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  • Don't give your customers more novelty than they can handle

    SmartBrief on Leadership
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    Keeping customers engaged with your brand requires you to strike a balance between familiarity and novelty, writes Paulo Albu -More- 
  • The Privilege of Leadership and Four Promises We Should Make Team Members

    Management Craft
    Lisa Haneberg
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    This is a reflective time of the year for me. We are urged to say “thanks” to give to others and then to embark on the New Year with gusto. It’s a lot to take in! And for me, this year is extra deep/important because I will be starting a new job. Many of you know that a few years ago I jumped back into an internal role so that I could set aside the stress and strain of the road warrior life. My role was as an internal organization development consultant. This is work that I enjoy. Even so, it did not have as much of the leadership and management elements that I love – love so much…
  • Developing Visionary Capacity

    Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
    John Agno
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    What enables great corporate leaders to detect signals that their industry, or perhaps the entire world, is about to change?  How are they able to place their companies in a position to capitalize on that change? It boils down to visionary capacity.  Leaders who lack it often guide their companies to obsolescence and failure.  The rare leaders who cultivate a strong vision have disrupted industries, created new ones, and remade the world. In "ANTICIPATE: The Art of Leading By Looking Ahead," strategy and leadership expert Rob-Jan de Jong draws on extensive research…
  • The Strategic Planning Process

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    John Agno
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    Here is the background regarding the importance of clearly understanding the "intangible identity elements" that consist of the assumptions/beliefs, values/aspirations, vision and guiding principlesas it relates to creating a Vision/Mission Statement (along with the supporting business plans that each functional unit will put together based on the leadership developed Vision/Mission Statement).  The Planning Process Knowing what's important to the leadership of the organization and what they want to see happen allows the leadership team to focus its energy and achieve…
  • The Currency of Relationships

    Great Leadership
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Erica Peitler:Today all work involves engaging and collaborating with others. If you lead anysize team and relationships are a problem for you, your plans will most definitely derail. Be attentive and ensure that your relationships are built on solid foundations and that you continually nurture them over time.Build Your Relationship Currency with Three Building Blocks:    Establish Credibility    Be an Authentic Messenger    Demonstrate GravitasEstablish Credibility Relationships in business are often first established in forums…
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  • The 10 Most Important Sustainable Business Stories from 2014

    Andrew Winston
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s been an amazing 12 months in the world of sustainable business. From climate change to inequality, the scope of humanity’s biggest environmental and social challenges came into much sharper focus this year — as did the scale and range of opportunities to do something about them. And citizens, using new social media tools and old-fashioned marches, rose up to drive change. Both in response and pre-emptively, the world’s leading companies continued to aggressively pivot their businesses toward more sustainable and innovative ways of operating. To make sense…
  • What’s Missing from Annual Reports

    Graham Kenny
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    As a shareholder of several companies, I receive many updates and reports. Even though I know how to dissect the financials and pull out any relevant ratios, I’m not satisfied with the story that these reports tell me. Nor, I’d suggest, are most shareholders. Many choose not to receive an annual report at all, online or in hard copy — and few of those who do actually read what they get. Who can blame them? What we want to know simply isn’t in there. We want assurance that our investments are secure, of course. But more than that, we want to know the health of the…
  • Stop Using Battle Metaphors in Your Company Strategy

    Frank V. Cespedes
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The economist Fritz Machlup wrote an essay about weaselwords: “words concealing voids of thought . . . used to avoid commitment . . . which destroy the force of a statement as a weasel ruins an egg by sucking out its content.” Machlup was talking about how economists often use words like “structure” instead of empirical cause-and-effect linkages. Ironically, after years of books, articles, and MBA programs dedicated to strategic thinking, that’s the danger with how strategy is used in business meetings. It’s too often a way of sounding smart or leader-like…
  • Case Study: Can One Business Unit Have 2 Revenue Models?

    Marco Bertini
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As two of his business units were completing their merger, Peter Noll, chief of the Diagnostics division at the Frankfurt-based Scherr Pharmaceuticals, felt it was time to address a nagging issue: The combined entity had no overarching revenue model. This deficiency had been weighing on him for a year, ever since the merger had been approved by the CEO, the executive team, and the board. Although the two units had similar products, they relied on different strategies to earn their money. Their sales forces sometimes even called on the same customers, leaving potential buyers confused by the…
  • How to Write a Resume That Stands Out

    Amy Gallo
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The resume: there are so many conflicting recommendations out there. Should you keep it to one page? Do you put a summary up top? Do you include personal interests and volunteer gigs? This may be your best chance to make a good first impression, so you’ve got to get it right. What the Experts Say “There’s nothing quick or easy about crafting an effective resume,” says Jane Heifetz, a resume expert and founder of Right Resumes. Don’t think you’re going to sit down and hammer it out in an hour. “You have to think carefully about what to say and how to…
 
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  • Are You Uncomfortable?

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    No one likes to be uncomfortable. But, there is a correlation between our growth and success in life and the discomfort we’re willing to impose on ourselves. Growth necessarily takes us outside of our comfort zone. In a world of rapid and continual change, radical personal growth is required. We need to get used to it. If we are going to stay relevant, we are going to be uncomfortable. If we are going to grow, we’re going to be uncomfortable. It’s difficult and unsettling. It’s just doesn’t feel right. If a behavior or thinking has gotten us by, we just keep repeating it even if it…
  • quickpoint: Strategy and Leadership

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    When confronted by “unusual uncertainty” as Ben Bernanke put it, leaders need to be able to think and act adaptively. It’s jazz—strategic improvisation. Professor David Teece of University of California Berkeley Hass School of Business shares this in the foreword of Winning the Long Game: A firm’s dynamic capabilities rest on two pillars: (1) the vision and leadership skills of managers, and (2) the cohesion and flexibility of the organization as a whole. Leaders must fashion sound strategies for the enterprise, and the organization itself must be agile enough to adapt as required.
  • 5 Leadership Lessons: Richard Branson on Leadership

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The Virgin Way by Richard Branson takes us over very familiar territory. But then maybe that’s the point. While there is not much that is new, Branson has taken sound principles and demonstrated that – in practice – they work. He quotes Mark Twain, “All ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources, and daily used by the garnerer with a pride and satisfaction born of the superstition that he originated them.” And indeed they are. Our problem is age-old: putting what we know into practice. Bottom-line: There is no secret sauce. Anyone who…
  • Booknotes: Leadership Vertigo, Kidding Ourselves

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    ☙ In Leadership Vertigo, authors S. Max Brown and Tanveer Naseer explain that there is a gap between what we know we should be doing and what we are actually doing. They call it “leadership vertigo” and they attribute it to false signals in our daily perceptions that inform us that we’re moving in a certain direction when in reality we’re not. ☙ How do we avoid leadership vertigo? If we live the following four principles it will help us to keep our focus where it should be and avoid leadership vertigo: “We need to create a feeling of community, of being a part of…
  • The Chaos Imperative

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:52 am
    Our brains need white space to think creatively. We need white space to think more deeply and completely. In The Chaos Imperative, co-authors Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack say that “if we want to foster creativity and innovation in our own lives, we too need a bit of chaos.” We need organization and routines to be sure, but we also need “pockets of chaos”—“places where structure and efficiency are set aside or blocked off to create a more organic process that allows new ideas to come to the fore.” What Brafman calls “organized serendipity.” We could actually use more of this…
 
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    Management-Issues

  • Balancing act

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    Members of a team that Maggie managed until recently have been complaining to her about their new boss and asking her to come back as their director. Should she share this feedback with the new director?
  • The buck stops with you

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:49 am
    If you aspire to be a leader, you have to accept that you are where the buck stops. If you’re not prepared to take responsibility and be accountable, look for another role.
  • Five end-of-year questions for remote managers

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:36 am
    At some point in the year we all need to stop, reflect on what’s happened and what looms ahead. And given that another year is looming, in that spirit of reflection, here are five questions all team leaders should ask themselves
  • Your thoughts can catch you out

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    When speaking to an audience, a little empathetic laughter can be a dangerous thing, causing even the most polished presenter to drop a verbal gaff that completely destroys the message they were hoping to get across.
  • You thoughts can catch you out

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:24 am
    When speaking to an audience, a little empathetic laughter can be a dangerous thing, causing even the most polished presenter to drop a verbal gaff that completely destroys the message they were hoping to get across.
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • 19 Apps That Made the Difference for Me and My Team in 2014

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    I use a lot of apps. Actually, more than a lot. I’m always downloading, using, and experimenting, trying to find the very best. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto/bevangoldswain There are hundreds of thousands of possible apps to use, just for your mobile device. Throw in desktop and web applications and the number is nearly infinite. 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.  
  • My Biggest Video Bloopers of 2014 [Video]

    Joel Miller
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. My talented friends at Rainey Media do most of the video production for my team. They catch me at my best—and my worst. Here’s a collection of my best video bloopers from 2014! If you liked these, click here to tweet. 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.
  • The Habit of Generosity: 3 Ways Giving Beats Receiving

    Michael Hyatt
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nothing characterizes the Christmas season like generosity, the generosity of God to us and us to each other. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto/fzant Gift giving has been an important part of Christmas ever since the Three Wise Men presented their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But sometimes it can seem like receiving gifts is the main point of the holiday. 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.  
  • Early Bird Special on ‘5 Days to Your Best Year Ever’ Ends Today

    Michael Hyatt
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Except maybe the time around our birthday, no single period in the year can bring us to a place of deep reflection about the past and future like the days leading up to Christmas and New Year’s. Photo courtesy of IStockPhoto/DNY59 It’s like hitting the pause button on life. Even if it’s only for a few hours, we can slow things down long enough to evaluate how things went in the last twelve months and what we’d like to make happen in the next twelve. But we can’t keep things paused forever. Inevitably, life ramps back up, and the moment to pause and reflect vanishes. What will you do…
  • Season 2, Episode 11: The 5 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Leaders Make [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Season 2, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the five most common mistakes leaders make in hiring people. Nothing can accelerate the growth of your business faster than hiring the right person. Similarly, nothing can derail it faster than bringing in the wrong person. If you are going to succeed in business (or even in a non-profit organization), you must get really good at hiring great people. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe…
 
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Social Media and the Introverted Leader

    Andrea Learned
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The building conversation about introverts in the business world strikes a chord. Though few who have met me in person would guess it, I am one, with a capital “I.” Interestingly (and fortunately), using social media has been key for finding the balance that lets me think, work and connect most productively. Thanks to this tool, my ability to build a profile in my particular focus area, sustainability, is not hindered by the fact that I live in “remote” Seattle (compared to cities like NYC, Boston or San Francisco, I mean). Even with my strong introvert tendencies, I…
  • Why The C-Suite Needs a Chief Sustainability Officer

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

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

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

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

  • The Currency of Relationships

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Erica Peitler:Today all work involves engaging and collaborating with others. If you lead anysize team and relationships are a problem for you, your plans will most definitely derail. Be attentive and ensure that your relationships are built on solid foundations and that you continually nurture them over time.Build Your Relationship Currency with Three Building Blocks:    Establish Credibility    Be an Authentic Messenger    Demonstrate GravitasEstablish Credibility Relationships in business are often first established in forums…
  • 50 Ways to Develop Leaders

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    I've been writing a series of posts over at About.com Management and Leadership covering use of the 9 box performance and potential matrix for succession planning and leadership development.The latest installment is how to use the 9 box to diagnose development needs and come up with "box appropriate" development ideas:50 Ways to Develop Leaders Using the 9 Box Performance and Potential Matrix  Others in the series include: 8 Reasons to Use the 9 Box Matrix for Succession Planning and DevelopmentHow to Use the 9 Box Matrix for Succession Planning and Development  7 Ways to…
  • 7 Ways to Assess Leadership Potential

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    There is more than one way to skin a cat, or in this case, to assess for leadership potential using the performance and potential 9 box matrix.Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership Development to find out how.  
  • 7 Traits That Indicate You Might Not Be Leadership Material

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Rosalinda Randall:Are you ready to consistently set a good example? Can you be engaging, good-humored, tactful, available, considerate, courteous, honest, reliable, and understanding, every day, all day? Being an effective leader is a task not everyone can do. At least not without guidance from mentors, experience, desire to think of others first, and the will to absorb his or her staff’s positive and negative traits. Are you leadership material? 1. Unpredictable moods: If you have some sort of “mood/behavior disorder”, please seek medical assistance. You may not be…
  • All About the Performance and Potential Matrix

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Regular Great Leadership readers are already familiar with the performance and potential matrix, otherwise known as the "9 box".In case you'd a refresher, I'm writing a series of posts on the 9 box over at About.com Management and Leadership.Here's part one and two:8 Reasons to Use the 9 Box Matrix for Succession Planning and DevelopmentHow to Use the 9 Box Matrix for Succession Planning and Development  
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    NOOP.NL

  • See You Next Year!

    Jurgen Appelo
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    My book tour was crazy, exciting, ambitious, and exhausting. The start of the tour now seems a long time ago, even though it was just six months. I had fun with 400 participants, had some great (and some not so great) travel experiences, and collected a good amount of fresh stories. The post See You Next Year! appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Here’s My Management 3.0 Story. What’s Yours?

    Jurgen Appelo
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    After 4 years of working by myself, I am now the proud manager of a team of seven great people. Two months ago, I had already extended my one-person company Happy Melly One by adding Lisette Sutherland (general management) and Sergey Kotlov (software development). In the last couple of weeks, I asked Lisette and Sergey to conduct job interviews with people around the world for the roles of Internet marketing, content writing, web development, and video editing. The post Here’s My Management 3.0 Story. What’s Yours? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • 35 Best Quotes from Management 3.0 #Workout

    Jurgen Appelo
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:58 am
    For several months, I posted and tweeted quotes from the new #Workout book. I then measured how often they were retweeted and liked on Twitter and on Facebook. And this is the result! The most popular quotes from Management 3.0 #Workout. Enjoy. The post 35 Best Quotes from Management 3.0 #Workout appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Visualizing My Objectives

    Jurgen Appelo
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love the concept of OKRs (Objectives & Key Results) and while experimenting with this idea at Happy Melly, I’m trying to figure out how to adapt the practice to fit my own context. One thing my team members and I have noticed over the last few months is that it’s hard to remember what we have committed to. The post Visualizing My Objectives appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Book Celebration (and Invitation)!

    Jurgen Appelo
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    By now all the different editions of my new book Management 3.0 #Workout are finished and published. The book, easily the most colorful and practical management book in the world, is available as PDF, ePub, Kindle and in a printed edition. And, although writing a book is great fun, finishing a book feels even better! Especially since it’s worth a little celebration. If you’ve read any of my work, you know I love to celebrate. :o) The post Book Celebration (and Invitation)! appeared first on NOOP.NL.
 
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  • Persevere to Reconnect

    Katie Russell
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    #64 Persevere to Reconnect Sometimes saying you’re sorry isn’t enough. Don’t give up. Keep reaching out to reconnect.  Doing so is a sign of your good character (it can be said that you have the character strength of magnanimity). This is the sixty-fourth 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, Celebrate High Five Moments

    Katie Russell
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    #63 Celebrate High Five Moments In Fired Up or Burned Out, we wrote about Cranium, the games company, and how it is intentional about designing games so that people will experience “high five moments.” One form of physical touch that can be appropriate in the workplace (depending upon the context) is to give someone a “hive five” or “fist bump” when they perform well. These are acceptable ways to give recognition in more informal cultures. Research has found sports teams that express recognition in more physical forms perform better. This is the sixty-third post in our series…
  • Provide Autonomy in Goal-Setting

    Katie Russell
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    #62 Provide Autonomy in Goal-Setting As much as possible, let your direct reports establish their Top Five annual goals after communicating that their goals need to align with your Top Five. Talk through the goals with each employee to find SHARED goals that will advance your organization’s and the individual employee’s interests. It may not be possible to find a perfect set of goals that meet the interests of all so make the effort to find the best possible set of goals and you will be rewarded by people who execute their tasks with greater energy and enthusiasm. This is…
  • December Leadership Development Carnival

    Katie Russell
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:58 am
    I am honored to host the December installment of the Leadership Development Carnival, a collection of helpful leadership advice from top bloggers. This month’s carnival doesn’t adhere to any particular theme, but rather features content on a variety of leadership topics and issues. Take a moment to click through each of the great submissions, and be sure to share this collection of posts with someone you believe would benefit from the advice.  Leadership Skills Many of this month’s featured posts focus on specific leadership skills we all need to develop. For example, in “Seven Ways…
  • The Optimum Number of Annual Goals

    Katie Russell
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    #61 Set “Top Five” Annual Goals Both individually and as a team, set no more than five challenging but achievable annual goals.  If you go beyond five annual goals, it will diminish focus and effective execution by tending to overwhelm those responsible for implementation. One day each week, review your weekly plans to see that they are aligned with your Top Five. This is the sixty-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…
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    Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage

  • Why Lie About Santa?

    brucelynn
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
       “Advent is all about looking from the deepest darkness towards the light.” – Richard Coles, Pause for Thought As a card-carrying skeptic, I embrace doubt (failure of knowing) about things that many people take for granted or have strong convictions about. So why would I spring to the defence of a transparently mythological character? Nostalgia Critic explains it best… “Why do we continue to lie about it? Recently it hit me why the illusion of Santa is not only a good thing, but also an important thing. Really think about all the surprises life has thrown at you. Just…
  • Embracing Deletion

    brucelynn
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
      “She who has broken many pots” – literal translation to African term for “good cook” (NPR) Happy 9th Anniversary! Nine years of cooking up material on Embracing Failure as well as Leadership and Management. 1,029 posts. The traditional gift for the ninth is pottery so I am taking today’s inspiration from that topic looked at from a common source of inspiration for me, Seth Godin, and his post “Cracking the pottery” “For every post that makes it to this blog, I write at least three, sometimes more. That means that on a regular basis, I delete some of my favorite…
  • Danger Will Robinson

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

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

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

  • Right of way

    Seth Godin
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:55 am
    It started with boats, but over the centuries, it is practiced everywhere... we establish cultural rights of way, a hierarchy of precedence about who gets to go first. We need a default because we can't always have a discussion about who goes next in the moment. Motorboats, for example, are generally expected to veer out of the way of a sailboat (instead of the other way around). This makes sense, of course, because they have more options and can recover more easily. That's one way to prioritize who gets to go first: the small over the big, the one who needs it over the one would could handle…
  • Daily

    Seth Godin
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:08 am
    There's a fundamental difference between the things you do every day, every single day, and the things you do only when the spirit moves you. One difference is that once you've committed to doing something daily, you find that the spirit moves you, daily. Rather than having a daily debate about today's agenda, you can decide once that you will do something, and then decide every single day how to do it.        
  • Who let the air out of the balloon?

    Seth Godin
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    Music, newspapers, books... most forms of media were exciting, high-pressure hothouses, environments with hits and winners and action and impact. Many players in these industries are now trying to figure out where all the zing went. The mattering seems to have left. Where did it go? It turns out that the air didn't get let out, the balloon disappeared. Balloons have pressure because there's only one tiny opening. Scarce shelf space. Only room for one newspaper. Only forty titles on the Billboard chart. It's that opening that creates the environment that allows pressure to exist, that pulls…
  • This or that vs. yes or no

    Seth Godin
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    It's much easier to persuade a philanthropist to fund your project than it is to persuade a rich person to become a philanthropist. Encouraging someone to shift slightly, to pick this instead of that, is a totally different endeavor than working to turn a no into a yes, to change an entire pattern of behavior. When looking to grow, start with people who already believe that they have a problem you can help them solve.        
  • Clear language and respect

    Seth Godin
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Our connection economy thrives when people understand what to expect from one another. We're more likely than ever to engage in interactions that involve an exchange, something that deserves a specific clarification. I'll do this and you'll do that. More and more agreements are being made, because more and more transactions happen outside or between organizations. The question then: What does good drafting look like? If the agreement starts with "whereas" and continues along with, "notwithstanding the foregoing," and when it must be decoded by a lawyer on the other side, something has gone…
 
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    Tom Peters

  • Surprise, Transformation & Excellence through “Spontaneous Discovery”:A Personal Saga

    Tom Peters
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    FYI, this is a revision of an antique—but arguably more relevant than ever (PDF version also available): "Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You simply must ... Do things."—Ray Bradbury "By indirection direction find."—Hamlet, II. I "To be playful is to allow for unlimited possibility."—James Carse "No one […] The post Surprise, Transformation & Excellence through “Spontaneous Discovery”:A Personal Saga appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • A TEN-POINT “NO OPTION” MANIFESTO: RE-IMAGINE. EXCELLENCE. INNOVATE. NOW. OR PERISH.

    Tom Peters
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Herein the outline of my presentation to PAI Market Partners Conference on 05 December in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: 1. "Software is eating the world."—Marc Andreessen. "It" has been coming for a long time. But "wait 'til next year" is done. Radical—very radical—technology-driven changes, featuring robotics-executed surgery, algorithms that dominate the world's financial markets, the […] The post A TEN-POINT “NO OPTION” MANIFESTO: RE-IMAGINE. EXCELLENCE. INNOVATE. NOW. OR PERISH. appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Dominican Republic

    Cathy Mosca
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    This may be the first time Tom has ever gone to the Dominican Republic. He‘s in a town beautifully named Punta Cana, speaking to a group from Payment Alliance International (PAI) at their 2014 Market Partner Conference. The PPT files can be downloaded here. Enjoy! PAI Market Partner Conference PAI, Long Version The post Dominican Republic appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Podcast: Perspectives and Predictions

    Cathy Mosca
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    From all reports, Tom had a good time talking to former associates and good friends Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss. The topic of the podcast was Perspectives and Predictions, and the talk got started with the subject of Social Business. That discussion led to a conversation with Cheryl Burgess, coauthor of The Social Employee. The […] The post Podcast: Perspectives and Predictions appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • 12 Whirlwind Days in Japan

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

  • Found on a Scrap of Paper

    Lisa Haneberg
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    I was cleaning some stuff out and found a piece of paper with the following thoughts: Think progress, believe in progress, push for progress. Build confidence You are what you think you are - be brilliant. Believe, really believe, you can move mountains. Believe in great results. My attitudes are more important than my intelligence. Use big, positive, energizing words. Monopolize listening, not talking. Cure yourself of excuseitis. Look for ideas everywhere. Share everything. I do not remember when I wrote these ideas. I don't remember why I wrote them. But it seems like a good filter from…
  • The Privilege of Leadership and Four Promises We Should Make Team Members

    Lisa Haneberg
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    This is a reflective time of the year for me. We are urged to say “thanks” to give to others and then to embark on the New Year with gusto. It’s a lot to take in! And for me, this year is extra deep/important because I will be starting a new job. Many of you know that a few years ago I jumped back into an internal role so that I could set aside the stress and strain of the road warrior life. My role was as an internal organization development consultant. This is work that I enjoy. Even so, it did not have as much of the leadership and management elements that I love – love so much…
  • Note to Self: What matters most, shows up most. What shows up most, matters most.

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

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

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

  • One blind spot to avoid in your quest to be true to yourself

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    You would have heard (generally from motivational speakers) about the need to be true to yourself. Common terms used are: Be yourself Be true to yourself You can only be yourself, everybody else is taken Be You I can go on and also I agree with most of the statements but with a caveat. If you want to feel good about yourself and exercise freedom of speech or freedom of expression then go ahead by all means. Nobody can stop you. But… If you are thinking of meaningful accomplishments, the above theory paints only half the picture. There is a blind spot to avoid with the above approach and if…
  • Why is it hard to get what you are worth?

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    You or someone you know are struggling to see how to fill the gap. The gap I am refering to is the difference between what you earn currently and what you are worth. There is an outside chance that you are in a situation for personal reasons where you can’t positively influence how much ever you try to reduce the gap. I say it’s an outside chance because those situations are rare. It does feel good to say that you are in one of them because when you truly believe that, “you absolve yourself from the blame” for your current situation. You are a victim and you are in a way happy being…
  • How to Handle Thankless Assignments

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    A thankless assignment is one where there is a limited upside for doing a great job on the assignment, but there is a serious downside if something goes wrong with it. You (or someone you know) have been tasked with thankless assignments not once, but many times over unless you have been “Vegas-style lucky” – meaning VERY VERY lucky.. Over the last few years, I have helped a number of people handle thankless assignments and turn them into situations that will create potential advantages for them. Here I present those ideas that have worked well. Here we go: 1. Understand…
  • What is a real missed opportunity?

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    One of my favorite quotes is actually an African proverb. It goes like this: When you want to go fast, go alone. When you want to go far, go together. It’s easy to understand and equally easy to forget, unfortunately. With that in the background, let’s get to answering the question we started with: What is a real missed opportunity? In short, the “real missed opportunity” is your inability to proactively help people in your network to accelerate the pursuit of their dreams. Let me explain… Let’s take an example of John. He is a member of your network and someone you have known for…
  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    First, let us clear a myth It may be true that you may have only six degrees of separation from anyone else in the world. So, theoretically speaking, if you wanted to reach ANYONE all you had to do was to find the right six-degree chain and voila, you will be right in front of that person. That rarely happens and for most part, will remain as a myth. LinkedIn has made it easy to break the boundaries a bit. For starters, you can definitely see who is in your extended network. Again, mostly the power ends right there. Just because you can now see who is connected to whom does not make you…
 
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Your Inner Impostor May Be Hurting You

    sshapiro
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Back in the early 90′s, while working for Andersen Consulting in New York City, I was asked to give a presentation to a client project team that was creating a complex software system. They were struggling with the testing process. The project team was told that I was one of the Firm’s f... The post Your Inner Impostor May Be Hurting You appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • What Aren’t Your Customers Telling You?

    sshapiro
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    During a recent podcast, the interviewer, Fei Wu, asked me, “What is a question that other interviewers have not asked that you would like me to ask?” I’ve never been posed that question before in over 100 interviews. The conversation was being recorded and felt pressure to answer ... The post What Aren’t Your Customers Telling You? appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • 2 Part Interview on Fei’s World

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

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

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

  • Leaders Increase Capacity to Handle More Complexity

    Orrin Woodward
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    Since the world continues to grow more complex, so too must its leaders continue to grow. World leaders, in short, must increase capacity to handle more complexity. And the company that creates the best environment for people to grow personally will increase its professional capacity the fastest. This is the only sustainable competitive advantage today. I embedded a video that describes the steps to increase one’s leadership capacity. LIFE Leadership is helping companies grow leaders and build a sustainable competitive advantage. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward
  • Why Most People Fail: Lack of Vision

    Orrin Woodward
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    I tweeted out a quote this morning that read: Winners learn from the past, live in the present, and lead into the future. Failures, however, reject this advice. In fact, they follow an opposite path which ensures failure. If I were to tweet out how to fail in life it would read: Failures replay the past, react in the present, and rationalize away the future. If this quote is closer to your current mindset, the good news is – YOU can change it! Now I am not promising it will be easy. Failure is a mindset that quickly becomes a habitual. Nonetheless, with disciplined mental and physical…
  • Building a Leadership Culture

    Orrin Woodward
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Leadership Culture The longer I am in the leadership field, the more apparent it is to me that creating a leadership culture is the key to longterm results in any company. Yes, a leader must be a top performer, but that, by itself, cannot produce longterm excellence. Indeed, only when the leader works on creating a culture of excellence will his/her company fulfill its potential. Perhaps the simplest description of culture is to recognize the relation between the community’s culture and the leader’s expectation. Whatever the leader finds acceptable (believes, behaviors, and results) soon…
  • The Law of Averages Produces Results

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

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

  • Tacit Knowledge Is Why Superintelligence Might Turn On Us

    Paul Ritchie
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    Do Russ Roberts just posted another gripping EconTalk podcast. This week’s episode featured a discussion with Nick Bostrom about the themes of his book, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. Here’s the summary from the podcast’s “home” post: Bostrom argues that when machines exist which dwarf human intelligence they will threaten human existence unless steps are taken now to reduce the risk. The conversation covers the likelihood of the worst scenarios, strategies that might be used to reduce the risk and the implications for labor markets, and human…
  • Quote of the day — H.L. Mencken

    Paul Ritchie
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant. — H.L. MenckenFiled under: PMO Tagged: Freedom, H.L. Mencken, Knowledge, PM Quote of the Day, Truth
  • Crossderry Podcast #2 — 16 November 2014

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

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

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

  • Articles: Strategic Principles for Competing in the Digital Age

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Digitization is rewriting the rules of competition, with incumbent companies most at risk of being left behind. Here are six critical decisions CEOs must make to address the strategic challenge posed by the digital revolution. Author: Paul Willmott, Martin Hirt Source: McKinsey Quarterly Subject: IT / Internet / E-Business
  • Article from the Archive: The Palette of Management Development

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The central challenge of management development is to control and manage the learning process of managers, focused on individual development and career success and/or reaching organizational goals. Author: Lidewey van der Sluis-den Dikken, Ludwig H Hoeksema Source: ManagementFirst Subject: Management, Human Resources
  • Articles: 3 Steps to Turbo Charge Profits

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Top financial managers have an opportunity to boost their companies' profits to new heights. The key to success: become your company's Chief Profitability Officer. How can a CPO reverse his or her company's massive embedded unprofitability and generate new streams of profits? Three essential steps: develop a profit map; define priorities and serving models for your important account/product segments; and align compensation throughout your company, especially for the sales force, by basing it on directly on granular profitability. Author: Jonathan Byrnes Source: Business Finance Magazine…
  • Quotes: Neem Karoli Baba

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are people who get exactly what they want. You think they're the lucky ones, but they're not. The lucky ones are those who do what they are meant to do. Source: Fast Company Subject: Personal Development, Career, Life, Wisdom
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Celebrate those who help others

    Alexander
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:05 am
    I’ve previously mentioned New York-based company Next Jump and the great culture they’ve created. One of their practices that really inspires me is that their most important and prestigious employee award is not given based on performance but based on who helps others the most. In the video above you can see their 2014 ceremony – it is both brilliant and moving.
  • Gigs galore

    Alexander
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    Today I fly to New York to do a workshop for a client and over the next 3 months I’m also speaking in Reykjavik, Istanbul, Ljubljana and possibly Paris. Woohoo :)
  • High CEO pay

    Alexander
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    High CEO pay does not attract good leaders, it attracts expensive leaders. Not the same thing at all.
  • Webinar + slides: Leading With Happiness

    Alexander
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    I just completed our latest webinar – this one is called Leading With Happiness – and  the video is live and available right here: It’s 30 minutes long. If you want my slides, get’em right here. We believe that there is a new style of leadership emerging – one that focuses more on doing what’s good for employees and customers than on short-term profits. A form of leadership, in short, that has happiness at its core. Topics: What does happy leadership look like? How do you do it in practice? How can managers themselves stay happy in their careers? What are…
  • How to be a workplace rebel

    Alexander
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    My speech from this year’s Meaning Conference in Brighton just went live. It’s 11 minutes long and you can watch it right here: I personally feel this speech was pretty rough – it is the very first time I’ve spoken about this particular topic and it shows. But I’m very passionate about inspiring more people to say “NO” at work and will be refining this message further. The web site I mention in the speech is live and you can go on there now and get a ton of tips on quitting your job.
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • 9 Years, 965 Posts and My Leadership Secrets (Thanks Don Quixote)

    Starbucker
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    9 years ago this week, I started this blog with a declaration (of sorts): Yes, I always tend to look at the glass as “half full” – call me an eternal optimist, call me a fool, but I find it’s the best way to live one’s life with the least amount of angst. 965 posts later, I find myself sitting in front of my computer thinking about all that has happened after I drew that line in the sand. The “half-fullism” that I declared that day started a fantastic journey that led to great personal achievements, and a cool discovery. I loved the practice of leadership.
  • Why Great Leaders Have Selective Amnesia, and 3 Ways They Use It

    Starbucker
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    George Santayana I’m sure you’ve heard this famous quote many times: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” –George Santayana Indeed, it’s a very powerful message about learning from the past.  However, I would offer that this quote should be amended to truly reflect using history to a leader’s advantage: “Those who learn best from wisely selected amnesia are destined to greatness” Note the phrase “wisely selected“. When it comes to history, great leaders essentially have selective amnesia.   Because not all of what has taken place…
  • My Dad, The Trucker Hat and The Value of Work

    Starbucker
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    My Dad used to love wearing trucker hats. He was a carpenter – that is, when he wasn’t working full time for the county sheriff’s department – and he had a closet full of cool hats to wear out on his jobs. He loved helping friends and neighbors that way, hanging a door, installing a window, fixing a roof, repairing siding, or even building an entire garage (I was with him on that adventure, in the summer of 1974). It was hard work, no doubt – try fixing a roof on a scorching hot day with 90% humidity – but he loved it.  After all, he was doing this work on…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Put The Business Cart Before The Leadership Horse

    Starbucker
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It’s so tempting, once leaders get their marching orders to deliver profit targets, to dive right into the details of execution. After all, it’s the nature of a business - going from Point A to Point B as quickly and efficiently as possible, to gain a competitive advantage and secure the market share necessary for success. But before we go charging up that hill, we need to take a very necessary first step – to make sure the rest of the team is behind us, aligned, motivated, and in tune with the mission of the company. Because as Jack Welch, former CEO of GE has said,  It…
  • 4 Essential Rules For Making Better Hires

    Starbucker
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It’s one of my 8 Principles of More Human Leadership – Finding and Teaching More Human Leaders. Finding the “right” people to build the best team has always been one of the most challenging things a leader can do, and it often can be the most frustrating, because when you get right down to it, there is a lot of risk involved– by following the right rules and being disciplined about it you can reduce your odds of failure, but in the end, you can never reduce that risk completely. Because hires can be so frustratingly and unpredictably…..human. Consequently, my approach…
 
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    ManagingCommunities.com

  • YouTube Isn’t a Copyright Launderer

    Patrick
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    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.
  • Happy Holidays!

    Patrick
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • How to Find a Great Online Community Manager Job in 2015 (or a More Senior Role)

    Patrick
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Music Artists Routinely Give Away Their Most Valuable Resource and Don’t Even Realize It

    Patrick
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Examples of Companies Engaging on reddit

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

  • Intelligence is Important but Integrity Matters More

    lollydaskal
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you think of leadership, you want a wise leader who is quick on their feet and sharp in their vision and intelligent in their decisions. But there is something that triumphs intelligence when it comes to leadership. Because even for the quickest, smartest, best leader, if they don’t have integrity all the intelligence is for naught. As we have learned in history and in current events, high intelligence is no guarantee of good judgment, and good judgment is closer to wisdom than high intelligence is. When we lead with integrity, our leadership is asking us to meet reality with the core…
  • Lead People to Believe in Themselves

    lollydaskal
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    The best leaders are those who lead people to believe in themselves. People believe in themselves when they have a reason to commit to something significant and meaningful. When people feel inspired by their leader, leadership is at its best. When people are made to feel important, when they know they matter and they have an important role, they bring their best to all they need to accomplish. Inspiration drives motivation. When people understand the direction of the vision, leadership is at its prime. People need to know where they are heading and why they are headed there. Once they have…
  • Trust Matters. Learn How To Earn It and Keep It.

    lollydaskal
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    The importance of trust is an emerging topic in business these days, showing up in advertisements, blogs, books and in articles. But unlike most buzzwords, trust is an enduring concept. Trust matters because it is at the core of everything we do. With it, few things are out of reach; without it, leadership is meaningless. Aristotle defines his concept of ethos, or trust, as comprising three attributes: first, intelligence and competence; second, character (that is, reliability and honesty); and third, goodwill. These same elements of competence, reliability, honesty and consistency continue…
  • Life Lesson: The True Seven Wonders of the World

    lollydaskal
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    A group of very smart students were asked to make a list of what they considered to be the contemporary Seven Wonders of the World. After much discussion and disagreement, the students were asked to write down their individual choices and pass them to the front of the room. Once the papers were collected the teacher tallied up the list and wrote on the board the responses that had gotten the most votes: 1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids 2. Taj Mahal 3. Grand Canyon 4. Stonehenge 5. Empire State Building 6. St. Peter’s Basilica 7. China’s Great Wall Everyone was excited about the list, except…
  • The Best Leaders Are Critical Thinkers

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

  • 5 Reasons Purpose Matters to Leaders

    George Ambler
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Without purpose you cannot lead. Purpose is the only force that can shift our leadership focus from one that’s self-serving to one that serves others. Purpose is the force that enables leaders to take a stand for what they believe, despite overwhelming resistance. Consider powerful role purpose has played in the lives of Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jnr. and many others. These leaders were powered by a purpose. Purpose matters to leaders because of what it does for leaders. Let me explain. 1. Purpose Keeps Leaders Focused “Until you figure out…
  • 8 Essential Beliefs About Purpose

    George Ambler
    6 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
      Each of us approach the idea of purpose from a different place in our life journey. Our ideas about purpose are shaped by our experiences, beliefs, culture and education. You may be asking “why does this matter?”. Well, what we believe about purpose can frustrate our efforts as we try discover our purpose. Your beliefs about purpose can either help or hinder you. Given the important of our beliefs and our preconceived ideas about purpose. I thought it would be useful to share the eight beliefs I’ve found to be useful in helping leaders find their unique purpose.   1.
  • The Power of Purpose Driven Leaders

    George Ambler
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    It was the German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche who observed that “he who has a why can endure any how”. Leaders who know their why are better able to navigate and achieve success in the fast changing and uncertain world of today. Consider some of the leaders of the past who persevered in the face of difficult circumstances. Leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jnr. and so many others. These leaders connected to a purpose that matter to them. For Nelson Mandela it was the liberation of the people of South Africa. For Winston…
  • How to Create a System for Goal Getting

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

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

  • The Company Holiday Party? Come on, most folks would rather have a Dunkin Donuts gift card.

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:42 am
    There was an article the other day on boston.com on the return of the company holiday party. The news that companies that had put the kibosh on this mode of torture were roaring back party-wisesurely dashed the hopes of those reluctant party-goers who’d been enjoying the respite brought about by the economic downturn. I’m all in favor of celebrating the holidays with colleagues. In fact, a few weeks ago, the marketing department of one of my local clients invited me to their group outing. The outing was held in a bowling alley on a workday afternoon. We had drinks and bar food; bowled one…
  • If we can put a man on the moon, surely we can solve the virtual reality vomit problem

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:49 am
    Me? I’ve got enough reality-reality in my life to worry about without going out and larding on virtual reality (VR). But for those who prefer their reality virtual, there is a problem: VR makes some folks sick. Well, reality-reality can be pretty darned sickening, too. The Taliban slaughters a bunch of school kids. But even when I’m reading the racist, misogynist, just plain cretinous comments on boston.com I don’t tell to become dehydrated, get the sweats, and lose my cookies. While most VR producers and aficionados have declared the motion-sickness, nausea, headache problems solved,…
  • It’s nice, you know, to kiss your beau…just watch for the drone-bearing mistletoe

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:37 am
    Not scary enough that the skies will sooner or later be filled with drones bearing whatever we order from Amazon. Not sufficient that we’ll be trying to duck and cover while walking down the street and a drone overhead loses altitude while delivering something heavy: a canoe, a fridge, a side of beef. Not unnatural enough that so we’ll be observing chevrons of drones where we once observed chevrons of geese. (With luck, Canada geese going elsewhere fast. One thing in a drone’s favor is that they don’t leave nasty turds behind.) Maybe none of these bad drone things will happen. Maybe…
  • That sinking feeling I always get when the package is coming via UPS…

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Trust me on this one. If you live: On a main thoroughfare In a large city In a small condo building that does not have a concierge or doorman or whatever In a small condo building that has a locked front door such that the only way into the vestibule (where a package could be safely left, as opposed to on the stoop, where you take your chances) is to have someone buzz you in – unless, of course, you are the good old fashioned USPS mailman with the passkey A life that is busy enough that you do not want to sit at home all day waiting for a delivery YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE ANYTHING DELIVERED…
  • An app for everything, and everything for an app

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    Last week, I decided to get a bit more organized in the hall closet. Sick and tired of pulling out armloads of mixed up scarves, gloves, and caps and sorting through the mass of everything every time I have to head out, I thought I’d get a few storage containers. So I’m now the proud owner of a tub full of scarves, a tub full of hats, a tub full of gloves, and a tub not so full of umbrellas. Oh, I suppose there would have been other ways of organizing things – by color, by frigid-weather level – but I chose a pretty basic approach. It works for me, and now I know – and can remember…
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    Ed Batista: Executive Coaching & Change Management

  • Lyubomirsky's Person-Activity Fit Diagnostic

    edbatista
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky's work on happiness and fulfillment has had a significant impact on my approach to coaching (and my own life) since I first read her book The How of Happiness shortly after its publication in 2009. (She's continued her extensive research in the field and published The Myths of Happiness in early 2014.) Lyubomirsky suggests that we have the greatest ability to influence our level of happiness by engaging consistently in a set of small-scale, regular activites on a weekly or even daily basis. She's identified 12 such activities, ranging from "Counting your blessings" to…
  • New Post at HBR: The Marshmallow Test for Grownups

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

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

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

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

  • Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas This Year!

    John Agno
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    Merry Christmas! Divine Law can neither be ignored nor put aside. Perhaps, the most important of these laws is the 'law of love.'  Put simply, "Love is Law, Law is Love."  This amounts to the same thing as "the gift of giving" without the "hope of reward or pay," or serving others. The Law of Love flows through all religions. Here is an interesting story, Christmas Love by Candy Chand, that speaks to the Law of Love:"Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations…
  • The Strategic Planning Process

    John Agno
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    Here is the background regarding the importance of clearly understanding the "intangible identity elements" that consist of the assumptions/beliefs, values/aspirations, vision and guiding principlesas it relates to creating a Vision/Mission Statement (along with the supporting business plans that each functional unit will put together based on the leadership developed Vision/Mission Statement).  The Planning Process Knowing what's important to the leadership of the organization and what they want to see happen allows the leadership team to focus its energy and achieve…
  • Developing Visionary Capacity

    John Agno
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    What enables great corporate leaders to detect signals that their industry, or perhaps the entire world, is about to change?  How are they able to place their companies in a position to capitalize on that change? It boils down to visionary capacity.  Leaders who lack it often guide their companies to obsolescence and failure.  The rare leaders who cultivate a strong vision have disrupted industries, created new ones, and remade the world. In "ANTICIPATE: The Art of Leading By Looking Ahead," strategy and leadership expert Rob-Jan de Jong draws on extensive research…
  • What Every Man Should Know About Female Colleagues

    John Agno
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    Men this is your career guide about women you work with. The business case is compelling.  Companies with more women in leadership posts simply perform better.  Fortune 500 firms with the most female board members outperform those with the least by 26% on return on invested capital and 16% on return on sales, according to a 2011 Catalyst study.  Yet the number of women at the top is barely budging: some 5% of Fortune 500 chief executive officers and 17% of board members.  “If you want to change the numbers, you have to get men involved,” says  Mike…
  • The Logic in Our Emotions

    John Agno
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    Our instincts aren't so irrational after all.  In fact, there is often logic in emotion, and emotion in logic. "Feeling Smart" by Eyal Winter reveals the hidden rationality in feelings like trust, anger, shame, ego, and generosity, and ultimately presents a surprising and very persuasive defense of how we think--even when we don't. Emotions are an effective and sophisticated tool for balancing and complementing our rational side.  In the end, it is the feeling and thinking person who has the advantage, not the person who relies on thought alone. Emotions are a…
 
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    Predictable Success » Blog

  • 4 Ways Your Strategic Plan May Be Taking You Off Course

    sarahberger
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com. Want to build the best game plan for your business? Join us for the ultimate strategic workshop. Get details here. In recent articles we’ve been looking at how to build a truly effective strategic plan for next year. We’ve seen where to start; why capacity is the key component, if your strategic plan is to succeed; the most likely causes of failure (what the cool business kids call de-railers, these days); and even when no plan might be better than any plan. To conclude this series, I’d like to point out the four most common…
  • To Succeed in 2015, You May Have to Fire this Person

    sarahberger
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com. How can you be sure you have the strategies and team you need to succeed? Join us for the ultimate strategic workshop. Get details here. You had a perfectly reasonable strategic plan for 2014, but you came up short. You have a team of highly performing individuals, but you seem to be endlessly discussing the same issues over and over. You make great decisions, but surprisingly few of them get effectively executed. What’s going on? If any or all of the above apply to you, chances are high that there is someone on your team who is…
  • 5 Steps to Help You Reflect, Refuel and Close The Year Out Right

    sarahberger
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    This is our final newsletter of 2014, and we want to help you end the year on a high note. Our first article outlines five steps that will enable you and your team to do just that. We also have an exciting December offer and a powerful way to put the Pareto Principle to work for you. Thank you for being a valued member of our community, and we wish you the happiest of holidays! ~ Sarah The Leader’s Year-End Checklist 5 Steps to help you reflect, refuel and close the year out right. Analyzing the year’s events is a media mainstay this time of year. And while much of it is merely…
  • Is It Time to Disrupt Yourself?

    sarahberger
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com Ensure that you have the people and strategies in place to lead your industry. Join us at Inc.’s New York City headquarters for the ultimate year-end workshop, led by Les McKeown. Get details here. CBS and HBO announce they’re offering a ‘cable-free’ streaming service to access their content. A survey finds that 30% of adults in the US get their news via Facebook. CVS and Rite Aid announce they won’t accept Apple Pay, banking instead on an alternative solution that should arrive in 2015. Tesco, a (mostly) UK-based…
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    Great Leadership

  • The Currency of Relationships

    Dan McCarthy
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Erica Peitler:Today all work involves engaging and collaborating with others. If you lead anysize team and relationships are a problem for you, your plans will most definitely derail. Be attentive and ensure that your relationships are built on solid foundations and that you continually nurture them over time.Build Your Relationship Currency with Three Building Blocks:    Establish Credibility    Be an Authentic Messenger    Demonstrate GravitasEstablish Credibility Relationships in business are often first established in forums…
  • 50 Ways to Develop Leaders

    Dan McCarthy
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    I've been writing a series of posts over at About.com Management and Leadership covering use of the 9 box performance and potential matrix for succession planning and leadership development.The latest installment is how to use the 9 box to diagnose development needs and come up with "box appropriate" development ideas:50 Ways to Develop Leaders Using the 9 Box Performance and Potential Matrix  Others in the series include: 8 Reasons to Use the 9 Box Matrix for Succession Planning and DevelopmentHow to Use the 9 Box Matrix for Succession Planning and Development  7 Ways to…
  • 7 Ways to Assess Leadership Potential

    Dan McCarthy
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    There is more than one way to skin a cat, or in this case, to assess for leadership potential using the performance and potential 9 box matrix.Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership Development to find out how.  
  • 7 Traits That Indicate You Might Not Be Leadership Material

    Dan McCarthy
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Rosalinda Randall:Are you ready to consistently set a good example? Can you be engaging, good-humored, tactful, available, considerate, courteous, honest, reliable, and understanding, every day, all day? Being an effective leader is a task not everyone can do. At least not without guidance from mentors, experience, desire to think of others first, and the will to absorb his or her staff’s positive and negative traits. Are you leadership material? 1. Unpredictable moods: If you have some sort of “mood/behavior disorder”, please seek medical assistance. You may not be…
  • All About the Performance and Potential Matrix

    Dan McCarthy
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Regular Great Leadership readers are already familiar with the performance and potential matrix, otherwise known as the "9 box".In case you'd a refresher, I'm writing a series of posts on the 9 box over at About.com Management and Leadership.Here's part one and two:8 Reasons to Use the 9 Box Matrix for Succession Planning and DevelopmentHow to Use the 9 Box Matrix for Succession Planning and Development  
 
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    IMD Business School - Tomorrow's Challenges Articles

  • TURM[OIL]

    Carlos A. Primo Braga
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    Crude oil has fallen below $60 per barrel. This has the potential to shake up the world economic order.
  • FROM SUPPORTING CAST TO LEAD ROLE

    Michael D. Watkins
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:53 am
    Successful business leaders go through seven major, or seismic, shifts in moving from functional to business leadership. This article focuses on the last of these: the switch from “supporting cast” to “lead role.”
  • GROWTH COMPANIES THINK BEYOND THE BALANCE SHEET

    Arturo Bris,Thomas D. Meyer
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    Intangible and “soft” factors can be more powerful than narrow financial indicators in explaining why some companies grow more than others, according to a new study from the IMD World Competitiveness Center and Accenture.
  • HOW CAN ENTERPRISES GROW AND SHRINK IN SUSTAINABLE WAYS?

    Francisco Szekely,Zahir Dossa
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    What is the best approach for companies embarking on the sustainability journey? Does growth matter for such firms, and what are the social implications if they shrink? How can they expand and contract and remain sustainable?
  • WILL JAPAN DARE TO CHANGE?

    Dominique Turpin
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:09 am
    IMD President Dominique Turpin, who shares strong ties with Japan, takes a hard look at his adopted country
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • What’s your opinion of people showing emotions and crying at work?

    Mike Figliuolo
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: What’s your opinion of people showing their emotions and crying in the workplace? – It’s acceptable as long as it’s not affecting performance: 17.72% – It’s OK sometimes but only in extreme circumstances: 61.13% – It’s not OK and can seem disruptive and unprofessional: 17.97% – It’s completely wrong — […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Setting Team Standards with a Simple Phrase

    Mike Figliuolo
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:04 pm
    As you lead your team and set direction, you have to first set standards. Let people know these are the expectations that you have of them for how they’re going to perform, especially when you’re not around. These standards will typically take one of two forms. First, there are context-specific standards. Those relate to 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.
  • 4 Strategies for Coping with Entrepreneurial Stress

    Mike Figliuolo
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Pete Campbell, the lead Content Strategist for Gompels. Zuckerburg, Branson, Jobs, Hoppen; the self-made and super successful occupy a glittering place in our society. These super wealthy entrepreneurs are symbols of what is possible with a good idea, a little innovation, some business acumen and a good dose of hard graft. […] 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 candid are you with job applicants when they don’t get the job?

    Mike Figliuolo
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How candid are you with job applicants when they don’t get the job? – I’m completely honest with candidates as to the reason they didn’t get the role: 25.44% – I’m straightforward but a little vague when I tell them the reason they didn’t get the role: 48.6% – I’m […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Best of thoughtLEADERS 2014: Seriously Our Awesomest Stuff Yet

    Mike Figliuolo
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    It’s time again for our annual year in review list of the BEST posts we’ve published in 2014. Welcome to the 2014 edition of The Figgies (our SIXTH of em!  Wow!) which are the awards we give ourselves for writing awesome blog content (here are the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of those […] 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

  • YOUR BUSINESS, YOUR LIFE?

    William Matthies
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    "I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night."Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialistYou would expect Henry to say that, being the workaholic he was.And at times you do need to eat, drink, sleep your business, that or lose it.But not always forever.Deciding when, how much, for how long, that's the hard part.
  • NOT NECESSARILY

    William Matthies
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    "The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next."Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politicianNot unless the root of the philosophy actually is common sense.And it's the same with your ideas.Just because you have them doesn't mean everyone will immediately or ultimately think they're good.They actually have to be good.
  • SOMETHING IS TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING

    William Matthies
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    "Every calamity is a spur and valuable hint."Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet/essayist/lecturerBut only if you recognize it as such.Many, maybe most things happen for a reason.Do your best to learn what that is and then plan to deal with it.
  • AND RUINS THEM TOO

    William Matthies
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    "Fortune befriends the bold."John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet/dramatist/criticI don't advocate being risk averse nor so certain you will succeed you fail to acknowledge you well could fail.Planning will reveal how close you are to each.
  • PAY ATTENTION START-UPS

    William Matthies
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    "You believe easily that which you hope for earnestly."Terence (195/185 BC-159 BC) Roman Republic playwrightThe more you want something the more you should question the validity of what makes you want it.It may be real, often it's not.Be sure which it is.
 
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    Mitch's Blog

  • Recent Social Issues Shows A Lack Of Leadership Skills

    Mitch Mitchell
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    I’ve been pretty quiet here about some of the things that have been going on lately regarding what I’ll term diversity issues. I don’t think I need to mention the names of any cities or any individuals or any of the particular actions for anyone to know what’s been going on. Thomas Hawk via Compfight I have given my opinion and shared thoughts and information on other platforms, including one of my YouTube channels. Self expression during troubled times is a right of all of us and I’ve had some feelings I’ve needed to express. It’s that part of the…
  • Does Tough Love Belong In Business?

    Mitch Mitchell
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Almost everyone has heard the term “tough love”. It seems to mean different things to different people, and until you’ve gone through something where you have to perform it on someone, you never really get it right. Jose Roberto V Moraes via Compfight Recently I’ve had to dole out a little bit of tough love. I’m not going into the details, but suffice is to say that I had to do a lot of soul searching and have some pretty serious conversations with my wife before I realized what had to be done. I think all the time I knew I had to take a stand, not only for my…
  • True Courage, Courtesy of My Great Grandmother

    Mitch Mitchell
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    I have a personal tale to tell, a tale about leadership. That pretty much figures right? There are a lot of people who know that I was a military kid. There are a few people who know that I lived in Kansas City, Missouri for one year as a kid. There are fewer people who know that the year I lived in Kansas City, I lived in the ghetto, thus I went to a school that was in the ghetto. my great grandmother Living life in the ghetto is hard enough, but when it’s something you didn’t grow up with it can seem even harder. That’s because you don’t have a shared experience with…
  • Is Bad Communication Skills Killing Your Customer Service?

    Mitch Mitchell
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    In my last post, where I talked about measuring competence, I shared a brief tale about trying to get a kerosene heater to work. I read the instructions again, watched a video on YouTube… nothing. After talking to my wife she said I should take it back and try another one. Though I hate doing that, I knew she was right so I went back to the store. Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL) via Compfight I went to the returns desk, said I did everything I could but it wouldn’t work and that I wanted an exchange. Instead of just putting it through he called over a guy who…
  • Measuring Levels Of Competence

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

  • New Theme: Radcliffe

    Daniel W. Robert
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    We’re excited to introduce Radcliffe, a crisp new free theme. Radcliffe is a contemporary responsive theme with beautiful typography. It puts your content in the forefront, featuring gorgeous full-width header images. Learn more about Radcliffe at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.Filed under: Themes
  • Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on WordPress.com

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on WordPress.com this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014. “Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine “Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated…
  • Field Notes: BlogHer PRO 2014

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great products to using design to tackle social challenges. Recently, Story Wrangler Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Happiness Engineers Carolyn Sonnek, Deborah Beckett, and Jen Hooks attended the third annual BlogHer PRO ’14 conference, an event for professionally minded bloggers looking to take their blogs, brands, and businesses to the next level.
  • One Central Hub for All Your Content

    Andy Peatling
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Last week, we announced a few updates to the WordPress.com interface, including faster stats and enhanced site management on both desktop and mobile devices. Our push to make all WordPress.com sites faster and easier to access and manage continues. This week, we’re thrilled to unveil a few brand-new features that allow bloggers, publishers, and business owners to run their sites and manage their content from one central hub, no matter what device they’re using. From new blog post and page management tools to Jetpack site integrations, we hope you enjoy the latest additions as much as we…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 9

    Mark Armstrong
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Here’s more great reading for you: five stories we love from across all of WordPress. 1. Spaces of Freedom in Iran Jake Threadgould An account of one traveler’s stay in Iran: On my second night in Iran I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner (yours truly) in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous when we stepped out of the car and onto the street. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic. 2. Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of Boogie…
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 17 Football Blog!

    Merrill Dubrow
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    WOW! An amazing year of football! With many teams still fighting for playoff spots, these last two weekends should be very, very exciting. Congratulations to Michael Halberstam who won last week with 15 wins. Here is the list of winners this year: WEEK WINNER 1 Bobbie Kirkland 2 Brooks Deaton 3 Ryan Rojas 4 Colleen Nelson 5 Lynn Stalone 5 Jane R. 6 Jason DeVoe 6 Ryan Barry 7 Scott Waller 8 Ken Troupe 9 Chanttel Allen 10 Colleen Nelson 11 Harold D 12 Yes, Yes, Yes 13 Amy Nyce 14 Jeff Spitzer Sr 15 Michael Halberstam Additionally, the two people who have the highest cumulative score will be…
  • Bill is Listening…What Would You Like to Say to Him?

    Merrill Dubrow
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Recently, I received an email from Bill Marriott thanking me for giving him my business. As most of you know, I tend to be brand loyal and when I need to travel I enjoy and feel safe and comfortable at Marriott brands. Please read the message that Bill wrote. So, I ask you: Do you like the Marriott Brand? What do you think of Bill’s message? Is there anything you’d like to ask Bill? Did you receive a similar message from other hotel groups? I look forward to reading your comments!
  • Sorry Lawrence, You Didn’t Do the Right Thing…

    Merrill Dubrow
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    A few weeks ago, I was at a Best Buy with my oldest son J.D. buying some mindless movies (for the record: they were for me, not for him) and as we approached the checkout counter I noticed another end cap that had some additional, not-so-stellar movie choices, which, of course is right up my alley. As Lawrence (the cashier) was ringing me up he said my total was $61 and I asked if I could add one more movie. He agreed and said that my new total was $85. I finished chatting with my son and told Lawrence that I didn’t believe the total was correct, Lawrence kind of looked at me with an odd…
  • Are You Ready for Some Football?! Join the Week 16 Football Pool!

    Merrill Dubrow
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    Let me start by saying: This has been an amazing year of football. A record number of participants with mostly new winners! This is the LAST WEEK to qualify for championship week! Congratulations to Jeff Spitzer Sr. (who, like many,) was shocked to find out he had won week 14 of the pool and will get a $50 American Express gift card. For winning the week, Jeff joins Amy Nyce, Yes Yes Yes, Harold D, two time winner Colleen Nelson , Chanttel Allen, Ken Troupe, Scott Waller, Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe, Lynn Stallone, Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for championship week. To…
  • I Wear Women’s Shoes, and it’s Merrill’s Fault! By Guest Blogger, Ed Sugar

    Merrill Dubrow
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Yes, you read correctly, I wear women’s shoes and I have the host of this esteemed blog to thank for that. Back in January of 1994, MD and I were in Dallas for an American Marketing Association meeting and found ourselves with a free day to play in the Metroplex area. I believe this was MD’s first visit to the Lone Star state and high on his “bucket list” was to purchase a pair of “real” cowboy boots. I had never owned a pair of cowboy boots and was quite intrigued by the thought of purchasing my first pair. The minute we walked into the store I knew exactly what I wanted: a black…
 
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    Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

  • Good Startup Ideas from Startup Weekend JB (Malaysia)

    John Hunter
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    I like all these startup ideas from Startup Weekend JB (Malaysia). I can’t figure out how to comment on their blog (I am guessing Tumbler just eliminates commenting?), so I started this post – and ended up adding much more than I planned on putting in a comment. All of these ideas are not very technically challenging and pretty much versions of these businesses are already successful around the globe. But creating great user experiences (in apps or on web sites) is often neglected for doing something passable (and local conditions mean the business is a bit different here than it…
  • The Importance of Leadership by Those Working to Improve Management

    John Hunter
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    This month Bill Troy, ASQ CEO, asked ASQ Influential Voices bloggers to explore the importance of leadership for every quality management professional. Leadership is important but also something that often is difficult to understand what exactly is meant by the person using the term. In Bill’s case he provides some guidance with: “Leadership encompasses… business savvy, people skills, and decisive action all are required to get results in the world.” The ability to find solutions and move forward efforts in organizations does benefit from people skills. Working with…
  • Don’t Ignore Customer Complaints

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

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

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

  • Deming's Fourteen Points of Quality Management

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    W. Edwards Deming was a supreme practitioner of quality management. He summarized his ideas in these Fourteen Points of Quality Management: Create constancy of purpose towards improvement. That means short-term out, long-term in. Adopt the new philosophy. From top to bottom Cease dependence on inspection. You don’t inspect quality into products and services - you design it in. Move towards a single supplier for any one item. Playing many suppliers off against each other is wasteful. Improve constantly and forever. However good you are, you can always do better. Institute training on…
  • The Importance of Time Tracking

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    If you want to improve performance, or likewise increase capacity or capability, you need to track the one thing that you'll never get back: time. In order to improve effectiveness and efficiency, you must understand how your time is being used. With all of the technological advances over the past two decades, we're continually forced to do things "better, faster, cheaper." In other words, all of these advances have taught us how to be more   efficient.  But - have any of these advances (spreadsheets, email, cell phones, IM, etc.) made us more   effective? The difference between the…
  • The Five Reasons Strategies Fail

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    In a survey of 163 CEOs by Forbes Insights in conjunction with the Association for Strategic Planning and the Council of Public Relations Firms, chief executives report that one-third of corporate strategies fail, and they fail for five reasons. The five reasons why strategies fail are: Unforeseen external circumstances (24 percent). A lack of understanding among those involved in developing the strategy and what they need to do to make it successful (19 percent). The strategy itself is flawed (18 percent). There is a poor match between the strategy and the core competencies of the…
  • Using SWOT During Times of Economic Uncertainty

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

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

  • You Want it When? How to Proactively Beat Tight Deadlines

    Kevin Eikenberry
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’ve all dealt with it many times – the project gets behind and the pressure is on. Or something changes in the organization – a supply problem, a system is down, manufacturing is halted (you know what your crises are), and suddenly something needs to be fixed now. Or your boss gives you a priority […] The post You Want it When? How to Proactively Beat Tight Deadlines appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • How to Make Your Next Twelve Months Your Best Twelve Months

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’ve long been fascinated by the mindsets and actions people have at the end of one year and the start of the next. The phenomenon of the New Year’s Resolution is just one part of this fascination. There is something about the turning of the calendar that makes many of us optimistic, hopeful, and ready […] The post How to Make Your Next Twelve Months Your Best Twelve Months appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: How BIG Should My Goals Be?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the most common questions that I get about goals is: how BIG should they be? And today I have a story from the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series that will help answer this question. It is a common question – how big should I make my goals? The question comes from […] The post Remarkable TV: How BIG Should My Goals Be? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • What Leaders Can Learn From Walt Disney

    Kevin Eikenberry
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    On December 15, 1966 Walt Disney died. His legacy and vision have lived on and expanded in amazing ways in the 48 years since his death. Walt has long been one of my business heroes – after all, look at what he created, and all done with the fabulous outcome of helping people smile, laugh […] The post What Leaders Can Learn From Walt Disney appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • 12 (Leadership) Days of Christmas

    Kevin Eikenberry
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    It may be my least favorite Christmas song (and I’m sorry if it is now stuck in your head), but two years ago I created a series of 12 blog posts inspired by the song. In the song 12 gifts are given, and in the series I gave all leaders who read them 12 gifts […] The post 12 (Leadership) Days of Christmas appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    Survival Leadership

  • Sleep: Post #8--Tired Brain

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    A Tired Brain wants caffeine, drugs, nicotine, alcohol—a vicious cycle. Weight gain: if you get less than 5 hours of sleep, the body produces ghrelin—a hunger hormone—and you’re 50% more likely to be overweight. Sustained stress due to sleep loss can lead to cancer, diabetes, CV disease.
  • Sleep: Post #7--Sleep deprivation.

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    Sleep Deprivation:  In 1950, we got 8 hours, but today we sleep only 6.5. Teens need 9 hours, but only get 5.  Shift work: Body clock does not adapt—quality of sleep is poor—simulates jet lag. A result can be micro-sleep—involuntary sleep. Thirty-one percent (31%) of drivers will fall asleep at the wheel in their lifetime, and over 100,000 accidents a year are associated with sleep at the wheel. Poor judgment due to sleep deprivation contributed to the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Sleep deficits account for impulsivity, poor judgment, poor memory and poor creativity.
  • Sleep: Post #6--Russel Foster--Summary of his TED Talk

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    Why do we sleep? ~Russell Foster (2103 TED Talk)We treat sleep lightly. Sleep was once revered—Shakespeare called it “the sweet honey-dew of sleep.” But later, people like Edison had a dimmer view—“Sleep is a criminal waste of time!” We spend 1/3 of our time sleeping. But you don’t eat, work, or do much of anything while sleeping, so we sometimes consider it a waste of time. BUT: The brain does not shut down when we sleep—it does important things: 1) Restoration—a host of genes are only turned on during sleep for restoration; 2) Sleep enhances both learning and memory…
  • Sleep: Post #5--Alzheimer's

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    Alzheimer's: What gets cleared—Amyloid-beta—a waste protein made in the brain. In Alzheimer patients, amyloid-beta builds up and gets backed up (acts like a pollutant). Clearance of this protein is rapid in sleep. Sleep problems often precede and may contribute to development of Alzheimer’s. Sleep keeps our brain clean and ready for important mental activity when we’re awake.Link to Jeff Iliff’s TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks
  • Sleep: Post #4--Brain Restoration

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Brain Restoration: MOST Surprising Finding: CSF flushing and restoring of the brain only takes place during sleep! When you sleep, your brain cells shrink and CSF gets pumped down along the circulatory system to flush out waste. But when you’re awake, the brain puts off restoration and clearing. It waits until, and only until, you’re asleep.
 
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Michael’s Emerging SA Pro Journey: Topics We Don’t Discuss in Fraternity and Sorority Life

    nope
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    AFA Annual Meeting logo Recently I attended the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisor’s (AFA) Annual Meeting in Nashville. This was my second time attending the conference and it was great to learn about different ideas and issues impacting the fraternity and sorority community while also being able to catch up with friends. One of the educational sessions I attended asked what are the the topics we focus on in fraternity and sorority life? What are the questions or issues we should be focusing on instead? Last year I was advising a group of fraternity and sorority students…
  • So What Now? Self-Care In The Wake Of Ferguson & Workplace Toxicity

    nope
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to find the right words to address the occurrences in Ferguson, New York City, Cleveland, and a host of other police killings that have taken place over the last few months. More specifically, I’ve been curious about how we talk about the micro and macro impacts of these situations on campus life for students and professionals. Many of our Student Affairs colleagues have spoken and written at length about the connection between these off campus situations and the experiences that many students and staff members endure on and off campus. The…
  • #SAReflects Letting Magic Change You

    nope
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    December has long been a month of reflection for me. Usually, I spend the three weeks I have off from school reading the stack of books on my bedside table, journaling about what will come in the next year, and spending time with my family. This is the first year where I don’t have time off. I get Christmas Day and New Years Day, but that’s it. Otherwise I’m working, seeing students who are finally taking the time to come see an advisor now that classes are done, and potentially working on some projects. It’s going to be a weird few weeks, as I have a lot of reflection I’d like to…
  • #SAChat Transcript – 12/18/14 – Creating a Professional New Year’s Resolution

    nope
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on Creating a Professional New Year’s Resolution . In this week’s chat 149 Student affairs professionals, graduate students and undergraduates interested in, or working in, Student Affairs participated. Here’s a break down: DAYTIME CHAT (1-2pm EST): 722 tweets 86 contributors Transcript MOD: Lisa Endersby Top Contributors Kimberly A. White Karyn Dyer Becca Obergefell Dan Taylor Derek Bundy EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 791 tweets 63 contributors Transcript MOD: Alex Fields Top Contributors Jason L. Meriwether Paul G.
  • #SACareer – Perfecting the Balancing Act: Wearing Multiple Hats

    nope
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Most student affairs professionals’ jobs consist of multiple roles and responsibilities (i.e. “hats”). When I assumed my role as an advisor for psychology students at Kent State University in July last year, I knew that I would have several responsibilities and thus rely on my multi-tasking skills. Admittedly, though, I was not prepared to juggle the multiple “hats” I was given and those that I had also chosen for myself.  I felt like I was struggling to keep my head above water, so to speak. There are disadvantages and advantages of wearing multiple “hats”. I want to highlight…
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    Management Skills Blog

  • The Myth of Results

    Tom Foster
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:26 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag - Question: I raised my hand in your workshop the other day when you asked if we believed in “results based performance.” You indicated that was misguided. And I stopped listening. Now that the workshop is over, I think you’re right, but now, I am not sure why? Response: Results based performance is a misguided management concept with two sources. Over the past three decades (I can’t remember further back), there has been a focus on results, management for results. Results are important, they are the endpoint of the goal, but if our focus is…
  • Difference Between Non-Profit and Profit Organizations

    Tom Foster
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:15 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Question: We run a non-profit organization. Curious, related to Requisite Organization, what differences between not-for-profit and a profit organization. Response: Biggest differences between for-profit and not-for-profit - 1. Profit is called surplus. 2. The entity doesn’t pay taxes, or pass through taxes. 3. No person “owns” the entity. 4. Governance is achieved through a board of directors, which, in turn, hires the CEO. While it is a fair question, the contrast in RO between for-profit and non-profit is minimal. The technical name for…
  • How to Write a Personnel Plan

    Tom Foster
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:32 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Question: As our company looks to its annual planning meeting, I have been asked to prepare a personnel plan for my department. I have never thought about it before. When we get busy, I hire someone. Response: Many companies are faced with increasing volume, more revenue, more customers, more transactions, more inventory, in short, more work. And that’s the place to start. Define the work. Start by defining the output, its quality standard, how much and where it ends up (the market). Steps required to create the output. Oversight required to implement…
  • Forbidden Relationship

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

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

  • Outlook vs Paper Planner

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    One of my clients came up to me last week to show me his color-coded Outlook calendar. I loved this, because it’s working for him, and because I used to LOVE color coding my calendar.  It was cool to see at a glance how I was spending my time. I used to scan my calendar for hints of blue and yellow, because blue was business development and yellow was health, and I wasn’t doing enough of those things. Color coding was great, for a while. I used to live and die by Toodledo. It was a really amazing to-do list, with as much detail as you could want. Heck, I even optimized my to-do list by…
  • When Small Companies Get Big

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

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

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

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

  • Help Create the Small Business Health Index

    Susan Gunelius
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Would you like to help create an index of economic indicators that captures the health of small businesses in the United States? Fit Small Business is developing a Small Business Health Index with a goal to provide accurate data on the state of small business health in the United States, and the Women on Business audience has been asked to help! While the term of “small business” has been used to describe businesses as large as 500 employees, the Small Business Health Index created by Fit Small Business will focus on companies of 25 employees or fewer, or as close to this size as…
  • 5 Steps to Promote Your Business on Pinterest

    Community Member
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    Are you using Pinterest? Are you using Pinterest for her personal use or business use? It should be both! Pinterest has grown substantially in the past few years, and did you know that the majority of users are women? This probably comes as no surprise, but it’s also why you should be using Pinterest to promote your business. Women are the ones that buy! Here are a few simple steps to get you started on Pinterest for your business: 1. Sign Up Go to Pinterest for Business and sign up for a business account. This will track your performance analytics as well, so you can see who is pinning…
  • 10 Organic SEO Strategies for 2015

    Community Member
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    With the new year right around the corner and the recent Google search engine updates, it’s time to review and revise your SEO strategies for 2015. In the past, when Google has made significant updates to their search engine algorithms, many companies lost organic page ranks. It was frustrating and somewhat defeating to have to start over. Penguin 3.0 – October 2014 Luckily, October’s Penguin 3.0 update did not wreak havoc with more than 1 percent of search queries, so most sites were safe. But the question remains, how do you continue to safeguard your SEO efforts from…
  • 7 Easy Ways to Screw Up Your Brand

    Community Member
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Your brand is your promise to consumers and the world. Unfortunately, with very little effort you (or others) can screw it up, leaving you scrambling to do damage control. Here is a list of ways you can make a mess of your brand: 1. Ignore Your “Core Truth.” Every brand has something that it does well that makes it unique. It’s the thing that people automatically associate with you. It’s the sweet spot where your brand and consumers’ views of your brand mesh. If you deviate from this core truth – try to be something you’re not – you can create disconnects with consumers and…
  • Why Compassionate Objectivity is Important

    Ann Gatty
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Have you noticed leaders who have mastered the art of compassionate objectivity? Do they stand out in your mind? What is it about their style of leadership that proves so very effective? When dealing with people, employees or customers, they seem to have the ability to understand things from another person’s perspective while they also have the ability to stay detached enough to have an objective observation, which can prove invaluable. Through experience, sweat and tears, they have learned to view situations in a bifurcated fashion—with compassion and with objectivity. Seeing a situation…
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    NinaSimosko.com

  • The Three Ms of Mentoring

    Nina
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Mentoring is one of those strange, unknowable beasts. It can be hard to do, difficult to explain, but can have enormous benefits for all involved. Both mentors and mentees find significant value in the process – but it’s more like a dance and less like a business relationship than you might imagine. And in today’s multi-level, matrixed organizations, finding just the right mentor-mentee relationship can be like finding a needle in a haystack. For women in particular, the challenge is even more complicated. Studies show that women find it more difficult to find mentors – and a LinkedIn…
  • Is the Digital Age Over and, If So, What “Age” are We in Now?

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Holidays from The Glass Hammer!

    No Byline
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Happy Holidays from theglasshammer.com team! We will be taking a short publishing break and will be returning in January 2015 with fresh new content to inform, empower, and inspire you. Here are 14 of our most popular articles from 2014 to catch up on until we return: 2014: A Year in Review 14 Tips For Developing “Leadership Presence” Voice of Experience: Kim Posnett, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs What do sports teach women for business? Thought Leader: TJ Huntley, Managing Director, Internal Audit, Citi Once Upon a Time: Tell Your Story, Inspire Others and Build Your Teams Voice of…
  • Year End Annual Reviews: How to avoid de-motivating your team while giving honest and useful feedback

    No Byline
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Tolami Franklin You are a manager leading a team. You arrange 1:1 meetings with each member of your team to have that conversation, typically relegated to take place once a year – the annual performance review. Its very mention can prompt anxiety for many, a response which prior experience suggests is often real and warranted. Consequently, research proves that ratings have the ability to shift our brains into fear or flight mode, a shift that encourages defensiveness and eliminates the opportunity to learn. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly The Year End review process isn’t all…
  • 2014: A Year in Review

    No Byline
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Nicki Gilmour, Founder and CEO of The Glass Hammer With the holidays upon us, it is beginning to look a lot like ……Groundhog Day. From a numbers perspective, this Year End Review has very little progress to report on a macro level. The number of women on boards is pretty stagnant – 17.7% in 2014, up from 16.6% in 2013 to be exact in the Fortune 1000. The FTSE board seats for women are up slightly to 23%. Outside of the big firms, the Gender Diversity Index is helping track progress in smaller firms and to understand the gains from specific industries which is helpful but…
  • Helping Others – Helping Ourselves

    No Byline
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Guest Contribution by Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D. “One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.” Lewis Carroll The holidays are often a time of reflection. One important area to contemplate is how we actively back, encourage, and support the people we work with – whether we are a boss, co-worker, or subordinate. Social psychologists call behaviors we engage in to help others at work – prosocial behaviors. These types of behaviors include a genuine concern for the rights and welfare of others, feeling and expressing empathy, or…
  • Men and Women Unite to Achieve Gender Equality in the Workplace?

    No Byline
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Josh Durso We have never been better poised to fix the culture that exists around women in the workplace. Men still dominate the workforce’s highest paying positions, and even for the women who manage to claim those positions, working harder, justifying your position or vying for power can be a less than appealing task even for the most ambitious. Gender equality in the workplace isn’t just about money although equal pay even at the highest echelons is still contentious with female CEOs and other C-suite women earning less than their male counterparts. Just last year it was noted that…
 
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    Rich Gee Group

  • Pre-New Year Is A Smart Time To Forge Your Career Strategy for 2015.

    richgeegroup
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    You’re not happy with your job. Or you might not have a job at the moment. Most people in this position will look at the month of December as a time of rest and relaxation and tell themselves that they will begin their brand-new job search on January 1, 2015. Unfortunately, they will be far behind their competition in the marketplace who are actively looking for a job. Bottom line, you need to develop a career strategy during the month of December to know who your targeting, what you will do, where you will go, when you will do it, and how you will track your progress. We know the ‘why’…
  • The Most Important Thing You Should Do In The Shower.

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

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

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

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

  • Podcast 497: Hardwiring Happiness with Rick Hanson

    Greg Voisen
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    What an honor to interview Rick Hanson the author of another great book entitled “Hardwiring Happiness“.  My last interview with Rick was for his book “Just One Thing, Developing A Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time”.   In our interview together we get to dialogue about how our brains are not really hardwired for happiness, and how to use various practices that will help us to rewire our brains for happiness.  Rick explains the “three” layers of the brain which I think is fascinating and allows us to better understand  the “why”…
  • Podcast 498: The Best Place to Work with Ron Friedman PhD

    Greg Voisen
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    I recently interviewed author Ron Friedman PhD the author of a new book entitled “The Best Place to Work, The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace”.  As many of you might be aware the levels of engagement in the US workforce is abysmal with levels of disengagement at about 71%.  So just why do we have such an amazingly high rate of disengagement from employees? The answer to this question and many more can be found in Ron” new book ” The Best Place to Work“.  Ron spent years studying the best places to work, he interviewed people and heard…
  • Podcast 496: Miracle Soul Healer with Master Sha

    Greg Voisen
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:27 pm
    I am not aware of a soul on this planet that at sometime or another has not wished that they could find a good doctor or naturopath to help them with an ailment or pain.  Many of us have seen the videos or experienced in person “healers” such as John of God or others, and I aware it is easy to walk away with a skeptical perspective. I was introduced to Master Sha by Bill Gladstone, his book agent here in Southern California.  Don’t get me wrong I have not met Master Sha, but had the opportunity to speak with Bill Gladstone about his personal experience with Master Sha.
  • Podcast 495: Masterpieces of the Earth with Richard Berger

    Greg Voisen
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    This last summer I had the pleasure of being invited to visit an extraordinary collection of crystals, fossils, geodes and other amazing artifacts that Richard Berger has collected over his 40 plus years of being the curriorator of “the Masterpieces of the Earth” collections. You must keep in mind as you visit his website at Masterpieces of the Earth and watch the video and view the gallery pictures that this is a private collection unlike anything that I have ever seen, and I would assume anyone listening to and viewing the photos has seen. In my interview with Richard we…
  • Podcast 494: Pocket Man with Scott Jordan

    Greg Voisen
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    There is no doubt that Scott Jordan the founder of ScotteVest is a passionate man.  He has built a fashion technology brand of clothing into a $50 million dollar business.  I recently had the pleasure of doing an interview with Scott,  about his new book entitled “Pocket Man” and we discussed everything from his strained relationship with his father, to the wonderful women in his life–his mother and wife Laura. Scott’s story is not just another rags to riches journey, he is passionate about teaching others to follow their dreams.  That anyone can do what Scott…
 
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  • How To Make Every Morning A Miracle Morning

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Hal died at age 20. He was hit head on by a drunk driver at 70 mph, died for 6 minutes, suffered permanent brain damage, and was told he’d never walk again… Not only did Hal walk, he ran a 52-mile ultra-marathon, became a Hall of Fame business achiever, an international Keynote Speaker, and is the #1 Best-selling Author of what is being called one of the most life-changing books ever written: The Miracle Morning.Request Free!
  • Holiday Decorating For Dummies - FREE eBook available until 12/26 (Usually $12.99)

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Even if your home’s decor hasn’t changed since 1976, you can refresh, revamp, and revitalize it at the holidays with just a few simple strokes. Unlike regular decorating – where you agonize over paint colors, upholstery choices, and furniture styles – holiday decorating is easy. Holidays provide a set theme; a color palette; and merchandise and motifs that are usually mass-manufactured, so you can purchase and decorate when you’re ready.You may be feeling intimidated about decorating for the holidays, or you may be ready to dive right in. No…
  • Surviving the Holidays For Dummies - FREE until 12/26!

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Just the thought of the holidays can be overwhelming: the decorating, the shopping, the entertaining, and the extra commitments (not to mention the extra calories). Fortunately, Surviving the Holidays For Dummies offers expert tips to help you make it through the holidays in one piece — with your friends and family marveling at how you do it all! This specially created ebook is divided into four parts that guide you through the holiday process. We can't help you with every holiday happening (and we would never claim to be able to do so) but we can help you plan and prepare for what…
  • From Success to Significance

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    What does it take to be an Entrepreneur? Join us as Aaron shares his Entrepreneurial mindset and an inside glance at his journey to becoming a successful Entrepreneur.Aaron started his 1st of 8 businesses at 18 years old. He sold to a Fortune 500 Company at age 27 for well over $1 million. He has grown other companies to levels that partners never dreamed possible. Request Free!
  • A Glimpse Inside Facebook: Connectivity Across The Globe

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    When we think of the world’s most innovative companies, tech giants and social media trailblazers are at the forefront of our minds. These businesses are revered not only for their world-changing products and services, but also for their unique and flourishing company cultures. A company like Facebook nourishes its top talent by building its extraordinarily special culture around a core mission. When all employees deeply support their company’s goals and feel that what they do makes a true impact on society, groundbreaking ideas will surface. And as consumer expectations grow and…
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    N2Growth Blog

  • Being A Courageous Leader

    Grant Wattie
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:27 pm
    By Grant Wattie President, N2Growth Australia The Red Badge of Courage is a novel by Stephen Crane (1871–1900). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a “red badge of courage,” to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer. Seneca, the stoic Roman philosopher, said all humans are slaves to fear. However, given the right circumstances people can set themselves free…
  • The Leadership GPS System – Extension Process, Preemptive Crisis Analytics: The New Reality

    Damian Pitts
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:32 pm
    By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth The extension process within the Crisis Leadership & Performance-Driven Execution framework’s Leadership GPS System evolves from the new reality in business analytics and organizational design. Preemptive Crisis Analytics, an extension of the Five Ws Agenda within the Leadership GPS System, examines incoming data and decision sciences to increase productivity, efficiency and effectiveness for leaders and organizations to make better informed decisions for their organizations to be more strategically…
  • There Is No Time To Hurry Up And Wait

    Damian Pitts
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth Making any progress, process transformation or change across American communities and throughout the global business communities as usual is always hard and usually requires a significant investment of resources – people, finance and effort. So, whenever a leader or an organization adopts any new strategy, technology platform, methodology or approach, that adoption has to be driven by both a need and with leadership clarity. The events that we are now witnessing across America, both in business and in our…
  • The Five Strategic Rules of Leadership Clarity

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

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

  • The Biased Manager

    Leigh Steere
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you think you are open-minded, unbiased, and free of racism? Let me challenge you. It is human nature to categorize people. This person is like me; that person is different from me. Committed to the job, not committed. High potential, less potential. Smart, not smart. Fit, not in shape. Beautiful, plain, ugly. Cultured, not cultured. Groomed well, not so well. From a top school, from a lesser school. Rich, middle class, poor. Young, old. Childish, mature. Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Caucasian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, mixed, can’t tell. The list of distinctions is…
  • AHA! Instigating A Leadership Revolution

    Paula Kiger
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    On behalf of the Lead Change Group, I am happy to introduce you to one of our newest offspring, the Instigating A Leadership Revolution Aha Amplifier. Aha Amplifiers are socially enabled ebooks. Each one contains 140 well-thought-out quotes, or Ahas that are 140 characters or less. As explained on the ThinkAha website, Aha Amplifiers make it easy to increase your influence by amplifying and activating quality Aha moments to your online networks. Each Aha is sharable via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+, so you can easily share an important idea or statement with thousands, if not…
  • Change Management Lessons from Eating Snakes and Rats

    Chip Bell
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    A significant part of the Vietnam conflict in the late ‘60s was fought in thick jungle. Most areas of the northern part of what was then South Vietnam, what the military termed I Corps, were thick, mountainous jungle. U.S. soldiers who were separated from their units and forced to wander the jungle, often died from hunger – with a feast of edible food all around them. They perished rather than eat rats and snakes. Keep that perspective in mind as our change management back story. After I completed infantry officer training and tour of duty as an instructor at the Army Infantry…
  • December 2014 Carnival of HR

    Becky Robinson
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:22 am
    As 2014 comes to a close, do you feel like you are on a Tilt-A-Whirl? The combination of year-end business activities and personal holiday observations can be dizzying. In the midst of the blur of time and activities, I hope you’ll take a moment to enjoy the submissions from this month’s participants in the Carnival of HR. Since I am hosting, and my main business focus is books, this month’s post is mostly about books that have influenced people. We relaxed the usual requirement that a post should be no more than two weeks old, so that people could share their favorite…
  • 30 Influencers Behind the Brands We Love

    Mitchell Levy
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    We recently published an Aha Amplifier social media enabled eBook called Bryan Kramer & Leadtail On The Influencers Behind The Brands We Love that we’re very excited about. The eBook is based on a study that PureMatter and Leadtail collaborated on. In Behind The Brand: 30 Influencers That Drive Social Media For The Brands We Love, the companies analyzed the behavioral data of 30 successful influencers on social media such as digital executives who influence digital and social programs for brands every day. These influencers are people that work daily on strategy and execution for…
 
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    Crucial Skills

  • Christmas Relationships

    Joseph Grenny
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    The following article was first published on December 21, 2005. Dear Crucial Skills, I am a divorced father of two young children. The separation occurred two years ago. We are doing a very good job of co-parenting. My ex-wife, “Sue,” and I had agreed from early on that we would NOT be introducing people we are dating into the lives of our daughters unless it was well into the relationship (e.g., six months with the possibility of remarriage). This is to protect the children from the revolving door of people coming and going in their lives. That lasted for about a year. The last two…
  • How to Hold Employees Accountable Without Micromanaging

    Al Switzler
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The following article was first published on November 2, 2004. Dear Crucial Skills, As a manager, I resist micromanaging at all costs; it’s not the way I want to be managed and it’s not the way I want to manage. However, I may well be a manager who can be taken advantage of, and that doesn’t feel particularly good. I’m in higher education where there is high value placed on collegiality. This translates most often into a great deal of autonomy at the expense of accountability. If I’ve ever had to have a crucial conversation, I feel I can only do so with extreme delicacy. How can…
  • Does Santa Make You Selfish?

    Joseph Grenny
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:03 pm
    In our newly released video, Santa’s Elf holds out two tantalizing foil-wrapped chocolate Christmas bears to Emma and Alex. One chocolate bear is a wonderfully chubby eight inches tall. The other is tiny—the size and girth of a clothespin. “Sorry,” the Elf says, “we only have one big bear left.” He turns to Emma, the subject child: “Here, you choose—which do you want?” Will Emma take the big one and stiff Alex, or in the spirit of the season, will she decide it’s more blessed to give than to receive? Words matter. A lot. The words you choose…
  • Framing the Holidays

    Editor
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    New research by Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield shows that a few small changes in how parents talk about Christmas makes a huge difference in whether Christmas traditions make kids selfish or generous. “We wanted to find out whether parents were unwittingly undermining their own goals,” said Maxfield. “Specifically, we wondered if the way parents talk about Christmas has a significant influence on whether kids become self-centered or empathic during the holidays.” In the study conducted in October, twenty-seven percent of parents said they talk to their children more about giving…
  • The Law of the Hog

    Kerry Patterson
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
    http://static.vitalsmartscdn.com/kerryingon/Kerryingong201411_LawofTheHog.mp3 When David Maxfield and I pulled up to the plywood mill, we were surprised to see an ambulance parked out front. We had come to study the impact of an upcoming leadership training program, but I must admit it was difficult to think about research as we walked by a vehicle that had “Sisters of Mercy Hospital” painted on both sides in large, red letters. Our guess was that an employee had suffered an accident. After all, the place sported gigantic saw blades, menacing debarkers, and a terrifying machine known as…
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    Aspire-CS

  • Practice improving your relationships to become a better leader

    Mary Jo Asmus
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
      “If we want to introduce new leadership behaviors in our lives, it’s necessary to practice.” Richard Strozzi-Heckler, The Leadership Dojo   Leading others has everything to do with the relationships you form with them. And when you lead others well, your success – and that of your organization, has the best chance of occurring. When you discover through feedback you’ve received that your relationships have room to improve, it can be discouraging. However, this feedback is simply a reminder that things can be better. It’s a good thing to know because…
  • No ham please! What your employees really want for the holidays

    Mary Jo Asmus
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    The company I worked for in my first professional position gave all of the employees a ham for the holidays. Although I was grateful and surprised to receive anything at all, there was a bit of dismay for this gift because: They didn’t ask me what I wanted My salary was barely a living wage Management treated employees as a commodity with firings for minor transgressions I was vegetarian (but was able to donate my ham to someone who could use it) The next company I worked for was a wonderful place to work. We were paid well and treated as individuals and with respect. They gave us a…
  • Only lifelong learners need apply

    Mary Jo Asmus
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
      Guest post by my friend and colleague, Sheri Welsh   I remember being a student in the Business School at Central Michigan University. My coursework was rigorous and challenging. After 4 ½ years of hard work, I recall the feeling of accomplishment upon receiving my degree. I also remember feeling like my new found knowledge and degree would successfully carry me into a great career. I looked forward to putting the books down and having freedom from hours of studying. While not a conscious decision NOT to learn, it WAS an unconscious move to allow learning to slip to a low…
  • How to make one helluva good person, together

    Mary Jo Asmus
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
      I sat with two leaders in one of the last meetings we’d have. Six months of hard work by these two dedicated leaders who were leaders at odds with each other in an organization had paid off, and we were discussing what they’d learned. These were not the same two people I saw in the beginning: blaming each other for the breakdown, angry, and worn down by fighting for their way. Recently I had sensed a shift in them and their relationship. They had the ability to make this shift all along. But when we started our work, it was buried under years of “stuff” that…
  • Leading with unconditional positive regard

    Mary Jo Asmus
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
      Pema Chodron, a well-known Buddhist teacher and nun, states that “As soon as you begin to believe in something, then you can no longer see anything else”. I think she’s got something there, and I might also paraphrase this to “As soon as you begin to make assumptions and judgments about others, you are no longer open to who they truly are”. We may tend to hang on to what we believe about others, damaging our relationships with them and preventing them – and our organizations – from taking full advantage of their potential. When a leader can get past…
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    All Things Workplace

  • Presentation Success Tip: How To Help People Follow You

    Steve Roesler
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    Create Transitions   "We'll be back after this message from..."  There's a reason why TV and radio announcers use that line. It's designed to help you understand what's about to happen and how it's connected to the programming. In broadcasting it's called a "segue." How often have you watched a speaker end a sentence, click the next slide, speak, click the next slide, speak, click the next slide... and you're wondering "How is this related to what I just saw?" That's what happens when presenters see their role as giving out information instead of telling a meaningful story. Connect the…
  • Why Should You Want to Work There?

    Steve Roesler
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:05 pm
    An international survey of more than 500 HR executives by global talent management firm Bernard Hodes (now part of Findly) has found that the quality or reputation of products and services, the corporate culture and the work environment are a business's most important attributes when it comes to bringing talent on board. Ethical reputation also scored highly. But benefits and compensation were, perhaps surprisingly, toward the bottom of the list. What does it tell us? That job seekers have a keen idea about the kind of atmosphere in which they want to spend their work life and are savvy and…
  • Do You Know Your Conversation Catalysts?

    Steve Roesler
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    Do you want to spread your message for a product, service, or maybe an important organizational change? Here's a question to answer: "Who are your Conversation Catalysts?" My friend Valeria Maltoni , conversation and connection gurette, wrote about a Keller Fay Group research finding that showed 15% of the population to be  Conversation Catalysts.  "These influencers tend to recommend brands and products more often at the tune of 149 times a week vs. 79 for the average population. They also tend to have more conversations -- 184 vs. 114 -- and talk more about brands than others."…
  • Inclined to Collaborate? You Should Be

    Steve Roesler
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    "Collaboration is a key driver of overall performance of companies around the world. Its impact is twice as significant as a company’s aggressiveness in pursuing new market opportunities (strategic orientation) and five times as significant as the external market environment (market turbulence)." As a general rule, global companies that collaborate better, perform better. Those that collaborate less, do not perform as well. It’s just that simple.” That is a pretty powerful claim. It is substantiated by a research study done through a collaborative effort of Frost & Sullivan,…
  • Really: How Many Choices Do You Want?

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

  • 5 Reasons Purpose Matters to Leaders

    George Ambler
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Without purpose you cannot lead. Purpose is the only force that can shift our leadership focus from one that’s self-serving to one that serves others. Purpose is the force that enables leaders to take a stand for what they believe, despite overwhelming resistance. Consider powerful role purpose has played in the lives of Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jnr. and many others. These leaders were powered by a purpose. Purpose matters to leaders because of what it does for leaders. Let me explain. 1. Purpose Keeps Leaders Focused “Until you figure out…
  • 8 Essential Beliefs About Purpose

    George Ambler
    6 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
      Each of us approach the idea of purpose from a different place in our life journey. Our ideas about purpose are shaped by our experiences, beliefs, culture and education. You may be asking “why does this matter?”. Well, what we believe about purpose can frustrate our efforts as we try discover our purpose. Your beliefs about purpose can either help or hinder you. Given the important of our beliefs and our preconceived ideas about purpose. I thought it would be useful to share the eight beliefs I’ve found to be useful in helping leaders find their unique purpose.   1.
  • The Power of Purpose Driven Leaders

    George Ambler
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    It was the German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche who observed that “he who has a why can endure any how”. Leaders who know their why are better able to navigate and achieve success in the fast changing and uncertain world of today. Consider some of the leaders of the past who persevered in the face of difficult circumstances. Leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jnr. and so many others. These leaders connected to a purpose that matter to them. For Nelson Mandela it was the liberation of the people of South Africa. For Winston…
  • How to Create a System for Goal Getting

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

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

  • Do big things by letting go of small stuff

    tonymayo
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
        Reagan had been doing it for years. He understood an important distinction that [President] Johnson never grasped:   being in control and being successful aren’t always the same thing.   –Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reaganat the Dawn of a New America by Jonathan Darman via Delancy Place lyndon johnson and ronald reagan — […]
  • Leadership Matters in Business

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

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

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

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

  • To Communicate Effectively, Connect First!

    Tanmay Vora
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:09 pm
    I have seen people feeling more comfortable about a presentation or a meeting when they have all the details and facts lined up in a presentation. They massage the message and try to cover as many statistics and nice looking pictures as they can. They feel comfortable because they focus on communication – transfer of facts, information and figures. But this alone may not be sufficient, because people look for connection first. Communication is simply a tool to connect – a means to an end and not the end in itself. Connection is the transfer of energy and emotion. Communication starts with…
  • The Journey is the Purpose: An Inspiring Tale of Nek Chand Saini

    Tanmay Vora
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    Nek Chand Rock Garden in Chandigarh, India is a true marvel of creativity and innovation. Built by Nek Chand Saini, a self-taught innovator, Rock garden is one-of-its-kind sculpture garden in Chandigarh which almost looks like a miniature of an ancient kingdom spread over forty acres. What makes this truly unique is the fact that all the sculptures in this garden are made from recycled material like ceramic pieces, bottles, glasses, ceramic pots, earthen pots, bottle caps, sinks, electrical waste, crockery, broken bangles, dust, pieces of tar, rocks and pebbles. The garden comprises of…
  • Double the Love: An Interview with Lisa Haneberg

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

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

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

  • Did you hear what Open Church is doing in 2015? (infographic)

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    I am excited to announce that after spending 4 years with Open Church getting the right relationships in place, now is the time to build the infrastructure needed to help Christians globally collaborate, learn from each other, and share resources. Our goal for 2015 is to develop a database directory, create new resource licenses, and hire 4 team members to lead the initiative and train volunteers. To learn more, download the 2015 Vision Blueprint (PDF) or visit openchurch.com. The post Did you hear what Open Church is doing in 2015? (infographic) appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2015 & 2016?

    Kent Shaffer
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    Church Relevance’s list of 2015 church conference recommendations has been updated to over 80 ministry conferences throughout 2015 and 2016. It is not too early to start planning which ones you can attend.The post What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2015 & 2016? appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Open Church is Hiring a Program Director

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

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

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

  • Found on a Scrap of Paper

    Lisa Haneberg
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    I was cleaning some stuff out and found a piece of paper with the following thoughts: Think progress, believe in progress, push for progress. Build confidence You are what you think you are - be brilliant. Believe, really believe, you can move mountains. Believe in great results. My attitudes are more important than my intelligence. Use big, positive, energizing words. Monopolize listening, not talking. Cure yourself of excuseitis. Look for ideas everywhere. Share everything. I do not remember when I wrote these ideas. I don't remember why I wrote them. But it seems like a good filter from…
  • The Privilege of Leadership and Four Promises We Should Make Team Members

    Lisa Haneberg
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    This is a reflective time of the year for me. We are urged to say “thanks” to give to others and then to embark on the New Year with gusto. It’s a lot to take in! And for me, this year is extra deep/important because I will be starting a new job. Many of you know that a few years ago I jumped back into an internal role so that I could set aside the stress and strain of the road warrior life. My role was as an internal organization development consultant. This is work that I enjoy. Even so, it did not have as much of the leadership and management elements that I love – love so much…
  • Note to Self: What matters most, shows up most. What shows up most, matters most.

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

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

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

  • Presentation Success Tip: How To Help People Follow You

    Steve Roesler
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    Create Transitions   "We'll be back after this message from..."  There's a reason why TV and radio announcers use that line. It's designed to help you understand what's about to happen and how it's connected to the programming. In broadcasting it's called a "segue." How often have you watched a speaker end a sentence, click the next slide, speak, click the next slide, speak, click the next slide... and you're wondering "How is this related to what I just saw?" That's what happens when presenters see their role as giving out information instead of telling a meaningful story. Connect the…
  • Why Should You Want to Work There?

    Steve Roesler
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:05 pm
    An international survey of more than 500 HR executives by global talent management firm Bernard Hodes (now part of Findly) has found that the quality or reputation of products and services, the corporate culture and the work environment are a business's most important attributes when it comes to bringing talent on board. Ethical reputation also scored highly. But benefits and compensation were, perhaps surprisingly, toward the bottom of the list. What does it tell us? That job seekers have a keen idea about the kind of atmosphere in which they want to spend their work life and are savvy and…
  • Do You Know Your Conversation Catalysts?

    Steve Roesler
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    Do you want to spread your message for a product, service, or maybe an important organizational change? Here's a question to answer: "Who are your Conversation Catalysts?" My friend Valeria Maltoni , conversation and connection gurette, wrote about a Keller Fay Group research finding that showed 15% of the population to be  Conversation Catalysts.  "These influencers tend to recommend brands and products more often at the tune of 149 times a week vs. 79 for the average population. They also tend to have more conversations -- 184 vs. 114 -- and talk more about brands than others."…
  • Inclined to Collaborate? You Should Be

    Steve Roesler
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    "Collaboration is a key driver of overall performance of companies around the world. Its impact is twice as significant as a company’s aggressiveness in pursuing new market opportunities (strategic orientation) and five times as significant as the external market environment (market turbulence)." As a general rule, global companies that collaborate better, perform better. Those that collaborate less, do not perform as well. It’s just that simple.” That is a pretty powerful claim. It is substantiated by a research study done through a collaborative effort of Frost & Sullivan,…
  • Really: How Many Choices Do You Want?

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

  • Stay Connected While You’re Home for the Holidays

    Yvonne
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    If you, like many people, will be headed over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house — or anywhere else for that matter — you may stress out at the idea of stepping away from your business for days or weeks at a time. Thankfully, we live in an era of technology and being out of the office doesn’t have to cause a catastrophe for your business. Here’s how to reduce that holiday stress, enjoy time with family and friends, and keep your business up and running. Plan Ahead. Simply giving your customers a head’s up that you will be unavailable (or have limited access to…
  • How to Unleash Your Pet Business’ Marketing Success

    Alicia Lawrence
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Business owners who work in the pet industry are lucky to have an inherently loyal customer base of animal lovers and pet parents who cherish their fur babies and want to give them the best products and services available. Marketing your business well ensures that those committed pet owners are aware of your existence and more likely to refer others your way. Never underestimate the impact an effective marketing plan can have on your overall success as an entrepreneur. By following some basic marketing guidelines, you’ll immediately gain a head start on the competition. Identify Your Target…
  • Your Power is in Your Voice #womenofpower

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

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

    Yvonne
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    by Yvonne DiVita It may only be October but the New Year is looming. Somehow, once we hit September, the days and weeks pass by in a blur and before you know it, Jolly Old St Nick is arriving, with the celebratory night called New Year's Eve, hard on his heels. I wonder how St. Nick celebrates - does he just crash and heave a big sigh, and wait for his wife to bring him a beer? #thingsthatmakeyougohmmmm Over the last two years, as I've worked more intimately in blogging and programs with brands, over at BlogPaws, my emerging and strong community of pet people who blog or tweet or just connect…
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    Elements of Leadership

  • Leadership Lesson from an Off-Road Champion Driver

    Gary Cohen
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    by Gary Cohen A lot of SUVs and trucks are designed for off-road driving, but how much time is actually spent off the road? Not too much, in most cases. We’re accustomed to smooth surfaces, well-defined lanes, no hairpin turns, and clear traffic signs and signals. We can even drive on autopilot for some stretches. Pretty soon, we may not have to do any of the actual driving. While leaders benefit from many technological advances, too, their work doesn’t seem to get easier. If anything, it seems to get harder. They still have a lot of driving to do. I had a chance to discuss the…
  • Success Is Never a Solo Act

    Gary Cohen
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    by Gary Cohen In the U.S. (the land of Manifest Destiny), we put a lot of emphasis on property and ownership. We want to know whose idea that was, who was there first, and who owns it now. While it’s a fun exercise to retrace the history and origins of ownership–”Thy shall not steal” from the Ten Commandments, Aristotle’s assertion that “when men own something in common it is least cared for,” Locke’s social contract, etc.–and it’s equally fun (and convenient) to celebrate the landmark achievements of specific individuals, something…
  • Leadership Vision Test: How does your vision work?

    Gary Cohen
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    by Gary CohenYour eye translates signals via rods and cones to the optic nerve. In general, there are far more rods on the periphery of your retina and a much higher concentration of cones in the central fovea. Rods help us detect motion and see in the dark. Cones allow us to see color and have high-resolution vision during the day. So why is this eye information important, unless maybe you’re an optometrist? In leadership, we often discuss vision and blind spots. We focus a lot on what we see and what we don’t. We don’t often consider, though, how we see. In the central…
  • Thinking Fast, While Executing Slowly

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

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

  • 20 Influential Women Share Their Business And Life Secrets In Leading Women

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    The 19 women contributors who share there secrets to leadership, business and life in Leading Women make this new book an uplifting, motivational and revealing read.Nancy D. O'Reilly, PsyD, and founder of WomenSpeak.com describes her book as providing tools for making your voice heard and for gaining the respect and opportunities you need to claim your right place, share your life, provide for your family, and invent a better society.Among the 19 contributors who shared their stories, in addition to the stories O'Reilly shares, are:Gloria Feldt, cofounder and president of Take the…
  • How To Assess Your Organization Using The 5Cs

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Within the first 100 days as a new leader in an organization, you'll want to assess your organization's risk.Authors George Bradt, Jayme A. Clark and Jorge Pedraza, in their book, The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan, suggest you do your assessment using the 5Cs:Customers: First line, customer chain, end users, influencersCollaborators: Suppliers, allies, government/community leadersCapabilities: Human, operational, financial, technical, key assetsCompetitors: Direct, indirect, potentialConditions: Social/demographic, political/government/regulatory, economic, marketUse…
  • Best Quotes From The 5 Levels Of Leadership

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Here are some of my favorites quotes from the book that I believe should be a must-read book by any workplace/organizational leader -- John C. Maxwell's book, The 5 Levels of Leadership.Good leadership isn't about advancing yourself.  It's about advancing your team.Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.Leadership is action, not position.When people feel liked, cared for, included, valued, and trusted, they begin to work together with their leader and each other.If you have integrity with people, you develop trust.  The…
  • 6 Steps To Discuss Poor Performance With An Employee

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    As a leader, the time will come when you will have to speak with an employee about his or her poor performance. That time may be just about right now as the year ends and a new year is about to start.So, here are six steps that will guide you through that process:Tell him what performance is in need of change and be specific.Tell him how his actions negatively affect the team.Let the discussion sink in.Set expectations of performance improvement and timeframe, and get his agreement on the desired outcome.Remind him that he is a valuable part of the team and that you have confidence…
  • There's No Place Like Working From Home

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:53 am
    About 42 million people -- roughly one-third of the U.S. workforce -- work from home at least one or two days a week.If you are a leader of work-from-home employees, share the book, There's No Place Like Working From Home, with them.  Share it particularly with an employee new to working from his or her home.Author Elaine Quinn wrote the book after working as a consultant for 10 years with small business owners who struggled with organization, time management, workflow processes, productivity and related challenges.The techniques Quinn teaches small home-based…
 
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • You Want it When? How to Proactively Beat Tight Deadlines

    Kevin Eikenberry
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’ve all dealt with it many times – the project gets behind and the pressure is on. Or something changes in the organization – a supply problem, a system is down, manufacturing is halted (you know what your crises are), and suddenly something needs to be fixed now. Or your boss gives you a priority […] The post You Want it When? How to Proactively Beat Tight Deadlines appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • How to Make Your Next Twelve Months Your Best Twelve Months

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’ve long been fascinated by the mindsets and actions people have at the end of one year and the start of the next. The phenomenon of the New Year’s Resolution is just one part of this fascination. There is something about the turning of the calendar that makes many of us optimistic, hopeful, and ready […] The post How to Make Your Next Twelve Months Your Best Twelve Months appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: How BIG Should My Goals Be?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the most common questions that I get about goals is: how BIG should they be? And today I have a story from the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series that will help answer this question. It is a common question – how big should I make my goals? The question comes from […] The post Remarkable TV: How BIG Should My Goals Be? appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • What Leaders Can Learn From Walt Disney

    Kevin Eikenberry
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    On December 15, 1966 Walt Disney died. His legacy and vision have lived on and expanded in amazing ways in the 48 years since his death. Walt has long been one of my business heroes – after all, look at what he created, and all done with the fabulous outcome of helping people smile, laugh […] The post What Leaders Can Learn From Walt Disney appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • 12 (Leadership) Days of Christmas

    Kevin Eikenberry
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    It may be my least favorite Christmas song (and I’m sorry if it is now stuck in your head), but two years ago I created a series of 12 blog posts inspired by the song. In the song 12 gifts are given, and in the series I gave all leaders who read them 12 gifts […] The post 12 (Leadership) Days of Christmas appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    LDRLB

  • 0525 | Chris Taylor

    David Burkus
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    Chris Taylor is the founder of actionablebooks.com, a training and development company that spreads actionable insights from business books in the form of summaries and workshops. In this interview, we discuss the role of culture in leading virtual teams. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. If you like this episode, make sure you subscribe via email and we’ll update you every time a new episode is posted: Email Address This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it at www.audibletrial.com/lead. The…
  • 0524 | Warren Berger

    David Burkus
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Warren Berger is the author of A More Beautiful Question. He is a journalist and book author who has spent his career profiling a wide range of highly creative people and companies, sharing best practices and innovation secrets with readers. In this interview, we discuss the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. If you like this episode, make sure you subscribe via email and we’ll update you every time a new episode is posted: Email Address This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of…
  • 0523 | S. Chris Edmonds

    David Burkus
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    S. Chris Edmonds is the author of The Culture Engine. He is a sought-after speaker, thought leader, and executive consultant. Chris has been a senior consultant with the Ken Blanchard Companies since 1995. In this interview, we talk about how to use culture to drive results, inspire people, and transform your workplace. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. If you like this episode, make sure you subscribe via email and we’ll update you every time a new episode is posted: Email Address This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of…
  • 0522 | Tanveer Naseer

    David Burkus
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Tanveer Naseer is the co-author of Leadership Vertigo. He is also the Principal and Founder of Tanveer Naseer Leadership, a leadership coaching firm that works with executives and managers to help them develop practical leadership and team-building competencies to guide organizational growth and development. In this interview, we discuss why even the best leaders go off course and how they can get back on track. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. If you like this episode, make sure you subscribe via email and we’ll update you every time a new episode is posted: Email…
  • 0521 | Scott Eblin

    David Burkus
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Scott Eblin is the the author of Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, and founder of the Eblin Group, a professional development firm committed to helping executives and managers improve their leadership presence by being fully present. In this interview, we talk about the growing number of overwhelmed leaders and how mindfulness and purpose contribute to better leadership and better lives. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it…
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • It’s All About the Boss

    Andy Uskavitch
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Leaders open doors, not force everyone behind one.  Bill Treasurer, author of Leaders Open Doors, says that, Leaders open doors of perception, possibility, and most importantly opportunity.  Everyone can’t be […]
  • Christmas in the POW Camps and Clarifying Your Culture

    Lee Ellis
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    During this special season of gift-giving, today’s post is an excerpt from leadership consultant and former Vietnam POW, Lee Ellis’ latest book, Leading with Honor in the chapter on “Clarifying […]
  • On Leadership and The Reflections of An Aging Leader

    Dr. Jim Sellner PhD., DipCoaching
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    At my age, I have a realization that I don’t really want to contemplate too much in my mind. The brutal fact for me is that I have fewer years to […]
  • L2L: How to Motivate Employees Infographic

    Tom Schulte
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    L2L: How to Motivate Employees Infographic  Infographic Source: Business-Management-Degree.netFiled under: Authentic Leadership, Coaching Corner, Emotionally Intelligent Leadership, Future Leadership Issues, Practical Steps to Influence, Team Building Leadership Tagged: business, leadership, […]
  • Remembering a New Tomorrow: 5 Signs it’s Time to Go Back to School

    Robert Cordray
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    For college graduates, thoughts of past college experiences often bring back fond memories, along with the realization that a college education has made all the difference in finding a rewarding […]
 
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • The Top Three Mistakes Good Managers Make

    Madeleine
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    What are the biggest mistakes good managers make? That’s the question I asked 130 of our Blanchard executive coaches for an article I was working on. Because many of the coaches at first didn’t notice the distinction of good managers, I got a lot of responses about managers who put themselves first, who are inconsistent, or who simply don’t take the time necessary to be clear about expectations. The narcissists, the bullies, the lazy, the petty, the dictators, the volatile, the jerks—we’ve all had at least one boss that fits the bill there. These are the people who become horror…
  • Are You Feeding Your Employees Motivational Junk Food?

    David Witt
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    In a recent online column for Fast Company, motivation expert Susan Fowler uses the metaphor of junk food to describe the shortsighted approach some managers use when motivating their direct reports—reaching for easy motivational rewards instead of digging deeper for sustainable ones. The result is suboptimal motivation, which characterizes three out of a possible six outlooks people can have when considering a task: Disinterested (suboptimal): I’m not interested–it feels like a waste of time. External (suboptimal): I’ll do it because of a promise for more money or an enhanced status…
  • Coaching Tuesday: Learning from Your Mistakes

    Patricia Overland
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s inevitable: we all make mistakes, hard as it is to admit it. And it’s agonizing when we realize our actions may have had a negative impact on our boss, clients, colleagues, friends, or family. In the world of coaching, we know that how one responds to a mistake is as important as what one learns from it. Here are three guidelines along with coaching questions that may help you manage your response or coach someone in your organization through a mistake. Own up. What have you done to be accountable? What apologies have you made? The key is to avoid defending the mistake. An…
  • Four Ways to Refire at Work

    David Witt
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    People who embrace life with gusto enjoy better health and more happiness and fulfillment says Ken Blanchard in his latest column for Chief Learning Officer magazine, Blanchard goes on to explain that the same principle applies at work, yet many people who’ve been in a job for a while see the days ahead as something to endure rather than an exciting opportunity. These workers do their jobs at a basic level, but are sullen and unmotivated in a quiet way that can be hard to remedy. Fortunately, there is a solution according to Blanchard. Refiring in Four Key Areas While working on his most…
  • Managing Polarities: A Key Skill for the Well-Intentioned Manager

    Madeleine
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Being a great manager means balancing the needs of your people with the results you are trying to achieve. This can be a fiendishly hard balance to strike, and maintain. For example: As managers we are expected to have the best interest of the organization as a prime objective and yet the needs of each of our direct reports are also critical. The process of balancing both is a polarity because it involves two, interdependent, correct answers to the question: “In my relationship with this person, should I be concerned about her, or should I be concerned about her ability to perform her…
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    The Executive Roundtable

  • Ignore Your Mentors and Ditch the Career Plan: A Conversation with Phyllis Yaffe

    Glain
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    This past week, 12 lucky members of The Executive Roundtable had an opportunity to get up close and interactive with the inspirational Phyllis Yaffe, corporate board director and former CEO of Alliance Atlantis. Phyllis brought candour, humour and a down-to-earth approach to the conversation that took us through her career path from librarian to CEO.  Here are a few of my top take-aways: Take risks… when you are moving towards something that excites you and interests you, even if it goes sideways, you’ll likely learn a ton and be better positioned for your next opportunity. Don’t…
  • Are you afraid to pursue your passion?

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

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

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

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

  • BLG & Inc.edu Workshop Details

    Admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    Learn more about the upcoming BLG/Inc.edu workshops in the above video. For more information about the program and to register, please visit: http://www.blgevents-incedu.com/
  • BLG & Inc.edu Workshops Announced

    Admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    The Bacharach Leadership Group is excited to announce their exciting partnership with Inc.edu, a corporate university founded by Inc.com exclusively focused on helping entrepreneurs and small businesses leaders to drive growth. BLG will host two workshops, Master the Skills of Influence & Lead Your Teams For Growth, in NYC, DC, and LA in 2015.These two day workshops will help you grow your business, execute business strategy, more effectively market and sell your products and services, and get all of your employees in your business motivated. These workshops will help you get buy-in from…
  • Top 10 Compelling Proactive Leadership Links: Dec. 1-5

    Admin
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    1. Couldn’t agree more. “It’s not enough to have a good idea.” – Walter Isaacson 2. How to be Chief Innovation Officer. Step one: Go on stealth mode. 3. Companies aren’t creative because they have quirky chairs. 4. Timeless tips to put an end to meetings that drag on and on and on… 5. Perhaps the secret ingredient to creativity is, wait for it… stupidity? 6. Introverted leaders can and should harness the power of social media. 7. A pragmatic guide to dealing with dull, boring assignments. 8. What’s your email password? I bet…
  • The One Leadership Skill You Need

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

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

  • Do You ENJOY Or ENDURE Your Job?

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    Have you ever had colleagues or friends who consistently put in 12-15 hours of work a day for weeks on end and still not exhibit the faintest signs of mental or physical fatigue? On the other hand, you may also be acquainted with people who behave like zombies after a couple of extra-long working days. The interesting part about this contrasting behaviour, you may have noticed, is that the "fatigue factor" has nothing to do with the age of the concerned person. Then what's it that makes the former type of people behave like superheroes? Do these guys gulp down some magic potion…
  • Stubborn on Vision, Flexible on Details

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

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

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

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

  • Interview: IGNITE Your Communication Style to Gain Influence and Impact

    Heather Stagl
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    In this episode, Debora McLaughlin, author of The Renegade Leader and and Running in High Heels, joins the show to share her easy to remember I.G.N.I.T.E. model for increasing your influence and impact at work. Listen in to also learn how communication impacts your influence, and how you can evaluate whether you might need to alter your communication style. Listen to the show here (30 minutes): Be sure to visit the radio show page to listen to past episodes and subscribe to the show.
  • How to Implement a Change You Don’t Even Like

    Heather Stagl
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of Enclaria’s training programs is Leading Your Team Through Change, a workshop to help leaders effectively leverage their authority to influence change within their teams. During a recent session with senior leaders of a large organization, one of the participants interjected, “What if we don’t like it ourselves?” It’s not enough to know what you need to do to implement change. One of the things that can prevent us from effectively leading and managing change is our own personal resistance to it. Sometimes we avoid doing what we need to do to move the change forward because we…
  • Interview: Change-Friendly Leadership

    Heather Stagl
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Bestselling author Rodger Dean Duncan of Duncan Worldwide shares nuggets of wisdom from his book, Change-Friendly Leadership: How to Transform Good Intentions into Great Performance. Listen to hear what Dr. Duncan calls the Four T’s: key leadership behaviors that drive change. Listen to the show here (30 minutes): Be sure to visit the radio show page to listen to past episodes and subscribe to the show.
  • Prerequisites for Change Adoption

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

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

  • Values: Why To Hire and Why To Fire

    Matthew Harrington
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    The values of an organization get a bad rap.  Usually they come after the prestigious mission and vision, don’t receive the proper time to be fully developed and are rarely used for what they were designed for.  At times they can be characterized as the ‘fluffy’ stuff or the ‘human interest’ piece of an organization with the thought that they are weak, fillers, and tacky. However, values are an incredibly important part of the holy trinity of strategic planning as they set the tone for any company or business moving forward.  Have you ever asked the questions:  “What would…
  • Professional Growth and Development Number One Driver for Millennials in 2014 Employee Engagement Trends Report

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

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

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

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

  • Educate Without Bias

    Utpal Vaishnav
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    I won’t believe what you’ll “market” to me. I won’t believe what your other clients say about you in their video testimonials that I see on your website. But I will believe if my close friend recommends you. I will believe if I “tell” myself that you’re great. How would you let my friend recommend your product? How would you let me believe that you’re great? Friendship is based on trust. No trust = no friendship. Why should I trust you? Why should I believe that you do not have any wasted interest in “educating” me about a…
  • Your Mirror is a Powerful Tool

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

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

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

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

  • How to Avoid the Disaster of Leadership Vertigo

    Scott
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Is there a gap between how you view the impact of your leadership and the way others view or experience it? If there is, then you're suffering from what leadership expert, speaker and author Tanveer Naseer calls "leadership vertigo." That's actually the title of a new book that Naseer has co-authored with S. Max Brown. As Tanveer explains it in a recent conversation he had with me, leadership vertigo occurs when your brain tells you one thing and the facts tell you another. (Audio)
  • Mindful Mondays: Reflect, Then Project

    Scott
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    We're very close to the time of year when people start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. There’s just something about that blank calendar (or at least more blank than your end of 2014 calendar) that makes hope spring forth that the coming year will be different in the ways that matter most. It’s a good exercise for sure. As the Cheshire Cat said to Alice, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” It makes sense to set some goals for a new year and to reverse engineer back from those goals to identify the specific actions that will likely get you…
  • Leaders Behaving Badly

    Scott
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    You don't have to look very hard in any given week to find examples of leaders behaving badly. This week had a couple of doozies. First, we had the story of Heather Cho, the vice president of inflight customer service for Korean Air. She was travelling on her own airline and as her plane from taxiing away from its gate at JFK, a flight attendant gave her macadamia nuts without asking if she wanted any and, (worse!) left them in the package. Cho flipped out and called the lead flight attendant to her seat to dress him down.
  • Mindful Mondays: A Simple Way to Manage the End Of Year Rush

    Scott
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference. A simple act like taking three deep breaths can make a world of difference in how you show up at work and at home. As the pace becomes more hectic in these last few weeks of the year, slowing yourself down with some intentional breathing is a great idea.
  • Five Things to Do to Find a Great Mentor

    Scott
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Over the course of my career, I’ve had the good fortune to have a number of mentors who have helped shape my life and career. I wrote about one of them in a pre-Thanksgiving post I wrote last week. I don’t think I ever set out to recruit a particular person as a mentor. The relationships just sort of naturally evolved with the people who ended up being my mentors. At this point in my career, I’ve been both mentor and protégé (I can’t stand the word “mentee” – it sounds like a candy you’d eat after dinner.) Considering both of those perspectives, I’ve identified five things…
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    StrategyDriven

  • The ‘why’ of sales and selling will lead you to be the wise salesperson.

    Jeffrey Gitomer
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    I sat in a Jim Rohn seminar one day in 1995 and heard him say, “Formal education will earn you a living. Self-education will earn you a fortune. You decide how much of a fortune you want to earn by how willing you are to self-educate.” I was frozen in my front-row seat. A stunning piece of ‘obvious’ that created self-awareness that remains with me nearly 20 years later. INSIGHT TO PERSONAL WISDOM: The toughest educational questions in sales are the ones you have to ask yourself – self-educational questions if you will. Here’s a set of the toughest question you can be…
  • 3 Reasons to Automate Your Business in 2015

    Richard Milam
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:08 am
    If you’ve added ‘being more efficient’ to your list of New Year’s resolutions recently, you may be struggling to find ways to generate more productivity with little effort. Chances are, the solution (and the problem) is literally right in front of you. Your mouse and keyboard are major sources of inefficiency. Communicating with colleagues, manipulating spreadsheets, entering customer information into a CRM… these are all examples of time-consuming manual processes that can be done better and faster by someone (or something) other than you. If your idea of fun is copying…
  • What Is GRIT And Why Is It Essential To Your Success?

    Paul G. Stoltz
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    Today, ‘grit’ is a hot topic in leadership, education, performance, and personal success. So far, the conversation has focused on appreciating and understanding basic grit, or what I call ‘grit 1.0.’ Grit 1.0 is about degree or quantity of perseverance or persistence, as in “How persistent are you?”, or “How much grit does she have?” The time has come to advance the conversation and upgrade GRIT. The research my team and I embarked on in the development of my new book reveals that quality may actually trump quantity. Enter GRIT 2.0, or simply, GRIT. GRIT is…
  • Are We Hearing What Our Clients Are Saying?

    Sharon Drew Morgen
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    How much of what our clients intend us to understand say do we hear accurately? How much of our own bias is involved? What’s the difference between when we hear accurately what our clients mean, and when we make assumptions or bias what we think we heard? As coaching and consulting professionals, we need to hear what’s been meant. Our jobs, and our client’s goals, depend on this. But sometimes we make assumptions that are inaccurate that cause us to lose clients, or set them down the wrong path. Sometimes we hear a biased version of what’s been said and as a result,…
  • Corrective Action Program Best Practice 2 – Causal Analyses

    Nathan Ives
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:47 am
    Organizations experience incidents of every sort, some with almost imperceptible impacts and others inflicting catastrophic consequences. The text above is only a small portion of this article. Become a StrategyDriven Premium Member to gain access to the entire article and the over 100 other StrategyDriven members-only articles, whitepapers, models, and tools and templates. Become a StrategyDriven Premium Memberfor only $9.95 / month or $94.95 / year ! Want to learn more? Click here to learn about the benefits of a StrategyDriven Premium Membership. About the Author Nathan Ives is a…
 
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    Business Ethics and Leadership

  • How much is 2 plus 2? Who would you hire?

    Michael Josephson
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    A company interviewing candidates for a major management position that always asked one final question:, “How much is 2 plus 2?” A fellow with an engineering background said, “It depends on whether it’s a positive or negative 2. The answer could be 4, 0 or minus 4.” A woman whose specialty was marketing said: “Well, […]
  • The Greyhound Principle: The Ethics & Effectiveness of Unrealistic Stretch Goals

    Michael Josephson
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    A common management strategy to spur achievement is to set aggressive performance objectives that, like the mechanical rabbits that pace racing greyhounds, push employees to maximum effort. Using “stretch goals” can be successful, but unreasonably high performance goals often spawn dishonesty and irresponsibility as well as or instead of achievement.  Observing the real impact of unrealistic […]
  • Business Success Insight: Live within your means

    Michael Josephson
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    On Secret to Happiness in your real life is: LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS Keep your needs simple; enjoy small pleasures. Real value lies in what things mean to you, not in their cost  or how they are valued by others. This concept is also important to success in business.While sometimes it is wise and sensible to […]
  • There are over 300,000 more black men in college than in prison, but you wouldn’t know this watching cable or network news? How come?

    Michael Josephson
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
  • The leadership challenge in building police-community trust.

    Michael Josephson
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    It is hard to believe how little progress we have made since Rodney King to create positive, trusting police-community relations. Despite mountains of reports, new rules, policies and training materials accompanied by sincere rhetoric, the likelihood of explosive incidents like the current ones in Ferguson Missouri and New York City seems as great or greater […]
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    Management is a Journey

  • Management Versus Leadership

    Robert Tanner
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
  • A Video to Keep You & Your Team Inspired!

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

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

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

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

  • What is Winston Churchill’s Productivity Secret?

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    “How did you get so much done?” You’ve probably heard the question many times, asked of interview guests the world over … “If you could interview anyone, living or not, who would it be?” For me, that’s an easy question. Winston Churchill. What if I could only ask him one question? I could ask him a million questions and talk with him for days, but if I’m only given one question, here’s the simple one I’d ask: “How did you get so much done?” Winston Churchill lived to the ripe age of 90 Today, Sunday, November 30,…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It seems like everyone is ready for a little R&R these days … and there’s no better time than the Thanksgiving holiday for a restful weekend with family and friends. We can skip all of the pageantry for now …. Thanksgiving kicks off a long holiday season … and … thankfully … it’s devoid of the frantic gift-buying, holiday card creation and party circuit pageantry that surrounds Christmas (unless you’re parked in a tent in front of Target waiting for the store to open). Don’t get me wrong. There’s a lot of fun in all of that…
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    Lary Kirchenbauer
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
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    Lary Kirchenbauer
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    One of our biggest battles these days is to keep our head above the water line … not drowning in the tsunami of endless inputs that flood our inbox. Sure, we need a trusted system to manage it all … but we also need to spend enough time to focus on what really needs to get done. What is your unique contribution? What is it that only you can do? What will move the needle and really make a difference? Today, give it a try. Intensely focus on doing first things first. Just that process alone will do wonders. If you do that, you’ll likely discover that no one will miss the…
  • As a Leader, are you an Architect or just a Handyman?

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

  • Surprising Research Results Show We Should Lead Like Scrooge

    Jim Clemmer
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    After Ebenezer Scrooge has his life-changing Christmas Eve experience, he enthusiastically sets out on a new pathway to personal growth on Christmas Day. When he gets back to work what would you suggest he do to increase Bob Cratchit’s workplace engagement? In his entertaining and insightful Forbes column, “Lead Like Scrooge: The Surprising Research Results“, Joe Folkman asks: 1. Should he continue to be more considerate (we assume that he has moved from poor performance to average) while now working hard on being less driven and demanding? Or 2. Should he continue at a high…
  • Video Clip: Working ON the Team versus IN the Team

    Jim Clemmer
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    We’re working with the leadership team of a multi-billion dollar project that’s critical to the future of the company. Through a series of offsite retreats with dozens of the top managers and key professionals we’ve developed strong alignment on core Strategic Imperatives for the next year. We’re now forming SI Teams and solid implementation plans to move each Strategic Imperative forward. There’s one major obstacle on the horizon: the senior leadership is frantically caught up in daily urgencies that are distorting its priorities. The team is feeling intense…
  • Give the Gift of Recognition and Celebration

    Jim Clemmer
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    American president, Thomas Jefferson, once said “the glow of one warm thought is worth more to me than money.” Reinforcing feedback produces a powerful afterglow that raises the positivity ratio, energizes and inspires, and provides the pause that refreshes. This is the perfect time of year for you and your team to reflect back looking for strengths to reinforce and accomplishments to celebrate. This can be an important part of anchoring your culture in strengths. Recognition and celebration are among the most inexpensive, easy‑to‑use motivational techniques available to…
  • Profit is a Means Not an End

    Jim Clemmer
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    One of my favorite Holiday traditions is watching numerous movie versions of Charles Dickens’ powerful classic, A Christmas Carol. The story centers on Ebenezer Scrooge a selfish, cold-hearted miser who cares only about maximizing his profits. Donald Duck’s uncle, Scrooge McDuck is a cartoon character named after Ebenezer Scrooge. In those cartoons he’s the world’s richest person. He’s often shown sitting on or swimming in huge piles of gold coins and bills. One of the great paradoxes of our time is we’ve living in the most prosperous period in history. Yet…
  • Middle Managers Are the Most Disengaged

    Jim Clemmer
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Employee engagement is a critical issue for many organizations. And for good reason. Highly engaged employees are more productive, less likely to leave, have lower absenteeism, create happier customers, contribute to safer workplaces, increase revenues, and decrease costs. A new research study from Zenger Folkman shows that many organizations are overlooking their most disengaged people: middle managers. And the ripple effect of disengaged managers is very destructive down through the organization. Zenger Folkman reviewed data from 320,000 employees across a broad number of organizations. ZF…
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    Author Chris Brady's Blog

  • Leadership Lessons from the Age of Fighting Sail

    Chris Brady
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    With just about the lowest amount of fanfare possible, my new book Leadership Lessons from the Age of Fighting Sail was released this month. I have been so busy with my duties at Life Leadership that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What We Can Learn from the Painter of Light

    Chris Brady
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:28 pm
    There is much to learn from everyone. In particular, when someone has achieved phenomenal results in life, much can be gained from a study of their triumphs and tragedies. Over the course of the past... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Excellence in Motorized Adventure

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

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

    Chris Brady
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
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    Stop Workplace Drama

  • We Are All Adults: The Ultimate Red Flag

    Stop Workplace Drama
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    "We’re all adults here!” That statement is always a big red flag that drama is right around the corner. You can’t rely on good behavior, good decision-making, or good ideas just because people are a certain age and are considered to be “adults.” Adults hold grudges, make promises they don’t keep, manipulate, pout, and play games. Here are three skills you can model and teach to those of a certain age to make sure they do indeed act like adults
  • Drowning in a Sea of Choice

    Stop Workplace Drama
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:42 am
    It’s almost eerie to read what management consultant Peter Drucker predicted many years ago: “In a few hundred years, when the history of our time is written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event those historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time—literally substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is unprepared for it.” In my upcoming book, No-Drama Leadership,…
  • Transparency is Not a Choice

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

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

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

  • Overworked and Overwhelmed? Try The Mindfulness Alternative

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Eblin, one of my favorite leadership experts, about mindfulness – the focus of his excellent new book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. Mindfulness is getting a lot of attention these days. A number of Fortune 500 companies, including Google, AOL, Apple and Aetna, now offer mindfulness classes for employees. In a recent blog post, I discussed mindfulness in the workplace. Delving deeper into this topic, Scott explains what mindfulness is, how the practice of mindfulness helps with the very real challenges we face today, and…
  • Why Your Company Values Might Not Matter

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    Why are so few companies values-driven? Even when they start down that path, why do they wind up dead-ended? A 2012 study shows “employees want their organizations to display honesty and integrity in business activities,” and “when leaders behave consistently with the core values, they earn employees’ trust and confidence.” More so, it makes good business sense – research shows high-trust companies significantly outperform those that aren’t in the marketplace. So why do so many companies fail in their effort? Here’s a true story and the 5 common…
  • Strive For Greatness

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:16 am
        The secret to greatness lies in the small actions we each take every day. Although we won’t all be recognized by history, each of us is capable of achieving greatness through our everyday actions. Most of the good in the world is built on the accumulated efforts of ordinary people doing small things in a great way.   7 Keys to Greatness Be clear that your actions serve a higher purpose, and are not simply self-serving. Know what an excellent job looks like. Start with the end in mind. Make a full effort. Give it your full attention. Be willing to make mistakes; use them…
  • 4 Steps Toward Collaborative Leadership

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    If you are tired of “us vs. them” attitudes… if you are feeling frustrated or hopeless about those who don’t agree with your views… if you are concerned about the polarization in this world today… if you are waiting for leadership that unites instead of divides… … the best place to start is by taking responsibility for yourself. Polarization is Self-Reinforcing If you only talk with people who agree with you and only read and listen to news sources that hold your own viewpoint, you will get distorted, filtered information that simply reinforces your viewpoint. Unless we let go…
  • The Two Faces of Leadership

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

  • 3 ways to begin valuing difference

    Jane Perdue
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:41 am
    Being together again after so many years was pure delight. The connection took up as if we were finishing a conversation begun only the day before. Familiarity is so comforting. Until… …there’s too much of it and its dark side surfaces: lack of innovation, narrow-minded thinking, ingrained and unquestioned bias, outdated practices, and failure to ... The post 3 ways to begin valuing difference appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Getting More Women into Leadership Positions

    Jane Perdue
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:34 am
    Is your company interested in having higher productivity? Being more innovative? Research data links diversity to these improved results. Surprised? Curious about where to begin? Read on! Companies achieving these beneficial outcomes have embraced diversity of thought, perspective, and opinion in addition to gender and race. They’ve adopted a whole new mindset in which differences ... The post Getting More Women into Leadership Positions appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Changing Stereotypes about Family Time Off

    Jane Perdue
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    Earlier this year, New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy took three days of paternity leave when his first child was born. Many sports announcers and fans soundly criticized his decision because it resulted in him having to miss two baseball games.  Why would such a simple decision create such an uproar? Because Daniel played against commonly-held ... The post Changing Stereotypes about Family Time Off appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • The beauty and power of differences

    Jane Perdue
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:19 am
      Hubby returned home from running errands and excitedly told me about the new screens that had been installed on the gas pumps—screens that played music and TV shows. “What a great concept,” he gushed. “Now I don’t have to just stand there anymore.” Had hubby participated in the University of Virginia time alone study, I ... The post The beauty and power of differences appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 5 ways to lead from the head and the heart

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

  • Sign Up Now For Leadership Training

    Skywalk Group
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Beginning in February 2015, Skywalk Group is hosting a leadership workshop designed to help leaders develop key competencies to enhance their current skills, as well as help them grow for future jobs opportunities.  The workshop is first come/first serve, with 12 open spots. Each class will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Skywalk Group Training Room located at 221 2nd Ave SE, Suite #240. Registration must be completed no later than Friday, January 23, if spots are still available at that time. The workshop is $995 per person and includes e-learning, workbooks and a continental…
  • Rethink Your Sales Management Strategy As You Plan For 2015

    Skywalk Group
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    The recent announcement that the U.S. economy is on pace for its sharpest year of labor expansion in 15 years, combined with the fact that the unemployment rate dropped to the lowest rate in six years (5.8%), confirms what many have already felt – 2014 was good, but 2015 can be great. Now is the time of year when many leaders begin to project revenues for 2015. As you are gazing into the revenue projection crystal ball, you may want to take some time to rethink how you manage your sales professionals. If you are using the same approach to sales leadership you did five years ago, you may…
  • The Company Holiday Party – From An HR Perspective

    Skywalk Group
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    As you approach the holiday season, you may be thinking about your annual holiday party as a chance to socialize and engage with your employees, while offering them gratitude for a year of hard work. However, the holiday party can quickly turn into a liability for employers. Here’s a checklist to help set you up for success this holiday season. Don’t set up your employees for failure Parties should not be hosted at bars, strip clubs, or other inappropriate venues. Parties that involve excessive drinking aren’t a good idea. Try setting a 2-drink max limit. If you are serving alcohol,…
  • Five Benefits of the “Extra Push” Through the Holiday Season for Your Organization!

    Skywalk Group
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    With the new year right around the corner, most organizations are scrambling to meet year-end numbers, close out the books or fill that much needed open position so they can head into the new year strong. Chances are this is the time of year you may see the focus of even the most motivated team members wane. Below is a list of reasons why you should consider promoting a full-court press through the holidays and the benefits your organization and your employees could see as a result:  The Best Time To Connect This is the most important tip to offer. The holidays just bring something out in…
  • Picking the Right Outsourced Recruiting Partner

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

  • Caught in a Vortex of Expectations? Listen to Find Your Way Out.

    Dawn Lennon
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    I’ve always had a strong dependency on words. They help me get a grip on the world around me and the nature of people who could hurt or help me. They’ve often saved me from myself. There’s so much going … Continue reading →
  • Unearthing Your Creative Side: It’s All in How You Dig.

    Dawn Lennon
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    I love a good book. A gripping play. A haunting song. An elegant sculpture. A graceful dance. All that artistry, that creativity, fully on display astounds and moves me. I also love a well-designed plan. A complex project that comes … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #7 | Showing Respect

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

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

    Dawn Lennon
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Distracted? Never, you claim, always fully tuned in, just multitasking. It’s a popular self-deception. We’re all guilty to a degree. Research has long debunked the notion of multitasking, our claim of being engaged in multiple things (aided by our digital … Continue reading →
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    Leadership Learning Community blogs

  • Join Us! Support Leadership that inspires Change

    Deborah Meehan
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:36 pm
     Leadership Learning Community (LLC) is promoting a dynamic vision of leadership that will enable individuals and groups to work together to make progress on the challenges facing our communities, which requires us to work work together across sectors and silos. For close to 15 years, LLC has been uncovering, testing and advancing exactly the type of leadership approaches - inclusive, networked and collective - that can take us there.  This change requires a shift in mindset from a Western, heroic view of leadership as an individual, to a more global, collective…
  • Gratitude and Abundance

    Deborah Meehan
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    There has been a deluge of quotes this past week about thankfulness and gratitude.  While some are kind of corny, I wholeheartedly believe in the practice of gratitude (I keep a gratitude journal) and find myself attracted to quotes that talk about abundance and spirit.  When the Leadership Learning Community launched almost 15 years ago we were testing what at the time seemed like a radical notion…that it is our nature to seek connection and that we can nurture this impulse with an intentional commitment to a spirit of abundance and generosity.  A number of people told us…
  • Leadership Curriculum: The Pandora’s Box of Leadership Development What does it take to change behavior?

    Deborah Meehan
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    A number of years ago when we did a survey of the per participant costs of leadership development programs the two highest costs were travel for programs that were not place based and curriculum delivery.  I consider this curriculum piece the Pandora’s Box of leadership development because it’s a bit charged being one of the biggest expenses of leadership programming and it can be hard to measure the successful application of ideas or a framework and the value of related changes in the specific context in which a program participant is working.  In post program surveys…
  • The Racial Equity Leadership Network Has Been Launched!

    Deborah Meehan
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:23 pm
    An amazing group of people came together on November 18th to launch the Racial Equity Leadership Network, the brainchild of Claudia Paredes, Patrick Brown and Uma Viswanathan  of the Greenlining Institute and Urban Habitat.  The vision grew out of conversations with LLC over the past year about the value of building community among people bringing a racial justice lens to leadership work, a community that could be a source of learning, moral support and collaboration.   We were happy to serve as humble host for the tremendous planning work (a real labor of love) by…
  • Looking at 2014: What Content Resonated with the Community?

    Natalia Castaneda
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    This year the LLC team has engaged the community around a variety of topics, ranging from networks, to coaching and design thinking.  As we reflect on the year and plan our learning priorities for next year, we wanted to highlight some of the most popular articles with the community:How a Social Network Analysis (SNA) can help leadership development programs (Deborah Meehan)Over the past several months the Leadership Learning Community has had the opportunity to partner with the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to conduct a Social Network Analysis (SNA) of their Health…
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    LeadershipWatch

  • Leading Indian-Dutch Business Teams: 3 Insights that Help Create Results

    Aad Boot
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I advised and facilitated newly formed Indian-Dutch business teams – this in the context of a recent acquisition of a Dutch and very innovative SME by an Indian multinational in the pharmaceutical sector. I (myself...
  • Leading Change: 3 Key Tips from Wi-Fi Pioneer Cees Links

    Hanneke Siebelink
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Did you ever hear the story of how Cees (‘Case’) Links, whose boyish face lights up behind his glasses when he recounts it now, convinced Steve Jobs to embrace Wi-Fi, the wireless internet technology he co-invented? He spent almost a decade pursuing the idea, which nobody thought particularly useful. Until finally, in 2000, the tipping point arrived.
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Stimulate Your Asian Team Members to Speak Up?

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

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

    Aad Boot
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Strategy execution is a key topic on the agenda of Boards and Executive Committees. The increased focus by senior leadership on strategy execution is a good thing. If you’re not good at it, you can get into trouble. Read more ...
 
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    Travis Robertson » Travis Robertson - Robertson Coaching International

  • High Performance Motivation – Part 1 – Igniting Your Motivation

    Travis Robertson
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Do you ever struggle to get motivated and stay motivated? Have you ever wondered why? You’re not alone! Most people don’t understand the power they have over their own levels of motivation. However, if you can learn how to become highly self-motivated, your business is going to explode!   The post High Performance Motivation – Part 1 – Igniting Your Motivation appeared first on Travis Robertson.
  • Love the Journey and You’ll Get the Destination

    Travis Robertson
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Too many people want the destination, but aren’t willing to take the journey to get there. However, any destination worth reaching won’t have a short cut. You have to be willing to put in the work and the effort to get there if you want the end destination. It’s the journey that transforms your life and your business into something to be proud of and something that is worth having. You have to be willing to step off of the sidelines and into the front lines if you want to make the headlines. If you want something truly great in life, you have to commit to the journey that it is…
  • 9 Life Areas for Goal Setting

    Travis Robertson
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    Travis Robertson explains the process he walks his clients through in planning their businesses. Discover nine areas of your life that you need to focus your goal setting on to move your business and your life forward in the next year! 9 Life Areas For Goal Setting There are nine different areas that you need to set goals in. However, the goal isn’t to have a lot of goals, the objective is to have the right goals and just a few goals that are going to move you forward. By breaking it into nine areas, it gives you a little bit more control over your goals and the effectiveness of…
  • Want Next Year to Rock? 30 Questions You Can’t Afford Not to Answer

    Travis Robertson
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    It’s the final few weeks of the year and most of us are focused on all the stuff we have to get done for the coming holidays. There’s shopping, cooking, planning, travel, parties, and creating “strategic avoidance plans” for people you’d rather not see. I used to treat December like the night before a big test and try to cram in everything I didn’t do in the previous 11 months. As a result, I’d often dread December and the holiday. Even though the Christmas season is my favorite time of year, I’d get depressed, burnt out, and frustrated. I just…
  • 4 Questions to Rev Up Your Goal Setting

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

  • The List: Hot Conversations on Bias

    Colleen Sharen
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:40 am
    This week’s reading list is something of a good news/bad news thing.  The bad news? Second generation gender bias is alive and well, and challenging to change. The good news? That these […]
  • Leadership Questions: What’s the Story?

    Colleen Sharen
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    There is more than one side to the story. Every leader needs to remember that as they sort through difficult and challenging times. So recently, when I was reading the book, “Making […]
  • What I’ve been reading: Resilience vs Robustness

    Colleen Sharen
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    Here is a great post from Eric McNulty, on the Strategy and Business website about resilience. As leaders, we need to think about resilience more broadly, in terms of people, things and […]
  • I Remember

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

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

  • 18 Warning Signs You Need to Be a Better Manager

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Strong leadership is a key pillar of success at any organization. And we don’t just mean executives; we’re talking about leaders at every level. Since 70-80% of the workforce reports to a frontline manager, it’s critical these managers demonstrate great leadership. So managers, we’re putting the spotlight on you. Here are 18 warning signs you need to be a better manager – and tips to help!
  • Why the 70/20/10 Development Model Doesn’t Always Add Up — Part 2

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    In employee development, before the traditional 3 Es experience, exposure and education can take hold, you need to address a few additional Es. Learn why execution, evaluation and embedding skills are so important to the learning equation.
  • Overcoming Talent Acquisition’s Fear of Accountability

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    As I travel, there's one question I’m constantly asked, no matter what I'm speaking about. It usually goes something like this: "How can we be more effective in attracting talent?" It's a silver bullet question. The person asking typically wants a quick and simple answer that's going to solve all of their problems. So here' my silver bullet answer.
  • Effective Leadership: The Three Types of Intelligence You Need

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    It’s become commonly accepted that both head and heart are critical components in the skill set of an effective leader. What is now becoming apparent is that there is a third factor that’s equally as important as the first two – character. Why head, heart and character are important elements of a leader’s toolkit and the implications of a leader who doesn’t have all three.
  • Why Company Culture isn't a Myth

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Yes, Virginia, there is a culture. There seems to be a myth out there that company culture doesn’t exist. It’s just some Human Resources mumbo jumbo; a made up thing. Or that “culture” is what we talk about when a company’s products and services are unremarkable. But company culture is real, it’s behavioral and it exists.
 
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    mgmtideas.com - Latest Content

  • Idea from the Vault: Take the Pulse of the Room

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ask participants to write down their initial positions, use voting devices, or ask participants for their “balance sheets” of pros and cons. “Frankly, I’m surprised that when you have a reasonably well-informed group it isn’t more common to begin by having everyone write their conclusions on a slip of paper,” remarks Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman. “If you don’t do that, the discussion will create an enormous amount of conformity.” Author(s): Dan P. Lovallo, Olivier Sibony, Daniel Kahneman Source(s): Taking the Bias Out of Meetings (The McKinsey Quarterly)
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  • New Article: 3 Steps to Turbo Charge Profits

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Top financial managers have an opportunity to boost their companies' profits to new heights. The key to success: become your company's Chief Profitability Officer. How can a CPO reverse his or her company's massive embedded unprofitability and generate new streams of profits? Three essential steps: develop a profit map; define priorities and serving models for your important account/product segments; and align compensation throughout your company, especially for the sales force, by basing it on directly on granular profitability. Author(s): Jonathan Byrnes Source(s): Business Finance Magazine
  • New Article: Strategic Principles for Competing in the Digital Age

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Digitization is rewriting the rules of competition, with incumbent companies most at risk of being left behind. Here are six critical decisions CEOs must make to address the strategic challenge posed by the digital revolution. Author(s): Paul Willmott, Martin Hirt Source(s): McKinsey Quarterly
 
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    Peter Barron Stark Companies

  • The One Leadership Investment You Need to Make

    Peter Barron Stark
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Far too many business leaders today fail to invest in one of the most critical aspects of successful leadership – their leaders of tomorrow. Most business executives recognize the critical importance of leadership in building the long term success of their business. Yet, many executives fail to develop their managers of today into great leaders that will successfully drive and guide the future of the business tomorrow. Regardless of your business or industry, your ongoing success is ultimately determined by the hiring and development of your future leaders. Do the leaders of your…
  • Time Management – 2014’s Biggest Time Wasters

    Peter Barron Stark
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    As 2014 comes to an end, you might find your focus and time management skills slipping just a little bit as the holiday hoopla takes over. But how are your time management skills during the rest of the year? According to Salary.com, a whopping 89% of employees admitted to wasting time at work this year. Of those 89%, 62% of us waste one hour or less a day at work; 16% waste approximately 2 hours a day; and 10% admit to wasting 3 or more hours on a daily basis. It is impossible to make time, save time, or find time. Each of us are gifted with the exact same number of minutes to use each day:…
  • Employees – To Befriend, or Not to Befriend?

    Peter Barron Stark
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    When you spend 40+++ hours a week in close proximity to your employees, forging friendships may seem like an excellent idea. Why not add the benefits and cheer of friendship and comradery to your work day? Well, here’s why you shouldn’t be friends with your employees. If you look up “friend” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is defined as: “one attached to another through affection or esteem; a favored companion.”  Seasoned human resource professionals caution managers and supervisors to avoid building personal friendships with team members that report directly to them,…
  • Is an Employee with a Bad Attitude Killing Your Team?

    Peter Barron Stark
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Employees with bad attitudes can be tough to deal with. These employees bring down office morale, and can do some real damage to the goals and bottom-line of your team or organization. You know these employees are not happy in some regard. They are the types of people who: Habitually complain about co-workers and customers Spread gossip and rumors about co-workers that undermine teamwork Excessively complain about their work or workload Criticize their boss or the organization they work for Seldom take responsibility for their own mistakes To effectively deal with a negative employee, you…
  • The Top 5 Leadership Myths

    Peter Barron Stark
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Excerpts from The Top 5 Myths about Leadership by Robin Maddell for U.S. News. The concept of great leadership is one of the most often discussed – and least understood – workplace topics. We may recognize certain people as exceptional leaders when we see them in action, yet have a difficult time pinpointing what it is that they do differently or better. Myth: Leaders are born, not made: Leadership consultant Peter Barron Stark believes becoming a great leader is 10 percent genetics and 90 percent hard work. “I recently saw a teenager with a severe developmental disability give a…
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    WordPress.com News

  • New Theme: Radcliffe

    Daniel W. Robert
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    We’re excited to introduce Radcliffe, a crisp new free theme. Radcliffe is a contemporary responsive theme with beautiful typography. It puts your content in the forefront, featuring gorgeous full-width header images. Learn more about Radcliffe at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes.Filed under: Themes
  • Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on WordPress.com

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on WordPress.com this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014. “Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine “Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated…
  • Field Notes: BlogHer PRO 2014

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great products to using design to tackle social challenges. Recently, Story Wrangler Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Happiness Engineers Carolyn Sonnek, Deborah Beckett, and Jen Hooks attended the third annual BlogHer PRO ’14 conference, an event for professionally minded bloggers looking to take their blogs, brands, and businesses to the next level.
  • One Central Hub for All Your Content

    Andy Peatling
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Last week, we announced a few updates to the WordPress.com interface, including faster stats and enhanced site management on both desktop and mobile devices. Our push to make all WordPress.com sites faster and easier to access and manage continues. This week, we’re thrilled to unveil a few brand-new features that allow bloggers, publishers, and business owners to run their sites and manage their content from one central hub, no matter what device they’re using. From new blog post and page management tools to Jetpack site integrations, we hope you enjoy the latest additions as much as we…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 9

    Mark Armstrong
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Here’s more great reading for you: five stories we love from across all of WordPress. 1. Spaces of Freedom in Iran Jake Threadgould An account of one traveler’s stay in Iran: On my second night in Iran I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner (yours truly) in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous when we stepped out of the car and onto the street. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic. 2. Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of Boogie…
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    The Modern Servant Leader

  • Servant Leadership Explained via Santa the Bad Boss and Rudolph the Servant Leader

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:08 am
    Jolly old Santa Claus has a reason to be so happy. After all, he only works one day a year and gets credit for all the gifts his elves made and the work his reindeer do. In return, what do the reindeer and elves get? Left over cookie crumbs, some carrots, and one hit movie vs. dozens for Saint Nick. Santa Claus is really a bad boss, here are several examples of his poor leadership behavior:Santa Claus the Bad BossServes only one stakeholder groupTakes credit for other’s workIs a slave driver at the officeWorks the least of the teamJudges others (who’s naughty and…
  • Digital Media and the Future of Your Leadership – Video

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:37 am
    Ben Lichtenwalner presents Digital Media and the Future of Leadership at Hope College’s Critical Issues Symposium. Having difficulties viewing the video? Click here.Leadership is not easy, but digital media makes it easier than ever before. Whether or not you leverage this opportunity, there are major influencers who will. You must decide: are you going to sit on the sidelines? Or, are you going to use this opportunity to be a more effective servant leader?I recently spoke at Hope College’s Critical Issues Symposium, on the topic of Digital Media and the Future of Leadership. As…
  • SERVANT Leaders are Thorough – Acronym Model

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT (Selfless, Empathetic, Resolute, Virtuous, Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101.The last principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is THOROUGH. Servant leaders focus on the long-term. In contrast, most executives today are obsessed with the quick win. Unfortunately, these near-term wins are often achieved at the expense of people and long-term assets. In the for-profit, publicly…
  • SERVANT Leaders are Needful – Acronym Model

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT (Selfless, Empathetic, Resolute, Virtuous, Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101.We’re near the end of our series on the definition of Servant Leadership through the acronym SERVANT. The second-to-last principle is Needful. The servant leader is needful by being open to new ideas from anywhere and remains human, by reflecting their vulnerability.Operating environments change…
  • SERVANT Leaders are Authentic – Acronym Model

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT (Selfless, Empathetic, Resolute, Virtuous, Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101.The next principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Authentic. Authenticity is all about transparency. A great leader is the same in private as they are in public. What they speak behind closed doors matches what they say on stage. The authentic servant leader is consistent in message and…
 
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    The trU Group

  • The Impact of Values, and 3 Things You HAVE to do with them

    Scott
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    I am most comfortable dressed as a Superhero. This is a value of a company that has built a unique culture around a very successful business, and you have to see the picture in my blog post about how they rolled it out to their team. This group inspires me, and hopefully their story will inspire you as leaders to be more intentional about building your culture.
  • The Smartest Person In The Room

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

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

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

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

  • Developing Sustainable Organizations Certificate Program

    mike
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
      Certificate Program in Developing Sustainable Organizations As external complexity increases, internal complexity and flexibility must also increase if an organization is to handle the external environment effectively. To register and learn more Partnering with University at Buffalo Continuing Education Professional Development training to advance your social work and human service career, I will be teaching a 18-hour certificate program. Admission is limited to 15 people. Admission is available to human service executive and senior level administrators, as well as board officers, who…
  • Solution Finding Stimulus Change the Decision

    mike
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Solution-Finding & Innovation Thinking is more than a set of tools. It is a different way of thinking and approaching work. Plus, I enjoy finding and phrasing questions that break stuckness in thinking. Thinking Looking at what you want SOLVED … Choose another solution, focus, response, action in order to create a different result. Reason An action that is based on the same decision & process is likely to produce the same results or become pathologically predicable. Conviction to a decision causes repeated challenges to increase. Question How will I change the decision to produce a…
  • What is a Value Proposition?

    mike
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:52 pm
      What is a Value Proposition?   For a pdf of this article Consulting & Coaching Health Care agencies we return to ‘Value Propositions’…. In an effort to explain what that means, this article has been useful. A value proposition is a brief statement of how people who do business with you are better off from your services. It is not a mission statement, promotional statement, or brand or core expertise. Value Propositions: Offer a compelling reason for the buyer’s interests to be met. Are brief and memorable. Inform the prospect and remind you of what is to be gained. Are…
  • High Performance teams develop workable goals that create shared commitment

    mike
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Image Credit Every team I work with whether it is team building, leadership development, organization development and 1 on 1 coaching, we try to establish workable goals. High Performance teams develop workable goals that create shared commitment   7 characteristics of workable goals. They are: small rather than large; noticeable and important to the people on the team and the team as a whole; described in specific, concrete work and behavioral terms; achievable within the practical context of the teams time and work-days; perceived by the people on the team and the team as a whole as…
  • Leadership drives the company or the company drives leadership

    mike
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
      Young start up organizations the leader drives the company. Mature developed organizations the company drives the leader. Consulting on team building with 2 different companies. Automotive Manufacturer – a long established well developed organization. Marketing & Communications – a young rapidly growing start-up organization. I hear challenges & feedback from the leadership in both. Both are different, need different interventions & ideas, have different constraints. When I state Systems-Drive-Behavior the response is People control the system…. That is true in the…
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    Business Ethics and Leadership

  • How much is 2 plus 2? Who would you hire?

    Michael Josephson
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    A company interviewing candidates for a major management position that always asked one final question:, “How much is 2 plus 2?” A fellow with an engineering background said, “It depends on whether it’s a positive or negative 2. The answer could be 4, 0 or minus 4.” A woman whose specialty was marketing said: “Well, […]
  • The Greyhound Principle: The Ethics & Effectiveness of Unrealistic Stretch Goals

    Michael Josephson
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    A common management strategy to spur achievement is to set aggressive performance objectives that, like the mechanical rabbits that pace racing greyhounds, push employees to maximum effort. Using “stretch goals” can be successful, but unreasonably high performance goals often spawn dishonesty and irresponsibility as well as or instead of achievement.  Observing the real impact of unrealistic […]
  • Business Success Insight: Live within your means

    Michael Josephson
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    On Secret to Happiness in your real life is: LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS Keep your needs simple; enjoy small pleasures. Real value lies in what things mean to you, not in their cost  or how they are valued by others. This concept is also important to success in business.While sometimes it is wise and sensible to […]
  • There are over 300,000 more black men in college than in prison, but you wouldn’t know this watching cable or network news? How come?

    Michael Josephson
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
  • The leadership challenge in building police-community trust.

    Michael Josephson
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    It is hard to believe how little progress we have made since Rodney King to create positive, trusting police-community relations. Despite mountains of reports, new rules, policies and training materials accompanied by sincere rhetoric, the likelihood of explosive incidents like the current ones in Ferguson Missouri and New York City seems as great or greater […]
 
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Deming's Fourteen Points of Quality Management

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    W. Edwards Deming was a supreme practitioner of quality management. He summarized his ideas in these Fourteen Points of Quality Management: Create constancy of purpose towards improvement. That means short-term out, long-term in. Adopt the new philosophy. From top to bottom Cease dependence on inspection. You don’t inspect quality into products and services - you design it in. Move towards a single supplier for any one item. Playing many suppliers off against each other is wasteful. Improve constantly and forever. However good you are, you can always do better. Institute training on…
  • The Importance of Time Tracking

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    If you want to improve performance, or likewise increase capacity or capability, you need to track the one thing that you'll never get back: time. In order to improve effectiveness and efficiency, you must understand how your time is being used. With all of the technological advances over the past two decades, we're continually forced to do things "better, faster, cheaper." In other words, all of these advances have taught us how to be more   efficient.  But - have any of these advances (spreadsheets, email, cell phones, IM, etc.) made us more   effective? The difference between the…
  • The Five Reasons Strategies Fail

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    In a survey of 163 CEOs by Forbes Insights in conjunction with the Association for Strategic Planning and the Council of Public Relations Firms, chief executives report that one-third of corporate strategies fail, and they fail for five reasons. The five reasons why strategies fail are: Unforeseen external circumstances (24 percent). A lack of understanding among those involved in developing the strategy and what they need to do to make it successful (19 percent). The strategy itself is flawed (18 percent). There is a poor match between the strategy and the core competencies of the…
  • Using SWOT During Times of Economic Uncertainty

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

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

  • 4 Ways to Prepare Millennials for Leadership

    Jeremy Unruh
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Sure, the stereotypes say that, as a generation, millennials were overly coddled by their helicopter parents, that they are as attached like robots to their technology, that they are lazy, that they are entitled, and that they can’t seem to focus on one thing at a time. But face it: It won’t be long before millennials outnumber any other single generation in your workforce, which means that it won’t be very long before they are running your company. Have you been prepping them for leadership? It’s not too late to start working with your high-potential millennials to get them ready for…
  • Leading through Crisis

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

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

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

    Jeremy Unruh
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is learning about it—the fallout that comes from losing trust. In his case, he’s losing it because of missteps, unclear responses to issues, and potential lies. But he’s not just facing the fallout from the football organization solely, he’s facing it from the true people who pay him: NFL fans.Trust is the cornerstone of all good relationships, both inside and outside of the office. Notwithstanding, it can be human nature to make mistakes—inadvertently or even unknowingly at times. At which point begins the task of rebuilding employees’…
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    i360 Insight

  • Hộp Gỗ

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    One of the very best and also most useful items within almost any kind of house is the ordinary wooden storage box. There are many distinct sizes, layouts, and colors of wooden storage boxes. Excellent for practically any sort of demand, the hộp gỗ is one sensible thing that is intended to be used for several years. Hộp Gỗ Constructed out of disposed of wood, centuries ago this make change container had countless features. Company, ship backyards, farms, and residences employed the typical box to hold practically any type of things that can fit with in its wall surfaces. From meals…
  • Outdoor Unit of Heat Pump Water Heaters

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Outdoor Unit of Heat Pump Water Heaters If you are thinking about obtaining a tankless water heater for your house you will intend to look at all the advantages that possess the tankless water heaters. In this way you will certainly recognize if you are making a wise choice or otherwise. Then you will certainly even understand of how much cash is going to end up being saved in the long run with the setup of a tankless water heating system. When you sit down to do the math you will see that you could save approximately 50 % on some of the electrical bills for the year with the tankless water…
  • LED High Bay Light

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Home owners of all types are searching for creative methods to install lights in areas that require it. There are a huge selection of options that can move a residence from just being a home, to being something much more, something snappy and substance. But just before we investigate more information on the distinctions of lights styles that LED high bay light could produce for a house owner, take into consideration that if you pick this alternative, you could help the environment. That’s right, you can decrease your carbon footprint with family member convenience, and also all it takes…
  • Canada Goose Jackets

    admin
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Canada goose jackets are no more considereded as an item worn entirely by cyclists, thugs, as well as other social groups. In previous years the basic thought looked that Canada goose jackets simply could not look expert, wise or stylish – depending upon your own personal tastes. Yet this is typically a ruthless, as well as unreasonable, way to take a look at natural leather as a whole, specifically in relation to coats. Canada Goose Jackets A lot of us have a set of leather boots, be them ankle, knee or thigh high. Yet this does not appear out of place, we accept they are an excellent…
  • Buy FIFA Coins

    admin
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:13 am
    Way in September 2012, the release triggered excitement throughout the soccer world. Every year the game sells a ton of copies world wide and the latest in the franchise didn’t disappoint either. One attribute that is closely looked at is the career mode and what was added for this years installation to it. If you want to win more games , you need to buy FIFA coins. Buy FIFA Coins The famous career manner is a huge talking point with fans of the series on the past few years. So there was a lot to be expected on this way for the brand new FIFA 15 game.The game developers (EA) put in a…
 
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    Career Advancement Blog

  • Change Your Mindset: Office Politics Isn’t a Dirty Word

    joelgarfinkle
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “When we win on an issue we call it leadership. When we lose, we call it politics. Practicing politics simply means increasing your options for effective results.” ~ John Eldred ~ When my client, Miles, heard the phrase “office politics,” it brought up negative associations (backstabbing, kissing up, gossip, who you know gets you to advance). One way to embrace and capitalize on office politics is to get rid of the actual words “office” and “politics” so you won’t feel so charged by these words. Instead think of it as “company…
  • The Five Pillars of Innovation

    joelgarfinkle
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “There is no good idea that cannot be improved on.” ~ Michael Eisner ~ Client Miles Asks: Innovation is vital to our company’s success, but creativity is extremely difficult to regulate or control. How do we encourage innovation and avoid stifling creativity? Coach Joel Answers: Today’s corporations face a harsh reality: innovate or die. Executives’ responses to this imperative have varied widely—ranging from instituting mandatory innovation training workshops to flat out requiring employees to innovate in designated areas.  Unfortunately, some companies try…
  • Seven Ways to Sell Your Ideas to Management

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

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

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

  • Weekly Round-Up: On Tips for Developing a Leadership Mindset, How Empathy Makes Us More Productive at Work & 5 Practices of Values-Based Leaders

    David Grossman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts. They’ll provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. 7 Tips for Developing a Leadership Mindset By Jane Perdue, SmartBlog on Leadership  These methods require maintaining an…
  • Starting Thought: 5 Items on Every Employee’s Holiday Wish List

    David Grossman
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s officially the month when we’re all talking about which “hot” items are on everyone’s holiday wish list. Stores and online retailers create wish lists for every type of person you could ever need to shop for: for teens, for sports fans, for the cook in your family, for the outdoor person, etc. This flurry of wish-list making got me thinking about a different category that we don’t hear much about: employees. If employees developed a collective wish list, what would be on it? From my experience working with employees around the globe, a few common needs rise to the top:…
  • Why Context Is King

    David Grossman
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Context con - text  [kon-tekst] – noun 1. the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect: You have misinterpreted my remark because you took it out of context. 2. the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc. At the heart of organization-wide alignment is a common context. Context influences how we interpret information. It’s the lens through which we view and make sense of the world. Think about context like a map at a large airport.  To understand…
  • Standing Tall: Ways to Improve Your Body Language and Communicate Better

    David Grossman
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    It’s a truism – how you say something often trumps what you say. Research shows that when there’s incongruence between the non-verbal channel and verbal channel,  93% of communication is based on two factors: Body language (55%) and tone of voice (38%). The rest is about your words (7%). What’s more, your personal presence speaks volumes about who you are. Without saying a word, non-verbal communication can inspire confidence – or send signals of uncertainty and doubt.  Leaders need to be aware of what they may be communicating nonverbally, whether it is intentional…
  • Weekly Round-Up: On Proven Ways to Earn Employee Trust, 5 Practice of Values-Based Leaders & Giving Useful Feedback

    David Grossman
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts. They’ll provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. The Importance of Creating a Culture of Why By Art Markman, Fast Company Good knowledge is at the core of innovation. The…
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  • Just Breathe

    Cindy Flanders
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Yes, I’ve noticed that I haven’t updated my blog since Thanksgiving. So I’m going to stop everything right now, sit back, close my eyes and take a deep, full breath. In fact, I think I’ll take a few deep, full breaths….. There-I feel better all ready. read more
  • Grat´i`tude

    Cindy Flanders
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    “ The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”  It’s easier said than done.  But this is a great time of year to think about communicating just how grateful you are. For many people, Thanksgiving can be bittersweet.  read more
  • Forget Mentors. Find a Sponsor

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

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

    Cindy Flanders
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    There’s a reason that companies like General Mills, Goldman Sachs, and Google have incorporated a mindfulness practice into their workplace.  According to a Towers & Watson study, “almost six out of 10 (57%) of employees who claimed to be experiencing high stress levels also reported that they felt disengaged.” read more
 
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    In the CEO Afterlife

  • Why Complexity Sucks

    John
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    Complexity is in the eye of the beholder. To me, astrophysics is a complex discipline; to Stephen Hawking it is not. People engaged in complex situations fall into two categories: those who accept complexity as a fact of life and work with it, and those who fight it every inch of the way. I’m in that later camp. In today’s business, complexity is prolific. There are hundreds of reasons why ambiguity and complication have reared their ugly heads to complicate your professional life—some of the reasons are externally-driven, but most are self-created—maybe not by you, but by people…
  • Want to Cut Complexity? Kill Your Darlings.

    John
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    There are plenty of generic strategic choices to drive a business forward. Risk-averse CEOs find comfort in the ‘doing more of the same’ strategic mode. Yet, when things get tough, they quickly knee-jerk into ‘doing more of the same, with less.’ Some leaders strive for scale by ‘doing more with less,’ usually meaning fewer employees Optimists favor ‘doing more with more,’ placing bets that higher sales and profits will pay for the added investments in headcount or technologies; we’ve all been there at one time or another. The strategy I’ve…
  • Charismatic Leadership: Style or Substance?

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

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

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

  • The One Secret Missing in Every Productivity Tip Ever

    Marissa Brassfield
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I read hundreds of articles a month in my relentless quest of new efficiency insights and strategies, and more often than not, I find one secret missing in every productivity tip ever.Most of these articles share an app or an approach that solves a specific problem.This is like using a box of small bandages to stop a big gash from bleeding.One tiny bandage isn’t enough to cover the wound, so you keep adding small bandages. By the time you’ve covered the wound, the first bandages are already saturated.Eventually, the wound gets covered in a pile of bandages, many of them too small…
  • The Cause of Burnout is Much More Complicated Than You Think

    Rosemina Nazarali
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    © Picture Factory — FotoliaMost of us will attribute burnout to tight deadlines, an angry boss, unpleasant coworkers, or simply having too much on our plates. But it seems the cause of job stress is a lot more complicated than working long hours. A study published in the Journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology found that home and social life are major contributing factors to job stress.Researchers surveyed 1,954 employees in Quebec and took a variety of factors into account, such as household income, gender, age, if they had a supportive boss, and if they had…
  • Your Windowless Office is Making You Lose Sleep

    Rosemina Nazarali
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Photo courtesy of Campaign Monitor/FlickrThe desk facing a window or corner office with amazing views have always topped the list of things workers want most from their workspaces. But these views and exposure to natural light are a lot more important than a show of achievement — it’s become an issue of public health.A team of architects and medial researchers joined forces for a small study which was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. They compared people who are exposed to natural light at work to those who aren’t, and found that those who do have windows…
  • The Truth About Positive Thinking

    Rosemina Nazarali
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Photo courtesy of viZZZual.com/FlickrMost of us believe in the power of positive thinking — if we are optimistic about an outcome, we will achieve the desired end result. It turns out this might just be a myth. Research conducted by Gabriele Oettingen, a professor of psychology and the author of Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation, found that those who think positively are actually less likely to be successful in their chosen endeavour.Oettingen first conducted a study more than 20 years ago in which she enrolled women in weight loss programs that had…
  • Productivity Affirmation #8: I Am a Competitor

    Marissa Brassfield
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Productivity affirmation #8: I am a competitor Today’s productivity affirmation emphasizes your will to win: I am a competitor.You have a fire within you that refuses to die out, even in the face of fear and seemingly impossible odds.You know the value of hard work and know how to will yourself into action.You recognize that it’s not just about winning — it’s about winning the right way, with integrity and finesse.You’re resilient, passionate and, above all, a winner.Now keep winning.The post Productivity Affirmation #8: I Am a Competitor appeared first on…
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    OnStrategy

  • Talk to People, Not Technology

    Heyden Enochson
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Virtual teams and remote workers have become the norm in many industries. There are tons of added benefits to having remote teams, but they miss out on the fundamental day-to-day interactions of an office environment. The same can be said for companies (ours included) with clients in different parts of the world. Managing client relationships without consistent face-to-face interactions adds a whole different level of complexity to the process. Video Conferencing: The Solution Video conferencing isn’t a new solution, but it’s one frequently overlooked. We too are guilty of not using this…
  • Use These Key Attributes in Building a Better Organizational Goal

    Jeff Brunings
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Defining organizational goals is like riding a bike, right? If you’ve done it before it’s easy to pick it up and do it again. It’s pretty straightforward. So, let’s start with those things you probably already know. When building great organizational goals supported by the right measures and targets be sure to: Provide direction, clarity and momentum to achieving your organizational vision. Keeps it clear and simple. Remember, it should make sense to everyone. Keep it SMART (specific, measureable, attainable, responsible and time-bound) Keep it outcome-based and…
  • 3 Reasons To Axe Acronyms in Meetings

    Heyden Enochson
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    TLAs- Three Letter Acronyms. You might know what they mean, but they don’t always translate to everyone sitting in the room. We’ve all seen eyes glaze over and the look of utter confusion when too many TLA’s are used in meetings. FYI, there’s a time and place to use acronyms. In any industry or organization size, there will always be specific language and short-hand communication. They really do have a purpose in your internal day-to-day communications. But for some organizations, there’s an acronym epidemic. TMI in these shortened phrases can cause catastrophic communication…
  • 3 Rules We Used In Our Own Planning Retreat

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

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

  • 7 Ways to Live Life With a Purpose

    Frank Sonnenberg
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Some people measure success by the wealth they’ve accumulated, the power they’ve attained, or the status they’ve achieved. Yet, even though they’ve reached success beyond their wildest dreams, they still have an empty feeling — something is missing from their life. In order to fill that void and be completely fulfilled in life, their soul may be searching for something more. Although everyone is different, there are common threads that bind a life with purpose. Live by your beliefs and values. People who live a life of purpose have core beliefs and values that influence their…
  • Make Every Moment Matter

    Frank Sonnenberg
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Make Every Moment Matter Everyone was put on this earth for a reason. What’s yours? Find your purpose and pursue your passion with gusto. Believe in the impossible because everything seems impossible until you prove that it can be done. Reach for the stars and be proud of your achievements, but also take pride in the way that you achieve them. Make good choices because your life will grow to be the sum of those decisions. Do what’s right, not out of fear of getting caught, but because integrity matters. You have to live with yourself for the rest of your life. Make a difference in…
  • 25 of Life’s Most Powerful Lessons

    Frank Sonnenberg
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    It’s important for you to believe in yourself, stand up for the principles that you hold dear, and see the world for what it really is, not what you want it to be. Don’t be afraid to embrace change, confront uncertainty, and face the unknown. For these things are ways of life. Make sure to be bold, follow your heart, and dream BIG. As Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Here are 25 of Life’s Most Powerful Lessons excerpted from Follow Your Conscience: “Listen to your conscience. That’s why you have one.”…
  • Good Relationships Don’t Keep Score

    Frank Sonnenberg
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Keeping score may be appropriate in sports, but it doesn’t do much to foster a meaningful relationship. In fact, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a relationship between friends, married couples, or work colleagues … keeping score is highly destructive. Yet some folks are so obsessed with keeping the scales equally balanced that they’re one step away from creating a spreadsheet. I washed the dishes so you take out the garbage. I paid for the gas so you pick up the tip. I stayed late last time, the least you can do is … Who’s up? Who’s down? Who cares? Keeping Score: What Have You…
  • Follow Your Conscience

    Frank Sonnenberg
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Moral character is the DNA of success and happiness. Follow Your Conscience by Frank Sonnenberg, is jam-packed with actionable advice on improving your relationships, strengthening your career, and finding your purpose in life. Follow Your Conscience answers questions such as: How do you build a solid reputation? How do you achieve better balance in life? What makes relationships last? How can you spot a counterfeit leader? What steps should you take during tough times? What separates the haves from the have-nots? How do you build a solid foundation for your kids? What are proven ways to…
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    Blog

  • How the Internet Changed the Way Small Businesses Approach Customer Retention

    Stuart Leung
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Once upon a time, small businesses had to think small. Mom and pops were the mice of the business world, scrambling for crumbs and scratching out an existence in their niche market, hoping that the big guys didn't open next door. One core problem facing smaller companies' growth are the lack the resources. That's true today as it was 50 years ago. Without capital, small businesses are limited in many important facets needed to facilitate grow. Without resources, small businesses have to choose between how best to invest their dollars. If you have only so much budgeted to…
  • 12 Business Days of Salesforce: 9 Attributes of a Great Manager

    Laura Fagan
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    No one said leading a group of people was easy. Yet in the business world and well beyond, the success of a team often comes down to who their manager is, and the leadership qualities and overall effectiveness that person brings to the role. For our ongoing “12 Business Days of Salesforce” series, we polled Salesforce employees on what they think the qualities of a successful manager are. We also included the thoughts on this subject of some well-known leaders throughout the last century:  Keep reading for the full list of nine attributes of a great manager: 1. Champion  “Having a…
  • 5 Steps to Follow for 2015 Sales Planning

    Mark Hunter
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    2015 is upon us, whether it says so on the calendar or not. What we did in 2014 doesn’t count. 2015 is a new year with new opportunities. Here are 5 keys to follow to help make the most of your sales potential in the year to come: 1. Allocate your calendar to spend time early in the year working on the big deals that are going to take time to close. The time to start is now.  If it could take nine months to close the deal, the last thing you want to do is wait until July to start working on it. 2. Get management out visiting customers now. The tendency is for management to not visit…
  • The X-Factor in B2B Sales: Mastering the Second Contact

    Rajesh Setty
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The secret weapon for your B2B sales teams is mastery of second contact and beyond. Mastery of second contact and beyond includes, but is not limited to: Being responsive Being contextually relevant Being trustworthy Having the X-Factor Let us look at this in more detail: The Background Gone are the days where the first contact to a prospect was primarily through a salesperson. Today the primary salesperson happens to be the prospect himself or herself. Today’s prospects are more knowledgeable than ever and, to their benefit, there are mountains of information about your products and your…
  • Marketing’s Top TWO Customers

    Sangram Vajre
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the B2B industry, generally speaking, marketing is responsible for leads and sales is responsible for closing deals. B2C companies, on the other hand, are traditionally more transactional, meaning that marketing often closes deals (especially in the online retail world). In the B2C realm, it’s very obvious who marketing’s real customer is: the people swiping their credit cards. In B2B, this isn’t entirely the case. In most scenarios, there is more than one person involved in the buying cycle — not to mention the months of follow-ups, RFPs, demos, and marketing communications before…
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    Christopher Walker - Innerwealth - Vision, Inspiration and Purpose - Blog

  • THE AUTHENTICITY PARADOX

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    When I wrote Innerwealth, Putting the Heart and Soul Back into Work and Life, the phrase Authenticity had rarely been mentioned. We used words like human spirit, motivation, inspiration and heart. Now, authenticity is one of the more searched words in business culture. What it means, why it's complex and how to process stuff around it has been the topic of many a book, usually material ramped up and reworded from the past to look like a new book, like the same axe you've always owned where you'v [...] This is a summary only, please click on the blue header to read the full article.. Never…
  • THE YEAR AHEAD 2015

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    This is the new Blog archive for 2015... what's happening next year?A trek in Nepal in the first and last quarters of the year is open for your booking now. The duration will be roughly two weeks. Planning and prep will need to start mid January. Email me for moreA winter retreat will be held in Bali around mid year ... June / July ... 5 days in the sun, surf, yoga, snorkel, sea food, organic veggies, visioning, meditations, daily massage and fun. It's a TREAT RETREAT.100 new podcasts planned f [...] This is a summary only, please click on the blue header to read the full article.. Never Stop…
  • NEVER STOP WONDERING AND EXPLORING

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The the day you stop wondering Is the day you die. There are so many things to explore, so many possibilities. But we get into routines and habits . And then we stop exploring and wondering about possibilities . For example: Can you love more?There is a voice inside your head that will say this is enough. That same voice will say I have done everything I can. But that voice is a liar. There is always more to wonder and explore. The more you know the more you know you don't know.Can you do it fa [...] This is a summary only, please click on the blue header to read the full article.. Never Stop…
 
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    Managers Are Heroes

  • Employee freaks out when long-term co-worker becomes her supervisor

    Mike Brown
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    The Scenario “I want to register a complaint,” Lucy Alschuler announced as she stamped into Stu Capper’s office. “About what, exactly, Lucy?” asked the HR director, motioning Lucy to a chair. “About Linda Webster. My new boss.” Lucy spat out the last word. ‘She thinks she knows everything’ “You mean Linda Webster, your closest friend? The person you worked next to for, what, seven years?” “I mean the Linda Webster who just got promoted to department head.” said Lucy. “Yes, we’ve known each other a…
  • How to deal with a backstabbing employee

    Mike Brown
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Employee smiles to your face, then trashes you behind your back No matter how good morale is, there are always some employees with negative attitudes. The worst may be those who offer sweet smiles to your face – and then badmouth you or the company to other employees. It can tarnish a manager’s image, undermine his or her authority and crush morale. That’s the situation manager Katie Adams faced when she heard a worker badmouthed her to others. She did okay, but… “So how did Mandy do on that special assignment she did for you?” asked fellow manager Jason…
  • Good Worker; Toxic Employee: What to do?

    Mike Brown
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    One toxic employee can crush the morale of a whole staff Toxic employees negatively impact morale and productivity more than you may think. Every day their behavior wears you – and your employees – down just a little bit more. Their nitpicking, controlling and self-centered behavior ultimately can send stress levels soaring, says recent research. And the problem is widespread. More than 87% of employees say they’ve worked with toxic employees at one time or another. Toxic but talented If these folks just had bad attitudes, many managers would find a way to get rid of…
  • When you’re under the thumb of a micromanager

    Mike Brown
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Is there a way to manage the boss and get things back on track? As managers, it’s important to keep a firm hand on things. But some managers grip so tightly they create bottlenecks that choke the operations. Not only does a micromanager hurt productivity, they also stifle their staffs’ development. That’s the situation Jack Dawson found himself in when he became the No 2 to Max Logan. Looking for advice Jack was frustrated and needed some ideas on how to handle Max. So he dialed his old friend Susan Tarpley. She’d been Max’s second in command for two years before…
  • You can’t keep everyone happy – how to heal bruised egos

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

  • 3 Things All Leaders Must Do Before The New Year

    Christine Comaford
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Are you ready to make 2015 your best year yet?   Do you have a solid plan for 2015? Learn the three things to make 2015 your best year ever.  Move The Needle. Increase Accountability. Delegate Effectively. What Will Move The Needle? A Partner at an investment banking firm in the Midwest came to us with the following challenge. His firm was struggling with low accountability and poor communication. As a result, sales performance was crashing into the abyss—it was time to turn this situation around, and pronto. By setting corporate and departmental needle movers for quarterly and…
  • Get More Energy In 3 Minutes: The Brain-Based Way

    Christine Comaford
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Do you want more energy? We all have 24 hours in a day and people, places, projects that need our attention. While we may not be able to eliminate our entire list of responsibilities, we can monitor our energy. Like hours in a day, our energy seems finite – but it doesn’t have to be that way. We are all powerful creators of our lives. By taking 3 minutes out of your day to recall a portion of your spent energy, you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish. First, let’s look at why your brain needs energy. Your Brain Needs Energy Our brain cells require up to two times more energy…
  • Wire Your Brain For Gratitude In 30 Seconds

    Christine Comaford
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    “Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” ~William Faulkner At Thanksgiving many of us reflect on what we are grateful for… and what’s for dinner. While a client was discussing gratitude with me, they asked if gratitude and altruism stemmed from social constructs alone or if one’s brain could be hardwired towards feeling more gratitude. While some of us are conditioned by our families or society to give back, are we truly giving back because we feel pleasure in doing so? The answer to…
  • The Truth About How Your Brain Gets Smarter

    Christine Comaford
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    “What’s your greatest fear?” I asked Bill Gates one night, over Tom Yum Gai. “Easy—not getting smarter.” Bill then laid out his plan to ensure he’d always be surrounded by super smart people. Maybe he didn’t know about myelin. The Smarter Secret Let’s assume “smarter” means making better choices, getting more of what you want and less of what you don’t. Let’s assume “smarter” means learning things faster, having more “ah ha” moments, breaking through mental barriers swiftly and with deep fulfillment. Here’s how it works. Roughly half of your brain is made…
  • Increase Customer Acquisition By 400% With Storytelling

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

    Joseph Lalonde
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    J.R.R. Tolkien was a master of the fantasy genre. You’ve heard of the titles he’s written. There’s the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Children of Hurin, and The Hobbit. We’ve seen the movie treatment done to his books multiple times. Both Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit have had different movies made at different times. This past weekend saw the release of the final movie in the Hobbit trilogy. Warner Brothers Wrapping up the novel in classic Hollywood fashion was breathtaking. The production company did great work on translating the book to the big screen. The…
  • How To Overcome Your Doubts

    Joseph Lalonde
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    I want to be honest with you. I’ve written frequently on fitness and how leaders should be focused on being fit. This is something I’ve been utterly horrible at the past year. My running has been infrequent at best. My bathroom exercises pretty much stopped. My motivation was gone. Image by BK The more I thought about my failure to run and exercise, the more down on myself I felt. Then, when I’d get back in the game and actually run, I’d begin to feel doubt creep in. My mind would tell me things like: You’ll never run as fast as you used to run. You’ve…
  • Setting The Example

    Joseph Lalonde
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Leaderships is influence. We must be able to inspire others to action. There are leaders out there who constantly wonder what they can do to garner this action. What must they do to see their teams respond? What must be said to see action? What must be done for results? This Stormtrooper knows how to set the example – Image by JD Hancock In my experience, there’s one thing that will inspire others to take action. To go the extra mile. To bleed for the company. What is this one thing leaders can do? It’s setting the example. What Does It Mean To Set The Example? Guys, this is…
 
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

  • GRIEF / LOSS: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Minute-With-Maxwell-Signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
  • TRANSPARENCY: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Minute-With-Maxwell-Signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
  • CONSISTENT: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Minute-With-Maxwell-Signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
  • STEADFASTNESS: Your Friday Challenge, A Minute With John Maxwell

    johnmaxwell
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Minute-With-Maxwell-Signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
  • STEADFASTNESS: Your Friday Challenge, A Minute With John Maxwell

    johnmaxwell
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Minute-With-Maxwell-Signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
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    Skip Prichard | Leadership Insights

  • 50 Things to Drop Before the New Year

    Skip Prichard
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:21 am
    The Eliminate List There are some things that we just need to eliminate.  Don’t take them into next year.  Here’s a few in random order of what we can all drop: Grudges Anger Toxic habits Clutter Negative thoughts People who drag you down Limiting language Bitterness Extra weight Unrealistic expectations Self righteousness Meanness Rudeness Partially hydrogenated anything Hatred Swearing Excuses Distractions Blind spots Frivolous spending Busywork Being cheap Drags Texting while driving Lateness Limiting beliefs Road rage Time wasters Doing it all alone Too much screen time…
  • 7 Lessons on Giving from Jimmy Wayne

    Skip Prichard
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here.   Walk to Beautiful One of the most moving and true stories I have ever read is Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who  Found the Waythe story of Jimmy Wayne.  Jimmy is a country music singer-songwriter whose songs have topped the charts.  His song “Do You Believe Me Now?” was played over 100,000,000 times on the radio earning him the millionaire award. He is also now a NYT bestselling author and has a movie based on his book Paper Angels.  With all that success, he still…
  • Leaders Open Doors

    Skip Prichard
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    An Approach to Lift People, Profit and Performance “I got to open doors for people!” When Bill Treasurer heard his five-year-old son say those words, he immediately recognized this as valuable leadership advice. With decades of consulting experience, Bill wrote Leaders Open Doors: A Radically Simple Leadership Approach to Lift People, Profits, and Performance as a new approach to leadership. Bill Treasurer is the founder of Giant Leap Consulting. He has led corporate workshops for clients ranging from Saks Fifth Avenue to NASA.   “ “Leadership is about momentum and…
  • The Importance of Character and Trust

    Skip Prichard
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:59 am
    Follow Your Conscience One of the most surprising benefits of blogging and jumping into social media has been the number of people I have met online.  Had I not started, I likely would not have had the opportunity to meet Frank Sonnenberg.  Frank is a blogger and an author. His latest book, Follow Your Conscience: Make a Difference in Your Life & in the Lives of Others, is a book of principles, character and trust. We recently had the opportunity to talk about his work on leadership, character, trust and following your conscience.   “ “Be more concerned about your…
  • 3 Essential Keys to Navigate Your Political Force Field

    Skip Prichard
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:11 am
    This is a guest post by Joe Scherrer, author of The Leadership Forge: 50 Fire-Tested Insights to Solve Your Toughest Problems, Care for Your People, and Get Great Results. Joe is the President of The Leadership Crucible and a decorated Air Force veteran. His 24 year career included command of five units. The Importance of Playing Politics Ever heard comments like these? “That decision was all about politics.” “So-and-so is a real politician.”   Or, consider your answers to these questions: How has politics impacted your ability to lead? How would you assess your political…
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • “Time to use voices and leverage to be trailblazers in women at work conversations” says the US First Lady Michelle Obama, and I agree 200%

    Nischala
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Several weeks ago, I came across an article on the White House Summit on Working Families which was held earlier this year (2014). Convened by the US president, Mr. Barack Obama the focus was on how to strengthen workplaces to better support working families, boost businesses’ bottom lines, and ensure America’s global economic competitiveness in the coming decades . According to the web-site, “The White House Summit on Working Families, hosted jointly by the Center for American Progress, the Department of Labor, and the White House Council on Women and Girls, will convene businesses,…
  • The Art and Science of Content Marketing

    Nischala
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Courtesy of: The SeenFiled under: Branding, Marketing Tagged: Content, Marketing
  • Content Marketing Landscape | A comprehensive view

    Nischala
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Courtesy of: B2B InfographicsFiled under: Blogging, Social Media Tagged: content marketing landscape
  • The Sheroes Delhi Summit 2014 | LITE (Lessons, Insights, Trivia and Experiences) from one day!

    Nischala
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:02 pm
    In early Nov-2014, I was invited to be part of the Sheroes Delhi Summit 2014. It was indeed a pleasure and honor to be part of an event on a topic close to my heart “Indian women at work”. The venue was full of vibrant, positive “feminine” energy – Because majority of the attendees were women! In this post, I’m sharing the LITE (Lessons, Insights, Trivia and Experiences) from one day. For those who don’t know, Sheroes is a career destination for women professionals, committed to career success and individual work-life fit. For women SHEROES is a gateway to the finest…
  • B2B Content Marketing Trends for 2015

    Nischala
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    2014 is almost coming to an end and it is that time for all marketers to look out and observe what all the ‘gurus’ / ‘pandits’ / experts are saying about whats in store for next year. As a marketing professional who is responsible for Thought Leadership content – the topic of ‘content marketing’ is very close to my heart, and ‘core to my professional responsibilities’. So when I came across an interesting infographic on 2015 Content Marketing trends, I could not resist sharing on my blog. So here goes: Filed under: Blogging Tagged: 2015.
 
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    The Purposeful Culture Group

  • The Announcements Fallacy

    S. Chris Edmonds
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    How well are new policies and procedures embraced in your organization? If you’re like most companies, it all depends on how well – and how quickly – those new expectations are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is Your Top Talent At Risk?

    S. Chris Edmonds
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The global economy continues to improve. As it improves, it is natural for talented team members to ponder a job change. US employers added over 321,000 jobs in November. The total increase in US... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Listen With Your Eyes

    S. Chris Edmonds
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I was watching a sports newscast recently. An NFL team’s first year coach had benched their long-time quarterback and a young kid was handed the starting role. When professional sports teams... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Choice of Gratitude

    S. Chris Edmonds
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s Thanksgiving week here in the US. This holiday is founded upon each of us taking time from our hectic lives and expressing thanks for the things we have, the people we love, and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is Your Culture “Sticky”?

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

  • The Power of Strategic Sacrifice

    John Bell
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Do Less Better: The Power of Strategic Sacrifice in a Complex World isn’t the first book on focus, nor will it be the last. But the element that separates this book from the others is the “how” – how one finds focus in a business world that is more complex than ever before. All the way from the C-suite's choice of markets in which to compete, to the daily to-do list, the “how” is one’s capacity to make tough strategic choices and tough strategic sacrifices.... Read More»
  • 3 Reasons Why It’s Not Your People Skills That Are Lacking

    Rebel Brown
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’re not lacking in people skills. We’re lacking in the understanding of what really makes individuals tick. The knowledge of our human minds is increasing everyday, by leaps and bounds. We can use this knowledge to adapt our own leadership behaviors. We can learn to fuel employee performance, lead effective change, drive increased job satisfaction and become the influential leaders we all strive to be.... Read More»
  • Give Priceless Holiday Gifts to Staff for Free

    Dr. Ellen Weber
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Precious gems that leave staff feeling valued, also make work a fun a place to be. Few can afford priceless gifts for everybody at work, yet everybody can ring in holidays at work with lasting takeaways in bright packages. To create holiday extras that others will find festive—yet you can afford—consider the brainy benefits within […] Read more... Read More»
  • Why Employee Engagement is Dead

    Arnaud Henneville
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    With the advancement of technology, with the new demographics (GenYers for example who are slowly taking over the organization) the meaning of Work has changed – and with it ‘Employment Engagement’ as it is so narrowly measured today has ceased to be valid. ... Read More»
  • 5 Ways To Ditch Top-Down Recognition For A More Personal Approach

    Raphael Crawford-Marks
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    CEOs define success in terms of revenue and money. Knowing that, VPs focus on numbers and justifying decisions. Managers worry about costs while trying to make sure the team is strong enough to accomplish goals. Supervisors want to make sure the team performs well, and so on. The typical top-down recognition needs to change, and in its place should be a more timely, peer-to-peer recognition program.... Read More»
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    Play BIG: Conversations For Possibility, Transformation and Leadership

  • Play BIG: Exercise Choice And Control – No Matter The Circumstances

    Maz Iqbal
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Recently, I have experienced life as difficult and troublesome. The temptation is to feel sorry for myself, to sink into apathy, to make excuses. So this conversation as much for me as it is for you.  Let’s begin. I have in mind a man whose accomplishments include: becoming a respected ornithologist; making important contributions to avian pathology; … Continue reading Play BIG: Exercise Choice And Control – No Matter The Circumstances →
  • Playing BIG: Largely A Matter Of Giving Up, Not Of Self-Development

    Maz Iqbal
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:48 am
    Many of us stop ourselves from playing BIG in life because we have bought into misleading stories about what it is, and what it takes, to play BIG in life.  Most of us take the stand that to play BIG (in life) one needs to develop oneself – this stand (which is at the same … Continue reading Playing BIG: Largely A Matter Of Giving Up, Not Of Self-Development →
  • Play BIG: Go Beyond Wealth And Fame, Fulfil The Purpose Of Your Life

    Maz Iqbal
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    During the course of a birthday celebration party I found myself talking with a young lady: Justine. Turns out that Justine is in her final year of her degree in politics. She has spent one year of her studies in Australia. She loves to ‘party’. She loves travel. She loves nature. And wants to save the … Continue reading Play BIG: Go Beyond Wealth And Fame, Fulfil The Purpose Of Your Life →
  • Play BIG: Give Up Cynicism, Embrace Possibility & Greatness

    Maz Iqbal
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    For the purposes of this conversation when I speak ‘big’ I am pointing at a combination of the following: standing for a possibility and/or set of values; and how one shows up and travels in life – one’s being. Let’s being the conversation. What kind of a being is human-being? Wiser folk than I have pointed out … Continue reading Play BIG: Give Up Cynicism, Embrace Possibility & Greatness →
  • Play BIG By Granting Yourself Permission To Be Fractured/Broken

    Maz Iqbal
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:57 am
    My parents were great at beating me up. How so? By pointing out where I failed to match their expectations. My school teachers were great at beating me up. How so? My pointing out where I failed to meet their standards? In the business world, my managers have been great at beating me up. How … Continue reading Play BIG By Granting Yourself Permission To Be Fractured/Broken →
 
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    Sales Coaching Blog

  • Sales Management Training: Sales Training Fail Again? Surprise, it may be you.

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
      Sales training is a very large business.  5 billion in the US alone as estimated by Dave Stein in his published article, “Sales Training: The 120 Day Curse."   Stein also states, between 85% and 90% of sales training has absolutely NO lasting impact after 120 days.   So a cool 4.25 billion dollars simply being thrown away and it happens year after year.   Why? 
  • The #1 Sales Management Strategy for 2015

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:35 am
    “This leaves seven in 10 people in management positions who probably shouldn’t be there at all, and who are actually likely to make their teams worse”. The above is an excerpt from an article published by Jim Clifton, the CEO of Gallup. How many sales managers on your team are making their sales people worse?  Hard to know, but let me assure you that if you have a team of sales managers that are accountable for coaching sales producers, research shows that more than half of your managers are inhibiting sales performance.  Said another way, without the manager in place the…
  • Sales Management: Oversight #1

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    If you have been in sales long enough you are sure to have heard Einstein’s famous quote from at least one of your sales leaders, Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." This is a legit quote that has a logical and tested premise, but my problem with the quote is that in the sales industry it is most always directed at the sales producer and not the sales manager. This is not necessarily the sales manager’s fault however because it is a sales hiring best practice that is actually insane in this case. What is that best practice? The sales world…
  • Is Coaching Your Sales Reps Like Eating Your Broccoli?

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:17 pm
    In our constant interactions with sales managers, one of the most frequent topics of conversation is the demand on their time. They are pulled in so many directions – tackling customer issues, meeting rep needs, completing administrative work, attending meetings, etc., etc. In spite of their busy schedules, the majority of sales managers agree that coaching their reps is a key priority. Yet, when you look at how sales managers actually do spend their time, coaching sales reps takes a backseat to other responsibilities. The reasons for this may be numerous, but regardless, there is a…
  • Corporate Culture: How it Affects Sales Performance

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    “If you don't understand people, you don’t understand business.” -Simon Sinek Corporate culture can be defined simply as, "the way we do things around here," or "it's our company's personality."  Edgar Schein, PhD, (MIT) Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, defines corporate culture as, "A pattern of shared basic assumptions that the group learned as it solved its problems that has been worded well enough to be considered valued and is passed on to new members as the correct way to perceive, think and feel in relation to those problems."  Regardless of how you define…
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    Doug Smith Live

  • One Thing You Could Be that Could Change Everything

    Doug Smith
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    In the “Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie”, Andrew Carnegie used the following words to describe his uncle: “My dear, dear uncle, and more, much more than an uncle to me.” When he said that, I immediately started thinking of people in my life who are and were more, much more than they had to be to me:My mentor, Larry Bettencourt, is much, much more to me than a pastor and mentor in my life.Mike Steidel is much, much more than a father-in-law to me.My grandparents were much, much more than grandparents to me.I have friends that are much, much more than friends to meWe…
  • The Challenge to Love All People Equally

    Doug Smith
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. James 2:9 I have a really unique job. I raise money for the homeless. That means that in the same day I have the opportunity to interact with some of the most successful people in our city as well as some of the most broken people.While I love that part of my job, it can also be challenging. If I’m not careful, I can find myself spending more of my time with the successful people than I do with the broken people who God has right in front of me.While I’m always aware of this…
  • Are You Famous at Home?

    Doug Smith
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:26 am
    For Thanksgiving, we were going around the table sharing what we are grateful for and why we are grateful for each other. I talk more about this practice is my podcast, “Intentional Gratitude“.When it was Laura’s turn to tell me why she was grateful for me, she said something that I believe is one of the greatest compliments I have ever received. She said, “Doug, what I love about you is that you are the same person at home and behind the scenes that you are outside of the home.”The reason that compliment was so significant for me was because a few years ago,…
  • Stop Writing Your Own Story

    Doug Smith
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:37 am
    “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He has planned for us long ago.” -Ephesians 2:10 A few months ago, I was looking to make some changes in my life. I wanted to write my own story. Instead of taking time to hear from God about what He wants me to do, I was actively planning what I thought would be best for my life.Have you been there?I was discussing my plans with a close friend and he challenged me. He said, “Doug, don’t forget who has written your story up to this point. You could have never…
  • I’ll Dedicate My Whole Life to You

    Doug Smith
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:41 am
    I am so excited about the Unbroken movie coming on out Christmas day. I read the book two years ago. I couldn’t put it down and I literally cried like a baby at one point while I was reading it on a plane.In the book and in the trailer (see below), Louie, the main character, says something that I believe was a life changing statement for him (watch the movie or read the book to find out how!) and I believe can be a life changer for all of us if we’re sincere.He said, “If You (God) get me through this, I’ll dedicate my whole life to you.”I remember when I prayed…
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    LaRae Quy | Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • 5 Harsh Reasons You Don’t Seize Opportunities

    LaRae Quy
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:55 pm
    If you're new here, you may want to receive notices of new blog posts via email. Thanks for visiting - LaRae.As a child, I loved taking risks. Growing up around rattlesnakes, barbed wire fences, and frisky horses that liked to kick the saddle out of my hands, there was very little I thought I couldn’t do. The key was putting my mind to it. With age comes wisdom—or so I thought. As an adult, I was less amenable to taking risk. I was very strategic about relationships, careers, and spiritual formation. And I realize that there is a place for strategy, as long as it does not make your…
  • 3 Smart Ways You Can Embrace Risk

    LaRae Quy
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Effective FBI counterintelligence agents know that a basic question to be answered before a foreign spy can be recruited to work for the U.S. government is this: what kind of risk taker is the spy? By definition, risk means a situation involving exposure to danger. In the case of a foreign spy, the danger was getting caught and ending up in jail for treason—or worse. Like many others, I tend to fear what I don’t understand. Taking risks has never been easy for me, whether it was getting married or applying for a new job.  Our avoidance of risk is rooted from negative experiences that…
  • 5 Powerful Ways You Can Create A Strong Mind

    LaRae Quy
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    As an FBI agent working counterintelligence cases, I learned that ignoring problems in investigations will not make them go away. They must be worked through and not allowed to become a barrier in finding the answer. Working through problems is not limited to FBI investigations. Breaking through the barriers that show up in life and business takes mental toughness to look them straight in the eye so you can manage your emotions, behavior, and thoughts in a way that will set you up for success. In our country, barriers are synonymous with failure and shame. Barriers are things to be avoided so…
  • 7 Mistakes Leaders With Mental Toughness Never Make

    LaRae Quy
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:21 pm
    While in the FBI Academy, I learned that much of our physical ability is determined by the limitations of our body. Mental toughness, however, is something that can be learned and developed.  Whether it was working undercover or recruiting foreign spies to work with the U.S. Government, I was frequently confronted with the reality of physical limitations. For example—it’s often difficult to get introduced to the subject of an undercover investigation, and not every foreign spy wants to meet an FBI agent in person! Grit, however, kept me moving forward—especially when things didn’t go…
  • How The Power Of Gratitude Can Lead You To Success

    LaRae Quy
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Training as an FBI agent never stops—whether its firearms, physical fitness, or polishing investigative techniques. Sound exhausting? It is, and failure to perform can have serious impact on performance ratings and future success.  The Power of Gratitude Can Lead You To Success The constant exercise of muscles, sharpening of thought patterns, and control of emotions that affect behavior were essential if we wanted to remain in peak shape as successful investigators. Similarly, mental toughness is how you manage your thoughts, behavior, and emotions in ways that will set you up for success.
 
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    Deep Imprints Coaching

  • Honest Questions

    Kim
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Today I read an article on Quartz that brings out honest questions in me – the kind of questions that cause the white silence the author mentions. First, I am appalled at the abuse of power in our nation – it isn’t just race that it effected, it is a socio-economic divide whose name is […]
  • Can you walk the tightrope of change?

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

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

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

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

  • Team Trust is Like a Three Legged Stool

    Sean Glaze
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    In virtually every aspect of your life, you can find examples of the importance of teamwork. But teamwork is built on team trust, and that trust is supported and established like the seat of a three legged stool – by three important supporting elements. The absence or weakness of any of the legs on a stool would cause the stool to fall – or at the least provide a much less comfortable and solid foundation for the seat. The three legged stool metaphor is similar to team trust resting on separate but equally important “legs.” And whether you acknowledge it or not, most every interaction…
  • Why Maps are Cheap and Great Tour Guides are Invaluable

    Sean Glaze
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    I went to Philadelphia last year when my daughter’s volleyball team had a tournament there. Obviously, it was an impressive and exciting opportunity to see many of our nation’s historic landmarks and personally experience and learn about those locations. When we arrived at the hotel and checked in, the concierge had maps of the city and all of the most popular tourist locations available for free. As I picked one up and looked over it, though, he mentioned that our group would probably want to take one of the bus tours and have someone guide us and share a lot of information that the map…
  • How to Solve a Common Problem on Virtual Teams

    Sean Glaze
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Virtual teams are a terrific solution for organizations to consider in many cases, but they also offer a common problem and challenge to solve. A study by online project management technology review firm Software Advice surveyed over 600 adults and found that people on virtual teams had very similar perceived issues. Managing Editor Noel Radley wrote an article discussing the results and the three main take-aways from the study.   Key Takeaways:   – Thirty-eight percent of team members said communication was difficult on virtual projects, making it the top-cited challenge.
  • UConn Basketball and a Championship Lesson in Patience

    Sean Glaze
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    The 2014 men’s basketball national championship was a well-documented contrast in team dynamics. The UConn starting five consisted of two seniors, two juniors, and a sophomore, while Kentucky started five freshmen – most of which likely planned to use the game as a springboard into the NBA draft. And more than a story of free throws or defensive execution, the game was a story about patience. The comments that UConn players made following their 60-54 victory were focused on the struggle that they had endured together than anything else.  Their team had been saddled with NCAA sanctions…
  • 28 Great Quotes to Inspire and Manage Change

    Sean Glaze
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Change is a continuous and ongoing process. For organizational teams and for individuals, it is the ability to change and grow and adapt to new circumstances, teammates, challenges that determines our competitive advantage. This list of 28 great quotes to inspire and help manage change may be useful to remind yourself and your coworkers of the needs and benefits that motivate successful people to not only welcome it, but to become advocates and champions for progress.   1. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy 2. “Change…
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    Coaching Excellence

  • Your 2015 Goals: 6 Questions To Ask Yourself

    ipeccoaching
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson Great leaders have a vision. When you think of people like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers and Bill Gates, you cannot help but be in awe of what they created as a result of their vision. Everyone on the planet has been impacted by their […]
  • The Holiday Hustle: Energizing or Exhausting?

    ipeccoaching
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    I know people who finish their holiday shopping before the calendar has been flipped to December. They’ve gotten all the gifts for everyone on their list. They may have even finished wrapping them. Let me be clear on this: I am not one of those people. Energizing or exhausting? I’m more of a “week before Christmas” kind-of-guy. Yeah, the crowds at the mall can be (what’s a polite way of saying this?) impolite at times. I can deal with that. Waiting to shop, for some reason, gets me more into the holiday spirit. The whole “hustle and bustle of the […]
  • Is Social Media Really Social?

    ipeccoaching
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Rarely does a day go by where I do not read something about the value of developing relationships on social media. It gives you the opportunity to reach many people every time you post something on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ or one of the numerous other sites available to you. It seems like everyone is involved in sharing – whether it is important information or not. Some people have thousands of followers or “friends” online that they communicate with every day. On the surface, there is value to being more connected to family members, friends, and business associates. It breaks down…
  • The Grass Isn’t Greener…But Jealousy Is

    ipeccoaching
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I was sitting in a pizzeria the other day. It was later than the usual lunchtime rush, so the crowd had died down. There were eight or nine of us having lunch. I’ve been traveling a lot lately, so I was using the time to catch up on the numerous emails that piled up. As I’m sure you know, they can quickly get unwieldy. So, I’m sitting there, gnoshing on my pizza and typing away on my tablet, when a couple of “business casual” dressed guys came in. What’s luck got to do with it? They ordered and took a […]
  • 5 Ways To Go From “Pain” To “Gain”

    ipeccoaching
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I find it interesting how frequently living creatures tolerate discomfort and pain. I include myself in this group. Many years ago, I suffered a fairly severe injury to my rotator cuff. It still bothers me to this day. Some days I forget about it, some days it’s fairly painful, but the injury lingers. I’ve consulted doctors whose prognoses for surgical improvement span from mildly better range of movement and decrease of pain to good improvement in both areas. I’ve decided to deal with the occasional discomfort of the injury rather than have surgery. Hey, my baseball days…
 
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  • Five Questions from Advent Season

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Almost all Americans, regardless of their religious beliefs, are impacted by the Christmas holiday. But until last week, I had not really thought about the impact the Christian Advent season should have on us, probably because most people don’t really think about it. And we should (more about that later).
  • Can Curiosity Nourish the Soul of Your Culture?

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    What makes you curious? Have you ever noticed how happy you are when you pursue a curiosity? Imagine what it would be like to work on a team where every person is encouraged to pursue curiosities that advance the organization’s mission. There is no doubt in my mind human curiosity plays an important role in building healthy, vibrant organizational culturesThis week I have been thinking about human curiosity because I have read about Alan Turing, Larry Page, Airbnb, and visited a uniq...
  • Powerful Women Dealing with Weak Cultures – Part 2

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    In last week's blog post, I wrote about Ginni Rometty, Fortune Magazine’s most powerful business leader, and how she is trying to transform IBM. This week I will write about Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and touch on her organizational challenge that is almost too large and complex for one human ...
  • Powerful Women Dealing with Weak Cultures – Part 1

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

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

  • 3 Simple Ways to Make 2015 the Best Year Ever!

    Christina Lattimer
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    Make 2015 the Best Year Ever! I thought long and hard about my seasonal message and what I could sincerely wish for you for this holiday season and for the coming year.  Profound ideas crossed my mind, and I wrestled with sentimental thoughts and meaningful messages.  Eventually I decided to keep it simple. Here are 3 simple ways to make your 2015 the best yet.  All you have to do is implement the methodology! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  –  From Christina; People Discovery and the eMILE People Development Magazine In 2015 1.  Resolve to feel better      …
  • Essential Entrepreneurial Energies for Exceptional Success

    Christina Lattimer
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Entrepreneurial Energies Which Demonstrate Exceptional Success I don’t watch TV much, but when I do, it’s usually because something has caught my interest and I am going to learn something essential.   My current guilty pleasure is watching Million Dollar Listing (New York).  For the uninitiated, Million Dollar Listing is a reality TV show following the trials and tribulations of 3 successful Realtors in New York City, who are living the dream and striking fantastic deals in the heart of one of the most exciting Cities in the world. As you can imagine the characters of Fredrik, Ryan…
  • The 25 Step Employee Mindset Audit For Successful Culture Change

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

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

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

  • Announcing…

    David M. Dye
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Hey there, I’ve got a cool announcement, but first, I want to tell you something that I share with training audience and it’s been way too long since you heard it from me: You’re awesome – your commitment to keep people and purpose at the center of your leadership makes the world a better place. It’s not easy, but you keep at it. You’re important – you make a difference. Your influence goes way beyond the people you see every day or the work you do. Every day, you impact people you will never know. I appreciate you – you want to lead,…
  • Hard Work Isn’t Enough

    David M. Dye
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    I hate it. That feeling that creeps over you and you try to shake off. The realization that you can’t keep going like this… The pace. The frustration. And the panic that sneaks in if you entertain the thought …that you can’t work hard enough to get through this. I get it (and it stinks!) What more can anyone ask of you than to work hard? After all, your hard work, all the times you give it your best, your commitment to excellence – all of that got you where you are, right? But as a leader, hard work isn’t enough. You’ve probably heard that “practice makes perfect”, but…
  • Be the Leader You Want Your Boss to Be

    David M. Dye
    23 May 2014 | 8:22 am
    One year from now, would you like to be three times the leader you are today? What if the tools to get there didn’t cost you one cent? What if they were available in both audio and pdf? I’m excited to share a new resource I’ve put together that will help you: Double (or more) your team’s productivity Have more time to enjoy your work and your life Be a leader others respect and want to follow When you sign up, you’ll get a practical leadership tip delivered straight to your inbox each week for a full year. Here’s a quick sample…just a few of the tips you’ll receive:…
  • Calling All Leaders!

    David M. Dye
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    I Don’t Care I’m sure it’s happened to you. It happens to all of us…you hear the words coming out of your mouth and before you finish the sentence, you realize you’re saying something an adult told you when you were a child. Something you haven’t uttered in decades. When I was eight-years-old, I joined a youth soccer team. When the coach asked me what position I wanted to play, I said, “Goalie.” My reasoning was that the goal-keeper didn’t have to run. It’s probably not a surprise that I didn’t last very long in that position. The next year, Coach Tom moved me to…
  • Reality Check – Leadership Communication

    David M. Dye
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
      Recently, I had the opportunity to spend time with Craig Price, host of the excellent Reality Check Podcast. Craig is an expert in real-world thinking and we had a good conversation. We cover a lot of ground including: Fear as a poor yet popular tactic that usually only gets the least amount of effort from your team, Craig getting robbed at gunpoint, and why leaders need to humanize themselves instead of setting themselves above their employees. Bonus: near the end of the interview, Craig contemplates renaming his show! Check out the interview And if you like Craig’s podcast…
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    Think Right, Lead Better!

  • The 7 day year-end leadership challenge

    Joseph Abraham
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:48 pm
    How has this year been for you as a leader? Would you like to end it better and carry along some great memories for the next year? Are you up for the 7 day challenge that will make your leadership more influential and powerful? Here’s a quick hack to do that better but before we can journey any further, I would like to ask you a quick question – ‘What do people think about you as a leader?’ The grid below will help you quickly check for yourself:   To be a transformational leader, where people follow you because they’ve experienced a personal impact and your leadership was…
  • The Big Gap in coaching Industry in India

    Joseph Abraham
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    The Industry: According to the International Coaching Federation’s Global Coaching Study conducted in early 2012 the Coaching Industry is a multi-million dollar Industry producing an estimated global revenue of $2 Billion. A latest report by IBIS World suggests that in 2014 the revenues in US alone have risen to $9 Billion, that’s a quick upsurge. People matters, a magazine for HR professionals in India also conducted a study in the year 2011 concluding that India too has a good share of about $60 Million. and it’s growing big-time. What’s really missing: Well if…
  • Top 5 Leadership articles of this week

    Joseph Abraham
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    These are top 5 Leadership articles I really liked reading, trust this helps you as well: 1. “I’d Like My Life Back” – a lesson for CEOs in building an organization that listens to warnings by Dave Yarin (Click here to read) 2. Why Middle Managers Are So Unhappy  by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman (Click here to read 3. Five Ways Gratitude Will Change Your Life by Kevin Eikenberry (Click here to read) 4. What the Ebola crisis can teach Business Leaders by Eric J McNulty : (Click here to read) 5. My top 10 quotes on leadership by Richard Branson (Click here to read)…
  • During your leisure

    Joseph Abraham
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    That was the conversation I was having with a senior manager who wanted to pursue something useful at his leisure time and yet juggle with his job. The objective of this coaching discussion was to arrive at some actionable steps and hacks towards co-managing the leisure. I asked him ‘what do you really want?’, that’s a normal question you ask during coaching to narrow down to a goal for the session. In reply I got silence, I allowed him to take his own time and after five – six minutes he started to answer -‘You made me really think… I realize there are too…
  • Little known ways to change a habit

    Joseph Abraham
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Eugene Pauly nearly died of viral encephalitis (An acute inflammation of the brain), leading to permanent brain damage to the extent of loss of even short term memory, if you ask Eugune to point to where the kitchen is he would probably give you a lost expression but twenty minutes later he would walk up to the refrigerator which is in the kitchen and fetch a drink. He would go for his usual walks every day, and if you happened to bump into him and ask him to point to his house, he would give you a cold stare but would eventually return back home straight after the walk. Strange as it seems…
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  • Are You a Leader of Influence?

    Howard Shore
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Are You a Leader of Influence? One key lesson we focus on as parents can be applied to leadership. One focus I have with my children is who they hang-out with. I firmly believe that who they are around will influence who they will become. Well, the same thing is true for adults, both in and out of your workplace. The more senior the person is in the hierarchy, the larger their influence! The tone they set radiates throughout the organization. This is not just about motivation. When a leader does not show respect for their subordinates, it will have an influence on how others treat their peers…
  • Is Your Business Ready for 2015?

    Howard Shore
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Is Your Business Ready for 2015? As 2014 is coming to a close, it’s time to consider “what’s your next step?” Is your business ready for 2015? This is usually answered by knowing whether you achieved your plans for 2014. When I say “plans”, I am not referring to the numbers. I am talking about the plans to elevate your business strategically and operationally to new levels. Did you have business plans focused on elevating your business, and did you accomplish those initiatives? If you did, this would mean that you are now positioned to increase market share, expand your…
  • The Most Important Conversation You Should Have

    Howard Shore
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Most Important Conversation You Should Have Throughout my career I have seen history repeat itself over and over again: leaders making important changes without having a conversation with their most important sources — their customers. You see, what leaders are looking for is data that supports the path they have always followed or believed to be the best strategy for their organizations, but when you look carefully you will see that what the data supports is the opposite. Things Are Always Changing What worked in business years ago does not work today. Times are changing. Customer…
  • Business Strategy and Delivering Your Value Proposition

    Howard Shore
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    Business Strategy and Delivering Your Value Proposition As I mentioned in my previous article, “Are You Ignoring a Bad Business Strategy?,” your business strategy is a determining factor in whether your sales “will” or “will not” grow faster than your competition’s. Two key questions you need to ask annually as part of your strategic planning discussion are: 1. Does your business strategy encompass a clear value proposition that would be considered an “unusual offering” and is critical in your target client’s buying decision? 2. Are you delivering on the promises embedded…
  • Are You Ignoring a Bad Business Strategy?

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    Are You Ignoring a Bad Business Strategy? Are you ignoring a bad business strategy? Your business strategy is a determining factor in whether your sales “will” or “will not” grow faster than your competition’s. Does your business have an “unusual offering” that is critical in the buying decision of your target customer or not? Most businesses either have an “unusual offering” that their prospects don’t know about, or they don’t have one and are not facing it. Key components to a successful business strategy and your ability to grow sales are how well you understand your…
 
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    Random Acts Of Leadership™

  • The Simplest Gift

    Susan Mazza
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    The end of the year always seems to rush in as though it were, strangely enough, unexpected.  This is a time of completion and an opportunity to begin to ponder the year ahead. It can also be a time of hyper-productivity.  There is, after all, nothing like a rapidly approaching deadline for many of us (like me!) to add fuel to the drive to get stuff done! Then there are those obligatory things we must do to close out the year. These may not take as much time as they do energy as you probably would much rather be doing other things right now. And, for many of us, the Holiday Season just adds…
  • Moments of Trust

    Susan Mazza
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Trust may manifest in how we feel about someone, but behind that feeling is a series of moment to moment interactions that set the stage for the quality of the relationship. Some of those moments will inevitably be moments of truth.  They will set the stage for a long and satisfying relationship or they will cause a crack in the foundation of trust for the future. You may not realize at the time just how pivotal one of those moments of truth may be in building or undermining trust until after the fact.  Yet what if there was a way to increase the odds that when those moments arise that they…
  • The Foundation for a Great Partnership

    Susan Mazza
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Great things are accomplished through extraordinary partnership. Yet partnership can be one of the most difficult levels of relationship to cultivate. Take a marriage for example.  Marriage is a kind of partnership, yet 50% or more of those relationships will end in divorce.  Then there are business partnerships.  One of the most important elements of a partnership agreement for a legal business partnership is to negotiate how a partnership will end even before it starts. There are very good reasons for this because partnership, while having great potential upside, is an inherently risky…
  • 11 Ways to Be Humble

    Susan Mazza
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Moral character is the DNA of success and happiness. Frank Sonnenberg’s newest book, Follow Your Conscience, is jam-packed with actionable advice on improving your relationships, strengthening your career, and finding your purpose in life.  For example: The simple truth is that not everyone treats success the same. tweet this Some people who achieve success remain humble, never forgetting who they are and from whence they came. The others? Well, we can learn from their mistakes: Success is temporary. Success is a journey, not a destination. When you become successful, don’t rest on your…
  • Why Didn’t I Get That Promotion?

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

  • Appreciation

    Susan Freeman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    Welcome to the final post of 2014. In all the flurry of year-end activity, there is a lot that I want to express. As I write out my notes and cards to friends, family, clients and colleagues, I often challenge myself to identify a theme for my year. This year my words are “appreciation” and “acceptance.”   As the year draws to a close, I truly express appreciation; for others and for myself.   I review all that was done, even when it didn’t feel like it was “enough.” I review what is yet undone and re-calibrate. Is it still important? Should … The post Appreciation…
  • Efficiency is the Wrong Mindset for a Leader

    Susan Freeman
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader Tip borrows from “Leading Blog.” It’s relevant because leaders are often caught in the drive for “more, greater, faster,” believing that efficiency can be extracted through pushing harder. This may be applicable to factory work, but rarely works when applied to the complex team-oriented environment today’s leaders face. My experience with clients supports the thesis of this article; that any efficiency we experience comes from relationships with people. Efficiency flourishes when relationships are cultivated. “Efficiency always seems like the right…
  • Celebration! Your Year-End Leadership Practice Awaits

    Susan Freeman
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    It seems fitting that the last column of the year be dedicated to the topic of celebration. As the year draws to a close, the calendar offers an opportunity to look at what we have accomplished, and that over which we have triumphed. Business, and how we are in relationship to the challenges of our business, can be a starting point for this reflection. Transforming our leadership viewpoint can be a gateway to transforming our lives. I have observed how celebration is often neglected in our work. We have our noses to the grindstone, often so focused on the problems … The post…
  • My Attitude of Gratitude

    Susan Freeman
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Yesterday was my birthday. I am so lucky to have my birthday during the week of Thanksgiving, (although I admit that as a child I preferred birthday cake to pumpkin pie every time)! One of the special things about having a birthday during this time is that I am able to spend it with my entire extended family in the city where I was born and raised. I appreciate the chance to have the people I love most surrounding me at dinner, offering me their humor, encouragement, and love. At each stage of life, this has been my experience. There … The post My Attitude of Gratitude appeared first on…
  • Meetings: Five Tips to Getting More Done With Less Struggle

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

  • 12 Gifts of Leadership (Will You Give Them This Year?)

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:55 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton How do we lead when we want to bring out the best in people? These 12 Gifts of Leadership are on the wish lists of employees around the world. They aren’t expensive. They don’t require dealing with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, and one size fits all. Sure, these gifts are harder to give […]
  • 9 Questions for Ethical Leaders in The New Year

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton As we head into the New Year, use these questions to plan how you will transform your leadership, your workplace and your world.
  • Ethical Leadership 2015: Graphics That Tell the Story

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton The graphics at the links below tell the story of the future of responsible leadership. They describe the kind of leadership that is respectful, caring and ethically aware. This is the positive leadership that engages employees in meaningful work and helps builds an ethical culture. My hope is that you will share this story with your leadership team and plan now for the future, using the questions that follow.
  • 5 Powerful Trends in Ethical Consumerism

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton If you think your customers are separate from your business, you are behind the times. Customers are becoming part of the fabric of organizations in ways that meet their very specific needs. This week I describe 5 powerful trends that are changing the rules of business, and require a heightened ethical awareness.
  • 10 Things Trustworthy Leaders Know…

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

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

  • 3 Lessons Completing #StJude Half-Marathon

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

    Dave
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    How did you learn to give?  Who taught you? Have you ever noticed sharing is something we are not born knowing how to do.  One of the most used words by small children is, “Mine.”  We must learn how to give.  We must learn to share what we have with others. This past week a friend shared an article with me that was originally posted on Forbes.com, written by Fidelity, and giving specific ways we can teach our children to give. Teach your children to give…The needs of tomorrow are dependent on the children of today.Click To Tweet During this season of Thanksgiving, we…
  • Worth doing poorly?

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

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

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

  • Let this be your resolution in 2015… “I SEE People”

    Chery Gegelman
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    I spend several hours each week helping my young neighbors improve their English. Last week one of the girls brought a library book that she had chosen for a book report. She chose the book because it was short – not because of the content. It was a book about an all black baseball team  in the 1940’s in America. (A land and a time she can’t relate to.)  …So as she read the book I had a lot of explaining to do. And that opened the door to talk about how racism and perceptions impact individuals and our world. When she left, I thought more about the lives that are impacted:…
  • A New Perspective at the Pyramids

    Chery Gegelman
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    My husband and I just returned from his biggest bucket list vacation, EGYPT!  ..And the last remaining wonder of the ancient world! In spite of wonders like the Pyramids, the Temples, and the Nile ~ Egypt has experienced significant declines in tourism because of the continued reports about the conflicts in their country… Our first day of the vacation we visited places that were surrounded by armored vehicles, armed guard stations, and lots of men with rifles. On our second day, an armed guard accompanied us as we drove and walked. (It was quite an adventure to have a guard follow…
  • EXTREME TESTING: Practicing what you believe in

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

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

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

  • Do You Need a Coach?

    nickiroth
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    You may understand that you want or need a coach but finding a good one may be more tough to sort out. Here is a recent article I wrote for Bridgespan, LeadersMatter. It is my attempt to demystify the whole thing. http://www.bridgespan.org/Publications-and-Tools/Career-Professional-Development/DevelopMyself/Hiring-a-Coach-Is-it-Right-for-You.aspx#.VIDcQ2TF9LY PS. I received feedback that I neglected to cite well respected academies for […]
  • Leading Executive Teams: Getting Real

    nickiroth
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    You are a senior executive in charge of a major business unit. You have had a very successful ascent to the corporate upper echelons. Along the way your employers sent you to the finest executive training programs at Wharton or INSEAD or Michigan. You have a drawer full of personal style profiles and 360 feedback […]
  • Beyond Passion: from nonprofit expert to organizational leader

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

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

    nickiroth
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Feeling skeptical about initiating a 360 feedback process for yourself or other leaders? You are not alone. 360s can be powerful, yet too often they are just headaches or time-wasters. Ostensibly, a 360 process should gather feedback from bosses, peers, and direct reports to gain insight into a leader’s strengths and areas for improvement; the […]
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  • Inc Magazine | 101 Great Leadership Speakers

    James Strock
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    I’m greatly honored to be among the list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, published at Inc.com. Many thanks to Kevin Kruse for inclusion in his original list, and to Jeff Haden for picking it up. It’s an honor to be in such fine company.  And it’s a good spur to strive for continuous […] The post Inc Magazine | 101 Great Leadership Speakers appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • 25 Essential 21st Century Leadership Skills

    James Strock
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Serve to Lead is a practical manual–a Baedeker guide–for navigating the new world of 21st century leadership. There’s much that’s new and different about leadership, management, and communication in the digital age. There’s also significant continuity with earlier times. One might say: the principles endure, the applications change. What’s old and what’s new are both seen […] The post 25 Essential 21st Century Leadership Skills appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Churchill Birthday | Sir Isaiah Berlin on ‘the largest life’

    James Strock
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    November 30 is the anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s birth. Sir Isaiah Berlin’s remarkable article from 1949, in the Atlantic--declaring Churchill’s to be ‘the largest life’– endures, remains timeless in the 21st century. Money Quote: Like a great actor— perhaps the last of his kind—upon the stage of history, he speaks his memorable lines with a […] The post Churchill Birthday | Sir Isaiah Berlin on ‘the largest life’ appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Lincoln Thanksgiving Proclamation

    James Strock
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Amid the tremendous challenges facing the United States at the moment, it’s useful to recall the origination of the now-familiar holiday. Abraham Lincoln established it in the dark hours of the Civil War. This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders […] The post Lincoln Thanksgiving Proclamation appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Daniel R Murphy | Eisenhower Time Management

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

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

    Gail Johnson Morris
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    As a leader, why should you care about fostering a high trust environment on your teams?  High trust teams are also high performance teams. Why is this true?  High Trust = High Performance Consider your own situation for a moment. When you trust someone, you are more likely to be forgiving, you are more willing to take risks or share accountability. In an atmosphere of trust, you will stretch yourself because you know someone is there that will catch you. High trust, high performance leaders have people in their corner who will reliably provide helpful advice and counsel to knock off rough…
  • How to Identify, Develop and Engage your High Potential Leaders!

    Gail Johnson Morris
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    If you knew just one program that could help you create an energized, results focused, and capable workforce, it’s the program that identifies, develops, and engages your high potential leaders (HIPOs). Inoculate your organization from the war-on-talent virus by ensuring you have deep bench-strength of rising global leaders. One of our clients described how a HIPO program addresses these global realities:   “We have a leadership model with expectations for leaders at different levels in the organization. We look at business leadership, people leadership and market leadership. We expect a…
  • Happy Salesperson Appreciation Day!

    Jon McCoubrey
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Today is December 5th, recognized across North America as Salesperson Appreciation Day. We’ve been hard at work devising some clever ways to show your sales team some gratitude for all they do.   We recommended enabling  great, positive conversations over negative ones. This idea is epitomized by our “Wine over Whine” adage. It’s proven so popular, we made a wine label! You can download, print, and adhere to a wine bottle as a gift for your salespeople. Congratulate them for producing results over reasons.   Check out our post on ideas to celebrate your…
  • How to Build Social Capital!

    Gail Johnson Morris
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
      Consider a room full of light bulbs with the leader as the light bulb in the center. It doesn’t matter if the leader isn’t the brightest bulb in the room. What matters = Does the leader light up and energize others? Transformational leaders don’t need to personally shine the brightest; transformational leaders consistently evolve organizations by lighting up others and by galvanizing the collective. What is Social Capital? Social capital is the professional relationship between networked individuals – strengthened from mutual trust and respect. Increase your social…
  • Salesperson Appreciation Day – 5 ideas for a great December 5th

    Doug Bolger
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    Your sales team works tirelessly to generate leads, billable work, and the results that move your entire organization forward. They spend countless hours reaching out, connecting, and being told in various tones that “now isn’t a good time”. Their intentions can be misunderstood, and elicit everything from laughter to outright hostility. Yet, time and time again, they reach for the phone or head to the networking event with your team’s best intentions in tow, in the hopes of making a new connection that sparks something incredible.   December 5th marks Salesperson Appreciation…
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  • How to Effectively Look Back and Plan Forward

    Alli Polin
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    I’m looking forward to tomorrow when I sit down, thanks to G+, with my accountability partner for the past two years.  We’re going to do a year in review for our businesses and take a strategic look forward into the new year; It’s time for some vision fine-tuning, goals and planning.  Truthfully, we both have a lot of hopes and dreams that will require hard work and creativity to achieve.  We’re planning on a long discussion to look back and plan forward for our continued success in the new year. Instead of putting in place a complex framework, we’re going to ask a lot of…
  • Do You Have to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone?

    Alli Polin
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    At my child’s netball game I was talking to another parent who has lived in our small town all her life.  I moved  from a major metropolitan area to one of the most remote towns on the planet, but to her, it’s alway just been home.  Of course, from my worldview, I wondered how she could be happy here forever and why she was holding on so dearly to life as she knows it.  The coach in me was briefly tempted to ask, “Don’t you want to break out of your comfort zone?” Then I realized that I was projecting my bias for change on to her; not fair and not useful. I did ask her a few…
  • Time to #BreaktheFrame: Life, Leadership and LEGO

    Alli Polin
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    I work with people who feel stuck and want to break the frames that are holding them back. Recently, I’ve been playing with ways to look at those frames and use what’s present to create a new world view.  Sitting in my home office, I was looking at my walls and files and noticed a random group of LEGO bricks under a nearby chair.  I began to play with a thought: Where is the intersection among life, leadership and LEGO? If you ever come to visit my house, be sure to keep your shoes on to avoid the pain of stepping on a LEGO piece that’s lurking on the family room floor or under the…
  • How to Toss Self Pity and Find Gratitude

    Alli Polin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Even if you’re not American, it’s hard to miss that it’s Thanksgiving in the USA this week.  Almost every blogger seems to be writing about the power of gratitude and why we should all take the time to be grateful.  I strongly agree that gratitude makes our lives richer and helps us acknowledge the abundance of goodness that we’d otherwise miss.  Still, for some, despite their desire to find gratitude, it doesn’t come easily.  It’s not because they’re scrooges, it’s because they’ve cornered themselves in the darkness and are struggling to see the light. I live with a…
  • Selective Memory: A Perfect Past and Unknown Future

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

  • Didn’t Achieve Your Goals? What’s Next?

    James C. Price
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    At the beginning of every year, millions of people create New Year’s resolutions. Whether their goal is to get a promotion, be more organized, eat healthy, or even travel more, the results are still the same. According to University of Scranton research, only 8% of people who make resolutions actually are successful in achieving their goals. If you are one of the 8%, this article is not for you—it’s for the rest of us underachievers! So you didn’t achieve the goals you set at the beginning of 2014? That’s okay. Here’s what you do next. Evaluate Your Goal-Setting Process Goals…
  • Peak Performer’s Life: What Do You Desire?

    Walter Bond
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond talks about successful people and the driving force behind the actions that led to their success. According to Walter: “I’ve been around all types of successful people, and I’ve experienced some success myself. One thing I know, if we want to be successful, we have to desire to improve. Some people have this misnomer that successful people just wake up and they’re successful. That’s not true. Success is a process and the only way you can become successful, the only way I can become successful, the only way anyone can become…
  • [Infographic] The Pros and Cons of Open-Office Plans

    Refresh Leadership
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Open-office plans are a growing trend in the workplace. Rather than workers being confined to an individual office or cubicle, many companies are experimenting with tearing down the walls in favor of a more free-flowing work environment. Check out this infographic from SurePayroll, an online payroll service, for some great insight into the pros and the cons of an open-office plan. Does your company have an open-office plan? How has it affected factors like productivity, employee morale, or teamwork? What have been the biggest benefits? Biggest challenges? Let us know in the comments section…
  • Holiday Bonuses: A Poll of What Employees Want – and What Employers Give

    Refresh Leadership
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Forget the Party and the Gift Cards, Cash Tops the Wish List Express recently released the results of two polls on holiday bonuses revealing that what employees want and what employers are willing to give are often different things. In an online poll, employees and job seekers were asked, “How do you wish your company showed appreciation to employees?” Twenty-seven percent said “cash bonus,” and 13% said “pay raises.” Express received responses from 230 individuals who identify as “job seekers and those new to the career world.” How Do You Wish Your Company Showed Appreciation…
  • Peak Performer’s Life: Emotional Detox

    Walter Bond
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond continues his message on making the most of your “off-season” and how important it is to becoming “bigger, stronger, and faster” in both your personal and professional life. According to Walter: “I know you want to get bigger. I know you want to get stronger. I know you’re pursuing excellence, but you know what? Let’s take a little time to celebrate. There’s something in your life that you can celebrate.” How do you take time to celebrate? What effect does it have on your personal and professional life? What effect does it…
 
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  • 80% of your 100% is still 80%

    Neil Ducoff
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    What does “giving it your all” really mean? When you ask your team to give 110% effort, do you really get that 110% … or do you get 100%, 80% or less? When you tell an employee, “Do your best,” are you setting yourself up for disappointment? When you say, “I’ll do my best,” are you really saying, “I’ll give it 80% of my 100%?” No doubt, defining what the 100% effort bar means on both sides of the conversation is highly subjective and open to interpretation. This Monday Morning Wake Up is about perceived effort. When my cycling…
  • Delivering excellence is more than a choice

    Neil Ducoff
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Excellence is a beautiful thing to behold, but what is it? It is that rare state when all things converge flawlessly into a product, service or experience. It is the culmination of innovation, fierce attention to detail, finely honed systems, discipline and accountability to a desired end result. And once achieved, that state of excellence is admired, respected and sought after. In business, excellence is coveted by many but only earned by few. It is much like the Lexus tagline, “The relentless pursuit of excellence,” where the word “relentless” defines the extent of…
  • Anatomy of a cash crisis

    Neil Ducoff
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    For entrepreneurs, there is nothing more dreaded and stressful then going through a cash crisis. Much like the “battle stations” siren on a warship under attack, a company experiencing a cash crisis instantly goes into reaction mode to batten down the hatches and plug the leaks. The truly tough work is keeping a “business as usual” demeanor to avoid freaking out employees and exposing customers to the crisis that is occurring just behind the curtain. Unfortunately, the more critical a cash crisis gets, the more it impacts employees and the company’s ability to…
  • 2014: Home-stretch thoughts

    Neil Ducoff
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Today is the first day of the last month of 2014. So far, you have eleven months of business in the history book this year. You’ve eaten your Thanksgiving feast. The craziness of the Holiday season is officially underway. The time for implementing change and course corrections is behind you. Your company is either prepared to make the most of this final month, or it is not. All you can see ahead of you is the mad dash to New Year’s Eve and the welcoming of a fresh new year of opportunity called 2015. This is a transitional time of year, good for both reflection and forward…
  • My BIG No-Compromise Project

    Neil Ducoff
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    This Monday Morning Wake Up is a little departure from my usual rants on leadership and more about sharing a very special project that I’ve spent almost a year building. I’m very proud of the results and hope you appreciate what it took to make my BIG no-compromise project a reality. The idea had been kicking around in my head for years. It was one of those infamous “game changing” projects that act as the missing link in connecting accountability to application, urgency to strategy and focus to vision. This is high-level leadership strategy distilled down to…
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  • The Danes love their jobs! Why is that?

    Rich Henson
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    There is a reason why Denmark usually wins the honor of  “happiest country on the planet,” says writer Alexander Kjerulf. Danes aren’t just happy at home. They love their jobs, too! It a mostly different story in the U.S. A Gallup poll found that 1 in 5 Americans feel emotionally disconnected from work and 70% said they were […] The post The Danes love their jobs! Why is that? appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • Respect: The leadership quality that rises above the rest

    Rich Henson
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Is there one leadership quality that rises above the rest? A fascinating examination of that very question, done by the Harvard Business Review, answers with an unequivocal “yes!” Respect. Or, to quote a phrase, R-E-S-P-E-C-T. No other leadership quality had a bigger effect on employees than respect. Being treated with respect was more important to employees […] The post Respect: The leadership quality that rises above the rest appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • Stop hiring stupid people — in one easy step

    Rich Henson
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Hiring people may be the most important a manager does. Every new hire changes an organization. If the new employee is better than – or has the potential to be better than – half the people already doing this job, your organization just got better. Yet organizations repeatedly hire people who are in the bottom […] The post Stop hiring stupid people — in one easy step appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • Managing talented people: Why being smart isn’t enough

    Rich Henson
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    One of the best things that can happen to a manager is having the opportunity to hire someone smarter, more talented and more accomplished than you. Now, why does managing talented people seem so terrifying? Successful leaders know – or should know – that hiring talented people is like winning the lottery. You gain an employee […] The post Managing talented people: Why being smart isn’t enough appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • When is being a jerk a legally protected activity?

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

    Jason Cortel
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    People don’t quit their job they quit their leader. This phrase has been around for a long time and despite its truth it is often ignored. Instead they fool themselves into thinking they are leaving for pay, they couldn’t handle the workload, they resisted change or their loyalty to the company is called into question. When there is a mass exodus from a particular department someone needs to examine the leadership of that group. Yet they don’t. No one questions why so many have abandoned ship. No one bats an eye at the fact that half of the team, who may have possessed vast intimate…
  • Design A Winning Sales Culture

    Jason Cortel
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:41 am
    Sales leadership can easily be tricked into thinking things like culture, coaching and training don’t matter. The reason they are so easily deceived is because in the absence of those things, or worse, a poor execution of those things, sales teams can still win. When the economy is good, the product is great or marketing designs stellar promotional tactics, a terrible sales team will perform well. Why does having a winning sales culture matter? With a winning sales culture you will reduce turnover, lower the cost of sales, increase average selling price and encourage cohesion among the…
  • Tuesday Tip – Office Holiday Party Do’s and Don’ts

    Jason Cortel
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    Office holiday party season has kicked-off. It never hurts to review the rules that successful people follow so they can face their co-workers the next day. It’s OK to be the first to arrive but don’t be the last to arrive Do speak to each C-Suite member you see, don’t avoid them Do remember it is a business event, don’t mistake it for a college party Do sample everything, don’t stuff your face like you haven’t eaten all month Do order a drink you don’t like to pace yourself, don’t guzzle drinks one after another Do keep your secret office romance a secret, don’t start…
  • Writing a Personal Mission Statement

    Jason Cortel
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    A personal mission statement helps you identify your core values, bring focus and purpose to your life and is the key to finding your path. Your personal mission statement will define who you are and why you do what you do. Having a personal mission statement is the foundation that your personal brand is built upon. There are three elements of a personal mission statement. What you want to do Why you want to do it What you value Your personal mission statement needs to encompass all aspects of your life, not just your work life. A well-crafted mission statement provides a guiding light for…
  • Bleach It out Like a Laundry Stain

    Jason Cortel
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    Whenever there is a team of people working together conflict will be present. Many people will avoid conflict without realizing that doing so is like taking a poisoned pill. Conflict is defined as a strong disagreement between people, groups, etc., that results in often angry argument. Team building is a frequent task especially if you bring new people onboard often. Anytime there is even just one new team member the whole team is new again and must go through the team building process. When this happens conflict is surely right around the corner. Phycologist Bruce Tuckman first came up…
 
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  • The Most Important Relationship – Christina Faith

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: cryptic_star via Compfight cc In this season, I am reminded of the most important relationship we all can have; our relationship with Jesus. I have been struggling with writing on relationships for this blog, my blog and book. I don’t want to write simply about relationships for shares, retweets and hits. I desire for myself and for others to be changed into the image of Jesus Christ. We have been given this amazing opportunity to influence others. I would imagine if you are on Adam’s blog that you are looking to better your life in some way. It is Christmas time and…
  • How Writing Boosts Your Creativity – Ryan Bonaparte

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: wenzday01 via Compfight cc For most of us, the minute we leave school, the amount of writing we do drops significantly. And for those who do write, usually the topic isn’t the most exciting. Think TPS reports or commissioned work. Taking time to write for ourselves about something and in a format of our choosing is often not high on our priority list. I often forget how long I have been writing for myself, but it’s easily been 10 years or more. Every once in a while I go back to my childhood home and comb through some of my items cluttering my old room. More than…
  • How to Completely Change Your Morning – Kirby Ingles

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: andrewfhart via Compfight cc Every day you begin on equal ground. What separates the movers and shakers from the dreamers is when you get up. Rising out of bed is the first challenge you face. Morning has a real influence on the rest of the day. Happily hustling is an excuse to justify chaos. You are not prioritizing goals and values. Mornings can transform the day and your life. Last week, I was on some short deadlines and committed to a conference. After pounding the snooze, I rolled out of bed, did a splash, shave and go, skipped breakfast, and dashed out the door. Rain means…
  • 2014 in Review – Plus Goals for 2015 – Reade Milner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:01 pm
      This is the most transparent post I have ever written. I’ve long been a fan of the year-in-review blog posts, but have always been afraid to write my own, but I’m taking the leap now. This is my honest assessment of my year, mostly relating to social media and business, but there’s some bigger picture stuff in here as well. Social media reach: 4/5 I was able to grow my influence by several thousand connections including my Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Pinterest networks. Clever use of hashtags, effective content curation, and perhaps most importantly,…
  • Lessons From a Blind Date Gone Wrong – Jed Jurchenko

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:01 pm
    A few weeks ago, I participated in a discussion entitled, “The Myth of Self-care.” The conversation honed in on the fact that although the word self-care might sound selfish, when done with the right attitude, self-care is actually one of the least self-centered things we can do. Let me further illustrate. A dried-up well in the middle of the desert provides nothing more than disappointment, while a well bubbling over with cool, life-giving water refreshes all who comes to it. It is very similar with us. In order for our conversations to be refreshing, we must first be refreshed…
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  • “Thanks” giving

    Paul Heagen
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    “Do-dze!” I nodded politely at the frail, leathered, old woman in the oversized straw hat, but really had no idea what she was saying. It was the first of many trips to Hong Kong in my newly launched consulting practice, and I had already adopted the habit of buying an orange or pear each morning from this woman sitting cross-legged ... Read More The post “Thanks” giving appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • More Than Car Talk

    Paul Heagen
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    For more years than I can count, my Saturday morning ritual has been to tune in to Tom and Ray Magliozzi, (the Tappet Brothers), on NPR’s Car Talk. With the death this week of the older brother Tom from complications of Alzheimer’s, my Saturdays will never be quite the same. The two self-professed bum auto mechanics from Cambridge, Massachusetts guffawed ... Read More The post More Than Car Talk appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • Discovering Authenticity

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

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

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

  • Don’t Talk…Do!

    Chip Lutz
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:28 am
    Why is it that some people just talk about doing things and never do anything? I worked with Ricky at my first command and... 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…
  • Three Keys For How Leaders Should Take Vacations

    David Clarke
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:53 am
    I’m supposed to be on vacation. But, I still feel like I’m working. I’ve had meetings. I’ve taken a few phone calls. I’ve returned... 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,…
  • Listening Isn’t Just A Leadership Skill – It’s A People Skill

    Bridget Webb
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
    “Put down the electronics and pay attention, be present.” This statement can be overheard at dinner tables, little league games, ballet recitals and now... Author information Bridget Webb Recruitment and Marketing Enthusiast Bridget Webb is a Recruitment and Marketing enthusiast, leader, advisor and speaker. Her specialties include Demand Generation (customers & talent), People Analytics, Employer Branding, HR Technology and homeroom mom duties. With over a decade in the talent acquisition space both as a practitioner and marketing/business development executive Bridget has built a…
  • Leading On Marketing: Self Development Tips In Video Creation For Social Media (VIDEO)

    Steve Beaumont
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    We are hearing that there is more importance being placed in the use of video for communicating our message to our audience across Social... Author information Steve Beaumont Founding Director at Rare Creative Group Steve is founding director of award winning Rare Creative Group, supporting organisations across B2B and B2C who want to expand their sales and service offering, increase awareness, revenue, market share and value. HIs experience is across traditional and digital platforms focused on delivering higher response rates, increased customer engagement and acquisition whilst tracking…
  • Business Lessons From A White Tiger – “The Way of the Tiger”

    Kaarina Dillabough
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    I first heard of Lance Secretan as I was driving down the highway, listening to a radio interview in which he spoke about his... Author information Kaarina Dillabough Business Life Coach at Decide2Do Kaarina is a business/life coach living in Ontario. For over 25 years her high-voltage energy, expertise and experience has inspired those she has worked with to reach beyond their grasp, to attain great things in business and in life. A former Olympic sports colour commentator and coach, Kaarina parlayed her coaching skills from the gym floor to the boardroom, working with business owners to…
 
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    Takis Athanassiou Blog

  • Why You Need A Better Grip

    Takis Athanassiou
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:07 am
    Beliefs can be a tricky thing! Especially when your are thinking big! I remember the time when leading an IT project (long time ago!) failed to see the difficulties it presented in its implementation. The problem was that I had depended too much on the word of our subcontractors to deliver on time a component (vital for the implementation of the project)! And they never do it! The Why Clause! I had over-estimated the capabilities of our sub-contractors and of the developing team in total to deliver on time the vital (intermediate) components that would comprise the designed service! The…
  • 7 Ways To Find Blogging Ideas

    Nicolette Morrison
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nicolette Morrison is a young blogger and freelance writer with great ideas and goals both for blogging and writing. Here, she shares her ideas about how to find blogging ideas! You can check her at Google+ or at her site, Nicolette On Writing! Professional or not, it is an inevitable scenario to get feel stuck for a mere reason that you don’t have any blogging ideas at all. For any writers, it is a frustrating and definitely one of the big problem to deal with. No matter how you try to tell yourself that writing is fun and easy, but once you start doing it you will find yourself…
  • Beliefs

    Takis Athanassiou
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    During my business life, I have tried a lot of thinks. Either from a position in a business hierarchy, or from a personal point level. One of the most important lessons, I have learned during this time, is that your beliefs direct your actions! What do you think you are (as a person, role, professional, etc.), or how do you think you are going to behave in a given situation, soon, it is the way you do it! On Beliefs Beliefs are the foundations of our actions. What you believe for yourself is what direct you towards the achievement (or not!) of a goal. It is the difference between your success…
  • 10 Keys of Empowerment

    Takis Athanassiou
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:08 am
    Some days are not easy! Nor are “user-friendly“! Such days, can bring you many more challenges, while you still have to cope with the “ordinary” things! You still have to go to your work, to pay one or more bills, to get the kids from school (or to take them there!), to find time for some reading, to go in the gym, to visit a friend, to see a movie, to meet with your parents, etc. The list never seems to getting shorten! How would you find the extra energy, feelings and inspiration you need to cope adequately with whatever a day tosses at you? You simply, need to tap…
  • The Art Of Saying No

    Takis Athanassiou
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:02 am
    It is common in today days of connected world, for you to have receive many requests by various people. There are requests concerning you to read or write something, to check a problem, to provide a solution, to attend an event, etc. If you commit yourself at accommodating all these requests soon you would find yourself drifted away from your original plans, and burned out! That’s why you should learn how to saying no in a convincing and polite way! No Means Respect! It is imperative today to have a way to say No, because, otherwise the objectives and the priorities of other people…
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  • 6 Reasons You Can’t Quit Your Job. Yet.

    Ellory Wells
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:40 am
    Are you eager to ditch your day job and go into business for yourself? Have you been counting down the hours? Has the allure of doing business how you choose pulled at your heartstrings like the siren’s call? While I want to see you succeed and escape the golden handcuffs, I have to throw at least a few words of advice your way. Love it or hate it, we need to talk about why you can’t quit your job. Yet. Just recently, a friend of mine interviewed me for an episode of his podcast. About halfway through our chat, he referred to me as being an overnight success. He referenced…
  • EP65: Collaboration not competition w/ Sean Ackerman (@YouLeadingYou)

    Ellory Wells
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    One of the best things I’ve done with my 2014 is to focus on collaboration instead of competition. In episode 65 of the Empowered Podcast, Sean Ackerman and I talk about the value of working together instead of apart or against one another. If you’ve ever suffered from a scarcity mindset, or know someone who has, this episode will cure you of that ailment. Today, Sean and I share a behind-the-scenes look at our podcasting journeys, where we started, and how we got to where we are. TAKEAWAY: Sean Creating lists and steps along the way As we’ve been going through this whole…
  • Success Lessons from a Would-Be Coaching Client

    Ellory Wells
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    A few days ago I spoke to an acquaintance of mine about coaching. She and I have known each other for almost a year, and she was thinking about hiring me as her coach. What we talked about, the questions she had, and the mindset she’s got, can be a lesson about success for all of us. Photo Credit: almalice via Compfight cc I’ve been studying personal development and achievement for years. I know what it takes to be a high achiever. I’ve been there myself and can recognize “success markers,” if you can call them that, fairly easily. People who want success and…
  • EP64: Get Focused and Take Massive Action with Jessica Rhodes (@JessRhodesESS)

    Ellory Wells
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    Episode 64 of the Empowered Podcast features business owner, virtual assistant, and my favorite interview connector, Jessica Rhodes. Jessica and I get into the details of what it’s like to start a business. We talk finance, a little bit about taxes and how to legally form your business. Jessica shares her journey and it’s one you won’t want to miss! Thank Jessica for being on the show! Jessica’s Mission: To provide a variety of support services to busy and time-strapped entrepreneurs and small business owners In this episode you will hear about: Should you follow your…
  • I’ve Been Running My Small Business with a Flat Tire and Didn’t Know It

    Ellory Wells
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:46 am
    I was sitting in my living room watching a recorded episode of Da Vinci’s Demons on STARZ when a phone call disturbed my evening. Here I was, enjoying a quiet evening at home after a long work day, minding my own business, when I was shocked back to life by an unexpected call from one of my private mastermind members. Photo credit: pixelhut / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND When I started building my website in 2012, I had a scrappy, boot-strapping mentality. I wanted to do everything myself and save money at every turn. It’s been almost three years since I first stepped into the online…
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    15Five

  • Getting Fired: The Best Thing To Ever Happen To You

    Guest Post
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    You just got fired. Laid off, let go, dismissed, discharged, given a pink slip, booted, sacked, axed, the old heave ho… Feeling better yet? It’s possible that there was a lack of work or you were merely a seasonal employee, or maybe you just weren’t working in your zone of genius. Whatever the reason, keep things in perspective to transform what appears to be a tragedy into the best thing that ever happened in your career. As you walk down the hallway with a box containing your toilet shaped coffee mug and half-dead spider plant, hold your head high. Let the haters gossip because your…
  • Why I Gave 2 Weeks Notice For The Last Time

    Mike Hoffman
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Earlier this year, reporter Charlo Greene said “F**k it, I quit” and walked off camera during a live broadcast of KTVA news. How many people have dreamed of doing that? When I recently left my position as a sales rep at a software company, I didn’t feel that satisfaction. As one of their top performers, I felt like I was backstabbing the company and being disloyal to the point where I almost felt obligated to stay. Giving 2 weeks notice was challenging for me, but I had to pursue my dream of becoming the Director of Client Development at 15Five. I thought, does it really need to be…
  • How To Encourage Incredible Feats of Employee Performance

    David Hassell
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    We’ve really hammered it home this week with 3 different blog posts about the loathsome nature of annual performance reviews. While that may seem like belaboring the point, it’s 2014 and millions of employees will still be judged and berated by their managers over the next few weeks. We will not rest until something shifts. The issue here is not just about efficiency or productivity. We have the opportunity to transform the way managers and employees interact and work together on a daily basis. The question is not, how do we improve performance reviews? The question is, how do we develop…
  • The Paleolithic Era Called, They Want Their Performance Reviews Back

    David Mizne
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    I’m going to go out on a limb here to say what most of you are probably thinking, performance reviews suck. I used to get an email from my manager once a year asking me what I did over the past twelve months, how I think I performed, and what were my strengths and weaknesses. So instead of working that day, I spent hours carefully crafting a document that painted me in the best light possible. Sound familiar? That is the standard employee performance review. It was invented by cavemen to see how other cavemen were doing with their wheels. The only problem is that many companies are still…
  • Why Annual Performance Reviews Are Crap, But Don’t Have To Be

    David Hassell
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Why does outdated technology persist long after something better comes along? Plumbing was invented by the Minoans in the 18th Century BC, and yet some people insist on doing things the old fashioned way. Every day at work, we engage in certain processes and behaviors without questioning them. The annual performance review is a perfect example. What began as a staple of corporate process persists decades later as a rather unexamined policy. Why do we still use this antiquated method of collecting information and evaluating employee performance? Why Do Performance Reviews Persist? The annual…
 
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    Work Like An Artist

  • My 4 Best Books of 2014 for Finding Your Edge

    Karl Rohde
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:59 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde Its hard to think 2015 is already here. With another year down I thought I would share my 4 most recommended books I devoured in 2014. With the social age bearing down on us and the industrial age slipping away the pressure to transform our way at work is higher than ever. These 4 books dig deep into what I believe is paramount insight into a purposeful approach to our life’s work. With the rapid innovations of the social age and the breaking down of the traditional barriers to create something of meaning we are…
  • 10 Things I Learn't from Endurance Swimmer Lewis Pugh

    Karl Rohde
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde We all need a little inspiration and last week I was broadsided with a monster dose. I was at the Gartner Symposium 2014 in Australia on the Gold Coast, day 4, taking in the day’s opening keynote. This is the last place, being a hard-line corporate, technology conference, that you would expect to be touched by a story. Being inundated and overwhelmed with content that week my anticipation was somewhat jaded. Lewis Pugh, a long distance endurance swimmer takes the stage to relate his account swimming in exotic and…
  • Why You Struggle To Focus And What To Do About It

    Karl Rohde
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde A subscriber to WorkLikeAnArtist.com reached out and asked me if I had any thoughts on getting focused. It got me thinking about how well I focus and how consistent I am at getting important and meaningful things done and what I could say of value on the topic. The reality for me is that I’m pretty good at initiating ideas and getting something started but quite often I find myself caught up in the busy-ness of work and life. From there I lose track, get distracted and then find myself procrastinating.
  • If You Feel Like Giving Up, You Need to Read This

    Karl Rohde
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:46 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde When you start a new endeavor that involves change, growth or facing one’s fears, an entity comes home to roost. Its the pressure to give up and retreat back to the way things were. When you set upon a course to disrupt the inertia of your life to do something special, extraordinary or something that operates outside of the rules a great and imposing force comes to the fore. Renowned author, Steven Pressfield, exposes this in his must-read book The War of Art in which he aptly calls…
  • The Distinct Qualities of Achievers

    Karl Rohde
    3 Dec 2013 | 2:57 am
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde I recently read a column by Mark Bouris in the Sunday edition of the Herald Sun newspaper (in Australia). Mark is arguably the preeminent celebrity businessman of Australia. From media observation he seems to be a stern, suave, straight shooting, respectable, high integrity business owner that inspires many. Mark was also the host of the popular Australian edition of The Apprentice and more recently Celebrity Apprentice. His TV presence is compelling, placing him and his personal brand in a very…
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    Scott K. Wilson

  • 7 Ways To Give Good Feedback

    Scott Wilson
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Feedback is on of the basic elements of effective communication. But do we always offer criticism in the best way possible? Courtney Seiter’s recent article in Fast Company gives us some insight into The Art And Science Of Giving And Receiving Criticism At Work. Great news for those out there who are thin-skinned and/or less than tactful. In the article, Seiter gives us some background on criticism in general, where criticism affects us on Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs, and how to offer criticism in the best way possible. He also offers some criterion for offering effective…
  • Your State Of Mind Influences Your Productivity

    Scott Wilson
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    In a recent Harvard Business Review article, authors Alexander Caillet, Jeremy Hirshberg, and Stefano Petti describe their findings on how leaders around the world manage their state of mind. They have surveyed and interviewed over 740 leaders to date and this is what they found: Your state of mind matters. YOUR STATE OF MIND MATTERS Ok, so they found out a lot more than that. They charted 18 different states of mind ranging from desperate or hopeless to ecstatic or euphoric and everything in between. Not surprisingly, they found that 94% reported that they are at their most productive when…
  • Innovation Requires Strong Leadership

    Scott Wilson
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    In a recent article on Inc.com, Patrick Lencioni writes about the importance of Leadership in the innovation space. He cites three things as important for leading in a fast-paced, innovative environment: THREE ELEMENTS FOR LEADING INNOVATION Trust – Trust is the foundation for innovation in any work environment. This is essential for the next one. Conflict – Mr. Lencioni says conflict is necessary for breakthroughs to happen. New things don’t happen if everyone believes the same old things. Commitment – Having good ideas alone is not enough. There must be commitment so…
  • Consultants – You’re Using Them Wrong

    Scott Wilson
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    Let’s get this out of the way: I like consultants. I say this because most businesses either like them or hate them. It usually depends on where you are on the workplace food chain and how much input you have in the process. Unfortunately, most organizations don’t use consultants correctly and don’t maximize their benefit, hence the title of this post. But this article isn’t about whether to, or even how to, hire a consultant. Jeff Haden at Inc.com has a good article on that. I’m only talking about how you use consultants. Even so, I expect a good bit of hate mail from…
  • The Power of Visual Communication

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

  • The Season's Magic....

    14 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." ~Norman Vincent PealeLast night was the Christmas Party at the barn where I board River.  Even though it is Florida, the air was crisp and chilly, making the horses very energetic.  Christmas lights were hung everywhere.  There was good food, good friends, and the sounds of Christmas music.  I brought River up from the pasture to her stall.  She enjoyed everyone coming by and making over her.  As I walked back up to the barn in the dark after putting River…
  • Simple Gifts

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free                    'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,And when we find ourselves in the place just right,                   'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.When true simplicity is gained,                     To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,To…
  • Walk in my Shoe...

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    They say that to understand a person you need to walk a mile in their shoes.  For the past week, I have had just a taste of how those with physical limitations live their lives.  I have cracked a bone spur in my foot and am walking around in a "boot", facing the distinct possibility of foot surgery.  (And no, River, my equine coach, had no part in my foot issue!) While I am pretty mobile in this "boot", I have to give considerations into walking distance and weather (can't get the darn thing wet), not to mention the general navigating around with it.  What has…
  • Body, Mind, and Soul

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:24 am
    "Health is a complete harmony of the mind, body, and spirit.  When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open." ~ B.K.S. IyengarAs River has some chronic health issues, keeping her healthy through proactive means is critical to keep the recurrence of her health issues at bay.  This involves ensuring she eats the proper diet, drinks enough water, has regular farrier and vet appointments, and gets exercise. It also requires a lot of observation on my part, since River can't tell me if she doesn't feel well.Proactively managing one's…
  • Light the Shadows

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    "Every act of evil unleashes a million acts of kindness. That is why shadows will never win while there is still light to shine." ~ Aaron PaquetteSometimes it feels like the world is against us.  People conspire to take away our self-confidence and self-esteem.  We try to treat others as we would like to be treated only to be rebuffed or trod upon.  At the end of the day, we feel demoralized.  Is it worth the effort to live by the Golden Rule? Should we become one of those same people who have, at the end of the day, sapped our sense of self?It is at those…
 
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    Engaging Leader

  • 102: Storytelling for Leaders: How to Influence, Engage & Inspire | with Amanda Marko

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Storytelling is an effective leadership tool for change management, engagement, and bringing the business strategy to life. We discussed this tool back in episode 52, “How to Use Stories to Engage People.” Today we’ll dig deeper, with the help of someone whose been teaching the art and science of storytelling to leaders from across the […]
  • 101: Built to Lead: Becoming a Top 10% Manager | with David Long

    Joe Sherwood
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Did you know that of every 100 employees hired, only 6 or 7 will ever be promoted to their first management position? If you’re a manager now, you’re one of the 7% who made it! That’s the good news. Now, here’s the bad news. Statistically speaking, you won’t be promoted again. According to author and […]
  • WHE17: The Cost of Medical Errors: Educating Employees about Patient Safety | with Leah Binder from The Leapfrog Group

    Joe Sherwood
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    All hospitals are not the same! Many hospitals have much worse rates of infections and medical errors that have a serious effect on employers and their employees, both in terms of financial cost as well as human lives. You probably know about this unfortunate fact of life in health care, but do your employees? How […]
  • 100: Becoming the Boss: New Rules for Gen Y Leaders | with Lindsey Pollak

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

    Joe Sherwood
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jesse and guest Abby Green from HealthCheck360 discuss how to combine wellness initiatives and medical management to drive health improvement and reduce overall benefit costs. HealthCheck360 is a health risk management company focused on reducing medical costs, worker’s compensation claims, and absenteeism, while increasing employee morale and productivity. HealthCheck360 provides biometric measurements, targeted communications and […]
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    World Leaders Conference - The Very Best in Leadership Development

  • Imagine That!

    Tommy Kiedis
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    When someone says this person “was the best leader we ever had” my ears perk up. But when that “someone” is legendary journalist and world traveler Charles Krault, I bend my ear and give him my full attention. In his book, Charles Kuralt: A Life On The Road, the CBS news correspondent relays the story of an interesting leadership transition at CBS: The management of CBS News passed from Fred Friendly to Richard S. Salon. Fred’s inner Mount Etna went off in a dispute about news coverage with the management across town. He resigned. Salant was a company lawyer with no background in…
  • 5 Ways To Maximize The 2014 WLC Experience

    Tommy Kiedis
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    “Conference junkies get a high but rarely get ahead. Leaders, on the other hand, do the hard work to weave “Ah ha moments” into the fabric of their life and leadership.” We are four weeks past the 2014 World Leaders Conference. Are you a better leader? How does your organization look different today from what it did at the beginning of last month? Are you seeing progress? Nobody invests hundreds of dollars to attend a conference with the intention of staying the same. We make the journey, we invest the time, we listen closely, and we take notes—because we want to improve.
  • The Leader of the Future

    Tommy Kiedis
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:52 pm
    “Building a sustainable organization is one of a leader’s primary responsibilities.” Frances Hesselbein I wanted to title this post: “This Lady Knows Leadership” but that would have been an understatement. Frances Hesselbein’s leadership acumen is amazing. He resume is staggering. Her writings are penetrating. Hesselbein served as the CEO of the Girl Scouts for thirteen years, tripling its racial and ethnic diversity during her tenure. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998 for her leadership of the Girl Scouts and for her impact as ‘‘a pioneer for women,…
  • Even Leaders Must Be Loyal

    Tommy Kiedis
    12 Feb 2014 | 12:02 am
    “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.” -  Zig Ziglar Loyalty shines brightest when disagreements are the strongest. What a leader does when his or his opinion conflicts with that of a superior is a true test of leadership mettle. In this post we share an interesting interaction between Major General Ulysses S. Grant and two of his commanding generals during the Civil War. Their interactions demonstrate both the importance and power of loyalty. Trying Times Conflicting Opinions The Siege of Vicksburg (May 18 – July 4,…
  • Colin Powell on Kindness

    Tommy Kiedis
    17 Jan 2014 | 4:33 am
    “Always show more kindness than seems necessary, because the person receiving it needs it more than you know.” From, It Worked For Me It Worked For Me: In Life And Leadershipis the wonderful collection of principles that have shaped the life and career of Colin Powell, former four-star general and Secretary of State. In the chapter “Kindness Works,” Powell relays a story about an elderly priest that was called to serve in the Episcopal church where he was a member. The priest was experiencing tough times, but the church received him, welcomed him, and treated him as…
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    iSharad

  • Best of 2014: my Top 17 talent articles across the web

    Sharad Verma
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    On SHRM global website: 1. Key HR trends for 2014 – this article talked about the key HR trends for 2014 2. 6 characteristics of high performing global teams – this article talked about the 6 characteristics that high performing teams demonstrate 3. Managing Asian talent – Asia is a diverse region and there are […]
  • Beginner’s Guide to Planning Your Life

    Sharad Verma
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Is life planning productive and useful? The skeptics would say that the essential nature of life is unpredictable and therefore planning is futile. Let’s look at why life planning is useful: 1. Planning provides a sense of control over the future Plan is nothing but planning is everything Planning provides a sense of predictability and […]
  • iSharad: the blog for inspiration

    Sharad Verma
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
  • Best of 2014: 15 amazing iPhone apps that can change your life

    Sharad Verma
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    HealthmateThis app tracks daily physical activity like walking, running, heart rate, calories and weight. It uses iPhone’s sensors to track the number of steps walked, heart rate – making it easy and effortless. Goals can be set and the progress is measured against the set goals. There is also an option of measuring progress with […]
  • 10 unforgettable lessons I learnt from participating in codeathon

    Sharad Verma
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    I recently participated in a Codeathon event at SunGard. The event had high energy levels and a good buzz on Twitter. The idea is to come up with a concept, and then code and develop the proof of concept to completion in 48 hours. More than 300 developers participated in what turned out to be […]
 
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    ReadyToManage

  • 10 Key Ways to Use LinkedIn Strategically to Build Better Business

    Dr. Jon Warner
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:52 pm
    There are many more than 10 ways to more optimally use LinkedIn (which at the time of writing reaches almost three-quarters of a billion people and well over 50% of the professional working population in the US) in a highly strategic way to help establish new relationships and grow referrals and in so doing build your business. However, the 10 steps that follow are a critical foundation, especially for the many people who seem to make low/no use of this great professional tool that is available to them. If you don’t have a profile get one and if it’s “light” then spend at least an…
  • Is an Individual’s Fit with an Organizational Culture Just as Important as with the Job?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Although we still have four generations in the workplace, within the next 18 months or so, the millennial generation (those born in 1990) will become the largest cohort in the US economy (and the largest in many countries around the world). And apart from sheer size they will be the most mobile group when it comes to job moves. This means that they are not only much more willing to move to a new job than the older “Generation X” or “Boomer” cohorts but they will expect to have as many as 30-40 jobs over their working lifetime and some of these will be at the same time. For this…
  • The Transformation of the “Professional Employee”

    Dr. Jon Warner
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Human resources people often like to say (at least in the past) that there are three kinds of employees – Exempt (from overtime pay), non-exempt and hourly. Another way of saying this is that there are professional/managerial employees, support and administrative employees and so-called “blue collar” operatives. Although these lines are now blurring and may not adequately cover the range of people in the workplace these days, to the extent that they exist, all three are experiencing dramatic change and none more so than the “professional employee”. In this brief article, we will…
  • What is a “Winning” Sales Process in the Modern World?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Most people, when asked, suggest that they don’t like to sell and don’t like to be sold. This feeling of antipathy towards sales usually comes from a wide range of experiences which have not felt very positive (or are sometimes extremely negative) and are therefore best avoided, if at all possible. If these experiences have involved selling (outbound sales), individuals will have felt the frustration of trying to reach a decision maker, having to overcome many objections, dealing with unreturned phone calls or emails and general resistance to almost any “pitch”. And if these…
  • Building Effective Relationships in Start-up Businesses

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

  • Five Ways to Avoid Living With Regret

    Dave Stachowiak
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Steve Jobs said, “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” Since many of us start thinking about goal-setting this time of year, it’s the right time to hear from Allison Clarke on five ways to avoid living with regret. Allison’s book, What Will They Say? 30 Funerals in 60 Days*, was our topic of conversation on this week’s show. Check out her Facebook page for a little inspiration on the actions she’s taking for her own 90-day challenge. Here are the full show notes and audio with all five…
  • How to Develop Strategic Skills

    Dave Stachowiak
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Bonni and I aired the monthly Q&A show a week late this month, but addressed lots of great community questions on strategic skills, training, and executive communication. Detailed notes are available at this link with the resources we cited. You can start submitting questions right here for our January Q&A show on resources for leaders. Yes, we’re all feeling better. Now, if only I hadn’t overshot on the tree. My Weekly Picks I mentioned in episode 170 that I’m curating resources that will help you improve your communication, coaching, strategy, productivity, and personal…
  • Mirror, Mirror on the Role

    Dave Stachowiak
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Six Ways to Recover From a Bad First Impression This week I welcome John Corcoran back to Coaching for Leaders. You don’t get to have worked in a place like the White House (as John has) without knowing a bit about how to handle situations with people and building your network. John recently wrote How to Recover From a Bad First Impression and came onto the show this week to discuss the six strategies he outlined. Here’s the notes and audio. Getting Better at Getting Better Major advances in professional development in manufacturing and sports have led to incredible performance in those…
  • My Podcast Recommendations

    Dave Stachowiak
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    As a podcast producer and host, I’m often asked about which podcasts I listen to. I’ve made a few podcast recommendations on Coaching for Leaders previously, but I thought it would be fun during this holiday week to share my full list of current subscriptions. Not everything on my list will be relevant to the entire Coaching for Leaders community, but like many of you, I have varied interests and thought the full list may be helpful, even if specific shows are not relevant. Like many of you, I love learning from podcasts and I find it one of the most convenient and practical ways to…
  • How to Handle Loneliness in Leadership

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

    Roger MacRae
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    7 Essential Steps for Planning and Prioritizing with Confidence  You’ll be more productive when you make an effort to work more proactively – identifying and capturing all of your tasks and responsibilities, making informed decisions about what to do next (no matter what has recently come up), and negotiating your time.Here are 7 simple steps – including the WHY behind each step – to help you with the mental process of planning and prioritizing your tasks. When you finish these steps for the first task, you can run through them again for the next task and the next.And yes, some…
  • Vanishing Act

    Leslie
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Your Productivity Relies on How Well and How Often You Can Disappear Many professionals are uncomfortable disappearing for any length of time to get things done for fear of not being responsive or available to others, but this is unreasonable. Unless you’re in a position of customer service all day long, you don’t have to be 100% available all the time, every day.Are you 100% available when you’re…Outside of work and in the dentist’s chair?On an airplane flying somewhere?In a 1-hour meeting with a client?In a half–day or all-day conference?On vacation?If you said “yes” to…
  • Worry-Free Files

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

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

    Roger MacRae
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
      “What do you do when a series of emergencies totally ruin your schedule?”It was a question I received from a member of an executive group and if you have the same question, here’s my reply: It’s not the pop-up issues or emergencies that bother me, nor should they bother you too much either – – unless they’re chronic, repeat issues and then you DO need to investigate. But many pop-up issues and emergencies are NOT within your control and they WILL happen. What matters most is how you react to them, how you handle them, and how quickly you recover from…
 
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  • Giving the Gift of Health (Post 2 of 3)

    Tom Salonek
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    When 1,500 workers were surveyed by the American Psychological Association, 1/3 shared issues with their supervisor as a source of work stress. Canadian researcher Kevin Kelloway studied the effect of bad bosses and stated bad bosses can cause a human body to “pump out… stress hormones—just as it would if you were running from a [...]The post Giving the Gift of Health (Post 2 of 3) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Giving the Gift of Health (Post 1 of 3)

    Tom Salonek
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Wondering what to give for the holidays?  How about health? The Washington Post article “Does your horrible boss make you sick?” shares “stress-inducing, unsupportive management styles can harm workers’ well-being.” It outlines the negative impact on health as a result of bad bosses.  Harvard Medical School professor Jonathan Quick co-authored the book “Preventative Stress Management in Organizations” and [...]The post Giving the Gift of Health (Post 1 of 3) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • My Interview on Growth Everywhere

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

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

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

  • Are Millennials Mucking Up the Mentor Pool or Are We?

    Mikal Belicove
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    This nation’s mentors can be kindly or they can be curmudgeons, but apparently these once vital — often volunteer — internal company coaches, advisers and tutors are heading the way of the typewriter ribbon, according to some high-level business executives and educators. I recently received a query from a member of the faculty at one of the nation’s top technological research universities regarding what I’m generously calling “online mentoring.” Specifically, this chemical engineering educator — a former distinguished engineer at one of the world’s top chemical companies —…
  • In Building Social Currency, Engagement is Key

    Tamara McCleary
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Social Currency is the total economic value of your relationships, both in real life (IRL) and digital. ~ Tamara McCleary Previously, I’ve written on the concept of Social Currency (read that article by clicking here).  No less than 3 different websites and blogs have recently asked to re-publish my posts in some form or another.  I must have touched a nerve in the social media world! Whether you’re an individual trying to sell your self-published book, or you’re in the C-Suite of a global company, social engagement is critical to impact your bottomline.  In the…
  • Future of Work: Will Social Integrate with Everything We Do?

    Daniel Newman
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    Recently, I was the part of a debate about whether social media is a boon or a bane for today’s workplace. I know this discussion goes around and around, and normally stops with social media being accused for workplace distractions and low employee productivity. But, I believe that social media is getting a bad rap. In fact, a study has proven that social media savvy employees are more efficient at their work, specifically work-related social situations. Efficiency is never a bad thing. Will the social media savvy employees lead the charge that makes social media as universally present…
  • Will The Real Social Media Leaders Please Stand Up!

    Brian Fanzo
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The only difference is I got the balls to say it In front of y’all and I don’t gotta be false or sugarcoated at all I just get on the mic and spit it – Eminem CAUTION This might be hard for some to read but this is my RANT! In this digital age of transparency, authenticity, and constant change the one thing that we know all companies, brands, and leaders must figure out is how to establish trust. As you know, I’m a big believer in the value of a personal brand and I couldn’t be more excited about the future of personal branding. After this weeks #SShour episode with…
  • Personal Branding: The Importance of Standing Out w/ @Keenan #SShour

    Rachel Miller
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    So you heard that you need to have a personal brand but you don’t have branding experience and the idea of promoting bragging about yourself brings up bad memories of trying to do that when creating a cover letter. Ok don’t think about it as building a brand, think about it as if you need to establish a digital reputation.  Wait haven’t you spent countless years building up your reputation with friends, previous employers, colleagues and clients, why do you need a digital one now? Your Personal Brand is who YOU are, YOU must define it, tell YOUR story and share YOUR passions! –…
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    People First

  • Instead of Being Something, Just Be

    Deb Calvert
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you a leader? An expert? An authority? Or maybe you are a role model. A contributor. An associate. A representative of the company. The list of possibilities is endless. And then there’s your title – the one that appears on your business card, signifying to the world what you officially are. When we get […]
  • They Don’t Wanna be Sold, But They Love to Buy

    PFPS
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    You’ve been in their shoes – remember that one pushy salesperson that simply wouldn’t take a hint? Even professional sellers don’t want to be sold. And now, in today’s new world of buyer empowerment, the old selling tricks don’t work anymore.So why are you still being that pushy salesperson no one likes? That’s why we’re […]
  • Five Misunderstandings about Serving vs. Selling

    Deb Calvert
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    In many companies, belt tightening in recent years has resulted in fewer service specialists to assist customers after a sale has been made. Similarly, many companies have opted to reduce the number of customer service representatives they make available to answer questions for customers. Automated systems, outsourced call centers and long wait times have become […]
  • Pink Slip Blog

    PFPS
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Learn from Other’s Mistakes: What NOT to do in business. http://pinkslipblog.blogspot.com/
  • You Don’t Need to Have All the Answers

    Deb Calvert
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here’s a little bit of good news for leaders. If you are stressed by the constant pressures of having to answer everyone else’s questions… if you are pressuring yourself to be right all the time… if you experience a constant urge to show what you know… Then this post is for you. Take some relief […]
 
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    Thin Difference

  • Your Life Quest: Peace. Courage. Authenticity.

    Jon Mertz
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    The Tracking Wonder #Quest2015 led by Jeffrey Davis moves forward. Questions of what will make joy a sacred priority, what choices and actions will we live by, and what authentic stuff we will unload and use again created space to consider what it will take to make the most out of the new year ahead. Grateful to Sunni Brown, Todd Henry, and Eric Klein for the thought-provoking questions. Peace and Joy Joy speaks of peace. Peace in mind. Peace in work. Peace in soul. Joy centers me in knowing I am doing more than just doing; I am mattering in what I do by what I see and hear from the community…
  • Madeline Caldwell: Millennial Entrepreneur in Disguise?

    Molly Page
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    Although Millennials are often referred to as an entrepreneurial generation, not every one of them is starting his or her own business. Many Millennials are opting for more traditional career paths. Because we’ve featured several entrepreneurs during this year’s Millennial Momentum series, I was excited to speak with Millennial leader Madeline Caldwell for a little different perspective. For the past four and a half years, Madeline has been working for TBC, a full service, marketing firm in Baltimore. I couldn’t wait to hear the perspective of a Millennial leader working within a larger…
  • Your Life Quest: Doing. Stopping. Feeling.

    Jon Mertz
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    The Tracking Wonder #Quest2015 led by Jeffrey Davis continued its crescendo climb this past week. Although my tangible presence was less, my mind and thoughts were active in the questions of what makes your heart leap, what do you need to stop doing, and what emotional window are you willing to open as you do your courageous work. Grateful to Pam Houston, Charlie Gilkey, and Todd Kashdan for the thought-provoking questions. Heart Leaps: Doing Heart leaps are those moments when your soul smiles. You are in the moment fulfilled. Simple conversations. A lasting hug. A positive glimpse into the…
  • Necessary Changes: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Change

    Heidi Oran
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Of the many fears that consume us as a species, the fear of change may be atop the list. It begins when we’re youngsters: imagine the tearful goodbye as a parent leaves their child on the first day of day care or preschool. Normally there is an adjustment period there for both parent and child, and it’s not often a pretty one. The same is true for all changes in life: the transition from middle school to high school, moving away from home for the first time, working a full-time job fresh out of college. We’re creatures of comfort living in a world where we are forced to…
  • Your Life Quest: Create. Curate. Conflict.

    Jon Mertz
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    This week an amazing quest began. Jeffrey Davis and the Tracking Wonder community formed to create #Quest2015 – 12 Days with 12 Visionaries to Imagine Your Best 12 Months. What I can say three days in is “wow!” Tough questions requiring open souls and minds and eventually an answer we can stick with. I love this quest as it is a solid blend of inspiration and sweat. I am inspired by the questions and the community. I am sweating because it translates into daily work, as all good things in life require. Life dreams just don’t appear one day. They take inspiration, definition, and…
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    TalentCulture

  • The Top 10 Most Popular TalentCulture Guest Posts for 2014

    Kevin W. Grossman
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:52 pm
    For a holiday treat, we’ve compiled a series of “top 10″ TalentCulture posts from 2014 for you to catch up on between now and the first #TChat Show of the New Year. So pour yourself an egg nog with that plate of sugar cookies and enjoy. Happy Holidays, TalentCulture #TChat Show Land! The Top 10 Most Popular TalentCulture Guest Posts for 2014: How Great Companies Attract Top Talent 6 Eye-Opening Employee Engagement Statistics 6 Social Media Recruiting Strategies You Should Be Doing How To Positively Impact Other People 8 Leadership Lessons From Billionaires What Millennials…
  • The Top 10 Most Popular TalentCulture #TChat Shows for 2014

    Kevin W. Grossman
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    For a holiday treat, we’ve compiled a series of “top 10″ TalentCulture posts from 2014 for you to catch up on between now and the first #TChat Show of the New Year. So pour yourself an egg nog with that plate of sugar cookies and enjoy. Happy Holidays, TalentCulture #TChat Show Land! The Top 10 Most Popular TalentCulture #TChat Shows for 2014: #TChat Preview: The Extraordinary Potential Of Values Based Leadership #TChat Preview: Legally Leverage Social Media In Recruitment #TChat Preview: The Legal And Moral Implications Of Workplace Bullying #TChat Preview: It’s All…
  • The Top 10 Kevin W. Grossman TalentCulture Posts for 2014

    Kevin W. Grossman
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:26 pm
    For a holiday treat, we’ve compiled a series of “top 10″ TalentCulture posts from 2014 for you to catch up on between now and the first #TChat Show of the New Year. So pour yourself an egg nog with that plate of sugar cookies and enjoy. Happy Holidays, TalentCulture #TChat Show Land! The Top 10 Kevin W. Grossman TalentCulture Posts for 2014: The Better Angels Of Perpetual Candidate Experience The Halves and Wholes of Leadership When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire The Complicated Nuance Of Workplace Bullying Welcome Everyone To Job Fair But First, A Single Source Of…
  • 10 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Retain Your Employees

    Ava Collins
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Hands down, the most important investment you could possibly have in your company is your employees. Are you investing a large percentage in hiring the right employees? Do you have a winning team? If so, employee retention should be your top priority. Here are 10 surprisingly easy ways to achieve it. Develop an employee retention strategy Don’t leave this to the last minute, or go into it unprepared. You’ll be flying blind. The best way to approach this is with your eyes open, with a plan. Narrow down all the variables when it comes to your company and specifically what your employees…
  • #TChat Recap: Creating Positive Organizational Change That Matters

    Meghan M. Biro
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Creating Positive Organizational Change That Matters In our final #TChat Topic of the year, we had a really awesome discussion about the importance of creating positive organizational change that matters. Change is something we all need to get used to in these social times, if we haven’t already. When it comes to the World of Work, organizational change is something that take a lot of persistence to learn how to embrace and make it a part of your business and culture goals. But to do so, you have to accept change so we can begin building a culture that’s constantly being impacted…
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  • A Casualty of Unhealthy Leadership

    Jason Cortel
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    People don’t quit their job they quit their leader. This phrase has been around for a long time and despite its truth it is often ignored. Instead they fool themselves into thinking they are leaving for pay, they couldn’t handle the workload, they resisted change or their loyalty to the company is called into question. When there is a mass exodus from a particular department someone needs to examine the leadership of that group. Yet they don’t. No one questions why so many have abandoned ship. No one bats an eye at the fact that half of the team, who may have possessed vast intimate…
  • Design A Winning Sales Culture

    Jason Cortel
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:41 am
    Sales leadership can easily be tricked into thinking things like culture, coaching and training don’t matter. The reason they are so easily deceived is because in the absence of those things, or worse, a poor execution of those things, sales teams can still win. When the economy is good, the product is great or marketing designs stellar promotional tactics, a terrible sales team will perform well. Why does having a winning sales culture matter? With a winning sales culture you will reduce turnover, lower the cost of sales, increase average selling price and encourage cohesion among the…
  • Tuesday Tip – Office Holiday Party Do’s and Don’ts

    Jason Cortel
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    Office holiday party season has kicked-off. It never hurts to review the rules that successful people follow so they can face their co-workers the next day. It’s OK to be the first to arrive but don’t be the last to arrive Do speak to each C-Suite member you see, don’t avoid them Do remember it is a business event, don’t mistake it for a college party Do sample everything, don’t stuff your face like you haven’t eaten all month Do order a drink you don’t like to pace yourself, don’t guzzle drinks one after another Do keep your secret office romance a secret, don’t start…
  • Writing a Personal Mission Statement

    Jason Cortel
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    A personal mission statement helps you identify your core values, bring focus and purpose to your life and is the key to finding your path. Your personal mission statement will define who you are and why you do what you do. Having a personal mission statement is the foundation that your personal brand is built upon. There are three elements of a personal mission statement. What you want to do Why you want to do it What you value Your personal mission statement needs to encompass all aspects of your life, not just your work life. A well-crafted mission statement provides a guiding light for…
  • Bleach It out Like a Laundry Stain

    Jason Cortel
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    Whenever there is a team of people working together conflict will be present. Many people will avoid conflict without realizing that doing so is like taking a poisoned pill. Conflict is defined as a strong disagreement between people, groups, etc., that results in often angry argument. Team building is a frequent task especially if you bring new people onboard often. Anytime there is even just one new team member the whole team is new again and must go through the team building process. When this happens conflict is surely right around the corner. Phycologist Bruce Tuckman first came up…
 
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    The Leadership Hub

  • Know Fear as a Leader

    jlctaggart
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    To say that the workplace has changed a lot in the past decade, with more changes imminent, should not come as a surprise to most people. It’s almost become a trite statement to talk about the rapid changes that organizations have undergone. People – managers and staff – know this. They live it every day at work and in their personal lives.But what’s not been talked about very much in the past is the issue of fear in organizations. When it’s addressed in the literature it’s often in the context of learning. The aspect of managerial leadership and its link to fear has not been…
  • IMPROVING YOUR MANAGEMENT SKILL-SET: 5 BEST WAYS OF KEEPING YOUR TEAM MOTIVATED

    Smetanin
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    People have always been the main resource of each company. To achieve the desired result you need to know how to motivate your team effectively. Inspiring supervisory style helps to create and maintain the spirit of enthusiasm among workers. The process of team motivating can be compared to creating a sculpture. To get a consummate shape the artist should clearly understand the structure of the material and be able to see the inner potential it contains. When it comes to inspiring people, communicating with your staff can be a very powerful tool. Each of the members has their own professional…
  • Evaluating Leadership Development

    Colin Scowen
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    So, here's a situation. You've started a leadership development group. people are involved, they're moving through the group, and moving out. Question is: Someone (assume it's anyone you like really, could be a key stakeholder who wants to know they have helped something worthwhile, could be a curious group member, could be someone out to sabotage the group because they want the meting room at the time you have it booked) asks you 'How's it doing?' You answer, 'It's going well!'. They then ask "How do you know?" So, if I was to ask you 'How do you evaluate the performance of your program,…
  • Focus on Leadership and Automate Your Business

    Amy127
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    As a business owner, you might find it overwhelming to be the effective boss you want to be, to manage everything and to organize your team towards achieving your business objectives. Every business owner has this issue. To fix it, automate your business. This is the process of organizing yourself (and your firm) to minimize costs and increase ROI. Here’s how to automate your business and be the leader in your organization: Marketing Automation How do your customers get your service? How do you attract them? What makes your product worth the attention you think it deserves? By answering…
  • Don't forget to look back

    PhilDourado
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    "When I want to understand what is happening today to try to decide what will happen tomorrow I look back."Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr Kevin Eikenberry's blog post on reflection got me, well, reflecting. It might seem funny to learn how to learn, but it is the most fundamental lesson. It's that old 'teaching a man to fish' rule. No one can tell you what you should have learnt from your own past except yourself. So instead you learn how to unpick it; how to reflect. How to fish. I know. We all reflect already. We all have time with only our own thoughts where we go over the past. But we don't…
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  • A Casualty of Unhealthy Leadership

    Jason Cortel
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    People don’t quit their job they quit their leader. This phrase has been around for a long time and despite its truth it is often ignored. Instead they fool themselves into thinking they are leaving for pay, they couldn’t handle the workload, they resisted change or their loyalty to the company is called into question. When there is a mass exodus from a particular department someone needs to examine the leadership of that group. Yet they don’t. No one questions why so many have abandoned ship. No one bats an eye at the fact that half of the team, who may have possessed vast intimate…
  • Design A Winning Sales Culture

    Jason Cortel
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:55 am
    Sales leadership can easily be tricked into thinking things like culture, coaching and training don’t matter. The reason they are so easily deceived is because in the absence of those things, or worse, a poor execution of those things, sales teams can still win. When the economy is good, the product is great or marketing designs stellar promotional tactics, a terrible sales team will perform well. Why does having a winning sales culture matter? With a winning sales culture you will reduce turnover, lower the cost of sales, increase average selling price and encourage cohesion among the…
  • Tuesday Tip – Office Holiday Party Do’s and Don’ts

    Jason Cortel
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:25 am
    Office holiday party season has kicked-off. It never hurts to review the rules that successful people follow so they can face their co-workers the next day. It’s OK to be the first to arrive but don’t be the last to arrive Do speak to each C-Suite member you see, don’t avoid them Do remember it is a business event, don’t mistake it for a college party Do sample everything, don’t stuff your face like you haven’t eaten all month Do order a drink you don’t like to pace yourself, don’t guzzle drinks one after another Do keep your secret office romance a secret, don’t start…
  • Writing a Personal Mission Statement

    Jason Cortel
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    A personal mission statement helps you identify your core values, bring focus and purpose to your life and is the key to finding your path. Your personal mission statement will define who you are and why you do what you do. Having a personal mission statement is the foundation that your personal brand is built upon. There are three elements of a personal mission statement. What you want to do Why you want to do it What you value Your personal mission statement needs to encompass all aspects of your life, not just your work life. A well-crafted mission statement provides a guiding light for…
  • Bleach It out Like a Laundry Stain

    Jason Cortel
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    Whenever there is a team of people working together conflict will be present. Many people will avoid conflict without realizing that doing so is like taking a poisoned pill. Conflict is defined as a strong disagreement between people, groups, etc., that results in often angry argument. Team building is a frequent task especially if you bring new people onboard often. Anytime there is even just one new team member the whole team is new again and must go through the team building process. When this happens conflict is surely right around the corner. Phycologist Bruce Tuckman first came up…
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    RW McIntyre Leadership Notes

  • Loyalty – Has it ever been a factor in engagement?

    Ron
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    An interesting article by The Wharton School in June, 2012 regarding Declining Employee Loyalty started me thinking about this concept and the current management wish list of re-engaging employees. Much of what was discussed in this article had a foundation … Continue reading → The post Loyalty – Has it ever been a factor in engagement? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Keys to Being a Transformative Leader

    Ron
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    To be a Transformative Leader one must exhibit strength in two very important character areas, trust, and transparency. One’s ability to grow and allow others to grow depends wholly on the results of both of these characteristics. Trust is one … Continue reading → The post Keys to Being a Transformative Leader appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Challenge 2015: Employee Engagement

    Ron
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    All businesses need to realize that employee engagement is critical for their success. It does not matter whether you have 5, 500, or 500,000 employees, it is important for success and growth. If you have not measured the level of … Continue reading → The post Challenge 2015: Employee Engagement appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Appreciation Marketing – 2014 – Small Business Focus

    Ron
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    Appreciation Marketing is the question for the day. Are you a small business owner or service provider such as a doctor, lawyer, coach or physical trainer who is looking to expand their business today? New business, in today’s world, can … Continue reading → The post Appreciation Marketing – 2014 – Small Business Focus appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Building Respect is Critical!

    Ron
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Building respect is critical in business today. On the day after the last mid-term elections we were saying how tired we were of the foul innuendo and lies that are put forward in ads. Today, we live in a very … Continue reading → The post Building Respect is Critical! appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
 
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    Paul Keijzer

  • How HR Can Keep Jerks Away From the Office

    Paul Keijzer
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:11 pm
    The last couple of weeks I have shared some of thoughts on how you can create a jerk free office. Today it is about the role of HR to create a jerk free office and the deal with the last 5 jerks from my 15 jerks in the office list. My shortest definition of the role of HR is: to help line managers maximise the performance of the individual, team and the organisation. As jerks have got a significant negative impact on the productivity of the company, HR should be all over them. Human Resources needs to do the following: 1. Create a Value Driven Organisation The first step in creating a jerk…
  • 5 HR Blogs You Should Follow in 2015

    Paul Keijzer
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:58 pm
    One of my favourite quotes is: “You should know a little about everything“. And one of the easiest ways to do this nowadays is to have a good list of RSS feeds in your favourite reader like Feedly and just read through the headlines everyday. That’s how I keep a check on the HR pulse. If something catches my interest, then I go ahead and read the entire article but there are people working on crafting the perfect headlines and I use their skills! I’ve compiled a list of some of the HR blogs that I think everyone doesn’t know about but really should. They’re all awesome so…
  • #LikeABoss: How to Deal with 5 More Types of Office Jerks!

    Paul Keijzer
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Last Thursday, as part of the Jerks @ Work series, we discussed 5 types of office jerks and how to deal with them. Today, I’m going to discuss how you, as the boss or line manager, can reduce or even eliminate jerky behaviour, followed by 5 more types of jerks in the office. How Can You, As the Boss, Create A Jerk-free Office In his book ‘The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t’ Robert Suton, a Stanford professor, indicates that Jerks at Work can have a devastating impact on the efficiency of the organisation. He argues that jerks…
  • You Have a Messy Office and Don’t Even Know It

    Paul Keijzer
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:31 pm
    I’m going to ask you to picture two offices. Like really, read the first one close your eyes and imagine it and then do the same for the second. Ready? Office 1: The most awesome office you’ve ever been at. EVER. The one you guiltily wish you could just live in and forget about the rest of the world. …think about it. When you have, think about this one: Office 2: The absolute worst office you’ve ever been in. It doesn’t exactly have to be dirty. But you wouldn’t want to go back there even if you had a surprise bonus waiting for you. Chances are that the second one was super…
  • How to Deal with 5 Types of Jerks in the Office

    Paul Keijzer
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm
      Last week I shared with you the 15 Office Jerks I have worked with over the years. Something must have resonated as I have received more than 150 comments and 300 likes (thank you!!). Building on popular demand I have decided to take it a step further and write the next few blogs on how you can deal with each of these different Jerks @ Work. But before I do so let me just share with you my few simple general rules on how to deal with Jerks @ Work. 1. Stonewall the Jerk: as a first step I would suggest not to react and not giving the impression that the jerks behaviour is getting to you…
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  • 8 Lessons from Battle of the Five Armies

    cjohnstonjax
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    The highly anticipated third part of the Hobbit Trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies comes out this week. This is Peter Jackson’s third installment in the story of Bilbo Baggins and his journey with his dwarfish friends to take back what is rightfully theirs. Don’t worry you can keep reading there are no spoilers, in fact this is not even going to be a review. It would be unfair to take away the fantastic “ending” of this journey. However there are some great lessons we could all learn from. Lessons Learned from the Battle of the Five Armies “Thorin. You gave a…
  • Home for the Holidays

    cjohnstonjax
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    I had the opportunity and privilege to sit down with Rick DuCharme, Founder and Executive Director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP). We met for lunch at Joseph’s on Main Street. Over lasagna and cal-zones we discussed the exciting future of FCNMHP. Next weekend December 19th-21st,  FCNMHP will be hosting the final Mega Pet Adoption at the fairgrounds. This provides a one stop place for people looking to adopt a dog or cat. Many of the high risk shelters and rescue groups will be on hand to match you with your next family member. For only a 20 dollar adoption fee you can…
  • Iron Sharpens Iron …

    cjohnstonjax
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    Finally it is here, many hours of work and rework. Starving my fears and hammering out the details. In order to create a new image, scratch that a new platform. There are still a few pieces still to come, but the anticipation has worn me weary. You see I bought the new theme that you see before you a couple of months ago. I have tweaked and re-tweaked it until what you see before you. This new image along with a forthcoming logo will become the image and persona of SecondIron. Maintaining the theme and concept of iron sharpens iron, SecondIron’s Blog is being relaunched with this new…
  • 5 Friends Every Guy Needs

    cjohnstonjax
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    According to science and research people can usually only have about 100 to 150 real friends. If that were the case then why do we spend so much time ‘friending’ people we will never be friends with. It is not like the hundreds if not thousands of friends have a personal relationship with us. Better yet even the number of 150 sounds intimidating and well virtually impossible. Most men have a few friends every guy needs and nothing more. Working with the number 150, realistically that is not obtainable even counting all your friends and family. Could you imagine trying to develop real…
  • Small Fish in a Big Pond …

    cjohnstonjax
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Ever feel like a small fish in a big pond? Many think it is better to be the big fish right? As a blogger we all feel like small fish that are trying to get noticed. We blog regularly, we share our hearts in our words. Yet not even a nibble in the vast sea of bloggers. And we read others blogs to see what it is that they are doing different. Checking our stats, commenting on others. Hoping that one day our small voices in this chaotic world might be heard. Writing is not as self-serving as it seems. We write from our wounds in hopes that you might heal. Sharing our experiences and leaving it…
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    Heads Up Coaching and Consulting

  • A Management Moment With…Eckhart Tolle

    Lisa Parker
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less! “The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.”  – Author Eckhart Tolle  Attention managers:   This month I have a 10-second tip for you.  Ready? Leave your Blackberry or phone in your desk when you go to your next meeting, workshop, or Town Hall event. Show people that you are most concerned with what is happening right here, right now. Set the example of presence. When we poll participants in our Executive Presence seminars, they…
  • Unwrap Your Presence

    Lisa Parker
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    It’s year-end. So many deadlines. So many distractions. We feel our attention divided between tying up loose ends from the past year, planning for next year, and managing the dozens of things that need to get done right now. Oh, and there are those holiday plans, shopping, special events…the fun stuff. Those demand attention, too. With all the stress that comes with December, how present are you throughout the day, really? If you’re honest with yourself, how often do you find yourself snapping back to attention during a meeting or conference call because your mind was busy…
  • A Management Moment With…Diane Sawyer

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

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

    Lisa Kaslyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    In our seminars, when we ask the participants “What is trust?” there is a long silence as folks think of how to define something as esoteric as trust. When we ask how trust is built, they offer a bit more, but still with hesitation. When we ask how trust is destroyed, people answer very quickly — and vehemently! We may not know how to define it, but we know it when we see it...and especially when we don’t. So, when do we trust someone? What four elements need to be in place before someone says to us:  “Yes, I trust you” or even more importantly “Yes,…
 
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    General LeadershipGeneral Leadership » | Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders!

  • Holiday Break – We’ll Be Back on January 5th!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy It’s that festive time of the year when we pause to spend time with our families and focus on what is important: our relationships.  As a result, we turn off the monitors, switch off the laptops, close the books and take off or reading glasses for a short period while we recharge our batteries and sharpen our pencils for the new year.  From all of us at GeneralLeadership.com, please enjoy the happiest of holidays!… Read…
  • Monday Quote:

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy.” Norman Schwarzkopf … Read the rest The post Monday Quote: appeared first on General Leadership.
  • Leading with the Five Be’s

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Leaders of character shine! “Learn from others’ mistakes, you don’t have time to make the all yourself” GK Chesterton From the time we’re very young we’re presented with a list of “don’ts” to set boundaries. To be sure young people get the lion’s’ share of the boundary setting, but every society and organization has its list of what you can’t do. Boundaries are necessary, but a leader’s job is to inspire people to group and individual achievement so the job can’t end at “don’t.” We have to be…
  • Make A Difference: Exceed Expectations

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Excellence is the Result of Caring more than others think is Wise, Risking more than others think is Safe, Dreaming more than others think is Practical, and Expecting more than others think is Possible.” Ronnie Oldham Expectation management is critical – at home, at work, in business, wherever it is that you walk – properly managing expectations is a difference maker when it comes to results. As leaders we are to be difference makers – that is what leaders do – make a difference by enabling activity and accelerating those under our charge. So, as a leader, if you aren’t…
  • Monday Quote

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.” J. Donald Waters … Read the rest The post Monday Quote appeared first on General Leadership.
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    EPICOMM

  • Challenge recap

    Elena Iacono
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    Missed something during the 21-day communication challenge? No problem. I’ve included the links to all tips shared between December 1 to December 21. 2015 – it’s all yours. __________________________ 2015: All yours.  Free your mind.  No flex zone.  Your word.  Your best.  Know.  Be copied.  Rapport.  Stay hungry.  The problem with yes.  Your everything.  Embrace boring.  Name drop no more.  The problem with hope. Always time for input. Hear to listen. Let it go.  ____________ Follow Elena on Twitter: @4epicomm              …
  • 2015: All yours.

    Elena Iacono
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    This blog article concludes the 21-day communication challenge. Every day from December 1 to December 21, insight was shared to help you build a better workplace for 2015. How? Just start with yourself.  2015: All yours.  Leadership has nothing to do about hierarchy. Being an effective communicator has nothing to do with accreditations or godly super powers. It’s all about prioritization. About tapping into basic human elements that sometimes, unfortunately, we forget about. That’s all. 2015 is all up to you – how much you want to exceed is all up to you. Success is about numbers,…
  • Free your mind.

    Elena Iacono
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I’m so happy to bring you an exclusive 21 day communication challenge – the end result? A better workplace in 2015 because of you.   From December 1 – 21, I will share quick leadership communication tips to help you get ready for the New Year. 2015 is yours. Own it!    Free your mind.  Once you’ve freed your mind of a concept of correctness you can do what you want. Get out of your comfort zone. Stretch yourself. When embarking on a change initiative, delivering less than pleasant news or trying to build your personal brand break away from a scripted list of things to…
  • No flex zone.

    Elena Iacono
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I’m so happy to bring you an exclusive 21 day communication challenge – the end result? A better workplace in 2015 because of you.   From December 1 – 21, I will share quick leadership communication tips to help you get ready for the New Year. 2015 is yours. Own it!    No flex zone.    “No flex zone – they know better….” – Rae Sremmurd  Don’t worry – if you aren’t versed in the latest urban lingo I’ll guide you. No flex zone can be otherwise referred to as a territory where no boasting or flaunting is permitted or…
  • Your word.

    Elena Iacono
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I’m so happy to bring you an exclusive 21 day communication challenge – the end result? A better workplace in 2015 because of you.   From December 1 – 21, I will share quick leadership communication tips to help you get ready for the New Year. 2015 is yours. Own it!  Your word.  All people want is your word. You say you’ll do something. Do it. You say you can’t do something. Explain why. If someone isn’t measuring up, have the courage (it’s ok) to point it out. I was chatting with some people today and what drives them nuts (in this particular case) are colleagues, team…
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    C-Suite Network

  • Is Marketing Automation Worth the Investment?

    Brittany Nader
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Sherry Lamoreaux Researchers keep saying that marketing automation is growing really, really fast. What’s all the hubbub, Bub? Is it worth the investment? For most companies, yes. This is more than my (admittedly biased) vested opinion; the research clearly shows companies that use marketing automation skillfully fare better than those that do not use it (or that don’t use it well). Some of that research is recapped in a new white paper: CEO Perspective: 5 Ways Marketing Automation Can Optimize & Grow Your Business. CEO Perspective looks at five aspects of marketing automation…
  • Traditional Corporate Structure Can Hurt Brand Health

    Brittany Nader
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey In order to stay fresh, relevant and dominate their space, brands must constantly reinvent themselves. But does the traditional company structure itself suffocate a brand’s growth and evolution? Does the structure itself create its own roadblocks, choke communication and suppress innovation? Traditional corporate structure puts marketing higher in position and status than either sales or customer service. This creates the misconception that marketing knows most about what the customer wants when, in fact, sales and customer service are the only two…
  • Matt Lanfear, CEO Great Eastern Energy, Interview with Dov Baron

    Brittany Nader
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Dov Baron, host of Full Monty Leadership Radio, interviewed Matt Lanfear, CEO of Great Eastern Energy, during the C-Suite Network Conference in Marina del Rey about the ways in which is company is bringing awareness to energy use and its impact on organizations. Matt Lanfear, CEO of Great Eastern Energy speaks with us on how energy providers are now having to step up and take on the responsibility of being energy educators. You may be surprised by what he says about the resources we have and what has to change. Energy costs and stewardship for small to mid-sized businesses are hot topics of…
  • Creating a Company Culture that Boosts Your Brand

    Brittany Nader
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Emma Siemasko Your company needs core ideologies and a solid brand. These things don’t just happen on their own. They all start with the company leaders. Branding and company culture are inextricably linked. If you want to attract the best employees, you need a great brand. And to build a great brand, you need the best employees. It’s a chicken-and-egg situation. A company is a living, breathing organism. It grows, changes and responds to outside influences. That’s why we think of culture, passion, efficiency and core values as part of a Brand’s DNA. This is the stuff your…
  • Adaptability: An Important Asset to Your Career Goals

    Brittany Nader
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Tony Alessandra Adaptability is your willingness and ability to behave in ways that are not necessarily characteristic of your style in order to deal effectively with the requirements of a situation or relationship. Adaptable people make the choice to go beyond their own comfort zones so others feel more comfortable. With adaptability, you are able to treat people the way they want to be treated. You practice adaptability every time you slow down with another person who does not feel as comfortable moving as fast as you do. You also practice adaptability when you take time to listen to…
 
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    Australian Institute of Management Blog

  • The Importance of Wellness at Work

    AIM
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Guest post by Christopher Paterson In 2014, wellness in the workplace moved from being an employee engagement ‘nice to have’ driven by HR to becoming one of corporate Australia’s most critical business imperatives. Evidence proves that organisations who fail to manage Wellness at Work will experience a very challenging 2015. This includes under performance, poor productivity, absenteeism and claims relating to mental health all resulting from employee stress and pressure. These organisations represent a large share of the multibillion dollar impact of mental health issues in Australian…
  • Career Crossroads

    AIM
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Guest post by Dr Malcolm Johnson FAIM Perhaps it’s a seven year itch but 46 per cent of respondents to an AIM survey on career intentions have indicated they are considering changing jobs in 2015. In aggregate people responding to the survey had seven and one half years experience with the organisation and five years in their current job. Delving deeper, the news only gets worse with 60 per cent of people with three and one half year’s tenure planning to exit. Aspects encouraging people to consider leaving in 2015 are ranked in order of importance: Wanting a new challenge Toxic workplace…
  • Management Article Round-up

    AIM
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Enjoy a weekly update of all the latest and most interesting management articles gathered by AIM’s Twitter. For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau. How we can all contemplate the future of the workplace (via @FastCompany) ow.ly/FoIiV Can the Brilliant Jerk Be Managed Effectively? (via @HBSWK)ow.ly/FoKMn Stanford Professor Nir Halevy on Motivating Your Workforce (via @stratandbiz @lwgeller) ow.ly/FoL8N Do you employ Australia’s laziest worker? (via @brisbanetimes) ow.ly/FzvDS More than half of employees don’t feel respected (via @CBSMoneyWatch)ow.ly/FzwTT…
  • ‘Tis the Season to Recalibrate

    AIM
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    As we approach Christmas it is likely that, as a professional manager, the intensity of your work will go up a notch or three. In part this is a function of the high commitment and importance that professional managers commonly attribute to their work role. As managers are highly committed to the task and to the solution of complex problems, the looming deadline of Christmas may likely exacerbate an already high workload. Professionals often find themselves in a dilemma between the external pressure placed on them and their self-dedication to work. The high salience of their work role is…
  • The Five Keys to Building Sustainable Relationships

    AIM
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Guest post by Anthony Chiminello Much of what I am about to share with you is a result of what I have learned over many years in successfully building relationships with government, business and individuals across Australia and Asia. My professional background is in real estate, therefore I often use the analogy that if the foundation of a property is robust, then it will stand the test of time regardless of instabilities. Relationships can be complex and much research has been dedicated to this topic, therefore I am not advocating one size fits all. I have simply identified five anchors that…
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • 4 Ways to Prepare Millennials for Leadership

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Sure, the stereotypes say that, as a generation, millennials were overly coddled by their helicopter parents, that they are as attached like robots to their technology, that they are lazy, that they are entitled, and that they can’t seem to focus on one thing at a time. But face it: It won’t be long before millennials outnumber any other single generation in your workforce, which means that it won’t be very long before they are running your company. Have you been prepping them for leadership? It’s not too late to start working with your high-potential millennials to get them ready for…
  • Leading through Crisis

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

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

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

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

  • Understanding Difference: How (White) Business Leaders Can Take Action

    Jim Morris
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Are people in your company able to speak their opinions about the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner without being told doing so is inappropriate or taboo?  Have you noticed that at work it is better to pretend you don’t see differences than to acknowledge them, especially when it comes to race or gender? We find that this is often the case, especially with people like us, white senior leaders. At work, standard HR doctrine tells us to be very cautious about bringing up these issues, and as a result, we claim to being “color blind” as declaration of treating everyone equitably.
  • Vows and Metrics: Making Marriage and Business Work Together

    Moe Carrick
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    Without a doubt the oldest form of business in the world is the family business, and probably the oldest business partnership model is the one established between husband and wife. More recently, examples such as Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner (founders of Cisco Systems), Stewart Butterfield and wife Caterina Fake (founders of Flikr), Kate and Andy Spade (founders of handbag maker Kate Spade) and even Jay-Z and Beyonce are examples of thriving love and business partnerships. But the news on these famous couples doesn’t go into detail about the complexity of this balance. When we first debated…
  • How Do You See Me? 5 Steps to Changing Perceptions

    Moe Carrick
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    What happens when people are used to seeing us one way, and we try to change? I have been noticing this work lately with clients, while also continuing my personal leader journey to grow and learn. Often, clients who come to us for coaching have, by their own admission, a “perception problem,” which often means that they have people in their world who have a lock on them as “the old me.” Typically, a weakness or negative attribute has trained the people around them to “always” see them in a certain way, and as they strive to change, they face resistance from others, which creates…
  • After Cancer

    Jim Morris
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    We write blogs regularly as a means of advancing our work in the realms of culture, leadership, team and strategy. We also try to share our relevant personal insights when it feels right (for people who might be interested.) For me, the latter creates a personal dilemma: do I reflect, self-disclose or do I take the less personal route of focusing on a “business” topic? Before my 2009 diagnosis, I usually chose work. Today I choose reflection. I choose me. Last week, a colleague shared a great insight with a group with whom we were working. She said we don’t actually learn through…
  • Six Thoughts on Curbing the Disease of Being Busy

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

  • 5 Reasons to Use Dettol Multi-Use wipes

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Any good habit starts with personal measures. With ‘Cleanliness drive’ gaining traction all over India, ‘Personal hygiene’ also comes to the fore. Tiny measures to keep yourself clean will help you to keep diseases’ at bay and go a long way in ensuring that you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Good personal hygiene habits go beyond smelling nice and looking clean; proper hygiene also prevents the spread of germs that lead to bacterial skin infections. ~ Why You Can’t Overlook the Importance of Personal Hygiene   To up your hygiene…
  • Easy Targets

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:46 am
     By Somali K Chakrabarti After sending her children to school, In the hope they will grow up and bloom, She habitually goes on about her daily chores, Till it’s time for her li’l ones to come rushing back home. She eagerly waits to hear what they have learned, Knowledge of books or the ways of world! And then, strange whispers surface, The school, they say, is safe no more. She panics, as she paces back and forth. But nothing can prepare her for, The eventuality she must face! It, then, turns out to be A Black Day- The Day of Shame; When fate plays the cruelest game! What people…
  • NDTV Cleanathon – Resolve for a Swachch India

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:48 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti When you are surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.  With a purpose as imperative as cleanliness and sanitation, which affects every single individual in the country in some way or the other and is driven by none other than the PM of the country, it is but natural that a movement to support the cause will gain traction. The 12 hr long LIVE televised CLEANATHON on 14th December, 2014, a part of “Banega Swachh India” campaign launched by RB India and NDTV was such a unique event that brought together…
  • Clean India – Sanitation and hygiene starts with You and Me

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti There are more cell phones than toilets in India. It is a well known fact by now that whereas nearly 45 per cent of India’s population uses cell phones, only 31 per cent of the population has access to improved sanitation. Poor and inadequate sanitation have been a major cause of diarrhea and infections among young children. The other fallout are malnutrition, stunting, premature deaths, wasted time and productivity, and tourism losses. This is likely to change with PM Modi’s emphasis on cleanliness and proper sanitation facilities, and the launch of ambitious…
  • Walking fiesta at Equals Street – a fun filled way to kickstart your Sunday

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:41 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   Ciclovía, is a weekly city-wide, car-free day in Bogotá, when more than 2 million people come out to cycle, hang out and eat on the streets. It has been successfully running since 1974.   Ciclovía keeps cars off the streets in the Colombian capital and brings rich and poor together – if only for a day. ~ theguardian   The concept of Ciclovía has, since then, spread far and wide beyond Columbia, and walking events are now organized in different cities around the world. Walking festivals in India The concept is no longer alien to…
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    Ying Ying Shi

  • Communication: What did you just say?

    Ying Ying Shi
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    “The communication we all need” is one of the most popular posts on my blog. In the following, I will expound additional ideas about the most interesting human art and the most effective lubricant for all interpersonal interactions. “Communication is the transporter … Read more →
  • Times of uncertainty

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

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

    Ying Ying Shi
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Innovation does not only occur in products or processes; it can also be reflected in names and titles. Most people have probably never heard of “Chief Organization Manager” which is the title I currently bear at Clueda AG. Some people … Read more →
  • Using emotions the right way

    Ying Ying Shi
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    What I have learnt in life and business is that success is all about how to achieve what you want with what you have. You might get a job, buy a ring, collect dividends if you have a good CV, … Read more →
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  • The Night Before Christmas at The Office

    Tim Sieck
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Twas the night before Christmas and all through the office Not a keyboard was clicking not a tweet in the air The website was up and the servers were humming In hopes that new customers soon would be there.   The employees were leaving with bonus in hand with visions of vacations to far off lands. And the VPs were huddled in conference room B hoping to get out, their families to see.   When down in the warehouse there arose such a clatter We sprang from the table to see what was the matter. Down past the lunchroom we all did run right past Joe the Janitor who was dressed like a nun.
  • Is Your Engagement Survey a Strategic Tool?

    Tim Sieck
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Not too long ago, a leader of a pretty good sized organization said that she should probably think about doing an employee engagement survey at some point to see how people “feel”.  While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with finding out how people feel, this statement sums up where many leaders rank the importance of engagement or satisfaction surveys.  Often, this data becomes the property of the human resources department and that’s where it goes to die. Unfortunately, this is a short sighted view of the engagement survey process and its value to the organization…
  • Five Career Myths That Can Hamper Your Growth

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

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

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

    Brigitte Kobi
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Most of us are professional error detectors and hunters of perfection. Perfect work, perfect speeches, perfect services make us look good and add to our honour. An error that comes to light is a black spot on our reputation. Perfection is great but not always necessary and sometimes even harmful.… Read More
  • Creativity on Demand

    Brigitte Kobi
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:29 pm
    It is assumed that creativity does not know a schedule and cannot be rushed. Maybe this is correct for writers of really great works like Shakespeare or Goethe. A professional writer might suffer from writer’s blockage if they put too much pressure on themselves. The same goes for non-professional ones.… Read More
  • Clarity Is Essential to Trust

    Brigitte Kobi
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Mr Randy Conley is a fellow blogger of mine. His core subjects are leadership and trust. What is trust made of? One of his articles really made me think and I remembered an encounter I had some time ago. Contact I received a message on LinkedIn. The company that contacted… Read More
  • Watches From Space

    Brigitte Kobi
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Did you know that 90% of a space shuttle is made of aluminum? Well, I didn’t. But if you come to think of it it is logical since this material is very light and still stable which is certainly an important requirement for aerospace. Some days ago I visited a… Read More
  • Public RelationIs Change Management

    Brigitte Kobi
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Most of us know that one needs a so called USP (Unique Selling Proposition) to really stand out of the crowd. An excellent product or service as well as a unique skillset can be seen as USPs. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different”. – Coco Chanel… Read More
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    Lit Up Leadership

  • 3 Steps to Strengthen Intention & Integrity

    mabaumga
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    19SHARESTwitterLinkedin SubscribeGoogleFacebookBufferWhatsappPinterestDiggReddit Stumbleupon Tumblr How often are you running on autopilot? Our breath, heartbeat and sometimes what we say and do just sort of “happen.” When have you taken action in autopilot mode and it resulted in something you didn’t intend or was not aligned to who you want to be in the world? How could you more effectively act[Read and Watch] The post 3 Steps to Strengthen Intention & Integrity appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
  • 3 Ways Gratitude Creates Leadership Latitude

    mabaumga
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    55SHARESTwitterLinkedin SubscribeGoogleFacebookBufferWhatsappPinterestDiggReddit Stumbleupon Tumblr You know being intentionally grateful will help you feel better and live better but it also plays a significant role in leading others better.  This post explores some of the science behind the function of gratitude, 3 ways you may not have considered how people LEAD YOU (including dinner hosts) and[Read and Watch] The post 3 Ways Gratitude Creates Leadership Latitude appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
  • 5 Steps to Stop Stressing & Start Leading Now

    mabaumga
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    44SHARESTwitterLinkedin SubscribeGoogleFacebookBufferWhatsappPinterestDiggReddit Stumbleupon Tumblr You have big goals, high expectations of yourself and people are depend on you to deliver. But your responsibilities can seem overwhelming and never ending.  If you just want to feel excited each day, not always dreading your next meeting or your next morning then stress is stopping you and your[Read and Watch] The post 5 Steps to Stop Stressing & Start Leading Now appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
  • Creating Clarity When the Future is Fuzzy (with Carol Novello)

    mabaumga
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    68SHARESTwitterLinkedin SubscribeGoogleFacebookBufferWhatsappPinterestDiggReddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Sometimes the future can be quite fuzzy or like for today’s guest…furry. In life, maybe you have planned to master a specific subject, land a particular gig, live in a certain area,  find your ideal partner, have kids or not, etcetera. When you find and construct a path forward, you better see and decide where to[Read and Watch] The post Creating Clarity When the Future is Fuzzy (with Carol Novello) appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
  • How You Can Be Excellent at Leading Scale (w/ Bob Sutton)

    mabaumga
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    82SHARESTwitterLinkedin SubscribeGoogleFacebookBufferWhatsappPinterestDiggReddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Now, more than ever, growth is a constant requirement to succeed. With more access to information, people are smarter and businesses are more competitive.  So we need to be excellent at failing fast then scaling success quickly.  But scale means change which can be a major struggle to both lead and[Read and Watch] The post How You Can Be Excellent at Leading Scale (w/ Bob Sutton) appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
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    The Ought of Business

  • Tell Stories

    David Sawyer
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:47 pm
    The post Tell Stories appeared first on The Ought of Business.
  • What Does 2025 Look Like?

    David Sawyer
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The post What Does 2025 Look Like? appeared first on The Ought of Business.
  • I Kant Lie

    David Sawyer
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    The post I Kant Lie appeared first on The Ought of Business.
  • 2.5 Magic Leadership Words

    David Sawyer
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The post 2.5 Magic Leadership Words appeared first on The Ought of Business.
  • 2 Reasons Personal Integrity Fails

    David Sawyer
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    The post 2 Reasons Personal Integrity Fails appeared first on The Ought of Business.
 
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    Todd Kaplan

  • The Life and Works of Steve Jobs Through Adversity and Success

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Steve Paul Jobs (1955-2011) was one of our modern digital age’s most passionate entrepreneurs. A visionary with a passion for impeccability and relentless motivation, Steve Jobs revolutionized the way we use our computers, mobile phones, and portable music devices. Steve Jobs always had a charismatic leadership style matched by his uncanny ability, but his early days at Apple was marked by manipulative, demanding, and overly aggressive behavior. There were some upsides to his occasionally demeaning behavior because it infused an abiding passion and a strong urge to make a good impression to…
  • Travis Kalanick: Beyond Adversity in the Startup Industry

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    At a relatively young age of 38, Travis Kalanick, CEO and co-founder of Uber Technologies, Inc., proved that confidence, competitiveness, and a little bit of creativity are the vital characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and master of adversity. Travis was recently listed by Forbes as one of the 400 wealthiest personalities in the USA.  Ranked at 204, he was estimated to be worth $3 billion given his well-known ride-sharing service application, Uber. Kalanick was a computer engineering student at UCLA.  However, in 1998, he decided to drop out and get on board a project called Scour,…
  • Michael Jordan’s Adversity Killing Winning Attitude

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

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

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

  • The Power of One

    jeanieduncan
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:13 pm
    I love this TedTalk, “Everyday Leadership” by Drew Dudley (http://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership). It really made me stop and think about the power one person can have on another, often when they don’t even realize it. Since watching the clip, I’ve thought of several experiences in my own life where someone has had a major impact on me. At first, it was hard to think of examples, but then several came to me. I’m trying to find ways to acknowledge and thank each person. What a powerful experience it’s been! One in particular stands out for me. Several years…
  • Practicing Gratitude

    jeanieduncan
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    During a staff meeting one day, one of my employees passed out paper bags – the kind you packed your lunch in as a child. She sat a big box in the middle of the table and lifted the lid. Inside, it was filled with magic markers, crayons, and colored pencils. She instructed us to decorate our own personal bag in such a way that would make us smile. Everyone jumped in and began the impromptu art project. Next, she passed out strips of paper and asked each of us to write something we liked or appreciated about every staff member around the table, then fold it up, and drop it in our…
  • I Got This! Creating a life of choice, resonance, and flow

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

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

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

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
       Why is the study of leadership has become critical interest to young people and professionals? All became moving towards Self-Education and personal development skills. Currently, there are thousands of books, studies and research prepared for leadership abilities, qualities of leaders .. And don't forget the high price to participate in the sessions.Millions of dollars spent every month in the leadership coaching and forums.However, we will share with our readers the  best articles about leadership  for free.Leadership models enable us to comprehend the actions of the…
  • Effective Leadership : 10 Golden Rules Most Important

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
          Always  When you hear the word 'leadership', do you immediately think of someone who leads followers somewhere? That is the usual definition I find. What do you think are some abilities and skills that  people need to be identified as effective leaders ?Leadership is always linked to the spirit of change, harmony between the leader and followers to get rid of the impasse and to make success on the ground.Effective Leadership is the ability to achieve Ultimate things of ordinary people. Good leaders are made not born. If you don't believe this, then…
  • What Does Leadership Mean

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
       Sometimes, you just need to step outside, get some air and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.....discover yourself before have a big dreams.Now I am sure that you want to do your very best as a better leader , never to late to start creating your story of success.If you want to know where you'll be ten  years from now, look at who you're hanging out with today.    Majority believes that Leadership the is ability to create more followers, have money , title , office and authority.Real leadership is about service to others , creativity and actions…
  • Leadership Skills List : Important Skills to Become a Successful Leader

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
      Every year, America and the world  celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. all remember Dr. Martin Luther King  for many things, but perhaps best known today for the immortal words in his amazing speech "I have a dream".ElKARTOUM NOUREDDINE"Leadership skills to become an effective leader infographic created by ELKARTOUM NOUREDDINE  Source : http://visual.ly/leadership-skills-become-successful-leader  Don't have a dream of your own? Do you find yourself living vicariously through another person's life and their dreams? Now there is help for you. After…
  • Leadership Traits : Best Traits of a Good Leader

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
       Leadership is the foundation on which countries are constructed, how to run our businesses and how our game is played . You need this essay will briefly check the various definitions of leadership styles and effective leadership to achieve a specific goal.    Leadership is also the ability to see things others can't. The visions of leaders always have and always will shape the world. Christopher Columbus had a vision of another world and even though many doubted him and criticized him he was still a leader. He led all of us to a wonderful abyss of freedom we call…
 
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    Passion @ Centre

  • 5 Questions you should ask your future new manager during the job interview

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:17 am
    “Employees leave managers not companies”. Google says: About 2,160,000 results. So, let’s see how you can (try) to avoid becoming one of those employees. It starts… at the beginning. When you are in your job interview, usually in the end of […] The post 5 Questions you should ask your future new manager during the job interview appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • Sneak Previews on my upcoming book ‘Homemade Leadership Soup’

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I selected a couple of topics that were requested by my audience – so maybe you’ll find the answer to that question you posted! If you don’t, please, don’t be sad – the book is almost finished, so you’ll be […] The post Sneak Previews on my upcoming book ‘Homemade Leadership Soup’ appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • Stop wasting time: leave those unproductive meetings

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
      Do you invest more time in meetings or in your team? Read on, and when you’re ready, look in the mirror and answer that question. We waste a lot of time in meetings. Not because meetings are not useful, […] The post Stop wasting time: leave those unproductive meetings appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • RECURRING MOTIVATION – S1E4: Four more team activities that will (re)surface motivation

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
      Previously on ‘Recurring motivation’: Moral stories are a powerful tool to tap into inspirational thoughts and to use in team exercises to (re)surface motivation. Get out of that vicious circle you are in, where you don’t have time for […] The post RECURRING MOTIVATION – S1E4: Four more team activities that will (re)surface motivation appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • 5 big feedback boo-boos

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
      There are thousands of resources out there where you can find structured and scientific articles related to the ‘Feedback’ topic. This post is a little different. You all know by now that I like to keep it simple, practical, […] The post 5 big feedback boo-boos appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
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    The UPwards Leader

  • Time To Listen UP

    Paul LaRue
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:51 pm
    There is a saying about listening that goes like this: “People nowadays don’t listen to hear; they just listen to speak.” In a day and age when many people are craving for more and better communication, it seems the art of listening is failing us. Our conversations seem to be less emphatic and about the […]
  • A Little More Extra Effort

    Paul LaRue
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Last month I posted on how “Extra Effort Makes The Difference“. Since then, I’ve received feedback and ideas from many people that explodes this definition beyond what I suggested. I have also come across some great post have been written such as these from Skip Hyken and Mark Miller. Everyday, leaders from all over are […]
  • The Many Roles Of Leadership

    Paul LaRue
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    There is a great deal of emphasis that is spent on the role of leadership in the workplace. And rightly so, because the majority of time we spend is in the workplace. What we clamor for, and desire, is to have quality leaders that help us define our careers, our livelihood, and our sense of professional identity. […]
  • Showing UP And Not Showing UP

    Paul LaRue
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:22 pm
    A VP of Operations for a retail chain makes a tour of the stores in a particular region. Their expectation – both spoken and unspoken, and whether the visits are announced or unannounced – is for everything to be in line for them and that they, as VP of “Ops”, are paid attention to. If they […]
  • How To Prune The Workplace Grapevine

    Paul LaRue
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Nothing spreads like news. Whether in the workforce, church, politics, or even in your own family, the speed in which news travels through the “grapevine” is something to marvel at. Even the latest in technology can’t seem to match the speed of the common grapevine. And let’s leave the wonder at the speed alone. We […]
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