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  • Building Your All-Star Team

    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning
    Kevin Eikenberry
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Professional sports leagues create special event games called All Star Games. They create teams of the best players from their leagues to play a game, show off their talents and sell tickets. One way or another (by votes of media, players or fans), the players are selected and the game is played. The total assembled […] The post Building Your All-Star Team appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • 3 Keys to Move from Boss to Leader

    thoughtLEADERS, LLC
    Mike Figliuolo
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:14 am
    There’s a big difference between being a boss and being a leader. Using three simple yet key approaches can make all the difference in helping you make that shift. Today’s post is by Gina Folk, author of People Leadership: 30 Strategies to Ensure Your Team’s Success (CLICK HERE to get your copy). During a recent […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Three Persuasive Ideas

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

    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog
    Alexander
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    With the summer holidays rapidly approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about vacation auto replies. Here’s the problem: Although anyone who sends you a mail is told not to expect a reply until you get back, they probably still expect an answer at that point. This is fundamentally unfair. You’re away from work. As part of your contract with the company, you have some time off and yet some of the work from your vacation time is thereby shifted into your post-vacation work days. And I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a company that plans for their employees…
  • Team Building arises from existing knowledge

    Create-Learning
    mike
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
      Developing teams we spend time reflecting upon experience. Experience of; The team as a whole The team members interactions The team members as individuals The task(s) to be completed Past experiences with teams Past experiences with team members and all the interactions that happen… This is what causes me to believe that using experiential (team building activities) can be helpful. Respecting the individual, the team and the interactional frame of reference, each person is right in their interpretation. Using an activity may create an exception to patterned behavior or knowledge.
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    HBR.org

  • Comparing the ROI of Content Marketing and Native Advertising

    Kelsey Libert
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Many companies today rely on content marketing and native advertising to gain visibility for their brand — after all, 70% of people say they’d rather learn about products through content rather than through traditional advertising. But is either content marketing or native advertising a surefire way to boost brand awareness? And which one offers more bang for the buck? To answer this question, we at Fractl, a content marketing firm, collaborated with Moz to survey over 30 agencies specializing in content marketing about content formats and the metrics they use to…
  • How the Digital Wind Farm Will Make Wind Power 20% More Efficient

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Sponsor Content Insight from GE. Few people embody the backyard inventor better than Charles Brush. In 1887, he built behind his mansion in Cleveland, Ohio, a 4-ton wind generator with 144 blades and a comet-like tail, and used it to power a set of batteries in his basement. Although by today’s standards the huge, 60-foot machine was massively inefficient, it started a new industry that pushed generations of engineers to make it better. Now GE has decided to go further and improve on the entire wind farm in one fell swoop. “Every wind farm has a unique profile, like DNA or a…
  • The Risks of Changing Your Prices Too Often

    Utpal M. Dholakia
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today’s technologies allow digital businesses (as well as a growing roster of traditional companies) to change prices frequently, even minute-by-minute in real time if they want to. It is not unusual for prices to change on sites like Amazon, Expedia, and Priceline several times a day. But managers are struggling to understand these tactics. How often should companies really change their prices? For any enterprise, the biggest constraint in changing prices is the “menu cost.” Historically, price changes were expensive and time-consuming. Price lists had to be…
  • Pitfalls to Avoid When You Inherit a Team

    Liane Davey
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Taking over as the leader of an existing team can be daunting. The team’s response to your new processes or style can make you feel a little like the evil stepmother who’s stepped into their formerly happy lives. Your team was once someone else’s team. They’ve developed habits in response to the preferences of the previous leader. Adjusting those habits is going to be challenging, but there are things you can do to make the transition easier on all of you. In spite of (or perhaps because of) your efforts to get off to a good start, you risk making a few common…
  • The Condensed Guide to Running Meetings

    Amy Gallo
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    We love to hate meetings. And with good reason — they clog up our days, making it hard to get work done in the gaps, and so many feel like a waste of time. There’s plenty of advice out there on how to stop spending so much time in meetings or make better use of the time, but does it hold up in reality? Can you really make meetings more effective and regain control of your calendar? Paul Axtell, who has worked for 35 years as a personal effectiveness consultant and wrote Meetings Matter: 8 Powerful Strategies for Remarkable Conversations, says that this is a major pain point for…
 
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    Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog

  • Could Embracing Ignorance Improve Your Leadership?

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    Orchestral conductor Itay Talgam writes in The Ignorant Maestro, that “the greatest leaders not only embrace ignorance but are convinced it is an essential choice on their part, allowing their people to reach upper floors that haven’t even been built yet.” In short, your willingness to let go of knowing—the conscious decision to be ignorant, to not know the answers, not even try to predict them—and embrace the unknown will be the crucial tipping point in making you the best leader you can be. The ignorance that Talgam speaks of is not about having a lake of knowledge, but being open…
  • 5 Reasons You Need to Make a Connection Culture Your Highest Priority

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    A culture that connects people would seem to be a high priority to leaders. Building a sense of community would seem to be a necessary first step before a leader does anything else. But a connection culture is not a common as you might expect. Perhaps this largely because our human nature still leads us to believe that we can always default to command and control when we have to. Or perhaps we just get so busy that we have no time for relationships. We just need to get the work done. Michael Lee Stallard makes the case in Connection Culture that in order to achieve sustainable, superior…
  • First Look: Leadership Books for July 2015

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July.   Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations by Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone   Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You're Told to Do Is Wrong by Ira Chaleff   The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life by Bernard Roth   Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno: What Every Leader Can Learn from the Man who Invented the Toyota Production System by Takehiko Harada   Backstabbers and Bullies: How to Cope with the Dark Side of…
  • LeadershipNow 140: June 2015 Compilation

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    Here are a selection of tweets from June 2015 that you might have missed: Reconsidering the Charismatic CEO by Eric McNulty Leadership is Not Something We Accomplish by @StrategicMonk From @WallyBock Becoming a great boss: where to start From @JohnBaldoni LeBron James: Confidence Does Not Negate Humility The Inner Game of Leading by @artpetty Leadership Success: Think Balance Beam Not Mountain Top by @KateNasser True Wisdom… and False Lessons by @BobBurg To Brag or Not: When It Pays, When It Backfires via @whartonknows 10 novels that will make you smarter about business via @wef Ready or…
  • Five Habits of Top Athletes We Can Take To the Workplace

    3 Jun 2015 | 2:41 pm
    This is a post by Dr. Greg Wells author of Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets From the World's Best Athletes Wells is a scientist who specializes in extreme human physiology, draws the parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at the highest level, even when under the most extreme circumstances. An athlete steps up to the starting blocks in the Olympic stadium. They stand tall, take a few deep breaths, and shake out their muscles. Thousands of people cheer while they are introduced, but their eyes never waver from the lane they’re about to run…
 
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    Management-Issues

  • Career planning 101: what I wish I'd known then

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    The career advice I received when I was young was pretty unimaginative. What I wish I’d been told then is what I try to tell young people now. Make plans, but don’t box yourselves in. Be adventurous. Experiment. Think outwardly - and don’t be afraid take gambles.
  • Scarcity and resource intelligence

    5 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Resource scarcity is no longer an abstract ‘green’ concept. As Dawna Jones finds out from Dr Nadya Zhexembayeva,, for many businesses, scarcity is an unwelcome reality that needs to become a primary strategic consideration.
  • There’s nothing soft about the heart

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    Every animal depends on its heart for continuing existence and good health. Exactly the same is true of an organization, except that rather than a multi-chambered muscle, an organization relies on its leadership, its managers and its flow of information.
  • 10 characteristics of customer-focused businesses

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:42 am
    Customer-focused business think in 3D. That’s because they are Dramatically and Demonstrably Different from their competitors. They don’t just meet customer expectations, they consistently exceed them and create a customer focus in everything they do.
  • Five ways to make a good impression

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    If you want to be taken seriously, you need to make a good impression - and make it fast. So when you need to get the people who matter to take notice of your ideas, here are five essential things you need to think about to turn your plans into reality.
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • The Busy Blogger’s Guide to Creative, Compelling Images

    Michael Hyatt
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    My Top-5 Resources for Blog Posts, Social Media, and More If I told you there was one thing you could do with your blog that would boost your traffic by 94 percent, what would you say? Courtesy of iStock/PeopleImages I recently blogged about seven mistakes bloggers cannot afford to make. No. 2 was failing to use compelling imagery. Some bloggers don’t use images at all. That’s a miss. Others use low-quality, unprofessional images. And that’s a miss, too, because it trivializes their brand. Using subpar images on your blog is like saying, “Readers, don’t take me seriously!” Click…
  • What the Fourth of July Really Means [Video]

    Michael Hyatt
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. It turns out a large number of Americans have no idea what the Fourth of July is all about. That’s tragic! Almost thirty years ago today, President Ronald Reagan gave an address for the Fourth of July. Whatever your party or politics, I hope you’ll find it both inspiring and informative. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.
  • Season 4, Episode 9: Don’t Bite That Apple [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    4 Temptations Every Leader Faces Welcome to Season 4, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss four temptations every leader faces. Power amplifies who you are—the good, the bad, and the ugly. That means leaders have to be on their guard about certain temptations. I don’t know a single leader who has not dealt with at least one of these four. Listen to the Audio MICHAEL HYATT WITH STU MCLARENS04E009 - Don’t Bite That AppleSubscribe to Podcast in iTunes | Play in Browser | Download Click here…
  • Update! Help Us Pick the Winner of the Next Platform University Makeover

    Michael Hyatt
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:45 am
    We Have 5 Finalists. Who Deserves to Win? You Decide The votes are in, and Mike Berry has won an official Platform University makeover. See the winning video below. I am thrilled to award him a full-service, bumper-to-bumper branding overhaul. Congrats, Mike! One of the things I love most about Platform University is our ability to help platform-builders at all levels reach more people and create a bigger impact. Courtesy of iStock/mattjeacock One way we’ve done that is through platform makeovers. Last year we received an incredible response to the work we did with Jackie Bledsoe. Now…
  • Why the Place You Live Determines Your Success

    Michael Hyatt
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:45 am
    3 Reasons You Should Call the Movers if You’re Serious about Following Your Dream Everyone knows the old line from the real estate business, “Location, location, location!” But did you know it can have a direct impact on your professional success and satisfaction? Courtesy of iStock/-aniaostudio- I’ve lived just outside Nashville for almost thirty years. It’s been a major center for the music business for decades, but Nashville is now a major hub for mediapreneurs of all stripes. Publishers, podcasters, bloggers, photographers, authors, agents, designers, marketers, musicians,…
 
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    Great Leadership

  • Why We Hate Performance Reviews and How to Improve Them

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Everyone hates performance reviews for three reasons that we just need to accept. However, there are three relatively simple fixes that can make the process a lot less painful.Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out why and how:Why We Hate Performance Reviews and How to Improve Them.
  • 8 CEO Actions to Ensure Chief Customer Officer Success

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Guest post from Jeanne Bliss: More than ever, customer experience is a priority for CEOs in nearly every industry. With the ability to spur customer-driven growth and business transformation, Chief Customer Officers (CCOs) have become embraced as the go-to role for customer experience. However, senior executives should know before they decide on a CCO, that this position requires a personal commitment from them. There are eight major actions the CEO should do to ensure CCO success. 1. Take Personal OwnershipThe CEO should position the work of the CCO as a priority of their agenda. People…
  • You Onboard Your New Employees, So Why Aren’t You Onboarding New Managers?

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    “Most every business leader knows that onboarding is essential for employees, but somehow managers often don’t get the same treatment. Take time to develop a strong onboarding program to help both new professionals and new managers get acclimated quickly, and improve the chances that they will make your company their professional home for years to come.”Read Beth Miller’s new post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.
  • A “Survival of the Fittest” Approach to Leadership Development Produces Cockroach Leaders

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    Read my latest post about the dangers of using a survival of the fittest approach to grooming emerging leaders over at About.com Management and Leadership:How to Groom Rising Leaders and not Burn Them Out
  • The Marathon Effect of Leading Change

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    When senior managers announce a significant change, their goal is to get employees on board in the hope that they will embrace and support the change. When employees react with confusion, fear, uncertainty, or question the change, managers mistakenly see this behavior as “resisting change”.  They forget that they went through the exact same process. They had more time to deal with it and are now ready to move on.This “lagging effect” of how people respond or organizational change is called “The Marathon Effect”. It’s an important change model for leaders to understand…
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    NOOP.NL

  • Success and Failure (Get Your Free Celebration Grid Poster!)

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

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

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

    Jurgen Appelo
    27 May 2015 | 2:52 am
    Many years ago, during a trip through the USA, a friend and I visited Meteor Crater, a giant crater left behind by a meteorite. At the bottom of the crater, there are some remains of a small airplane. We were told that, many years ago, the plane had unintentionally flown into the space contained within the crater, and was then unable to get out. The post The Crater of Unhappiness appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Introducing: Me 3.0

    Jurgen Appelo
    19 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    Some people noticed that my avatar pictures on the social networks were deviating from the real-life version at a slow but steady pace. Yes, I’m getting older! Thanks for pointing it out. The post Introducing: Me 3.0 appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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    Michael Lee Stallard

  • Create and Implement a Connection Culture Survey

    Katie Russell
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    #92 Create and Implement a Connection Culture Survey Many organizations implement employee engagement surveys and these surveys are mostly about connection.  We recommend that organizations develop a customized employee engagement or connection culture survey to identify those individuals who excel in creating connection cultures so that you can celebrate them and identify their best practices to share with others.  In addition, these intentional connectors may be willing to mentor others. This is the ninety-second post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights…
  • To Restore Connection, Say You’re Sorry

    Katie Russell
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:05 pm
    #91 Say You’re Sorry When you make a mistake, say you’re sorry.  This important step will help rebuild connection. This is the ninety-first post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see that they also apply to your relationships at home and in the community. The post To Restore Connection, Say You’re Sorry appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard.
  • Expect the Best of People

    Katie Russell
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    #90 Expect the Best of People Frances Hesselbein, the amazing woman who led the turnaround of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and whom we wrote about in Fired Up or Burned Out, once told me that her mindset was to always expect the best in others. A mindset or attitude of expecting the best in others helps you connect with them. This is the ninetieth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see…
  • Get a Mentor or Coach to Help You Connect

    Katie Russell
    13 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    #89 Get a Mentor or Coach No one becomes great without mentoring and coaching.  We all have blind spots – things we do that are disconnecting – and we need coaches and mentors to help us see our blind spots then advise, encourage and hold us accountable so that we grow to become Intentional Connectors. This is the eighty-ninth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see that they also apply…
  • To Connect, Be Responsive

    Katie Russell
    7 Jun 2015 | 1:50 pm
    #88 Be Responsive Return emails and phone calls promptly and within 24 hours.  Doing so demonstrates respect and helps keep you connected. This is the eighty-eighth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see that they also apply to your relationships at home and in the community. The post To Connect, Be Responsive appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard.
 
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    Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage

  • Embracing the Problem

    brucelynn
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:40 pm
      “The first step to solving any problem is recognizing there is one.” While you are chowing down on the hot dogs, swilling the Budweiser and watching the star spangled fireworks, invest 3 minutes to (re)listen to Jeff Daniels classic monologue. It should be required watching every Fourth of July. Happy Birthday America. Another year older and ideally another year wiser.
  • Embracing the Mess

    brucelynn
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
      There’s an eating fast, and then there’s fast eating. So fast and furious that the whole escapade is a total mess. And for youngun’s, that might just be a good sign according to Today’s article “Why a messy baby may be brainier”… “Next time your baby mashes his bananas, apple sauce AND carrots all together — not to mention all over his hands, hair and the high chair—don’t fret about the mess. Your little one just may be getting smarter in the process…Lynn Hall, now a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told TODAY Moms in an…
  • Embracing Fasting

    brucelynn
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:40 pm
        Ramadan Mubarak! The Muslim world is now in the heart of its holy month of Ramadan. A ritual of many dimensions and traditions but most people know it for the extended duration of strict fasting. Not just food, but no drink. Such a period of failing to eat and drink for a prolonged time might seem to be brutally masochistic (note: a number of exceptions are granted to children, elderly, ill and other individuals for whom such fasting could be dangerous). But actually closer examination indicates that this period of weakness might just make one stronger. Not just in the…
  • The Testing of Turing

    brucelynn
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    “Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” Nobody imagined anything of Alan Turing, born this day in 1912, but achieved the inconceivable task of breaking the “Enigma” cypher used by Nazi Germany. His story is eloquently portrayed in the Oscar winning film, “The Imitation Game.” It is a movie about unorthodoxy (a common theme here as essentially the embrace of failure to conform)… Unorthodox approaches to solving problems Unorthodox managerial talent selection Unorthodox sexual preference Unorthodox gender roles in the…
  • Responding to Oops

    brucelynn
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:38 pm
        “[A comic strip] has to be drawn well enough, not perfectly. No one goes to a rock concert because the band is in tune. They have to be close enough to not be distracting, but being in tune isn’t the point…As creators, our pursuit of perfection might be misguided, particularly if it comes at the expense of the things that matter.” – No one reads a comic strip because it’s drawn well Happy Birthday Scott. Scott Adams doesn’t just write about embracing failure, but he walks the walk. The quote above embraces his failure to do award-winning drawing.
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Comparison, escalation and the golf clap

    Seth Godin
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:09 am
    We've all encountered a tepid group, an audience that won't make noise, a bunch of disaffected students, or perhaps the distracted masses. Cat taught me this trick, which gives great insight into human nature. "Can everyone give me a golf clap, a level one clap, a quiet, polite amount of applause?" Of course, everyone can do this. This is risk-free, enthusiasm-free and easier to do than not. "Okay, what does level two sound like? Can you take it up a notch?" And within a minute, she's created a level-ten tsunami of sound. Comparison and escalation are at the heart of what makes our culture…
  • Interesting

    Seth Godin
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    If you think about it, there's generally no correlation between how much something cost to make and how interesting it is. There are boring movies that bomb... and that cost $100mm to make. And the sound of a crying infant in the next room costs nothing at all, but it certainly gains your attention. A video made for free can go viral, and we'll happily ignore an ad campaign that cost a million or more to make. So, if money isn't related to interestingness, why do we worry so much about spending more on the media we create? Over-the-top production values are sometimes a place to hide. It's…
  • Embellishments

    Seth Godin
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    What are they for? Absolutely nothing. Well, that's not true. The fact that they aren't directly related to what you're trying to deliver is precisely why they exist. The 'nothingness' of their value is why they are valuable. An embellishment, a garnish, a filligree... it exists because it means you took a little extra time, you cared enough to add some beauty or rhythm to the thing you brought me. As soon as we can afford it, as soon as we care, we pay extra for beauty.        
  • "All other difficulties are of minor importance"

    Seth Godin
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:48 am
    The Wright Brothers decided to solve the hardest problem of flight first. It's so tempting to work on the fun, the urgent or even the controversial parts of a problem.  There are really good reasons to do the hard part first, though. In addition to not wasting time in meetings about logos, you'll end up getting the rest of your design right if you do the easy parts last.        
  • More pious

    Seth Godin
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    Tribe members often fall into a trap, a trap created by the fear of standing out, and a natural avoidance to question things. "You're not wearing the proper tie." "That's not how someone like us gets married." "My tweets are of the proper format, yours aren't." "The way you are teaching your kids the rules is wrong." "That symbol of purity isn't good enough for my family." "Your version of the way things should be is a compromise." "What, you're not wearing an official jersey to the game?" As soon as someone says, "I am more pious than you," they've chosen to push someone down in order to…
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    Tom Peters

  • Top 50 Social Employee Advocacy Leaders

    Cathy Mosca
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am
    Tom is proud to be included among the honorees on this list: The Top 50 Social Employee Advocacy Leaders (SEAL) on Twitter. We think it's a great accomplishment for a thinker born before the baby boomers to be in the forefront of an issue born with the Millennials. The post Top 50 Social Employee Advocacy Leaders appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • The 15-Second “Pep talk”(And more)

    Tom Peters
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Summary to a colleague of my recent 15-minute speech ("pep talk"): Don't worry about '21st century leadership' (my assigned topic). If you are just decent to people, listen instead of talk, respect and encourage them, are religious about 'managing by wandering around,' most things will work out. And I said that, in the end, taking […] The post The 15-Second “Pep talk”(And more) appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Hong Kong World Biz Forum 2015

    Cathy Mosca
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:13 am
    Tom continues his round-the-world travels, speaking today at the World Business Forum 2015 in Hong Kong. It's the first time the event has visited that location. Hong Kong World Business Forum 2015 | Hong Kong WBF, Long Version The post Hong Kong World Biz Forum 2015 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Sydney World Business Forum

    Cathy Mosca
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Tom's halfway around the world from home once again. In Sydney, he's one of the speakers at the World Business Forum 2015, along with movie director Oliver Stone, former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, and other excellent company. Presentations: Sydney, World Business Forum 2015 | Sydney, WBF, Long Version The post Sydney World Business Forum appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • HOW Chicago and a Cool Friend

    Cathy Mosca
    19 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Tom bumped into a Cool Friend at the HOW Design Conference in Chicago. Not surprisingly, John Maeda was among the speakers, and he and Tom got a chance to have a bit of conversation. We interviewed Maeda in 2006, when he was part of the Simplicity Consortium at the MIT Media Lab. From there he […] The post HOW Chicago and a Cool Friend appeared first on Tom Peters.
 
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Magic and Creativity Transcription

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

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

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

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

    sshapiro
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    Last month my girlfriend and I were in Aruba. 5 days of bliss at the Marriott there. We were scheduled to fly home on a Friday. But when we woke up Thursday morning, we realized we were not ready to leave. We loved the island and wanted more! Fortunately we didn’t have plans for the weekend and our ... The post Different Questions = Different Answers appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Crossderry Blog

  • Do PM Job Descriptions Address the Skill Gap?

    Paul Ritchie
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:36 am
    My last post addressed the first question from our webinar: how to hire for the right project, leadership, and business skills. The webinar recording itself is here (registration required). As I noted, that question is at the heart of sustainable talent management for your project managers. Even while we answered that question live, we received a follow-on question that was on point: Do job descriptions for project managers reflect these gaps in skills between high-performing and low-performing organizations? My experience is that job descriptions themselves are reasonably good. Even the role…
  • How Do I Hire The Right People?

    Paul Ritchie
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:27 am
    NOTE: First posted at the PM College blog. We had a great webinar on project, leadership, and business skills. We got some great reviews and I hope you enjoy it. To check it out, you see/hear the recording here (registration required). In the next few posts, I’m going to cover the key questions that were asked during the webinar. I will start with one that got to the heart of the challenge: Are there good assessment tools available for [looking at whether candidates have the right skills]? Especially for new hires. Would hate to make a bad hiring decision. Absolutely…and…
  • Better Leadership + Business Skills = Better Projects

    Paul Ritchie
    18 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    What drives project success? Research has consistently shown that it’s having an effective project manager. Results from PM College’s latest research, “Project Manager Skills Benchmark 2015,” confirms this, showing that organizations with highly skilled project managers get significantly better project results. This result is hardly a surprise, but the magnitude of the outperformance is. Project managers at high skill levels outperform those with project managers at low skill levels – almost 50% better. In addition, high-performing organizations appear to emphasize skills beyond…
  • Here’s A Quick Way to Measure Learning Impact

    Paul Ritchie
    14 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    We ask for client feedback on nearly every class or workshop we hold. It’s the way we ensure continuous improvement, instructor/client culture fit, and client satisfaction. It also opens the door to other opportunities; many students express opinions about what they want to see next. However, a number of clients get stuck when it comes to justifying training spend. Senior leaders know that talent development is critical, but they want to see results. And as I noted in my last benefits realization post, if you don’t go in with a measurement plan, you’ll struggle to find…
  • Why Project Management Expertise Isn’t Enough: Lessons Learned from Security Breaches

    Paul Ritchie
    11 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    How many times have I heard that “a good project manager can manage any project?” Too often for my taste. My biggest issue with the claim is that it begs the question: he statement assumes we all agree that any project manager with a mastery of the profession’s tools and techniques can succeed anywhere. We’ve finally learned better, and PMI has acknowledged this in its new requirements for PMP continuing education. As PMI itself puts it: As the global business environment and project management profession evolves, the [certification] program must adapt to provide…
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    MBA Depot - Latest Content

  • Quotes: David Burkus

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    When we face a tough creative challenge, we always look to those with the most expertise. The truth is that some level of expertise matters, but the most creative solutions come from those on the fringes of the subject area, who know enough to understand but not enough to block their creative thinking. Research shows that, over the course of their careers, most individuals tend to reach their peak creativity productivity early on, and then begin a downward trend. Those who continue at high levels of productivity, like mathematician Paul Erdos, are the ones who cultivate outsider mindsets by…
  • Articles: Analyze This!

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Even very small companies can benefit from business analytical tools that may literally transform their businesses. See Related: The intelligent organization: An introduction to BI Use this architecture to structure your business intelligence solutions A Measure of Success BI: Everything Must Go Business Intelligence Success, Lessons Learned The Value of Business Intelligence Business Intelligence Status Report Contemporary Business Intelligence and Its Main Components Safety Zone (common BI stumbling blocks) Business Intelligence: Its Ins and Outs Using Dashboard Based Business Intelligence…
  • Article from the Archive: Check Your Mindset at the Border

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    In this article, the authors discuss why the West still doesn't "get" China. They begin by discussing how multinational companies tend to manage China from the outside (Hong Kong and Singapore are close but not close enough). They also point out that the Chinese locals are becoming increasingly capable players and, therefore, more competitive. Less visible reasons why companies languish in China are equally important. Most of these center on cultural differences. When conducting business in China, for example, foreigners want to believe that yes means yes, that the promised warehouse or…
  • Thought Leader Interviews: Kristin Behfar on How We Fight, and Why It Matters

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Darden School of Business professor describes a new framework for predicting conflict outcomes. Author: Laura W. Geller, Kristin Behfar Source: strategy+business Subject: Organizational Behavior
  • Quotes: David Burkus

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    When we’re stuck on a creative challenge, it can become easy to place blame on our constraints. If we had more resources or less specific requirements, then our creativity could really soar. The truth is that creativity is highest in a constrained environment. Researchers found that individuals are more creative after engaging in tasks laden with obstacles and roadblocks. That’s why many of the most creative companies build limitations into their projects. Constraints help us by giving structure to the challenge we are trying to overcome. Without that structure, there is no understanding.
 
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • The fundamental unfairness of the vacation auto reply

    Alexander
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    With the summer holidays rapidly approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about vacation auto replies. Here’s the problem: Although anyone who sends you a mail is told not to expect a reply until you get back, they probably still expect an answer at that point. This is fundamentally unfair. You’re away from work. As part of your contract with the company, you have some time off and yet some of the work from your vacation time is thereby shifted into your post-vacation work days. And I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a company that plans for their employees…
  • Kafka and happiness

    Alexander
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:35 am
    I am in BBC Radio 3’s very loose adaptation of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis called Mr. Rainbow. Here Gregory, Kafka’s main character facing a scary transformation, seeks advice from different experts – including yours truly. Give it a listen – it’s awesome :)
  • Never measure employees on metrics they can’t control

    Alexander
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    I once worked with a large insurance company, where the claims handling employees were measured on a number of factors, including average customer wait time on the phone. This is a very typical metric or KPI for call centers and customer service centers but it suffers from one fundamental flaw: That number is outside of the control of the employees. The math is simple: Wait time depends on how many calls come in minus the number of calls employees handle. The latter is something employees can control, the first one is completely outside of their control. Wait times = calls coming in…
  • The first Woohoo Academy was a huge hit. Want to join us for the next one?

    Alexander
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:36 am
    We just had our first ever Woohoo Academy – a 3-day in-depth training for anyone who wants to learn all about happiness at work – and it was a smash hit. 12 people from 7 countries came to Copenhagen for it. The group was a mix of happiness consultants who can use the content in their work with clients and CEOs and HR managers who can apply it to make their own workplaces happier. Here’s some of what they had to say about the training: The Woohoo Academy was, without a doubt, the best training I have ever experienced (and I’ve participated in many trainings). It was…
  • Help: What book should I write next?

    Alexander
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:23 am
    I want to write another book about happiness at work and I have a number of ideas to choose from. I would love to hear your thoughts – which of these books would give you the most value? Which intrigues you the most? Leading with happiness A book on a new kind of leadership that seeks to maximize happiness rather than profits. Manners for managers A short book of rules for managers in different situations – to help managers avoid behavior that is simply rude or bad manners. Quit already A book on quitting to help everyone who feels stuck in a bad job get the heck out of there.
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • Why Great Leadership Can Always Use More Cowbell

    Starbucker
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Note: This is the 3rd installment of excerpts from my book manuscript of “More Human: A Journey To The Heart Of Great Leadership”.  The first installment is here, and the second here.  It’s a story about how a fun employee recognition program pulled a team closer together in their quest to go from good to great, building and cementing a solid foundation of pride, respect, trust and goodwill.  It is a key step towards building the culture of accountability that is the heart of More Human leadership. “If you can laugh together, you can work together.” –…
  • The Heroic Journey: How Personal Growth Leads To Leadership Growth

    Starbucker
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:30 pm
    About a year ago, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Kathy Cramer for my More Human Podcast.  I was fascinated by the articulate and graceful way she had connected a person’s heart and soul to great leadership, and better still, she had the science to prove it.  If you haven’t listened to this conversation yet, I’d encourage you to do it soon – it’s a great companion piece to this post. Dr. Cramer’s latest project is a six-part series on the heroic journey that awaits leaders who tackle challenges and opportunities in order to achieve greatness for…
  • So You Want To Be A Leader? How To Unlock Your Leadership Destiny

    Starbucker
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:30 pm
    I remember the day I knew I really wanted to be a leader. Funny thing was, it was 5 years after I “accidentally” became one. I started my career as an accountant, right out of college. I obtained my CPA certificate, rose quickly through the ranks and within 5 years I was a Manager on the fast track to partner. Then, I got a phone call that would change my life. It was a headhunter looking for someone to “run” a recently acquired cable company with over 400,000 customers. I initially thought it was a crank call – heck, I was 27 years old. Running a cable company? Fortunately, at…
  • The Road Trip: Making The Personal Connections That Build Trust and Respect

    Starbucker
    14 Jun 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Note: Here’s another preview excerpt from my book manuscript of “More Human: A Journey To The Heart Of Great Leadership”.  It’s a true story of a road trip that proved to me that making personal connections to build trust and respect is a necessary part of being a More Human leader.   “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller I landed in Denver at 11AM that Monday, after a 4 hour morning flight from LaGuardia. Like every trip into the Mile High City, right at “wheels down” my eyes searched for the Rockies and…
  • Why You Should Bring a Startup Founder Mindset To Your Leadership

    Starbucker
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Look at business like a labyrinth, not a maze (thanks Ken Tomita of Grovemade) OK, I’m going to come clean here.  I’m pretty set in my ways.  As befitting my nearly 56 years on this planet, I’ve gotten to the point where my likelihood to alter behaviors, look at things differently, or, more pertinent to this website, change the way I define and practice great leadership, is pretty low. I guess I’m that proverbial old dog who’s not prone to learn new tricks. But, fortunately, despite those long odds, I have been influenced, and dare I say, changed, by a…
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    ManagingCommunities.com

  • “Don’t Read the Comments” is So Exciting to Me

    Patrick
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:09 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.
  • E L James and The Successful Twitter Chat

    Patrick
    2 Jul 2015 | 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.
  • Estonian News Outlet Held Liable for Reader Comments in Ruling Harmful to Online Communities

    Patrick
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:35 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 Confederate Flag and Your Online Community

    Patrick
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:21 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 Best Guide to Online Community Platforms in 2015

    Patrick
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
 
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    Lolly Daskal

  • The Fine Line Between Friendship and Leadership

    lollydaskal
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    The old school of leadership will tell you that leaders and bosses can’t be friends because it may lead to favoritism. The new school of leadership says there is a way to be friends without compromising relationships or undermining alliances. Leadership is all about relationships—the connections we make, the friendships we create. So how can friendship and leadership coexist? In fact, the two types of relationships have more in common than you’d expect. Here are some of the shared traits: Altruism. Like friendship, true leadership involves selflessness and concern for the well-being of…
  • Communication Mistakes to Avoid in A Difficult Conversation

    lollydaskal
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Some time or another everyone faces a time when a difficult conversation is necessary. It’s in those moments that your true leadership is tested. You may be dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. Difficult conversations come in all forms, but they have one thing in common: They’re not easy. We all enjoy challenging others, helping them find their potential, motivating and inspiring them. But sometimes what we are called to do involves conveying bad news in challenging times—and our role as leaders is to have the courage to do…
  • The Up Side To Swimming With Sharks

    lollydaskal
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Fresh fish has long been an important part of the Japanese diet, but the challenges of meeting the demand was overtaxing the area’s waters. To solve the problem, fishing companies acquired bigger boats that could go farther out. But—as is often the case—the solution brought with it a different problem. Longer trips to more distant waters meant the fish had to be frozen on the boats. But frozen fish didn’t suit the refined Japanese taste in seafood, and prices for the frozen fish quickly dropped. So it came to the next idea—installing fish tanks in place of the freezers. After a…
  • Make Sure You’re Stepping Forward, Not On

    lollydaskal
    2 Jun 2015 | 4:23 am
    Working with organizations you meet all kinds of people. There are those who step forward with genuine interest to help and learn—and then there are those whose idea of moving forward is to step over others. You might not recognize these people at first, because they like to talk about being of service and make a show of being obliging. But their actual agenda has nothing to do with helping anyone but with covering up the limitations of their leadership. Here are some signs of those who are busy stepping on while they move forward. They align themselves with others because they feel alone.
  • Ground Yourself in the Power of Your Purpose

    lollydaskal
    26 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    A long time ago, the trees went out to anoint a king. They first said to the olive tree, “Reign over us.” The olive tree answered, “And stop producing my rich oil? I will not.” Then the trees asked the fig tree. But the fig tree answered them, “And stop producing my delicious fruit? I will not.” Next they asked the vine, “Come and reign over us.” But the vine said, “And stop producing my wine? I will not.” About to give up, the trees made one last attempt and asked the bramble. And the bramble said, “If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take…
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    Lead on Purpose

  • The 8 Kinds of Leadership Your Team Needs from You

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

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

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

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Guest post by Bernie Bulkin, author of Crash Course The central competency of any corporate (or charity or political or sports) leader is the ability to build a great team. But how? What are the key elements? And while sometimes … Continue reading →
  • How to turn your small idea into a big success

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

  • Physical Leadership 101: You're Larger Than Life

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

    George Ambler
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    Bronnie Ware is an Australian palliative care nurse who provides specialised medical care for people who are in the last 12 weeks of their lives. Whilst working with dying people, Bonnie recorded the dying thoughts of her patient on her blog Inspiration and Chai, which got so much attention the she wrote a book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”. The top five regrets of people on their deathbed were: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. I…
  • How to Eliminate Time Wasting by Using the “Eisenhower Matrix”

    George Ambler
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    In today’s fast paced world it’s critical for leaders distinguish between busy work and important work. I’m sure you’ve experienced days when you’ve been running around working hard, busy getting things done. Then at the end of the day it feels like you’ve worked hard, but accomplished little to achieve your goals. I’ve had this experience on too many occasions. A leader who conquered busyness and as a result had a significant impact on the world was Dwight Eisenhower. Dwight Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States. He served two terms between…
  • Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone

    George Ambler
    10 May 2015 | 1:46 am
    Successful leaders know that they must get out of their comfort zone to succeed. Great leaders from history are those who have spent a large amount of their time outside their comfort zone. Leaders who take risks and step into their learning zone are those that succeed. It’s only when you can give up what’s safe and familiar that you create opportunities and develop new capabilities. As you do, you expand your influence and gain the skills required to take on bigger and bigger challenges. In this sense, leaders are self-made and not born, they are developed, not promoted. Leadership…
  • One Thing You Can Do Every Day to Improve Your Creativity

    George Ambler
    4 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Many people will tell you they do their best thinking and are most creative when walking. Steve Jobs was famous for his walks around the Palo Alto. Jobs would often go on long walks for problem solving and was well-known for hosting “walking meetings”. Jobs is not alone in his love of walking, other creative leaders also host walking meetings. “My favorite thing to do to relax is walking. If I’m with a friend we have our best conversations while walking.” – Jack Dorsey, CEO of the mobile-payments startup Square, Silicon Valley’s different kind of power walk Mark Zuckerberg…
  • How to Use a Journal to Keep Focused 

    George Ambler
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    In the fast paced, turbulent and uncertain world of today learning becomes a source of competitive advantage. The gap between where you are today and where you want to be in the future is crossed by gaining new knowledge and learning new skills. “I’ve always thought that success on the job is based on how fast you learn and not what you know… the best CEOs I see are introspective. They learn every day. That’s what I try to do.” – Jeff Immelt, GE CEO, Q&A with GE’s Jeff Immelt, Bloomberg The big question then becomes “how can we develop leaders who are fast…
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    Pink Slip

  • Desperate for Work

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:46 am
    few weeks ago, on the job front news, we found that Donald Trump had done a casting call for extras to populate his presidential announcement rally. Their job was to wave signs and givie an occasional lusty huzzah to some Trumpian pronouncement about his wealth, his tough guy-ness, his opinion of Mexican immigrants.You’re an actor in NYC. Fifty-bucks for showing up and cheering. A free tee shirt (even if you can only wear it in the privacy of your home). But, hey, a gig’s a gig – even if it’s not the kind that makes it on to your resume.Desperate times call for desperate measures, and…
  • Pink Slip takes a long weekend (Here’s to The Glorious Fourth”)

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:23 am
    In honor of one of my favorite holidays, Pink Slip is taking the day off.But I don’t want to leave readers bereft of my musings, so here’s a selection of past Fourth of July posts: My maiden year as a blogger: The Glorious Fourth. (Sentiments still hold!)The one in which I recount my request of Red Sox President Larry Lucchino – which was honored at an August 2012 Yankees game – that the Fenway Faithful be encouraged to sing the national anthem: Here’s to a Glorious Fourth. And last year’s kind of sad one, Fourth of July (That Was Then, This Is Now), in which I wrote about…
  • Accomplice? Maybe this will give new meaning to the word.

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:02 am
    What with the Shawshank escape artists and their three weeks on the lam, the word “accomplice” has been in the news quite a bit lately. And it’s in the news again, albeit quietly and locally, as a tech VC firm, an offshoot of the duddily named Atlas Ventures, had to come up with a new moniker for themselves. As good techie venturers, they decided to crowdsource, running a contest that attracted 16,000 mostly dreadful submissions. How dreadful is dreadful?Well, the rejection pile included Tom Brady Capital and Good Tech Hunting. And there were 85 hopefuls who suggested Atlas, which was…
  • Coloring between the lines.

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:18 am
    One of the great pleasures of my childhood was cracking open a new coloring book, flipping through it, and deciding what picture to color next. The girl picking flowers? Santa on his reindeer? Davey Crockett killing himself a bar?Oh, I liked to draw, too. But I didn’t have any particular talent there – even though I did once win a prize in one of Big Brother Bob Emery’s Curlicue Contest. So I devoted at least an equal amount of time to coloring books. I liked them thick, I liked them thin. I liked them branded, I liked them no-name. I liked them when they included variations like…
  • Stuffed full of stuff

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:01 am
    I like to say that, every year, you  should pretend you’re moving and ruthlessly go through your stuff. While I like to say it, I rarely listen to myself saying itAnd, so, I continue to accumulate stuff.This year, however, as I plan a kitchen and bathroom makeover, and an all-over spruce up (paint, window treatments), I am going to have to go through every junk drawer, every cabinet, every bookcase, and every Fibber McGee closet and aggressively cull things out.I’ve already done one sweep through the kitchen, so I no longer have the purple cow creamer and two fish molds. Now I have…
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    Ed Batista: Executive Coaching & Change Management

  • Comfort with Discomfort

    edbatista
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Executive Coach & Instructor @EdBatista (MBA ’00) shares advice for the Class of 2015 #GSB15 pic.twitter.com/JGye1eHPn6 — Stanford Business (@StanfordBiz) June 7, 2015 My colleagues who run the @StanfordBiz feed asked me to contribute a few words of advice for the members of the Class of 2015 (who graduate tomorrow!), and the comments above were the result. The importance of increasing our "comfort with discomfort" is a major theme in the courses I'm involved in at the GSB, in the work I do with leaders in my coaching practice, and in my own life. But why is it so important? And what…
  • The Art of Self-Coaching @ Stanford GSB, Class 9: Endings

    edbatista
    1 Jun 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Here's a condensed set of slides from the ninth and final session on Endings in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below. If you'd like to learn more about the topics being covered, here's my syllabus, and additional resources are at the bottom of this page. CLASS 9: ENDINGS William Bridges on Transitions Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes (William Bridges) Chapter 4 (excerpt), pages 77-92, "Transitions in the Work Life" Pursuing the Good Life: 100 Reflections on Positive…
  • The Art of Self-Coaching @ Stanford GSB, Class 8: Success

    edbatista
    22 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    Here's a condensed set of slides from the eight session on Success in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below. If you'd like to learn more about the topics being covered, here's my syllabus. CLASS 8: SUCCESS This Is Water (David Foster Wallace) The Myths of Happiness (Sonja Lyubomirsky) Chapter 5, pages 115-143, “I’ll Be Happy When…I Find the Right Job” For further reading: Chapter 7, pages 163-181, "I'll Be Happy When...I'm Rich" OPTIONAL: Managing Oneself (Peter…
  • The Art of Self-Coaching @ Stanford GSB, Class 7: Unhappiness

    edbatista
    15 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Here's a condensed set of slides from the seventh session on Unhappiness in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below. If you'd like to learn more about the topics being covered, here's my syllabus. CLASS 7: UNHAPPINESS The Antidote (Oliver Burkeman) Chapter 2, pages 23-50, “What Would Seneca Do?" For further reading: Chapter 3, pages 51-74, “The Storm Before the Calm" When Things Fall Apart (Pema Chödrön) Chapter 11, pages 84-94, “Nonaggression and the Four Maras"…
  • Thoughts on Curating Academic Experiences

    edbatista
    12 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    A colleague recently asked me about my process for managing the information I present to students in my classes, and here's my response: I'm increasingly attuned to the importance of my role as a curator for my students. It's unhelpful to simply throw a mass of undifferentiated information at them. I need to sift through it and help them determine where to focus their attention. So, for example, some readings are required, others are optional, still more are simply referenced for those who want to explore further. And specifically with regard to the classroom experience, what I leave out is…
 
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    Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog

  • Agile Strategizing

    John Agno
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:06 am
    In strategizing, the processes of strategy creation are no longer restricted to top management.  To close the strategy implementation gap, everyone needs to be aware of what the organization is aiming to achieve and have opportunities to play a part in shaping the future. So fast is the pace of change today that, with shrinking product life cycles and success ever more fleeting, companies are finding that the basis of competitive advantage is rapidly eroding and their business models are soon obsolete.  If organizations are to survive and thrive, they must shift their business…
  • Training the Mind

    John Agno
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    "Meditation" is hard to define, because the word can apply to so many things.  In the broadest sense, it is any method used to train the mind or to achieve a special state of consciousness. Mindfulness, the technique du jour, derives from Buddhist practices.  Instead of focusing on a mantra, you try to pay attention to bodily sensations and the breath.  By doing this regularly, practitioners say, you begin to cultivate an attentive, non-judgmental mind set (mindfulness) that can be applied to activities beyond meditation; hence the proliferation of the word in…
  • Impact of Your Personality on Others

    John Agno
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    You are the most interesting and important subject in the world.  And, you will always be the center of your world.  We would argue that one of the most exciting and often intimidating experiences of living is to gain a fuller understanding of one's self. Some of the hurdles of self-understanding include: a negative past experience; a need to be right; fear of change; avoidance, or simply not taking the time, to name a few.  Self-knowledge comes when you are curious or confident enough to question your default behaviors.  Simply speaking, default behaviors are…
  • Team Building Emotional Bonds

    John Agno
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:57 am
     Love is one of our most powerful primal feelings.  And primal feelings fuel the brain-power that drives the best team performance. One tenet of a "high performance winning formula" places a huge priority on giving a strong voice about running the organization through the teams who play such a major role in getting results. Author Jackie Barretta has known about this winning team formula for a long time and has now included these scientific concepts in her book, "Primal Teams: Harnessing the power of emotions to fuel extraordinary performance." When…
  • MANAGE YOUR DEFAULT BEHAVIOR

    John Agno
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but few think of changing themselves.”  Leo Tolstoy  As people become more self-aware, they are usually amazed at the abilities of the conscious mind to choose, handle situations with deliberation, and behave appropriately for different occasions. On the flip side, the unconscious mind is a powerful force driving our behavior. Within our unconscious lie veiled assumptions and beliefs that formulate what is called default behavior. The dictionary defines default as the “failure to perform a task or fulfill an obligation,” which means…
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    Predictable Success » Blog

  • Dive Into Summer: Must-Reads, Tips and More

    sarahberger
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    Summer has officially begun here in the northern hemisphere. To celebrate, we’re sharing our best suggestions for how to make the most of it.We even have some great (and surprising) reading recommendations from our faculty! ~ Sarah 10 Ways to Make the Most of Summer If the dog days of summer seem to sap your productivity, you’re not alone. Between holidays and vacations, there’s always at least one key team member away, which often leads to project delays. Rather than waiting for fall to roll around, why not use this opportunity to get ahead of the game and also treat…
  • Try These Summer Reading Suggestions

    sarahberger
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    Summer typically brings more free time as work slows down and vacations roll around. So, how will you make use of the extra hours? How about treating yourself to some good reading! For many leaders, taking the time to read can create feelings of guilt as there always seem to be bigger, more important things that could be getting done. However, the truth of the matter is that by not reading, you’re actually robbing yourself of opportunities to learn from others. With that in mind, we asked our Predictable Success faculty to give us their current top book recommendations for both…
  • 10 Ways to Make the Most of Summer

    kellyzeeh
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    A version of this article first appeared at Inc.com. During the dog days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, most of us become accustomed to the inevitable summer slowdown. Key people aren’t available (holidays); projects stall, waiting for fall to roll around, and a general sense of lassitude begins to creep in. Summer doesn’t need to be a write-off, however. Here are ten ways you can use these months to get ahead of the game: 1. Conduct your personal annual review. There’s something seemingly magical about the calendar year end that has us all trapped in its spell. We see…
  • Could Your Versatility Be Costing You?

    sarahberger
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    This article is written by Predictable Success Consultant Claudette Rowley. Do you feel like you’re a “jack- or jill-of-all-trades”? Is it sometimes challenging to determine what you’re best at because you’re so versatile? Are leaders, peers and direct reports frequently asking you to take on new projects because they know you can handle almost anything? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you most likely have what we call a “well-rounded” leadership style. (If you’re not sure, go to SynergistQuiz.com and take our free…
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    Great Leadership

  • Why We Hate Performance Reviews and How to Improve Them

    Dan McCarthy
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Everyone hates performance reviews for three reasons that we just need to accept. However, there are three relatively simple fixes that can make the process a lot less painful.Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out why and how:Why We Hate Performance Reviews and How to Improve Them.
  • 8 CEO Actions to Ensure Chief Customer Officer Success

    Dan McCarthy
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Guest post from Jeanne Bliss: More than ever, customer experience is a priority for CEOs in nearly every industry. With the ability to spur customer-driven growth and business transformation, Chief Customer Officers (CCOs) have become embraced as the go-to role for customer experience. However, senior executives should know before they decide on a CCO, that this position requires a personal commitment from them. There are eight major actions the CEO should do to ensure CCO success. 1. Take Personal OwnershipThe CEO should position the work of the CCO as a priority of their agenda. People…
  • You Onboard Your New Employees, So Why Aren’t You Onboarding New Managers?

    Dan McCarthy
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    “Most every business leader knows that onboarding is essential for employees, but somehow managers often don’t get the same treatment. Take time to develop a strong onboarding program to help both new professionals and new managers get acclimated quickly, and improve the chances that they will make your company their professional home for years to come.”Read Beth Miller’s new post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.
  • A “Survival of the Fittest” Approach to Leadership Development Produces Cockroach Leaders

    Dan McCarthy
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    Read my latest post about the dangers of using a survival of the fittest approach to grooming emerging leaders over at About.com Management and Leadership:How to Groom Rising Leaders and not Burn Them Out
  • The Marathon Effect of Leading Change

    Dan McCarthy
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    When senior managers announce a significant change, their goal is to get employees on board in the hope that they will embrace and support the change. When employees react with confusion, fear, uncertainty, or question the change, managers mistakenly see this behavior as “resisting change”.  They forget that they went through the exact same process. They had more time to deal with it and are now ready to move on.This “lagging effect” of how people respond or organizational change is called “The Marathon Effect”. It’s an important change model for leaders to understand…
 
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  • 3 Keys to Move from Boss to Leader

    Mike Figliuolo
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:14 am
    There’s a big difference between being a boss and being a leader. Using three simple yet key approaches can make all the difference in helping you make that shift. Today’s post is by Gina Folk, author of People Leadership: 30 Strategies to Ensure Your Team’s Success (CLICK HERE to get your copy). During a recent […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • How well do you balance the workload across your team?

    Mike Figliuolo
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How well do you balance the workload among the members of your team? – Very well — work is allocated fairly and effectively: 28.57% – Well — work allocations are fair for the most part: 61.9% – Not well — work allocations are often unfair and ineffective: 7.79% – Poorly […] 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 Secret Key to Being a More Effective Leader

    Mike Figliuolo
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
    One of the biggest challenges leaders face is determining where to expend their limited time, focus, and energy. All too often, they spend a great deal of that “leadership capital” on people development efforts that yield limited results. Since time is a limited resource, one key element of improving a leader’s results is to change […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 9 Reasons Your LinkedIn Profile Views Dropped and Best Ways to Fix It

    Mike Figliuolo
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    Are you experiencing profile view dropped on your LinkedIn Profile?  These 9 reasons your profile views dropped will help provide the fixes you need. Today’s post is by Lisa Rangel – an Executive Resume Writer and Official LinkedIn Moderator at ChameleonResumes.com. LinkedIn can be a truly powerful tool for creating meaningful business connections across the […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 7 Tips for Dealing With Irate Customers

    Mike Figliuolo
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:02 am
    Dealing with angry customers can be one of the greatest challenges you face.  Here are 7 tips for dealing with those difficult situations gracefully and effectively. Today’s post is by Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone (CLICK HERE to get your copy). One of the things […] 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

  • WHAT IS NOT WHAT YOU WISH WAS

    William Matthies
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    "Everything you need you already have."Wayne Dyer (1940-?) American psychotherapist/author/lecturer.Worry about what you think you need and don't have when (if) the day comes when (if) you find you absolutely can do no more with only what you have.And keep in mind, we're talking needs not wants.
  • YOU SHOULD BE ANGRY ABOUT THIS

    William Matthies
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned."Buddha (563 BC-483 BC) Founder of Buddhism.What good has your anger done for you?You don't consciously decide to become angry but you can work to lessen the negative from being so.
  • WHY YOUR PARENTS WANT YOU TO STAY IN SCHOOL

    William Matthies
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    "No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort."John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.Effort, sure, but effort alone is rarely, if ever, enough to accomplish the most desirable and difficult goals.Good that you're willing to work hard, just make sure your education is up to the task you're prepared to work hard to achieve.
  • THE JEALOUS KIND

    William Matthies
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    "The disease of jealousy is so malignant that is converts all it takes into its own nourishment."Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist/poet/dramatist.Disclaimer for me (you too): I am occasionally jealous of others. Being so is human.But problems arise when we are too often; when we attempt to hurt those we are jealous of. 
  • FAULTY JUDGMENT

    William Matthies
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    "Everyone complains of the badness of his memory, but nobody of his judgment."François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.Memory plays a very important role in judgment.To a large degree we judge based on what we believe we remember.The results of our judgments are too important to trust only to that.
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    Mitch's Blog

  • 5 Steps To A Better Day

    Mitch Mitchell
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Today is the last day to have a shot at purchasing the book package that goes along with my latest book Leadership Is/Isn’t Easy. It’s been a long and busy campaign, and I’ve learned a lot from putting it out there. I’ll be the first to admit that the campaign overall wasn’t as successful as I might have hoped it would be. The sales didn’t come close to matching up to the traffic that went to the site. Still, it is a book on leadership, which may be a necessary topic but isn’t quite a sexy one. Thanh Mai Bui Duy via Compfight Not that it was the only…
  • My 14th Year In Business; 14 Thoughts…

    Mitch Mitchell
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Since last year I did a post titled 13 Leadership Lessons From 13 Years In Business, I guess it’s easy to discern that this is the anniversary of my 14th year. From my perspective I feel like it’s kind of a big deal and yet it’s not. There are people who’ve been in business longer than me. There are people who have been in business way shorter than me but are better at it than I am. In essence, what 14 years proves is that somehow I’ve survived to get to this place where the overwhelming majority of small businesses never arrive. So, only for that reason, I take…
  • Why Did I Write A Book On Leadership?

    Mitch Mitchell
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    By now, if you’re a reader of this blog, my other blog, my articles on LinkedIn or all my advertising on Twitter, you know that I’m pushing my latest book titled Leadership Is/Isn’t Easy. For another two weeks I’m offering a package deal; after that I’m just selling the book on its own and the other offers go away. In my mind, the strangest question I’ve been asked is why I wrote a book on leadership. I keep thinking it’s an odd question because most of the articles on this site are geared towards leadership. My first book was on leadership. Most of…
  • Leaders Should Earn Trust And Vice Versa

    Mitch Mitchell
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    I really need to start saving links to articles I read that I either agree or disagree with. In this case, I was reading an article where the author was saying that not only should leaders be open with everything in their lives with employees but that they should show all employees that they trust them from the very beginning by allowing them to find their own way. Team Mendeley via Compfight I cringed when I read it because it’s something I totally disagree with. I do feel that trust is a major leadership trait… when it’s earned. I also believe that employees need to prove…
  • 9 Ways To Make Leadership Easy

    Mitch Mitchell
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Continuing on my quest in promoting my latest book Leadership Is/Isn’t Easy shamelessly, which also includes following up on an article I wrote two posts ago titled Leadership Is/Isn’t Easy, The Standalone Book & The Answer…, I thought I’d give some ways that could make leadership easy for folks who don’t get it. Because I like odd numbers, and 9 is my 2nd favorite number, we’re going with that. Presidio of Monterey via Compfight 1. Greet people in the morning and throughout the day. This might seem trite but being nice and open with as many people as you can…
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    WordPress.com News

  • New Theme: Libre

    Caroline Moore
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to introduce Libre, a new free theme designed by yours truly. Libre Libre brings a stylish, classic look to your personal blog or longform writing site. The main navigation bar stays fixed to the top while your visitors read, keeping your most important content at hand. At the bottom of your site, three footer widget areas give your secondary content a comfortable home. Customize Libre with a logo or a header image to make it your own, or use one of two custom templates — including a full-width template with no sidebar — to change…
  • Reinvented Video for WordPress

    Guillermo Rauch
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Today, we’re announcing a complete overhaul of VideoPress, the service that has powered more than 3,000,000,000 video plays on WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites around the world. We’ve made the next-generation VideoPress dynamic, responsive, and lightning fast to support the ever-evolving needs of content creators everywhere. Take a peek at what’s under the hood! Embed anywhere, play anywhere Out of the box, the new VideoPress is lightweight and responsive for beautiful playback on any screen, from smartphones to desktops. VideoPress works on all modern…
  • #LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

    Hugo Baeta
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins — President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015 Here at…
  • July in Blogging U.: Blogging 101 and 201

    Michelle W.
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered. Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. We’re offering two courses in July — learn more: Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — July 6 – 24 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get…
  • Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic

    Mark Armstrong
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version — WordPress.com, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005. Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger…
 
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • You Won! My question is…What did you do about it? By guest writer Debra Semans

    Merrill Dubrow
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    Last week, Merrill wrote a post about winning. Many individuals reported winning golf tournaments, awards for volunteerism, and other personal endeavors. What I want to know is: What Do You Do About the Business Awards You Win? Many, many times in my career, I have walked past a case of awards won by the company where I worked or was visiting. And never have I ever seen any attempt to capitalize on those awards by linking them to your brand promise, to your strategic direction, or even to employee engagement. I assume you have to make some effort to get into the running for those awards. If…
  • Time to go to a water park! Where am I going?

    Merrill Dubrow
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    It’s the middle of the summer – the weather is approaching 100 and you can be refreshed in any water park in the United States and yours truly can get you there in one minute and pay for you to get in. My question is where are you going? Splashin’ Safari – Santa Claus, Ind? Schlitterbahn – New Braunfels, Texas? Noah’s Ark – Wisconsin Dells, Wis? Great Wolf Lodge – Grapevine, Texas? Water World – Denver, Colo? Water Country – Williamsburg, Va? Raging Waters – San Dimas, Calif? White Water Park – Branson, Mo? Your turn: Is it one of those parks? What is your…
  • You won! My question is…

    Merrill Dubrow
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    A few weeks ago I was talking with a colleague (KVD) and asking her for a blog topic. As she was thinking about the answer I looked over her shoulder and saw a bunch of company awards and quickly thought that is the next blog topic! You won – my question is… what was the last thing you won? Was it: A company award? A lottery ticket? A bingo game? The dot race at your last baseball game? A sports trophy from when you were a child? Money at a casino? A bet with a friend? Something else? Your turn: You Won! My question is… what was the last thing you won? I look forward to reading…
  • Time to take a quiz and the subject is who is the one person…

    Merrill Dubrow
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    I thought today’s Friday’s quiz would be a little different. It isn’t a multiple choice quiz but rather a quiz that involves “Who is the one person……” I’m looking forwarding to reading your comments! Click Here to Take The Quiz.
  • Time to join me on Operation 30!

    Merrill Dubrow
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    I know you are probably wondering what this means? Is it a secret mission? Does the number 30 relate to age? No and no! Are you like me and have way too many clothes? Do you tend to go shopping fairly often and rarely throw anything out? Well I am and finally got a little tired of looking at my closet and seeing a ton of clothes! Take the Operation 30 challenge! What I did was enter my closet and said I wasn’t leaving until I got rid of (donated) 30 different items! I didn’t care if the process would take 30 minutes or 5 hours, I wasn’t leaving the closet until I had 30 items that would…
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    Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

  • Interview of John Hunter by Jimena Calfa On Quality

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

    John Hunter
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:23 am
    William Woodall shared this wonderful article he wrote with George E. P. Box with me, Innovation, Quality Engineering, and Statistics. My thoughts on being able to read it online: Thanks Bill, it is a great article. And thanks for having it openly available. I really wish professors would stop allowing their work to be published by those seeking to close access to the ideas we are trying to promote. I realize there are pressures to publish in historically prestigious journals. For professors that have “made it” you will do a great service to others (and help promote the ideas in…
  • The Future of Quality is to Actually Do What People Talked About Decades Ago

    John Hunter
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    In the current ASQ Influential Voices post, Laurel Nelson-Rowe, ASQ managing director, asks: What’s the Future of Quality? The report they link to is hidden behind a register-wall. Hopefully in the future ASQ will have better User Experience (Ux) practices in place on the web site. But it is a good example of the failures to adopt well known, decades old recommended practices. This failure to just do what the best experts have suggested for a long time is an example of the kind of thing we should hope to see eliminated in the future. We don’t need fancy new ideas or breakthroughs. We…
  • Top 21 Executives at Toyota Getting a Raise to a Combined US$14.9 Million

    John Hunter
    20 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    The difference between Toyota and so many other companies is obvious in many ways. One of the stark differences is how executives are paid. Toyota’s belief in a strong management system contrasts with the self worship many USA executives practice. How the executives pay themselves illustrates this very well. Even with a proposed 19% pay boost the top 21 executives at Toyota would get a combined US$14.9 million in the proposal for this year. Toyota Plans 19% Boost in Director Pay After Record Profit Toyota proposed 1.52 billion yen ($14.9 million) in combined compensation and bonuses to…
  • The Aim Should be the Best Life – Not Work v. Life Balance

    John Hunter
    13 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    My father had the most job satisfaction of anyone I have known. He had no separation between work and life. We toured factories on vacation. I visited Davidson College in North Carolina because he was consulting with a client in Charlotte before we went up to Duke and North Carolina for visits and asked the CEO what school I should visit. His grad students would call the house frequently. Many of his best friends were colleagues. That is how I grew to know people like George Box, Brian Joiner, Soren Bisgaard and Peter Scholtes as I grew up. Various permutations of our family lived overseas…
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    Leadercast

  • Shared Purpose Builds Engagement

    Hank Fortener
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    I grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and I was part of a beautiful family. My parents had 3 of us biologically, and then we fostered 36 kids over a 7-year period. So 36 kids came through our home, sometimes for 2 weeks at a time, sometimes 2 months. Other kids would stay for years. My parents did that for seven years while I was growing up, and then they decided it’s time to adopt. So I watched as my brothers and sisters joined our family through adoption. We adopted eight kids from six different countries. As I got older, I moved to Los Angeles and I kept meeting people who would say,…
  • Stop Being the Go-To Problem Solver

    Julie Bauke
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    When I think back over my years in HR, when I think about the people that came in and out of my doors and the kind of things they wanted to talk about, it generally got down to feeling not listened to. Feeling that they were not being heard or appreciated, and it might sound like something completely different. It might sound like I’m not getting the raise I deserve. It might sound like a salary issue, but is salary really about feeling recognized and appreciated? It might be that someone looked at you cross-eyed in the hallway, or someone is sabotaging your work. That is still about…
  • Trust Fuels Productivity and Exposes Gaps in Leadership

    Andy Stanley
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:34 am
    Trust fuels productivity, trust fuels productivity. Every one of you wants to have a productive organization, I mean that’s why we do what we do. Trust fuels productivity. Here is what I wrote in my notes, you don’t need to try to write this down. The message of trust is this, I just made this up, the message of trust is this, listen to this, isn’t this where you want to work? The message of trust is this, “I think you are smart enough to know what to do and how to do it, and if you screw up, I think you’ll tell me and then fix it.” See, if there is a gap…
  • The Management Principle of Making Work Fun

    Scott Docherty
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    The number one thing every business should be concerned with and be aware of is that culture is the most important thing. Culture will set the stage for how your employees deliver and what kind of results you get as a company. And part of culture is that you’ve got to have fun at work. If you can’t have fun at work, work is just day prison. You come in every day. They shackle you to your desk. You spend eight to ten hours breaking rocks. They let you go at the end of the day. And as you walk across the parking lot to your car, you just breathe a sigh of relief saying, “Now,…
  • Building Your Creative Confidence

    Chris Barez-Brown
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Creativity takes a certain amount of energy and sometimes of course it will not go right, so unless you’ve got confidence in who you are and your creative output, nothing will change. So the question is where does belief come from and how come it’s so important to us performing well? Well, on a performance side, we’ve seen it for centuries. There’s a classic example with Roger Bannister. He was the first guy who beat the four-minute mile. Now, nobody believed it was possible until he did it. Physicians said the human heart and lungs didn’t have the capacity to…
 
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Action Manager Released to Apple App Store

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    Six Disciplines, a Solomon Cloud Solutions company, and sister company of Beyond Software, announces that it has released its new Action Manager app to the Apple App Store. This application provides To Do list tracking and is also tightly integrated to support the complete Six Disciplines strategy execution program. Other features include flagging items for one or more team meeting agendas, routing emails to Action Manager for follow-up, delegation of Tasks to others, and associating Actions with the projects or goals that they were created to support. CEO Gary Harpst states, “This is the…
  • 80% of Companies Thinking More Strategically During Downturn

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:21 am
    A recent poll of the Strategic Planning Community (SPC), a business social network of strategic planners hosted by the Association of Strategic Planning (ASP), shows that for the most part, the knee-jerk reactions to the downturn have passed and most companies are moving towards more strategic moves. Key findings: 82% reported that their companies are now thinking more strategically. Companies still operating in a purely tactical and survival mode, will likely find themselves being left behind when the economy turns. This result matches well with a recent Bain Consulting survey of global…
  • Simplicity of Strategy Leads To Action

    12 Jun 2015 | 6:08 am
    Authors Dan and Chip Heath (Made To Stick) offer a FastCompany article titled "Analysis of Paralysis," in which they assert: "If your strategy doesn't help employees act, it's not a strategy. You don't need to embrace simplicity just so your people can comprehend your message. The point of simplicity is more fundamental: Simplicity allows people to act." Their observation? Decision paralysis is the culprit. Every business must choose among attractive options: growing revenue versus maximizing profitability, quality versus speed to market. Too many choices leads to confusion, overload,…
  • The Power of External Accountability Coaching

    5 Jun 2015 | 5:47 am
    Let’s consider what accountability is, and how we can build an organizational culture that encourages it. Be definition, accountability is being answerable or responsible for something. Accountability opens the door to ownership – not necessarily financial ownership -- but certainly emotional ownership, where someone acknowledges they’re responsible for some aspect of the organization. Accountability is not something you “make” people do. It has to be chosen, accepted or agreed upon by people within your organization. People must “buy into” being accountable and responsible. For…
  • Introducing Solomon Cloud Solutions

    2 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    Exciting news for the Six Disciplines community! The owners (Gary Harpst, Vern Strong and Jack Ridge) of Six Disciplines own or are invested in several technology based organizations. This Solomon Cloud Solutions blog post describes a reorganization of all those companies to better leverage shared cloud technology investments under the umbrella organization called Solomon Cloud Solutions. There is no change in ownership, just better allocation of resources toward the next generation technology platform.  For Six Disciplines client this will mean faster availability of mobile optimized…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Building Your All-Star Team

    Kevin Eikenberry
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Professional sports leagues create special event games called All Star Games. They create teams of the best players from their leagues to play a game, show off their talents and sell tickets. One way or another (by votes of media, players or fans), the players are selected and the game is played. The total assembled […] The post Building Your All-Star Team appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results

    Kevin Eikenberry
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Is it a book, or is it a teleseminar? Actually, it is both. First, the book. Written by Victor Prince and Mike Figliuolo, this book will be officially released in a couple of weeks. And we can help you get one of the first copies (more on that below). Second, the teleseminar. One of the […] The post Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: The Doing More with Less Syndrome

    Kevin Eikenberry
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    This “syndrome” is the new reality, and as leaders, we need to find a way to overcome it. Here are three ways to help you do this. RTV 75 – the Doing More with Less Syndrome Click here for just the audio of this episode. Learn more about our Remarkable Leadership Workshop click here. One […] The post Remarkable TV: The Doing More with Less Syndrome appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Ten Questions to Ask After Setting Your Goals

    Kevin Eikenberry
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Lots of people set goals. Far fewer achieve them. There are lots of reasons that happens, not the least of which is that people treat the goal setting process as an achievement; which it isn’t really. We don’t set goals as the outcome. We set goals to get goals. (Tweet That) Yes, setting them is […] The post Ten Questions to Ask After Setting Your Goals appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Wired for Authenticity

    Kevin Eikenberry
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Henna Inam Authenticity. It is one of those words that gets thrown around in business a lot these days. So much so that I often wonder if anyone stops to think about what it really means. That was my prevalent thought and question as I began reading the new book from Henna Inam. I […] The post Wired for Authenticity appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
 
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    Survival Leadership

  • Fully Charged: Post #2--Meaning

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:57 am
    Meaning. Find meaning and purpose in your life.a.    Progress toward meaningful work every day is what people seek, according to Harvard researcher Teresa Amabile. And, small wins get to meaningful progress. Pursue meaning by helping others, not happiness focused only on yourself. There is science/biology behind this purpose vs. happiness dilemma. People who lack meaning in their lives express a gene pattern that activates an inflammatory response, which can become chronic. However, people with purpose in their lives showed no such gene expression.b.   …
  • Fully Charged: Post #1--Overview

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:54 am
     Overview. Take care of yourself and others,  and you’ll see your life unfold into a life worth living. In essence, this is the core of Tom Rath’s new book Fully Charged. His formula for being fully charged in life is as simple as it is powerful. 1. Meaning: Find meaning and purpose in your life by doing something for another person—reach beyond self to others; 2. Interactions: When you interact with others, focus on positive encounters; 3. Energy: Make good choices (eat, move, sleep) to improve your mental and physical state. With an elegant blend of research, personal…
  • Work Rules: FINAL--Performance

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:39 am
    Performance—Bock provides an in-depth look into the struggle that Google had with performance assessment and why they separate it from development discussions. Pay: he suggests paying people “unfairly,” meaning that high performers deserve much more money than average workers; Bias: We’re all biased in one form or another, so remove it from the selection process. Check out the summary in the appendix of the book—in the “Work Rules” section.New Kind of HR. In the “Afterword for HR Geeks Only,” the author provides a blueprint for this new kind of HR. This section will be…
  • Work Rules:Post #4--Empowerment

    18 Jun 2015 | 4:36 am
    Empowerment. Get rid of status. Google only has 4 employment levels: individual contributor, manager, director, and vice president. Making decisions needs to rely more on data than emotion or opinion. Does not mean emotion doesn’t factor in—just means it’s not the key driver. My favorite chapter title: “Let the Inmates Run the Asylum—Take power from your managers and trust your people to run things.” Clearly at a company the size of Google, rules are required; however, Googlers are encouraged to break the rules when it makes more sense. By taking power away from managers, they…
  • Work Rules: Post #3--Recruitment and Hiring

    17 Jun 2015 | 4:34 am
    Recruiting and Hiring. Google only hires 0.25% of applicants. Harvard takes about 6.1% of its applicants. Thus, it’s about 25 times harder to get into Google than Harvard! Referrals from Googlers are the best source of recruits, but even that yields only 5%.  Treat hiring as the highest priority. Take time, hire the best and make recruiting part of everyone’s job. Note: The hiring manager does not make the final decision! People are being hired into the company, not just a particular division. Also, pressure can make a hiring manager rush, give in, and settle. Write-ups from the…
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  • The People System

    Tom Foster
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    Roy was still pushing back. “How can you hold me accountable for quarterbacking the hiring process for Derrick’s team? It’s his team. He is the supervisor.” “Roy, let’s look at the levels of work in this hiring process. Starting with Stratum I level of work, that would be the technicians on Derrick’s team,” I described. “What is the team’s focus?” “They run the machines, stack the materials, they do production,” Roy replied. “And Derrick’s role is supervisor. What is his focus?” “In his role…
  • Who Is the Quarterback of the Hiring Team?

    Tom Foster
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:44 am
    “I am Derrick’s manager, but Derrick is the one with the opening on his team, a position that has been open since April,” Roy protested. “How can you hold me accountable?” “You are Derrick’s manager, I hold you accountable for his output,” I insisted. “But he is the one who hasn’t done his job. He hasn’t hired anyone, not my fault,” Roy placed a line in the sand. “He is on your team. One of your responsibilities is to decide who is on your team. Derrick is on your team. I hold you accountable. More than that, for…
  • His Team, His Problem

    Tom Foster
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    “Why should I get involved?” Roy protested. “My team is full. Derrick is the one who needs to hire someone.” “Is Derrick on your team?” I asked. “Yes, but he is the hiring manager, it is his team, his problem.” “And you are Derrick’s manager?” I pressed. “Yes, I am Derrick’s manager.” “And Derrick is underperforming?” I continued. “Yes, he needs to hire someone, and it’s been three months,” Roy explained. “So, who do I hold accountable for Derrick’s…
  • Whipping Session

    Tom Foster
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    “Armand, I am glad you could make the time to meet with Sam and me,” I started. “I was talking with Sam yesterday about the role description he was writing for the Project Manager position.” “Yes,” Armand quickly jumped in. “I told Sam that I was tired of some of his projects coming in over budget. I think his last two hires were way off base.” “Why do you think they were off base?” I prompted. “I don’t think Sam knows enough about what he expects out of that position. Project Management for our complex projects is a…
  • Hiring Talent Summer Camp

    Tom Foster
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:37 am
    Orientation opens next Monday (July 6, 2015) for our Hiring Talent Summer Camp. Participants in this online program work through the hiring process under the direction of Tom Foster. This is the only program that combines an understanding of Levels of Work with Behavioral Interviewing. The research on Levels of Work is powerful science. The discipline of behavioral interviewing is the methodology for its application. This is the only program that puts these two ideas together in a practical framework for managers faced with Hiring Talent. Pre-register now. No payment due at this time.
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    Women on Business

  • 5 Steps to Create a Successful Email Marketing Campaign

    Susan Gunelius
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Email marketing works, but you can’t start collecting email addresses and sending mass email messages with the expectation that you’ll suddenly see a huge jump in sales. It’s far more likely that those messages will be ignored or deleted. Why? Because you failed to follow the five essential steps to creating a successful email marketing campaign. For every email marketing campaign you develop, follow the five steps introduced below. Don’t skip a step (or multiple steps)....Read the whole entry... »…
  • 4 Tips to Strategize a PR Plan

    Asavari Sharma
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    Public relations (PR) is one of the key elements of a strong business foundation. It is important because it helps send a clear message out in the media about what the organization stands for. As an entrepreneur, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of having a strong PR strategy in place. Since the field of PR is extremely competitive and dynamic in nature, you have to always be on your toes. Healthy competition is always appreciated, and to stay ahead in the game, it is important to...Read the whole entry... »…
  • 4 Tips to Create a Productive Office Space

    Sponsor Contributor
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Sponsored by Tu Projects: A good office space is efficient, inspires creativity, and is a pleasant place to work in. Setting up or revamping your office is a great way to inspire your workers and show your clients that your business is successful. Keep these four ideas in mind if you’re looking to boost the productivity and style of your office space: Keep Your Workers in Mind When Designing Your office isn’t a place where only you do business: it’s a place where your team works, too....Read the whole entry... »…
  • 5 Ways To Find Your Blogging Niche

    Toni Nelson
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    Blogging is a great way for a business to show their personal side. You can give people a behind the scenes view of how you run your business. Maybe you want to share how you choose the business tools you use. You might even want to introduce your team members. But for many people starting a blog seems like a huge undertaking. 4 Common Questions about Business and Blogging Should I blog for my business? Can blogging create an income? Is it possible to travel the world, blog, and...Read the whole entry... »             
  • Multitasking Doesn’t Work – Or Does It?

    Susan Gunelius
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Every few years there is a new movement that tells us we’re doing things incorrectly. Don’t eat salt! Wait—salt is okay. Don’t eat carbs! Hold on—carbs aren’t completely bad. Turns out, today’s finding will be tomorrow’s wrong way of doing things. Recently, productivity experts and research studies have proclaimed that multitasking doesn’t work. Instead, “singletasking” is the way to go if you want to increase productivity....Read the whole entry... »…
 
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  • Leveraging Female Talent to Drive Innovation

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

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

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

    Nina
    21 May 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Transforming a business is hard work. It requires a vision and a program. It means shifting and reallocating resources. It’s about asking hard questions and listening to the equally hard answers. Transformation is both strategic and tactical – and for many organizations, it is exhausting. The challenge of transformation, however, is not about arriving at your “transformation destination” – it’s about building resilience in your business so that change becomes part of your business DNA. Because the kicker here, is that change never ends. But hasn’t this always been the way?
  • Great Tech Doesn’t Guarantee Innovation

    Nina
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Throughout my career I have seen some amazing technology come to life. I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the great business leaders of the 20th and 21st Centuries, witnessed their creativity and ingenuity first hand, and watched as those innovations have transformed industries across the globe. But for every success, I have seen dozens of failures. For every brilliant idea, I have seen many fall at the first hurdle – or progress, limping towards an uncertain future. I have seen many leaders also rise and fall on the back of their idea – some have been able to taste…
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    The Glasshammer

  • Gender Champion: William “Bill” Johnson, CEO, Citi Retail Services

    Content Team
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Leaders must always be conscious of the shadow they cast for their teams, says Bill Johnson, CEO of Citi Retail Services. “You can ‘talk the talk, but people watch you and your behavior, and what you do day in and day out is far more important than what you say. You should never ask anyone to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself, and you certainly should not behave in ways you wouldn’t want your team to emulate. The impression you leave behind is your shadow.” For Johnson, that shadow extends to a deep passion for diversity. He credits this focus to two strong female role models…
  • 7 Voices That Weaken Women’s Leadership

    Content Team
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Barbara is in her late twenties and speaks with a relentlessly cheerful voice that can get on people’s nerves. She is always smiling, happy, and eager—and sounds as though she’s ten yours younger than she really is. Our instructor asks her whether she used another voice during any time in her life. At first, she replies, “Oh no, this is the way I’ve always spoken.” Then upon reflection, she blurts out. “Oh my goodness—I remember now! I used to have a completely different voice when I was head of my debating society at university! . . . . It was way, way lower. People would say…
  • Career Tip of The Week

    Content Team
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    This Weeks Tip is…. What are you recognized and rewarded for? Are you experiencing task creep? Have a look ( or make a list) of what you do every day for a period of a week to see what is officially within your remit and what creeps in there. It might be illuminating to see how you are paid for driving the train but also at times asked to lay the track, clean the engine etc which is time consuming and often not conducive to your time management or skill set. Welcome to Career Tip of the Week. In this column we aim to provide you with a useful snippet of advice to carry with you all week…
  • Voice of Experience: Monica Boll, Managing Director, Accenture

    Content Team
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    “Be bold about asking for what you want, particularly when you know you deserve it. If you don’t make others around you aware of your career aspirations, they can’t know how to help you get there,” says Monica Boll. “The right time to make your goals known might not be today – it’s different for everyone – but a conversation won’t happen unless you start it. It’s important to find your voice.” This advice has helped Boll throughout her career, which began working in and around the outsourcing business in a variety of roles involving process improvement, transition,…
  • Men Who Get It: John Covington, CISSP; Infrastructure Manager, Production Services; TIAA-CREF

    Content Team
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    “My main message is that people who feel more comfortable at work are more productive. I want to show people that my career has not been limited because I am gay.” With 30 years of IT experience, initially as a technician, Covington currently manages two teams – the Service Now infrastructure team and the Identity and Access Management team. Having molded both teams, a total of 13 members strong, into a cohesive, collaborative unit, he is proud of how they work together to share information. “I encourage all of them to work hard and understand the value of attitude, cooperation and…
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • 3 Guideposts for Merging Corporate Cultures

    RoundPegg
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Merging corporate cultures is hard. Discover 3 tips that can help on your path to culture alignment.3 Guideposts for Merging Corporate CulturesBy Tim WoltersMergers are hard work. That’s why as many as 83% of mergers fail. Many times there exists a “my way or the highway” mentality and since companies are often acquired for their customers, technology, or both, people are left as an afterthought. How do we set ourselves up for success in this new environment? I’ve been through the process a few times and in my experience your best bet for success is echoed by Ben Horowitz when he says…
  • How to Manage the 5 Reasons You’re Losing Sales Reps

    RoundPegg
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    Learn to manage the 5 reasons sales reps are leaving your company.How to Manage the 5 Reasons You’re Losing Sales RepsBy Vince ScaliaThere are loads of reasons employees leave. According to Gallup the 5 main reasons employees leave your company are:Relationship with immediate managerFit to job*Co-worker commitment to to qualityCompensation and BenefitsConnection to Senior Management. You can correct 4 of 5 of these areas of discontent by adopting one simple philosophy: Create processes and environments that align the way you hire, reward, and communicate with employees to a basic…
  • Penny Wise and Culture Foolish

    RoundPegg
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    Culture is important and should be measured like every other business metric. Don't fall into the trap of being Penny Wise and Culture Foolish.As we grow our business we are always looking for ways to improve it, ways to measure and apply focus, more efficient ways to achieve our goals. Most of these optimizations have historically had little to do with the most expensive asset of our business: our people.We have purchased all manner of platforms, tools, mobile apps to enhance productivity. Tools such as Salesforce.com, Hubspot, QuickBooks, Supply Chain Management tools like SAP to get better…
  • Replacing Culture Change with Culture Alignment for a Corporate Win

    RoundPegg
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    In this blog post, we revisit the RoundPegg methodology that alignment of values is key for high performing and successful companies. For the last couple months, we've covered a lot of really great culture topics in our blog series.  We started with the 5 Tenets of Culture, spent some time discussing Millennials and their impact on the workplace, and lastly, have discussed how the world has changed but meanwhile, corporations have not.At this time, we want to get back to our roots.  Have you ever been curious as to the groundwork and methodology behind RoundPegg?
  • 3 Leadership Tips from Libby Sartain

    RoundPegg
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:09 am
    Libby Sartain, former CHRO of Southwest Airlines and RoundPegg Board Member, offers 3 leadership tips when dealing with skeptics during an organization culture change.Transcript:1. 3 Leadership Tips from Libby Sartain (RoundPegg Board Member and former CHRO Southwest Airlines)2. • Over 30 years experience in Human Resources • 2001-2008 Chief People Officer, Yahoo! • 1988-2001 VP People, Southwest Airlines • 2011-Present RoundPegg Board Member • Author- HR From the Heart* • Author- Brand From the Inside: Eight Essentials to Emotionally Connect Your Employees to Your Business…
 
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    Rich Gee Group

  • It’s 2015! Why Are These Annoyances Still Around?

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

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

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

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

    richgeegroup
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:35 am
    A great Quora answer from Justine Musk (Elon Musk’s ex-wife) on what it takes to become a billionaire: “Shift your focus away from what you want and get deeply, intensely curious about what the world wants and needs Ask yourself what it is that you have the potential to bring to the world that is so unique and compelling and helpful that no computer could replace it, no one could outsource it, no one could steal your product and make it better and then club you into oblivion (not literally). Then develop that potential.” “The world doesn’t throw a billion dollars…
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    Inside Personal Growth

  • Podcast 530: Original Thinking with Glenn Aparicio Parry

    Greg Voisen
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    I have come full circle with author Glenn Aparicio Parry.  Recently his publicists reached out to me about doing an interview with Glenn, what she did not know is that Glenn and I had previously been affiliated when Glenn was involved in as the director of the SEED Gratitude Institute in Albuquerque, NM.  I just love how the Universe works in bringing people back into your life, just at the right time. Glenn has written a new book entitled “Original Thinking-A Radical ReVisioning of Time, Humanity and Nature“.  In my interview with Glenn we explore the deep inner realms of our…
  • Podcast 529: “Sold” the Movie with Jeffery Brown

    Greg Voisen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:29 pm
    I recently had the honor of attending the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona AZ.  While I was there I got to meet several producers and directors of what is referred to as “conscious media”.  One of those gentlemen was Jeffery Brown the producer of a movie entitled “Sold“.  This movie was not only well produced, written and directed the message was mind blowing.  I personally had no conception of the volume of sex and human trafficking going on in our world. There are currently over 5.5 million young girls involved in sex and human trafficking. In my interview with…
  • Podcast 528: The Oneness Blessing with Paula Rosenfeld

    Greg Voisen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:28 pm
    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing author Paula Rosenfeld about her new book entitled ” The One Blessing: How Deeksha Can Help You Become Your Authentic Self, Heal Your Relationships and Transform the World“.  With a title that promises so much, I just had to learn more about what Paula refers to at Deeksha. Paula is part of a movement of healers who are studying the “Oneness Training”.  She has traveled to India to study under guru’s of this healing prayer and process.  The miracles that are occurring in people’s lives is nothing short of…
  • Podcast 527: Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention with Ben Parr

    Greg Voisen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Have you tried to capture someone’s attention these days? Do feel like to have to set off a flair in front of their face just to get a few minutes of their focused attention? That is the way that I feel sometimes. I am certain that in our world today many of us has a bad case of Attention Deficit Disorder, and it is not all the fault of the individuals.  Our world and the things in it that require our attention has increased exponentially.  As a matter of fact we use to speak about Moore’s Law and that the computing power would double every two years, now who know how…
  • Podcast 526: Values, Inc with Dina Dwyer-Owen

    Greg Voisen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Our moral compass is set by the values we live by.  Values are one of the most important elements we can define as individuals and as organizations. When our friends and family look at us they can tell you the values that we live by and uphold.  When our customers evaluate our level of service, they too can tell us the values our organization stands by and for. In my recent interview with Dina-Dwyer Owen the co-chair of the “The Dywer Group” we discuss her new book entitled “Values, Inc-How Incorporating Values into Business and Life Can Change The World“.   Dina…
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    First Friday Book Synopsis

  • Here is the July, 2015 New York Times Business Books Best Sellers List – Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith is at #1

    Randy Mayeux
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    You can almost call us prescient. On this month’s New York Times Business Books Best Sellers list, we have already selected the #1 book, Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith, and the # 7 book, Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal for our August 7 First Friday Book Synopsis. Karl Krayer has selected the Goldsmith volume, and […]
  • John Ferling: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:40 am
    Throughout his long career, historian John Ferling has specialized in the American Revolution. He taught numerous courses on the Revolution, America’s Founders, and U. S. military history. He is the author of thirteen books, the latest of which is Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It (2015). His other books include biographies […]
  • From Every Hill and Molehill, Let Freedom Ring – (We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident – Yes, We Do!)

    Randy Mayeux
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which […]
  • Fascinating Facts about the Declaration of Independence

    Bob Morris
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
    Above is John Trumbull’s famous painting that records the event. One of my ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence so I have a special interest in the circumstances within which it was created. Here are some fascinating facts provided by ConstitutionFacts.com. * * * There is something written on the back of the Declaration of […]
  • The Old Words, and Maybe the Old Books, Are Best of All

    Randy Mayeux
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Don’t throw the past away You might need it some rainy day Dreams can come true again When everything old is new again. Lyrics by Peter W. Allen and Carole Bayer Sager “… the old words are best of all.” Winston Churchill ——————– I read quite a few books, and a whole lot of sample […]
 
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  • Inspirational Employee Engagement Quotes from Business Leaders

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    Have your employee engagement efforts hit a wall? Are you just not feeling motivated about employee engagement? Take a few minutes to read these inspirational quotes from business leaders, experts and authors. Hopefully, they’ll help you get back your employee engagement mojo and serve as a reminder of the fundamental link between employee engagement and business success.Request Free!
  • The Definitive Guide to the Leadership Behaviors that Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    Want to learn what you, as a leader, should be doing to create a culture of continuous improvement?What you should be doing to create a culture of continuous improvement:How to encourage the identification, testing, evaluation, and sharing of improvementsThe best ways to collaborate for improvementWhen to help your team, and when to get out of their way Request Free!
  • Executive Brief: Stop Thinking Small about Big Data

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Instead of thinking about how to apply the insights of big data to business problems, we often hear more tactical questions, such as how to store large amounts of data or analyze it in new ways. This thinking is small because it focuses on technology and new forms of data in an isolated and abstract way.Request Free!
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    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Lean and continuous improvement practices help people and organizations make improvement happen, so in honor of International Women's Day, we wanted to highlight some women who have made a difference (and, in most cases, still are making a huge difference).In no particular order, the women in continuous improvement you should know are:Lillian GilbrethJoan WellmanTracey RichardsonNatalie SayerCindy JimmersonHelen ZakMary PoppendieckKim BarnasKaren MartinMargarette PurvisClare Crawford-MasonGwendolyn GalsworthRequest Free!
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    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
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    Lead Change Group

  • Make Meaningful Work as Important as Results

    Chris Edmonds
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    How well do you and your leaders balance performance and meaning in your workplace? If the only things that leaders demand are results and performance, players in your organization will do their best to deliver those things. This singular emphasis on results can, however, cause players to operate from an “I win, you lose” philosophy – and act to inhibit others’ performance while they maximize their own. When players in your organization understand the context for their work and how their work benefits others in their communities, they have a hard time discounting that…
  • Organizational Alignment Is The Key To Managing Change

    Kelli Hinshaw
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    There are two types of organizational change: Change that is mandated and change that is proactive. The latter is easier and can be less emotional than the former. Yet, the lines often blur between the two. Frequently because proactive change launched by one group is perceived as mandated change by another. Thus, both types take preparation and skillful execution if they are going to produce positive results. Core to leading any significant change effort is organizational alignment. No amount of tactical change management training will substitute for having an entire organization that has a…
  • Our July Theme – Creatively Responding to Conflict

    Paula Kiger
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Last month, the voluntary theme for contributors to the Lead Change Group blog was Unexplored Territory. For July, we are taking the lead from The Anatomy Of Peace, the new book from The Arbinger Institute being launched in July. This book acknowledges the fact that conflict is unavoidable. The authors say, “While we can’t avoid conflict, we can certainly choose how we respond to it.” This month, we challenge you to write about Creatively Responding To Conflict. If you are interested in submitting original material for Lead Change, we would love to consider your contribution! You do…
  • Fathers Who Lead

    Cassandra Ferguson
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    We recently celebrated Father’s Day. As we look back on that day of celebration, let’s hear it for our Father and salute those Fathers who are not only fathers but leaders. Yes, leaders of the pack. I see more and more as an adult the importance of a father who leads. You have heard the saying, “It takes a real man to…(insert choice of responsibilities here).” It takes a real man to be a father who is also a leader. Could this be the answer to so many problems the world is facing? I would say one of them, yes. We need fathers who not only realize the importance of being…
  • I Wanna See You Be Brave

    John Smith
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Alan Alda once said: “Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory. Be brave enough to live life creatively.” The above quote is serving as our inspiration this month and some interesting ground has been covered by various voices. In all honesty, I have been focused on the first line of the quote and am just now looking at the second line, which I regret because it is a powerful and thought-provoking sentence. Here are my admittedly random thoughts around bravery and creativity. Be Brave Enough What does the word brave stir in you, aside from that wonderful Sara Bareilles song?
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    Crucial Skills

  • Staying Motivated When the End is Near

    David Maxfield
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
    The following article was first published on May 9, 2012. Dear David, I am part of a group of employees who work as internal consultants focused on motivating and improving others to reach excellence. We use several tools to accomplish this and are fairly well versed in VitalSmarts’ training programs. Our issue is that our Government employer has let it slip that our program and positions will be cut next year. I’d like to find a way to influence my coworkers to not give up and stay motivated. One option I have considered is sending a friendly e-mail to our group with some…
  • The Bombs Bursting in Error

    Kerry Patterson
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:44 pm
    http://static.vitalsmartscdn.com/kerryingon/The%20Bombs%20Bursting%20in%20Error.mp3 If you’ve ever watched Pawn Stars, then you’ll appreciate where this story is going. With each new episode, Rick Harrison (co-owner of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop) along with a few family members and colleagues, haggle with customers over how much a Civil War wooden leg is worth—or it might be a Picasso print. Either way, the show doesn’t really hit its stride until Rick and crew barter for a blunderbuss, pistol, rifle, cannon, or some other ancient explosive device. Then the real fun begins. After…
  • Got an Awkward Conversation?

    Joseph Grenny
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Everyone has an awkward conversation they are avoiding. Perhaps you have a co-worker who smells bad, a boss who’s impossible, or a regular, well-paying customer with outrageous demands. Sometimes the situation is temporary, or we don’t deal with it very often, so we don’t address it. Sometimes we bottle up our feelings in situations we deal with regularly—and do so for extended periods of time. Instead of finding a way to deal with an awkward situation in a healthy way, we endure years of pain and torment. In the hit 90’s sitcom Seinfeld, Elaine, along with Jerry, George, and…
  • Why Biting Your Tongue Leads to Disaster

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  • The Differences Between Behavior and Culture

    David Maxfield
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Dear David, How do you define the difference between behavior and culture? Does behavior drive culture, or does culture drive behavior? Sincerely, Natural Order of Things Dear Natural, The short answer is that behavior determines culture, and culture determines behavior. But it’s more complicated than that, and the complications make it a fascinating topic. First, let’s turn back the clock. I did my doctoral work in psychology back in the 1970s, studying with Albert Bandura at Stanford University. Al looks at culture and behavior through a model he has labeled reciprocal determinism. He…
 
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  • A message of freedom from Dr. Seuss

    Mary Jo Asmus
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
      Every year when Independence Day is upon us, it can be the beginning of thinking not only about the freedom we enjoy in our country, but the freedom that is possible in our workplaces. Freedom is something we all desire, and when it’s present in our workplaces, it opens up all kinds of creativity and joy that can lead to real bottom line results. As a leader, you can set the tone for workplace freedom. In 1990, I bought a copy of a now classic book (for adults as well as children) called “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel) for my four-year-old…
  • 5 leadership behaviors to move up on your priority list

    Mary Jo Asmus
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:23 am
    Many leaders drive others harder than they need to. What results is constant push for their team to achieve those goals. Meetings consist of checking the lists of things to be fixed and get done NOW. Recently I listened with awe as leaders described a change of heart following my Coaching for Breakthrough Performance workshop, where we spent significant time on skills that build relationships. Many described their new-found recognition of moving relationship-building with their stakeholders higher on their priority list. One poignant example came from a retail leader who told how her days are…
  • Welcoming the messenger

    Mary Jo Asmus
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
      When two apparently drunk Secret Service agents crashed into a barrier while driving in front of the White House recently (later reported to be more of a “bump” than a crash), the agency’s director Joseph Clancy was not told about the incident until five days after it happened via an anonymous email. The incident created a feeding frenzy in the press that further undermined an agency that was already under scrutiny for a string of bad behaviors amongst its agents. Similarly, a private sector leader wasn’t told about something he should have known from inside of…
  • Creating harmony – a teamwork lesson from a cappella groups

    Mary Jo Asmus
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:58 am
      Driving along the highway with the radio tuned to the Here & Now show, I was just “sort of” listening. But then…..Deke Sharon (producer for The Sing Off and both Pitch Perfect movies) came on to be interviewed about the resurgence of interest in a cappella music. I pumped my fist and shouted YEAH! when Sharon mentioned that part of his job requires him to smooth over rough patches in the relationships amongst group members because: “You can’t create harmony unless you have harmony within the group.” One definition of “harmony” (Merriam…
  • The most important part of your day

    Mary Jo Asmus
    1 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
      I know what you’re dealing with: a need to move faster than lightening, get results now, and get them right. And did I mention all the corporate paperwork and processes you have to follow while still delivering on time and under budget? But wait – in all of this rush, you’ve forgotten something – or someone and maybe many “someones”. The fact of the matter is that you can’t lead without others, and people need you. They take time. They take effort. They take relationship-building. Last but not least they take conversation. Sometimes they need…
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  • Three Persuasive Ideas

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

    Steve Roesler
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    The notion of Employee Engagement has been with us for a while now. I noticed in a meeting last week that everyone was passionate when we started discussing "engagement". But the longer we talked, the less I was convinced that we were talking about the same thing. In fact, we all had a personal, sensible, gut level idea of what it meant. But the "definition gap" emerged when we began talking about how to approach the issue. Predictable, actually. Whenever you find yourself in disagreement about "how" to do something, it's a signal to back up a step andagree on a common definition of "what"…
  • Paying Attention To People

    Steve Roesler
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Last week I was discussing the Hawthorne Effect during a speech on performance. It led to a lively Q&A, so I thought I'd re-visit this post from December, 2009. The original experiment and its impact on management and human behavior are timeless.  In the 1920s, physiologist Elton Mayo conducted experiments at the Hawthorne Electrical Works in Chicago. He was trying to confirm his theory that better lighting led to greater productivity. So, he had the lights on the factory floor turned up. Voila! As he expected, production levels increased, too. Done deal? As an afterthought he decided…
  • Meetings: The First 15 Minutes Matter

    Steve Roesler
    4 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Beginnings make a huge difference  Meetings offer a perfect example. I was working with a VP who started off her 3-day, first quarter meeting with a 20 minute introduction. In that 20 minutes she crisply and energetically laid out: The purpose and expected outcome of the three days Three highlights and three lowlights from the previous year Why people were seated, by name card, at their six-person tables. (There were actually two reasons):    1. To include representatives of different functions at each table     2.  To have a new manager at each table who had never been with the…
  • Learn How To Develop Others

    Steve Roesler
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    "Developing Others" ranks dead last on just about every organizational skill level survey with which I've been involved or have read.  It's not because people lack awareness of its importance; quite the contrary. It's because development takes time. It involves getting to know people and their capabilities at more than a surface level. To develop people, you have to follow a few fundamental steps. Here's How To Begin 1. Start with an accurate picture of the person's strengths and weaknesses. They can't grow if they don't have good information about themselves. And managers can't help them…
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    George Ambler

  • The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

    George Ambler
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    Bronnie Ware is an Australian palliative care nurse who provides specialised medical care for people who are in the last 12 weeks of their lives. Whilst working with dying people, Bonnie recorded the dying thoughts of her patient on her blog Inspiration and Chai, which got so much attention the she wrote a book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”. The top five regrets of people on their deathbed were: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. I…
  • How to Eliminate Time Wasting by Using the “Eisenhower Matrix”

    George Ambler
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    In today’s fast paced world it’s critical for leaders distinguish between busy work and important work. I’m sure you’ve experienced days when you’ve been running around working hard, busy getting things done. Then at the end of the day it feels like you’ve worked hard, but accomplished little to achieve your goals. I’ve had this experience on too many occasions. A leader who conquered busyness and as a result had a significant impact on the world was Dwight Eisenhower. Dwight Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States. He served two terms between…
  • Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone

    George Ambler
    10 May 2015 | 1:46 am
    Successful leaders know that they must get out of their comfort zone to succeed. Great leaders from history are those who have spent a large amount of their time outside their comfort zone. Leaders who take risks and step into their learning zone are those that succeed. It’s only when you can give up what’s safe and familiar that you create opportunities and develop new capabilities. As you do, you expand your influence and gain the skills required to take on bigger and bigger challenges. In this sense, leaders are self-made and not born, they are developed, not promoted. Leadership…
  • One Thing You Can Do Every Day to Improve Your Creativity

    George Ambler
    4 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Many people will tell you they do their best thinking and are most creative when walking. Steve Jobs was famous for his walks around the Palo Alto. Jobs would often go on long walks for problem solving and was well-known for hosting “walking meetings”. Jobs is not alone in his love of walking, other creative leaders also host walking meetings. “My favorite thing to do to relax is walking. If I’m with a friend we have our best conversations while walking.” – Jack Dorsey, CEO of the mobile-payments startup Square, Silicon Valley’s different kind of power walk Mark Zuckerberg…
  • How to Use a Journal to Keep Focused 

    George Ambler
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    In the fast paced, turbulent and uncertain world of today learning becomes a source of competitive advantage. The gap between where you are today and where you want to be in the future is crossed by gaining new knowledge and learning new skills. “I’ve always thought that success on the job is based on how fast you learn and not what you know… the best CEOs I see are introspective. They learn every day. That’s what I try to do.” – Jeff Immelt, GE CEO, Q&A with GE’s Jeff Immelt, Bloomberg The big question then becomes “how can we develop leaders who are fast…
 
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    Leadership Lessons From Triathlons

  • The Art of Precision Writing

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    Are you languishing in your language?‘Precis writing’ is a tough skill to master. In effect, you summarise an article or essay into its key components. To do so requires critical thinking skills in analysis, convergent thinking, and synthesis. To encapsulate such thinking is to possess crystallised thinking, and applying your linguistic/language ability into a readable format.How can you approach such skills?Do Write RegularlyWith the social media platform, write your thoughts on your postings on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Share your comments, instead of clicking on ‘Like’. Write…
  • 10 Things To Do When You Have 24 Hours Available

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Do you frequently un-clutter your notebook, or update your Twitter account?What do you do when you have 'spare time on your hands'?There are only 24 hours in a day. It is a myth that we can save time, make time, call for time out, invest in the time, et al. We can do these with our relationships - initiate, engage, build on, explore, strengthen - and time is merely an expendable item. Once the moment is gone, it is, and was. If you have a few hours to a few days on your hands, how could you use it valuably. Prioritise your use of time, tasks, and relationships. [Refer to Steven Covey's 'Time…
  • Geek, Nerd or Fan?

    20 Jun 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Who is telling the truth? I am a fan of Star Wars and Star Trek. More the former, as I do have a few pieces of figurines, a light-saber, and tee-shirts with Star Wars prints.A friend of mine is a 'trooper' and is part of '501st Garrison', based in Singapore. He enjoys dressing up (cosplay) and appearing as the iconic foot-soldier in charity events. I admire his spirit of generosity, as he gets to troop and give back to society. He also plays Stars Wars Miniature game. So, is he a larger fan than I am?I read that, in the Geek Hierarchy:GEEK: Understand, create and fixes really cool…
  • A Legend, Or Legendary?

    20 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    In the fine company of Singaporean 'legends', who completed the legendary Ironman in Kona, Hawaii in the 1990's and early-2000's. I managed to do it in 2013, after eight years of attempts. What is a legend? Usually, a famous person who is deceased. Think of legends like Elvis Presley, James Dean, Steve Jobs, and other celebrities.However, legendary achievements may create the reputation of  being a 'living legend'. Thus, the things that you do become something of legendary proportions. These achievements could reflect a defiance of your age, physical capability, and social status.
  • Boston Strong: Boston Marathon 2014

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    Boston Marathon was not on my bucket list (and I have one, which has been updated umpteenth times and is now in the nth version). I completed Berlin Marathon 2010, enjoyed it as I crossed the line in about 3:37. What I did not know was 7,700-plus runners were ahead of me. Talk about depth of field in European marathons!So, after two BQs later I took the lottery (after an excited yet excruciating wait of several days), waited a couple of weeks, and I was stoked when I was admitted into the 118th edition of the race. Friends who had completed the 2012 edition assured me that my margin of…
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    Tony Mayo

  • Executive Coach Leaves Participants With Action-Oriented Takeaways

    Tony Mayo
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:18 am
    Tony Mayo Executive Coach   Tony has an uncanny ability to leverage his vast […] The post Executive Coach Leaves Participants With Action-Oriented Takeaways appeared first on Tony Mayo.
  • Executive Coaching Makes an Impact

    Tony Mayo
    22 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    Tony Mayo Executive Coach     Coaching is widely regarded as a potent d […] The post Executive Coaching Makes an Impact appeared first on Tony Mayo.
  • Free Sample: Audible Audio Book

    Tony Mayo
    16 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Tony Mayo Executive Coach       Podcast #16: Tony reads a short sa […] The post Free Sample: Audible Audio Book appeared first on Tony Mayo.
  • How to Apologise. And, Why.

    Tony Mayo
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    Tony Mayo Executive Coach     A measure of a child’s maturity is […] The post How to Apologise. And, Why. appeared first on Tony Mayo.
  • Top Executive Coaching Newsletter Directory

    Tony Mayo
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Tony Mayo Executive Coach     CEO Executive Coach Tony Mayo has shared […] The post Top Executive Coaching Newsletter Directory appeared first on Tony Mayo.
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    By Tanmay Vora

  • Hidden Strengths – Unleashing The Leadership Skills You Already Have

    Tanmay Vora
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    Most people ascend to leadership positions based on their areas of natural strengths. Tools like SWOT analysis also focus excessively on two things: strengths and weaknesses. So, our natural response as leaders is to leverage our strengths and improve on areas of our weakness. Yes? But there is a large space between our strengths and weaknesses that which is hidden. Authors Thuy Sindell and Milo Sindell calls this space as “Hidden Strengths” in their new book by the same name. About 70% of our skills fall in this hidden space where we are neither excelling nor failing. And according to…
  • 7 Pointers to Build a Strong Company Culture

    Tanmay Vora
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:29 am
    Much like electricity which cannot be seen but empowers the devices, culture is an invisible force that drives beliefs, habits, rituals and outcomes of an organization. In fact, culture is a sum total of an organization’s shared values, behaviors, rituals, beliefs, attitudes, goals and practices. It exerts a powerful influence on day to day behaviors and choices of people. Yet, the truth is that most organizations are not aware about the current state of their culture. The thing about culture is – even when you are not consciously building a culture, it is still being formed by default…
  • Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others

    Tanmay Vora
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:30 pm
    “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say ‘Thank You’. In between, the leader is a servant.” – Max De Pree Gone with the industrial age is the concept of traditional leadership where people at the top of pyramid exercise the power in a hierarchy. In a creative and connected economy, a leader’s first and foremost job is to serve to the needs of people they lead. To create an ecosystem where creative people thrive. To create trust by trusting others. To build a learning organization. To deliver meaningful results. That is what Cheryl Bachelder,…
  • Interdisciplinary Thinking

    Tanmay Vora
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Technology and sociology are two different disciplines. But when technology transcended the boundary and met sociology (or the other way around) – social media was born. It completely transformed how we communicate, consume information and sell. If you are playing a guitar, you are dealing with two disciplines. The art of dynamically arranging musical notes in a certain sequence AND the physics of how sound is produced – i.e. stroking the strings that create vibrations in a hollow space to produce music. New ideas, knowledge, solutions and innovation happens beyond the boundary of one…
  • Building Critical Thinking Muscle: An L&D Mandate

    Tanmay Vora
    31 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Last week, I was invited as a guest on PeopleMatters #TChat (Twitter chat) on the topic of developing critical thinking muscle within the organization and the role of learning and development. I was joined by Mahalaxmi R who is the CLO & Global Head Talent at Airtel and Rajesh Lele. It was fun contributing and learning a great deal in return from the Twitter HR community. Here are the highlights from the chat. (You can see more tweets at the storified version of the chat) Q1: Why do you think Critical Thinking is an essential skill to be built across the organization in today’s context?
 
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  • Are Fun-Filled Church Events Missing the Point?

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

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

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

    Kent Shaffer
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    The 12th edition of the top Christian blogs list is out! Featuring 300 blogs, it’s the definitive guide of the most-read blogs for ministry inspiration. Fifty-three blogs made the rankings this year that were absent from last year. Visit the Top 300 Christian Blogs for Ministry. The post Updated Top Christian Blogs List appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Code for the Kingdom is launching a Global Hackathon this October

    Kent Shaffer
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    After hosting local hackathons across Silicon Valley, Seattle, India, and Austin, Code for the Kingdom is launching its first global hackathon on October 2-4, 2015. Featuring 12 host cities, participants will create technologies using a Christian perspective to tackle challenges facing our communities. Over the past two years, over 900 technologists have created create 86 projects through Code for the Kingdom. This first global collaboration will leverage the skills and insights of international entrepreneurs, designers, and technologists to foster an entrepreneurial culture with Christian…
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    All Things Workplace

  • Three Persuasive Ideas

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

    Steve Roesler
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    The notion of Employee Engagement has been with us for a while now. I noticed in a meeting last week that everyone was passionate when we started discussing "engagement". But the longer we talked, the less I was convinced that we were talking about the same thing. In fact, we all had a personal, sensible, gut level idea of what it meant. But the "definition gap" emerged when we began talking about how to approach the issue. Predictable, actually. Whenever you find yourself in disagreement about "how" to do something, it's a signal to back up a step andagree on a common definition of "what"…
  • Paying Attention To People

    Steve Roesler
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    Last week I was discussing the Hawthorne Effect during a speech on performance. It led to a lively Q&A, so I thought I'd re-visit this post from December, 2009. The original experiment and its impact on management and human behavior are timeless.  In the 1920s, physiologist Elton Mayo conducted experiments at the Hawthorne Electrical Works in Chicago. He was trying to confirm his theory that better lighting led to greater productivity. So, he had the lights on the factory floor turned up. Voila! As he expected, production levels increased, too. Done deal? As an afterthought he decided…
  • Meetings: The First 15 Minutes Matter

    Steve Roesler
    4 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Beginnings make a huge difference  Meetings offer a perfect example. I was working with a VP who started off her 3-day, first quarter meeting with a 20 minute introduction. In that 20 minutes she crisply and energetically laid out: The purpose and expected outcome of the three days Three highlights and three lowlights from the previous year Why people were seated, by name card, at their six-person tables. (There were actually two reasons):    1. To include representatives of different functions at each table     2.  To have a new manager at each table who had never been with the…
  • Learn How To Develop Others

    Steve Roesler
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    "Developing Others" ranks dead last on just about every organizational skill level survey with which I've been involved or have read.  It's not because people lack awareness of its importance; quite the contrary. It's because development takes time. It involves getting to know people and their capabilities at more than a surface level. To develop people, you have to follow a few fundamental steps. Here's How To Begin 1. Start with an accurate picture of the person's strengths and weaknesses. They can't grow if they don't have good information about themselves. And managers can't help them…
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  • Why Solar Energy Is a Good, Renewable Energy Source?

    27 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    These days we hear a lot about using organic products, biodegradable products, recycling plastics, etc., to minimize carbon footprint and save the environment. But we do not realize that unless and until we minimize consumption, we can not really save our environment. For example, look at the world consumption; Today’s products are manufactured, used and disposed of at a higher rate than the earth can accommodate in a less harmful way. Therefore it is important that we move to green alternatives now, otherwise, will be covered by pollutants and toxins produced in the normal course of…
  • Most Efficient Solar Panels

    22 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    In trying to create the most efficient solar panels, pay special attention to the portion of the backsheet of the panels. A backsheet layer is the solar panel which solar cells are arranged. The other side of this backsheet, more precisely in the upper middle area is the junction box. A backsheet are often made of vinyl fluoride or PVF which is similar to PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, the material used in pipes and water pipes. P.V.F. It is commonly used in aircraft interiors and vehicles. DuPont, the US chemical company founded in 1802, created in the 1940s, polyvinyl fluoride polymer (PVF).
  • What Is a Photovoltaic System?

    21 Jun 2015 | 4:05 am
    This is a common question from the uninitiated. A photovoltaic (or PV System) is an installation of solar panels that can be used to provide electricity and if you generate more energy than it needs, can be fed back to the network. Domestic photovoltaic systems have two main options installations. Existing properties tend to opt for a mounting system “roof”, where the panels are sitting slightly above the roof surface. This causes the least disruption of the structure and the tiling of existing coverage. The alternative is a system of “roof” where the panels replace…
  • How to Buy an Ideal Solar Power System for Your Home

    20 Jun 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Concerned about the sudden increase in their electricity bills? You want to get rid of this problem? Why not switch to solar energy and live a tension free life thereafter! As electricity prices are increasing day by day, people began to feel the pain of this abrupt question mounting. Many owners of the world are moving towards a better option and expense, ie, “solar energy”. Installation is no doubt that this type of power system in your home is the best way to use the sun’s energy and cut all electricity bills, but there is a big question that arises here, namely,…
  • Use Solar Energy to Earn a LEED Certification

    20 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    LEED certification for buildings or commercial facilities by installing a solar power system is a way to save costs on your bottom while establishing energy independence. As a happy side note, LEED designation and use of solar energy is also a very effective way to generate additional positive PR and word of mouth for your business. If you plan to build a new plant or upgrading of an existing building in the near future, consider adding a solar energy system to reduce or eliminate their dependence on local public services providers. LEED certification reduces operating costs Probably the most…
 
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    Elements of Leadership

  • Leadership Narcissism

    Gary Cohen
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:19 am
    by Gary Cohen As an executive coach, I am often hired by people who want me to fix them. It’s not that they feel broken; it’s that they don’t feel full and complete. They think, “If only…” Or they feel not ______ enough. That blank is filled in with words like good, smart, talented, knowledgeable, young, old, savvy, fit, strong, or pretty/handsome. Bear in mind, these people are leading organizations and have lists of accomplishments a mile long. You wouldn’t confuse them with Stuart Smalley—the caricature of self-help neediness that Al Franken played on Saturday…
  • 9 Steps to Delegating Tasks and Authority More Effectively

    Gary Cohen
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:32 pm
    by Gary Cohen 9 Steps to Delegating Tasks and Authority More Effectively Leaders usually love the idea of delegating, but when it comes time to passing out tasks, they sometimes get cold feet. It might be more work, they realize, to explain how to do the task appropriately than to just do it themselves. Or they may balk at trusting the delegatee because of variables they haven’t considered or addressed. When leaders delegate halfway—by re-taking responsibility midway through or by micromanaging throughout—no one is served. It tends to irritate everyone and lead to poor work quality. For…
  • Four Levels of Listening Underutilized

    Gary Cohen
    26 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    by Gary Cohen   “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey Listening has become a lost art, perhaps because we’ve become so focused on ourselves. We’re used to getting what we want when we want it in this on-demand world. Listening is about others. It’s about giving them what they want and need. It’s about connecting with others on many different levels. There are four levels of listening: being an attentive presence, clarifying and interpreting meaning, providing empathy,…
  • Crack the Leadership Code

    Gary Cohen
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    by Gary Cohen 25 leadership experts from around the world will soon be providing their insights on how to crack the leadership code. They will provide their successful models and strategies so that you, too, can grow you and your organization’s leadership skills and abilities. Here are the details: From April 27 – May 17, you will receive a daily e-mail at 6a.m. EST with a link to that day’s podcast. The podcast will feature an interview with Jim Kouzes (author of The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, the bestselling classic…
  • The Secret Business Partner

    Gary Cohen
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    by Gary Cohen The Secret Business Partner is not the same as a silent partner (who puts in capital and provides little to no advice). And the Secret Business Partner I’m referring to isn’t someone who needs their identity hidden–either because they’re famous or infamous. The Secret Business Partner I am talking about is highly influential and often outspoken, but also invisible and unheard from when it comes to 99% of the organization. As an executive coach, I speak to clients about their impediments, opportunities, influences, fears, strengths, and goals. Because…
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    Robin Sharma's Blog

  • The Movement Maker’s Mindset

    admin
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    Mastery is a rarity. But with devotion + practice + patience you'll be there.
  • How I Stay Inspired (Personal)

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    Robin Sharma shares 5 of the practices he runs to keep his inspiration levels at their peak.
  • How Great Masters Think

    admin
    16 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Robin Sharma shares that to believe in yourself when no one believes in you is to start your rise to genius.
  • Your Return to Greatness

    admin
    6 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Make this day epic. And let's not take our tomorrows for granted.
  • 6 Minute Audio Inspiration

    admin
    2 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Robin Sharma shares an audio recording that will remind you of your highest nature and the poetic possibility you're truly built for.
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • Most Popular Leadership Posts So Far This Year

    5 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    With the first half of 2015 past us, here's a look back at the three most read postings on my leadership blog so far this year.Most Popular PostIn his new book, Fail Fast or Win Big: The Start-up Plan for Starting Now, author Bernhard Schroeder gives you the edge he believes you'll need to be an entrepreneur who can launch a profitable business—in 90 days or less.He draws on his work with many talented entrepreneurs (the founder of Yahoo! and Amazon included), and presents a proven expedient route to start-up success. That expedited route…
  • Inspire Someone Today

    5 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
  • How To Effectively Communicate With Your 5K Racers

    4 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    My two passions are leadership and running 5K races that benefit nonprofit organizations. I'm halfway through my goal to run 30 5K's this year. Feeling good about that, I thought I would combine my two passions and list below best practices for what to communicate to 5K racers.So, if you are:Organizing a 5K raceLeading your 5K event communications and marketing teamsHiring a race director to operate your 5K raceWondering what 5K racers want to know before they commit to a race...then hopefully, these two lists in this post will help you. At a minimum include these event details,…
  • How To Create Purpose And Engagement In Your Organization

    4 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    "The challenge for the organizational architect is to systematically create the blueprint for an organization that consciously connects everything to purpose," explains author  Clive Wilson, in his new book, Designing the Purposeful Organization. "The product of doing this are measurable results and, importantly, a felt sense of success.Wilson's book is packed with case studies and activities that help you put to practice in your organization the learnings from the book.Clive WilsonOne of the activities that I found most interesting and revealing is Wilson's…
  • Great Coaches Do This

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Today, because of its popularity, I am pleased to once again share a guest post from Garret Kramer of InnerSports LLC about how to be a great coach:14 Attributes of Great CoachesBy Garret Kramer,Author of Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life There are many, many coaching manuals and books on the market today.   Unfortunately, virtually all of them provide an external blueprint or "positive" guide to successful coaching and leadership. Very few, however, point the coach inward to an intuitive understanding that he or she already…
 
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Building Your All-Star Team

    Kevin Eikenberry
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Professional sports leagues create special event games called All Star Games. They create teams of the best players from their leagues to play a game, show off their talents and sell tickets. One way or another (by votes of media, players or fans), the players are selected and the game is played. The total assembled […] The post Building Your All-Star Team appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results

    Kevin Eikenberry
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Is it a book, or is it a teleseminar? Actually, it is both. First, the book. Written by Victor Prince and Mike Figliuolo, this book will be officially released in a couple of weeks. And we can help you get one of the first copies (more on that below). Second, the teleseminar. One of the […] The post Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: The Doing More with Less Syndrome

    Kevin Eikenberry
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    This “syndrome” is the new reality, and as leaders, we need to find a way to overcome it. Here are three ways to help you do this. RTV 75 – the Doing More with Less Syndrome Click here for just the audio of this episode. Learn more about our Remarkable Leadership Workshop click here. One […] The post Remarkable TV: The Doing More with Less Syndrome appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Ten Questions to Ask After Setting Your Goals

    Kevin Eikenberry
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Lots of people set goals. Far fewer achieve them. There are lots of reasons that happens, not the least of which is that people treat the goal setting process as an achievement; which it isn’t really. We don’t set goals as the outcome. We set goals to get goals. (Tweet That) Yes, setting them is […] The post Ten Questions to Ask After Setting Your Goals appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Wired for Authenticity

    Kevin Eikenberry
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Henna Inam Authenticity. It is one of those words that gets thrown around in business a lot these days. So much so that I often wonder if anyone stops to think about what it really means. That was my prevalent thought and question as I began reading the new book from Henna Inam. I […] The post Wired for Authenticity appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    David Burkus

  • 0614 | Heidi Grant Halvorson

    david
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Heidi Grant Halvorson is a social psychologist and Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at Columbia Business School. She is the author of four bestselling books, including Nine Things Successful People Do Differently and her new book No One Understands You and What To Do About It. In this interview, we discuss the cognitive biases that make authentic interactions so difficult…and what to do about it. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it…
  • 0613 | Dan Ariely

    david
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    Dan Ariely is a behavioral economist and triple New York Times bestselling author. His most recent projects include Timeful, a calendar app aimed at using behavioral science to maximize productivity, a documentary on dishonesty, and Irrationally Yours, a compilation of essays on applying behavioral economics to every day life. In this interview, we discuss how to better bridge the gap between social science and everyday practice. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for…
  • 0612 | Nilofer Merchant

    david
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    Nilofer Merchant is the Jane Bond of Innovation. From working with Steve Jobs at Apple, to defeating Microsoft in an epic industry battle, to advising the C-Suites of GE, IBM, Logitech and more, Merchant brings a world-class pedigree to her work. You’ve probably seen her byline and ideas in publications like the Harvard Business Review, Wired, and Oprah. A TED speaker, she shares the stage with luminaries regularly, including Malcolm Gladwell, and Bono (yes, THAT Bono). In this interview, we talk about how collaboration is the future of strategy. Listen below or follow…
  • 0611 | Michael Lee Stallard

    david
    25 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Michael Lee Stallard is the author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work. He is co-founder and president of E Pluribus Partners and a respected and recognized expert on the human connection aspects of leadership and culture. He speaks, teaches, coaches and consults for clients including General Electric, Google, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, NASA, Texas Christian University, U.S. Department of Treasury and Yale New Haven Health System. In their interview, we discuss what Bono and U2 can teach leaders about making a great work…
  • 0610 | Tom Rath

    david
    11 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    Tom Rath is the author of several best-selling books, including Strengths Finder 2.0 and Strengths-Based Leadership. His latest book, Are You Fully Charged?, focuses on the small actions that make a big difference in everyday effectiveness in life and work. In this interview, we talk about the 3 keys to energizing your work and life. Want to win a copy of Tom’s new book? Click here. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it at www.audibletrial.com/lead.
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • On Leadership, Appearance and Being Professional

    Michael R Stanford
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:40 am
    A really good buddy of mine got me thinking about something he said one day: “Be a professional, this is the key to being a great person and great success.” […] The post On Leadership, Appearance and Being Professional appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • Hey Leaders: When is an Idea a Good Idea?

    Elliot Begoun
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Leaders frequently face the challenge of trying to determine weather a new idea is a good one or not. And these ideas can originate either from their own minds or […] The post Hey Leaders: When is an Idea a Good Idea? appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • 3 Leadership Traits Your Employees Need to Exhibit When You Aren’t Around

    Anthony Russo
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:28 pm
    No matter what industry you work in, your team is the face of your brand. And their leadership when you are not around is the clearest byproduct of your own. It’s […] The post 3 Leadership Traits Your Employees Need to Exhibit When You Aren’t Around appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • How Leadership Styles Dictate Potential Success

    J. A. Davis
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:21 am
    We have all worked for someone at some point in our career who felt more like a slave master than a leader, right? You know that person I am referring […] The post How Leadership Styles Dictate Potential Success appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • On Leadership and “It’s Not You, It’s Me” Syndrome

    Andrea M. Pampaloni, Ph.D.
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    Several years ago I played recreational volleyball one evening a week. Our volleyball game started after the weekly men’s basketball game. One guy played both basketball and volleyball. And if this […] The post On Leadership and “It’s Not You, It’s Me” Syndrome appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
 
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • 5 Reasons to Take Your Vacation Time: Ask Madeleine

    Madeleine
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    I’ve received various letters asking about the wisdom of taking personal time off when work is crazy busy. So in honor of July 4th—a very important holiday for those in the U.S. that falls, sadly, on a Saturday this year—I have decided to devote this week’s post to the issue of vacation time. (Spoiler alert: the answer is always take it!) According to Time magazine, in 2013 employed Americans took an average of 16 days of vacation—5 fewer days than in the 1980s. This happened in spite of reams of research supporting the notion that taking vacation is good for your body, your mind,…
  • 7 Steps for Successfully Addressing Negative Behaviors

    David Witt
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
    Providing feedback—especially less than positive feedback—is a task many managers dread.  But feedback is an essential part of providing the day-to-day coaching people need to succeed—especially in today’s fast-paced business environment where people at all levels are in a constant learning mode. In the new issue of Training Industry magazine best-selling business author Ken Blanchard outlines an effective 7-step process for redirecting behavior that is off-track.  Drawing from his just released book with Spencer Johnson, The NEW One Minute Manager, Blanchard shares a model for…
  • 3 Ways to Recognize—and Embrace—a New Season of Life

    Terry Watkins
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:32 am
    As we go through life, we experience different personal and professional seasons that influence our daily activities. During each season, our priorities will likely change. Here’s an example. Prior to having my son, my highest priority was excelling professionally. I worked all the time. I devoted 125 percent of my energy to my professional responsibilities. Once my son arrived—season change—his needs became my top priority. My laser focus on my professional career became less intense and fell to a lower position on my priority list. Fast forward 17 years. My son is now more independent…
  • Trouble Setting Boundaries at Work? Ask Madeleine

    Madeleine
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:20 am
    Dear Madeleine, I have a lot of friends at work and we have a lot of fun. I am an easy going person and like to joke around, but I was recently promoted to manager and now there’s a problem.  One person on my team assumes he can take breaks whenever he wants without asking. It feels like things are getting out of hand. How do I put a stop to this without making him hate me?  –Getting Serious Dear Getting Serious, As a very informal person myself, I really can sympathize with your dilemma.  Although you definitely had a hand in creating this situation, it is also true that you are…
  • Do Your Customer Service Policies Show You Trust Your Employees? 5 Strategies to Consider

    Randy Conley
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    I’ve got a pet peeve when it comes to customer service policies. It annoys me to no end when front-line employees have to get a manager’s approval for even the simplest, low-dollar merchandise return. I recently had to return an item to an office supply store (a national chain) where I encountered this very situation. The item had not been opened from its original packaging, cost less than $20, and I had the receipt of purchase from the same store just a few days prior. The cashier was as helpful and polite as he could be but he couldn’t process the return on his own. He…
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    The Executive Roundtable

  • Video Blog #5: Taking Charge of Your Behavioural Signals

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

    admin
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    Is your brain in overdrive? Glain shares one of her favourite tools for busy people, The Five-Minute Journal. Got a question for Glain or a coaching tool you’re curious about? Tweet it at Glain: @ExecRoundtable or join the conversation by liking our Facebook page. The post Video Blog #4: Change The Game in 5 Minutes appeared first on The Executive Roundtable.
  • Video Blog #3: Know When to Go

    admin
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:12 am
    Are you feeling like it’s time to go? It might not be. Glain offers advice on how to reconnect with what energizes you. Got a coaching question you want to see answered? Tweet it at Glain: @ExecRoundtable or join the conversation by liking our Facebook page. The post Video Blog #3: Know When to Go appeared first on The Executive Roundtable.
  • Lessons from a Failed High Po

    Brenda Marshall
    25 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    Twenty years ago I was one of five employees selected for a yearlong “high-po” program at a big corporation. I flew to the New York headquarters multiple times – shared meals with top executives and enjoyed days of incredible learning experiences. But at the end, when the time came to take the “big job” – a job with expanded scope and many direct reports – I opted out. And my career was never quite the same after. I was no longer a “high-po” or at least not the way the company defined it. I see this regularly with some of my coaching clients. They…
  • Video Blog #2: Forget about networking, recharge instead

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    Networking doesn’t have to be draining— seek out events with like-minded people and get energized. Fresh out of 2015’s Reinvent Work Summit, Glain talks about how to network the right way. How do you get energized? Tweet at us @ExecRoundtable The post Video Blog #2: Forget about networking, recharge instead appeared first on The Executive Roundtable.
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    Enclaria: Influence Change at Work

  • How to Deal With Resistance to Change

    Heather Stagl
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:06 am
    Do you ever feel like you have to drag people through the mud by their hair to get them to change? That’s the opening line of my recent TEDx GeorgiaStateU talk on the topic of “How to Deal With Resistance to Change.” Watch to hear a little bit of my story, learn how to spot resistance to change, find out how you can better respond to it, and look underneath the surface to understand the true nature of resistance – all in less than 11 minutes! TED’s motto is Ideas Worth Sharing – if you think this one is worth sharing, please do!
  • To Influence Change: Simultaneously Cause and Alleviate Discomfort

    Heather Stagl
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    The status quo is the existing routine, the comfort zone. Change necessarily causes people to step out of their comfort zones, to learn something that was previously outside of their awareness, or to do something different that may seem unnatural or risky, or to go somewhere that is not well defined. Discomfort is necessary for change. People first need to be uncomfortable with the current situation to have the energy to do something different. And if people are too comfortable with the change, it’s probably not making a real difference. Discomfort with change also shows up as…
  • Reserve Your Seat in Enclaria’s Fundamentals of Change Management Course – September 28-30 in Atlanta

    Heather Stagl
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:46 am
    Download brochure Fundamentals of Change Management How to Design and Influence Change at Work Three-Day Workshop Atlanta, Georgia September 28-30, 2015   Fundamentals of Change Management is a foundational course for anyone who influences change at work. This three-day workshop will help you design your change initiative to go as smoothly as possible and overcome the inevitable challenges when they occur. No matter what type of project you’re implementing, Fundamentals of Change Management equips you with the steps, tools and skills to facilitate the adoption of change in your…
  • Communicating the Value of Change Management

    Heather Stagl
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:32 am
    Over the last several years, there’s been a surge of new internal change management positions and departments within organizations. Someone in each organization must have seen the value in dedicating resources to doing change well, but what about everyone else who needs to apply it? Stuck trying to convince everyone else of their purpose, change practitioners often ask, “How do I communicate the value of change management?” The quick answer is some version of: Change management helps achieve the desired results for the organization because It enables the adoption of the related process,…
  • Interview: How to Deal With Difficult People

    Heather Stagl
    19 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    This month’s guest, Dee Daley, is a business leader with a 20-plus year record of leading organizational change initiatives for corporations including GE Healthcare, GE Capital and Office Depot. She recently presented on the topic of How to Deal With Difficult People at the ACMP Change Management 2015 Global Conference. As change management professionals our success often depends upon our ability to influence without authority and to influence “difficult” people. Surprisingly, the research shows that 75 percent of the people with whom we interact at work and play are different from…
 
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    Eblin Group

  • Mindful Mondays: Change It Up This Week

    Scott
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    If you’ve been reading anything I’ve written over the past few years, you know what a big fan I am of routines. I’m especially fond of the routines – physical, mental, relational and spiritual – that help you show up at your best. Mindful routines help us groove the behaviors that lead to incremental improvement. Incremental improvement consistently achieved leads to big results. So, yay for routines! That said, every so often it’s important to change it up.
  • Mindful Mondays: Love Casts Out Fear

    Scott
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:35 am
    In a first century A.D. epistle to believers in Ephesus, John the Evangelist wrote that “perfect love casts out fear.” In the United States over the past two weeks, we have witnessed remarkable example after remarkable example of love triumphing over fear. As we begin a new week, it seems worthy to reflect on recent events and how they might inspire our actions going forward.
  • Mindful Mondays: What I Learned About My Emotions from Pixar’s Inside Out

    Scott
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:48 am
    Last Friday night was movie night for our family and I got to pick. The fact that I chose the new Disney/Pixar movie, Inside Out, instead of Jurassic World probably tells you all you need to know about me. In case you’re not familiar with the premise, Inside Out is an animated tour through the mind of an 11 year old girl who’s struggling with her family’s move from Minnesota to San Francisco. Five core emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust, are struggling, competing and ultimately working together to get her through a tough time in her life.
  • Five Ways Leaders Can Make It Easier to Let Go

    Scott
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Earlier this month, I wrote a post titled What Makes It So Hard to Let Go? In this recent post I wrote for Fast Company, I outline five proven ways that leaders can make it easier to let go. In my 15 years of executive coaching and running leadership development programs, I’ve worked with thousands of leaders charged with getting different results. A number of scenarios can drive the demand for new results. How many of these apply to you?
  • Mindful Mondays: Choosing How You Want to Show Up This Week

    Scott
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    As I wrote here earlier this year, a word that's working for me this year is the Sanskrit word sankalpa. As explained to me by one of my teachers, Sara Ivanhoe, sankalpa encourages us to focus less on what we're going to do and more on how we're going to be. Of course, those two ideas are not mutually exclusive. How we show up in any given situation has an enormous impact on what we actually accomplish.
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    StrategyDriven

  • Face-to-face networking is still the key to connections.

    Jeffrey Gitomer
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    How important is face-to-face networking to sales, relationships, career, and success? I asked my commercial insurance agent, John Cantrell, to give me a synopsis of his networking strategies. John has been a friend, client, and vendor for the past 22 years. Here are two important facts about John: 1. His insurance business has exploded with growth over the past 22 years. 2. He is a MAJOR business networker in Charlotte. I wonder if these two facts are connected? (Hint: THEY ARE!) I asked John to tell me what networking has meant to him and his business over the last 20 years. His immediate…
  • Two Awesome Hours

    Josh Davis
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Whether we love or hate our jobs, the amount of work most of us have to do each day has reached unsustainable levels. We start a typical workday anxious about how we will get it all done, who we might let down, and which important tasks we will sacrifice-again- so we can keep our heads above water. As we grab our first cups of coffee, we check our e-mail inboxes on our handheld devices, scanning to see who has added a new task to our to-do list. The stress builds as we read e-mail after e-mail, each containing a request that we know can’t be dealt with quickly. We mark these e-mails as…
  • The Big Picture of Business- Professional Education Necessary for Company Success

    Hank Moore
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Professional education is an important ingredient in corporate development. Today's workforce will need three times the amount of training that it now gets if the organization intends to stay in business, remain competitive and tackle the future successfully. Training is rarely allowed to be extensive. It is usually technical or sales/marketing in nature. Employees and executives are rarely mentored on the people skills necessary to have a winning team. Thus, they fail to establish a company vision and miss their business mark. Outside of 'think tanks' for company executive committees,…
  • New Ways to Minimize Financial Concerns that Erode Employee Performance

    Dan Macklin
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Research shows that money worries have a distinct negative impact on employees’ ability to perform their jobs. Financial education can help, but new voluntary benefits—such as student loan refinancing—offer employers a more proactive tool for combatting this productivity drain. If you’ve ever had any doubt that financial challenges affect your employees’ productivity, findings from the 2014 SHRM Financial Wellness in the Workplace Survey may put that doubt to rest. Conducted among more than 400 HR professionals, the SHRM survey revealed: Seven out of 10 HR professionals say personal…
  • What Makes A Decision Irrational?

    Sharon Drew Morgen
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    After spending 30 years deconstructing the inner processes of how people decide, and training a decision facilitation model used in sales, coaching, and leadership, I'm always amused when I hear anyone deem a decision 'irrational'. Only outsiders wishing for a different outcome designate a decision as 'irrational'. I doubt if the decision maker says to herself, "Gee! I think I'll make an irrational decision!" I could understand her thinking it irrational after reaping surprising consequences. But not at the moment it's being made. We all make the best decisions we can at the moment we make…
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  • You’ve Hired Superstars! It’s Time to Stop Micromanaging Them!

    Robert Tanner
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    James was the smart, articulate and charismatic CEO of a dynamic growing firm. He had a vision of what he wanted to accomplish and he was confident that he would achieve his goals. With his enthusiasm and his gift of gab, James had no problem assembling a team of smart professionals to work with him. These professionals, […]
  • What Great Leaders Have In Common!

    Robert Tanner
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    VIDEO: What Great Leaders Have in Common!  
  • Presidential Leadership Quotes

    Robert Tanner
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:18 pm
    A great way to learn how to do something is to talk to someone who has already done it. Having already traveled your path, they have an invaluable perspective that you can apply to your efforts. This is true for leadership also. You can become a better leader by taking sound advice from people who have […]
  • How the World of Work is Changing

    Robert Tanner
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Video: How Work is Changing! It is no secret that the world of work is changing! Predictions from a research and technology firm are that these changes will continue through 2020. Senior leaders and operational managers who fail to adapt to these changing requirements in the workplace place their organizations at risk. Using information available […]
  • Listening Gets Little Respect!

    Robert Tanner
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    The following is an article that I wrote for the American Management Association. In it, I describe a leadership skill that has the potential for great return to the workplace. The problem is that this skill often gets little respect from managers. What is it? It is listening as I explain below: The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield […]
 
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    Exkalibur.com

  • Mark Twain lived a life without regrets. How about you?

    Lizzie Lau
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    At Leadercast 2015 in May, Andy Stanley spoke about bravery and encouraged everyone to concentrate on the “WOW” of every idea, not the “HOW”. Always asking “HOW” saps the energy from new ideas and grounds it in the impossible before it’s even born.     Give it a chance. Don’t think “How will I ever do that?” … rather … “Wow! That’s a cool idea. Let’s see if we can find a way to do that!” Mark Twain said it well. Let’s see if we can do it it well. The post Mark Twain lived a life…
  • It may bore you to tears … but you’ll never thrive without it.

    Lizzie Lau
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    There’s little doubt that this single word … or the absence of it … has doomed kings and queens as well as peasants and us regular folk. Why not take a moment … I know I don’t have time for all of mine … to add a comment about the biggest disaster you can recall when you left this word out of your plan? Take a moment to visit our Facebook Page or @Exkalibur on Twitter to share your thoughts and comments. The post It may bore you to tears … but you’ll never thrive without it. appeared first on Exkalibur.com.
  • 8 Concepts for Leaders to Gain Focus & Get More Done Without Working 8 Days a Week

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Getting focused, not to mention staying, focused is almost impossible these days. Try one or all of these 8 Ideas to Get More Done Without Working 8 Days/Week Over time, you’ve probably seen a lot articles comparing orchestra conductors to leaders. It’s a great metaphor with a lot of embedded wisdom and insight. Michael Hyatt provides a nice summary in his podcast, Leadership Lessons from a Symphony Conductor. (For a slightly different take on this metaphor, take a look at a brief article I wrote many years ago, Leading by Listening? What a concept!) How are orchestra conductors…
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    15 Jun 2015 | 6:51 am
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  • 7 Steps to Build Flexibility into Your Company’s DNA

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you can embed Flexibility into your company’s DNA, you’ll have the greatest possible chance to overcome the obstacles that bring companies to their knees. Too often we haven’t prepared for the unexpected. Here are 7 proven ways for leaders to make sure that Flexibility is embedded in your organization to help you conquer uncertainty and get the results you need. You’ve probably seen some of the makeover shows over the years? The 60 Minute Makeover … Get Gorgeous … How Do I Look? … Remodeled … Style by Jury … it’s a pretty darn long list, and no, I…
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  • Leading a Peak Performance Culture Webcast Links

    Jim Clemmer
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    With over 500 sites from many countries tuned to our one hour webcast last week it’s clear that Leading a Peak Performance Culture is a topic with lots of interest. You can now view the full archived webcast by clicking here. During this fast-paced session I gave a high altitude, jet speed overview of a large amount of leadership and organization development territory. Here are links to more information within the five topic areas I covered: 1. How Culture Boosts or Blocks Peak Performance “Is Your Culture by Default or Design?“ “Health and Safety Lessons Learned from…
  • How to Conquer Digital Overload

    Jim Clemmer
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    A New Yorker cartoon shows two people standing at a bar having a glass of wine. One is peering over the top of a tall dog cone around his neck and explains to the other “It keeps me from checking my phone every two seconds.” The Information Overload Research Group reports that “knowledge workers in the United States waste 25% of their time dealing with their huge and growing data streams, costing the economy $997 billion annually.” In way too many cases, “smart phones” are turning us into dumb digital slaves. The June issue of Harvard Business Review…
  • Webinar on BOLD Leadership

    Jim Clemmer
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. These words are often attributed to the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe but seems to be a compilation from various sources. Regardless of the author, this powerful advice identifies a timeless leadership truth as declared by Winston Churchill, “the leader’s task is to boldly confront the currents of change and harness its power for good.” Does your organization need leaders who: Challenge standard approaches Create an atmosphere of continual improvement Do…
  • Coaching Video Clip: Creating Empowerment and Growth

    Jim Clemmer
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    “Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey?” is a 1974 Harvard Business Review article that’s become widely cited and reprinted. The authors, William Oncken, Jr.and Donald L. Wass use the metaphor of a problem or issue being like a monkey on someone’s back. This excerpt outlines a leadership trap that’s still ensnaring many managers over 40 years later: “Subordinate-imposed time begins the moment a monkey successfully leaps from the back of a subordinate to the back of his or her superior and does not end until the monkey is returned to its proper owner…
  • Five Critical Steps in Developing a Peak Performance Culture

    Jim Clemmer
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    Southwest Airlines has not only been the most financially successful airline in history it has also produced the #1 return to investors of all S&P 500 publicly traded companies for a 30 year period. Herb Kelleher, co-founder, Chairman Emeritus, and former CEO declares, “it’s the intangibles that are the hardest things for competitors to imitate. You can get an airplane. You can get ticket-counter space, you can get baggage conveyors. But it is our esprit de corps — the culture, the spirit — that is truly our most valuable competitive asset.” Bruce Huber,…
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  • High Performing Teams: Lessons from The Ryder Cup

    Simon Brown
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:55 am
    With all the hype surrounding the possibility of Jordan Speith pulling off a Grand Slam of major wins, my mind turns to the comparisons of individual sporting success versus competing as a team. Keen golf enthusiasts will remember the last Ryder Cup in 2014, when, for the sixth time in seven competitions, the United States lost to Europe. This is a significant turnaround for the European team, which, between 1935 and 1985, only won the Ryder Cup once. Additionally, the aftermath of the latest Ryder Cup battle has seen the European captain Paul McGinley being praised whilst the US captain Tom…
  • Leadership lessons I learnt from being a dad

    Martin Slattery
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:41 am
    Last weekend was Father’s Day, a day to be thankful for the men who guided us through childhood and adulthood. A day for us fortunate to have children to be spoilt and have praise heaped upon us…for a day at least! I love being a dad. I’m sure that fellow parents would agree that having kids is wonderful, most of the time! At its best it can be the most rewarding thing, yet it also proves an extremely tiring experience and can often be stressful. The house is never quiet, the chores are a constant and  the “mum and dad” taxi service is a job in itself. But the rewards are far…
  • Engagement and Accountability: What Great Leaders Do [Infographic]

    Brian Hawthorne
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:01 pm
    While everyone is accountable for their own performance, management plays a significant role in modeling positive behaviors in the workforce, and therefore must improve their own accountability before it can increase amongst their teams. How do great leaders improve engagement and accountability within the workplace? Forum’s latest infographic based on our recent survey outlines the steps leaders can take to implement the combination in order to drive performance. Contact Us to Learn More
  • Trust and Integrity Fumbles in Deflate-Gate

    Claudette Chagnon
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:02 am
    “Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization… some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will all be judged on one thing: the result.” –Vince Lombardi I wonder if Vince was thinking only of the score when he uttered these words of wisdom.Like most sports fans who are listening to the deflate-gate debate, I am focused instead on the other results, the “lessons” on trust and integrity—or lack thereof—from three leaders in the football business, Roger Goodell the NFL commissioner, Bill Belichick, New England Patriots Coach…
  • A Walk in the Buyers’ Shoes

    Ainsley McLeod
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    A recent research by McKinsey identified that B2B buyers would on average use six different ways to interact with potential vendors to obtain the information they need to make their purchasing decision. Alarmingly, two thirds of buyers come away frustrated with the inconsistency of the experience. ¹ To me, the most critical component of a sales role is to understand what the buyer values.Thenhighlight that value through the solution on offer and use that to build on the relationship. By understanding what they value you then understand what’s important to them and what’s driving the…
 
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    Stop Workplace Drama

  • Create a Culture of Truth-Telling

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

    Stop Workplace Drama
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:13 am
    We all have communication tactics to get people to think and behave the way we want them to. The reason people use these methods is because there is a pay-off: the tactic either relieves stress, reinforces an old habit, or elicits a specific response from another person. Here are five communication tactics that work in the short term.
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    Stop Workplace Drama
    5 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Take advantage of this complimentary "Meet the Author" to learn how to apply the No-Drama Leadership approach in your life and workplace.
  • Why Communication is a Critical Skill Not a Soft Skill

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

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

  • How to Set the Right Goals and Make Them Work for You

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:12 am
    Are you starting to lose focus on your goals? If so, you’re not alone. This is the time of year a lot of people lose their focus. The problem is that annual goal-setting doesn’t work. You can’t plan an entire year and know in advance all the goals you will need to achieve. It’s likely that many of your goals are no longer motivating and many no longer make sense. If goal-setting hasn’t been working for you, here’s how to set the right goals that will get you where you want to go: 1. Always keep your vision in mind while choosing goals. The point of setting…
  • Confessions of a Closet Extrovert: We Need a Champion, Too

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:39 am
    Dear Introverts, It’s nice that people are appreciating you so much more these days and showing how to build on your quiet strengths. But we extroverts are also often misunderstood, and we need a champion, too – someone who will stand up for us and challenge common misperceptions like these: 1. Ready, Fire, Aim It’s not necessary to take everything we say literally. We think out loud, and we need to put the idea out there in order to look at it. Just because we say something doesn’t mean you should go do it. We get a bad rap for not thinking things through before we take…
  • How Managers Can Solve the Problem of Employee Retention

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:44 am
    Employees are not a replaceable commodity. According to recent research, the tide has turned and employee retention has become a critical issue for organizations. One of the easiest and most effective ways keep top talent is through “stay interviews,” developed by Bev Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans. First described in their bestseller, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em, they have fleshed out how this works in their new book Hello Stay Interviews; Goodbye Talent Loss. What I particularly like about this approach is it puts the responsibility for retention in the hands of the people who are in the…
  • The 10 WORST Popular Leadership Quotes

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Great leadership quotes inspire and guide us. They become part of our mainstream language and instilled in our culture. We accept them as a reflection of the ideal, aspire to live them and use them when teaching others about leadership. But sometimes a quote takes root that sends us in the wrong direction. Frequently these are from highly respected leaders who are often quoted. Not bothering to think critically, we just assume everything they say is on target. Or it might be that the quote is pithy, and we like the way it sounds. The problem with a catchy slogan is that the form supersedes…
  • How to Delegate Effectively and Minimize the Risk

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:20 am
    Delegating is often one of the hardest things for a manager to do. You give away your authority to make decisions but are still responsible for the outcome if something goes wrong. Often managers don’t delegate because they hold one or more of these beliefs. Do any sound familiar? “If you want the job done right, you have to do it yourself.” “They don’t know how, and it’s not my job to train them.” “They don’t want extra responsibilities.” “They’ve already got too much to do.” “It’s my job to do the thinking. It’s their…
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    Braithwaite Innovation Group

  • July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

    Jane Perdue
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    Welcome to the July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival! This month brings a treat of 22 leadership posts to savor and share. Topics range from moral character to leadership lessons from World War II to stepping out of comfort zones.  Ready to dive in?   Art Petty of the Management Excellence Blog by Art Petty shares Leadership Caffeine: Becoming Agile and […] The post July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 12 good things daring leaders and followers share

    Jane Perdue
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    “You are my follower.” Both his tone and inflection caught me off guard. I hadn’t expected such vehemence. Or that kind of mindset. In my mind, we had simply “connected” via social media. Yes, I had clicked a button labeled “follow” on his page several months earlier. In doing so, I committed to learning more about […] The post 12 good things daring leaders and followers share appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Five Steps to Integrate Coaching into your Talent Management Strategy

    Renee Robertson
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
      Today’s guest contributor is Renée Robertson, a two-time International Coach Federation Prism Award Winner for Internal Coaching and the CEO of Trilogy Development. Renee shares her insights and first-hand experience in her new book, The Coaching Solution: How to Drive Talent Development, Organizational Change and Business Results.   Coaching means many things to many […] The post Five Steps to Integrate Coaching into your Talent Management Strategy appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Want long-term business success? Try more introspection

    Randy H. Nelson
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:18 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Randy H. Nelson, speaker, coach, former nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, and author of The Second Decision – The Qualified Entrepreneur. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Miami University, Ohio, and was awarded their Admiral Sidney W. Souers Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011.   Early in my […] The post Want long-term business success? Try more introspection appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • How to make friends with your inner critic

    Jane Perdue
    11 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
      Some days my inner critic is a good supportive friend. Ooh, but on other days, that little voice in my head is a vicious troll intent on derailing me. After a long stint in corporate America, I returned to my childhood dream of writing. Recently I read several of my early blog posts and was absolutely horrified by what […] The post How to make friends with your inner critic appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
 
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    Skywalk Group

  • Workplace Trends for Job Candidates

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

    Skywalk Group
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    “Bad fit” employees can cost your company thousands. There’s no doubt that today’s business climate is highly competitive regardless of your industry. This means you need to operate efficiently to grow and succeed. At the core of your success are your employees. Each one needs to operate at their maximum capacity to help your business grow, not cost your company money. Having the right people in the right positions is critical. When you need everyone to contribute and positively impact your bottom line, hiring bad fits can disrupt your finances and your producing employees.
  • Coolest Places to Work 2015 Honorees

    Skywalk Group
    15 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    Date: June 16, 2015 Time: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Individual Fee: $50 Table of 10: $500 RSVP Deadline: June 9, 2015 Presenting Sponsor: Skywalk Group The Coolest Places to Work identifies and honors local companies that have created the most engaging and rewarding work environments. Self-nominated companies in Kirkwood’s seven-county region are selected based on a Worker Satisfaction Survey. This CBJ event will count down the top 24 companies, and you will hear remarks from the Coolest Place to Work. 2015 Honorees Aerotek Back in Line Family Chiropractic…
  • Why Use an Outsourced Partner for Hiring?

    Skywalk Group
    13 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    There are numerous benefits to outsourcing your recruiting and hiring to a trusted partner. Today’s hiring market is a competitive one. In their 2015 United States Job Forecast, CareerBuilder cited two important numbers: 39 percent of all the companies they surveyed plan to hire more employees in 2015 29 percent of small businesses, generally the most cautious when it comes to employee growth, are anticipating hiring more staff in 2015 This means more companies in your area, including competitors and those needing employees with the same skill sets, are hiring. So, the question is: How do…
  • The What, Why and How of “RPO”

    Skywalk Group
    13 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    RPO may be the key recruiting solution your company is searching for! As a business owner, HR manager or an employee charged with hiring new staff members, you are well versed in the complexities and difficulties of finding the right applicants for a position. Whether constrained by time, budget or availability, hiring new employees is more of a headache than the exciting growth process it should be. However, there is a solution available to help you get a qualified employee quickly with a low cost to you: RPO. What is RPO? In an RPO, or Recruitment Process Outsourcing solution, an external…
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    Leadership Learning Community blogs

  • The Victims of Systemic Oppression

    Miriam Persley
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    As a nation, we’ve witnessed major trauma throughout history. It should not be surprising that years of systemic oppression have not yet disappeared, after all, many see these aggressions daily. But nothing, nothing, could have prepared any of us for the horrifying news of the June 17th shooting in Charleston.   Our hearts and thoughts are with the families of the victims of the Charleston massacre. We know that restorative healing is greatly needed in South Carolina and throughout the nation as we all witness the unfolding of events and that nothing could ever bring…
  • Publication Recommendation | “A Call for Action: Strengthening the Human Services Sector”

    Deborah Meehan
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    The Kresge Foundation recently convened a symposium to explore challenges in the social services sector, identify opportunities for human service leaders to partner and connect their learning and to provide recommendations to support transformation in the sector.  Their findings are relevant to those of us who are committed to the value of leadership development and are summarized in a report, “A Call for Action: Strengthening the Human Services Sector.” The report reminded me that the challenges can also be a source of positive disruption, driving greater (and needed)…
  • Is It Time for Xtreme Collaboration 3.0?

    Deborah Meehan
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    Recently I was describing “Xtreme Collaboration,” a project that grew out of an Open Space session at one of our national meetings many years ago. The enthusiastic buzz it created left me wondering if it might just be time for the sequel, Xtreme Collaboration Returns or 3.0 depending on your favorite frame.   So first, what was the project? I pitched the idea during Creating Space (our national meeting) with the prompt: “the Xtreme collaboration session is for people who are willing to explore the possibility that we just may be going about this all wrong.” I had been…
  • Could a Win for the Warriors Be a Small Win for Collectivism?

    Deborah Meehan
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    I have not been a basketball fan since the LA Lakers heyday in the 70’s.  I was disillusioned when they started to sell off different members of the team, seemingly driven by profit more than the team’s cohesion or even performance.  I don’t believe that the bottom line of sports has changed but still, I was captivated by the Warrior’s “Strength in Numbers” slogan and teamwork when I went to a Warrior’s game with “Hella Heart Oakland” for Asian Heritage Night.  A big shout out again for an amazing event to Christi Tran and thanks for getting me back into the…
  • Leadership and Large-Scale Change: What’s Working and How Do We Know By Claire Reinelt

    Deborah Meehan
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    LLC’s Newest Publication: Leadership and Large Scale Change, Available Now! (Foreword By Deborah Meehan)We are pleased to share LLC’s latest publication which is a product that included an analysis of current research, more than forty interviews and the findings of a meeting that brought together fifty leadership development funders and evaluators.  This work was supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, American Express, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to learn about evaluation methodologies that are being used to understand the contributions of…
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    Leadership and Management

  • You choose the title of this post

    virk
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Reading a magazine’s very last page and very last item sounded very familiar to me in a different context.  It quoted Emma-Jayne Winson, the first female jockey to win the Queen’s Plate, Canada’s oldest thoroghbred race, in 2007.  Here it is from May 2015 issue of Canadian Business. Ask a jockey: Is it hard to […]
  • A picture is worth a thousand words

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

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

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

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

    Doug Sundheim
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:23 pm
    I feel inundated with complexity these days. So many competing perspectives on nearly every topic where I need to make a decision. At best it wastes valuable time. At worst it paralyzes me. Here are a couple inner monologues from rat holes I’ve meandered down in the last week: Where should I publish my writing? A decade ago it was simple. I posted it to Fast Company and got a lot of traffic. Now the media landscape is distributed everywhere. OK, fine so I’ll post my stuff to a variety of places. Well, that might screw up my SEO. Wait, do I care about SEO for my services? Isn’t social…
  • Where Courage Comes From

    Doug Sundheim
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:45 pm
    The seeds of courage come from seeing the world through others’ eyes. When you take the time to see the world through your others’ eyes, it changes your perspective in nuanced and powerful ways. You see firsthand what excites them, annoys them, perplexes them, or scares them. Patterns jump out at you. You see where, why, and how you can make a difference, not theoretically, but really. Those realizations drive the courage and conviction to act. Following is a brief case, excerpted from my book Taking Smart Risks, of how Matt Hlavin of Thogus Products Company found the courage…
  • What Makes You Come Alive?

    Doug Sundheim
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” — Howard Thurman – author, philosopher, educator When I shared the above quote with a client, his reaction was: “It’s a nice thought, but a bit Pollyannaish for the real world. Some of us have tough situations and tough work to do.” Fair enough. I get it. At first glance the quote does have a certain rainbows-and-unicorns feel. And I’ll be the first to admit that much of the “follow your passion” advice out…
  • Leadership and The Art of Decision Making (Workshop)

    Doug Sundheim
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:39 am
    One of the biggest determinants of success for any leader or leadership team is efficacy of decision making.  When leaders are good at it, it drives momentum and growth.  When they’re bad at it, mucks up all sorts of critical success drivers in an organization (see diagram below). Please join me June 30 at the Norwalk Inn for a free workshop on Leadership and The Art of Decisions Making. Content I’ll cover: Common contributors to poor decision making A framework for effective leadership decision making Mindsets that underlie effective decision making A decisions making…
  • “Best Practices” Are Often Fool’s Gold

    Doug Sundheim
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    It’s hard to attend a business meeting these days without the term “best practices” being bandied about. Best practices in social media. Best practices in cyber security. Best practices in performance management. If it’s a hot topic, chances are someone has figured out the current “best” way to do it. On the surface it’s hard to disagree with the idea of best practices. Pre-packaged answers to the struggles you’re facing. Very alluring. The trouble is the package is never really right for anyone but the people who packaged it. They had a different set of issues that drove…
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    LeadershipWatch

  • How to Avoid 3 Big Collaboration Traps? This Book Helps

    Hanneke Siebelink
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Collaboration across functions and company units has become a top priority for firms in the United States, Europe and Asia (read more here). And yet too many collaborative efforts fail. A whopping 75 percent of cross-company teams are currently dysfunctional,...
  • How to Lead Global Teams: One Powerful Tip for Westerners

    Aad Boot
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    How to lead cross-cultural teams, particularly teams where East meets West? What are concrete things you can do to help your global team in real-life business situations? This was the topic of my recent keynote at SIETAR Europa’s congress in...
  • Strategy Execution: Get Collaboration Right!

    Aad Boot
    3 May 2015 | 4:04 am
    To execute your business strategy successfully and keep programs on schedule, supporting people to get collaboration right is just as important as good planning. Have you really thought this through? In today’s turbulent business environment, where companies and organizations are...
  • What Western Business Leaders Learn in China

    Hanneke Siebelink
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    The Chinese learn from us more quickly than we learn from them. Let’s reverse the situation, and use working with Chinese people to our advantage. Jack Ma founder and chairman of the successful Alibaba Group, discovered the power of e-commerce...
  • East and West Perceive Authority Differently. And It Affects Your Cross-Cultural Team

    Aad Boot
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    When working with cross-cultural teams, especially teams where East meets West, team members can have very different perceptions of authority. Are you aware that these different perceptions affect the functioning of your team, and your role as a business leader?...
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    Travis Robertson » Travis Robertson - Robertson Coaching International

  • How to Approach Team Compensation

    Travis Robertson
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Compensating your team so that they’re happy and you’re making money is difficult and one thing team leaders screw up. However, if you follow these 4 simple principals of compensation, you’ll have a high performance team in no time!How to Approach Team CompensationWe’re not going to look at how to compensate all positions, but I do want to show you some different compensation models. How do you compensate your team so that they’re happy? So you’re actually making money?In a bit, I’m actually going to show you how to compensate buyers agents…
  • Effective Strategies for Structuring Your Team

    Travis Robertson
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    So you’re ready to build a team…who do you hire first?! Learn what the most common positions are and when you should bring each one on board!Effective Strategies for Structuring Your TeamThis is a compilation of the most common positions that you will find on a CEO model team. We’re not going to dive in to all of these, but I want to give you an idea of what they are. And more often than not, but not all the time, this is the general hiring order.Now this is not a hard and fast rule. Every CEO model team is going to have a different structure. You could take the top 100…
  • 3 Core Steps to Building a High Performance Team

    Travis Robertson
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:54 pm
    If you want to build a high performance team, it’s simple. This process is about as straight forward as it can get. Implement this into your business and get your team built and up and running in no time!3 Core Steps to Building a High Performance TeamIf you want to build a high performance team, there’s only three steps. It’s very straightforward. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. It’s very simple.Become a Master Lead GeneratorYou must become a master lead generator. Too many people think, “Well, I don’t have enough leads. I don’t have enough…
  • 5 Signs You’re Ready for a Team

    Travis Robertson
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Are you thinking of building a team? Not sure if it’s the right time? If these 5 signs sound exactly like you and your business, you’re ready for a team!5 Signs You’re Ready for a TeamThese aren’t the only five but they are the 5 that our coaches look for and that I look for. These are what we want to see. I want you to look at these and I want you to go “yup, that’s me. Yup, that’s me.” Whatever it is, I want you to take inventory as we’re going through this. So what are the 5 signs you’re ready for a team?Your Client Service is…
  • Marketing Mastery

    Travis Robertson
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    If you want to have a steady stream of leads coming in, you have to master your marketing program. There are different ways to drive leads to your business, and part 3 in our 7 part series on Mastery covers just that! Discover the 5 principles you need to take your marketing to the next level! Click here to download your worksheet.Marketing MasteryWe’re back in our seven part series with our third episode on mastery. Today we’re going to talk about area number three – marketing mastery. How do you master your marketing so that you always have a steady stream of leads coming in…
 
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • The Big Reference Check Scam!

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    Reference checks are the perfect scam. And not just any scam, but a scam that everyone is in on. But, ask yourself this question: When was the last time you didn’t hire someone based on their reference check?
  • HR's Key Role When Implementing Talent Management Software

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and you never get a second opportunity to implement talent management software. You either do it right or you suffer the consequences for the remainder of your tenure as a human resources leader. Here are some things HR can do to ensure your organization is successful when implementing talent management software.
  • Why Learning is the New Career Development

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:37 am
    Given that organizational structures continue to flatten, boomers continue to work, and new entrants to the workforce continue to redefine what employee satisfaction looks like, it might be time to replace our current focus on career development with a more relevant focus on ongoing learning.
  • How to Lead the Way and Address the Talent Shortage Epidemic

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:58 am
    If your organization is finding it difficult to maintain and attract sufficient talent, you're not alone. The talent shortage is of epidemic proportions, impeding the effectiveness of companies worldwide. But if you start by thinking of yourself as the CEO of your piece of the organization, you can adopt these 5 strategies to address the talent shortage…
  • Tips for HR: Making Ongoing Performance Management a Reality

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    You know the expression, “All good things must come to an end”? Seems it’s not so true in some cases. Take performance management for example. It’s good and, when done right, it should never come to an end. To yield results for your business, performance management must be a year-round process with no end. Read some ways you can keep the process ongoing in your organization.
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  • Idea from the Vault: Replace Annual Performance Reviews with Monthly Ones

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Henry Chidgey, who once ran several railroad and diamond companies, advocates monthly performance reviews. These reviews need not and should not be complex; they work best when kept extremely simple. Maximum accountability is the main goal. Here's how the process works. The day before meeting, your coworker brings you a list of five or six key objectives, detailing her progress on each. During the review on the following day, you simply assess the data and discuss how performance compares with objectives. Depending on the employee, this can be a short thirty-minute process, or take as long as…
 
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  • David Burkus

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    When we face a tough creative challenge, we always look to those with the most expertise. The truth is that some level of expertise matters, but the most creative solutions come from those on the fringes of the subject area, who know enough to understand but not enough to block their creative thinking. Research shows that, over the course of their careers, most individuals tend to reach their peak creativity productivity early on, and then begin a downward trend. Those who continue at high levels of productivity, like mathematician Paul Erdos, are the ones who cultivate outsider mindsets by…
  • David Burkus

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    When we’re stuck on a creative challenge, it can become easy to place blame on our constraints. If we had more resources or less specific requirements, then our creativity could really soar. The truth is that creativity is highest in a constrained environment. Researchers found that individuals are more creative after engaging in tasks laden with obstacles and roadblocks. That’s why many of the most creative companies build limitations into their projects. Constraints help us by giving structure to the challenge we are trying to overcome. Without that structure, there is no understanding.
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    Peter Barron Stark Companies

  • 7 Reasons Why Your Meetings are a Waste of Time

    Peter Barron Stark
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    An executive we coach asked me if I did training sessions on how to conduct productive meetings. When I asked why he was interested, he told me, “I’ve spent 12 hours this week in meetings that were a total waste of my time.” To make this fact even more depressing, it turned out that 4 of those hours were wasted in meetings he was leading. Over 25 million meetings are held each day in the United States, and approximately $37 billion is wasted each year on unproductive meetings. Industry Week, in a study of over 2000 managers, reported that at least 30 percent of the manager’s time…
  • Does Your Organization Have a Shortage of Future Leaders?

    Peter Barron Stark
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:40 am
    When we ask CEOs if they have succession plans in place for their management team, most are quick to tell us that one of their biggest concerns is filling the leadership gap they confidently predict will happen over the next three to 10 years. Deloitte’s 2014 Global Human Capital Trends stated that 83 percent of the companies surveyed are seriously worried about finding and developing their future leaders. So, where do you find these future or emerging leaders? Your current position has nothing to do with your leadership potential. The difference between the position you hold on the…
  • 9 Habits That Drive Your Employees Crazy

    Peter Barron Stark
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    Employees want to work for a consistent and predictable leader. Let me clarify – they want to work for a predictably and consistently good leader. We all have our habits and routines, but some are more desirable than others.  If you were guilty of all of these behaviors, chances are you wouldn’t be a manager in the first place. But, it is important to keep in mind the actions and habits that drive your employees up the wall and contribute to ineffective leadership all at the same time.   Micromanaging: No one admits to this one, but if you have a strong need to know all the…
  • The Work/Life Balance Myth

    Peter Barron Stark
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:18 am
    In a recovering economy that has increasingly expected employees to do more with less, the idea of work/life balance is almost laughable to some. As engaged leaders committed to our roles, we are just as susceptible to blurring that line, if that line even exists. When you’re committed to and passionate about your job, putting in the hours isn’t as much of a chore as it would be if you hated your job, and resented every moment you spent doing it. If you have a rewarding, meaningful job, the work is likely hard and not easily compacted into the typical 40-hour work week. People who achieve…
  • The Great Debate: Are Extroverts or Introverts Better Leaders?

    Peter Barron Stark
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:19 am
    At some point in your life, you’ve probably been identified as an introvert or extrovert by yourself, or someone else. Maybe you identify with the reflective introverts, and prefer to work on your own, in solitude. Or maybe you identify more strongly with the gregarious extroverts, and you are energized and inspired by social interactions and team brainstorming sessions. When we think about leadership, and the ability to sell your ideas and dreams to others, the extrovert stereotype has traditionally been projected as an advantage. In a USA Today poll, 65 percent of executives said they…
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  • New Theme: Libre

    Caroline Moore
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to introduce Libre, a new free theme designed by yours truly. Libre Libre brings a stylish, classic look to your personal blog or longform writing site. The main navigation bar stays fixed to the top while your visitors read, keeping your most important content at hand. At the bottom of your site, three footer widget areas give your secondary content a comfortable home. Customize Libre with a logo or a header image to make it your own, or use one of two custom templates — including a full-width template with no sidebar — to change…
  • Reinvented Video for WordPress

    Guillermo Rauch
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Today, we’re announcing a complete overhaul of VideoPress, the service that has powered more than 3,000,000,000 video plays on WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites around the world. We’ve made the next-generation VideoPress dynamic, responsive, and lightning fast to support the ever-evolving needs of content creators everywhere. Take a peek at what’s under the hood! Embed anywhere, play anywhere Out of the box, the new VideoPress is lightweight and responsive for beautiful playback on any screen, from smartphones to desktops. VideoPress works on all modern…
  • #LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

    Hugo Baeta
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins — President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015 Here at…
  • July in Blogging U.: Blogging 101 and 201

    Michelle W.
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered. Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. We’re offering two courses in July — learn more: Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — July 6 – 24 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get…
  • Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic

    Mark Armstrong
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version — WordPress.com, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005. Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger…
 
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    The trU Group

  • 3 Tips for Doing Leadership Development Better Than Your Competitors

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

    Scott
    4 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    Leadership is about change management. Here is a story about a coach of a football program rich with tradition, and he was not successful. It had nothing to do with him being a good coach, because he has proven he is a great coach - in the right situations. Getting the most out of your talent and leading effectively is about people-centered leadership. In transition, this is even more important, and here are 4 questions to ask and a proven process for navigating that change.
  • Leadership as a Buffer

    Scott
    20 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    Colin Powell shared some leadership lessons with me recently and here is one I took away - sometimes as leaders we need to be a buffer. Being a buffer could be protecting your 'turf' and it has a possibility to be so much more. It can have huge benefits to your organization if you do it well. It is the leaders job to be a buffer, and here are 3 tips to make it a way to build a healthier organization.
  • If you want to go fast, go alone . . .

    Scott
    13 May 2015 | 4:52 am
    If you want to go fast, go Alone. If you want to go FAR, go together. All leaders, teams, and organizations will hit the ceiling if they Go Alone. It happens, and moving past it is part attitude and part practice. The entrepreneurial operating system (EOS) is a tool I use to help leaders/teams do that, and here are some key steps to starting the journey. Call it team building and leadership development using your business as the classroom.
  • Writing More Effective Goals – Some tools that will help

    Scott
    5 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    My goal is to equip leaders to lead more effectively, and development plans are a key part of leadership and general talent development. Here is a LinkedIn article i just published and one other worksheet you might find helpful.
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    Create-Learning

  • Team Building arises from existing knowledge

    mike
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
      Developing teams we spend time reflecting upon experience. Experience of; The team as a whole The team members interactions The team members as individuals The task(s) to be completed Past experiences with teams Past experiences with team members and all the interactions that happen… This is what causes me to believe that using experiential (team building activities) can be helpful. Respecting the individual, the team and the interactional frame of reference, each person is right in their interpretation. Using an activity may create an exception to patterned behavior or knowledge.
  • Solution Finding Stimulus Do Enough But Not All

    mike
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
      Solution-Finding & Innovation Thinking is more than a set of tools. It is a different way of thinking and approaching work. Plus, I enjoy finding and phrasing questions that break stuckness in thinking. Thinking Looking at what you want SOLVED Sometimes the useful result is between the two extremes of doing all or nothing. Reason Identifying a partially completed action that produces a result that is good enough takes advantage from the benefits of action and non-action.   Question How will I retain a useful resource when I only partially complete the action or task? What…
  • Facilitation is Your Work Use Your Judgment

    mike
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    Consulting + developing an internal train-the-trainer process for the corporate learning and development team in a bank. We were developing a series of team building initiatives for the senior executive teams, that consist of tenured international managers. As we were moving from the team building activities to continually refining the processing, learning and application the question of ‘how do we evaluate our own work?’ was asked. This article came to mind.  What is Work? Ask 100 different people you will get 100 different answers. As currently used, the term refers to three…
  • An Organization designed around people will suck more than design built around tasks

    mike
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:37 am
    When an organization is structured around people and not around a task, it may be easier to wet your pants than to cause widespread commotion. And for that reason, in organizations structured around people change can be difficult. There is a saying that, in such organizations, you can recognize innovators by the arrows in their backs. To make a change requires so many buy-ins, approvals, and arrangements that the innovator simply gives up before even starting. Eventually, not only one person is wet. A lot of people start feeling damp, and someone will say, “This organization stinks!” –…
  • Thoughts on Succession Planning and Talent Pool Development

    mike
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Succession planning without defined roles, a company design to attract-trust, key result areas and managers with sufficient capacity to handle to current work, is like pissing in your shoe and using all your budget to buy new socks.  – Michael Cardus The talent pool development and mentor training process aligns individual aspirations and competencies with the company’s current and future needs so that the interests of both can be served. It is designed to increase productivity, create trust, and to foster conditions where each employee is provided the greatest opportunity for…
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    Shearing Layers

  • Partnerships and moving on

    Nick
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    Partners make life better for each other. Except when they don’t. The idea is that working together you can achieve more than working apart. Each partner brings capabilities and assets to the game that lower the cost and oil the wheels in special ways. Both sides win. Entering the relationship, it helps if both sides need the other enough to make it equally interesting. Where either end of the handshake puts about the same effort into the deal and feels well rewarded for doing so. Even more important, each party has to be respected as an equal. Things go wrong when balance is lost; when one…
  • 2nd time rodeo

    Nick
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:46 am
    Doing something for the first time, you learn a lot. How to act, how to get it done, who needs to be in the loop, how things add up, who holds the power, where to look for cracks, when and if to blink, who you can trust, the thing about time, ALL about people. Actually, that’s more than a lot. Maybe you didn’t learn every lesson or ace every test. Maybe you stumbled and bumbled to the finish line. Around the barrels, not quarter-horse straight. Some good lessons, some bad ones. Experience isn’t a one-size-fits-all, single-shot, overnight-success wonder-drug. It’s iterative. You get…
  • Time to breathe

    Nick
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:24 am
    Some things just take as long as they take. Government, of course. Wine. Cogitators. People who want to make their own mind up, with their own agenda and marching to their own beat. Go get ‘em, push push push Type A people can make things happen. Amazing things if we’re lucky. But the world has a way of turning on it’s own and some things will not be rushed. What isn’t important today will get to the top of the pile … one day. You can push all you like. Makes no difference to speed. Might push them away. Accept it. Take no offence. Stay on the edge of the radar. Just saying hi.
  • Punch holes in it

    Nick
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:44 am
    Just a guess but don’t you and your team know your systems better than any outsiders? When someone calls for help, don’t you know what they’re going to ask before they even look your way, haven’t you dealt with just that kind of question every week for the past forever? What your team does every day is mysterious to everyone else. They don’t know what you do, how you do it or what systems you have that help and hinder. They don’t know how to unlock the secrets, what you need to know, how to get you on side and doing your best work. It’s a black box with no windows. Punch holes…
  • Those other things

    Nick
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:49 am
    There’s always something that takes you away from your job. It’s possible to fill every day with all the little things. Important – like contracts, reviews, IP, suppliers, finances, conflicts, personnel stuff, product questions, schmoozing and smoothing – but little. Not the stuff they put in the job description, but clock-stealers all the same. The result? Tomorrow looks pretty much like yesterday. Nothing really changes except the date. One option is to accept it. Be busy being busy – who else is going to do this stuff anyway? Another option: push it back. The obvious…
 
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Action Manager Released to Apple App Store

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    Six Disciplines, a Solomon Cloud Solutions company, and sister company of Beyond Software, announces that it has released its new Action Manager app to the Apple App Store. This application provides To Do list tracking and is also tightly integrated to support the complete Six Disciplines strategy execution program. Other features include flagging items for one or more team meeting agendas, routing emails to Action Manager for follow-up, delegation of Tasks to others, and associating Actions with the projects or goals that they were created to support. CEO Gary Harpst states, “This is the…
  • 80% of Companies Thinking More Strategically During Downturn

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:21 am
    A recent poll of the Strategic Planning Community (SPC), a business social network of strategic planners hosted by the Association of Strategic Planning (ASP), shows that for the most part, the knee-jerk reactions to the downturn have passed and most companies are moving towards more strategic moves. Key findings: 82% reported that their companies are now thinking more strategically. Companies still operating in a purely tactical and survival mode, will likely find themselves being left behind when the economy turns. This result matches well with a recent Bain Consulting survey of global…
  • Simplicity of Strategy Leads To Action

    12 Jun 2015 | 6:08 am
    Authors Dan and Chip Heath (Made To Stick) offer a FastCompany article titled "Analysis of Paralysis," in which they assert: "If your strategy doesn't help employees act, it's not a strategy. You don't need to embrace simplicity just so your people can comprehend your message. The point of simplicity is more fundamental: Simplicity allows people to act." Their observation? Decision paralysis is the culprit. Every business must choose among attractive options: growing revenue versus maximizing profitability, quality versus speed to market. Too many choices leads to confusion, overload,…
  • The Power of External Accountability Coaching

    5 Jun 2015 | 5:47 am
    Let’s consider what accountability is, and how we can build an organizational culture that encourages it. Be definition, accountability is being answerable or responsible for something. Accountability opens the door to ownership – not necessarily financial ownership -- but certainly emotional ownership, where someone acknowledges they’re responsible for some aspect of the organization. Accountability is not something you “make” people do. It has to be chosen, accepted or agreed upon by people within your organization. People must “buy into” being accountable and responsible. For…
  • Introducing Solomon Cloud Solutions

    2 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    Exciting news for the Six Disciplines community! The owners (Gary Harpst, Vern Strong and Jack Ridge) of Six Disciplines own or are invested in several technology based organizations. This Solomon Cloud Solutions blog post describes a reorganization of all those companies to better leverage shared cloud technology investments under the umbrella organization called Solomon Cloud Solutions. There is no change in ownership, just better allocation of resources toward the next generation technology platform.  For Six Disciplines client this will mean faster availability of mobile optimized…
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    i360 Insight

  • Final Fantasy 14 Gil Guide

    admin
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    This informative article will provide you with a few suggestions if you are seeking help with leveling up n Final Fantasy 14. With most MMORG’s the main intention is always to level and build up your character as fast as possible because then you get to view the content that is best that they normally package into the later stages of the game. It is crucial for people to find businesses that are authentic. Seek out the firms which have FFXIV farmers at isolated places or obstruct other players. A person may go for the business, which involved in killing of players or doesn’t have…
  • Checking The Price Of Illicit WoW Gold

    admin
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    The excellent success of the Wow Gold can be credited to the video game’s ability to bring out all the best elements of the MMORPG guide. Gamers can expect a smooth and big totally free WOW Gold with action-packed missions and a deep however user-friendly character development system. Earlier in the game, before major updates had actually been released, gold farmers with programming understanding were able to discover ventures allowing them to make a lot of gold really swiftly. Now, Blizzard employees are able to see the WoW economy as a whole, and if prices in the auction home and…
  • The Very Best Final Fantasy XIV Leveling Guide For You

    admin
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    One of the most effective ways to make Gil in Final Fantasy XIV is crafting. Here is the fastest method to make lots of Gil of leveling your craft cheap ffxiv gil in the process. This guide is the answer to finding the least expensive alternative for leveling your tradeskill. Players at every possible level will find the most profitable recipes in the crafting guide. Now that you earned some money, it’s time for you personally to buy some items that are new for the character and on your coming shortly experiences. In Limsa Lominsa City, shops are generally located on the initial level.
  • Gối Chữ U

    admin
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    A gối chữ u isn’t merely a reliable companion throughout lengthy travels on an airplane or a train. His Royal Highness himself, the Prince of Wales, hasn’t already gone anywhere without his thermo-sensitive isotonic pillow in its red tartan cover positioned behind him to assist his reduced back while taking a trip. If you or someone you recognize has the very same issue as Royal prince Charles, after that a memory foam gối chữ u is specifically helpful in maintaining their spine correctly straightened while taking a seat for greater than a hr. Remember of a trio of…
  • Renovation Contractor

    admin
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    So you’ve decided that you intend to remodel your property. Great, there is no far better way to develop a home that shows your tastes and style than refurbishing your personal house. House enhancements could appreciate your home as well as develop a much better lifestyle for you and your household. Renovation Contractor Planning home enhancements generally fall into two classifications. There are the Do It Yourself home enhancement tasks where you generate all the work. Then there are the home restorations where you hire a professional(s) to complete the work for you. We will…
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  • Create efficiency in all that you do

    Roxanne Emmerich
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Whatever job you are doing, chances are you could shave off substantial time and get the same result, or use the same amount of time and DOUBLE the result, just by saying, “How can this be done differently to create a better outcome in less time?” But we rarely do it. We dive right in and flail around, thinking a quick start is the best way to save time. No way. This is especially important as we mature in our work. In fact, it’s the WAY we mature. Some people never get this, so they don’t improve, and they’re in the same job for 20 years because their performance is always the…
  • Are you moving toward, or moving away?

    Roxanne Emmerich
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    Psychologists tell us that all emotions are rooted either in love or in fear. Anger, for example, is a symptom of fear. You can’t be angry if you’re not afraid. Joy is based in love. You can’t feel bliss without having love at the core. Fear is a “moving-away-from” emotion. Love is “moving-toward.” Take a moment to analyze the disastrous decisions you’ve made. It’s not easy to look such decisions in the eye, but it’s well worth it. A pattern of “moving away” from something will generally emerge. Moving away from missing a quota. Moving away from…
  • Engagement Is Low, But Awareness Is Sky-High

    Roxanne Emmerich
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    The numbers on employee engagement are still pretty bad. But a 2012 report from Deloitte shows that the message is finally getting through about the importance of engagement. 94% of executives and 88% of employees now see workplace culture as important to business success. Better yet, 83% of executives and 84% of employees say that having engaged employees is the top factor contributing to a company’s success! But when asked about the culture in their own companies, fewer than one in five executives and employees feel that their own workplace culture is healthy. They know it’s…
  • Turn Off The Tech In Meetings

    Roxanne Emmerich
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    You know that message that plays before the movie begins in a theatre—the one that says to silence your cellphones? I’m beginning to think we need the same announcement in meetings. Or maybe more like an airline—they need to be stowed in your carry-on before the meeting takes off! In several recent surveys, over half of respondents admitted to checking their phones in meetings. But meetings are more productive and SHORTER when everyone is focused. Less time and money are wasted, and everyone gets back to their own work more quickly. So in your next meeting, see if the chair will make a…
  • Get Good Face Time With The Boss

    Roxanne Emmerich
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:30 am
    Most managers know that it’s important to schedule regular one-on-one meetings with their direct reports. But if you are one of those direct reports, do YOU know how important those meetings are? It would help if you did, because no meeting is more abused than this one. It’s rarely planned and it’s the first thing to be rescheduled when things get tight, which is pretty much always. As a result, they are largely ineffective. It’s time to fix that, and there’s no need to wait for the boss to do it. Show initiative by coming to the meetings prepared with concise bullets outlining your…
 
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    Career Advancement Blog

  • Can Proper Employee Coaching Turn a Problem Employee into a “Superstar”

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

    joelgarfinkle
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    “The real art of communication is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” ~ Unknown ~ Josh is a sales executive at a medium-size software company. He’s always made his numbers and hit his quotas. As he advanced in the organization, his responsibility and the number of people he manages have increased. Josh’s career goal is to become VP of sales within the next year. He’s always known how to get results, but his fatal flaw is that he has no idea how to manage his people. The bigger his…
  • Your Action Plan is Extremely Important When Starting a New Job. Start Planning for Success Now!

    joelgarfinkle
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” ~ Alan Cohen ~ Client Craig Asks: Joel, after weeks of job searching, I just got hired by a fantastic company. I’m committed to a future with this company and I want to do everything right from Day One. What are your recommendations? Coach Joel Answers: A new job is a wonderful opportunity. The temptation, however, after you’ve spent weeks or months on a job search, is to relax and enjoy feeling secure for a while. Not a good idea! Instead, start really working on Day One.
  • Job Opportunity or Tragedy? Tips if You’ve Just Been Fired From a Job

    joelgarfinkle
    25 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    “I mean, there’s no arguing. There is no anything. There is no beating around the bush. ‘You’re fired’ is a very strong term.” ~ Donald Trump ~ Tricia just got fired. Security is putting her personal items in a cardboard box and escorting her to her car. She is in shock. What now? Her first reaction is to drive far, far away and scream loudly about the unfairness of it all. Doubtless this has happened to the majority of you at one time or another. And screaming, however good it might feel for a moment or two, is not the answer. Instead, follow this plan for…
  • Tips to Save Yourself From being Laid off or Fired From Your Job

    joelgarfinkle
    11 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    “You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy.” ~ Bob Ross ~ Client Lindsey Asks: Lately I’ve had a funny feeling at work. I’m apprehensive because I don’t think things are going well. I’m doing my job, the same as always, but I seem to be left out of the loop. I’m not invited to meetings but later I find out through the grapevine that people have made decisions that actually affect my work. Am I about to get fired? This isn’t exactly my dream job, but it’s been a good job and in this economy, I don’t want to lose it.
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    leaderCommunicator blog | David Grossman

  • Guest Blogger: Simon Sproule on Picking an Industry Based on Personal Passion #NoCapeNeeded

    David Grossman
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    In the coming weeks before the launch of my next book, “No Cape Needed: The Simplest, Smartest, Fastest Steps to Improve How You Communicate by Leaps and Bounds,” we will publish a few leadership advice pieces that are featured throughout the book.  These posts offer the best advice industry leaders have received in their careers and are a must-read for those wanting to elevate their own performance at work. Advice Work in an industry that you have a personal passion for.
  • Weekly Round-Up: Clearly Communicating Expectations, 5 Ways to Become More Self-Aware & Time Management Tips

    David Grossman
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog. This week you’ll see articles on how to clearly communicate expectations, time-management tips and ways to become more self-aware.  These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. 4 Strategies for Clearly…
  • Starting Thought: Time for Summer Vacation, Not for Email

    David Grossman
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    The weather is warming up, my children are on summer break, and like many of you, I’m seizing this opportunity to go on vacation. However, unlike many people – I’ll be disconnecting from work email during that time.   By now you may be familiar with my thoughts on checking email during vacation and even my Email-Free Vacation Pledge.  But have you made the commitment to yourself yet?
  • Use Your Vacation Days and Take a Real Summer Vacation, Not a Workcation

    David Grossman
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Summer has rolled around again, and that well-deserved time off is waiting for you. But will you even take it? If you do, will you end up setting up your office on the beach, busily answering emails and phone calls while your family begs for your attention? If you’re like many U.S. workers, you’ll try the office on the beach approach. A number of new studies tell the story: taking a real vacation is becoming a tough feat for many of us.
  • Weekly Round-Up: How to Craft a Persuasive Message, Core Elements of Social Leadership & Tips for Managing Employee Communication

    David Grossman
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog. This week you’ll see articles on discovering the core elements of social leadership, insights to workplace empathy from Sheryl Sandberg and techniques to transform leadership communication.  These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran…
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    Manage Fearlessly Feed

  • How the 4th of July can Make You a Better Manager

    Cindy Flanders
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    Back on July 2, 1776, members of the Continental Congress voted in favor of breaking with England. Two days later, everyone signed the Declaration of Independence.  After that, everyone had a lot to do - there were troops to train, supplies to organize, strategies to develop, and a war to be won!   read more
  • Waiting by the Phone

    Cindy Flanders
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
     Waiting by the phone sucked when you were a love struck teenager, and it’s just as wretched when you're waiting for a post-interview callback. In between obsessively checking for missed calls and refreshing your personal email, the interview plays over and over in your mind.   read more
  • Is Management For You?

    Cindy Flanders
    17 May 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Many people become managers, but that doesn’t mean they should be managers.  I’m not talking about not having “what it takes.”  Even if you’re adequately prepared, so much about management has to be learned on the fly and everyone makes mistakes.  I’m talking about whether managementis right for you.  read more
  • Negativity At The Office…We Can’t Blame It On The Weather

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

    Cindy Flanders
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Love is definitely in the air this month, and it’s got me thinking about one of the most important aspects of the workplace: job satisfaction. People who drag themselves to work every day and then clock watch all day aren’t living…nor are they fulfilling their potential.    read more
 
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    CUTE ME!(キュートミー)あいにゃんゆんころプロデュースダイエットサプリ

  • 夢占い 誰かと添い寝

    美意識
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:31 pm
    以前なら出会い向けSNSであれば、誰もがmixiだと思っていました。ところがここ数年は、どんな人物なのか明らかで、透明性の高い印象のあるFacebookで知り合ったほうが、実際の出会いに進むことが多いようです。 お目当て […]
  • 仙台神待ちの出逢いサイト

    美意識
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:32 am
    お金を騙し取られたりしないように、婚活サイト、出逢い系サイトで出会いをする為の秘訣は、既婚未婚、熟年・中高年の年齢層なのかどうかといった点に関係なく、囮が潜んでいないような問題のない出逢い系サイトや婚活サイトであることを […]
  • 札幌 メンヘラ イククル

    美意識
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:33 pm
    男女のマッチング率とか結婚に至った率が掲げられているインターネット婚活サービスは、そこまでは成功していると言えるので、あまり心配しないで活用することにつながります。 全く出会いのチャンスもないし、知らない人との合コン等で […]
  • 必ず不倫の彼と結婚できる待ち受け

    美意識
    14 Jun 2015 | 9:34 pm
    最近流行の不倫サイトサイトでは、会員が守るべきルール、つまり利用規約がありますが、こういうものを最後まで目を通す人は多くありません。ですが、熟読すれば、性質の悪い業者かどうかを判断することも可能です。 結婚を踏まえた真面 […]
  • 群馬県の既婚者セフレ募集

    美意識
    14 Jun 2015 | 4:34 am
    お金を騙し取られたりしないように、セックスフレンド掲示板サイトでいい人に巡り合う為の第一条件は、家庭を持っているか、中高年の年代か否かじゃなくて、詐欺まがいではない信頼できるセックスフレンド掲示板や婚活サイトであることを […]
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    Ridiculously Efficient | Superhuman Productivity

  • Track Your Progress by Coloring In These Designs

    Rosemina Nazarali
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Photo via Amy Jones/QuartzAmy Jones paid off $26,000 in debt with the help of the art project above. And she paid off all five of her credit cards in half the time she originally estimated. Last April, she realized that making minimum payments was not helping to alleviate the debt she had accumulated over the years.“Unfortunately, unicorns saddled with cash were not coming. I needed a new approach. I also had this piece of framed canvas sitting around (as ridiculous as that sounds) and wanted to do something with it. One night, as I surrendered to the fact that it was time to be a grown…
  • Mobile Phones Save You Stress at Work

    Kelley Lujan
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    In today’s world, most people can virtually work from anywhere with a computer or mobile device and internet access. We are constantly connected. Does this help or hinder productivity?According to a Gallup survey, 51% of employees are more productive when they’re able to access work-related information through a mobile device. 62% of employees believe that accessibility to company information directly affects job satisfaction.Having access to work related materials outside of the office may reduce stress because you never have to worry about missing that late night email or…
  • Work Hard, Play Hard, Live Well

    Marissa Brassfield
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    For most of my career, I’ve abided by the “work hard, play harder” method of recharging. Work your tail off, then drink your face off. It was fun, for sure, but also expensive, unhealthy and, most importantly, not actually restorative. I often woke up Monday feeling even more exhausted than I did on that previous Friday. And sometimes, I’d lose an entire half-day of my weekend to a hangover. Pretty inefficient.Have you ever had a hangover so gnarly that you promised yourself “I’m never going to do this again” and actually meant it? I had one of those…
  • The Future of Work in the Eyes of Gen Z and Millennials [Infographic]

    Rosemina Nazarali
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    There has been a lot of debate about millennials, our roles in the workplace and the way we view our careers and lives in general. But it seems we have quite a bit in common with our younger counterparts, Generation Z (those born in 1995 and after). An infographic from human resource consulting firm Adecco takes a look at the similarities and differences between millennials and Gen Z when it comes to the way we view work and our futures.Both generations are concerned about their ability to find a job and how they will pay for their education. The price of tuition itself is becoming a bigger…
  • Why Everyone Should Partake in the Bi-Annual Closet Cleaning Ritual

    Rosemina Nazarali
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    Emily May/FlickrFashion designer Eileen Fisher takes part in a ritual that everyone could benefit from. Twice a year, she cleans our her closet.“I think about what worked, what’s flattering on me, what couple of pieces will make it feel fresh this season,” she told Fast Company. “It always feels so great when it’s done: one rack of clothes that I wear for the season. Even out of that, I probably wear about 10 pieces most of the time, and most of them are from the year before.”From an efficiency standpoint, this bi-annual ritual will make getting dressed in the…
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    OnStrategy

  • Making the most out of OnStrategy Mobile

    Todd Ballowe
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    Learn how OnStrategy Mobile keeps your organization focused on the most important priorities- from the ground up. Whether you’re a strategy leader or individual contributor, this webinar will show you how leveraging OnStrategy Mobile drives engagement and execution of your strategic plan. Additional Videos The Secret to Strategic Implementation How to Develop Competitive Advantages Strategic Planning with a Balanced Scorecard
  • Bottom Up is the New Top Down

    Jeff Brunings
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:18 am
    Focus gets a lot of attention these days. Everyday we strive to stay focused in everything we do, whether it’s work, personal, or play. Our focus on organizational strategy is no exception. The exercise itself of simply creating strategy drives initial focus. There are planning meetings, coordination, and collaboration to define a strategic direction, determine goals, and align on measurements and targets. People get assigned to items. Action plans are created. Then, something unexpected happens. Over time, focus is lost. Strategy becomes hazy and cluttered by new, competing actions…
  • Retreats Aren’t Always About Change

    Heyden Enochson
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:07 am
    Mid-year reviews don’t always need to result in a wave of change. Sure, sometimes planning retreats can result in completely readjusting your strategic trajectory – but this doesn’t always need to be the case. Last week, we hosted our own mid-year review. We took our team offsite to look back at our performance against our outlined strategy. We quickly realized we weren’t going to make huge strategic shifts within our organization. So you might be asking if you aren’t looking to make huge strategic shifts, why take the time to have a mid-year review? Here are four reasons we made…
  • Want to engage with your customer? Give them something they want.

    Heyden Enochson
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    It seems like a pretty standard principal – to make an exchange with a customer, you need to give them something they want. But, many struggle applying the principal beyond the walls of an exchange defined simply by the transference of dollars. Insomniac Events, who is owned largely by LiveNation [see also Ticketmaster], recently demonstrated this principal perfectly. With their flagship music festival set to take place in late June, they experienced the expected buzz surrounding artist’s set times. Instead of simply releasing the schedule via social media as they’ve done in the past,…
  • Want to Leave a Legacy? Think Mentorship

    Jeff Brunings
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    If you’ve been in the professional work life for a while chances are you’ve attended a retirement party. Often, they’re like eulogies. We hear about contributions and achievements in the past tense. It feels as if a chapter has closed and a new one hasn’t been started. What if someone could retire and leave a legacy? A contribution that isn’t a has-been, but something that is thriving and alive? It happens. Recently, the team at OnStrategy was invited to Renee West’s retirement party. The name probably isn’t familiar. But to the people she touched she…
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • 7 Reasons Why Traditions Are So Important

    Frank Sonnenberg
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:10 am
    When you hear the word holiday, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, shopping, parties, sales, and catalogs rank near the top of your list. The truth is, many holidays are becoming so commercialized that our proud traditions are in danger of becoming trivialized. Many of us can’t even remember the true meaning of the holidays. Memorial Day has morphed from remembering our fallen soldiers to the unofficial beginning of summer. Labor Day’s role in recognizing the achievements of organized labor now just marks the end of summer and a return to school. Veterans Day is honored as…
  • Say Yes to No

    Frank Sonnenberg
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:07 am
    Are you the type of person who feels guilty saying “no”? Sure … it’s easy to bow to everyone’s wishes, say “yes” to their requests for help, or follow the crowd. But you’re not doing yourself any favors by avoiding the forbidden word. In fact, there are definite times when saying “yes” is a no-no. Every choice you make is like a seesaw, whereby saying “yes” to one thing results in forgoing something else. For example, if you’re helping someone address his or her priorities, you’re not tending to your own. That’s fine if you’re conscious of the costs and…
  • 7 Ways to Make Good Choices

    Frank Sonnenberg
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    7 Ways to Make Good Choices We’re all confronted by countless choices each day. Some have minimal consequences, such as whether to have our ice cream in a cup or cone, while other decisions can be life changing. And while some of these choices may impact our lives today, other choices may not affect us for years to come. The important thing to remember is that we are a product of the choices we make. Each decision helps to define who we are and how we’re different from one another. Making good choices begins with taking charge of the decision-making process. Manage the big stuff. It’s…
  • 8 Ways to Spot Greedy People

    Frank Sonnenberg
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Greed doesn’t discriminate between rich and poor. There are many ways that greed rears its ugly head every day. Here are 8 ways to spot greedy people: Life’s a spectator sport. “Bystanders” who do everything they can to get out of work are greedy people. While colleagues work at a frantic pace, selfish people work hard to avoid working at all. They spend their days moving piles of papers on their desk while they watch everyone else go crazy. These guys wouldn’t lift a finger if their life depended on it. When a job is complete, however, you can bet they’ll be first in line to…
  • 45 Questions Every Leader Should Answer

    Frank Sonnenberg
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:27 am
    One of the best ways to become a better leader is to view your organization in a new light. Here are 45 questions every leader should answer. What three things are holding us back? Is success making us complacent? What policies are outdated? Would I do business with us if I were a customer? What counts that we’re not counting? What can we learn from vibrant start-up companies? Are we winning the word-of-mouth battle? Why are great ideas collecting dust on our shelves? Why are we really losing great people? Do we read the reports that we request? Do people follow us out of fear or out of…
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    Chris Walker Life Balance Mentor

  • Why The Walker Power Hour Is Essential For Enjoyable Worklife and Personal Wellbeing

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:44 pm
    This short video was made for the Back on Track 30 Day Challenge which is designed to achieve two things: 1. help participants heal up the past, find their track and get back on it and stay on track. 2. evolve and stay one step ahead of life changing turbulence that comes from complacency. The video is a bit of light hearted dialogue on self leadership and your daily routine. I hope you enjoy and share – the world needs more people like you, living from the heart and making a great world even better. Back on Track Video from Christopher Walker on Vimeo.Filed under: balance, Conscious…
  • Coach Yourself Up A Notch – Dealing with The Peter Principle

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Download the Full PDF White Paper The Peter Principle is that we rise to the level of our own incompetence. In nature, those are the rings of the tree trunk we call growth rings but in life they are called incompetence, calamities and humbling circumstances where suddenly we seem to have not enough time and not enough resources to do what needs to be done. In Walker language, “not evolving fast enough. It’s that uncomfortable time (or times) in our life when the wheels fall off the cart. We are not in control. Rather than panic when this uncomfortable time happens, or make…
  • Are You Staying Inspired or Getting Despired… be careful

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:16 pm
    If you are genuine about enjoying life and living your potential then there’s a few words of wisdom I’d love to share. For you, the question may come “How are you?”  and for that there is no other word but inspired – inspired sleep – inspired meeting – inspired breakfast – inspired weather – inspired moment – we live inspired – think inspired – inspiring clients – no other word is appropriate for the next 6 months and if you can’t find it in you to find it in a situation – call super inspired repair man…
  • Stay Inspired Using Nature – The Best Life Coaching and It’s Free

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:35 pm
    I’m a mentor to many high flying entrepreneurs. Many come to me after the horse has bolted. We have a significant job to do repairing damaged reputation, family trust and health. But that’s the easy part. It takes just 30 days to get a sincerely committed person back on track. (seriously committed usually means in significant discomfort). The hard part of mentoring a high flying exec, is slowing them down to a pace where life and work are enjoyable, fulfilling and effective. In other words, to value inspiration more than motivation. In the 60’s motivation was the buzz word.
  • Think inspired 

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    is there such a day as a bad weather day? Well, to me not. There’s just different clothing days. What are you going to let influence your day? Is there a bad person on a bus day? Or a things didn’t T go right for me today – day. Maybe you allow that floss to turn your day into a non day – and in doing so, kill off any change of making it an inspired day. So you drive to work and there’s traffic? Do you make this a frustrating day? Or do you say to yourself “what’s the gift in this situation.” We are all blessed beyond our recognition. Rain is a…
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    The New Laws of Leadership

  • How Great Leaders Build Trust And Increase Employee Engagement

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

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

    Christine Comaford
    1 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Fact: One in two employees have left their job to get away from their manager. Conclusion: Managers are not creating environments where employees feel motivated or even comfortable. How many of your top performing team members left their position, leaving you, as their leader, wondering why or what happened? Employees and team members will often take physical action (i.e. quitting) before they ask for what they truly want: clarity, focus on strengths and engaged management. Clarity Of Our Words From the leadership perspective, clarity of our words requires us to increase explicit…
  • Get Behavior Change That Lasts Using Neuroscience

    Christine Comaford
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    In my previous blog, “How Humans Experience The World” we analyzed human behavior and the structure of how it happens. Here’s a quick recap: Vs + As = Ks -> Beliefs -> Identity (beliefs about self) = Behavior The Vs (visuals or pictures we see or make up inside) and As (auditory or sounds we hear inside or outside of ourselves) create a human experience that leads to certain feelings, or kinesthetic (Ks in neuro-shorthand) responses. From these Vs, As, and the generated Ks, we make meaning and formulate or recall beliefs (decisions) about the world, other people, situations and…
  • How Humans Experience The World

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

  • 13 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Terminator: Genisys

    Joseph Lalonde
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Looking at this crop of summer movies, my mind wanders back to the Bible scripture in Ecclesiastes. In this book of the Bible, Soloman laments What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. This scripture sums up this summer’s movies. And I’m okay with that. We’ve seen this in recent movies Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World. The movie world is living this scripture over and over again. The latest summer movie to follow this trend is Terminator: Genisys. This new addition to the Terminator series brings…
  • Why We Need Community

    Joseph Lalonde
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    I’ve always believed that community is important. We must live and interact with others if we want to truly thrive. The sad truth is, I haven’t lived this well recently. Image via Creative Commons Over the past year or so, my relationships with others have fallen by the wayside. Replaced with work or my inner thoughts. It’s a struggle I’ve had and I’m not ashamed to admit. Why Community? Community is a powerful thing. Community is there to hold you up. Community is there to hold you accountable. Community is there to back you. Something truly spectacular happens…
  • Top Posts And Commenters For June 2015

    Joseph Lalonde
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Today marks the halfway point of the year. Looking back, it amazes me how quickly the year flies by and how we can get lost in the day to day tasks of our lives. I hope you’re not there but, if you are, you can still make a difference this year. Shift your focus and begin working on your goals and dreams. You can make it a killer year! Like all new months, I like to take the time to reflect on the status of the blog and what’s been happening in my life. So, here we go with June’s review. Top Posts 1. 20 Encouraging Bible Verses For Young Leaders 2. 22 Leadership Lessons And…
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 37 Quotes on the Creative Force Within

    Skip Prichard
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:12 am
      “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” –Albert Einstein     “Creativity doesn’t just love constraints; it thrives under them.” -David Burkus     “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” –Joseph C. Pearce     “Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.” –Henri Matisse   “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” –Stephen Hawking     “Creating open teamwork is the best way to encourage…
  • The Power of the Simple

    Skip Prichard
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:31 am
    The Goal of Simplicity Whether it’s design or instructions, we want things simple—not too simple to the point of insulting, but not too complex and thus confusing. What starts as an admirable goal – simplicity – is actually not a simple subject.   “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” -Thoreau     Dan Ward’s latest book, The Simplicity Cycle: A Field Guide To Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse, aims to help people make good decisions about complexity. After retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Air Force where he…
  • What Type of Leader Are You?

    Skip Prichard
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am
    Know Thyself The ancient Greeks had a saying, “Know thyself.”  Carved above the entrance to the main temple at Delphi, ancient philosophers including Socrates and Plato taught the importance of introspection. If you aspire to make an impact, to lead others, or to create change, these are two words that should be an important part of your personal development. Understanding your own leadership style is critically important.   “The final mystery is oneself.” –Oscar Wilde     What’s Your Primary Style? Take Our Quiz Below We all have a default style of leadership.
  • It’s Never Too Late to Start

    Skip Prichard
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:40 am
    This week, I read an article in the Washington Post about a 100 year old scientist who fought for decades against trans fat.  Trans fat lowers good cholesterol and increases bad.  It clogs the arteries and many consider it a poison.  Enter Fred Kummerow who discovered its dangers in the 1950’s.  After trying for decades to warn the public, he sued the FDA in 2013.  Now the FDA is working to eliminate trans fat from the food supply.   “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” –C.S. Lewis     It’s yet another proof point that you…
  • Whatever Your Past, You Can Write A New Ending To Your Story

    Skip Prichard
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:29 am
    Rewrite Your Story I remember her sitting on the couch, telling her story. My mom was listening, nodding her head and taking it in. This woman had a tough life and she recounted stories of abuse, of hurt, of neglect. My presence barely registered as she poured out her pain. Only a few, carefully chosen questions, that was all it took from mom. Like a skilled surgeon piercing infected skin, she used a question like a scalpel, surgically timed and designed to alleviate pain.   “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” -Shakespeare     It’s funny…
 
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • The Art and Craft of Content

    Nischala Murthy Kaushik
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    A few days ago, I had the opportunity to address a group of 100+ digital marketers on “The Art and Craft of content”. Personally, I enjoyed delivering the session as it was based on my personal journey and experiences as a “Content Crafter“. I received wonderful feedback for the session! In this post, I am sharing the key messages that I delivered during the session: What do you think? Leave a comment to let me know Connect with me on Nischala’s Social World Columnist / Byline in : Economic Times | Huffingtonpost | Business2Community | WomensWeb | Sheroes India |…
  • Perfection v/s Progress – You Choose!?

    Nischala Murthy Kaushik
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    “Your blog posts are never perfect” she said “What do you mean?” I asked “I almost always find some mistakes in them – spelling, grammar, sentence construction, etc.. They can be better.” She said “Hmm.. OK. Noted. So what do you want me to do?” I asked “Don’t publish till it is perfect, or if you don’t have time – Ask someone else to make it perfect” she said “Why is perfection important?” I asked “Because that is the ultimate goal” she said The above is a conversation I had recently with a very good friend of mine, someone who is my best critic (for…
  • The Karmic Ways of Social Media

    Nischala Murthy Kaushik
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    “I published a post, but it has hardly got any views” “I shared a tweet, but no one replied / Retweeted” “No one ever leaves any comments on my blog” I hear this feedback all the time in my network. Blogger, Twitter enthusiasts, friends, colleagues – Before I used to try to probe further in an effort to help.. Now I just listen and nod. WHY? Because I am wiser – as a blogger, writer and individual; and I realized that most of the people who say such things just say it. They don’t want to help themselves. Because if they did, they’d…
  • Supergraphic | Marketing Technology Supergraphic

    Nischala Murthy Kaushik
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    I believe that the time is right and ripe for technology solutions to be used in Marketing. I was in conversation with a senior business leader in a technology firm, and he asked me “What technology solutions can be used for marketing?“. I get to hear this question a lot… So when I came across this fantastic supergraphic on Marketing Technology solutions, I had to upload it on my blog. All questions are answered below Filed under: Marketing, Social Media, Strategy Tagged: Marketing, technology
  • What adds to the Power Quotient of Online Social Communities?

    Nischala Murthy Kaushik
    4 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    I started this year (2015) with one thought – To do one thing which I have never done in my life before. As January zoomed by, I pondered and wondered over what I should do? It was during a random browsing activity that I came across an article by Sheryl Sandberg, FaceBook COO in which she encouraged women to create peer support communities to help each other navigate through the complex maze of managing work and life. I thought to myself – “Why not try creating one such group? I mean I’ve never done it before in my life, and it made complete sense to me”. Simply because I…
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    The Purposeful Culture Group

  • What’s Your Story?

    S. Chris Edmonds
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the midst of our hectic lives, who are we being? It is easy to get caught up in the frantic pace we see around us or that our work places reinforce – and not be our best selves every minute. We have a lot of stuff on our plates. We have many items on our to-do lists. We want to keep our commitments. That’s good – but I suggest that we’re not contributing like we can. We’re not serving like we can. Frantic activity alone may not be the best way to spend our time on this earth! We must be more intentional about who we are, about how we’re acting, about how…
  • The Leadership Void

    S. Chris Edmonds
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I’m invited in to help executives refine their organization’s culture, I start with learning as much as I can about the executive team before I start learning about their company. Why? Because leaders of organizations maintain the current culture, whether it’s beneficial or not, productive or not, engaging or not – and whether they know it or not! Senior leaders of teams, departments, regions, business units, etc. have the authority and responsibility to change policies, procedures, and norms – which can change the culture for the better. My discovery process allows me…
  • Your Character is Showing

    S. Chris Edmonds
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The 2016 US presidential race is heating up, which means the time is ripe for truth-stretching, name calling, and worse. This week’s “I’m running for president” announcement by one candidate was so filled with distortions and untruths that fact checkers immediately pounced. In another case, a news anchor was suspended for six months for “misrepresenting” his reporting experiences. In an interview this week, the anchor said his ego drove him to embellish stories. What causes humans to embellish, to lie, to discount others, to take credit, or worse? Financial…
  • Everybody Knows Your Name

    S. Chris Edmonds
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    How well do your employees – team members in your organization – know each other? If you want a work environment that values positive relationships as well as top performance, this is an important question to consider. Years ago I studied the W.L. Gore company. Their unique culture, based on a holacracy (no bosses), has served that company well since it’s founding over 50 years ago. In discussions with key Gore leaders, I learned about another practice they embrace to this day. Their functional teams and plants are no larger than 300 people. Why? “When those units get…
  • An Aligned Culture Creates Amazing Memories

    S. Chris Edmonds
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    1980 – Edmonds Family at Lost Valley RanchWhat is your dream vacation? Is it world travel, exploring countries, people, and places you’ve only read about? Is it visiting our vibrant metropolitan cities, seeing great performances in great venues? My “vacation” mindset comes from my non-profit executive career. I spent fifteen years taking kids to residence camps and travel camps. We traveled in school buses, vans, and – in the old days – cattle trucks. Some of those kids had never been out of their own cities. We created teams to set up campsites, cook,…
 
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    PLAY BIG

  • Growth Involves Dealing With Monsters

    Maz Iqbal
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    Playing BIG (and one’s growth as a being-in-the-world) necessarily involves boldly going where one has not gone before. To go where one has not gone before always involves coming across and dealing with monsters that appear. It is this dealing with monsters that is the access to and source of one’s growth as a human … Continue reading Growth Involves Dealing With Monsters
  • On Self and World: “They Could Never Be There What They Are Here”

    Maz Iqbal
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:53 am
    What is your understanding of self? What is your understanding of the strength of relatedness between self and the world that the self finds itself dwelling in?  Can we easily separate self and the world – are they two distinct entities that bear little intimacy with one another?  Or is Heidegger correct in asserting that … Continue reading On Self and World: “They Could Never Be There What They Are Here”
  • Play BIG: Every Moment Is Precious!

    Maz Iqbal
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:16 am
    You and I, if we live in the western world, are so embedded-immersed in doing (in order to have ‘stuff’) that we do not pay attention to our way of being. What do I mean by being. For the purpose of this conversation, I mean the way that one shows up and travels in life. … Continue reading Play BIG: Every Moment Is Precious!
  • Play BIG: Focus On Gifts

    Maz Iqbal
    29 May 2015 | 1:52 am
    You and I meet. We talk. And even before we meet and talk, we have made the most important choice that will affect our meeting and talking. More accurately, it is not you and I who have made the choice. Rather, the choice has been made by the culture which shapes the way that you … Continue reading Play BIG: Focus On Gifts
  • Play BIG By Listening To And Heeding The Call

    Maz Iqbal
    17 May 2015 | 11:39 pm
    After fifty or so years of existence I am clear that there is a profound difference between living in resonance with a calling. And the experience of living without a calling. What project calls you?  What possibility calls you?  What challenge calls you? What endeavour calls you? What opportunity calls you?  What is your calling? … Continue reading Play BIG By Listening To And Heeding The Call
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    Sales Coaching Blog

  • Sales Coaching: Be the C-Factor

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    As we embark on the 4th of July let us take time to remember one of the most memorable catalytic events of all time, The Boston Tea Party. When the Sons of Liberty decided they were not going to stand for the Tea Act, and decided to throw chests of tea into the Boston Harbor, it forever changed the world and began shaping the great Country we live in today. I am a bit of a history geek so I will spare you the rest of the details and pivot to this statement; almost all meaningful and systemic change is a result of a catalytic event or catalytic individual that drove the change. These events…
  • Are You in a Mid-Season Slump?

    27 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    I am a baseball mom.  It's a short sentence that packs a whole lot of responsibility. Our son Aden, age 13, plays between 60-70 games during the regular season and when not in regular season there's post season, then pre-season, indoor practice, lessons...you get the picture.  What's most interesting about our experience with baseball this year is not necessarily the skill development, or even watching Aden and his 'band of brothers' play ball. What has given us the most growth as a family is the experience of watching Aden go through one of the longest and most painful batting…
  • Sales Coaching is for the Fearless

    23 Jun 2015 | 11:59 am
    She didn’t even think twice or ask me to repeat the directions. She was determined, excited and up for the challenge. It wasn’t just the attention that she craved, but the feeling of accomplishment and an emerging confidence. I’m describing my four-year-old niece that I had the chance to swim with this weekend. As a former lifeguard and swimming instructor, I know a thing or two about teaching children how to swim. It’s like riding a bike. I knew exactly how to use terms that she could relate to which allowed her to execute numerous strokes as well as learn new ones on the first try.
  • Let Them Play: Using Unstructured Time to Drive Innovation and Growth for Your Sales Team

    22 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    As many of our children are now on summer vacation – whether from kindergarten, college or somewhere in between – I’m reminded of the importance of “play time” for rejuvenating energy levels and encouraging new ways of thinking. Of course, our children may see the summer as simply a time for ball games, swim parties and flashlight tag, but in reality, having this unstructured time helps them develop in ways that a more structured environment like school does not.  
  • Sales Manager Check-Up

    15 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    Two years ago a Forbes magazine article stated that around 40% of Americans make a New Year’s resolution and only 8% achieve their New Year’s goal. My colleague and president of the EcSell Institute, Bill Eckstrom, wrote an article this past New Year’s Eve focusing on 5 critical questions sales leaders should ask themselves reflecting on the previous year. So now is the time. It’s the mid-year, New Year’s Resolution check-up. It’s painless, I promise. Just ask yourself these 5 critical questions:
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    Doug Smith Live

  • How to Lead a Mastermind Group

    Doug Smith
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:57 am
    When Laura and I started Learning to Lead, we knew we wanted to form Mastermind groups. A Mastermind group is a small group of people who meet consistently to encourage, collaborate, challenge, promote, and resource one another. Our group has been meeting for just under one year. It’s been such a valuable experience. In this post, I want to share what we do in our Mastermind group along with how we do it. I hope that you will be challenged to start or join your own Mastermind group. If you are interested in joining our group, e-mail me at dougsmithlive@gmail.com. What Our Mastermind…
  • 3 Steps to Taking Action on Your Dreams

    Doug Smith
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:37 am
    Just under one year ago, Laura and I gathered leaders on Mt. Washington to share our vision of developing young leaders into the men and women God called them to be. Leading up to the event, I was a nervous wreck! What if nobody shows up? What if nobody thinks what we’re doing is legitimate? What if.. What if… What if? My father in law looked at me and said, “Doug, you’re going to look back on this day and laugh. This is just the beginning. You’re going to remember this day with great joy because you started something.” Nearly a year later, I can tell you…
  • Episode #63: John Nuzzo, Pastor of Victory Family Church

    Doug Smith
    20 Jun 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Episode Overview: Welcome everyone to episode #63 of the Learning to Lead podcast! I now have an intro for this podcast, let me know what you think of it.  I’ve wanted to do that for a while and finally did using Fiver, which is a website where you can hire people to do jobs for you starting at $5 per job! It’s a great resource for you to check out. This episode is from our breakfast series. Our speaker this month was Pastor John Nuzzo, Pastor of Victory Family Church in Cranberry Twp., PA. Pastor John has been one of the most influential leaders in my life. It was an honor for…
  • Episode #62: Mark Whitacre, The Informant

    Doug Smith
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:18 am
    In this episode, I interviewed Mark Whitacre, the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in US history. In the interview Mark shares his story which is so fascinating that Hollywood made a movie about it called The Informant, starring Matt Damon (playing Mark Whitacre). In Mark’s story you’ll hear about how he went from being a 32 years old executive in one of the largest companies in the world with a corporate jet available to him and a house with an 8 car garage, to becoming an informant for the FBI, where he had to wear a recorder to work…
  • A City Famous for God

    Doug Smith
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:24 am
    A few years ago, I started learning about a vision for our city. The vision is that one day, Pittsburgh will  be more famous for God than anything else. Every time I would hear that vision, my heart would be filled with passion and a fire to do something to help that vision happen. Since then, I’ve been asking God to show me what a city famous for God looks like and how Laura and I can be a small part in making that happen. Here are a few things I’ve learned so far: What a city famous for God looks like:  Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise recently…
 
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    LaRae Quy | Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • 10 Questions Every Successful Person Needs To Ask About Fear

    LaRae Quy
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:38 pm
    If you're new here, you may want to receive notices of new blog posts via email. Thanks for visiting - LaRae.The first time I pulled the trigger on a shotgun at the FBI Academy, but the recoil was so powerful that, I not only thought one of my tooth fillings had been jarred loose, my right shoulder felt like it had been hit with a sledgehammer! I didn’t fall backwards, but I needed to regain my balance before I lowered the nuzzle and prepared for the next shot. Instinctively, I became afraid of a weapon that could literally kick my butt. As I hesitated, my firearms instructor started…
  • 7 Science-Based Ways To Find Happiness

    LaRae Quy
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:08 pm
    My family were cattle ranchers in Wyoming. Every bit of extra money went into cattle, veterinary supplies, and spools of barbed wire. Whenever I’d feel unhappy about not being able to buy something for myself, my grandmother would remind me that it didn’t matter how much we owned as long as we enjoyed what we did have. Happiness is about a lot more than laughing and being silly. It is a profound feeling of satisfaction of a life well-lived. It is not pretending to others, and ourselves, that we are content and fulfilled in life. If we are mentally tough, we are able to identify where, and…
  • 7 Steps to Create A Resilient Mind

    LaRae Quy
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:08 pm
    When I first joined the FBI, I was informed about the FBI’s transfer policy—which meant I could be sent anywhere in the U.S. As an agent, this was just as important as the squad to which I was assigned. So I pulled back from developing relationships and buying a home until I had been assigned to my permanent Field Office. After a couple of years of living in transfer-hell limbo, I learned that every few years the FBI’s transfer policy changed! At this point, I decided I needed to live my life like a normal human being. I could not continue living in fear of the change that would be…
  • How To Use Mental Toughness To Face Down Stereotypes

    LaRae Quy
    14 Jun 2015 | 5:46 pm
    All Hell’s Angels members wear black leather biker jackets, right? That’s what I thought when I accompanied my fellow FBI agents into a grubby bar where an old Don Williams song was playing. PODCAST:  http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Face-Down-Stereotypes.mp3 I had been shown a photo of the Hell’s Angel guy we were looking for—he was described as tall, shaved head, with a single silver hoop in his left ear. My fellow agents and I were wearing suits and carrying concealed weapons—we stuck out like a sore thumb in the biker bar. Only a few continued their…
  • FBI Firearms Tips To Focus Your Mind For Success

    LaRae Quy
    7 Jun 2015 | 4:01 pm
    FBI firearms instructors bark out reminders that maintaining front-sight focus is essential if we want to hit the target. Front-sight focus is concentration and single-mindedness when aiming a weapon on the firing range or at a terrorist.  PODCAST: http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/FBI-Firearms-tips-to-focus-mind-for-success.mp3 You can use the same focus to work through a mess when things go wrong at work as well. Front-sight focus is the ability to look at the front sight of a weapon after lining it up with the target. A good shooter remains aware of their surroundings and…
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    Deep Imprints Coaching

  • Do you talk to yourself?

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

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

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

    Kim
    15 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Ordinarily, I am a bit of a wreck. Aren't we all? There is something in each of us that demands that we are the "good guys". In order for there to be good guys, there must also be bad guys (or gals, as the case may be). Who are your bad guys? If my observations […]
  • One Word 2015

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

  • Assigned Seats Are Even More Effective Outside of Schools

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

    Sean Glaze
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    With the NFL draft approaching, millions of people are getting excited about the addition of talent to their team rosters.  Most people can see and appreciate talent – but great leaders know that talent alone is never sufficient.  Talent without character and trust – traits of great teammates – will always underachieve. So how do you build an appreciation of character and emphasize the importance of great teammates, while also creating a culture of accountability among your athletes? Well, even for a veteran coach that sounds like a tall order… but it really is possible. Early in…
  • 8 ways to get your team to listen (when you don’t have a whistle)

    Sean Glaze
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    The truth is that whistles aren’t necessary. As a young coach, I thought I needed a whistle to get my players’ attention and ensure they were listening to me. Turns out, a few years into my coaching career I learned that it wasn’t the whistle that truly earned their attention.  Sure, it was disruptive and caused them to stop and look at me for a moment – but it wasn’t the reason they listened to me.  I eventually began to coach without a whistle – and my teams responded to my voice… but not just because I was their coach.  They listened because I built trust and was concerned…
  • Would YOU do this for me?

    Sean Glaze
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Hello Managers and Team Leaders!  You have something I want… I just finished my most recent book, Rapid Teamwork (more info to come on that this summer!), and I am excited about beginning work on the next writing project to help people like you be more effective in leading their teams. What I want is your help with identifying which of the topics would be most beneficial to serving you and your current situation. So – I am asking a favor.  Would you take 2-3 minutes (that’s all, I promise!) to answer a TWO question online survey that will help me to focus on delivering…
  • Five Greatest Qualities of an Effective Event Facilitator

    Sean Glaze
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    If you are searching for an effective event facilitator to help with any group productivity meeting, there are a number of things you should consider. A strong facilitator will discuss goals with the meeting planner and have a thorough understanding of the meeting’s purpose prior to his or her arrival.  It is vital that the facilitator understands expectations… He or she will also be skilled enough to create a feeling of safety and trust in order to foster more honest and productive communication throughout the event, and establish effective ground rules for productive feedback during…
 
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    Coaching Excellence

  • The Final Step To Sustainable Wellbeing: Connection!

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

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

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

    ipeccoaching
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Most companies tout an open door policy, meant to encourage employees to voice their concerns and feedback in the workplace. Even so, employees are often afraid of being candid due to the fear of repercussions. Companies usually benefit from listening to their employees, especially if they are on the front line and have direct interaction with customers. When employees choose to keep their feelings to themselves, or communicate their thoughts only to their peers, companies can miss out on learning about new ways to serve customers or make operational improvements. Leadership can encourage…
  • When It Comes To Change…Is It Survival Of The Fittest?

    ipeccoaching
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    I love when little tidbits come across my newsfeed. Or, I see a tweet that I find interesting. For example, when it was Charles Darwin’s birthday, I came across a picture of him accompanied by the quote, “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change.” Now, before I get into the true meaning of this quote, I would be remiss if I failed to point out, there’s no record of Darwin actually saying or writing it. It has certainly been attributed to him, many times, but as fitting as […]
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    strategy+business: STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP

  • The Future of Management Is Teal

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Organizations are ready for their next evolutionary step: a step toward self-management, wholeness, and a new sense of purpose. Companies are developing a new form of organization -- a soulful workplace where talents are nurtured and the deepest aspirations are honored.
  • When CEO Star Power Backfires

    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Companies can significantly influence the media visibility of their CEO with certain kinds of press releases -- but having a prominent CEO can also work to shareholders' detriment.
  • Papal Pull

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Pope Francis's efforts to transform the Catholic Church show how those at the top can grapple with a bureaucracy while exemplifying spiritual leadership.
  • Strengthening Your Cultural Fortress

    23 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Building a strong company culture is about more than the perks you offer employees.
  • Better Lucky than Smart

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    An age-old bit of wisdom can help you overcome outcome bias to improve your decision making as a leader.
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    Simplifying Exceptional Leadership

  • 30 excellent resources for exceptional job search

    Joseph Abraham
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:38 am
    Resume Tools:   Resumebaking – A resume builder that’s as easy as pie. Spark Hire – Use innovative video features to search, apply and interview for jobs. CareerScribe – Go beyond a boring resume. Own your story. VisualCV – Get a better resume, online. ZeeVitae – Employers can search for an find your CV resume and contact you directly. CVmaker – Create beautiful, professional resumes in minutes, free   Job Listings: Naukri – India’s No. 1 job site Times Jobs – Everything about your career in one place now. Monster India – Find better (jobs)…
  • Top Five Reasons Why Coaching is Powerful!

    Joseph Abraham
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:14 am
    How do you get your team-members, leaders and yourself – to give high level of performance? Businesses and organizations are in the state of influx of change. The 10th edition of Global Risks 2015 report [1] published by World Economic Forum assesses and predicts the top 5 risks in terms of likelihood as the follows: And the economic risks (view the risks on the left tab) This is sure to create ripples of change as organizations get restructured, as newer and lesser experienced talent populate the system, glocal decision making becomes rampant and organizations either survive or chose to be…
  • 20 websites that can make you an exceptional learner

    Joseph Abraham
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:48 am
    Variety Courses: Coursera — Take the world’s best courses, online, for free. Skillshare — Online classes and projects that unlock your creativity. Curious — Grow your skills with online video lessons. Udemy — Learn real world skills online. Knowledge: TED-Ed — Find carefully curated educational videos Khan Academy— Access an extensive library of interactive content. Guides.co — Search the largest collection of online guides. Squareknot — Browse beautiful, step-by-step guides. Learnist — Learn from expertly curated web, print and video…
  • 7 essential workplace coaching need areas

    Joseph Abraham
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Growth is the only evidence of life – John Henry Newman Growth is on the agenda of the organizations, its visionaries and the people who make that possible. But sometimes growth is not near as it seems and of the several reasons it could be because of the lack of activity, vigor, skills, competencies, productivity levels, experience, family support, great personal life, adaptability, influence, relationships and powerful conversations. Coaching can really make the difference (Click here to read – Top 5 reasons why coaching is powerful) but how do we as leaders and managers choose on…
  • Get rid of the habit of being judgmental, a coaching essential

    Joseph Abraham
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    Our minds race to conclusions, ‘Look at the person on the other table, he has been ordering several dishes, he must surely be a glutton’, ‘That women out there, she’s sporting the Louis Vuitton bag, what a show-off’, ‘I knew this guy would never submit the report on time, he’s just so lazy’. It seems to be a very natural response to our environment around us, as if we were built to be judgmental, even I’m guilty of doing so. But does it help us stay happy? Does it improve the quality of relationship with our personal inner selves and with others? Does it help us be more…
 
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    Activate Group, Inc

  • TIME MANAGEMENT – DO YOU USE YOUR TIME, OR DOES IT USE YOU?

    Howard Shore
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    TIME MANAGEMENT – DO YOU USE YOUR TIME, OR DOES IT USE YOU? You cannot manage time itself, but you can manage yourself and how you choose to use your time. These days we are under more time pressure than ever, and those little gadgets we use to make our lives easier may actually make our lives harder. They certainly make us live life faster! To a very large degree, your success will depend on whether or not you master the art of effective time organization. However, time management is a skill few people master and is one that most people need. In many cases time management is more about…
  • 7 Ways to Serve Your Internal Customer “The Employee” Better

    Howard Shore
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    7 Ways to Serve Your Internal Customer “The Employee” Better In my previous article, Are You Failing the Most Important Customer: “The Employee?” we addressed the questionIf you considered the people that worked for you as your largest and most important customers, would you behave toward them or see them any differently than you do today?” I addressed two issues I think all organizations face to some degree. In this post I want you to consider 7 ways to serve your internal customer better. Are You In Denial? You may be thinking, we treat our employees well. However, according to…
  • Are You Failing the Internal Customer: “The Employee?”

    Howard Shore
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    Are You Failing the Internal Customer: “The Employee?” If you ask most CEOs what makes their business different from their competition, the most common answer received is “service.” This makes particular sense in South Florida, where the majority of industry is comprised of hospitality, healthcare, and other businesses whose end product is service. I look at these organizations and wonder if they are a product of their product. To be truly successful, a business really has to serve at least two customer bases. The customer base most focused on is typically the one perceived as the…
  • Do Your Team Members Trust You?

    Howard Shore
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
      Do Your Team Members Trust You? Do you believe your entire team trusts you? How do you know? If you could increase their trust level would it increase performance? If you pay attention, you will notice that you expect everyone to trust you all the time while you give only varying degrees of trust to everyone else. Interestingly, your team operates with the same principles. The higher up you are in the organization, the closer people watch your actions, looking for reasons not to trust you. To make matters worse, we all unintentionally do things that cause people to not trust us. Rather…
  • 10 Ways Leaders Destroy Employee Motivation

    Howard Shore
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    10 Ways Leaders Destroy Employee Motivation If you are honest, you are probably thinking right now about how to motivate some or many of your employees. Maybe you’ve tried the common quick fixes such as motivational speakers, group outings, training, team-building exercises, changing compensation programs, adjusting organization structure, adjusting the office space, and other such low-impact maneuvers. You may see some mediocre results but they will be short-term and unsustainable. I am sure you will not be surprised to hear that continuing to throw the same old solutions at motivation…
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    Eugenia Bieto's Blog

  • Keep Going

    Eugenia Bieto
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:37 am
    Last Friday, I attended one of ESADE’s most representative and moving ceremonies: the graduation of our BBA students. The ceremony, held at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, was filled with the special aura that characterises our graduations. It’s incredibly touching to see the excited faces of hundreds of young graduates who have shared dreams, fears and challenges on the way to their final triumph. I am certain that crossing the finish line on Friday will be the first in a long series of accomplishments for these alumni. The keynote speech was delivered by ESADE alumna Maite Barrera…
  • Universities as spaces of freedom

    Eugenia Bieto
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    The 9th century saw the birth of the first universities committed to the idea of academic freedom. Many centuries have passed since then. With great sorrow, I see that history often not only elevates the place of universities and their countless contributions to society but also stains it, condemnably, with blood and violence. The recent massacre of 148 Catholic students at Kenya’s Garissa University College by a group of Islamic fundamentalists leaves one feeling absolutely dumbfounded and powerless. When I heard the news on 2nd April, I was moved to denounce this atrocity and say ENOUGH…
  • Music on the ESADE campuses

    Eugenia Bieto
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    Throughout the month of March, various pianos stationed at strategic locations in Barcelona and nearby towns have reminded us of a woman who played a key role in our country’s cultural history: Maria Canals. This music instructor and concert pianist was committed to educating society through music. She created one of the world’s most prestigious musical competitions: Barcelona’s Maria Canals International Music Competition. Maria Canals is an example of how, through hard work and persistence, it is possible to achieve a dream conceived and developed over the course of many years:…
  • Women Executives

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

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

  • Where Do You Go to Remember?

    Susan Mazza
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    A visit to the World Trade Center memorial in New York City had me thinking about the things I take for granted. As a kid one of my favorite things to do was view the New York City Skyline at night. Those towers loomed so large and seemed so permanent, it was unimaginable that someday they would come crashing down. At the time I lived only 20 miles from ground zero. The World Trade Center was intended to be a tribute to world peace and flourishing international trade. Of the many things I far too easily take for granted, two fundamental things — peace and freedom.  tweet this Since I have…
  • The Language of a Leader

    Susan Mazza
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have you ever been in a conversation where people are speaking your language, but you still have no idea what they are talking about? I can remember being invited to an informal gathering with a group of people who had similar professional interests and commitments to me. The good news is that they did. However, it didn’t take long before it began to be clear I was an outsider. They used terms and made references that came from a body of work they were steeped in and a number of shared experiences. While they were warm and welcoming, the words and phrases they referenced were like trying to…
  • 3 Prerequisites for Being a Leader

    Susan Mazza
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Anyone can lead. When I say this, I am not suggesting that everyone in this moment has the capabilities to be THE leader of an organization or cause. What I am suggesting is that anyone can provide leadership that can move forward a possibility that matters to them. Said another way… Anyone can commit an act of leadership by speaking or standing up for something they care about in any moment.Tweet This This is what I mean when I say anyone can lead, and what I believe everyday leadership looks like. Now while I believe anyone can lead, I realize that not everyone believes this to be…
  • Upgrading How the World Sees You

    Susan Mazza
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    As the summer begins, I am reminded of the adjustment it always was to come home from college for the summer.  On the one hand, it was always great to be home and unplug from the pressures of school in the safety and comfort of the family cocoon.  Yet in those 8 months away from home, I also changed and grew a great deal, and I wanted them to see me in a new way. The unfortunate reality was that my family’s perception of me did not seem to change.  What made it worse is that their ways of relating to me often pulled me into ways of being that I had thought I left behind.  Loving…
  • The One Thing Your Success Depends On

    Susan Mazza
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Leaders are all around us in our everyday lives.  Sometimes they have a title and sometimes they don’t. Tweet This Regardless, they offer us a treasure trove of insight if we are willing to take the time to …consciously observe them in action, …actively listen to their stories, …and even ask them to share what they have learned that has been key to their success. One of those leaders in my everyday life is my daughter’s Lacrosse Coach, Shannon Dean.  He has accomplished something extraordinary – the Vero Beach High School Girls Lacrosse Team has just won their 10th straight…
 
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    Step Up Leader with Susan Freeman

  • Seven Steps to Develop and Maintain Ease

    Susan Freeman
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Below is a re-post of my 7/1/2015 article for Conscious Shift Magazine. There is a strong link between how you feel and what you’re capable of doing.  Your energy level, focus, and drive are a key component, yet often neglected part of your leadership.  If you are feeling depleted, drained, or down, it will not only show; it will get transmitted to others.  Your energy is contagious; both positive and negative. We need to learn the language of our bodies.  The body is constantly giving us information.  The problem is we often ignore it; we dissociate from its’ signals, as ……
  • The Impact of 100% Responsible Leadership May Shock You

    Susan Freeman
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Leadership is a way of life. It is an expression of our full nature and unique gifts. And it starts on the inside. The problem is that most of us are unaware of what is going on inside of us. We believe the external world is creating our inner experience when in fact the opposite is true. Our internal experience and perceptions create our reality. The good news about this is that we have way more control than we may have imagined. As a leader, you are not only influencing others, you are impacting them. American editor and essayist William … The post The Impact of 100% Responsible…
  • Five Habits of Top Athletes to Enhance Your Leadership

    Susan Freeman
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader Tips borrows from Leading Blog. Dr. Greg Wells, author of Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets From the World’s Best Athletes is a scientist who specializes in extreme human physiology. He draws a parallel between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at the highest level, even when under the most extreme circumstances. An athlete steps up to the starting blocks in the Olympic stadium. They stand tall, take a few deep breaths, and shake out their muscles. Thousands of people cheer while they are introduced, but their eyes…
  • Drama Triangle

    Susan Freeman
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:01 am
    Reposted from my Conscious Shift Magazine article. One famous adage leaders often quote is that of President Harry S. Truman, who said, “the buck stops here.”  But what happens in organizational (and family) life often resembles more of an old-style Hollywood movie than a model of responsible leadership.  If we peek behind the screen, we often find the dreaded drama triangle, complete with Persecutor, Victim, and Rescuer. According to Leadership Coach and Author Gary Cohen, “the health and efficiency of an organization can be judged by how often triangulation occurs and whether or…
  • What’s Your Leadership Return?

    Susan Freeman
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader Tips borrows from Leading Blog’s “Return on Character” post. We live in an age where wisdom is only wisdom if it is supported by numbers. There are two obvious problems with this. First, we miss a lot because we are looking for immediate return. And so it puts our focus on the wrong things. And secondly, as a result, we tend to assign value to things in terms of numbers. It is assumed that if it gives us the best numbers, it must be the best choice or behavior. Nevertheless, it is satisfying when the numbers … The post What’s…
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    Karen Catlin

  • Don’t Try This At Home

    karencatlin
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:18 am
    Have you heard of Holacracy? It’s a business structure that’s pretty much the opposite of corporate America. Instead of having a top-down, hierarchical management structure, with managers who oversee teams of people, Holacracy distributes decision-making across self-organizing teams who do the right thing for the business. I’ve been thinking about Holacracy for a few years […]
  • My Collection Grows

    karencatlin
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    My collection of parenting quotes that apply to leadership is growing! Here are some recent additions. Parenting quotes …edited for leadership “There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.” -Hodding Carter, Jr. “There are two lasting bequests we can give our employees. One is roots. The other is […]
  • Whose Gifts Are Going Unnoticed?

    karencatlin
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I’ve had many requests to write about bullying on my blog about the intersection of leadership and parenting. It’s a complicated, important topic. Previously, I wrote about how advice from a teenage bullying expert could be applied to the workplace. Now, I’m exploring one teacher’s brilliant strategy to stop bullying and how to apply it to leadership. Get this: […]
  • Piercing Through

    karencatlin
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    I’ve had many requests to write about bullying on my blog about the intersection of leadership and parenting. It’s a difficult, complicated topic. In today’s post, I explore applying advice for handling teen bullies to the workplace. Most of us first saw it in our childhood, on a playground. Maybe we spoke up for the person being bullied, maybe we didn’t. Either way, we […]
  • The Best Quotes for Leadership AND Parenting

    karencatlin
    6 May 2014 | 6:54 am
    I love collecting leadership quotes that apply to parenting, and parenting quotes that apply to leadership. Here are some of my favorites, both in their original form and after I edited them ever so slightly. Leadership quotes …edited for parenting “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, […]
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    Leading in Context

  • Imperfectly Human

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton We are all imperfectly human. We make mistakes. We do things that aren't responsible. Yes we ALL do things that aren't responsible at times. If you think you're exempt, let me ask you this.
  • Finding Meaning Requires Growth

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton When Nicolae Tanase at ExcellenceReporter.com asked me to submit an entry for his Meaning of Life project, I hesitated. It was a question I had often thought about. But it was a big one, and I wasn't sure I was ready to tackle it publicly. After thinking it over, I decided that the question was related to my work in human development and leadership, and that a clear answer could be valuable to readers.
  • Which Values Are Ethical Values?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton My Applied Ethics students asked a great question that I want to answer in today's post: "Which Values Are Ethical Values?" Quick Overview Not all values are ethical values. Some values, such as efficiency, do not have an ethical component. Some ethical values involve qualities of an ethical self (such as honesty and integrity). Others describe positive and ethical behavior toward others, the environment and society.
  • If Every Leader Cared

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:04 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton I wonder what our workplaces would be like if every leader cared. Most leaders care about their own well-being. But what if every leader cared about others? How would things be different? In an organization where every leader cared, wouldn't we experience improved employee engagement and customer retention? Wouldn't it be easier to recruit and retain talented and dedicated employees? Wouldn't we be able to get more done?
  • How Does Struggle Shape Us as Leaders?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton On the journey to ethical leadership, we all struggle. We struggle to make ethical choices when there are multiple stakeholders to consider. We struggle to balance competing interests, high expectations, information overload and overbooked schedules. We struggle to be at our best in difficult circumstances.
 
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    kate{mats}

  • Are You Doing What You’re Best At? I am back and so excited!

    kate
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Wow, life is a wild ride. In March 2013 I decided to start Popforms, and in June I decided to sell the company to Safari. While it was a very difficult decision, I know it is the right thing for me.  The last couple years have been hard.  Bootstrapping is HARD You always hear the stories of the team that built a company and had it take off in 6 months, making all of them millions of dollars.  When you decide to build a startup you never think that you are going to fail – you dream big and you believe you can accomplish the world.  I honestly thought with all of my experience I…
  • my passion project – the spark notebook

    kate
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Last week I launched my very first Kickstarter. The idea for this project originated from my desire for a cross between a planner and a notebook. I really wanted something with productivity systems built-in (time blocking, goal setting, and planning) but that also had space for notes. I found great “life planners” but they always cost around $50 and most of them looked like they belonged in a scrapbooking room and not a board meeting. I found myself creating systems to transform my paper notebooks into productivity tools. And every time I did this, I kept asking myself why this sort of…
  • Join me: I’m building the perfect notebook (preview & insight into the upcoming Kickstarter!)

    kate
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Update: Based on the amazing response to this post and my passion for building the perfect notebook, we launched a Kickstarter on November 20, 2014 to fund our creation of the perfect notebook. The Spark Notebook was fully funded just 14 hours after launch, and we have just kept going to see how far we can take this quest for productivity and success. Check it out here to see our progress and get your own Spark Notebook! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/475206776/spark-notebook-a-place-for-your-life-plans-and-gre   For my whole career, I’ve been looking for the perfect notebook.
  • Getting promoted was the easy part — do you have what it takes to shine in your new leadership role?

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

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

  • What does FREEDOM mean to You?

    Chery Gegelman
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Is there a gap between "what is" and "what could be"? This week the USA celebrates Independence Day! As a U.S. Citizen, I grew up being very proud of: My country – where people came to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. My family – who left everything behind in their countries of origin because of oppression and poverty and came to the U.S. to pursue those ideals. And even prouder of:  My relatives and friends that served to defend the freedom of others. Moving to the big sandbox we live in now took lots of prayer and courage because many of the freedoms I always…
  • The Epidemic Risk of INconsistency!

    Chery Gegelman
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    For Families, Communities, Organizations and Even Nations... When we announced our plans to move to a giant sandbox on the other side of the world. I promised to share both the beauty and the struggle of our experiences. It’s been easier to capture the beauty and share it. Mostly because it’s energy-filled, it bubbles out and I know that people will be encouraged by it. Sharing the negative side is tougher. Because it’s hard to write about the things that cause frustration and pain without being judgmental. And it’s even harder to write about them without feeling negative and heavy.
  • 4 Ways YOU Can Decrease Bullying and Division

    Chery Gegelman
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:42 am
    And Create More Understanding and Unity... I grew up in a little town in North Dakota, where we had four very distinct seasons. My favorite as a child was summer – because I absolutely love being in the water! It was refreshing, peaceful, freeing, great exercise and fun! Unless we were camping by the lake…  We would pedal our bicycles to the pool multiple times every single day.  In the morning for an hour of lessons, then for three hours of open swimming in the afternoon and occasionally in the evening for another two – three hours of playing in the water! If gills or a mermaid…
  • What if TRUTH is FIRST discerned in your GUT?

    Chery Gegelman
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I live more than 7,000 miles from my home, in an expat compound on the other side of the world. Shortly after we moved here, one of my neighbors was venting about a conflict he had with another neighbor. In the midst of his anger he said, “I don’t know how the compound can let people live here that don’t have any integrity.” Hit the pause button. Rewind. Replay… “I don’t know how the compound can let people live here that don’t have any integrity.” Don’t we all wish there were a litmus test for integrity?!Click To Tweet Even the biggest corporations and most powerful law…
  • Learning to Leverage Your Strengths

    Chery Gegelman
    26 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    ...That often show up as a weakness Have you ever struggled to figure out how to leverage a strength that is coming across as a weakness? If you’ve ever watched popcorn pop, you’ll understand one of mine. One little kernel heats up, flies into the air and explodes into light fluffy happiness. POP! Then a couple more kernels join the fun! POP! POP! Then a few more! POP! POP! POP! POP! POP! Soon the party is in full swing, as the noise, chaos, and joy increase rapidly! POP! Pop! POP! Pop! POP! POP!!! POP!!!! That’s me and…   For many years I sat in meetings: Excited by the…
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    Get Real Leadership | It's About the People | Nicki Roth

  • Building Team Connectivity…Through Food

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

    nickiroth
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:27 am
    Check this out: http://www.businessinsider.com/former-google-exec-says-this-word-can-damage-your-credibility-2015-6 In the past week I have seen this article and the one in the NYT about the word “sorry”…another word that women overuse. Time to stop apologizing or playing below our competence.Filed under: Self/other awareness
  • Get Real About a “Culture of Innovation”

    nickiroth
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    If your company hasn’t already jumped on the Culture of Innovation bandwagon, you can count on it coming to a theater near you very soon. In the parlance of the entertainment and pharmaceutical industries, everyone is looking for a Blockbuster; that next great idea which translates into great big piles of cash. Industry leader, cool product, […]
  • The Self Aware Leader

    nickiroth
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    “Why should I have to say thank you every time someone simply does their job?” “I bugged the senior team to revamp the website for a whole year but no one listened. Eventually I left the organization because I could see that they wouldn’t listen to someone like me.” “Why don’t junior staff see the value […]
  • An Imperfect, Yet High Functioning, Executive Team Story

    nickiroth
    25 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Once upon a time there was a rising star CEO. He was young, smart, prickly, hard to read, charming, politically savvy and introverted. He alternated between being a brilliant leader and very mediocre. He could be insightful and compassionate one day and tone deaf the next. In short, he was very human and very typical. […]
 
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    Serve to Lead Group | James Strock

  • Would You Have Signed Declaration of Independence?

    James Strock
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Would you have signed the Declaration of Independence? Before you look up from your relaxing holiday rituals in appalled disbelief that anyone would manifest such egregious effrontery as to ask such a question, reflect on it: Would you have signed the Declaration of Independence? Declaration of Independence Might Well Have Been a Suicide Note We, therefore, […] The post Would You Have Signed Declaration of Independence? appeared first on Serve to Lead Group | James Strock.
  • Honor Converts

    James Strock
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:19 am
    America is in the midst of a cultural, political, historical, and spiritual reset about the legacy of the Civil War. Following the racially motivated massacre of innocents in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, millions of Americans are reconsidering their views of the public and private displays of the Confederate flag, the beloved and reviled […] The post Honor Converts appeared first on Serve to Lead Group | James Strock.
  • Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs | New Media

    James Strock
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Serve to Lead is all about the new world of 21st century leadership. There are a number of blogs that I admire and learn from. My take on the best is presented below, updated for Summer 2015. The list that follows includes entries focused on specific applications and competencies, as well as general leadership-related blogs. […] The post Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs | New Media appeared first on Serve to Lead Group | James Strock.
  • Dueling Dualities | False Binaries

    James Strock
    6 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The simplest theory of Warren Buffett is that a lot of his value-add comes from his ability [to combine characteristics that many suppose to be contradictory]. The trick is to be rigorous while seeming sentimental, to drive a hard bargain by looking like a teddy bear. –Matt Levine, Bloomberg View. Our world is often comprehended, given order, by our sense […] The post Dueling Dualities | False Binaries appeared first on Serve to Lead Group | James Strock.
  • 10 Principles of 21st Century Leadership

    James Strock
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Serve to Lead is built upon the following principles of 21st century leadership: 1. Everyone Can Lead, Because Everyone Can Serve. 2. The Most Valuable Resource of Any Enterprise is its People. 3. We Are in Transition from a Transaction-Based World to a Relationship-Based World. 4. Leadership is a Relationship Between Empowered, Consenting Adults. 5. Leadership is […] The post 10 Principles of 21st Century Leadership appeared first on Serve to Lead Group | James Strock.
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  • Are You Doing What You’re Best At? I am back and so excited!

    kate
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Wow, life is a wild ride. In March 2013 I decided to start Popforms, and in June I decided to sell the company to Safari. While it was a very difficult decision, I know it is the right thing for me.  The last couple years have been hard.  Bootstrapping is HARD You always hear the stories of the team that built a company and had it take off in 6 months, making all of them millions of dollars.  When you decide to build a startup you never think that you are going to fail – you dream big and you believe you can accomplish the world.  I honestly thought with all of my experience I…
  • my passion project – the spark notebook

    kate
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Last week I launched my very first Kickstarter. The idea for this project originated from my desire for a cross between a planner and a notebook. I really wanted something with productivity systems built-in (time blocking, goal setting, and planning) but that also had space for notes. I found great “life planners” but they always cost around $50 and most of them looked like they belonged in a scrapbooking room and not a board meeting. I found myself creating systems to transform my paper notebooks into productivity tools. And every time I did this, I kept asking myself why this sort of…
  • Join me: I’m building the perfect notebook (preview & insight into the upcoming Kickstarter!)

    kate
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Update: Based on the amazing response to this post and my passion for building the perfect notebook, we launched a Kickstarter on November 20, 2014 to fund our creation of the perfect notebook. The Spark Notebook was fully funded just 14 hours after launch, and we have just kept going to see how far we can take this quest for productivity and success. Check it out here to see our progress and get your own Spark Notebook! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/475206776/spark-notebook-a-place-for-your-life-plans-and-gre   For my whole career, I’ve been looking for the perfect notebook.
  • Getting promoted was the easy part — do you have what it takes to shine in your new leadership role?

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

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

    Doug Bolger
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    You want the same thing your team wants. Perhaps for different reasons, yet both you and your team want to get aligned and achieve results. What if the traditional approach of the leader setting the goals and creating the plan is what stands in the way of truly aligning your team? You can get an aligned team just by changing how you set the goals and create the plan. Benefits of aligning your team More collaboration and creativity Less politics, roadblocks and barriers More excitement and celebration Less turnover and absenteeism More passion and commitment Step 1 – Let Them identify the…
  • Top 10 Foods to Help Your Team Focus & Engage

    Doug Bolger
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    Eat Smart & Think Smart To Help Your Team Focus Your brain is the greediest organ in the body. We all have experienced a sugar crash, brain cramps, bloating, food comas, meat sweats and food-triggered lethargy, as well as the slowdown of thinking, mood, and memory. What if the meal you just had actually did the opposite and inhibited engagement and learning for the rest of the day during a learning session? It can be done with the right food choices. We highly-recommend you demand the snacks and meals that help your team focus so they will remain alert during the program and retain what…
  • Board Effectiveness With “Yes and” Circles

    Doug Bolger
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Elevating Board Effectiveness Your board can be bogged down easily in details about day-to-day transactions and tactics. You know your board needs to address larger and more long-term strategies to achieve the strategic plan. What if a simple 15-minute conversation could shift the rest of your board meeting? Schedule time at every meeting to have the important strategic conversations or they may never happen. Getting everyone up from the boardroom table raises the energy in the meeting and allows groups to move further through topics that have held them up in the past. This is easily done…
  • Handle Resistance To Change – Without Fear

    Doug Bolger
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:55 am
    Seeing Your Shadow For The First Time Watching a child’s reaction to seeing their shadow for the first time is captivating – it’s frightening for them, yet so intriguing. It’s all too similar to our own lives. We too react to new experiences with fear. Resistance Is A Natural Emotion If you are in Human Resources, Organizational Development or Talent Development then you have seen first-hand participants in development experiences react to their shadow. Sometimes it’s a reaction to seeing their dark side clearly for the first time, or reacting to new experiences or expectations.
  • Presentation Delivery Tips To Get Your Message Heard

    Senani Ratnayake
    11 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    1. Become The Expert No matter what the topic, arm yourself with the information, background knowledge and context necessary to be the expert of your message. It is difficult to speak confidently about something you do not understand in its entirety and you don’t want to be caught unaware. 2. Know Your Audience Whether a small or large group, knowing who you are speaking to will allow you to give the appropriate context and tailor your presentation delivery accordingly. Know why your topic is, or should be, important to them. 3. Be Present Take a moment to actually plant your feet on the…
 
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  • Why We Need Authenticity in Workplaces

    Alli Polin
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    I’m currently reading the book Wired for Authenticity. I’m happy to share with you a guest post from the author, Henna Inam. We share a passion for greater authenticity at work and in life.   I was at a speaking engagement last week and the next day received the following letter from an attendee. To me it speaks of the very personal experience of a former corporate leader and why she left her workplace. I share this letter with you because I want us to engage in a conversation about why authenticity is so needed in workplaces. In my new book Wired for Authenticity, I share…
  • Are You Committing These Mistakes Consultants Make?

    Alli Polin
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    It can be hard to avoid the big mistakes consultants make if you’re blind to the potholes. I’m sharing my own messy story to help you avoid some of the dips in the road in which I tripped and faltered. Any consultant will tell you, consulting can be a lot of fun and also at times a very chaotic affair. You’re walking the line of project or program ownership while remaining an outsider. It’s your project, but you were hired to further your client’s success; your success is a by-product. Years ago, I had the privilege of working on a team that designed, developed and implemented one…
  • 7 Proven Strategies to Stop Being a Know-It-All

    Alli Polin
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    I try to help my children with their homework when they need it. As much as it annoys them, I’m always offering to quiz them on their spelling words, review multiplication tables, or just cuddle up to read a book. If you ask them why they often decline my offer, they’d probably say that I tend to correct them too often. I figure they’re in primary school so I can still wow them with my knowledge and know-it-all wisdom. In a few years, I’ll look like one of the losers on “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader.” I’ve always had strong spelling skills, but lately they’re being…
  • Ever Wonder Why Write a Book? Here You Go.

    Alli Polin
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    I sat down this morning to write a blog post because I always publish on Tuesdays. I’m very committed to my blog and wasn’t about to let a week slip by without a post. For the first time in a long time, I found myself staring at my screen, starting a million could-be posts, and dropping them like hot potatoes. None of them felt quite right. I could claim that my challenge is writer’s block, or it’s just a crazy week and I don’t have the time. The truth is, there is something else I’d rather be doing. Gasp! My Not-So-Secret Secret: I Write Fiction Today, I’d rather spend my…
  • What Do You Notice? Flaws or Fabulousness?

    Alli Polin
    26 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    A few years ago a colleague of mine nominated me for an HR Leadership Award for Greater Washington.  I was really honored and thought we’d have a lot of fun hanging out at the receptions, doing some networking and attending the awards dinner together.  When they called out my name as a winner in the Emerging HR Leader category I was really excited.  I walked up to the stage to get my award and had my picture taken with the other winners and presenters. It was a great night. Unfortunately, one of my memories that is still sticking around from that experience is of the picture, where…
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  • Passing the Torch: Millennials Poised for Leadership Success

    Jared Brox
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    At 80 million strong, the Millennial generation is the biggest generation since the Baby Boomers. And, with the oldest of the group in their early- to mid-30s, many are beginning to transition into significant leadership roles. According to the 2014 Hartford Millennial Leadership Survey, 34% of Millennials identify themselves as business leaders, and 59% aspire to be business leaders within the next five years. And there are many factors that point toward this generation being successful in their endeavors. They’re smart. Data from the Pew Research Center shows that one-third of Millennials…
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    Refresh Leadership
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  • Ask Walter: “I keep quitting. What’s stopping me?”

    Refresh Leadership
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond starts a new feature in which he answers questions from listeners who need help to reach their peak performance. In this week’s video, Walter tackles the issue of starting, but not finishing. According to Walter: “Whatever you’re trying to change, take baby steps in the beginning. Take it one day at a time. And I promise you one thing: if you take it one day at a time, you’ll go from crawling to walking, walking to running. And, you’re going to fall down; you’re going to make mistakes. Always know that ahead of time, because if it…
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    Refresh Leadership
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  • Question of the Month: How Do You Find Talent to Fill Highly Skilled Positions?

    Refresh Leadership
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. has seen exponential job growth over the past few months, adding 280,000 positions in May and averaging 251,000 over the past 12 months. Canada has also been steady, adding 59,000 jobs in May. With continued growth in jobs, hiring is expected to continue to grow in the second half of 2015. With so many companies looking for top talent, the competition is fierce to find the right people for the right job. So we at Refresh Leadership want to know how you are filling these open positions. Let us know by answering our monthly poll! Take Our…
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  • Five Ways to Lead Through Push Back

    Neil Ducoff
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Your business seems stuck and just can’t muster the collective energy to shift into a faster gear. Monthly goals have become a string of near misses. Your team is getting complacent and you know all too well what can happen when average infects your culture. It’s time to shake things up and that’s exactly what […]
  • Ten GOTTA DOs to be the BEST company

    Neil Ducoff
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    When someone says, “I want to be the best at what I do,” what does it really mean? When a leader says, “We are going to be the best,” what exactly does that mean? On an effort scale of one to ten, is this commitment to be the best a no-compromise, whatever it takes, TEN, […]
  • Being the best team member

    Neil Ducoff
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    There is something empowering about being part of a team that wants to be the best. Being the best means that every team member is committed to doing “whatever it takes.” Once the performance bar to be the best is set … it becomes every team member’s performance bar. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure […]
  • What if the accepted way is flawed?

    Neil Ducoff
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    There is a way things are done. Industries have their way of doing things. Businesses have a way of doing things. People have a way of doing things. This “way” is the accepted way. Deviate from the accepted “way “and you risk being labeled a renegade, troublemaker or just a plain old nutcase. But what […]
  • Of course it is your company, but

    Neil Ducoff
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    As a leadership coach, the best way to gain insight into how a company is run is to talk to employees. They willingly share the good, the bad, and the ugly about the culture of the company, its structure and its leader. Because the purpose of venting is to clear the air, I always get […]
 
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  • A Better Way to Have a Difficult Conversation

    Jason Cortel
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    Counseling employees never gets easy. It is one of the most difficult and challenging things a manager will have to do. And, it is very necessary if you and your team are to succeed. How you deliver your message is important but it starts with your mindset. When you set out to deliver a difficult message do you feel like you are hurting the person? Do you feel it is unfair? Are you worried about demotivating them? Thinking this way prior to counseling an employee will make it harder to have the conversation and will also cause the conversation to be less than helpful. A manager’s job is to…
  • Add These Tips from Grandma to Your Leadership Tool Kit

    Jason Cortel
    30 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    There is a lot to be learned from the way “things used to be”. Here are valuable lessons to add to your leadership tool kit that your Grandma tried to teach you. Do a little bit each day Don’t be overwhelmed with all the things that need done. Tackle a little bit each day to help you from getting behind. A place for everything and everything in its place Stay organized to stay on top of things. Sure they say a messy desk is a sign of brilliance but most people are uncomfortable in a messy environment. Always be on time or better be early Being punctual is a sign of respect for the…
  • Tuesday Tip: Start the Day with Clarity

    Jason Cortel
    26 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    Nothing has a bigger pay off than when you spend time getting clear about what needs done. Spending time upfront to clarify the goals, strategies and objectives will increase understanding and quickly result in a focused effort. When things aren’t clear people tend to gravitate towards the things that are and these things usually won’t be what is needed to meet your goals. When people lack clarity they will fill in the blanks on their own and usually do so with a more negative perception. Don’t leave people up to their own devices when it comes to understanding what needs done. Give…
  • Tuesday Tip: A Farmers Work Ethic

    Jason Cortel
    19 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    Farmers have a strong work ethic. Rarely will you see anyone on a farm slacking, procrastinating, complaining or carelessly completing a task. How can you instill a farmer’s work ethic in your employees? Work must be valued You need to get your own attitude in the right place about all of the tasks that your employees are responsible for. Even the most mundane tasks need to be viewed as necessary and important to the continued operation of the business. When they see that you value every task they are responsible for they begin to accept having to do them and they do so with skill and take…
  • Tuesday Tip: 8 Things Smart Leaders Have Given Up

    Jason Cortel
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    Success can be based on a number of factors. Most often we are told what we need to be successful when it reality it is what we need to give up. My list of 8 things smart leaders have given up to be successful in life and work. 1) Fear While fear can help us stay out of trouble it can also prevent us from accomplishing the great things in life. Everyone feels fear when faced with the unknown or something new. To be successful you have to project confidence and take action despite your feelings of fear. 2) I’m not good enough You are where you are today because you earned it, not by some…
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  • How To Find More Rest, Create Better Relationships & Get More Done

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Take vacations more often. As I am writing this I am also planning a vacation in the fall with Jasmine. Taking vacations regularly is something we have failed to do often in the past, but we believe that vacationing is a great way to rejuvenate, see the world, and spark creativity. Vacationing moves you out of your daily routine and allows for enjoyment in the rest that comes from spending more downtime away from home. I understand if you haven’t vacationed much in the past. I mean, if you work for a company in the United States, you get the least amount of paid vacation in the…
  • Why You Need A Creative Space – Ryan Bonaparte

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
      Whether you write, paint, build, or plan, we’ve all had great ideas but no way to bring them to fruition. Maybe we’re lacking in skills. Maybe we don’t have the proper tools. Or maybe we don’t have anywhere to actually do what we need to do. Here’s where a dedicated creative space comes in. It’s in this creative space that we can do our best work, get what we need done, and truly flourish as creatives. This space can be something personal, in a spare room, or even just a nook in the corner of the living room. One of my favorite entrepreneurs, Pat…
  • Focus on the Value of Social Networks – Kirby Ingles

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
      Previously we talked about bringing email back in line to improve concentration, and this week leads us to social networks. I would love to know the progress you are making in your journey to living a more productive life. Please leave a comment about your progress or email me at kirbyingles@gmail.com. If you are still struggling a little bit, revisit these great articles for more advice on email control. 4 Ways to Make Sure Email is Not in Control The Secret of Email: The Golden Rule Two Minute Rule: Quick Way to Get Things Done The next biggest distraction in life after email is…
  • Social Media Marketing for Churches – Reade Milner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
      With all of the capabilities of social media, it isn’t just businesses and individuals that are enjoying its benefits. Yes, even your church can benefit from it, too! Growing Social Media Marketing for Churches Have you seen the social media pages of Gateway Church in Southlake, or Mars Hill in Seattle? This is how huge social media profiles of churches can grow. With regular postings of inspiring messages and announcements of ongoing church activities, it is suddenly easier to reach a larger audience than ever before. Church growth can also be in terms of the existing members of…
  • Big Fat Lie # 1: How To Say What You Don’t Mean – Erik Tyler

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
      I know you think you are a nice person and all, but the truth is that you are a liar. In fact, you’ve been lying all week long. Don’t feel too badly. So have I. And I’m here today in hopes of helping you become even better at it. GETTING STARTED Our language is actually brilliantly crafted to allow us – even force us – to lie in order to be clearly understood or to avoid offending others in everyday interactions.  Lying is actually one of the earmarks of a native or proficient speaker of many languages. Are you with me? No? Well, I’m talking here about idioms and…
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  • Just Wired That Way

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

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

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

    Paul Heagen
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Be. Do. Well. Good. I’ve been tumbling those four little words around in my mind for several years now, even using some combination of them as a whimsical email signature. It is becoming clearer to me that those four words – in the right combination and sequences – really capture the essence of what it takes to be an effective ... Read More The post Just Four Words appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • The Power of Question

    Paul Heagen
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Questions are so powerful. The right question, asked at the right time in the right way, without prejudice or presumption, can reveal riches. Statements push; questions pull. In leadership, there is a time to push, to make the case, to project ideas and information, but the more enduring element of leadership is to draw out ideas, to uncover the undiscovered. ... Read More The post The Power of Question appeared first on Defining Moments.
 
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  • Commencement

    Brian Dakin
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:29 am
    The month of June marks a number of annual events, including the end of the school year, and thousands of graduation ceremonies across the... 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.
  • Five Approaches to Correcting People Who Don’t Seem to Get It

    David Clarke
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:44 am
    Have you ever dealt with someone who didn’t seem to understand “how we do things around here”? They didn’t conform to the norms in... Author information David Clarke Dreamer, Encourager, Life-Changer, Believer at Pastor David Anthony Clarke, SR Flint, MI native, David Anthony Clarke, is a pastor, speaker, self-published author of two books, honorably discharged U.S. Marine, and wanna be blogger at pastorclarke.com David received an A.S. in Business (Barstow Community College), B.A. in Leadership, and M.S. in Organizational Performance (Bellevue University). Clarke’s e-newsletter,…
  • Four Ways To Have Fun At Work

    Barbara Nixon
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    Whenever I mention having fun at work, I’m often greeted by raised eyebrows and the odd comment like “Yeah, Right!” What is it about... Author information Barbara Nixon Management Development Trainer, Coach and Writer at Barbara Nixon Barbara Nixon is a passionate learning and development specialist who gets a real kick out of seeing people develop and grow. Barbara is Director of Synaptic Change – a UK based training consultancy that designs and delivers bespoke management development programmes, and then embeds the learning back into the workplace -which is something that she is…
  • Leading On Technology: Who Leads in the Flight of Drones?

    Dawn Kristy
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Introduction David McCullough‘s latest book, The Wright Brothers, is at the top of The New York Times Best Sellers List. As noted by Cal... Author information Dawn Kristy Dawn Kristy has a writer’s love of words and storytelling, an editor’s keen eye for details, a risk manager’s proactive caution and an advocate’s desire to help those in need whether in the for-profit or non-profit community. Dawn is an attorney licensed to practice law in NJ and PA with over 25 years work experience in law, insurance, reinsurance, business development, writing, editing, presenting, sales,…
  • WHAT!? 23 Questionable Things Leaders Say

    Chip Lutz
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:03 am
    I’ve worked for a lot of jack-holes who have said some pretty crazy stuff. I’m sure you have as well. I asked some of... Author information Chip Lutz President and Founder at Unconventional Leader, LLC Lieutenant Commander Chip Lutz, USN(Ret) works with leaders who want to lead better, get more done and leave a legacy. A retired Navy Officer, he has had two command tours and served as the Director of Security for Naval District Washington, DC during September 11th 2001 – where he was responsible for the safety and security of 25,000 people on 9 different Naval Installations in the…
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  • The Other Side of the Fence

    Takis Athanassiou
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    What do you think about fences! This is something I was thinking walking down the street and looking the fence around a deserted factory! It was a brilliant factory unit when it started to operate, but now it was abandoned. The technology and the economy have conspired to render it obsolete! But something has maintained its operation and signified a “do not trespass” warning. Its fence. And that remind me about the barriers and fences in your life. Either the existing ones or the ones existing only in your mind! A fence can make you think twice! Fences, blocking your way, stop…
  • 55 Content Creation Tools

    Takis Athanassiou
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:12 am
    In my line of work, I use many tools! I’m imaging that you also need various tools to do your work better and more efficiently! The usage of right tools for the tasks at hand is something that separates the professional from the amateur. But having the tools is not enough. You should have spent some time to use them in a proper way (i.e. a productive way!).  One major category of tools for today’s business is the content development tools! Content Development Today’s industry of infotainment, info product development, web content development, blogging, e-Learning,…
  • How to Boost Up Your Productivity

    Takis Athanassiou
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Productivity is an essential factor in today personal and professional life. It is important for everyone want to improve the conditions of his or her life. Furthermore, it is important for anyone wants to do more and make a difference! Productivity it is defined in different ways, by different people. But, in essence, it means to do the things you ought to do in a more efficient way. There are many ways and methods to help you boost up your productivity. Among them are included: MIT (Most Important Thing(s) Timeboxing Time Quilting GTD (in various forms and genres!) Covey’s approach…
  • Slow a Little Bit, to Move Forward

    Takis Athanassiou
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:22 am
    I was in a traffic jam in the morning, trying to find the best possible route to an appointment I had! Athens can be a difficult place to circulate sometimes, especially when the weather is not good (as was today). Anyway, I was in my car, looking in front of me the traffic lights and a terrible bottleneck! The cars were at a halt while nothing moving around and no one could do anything, but waiting! But waiting, actually, was the solution, because after just two successions of the traffic lights, what originally seems impossible was actually solvable! In traffic as in business, you should…
  • 5 Hard To Ignore Pros of Youth Leadership Summer Programs

    Jessica Barden
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Jessica Barden is an experienced education consultant! She writes about leadership and education. Her today topic is: “5 Hard To Ignore Pros of Youth Leadership Summer Programs“. Summer is the best time for young professionals as well as students to eliminate academic stress and develop leadership skills to bring positive changes. Energetic and fun-filled summer activities not only help teenagers to discover their potential but also empower them to boost their confidence, motivation, knowledge and skills. Unfortunately, many teenagers are unaware about the pros of leadership…
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    15Five

  • How To Prevent Your Employees From Experiencing Creative Burnout

    David Mizne
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:43 am
    How can a manager predict the lifecycle of a creative hire? What can be done to keep creativity flowing on the team every day? Creatives often burn out. They can even go over a cliff from which there is no return, negating the relevance of past performance that managers relied upon during the hiring process. The Star Wars movie franchise is the perfect example of creative burnout. The original film is still considered by many to be the greatest science-fiction movie of all time. A young and hungry George Lucas wrote the script, directed it, and his team repeatedly created technologies that…
  • Why Employee Performance Reviews Are So Destructive (Infographic)

    David Mizne
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Yearly employee performance reviews do more harm than good, and that’s putting it politely. Just check out this NPR interview with UCLA management professor Samuel Culbert entitled, Behold the Entrenched and Reviled Annual Review.  Managers hate reviews because they have to scramble to pull together what little information they have about employee performance over the previous 12 months. Employees hate them because they are usually tied to compensation and promotion. That means stress leading up to the meeting and often disappointment afterwards. We would love to see this archaic…
  • Why We Integrated With Slack (And You Should Too)

    David Mizne
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    “I just slacked you that file.” Only two years ago that statement would have been nonsense. Now phrases just like it are typed or uttered millions of times each day, including by every member of our team. Arguably the greatest team collaboration app of all time, Slack integrates with a large number of third-party services and supports community-built integrations. Some of these include Google Drive, Dropbox, Github and now…15Five. This is the story of our relationship with Slack and how integrating with them is supporting our vision to strengthen company cultures through transparent…
  • Email Habits: How To Use Psychology To Regain Control

    Nir Eyal
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” I don’t usually write about personal and revealing matters, but recently I’ve noticed something I don’t like about myself–I check email too often. This confession doesn’t come easily, because, ironically, I am the author of a book titled, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. It is a guidebook for designing technology people can’t put down. There’s just one problem–I can’t put…
  • The Awesome Responsibility of Leadership: An Interview With Simon Sinek

    David Hassell
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Simon Sinek is a world renowned speaker and the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Simon has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action. Simon is also a trusted advisor who is helping us create the space for people to become their greatest selves, and inspire others to do the same by improving internal communication and performance management. In our second…
 
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    Scott K. Wilson

  • 4 Tips for Training Your Employees to Think Like a CEO

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

    Scott Wilson
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Peter Drucker famously once said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The point he was making was that culture is probably one of the most important ingredients of success and that strategy alone won’t cut it. I agree with the concept, although maybe not as strongly at Peter Drucker’s statement implies. Both culture and strategy are required but I do agree that organizations with a strong and vibrant culture that supports and drives strategy will win out every time. Both culture and strategy are needed for organizations to succeed over the long haul.Click To Tweet…
  • Leaders Inspire Shared Purpose

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

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

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

  • Ultimate Multitasking: My Take on the Walking Desk

    Jesse Lahey
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:53 pm
    I have used a standing desk since 2008. This week, I added a small treadmill to my setup, thus stepping up to a walking desk. I first began seriously considering a walking desk (also known as a treadmill desk) in 2013 after reading EAT MOVE SLEEP and interviewing the author, Tom Rath. In the summer […]
  • 115: The 4 Lenses of Innovation: Powering Your Team’s Creative Thinking | with Rowan Gibson

    Joe Sherwood
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    You and everyone on your team has an “inner innovator,” a creative potential inside that can be unleashed and harnessed. With the right tools and a little practice, you and your team can improve your creative thinking skills. What’s more, you can build an embedded capability for innovation that engages everyone at your organization and […]
  • 6-Pack: Top Episodes from Engaging Leader

    Tom Hitchcock
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    Here’s a sampling of some of our most popular podcast episodes … packaged up for your summertime listening pleasure to help you communicate, engage, and lead with greater impact! Becoming the Boss: New Rules for Gen Y Leaders | with Lindsey Pollak 5 Principles for Communicating Strategically | with Helio Fred Garcia How to Develop Executive Presence […]
  • WHE24: Benefits Engagement through Gamification | with Dr. Ann Clark and Erin Krehbiel of ACI/MacroLife

    Joe Sherwood
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Back in episode 14, we talked about the six drivers of behavioral engagement. One driver is Structural Ability; in other words, make it easy for people to take the recommended actions that will improve their physical or financial health. Another of the six drivers is Personal Motivation; make it what they want to do. Gamification […]
  • 114: How Wellbeing Boosts Employee Engagement and Profitability | with Doug Stover from Gallup

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    According to The Gallup Organization, when companies add a well-being focus to their engagement efforts, it has an accelerating effect. Focusing on employee engagement and employee well-being together helps companies maximize productivity. Today we’ll discuss how your organization can improve your culture, employee engagement, and the bottom-line by taking a whole-person approach that allows employees […]
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    ReadyToManage

  • Best 50 Leadership Blog Sites in 2015

    Dr. Jon Warner
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:50 am
    Welcome to the annual update on the 50 Best/Top leadership blogs on the web as of July 2015. This is our fourth year of putting this list together. As readers will see, once again, this list has changed quite markedly in just a 12 month period. These significant changes result from a number of factors including: Alexa rankings of individual blogs have changed considerably. As in previous years, this mainly arises not only because of the time invested by individual blog authors in the last year but because many more web sites and blogs have been launched (and Alexa estimates that there are…
  • What’s a Winning “Attitude” in Business?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The word “attitude” is defined in the dictionary as “a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.” In other words, it is a prevailing view that a person holds towards people and perhaps life in general and can be either positive or negative (and both in specific or general terms). To have a “winning” attitude then is to see people and business life in a very optimistic way and to stay focused on what author John Assaraf calls “our most positive thoughts” in order to start the process of bringing…
  • Managing in a Crisis – Denial, Discovery, Diagnosis, Development

    Dr. Jon Warner
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:22 am
    No leader in any organization wants to be in a crisis situation but this may nonetheless happen from time to time and it is therefore wise to think about how this might be handled when the situation arises. And “crisis” as we use it here is a relative term covering not only personal crises and relatively short term and/or minor ones, but also refers to a crisis that might affect multiple people and/or have a deep and lasting impact. Hence, in these circumstances it could be a loss of a major customer, a major financial problem or a significant accident affecting one or more people at work…
  • How Much Attention Should We Pay to Cultural Differences Between People?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:37 am
    It’s not a new concept that leaders in business should pay more attention to particular differences among people from other cultures, or to what is often generally called cultural diversity. However, in an increasingly Internet connected world and one in which there is now so much international job mobility this may require even more attention, and may trump other diversity factors such as age or gender (although these factors are important and should be taken into account too). Cultural differences expert author and INSEAD business school professor Erin Meyer’s book called “The Culture…
  • Insight, Intuition and Imagination in Business

    Dr. Jon Warner
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:26 am
    Many organizational leaders, including many publicly known ones, have touted the benefits of new insights, intuition and greater imagination to achieve their success, but these concepts are often not widely understood let alone applied. In this brief article we therefore want to explain how these three “mental functions” are individually different in emphasis while also being complementary to one another. In addition, we’ll look at how these concepts can be practically promoted and applied in any business, large or small. Business Insight At the most simple level business insight arises…
 
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    Coaching for Leaders

  • 4 Great Combinations

    Dave Stachowiak
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    You’ve spread peanut butter on one slice of bread and it’s decision time. What goes on the other slice? Jelly? Definitely. Bananas? Maybe. Pepperoni? Sometimes. Peanut butter alone? Never. Don’t ever be left alone with just peanut butter. Some things are better in partnership. In this leadership guide, how great combinations can make everything better. Paul Shaffer and David Letterman I was listening to a recent episode of the StartUp podcast and the episode topic highlighted a major issue in the startup world: founders aren’t always comfortable being the #2 person in a company.
  • Your Attitude Drives Performance

    Dave Stachowiak
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    I bet you know brilliant people with attitudes that make Oscar the Grouch look like a motivator speaker. You also know people with average intelligence, but great attitudes. Time and again, I notice that attitude is the biggest difference maker in real performance. In this leadership guide, how your attitude can drive results. That Aunt in Peoria At the beginning stages of developing a skill, many of us set a doable metric that will help us get better. Want to write better? Write 10 minutes a day. Want to know your field better? Read an industry publication weekly. Cal Newport says that’s…
  • Stopping

    Dave Stachowiak
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    The end of June nears. In a lot of places, vacation season is starting. Time for traveling, relaxing… Stopping. In today’s guide, considerations for how and why to stop and rest. The Inbox Filleth There are a few principles I picked up in my high school physics class: Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Objects at rest tend to stay at rest. Your inbox refills at the speed you empty it. OK, that last one wasn’t high school (just every day since). The mere act of quickly emptying an email inbox causes everyone to write back. Handling work more efficiently often means that more work…
  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Behaviors

    Dave Stachowiak
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:50 pm
    On Monday’s how, I welcomed Marshall Goldsmith, author of 35 books and one of the top coaches in the world. He just released his newest book Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts — Becoming the Person You Want to Be*. As I expected, there’s still a lot to say after this week’s episode. This leadership guide highlights three of his strategies to improve your behaviors and takes you behind the scenes on my thoughts during the interview. Be Like a Hollywood Celebrity Monday evening I was at a meeting in a Los Angeles office building with a great view of the Hollywood sign. It got me to…
  • 4 Small Changes to Lead a Bit Better

    Dave Stachowiak
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:35 am
    When stuck in the line at the grocery store, I’m amused and occasionally horrified. Headlines like, “Lose 20 Pounds This Month in Just Minutes a Day!” or “Aliens spotted in California!” adorn the tabloid and diet magazines. I can’t help but glance, just for giggles. And then, occasionally, someone standing next to me to me will grab a copy and throw it into their shopping bag (that’s the horrifying part). These publications cater to the worst in us: a promise that things we believe to be false could, possibly, maybe, just for us…be true. All we need is a few minutes and a few…
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    Tom Talks

  • Summer Training Discounts with Intertech

    Tom Salonek
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:34 am
    If you work in software development, you can advance your career this Summer by taking advantage of discounted rates on some of Intertech’s most popular dev classes. Through September 2015, earn up to a $500 Amazon Gift Card* or up to $500 off the price of each class registration for any Intertech training class*. Class [...]The post Summer Training Discounts with Intertech appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Intertech for 11th Time Makes Business Journal Best Places to Work

    Tom Salonek
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    For the 11th time, Intertech was named one of the best places to work in Minnesota by The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.  My thanks to the Business Journal for supporting our local business community and to our solid customers and dedicated employees for making us possible. The Business Journal released names of the winners in [...]The post Intertech for 11th Time Makes Business Journal Best Places to Work appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • My Article “Beyond Nerf guns: how to create real employee engagement” Published in Upsize Magazine

    Tom Salonek
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:36 am
    My thanks to Upsize magazine for publishing my article “Beyond Nerf guns: how to create real employee engagement”  The post My Article “Beyond Nerf guns: how to create real employee engagement” Published in Upsize Magazine appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Intertech Awards Scholarship to Stanford Student

    Tom Salonek
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:53 am
    The Intertech Foundation has announced the recipient of its STEM scholarship.  The scholarship is $2,500 and we recently awarded it to an impressive high school senior named Annina Hanlon. Annina lives in California and she plans to study at Stanford beginning this fall. If anyone can find a way to combine science/technology with a noble [...]The post Intertech Awards Scholarship to Stanford Student appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Can Business Save the World? The CSR Benefits

    Tom Salonek
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:20 am
    If you’ve been following my current series of posts about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), you know I’m ready to share some of the benefits of engaging in CSR. These findings are from a survey of 142 business people representing a diverse range of industries: manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, extractive minerals, financial services, media, telecommunications and [...]The post Can Business Save the World? The CSR Benefits appeared first on Tom Talks.
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    Millennial CEO

  • #SMACTalk Episode # 32 – Employee Advocacy: You Have a Branding Problem!

    Daniel Newman
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    What is employee advocacy? Is it social employees or perhaps employee engagement? And what should brands and companies be doing with employee advocacy? A lot of leaders wonder what employee advocacy is and employees ask themselves, “Who am I advocating for?” Often the response to discussions and events around employee advocacy is fractional compared to other topics like social selling. For instance, Brian were part of a Social Selling Summit and the response was tremendous because the topic is widely understood. On the other hand, we have an employee advocacy webinar coming up with…
  • How Millennials Are Reshaping Work

    Shelly Kramer
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Further confirmation, if it were needed, that the millennial generation is dramatically reshaping the world of work has emerged from a recent report. This time though, the global nature of the research has not only reinforced many of the most common assumptions about millennials and work, but has also revealed that in some parts of the world differing opinions hold sway. The “Millennials: Understanding a Misunderstood Generation Report,” the first of what will become an annual survey, was commissioned by INSEAD’s Emerging Markets Institute, Universum, and the HEAD Foundation. Writing…
  • Millennial Think Tank: The Remote Workforce

    Amy Tobin
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week’s Millennial Think Tank focused on the remote workforce, or ‘telecommuting,’ as it’s commonly called. The past 15 years ushered in a transformation in work flexibility and remote working, made possible by the impact of technology and the internet. Joining our panel this week were: Samantha Estoesta, a young Millennial working in Public Interest Research and a published poet Albert Qian, a young Millennial working in Tech Kelsey Pollack, a mid-Millennial working in Academia Samantha Estoesta, a young Millennial working in Public Interest Research and…
  • Millennials Care More about Workplace Culture Than You Can Imagine

    Andrew Heikkila
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    In May, Business Insider published an article titled “Millennials Want to Work at Google”, which, from many Millennials that actively read the publication, was met with: “tell me something I don’t know.” Google is one of the companies that is helping redefine not only the face of the tech industry, but the face of industry in general. Indeed, the odd company culture provided the comedic subject matter of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s The Internship, specifically Google’s “odd” wearable tech, the bikes the company provides to workers, and the campus-style set up of the…
  • Are we considering mobile security when developing a mobile strategy?

    Daniel Newman
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Enterprises large and small are going mobile. In fact, with BYOD (bring your own device), a wide range of mobile devices are making their way into businesses, and employees are exposing companies to security issues through shadow IT, the cloud, and the app economy, with or without their knowledge. A new study by eBay shows that one in every four online SMBs will adopt a mobile strategy in 2015. Many businesses are now looking to get a grip on mobile and take back control of the tools and tech being deployed inside as well as outside of the company. Yet they’re all facing the same…
 
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    People First

  • 5 Ways Leaders Can Open Up and Engage Employees

    Deb Calvert
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I know a well-intentioned leader who doesn’t have dedicated followers. He has the executive title. He has the education, experience, intelligence and strategic abilities to do the job. But he doesn’t have a following. What’s keeping him afloat is his titular authority, the company’s reputation, and leaders at other levels who engage employees more effectively. […]
  • In Selling, Who Should You Challenge?

    Deb Calvert
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is part one in a 5-part series about challenging as a part of selling. We’ll talk later in the series about challenging buyers. First, let’s talk about the most important person you need to challenge if you are to be successful in sales. (No, it’s not your sales manager.) The most important person to […]
  • The Worst Mistake You Can Make as a Leader Is…

    Deb Calvert
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    Throughout the month, the CONNECT2Lead Blog has focused on mistakes leaders make. You can find articles from the series here. In this post, we’re going to narrow it down to the single worst mistake a leader can make. Surprisingly, a lot of leaders make this mistake every day. Our workplace vernacular may be to blame. That’s because we use the […]
  • 5 Ways You Can Quickly Derail a Sale

    Deb Calvert
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Over the past month, the CONNECT2Sell blog has focused on how and why to inspire your buyers. As we wrap up this series, consider the opposites of inspiring… If you are not inspiring your buyers, chances are that you’re making one of these five mistakes that derail sales. The antonyms of inspire include bore, deaden, depress, discourage, dissuade, […]
  • Five Ways Leaders Get in Their Own Way

    Deb Calvert
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:10 am
    Maybe you’ve seen this happen. Maybe it’s happened to you. A rising star flames out and can’t seem to make a comeback. He or she doesn’t understand what’s gone wrong and feels helpless to course correct. It happens to a lot of highly intelligent, talented people. It happens to leaders who show potential. It happens […]
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    Thin Difference

  • Work Without Bosses, Meetings, or Offices

    Guest
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Guest Post by Cristian Rennella When we launch a new project, we are hardly focused on the organizational structure that we will form in the future. First there is a long list of pressing challenges, from laying out a plan for obtaining new clients and sustained monthly growth to developing a strategy to create new avenues for investing. Nevertheless, these first steps taken will be the foundation which will forever define our structure and more importantly, our work environment. The earlier we make these decisions, the better the results will be. What if we could work without bosses,…
  • Influence: Giving and Leading Across Generations

    Jon Mertz
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    Last week, the research group Achieve, sponsored by the Case Foundation, released the 2015 Millennial Impact Report. This report is one in a series and always delivers essential insights about the emerging generosity of Millennials, the largest generation. Millennials, Statistics, and Giving Within the 2015 Millennial Impact Report, there are many statistics and information to explore. As I read through the report, highlighted below are some statistics to think about as it relates to Millennials, giving, and influence. Giving time and money 84% of Millennial employees made a charitable…
  • MCON: Millennial Influence Rising, A Legacy to Leverage

    Jon Mertz
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    On this Saturday morning, many thoughts stream through my mind like a mediocre movie with a solid theme. Thoughts are somewhat random yet connected by an emerging theme of strength in social good. The characters escalating this theme are Millennials, joining with individuals who are older yet have the youthful desire to always make a difference. MCON Stage The stage was set at MCON. Influence is the verb woven through art, media, business, and place. In action come questions: Who is influencing a better way forward? What is being done differently to drive bigger impact? Where are the good…
  • Avoiding Complacency, Embracing Leadership

    Heidi Oran
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:32 am
    I don’t know about you, but every morning when I scan the trends on Facebook and read snippets of news, or click on a trending hashtag on Twitter, I feel overwhelmed. The recent act of terrorism in Charleston, South Carolina, has been yet another reminder that we have much work to do. We have barriers to break. We have belief systems to purge. We have a fight for justice to push for. There has never been a more important time for the leader in all of us to emerge and step forward. If we don’t, our legacy could be that of complacency. How would you like to be remembered as a member…
  • How Millennials Are Changing the Way We Work

    Molly Page
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    There’s little doubt that the current Millennial invasion will continue to shake up workplaces across the United States. But how will this generation impact and improve the way we work? Who better to answer that question than Millennial HR professional, Joe Hill? Joe explains, “I got interested in HR while traveling after high school. I was in a leadership program and found that extracting human potential was a passion of mine. HR seemed a natural fit for me.” Joe is currently working in HR at SanDisk and was kind enough to answer a few questions about his generation and how he sees…
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    TalentCulture

  • #SHRM15: The Marcus Buckingham Interview

    Kevin W. Grossman
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    We sat around a plain round table in a non-descript room marked N215 in the Las Vegas Convention Center during the second day of the SHRM 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition. We sat next to each other while three other team members listened in and caught up on work. About 20 minutes in, he used the word “doolally.” “No one goes, ‘Oh that’s a crazy piece of HR doolally.’ Everyone goes, ‘Yeah, that.’ That’s real world.” “What’s a doolally?” I asked. “I have no idea,” he said. He smiled and shrugged. “I like that. There you go.” “Rubbish, I…
  • Company Culture: For Those About To Rock

    Jim Knight
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Most companies ignore organizational culture. It’s not important to them. Business leaders have been conditioned to focus exclusively on strategy and operations, all the while hoping that a strong culture will eventually be developed once they attain success. This mindset it totally understandable… and completely wrong! Focusing exclusively on tactical nuts and bolts will keep the company from ever achieving cultural nirvana – and companies that succumb to this small-time thinking will continue to wallow around in a malaise, constantly pushing the program or strategy-of-the-day to…
  • Silicon Valley Employment Benefits To Inspire Even The SMBs

    Will Bridges
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Silicon Valley is home to some of the world’s most successful tech businesses, all offering bigger and better perks than most of us could dream of. While their massive budgets might stretch to millions and helicopter rides with the CEO are par for the course, there’s also a lot to learn from some of the benefits they offer. In fact many of the employee benefits offered by the companies housed in the infamous Silicon Valley don’t have to break the bank, and even the smallest business can take learn from and use them. Fun And Games While large companies like Zynga offer employees access…
  • #TChat Preview: How To Create A Culture That Rocks

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:06 pm
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015, at 1-2 pm ET (10-11 am PT). Last week, live from #SHRM15, we discussed the brilliant HR profession of today and tomorrow. This week we’re going to talk about how to create a company culture that rocks. Because for those company cultures about to rock, we’ll not only salute you, we’ll work for you and evangelize for you. Of course that’s a reference to a classic rock song, but it’s a mantra that continues to ring true when it comes to workplace culture today. Great “bands” and brands focus on culture…
  • #TChat Recap: Live From #SHRM15: The Brilliant HR Profession Of Today And Tomorrow

    Meghan M. Biro
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    This week the TalentCulture #TChat Show was live from the 2015 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas – where we discussed the brilliant HR profession of today and tomorrow. The special show included three awesome guests: Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Executive Director of HR at LaRosa’s, Inc., Chanel Jackson, HR Business Partner at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. and Callie Zipple, PHR, HR Rewards Analyst at Zebra Technologies. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), HR professionals are feeling more confident about the job security and growth…
 
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    Leadership XL | Leadership XL

  • A Better Way to Have a Difficult Conversation

    Jason Cortel
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    Counseling employees never gets easy. It is one of the most difficult and challenging things a manager will have to do. And, it is very necessary if you and your team are to succeed. How you deliver your message is important but it starts with your mindset. When you set out to deliver a difficult message do you feel like you are hurting the person? Do you feel it is unfair? Are you worried about demotivating them? Thinking this way prior to counseling an employee will make it harder to have the conversation and will also cause the conversation to be less than helpful. A manager’s job is to…
  • Add These Tips from Grandma to Your Leadership Tool Kit

    Jason Cortel
    30 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    There is a lot to be learned from the way “things used to be”. Here are valuable lessons to add to your leadership tool kit that your Grandma tried to teach you. Do a little bit each day Don’t be overwhelmed with all the things that need done. Tackle a little bit each day to help you from getting behind. A place for everything and everything in its place Stay organized to stay on top of things. Sure they say a messy desk is a sign of brilliance but most people are uncomfortable in a messy environment. Always be on time or better be early Being punctual is a sign of respect for the…
  • Tuesday Tip: Start the Day with Clarity

    Jason Cortel
    26 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    Nothing has a bigger pay off than when you spend time getting clear about what needs done. Spending time upfront to clarify the goals, strategies and objectives will increase understanding and quickly result in a focused effort. When things aren’t clear people tend to gravitate towards the things that are and these things usually won’t be what is needed to meet your goals. When people lack clarity they will fill in the blanks on their own and usually do so with a more negative perception. Don’t leave people up to their own devices when it comes to understanding what needs done. Give…
  • Tuesday Tip: A Farmers Work Ethic

    Jason Cortel
    19 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    Farmers have a strong work ethic. Rarely will you see anyone on a farm slacking, procrastinating, complaining or carelessly completing a task. How can you instill a farmer’s work ethic in your employees? Work must be valued You need to get your own attitude in the right place about all of the tasks that your employees are responsible for. Even the most mundane tasks need to be viewed as necessary and important to the continued operation of the business. When they see that you value every task they are responsible for they begin to accept having to do them and they do so with skill and take…
  • Tuesday Tip: 8 Things Smart Leaders Have Given Up

    Jason Cortel
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    Success can be based on a number of factors. Most often we are told what we need to be successful when it reality it is what we need to give up. My list of 8 things smart leaders have given up to be successful in life and work. 1) Fear While fear can help us stay out of trouble it can also prevent us from accomplishing the great things in life. Everyone feels fear when faced with the unknown or something new. To be successful you have to project confidence and take action despite your feelings of fear. 2) I’m not good enough You are where you are today because you earned it, not by some…
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    Insight Experience

  • Golfing with Two Clubs?

    Jamie Hayman
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Making business decisions purely based on the numbers and economics is not that difficult. It’s when you add the human factor that business decisions become exponentially more challenging and nuanced.  When I explain what Insight Experience does, I almost always end up making this point. I recently attended a conference with senior Learning, Talent and HR executives where I engaged in this discussion at least two dozen times. Leaders need to learn how to work through people and make confident decisions that balance the economics and the human factor—and it’s the human factor that’s…
  • Lessons from the Field: Strategic Thinking as Markets Evolve

    Pamela Roller
    27 May 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Markets and customers are rapidly evolving in the financial services industry. With a business imperative to stay relevant and competitive, leaders are challenged to make day-to-day decisions that will align with the strategy and drive business results. A clear strategy doesn’t mean an inflexible one. Quite the opposite. Clarity enhances flexibility – a concept that is counter-intuitive and yet easily understood after experience and reflection. Recent global participants from a Fortune 100 financial services company shared their insights about strategic thinking in their roles after…
  • Business Simulations Transcend the “World’s Dumbest Idea”

    Laurel Tyler
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    A growing chorus of business leaders is questioning the singular notion of maximizing shareholder value.  In a recent Forbes article, Jack Welsh and Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce, both label it the “World’s Dumbest Idea”. Neither of these CEOs think shareholder value is unimportant, but without using the label they advocate a more Balanced Leadership approach.   Marc Benoiff in an essay in the Huffington Post calls for maximizing stakeholder value while Jack Welsh says, “Shareholder value is an outcome—not a strategy.” One of the reasons our complex business…
  • Real Life Data: Successful Leaders Take Time to Plan

    Amanda Young Hickman
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:23 pm
    How do successful leaders do it?  It’s the question we all ask.  We all want to tap into their lessons and shamelessly steal their best practices.  We study how great leaders in history have thought and talked.  We read case studies and pore over profile articles in magazines and blogs like this.  We look for clues. Inc. magazine inadvertently offered up a practical, important insight: Successful leaders intentionally take time to plan and reflect.  Several recent blog posts chronicled how current leaders in Silicon Valley start work on Monday morning.  (The first post focused on…
  • The 8 Predictable Pitfalls of Executing Strategy

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

    Jason Cortel
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Counseling employees never gets easy. It is one of the most difficult and challenging things a manager will have to do. And, it is very necessary if you and your team are to succeed. How you deliver your message is important but it starts with your mindset. When you set out to deliver a difficult message do you feel like you are hurting the person? Do you feel it is unfair? Are you worried about demotivating them? Thinking this way prior to counseling an employee will make it harder to have the conversation and will also cause the conversation to be less than helpful. A manager’s job is to…
  • Add These Tips from Grandma to Your Leadership Tool Kit

    Jason Cortel
    30 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    There is a lot to be learned from the way “things used to be”. Here are valuable lessons to add to your leadership tool kit that your Grandma tried to teach you. Do a little bit each day Don’t be overwhelmed with all the things that need done. Tackle a little bit each day to help you from getting behind. A place for everything and everything in its place Stay organized to stay on top of things. Sure they say a messy desk is a sign of brilliance but most people are uncomfortable in a messy environment. Always be on time or better be early Being punctual is a sign of respect for the…
  • Tuesday Tip: Start the Day with Clarity

    Jason Cortel
    26 May 2015 | 3:13 am
    Nothing has a bigger pay off than when you spend time getting clear about what needs done. Spending time upfront to clarify the goals, strategies and objectives will increase understanding and quickly result in a focused effort. When things aren’t clear people tend to gravitate towards the things that are and these things usually won’t be what is needed to meet your goals. When people lack clarity they will fill in the blanks on their own and usually do so with a more negative perception. Don’t leave people up to their own devices when it comes to understanding what needs done. Give…
  • 3 Ways a Leader’s Attitude Impacts the Team

    Jason Cortel
    22 May 2015 | 3:34 am
    Everyone struggles with keeping their attitude positive, even people in leadership roles. The pressure of leadership, personal issues, and life in general will impact your mood, energy and attitude. And, attitude matters more than you probably realize. When left unchecked your attitude can damage your team. Without saying a word your attitude permeates from your skin. Even when you think you are hiding it and that no one sees they often do. Here are 3 ways a leader’s attitude impacts the team. Your attitude sets their attitude Attitude is contagious especially when you are in a…
  • Tuesday Tip: A Farmers Work Ethic

    Jason Cortel
    19 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    Farmers have a strong work ethic. Rarely will you see anyone on a farm slacking, procrastinating, complaining or carelessly completing a task. How can you instill a farmer’s work ethic in your employees? Work must be valued You need to get your own attitude in the right place about all of the tasks that your employees are responsible for. Even the most mundane tasks need to be viewed as necessary and important to the continued operation of the business. When they see that you value every task they are responsible for they begin to accept having to do them and they do so with skill and take…
 
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  • 10 Growth Roadblocks to Overcome for Small Business Leaders

    Ron
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    I have spent the last few weeks talking about soft skills, now we will see how some of those can be used by the entrepreneur. In today’s business world the small – medium privately held business faces a number of … Continue reading → The post 10 Growth Roadblocks to Overcome for Small Business Leaders appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Barriers to Growing Soft Skills

    Ron
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    This is a list of “Soft” Skills compiled by Dorothy Dalton, in September, 2013 regarding a ranking of soft skills needed for success. Not much has changed in the last 2 years. I believe this also means that the barriers … Continue reading → The post Barriers to Growing Soft Skills appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Understanding Soft Skills for Your Career

    Ron
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today, I want to discuss one of the personal sides of soft skills and how they can affect your career path. There are some careers where soft skills are not as important as hard skills so each person really needs … Continue reading → The post Understanding Soft Skills for Your Career appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Are Soft Skills Over-rated?

    Ron
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    Today, we are seeing a tremendous amount being written and taught on Soft Skills in the business and social arena. Many are saying this topic is over rated and just a buzz word. but I beg to differ. Many of … Continue reading → The post Are Soft Skills Over-rated? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Soft Skills, Manners, Etiquette in 2015, Part 2

    Ron
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:51 am
    I am currently reading Marshall Goldsmith’s most recent book entitled “Triggers, Creating Behavior that Lasts” and he starts the discussion with two truths that will come to play when we try to affect change in any of the areas of … Continue reading → The post Soft Skills, Manners, Etiquette in 2015, Part 2 appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
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  • 5 Fun Employee Benefits Big Companies Offer and You Can Too

    Paul Keijzer
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We all know how there’s so much more than money that motivates employees. Of course not all companies can afford or are as forward thinking as others out there. Then there’s great pressure from the societies that we operate in on what’s acceptable and what’s not. That said, there are some fun benefits that don’t cost organizations an arm and a leg, are pretty easy to implement and can easily be modified for company’s operating in frontier markets. Unique #Employee Benefits: Luggage Party, Play Time, and Grooming BudgetsClick To Tweet – Powered…
  • The Reality of Managing Different Cultures at Work

    Paul Keijzer
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:52 pm
    It’s been 18 years since I left my hometown in the Netherlands to work on the other side of the world. Shanghai was my first stop at the end of the 90s and of course the cultural differences couldn’t have been bigger. In China, disagreements were in the details – which was different than what I was used to. Since then my exposure to work and live in Vietnam, Singapore, Pakistan, U.A.E. and almost every country in between (including a couple of stints in Africa) have given me wonderful exposures to the way of working in different countries and cultures. Before I highlight…
  • How to Fight Brain Drain in Asia

    Paul Keijzer
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Stop brain drain in Asia by creating a world class environment at organization level.Click To Tweet – Powered By CoSchedule The battle of fighting brain drain in Asia rages on and we’re all trying to find a plug that fits the drain in our industries. It’s no easy challenge to conquer because there are just so many factors out of our control such as improving standard of living, providing modern educational facilities and political and infrastructure stability. But there are a number of actions that you can take to fight brain drain at the company level. And of course,…
  • How to be a Successful CEO in Frontier Markets

    Paul Keijzer
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It takes an extremely unique personality to be a successful CEO in Frontier Markets. I’ve used these traits to be successful (at least in my view!). The thing is, Frontier Markets have unique set of  opportunities and risks that CEO’s need to appreciate as compared to developed regions. So, continuing in providing advice which I hope someone finds helpful, including advice to succeed for Hiring Managers, Talent Development Managers and Head of HR, I humbly offer my top 4 suggestions for CEO’s to succeed in Frontier Markets. 1. Be Adaptable First of all a leader in Frontier…
  • How To Take 4 Magic Steps To Become an Empowered Employee

    Paul Keijzer
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Employee engagement’s a favorite topic of mine. I don’t believe there’s any debate about it’s importance and the direct relationship it has to the productivity of a company. Today I’d like to discuss what I think is the core of a successful employee engagement program: Empowered Employees. According to Business Dictionary, Employee Empowerment is: A management practice of sharing information, rewards, and power with employees so that they can take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve service and performance. But just like an employee…
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  • Visit to a Garden on top the Mountains

    cjohnstonjax
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    For someone from Florida the hills of Tennessee can seem to be mountains. A little over a week I journeyed to Tennessee to a highly anticipated conference. Rather than driving many hours straight there I decided we would take our time along the way. Sometimes it is the journey more than the destination you know. After spending the night in Perry, GA for my cousins' wedding we headed north to Tennessee. Only a few hours away I had found a place on top of Lookout Mountain to stay. Sight unseen beyond their website, I was nervous to find a bed and breakfast on the mountainside. White knuckled I…
  • When will Freedom Ring Again?

    cjohnstonjax
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    I, like many of you are confused by the state of our country as we prepare to celebrate our freedom. In less than a month Old Glory seems to have begun tearing at the seams. Black churches are burning, shootings on our homeland are taking more lives than war, and decisions are being made with reckless abandon. After spending a week on vacation, rarely watching or reading the news, my heart weeps. People on social media have taken sides, sides many probably don't understand. The White House declared victory with a light show of pride. Will their pride still show and light up with red, white…
  • Why We Love Ships (And You Should, Too!)

    cjohnstonjax
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:21 am
    The face that launched a thousand ships had nothing on those that love ships in Franklin. TN. Everyone loves maritime themes right? Well besides those that get sea sick or are scared of the water. Ship wheel with a blank editable center area boat and ship steering wheel as a nautical control design element and symbol of direction and guidance by a boating captain or director on a yacht or ocean water vessel leading the vessel to safe waters, love ships This past weekend I personally found out the difference between dipping your toe in the water and launching out into the wild blue yonder.
  • Black, White and a Touch of Pray

    cjohnstonjax
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    When will all the hate stop and the praying for healing begin? It seems like every day in every city in America there is tragedy as the breaking headline. Our country has become so racially divided that there seems to no longer be any gray. Media outlets and now even your home based bloggers take to the internet to sensationalize a hurting nation. We see headlines like "Charleston church shooting: Without gun control, racism will keep killing black people" and "Obama joins Twitter. Racism quickly follows." and even more ridiculous headlines than that. Now I don't want to be misunderstood, are…
  • Blessings are when Community Gathers

    cjohnstonjax
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    What does live music, hot dogs, blistering sun and church families coming together all have in common? Community. This past weekend we had the opportunity to hang out with some new brothers and sisters. We met some great people with fantastic hearts of service at FaithBridge Church on the other side of town. We witnessed the passion and true servants that the church had to offer. Not only that church but their neighboring church had recently come together to serve the community as one body. FaithBridge opened up the doors of the church and welcomed the community to join them in a free block…
 
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    Steve Farber: Extreme Leadership

  • This Could Be a Transformational 4 Days for You

    Steve
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    I know that sounds like hyperbole; I know a lot of people use the word “transformational” to describe their programs and events–so, I don’t use it lightly. But now that we’ve had several Extreme Leadership Certifications under our belt, I offer you this proposition in confidence: This could be a transformational 4 days for you. It really could. And I know this because it has been for many others who’ve come before. So, how do you determine if this Certification experience is right for you? Come over to the Certification page. Read the details, see the full…
  • Can You Bring Your Personal Talents and Passions to Work?

    Steve
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
      At a recent conference in Australia, I had the opportunity to raise the personal nature of my business another significant rung. For the last 25 years, my friends have been telling me to find some way to bring my passion for guitar, singing, and songwriting into my leadership work. But I’ve resisted. I didn’t want it to be a frivolous or gratuitous thing. But, my friend, David T.S. Wood, the man behind the Amplified Leadership Conference, insisted that I not only speak at his event, but that I play music, too. So, I did. And it was a remarkable experience that created an…
  • My Personal Facebook Business

    Steve
    4 Jun 2015 | 12:40 pm
    “It’s not personal; it’s just business.” –Too Many People I’ve always felt that the lines we draw between business life and personal life are mostly artificial. Granted, some demarcation between the roles we play at home and at work is healthy, but it makes me shudder a little when I hear people say things like, “in business and in life.” They are not different endeavors. And, to be clear, business is not death. For me, my business of Extreme Leadership development–which I pursue as a keynote speaker, author, coach, and…
  • Burn Your Vision Statement

    Steve
    20 May 2015 | 10:34 am
        Vision from the heart is an expression of love; it’s not just more engaging and energizing–it’s energy itself. Most leaders in business underestimate the power of their own hearts. You have no idea how much energy you can unleash in yourself and those around you if you just cut through the banal, bureaucratic, buzzword-laden language and simply tell people why you love your business and communicate your authentic, heart-felt aspirations for yourself, your team, your customers, and your organization. Answer this critical leadership question out loud for all to…
  • A Stunning, New Leadership Lens

    Steve
    15 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    As a 21st century Extreme Leader and life-long learner, you are constantly looking for ways to improve yourself, not just for your own advancement, but also for the greater good. You know that you alone can’t make a difference of consequence; you can’t change the World (or world) by yourself–the performance of your team, your organization, and your community is essential to actualizing your own personal mission and achieving the specific outcomes you envision. What Makes Your Work, Work You are judged and influenced by the company you keep, and who you know defines what you…
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  • 8 Steps to a More Rewarding Job

    Martin Webster
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:58 am
    How to Find Your Dream Job So, you want a new job? Perhaps you fancy a change? And, you’re stuck in a rut? Maybe you think you’re not appreciated? Or, you think your job sucks? Let me ask you this: Are you challenged? Or, just coasting? What are you going to do about it? Some people moan about their job, but do little to change their circumstances. They wait in vein for their next opportunity. Yet, others find their dream job. What do they do? How do they find their next role? Stick with me and I’ll tell you. But be warned, you may not like what I’m going to say. I’ll share a few…
  • Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

    Martin Webster
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Emotional Intelligence When it comes to great leadership skills, people generally think about someone who is brave, honest, and driven, which of course are all very important traits. But are they the most important? Many modern leaders lose sight of an essential leadership skill that differentiates the good leader, from the great. Emotional Intelligence The skill? Emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise, and react to your own emotions, and the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence helps leaders recognise stressful situations and react in a positive,…
  • 3 Leadership Skills I Learned From Gordon Ramsay

    András Baneth
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Gordon Ramsay Reality TV is probably not your first call when trying to improve your leadership skills, but you may find surprisingly good insights there. Most people have never heard of Kitchen Nightmares or Hotel Hell, both of which are reality shows run by acclaimed British chef and entrepreneur Gordon Ramsay. He is invited by supposedly excellent restaurants and hotels that somehow fail to generate income or have any noticeable number of customers. His challenge: identify how to fix the business. Predictably, great drama ensues. What is remarkable is how Ramsay does the turnaround, which…
  • Three Steps to Success

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

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

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com   “Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.“ John C. Maxwell                          How did you enjoy today’s post? If you liked what you read, sign up for our frequent newsletter by clicking HERE — and you’ll also receive our handy Leader’s Reference List … Read the rest The post Monday Quote appeared first on General Leadership.
  • Happy Independence Day

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” When the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence declaring the United States independent from King George III and Great Britain, an inspired idea became reality.  Today we…
  • One Year Ago Today: Check Out Today’s “200-Second Soundbite™” Podcast!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com Cruise over to PodBean to hear our latest 200-Second Soundbite entitled “The Tyranny of a Ninth-Letter Leader” or subscribe to our PodCast directly via iTunes at the following link Associate Curator and GeneralLeadership.com CGO, Col Chris R. Stricklin shares the challenges of working with a Ninth-Letter Leader. As a leader, every meeting is an opportunity: a unique moment that can bring a team closer together or shred…
  • Mission Mavuno: Pursuing an Abundant Leadership Harvest

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com Tune in TONIGHT – 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific) for the #GeneralLeadership Hour on the David Webb Show: SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125! Co-Authored by GeneralLeadership Co-Founder & Senior Curator: Brigadier General John E. Michel and Daniel Myatt After seven years of active duty military service as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer, Dan recently made the very difficult decision to separate from the military to…
  • Time Machine Tuesday: Be the First Penguin – 5 Questions To Ask About Taking Risks

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    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com   From Our Early Files: Originally Published 30 January 2013 Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity. Patti Wilson Not long ago I had the opportunity to don a penguin costume and jump into a pool of icy-cold water, all in the name of supporting a good cause. I, and about three dozen others, braved near-zero temperatures to take turns diving into a frosty pool (really an extra-large refuse dumpster) to help raise…
 
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  • Don’t wait.

    Elena Iacono
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
    It’s been an emotionally charged 48 hours. But it’s a new week. A blank slate, so to speak. My outlook? Never wait. Our days are consumed with juggling priorities – a plethora of conversations. We have more people we have to connect with, more places we have to be. Don’t hold off on reaching out to someone you think needs to hear from you. Spending a little more time with someone who needs you. Doing a little more to help someone when they need it. Thinking a little more to figuring out what you can do to make something lighter for someone else. Tacking on a few extra…
  • Keep going.

    Elena Iacono
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:44 pm
    I sat with an influential leader today – her career quite impressive. For starters, building cultures of excellence comes second nature to her. Second, she personally knows Sir Richard Branson. Amazing. Anyhow, she reminded me of something that is really simple in nature. We are where we are because we’ve designed it. Every action we’ve taken, every decision we’ve made, has led us to where we are. We are in control. No one else. If we feel disconnected, underwhelmed, overwhelmed, insecure, we own our attitude and it’s up to us to keep going. Keep going even if…
  • Spoiler alert: it’s never about you.

    Elena Iacono
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:52 pm
    I was reminded about something today and had to share it with you. We are human. We are selfish, protective, and defensive by nature. We want to win. We want to shine. We want others to know we are the best at what we do. Approaching a conversation? Connecting with someone else? It’s never about you. Ever. Sure, you may consider how you’ll be perceived, whether people think you are boring (or not). How you show up. What comes out of your mouth, the words you choose, however, should never be self-satisfying. Self-gratifying. It’s hard though. To not put ourselves first?
  • A principled character.

    Elena Iacono
    11 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Mother’s Day was celebrated in North America on Sunday, May 10. To mark the occasion, I updated my social media feeds with the perfect photo. I love this photo of my mother. It captures her true essence and spirit: positive, confident, proud, grateful, forgiving, open. Uncanny, really. The words I’ve chosen to describe my mother are really the principles she’s instilled in me. The values that take me through my life. The attributes that have helped me shape my career. True lessons in leadership, I suppose. One of my most favourite quotes reads this: “All that I am or ever hope to be,…
  • Evaluate your value.

    Elena Iacono
    5 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    I’ve been pretty quiet on my blog lately. The truth is, I really don’t like sharing stuff for the sake of sharing stuff. You’ve got too much on the go. Who wants another update to pay attention to. Right? But get this – I was not invited to the Met Gala last night. Let me add I don’t even know anyone who went to the Met Gala last night. But what I did do last night was watch the entire red carpet as if I was standing at the top of the stairs. I saw Kimye (didn’t really like her dress). I saw Rihanna (now that was an outfit). And yes, got anxious just as…
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  • What’s Your Kryptonite? How to Acknowledge your Weaknesses

    Jeremy Unruh
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    As viewers, we cheered when the Wicked Witch of the West was reduced to a puddle after a bit of a splash. We cringed when the Man of Steel was rendered powerless when exposed to kryptonite. And while those fictional characters’ nemeses were meant more as a metaphor than as realism, it’s good to remember what the messages portend: that every leader—not just the bad but also the good—has a weakness. Do you recognize (and coexist with) yours? If you haven’t yet identified your biggest “areas of opportunity,” now’s your chance. Take an honest appraisal of your skills, habits, and…
  • 4 Tips to Stop Work Procrastination – It’s All in Your Head

    Jeremy Unruh
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    Everyone has bad days from time to time -- Those days when you're drowning in important projects and can't bring yourself to start a single one of them. The Summer months seem to have even more of these days, when people day dream about the beach or hanging out by the pool rather than working on that project that is due next Friday. Fortunately however, according to a recent article in The Atlantic called "the procrastination doom loop", procrastination is all in your head, which means there are ways of thinking your way out of it. The post 4 Tips to Stop Work Procrastination –…
  • How to Deal with a Mean Boss

    Jeremy Unruh
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    Bad bosses come in all varieties, from the inept, to the overly friendly, to the micromanager. The most stressful of bad boss, though, is one who is just mean. Most people who have worked in an office setting have at least witnessed the mean boss, even if they have been lucky enough not to work for one . They are generous in their criticism and stingy in their praise. Sometimes they can be loud about their criticism and even abusive. Sometimes they can just be icily sarcastic. They can be demanding to the point that they treat you more like a slave than an employee. The character played by…
  • 7 Ways to Avoid Burnout at Work

    Jeremy Unruh
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    You’re going about your business, involved in the same-old, same-old—wake up, go to work, come home, go to bed, repeat. Then one day, BAM! You do a little self-examination and realize that, for weeks (maybe months?), you’ve been feeling exhausted, you haven’t been very motivated, you’ve been irritable with and withdrawn from coworkers as well as family and friends. You realize that some health issues have crept up. You find that you’re preoccupied with work, even when you’re not at work; yet you see that your job performance has slipped and that, in fact, you’re no longer…
  • 4 Reasons you Should Use your Vacation Days

    Jeremy Unruh
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:42 am
    If your company asked you to work for free for an entire week would you agree to it? Most would be quick to respond with a definite no. However, according to an Oxford Economics survey published in 2014, many employees are essentially doing just that. The survey indicates that used vacation days are at the lowest rate in four decades. The U.S. Travel Association also estimates close to $52.4 billion dollars in benefits are lost every year as employees forfeit paid vacation days. While the numbers alone should inspire a person to take a break, there are other reasons a vacation could be the…
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  • Three Steps to Changing Company Culture

    Moe Carrick
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    It can seem so overwhelming to think about changing your company’s culture. And in truth, more often than not, “how we do things here” is unconscious and unexamined in organizations globally. Despite the fact that there is more than 30 years of research and writing on the topic of organizational culture, most organizations have only a vague understanding of what theirs is, and even less often, exactly how they can make it better. Historically, culture was one of those “soft” areas that companies deemed irrelevant in the context of making profit for shareholders or meeting mission.
  • The Practice of Multi-Systemic Thinking

    Jim Morris
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
    The systemic issues we both create and confront in society and the world are becoming more complex. Of the five universal leadership traits most organizations desire in their senior leaders, the rarest of them is the trait of Perspective: the ability to see complex systems and determine points of leverage to influence and change them. It’s the trait that allows visionaries to see a need in the marketplace before the the marketplace even knows it has a need, and create a service or product that serves it. It’s the ability to see seemingly disconnected events or data points and connect the…
  • Race: We Need to Talk About it at Work

    Moe Carrick
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    I tried hard not to write about race and the Charleston incident in this blog. With so much media attention and news, I worried it would be repetitive to wax on and on about it on this platform – a blog about organizations and the people in them. But I am compelled to offer this blog today, as I think the relevance to discussions at work is huge. My company has all white employees. 95% of our clients have senior teams that are white. This is not bad, it just is. As a result, it is easy to see the recent shooting as disconnected from my world, instead viewing it objectively as an issue…
  • Fathers, Leaders and The Code

    Jim Morris
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    My dad means the world to me and yesterday was his day in my book; a day to celebrate his influence on me and our family. I called him on Father’s Day and after answering my questions about how he is doing – the goings-on with his friends and current projects (at 87, he is working on writing his second book) – he asked me how I was and how I felt about being a father. As usual, his questions were thoughtful, and moved our conversation to a deeper, more intimate level of discussion. Instead of just asking me how I felt about being a father, he asked me what I was learning…
  • Why Truly Effective Leaders Love to Lead

    Moe Carrick
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:58 pm
    What strikes me consistently about those who lead beautifully, no matter their position, industry or company size, is that these people really love the actual practice of leading. Though there are about as many different definitions of great leadership as there are microbrews in our hometown of Bend, OR, the single most palpable feeling I consistently get from the truly effective leaders I work with is that leadership itself makes them feel activated, enlivened and potently engaged. Three elements show up in these kinds of leaders: They see their job as connectors and enablers of the success…
 
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  • Friendship

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Image source Innocent eyes Marvel at the beauty of Burgeoning friendship #haiku   If you like this post, please consider following the blog. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Please like, share and/or leave feedback in comments below! Filed under: Poetry, Miscellaneous
  • World in a Droplet

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Image source While I was seeking The world far and wide, it shrunk in The tiny water droplet     If you like this post, please consider following the blog. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Please like, share and/or leave feedback in comments below! Filed under: Poetry, Miscellaneous
  • The Launch of Digital India Week

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   1st July 2015, marked the launch of the much spoken about Digital India week with much fanfare at the Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium in New Delhi to realize the vision of a Digitally connected India that will transform the lives of 1.2 billion Indian citizens. Digital India Logo Attended by who’s who of India’s corporate world and by the top executives of a number of foreign companies, the launch earmarked the start of a program to bring digital revolution to the masses. While the Industry leaders made their brief remarks on how they will contribute…
  • Tickle

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   Image source : https://www.pinterest.com/pin/481463016389449373/   Feathers tickle In silence,  The Moon smiles     If you like this post, please consider following the blog. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Please like, share and/or leave feedback in comments below! Filed under: Poetry, Miscellaneous
  • Voice of Nature- Dream of harmony between humans and nature

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Nature has always been a source of wonder and woe, prospect and peril, delight and danger.  ~ Voice of Nature Do you remember the fables in which the  trees, animals and birds talk among themselves, and also mingle with humans as if they were living in a seamless world? I am talking about the kind of world that is depicted in children’s magazines such as Champak, (widely popular in North India)  or the world that you see in the Disney movies or in Chronicles of Narnia. What if you suddenly discover that you had the gift of understanding what the birds and…
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  • 50 ways to be happier and more effective at work

    Ying Ying Shi
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:03 am
    The former head of sales at Clueda AG, said that it is always easy to know where I was: Where there is smile, laugh or positive energy, there I am. The former CEO of CMC Consulting AG said that he … Read more →
  • Lights and shades of life

    Ying Ying Shi
    25 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    Water is pouring in a small human-constructed fountain in the middle of a square I traverse to go home. It feels relaxing to hear the clash of the water with the base; some water drops splash over the floor. The … Read more →
  • Introduction to “Mr. Business”

    Ying Ying Shi
    7 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    It’s been three years from my sojourn near the blue coasts of the beautiful and warm French city of Nice. After my graduation from Master in Finance, I came to Germany and started officially what my parents would call the … Read more →
  • How “it” is changing us

    Ying Ying Shi
    5 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Who is responsible for the change in your habits and your way of life? If you say it is you, I want to congratulate you for being so responsible! You no longer need to read the hundreds of self-help books … Read more →
  • The backstage of an investor presentation

    Ying Ying Shi
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    It was a sunny day and we just finished a one-hour meeting with a potential investor. We shake hands and everybody goes back home or back to business. One has the impression that the show started when the meeting room’s … Read more →
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  • How to Become An Employer of Choice?

    Tim Sieck
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:12 pm
    More and more as I read about organizations, I’m seeing the phrase “employer of choice“.  Those three words get tossed around with organizations like Google, Apple, and Zappos.  There are stories of thousands of applicants for a single job opening because candidates are clamoring to work for one of these employers of choice. All this begs the question: What Makes a Company an Employer of Choice? Yes, each of the companies mentioned above are typically at the top of the list for innovation and culture.  What stands out though is that the reputation for becoming one of…
  • Simple Ways To Make Training Stick

    Tim Sieck
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:13 pm
    We all know that training your employees costs money.  If you are the recipient of a training class your company provided or sent you to, there was a cost involved.  Even internal training classes, although it’s harder to see, have a cost associated with them. There is the time the trainer spends to prepare and facilitate the class and the time cost for you to be off the job while attending the class.  When you start to add up all these costs it becomes critical that all of those training costs need to count.  The best way to ensure the return on investment from your training…
  • Take Your Leadership Skills In For a Tune Up

    Tim Sieck
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:20 am
    I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks with my car in and out of the shop.  Mostly in.  It’s old but I’m fond of it and I figure a little money spent here and there keeping it tuned up and running smoothly is well worth it. All this time sitting in the shop also has me thinking about the tune-ups that are required for managers and supervisors to keep their leadership skills in top condition.  More often than not, just like the car, a little routine maintenance is all that’s required to continue to be viewed as a good leader. Leadership Tips Here’s…
  • Looking For a New Job? Be Clear About Your Ideals

    Tim Sieck
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:07 pm
    When it’s time to look for a new job opportunity and move on from your current role, most people take the shotgun approach to the search process.  They pull out their resume and make a few tweaks from the last time they looked for a job.  Next, they select a handful of job postings that look promising and start firing their resume off.  Meanwhile, they cross their fingers and hope for the best!  We find with our career coaching clients that when they are looking for a new job, it’s much better to take a use a focused approach to the process.  That’s why we encourage…
  • The Sales Manager’s Summer Reading List

    Tim Sieck
    27 May 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Remember when you were in school and at the end of the year all you could think about was getting to the pool?   Some teacher would try to ruin the moment by mentioning that a summer reading list would be very helpful in getting you ready for the upcoming year.  Well things haven’t changed after all these years.  Even though there is no one gently nudging us toward that reading list.  A little homework over the summer can do wonders for helping your team finish the year in a positive way.  Below is a list of 5 books for sales managers that should be on your summer reading list.
 
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    David Sawyer
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Guest Post By Carlton Moore David, I think you are ‘spot-on’ with these tips.    I would like to add another perspective as well “Be REAL…” It’s been said that at least 95% of communication is non-verbal.   If we can accept that as a beginning premise, it stands to reason that the majority of our communication with the ‘boss’ centers NOT around what we SAY, but much more around what we DO. During discussions with management be mindful of your body language.  Facial expressions, tone of voice, etc, are all adding up to the…
  • 6 Tips To Earn Your Boss’ Respect

    David Sawyer
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Relationships thrive on respect.  This is especially true with your boss.  So how do you earn his or her respect? Plus, can you speed up the process? We’ve all heard, “Respect is not given.  It’s earned.” So how do you earn it? It takes the right blend of time and consistency.  If relationships thrive when respect is present, then they wither and die when it’s gone.  Use the following six tips to earn your boss’ respect. 1)  Learn What He or She Values This is number one. You can not gain someone’s respect unless you know what they value.
  • 5 Ziglar Quotes Worth Remembering

    David Sawyer
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Information is everywhere.  We have access to more information than anytime in history.  Plus, it is literally at our fingertips.  Twenty years ago, who would of thought that our phones would be telling us (literally telling us) everything we want to know? However with this incredible access to information comes a strange kind of confusion.  We have the information, but we confuse: Facts with Knowledge, Knowledge with Information, & Information with Wisdom The following quotes from Zig Ziglar are not facts, knowledge or information.  They are bigger.  These quotes are wisdom.  They…
  • This is who we are…

    David Sawyer
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Charismatic, Passionate, has Integrity, Humble, Servant, Faithful, Inspiring, Persevering, Positive, Flexible, Driven – This is who we are that call ourselves leaders. – Dave Ramsey  If you have not found it already, check out the EntreLeadership Podcast.  It is put out by Dave Ramsey and is an excellent resource for personal growth. photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/31713068@N08/4558046060″>Music on my mind</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a…
  • 3 Ways Humility Improves Leadership

    David Sawyer
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:24 pm
    The opposite of humility is arrogance.  Arrogance is ugly.  Just the thought of an arrogant leader makes me cringe. Humility brings clarity to leadership, while arrogance clouds sound judgement. No one likes an arrogant person, especially in business.  If you are like me, you prefer doing business with men and women who are humble.  These leaders care about people.  They value their team and are big enough to admit their shortcomings. A humble leaders may not have the loudest voices, but when they speak, people listen.  C. S. Lewis hit it square on the head when he said, Humility is…
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  • CEO Succession: The Real-Life Game of Thrones

    Sarah Frye
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:39 pm
    by David Reimer, CEO, Merryck & Co AmericasWith its dragons and ice zombies, the HBO series Game of Thrones seems better suited to cult hit than cultural phenomenon. GoT’s success at crossing into the mainstream hinges in part on its deft dramatization of a historically consistent theme: transitions of power are messy. Few leadership transitions trigger a more immediate sense of uncertainty and risk for most of us than the replacement of the CEO at one’s organization. The less clear the criteria, the more widespread the intrigues. The less managed the process, the greater the ensuing…
  • Margaret Heffernan: Small Steps to Huge Change

    Sarah Frye
    18 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    by Margaret Heffernan, Mentor, Merryck & CoSocial CapitalRunning a software company in Boston, I recognized — and my board told me — that we needed to reposition the business. Our product was too bland, too generic to stimulate excitement or loyalty. I needed a team to help me and ended up working through the problem with a motley crew: a young web developer, a seasoned and eccentric media executive, a visual artist, and myself. We spent a week, ensconced in the private room of a burger joint, exploring options, rejecting easy answers,pushing one another to find something none of…
  • Percy Harvin and the Three Questions Every Business Leader Must Ask

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

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

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

    jeanieduncan
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:46 am
    Much of my work focuses on organizations and leaders in transition. Often, individuals are transitioning from a member of an internal team to the leader of that team…or the entire organization. Many personalities reflect on their transition as significant and sweeping – their worlds changing so quickly they can be left feeling like a stranger in their own land. Almost overnight, the playing field changes from interacting as a peer or direct report of a colleague to that of “the boss.” They’re left out of the informal “hall talk” and invitations to gather after work, where only…
  • A Process for Managing Peer Conflict

    jeanieduncan
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    Recently, I was engaged with a client that had undergone a merger. The transition was going reasonably well overall; however, the combined management teams were entangled in challenge and conflict as they attempted to bring together organization functions, structures, and policies. Conflict among peers brings with it unique nuances that are different than conflict with a boss or direct report. In this situation, it’s generally a relationship of equals and, as such, it’s especially important to consider positional and personal power, influence, and interpersonal savvy. And like all…
  • Into the Storm: Mastering team conflict

    jeanieduncan
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    As a sailor, when I see a storm building on the horizon, I intentionally alter my path to circumvent the system – tacking to port or starboard, or identifying a cove or marina to head into for safety…anything to escape the danger that lies ahead. In the business setting, our human tendency is to do the same – avoid the storm, the conflict, that we see brewing. We are a conflict-adverse culture and society. Often, our last (or near last) resort is moving directly into the issue, tension, and challenge to attend to what must be addressed. So, why is this? Why do we avoid addressing and…
  • Team Trust – Critical Yet Rare

    jeanieduncan
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    The foundation of any highly functioning team is trust. While critically important, it can be rare among teams, and we all know it takes time and intentional practice to build. Trust is all about vulnerability – get comfortable being open, honest, and ‘exposed’ to one another around failures, challenges, and areas for development and trust begins to emerge. The process is well worth the effort invested and can be cultivated with sustained intention, purpose, and focus. In many workplaces, what we find is a group of individuals who have been hired over time and are expected to begin…
  • When You Know Your Why

    jeanieduncan
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    I recently completed some forecasting and goal setting for my business. As I went through this process, I pulled from several resources that inspire and motivate me, a favorite of which is Simon Sinek’s “Start With WHY.” He expresses his message through what he calls The Golden Circle: His premise is that you must begin with your WHY, and from there figure out your HOW and WHAT. When Sinek studied successful leaders, he found a common denominator – they inspire through a clearly and passionately articulated WHY. They hold their WHY front and center – like a North Star – to guide…
 
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  • 7 Ways To Recover When Your Reputation Gets Hit

    Paul LaRue
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:21 pm
    We hear every so often of someone who unjustly discharged from a position or has been slandered to such a degree that their reputation has taken a hit. These are folks, and perhaps we even know or have been one, that have built an otherwise solid career and credibility but due to no fault of […]
  • When A Business Person Is Not A Leader

    Paul LaRue
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:12 pm
    You’ve heard the phrases many times: “It’s the best decision for the company.” “Well, it’s business.” “That’s the way the industry goes.” These phrases – usually uttered from senior and executive leadership – reveal the inner drive that these folks have. At the core they show that they are business people, and not necessarily leaders. […]
  • Why You Should Recognize Effort, Not Just Results

    Paul LaRue
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:23 pm
    How many of these situations do you recognize in your life? Applauding a child’s attempt on the soccer field, or in their art project they brought home. Cheering a performer in spite of an off-cue, missed juggle, or miffed line. Thanking a neighbor for their offer of help, even if it didn’t turn out the way you […]
  • Guest Post: Building Trust – Whose Job Is It?

    Paul LaRue
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Today I am privileged to host a guest post by Henna Inam. Henna is the CEO of Transformational Leadership, Inc, and author of the newly released book Wired For Authenticity. Henna’s book uses proven methods of neuroscience to give leaders “seven practices to inspire, adapt, and lead” in today’s rapid paced world. Today Henna shares […]
  • Why You Need To Set Down-Time Goals

    Paul LaRue
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:58 pm
    You’ve been diligent at creating goals for your organization, your team, and yourself. You have laid out objectives for people development, and your own leadership development. That’s all well and good, but have you neglected another set of goals, one that rounds out the whole person you’re trying to become? Have you set goals for the […]
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  • What’s Your Kryptonite? How to Acknowledge your Weaknesses

    Jeremy Unruh
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    As viewers, we cheered when the Wicked Witch of the West was reduced to a puddle after a bit of a splash. We cringed when the Man of Steel was rendered powerless when exposed to kryptonite. And while those fictional characters’ nemeses were meant more as a metaphor than as realism, it’s good to remember what the messages portend: that every leader—not just the bad but also the good—has a weakness. Do you recognize (and coexist with) yours? If you haven’t yet identified your biggest “areas of opportunity,” now’s your chance. Take an honest appraisal of your skills, habits, and…
  • 4 Tips to Stop Work Procrastination – It’s All in Your Head

    Jeremy Unruh
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    Everyone has bad days from time to time -- Those days when you're drowning in important projects and can't bring yourself to start a single one of them. The Summer months seem to have even more of these days, when people day dream about the beach or hanging out by the pool rather than working on that project that is due next Friday. Fortunately however, according to a recent article in The Atlantic called "the procrastination doom loop", procrastination is all in your head, which means there are ways of thinking your way out of it. The post 4 Tips to Stop Work Procrastination –…
  • How to Deal with a Mean Boss

    Jeremy Unruh
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    Bad bosses come in all varieties, from the inept, to the overly friendly, to the micromanager. The most stressful of bad boss, though, is one who is just mean. Most people who have worked in an office setting have at least witnessed the mean boss, even if they have been lucky enough not to work for one . They are generous in their criticism and stingy in their praise. Sometimes they can be loud about their criticism and even abusive. Sometimes they can just be icily sarcastic. They can be demanding to the point that they treat you more like a slave than an employee. The character played by…
  • 7 Ways to Avoid Burnout at Work

    Jeremy Unruh
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    You’re going about your business, involved in the same-old, same-old—wake up, go to work, come home, go to bed, repeat. Then one day, BAM! You do a little self-examination and realize that, for weeks (maybe months?), you’ve been feeling exhausted, you haven’t been very motivated, you’ve been irritable with and withdrawn from coworkers as well as family and friends. You realize that some health issues have crept up. You find that you’re preoccupied with work, even when you’re not at work; yet you see that your job performance has slipped and that, in fact, you’re no longer…
  • 4 Reasons you Should Use your Vacation Days

    Jeremy Unruh
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:42 am
    If your company asked you to work for free for an entire week would you agree to it? Most would be quick to respond with a definite no. However, according to an Oxford Economics survey published in 2014, many employees are essentially doing just that. The survey indicates that used vacation days are at the lowest rate in four decades. The U.S. Travel Association also estimates close to $52.4 billion dollars in benefits are lost every year as employees forfeit paid vacation days. While the numbers alone should inspire a person to take a break, there are other reasons a vacation could be the…
 
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  • Build a legend that tells people what you stand for: the symbols of myths, legends and stories

    Peter Fuda
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Imagine this; you’ve left your hotel early in order to catch a flight to another city. At 30,000 feet you realize that you’ve left your portfolio containing the critical paperwork for the day’s most important meeting in the hotel lobby. You phone the hotel upon landing in a mad panic, only to find out that the concierge is already on a flight behind you. Ten minutes before your big meeting starts, in walks the concierge with your portfolio and a smile. This is a great example of the power of myths, legends and stories – another type of symbol that can be leveraged to…
  • Get rid of dumb rules: the symbols of policies, rules and procedures

    Peter Fuda
    10 Jun 2015 | 2:01 pm
    As I shared previously in my blog on systems, the degree of bureaucracy people experience in their day to day work can either enable or inhibit them in delivering business results, and has a significant impact on their engagement at work. This week we are looking at another category of symbols, that of policies, rules and procedures. These are the systemic manifestations of how the organisation translates ‘importance’ into action. In one company, sales people were required to itemise each expenditure within their daily travel allowance, sticking within per-meal maximum amounts and…
  • Put your money where your mouth is: the symbols of time, money and resources

    Peter Fuda
    27 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    “Put your money where your mouth is” is a common expression, meaning to show by your actions – not just your words – that you believe in something. Through the allocation of time, money and resources, leaders most clearly indicate what is important to them. One new CEO inherited an organization where communication was infrequent, one-way and very formal.  She chose to invest her time in regular face to face staff communications to practically and symbolically role-model the transparency she wished to create in the business. She initiated quarterly ‘town hall’ meetings to which…
  • Leveraging the power of symbols to encourage positive change

    Peter Fuda
    13 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Symbols tell us what’s really important in an organization. One leader I knew dictated a spending freeze in every fourth quarter in order to make the numbers, but continued to fly around in the company jet – often for personal reasons. This sent a very strong symbol to his employees that executive privilege trumped delivering on financial commitments. Not surprisingly, this organization continually struggled to hit its numbers and the CEO was eventually fired. In a contrasting example, the 6 foot 7 inch CEO of a multinational IT company sent a very different symbol to employees when he…
  • If you want to transform your organization, play to your strengths

    Peter Fuda
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:24 pm
    It is human nature to look for what’s missing rather than focus on what we have. In our organizations, this tendency is exacerbated by leaders who are often trained to look for exceptions and who must manage a vast array of risks and stakeholder groups. But what if the shorter path to success is to focus on the strengths that will help your organization to win? We define organizational strengths as the collective assets and core competencies that can be leveraged towards your aspirations. Aligning strengths to your organizational goals is as much a shift in mindset as it is a program or…
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  • increase alertness with this simple strategy

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:54 am
    Looking out at your audience, you notice that the engagement rate is dropping. Perhaps you've been talking for a bit too long, or maybe everyone is digesting that big lunch. Whatever the reason, you know you need to change things up to increase alertness. A sticky note graph is a simple way to accomplish this and to gather formative data from your group.Post the numbers 1-10 on a wall in the room. (I like to do this before the class so that it is ready if I decide to use it. However, you can always quickly do it when the need arises.) Ask everyone to grab a single sticky note and stand up.
  • Do your hands match your message?

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:14 am
    For the past several weeks I have been very aware of my hands while I am presenting. For portions of the day I hold tools - an iPad in one and a stylus in the other, so that I can interact with and annotate my slides. At other times, my hands are empty and become the tools to support my message. Zoller and Landry's The Choreography of Presenting explores the best use of gestures and posture, along with many other facets of presenting. For example, when verbally pausing to emphasize a point, these authors suggest that it is best to also freeze your gestures. This leads to congruency…
  • Pathways to Retention

    15 Jun 2015 | 7:07 am
    Here’s an excerpt from my recently published article about memory paths:“Another strategy is to develop a partially completed thinking map for your participants. Include key concepts in center circles, surrounded by a web of empty circles. As you proceed through your content, ask participants to fill in the empty circles with the connections they are making. This strategy combines episodic and semantic memories for a double boost.” For more simple ideas, check out my newest  book "Caffeinated Learning: How to Design and Conduct Rich, Robust Professional Training, "…
  • should you photobomb at presentations?

    20 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    I am guilty of photobombing. Yup. I do it with participants in my classes or presentations, as the evidence above shows*. And you should too. Why photobomb? 1.     Most participants experience a tiny bit of speaker worship  - if you are any good at public speaking – and yet are too timid about approaching you. They love the idea of having a photo with you, but don’t want to ask. They are afraid you might see it as an inconvenience or beneath you. Photobombing gives them the bonding moment they were looking for and a memento of your time together. It also…
  • Generational profiles for professional learning

    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Being “generationally savvy” is all the rage. Books, blogs and chats are popping up everywhere to explore the issues of working with employees from multiple generations. Jennifer Abrams book, “The Multigenerational Workplace,” provides a practical overview of how to respond to the different lenses and styles that might be present on the job. With Abrams permission, I have adapted her work to include tips for professional learning facilitators. Here is a chart you can download that captures key characteristics of each generation and some things to keep in mind if…
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    beabetterboss

  • No one should be thrust into leadership unprepared – 3 great ways to develop next generation leaders

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:26 pm
    An obvious truth: Leadership skills are a distinct skill-set from professional and technical skills.   An obvious reality:  It’s common to find leaders who were unprepared to lead when they were advanced into management positions.  And some of them will never develop proper leadership skills, yet they are in-charge.   Here are three great ways you can help develop the next generation of leaders by working with your team. They are simple, effective, and can be easily be worked into the course of
  • On being a powerful influence for the good of others…

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:39 pm
    A right example is more powerful than words could ever be.   On the other hand, the right words at the right time can change everything.   Both our actions and our words have power, and we need to be conscious of their impact.   Being a powerful influence for the good of others is no accident; it’s something to aspire to and work towards.   And in these, our words and deeds, we can all be leaders.  
  • Five great ways you can foster initiative on your team

    Robert S. Walsh (MBA)
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:49 pm
      The value of team members taking initiative is widely recognized by top leaders as an important element to team success. Here are five great ways you can help your team maximize their ability to initiate things independently: Stop creating and directing; try holding your own thoughts and asking for what others think instead. Then encourage them, in the moment, to act on their ideas. Praise those who take action for doing so, especially when things don’t work out right. This helps them build
  • EQ, IQ and Listening Skills

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Someone once said that leadership is 90% mental, and the other 10% is... mental. Some of that mental capital is logical intelligence (IQ); and some is emotional intelligence (EQ).   We can all be highly effective listeners when our thoughts are well-ordered and we stay on top of them.   But sometimes our emotions get in the way of being attentive listeners. They may preoccupy us and make our minds wander, whether or not they have anything to do with the person we are listening to.  A momentary
  • So, boss, you think your focus is where it should be?

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    31 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    The rain beats down as you’re driving along. You unconsciously look at the raindrops for a half-second, deciding in your sub-conscious whether to turn on your wipers. It’s all so automatic. You decide to put them on delay mode and dial them in – all with hardly a smidgen of conscious attention. But in this small fraction of a second, you look at the raindrops instead of the road.   That’s the way focus works – events take your mind to the small and away from the situation at large, usually
 
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    On The Ball Theory

  • Let Freedom Ring

    Brian
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    With all of the strong range of opinions I’ve seen people express over the past few weeks, across a variety of topics, I continue to pivot back to wondering what our founding fathers would have thought about all of it. They recognized America as a great experiment, and that the nation can and would continue to evolve over the course of time. Of all the founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin is certainly one of the most famous, and perhaps the most influential in the discussion and debate over the Constitution. As the weeks of debate were drawing to a close, and members of the Continental…
  • Land of Opportunity

    Brian
    25 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Happy Memorial Day to all of us in the United States! It is a great time of year, as students start winding down the school year, and we kick off the unofficial start to the summer vacation season. Second to the Fourth of July, it might also be the most patriotic holiday of the year. Many cities and townships will have community events, parades, and activities that bring us together. We will also participate in solemn ceremonies that honor the memories of those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Whether you participate in one of these ceremonies or not, take a…
  • Ban The Selfie Stick

    Brian
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    Ok, maybe I’m old school. Maybe, for as much as I have embraced the advantages of technology I still like the simpler things. However, one thing I feel rather certain about – technology advances are eroding our general ability to engage in dialogue with one another. I’ll admit it, I text when I need to, and tweet on occasion (@OnTheBallTheory). However, while all of the texting / tweeting / Snapchatting / Instagramming (and I’m sure many others) options are useful, and have certainly found a place in our day to day lives, the art of actually caring on a conversation will go the way of…
  • Leadership, Tournament Style

    Brian
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:24 pm
    When my wife and I first started dating over twenty years ago, she started to ask me about my sports passions. I reassured her that while I enjoy watching a good game, she would not be a football widow each autumn. I also promised her that she would not loose me to a softball league in the summer. I did forewarn her, however, that each year, the last three weeks of March are sacred to me. As most of you are aware, since we are in the heart of it right now, those last three weeks represent to me one of our nation’s greatest and purest sporting events – the NCAA Men’s Basketball…
  • Leadership of One

    Brian
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    A typical day in my work week is spent engaged as a Senior Project Manager, providing oversight for a given client’s technology initiative. From a functional perspective, I serve in the traditional role of project manager, monitoring the project schedule, budget, and scope of work. More often than not, I also find myself serving as a leader at the client site, giving resources direction, and sometimes even mentorship and advice as to their role on the project, within the client’s organization as a whole, and perhaps even industry / career guidance. My clients view me as a trusted advisor,…
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    Dr. Maria Church Irresistible Leader Training, Coaching and Mentoring

  • 15 Essential Factors When Growing An Effective Leader

    DrMaria
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Many organizations use the term leader when defining certain management positions. However, a title does not make a leader. My Grandpa Jaime used to say, “You can put a suit on a bum, but he is still a bum.” One may put the title of leader on a person, and he or she may or... Keep Reading >>
  • 8 Simple Steps To Improve Influence

    DrMaria
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am
    Very rarely am I involved in a conversation about leadership that does not include the topic of influence. I believe that influence is what most leaders seek; although, many will confuse influence with motivation. Motivation is important in leadership; it gets the job done. However, influence, is lasting. Influence is legacy. Today I want to... Keep Reading >>
  • One Quick Way To Identify When Leadership Is Needed

    DrMaria
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    As a leadership coach, I’m always excited when a powerful question or statement crosses my path or better yet, slams me in the face! The other day, I had such an encounter. Seth Godin got my attention when he wrote, “If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not... Keep Reading >>
  • Success And Significance

    DrMaria
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    I recently heard Oprah talk about success and significance in the same sentence. This got me thinking… “Value” and “adding value” has become a buzzword in many organizations. I remember working for a homebuilder years ago, and adding value, along with value engineering were hot, sexy terms. Like most buzzwords, their original contextual meaning got... Keep Reading >>
  • Power & Influence In Leadership

    DrMaria
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    While teaching leadership or marketing courses, I’ve often thought…Leading people and marketing are really the same activity. Isn’t the primary objective of both to influence people in the direction of a goal? Now some of you may challenge that statement. True, marketing and leadership could sometimes be an activity of manipulation, and not of influence.... Keep Reading >>
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    The Empowered Business

  • Pain VS Gain: How to Best Motivate Buyers to Buy

    Denise Corcoran
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:45 pm
     Guest Article by Dan Seidman Picture this, you’re 12 years old and you fly into the house after school. “Mom, Dad, guess what I decided today? I’m gonna be a doctor!” Mom is always encouraging. “Honey, that’s great! Doctors are well respected. You’ll make good money, have a nice spouse and a nice house. I’m so glad you’re going to be a doctor.” In contrast, how might Dad respond? “A doctor? Are you kidding me? Do you know how many years you have to go to school to become a doctor? Do you know how much money it costs? And you’ll be working with sick people all day.
  • 7 Unconscious Leadership Fears That Keep You Small

    Denise Corcoran
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    Which keep you small? Fears keeping you small   All leaders have fears.  However, not all your fears are created equal. Some may manifest as low level anxieties.  Some are life paralyzing phobias.  Some may be triggered only by certain events – like fear of public speaking.  Others may be life-long fears. Then there are the “big guns.”  These are the core unconscious leadership  fears from which all other fears come.  They override every aspect of your being. In this article you will learn 7 unconscious leadership fears that keep you small.  First, it’s important to…
  • Are You Aware Of The 3 Approaches to Strategic Planning?

    Denise Corcoran
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:43 pm
    From time to time, I find an article written by one of my colleagues that I want my clients to know about.  The following article — Time is Money:  The 3 Different Approaches to Strategic Planning — was written by Gabriel Najera — Founder, Najera Consulting Group.  For more information about Gabriel, see his byline below. Even though I did strategy development for billion dollar corporations in the early days of my business 30 years ago, I had no idea that there were 3 different approaches to strategic planning.  I learned alot from this article.  I know you will too!
  • Top Leaders Communicate Authority Through Body Language.

    Denise Corcoran
    19 May 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Do You?     Can your body language … Make a difference in commanding leadership authority? Create trust or mistrust within an organization? Change your emotions after a stressful day? Absolutely!! Leadership authority is a by-product of 2 related aspects of yourself – your physiology and your emotional state. Call them the yin and yang of leadership authority. The purpose of this article is NOT to give you a list of gestures, postures or leadership do’s and don’ts to communicate authority. Your emotions and your body language are both driven by your mind. And your mind is…
  • Unleashing Your Leadership Presence …

    Denise Corcoran
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Even Before You Speak   In 1987, I flew to LA to a women’s leadership conference for one reason only.  To meet Anita Roddick, founder and “then” CEO of multi-billion dollar franchise, Photo by David Niblack The Body Shop, and asked her to write the forward of my book (to which she did say yes). When I met her, I was stunned how amazingly small she was (even smaller than myself J).  Yet her commanding presence was so powerful, 30 years later, that memory is still vivid in my mind. Leadership presence includes character, charisma and self-confidence YET is much more.  People with…
 
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    Barbara Nixon

  • How do you go about building trust

    admin
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:38 am
    Being able to trust your team is so important. It allows you to delegate, empower and develop them with confidence that they’ll do something well. As with anything worth having, this isn’t an overnight fix. It takes time and effort. So, what can you do to build trust in your team? LISTEN TO THE PODCAST http://www.barbaranixon.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Podcast4-How-do-you-build-trust.m4a   WATCH THE VIDEO
  • Who are you surrounded by?

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:22 am
    As I write this….it is SUNNY!! YAAAAY!!! So – I got up and took the dog for a walk in such a good mood – until a fellow dog walker ruined it in the space of a heart beat. Have a listen to the podcast or video to find out how. http://www.barbaranixon.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Podcast-3-Who-are-you-surrounded-by.m4a
  • How do you create a sense of ownership in your team?

    admin
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:41 am
    This week I’m answering a question that I got asked… Image courtesy of Scottchan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net I’m busy growing my business and now have a team of 5 but they don’t seem to care as much about the business as I do. I know this is a big ask, after all it’s my business and not theirs but I’d really like them to have a sense of ownership. Any ideas? Creating a sense of ownership in your business is really important, as the more people feel like they belong, the more they’ll feel  motivated and have more passion which will in turn leak out into all areas of your…
  • 10 Lifehacks for Leaders

    admin
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:03 am
    Are you a leader who could really use some time to reflect and think? Do you crave just 10 minutes a day where you can catch up on your reading or do some much needed planning? Do you sometimes wonder how you can step off the hamster wheel even for a moment so you can catch a breath? It’s so easy to get used to being busy, and whizzing from one day to the next. This is ok in the short term. You might secretly get a buzz from the constant rushing around, but left unchecked can leave you feeling stressed, out of control, burnt out, or even just…well…unproductive. Ready for the much needed…
  • What are your rules?

    admin
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net We can all think of rules that we have in our lives that tell us what we can and can’t do, but have you ever taken the time to think about the rules you need for yourself?   (Watch the video here) Listen to the Podcast http://www.barbaranixon.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Podcast2-what-are-your-rules.m4a Yes, we all have personal rules.The things that we will or won’t do and the invisible lines that we know we won’t ever cross as that would be betraying our personal values. But, what about the rules we…
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    Changing What's Normal - Ian Berry's Blog

  • The awesome power of debating ideas rather than ideology

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Party politics in my home country Australia, and I suspect your home, is in the way of progress. One reason for this is the endless debate of ideology rather than ideas.Barack Obama will do more good for the world when he is no longer President of the United States. His two terms could have achieved many great things and haven't because ideology and particularly the associated dogma have been in the way.I see an increasing number of calls like this one from the Head of Internet Australia for bipartisan approach. What say you?I imagine the remarkable results in climate change/renewable…
  • Thriving in a VUCA and SUPER VUCA world - inspiration from Kevin Roberts

    4 Jul 2015 | 3:23 pm
    This Sunday's sparkenation.We're certainly living in a VUCA world.I prefer Kevin Roberts definition in what he calls SUPER VUCA than the one above.The video below is 4 minutes and 46 seconds from Kevin on this.Read all of Kevin's speech here.Be remarkable.IanMore sparkenations here.
  • Become a story-sharer of significance with Andrew Griffiths

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Being a story-sharer of significance is one of 8 roles real leaders|mentors play remarkably well. Find out more here. On the 23rd of July Andrew Griffiths, Australia’s #1 small business and entrepreneurial author, is again my very special guest for an in camera candid and convivial conversation on the subject of story-sharing. Andrew will be sharing his own special formula for creating and sharing stories. You can register for this complimentary web TV event here.Andrew was my guest last month on the subject on The Energised Entrepreneur. The recording is below.I hope to see you online on…
  • The Best of Branson

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Richard Branson is a person I admire greatly. He continues to lead the way in shaking up the status quo, championing the consumer, and putting employees first.This interview with TED's Chris Anderson is a short selection of his best advice for thriving in the new world of work. Be remarkable.Ian
  • 27 ways to become a better leader|mentor today

    28 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Half the year is gone. The following have been the reoccurring themes in my candid and convivial conversations with clients both in person and in camera:1. Work harder on yourself than you do on your job - Jim Rohn.2. Invest at least 20% of your time, energy and money working on your business (with thanks to Michael Gerber).3. See your number one role as helping other people to discover and enhance their gifts (talents).4. Help everyone to see themselves as remarkable and then help them to become who they see.5. See yourself as remarkable and become who you see.6. Change with the people using…
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    Limitless

  • Express Your Love in Ink: Ten Creative Ideas for Tattoos You Can Get as a Couple

    Neha M
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Matching tattoos can sometimes be disasters waiting to happen. And yet, there’s something undeniably romantic about the whole thing.We ran into a collection of twenty creative tattoos. So we ... Read MoreThe post Express Your Love in Ink: Ten Creative Ideas for Tattoos You Can Get as a Couple appeared first on Limitless.
  • 4 Reasons for Why You Should Travel With Your Partner Before Getting Married

    Karan
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    People often think of travelling with their partner before getting married as a test of their partner’s character or compatibility. But, unless the two of you are okay with ... Read MoreThe post 4 Reasons for Why You Should Travel With Your Partner Before Getting Married appeared first on Limitless.
  • Switch Back to Your Happier Self in 5 Simple Ways

    Gokul
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Take a good look at your photos from your childhood photo albums.What do you see? A happy kid, most often.We used to be that way as children. ... Read MoreThe post Switch Back to Your Happier Self in 5 Simple Ways appeared first on Limitless.
  • Secrets to Staying Fit from the Bhai of Bollywood

    Gokul
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:15 am
    (Image credit: Mumbashir Malik)Thinking about getting rid of that lousy beer belly and pumping it up like Salman? Then bid adieu to your cozy couch and all ... Read MoreThe post Secrets to Staying Fit from the Bhai of Bollywood appeared first on Limitless.
  • Bollywood to Hollywood. See The Indian Stars Who’ve Made The Trip

    Gokul
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:11 am
    Quite often we tend to underestimate our homegrown talent. So guess it’s fair to say that if it weren’t for the talented bunch mentioned below, we would never have known ... Read MoreThe post Bollywood to Hollywood. See The Indian Stars Who’ve Made The Trip appeared first on Limitless.
 
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    Gusto Life Group

  • Schedule a complementary Strategy Session with Ulrika

    gustolifeteam
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    Do you feel lost in your life or your leadership and don’t know what to do next? Or do you want to move further along an already taken road towards success? Or do you simply want to learn a way to lead your life, your family, your organization or your community? We offer a complimentary, 60 minute LifeStrategy Session to learn about your goals, challenges and desired breakthroughs for the next 12 months.  By the end of the call, you will walk away with “next steps” recommendations necessary to achieve those breakthroughs. On your call, we will also discuss if you are ready to…
  • Is Your Boss Creating a Toxic Work Environment?

    Ulrika
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:20 am
    As we all know, there are as many different leadership styles as there are leaders. The most effective leaders actually know how to adapt their style to the one that best meets the needs of a current situation. Although advantages and disadvantages exist within each leadership style, there are a few styles that we definitely could do without in our work environments. These leadership styles do more harm than good, for everyone involved. And despite creating a temporarily false inflation of the ego of the leader himself, the one most negatively damaged in the long run is in fact the leader. A…
  • Change Management In 5 Simple Steps

    gustolifeteam
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:27 am
    Change is hard for individuals. Change is not an event with an exact start and stop point; it is a process. Each step made towards change, even when small, is still a step in the right direction. This can be hard for many individuals to understand, and it will even cause them frustration. As a leader it’s important that you are aware of the different stages of change, not only in order for you understand the actions and events happening with and within your group but also for you to be pro-active in your own actions. We’ve made it easy for you and outlined the basic 5 stages…
  • Keep Your Mission and Values Alive

    gustolifeteam
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    Employee awareness of your organization’s mission and values is an important part of managing great operations in your organization. It has been proven that employees increasingly don’t care about what they do until they know why and how to do it. As a leader in your organization, create opportunities to communicate and reinforce the culture. Make the culture come alive in your organization. It’s easy to do but makes a huge difference in leading a value-centered and performance-driven work environment. Here are some easy-to-implement tips to increase awareness and employee…
  • Wednesday Wisdom: How To Reach Your Goals

    gustolifeteam
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:13 am
    Most individuals begin each day with goals in mind, only to have them be pushed aside when other tasks or issues present themselves. Allowing constant interruptions to take over can cause you to feel overwhelmed and unproductive. Here are some tips to help you manage the many tasks that present themselves each day without losing focus of your goals: – Make your first task of the day to prioritize your top three goals. – Keep these goals at the forefront of your mind as you go through the day. – When you are interrupted, stop and think about where this falls in your…
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