could…
  • How to Build a Rain Barrel – Urban Life (DIY)

    Charles Johnston
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    A Rain Barrel is a great way to save a little cash, help the environment and even class up your house. Imagine how much water you could collect when for every 500 square feet of roof equals around 300 gallons of water for every inch of rain. That is a great deal of water that usually goes right down your downspout to one area of your yard, or worse your driveway, street or sidewalk. By using a rain barrel you can collect water to use on your plants, garden and lawn that would otherwise go to waste. Be sure to check with your local ordinances though, as states like Colorado and Nevada the…
  • When it’s Time to Leave the Sidelines and Get in the Game

    Charles Johnston
    15 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
     Many of us prepare to watch the games, prepare our fantasy drafts, not realizing when it’s time to leave the sidelines and get in the game. Life however is not a spectator sport. The grandstands are temporary seats until you are ready to get into the game. Sheer passion drives us out of our seats and onto the field. Watching from the sidelines is not enough, we want to be picking grass and dirt out of our teeth. Many of us allow fear to keep us off the field. We would rather play Monday morning quarterback, complaining about the way our life ends up. I challenge each of you to dust…
  • God Belongs in My City Takes to the Streets

    Charles Johnston
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:55 am
    The highly anticipated yearly prayer walk God Belongs in My City returns to Jacksonville, FL this coming Saturday August 15th at 9 a.m. God Belongs in My City began in 2009 in New York, and has since spread all over not only this country but other parts of the world. It has become a grassroots movement in which Christians from all denominations and backgrounds declare that God truly does belong in their cities. Where else will you find churches from all over a city tear down the walls that separate them and come together in one unified prayer of healing and protection over their city. There…
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    Steve Farber: Extreme Leadership

  • Greater Than Yourself: A Success Approach Whose Time Has Come

    Steve
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
    When my third book, Greater Than Yourself, was published in 2009, it seemed to many that the world was going to hell in the proverbial hand basket. Wall Street had melted down, the market had crashed, and folks were losing their homes and getting laid off in the process. Then I came along with a book that said, in essence, the surest way to success is to focus on helping others to be more successful than you. For people in survival and self-preservation mode, that wasn’t an easy message to hear. It seemed counter-intuitive at best, flat-out ridiculous at worst. Nonetheless, many people…
  • Will You Help With My Research?

    Steve
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    You have an opportunity to get leadership clarity, insight, and knowledge–and help with my research at the same time. We’ve developed a self-assessment to measure Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof, and we’re in the process of refining and validating the instrument. I’m thrilled to be working on this project with my friend and colleague, Professor Alan Daly, Chair of the Education Studies Department at University of California San Diego. He’s a renowned expert in the field of social network mapping, among other things, and he’s going to help evolve the LEAP…
  • I Trust First. You?

    Steve
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    “I have been burned by people where I have trusted their pretty words, and not their actions…I’m a bit clueless about dealing with those things. Do you have a quick and easy way of [helping me with this]?” This question from the audience at a recent event in Australia (see the video below) led me to this response: I’ve been burned more than once over the years by trusting someone for all the right reasons and getting either stabbed in the back or abandoned in a business deal. The temptation then is to say that maybe I should adjust my expectations and assume…
  • This Could Be a Transformational 4 Days for You

    Steve
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    I know that sounds like hyperbole; I know a lot of people use the word “transformational” to describe their programs and events–so, I don’t use it lightly. But now that we’ve had several Extreme Leadership Certifications under our belt, I offer you this proposition in confidence: This could be a transformational 4 days for you. It really could. And I know this because it has been for many others who’ve come before. So, how do you determine if this Certification experience is right for you? Come over to the Certification page. Read the details, see the full…
  • Can You Bring Your Personal Talents and Passions to Work?

    Steve
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
      At a recent conference in Australia, I had the opportunity to raise the personal nature of my business another significant rung. For the last 25 years, my friends have been telling me to find some way to bring my passion for guitar, singing, and songwriting into my leadership work. But I’ve resisted. I didn’t want it to be a frivolous or gratuitous thing. But, my friend, David T.S. Wood, the man behind the Amplified Leadership Conference, insisted that I not only speak at his event, but that I play music, too. So, I did. And it was a remarkable experience that created an…
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    Heads Up Coaching and Consulting

  • Tell me a story!

    Lisa Parker
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:36 pm
    More on how to soar in 60 seconds Thanks to your response to July’s post, we are happy to bring you Part 2 of “How to Soar in Sixty Seconds” with more tips for making your presentations come alive in the very first minute. Last month, we introduced you to the Wrapper. The Wrapper literally wraps around your presentation, giving it a softer, smoother, more accessible opening and closing. It eases your audience into the theme of your presentation before you get to the hard content and, as we told you last month, it often relaxes the speaker and gets shaky speakers through that…
  • Presentations: How to Soar in Sixty Seconds or Less

    Lisa Parker
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Guess what? You’ve got less than one minute to convince your audience that you and your message are worth the time. No pressure. Here’s the breakdown of what happens: First 15 seconds: The audience is adjusting to your voice — your speech rhythms, pace, articulation, and vocal energy. They’re also taking note (consciously or unconsciously) of your facial expressions, gestures, posture and manner of dress. Next 15 seconds: They’re starting to evaluate your content and looking for alignment between your actual words and the delivery of those words to see if they…
  • A Management Moment With…Alfred P. Sloan

    Lisa Parker
    27 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less! “If we are all in agreement on the decision – then I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain some understanding of what the decision is all about.” — Alfred P. Sloan, president, chairman, and CEO of General Motors Corporation Attention Managers: This is one of my favorite quotes. When GM’s Directors came to agreement too quickly (in Sloan’s opinion) he realized that there had to be issues that remained…
  • When Being Right Is Sooooo Wrong

    Lisa Parker
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    How to disagree without being disagreeable A few years ago, I was hired as the executive coach for Roger, a VP and the supply chain manager for a mid-sized manufacturing company. (Click here to see the story.) Roger was hired to increase efficiency in dealing with vendors. An extremely dedicated and results-oriented individual, he accomplished his main goal – to trim the list of approved vendors – within his first six months. Unfortunately, not everyone was happy with the result, and at one meeting Roger was publically challenged by the VP of the company’s flagship product.
  • A Management Moment With…Nelson Mandela

    Lisa Parker
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less! “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” — Nelson Mandela Managers: It’s not often we are reminded to bring our good hearts to work, and so as long as we are talking about giving people feedback, remember this one thing: As long as your intentions in providing the feedback are honorable, and you have your facts in hand, delivered with the sincere desire to help your colleague improve, then your head and your heart are in the right place. The post A Management Moment With…Nelson…
 
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  • Tune in Tonight! – 9pm Eastern – SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:20 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com It’s that exciting time of the month again when you have the opportunity to interact with us LIVE on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 at 9pm Eastern (8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific) Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015.  This special “12-Talents” broadcast will feature David Webb, General John E. Michel, Colonel Matthew T. Fritz and our special guests!  We’ve got quite a great lineup for Wednesday evening’s 2-hour…
  • Tuesday Time Machine: Confrontation From A Fruit Fly’s Perspective

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com From Our Early Files: Originally Published 7 Feb 2014 “Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.” Groucho Marx There are over 5,000 species of fruit fly in the tephritidae family, each with unique properties. So many species, in fact, biologists have made it a favorite pastime to analyze the tiny creature in the quest for advancements ranging from ecology to neurobiology. The variations span the gamut…
  • 7 Skills for Becoming An Emotionally Intelligent Leader

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” Daniel Goleman Leadership success in one’s career and life requires more than just good technical skills, intelligence, toughness,…
  • Heroes in our Midst

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com “A hero is a man who does what he can.” Romain Rolland Picture the scene: In a remote part of Afghanistan, near the mountainous border with Pakistan, helicopters carrying dozens of elite Army Rangers race over the rugged landscape. Their target on this high risk mission is an insurgent compound. It’s broad daylight and the Rangers know the insurgents are heavily armed. But it’s considered a risk worth taking…
  • Tuesday Time Machine: Positive Change – Yesterday Is Interesting But Irrelevant

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com From Our Early Files: Originally Published 7 Feb 2014 “By changing nothing, nothing changes.” Tony Robbins Yesterday is interesting but irrelevant. This simple phrase defines a strategy to spark exponential growth and efficiency in any organization. For me, it was the opening line of my first speech as a new Air Force Fighter Squadron commander. It encompasses a mentality of limitless positive change and endless…
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  • 5 Ways You May be Hurting Employee Morale

    Jeremy Unruh
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    There are three types of bosses when it comes to employee morale: the boss who is very focused on keeping morale high, the kind who is solely worried about the job and neglects the morale aspect and lastly, the clueless boss which has the best of intentions for employee morale, but still inadvertently destroys it. Whichever you may be, morale is essential for employee retention, good productivity and a healthy work environment. If you feel like your workplace lacks any of these aspects, maybe it's time to reevaluate how you handle your employees. The post 5 Ways You May be Hurting Employee…
  • Book Review: Stan Slap, Under the Hood

    Diane Byington, Ph.D.
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Stan Slap, management consultant and keynote speaker par excellence, has a new book. It’s called Under the Hood, and it’s about employee culture; specifically, how management objectives can be either supported or sabotaged by the employee culture. Slap’s definition of employee culture is: “Your employees’ shared beliefs about the rules of survival and emotional prosperity.” An employee culture exists to protect itself; it is an information-gathering organism, designed to assure its own survival. Which means it is anti-change, because change—including positive change--could…
  • Communicate with Your Employees and Keep Them Motivated

    Jeremy Unruh
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    When you own a business, motivation and communication become two of your biggest tools when working with your employees. These two concepts go hand in hand when you want your employees to become a trusted aspect of your business. The most important way to keep your employees motivated is to communicate with them. Let them know what’s going on with your company and make them a part of the decision-making process. The post Communicate with Your Employees and Keep Them Motivated appeared first on ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter.
  • Empower Your Employees By Answering One Question: “Why?”

    Jeremy Unruh
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:35 am
    How does your company empower its employees? Many times, this question elicits solutions and actions: we implement open door policies with management; we conduct semi-annual performance reviews; we offer flexible work schedules and the opportunity to work remotely. While all of these solutions can contribute to employee empowerment, it's important that any employee-focused program starts by answering the right question. The post Empower Your Employees By Answering One Question: “Why?” appeared first on ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter.
  • Turned Down for that Promotion? How to Stay Motivated After Rejection

    Jeremy Unruh
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    You work hard, present new ideas, and take the initiative every chance you get thinking that you'll be sure to get that promotion when it comes around. Gathering up the courage to ask for a promotion is a big deal, and hearing "no" can make you want to crawl into a corner and never return to work again. However, you know that you need to act like a professional, so treat this as a learning experience so that you can have a chance at a promotion the next time around. The post Turned Down for that Promotion? How to Stay Motivated After Rejection appeared first on ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter.
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  • Mindfulness or Mindlessness: What Do You Practice?

    Jim Morris
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:02 am
    Let’s start with a simple exercise, please pay attention. After reading this paragraph, close your computer or turn away from the screen. Assume a comfortable but upright posture with both feet on the ground, hands by your sides or comfortably in your lap, but without anything in them. Close your eyes, or if that’s too uncomfortable, find an inanimate, unmoving object to fix on. The goal here isn’t to “look” at the object but to use it as a focal point from which to turn inward. Become aware of your breathing. Notice how your stomach and chest move with each breath. Notice how it…
  • A Healthy Team Shows – Boston Children’s Hospital

    Moe Carrick
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    Boston Children’s Hospital was literally buzzing with people yesterday. There were 5 greeters in red shirts there to meet us in the valet/handicapped area. At check-in the cheery nurse saw the unique attributes of both my nephews, being admitted for routine surgery, without any hesitation about their special needs and different body movements. The surgery team (anesthesia, surgeon, nursing, etc.) knew of each other, referred to one another as “colleague” or “teammate.” There was only necessary duplication, and each person we spoke with seemed to know what had been discussed with a…
  • At the Edge – Team Conflict Do’s and Don’ts

    Jim Morris
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    “I don’t want to talk about it, trying to work through this will just make things worse” said the Project Manager, who’s 18-month construction project was beginning to unravel before his eyes. “He doesn’t care about the budget, he just wants to be done.” He was referring to the project superintendent, his counterpart and the other most senior member of the team accountable for delivering the building on time and within budget. Knowing there are two sides to every story, I went to hear the superintendent’s story. “All he does is bark at me about the budget as if I am an idiot…
  • At Amazon Accountability Falls Short Without Empathy

    Moe Carrick
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    I have been thinking deeply about the recent New York Times article about Amazon’s culture (and resultant blogging by many), wavering between unfounded judgments (how could someone lead this way?) and also holding empathy for Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, and the executive team. I know that a company that large cannot possibly be categorized neatly in one box, and also that leaders there, like leaders everywhere, are doing what they think makes sense at the time, with the best intentions. When considering the Amazon article, I find two dimensions of the brouhaha particularly…
  • Team Leaders: Know Your Roll! (It’s a Pun)

    Moe Carrick
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:56 pm
    “Mike is a skilled team leader. He manages to eliminate obstacles for us, walk the talk, engage each member of the team, create energy, and focus the team. I really respect him, see him as one of us, but also appreciate the unique roll he plays.” – Team member talking about his boss Focusing on creating healthy teams is important for all the reasons listed in Jim Morris’ recent blog about why team cohesion matters, and more. And yet, team leaders often struggle with the question, “What is my role in creating team health?” The critical role of team leader is different than the…
 
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    Scribble and Scrawl

  • Stream of Emotions

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:29 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   Like a vibrant spring  flows effervescence of love.  To turn into the stream  of vapid emotions that  meanders round expectations.   A Tanka is a Japanese poem consisting of 31 syllables in 5 lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third lines and 7 in the others. Image source1 Image source2 If you like this post, please consider following the blog. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Please like, share and/or leave feedback in comments below! Filed under: Poetry,…
  • 10 Quotes on Need for Brevity in Communication

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   The need for brevity in communication has been stressed upon time and again. Whether you are making an official presentation to your superior or you are making your pitch, you are expected to be brief, and to the point in your presentation. Imagine the plight of a person who has to shuffle through loads and loads of files every day. Nothing could make him/ her happier than concise notes, with clearly stated facts that make it easy to comprehend and remember the key points, and the context in which it is being said. With life moving at a fast pace, the need for…
  • Thoughts

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:48 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti       Thoughts, like Vesuvius, erupt, from deep crevices of mind, like genes, mutate, permutations and combinations result in actions, some great, material, immaterial, and few that all dread     Image source: Sebastian Eriksson is an 18-year-old upcoming surrealist artist living in Sweden. His artwork is amazing and extremely thought-provoking.     If you like this post, please consider following the blog. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Please like,…
  • Dark Ambitions

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti     Dark ambitions, spew venom, when desire for status, position, eclipses relations like perilous darts of poison A #Tanka Dark ambitions spew venom, eclipse relations, like darts of poison A #Haiku Image source: If you like this post, please consider following the blog. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Please like, share and/or leave feedback in comments below! Filed under: Poetry, Miscellaneous Tagged: haiku, micropoetry, tanka
  • How do you Motivate yourself?

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:54 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar This quote by Zig Ziglar sounds funny for sure, but, hey read it again and you’ll not only find yourself agreeing with it, but may also follow up with the question ‘How do we motivate ourselves?‘ External factors such as recognition or rewards are a great source of motivation, but unfortunately we cannot always depend upon external triggers to find motivation. As a matter of fact, we have to…
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  • Should Managers Have an Approval Rating

    Tim Sieck
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    Every time I see the news report that displays the president’s approval rating, it makes me wonder why more people don’t have approval ratings.  One group in particular that could benefit from an approval rating system are people managers. First, let’s take a look at the approval rating itself.  Unlike performance management systems in most large organizations, there are no five point scales.  You don’t have to think about what the difference is between a rating of 3 or 4.  You don’t have to deal with biases and attitudes regarding whether anyone can ever be…
  • “It’s Management’s Decision”: A Damaging Phrase

    Tim Sieck
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase if you have worked for any period of time in an organization.  “I know you guys don’t like this, and neither do I.  Nothing I can do about it.  It’s management’s decision.”  There’s nothing that can be done about the manager that said that to you.  It’s water under the bridge.  Here’s what we can work on though.  Getting that phrase out of your vocabulary so that, as a manager yourself, you never utter it to anyone. Change is hard for people.  Employees are resistant to most change…
  • Never Underestimate the Value of Employees

    Tim Sieck
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    Employees and employee policy are dominating the newspaper headlines over the past few weeks.  From the interpretation of what constitutes an employee to the way organizations are treating their employees, the news continues to validate the importance of valuing the people who make your business successful. Many of the stories focus on the organizational level of employee practices, but the manager’s role is just important. Employee or not employee. One recent article in the Wall Street Journal discussed the practice of startups who prefer to use 1099 (contract) workers as opposed to…
  • How to Create a High Performing Sales Team

    Mindy Seiffert
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    Managing and leading an effective sales staff can be very daunting.  In many cases, companies expect that because they are paying for a sales team that revenue will just miraculously appear.    However, it doesn’t always work that way.  There are several necessary steps that will lead not only to happy, successful sales professionals, but also a top-producing sales team! 5 Steps to a High-Performing Sales Team 1.  Utilize SalesMax as a pre-employment assessment.  SalesMax is a widely-used pre-employment assessment that helps hiring sales managers evaluate sales candidates for the…
  • Individual Development vs. Performance Management

    Mindy Seiffert
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. One of the greatest challenges faced by small to medium-sized businesses is making the transition from “what made us successful” to “what will keep us successful.” Clearly understanding the difference between individual development planning and performance management is critical in moving an organization to the next level. What is Individual Development Planning? Also known as IDP, individual development planning is a process that allows an employee to own their career.  …
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    Leadership Heart Coaching

  • Leaving Corporate America

    wbenoist
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    Last week, I did something most people would consider insane. I walked away from my executive management position of 18 years, leaving Corporate America behind.   On the table, I left my salary, yearly bonus and stock options. Although I worked with the most awesome team a leader could wish for, I was slowly dying […] The post Leaving Corporate America appeared first on Leadership Heart Coaching.
  • What Financial Advisors Don’t Tell Us About Retirement

    wbenoist
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Although I’m still a few years away from collecting my first social security check, retirement has been on my mind recently. In fact, I seldom go a day without hearing the word. Maybe it has to do with my age. I am a Baby Boomer. Maybe it has to do with those in my life, […] The post What Financial Advisors Don’t Tell Us About Retirement appeared first on Leadership Heart Coaching.
  • 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 […] The post Get Rid of The Box appeared first on Leadership Heart Coaching.
  • 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 […] The post Bold, Innovative Leadership appeared first on Leadership Heart Coaching.
  • Having Fun at Work

    wbenoist
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
      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 […] The post Having Fun at Work appeared first on Leadership Heart Coaching.
 
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    David Sawyer

  • 4 Reasons To Count Your Days

    David Sawyer
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:48 am
    Why numbering your days makes them count MORE One of my favorite books is 20,000 Days and Counting, by Robert D. Smith.  If you know me then you know that I have never actually “read” this book.  No, I listened to it, and I highly encourage you to do the same. Robert reads the book himself on the audio version.  He has a great voice that is energetic and captivating.  This brings a real sense of depth to the book.  Plus, it makes the experience more personal.  Within a few minutes of listening you will feel as if Robert is an old friend. In the beginning, he explains the…
  • 8 Phrases used by Lackluster Leaders

    David Sawyer
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:47 pm
    If you want to be successful then do not say this... A few years ago, I came across a funny book on dog training.  It explained the exact wrong way to train your dog.  The book had funny drawings that clearly showed the opposite of an effective dog training program.   There was an entire chapter devoted to “inconsistency”.   If you really want to not train your dog, then introduce inconsistency into every situation.  Inconsistent rewards, inconsistent punishments, and inconsistent reactions, these all add up to create a perfectly untrained dog.  Taking this opposite…
  • The Story of the Farmer and Two Towns

    David Sawyer
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Once upon a time there was a farmer.  He lived on the outskirts of town with his wife and family.  Every day he would get up early to work the fields.  Occasionally, he would spot people passing by on the road.   One day he was near the road when he heard someone call, “Excuse me… can I ask you a question?” The farmer looked up from his work.  His eyes met those of a young man.  The traveler had a backpack across one shoulder.  His clothes and shoes were both worn.  He had clearly been walking for some time. “What can I help you with?” said the farmer…
  • 5 Simple Ways to be a ROCKSTAR Leader

    David Sawyer
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Do you want to be a ROCKSTAR leader?  As leaders we love new ideas, new concepts, new technology, new tips, new styles, new ways to communicate, new, new new… Bottomline, we like new things. Yet the best business leaders, the leaders that are the ROCKSTARS of their industry, seldom focus on new ways to lead.  They focus on simple, proven concepts.  They do the basics.   The following are 5 basic concept to help you become a rockstar leader: 1)  Help Your People  The best leaders “jump in” and help the team, especially when times are tough.  If people do not understand…
  • The Good Men Project

    David Sawyer
    14 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    A Refreshing Look At Manhood I recently stumbled upon a site that I have to share…  “The Good Men Project”  Please forgive me if I’m late to the party.  You may of already heard of this site.  It seems to of been around for a few years, but I just found out about it this week.  Dan Miller of the 48 Days podcast was sharing how the site is helping and encouraging men. If you have not seen it yet, take a second and checkout this link to an article written by Michael Russer: Manhood and Being Your Word   The post The Good Men Project appeared first on David…
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  • How to Move On After Getting Passed Up for a Promotion

    Mackenzie Cannon
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    by David Reimer, CEO, Merryck & Co AmericasAnyone who’s been passed over for a major promotion can attest: it hurts. You’re angry, frustrated, embarrassed, and it’s tempting to compose a resignation email starting with a capital ‘F.’ Further, a cadre of sympathizers will materialize at your door, phone and inbox with solicitations for you to vent. But instead of reacting, hit pause. In the aftermath of a missed promotion, more eyes will be on you than you may realize. This is the time for you to take four deliberate steps and demonstrate the kind of leader you really are.Refocus on…
  • CEO Succession: The Real-Life Game of Thrones

    Sarah Frye
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:39 pm
    by David Reimer, CEO, Merryck & Co AmericasWith its dragons and ice zombies, the HBO series Game of Thrones seems better suited to cult hit than cultural phenomenon. GoT’s success at crossing into the mainstream hinges in part on its deft dramatization of a historically consistent theme: transitions of power are messy. Few leadership transitions trigger a more immediate sense of uncertainty and risk for most of us than the replacement of the CEO at one’s organization. The less clear the criteria, the more widespread the intrigues. The less managed the process, the greater the ensuing…
  • Margaret Heffernan: Small Steps to Huge Change

    Sarah Frye
    18 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    by Margaret Heffernan, Mentor, Merryck & CoSocial CapitalRunning a software company in Boston, I recognized — and my board told me — that we needed to reposition the business. Our product was too bland, too generic to stimulate excitement or loyalty. I needed a team to help me and ended up working through the problem with a motley crew: a young web developer, a seasoned and eccentric media executive, a visual artist, and myself. We spent a week, ensconced in the private room of a burger joint, exploring options, rejecting easy answers,pushing one another to find something none of…
  • 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 like…
  • 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…
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    The UPwards Leader

  • How A Great Workplace Culture Makes People Shine

    Paul LaRue
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:31 am
    This past Sunday, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta pitched a no-hitter. It was an amazing accomplishment in what is turning out to become a promising future for this talented player. But what was more amazing in this successful event was how the culture of the Cubs organization contributed to Arrieta’s rise in performance. Here is […]
  • Achieving Workplace Clarity – Lessons From A Public Hearing

    Paul LaRue
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:26 pm
    I was traveling between two clients last week and came across an unusual radio broadcast. It was a public hearing from either a city council or county government session. The issue at hand was a volunteer who was being questioned on her use of expenditures in coordinating a project for a municipal area. It was […]
  • The 3 Levels of Leadership Control

    Paul LaRue
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    In one way or another, we all seek control in our leadership lives. Control is a sense of being able to, in varying degrees, govern the circumstances of our respective spheres of influence. Leaders who seek control have three distinct options in exercising control. They are: Control over things Control by things Control of self […]
  • Leadership Resources From Popeye’s CEO Cheryl Bachelder

    Paul LaRue
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Cheryl Bachelder’s turnaround of the Popeye’s Chicken chain has gained a tremendous amount of attention from across all industries. Her ability to take a lagging franchise and transform it into a continuing market force within the industry is the result of her leadership style and application of core leadership principles. These foundational roots have earned […]
  • Are Your Systems All Go?

    Paul LaRue
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:04 pm
    No organization can exist without systems for conducting their business. Systems are a wonderful tool that should augment the people in your organization. They are the oil to make your teams work smoother and more effectively. A good leader will know when their systems break down and work to resolve them. A great leader will […]
 
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    ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter » ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter

  • 5 Ways You May be Hurting Employee Morale

    Jeremy Unruh
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    There are three types of bosses when it comes to employee morale: the boss who is very focused on keeping morale high, the kind who is solely worried about the job and neglects the morale aspect and lastly, the clueless boss which has the best of intentions for employee morale, but still inadvertently destroys it. Whichever you may be, morale is essential for employee retention, good productivity and a healthy work environment. If you feel like your workplace lacks any of these aspects, maybe it's time to reevaluate how you handle your employees. The post 5 Ways You May be Hurting Employee…
  • Book Review: Stan Slap, Under the Hood

    Diane Byington, Ph.D.
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Stan Slap, management consultant and keynote speaker par excellence, has a new book. It’s called Under the Hood, and it’s about employee culture; specifically, how management objectives can be either supported or sabotaged by the employee culture. Slap’s definition of employee culture is: “Your employees’ shared beliefs about the rules of survival and emotional prosperity.” An employee culture exists to protect itself; it is an information-gathering organism, designed to assure its own survival. Which means it is anti-change, because change—including positive change--could…
  • Communicate with Your Employees and Keep Them Motivated

    Jeremy Unruh
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    When you own a business, motivation and communication become two of your biggest tools when working with your employees. These two concepts go hand in hand when you want your employees to become a trusted aspect of your business. The most important way to keep your employees motivated is to communicate with them. Let them know what’s going on with your company and make them a part of the decision-making process. The post Communicate with Your Employees and Keep Them Motivated appeared first on ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter.
  • Empower Your Employees By Answering One Question: “Why?”

    Jeremy Unruh
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:35 am
    How does your company empower its employees? Many times, this question elicits solutions and actions: we implement open door policies with management; we conduct semi-annual performance reviews; we offer flexible work schedules and the opportunity to work remotely. While all of these solutions can contribute to employee empowerment, it's important that any employee-focused program starts by answering the right question. The post Empower Your Employees By Answering One Question: “Why?” appeared first on ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter.
  • Turned Down for that Promotion? How to Stay Motivated After Rejection

    Jeremy Unruh
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    You work hard, present new ideas, and take the initiative every chance you get thinking that you'll be sure to get that promotion when it comes around. Gathering up the courage to ask for a promotion is a big deal, and hearing "no" can make you want to crawl into a corner and never return to work again. However, you know that you need to act like a professional, so treat this as a learning experience so that you can have a chance at a promotion the next time around. The post Turned Down for that Promotion? How to Stay Motivated After Rejection appeared first on ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter.
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    Dr. Peter Fuda » Dr. Peter Fuda

  • Creating sustainable change; the journey that doesn’t end

    Peter Fuda
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The ultimate goal of any change effort is long term, sustainable performance. No leader can achieve this alone. While transformation begins with the most senior leaders, it sustains when these leaders create a virtuous cycle of accountability that cascades through the entire organization. Think of it as a disciplined fitness regime; there is no end point to transformation. Sustainability in our model refers to “the commitment, momentum and capability required to sustain continuity towards the goals”.  It is prefaced on an assumption that change cannot be managed, it must be led. Read…
  • Time to lighten up: the symbols of humor and play

    Peter Fuda
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Most people will say there is room for more fun and laughter in the workplace, yet few do anything about it.  Research shows that humour and play – the final type of symbol we will explore – provide a release valve during times of crisis, and amplify our successes. Shared laughter and enjoyment bond us together. We’ve seen organizations do this in a variety of ways. Charity events can be a feel-good way of bringing fun into the work place whilst raising money for a good cause.  Several of our clients participate in Movember, a fundraiser for men’s health charities where…
  • Start something new today: the symbols of rites, rituals and ceremonies

    Peter Fuda
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Rites, rituals and ceremonies institutionalize an organization’s culture and values – both good and bad. The key is to be intentional about the rituals you have or create, so that they accelerate you toward your organization’s goals. Whilst brainstorming ways to celebrate staff achievements, the executive team of one large US retailer came up with a simple idea. They agreed that even though the company had annual awardsas a team they didn’t do enough to recognize the things that associates did on a daily basis to delight customers. After sharing a few inspiring stories with…
  • If you worship the fire-fighter, you’ll have arsonist fire-fighters everywhere: the symbols of heroes and villains

    Peter Fuda
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    In every organization, there are heroes and villains who symbolically represent what leaders want and don’t want; what they are likely to reward and punish. These archetypes are communicated through story and carried in the organization’s culture. The key challenge for leaders is to work out whether the organization’s heroes and villains are enabling or inhibiting their aspirations. One client complained that his organization was in a perpetual state of crisis, which in turn created a never ending number of surprises for management and shareholders. To understand some of the origins of…
  • Build a legend that tells people what you stand for: the symbols of myths, legends and stories

    Peter Fuda
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Imagine this; you’ve left your hotel early in order to catch a flight to another city. At 30,000 feet you realize that you’ve left your portfolio containing the critical paperwork for the day’s most important meeting in the hotel lobby. You phone the hotel upon landing in a mad panic, only to find out that the concierge is already on a flight behind you. Ten minutes before your big meeting starts, in walks the concierge with your portfolio and a smile. This is a great example of the power of myths, legends and stories – another type of symbol that can be leveraged to…
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    Caffeinated Learning - Tips

  • 100% Audience Participation

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:11 am
    100% participation - always an instructional goal of mine - happened today thanks to TodaysMeet.com. TodaysMeet allows anyone to set up a temporary chat room (free!) where participants can share their ideas and questions with each other. Quick and easy to set up, and just as quick and easy to join in, a presenter or facilitator could decide to use this website without any advance preparation.Today I used the site to have participants use their personal devices to share examples of a concept that we were exploring. Some quickly entered their examples. This allowed others to see…
  • 3 Times You Shouldn't Hide in the Restroom

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The time is 10:00 and the official break has begun. One hundred participants get up to stretch, while a handful approach the front of the room to speak with me individually, asking questions or sharing stories. I have encouraged these one-on-one interactions so that everyone can receive what they need. Lunchtime rolls around and the same pattern emerges - interacting with a variety of people for a significant portion of the break. By the time the afternoon break happens, I rush to the restroom, enter a stall and think about staying inside for the entire time. I am relieved to know that this…
  • CANVA - Pics for Presentations and More

    20 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    If you are looking for wonderful visuals to add to your posts and presentations, check out Canva. This easy tool allows you to search for photos, drag them onto your design board and create unique images without ever leaving the web. Many items are free, most are $1 for single use, and so worth the time saved taking your own photos or endlessly scrolling the web for a perfect free image. No need to be artistic or to spend hours learning a graphic design program. Canva is amazingly simple!
  • Move Your audience In 3 Easy Ways

    12 Aug 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Learning facilitators want to move their audiences. Sometimes we want them to move their knowledge and skills to a new level. Other times we want to move an audience to action.  You can accomplish both of these more effectively if you get them physically moving, too. Try one, or all, of these simple strategies to get people moving. 1. Instead of handing out tasks, set up a “Mad Dash” board. Slip the tasks inside envelopes and post them on walls or chart stands around the room. Announce “1, 2, 3, Go!” and have participants dash and grab an…
  • Borrowing A Bit of Malala's Courage

    21 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    At 11 years old, Malala Yousafzai began to advocate for the rights of girls in Pakistan to receive an education. As the Taliban occupied her valley, she continued to raise her voice, even surviving a brutal assassination attempt. At 17 years old, she became the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Now traveling the world, Yousafzai was recently in Denver, Colorado to share her message. During her Denver interview, Malala was asked if she is afraid. Her response stunned the audience – she wishes she had more courage to face her fear of dogs and rollercoasters! Over the last few…
 
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    Dr. Maria Church Irresistible Leader Training, Coaching and Mentoring

  • 7 Steps To Showing Up As A Leader

    DrMaria
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    Recently working with a client, we were discussing how we “show up”. We have learned and studied so much about good communication skills and body language that many of us have mastered the art of “listening” with our bodies. Bodies leaning in, head nodding, eyes fixed on the other person, yet all the while our... Keep Reading >>
  • 6 Requirements For A Mentorship Mindset

    DrMaria
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    I was just in a discussion today about mentoring. What exactly does this mean and why is it important for leaders to have a mentorship mindset? Mentorship is about sharing wisdom, and wisdom is gained from knowledge and experience. One of my favorite books about mentorship is, “Mentoring: The TAO of Giving and Receiving Wisdom”... Keep Reading >>
  • Marrying Leadership & Marketing In 10 Simple Steps

    DrMaria
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    While teaching leadership or marketing courses, I often have the thought…Leading people and marketing are really the same activity. Isn’t the primary objective of both to influence people in the direction of a goal? Now some of you may challenge that statement! True, marketing and leadership could sometimes be an activity of manipulation, and not... Keep Reading >>
  • 5 Ways To Improve Your Message Of Power

    DrMaria
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    Power, now that is a word that will bring about different mental models for different people! Many times messages of power are wrapped in fear, hope, darkness, and light. Power is both greatly misunderstood and misused.  Empowerment, too, is a concept that conjures up different impressions for different people. And there is an explosion when... Keep Reading >>
  • 7 Strategies For Building EQ Through Laughter

    DrMaria
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Do you ever find yourself stuck, unable to accomplish that goal, or unable to overcome a fear of something or someone? Early on in my corporate career, colleagues advised me to learn golf, which they claimed as a great way to network, bond with clients, and create deals. I learned the sport, but I didn’t... Keep Reading >>
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    The Empowered Business

  • Accountability to Possibility: The Next Frontier in Leadership Growth

    Denise Corcoran
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.   Gloria Steinem When I was a little girl, my mother encouraged me to dream. She would often tell me … “Dream big dreams. It does not cost anything to dream.” So as a child, I would imagine myself becoming … possibility thinking … A gold Olympic ice skater on one day. … The first woman astronaut on another day. … Then it was a toss up between a princess, a cowgirl or a Mickey Mouse musketeer on the other days. Nobody ever told me that anything was impossible. I am grateful for those early days…
  • Deep Motivations, Not Competencies, Drive Leadership Performance.

    Denise Corcoran
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:21 pm
    What if… You could easily predict the performance of your leaders, your teams and your organization? You could gain access to the underlying motivators that drive a leader or employee to do their best work? You could eliminate costly hiring mistakes and determine in advance to what extent a candidate will perform well in a role? Such a solution exists and can unleash the potential and performance within your organization. It’s called motivational profiling.  Your underlying (and often unconscious) attitudes and motivations determine what you pay attention to and focus on in your…
  • Pain VS Gain: How to Best Motivate Buyers to Buy

    Denise Corcoran
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:45 pm
     Guest Article by Dan Seidman Picture this, you’re 12 years old and you fly into the house after school. “Mom, Dad, guess what I decided today? I’m gonna be a doctor!” Mom is always encouraging. “Honey, that’s great! Doctors are well respected. You’ll make good money, have a nice spouse and a nice house. I’m so glad you’re going to be a doctor.” In contrast, how might Dad respond? “A doctor? Are you kidding me? Do you know how many years you have to go to school to become a doctor? Do you know how much money it costs? And you’ll be working with sick people all day.
  • 7 Unconscious Leadership Fears That Keep You Small

    Denise Corcoran
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    Which keep you small? Fears keeping you small   All leaders have fears.  However, not all your fears are created equal. Some may manifest as low level anxieties.  Some are life paralyzing phobias.  Some may be triggered only by certain events – like fear of public speaking.  Others may be life-long fears. Then there are the “big guns.”  These are the core unconscious leadership  fears from which all other fears come.  They override every aspect of your being. In this article you will learn 7 unconscious leadership fears that keep you small.  First, it’s important to…
  • Are You Aware Of The 3 Approaches to Strategic Planning?

    Denise Corcoran
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:43 pm
    From time to time, I find an article written by one of my colleagues that I want my clients to know about.  The following article — Time is Money:  The 3 Different Approaches to Strategic Planning — was written by Gabriel Najera — Founder, Najera Consulting Group.  For more information about Gabriel, see his byline below. Even though I did strategy development for billion dollar corporations in the early days of my business 30 years ago, I had no idea that there were 3 different approaches to strategic planning.  I learned alot from this article.  I know you will too!
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    Changing What's Normal - Ian Berry's Blog

  • Investment or cost is a vital distinction to make

    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I met with a prospective client yesterday who clearly at the beginning of our conversation saw providing learning and development for his employees as a cost rather than as an investment.I shared with him an old yet powerful story where the CFO asks the CEO: "What if we invest in our people and they leave?" To which the CEO responded: "What if we don’t and they stay?"Investment or cost is a vital distinction to make in all aspects of your business, and particularly where people's performance is concerned. What do you believe?I believe there's one thing you must do to pave the way for…
  • The awesome value of a fresh perspective

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I'm currently working with two mentors who are helping me to re-imagine and reposition my business. Like me they're blessed with the skill of seeing what most people don't.I've been amazed at what I wasn't seeing about myself and my business.Who is helping you to see what you currently don't?There's awesome value in a fresh perspective.In my case I knew I needed help yet was reluctant to ask for it. Finally I let go my ego and put my hand up.Feeling overwhelmed or uncertain or even if you're at the top of your game? Ask for a fresh perspective today.Be remarkable.Ian
  • In every challenge there lies an opportunity

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:17 pm
    When my wife and I went to Florence, Italy a few years ago we stood for a couple of hours in awe of Michelangelo's Statue of David.I often think of the experience and the following statement when a client is or I'm faced myself with what appears to be an obstacle.Whatever seems to be in the way this week look at it from a different perspective. In every challenge there lies an opportunity.Be remarkable.Ian
  • Make a 1 hour appointment with yourself every week

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This Sunday's sparkenation (a spark that ignites passion that leads to action that changes what's normal)The above is great advice.Make this your one special action to take this week.Be remarkable.Ian
  • 11 questions to answer to increase and sustain momentum in your business

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    There's greater than usual volatility in world stock markets at the moment. It's a reminder that having your life's savings only in stocks is always a gamble. (A gamble by the way that I don't personally take). It's also a reminder as I heard one commentator say, that the stock market is not the real economy.In a conversation with a client this week (a medium sized family business in the real economy and not tied to the post of the stock market) I drew the following diagramI then explored with my client the 11 questions people in his business need to answer with actions in order to increase…
 
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    Limitless

  • 10 Memorable Roles That Have Made Us Fall In Love With The Evergreen Sridevi

    Rajashree Seal
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:17 am
    Image source: SridevikapoorOnce the reigning queen of Bollywood, Sridevi, who recently turned 52 is just as charming and glamorous as she has been in the past. She is the ... Read MoreThe post 10 Memorable Roles That Have Made Us Fall In Love With The Evergreen Sridevi appeared first on Limitless.
  • The Announcement You Were Waiting For: Samsung Announces The Gear S2 Smartwatch Specs

    Shiv Sujir
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:57 pm
    After briefly teasing it on stage at an event in August, Samsung has finally released several product details about the Gear S2 and also surprised Gear fans with the ... Read MoreThe post The Announcement You Were Waiting For: Samsung Announces The Gear S2 Smartwatch Specs appeared first on Limitless.
  • Power Dressing: 6 Fashion Accessories To Show Them Who’s The Boss

    Rajashree Seal
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Image source: HuntbagWith so many women taking up jobs and running successful careers, work wear has become an important part of women’s wardrobes. Though fashion choices tend to ... Read MoreThe post Power Dressing: 6 Fashion Accessories To Show Them Who’s The Boss appeared first on Limitless.
  • 10 DIY Tips To Organize Your Office For Increased Productivity

    Tshering
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:32 pm
    The office setup plays a significant role in overall productivity levels at the workplace. Keeping your desk and immediate surroundings clean and well organized goes a long way towards helping ... Read MoreThe post 10 DIY Tips To Organize Your Office For Increased Productivity appeared first on Limitless.
  • The Importance Of A Powerful Vision: What The Kumbh Mela’s Success Shows Leaders About Having A Vision

    Karan
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Image Source: Maha Kumbh FestivalTry organizing a festival that involves: building a temporary city over a farmland, replete with roads, electricity, water, food, shelter, and other basic infrastructure. ... Read MoreThe post The Importance Of A Powerful Vision: What The Kumbh Mela’s Success Shows Leaders About Having A Vision appeared first on Limitless.
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    Gusto Life Group

  • Characteristics of a Servant Leader: What’s That?

    Ulrika
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:13 am
    Ulrika:Informative post on the basics of servant leadership. Check it out! Originally posted on eadhrconsultant: The former president of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, Larry C. Spears identified what he considered to be the 10 most important characteristics of servant leaders. His insightful list got me thinking about these characteristics from a practical standpoint. I would like to unpack these 10 characteristics with a focus on the action needed to become a daring leader who serves. Often times in leadership development or coaching we can theorize a leadership style…
  • Create Deep Trusting Relationships For Success

    gustolifeteam
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:22 am
    The concept of reaching out to others for support isn´t about changing who you are. It´s about enlisting the help and advice of others to help you become the best you that you can be. These are the words of author Keith Ferrazzi, in “Who´s Got Your Back”. Regardless of our professional – or personal – role, we all need feedback and advice from individuals that we trust. As individual beings, we can not possibly know it all, nor do we need to. Getting feedback from someone who is not as close to a situation as we are ourselves, and by that can be objective, is…
  • Improve Your Chances Of Success In Life

    gustolifeteam
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    Your success in life depends, in part, on your attitude. There are easy ways though to embrace a more positive attitude and improve your chances of sustainable success. Start the Day Right Start each day in the right direction by choosing to wake up with a smile. Eat a good breakfast to give yourself a good, positive foundation for the day. Remind yourself that life is short; make the most of each and every day. Not only will this help you to have a positive attitude, but it will help you to feel more alert and focused throughout your day. Choose the Right Words The words that you use have an…
  • 1-Minute Playbook: How To Kick-Start Your Day Effectively

    gustolifeteam
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:31 am
    Are you having difficulties to get started with your day? Here is something you can integrate into your routines that will make a big difference. It is called the Power Hour and it is very simple! Simply list three things that you need to accomplish or complete TODAY and set a timer for 60 minutes. Then turn off your phone and emailand focus 100% on those three priorities, giving them all equal attention. It doesn’t really matter if you complete them or not (unless you are on a deadline of course), it´s the fact that you have made huge amounts of progress with each one. The feeling of…
  • How Stressed is Your Workplace?

    Ulrika
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    Ulrika:Great article about a very important work cultural issue!/Ulrika Originally posted on Centrepoint of View: One in four Canadian adult workers describe their level of workplace stress somewhere between “quite high” and “extremely high”, according to a recent Statistics Canada study. Stress is considered to be the leading cause of illness and absenteeism in the workplace and there are estimates that it’s costing Canadian employers somewhere around $20B annually. Businesses pay dearly for the losses incurred by absent employees, those on short and long-term disability, and for…
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    The Meaning Movement

  • The Psychological Necessity of Breaking the Rules

    Dan Cumberland
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:44 am
    “We see you as an artist,” he said. His hair was long, thick, and wavy. His face thin and defined. His gaze intense and gentle. Sixteen of us sat around a big solid wooden table, eating a meal together. We were all part of an Artist Residency at the graduate school I attended. Somehow I ended up among them. I didn’t think of myself as an artist. Though I studied music composition in undergrad, I always felt a bit like I was faking it— everyone else had a much greater mastery of their instruments and musical concepts. I thought my main focus for the week of the Artist Residency was…
  • How to Deal With Anxiety (or How I Learned Mindfulness from a Navy SEAL Boot Camp Instructor)

    Dan Cumberland
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    The other day Stacia said to me, “I just love how in the moment you are! You want to get the most out of whatever is going on!” It’s true. I really love living in the moment, and sometimes I’m pretty good at it. When we’re having an amazing meal, it’s not hard for me to eat a little more. When we’re having a great time with friends, it’s not hard for me to stay a little longer. But if I’m honest, most of the time, I’m not very good at staying in the moment. Much of the time it’s easy to worry and be anxious. There are a number of unknowns in my life right now. The…
  • The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy — Why You Make Them and How to Stop

    Dan Cumberland
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    I was talking with a friend about his business the other day. He’s wanting to scale things up and make a little more income. I suggested he try something he hadn’t done before. It would be a bold move on his part, but it would be unlike anything else in his field. He bristled and went on to tell me that he couldn’t do that and all the reasons he had for it. I wasn’t going to push him further than he wanted to go (this was just a friendly conversation after all), but he left the conversation just as stuck as he was before. I left feeling frustrated. If you ask me for my opinion and…
  • 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Find Your Purpose

    Dan Cumberland
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at an event about finding your life’s work and how finding it can change everything.  But I had to give this disclaimer: This process takes a long time. Though I’m going to give you a foundation for thinking about your life’s work and some tools to get you started, you have to be patient. It’s a journey to be taken, not a problem to be solved. Finding more passion, more purpose, and more meaning in your work and life is a process of identity formation. It’s a process of discovering more of who you are and what you have to offer the world. It’s not a…
  • The Microphone

    Dan Cumberland
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:22 am
    Picture this with me: You're escorted from a posh waiting room down a few nondescript halls to a curtain. Behind it is a dark stage holding only a microphone on a stand in the circle of light cast by spotlights. Peeking through the curtain— your eyes fighting against the spotlight— you catch a faint glimpse of faces in the crowd. Light reflecting off of someone's glasses. Small movements here and there. You pause to listen and hear the gentle murmur and rustle of this audience waiting in anticipation. How many many people are there? I'm not sure. 400? 5,000? 28,000? The number matters…
 
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