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  • Each Employee’s Retirement Is Unique

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    Charalambos Vlachoutsicos
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    When people have been around a long time, you tend to take what they bring to the table for granted and you don’t realize what you lose until they go. I remember the havoc raised by the retirement of our family company’s store manager in Piraeus. He was intimately familiar with every single one of our customers all over Greece, their distinctive preferences and whims. If it was a customer’s birthday you saw their name on the top of his daily to-do list. He was able to combine respect and familiarity in communicating with customers and he knew how to apply his sense of humor. I often got…
  • Which type of skill do you value more in your team members?

    SmartBrief on Leadership
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Functional -- skills like leadership and problem solving are most critical 82.04%  -More- 
  • LeadershipNow 140: September 2014 Compilation

    Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Here are a selection of tweets from September 2014 that you might have missed: How Do Trustworthy Leaders Behave? by Roderick Kramer from @stanfordbiz Do Workplace Hierarchies Still Matter? by Jeffrey Pfeffer from @stanfordbiz What to Look For In Future Leaders by @KevinEikenberry 10 Great Leadership Quotes (And How To Use Them To Inspire Your Team) by @Starbucker 7 Commandments of Leadership by @RonEdmondson Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength by @JHaudan How To Be A Horrible Leader - 50 Bad Leadership Traits by @toddbnielsen A Recipe for Air Rage from the NYTimes 8 ways…
  • 25 behaviors that foster mistrust

    Management-Issues
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Relationships are at the heart of life - at home and at work. And the secret sauce that creates and sustains healthy relationships is trust. So does your own behavior help to build trust, or are you undermining it?
  • The 8 Key Elements of a Successful Product Launch

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    Michael Hyatt
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    We open registration for Platform University twice a year. We just completed the relaunch for the fall, and it went extremely well—in fact, we beat our goal. But not every launch works, and sometimes we’re left wondering, “Why did my product bomb?” Photo credit: Istockphoto.com/Kuzma A friend recently asked for my input on why her product launch failed. She was using a sophisticated and proven launch method, one I’ve used myself, but she didn’t get a single order for her course. Most of us in business have been there at one time or another. As just one of many examples, I tried to…
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  • Each Employee’s Retirement Is Unique

    Charalambos Vlachoutsicos
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    When people have been around a long time, you tend to take what they bring to the table for granted and you don’t realize what you lose until they go. I remember the havoc raised by the retirement of our family company’s store manager in Piraeus. He was intimately familiar with every single one of our customers all over Greece, their distinctive preferences and whims. If it was a customer’s birthday you saw their name on the top of his daily to-do list. He was able to combine respect and familiarity in communicating with customers and he knew how to apply his sense of humor. I often got…
  • How to Deal with Bullies at Work

    Angelia Herrin
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    You’ve got a difficult, manipulative boss or maybe an intensely competitive and rude colleague. Is it bullying, bad manners, or merely the normal competition of a workplace? Healthy competition and even some aggression can make for a creative work environment where people push one another to better performance. But a bully can destroy a victim’s core sense of self, and limit their ability to be productive. So how do you identify what is at work in your workplace? Are there gender differences in perceptions and reaction? What’s the best way to deal with the different scenarios? In this…
  • We Need Better Managers, Not More Technocrats

    Didier Bonnet
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Digital technology is the biggest agitator of the business world today. Mobile technology, social media, cloud computing, embedded devices, big data, and analytics have radically changed the nature of work and competition.  And digital innovations will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Technology has tremendous potential to be the engine of increasing human, organizational, and economic prosperity. However, digital technology is not the true story. Digital transformation is. Fulfilling technology’s potential will require leaders to recreate the way their institutions…
  • When Talent Started Driving Economic Growth

    Roger Martin
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I came out of a standard Keynesian economics education at Harvard College in 1979. It was remarkably closed: from what I could tell, we read Chicago economists, from whom the supply-side movement arose, exclusively to mock them. But I graduated into an economy that was couldn’t be explained by applying the tools I had been taught. And within three years of my graduation, unemployment hit 10.8%, inflation 13.5%, and the prime rate 21.5%. It was supposed to be it impossible for all of those things to happen at once. To try to figure out what was really going on, I started reading stuff by the…
  • Xbox Polling and the Future of Election Prediction

    David Rothschild
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    For generations, pollsters have used probability polling (think of the Gallup polls quoted on the nightly news) as their go-to method to forecast the outcomes of elections. But cost increases and concerns about accuracy have called the method into question. A new form of polling called non-probability sampling — opt-in surveys on the internet, prediction markets, and even polls on gaming systems — has emerged as an improvement, and a viable replacement. First, let’s take a look at probability polling, which works like this: ask a random sample of likely voters who they would…
 
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  • LeadershipNow 140: September 2014 Compilation

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Here are a selection of tweets from September 2014 that you might have missed: How Do Trustworthy Leaders Behave? by Roderick Kramer from @stanfordbiz Do Workplace Hierarchies Still Matter? by Jeffrey Pfeffer from @stanfordbiz What to Look For In Future Leaders by @KevinEikenberry 10 Great Leadership Quotes (And How To Use Them To Inspire Your Team) by @Starbucker 7 Commandments of Leadership by @RonEdmondson Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength by @JHaudan How To Be A Horrible Leader - 50 Bad Leadership Traits by @toddbnielsen A Recipe for Air Rage from the NYTimes 8 ways…
  • 5 Leadership Lessons: How Google Works

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:29 am
    How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg is how Google created its innovative and productive culture. The book is full of principles that if they can’t be implemented outright in your own workplace, they can by degrees. You won’t find debates about social issues, but then that’s not what this book is about. It’s about how Google goes about doing what it does do—day to day. It about managing smart creatives in a family-type atmosphere.   Offices should be designed to maximize energy and interactions, not for isolation and status. Smart creatives thrive on…
  • Are We Too Busy Competing to do Anything New?

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Peter Thiel’s Zero to One is a quick and engaging read, but the ideas are not as quick to digest. Zero to One is based on the idea that progress can take two forms: horizontal or vertical progress. Horizontal progress is doing more of what works—going from zero to n. Vertical progress is doing something new—going from zero to one. Thiel explains it this way: "Vertical progress is harder to imagine because it requires doing something nobody else has ever done. If you take one typewriter and build 100, you have made horizontal progress. If you have a typewriter and build a word processor,…
  • Why Reframing is Important to Great Leadership

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Leaders need to be able to look at the situations they face from different perspectives. The need to be able to reframe a situation in order to understand what it really going on and deal with it effectively. A leader’s “ability to reframe sets them free” and helps them to “avoid getting trapped in cognitive ruts,” write Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal, authors of How Great Leaders Think. “Leaders can expand how they think by using different mental models to determine what’s going on and what to do in complex situations.” Bolman and Deal are the authors of Reframing…
  • First Look: Leadership Books for September 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September.   The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership by Richard Branson   The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization by Jacob Morgan   Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success by Shane Snow   Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization by Edward D. Hess   Hard Times: Leadership in America by Barbara Kellerman For bulk orders call 1-800-423-8273 Build your leadership library with…
 
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    Management-Issues

  • 25 behaviors that foster mistrust

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Relationships are at the heart of life - at home and at work. And the secret sauce that creates and sustains healthy relationships is trust. So does your own behavior help to build trust, or are you undermining it?
  • The prisoner's dilemma

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    Why do people working within the same organization - even the same unit - often seem to be operating in conflict with one another? Understanding the prisoner's dilemma can give us some clues.
  • Ask your team a 3,000 year-old question

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    It’s a simple question: “why is this meeting different from every other meeting?” But if you are mindful as to your meeting's purpose and desired outcome, you will accomplish far more than if you approach it as an empty ritual.
  • Three ideas for Sept 22

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    This week, an amazing statistic. Every minute, 204 million emails get sent - and that’s just one of the things that’s happens in an internet minute. Find out more on this week’s 3D Podcast.
  • Living the gift: an economy of generosity

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    We lived and thrived for thousands of years in economies in which the primary mode of exchange was through our gifts, rather than through money. So what business might look like if we were rewarded not only for our productivity, but for our gifts and deeper humanity as well?
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • The 8 Key Elements of a Successful Product Launch

    Michael Hyatt
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    We open registration for Platform University twice a year. We just completed the relaunch for the fall, and it went extremely well—in fact, we beat our goal. But not every launch works, and sometimes we’re left wondering, “Why did my product bomb?” Photo credit: Istockphoto.com/Kuzma A friend recently asked for my input on why her product launch failed. She was using a sophisticated and proven launch method, one I’ve used myself, but she didn’t get a single order for her course. Most of us in business have been there at one time or another. As just one of many examples, I tried to…
  • What Moses Teaches Us about Leadership Transition

    Rabbi Evan Moffic
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is a guest post from Rabbi Evan Moffic, spiritual leader of Congregation Solel in suburban Chicago. He blogs at Rabbi.me and Huffington Post. Author of Wisdom for People of All Faiths, his next book, What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover, is available February 2015 from Abingdon Press. I was lucky. When I became the rabbi of my congregation, I followed a revered leader who had served the congregation for 25 years. He welcomed me graciously and lovingly, making it clear to the congregation that I was now the senior rabbi. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/fathadam Many…
  • Everybody Wants It, but Nobody Seems to Get Any

    Michael Hyatt
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I know what you’re thinking, but I’m talking about margin—breathing room, think time, downtime, those moments we all desperately need really stay effective and enjoy the things that matter most. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Cowart But the truth is we seem to be getting less and less of it. Not only are prices racing while wages slow, but we’re working more hours, too. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.  
  • Episode 11: The 5 Elements of a Powerful, Personal Brand [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the five elements that must be present in your brand for it to be truly powerful. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. For more than a year now, Megan Miller, the dean of Platform University and I record something we call our “Member Makeover.” Once a month, people from our community volunteer to have us review their online platforms and their brands. We select one member and then do a screencast with our recommendations for how…
  • Why You Need More Art in Your Life (and 5 Ways to Get It)

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you want to find more creativity, satisfaction, and happiness, the single best solution I know is adding more art to your life. Photo courtesy of Eleri Ever, eleriever.com, and the Estonian Ministry of Culture Music has been a big part of my life since I was a young boy, though my tastes have broadened a lot since I was first learning chords on my guitar. I love choral music, for instance. Morten Lauridsen’s “Agnus Dei” can bring me to tears. Several months ago I was invited to attend a concert at Carnegie Hall, featuring not just the music of the composer Arvo Pärt, but Arvo Pärt…
 
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Who Narrates Business? The Gender Disparity of Social CEOs

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

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Elements of a Compelling Leadership Vision for Change

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    This post was recently published at Smartblog on Leadership: Leading change starts with a compelling leadership vision for change. According to leadership expert John Kotter, a lack of leadership vision is one of the most common reasons why transformational change efforts fail.A leadership vision isn’t just for large, CEO led, company-wide transformational changes. Leaders at all levels need to inspire people to change in order to overcome significant challenges and achieve important goals. “Transformational” is always relative and defined by those most impacted by the change. While an…
  • Dealing with the Slacker Employee

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    When one employee is not pulling their weight, it can have a devastating impact on productivity, customer service, or sales. Today’s lean organizations can no longer tolerate anything less than 100% effort from all of their employees. However, the most negative impact a “slacker” employee can have isn’t necessary organizational results – it’s the impact on that employee’s coworkers that have to work extra hard to cover for their coworker. When a manager doesn’t see this – or, chooses not to address it - morale suffers, and ultimately, good employees will either lower their…
  • Why Pope Francis is the World’s Most Effective Leader

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Jeffrey A. Krames:While I was writing my book on Pope Francis, I asked over 200 people who they felt was the most effective leader on the world stage today. I even gave many hints, such as "the person is living and doing well, does not live in the U.S., has little money, but makes news several times a week around the world."Nothing---crickets!Not one person responded "Pope Francis." How can that be? After all, he was Time Magazine's Person of the Year, and was also named the World's Greatest Leader by Fortune Magazine. I believe that the Pope's avuncular…
  • It All Starts With Leadership!

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    How can leaders create a workplace culture where employees are raving fans? It all starts with Leadership.Read  Beth Armknecht Miller's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.
  • 10 Nightmares That Cause Managers to Lose Sleep

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Management has its share of perks and rewards. You get a fancy title, maybe an office, and a big chair.However, there’s a price to pay for those extra rewards and perks. Being a manager means you also have to deal with the tough issues that can cause you to lose sleep at night.Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out what the top ten issues are that can keep a manager up at night.I’ve also included a “sleep aid” for each one.
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    800 CEO Read

  • An Excerpt from Growth Hacker Marketing

    dylan
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    TweetRyan Holiday opens Growth Hacker Marketing with a quote from the great David Ogilvy, author of the classics Confessions of an Advertising Man and Ogilvy on Advertising: I prefer the discipline of knowledge to the anarchy of ignorance. We pursue knowledge the way a pig pursues truffles. —David Ogilvy From someone who opened his first book, Trust Me, I’m Lying, with the admission that he is a media manipulator, “paid to decieve,” that seems like an incongruous quote. But like Ogilvy, Holiday made his own confessions in that book and pulled the curtain back to give us…
  • The FT Press/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Shortlist

    dylan
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    TweetA shortlist for the 2014 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award was announced yesterday. The books chosen focus very much on the big-picture issues of the day, “the most important trends shaping our world” as the press release puts it, so the switch from Goldman Sachs to McKinsey as a partner to FT has not reduced the scope of the books as I thought it may. (I speculated back in May when the announcement was made that McKinsey would now be backing the award that it may change focus to the more nuts-and-bolts business management issues that McKinsey…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 121

    dylan
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Tweet Work As We Know It Is Dead by Jacob Morgan “The idea that ‘work sucks’ is engrained in almost every aspect of our professional lives. Employees aren’t cogs, work should not be drudgery, and managers can no longer be slave-drivers. This isn’t a manifesto about following your passions or being happy, it’s a call to action to change and evolve our organizations to reflect the world they operate in.” The Humble Pulpit: Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis by Jeffrey A. Krames “Since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in March of 2012, he has shown the world a new…
  • Good Enough for the #Girlboss

    Sally
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    TweetIronically, the reason I haven’t had a chance to write a recommendation of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, which released in May is because I’ve been busy being a #girlboss. It happens to be the first book I read upon receiving my promotion to General Manager of 800-CEO-READ, and Amoruso’s fueled me during those first few uncertain days. Actually, I’m not the only #girlboss in the company either; 800-CEO-READ is a woman-owned company, and those owners are also our CEO and Board Chair. Since the retirement of our President and Founder, Jack Covert, the leaders at…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    dylan
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. The fundamental question, on which popular opinion seems to change with the economic winds, is whether the automated machines we design are labor-saving wonders that will lead us to a technical utopia of increasing leisure and prosperity, or whether they’re stealing…
 
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  • I’ll Speak for Free If You Write a Review

    Jurgen Appelo
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:17 am
    For book authors, Amazon reviews are very important. Reviews sell books. The difference between 10 and 100 book reviews can mean the difference between obscurity versus visibility. 250 reviews? That’s celebrity status! The post I’ll Speak for Free If You Write a Review appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • The Results of My First OKRs (Running)

    Jurgen Appelo
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    A popular topic in the new one-day Management 3.0 workshop is the OKRs system for performance measurement. (See Google’s YouTube video here.) Instead of explaining what OKRs are, I will just share with you the result of my first iteration. If you read this, you will get the general idea of how the OKRs system works. The post The Results of My First OKRs (Running) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • 3 Questions for Peter Morville about Intertwingled

    Jurgen Appelo
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    Recently, I read the book Intertwingled, by Peter Morville. I liked it a lot! This was my tweet-size review: Loved the stories and insights. It’s not only about information. It’s about life. Peter’s book raised a few questions for me, and I decided to ask Peter for the answers. The post 3 Questions for Peter Morville about Intertwingled appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Write a Tagline – Win a Book!

    Jurgen Appelo
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    We recently improved the story that explains what Happy Melly is all about. We’re curious what you think! Read the story, and email your summary in 10 words or less to info@happymelly.com (deadline is Saturday, 20 September). We’ll put the taglines to a vote! Two winners will be chosen: most popular and Happy Melly choice. Winners will receive a copy of the eBook “Introduction to Agile Methods” authored by Sondra Ashmore & Kristin Runyan – and donated generously by InformIT! The post Write a Tagline – Win a Book! appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Why I Changed the Title of My New Book

    Jurgen Appelo
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    #WorkoutThe original title of my new book was Management 3.0 Workout. It was the result of a long and challenging process in which I learned that readers of my newsletter liked the Management 3.0 brand and also the workout metaphor that I used in many of my articles and chapters. So, why did I change it to #Workout for the Amazon Kindle edition? The post Why I Changed the Title of My New Book appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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  • Vince Lombardi’s Success Formula: “Task + Relationship Excellence = Results”

    Michael Lee Stallard
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    I once attended a meeting where it seemed that everyone was focused on the people or relationships in a business and believed that doing so would bring success. Don’t believe it. Great leaders focus on achieving BOTH task excellence and relationship excellence. This dual focus produces sustainable superior performance. Managers who are solely task focused eventually burn people out. Managers who are solely relationship focused don’t set sufficiently high performance standards and challenge the team to accomplish them. However, managers who focus on task and relationship excellence…
  • How Leaders Can Guard Against Unethical Behavior

    Michael Lee Stallard
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    When leaders behave in ways that violate ethical norms and harm customers, it has a devastating effect on connection and employee engagement. A quick glance at business news headlines shows the extent to which unethical behavior has become a problem today. Many of these unethical practices seem to defy common sense, such as the restaurant owner in China who made headlines for lacing food with opium in an effort to get customers to return. The best leaders, whom we at E Pluribus describe as servant leaders, maintain a mindset that they serve employees who in turn serve customers.  This…
  • Establish a Team Vision Through Continuous Improvement Meetings

    Michael Lee Stallard
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
                  #52 Hold “Continuous Improvement” Meetings – Periodically pull your team together for a session to identify innovative ways to improve.  The meeting could be focused on ways to increase revenue, reduce costs, improve quality and/or improve efficiency.  List the ideas, prioritize them, select a manageable set to focus on, assign responsibilities and track their completion.  Make this information available to the entire group.  Holding these meetings 3-4 times a year gets people thinking proactively about how to improve and gives them…
  • Connect Others Through “Flash Mentoring”

    Michael Lee Stallard
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
                  #51 Employ “Flash Mentoring” – One way to match mentors and mentees is to ask them to commit to meet just once to see if both parties “click” (or “connect,” if you will) and if the mentor believes he/she has the knowledge/expertise and sufficient time available to meet the mentee’s needs and expectations. If both parties agree to continue, they should agree to a set number of additional meetings rather than leave the term open-ended. Unless both mentor and mentee agree to a set number of additional meetings, there is no…
  • How to Save “The Shack”

    Michael Lee Stallard
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:55 pm
    RadioShack logo, courtesy of RadioShack Corporation RadioShack is on the ropes. What can be done to save it? Over my career I’ve seen this scenario several times.  Xerox comes to mind.  In 2000, when Anne Mulcahy became Xerox’s CEO, the company was nearly bankrupt.  Her leadership helped save it.  In 2012, I spoke with Ms. Mulcahy in a series of interviews about how she led Xerox’s turnaround.  She described three behaviors that were similar to how A.G. Lafley led the turnaround of Procter and Gamble, how Howard Schultz and Howard Behar led the turnaround of Starbucks and, more…
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  • Worshipping Failure

    brucelynn
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
      The “Church of Fail” seems like my kind of Sunday (or ever day) devotional… “’Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to confess and celebrate the failures of ourselves and our colleagues.’ Welcome to the Church of Fail. It’s the invention of NixonMcInnes, a 15-person social-media consultancy in Brighton, England. The exercise was conceived three years ago at an off-site, as groups of employees brainstormed ways to improve the business. "One group decided they wanted to make it OK to fail, because the more we fail, the more we can innovate and…
  • Does Not Compute

    brucelynn
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
      Happy Programmers Day! Good to have one day to focus on the happy bits (yes, pun intended), because as Peter Welch colourfully embraces…“Programming Sucks” (thanks Chris). It’s less of a paean to computing failure and more of a powerful illustration of the black box opacity of it all. “Not a single living person knows how everything in your five-year-old MacBook actually works. Why do we tell you to turn it off and on again? Because we don’t have the slightest clue what’s wrong with it.” “The only reason coders’ computers work better than…
  • What’s New versus What Works

    brucelynn
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
      Yesterday was a high holiday on the technophile calendar with the latest Apple launch event.  New icons for the altar of the neophiles. So many articles focus on “innovation” and “embracing failures” is often a theme in those examinations. But innovation for innovation’s sake is not really the objective. What we are really seeking are “positive outcomes” (on a micro, tactical level), and “progress” (on a macro, strategic level). Innovation is just a tool for that progress. Curiously enough (since he normally weighs in heavily for Leadership over Management), Seth…
  • It’s a Dirty Job But

    brucelynn
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
       “I got it wrong about a lot of things. Not just the testicles on my chin.” – Mike Rowe. Happy Labor Day Americans. Time to take a day off to toast hard work with a beer and hot dog. To celebrate the good…and the bad. The dirty and difficult bits that, really, makes it ‘labor’. No better expert on the ‘dirty’ side of work than Mike Rowe, star of “Dirty Jobs”. His TED talk “Learning from dirty jobs” examines the best bits about the worst work, and underscores a premise I have written about repeatedly of embracing the failure of dreams… “What would happen…
  • Embracing the Pain

    brucelynn
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    “If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.” – Hugh Macleod Who are these people? Hundreds in the Triathlon World Championships today torturing their bodies for hours on end. MSNBC looked at triathlete pain in their piece “It’s true! Triathletes are tougher than the rest of us”. The researchers tested pain tolerance in a laboratory and found triathletes (not surprisingly) exhibited a very high tolerance. But correlation is not causation and whether pain tolerance attracted triathlon running or triathlon running enhanced pain tolerance is undetermined. One thing…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The sophistication of truth

    Seth Godin
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    A common form of complexity is the sophistication of fear. Long words when short ones will do. Fancy clothes to keep the riffraff out and to give us a costume to hide behind. Most of all, the sneer of, "you don't understand" or, "you don't know the people I know..." "It's complicated," we say, even when it isn't. We invent these facades because they provide safety. Safety from the unknown, from being questioned, from being called out as a fraud. These facades lead to bad writing, lousy communication and a refuge from the things we fear. I'm more interested in the sophistication required to…
  • Wishing vs. doing

    Seth Godin
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    By giving people more ways to speak up and more tools to take action, we keep decreasing the gap between what we wish for and what we can do about it. If you're not willing to do anything about it, best not to waste the energy wishing about it.        
  • Two purposes of user feedback

    Seth Godin
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:27 am
    What's a customer worth? A customer at the local supermarket or at the corner Fedex Print shop might spend $10,000 or even $25,000 over the course of a few years. That's why marketers are so willing to spend so much time and money on coupons, promos and ads getting people to start doing business with us. But what happens when it goes wrong? What if a service slip or a policy choice threatens that long-term relationship? If you know what's broken, you can fix it for all the customers that follow. It seems obvious, but you want to hear what customers have to say. After all, if people in…
  • None of this makes sense

    Seth Godin
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    Your own personal media company, the focus on building individual skills, the networks that we're all part of... It makes no sense that we're busy spending our 'work' time weaving together audience, passion and new competencies. Unless. Unless we also acknowledge that the old method of productivity, of being a good employee by obediently doing what you are told, is obsolete. Our job is to figure out what's next and to bring the ideas and resources to the table to make it happen. Otherwise, all of this (this blog, your online activity, the courses you take) is nothing but a worthless…
  • A simple way to look at effective advertising in a digital age

    Seth Godin
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    Would you miss it if it weren't there? Vogue magazine regularly runs more than 600 pages in length. And that's fine, because it's worth more with the ads than without them. On the other hand, if the ads disappeared from Twitter, would the service be better or worse? Media companies of the future will be built on ads we want to see, ads we'd miss if they were gone. [And yes, I mean your fundraising newsletter and your Facebook updates, and I mean the announcements on the speaker at the airport and the robocalls too.]        
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    CEO Blog - Time Leadership

  • Article Clipping at its Best

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

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    From an email exchange with a friend on what makes successful entrepreneurs:listen - filter - learn - leadNot blind obedience.Work ethic - time management - energy - passion.And the appropriate mix of dreams and reality, focus and trying different things.Statistical experimentation.Learning is the big one.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++I thought this simple article on 5 things to do before bed to jump start your day was good.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++And for those who thought they were too old to start a venture.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++And always thinking of Venture…
  • No Substitute for Time in - But Perfect Time in

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    I love the early mornings.  So many things I love to do in these hours.  Cannot say I am a great fan of the darkness at 6 AM now though.One of my favourite thought leaders and authors, Malcolm Gladwell,  studied what made people experts in their field.   Through his studies, he found that people who put more time in became more proficient and more expert.  His magic number was 10,000 hours makes a person expert.  Want to become a piano master?  Practice for 10,000 hours.  Want to become a great artist? Practice for 10,000 hours.I took karate for about a…
  • Leading Surveys and the Power of Asking the Right Questions

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

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    I recently moved from a large home in Long Island to large home in Guelph - but a home that is half the size.    So now, everything is a mess with too much stuff.  So I am committed to a negative Stuff Quotient.  I commit to get rid of more stuff than I bring into the house every day.  And to add to it, I would like to get rid of one more thing per day - this will add up to 1000 less things in 3 years which might put the house into an equilibrium.Stuff has a great cost - the worst of which is stress - usually caused by time.  Stuff takes time.  Time spent on…
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    Tom Peters

  • Cool Friend: Bob Sutton (No. 2)

    Cathy Mosca
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Bob Sutton returns to talk with tompeters.com about his new book, Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less, which he coauthored with fellow Stanford professor Huggy Rao. Filled with impressive case studies, the book describes what works as well as common pitfalls. One of our favorite ideas is characterizing two models for scaling […] The post Cool Friend: Bob Sutton (No. 2) appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Update!

    Tom Peters
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    I’ve already made a non-trivial update of my Annotated Master. It’s now 736 slides long—including about 200 annotation slides. Thinking about slides per se, I wrote this note—on an early slide in the presentation: The worst feedback I can get on some slide is, “That was a great quote.” Well, I think some of them […] The post Update! appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • A New Annotated “Master” Presentation

    Tom Peters
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my last two presentations—to an HR assemblage in Indianapolis and to an entrepreneurial gathering in Edmonton. I was moved to combine the two presentations, add a bit from hither and thither, and then go on an annotation binge. (Something I haven’t done for quite a while.) You’ll find the end result here—a […] The post A New Annotated “Master” Presentation appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Edmonton

    Cathy Mosca
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    The E-Town Festival, an Edmonton Economic Development initiative, finds Tom in Canada today. Quote from their website: “E-Town Festival feeds the mind and heart of people who get excited by innovation, creativity and disrupting common thought.” Sounds like Tom is a good fit as one of the headliners! PPT presentations for downloading: E-Town Festival, Edmonton […] The post Edmonton appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • MOOC with a Cool Friend

    Cathy Mosca
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Trying to grow your organization? Spread pockets of excellence? There are two days left to sign up! Cool Friend Bob Sutton, a Professor in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford, is offering a MOOC in scaling. Bob tells us that lots of people are involved in the design of the audio/video, etc., […] The post MOOC with a Cool Friend appeared first on Tom Peters.
 
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    Management Craft

  • The Agony of Realizing: It's All Social

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

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

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

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

    Lisa Haneberg
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:03 pm
    A friend sent me this picture - it's my latest book, Double the Love, with a nice shelf space at the International SHRM Conference. Woohoo! I particularly love that my book is shelved higher than, How to Work for an Idiot (What an idea for a book...Who's going to keep that on his or her desk?... Only idiots, clearly. How ironic!). We writers LOVE it when people send us pictures of our books (unless they're in the Super Bargain bins, then we don't want to know) so feel free to take a picture and send it to me anytime! I received another bit of good news on the bookfront today, my publisher put…
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • How to Fool Penn & Teller

    sshapiro
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of my favorite TV shows is Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us.” Each week, aspiring magicians perform their best trick, hoping to fool P&T. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with famed duo in their Las Vegas show. As an amateur magician, I see if I can figure out how each trick was don... The post How to Fool Penn & Teller appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Meander with Purpose

    sshapiro
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you get Speaker Magazine, you will see my face on the cover, along with 4 other incredible speakers. Inside you will find my article on “Meandering with Purpose.” I reflect on my career as a professional speaker and assess what has helped – and what has hindered my success. Quit... The post Meander with Purpose appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Your Fragile Reputation

    sshapiro
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    At one time, Paula Deen was the queen of food television. And then her reputation took a massive hit when she made racist remarks. Practically overnight, her entire empire crumbled and her show pulled from television. She recently bought the rights to all of her Food Network episodes and is launchin... The post Your Fragile Reputation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Innovative Online Delivery Process

    sshapiro
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Ordering a product online is often like a black box. You order. If you are lucky, you get an order confirmation with a tracking number. However you typically get very little visibility into the process. A more advanced order method is the one Dominos Pizza uses. You get to see where your pizza is in... The post Innovative Online Delivery Process appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It

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

  • Beyond Relationship Marketing: Friendship Branding

    Orrin Woodward
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    Here is a segment of a LIFE Leadership talk I gave in Texas on the importance of business owners moving beyond relationship marketing and into friendship branding. A company can serve a customer, but the best service is when friends serve friends. Thus, the reason why every business ought to move from treating customers as customers and start treating them as you would a friend. In a sense, they are your business’s best friend and should be teated accordingly. Can you give an example where a business person treated you beyond just a customer and treated you as a friend? Sincerely, Orrin…
  • Financial Fitness Pack is Breaking Sales Records

    Orrin Woodward
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Financial Fitness Pack (FFP) is LIFE Leadership‘s #1 selling product. Why? Because practically everyone you talk to can benefit from applying the step-by-step principles taught in the FFP program. Understanding the Offense, Defense, and the Playing Field for financial success is essential to free a person from financial bondage. To share the value of the FFP program to improve lives, CEO Chris Brady and his LIFE Leadership staff produced an amazing video that interviews leaders who have applied the principles. Where else can your customer purchase a life-changing financial program…
  • Ice Adidas: The Power of Belief

    Orrin Woodward
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    It was a warm summer day in 1992 and I was shooting baskets in Columbiaville, Michigan. While practicing three pointers, I noticed three middle-school age boys start practicing on the other side of the court. After a few minutes, I assessed the boys playing capabilities – two of the boys could play fairly well for middle-schoolers, but the third one looked like he hadn’t played basketball at all. Nonetheless, rather than continue to shoot by myself, I invited them to play a fun game of 2-on-2. I chose the inexperienced basketball player as my teammate and called “Ice…
  • Murray Rothbard: The Banking Cartel

    Orrin Woodward
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Murray Rothbard is my favorite economist to read for several reasons. First, his extensive knowledge in economics, history, and business help him see connections where few others would. Second, his style of writing drives home his points in an enjoyable fashion and, even the few times where I believe he goes too far, I still marvel at his ability to muster the facts in a logical fashion to argue his point. to As Chairman of the Board for LIFE Leadership, I am constantly reading, writing, and speaking. Identifying the top thinkers to read in each field is a high-priority for me and why Murray…
  • Unspeakable by Os Guinness

    Orrin Woodward
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    As the Chairman of LIFE Leadership, I have made reading a life-long habit. Nonetheless, this year’s summer season reading regimen was particularly productive. In fact, I read so many challenging books at my Michigan house that it is difficult to choose which one was the most impactful. However, if I was pressed to choose, it would have to be Unspeakable by Os Guinness. This book tackles the question of evil and how the Judeo/Christian, Hindu/Buddhist, and secular humanist world views respond to it. Through following Guinness’s line of reasoning I was left appreciating the…
 
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    Crossderry Blog

  • The Apple 8.0.1 Debacle: Whom to blame?

    Paul Ritchie
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Marc Andreessen drew my attention to a Bloomberg article that laid out what it purported to be “links” with the failed Maps launch. @pmarca was properly skeptical of the article: General principle: Quality problems in software are not the fault of the quality assurance team. bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-2…— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) September 26, 2014 And indeed, the piece starts in on the leader of the quality assurance effort, noting that: The same person at Apple was in charge of catching problems before both products were released. Josh Williams, the mid-level manager…
  • Project’s End: The Career Progress Dilemma

    Paul Ritchie
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    In more than one project, there’s been lots of happy talk about people’s future roles in the organization. Yet everyone knew that some colleagues simply wouldn’t have a place after the project, including themselves. Beyond the formal career path discussions — if such things exist in your firm — I suggest that one should be very clear about the fact that this is a project. It’s incumbent on the project team to think about “what’s next?”. My experience is that while project may not lead to something within one’s own company, what it…
  • The Incentive/Behavior Nexus

    Paul Ritchie
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    Steve Kerr uses a General Motors cautionary tale to show us that it isn’t enough to have incentives that appear to reward desired behavior. In this HBR blog post, he notes that: Although managers’ bonuses are based partly on vehicle-quality improvements, and safety is supposed to be paramount, cost is “everything” at GM, and the company’s atmosphere probably discouraged individuals from raising safety concerns. Earlier this summer, a former GM manager described a workplace in which the mention of any problems was unacceptable. Kerr’s critical insight is that while GM could…
  • Doubts about BYOD promotion schemes

    Paul Ritchie
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    [The proposal of a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) communications campaign] strikes me as a bit too “happy/clappy” about promoting BYOD adoption. Explaining the process won’t address deep-seated privacy concerns like Peter Nolan’s. If done the wrong way, such promotions smack of the old IT “if we explain it to you lunkheads one more time it will sink in” mentality. I started as a BYOD advocate and I’m OK with it for myself, at least for certain devices (e.g.,work email on a personal tablet). However, if we in IT want to control devices, we should expect…
  • New Study on Organization Change Management Failure

    Paul Ritchie
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    [The study delivers] a tough, but needed, message. HR leaders get thrown under the bus for these projects too often, which leads them to reach for visible, but ineffective, change implementation tactics. To that end, I really like the point about realism re: expectations. Many change initiatives are heavy on marketing-style communications, which are easy to produce and point to as a tangible work product. But they’re often only one-way messages about how great the Brave New World will be. A multi-layered stakeholder management approach is a lot tougher, requires sustained effort over…
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    MBA Depot - Latest Content

  • Article from the Archive: Separating Winners from Losers

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    High book-to-market (B-to-M) firms tend to be in poor financial health, as reflected by their low stock prices and poor earnings performance. Yet research consistently shows that a portfolio of these "value" firms outperforms both the overall market and portfolios comprised of low B-to-M "glamour" firms. The reason for this is because a small number of high B-to-M firms are strong enough to raise the portfolio's mean performance, compensating for the many high B-to-M firms that under-perform the market. Wouldn't it be great to have a way to distinguish prospective winners from likely losers?
  • Articles: Productivity Quotas: ‘You Get What You Pay For’

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    While quotas have proven to be a successful method for motivating employees in some situations, they also tend to spur a host of unintended consequences. Author: Matthew Bidwell Source: Knowledge@Wharton Subject: Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Friday Woohoo (or should that be Woof-hoo?)

    Alexander Kjerulf
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    Dutch airline KLM got a new coworker who seems very happy at work:
  • Natural and Synthetic happiness at work – Here’s why you need both

    Alexander Kjerulf
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    This article was written byTais Lyager Rasmussen and Woohoo inc’s newest employee Thomas Christensen . What do you do when you do not get the happiness you wanted? You make it yourself! As a child growing up, you quickly learn that you do not always get what you want. This is pretty much a fact of life. You wanted the red electronic toy car but instead you got told to use your imagination and go play outside. Your favorite band is playing tomorrow night – sorry, you have to work late. Everyone experiences these kinds of situations and everyone hates them. When life fails to…
  • Roosevelt on making mistakes

    Alexander Kjerulf
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the…
  • Work as play

    Alexander Kjerulf
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    “Work has got to be play or it doesn’t work.” – Ray Bradbury From this interview:
  • I screwed up. Choose my punishment.

    Alexander Kjerulf
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    We currently have 500 people around the world beta-testing HeartCount, a better way to measure team happiness, and last Friday the system had a couple of fairly serious bugs. That sucks. We’re only two weeks into the beta period and my biggest fear is that this will make users lose faith in the system. However, we’ve also previously written about why we should celebrate mistakes at work and this is no exception. So I just sent out an email to the users where I apologized for the mistake AND asked them to vote on a suitable punishment. Here are the options: Currently…
 
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • (Beware of) The 7 Deadly Leadership Sins

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

    Starbucker
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    These past few evenings we’ve been watching the fantastic Ken Burns mini-series on PBS called “The Roosevelts – An Intimate History”. The first two chapters were focused on Teddy Roosevelt, who is one of the most fascinating, inspiring, and complex leaders I’ve ever studied. He was a brilliant man who could really “bring it” in his public speeches – an ability to rally people behind him by using eloquent words and fierce passion. Many of those words still inspire today, especially his famous “Man in the Arena” speech in 1910. There…
  • The Leadership Equation: 7 Keys To An Awesome Team

    Starbucker
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Sometimes it all boils down to math. Even for something as inherently “unmathmatical” as great leadership of an awesome team. I’ve discovered that being a successful leader involves a lot of adding and multiplying that go beyond the numbers on a financial statement, or an employee roster. The kind of math I’m talking about deals with human qualities and traits. A savvy leader knows how to use those traits in various additive and multiplicative ways, to make a team infinity better than its component individuals. How so?   Take a look at what I call the…
  • Getting From Idea To Execution: 5 Lessons From a Kickstarter Video

    Starbucker
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Last week I told you about my latest venture, Built Oregon, and how we were launching a Kickstarter campaign on Labor Day. Today, I have great news  - thanks to the help of 156 great people we hit our campaign target on Friday, only 5 days after launch. As we noted on the latest update to our backers, And now, it’s real. One hundred and fifty six people people from Oregon and outside our state lines want to hear the stories of entrepreneurship in our beautiful state. We hear you. We’ve got work to do. We’re truly humbled and grateful for the support we’ve received,…
  • The Next Great Leadership Experiment: Built Oregon

    Starbucker
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It’s been almost 4 years now since my cable TV company was sold, and my wife and I packed up and moved from Stamford, Connecticut to Portland, Oregon. We came to Portland not because of business opportunity or proximity to family & friends – we came because of what we felt during several vacations we had taken there. It was a vibe, a sense, an instinct. THIS was the place we could take the next new steps in our lives. Those steps revolved around five simple concepts I had rattling around in my head Sense of community Giving back & teaching Entrepreneurial spirit…
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    ManagingCommunities.com

  • Meet Jenna Woodul, the First Chief Community Officer

    Patrick
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • How to Kick Start Your Forum

    Patrick
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Do You Have a Great Comments Section? Tell Me About It

    Patrick
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Introducing The Circle (What Online Community Questions Do You Want Answered?)

    Patrick
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • The Next 5 Years of the Online Community Profession

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

  • Lead By Example Others Will Follow

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

    lollydaskal
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Remember in the story of Sleeping Beauty how the wicked stepmother stood in front of the mirror every morning and night, asking Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is fairest of them all? And of course the mirror always replied Snow White. For the rest of us, taking a hard look in the mirror means standing in front of our honest selves and taking some daily time for introspection. As leaders we are always answering to others, but we must answer to ourselves first. Make it a ritual to take some time to look hard in the mirror and see if you like the reflection. Ask yourself these questions: Are…
  • The Leaders We Remember Most

    lollydaskal
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The leaders we remember most are not necessarily the ones who have a fancy office or important position. The leaders we remember most, the ones who stand out from the rest, are the ones who are different: in their actions, in their thinking, and certainly in the way they have interacted with us. The leaders we remember most are the ones who have followed the practices of leadership from within: They challenged us. They’re the ones who showed us we can always be better than we thought we could, who encouraged us to do what we thought was impossible. They acknowledged us. They took the time…
  • How To Make The Most Of Our Mistakes

    lollydaskal
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Everyone makes mistakes; that is a given. But not everyone knows how to make the most out of them. Often people are quick to blame others and make excuses, and when that happens, nothing really changes. What differentiates true leaders from blamers is the willingness to acknowledge they have made a mistake and to say they’re sorry (and mean it!). The best leaders know that it’s possible to turn a mistake into a valuable moment of leadership. Here is how to make the most of our mistakes: Mistakes are a given. Don’t hide behind the truth, but be transparent and candid and own your error.
  • It Takes Great Insight To Choose What Is Right

    lollydaskal
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
      Recently at a keynote I shared with a group of leaders a story that allowed each of them to think about their choices and how those choices affected their lives. The story had a profound impact on them and I want to share it with you. The story begins in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented a Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. “Not very long,” answered the fisherman. “But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the tourist. The fisherman explained that his small…
 
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    Lead on Purpose

  • One Compelling Question for Innovators

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Simple Formula for Distraction Subtraction

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

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

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

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

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

  • Leadership Starts With You

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

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

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

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

    George Ambler
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    Vision is the foundation of leadership. Whilst leadership starts with being the right person – the character of the leader, great leadership is sustained by a shared and compelling vision. A compelling vision is one that describes who you are, why you exist and the future you want to create. People don’t follow leaders with fancy titles and high positions. People don’t follow leaders who have authority. People don’t follow leaders of good character. Whilst all these things are helpful and contribute to influencing others, without a compelling vision people are not moved to follow…
 
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    Pink Slip

  • Maureen Rogers, County Whatever, Ireland

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:33 am
    I have some friend in Ireland with whom I exchange Christmas greetings. When I send their cards off, I am always a bit amused that a couple of them don’t have street addresses with numbers, let alone zip codes. The cards just sort of go to a neighborhood in their small towns, and somehow wend their way to the right household. Still, when I put their cards in the mailbox, the addresses always strike me as odd and incomplete. Like many parts of rural Ireland, the town [of Abbeyfeale, County Limerick]  doesn't use house numbers. Some addresses don't even carry street names. And unlike the…
  • A degree in six degrees with Kevin Bacon

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:37 am
    When I was in college, back in the day when a college degree didn’t cost as much as a sprawling house in the burbs, I heard a number of interesting speakers. Most of them weren’t coming to my school – a small, no-name “St. Elsewhere” place – but I was in Boston, which offered plenty of opportunities to hear people speak for little or nothing. The two that stand out the most were polar opposites: Howard Zinn and Ayn Rand. (For the record, I thought he was great and she was nuts.) For my graduation, the speaker was Congresswoman Margaret Heckler, who, despite the fact that she was a…
  • T.G.I.F. (Pink Slip scrounges up a last minute post.)

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    The unthinkable has happened. Pink Slip, which always has enough posts stockpiled for at least a day or two ahead, has skated out onto thin ice that finds me sitting here at 11:14 p.m. on a Thursday with nothing to post for Friday. Which would break a pretty long and mostly unbroken streak of daily posting. Oh, the horror. I have some excuses. A client who asked me to help out with an extensive editing job on a piece written by a fellow-freelancer who, I can only imagine, will not be doing much more fellow-freelancing for that particular client. (I punched the clock on that one at 11:13 p.m.)…
  • Gag me with a spoonful of creamed corn. (And turn up your nose at turnip, while you’re at it.)

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    There was a fun piece over on the Huffington Post in which Yagana Shah listicle’d 13 childhood foods that her fans nominated as the ones they would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever eat in adult life. I was sure in agreement with some of them. Creamed corn? That would be right up (down?) there on my list of must avoids. You really want to put something on your kid’s plate that already has the look and feel of vomit and expect them to eat up without producing the real deal? But how did creamed spinach not make the veggie list? Creamed spinach was not quite as terrible in at least one…
  • If only I had Photoshop, who knows where my business might go

    24 Sep 2014 | 1:09 am
    Last week, I came across an article about a lawyer in California who’s likely to lose her license for six months because her web site had all sorts of pictures of her chumming around with famous people. Pictures that weren’t exactly for real. One step up from having someone snap a shot of you with your arm draped around a cardboard Fathead cutout, but phony baloney nonetheless. I looked through the gallery of Very Important People on Svitlana Sangary’s publicity page. Many of them, I didn’t recognize. But there she is, tête-à-tête, with Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton. Joe Biden. Al…
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    Ed Batista: Executive Coaching & Change Management

  • New Post at HBR: The Marshmallow Test for Grownups

    edbatista
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    As adults we face a version of the marshmallow test nearly every waking minute of every day. We’re not tempted by sugary treats, but by our browser tabs, phones, tablets, and (soon) our watches—all the devices that connect us to the global delivery system for those blips of information that do to us what marshmallows do to preschoolers... Read the rest at HBR.
  • Self-Coaching and Culture

    edbatista
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Over the past year I've been doing a series of video-conferences with a distributed management team on topics related to communication, feedback, leadership, and coaching, and last week we wrapped up with a session on self-coaching and organizational culture. The condensed deck above is from our final session, with the exercises and other material removed, leaving only the slides related to the concepts I discussed. It was a fantastic experience, and I feel grateful for the opportunity to work with this team. Many thanks to everyone who was involved.
  • My Favorite Piece of Advice...

    edbatista
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    ...comes from the wonderfully cantankerous early 20th century actor W.C. Fields: I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to. We're so quick to assume that if someone has an issue or a dispute or wants to pick a fight with us for some reason that we're obligated to reciprocate. "We've been invited to an argument," we say to ourselves, "and it would be rude to decline." We would do well to reconsider that logic. I'm not suggesting that we should be callous--just the opposite. When someone's upset with us, we should always respond with empathy and curiosity, at least initially. But…
  • The Communication Funnel

    edbatista
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    The communication funnel is a concept I regularly discuss with coaching clients, most of whom are senior leaders in constant contact with their direct reports and/or managing virtual teams. We prioritize immediacy and convenience in our communication, so we start with the fastest and easiest channels at our disposal--text, chat or email. But these channels lack bandwidth, so they're poorly-suited to conveying nuance and complexity. The obvious solution when a dialogue stalls at one level is to step up to a higher level. Stop texting and send an email. Stop emailing and talk by phone or video.
  • New Post at HBR: Should You Get an MBA?

    edbatista
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    At least once a month an ambitious and hard-working person in their 20s asks me, “Should I get an MBA?” I earned my MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 2000, and since 2007 I’ve been an Instructor and an internal coach back at the GSB, helping hundreds of students develop their leadership and interpersonal skills. Here’s how I respond to those inquiries... Read the rest at HBR.
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    Sanders Says

  • What It Means To Be Creative At Work

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Dreaded Annual Review

    John Agno
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
     "How much is my annual raise?"  This is the question on everyone's mind when supervisor and employee meet for the (dreaded) annual review. Whose review?  The employee's, of course.  How did the employee perform during the past 12 months, as measured by a supervisor applying the employer's criteria?  Productivity, attitude, and attendance all figure into the calculation. If you are an employee and don't perform as well as you can, perhaps you lack the proper tools or training.  Maybe you don't feel appreciated and, as a result,…
  • The Democracy Wave Recedes: Does this Chart Show a Developing Bear Market for Liberal Democracy?

    John Agno
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    By Elliott Wave International Editor's note: The following article was republished here with permission from the co-editors of the September issue of The Elliott Wave Financial Forecast, a publication of Robert Prechter's Elliott Wave International, the world's largest financial forecasting firm. From Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, EWI is throwing open the doors to all of its investor services 100% free. Click here to join EWI's free Investor Open House now. This updated chart of the total number of liberal democracies is from Robert Prechter's book, The Wave Principle of Human…
  • Five Things All Great Negotiators Do

    John Agno
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    A great negotiator, seen time and time again, does these five things well: 1. Sets the Stage 2. Finds Common Ground 3. Asks with Confidence 4. Embraces the Pause 5. Knows When to Leave As with a top baseball player, a negotiator's tools must become reflexive and instinctive.  They have to be because in both worlds the window for action and success is narrow.  Winning doesn't wait.  Opportunity doesn't come around every day.  To leverage and maximize these chances, you've got to be ready with multiple tools and the confidence to use them well. But…
  • High Potential Leadership Profiles

    John Agno
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    High potential aggregate profiles yield insights that can help you refine your recruiting processes, better understand the corporate character. Trait-based assessment data from your high potential population can be a gold mine of information about your organization, from recruiting practices to how leaders are likely to operate under stress. High potential programs bring value to the individual participants, by helping them reflect on their leadership strengths and areas for development.  Such programs impact all the teams and communities the participant works with, and have a positive…
  • We Are All Indians

    John Agno
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    The words of editor Ralph Dixey of Tevope in Fort Hall, Idaho published in 1939; "Friends, we are all Indians no matter how white or dark you are.  It does not make any difference where you are, what you are doing, or how much money you are making.  We are all Indians..." For Mark Trahant, a "mixed blood" enrolled member of Fort Hall, the words had particular meaning.  He thought about who he was and who he might become; he began to realize that being an Indian today included, as it always had, the incorporation of change.  He started to understand…
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    Predictable Success » Blog

  • Buffett, Bezos, Jobs: 3 Leaders in 3 Minutes

    sarahberger
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    What can we learn from some of the biggest names in business? The answer awaits you below. We’re also examining why good strategies often fail and the steps you can take to fix them – before it’s too late. Enjoy! ~ Sarah Buffett, Bezos, Jobs: 3 Leaders in 3 Minutes Put their leadership lessons into practice. What’s one major takeaway worth gleaning from Warren Buffett and his leadership at Berkshire Hathaway? Les McKeown examines this and more in this series of quick video tips. Watch as he discusses what sets Jeff Bezos apart, as well as the important lesson Steve Jobs…
  • The 4 Achilles’ Heels of Great Leaders: Could They Be Holding You Back?

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

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

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

  • La Russa Agile Insight #14 of 17: "Aliasing" Decisions in Zero-Sum Projects

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dealing with the Slacker Employee

    Dan McCarthy
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    When one employee is not pulling their weight, it can have a devastating impact on productivity, customer service, or sales. Today’s lean organizations can no longer tolerate anything less than 100% effort from all of their employees. However, the most negative impact a “slacker” employee can have isn’t necessary organizational results – it’s the impact on that employee’s coworkers that have to work extra hard to cover for their coworker. When a manager doesn’t see this – or, chooses not to address it - morale suffers, and ultimately, good employees will either lower their…
  • Why Pope Francis is the World’s Most Effective Leader

    Dan McCarthy
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Jeffrey A. Krames:While I was writing my book on Pope Francis, I asked over 200 people who they felt was the most effective leader on the world stage today. I even gave many hints, such as "the person is living and doing well, does not live in the U.S., has little money, but makes news several times a week around the world."Nothing---crickets!Not one person responded "Pope Francis." How can that be? After all, he was Time Magazine's Person of the Year, and was also named the World's Greatest Leader by Fortune Magazine. I believe that the Pope's avuncular…
  • It All Starts With Leadership!

    Dan McCarthy
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    How can leaders create a workplace culture where employees are raving fans? It all starts with Leadership.Read  Beth Armknecht Miller's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.
  • 10 Nightmares That Cause Managers to Lose Sleep

    Dan McCarthy
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Management has its share of perks and rewards. You get a fancy title, maybe an office, and a big chair.However, there’s a price to pay for those extra rewards and perks. Being a manager means you also have to deal with the tough issues that can cause you to lose sleep at night.Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out what the top ten issues are that can keep a manager up at night.I’ve also included a “sleep aid” for each one.
  • Learn to Speak Finance and Accounting!

    Dan McCarthy
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Managers need to be able to hold their own with the Bean Counters. See my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for a handy cheat sheet for some of the most commonly used finance and accounting lingo. You could also tell a couple of accountant jokes, but that's only going to get you so far and may backfire:Why did the accountant cross the road?To bore the people on the other side.How can you tell when an accountant is extroverted?He looks at your shoes while he's talking to you instead of his own.
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    IMD Business School - Tomorrow's Challenges Articles

  • FINANCIAL ILLITERACY RAMPANT IN THE CORPORATE WORLD

    Nuno Fernandes
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Business schools urgently need to put finance in a broader context and to start educating a new generation of more financially literate executives, but very few are doing so. This means far too many managers are still frighteningly unaware of the financial consequences of their decisions.
  • WHAT NEXT FOR INDIAN BUSINESSES?

    Thomas Malnight,Tracey Keys
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    The opportunities available to Indian companies have never been greater. How these firms navigate them has major implications for their future and also for the entire shape of global competition.
  • FROM SPECIALIST TO GENERALIST

    Michael D. Watkins
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    Successful business leaders go through seven major, or seismic, shifts in moving from functional to general management. This article focuses on the first of these: the switch from “specialist” to “generalist.”
  • 5 WAYS TO FIND YOUR NEXT JOB ON SOCIAL MEDIA

    Misiek Piskorski
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:17 am
    Employed job seekers face the challenge of having to stay discreet or risk problems at their current place of work. LinkedIn offers a solution.
  • FROM ENTREPRENEUR TO FAMILY BUSINESS – THE IMPOSSIBLE CHALLENGE?

    Joachim Schwass
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    It’s an incredible personal dilemma for an entrepreneur: the creation of a business requires them to be in control 24/7, but its continuity requires them to relinquish some power.
 
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • 7 Ways to Communicate More Effectively in a Digital Age

    Mike Figliuolo
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Today’s post is by Frank Pietrucha, thoughtLEADERS instructor and author of Supercommunicator (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Are your communication skills up to digital snuff? We all know hairstyles and hem lengths change but now styles of expression are also evolving… just like a fashion trend.   Do you automatically think “document” or “PowerPoint” when […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • The Leader’s Edge – Paradox Thinking

    Mike Figliuolo
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier, author of The Power of Paradox (CLICK HERE to get your copy). A company wants to be known for innovation at the same time customers embrace it for its stability, to thrill shareholders with strong short-term revenue results and concurrently take actions to ensure long-term health. From those two […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • When does providing feedback become too distracting?

    Mike Figliuolo
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: When does providing feedback become too distracting? – Never. All feedback is great to give and receive: 12% – Sometimes. People don’t always provide actionable feedback: 71% – Often. Too much feedback becomes distracting and confusing: 14% – All of the time. Enough with the feedback already. Let’s do some […] 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 Key Skills You Must Have to Lead a High Performing Team

    Mike Figliuolo
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    As the leader of a high performing team, you’re personally responsible for making sure your team has the required set of skills to succeed and execute against all the initiatives on your prioritization list. You need to evaluate your team’s mission, look at the key initiatives, and then map out the skills and capabilities required […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • What Makes a Group Smart?

    Mike Figliuolo
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is is adapted from a longer interview with Thomas Malone, conducted by Art Kleiner of strategy+business. What if you could measure the intelligence of a group? What if you could predict which committees, assigned to design a horse, would end up with a camel, versus which would develop a thoroughbred—or a race car? […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • ULTIMATE ADAPTABILITY

    William Matthies
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    "He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance."David Hume (1711-1776) Scottish philosopher/economist/historianDo you know anyone who can consistently do this?The inclusion of "consistently" rules out most of us most of the time.Would that I could.
  • (DO YOU) KNOW WHEN TO HOLD 'EM, WHEN TO FOLD 'EM(?)

    William Matthies
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    "Nobody ever lost money taking a profit."Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965) American financier/political consultantThis is more about timing with "profit" covering everything from making money to deciding when to leave one job for another.It's not as much about what you do as it is when you do it.
  • HOWEVER A NICE TRICK IT MAY BE . . .

    William Matthies
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    "It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine."Charles Darwin (1809-1882) English NaturalistThe problem is more often the reverse; NOT being as absorbed in whatever we're doing. But too much can be too much to.
  • LET ME UNDERSTAND YOU

    William Matthies
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    "Words are the money of fools."Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) British philosopherLike so much money down the drain.Be careful not to spend more than you can afford.
  • (IS IT?) TIME TO GO

    William Matthies
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    "My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock should find the time in my face."Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet/essayist/lecturerOverstaying one's welcome is not only a social issue but a business one as well.You need to know when it's time to go.
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    Mitch's Blog

  • 5 Rights You Have Regarding Your Hospital Bill

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

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

    Mitch Mitchell
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Yesterday I had lunch with a friend of mine who’s recovering from some health issues over the last couple of years. As we were talking and she was telling me some of her plans, I couldn’t help but remember, then pass on to her, things I’d advised her to do in the past that would have helped alleviate some of what she was going to be doing now. Darren Kuropatwa via Compfight It got me thinking about why, even if advice is good, so many people don’t take it, or listen to it, even if they asked you for that advice. Of course I came up with an answer; whether it’s…
  • Taking Credit For The Work Of Others

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

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

  • Engaged, Inspired, and Ready to Build a Better Web

    Michelle W.
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Automattic is a distributed company — we all work from wherever we are. Right now, “where we are” is 197 cities around the world: New Orleans, USA. Montevideo, Uruguay. Tokyo, Japan. Vilnius, Lithuania. Once a year, we get together somewhere in the world to meet, work alongside, learn from, and laugh with one another in an exhilarating, exhausting week called the Grand Meetup. This year, 277 Automatticians descended on Park City, Utah, for seven days in mid-September. I flew across the country to spend time in a mountain lodge with a bunch of strangers I met on the…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Eighties

    Ben Huberman
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A theme named after the decade that gave us daring teen comedies and cutting-edge synth pop was bound to be a crowd-pleaser. And indeed, in the few weeks since Eighties was released, it’s garnered tens of thousands of fans who are using it on their sites. Eighties may have been created with personal bloggers in mind, but its balance of striking visuals and flexible design makes it a good choice for anyone looking for a memorable, easy-to-customize website. Here are some of the theme’s most noteworthy features, already expertly used by our favorite Eighties early adopters. A…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 5

    Mark Armstrong
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    We’re back with another collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress! You can find our past collections here — and you can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations. Publishers, writers, keep those stories coming: share links to essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making (Tim Maly, Quiet Babylon) After a successful “creators’ conference” in Portland, Maly asks some tough…
  • Around the World in Eight Photos

    Krista
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Join us as we explore the world through the street photography tag on WordPress.com. Here you’ll find no airport lineups, no grumpy customs agents, and you never get the middle seat. On belgianstreets, photographer Andy Townend recently shot “stripfeest,” an annual comics festival held in Brussels, Belgium. We loved how Andy captures this young reader fully ensconced in his comic book. An avid photographer, Andy is also a regular contributor to The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge. Photo by Andy Townend We were intrigued by the untold stories in Michael…
  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the…
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • Personal Space…How Close is “Too Close”?

    Merrill Dubrow
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    In speaking with a friend of mine at a recent conference, he said, “Wow, that person is a close talker, he tends to invade my personal space” Of course, this got me wondering…“how close is too close”? When I asked him what he considered to be “too close”, he said that he thinks 2-3 feet is too close. I thought about his answer and to me, that seems right…I guess…but I really want to know what other people think! So I ask you today: How close is someone to you when they are invading your personal space? How much does your answer change if the…
  • Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 5 Football Pool!!

    Merrill Dubrow
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Congratulations to Ryan Rojas who beat out 320 participants to win the third week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. Additionally, Ryan joins Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland as the third person to qualify for the championship week. Week three had some classic games. In the end the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos again and Philadelphia Beat Washington in a very entertaining game! To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings. Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in…
  • Minivan….Really? Maybe!

    Merrill Dubrow
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Last month, I was sitting in a restaurant with a buddy of mine (E.S.) when a women walked in and asked if I was the owner of a Ford Explorer in the parking lot. After a short pause and a skeptical “yes” response from me, she proceeded to tell me that she was very sorry for hitting my PARKED car. I must admit, I was really impressed that she came in to let me know because I am not sure how many people would have done that. This post actually isn’t about that…it’s actually about the car that I was given while mine was in the shop being repaired. My friends at…
  • Time for a Quick Quiz About a House….? Yes! Actually, the White House!

    Merrill Dubrow
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    If you are like me, once in a while you have wondered about the White House. The important house, you know, where the President of the United States lives with his family. Well, it’s time to see how many of these 11 questions about the White House you can answer correctly. As always, no need to ask or look for help because the quick will be timed. Click Here to Take The Quiz.
  • Are You Ready for Some Football? Join the Week 4 Football Pool!

    Merrill Dubrow
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Congratulations to Brooks Deaton who beat out 320 participants to win the second week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. In addition, Brooks joins Bobbie Kirkland as the second person to qualify for the championship week. According to the participants, the easiest game to pick this week is the winner of the New England Patriots (308 people) vs. the Oakland Raiders game. Week three started with a blowout as the Atlanta Falcons destroyed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the…
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    Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

  • Strategy Based on Capability and Integrated with Execution

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

    John Hunter
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    The players have weaknesses. But it is our job as coaches to find the strengths in what our guys do. They all have strengths, and that’s what we highlight. What really helps is having Russell. He is so committed to improving on the littlest things every day. I try to find a word for this sometimes, but I can’t … it’s his refusal to fail. No detail is too small, and he makes sure to stress that every day.” Darrell Bevell, offensive coordinator of the world champion Seattle Seahawks and former quarterback of the Wisconsin Badgers provides a good guide for managers.
  • Peter Drucker Discussing The Work of Juran, Deming and Himself

    John Hunter
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    In this clip Peter Drucker talks about Japan and his work there as well as the work of W. Edwards Deming and Joseph Juran. His discussion highlights how he remembers the Japanese were so willing to take new ideas and implement them immediately. There was not a reluctance to try things that “were not invested here.” They were also ready to abandon ideas if they were tried and didn’t work. Drucker talked about the shared importance he, Deming and Juran put on the importance of valuing all employees and creating management systems that capture all the value they can offer. He…
  • Magnetic White-Board Kanban Card Options

    John Hunter
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    Just some quick ideas for Kanban whiteboard magnetic card options from a question I answered on Reddit. Here is the best lean solution: Trying Out My Agile Kanban Board from Jon Miller. Magnetic kanban board from Jon Miller. Why, well mainly I am kidding about it being the best, but if you don’t read his Gemba Panta Rei blog you should! Go add it to your RSS feed reader, before you continue with this post. Ok, welcome back. In addition to thinking his blog is great the solution from his blog is very flexible and easy – though it isn’t quite a packaged solution (as asked for…
  • Revolutionary Management Improvement May Be Needed But Most Management Change is Evolutionary

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

  • Remarkable TV: Resolving Conflict with Your Boss

    Kevin Eikenberry
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Conflict with your boss doesn’t have to be scary! Check out the latest episode of Remarkable TV for tips on approaching the next conflict situation with your boss. Conflict is easier to resolve when trust is higher – even if the conflict is with your boss. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It!) You can learn more about the […] The post Remarkable TV: Resolving Conflict with Your Boss appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • How to Keep the Negative Attitudes of Others From Impacting You

    Kevin Eikenberry
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It is a proven fact – the attitude of those around you is contagious. This fact is great, when the attitude we are infected with is a positive one. But that isn’t the purpose of this article. Since negative attitudes are just as contagious as positive ones, if you are like me, you’d like to […] The post How to Keep the Negative Attitudes of Others From Impacting You appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Personal Accountability Starts Here

    Kevin Eikenberry
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    When I am with a group, whether training, consulting or coaching, it is a rare day when issues or questions about accountability don’t come up. Accountability is more than a buzz word, it is a behavior exhibited by all highly productive and successful people in any field. Which is why people ask about it – […] The post Personal Accountability Starts Here appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: The Problem with Silos

    Kevin Eikenberry
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you have organizational silos or barriers in your workplace or team? Here are 3 things you can do to break them down now! Organizational silos exist when people focus on their team rather than the whole organization. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It!) You can learn more about the Remarkable Leadership workshops here. If you have a […] The post Remarkable TV: The Problem with Silos appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • What to Look For In Future Leaders

    Kevin Eikenberry
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It is a fundamental quandary in any organization. Someday, the current leaders won’t be there and someone else will need to fill their shoes. It might not be soon, or it might be very urgent due to demographics, turnover or organizational growth. Whatever the reason, the question needs to be posed and answered – who […] The post What to Look For In Future Leaders appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
 
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Instagram Inspiration – 3 Reasons Your School Should Get One

    nope
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    One of the most exciting things I’ve been working on in my new position is our Instagram account (@benedictineks). You might roll your eyes at the idea of using Instagram, because it’s just a photo sharing service. Facebook didn’t—they purchased Instagram at a valuation of $1 billion last year. Since the acquisition, Instagram grew by 23%. Facebook only grew by 3%. In short, Instagram isn’t a social media platform to ignore. Let’s talk about how and why you should be leveraging Instagram on-campus.  Reaching Students Where They Are At:   As I said before, Instagram grew…
  • “It’s Okay To Cry” – What Students Need When Their Friend is Missing

    nope
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    There are a lot of firsts when working in Student Affairs. First interview. First job. First retreat. First day of classes. First “failure”. First program. First student in crisis. First student “ah-ha” moment. And then there is the first that no student affairs professional ever wishes for his or her community: first missing student. Last night, I helped students light almost 2000 candles for a vigil for an incredible young woman that has gone missing from our community. While lighting the candles, one of my students, who is also a friend of the young woman, turned to me and said,…
  • Tuesday Tally – 09/30/14 – When did you realize you wanted to work in Student Affairs? #CSAM

    nope
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    Happy Last Day of September! October marks the beginning of a little month called Careers in Student Affairs month! During this month several organizations (us included) will be sponsoring webinars, blog post, and other initiatives to create a space where those interested in a career in student affairs can continue to explore our field. This week the question centers around when you realized you wanted to work in Student Affairs? Take Our Poll
  • The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast Episode #30: Marsha Herman-Betzen on Lessons Learned from a Life in Student Affairs

    nope
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Welcome to another great episode of The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast! This week’s episode is with the magnificent Marsha Herman-Betzen, Executive Director of ACUI (Association of College Unions International)! Tom spoke with Marsha about her long career in student affairs and what morsels of wisdom she has gleamed from her work. They cover a lot so stick around for all the goodness! We greatly appreciate Marsha taking time out for us! Connect with Marsha and ACUI below! Thanks for listening! Show Notes: Marsha Herman-Betzen: Twitter, LinkedIn, Email ACUI: Site, Facebook, Twitter…
  • An Existential Peace: A Memorium

    nope
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
      Shadows on the Wall September 17th, 2013 It happened, that one call you never hope to receive. It was approximately 3am, though the details are foggy as I approach the 1 year mark. It was my RA asking me to come to his hall immediately with not many other details provided. That feeling, yes, I had felt it before. You see I used to be a student development counselor. I went to graduate school for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. After graduation I got what I thought was my dream job as a counselor at a small private college, it was great, for the first week. As…
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    Management Skills Blog

  • Next Leadership Series – Ft Lauderdale – Oct 13, 2014

    Tom Foster
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    Oct 13, 2014 kicks off our next Working Leadership Series in Fort Lauderdale Florida. This program contains twelve modules in six classroom sessions. The program instructor will be Tom Foster (that’s me).   Who Should Attend? – This program is designed for Stratum III and Stratum IV managers who are currently in leadership roles. Location – All classes will be held at Banyan Air Services in Fort Lauderdale FL, in the Sabal Palm Conference Room. Banyan Air Services 5360 NW 20th Terrace Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 If you would like to pre-register for the program, use the Ask…
  • Only Measure of Performance

    Tom Foster
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    “I have a dilemma,” Sylvia explained. “I have a team member who consistently underperforms. And, every time I ask what happened, to try to find out what went wrong, the cause of the project failure, I always get a plausible reason. I understand why the project failed and it’s not this person’s fault. My dilemma is, I have a make or break project that needs to go to this person, but I hesitate to assign it.” “Is this person competent in completing assigned projects?” I asked. “Not in completing them,” she defended, “but, there…
  • Not So Fast, Don’t Solve the Problem, Yet

    Tom Foster
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag - Question: We are working on team problem solving. We think it’s a good idea, but we are not getting the results that we thought we would get. In fact, sometimes the team comes up with solutions that either don’t work, don’t solve the problem or create more havoc than the original problem. The team is eager and always has suggestions, so it’s not a matter of enthusiasm. Response: The problem we name is the problem we solve. So, if the group names the wrong problem (symptom), the underlying cause may never be discovered. I work with groups all…
  • How to Think Out of the Box

    Tom Foster
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Lee Thayer tells us that whenever someone says “I think,” you can be reasonably sure that they are not. Thinking is hard work. “Thinking is like improvising music. All the fundamentals have to be at your command without thinking about them. Years of practice may enable you to think out of the box. And I stopped. How does one practice creative thinking? And that’s when I thought of Joe. Joe Anderson always cracks me up because he has a different way of looking at the world. And now he shares his secret in a new book called That Thing Between Your Ears is an Idea.
  • The Curse of a Manager

    Tom Foster
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    “You look off-balance,” I said. Renee shook her head. “Ever since I was promoted to sales manager, things are different. When I was on the sales team, things were exciting, always a new customer, a deal in limbo, a sale that closes, a sale that gets stalled. But there was always action. As sales manager, I only get to hear about that stuff from other people. I get to coach, but I never get to play.” “What else is different?” I asked. “When I was a salesperson, I was always focused on the day, or the week, at most a month or a quarter. Sure, I had my…
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    The Enlightened Manager

  • Eye Contact (A Coaching Story)

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

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

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

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

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Working in a big room with a bunch of strangers.  It sounded like such a terrible idea until I tried it. It’s been an interesting month in the Baker household.  Over the course of two weeks we decided to downsize into a much smaller home, eliminate my home-office, and start moving towards a simpler “car-free” lifestyle. Yeah, we can be impulsive sometimes. There are some huge benefits to our move (financial and personal) but it has created a slew of problems to solve.  How will I get around to my clients?  What will I do with my facilitation supplies? Where am I going to…
 
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    Women on Business

  • Diversity: The Key Ingredient to Building a High Performance Team

    Susan Gunelius
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Sponsored by Visa Business: A high performance team is defined as one that operates with a common purpose, common goals, mutual respect, trust, and commitment. A high performance team goes beyond participation to collaboration where team members work together interactively to achieve common goals by capitalizing on each member’s unique skills, knowledge, and abilities to the fullest. To become a high performance team, a group must exhibit four primary characteristics: Communication Sharing Collaboration Flexibility These four traits evolve based on your ability as the leader to build a…
  • The Profile of an Entrepreneur – Do You Match? [Infographic]

    Susan Gunelius
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Do you match the profile of an entrepreneur? TechnologyAdvice CEO Rob Bellenfant and his research team analyzed the defining personal characteristics and habits of entrepreneurs and compared the results to the general population. As the infographic below shows, the results are very interesting. For example, some highlights include: The average entrepreneur works 66 hours per week vs. 47 hours per week of the average full-time employee in the US. Entrepreneurs are 3 times more likely to have rebelled as teenagers. Despite the necessary hard work, 73% of entrepreneurs believe good luck played a…
  • 1 Yottabyte: The WWW Information Smog

    Community Member
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Google, Bing, Yahoo and many of the other popular search tools are replete with pages and pages of information about any topic under the sun. However mining through this information dossier to find the most relevant, accurate, and original data has become quite a challenge. Thankfully search engines are constantly updating their algorithms by frequently crawling over every new web page that’s being added to the World Wide Web. According to the WorldwideWebSize.com, the indexed web contains at least 3.32 billion pages (as of Thursday 10th July 2014). However, with the addition of millions of…
  • 6 Tried and True Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Website

    Kate Wilson
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Your website can work for or against your mission, whether you’re an entrepreneur with a product to sell or simply looking to build your personal brand. With a mission that is clearly defined and presented throughout your website, you’re sure to find an increase in your website’s effectiveness. Follow these six tried and true tips to help you in the process of increasing the effectiveness of your website: 1. Know Your Audience It’s easy to get caught up in customizing the aesthetic details of your website. However, it is imperative to remember that the design is not for your benefit…
  • Sponsored Video: Creating Opportunities for Others in Your Small Business

    Susan Gunelius
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Diverse teams are strong teams. When you build a small business team that includes people with different skills, different experiences, different educations, and different personalities, you’ll deliver better results. However, those results will only come if communication is open and team members are given the opportunity to excel. In other words, you need to invest time and effort into developing high performance teams. Think of it this way. If your team is filled with “yes men” and “yes women,” how can you be sure that the decisions being made are the best ones? How can your…
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    NinaSimosko.com

  • Putting a STEM in STEM for Women

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

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

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

    Nina
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:19 pm
    You know the drill … into the office to get the day started. You are beset by distractions, dramas and issues, all of which keep you away from the important work that is (or should be) your focus. Yet, each and every day you work intensely and return home drained, catching up into the evening on emails that you missed or responses that need attention. In amongst all this, there is a lingering sense that the work that we do continues to mount and that our daily efforts amount to little. Sound familiar? A 2013 Gallup report indicated that just 30% of American employees feel engaged with the…
  • The Growth Mindset for Leaders

    Nina
    11 May 2014 | 4:30 am
    I have recently been pondering the very personal way that leaders have to continually re-invest in their own capabilities. On the one hand it is as if we have a deep well of self-belief that we must constantly tend, maintain and nurture; while on the other it is this source that we continually call upon to achieve our goals. Interestingly, it seems that calling on these reserves is, in fact, a way of replenishing them. It’s very similar to physical exercise – like training for a long distance run. We set a goal, train towards that goal, and then test our capabilities and training by…
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    The Glass Hammer

  • Voice of Experience: Maria Hackley, Managing Director, Global Financial Institution Group, Citi

    No Byline
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Glass Hammer is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring profiles of Hispanic Women Business Leaders all week long! By Cathie Ericson Maria Hackley believes that women need to ensure they are as well prepared as their male counterparts to rise in the corporate world. Women and men are hired in almost equal amounts as undergraduates, but as they climb the ladder, the numbers change. “Be assertive in a respectful manner, but make sure your voice is heard,” she says. Success in the Citi Hackley joined Citi directly after earning her undergraduate degree in finance from Georgetown…
  • Voice of Experience: Paula Arrojo, Managing Director and Private Wealth Advisor, Investment Management, Goldman Sachs

    No Byline
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Glass Hammer is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring profiles of Hispanic Women Business Leaders all week long! By Cathie Ericson “Throughout my career, I could have taken the easy road, but I’m proud of myself for accepting a challenge,” says Paula Arrojo, managing director and private wealth advisor in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs. “If you have good reasons to want to do something different or innovative and the risk is well articulated, Goldman values that ambition and desire to move forward,” she says. Arrojo’s career in finance…
  • Non-Compete Clauses – How to Loosen the Shackles

    No Byline
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Nneka Orji “Putting you in handcuffs”; so reads the Forbes 2010 article title about non-compete clauses in employment contracts. This negative portrayal of non-competes is not unique. A Harvard Business Review blog titled “Non-compete clauses punish the wrong party” is just as damning, and a recent poll by the Boston Globe has shown that 70% of the Massachusetts respondents want non-competes banned across the state. Despite seeming unpopularity of non-competes, its use is on the rise. According to Steve Greenhouse of The New York Times, there has been an increase over the past few…
  • Career Advancement: Why it’s Worth Taking Risks

    No Byline
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Nneka Orji “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”  T.S. Eliot We seem to be encouraged to take risks in many aspects of life in the hope or expectation of reaping greater rewards; from high-risk, high-return financial investments to extreme sports for “the thrill”. In our careers, we are also challenged with taking risks to increase the likelihood of successful career progression. Playing it safe, we’re told, will not differentiate us from our peers. This is welcome advice for some; taking risks is second nature. However for others, risk…
  • Are You Making Rookie Mistakes in Job Interviews?

    No Byline
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Guest Contribution by Devika Arora Today’s woman is ambitious and hungry for individuality. She is eager to live her dreams, for which she wishes to become financially independent by earning her own bread and butter. This is why an increasing number of women are finding themselves back on the job hunt. But what happens when the same women sit for an interview and are questioned about their capabilities? Why is it hard for them to nail a job interview that should have been a walk in the park? The following article will highlight the 10 of the most common mistakes that women tend to make…
 
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Video] Why Shouldn’t We Just Interview the Executives of the Acquired Company to Determine Culture?

    RoundPegg
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Why Shouldn’t We Just Interview the Executives of the Acquired Company to Determine Culture?”When acquiring an organization - integrating it into your own company - you need to understand how the culture of that acquisition really functioned. So just asking the executives or the leadership within that company about what their culture is and how it functions is not enough. We know that culture is made up not of only the leadership team's aspirations, but it's made up of the core values that are…
  • [Video] What Are The Keys to Integrating an Acquired Company: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What Are The Keys to Integrating an Acquired Company?”When integrating an acquisition, all eyes need to be on culture.The lack of alignment between the acquired organizational culture and the parent company culture is by far the biggest predictor of failure in an acquisition. So, understanding what the culture is (of the company that's joining you) - how the people are wired (that make up that company) - is important so you can inform how you integrate and onboard these new employees, how you help…
  • [Webinar Announcement] The Secret Weapon for Sales Recruiting

    RoundPegg
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The most successful sales organizations have the best salespeople, so it is critical to avoid bad hires and to have the best talent working for you and with you. Join Brad Wilkins and RoundPegg’s VP of Sales, David Lyon, on September 25th at 12:00pm ET for “The Secret Weapon for Sales Recruiting” where you’ll learn firsthand how to attract, hire, and retain your own high performing sales team. When it comes to sales teams, hiring is critical. High performing sales reps seem to be driven by their own energy and, as a result, elevate the performance of every member of their team. The…
  • [Infographic] Unlocking the True Value of Your Sales Culture

    RoundPegg
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Focusing on your sales culture isn’t a “fluffy” or “soft” concept, it is one of the easiest ways to drive more sales and build a lasting, predictable sales system. See the difference between a sales team using RoundPegg to build, manage and optimize their sales teams vs. one that is not.It’s no secret that sales teams are critical to organizational success. No matter how cutting-edge your technology is, how tight your financial goals are or how effective and forward-thinking your management techniques are, you must still have a well-oiled sales mechanism in place, or everything…
  • RoundPegg #TChat Recap: The Talent Science Of Cultural Change

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

  • Be Like Jack LaLanne.

    richgeegroup
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    One of my favorite posts, loved by my readers — I thought I would re-post it for all to read. I grew up with Jack LaLanne. I used to watch him, his wife Elaine (yes, Elaine LaLanne), and his german shepherd Happy every morning on TV. Jack taught me a lot of things about life — especially to stay positive all the time. Why be like Jack? You might know him from his juicer — but he was so much more. 1. Make a bold change. At 15, he was a wreck — sickly, skinny, and eating all the wrong foods. He realized it was a dead end and radically changed his diet, behavior and focus. 2. Break the…
  • Hey CEO, Are You Killing Yourself At Work?

    richgeegroup
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    You work hard. You come in early, stay late, and work over the weekends. Of course . . . you’re the CEO (or the President, CFO, CMO, CIO, you get the idea) You constantly think about work, even in your sleep. But you have the primo position, the unbelievable pay, the power to move mountains, and your future already written in stone. But it’s not enough. So you do more. And more. And more. But what falls by the wayside? Your health? Your spouse or partner? Your kids? Your close relationships? Yes, you might allocate an hour or two for them a week — but is it enough? When is work…
  • Why Don’t We Hug More?

    richgeegroup
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    Who’s a hugger out there? Many years ago (25 to be exact), my best friend’s sister and her husband came over for dinner one night. At the end of the night, when we were saying our goodbyes, instead of handshakes, we got hugs from both of them. Not just the quick hug — but a deep hug with a real squeeze that meant something. It might sound funny that I remember that 25 years later, but it made an impression on me. It was powerful. And before we go any further, let me state that there was nothing leading or sexual about it. It was just a hug. But it was a great hug. Let’s be…
  • 10 Tips To Be A Presentation GOD.

    richgeegroup
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    I do workshops, seminars and keynotes all the time and have been for over 25 years. There are good presenters and there are bad presenters — it really comes down to a few key tips to guide any great speaker: 1. Use A Solid, Plain Background Keep it simple and open (I like plain white). Also, everyone loves to have their logo on every page – I don’t ascribe to this tenet. If you are afraid of someone absconding with critical information, have copyright info at the beginning and end. If you’re worried, add it to the printed form. But for screen projection – Less is…
  • What Is Your Most Productive Workday?

    richgeegroup
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    I was flying the other day to the midwest and read this article: “39% of hiring managers say Tuesday is the most productive workday. Nearly two-fifths of managers polled deemed it the day to get things done. But beware of hump day, which grabbed just 14% of the vote. To avoid a midweek nosedive in efficiency, take a look at the big picture when planning your workweek, and truly recharge over the weekend. Too many of us fall into the trap of doing chores and running errands instead of spending quality time with loved ones.” - From Spirit Magazine, Southwest Airlines There’s…
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    Inside Personal Growth

  • Podcast 482: All You Need Is Less with Madeleine Somerville

    Greg Voisen
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Are you looking for new ways to be more eco-friendly?  Would you like to be mindful about your consumption, and the effects that it is having on the planet?  Do you want to reduce your personal ecological footprint? I recently had the opportunity of interviewing author Madeleine Somerville about her new book entitled “All You Need Is Less“.  This is a wonderful book loaded with ideas and tips to transform how you run your household.  Madeleine states you can realistically adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle without either losing your mind from the soul-destroying guilt of using a…
  • Podcast 481: The Mindful Marketer with Lisa Nirell

    Greg Voisen
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:48 pm
    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing author Lisa Nirell.  She has another new book that has just been released entitled ” The Mindful Marketer.”   In Lisa’s new book she questions traditional marketing methodology, and provides the reader with alternative ways to implement effective marketing strategies.   Lisa states that the traditional chief marketing officers are facing extinction because of the use of big data, and how it is transforming the way we work as marketers.  She states that that modern marketing leaders are expected to be tech savvy, data driven…
  • Podcast 480: The Mindful Weight Loss Method with Stephanie Matos

    Greg Voisen
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Weight Loss, almost everyone has attempted one method or another.  Some are successful and other completely fail.  Individuals in the United States spend billions of dollars each year trying to release weight. I had the pleasure of speaking with an author by the name of Stephanie Matos, who recently released a new e-book entitled “The Mindful Weight Loss Method“.  I believe that Stephanie is on to something, and in our interview together we discuss how not only she released over 60 lbs, but how she is helping others with her Mindful Weight Loss Method. When you think about it,…
  • Podcast 479: Nature’s Hidden Force, Joining Spirituality with Science-George Land

    Greg Voisen
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    I happen to have a very good friend recommend that do an interview with  author and scientist George Land  about his new book entitled “Natures Hidden Force“.   While I have never met George, I knew of his prior work “Grow or Die, The Unifying Principle of Transformation“.  I was exposed to his work by a very good friend whom has now passed by the name of Larry Wilson the founder of Wilson Learning. I knew this new book would be as interesting and thought provoking as the man himself.  George a General Systems Scientists by occupation, was transformed as a…
  • Podcast 478: The Hidden Spirituality of Men with Matthew Fox

    Greg Voisen
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I was so pleased with my first interview with Matthew Fox that I invited him back to do another interview.  As many of you are aware he is a prolific author with 28 titles to his name.  While I am unable to interview him for all of his works, I chose to focus on a book entitled ” The Hidden Spirituality of Men” which intrigued me. In this interview with Matthew we discuss the the current troubles that are plaguing our planet, and the role that our male dominated society has played in many of the issues and challenges our world is faced with.  In “The Hidden Spirituality…
 
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    First Friday Book Synopsis

  • The Leadership Team Book Briefing Flow Chart – For Help Looking at Big-Picture Issues

    Randy Mayeux
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Time is precious. Calendars are full. But, not so full, not so precious, that you should not carve out some corners in your schedules for some content-driven thought. If your leadership team is only meeting about “what are our problems this week?,” then you will never take a bigger-picture look at what you should be focusing on. […]
  • Start – Stop – Keep (Continue) – A Valuable Leadership Team Meeting Exercise

    Randy Mayeux
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    There are a lot of meetings that waste a lot of time.  And they feel like a waste of time.  And, maybe they are, because little is accomplished in far too many meetings. But, the evidence is clear – effective meetings can really lead to progress. So… what to do? There are a lot of “approaches” […]
  • The Power of Noticing: A book review by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See Max H. Bazerman Simon & Schuster (2014) How and why a wider perspective (System 2 thinking) will guide you toward more effective decisions and fewer disappointments I agree with Yogi Berra: “You can observe a lot by just watching.” However, as Max Bazerman explains in this […]
  • Naomi Klein’s Provocative Best-Seller on Capitalism and Climate

    kjkrayer
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Last week, Simon and Schuster published a provocative new business book that flew to the # 3 spot in the best-seller list revealed in the 9/27/2014 edition of the Wall Street Journal. The book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. Climate, written by Naomi Klein, is a certain selection for one of us at the First Friday […]
  • Waiting too Long Can Be Tardy, Traumatic, and Expensive – Be Ready Before the Crisis!

    Randy Mayeux
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Here’s the lesson for this blog post. When a problem is threatening to get out of hand, we should act earlier than we do – much, much earlier! When we wait, waiting can have very bad consequences. (Even, in the case of Ebola, very deadly consequences). Consider these three items: #1 – In The Organized Mind, […]
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    Free Executive & Management Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Want a More Efficient New Product Introduction Process? Bust Those Silos!

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    In order to accomplish this goal, companies need to create more efficient processes, particularly New Product Introduction (NPI) processes. How are the Best-in-Class reducing knowledge silos and bridging the gap between development and operations in their NPIs? Download “Bridging the Gap Between Product Development and Operations,” to learn the answer!Request Free!
  • 100 Ways to Motivate Others: How Great Leaders Can Produce Insane Results Without Driving People Crazy

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    100 Ways to Motivate Others is based on years of successful live workshops, seminars, and personal coaching programs on communication and leadership.This new edition includes fresh insights into communication and rapid decision-making, the importance of personal self-leadership and physical energy, and exciting new methods for enrolling clients and selling to customers in service-oriented ways that leave behind the old paradigm of manipulation and persuasion. The authors will help you learn:• How to slow down and enjoy a new level of focus.• How to build on your peoples’…
  • Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present -- A 98 Page Excerpt

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    • Features examples of how organizations like Procter & Gamble, Disney, Reuters, UPS, and the Centers for Disease Control have put the approach into practice• Includes the institute’s ten-year forecast of trends, challenges, and opportunitiesThese days, every leader struggles with a paradox: you can’t predict the future, but you have to be able to make sense of it to thrive. In the age of the Internet, everyone knows what’s new, but to succeed you have to be able to sort out what’s important, devise strategies based on your own point of view, and get…
  • The Growing Pains of Legal Transformation

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Process transformation in law firms is not a new phenomenon, and like all good trends it had to start somewhere, at some earlier point, before it began to spread.The process of process excellence in law actually began in both Australia and the US, and has now been in full force for around a decade. So while UK and EU firms may currently be feeling the growing pains of change, their colleagues across the water have already been through the transition, and have a few choice insights that they can share.Ahead of the ‘Legal Transformation: Process & Project Excellence’ Summit in…
  • Developing And Cultivating Your Staff

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    This eBook includes:6 Fun Ways to Show Some Employee RecognitionUse workplace random acts of recognition to catch employees doing something great, and totally call them out on it. Hiring Those with Disabilities Can Increase the Diversity of Your WorkforceConsider making an effort to recruit those with disabilities to benefit your company. Boost Staff Morale With Unique Office CelebrationsCrying on the Job: How to Handle Emotional EmployeesWhat to do when an employee has an emotional moment during the workday.Do We Need a Law Against Workplace Bullying?The first state has passed a…
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    N2Growth Blog

  • Twisted Leadership

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

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

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

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

    Mike Myatt
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:54 am
    By Mike Myatt Chairman, N2Growth How do some companies evolve to “it company” status while others languish in relative obscurity? Whether you think of more mature companies like Google, Whole Foods, or Unilever, or early stage marvels like Warby Parker, Vendini, or RevZilla, the hottest companies on the planet understand it’s not what they do or how they do it, but why they do what they do that defines who they are as an organization.  Put simply, company culture is the real competitive advantage great organizations trade on.   READ FULL COLUMN ON FORBES
 
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    Lead Change Group

  • Lead Change is changing – will you join our journey?

    Mike Henry
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    “Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”–John F. Kennedy When we started Lead Change Group five years ago, my intent was to create a community of people who promoted character-based leadership, in other words, leading from “who you are” and [...]Author informationMike HenryChief Instigator at Lead Change GroupMike is the Chief Instigator of the Lead Change Group and co-author with 20 other Lead Change Instigators, of The Character-Based Leader: Instigating a Leadership Revolution... One Person At A…
  • Who Carries the Flag?

    Chip Bell
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    This month was “watch a war movie month” for me. I watched again powerful movies of bravery like Glory, Gettysburg, The Patriot, The Big Red One, and Patton.  They featured great scenes of courage and dedication to mission.  One feature was the power of the flag.  When the flag carrier was killed, someone else always [...]Author informationChip BellChip R. Bell is a renowned keynote speaker, consultant and author of several national best selling books. His newest book is The 9 1/2 Principles of Innovative Service. He can be reached at www.chipbell.com.
  • Head, heart, and stereotypes

    Jane Perdue
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    The question posed to the five-member discussion panel was one of those-simple-but-loaded ones:  “How did you learn to change yourself?” The women who answered before me outlined impressive and proactive change strategies they’d used to propel themselves to positions of status and influence. One shared how she watched for unacceptable patterns in how she performed [...]Author informationJane PerdueJane founded Braithwaite Innovation Group, a professional development firm dedicated to redefining power, performance, and connection @ the intersection of the art of leadership & the…
  • You Don’t Have to Go it Alone

    Mary C Schaefer
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    I was speaking to a colleague last week about some problems he had working with his peers, and his boss for that matter. We talked about the dynamics when he and his teammates worked together. He was getting some feedback that put him in the position of “darned if you do and darned if you [...]Author informationMary C SchaeferPresident at Artemis Path, Inc.As a coach, trainer and consultant, Mary Schaefer's expertise is in helping managers and employees conquer their dread about difficult conversations, to go into them feeling equipped and confident. Personally and professionally, Mary's…
  • The Power of the Coffee Cup

    Bill Benoist
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    Okay, this really isn’t about a coffee cup. It’s a post about customer service and the difference quality customer service can make. You know, the kind of service that stays with you long after you’ve left the store or hung up the phone. The service you find yourself talking about with someone over lunch several [...]Author informationBill BenoistOwner at Leadership Heart CoachingBill Benoist is Vice President of Information Services for one of the nation's largest commercial real estate companies. He is also a certified professional coach specializing in career and leadership…
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    Crucial Skills

  • I Miss Strawberries

    Kerry Patterson
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I miss strawberries. Despite the fact that my acquaintance with them began quite by accident, I still miss them. It all started when, as a child, I was foraging in the woods behind my house and stumbled onto a patch of wild strawberries. I had already gobbled down berries of all sorts that morning and figured that the insignificant sampling of fragaria vesca wouldn’t amount to much. I was wrong. The berries were delicious beyond description. As I feasted on the wild wonder, all other berries hung their heads in shame. And now for a change in direction, but not topic. Last night I mistakenly…
  • Transforming a Negative Environment

    David Maxfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Dear Crucial Skills, I am a mid-level manager in human services, and support a twenty-one person staff. Nineteen of these team members have a professional approach to their work, manage their emotions appropriately, and are respectful to others. However, two team members are constantly negative, complaining, and disrespectful. I have addressed these behaviors with them, but they only improve for a little while before reverting back. I am continually amazed at how these two team members can negatively affect nineteen otherwise positive people. Over the years, I have seen this on other teams as…
  • Dealing with Backhanded Compliments

    Joseph Grenny
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Dear Crucial Skills, I have a colleague who deals me backhanded compliments about my job performance as the proofreader for the firm. For example, she repeatedly congratulates me on catching errors and then says, “It’s nice to hear those things when you never hear it from anyone else. It must be awful to think your job is not valued.” First of all, my work is valued; that is not the issue or even something I worry about. I just want the backhanded compliments to stop. I don’t like this woman on a personal level because she is a gossip and has a reputation for stirring…
  • Using Our Skills in Our Own Communities

    Andrew Maxfield
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    At this year’s REACH Conference, I had the pleasure of interacting with a hundred or so VitalSmarts Certified Trainers in breakout sessions entitled “Using Your Skills in the Community.” I walked away from our conversations with a renewed interest in serving in my own community, and I think other attendees felt similarly. How will you use your skills in your community? What follows is a brief summary of our conference musings. Perhaps these will spark your own creativity and desire to serve. Be an example. Let’s say that you’ve learned a new skill, such as how to hold a high-stakes,…
  • Is Compromise a Bad Thing When You’re Trying to Create Mutual Purpose?

    Kevin Brown
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I hear this question from participants almost every time I facilitate Crucial Conversations. Here are some thoughts: I often ask participants, “When you are trying to push (interesting choice of words) your purpose? What is your strategy?” The common response, in one form or another, is usually “verbal persuasion.” At that point, I usually pull a Dr. Phil on them and ask them, “How’s that working for you?” The response is often, “Not so good!” After some gentle questioning and exploring of others’ paths, many participants come to the conclusion that verbal persuasion is…
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  • Burning the box of yesterday

    Mary Jo Asmus
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    It’s human nature to want to make sense of the world. We make our best attempts at clarifying what we don’t understand by categorizing and putting things into boxes. Mostly, that isn’t a bad thing to do as it helps us to comprehend what’s going on. However this can cause stagnation in organizations and teams as human potential isn’t recognized. When you’ve boxed people in it’s hard to notice what’s possible in them. I see it often when I’m coaching someone. The most dedicated leaders will work hard to make changes to become a better person…
  • Leading with small, everyday gestures

    Mary Jo Asmus
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
      You have worked hard to get to where you are and can readily rattle off significant times in your career that gave you great satisfaction. Perhaps you experienced a big promotion, dinner with the CEO or heading up a large successful initiative. Spend a moment thinking about one of those, and you will likely feel a wash of warm pleasure. Congratulations. You know what makes you happy. Or do you? Recent studies have shown that we significantly undervalue the more ordinary or mundane events in our lives. These events can also produce happiness even if they seem insignificant when they…
  • Boost their confidence

    Mary Jo Asmus
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Over the years in my role as an executive coach I’ve noticed a disquieting pattern in the leaders I work with. They’re hungry for encouragement and a vote of confidence for a job well done. Some will admit openly to a lack of self-confidence and others will beat around the bush by avoiding difficult situations they should be dealing with. When I ask why they sidestep them I might hear “I’m not ready yet” or a concern that they don’t know how to deal with it. These responses may be an indication of a lack of confidence in their ability. I rarely see…
  • Leadership practices for presence and focus

    Mary Jo Asmus
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    All leaders experience situations that surprise them, distract them, or knock them off center. These are the events that can trigger us to react in a way that is not what we prefer by assaulting our values and intent. A practice that helps you to stay present, centered, and grounded will keep you focused, ready for whatever comes your way, and can help you get through the things that are surprising and difficult with grace. This preparation is not necessarily the kind that you are familiar with. By way of explanation, if you want to be a piano virtuoso, you practice playing the instrument…
  • Five steps for having tough conversations

    Mary Jo Asmus
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
      You don’t have to look hard to see that there are tough conversations that need to be had all around you. You may tend to avoid them, which isn’t a good strategy if you’re a leader. You must model the work of a leader including stepping into uncomfortable dialog with others. Perhaps someone who reports to you is not working up to their potential or an individual on your team is disruptive to efforts to move the team forward. Maybe a peer is undermining your efforts or your boss is not supporting you in the way you think she should. Ignoring these things is not very…
 
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  • Keep It Simple Like Einstein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    George Ambler
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    Vision is the foundation of leadership. Whilst leadership starts with being the right person – the character of the leader, great leadership is sustained by a shared and compelling vision. A compelling vision is one that describes who you are, why you exist and the future you want to create. People don’t follow leaders with fancy titles and high positions. People don’t follow leaders who have authority. People don’t follow leaders of good character. Whilst all these things are helpful and contribute to influencing others, without a compelling vision people are not moved to follow…
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  • Be The Best YOU You Can Be

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

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

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

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

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    It has been weeks since I posted on this platform*. I regret my tardiness and procrastination. No excuse on my part, however I felt I did not have much to share by way of usefulness. However, some thoughts crossed my mind. These are:1) If you have to make excuses, make them count. Use them, and commit to them.2) If you want to make excuses, make new ones. Make up new excuses nobody has thought of before. Be bold, be brave, be unique and conjure new excuses that astound others into a state of awestruck. [I learnt this from a quotation by author Neil Gaman.]3) If you have no excuses, then stand…
 
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  • FREE: Courageous, Genuine Relationships

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

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

    Tony Mayo
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
        These leadership insights from MCI founder Bill McGowan should sound familiar to my executive coaching clients and to readers of this blog.   INC.: You’ve taken a company from nothing and, in the span of 18 years, created a new industry and built a company doing almost $3 billion worth of business. How […]
  • Coaching from the Man Who Launched 40,000 Businesses

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tanmay Vora
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:47 pm
      Namaste! Welcome to the June 02nd 2014 Carnival of Leadership Development. I am thankful to carnival leader Dan McCarthy for allowing me to host this event -  a wonderful collection of very practical insights on Leadership Development. It is always a great privilege to host a Leadership Development Carnival because it allows us to explore so many different facets of leadership at one go. In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment where technology is constantly changing how people collaborate and work, the paradigms of leadership are changing. In…
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  • Measuring the Intangible with 6 Symptoms of Discipleship

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

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

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

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

    Kent Shaffer
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    Special thanks to Church Relevance’s June supporters. They help fund the work and research that goes into the reference lists that Church Relevance has come to be known for. Call-Em-All // Church Community Builder // Church Office Online Digital Bible Platform // Ekklesia 360 // Elexio // eResources FaithWebsites // Graceway Media // Leaders Book Summaries Open Church // Shelby Systems // Rock RMS If you would like to learn more about sponsoring Church Relevance, check out our sponsors page for the latest rates, options, and traffic stats.The post Thank You June…
 
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  • The Agony of Realizing: It's All Social

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

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

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

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

    Lisa Haneberg
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:03 pm
    A friend sent me this picture - it's my latest book, Double the Love, with a nice shelf space at the International SHRM Conference. Woohoo! I particularly love that my book is shelved higher than, How to Work for an Idiot (What an idea for a book...Who's going to keep that on his or her desk?... Only idiots, clearly. How ironic!). We writers LOVE it when people send us pictures of our books (unless they're in the Super Bargain bins, then we don't want to know) so feel free to take a picture and send it to me anytime! I received another bit of good news on the bookfront today, my publisher put…
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  • Keep It Simple Like Einstein

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

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

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

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

    Steve Roesler
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Enjoyed good interview by Dr Michelle Pizer; had a chance to discuss leadership and its available today on Crack the Leadership Code. Register FREE! @steveroesler ow.ly/zpyXu
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  • #Sunisforshining Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

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

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

    Alicia Lawrence
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    A successful business is often about finding the right key to open the right door. Joan Rivers once said, "If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door — or I'll make a door." She doesn't mention anything about finding a key, probably because she'd just knock the door down. The passing of this feisty, much-loved woman brings up a wealth of knowledge on how to navigate the business realm. Here are five business tips for women based on the legacy of this dynamic business woman. 1. Know When and How to Act Ms. Rivers was a flamboyant gossip at all the right times. Good…
  • What will your verse be? #theworldneedsart #artneedsyou

    Yvonne
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    The non-profit organization Art as Action means a LOT to me. I've been on the board for 2 years and counting. While I don't perform, my daughter and granddaughter do. They embody the concept of Artivism, which is to perform in support of community, to share something bigger than the individual. This organization is focused on people, and the concept that art is fundamentally a part of the human condition. We believe: the world needs ART. Art needs YOU See below: ART as ACTION nurtures & cultivates a wide range of Artivists including:  People with Parkinson's Disease who uncover their…
  • STOP Making These Writing Mistakes

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

  • I Love You, and You Can’t Do Anything About It

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

    Gary Cohen
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    by Gary CohenSammi Cohen Illustration  Many of you have learned that that providing feedback to others should be given in the following sequence: Good | Bad | Good.  The first “Good” is a positive affirmation and is used to demonstrate trust and confidence in your reports. Next you raise the issue that is of most concern to you about their performance or behavior. Then, after you’ve delivered that piece of SHIT, you end with more positive affirmations about their performance. “Just stop this management practice, it truly confusing for the recipient,” says Gil…
  • Happiness Self vs. Memory Self

    Gary Cohen
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    by Gary Cohen The Relationship Between Happiness and Memory Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate and founder of behavioral economics, says that we have two selves: our experiencing self and our memory self. Our experiencing self likes to be happy in the moment—with people we like, in a comfortable environment, and engaging in fun activities. Our memory self is more interested in goal attainment than comfort and familiarity; it seeks out experiences that make for good, memorable stories. Our memory selves are more complex and unpredictable than our experiencing selves for these four reasons: Our…
  • Type II Fun

    Gary Cohen
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    by Gary CohenAs a teenager, I found myself with 16 others on the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maine in a 30-foot pulling boat with 12-foot swells and no tiller or rudder. The seas were getting rougher and the sky was crackling with lightning and thunder. We were scared, wet, and tired. We were unprotected from the elements, and the elements looked like they were preparing to swallow us up. No one other than a sociopath would describe this experience as fun. And yet I look back at that Outward Bound experience with joy and pleasure. It was fun…or, maybe more accurately, it is fun to…
  • Over-Functioning and Under-Functioning

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

  • How to Predict the Future

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

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

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares that it is fine to play at world-class for a week...but what makes legendary is sustaining it for a lifetime.
  • Create New (And Awesome) Habits Fast

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares that the construction and installation of superior habits is a dominant focus for any epic producer.
  • A Personal Story on Turning Fear into Freedom

    admin
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares a personal story about overcoming fear.
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • 10 Must-Ask Questions For Every Business Leader

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Here are 10 important questions business leaders should ask, according to Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge, authors of Helping People Win At Work:Does my business have a clear, meaningful, and easily understood vision/mission?Do I have the right people in the right seats on the bus?Do I have a BHAG (big hairy audacious goal), and have I communicated it to my employees?Are my values driving the behavior I want in my organization?Am I creating a culture that increases employee engagement?Am I cultivating a spirit of internal and external learning?Do my employees know what an A…
  • The Basic Needs We Have In Common

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    When I think about all my colleagues, co-workers and employees, former co-workers, friends, and teammates, I believe we pretty much all have the following in common.  We want and need to be:RespectedValuedHeardAppreciatedAcceptedEngagedEncouragedYoung and not so young; man or woman; new to the workforce or long-time employee, don't we all have these needs in common?I believe we do. So, as a leader, keep these basic needs in mind when you lead your employees, teams and groups, and you are bound to be a leader for whom employees will want to work.
  • How To Write A Company Policy

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    Keep these five tips in mind when you craft your next company policy:Keep the policy short and simple.Get rid of two old policies for every new policy you implement.Make sure that your organization's policy and procedures are written to serve your employees and customers--not just your organization.Don't write a policy in reaction to a single incident.  The problem may never arise again.Don't write a policy longer than one-page, no matter how large your organization may be.Thanks to author Bob Nelson for these great tips from his book, 1001 Ways To Energize Employees.
  • What A New Leader Should Do In The First 100 Days

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    There are seven major onboarding land mines that you are likely to come across as a new leader and there are specific points in the first 100 days where you are most likely to encounter them, explain authors:George BrantJayme A. CheckJorge Pedraza...in their new third edition of, The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan.Ill-prepared, without a plan, and lacking proper onboarding, the land mines will get you.  And, if you miss one or more of the critical tasks that must be accomplished in your first 100 days, you'll likely fail.The book is packed…
  • 12 Questions To Ask About Your Customers To Help You Find New Customers

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    As a sales leader, it's important that you analyze your current customers to help you identify the best places to focus your energies for finding new customers.  That's the advice of Brian Tracy in his new book, Unlimited Sales Success.And, Tracy recommends that the best way to analyze your current customers is to ask and answer these twelve questions:Who is using your product or service today?Who will be using it in the future, based on current trends?Why should somebody buy your product at all?If someone should buy your product, why should they buy it from your…
 
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: Resolving Conflict with Your Boss

    Kevin Eikenberry
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Conflict with your boss doesn’t have to be scary! Check out the latest episode of Remarkable TV for tips on approaching the next conflict situation with your boss. Conflict is easier to resolve when trust is higher – even if the conflict is with your boss. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It!) You can learn more about the […] The post Remarkable TV: Resolving Conflict with Your Boss appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • How to Keep the Negative Attitudes of Others From Impacting You

    Kevin Eikenberry
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It is a proven fact – the attitude of those around you is contagious. This fact is great, when the attitude we are infected with is a positive one. But that isn’t the purpose of this article. Since negative attitudes are just as contagious as positive ones, if you are like me, you’d like to […] The post How to Keep the Negative Attitudes of Others From Impacting You appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Personal Accountability Starts Here

    Kevin Eikenberry
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    When I am with a group, whether training, consulting or coaching, it is a rare day when issues or questions about accountability don’t come up. Accountability is more than a buzz word, it is a behavior exhibited by all highly productive and successful people in any field. Which is why people ask about it – […] The post Personal Accountability Starts Here appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: The Problem with Silos

    Kevin Eikenberry
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you have organizational silos or barriers in your workplace or team? Here are 3 things you can do to break them down now! Organizational silos exist when people focus on their team rather than the whole organization. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It!) You can learn more about the Remarkable Leadership workshops here. If you have a […] The post Remarkable TV: The Problem with Silos appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • What to Look For In Future Leaders

    Kevin Eikenberry
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It is a fundamental quandary in any organization. Someday, the current leaders won’t be there and someone else will need to fill their shoes. It might not be soon, or it might be very urgent due to demographics, turnover or organizational growth. Whatever the reason, the question needs to be posed and answered – who […] The post What to Look For In Future Leaders appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    LDRLB

  • 0520 | Dorie Clark

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

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

    David Burkus
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Rajiv Narang is the author of Orbit-Shifting Innovation and founder of Erehwon, a 20 year old pioneering Innovation firm, where he has helmed the redefining and recasting of Innovation. Recognized as India’s Innovation thought leader, Rajiv has inspired leaders and organizations across cultures and across the world in adopting orbit-shifting innovation. In this interview, we discuss the mindsets and dynamics of ideas that create history. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of…
  • 0517 | Henry Evans

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

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

  • A Recipe For Failure: Focusing On Success

    Dr. Tommy Shavers
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    When cooking food, a little too much or too little of an ingredient can ruin a dish. So if you are cooking from a great recipe, it is vital to focus on every aspect of building that recipe in a way that will yield success. Great meals don’t come from great recipes; they come from great […]
  • Empathic Leadership Is Not Doormat Leadership

    Alexsys Thompson
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Does this describe your leadership? Inherently, you’re always able to tell how others are feeling on any given day. You don’t need to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” because you naturally imagine yourself in others’ lives or situations. You are often referred to as intuitive and conscientious. In fact, you’re ability to understand […]
  • On Leadership and Succession Planning – Avoiding Costly Mistakes

    Lee Ellis
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Recently, my wife Mary and I discussed the need to review and update our will, which is now about fifteen years old. The next day over coffee a friend asked me if I had a will. Later that day in a random conversation, a stranger mentioned that he knew an estate attorney in my neighborhood. […]
  • Giving Your Employees Freedom To Encourage Creativity

    Kristen Gramigna
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    If your employees are like most of the respondents to an international survey conducted by Gallup, twice as many of them are unhappy than happy in their jobs. Not only does workplace satisfaction have a direct impact on expenses for recruiting, hiring and retention, unhappy employees can derail productivity, workplace culture and customer experience. One way to […]
  • Leadership Lessons From the NFL’s Domestic Violence Controversy

    David Hasenbalg
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    With the horrific behaviors of some NFL players in the news (Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and many more) there is a renewed focus on the topic of abuse. It is completely appropriate that these conversations are taking place because no advancement in human history has occurred until people started talking about. I’m not going to get […]
 
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • Are You Enabling A Dysfunctional Company Culture? Four Questions to Ask Yourself

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

    Randy Conley
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you don’t work as part of a virtual team on a regular or occasional basis, chances are you have colleagues or friends who do. Fifteen years ago it was a different story. I remember asking my boss at the time if I could telecommute one day a week. I have a 40 mile (one way) commute to the office and spend nearly two hours a day driving back and forth to work. I argued that I could spend those two additional hours working, not driving. The answer? A resounding “no.” Even though the technology at the time could support it, culturally our organization wasn’t ready. My,…
  • Are You Asking Learners To Do Too Much? 3 Ways to Improve Online Learning Performance

    David Witt
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Shorter is better and less is more when it comes to online learning. That’s the message Ken and Scott Blanchard deliver in their latest column for Training Industry Quarterly. It’s about keeping each lesson contained. “In our early designs, we had a tendency to throw everything—plus the kitchen sink—into each segment. Now we recognize that a learning design is not complete until the last irrelevant piece has been removed.” In looking at the top three reasons why online learning often fails to deliver on hoped for results, Scott Blanchard identifies two additional design…
  • 3 Psychological Needs Leaders Must Address to Create an Engaging Work Environment

    David Witt
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    A workplace can facilitate, foster, and enable flourishing, or it can disrupt, thwart, and impede it, says motivation expert Susan Fowler in a cover story for Personal Excellence magazine. In Fowler’s experience, the motivation practices used in many organizations have undermined engagement more often than they have engaged employees. Fortunately the new science of motivation has identified three psychological needs—Autonomy, Relatedness, and Competence—that can help managers create the type of environment where employees thrive. Autonomy.  Diverse studies over the past 20 years…
  • Not Making Progress on Your Employee Engagement Initiative? 3 Keys for “Moving the Needle”

    David Witt
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    While employee engagement continues to be a hot conversation topic in the HR press and throughout organizations, moving from knowing to doing has proven difficult—and even counterproductive in some cases.  In many organizations, shining a light on engagement has only made matters worse—especially when an organization has surveyed employee perceptions and then made very little effort to do something about improving those perceptions. When that happens, organizations find themselves with falling engagement scores and increasing apathy from employees about participating in continued…
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    Ravi Pratap Singh

  • POSITIONAL POWER and PERSONAL POWER

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

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

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

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

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    1 Mar 2014 | 6:28 am
    Recently I had the opportunity to be on the Rumble Talk Show.  It was fun having a rapidfire tete-a-tete with Madhav Das on e-learning. Check out the interview (in 3 parts) below:              
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    Enclaria: Influence Change at Work

  • Interview: How to Measure and Maximize Alignment in Your Change Initiatives

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

    Heather Stagl
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    In my 2010 book 99 Ways to Influence Change, one thing I did not include was to Hide It. Yet, I’ve heard recent examples of people doing just that – implementing change even when it’s been explicitly shot down or repeatedly unsupported at the top. In one case, a presenter at a PMI event shared a number of ways to implement Agile software development practices in an organization, and one of the approaches she called “Black Market Agile.” In the example she cited, they had decided against implementing Agile at the corporate level, but one division decided to do it…
  • How to Be Heard When No One is Listening

    Heather Stagl
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    When implementing change in your organization, you may come to a point when you’re frustrated because your ideas don’t seem to go anywhere. Your suggestions are getting shot down or ignored, but no one seems to have any better ones for moving forward. How can you be heard when no one’s listening? The following tricks can open up dialogue when you’ve reached an impasse. Check Your Own Expectations When you say no one is listening, are they really ignoring you, or does it mean no one agrees with you or people aren’t doing what you want? Your frustration is caused in part by your…
  • Fuel your project with the Design & Influence Irresistible Change™ online course – Starts September 17

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

    Heather Stagl
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    Like many change agents, this month’s guest had a unique career path that brought him to that role. Danny Peterson was CEO of a large nonprofit organization. When he retired, he went back to work — this time as the Manager of Global Continuous Improvement within a Fortune 500 company. In this episode, we’ll explore Danny’s experience with influencing change as CEO and how it compared to leading change from the middle of a large company. Listen to the show here (30 minutes): Be sure to visit the radio show page to listen to past episodes and subscribe to the show.
 
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    New Directions Consulting

  • 10 Tips To Becoming the Value-Added, Indispensable Millennial Employee

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

    Matthew Harrington
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building and leadership author, presented two presentations today at the annual SHRM Vermont State HR Conference.  Her first presentation was based off of her recent co-authored book, Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive entitled Leadership Secrets from the Beehive, while the second presentation focused on The Adaptive Coach: Identifying New Competencies Needed for New Generations of Workers. In Leadership Secrets from the Beehive Mackin led a presentation and discussion around the seven key lessons that emerged from studying the inner…
  • Trending: Employee Engagement (If not now, soon)

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

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Guestblogger: Betty DiMaria, CEO of Aras Performance - Betty has over 30 years experience in organizational performance, management, and technology.  She has worked in the corporate, nonprofit, and municipal sectors—in industries including insurance, health care, manufacturing, technology, government, and association management. In 2012, DiMaria founded Aras Performance Group, and serves as CEO and Performance Strategist. The mission of Aras Performance Group is to help organizations and their employees reach peak performance. The company’s core services include leadership development,…
  • Creating a Dual-Operating System – The Star Point System of High Performance Teams

    Deborah Mackin
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Organizations are always looking for structures that will help drive the necessary changes as well as improve the integration between various functions.  There is an option out there – called the Star Point System – that creates a “dual-operating system” which takes responsibility for crossing over functional areas and linking them all together. Years ago Proctor and Gamble developed the Star Point System to distribute the cross-functional workload (such as safety, quality, training, continuous improvement, technical, communication/HR) to team members as Star Points with an expert…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Your Mirror is a Powerful Tool

    Utpal Vaishnav
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    When did you last look at yourself through mirror? “Funny question,” you might think. “I look at mirror everyday!” Not so simple. Read on … You look at mirror to be aware about how you look like. If you haven’t combed your hair, you will comb it. If you have put on some weight, then you will join a personal fitness program. If the color of your shirt does not look good on you, you will change it. If you are aware about how you look, you will do something about it. Awareness. With higher level of awareness, you can make choices that matter to you. We look…
  • The New Phenomenal

    Utpal Vaishnav
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    I have built a great app, it works on iOS8! And you have to eat at this restaurant, they serve you within just 15 minutes and they serve tasty food. And, their restaurant staff is polite too. Nothing is phenomenal about above examples. We live in the age where it is expected for an app to work on latest version of the OS that is just announced. And it is the most basic expectation from a restaurant to serve you tasty food in timely manner, with very good customer service. Means of experiences are so easily accessible (Tweet This!) that it is redefining what is phenomenal. Decades ago, in…
  • How to Become the Master of Knack?

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

    Utpal Vaishnav
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Impatient opportunist only cares about what’s “trending” today. He impatiently reads the startup news, studies the technology trends, bookmarks the stories of startups who have made it to Techcrunch or Mashable this week and talks about these examples everywhere he goes. His tone is typical, “They won, we lost and why the ‘hell’ we can’t think of such innovations” kind. For him, today’s hot trends are the thing to focus. Or even what he thinks of tomorrow’s things could be. He’ll intrude long-term strategy talks and speak…
  • Enforcement Vs. Choice

    Utpal Vaishnav
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:26 am
    When a Business Leader says, “I have so many expectations to fulfill, and so little time available.” It actually means that he’s not able to see. He’s not able to see the business priorities. He’s not able to see the important projects and tasks that need to get done. He is not able to see the opportunity to lead and take his career (and life at large) to the next level. The same Business Leader has time to go out to watch movies, spending hours on Facebook, attending funeral of neighbor’s mother-in-law or attend a professional skills development seminar.
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    Eblin Group

  • Mindful Mondays: How Mindful Road Warriors Stay Connected

    Scott
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    So, you might be thinking, “Any 21st century road warrior worth their salt knows how to stay connected. You’ve got your smartphone (maybe two), your tablet, your laptop. How hard is it to stay connected?” Yeah, with all of the tools we have it’s not that hard. But that’s not what I’m talking about. The topic of today’s installment in my mini-series on the Mindful Road Warrior is how to stay connected with people (the three dimensional kind, not the faceless pixels on a screen kind) when you’re away from home base frequently.
  • Does Your Culture Engine Need a Tune-Up?

    Scott
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    In his new book, The Culture Engine, veteran leadership consultant Chris Edmonds makes the very valid point that many leaders focus far more on what their organizations do than how they actually do it. If you want results for the long run, the "how" matters – a lot. (Audio)
  • Mindful Mondays: Mental Routines for the Mindful Road Warrior

    Scott
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Last week, I introduced a new short series for Mindful Mondays with a post titled Travel Tips for the Mindful Road Warrior. To be honest, when I started writing that post I realized I had more to share than one blog post could accommodate – hence, this series. Last week’s post focused on the physical routines that I follow when...
  • What Leaders Must Learn from the NFL Fiasco

    Scott
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The speed and volume of the emerging fiasco facing the NFL has been breathtaking. In the first football weekend after the League’s response to the video of Ray Rice punching his fiancé, there were players with similar charges against them scheduled to play on Sunday. One was pulled just before game time; the other played.
  • Mindful Mondays: Travel Tips for the Mindful Road Warrior

    Scott
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    My work requires a lot of travel to meet with and present to clients. As the recent news stories about high altitude disputes over reclining seats on airplanes suggest, business travel can be stressful. That stress can eat you alive if you let it. Over the years, I’ve adopted some routines that have helped me stay healthy and sane when I travel for business. I thought I’d start to share some of them with you today. Let’s call them travel tips for the mindful road warrior.
 
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    StrategyDriven

  • Present for Success

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

    Michelle Patterson
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    Women have been long known to be holding the purse strings when it comes to the majority of household purchases. According to Monique Nadeau, President and CEO of Hope Street Group, “Women overwhelmingly hold the consumer purchasing power in our country, whether we’re talking about individuals or households. Their understanding of the market allows them to start businesses with a high degree of insight about both their potential customers and competitors.” Then, you might wonder why so many companies are getting it so wrong when it comes to how they market to them. They are so far…
  • Lead Like it Matters… Because it Does, part 1 of 4

    Roxi Hewertson
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    We asked Roxi Hewertson about the 8 overarching leadership insights that kick off her new book Lead Like it Matters…Because it Does hitting the stores in just a few weeks. She agreed to share them with us as a four-part series. Insight #1: Knowing is the easy part. Doing is the hard part. Some of the best-intended and least effective leaders I have known regularly read lots of books and even more articles on leadership. They often know the buzz words and the jargon, the latest trend in strategic planning, and the best way to build a new organizational chart. Retaining this plethora of…
  • Advice to New Graduates in Their Job Search: ‘Put Your Baseball Cap to the Side’

    Kathy Harris
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    If you are a recent college graduate entering the job market after spending the summer backpacking through Europe or taking some downtime, you are facing a tight labor market. Now is the time to put your baseball cap to the side and look long and hard at how you can present yourself to an employer in the best possible light. Here are some basic, yet all-important, steps you can take to stand apart from the crowd as you embark on your job search in this highly competitive environment: Have a great resume – The newly minted grad should have a resume that looks grounded and substantial. It…
  • The Advisor’s Corner – How Do I Build Ownership?

    Roxi Hewertson
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Question: How do I build ownership of the team with the team so I don’t dominate as the leader? StrategyDriven Response: (by Roxi Hewertson, StrategyDriven Principal Contributor) It’s really good that you have the self-awareness to even ask this question. Too many leaders simply plunge into ‘task’ mode without even considering the dynamics of their teams or how to get them most from team members. When you decide to put a team together, you need to have a reason. Explicitly identify WHY the team exists in the first place and why each individual is important to success. Make…
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    Management is a Journey

  • Three Critical Leadership Lessons From the Roosevelts

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

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

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

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

    Robert Tanner
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    My new boss is the one that should be attending this training!   I still remember “Marty” and his protest. It occurred as I began to facilitate a training session on conflict resolution for a group of technical, midcareer professionals. Like the others, Marty had his advanced degree. He had also held a series of […]
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    Exkalibur.com

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    Lary Kirchenbauer
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
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    Lary Kirchenbauer
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    One of our biggest battles these days is to keep our head above the water line … not drowning in the tsunami of endless inputs that flood our inbox. Sure, we need a trusted system to manage it all … but we also need to spend enough time to focus on what really needs to get done. What is your unique contribution? What is it that only you can do? What will move the needle and really make a difference? Today, give it a try. Intensely focus on doing first things first. Just that process alone will do wonders. If you do that, you’ll likely discover that no one will miss the…
  • As a Leader, are you an Architect or just a Handyman?

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

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Focus. Focus. Focus. I never thought that Rory McIlroy, a PGA golfer, would be the subject any article I ever wrote, least of all 2 of them. What a difference a few years makes! When I wrote about the Magic of True Grit, Rory appeared in an ignominious way. What do you do when you totally screw up? In 2011, Rory entered the final day of the Masters Tournament with a 4 stroke lead … and watched it quickly evaporate as his game imploded. He shot 80 on that final day, the worst score of anyone playing on Sunday. He finished 10 strokes behind the winner, a Masters rookie, Charl Schwartzel. (The…
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    Lary Kirchenbauer
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    When you consider this simple but insightful quotation, pay close attention to how it applies to your business. We often say, “whatever gets measured, gets done” … or words to that effect. Everything you can count may not be worth counting We can count pennies. But it takes a lot of them to amount to much. We can count pencils in the supply room but their value is insignificant, say, when compared to counting computers. Can you count Attitude or Culture? Contrarily, a positive Attitude is a common denominator in great employees. It is also one of the Cornerstones of Effective…
 
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    The Clemmer Group » Blog

  • Turning Your Organization Upside Down

    Jim Clemmer
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    After listening to an angry customer vent his dissatisfaction with the organization’s service, a supervisor replied, “If it’s any consolation to you, we treat our employees worse than we treat our customers.” You’ve heard it said that no one can serve two masters. In too many organizations with their traditional top down hierarchy, that means front-line teams are too often focused on serving the boss as their master. High performing service/quality organizations turn their organization chart upside down to keep everyone focused on the only master who counts…
  • Put Employees First to Delight Customers

    Jim Clemmer
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    How can apathetic or disengaged frontline servers produce happy customers? Some exceptional employee will delight customers despite how they’re treated by their boss or the organization. Most don’t. The vast majority of employees directly reflect the care and service they experience every day in their team or workplace. “The Secret to Delighting Customers? Put Employees First“, co-authored by Disney Institute and McKinsey & Company, reports that “companies offering an exceptional customer experience can exceed their peers’ gross margin by more than 26…
  • Feedback is Critical to Leadership and Organization Effectiveness

    Jim Clemmer
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    We are working with a large industrial company having big problems with a multi-billion dollar project that will make or break the company’s future. To understand the roots of this potential disaster we interviewed and surveyed key project leaders, managers, and executives. This was followed by offsite retreats with key leaders that included “moose hunting” exercises (see “Authentic Communication: Dealing with Moose-on-the-Table“) using a safe and anonymous process to bring out everyone’s true views of what was really happening and to foster real…
  • Video Clip: Focusing on Gaps 2 – 3 Times Less Effective

    Jim Clemmer
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Last week I had two separate one-on-one coaching sessions with the Provost and a key Dean at a major university. We were reviewing the 360 assessment report they’d just received from students, faculty, peers, their manager, and others. Both assessments were quite strong with many leadership competencies rated at the 90th percentile and most above the 70th percentile. These scores put them in the top 10% of leaders in both our academic and global databases. Perhaps because of their careers steeped in academia they struggled to let go of a few weaker areas (they weren’t “fatal…
  • 9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions

    Jim Clemmer
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Zenger Folkman continues to mine their growing database (over 500,000 raters of more than 50,000 leaders) for new leadership insights. Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s recent Harvard Business Review blog reports on their latest research study comparing the behaviors of the very best and the very worst decision makers. These nine behaviors — listed from most to least significant — emerged as the most common approaches of the worst decision makers: • Laziness • Not anticipating unexpected results • Indecisiveness • Remaining locked in the past • Having no strategic…
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    Author Chris Brady's Blog

  • Handshake Etiquette

    Chris Brady
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
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  • It's FOR whom it's FOR

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

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

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

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

  • How to Make Gamification Meaningful in Learning

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

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

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

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

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

  • Three Barriers to Strategic Communication

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

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

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

    Stop Workplace Drama
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you are good at something, or you have done something yourself for years, you become unconsciously competent. In other words, you can do the job without thinking. The drawback is that you do not understand the step by step process needed to break the job down into “modules” so to speak, so that you can effectively train someone else to do it for you. For years I handled all of my own posting on social media, and blogging, booked my own travel, and formatted my own contracts. When I hired an executive assistant to do those things for me, it was difficult to know where to start and…
  • 14 Freedoms for 2014

    Stop Workplace Drama
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often take for granted our real freedoms that are available to us every day. I’m not even talking about patriotism, the American way, or work-life balance. I’m talking about the even more subtle freedoms we fail to recognize and enjoy, for example the freedom to make a choice versus being a prisoner to our addictions, old ideas, and patterns that bind us. To celebrate Independence Day here are 14 freedoms to recognize and embrace now.
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    Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership

  • Craft Workplace Inspiration With an Organizational Constitution

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

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone thanked you at the end of the meeting and told you how glad they were to have been there? How likely is that to happen? A recent study found that for the second year in a row, workers reported meetings as “the biggest distraction and waste of time presented by the workplace.” Did you know that time spent in meetings has skyrocketed? Harvard Business Review reports leaders spend more than two days a week in meetings, an amount that has increased every year since 2008. Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kevin Eikenberry for his…
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    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone thanked you at the end of the meeting and told you how glad they were they had been there? How likely is that to happen? Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kevin Eikenberry for his “Remarkable Leadership Online Seminar” on how to facilitate meaningful meetings. Instead of a typical traditional interview, we had a lively conversation exploring many meaty issues of meetings. Kevin has graciously made the recording available, and I have included it at the bottom of this post. Here is a summary of some of the key points we discussed: Meetings…
  • Forget the Bus! Develop Talent to Create a Fast, Nimble Fleet

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Organizations need people who know what they’re doing, where they’re going, and have the skills to get there. We call that “talent.” Unfortunately, there’s a common misbelief that the best way to get talent is to buy it – not build it – by ranking everyone, eliminating those at the bottom and hiring new people to replace them. This approach was first popularized in the 1980’s by Jack Welch at GE and was reinforced in 2001 by Jim Collins who told us to “get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off.” By 2012, 60% of Fortune…
  • The New Rules of the Social Age

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Guest Post by Ted Coiné, Co-author A World Gone Social What used to seem very good leadership practices in the Industrial Age was good, or at least efficient. But the Industrial Age is over. And it’s not coming back. It’s the Social Age now, and it will be for quite some time to come. New age, New rules. We humans are social down to our very core – it’s not just what we do, it’s what we are. Connecting with each other, sharing ideas, news, tips – and sometimes warnings – that’s all we’ve ever done. First our connecting was limited to the physical proximity of our tribe or…
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    Braithwaite Innovation Group

  • Clear the Path

    Chris Edmonds
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Today’s guest post is from Chris Edmonds, founder and CEO of the Purposeful Culture Group, which he launched after a 15-year career leading and managing teams. Since 1995, he has also served as a senior consultant with the Ken Blanchard Companies. Chris is the author or co-author of six books, including “Leading At A Higher Level” with Ken Blanchard. His latest book, “The Culture Engine: ... The post Clear the Path appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 7 ways to be a trusted leader

    Jane Perdue
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    A mere eight percent of the employees surveyed in the 2013 Forum Global Leadership Pulse Survey had a high level of trust for their leaders. 34% say they trust their boss less today than they did before. Five percent said they don’t trust their boss at all. Gallup’s State of the Global Workforce reported that “a ... The post 7 ways to be a trusted leader appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Changing stereotypes: let it begin with me

    Jane Perdue
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
      The question posed to the five-member discussion panel was one of those-simple-but-loaded ones:  “How did you learn to change yourself?” The women who answered before me outlined impressive and proactive change strategies they’d used to propel themselves to positions of status and influence. One shared how she watched for and logged unacceptable patterns in ... The post Changing stereotypes: let it begin with me appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Do these 5 things to communicate better

    Jane Perdue
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    “I’m pretty sure I’m going to get fired.” “Why do you think that?” “My boss completely lost it when I told him the lawyers were working on a settlement for the discrimination case. He acted like he’d never heard about it before.” “Had you told him settling was a possibility?” “I might have mentioned it early on. ... The post Do these 5 things to communicate better appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 4 Principles for Staying Cool under Pressure

    Robert Cerfolio
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Today’s guest post is from Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, the James H. Estes Family Endowed Chair of Lung Cancer Research and Full Professor Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, surgical training at the Mayo Clinic and at ... The post 4 Principles for Staying Cool under Pressure appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
 
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    Smart Time Management Tips

  • Punctuality and business meetings – how to take control?

    STMT
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    This article is based on a question received by a user of the Smart Time Management Tips website through the “Ask Me”-section. This is the place where I share my experience and knowledge based on questions from users. I have received a really good question from Sebastian from Hamburg in Germany. His question touches on an issue I am sure a lot of people can relate to: Lack of punctuality and business meetings. I have tried to wait for people to attend meetings and been at business meetings that have been dragged much longer than planned. This can be both frustrating, demotivating and end…
  • The essentials of taking time off – the perfect summer holidays

    STMT
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I just returned to work from my summer holidays. Holidays are a time that people spend in much different ways, depending on for instance lifestyle, age, preferences and prior experience. Talking to several different persons I realized that people both spend the holidays in different ways, but they do also have different aims and goals for their holidays. What do you expect to gain from being on vacation? How I aim to achieve the perfect summer holidays About a year ago I decided to find out, what I actually wanted to get out of my summer holidays. Why did I enjoy being on vacation and how…
  • Celebrating success

    STMT
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    “Remember to celebrate success” – a sentence you might have heard a few times throughout your life. But what does celebrate success actually mean and how does it help your motivation and time management? Why celebrate success? Reaching a personal goal can be very difficult. Very often we set serious goals in our lives and those goals require effort, dedication and hard work. Besides that, the whole process of reaching personal goals is not always “an easy sail”. We often need to overcome serious obstacles and reaching a goal or a milestone takes time. If your goal has…
  • 3 big distractions at work – especially #3 is still an issue to me

    STMT
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    There a lot of different distractions at work – no matter if you are working alone or at the office along with colleagues. The types of distractions at work vary depending on environment, number of people nearby and other things. In this post I have identified 3 big distractions which are not related to where or how you work. These are 3 types of distractions, which I think most people are experiencing all the time. Distractions at work #1: Phone We have become addicted to checking our phone constantly and answering calls and text messages right away. The phone is a great tool that can help…
  • The 80/20 rule and how it can increase your effectiveness

    STMT
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    The 80/20 rule is mentioned and used in a lot of different areas and circumstances. From an overall perspective it tells that 80 percent of the output comes from 20 percent of the effort. This applies to your life as well. Being aware of the 80/20 rule and putting it into a time management context you will probably be surprised how it can change your way of working and increase your effectiveness. The 80/20 rule in time management Breaking down what the 80/20 rule actually means in relations to time management I will set up the following example: Every time I start a task or a project I…
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    Skywalk Group

  • Picking the Right Outsourced Recruiting Partner

    Skywalk Group
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    According to the RPO Association, three quarters of employers plan to hire in the next year and half of them are considering RPO – outsourcing all or part of the recruiting process. Choosing the right RPO partner is critical to successful results. There are a number of factors to consider when evaluating the right potential partner. UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WANT TO CONSIDER RPO – You may need to decrease the time it takes to fill positions, increase the quality of candidates or build a stronger employment brand. The reasons can be numerous, but it is essential that you understand why so that…
  • Happy HR New Year!

    Skywalk Group
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    If you are a Human Resources Professional for a company with 100 employees or 50 employees and $50,000 in federal contracts, you are probably in the midst of EEO-1 filing requirements. You also probably know that September 30th is a big day for Human Resources professionals as it marks the due date for when your EEO-1 report is due to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). This is (or should be) a regular part of your recurring calendar year, along with open enrollment, annual compliance training, OSHA training and reporting requirements, and of course the Company holiday…
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    Skywalk Group
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Beginning in November, Skywalk Group is hosting a leadership workshop designed to help leaders develop key competencies to enhance their current skills, as well as help them grow for future jobs opportunities.  The workshop is first come/first serve, with 12 open spots. Each class will be held from 8am to 12pm in the SWG Conference Room located at 221 2nd Ave SE, Suite #240. Registration must be completed no later than October 28th, if spots are still available at that time. The workshop is $995 per person and includes e-learning, workbooks and a continental breakfast. A 10% discount…
  • RÉSUMÉ RED FLAGS

    Skywalk Group
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    It seems like there are a million different types of résumés out there. While format may be different, the red flags seem to be consistent. Below is a list of items to be mindful of when making your next hiring decision. Misspelled words – including grammar. This tells me the candidate doesn’t pay attention to detail and is careless. The look of a résumé is a telltale sign of how a candidate may perform on the job. More than 2 pages. A résumé should be short and easy for you to read – because you’re busy! Key accomplishments and experience should be highlighted and simple to…
  • Human Resources Metrics You Should be Tracking

    Skywalk Group
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Most human resources professionals understand the importance of aligning their initiatives with the overarching vision, mission and goals of the organization, and tracking and reporting HR metrics is a critical piece of the puzzle. By providing quantifiable feedback to their organizations, HR professionals are able to directly report back how their work supports the overall success of the organization. At first glance, determining what metrics to track and how to report findings can be daunting, so consider these sure-fire metrics that will communicate your department’s success and speak to…
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    Business Fitness

  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #7 | Showing Respect

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

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

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

    Dawn Lennon
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    “What are the boundary mistakes that supervisors make and how do you fix them?” That’s the question I left you with at the end of Episode # 4. A boundary is border or a limit. At work, boundaries are about … Continue reading →
  • When Talent Foreshadows Your Genius, Would You Know? | Becoming Extraordinary

    Dawn Lennon
    17 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    Talent is hardwired in you. You’ve got it whether or not you: Recognize it or have figured it out Know what to do about it Believe you can develop it into something Have the courage to accept or reject it … Continue reading →
 
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  • You’re Invited: October 9th Peer Assist – “How Power, Privilege and Race Show Up in Networks”

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

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

    Natalia Castaneda
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Last Friday, I had the opportunity to visit the d-school at Stanford and participate in a Design Lab hosted by LLC and facilitated by Heather McLeod Grant, independent consultant, and Justin Ferrell, from the d-school. Together with a group of 25 leadership development stakeholders we spent a whole day learning –and practicing– how we can apply design thinking methodology to create innovations in our work.  For this particular convening we had a specific task to accomplish – developing ideas for modules, and tools and exercises that can help leadership development practitioners…
  • Guest Article by Stacey Millett: Libraries as Networked Health Equity Leaders

    Deborah Meehan
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Over the past several years we have begun to realize that some of the most innovative approaches to leadership development are happening under our radar because they are embedded in the day to day work taking place in organizations, communities and initiatives.  I recently found myself marveling over the impact of a grants program that supported and connected library leaders committed to strengthening public health in their cities and counties. I am on the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield MN and was first inspired by this grants program as a creative strategy for furthering health equity…
  • 2014 Webinar | 10 Lessons about Virtual Network Leadership Development | Panelist: June Holley

    Miriam Persley
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    In August 2014, June Holley presented 10 Lessons about virtual network leadership development based on principles of learning and behavior change. This webinar was relevant to leadership programs and networks that want to augment face to face time with virtual learning opportunities that can address the geographic, time, and cost challenges of working only through face to face connections. One of the lessons learned was the importance of "having the capacity to have breakout group capacity to increase engagement around content."Slides10 Lessons about Virtual Network Leadership…
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  • A Powerful Story about Team Diversity: The Philips Founding Fathers

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

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

    Aad Boot
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Originally published on LinkedIn (read original). Senior leaders regularly share with me their concerns about the level of collaboration in the company. They often mention the lack of cross-organizational collaboration they experience, and how this is hindering the company to...
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership: The One Secret Success Ingredient

    Aad Boot
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Do business leaders and HR departments pay sufficient attention to equipping people preparing for international assignments, as well as managers leading cross-cultural teams, with sound cross-cultural leadership skills? Research conducted at Dutch Neyenrode Business University suggests they don’t. And that’s...
  • Strategy Execution: Why It Often Fails

    Aad Boot
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:02 am
    A senior executive recently shared with me: “I have been explaining our new strategy for months, and last week in a leadership meeting I got astonishing feedback. The main message was ‘we have no clue where we’re going with our...
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    Travis Robertson » Travis Robertson - Robertson Coaching International

  • How To Monetize Your Real Estate CRM

    Travis Robertson
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Travis Robertson wraps up his 4 part series on real estate database management. In this video, Travis explains how to monetize your database through the importance of contextual marketing.If you have missed any of the previous videos, you can check them out here: Part 1 – Why You Need A Real Estate CRM  Part 2 – How To Choose The Right Real Estate CRM Part 3: How To Organize Your Real Estate CRMHow To Monetize Your Real Estate CRMThe ability to monetize your CRM is directly tied to marketing to people based off of the relationship categories that you have chosen. So how do…
  • How To Organize Your Real Estate CRM

    Travis Robertson
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Real estate coach and trainer Travis Robertson brings you part 3 in his series on real estate CRM tools. You now know why you need a real estate CRM and have hopefully implemented one in your own real estate business. Now follow along as Travis explains how to organize your CRM in a way that makes the most sense and will eventually lead to making more money!How To Organize Your Real Estate CRMKnowing how to organize your database and the contacts in the database so you can market them more effectively is critically important. However, it’s also important to note that the majority of…
  • How To Choose The Right Real Estate CRM

    Travis Robertson
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Choosing a real estate CRM can be difficult. Finding the best CRM for your real estate business can transform you into a top producer! Follow along as real estate coach and trainer, Travis Robertson helps YOU figure out which real estate CRM is right for you and your real estate business! Ramp up your real estate marketing today!How to Choose the Right Real Estate CRMNow that you know why it is important to have a CRM, it’s time to choose one. As someone who has trained tens of thousands of real estate agents, Travis Robertson gets asked one question far more often than any others.
  • Why You Need A Real Estate CRM

    Travis Robertson
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Real estate coach and trainer, Travis Robertson, shares why you need a real estate CRM to manage your real estate leads. Follow along as Travis shares the five reasons on HOW and WHY you should use have a CRM for your real estate business. Be a successful real estate agent by capturing your leads using targeted real estate CRM software!Why You Need a Real Estate CRMBelieve it or not there’s still the majority of the agents out there who are not using a customer relationship management tool, also known as a CRM, or a database to manage their contacts and their relationships. Outlook,…
  • 5 Things to Prevent Failure

    Travis Robertson
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Every real estate agent is going to fail. However, the most successful agents have implemented safeguards. In this video, listen to real estate coach Travis Robertson talk about the five things that successful agents do to prevent their own failure. Instead of being scared to fail, take these simple things and use them to your advantage!Preventing FailureYou can never fully prevent failure, but you can setup safeguards in your business. To go along with our last post that covered the traits of highly successful real estate agents, there are five safeguards that these agents use.Publicize…
 
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    Never Mind the Manager

  • Be The Cubicle Forager – how to make a huge impact at work.

    Frode Heimen
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Bring out your calculator and start looking at these numbers. By the end of this article you will have a pitch for an idea that could or should earn you a huge bonus. First of all you need to start by hunting and gathering information. Numbers are the foundation here. The hidden costs and saving potential might be huge. Gather information. Information is gold. Make sure to log all contacts and categorize them. Make sure to train your staff to categorize accurately. This information is for statistical purposes. Analyze your data. Read about the Pareto Principle, this applies very much in your…
  • Negative is not the opposite of positive

    Frode Heimen
    18 May 2014 | 2:46 am
    The big bad wolf of positive thinking is negativity. What is negativity and why is it bad? Does it need to be bad? There is a difference between being a negative person and being negative. I am not opposed to positive thinking; I have a very positive mindset myself and consider myself to be optimistic. “Negative feedback dampens or inhibits output, or causes an event to die away over time” – Williams, (1997, p. 12) (cited in Rock, D & Page, L 2009, p 76) So what is “Negative” if you look in almost any dictionary you will find the following or similar phrase: “opposed to…
  • Success is an illusion

    Frode Heimen
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:01 am
    Used under the creatice commons licence – Photo by: SalFalko I feel the need to clarify a few things in order to make this a true statement. I am not defining success an achievement, not as a result of work or a task that you successfully completed. I am talking about the society’s definition of success. However a lot of people have it all. (And you know right of the start, what I mean with “have it all”) So my definition of success is linked to happiness. Why do I link happiness to success? And why is it still an illusion? Would happy people by my definition be a success? No. I…
  • Save a lot of money and get happy customers!

    Frode Heimen
    28 Jan 2014 | 10:21 am
    I am going to show you a few different call center war tactics today. I have succeeded with this simple recipe myself. However it has not always been easy, still the formula is child’s play, and you can easily track and find results needed to guide you to a good conclusion. I will create a fictional scenario as an example. In this scenario you will have 760 contacts on average. You have 10 employees handling on average 58 contacts. Resulting in an average response of 76,32 %. Customers are not getting a good response in time, and unanswered contacts are building up into a huge pile of…
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    Thinking is Hard Work

  • There’s Always Something

    Colleen Sharen
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Today I’m going to visit a physiology prof’s third year class. Yup. Me. Who took “Astronomy for Poets” as my science requirement in undergrad. I’m going to watch someone else teach. Not […]
  • Listen Up! To anyone under 30 Who has #Leadership Aspirations

    Colleen Sharen
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    If you are under 30, or you have loved ones under 30, please listen up. I decided to end my long relationship with the motor vehicle this year, as a kind of […]
  • Creativity & Full Bucket Syndrome

    Colleen Sharen
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    As leaders, we value creativity and innovation, largely because they lead to relevant, financially viable organizations in the long-term. So why do we then do everything in our power to quash creativity […]
  • Role Models: Oscar the Grouch vs. Cookie Monster

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

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

  • Generation Y: Understanding the Work Habits of Millennials

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    There is a huge generational shift taking place in today’s workforce – Generation Y is without question here. More flexible and independent than their parents, Millennials seem uniquely suited to survive in the modern workplace. Here are some tips to help you understand how to get the most from your Gen Y employees.
  • Hired Anyone New Lately? Five Onboarding Practices to Welcome New Employees

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    You never get a second chance to make a good first impression – that adage applies to your organization’s onboarding practices too. Here are five onboarding tips to build strong and lasting working relationships with new employees.
  • Why a Strong Corporate Culture Trumps Competency Models

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Recent findings in behavioral and cognitive science are telling us that circumstances affect our behavior more than we think. What does this mean in terms of developing a high-performing workforce? It suggests that rather than building competency models — then assessing and developing employees against them — organizations should instead focus on creating the culture and circumstances that promote desired leadership traits and behaviors.
  • How To's for Non-Learning Professionals: The New 3Rs

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Back in elementary school, the 3 Rs of learning were reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic. In today’s workplace, learning revolves around a different 3Rs: rationale, rehearsal, and review. And whether you’re a training professional, line manager, or employee, mastering and leveraging these new 3Rs will dramatically improve learning and results.
  • Annual Performance Reviews Are Just Around The Corner. Are You Ready?

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Performance review season is often the most dreaded season of the year. But it doesn’t have to be! And that’s why we’ve created the Performance Review Survival Kit. Packed with tools, tips and expert resources — this kit has everything you need to not only survive performance review season, but to make it the best ever.
 
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    mgmtideas.com - Latest Content

  • Idea from the Vault: Fiercest Competitor Workshop

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    One good way to get at these disruptive designs (innovations) is to do what we at my firm call a "Fiercest Competitor Workshop," which starts with the premise that you have been fired from your old organization but you have access to ample capital and talent. Your task is to design the fiercest competitor that could take the market from your old firm. In my experience when running these workshops, it takes people about an hour to get out of their old mindset — but when they do, they often design the most wonderfully dangerous potential competitors. No one knows their company's vulnerability…
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  • Dacher Keltner

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the central questions concerning power is who gets it. Researchers have confronted this question for years, and their results offer a sharp rebuke to the Machiavellian view of power. It is not the manipulative, strategic Machiavellian who rises in power. Instead, social science reveals that one's ability to get or maintain power, even in small group situations, depends on one's ability to understand and advance the goals of other group members. When it comes to power, social intelligence - reconciling conflicts, negotiating, smoothing over group tensions - prevails over social…
 
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    Peter Barron Stark Companies

  • 9 Steps to Build Your Reputation as a Great Decision Maker

    Peter Barron Stark
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    At best, being a leader is tough and gets increasingly tougher as you move up in rank. Although some aspects of leadership get easier with experience, most of us never get to the point where we can say we’ve mastered leadership. In our roles as leaders, we are consistently called on to make tough decisions, and frequently the decisions that need to be made are in areas where we have limited past experience. In the last few weeks, we’ve worked with several leaders who’ve struggled with tough decisions that didn’t turn out well. Some of the difficult decisions these…
  • What to Do When your Big Vision Meets Big Opposition

    Peter Barron Stark
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, posted an article titled, “The Three Qualities of People I Most Enjoy Working With.” The qualities Jeff enjoys most in people he works with are: dream big; get shit done; and know how to have fun. Since his blog has been read by nearly 600,000 readers, we can assume his topic and the qualities he enjoys most resonated with a lot of readers. In the blog, Jeff writes that big visionary goals will always meet opposition and resistance from doubters. This comment is so true, and is the real test of how big a goal or vision really is. I have often said that…
  • What Successful Organizations Did Differently in the Recession

    Peter Barron Stark
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Time flies when you consider it has been approximately six years since we experienced the start of the Great Recession…most likely dealing organizations the biggest economic changes and impact of our time. As the recession started to take hold, how quickly did you make personal and organizational changes to align to a new reality? Here is what we have learned: The organizations and leaders who took action and made changes earliest in the recession have financially recovered sooner and stronger than those leaders who waited longer in the economic downturn. Some leaders read the economic…
  • Ban Information Hoarding in your Organization

    Peter Barron Stark
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    It was not too long ago that the unpleasant experience of going to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to do tasks such as changing title on a car, updating a registration or renewing a driver’s license, would begin with determining what line you had to stand in. You had to make this decision correctly because the DMV took great pride in having one employee handle only one type of transaction. If you had to change the title on a car you just bought and had to get your driver’s license renewed, that meant you were going to have to stand in two different lines, although, this is still…
  • Why Nice Leaders Fail

    Peter Barron Stark
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Several of the organizations and departments that we work with have leaders that we would describe as “nice” people. They are the type of people you would like to have over for dinner or have as personal friends. They would do anything to help you or support you in your efforts. When we describe this type of leader, there’s a tendency to think that the organizations these individuals lead would have employees with very high morale. After all, everyone wants to work for a “nice” manager. Well, it might surprise you to know that more often than not these organizations have evidence of…
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  • Engaged, Inspired, and Ready to Build a Better Web

    Michelle W.
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Automattic is a distributed company — we all work from wherever we are. Right now, “where we are” is 197 cities around the world: New Orleans, USA. Montevideo, Uruguay. Tokyo, Japan. Vilnius, Lithuania. Once a year, we get together somewhere in the world to meet, work alongside, learn from, and laugh with one another in an exhilarating, exhausting week called the Grand Meetup. This year, 277 Automatticians descended on Park City, Utah, for seven days in mid-September. I flew across the country to spend time in a mountain lodge with a bunch of strangers I met on the…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Eighties

    Ben Huberman
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A theme named after the decade that gave us daring teen comedies and cutting-edge synth pop was bound to be a crowd-pleaser. And indeed, in the few weeks since Eighties was released, it’s garnered tens of thousands of fans who are using it on their sites. Eighties may have been created with personal bloggers in mind, but its balance of striking visuals and flexible design makes it a good choice for anyone looking for a memorable, easy-to-customize website. Here are some of the theme’s most noteworthy features, already expertly used by our favorite Eighties early adopters. A…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 5

    Mark Armstrong
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    We’re back with another collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress! You can find our past collections here — and you can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations. Publishers, writers, keep those stories coming: share links to essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making (Tim Maly, Quiet Babylon) After a successful “creators’ conference” in Portland, Maly asks some tough…
  • Around the World in Eight Photos

    Krista
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Join us as we explore the world through the street photography tag on WordPress.com. Here you’ll find no airport lineups, no grumpy customs agents, and you never get the middle seat. On belgianstreets, photographer Andy Townend recently shot “stripfeest,” an annual comics festival held in Brussels, Belgium. We loved how Andy captures this young reader fully ensconced in his comic book. An avid photographer, Andy is also a regular contributor to The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge. Photo by Andy Townend We were intrigued by the untold stories in Michael…
  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the…
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    The Modern Servant Leader

  • Why I Started The Modern Servant Leader

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

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

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

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

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

    Lisa Petrilli
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
    As a Kellogg Graduate School of Management alumnus, it was a true honor to receive a copy of the most recent book by Philip Kotler, our prestigious S.C. Johnson and Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing. Co-authored by Milton Kotler, “Winning Global Markets” lays out the case that, “The destiny of the economic world today is in the hands of the interplay between global MNCs (multi-national corporations) and global cities.” The book does a very effective job at proving this claim. Replete with global examples, the authors clearly show how “an…
  • Are You Sure the Life You Are Living is Your Own?

    Lisa Petrilli
    5 May 2014 | 2:44 am
    Are you living in a marriage where you have had to change who you are, or have lost sight of yourself completely, just to avoid conflict and minimize fear? Are you working in a particular job or industry because your parents or spouse told you it was the responsible choice? Are you a woman who would rather be at home with your kids but other women say your leadership role is an inspiration to many and you would be letting them down if you chose to stay at home? Or a man who would prefer to stay at home and you believe society – and your friends – would judge you negatively?
  • The Secret of Leaders Who Are Ahead of Their Time

    Lisa Petrilli
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    I did an interview a few days ago where I was asked about the importance of introverts and extroverts understanding each other in business. My response included something along the lines of, “Business is all about relationships. We create products, services, and companies by working with other people to bring these things to life. Along the way we share ideas, we negotiate, we brainstorm, we listen, and unfortunately sometimes we misunderstand each other. The more we work to better understand each other, the easier it is to reach our goals together.” I believe this premise…
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    The trU Group

  • Do What You Love

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

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

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

    Scott
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    What does a leader DO? This is a big question, and these questions are the start of a great conversation for any leader to have with others, and with themselves. It is much easier to make a habit out of something you believe in, and that is the core of the training launching next month from the LeaderWork group around What Leaders Do.
  • Ignorant vs Stupid vs Agile

    Scott
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    We try to avoid labeling people, and yet words have definitions that help us clearly state something we are seeing. In the world of talent management, there is a fine line between being ignorant and stupid. Effectively managing talent means knowing their attitudes towards learning and how agile their are. Talent management is about great conversations, and here are some tips for leaders to have them with themselves and their people.
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    Create-Learning Team Building

  • The failure was not in my effort or caring it was in my attempted solution

    mike
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Doing more of the same will get you more of the same – no change. Change  happens from shifts in effort, perspective & shared assumptions. While being observant about the useful changes that emerge.  Working to understand the difference between First Order Change – Operating within the same pattern & Second Order Change – Operating through pattern breaking, testing & re-testing ; lends itself to an experiential team building activity. Nine Dots of Change Guidelines: Connect the nine dots shown below by four straight lines without lifting the pen from the paper. If you…
  • 7 Principles of Managerial-Leadership Development

    mike
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Create-Learning has been busy operating 4 different Internal Management Development Programs for 4 different companies.  We are learning & using the LEARN process to continually find what works to amplify + find what is not working to muffle. I thought editing & re-posting the 7 Principles of Leadership Development would be useful. I know it is useful to me to re-read the ideas & see how they have changed & remain the same. These Principles are meant to serve as learning steps, not as dogmatic advice. The 7 Principles of Leadership Development Necessary Skilled-Knowledge…
  • Common Team Problems and When to Worry

    mike
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Most teams have problems. Knowing if the problem is worth the effort & if the intervention may enlarge the problem requires skilled-knowledge. Skilled-Knowledge of when a team problem is just part of the teams development or it will affect performance. Common Team Problems and When to Worry Teams Problems When to Worry Team can’t seem to get organized around the task. Members are overly polite. Members telling lots of stories. Typical for a team that is just starting or one with new members. Give members time to get to know each other, establish their credentials, etc… Don’t try to…
  • Simon School of Business Executive MBA Team Building and Leadership Development

    mike
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    This is the fourth year in a row that I have had the honor of working with the University of Rochester Simon School of Business Executive MBA Program. Outcomes Included Creating and Sustaining High Performance Teams  Making decisions that lead to progress Using conflict to grow the team Below are some photos from our time together. Hire Create-Learning
  • If I do not know I do not know I think I know

    mike
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
      “They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me. I must play the game, of not seeing I see the game. And: If I don’t know I don’t know, I think I know; If I don’t know I know, I think I don’t know.” – R.D. Laing “Knots” These two separate lines have been spinning in my head. This paradox of knowing that an entire company or team is playing a game, while playing at not playing a game . I may be aware of this game BUT if I question them about this game I am breaking their…
 
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  • Taking the Long View

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

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

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

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

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    19 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    Image source: xJason.Rogersx Notice what inspires you Notice what interests you Notice what you are drawn to Notice what repeals you Notice what turns you off Notice what energises you Notice what drains you Notice the rhythms of your life Notice who you are Notice where you are Notice where you are heading Notice what is happening around you Notice the coincidences in your life Notice the things you stumble over Notice the mistakes you keep making Notice what you are feeling and why Notice what you notice Notice and Reflect  “People don’t learn from experience; they learn from…
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    Never Mind the Manager

  • Be The Cubicle Forager – how to make a huge impact at work.

    Frode Heimen
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Bring out your calculator and start looking at these numbers. By the end of this article you will have a pitch for an idea that could or should earn you a huge bonus. First of all you need to start by hunting and gathering information. Numbers are the foundation here. The hidden costs and saving potential might be huge. Gather information. Information is gold. Make sure to log all contacts and categorize them. Make sure to train your staff to categorize accurately. This information is for statistical purposes. Analyze your data. Read about the Pareto Principle, this applies very much in your…
  • Negative is not the opposite of positive

    Frode Heimen
    18 May 2014 | 2:46 am
    The big bad wolf of positive thinking is negativity. What is negativity and why is it bad? Does it need to be bad? There is a difference between being a negative person and being negative. I am not opposed to positive thinking; I have a very positive mindset myself and consider myself to be optimistic. “Negative feedback dampens or inhibits output, or causes an event to die away over time” – Williams, (1997, p. 12) (cited in Rock, D & Page, L 2009, p 76) So what is “Negative” if you look in almost any dictionary you will find the following or similar phrase: “opposed to…
  • Success is an illusion

    Frode Heimen
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:01 am
    Used under the creatice commons licence – Photo by: SalFalko I feel the need to clarify a few things in order to make this a true statement. I am not defining success an achievement, not as a result of work or a task that you successfully completed. I am talking about the society’s definition of success. However a lot of people have it all. (And you know right of the start, what I mean with “have it all”) So my definition of success is linked to happiness. Why do I link happiness to success? And why is it still an illusion? Would happy people by my definition be a success? No. I…
  • Save a lot of money and get happy customers!

    Frode Heimen
    28 Jan 2014 | 10:21 am
    I am going to show you a few different call center war tactics today. I have succeeded with this simple recipe myself. However it has not always been easy, still the formula is child’s play, and you can easily track and find results needed to guide you to a good conclusion. I will create a fictional scenario as an example. In this scenario you will have 760 contacts on average. You have 10 employees handling on average 58 contacts. Resulting in an average response of 76,32 %. Customers are not getting a good response in time, and unanswered contacts are building up into a huge pile of…
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    The Resiliency Group

  • Two Minutes of Leadership Symbols From Boston College

    Eileen
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    My twin brother, a professor at Boston College, just shared a moving account of the start of the school term and how BC recreates tradition but also reinforces values through symbols. Read, watch. You will laugh, sigh, and I bet also cry! I will explain what you see and the other symbols that take the power of one and set a world aflame with love. I love this 2 minute video that captures some of the energy and drama of the first two weeks of the school year at BC. The annual Mass of The Holy Spirit (my colleague Franciscan friar Ken Himes preaching). The First Year Convocation with…
  • 60 Years A Nun

    Eileen
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Just returned from Columbia, PA and the 60th jubilee celebration of my aunt, Sister Mary Clare Reineberg, a member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. With my sister and twin brother, we gathered at St. Ann’s, the assisted living center perched in the Amish farmland. We walked roads bordered with corn as high as the proverbial elephant’s eye. We looked with sadness at the original motherhouse that once held a bustling community and girl’s school. No longer able to support the convent with diminished resources, the sisters sold it to a non-profit for housing boys in need.
  • Oprah Gave Me a Magazine

    Eileen
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Well, maybe not the entire thing. I just found this picture. Sometime back, O Magazine had a promotion that let you substitute your face for hers. I got to create my own banners too. Fun, yes? I decided to share it. Never had so many puppies in my life. Raises the question: if your head could go on a magazine cover, what would it be? What would be your banner headlines? Everyone can dream, yes? The post Oprah Gave Me a Magazine appeared first on The Resiliency Group.
  • People Don’t Resist Change

    Eileen
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    I’m getting ready to present a workshop on resiliency for yet another organization going through change. I’m thrilled to be able to help this specific department. At the same time, larger organization could use the wisdom supplied by my colleague, Chip Bell. In fact, whether you are a business of 3 or 33,000—Chip is spot on. Let me know what you think. From Chip Bell:People Don’t Resist Change Making change happen in organizations would be a lot easier if there weren’t those pesky resistors. There are the angry types filled with long memories of pain. There are the…
  • SW Airlines puts more than heart on a plane’s belly.

    Eileen
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    News broke this week that SW Airlines spiffed up its LUV brand by rolling out a refreshed look to its planes.  Seeing this video reminded me of a blog post I meant to write weeks ago but got waylaid. My 13 year-old grandson and I boarded a Southwest plane from San Diego to Oakland, heading for an adventure of whitewater rafting on the Trinity River. Standing at the entrance to the plane was Captain  Michael Martel. Sure he had the cheery grin. But there was something else that spoke HEART and caught my eye.  It was his necktie!  Although my picture taking while juggling briefcase and…
 
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • How to “Ace” your 360 Feedback Assessment

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

    Jeremy Unruh
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    In most relationships, people want to have trust—with a romantic partner, with a family member, with a doctor or a dentist, with a mechanic or a plumber. In those relationships, without trust as a foundation, much can fail. Shouldn't we see it the same in the workplace? After all, a company’s success is based on trust—consumers must trust the brand, and employees, who, in essence, sell trust to consumers, most definitely need to trust their leaders. CommuniCon, Inc., says that “high-trust organizations have increased value, accelerated growth, enhanced innovation…and improved…
  • Learning from Zuckerberg's Leadership Style

    Jeremy Unruh
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Like him or hate him, you’ve got to hand it to Mark Zuckerberg—there’s no denying that, at a mere 30 years old, he’s a multibillion-dollar success. His baby—the social-networking site Facebook—recently posted shares worth nearly $75, almost double its May 2012 IPO price of $38 per share. Which means that, not only did he have a solid, viable idea in social networking, he also has had some success at company leadership. And we all—millennial and office veteran alike—could learn a thing or two from his style.To start, Zuckerberg shows us that, to be a good leader, you first need…
  • Ditch the Fear, Leaders Need to Create a Culture of Fun

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

    Jeremy Unruh
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    In summertime especially, it’s easy to let the lure of everything outside the office (blue skies, birdsong, vacation plans) distract you from being productive in the office. Luckily, summer is also the best time to start taking steps to develop new habits that can last throughout the rest of the year.To bolster productivity, try these tips:Get up earlier. Giving yourself even just an extra 15 minutes in the morning can make a huge difference to how the rest of the day plays out. It might allow you to fit in a balanced breakfast, leave home without being in a stressed-out rush, and get to…
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    i360 Insight

  • Recurve Bows For Sale

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    Break-throughs in archery hunting equipment have occurred during the years, improving to arrow with regards to the most regular bow bought when recurve bows for sale in addition to correctness, usefulness together with a slew of further possibilities. Recurve Bows For Sale Their effectiveness has been created by the bow and arrow bought when recurve bows for sale in delivering all kinds of game down in the course of the centuries. All this time hasn’t tainted one vital feature of the bow and arrow, nevertheless: training is required by using a bow and arrow bought when recurve bows…
  • Supra Shoes

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:28 am
    Operating being an exercise is a superb method to reinforce aerobic capabilities and your cardiovascular. A well known option for gents and ladies, it may be completed nearly everywhere. Irrespective of the correct and also a clear street garments for that climate running takes a great shoe that is running. A couple of things when obtaining the best supra shoes you’d wish to contemplate are detailed below. Supra Shoes Length you’ll usually run. A new athlete per week performing significantly less than 5 kilometers is going to do nicely with supra shoes. Instruction for serious…
  • UFO LED Grow Light

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    UFO LED Grow Light Among the most significant items to simple in your mind is the fact that to be able to flourish, crops require sunlight, not only mild while developing crops inside. Rays is needed by them, in wavelengths that are various. Placing crops with a screen mightn’t be sufficient. UFO LED grow light reproduce the sunlight’s spectral range, unlike a traditional bulb for property use. There are lots of sorts; from fluorescent lights, through CONCEALED (high-intensity release) lights, Metal-Halide lights and UFO LED grow lights. Each has drawbacks and it is benefits to…
  • Barbour Sedgewick Casual

    admin
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:16 am
    Barbour Sedgewick Casual A period is once the coats were related to winter. The Barbour Sedgewick Casual were utilized within the clothes to obtain additional defense from the winter. Of unique quality supplies, the coats were likewise made as well as that to supply luxury and intense heat. Nevertheless, it’s no further the exact same situation. Although coats are utilized significantly for winters but in the same period, unique types of coats also have show up which may be used in virtually any period. One kind that is such may be the Barbour Sedgewick Casual. Barbour clothing is very…
  • Nike Tn Pas Cher

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Nike Tn Pas Cher You realize it may be hard in your body the feet if Baseball is the activity. Enjoying this activity demands one to maintain the very best bodily form you are able to perhaps be in. In a, fastpaced sport of basketball, which may be hard in your bones, muscles, and particularly the feet – you have to be versatile, in addition to fast, as it pertains to shifting the courtroom, maintaining your stability constant while enjoying, moving and rating. Besides walking on and over the courtroom, large extreme jumping may report you factors, however you will be moved by the…
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    Career Advancement Blog

  • 10 Ways to Ease Your Workload and Reduce Your Stress at Work

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

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

    joelgarfinkle
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” ~ George Shinn ~ Client Dena Asks: In their book, The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers, James Citrin and Richard Smith concluded that, “People with extraordinary careers do not claw their way to the top, they are carried there.”Where can I get the support I need to help me reach my career goals? Coach Joel Answers: Support from others is a valuable commodity in any situation, but it’s a necessity when you navigate the corporate landscape. Without it, you…
  • How to Get a Promotion at Work: 11 Tips to Help You Move Up

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

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

  • On Leading Judgmentally

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wait. Millennials and Gen Z Prefer to Meet with Their Boss Face-to-Face?

    David Grossman
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    If you’re tired of feeling like you have to communicate via email and instant messenger to get the attention of your employees, the problem – and the solution – might just lie with you.  Nearly two-thirds (62%) of Millennials prefer communicating with their manager face-to-face, according to a recent study by Millennial Branding and American Express. And separately, a new study by Millennial Branding and Randstad US found that more than half (53%) of Millennials’ younger siblings – those in Gen Z (ages 16-20) – also prefer in-person interactions over communication via…
  • Weekly Round-Up: On 5 Ways to Save Your Middle Managers From Burnout, 10 Facts Every CEO Should Know About Communication & How to Be Smarter About Employee Engagement

    David Grossman
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts. They’ll provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. What is Smarter Employee Engagement? By Melcrum Employee Engagement – traditionally speaking – involves people striving…
  • Starting Thought: Dimensions to Assess in Your Communications

    David Grossman
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Leaders are hungry for data to make business decisions on everything from new products and services to whether or not to enter a new market. Yet when it comes to organizational health and employee engagement, many fail to measure what’s working and what’s not. Employees can’t do their best work and achieve performance goals if they don’t understand the strategy… if they’re not getting the information they need… if they don’t feel like their input is valued. Since communication is a system, to assess its health and effectiveness you need to understand multiple components, and…
  • New eBook: How To Think Like A CEO

    David Grossman
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Understanding how others think is critical to influencing them and getting results.  It’s the key to persuading people and moving them to action. My new eBook, How To Think Like A CEO, helps you look inside the brain of your CEO.  Doing so will help you take stock of your own professional strengths and weaknesses. I’ve been privileged in my career to work with dozens of CEOs. I’ve seen inside their boardrooms, and been part of some of their most private conversations, when they often feel the most vulnerable. It’s through these defining moments that I’ve gained insights…
  • Weekly Round-Up: On How A Culture of Learning Makes Teams More Productive, 7 Ways To Show Employees You Care, & How To Manage Your Email

    David Grossman
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts. They’ll provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. How A Culture Of Learning Makes Teams More Productive By KC Ifeanyi, Fast Company Quora's mission is clear: "To share and…
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    L e a r n i n g 3 . 0 Lifelong Social Learning

  • New generation learning

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    [View the story "New generation learning" on Storify] © 2014, ©Active Consultants 2011. All rights reserved. Copying in part or in entirety only permitted by written consent(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)Visitors have not browsed from this post. Become the first by clicking one of our related posts Related posts: 12 Language learning resolutions for 2014 Can Social Media Really Facilitate Learning? Learning 3.0 Are we up to the challenge?
  • Communication is hearing what isn’t said

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    25 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am
    Peter Drucker once said that, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” Furthermore, one of the pre-suppositions of NLP states that ‘you cannot, not communicate – everything you say and most of what you do will … Continue reading →(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:Unforgettable Presenters — 15 Tips for Being MemorableBetter Team Communication – Tips For Clearing Up the… Related posts: You Cannot, Not communicate! Better Team Communication – Tips For Clearing Up the Confusion…
  • Miracle language learning cures – neither miracles nor cures

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    9 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    Miracle language learning cures – there are so many theories and received ideas about what makes a good learner (especially a good language learner) that a penny for every one would make someone very rich. Miracle language learning cures – … Continue reading →(Visited 208 times, 1 visits today)Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:Guests BloggersHome Related posts: Shortcuts to language learning … dream on 12 Language learning resolutions for 2014 Language Learning in School. It’s getting better – Oh no it isn’t
  • 12 Language learning resolutions for 2014

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    8 Jan 2013 | 3:23 am
    It’s that time of year again, the end of one year and the start of a new one. Time to re-invent, readjust and turn a new page, turn over a new leaf, start again with a clean slate. In a … Continue reading →(Visited 336 times, 1 visits today)Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:How to do a personal SWOT analysis to Enhance Learning Goals…HomeShortcuts to language learning … dream onIf you are feeling down – Get Inspired!Start button Related posts: Why Bother Writing Learning Objectives? Shortcuts to language learning … dream on Look at Yourself…
  • Social Media – Learning, Innovation, Communication and Collaboration

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    10 Dec 2012 | 3:16 pm
    I was speaking to a client today about the curious case of social media and how his business could really do with thinking about it seriously – cue the sideways glances and skeptical looks. Why do people get so afraid of … Continue reading →(Visited 1,078 times, 1 visits today)Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:Social Media & Business – The Wisdom of the… Related posts: Social Media Marketing – 11 of the Most Critical Words to Use in Social Media Employee Communication Via Social Media – Overcoming Internal Resistance What is Social…
 
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  • When They Just Don’t Believe You

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

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

    Cindy Flanders
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Along with millions of people around the globe, I was deeply saddened by the passing of Joan Rivers. She brought the kind of humor I think we could all use a little more of right now. She was ground breaking, gutsy and inspired others. So despite her critics, Joan led her life the way a great leader should by: read more
  • Want to be Voted a Top 25 Company to Work For?

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

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

  • Disappearing Office Forces You to Stop at 6 PM

    Marissa Brassfield
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Photo: HeldergroenAmsterdam design studio Heldergroen has an approach to work-life alignment that we at Ridiculously Efficient can definitely get behind: a disappearing office in which the desks vanish at 6 p.m. each day.You read that right. The workspaces are all connected to the ceiling with strong steel cables. When it’s quitting time, a simple key turn lifts the spaces into the sky and out of reach.Technically, this theatre-inspired infrastructure serves a functional purpose: at nights and on weekends, the space is free to be used as a yoga studio, dance floor, cocktail reception,…
  • Stressed Out? Take a Walk

    Marissa Brassfield
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    (CC) St0rmz/FlickrThe best way to beat stress, according to new research, is to get a group together and take a walk.The large-scale study was a joint effort by researchers at the University of Michigan, De Montfort University, Edge Hill University and the James Hutton Institute. They studied just under 2,000 Walking for Health program participants and discovered that these group nature walks had a myriad of mental health benefits: less perceived stress, lower depression and improved well-being.Researchers saw the biggest mental health improvements in people who recently endured a significant…
  • Hit Your Numbers: Happy Employees = Results

    Rosemina Nazarali
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is a guest post by Faeeza Masood.Research shows that happier workers are more productive, and more productive workers are better at hitting their numbers. According to Teresa Amabile’s research, workers are most motivated and productive when they can see progress toward their goals. Through an analysis of 12,000 diary entries, the common thread to happiness among 76 percent of participants was progress, even incremental, towards an end goal. This research is critically important in that it makes clear that the secret towards obtaining your calculated figures lies in motivating…
  • Meeting Expectations: Do We Need a “Wasted Time” Fine?

    Marissa Brassfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    © JcJg Photography – Fotolia.comIf I look at my published work over the years, I’m quite hard on meetings. But I still believe they’re a powerful team productivity tool.The trouble is that we’ve become complacent about meetings. Somewhere along the line, we were taught that an in-person meeting (or, increasingly, a videoconference) is the only way to get things done in groups.Complacency enables stagnancy. And, as Peter Diamandis says, standing still equals death. So what used to be effective standups, or weekly check-ins, or project reviews, slowly devolve.
  • How Your Mood Swings Are Getting in the Way of Your Productivity

    Rosemina Nazarali
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Procrastination is one of those things that always seems to be brought on by a list of excuses we tell ourselves. Sometimes it’s because we are perfectionists, at other times we will blame a project’s disorganization. While there might be some truth, our excuses are usually just that — a means to get us out of doing something we just don’t want to do. One of the reasons for procrastination often gets overlooked, but is probably the most common culprit, and it’s as simple as our moodRecent research outlined by Derek Thompson in The Atlantic cites that…
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  • Don’t Get Worked by Distractions, Work With Them

    Heyden Enochson
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The hum-drum of an office environment exhausts even the most creative souls. The daily grind can leave your team (and you) feeling lethargic and, even worse, distracted. Even the most progressive companies struggle with employee engagement. Employee engagement is identified as an issue even progressive companies struggle with. Distracted and uninterested employees make sloppy, inefficient strategic planning teams and work environments. But here’s some food for thought: why not harness distractions and use them to your benefit? Why not let your team schedule time for their heads to wander…
  • How are you driving engagement during strategic planning?

    Jeff Brunings
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Driving engagement among key stakeholders throughout the strategic planning process takes courage, conviction and a sense of purpose. In fact, according to a recent survey of StrategyCheck readers, it ranks as a top challenge going into the 2015 strategic planning season. So recently, we asked what you’ve found effective in creating engagement among management and staff. We collected your insight, blended in a few of our own and created three actionable tips for securing the engagement you need. To ensure you’ve got the right people involved, participating and contributing their unique…
  • Be a Leader, Not a Dictator

    Heyden Enochson
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    In a recent facilitation, we saw executive leadership take a firm approach addressing the failures of their organization. Rather than burst in like a wrecking ball and rip into the team, they made it very clear failure to innovate and evolve would be the organization’s demise. Team members were encouraged to leave if they weren’t going to provide any help. We (silently) cheered from the sidelines. Sometimes as a leader you need to be firm with your team, but there’s a fine line between leading with conviction and coming across like a dictator. You have to challenge your team in a way…
  • Getting Inked by Inc.com

    Heyden Enochson
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Creating and executing a strategic plan isn’t always easy. Nor is it always fun. But remaining dedicated and motivated to the process allows you to see the light at the end of the tunnel. That light is success. It’s growth. It’s making your organization become a fully capable, well-oiled machine. There’s nothing quite like seeing the progress made because of the dedication to your strategic plan. It’s even better when a top-tier business publication identifies and recognizes your success, validating all of your hard work. ShelfGenie was recently featured by Inc.com for being one of…
  • Are you allocating sufficient time to strategic planning?

    Jeff Brunings
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    In our last issue of StrategyCheck we asked you, our readership, the greatest challenge being faced in 2015 strategic planning and performance management. We asked. You answered. We listened. We received hundreds of responses. So what was the top challenge? Obviously, there were many. You shared with us challenges like creating a culture of performance management and inspiring engagement with the right stakeholders. However, many of you were concerned by not having sufficient time to thoughtfully work the strategic management process. So, we’re tackling this challenge, since nearly half of…
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • Do You Take It for Granted?

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

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

    Frank Sonnenberg
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    This month marks the fourth year of my blog. I’d like to thank the 250,000+ people who have read these posts because if it weren’t for you, I’d be talking (or at least writing) to myself.  I’d also like to thank everyone who liked, shared, or commented on these posts. I appreciate your encouragement and support! Special mention goes to five people who perform their magic each month. Ed Berryman reviews the posts before they go live. He offers his thoughts and shares his wisdom. I listen carefully to Ed, not only because of his knowledge and experience but also because of…
  • Fair Is Fair

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

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

  • Life's Journey

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:25 pm
    In 1978 I had a disagreement with my boss and was told to quit or be fired. I had a pregnant wife, and a two year old child . We had just bought our fourth home in four years, a burnt out wreck of a place we planned, as as with the last four homes,  to renovate on weekends, and sell. Suddenly, I had no income, no way to pay the mortgage, (in those days, you got outstanding holiday pay and a month's salary) no company car. Things looked grim. But for some strange reason I wasn't worried about it. I felt quite upbeat, relieved and excited.That was Friday ... 3.pm...On Saturday, we were…
  • DISCARD 

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    FROM DAY 11 OF The Back on track 30 DAY CHALLENGE You will by now be beginning to understand the difference between desperation and it's friends: stress, anxiety, aggression, arguments, anger, tantrums, depression, self righteousness and your vision, inspiration and purpose in life.You will be beginning to see that emotions are fabulous for playing footy, making whoopee, parties, weddings and funerals. They evoke your animal nature. Emotions are spectacular fun, except that you are learning wisdom that every upper emotion has a corresponding downer emotion, within and around you. What you…
  • Silence

    27 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    We do not study Zen. We achieve it through the process of becoming it. It is not taught as we know teaching. It is communicated from teacher to student silently. Are you listening?
  • The State of the Global Workplace .. or is it?

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The introduction is well worth a read - who are those incompetents? Older men who lead without sensitivity? Younger people who bring their egg shell emotional paradigms? Those who deny their heart and soul? Blamers who talk incessantly about work life balance but are unbalanced in their own mind?
  • Learn to Stop 110% - Perfect Calm Anytime

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Complimentary book at the end of this long post"Who Else Wants To Find Out Exactly 
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  • Andy Stanley

    Joseph Lalonde
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s much easier to educate a doer than it is to activate a thinker.The post Andy Stanley appeared first on Joseph Lalonde.
  • 3 Areas You Might Find Your Focus

    Joseph Lalonde
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Focus. Everyone wants focus. Focus helps you to niche down and become intent on accomplishing one specific goal. And that’s what we need as leaders. We need to be able to narrow our vision and focus in on the next steps we need to take. But how do we do this? How do we find focus and go for it? Image by Ben Smith John Lee Dumas over at Entrepreneur On Fire has a great acronym for focus. Follow One Course Until Success. Boom! Can you see how this is valuable to a leader? Going straight ahead, following one course, committing to action. It all leads to success. But with so many shiny…
  • Will You Join Me At The Catalyst Blogger Meetup?

    Joseph Lalonde
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    It’s that time of year again. The Catalyst leadership conference in Atlanta will be happening next week, October 1st through the 3rd. So many great leaders will be presenting their thoughts and ideas to the crowd of over 13,000 young leaders. Lives will be changed at the conference. Destinies will be realized. And an amazing blogger meetup will happen. Paul Sohn and I have put together a great night on October 1st at California Dreaming in Atlanta, Georgia. We hope that you can make it out to the meetup. Not only would you get to meet Paul and myself, you’ll have the opportunity…
 
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

  • LEGACY: LIVE From the John Maxwell Team Training Event

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

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

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

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

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

  • Toyota Kata, Team Kata, and Levels of Complexity

    Lawrence Miller
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Implementing lean management, or any other change in the culture of organizations, requires a zoom lens to see the different levels of complexity required. Toyota Kata, lean tools, and other methods operate at some focal lengths and not at others. The well informed manager will have the ability to understand complexity and to use simple methods when appropriate. If you are photographer with only a 300mm lens you will miss a lot of great photos. The post Toyota Kata, Team Kata, and Levels of Complexity appeared first on Management Meditations.
  • Engaging Everyone in Lean! A Cost Effective Solution

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

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

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

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

  • Why Standing Out is More Important than Ever

    Skip Prichard
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
      Your Personal Buzz Recently, I shared my observations about all things honey.  A honey festival demonstrated that it’s possible to differentiate almost anything—at least from my uninitiated view of the product.   “ “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” –Dr. Suess Tweet ThisShare on Facebook   Differentiate YOU That amazing array of honey products got me thinking about personal brand.  We are all at a fair of sorts.  Whether the marketplace or in your social circles, there are many others competing for time, for opportunity.  How do YOU…
  • 11 Leadership Qualities of Nelson Mandela

    Skip Prichard
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    Copyright Skip Prichard   I didn’t quite know what to expect.   I wasn’t sure what I would feel, what I would see, or what I would learn. Earlier this year, I was visiting Cape Town, South Africa and had the opportunity to visit Robben Island.  Robben Island has been a prison for over 400 years.   “ “One of the most difficult things is not to change society but to change yourself.” -Nelson Mandela Tweet ThisShare on Facebook   Today it is most famous as the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27 years in prison.  As a student of great…
  • 3 Ways to Motivate Your Team

    Skip Prichard
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    What are the best ways to motivate a team? Are there best practices that managers can use to lead?   BOOK GIVEAWAY For your chance to receive a free copy of David Long’s new book, Built to Lead: 7 Management R.E.W.A.R.D.S Principles for Becoming a Top 10% Manager, do any of the following: Answer the question and leave a comment below. Tweet, Share or Like the post. If you are on the email list, you will also be automatically entered.   I’m always asking people these questions, trying to improve my understanding of team motivation.  Entrepreneur, speaker, and CEO of…
  • The Things You Didn’t Do

    Skip Prichard
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.” –Mark Twain   Read the rest of this post...
  • Lead With Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis

    Skip Prichard
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    On March 13, 2013, 115 cardinals cast votes inside the Vatican to elect the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church.  At 19:06 local time, white smoke could be seen drifting upwards following the election.  The new pope, who would take the name Pope Francis, emerged from the conclave as the new leader of a global organization facing a number of serious issues. Stepping onto the world stage, this new pope would inspire everyone with his humility and his concern for the poor.  And, in so doing, he demonstrated a new model for leadership.   “ “Leadership is the ability to…
 
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • Women at Work | Mantras to live by…

    Nischala
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
  • Blogging for Business / Run a corporate blog? – Here are a list of topics for 1 year (for FREE!)

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

    Nischala
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    The regular readers of this blog know that I’ve started a new section on this blog around the topic of Women at work / working women. Here’s the thing | Being a working woman, I regularly read on this subject – simply because it enable and equips me to appreciate and understand multi-dimensional issues, and possible solutions. I can safely say that there is a lot of literature on this subject, and a lot lot lot more is required. Many times when I read something, I wish someone had shared it with me much earlier. The thing about reading is that “timing sometimes makes all…
  • Launching “Women at Work” | A new section on this blog…

    Nischala
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    If you’ve ever read or followed my blogs, you’ll know that Women at Work is a topic very close to my heart. Why? Because I’m a woman, I work and I’d love to see more women at work finding their spot under the sun. I dream of a tomorrow where The workforce includes at least 50% women by default Women are given “right, fair and equal” opportunities, exposure, experiences and environment to blossom and reach their true potential Globally, there is at least 30% representation of women in business, politics, policy, education, reforms and everywhere where it counts She…
  • What is the ROI of an MBA?

    Nischala
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    The dilemma is “To do an MBA or not”.. What better way to find an answer than by looking at this good infographic on ROI (Return of Investment) of an MBA course Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment to let me know Src: http://onlinemba.unc.edu/mba-at-unc-blog/mba-roi/ http://www.inc.com/uploaded_files/inlineimage/MBAROI_28564.png
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  • Kaufman Global Attends SSPHA and NASMHPD Mental Health Conference

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

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

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

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

    Jerry Timpson
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The following is an excerpt from Kaufman Global’s new white paper, On Procedural Adherence. In this paper we discuss how complexity thrives in the middle of the organization where change is often most difficult, and what you must to do address it. One sure way to optimize performance is to identify and standardize best known practices and have all adhere to that new standard. This is a primary objective for organizations that strive to win in competitive markets. Despite their best intent, it’s an elusive achievement for many. It needn’t be. Procedural adherence means executing against…
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    The Purposeful Culture Group

  • How is Your Culture Engine Running?

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

    S. Chris Edmonds
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Change is the only constant in life” – Heraclitus, the pre-Socractic Greek philosopher We experience this all the time in our workplaces, families, and communities. Yet we’re... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Leader’s Influence

    S. Chris Edmonds
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A recent 24/7 Wall Street article shared the top six-figure jobs in the US. Surprising (to me), six of the ten entries were managers of people. Managing people is a big responsibility, with a huge... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Don’t Bump The Fishbowl

    S. Chris Edmonds
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was reminded recently of a Nutterism that really fit the struggles one of my culture clients is experiencing. A little background is necessary. Jerry Nutter was my best boss ever. I spent 5 of my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Tips from Lee Sklar

    S. Chris Edmonds
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m a working musician on the side. I’m blessed to be a part of a talented, values aligned band that loves making music that makes people dance and smile! I see (and have written about) a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • How to Make Your Meetings Come Alive

    Shawn Murphy
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
      Meetings are where productivity goes to die. We hop on our hamster wheel and run from meeting to meeting, getting little to nothing accomplished for our time invested. It’s an unsustainable business practice that sucks joy out of the workplace. In this episode of Work That Matters, I talk with two of my favorite thinkers in the space of organizational behavior – Dick and Emily Axelrod. Their latest book, Let’s Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to Save Time and Get More Done, is practical and incredibly useful. Dick and Emily deliver needed insight in a time where we are overwhelmed…
  • Five Timeless Qualities We Should Be Encouraging in Employees

    Mark Feldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Once upon a time we didn’t have supermarkets. Once upon a time you bought your groceries from a variety of shops. To do this you would often stand at a counter and the store assistant would fetch the items you wanted. Employees were people you spoke to, who fulfilled your order, often from start to finish, and if you frequented their store often enough, they would remember your name too. There were no aisles, no self-service check-outs and definitely no option to forego the store completely and get your groceries online. Times have changed. We are quick to explain the change by putting…
  • The Role of Workplace Optimism in Building Trust

    Shawn Murphy
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Without trust extraordinary results aren’t possible. Without trust and extraordinary results workplace optimism is absent. Without workplace optimism talented people stay away from or leave companies. What’s left? Mediocre results, missed goals and unhappy people. Workplace optimism is not a viewpoint or belief system. It’s a cultural vibe that influences a positive work experience. The outcomes of workplace optimism deepen and expand trust. Let’s look at the relationship. Workplace Optimism and Trust Building According to Interaction Associates’ survey results, 80% of employees…
  • The New Reality Changing Organizations

    Shawn Murphy
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
      When you listen to Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt talk about the Social Age, you begin to understand how influential it is. The Social Age is marked by a degree of transparency that if leveraged for good can help brands thrive in the marketplace. The Social Age gives customers a voice unlike any other time in organizational history. Think “United Breaks Guitars” or how businesses must be online to manage customer service needs. The above items may leave businesses with black eyes. Yet this new reality shaping how businesses interact with their customers also comes with positive…
  • Resilient Leadership Starts Before Needed

    Eileen McDargh
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Seven months ago, the Rustic Crust was on track for record sales of its all-natural pizza crust. Investors were enthused about soon-to-launch products that were gluten-free, thin crusts, and basil pesto. Founder and CEO Brad Sterl was thrilled. Then-disaster! Fire burned the rural New Hampshire factory to the ground on March 6. According to an article in USA Today, Sterl literally jumped into action. Today, despite a $4 million loss in revenue during down time, customers and brokers are intact, retailers ready to stock their shelves, a large contract signed with Safeway to put his product in…
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  • Sales Motivation: Coaching for a Happy Ending

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Today, I’m going to leave the research behind and talk about how I recently failed as a manager.  Don’t worry…this story has a happy ending. I have a five-year-old daughter. She’s a glass-half-full kind of gal. She approaches everything in life with a positive attitude and smile on her face.  I can already peg her as the kind of person who really stops to smell the roses.  All that lollygagging to smell said roses birthed her nickname, Lolly.
  • Sales Leadership: You can learn to be the happiest person you know.

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
         “The greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy is a positive and engaged brain.”…
  • Coaching Conversations: Facilitating Growth Experiences

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    In today’s blog, we will address the final component of our four-part series on coaching your reps’ mental performance.  This type of coaching drives the mental engagement of your team in order to keep their performance at its peak level.  As a reminder, in previous blogs, we introduced three key coaching principles that you can use to help improve your sales reps’ performance mentality. These principles are: Creating relationships of trust with those you are coaching Asking powerful questions to drive effective learning Facilitating growth experiences for your…
  • Why sales leadership lose their way?

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
      Talented coaches who are highly successful in their positions and are at the very peak of their careers often lose their bearings. Why is this? How can sales leaders who are grounded become overwhelmed and lost in the process? Whether the economic times are good or bad, many leaders get stuck in similar traps. Why is this?  
  • Sales Leadership: The Top Ten Performance Limiting Comments

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    The words one uses can tell you about their behaviors.  Not all the time, but they do shed some light on coaching performance and sales team motivation.  This morning finds me in a very candid mood (perhaps our Summit presenter, Jim Keenan  from A Sales Guy Inc., had some affect on me yesterday).  As a result I want to share some of what bothers me with the following quotes.  These are actual quotes from sales leaders (not EcSell members), and if we are honest with ourselves we will likely see our own behaviors or words within these quotes—I have even been…
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  • 4 Ways To Increase Your Odds of Success

    LaRae Quy
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:26 pm
    If you're new here, you may want to receive notices of new blog posts via email. Thanks for visiting - LaRae.My first job out of college was a dead-end position as a Buyer at a fancy retail store in Arizona. I thought this would be the perfect position for me because—surprise, I loved to shop! Although I dreaded going to work everyday, I found myself wooed by the glamour of the position and the great discount on very expensive clothes. PODCAST:  http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/4-Ways-To-Increase-Your-Odds-Of-Success.mp3 At first, I was enamored with the idea of being a…
  • 9 Questions To Help You Move Forward When You Feel Helpless

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

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

    LaRae Quy
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    As an FBI agent, I was trained to size up a person with just a glance. But here is a secret—you can too, because humans have an amazing capacity to process complex information. Our brain has an amazing ability to bring order out of chaos and place people, words, and behavior into patterns that make sense to sense to us. Below is a paragraph that raced across the Internet a few years back: Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The…
  • How Ego Can Help You Become More Successful

    LaRae Quy
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    While we all wrestle with ego, I am someone who feeds on being acknowledged for my achievement and performance. As such, image has always been very important to me. Working FBI undercover assignments was a natural transition for me because my ego thrived on changing my image so I could pick and choose my special mask of success. As with many things, moderation is important to ego. Too much ego can be detrimental to your success. Left unchecked ego can spiral out of control and become self-centered.  Successful leaders use mental strength to rein in their ego and keep it from alienating those…
 
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    Deep Imprints Coaching

  • The Hardest Words I’ve Ever Said

    Kim
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Some people hate to say “I’m sorry” or “I was wrong” Those aren’t my thing. It is easy for me to admit fault in those ways. However, even typing this next sentence is emotionally trying. I hate to say “I don’t know.” And, I’m married to a very inquisitive man. He asks questions – usually […]
  • God is up to something new

    Kim
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    Something is in the air. You can sense it on Sunday, you can sense it in the workplace. Even the vast drop in church attendance in the last decade is evidence. We can look at what is changing (technology, split families, recession) and find reasons why things shouldn’t change, or we can look for what […]
  • What’s stopping you?

    Kim
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    I watched the video below and felt my heart pound. The first time this guy wipes out, my sympathy button is pushed – I feel that panic. Is he okay? Will someone help him? And then I get it. It’s about risk. How many times do I dare not try because I’m not ‘supposed to’? After […]
  • Are you The Fixer?

    Kim
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    I am a political drama junkie. I love the intrigue, quick thinking, and the (usually) tight writing that political dramas offer. One of the best things about political dramas is watching The Fixer. After all, who doesn’t like control? The Fixer is that person who everyone knows will fix whatever problem there is. Have you […]
  • A church full of missionaries

    Kim
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if your community knew that your church is the place that people get help? If your congregants were known on the job and in the neighborhoods as people to go to when you need help? What if your computer genius was known for finding creative solutions to programs that made a difference? […]
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  • Solve a Common Problem on Virtual Teams

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Virtual teams are a terrific solution for organizations to consider in many cases, but they also offer a common problem and challenge to solve. A study by online project management technology review firm Software Advice surveyed over 600 adults and found that people on virtual teams had very similar perceived issues. Managing Editor Noel Radley wrote an article discussing the results and the three main take-aways from the study. Key Takeaways:   - Thirty-eight percent of team members said communication was difficult on virtual projects, making it the top-cited challenge.
  • Sustaining Great Results - Teleseminar!

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    You don't want to miss an opportunity to listen in on an upcoming teleseminar, where I will be sharing three key areas of focus for sustaining high-performance results with your team. As Mark Sanborn has said, "The greatest danger a team faces isn't that it won't become successful, but that it will… and then cease to improve.” This will be a 45-50 minute live teleseminar on July 30, 2014 from1:30 – 2:30 pm ET for @kevineikenberry  that will share ideas and take-aways to help you maintain engagement and keep your people energized as contributors. Whether your team has been together…
  • UConn Basketball and a Championship Lesson in Patience

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    The 2014 men’s basketball national championship was a well-documented contrast in team dynamics. The UConn starting five consisted of two seniors, two juniors, and a sophomore, while Kentucky started five freshmen – most of which likely planned to use the game as a springboard into the NBA draft. And more than a story of free throws or defensive execution, the game was a story about patience. The comments that UConn players made following their 60-54 victory were focused on the struggle that they had endured together than anything else.  Their team had been saddled with NCAA…
  • 28 Great Quotes to Inspire and Manage Change

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Change is a continuous and ongoing process. For organizational teams and for individuals, it is the ability to change and grow and adapt to new circumstances, teammates, challenges that determines our competitive advantage. This list of 28 great quotes to inspire and help manage change may be useful to remind yourself and your coworkers of the needs and benefits that motivate successful people to not only welcome it, but to become advocates and champions for progress.   1. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy 2. “Change…
  • Alaska, Bad Weather and Building an Oil Pipeline

    3 May 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Have you ever work with somebody - or live with somebody – that always seems to be making excuses instead of making an effort? Next time you see them, tell them this story about the Trans-Alaskan Oil Pipeline… Oil was discovered on the northern slope of Alaska in 1968. After the 1973 American oil crisis, and a few legal battles with environmentalists, oil companies started planning the pipeline’s construction. The first section of four-foot-wide pipe was laid in the spring of 1975. By 1977 all 800 miles of pipeline had been welded together at a cost of over $8 billion dollars. About…
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    Coaching Excellence

  • “Stressing” The Nitty Gritty Truth

    ipeccoaching
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    One of the more complicated chronic health issues plaguing our society today is stress. Even if the tangible indicators of health appear to be in good shape, achieving a true quality of life is simply impossible with stress. Stress can impact every part of our lives, not only taking a toll on emotional and mental wellbeing, but physical wellbeing thereby contributing to many physical ailments. Stress inevitably affects our actions, relationships, finances, and friendships. Stress Changes Everything   In 2004, researchers conducted a meta-analysis to develop a comprehensive picture of the…
  • 10 Ways To Keep Remote Workers Connected

    ipeccoaching
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Telecommuting can be beneficial to both the employee and employer. Employees can work flexible hours, eliminate commuting time and expense, as well as have a professional career while staying home for their children or elderly parents, etc. Employers can reduce overhead costs, hire talent that might otherwise be out of the workforce due to life circumstances, and expand or contract their workforce, as needed. With all of the advances in technology, more and more employees can work at home – or anywhere for that matter. A combination of the right leadership with the right remote employees is…
  • No Fear!

    ipeccoaching
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    We’re two weeks or so removed from the thirteenth anniversary of the tragic events of 9-11. I’m sure we all have our stories and memories of that day, much like previous generations recall Pearl Harbor or JFK’s assassination. I’m not here to talk about what I was doing on that beautiful, crisp September morning. I want to express how I felt that day and the days, weeks, months, and years that followed. When first hearing of a plane hitting one of the World Trade Center towers, I wasn’t particularly shocked. I was certainly concerned for those involved, but I…
  • Life Is A Classroom

    ipeccoaching
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    As a dad of two terrific kids, I find this time of year particularly exciting. The new school year, though it signals an end of summer vacation, also represents a new beginning. They’ll have new teachers. Meet some new friends. Have tremendous successes and probably a few frustrations along the way, which I think, both offer important lessons. Mostly, they’ll be learning. A love of learning evolves over time. I remember when I was their age…how I was sort of oblivious to what learning was all about. I got good grades and was a respectful and inquisitive student but, as a…
  • 7 Weight Loss Tips (For Your Brain)

    ipeccoaching
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Ah, the never-ending battle to stay or get in shape. Atkins, low-cal, vegetarian, South Beach, low-fat, and dozens of others all claim to work. Exercise more. Cut out junk food. Weight Watchers. Jenny Craig. The weight loss industry is a $20 billion market. Yet, obesity is at an all-time high. Is it because of the food we eat or a more sedentary lifestyle? Probably a combination of both. For some, keeping the weight off is easy, as infuriating that may be for the rest of us. For others, every calorie seems to go right to the hips or tummy. Staying […]
 
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  • Effective Leaders Ask the Right Questions - Part 2

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    How an organization finds solutions to problems says a great deal about its culture, and its leadership.In Part 2 of this Blog about how effective leaders ask the right questions I’ll explore how leaders can...
  • Effective Leaders Ask the Right Questions - Part 1

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I am always learning how to ask the right questions. And while I love watching Billy on the Street ask questions, his type of questio...
  • Ethical Leaders Do Not Say “I Know Nothing”

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Okay, I’ll admit it. I do still enjoy watching Hogan’s Heroes sometimes. In that 1960s comedy about Americans in a German POW camp, one of the most endearing characters is Sergeant Schultz. Schultz, who is happy to have this non-combat job in t...
  • 5 Lessons from The Bully Pulpit

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
     As I read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit this summer, I was awestruck - awestruck by her work and awestruck by the leadership of Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft, and Samuel S. ...
  • Three Ways Robin Williams Teaches Leaders About Inspiration

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
     Like most of you, I will miss Robin Williams. While we all know he was a comic genius and that he has wrestled with depression and substance abuse, we are also learning this week about how he personally reached out and inspired thousands of people with small acts of comic kindness. I even saw a piece...
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  • Action Plans Lead to Success

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

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    What is the Purpose of A Business Plan? Have you ever considered the questions, “What is the purpose of a business plan, and how critical is it to your success?” As a business coach, I have met and worked with hundreds of business owners over the years who insist that having a business plan is critical. I have found, however, that most are missing the whole essence of the business plan purpose. What is the Purpose of Your Business Plan? Here is the real question, “What is more important to you when developing a business plan: the output, the process, or the outcome(s) of your business…
  • Key Components of A Business Plan

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

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

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

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

    Eugenia Bieto
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:59 am
    One of our main missions as a business school is to cultivate in our students a global, open, change-generating vision. Much of this global orientation can be found in ’s classrooms, where students of more than 100 nationalities come together, creating spaces where different cultures, markets, and approaches to work interact in search of academic excellence. I am proud that talented young people from all over the world have chosen our school to build a future based on coexistence and learning alongside other cultures. #ESADEdiversity is a magnificent initiative of the ESADE community that…
  • ESADE Ambassadors in Saudi Arabia

    Eugenia Bieto
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    Last month, I visited Saudi Arabia as part of a delegation accompanying King Juan Carlos and three Spanish ministers: Ana Pastor, Minister of Public Works; Pedro Morenés, Minister of Defence; and José Manuel Soria, Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism. The main objective of the trip was to promote Spanish infrastructure-development companies that work in Arab countries. Among my traveling companions were the leaders of Abengoa, Acciona, Airbus, Indra, Ferrovial, Isolux Corsán, Navantia, Talgo and other companies.The visit was a unique opportunity to strengthen diplomatic and commercial…
  • Economic perspectives in New York

    Eugenia Bieto
    20 May 2014 | 4:44 am
    Earlier this month I travelled to New York to attend the 2014 Spain Economic Forum. The event was organised by the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an institution that, since its founding in 1959, has expanded its reach to become a key player in the economic relations between the two countries. At the Spain Economic Forum, I had the opportunity to share ideas with several members of ESADE Alumni who are now successful professionals in the United States. I was proud to see how ESADE-trained professionals such as Daniel Landaluce (Lic & MBL‘99), Chair of the Organising Committee for the…
  • Aprende y Emprende: supporting entrepreneurship without limits

    Eugenia Bieto
    28 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    Entrepreneurship knows no limits and no borders. Conceiving ideas and creating industry-changing, custom-shaping businesses is within anyone’s reach. At ESADE, we are dedicated to promoting this vision of the world. Our students learn to assume risks in order to develop new initiatives and meet existing needs. I am therefore very proud that the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute (EEI) recently teamed up with the Prevent Foundation, to create an academic project called Aula de Emprendedores: Aprende y Emprende. This unique programme provides rigorous training and mentoring to entrepreneurs…
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  • Lead From Your Greatness Zone

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

    Susan Mazza
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis The notion of leaders having a vision is pretty universal one. If you are interested in leading, or supporting others in developing their leadership, creating a vision is a great place to start. Yet many people get tripped up when it comes to their interpretation of leadership “vision.” The typical “automatic” interpretation is that a vision is about something monumental like creating world peace. Not true. A vision can be any possibility you want to make a reality. tweet…
  • Are You Challenging Yourself Enough?

    Susan Mazza
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If you are a living, breathing human being, you have already likely faced many challenges and have many more to come. Some challenges you consciously chose.  Others were brought on by circumstances out of your conscious control. Yet regardless of the source, with each challenge you have faced and will face comes a tremendous opportunity – the opportunity to change. As Fred DeVito says: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Sometimes you change for the better.  You become wiser so you make better choices going forward.  You become stronger and…
  • Developing Community

    Robyn Stratton-Berkessel
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Welcoming Robyn Stratton-Berkessel as a featured guest blogger.  Robyn is a world renowned expert in Appreciative Inquiry and is known as the Positivity Strategist.  We are thrilled to have her here sharing her wisdom with you. In her post, Take Action Despite your Fear, Susan shares how fear can get in the way of our own performance. Reading Susan’s insightful post triggered a lot of connections for me about fear. I’d like to build on her insights and link it to the key message of my recent TEDx talk… more about that later. Fear of failure Just to recall, Susan points out how fear…
  • 3 Coaching Practices for Taking the Lid Off of Your Leadership

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

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

    Susan Freeman
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader tip offers an opportunity to explore the importance of reframing for a leader. It borrows from Leading Blog, in which a new book outlines “How Great Leaders Think.” It is one of the essential capacities we develop in coaching clients, and offers a huge opportunity to expand leadership effectiveness. “Leaders need to be able to look at the situations they face from different perspectives. The need to be able to reframe a situation in order to understand what really is going on and deal with it effectively.” A leader’s “ability to reframe sets them…
  • Leadership In the Now

    Susan Freeman
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    Our theme for this month is how to live and lead in the now (also published in Conscious Shift Magazine), while creating the future you desire. It’s really very simple; when we learn to be present in the now, to every sensation in this moment, we enjoy our own aliveness. We extract the abundant juice there is for us right now without having to change it. By living in the now, we are not identified with striving for more, better, or different.   By taking care of how we are being in each moment, we ensure we are working within that … The post Leadership In the Now appeared first on…
  • Leadership Takeaways from Young Rwandan Women

    Susan Freeman
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    As the summer concludes, I thought it would be fitting to end by showing a few short clips from my trip last month to Rwanda. These young women students at the Akilah Institute for Women inspired me beyond words; they have withstood immeasurable challenges, and have a lot to share about what is possible with vision, focus, and dedication and support. I had the opportunity to serve as Guest Lecturer to the Foundation B students; young women whose English language skills were newly developing. My intention was to share the foundations of the Step Up Leader approach to leadership with ……
  • Are You Designing Moments of Impact?

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

  • Trust-Building Requires Trust-Giving

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Good leaders Intentionally build trust. They build it through everyday words and actions. They build it by demonstrating that they can be trusted. They also build it when they extend trust to others. Many leaders wait for people to prove themselves before they trust them, but trust is reciprocal. Leaders set the tone for trust-building by how open they are to trusting others first. Are you reaching out? Or are you waiting for your employees to have a "perfect" record before trusting them?
  • 7 Definitions of “Good” (Why We Disagree About Ethics)

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Why is it so difficult to agree on the right thing to do? One of the reasons we may not agree is that each of us may be using a different definition of what is "good." Here are 7 different interpretations of what is ethically good, based on the framework in 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership (2013). Which ones are you using in your leadership?
  • Full Accountability For Ethics: The New Normal

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton I recently blogged about trends in ethical leadership, sharing 10 forces that are fueling a movement toward higher expectations for values-based leadership. Today I want to explore how those trends help explain what we are seeing in ethics cases in the news. Recent headlines have described more severe sanctions than people have seen in the past, in response to ethics problems in sports, politics, business and beyond. Some people may have wondered, "Why are people now being convicted for doing the same things that others before them have done?"
  • Leading For Ethics Future? (Or Ethics Past?)

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton We are expected to make ethical decisions in a rapidly changing global society, where there is increasing awareness of what "ethical" means. The question of where ethics is headed has been the focus of my research over the last four years. I have learned that to be considered ethical, we must consider more constituents, honor more dimensions of ethics, and lead ethically through higher levels of complexity. How do we prepare for that? We reach higher and think longer-term.
  • “Hearing” All Stakeholders (Even When They’re Not in the Room)?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton A quiet group of stakeholders is being considered in leadership conversations. They can't weigh in on major decisions, but they have a lot at stake in the decisions that get made. They are silent stakeholders, and the decisions we make in our meetings every day affects them directly.
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    Dave Bratcher - Leadership: ENGAGED

  • Ryder Cup Lessons

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

    Dave
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Ever feel overloaded? If you are anything like me, you have a difficult time saying, “No.”  This is one of those weeks where all of the answers of “Yes” are coming due.  This past weekend, I could not stop thinking about everything that needed to be done and how little time I had to prepare.  Three speaking engagements, two separate teaching commitments, and a full time job to go along with it.  All of these things I love to do.  I am certainly not complaining, but I do want to let you into areas where I struggle and hopefully help you when you are in the same…
  • One Shoe Drive at a Time…

    Dave
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:29 am
    How many pairs of shoes are in your closet? If you’re anything like me the answer is, “More than you can wear.”  Something interesting happens as we get older…our feet quit growing.  Once this happens, we often get tired of wearing a pair of shoes before they are worn out.  This causes our personal shoe collection to grow.  So what is the solution? Thanks to the vision of Wayne Elsey, you can now allow your closet clutter to be a blessing to someone else.  Wayne, founder of Soles4Souls and Wayne Elsey Enterprises, launched a new venture called Funds2Orgs in an…
  • Lucky vs. Good

    Dave
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:43 am
    Would you rather be lucky or good? Have you ever met anyone who just seemed to be lucky?  You know the people I’m talking about…those people who always seem to get the breaks.  The ones you hear about landing a big account, catching a foul ball at a baseball game, or always getting their name drawn for a door prize. When you stop to explore much of what appears to be luck, you find something much different than it appears to be.  Were they truly lucky, or was their more going on?  For some things, it is nothing more than luck, for most it involves something more. In…
  • Make those around you Better

    Dave
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:19 am
    Are you adding value to those around you? It today’s competitive environment, it may seem counter intuitive to give yourself to others.  Our society seems to become more selfish with each passing day, but the need for all of us to improve remains unchanged.  The real question is one which places the focus on others, while understanding what each individual brings to an organization. Each of us is gifted in certain areas, and each of us can add value to those around us.  So how do you do it?  What is an easy assessment or plan to help you accomplish this? In this week’s Jackson…
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    Simply Understanding Blog by Giana Consulting

  • Got Sugar? Learning to Speak Truth with Grace

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

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

    Chery Gegelman
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    I live in a place that looks like this: I crave places that look like this:         Our current environment sometimes feels like this: I crave environments that make me feel like this:         …A month ago we returned from an extended vacation, part of which was spent in Italy. (A place that had been on my bucket list for a very long time.)  We spent time in the hills, the valleys, in the mountains, on islands, in castles, and in a gondola drinking in life and beauty. Previous vacations at Versailles and in Amsterdam have taught me to expect…
  • Healing the Racial Gap between The Dream & The Reality

    Chery Gegelman
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Have you ever tried hard to change a situation? Have you ever gotten frustrated when change doesn’t seem to be happening? And in the midst of that frustration…  Have you ever had anyone slap a victim label on your forehead? Years ago I was dealing with a situation like that at work.  When I shared that frustration with an executive…  He told me that I needed to stop being a victim. I was shocked. I thought I had spent the past three years doing everything in my power to take ownership of a reporting process that was a potential risk to the company – a risk that was…
  • Ask 1 Question and Increase Your Connections

    Chery Gegelman
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    One of my expat friends recently moved back to the U.S. to an area she has never lived in before.  When we spoke recently she shared how hard it is to develop friendships with people in the area. When she is out walking and greets her neighbors, they look at her like she is from another planet. When she meets people at her children’s schools and they learn that she was recently living overseas the conversation ends quickly. Her interpretation is that they almost seem intimidated by the life she has lived. …While she sees herself as very average, and she knows her experiences in those…
 
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    Get Real Leadership | It's About the People | Nicki Roth

  • Finally: A CEO Who Says That Parenting Made Her a Better Leader

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

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

    nickiroth
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Changing organizational culture is a marathon, not a sprint or an event. It is the most challenging task an executive team can commit to. It’s not like implementing a new strategy or a new organization structure. Culture change is about asking people to change their ingrained habits. We human beings are not wired to embrace […]
  • Thinking About Leaving Corporate for Nonprofit? What You Should Know

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

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

  • Top 150 Career and Leadership Blogs for Your Success in 2014

    James Strock
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Many thanks to Chris Perry and Career Rocketeer for including Serve to Lead in the Top 150 Career and Leadership Blogs for Your Success in 2014. Top 150 Career and Leadership Blogs for Your Success in 2014 It is a great honor to be included in such tremendous company, among so many thinkers and doers whom […] The post Top 150 Career and Leadership Blogs for Your Success in 2014 appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Edmund Burke | Governing Far-flung Enterprises

    James Strock
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Does Burke’s admonition have new relevance in the Internet Age? How is decentralization, disintermediation and the ubiquity of information affecting your business, not-for-profit or governmental enterprise? How does you adapt your leadership and service, reflecting these trends? Edmund Burke | Governing Far-flung Enterprises The post Edmund Burke | Governing Far-flung Enterprises appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Top-Down No Longer Scot-Free

    James Strock
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    The sighs of relief at Westminster are echoing around the world: Scotland will remain in the United Kingdom. For the time being. And yet…. Make no mistake: We’re all Scots now. All centralized, hierarchical enterprises are under increasing pressure to justify existing arrangements—even their very existence. In the 21st century, top-down arrangements are no longer […] The post Top-Down No Longer Scot-Free appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • 10 Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Lessons

    James Strock
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest leaders in American history. Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership distills his leadership lessons, so they can be transferred seamlessly into the 21st century. TR’s timeless example can be put to work in business, finance, the not-for-profit sector, a government agency or the military. The 10 leadership lessons that […] The post 10 Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Lessons appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Theodore Roosevelt | In the Arena

    James Strock
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    For more information on Roosevelt’s approach, please see Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership. Theodore Roosevelt | In the Arena The post Theodore Roosevelt | In the Arena appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
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    Alli Polin | Break The Frame

  • Get Unstuck and Make Someday Today

    Alli Polin
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    I met a friend for coffee a few weeks ago and she told me about a big, exciting idea that she has for a new business venture.  She was so excited that she could hardly slow down to take a breath.  She shared tons of details which told me she had given it a lot of thought too; staying up late at night, making notes and waking up first thing in the morning with this big idea on her mind.  Then I asked the $24,000 question:  What are you doing to get started?  Can you hear the crickets?  Apparently this was an idea for “someday.” I was left wondering, what’s really stopping you…
  • 3 Powerful Ways to Get Unstuck and Into Action

    Alli Polin
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Do you remember playing Freeze Dance when you were a kid?  You know, music played, you danced and suddenly, unexpectedly it would stop, and you’d freeze.  Stop, start, freeze, move, like a rhythm you were trying to outsmart, you’d try to be the last person standing without flinching in the freeze.  In life, most of us struggle at one time or another to get unstuck, but when playing Freeze Dance with focus and commitment, you’d try your hardest to get stuck in one place, knowing that the music would free you again. There are many different approaches to this game.  What was yours?
  • I Don’t Journal, I Do This Instead

    Alli Polin
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    There are tons of fans of journaling out there and you may be one of them.  I’ve tried, don’t get me wrong, but I just can’t get into it.  We’re supposed to journal, right? Ask most personal development gurus and journaling is touted as a way to tap into your hopes, fears and dreams and figure out the way forward.  I’ve read a million posts on journaling ideas and how-to, and I’ve left unmotivated.  Despite my desire to be a journaling aficionado, it’s clearly not going to happen and I’ve made peace with it. I’ve had a series of journal fails over the years.
  • Guest Post: Without Vision A People Perish

    Alli Polin
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    I don’t often publish guest posts, but John Stoker’s book, Overcoming Fake Talk is right up my alley.  Enjoy! When I was a boy growing up in Redlands, California, my father would often take me with him to view cultural events on summer evenings at the Redlands Bowl.  This outdoor venue was a wonderful place to view opera, plays, band concerts, and numerous famous singers. One evening as we sat waiting for the performance to begin, my dad leaned over and asked me, “What do you think that means?” At the top of the proscenium were these words, “Without Vision A People…
  • The Secret to How Leaders Give Feedback

    Alli Polin
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    I can remember the moment the COO looked me in the eye and she asked what I thought of the candidate we just took to dinner.  I didn’t like the candidate for many reasons, but I figured if she made it all the way to dinner with the COO, a lot of people must have loved her throughout her interviews.  I was nervous, had intense butterflies in my stomach and the clock even seemed to slow down. The moment of truth: Would I share my concerns or cave into peer pressure and say she’s great? Then I remembered that leaders give feedback in service, not fear. What did I have to be afraid of…
 
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    Leadership and Communication

  • The Apology Epidemic—Where do we go from here?

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

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

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

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

    Kellie Cummings
    16 May 2014 | 8:29 am
    Last week I presented on this topic for the Washington, DC chapter of IABC along with Angela Beatty of Towers Watson. While Angela shared Towers Watson’s research that illuminates best practices for managing change internally, I focused on managing change with customers and the fickle role of trust. The process of assessing decisions according to […]
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    Refresh Leadership

  • Question of the Month: What is Your Company’s Biggest Roadblock to Finishing Strong in 2014?

    Jared Brox
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s the fourth quarter, and we’re entering the home stretch of 2014. With 2015 just around the corner, many companies are feeling the pressure to finish strong. For our October question of the month, we want to know what you anticipate being the biggest roadblock to successfully closing out 2014 and getting a strong start to 2015. Take Our Poll
  • Peak Performer’s Life: It’s Time to Dominate

    Walter Bond
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In episodes one and two of Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond explained the importance of thinking and executing. In this week’s episode, he discusses how to put those terms into action and how they will help you “dominate.” According to Walter: “You were designed to dominate. You were built to dominate. So, when you wake up in the morning, dominating should come natural to you. In fact if you think and execute really well, you won’t even have to worry about dominating because it will just happen.” Check out this week’s motivational message from Walter Bond. Drawing from his…
  • The Power of Team Building

    Refresh Leadership
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    The age-old mantra “there is no ‘I’ in ‘team’” is just as true in sports as it is in the business world. So building a team built on positivity and empowerment is crucial to maintaining a competitive advantage and remaining innovative in your business community. According to the infographic The Power of Team Building, developed by Fun Team Building with Larry Lipman, team building has major effects on your workforce, including boosting morale, improving creativity, increasing retention, and more! Check out this infographic and let us know how you’ve implemented team building at…
  • The Mentor Checklist: 11 Must-Have Qualities

    Ashlie Turley
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Research has shown over and over that people involved with a quality mentor do better in their careers – and personal lives – than those who go it alone, and that applies to everyone from school-age children to top business executives. Bottom line: purposefully seeking out advice and knowledge from others is one of the characteristics of successful people. The presence or absence of mentoring can also affect the successfulness of a business. A report from the Harvard Business Review recently revealed “that the lack of training opportunities and mentorship schemes in the workplace are…
  • Peak Performer’s Life with Walter Bond: Learn to Execute

    Walter Bond
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last week, Walter Bond challenged you to “Think.” This week he shares the next step – Execute. According to Walter, this means “putting in a plan of action – and actually doing it.” He believes “everyone has great ideas, but in many cases people struggle with execution.” In this episode of Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond discusses the importance of not only learning how to execute your ideas, but also how to do it under pressure. Drawing on examples from his professional basketball career and his successful motivational speaking career, Walter will share his insight on…
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    Strategies Coaching & Training Blog

  • The Team-Based business model ROCKS

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

    Neil Ducoff
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was boarding a 20-seat commuter plane with six other passengers. We took our assigned seats, most of which were toward the front of the plane. Just before the captain started up the engines, he came into the cabin and asked a few of us to take seats further to the rear. “We need to balance out the plane,” he explained. Given the explanation, I was happy to move to an aft seat. In the process, I found it interesting how immune we frequent flyers on commercial jets have become to flight dynamics. I know I never give it a thought. But on that tiny plane, I was reminded how…
  • What you need to know but do not know

    Neil Ducoff
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Being a truly effective leader means being in the know about everything that is going on in and around your company. But being in the know about “everything” is impossible and would probably cause your head to explode. Yet, every day there are forces at work that could impede growth, hinder productivity, drain cash flow, degrade your brand or cause you to miss a major opportunity. By forces, I’m referring to the people side of your company where decisions are made and where thinking and behavior deviates from the company’s vision and core values. This is where personal…
  • Perfect teams are like fuzzy benchmarks

    Neil Ducoff
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every leader has a story of that “perfect team” of people. The stories are always about a shared passion to achieve the near impossible – to overcome all obstacles. There’s camaraderie, mutual support and knowing that everyone has your back. And then there’s that sprinkle of magic that gives each and every team member the belief that, together, they are unstoppable. But gradually over time, members of the team move on and replacements are brought in. The legacy of greatness remains, but that magic and electricity is different … or else absent entirely. For…
  • How to lead through numbers. Not by them

    Neil Ducoff
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    It is true that numbers don’t lie, but they don’t tell the complete story either. The best example is “Net Profit” on a Profit & Loss Statement. You can get all excited when you see a nice net profit – but having net profit doesn’t mean you have cash in the bank. You can check your bank balance – but that balance doesn’t reflect checks that were written but have yet to clear. If you understand how to read your Profit & Loss Statement, Balance Sheet and Statement of Cash Flows…and how all three reports work together…then you know they…
 
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    ManageElite Blog

  • 5 essential steps for pursuing happiness at work

    Rich Henson
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Best selling author, blogger and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau did a remarkable thing: He visited all 193 countries. (Now worldatlas.com says there are actually between 189 and 196, depending on your definition. But we’ll let that slide for now.) From that journey, and from the stories many people shared with him along the way, Guillebeau wrote his NYT […] The post 5 essential steps for pursuing happiness at work appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 3 things about the future you’ll want to know now

    Rich Henson
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    Ever wonder what the world of work will look like in 2022? Do-do-do-do. Do-do-do-do (Think Twilight Zone theme here.) Well, wonder no more. The consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC have done the work for you in a newly released study. And to hear them tell it, well, you don’t need my interpretation. Their words are far […] The post 3 things about the future you’ll want to know now appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • The one downside of your open-door policy

    Rich Henson
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Rules of thumb are great, but they are not absolute truths in all situations. For instance, it’s a rule of thumb that great managers have an open-door policy. Another rule of thumb is successful organizations solve problems close to where the problem occurred. In other words, if you have a waste basket burning in your […] The post The one downside of your open-door policy appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • A proven, 9-step plan to employee greatness

    Rich Henson
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    Some people are naturally driven to excel. They don’t need much encouragement. But for all the rest, that’s where a good manager comes in. Everybody likes to do well in order to feel good about themselves. Managers can help them do that with this simple 9-step plan to greatness. Employee greatness Step 1:  Carefully remove the word “I” from […] The post A proven, 9-step plan to employee greatness appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 40-hour work week ain’t what it used to be

    Rich Henson
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not doing your job. If a recent Gallup Poll is correct, you are probably pulling your own load, and then some. The poll, released the Friday before Labor Day, showed the 40-hour work week is a thing of the past. The average time worked by full-time employees has ticked up […] The post 40-hour work week ain’t what it used to be appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
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    Leadership XL | Leadership XL

  • Tuesday Tip: Eliminate Stress Triggers

    Jason Cortel
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:22 am
    If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself. – Norman Vincent Peale Eliminate stress triggers that start your morning off on the wrong foot. There are many stress triggers that are within our control and with some planning and minor routine changes you can avoid them. Here are some common pre-work stress triggers and how to eliminate them. Stop procrastinating and find ways to arrive at work in a good mood. It changes everything. Traffic - Go in early/late, take a different route or plan a work from home day. News - News is mostly tragedy.
  • Do This Simple Thing to Improve Your Team

    Jason Cortel
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    A little not so secret to running a successful team or business unit is that what gets talked about get improved. Why do so many managers forget to use this powerful weapon to improve their team? Managers need to be mindful of the frequency and duration they are giving to any particular thing. The frequency and duration of communication ultimately determines outcomes. For example: Falling short on goals, talk about them more. Having an issue with gossip, talk about it more. If there is a negative perception about your team, talk more about the good things they are doing. Bad behaviors…
  • 10 Things That Sadden Me

    Jason Cortel
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    In order to keep on keeping on you have to recognize those things that will forever present themselves as a challenge to your personal mission. These are the 10 things that sadden me the most. By recognizing, understanding and identifying those things that sadden you will give you the strength to push forward. Your results won’t always speak for themselves Some people will never find the strength to rise up to their potential Some mistakes will be held over you indefinitely The rumor mill will often be the system of record People more readily believe lies over the truth Some people are…
  • Firing an Employee is a Beautiful Thing

    Jason Cortel
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    Managers look at firing an employee as a bad thing when it fact it should be a beautiful thing. Not only is it good for the employee and your company it is also good for your team, your clients and your culture. Still, it is one of the most dreaded responsibilities of a manger. The wrong reasons why managers dread firing an employee: You didn’t set clear expectations if your expectations aren’t clear or delivered at all you will feel guilty for firing an employee who isn’t meeting them. You didn’t provide actionable training if you didn’t train them to do the job right you will…
  • Be a Better Leader with Active Communication

    Jason Cortel
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Do you wait for questions, answers, problems to explode or do you communicate actively? If you are waiting you will end up always putting out fires. Non-management team members usually take a passive approach to communication, trusting that their leaders and peers will tell them what they need to know when they need to know it.  When a non-management team member transitions to a leader of a team requires them to shift from passive communication to an active one. However, we find that many remain a passive communicator. When transitioning to the leader of a team don't make this common…
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  • Effective self-development – Stepping out of your comfort zone

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

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

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

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

    admin
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
      A blog can help boost your career Systematic transition from hobby to career can be achieved by way of a blog. The future is here and you can leverage it to achieve for this transition. The following are three ways in which a blog helps you achieve a systematic transition from hobby to career: 1. Your own development, as you take your hobby into a more serious environment and consider it as your career 2. How others see your blog, and through that how they see you – the person behind the blog 3. How the blog benefits you in terms of career and opportunities Let’s consider each of…
 
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  • Three Ways Leaders Use Mindmaps – Glenn Brooke

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I fell in love with mindmapping when I first saw someone create one in 1994 to explain how to set up a complicated project with many parts.  It just felt right to me – organic and freeing.  Though mindmaps can be adapted for all sorts of planning and communication work, there are three fundamental ways that I recommend you use them. Corral your mustang mind We all struggle with minds that are swirling with many ideas, mostly ill-formed. A mindmap extends your brain and anchors a few thoughts to get started.  It’s like pounding in a tent stake; get one anchored and the others become…
  • The 4 Industries Most Transformed by Technology – Kara Deveney

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: tanakawho via Compfight cc This article is from, Kara Deveney. She is a technology writer and market specialist for Insuresoft, an insurance software provider for the property and casualty insurance sector.When she’s not trying to help her clients modernize, she frequently contributes to online business publications.To find out more, connect with Kara on Google+ and visit www.Insuresoft.com.  The last time technology so dramatically transformed the way we do business was 200 years ago during the Industrial Revolution.  It not only changed the way that things were made and…
  • Top 10 Questions Husbands Should Never Answer – Jackie Bledsoe

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
      Photo Credit: Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/kalleboo/2240834096   Have you ever been asked a question that you felt no matter how you answered it, it would be the wrong answer? It has happened to me, and this must be where we, husbands and men, get stereotyped as being like Homer Simpson. It’s almost like your brain malfunctions at the time, or you over-think it so much that you answer like your brain malfunctioned. Wouldn’t it be great to have a “cheat sheet” for questions like this? Or at least a list of them, so you can be a little more…
  • The Death Of Creativity – Nate Turner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
      Sometimes, it just isn’t there anymore. Sometimes you wake up in the morning, walk outside, shake the Creativity Tree, and there isn’t a fruit that falls. It seems like somewhere along the way, creativity died.   So, you stand there at it’s imagined headstone giving a melodramatic eulogy about the pain that comes from losing such a dear friend. You weep, wail, and moan at your need for its presence. You walk around in a funk wondering how you will continue your work with this desperate hole in your life.   But alas, creativity never died! Sick? Maybe. But,…
  • A Primer on Focus – Kirby Ingles

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: Thomas Geiregger via Compfight cc In a study performed by Matthew Killingsworth on the everyday activities of more than 2,000 adults, it was realized 47% were not focused. Along with the finding, Matthew became aware that people were less happy when their minds were wandering. By reading this primer on focus you will learn what focus is, why it’s important and what distracts you. Your family, friends and community demand your time, social media and email consume you, and there is never enough time. How can you get anything done? You must focus. Sounds pretty easy, but it…
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  • A Matter of Rust

    Paul Heagen
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Corrosion. It eats away – slowly, insidiously, pervasively – robbing objects of their strength, utility or appeal. We understand it in structural terms – bridges, cars, tools – but what about in business? What is the most corrosive force in business? In my experience and observation, it is the CEO who fails—for whatever reason—to deal with the bad behavior or poor performance ... Read More
  • Checking Our Rest Watch

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

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

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

    Paul Heagen
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Several years ago, my grandson cobbled together his own little video commercial extolling the virtues of a local pizza company. They were so impressed by his enterprising verve, the local manager invited him back into the kitchen to watch the whole process and make a pizza for himself. My daughter asked him if he liked it enough to want to ... Read More
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  • Why You Should Hire For Leadership Style Instead Of Skill

    Sabrina Baker
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    I think we get something wrong when we hire leaders. Often we look for skill set only. What has the leader done at other... Author information Sabrina Baker Founder, PHR at Acacia HR Solutions Sabrina Baker, PHR is the founder and CEO of Acacia HR Solutions, a human resource outsourcing, consulting and recruiting firm located outside of Chicago, IL. Sabrina was a human resource leader for eleven years before starting her own business in 2011. She serves on the Illinois Society of Human Resources Council board and holds the position of Annual Conference Chair. She is also a member of the…
  • What Hiring Managers SHOULD Be Asking During The Interview

    Christal Guziec
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    During an interview, there’s a lot of uncertainty. The company and the candidate are both curious and nervous – it’s kind of like a... Author information Christal Guziec Marketing Consultant at CG Marketing Pro Christal is a freelance marketing consultant with nearly 15 years' experience crafting targeted messages. Christal's specialties include inbound marketing, email, social media, marketing collateral, and direct mail. She has experience in both B2B and B2C environments, domestic and international. Christal has an MBA from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL and a Bachelor's in…
  • The 11th Hour Project Manager

    Brian Dakin
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    I’m struggling this month. I recently started work on a new client engagement and the work is well underway. It is structured as a... Author information Brian Dakin Founder and Principal at Rhombus Consulting, Inc. at Rhombus Consulting, Inc. Brian Dakin is the founder and Principal of Rhombus Consulting, a provider of project management services and subject matter expertise for technology initiatives in the life science industry. Brian has more than 20 years of experience in management consulting, including roles at global firms Coopers & Lybrand Consulting and Ernst & Young.
  • How Elaborate Job Descriptions Can Hurt the Hiring Process

    Scott Murray
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    As a job seeker, it is important that I take steps to make the best impression possible on a potential employer. That’s why I... Author information Scott Murray Writer at Great Scott Ideas Scott Murray is a creative professional specializing in marketing, writing and content production. TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedIn The post How Elaborate Job Descriptions Can Hurt the Hiring Process appeared first on BEALEADER | BY LEADERS FOR LEADERS Scott Murray
  • Leaders Help Others Gain Perspective

    Tony Richards
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    Perspective guides us. I looked up a couple of references on the word perspective. Basically, perspective is “the capacity to view things in their... Author information Tony Richards Founder and Senior Partner at Clear Vision Development Group Tony Richards is founder and Senior Partner of Clear Vision Development Group, a leadership and organizational development company. Tony makes his home in Columbia, MO with his wife and partner, Ann Marie. In addition to Clear Vision, they also own Word Marketing, Horizon Research Services, and Fusion Production & Design. Tony was a C-level…
 
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  • 3 Steps For Effective Social Media Marketing Strategy

    Ashley Alex
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Ashley Alex is a dedicated writer who support students who want to enhance their marketing strategy knowledge through social media. In this post presents “3 steps for effective social media marketing strategy“, which can support effectively the social media efforts of everyone want to make an impact at social media world. I have remembered my first training class for swimming it was really amazing and thrilling experience for me. I have to jump in the pool for the first time with no idea what to do. My friends were swimming well as they all knew the techniques and day to day…
  • Choices

    Takis Athanassiou
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:56 am
    What happens when a choice you made, imposed to someone else way of thinking and doing? You do make a lot of choices in the course of your life. What you eat! How you would dress up! With whom you would associate with! We take many choices in your everyday life. Either to a personal or to a professional level. But, most of the times, the decisions we make, affect other people as well! How Do You Define Choices? Choices can are many things. You define choices in a way, I define choices in a different one. In any case, choices are decisions, that bring results to our life and to the life of…
  • Think About Tomorrow!

    Takis Athanassiou
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    It is not always easy to think about tomorrow. The next day, most of the times, is a puzzle to be solved, if not a problem for most of the people! Tomorrow, you have to pay bills; tomorrow, you have to attend a school event; tomorrow, you have to prepare the financial report for a client, at work; tomorrow, you have to go to the doctor, for that check up you postponed for so long; tomorrow, you have to do something, or go something! But tomorrow, is never too far away! In fact tomorrow, starts on what you doing now! The Future Belongs To Whom He/She Prepares It! I was a junior project…
  • Increasing The Google+ Engagement For Your Business [Infographic]

    Takis Athanassiou
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is an excellent infographic by Quick Sprout presenting some interesting facts about Google+ in relation to your business. A must see! Do you use Google+ for your business. Check this infographic, from Quick Sprout for some interesting facts and how to increase engagement! Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Graphs.net. Question: How do you use Google+ to increase engagement for your business? -Takis Want to read more like this from Takis Athanassiou? You can subscribe to my blog by Mail or via RSS Feed. The post…
  • Leadership Can Set You Free!

    Takis Athanassiou
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Leadership as a discipline and as a daily practice is a lot different to leadership per se (or at least what everybody means, when we talking about leadership!). The discipline of leadership is a self development practice, a one can lead you to radical different ways of doing and behaving, from those you were accustomed previous. For that fact, Leadership is a deeply transformation act, that you can, only, employ freely and deliberately! Leadership As A Process Leadership is a process with many variables, no one can claim that mastered them all. Generally speaking, it is a: process of social…
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  • 5 Simple Things You Can Do to Double Your Blog Traffic

    Ellory Wells
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Are you trying to get more readers to your blog and increase your blog traffic? Have you been trying to find something that will make the difference for you? If you can relate, congratulations, you’re normal! I’ve been right where you are now. While I definitely don’t have this thing we call blogging “mastered,” that’s ok. I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve learned after three hundred blog posts. These techniques have helped me double my blog traffic not once, not twice, but over three times. My first experience with blogging…
  • EP53: How to Connect Better & See More Success

    Ellory Wells
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    Episode 53 the Empowered Podcast is all about providing the tools for success. No guest today, just me sharing some of the techniques which will help you connect better and see more success in life. These skills are what made me successful in my corporate job. I talk about things you can do to connect with clients, build trust, and do more business! My Mission: To help you connect better and build better relationships, human to human. How to Connect Better, Sell More, and Boost Your Bottom Line Call people by their first name Find and Establish common ground Learn 3 things about everyone Ask…
  • Every Business Needs a Blog. Here are 3 Reasons Why.

    Ellory Wells
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    Every business needs a blog. There, I said it. Whether you’re trying to share your personality, provide a behind the scenes look, or chronicle your journey, blogging is a fantastic way to do it. Photo credit: rcade / Foter / CC BY-SA But, when it comes to creating a successful blog, it’s not quite as simple as the good, the bad, and the ugly. Breaking down blogs into those categories would be too simple. It’s not quite as simple as hobby versus professional blogger either. There are professional blogs that don’t quite make it. There are hobby blogs that blow up and…
  • EP52: Why Every Successful Person Needs a Mastermind with @Justin_Carper

    Ellory Wells
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Episode 52 of the Empowered Podcast features my friend and mastermind group member, Justin Carper. Justin and I have been in a mastermind together for most of the past year. He and I talk about the value of having a mastermind and why every successful person needs one. If you’ve ever considered joining a mastermind, you need to listen to this episode! Thank Justin for being on the show! Justin’s Mission: Everyone is exceptional at something. My goal is to help you discover the “exceptional you.”  Quotes: Average people stay average because they aren’t focusing…
  • Excellence is Overrated. Focus on This Instead

    Ellory Wells
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Are you a perfectionist? Do you strive for excellence in everything you do? You might believe focusing on excellence is working for you, but it isn’t. Excellence is overrated. Let’s look at the reality of driving for excellence in everything you do. Let’s see why it’s overrated, and what you should focus on instead. Photo Credit: kevin dooley via Compfight cc Over the past few years of doing online business I’ve created several products. I’ve written ebooks on topics such as personal branding and starting a podcast, and even created a course to walk…
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  • Looking For Business Growth? Focus On Your Company Culture

    David Mizne
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Company Culture – /kəmpənē kəlCHər/ n. Buzzword overused by many businesses to describe a set of values that are not actually implemented. Ok, I’ll admit that’s not an exact definition. The world culture means the collective customs and achievements of a people, but the term originally derives from cultivating land or agriculture. Fitting, given that great companies provide environments where employees can thrive. But if company culture is so popular and is intended to be people focused, why is 70% of the American workforce not engaged in their work? Many business owners are…
  • 5 Tech Tools That Are Changing The World of Remote Work

    David Mizne
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    A long distance work relationship is similar to a long distance romantic one. You certainly won’t stay up all night watching Jerry Maguire and eating ice cream if an employee hasn’t checked-in for a few days (at least I hope you won’t). But solid communication is the only way to forge connections within and across teams, and between employees and management. We are no strangers to remote work. Our team is spread all over the world, from San Francisco to New York and even Poland. We rely on a number of tools (including our own 15Five) to help us stay connected and collaborate from across…
  • How Team Feedback Drives Business Success

    David Hassell
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Best practices dictate that managers treat all employees equally. But managers are still people who have affinities and pet peeves, and tend to connect better with those who share similar values and interests. As a leader or manager, you must walk that fine line between thinking, “I want to be friends with that person”, and supporting each employee to become their best selves. How you approach your leadership style will set the tone for the company as either a network of people who are all equally responsible for contributing to big-picture success, or a group of individuals who are all…
  • Teach Them To Fish: 5 Leadership Lessons For Mentoring Employees

    David Hassell
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    To succeed as an entrepreneur you must constantly overcome countless factors that are beyond your control; market changes, employee attrition, and tech/product issues. You have to keep moving quickly towards execution or competitors will swallow you whole. But you can’t do it all by yourself. You need the support of employees who will require mentoring to reach a level of competency where they can work independently. In an outcome-focused business with scarce resources, it is tempting to give only as much direction as necessary to get results. Here are 5 ways to go a little further and…
  • The Top 9 Struggles New Managers Face But You Don’t Have To

    Guest Post
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Do you remember when you were first hired as a manager or were promoted from within? Perhaps you founded your first company and had to lead and support a staff for the first time. Just thinking back to those days might make some queasy. Transitioning to a management role can be a bumpy ride, and many new managers struggle with the same issues — miscommunication, delegating vs doing, and reporting up the ladder. No one gets it all right, right off the bat. While mistakes often provide excellent learning opportunities, having some guidance will save you from being overwhelmed or…
 
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    Engaging Leader

  • GC28: Gamification in Human Resources | with Mario Herger

    Joe Sherwood
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The new book Gamification in Human Resources highlights several dozen examples of how organizations are using gamification throughout the employee life cycle to recruit, develop and evaluate talent – and it gives you the tools necessary to begin or expand your own gamification programs. Mario Herger is the author of several books on gamification, including […]
  • 096: Bringing the Lean Startup into Your Organization: Leadership in the Age of Uncertainty | with Jeff Dyer

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you or your team ever come up with a big idea that you thought would be very cool, but didn’t take any action because you thought it would be too risky? Perhaps it was an idea for a new product or service, or a process change to solve a complex problem. Maybe you tried […]
  • 095: 3 Things Leaders Should Learn from Rock-Orchestra Superstars

    Joe Sherwood
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    “At first, we didn’t believe him, that this highly accomplished star in our field was interested in not just teaching us but in learning from us,” my wife Erin said. “But then we saw by his actions that he really meant it.” Erin had just returned from her first time attending the annual week-long Mark […]
  • WHE14: The 6 Drivers of Behavioral Engagement

    Joe Sherwood
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    This episode is the second in a two-part series about leading a health behavioral change. Episode 13 focused on leading a fairly straightforward change, such as influencing employees to get a biometric health screening or to take a financial wellness assessment. Episode 14 addresses leading a more complex change effort, such as influencing employees to […]
  • 094: Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation | with Greg Brandeau

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Are you a leader who builds teams that innovate again and again? Creating and sustaining an organization that is consistently innovative is extremely difficult (and rare). Conventional leaders see their role as conjuring up a vision and inspiring others to make it happen. The best leaders of innovation see their role quite differently. Former Pixar […]
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  • The Key Criteria for Business Investment

    Dr. Jon Warner
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Although many businesses come into being with only founder funds and/or the relatively small “seed” investments of family and friends (and then pull themselves up by the proverbial “bootstraps” until revenues are strong enough to fund the growth of the enterprise), most businesses will seek outside or non-family and friends investment at some point if they really want to “scale”. Unfortunately, when they get round to doing this, the vast majority of businesses are not as well prepared as they could be and do not think carefully enough about what investors are typically looking for…
  • Are People the Key to Business Optimization?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:28 am
    Once any business has gone beyond the rollercoaster ride that can be experienced at the start-up stage, no matter what its size or type, the primary task of every leader is to optimize performance in a multitude of ways on a day-to-day, week-to-week and month-to-month basis. Most businesses try to do this on a largely unstructured basis by asking leaders to set their own broad standards and goals (in whatever way they deem to be appropriate) and then check whether or not these have been met. This usually leads to a lot of written objectives and targets, operating instructions and performance…
  • Leadership Styles around the World

    Richard Madison
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    Leadership is an ever-changing concept, and the way in which people practice leadership style varies greatly from culture to culture. From autocratic management to egalitarian practice, from the traditional Asian ‘ringi-sho consensus’ to the Scandinavian ‘Primus Inter Pares’. The infographic which can be seen by clicking hereexplores the overriding philosophies that dictate leadership styles across the globe, although it only covered some countries and naturally it is fully understood that these are very general stereotypes. Nonetheless there are some significant differences…
  • What Changes in the World of Work Are We Likely to See in the next 25 Years?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    If we think back just 25 years or so (which is only the late 1980’s) the world of work was very different. Just a few of these differences were: There were many more large companies with lots of employees than there are today Most companies (except a few very large ones) had a local city, State or at most national customer footprint (with little reach beyond their country borders) Employees worked for fewer employers over a career (only 2-3 over a career on average) Weekends were worked as an exception rather than a rule (and retail businesses were largely closed on a Sunday) Data was…
  • What’s the Best Way to Build a Strong Business?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Not every owner wants to build or grow a business. Many owners (by some statistics, as many as 75% of them by number out of the total) operate what might be called a “life-style” business. This kind of business acts as a vehicle for an owner and perhaps a spouse or even his or her children to work in the organization and provide sufficient income to pay a living wage. Many small retail shops, consulting practices, professional practitioners (accountants, bookkeepers, attorneys etc., home based services, tradespeople, brokers of all kinds (e.g. real estate or insurance) and even internet…
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  • 4 Ways to Help Others Be More Concise

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

    Dave Stachowiak
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    My first full-time job was with an education company. I oversaw both the instructional services that the kids in our program received as well as the business aspects of marketing to the community. Since it was a membership program, we grew concerned when kids failed to show up for their after-school lessons. When a child missed lessons for a few days in a row, we reached out to their parents by phone. Missed lessons were often a beginning sign of a bigger issue: the child struggling with the curriculum, the family having budgetary concerns, or simply a lack of commitment with the program.
  • Why It Pays to Be a Pessimist

    Dave Stachowiak
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    A few months ago, I interviewed astronaut Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station. If you’ve read his book* or seen his TED talk, you might easily mistake him for an optimist. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines optimism as: An inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome. Chris Hadfield is no optimist. When you read books from famous leaders, there is almost always a part with a heading like “visualize success” or similar directive. In his book and in our interview, the mantra that…
  • Do This To Be The Leader People Remember

    Dave Stachowiak
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    Awhile back, I was having a chat with a client that I’ve always liked and respected. We got to talking about her career trajectory and she was telling me about the best manager she’d ever had. Her first manager was someone who was kind, consistent, and most importantly, made time to coach her to be a more effective professional. She mentioned being particularly impressed with the time he spent a few times a year to meet personally and provide her with some coaching. She was even more grateful for it now, since she had since worked for several other people in the industry and realized how…
  • How To Navigate When You’re Flying Blind

    Dave Stachowiak
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Bonni and I have started checking out local preschools for our son to attend next year. It’s a blessing and a curse that there are tons of options in our immediate vicinity. Like most parents, we’ve spent time researching and visiting schools in preparation for where we’ll send our kids. After a few weeks of this, I found myself with more questions than I had before we started. Fortunately, an old friend of Bonni’s is a preschool director and offered to share some of her wisdom with us. We had dinner recently and she asked us lots of questions and then shared her experiences. Bonni…
 
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  • Are You Still Waiting?

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

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

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

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

    Roger MacRae
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    4 Tips to Help You Play and Win the Productive Day Game Part II Part I of this article gave you the first two tips to help you become more proactive and more productive in your work day, instead of being reactive, like the little ball that gets bounced around in a pinball machine.Never played pinball? I played a lot when I was younger and if you’ve never played, the object of the game is to try to keep the ball in play for as long as possible and hit as many different targets for more points without letting the ball go down the drain.I compare the pinball game to a typical work day…
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  • My Article on Teaching Kids to Code Published in Tribune

    Tom Salonek
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    My thanks to the Star Tribune for running my article “Turning tech-using teens into dreamers and developers” in the Business Forum section.The post My Article on Teaching Kids to Code Published in Tribune appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Keeping Employees Motivated thru Learning

    Tom Salonek
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Keep Them Motivated Building A Winning Business — Section: Managing After a reasonable period of adjustment, don’t be afraid to push employees beyond their professional comfort zone. Motivated employees want to build their skills by working with high-profile companies on challenging assignments. Build a specific learning goal into every employee’s performance plan at the beginning [...]The post Keeping Employees Motivated thru Learning appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Intertech Announces STEM Scholarship (Post 2 of 2)

    Tom Salonek
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Second of two blog posts in this series Last time I shared news about Intertech’s new philanthropic focus on science and technology learning. I also mentioned the new $2,500 scholarship being funded by the Intertech Foundation for an aspiring computer science freshman college student. And I promised to delve more deeply into the topic of [...]The post Intertech Announces STEM Scholarship (Post 2 of 2) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Intertech Announces STEM Scholarship (Post 1 of 2)

    Tom Salonek
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    First of two blog posts in this series Maybe it has something to do with becoming a dad—or maybe it’s just the good ‘ole enlightened self-interest of a technology business owner—but in the past year I’ve help guide an expansion of Intertech’s philanthropy and the giving focus of the Intertech Foundation to include science and [...]The post Intertech Announces STEM Scholarship (Post 1 of 2) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Building a Winning Business – Patience with New Employees

    Tom Salonek
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    With introductions and administrative formalities out of the way, it’s time for your new team member to roll up his proverbial sleeves and get to work. Understandably, your expectations are high. You’re finally going to see this genius in action! Take a deep breath,make a cup of tea, and repeat this ancient Chinese proverb three [...]The post Building a Winning Business – Patience with New Employees appeared first on Tom Talks.
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  • The 3 Dumbest Things About Content Curation

    Rachel Miller
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    There is an awful lot of content circulating around about content curation and why it is essential to well…everything, apparently. While I agree that knowledge sharing is a powerful business tool I have some doubts regarding the hows and whys of modern content curation and distribution. You didn’t write it. Or read it. If you’re anything like me….you’re probably a little busy (okay, that was irony). And there is simply not enough time in the day to read all of the content that is being created and shared. Like me, you probably have your preferred news outlets, favorite blogs,…
  • Social Selling: Why It Is Time And How To Get Started

    Daniel Newman
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Back in 2011 Google released a study called “Zero Moment of Truth.” The purpose of the study was to better understand the informed consumer who was able to create buy/sell parity by using the vast resources of the web when making their buying decisions. The results were overwhelmingly supportive of the idea that the Internet is changing the buyer’s journey. The primary drivers of this change was the amount of content that companies were creating that allowed buyers to become informed without the direct involvement of a vendor. For those less familiar with the Zero Moment, here are a few…
  • 6 Ways To Turn Your Small Business Into A Media Hub

    Daniel Newman
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    Over the past few years you may have noticed a change in the way you are consuming content. With more and more large companies looking to find ways to connect to their ideal consumer there has been a shift in the way content is being developed and shared. In the early days of the Internet the web was pretty simple and straightforward. You bought a URL, you put your products and services onto a website and you waited for the phone to ring. But with the evolution of web, search, social and integrated marketing there has been a required change, which basically comes down to this… If you want…
  • Twitter Chats, Brands Secret to Twitter Relationships!

    Brian Fanzo
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    There are many reasons why brands are on social media ranging from marketing, to customer service to community engagement and more often than not brands are on social because someone told them they needed to be. No matter what the reason is for a brand being on social media and no matter how they’re currently using it the one thing we know for sure is the noise on social is only growing each day. Let’s take Twitter for example… The reason twitter handles and hashtags are now on every blog post, tv show, email signature and live event is because it’s a fire hose of real-time data.
  • Marketers: 10 Things You Need to Know to Remain Relevant

    Hessie Jones
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s clear that marketing has drastically changed in the last decade. The rise of digital, accompanied by its ever-evolving technologies in mobile and advertising will build a perpetual environment of test and learn. As well, continuous emergence of audience platforms will create a nomadic culture that follows the fickle consumer paths. Ultimately, this will dictate the sustainability of platforms. Marketing has been one organizational function that has succumb to tremendous pressure to evolve in the last decade. It’s turned both ad agencies and companies on their ears, furiously…
 
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    PFPS
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Success Tools for Leaders, Managers & High Potentials New resources added daily! http://www.managingamericans.com/
  • Never Be Closing

    PFPS
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    How to sell better without screwing your customers, your colleagues or yourself The ABCs is something that has been sales common knowledge for a long time – “always be closing” is, depending on the expert you ask, either time-tested truth or an outdated idealogoy that doesn’t work anymore. But author Tim Hurson is here to […]
  • Leaders Encourage Learning

    PFPS
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Throughout the series, we’ve been writing about the ins and outs of encouragement. We’ve also talked about what to encourage. In this final post in the series, we need to talk about one more thing that absolutely must be encouraged by every leader. Leaders understand that learning encourages others. So they provide learning opportunities. They […]
  • Dr. Barry Posner

    PFPS
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    You’re never too old, too experienced or too far gone to learn from others. Over the past 2 years, we’ve been honored to work alongside and learn so much from Dr. Barry Posner, co-author of The Leadership Challenge®. He is the REAL DEAL when it comes to leading by example.
  • How to Encourage Yourself

    PFPS
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you overdue for some attention? Wondering why you aren’t getting the compliments and recognition you deserve? Feeling disgruntled because your praiseworthy efforts are not being praised? Here’s a surefire solution to make sure you always get the recognition and appreciation you deserve. Stop waiting for it to come from someone else. Give it to […]
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  • Gifted Millennial Writer Kern Carter

    Molly Page
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    There was a moment during my interview with gifted Millennial writer Kern Carter that I actually hated him a little bit. It’s true. The moment passed quickly and I even confessed to him I felt that way. But if you’re a writer or a blogger or an author or a journalist you might understand why I felt the way I did. He said, “It’s not hard for me to write. To be honest, writing is really easy for me.” He didn’t say it an arrogant or boastful way. He wasn’t being flippant. He was answering a very specific question that I asked him and being very charming. And once I got over my…
  • In the Social Age: Customer Experience Must Come First

    Guest Author
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    Guest Post by Ted Coiné “If you’re not serving the customer, your job is to be serving someone who is.” —Jan Carlzon When Jan Carlzon, former CEO of SAP, said those words, social hadn’t been invented yet. In fact, most of us had never heard of the Internet then. But the sentiment behind those words has never been truer than in the Social Age. Social amplifies every voice, for good and ill. Social can also make or break a brand—and often the tipping point is customer experience. Social: Make or Break in an Instant In a matter of a few days, social can launch an entire brand…
  • Is Innovation Stalled? Not at BIF10.

    Jon Mertz
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    Attending #BIF10 was rewarding. I am a first time attendee and am grateful to Deb Scofield for providing the final nudge to my registration. BIF stands for Business Innovation Factory, and they host an annual conference where storytellers share their experiences and insights into the why, how, and what they innovate and create. The conference is structured with 16 storytellers each of two days. In between the each block of four speakers, the community gathers for conversation of what was just heard. Has Innovation Stalled? There have been debates and conversations on whether or not innovation…
  • Learning How to Handle Failure

    Heidi Oran
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    When I was in my twenties I experienced what I’ve heard numerous twenty-somethings lament over: The pressure to accomplish! A quick Google search of 20-Something Lists will provide you with an unlimited array of “25 Things You MUST DO Before 30,” or “50 Books You Must Read by 25,” or “30 Countries You Must Visit By 30!” (I may have exaggerated on the last one, but you get the picture.) It’s no secret that Millennials have been highly pressured since childhood. Yes, we did receive trophy’s just for showing up, but perhaps that helped to…
  • 8 Signs You Are Working Too Hard

    Robert Half
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Guest Post by Andrew Brushfield Can you remember the last time you had a holiday? What about the last full weekend you spent that didn’t involve you checking your phone or email account on a regular basis? The chances are high that you’re not alone. In this technologically-driven day and age, work and life have become inextricably linked and for many people there really isn’t ever a switch between the two, but rather a merging. While it’s fantastic to love your work and to be passionate about your career, there’s a big difference between a healthy level of interest and living it…
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  • How Education Is Failing To Serve Business’ Needs

    Mark Lukens
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Education is one of the triumphs of modern civilization. According to census data, over 40% of the U.S. population has an associate degree or higher. With higher education attendance continuing to rise, it’s only a matter of time before half the population has degrees. But is all of this education really serving our needs, either as a society or as a business community? Stirring the pot of debate This is not an issue confined within the borders of the U.S.; it can be seen across multiple developed countries and regions. As an example, while every pronouncement of the UK government’s…
  • 3 Ways to Influence, Not Control, Employee Commitment

    Matt Straz
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve read various leadership forums, you’re probably familiar with the concept of control versus influence. Controlling and authoritative personalities in management motivate employees to act, but it’s usually out of fear or requirement — neither of which produce a sense of commitment to an organization. When it comes to managing an employee’s psychological attachment and involvement in a company, it’s best to realize that “controlling” is impossible in this situation because we are dealing with attachment on a psychological level. If managers could control thoughts,…
  • Build on Strengths, Avoid Weaknesses

    Deidre Paknad
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    At your next set of performance reviews, what are you going to talk about with your employees? You may discuss what goals were met, next year’s objectives, or where their performance needs improvement. But new research suggests that more than fixing flaws, managers should be concerned with building on strengths.  In a recent Forbes article, Joseph Folkman shares research that reveals that “70-80% of leaders and employees benefit more from improving what they are doing right.” If someone on your team is a great writer but lousy at spreadsheets, the tendency is to try to help the…
  • Why Working Out Of Office Might Not Be For You

    Simon Salt
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Working from the beach, conference calls from the pool, emailing from your back yard. All these ideal scenarios come to mind when people think of working from a non-traditional space. While this is true for some, for many it is far from this paradise. For some it is an endless hop from coffee shop to coffee shop — moving so that they don’t outstay their welcome in any one establishment. For others their workspace is a series of airport lounges, hotel rooms or short-term office space rentals. This doesn’t sound like paradise to me. Beyond just location, there are a number of reasons why…
  • For HR to Empower Up

    Kevin W. Grossman
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Wilderness of mirrors World of polished steel Gears and iron chains Turn the grinding wheel I run between the shadows Some are phantoms, some are real…” – Neil Peart, “Double Agent” Welcome to your new job! Now, put on these chains and fill out this form… And then fill out this one… And then fill out this one… And then fill out this one… Darkness descends… …and excitement slowly seeps away… We’re talking old school. Not quite the workplace dungeons of the industrial revolution, but definitely of the pre-internet realm. Instead of empowering new employees from…
 
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  • Tuesday Tip: Eliminate Stress Triggers

    Jason Cortel
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:22 am
    If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself. – Norman Vincent Peale Eliminate stress triggers that start your morning off on the wrong foot. There are many stress triggers that are within our control and with some planning and minor routine changes you can avoid them. Here are some common pre-work stress triggers and how to eliminate them. Stop procrastinating and find ways to arrive at work in a good mood. It changes everything. Traffic - Go in early/late, take a different route or plan a work from home day. News - News is mostly tragedy.
  • Do This Simple Thing to Improve Your Team

    Jason Cortel
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    A little not so secret to running a successful team or business unit is that what gets talked about get improved. Why do so many managers forget to use this powerful weapon to improve their team? Managers need to be mindful of the frequency and duration they are giving to any particular thing. The frequency and duration of communication ultimately determines outcomes. For example: Falling short on goals, talk about them more. Having an issue with gossip, talk about it more. If there is a negative perception about your team, talk more about the good things they are doing. Bad behaviors…
  • 10 Things That Sadden Me

    Jason Cortel
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    In order to keep on keeping on you have to recognize those things that will forever present themselves as a challenge to your personal mission. These are the 10 things that sadden me the most. By recognizing, understanding and identifying those things that sadden you will give you the strength to push forward. Your results won’t always speak for themselves Some people will never find the strength to rise up to their potential Some mistakes will be held over you indefinitely The rumor mill will often be the system of record People more readily believe lies over the truth Some people are…
  • Firing an Employee is a Beautiful Thing

    Jason Cortel
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    Managers look at firing an employee as a bad thing when it fact it should be a beautiful thing. Not only is it good for the employee and your company it is also good for your team, your clients and your culture. Still, it is one of the most dreaded responsibilities of a manger. The wrong reasons why managers dread firing an employee: You didn’t set clear expectations if your expectations aren’t clear or delivered at all you will feel guilty for firing an employee who isn’t meeting them. You didn’t provide actionable training if you didn’t train them to do the job right you will…
  • Be a Better Leader with Active Communication

    Jason Cortel
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Do you wait for questions, answers, problems to explode or do you communicate actively? If you are waiting you will end up always putting out fires. Non-management team members usually take a passive approach to communication, trusting that their leaders and peers will tell them what they need to know when they need to know it.  When a non-management team member transitions to a leader of a team requires them to shift from passive communication to an active one. However, we find that many remain a passive communicator. When transitioning to the leader of a team don't make this common…
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  • Revisiting Teamwork Fads

    jlctaggart
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    “What goes around, comes around.” This well-known expression is intended typically in a negative context. In this post I’m adapting it to fit within the organizational bureaucracy, specifically on the topic of teams and teamwork. I’ve written plenty on teams in the past (see links at the end of this post), given my extensive past work, both within the public and not-for-profit sectors. What’s unfortunate is that fads on team work, as with numerous other management fads (Management by Objectives, anyone? Or how about Total Quality Management), fade away, only to resurface later,…
  • The 2 Types of Progress

    Gadget_Leader
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    "The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them." That quote comes from Peter Thiel's 'Zero to One', which was the latest blog subject on one of the best leadership blogs around. Now, how do you define progress?  That's pretty easy if you have a dictionary, of course. And I do, built into my brain. If you don't, there are two things you should be looking at: Horizontal progress is doing more of…
  • 3 Ways To Strengthen Your Bench Of Next Generation Leaders

    Ryan Jenkins
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    The value of a life is always measured by how much of it is given away. At the end of one’s life, we celebrate the selflessness not the title, status, or accumulation. Selflessness is what makes our lives truly bigger than ourselves. If your leadership is all about you, it ends when you come to an end but if your leadership isn’t all about you, it will live beyond you. It’s common for seasoned leaders to look back and fear the emerging generation of leaders who might be more talented, better educated, doing things differently, and further along than when they were there age. There is a…
  • Under-Promise, Over-Deliver: Amazon’s Dropped Ball

    jlctaggart
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    I have an admitted obsession with customer service. It all started in 1978 when, as a new college grad with a B.A. in economics, I worked in consumer lending. Half of my job involved building loan and mortgage business; the other half required me to hit the road in the company car to collect delinquent loan accounts. In those days, it was none of this current day harassing phone calls (I did that, too). If you wanted money paid back you knocked on doors and hoped you didn’t get the crap beat out of you.I lasted two years. At that point we had a little girl and I was finding it really…
  • The One Person You Forget to Forgive?

    PhilDourado
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Extracted from Kevin Eikenberry's great blog post, the 3 Types of Forgiveness, for your everyday leadership. 1. Forgive Others When we don't forgive others, we set ourselves up for animosity, reduced productivity, more conflict and drastically lowered trust. So how open to forgiving others are you? 2. Forgive Events Things that happen might not be anyone's "fault". Do you know people who continue to dwell on a past situation that caused them grief or pain, even if it was just a situation? So what was the third one? The one that we sometimes forget? 3. Forgive Yourself It's considered a…
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  • Better Strategy Alignment—It’s All About Communication

    Jean Williams
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Webster Dictionary defines “organization” as an organized body of people with a particular purpose, especially a business, society, association, etc. synonyms: company, firm, corporation.”   An organized body of people can’t achieve its purpose without effective communication. In fact, many believe it’s the glue that binds companies together — making it an essential leadership capability. There are many aspects of organizational communication.  Having difficult conversations, conducting performance appraisals, and influencing across a complex matrix are just a few. …
  • Leadership’s Simple Secret: Consistency in Word, Deed, and Direction

    Amanda Young Hickman
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Leadership comes in all kinds of styles, in all kinds of settings.   Despite the endless variations and examples of leaders in the world, there is a simple truth about the leadership choices that resonate and make a difference in driving results.  It’s about consistency.  Word, Deed, and Direction. New managers and B-School students focus on resources, investments and ROI.  Our first understanding about how business works focuses on the economic business cycle: the concrete “hard” decisions that we make to price the product or hire the team or configure manufacturing or fund…
  • Neuroscience & Leadership: interpersonal trumps analytics

    Nick Noyes
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
    We have it wrong.  Well, actually, we have it backwards.  What we’ve traditionally assumed about key traits for successful leadership in organizations- and implicitly and explicitly valued- is only part of the story.  For decades, organizations have celebrated the analytical skills of their leaders.  As a legacy of the industrial economy and the scientific method of management we have heralded and rewarded analytical and problem solving skills as key leadership attributes.  Indeed, most of today’s leaders grew up in a world that rewarded analytical smarts and individual problem…
  • Business Acumen: What is it and Why is it so Important for Aspiring Leaders?

    Ned Wasniewski
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    It’s a fact: Effective leadership requires both interpersonal skills and business acumen.  Even the most dynamic and well-liked leaders are likely to flounder if they lack overall business sense. That’s because without a clear understanding of how business works, their  goals are likely to ring hollow — especially when employees recognize that these goals aren’t based on a strong understanding of the marketplace or technical/functional skills and knowledge. But, what exactly is business acumen?  Well, the reality is that it isn’t a single skill, but a much broader set of…
  • Leadership Leverage:  When does day-to-day leadership really matter?

    Amanda Young Hickman
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Everyone who studies or teaches or practices leadership knows that leaders make a profound difference in moments of crisis; in periods of intense change; in the early stages of an effort; in reinvigorating an initiative that has stalled. These are moments that call for extraordinary leadership, under what we would call extraordinary circumstances. There is a lot of attention paid to leaders who step into extraordinary challenges. Less attention is paid to the day-to-day leadership moments, which simply because of their frequency, can have an enormous impact on whether a leader or an…
 
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  • Tuesday Tip: Eliminate Stress Triggers

    Jason Cortel
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
    If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself. – Norman Vincent Peale Eliminate stress triggers that start your morning off on the wrong foot. There are many stress triggers that are within our control and with some planning and minor routine changes you can avoid them. Here are some common pre-work stress triggers and how to eliminate them. Stop procrastinating and find ways to arrive at work in a good mood. It changes everything. Traffic - Go in early/late, take a different route or plan a work from home day. News - News is mostly tragedy.
  • Do This Simple Thing to Improve Your Team

    Jason Cortel
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    A little not so secret to running a successful team or business unit is that what gets talked about get improved. Why do so many managers forget to use this powerful weapon to improve their team? Managers need to be mindful of the frequency and duration they are giving to any particular thing. The frequency and duration of communication ultimately determines outcomes. For example: Falling short on goals, talk about them more. Having an issue with gossip, talk about it more. If there is a negative perception about your team, talk more about the good things they are doing. Bad behaviors…
  • 10 Things That Sadden Me

    Jason Cortel
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    In order to keep on keeping on you have to recognize those things that will forever present themselves as a challenge to your personal mission. These are the 10 things that sadden me the most. By recognizing, understanding and identifying those things that sadden you will give you the strength to push forward. Your results won’t always speak for themselves Some people will never find the strength to rise up to their potential Some mistakes will be held over you indefinitely The rumor mill will often be the system of record People more readily believe lies over the truth Some people are…
  • Firing an Employee is a Beautiful Thing

    Jason Cortel
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    Managers look at firing an employee as a bad thing when it fact it should be a beautiful thing. Not only is it good for the employee and your company it is also good for your team, your clients and your culture. Still, it is one of the most dreaded responsibilities of a manger. The wrong reasons why managers dread firing an employee: You didn’t set clear expectations if your expectations aren’t clear or delivered at all you will feel guilty for firing an employee who isn’t meeting them. You didn’t provide actionable training if you didn’t train them to do the job right you will…
  • Be a Better Leader with Active Communication

    Jason Cortel
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    Do you wait for questions, answers, problems to explode or do you communicate actively? If you are waiting you will end up always putting out fires. Non-management team members usually take a passive approach to communication, trusting that their leaders and peers will tell them what they need to know when they need to know it.  When a non-management team member transitions to a leader of a team requires them to shift from passive communication to an active one. However, we find that many remain a passive communicator. When transitioning to the leader of a team don't make this common…
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  • Real-ationships, a Must in the Hyper-Connected World

    Ron McIntyre
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    I find it interesting how changing a letter or two can open up a whole new arena for a person’s mind.  In listening to the sermon recently, the word Real-ationships was coined and discussed in a spiritual sense but I … Continue reading → The post Real-ationships, a Must in the Hyper-Connected World appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Business Growth Stages – Understanding Potentials

    Ron McIntyre
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Your company is by all intent, an organism that is composed of various cells including owners, employees, customers and partners that make it work, when all are aligned, similar to cells in our own bodies. This being said, your company … Continue reading → The post Business Growth Stages – Understanding Potentials appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Innovation Concepts – 4 Ways to Embrace in Your Company?

    Ron McIntyre
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    We love talking with people about Innovation and what it can do for a company.  We don’t believe innovation can be dictated nor can it be engineered into existence.  Our premise of innovation utilizes the idea of trial and error … Continue reading → The post Innovation Concepts – 4 Ways to Embrace in Your Company? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Do you have a Trusted Mastermind Team?

    Ron McIntyre
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    One of the keys to life is to be around the people who will empower you to reach the next level! In order to exceed your present reach, you need to be around people who will help you stretch a … Continue reading → The post Do you have a Trusted Mastermind Team? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Is Your Purpose Powerful Enough?

    Ron McIntyre
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    A strong purpose provides a major component of your businesses foundation.  It is at the base of any successful visionary business. Some believe it might be the most important component and I happen to be one of them. It is … Continue reading → The post Is Your Purpose Powerful Enough? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
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  • 3 Useless Interview Questions that You’re Probably Asking

    Paul Keijzer
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:11 pm
    With the amount of information available online for “how to answer interview questions” interviewers must evolve their questions. After all what’s the point of asking something like “Why Should We Hire You?” when the candidate could have googled the interview question and gotten multiple answers to satisfy you. So what questions should be avoiding? Those that provide non-relevant information. What many interviewers forget to reflect about before doing interviews is what requirements does the job specifically ask? It’s not about a standard set of interview questions to be…
  • Leadership Outbreak – The Team Building Accelerator

    Paul Keijzer
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    It was 2002 I was on a plane from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur where the then President of Unilever Asia, Tex Gunning  had invited 225 senior leaders from across Asia for a Leadership Outbreak. I didn’t know it then, but I was about to take part in a corporate retreat that would change my life forever. I didn’t have a clue what to expect since the only thing we were told was the time we should arrive to the recently opened Kuala Lumpur airport and a list of stuff to bring. I was puzzled. What was this so-called Leadership Outbreak all about? All we were told was to be…
  • 4 Effortless Ways to Become Smarter Using Your Smartphone

    Paul Keijzer
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Have you ever realized that really “smart” people seem to know something about everything? It seems like they’re always pushing the boundaries of their mind to absorb more of what’s happening around the world. On the flip side, people who are caught up with their personal lives tend to overlook the importance of staying on top of current events. These people often say they simply don’t have the time to read or watch the news. Personally I’m a fan of CEO’s who have a TV in their office. I’ve seen many of them listening to business news in the background. Of course, not everyone…
  • 5 Ways to Stop Leadership Teams from Self-Destruction

    Paul Keijzer
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Building high performing teams is one thing, building high performing leadership teams is a completely different kettle of fish! If you’ve worked anywhere near a leadership team before, you know that getting the synergies of key thinkers aligned is a pretty difficult task. So how do you build high performing leadership teams? Your first understand why they’re inherently on the path to self-destruction. The 6 Steps of Self-Destruction Let’s first identify why leadership teams are different from ordinary teams. There are many reasons but the ones that stick out for me are: 1. Most…
  • 3 Demands Companies Should Make From Women to Achieve Gender Balance

    Paul Keijzer
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    I was going through the results of a Pew Research Center Survey – 10 Findings about Women in the Workplace and the results actually got me thinking: Has the Gender Diversity battle been focusing too much on what companies should be doing and not enough on what should be expected from the actual families involved? Isn’t it fair to assume that women should be meeting companies have way to achieve gender balance in the workplace? I say yes and with that in mind, I believe there are 3 very reasonable expectations that any employer can expect from women in the workforce. What Companies…
 
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  • Why a Photo Shoot should be done right

    charles johnston
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    If you are anything like I am, you would rather have a root canal than go to a photo shoot. OK, maybe not to that extreme but close enough. A couple of months ago I bid on a photo shoot silent auction item at a local fundraiser for First Coast No More Homeless Pets. Mainly […] The post Why a Photo Shoot should be done right appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • 10 Ways in Becoming a Christian Man

    charles johnston
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    As a man or should I say as a male we have this vision of adulthood. We believe there is a coming of age when we become a man. Believe it or not there is not a right of passage that makes us into a Christian man. There are things we can do as Christian males […] The post 10 Ways in Becoming a Christian Man appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Album Review – Lately by Alice Summers

    charles johnston
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Lately by Alice Summers – A music Review As a music aficionado I am always on the lookout for new and upcoming artists with a new sound. I recently had the fortune to be able to preview the newly released album Behind the Noise by Alice Summers. Disclaimer Alice Summers provided the album “Lately” free of […] The post Album Review – Lately by Alice Summers appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • When You know it is Worth it

    charles johnston
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    There are moments in life when you know it is Worth it. Ever have that moment of clarity that makes your struggle worthwhile? That moment when you are ready to throw in the towel and it happens. When you are full of self-doubt and prepared to quit. That is when He intercedes and puts someone […] The post When You know it is Worth it appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • 10 Leadership Quotes

    charles johnston
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    I am an avid reader of books especially those that have leadership quotes that are of benefit to myself and those around me.  Generally my book choices consist of motivational, self-help, faith-based and leadership.  Sometimes the books consist of all of these and more.  When reading I look for great original quotes that I can […] The post 10 Leadership Quotes appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
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    Steve Farber: Extreme Leadership

  • When Was the Last Time You Wrote One of These?

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

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

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

    Steve
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership was first published in 2004 and has become the cornerstone of my body of work. In preparing for the launch of the 10th Anniversary edition (coming in September!), I found myself looking back through my original notes and scratchings from twelve years ago, when I was first giving birth to this thing. As an avid reader, I always find it fascinating when I can get a glimpse into the creative process of writers I admire, but I’ve never shared my own process with anyone else. Until now. In celebration of the impending release of the…
  • A New Standard for Public Service?

    Steve
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    John Morgan, the founder of The Chinook Institute for Civic Leadership, is, at his core, a civil servant. An urban planner, to be precise. Given the stereotypes that many attribute to government workers, you may think that “love” and “urban planning” would be words that you’d never find in the same sentence. Think again. John recently received the Planner of the Year award from the Oregon chapter of the American Planning Association, and his acceptance speech is a primer for Extreme Leadership in service of the public. What if John’s words are a harbinger…
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    Leadership Thoughts

  • How Quests Transform Your Leadership — An Interview with Chris Guillebeau

    Bruce Harpham
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    An Interview with Chris Guillebeau I have followed Chris Guillebeau’s writing and books for since 2009. His essays on travel and unconventional living have intrigued me for years. In his 2010 book The Art of Non-Conformity Chris shared views on setting your own rules. In 2012, he published The $100 Startup, a work that shares stories and advice on how to start a successful business with $100 or less. Based in Portland, Oregon, USA, Chris travels the world, writes books and offers digital courses for sale. An Interview with Chris Guillebeau In The Happiness of Pursuit we learn more…
  • How Great Leaders Grow By Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

    Bruce Harpham
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Where do leaders learn their skills and find inspiration? Do they work away, locked in an office, until inspiration strikes? It should go without saying that project managers need leadership skills. To a large degree, leaders are those who build on lessons learned from the past. German philosopher Georg Hegel said, “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.” That’s an excellent warning. Like most generalisations, there are exceptions. Learning from history and those who have gone before you is an indispensable leadership tool. Great…
  • The Essential Hallmarks of a Project Leader

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

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

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

  • Don’t be a Bore!

    Lisa Parker
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Imagine someone is handing you a beautifully wrapped gift, all the while hinting that the treasure inside is something that you really want…would you feel bored? Of course not. But suppose the giver has a pattern of giving pretty boxes filled with sawdust? Nothing but sawdust, month after month. How would you feel now? That’s exactly how an audience feels when they are forced to sit through yet another boring monthly update, status report, or any other routine presentation where presenters have spent an inordinate amount of time making their slides look good and too little time…
  • A Management Moment With…Robin Williams

    Lisa Parker
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”   –  Robin Williams Do you ever feel like your ideas are too “out there” to be expressed in a meeting? Is your work environment one that rewards conformity over originality? If so, then perhaps you’ve lost your inner Robin Williams. Who can forget Williams’ early days as Mork from Ork? We all sat open-mouthed as we watched him unleash not just a spark, but a bonfire of insanity that lifted a mediocre sitcom to the…
  • Why Empathy Might Be Your Environmental Rx

    Lisa Parker
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.” – Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, author and poet, died on May 28th at the age of 86, and her passing felt personal to me. I read her first autobiographical novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in 1975, and saw her speak a year or so  after that. Maya Angelou’s gracious presence filled that auditorium as did her rich, resonant voice. If you’ve read her writings, you understand how empathy is not evidence of weakness, but rather a sign of courage. Is there a place for empathy at work? Is it…
  • Professional presence: You know it when you see it

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

    Lisa Parker
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Leaders who provide specific praise in the moment not only reinforce desired behavior, they lead by example, demonstrating important qualities like attentiveness, gratitude, and generosity. Quite simply, it is their presence in action. Research shows that as much as 75% of an organization’s culture can be traced back to the behavior of its leaders. When you praise individuals, you’re creating a positive work environment that can elevate everyone’s performance. Be sure to: 1.  Be Specific 2.  Be Brief 3.  Be Timely Specific feedback highlights the praiseworthy action taken…
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  • Check Out Today’s “200-Second Soundbite™” Podcast!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cruise over to PodBean to hear our latest 200-Second Soundbite entitled “Do You Lead From the Trenches?” or subscribe to our PodCast directly via iTunes at the following link Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com CEO, Brigadier General John E. Michel tells us four simple actions to be the superhero we know you can be, no cape required.   Click here to read the full length written version.  by … Read the rest The post Check Out Today’s “200-Second Soundbite™” Podcast! appeared first on General Leadership.
  • Monday Quote:

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you cant do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. … Read the rest The post Monday…
  • Leading with ICE Part II: Committment

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” Peter F. Drucker In Part I of this series we discussed Integrity and the concept of being “whole” as a leader. There is more to it than one blog entry and I hope that you have wrestled with what makes you come alive! We need leaders who are alive…and making a difference for their team…not just imparting direction! In Part II we move to Commitment…Commitment is a big word. Sadly we see too many leaders these days demonstrating a lack of commitment resulting in failed institutions, the loss of fortunes,…
  • Check Out Today’s 200-Second Soundbite™ Video Spotlight!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com CEO, Brigadier General Michel challenges you to release your inner superhero. Each of us has the ability to find within ourselves a motivation and a drive which can compel us to face adversity and grow through an obstacle. While your courageous moment may not be taking a hill on a battlefield or breaking into the hamburger business, you face obstacles daily which provide you with the ability to test, learn and re-apply the lessons you require to stretch your courage in new directions. by … Read the rest The post Check Out Today’s 200-Second…
  • Leaders Supply the Perspective

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    My destination: Maunawili Falls  “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” Abraham Lincoln Hiking in Hawaii is one of the joys of living here. There are hundreds of miles of trails leading to natural beauty unique to the Islands of Aloha, but despite the fact we’re on an island, it’s surprisingly easy to get lost. Whoever is leading the hike has to know where they’re going, and maintain perspective during the journey. It’s an excellent metaphor for leadership because leadership, especially at senior levels, is…
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    EPICOMM

  • Ok, we get it. You’re “busy”.

    Elena Iacono
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Let me put this out there. Rambling on and on about how busy we are can get old, tired and downright annoying. We are all busy – before we know it it’s 4:46 pm and the whole day has slipped by us. The problem with exclaiming one’s self-busyness is that you are measuring yourself up against someone else. And this is a problem that is affecting our relationships. I’ve always taken “I’m so busy” as a condescending way to talk up one’s self-worth, importance, hierarchy or position. In an era where titles are irrelevant, workplace hierarchies are…
  • A lesson to shape the future.

    Elena Iacono
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:37 pm
    I bumped into an old boss today. You may or may not care about this inconsequential fact but I promise I’m going somewhere with this. So I bumped into an old boss of mine today and I felt, well, good. Natural feeling, right? There is more to the story… This “boss” in question represents and epitomizes all the negative stereotypes we read out there on what not to do when leading people. I also chose not to reference this “boss” as a leader because to be a “leader”, one inspires others. Helps people grow. The boss in question did not do this. The experience – and I endured…
  • Disappointed? Keep cool.

    Elena Iacono
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Disappointment is inevitable. I’ve been disappointed. And I’m sure at one point in your career you’ve been disappointed too. Do you remember how you felt? Anger or resentment rush over you? It did for me. I can’t deny it. Our standards are high. We expect to deliver and receive excellence. How we handle disappointment, however, speaks volumes of our leadership style and credibility. Protect it all by considering a few key tips I’ve learned to apply. Focus on you Before you can address the disappointing situation it is important to manage yourself first. Take a…
  • My life rules. Yours?

    Elena Iacono
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Last week, I sat down with my professional mentor. We explored the nature of “principles.” You know. Those things that guide people. It got me thinking. And it got me writing. My top 10 golden rules to life might at first glance have nothing to do with leadership. However, I invite you to keep your mind open and reflect on what I’ve prepared for you. Elena’s top 10 golden rules  Rule 1: Buy yourself flowers Treat yourself. Be it a new book, a new tie clip, new coat, make it a point to recognize yourself for a job well done. Stay motivated and encourage yourself to new…
  • Motivation doesn’t work.

    Elena Iacono
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Of course I don’t think motivation doesn’t work. It does work. Motivation doesn’t work, however, when close-minded, insincere leadership is present. It just doesn’t. People can only be motivated to perform better, think differently, do x rather than y when they feel their leaders (or their peers) care about them. Having said this, here’s an equation I’m throwing out there: An open mind + good leadership = motivation  Consider something I read recently: “Motivation only works when we consider letting go of leadership practices that undermine…
 
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    C-Suite Network Blog

  • The 7 Disciplines of a Successful Leader

    Brittany Nader
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Mark Sanborn Fellow professional speaker Scott Ginsberg once asked me, “What do you do each day to assure your ongoing success?” I thought it was one of the best questions I’ve ever been asked. For more than 25 years, I’ve considered what activities have given me the biggest payback on my investment of time and expertise as a leader. The biggest challenge of leadership isn’t being successful; it is being successful over the long run. Longevity trumps the temporary, and it requires daily disciplines. At different times in your business, there will be different things you need to…
  • How Much Does it Cost?

    Brittany Nader
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Mitch Joel – President, Twist Image & author of “Six Pixels of Separation” Let’s talk about money. The marketing agency business is a strange bird. Brands are strange birds too. It’s a complex web of relationships that is often confusing, evolving, thrilling, beautiful, painful and more. As the marketing industry evolves, we have all experienced massive shifts in how the business is won and done. First, there is the procurement component. More and more, the procurement department is leading the charge not only in the negotiation of fees, but in the running of the…
  • Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

    Brittany Nader
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Judith Glaser Our least-developed skill is the ability to confront each other face to face, say what is in our hearts and minds and, at the same time, build and strengthen our relationships. Confrontation is something we tend to avoid. Having difficult conversations scares most people into thinking they will lose a friendship, so they avoid the truth. When we feel frustrated or angry at someone we feel has undermined us, we get so upset we just can’t find the words to express ourselves. We end up pushing, not pulling, expressing our worst behaviors — or we may hold it all inside…
  • Why The C-Suite Needs to Get Social

    Brittany Nader
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Damian Corbet I recently gave a talk on social media to C-level executives from B2B companies. The feedback was great, but there were a lot of questions about relevance, ROI, etc. Because of that, I thought I’d jot down some thoughts about why social media is so important for B2B companies and why, without the understanding and buy-in of the C-suite, it will never really work. I can see where the doubt and uncertainty comes from. However, I think boards are looking at things the wrong way. Instead of asking what “value” can be gained from using social media, I’d turn it…
  • If You Believe It, You Can Achieve It

    Brittany Nader
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Steve Rizzo One Saturday night in 1980, I was performing at East Side Comedy Club on Long Island. I was fairly new in the comedy arena, and this was my first weekend appearance at a premiere comedy club. To say that I was a bit nervous would be an understatement. Sharing the marquee with me was a young comic by the name of Eddie Murphy. Yes, the Eddie Murphy.  I knew Eddie pretty well back in the day. We performed at a lot of one-night gigs together at bars, dance clubs and restaurants in the tri-state area. Even though I was 12 years his senior, I knew from the moment I met Eddie there…
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    Australian Institute of Management Blog

  • Management Article Round-up

    AIM
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Catch up on all the latest management, leadership and workplace articles gathered by AIM’s Twitter last week. For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau. How to Lead in the Moment Without Losing Your Mind (via @fastcompany) http://bit.ly/1pl3HJZ 3 Easy Ways to Get More Out of Your Team (via @inc) http://bit.ly/XQb5GX The Keys to Coping With Bully Behavior in the Workplace (via @tlnt_com) http://bit.ly/Xs5DcQ The Leadership Equation: 7 Keys To An Awesome Team (via @starbucker) http://bit.ly/1qPXiMZ Why CEOs Should Enforce Employee Vacations (via @TheBuildNetwork)…
  • How to Fast-Track Wins in Your Business

    AIM
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Guest post by Richard Maloney A strong culture is critical for the success of all teams. It’s always been a key focus for sporting teams, both elite and amateur, and yet when it comes to business, 70% of the Australian workforce is currently disengaged. In sport we see passion, purpose, shared vision, spirit and unity. It’s infectious! People usually play for the love of the game and the love of their team – rarely just for the money. On the other hand, most disengaged employees would change employers right now for as little as a 5% pay increase! So what are we missing? While all…
  • A Problem That Cannot Be Ignored

    AIM
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    More common in the workplace than in the schoolyard, bullying not only harms those on the receiving end, it’s bad for business. By Emma Williams Bullying is generally associated with the schoolyard. However, it is a very real and “adult” problem affecting many workplaces throughout Australia. Psychologist and expert on workplace bullying, Evelyn Field, says bullying among adults is far more common than people realise. Often it’s found in subtle forms. “We look at one in five kids being bullied at school, but it’s more at work,” Field says. “I’d say one in three adults is…
  • Management Article Round-up

    AIM
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Catch up on all the latest management, leadership and workplace articles gathered by AIM’s Twitter last week. For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau. Taking Back the Brag: 4 Tips for Self-Promotion (via @inc) http://bit.ly/X4Wmrj The Manager’s Guide to Leading with a Light Touch (via @fastcompany) http://bit.ly/1qIRfZv 5 Surefire Ways to Double Your Workday Productivity (via @entmagazine) http://bit.ly/1m4sFT5 Five Tips to Sharpen your Leadership Focus (via @SmartCompany) http://bit.ly/1tTeu1F 10 Opening Phrases to Use in Your Next Email (via @inc)…
  • Five Things You Can Do Now to Redesign Your Career

    AIM
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Guest post by Maria Simonelli You’ve got to find what you love…The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs Why is it that in a time when we have so many job opportunities and so many ways to create a meaningful and rewarding career, we find that nearly half of those surveyed say they’re in jobs they would trade today if they could? The modern workplace is afflicted with two career dilemmas – a plague of job dissatisfaction and the related uncertainty about how to choose the…
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • How to “Ace” your 360 Feedback Assessment

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

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    In most relationships, people want to have trust—with a romantic partner, with a family member, with a doctor or a dentist, with a mechanic or a plumber. In those relationships, without trust as a foundation, much can fail. Shouldn't we see it the same in the workplace? After all, a company’s success is based on trust—consumers must trust the brand, and employees, who, in essence, sell trust to consumers, most definitely need to trust their leaders. CommuniCon, Inc., says that “high-trust organizations have increased value, accelerated growth, enhanced innovation…and improved…
  • Learning from Zuckerberg's Leadership Style

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Like him or hate him, you’ve got to hand it to Mark Zuckerberg—there’s no denying that, at a mere 30 years old, he’s a multibillion-dollar success. His baby—the social-networking site Facebook—recently posted shares worth nearly $75, almost double its May 2012 IPO price of $38 per share. Which means that, not only did he have a solid, viable idea in social networking, he also has had some success at company leadership. And we all—millennial and office veteran alike—could learn a thing or two from his style.To start, Zuckerberg shows us that, to be a good leader, you first need…
  • Ditch the Fear, Leaders Need to Create a Culture of Fun

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

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

    Jim Morris
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Dear Everyone: Please stop referring to matters of business and organizations competing with one another as “War”, and please drop the metaphorical reference to winning market share as “killing the competition”. There are real wars people are fighting today, and there are people dying in them. The risk is grave that we collectively diminish the devastation and gravity of actual armed conflicts by using the same language to describe price competition between two soft drink companies. Coke vs. Pepsi isn’t a war: no one dies as a result of losing market-share, at least not directly.
  • 5 Things Teams Do to Make Beautiful Music Together

    Moe Carrick
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Live music performed well is the ultimate example of team performance in action. Last weekend we made our annual migration to the Sisters Folk Festival, a phenomenal event in our home community showcasing singers from around the world sharing their talents with us in a variety of venues. Music moves me and reminds me of what coming together to accomplish the phenomenal really means. Inspired by these artists, here are my top 5 things you can do at work to move your group from barely getting by to achieving the phenomenal together 1. Listen first Great musicians watch and listen to one another…
  • Labor Day: The New (labor) Rules for Millennials

    Jim Morris
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Yesterday, those of us who live in the US celebrated our Labor Day. While the holiday has become a harbinger for the end summer, the original intent of the holiday was to honor the contributions of American workers to our country’s prosperity, productivity and well-being. For Moe and I, and I suspect for millions of business owners, Labor Day is a good reminder to stop and appreciate each other and ourselves for our “labor”. At times, we don’t do a very good job practicing what we preach in terms of life balance and the importance of rest and renewal. There is good data to support the…
  • A Better Way

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

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

  • Devi -Manifestations of the Divine Mother

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:40 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Autumn (Sharad) or Fall is the season when you feel the first crispness in air, the summer is gone, monsoon has infused new life into trees and fall is in the air. As nature turns the … Continue reading →
  • What makes PM Modi’s speech stand out

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
     By Somali K Chakrabarti Nobody can question the talent of our people…especially after yesterday  said PM Narendra Modi in his speech, at the launch of Make in India campaign. What could have been a better timing to kick start the … Continue reading →
  • 4 Ways in which Music Improves State of Mind and Performance At Work

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
     By Somali K Chakrabarti  Music and rhythm find their secret way into our soul. ~Plato We all listen to music, often being oblivious of the mysterious way in which it affects our mind. So profound is the effect of music … Continue reading →
  • Mumbai – A Green City Turning Grey

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Standing by the open window railing on my room, as I sip my morning tea looking at the coconuts swinging from the tree at a stone’s throw, I struggle each day to reconcile with how the … Continue reading →
  • Why some companies in India are still on a 6 day work week

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Working for 6 days a week is never a particularly appealing idea. Most people would agree that a single Sunday is not enough to wash away the fatigue of working throughout the week. Till recently when my … Continue reading →
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    Ying Ying Shi

  • 3 love inspired business principles

    Ying Ying Shi
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    While there is a lot of discussion about whether to keep private life and work separate and great suggestions are available about how to separate them, there are also areas where we would benefit from considering them as a unified … Read more →
  • The communication we all need

    Ying Ying Shi
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Like nuclear weapon, communication is extremely powerful. When used appropriately, we can motivate thousands and millions of people. When used inappropriately, we may hurt someone for a lifetime. The importance of communication has made it one of the most fundamental … Read more →
  • Does the candidate fit with the team?

    Ying Ying Shi
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    While efficiently allocating resources is a major concern for economists, effectively selecting talents is a major concern for both managers and human resources. Everything on earth has a value – even if it does not have a price (e.g. air) … Read more →
  • Mistakes and The Dream Model

    Ying Ying Shi
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    What is your dream? A typical question in Chinese writing exams is to write about “your dream”. Dreams are not what you experiment when you are asleep, nor are they mere illusions of the future. Dreams are desired destinations we … Read more →
  • Beginnings: Challenging but rewarding experiences

    Ying Ying Shi
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
      If you are starting a new project, you know the process is hard. You feel you give in lots of energy, and yet get out so little of it. You hesitate and ask whether this is all worthwhile. You lose … Read more →
 
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  • Email Is The Enemy Of Great Leadership

    Tim Sieck
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    There’s an old saying that email is the enemy of great because it allows the leader to not actually have to communicate.  While that might be a bit of an stretch, the essence is true.  Leaders spend most of their time communicating.  The communication happens up to their superiors, down to subordinates, and across workgroups to coordinate and integrate the work of others. Even knowing this, far too often, there are headlines that are similar to this one: Radio Shack lays off employees via email – USA Today The article states that employees at the company headquarters were…
  • TED Talks Thursday: Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius

    Tim Sieck
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of ‘Eat, Pray,Love’, talks about genius and creativity and how these topics apply to work and career.  How do you find work that you love, and regenerate that passion on a regular basis?  It may be the only thing that makes going to work on a day-to-day basis tolerable.
  • TED Talks Thursday: Larry Smith – Why You Will Fail To Have A Great Career

    Tim Sieck
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    This week’s TED talk features Larry Smith discussing why most people will fail to have a great career simply because they choose not to do something they are passionate about and settle for ordinary experiences.  We believe doing things you are passionate about is a key component to success.  Watch this video and spend some time thinking about what you are doing today, and whether or not it’s where you are supposed to be. Most people will fail to have a great career simply because they choose not to.Tweet This  
  • Transparent Leadership

    Tim Sieck
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Transparency comes up often as a leadership trait that is desired from managers and supervisors.  Employees want their boss to be a human being with flaws, not a superhero, or worse yet, a machine. The difference between a great boss and a mediocre boss is the ability to admit and learn from their mistakes and shortcomings.  Not only does it place an emphasis on the fact that they are just like you and I, but it also builds a culture within the workgroup that allows for people to take risks and feel safe doing so. Below is a short list of behaviors that help a leader to be more transparent…
  • TED Talks Thursday: Drew Dudley – Everyday Leadership

    Tim Sieck
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    In this week’s TED talk, Drew Dudley talks about leadership as not so much about the big “L” leadership as in something that you aspire to, but rather the little things you do that have an impact on someone’s life.  Often times without even knowing it. Take a minute today to think about something someone did for you at some point in your life that has had a positive impact on you. Share your story in our comments.  We love a good story!
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    Ecclesia Nigeria

  • $9.3m Arms Deal – CENTREP Says Nigerians should refuse to be deceived

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

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

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

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

    Timi Pudie
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Mikel – Siasia Explains why coaches fear Mikel Mikel Obi of Chelsea FC & Super Eagles Midfielder Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has warned that anyone who wishes to talk to Mikel Obi to raise his game, should equally be ready to take a slagging from the Chelsea star. Mikel has come under intense criticisms following his recent sluggish displays for the Super Eagles. And Siasia, who lined up the midfielder for the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup and then dropped him for the 2008 Beijing Olympics,  said that Mikel does not welcome criticisms. “Someone would have to talk to him.
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    Leadership & Lipstick

  • Value Your Resouces.A True Story

    Brigitte Kobi
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The above picture which I took from the window of a jewellery shop immediately reminded me to the phrase “to cast pearls before swine” and of how to use resources wisely. Some months ago someone who is running his own business asked me for help with a blog for a…
  • 3 Important Aspects of Change Management

    Brigitte Kobi
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Greek Philosopher Heraclitus made the famous statement “panta rhei” which translates in “everything flows”. This phrase symbolizes the necessity of constant change. But this does not mean that change must necessarily revolutionize everything. Let me give you an example. Some days ago I walked though Zurich’s old town. This…
  • The 3 Types of Truth

    Brigitte Kobi
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Some days ago I was pondering about the question how people choose experts. Given they need the latter because of their knowledge choosing the right person is a challenge. After all, you are looking for someone who knows more about a certain topic than you do. If we have no…
  • Tell Me. How Do You Choose an Expert?

    Brigitte Kobi
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Expertise is something that is highly in demand in most industries. Most of us are experts in something; sometimes without even realizing it. Some years ago I participated at a colloquium of the ETH Zurich. Experts were the subject of the season, so to speak. A professor delivered a speech…
  • Espresso! 6 Meeting Rules

    Brigitte Kobi
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you have been reading my artilcles long enough you already know that I am a fan of espresso. Please never try to sell me a “Lungo”, let alone a filter coffee. I believe that a good meeting has a lot in common with an espresso. It is short, highly…
 
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    The Ahern Blog

  • Why Benchmarking Alone Isn’t Enough for Proper Cost Analysis

    A.W. Ahern
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Carriers in the trucking industry today are actively looking for ways to combat the rising costs of operating their businesses, but they often do not fully understand proper benchmarking, cost analysis, and profit management are intertwined. Without understanding true costs and using benchmarks as just that – benchmarks – carriers and owners will struggle to effectively analyze and reduce their costs. Benchmarking A popular, and possibly overly-stressed, component of profit management is benchmarking. Although it is certainly important for carriers to review industry averages in…
  • Three Steps To Keep Your Trucking Company Ahead of the Curve

    A.W. Ahern
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Trucking companies seem to continually face pressure to continue to be profitable, compliant, and stay ahead of the curve. While we’ve covered many ways in which trucking business owners and transport consultants can try to remain profitable or improve their bottom line, we wanted to delve into three specific ways that trucking companies need to adapt in order to stay ahead of the industry and remain profitable, not only surviving, but thriving in a challenging economy. From political pressure to physical resources, we’ve outlined three ways that can help trucking businesses streamline…
  • Highway Hero Award Highlights The Good Truckers Do

    A.W. Ahern
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The Mid-America Trucking Show is one of the largest trucking shows in the USA. Far too often we forget about the great things that are happening everyday in the trucking industry. We get caught up in the complexities of new regulations and day to day operations that we forget to look for that silver living. This month, the silver lining at the Mid-America Trucking Show was the Goodyear Highway Hero Award of 2014. The Highway Hero Award brings recognition to the extraordinary feats of bravery and selflessness present in the trucking industry. This year’s winner was one Ivan Vasovic, a truck…
  • Truck Drivers’ Satisfaction Remains Strong in the Face of a Difficult Economy

    A.W. Ahern
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:17 am
    In the past, we have talked about the driver retention problems that most companies are facing, and how driver retention is one of the biggest concerns in the industry today. The times have not been particularly kind to trucking businesses over the past year: the Hours of Service regulations have exacerbated truck driver shortages, weather conditions in the United States were abysmal thanks to one of the hardest winters in recent history, and new young truck drivers entering field were few and far between when compared to other years in the past. Luckily, it looks like the trucking industry…
  • Do Trailer Tails Actually Work? Should I Invest in Them?

    A.W. Ahern
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:25 pm
    A topic that has been appearing in the news a lot lately are something called trailer tails. These gadgets are placed on the rear end of a truck in order to help reduce aerodynamic drag, and it claims to help fuel efficiency by as much as 6% when driving at freeway speeds. A New Mexico trucking business recently refitted their entire fleet with these trailer tails, ordering over 3,000 in total. In the news, it was recently claimed that 200,000 trailers are predicted to be outfitted with trailer tails in the next 3 years. (Now of course, this figure becomes a little less persuasive when you…
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