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  • Respect is not enough

    Management-Issues
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    I’m often asked, “isn’t cultural intelligence basically a matter of respect?” But the trouble is that we can’t always judge people's intent through their behavior. And moreover, the greater the cultural distance, the more likely your respect won’t be interpreted as such.
  • The Internet of Things Will Change Your Company, Not Just Your Products

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    Joey Fitts
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have had a front row seat as companies have struggled to enter the emerging world of the Internet of Things — first, 10 years ago as a vice president at Ambient Devices, an MIT Media Lab spinoff that was a pioneer in commercializing IoT devices, and then as a consultant. One of the biggest obstacles is that traditional functional departments often can’t meet the needs of IoT business models and have to evolve. Here are some of the challenges that I’ve observed: Product management. Successful IoT plays require more than simply adding connectivity to a product and charging for service…
  • Season 2, Episode 02: Why Accountability Is Vital for Leaders Who Want to Make a Big Difference [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership
    Michael Hyatt
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the topic of accountability in leadership. Most leaders avoid it. Real leaders embrace it. The reason is that taking responsibility for your attitudes, actions, and overall results is tremendously liberating. Attempting to avoid accountability—playing the victim—keeps you stuck. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast,…
  • A Lesson In Communicating With Millennials

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    Mitch Mitchell
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Last week I found myself having what turned out to be an interesting and illuminating conversation with a couple of millennials on Twitter. It turned out to be this way because it started out badly but ended well. Kevin Dooley via Compfight One of my online friends shared a link to something where I’d heard the term bandied about but had no idea what it meant. The term is “gamergate”, and overall it involves the issue of whether some people were being paid or given other favors to get video game reviewers to write positive stories about their games. In its own way it morphed…
  • 4 Tools That Will Add Hours To Your Week

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    Travis Robertson
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    One thing that gets in the way of most real estate agents being productive throughout the day is all the follow-up calls and emails that have to be made. Discover four tools you can use to DRAMATICALLY speed up the time it takes for you to power through that list of people to call or email so you can get on with your day.The post 4 Tools That Will Add Hours To Your Week appeared first on Travis Robertson.
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  • The Internet of Things Will Change Your Company, Not Just Your Products

    Joey Fitts
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have had a front row seat as companies have struggled to enter the emerging world of the Internet of Things — first, 10 years ago as a vice president at Ambient Devices, an MIT Media Lab spinoff that was a pioneer in commercializing IoT devices, and then as a consultant. One of the biggest obstacles is that traditional functional departments often can’t meet the needs of IoT business models and have to evolve. Here are some of the challenges that I’ve observed: Product management. Successful IoT plays require more than simply adding connectivity to a product and charging for service…
  • My Dentist 3D Printed My Crown

    Saul Kaplan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a tech junkie and geek wannabe I’ve been paying attention to 3D printing and the exploding maker movement. When I say paying attention, I mean reading about it, watching hackers and hobbyists make stuff, and wondering if there is more to the technology than the brightly colored plastic tchotchkes cluttering my desk. 3D printing really hasn’t affected me yet. That is until I recently chipped a tooth and had no choice but to visit my family dentist. It was the dentist’s chair that more than any article or demo converted me to the potential of 3D printing. Sometimes disruption has to…
  • Stop Calling People Out

    Jeff Giesea
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Pretend that you occasionally lose your temper in meetings, and my aim is to get you to change. The next time I see you lose your cool, I say one of two things: Hey, timeout. You just did it again — you lost your temper with Mario. This is the third time I’ve seen you do this in the last two days. C’mon, this behavior HAS to stop. or: Hey, can we chat for a sec? I noticed you just lost your temper with Mario. Did you notice that too? You are so good at running these meetings, I can only imagine how much more effective you’re going to be as you move past this behavior. What can I do to…
  • Engaging in a Vice Can Stimulate Creativity if It’s Framed as a Duty

    The Daily Stat
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    In contrast to the belief that autonomy energizes us and heightens our well-being, researchers in Hong Kong found that people experience increased vitality and show greater creativity after being directed to do something — specifically, engage in a (very mild) vice. Participants who were assigned to buy a celebrity photo album (that’s the vice), as opposed to a computer-programming tutoring book, and then asked to write an ad for a bike were judged to show better creative performance than those who had been given free choice or assigned to buy the computer book (6.42 versus 5.54 and…
  • What It Will Take to Change the Culture of Wall Street

    Steven G. Mandis
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    William C. Dudley, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, gave a speech Monday in which he used the word “culture” 45 times. Here’s how he defined it: Culture relates to the implicit norms that guide behavior in the absence of regulations or compliance rules—and sometimes despite those explicit restraints. … Culture reflects the prevailing attitudes and behaviors within a firm.  It is how people react not only to black and white, but to all of the shades of grey. Like a gentle breeze, culture may be hard to see, but you can feel it. Culture relates to what…
 
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  • The Moment You Can’t Ignore

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    A leader once told me, “We’re stuck.” It was an un-ignorable moment that reflected a cultural issue within the organization. In this case, it hinged around a destructive, persistent, self-perpetuating organizational belief about what leadership should look like that had plagued it for decades. Un-ignorable moments, write authors Malachi O’Connor and Barry Dornfeld, “typically occur when an organization is teetering on the brink of a cultural shift.” They share four characteristics: they are public in nature, they are irreversible, they are systemic, and they challenge the identity…
  • Leading Rookie Talent: The Tight Rope and the Safety Net

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    Is it possible that we are actually at our best when we are least qualified for the job? In my research studying the situations and types of leaders that bring out the best in people, I’ve noticed a counterintuitive but persistent theme: people tend to do their best work when they are out of their comfort zone, doing something important and difficult – often for the very first time. When we are stretched to our limits (and often beyond), we are forced to focus, and we learn fast – a mode I call “rookie smarts.” Working high above ones skill level can feel like a tight rope act –…
  • Leading Rookie Talent: Helping New Recruits Hit the Target

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Are your new employees loose canons or heat-seeking missiles? In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Strategies can grow stale and innovation can stop. Being new, naïve, and even clueless, can be an asset. Rookies – people of any age who are new to a task – aren’t weighed down with old assumptions and are more likely to explore new possibilities. Lacking knowledge of their own, they seek out and mobilize a network of experts – my research found they consult with five times more experts than experienced people do. Because they are unsure of themselves they take small,…
  • Leading Rookie Talent: A Sizing Guide for Stretch Assignments

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    Rookies: Bumbling newbies that require copious management? Or underutilized top performers that need to be turned loose? While we often think of newcomers (be they young employees or experienced staff from another arena) as empty vessels that need to be filled up, my research shows that being a rookie – facing a new problem or a challenge for the first time – can provoke top performance. In the realm of knowledge work, rookies tend to outperform those with experience, especially when it comes to innovation and speed. Why? Because they aren’t encumbered with previous knowledge and…
  • First Look: Leadership Books for October 2014

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October.   The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson   MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership by John Baldoni   The Moment You Can't Ignore: When Big Trouble Leads to a Great Future by Malachi O'Connor and Barry Dornfeld   Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative by Scott Eblin   Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work by Liz Wiseman For bulk orders call 1-800-423-8273 Build your…
 
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    Management-Issues

  • Voicing thoughts

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Every emotion, every word and every sound you utter, from birth till death, expresses what you are, what you feel, what you think and what you do. So voicing your thoughts out loud can be a powerful and cathartic psychological tool.
  • Respect is not enough

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    I’m often asked, “isn’t cultural intelligence basically a matter of respect?” But the trouble is that we can’t always judge people's intent through their behavior. And moreover, the greater the cultural distance, the more likely your respect won’t be interpreted as such.
  • Your team members aren’t pawns in a chess game

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Project management and team leadership are often viewed as chess games. But there’s one important difference. Those pieces on the chess board aren’t human. Your team members are - and they need to be treated accordingly.
  • We are nature

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    The magnetism of nature helps us become more present to the world, to sense what cannot be clearly seen and to know what is needed. But nature cannot speak to us if we see the land only as an economic resource or a backdrop to our daily plans.
  • Long, slow finance and the price of fish

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Our current governance, management and financial systems are excessively focussed on the short-term. So how can we bring the long-term into the present? A good place to start is understanding the price of fish.
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • An Invitation to Join My Exclusive, Guided Mastermind Group

    Michael Hyatt
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    William Shakespeare is one of the greatest literary figures of all time. But he didn’t start out that way. He spent his early days in the theater learning from more experienced writers and actors. The truth is, whatever we’re doing, we all need feedback, advice, and mentoring. Almost every day someone asks to “pick my brain.” There are a lot of ways to do that already, including my podcasts, books, and online courses—not to mention the blog you’re reading right now. But I’ve been thinking for a long time about how to take it to the next level. Click here for more. Or, better…
  • Season 2, Episode 02: Why Accountability Is Vital for Leaders Who Want to Make a Big Difference [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the topic of accountability in leadership. Most leaders avoid it. Real leaders embrace it. The reason is that taking responsibility for your attitudes, actions, and overall results is tremendously liberating. Attempting to avoid accountability—playing the victim—keeps you stuck. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast,…
  • How to Stay Focused for a Major Project

    Michael Hyatt
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every business has projects from time to time that demand our total focus and attention. The good news is that there are certain tactics we can use to keep our edge even when we’re under the gun. The most important thing is to recognize up front that we have to prepare. If you were going to pitch in the World Series tomorrow, you wouldn’t just show up on game night as if it were any other Tuesday. You can’t just wing something like that. You would make sure your head was in the game, that you were physically and emotionally ready, that you were focused on the win. It’s that way with…
  • 3 Ways to Turn Your Consulting into a Product

    Brian Casel
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Brian Casel was a freelancer who turned productized business owner. Today he writes his newsletter and blog to help you do the same. Get Brian’s free email crash course on Productizing Your Service. I remember clearly how excited I was to leave my full-time job to go freelance. It wasn’t that I hated my boss or the job or the commute—well, okay, the commute got a little old. But after three years I felt something inside me pull me towards freelancing. I didn’t know what to expect and that’s what excited me most about it. At first, freelancing was exactly the adventure I had been…
  • 5 Proven Ways to Keep Your Platform from Outstripping Your Character

    Michael Hyatt
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are several different ingredients to success. Talent, persistence, and timing all contribute. But there’s one factor we might sometimes overlook—character. Character reminds me of a tree’s root system. It doesn’t matter how beautiful or majestic a tree might look above ground; it’s only as strong and durable as the roots below. Since we can’t see the roots, we might miss what it takes to keep that tree fed and standing strong. But the roots are essential to the success of the tree. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to…
 
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Who Narrates Business? The Gender Disparity of Social CEOs

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why Leaders Don’t Listen

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post by Marcia Reynolds, PsyD“Leaders boldly go where no one has ever gone before.” Is this true? Rarely. The more successful a leader becomes, the less likely he or she chooses to step into the unknown. Although I have seen the words, “Embracing ambiguity,” on the list of leadership competencies for many companies worldwide, I have never met an executive who loves not knowing the answers.The problem is related to biology, not personality. The brain’s primary function is to protect you, but your brain doesn’t differentiate external things from internal ego. Whatever has…
  • Informal Coaching and Feedback

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    "Performance feedback and coaching shouldn’t just happen once a year during a formal performance review. In order to create real, measurable, and meaningful change, it is also important to supplement those formal, documented meetings with continuous, informal coaching that is delivered as things happen."Read Beth Armknecht Miller's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.  
  • There's No Crying in Football!

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Crying at work is in the news again. The latest incident involved New York Giant’s Wide receiver Victor Cruz being driven off the field on a cart sobbingCruz’s unfortunate injury reignited the debate over the appropriateness of not only crying in sports (“There's no crying in baseball! No crying!”), but crying at work.Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for tips on how to deal with crying at work.
  • Why Mindfulness is for Leaders and Not Just Monks

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Guest post from Scott Eblin - a nice follow-up to my recent post at About.com, from someone that knows more about the topic than I do! Scott is the best at what he does - coaching and advising successful but overworked executives. Buy his new book!You know a topic is hot when it makes the cover of Time.  That’s what happened with mindfulness last year when the magazine ran a cover story called The Mindful Revolution.  When you’re a busy leader and you hear about the latest trend like mindfulness, you may immediately think, “ Yeah, right, I don’t have the time or space…
  • 6 Simple Leadership Don’ts and Dos

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sometimes we tend to "complexify" things. Things like leadership.That's why I love Bill Treasurer's guest post over at About.com Leadership and Management:6 Simple Leadership Don’ts and Dos 
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

    dylan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tweet The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.” The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. The…
  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very far removed from typical Silicon Valley incubators (though there was Valley investment involved). First up, Frederick Hutson, who used his time spent in prison to launch a company that would ultimately serve the people with whom he had shared cells. Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacson briefly shares the story of the book’s completion and publication. The book has been over a decade in coming, says Isaacson, and its development was interrupted twice by focused biographies on Einstein and Steve Jobs. For the length and scope that The Innovators covers, its introduction is brief, but it shares some valuable insights into…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Sally
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Uncontainable

    Ryan Schleicher
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tweet Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, Grand Central Publishing, 272 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781455526857 At a time when the largest online retailer in the world—the one that strives to be The Everything Store—is perpetually in the news for strong-arming suppliers and is facing a supreme court case resulting from, as Salon’s Elias Isquith recently put it, “the company’s longstanding habit of finding creative new ways to exploit and insult its workers,” it is refreshing to…
 
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    NOOP.NL

  • How to Be a 10x Better Speaker with 20 Benefits

    Jurgen Appelo
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Last week, one conference attendee told me my presentation at Agile Tour Toulouse was perfect. It was very kind, but I didn’t believe her. In five years, I have spoken at almost 100 conferences and joined a similar number of community and company events. Thanks to the many discussions I had with event organizers, I think I now understand how to be a more valuable speaker. The post How to Be a 10x Better Speaker with 20 Benefits appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Mix Mashup

    Jurgen Appelo
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    <promotion> The MIX Mashup is a gathering of the vanguard of management innovators—pioneering leaders, courageous hackers, and agenda-setting thinkers from every realm of endeavor The post Mix Mashup appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Practices, Not Platitudes

    Jurgen Appelo
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    I recently took part in a conversation about compensation of employees. Some readers offered criticism on the Merit Money practice, described in my new Workout book, claiming that Merit Money is just another way to incentivize people. The feedback I received was, “Money doesn’t motivate people”, followed by, “Don’t incentivize people” and “Just pay people well”. Let me explain why I think this advice is useless. The post Practices, Not Platitudes appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Ten Thousand Baby Steps

    Jurgen Appelo
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Last week, I added the last songs to my two big Spotify playlists: Euro Dance Heaven (2,520 songs) and Euro Disco Heaven (1,695 songs). I added the first of those songs to my playlists on December 16, 2010. That’s almost four years ago. The post Ten Thousand Baby Steps appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • I’ll Speak for Free If You Write a Review

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

  • How to Keep Remote Employees Enthused, Energized and Engaged

    Michael Lee Stallard
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    By Michael Lee Stallard and Colton Perry. As seen on SmartBlog on Leadership.  A 49-year-old father of two hits his alarm clock at 6:30 a.m., starts a pot of coffee and prepares for his daily commute. For the past three years, Bill Lewis has worked for a large company based in the heart of New York City; even though his home in Texas is nearly 2,000 miles from the office, Bill’s daily commute only takes him a few steps. Along with a rapidly growing percent of America’s workforce, Bill Lewis is a telecommuter, a remote employee. He completes his daily assignments from his front porch,…
  • Help Your Direct Reports Create Personal Development Plans

    Michael Lee Stallard
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    #55 Create Personal Development Plans – People are more engaged when they are striving and progressing toward goals. Work with your direct reports to create personal development plans. Help them discover wise goals to advance their careers. Put disciplines in place to help them achieve these goals. Doing so will boost their effectiveness and their connection to you. This is the fifty-fifth 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…
  • How to Become Indispensable to Your Clients

    Michael Lee Stallard
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
                  What makes you indispensable to a client? So indispensable that she treats you as a valued partner and pays you well for a sustained period of time? The obvious answer is to have clearly demonstrable expertise in areas she values. This alone will open doors and close deals for you. It won’t ensure long-term loyalty, however. To become truly indispensable requires a human connection that nurtures trust. Integral to this type of connection is Shared Identity, Shared Empathy and Shared Understanding.  Three Essential Elements for Connection…
  • Connect Through Team Activities

    Michael Lee Stallard
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
                  #54 Take Time for Team Activities – Consider activities that you can do together as a team.  Pixar Animation has Pixar University to help create connection among employees.  Each employee has the option to attend up to four hours of classes each week.  The university offers more than 90 classes from filmmaking to drawing.  The motto on Pixar University’s crest is a Latin phrase meaning “alone no longer.” Zappos gives its managers a budget for team-building activities. Team activities done away from work help people to truly focus on…
  • Is It Ever Wise to Swear at Work?

    Michael Lee Stallard
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
                  By Michael Lee Stallard and Katie Russell You discover a careless error your administrative assistant made in printing a proposal you need to present to a potential new client in a few hours. Should you swear to express your frustration? How about when you are speaking to the people you lead who are clearly not giving their best efforts? How about if you are a woman in a male-dominated culture and you want to fit in?  Would cursing be wise in that situation? A recent Quartz.com article argues that in circumstances like these, swearing is ok.
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    Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage

  • Antifragile – Failure

    brucelynn
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
      Part 2 of reviewing Nassim Taleb’s masterwork, Antifragile, has to look at some of his insights into embracing failure itself. He explores the subject on a personal and almost philosophical level… “Provided we have the right type of rigor, we need randomness, mess, adventures, uncertainty, self-discovery, near-traumatic episodes, all these things that make life worth living.” “Nature loves small error (without which genetic variations are impossible), humans don’t – hence when you rely on human judgement you are at the mercy of a mental bias that disfavours…
  • Antifragile

    brucelynn
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:12 am
      “Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire. Likewise with randomness, uncertainty, chaos; you want to use them, not hide from them. You want to be the fire and wish for the wind” – first line of Anti-Fragile “Antifragile” is the inspired word of Embracing Failure. Many wise individuals embrace failure, but its prophet has to be Nassim Taleb. All of his works are imbued with its spirit, but his latest book ‘Antifragile’ makes the principle its very heart and core. It’s not a perfect book. It employs lots of anecdote which is fine as illustration, but can lead to…
  • Embracing Suffering, Desolation, Sickness, Ill-treatment, and Indignities

    brucelynn
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
      “To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities – I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished.” – Friedrich Nietzsche The author of one of embracing failure’s most popular tag lines – “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” – was born 170 year ago today. Nietzsche’s embrace of failure extends well beyond a catchy turn of phrase and was central to this multi-faceted philosophy. The quote…
  • Embracing Help

    brucelynn
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
      October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s an anatomical failure that I have covered so many times that I have now introduced a “cancer” tag for it on the blog. So how does one embrace something as horrid and tragic as breast cancer? For starters, you can be inspired by the upbeat attitude of Deborah Cohan’s flash mob video and the friends who supported her. Sometimes embracing that help can be less easy than it appear as Karen Perry described in her family’s two-pronged cancer battle… “’People are always asking to help,” she said. “The hardest thing was to…
  • Worshipping Failure

    brucelynn
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
      The “Church of Fail” seems like my kind of Sunday (or ever day) devotional… “’Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to confess and celebrate the failures of ourselves and our colleagues.’ Welcome to the Church of Fail. It’s the invention of NixonMcInnes, a 15-person social-media consultancy in Brighton, England. The exercise was conceived three years ago at an off-site, as groups of employees brainstormed ways to improve the business. "One group decided they wanted to make it OK to fail, because the more we fail, the more we can innovate and…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The dorm-room startup mindset

    Seth Godin
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    "Selling enough records to make another record." Rick Rubin started DefJam in his NYU dorm. Steve and I built TSR in Curtis Hall, and I went on to build my publishing business in my wife's dorm at NYU. It happens more than you might guess, and the reason it works is something you can use, even if you're not in college or living in a dorm... You sell enough records to make another record. You're not trying to sell the company or to make a huge payroll or to make sure the stock options are in place. You're building something. The only way to build something when you don't have money to invest…
  • Flags and mascots

    Seth Godin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    They are tribal symbols. They're a beacon, a way we know where to assemble and where to hang out. But they are not us. They are not real. Just symbols. Don't win the game for the wolverine, don't root for one side because of the orange stripes on their flag. That's obvious. But sometimes, a human being is a stand-in for a mascot, and when he misbehaves or disappoints, we confuse his role with what we stand for. We defend him as if we're defending ourselves, because he's a symbol. Symbols don't do anything. People do. We do.        
  • Handshakes and contracts, the future and the past

    Seth Godin
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    If you lease a car, borrow money for school or engage in some other complex transaction, there's a contract to sign. It's filled with rules and obligations, and the profit-maximizing finance organization does everything it can to do as little as it can (and make you responsible for as much as it can). This sort of contract has evolved into a battle, an effort to get something now and deliver as little as possible later. Loopholes and fine print are there for a reason, and it's not to make you happy. Contracts like this are about the past. "We agreed on this, go read your copy, we don't care…
  • Taking the plunge

    Seth Godin
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Maybe that's the problem. Perhaps it's better to commit to wading instead. Ship, sure. Not the giant life-changing, risk-it-all-venture, but the small. When you do a small thing, when you finish it, polish it, put it into the world, you've made something. You've committed and you've finished. And then you can do it again, but louder. And larger. It's easy to be afraid of taking a plunge, because, after all, plunging is dangerous. And the fear is a safe way to do nothing at all. Wading, on the other hand, gets under the radar. It gives you a chance to begin.
  • Biggest vs. best

    Seth Godin
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    There's not much overlap. Regardless of how you measure 'best' (elegance, deluxeness, impact, profitability, ROI, meaningfulness, memorability), it's almost never present in the thing that is the most popular. The best restaurant, Seinfeld episode, political candidate, brand of beer, ski slope, NASDAQ stock, you name it. Compare them to the most popular. Big is a choice. So is best.        
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    CEO Blog - Time Leadership

  • Efficiency vs Health

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

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

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

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

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

  • Project Management InstituteThe Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 40

    Cathy Mosca
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Tom is speaking in Phoenix (+63F temperature shift from Vermont) to the Project Management Institute’s North American Leadership Institute Meeting 2014. “I am excited beyond measure–I’ve been waiting 48 years for this,” he says. “I got my construction engineering masters degree from the civil engineering department at Cornell in June 1965. My thesis was on […] The post Project Management InstituteThe Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 40 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • EXCELLENCE Potpourri:A Collection of (Important) Papers

    Tom Peters
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    I. The Moral Bedrock of Management: Maximizing Human Capital Development II. TRAINING: Investment #1 III. The 34 BFOs/Blinding Flashes of the Obvious: This Is the (OBVIOUS) Stuff I Care About. This Is the (OBVIOUS) Stuff, the Absence of Which Sends Me into a … RAGE IV. Systems Have Their Place: SECOND Place V. PUTTING PEOPLE […] The post EXCELLENCE Potpourri:A Collection of (Important) Papers appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • #McKQ50

    Cathy Mosca
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Don’t miss the interview at McKinsey.com, “Tom Peters on leading the 21st Century.” On the 50th Anniversary of the McKinsey Quarterly, they interviewed Tom, and the conversation basically covers his outlook on the next 50 years. Use the link above to find the online version of the interview, which includes several short video clips and […] The post #McKQ50 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Tom in the Media

    Cathy Mosca
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Mitch Joel of Twist Image did a “Six Pixels of Separation” podcast with Tom on the state of business today. You can find it on iTunes as SPOS # 429, or here at twistimage.com. Listing Tom as one of 22 Thinkers to Follow on Twitter, Drake Baer at Business Insider writes this: “Unlike other members […] The post Tom in the Media appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Bully for Me!I’m The Cleverest Person in the Room!

    Tom Peters
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Last week, I attended a memorial service for one of my great mentors, the generally acclaimed #1 leadership guru (and extraordinary humanist) (and leader in his own right) Warren Bennis. About 15 of his friends and colleagues spoke—myself included. It was eerie: We each—without exception—said the same thing, albeit in slightly different words. Warren made […] The post Bully for Me!I’m The Cleverest Person in the Room! appeared first on Tom Peters.
 
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    Management Craft

  • 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…
  • Chat with me this Wednesday on #nextchat about Accountability and Engagement

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

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

  • Differentiation, Expertise and Opposites

    sshapiro
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I was recently interviewed for the National Speakers Association’s “Voices of Experience” CD. Each month, experts are interviewed about topics relevant to the speaking industry. For the September 2014 issue, I was asked to talk about innovation and professional speaking. In this 6 ... The post Differentiation, Expertise and Opposites appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Interview on SiriusXM Business Radio

    sshapiro
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Yesterday I was on SiriusXM’s Business Radio show “Innovation Navigation.” During the 25 minute interview with Wharton Professor, David Robertson, I discussed my perspectives on how to create a culture of innovation. The show is only available through SiriusXM. If you are really in... The post Interview on SiriusXM Business Radio appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Three Good Uses of Best Practices

    sshapiro
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Today I was interviewed on SiriusXM’s “Business Radio.” The conversation started with the show’s host, Dave Robertson, a Wharton professor, asking me why I thought best practices are stupid. I gave him the three reasons that you’ve read about before on this blog: While ... The post Three Good Uses of Best Practices appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Watch Personality Poker on USA Network

    sshapiro
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    This Wednesday, October 22, be sure to watch “Partners in Crimes” on USA Network at 11:30PM ET (check your local listings for your time). During this episode, you will see yours truly playing Personality Poker with Mario, Lou, and the office staff. Here’s the show description from ... The post Watch Personality Poker on USA Network appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Shapiro in Action

    shapiro
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
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    Orrin Woodward Leadership

  • The Leadership Train

    Orrin Woodward
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    I am so excited to finally announce the release of a book I conceptualized over two years ago! I wanted a book that educates people on the viability of Network Marketing while answering common objections and teaching a winning mindset through the leadership train analogy. The Leadership Train will be released at the three LIFE Leadership major functions across North America on Friday, October 24. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward The Leadership Train by Orrin Woodward  All aboard the LIFE Leadership Express! Orrin Woodward’s new book,…
  • Personal and Professional Turnarounds

    Orrin Woodward
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    I wanted to share Jim Collins’s summary of his 5 stages of decline. These stages can cause both personal and professional decline and must be recognized before its too late. Unfortunately, to paraphrase Socrates, the examined life is extremely rare and most people do not take the time to study the scoreboard of life. Here is your opportunity to study Collin’s list and see which area you can improve. LIFE Leadership is about personal and professional development to launch a leadership revolution. Are you ready for the revolution? Sincerely, Orrin Woodward Our research indicates…
  • Beyond Relationship Marketing: Friendship Branding

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

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

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

  • Strategy and Stories Redux

    Paul Ritchie
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    When we want to convey or convince, our first instinct is often ask to “tell a story.” It may be a joke or fable, but the ideas that we want to promote aren’t thrown out there randomly. We try to embed them in a plot and setting that engages the listener. It also brings together the teller and hearer in a way that fishing for a “yes” to an idea never can. I was reminded of storytelling and strategy by a Jonah Goldberg piece about stories in our political culture. From his open: There is an enormous amount of whining these days about our ideological debates.
  • We say we want faster horses

    Paul Ritchie
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    While I’m on a Henry Ford roll, here’s one about the dangers of simply taking orders from one’s customers. If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. We now mock Ford for “any color he wants, as long as it’s black“; but passively listening to the customer is no good either. Long ago Ford understood the pitfalls of just asking “what would you like?” This quote came to mind as I reviewed the predictions in the Pew Research report on Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age. Full disclosure, I don’t buy such specific…
  • History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme

    Paul Ritchie
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    I can’t believe I forgot to mention this quote in my earlier post on history quotes. It has been long attributed to Mark Twain: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” Unfortunately, its first appearance appears to be the one that established it as a Twain quote. It’s a misattribution.Filed under: PMO Tagged: History, Mark Twain, Misattributed Quotes
  • What did Henry Ford mean by “History Is Bunk?”

    Paul Ritchie
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Last week I listened to Milt Rosenberg‘s interview with Gary Saul Morson about the value of what they called “Encapsulated Wisdom”: the “aphorisms, maxims and wise saws [that] are the stuff of conversation and argument.” What grabbed my attention was the discussion of two contrasting views of history: Henry Ford vs. George Santayana. Rosenberg suggested that if: Santayana ( “those who forget history are condemned to repeat it”) is true or false then Henry Ford (“history is bunk”) is correspondingly false or true. As as history guy, I’m with…
  • The Allure of Doomsaying

    Paul Ritchie
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    I just finished this Grantland piece by Bryan Curtis on the imminent demise of baseball. If you’re a fan at all — or a fan of any long-standing pastime — you’ve probably read or heard complaints like this: Somehow or other, they don’t play ball nowadays as they used to some eight or ten years ago. I don’t mean to say they don’t play it as well. … But I mean that they don’t play with the same kind of feelings or for the same objects they used to. … It appears to me that ball matches have come to be controlled by different parties and for different purposes…
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    MBA Depot - Latest Content

  • Article from the Archive: Surviving Intellectual-Property Due Diligence

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    As IP has assumed greater strategic prominence in the boardroom, so has IP due diligence in funding and M&amp;A activity. Part of managing diligence compliance is knowing what to expect. Cheaters ace the test by getting the questions in advance. In IP diligence, that's not cheating - just common sense. Funders and acquirers usually focus on three primary areas. [Hat tip to Themanager.org] See Related: Poachers Are Out to Plunder Your Intellectual Property - Can You Do Anything? Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset: Intellectual Property Patently Correct IP Risk Management Tools for…
  • Articles: Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In their recently published The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think, the authors suggest that such companies all follow the same recipe but use different ingredients, and that they deliver superior levels of performance for longer than anyone has a right to expect. Is persistent, exceptional performance a function of deep moats and thick ramparts, or agility and flexibility in response to competition? See Related: Growth’s Triple Crown To Thine Own Self Be True Pulling Ahead vs. Catching Up: Tradeoffs and the Quest for Exceptional Profitability The Three Rules: How Exceptional…
  • Quotes: Joseph Stiglitz

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    There’s a pretty healthy tradition in the U.S. of socializing debt and privatizing gain. I don’t think it’s worked out very well. Source: Ivey Business Journal Subject: Economics, Government, Capitalism, Politics
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Friday Woohoo: Ron Swanson on coworkers

    Alexander Kjerulf
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Parks and Recreation is a funny show and this clip of Ron Swanson talking about his coworkers is hilarious:
  • Some team members resist happiness. What would you do?

    Alexander Kjerulf
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    I received the following email from a manager who reads my blog and I got his permission to post it here, to get input from all of you. What would you do? Here’s the email: I have a team of 10 people doing admin based work. The job can be busy but mundane and this can lower the “fun” factor within the team. I have introduced some nice changes to help their day go better as like you, my philosophy is enjoy coming to work and never be stressed about it. However, like everyone else I can get stressed but its not the workload, it’s the team that bring me down. Some ideas, I have…
  • 3 questions to ask yourself for more happiness at work

    Alexander Kjerulf
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    We gain much of our happiness at work (and in life) by appreciating the good things we have and do. Sure, you should also make sure to improve your circumstances and address any problems but it is just as important to be able to appreciate the things that work. This is hard. Negativity bias is one of the most well-established psychological phenomena and it means quite simply that our minds devote more mental focus and cognition to the bad than the good. Simply put, our thoughts automatically go to problems, annoyances, threats and fears but remembering and appreciating the good in our…
  • How to greet your employees in the morning

    Alexander Kjerulf
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Two Danish bosses decided to greet their employees in a special way one Monday morning. Each employee got an energetic, friendly (and loud) greeting and a breakfast plate to take to their desk.
  • 5 things businesses should NEVER copy from sports – and 3 they should

    Alexander Kjerulf
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    Many companies look to sports for cues on motivations and performance and star athletes and coaches and make big bucks as corporate speakers. There is this unquestioned assumption that if you’re successful in sports, you can teach workplaces something that will make them more effective. I’d like to challenge that assumption :) In fact, I believe there are so many fundamental differences between running a business and (say) coaching a football team that it becomes almost impossible to transfer any principles or practices. Here are 5 things businesses should definitely not…
 
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • The Quickest Path To Building Trust – In Just 6 (Big) Steps

    Starbucker
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    You’ve accepted a big leadership position at a company that had been mismanaged for many years, leaving its employees discouraged, jaded and skeptical. You have big plans to take this group to greatness using your brand of More Human Leadership, but the top brass wants it done “yesterday”. What’s the first thing you must do to kickstart this transformation? Building trust as soon as possible. It’s the 2nd principle of More Human Leadership – and an absolute must for any lasting change. Because the last thing a leader needs in quickly pushing goals,…
  • Leading Past The Target

    Starbucker
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It was so much fun we didn’t want it to be over. We were having a great ride on this roller coaster, and the cool thing was, there were more thrilling twists and turns ahead of us. But reality had intervened, and we had to stop – and, on top of that, all the riders had to go their separate ways. It was July of 2010, and I was playing a round of golf with my core management team in Billings, Montana. Our company had just been sold for a very nice profit for the investors. The buyers had already signaled their intentions to change the management structure post-closing, which meant I…
  • Do Leaders Need To Be Liked To Be Successful?

    Starbucker
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I was reading the Sunday NY Times this morning (my weekly old-school ritual) and came across this quote in Adam Bryant’s “Corner Office” column: I used to care a lot that people liked me. That’s no longer as much the case. Of course, nobody wants not to be liked, but I don’t care as much. I remember feeling liberated when it no longer influenced my decision-making. - Deborah Bial, president of the Posse Foundation These words brought back to mind my own struggles with the need to be liked. When I was suddenly thrust into a COO-type role when I was 27, the desire to be…
  • (Beware of) The 7 Deadly Leadership Sins

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

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

  • The Power of Being Your Best

    lollydaskal
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most important aspect you can bring to your leadership is to strive to be your best. That means setting high expectations and standards and refusing to accept anything less. This same principle applies to you personally, your company, your team, and the products and services you represent. When you accept nothing less than the best you become the kind of leader who focuses their energy—and the energy of others—on achieving their best. Here are some ways to make sure you’re getting the best from yourself and your team: Align with the best. In every situation and relationship—from…
  • Invest in Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

    lollydaskal
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Leaders at every level understand that the world is changing, and changing rapidly. If we want to remain effective, the most valuable investment we can make is the development of our leaders today to ensure great leadership tomorrow. When we invest in leadership for the future we need to ensure that we can keep up, both with technology and with increasing levels of interconnection and interdependence. And we need to start today in order to cultivate the skills and attributes we’ll require tomorrow: Invest in Problem Solving: Our future leaders will no longer be able to get by with just…
  • Why You Should Play on Your Strengths–Not Focus on Your Weaknesses

    lollydaskal
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Most of us can name all the things we don’t like about ourselves. And we’ve probably also gotten feedback on “areas for improvement” (which usually feels a lot like outright criticism). The result? We work on overcoming our weaknesses instead of playing to our strengths. What would happen if we reversed that pattern? And acknowledged our strength by asking ourselves the following: What are you a natural at? What comes easily to you that others struggle with? Find and leverage that ability. What does reflection tell you? Spend time in reflection, then make a list of the five things…
  • Lead By Example Others Will Follow

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

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

  • What is your level of positivity?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    “The most successful companies and businesses understand that their greatest asset is their people. When businesses take care of their people the businesses and their people thrive. When they don’t take careof this incredibly valuable resource, they lose it. Fast.” … Continue reading →
  • One Compelling Question for Innovators

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

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

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

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

  • The Secret of a Productive Morning Routine

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

    George Ambler
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
      Benjamin Franklin was a man who got things done. Benjamin Franklin “was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and in many ways was “the First American”. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.” To illustrate just how much he got done consider the following list of inventions and achievements. Invented the lightning rod Invented bifocals Invented the Franklin stove One of the first Maps of the Gulf Stream Made numerous electricity discoveries…
  • Leadership Starts With You

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

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

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

  • I’d walk a mile for a Camel. And you might have to if you worked for RJR.

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    I am old enough to remember when most people smoked. My father smoked, as did all of my uncles. My father had stopped smoking for a long while, but I distinctly remember a Labor Day cookout – late 1950’s, well before the Surgeon General’s Report that finally linked smoking and cancer – when, at the urging of my father’s buddies, he took up smoking again. “Hey, Al, just have one. Just to be social.” In retrospect, it was kind of like pushing a drink on an AA member, and it was enough to start my father smoking again, which he did for another decade or so. (He quit for the final…
  • Just us chickens. (What the cluck?)

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    Well, I took one look at this picture and thought, “Uh oh.” My first thought was that we now know why the 1957 chicken crossed the road. It was to get away from the 2005 edition. Yowza. In my mind’s eye, I could see the 2014 version, and it was the size of short-legged ostrich. Just looking at this picture, I told myself this can’t be good, this bulked up specimen has to be pumped full of hormones. Maybe the average chicken has to be cooped up in a tiny little spot (vs. free range) to avoid ‘roid rage incidents. (Side note: the USDA bans the use of hormones, so we really wouldn’t…
  • Corporate Culture Vulture

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    As anyone who’s held a job for more than say, five minutes, can tell you, every workplace has a distinct culture. And finding a place where you’re a fit with the culture and the culture is a fit for you is as important to your workplace happiness as finding a Mr./Ms. Right is to your love life. No, you’re not looking for THE ONE. There’s no such thing. But there are definitely places where you’re going to enjoy working, and there are definitely places that you’re going to despise. I was fortunate during my full-time career to have only one job that was a complete and utter misfit,…
  • Home of the bean and the cod? Nah. Home of the psychiatric technician.

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    I am a complete and utter sucker for lists, rankings, “mosts”, whatevers, that reveal something or other (or maybe even nothing) about a region, city or state. Matters not how shoddy or imbecilic the approach used to come up with the lists, rankings, “mosts”, whatevers. Best not to look to closely at how anyone comes up these lists. Methodological rigor is seldom involved. The assumptions behind the rankings tend toward the specious. But reading through them – and reading into them -  is just plain fun. As in last summer, when we learned that my sister Kath (small city), my…
  • Sky Rockets (and Diggy) in flight

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
    In the weeks leading up to his death, my husband came up with a list of places he wanted a bit of his ashes to go, and I’ve been working my way through his list. And through the small canister of remains that Mt. Auburn Cemetery held out from the bulk that are interred there, in a lovely spot on Azalea Way. One evening, when we were talking about “the list”, Jim mentioned that he was willing to spend a good deal of money to have his ashes sent into space. A good deal of money. As in half of what was in his IRA. And while I am not one to deny a dying man his wish, I told him that it…
 
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    Sanders Says

  • Are You Letting The Voices Around You Crush Your Effectiveness?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Perception is Real

    John Agno
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
     "Perception is real even when it is not reality"  Edward de Bono We can see how vertigo presents a risk to pilots, but how does vertigo pose an issue for leaders? In order to answer that question, let's first start with a definition of what we are referring to when we talk about leadership vertigo: Leadership vertigo refers to false signals being sent by our brain asserting that everything is moving along as it should when it's not. While all of us are susceptible to experiencing this distortion in our perception, as a leader, the risk is greater because…
  • Just Another Day at the Office...or Is It?

    John Agno
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    "THE MOMENT YOU CAN'T IGNORE" reveals that these moments are not the exception in our supposedly smoothly running organizations.  They are, in fact, more regular occurrences as new forms of work, communication and technology vividly illustrate that an organization's culture ("the way we work around here") conflicts with new competitive demands.  The result: telling incidents that reveal underlying conflicts and hidden assets pointing to the direction of a new future. What is an "un-ignorable moment"? It is one of those crunch points--a matter…
  • Leader Know Thyself

    John Agno
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    It should be noted that there are two types of knowledge: the factual information that can be acquired by formal education and real-world practices, and knowledge of one's own "inner" world.  It is the second category that uniquely establishes the standard of real leadership. "Know Thyself" is to understand your inner world, your bright and dark sides, your personal strengths and weaknesses.  Self-comprehension is a fundamental precondition necessary for real leadership. Sayings based on great wisdom, such as "Know Thyself," have one…
  • Mindful Leadership

    John Agno
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Mindful is an ancient and natural life-enhancing and healing technique that can help us remember our natural state of happiness and health.  Mindfulness can also help enhance and heal our working lives. Deeply Valuable Lessons in Good Life Leadership The great Socrates/Plato philosophical double act emerged in Athens Greece at about 2,500 years ago.  A pressing point that emerged strongly in mindful leadership manuals, such as Plato's Republic, is that we are all leaders of our common destiny and we all lead best when we lead from the front.  We can all be fully awake…
  • Textual Personal Coaching

    John Agno
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    A new breed of online coaching services offers flat-rate plans that allow you to text-chat with an accredited coach as much as  you like.  You can access these services from on your computer or smartphone.  Conveniently, your conversations are archived, with your entire session history available. For those of us who communicate with friends and family primarily using email, text messages or Facebook, text-based coaching makes a lot of sense.  After all, you could reach out whenever and wherever you had the urge: from your work computer, on your smartphone…
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    Predictable Success » Blog

  • 3 Fundamental Shifts You Must Make to Scale

    sarahberger
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Even the best of plans won’t get your organization where you want it to be if you’re missing key elements. This week, we’re looking at two of them. The first addresses when it’s time to change tactics because your growing organization requires it. The second involves your team and the importance of the roles you play. ~ Sarah 3 Fundamental Shifts You Must Make to Scale Unlock your organization’s full growth potential. It’s one thing to grow your business, but it’s another entirely to scale it. Reaching that level of rapid, compound growth requires an…
  • Is Your Work Exhausting You? This Could Be Why

    sarahberger
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    As a hard-working professional, it’s only natural to become tired from time to time. However, what if you could pinpoint the specific cause of this fatigue and not only fix it, but also enhance the cohesiveness and effectiveness of your team? That’s just one of the tools we have for you this issue. ~ Sarah Is Your Work Exhausting You? This Could Be Why. Associate Presenter Alex Thatcher offers tips that can help. During a recent webinar, a listener told us that when her Visionary boss is forced to function in an Operator role, he becomes quite exhausted. She wondered if this was…
  • 10 Signs That It’s Time To Accelerate Your Success

    sarahberger
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    When we announced that we’re presenting the Predictable Success Acceleration Program in partnership with Inc. at their NYC headquarters, we received an amazing response. Everyone is saying what a wonderful event it will be. However, one question often seemed to come up, and that’s “How do I know whether it’s right for me and my organization?” The answer lies in the questions below. Use them to determine precisely how this event could benefit your business in 2015 and beyond: 1. Is your team able to consistently make high-quality decisions? 2. Once decisions…
  • Why End-of-Year Planning Stinks & What To Do About It

    sarahberger
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    It’s that time of year again. No, we’re not talking about the changing seasons. Rather it’s time to build your strategic plan for 2015. While it may not be a pleasurable process, there are definitely things you can do to ensure it’s effective. We’re sharing our top two below. Read on to learn more. ~ Sarah Why End-of-Year Planning Stinks & What To Do About It Transform it into a tool that will reward you the whole year through. See if this sounds familiar. After spending countless hours poring over numbers and budgets, your carefully crafted plans for the new…
 
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    Management by Baseball

  • La Russa Agile Innovation #16 of 17: Nepotism, Nasty Talent and Nitrates

    j
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    On any small-team project, Agile or otherwise, a critical success factor (maybe outside of keeping senior management from constant meddling, it is THE critical success factor), is the careful blending of skills and personalities within the team to be able to achieve and maintain high performance. Rejecting nepotism or Nepotism Lite (hiring friends because you like them and/or they are easy to work with) as a norm, while concurrently allowing for some exceptions is a challenging but key skill for the manager. Baseball has great lessons for the Beyond Baseball manager, and one fine documented…
  • La Russa Agile Innovation #15 of 17: When Being "No Fun" Makes For More Fun

    j
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    In Agile projects, as in Baseball, your Fun Quotient doesn't have to be "at eleven" as a norm, but to get the best sustainable production, you certainly want to err on the side of building an environment that stimulates (not just allows) fun. In Agile, as in Baseball, that will mean, more often than not, you as the leader won't be showing off as much fun as the team, and that is, in most environments, a necessity. Tony La Russa embodied this stance as brilliantly as any successful Agile leader has, and his transparency is useful to any Agile practitioner or aspiring leader. As he explained in…
  • La Russa Agile Insight #14 of 17: "Aliasing" Decisions in Zero-Sum Projects

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

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

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

  • Why Leaders Don’t Listen

    Dan McCarthy
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Guest post by Marcia Reynolds, PsyD“Leaders boldly go where no one has ever gone before.” Is this true? Rarely. The more successful a leader becomes, the less likely he or she chooses to step into the unknown. Although I have seen the words, “Embracing ambiguity,” on the list of leadership competencies for many companies worldwide, I have never met an executive who loves not knowing the answers.The problem is related to biology, not personality. The brain’s primary function is to protect you, but your brain doesn’t differentiate external things from internal ego. Whatever has…
  • Informal Coaching and Feedback

    Dan McCarthy
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    "Performance feedback and coaching shouldn’t just happen once a year during a formal performance review. In order to create real, measurable, and meaningful change, it is also important to supplement those formal, documented meetings with continuous, informal coaching that is delivered as things happen."Read Beth Armknecht Miller's guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.  
  • There's No Crying in Football!

    Dan McCarthy
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Crying at work is in the news again. The latest incident involved New York Giant’s Wide receiver Victor Cruz being driven off the field on a cart sobbingCruz’s unfortunate injury reignited the debate over the appropriateness of not only crying in sports (“There's no crying in baseball! No crying!”), but crying at work.Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for tips on how to deal with crying at work.
  • Why Mindfulness is for Leaders and Not Just Monks

    Dan McCarthy
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Guest post from Scott Eblin - a nice follow-up to my recent post at About.com, from someone that knows more about the topic than I do! Scott is the best at what he does - coaching and advising successful but overworked executives. Buy his new book!You know a topic is hot when it makes the cover of Time.  That’s what happened with mindfulness last year when the magazine ran a cover story called The Mindful Revolution.  When you’re a busy leader and you hear about the latest trend like mindfulness, you may immediately think, “ Yeah, right, I don’t have the time or space…
  • 6 Simple Leadership Don’ts and Dos

    Dan McCarthy
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sometimes we tend to "complexify" things. Things like leadership.That's why I love Bill Treasurer's guest post over at About.com Leadership and Management:6 Simple Leadership Don’ts and Dos 
 
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    IMD Business School - Tomorrow's Challenges Articles

  • 2014: THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

    Carlos A. Primo Braga
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    The chemistry of increasing financial volatility, unusually low interest rates, and growing geopolitical tensions suggests that even if a disaster is avoided, 2014 will be a year to remember.
  • FIGHTING EBOLA MEANS MANAGING FEAR

    Bill Fischer,William A. Fischer II
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    One reason why it has been so difficult to tackle the Ebola crisis is fear, which prevents healthcare workers from grappling effectively with the situation. Fear can hobble any organization, rendering it unable to respond to a fast-changing situation.
  • FAILURE TO GLOBALLY LAUNCH

    Stewart Black,Allen Morrison
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    Many Japanese multinationals have failed to globalize since the mid-1990s, mainly because they didn’t globalize their leaders. We see worrying signs today that big companies from the BRICs and South Korea are repeating these mistakes.
  • FROM TACTICIAN TO STRATEGIST

    Michael D. Watkins
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Successful business leaders go through seven major, or seismic, shifts in moving from functional to business leadership. This article focuses on the third of these: the switch from “tactician” to “strategist.”
  • SETTING UP SUPPLY CHAIN STRATEGIES FOR INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS

    Ralf W. Seifert,Işık Biçer
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Matching innovative products with the right supply chains is very difficult. We suggest that companies could follow a dual strategy that exploits both the cost advantage of efficient resources and the agility of reactive resources.
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • Are candidate values or skills more important?

    Mike Figliuolo
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: When interviewing job candidates, what’s more important to you in making your selection? – I place equal emphasis on the balance between skills and values/background: 75.29% – I value their background and values more than anything else: 19.3% – I value their skills more than anything else: 5.41% Balance matters. […] 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 Why and So What Can Fuel Innovation

    Mike Figliuolo
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:04 pm
    One of the biggest barriers to creating new ideas is the raw inertia of organizations. Personally, I am not satisfied with the “way we’ve always done it.” Whenever I am given an explanation of how the organization does something, I ask “why?” five times. That’s my maxim for generating new insights: “Why? Why? Why? Why? […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 5 Reasons You Need to Create and Manage Your Personal Brand

    Mike Figliuolo
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Lisa Orrell, author of Your Employee Brand is in Your Hands.  CLICK HERE to get your copy. Personal branding has become a hot topic in the workforce these days. And smart employees focus on managing their personal brands daily. They understand the concept that every time someone has contact with you […] 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 big a part of your role as a leader is process improvement?

    Mike Figliuolo
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How big a part of your role as a leader is process improvement? – It’s huge. Process improvement is the majority of my role: 15.45% – It’s large. A big part of my role is process improvement: 47.54% – It’s moderate. I do some process improvement but not a lot: […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • If You Hate Your Job so Much, Shut Up and Quit

    Mike Figliuolo
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Do you find yourself frequently muttering “I hate my job” every day when you wake up? Have you been saying that for more than a month straight? Are people starting to avoid you because you’re a downer to be around? Then it’s probably time to shut your face and quit your job. Yep. Time for […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
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    The Garlington Report (TGR)

  • Short Bursts (SBs) on Leadership

    7 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Note: The following content was originally distributed as an e-letter on October 1, 2014. Dear Clients and Colleagues: Welcome to a new e-letter format called Short Bursts (SBs.) These have been used in client-specific situations but now are evolving into wider use. Largely because the world seems to be increasing at such breakneck speed that very few are willing to take the time to go
  • Three truths, one season

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Note: Following is a client letter originally distributed via email on June 30th. Dear Clients and Colleagues: Monthly letters normally attempt to dive into a single issue arising out of chosen practice areas. This month's version is going to be a little more "surfacey" yet ripe with opportunities to travel deeper should you choose to do so on your own time. Of course you can opt out by
  • Recruiting conferences: Where's the value?

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    From March Madness to April Fool's to Spring recruiting industry conferences. The new season has brought forth several forums -- all with different focuses and market segments. This post's goal is raise the value question, or more specifically: What value exists in conferences and how can that value be more readily transferred so others can gain better access? (Note: Two of the three bolded
  • Leadership as performance art

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Note: This originally appeared as a client and colleague e-letter. March 28, 2014 Dear Clients and Colleagues: With new seasons come new inspirations. Or at least that's the hope. This year's winter weather has been enough to make anyone want to flip the switch on more daylight. One of the joys of constantly searching for better narrative is when someone you've known for a long time brings a
  • Five steps to look like a leader

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:27 am
    Full disclosure: TGR has never, repeat never, addressed the subject of executive dress. Image is not a hot button -- at least not from the point of view of personal dress and hygiene. While our look can always be updated, we wear decent threads, nice dress shoes and always will remain clean cut until it's no longer in fashion to do so in executive leadership circles. That could be a good long
 
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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • MAKE DO

    William Matthies
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    "Arrange whatever pieces come your way."Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist/essayistShe's talking about opportunity and the need to do the best with what you have.
  • BE OVER IT

    William Matthies
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    "To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on."William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet/playwrightParticularly if the "mischief" you suffered was done purposely.Don't give whomever harmed you the added satisfaction of knowing you continue to dwell on their act.Move on.
  • UNCONSCIOUSLY BUSY?

    William Matthies
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    "If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle -- absolute busyness -- then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy -- and without consciousness."Günter Grass (1927-?) German authorAbsolute busyness . . . can you relate?Think about what you are busy doing.If too much has become automated, things you do without questioning why you do them, you are unconsciously busy.
  • THE UNIMAGINABLE IMAGINED

    William Matthies
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    "Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines --these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm."Henry Miller (1891-1980) American authorThat last sentence would make a pretty good mission statement wouldn't it?But how?Left only to a mission statement hanging on the wall, useless.Could (would) you even attempt to create a work culture where miraculous results was the expected norm?
  • YOUR LIFE'S CLOCK IS TICKING

    William Matthies
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet/dramatistWe all need to just "exist" some to much of the time; we can't always be "living" in the way implied by Mr. Wilde.But for most "living" too much is not the problem.I generally know when I'm doing one versus the other and I do my best to swing the pendulum toward purposely living.What about you?
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    Mitch's Blog

  • A Lesson In Communicating With Millennials

    Mitch Mitchell
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Last week I found myself having what turned out to be an interesting and illuminating conversation with a couple of millennials on Twitter. It turned out to be this way because it started out badly but ended well. Kevin Dooley via Compfight One of my online friends shared a link to something where I’d heard the term bandied about but had no idea what it meant. The term is “gamergate”, and overall it involves the issue of whether some people were being paid or given other favors to get video game reviewers to write positive stories about their games. In its own way it morphed…
  • Leading By Doing

    Mitch Mitchell
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I’m in an interesting position as a sole proprietor. I could choose to do nothing all day when I’m not working on a project for a client and live like a rich person. Except I’m not rich so that wouldn’t last very long. Jon Rawlinson via Compfight This means that the only way I make money is by doing something to try to bring income into the household. Basically I can do that in two ways, but really it comes down to one way. I can create something or I can market, but even if I create something I still have to market, thus the one thing. That takes action, aka…
  • 5 Rights You Have Regarding Your Hospital Bill

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

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

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

  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
  • A New My Sites Section

    Andy Peatling
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own. The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make WordPress.com faster,…
  • New Theme: Penscratch

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
 
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • Are You Ready For Some Football?! Join the Week 9 Football Pool!!

    Merrill Dubrow
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Congratulations to Scott Waller who won week 7 of the football pool and will get a $25 American Express gift card. For winning the week Scott joins Ryan Barry, Jason DeVoe ,Lynn Stallone, Colleen Nelson Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for championship week. To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings. Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool which will be during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course, bragging rights for the next…
  • Time To Watch Our Video Post…Let Me Know: Did I Do The Right Thing?

    Merrill Dubrow
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Please watch the short video. Did I or did I not do the right thing? Have you thought about leaving a doctor’s office because he or she made you wait too long? Have you actually left an office like this? I look forward to reading your comments.
  • Attention Researchers! A Quick Interview with Global Leaders by Guest Writer, Ed Sugar.

    Merrill Dubrow
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    This past summer, I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with two extraordinary individuals in today’s market research profession; Kara Mitchelmore, CEO at the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association of Canada and Finn Raben, Director General of ESOMAR. I thought it would be interesting to share with my fellow stateside researchers just a few of the issues these two leaders are facing as our industry continues to rapidly change and evolve. Q. What is the one thing that differentiates Market Research in Canada/Europe from the United States? Finn: Well, firstly, Size!! The US is…
  • Are You Ready For Some Football?! Join the Week 8 Football Pool!!

    Merrill Dubrow
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Congratulations to Ryan Barry & Jason DeVoe who were tied for week 6 of the football pool and each will get a $25 American Express gift card.. For winning the week Ryan & Jason join Lynn Stallone, Colleen Nelson Ryan Rojas, Brooks Deaton and Bobbie Kirkland to qualify for the championship week. To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings. Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool which will be during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and, of course,…
  • Take a Quick Look Into Your Wallet…and…Read One.

    Merrill Dubrow
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    A few weeks ago, I was going through my wallet looking for something and came across something of interest. Yes, my wallet is like most, it includes a few pictures, credit cards, cash, loyalty cards and my driver’s license but I also found something that I thought I would share today. I found a quote that was a favorite of someone very close to me who passed away far too early. LKW was the father of my college roommate; a rare individual who had a permanent smile on his face and could light up a room with his personality as soon as he walked in. Without question, he was one of the most…
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    Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

  • Remembering Peter Scholtes

    Guest Post
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Guest Post by Fazel Hayati Fall always reminds me of my friend Peter Scholtes. It was during 2008 annual Deming Institute fall conference in Madison, Wisconsin when Peter said farewell to his friends and colleagues. He gave a keynote titled Deming 101 (that full speech can be watched online). Although inactive for many years and managing numerous health challenges, he was sharp, witty and very happy to be talking about Dr. Deming, systems thinking, problems with performance appraisal, talking to his old friends and reminiscing. Anticipating this event had really energized him. He told me…
  • Curious Cat Blog Network

    John Hunter
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    I recently created one RSS feed for all the Curious Cat Network blogs (which also includes other blogs I author). Of course, you can also subscribe to the RSS feed for this blog by itself: Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog RSS feed. RSS readers are by far the best way to read blogs; if you want some more information here is a post on RSS feed readers and how to use them. The Curious Cat blog Network includes many blogs on topics including: management, investing, travel, engineering and technology. My most recent addition is the Curious Cat Travel Destinations Blog. John Hunter at…
  • Agile Software Development and Deming

    John Hunter
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Part two of three of an interview of me with Bill Fox has been published. See part one: John Hunter on PDSA, Deming and Strategy. From part two, Lean, Agile, Deming, Leadership and Management Systems: I see that agile is very consistent with Deming. Agile has all sorts of variants, so to different extents, they fit in. But one of the things I find really interesting is the agile folks, and of course the lean software folks, they much more than any other group of people I’ve seen traced the agile ideas back to find Deming’s ideas. So it seems to me many of the leading agile and…
  • Strategy Based on Capability and Integrated with Execution

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

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

  • Requirements Of A Next-Generation Strategy Execution Program (Summarized)

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    In researching how to build a sustainable strategy execution program, we’ve uncovered three major barriers that have to be overcome if the program is to be successful. They are insufficient expertise, prohibitive economics and simple human nature. We’ve determined that these three barriers are actually the major design requirements any truly effective strategy execution program must be able to address. The Expertise Hurdle: To produce lasting results, any complete strategy execution program has to somehow help the organizations that use it to cope with the wide range of expertise…
  • The First Complete Strategy Execution Program (Summarized)

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    The critical question for every business leader is, “How do I build an organization that consistently executes its strategy?” The answer: it takes a complete program. The reasons other approaches do not last is that they are missing key elements. Technology (i.e., performance mangement software) alone is not enough. Training, by itself, is not adequate. Simply reading best-selling books won’t do it. New leadership by itself is not the answer. Retaining better people won’t make the critical difference. Hiring an executive coach by itself will not overcome this challenge. No, the…
  • The Importance of A Repeatable Methodology for Strategy Execution

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    A methodology, or method, is another name for any step-by-step approach to getting something done. A business-building methodology must include the steps that are essential for an organization to build and sustain a healthy, growing business. It must define how the organization sets its goals and priorities and organizes its resources to best achieve these goals. It must teach the organization how to stay focused on what’s important, while dealing with the inevitable surprises that occur regularly in life. It must provide ways to identify where the organization is on plan (or off) and do so…
  • The Importance of Coaching In A Strategy Execution Program

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Most leaders fail to understand the implication of the human nature barriers. Our natural tendency is to do what we like doing, not necessarily what we should. The topic of coaching offers the most insight into what it takes to deliver a complete strategy execution program. Strategy execution coaching implies that an accountability model exists. Employees in organizations will learn to be accountable – that is, they’ll do what is needed and expected – proportionate to the extent in which three factors are present: Expectations are clear. These expectations are perceived as credible and…
  • If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    In business, "if you can't measure it, you can't manage it." When it comes to executing your business strategy, you must first translate the strategic plan into short-term operating objectives or metrics - and progress must be monitored and measured regularly. To achieve strategic objectives, your organization must develop short-term measurable objectives that logically relate to the company's strategy, as well as a plan for how your organization plans to compete: how you will be different from your competition. Unfortunately, this is where most strategic planning sessions end; in a 3-inch…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: When Leaders Should Get Involved in a Conflict [VIDEO]

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    To help answer this frequently asked question, I brought in the best expert I know in managing and resolving conflict. Check it out in my latest episode of Remarkable TV. When Leaders Should Get Involved in Conflict As a supervisor, get involved in a conflict when there is a business problem, not a personal frustration. […] The post Remarkable TV: When Leaders Should Get Involved in a Conflict [VIDEO] appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Six Reasons Why Boundaries Help Everyone Be More Successful

    Kevin Eikenberry
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are all sorts of boundaries in our lives. Boundaries define the playing field for most sports. Fences provide boundaries for homes and farms. Walls keep people in, or out. These are obvious and clear boundaries. There are others that while we know they exist, there isn’t a physical line of demarcation. The boundaries in […] The post Six Reasons Why Boundaries Help Everyone Be More Successful appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential

    Kevin Eikenberry
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    By John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut Who doesn’t want to be more influential? More influential as a friend, as a parent, as a spouse (or potential spouse)? Or more to the point of this blog, as a professional and a leader? If you really don’t want to be more influential, feel free to click away […] The post Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: How Assumptions Get in Our Way [VIDEO]

    Kevin Eikenberry
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    We’ve probably all heard what they say about the word “assume” and when it’s broken into parts… And we all make assumptions as communicators. Check out today’s Remarkable TV for tips on breaking through the interference of assumptions to better communicate. I’m Kevin Eikenberry – and I’m here to help you reach your potential as […] The post Remarkable TV: How Assumptions Get in Our Way [VIDEO] appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Harnessing the Power of Your Biggest Listening Distraction

    Kevin Eikenberry
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I read a title like that I immediately start thinking things like: I wonder what he thinks the biggest listening distraction is? Will I agree? Will my guess be correct? Will this article be worth my time? . . . Chances are, you are thinking some version of those things as you read them. […] The post Harnessing the Power of Your Biggest Listening Distraction appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    Survival Leadership

  • Overworked and Overwhelemed: Post #9--Mental Killer App

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Mental  Breathing is the “killer app” for mindful thinking. Breathe slowly (deep, belly breathing) and even when your mind wanders, come back to focusing on your breathing. It improves memory, retention, and calms the brain, allowing it to focus 10 times better. Focus on the present, not the past (can bring regret) or future (can bring anxiety). 
  • Overworked and Overwhelmed: Post #8--Physical Domain--Movement

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Four Mindful Domains: Physical, Mental, Relational, Spiritual. Create routines that are simple, regular, and reinforce your best self. To become more mindful (present, aware, and intentional), imbed routines in the four domains of your life:#1. Physical: Movement is the “killer app” for mindful physical activity. It calms the flight/fright state, it’s free, and you can take it wherever you go. Walk, run, swim, do yoga—but DO something, regularly. Habit is king.
  • Overworked and Overwhelmed: Post #7

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Make a list of when you were at your best in each place and then look for common denominators to find your GPS. For example, maybe you were teaching, sharing, and learning. So, create an environment that allows those activities to flourish. Become thoughtful and act accordingly—do first things first, meditate, set boundaries, and be strategic.
  • Overworked and Overwhelmed: Post #6--Best Self.

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Your Life GPS ® —Personal Planning Model—Best SelfAsk yourself: when in my life was I my best, happiest self—when was I really in the zone? Often making time to do what it takes to be your best self is not that difficult: Taking time to walk, to read, to meditate. Eblin talks about your personal life GPS. Developing habits that are physical, mental, relational, and spiritual will help set patterns that support your showing up as your best self and doing these in key places—at home, at work and in the community.
  • Overwhorkd and Overwhelmed: Post #5--Meditation

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Meditation—mindful, deep, belly breathing (sometimes called the relaxation response) is like the switching station between flight/flight and rest/digest—it ‘slows your roll,’ calms you, and helps you think more clearly and make better decisions.
 
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Yik Yak is Nothing New

    nope
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a lot of buzz in the higher education community regarding Yik Yak. Is it bad? Is it good? Is it a conduct issue? What shall we do about it?! I’m a little exasperated about these conversations because to quote Aerosmith, it’s the same old song and dance, my friend.   Forgive me for being blunt. My point is that if we have to engage in these conversations every single time a new smartphone or social networking website comes out, then we are being naïve. Be proactive in addressing technology use on campus. We keep having the same…
  • #SAWrites: Practice Makes Progress

    nope
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    I have always loved writing. Writing has always felt easy for me. I enjoyed writing papers, I loved essay tests, I wrote for newspapers, I became an English major. So if I have always been so confident in my willingness to write, why was it so scary to think about blogging as a professional?   I wrote the first post on my professional blog in April of 2013. Blogging has been around awhile – and so have I. So what took so long? I was scared of not having anything brilliant to say, of just regurgitating ideas I read elsewhere, of coming across as a know-it-all or – even worse…
  • #CSAM14 – What do you consider critical topics for Student Affairs educators right now?

    nope
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    As the landscape of Higher Education is ever changing due to the needs and wants of society it is important that the field of Student Affairs stay aware of issues facing our campuses & our field. Below are some of the issues that our contributors identified for themselves as some critical topics to explore as Student Affairs educators. What do you consider critical topics for Student Affairs educators right now? I think a critical topic for Student Affairs educators right now is social media. Its a new facet of life that is here to stay. However, not only are we trying to figure out the…
  • Mentorship Across State Lines

    nope
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    My very first mentor in student affairs had a beautiful baby boy a few days ago. I could not be more happy for her and her husband. Thanks to social media, I’ve been able to reconnect with her a bit in the last few months and see what she’s been up to. It has made me reflect a lot on how much this relationship means to me even though we are miles and miles apart. A mentor and supervisor during my semesters as an RA, she always went above and beyond to make us feel appreciated as a staff. She pushed us, helped us learn from our mistakes, and treated us authentically. She would…
  • #SAChat Transcript – 10/23/14 – Over involved student leaders

    nope
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on  Over involved student leaders . In this week’s chat 183 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): 1305 tweets 140 contributors Transcript MOD: Erica Thompson Top Contributors Jason L. Meriwether Karyn Dyer Shane Cadden Derek Bundy Jason (J.B.) Bailey EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 259 tweets 43 contributors Transcript MOD: Dustin Ramsdell Top Contributors Elenna Geffrard Alison Andrade Adam…
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    Management Skills Blog

  • Not a Lot of Listening

    Tom Foster
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    “The biggest difficulty we have,” Susan insisted, “is communication.” I nodded. “How so?” “Well, sometimes it seems we are not even on the same team. I give instructions, I hold meetings, but when somebody has to coordinate with someone else, it always seems like the ball gets dropped.” “What do you think the problem is?” I asked. “It seems that when I do the talking, there’s not a lot of listening.” “And that surprises you?” I smiled. “No. But, as the manager, I expect my team to listen when I…
  • Do You Carry an Organizer?

    Tom Foster
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    “I’ve been working with my team to get them to be more effective at time management,” Bobbie explained. “How’s that going?” I asked. “Kind of rough. I showed them how to use a task list, how to schedule events into a calendar, using our software. But, I haven’t really seen any improvement. They still miss deadlines and forget things.” “Do they understand the mission of the work they do?” I wanted to know. “Well, the company has a mission, I mean, we have a mission statement.” “But, do they understand the…
  • Not Enough Time

    Tom Foster
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    “Rush, rush, rush, that’s all we seem to do,” Russell complained. “So, you get a lot done?” I asked. “Not really. We move so fast, we end up having to do a lot of re-work,” he explained. “Why don’t you slow down?” “We don’t have time to slow down!” Russell shook his head. “You mean, there is not enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it twice?”
  • Kick Start on Problem Solving

    Tom Foster
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Comment from yesterday’s post about the Open Door: Right on! Only one more simple thing that will make it perfect — you hit a bit on it but I will expand as it works wonders. Put a sign up that says No Questions – in other words when you come to my office, don’t ask a question, tell me the issue and tell me what you intend to do. I will either say ok or we will discuss if I think it necessary. People come to you mindlessly and ask questions, you answer them thinking you are helping, they leave your office without taking ownership of the…
  • Open Door Policy Has Nothing To Do With The Door

    Tom Foster
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Question: A bit frustrated. My role dictates longer time span strategic projects, but I continue to get pulled into tactical issues on smaller pieces of that project, or tactical issue on other people’s projects. I find myself often saying “what does our process say the next step should be?” or pointing back to our documentation to find the facts. I have to stop, interrupting focus on my own project segments. How does one balance these interruptions without coming across as “that’s not my job” to address tactical daily…
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    Women on Business

  • When is a Director Independent?

    Tracy Houston
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    When is a board director independent? This question is on the minds of many in the corporate governance arena. The world’s two biggest and most powerful proxy firms, ISS and CGI Glass Lewis, are weighing in for no votes on directors they feel are not independent. Here are a few thoughts as to when a director may be deemed as not independent from the Australian Securities Exchange. They include if a director is or has been: Employed in an executive capacity in the company, or a related company, within three years of joining the board A consultant or advisor, or has a commercial…
  • The Strength of Approachability in Business

    Ann Gatty
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    In the business environment today, women often fight for leadership opportunities. It’s been a man’s world, and according to recent statistics, it still is. So, for many women, climbing the corporate ladder and claiming an office in the C-Suite requires tenacity, fortitude, and thick skin. Women find that showing strength through resilience and the ability to make tough decisions—even at the expense of other workers—is their best path to the leadership circle. However, many women are rejecting this approach and instead are looking to work in a more team inspired manner. This is where…
  • Meeting Of The Minds

    Toni Nelson
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    What if you could have a group of business owners at your disposal? A group that could help you with challenges you might be facing in your business. Better yet, wouldn’t it be a wonderful experience to help another business owner with their challenges by using your expertise? You can have that and more when you join a group that’s structured as the “meeting of the minds.” One of the networking groups I attend is about an hour and a half away. That’s not a typo. Why would I travel so far? To me, it’s about building business relationships and getting to know people who are…
  • What You’re Selling isn’t Always What They’re Buying

    Rosemary Nonny Knight
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Do you ever wonder why the prospects on your mailing lists and in your locality do not buy from you? Maybe this story will help. Sally owns a flower shop and takes great delight in helping customers buy flowers for their partners, for weddings, for Valentine’s day and all the events people tend to buy flowers for. Between events, she struggles to find any customers and the footfall into her lovely, scented haven is few and far-between. Sally, like many business people, decides to look into doing a few more marketing campaigns to try and attract more buying customers. She reads a few books,…
  • Boom in the Asset Finance Market Helps SMEs Grow

    Sponsor Contributor
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Sponsored by: Ultimate Finance Group plc Recent reports show that the asset finance market is growing at a healthy rate – July 2014 was the strongest month so far in the year and up 23 percent over July 2013, according to figures from the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA). Most sectors in the asset finance market experienced growth during this period, including new car finance for businesses. and finance for construction and plant equipment. In fact, these two sectors grew by 35 percent and 30 percent respectively. Other sectors that experienced strong growth were commercial vehicle…
 
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    The Glass Hammer

  • Women in Technology: What should you look for in your next job?

    No Byline
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By CEO and Founder of theglasshammer.com Nicki Gilmour Whether you work as an engineer or a coder, a big data analyst, product manager, or a project manager in technology, you probably want to work for a great company who values both the technology itself and the women who make it happen. For women who are looking to make a move to a new employer, you have choices that on a binary level break down into either working for a technology firm with technology as the product or working for a firm who has a different product or service but frankly has exhilarating technology making it all work…
  • Intrepid Woman: Kimberly Bryant, Founder, Black Girls CODE

    No Byline
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to The Glass Hammer’s “Women in Tech” month! We will be celebrating successful women in technology all month long! By Cathie Ericson Kimberly Bryant, tech founder of Black Girls CODE, wasn’t looking to start a non-profit, but realized the need was too great not to. After a series of engineering management roles at various companies early in her career, she left for the opportunity to do something on her own outside of Fortune 500. Ideally, she had hoped to combine her focus on the health industry with her interest in the start-up field. As she networked with that goal in mind,…
  • Movers and Shakers: Justine Chen, Senior Manager, SunGard Consulting Services

    No Byline
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to The Glass Hammer’s “Women in Tech” month! We will be celebrating successful women in technology all month long! By Michelle Hendelman Justine Chen, senior manager at SunGard Consulting Services is deeply committed to getting more women interested in technology careers. Through her current role, Chen participates in a lot of community outreach and as a result, she took a particular interest in the organization, Girl Develop It, which offers courses for women who want to learn technical skills. “I made a connection at GDI who introduced me to the film, Girl…
  • Movers and Shakers: Adda Birnir, Founder and CEO, Skillcrush

    No Byline
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to The Glass Hammer’s “Women in Tech” month! We will be celebrating successful women in technology all month long! By Michelle Hendelman Adda Birnir is the founder and CEO of Skillcrush, an online technical skills platform designed specifically for women. According to Birnir, her career path has been unconventional, but as she looks back at all of her experiences she is certain that each role she had in the past served as a building block and learning opportunity to help her create the company of her dreams. Navigating a Career in Technology When Adda Birnir first had the idea…
  • Voice of Experience: Patricia Florissi, EMC Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer, Sales

    No Byline
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to The Glass Hammer’s “Women in Tech” month! We will be celebrating successful women in technology all month long! By Michelle Hendelman Patricia Florissi, EMC Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer, Sales, knew from a very young age that she had an affinity and a talent for math problems and logic puzzles. What she did not realize at the time is how this skill set and passion for more technical subjects would lead her toward a rewarding career in information technology. This is because at the time, computer science had not fully been developed as a…
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Video] Peter Drucker Said “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.” What’d He Mean by That?

    RoundPegg
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Peter Drucker Said “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.” What’d He Mean by That?”Peter Drucker is known for saying "culture eats strategy for breakfast," and really what that is about is that culture is such a critical and key driver of business performance, and yet historically has received very little attention or acclaim. We know that both culture and strategy are critical for organizations, but most organizations pay attention to strategy - they put the effort into identifying strategy…
  • [Video] Which Comes First, Culture or Strategy: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Which Comes First, Culture or Strategy?”Culture and strategy are two peas in a pod, and they need to feed one another in terms of informing success of an organization. To understand the kind of culture you need, you need to have your strategic imperatives well defined. You need to understand: Where are we heading as a company? What does business success look like? Once that is well articulated and well defined, then you need to understand who you are, who your people are, how they're wired, how…
  • The HR Analytics Trap: Leaving the Human Out of Human Capital Management

    RoundPegg
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    I’m both excited and concerned about the recent focus of the HR community, and in particular, the Human Capital Management Software companies, toward big data and analytics.HCM software vendors’ focus on data and analytics must be tempered with the realities of human values and individuality.You are not like me. While neither of us would dispute that, we are often all too comfortable treating our workforces as a homogeneous mass (at least by function or geography).We experience the effects of our individual uniqueness on a daily basis. Think about the interactions you have everyday with…
  • [Video] Can We Use Our Culture to Hold Better Meetings: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “Can We Use Our Culture to Hold Better Meetings?”Meetings are a necessity within organizations. They happen every day, multiple times a day. When culture sits at the core, we can rest assured that we're going to have a more productive, more efficient, more focused meeting. When we make sure that we are playing to our strengths as an organization, that we're prioritizing, making decisions, and using processes that are aligned with our culture in our meetings, we're much more likely to get to a…
  • [Video] How Should Culture Affect Our Processes: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Should Culture Affect Our Processes?”Processes that exist within organizations need to be informed by culture. Remember, culture is the backbone of the foundation of every organization. So ensuring that how you do things in your company (the processes that you use) is consistent with the culture that you're trying to grow is really important to maintain within organizations.Making sure that the way in which you hire, the way in which you develop or mentor people, the processes that you use for…
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  • Top Ten Presentation Tips For My Son.

    Rich Gee
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    An oldie but goodie from the past — one of my most requested articles. Enjoy! My 13 year-old son is presenting today at school - his 8th year graduation presentation. He’s been working on it for months – a 32 page research paper AND a 30 minute presentation to the school and parents (that’s more than I did in college!). This morning, I threw together some presentation points for him to brush up on during his ride to school. I thought I would share them with you: 1. Smile. Smile. Smile. The more that you smile, the more relaxed you’ll be. In addition, your audience will…
  • Great Business Lessons From The Movies – Jerry Maguire.

    richgeegroup
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    WOW – What a wonderful movie. It’s a love story, a coming of age movie, and building strong friendships, all mixed with humor and pathos. And so many business rules. So here they are: “Show me the money!” – Rod Tidwell (video You work to make money. So many people forget this. I know — there’s the satisfaction, the notoriety, the use of your talents, etc. But at the end of the day, you need to take a signed check home. And most people forget this. When it comes to asking for a price for their services, most people either bunt or balk. They don’t…
  • Great Business Lessons From The Movies – The Godfather.

    Rich Gee
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    There’s a lot to learn from the movies!  The Godfather is a classic ‘business’ movie. It’s ALL about business. Even when it personal, it’s business! So here goes: Listen, Listen, Listen There are many instances when the characters are shown to either listen intently and succeed (Michael Corleone) or talk and fail (Sonny Corleone). Don Corleone always listened carefully and almost never spoke, unless he had to. Too many people in business tend to talk TOO much. In meetings, at lunch, during sales calls, etc. Listening (and asking questions) will always deliver…
  • Great Business Lessons From The Movies – Zombieland.

    richgeegroup
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    In honor of one of my favorite holidays, Halloween, let’s take a good look at a new, but classic horror/comedy . . . Zombieland! The main character, Columbus, has a solid set of rules he abides by to stay alive in a world full of zombies. So far — they work — so let’s get them working for you! Cardio & Limber Up (video) Zombies are fast — you should be too. Don’t sit around all day at your desk or in meetings at work. Your head is attached to a body that requires movement. Get out – take a walk – go work out. You’ll find you have more energy and…
  • How To Work At Home With Kids.

    Rich Gee
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Fact: Working with kids at home isn’t simple – but it’s not impossible. And it’s actually rewarding and fun! Some back story: I have two offices: One is in Stamford, seven floors up (at the penthouse!), where I coach, meet clients, and brainstorm new directions for my company. The other is in Oxford, second floor, where I also coach and brainstorm. One of the reasons I left corporate so many years ago was to bypass any type of commute. Why? One reason: the highways in Connecticut are a mess. Another reason why I left corporate was to spend more time with my kids.
 
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  • Podcast 486: Value Proposition Design with Alan Smith

    Greg Voisen
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    You might be familiar with all the buzz around something called the “Business Model Canvas”.  There are currently three books in the series which started with “Business Model Generation” then “Business Model You” now a new book ” Value Proposition Design“.  So why the interest from the business communities in this interesting way of developing a business model.  Simply put, it is engaging, inclusive ,compelling and it works. Authors Alex Osterwalder, Yves Pingeur, Greg Bernarda and Alan Smith are the dynamic team behind the business model…
  • Podcast 485: Lead with Humility-12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis with Jeffrey Krames

    Greg Voisen
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    I am certain that the talk around the water cooler doesn’t default to leadership in this country, but I am certain that it is a topic of discussion more than we think.  It seems like everywhere we turn we see leaders falling from grace due to improprieties in their judgement and or just not doing an adequate job.  What is happening?  Is there a lack of competent leaders with great skills and strong emotional intelligence. In my recent interview with author Jeffrey Krames we discuss his new book entitled ” Lead with Humility-12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis”.  …
  • Podcast 484: Leadership As A Hero’s Journey with Eric Kauffman

    Greg Voisen
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    I think that many American’s ask the question on a regular basis, especially with our congress “Where are the leaders”?  Yes, leadership is a skill and talent that is learned, and just because you have a law degree or any other degree in higher education doesn’t qualify you to be a skilled leader.  I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Eric Kaufmann the author of a new book entitled ” Leadership As A Hero’s Journey“. In our interview together we discussed how “Joseph Campbell’s” famous “Hero’s Journey” is an…
  • Podcast 483: The Plant Plus Diet Solutions with Joan Borysenko

    Greg Voisen
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I think that everyone is interested in improving their health, and releasing a few pounds.   American’s spend billions annually on diets, exercise programs and supplements–all in the name of feeling and looking better.  While our health is our wealth as an old proverb states, there ways to approach our diet, nutrition and exercise programs with an easy and simple solution. In her new book “The Plant Plus Diet Solution” author Joan Boysenko takes a personalized approach that is systemic and a way of living that you can make part of your DNA and live it for life.  In…
  • Podcast 482: All You Need Is Less with Madeleine Somerville

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Are you conscious, or are you unconscious? Just because you're awake doesn't mean you're aware of what's going on around you. Are you in control of your life, or is your life controlled by others? If you think you already know what it means to be consciously aware of what's going on around you, then perhaps it's time for you to think again.This book is part of The SuperChangeYourLife.com Mission which is meant to serve as a catalyst for personal growth and development by providing people with proven information, tools and methods necessary to quickly and efficiently analyze the challenges…
  • Using Speed at Scale to Ensure Network Infrastructure Performance for Financial Services

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This whitepaper examines the ever-increasing need for speed at scale, proactive analysis, and higher levels of accessibility, granularity and visibility, as IT managers strive to ensure uptime and rapid response in business-critical networks and customer-facing networks.In the financial services industry, failed trades and an inability to understand why they failed within a reasonable period of time not only frustrates users and management, but has a direct impact on the bottom line. The same is true in the retail banking and insurance industry when understanding the failure of online…
  • The 13 Cost Areas for a Digital Asset Management System

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This white paper provides insight and guidance, considering both the vendor and buyer sides, into commonly identified areas of Digital Asset Management (DAM) cost. These cost areas exist regardless of your choice for acquiring an installed, or hosted, or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or open source digital asset management system.Request Free!
  • Think Again And Grow Rich

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    There are two basic types of definitions of what it means to be rich. Society's definitions and your definition. Money is not and should not be the “be-all” and “end-all” of our existence. However, for all too many people, that's just what it is. Do you know people like this? Are you like this? If you think you already know what it means to grow rich, then perhaps it's time for you to think again.This book is part of The SuperChangeYourLife.com Mission which is meant to serve as a catalyst for personal growth and development by providing people with proven information,…
  • Super Star Leadership -- A 31-Day Plan to Motivate People, Communicate Positively, and Get Everyone On Your Side (A 54-page Excerpt)

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This 31-day book uses nine key performance drivers to evaluate and help leaders quickly increase results and sustain them. Each evaluation and activity hones your leadership skills, transforming you into a Superstar leader.Do you want to earn more money for your company? Electrify your department? Increase customer loyalty, sales, and productivity while simultaneously decreasing turnover, improving innovation, and having fun? Superstar Leadership will show you how.You will learn:Why 50 percent of managers fail, and how to avoid being one of themSeven keys to employee motivationThe…
 
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    N2Growth Blog

  • Twisted Leadership

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

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

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

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

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

    Paula Kiger
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    When my son and I arrived on a North Georgia mountaintop several years ago for our first zip-lining outing, I did not know quite what to expect. I had read many people’s accounts of the zip-lining experience; I had speculated about how I would feel about the heights and the speed. I had wondered if my son (or I) would love it or freak out. Nowhere in the information I read or the expectations I had developed did I run across Mexican food. You heard me: tortillas, tacos, burritos. As it turns out, the zip-lining guides utilize the names of these foods to represent zip-lining stopping…
  • Leadership Change Is Not Free

    Jon Mertz
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Change is a necessity. Our markets and competitive situations never hold still. Team members don’t sit still. Adapting keeps us growing in what we do and how we do it. While change is required to meet new requirements, change is not free. Leadership change carries a cost. Just as change is a necessity, certain costs of change are a necessity. Let’s explore some areas where the cost of leadership change is evident and essential. Cost Of Education To change, going back to school may be a requirement. School can be conferences, conversations, concentrated reading, or virtual classes. The…
  • 10 RulesFor Women Who Want To Lead: Melissa Greenwell, The Finish Line

    Becky Robinson
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    In presenting to the women at The Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women yesterday in Indianapolis, Melissa Greenwell, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at The Finish Line shared the challenges women face in the workplace. Working harder does not help women close the gaps that exist for us. By leveraging our skills we can tilt the scales to be more balanced in our favor. The session was standing room only, with women seated on the floor, lining the back of the room, every seat filled. It is obvious that this message is one that these women are hungry to hear.
  • Why Are Businesses Ignoring Their Future – The Millennials?

    Jonathan Moss
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Millennials seem to be misunderstood and a feared generation for most businesses yet they will become 75% of the workforce in the next 10 years. Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Box, Airbnb, Groupon, and Tumblr – any of these sound familiar? All were founded by millennials. Even with these companies as proof of what the Millennial Generation can achieve, only 7% of millennials work for Fortune 500 companies according to Millennial Branding, and 37% are unemployed (Pew Research Group). If millennials have this much to offer, why aren’t they working for some of the biggest…
  • 7 Ways To Live Life With Purpose

    Frank Sonnenberg
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:01 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 & Values – People who live a life of purpose have core beliefs and values that…
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    Crucial Skills

  • Speaking Up To A Coughing Coworker

    Emily Hoffman
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    We’re excited to announce that Emily Hoffman, a Senior Master Trainer as well as VitalSmarts’ VP of Development & Delivery, will become a regular contributor to the Crucial Skills Newsletter. Dear Crucial Skills, A friend of mine works in a small office. She has a new coworker who sits on the other side of her cube. They face each other and the cubes are very low. This new office mate is very nice and she would like to have a good relationship with her, however the young woman continuously coughs without covering her mouth. My friend sometimes feels the cough on her face and…
  • Changing the Culture of a Government Agency

    Joseph Grenny
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Dear Crucial Skills, How can you change the culture of a federal agency with constant political leadership changes? Because of constant change at the top, no one actually follows through on strategic plans. Long-time federal employees know that if they just wait it out, the leadership will change and they won’t have to. Signed, This Too Shall Pass Dear This Too Shall Pass, Confucius was once asked what changes he would make if he were emperor. His answer: I would change the language. Confucius’ argument is that language is the most fundamental influence of all; what you think, how you…
  • Most Parents Fail at School-Related Crucial Conversations

    Editor
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    According to a recent VitalSmarts’ study of 986 parents, three-fourths overestimate their effectiveness in helping their children navigate common school-related problems, including their child’s academic performance, discipline problems, and social issues like bullying. Yet when parents were asked about how they dealt with these issues in real life, thirty-five percent failed to raise key issues with teachers or administrators, and eighteen percent more tried but described their interventions as “not at all successful.” Parents see themselves as far more skilled at these…
  • Slim by Design: An Interview with Brian Wansink

    Joseph Grenny
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Any time one of our Influencers publishes new research, we pay attention. These are people with a track record of success that proves they’re experts at changing behavior. Brian Wansink is just one of those influencers. His research on eating behavior contributed to the introduction of smaller “100 calorie” packages (to prevent overeating), the use of taller glasses in bars (to prevent the overpouring of alcohol), and the removal of 500 million calories from restaurants each year (via Unilever’s Seductive Nutrition program). He was appointed by the White House to help develop the 2010…
  • How do you hold a Crucial Conversation over e-mail?

    Mark Carpenter
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    In a perfect world, Crucial Conversations would always be held face-to-face. The benefits of immediate feedback and nonverbal communication makes dialogue much more rich and accurate. However, today’s global and distributed workforce doesn’t always allow for face-to-face interactions. When you’re in Singapore and need to communicate to co-workers in Germany, Brazil, and the United States, the distance, time zones, and different cultures can create huge barriers to dialogue. The next best option to face-to-face interactions is to use video conferencing for a virtual in-person meeting.
 
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  • Holding others accountable

    Mary Jo Asmus
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
      When I was young and new to a corporate position, my manager Karen gave me an assignment that involved translating a very confusing government regulation into a benefit that would be available for our employees. She was expecting a proposal from me that would detail what needed to be done and then to lead the implementation of the benefit. At first, I struggled to understand the regulation and had difficulty grasping how this could be put to use in our company. Karen refused to let me off the hook by giving me the answers (that I was pretty sure she had); she simply trusted that I…
  • From technically brilliant to great leader

    Mary Jo Asmus
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
      One thing that hasn’t changed much over the years in many technical organizations is the criteria used (sometimes unspoken) about who gets to be promoted to choice management roles. A smart and successful technical manager often has a head start on getting a promotion that will require them to lead a larger piece of the organizational pie even if enough attention isn’t paid to whether they possess the skills to lead people at this new level. If a technically bright manager doesn’t have the right people skills, you might notice that work isn’t getting done or…
  • How to lead when others hesitate

    Mary Jo Asmus
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    There are times when people may be reluctant to follow your lead. Maybe you recently received a promotion to a new position with new direct reports and they are holding back as they evaluate your leadership capability. Or you might be working to become a better leader and changing your behavior making people unsure of what to expect from you now. Maybe you’ve been leading your team for a long time and you’ve just awakened to the realization that team members have been hesitant and you want more of them to step up to increased responsibility. They might also have lost trust in you…
  • Developing strong peer relationships

    Mary Jo Asmus
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Peter, an executive on the CEO’s team, hired me to work with him. Something wasn’t working in his relationships with his peers on the team, and he wanted to figure it out. He felt ignored, dismissed and disrespected by his peers. They seemed to avoid Peter and often went around him to others in his organization for decisions that he should be making. So I interviewed the CEO and Peter’s peers to ask them about what they observed in the situation. As it turns out the CEO felt Peter was smart and capable but could push too hard for his viewpoint, and he had given Peter this…
  • Putting stuff into perspective

    Mary Jo Asmus
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    I’d like to say that I’m well prepared, but in reality I’ve often been getting ready for all of the things I worry about. I worry about big things: Ebola, water shortages, and world unrest. I worry about small things: my car breaking down on long drives, my grown children’s wellbeing and my aging canine companion’s health. Worry seems to be an old habit, a trusted friend that has been with me since the time I was a child who had headaches (even back then!) that were identified by our family doctor as self-generated from worrying too much. Preparation is a good…
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    All Things Workplace

  • Six Things To Pay Attention To In Groups

    Steve Roesler
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    We're always part of some group You and I pretty much spend our entire lives in groups. We start off in a family, play with groups of friends, attend classes, and work in groups and teams. So, woudn't it make sense to learn as much as possible about the dynamics associated with groups?  Some years ago, organizations spent a fair amount of time educating people on the fine points of group dynamics. The research was new and fascinating. New is good. Now that that body of work has been around for a while, it's no longer "what's happening." The human condition--and certainly the organizational…
  • Keep It Simple Like Einstein

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

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

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

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

  • The Secret of a Productive Morning Routine

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

    George Ambler
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
      Benjamin Franklin was a man who got things done. Benjamin Franklin “was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and in many ways was “the First American”. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.” To illustrate just how much he got done consider the following list of inventions and achievements. Invented the lightning rod Invented bifocals Invented the Franklin stove One of the first Maps of the Gulf Stream Made numerous electricity discoveries…
  • Leadership Starts With You

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

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

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

  • Tony Mayo interviewed by client REI 360

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

    Tony Mayo
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
        ‘Mindful’ commuters say deep breaths, clear mind keep them calm under stress Nancy Kaplan, chief operating officer at a management consulting firm in downtown D.C., said she pays attention to her breathing and relaxes when her jaw tightens or her fingers clench the steering wheel during her hour-plus commute. She said practicing mindfulness […]
  • FREE: Courageous, Genuine Relationships

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

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

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

  • A Compelling Vision is an Anchor

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

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

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

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

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

  • 8 Ways Churches Can Use SMS Text Messaging

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Chat with me this Wednesday on #nextchat about Accountability and Engagement

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

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

  • Six Things To Pay Attention To In Groups

    Steve Roesler
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    We're always part of some group You and I pretty much spend our entire lives in groups. We start off in a family, play with groups of friends, attend classes, and work in groups and teams. So, woudn't it make sense to learn as much as possible about the dynamics associated with groups?  Some years ago, organizations spent a fair amount of time educating people on the fine points of group dynamics. The research was new and fascinating. New is good. Now that that body of work has been around for a while, it's no longer "what's happening." The human condition--and certainly the organizational…
  • Keep It Simple Like Einstein

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • #Sunisforshining Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

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

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

  • When Death Comes – by Mary Oliver

    Gary Cohen
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    by Gary Cohen When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps his purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox; when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering; what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness? And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility, and I think of each life as a flower, as common as a…
  • I Love You, and You Can’t Do Anything About It

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

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

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

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

  • User Privacy or Website metrics – A tough choice

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    The other day, one very interesting question came to me, from Raj, one of my students. He was referring to the ad below – Privacy-settings-internet I browsed for some TShirts and shoes on a top Internet Website. And those kept coming back to me! Again, and again! Everything I do, is being tracked. I get a feeling as if I am being watched! And I don’t like it one bit.  The problem - The main issue concerning Raj was the lack of choice that these websites gave him regarding his browsing preferences. There was no choice given to him by respective ecommerce websites regarding what…
  • Four reasons why Diwali Shopping is different in 2014

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Diwali Shopping Phenomenon Nationwide, its been widely acknowledged that Diwali is the biggest festival in India. And, what does a festival mean? Festival means meeting family, friends, lots of sweets and of course shopping! This has been the norm for decades! But then, 2014 was different for India, so much so, that Minister for Commerce & Industry – Nirmala Seetharaman had to say this about complaints on Flipkart Sale Day Flipkart’s ‘Big Billion Day’ sale on Monday, that offered steep discounts on various products, has raised concerns among small and big traders that such…
  • Four Ways to Think like an Entrepreneur

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    The Premise Today, a lot of things don’t work like they did before. And as a student, you know what’s happening in the world around you. A student has better idea than an existing professional about what the future is going to be, since she/he is already using stuff that would grow more popular in the future, thats the nature of your demographic. The best way to use this situation to your advantage is to think like an entrepreneur! Why to think like an entrepreneur   Ownership - The real reason why entrepreneurs are so valued is the sense of ownership that they bring to the…
  • Flipkart and its BigBillionDay!

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Yesterday, Oct 6, 2014 was a huge day in Indian Ecommerce. It all started with this ad by Flipkart, and Snapdeal tried to ambush it right on TOI front page itself! (Surprise, surprise!) . Ambush marketing in Ecommerce? pic.twitter.com/d2nk7a4zPS — Siddhesh Joglekar (@siddheshj) October 6, 2014 In any ways, here’s what I thought of the whole thing – I thought largely the BigBillionDay was executed well Of course there were aggrieved customers, and posts from an ‘esoteric’ blog about how prices went up and down, but still I thought, a lot of consumers actually did…
  • Three Tips for your Self Zeitgeist 2013

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    9 Dec 2013 | 5:32 pm
    Yep, its that time of the year when Zeitgeist stories take centre stage again. The time before holidays start and the time when a lot of people start looking forward to the year that will soon start with a lot of hope! Its at these times that Zeitgeist type of stories work the best. Whats a Zeitgeist in the first place? Zeitgeist – The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time. Here are the top Zeitgeist stories I have found so far which would help fashion a Self Zeitgeist – 1. Facebook Stories - Found Facebook stories…
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    Robin Sharma's Blog

  • The Awesome Power of Getting Wild

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares the staggering power in leaving the world and heading out into some solitude for at least an hour every day.
  • 50 Rules to Lead The Field

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares 50 rules to lead the field.
  • How to Predict the Future

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

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

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares that it is fine to play at world-class for a week...but what makes legendary is sustaining it for a lifetime.
 
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • Are You Spinning Your Employees In Circles?

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A manager who can't make a decision or who can't make a timely decision will frustrate his/her employees. Equally bad, a lack of decision will impede the progress of the manager's team.Some managers make endless requests for data as a way to postpone their having to make a decision. Employees end up spinning in circles, slicing and dicing the information far beyond what is truly needed for the manager to make a decision.Some managers are simply afraid to make a decision in fear of making a "wrong" decision. These managers don't necessarily request needless data, but simply just never…
  • Compliance And Risk Management In Today's Business World

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Dave Yarin is a compliance and risk management consultant to senior management and directors of large and mid-size companies, and author of the soon to be published book, Fair Warning – The Information Within. Yarin follows and researches news stories regarding ignored warnings that lead to bad business outcomes, along with the social psychology theories that explain why these warnings were ignored.This week, Yarin shared with me insights into compliance and risk management, his forthcoming book, and leadership.Q and A with Dave Yarin1. How does a compliance and risk…
  • Beyond The Job Description -- Interview With The Book's Author

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Q and A with Jesse Sostrinauthor ofBeyond the Job DescriptionQuestion:  What does the title of your book mean and what’s the truth about what employers really expect that is never written in job descriptions? Sostrin:  Beyond the Job Description represents two fundamental truths about the world of work. First, whether we realize it or not, our standard job descriptions only tell part of the story about the demands we face at work. In addition to the tasks and activities we have to perform, there are countless other challenges to getting great work…
  • Leadership Blindspots

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    "A blindspot is an unrecognized weakness or threat that has the potential to undermine a leader's success," explains author Robert Bruce Shaw.  "Blindspots are tenacious and can reappear, causing problems over a leader's entire career."These blindspots can cause great harm when leaders fail to see what is right in front of them. Compounding the challenge says Shaw is that:"People who are smart and self-assured are often very skillful at justifying their thinking and behavior--to the point of being in denial about their weaknesses and the threats they face.One of the burdens of…
  • Grossman Offers Dozens Of eBooks About Leadership And Communication

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    When I seek advice about leadership and how to effectively communicate in the workplace,  I often turn to David Grossman.Grossman helps leaders drive productivity and get the results they want through authentic and courageous leadership and communicationGrossman’s work solves three business problems:Minimize the downside of change where business could be stopped, slowed or interruptedMaximize the upside of change to accelerate business resultsTurn employee confusion, skepticism or apathy into engagementGrossman is both a teacher and student of effective leadership and…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: When Leaders Should Get Involved in a Conflict [VIDEO]

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    To help answer this frequently asked question, I brought in the best expert I know in managing and resolving conflict. Check it out in my latest episode of Remarkable TV. When Leaders Should Get Involved in Conflict As a supervisor, get involved in a conflict when there is a business problem, not a personal frustration. […] The post Remarkable TV: When Leaders Should Get Involved in a Conflict [VIDEO] appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Six Reasons Why Boundaries Help Everyone Be More Successful

    Kevin Eikenberry
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are all sorts of boundaries in our lives. Boundaries define the playing field for most sports. Fences provide boundaries for homes and farms. Walls keep people in, or out. These are obvious and clear boundaries. There are others that while we know they exist, there isn’t a physical line of demarcation. The boundaries in […] The post Six Reasons Why Boundaries Help Everyone Be More Successful appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential

    Kevin Eikenberry
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    By John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut Who doesn’t want to be more influential? More influential as a friend, as a parent, as a spouse (or potential spouse)? Or more to the point of this blog, as a professional and a leader? If you really don’t want to be more influential, feel free to click away […] The post Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: How Assumptions Get in Our Way [VIDEO]

    Kevin Eikenberry
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    We’ve probably all heard what they say about the word “assume” and when it’s broken into parts… And we all make assumptions as communicators. Check out today’s Remarkable TV for tips on breaking through the interference of assumptions to better communicate. I’m Kevin Eikenberry – and I’m here to help you reach your potential as […] The post Remarkable TV: How Assumptions Get in Our Way [VIDEO] appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Harnessing the Power of Your Biggest Listening Distraction

    Kevin Eikenberry
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I read a title like that I immediately start thinking things like: I wonder what he thinks the biggest listening distraction is? Will I agree? Will my guess be correct? Will this article be worth my time? . . . Chances are, you are thinking some version of those things as you read them. […] The post Harnessing the Power of Your Biggest Listening Distraction appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    LDRLB

  • 0521 | Scott Eblin

    David Burkus
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Scott Eblin is the the author of Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, and founder of the Eblin Group, a professional development firm committed to helping executives and managers improve their leadership presence by being fully present. In this interview, we talk about the growing number of overwhelmed leaders and how mindfulness and purpose contribute to better leadership and better lives. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it…
  • 0520 | Dorie Clark

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

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

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

    David Burkus
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Henry is co-author (with Colm Foster) of Step Up: Lead in Six Moments that Matter. He is the founder and Managing Partner for Dynamic Results, LLC, providing coaching and consulting solutions to companies and individuals. He provides performance coaching to independent executives, as well as those in national organizations, helping each achieve their desired goals. In this interview, we talk about how to lead when it matters and how to know when it matters. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The…
 
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • Practical Leadership: Addressing the Ebola Scare with Your Workers

    Robert Cordray
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Killing over 4,500 Africans in West Africa, the Ebola epidemic continues to send shock waves and frenzy as it recently touched American soil. Even though two nurses are in stable condition, and the virus seems pretty contained, many Americans are still very afraid. Schools are sending children home, and employees are reluctant to report to […]
  • On Authentic Leadership – Three Foundational Elements for Knowing Yourself

    Lee Ellis
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Authentic leadership is a grand, worthy, and potentially overwhelming goal for any leader to attain. Based on more than 16 years as a leadership coach and consultant, I’m convinced that authentic leaders are the best leaders in any industry sector. For growing leaders, the goal of being an authentic leader is both energizing and inspiring. […]
  • L2L: How Major Companies Motivate Their Employees

    Tom Schulte
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    This infographic is brought to you by NextGeneration Recruitment
  • Women in the Workforce: Who’s Dropping Out and Why

    Julie Diamond
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Max Schireson, CEO of Mongo DB caused quite a stir this summer. But not for the reasons one might expect of a Silicon Valley executive. He didn’t leave for another high-profile position to advance his career; nor did he leave for a struggling non-profit needing his skills; nor did he leave for reasons of health, […]
  • L2L: Extraordinary Female Leaders in History

    Tom Schulte
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    This infographic is brought to you by the Brighton School of Business and Management
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • 11 Signs That It Might Be Time for a Motivation Tune-Up

    David Witt
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    In her new book, Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work … And What Does, author Susan Fowler reminds leaders that employees are always motivated—it’s just the quality of their motivation that’s a problem sometimes. Fowler shares how the repeated use of motivational carrots & sticks might get results in the short term, but often have negative consequences long-term. That’s why she labels a motivational mindset created by the use of rewards and/or punishment as sub-optimal and why she encourages individuals and leaders to check-in on their own motivational mindset…
  • Motivation Problems with Your Team? Your Leadership Habits Might Be An Issue

    David Facer
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    Habits are a time saver. They function a bit like reading a large paper map and knowing where to go with a single glance instead of having to rotate the map and trace the route to the destination with your finger. But sometimes there’s a downside to this kind of efficiency. Sometimes the fast way doesn’t work and we go off course. Such is the case with a great many approaches to motivating employees. Just when the situation calls for deliberation and a different approach, our habits kick in and we again head down the route that is fast and easy, but a bit off course. One of my coaching…
  • Don’t Hold People Accountable—Do This Instead

    David Witt
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Managers often miss the most important part of performance management conversations by focusing only on results and accountability, says Susan Fowler, author of the new book Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work … and What Does.  In an interview for The Ken Blanchard Companies’ Ignite newsletter Fowler recommends that managers shift their focus from holding people accountable for results to looking at creating the type of environment where people will take on the responsibility for those results themselves. “There is a huge difference between seeing your job as holding people…
  • Are You Enabling A Dysfunctional Company Culture? Four Questions to Ask Yourself

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

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

  • Dream Big, Get Stuff Done, Have Fun: Roundtable Recharge Alumni “Unconference” Highlights

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

    Dr. Brenda Marshall
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Years ago I had a coaching client – Alex – who didn’t like his boss, peers or direct reports. And guess what, none of them liked him either. His abrasive and confrontational style ensured he’d never be promoted or offered a lateral move. “No one will take him” his boss told me privately. And yet, here he was, forced to participate in the company wide leadership development program. Alex was long passed his “best before” date. Companies spend huge dollars trying to “attract, develop and retain” their talent. And yet, all of us have a…
  • Leadership: Are we “Targeting” the right things?

    Glain
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Yesterday, embattled US retailer Target announced their new CEO.  A gentleman by the name of Brian Cornell who’s most recent stint was a PepsiCo.  He’s the first outside hire and immediately the media analysts and pundits started complaining about all the things this guy is lacking before he even hits the bricks in the role.  Once again proving to me that many “so-called experts” don’t have a clue…especially when it comes to what it takes to lead.  Here’s why… From the reports I’ve read, the overarching criticisms about Mr. Cornell seem to be that: he doesn’t…
  • Lessons Learned: how to manage a virtual team

    Glain
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:53 am
    When I first launched The Executive Roundtable, it was me, myself and I, so keeping things aligned was pretty easy.  As we grew and added more and more team members – some part-time, some full-time – we continually revisited whether we needed to move to a “bricks and mortar” office or stay as a virtual organization.  In a time where you can work anywhere (I’m working from my club right now) and applications that live in the cloud, we’ve repeatedly decided to stay virtual.  Although that may change soon, here are some lessons I’ve learned as I’ve made the transition from…
  • Is it you or is it them? How to navigate a new organizational culture

    Glain
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:51 am
    Every organization has its own culture and every culture (just as every leader) has strengths and corresponding weaknesses that go along with those strengths.  It made me think:  what if the strengths of a company culture work well in one part of the world, but not the other?  Or at one stage of company growth, but not another? Over the past month, I’ve encountered several high performing, successful leaders who are finding themselves at odds with the cultural expectations of their new employers.  All of these individuals were actively recruited into their organizations and each of them…
 
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    Samuel Bacharach Blog

  • Top 10 Compelling Proactive Leadership Links: Oct. 20-24

    Admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    How to make a decision like Ike. Eisenhower’s thought process explained. Should leaders consider speed to be the end all be all? We have to remember, speed kills. Leaders, sometimes it is not only OK to be ruthless, but it is essential A complete look at how Benjamin Franklin got things done. Worth study and imitation. Ignore emotional intelligence at your own risk. How to follow your dreams: Step 1 – Don’t Take Rejection Personally. Mark Zuckerberg studies Mandarin. Should you? “What I dream of is an art of balance…an art which could be for every mental worker,…
  • How To Be Successful & Only Work Two Hours A Day

    Admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Greene Hard At Work When Graham Greene was asked if he was a “9-to-5 man” he replied, “Me? Good Heavens, no. I’d say I’m a 9 to a quarter past 10 man.” Greene wrote, on average, a novel a year during his professional career as well as numerous articles and reviews. How did he find the time if he only worked less than two hours a weekday? One can only assume it came down to his strict discipline and routine. Greene wrote 500 words, Monday through Friday, and only 500 words no matter what. Not one word more or less. Exactly 500. If he was in the middle a…
  • Two Invaluable Productivity Tips From H.L. Mencken

    William Briggs
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    H.L. Mencken and his colleague George Jean Nathan became editors of The Smart Set magazine as it was nearing bankruptcy. Mencken and Nathan not only rescued The Smart Set, but also created three new and popular magazines (Saucy Stories, Black Mask, and Parisienne). On top of these editorial successes Mencken was also a successful columnist and critic. In Mencken’s autobiography he attributes his immense productivity to the following two work methods:  1. Out of Office Mencken would only go to his New York office once a month. His partner, Nathan, would only go into the office “every…
  • Are You a Failing Leader?

    Samuel B. Bacharach
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Over at my Inc.com column I present five questions you should ask yourself to determine if you are  failing leader or not. Acknowledging that your leadership is on the brink of failing is the first step to turning it around.
  • 5 Creativity Tips From 5 World-Famous Artists

    Samuel B. Bacharach
    2 Oct 2013 | 9:07 am
    Artists can teach leaders a lot about creativity and innovation.  In my recent Inc.com column I’ve laid out five creativity strategies from five world famous artists. Read the full article here.
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    Ravi Pratap Singh

  • 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…
  • Keep A 'Beginner's Mind'

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

  • Interview: The Four Workplace Conversations

    Heather Stagl
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    In this episode, workplace communication expert Skip Weisman shares the four conversations that happen at work, three of which create low morale, low productivity and kill profits. Which one works? Listen to find out The Four Workplace Conversations, how and why they occur and specific strategies to move to the one “right” conversation. Listen to the show here (30 minutes): Be sure to visit the radio show page to listen to past episodes and subscribe to the show.
  • How to Thrive (and Not Dive) as a Change Agent

    Heather Stagl
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    When we take on a change agent role in an organization, we start off with high hopes for making a difference. Whether you’re hired into the position, assigned or volunteered to take it on, there are a number of things that can help set you apart as someone who can get things done. On the other hand, not doing these things can cause your effort to crash and burn. Align Your Efforts to the Bigger Picture. There’s no faster way to burn out as a change agent than working counter to the stated goals and strategy of the organization. And even if you’re not at odds with the direction the…
  • Interview: How to Measure and Maximize Alignment in Your Change Initiatives

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

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

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

  • Granular Approach Vital to organisation’s success: Vineet Nayar

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Ahmedabad: MICA, on 10th October 2014 organized an interesting interactive session by Mr. Vineet Nayar, HCL’s Ex-CEO & Founder of Sampark Foundation for MICAns. Known for both his business expertise and thought leadership, Mr Nayar is also the author of Harvard Business June 2010 Press bestseller, ‘Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down’. In an interactive session which was filled with interesting insights complimented with great illustrations, Mr. Nayar shared his experience working with HCL, wisdom in defying conventions and views related…
  • Nayars Gift an Auditorium to their Alma Mater, Campus School

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    6th October 2014: In a glittering ceremony in Pantnagar, Uttrakhand, Former CEO of HCL Technologies and Founder, Sampark foundation Vineet Nayar and his wife Anupama Nayar, Co-Founder, Sampark Foundation, dedicated a new auditorium – ‘Janak Nayar Auditorium’ – to their Alma Mater, The Campus School. The School hosted a gathering of hundreds of students, alumni, friends and families to formally inaugurate the new state-of-the-art facility. The Auditorium named after Nayar’s mother, is the family’s tribute to the School where both Vineet and Anupama studied and Mrs. Janak Nayar…
  • You need to own the change you want to see

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Vineet Nayar has spent his life challenging attitudes to leadership and management. Here he talks exclusively to Douglas Morrisson about his work at tech giant HCL, his philanthropic foundation and why employees should come before customers. Read More
  • Budget 2014: Green shoots of an innovative idea

    admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    The headlines in the new budget are not the numbers but the underline intention of leveraging frugal innovation through technology to transform India into a country that beats for a billion Indians. It is a budget with a difference. Let me explain. As digital revolution transforms businesses worldwide we see new leaders emerge and old struggle to cope with this change Read More
  • CHANGE is what markets voting for

    admin
    26 May 2014 | 5:04 am
    Vineet Nayar’s interview with Vivek law on political capital: Bloomberg TV Transcript of Vineet’s interview. Q- Vineet the market certainly seems to be voting for a change. Is that the general feeling you get when you talk to your colleagues in a corporate World? I think so and Vivek my view is that we have to see this from couple of different perspective. For the last ten years we had a governance issue. We had virtually many governments running the governance rather than a single government and irrespective of the amount of mandate NDA gets I think we are going to see at least a chance…
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    New Directions Consulting

  • Reaching Consensus on Key Decisions as a Self Directed Work Team

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

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

    Deborah Mackin
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Usually the first we try to do when we’re brought in to discuss building a culture around self directed work teams is to convince the organization not to do teaming.  We know, it sounds counter intuitive for a teaming firm like ours to convince the potential client not to do teams.  However, we take that approach for two reasons: 1.  Does the client know of the long-term, hard work and dedication that is needed in order to implement teams as a culture shift and are his/her senior leadership team on board? Are they okay with giving more authority and autonomy to their workers? Are they in…
  • 10 Tips To Becoming the Value-Added, Indispensable Millennial Employee

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

    Matthew Harrington
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building and leadership author, presented two presentations today at the annual SHRM Vermont State HR Conference.  Her first presentation was based off of her recent co-authored book, Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive entitled Leadership Secrets from the Beehive, while the second presentation focused on The Adaptive Coach: Identifying New Competencies Needed for New Generations of Workers. In Leadership Secrets from the Beehive Mackin led a presentation and discussion around the seven key lessons that emerged from studying the inner…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Your Mirror is a Powerful Tool

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

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

    Scott
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    The question posed in the title of this post is one that I’ve heard asked a lot over the years. Usually, it refers to someone having the right mix of temperament, ethics, experience and the like that’s needed to be an effective leader. My guest in the podcast interview that accompanies this post would likely ask the question from a different perspective. Carol Himmelhoch is a professor of leadership at Siena Heights University and she’s recently published a monograph titled "Transformational Leadership and High-Intensity Interval Training". If you’re familiar with CrossFit, you know…
  • Mindful Mondays: How to Feel Amazing in Five Minutes

    Scott
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    One of the ironic effects of the hyper-connected age we live in is that there is very little true listening going on. As I write about in my new book, there’s a lot of transient listening in which we’re so preoccupied with all the thoughts of our multi-tasking minds that we hear each other but don’t really listen. Higher up the value chain is transactional listening in which we’re listening with the goal of accomplishing something or solving a problem. That’s important but doesn’t really do much for the heart and soul. Then there’s transformational listening which is when we…
  • Wow, What a Week – Thank You!!!

    Scott
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Have you ever worked hard on something really important to you and worried if anyone was going to notice when you finished it? I think most of us have had that experience. To be really honest with you, I had that experience a couple of weeks ago as we counted down to the launch of my new book, "Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative". What if I released the book into the world and nobody noticed?
  • 52 Ways to Feel Less Overworked and Overwhelmed

    Scott
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Wow, it has been quite a launch week for "Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative". The response to the book in terms of sales, reader reviews and responses and media coverage has been overwhelming (in a really good way). I'll share more on Friday about what I've learned from talking with people about why they're interested in the book along with some of their stories.
  • Mindful Mondays: The Choice That Saved Husamettin’s Life

    Scott
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Last week, I had one of the more interesting and amazing conversations I’ve ever had with a cab driver. His name was Husamettin. I’ve been in New York for the past week for a series of client meetings and interviews related to the launch of my new book. (Be sure to check out the special launch week offer at the end of this post.) On the way to one of those interviews, I was talking with Husamettin about how he stays sane navigating the crazy traffic of Manhattan. He told me that he has been driving here for 30 years but if he hadn’t changed his approach to his job 25 years ago he…
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  • Lead Like it Matters… Because it Does, part 3 of 4

    Roxi Hewertson
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    We asked Roxi Hewertson about the 8 overarching leadership insights that kick off her new book Lead Like it Matters…Because it Does hitting the stores in just a few weeks. She agreed to share them with us as a four-part series. This is Part 3 of 4. Insight #5: Leading is All About Relationships Let’s get to the heart of the matter. If no one is following you, you aren’t leading. Period. You can manage all kinds of tasks that might involve schedules, money, projects, budgets, and so on, and yet everything you do with your staff and other stakeholders involves relationships.
  • Lead Like it Matters… Because it Does, part 2 of 4

    Roxi Hewertson
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    We asked Roxi Hewertson about the 8 overarching leadership insights that kick off her new book Lead Like it Matters…Because it Does hitting the stores in just a few weeks. She agreed to share them with us as a four-part series. This is Part 2 of 4. Insight #3: Leadership Is a Discipline, Not an Accident We know for sure that highly effective leaders get much better results. There is no debate about this, and you know it’s plain old common sense. Don’t we all want better results? Don’t we want to get more bang for the buck? Those of you who already lead people (as…
  • The Big Picture of Business – Visioning Scope: Applying Vision Toward Your Organization’s Progress

    Hank Moore
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Visioning is the process where good ideas become something more. It is a catalyst toward long-term evaluation, planning and implementation. It is a vantage point by which forward-thinking organizations ask: What will we look like in the future? What do we want to become? How will we evolve? Vision is a realistic picture of what is possible. 7 Steps Toward Strategic Vision Analyze the company’s environment, resources and capabilities. Determine where the Big Picture existed before, if it did at all. Crystallize the core business in terms of viabilities to move successfully forward to…
  • Present for Success

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

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

    Robert Tanner
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    Video: I hope you enjoyed the above video. I’m a big fan of the Three Needs Theory because it is a simple tool that you can use to improve the motivation of your employees. Before you can effectively use the Three Needs Theory, however,  you will have to spend some time getting to know your people. […]
 
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  • Book Review of “Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind”

    Jim Clemmer
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    As I posted a few years ago in “At What Stage Are You in Your Hero’s Journey?” I drew from Joseph Campbell’s pioneering work on mythology in writing my only work of fiction, Moose on the Table: A Novel Approach to Communications @ Work. Campbell’s life work focused on exploring how religions, philosophies, arts and “the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic ring of myth.” Campbell wrote and edited dozens of books on comparative mythology and religion. His books and thousands of lectures focused on finding the “monomyth”…
  • Human Resources Leaders Need to Create More Strategic Value

    Jim Clemmer
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    International consultant and management author, Ram Charan, wrote a provocative article in the July-August issue of Harvard Business Review. In It’s Time to Split HR he declares “I talk with CEOs across the globe who are disappointed in their HR people.” He goes on to explain that CEOs would like to get the same sort of strategic advice from their CHRO (chief human resources officer) as from their CFO and use them as sounding boards and trusted partners in key people and organizational issues. Ram recommends breaking the profession into an administrative department for…
  • Webinar on the 10 Distinctive Behaviors of Innovative Leaders

    Jim Clemmer
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    George Bernard Shaw, the highly creative Irish playwright (he wrote more than 60 plays and won a Nobel Prize in Literature), and founder of the London School of Economics, George Bernard Shaw once declared, “Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’ I dream things that never were, and say ‘Why not’? Seeing things as they could be is more critical than ever to leading at the speed of change in today’s world. Every industry and sector of our economy is experiencing seismic shifts in products, services, and processes. Businesses are being destroyed and…
  • Interview Questions That Made Me Go Hmmmm….

    Jim Clemmer
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    At this fall’s Canadian Society for Training and Development conference I am delivering a full-day pre-conference workshop on November 11, Powerful New Approaches to Building Extraordinary Leadership and Coaching Skills, and a 90 minute conference session on November 13, Revolutionary Leadership Development that Doubles Learner Motivation. In their eNewsletter CSTD shone “the Speaker Spotlight” on me with a series of questions. Answering these questions was thought provoking: How did you end up working in this field? In other words, did you choose this career or did it…
  • Facing a Talent Gap? Archived Webcast Now Available

    Jim Clemmer
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Last week I delivered a fast-paced webcast addressing the serious talent gap impeding many organizations. As I outlined at the beginning of the webcast, research shows: • 70% of executives think their organization lacks adequate bench strength. • 97% of organizations report serious leadership gaps — 40% say these are severe. • 65 to 75% of current senior management will be eligible to retire by 2020. • 40% of leaders hired from outside are pushed out or leave 18 months after joining an organization. • 60% of companies face leadership shortages that impede their performance.
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    Stop Workplace Drama

  • Seeing Self and Others

    Stop Workplace Drama
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is scientific evidence to support that the way we see ourselves and the way we see others influences our communication with them. When you see an employee as less than you, you build a barrier. When you see someone on a committee or board as an adversary you create a barrier. Ready to build a bridge instead of a barrier?
  • Lack of Clarity as a Barrier

    Stop Workplace Drama
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We tend to focus on and thus communicate about what we do not want but rarely communicate about what we do want. It is rare to hear anyone answer the question “what do you want?” with a clear positive statement. Until you are clear about what you want, you can’t get it. Until you are clear about what you want from your employees, associates, or colleagues, they can’t measure up. Clarity is king when it comes to communication.
  • Three Barriers to Strategic Communication

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

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

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

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    I am honored to host this guest post by Marcia Reynolds, author of the new bestseller The Discomfort Zone: Mastering the Art of Turning Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs, and to offer the opportunity to win a free copy of her book. Leave a comment and winners will be randomly drawn on October 24th. As a leader, there will be times when the people you lead or coach get stuck when dealing with difficult decisions and relationship issues. They know they have to resolve their issue but can’t see new solutions. You want to help, but these conversations can stir up emotions, and you…
  • Mindfulness in the Workplace Is More than Meditation

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    In a recent Huffington Post article, Ford Motor Company chairman Bill Ford and former Google.org director Larry Brilliant are described as “business leaders who advocate mindfulness.” The article then goes on to list ten executives who meditate regularly. It’s easy to assume mindfulness and meditation are the same. No wonder there’s confusion. With the increased interest in mindfulness in the workplace, many companies now offer classes in yoga, meditation, and stress reduction, and endorse activities such as spending 5 minutes each day doing nothing and taking time out…
  • Could You Be Off Course Without Knowing It?

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    You’re clear about where you want to go. You made your plans. You’ve started on your journey. Maybe you landed your dream job, or found your soulmate, or have a vision for how you can make a difference in the world. So now, you simply need to focus on execution – on implementing your plans. Right? Wrong! Sadly, it’s not uncommon that at some point in the future, you might take stock and wonder how you ended up where you are. Why does that happen? How is it possible to be off course without knowing it? 1. A huge, sudden external shift. A sudden change in your world can derail you,…
  • Craft Workplace Inspiration With an Organizational Constitution

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

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone thanked you at the end of the meeting and told you how glad they were to have been there? How likely is that to happen? A recent study found that for the second year in a row, workers reported meetings as “the biggest distraction and waste of time presented by the workplace.” Did you know that time spent in meetings has skyrocketed? Harvard Business Review reports leaders spend more than two days a week in meetings, an amount that has increased every year since 2008. Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kevin Eikenberry for his…
 
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  • 5 ways to lead from the head and the heart

    Jane Perdue
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
      I’ve long believed life, love, and leadership isn’t an either/or choice but rather an array of both/and opportunities. One area where someone’s either/or or both/and orientation shows up in stark head or heart contrast is in how they work—whether it’s at the office, home, in the community—with others in producing results. Some individuals are intensely focused on delivering a ... The post 5 ways to lead from the head and the heart appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Time to stop believing the worst

    Jane Perdue
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    His written words were cutting, cold, and cruel. “It’s obvious she’s trying to pull a fast one. Does she think I’m stupid? Some kind of wimp? Tell her she’s finished writing for us. We don’t work with devious people.” My crime? Emailing the wrong file. I’d been in a hurry and carelessly attached an article that ... The post Time to stop believing the worst appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • The business case for women getting an MBA

    Frances Kweller
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Frances Kweller, entrepreneur and founder of Kweller Prep, a learning incubator specializing in advanced test preparation in New York City.   Ideas are nothing. Execution is everything.  While women may have many ideas for starting their own businesses, or for improving an existing business, the problem is that far too few of us ... The post The business case for women getting an MBA appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Investing in your employees’ health

    Marsha Friedman
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:21 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Marsha Friedman, a 24-year veteran of the public relations industry and the CEO of EMSI P.R., a top public relations firm. Marsha is the author of Celebritize Yourself. You can hear her on her weekly Blog Talk Radio Show, EMSI’s PR Insider or connect with her on Twitter. Her insight on investing ... The post Investing in your employees’ health appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 10.3.14 First Friday Favs

    Jane Perdue
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
      I’m fascinated with power. Have been since a boss misused his in describing a colleague as a colorful butterfly and me as a soft and round Aunt Polly. I’m a woman on a mission to rehabilitate our views of power. As I’m writing a book about power, the last month was filled with going through ... The post 10.3.14 First Friday Favs appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
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  • Picking the Right Outsourced Recruiting Partner

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

    Skywalk Group
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    If you are a Human Resources Professional for a company with 100 employees or 50 employees and $50,000 in federal contracts, you are probably in the midst of EEO-1 filing requirements. You also probably know that September 30th is a big day for Human Resources professionals as it marks the due date for when your EEO-1 report is due to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). This is (or should be) a regular part of your recurring calendar year, along with open enrollment, annual compliance training, OSHA training and reporting requirements, and of course the Company holiday…
  • Sign Up Now for Leadership Training

    Skywalk Group
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Beginning in November, Skywalk Group is hosting a leadership workshop designed to help leaders develop key competencies to enhance their current skills, as well as help them grow for future jobs opportunities.  The workshop is first come/first serve, with 12 open spots. Each class will be held from 8am to 12pm in the SWG Conference Room located at 221 2nd Ave SE, Suite #240. Registration must be completed no later than October 28th, if spots are still available at that time. The workshop is $995 per person and includes e-learning, workbooks and a continental breakfast. A 10% discount…
  • RÉSUMÉ RED FLAGS

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

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

  • 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 →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #5 | Boundary Mistakes

    Dawn Lennon
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    “What are the boundary mistakes that supervisors make and how do you fix them?” That’s the question I left you with at the end of Episode # 4. A boundary is border or a limit. At work, boundaries are about … Continue reading →
 
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  • You’re Invited: October 9th Peer Assist – “How Power, Privilege and Race Show Up in Networks”

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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 ...
  • Why Collaboration Is a Top Concern for Every Leader

    Aad Boot
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Originally published on LinkedIn (read original). Senior leaders regularly share with me their concerns about the level of collaboration in the company. They often mention the lack of cross-organizational collaboration they experience, and how this is hindering the company to...
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  • 4 Tools That Will Add Hours To Your Week

    Travis Robertson
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    One thing that gets in the way of most real estate agents being productive throughout the day is all the follow-up calls and emails that have to be made. Discover four tools you can use to DRAMATICALLY speed up the time it takes for you to power through that list of people to call or email so you can get on with your day.The post 4 Tools That Will Add Hours To Your Week appeared first on Travis Robertson.
  • How To Actually Get Repeat and Referral Business

    Travis Robertson
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Every real estate agent wants more referrals coming in to them. Real estate coach and trainer Travis Robertson shares with you FIVE things you can do, starting today, to explode the number of real estate referrals you are getting!How To Actually Get Repeat and Referral BusinessEverybody wants more referrals. Every agent wants more people coming to them or talking about their business, because those are often times the best people to work with. Want to know how to generate more of repeat or referral business? Here are five different things that you can do, starting today, to explode the…
  • How To Finish Your Year Strong

    Travis Robertson
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Real estate coach and trainer, Travis Robertson, shares his ideas on how to finish the year strong! The real estate transactions you plan and complete in the final quarter of this year will directly impact the start of 2015. Nurture leads, close deals, and finish strong!Finish StrongIt is currently mid-October, meaning you have 4 to 6 weeks left to put deals together that are going to affect this year’s goals. If you’re looking to finish the year strong and set up for a great 2015, the first thing you need to keep in mind is this: deals aren’t just going to happen.
  • 7 Core Actions Every Top Real Estate Agent Performs

    Travis Robertson
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Have you ever wondered what it takes to be really successful in real estate? In this video, Travis Robertson explains the 7 keys steps to becoming as successful as the top 10%! 7 Core Actions Every Top Real Estate Agent PerformsThere’s probably no question that I get asked more by real estate professionals than “how do I be successful in this business?” Most agents make around $35,000-40,000/year. That is not enough money to support the life you want and provide for your family. Here are the 7 keys for being more successful in this business:Treat this like a…
  • How To Monetize Your Real Estate CRM

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

  • Tough Day to Be A Canadian

    Colleen Sharen
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    It’s been a tough couple of days to be a Canadian. A young, engaged, caring man has died. Gunshots rang out in the centre of our democracy, Parliament Hill. The bubble has […]
  • Narcissism of Small Differences

    Colleen Sharen
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Have you ever noticed how Canadians are immediately able to list in minute detail how we are NOT like Americans? Or Kiwis can explain how they are different from Aussies? I recently […]
  • The List: Cool Blogs on Learning

    Colleen Sharen
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Learning is a lifelong skill, but most of us don’t really think much about how we learn. Today’s List is about the science and practice of teaching and learning. I’ve recently become […]
  • Gratitude 2014: Happy Thanksgiving

    Colleen Sharen
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Happy Thanksgiving, or if you are from the U.S.A., Happy Columbus Day, or if you are from somewhere else, Happy Monday! As is my tradition on Thanksgiving, I like to write a post […]
  • The List: What I’ve Been Reading

    Colleen Sharen
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Many friends and colleagues send me great reads on a regular basis. So I thought I’d occasionally share some recent reading.  This post includes a number of gems on women in the […]
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • How to Support Employee Career Advancement

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    What do your employees’ want in their careers? It’s an important question, because a lot of your corporate success depends on their sense of achievement. If they’re not engaged, if they don’t see a future with your company, they’re going to leave. Your new mantra: Engage and train to retain. Here’s how our new career management eBook can help.
  • Does Giving Employee Feedback Make Your Managers Howl?

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Does the thought of giving employee feedback make you want to “howl” in frustration? It could be you don’t know where to start or how to do it effectively. Use these best practice tips to combat “feedback phobia” and keep the howling at bay.
  • Is There A Difference Between Happy and Engaged Employees?

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Happiness and engagement are often used interchangedly… but they’re not quite the same thing. Personal happiness is important, yes. But engagement is about having more than just satisfied employees. It’s about the next step and making it a driving force of your performance management culture. Here are five ways you can boost employee engagement.
  • Five Ways to Fail at Setting Goals

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Goal setting is a little like cleaning out the gutters on your roof: you can clearly see the benefits of doing it, but no one is excited about getting it done. To help reinforce why best practice goal setting is so important, we put together a tongue-in-cheek list of the five surefire ways to fail at it.
  • Putting Engagement to Work: The Wheel of Engagement for Task, Work, and Project

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Engagement is more than the general and abstract measurement of attitudes and attachments an employee has with an organisation. Work engagement focuses more on being engaged - or how employees connect and perform with specific work, tasks, and projects. Here are 4 recommendations to make better use of task, work, and project engagement.
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    mgmtideas.com - Latest Content

  • Idea from the Vault: Tell Five Stories at Once

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    We typically see organizational leaders tell two types of stories to inspire their teams. The first, the turnaround story, runs along the lines of "We're performing below industry standard and must change dramatically to survive&mdash;incremental change is not sufficient to attract investors to our underperforming company." The second, the good-to-great story, goes something like this: "We are capable of far more, given our assets, market position, skills, and loyal staff, and can become the undisputed leader in our industry for the foreseeable future." The problem with both approaches is…
 
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  • New Article: Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In their recently published The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think, the authors suggest that such companies all follow the same recipe but use different ingredients, and that they deliver superior levels of performance for longer than anyone has a right to expect. Is persistent, exceptional performance a function of deep moats and thick ramparts, or agility and flexibility in response to competition? Author(s): Michael E. Raynor, Mumtaz Ahmed Source(s): Deloitte Review
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    Peter Barron Stark Companies

  • Are You a Leader People Want to Follow?

    Peter Barron Stark
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    The difference between a leader and a manager is simple. A leader may or may not have a title, but, what they always have are relationships where people are motivated to follow them. Throughout our careers as consultants, we’ve coached many leaders who have struggled to build effective relationships with either bosses, direct reports, or peers who don’t have a high level of respect for their contributions to the organization, or who they are as a leader. Some of the concerns or complaints regarding these leaders have included: Not telling the truth Not being fair – utilizing the…
  • The Top Six Characteristics of Great Leaders

    Peter Barron Stark
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    A participant asked me in a seminar, “If you had to boil down the characteristics of a great leader to just the top six, what would they be?” It is easy to make a long list of characteristics of a great leader. You could probably generate 20 or more traits. For example, being ethical or moral is a given. Narrowing that list down to the top five or six, however, is more difficult. Based on my experience, the following leadership characteristics top the list: Compelling Positive Vision: Great leaders are excited about building a better future, and believe in their ability to do so. They…
  • The Benefits of Being a Questioning Leader

    Peter Barron Stark
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    My 94-year-old father is fond of saying, “Remember, people like you better when they are talking.” Great leaders have figured this out. They have a well-defined ability to lead by asking, rather than telling. These leaders ask great questions, especially when they don’t know the answer. They know that if you ask enough of the right people the right questions, you will ultimately arrive at a great answer. Benefits Leaders who thoughtfully and consistently use questioning skills typically experience several benefits: Increased Innovation – Asking questions encourages people to think in…
  • The Critical Connection Between Confidence and Leadership

    Peter Barron Stark
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    During the past twenty years, our research and hands-on experience with leaders has led us to feel strongly that there is one aspect of leadership that is so critical, that without it, real leadership cannot exist. That one critical component is confidence. Confidence is the foundation of leadership. You can teach a leader to be an effective problem solver; become more decisive; a better communicator; how to coach, mentor and hold team members accountable; and many other fundamentals of leadership. Yet, without that leader first believing in himself or herself, true leadership will exist only…
  • 9 Steps to Build Your Reputation as a Great Decision Maker

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

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
  • A New My Sites Section

    Andy Peatling
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own. The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make WordPress.com faster,…
  • New Theme: Penscratch

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
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    The Modern Servant Leader

  • SERVANT Leaders are Empathetic – Acronym Model

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT (Selfless, Empathetic, Resolute, Virtuous, Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The second principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Empathetic. In order to lead people, you need to know what it feels like to walk a mile in their shoes. Even if you’ve never been in their position, you must have the empathy to perceive their circumstances, from their point of view.
  • SERVANT Leaders are Selfless – Acronym Model

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:38 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 first principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Selfless. If you’re not serving others, you’re not leading. This captures the selfless nature of leadership in a simple statement. Selflessness is about putting the needs of others before yourself. Specifically, we speak here of putting the…
  • SERVANT Leadership Acronym Definition

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    It took me too long to discover servant leadership. It’s taking too long for others to discover the concept as well. Simply put, servant leadership is authentic leadership. If you’re not serving others, you’re not leading. The problem is, most definitions of servant leadership are difficult to understand or share. Therefore, to increase awareness and advocacy I created a more simple definition, using the acronym S.E.R.V.A.N.T. This acronym is not just another model for servant leadership though. Instead, it is a compilation of many, wonderful models before it. In fact,…
  • Why I Started The Modern Servant Leader

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

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

  • To Do In Progress Complete – Project Management and Team Building Activity

    mike
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    This is sort of a team building, project management, goal-setting, communication idea. I walked into the ‘war room’ of a team that I am coaching / consulting and saw something similar to the image above on a large white board. I pointed and asked them, “What’s that?” They replied, “Mike, that came from our last team-development meeting, you were talking about recognizing success and all the small steps we each take within our roles, that lead to project completion. After the meeting we met and decided that you were right. Then we asked ourselves, how can we do that? And this is…
  • Your Big Hairy Audacious Goals are Creating Resistance and Repelling Trust

    mike
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
      “… change can be implemented effectively by focusing on minimal, concrete goals, going slowly, and proceeding step by step, rather than strongly promoting vast and vague targets with whose desirability nobody would take issue, but whose attainability is a different question altogether.” – Watzlawick  ‘Change’ Image Credit Sitting in a meeting room with 12 men wearing suits. We sat for over 6 hours listening, nodding, pretending to take notes showing formal agreement. We agreed upon 3 what they forced me to call  BHAGs or Big Hairy Audacious Goals (Collins 1994). I…
  • Solution Finding Stimulus Try the Other Side

    mike
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Solution-Finding & Innovation Thinking is more than a set of tools. It is a different way of thinking and approaching your work. Plus, I enjoy finding and phrasing questions that break stuckness in thinking. Try the Other Side Thinking Looking at what you want SOLVED… a different result happens by using a different surface, angle, or action from a different location. Reason We get stuck in the one direction or angle or surface of how we are currently doing things. This stuckness can cause us to push harder on the same thing. When a different, maybe better, result develops from reversing…
  • Leveraging diversity to find what works and amplify it

    mike
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    I’m giving this talk / workshop in Atlanta Georgia. The client  is looking for some academic & pragmatic ways to gather a wide variety of ideas, then create ways to implement the ideas. They are trying to shift the  default mode of  problem solving away from people who are senior or tenured within the organization. We’ll see how it goes. Leveraging diversity to find what works and amplify it   Central Argument Gathering ideas from a wide variety of people will lead to more innovative and useful solutions.   Overview of the session With rapid changes to the…
  • Shared language of goal setting will ensure goals are understood

    mike
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    There are many ways to create goals statements. What I find most effective is QQTR. A goal is a what by when. The What Quality – how good does it need to be? Quantity – how much is required? By when Time Frame – when is it expected to be complete? Resources – what is available, how do I access resources, how do I secure more if necessary? QQTR Example(S) Chain of retail stores. We were looking to grow capacity & open new stores. This is only 1 piece of the total operational plan. Task to be completed Increase capacity of retail stores by decreasing over time or increasing monthly…
 
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Requirements Of A Next-Generation Strategy Execution Program (Summarized)

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    In researching how to build a sustainable strategy execution program, we’ve uncovered three major barriers that have to be overcome if the program is to be successful. They are insufficient expertise, prohibitive economics and simple human nature. We’ve determined that these three barriers are actually the major design requirements any truly effective strategy execution program must be able to address. The Expertise Hurdle: To produce lasting results, any complete strategy execution program has to somehow help the organizations that use it to cope with the wide range of expertise…
  • The First Complete Strategy Execution Program (Summarized)

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    The critical question for every business leader is, “How do I build an organization that consistently executes its strategy?” The answer: it takes a complete program. The reasons other approaches do not last is that they are missing key elements. Technology (i.e., performance mangement software) alone is not enough. Training, by itself, is not adequate. Simply reading best-selling books won’t do it. New leadership by itself is not the answer. Retaining better people won’t make the critical difference. Hiring an executive coach by itself will not overcome this challenge. No, the…
  • The Importance of A Repeatable Methodology for Strategy Execution

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    A methodology, or method, is another name for any step-by-step approach to getting something done. A business-building methodology must include the steps that are essential for an organization to build and sustain a healthy, growing business. It must define how the organization sets its goals and priorities and organizes its resources to best achieve these goals. It must teach the organization how to stay focused on what’s important, while dealing with the inevitable surprises that occur regularly in life. It must provide ways to identify where the organization is on plan (or off) and do so…
  • The Importance of Coaching In A Strategy Execution Program

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Most leaders fail to understand the implication of the human nature barriers. Our natural tendency is to do what we like doing, not necessarily what we should. The topic of coaching offers the most insight into what it takes to deliver a complete strategy execution program. Strategy execution coaching implies that an accountability model exists. Employees in organizations will learn to be accountable – that is, they’ll do what is needed and expected – proportionate to the extent in which three factors are present: Expectations are clear. These expectations are perceived as credible and…
  • If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    In business, "if you can't measure it, you can't manage it." When it comes to executing your business strategy, you must first translate the strategic plan into short-term operating objectives or metrics - and progress must be monitored and measured regularly. To achieve strategic objectives, your organization must develop short-term measurable objectives that logically relate to the company's strategy, as well as a plan for how your organization plans to compete: how you will be different from your competition. Unfortunately, this is where most strategic planning sessions end; in a 3-inch…
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    The Resiliency Group

  • Energizing Others—To Your Ideas

    Eileen
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Getting other people excited about our ideas is all about preparation and knowing the audience.  First, consider preparation. Do all your advance research. Has this worked in other places? Can you cite authorities or statistics that back your idea? What are the available resources of time, money, people, etc.? Think in terms of results. What will happen if your idea is accepted? What will happen if it won’t? Who do you need on your side as an advocate for your idea? Tell them your idea and get their feedback so that they have no problem supporting you. Now, analyze the audience. Is…
  • The Secret Leadership Skill: Connection

    Eileen
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    What do Facebook Skype, and reality TV all have in common? They are tangible vehicles for people to connect in a disconnected world. My Space has become the famous/infamous website for people of all ages to share something about themselves in the hopes of finding like-minded souls somewhere in the Universe. Skype is a VoP phenomenon that signs up hundreds of people a day to speak for free via their computer and the Internet. Like My Space, it has an optional provision to display your information and allow strangers to contact you. Reality TV, supposedly, gives you a look at unscripted…
  • Tough Talk Turns Talent into Treasure

    Eileen
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    No one like a “difficult” conversation. We become uncomfortable, concerned, and frankly, would rather avoid them at all cost. However, it is a dereliction of duty when a manager allows someone to stumble without giving the person a chance for honest communication and feedback. This is where Dr. Marcia Reynolds and her wonderful hot-of-the-press book come on.  The Discomfort Zone helps leaders turn difficult conversations into breakthroughs.  Marcia should know. She has over 30 years working with global corporations in executive coaching and leadership training. She is a past global…
  • Five Steps for Turning the Tables on the Boss and Turning the Light on You!

    Eileen
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    By Beverly Kaye & Eileen McDargh National Boss’s Day is October 16th, an international holiday established in 1958 by a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company. Traditionally a day for employees to thank their boss for being kind and fair throughout the year, it was originally conceived as an effort to improve the relationship between employees and their supervisors. There probably have been many times when you and/or your fellow employees have complained about your boss. Plenty of occasions when you said you would never have done it that way, or when you felt you deserved credit or…
  • Retirement card messages offer clues of great leadership.

    Eileen
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Face it: when somebody leaves for good, there’s no reason to “butter up” the boss. Hence I was struck by the hand-scrawled sentiments on two huge retirement cards my close friend received last week. He concluded almost two decades as the president and general manager of a hospitality organization and had wished to just quietly move on. His employees had other ideas. On and off during his last week, team members stopped by to talk and thank him for how he had led them. During his tenure, the operation had seen significant growth and increased levels of customer satisfaction.
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • Rebuilding Trust in the Workplace

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

    Jeremy Unruh
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Good leaders should want their employees to not only succeed but also push their limits and raise the bar. One way that can help employees get there, is through regular goal-setting. This can be challenging because often times, employees don’t understand the overarching visionand goals of a company or organization. So it’s important that all players are aligned on the corporate vision in order to effectively start with the goals process. With that firmly in place, a manager can try to push his or her employees by suggesting stretch goals—the type of target that may seem impossible.
  • 5 Signs you may be a costly Micromanager

    Jeremy Unruh
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Are you a micromanager? Or—perhaps worse—you may be one and not realize it?Here are 5 signs you might be too involved in your employees’ work:-You rarely delegate (and when you do, you are entirely too nervous about it)-You find yourself spending more time overseeing (or even doing) other people’s projects than on getting your own done-You nitpick the details (like putting the cover sheets on the TPS reports) and neglect the 30,000-foot view-You reassign projects—to yourself—before they’re done-You discourage autonomy and decision-making at any level under yoursIf one or all of…
  • How to “Ace” your 360 Feedback Assessment

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

    Jeremy Unruh
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    In most relationships, people want to have trust—with a romantic partner, with a family member, with a doctor or a dentist, with a mechanic or a plumber. In those relationships, without trust as a foundation, much can fail. Shouldn't we see it the same in the workplace? After all, a company’s success is based on trust—consumers must trust the brand, and employees, who, in essence, sell trust to consumers, most definitely need to trust their leaders. CommuniCon, Inc., says that “high-trust organizations have increased value, accelerated growth, enhanced innovation…and improved…
 
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    i360 Insight

  • Accesorios Para Celulares

    admin
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Accesorios Para Celulares Because the iphone has which can be described as a broadly preferred product on the buyer computer and digital market, it’s no real surprise that there are several accesorios para celulares which have debuted about the market. Today, some might be dismissive of the arrival of the accessories seeing lots of the accessories as unwanted (this, incidentally, is really a thoroughly erroneous opinion, albeit one used by several who’ve steadily become negative people). Nevertheless, are to stretching the life of the iphone a number of essential accessories that…
  • LED Warehouse Lights

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    LED Warehouse Lights Lots of people prefer to change oldfashioned regular issues with new types. Same may be the situation nowadays with lightening methods. Launch of pipes and LED warehouse lights have transformed thoughts of numerous people due to their many functions. Those who have aged common lightening methods at their houses have now been changing them with revolutionary and new LED warehouse lights. You will find various type of LED warehouse lights that are offered throughout in various areas. LED warehouse lights are more in style nowadays, but it’s very important to…
  • New Balance 574 Femme Summer Solution

    admin
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    The best thing about New Balance 574 femme summer solution is the fact that they provide a broad number of designs to select from to fulfill your requirements. These top recommendations in New Balance 574 femme summer solution may have you grinning for your most intense during your many informal of actions. These excellent looks today get! New Balance 574 Femme Summer Solution Get the 859ST coaches if you want a higher mileage coach. These shoes feature the brand ABZORB SBS support with TS2 and prolonged internet balance for medial base assistance in addition to a cushioned drive for…
  • Billiga Mens Barbour Hacking Waxed Blazer Jacket

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Leather from Italy is now world-distinguished with regard to its quality, course, and style. A billiga mens Barbour hacking waxed blazer jacket that is good could keep you protected from the factors and about trend in the same time’s cutting-edge. But why is Italian leather therefore special? Why has it been granted the praise it has? These and also other concerns will be responded within the following area. What’s leather? Leather could be an animal that has been totally eliminated of hair’s skin. Skin experiences a complex and difficult process regarding treating tanning,…
  • Selecting The Right Archery Supplies

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Selecting The Right Archery Supplies Hunting continues to be predominant for a large number of decades, equally as a way of activity or entertainment along with a way of success. An enormous quantity of predators in the united states, the united kingdom, Europe along with other nations purchase archery supplies every year. But when you’re a skilled rogue, you realize a talent is for selecting the right archery supplies. Many businesses that market gear for hunting not just market archery gear and weapons, but additionally fly-fishing rogue’s apparel, bags, binoculars, scopes,…
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    Career Advancement Blog

  • Position Yourself for a Promotion & Prepare to Move Up the Ladder

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

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

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

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

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

  • How We Learned Our Language

    Dan Oestreich
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    We gathered around the stony hill and watched it as the seasons turned, and years went by with heat and cold, rain-lashed, sleet-lashed, snow; and then, wan light returning we considered it all and some began to call it patience. There were places we gathered, there and there upon that hill, near the flowing pines who whispered among themselves while we softly hummed, and some of us, learning to dance mimicked with their arms just so, outspread. For lack of something better we called that grace, though we also knew that word would never be enough. Just then it seemed someone heard two hawks…
  • Soul-Making

    Dan Oestreich
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Soul can be a difficult word when it is associated with a workplace. Work and business are the domain of measurement and management, of productivity, logic, structure, systems, strategies and alignments. Often these are things that have little obvious connection to the deeper stories of the people within the systems. Those hidden stories may contain subjective truths and emotional realities, but often such soulful intangibles are regarded as mere distractions, just so much sunlight glinting off the surface of a moving river. Even businesses enlightened to their role and contribution in…
  • On Leading Judgmentally

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

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

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

    David Grossman
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 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 Three Types of Feedback By Adi Gaskell n the early 20th century, psychologists discovered that your brain, just like your…
  • Guest Blogger Les Landes: Getting Value from Values

    David Grossman
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    It’s a rare organization that hasn’t gone through the process of defining their vision, mission and values at one time or another.  It just makes good sense to have a clear picture of where you’re heading and a roadmap for how you’re going to get there.  What’s more, it seems natural to assume that the impact of that process on employee engagement would be highly positive.  Not so much according to a study of 5,000 employees across the country that reported only 4% are “inspired by values and a commitment to a mission and purpose.”  That’s not a typo –…
  • Employee Disengagement and the Warning Signs to Look For

    David Grossman
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Disengaged employees have a staggering effect on business. Studies have shown that lower productivity has an estimated economic impact of $300 billion per year, while increased workplace injury, illness, turnover, absence and fraud have an economic impact estimated at $1 trillion per year, according to The Gallup Management Journal. This is felt around the world at a global level, but it also has very personal and immediate effects on organizations, departments, teams and, as a result, individual employees. So as you consider the impact of disengaged employees on your bottom line,…
  • Weekly Round-Up: On Staying Present as a Leader, the Secret to a Better Reputation through Better Storytelling & the Importance of Holding Others Accountable

    David Grossman
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:21 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 Secret to a Better Reputation Isn’t Better Adjectives—It’s Better Storytelling By Ryan Clancy, Fast Company “In…
  • The Key to Getting What You Want

    David Grossman
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    I've been working with my 4-year-old, Avi, on a critical communications skill - how to ask for what she wants in a kind and caring way. She can problem-solve in a variety of situations. Avi: "If you hold (her sister) Noa, I can go with Dad." She can be persuasive. Case in point: we bought some rainy day activities to have in thehouse. Here was the conversation the next day. Avi:  "I think it's going to rain today." Me: "Avi, it's perfectly sunny outside. It's going to be a beautiful day." Avi: "Are you sure? Looks like rain to me." Me: (finally catching on). "Avi, did you want to play…
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  • New generation learning

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    [View the story "New generation learning" on Storify] © 2014, admin. All rights reserved.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)Visitors have not browsed from this post. Become the first by clicking one of our related posts Related posts: 12 Language learning resolutions for 2014 Can Social Media Really Facilitate Learning? Learning 3.0 Are we up to the challenge?
  • Communication is hearing what isn’t said

    admin
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am
    Peter Drucker once said that, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” Furthermore, one of the pre-suppositions of NLP states that ‘you cannot, not communicate – everything you say and most of what you do will communicate something, so the idea of radio silence, can have the effect of turning the […](Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:Unforgettable Presenters — 15 Tips for Being MemorableBetter Team Communication – Tips For Clearing Up the… Related posts: You Cannot, Not communicate!
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    9 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    Miracle language learning cures – there are so many theories and received ideas about what makes a good learner (especially a good language learner) that a penny for every one would make someone very rich. Miracle language learning cures – let me just take some of that back. There are many spouting the snake-oil, ‘miracle […](Visited 209 times, 1 visits today)Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:Guests BloggersLearning 3.0 Home Related posts: Shortcuts to language learning … dream on 12 Language learning resolutions for 2014 Language Learning in School.
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    admin
    8 Jan 2013 | 3:23 am
    It’s that time of year again, the end of one year and the start of a new one. Time to re-invent, readjust and turn a new page, turn over a new leaf, start again with a clean slate. In a couple of weeks the resolutions will be forgotten, in the past, oh well, let’s crack […](Visited 338 times, 2 visits today)Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:How to do a personal SWOT analysis to Enhance Learning Goals…Learning 3.0 HomeShortcuts to language learning … dream onIf you are feeling down – Get Inspired!Start button Related posts: Why Bother Writing…
  • Social Media – Learning, Innovation, Communication and Collaboration

    admin
    10 Dec 2012 | 3:16 pm
    I was speaking to a client today about the curious case of social media and how his business could really do with thinking about it seriously – cue the sideways glances and skeptical looks. Why do people get so afraid of something that is destined to become an everyday work tool in more ways than we […](Visited 1,080 times, 1 visits today)Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:Social Media & Business – The Wisdom of the… Related posts: Social Media Marketing – 11 of the Most Critical Words to Use in Social Media Employee Communication Via Social Media…
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  • 4 Ways to Make Feedback Easy

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

    Cindy Flanders
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    There’s a reason that companies like General Mills, Goldman Sachs, and Google have incorporated a mindfulness practice into their workplace.  According to a Towers & Watson study, “almost six out of 10 (57%) of employees who claimed to be experiencing high stress levels also reported that they felt disengaged.” read more
  • When They Just Don’t Believe You

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

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

    Cindy Flanders
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Along with millions of people around the globe, I was deeply saddened by the passing of Joan Rivers. She brought the kind of humor I think we could all use a little more of right now. She was ground breaking, gutsy and inspired others. So despite her critics, Joan led her life the way a great leader should by: read more
 
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  • 3 Ways to Delegate When You’re on the Bottom Rung

    Rosemina Nazarali
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Photo via Nguyen Hung Vu/FlickrThis is a guest post by Joe Pawlikowski.Have you delegated any tasks today? Unless you’re in a management position, with employees working under you, chances are you answered in the negative. Which is a shame.How many tasks did you perform today that a person with half your brain power – or even a chimp, in some cases – could do? Furthermore: how does that make you feel at work? Chances are it makes you feel like you don’t have any value to the company.The bad news: your boss isn’t going to give you more meaningful work just because you feel like you…
  • Happy Employees Are Productive Employees

    Rosemina Nazarali
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is a guest post by Heidi Cardenas.There’s no denying that employees who are happy with their surroundings are happier at work. And by extension, employees who are more physically comfortable and aren’t distracted by awkward desk arrangements or back pain from uncomfortable chairs are able to be more focused on work, states Wellnomics.As entrepreneurs and small business owners will find, attention to the work environment is important. From ergonomics to color and light, to amenities like coffee stations and snacks, all of these aspects of an office help create happy employees and…
  • Competition in Work Teams: How Gender Affects Creativity

    Marissa Brassfield
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    (CC) Unsplash If creativity is what you’re after, don’t force your female employees to be part of head-to-head competitions between work teams. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis pitted mixed-gender and same-sex teams in a performance-based competition for a cash prize, and compared this information against actual data gathered from 50 teams at an oil and gas company.The results? When teams competed against each other, men-only or men-dominated groups were far more creative. When teams worked together collaboratively, women-led and women-dominated groups pulled…
  • Breaking Barriers: Organize Your Home Office to Get Stuff Done

    Rosemina Nazarali
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is a guest post by Keri Lunt Stevens.It’s hard to justify allotting several hours to a home office deep clean when you have projects that are due and clients who are waiting. But, what you may not have considered is that your productivity is likely suffering due to the mess you won’t address. Disorganization can cost you in multiple ways including late fees, wasted time and unnecessary purchases (because you—ahem—can’t find anything). To make more time and save more money, use these tips to get stuff done:Barrier No. 1: TimeTo break the barrier of too-little time, assess how…
  • Virgin Group Announces Unlimited Vacation Policy

    Marissa Brassfield
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    (CC) binder.donedat/Flickr Richard Branson is one of today’s most heralded visionaries. His latest policy move at Virgin marks another tremendous step forward in how high-profile companies do business.Employees at the Virgin Group have one more reason to give their all: unlimited vacation. CEO Richard Branson writes in a blog post that salaried staff can “take off whenever they want, for as long as they want.”No need for approval. No tallying up vacation days, either by the employee or by his manager. The decision to work or not work is solely up to the employee.Branson says…
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  • Use Strategic Issues to Create a Better Organizational Strategy.

    Jeff Brunings
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Sure, you can develop good strategy without identifying and analyzing your organization’s strategic issues. But why waste time? You’d be settling with having just a good strategy when you could have had a great strategy. Undoubtedly, identifying and analyzing your strategic issues is often the difference between hitting a triple in baseball versus a grand-slam. What are strategic issues? Strategic issues are the ones that you’re losing sleep over. They’re the ones you think about when you’re driving home from the office. They’re the elephants in the room…
  • Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

    Heyden Enochson
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    After 50 long years, CVS Health quit tobacco products cold-turkey. After merging with Caremark RX in 2007, CVS has been dedicated to helping consumers live healthier lives. The irony? CVS has been selling tobacco products since its conception 50 years ago. No more. Earlier this month, CVS announced they will no longer carry or sell tobacco products and the business implications are huge — $2 Billion in annual sales huge. Yes, that’s billion with a capital B. But, CVS’s company culture and values are dedicated to helping people live healthy lives. There becomes an issue when you’re…
  • Are You Sure You’re Ready for 2015 Strategic Planning?

    Jeff Brunings
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    October’s the time for organizations to start the 2015 strategic planning process. And if you’re like most strategy leaders you also know strategic planning is often bundled with a lot of anxiety. There’s potential for endless meetings, lackluster engagement or even derailment by so-called anti-sponsors. What’s a strategy leader to do? Take ownership. Chart a course. Pave a path. It’s time to start the strategic planning process. But it doesn’t mean the rest of your organization is ready. Bad strategic planning is like throwing a party and no one comes.
  • Don’t Get Worked by Distractions, Work With Them

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

    Todd Ballowe
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    How do I get started using OnStrategy? How do I build the components of the Strategic Plan? How do I update performance of goals? Ideal for strategy leaders and users alike, this webinar guides you through the process, making it quick and simple. Additional Videos The Secret to Strategic Implementation How to Set Smart Goals for your Organization Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
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  • Attention, Control Freaks: It’s Time to Delegate

    Frank Sonnenberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    You’re smart, you’re gifted, and you’re self-assured. You dot your i’s, you cross your t’s, and you’ve got pride and a work ethic that’s second to none. In fact, when you put your mind to something, your work is always outstanding. So I completely understand why you believe “the only way to get things done right is to do them myself.” BUT … if you’re a control freak, and prefer not to delegate, you may be hurting yourself in ways you’ve never imagined. Sure … when you do things yourself, you won’t have to worry about whether they’re done properly. And you’ll…
  • Ever Hear the Excuse “Everybody Does It”?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Executive greed, dishonest politicians, and celebrities living out-of-control lifestyles . . . You’d think these things would infuriate us. Instead, people excuse it away by claiming “Everybody does it.” And that’s supposed to make it acceptable. Does this mean that we find this behavior right? Unfortunately, we’ve become so accustomed to these ills that we’re becoming complacent and even accepting. Is this the way we choose to live our lives? Do our kids view these folks as role models? Do we want our children to live this way? If not, where’s the outrage? The truth is, every…
  • Believe

    Frank Sonnenberg
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Believe Some things are impossible, until they’re not. BELIEVE! Close your eyes and have a little faith in a power higher than yourself. Things work out for no apparent reason. When you least expect it, the stars will align, and magic will fill the air. Your dreams will be born at the intersection of hope and reality. You won’t find an explanation for why, because it may defy all logic and reason. Remember that life unfolds in mysterious ways. Yesterday you hoped for a miracle . . . today it became a reality. When your miracle is born, pinch yourself to make sure that it’s real. It…
  • Do You Take It for Granted?

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    We've known for nearly 20 years that open plan offices stink for the majority of people. Air constitution people love open plan and are usually the architects of them. For earth, water, fire, and ether people open plan offices are a disaster. Video explains better than me. 
  • Order and chaos

    12 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Your outer life grows at the border of order and chaos. This is the outer voice, the emotional and material world. It is the obsession of the West. Your inner world is there. It does not grow. There is no order or chaos. It is only more discoverable. It is the inner voice. The Soul. It is the obsession of the East. Order and chaosYour outer life grows at the border of order and chaos. This is the outer voice, the emotional and material world. It is the obsession of the West. Your inner world is there. It does not grow. There is no order or chaos. It is only more discoverable. It is the inner…
  • Tomorrow

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Go to sleep thankful for this past day and with a bucket list for tomorrow that is bright and beautiful.
  • Motivation

    10 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    All things in nature are interconnected. It's a law. Not one thing happens in nature without it impacting everything else. Balance is always maintained. Drain water from a lake, it is not gone, just moved somewhere. We see cause and effect. We like to see things be the way we like. We like the lake full of water or the oceans full of whales. This is understandable. This is pleasure. Motivation. Got to. Motivation means we want to make things right. We see a wrong and want to right it. This makes us a part of the problem, adding more anger, violence, turbulence to the world even when we feel…
  • Karma

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    As long as we hold onto our childish ego and are insistent on satisfying ourselves the world will stay in as much of an uproar (on the human level) as ever. It only becomes worse and worse under human efforts. As things are invented through our worldly intentions and desires, everything remains in the endless circlel of accumulating karma (troubles). This way of life does not belong to nature but to the infant one.
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    Managers Are Heroes

  • 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…
  • When one bad attitude chips away at morale

    Mike Brown
    1 May 2014 | 4:44 am
    Will negative employee unravel ‘can-do’ work culture? Teamwork is a critical component of successful organizations. A culture where folks willingly jump in to help each other and do their part makes for terrific morale. But one sourpuss can undermine a team and derail productivity and morale. That’s the situation manager Heather Carter found herself in when one employee’s behavior was negatively affecting others. The joy is gone “Janet, how’s the Nelson project coming along?” Heather asked. “It should be finished on time…I hope,”…
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  • Increase Customer Acquisition By 400% With Storytelling

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

    Christine Comaford
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Gartner says that in 2017 CMOs will have a bigger share of the technology budget than CIOs. Mayur Gupta, Global Head, Marketing Technology & Operation at Kimberly-Clark, says it is not about the C-Suite or the budget—the customer is in charge now, and more than ever before. I caught up with him recently to tap his brilliant brain. They’ve Got The Power And Pull Thanks to the vast quantities of info available, the customer now has the ability to make smart choices with speed and agility anytime and anywhere she wants. Not only is she in charge and in full control but she is also…
  • 4 Content Marketing Mistakes That Will Wreck Your ROI

    Christine Comaford
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Here’s what we do know: content marketing is a massively effective method of increasing ROI and overall customer engagement. Here’s what we don’t know: content marketing is not as easy as whipping up some content and tossing it into the oven of the Internet. Careful consideration and strategy is required, and sometimes, even with the best intentions, major mistakes can be made right from the get-go. Are you happy with your content marketing results? If not you may be making one of these crucial mistakes. Recently I sat down with super brain Amanda Milligan at Fractl (an online…
  • Today’s Workforce Only Wants Three Things

    Christine Comaford
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    What does today’s workforce want, really? Early retirement? Ever-elusive work-life balance? Or just a decent place to work with nice people? While the war for talent continues, the talent themselves are strategically deciding with whom they want to align.Here’s how to get them to want to align with YOU. According to a recent study by Ranstad, employers need to brand themselves intentionally–and “branding strategies cannot be left to chance… strategies require a laser focus on building core components – factors like company culture, candidate…
  • Stop Scaring Your Team Into Mediocrity

    Christine Comaford
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Are your team members taking initiative and owning their roles or are they cowering in the corner? Wherever they are, rest assured you helped to put them there. It is time for leaders to learn to be agile, to fail forward, to live in their Smart State (where emotional engagement, innovation, collaboration reign) and ultimately, guide their teams there too. Unfortunately, we aren’t always aware of what sends us into our Critter State  (fight/flight/freeze) and what sends us into our Smart State. In a previous blog I covered what happens when performance hijacks occur. Our Critter State is…
 
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    JMLalonde.com

  • Why Fair Isn’t Always Fair

    Joseph Lalonde
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Growing up, we all heard that we had to be fair to others. This meant not getting an extra cookie in the lunch line. Or maybe being fair meant that everyone got the same sized treat. Still, fair could also have meant we all had to take turns singing a silly song in class. We were taught by making everyone have the same treats or the same amount of time on the ball field or taking turns was the fair thing to do. Knowing what I know now, I have to say I disagree. Much like I disagreed back then. Image by Patrick Seabird This fair mindset often seeps into our leadership. After all, it’s…
  • Give Me A Reason

    Joseph Lalonde
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    That’s what every member of your team is trying to tell you. Please, give me a reason! Give me a reason to follow you. Give me a reason to believe in the organization. Give me a reason to keep pushing forward. Image via Creative Commons As a leader, are you giving your team a reason? If not, it’s time to begin giving reasons. The reasons have to be encouraging to your team. The reasons have to inspire your team. The reasons have to have purpose behind them. Reasons Worth Giving Your team is longing for a reason to serve. Lets give the team a reason. I believe these areas are key…
  • 15 Leadership Lessons From Fury With Brad Pitt

    Joseph Lalonde
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    The previews for Fury looked amazing. A World War 2 war movie about the Sherman tank named Fury and her crew, Fury looked like it could compete with Saving Private Ryan. From the reactions of the Celebration Cinema staff and the chit-chat of movie goers as they left, Fury was the best movie since Saving Private Ryan. I can’t say as I don’t know if I ever watched Saving Private Ryan. What I can say is that Fury is a gripping and gritty movie about war-time. The cast was superb. Stars such as Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeou, and Logan Lerman (he was Percy Jackson in Percy Jackson & The…
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Becoming A Heart-Centered Leader

    Skip Prichard
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    Matters of the Heart Students of leadership will often look at the intellectual attributes of a great leader. We point to great strategy, distinction, winning against the competition.  Leadership is also about matters of the heart.  Susan Steinbrecher and Joel Bennett’s book Heart-Centered Leadership reminds leaders to be mindful, authentic, and caring. I recently had the opportunity to ask Susan Steinbrecher about her work. Susan is a consultant, mediator, speaker and leads Steinbrecher & Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm.   “ “Never look down on anybody…
  • Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success

    Skip Prichard
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    The New Rules You’ve heard the advice, but maybe you are uncomfortable: Why standing out is more important than ever The importance of personal branding How to get noticed in a crowded world More than ever, your career opportunities are dependent on your reputation.  The good news is that there are more tools than ever to help you get started. Dan Schawbel is a columnist at Time and Forbes.  He is the managing partner of Millennial Branding.  If you haven’t read his many articles and blog posts, you may have heard or seen him in the media.  As I was reading his latest book, Promote…
  • Greatness and the Great Pumpkin

    Skip Prichard
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Creating Greatness Every year there are giant pumpkin contests where a fierce competition ensues to show who has grown the biggest fruit.  Only a few months ago, the new world record was set at 2,032 pounds.  My wife enjoys baking pumpkin bread, and I cannot imagine how many loaves that monster pumpkin would help create. In reading about the creation of these giant pumpkins, I noticed that the growers credit good seed, good soil, and good luck. You cannot grow a champion pumpkin without the right seed.  The little seeds are specifically developed to yield amazingly large pumpkins.  …
  • Take Command: Leadership Lessons from A First Responder

    Skip Prichard
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Not many of us will face hostile enemy fire in foreign lands.  We won’t lead a team to intervene in humanitarian situations, nor will we need to manage a crisis with lives literally on the line.  Still, the leadership principles from these experiences are adaptable and applicable to all of us. Jake Wood served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, earning numerous awards for his distinguished service.  He has been named a 2012 CNN Hero.  In 2010, he co-founded Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization focused on disaster response. The organization gives military veterans a purpose as they…
  • How to Ruin a Business Without Really Trying

    Skip Prichard
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
      Would you like to ruin a business? Have you been looking for tips that will guarantee you to fail? Want to screw up your next big deal? I didn’t think so.  That’s why you should read my friend, MJ Gottlieb’s new book How to Ruin a Business Without Really Trying: What Every Entrepreneur Should Not Do When Running a Business. Because it will save you a lot of time, money, pain and aggravation to learn from someone else’s mistakes rather than your own. Don’t own a business?  His advice isn’t just for entrepreneurs.  The same advice for an entrepreneur applies in the…
 
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • Sheroes Must-Do’s : Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly

    Nischala
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    I first heard of the word Sheroe from Sairee Chahal, Founder and CEO of Sheroes.in (A careers community of women achievers).  She defined a Sheroe is “Any woman who makes a choice, and makes the choice work for her“. Short, Simple, Sweet, Profound and very relevant for the woman of today – especially if you are a women at work – be it corporate (Corporate Sheroe as I call it) or entrepreneur (entrepreneur Sheroe as I call it) or Mompreneur (Mompreneur Sheroe as I call it). The word caught my fancy when I first heard it, something about it appealed to me – I…
  • Do you participate in Tweet Chats? 6 Compelling reasons you should..

    Nischala
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    I started participating in Tweet chats several months ago. At first, it was just out of curiosity. Over a period of time, I realized the many benefits (not to mention, I enjoyed myself too!) and continue to participate in a few chats regularly. Some of the Twitter chats that I’ve been part of include #Bufferchat, #Eduin, #IndiaHrChat, #chrdx, #hrtrends, etc. According to this Forbes article, a Tweet chat is a live Twitter event, usually moderated and focused around a general topic. To filter all the chatter on Twitter into a single conversation a hashtag is used. A set time is also…
  • Women at Work | Mantras to live by…

    Nischala
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Filed under: Mantras and Lessons, Women At Work Tagged: Mantras, women at work
  • Blogging for Business / Run a corporate blog? – Here are a list of topics for 1 year (for FREE!)

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

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

  • Turning up the heat: Golf in Bahrain

    Travel Tuesday
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    While our previous Travel Tuesday post took us to Argentina where it’s currently winter, this weeks post really turns up the heat and shows just how deep the love of golf runs in some of our people! Here, European Director Rolf den Nieuwenboer works on his tan and his golf swing in the 100*F / 37*C heat of the Bahrain desert. Given the backdrop it makes one wonder, what exactly are the drop rules if you hit your ball under an oil pipeline?
  • Kaufman Global Attends SSPHA and NASMHPD Mental Health Conference

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

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

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

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

  • Positive Proof that Culture Works

    S. Chris Edmonds
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m a culture geek. I’m bold with leaders, telling them they’re leaving money on the table if their team or department or company culture isn’t based on trust, respect, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Mindfulness Alternative

    S. Chris Edmonds
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week features an interview with Scott Eblin, executive coach and best-selling author of The Next Level. Scott just released his latest book, Overworked and Overwhelmed. What prompted you to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Your Brand On Purpose

    S. Chris Edmonds
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week I jumped at the chance to interview Dan Schawbel, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success. Dan is an expert on personal branding –... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How is Your Culture Engine Running?

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

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

  • How to Put a Safety Mask on Your Business

    Meg Rulli
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    When flying on an airplane, the first thing you hear upon takeoff are the safety standards of the airplane: “In the event of a decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you… If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask first, and then assist the other... Read More»          Related StoriesHow to Put a Safety Mask on Your Business 
  • 5 Rules to Avoid a Collaboration Hangover

    Kristof De Wulf
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In a world gone social, an ever increasing number of organizations are chasing the benefits of social collaboration, both inside and outside their own walls. With initiatives such as Google launching its high altitude balloons to wirelessly connect billions of people in remote areas, global collaboration has never been easier and is expected to surge in the next decade. How to make sure you don’t suffer from a collaboration hangover?... Read More»          Related Stories5 Rules to Avoid a Collaboration Hangover 
  • Shifting to a New Definition of “Job”

    David Houle
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Leaders now find that they are leading employees and contractors and that these people can be located around the world. Are you leading with this in mind or are you stuck in the old, place based hierarchical way of thinking? ... Read More»          Related StoriesShifting to a New Definition of “Job” 
  • Breaking The Top 7 Millennial Stereotypes

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council) surveyed some folks about the truth behind Millennial stereotypes. Here are 7 responses to help us better understand Gen Y.... Read More»            CommentsTesting the comments section… by YouTernAll the things said by these millennials are so true i know ... by Nisha VargheseRelated StoriesBreaking The Top 7 Millennial Stereotypes 
  • Embracing the Core of Your Culture

    Mark Lukens
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    You already have the ingredients to make your company far more powerful. You might not realize it, but there is something in the makeup of your company that a strong, dynamic culture can be built around. Something that can focus your whole organization on its prime purpose. The key is identifying that thing.... Read More»          Related StoriesEmbracing the Core of Your Culture 
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    Sales Coaching Blog

  • Sales Coaching: 4 Leadership Traits of Sales Managers

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sales Organizations are unique in ways that create unique challenges. According to Harvard Business Review contributor Scott Edinger, and noted in this previous blog post by Kristi Shoemaker, the most difficult leadership position is head of sales.   
  • Two Critical Sales Coaching Questions

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Andy wanted to sell more, and he certainly wanted to make more money.  Andy didn’t want to be good, he wanted to be great.  Intellectually he understood he wasn’t doing what was needed to be a top producer, but he could not have articulated exactly what he needed to do (or perhaps not do).  Mentally, Andy did not know what was holding him back.  Most sales organizations have many Andy’s, or certainly producers who want more, but are not doing what it takes to sell more.  Sales managers need to ask themselves the following two questions:
  • Leadership challenge: Thinking outside the box

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Sometimes we are all in need of a fresh perspective.  My constant inspiration to think outside of the box most often comes from my son Aden and his band of brothers he calls neighbors, friends, teammates…dudes.  Recently they were all staring at our play structure in the backyard which they had sadly outgrown and said to one another, what else could it be?  And then the craziness really began.  My husband and I let the boys build, and build and build…and build.  After 2 weeks we had quite a mess and a veritable ‘condo’ for 12-year old boys in…
  • Sales Coaching Research: What You Do Matters

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Sometimes in data analysis, the meaningful findings are the non-significant ones and importance really isn’t important. Today, I gained a greater perspective into how impactful the actual behaviors of a sales managers are to reps in the world of sales coahcing. Let me explain:
  • Sales Management Resources: Begin with the right mindset

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude” – Thomas Jefferson   Executive sales leaders have a huge opportunity to grow more revenue, build a world-class sales department, and be the envy of their competitors. However, it is not going to be easy and therein lies the problem. Not too long ago I heard from an EVP of sales that he did not want to bring the same level of accountability to his sales management team that he has in place for his sales producers. What? How…
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    Doug Smith Live

  • Two Life Changing Videos from Light of Life

    Doug Smith
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    On Tuesday, we held our annual More than a Meal Gala at Light of Life. It was an incredible evening raising money for the homeless men, women, and children of Pittsburgh. We debuted the following video testimonies of two of our graduates. I can’t encourage you enough to take ten minutes to watch their stories. I promise you that they will have a profound impact on your life.Robert’s Story:Angela’s StoryI absolutely love getting to be a part of this ministry. Jesus said that whatever you do for the least of these, you do unto me. When you give your time, talent, and money to…
  • Shine Your Shoes

    Doug Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    About a year ago, I was meeting with a mentor, getting coached on a difficult situation I was in. We met for about an hour. At the end of our time together, he looked at me and asked, “Do you mind if I give you some feedback?”“Sure!” I said. I did not expect to hear what he said next… He said, “Shine your shoes! I’ve been distracted by them the entire time we’ve been meeting and as a result, I have not been able to give you the focus I would have liked to.”At first I thought to myself, “Really? Shine my shoes? Out of everything we…
  • Episode #46: Melanie Mitro on Leadership [Podcast]

    Doug Smith
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
     Episode #46: Melanie Mitro on LeadershipThis episode comes from our Learning to Lead Breakfast series. Our October 2014 speaker was Melanie Mitro. Melanie shared her story and the leadership lessons she learned on her way to becoming the #1 Beachbody coach in the country. Everyone who attended the breakfast learned so much. I hope it adds as much value to your life as it did to mine! Below you will find Melanie’s bio, ways to connect with her, some of my key takeaways, and upcoming announcements for Learning to Lead.Our next breakfast will be Saturday, November 15th at 8 a.m. at…
  • Valuing the Familiar

    Doug Smith
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. 55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his…
  • Grow Your Gift [Podcast]

    Doug Smith
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    Last week my wife had the opportunity to speak at CRU at Slippery Rock. She spoke on the importance of growing the gifts God has put inside of us. It was one of the best messages I’ve ever heard her share! She lives this message out every day. I hope it adds as much value to your life as it did to mine! The notes for her message are below! Enjoy!Notes:Growing your Gifts “God expects me to grow in my gifts”.Romans 12:6-8 – 6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much…
 
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    LaRae Quy | Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • The Secret To A Successful Mindset

    LaRae Quy
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    If you're new here, you may want to receive notices of new blog posts via email. Thanks for visiting - LaRae.FBI agents are required to qualify at firearms at least four times a year throughout their career. Years of training in mock arrest scenarios and target practice prepare agents to respond to threats automatically. When confronted with fast-moving situations, there is no time for decision making—they must rely on instinct to survive.  Training is an important component of mental toughness because it builds confidence, produces a sense of control, and provides insights into our…
  • 4 Secrets Of Mental Toughness

    LaRae Quy
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The FBI made its reputation hunting down mobsters like John Dillinger and Al Capone. But times have changed, and as the world has become more complex, the FBI has changed its focus to knottier and more sophisticated cases such as terrorism, cybercrime, and counterintelligence. It’s no secret the world has become more complex. Neither life nor business are as simple as they were—even a few years ago. It is no longer a matter of knowledge, ability, and skill. We also need to be psychologically prepared to deal with strong competition, recover from mistakes and failure quickly, tackle tough…
  • 4 Ways To Increase Your Odds of Success

    LaRae Quy
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:26 pm
    My first job out of college was a dead-end position as a Buyer at a fancy retail store in Arizona. I thought this would be the perfect position for me because—surprise, I loved to shop! Although I dreaded going to work everyday, I found myself wooed by the glamour of the position and the great discount on very expensive clothes. PODCAST:  http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/4-Ways-To-Increase-Your-Odds-Of-Success.mp3 At first, I was enamored with the idea of being a fashion buyer—and I was successful by most people’s standards. But I came to be miserable, because I was…
  • 9 Questions To Help You Move Forward When You Feel Helpless

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

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

  • What box do you fit in?

    Kim
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Yesterday I talked about self-identity. I’m thinking through this for a reason. I highly suspect that: Just as we tend to change careers every 7 years, we also tend to need to redefine our boxes (which means teens aren’t the only ones working on self-identity). When we are solely defined by what others think of […]
  • How do you define yourself?

    Kim
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    How many facebook quizzes have you taken this year? For a certain age of person (think teen years) this seems to be a part-time occupation. After all: No one is more interesting to you. No one is really more of a mystery to you than yourself. Why else would we take all those quizzes? Theorists […]
  • What makes you okay?

    Kim
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Many of us feel okay by setting a standard and meeting that standard. What do you use to make yourself feel okay? Some people define themselves by Family relationships Knowing and obeying all the rules Our mistakes and failures In John 8 Jesus and the Pharisees face off about how we define ourselves. Jesus suggests […]
  • What to do in a freakout

    Kim
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Tonight, I get to share with the Calvary Christian Assembly women for the fifth week. We’ve been looking at the process of change (knowing what you are letting go of and letting go of it, redefining who you are without what you lost, and new direction) alongside Elijah’s life. Tonight we hit 1 Kings 19 […]
  • I can’t do ministry – I have kids

    Kim
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    A few things have converged to bring this post about: I’ve heard an increased chatter on bivocational pastors – pastors who have a full time job, and a church. A friend and I had a discussion on how it is assumed that women with children don’t have the time or energy to do anything that […]
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    Coaching Excellence

  • It’s Time For A “Corporate Wellness” Checkup

    ipeccoaching
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Prior to becoming a coach, I spent about 15 years in the highly competitive world of Hollywood. Like Corporate America, the film business is seldom synonymous with wellness. Fortunately, times have changed and companies are waking up and embracing employee wellness. The wellness bandwagon is gaining momentum. In September 2014, CEOs from nine leading companies—such as Aetna, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, and Verizon—banded together in a public commitment to health and wellness programs. Not only did they vow to promote comprehensive programs focused on exercise, nutrition, tobacco…
  • Are Millennials Changing The Way The Game Is Played?

    ipeccoaching
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Some might argue that golf has been the traditional game of business. More deals have been made on the golf course than one could imagine. It takes around four hours to play 18 holes of golf. Time well spent if you are on the course with a prospect or client. Where else would you have their undivided attention for an extended window of time? Especially given that most business meetings last one to two hours in total. Even so, millennials (75 million people born between 1980 and 2000) are not buying into the game. The National Golf Federation reports there […]
  • Fall Into A Season Of Change

    ipeccoaching
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    There is something magical about the fall. Those brisk early mornings. The crisp, starlit nights. The sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet. And, the colors. All those wonderful colors. It’s as if Mother Nature unleashes every hue on her palette. There are hayrides and Halloween celebrations. Apple picking. Mums. Around my house we have lots of mums. The smell of a wood-burning fireplace. And, though it is inescapable, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention pumpkin-spice-flavored-everything. To some, autumn signals an end. An end of summer. An end of short sleeves and…
  • Tips To A More Productive Day

    ipeccoaching
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    We all know people that get a lot done in one day – more than the average person. Are they more motivated? That could be one reason, but most likely it is a combination of attitude, organization, and passion. Having the right attitude about what you are doing makes a big difference. Instead of looking at a task as something you have to do, try approaching it in a more positive way. Although there are many things that we have to do that we might not want to do, if you decide that the task is worthwhile, you will get […]
  • The Secret To Creating Perfect Moments

    ipeccoaching
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The average person lives about seventy-nine years. If my math is right, that comes out to about 2.5 billion seconds that each of us spends on this planet. Let’s assume that each second equals one moment. That’s a lot of moments we’ll experience. Some of us will have more, some fewer, but no one can be exactly sure how many or who will gain or lose in the long run. Now, let’s think about perfect moments. I’m not sure exactly how we’d define a “perfect moment.” It certainly can vary. For many it would be the birth of a child. […]
 
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    Blog entries

  • The Narratives of Columbus Day and Political Ads

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I believe people respond best to narratives, not statistics, and that is important for leaders to remember. Effective narratives often include stories and have a message that pushes people to act. Statistics by themselves, while interesting to people like me, rarely push us into action.
  • Did You Know There is a U.S. Presidents Club?

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Only 43 men have known what it is like to be President of the United States. So when a person becomes President there are only a few living souls who really understand what the job entails, and that is where the Presidents Club comes in.
  • So, What is the Mason-Dixon Line?

    2 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    This past weekend when Patti and I drove to Virginia we passed a sign noting we were crossing the Mason-Dixon Line. Patti asked me how it got the name and wondered if it was named after someone related to the Civil War. She had always heard the term when people spoke about the North and South and free and slave states, so her assumptions were logical.
  • Effective Leaders Ask the Right Questions - Part 2

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I am always learning how to ask the right questions. And while I love watching Billy on the Street ask questions, his type of questio...
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    peoplediscovery.co.uk

  • 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 really being implemented throughout the UK.   It was an exciting times, a new ask was being made of “Personnel Departments” and businesses were curious and expectant about how this new model of HR would benefit them.  Human Resource Champions: The Next Agenda for Adding Value and Delivering Results List…
  • Christina Lattimer Interviews Sir Richard Branson

    Christina Lattimer
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    Interview with Sir Richard Branson Founder of Virgin Group This is the final interview in this wonderful series about the 6 Challenges identified by CEO’s across the globe, highlighted by the Centre for Creative Leadership in their Report in 2013.  When I turned my attention to who I would want to interview for this important final issue,  the first person who sprang to mind was Sir Richard Branson.  To me Richard epitomises the ultimate combination of brilliant leadership and business skills.  Richard has successfully, transparently and wholeheartedly lived his values which have…
  • Your Thinking Will Determine The Success of Your Business

    Christina Lattimer
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    We all know positive thinking is beneficial. There has been lots of research carried out which shows the business benefits of positive and happy people in your business will make it more successful, productive and innovate. Whether we like it or not, our reality is changed by the way we think. If you don’t believe that, then you need to get in touch with the latest Quantum Science.   As it turns out, we are all energetically connected, and as we change our energy, everything; yes everything,  in the Universe is changed; even if imperceptibly. As a great advocate of wellbeing, not just…
  • How to Make Sure HR Adds Value to the Business

    Christina Lattimer
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    You may be an HR Professional leader, or a manager relying on HR to help move your business forward. Whichever role you play, you have likely been at some point a party to a discussion about whether HR brings value to the table.   When discussing the value that HR can bring, there are often a range of views. Many of the problems HR seem to have in delivering value and earning credibility is that the HR role is often seen differently depending on the culture of the organisation. For years of course, HR, was the Personnel Office. This was where they used transactional processes to underpin…
  • The Getting Of Wisdom

    Christina Lattimer
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Wisdom is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise“. How is wisdom measured? But how is wisdom measured?  How do we know who is wise or who isn’t?  Isn’t wisdom a subjective judgment made in the light of whether we agree with the person or not?  Do the army of ISIL think their leader who is beheading victims in support of their “cause”, believe he is wise?  Does the risk-taker who makes good,  look like a person of wisdom, or is the cautious person who takes the…
 
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    Activate Group, Inc

  • Learning To Count On Everyone

    Howard Shore
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Your team grows and advances based on your leadership skills and direction. Every team has a group of individuals that excels over another. As a leader you need to learn to count on everyone on your team and to elevate everyone from the level they are at. You can start today by delegating new tasks, but before you do, make sure you incorporate these important factors. Selecting the Individual or Team Are you going to the same people over and over again when delegating a task or project? Is it possible you’ve become too comfortable with specific individuals or teams? Doing so may…
  • Agree on Deadlines

    Howard Shore
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Agree on Deadlines The deadline is the most painful and underappreciated part of delegating a task. Too many leaders give people tasks without setting a deadline or asking what else they have on their “to do” list. This is a motivation killer. You must keep in mind that even though the task you are assigning is of great importance, your employees have their tasks too. Do You Ever Say No? Most people are trained to never say “no.” They have been wired to say “yes,” even when they know they already have too much on their plate. Often, the delegator already knows this, but chooses…
  • Why Are You Delegating?

    Howard Shore
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Why Are You Delegating? Delegating can be very difficult for many leaders. What they do not realize is that it actually can benefit not only them but their employees too. There are really three important reasons to delegate work: to better control our use of time, to build our people, and to motivate our people. Better Control Our Use Of Time You come into work, you begin to check emails, then the phone rings, a coworker then steps into your office, before you know it is lunch time. Sound familiar? You haven’t even begun to start you day and already you are behind. You need to…
  • Business Planning and Core Values Must Unite!

    Howard Shore
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Business Planning and Core Values Must Unite! As you plan your agenda for your next business planning session, I hope you have carved out some time to discuss core values. If you study any great company, one that produces exceptional performance, you will find culture is a key component to their success. Great culture does not happen by accident, and thus it is imperative that part of your business-planning process addresses how you will build and nourish your firm’s culture. CULTURE = CORE VALUES Core values are the rules that when practiced daily by your employees shape and define your…
  • Action Plans Lead to Success

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

  • The CLADEA network: necessary and more relevant than ever

    Eugenia Bieto
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    In early September ESADE’s Barcelona campus became a true reflection of today’s global, interconnected society as more than 500 people – professors, researchers, students and business leaders – gathered for the 49th CLADEA Annual Assembly from 3rd to 5th September. For three intense days, ESADE’s auditoriums, classrooms, hallways and grounds became the nerve centre of Latin America’s largest business school network. It was an academic celebration of the exchange of trend-setting ideas and the collaborative launching of innovative educational initiatives. Most importantly, however,…
  • Ruralmind, showcasing our students’ entrepreneurial skills

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

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

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

    Eugenia Bieto
    20 May 2014 | 4:44 am
    Earlier this month I travelled to New York to attend the 2014 Spain Economic Forum. The event was organised by the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an institution that, since its founding in 1959, has expanded its reach to become a key player in the economic relations between the two countries. At the Spain Economic Forum, I had the opportunity to share ideas with several members of ESADE Alumni who are now successful professionals in the United States. I was proud to see how ESADE-trained professionals such as Daniel Landaluce (Lic & MBL‘99), Chair of the Organising Committee for the…
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    Random Acts Of Leadership™

  • Three Necessary Conditions for Changing Someone’s Mind

    Susan Mazza
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dr. Marcia Reynolds is passionate about changing the conversations leaders have at work. She feels the most effective leaders help people think more broadly for themselves, and believes that when leaders have powerful conversations that change people’s minds from the inside out, the workplace comes alive with an eagerness to discover what is possible.  People don’t change because you want them to. They might not even change if they want to. Three conditions must be present for people to engage with you to explore new ways of looking at situations: willingness, desire, and…
  • Are You Willing to Speak up?

    Susan Mazza
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi from India, for their extraordinary work in standing for the right of all children to an education.  For most of us in the western world, speaking up may require courage, but rarely does it require us to risk our lives as was the case for Malala. She was not allowed to go to school as a girl because of Talibanization.  Here is an excerpt from her story: “At that time I stood up for my rights and I decided that I would speak up.  I did not wait for someone else. I had really two options.  One…
  • The Key to Alignment

    Susan Mazza
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The mood was extremely tense. Forty leaders gathered in a room to address a crisis in their community. The meeting was closed to the press. There was a story to be told, but none of these leaders wanted to let the press turn an isolated incident into an indictment on their town. We had two hours to get on the same page about how to handle the situation. History would definitely not have predicted a positive outcome.  It seemed unlikely this group could reach agreement about anything, let alone something so significant.  As one of the key players described it, this was a lions den. Despite…
  • Lead From Your Greatness Zone

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

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

  • Asking a More Beautiful Question

    Susan Freeman
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week’s Step Up Tip comes from Leading Blog. It builds upon the Step Up Now foundational principle of curiosity. We coach our leaders to develop the capacity to be curious, and to engage through questions, the hallmark of the coaching leadership style. “If our questions are so unimaginative and predictable that Google can guess what we’re asking before we’re even three words in”, says Warren Berger, “then we aren’t asking the right questions.” “It’s the questions Google cannot easily anticipate or even answer that we should be asking. Asking the right questions helps…
  • Mid-Life Career Pivot: Are You Ready?

    Susan Freeman
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    I’ve been privileged to coach many successful executives and leaders who are in mid-life career transition. I enjoy this work immensely, due in part to the fact that I myself once stood in their place. I remember the feelings of knowing there was something else I wanted to do, but couldn’t identify exactly what that was. Well-meaning colleagues forwarded opportunities for positions, none of which held any appeal, in spite of the fact that I had the skills and experience to do the work. What happens then? If you’re like many boomers, this can be a bit of a scare. … The post…
  • How to Lead from the Creative Zone

    Susan Freeman
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    This month, along with Conscious Shift Magazine, we explore how to tune in to creativity; both in ourselves and with others. I am privileged to work with leaders who value creativity and innovation. Because the work we do positively impacts their ability to lead creatively, this is one of my favorite coaching topics! There is a common misperception that creativity is limited to a select few among us; writers, artists, musicians, or those in the “creative arts.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Leadership is truly a creative endeavor. To create a business, product or service…
  • What are you making room for as a leader?

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

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

  • What is Integrity? Beyond “I’ll Know It When I See It”

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton During the recent 2014 NeuroLeadership Summit, Jamil Zaki (an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford) talked about an interesting experiment the Stanford Neuroscience Lab did. The team took a large number of Fortune 100 statements of company values and generated a word cloud from them to see which word would appear most often. Which word was it? Integrity was the most frequently used word. This experiment reveals a general agreement that integrity is important, but what exactly does it mean? People may understand it in very different ways.
  • 3 Factors That Numb Ethics Efforts (And 3 That Energize Them)

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton To build a strong ethical culture, leaders should take a positive, preventive approach to ethics. That would include communicating clear ethical values and expectations and quickly stopping any unethical behavior. But those things are not enough by themselves. There are cultural factors that either enable our prevention efforts or disable them.
  • Focusing on Profits? Watch Out For the “Blinder” Effect

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton We need profits to exchange goods and services, pay bills and grow our businesses. So what's the problem with it? The problem is that profitability cannot become our defining business goal, and it cannot replace values as the central beacon of our decision-making.
  • 5 Ways to Talk About Ethics (Without Being “Blah Blah Boring”)

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton We owe it to our employees to make ethics real. People learning ethics are often given "blah blah boring" material (and then expected to remember and apply it). I believe that this is not just a mistake, it's a crime! Why? Because ethics is anything but boring. Ethics is really interesting stuff when you dive into its complexities. Today I'm sharing 5 ways to talk about ethics without being "blah blah boring." Feel free to use these as conversation starters with your team, and let me know if they make your conversations more meaningful.
  • Trust-Building Requires Trust-Giving

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

  • Join me: I’m building the perfect notebook (preview & insight into the upcoming Kickstarter!)

    kate
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    For my whole career, I’ve been looking for the perfect notebook. Taking notes is one of my secrets of success as a successful leader. It is how I show up with the right answers, it is how I make smart connections between ideas, and it is how I set myself apart as someone who can think big picture while still getting things done day-to-day. And yet, most of the time, I have struggled to find a notebook that really meets my needs. I want something with tons of organization, lots of space for taking notes, and something I can customize for all my different needs (research, planning…
  • 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…
  • A guide for new managers: how to own your role and build a successful team

    kate
    8 Jan 2014 | 9:05 am
    When I first became a manager, I was not very good at my job. I struggled to find the right balance, prioritize the right things, and communicate with the right people to make myself and my team successful. It’s a big part of why I founded Popforms — I know that smart people who are in leadership positions want to be amazing at their jobs, but it’s not always that easy. We all come to work to do a good job, but in leadership roles, what “doing a good job” looks like can be really unclear especially when you are new. New managers are some of the people I hear from most often,…
 
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    Dave Bratcher - Leadership: ENGAGED

  • Less Traveled Leadership…Washington style

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

    Dave
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you ever seen a child on their first flight scared when flying through turbulence? This past week, our family had the opportunity to go visit some friends.  It was our children’s first flight.  Needless to say, they were excited.  Special thanks to Frontier Airlines for an amazing experience.  They took great care of us and for that we are truly grateful. In today’s article, I share a special lesson learned when the flight became a little bumpy.  This was one of the things that worried me the most since it was our kids’ first flight.  Below is an excerpt: When was…
  • 3 Reasons to Invest in YOU

    Dave
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    This Friday, [find a location near you] people from around the country will have an opportunity to learn from John Maxwell and a couple of special guests.  As a certified member of the John Maxwell Team, I know what a treat this will be for everyone. So many of you may be wondering, “Why would I invest time and money into growing me?”  I would simply ask you, “If you don’t, who will?”  I wanted to outline 3 Reasons to Invest in YOU!  In addition to the thoughts below, I also wrote about a couple of other lessons in today’s Jackson Sun article. If we are…
  • Ryder Cup Lessons

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

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

  • Consumed by a Problem You Can’t Solve?

    Chery Gegelman
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Several years ago an executive told me that if I knew about a problem that was unsolved, it didn’t matter how hard I wanted to be a part of the solution,…   I was a part of the problem until it was solved.   Ouch. That was a hard pill to swallow. Recently I was reminded of that pill, as someone contacted me and asked for my help. First I listened. Then I offered some advice. A few months passed and I received another call from this person. The conversation was essentially the same conversation we’d had a few months earlier and other than talking, this person had done nothing to…
  • 2 Steps Forward + 1 Step Back = Progress

    Chery Gegelman
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Last week a friend pointed out the importance of celebrating progress. Her comment came at a time when many people we care about are focused on “what is not” instead of on “what is”. 2 steps forward and 1 step back is still progress.Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule Her words were a waving caution flag reminding me that: Focusing on the steps back, on the struggle, or on what is not…  Fuels negativity and slows progress.   A few days later, I saw that friend again, and she spoke that important truth once more. . “It is important to stop and celebrate progress.”…
  • I wanted to say yes, but I don’t trust you…

    Chery Gegelman
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Once upon a time, I worked with someone that had some great skills even though they made a lot of choices that I didn’t like, respect or trust.  (This person wassmart, witty, and could be really fun, but repeatedly lied and manipulated and bullied others to get what they wanted.) Years after we worked together, that person sent me an invitation to connect on LinkedIn. If some time had not passed, I would have declined it instantly and been filled with tons of negative emotions as I did it. But grace had changed my heart and in spite of all of the behaviors that I disagreed with I had…
  • Got Sugar? Learning to Speak Truth with Grace

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

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

    nickiroth
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Think of a major positive event in your life. Remember who was present. Remember what was said and done. Remember the sounds and colors and smells. Remember how you felt. Now look at the faces of the other people who were present. Is it your belief that they experienced things in the exact same way […]
  • Finally: A CEO Who Says That Parenting Made Her a Better Leader

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

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

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

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

    James Strock
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Malala Youfsafzai, age 17, personifies the possibilities of 21st century leadership. One can assert without fear of contradiction that she is the first individual to be summoned from chemistry class to be informed that she was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. This extraordinary individual is known to the world simply as Malala. She encourages such […] The post The Leader is the Teacher is the Student appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • 21st Century Leaders List

    James Strock
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Who are the 21st century leaders? Where can we find them? The premise–stated or unstated–is that there’s a leadership gap today. Who can argue against the spectacular failures of leadership in large institutions? They range from the White House and Congress (whether in the hands of the Democrats or Republicans); to Wall Street and back […] The post 21st Century Leaders List appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs | New Media

    James Strock
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Serve to Lead is all about the new world of 21st century leadership. There are a number of blogs that I admire and learn from. My take on the best is presented below, updated for Autumn 2014. The list that follows includes entries focused on specific applications and competencies, as well as general leadership-related blogs. […] The post Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs | New Media appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Daniel R Murphy | The ABCD To-Do List – The Next Level in Time Management

    James Strock
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    The challenge for busy people is how to juggle all the tasks in a day to insure that the most important ones get needed attention and get done. This is the essence of effective time management. You can learn from time management theories and then modify the system that fits you best. The most effective […] The post Daniel R Murphy | The ABCD To-Do List – The Next Level in Time Management appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Corporate Welfare King Ducey. Special Interest Lobbyist DuVal.

    James Strock
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    On January 5, 2015, a new governor will be inaugurated in Arizona. Will he be able to govern effectively? That’s a question whose answer does not entirely lie in the future. It’s also being decided at this moment by the two candidates and their campaigns. Corporate Welfare King Ducey. Special Interest Lobbyist DuVal. Anyone watching […] The post Corporate Welfare King Ducey. Special Interest Lobbyist DuVal. appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
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  • Join me: I’m building the perfect notebook (preview & insight into the upcoming Kickstarter!)

    kate
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    For my whole career, I’ve been looking for the perfect notebook. Taking notes is one of my secrets of success as a successful leader. It is how I show up with the right answers, it is how I make smart connections between ideas, and it is how I set myself apart as someone who can think big picture while still getting things done day-to-day. And yet, most of the time, I have struggled to find a notebook that really meets my needs. I want something with tons of organization, lots of space for taking notes, and something I can customize for all my different needs (research, planning…
  • 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…
  • A guide for new managers: how to own your role and build a successful team

    kate
    8 Jan 2014 | 9:05 am
    When I first became a manager, I was not very good at my job. I struggled to find the right balance, prioritize the right things, and communicate with the right people to make myself and my team successful. It’s a big part of why I founded Popforms — I know that smart people who are in leadership positions want to be amazing at their jobs, but it’s not always that easy. We all come to work to do a good job, but in leadership roles, what “doing a good job” looks like can be really unclear especially when you are new. New managers are some of the people I hear from most often,…
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  • Top 3 Signs Your Organization Needs a Culture Change

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    A Look From the Inside Out   Culture isn’t as much what you believe as how you behave. It is the living values of the organization, not the printed values. And much of the time, culture trumps strategy. Some experts even say culture eats strategy for breakfast. So how do you recognize when you need to work on your culture?   If you are doing all of the right things and you are not getting results, this is a sign that something is missing. That something is likely a strong culture. A bad organizational culture will kill a great organizational mission or strategy most of the time.
  • Convincing Management to Invest in Learning & Engagement

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Convince your boss that you need to invest in Learning and Engagement with your team   Having trouble making the case to your boss to invest in learning? Here’s some help…   Times are tough. With budget cuts, lean operations, and increasing pressure to do more with less, learning and engagement seem like a “nice to have”, not a “need to have”. The numbers tell a different story.   By investing in Learning and Engagement, your team will:   Be more engaged…and more engaged employees are 20% more productive, 40% more likely to stay with your organization. They…
  • Learning creates more synapses -

    Marianna
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    AMAZING research proves the value of learning. Learning creates more synapses! Another benefit of learning. Keep the brain healthy, enjoy adult life and learn… I know a company with great learning experiences.   Normal sensory experiences direct brain cells to their location and reinforce the connections between brain cells. We are born with more than 100 billion brain cells or neurons; we will not grow more. That’s about 10 times the number of stars in the entire Milky Way, and about 20 times the number of people on the planet. Neurons are the functioning core of the brain.
  • Turn good leaders into great leaders: 4 great leadership development tips

    Anthony Furia
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    Hello leaders! Today, I wanted to share with you all some insight into how you can improve your leadership skills! We all know the benefits of good managers versus bad managers and what effect their leadership can have on organizations as a whole. Good managers decrease costs, intelligently allocate resources, and increase overall productivity. However, good managers aren’t made overnight. Leaders commit to a leadership development process of hard work, learning, dedication, passion, and patience to inspire and motivate others. Good leaders are the kind of talent you want to retain, but…
  • Bring Your Team Back to Life!

    admin
    9 May 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Learn2 designed the obstacle course for The Running Dead: Toronto Zombie Run – a 5km obstacle challenge on October 27th in the Riverdale East Park in Toronto. The vision created a community-building event where participants actively collaborated with other participants to keep everyone “alive” and safe from the packs of zombies. The importance of being responsible for others has never been as high and the Zombie concept allows for a natural “enemy” to promote collaboration between participants. The general storyline goes as follows: A unique virus has been unleashed and is quickly…
 
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  • 25 Ways to Unleash the Quiet Hero in You

    Alli Polin
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Tonight after dinner,  I cuddled with my son as he read to me as a part of his bedtime routine.  When he was done, he looked up at me and told me I’m his hero.  All I did was close my laptop, put my arm around him and listen, but to him, it really mattered.  His sweet words tell me that there  are hidden, quiet heroes everywhere.  If you look closely enough, you’ll see the quiet heroes around you in your neighbors, friends and colleagues. In the news we’ll often see stories about significant heroic acts: Man runs into a burning building to save a family. A group of people help…
  • Your Choice: Tolerate or Change?

    Alli Polin
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    A few weeks ago I was talking to some friends during a dinner party at our house.  While we waited for the steak to cook on the barbecue, I was sharing my excitement for my new eCourse that was about to launch and I asked my friends:  Have you ever been stuck?  One of them quickly answered without hesitation, “Never.” Her career has always been on track, she has a husband she loves and they’re constantly traveling and going on new adventures. “Wow, never?  That’s awesome.”  Still, I was curious.  Was there  a time in her life that she was tolerating…
  • Stretch Goals Should Inspire Not Keep You Stuck

    Alli Polin
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    My kids rode their bikes home as fast as they could to tell me their exciting news!  They decided to participate in NaMoWriMo and write a book in the month of November.  The music teacher is leading the charge over lunch and recess and they’d selected a target number of words.  Let’s just say that they set the bar high at 15,000 words each.  I wanted to encourage them, but also didn’t want their goals to keep them stuck or worse, make them quit.  It was up to me to help them find a more inspiring stretch goal, or so I thought. My son said, “The most I’ve ever written is 200.
  • Guest Post: Be a Great Boss with an Organizational Constitution

    Alli Polin
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    I’ve been a fan of Chris Edmonds for quite some time.  His down to earth attitude, combined with his incredible insights into organizational culture made an impression on me from day one.  I am a long time champion of the responsibility of leaders to create a Great Place to Work and as a result, Chris’ words consistently resonate.  I’ve personally read his new book, The Culture Engine and not only is it filled with important ideas – it’s actionable.  I’m happy to share with you this guest post from Chris Edmonds today.  Could your organization…
  • Get Unstuck and Make Someday Today

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

  • The Dark Side of Unethical Journalism at Slate.com

    Kellie Cummings
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    It looks like Slate.com and journalist Alison Griswold have broken some cardinal rules in journalism, those being: 1) to not defame or libel by omission; 2) to substantiate opinions; and 3) to tell a balanced story. Yesterday, Alison Griswold, a writer at Slate.com, published “The Dark Side of Techtopia,” in which she claims that Tony […]
  • The Apology Epidemic—Where do we go from here?

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

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

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

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

  • Hired Today, Gone Tomorrow: Recent Grads Don’t Stay In First Jobs Very Long

    James C. Price
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing firm, released survey findings that reveal how long recent college graduates stay in their first job after graduation. More than three-quarters, 77% of franchises surveyed in the U.S. and Canada, said they expect a recent graduate to stay less than a year in his or her first job. In he U.S., only 23% think the average graduate stays for more than a year, while in Canada, the number drops to 22%. Findings come from the 2014 editions of the “America Employed” and “Canada Employed” surveys of…
  • Peak Performer’s Life: Game Changer Vision

    Walter Bond
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond continues on the theme of “vision” and discusses what it means to have game-changer vision and why it’s often good to be disruptive. According to Walter: “If you’re going to be a great visionary, if you’re going to be an innovator, you have to understand something – you have to predict the future. Now, you don’t want to roll the dice. You don’t want to have to be a gambler, but somehow, someway in your industry relative to the information available to you, you have to be able to predict the future.” Check out Walter’s…
  • Infographic: Color, Value, & Evolution of Logos

    Refresh Leadership
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    An easily identifiable logo is a valuable tool for any company. From swooshes to golden arches, many brands need little more than a simple graphic to represent themselves or evoke an emotional response from its customers. Have you ever wondered what led to the creation of some of the world’s most iconic logos? Check out this infographic from FinancesOnline.com for some unique insight and behind-the-scenes information on what makes a great logo and how famous brands have evolved throughout the years. Originally published at | Author: David Adelman | Follow our Google+
  • The Results Are In: Companies Offer Employees Overtime/Incentives During Holiday Upswings

    Jared Brox
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In September, we asked our readers how they plan to handle the extra workload during the holiday season and of those who are affected by seasonal upswings, 30% said they will manage with their current staff, but offer overtime/incentives. Another 10% plan to hire temporary workers through a staffing company like Express Employment Professionals, 3% will outsource projects, and 2.7% say they will hire additional full-time employees. The Holiday Shopping Season is Approaching While the holidays don’t affect every business, one sector that is always significantly affected is retail. The Hay…
  • Peak Performer’s Life: Vision Takes Courage

    Walter Bond
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond builds on last week’s message about “Vision” by discussing ways to help ensure your vision becomes reality. According to Walter: “Your vision is always going to be relative to who you are. So, don’t you be ashamed. Don’t you be afraid. Don’t you be embarrassed by anything, because any level of success you have … it is to be counted as all joy.” “I want you to understand something very important, before you begin to pursue a new level of success, before you begin to pursue with vigor this next level of your life, your…
 
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  • The Conversation

    Neil Ducoff
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    As a business coach, much of my work centers on guiding leaders through the wonderful, wacky world of human thinking and behavior, both of those they lead and their own. Dealing with financial stuff is easy. It’s math. Spend less than you bring in and there will be profit. Revenue projections and budgets are mathematical assumptions that we fondly refer to as “wild-ass guesses.” But it’s the leader’s thinking and behavior that brings the numbers and profits to life. System and procedure design is easy too, but it’s getting people to buy into and live the…
  • Founders Fatigue and what to do about it

    Neil Ducoff
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was doing a coaching call with an owner. We were discussing strategic changes he would like to implement that could dramatically increase revenues, address customer needs more quickly and efficiently, improve customer retention rates and provide his employees with significant income growth. His company was already quite successful and actively encouraged employee engagement through open-book management, team bonuses and profit sharing. His proposed strategic changes made perfect sense. I could hear the commitment and passion in his voice – until he began talking about his people and…
  • Reigniting your leadership passion

    Neil Ducoff
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last July I completed the 77-mile Prouty Ride in New Hampshire. There were hills-a-plenty and I turned in an average speed that was so slow I don’t even want to share it. I have a top-of-the-line Specialized S-Works road bike, so it wasn’t my equipment that was lacking. What was lacking was the ability of the bike’s engine – me. My growing frustration with my slow performance finally got to me. I may be 64 years old, but I know I’m physically capable of developing more power and speed – and reigniting my passion for cycling. So I hired Tracey Drews, a…
  • The Team-Based business model ROCKS

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

    Neil Ducoff
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was boarding a 20-seat commuter plane with six other passengers. We took our assigned seats, most of which were toward the front of the plane. Just before the captain started up the engines, he came into the cabin and asked a few of us to take seats further to the rear. “We need to balance out the plane,” he explained. Given the explanation, I was happy to move to an aft seat. In the process, I found it interesting how immune we frequent flyers on commercial jets have become to flight dynamics. I know I never give it a thought. But on that tiny plane, I was reminded how…
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  • My plastic surgery needed a tweak – and other lame excuses

    Rich Henson
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    When’s a good time to call in a sick? When you’re sick? In real life, it doesn’t work that way. For some, it seems, every day is a good day to call in sick. Why not? They give us sick days, so we should use them, right? Wrong. Still, people use lame excuses to take […] The post My plastic surgery needed a tweak – and other lame excuses appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 4 problem-solving tactics employees will love you for

    Rich Henson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    One of the biggest productivity-killers managers face every day is interruptions. And one of the most frequent interruptions is … employees with questions. A Cal/Irvine study estimated that managers get interrupted four times an hour by staff, mostly to answer questions. It’s a common problem-solving scenario that plays out like this: Employee has an issue […] The post 4 problem-solving tactics employees will love you for appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 6 dumb ways to kill employee morale

    Rich Henson
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Smart managers spend time practicing techniques to improve employee morale. And that’s hard work. But many more managers do things that kill morale. Or more accurately, they FAIL to do things and that ends up killing morale. Here are the six dumb mistakes managers often make that kill morale. No. 1 is the failure to […] The post 6 dumb ways to kill employee morale appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 4 myths of leadership we all get wrong

    Rich Henson
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Every successful leader has their own personality, their own style, their own approach. They can be as different as day and night. Think Donald Trump. Then think Mother Teresa. See what I mean? Some leaders work smarter. Some work harder. But all of them work at it. Leadership is there for the taking, to one […] The post 4 myths of leadership we all get wrong appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • The 10, nah, 4 things employees want more than a raise

    Rich Henson
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Good managers are vigilant about what employees need – because it really is about making them better. Now, consider this headline from a very good web site: Ten things employees want more than a raise … Hmmm, I thought. Ten? It’s hard to believe there are 10 things employees want more than a raise. I think most employees […] The post The 10, nah, 4 things employees want more than a raise appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
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  • High Standards Pave the Way

    S. Chris Edmonds
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Is your team’s work environment engaging and inspiring or dull and frustrating? An engaging and inspiring environment is usually active and noisy. People are moving around, talking and working together to solve problems and deliver solutions. Team members are pleasant and happy. A dull and frustrating environment is usually passive and quiet. Team members work independently, not cooperatively. Interactions between team members are often tense and short. Noise may come from unhappy people arguing. Your work environment may fall somewhere between these two extremes. Do you pay attention to…
  • Leadership Trait to Ponder: Fun

    Todd Nielsen
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today the leadership trait to ponder is Fun. As leaders we can’t be slave drivers of ourselves and those we lead. While I am all about execution, it is important to also have some fun at work, as well as away from work, to recharge and be be able to better focus. The dictionary defines Fun as: enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure; amusing, entertaining, or enjoyable. Below are some of my favorite quotes to help inspire and illustrate Fun. As you read these quotes, think about how you can exemplify this leadership trait in yourself. Quotes on Fun I cannot even imagine…
  • UQ Power – Have You Got It?

    Todd Nielsen
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Six months ago a wonderful and original book hit the world by my good friend Heidi Alexandra Pollard called, Power Up Your UQ: Boost Income, Influence, & Impact. I truly regret not sharing this book sooner, but life has been full of twists and turns that have made it difficult to get my review out. Heidi asked me to review the book last year and write the forward. I was honored when she asked me, but even more so after I finished the book. This book is like no other self improvement or leadership book you have ever seen, I guarantee it. Below is the forward I wrote, after reading it…
  • Leadership Trait to Ponder: Punctuality

    Todd Nielsen
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today the leadership trait to ponder is Punctuality. Punctuality is important to me since a leader’s time is almost always scarce. I have sat in many conference rooms with a number of other executives waiting for the leader or some other key member to arrive in order to begin a meeting.  I estimated in one meeting that the cost of waiting amounted to be in the thousands of dollars. I have taught my 6 year old son the phrase, “Early is on time and on time is late.” It’s a motto that we could all benefit from. The dictionary defines Punctuality as: the condition of keeping to…
  • 64 Things I Refuse To Do, So Just Accept It!

    Todd Nielsen
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week I shared an article called 64 Things Every Leader Should Promise.  That came from a project I was working on earlier this year in which I wanted to document all the promises that I believe a leader should make to the people he or she leads. Once I finished that list I realized it was not good enough. So I started another list that explained 64 things that I refused to do as a leader. While many of the items are similar to the promise list, many of these were just pet peeves that annoyed me. We all know the importance of “to do” lists and “will not do” lists,…
 
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  • Do You Want to Grow Your LinkedIn Network?

    Jason Cortel
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Do you want to expose yourself to opportunities? Do you want your content to be seen, shared and liked by more people? If you have something to offer that no one else can you need to let the world know. LinkedIn is one of the top ways that you can promote yourself professionally and get in front of the people who make decisions. Networking is just as much about meeting and connecting with people you don’t know as it is about maintaining relationships with those you do know. In order to grow your network on LinkedIn and open the possibilities of partnering with the right people at the right…
  • What is Your Sales Strategy Mix?

    Jason Cortel
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    As the year winds down sales people are focused on meeting or exceed their year-end quotas. Sales leadership is planning 2015 goals and strategies. Here are some sales strategies you need to consider as you build out your 2015 plan. A good sales strategy will keep your sales team busy doing what they do best, selling. It reduces the pressure to meet the numbers and should keep your sales engine humming. Turn sales enablement into sales acceleration with these tactics. Demand Generation and Lead Management – Fill the funnel with minimal effort with these two categories. Inbound Marketing…
  • Airtime Matters to Career Advancement

    Jason Cortel
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    What is airtime? Airtime is the frequency and quality of time that you spend in front of the people who can help with your career trajectory. Why is airtime important? Because airtime keeps you top of mind with the people who matter. It allows you to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and potential. It lets them know what you are working on, what you have accomplished and where else you may be a good fit. If you are in a company that has more than 50 people it so easy to get lost among the sea of many talented and not so talented folks. Have you noticed that most of the work, projects and…
  • The 3 Keys of Leadership Success

    Jason Cortel
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    A successful leader needs to have a vision of a better tomorrow. They need to be able to articulate that vision and inspire others to come on the journey. What happens after the vision is set and they have inspired others to join them? Successful leadership doesn’t end there, it isn’t a set it and forget it kitchen appliance. You have the vision and the team; here are the 3 keys to unlock your success as a leader. Output – not just the quantity of work produced but also the quality, relevance and outcomes. Leaders must establish the standards of performance, ensure they are being…
  • Tuesday Tip: Lower Your Weapons and Accept Feedback

    Jason Cortel
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    We’ve all been given feedback that we felt was delivered wrong, not valid or the person giving it wasn’t qualified to do so. Perhaps you just didn’t like the person or read to deeply into their words, body language or message and so you raised your weapons to defend yourself from them. Who really loses this battle? Norman Vincent Peale said “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism”. Being told that you have failed to meet expectations or that you could be doing something better can seriously damage our ego. Feedback and…
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    Kay Leadership Academy

  • How to lead teams without authority

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
      How to lead teams without authority   Very often as a leader, you are dependent on others to deliver results to you.  Your other initiatives depend on these results.  How do you motivate or drive people that do not directly report to you? How do you manage external partners who do not have any contractual obligations to you? How to lead teams without authority?     One such example is a global project.  While you can still manage a project, to deliver excellent results you must lead effectively.  In the diagram below, I have tried to describe the various…
  • 21 tips for more effective email communication

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
      Effective email communication A large portion of my communication takes place via email.  Over a period of time I have built certain guidelines to conduct effective email communication.  For the foreseeable future, email will remain the primary source of corporate (and personal) communication.  I present below the following tips (in no particular order) which have helped me get good results – I am sure you will also find value in at least one of these: Quick response A quick “got it” or “will get to it next week” is much better than just waiting and doing a lot of work on…
  • Effective self-development – Stepping out of your comfort zone

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

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

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

  • 3 Goal Setting Tools You Will Love! – Kirby Ingles

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: www.audio-luci-store.it via Compfight cc How do you stay centered around your goals? Do you often find yourself neglecting your goals in life? Sometimes you get busy, offtrack, distracted, and let the days escape you. Then, you may slowly bring you attention back. Something might even grab your attention and remind you of the goals you set. Suddenly, you get all psyched and make a little progress. Once more, you find yourself drifting. This continuous cycle repeats itself over and over, dragging on and on. Making you consider that your goals are unachievable. All the research…
  • It’s Time to Get Results From Social Media. No Excuses. – Reade Milner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Photo Credit: mkhmarketing via Compfight cc   You no longer have any excuses for not using social media as a part of your business. I had a great basketball coach in college. He was a strict, military-like instructor, but he had very few rules. In fact, he really only had one maxim that governed our entire team, both on and off the court. That rule was: No Excuses. Late for practice because your car ran out of gas? You should have been on time. You’re not practicing. No excuses The ref missed a call? Go strong to the hoop. Finish anyway. No excuses. Falling behind in class because…
  • Communication Strategies from Spiderman – Jed Jurchenko

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Ever since I was a child, Spiderman has been my favorite superhero. Of course, this isn’t unusual. What six-year-old boy doesn’t want to scale walls, swing from buildings, and shoot webbing from his wrists? During a recent visit to my parents, my daughters discovered my childhood fascination with this web-slinging defender of justice and have insisted that we watch Spiderman cartoons together ever since. So, over the past few months, I’ve been waking up early on Saturday mornings, brewing a cup of coffee, and planting myself on the couch with my three girls to watch episodes…
  • The Secret to Breakthroughs – Glenn Brooke

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    This is Roger Bannister breaking the 4 minute mile barrier for the first time in history in 1954. It’s one of the most famous sports photographs in history. This was a remarkable achievement because so many people were convinced it was impossible. Many people have pointed out that once Bannister accomplished this, dozens of other men also ran sub-4 minute miles within 2 years. That’s an important lesson from the story, but not the only one. What few people understand is the creative way that Bannister made sure he could run fast enough to break the record. Bannister was in medical school…
  • #040: Adversity Is A Good Thing

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: why 137 via Compfight cc   Subscribe To Podcast With iTunesSubscribe To Podcast With RSS Subscribe To Podcast In Microsoft Store   Live Life With Purpose Episode #040: Adversity Is A Good Thing   http://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/040-Adversity-Is-A-Good-Thing.m4a   Show Notes – Adversity Is A Good Thing Adversity. Most, if not all people look at adversity as a bad thing, but what if I told you that it is the one thing that tells us if we are still engaged with the life we are pursuing in the first place? If there is anything I have…
 
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    BEALEADER | BY LEADERS FOR LEADERS

  • What’s YOUR Superpower?

    Chip Lutz
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Yes, I still believe in super heroes! In a quick straw poll of the members of my household on what superpower they would want... 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…
  • Happy Birthday! My Reflections On My 30 Years And The Lessons Learned

    Jason Montoya
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Today is my 30th birthday. The third decade of my life has passed and as I enter into a new season of life, I... Author information Jason Montoya Business Strategy & Communication Specialist at Jason Montoya Jason believes in embracing the life of Jesus Christ. The Life he gave and the Life he lived. A husband and father to 3, he teaches and inspires others towards a life of thriving together. He believes in sharing good, and not so good, stories from his journey as a way to process ideas and inspire others. In his journey, he has personally experienced and seen others experience the life of…
  • Karma Doesn’t Pay The Bills

    Jen Olney
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Karma is a wicked beast. On one hand, there is karma for our actions and yes, we do get back what we put out.... Author information Jennifer Olney Founder and CEO at GingerConsulting / #bealeader Over the course of my career, I have been sought after by numerous organizations to bring my talents in the arenas of sales, marketing and business development to tackle their challenges that affect their performance and organizational growth. I have served as a partner, founder and director working in the trenches to define problems, develop processes and tools and identify areas of improvement to…
  • The Millennials in My Life: Lessons to Leading the Next Generation to Success

    David Clarke
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    I spend a lot of time with Millennials at home, work, and in the community. I teach hundreds of them as an adjunct professor... Author information David Clarke Dreamer, Encourager, Life-Changer, Believer at Pastor David Anthony Clarke, SR Flint, MI native, David Anthony Clarke, is a pastor, speaker, self-published author of two books, honorably discharged U.S. Marine, and wanna be blogger at pastorclarke.com David received an A.S. in Business (Barstow Community College), B.A. in Leadership, and M.S. in Organizational Performance (Bellevue University). Clarke’s e-newsletter, Enjoy the…
  • Go Free Range!

    Chip Lutz
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    “I’d like to thank my parents for ignoring me as a child!” I said, gleefully, as I held the trophy over my head in... Author information Chip Lutz President and Founder at Unconventional Leader, LLC Lieutenant Commander Chip Lutz, USN(Ret) works with leaders who want to lead better, get more done and leave a legacy. A retired Navy Officer, he has had two command tours and served as the Director of Security for Naval District Washington, DC during September 11th 2001 – where he was responsible for the safety and security of 25,000 people on 9 different Naval Installations in the…
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    Takis Athanassiou Blog

  • A Little Bit More!

    Takis Athanassiou
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    Do you, ever, find yourself, at the urgency, of doing more! I mean, you have to do a job, a task, an assignment, OK! You done it, and it is OK! But is seems not enough! For you. It seems as if it needs something more to be completed! Do you know the feeling? The Extra Mile There are times in our lives, when things we do, does not seem enough! It is something incomplete, beckons for more attention, even if we not want to see it! Incomplete things, are always challenge our mind. You need to do something more, to read the continuation, to find out what’s next, in order for you to be OK!
  • Do You Want A Job Or A Career? – Part III

    Takis Athanassiou
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:34 am
    This is the third and final part of a rather long answer I provide to a Greek student, wanted to work in the area of e-Learning in Greece, with the title:”Do You Want A Job Or A Career?“. I think the text I wrote then, as a reply, can provide a base for reference for people seeking work all over the world and value to their efforts. The respond structured to 3 different posts! This is part III. you can read part I here and part II here. 3. “Re-Build” Your CV Dear Niko, since you have defined your goals and the field of e-learning you want to work in, you need to…
  • Do You Want A Job Or A Career? – Part II

    Takis Athanassiou
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    This is the second part of a rather long answer I provide to a Greek student, wanted to work in the area of e-Learning in Greece, with the title:”Do You Want A Job Or A Career?“. I think the text I wrote then, as a reply, can provide a base for reference for people seeking work all over the world and value to their efforts. The respond structured to 3 different posts!This is part II. You can read part I here. A 7-Part Action Plan Proposition Niko, in order to answer the question “Do You Want A Job Or A Career?” you need to follow a more structured approach, a one that…
  • Do You Want A Job Or A Career? – Part I

    Takis Athanassiou
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    This is the first part of a rather long answer I provide to a Greek student, wanted to work in the area of e-Learning in Greece, with the title:”Do You Want A Job Or A Career?“. I think the text I wrote then, as a reply, can provide a base for reference for people seeking work all over the world and value to their efforts. The respond structured to 3 different posts! Here is the first part. Present situation The situation in Europe and especially in Greece is difficult as far as the market concerns. Especially for young people! It is difficult for them (and for anyone as a matter…
  • Weak Links

    Takis Athanassiou
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    I’m thinking lately, a lot about weak links. The things that  can break the chain, any chain. A Markov chain , a cause – effect chain or a network of events, a seinfelds (no interupt) chain, a rational chain, a planning chain, a strategy (a whole series of action directed towards a goal). The best planning, the best well prepared chain of events, depends, though, on its weakest link! Decisions, Decisions, Decisions! Your life, your achievements, your gains, your loses, and many more other things, are all the result of your choices. You select your goals, your review your…
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    ellorywells.com

  • EP57: How a Combat Veteran & Cancer Survivor Fights to Stay Positive w/ Mylee YC (@MyleeYC)

    Ellory Wells
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
    Episode 57 of the Empowered Podcast features combat veteran, mother, model, and cancer survivor, Mylee YC. Mylee shares what it was like discovering she had a lump on her left breast after coming back from a combat mission. She shares about her experience, what was going through her mind, and what she decided to do about it. When faced with a life-threatening situation, your mind does crazy things. Mylee shares her story with us today! Thank Mylee for being on the show! Mylee’s Mission: Be perfectly flawed. How Mylee defines empowerment: It means to dig deep and find a way to find the…
  • How to Connect Better, Sell More, and Boost Your Bottom Line

    Ellory Wells
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Have you ever been called socially awkward? Have you ever wished you could connect with everyone? When it comes to predicting future success, how well you connect with other people is a determining factor. Photo credit: cybrarian77 / Foter / CC BY-NC When I worked my Corporate job, I had people at all levels of the business asking me how to build better relationships. Sitting at a business dinner, a high-profile Account Executive asked me, Ellory, what’s the secret to building relationships? How can I connect with my customers better? I was pretty shocked he’d be asking me. He was…
  • EP56: How to Merge Your Passions for a Happy Life w/ Jon D Harrison (@CT_blog)

    Ellory Wells
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Episode 56 of the Empowered Podcast features professional blogger, leadership expert and video game guru, Jon Harrison. Jon and I met a few years ago when he was blogging about leadership and personal development. Recently, however, he changed topics. He realized his passion was for vintage and classic video games. He asked himself how he could mesh his two favorite things, leadership and video games, and came up with his new brand Classically Trained. Since merging his two passions he’s been featured on Lifehacker, CNN, Fast Company and more! Jon is proof you can see more success, live…
  • 21 WordPress Plugins I Wouldn’t Run My Business Without

    Ellory Wells
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    If you’re about to begin your journey of online business, you’ll most likely come across the name “WordPress.” WordPress is a framework. It’s like the frame of your car; it holds everything together and makes it work. You still need an engine (hosting), you still need to give it a coat of paint (themes), but the frame is the backbone. While there are many options for software to build your site, WordPress is my recommendation. Photo credit: bobbigmac / Foter / CC BY There are thousands of themes, or skins, to customize the look of your WordPress site.
  • EP55: Overcoming Tragedy through Exercise & the Alpha Man Project w/ Ted Ryce (@AlphaManProject)

    Ellory Wells
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Episode 55 of the Empowered Podcast features personal trainer and alpha man on a mission, Ted Ryce. I had the chance to meet Ted earlier this year and was immediately impressed with his goal of making manliness cool again. Long gone are the days of James Dean and Jimmy Steward leading the alpha male generation. Ted and I talk about what it’s like to me a guy in the 2000s, plus much more! Thank Ted for being on the show! Ted’s Mission: To help people transform their bodies and their lives through exercise. How Ted defines empowerment: Changing our mindset and realizing…
 
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    15Five

  • 5 TED Talks That Every Entrepreneur Must Watch

    David Mizne
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Ted Talk has become this generation’s quick answer to gaining more knowledge on any subject. Who wants to read 272 pages on how to motivate employees when you can spend eighteen and a half minutes hearing Daniel Pink speak about it? Sit back, put on your headphones and enjoy. If your boss walks by and asks what you’re doing, say that you are working on your leadership skills and increasing your engagement and productivity. 1. Simon Sinek: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe In 2009, Simon Sinek gave a Ted Talk entitled “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”. The talk…
  • 6 Simple Ways to Improve Employee Morale – Don’t Freak Out About #4

    Guest Post
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The other day at a coffee shop I heard someone refer to “low company moral”. Not morale, moral. At first I cringed, but then I thought, where does the word originate? Turns out that he was right. The French added the “e” to “moral” in the 18th Century because…well because the French have style. So while you are worried about employee burnout, you are actually focused on employee morality — the collective character and confidence of everyone in your organization. When people become overly-stressed, their work will suffer, they will disengage, and your turnover rate…
  • Confessions of A Fully Supported Employee

    David Mizne
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I love my job. Sure, 15Five pays me to write blog posts that positively show our company culture and product. But I mean it, I genuinely love working here: - My colleagues are brilliant and inspiring. - I am treated with respect, and am fully supported by management in my personal and professional goals. - I am celebrating my one year work-a-versary and have evolved from who I was when I joined the company. You may be saying to yourself, “Employee retention is a challenge, and recruiting and hiring is expensive and time-consuming. How can I create an environment where my employees love…
  • How To Have Brief and Powerful Office Communications

    Guest Post
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Do you remember the last time you asked an employee a question and the person ran on and on, providing too much irrelevant detail and too little useful information? Brevity is the concentrated transmission of meaning through language. Employees who embrace brevity communicate more powerfully and respectfully, and what they convey is more memorable to the listener. Managers appreciate when employees respect their valuable time, and violations of brevity occur as wasteful impositions on the listener’s gift of attention. Below are some quick tips on how managers can provide their full…
  • 10 Questions To Keep Your Remote Team Focused On Their Work

    David Hassell
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Building and maintaining a strong company culture can be difficult when you only see your team for several minutes each week. While facetime is rapidly becoming a luxury in the world of remote work, it is far from the only way to check-in with your team. Asking the right questions at the right cadence builds structure and team cohesion and turns your imaginary office into something tangible. This practice allows company leaders to connect the team, and gives employees the opportunity to share triumphs, great ideas, and the challenges they are facing. If a tree falls in the forest and no one…
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    Dashe & Thomson » Social Learning Blog

  • 11 Things Dashe & Thomson is Looking Forward to Most at DevLearn 2014

    Paul Paradis
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The eLearning Guild is hosting its annual DevLearn Conference at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, October 29-31, and Dashe & Thomson is looking forward to sponsoring the event once again.  Here are the 11 things our staff is looking forward to most. 1. Neil deGrasse Tyson Who doesn’t want to see the lovable astrophysicist with a knack for explaining the world’s most complicated scientific laws in layman’s terms. 2. #Chat2Lrn Tweet-Up During the… The post 11 Things Dashe & Thomson is Looking Forward to Most at DevLearn 2014 appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • How Not to Crush the Souls of Your Contractors

    Claire Narum
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    I know what you’re thinking: Who cares about my contractor? The whole point of hiring a contractor is to avoid dealing with all of the hassles of having a regular employee, right? They come in, they do a job, they leave. Well, that’s true. A good contractor is able to fit into your organization and quickly assimilate the necessary information and deliver a product, whatever that product might be. But… The post How Not to Crush the Souls of Your Contractors appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • Implementing C.R.A.P. into your eLearning Design

    ericberget
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    Flashback to one of my very first Graphic Design courses in college. Professor Bill introduced an important methodology for assessing effective visual design. “What are the key ingredients to a great design?” he asked. Projected on the wall were four giant letters: C.R.A.P. Contrast. Repetition. Alignment. Proximity.1 You might look at a design and know, or at least feel, that it is either “good” or “bad.” But the principles of… The post Implementing C.R.A.P. into your eLearning Design appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • Teach Them to Fish

    Paul Paradis
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Most corporate training programs just aren’t cutting it these days. They are often boring, ineffective, and treat training as an event instead of a process. I would gamble that if you took a poll, asking employees of large corporations whether or not they found value in their company’s training programs, the vast majority of them would say, “No siree!” I think we can agree that almost everyone wants to learn… The post Teach Them to Fish appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • The Forgotten Role of Reflection in Learning

    Andrea May
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    John Dewey, a noted psychologist, philosopher and educational reformer, once said, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” Reflection in the context of learning can be described as linking ideas and constructing meaning from our experiences. As learners, we need to reflect on our experiences in order to incorporate new information into our mental schemas. Recent research has shown that taking just 15 minutes to reflect at the… The post The Forgotten Role of Reflection in Learning appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
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    Leadership through Horsemanship

  • 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…
  • Barn Time

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Monday and I hit the ground running.  So much to do!  Work, home, family -- did I mention school is starting?!   Physically and mentally, I am pushed and rushed.  After a long day, I hop in the car and make the drive to the barn, making a mental checklist of everything I need to do at the there:  groom River, treat her hooves, exercise her.  I park my car at the barn, ready to sprint to get my "to do" list done. The barn, though, lives to its own schedule and I feel the topsy turvy "gotta do it now" world slipping away.  Time slows…
  • Integrity

    3 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    Have the courage to say no.  Have the courage to face the truth.  Do the right thing because it is right.  These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.  ~ W. Clement Stone  It seems like everywhere around us, we are seeing evidence of people living contrary to W. Clement Stone's quote: on the news, in the newspaper, via word of mouth, through personal experience  -- but then comes that one story of someone that defines the word "integrity" -- and we feel that maybe the world isn't such a bad place after all. Living with integrity is an…
 
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    Engaging Leader

  • 098: Overworked and Overwhelmed: 4 tools for leaders to reclaim their lives and boost productivity | with Scott Eblin

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many leaders today are chronically overworked and overwhelmed by the seemingly non-stop demands on their time and attention. If you feel like you’re constantly outrunning burnout, resentment, and collapse, chances are you aren’t performing up to your potential as a leader. Hard work tends to go hand-in-hand with success, but over the long term, that […]
  • How Mindful Leaders Get Results

    Jesse Lahey
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    This is a guest post by Scott Eblin, author of the new book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, which releases today. Scott shared a draft of the book with me; I loved it, eagerly read it from cover to cover, and enthusiastically recommend it to you.  One of the things I know for sure […]
  • Pull Yourself Back from the Brink of Your Caffeine-Driven, Smartphone-Addicted Life

    Jesse Lahey
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest post by Scott Eblin, author of the new book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. Scott shared a draft of the book with me; I loved it, eagerly read it from cover to cover, and enthusiastically recommend it to you.  On a summer Sunday night four years ago, I found myself […]
  • What Pickle Juice Teaches about Mirror Neurons and Empathetic Thinking [video transcript]

    Jesse Lahey
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Link to video: What Pickle Juice Teaches about Mirror Neurons and Empathetic Thinking I have a jar of dill pickles in my office to help me share about the power of empathy in communicating for influence. My dad tells a story from when he was a kid about going over to his grandmother’s house after […]
  • Do You Understand Your Target Audience? How to Use an Empathy Map [video transcript]

    Jesse Lahey
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Link to video: Do You Understand Your Target Audience? How to Use an Empathy Map On Episode 1 of the Engaging Leader podcast, we talked about the seven habits of highly engaging leaders, which of course is based on Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. We looked at each of those habits and […]
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    ReadyToManage

  • Dealing with Tough Questions

    Dr. Jon Warner
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:23 am
    Some questions are very easy to answer and we simply take them in our stride. But this is not always the case, especially when an individual is in a leadership position. We therefore need to be better prepared or mentally ready to answer tough questions that may be put to us from time to time. Although we can’t predict what questions we may be asked in detail, or how “tough” they may be, we can think about the different business stakeholders that may be interested in asking questions and then at the kind of questions that they may be interested in putting in response to any particular…
  • Is Vulnerability a Key Trait in a Leader’s Make-Up?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:21 pm
    When you take a quick survey of how most people respond when they are asked to describe a strong leader they will often say things like “strong”, “directive”, “self-confident”, “persistent”, “organized”, “power-broker”, “influencer”, “tenacious” and “goal-driven” etc. All of these suggest that a leader is fairly certain about what to do and is willing and able to direct people, as firmly as necessary. But these perceptions may not reflect reality very closely at all and in this article we will explore another important leadership trait that rarely gets any…
  • Why All Businesses Need an Exit Strategy

    Dr. Jon Warner
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    While most businesses will have had a start-up strategy and may have a business strategy on an ongoing basis, the idea of an “exit strategy” does not typically occur to a CEO, the Board or the senior executive team until it is suggested to them, especially in smaller and younger companies. In other words, exit strategies are often developed as a “knee-jerk” response to external circumstances, such as a need to bring in a partner firm or to respond to an inquiry about selling, in most cases. As such they may be far from fit-for-purpose. This is not because a plan cannot be developed to…
  • Building a Business Brand

    Dr. Jon Warner
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    We hear a lot about the power of brands today and it’s not just in the retail or consumer product world (and therefore only those companies behind them). Today it is seen to be important for every business to have a strong brand and to make sure that its customers know what it stands for. So what is a brand and (as our graphic at the top of this article illustrates) what are some of the sub components that we should think about? At its most simple level, a brand is only an identifying mark or design that is attached to a product or service. To “brand” livestock historically was to give…
  • The Key Criteria for Business Investment

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

    Dave Stachowiak
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    A few weeks ago, I released an article on 4 Ways to Help Others Be More Concise with strategies to help us all to improve verbal efficiency within our organizations. But what do you do when an individual simply won’t shut up? That’s the question one of my colleagues says he’s asked more these days than anything else. It’s a topic to approach thoughtfully, since lots of us work hard to get people to talk more in the workplace. That said, this is a real obstacle for people who regularly interact with someone who simply doesn’t know when to stop. The four practical actions below will…
  • 3 Ways to Make Appreciation Memorable

    Dave Stachowiak
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    A few days before I graduated from junior high school, I was honored with the Rotary Award at the our school’s annual recognition event for students. I knew little of the award prior to receiving it, other than a faint memory of seeing other students receive it in prior years. I got a heads up before accepting it formally, and it was described as a prestigious award that teachers voted on. I was always an excellent student in school, but rarely the best student (so I didn’t get those awards). I was awful at sports, dating, and fairly mediocre at a lot of other things. In retrospect, this…
  • The Little Recognized Secret of Success

    Dave Stachowiak
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    This past weekend, my wife Bonni, her parents, and I saw Tony Bennett perform at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. He is 88 years old and still performing regularly. It’s not just his age that’s impressive. He’s had chart topping releases in each of his six decades of music (including his new Cheek to Cheek* album with Lady Gaga). With his unparalleled success and career longevity, most anyone would forgive him a slip of a note or a missed lyric at his age. It never happened. At several points during the concert, I closed my eyes and just listened to Bennett’s voice. It was as…
  • 4 Ways to Help Others Be More Concise

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

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

    Roger MacRae
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
      “What do you do when a series of emergencies totally ruin your schedule?”It was a question I received from a member of an executive group and if you have the same question, here’s my reply: It’s not the pop-up issues or emergencies that bother me, nor should they bother you too much either – – unless they’re chronic, repeat issues and then you DO need to investigate. But many pop-up issues and emergencies are NOT within your control and they WILL happen. What matters most is how you react to them, how you handle them, and how quickly you recover from…
  • Work Day Insanity

    Leslie
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Doing Things Twice (or More) is a Waste of Time  Let me ask you a few questions.When you get ready for work in the morning, do you put your pants on twice?When you get to work, do you enter the building, walk out, and then enter again?In the evening, do you cook and eat dinner multiple times?No, of course not! After all, it would seem rather silly and a waste of time to do something more than once if once will do the trick, right?Yet, that’s EXACTLY what most professionals do with their e-mail.You know the drill. You open an e-mail, read the content and think, “I can’t…
  • Are You Still Waiting?

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

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

    Roger MacRae
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
      We have numerous sources of to-dos coming from many different directions. It’s a constant bombardment of e-mail, voice mail and incoming information that lands on the desk. On top of that, new tasks are already sitting around represented on papers and files, in meeting notes and on post-it notes. And then new ideas come from reading articles, doing research, being online and participating in social media.For many, collecting all of these tasks and tracking them can be tough to do. What tool to use? Where to put them all? How to prioritize and get them all done?Paper to-do lists are…
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  • Life and Work Balance Is Doable (Post 2 of 3)

    Tom Salonek
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    In the first post in this series, I outlined thoughts on the HBS article from Paul Friedman of Wharton. At the core, his article is about an approach to work, life balance. He shares the first step is being real.  The next step is being whole.  Ways to be whole include: Being clear on expectations Helping others [...]The post Life and Work Balance Is Doable (Post 2 of 3) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Team SuperManners – An Illustrated Book for Preschoolers

    Tom Salonek
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:27 pm
    This year, I had a goal to write an illustrated kid’s book (while my kids were young enough to enjoy seeing themselves as characters in a book). I’m happy to say that Team SuperManners, The Well-Behaved Adventures of Zander the Dog, Sweet Cheeks, and Baby Girl is finished and on Amazon in print and Kindle. Jakob Bartels was [...]The post Team SuperManners – An Illustrated Book for Preschoolers appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • iOS Compatibility Chart

    Tom Salonek
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    If you know of anyone who creates applications for iPhones, iPads, or iPods, they may find this graphic useful.  It was created by our top iOS instructor and breaks down what iOS and Xcode versions are required for the various iOS devices.  The post iOS Compatibility Chart appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Life and Work Balance Is Doable (Post 1 of 3)

    Tom Salonek
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    The September issue of Harvard Business Review had an article titled “Work+Home+Community+Self”.  Sort of clumsy title… but a good article. It was written by Stewart D. Friedman, a Wharton professor.  He’s the author of Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life. His take on life balance is based on a concept he calls [...]The post Life and Work Balance Is Doable (Post 1 of 3) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Building a Best Place to Work Published in Octane

    Tom Salonek
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    My thanks to Octane magazine for printing my article “Building a Best Place to Work” in the September 2014 issue. Octane is a magazine exclusive to members of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO).  Because of this, you won’t find it available in stores but you can view a PDF of the article here.The post Building a Best Place to Work Published in Octane appeared first on Tom Talks.
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  • Millennial Think Tank: What Responsibility Do Social Networks Have to Their Users and Brand?

    Amy Tobin
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    This week we tackled a subject we touched on in our Globalization hangout: what responsibility do social networks have in regards to their users privacy? The question was of course more complex than that, because we covered both user safety, user responsibility, and the branding issues social networks face. Joining our panel this week were: Joe Cardillo,  an older Millennial, Content and Analytics specialist. Samantha Estoesta, a young Millennial working in Public Interest Research Tiffany Daniels, an older Millennial working in Government & Community Relations Albert Quian, a young…
  • Flexible Consumption: What Makes Cloud The Ultimate SMB Play

    Daniel Newman
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether at work or on the couch enjoying your favorite show, it is hard for even a few minutes to go without hearing something about the cloud. It’s here, we get it and by in large we like it; at least what we know about it. However, for the average small business owner, they are still trying to figure out what the cloud means to them. Surely they are using the cloud in some capacity. Perhaps for their storage, backup or maybe just for some consumer purposes like media (music) management and file sharing. Nevertheless, cloud is here to stay. For business leaders, especially the small and…
  • WearableTech + IoT = Human Data Center on #CloudTalk

    Brian Fanzo
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Lots of talk about data and wearable technology but what does it really mean? It’s time the community had a conversation about the internet of things and how we are reaching a new age of the human data center! Did you know that 90% of the worlds data was created in just the past 2 years? While many folks think of data as the endless lines of information in spreadsheets and other structured databases, the truth about data is that the largest part of it is being created by our around the clock behaviors. In just one minute online we are creating massive amounts of data:      685,000…
  • The Makings Of A Social Business

    Daniel Newman
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ok, so I may have said that many of today’s proclaimed social businesses, aren’t social and I stand by that assertion 100%.  Having said that, the quest for social business isn’t unattainable, but it does take work to achieve. Before I jump into the constructs for a successful social business, let’s just take a quick crash course as to why a business wants to be social. Believe it or not, the hype behind social media is only a minute reason for businesses to get social. Instead it comes down to a different set of values that today’s businesses need to have. Connectedness: in a…
  • Influence is about Community and Relationships

    Brian Fanzo
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    When brands think of influence they often think about an individual or about the actual act of driving someone to make an action or decision.  The real question is who is being influenced and what are the desired outcomes.  To understand who is being influenced you must listen and engage your community to understand what they are passionate about and how they go about making their decision. Communities Path to Decision Much like a path to purchase for a customer, a community will have a path at which they validate, test and listen to someone or a group of people who are influential.
 
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    People First

  • Austin & Renee

    PFPS
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is there anything better than seeing the best of you coming through in those people who call you Mom or Dad? Birthday love to Austin and Renee this week.
  • Your Competitive Edge: Customer Focus 2.0

    PFPS
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Hosted by Barb Giamanco and presented by Deb Calvert, Colleen Francis and Bernadette McClelland, tune into this webinar from Top Sales World Academy on why you should make customer focus a priority! Listen to the webinar by clicking here.
  • Five Reasons I’m Proud of My Career in Sales

    PFPS
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In last week’s post, we talked about how some sellers shy away from calling themselves sales professionals. I’ve been selling since I was seven years old, going door-to-door to sell surplus vegetables from our backyard garden and winning contests for most candy sold as a Camp Fire Girl. I’ve never felt ashamed of being a […]
  • Sales Coaching Chalk Talk

    PFPS
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Deb’s interview on Sales Coaching Chalk Talk: DISCOVER Questions™ Get You Connected “Selling is all about questions, and you need to know how to ask great, high yielding, open-ended questions if you want to increase your conversion ratios, your sales and your incomes.  Our special guest, Deb Calvert, literally wrote the book on asking questions. […]
  • Attracting New Clients & Customers with Questions

    PFPS
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Originally broadcast on Business Creators Radio Show Being in business means you have to sell. Without sales, you have no income, no customers, no business. When you think of sales, what image comes to mind? For many, it’s the greasy, car salesman looking to wheel and deal them into an overpriced car. In order to […]
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  • The Curse of the Multi-Passionate Millennial

    Heidi Oran
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    ‘I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.’ – Einstein A few weeks ago I was sorting through some old boxes in my parents basement when I stumbled on an Art Journal from a media class I took in Eleventh grade (circa 2000.) One of the exercises was a run-of-the-mill 20 Questions type deal. What was my favorite color? Blue. Favorite musician/band? Blur. What did I want to do when I grew up? Director/Writer/Actor/Musician. A Multi-Passionate Life And so it was: The curse of a multi-passionate life. Should I focus on the music? Or the acting? Or the writing?
  • The Challenges of 21st Century Leadership

    Guest Author
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Guest Post by Ali Jafri Despite the fact the countries are slowly recovering from recent financial crisis, CEOs across the globe still feel that financial environment is far from stable or comfortable. It has always been a tough challenge to find strong business leaders offering a unique combination of personality and skill necessary to take the top job. Many CEOs believe that their markets are being affected by factors like technology or government regulations. Similarly, they have to combat with continuously occurring changes to grow and maintain their competitive advantage in the market.
  • Reader Survey

    Molly Page
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are grateful to you for visiting Thin Difference and engaging with us. Getting feedback from our community is important as we continue to write articles and have guest writers join us with their perspectives. Please take a few minutes and share your suggestions with us. Thank you for reading and participating. Our mission is to bring generations together to share and learn from each other and empower Millennials to be the next great generation of leaders!   Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Thank you! Author…
  • 5 Ways to Celebrate Boss Day Every Day

    Jon Mertz
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    October 16th is Boss Day. Although Hallmark has used this as an opportunity to develop and sell more cards, they did not start the holiday. Patricia Bays Haroski started Boss Day to recognize her father and also use it as a day to improve relationships between a boss and their team members. All this began in 1958, a different era and approach to management. Today, complete top-down management style has changed to being flatter and more culture-based. Two recent books – A World Gone Social and The Culture Engine – point to this shift. Through our social age and culture focus, improving…
  • Making Workplace Incentives Work

    Guest Author
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Guest Post by Scott Huntington Much has been said on the pros and cons of workplace incentives. Does an incentive program actually create productive behavior, or is it just a short-term solution to meeting the quota? With the right approach, an incentive program may be just what your company needs to achieve its objectives. Take the following four methods into consideration when developing a reward-based system. 1 – Help workers see the big picture When workers see the potential for a bonus check or larger commission rate, it can be like looking at a hundred yard sprint. All that…
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  • Employee Well-Being In The Workplace

    MMChr
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The concept of “employee well-being” is not a new one, but it has seen a resurgence in interest with the challenges in the world in the last few years, and employee well-being has been making its way to the top of company consciousness. This interest has many companies scrambling to develop a plan. There are many definitions of well-being and employee well-being. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) — Europe’s largest professional institute for people management and development, with over 135,000 members across 120 countries — define it as: “Creating an…
  • #TChat Preview: How To Avoid The Business Leadership Cliff

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT). The #TChat radio portion runs the first 30 minutes from 7-7:30 pm ET, followed by the #TChat Twitter chat from 7:30-8 pm ET. Last week we talked about employee engagement and the culture control panel, and this week we’re going to talk about the business leadership cliff and how to avoid it. Even with a continued annual investment in leadership development, leadership overall is falling short in business today. Even worse, enterprises are doing a poor job developing leadership talent and…
  • Wanted, Preferably Alive And Having Fun With Your Company Culture

    Kevin W. Grossman
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    “The grim fightin’ hero’s troubles are always private – He wants to know where ‘I fit in’ in herd wars – Sometimes you see villains so ancient… …you gotta go a long way in the West to find a good man –” –William S. Burroughs, from “Old Western Movies” That’s when the tumbleweed rolls by, followed by a swirling dust devil. You look at the ragged brochure in your hand and think, This wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. You’re smack dab in the middle of Main Street, the baked earth of road ahead splits rows of empty storefronts and vacant wooden…
  • Why A Bit Of Boredom Might Help Your Career

    Marianne Stenger
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “When you pay attention to boredom, it gets unbelievably interesting.” —John Kabat-Zinn Boredom is something most of us try to avoid at all costs, and thanks to today’s vibrant entertainment industry there is usually no shortage of activities to keep us occupied from the time we wake until the moment our head hits the pillow at night. Work, however, is one place where tedium is often difficult to avoid, but new research shows that this may not necessarily be a bad thing. Boredom allows creativity to flourish Recently, psychologists Dr. Sandi Mann and Rebekah Cadman from…
  • The Surprising Reality Of The Working Dads Movement

    Paul Keijzer
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    We’ve all started hearing it — the term “working dad.” Some may be saying it with confidence, but others might be snickering away, thinking, “Great, here comes another phrase for people to go crazy over.” Reality is, it’s not a new concept. Working dads have existed since cavemen had babies. But as the workplace continues to grow beyond a 9-to-5 job and the corner office is no longer the most prized possession, we all need to sit up and take note of what real people, real dads, find value in. The Working Dad of Today So working dads are nothing new, but the role of today’s…
 
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  • Do You Want to Grow Your LinkedIn Network?

    Jason Cortel
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Do you want to expose yourself to opportunities? Do you want your content to be seen, shared and liked by more people? If you have something to offer that no one else can you need to let the world know. LinkedIn is one of the top ways that you can promote yourself professionally and get in front of the people who make decisions. Networking is just as much about meeting and connecting with people you don’t know as it is about maintaining relationships with those you do know. In order to grow your network on LinkedIn and open the possibilities of partnering with the right people at the right…
  • What is Your Sales Strategy Mix?

    Jason Cortel
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    As the year winds down sales people are focused on meeting or exceed their year-end quotas. Sales leadership is planning 2015 goals and strategies. Here are some sales strategies you need to consider as you build out your 2015 plan. A good sales strategy will keep your sales team busy doing what they do best, selling. It reduces the pressure to meet the numbers and should keep your sales engine humming. Turn sales enablement into sales acceleration with these tactics. Demand Generation and Lead Management – Fill the funnel with minimal effort with these two categories. Inbound Marketing…
  • Airtime Matters to Career Advancement

    Jason Cortel
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    What is airtime? Airtime is the frequency and quality of time that you spend in front of the people who can help with your career trajectory. Why is airtime important? Because airtime keeps you top of mind with the people who matter. It allows you to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and potential. It lets them know what you are working on, what you have accomplished and where else you may be a good fit. If you are in a company that has more than 50 people it so easy to get lost among the sea of many talented and not so talented folks. Have you noticed that most of the work, projects and…
  • The 3 Keys of Leadership Success

    Jason Cortel
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    A successful leader needs to have a vision of a better tomorrow. They need to be able to articulate that vision and inspire others to come on the journey. What happens after the vision is set and they have inspired others to join them? Successful leadership doesn’t end there, it isn’t a set it and forget it kitchen appliance. You have the vision and the team; here are the 3 keys to unlock your success as a leader. Output – not just the quantity of work produced but also the quality, relevance and outcomes. Leaders must establish the standards of performance, ensure they are being…
  • Tuesday Tip: Lower Your Weapons and Accept Feedback

    Jason Cortel
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    We’ve all been given feedback that we felt was delivered wrong, not valid or the person giving it wasn’t qualified to do so. Perhaps you just didn’t like the person or read to deeply into their words, body language or message and so you raised your weapons to defend yourself from them. Who really loses this battle? Norman Vincent Peale said “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism”. Being told that you have failed to meet expectations or that you could be doing something better can seriously damage our ego. Feedback and…
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    The Leadership Hub

  • Are we at our best when we are least qualified for the job?

    PhilDourado
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    We often underestimate our ability to learn new things. A great part of being a leader and mentor is learning. Not just learning yourself, but fostering a learning environment. We learn best when we are faced with the unfamiliar. As Liz Wiseman puts it in her blog post over on Leadership Now: "People tend to do their best work when they are out of their comfort zone, doing something important and difficult – often for the very first time. When we are stretched to our limits (and often beyond), we are forced to focus, and we learn fast – a mode I call “rookie smarts"." Sometimes the…
  • The challenge of delivering transformational change

    Barry Dore
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    The most challenging assignments I take on are those where transformational change is required. I started one such assignment last week with the Director and senior leadership team of a large national restaurant brand.   This brand is already very profitable, delivering good results. But the Director knows that it could be doing much better. In reality it is successful in spite of itself rather than because of itself. Standards are inconsistent across their various restaurants. Some are consistently excellent while in others quality is very variable. The quality of management is also…
  • A True Green CEO: Unilever’s Paul Polman

    jlctaggart
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Money talks and bullshit walks.  I use this expression, and so do countless others, except that it’s useful to understand its origin. Attributed to Congressman Michael “Ozzie” Myers in 1980, resulting from his expulsion from the House of Representatives for accepting bribes and his subsequent 1981 imprisonment, the former longshoreman was referring to putting money down to make things happen; in other words, putting your money where your mouth is. So if that puts me in the company of a foul mouthed ex-longshoreman, ex-Congressman who went to prison, so be it. I like the expression…
  • What is Mindfulness?

    ZenMaster
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    We are hearing a lot about Mindful leadership these days. It may be trending, but it is an idea that is thousands of years old, with strong truths in it. Dan McCarthy's blog has a step-by-step explanation of Mindfulness and how you can make it work. "Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. It’s a way to filter out all of the background noise that goes on in our heads, pay attention, be more aware of our feelings, thoughts and emotions, and reprogram our…
  • Two truths and some startling empowerment stats

    PhilDourado
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    I like Alan Zimmerman's Tuesday Tips. He sells his products hard, but the tips and his writings contain some gems of insight. These two, from his most recent book, are gems: "Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they're trying to find someone who's going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take." - Anthony Robbins "Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood…
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  • Discussing strategic finance in your organization can be fascinating

    Laurel Tyler
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Who would have thought this would be the year terms like “tax inversion” and “strategic finance” became cocktail party conversation?  Thanks to proposed restructurings by Walgreens’ and Burger King, that’s just what’s happening.  People are talking.  And, they’re realizing the importance of financial strategy and its application.  In this case, the tradeoffs were clear and interesting – cost savings versus local presence.  Walgreens leaned towards local presence and Burger King towards lower cost structure. These two companies provide a great example of how finance is…
  • The Power of Practice

    Jamie Hayman
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Imagine going to the emergency room and finding out you need your appendix removed.  There are only two surgeons available. All you know about the first is that she has played the game Operation thousands of times. All you know about the second is that she spent more than 200 hours practicing in a surgical skills lab. Who do you choose?   The obvious choice is the second doctor. While Operation does require a steady hand (especially removing the funny bone), it’s no substitute for practicing actual surgical skills. The human body is dynamic and even a single wrong decision can be…
  • Better Strategy Alignment—It’s All About Communication

    Jean Williams
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Webster Dictionary defines “organization” as an organized body of people with a particular purpose, especially a business, society, association, etc. synonyms: company, firm, corporation.”   An organized body of people can’t achieve its purpose without effective communication. In fact, many believe it’s the glue that binds companies together — making it an essential leadership capability. There are many aspects of organizational communication.  Having difficult conversations, conducting performance appraisals, and influencing across a complex matrix are just a few. …
  • Leadership’s Simple Secret: Consistency in Word, Deed, and Direction

    Amanda Young Hickman
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Leadership comes in all kinds of styles, in all kinds of settings.   Despite the endless variations and examples of leaders in the world, there is a simple truth about the leadership choices that resonate and make a difference in driving results.  It’s about consistency.  Word, Deed, and Direction. New managers and B-School students focus on resources, investments and ROI.  Our first understanding about how business works focuses on the economic business cycle: the concrete “hard” decisions that we make to price the product or hire the team or configure manufacturing or fund…
  • Neuroscience & Leadership: interpersonal trumps analytics

    Nick Noyes
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
    We have it wrong.  Well, actually, we have it backwards.  What we’ve traditionally assumed about key traits for successful leadership in organizations- and implicitly and explicitly valued- is only part of the story.  For decades, organizations have celebrated the analytical skills of their leaders.  As a legacy of the industrial economy and the scientific method of management we have heralded and rewarded analytical and problem solving skills as key leadership attributes.  Indeed, most of today’s leaders grew up in a world that rewarded analytical smarts and individual problem…
 
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  • Do You Want to Grow Your LinkedIn Network?

    Jason Cortel
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Do you want to expose yourself to opportunities? Do you want your content to be seen, shared and liked by more people? If you have something to offer that no one else can you need to let the world know. LinkedIn is one of the top ways that you can promote yourself professionally and get in front of the people who make decisions. Networking is just as much about meeting and connecting with people you don’t know as it is about maintaining relationships with those you do know. In order to grow your network on LinkedIn and open the possibilities of partnering with the right people at the right…
  • What is Your Sales Strategy Mix?

    Jason Cortel
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    As the year winds down sales people are focused on meeting or exceed their year-end quotas. Sales leadership is planning 2015 goals and strategies. Here are some sales strategies you need to consider as you build out your 2015 plan. A good sales strategy will keep your sales team busy doing what they do best, selling. It reduces the pressure to meet the numbers and should keep your sales engine humming. Turn sales enablement into sales acceleration with these tactics. Demand Generation and Lead Management – Fill the funnel with minimal effort with these two categories. Inbound Marketing…
  • Airtime Matters to Career Advancement

    Jason Cortel
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    What is airtime? Airtime is the frequency and quality of time that you spend in front of the people who can help with your career trajectory. Why is airtime important? Because airtime keeps you top of mind with the people who matter. It allows you to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and potential. It lets them know what you are working on, what you have accomplished and where else you may be a good fit. If you are in a company that has more than 50 people it so easy to get lost among the sea of many talented and not so talented folks. Have you noticed that most of the work, projects and…
  • The 3 Keys of Leadership Success

    Jason Cortel
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    A successful leader needs to have a vision of a better tomorrow. They need to be able to articulate that vision and inspire others to come on the journey. What happens after the vision is set and they have inspired others to join them? Successful leadership doesn’t end there, it isn’t a set it and forget it kitchen appliance. You have the vision and the team; here are the 3 keys to unlock your success as a leader. Output – not just the quantity of work produced but also the quality, relevance and outcomes. Leaders must establish the standards of performance, ensure they are being…
  • Tuesday Tip: Lower Your Weapons and Accept Feedback

    Jason Cortel
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    We’ve all been given feedback that we felt was delivered wrong, not valid or the person giving it wasn’t qualified to do so. Perhaps you just didn’t like the person or read to deeply into their words, body language or message and so you raised your weapons to defend yourself from them. Who really loses this battle? Norman Vincent Peale said “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism”. Being told that you have failed to meet expectations or that you could be doing something better can seriously damage our ego. Feedback and…
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    RW McIntyre Leadership Notes

  • Centricity Balance – an Oxymoron?

    Ron McIntyre
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    For small businesses here in the US, we many times focus our energies on providing a great product, service or customer support but when dealing with a sustainable approach means that we must focus on all of the above.  If … Continue reading → The post Centricity Balance – an Oxymoron? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 6 – Empowering Attributes to Be Your Best at Work.

    Ron McIntyre
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    In business, there are a number of areas where you rely on your own and other’s skills, both hard and soft that help you make it through the day.  As a leader, it is important that you make these five … Continue reading → The post 6 – Empowering Attributes to Be Your Best at Work. appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Leadership Crisis? – How About Coaching?

    Ron McIntyre
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    According to a recent government report the business world is currently in a leadership crisis. Up and coming managers, those who will be our business leaders of the future don’t see positive examples of “inspirational leadership” in their work places. Employees … Continue reading → The post Leadership Crisis? – How About Coaching? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Real-ationships, a Must in the Hyper-Connected World

    Ron McIntyre
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    I find it interesting how changing a letter or two can open up a whole new arena for a person’s mind.  In listening to the sermon recently, the word Real-ationships was coined and discussed in a spiritual sense but I … Continue reading → The post Real-ationships, a Must in the Hyper-Connected World appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Business Growth Stages – Understanding Potentials

    Ron McIntyre
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Your company is by all intent, an organism that is composed of various cells including owners, employees, customers and partners that make it work, when all are aligned, similar to cells in our own bodies. This being said, your company … Continue reading → The post Business Growth Stages – Understanding Potentials appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
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    Paul Keijzer

  • Stop Complaining – Take Employee Engagement into Your Own Hands

    Paul Keijzer
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    There’s been a lot of fanfare surrounding employee engagement. Executives are urged to design and implement engagement programs, line managers are trained on how to engage employees and HR departments are designing engagement tools, measuring its success and ensuring that engagement plans are implemented. However, few are talking about the responsibility of the individual employee to make himself engagable or to engage himself. Employee engagement is a two way street – it requires the employer and the employee to develop and nurture a relation in which employees are: Committed to…
  • 5 Simple Habits Guaranteed to Increase Focus All Day

    Paul Keijzer
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    There are two types of people I know – incredible leaders who are able to increase focus as their day progresses and people who would love to be like them but lose their spark even before lunch. So what is it that makes the former group check off item after item on their seemingly endless checklist? I believe they go back to the basics. Back to before we were bombarded with too much information and our bodies tried to keep up with a pace of life that was simply unfair to it. By slowing down your life you’ll be able to increase your focus at work and home. [Tweet This] Here are…
  • 6 Everyday Steps to Help Your Team Achieve It’s Goals

    Paul Keijzer
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Great organisations are not only known for having a smart business model, clear strategy, multiple financing options or better people. Great organisations differentiate themselves by being able to get things done better than others by translating a business model or strategy into quick action. In other words they differentiate themselves through better and more nimble execution. Plenty of books have been written about execution (take a look at a couple of my favorites at the end) and you can find plenty of tips and suggestion on the web. For your convenience I’ve summarized the…
  • 7 Fun Employee Recognition Ideas That Won’t Hurt Your Budget

    Paul Keijzer
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    For businesses in emerging markets who are constantly struggling to achieve financial goals that stakeholders are willing to support, employee recognition ideas can be a faraway thought. They’re on the other end of the spectrum when compared to multinationals who can afford to regularly send their best performing employees on Leadership Outbreaks. This polarization can make it difficult for local businesses to retain talent. The good news is that with a little creativity and a deep understanding on what drives people in emerging markets, you can come up with a great employee recognition…
  • 5 Secrets to Successful Leadership Outbreaks

    Paul Keijzer
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Lately I’ve been talking about Leadership Outbreaks and so far I’ve covered Team Building Acceleration. We started off with the 6 strands of an Leadership Outbreak and last time I covered The Journey of the Outbreak. Tuckman, Scott Peck and all the other sages of team development agree that in order for a team to get into any stages of high performance they have to go through a stage of ‘storming’, ‘pseudo community’ or ‘emptying’. Leadership Outbreaks are designed to accelerate this process by taking people out of their comfort zone. To successfully do this…
 
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    SecondIron's Blog

  • 10 Blogger Tips To Get Noticed

    charles johnston
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    10 Blogger Tips To Get Noticed. As a blogger we all have our own ways of doing the same things. Ultimately our goal is to have our voices heard. Some will do it with headlines, others with extreme SEO while others base it on their content alone. No matter what you write if it is engaging […] The post 10 Blogger Tips To Get Noticed appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Why We Must Possess in Order to Give

    charles johnston
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    In order for one to truly give of oneself, we must possess control of oneself. “The fundamental issue is freedom. You must possess yourself in order to give yourself away.” We all like to give to others in the form of charity whether in time, talent or money. Once we obtain a clean heart then and only […] The post Why We Must Possess in Order to Give appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • When We Choose Faith Over Religion

    charles johnston
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    For many years, I like many people thought I was a pretty faith filled religious person. I went to church every Sunday. I tithed and volunteered at the church when I could. I prayed over my meals, and before I went to bed. This all makes for a faithful religious person or so I thought. We spend […] The post When We Choose Faith Over Religion appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Two Lessons in Leadership

    charles johnston
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    Two Lessons in Leadership that any leader should learn. One of the first lessons we learn in becoming a leader is the skill of eye contact. Eye contact is something that everyone should learn but few practice. There is power in the eyes of the beholder. The one that can maintain eye contact usually wins. […] The post Two Lessons in Leadership appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Two Sides to Every Marriage

    charles johnston
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Just like a coin, there are two sides to every marriage. Do you find yourself at times at odds with your spouse? Worried that no matter what you say or do it won’t be right. This is not to say that there is anything wrong per se. Women and men are built differently, we all […] The post Two Sides to Every Marriage appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
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    Leadership Thoughts

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t — Infographic

    Martin Webster
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Leaders Eat Last Learn why companies like Google build phenomenal teams within unconventional workplaces and rigid corporate offices stifle innovation and tear apart teams with unnatural structures. The following infographic, which was kindly passed to me by Sebastian Bos at RocketMill, is inspired by Simon Sinek’s book Leaders Eat Last*. Leaders Eat First The infographic charts a course for would-be leaders to follow. But it’s not a conventional journey. No, on the contrary, you will find that traditional corporate practices actually undermine leadership teams. In 2012, 56%…
  • Top Tips for Improving Employee Retention

    Alison Brattle
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Improving Employee Retention Improving employee retention is important in every industry, but it’s rarely an easy matter, especially given the heavy impact of factors such as industry competition, changing demands of customers and clients, economic instability, and advancing technology. In economically uncertain times, budgetary concerns and workforce morale come into play too. Unlikely as it may seem, economic instability can actually result in more people voluntarily leaving their jobs, particularly in manager-level positions. This kind of attrition has a significant impact on…
  • Leadership Articles, September 2014

    Martin Webster
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Leadership Articles, September 2014 Welcome to the Leadership Thoughts Blog Carousel. Leadership articles for September 2014 are about leadership and team development. Thanks to all our contributors! Leadership Articles, September 2014 — A Blog Carousel Sometimes it’s about less is more. It’s about the seed. Thinking about this gigantic tree that you think is so beautiful but it started with this just seed. – Fred Durst Leadership Kathryn Alexander of The Art of Leadership – Impact! discusses how Sustainable Leadership mimics nature by using its values, laws and…
  • How Quests Transform Your Leadership — An Interview with Chris Guillebeau

    Bruce Harpham
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    An Interview with Chris Guillebeau I have followed Chris Guillebeau’s writing and books since 2009. His essays on travel and unconventional living have intrigued me for years. In his 2010 book The Art of Non-Conformity Chris shared views on setting your own rules. In 2012, he published The $100 Startup, a work that shares stories and advice on how to start a successful business with $100 or less. Based in Portland, Oregon, USA, Chris travels the world, writes books and offers digital courses for sale. An Interview with Chris Guillebeau In The Happiness of Pursuit we learn more about…
  • How Great Leaders Grow By Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

    Bruce Harpham
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Where do leaders learn their skills and find inspiration? Do they work away, locked in an office, until inspiration strikes? It should go without saying that project managers need leadership skills. To a large degree, leaders are those who build on lessons learned from the past. German philosopher Georg Hegel said, “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.” That’s an excellent warning. Like most generalisations, there are exceptions. Learning from history and those who have gone before you is an indispensable leadership tool. Great…
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    Heads Up Coaching and Consulting

  • When Do We Trust?

    Lisa Kaslyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    In our seminars, when we ask the participants “What is trust?” there is a long silence as folks think of how to define something as esoteric as trust. When we ask how trust is built, they offer a bit more, but still with hesitation. When we ask how trust is destroyed, people answer very quickly — and vehemently! We may not know how to define it, but we know it when we see it...and especially when we don’t. So, when do we trust someone? What four elements need to be in place before someone says to us:  “Yes, I trust you” or even more importantly “Yes,…
  • A Management Moment With…John F. Kennedy

    Lisa Parker
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less   “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”  —  President John F. Kennedy Are you a “learning leader?” Do you encourage people to participate in learning events inside and outside of the office? Do you attend learning events yourself, either as a student or as a guest speaker…or even as a trainer? As the leader you set the example. Here are 3 tips to keep your team current, fresh and knowledgeable: 1.  BE HANDS ON and help people apply what they’ve learned. Take a minute…
  • The Myth of the Flawless Leader

    Lisa Parker
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    I admit it:  I struggled over this month’s lead article.  Specifically, I struggled over the title. Here are some of the attempts I tried and deleted:   – Why It’s Right to be Wrong – How Perfection Can Work Against You – To Err is Human – Sometimes Your Baby is Ugly (That last one was just to see if you’re paying attention!)   Why the dilemma? For the same reason many of you get stuck when you’re trying to communicate: Am I going for style, or for substance? You see, I know from your feedback that my more provocative titles get a response and I…
  • Don’t be a Bore!

    Lisa Parker
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Imagine someone is handing you a beautifully wrapped gift, all the while hinting that the treasure inside is something that you really want…would you feel bored? Of course not. But suppose the giver has a pattern of giving pretty boxes filled with sawdust? Nothing but sawdust, month after month. How would you feel now? That’s exactly how an audience feels when they are forced to sit through yet another boring monthly update, status report, or any other routine presentation where presenters have spent an inordinate amount of time making their slides look good and too little time…
  • A Management Moment With…Robin Williams

    Lisa Parker
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”   —  Robin Williams Do you ever feel like your ideas are too “out there” to be expressed in a meeting? Is your work environment one that rewards conformity over originality? If so, then perhaps you’ve lost your inner Robin Williams. Who can forget Williams’ early days as Mork from Ork? We all sat open-mouthed as we watched him unleash not just a spark, but a bonfire of insanity that lifted a mediocre sitcom to the…
 
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    General LeadershipGeneral Leadership » | Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders!

  • Resilience: Standing Up Against Life’s Storms

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “A good half of the art of living is resilience.” Alain de Botton Resilience is not a new term in academic and preventive medicine circles, nor is the idea of nurturing people’s inner strengths a new idea. In fact, the view that resilience is an important aspect of our well-being has been gaining attention among researchers and health professionals over the last 25 or so years. Studies have increasingly shown that the way people cope with the challenges they face in the various stages of life is influenced by their sense of who they are, how they relate to the world and others around…
  • The Two Most Important Questions In Leadership

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Judge a man by his questions, …not by his answers.” Voltaire 1.  Do you know what you’re doing? 2. Do you know where you’re going? These are the two most important questions I ask when evaluating young leaders in my organization, or even when assessing my own leadership ability. I find answering these simple, deep-meaning questions tells me a lot about a leader’s impact and potential. As I think about the answers, I often look beyond results, which often masks a leader’s real influence, and experience, which often is an excuse to cling to obsolete ways of doing…
  • Monday Quote:

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” Max Lucado by … Read the rest The post Monday Quote: appeared first on General Leadership.
  • The Timeless Allure of Leadership

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace?” Max DePree Unquestionably, the rapid advances in technology and rate of change in organizations has made the challenges associated with leadership increasingly dynamic. Yet, while technologies have continued to change, the very human dimension of leadership has not. Thus, as one surveys the vast landscape of leadership literature that spans some several thousand years, it is…
  • Positive Change: Because That’s The Way It’s Always Been…

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As leaders, we are charged with guiding our organizations to success. Whatever that mark of success may be be, it most definitely involves positive change. To be successful, we must question everything and never allow the mindset… Because That’s The Way It’s Always Been Around Here. The best way to explain this to any organization is to present the gorilla experiment. This is a fabled story I have used many times. It has been handed down leader to leader, and I have been unable to determine the origin. It goes like this… The experiment begins with five gorillas in a cage.… Read…
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    EPICOMM

  • My hope.

    Elena Iacono
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I’m feeling saddened and sick. What a day for my beloved hometown, Ottawa. It was an atrocious day – not any more or any less catastrophic than the atrocities we read about daily from around the globe. I have no leadership lessons to bring you with this post, no communication angle to explore. Rather, my heart is heavy for the tragic loss of life and a loss of innocence the City of Ottawa has preserved for so long. Does today change things for Canadians? For Ottawa? Yes – but I’m not yet sure what yet. Am I prepared to jump into a political debate and start commenting on ideology?
  • Unambiguously annoyed. You?

    Elena Iacono
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    A friend of mine lost a few colleagues to an organizational restructuring recently. The most frustrating part? Ambiguous communication surrounding the whole thing. Team updates were last minute, inaccurate, unclear and worse – demoralizing for remaining team members. I couldn’t help myself from being unambiguously annoyed by hearing how my friend, and his colleagues, were left to feel. Communicating big change shouldn’t be like this! Why do team members have to suffer as a result of poor messaging, lousy timing and second-thought distribution methods? Say it with me….
  • Lazy? In need of revival.

    Elena Iacono
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    “Elena – when are you going to have a kid?” – it’s something I keep hearing. Granted I’ve been married for awhile and I’m settled in my professional realm. However, I’m not ready to bring a kid into a lazy world. Ok, fine. There are a few exceptions. Like the tailor who calls me to tell me my blazers are ready for pick-up in precisely 2.6 hours. Or the leader who spends time creating team cultures based on trust and openness. Or a service provider who notifies me that my service will go down before it does (so as to prevent panic). Or a…
  • This just in: onus on you.

    Elena Iacono
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    When something goes wrong, who do you blame? Think about it. I was very disappointed this past weekend. My hair stylist gave me the absolute most terrible hair cut I’ve seen in years. It doesn’t look THAT bad – but I wasn’t happy. In situations like this – who is to blame? I will take full accountability (even though I was less than impressed). I don’t think I was clear on what I wanted. The onus lies on us – whether we are in a meeting, on the phone, in a video conference, writing a document – to be crystal clear. Clarity and…
  • Training: A new spin on the old song and dance.

    Elena Iacono
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    I have two friends, who are sisters, who are doing some pretty cool things in the entrepreneurial space of their lives. Part of their success lies in their ability to instill  their brand vision in the behaviours of their people. My friends do two things: 1) Hire for fit 2) Make training and development less about learning a new (monotonous) task but more about amplifying their brand. Hmm…interesting. Learning a new skill is easy. Consistent execution is the hard part. My friends routinely coach, motivate, inspire, provide feedback. People are involved in the business. They are…
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    Australian Institute of Management Blog

  • From the Archives: Managing High Complexity

    Dana Kennedy
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    In this post we revisit a classic article from the January/February edition of Management Today. Increasing business complexity and uncertainty requires an effective approach to solving important problems. By Geoffrey Coffey In today’s organisations there is little doubt that high complexity and uncertainty abound. Increasingly, leaders are faced with a raft of complex problems that defy simple solution. There are two broad approaches to dealing with high complexity. The first aims to reduce complexity to a manageable level. The second, when complexity cannot be reduced, is to deal with it…
  • Keeping an Outlook on Distractions

    Dana Kennedy
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    By Dr Malcolm Johnson FAIM Increasingly, people at work are feeling overwhelmed by the volume of tasks they are being asked to complete or contribute to. A case in point is your email inbox of which every morning waits to consume your day. It is almost a common routine to settling into work; make a coffee and open Microsoft Outlook before tackling your own task agenda. Immediately your own plans are swamped by the needs of others as you respond to each email. In the absence of a clear task agenda of your own, it is tempting to use email responses to create a busyness and sense of importance…
  • Management Article Round-up

    Dana Kennedy
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Catch up on all the latest management, leadership and workplace articles gathered on AIM’s Twitter account last week. For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau. What is Your Level of Positivity? (via @michaelrhopkin) http://bit.ly/1vIE7Wc 6 Daily Practices of Effective Managers (via @RobertCordray) http://bit.ly/1wlInJh Why You Should Play on Your Strengths–Not Focus on Your Weaknesses (via @lollydaskal) http://bit.ly/1w0SXY1 10 Executive Presence Rules (via @DorothyDalton) http://bit.ly/1s6NnAY How to Lead Your Team Members – and Learn to Give and Get Criticism (via…
  • Putting the Fun Back Into Fundamental

    AIM
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Guest post by Matt Avery Finding ways of making even the most mundane tasks fun is an important part of the process of maximizing your happiness. By developing creative ways of overcoming, or reframing the unavoidable but boring elements of your life so that you actually look forward to them, and even learn to love doing them, you can dramatically transform a large part of your life. Trying to avoid life’s less glamorous and exciting but nonetheless fundamental aspects is a mug’s game, since it almost inevitably leads to prevarication and procrastination. In other words, the boring parts…
  • Need to Pivot Your Work Culture?

    AIM
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Guest post by Dr Jason Fox A big part of my work is in culture-design  –  deliberately crafting the structures, rituals and artefacts to trigger and support the behaviours we want to see more of. Culture is fuzzy territory, and often lacks deliberate effort because of it. When we bring it back to behaviours (and the motivation design that influences them)  – things get more real, more measurable, and more tangible… but it’s still fuzzy. And so a big part of the motivation design for culture involves talk of narrative and emotions. In fact, it’s critical. Emotions at…
 
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • Rebuilding Trust in the Workplace

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

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Good leaders should want their employees to not only succeed but also push their limits and raise the bar. One way that can help employees get there, is through regular goal-setting. This can be challenging because often times, employees don’t understand the overarching visionand goals of a company or organization. So it’s important that all players are aligned on the corporate vision in order to effectively start with the goals process. With that firmly in place, a manager can try to push his or her employees by suggesting stretch goals—the type of target that may seem impossible.
  • 5 Signs you may be a costly Micromanager

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Are you a micromanager? Or—perhaps worse—you may be one and not realize it?Here are 5 signs you might be too involved in your employees’ work:-You rarely delegate (and when you do, you are entirely too nervous about it)-You find yourself spending more time overseeing (or even doing) other people’s projects than on getting your own done-You nitpick the details (like putting the cover sheets on the TPS reports) and neglect the 30,000-foot view-You reassign projects—to yourself—before they’re done-You discourage autonomy and decision-making at any level under yoursIf one or all of…
  • How to “Ace” your 360 Feedback Assessment

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

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

    Jim Morris
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Twice this week, I forgot to bring my smart phone with me while running errands. We are moving and the routines that I follow to keep track of stuff have been disrupted. Of course, I don’t actually need my smart phone with me while I stand in line for 10 minutes at the post office, or wait my turn at the pharmacy, or drive around our little town running errands. I take it with me to give me something to do while I wait. I am embarrassed to admit that not having my little digital distraction with me has led to a remarkable re-discovery: I need time to reflect, think and consider, which I…
  • You Had Me at Hello: 4 Ways Some Leaders Inspire Us

    Moe Carrick
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
      Have you ever worked for someone you would follow anywhere? Despite the numerous definitions of effective leadership, and store shelves packed with books claiming to unlock its secrets, it seems to me that there are a few, very simple reasons why some leaders compel us to acts of loyalty, and others don’t. At the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in Ireland last week – an international conference I have had the privilege of being involved in for more than a decade – I witnessed a leader inspiring truly unprecedented followership. Shannon Stowell is the President of…
  • The New Universalists

    Jim Morris
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    My friend Chris and Elon Musk have a lot in common. Chris is a counselor and therapist who works with the court system on behalf of children and their families. Most of his work is either dealing with the effects of domestic violence and abuse or working to prevent it. Elon Musk is an entrepreneur, the co-founder of PayPal, founder and CEO of Tesla Motor Company and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), and chairman of SolarCity. Chris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and wilderness instructor by training. Elon is an engineer. He is in the news all the time. Chris to my knowledge…
  • 7 Ways to Lead When You Don’t Have the Answer: Learning vs. Knowing

    Moe Carrick
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This past week I interviewed a candidate for a client hiring a key position. I was struck by something the candidate said in response to my question “what compels you to want to join this company?” His answer? “Frankly I am impressed at the level of learning I sense from the CEO—he seems to want the people here and the company to be constantly evolving, and consequently, seems open to learning from others what he/they don’t know. That’s inviting!” This statement struck me as a profound observation. In our work, we are often faced with big, hairy issues clients have internally or…
  • Updating the Metaphor

    Jim Morris
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Dear Everyone: Please stop referring to matters of business and organizations competing with one another as “War”, and please drop the metaphorical reference to winning market share as “killing the competition”. There are real wars people are fighting today, and there are people dying in them. The risk is grave that we collectively diminish the devastation and gravity of actual armed conflicts by using the same language to describe price competition between two soft drink companies. Coke vs. Pepsi isn’t a war: no one dies as a result of losing market-share, at least not directly.
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    Scribble and Scrawl

  • Why society should accept Alternative Sexuality

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   Alan Turing, whose pioneering work laid the mathematical foundations of computer, was convicted for homosexuality and subjected to chemical castration that drove him to suicide. His suicide prompted the British government to amend laws concerning … Continue reading →
  • Why the World is more Indian than you think

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti   China targeting Indian wedding market                                                                … Continue reading →
  • Break the Worry before it breaks you

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.  ~ Alain de Botton We know that some people have a naturally strong mental built, … Continue reading →
  • Kolkata in the 19th century – Vintage Pictures

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Kolkata, the ‘City of Joy’, is a city with a glorious past! For those who live there, Kolkata is also about its alluring spirit, emotions, heightened sensibilities and creative energy. It is a city with fabulous heritage architecture where the old merges … Continue reading →
  • How to be tactful in dealing with people

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~ Winston Churchill As easy as it is to speak your mind out, doing so … Continue reading →
 
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    Ying Ying Shi

  • Understanding employee turnover

    Ying Ying Shi
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Innovation does not only occur in products or processes; it can also be reflected in names and titles. Most people have probably never heard of “Chief Organization Manager” which is the title I currently bear at Clueda AG. Some people … Read more →
  • Using emotions the right way

    Ying Ying Shi
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    What I have learnt in life and business is that success is all about how to achieve what you want with what you have. You might get a job, buy a ring, collect dividends if you have a good CV, … Read more →
  • 3 love inspired business principles

    Ying Ying Shi
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    While there is a lot of discussion about whether to keep private life and work separate and great suggestions are available about how to separate them, there are also areas where we would benefit from considering them as a unified … Read more →
  • The communication we all need

    Ying Ying Shi
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Like nuclear weapon, communication is extremely powerful. When used appropriately, we can motivate thousands and millions of people. When used inappropriately, we may hurt someone for a lifetime. The importance of communication has made it one of the most fundamental … Read more →
  • Does the candidate fit with the team?

    Ying Ying Shi
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    While efficiently allocating resources is a major concern for economists, effectively selecting talents is a major concern for both managers and human resources. Everything on earth has a value – even if it does not have a price (e.g. air) … Read more →
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  • How To Deliver Bad News To Your Boss

    Tim Sieck
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Surprises on birthdays and other holidays are just fine.  They don’t work so well when it comes to communication.  Communication surprises are especially bad when they come in the form of bad news delivered to your manager.  Regardless of the nature of the bad news.  Your manager wants, and expects to hear about it right away.   So how do you deliver bad news to your manager without it having a long term affect on your working relationship? Here are some tips to help you deliver your message: 1.  Be mindful of the time and place – As a general rule, the sooner you tell your boss…
  • TED Talks Thursday: Simon Sinek – Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

    Tim Sieck
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    In honor of Boss’s Day, listen to Simon Sinek discuss what makes a great leader?  Here’s a hint, it’s not just bringing in a bag of Dilly Bars.
  • Who Stands In Your Leadership Shadow?

    Tim Sieck
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Does the word “shadow” stir positive or negative thoughts when you hear it?  It’s an interesting concept.  Shadow of suspicion immediately has a negative connotation, but walking in the shadow of greatness has a positive tone.  Either way, as a leader, your style casts a shadow over the people you are responsible for. In our Essential Skills of Communicating workshop, there is an exercise that includes a list of communication behaviors. with a continuum between a negative behavior and a positive behavior.  In the class, we ask people to think about a past manager or…
  • Top 10 Signs You Might Not Be a Great Boss

    Tim Sieck
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Since next week is Boss’s Day, we thought we would have a little fun.  So in David Letterman style, here are our: Top 10 Signs You Might Not Be a Great Boss 10.  Your staff keeps forwarding emails for discount cruises to far away places. 9.   Someone keeps hanging “tow away zone” signs in front of your reserved parking space. 8.   Your open door policy is that if you can figure out how to open the door, come on in. 7.    You think diversity is interviewing (but not actually hiring) someone from a different fraternity than yours. 6.    Your idea of work / life balance…
  • TED Talks Thursday: David Logan on Tribal Leadership

    Tim Sieck
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    After recently reading Tribes by Seth Godin, the concept of what makes a tribe and how they influence and are influenced has been on my mind.  David Logan explores the topic in this week’s TED Talks Thursday.
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    Leadership Heart Coaching

  • Get Rid of The Box

    wbenoist
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space. Not to be outdone by the Soviet victory, on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first American to set foot on the moon. America did not raise the bar when Armstrong took that first step. America reinvented the bar. Space wasn’t enough. America was going to the moon. There was no thinking outside the box.  The box had been thrown out. This is how break through results are achieved. We get rid of the box that keeps our goals restrained. For the past 10 years, my company’s help desk…
  • Bold, Innovative Leadership

    wbenoist
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Bold, Innovative Leadership Who comes to mind when you think about these words? Patton?   Kennedy?   Churchill?   Jobs? If you’re into football, you may think Lombardi. In most cases, we don’t think close to home when we consider bold, innovative leadership. Bold “not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring…” Innovative “introducing new ideas, devices, or methods….” For some, these are larger than life words.   Traits only big shoes can fill. Management seems so much safer.   No risk involved. All that’s…
  • Having Fun at Work

    wbenoist
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    http://www.leadershipheartcoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Humor-Post.mp3 Last month, I committed to writing a post about having fun at work. Having fun alleviates stress. It helps put others at ease. Having fun can even increase productivity. So one would think writing a piece about having fun should be a piece of cake, right? Nope. I stared at a blank piece of paper for what seemed like an eternity. I am not talking one or two hours.   I am talking days. The problem I had with this commitment – I could not relate to the topic. How do you write about something fun when…
  • The Legacy We Leave as Parents

    wbenoist
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:24 pm
    http://www.leadershipheartcoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Round-2.mp3   Good or bad, there is no denying the influence we have on our children. As parents, we are all leaders. It is a role we step into the first time we see our newborn son or daughter at the hospital. As parents, our leadership will also be the most important legacy. Our influence will often play a role in the underlying beliefs our children carry with them long after they leave the nest. Will our children model the behavior and standards we set, or will our behaviors and standards be something our children…
  • Creative Leadership

    wbenoist
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:27 am
    If you are a Baby Boomer, you likely remember the matchbook cover pictured above. The advertisements were for a home study correspondence course providing training in illustration and cartoons. Both my parents smoked, so I grew up seeing these ads for years. Even at the age of seven, I was intimated by the challenges posed by the matchbook covers. You see, whereas both my parents could copy one of the drawings within minutes, the artistic gene skipped me altogether. I could barely draw a stick figure. I also struggled with music, painting, working with clay, and pretty much every art project…
 
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    A Team of Leaders

  • Why a Great Leaders Use Teams of Leaders

    Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    A Team of Leaders Success Profile Story For you, the concept of having a team of leaders is new. But Irv Rothman disagrees. Irv is currently the president and CEO of HP Financial Services. Not too long ago, he served as the president and CEO of Compaq Financial Services Corp. Before that, he was the group president of AT&T Capital Corp. Today, he leads 1500 employees. Those employees are broken down into small, manageable teams. Not Your ‘of the Month’ Club Having teams is not some program of the month for Irv. It’s the way he does business. He believes that people work best when…
  • How Government Can Benefit from a Team of Leaders

    Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    If you have been following our blog up to now, then you know that A Team of Leaders can work in any business founded in the private sector. Well, we’re also here to tell you that the public sector can benefit from this way of thinking, too. Federal Employee Job Perspective A case in point: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s annual Employee Viewpoint Survey questions federal employees on a variety of workplace items, issues and departments. It’s most recent one resulted in federal employees ranking the following areas quite high: 96.5%: When needed, I am willing to put in extra…
  • Sustaining Organizational Health by Building Teams of Leaders in the Government

    Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    The spotlight is shining brightly of late on the hidden value of organizational health and how to capture it. Even all the way to Washington, D.C. Before delving into this very public discovery, let’s digest a commanding reference that uncovers a strong incentive for ailing entities to maintain sustained organizational health. According to a recent article[1] in McKinsey Quarterly: “Sustained organizational health is among the most powerful assets a company can build. Healthy companies generate total returns to shareholders three times higher than those of unhealthy ones.” Apparently…
  • Transforming a College Football Team into a Team of Leaders

    Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Not too long ago, Bronco Mendenhall turned around the Brigham Young University (BYU) football program. Many know this transformation began in December 2004, when Mendenhall became the head football coach. What many don’t know is how he did it. So, let me take you through his program’s makeover from beginning to end. More Than Just X’s and O’s Instead of being the all-knowing coach who uses the “it’s-my-way-or-the-highway” approach, Mendenhall decided to turn to Paul Gustavson, a former BYU football player and world-class business consultant, for advice and assistance.[1]…
  • Building a Team of Leaders to Increase Employee Commitment

    Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    Nearly 30 years ago, Richard E. Walton wrote in the article From Control to Commitment in the Workplace as published in the Harvard Business Review: Especially in a high-wage country like the United States, market success depends on a superior level of performance, a level that, in turn, requires the deep commitment, not merely the obedience—if you could obtain it—of workers. And as painful experience shows, this commitment cannot flourish in a workplace dominated by the familiar model of control.” Despite Walton’s long-ago words of wisdom, companies today continue to only use either…
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    Leadership & Lipstick

  • Listen Up!

    Brigitte Kobi
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I recently read an interview that has been published in a Swiss newspaper. The journalist wrote about a successful sales manager who delivers perfect sales pitches, based on facts and figures and has a lot of great sales arguments. Yet, this gentlemen has one flaw: he does not pay attention…
  • Thoughts On Attitude

    Brigitte Kobi
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “Things were better in the past”. Whenever I hear that phrase my blood pressure is going up since neither it is true nor does it get us anywhere. Survival Humans were born to live and to survive. I think that this is the major reason why we tend to forget…
  • Value Your Resouces.A True Story

    Brigitte Kobi
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The above picture which I took from the window of a jewellery shop immediately reminded me to the phrase “to cast pearls before swine” and of how to use resources wisely. Some months ago someone who is running his own business asked me for help with a blog for a…
  • 3 Important Aspects of Change Management

    Brigitte Kobi
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Greek Philosopher Heraclitus made the famous statement “panta rhei” which translates in “everything flows”. This phrase symbolizes the necessity of constant change. But this does not mean that change must necessarily revolutionize everything. Let me give you an example. Some days ago I walked though Zurich’s old town. This…
  • The 3 Types of Truth

    Brigitte Kobi
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Some days ago I was pondering about the question how people choose experts. Given they need the latter because of their knowledge choosing the right person is a challenge. After all, you are looking for someone who knows more about a certain topic than you do. If we have no…
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    Lit Up Leadership

  • 5 Steps to Stop Stressing & Start Leading Now

    mabaumga
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    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 leadership in its tracks.[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
    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 go next.  Vision makes life and[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
    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 maintain without it all[Read and Watch] The post How You Can Be Excellent at Leading Scale (w/ Bob Sutton) appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
  • Why Great Leaders Are Entrepreneurs At Heart (w/ Deidre Paknad)

    mabaumga
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Are you really a leader or an entrepreneur?  I had two clients in very different leadership roles face this question and dilemma. One is a director in a well-known tech company in Silicon Valley and he was stuck.  He just wanted to get past the ceiling he felt both in his career and his heart. [Read and Watch] The post Why Great Leaders Are Entrepreneurs At Heart (w/ Deidre Paknad) appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
  • How to Lead Innovation with Influence (with Vivek Wadhwa)

    mabaumga
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    Are you leading innovation or managing the status quo?  Or worse, falling behind? Innovation is a business requirement that requires leadership. Without innovation, nothing improves.  But why is it so important to be a leader to actually spark true innovative thinking and focused action? My guest on this inaugural episode of the Weekly Spark is[Read and Watch] The post How to Lead Innovation with Influence (with Vivek Wadhwa) appeared first on Lit Up Leadership.
 
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