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  • How to Get a New Employee Up to Speed

    HBR.org
    Sara Stibitz
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    From a manager’s perspective, a new hire can’t come up to speed fast enough. Balancing the newcomer’s need to learn the ropes and your desire to have her quickly produce is a challenge for any time-strapped boss. What’s the best way to bring your new employee on board? Who do you enlist in the training? And how long should you expect it to take? What the Experts Say “If you want people to perform well, you have to get them off to a good start. That’s kind of obvious, isn’t it?” says Dick Grote, performance management consultant and author of How…
  • 3 Rules for Experts Who Want More Influence

    HBR.org
    Dorie Clark
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    In these days of social media chest-thumping, it seems like everyone is calling themselves an expert. This declaration is often in inverse proportion to how well-known the person is; back in the early days of my consulting career, I, too, clamored to label myself an “expert,” as though that would assuage potential clients who had never heard of me. Not so much. The first rule of expertise, I’ve learned, is never to call yourself an expert. That’s for others to determine. But becoming a recognized expert in a world of pretenders is increasingly valuable. Here’s…
  • They say happy employees equal happy customers…

    The Merrill Dubrow Blog
    Merrill Dubrow
    22 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Do you believe happy employees equal happy customers! I do! I truly believe that work environment and company atmosphere can really make a difference. Company culture is so important and without question can translate to better service and ultimately happy customers! Here are three things we do to create a great company atmosphere. We give out employee of the month/year awards! We have select awards where anyone can recognize anyone on the staff for going above and beyond! We have summer hours which means we work a little extra Monday – Thursday and get out at 1:00 on Friday from Memorial…
  • The Three Factors of Successful Leadership

    Leadercast
    Ken Tracy
    24 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    With any successful leader, you’ve got to have three qualities. Number one is planning and organization. I have found that throughout any industry that I’ve worked in, that if you are poor at planning and poor at organizing, you’re going to fail. Second of all is implementation. You can write a plan, bring a group together and say, “Here’s our plan,” but the most important question they’re going to ask you is, “How are we going to do it?” That’s implementation. Show them how you’re going to do it. Have the tactical steps and…
  • Which of these characteristics is the most dangerous leadership trait?

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    Mike Figliuolo
    21 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: Which of these characteristics is the most dangerous leadership trait? – Excessively ambitious: 6.53% – Being short-tempered: 13.46% – Indecisiveness and over-cautiousness: 32.3% – Lack of vision: 22.02% – Selfishness: 25.69% Dangerous Traits. From the looks of it, folks find short-sighted, indecisive, selfish leaders to be the worst of all. […] 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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  • 3 Rules for Experts Who Want More Influence

    Dorie Clark
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    In these days of social media chest-thumping, it seems like everyone is calling themselves an expert. This declaration is often in inverse proportion to how well-known the person is; back in the early days of my consulting career, I, too, clamored to label myself an “expert,” as though that would assuage potential clients who had never heard of me. Not so much. The first rule of expertise, I’ve learned, is never to call yourself an expert. That’s for others to determine. But becoming a recognized expert in a world of pretenders is increasingly valuable. Here’s…
  • Lilly Pulitzer’s Target Disaster Was Actually a Success

    Denise Lee Yohn
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    At first blush, the recent rapid sell-out of the new “Lilly Pulitzer for Target” line — and the backlash it generated from disappointed customers — seems like a major screw-up by both companies. But it actually contains the keys to successful expansion for other high-end brands and designer labels and to improved brand perceptions for other mass retailers. There’s no question that Target disappointed many customers by selling out of the exclusive line within hours. Its website crashed, mobs formed in its stores, and some pieces ended up for sale on eBay at…
  • Data Scientists Don’t Scale

    Stuart Frankel
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Big data is about to get a big reality check. Our ongoing obsession with data and analytics technology, and our reverence for the rare data scientist who reigns supreme over this world, has disillusioned many of us. Executives are taking a hard look at their depleted budgets — drained by a mess of disparate tools they’ve acquired and elusive “big insights” they’ve been promised — and are wondering: “Where is the return on this enormous investment?” It’s not that we haven’t made significant strides in aggregating and organizing data,…
  • How to Get a New Employee Up to Speed

    Sara Stibitz
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    From a manager’s perspective, a new hire can’t come up to speed fast enough. Balancing the newcomer’s need to learn the ropes and your desire to have her quickly produce is a challenge for any time-strapped boss. What’s the best way to bring your new employee on board? Who do you enlist in the training? And how long should you expect it to take? What the Experts Say “If you want people to perform well, you have to get them off to a good start. That’s kind of obvious, isn’t it?” says Dick Grote, performance management consultant and author of How…
  • The Factors That Lead to High CEO Pay

    Gretchen Gavett
    22 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    No matter where you live, the difference between how much CEOs are paid and how much the average worker takes home is, well, big. Probably even bigger than most people think.   The reasons why the disparities vary country-to-country are complex, according to a recently accepted paper for the Strategic Management Journal by LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business professor Thomas Greckhamer. A social scientist, Greckhamer attempts to identify combinations of factors on a country-by-country basis that either widen or narrow the pay gap between CEOs and workers. Using data from the IMD World…
 
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    SmartBrief on Leadership

  • Why Unilever's CEO interviews entry-level candidates

    22 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Unilever CEO Paul Polman likes to stay grounded by personally interviewing entry-level candidates.  -More- 
  • 3 telltale signs of unsung leadership

    22 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Not all leaders are publicly known; many are those valuable but unappreciated employees who successfully lead despite lacking -More- 
  • Are you failing your employees?

    22 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    It's often easier to see how your boss is falling short than to figure out how you might be failing your own team, writes Cam -More- [Guidebook] 5 Best Practices for Identifying Potential Leaders Nominating individuals as "high-potential" isn't easy. Use our guide to avoid the most common challenges of the high-potential process. Inside you'll find the 4 absolutes for identifying potential, what every professional needs to know to get high-potential programs right, and 5 best practices for making the right talent investments. Download the guidebook now.
  • SmartBrief will not publish Monday

    22 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    SmartBrief will not publish Monday in observance of Memorial Day in the U.S. Publication will resume Tuesday. -More- 
  • Goldman Sachs uses annual meeting to woo Silicon Valley

    22 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Goldman Sachs held its annual shareholder meeting at its San Francisco headquarters this week -- a sign of the company's incr -More- 
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    Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog

  • A Lean Look at Value

    18 May 2015 | 1:11 pm
    by Jacob Stoller “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get,” said Warren Buffett, adeptly observing that value is more than just a notion of what something is worth. Customer value that is based on substance as opposed to perceptions is widely pursued by organizations that aspire to greatness, and is also a fundamental building block of the Lean management system. One of Lean’s great triumphs is that it breaks value down into a set of metrics that can be actively pursued. Leaders who aspire to excellence can gain much from studying this approach. Separating value from waste Toyota,…
  • 5 Leadership Lessons: How to be More Creative and Enrich Your Life

    15 May 2015 | 8:20 pm
    “Curiosity has been the most valuable quality, the most important resource, the central motivation of my life,” writes Hollywood producer Brian Grazer in A Curious Mind. Early in life, Grazer began having what he calls “curiosity conversations.” He began tracking down people he was curious about and asking them if he could sit down with them and talk. He particularly looked for people outside of the entertainment business. The goal was to learn something. He says, “I want to understand what makes people tick; I want to see if I can connect a person’s attitude and personality with…
  • 5 Secrets to Learning Better

    8 May 2015 | 1:06 am
    With exam season upon us in the northern hemisphere, experimental psychologist Tom Stafford has offered some lessons for learning better. He and his colleague Mike Dewar, studied how people learn to play an online game. “Computer games provide a great way to study learning: they are something people spend many hours practicing, and they automatically record every action people take as they practice. Players even finish the game with a score that tells them how good they are.” Here is what they found: Space Your Practice. Cramming isn’t the answer. You should space out your studying.
  • quickpoint: Generosity Creates Loyalty

    7 May 2015 | 12:19 am
    “There are few things in the world that will change someone’s opinion of you as quickly as generosity” says Jon Acuff in Do Over. You will go to bat for people who have shown you generosity. Your employees will work harder. Your clients will return more often. When you are down, people will look for opportunities to pick you up. Fear will tighten your belt. Fear will say this is time for generosity. This is the season to hold back your resources and time from others now that you’ve done something risky. The world is not running out of opportunities; ignore fear when it tells you to be…
  • Return on Character

    5 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We live in an age where wisdom is only wisdom if it is supported by numbers. There are two obvious problems with this. First, we miss a lot because we are looking for immediate return. And so it puts our focus on the wrong things. And secondly, as a result, we tend to assign value to things in terms of numbers. It is assumed that if it gives us the best numbers, it must be the best choice or behavior. Nevertheless, it is satisfying when the numbers do add up. In Return on Character, Fred Kiel has put numbers to the notion that good leadership aimed at promoting the common good, not just…
 
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    Management-Issues

  • The three legs of leadership

    21 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    Every move a leader makes affects someone and something else. So leadership effectiveness depends on three things: knowledge of the job, your place in the working environment and your ability to relate to others. Remove any of these and - like a stool - you're heading for a fall.
  • Modernizing the MBA

    19 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    Dawna Jones talks to systems change specialist, Al Blixt, about the forces that work against innovation in higher education and how business schools can better prepare students for an increasingly unpredictable world.
  • Self-help or self-serving?

    19 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    Self-help in its various forms is a multi-billion dollar business. But it’s a house built on sand, peddling hugely over-simplified ideas that risk creating more problems than they solve. Here are some self-help sacred cows it would be better to out out to pasture.
  • Why people don't want your new idea (and how to change that)

    14 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    If you come up with a new idea, more often than not you'll meet tremendous resistance. So here are some strategies to disarm the idea-killers, neutralize the objections and get your ideas taken seriously.
  • Feeding the world

    13 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    Hunger is a daily reality for more than one in 10 of the world’s population. And as the population continues to climb, feeding the world ceases to be a humanitarian or economic imperative or even a question of ‘food security’. It becomes a question of survival.
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

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

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
  • How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

    Guy Kawasaki
    4 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.
 
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • “Balance: Never let success go to your head. Never let failure go to your heart.” -Unknown [Photo]

    Madeline Lemon
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Click here for my complete collection of quote card images. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.
  • Why You Don’t Need to Be Involved in Every Social Media Channel

    Michael Hyatt
    22 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    3 Simple Steps to Get Traction and Build Your Following I get asked a lot, “How do you find time to do it all? If I participate in every social media channel, I don’t have time to do anything else!” Exactly. Courtesy of iStock/Stock Rocket The reality is that I don’t do it all. You can’t be everywhere in social media—and you won’t be effective trying. But the good news is that if you narrow your focus, you can get serious traction and build your following. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free,…
  • Season 4, Episode 3: Why Learning to Lead Means Learning to Follow [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    20 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    5 Characteristics All Great Followers Have in Common Welcome to Season 4, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss why learning to lead means learning to follow. If you want to be an effective leader, it’s critical that you first learn to be an effective follower. It sounds counterintuitive, but without the character and skill formation that comes from learning to follow, you’re almost guaranteed to be a poor leader. Listen to the Audio MICHAEL HYATT WITH MICHELE CUSHATTThis is Your Life…
  • How to Build a Profitable Social Media Sales Funnel [Free Webinar]

    Michael Hyatt
    19 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    Create a Foolproof Facebook Marketing System, Find Your Best Customers, and Skyrocket Your Sales I’d like to invite you to join me for a free, live Webinar with my friend, Amy Porterfield, on Tuesday, May 26, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Central, 11 a.m. Pacific). Amy is not only one of the best presenters I know, she’s also the world’s leading expert on Facebook marketing. In this webinar she explains why you have to go outside Facebook to get the most from Facebook. She shares a foolproof method to create a social media sales funnel, find your target market, and increase your…
  • When You’re Just Too Tired to Make the Right Call

    Michael Hyatt
    18 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    4 Ways to Beat Decision Fatigue before It Beats You When do you make your best decisions, at the end of a day crammed with meetings and calls? Or early in the morning after a day of rest? Courtesy of iStock/TommL My Twitter stream was filled last week with teachers and professors grading papers—and by that I mean teachers and professors complaining about grading papers. It’s hard work, and I don’t mean to slight anyone, but I feel sorry for the students whose papers were last in the stack. Making call after call is bound to affect the quality of their teachers’ decisions. It’s true…
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    Great Leadership

  • 6 Ways to Earn & Maintain Your Staff’s Respect

    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Guest post by Rosalinda Randall:“You can’t lead anyone else any further than you have gone yourself.” –UnknownCan’t get your staff to do what you tell them to do? Do you live by the old adage, “Do as I say, not as I do?”  Leading a team or staff of one is not an easy task. Providing guidelines, policies, and sometimes frequent reminders is helpful. But the most powerful tool of all is setting an example.  Sure, commands, instilling fear of being fired, and “because I said so” might get the job done for a while or in the immediate—but, in the long-term, you’ll…
  • This is Post Number 1000!

    20 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Woo hoo, post # 1000!1000 posts and 8 years are big numbers, especially in blogging, where the average blog life expectancy is about the same as a flea. I guess that makes me either persistent or stubborn. In any case, it seems like a good time to pause and reflect: First post:Welcome to Great Leadership!, published on 10/28/2007. This was actually my second attempt at a blog. My first was called “How to Buy a Used Car”. After my first post, I realized I had nothing else to write about, so I had to pick another topic.Why I started blogging? To share what I know, to expand my ability to…
  • Smells Like Team Spirit: How To Foster Team Culture In A Virtual Work Environment

    19 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Read Beth Armknecht Miller’s new guest post over at About.com Leadership and Management for some great tips for bringing a dispersed workforce together as a productive team:Smells Like Team Spirit: How To Foster Team Culture In A Virtual Work Environment.
  • What is Great Leadership?

    14 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Ted Bagley:All organizations worry about leadership, from the mom and pop community businesses to the giant global entities both domestic and international. There is still a propensity to use the word manager verses leader which can have a significant different intend and meaning. Managers tend to govern over process, data, projects and products while leaders tend to utilize human capital to navigate these same areas and participate as part of the process. Good leadership is defined as proper training, rewarding, assisting, coaching and respecting those who “carry the…
  • 11 Ways for Leaders to Encourage Innovation from Their Employees

    12 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    I often hear managers blame “the company” for not allowing employees to be innovative. While that may be true to some extent, it frustrates me that these managers don’t seem to understand that in the eyes of their employees, they are they company. Regardless of what kind of company you may work in, there is plenty a leader can do to create an environment where employees are encouraged to be innovative. Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 11 Ways for Leaders to Encourage Innovation from Their Employees.
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  • Introducing: Me 3.0

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

    Jurgen Appelo
    18 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    People from all over the world sign up to join the Happy Melly business network because–apparently–they think we’re doing a good job. That’s so awesome. It also increases the pressure on us to report on what we’re doing. And it makes me think harder: What can I do to help people enjoy their job? The post How Can I Help You Enjoy Your Job? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Champfrogs: A SketchKeynote Presentation

    Jurgen Appelo
    13 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    I have blogged before about my experiment with a sketchkeynote format. In this presentation, the entire slide deck consists of hand-made drawings. And when I present, the drawings appear on-screen one-by-one, while the item I’m talking about is always highlighted. The post Champfrogs: A SketchKeynote Presentation appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Backlogs Are Not Waste

    Jurgen Appelo
    11 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    To some people, to-do lists and product backlogs are waste. I disagree. I see them as repositories of ideas and options. There is nothing wasteful about the concept of a backlog. A backlog itself is not waste. What matters is how people use them. The post Backlogs Are Not Waste appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • The Newest Management 3.0 Game: Improv Cards

    Jurgen Appelo
    6 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    The Improv Cards game contains 52 playing cards with pictures on them. You play it with at least three people, though best is probably a table of four to six players. The post The Newest Management 3.0 Game: Improv Cards appeared first on NOOP.NL.
 
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    Michael Lee Stallard

  • After Knowledge Flow Sessions, Follow Up in Writing

    Katie Russell
    22 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    #86 Follow Up in Writing After a Group or Individual Knowledge Flow Session, follow up in writing to summarize what you heard, what actions are necessary, who is responsible for each action and when each action should be completed. Great communication shows people you value them and also encourages further sharing of information and ideas. This is the eighty-sixth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace,…
  • Leadership “Moment of Truth” for FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi

    Katie Russell
    19 May 2015 | 7:04 pm
    A few moments of truth often capture the essence of a leader’s character and define his legacy. One such moment for Carles Puyol, former center back and club captain of FC Barcelona, occurred in 2011 when he led the team to the Champions League title. As club captain, Puyol was expected to celebrate by raising the cup on behalf of the team. Instead, he passed both his captain armband and the trophy to defender Éric Abidal, who, just weeks earlier, had undergone a liver transplant as part of treatment for liver cancer. It was a moment Barça fans will forever treasure. Another moment of…
  • Facilitate Connection with a “Getting Connected in Our Community” Guide

    Katie Russell
    17 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    #85 Create a “Getting Connected in Our Community” Guide Facilitate connection by providing the members of your community with a directory of community members that includes names, photos, contact information and other information that identifies responsibilities, strengths, expertise and interests outside of work. The directory could be online or in print. This is the eighty-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…
  • Michael Jordan’s Transformation Contributed to His Success

    Katie Russell
    16 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    What sports fan in the 1980s and 1990s wasn’t inspired by Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player ever? His last-second jump shots, airborne dunks, and tenacious defensive coverage made him a crowd-pleasing favorite. Now Jordan has been recognized as the first professional athlete to become a billionaire. What can we learn from his success? When Michael Jordan began playing in the NBA, he epitomized excellence as an individual contributor. His superhuman feats during his first five seasons with the Chicago Bulls, however, were not enough to make them champions. Not until…
  • Look for the Three Social Cultures

    Katie Russell
    10 May 2015 | 4:22 pm
    #84 Be on the Lookout for the Three Social Cultures Intentional connectors understand that there are three types of social cultures: cultures of control, cultures of indifference and connection cultures.  In cultures of control, people with power, control, influence and status rule over others and as a result the others feel left out. In cultures of indifference, people are so busy chasing money, power and status that they fail to invest the time necessary to develop healthy, supportive relationships. In these cultures many people struggle with loneliness. Unlike cultures of control and…
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    Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage

  • To Come After

    brucelynn
    21 May 2015 | 12:55 am
      “A smooth sea never made a talented mariner” – English proverb One historical figure who must have appreciated the meaning of isolated insignificance is adventurer Ernest Shackleton. Stranded in the icy wasteland of the Antarctic. Featured as a part of National Geographic’s article “Famous Failures”… “Failure—never sought, always dreaded, impossible to ignore—is the specter that hovers over every attempt at exploration. Yet without the sting of failure to spur us to reassess and rethink, progress would be impossible….Today there is growing recognition of the…
  • Embracing Insignificance

    brucelynn
    10 May 2015 | 1:28 am
      World Astronomy Day today is the ideal opportunity to embrace our collective insignificance with a simple glimpse to the heavens. Or if you don’t have one at hand, here are a couple of very handy guided desktop tours the vastness of the universe around us… “A Lesson I Perspective. On September 3rd, 2003, the Hubble Space Telescope began pointing its camera at a small area in the night sky. The area, about a tenth the size of the full moon, appeared to be complete blackness with no stars visible to the naked eye…This is what the Hubble saw [see photo above]…from what looked…
  • Savoury Roasts

    brucelynn
    3 May 2015 | 6:43 am
      “Justin, as a father of six you have to straighten up, son. Last year, you were ranked the fifth most hated person of all time. Kim Jong-Un didn’t rank that low. And he uses your music to torture people.” – Shaq Sunday roast for you. Roasts have a long tradition of embracing failure with wit and repartee. Comedy Central has made them a feature presentation in recent years with the latest show being last month’s Justin Beiber skewering. Probably the highest profile one of all is the Washington Correspondents Dinner (also just a few weeks ago) where the “most powerful man in…
  • Death Worth Dying For

    brucelynn
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:27 pm
      “We should aim for a good and rich life well lived, and at the end of it, in the comfort of our own home, in the company of those who love us, have a death worth dying for.” – Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett would have been 67 today had he not passed away earlier this year. Not a surprise, but instead quite publicly and audaciously anticipated in his superb Dimbleby Lecture “Terry Pratchett: Shaking Hands With Death”. The lecture itself is an embrace of failure – his failure to even speak consistently for extended periods. That constraint didn’t stop him though as he…
  • Turning Side Effects in the Main Effects

    brucelynn
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
      Today is a day that has inspired men to rise up against their flaccidity. The drug Viagra was introduced to the market and the male gender had its own pill-driven sexual revolution. All based on a complete product failure as Andrew Hargadon so obliquely describes in his lecture… “[Pharmaceutical companies] are spending enormous amounts of money and developing less and less new drugs…In the past three years, no new molecules have come from the big pharma companies…Viagra. It was a drug that original failed in clinical trials for the treatment of angina…and so they had to…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • When you do work that matters, the crowd will call you a fool

    Seth Godin
    24 May 2015 | 2:32 am
    If you do something remarkable, something new and something important, not everyone will understand it (at first). Your work is for someone, not everyone. Unless you're surrounded only by someones, you will almost certainly encounter everyone. And when you do, they will jeer. That's how you'll know you might be onto something.        
  • But do you want to get better?

    Seth Godin
    23 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    It seems like a stupid question. Of course we want our organization, our work and our health to improve. But often, we don't. Better means change and change means risk and risk means fear. So the organization is filled with people who have been punished when they try to make things better, because the boss is afraid. And so the patient gets the prescription but doesn't actually take all the meds. And the bureaucrat feigns helplessness because it's easier to shrug than it is to care. There are countless ways to listen, to engage with users, to learn and to improve, but before you or your…
  • How to win an argument with a scientist

    Seth Godin
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Make better science. The act of being a scientist is the commitment to the scientific method, a series of hypotheses, tests and re-evaluations. When you make better science, the scientist's previous opinion doesn't matter, not if she's being a scientist. On the other hand, if you want to win an argument with someone who refuses to act like a scientist, making better science isn't going to help you very much. The person you're arguing with now (who might be a scientist during the day, even, but is merely being a person right now) is not going to be swayed from a firmly held opinion by your…
  • You don't know Lefsetz?

    Seth Godin
    21 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    I was talking to someone dedicating his career to working in newspapers. I asked him what he thought of the work of Jeff Jarvis. He had no idea what I was talking about. I met a musician the other day, and asked her how her work without a label was going, and referenced something by Bob Lefsetz. She didn't know who I meant. The last time I was at an event for librarians, I mentioned Maria Popova. Blank stares. A podcaster asked me a question, and I wondered if he admired the path Krista Tippett had taken. He had no clue. A colleague was explaining his work in memetics to me. I asked about…
  • Is it meeting your needs…

    Seth Godin
    20 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    Or merely creating new wants? Is it honoring your time or squandering your time? Is it connecting you with those you care about, or separating you from them? Is it exposing you or giving you a place to hide? Is it important, or only urgent? Is it right, or simply convenient? Is it making things better, or merely more pressing? Is it leveraging your work or wasting it? What is it for?        
 
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    CEO Blog - Time Leadership

  • Dare to Serve

    3 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    I am loving this weather.  It is hard to restrain myself from planting a garden.  I know the hard way that that would be foolish.  May 24 is the earliest planting date for me.++++++++++++++++++++++++++I read a great book today - Dare to Serve - How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others by Cheryl Bachelder.  Cheryl is the CEO who successfully turned around fast food company Popeyes.I was not sure I would like it because of a predetermined biased against Popeye's.  I do not eat fast food and Popeyes does not mesh with my view of what wholesome good food is. …
  • Shadow Work

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    I spent much of my weekend doing Shadow Work.   Shadow Work is all the little things that need doing but you are not paid for.  For example, today I went through my mail.  Then lots of it needed recycling and sometimes separating before going in the different bins.  And I was at the grocery store where I waited in line to self checkout.  And then returned the cart.  All Shadow Work. And I sifted through dozens of emails - many deleted.  I filed my expenses.  More Shadow Work.None of it was strategic (yet).  I will get to strategic work tonight.I…
  • The High-Speed Company Review

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    I was inspired today by a book (as I often am) called The High-Speed Company: Creating Urgency and Growth in a Nanosecond Culture by Jason Jennings and Laurence Haughton.I was attracted to the title.  I am a big believer in sense of urgency as one prerequisite of success.  And with my new business - DDE Media, I am thinking a lot about the culture we need.It starts with a compelling chapter - Doing Well by Doing Good.  This has long been one of my beliefs - so good start.  A quote from the book "Give people the why - they give you the how".  A cute story from the…
  • Really Great Mentors

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    I would like to be a really great mentor so I was attracted to Stephen Kohn and Vincent O'Connell's book:  9 Practices of really Great Mentors - How to Inspire and Motivate Anyone.The book  is a self-actualizing and highly motivational read that portrays the many facets that mentors hold.Starting off with more than one definition of what a mentor is, this book is incredibly inspiring and practical making it the fitting last book of a three part series by Stephen E. Kohn and Vincent D. O'Connell.All of the key ideas discussed are applicable in developing a person’s full…
  • Sales See Saw

    8 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    We are new (since Dec 1/2014) in our new business - DDE Media.   We have almost 10 full time writers working at our office now (plus the bookkeeper, Graphics Designer, etc).  So the office has a bit of life.I now am suffering for a start-up syndrome I have seen play out often.  I am really the only person who sells for us right now.  But I do some of the work (especially around SEO) and much of the orchestration.  So I am the limiting factor - the funnel point that limits growth.What happens is one month, we close sales but the next we are scrambling to deliver on…
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    Tom Peters

  • HOW Chicago and a Cool Friend

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

    Cathy Mosca
    5 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    As announced earlier, Tom was the Tuesday evening keynote speaker at Chicago's HOW Design Live Conference. Slides: HOW Design Live, Final HOW Design Live, Chicago, Long Version The post HOW Chicago appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Tom in Chicago May 5th

    Cathy Mosca
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    The HOW Design Conference will be presented May 4 through 8 in Chicago. Tom's on the schedule as the Tuesday evening keynote speaker, May 5th. Single-day tickets are available for the four-day event. The post Tom in Chicago May 5th appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Trinidad and Tobago

    Cathy Mosca
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Today's event takes Tom to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business 2015 Distinguished Leadership and Innovation Conference in Port of Spain. The other principal speaker at this premier annual regional event is Tom’s long time colleague Peter Senge—Peter, the world’s leading evangelist for “systems thinking,” is […] The post Trinidad and Tobago appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Tom (Back) in São Paulo

    Cathy Mosca
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Tom is speaking to the HSM Management & Leadership Forum in São Paulo today. He reckons it's about his 15th or so visit to SP in the last, say, 25 years. As usual, he's working with his colleague and HSM founder Jose Salibi Neto. From the start Tom has called HSM events "peerless." Over the […] The post Tom (Back) in São Paulo appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Rajesh Setty » Blog

  • The Collective Forces Against Google’s Dominance

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Google’s dominance today is unquestionable. The word Google has become a verb. But, that has not stopped several dominant forces to work against it. Interestingly, there is no one challenger that has emerged to fight against it, however, a collective set of forces are coming at Google all at the same time. Key Observations About the Revenue Engine for Google it is no secret that the revenue engine for google is advertising. It has been that way for a LONG time, but now it’s slowly shifting to “Other Sources” I took a basic set of numbers from the last two years from public filings AND…
  • Mini Saga #136 – Preconception

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Mini Saga #135 – Preconception Mark was shocked and amused when his three-year old son screamed, “Dad, I suck.” “What?” he asked. “I suck, Dad, I suck” the boy repeated. “Where did you learn that?” Mark asked “Don’t know, Dad. I suck and can’t get out, “ the boy said. “Oh, you’re stuck..” smiled Mark. Sometimes, our preconceptions take over. They can lead to humorous situations like the above or they can lead to misjudgments that can have a negative impact on our life, career or business. Thanks to Marcus Nelson for allowing me to share his experience in the…
  • Mini Saga #135 – Leave Your Mind

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Mini Saga #135 – Leave Your Mind The temple door said, “Leave your mind and shoes at the door.” Nodding his head, Ravi walked in. An elderly man stopped him, “Sir, can’t wear your shoes inside.” Ravi said, “Ah..sorry, when I left my mind, I forgot about shoes completely.” They changed the sign reordering the instructions. Sometimes, the order makes a big difference… Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. 2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized…
  • Lessons from The Instigator Experience – Interview with Srinivas Rao

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    I have known Srini for a number of years and he never ceases to amaze me with his interviews (The Unmistakable Creative series)  and the projects that he pursues such as The Instigator Experience events. Being a co-host of a few Cerebrate events in the past, I am fascinated with the concept of The Instigator Experience. I asked Srini a few questions about the lessons learned from creating and hosting the last event. Here is that interview: RS: Srini, what is the Instigator Experience and more importantly what led you to create this event series? SR: It’s a 2 day bushiness event for people…
  • One blind spot to avoid in your quest to be true to yourself

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

  • 30-Day Innovation Challenge

    sshapiro
    13 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    You hire a speaker. Everyone leaves the event motivated. And then what? One study shows that immediately after a 10-minute presentation, listeners only remembered 50% of the content! A day later that number dropped to 25%, a week later it was 10%, and as the days passed, everyone forgot everything a... The post 30-Day Innovation Challenge appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Stories not Scoring

    sshapiro
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last week after giving a speech at a casino hotel in Las Vegas, I sat at the bar and settled in to listen to a band play old music from the Rat Pack. Just as I was getting ready to leave, a guy tapped me on the shoulder and asked, “Are you Steve Shapiro, the guy who spoke at our event this morning?”... The post Stories not Scoring appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Better and Faster Innovation

    sshapiro
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    I recently received a review copy of Jeremy Gutsche’s “Better and Faster.” Jeremy is the CEO of TrendHunter.com and the book reflects the quality of the site. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I rarely post (if ever) post book reviews. But I liked this one so much, I decided... The post Better and Faster Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Philosophy

    shapiro
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The post Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Philosophy appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • The Uberization of Everything

    sshapiro
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    The taxi industry is shaking in its boots, worried about the impact of Uber. The reality is, every industry should be concerned. For those of you luddites who have not yet heard of Uber, it is a technology platform that allows you to request a ride from an individual who will then pick you up in his... The post The Uberization of Everything appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Crossderry Blog

  • Better Leadership + Business Skills = Better Projects

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

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

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

    Paul Ritchie
    4 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    OK, you saved your receipts. You may be able to show what you spent it on. But can you really show what you got for it? Not just some shiny new SAP modules, or a fancy app, but what higher margins, market share, or tangible benefits can you prove? Benefits realization has been a theme of mine for years: here, here, and here. In fact, I’d move it to #1 in the list I gave to Michael Krigsman about the threat marketing IT poses to the CIO. If your PMO or function can’t show that it delivers value, then how can you expect it to be a strategic player? PM College just created a new…
  • Sportsfolio Management: What Project Executives Can Learn From the Draft

    Paul Ritchie
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Rich Hill is one of my favorite Twitter sports follows — @PP_Rich_Hill — though I only now realized I hadn’t been following via crossderry until recently. He does a great job of melding a fan’s perspective with his analysis. The result is well-reasoned, yet approachable opinions and projections of football drafts, rosters, and of course, game performance. He’s also a Pats fan, so he must be a man of honor and distinction! I like to use non-traditional examples to illuminate our more mundane dilemmas. Rich’s recent post on the allocation of NFL Draft…
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    MBA Depot - Latest Content

  • Article from the Archive: Satisfying Customers vs. Reducing Costs: How Optimizing the IT Front Office Can Help You Do Both

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    While many IT organizations claim to focus on the customer, few actually do. To provide guidance, A.T. Kearney developed an innovative framework called the "IT Front Office Model" that applies world-class sales, marketing and product development processes to the IT organization. In this model, the IT organization delivers valued services and products to its customers at a lower cost by building better relationships and focusing its efforts on a core portfolio of offerings. Author: Steve Berger, Mike Matheis Source: A.T. Kearney Subject: IT / Internet / E-Business
  • Articles: The Quantified Self Goes Corporate

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    How to make data your source of sustained growth. See Related: How to Turn Data into a Strategic Asset Getting Serious About Analytics: Better Insights, Better Outcomes Putting Analytics to Work at Your Business What the C-suite Should Know About Analytics The Analytics Advantage Avinash Kaushik Says, Tell Your Analytics to Grow Up! James Guszcza and John Lucker Beyond the Numbers: Analytics as a Strategic Capability Accenture When It Comes to Analytics, Are You Doing Enough? How Managers Should Use Data Analytics: The Secret Weapon for Retaining Customers During and After a Merger What to…
 
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • I’m in The Guardian (in The Bahamas)

    Alexander
    22 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    When I was in The Bahamas last week, I did a radio interview and a newspaper interview with some really smart, passionate people. You can hear the radio show here and see the two newspaper articles here and here.  
  • Join the Woohoo Academy in Copenhagen on June 16-19

    Alexander
    4 May 2015 | 11:52 pm
    10 people have already signed up for he first Woohoo Academy training, which will take place on June 16-19 in Copenhagen – and which will be awesome :) The training is meant for: HR staff, managers and internal facilitators who want to get a real understanding of how to create a happy workplace. Members of the Woohoo Partner Program who want to develop their knowledge and skills. Read all about it and sign up here.  
  • Have you ever done harmful work?

    Alexander
    4 May 2015 | 1:40 am
    Have you ever done work that you now know was, on balance, mostly harmful? Let’s say you did payday loans at ridiculously high interest rates, worked in a slaughterhouse where the animals clearly suffered, worked for a company that made land mines or something similar. Here’s what I’d like to know: Did you think at the time that your job was harmful or did you ignore it or rationalize it somehow? How did it affect you and your coworkers? Did the company address it in any way or was it ignored inside the workplace?
  • I’m a featured expert

    Alexander
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:05 am
    I’m a featured expert on World HR Net, with an interview where I talk about what makes us happy at work. I’m also in the papers in Denmark today:
  • Herb Kelleher: I think people should have fun at work

    Alexander
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    I stumbled on this interview with Herb Kelleher, former CEO of Southwest Airlines and it is all kinds of awesome. From the interview: Well, I think people should have fun at work. It should be an enjoyable part of their life. They should gain psychic satisfaction from it. I think most of us enjoy fun, and why not at work as well as at play? And so we’ve always encouraged people to be themselves, not to be robotic, not to be automatons. We don’t expect you to surrender your natural personality when you join Southwest Airlines. We want you to have some fun, we want you to have psychic…
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • There’s Nothing Like Losing To Push You On The Path To Winning

    Starbucker
    24 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    A current look at my (now closed) elementary school in Cudahy, Wisconsin – with my childhood playground in the foreground. This holiday weekend I’m visiting my hometown of Cudahy, Wisconsin to spend some time with my family. Cruising around the old neighborhoods, and past my old elementary school and playground, brought back some childhood memories that played a huge role in putting me on the path to business success. They’re not particularly happy memories, but with the benefit of hindsight I can certainly say they were extremely motivational – that is, events that…
  • Beyond The Basics: The 10 Best Ways To Fine-Tune Your Leadership

    Starbucker
    17 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Now that you’ve absorbed the 8 basic principles of More Human Leadership, learned the 10 immutable laws that go with them, and truly know the difference between a boss and a leader, it’s now time to dig a little deeper. Let’s get beyond those basics and into a little leadership fine-tuning – those refinements and adjustments that keep that wheel of success turning without too much friction.  I’ve summarized 10 of my favorite “fine-tuners” here – dig in deeper via the links to get the full lesson. Keep away from the Accountability Trap –…
  • The Essence of More Human Leadership (or, How A Single Quote Launched a 10-year Journey)

    Starbucker
    10 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    It was February  5th, 2006.  I had just launched a blog called “Ramblings From a Glass Half-Full”, and had been posting some random musings drawn from an internal need to “share perspectives and learn from other experiences“. I posted about the places I visited, my favorite football team, my taste in music…..just your run-of-the-mill personal journal. At the time I was also a corporate Senior Vice President of Operations trying to hone my craft as a leader, but for those first few months I really hadn’t been motivated to write too much about that,…
  • How One Bad Round Of Golf Gave Me One Huge Leadership Lesson

    Starbucker
    3 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    A Par 3 Over Water In Palm Springs Brings Back a Powerful Lesson I’m in Palm Springs California this weekend at the beautiful La Quinta resort, on an annual golf vacation with friends I have known for as many as 40 years. It’s been a relaxing and fun experience, but walking up to a par 3 hole that features a water hazard always brings back memories, not of a hole-in-one or a long holed putt, but a huge leadership (and life) lesson. Back in 1984 I was playing a friendly round with friends and clients in San Antonio, where I was working at the time as a public accountant. I was really…
  • The One Thing Leaders Cannot Alter or Change (No Matter How Hard They Try)

    Starbucker
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Five years ago this week I released my free e-book, “Leadership From A Glass Half-Full: The 5 Lessons You Need To Learn Before You Jump Into the Pool”. It sprung from a wish to pay forward what I had learned the hard way: “I wish I had some kind of guidebook that at the very least warned me about the things I just absolutely had to know before I got started (as a leader)” It’s been downloaded nearly 14,000 times, and I am truly grateful that it has been read, and hopefully found useful, by so many of you. In celebration of this anniversary I’m…
 
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Focus On The Things You Can Do Something About

    lollydaskal
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Two frogs were playing together when suddenly they fell together into a bucket of cream. One frog quickly realized he didn’t have any way to gain his footing to get out, so shortly afterwards he accepted his fate and slipped under the surface and drowned. Horrified, the second frog watched his friend give up and die. But he was determined not to go himself without putting up a fight. He wasn’t sure of the best thing to do, so he just thrashed around, doing whatever he could to keep himself afloat. In time, he began to notice that the cream was growing thicker. He kept kicking, and after a…
  • It Takes Each Of Us To Make A Difference For All Of Us

    lollydaskal
    12 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Competition today is fierce; change is everywhere and windows of opportunity seem to be gone before they are fully open. In times like this the responsibility of leadership can feel heavier than usual. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The honest truth is this: We can all succeed and we can all be less stressed if everyone has the opportunity to lead and does their share. If we work together and have one another’s backs, then we will all share in our wins. Here are some simple but significant ways we can all lead, and succeed, together: Everyone leads. If each of us were to step up to…
  • The Act of Empowering Others Changes Lives

    lollydaskal
    5 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    He was sincere and pleasant, but he was also shy and kept to himself. He prided himself on never drawing too much attention to himself. His style of leadership was in fact a lack of leadership, in which he left most of his employees to their own devices. He was good man but he was not a leader, and now his company was paying a steep price. Through coaching I had to explain what a true leader was and how empowering others is an important aspect of leadership. He asked why? “Because it changes lives,” I said. We can map out our leadership by the ways in which we empower others: By helping…
  • You Are The Message Make It Meaningful

    lollydaskal
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Everything, it seems, is changing: business, politics, communication, even the climate. But who you are should be a constant. If you want to attain the things you want, you must first know what is your message. Your message is our leadership story, here are a few principles to help you define what matters: You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself. If you know what you want to achieve, you must know and understand your strong and weak points and be comfortable with who you are. When you can reach out to people authentically, it makes others comfortable. And when you…
  • The Divided Will Always Be Separated

    lollydaskal
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    He called because everyone on his leadership team said he needed a great coach. He was head of a large global organization, and the feedback he kept getting is that he was a lousy leader. I thought to myself, This must be either a brave organization or a desperate one to ask their CEO to seek help. I wouldn’t know which until I spoke to him. The call was going fine until he said, “Stop asking me questions about myself—let’s do a 360 and figure out what’s wrong, and then you can give me some processes and I will make things right.” Surprised, I asked him, “What do you mean?” He…
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    Lead on Purpose

  • Getting the Results You Want – 7 Things to Consider

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

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

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

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:35 am
    The people I consider successful all have at least one thing in common…they expect to win. They see themselves as winners and whatever they put their minds to they accomplish. Their ‘win’ does not always happen in the way they … Continue reading →
  • 6 Ways to Choose the Best Employees

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    Guest post by Jon Spivey The best employees help your company to thrive and achieve its greatest potential. So to reach your potential, you must put effort into finding and choosing the best employees for your company. Consider these six … Continue reading →
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    George Ambler

  • Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone

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

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

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

    George Ambler
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    When it comes to achieving our New Years resolutions the statistics are pretty dismal. Research from the University of Scranton as published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year resolutions. Similar research conducted by Psychology Professor Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire found that only 12% of people actually achieved their New Year resolutions. Given such low levels of success you may be tempted to conclude that goal setting doesn’t work! This research shows just how limited our success has…
  • Take the Survey and Help Me Improve

    George Ambler
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:38 am
    I need your help, and it will only take 3 minutes. Tell me what you like (or don’t like) about my blog. In taking part you’ll help me to know what’s important to you; and this’ll help me in deciding what to offer you and other readers in the future. The survey is short, anonymous, and will take less than 3 minutes.   Yes, I’d love to help you out. Take me to the survey!   Thanks in advance for your help. I appreciate it. See you on my blog again soon. Copyright © George Ambler - George Ambler. Sign-Up for Actionable Leadership Insight. Delivered Weekly to Your Inbox.
 
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    Pink Slip

  • One more reason I’m glad I dumped my Blackberry

    22 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    For the longest time now, I’ve lived with the burden of being one of the last people on the face of the earth still using m Blackberry. Not that I was especially enamored of it. It certainly outlived its usefulness a couple of iPhone versions ago. But I was just too lazy to replace it. What got me unlazy happened a few weeks ago. I woke up at about 4:30 a.m., checked my e-mail, looked at the headlines, and then – I actually had a reason – looked up Carl Yastrzemski’s birthday. I then set my B’berry down on the nightstand, only to hear something that sounded like the phone ringing.
  • Put on your high-heeled sneakers…and head on over to Cannes

    21 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    This week’s big fashion news has been the women who were turned away from a screening at the Cannes Film Festival for not wearing appropriate footwear, i.e., sky-high heels. That one of the women who was – at least initially – given the (ahem) boot had a partially amputated foot just seems to have added to the stir. As did the fact that the women caught flat-footed by the fashion police were mostly in their 50’s. Not to mention that the women whose entrances were spiked were on their way to the film Carol, which is about a lesbian romance. And it’s not that the women who were turned…
  • Dubuque Rebuke

    19 May 2015 | 11:59 pm
    In 2009, IBM – tax-incentives happily placed in their grasping, outstretched palm – established tech centers in Dubuque, Iowa and Columbia, Missouri. That was then, and this is now: half of IBM’s Dubuque workforce has been laid off, and Missouri’s headcount – thanks to lay-offs there – has dropped below the 500 employee threshold for their tax credits. Between them, the cities forked over $84M that resulted in a few years employment (albeit well-paid employment) for a couple of thousand folks. Back when the deals were struck, both cities were no doubt envisioning a restart for…
  • Cease and Desist. (So I did.)

    19 May 2015 | 1:41 am
    Nearly two years ago, I had a post about a couple who were suing their kid’s school over a fund-raising hoo-hah, in which the school claimed they had made a pledge for $XXX, when the couple felt that they were only on the hook for $X. The suit against became something of a kitchen sinker, with while-we’re-at-it claims that their kid was mistreated at the school, etc. Damages sought included a year’s severance pay for the car service driver that had been schelpping their kid to school, since, at the new school, the driver would no longer be needed. As I often do with my posts, I cited…
  • Fantasy Land? Daily fantasy is taking over the sports world.

    17 May 2015 | 11:29 pm
    So far, I’ve been to two baseball games this season. The Red Sox lost both, but I nonetheless enjoyed myself. Baseball is the name of the game. It’s been years since I’ve seen the Celtics and the Bruins play. I’ll go to a Revs game when invited, but soccer is not a sport that I’ll seek out. I’ve never been to see the Patriots – although it could be fun this coming season, given the likelihood that tailgating could well involve burning Roger Goodell in effigy. But I never let a baseball season go by when I don’t get to Fenway for a couple of Sox games, which I can enjoy with…
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    Ed Batista: Executive Coaching & Change Management

  • The Art of Self-Coaching @ Stanford GSB, Class 8: Success

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

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

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

    edbatista
    11 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Realizing the Futility of Life, by Bai Juyi [Written on the walls of a priest's cell, ca. 828] Ever since the time when I was a lusty boy Down till now when I am ill and old The things I have cared for have been different at different times But my being busy, that has never changed. Then, on the shore, building sandcastles; Now, at Court, covered with tinkling jade. This and that--equally childish games. Things whose substance passes in a moment of time! While the hands are busy, the heart cannot understand; When there are no Scriptures, then Doctrine is sound. Even should one zealously…
  • The Art of Self-Coaching @ Stanford GSB, Class 6: Vulnerability

    edbatista
    8 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Here's a condensed set of slides from the sixth session on Vulnerability in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below. If you'd like to learn more about the topics being covered, here's my syllabus. CLASS 6: VULNERABILITY Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Brené Brown) Chapter 2, pages 33-56, “Debunking the Vulnerability Myths” Brené Brown, Vulnerability, Empathy and Leadership The Power of Vulnerability…
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    Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog

  • Elements of Personal Coaching

    John Agno
    21 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    There are several elements that coaches need to keep in mind that can help them be successful in the relationship.  Here are some insights into areas that have impact on the coaching…
  • Former Fortune 500 CEO Tells his Story

    John Agno
    14 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Donald F. Hastings has been retired for some years and has the luxury of time: like spending it reading about and/or watching world events.  He cringes at the latest embarrassing scandal in Washington, D.C. or laments the fact that manufacturing has made a mass exodus overseas.  When this occurs, he wants to dive into the nearest phone booth, don his cape and tights, and do something. He thinks, "What if we...?  "Hey, what would happen if...?  Then one night, it hit him.  Shut up and write your book, Don. His book is not meant to teach but to…
  • The Doerr Institute for New Leaders

    John Agno
    14 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    With a $50 million gift from venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife, Ann, through their private family foundation, Rice University is planning an unconventional approach to developing students into leaders. Retired Brig. Gen. Tom Kolditz, who has headed leadership training at Yale and West Point, will direct the Doerr Institute for New Leaders to maximize the leadership capabilities of all students at Rice. "We couldn't be more grateful to Rice alumni Ann and John Doerr for this extremely generous support of their alma mater," said Rice President David Leebron. "By…
  • Uncluttering Your Life

    John Agno
    11 May 2015 | 8:43 am
     Cutting through the noise of life is the key to create a world of profound success. "By learning to listen well, we can get all of the things we want in this life effortlessly and ethically: wealth, great relationships, purpose, health and happiness," said Dr. Martin Kettelhut, author of LISTEN TILL YOU DISAPPEAR. "Just listening properly can help anyone break through to a substantially better way of living." How many of these aspects of clutter apply to you? crowded or messy desk, office or mind schedule full of people and activities unclear plan…
  • Leadership Succession Matters

    John Agno
    8 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    Korn Ferry released the third report in its “Succession Matters” series.  An in-depth, global, executive study used as the basis of the report shows that a full half of respondents do not feel their organizations have a solid pipeline of “ready now” leadership candidates.  The study further showed that less than one-third (32 percent) of business leaders surveyed believe their organizations are doing a good enough job of cultivating “ready now” leaders.  “It’s not enough to develop leaders generically and expect them to take on the specific challenges of a…
 
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    Predictable Success » Blog

  • Jeffrey Katzenberg Has a Howard Schultz Problem – And Here’s Why That Matters to You

    sarahberger
    2 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. has declared 2015 a year to ‘reset’ the company’s vision. It isn’t going to work, whether with Shrek on his side or no. Why? Two main reasons. 1. Delusion doesn’t scale. 2. Superheroes don’t scale (and I don’t mean the sort Mr. Katzenberg features in his movies). Consider this 30-second, 2-decade recap of the history of DreamWorks: 1994: Katzenberg leaves a storied career at Disney to found DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg and David…
  • Cultivate Your Challenge Function

    sarahberger
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com One of the surest signs that an organization is sliding into decline – entering the stage we call Treadmill – is the gradual erosion of the challenge function, usually as a direct result of previous success. The pattern is predictable: A CEO – sometimes an entire management team – has some success, and begins to believe their own PR. Convinced of the rightness of their ways and the accuracy of their godlike judgment (or, sometimes, simply being arrogant jerks), they slowly begin to quash dissent, strangling healthy debate…
  • 6 Steps to a Successful Q2

    sarahberger
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    This week we’re diving in to Q2. From what you and your team should focus on this quarter, to steps you can take to achieve even more long term. Also, be sure to check out our contest below. Entering is easy, and the prize pack will definitely brighten one lucky winner’s day. Good luck! ~ Sarah 6 Steps to a Successful Q2 Make the most of this important milestone. The start of the second quarter may not generate the excitement of Q1, or the sense of urgency of Q4. However, it’s a key opportunity to review, revise and plan for what’s likely to come next. Read on to…
  • Data & Decision-Making: 3 Key Questions to Ask

    sarahberger
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    This article is written by Predictable Success Consultant Alex Thatcher. In order for any organization to break through Whitewater and ultimately achieve Predictable Success, there is one essential process that needs to change – the organization needs to begin making better, higher quality, team-based decisions. It’s as simple (and as difficult) as that – it’s all about decision-making. A key component of making better decisions is intentionally slowing down the decision-making process. Specifically, rather than making determinations based purely on anecdotal evidence, the…
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    Management by Baseball

  • Just Because He Was A Narcissist Who Behaved As Though He Was a Sociopath, Doesn't Mean Billy Martin Had No Positive Management Lessons

    j
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Preparation always shows itself in the spontaneity of the moment." - Billy Martin One of the most controversial managers of the 1970s and 1980s was controversial not for his management, but for his unusually unpleasant personality and perma-hostile behavior. I haven't included Billy Martin in many MBB pieces because I got to experience his behavior in person. I don't like bully-wannabes, but this is not meant to depreciate the skill with which he managed on the field, which was exceptionally good, especially early on with a new team that hadn't yet experienced his portfolio. Author Bill…
  • La Russa Agile Innovation #17 of 17: Crowning Lesson To Succeed at Agile, "Pitch With What You Got"

    j
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    In the last entry, I reasserted the critical success factor for successful Agile project staffing is having the balanced blend of skills on the team (that is, copy Baseball). But any project (and Agile ones in spades) is not static. If you've built the perfectly-balanced team, the right people with the right balance of skills & personalities, it's inevitable that as the project evolves/ rolls-on, that on any given day the team'll be unbalanced. You already know that the ideal management tactics on one project will be different from the next, even with the same team. You probably already know…
  • 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.
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    Great Leadership

  • 6 Ways to Earn & Maintain Your Staff’s Respect

    Dan McCarthy
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Guest post by Rosalinda Randall:“You can’t lead anyone else any further than you have gone yourself.” –UnknownCan’t get your staff to do what you tell them to do? Do you live by the old adage, “Do as I say, not as I do?”  Leading a team or staff of one is not an easy task. Providing guidelines, policies, and sometimes frequent reminders is helpful. But the most powerful tool of all is setting an example.  Sure, commands, instilling fear of being fired, and “because I said so” might get the job done for a while or in the immediate—but, in the long-term, you’ll…
  • This is Post Number 1000!

    Dan McCarthy
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Woo hoo, post # 1000!1000 posts and 8 years are big numbers, especially in blogging, where the average blog life expectancy is about the same as a flea. I guess that makes me either persistent or stubborn. In any case, it seems like a good time to pause and reflect: First post:Welcome to Great Leadership!, published on 10/28/2007. This was actually my second attempt at a blog. My first was called “How to Buy a Used Car”. After my first post, I realized I had nothing else to write about, so I had to pick another topic.Why I started blogging? To share what I know, to expand my ability to…
  • Smells Like Team Spirit: How To Foster Team Culture In A Virtual Work Environment

    Dan McCarthy
    19 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Read Beth Armknecht Miller’s new guest post over at About.com Leadership and Management for some great tips for bringing a dispersed workforce together as a productive team:Smells Like Team Spirit: How To Foster Team Culture In A Virtual Work Environment.
  • What is Great Leadership?

    Dan McCarthy
    14 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Ted Bagley:All organizations worry about leadership, from the mom and pop community businesses to the giant global entities both domestic and international. There is still a propensity to use the word manager verses leader which can have a significant different intend and meaning. Managers tend to govern over process, data, projects and products while leaders tend to utilize human capital to navigate these same areas and participate as part of the process. Good leadership is defined as proper training, rewarding, assisting, coaching and respecting those who “carry the…
  • 11 Ways for Leaders to Encourage Innovation from Their Employees

    Dan McCarthy
    12 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    I often hear managers blame “the company” for not allowing employees to be innovative. While that may be true to some extent, it frustrates me that these managers don’t seem to understand that in the eyes of their employees, they are they company. Regardless of what kind of company you may work in, there is plenty a leader can do to create an environment where employees are encouraged to be innovative. Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 11 Ways for Leaders to Encourage Innovation from Their Employees.
 
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • Which of these characteristics is the most dangerous leadership trait?

    Mike Figliuolo
    21 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: Which of these characteristics is the most dangerous leadership trait? – Excessively ambitious: 6.53% – Being short-tempered: 13.46% – Indecisiveness and over-cautiousness: 32.3% – Lack of vision: 22.02% – Selfishness: 25.69% Dangerous Traits. From the looks of it, folks find short-sighted, indecisive, selfish leaders to be the worst of all. […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Why You Need to Drive Toward Solutions

    Mike Figliuolo
    20 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    In addition to leading your people, you need to lead the thinking. Here’s a simple way to push your thinking further along before you start advancing your ideas. The following is an excerpt from One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership (CLICK HERE to get your copy). As a young management […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Overcoming the E-Mail as a Default Mindset

    Mike Figliuolo
    18 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    There are many fantastic collaboration tools that are much better than email.  To get your organization to use them effectively, you need to lead that cultural change for how you communicate. Today’s post is by Phil Simon, author of Message Not Received (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Peter Drucker once famously said, “Culture eats […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • How well do you know your team members as individuals?

    Mike Figliuolo
    14 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How well do you know your team members as individuals? – Very well — I know a great deal about them: 42.9% – Well — I know a few things about them: 47.58% – Not well — I don’t know very much about them: 8.01% – Not at all — […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Your People Are About to Crack – But You Can Prevent It

    Mike Figliuolo
    13 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Stress, anxiety, and mental illness can destroy your people and cripple your organization.  As a leader, you have an obligation to look out for their mental health. In honor of May being Mental Health Month, I’d like to ask you to pause and think about an invisible issue.  How stressed are your people?  How much […] 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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    lastingleaders.com

  • The Bible is a menu, not the food itself

    Mark
    15 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    I want to know God as a follower of Jesus. The Bible helps me do that. The Bible points me to the Source of spiritual life, by it is not the source. The Bible points me to the One who I worship, but it is not what I worship. I’ve recently come across two quotes that have helped me out by articulating this in helpful ways. Enjoy … In his book Integral Christianity, Paul Smith writes this: Christians have sat down at the Restaurant of Life and the waiter has come to give us our particular designated menu, the Bible. Christians have studied their menu in every detail until they have…
  • How to help someone who’s struggling with sexual compulsion, but is not a sex addict

    Mark
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Over the years in my work with sexual strugglers, it became clear that there is a spectrum of struggle … some people simply fight a battle with sexual temptation (and periodically lose), while others would fall into the category of sexual addicts. The line between the two is not always clear — it’s more like a spectrum, not a simple either/or — and many people struggle to honestly face the extent of their problem. I have come to call this group of people — who fall repeatedly into sexual temptation, but don’t fit the diagnostic criteria for addiction — “sexual strugglers.”…
  • Chronic stress is a killer

    Mark
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Doing the research for my upcoming book “The Not So Overwhelmed Leader,” I came across some great information about chronic stress that is really important for leaders to keep in mind. Stress researchers remind us that stress in and of itself is not bad — it’s a part of life, and it keeps us actively engaged. The problem is chronic stress — when we are overloaded and, instead of getting time for self-renewal, we continue our pace and get hit with more stress-inducing experiences. The key for all of us is to learn to live with rhythm — to build into our…
  • Overcoming Overwhelm in Ministry

    Mark
    28 Jan 2014 | 3:27 pm
    I’ve noticed a theme in the lives of leaders I work with — most of whom are involved in church work: they are overwhelmed. They are overwhelmed by the demands of church ministry, they are overwhelmed with the needs they encounter, and they are overwhelmed by the amount of information available to them. There is a virtual flood of ideas washing over them every week for how to do their work better, new conferences to go to, new programs to implement, and on and on. They struggle to manage their time, because there is a never-ending que of messages to respond to, emails to process,…
  • The way we approach crime, punishment, and prison is terrible

    Mark
    15 Jan 2014 | 2:36 pm
    I’m getting ready to conduct a recovery workshop at a prison in Texas in February. Lately I’ve been reading up about the realities of incarceration in our country … and I am appalled. Right now more than one out of 100 Americans is behind bars. We imprison more of our people than any other country. A big part of the problem is our failed war on drugs, with mandatory sentencing in drug related offenses. I am no fan of drugs, but I’m fed up with our country’s approach to this very important issue. Isn’t it time that we declare the “war on drugs”…
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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY ARE YOU?

    William Matthies
    22 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    "The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands."Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman/philosopher.You may not have had the best opportunities in life or what you see as luck enjoyed by others.Too bad.You have what you have, which includes whatever is left of your life; are you really willing to cast that aside, in effect to quit, because you believe you weren't given enough?If so, really too bad.
  • FOR FAR TOO MANY, THE NEVER-BEGINNING TASK

    William Matthies
    21 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    "The never-ending task of self improvement."Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet/essayist/lecturer.None of us are anything close to perfect, a goal we will never achieve.However that doesn't mean we can't or shouldn't work to become so.Create your self improvement plan and get on with it.
  • DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU THINK YOU REALLY KNOW?

    William Matthies
    20 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    "A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs."Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965) American financier/political consultant.I don't have a problem with this when it comes to investing.It's when the speculation is about another person that things can get out of hand.Make sure your facts are facts before you pass judgement on others.
  • THE TRUE YOU

    William Matthies
    19 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    "Our lives teach us who we are."Salman Rushdie (1948-?) Anglo-Indian novelist.We do our best to project the person we want others to believe we are but it's what we do and say that decides that.And I'm not so sure it does teach us regardless; the power of self deception is great.
  • MORE THAN WANT IT, YOU GOTTA EARN IT

    William Matthies
    18 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    "Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness."Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American speaker and motivational writer.If there is anything worth doing that does not require sacrifice, I don't know what it would be. As a result I'm not sure the word "usually" is necessary.If you find something you'd like to do, have, create, achieve, etc., which doesn't require hard work and sacrifice, it likely isn't worth what you think it is.
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    Mitch's Blog

  • 1,200th Post – What’s Gone On, What’s Coming…

    Mitch Mitchell
    22 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Goodness! When I wrote my last post and published it I took a look at all posts, realizing I had another post to write for Friday… and realized I was at 1,199, which makes this my 1,200th post on this blog; how about that! I wrote post #1,100 back in August of 2013, which was 21 months ago. That it took me that long to get to my next 100 shows that I slowed down my pace, which was kind of disappointing but necessary because when I hit that milestone I was traveling back and forth to Memphis, and I continued that pace for another 14 months afterwards. I just couldn’t keep up the…
  • You’re Responsible For You

    Mitch Mitchell
    19 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Last week in this space I wrote an article titled Sometimes People Don’t Want To Be Motivated. In that post I talked about coming across people who don’t like motivational messages for whatever reason. I also talked about the need to not stop trying to motivate people when you can just because some people don’t like it because many others do. As with everything else, there’s always another side to this type of issue. I figured I might as well tell my own story because it leads us back to the title of this piece. Yesterday I wrote an article for LinkedIn titled Are You A…
  • Sometimes People Don’t Want To Be Motivated

    Mitch Mitchell
    15 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Over the past few months I’ve been trying to elevate my presence on social media. I’ve been doing it in two ways. One way is through Twitter, where I’ve been sharing a lot of articles from this blog and some of my other blogs over and over. I’ve tried to pick what I consider are the best of the best. The other way is by posting quotes from blog posts of mine. I started from the earliest posts, which began in 2005, and I’m through the middle of 2009. I only go back to find more every couple of weeks or so, which means I’m posting the same quotes multiple…
  • Do What You’ve Got To Do

    Mitch Mitchell
    12 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    It’s strange how sometimes a thought will come to you and when you start thinking about it you realize that it’s been hammering at you in more than one way, sometimes from more than one place. thetaxhaven via Compfight There’s this concept of doing what you’ve got to do that’s a big one for me, yet something I don’t think about all the time. It manifests itself in more than one way for each of us based on what’s going on in our lives at the time. The first way it came to me was during my consultant’s meeting last week when we discussed the…
  • Are You Smart Enough To Figure Things Out?

    Mitch Mitchell
    8 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    Suffice it to say that over the last 4 weeks I’ve had an adventure in trying to get my media package changed from Time Warner to Verizon. Initially it was all Verizon’s fault, although I think it all could have been handled much differently. Then Wednesday night it was Time Warner’s fault; I won’t go into specifics but I’ll say that overall it’s been a miserable experience. Thursday morning I awake to this odd, mechanical sounding shuffling noise. I pop on my glasses and aim my eyes in the direction of the noise and it turns out to be the Verizon TV box. It…
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • Street Photography: Seven Photos

    Krista
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the WordPress.com Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister…
  • Eventbrite Now Available for All of WordPress.com

    Kirk Wight
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your WordPress.com site, no matter what theme you use! Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on WordPress.com. Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to…
  • New Theme: Gazette

    Thomas Guillot
    7 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to launch a brand new free theme. Gazette Gazette, designed by yours truly, is a clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device. Gazette also supports the following popular features: Custom Colors, Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Gazette on the…
  • New Themes: Nucleare and Afterlight

    Caroline Moore
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Nucleare Nucleare, by Cresta Project, is a classic blog theme with a crisp, elegant design and plenty of handy features. A built-in search box, links to your favorite social networks, four widget areas, and beautifully styled post formats make this an ideal theme for your personal blog. Check out Nucleare on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Afterlight Afterlight, designed by Takashi Irie, is a different take on his Cyanotype, featuring an option for a full-screen background image. Add your favorite background image or color to lend your personal…
  • All WordPress.com Sites Protected Against Zero Day Vulnerability

    Krista
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    You may have seen news of a new zero-day vulnerability regarding comments in self-hosted versions of WordPress 4.2. All WordPress.com sites — including WordPress.com VIP sites — are not vulnerable: your WordPress.com sites are protected by the Akismet anti-spam service, which is already blocking those comments.Filed under: Security
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • They say happy employees equal happy customers…

    Merrill Dubrow
    22 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Do you believe happy employees equal happy customers! I do! I truly believe that work environment and company atmosphere can really make a difference. Company culture is so important and without question can translate to better service and ultimately happy customers! Here are three things we do to create a great company atmosphere. We give out employee of the month/year awards! We have select awards where anyone can recognize anyone on the staff for going above and beyond! We have summer hours which means we work a little extra Monday – Thursday and get out at 1:00 on Friday from Memorial…
  • Word of the Day…EIHO!

    Merrill Dubrow
    20 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    For those of you who know me well, you are aware I have Merrillisms, little sayings, statements, or beliefs I tend to mention. Well today is a Merrillism that I would like to share with each of you. It is EIHO. The I and the H are silent so it is pronounced E O. Sounds easy and certainly different but what does it stand for? For me EIHO stands for: Easy In Hard Out What it means is we all have things in our personal or professional life that are hard. Whether those things are a bad relationship, a difficult friendship, a challenging vendor, or many many other things – I say EIHO. Easy In…
  • Time to take a fun quiz on stadiums!

    Merrill Dubrow
    18 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    As most of you know I love to attend sporting events and over my life I have been to a lot of stadiums. That got me thinking about my favorite stadiums and I created a fun and quick quiz that I hope you enjoy. I’m looking forwarding to reading your comments! Click Here to Take The Quiz.
  • There is always a better way to do things…even if you don’t think there is…Just ask Marianne

    Merrill Dubrow
    15 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Decades ago when I started in the market research industry I was working for Marianne Schafer and I remember preparing to send out questionnaires, supervisor instructions, and materials for a 20 city project I was handling. Marianne came over to me and asked me what I was doing and I proceeded to say that I was getting all the materials ready, printed out the labels, and was getting everything ready to box up. She watched me for a minute while I was counting 100 questionnaires to put in the box and proceeded to stop me and say there is a better way to do that. As she was saying that she…
  • Quick Question…how many hours a week do you work?

    Merrill Dubrow
    12 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I was recently reading an article that said 58% of managers in the U.S. work more than 40 hours a week. It gave me a little time to pause and think about how many hours a week I work and how many hours a week that I think the average manager works. So please take a quick quiz and answer these 4 questions! Click Here to Take The Quiz.
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    Leadercast

  • The Three Factors of Successful Leadership

    Ken Tracy
    24 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    With any successful leader, you’ve got to have three qualities. Number one is planning and organization. I have found that throughout any industry that I’ve worked in, that if you are poor at planning and poor at organizing, you’re going to fail. Second of all is implementation. You can write a plan, bring a group together and say, “Here’s our plan,” but the most important question they’re going to ask you is, “How are we going to do it?” That’s implementation. Show them how you’re going to do it. Have the tactical steps and…
  • Having Enough Time

    Randy Walton
    23 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    I think maybe a personal struggle that I’ve had and I think a lot of other people that are very entrepreneurial is there’s an infinite sea of opportunities, things that you can do. I don’t think I ever met a problem I didn’t like. I get real excited about new challenges, new problems and things. I love to unpack those ideas and want to spend time on it. But it leads me to this place where I make statements like I don’t have time to do something. Whatever that something is, it’s something that I feel like I need to do. I hear that from folks all the time.
  • Create the Right Set of Organizational Values

    Angela Ahrendts
    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Interviewer: What leadership choices, Angela, are you seeing and thinking and feeling that you need to be making next as Burberry turns that corner? Angela: You know this is the biggest question, I think, for all of us. The world is moving so fast. You know, I always say at the company that I grew up in a physical world, speaking English, but my kids are growing up in a digital world and they speak social. I think it’s the biggest challenge for companies, institutions, governments, parents. Life is moving, technology is forcing to move so fast. As it moves so fast, how do we make sure…
  • When Faced With Conflict, Lean In

    Hank Fortener
    23 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    For me, the leadership failures that I look back on, and none that are mega enough to go through all the details of it. I never lost a million dollars, I never figured out a way to collapse an organization. I think all of the leadership failures I have are interpersonal, and all of them were because I was avoiding conflict. Every single one of them. The ones that I look back on and go, “That team didn’t work,” or, “That project failed,” or, “That relationship went south,” any of those were always because I was avoiding conflict. I was avoiding hard conversations. I was…
  • Stuff Leaders Know: Dropped Call

    Tripp and Tyler
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Tyler: Something leaders know is how to properly handle a dropped call. Tripp: For instance, it’s the person who made the original call who calls back once it’s dropped. There’s no need to simultaneously call each other only resulting in instant voicemail, or waiting 30 seconds thinking the other will be the one to call back and then simultaneously call only resulting in instant voicemail. Tyler: There’s also no need to spend the first two minutes of your resumed conversation debating who’s responsible for the dropped call. Tripp: Sorry about that. I think you…
 
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    Management Excellence by Art Petty

  • Just One Thing—Push Beyond “M” for Mediocrity

    Art Petty
    8 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    (Note: this post originally appeared at the Management Excellence blog, copyright 2015 Art Petty.) Why do we fail with our initiatives (projects, strategy, leadership) in the workplace so regularly when the causes of failure are well documented and the practices to minimize the chances of failure so well identified?
  • Art of Managing—Thriving at the Speed of Change

    Art Petty
    6 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    (Note: this post originally appeared at the Management Excellence blog. Copyright 2015 by Art Petty.) My one disappointment with much of the current business writing about change is that it is short on the “what to do about it,” content, in part because the notion of all this change makes for fascinating reading, and in part, because it’s not clear what exactly we should be doing in many cases. Here are 5 big starter ideas to help you and your team learn to thrive in this new world of uncertainty and ambiguity:
  • Leadership Caffeine™—Letting Go of Your Need to Be the Smartest Person in the Room

    Art Petty
    4 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    (Note: This post first appeared at the Management Excellence blog http://artpetty.com/blog/ by Art Petty. Copyright 2015 Art Petty.) One of the most common and damaging of a leader’s blind-spots is the compulsion to regularly provide evidence that he/she is the smartest person in the room. Here are some helpful suggestions to recognize and combat your own or your boss's "smartest person" tendencies:
  • Level-Up™#4—Six Lessons to Help Grow Your Power at Work

    Art Petty
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    (Note: this post originally appeared at the Management Excellence blog copyright 2015 Art Petty) Ask and answer a simple question: “How did the three most powerful people in your firm (without a “C” in their titles) arrive at their current positions?” The answer to this question contains some key lessons for you in your own quest to enhance your career and gain more control of your work. Here are six lessons...
  • Leadership Caffeine™—To Be Effective, Your Do Must Match Your Tell

    Art Petty
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    (Note: This post first appeared at the Management Excellence blog http://artpetty.com/blog/ by Art Petty. Copyright 2015 Art Petty.) No creature on the planet destroys credibility faster than a pontificating blow-hard of a boss who is great at turning oxygen into over-heated carbon dioxide, but not so great at overcoming the gravitational pull of his posterior to the chair and putting his own words into action. Here are 7 tips to help ensure your do matches your tell:
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Knowledge Transfer Is Key To Sustaining Business Excellence

    22 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    As baby boomers retire, companies are failing - in a big way - to transfer knowledge to the next generation of workers. According to a recent study conducted by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), only 29% of responding organizations report that they incorporate retirement forecasts into their knowledge transfer practices, and only a third add "skills gap analysis" into those forecasts. The crux of the problem? "For all the public gnashing of teeth about the impending retirement of all those knowledgeable, hard-working Baby Boomers, relatively few organizations are doing much…
  • The Ten Myths of Strategic Planning

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    CEOs of small businesses often appear to believe in myths surrounding the subject of strategic planning and execution - myths that can prove dangerous to the health of their organization. Myth #1: “We don’t need a strategic plan!” The truth is that every organization needs some form of plan to guide its actions or it will simply “drift off course” in the chaos businesses often face in their daily operations. Myth #2: Strategic planning can only be done at a resort. Strategic planning is serious and shouldn’t be equated with a vacation. Getting away from the distractions of the…
  • The Seven Critical Elements of Strategy Execution

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    "The greatest strategy in the world is useless - if you cannot execute it." Here are the seven critical elements of strategy execution: People. Strategy formulation often gathers the "smartest people in the room." However, it's not the senior leadership team that executes strategy - it's everyone in your workforce. Get the right people in the right positions. Communication. Strategy can only be executed if your employees know about it and really understands it. Most importantly, each person needs to understand how their daily activities fit with and support the strategy. Direction. When…
  • Ten Golden Rules of Continuous Improvement

    13 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Problems create opportunities The impossible is a paradigm - Change your mind to change your performance Ask why five times to get to the real answer Eliminate excuses - do it right the first time Correct errors immediately Involve everyone - we are smarter as a group than a single individual Reconsider rigid thoughts, situations change Think simple, not perfect solutions Use your mind more than your money The goal: continuous improvement over delayed perfection More ...
  • Barriers To Enduring Business Excellence

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    The barriers that keep us from achieving the kind of business excellence that lasts are deeply rooted and wont be removed by "quick fixes." At Six Disciplines, our research shows that there are six fundamental barriers to enduring business excellence: 1. Poorly Understood Strategy. While most organizations have a strategy, most people do not understand it. One research report revelad that 85% of leadership teams spend less than 1 hour a month discussing strategy. The barrier isn't usually the strategy itself -- 90% of strategies fail due to execution. Write the strategy down (3-4 pages…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Triggers: Sparking Positive Change and Making it Last

    Kevin Eikenberry
    24 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter Would you like to make change in your life last? As a coach, leader, and friend, would you like to support others in making positive change in their lives? If you have just nodded your head in the affirmative, you will want to read this book. When you realize […] The post Triggers: Sparking Positive Change and Making it Last appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: What to Do When Deadlines Are Missed

    Kevin Eikenberry
    19 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    Important deadlines often cause leaders to make these coaching mistakes. Check out today’s Remarkable TV to learn how you can avoid them! The deadline comes and goes…. Multiple times. Often the leaders respond by checking up regularly, daily, hourly. And become a pest/micro manager. How can we assure deadlines are reached and not be a […] The post Remarkable TV: What to Do When Deadlines Are Missed appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Getting Your Whole Team Pulling Together

    Kevin Eikenberry
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The image tells it all. What we want is everyone working together, pulling in the same direction, striving for the same goals. It seems like it ought to be easy. After all, everyone is on the same team. But the more people who are involved on your team and in your organization, the harder this […] The post Getting Your Whole Team Pulling Together appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Low Hanging Fruit: 77 Eye-Opening Ways to Improve Productivity and Profits

    Kevin Eikenberry
    16 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jeremy Eden and Terri Long I’ve always loved the idea of low hanging fruit. When I was a kid and was paid to pick black raspberries (a dime a pint!), the low hanging fruit wasn’t a phrase, it was a practical reality – the fruit closer to me and closer to the ground was […] The post Low Hanging Fruit: 77 Eye-Opening Ways to Improve Productivity and Profits appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Avoiding Your Leadership Deflategate

    Kevin Eikenberry
    13 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    I’m guessing you’ve heard something in the news lately about deflated footballs, fines and penalties related to it. While I’m not a New England Patriots fan (I live in Indianapolis after all), this isn’t really about Ideal Gas Laws, balls hidden in bathrooms or the content of text messages. This is about much more than […] The post Avoiding Your Leadership Deflategate appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
 
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    Survival Leadership

  • Mindful Work: Post #6--Impact on Sports

    3 Jun 2015 | 3:07 am
    Sports: Phil Jackson used meditation to help both the Chicago Bulls and the LA Lakers win 11 NBA Championships between them! He taught mindfulness to Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal. Letting go of bad shots or botched plays helped athletes bounce back. Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks is also using mindfulness with his team.
  • Mindful Work: Post #2--The Basics of How to Meditate

    21 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    The Basics. Gelles starts with a basic definition: “Mindfulness is about increasing our a.    Sit in a chair, or on a cushion, or lie down.b.    Take slow, deep breaths, concentrating on each breath. c.    When your mind wanders, notice it and bring it back to the breath.d.    Break from your busy, hectic life twice a day for time to meditate (2-20 minutes)—and quiet down the mind.awareness of what’s happening in our minds, throughout our bodies and in the world around us.” The best way to keep our thoughts focused on the…
  • Mindful Work--Post #1--Overview

    19 May 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Overview. Mindfulness meditation is like taking your brain to the gym for a workout. In fact, I believe it will become as popular as running has become for fitness. Sit quietly and focus on your breathing—that’s meditation in a nutshell. When thoughts come—about an argument you had yesterday, about a deadline that’s looming, or about the lawn to be mowed—simply acknowledge the thought and go back to concentrating on your breathing. The more you practice this, the stronger your mind gets. It’s like doing mental pushups—you get more resilient and stronger over time. The clinical…
  • Creativity: FINAL POST--Distilled Wisdom

    7 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    Distilled Wisdom Ed Catmull has developed principles and advice from his Pixar experiences. Here are a few aggregations:a.    People: Hire smart ones, let them have a voice, make them know they matter, and help them grow.b.    Teams: Mediocre teams will kill a great idea, but great teams will grow a mediocre idea.c.    Truth: Invite differences, disagree, drive out fear, share problems; “there should not be more truth in the hallways than in meetings.”d.    Failure: Failure is and must be an option, uncertainty is part of life,…
  • Creativity: Post #6--Post Mortem

    6 May 2015 | 2:27 am
    Post Mortem: This section covers collective problem solving, setting limits, integrating art and technology, and doing post mortem meetings on a produced film in preparation for the next film. Change, unpredictability and randomness are certain, and all are opportunities for creativity. Catmull explains the value of play (as release) and that changing course on a project is not a sign of failure.
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    Management Skills Blog

  • Outlast the Panic

    Tom Foster
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    From Outbound Air – “So, what did you think?” Jim asked. Kevin DuPont stared into the corner of the room, not making eye contact with Jim. “I am not sure. That was a pretty awkward meeting. Before it started, I agreed with you. I mean, all we did was change the name of the meeting. But I can put two and two together. I didn’t like the reaction of the team.” “What did you expect?” Jim asked. “I don’t know. What did you expect?” Kevin replied. “Exactly what we got. Panic. Except for Javier. He was the only calm head in the…
  • And If the Advice is Wrong?

    Tom Foster
    21 May 2015 | 1:53 am
    From Outbound Air – “So, what happened?” Jim wanted to know. “It doesn’t matter what happened,” Mary said. “What matters is that it was my decision and my decision alone. I was accountable for the decision and the consequences of the decision. The technical crew did their best to keep the aircraft in pristine working order. Flight operations did their best to keep the customers on schedule. “If I decided to fly the plane and something happened, the technical crew would not be accountable. If I canceled the flight and the repair turned out to be…
  • The Manager Lives and Dies by the Decision

    Tom Foster
    20 May 2015 | 1:48 am
    From Outbound Air – “I have an issue where I could use your help,” Jim explained to the group. “And I think your understanding will have impact all the way to the top of this organization. “As a manager, you each have a team,” he continued. “And you defined a manager as that person held accountable for the output of the team. So, if there is a decision to be made, related to the objective for that team, who is accountable for the consequences of that decision? Is it the manager, or the team?” “Are you kidding me?” Johnny replied.
  • Doesn’t This Look Like a Hierarchy?

    Tom Foster
    19 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    From Outbound Air – “You know, this is beginning to look like a hierarchy,” Johnny said. “Do you remember Preston Pratney? If there is one thing he railed about, it’s that hierarchy is bad. It goes against all the tenants of Tribal Leadership. Having layers inside the company makes it too bureaucratic, too much red tape. If there is a decision to be made, why should someone have to check with their manager?” Mary stepped in. “You’re talking about Preston Pratney? The problem with Preston is that he read too many books on leadership. He never…
  • It Doesn’t Matter What Department

    Tom Foster
    18 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    From Outbound Air – “It doesn’t matter what department,” Frank added. “The level of work is that same whether it’s clerical, baggage handling or customer service work. They have different skills but the time span of their tasks is in the same range.” “Wait, you are telling me that a baggage handler is the same level of work as customer service?” Catherine challenged. “Within the range,” Johnny replied. “We talked all night about this one. At first blush, you might think that a baggage handler isn’t very high up on…
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    Women on Business

  • What Does “What do you do?” Really Mean?

    Community Member
    24 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    “What do you do?” It’s a question you’re asked on almost a daily basis. And if you own your own business, it’s the most important question you’re asked. Every time you’re asked that question you have the chance to shine, to stand out from the crowd and attract new clients and customers. Every time you don’t make yourself unforgettable you have wasted that opportunity. Most people answer the question, “What do you do?” with “I’m a _____.” This is a mistake. First of...Read the whole entry... »…
  • 10 Biggest Productivity Myths

    Community Member
    23 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    There are many who would consider themselves gurus of productivity, an endless source of wisdom on the matter, ready to dispense advice to all who ask. And, those who don’t. While they may be correct in many of their tips, there are a number of common myths regarding productivity which are regularly shared around. Even those who are already very productive can be misguided by them, and they may just be what is holding you back. Knowing these myths for what they are, then acting to avoid...Read the whole entry... »…
  • Giving Teenagers the Lowdown on Smarter Saving

    Sponsor Contributor
    22 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Sponsored by Heritage Bank: Entering the workforce as a teenager is often an exciting and liberating experience. With this eagerness, though, also comes a lack of smarts in regards to how important it is to save and to have long-term goals. In order to really give your teenager the lowdown on how to be a smart saver as they start their career, consider the following tips. Talk to a Professional To give your teenager the lowdown on smarter saving, try talking to a professional at a financial...Read the whole entry... »…
  • 5 Steps for Going from Concept to Creation

    Toni Nelson
    21 May 2015 | 4:05 pm
    There’s no doubt about it. Ideas are all around us. Have you ever watched the show Shark Tank where people come in with fantastic ideas that actually work? For most, taking those ideas from concept to creation is difficult. Let’s discuss a few steps to help you get started. 1. Research Your Idea Find out if this is something that’s been done before. Is there a way to improve upon it? How can you make a product (a solution) that others haven’t thought of? There was an entrepreneur...Read the whole entry... »…
  • The Benefits of Networking Events

    Sponsor Contributor
    20 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Sponsored by Signal Events: Often confused with selling, networking is actually the art of creating and strengthening mutually beneficial relationships over time. More than just building a good reputation, networking is critical for professional growth and business development. Networks includes peers, industry associations, business groups and even personal contacts like family and friends. Networking events can range from large scale trade shows and conferences to small social gatherings....Read the whole entry... »…
 
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    NinaSimosko.com

  • Five Steps to Building a Responsive Organization

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

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

    Nina
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:34 pm
    We still have some way to go before we can honestly claim to have shattered the glass ceiling. That invisible barrier between minorities and women that prevents access to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder still requires our attention and action. The Economist’s glass ceiling index for 2015 reveals that the United States ranks below the OECD average, behind Germany and Australia and well behind countries like Finland, Norway and Sweden which rank highest. The Glass Ceiling Index combines data on higher education, labor-force participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity rights,…
  • New Horizons

    Nina
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:39 am
    This week I start in a new role as Chief Product Officer, leading global product and commercialization strategy for NTT Innovation Institute (NTT i3). NTT i3 is the Silicon Valley-based open innovation and applied research and development center of NTT Group. I will lead the development and commercialization of NTT i3‘s groundbreaking platforms and solutions aimed at today’s Digital Businesses. You can read the full press release here. This is an incredibly exciting time to be stepping into this kind of role – one I see more and more leading businesses creating. We are living in…
  • Women Who Lead

    Nina
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    We hear a lot of talk about gender inequality at all levels. From the board room to the call center and everywhere in-between, we seem to have a problem. This is particularly in the technology field where qualified women are abandoning the industry in record numbers. In 2014, “big tech” got together to analyze the situation, releasing a report that showed that men outnumbered women 4:1 – or more – in their technical sectors. And we’re not talking “old skool” tech companies here – we are talking Google, Apple and Facebook. Collectively we are facing a huge challenge. Not only…
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    The Glasshammer

  • Intrepid Woman: Patricia Kozu, Executive Director, Ascend

    Content Team
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    “My career would appear to be random but in reality it is not; the common thread is leveraging strengths,” says Patricia Kozu, executive director for Ascend, a membership organization that serves 60,000 pan Asian members through 17 professional chapters and 30 student chapters. After studying math and quantitative analysis, Kozu pursued a job in technology, which she followed up with stints covering a diverse landscape of functions — operations, finance, marketing, product management and business development. And not only were the functions diverse, so were the industries —…
  • Mover and Shaker: Tasneem Hajara, Director, Online, Mobile and Social Channels, TIAA-CREF

    Content Team
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    “Take risks, fail fast, tell your story and build partnerships,” says Tasneem Hajara, director of online, mobile and social channels for TIAA-CREF. Hajara’s advice stems from a fast-paced career path spanning roles and continents. Hajara began her career path in India, where she earned a master’s degree in computer science before joining a startup. She found that a startup, with its exciting work and passionate mentors, to be the ideal foundation from which to launch her career. “It was fast paced, and that’s the type of environment in which I thrive,” Hajara said of the…
  • Derailed but not Deterred: How Women Leaders Can Get Back On The Success Track

    Content Team
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    How can women leaders increase their odds of being more successful after they’ve received negative feedback or suffered a work setback? Answers to this question abound: Be more aggressive, capitalize on natural people skills, speak up more, avoid organizations with glass ceilings – the list can go on. There’s nothing wrong with any of these answers except that they can sometimes have limited value, as we often struggle to succeed due to internal rather than external reasons. For over twenty years, I have used a leadership assessment tool developed by well-known psychologist Robert Hogan…
  • Career Tip of the Week

    nickigilmour
    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    This Week’s Tip Is… Waiting for a promotion? Think about what you have actively done in the past 3 months to ensure your boss/manager/sponsors knows you want to move head to the next level. Welcome to Career Tip of the Week. In this column we aim to provide you with a useful snippet of advice to carry with you all week as you navigate the day to day path in your career. By Nicki Gilmour, Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist The post Career Tip of the Week appeared first on The Glasshammer.
  • Voice Of Experience: Jo Natauri, Partner, Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs

    Content Team
    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Women in the work force need to make an effort not to be so hard on themselves, says Jo Natauri, a partner at Goldman Sachs. “You have to accept that you won’t be functioning at 100% in all aspects of your life all the time. Sometimes you are a 100% mother or wife, and sometimes you’re 100% at your job, but often it will be somewhere in between. You have to be ok with pushing and pulling levers in your life, rather than going full bore on all of them at the same time. Frankly it’s a balance you have to acknowledge irrespective of your gender.” Intersection of Healthcare and Finance…
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Slideshow] The World Has Changed, Corporations Have Not

    RoundPegg
    21 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Did you catch our 2 part blog post about how the world has changed yet companies haven't been able to keep up? This Slideshow recaps the highlights in about 5 minutes. The World Has Changed, Corporations Have Not from RoundPegg The world and human workforce is ever evolving.  It's time to visit the new frontier of human capital management- Culture.  In this quick slideshow, we'll investigate the old way of maximizing human output and how that compares to today.  
  • The World Has Changed, Corporations Have Not (Part 2)

    RoundPegg
    19 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Last week we discussed how the world has changed but many companies have not. Here we pick things back up.The World Has Changed, Corporations Have Not (Part 2)Before you read this, check out Part 1 here and then come back.  The world continues to change, but many businesses are not keeping up.  People aren’t independent.Our working systems are so intermingled that the lone wolf is indeed an endangered breed. When assembling teams, organizations need a more holistic approach. For example, a marketer who was the best your competitor had may not be the best candidate for your…
  • The World Has Changed, Corporations Have Not (Part 1)

    RoundPegg
    14 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Although the world has changed, our systems and infrastructure for people management are antiquated.In 1957 the U.S. hit an inflection point. (1)For the first time, we started thinking more than producing. White-collar workers outnumbered blue-collar workers. Since then the spread between the two has only increased but we have not changed our mindset or our systems to help get the best from those who do the work. We have moved from an industrial age to an age of human potential that drives work.The nature of today’s work requires your workers come up with solutions that are more creative…
  • The Culture of Cycling

    RoundPegg
    12 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    Cycling and business each face invisible forces all the time. Overcoming wind drag and culture drag is critical to success and can only be beat with well aligned teams.I spent my college and postgraduate years chasing cycling victories so in the spirit of National Bike to Work Month, I’m going to explore just one aspect of cycling and how this can apply to the business arena. I wish I’d spent more time focusing on the team, and less time pointing to what I didn’t have. It’s a lesson I learned the hard way and one I strive to apply in my life today.People who ride their bikes to work…
  • M&A: Ultimate Examples of Failure to Conform

    RoundPegg
    7 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    The vast majority of mergers and acquisitions fail- at least 70%, and some estimate that it's even higher than that. Most of those mergers fail for reasons that have nothing to do with the product or the business imperatives between the two organizations - they fail due to culture value gaps in groups. This is a story from Libby Sartain about how a lack of alignment between the acquired organizational culture and the parent company culture is by far the biggest predictor of failure in an acquisition. Guest contributor Libby Sartain is the former Chief Human Resources Officer at Yahoo! and…
 
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  • Top 10 Clear Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job.

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

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

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

    richgeegroup
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    Did something scare you today? This week? This year? What really scares you? An angry boss? A lost client? A problem without a solution? Zombies? And more importantly, what does your fear make you do? Do you shut down? Make quick decisions without thinking? When you’re scared, you make emotional decisions. Sometimes they are rational and sometimes they are irrational. Sometimes these decisions turn into irrational actions. For example, did you ever blow up over something that turned out to be quite inconsequential? I tend to ‘lose it’ on myself when I accidentally drop…
  • Pump Up Your Social Skills — How To Approach New People.

    richgeegroup
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    A great post from Reddit — when I read something I like, I try to pass it on. The author focuses on talking to new people, but you can take his technique and apply it to almost any activity you find difficult to master. “So lately I’ve been having crises about not being able to socialize to the best of my ability.” About a month or two ago, I reached a breaking point — and now I’ve finally become desperate to want to do something about it. It’s been really bothering me about how I’m not living life to the fullest, maximizing the amount of people I…
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    Inside Personal Growth

  • Podcast 520: Illuminate Film Festival with Danette Wolpert

    Greg Voisen
    22 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    I have been invited to attend the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona AZ which is being held May 27-31st.  I just conducted a wonderful interview with Danette Wolpert the film festivals founder and organizer.  I am so excited to bring you this interview to provide my listeners with an in-depth look at what will be happening at the film festival. This event is being billed as a conscious film festival and rightfully so.  Danette has attracted some of the most interesting and unique film directors and movies.  Not only will you get to screen these amazing productions, but you will have what…
  • Podcast 519: Tomorrowland Our Journey From Science Fiction to Science Fact with Steven Kotler

    Greg Voisen
    21 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    This is my fourth interview with author Steven Kotler, and his books just keep getting better.  His new release Tomorrowland Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact is a series of essays and in-depth investigation into the inventions and technologies that are rapidly changing our world forever.  He really does provide us with the pivotal moments when science fiction become science fact.  Steven takes us on a personal guided tour of the mind-bending far frontier, and how these advances are radically transforming our lives for the better. In our interview together we discuss…
  • Podcast 518: Holacracy The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World with Brian Robertson

    Greg Voisen
    21 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    The new book Holacracy-The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World is a book that will get anyone in business thinking about how to organize their company.  As a matter of fact, many major companies have embraced Brian Robertson’s Holacracy System including the forward thinking organization Zappos. In my interview with Brian we take an in-depth look into how to design an organization with this new management model.  Holacracy is a combination of individual accountability, team transparency, and flexible, face-paced tactical meetings to help in creating greater levels of…
  • Podcast 517: On Pluto with Greg O’ Brien

    Greg Voisen
    13 May 2015 | 10:13 pm
    I recently met Greg O’Brien the author of “On Pluto” a fascinating book about Greg’s journey with Alzheimer’s.   In my interview with Greg we get to explore what goes on in the mind of someone with early onset Alzheimer’s.   While Greg will admit to you, his short term memory is frequently only about 60 seconds long,  the left side of his brain that part that is associated with creativity has not been affected as much and is more readably accessible. I really like how Greg explains what it is like living with Alzheimer’s.  He says it is like…
  • Podcast 516: The Dolphin’s Dance with Micheline Nader

    Greg Voisen
    13 May 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Micheline Nader is an author on a mission, in her new book entitled ” The Dolphin’s Dance” she explains the importance of the power of conscious awareness.  Now while you might be saying to yourself, what is new about that–it is one thing to talk about and another to really be consciously aware and in the now every moment.  This might seem unattainable to many, Micheline offers a five step journey into becoming more self aware and make the big principles accessible. Throughout the “The Dolphin’s Dance” Micheline weaves in her personal story and…
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    First Friday Book Synopsis

  • Mark Goulston: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    23 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    In his career as an organizational consultant, relationship counselor, and hostage-negotiation trainer, Mark Goulston has found what works, consistently, to reach all kinds of people in any type of situation. In his book Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In, he and co-author John Ullmen share what they learned while interviewing more […]
  • Philip Kotler: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    22 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Philip Kotler is the S.C. Johnson & Son Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He received his Master’s Degree at the University of Chicago and his PhD Degree at MIT, both in economics. He did post-doctoral work in mathematics at Harvard University and in behavioral science at […]
  • Where Will My Next Customer Come From? – “You have to Sell, Every Day” – (Reflections on the Challenges of the Independent Worker)

    Randy Mayeux
    22 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    The only thing you got in this world is what you can sell. And the funny thing is, you’re a salesman, and you don’t know that. — ARTHUR MILLER, Death of a Salesman (1949) Takeaway #1 – Accept/Embrace your role in sales – (Market yourself; get out there and sell!) (from my ten takeaways in […]
  • Rodd Wagner: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    21 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    Rodd Wagner is the New York Times bestselling author of the book Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They’re Real People, published by McGraw-Hill (April 2015). He is one of the foremost authorities on employee engagement and collaboration. Wagner’s books, speeches, and thought leadership focus on how human nature affects […]
  • Richard Newton: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    20 May 2015 | 3:10 am
    In his own words…. I’m an entrepreneur who writes. I’ve written three books. The End of Nice: How to be human in a world run by robots: This is a manifesto for human creativity in the age of machines, big data and automation. I wrote Stop Talking, Start Doing: A Kick in the Pants in […]
 
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  • The Future of the Automotive Supply Chain

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    As demand accelerates, how can automotive companies balance growth, visibility, profitability, cycle times, demand, and complexity in the supply chain? The answer lies in Integrated Business Planning and Demand Management. Read this white paper to find out more about building a strong and resilient supply chain.Request Free!
  • 7 Tips for a Good Food Safety Program

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that foodborne illness costs the U.S. $77.7 billion in medical bills, loss of productivity, pain and suffering, and mortality each year. Despite these shocking costs, there are still a number of food service providers that fall short on providing a good food safety program. Needless to say, if your food safety program is coming from VHS tapes, it is time to update and upgrade. Here are some tips for an effective food safety program.Request Free!
  • Packaging and the Streamlined Supply Chain

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Product packaging has always been the realm of marketing departments. But purely design-driven packaging decisions often inflate costs further downstream in the supply chain. That’s why clear communication and integration of packaging and distribution functions is critical to control costs. Logistics professionals who seek broader supply chain leadership roles need to understand four important trends have prompted CPG manufacturers to rethink how they manage packaging. This new whitepaper explains these trends and their implications.Request Free!
  • New Supply Chain Solutions Needed?

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A continuing capacity shortage, rising freight rates, and stricter government regulations exacerbate transportation challenges faced by shippers. Outsourcing transportation can be a solution - and for many companies is the most important strategic decision it makes. This whitepaper provides practical tips on how to outsource transportation effectively, and covers the following:•  Does your company have a culture to embrace outsourcing practices?•  Evaluating whether or not you should outsource•  Identifying your technology needs, requirements•  Seeking…
  • Not All Food Safety Training Is Created Equal

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you are part of the world of food safety, then you know the name ServSafe. You know that it provides food handler, manager, and responsible alcohol service training and certifications. What you may not know is that ServSafe is a brand owned by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and not a certifying body – much like Coca-Cola is to soda and Kleenex is to tissue.Request Free!
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    N2Growth Blog

  • How Many of Your Organization’s Strategic Initiatives Succeed?

    Mark Hefner
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    My guess is that your answer is less than half or at least “not enough of them.” Delivering on strategic initiatives on time, every time, is the hallmark of organizations that are best in the world at executing strategy, and they’re rewarded with a premium put on the value of their company. Organizations that can’t deliver on their strategic initiatives fail at executing their strategy, and organizations that fail at executing strategy will not survive. It is just that simple. Improving how your organization delivers strategic initiatives increases your ability to execute strategy…
  • 60 Top Leadership Quotes Of All Time

    Grant Wattie
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    By Grant Wattie President, N2Growth Australia Below are my top 60 favorite leadership quotes of all time. “Leaders transform the quality of their lives’ by becoming aware of authentic choices, and living courageously towards a new more empowering future.” – Grant Wattie “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead “Leadership is not what you know or who you know, but how to transfer what you know into the hearts and minds of who you know.” – Mike Myatt “A leader is…
  • A Leadership Manifesto: 10 Keys To Living Courageously

    Grant Wattie
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    By Grant Wattie President, N2Growth Australia You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor” ~Aristotle The word manifesto can be traced back to the Latin root manifestum, which means clear or conspicuous. A manifesto is defined as a declaration of beliefs, opinions, motives, and intentions. In other words, a document that an organization or person writes that declares what they value. A manifesto is a bold, courageous call to action. It prompts us to evaluate the gap between those principles we value and our current…
  • Addicted to Wealth

    Grant Wattie
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    By Grant Wattie President, N2Growth Australia “Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher If Schopenhauer’s quote is true, then the mining magnate, Gina Rinehart (one of the richest women in the world who’s worth an estimated $12 billion) is very thirsty indeed. As quoted in several leading magazines, she says, “There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire. If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain; do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking,…
  • A Chief What Officer? The truth about titles.

    Brody Clemmer
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    By Brody Clemmer Chief Innovation Officer, N2Growth I have been a Digital Marketer, a Genius, a Business Representative, and a Shift Manager. I have guided through the titles that life has graciously provided me, without a true understanding of what it meant. Now, I find myself in this position again as a Chief Innovation Officer. When people ask me, “Brody, what do you do?” I tell them my respective title. When they look at me with a puzzled ‘yeah right!’ face, I say something to the effect of – “That means I sit in a chair and think about things.” It’s not…
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    Lead Change Group

  • Chip Shots – Leading Independent Contractors

    Paula Kiger
    22 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    Here at Lead Change Group, we know that problems are most effectively solved when individuals come together to meld ideas, energies, and approaches. To use a golf analogy, not every shot is a long drive. Many times, golfers have to take a chip shot to move the ball along for a short distance, with incisive accuracy. If you are new to the Chip Shots green, welcome. In our Chip Shots feature, our Leading Voices are invited to provide brief insights into a leadership-related topic. To learn more, spend some time browsing the entire Chip Shots Series. Today’s Question Independent contractors…
  • Positive Leadership Toward Reinventing Organizations

    Marcella Bremer
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Positive Leadership, based on positive psychology, makes a tremendous difference in any workplace no matter how hierarchical its structure may be, or how plain the tasks at hand. Recently, some great books have been published about “new organizations” for the 21-st century, such as “Reinventing Organizations” by Frederic Laloux and “My Steam Engine is Broken” by Mark Powell and Jonathan Gifford. I’ll discuss them in a later blog post, but the point is: reinventing organizations takes time and some people may be discouraged when they think of applying this to their workplace.
  • Thoughts About Big Changes Vs. Little Changes

    John Smith
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    As someone who takes leadership and coaching seriously, I have been reading up on goal-setting, aspirations, and all that change stuff. As a coach, I help others identify, clarify, plan for, and achieve goals. Throughout my careers, goals have always been important elements of my work. However, as an employee and manager, I was usually responsible for meeting someone else’s goals. So my experience was heavy on the “planning how to do it” side, but rather light on the “dream a little dream” personal side. As I focus more intentionally on the art and science of…
  • 3 Reasons Your Team Won’t Follow You

    David Dye
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Is your team stuck? On a recent trip to the mountains, one of my daughter’s friends drove his car into a ditch. To be fair, there was nearly two feet of snow on top of slick mud. He slid right into the ditch and his wheels sunk as he tried to back out. It was time for a tow. Fortunately, he had a tow cable and my SUV has low ratio four-wheel drive. We secured the cable to both vehicles and then he asked what would happen next. He had never been on either end of a tow before, so we discussed how you hook the cable to the cars, what direction we would go, and how to gradually build momentum.
  • Let’s Get Rid Of Management

    Chip Bell
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Just one sleepless night on my new $1500 sofa bed purchased for my then getaway lake house was way too much. The sales person neglected to tell me that the pull out sofa bed had a pretend mattress guaranteed to give you a morning backache, even after a night of hard partying. So, I elected to call the furniture store to purchase an upgrade mattress. I collided with Mr. Rules ‘R Us. The sales person was not happy that I was even suggesting this product was less than satisfactory. “An upgrade double-sized mattress will cost you $250,” he staunchly asserted as though reciting the penalty…
 
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    Crucial Skills

  • How to Be Both Assertive and Diplomatic

    David Maxfield
    19 May 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Dear David, I am a young executive who has managed to climb the corporate ladder at a rapid pace. My current boss of seven years has been part of my success as he closely mentored me and exposed me to the right individuals—allowing them to see my work and leadership. With my recent promotion, he is expecting me to be more assertive with colleagues and even customers. My dilemma is that I tend to have a diplomatic rather than assertive approach, and believe this leadership style has contributed to my success. My boss is more aggressive, outspoken, and even intimidating. In previous…
  • Five Secrets for Mastering Conflict

    Joseph Grenny
    12 May 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Dear Joseph, I find that I struggle with successful interpersonal relationships at work. I continually run into conflict with my teammates as well as my boss, and they don’t end well. I’m starting to feel like a total communications failure. Can you help me understand better ways to rebuild trust and connection with my team? Sincerely, Deflated Team Member Dear Deflated, Thank you for asking such an insightful question. I’ve invited my good friend Dr. Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, to help me respond to this question. Between the two of us, we’ve spent fifty…
  • The Four Ways You’re Being Manipulated (and How to Stop It)

    Joseph Grenny
    5 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    You and I are shockingly easy to manipulate. Decades of social science experiments show that we can be induced to donate or steal, stand for justice or proliferate racism, vote or stay home, torture or pity. It’s time we stopped reading social science for fascinating facts about humans in general, and started using it to navigate our own lives. It’s time we acknowledge how little control we have over our own behavior—and start taking control of the things that control us. Only then will we be the real agents of our own behavior. Only then will we be able to live up to the morals, goals,…
  • Look, Mom! I’m training in short bursts!

    Steve Willlis
    1 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Years ago I joined an organization and discovered a character who worked there. He was an interesting blend of wisdom, mischief, creativity, and crazy. You know that type. I’d find him engaged in some strange activity, or distilling some semi-absurd piece of advice, and think, “What in the world??!!?!” I’d walk away and invariably the idea or activity would start to unfold in my mind; and what seemed like utter nonsense started to bloom into genius. So here’s one of his “crazy” ideas. One day I walked into his office for some reason, and he immediately started in with an…
  • How do I bridge the generational gap at work?

    Stacy Nelson
    1 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    We work in a three-generational workplace. Each generation is different and we often struggle to dialogue well across generations. What tips do you have to bridge this gap in our crucial conversations? First let me compliment you in attempting to proactively seek ways to bridge this “generational gap.” Many people have just assumed that the gap is too great or too much trouble. So thanks for taking the time to make this inquiry! You might be interested to learn that VitalSmarts conducted a study early last year called: The Great Generational Divide. This study showed that unaddressed…
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    Aspire-CS

  • 360 assessments are just the beginning

    Mary Jo Asmus
    18 May 2015 | 8:33 am
      The leader and I sit quietly dissecting the 360 report she holds in her hands. This is an esteemed and seasoned leader who had spent years managing others and was now a “manager of managers”. She sits across from me, trying understand the feedback in the report. I sense her distress when she says: “This information must be wrong. I have great feedback conversations with my stakeholders. I ask them frequently what I am doing well and what I can do better. They tell me I’m doing well and that doesn’t match up with the negative information in this report. Is…
  • Interview for Radio Reflection

    Mary Jo Asmus
    12 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Radio Reflection interviewed me about leadership, coaching, writing…..and more. You can listen in here. About 30 minutes worth, and you can listen in here.  
  • Daily practices for exceptional leadership

    Mary Jo Asmus
    11 May 2015 | 6:44 am
      Look around and notice the leaders you admire. What they do looks easy – but staying at the top of their leadership game takes intentionality and practice. If they’re among the elite leaders, they practice at being the best by targeting areas of strength and development on a continual basis. You might not think of leadership as something to be practiced, but like so many professions that require human effort (athletes and performers for example), mastery can be fleeting and elusive. So why wouldn’t you make the effort to become aware of your developmental needs and…
  • Renewing and nourishing work relationships

    Mary Jo Asmus
    4 May 2015 | 7:14 am
      I live in a part of the world where we greatly appreciate the spring season. I look out my office window, and see the glorious magnolias blossoming. When I stretch my view just a little wider I can see the tiny spinach leaves and pea shoots stretching out of the soil from where I planted them a couple of weeks ago. The ruby-throated hummingbirds are on their trek back to this part of the world to make their nests and raise their babies. It’s a time of renewal when all of these living systems require nourishment. Have you thought about the work relationships you need to renew and…
  • When your team is silent

    Mary Jo Asmus
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
      You’re leading team meetings regularly and you’re frustrated. Even though you consider yourself a collaborative leader, you’ve noticed that when you invite your team to participate in discussions you’re often met with silence. They stare back at you. Not much is coming out of their mouths’ that’s helpful to the issues you want their input on. There are also issues that you should know about that your team isn’t bringing to you. You’re finding out about them from unexpected sources. You’ve told your team you need more information…
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    All Things Workplace

  • Meetings: The First 15 Minutes Matter

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

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

    Steve Roesler
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    You and I come up with some pretty wonderful ideas, which--for some strange reason--aren't immediately embraced by those around us. So what's our natural response? It's usually to start making statements in defense of our position, which then leads to "I'm going to win!" Not a good posture.     Ask Questions When you keep announcing the righteousness of your position, the problem defines you. When you respond with a question, both of you begin defining the problem and looking for solutions. Which do you want? Here are four model questions that will help you stay above the fray: "If this…
  • 5 Tips Leaders Can Use Today

    Steve Roesler
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    One of the benefits of working with lots of leaders in many different organizations is the chance to see what really works, regardless of the individual personality or industry.  So, here are: 5 Tips That Make A Difference 1. Leading starts with clarity. The time that a leader spends getting clear about what needs to be done will pay off in quickly-focused effort as a result of increased understanding.  When things aren't clear, the day doesn't  go well. Minds and bodies gravitate toward something that does seem clear. The world abhors a vacuum. When a vacuum is created, people will…
  • How Culture Impacts Perception

    Steve Roesler
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:27 am
    Re-published by request. Clear-thinking people everywhere acknowledge that it's easy for two people to see the same situation very differently.  In a world where we increasingly work across time zones and cultures, this would have even greater meaning if perceptions were influenced by one's culture. While those of us who work globally may have experienced--and thought about-- the inherent reality of these perceptive differences, Canadian and Japanese researchers  have confirmed some very specific distinctions. When East Doesn't Meet West According to the study: Researchers showed Japanese…
 
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    George Ambler

  • Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone

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

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

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

    George Ambler
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    When it comes to achieving our New Years resolutions the statistics are pretty dismal. Research from the University of Scranton as published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year resolutions. Similar research conducted by Psychology Professor Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire found that only 12% of people actually achieved their New Year resolutions. Given such low levels of success you may be tempted to conclude that goal setting doesn’t work! This research shows just how limited our success has…
  • Take the Survey and Help Me Improve

    George Ambler
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:38 am
    I need your help, and it will only take 3 minutes. Tell me what you like (or don’t like) about my blog. In taking part you’ll help me to know what’s important to you; and this’ll help me in deciding what to offer you and other readers in the future. The survey is short, anonymous, and will take less than 3 minutes.   Yes, I’d love to help you out. Take me to the survey!   Thanks in advance for your help. I appreciate it. See you on my blog again soon. Copyright © George Ambler - George Ambler. Sign-Up for Actionable Leadership Insight. Delivered Weekly to Your Inbox.
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    Top Executive Coaching with Tony Mayo

  • Executive Coaching Makes an Impact

    Tony Mayo
    22 May 2015 | 4:59 am
        Coaching is widely regarded as a potent development force. 96% of organizations saw individual performances improve after they introduced coaching. 92% reported improvements in leadership and management effectiveness 77% of the respondents indicated that coaching had a significant or very significant impact on at least one of nine business measures. 60% improved productivity […]
  • Free Sample: Audible Audio Book

    Tony Mayo
    16 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
          Podcast #16: Tony reads a short sample from his first book: The Courage to Be in Community. The complete audiobook is for sale on iTunes and Audible.  Just click here and either listen on your computer or subscribe through iTunes to have this and all new podcast episodes placed on your device as they become […]
  • How to Apologise. And, Why.

    Tony Mayo
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
        A measure of a child’s maturity is progress from selfish self-justification toward compassionate empathy; from “I didn’t do it,” through “It’s not my fault!” and the teenager’s favorite, “I’m sorry you think it is my fault,” up to “I’m sorry you are hurt. What can I do to help?” Even experienced business people […]
  • Top Executive Coaching Newsletter Directory

    Tony Mayo mg
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
        CEO Executive Coach Tony Mayo has shared a great deal of practical information with business people since re-launching his free e-mail newsletter in 2008. Here is a list of topics covered. Just click on any title to read more. Bring the Love Tony Mayo’s gift to you. And, a request for help. Stay Green & […]
  • Pixar Fosters Creative Community

    Tony Mayo
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
        I believe that community matters. … Pixar is a community in the true sense of the word. We think that lasting relationships matter, and we share some basic beliefs: Talent is rare. Management’s job is not to prevent risk but to build the capability to recover when failures occur….we don’t second-guess or micromanage. […]
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    By Tanmay Vora

  • Dr. Deming on Joy of Work, Innovation and Leadership

    Tanmay Vora
    18 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Having worked in Quality management role for a long time, I could not have afforded to miss insights from Dr. W. Edwards Deming whose thinking was way ahead of time. Dr. Deming is remembered for transforming Japan into a formidable business competitor through his management and leadership practices, especially Deming’s 14 principles. In 1994, at the age of 92, Dr. Deming gave his last interview to IndustryWeek magazine which I read with great interest. In part 1 of his interview, Deming says, The source of innovation is freedom. All we have—new knowledge, invention—comes from freedom.
  • SHRM Top 25 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media 2014

    Tanmay Vora
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:24 am
    Last week, SHRM India published a list of “Top 25 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media” for the year 2014-15. I am glad to be ranked amongst top 5 influencers for the third consecutive year. Each year, SHRM India raises the bar and changes evaluation method. This year, they considered activity/interactions beyond Twitter to cover Blog, LinkedIn, Klout and Quora. This recognition underlines my belief in the human aspect of how work gets done. Which also means we need to do better at creating systems where human beings can thrive and make a difference. And therefore, I am excited! Download…
  • Lessons from 9 Years of Blogging

    Tanmay Vora
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:44 am
    QAspire blog completes 9 years this month and here is how I feel at the moment.They say and I agree that time flies when you are having fun. 2006 was a year when I had just transitioned into my first leadership role. Every single day and interaction with others was turning out to be a tremendous learning experience. (and it still does!) I felt a strong need to document my lessons somewhere and just about the time I started journaling my learning in a paper diary, I discovered blogs. After initial experimentation, I started writing on this blog in April 2006 – a time when Twitter was a new…
  • 15 Simplest Acts of #Leadership

    Tanmay Vora
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
      Smile. It is a universal language of compassion, care and love.  Greet people by their names. Share positive feedback about the work they are doing. Ask them about their advice on a critical problem. Listen with an intent to understand. Learn about them, their work, their process and their challenges. Help them in getting rid of their roadblocks. Establish trust to create a non-threatening environment for people. Be your authentic self when dealing with people and remain integral. Act on their feedback. Show them how much you believe in them. Encourage them. Thank them for their…
  • In 100 Words: On Blind Rituals

    Tanmay Vora
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
      A cat that lived in monastery distracted evening meditation of the monks. One day, teacher ordered that cat be tied up daily during the evening meditation. Years later, when teacher died, the cat was still being tied up in the evening. When the cat died, another cat was bought and tied up to maintain the tradition. Centuries later, learned descendants of spiritual teacher wrote scholarly treatises about significance of tying the cat during meditation. In organizations and in life, complying with traditions without understanding them is a huge waste. When context changes, our thinking…
 
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    churchrelevance.com

  • Business Meets Ministry with the Revive Network

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

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

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

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

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    As a designer, updating the list of our favorite church logos is always a fun process. This year’s list has grown to 138 terrific logos. Check it out and enjoy the creativity of God’s Kingdom. The post 138 Creative Church Logos appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
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    All Things Workplace

  • Meetings: The First 15 Minutes Matter

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

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

    Steve Roesler
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    You and I come up with some pretty wonderful ideas, which--for some strange reason--aren't immediately embraced by those around us. So what's our natural response? It's usually to start making statements in defense of our position, which then leads to "I'm going to win!" Not a good posture.     Ask Questions When you keep announcing the righteousness of your position, the problem defines you. When you respond with a question, both of you begin defining the problem and looking for solutions. Which do you want? Here are four model questions that will help you stay above the fray: "If this…
  • 5 Tips Leaders Can Use Today

    Steve Roesler
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    One of the benefits of working with lots of leaders in many different organizations is the chance to see what really works, regardless of the individual personality or industry.  So, here are: 5 Tips That Make A Difference 1. Leading starts with clarity. The time that a leader spends getting clear about what needs to be done will pay off in quickly-focused effort as a result of increased understanding.  When things aren't clear, the day doesn't  go well. Minds and bodies gravitate toward something that does seem clear. The world abhors a vacuum. When a vacuum is created, people will…
  • How Culture Impacts Perception

    Steve Roesler
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:27 am
    Re-published by request. Clear-thinking people everywhere acknowledge that it's easy for two people to see the same situation very differently.  In a world where we increasingly work across time zones and cultures, this would have even greater meaning if perceptions were influenced by one's culture. While those of us who work globally may have experienced--and thought about-- the inherent reality of these perceptive differences, Canadian and Japanese researchers  have confirmed some very specific distinctions. When East Doesn't Meet West According to the study: Researchers showed Japanese…
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    Latest solar energy news

  • Pakistan Turns Desert Into a Sea of Solar Panels

    24 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    ISLAMABAD- One of the world’s largest solar plants in Pakistan to provide clean, reliable and help reduce chronic power shortages in the country opened. The plant, spread over 200 hectares of desert land in the southern Pakistani province of Punjab, which will generate 100 megawatts (MW) in its initial phase and more than 300 MW by the end of the year, according to government officials. More than a third of Pakistan’s population has no access to electricity, and power shortages are a serious obstacle to economic growth. Advertising Inaugurating the plant, Nawaz Sharif, Prime…
  • Akon hopes to Provide 600 Million Africans with solar power

    24 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Akon began its “Akon Lighting Africa” “to bring millions in Africa electricity through solar energy. According to reports, rapper and producer tries to get people in Africa to electricity thanks to this initiative. The eyes of the Academy ultimately provide 600 million people in many African countries currently without electricity there. Co-founder of the foundation Baithily Samba said: “Africans expect graduates of this center to develop new innovative solutions, technical He told the Academy, which can benefit from Lighting Africa Akon and go further..” 70…
  • Solar Energy Is Feasible for Prevalent Energy

    23 May 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The debate about solar energy is feasible to produce widespread outbursts of energy and is likely to continue for some time. In today’s time, everyone is aware of solar panels and their ability to provide benefits to the individual owners. As many as 500,000 companies and households in the United States implement change, so it is safe to say that people see the irrefutable benefits of renewable energy. If you are thinking of installing perhaps a solar energy system in your home or your organization, but are hesitant whether it’s worth, here are some reasons why the installation of…
  • 4 Ways Solar Panel Installation Can Benefit Your Home

    23 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    If you’ve heard a lot about the growing popularity of the installation of solar panels, you may wonder what are the benefits. There are many, to help save the environment to save money on your monthly bills. Learn how this energy source provides many positive benefits in your life. Free electricity Best of installing solar panels is that all electricity produced does not cost you a penny. The sun’s energy is completely free, which is an important asset for many people looking to reduce their monthly energy bills. Since this type of installation usually lasts for more than 25…
  • Does Your Home Deserve Solar Power?

    22 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    The term “solar energy” is often used these days, but some owners have considered a realistic option. Without estimates, most people assume that the cost of installation would be completely outweigh the potential benefits. While green energy has come a long way since its inception, many people still view this technology as trapped in its infant stage. With its recent progress, however, solar panels are becoming not only an affordable option, but also the most logical step that you can take to save energy in your home. Rebates and incentives The federal government and many states…
 
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    Robin Sharma's Blog

  • How I Stay Inspired (Personal)

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

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

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

    admin
    2 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Robin Sharma shares an audio recording that will remind you of your highest nature and the poetic possibility you're truly built for.
  • How to Grow Self-Discipline

    admin
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Robin Sharma shares that learning the latest methods to improve your willpower is one of the best ways to create immense success.
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • Leadership Books For Your Summer Reading

    24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
  • My Best Boss Did This

    23 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    In their book, Rapid Realignment, authors George Labovitz and Victor Rosansky, reveal the most common responses from thousands of managers and workers when they were asked to think of the best boss they ever had, and then answer the question:"What did that person do to qualify as your best boss?"And, those most common responses were:My best boss listened!My best boss backed me up.My best boss trusted me and respected me.My best boss gave me feedback.My best boss left me alone.What else would you add to this list?  What did your best boss do?
  • How To Reduce Employee Turnover

    22 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Knowing why an employee leaves your company can help you to reduce your employee turnover rate.That's because you can use the reasons a departing employee provides to gather information about processes, people and departments that might need some redirection to correct situations that may have contributed to the employee's reasons for leaving.So, do an exit interview whenever possible with each departing employee. Ask each person:Why they are leavingWhat they liked about their jobWhat they would have changed about their jobHow they felt about the cooperation…
  • How To Maximize Employee Engagement

    22 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    Overland Park, Kansas-based author Leigh Branham, along with Mark Hirschfeld, awhile back completed a survey of 10,000 employees in 43 states to better understand what separates a "best places to work" company from other companies.What Branham and Hirschfeld discovered is that the best companies use six "universal drivers" that maximize employee engagement:Caring, Competent, and Engaging Senior LeadersEffective Managers Who Keep Employees Aligned and EngagedEffective Teamwork at All LevelsJob Enrichment and Professional GrowthValuing Employee ContributionsConcern for Employee…
  • How To Become A Stronger Career Mentor

    20 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Author Paul Falcone offers the following great advice for how to become a stronger career mentor and coach by helping your subordinates grow and develop in their own careers.Encourage others to engage in random acts of kindness.Find creative ways of surprising your customers.Focus on making bad relationships good and good relationships better.Look for new ways of reinventing the workflow in light of your company's changing needs.Think relationship first, transaction second.Realize that people can tell more about you by the depth of your questions than by the quality of…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Triggers: Sparking Positive Change and Making it Last

    Kevin Eikenberry
    24 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter Would you like to make change in your life last? As a coach, leader, and friend, would you like to support others in making positive change in their lives? If you have just nodded your head in the affirmative, you will want to read this book. When you realize […] The post Triggers: Sparking Positive Change and Making it Last appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: What to Do When Deadlines Are Missed

    Kevin Eikenberry
    19 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    Important deadlines often cause leaders to make these coaching mistakes. Check out today’s Remarkable TV to learn how you can avoid them! The deadline comes and goes…. Multiple times. Often the leaders respond by checking up regularly, daily, hourly. And become a pest/micro manager. How can we assure deadlines are reached and not be a […] The post Remarkable TV: What to Do When Deadlines Are Missed appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Getting Your Whole Team Pulling Together

    Kevin Eikenberry
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The image tells it all. What we want is everyone working together, pulling in the same direction, striving for the same goals. It seems like it ought to be easy. After all, everyone is on the same team. But the more people who are involved on your team and in your organization, the harder this […] The post Getting Your Whole Team Pulling Together appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Low Hanging Fruit: 77 Eye-Opening Ways to Improve Productivity and Profits

    Kevin Eikenberry
    16 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Jeremy Eden and Terri Long I’ve always loved the idea of low hanging fruit. When I was a kid and was paid to pick black raspberries (a dime a pint!), the low hanging fruit wasn’t a phrase, it was a practical reality – the fruit closer to me and closer to the ground was […] The post Low Hanging Fruit: 77 Eye-Opening Ways to Improve Productivity and Profits appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Avoiding Your Leadership Deflategate

    Kevin Eikenberry
    13 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    I’m guessing you’ve heard something in the news lately about deflated footballs, fines and penalties related to it. While I’m not a New England Patriots fan (I live in Indianapolis after all), this isn’t really about Ideal Gas Laws, balls hidden in bathrooms or the content of text messages. This is about much more than […] The post Avoiding Your Leadership Deflategate appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
 
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    David Burkus

  • 0610 | Tom Rath

    david
    11 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    Tom Rath is the author of several best-selling books, including Strengths Finder 2.0 and Strengths-Based Leadership. His latest book, Are You Fully Charged?, focuses on the small actions that make a big difference in everyday effectiveness in life and work. In this interview, we talk about the 3 keys to energizing your work and life. Want to win a copy of Tom’s new book? Click here. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it at www.audibletrial.com/lead.
  • 0609 | Dorie Clark

    david
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Dorie Clark is the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog. Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, and the World Bank. She is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Visiting Professor for IE Business School in Madrid. In this interview, we talked about how to find your breakthrough…
  • 0608 | Chris White

    david
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Christopher J. White is Managing Director of the Center for Positive Organizations and adjunct faculty in Management & Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He is the author (with Gerald Davis) of Changing Your Company From the Inside Out. In this interview, we talk about how to make even large, established companies a force for good through social intrapreneurship. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it…
  • 0607 | Ray Fisman & Tim Sullivan

    david
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan are the authors of newly updated and paperback edition of The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office. Fisman is the Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School. Tim Sullivan is the editorial director of Harvard Business Review Press. In this interview, we discuss why even illogical seeming organizational practices have purpose and how to renovate an organization without tearing the whole thing down. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths…
  • 0606 | Herminia Ibarra

    david
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Herminia Ibarra is an expert on professional and leadership development. She is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning at INSEAD, the founding director of The Leadership Transition executive education program at INSEAD. She is the author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader. In this interview, we discuss how managers and executives at all levels can step up to leadership by making small but crucial changes in their jobs, their networks, and themselves. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook…
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • Why Leaders Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Push Past Surface-Level Interview Questions

    Bob La Loggia
    24 May 2015 | 3:26 am
    If you’ve been in a leadership position for more than a couple of years, you’ve likely interviewed dozens of job candidates. You know all the textbook tactics, and you’ve seen […] The post Why Leaders Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Push Past Surface-Level Interview Questions appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • On Leadership, Fear and Weakness

    Elliot Begoun
    20 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    A leader who is afraid is not weak! Fear is not a word that is associated with leadership. More often it is its antonym, fearless, that anoints a list of […] The post On Leadership, Fear and Weakness appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • L2L Poll: How Well Do You Know Famous Entrepreneurs?

    Tom Schulte
    18 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Click on Person’s Image to Select The post L2L Poll: How Well Do You Know Famous Entrepreneurs? appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • 8 Things Successful Leaders Do at the End of Their Day

    Tom Schulte
    17 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    What do you do before you go to sleep? Watch TV? Read? Play on social media? If you want to be successful, adopt some of these habits. Most successful people […] The post 8 Things Successful Leaders Do at the End of Their Day appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • L2L Infographic: Business Etiquette Around the World

    Tom Schulte
    15 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    L2L Infographic: Business Etiquette Around the World Infographic Courtesy of CT Business Travel The post L2L Infographic: Business Etiquette Around the World appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • Help! I Inherited My Team: Ask Madeleine

    Madeleine
    23 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    Dear Madeleine, I am at my wits’ end. I worked hard in college and graduate school and have what some people might call a “Type A” personality. I take on a lot, I work really hard and I complete my work by the agreed-upon deadline. For the past few years I have been working for a huge organization with a great reputation—but I realized quickly it has a culture of non-accountability. This didn’t bother me much until recently, when I was promoted to be a department head. I have inherited several folks who clearly have been getting away with less than standard performance for some…
  • Does Your Company Have An Ego Problem? 8 Warning Signs

    David Witt
    21 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    Ego can be our greatest asset or it can be our biggest liability. It’s all about keeping it in balance. An out of balance ego doesn’t feel dramatically different from one that is in balance, explain authors David Marcum and Steven Smith in their book, Egonomics—and that’s why it trips up so many leaders. That’s because ego can take your strengths and subtly change them into “close counterfeits”—weaknesses that actually mimic those same strengths. When this happens, everything seems a little self-serving. Qualities that people appreciate about you, such as being able to come up…
  • Leadership Presence: 3 Ways to Develop It On the Inside As Well As the Outside

    Terry Watkins
    19 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    What’s the difference between executive presence and leadership presence? That’s a question that often comes up when I work with clients who are focused on improving current perceptions of their leadership readiness. During our sessions we talk about how executive presence is based on what people see when they first meet a leader—the external side; and leadership presence is based more on the leader’s point of view, character, and intentions—the internal side. As different as executive and leadership presence can seem, I believe there is great overlap between them. Key…
  • Providing Feedback to Someone Who Is Overly Sensitive: Ask Madeleine

    Madeleine
    16 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Dear Madeleine, What’s the best way to give correction to a sensitive top performer? I have a senior person on my team who is good at her job and takes great pride in performance excellence. But when I try to give her anything less than positive feedback she’s practically in tears and proceeds to beat herself up for days: “Oh, I should have known better! I’m such a loser! You should just get rid of me!” I’ve become hesitant to say anything that hints of criticism because of the emotion it produces. –Withholding Feedback Dear Withholding, This is a tough, but fairly common,…
  • 3 Ways Social Neuroscience is Changing Leadership

    David Witt
    14 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    New advances in the field of social neuroscience are fundamentally reshaping perspectives on the best way to lead and manage the performance of others. That’s the main message Scott Blanchard will be sharing next week in his presentation at the annual conference of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) in Orlando, Florida. Blanchard’s concurrent session is entitled Things About Leadership We Never Would Have Said Three Years Ago. As Blanchard shares, “The advent of the functional MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is giving us a peek into the workings of the brain, and the new…
 
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    The Executive Roundtable

  • Video Blog #2: Forget about networking, recharge instead

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    Networking doesn’t have to be draining— seek out events with like-minded people and get energized. Fresh out of 2015’s Reinvent Work Summit, Glain talks about how to network the right way. How do you get energized? Tweet at us @ExecRoundtable The post Video Blog #2: Forget about networking, recharge instead appeared first on The Executive Roundtable.
  • Video Blog #1: Labels suck, don’t succumb to them

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    In her first video blog, Glain talks about how to use assessment tools effectively, not letting labels rule your understanding of yourself, and the joys of being a dog owner. To join the conversation, follow us on Facebook. The post Video Blog #1: Labels suck, don’t succumb to them appeared first on The Executive Roundtable.
  • Are Metaphors Killing Your Career?

    Glain
    4 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    I spend most of my time working with very ambitious, highly productive people who sit squarely in middle management. Middle management is a tricky area of the org chart to navigate. The biggest issue (as I see it) is that what got you to middle management often won’t get you to the next level…and senior leaders, for the most part, are really lousy at telling you where you’re falling short so that you can leap that hurdle. The reality of the middle is that the things that got you to that point – your ability to get shit done  – are now simply table stakes. The things that are…
  • Top Gear Fires Jeremy Clarkson: All hail actual leadership

    Glain
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about why there is so much anger and aggression everywhere. From watching Monica Lewinsky talk about online shaming, to posts in my facebook feed that are angry and derogatory (always veiled as jokes of course) to the comments section on just about everything (don’t read the comments and don’t feed the trolls!), it’s made me wonder what all this negative energy is doing to us. Too often people who are bullied are the ones put on the defensive while the bullies walk away intact. Especially online. But then you see a bright spark. And for…
  • Work hard, work harder: How we’re screwing up the pursuit of happiness.

    Glain
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Once upon a time, in a work galaxy far, far away, there was a mantra that companies used to use. It went like this: work hard, play hard. Over the past decade (or possibly more), the mantra has changed to work hard, work harder as companies move their focus from why they do what they do, to a single minded drive to make money and increase shareholder value. Sure, there are a few bright sparks on the horizon. A handful of companies are bringing back the drive for purpose – Zappos, G Adventures, Whole Foods to name a few – but they are overwhelmingly few and far between. In my observation,…
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    Enclaria: Influence Change at Work

  • Interview: How to Deal With Difficult People

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

    Heather Stagl
    7 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    When we try to influence people to change, we’re likely to encounter someone exhibiting behaviors that make it seem as though they are resisting change, whether it’s outright refusal to participate or something more subtle like procrastination or avoidance. If we address these resistant behaviors directly, it usually serves to make the resistance stronger, because the resistant behavior is not the real problem. The resistant behavior is a reaction to change, but what we don’t see is the underlying condition that prompted that behavior in the first place. Think of the resistant behavior…
  • Interview: Communicating Change With the Results Map

    Heather Stagl
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    Caroline Kealey, Owner and Principal at Ingenium Communications, joins the show this month to share the Results Map, her tool for developing communications. Listen in to hear the key elements of the Results Map and how to use it to communicate change, including how to evaluate whether your communication is working. Listen to the show here (30 minutes): And get your Results Map Handbook here:  www.resultsmap.com
  • Three Ways We Make Resistance More Frustrating Than It Really Is

    Heather Stagl
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    Recently, I posted Eight Telltale Signs of Resistance, in which I described some of the resistant behaviors people use to slow down or prevent change from happening. When we’re trying to implement change and we encounter these resistant behaviors, we often have three unhelpful responses that make it seem even more frustrating than it really is. We take it personally. After all, it seems like an attack on something that we believe is important or even on ourselves. It can feel like rejection, and we can become defensive. And then the change becomes a battle to win, instead of something…
  • Enclaria Gains Qualified Education Provider™ Status from ACMP

    Heather Stagl
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    I’m pleased to announce Enclaria recently gained the Qualified Education Provider™ status from the Association of Change Management Professionals® (ACMP®) for its upcoming Fundamentals of Change Management course. ACMP’s goal is to advance the discipline of change management, and Enclaria is eager to contribute its part in developing skilled practitioners who design and influence change at work. The QEP status signals that this course aligns with ACMP’s Standard for Change Management© and adult education best practices. As it is a generally accepted approach to change…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Do Things That Might Not Work

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

    Utpal Vaishnav
    12 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Recently read this news on TechCrunch: Secret App Shuts Down. Details here. It raises some questions and the answers to those questions come with an opportunity to reflect on important something. Here’re the questions: How would your app users react if you take the app down? How would your clients react if you stop providing your consulting services? How would your employer react if you put up your resignation? If you stop doing your work, will that be a setback for them? If your app is a clone of a popular app then no one would ever bother to notice if it is taken down. If the quality…
  • Mediocrity Is Not an Option

    Utpal Vaishnav
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    Few days ago, one of my newly hired designers came to me to show a design that was not even mediocre at its best. He didn’t say anything but got back to his drawing board when I asked, “Is this your best work?” If I would have measured my blood pressure at that time, I’m sure it would be much higher. Not because the deadline was about to miss. Not because my designer’s capabilities was any less. It was because the premise that the designer operated from: mediocrity might work this time. No. Mediocrity won’t work. Not this time. Not anytime. If it works for…
  • How to Get the Shit Out of Your Coding Skills

    Utpal Vaishnav
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:14 am
    Do you know how to get the shit out of your coding skills? No? You can do two things with your coding skills. Sell your skills on per-hour basis, a pretty good source of income, or use your skill to create an app, a product and experience the compound returns on your skills sooner or later. The developer who writes the code aggressively, without regard for her peers earning pretty good income for more or less the same skills, and partying out loud on the weekends more frequently than she could, often ends up with more opportunities on her way and more possibilities to influence the world…
  • Screw It, Let’s Do It!

    Utpal Vaishnav
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    “Screw It, Let’s Do It!” ~ Sir Richard Branson This is one of the most powerful advices one could ever get. It’s powerful because it can change lives. It’s powerful because it works … however, it’s not so easy to make it work. The reason is your #1 enemy who pretends to be your friend and lives inside you. Outside enemies are relatively easy to deal with. You know who they are. You know what their intentions are. You know you have to be careful or you’re gone. But the enemy inside you, the voice of procrastination and resistance,…
 
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    Eblin Group

  • How to Get Your New Team Off to a Strong Start

    Scott
    21 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    If you’re a leader in your organization, there will be multiple times in your career when you have to get a new team off to a strong start. One of the critical steps in that process is when you bring the team members together for the first time. That’s a rare opportunity to define the purpose, build trust, establish the ground rules and set the priorities. Like they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Make the most of it by giving some thought to that first team meeting and taking some time to prepare for it.
  • Mindful Mondays: Pope Francis’ Nine Rules for Happy Living

    Scott
    18 May 2015 | 4:55 am
    In case you haven’t been paying attention, it turns out that Pope Francis is one of the most popular people in the world. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that he has a 90% favorability rating among U.S. Catholics and a 70% favorability rating among all Americans. Another Pew study at the end of last year found that he has a median favorable rating of 60% across 43 nations and only an 11% unfavorable rating.
  • Mindful Mondays: Three Simple Ways to Be More Aware This Week

    Scott
    11 May 2015 | 4:47 am
    If you’ve been reading my posts, articles or books for awhile, you know I do my best to keep things simple. Most of us have too much on our plates to make life any more complex than it already is. Hence, my emphasis on simplicity. For instance, the definition of leadership presence I introduced in The Next Level breaks that concept down into three sets of behaviors: personal presence, team presence and organizational presence. For another example, when I coach people who want to be more effective leaders or less stressed in their lives, I encourage them to start by focusing on doing one or…
  • Would You Sell It to Your Kids?

    Scott
    7 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    Decision making can get pretty complex sometimes. That’s especially true in businesses or other organizations where the often competing interests of different stakeholders have to be balanced. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear how the CEO of a large and well known company thinks through decisions by sitting in on a business briefing he did for his extended leadership team. He’s definitely a long term thinker as a well as a continuous learner. From a strategic standpoint, he follows the advice of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and “skates to where the puck is going to be.”
  • Mindful Mondays: Hug the One You’re With

    Scott
    4 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    As I was skimming through the headlines from the New York Times on Saturday morning, I was stunned to read the news of the death of Dave Goldberg. You may not have heard of him until this past weekend. He was the 47 year old CEO of the online questionnaire company, Survey Monkey. He was also the husband of Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook COO and author of the mega best-seller, Lean In. Goldberg died while he was on vacation with his wife.
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    StrategyDriven

  • The Big Picture of Business – Collaborations, Partnering and Joint-Venturing… Priority for Business.

    Hank Moore
    15 May 2015 | 4:58 am
    The biggest source of growth and increased opportunities in today's business climate lie in the way that individuals and companies work together. It is becoming increasingly rare to find an individual or organization that has not yet been required to team with others. Lone rangers and sole-source providers simply cannot succeed in competitive environments and global economies. Those who benefit from collaborations, rather than become the victim of them, will log the biggest successes in business years ahead. Just as empowerment, team building and other processes apply to formal organizational…
  • Questions: The Problems and the Possibilities

    Sharon Drew Morgen
    13 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    I recently accepted a cold call from an insurance guy because I was thinking of switching providers. Instead of facilitating my buying decision, the bias in his questions terminated our connection: TODD: Hello Ms. Morgen. I’m Todd with XYZ. Are you interested in new car insurance? SDM: I am. TODD: Is your main concern lowering your costs? SDM: No. TODD: You don’t care about saving money? SDM: Of course I do. TODD: So your main concern IS lowering your costs? SDM: No. TODD: So what is it? SDM: I’m interested in a personal connection, in knowing that if I have an accident I will be…
  • Resistance to Guidance: Why Sales, Coaching, and Leadership Practices Falter

    Sharon Drew Morgen
    6 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    Do you know what’s stopping you or your company from making the changes necessary to have more success? Or why prospects aren’t buying something they need? Or why clients aren’t adopting the changes they seek? The problem is resistance. And as change agents we’re inadvertently creating it. Change requires that a complacent status quo risk its comfort for something unknowable - the probable loss of narrative, expectations, habitual activities and assumptions with no real knowledge of what will take its place. People don’t fear the change; they fear the disruption. The Status Quo of…
  • The Big Picture of Business – Business Moving Forward from the Dirty Side of the Recession.

    Hank Moore
    1 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    The economy and business climate are now on the dirty side of the recession. Recognizing the damages done results in healthier run companies for the future. This is comparable to what is called the 'dirty side' of a storm, hurricane or other weather created disaster. During those clean-up periods, the infrastructure rebuilds and optimistically moves forward by correcting certain damages done by the storms. Signs are that our economy has somewhat recovered from the second worst recession in history. Many companies kept their heads in the sand during the economic downturn, fully intending to…
  • Miscommunication: The Reasons, The Cure, The Prevention

    Sharon Drew Morgen
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    Have you ever been absolutely certain you heard someone say something they later claim they didn’t say? Or inaccurately interpret requests from your spouse or colleagues when you could swear you’re right and they’re wrong? It’s interesting how mutually defined words end up causing such havoc. Spoken language is a mutable translation system - a best attempt to impart thoughts, feelings, and world view between dialogue partners for the purpose of shared understanding, intimacy, and maintaining relationships. Senders (unconsciously) choose their words as representative of what they wish…
 
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    The Clemmer Group » Blog

  • Video Clip: Leadership Sweet Spots and Powerful Combinations

    Julie Gil
    19 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    How to you build a leadership strength from good to great? How do you sustain energy and endurance to keep working at developing leadership skills until others notice a substantial improvement? How do you ensure the leadership skill you’re developing is most relevant to what the organization needs or expects from you? The answers to these questions form a “leadership sweet spot” where strong leadership competence, personal passion (what skills we most love to use), and the highest ranked leadership skills for an individual converge. In the first part of a video clip on Powerful…
  • 8 Factors That Frustrate and Disengage Employees

    Jim Clemmer
    14 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Whenever we ask a group of workshop participants how many rank employee engagement as one of their top priorities, most raise their hands. We’re encountering a growing number of organizations finding that their engagement survey ratings are slipping — and not just at the frontline employee level. A growing number of people — at all levels and in all roles — are feeling trapped and stuck in their jobs. “I owe, I owe it’s off to work I go,” becomes their sad refrain. They can almost hear the cell doors clang shut behind them as they enter their…
  • Webinar: The Secret to YOUR Success

    Jim Clemmer
    12 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    8 Tips for a Better YOU Research shows that people who put proper emphasis on their own development impact their organization in significant ways. Multiple studies show how seeking feedback can increase leadership effectiveness, but ZF’s upcoming webinar on May 27 will take a deeper dive into self-development and the critical role feedback can play. Many leaders give more priority to developing others than developing themselves. They often don’t see the links between personal, team, and organization development. Compelling evidence shows that when leaders improve their personal…
  • Two Deadly Assumptions That Make Giving Difficult Feedback Even Worse

    Jim Clemmer
    7 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Many leaders find courageous conversations to give corrective or redirecting feedback very difficult. Emotions can get in the way, perceptions of the issue can differ widely, relationships may be damaged, and reactions can be volatile. Leaders may be scarred from past conversations where they gave or received tough feedback in a poorly structured and awkwardly delivered conversation that didn’t end well. With all the focus we’ve put on coaching and feedback skills this year, Zenger Folkman’s research continues to uncover powerful and practical new insights. In their latest…
  • Spotlight on Feedback

    Jim Clemmer
    5 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Plato once observed “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when people are afraid of the light.” Ignoring or failing to understand how others see our behaviors keeps us in the dark and diminishes everyone’s perceptions of our leadership effectiveness. Those perceptions then shape the reality of our leadership impact and outcomes. A strong leader or coach doesn’t protect people from themselves. Extraordinary leaders and coaches shine the light of feedback to constructively redirect negative behaviors and reinforce positive…
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    Author Chris Brady's Blog

  • The Scam of our Life: Our Smart Phone Culture

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

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

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

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

    Chris Brady
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Consider the simple four letter word "fine." Based upon how you utter that little word to your wife when she asks you how she looks that evening can have drastically differing results. This is just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Forum Corporation

  • The Importance of Being Where Your Client Is

    Tom Gooderham
    20 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    As I prepare to embark on another business trip abroad, I have the time to reflect on why this type of activity is still relevant? With today’s ever so progressive technology, I can be on a Skype call, WebEx, Adobe Connect, Face Time, Lync etc. So why spend my time and the company’s travel budget on this? If you travel a lot for work, I bet you ask yourself the same question. Well, one of the best pieces of advice I got when I started my career was to ‘be where the client is’ and it is fair to say that I took that on board. In fact I had enough air miles for two First Class BA…
  • How Sales and MLB Managers Share the Same Winning Team Strategies

    Russ Becker
    12 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    America’s pastime is once again in full swing: 2015 Major League Baseball has finally arrived. Even though the season is only one month old, team managers are already trying to decide how to play during the postseason by ensuring the batting order is perfect, their pitchers stay healthy and everyone is up to speed on any new rules. It might seem to be a stretch at first to compare a sales manager to an MLB manager. Logging long nights in the ball park, managing highly paid professional athletes and worrying about how to replace injured players are worlds away from the job of a sales…
  • Celebrating Women in Business – Part 3

    Francesca DiGuglielmo
    8 May 2015 | 4:57 am
    In our “Celebrating Women in Business” series we continue to look at our very own female leaders who share their perspectives on their success and learning journey. This month we are pleased to introduce Francesca DiGuglielmo, Forum’s VP and Senior Relationship Manager who talks about her career story and the most impactful experiences which formed her professional life.  What did you want to be when you were a kid?   Not sure – just that I needed/wanted to have a job.  I had visions of becoming a clothing designer and working in Paris. What, if any personal challenges did you face…
  • Accelerating Talent in a VUCA World: Leadership in Asia Pacific

    Grant Bosnick
    6 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    “Changes aren’t permanent, but change is.” (Neil Peart) At 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami hit the coast of Japan. I was there when it happened. Now, as we’ve passed the 4th anniversary, the conditions and circumstances in the recovery became known as “The New Normal.” And elsewhere across Asia Pacific there are not only changes, but rather there is change. And this constant change is the new normal. With 3 of the top 5 world’s largest economies (China, India, Japan), surpassed only by US and EU; 5 of the top 10 world’s fastest…
  • Understanding the Five Most Important Employee Engagement Factors

    Russ Becker
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    In the past 22 years, my career has centered around overseeing employees in various managerial roles, across different industries, and with diverse groups of people coming together as part of the workflow. Through these years, and differing environments, I’ve become aware of the one obstacle no manager likes to face: having a disengaged, unmotivated team. Unfortunately, current statistics on global employee engagement confirm that many executives are living with this challenge. According to Gallup’s most recent 142-country State of the Global Workplace report, only 13 percent of employees…
 
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    Stop Workplace Drama

  • Sign Up Here for No-Drama Leadership, Meet the Author

    Stop Workplace Drama
    5 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Register Here for No-Drama Leadership, Meet the Author
  • Why Communication is a Critical Skill Not a Soft Skill

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

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

    Stop Workplace Drama
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    The skill of separating fact from feeling helps managers and supervisors become critical thinking. An equally important skill is to learn how to reinterpret your thoughts.
  • Enlightened Leadership: The Power to Create

    Stop Workplace Drama
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    You don’t need a jubilee, a special event, a limited offer, an authority figure, or the allure of a beautiful building to transform your life or your business. As a leader you can choose to step into a new truth through your power to create.
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    Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership

  • Vision Requires Action: 7 Tips to Move and Keep Moving

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    20 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Creating a shared vision is one of the most important roles of a leader. But vision alone is not enough. Vision requires action. Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. – Japanese proverb First: Do a “Vision Check” to make sure you really have a shared vision. ➤ Does your vision include all three keys to a compelling vision? ➤ Did you involve others in creating it? Does the vision resonate with their own hopes, and can they see how they can contribute? Now: Take action! 1. Start now. Take the first steps and other steps will be come clear. Vision…
  • Relationship Currency Transforms a Transactional World

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    12 May 2015 | 4:12 am
    You might think this has become a transactional world, where important decisions are made solely on the basis of price. It certainly might look like that, especially in the wild San Francisco Bay real estate market where housing prices are at an all time high and competition is fierce. But my experience last month challenges this belief. I moved from the east coast to the San Francisco Bay area last summer. It was a big move to leave a community I’ve been part of for over 30 years; but all of my family had migrated out west over the years and I wanted to be closer to them. I took a…
  • Three Ways Millennials Are Expanding Collaboration

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:40 am
    Guest Post by Jon Mertz Millennials are more connected than any other generation before them. Through social platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, they connect with others far and near. Collaboration around problem-solving and purpose-enabling activities happens quickly and expansively. Prior to the social world, collaboration did occur, but it took place mostly face-to-face. Effort was required to seek out diverse opinions and viewpoints. Now Millennials are leading the way in expanding collaboration in three new ways: individual challenges, team problem-solving, and community…
  • What is Vision?

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:50 am
    “Vision is knowing who you are, where you’re going and what will guide your journey.” – Ken Blanchard and Jesse Stoner Who you are – is your purpose Where you’re going – is your picture of the future What will guide your journey – are your values The Three Elements of a Compelling Vision Purpose is your organization’s reason for existence. Choose a significant purpose that’s not about you, but is about providing value to those who use your products or services. Consider your purpose from your customer’s viewpoint. For example,…
  • 4 Ways Leadership Drift Can Catch You Unaware

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Are you enthusiastic about your work? When you reflect on your day at work, do you feel a deep sense of satisfaction? Is the person you are at work the same as the person you are outside of work? If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” it’s possible you might be caught in leadership drift. You might have heard about team drift, where teams lose their focus without realizing it. The same thing can happen to individuals. You might be adrift without realizing it. Why Leadership Drift Occurs A huge external shift You might have been thrown off track initially because of something…
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    Braithwaite Innovation Group

  • Ken Blanchard on Leadership & The New One Minute Manager

    Ken Blanchard
    5 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Ken Blanchard, PhD, one of the most influential leadership experts in the world. He has co-authored 60 books, and his groundbreaking works have been translated into 42 languages. Along with his wife, Margie, he is co-founder of The Ken Blanchard Companies, a leading international training and consulting firm. This post was ... The post Ken Blanchard on Leadership & The New One Minute Manager appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 4 ways to tap the power of positive thinking and confidence

    Darlene Hunter
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Darlene Hunter, president of Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC. Darlene is a  motivational speaker, author, life and business coach, and award-winning radio talk show host. Her new book, Win-Ability, Navigating through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude, is her fourth on the theme of perseverance.   Fear, insecurity, and self-doubt can ... The post 4 ways to tap the power of positive thinking and confidence appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Leaders Go First!

    Dov Baron
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Dov Baron works with leaders in creating teams that become fiercely loyal. He was named by Inc magazine as one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference. His latest book is Fiercely Loyal: How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent.   We’ve all had the unenviable experience of dealing with leaders ... The post Leaders Go First! appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Use Wind In Your Sails to Accelerate Your Leadership

    David J. Greer
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    Jane recently wrote over at The Lead Change Group a post on Life, Love, & Leadership Lessons In Unlikely Places. In my book Wind In Your Sails: Vital Strategies That Accelerate Your Entrepreneurial Success,  I help push entrepreneurs into their own unlikely places. Creating Challenges In my recent Lead Change Group post Synergy, I wrote ... The post Use Wind In Your Sails to Accelerate Your Leadership appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • How Savvy Are You About Office Politics?

    Bonnie Marcus
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Bonnie Marcus, author of The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead (Wiley, March 2015). You can learn more by visiting her site or by picking up a copy on Amazon.   Political savvy is critical for career success and the good news is that you don’t ... The post How Savvy Are You About Office Politics? appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
 
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    Skywalk Group

  • Coolest Places to Work 2015 Honorees

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

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

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

    Skywalk Group
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Clearly defined performance standards are specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented and time-framed. While vague goals and unspecified time limits tend to confuse day-to-day activities, clearly specified performance standards make it easy for team members to carry out daily activities. In order for your team to commit to an organizational goal, they must feel they have been a part of the decision-making process. Solicit team member input when establishing goals and work with team members in setting realistic performance standards that speak to the overarching organizational goals.
  • Skywalk Group Welcomes New Director of Client Services

    Skywalk Group
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Tina Steffens has joined Skywalk Group as Director of Client Services. “Tina is an accomplished operations professional with a proven track record of building and leading successful teams. She has established herself as a consummate professional and has been recognized for establishing solid client relationships, positively impacting processes, growing and developing industry leading teams, managing complex projects, and expanding business, all traits we need at this juncture in our growth,” said Elizabeth Trcka, a partner of Skywalk Group. Tina has held various leadership positions…
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  • Threads Around the Country

    LLC Staff
    11 May 2015 | 11:24 am
    The Independent Sector has identified nine key trends, obstacles, and opportunities that will shape the charitable sector in the next 20 years. Threads is a national effort to pull together a vibrant cross-section of leaders and practitioners to meet face-to-face to collectively explore what's working in our communities. What's not? What's threatening? Inspiring? Frustrating? Scalable? Possible?  The conversations are designed to “weave diverse threads into the fabric of a stronger future.” As a network of leadership consultants, thought leaders, social innovators, and…
  • Network Leadership Webinar Series: A Collaboration Between LLC, CCL, and NYU Wagner School of Public Service

    Miriam Persley
    1 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
            Participation is FREE and funding is covered separately by Leadership Learning Community, NYU Wagner School of Public Service, and the Center for Creative Leadership     June 4, 2015 | 11am-12pm PacificSession Description:We are launching a webinar series to provide a space for practitioners and researchers in both the leadership and network development areas to connect and learn from each other.  Often these groups are not connected and we want to build awareness and even collaboration across the research – practice…
  • Webinar Series | Learning Through The Greenlining Experience: A Foundational Toolkit For Leadership Development Programs

    Miriam Persley
    1 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
      June 24, 2015 | 11am-12pm PacificSuggested Donation for Individuals and Nonprofit Organizations $30 | Foundations $75 Session Description:The Greenlining Institute was founded as a response to institutional redlining of communities of color from economic opportunities. Twenty-two years later, the organization has grown in both scale and impact, including incorporating a strong commitment to the leadership development of emerging leaders of color. With its successes and challenges, Greenlining has learned many lessons on the road to positive social change. This webinar will…
  • Appreciating Eugene After 8 Years of Service

    Deborah Meehan
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    There are no words to express our gratitude to Eugene Kim but we are going to try…..First, let’s be clear, Eugene Kim may be finishing his term as board chair but he has promised us, and we are going to hold him to it that he will still be around and involved.  After all, there is no way we could let someone with Eugene’s countless talents get away.  It is hard to believe that it has been eight years since Eugene joined the LLC board.   Eugene was all about collaboration when we met him and LLC has followed in his footsteps putting a stake in the ground that this is…
  • A Fond Farewell To Natalia

    Deborah Meehan
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It’s not easy to say goodbye to Natalia and those of you who know her understand why.  For months, Natalia has tried to prepare us for this day. Her family is in Orange County and she moved to Los Angeles to be close. Still, we miss her. Aside from being very funny and making us laugh, a lot, Natalia is leaving LLC with some impossibly large shoes to fill.  Natalia started with LLC in 2009 as our Marketing and Communications Director.  If since then you have been appreciating our monthly newsletter or webinar series you can thank Natalia.  You may have noticed our…
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  • Strategy Execution: Get Collaboration Right!

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

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

    Aad Boot
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    When working with cross-cultural teams, especially teams where East meets West, team members can have very different perceptions of authority. Are you aware that these different perceptions affect the functioning of your team, and your role as a business leader?...
  • 5 Unusual Statements that Reveal how Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Thinks

    Hanneke Siebelink
    8 Feb 2015 | 2:43 am
    What is your first thought when you hear the name Jack Ma? The king of e- and mobile commerce? The richest man in China? How did the founder and chairman of the Alibaba Group (Alibaba’s recent IPO was the largest in world history) build his success, and that of the countless people using Alibaba’s trading platforms? What lessons does he want to share?
  • Collaboration that Generates Results: 5 Articles with Interesting Tips

    Aad Boot
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Not so long ago, I was asked by a client to help with the rollout of a large corporate transformation program. One thing quickly became clear: producing tangible results will in large part depend on the quality of collaboration between...
 
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  • Mastering Your Business

    Travis Robertson
    20 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    If you want to be successful in business and in life, you have to master seven areas. In part 2 of this series, the topic of conversation is business mastery. Discover your why and learn how to create and design a business that you’re passionate about and one that you’re excited to go to every single day! Mastering Your Business Welcome to part 2 of our 7 part series on the seven areas of mastery. If you want to be successful in business and if you want to be successful in life, there are seven different areas that you’re going to have to master. Today we’re…
  • The Art of Mastering Yourself

    Travis Robertson
    13 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    If you want to be successful in both life and in business, you have to master yourself. If you’re not growing, guess what? Neither is your business. Take your life and your business to the next level by continuing your learning, attacking your distractions, and owning your morning! Click here to download your worksheet! The Art of Mastering Yourself We are in a seven part series on mastery. What are the different areas of life and business that you’re going to have to master if you want to be successful? In this first video, we’re going to be discussing personal mastery,…
  • The 7 Areas of Mastery

    Travis Robertson
    6 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Have you ever wondered what it takes to be truly successful in business and ultimately in life? In order to do this, you have to master seven different areas. Once you do, you will have a business that you’re passionate about and one that funds the lifestyle that you want to live, all while giving you your time and freedom back! Click here to download your worksheet. The 7 Areas of Mastery Have you ever wondered what it takes to be truly successful in business and ultimately in life? There are 7 areas of mastery that, if you want to create a business that is something you’re…
  • Overcoming the Fear of the Phone

    Travis Robertson
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Too many agents act like they are afraid of picking up the phone and calling their leads. However, they aren’t really afraid of picking up the phone. They are afraid of the rejection that may come from making the calls. But the truth is, agents who pick up the phone make more money. It’s as simple as that. Discover the 5 steps you need to take to overcome your own fear of the phone! Overcoming The Fear of The Phone I hear this all the time…”I’m afraid of picking up the phone. I’m afraid of making dials…” Here’s what I can tell you. Number…
  • Overcoming The Sales Wall

    Travis Robertson
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Do you ever encounter a sales wall? When people encounter a sales person, or are about to be sold, they have a wall that quickly goes up. Figure out what you need to be doing when a lead comes in to make sure you get around their own personal sales walls! Overcoming The Sales Wall We all have a sales wall. When we feel like we are encountering a sales person, or we are about to be sold, we have a wall that goes up. Every single one of us does. Think about when you walk into a department store. What is the first question everybody asks you? “Can I help you find something?” And…
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    Minding Gaps

  • How Much Is People Engagement Really Worth?

    Minding Gaps
    15 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    By Thomas J. Lee What is the value of people engagement? In terms of dollars and cents, what does it return? Those questions have long bedeviled organizations of all kinds and their leaders. We got the answer a couple of weeks ago, when Apple Inc. announced its quarterly results. Apple, as you know, is a company with deep people engagement. The answer is staggering. It is far, far more than any of us — including yours truly — had ever imagined. Far more. Imagine being able to raise your prices and then sell many more, a great many more, of whatever you're bringing to the marketplace.
  • Seven Things I Learned From Losing My Temper

    Minding Gaps
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    By Thomas J. Lee I lost my temper yesterday. I shouldn't have, and I truly regret it. But the fact is I did. It is rare for me to go volcanic. It almost never happens. People who have known me for ten years, even fifteen or twenty years, will tell you the closest they have seen me approach it is mild irritation. Fortunately they were not at my side yesterday. The particulars are unimportant. Suffice to say my inbox overfloweth with emails. One of yesterday's emails, spam from a complete stranger who appeared to be the weakest volt on the Internet, was just the stupidest thing I had ever read.
  • The Simple Secret to All Great Leadership

    Minding Gaps
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    By Thomas J. Lee On any given day, the people you seek to lead may or may not hear, understand, believe, remember, or appreciate what you have to say. Nevertheless, you must speak your truth, and you must speak it often. On any given day, the people you seek to lead will always notice, observe and remember what you do and how you do it. Never forget that people are always watching you. They are constantly comparing what you do and what you neglect or decline to do with what you say and what you said. That's accountability, and you like accountability. Finally, on any given day, the people you…
  • 'Communication Is the Real Work of Leadership'

    Minding Gaps
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Gleacher Center, The University of Chicago Our new venue for Master Class: Extraordinary Leadership, Extraordinary Engagement and The Serving Leader: Adventures in Servant Leadership “Communication is the real work of leadership,” Harvard Business School dean Nitin Nohria likes to say. We emphatically agree. We have been saying it for years: Successful leaders communicate their vision or concern or priority with clarity, with coherence, and with credibility. People know what the leaders think, what they feel, and what they believe. There is no doubt, no confusion, no vacillation. Think of…
  • Leadership and the Proverbial Dessert Cart

    Minding Gaps
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    By Thomas J. Lee Think back to the last time you took the family out for a casual dinner. When it came to dessert, chances are the waiters didn't just bring you a simple printed menu. More likely, they either described the choices in colorful language or, even more likely, brought a dessert cart to show you (and especially your kids) what you could order. That wasn't by whim or accident. It was deliberate and carefully planned. By describing or illustrating the selections, the restaurant was expanding your possible options and, in the process, making it much more likely you would order that…
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • 5 Reasons Managers Need to Delegate

    22 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    Delegating is an essential leadership skill. Good leaders know that they can’t do everything themselves, but they can build a great team that they trust to get the job done. Are you more comfortable controlling everything than delegating tasks? We’ve got 5 reasons on why you need loosen the reins and empower your employees.
  • Big Data Just Punched You in the Gut!

    21 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    I used to use my gut all the time. Hiring decisions, firing decisions, policy decisions, which projects should get funded, they were all, basically, gut decisions. I felt comfortable with that. But we're not supposed to use our guts anymore. We're supposed to make evidence-based decisions using big data. Is that always the best thing for our businesses?
  • Why HR Needs to Play a Key Role in Business Leadership and Strategy

    19 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    Whether or not the way SHRM rolled out its new competencies and its subsequent SHRM-CP and SCP certifications is popular, the message is clear: the HR profession is in the midst of an overhaul… and HR needs a plan! Cathy Missildine shares how HR can transition from transactional management to business leadership and strategy.
  • Want to Learn More…. Faster? Cultivate This!

    15 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    To support today’s warp speed of business, most people must dramatically accelerate the pace and volume of their learning. We need to learn more, faster. In the end, the winners will be those who can facilitate and sustain rapid, ongoing learning. And what's the best way to do that? Cultivate your innate curiosity.
  • Selecting a Talent Management System Q&A

    14 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    Selecting a talent management system is one of the most important choices HR leaders will ever make. Human capital analyst David Creelman shared insights on key considerations in the selection process from 12 leading HR technology experts and experienced HR professionals. This Q&A expands on the experience of a Halogen Software customer during the talent management vendor selection process.
 
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    mgmtideas.com - Latest Content

  • Idea from the Vault: Executives Experiencing Line Work

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    The CEO of Insituform made raising the productivity of his work force a key goal of his three-year turnaround plan. So he and his executive team decided to set up a national competition. The work crew with the best productivity improvement in the first quarter would get a week off, and be replaced by the executive team, which would work however many hours were necessary to match the average amount of pipe laid in one week. His intent was not only to boost productivity and to demonstrate to employees that Insituform’s management is in touch with its employees. He also wanted a deeper…
 
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    Peter Barron Stark Companies

  • 6 Skills Even the Strongest Leaders Need to Practice

    Peter Barron Stark
    21 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Great and effective leaders know that they are never done learning.  To be a great and effective leader, you need to be very clear on your vision, and what actions you need to take to turn your vision into a reality. And, like an organization or a team, to be an effective leader, you need to focus on the few key areas that will have the highest impact on turning your vision and goals into a reality. Although this may be offensive to some, we are ultimately talking about winning. And, as any good coach will tell you, to win, you need to learn, and then practice what you learn. The more you…
  • A Mindset of Abundance Leads to Happiness

    Peter Barron Stark
    18 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    Take a moment to consider how you view the relationship between success and happiness. If only you could score that promotion, would you be happy? If only that project had turned out differently, would you be happy? Far too often, we get stuck in the rut of a scarcity mentality that often causes us to misjudge the relationship between success and happiness. Success does not drive happiness; happiness drives success. As an executive coach, I encounter the scarcity mentality frequently. I have worked with several leaders, for instance, who were deeply concerned that someone else on the team…
  • What is your Leadership Role in Employee Engagement?

    Peter Barron Stark
    11 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    If you google employee engagement, you’re going to be inundated with thousands of results trying to define and tackle the topic of employee engagement. If you click on just about anyone of these results, you’ll learn that the level of employee engagement is still, 20 years later, sadly stagnant at 30 percent of the workforce. But, what about managers?  According to Gallup, managers are not much better, with only 36 percent of them considered engaged. If managers are not engaged, how can we ever expect to raise the level of engagement of the team members who work for them? Yes, employee…
  • 3 Ways Leaders Earn Loyalty

    Peter Barron Stark
    4 May 2015 | 8:31 am
      In our rapidly growing, post-recession job market, ask yourself this: Does your leadership style encourage employees to stay or go?   Loyalty has never been as critical to an organization’s continued growth and success as it is in today’s post-recession job market. As the recession lifts, many companies are hiring at an accelerated pace.  To sustain the growth and success many companies are experiencing, leaders have to work extra hard to cultivate employee loyalty in order to retain their top talent and attract new employees.   Consider these Monster.com survey…
  • Millennials Are Raising the Bar for Leaders

    Peter Barron Stark
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    We’ve heard plenty of managers gripe about the entitled Millennials and the impact they’re having on the workforce. But before I get to that, let’s start with some statistics. Millennials (18-34 years old) currently make up 36 percent of the workforce according to research from the University of North Carolina. This research also predicts that by 2020, 46 percent of the workforce will be comprised of Millennials. For many of our clients in retail financial services, their Millennials already exceeds 50 percent of their workforce. Regardless of how you feel about this young generation,…
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  • Street Photography: Seven Photos

    Krista
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the WordPress.com Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister…
  • Eventbrite Now Available for All of WordPress.com

    Kirk Wight
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your WordPress.com site, no matter what theme you use! Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on WordPress.com. Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to…
  • New Theme: Gazette

    Thomas Guillot
    7 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to launch a brand new free theme. Gazette Gazette, designed by yours truly, is a clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device. Gazette also supports the following popular features: Custom Colors, Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Gazette on the…
  • New Themes: Nucleare and Afterlight

    Caroline Moore
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Nucleare Nucleare, by Cresta Project, is a classic blog theme with a crisp, elegant design and plenty of handy features. A built-in search box, links to your favorite social networks, four widget areas, and beautifully styled post formats make this an ideal theme for your personal blog. Check out Nucleare on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Afterlight Afterlight, designed by Takashi Irie, is a different take on his Cyanotype, featuring an option for a full-screen background image. Add your favorite background image or color to lend your personal…
  • All WordPress.com Sites Protected Against Zero Day Vulnerability

    Krista
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    You may have seen news of a new zero-day vulnerability regarding comments in self-hosted versions of WordPress 4.2. All WordPress.com sites — including WordPress.com VIP sites — are not vulnerable: your WordPress.com sites are protected by the Akismet anti-spam service, which is already blocking those comments.Filed under: Security
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  • Leadership as a Buffer

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

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

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

    Scott
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:16 am
    The passion of the artist. Where does it fit in the performance equation and how do we find it? Here is the where, and a little bit of the how, but the how is a much bigger conversation. Here are four beliefs about passion and a few tips to shift your perspective about how to seek it.
  • What do I do?

    Scott
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    I connect students to parents and grandparents. What do I do? When there is a purpose, cause, passion around our work - it looks different. Leaders who have it lead differently.
 
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    Create-Learning Team Building & Leadership

  • What questions do I ask in our 1st coaching meeting?

    mike
    22 May 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Consulting & coaching a company to develop an internal Talent Pool Development & Mentoring Process. We were at the point when the people who lead this process have 1 on 1 meetings with staff. I received an email & phone call with an urgent tone, “Mike, what do I ask people in our 1st coaching meeting?’ After 12 months of working with this internal Talent Pool Development Team I did not prepare them with the starting tool of what questions to ask in the initial meetings. I quickly made the list below and emailed it off to them. They found it helpful to start the conversation, I…
  • Do we Need to Identify People’s Weakness?

    mike
    19 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    Sitting with a Manufacturing Operations Manager, Shift Supervisor, Human Resources Director and three other people to discuss developing a ‘Talent Pool Development Program’. Weaknesses in people While developing goals and objectives for progress the HR Director asked, “Shouldn’t we also identify the weaknesses of those who did not complete the program, that way we can identify people with similar weaknesses and eliminate them from the process?” Fair question… Effectiveness of Process My response “Perhaps we can identify what about the process was effective last time, how the…
  • How Teams Work Identifying Reasons People May Resist Your Team Work

    mike
    17 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    About 2 years ago I created 12 on-line Team Building & Development sessions for a company. We called it ‘Helping Teams Work’. It was meant to be short, less than 5 minutes, & give 1 concrete action step people can apply to their work on teams… They liked it & I enjoyed trying to make content that did not require me to be present. Below is the 11th of 12 ‘Helping Teams Work’ content sections. Biggest Team Leader Mistake Team Meetings Making them good enough to get work done Making team decisions through consensus Team Based Conflict Management Approaches Teamwork Through…
  • Team members can be certain about extreme areas accountability and authority

    mike
    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Dealing with uncertainty + ambiguity is an indicator of team & organizational health.  The higher the rate of change the higher the ambiguity. Understanding how people on teams are given + accept accountability & authority helps identify what is & is not working. With high change we know less about what to do, how to do it, the path to take or not to take, & who should or should not have the authority to complete team tasks.  Nobody can predict all the options & know what will work in advance. Team members can be certain about extreme areas accountability &…
  • The Goals of the Company and how do you fit? Team Building Activity

    mike
    13 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    The majority of problems within teams and organizations comes from unclear goals. Once the Goals are agreed upon and known, developing the Roles and Procedures can happen. Without the Goal you will have failure, or if the work does get done it’s late, over budget, below quality standards, and people are angry and demotivated. I recently led this Team Development activity with a company of Environmental Consultants and it created a great discussion about the knowledge and lack of knowledge about the goals of the Organization and the people who work there.   What’s The Goals of the…
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    Shearing Layers

  • Positive Deviance

    Nick
    24 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    In his 2007 book, Better – A Surgeons Notes on Performance, Atul Gawande tells the story of asking simple questions and listening to the answer. It starts with Jerry and Monique Sternin trying a novel approach against malnourishment for Save the Children in Vietnam. Giving up on unsuccessful attempts to bring outside solutions to villagers, they tracked down families that managed to flourish despite the circumstances. They tapped the techniques of mothers who beat the norms – highlighting their positive deviance – and promoted them widely. It worked – malnutrition…
  • So what’s the problem? #1-Top Down Management

    Nick
    23 May 2015 | 1:47 am
    From the outside, everything looks good. A compelling vision, enough funding, great minds, appropriate timescales. “So what’s the problem?” On the inside, reins are held tight from above. Nothing’s moving. Knee deep in treacle. Can’t even agree a next step. #1-Top down management Someone high in the organisation, but not on the team, is imposing close control. What they say: Please do this. What they mean: I don’t want to do the work myself because I’m far too busy and important, but I want you to do exactly what I say in the way I say it. What they really mean: I don’t trust…
  • Pushing the flywheel

    Nick
    22 May 2015 | 1:21 am
    Getting things started is hard work. Often times, you’re not even sure which way is up. There’s a lot of work to do and no progress to talk about. So many meetings, and crossed threads, and nil-sum assumptions, and politicking, and “we already tried that”s and “you can’t paint it blue”s. Ever so slowly. Things … start … moving. Soul destroying effort, sole wearing foot-work. Any loss of momentum, everything sloooows. Eventually. You can paint it blue, trying it THIS way DOES work. You work out win-wins that break down barriers, cross chasms and open doors. In the end, a…
  • Take a moment

    Nick
    21 May 2015 | 1:51 am
    The work of teams is different every day. Goals and plans and milestones and deliverables, teams spend most of their time working towards something specific, all the time knowing that each milestone is only one of many and the road just keeps rolling along. Execution mode, head down working hard, it’s easy to see each summit flash by without ceremony or pause. That’s a mistake. Just like at New Year, take a moment to kick back, celebrate the end of one thing and the beginning of the next. Not so much to reflect back or gaze forward, but just to look away from the rock. Acknowledge the…
  • To persuade?

    Nick
    20 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    How would you persuade a teetotaller to buy your brandy? You could try talking about how the product embodies your connection with soil that’s been in your family for centuries. Or of the tradition of excellence and the quality of the barrels you’ve used for generations. How about the provenance of the grapes, the perfection of the climate and and the beauty of the countryside? Maybe it’s the flavour, or the labels, or the famous restaurant who puts it at the top of their list. Surely there’s a secret formula of words that will convince them of your worthy spirit. No. Selling isn’t…
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    Horeb International

  • Creativity and Reverse Engineering

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

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

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Image source: Una_Clara Nigeria recently had its presidential elections which was won by General Muhammadu Buhari, who beat the incumbent Head of State, Goodluck Jonathan. This is the first time that a Nigerian ruling party has lost the presidential election in the country’s democratic history. There was a fear that the country would descend into chaos if the electoral outcome didn’t favour the ruling party. A number of wealthy Nigerians took short vacations outside the country during the election period to be out of harm’s way. Thankfully, worst case violent scenarios didn’t…
  • The Sweet Spot

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Image source: Olaojo Aiyegbayo There is a career profile series called ‘Get that Life’ which is published weekly on Cosmopolitan’s website. I have read a few articles in the series especially the ones profiling individuals with creative writing careers and would recommend that you visit the website to check out some of the women profiled in the series. The women in the ‘Get that Life’ series had found in their careers what Scott Belsky terms ‘the sweet spot’ which he discusses in his career-oriented chapter in the book – Maximize your potential.  Aside from lots of hard…
  • Creative Success

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Image source: Creativedc The hardest thing with any creative activity is starting it. It is daunting when you confront the blank page and you don’t know what to do. You want to express yourself, create something good but you are stumped. You try to pull out ideas from your brain and you produce nothing intelligible. A lot of folks give up at this stage and believe that they are simply not creative.   Other folks  persevere for as long as it takes. They refuse to allow the blank page to crush their creative desires. They put stuff on the page that isn’t very good but they know that first…
 
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • Knowledge Transfer Is Key To Sustaining Business Excellence

    22 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    As baby boomers retire, companies are failing - in a big way - to transfer knowledge to the next generation of workers. According to a recent study conducted by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), only 29% of responding organizations report that they incorporate retirement forecasts into their knowledge transfer practices, and only a third add "skills gap analysis" into those forecasts. The crux of the problem? "For all the public gnashing of teeth about the impending retirement of all those knowledgeable, hard-working Baby Boomers, relatively few organizations are doing much…
  • The Ten Myths of Strategic Planning

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    CEOs of small businesses often appear to believe in myths surrounding the subject of strategic planning and execution - myths that can prove dangerous to the health of their organization. Myth #1: “We don’t need a strategic plan!” The truth is that every organization needs some form of plan to guide its actions or it will simply “drift off course” in the chaos businesses often face in their daily operations. Myth #2: Strategic planning can only be done at a resort. Strategic planning is serious and shouldn’t be equated with a vacation. Getting away from the distractions of the…
  • The Seven Critical Elements of Strategy Execution

    20 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    "The greatest strategy in the world is useless - if you cannot execute it." Here are the seven critical elements of strategy execution: People. Strategy formulation often gathers the "smartest people in the room." However, it's not the senior leadership team that executes strategy - it's everyone in your workforce. Get the right people in the right positions. Communication. Strategy can only be executed if your employees know about it and really understands it. Most importantly, each person needs to understand how their daily activities fit with and support the strategy. Direction. When…
  • Ten Golden Rules of Continuous Improvement

    13 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Problems create opportunities The impossible is a paradigm - Change your mind to change your performance Ask why five times to get to the real answer Eliminate excuses - do it right the first time Correct errors immediately Involve everyone - we are smarter as a group than a single individual Reconsider rigid thoughts, situations change Think simple, not perfect solutions Use your mind more than your money The goal: continuous improvement over delayed perfection More ...
  • Barriers To Enduring Business Excellence

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    The barriers that keep us from achieving the kind of business excellence that lasts are deeply rooted and wont be removed by "quick fixes." At Six Disciplines, our research shows that there are six fundamental barriers to enduring business excellence: 1. Poorly Understood Strategy. While most organizations have a strategy, most people do not understand it. One research report revelad that 85% of leadership teams spend less than 1 hour a month discussing strategy. The barrier isn't usually the strategy itself -- 90% of strategies fail due to execution. Write the strategy down (3-4 pages…
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    i360 Insight

  • #1 Funding And Investments Network

    admin
    17 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    #1 Funding And Investments Network With the variety of means to invest nowadays, it may be difficult for you to choose a path that is in fact readied to yield earnings well right into the future. While there are variations in every market, there is one location you may invest that reveals no indications of decrease for very time in the future. That area is the web. #1 funding and investments network may feel like a strange and risky suggestion, there is actually a great deal of steady profit to be located from the internet if you have the process down right. Right here are some suggestions…
  • Rune Gold – I Made $10,000 Rune Gold Free in 1-5 Minutes!

    admin
    13 May 2015 | 10:57 pm
    runescape gold Let us face it, money is power, and exactly the same goes for gaming. When you’ve money inside the game, you’ve got the strength to buy the finest equipment there’s to yourself and ensure it is easier for avatar or your character to gain the amounts you want it to acquire. While getting degrees is really one of the significant reasons for you yourself to perform Runescape and combating monsters is one of many ways for one to gain experience to level up, Rune gold producing and using this gold to make your character more powerful is another one of the goals you…
  • Domestic Hot Water Heat Pumps

    admin
    7 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    Nearly all homes in the United States of America set up domestic hot water heat pumps for their showers, bathrooms, dish washers, washering, and so on. Although for some folks this may not be required however for other individuals they appear to be very helpful specifically in the winters. Nearly all folks like to have water heating system in their bathroom instead of suffer the freezing cold water when they take their bath. Using heating systems in your bathroom can be great for your physical body for warm bath could aid your physical body loosen up after a very busy and also demanding day…
  • FFXIV Gil

    admin
    6 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    Last Fantasy XIV is the most up to date version in the Final Fantasy XIII saga awaiting the 3rd game to area in the year 2013. In FF XIV, the game belowed in the footprints of its predecessor, it utilizing the Paradigm Shift battle system. Nevertheless, Final Fantasy XIV brought a lot more to the table; an evolved fought system, enhanced Crystarium, monster catching as well as paradox closings. FF XIV is a non-linear game where gamers have the selection to ‘stroll their very own course’ to experience the a number of endings the game supplies. Players have the option of reversing…
  • Runescape Gold

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

  • Getting Yourself In The Right Seat

    Roxanne Emmerich
    18 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Good to Great author Jim Collins argues that the most successful companies put massive focus not just on bringing good people in, but on getting them all in the right positions. The most successful employees are those who seek and stay in positions that match their skills and interests. This not only ensures that jobs are done well but that the people IN the jobs are happy and engaged in their work. Though constant growth and acquiring new skills are good things, Gallup research shows that people are most engaged when they apply the strengths they already have to the position they are in.
  • Controlling Your Work Environment

    Roxanne Emmerich
    11 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    The Harvard Business Review recently described a fascinating study on how the control you have over your workspace affects your satisfaction with your job. Listen to these stats: 98% of highly satisfied workers say their work environment allows them to concentrate. Only 15% of dissatisfied workers say it does. 96% of highly satisfied workers say they have a place for informal conversations with their colleagues. Only 35% of dissatisfied workers say that. 95% of highly satisfied workers say they can work without being interrupted. Only 13% of dissatisfied workers say that. See the pattern…
  • Be On Time For Real

    Roxanne Emmerich
    4 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Some people play a game with punctuality. They think they can arrive late at a meeting as long as they have a good story, or text ahead to say they’re running late, or just come in looking flustered and apologizing. You probably have someone in mind right now—someone who can be counted on to be late. In other words, you can count on NOT counting on them. And that’s not just about meeting times, of course. That’s the last person you would trust with an important project, or to meet with an important client, or to do anything…important. Starting now, make up your mind to be the…
  • Get Serious About Getting Away

    Roxanne Emmerich
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Back in the old days, a vacation was really a vacation. Nobody stayed in touch with the office because you couldn’t. Now it’s easy to stay in touch—which also means it’s hard NOT to. Your office follows you everywhere. A glance at your phone or a click on your laptop puts you right back in your office chair. Worst of all, the folks back in the office know this, so the emails and texts and calls keep coming. The research on this is conclusive: The failure to truly get away from work is killing your productivity AND your health. So it’s time to draw a line in the sand. Before you…
  • Make the Choice to Engage

    Roxanne Emmerich
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    As if we needed any more evidence of the problem, a study by Dale Carnegie Training shows that only 23% of non-management workers are engaged in their jobs. 69% of the disengaged employees said they would leave their current job if someone else offered just a 5% pay increase, and disengaged employees overall are more than twice as likely to leave than engaged employees for any increase in pay. If you are in that number—and statistically, you probably are—don’t wait for someone else to wave a wand and fix your engagement. This is a do-it-yourself job. We’ve all known people who can…
 
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    Career Advancement Blog

  • Tips to Save Yourself From being Laid off or Fired From Your Job

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

    joelgarfinkle
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    “A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.” ~ Earl Wilson ~ Rob’s world seems to be spinning out of control. His desk is piled high with stacks of project data. His email inbox keeps sending him overload messages. He’s often talking on his mobile phone and his office phone at the same time. He’s exhausted during the day but he can’t sleep at night. Why? Rob hasn’t taken a real vacation in more than three years. Rob oversees a team of 25 people, with four direct reports. He consistently works 60-65 hour weeks.
  • How to Turn a Temporary Employment Job into a Permanent Position

    joelgarfinkle
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    “It’s having no foresight that makes the temporary unbearable.” ~ A. Lynn ~ Client Renee Asks: I’m currently temping for a company that I absolutely love. I’d really like to work for them full time. How can I get them to consider me for a permanent position? Client Joel Answers:Sounds like you are on a test drive. Test driving employees is what many companies do to get to know you before they make the investment in bringing you on board permanently. If you are currently temping, the company may be checking you out. Obviously, what each employer looks for during this…
  • Women in Leadership Roles: Are They Perceived Differently?

    joelgarfinkle
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” ~ Malcolm S. Forbes ~ Client Ellen Asks: I’m a woman in a leadership role, and I have a question about perceptions. It seems that women are judged differently than men for the exact same actions. Where a man might be seen as authoritative, a woman acting the same way might be seen as bossy. How do ensure that I am projecting the image I desire as a female business leader? Coach Joel Answers: I’ve often written about the importance of proactively shaping the perceptions others have of you. This…
  • Office Politics: You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play!

    joelgarfinkle
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “The person who says ‘I’m not political’ is in great danger…. Only the fittest will survive, and the fittest will be the ones who understand their office’s politics.” ~ Jean Hollands ~ Sabrina is an introvert who was intimidated by office politics. She tried to avoid them completely, but the result was that she felt like she was losing. She was right. Office politics is a game, and you can’t win if you don’t play! Whether you work for an international corporation, government agency, small business or non-profit, office politics are…
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    leaderCommunicator blog | David Grossman

  • Weekly Round-Up: 4 Steps to Leverage Your Strengths at Work, How to Earn Respect as a Leader & Creating a Culture of Forgiveness

    David Grossman
    22 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog. This week you’ll see articles on developing your leadership “X-Factor,” how vision requires action and 4 steps to effectively leverage your strengths at work.  These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for…
  • Whether People (Your Employees) Trust You Is Up to You

    David Grossman
    21 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Author Stephen Covey defines trust in a simple and clear way—the “confidence born of two dimensions: character and competence.” He describes having low trust as a “hidden tax” on every interaction and transaction, which gets in the way of results and raises costs. As a leader, trust starts—or stops—with you. Trust is contagious. When you trust others and demonstrate that you can be trusted, it sets into motion an expectation and opportunity for others to trust and be worthy of trust in return. If you distrust, then others will.
  • Starting Thought: The Meaning of Life Is Being Present

    David Grossman
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    I was recently invited to contribute to a fascinating project on the “meaning of life.” It features interviews with CEOs, writers, researchers, musicians, artists and community leaders on the broad but tantalizing question of where each of us finds meaning in life. I gladly participated in the discussion, and you can find my thoughts later in this post. And if you're interested in reading some really interesting interviews for the project, which was founded by Nicolae Tanase, you can do so at excellencereporter.com.   I was asked the sole question he asks all of his contributers:…
  • New Download: Top 10 Pain Points Leaders Face Today

    David Grossman
    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today’s leaders often need to enhance their communication to better engage with employees and drive business results.  Research shows an estimated $37 billion is lost annually due to employee misunderstanding.  On average, employee misunderstanding costs a 100,000-employee company $62.4 million each year. If you identify your pain points as a leader, you can work to correct them, which will improve your business results.  That’s why we put together the Top 10 Pain Points Leaders Face Today.
  • Weekly Round-Up: Crafting a Conscious Culture, the Surprising Element That Will Make Your Company Thrive & Building Trust

    David Grossman
    15 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog. This week you’ll see articles on building trust, organizational culture and how collaboration makes a great leader.  These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. Culture and Strategy Are Two Sides of the…
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    Manage Fearlessly Feed

  • Is Management For You?

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

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

    Cindy Flanders
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Love is definitely in the air this month, and it’s got me thinking about one of the most important aspects of the workplace: job satisfaction. People who drag themselves to work every day and then clock watch all day aren’t living…nor are they fulfilling their potential.    read more
  • The Danger of Judging Others

    Cindy Flanders
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    In a recent WSJ op-ed piece, Rorke Denver, a Navy Seal Commander, wrote an interesting piece about Chris Kyle, the American Sniper.  Mr. Denver, while not agreeing with his statement, defended Michael Moore’s first amendment right to say what he said.   read more
  • 5 Things to Stop Doing in 2015

    Cindy Flanders
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I thought I’d take a different slant on turning over a new leaf for the New Year.  Most people put “eating better” and ‘exercising” at the top of their list. Professionally, they may put “increase results” or “be a better coach”.   read more
 
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    Ridiculously Efficient | Superhuman Productivity

  • Elon Musk’s Typical Weekly Schedule is Kind of a Whirlwind

    Rosemina Nazarali
    19 May 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Photo via The DrumAs the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk is a person with a pretty busy schedule. His life’s goal is to save humans from destroying themselves and the Earth we live on — that is a pretty ambitious task. How does he run both companies and still make time for his family? With the help of a private jet and occasionally crashing at a friend’s place, of course.“The life that Musk has created to manage all of these endeavours is preposterous,” writes Ashlee Vance in the upcoming biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic…
  • For Millennials at Work, Flexibility and Freedom Trump Pay

    Marissa Brassfield
    15 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    New research from EY, a global professional services organization, confirms a conviction of mine: millennials at work care more about flexibility and freedom than pay. Those who want to woo millennials will definitely want to read this one.TL;DR: Millennials want flexible work schedules, but they don’t want to be stigmatized for it.I’ve worked remotely since 2007, and have experienced almost every imaginable negative response from managers, clients and colleagues, most under the You work from home, so you must slack off during the day umbrella.At a previous editorial job, we…
  • Are Computers Causing Nearsightedness?

    Marissa Brassfield
    14 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Kings College London researchers believe that computers are causing nearsightedness. Here’s how to fight back.In Europe, about one-fourth of the population is nearsighted. But when you drill down to Europeans aged 25 to 29, the percentage of nearsightedness goes up to 47.2 — nearly half.There’s strong evidence that computers are to blame.Higher education has been linked to nearsightedness in the past, and this new study found that it was indeed highly predictive: Individuals who received a college degree are about twice as likely to be nearsighted than those who left school…
  • Some Men are Faking Their 80-Hour Workweeks, And They Have a Good Reason

    Rosemina Nazarali
    12 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    We live in a culture of workaholism. Particularly in North America, it’s become cool to brag about the amount of hours you work, and for entrepreneurs to proudly claim they haven’t had a vacation in more than five years. Perhaps this culture is turning a whole lot of us into big liars, but we are lying out of necessity.A recent study conducted by Erin Reid, a professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, found that a lot of those people that claim to work 80-90 hour workweeks were lying. This was especially true for male employees.Reid interviewed more than…
  • Idle Busyness is Making You Unproductive

    Rosemina Nazarali
    11 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Many of us are guilty of finding ways to stay busy, but this busyness doesn’t necessarily mean we are being productive. A recent article in HBR calls this idle busyness, a self-imposed bad habit that keeps us from being idle for any period of time.According to research, people would rather do something counterproductive than do nothing, especially when faced with an ambiguous problem. This is an emotional reaction that tells us that it’s better to do something, even if you don’t know what to do yet, then to do nothing. However, it is often more productive to sit back and…
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    OnStrategy

  • Your strategy is a hypothesis. Use a mid-year review to test its accuracy.

    Heyden Enochson
    14 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Your strategy is a hypothesis. It’s your team’s best guess as to what will yield long-term success. So far this year, you’ve been implementing a strategy with a supporting set of coordinated actions in pursuit of specific goals and targets. If you’re nearing completion of those actions, and your performance measures are on target, then your hypothesis is correct. Nice work. Keep on truckin’. But what if they’re not? What if your organizational actions aren’t producing the desired result? If this is the situation you’re in, your hypothesis might…
  • Make Leaders out of New Leadership Teams

    Jeff Brunings
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    How do you get a new leadership team to make collective, strategic decisions? Whether it be an organizational restructuring or a company merger, many organizations will face the challenges that come with creating a new leadership team. Growing pains and an unclear process can weigh down strategy and render it un-strategic. Bringing together a new group of people is challenging in itself, but adding the weight of leadership and strategy can create crushing pressure that will hinder the success of your team. Combat these pressures by using these four steps to create a group of confident,…
  • Forbes – Bake and Sell with Your SWOT

    Heyden Enochson
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    It’s moist, yellow sponge cake that stands to represent everything glorious and processed; the Twinkie. Like it or not, Hostess has been a staple in American baked snacks for the better part of a century. They established themselves as a dominant super force in the land of baked goods. But sheer mismanagement, inefficiencies, and years of profits in the red resulted in the ovens shutting down in late 2012. It was a bitter end to the sweet treats. Let’s fast forward to today. According to a recent article on Forbes, the company was rehabbed and brought back to life for just under 1 billion…
  • You Have to be Terrible to be Great

    Heyden Enochson
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    You will not be everything to everyone. The sooner your organization understands this fundamental concept, the better off you’ll be. The idea is actually pretty simple. In order for you to develop your competitive advantage, your organization needs to decide what to be great at. Being great at something specific, whether it’s a product or service, gives you a distinct advantage in the market. But what organizations fail to do when developing their competitive advantage is acknowledging what they’re just plain terrible at. We’re all bad at some things, so why is it important to…
  • Three surprising myths to why strategy execution fails

    Jeff Brunings
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    The Harvard Business Review nails it again. In its most recent issue the article “why strategy execution unravels – and what to do about it,” reflects insight from a five-year study surveying 8,000 managers from 250 companies that debunks myths associated with strategy’s dismal success rate when it comes to execution. If you’ve struggled with strategy execution you’re not alone. In fact, most organizations fall short of expectations when it comes to implementation and ongoing performance management. If you’ve found yourself in this bucket consider the…
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • 13 Ways To Be a Good Role Model

    Frank Sonnenberg
    19 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    13 Ways To Be a Good Role Model Hey, big shot. You don’t have to be a celebrity or a superstar to be a role model. Chances are if you’re a parent, teacher, coach, religious leader, or manager, you’re influencing people every day. Make it positive! Set the bar high. Have high expectations for others and yourself. Avoid the tendency to adjust the target downward just to accommodate mediocrity. Inspire others. When you’re a role model, every message you send is critical. For example, people will notice whether or not you value a good education, the relationship that you have with your…
  • The Best Graduation Speech … Never Given

    Frank Sonnenberg
    12 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    This graduation speech is for those of you who are going to change the world, as well as for those who are going change the world around you. First of all…congratulations!!! The bad news is that I bet many of you are a little scared. You’re probably asking yourself, “Now what?” The good news is that if your parents made it (and “what do they know?”), you can make it too. This is an exciting time. The world is at your fingertips. The question is: What are you going to make of this opportunity? The answer is: That’s totally up to you.  Here are nine valuable lessons to consider…
  • A Promise to Our Children

    Frank Sonnenberg
    7 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    A Promise to Our Children: Although we aim to do our best, we aren’t perfect. So please try to understand. As your parents, it’s our goal to never have a second agenda, an ulterior motive, or expect to be paid back — all we want is what’s best for you. Period. That means that although we’re not “cool” anymore, embedded in those recollections of the five-mile walks to school (uphill both ways), there are occasional lessons to be learned. Listen to us every once in a while — we may still know a thing or two about life, and we desperately want to share it with you. We may not…
  • 10 Ways That Helping People Makes Them Helpless

    Frank Sonnenberg
    5 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Nonsensical no-bids. Some organizations offer sole-source contracts to a company rather than requiring a fair and competitive bidding process. This makes the supplier complacent and dependent, over time, never having had to win the business. Guaranteed gratuities. Restaurant servers receive a 10% – 20% tip, regardless of the service they provide. This teaches servers that halfhearted work still gets a reward. So why try harder? Their complacency ultimately hurts the restaurant because a superior customer experience is built on the establishment’s ambiance, food, and service. Automatic…
  • 17 Action Steps to Take During Hard Times

    Frank Sonnenberg
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    17 Action Steps to Take During Hard Times It’s one thing to have a bad day yet quite another to fall on hard times. These are the times that shape character and show what you’re made of. Whether we’re confronted by a personal tragedy, faced with a serious financial crisis, or struck by an uncontrollable event, these are the times that test our will and our spirit. Everyone reacts to these situations differently. Some people get angry, feel sorry for themselves, and cast blame; other people remain calm, create an action plan to move forward, and look for a trace of blue in the…
 
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    Innerwealth by Chris Walker

  • Keeping your cool when things are frustrating can be a challenge. 

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    24 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    I remember my first business bank manager approving my first business loan with the comment that the plan was weak but my hunger made up for it. Now it’s the opposite. My hunger is still important but the quality of the plan is paramount. It’s just 20 years later, and almost another world of awareness. But these days business people, especially startups, who are in a hurry to get somewhere, (hungry) are always the most risky to invest in. As the hunger grows so to does the demand for a bullet proof business case. The hunger that was once the mark of a great entrepreneur is now…
  • Candle Vigil for the Victims of Nepal Earthquake

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    21 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    This PDF image is a press release of my speech as the MC at the Nepal Earthquake Candle light vigil. I love Nepal and continue to be honoured to be a spokesman for the country I owe so much. Filed under: Nepal Tagged: candlelight, earthquake, Nepal
  • Happy, Better, Faster

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    21 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    The tendency to be happy or not is an inherited trait, but the good news is that this is less than half the story. According to a 2012 study of identical and fraternal twins conducted by a team of scientists from top universities around the world, only about a third of our happiness level is determined by genes. The rest is up to us. Looking for drivers of well-being, the researchers zeroed in on a gene that aids in the transport of the neurotransmitter serotonin. In the biochemistry of mood, serotonin plays a role much like the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz, bringing brightness and cheer,…
  • 5 Surprising Ways to Be More Productive – Make Your Workspace Work For You

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    21 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    At Innerwealth, we work with nature to make life better. Productivity gets you home earlier, lowers stress, increases your income and makes you more satisfied. Working with nature to be more productive is a win win  on all levels. On the other side, fighting nature is a battle that you can’t win. If you can’t beat em, join em. So lets use nature to up your productivity and get you home early, with more energy than you left with in the morning. There are five elements in nature. Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether. Each of us responds to those differently. Earthy people love earthy…
  • Uncoupling – The Secret to Spirituality in Work Life

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    19 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    We are complete. Nothing is missing. This is an important discovery. We are complete, nothing needs to be added or subtracted. Nothing is ever missing. Sure we can want a new car, that’s missing but really, we already have the bus, a taxi, a rent car if necessary. Really, we’ve got what we need it’s just that we perceive that it’s just not good enough so we want better. Wanting better, more, larger, smarter is good. That’s evolving. So, how do we keep on evolving without becoming so obsessed with more and more that it drives stress through the roof and turns us…
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    Managers Are Heroes

  • When to tell whiners ‘enough is enough’

    Mike Brown
    6 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Whiner from another department is driving good employees nuts For some folks, whining is the national pastime. It makes no difference how well things are going, they always have a gripe. Obviously, whiners can poison the well. But even in a place where employees generally ignore the whiner, it can still disrupt productivity. That’s the situation manager Susan Baker found herself in when a whiner was driving one of her good employees to distraction. Don’t want to listen to her Susan had just dropped two quarters in the vending machine when she noticed Ken Moore, one of her best…
  • Employee badmouths company online: What do we do?

    Mike Brown
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    The Scenario HR director Stu Capper had just gotten out of his car Monday morning when supervisor Eric Cottrell yelled his name. Eric ran across the parking lot. “I need to talk to you,” he told Stu. “I got a problem I’ve never run into before.” “Better follow me to the office,” said Stu. A lot of criticism, no identification Finally inside, Eric began: “It’s Betty Bonora. She’s been badmouthing us on the internet.” “What do you mean? asked Stu. “How? Where?” “On her Facebook page,” said Eric.
  • Employee freaks out when long-term co-worker becomes her supervisor

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

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

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

  • The Real Reasons Your Team Is Not Engaged

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

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

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

    Christine Comaford
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Email. Texting. Voicemail. We’re constantly connecting with others, so why do so many people feel so disconnected–which is a key factor in excessive stress? According to Dr. Edward Hallowell, an expert on anxiety and stress, there are twelve ways in which people need to connect in order to have full, rich, healthy, long lives. I had no idea how much more connected I could feel until I read his outstanding book, Connect: 12 Vital Ties That Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, and Deepen Your Soul. I learned more about connecting in that book than I have from any shrink or at any…
  • Email Overload? Do This And Gain 10 Hours Per Week

    Christine Comaford
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    Are you overloaded by emails? Most of us are. Here’s how to get control of your inbox and your brain. Effective Emails Emails, like meetings, can be handled effectively. End “bottom up” attention grabbing: turn off sounds/visual indicators that new emails have arrived Set the intention of the email – what exactly do you want to accomplish – have a clear agenda Send to the doers, decision-makers, impacted parties only Use the subject line and email coding system below Manage communication and feedback: optimize the subject line for your response   Step 1: Use Our Proven Email…
 
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    JMLalonde.com

  • I’ve Fallen! Now What?

    Joseph Lalonde
    22 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    No one is perfect. Every person, even leaders, will make mistakes. We can all shout “I’ve fallen!” Image via Creative Commons Can you relate to that cry? The one where you know you’ve done something un-leader like? Whether it’s a poor choice that cost your company a big deal or a slip-up in your marriage where you hurt your wife’s feelings, mistakes are made on a daily basis. While we all fall the ending isn’t the same for everyone. Some leaders recover. Other leaders fall deeper into their mistake and never return. What separates those who are…
  • You Are What You Consume

    Joseph Lalonde
    20 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    In the fitness world people will tell you that you are what you eat. We can grasp this concept in fitness. What goes into our bodies is what shapes our bodies and health. Image via Creative Commons However, in leadership, we struggle with the concept of what we consume, we become. We’ve got to be aware of what we’re taking in. What we’re viewing. What we’re feeding our minds. Each of these activities will put something into our minds and into our lives. Whether we watch something that is good and uplifting or something that brings others down, the choice is often up to…
  • 14 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Mad Max: Fury Road

    Joseph Lalonde
    18 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    No one really knows what Mad Max: Fury road is. Is it a sequel? Is it a prequel? Or is it a revisiting of the Mad Max tale? I’m not sure and we haven’t gotten a good answer on this Mad Max question. One thing I can tell you is that Mad Max: Fury Road is a darn good movie. Much better than I expected. Having never watched the previous movies in the Mad Max series, I wasn’t sure what the movie was going to be other than a post-apocalyptic dystopia adventure ride. And that it delivered upon. From the get-go, Mad Max was action packed. And leadership-lesson packed. Warning:…
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 9 Facts and 10 Quotes for Memorial Day

    Skip Prichard
    22 May 2015 | 2:57 am
    Time to Remember Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer in the United States.  It’s a weekend of family events and often is associated with hot dogs, the opening of pools, and picnics.  Many people may forget the real reason for the holiday.  As we enjoy the long weekend, let’s remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.   Fact: Memorial Day started as Decoration Day.   It started when soldiers and family would decorate gravestones.   Fact: James Garfield gave the first Memorial Day speech.   The Ohio congressman and future…
  • How Belief Writes Your Leadership Story

    Skip Prichard
    20 May 2015 | 2:58 am
    This is a guest post by Bill Blankschaen, author of A Story Worth Telling just released from Abingdon Press. A writer, speaker, and content strategist, he blogs at Patheos and Faithwalkers where he helps people live an authentic life. Follow him on Twitter. Belief is the Key Ingredient Every day you lead, you are writing a story. You don’t have to be a writer or even put pen to paper to make it a good one. But you do need one key ingredient: belief. Regardless of your beliefs about spiritual matters, your leadership legacy will be determined by your faith. By faith I don’t…
  • Why Attitude Always Matters from Technology to Healthcare

    Skip Prichard
    18 May 2015 | 2:59 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. It’s All About Attitude One of my company’s board members is also one of the Internet’s earliest pioneers. In the past few years, I have had the opportunity to hear him tell stories that are instructive, but also mind blowing. At one meeting, I recall him sharing an example of what he learned about product marketing and branding. Because of his humble style, I almost miss the product reference. Wait, I think, did he just share how IBM’s ThinkPad name was conceived? Yes, and much more.   “Think…
  • How to Market Above the Noise

    Skip Prichard
    14 May 2015 | 2:59 am
    Above the Noise   Does Your Marketing Matter? What makes some messages stand out above the noise?   Marketers everywhere have been busy in the past several years keeping up with mobile, new technology, and the fundamental changes in a social media world. Though the pace is increasing, it is also important to review the basics of marketing to ensure that what you do matters. Linda J. Popky, in her new book, MARKETING ABOVE THE NOISE: Achieve Strategic Advantage with Marketing that Matters goes back to basics and offers an approach that combines timeless principles with today’s…
  • Are You Building a Bridge or Digging a Gulf?

    Skip Prichard
    11 May 2015 | 2:59 am
    Bridge Builders Last year, I was at lunch with an extraordinary networker.  Almost everyone passing our table would stop and say hello.  I don’t think there was a single person in the restaurant who didn’t know her.  It wasn’t superficial either.  I watched with great respect for her ability to recall details of the person’s family.  She would ask questions about health issues, about family members, about friends. It’s no wonder that people call her for connections. Her list of friends seems to have no end.   “Language designed to impress builds a gulf. Language to…
 
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • 5 Points which impact Marketing Success (or Failure) …

    Nischala
    21 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    So it is the Annual Appraisal time at work – The time to introspect on the good and not-so-good for the year gone by. Also the time to get feedback on what was good and what was not-so-good; take the lessons and move ahead into a new year. As a I look back at last year wearing the lens of a marketer, I can say that it has been exciting and excellent. Most importantly, it has been wonderful to see the impact and difference marketing has made on business. As I go down memory lane to see what truly made a difference a few points stand out. In this post, sharing the 5 key points: Marketing…
  • What the new age working mom endures everyday, and why I admire her?

    Nischala
    14 May 2015 | 2:37 am
    A version of this post first appeared on Huffingtonpost Every mother works. No option here! The only thing that varies is whether you work at home or in an office, whether you get paid or not. I’ve been a working mother, in the traditional sense of the term, for five years now. There were highs and lows. I experimented, I evolved and overall I felt enriched. But no, it wasn’t easy. Nor do I ever expect it to be. Many perspectives have been shared on this subject, a lot of viewpoints have gone viral, cases in point being Indra Nooyi , Michelle Obama, Sheryl Sandberg and Marie Ann…
  • Round-up of my best posts on Working Mothers.

    Nischala
    8 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Tomorrow is Mother’s Day! So, Happy Mother’s Day in advance… According to Wikipedia, Mother’s Day is a modern celebration honoring one’s own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world – most commonly in the months of March and May! Social media is abuzz on whether mother’s need a special day to celebrate motherhood. Of course, NO! Once you are a mother, you will always be a mother – And no one can take that from you! But YES! If there is a…
  • My 1st Economic Time article | The Women At Work Manifesto

    Nischala
    7 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    According to the World Fact Book, the 2014 gender sex ratio is India was 892 females per 1000 males. So she is born, then what? According to the latest Indian census, literacy rate among Indian women is 65.46%. According to the District Information System for Education (DISE) (2011-12) report, girl’s enrolment at the primary level (Class I-V) stands at 48.35%. At higher education level, 45% of female are enrolled in under graduate and post graduate courses. So she managed to study, then what? According to ILO (International Labor Organization) 2015 World Economic Social Outlook Report…
  • When Mr. Amitabh Bachchan speaks – What you can learn by listening?

    Nischala
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    I recently saw a video interview with Mr.Amitabh Bachchan and found it an enjoyable watch. The interview conversation stayed with me long after I saw the video, and I wondered Why? Was it the voice? Was it the words? Was it the person? Was it the articulation? Was it the legend? Over the years I have come to believe that oral communication in general, and public speaking in specific is both a skill and art –  Something which I admire deeply in people who are able to do this effortlessly almost always! I have a hypothesis when it comes to verbal communication – People usually…
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    Kaufman Global

  • The Iconic Tour 2015 – Chicago

    Travel Tuesday
    19 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
    How did we spend today’s Travel Tuesday? In the beautiful city of Chicago, hearing from and networking with some of businesses biggest icons at the CNBC and Inc., Iconic Conference. It still amazes me how much you can learn from people whose businesses are nothing like yours. More in-depth thoughts on this in the coming weeks, but for now, enjoy the photos from our day! Top – Amy Howard, Life is Good co-founder Bert Jacobs, Michael Plageman Bottom left – Event moderators, CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen and Inc., editor-in-chief, Eric Schurenberg Bottom right – The…
  • Standing Tall in Kuala Lumpur

    Travel Tuesday
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    European Director Rolf den Nieuwenboer takes a break from his facility layout work to enjoy the weekend sites and sounds of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.                               Here, he stands in view of one of the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world. Aside from the fantastic architecture, those of us in colder parts of the world can’t help but also notice that the weather there sure looks a lot warmer than much of what we are experiencing right now … enjoy Rolf!
  • The Standard Work of Engaging Leadership

    Amy Howard
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Lessons from a pocket card Top leaders frequently approach us seeking solutions to their business problems. They want to know what approach we will use, what tools will be applied, how the project will be managed, what results to expect and how we will get their organization to change and sustain? These are good questions, yet, their focus is entirely on the problem and the organization. It omits the critical success factor – namely, their own role in driving change. The question that should be asked is: “How are you going to engage me and my leadership team in this process?” Seeking…
  • Kaufman Global Attends 2014 ADIPEC in UAE

    Media Alert
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    Kaufman Global will be among the 60,000 participants at this years’ Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, 10 – 13 November 2014. This year’s theme, “Challenges and Opportunities for the Next 30 Years” will be the focal point of discussion for global energy leaders, policy makers, innovators, technicians, and scholars. Conference attendees are invited to connect with Kaufman Global’s Michael Plageman, vice president, business development to discuss how operational excellence methods can be…
  • Pursuing World-Class Performance? “20 Keys” to Success

    Don Rae
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    world–class adjective : among the best in the world : being of the highest caliber in the world <a world–class athlete> Source: Webster-Merriam.com dictionary What does the phrase “world-class” really mean? This question has been asked since the term first became popular in the 1950s. Companies that are considered to be world-class consistently exceed customer expectations. This type of performance isn’t accidental. It requires systems that adapt to dynamic environments. Kaufman Global frequently uses the 20 Keys system in our work with clients that are pursuing world-class…
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    The Purposeful Culture Group

  • A Cog in a Wheel

    S. Chris Edmonds
    18 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I interviewed a key leader in a client organization recently. I was gathering perceptions of the organization’s culture. I’d spoken to senior leaders and was now engaging with next level leaders for their insights. This key leader was tired. His ten-member team had been running hard over the last year, shorthanded. They have three open positions. “Everyone is doing their fair share but the workload just doesn’t let up,” he told me. They’d been actively recruiting to fill the job slots but haven’t found qualified people to plug in. Many strong…
  • The Role of Mood in Inspiring Aligned Behavior

    S. Chris Edmonds
    11 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Months ago I was delivering a day-long leadership program for HR managers. The program was part of a week-long conference at the company’s headquarters. One hundred attendees were split among five classrooms. Participants were excited about what they were learning and were very engaged. They clearly felt the program could help them not only with managing their own development but with coaching their internal clients to manage their direct reports more effectively. In the midst of the afternoon’s main activity (structured rehearsals – we never call them role plays!), the…
  • Your Team Needs A Caring, Assertive Captain

    S. Chris Edmonds
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Who is in charge of your business? Leaders, if you don’t act daily as a calm, assertive, caring captain, your “ship” – your enterprise – may go astray. Every business needs a captain, a person that sets the stage for all actions that take place. If you, as leader, do not set the stage by defining and aligning practices to clear performance standards and values expectations, people will be left to “figure it out on their own.” When people “figure it out on their own,” you end up with widely varying practices – not aligned, proven practices.
  • Bad Bosses Erode Performance and Engagement

    S. Chris Edmonds
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    How engaged are your employees at work? How productive are they? Great leaders – those who inspire top performance AND genuine team member engagement – pay attention to both productivity and employee engagement, every day. Why? Because a work environment that treats team members with trust, dignity, and respect in every interaction boosts engagement, service, and results. The biggest influence on employee engagement? Jim Clifton, the Chairman of Gallup, says it’s the quality of your leaders. In his post, Millions of Bad Managers are Killing America’s Growth, Clifton…
  • Trust and Respect Require More Than Training

    S. Chris Edmonds
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    After a six-year $287 million campaign to make US Army soldiers more optimistic, happy, and resilient, the results are less than stellar. USA Today reported that twelve months of data through early 2015 found that 52% of soldiers scored poorly in optimism and 48% have little satisfaction in or commitment to their jobs. One of the most concerning trends to me is that 39% of soldiers don’t trust their immediate supervisors or fellow soldiers; they don’t feel respected or valued. The Army’s positive psychology program began in 2009 in response to rising suicide and mental illness among…
 
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    Switch & Shift

  • Why the Open Workplace is Killing Your Company

    Reuben Yonatan
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Like many of the ideas of the 1950s, such as the Edsel, smoking in hospitals, and Smell-O-Vision, it turns out they weren't so great after all. Open offices, it turns out, are more likely to hurt your productivity, rather than help it.... Read More»
  • Is Leadership Manipulation and is there a Science to it?

    Ed Pierce
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    This raised a moral dilemma because I was unsure of the differences between an influential leader and a manipulative leader.... Read More»
  • Why You Shouldn’t Follow Your Passion

    Sarah Landrum
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    In our collective eagerness to put bliss above getting the job done, we may have actually fostered a sense of societal complacency. ... Read More»
  • 4 Ways to Develop Your Leadership “X-Factor”

    Dr. Karen Keller
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Influence is an exceptional quality that has an impact on one or a large group of individuals. When we meet a great communicator, we might say they have charisma or that “x-factor” that draws others to them. Here are 4 ways to develop these qualities and practice influence:... Read More»
  • The Art and Science of Leadership

    Mark Lukens
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Truly great leaders are both artists and scientists.... Read More»
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    PLAY BIG

  • Play BIG By Listening To And Heeding The Call

    Maz Iqbal
    17 May 2015 | 11:39 pm
    After fifty or so years of existence I am clear that there is a profound difference between living in resonance with a calling. And the experience of living without a calling. What project calls you?  What possibility calls you?  What challenge calls you? What endeavour calls you? What opportunity calls you?  What is your calling? … Continue reading Play BIG By Listening To And Heeding The Call
  • Play BIG: What Showed Up On My Recent (51st) Birthday?

    Maz Iqbal
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Who/what really matters to you?  Who/what is the true focus of how you show up and travel in life? Who/what is the focus of your existence?  For me, it is my children. It matters to me how well I am doing in relation to caring for my children. The voice within is highly critical of … Continue reading Play BIG: What Showed Up On My Recent (51st) Birthday?
  • Play BIG: Distinguishing Between Having Money & Being Rich

    Maz Iqbal
    15 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
    The ‘gods’ are smiling upon me once more. I find that my back is almost back to normal. Once again, I can sit for more than five minutes without pain. Rich!  After sitting I can get up on my own without searing pain. Rich! Laying on the bed, I can turn from one side to … Continue reading Play BIG: Distinguishing Between Having Money & Being Rich
  • Play BIG: Choose Being Over Having

    Maz Iqbal
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:39 pm
    When do you find yourself alive – truly alive as in bursting with enthusiasm, joy, vitality?  Is it when you have donned on the costume of the successful Vice President? Or the up and coming Manager? Or the good corporate employee?  Is it when you are playing the perfect wife/husband?  Are you bursting with joy … Continue reading Play BIG: Choose Being Over Having
  • Play BIG: Give Your Life Meaning By Inventing And Struggling For Your Ithaca

    Maz Iqbal
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:15 am
    Have you read Homer’s The Odyssey? If you have you will know that the hero, Odysseus, undergoes ten years of struggle/hardship to return to Ithaca – his kingdom, his home, where his family awaits him.  His ten years are not years of ease, pleasure and happiness. The ten years are full of everything that life … Continue reading Play BIG: Give Your Life Meaning By Inventing And Struggling For Your Ithaca
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    Sales Coaching Blog

  • Sales Leaders and Humankind: Ask Hard Questions!

    21 May 2015 | 8:41 pm
    “You work where?” I was asked numerous times at my recent graduation party.  “The EcSell Institute.” I’d answer.  These are examples of how I usually explain what Ecsell does: “We help sales departments maximize sales, and more importantly how to maximize sales team performance.”  If I get a quizzical look I dumb it down to this: “We give sales managers and sales leaders the tools they need to be successful.”  If I get an intriguing look I’ll add this: “We have even created a sales coaching cloud called ONE-UP which is able to track and measure high…
  • Social Selling: The big arrow in your reps quiver

    18 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    If you are not familiar with Amar Sheth and Sales for Life, it is time to get acquainted. At the recent EcSell Institute Sales Coaching Summit, the EcSell community had the pleasure of hearing Amar evangelize the value and relevance of Social Selling. The audience was engaged, mostly in taking notes, because they learned that only 28% of B2B sellers are using social selling. What an amazing opportunity for them to gain market share, build pipeline, and gain a huge competitive advantage right now.
  • No Spectators Allowed!

    11 May 2015 | 8:32 am
     Dr. Clinton Longnecker inspired the audience last week during the EcSell Institute's 2015 Spring Sales Coaching Summit in Scottsdale, AZ. It was just too good not to share with you today!  His message focused on the challenge that everyone is busy...but busy doing what?  How can leaders get better results in a shorter period of time? We are all working hard to do the right things to cause higher levels of performance. Our organizations look to us to make a difference...but we need to learn faster. Organizations that adapt quicker than their competitors are the ones that come…
  • Summit Speaker Recap: Rochelle Carrington and the Power of Positive Self-Talk

    11 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    The average person has between 50,000 and 80,000 thoughts a day, and an alarming 80% of them are negative, according to Rochelle Carrington who spoke at last week’s EcSell Institute sales coaching summit. Rochelle spent over two decades in sales and sales management, and now works in training other sales professionals how to become more effective. During her career, she continually saw the impact that both negative and positive self-talk can have on the performance of a sales team. According to Rochelle, about 90% of our happiness is predicted by how we process the world, while only 10% is…
  • Coaching Measured: Sales Leaders are Missing 50% of Critical Performance Data

    10 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Coaching not measured is a soft skill.  Coaching objectively measured becomes a vital sales performance metric. Imagine playing multiple games of solitaire—with real playing cards—not on your tablet. You get close, but after several games you have not yet won and are now getting frustrated. One more game is what you commit and it starts off well; you immediately get three aces up top, three kings are also turned over, followed by queens, jacks and 10’s.  You say to yourself, “finally,” but as you again go through the deck you only place a single card up top, and when the…
 
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    Doug Smith Live

  • God or Money? [Podcast]

    Doug Smith
    19 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this message, Doug teaches us how to put money in it’s proper place and how to put God first in your finances. Notes:  “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matthew 6:24 “For the love of money is the root of ALL KINDS OF EVIL. Some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” I Timothy 6:10 “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Luke 12:34 1.) Serving Money will…
  • Episode #61: Saleem Ghubril

    Doug Smith
    18 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    This episode comes from our Learning to Lead breakfast series. Our speaker was Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise.  The Pittsburgh Promise provides college scholarships for city school students who maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. They are currently in need of middle school mentors. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please click the links provided below. Also, they need to raise $250 million in order to do what they are doing, so if you feel led to, I would also encourage you to support them financially! Saleem’s bio is in the show notes…
  • No Excuses [New Podcast]

    Doug Smith
    14 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    In this message, I share 7 things that God has done for us that will eliminate all excuses we have not to trust Him and to not become the men and women He called us to be. I hope this message encourages you to go all in with God! Enjoy! Notes:  No Excuses: 7 Amazing Things about Being a Christian that I Take for Granted! 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. -Romans 1:20 “I don’t believe in…
  • The Privilege of Not Knowing

    Doug Smith
    13 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    A few weeks ago, I was listening to Reid Carpenter speak at a conference. He said something that really helped me. He said, “One of the greatest things in life is not to know, but to be faithful.” I don’t know if you’re like me, but too often, I want to know everything that God is ever going to do in my life right now! He put dreams and vision into my heart and I want to know exactly how those things are going to happen. However, God doesn’t work that way. God may have given you a vision for what He wants you to do with your life, but that vision may not come to…
  • Episode #60: Interview with Ben Rath, Founder of iChurch

    Doug Smith
    11 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    In this episode, I interviewed Ben Rath, Founder of iChurch. I’ve known Ben for over a decade. He is an incredible leader, a Godly father and husband, and a great friend. Get your notebooks out and get ready to take notes while listening to this interview. It is filled with wisdom from lessons Ben has learned while planting a church. Whether you’re a ministry leader, a church planter, or a business leader, this interview will add value to you. You can find the questions that I asked, my key takeaways, ways to connect with Ben below in the show notes. I know that this interview…
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    LaRae Quy | Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • 11 FBI Tactics To Win An Argument

    LaRae Quy
    17 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    If you're new here, you may want to receive notices of new blog posts via email. Thanks for visiting - LaRae.I was the agent on duty and the woman in front of me was livid, accusing the FBI of harassment and invasion of privacy. As the duty agent, it was my responsibility to listen to her claims and determine whether they had merit or not. It quickly became evident that she was working for an individual who had recently been indicted for money laundering and racketeering. So yes, the FBI was interviewing people to get a better idea of who else might be involved. Logically, that net would be…
  • How You Can Stand Out As A Breakthrough Leader

    LaRae Quy
    10 May 2015 | 4:58 pm
    A mentally tough leader is someone who creates breakthroughs in both business and life. PODCAST:  http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/How-You-Can-Stand-Out.mp3 In her new book, Stand Out, Author Dorie Clark argues that breakthrough leaders not only need mental toughness, but they also need to stand out from the crowd to get their voice heard so they can make their unique contribution to the world. Here is what is interesting about what Clark’s says in her book—anyone can have a big idea. Big ideas are not the intellectual property of Silicon Valley or big business. She…
  • 11 Toxic Habits That Keep You From Success

    LaRae Quy
    3 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Even though I did not appreciate the discipline imposed upon me by my 4 months at the FBI Academy, it did teach me to master and maintain good habits. I realize now that what I did on a daily basis for those 4 months taught me how to direct my time and energy into habits that would lead to my success as an FBI agent. The definition of habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. Success needs more than inspiration—it requires good habits that lead to concrete action steps. You may possess many skills and traits, but if you let toxic habits…
  • 10 FBI Tips On How To Spot A Liar

    LaRae Quy
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:31 pm
    FBI agents are trained to read other people and uncover what is hidden so they can get to the truth of a situation. Their job is to recognize language inconsistencies and other verbal cues to spot liars and deceptive behavior. It would be nice if every job candidate, negotiating partner, and supplier told the truth—but they do not. In addition, many business owners and entrepreneurs get embezzled by the employees they trust. In the world of business, being successful often means being able to spot liars and people who are deceptive. How do you know when someone is telling you the truth? And…
  • Why Highly Successful People Have A Plan B

    LaRae Quy
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Excerpt from my “Energize Your Leadership” chapter. For me, becoming an FBI agent was Plan B. PODCAST: http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Why-Highly-Successful-People-Have-A-Plan-B.mp3 Growing up on a cattle ranch in the middle of Wyoming, I yearned for a life of excitement. I graduated with a Business Degree because I thought it would open doors in the world of fast-moving finance. It didn’t take long for me to find the routine of an office job terribly boring—there was no adventure, no excitement, no real challenges to keep my mind alert and creative.  After a bit…
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    Deep Imprints Coaching

  • Your attitude is showing!

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

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

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

    Kim
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    I was watching my son's First robotics competition, and a young woman spoke. I didn't catch her name, but her words were inspiring. "If you are the first in any area, it is scary because there is no model for you to follow." This parallels my recent thoughts on risk aversion. It is ingrained in […]
  • God is God and I am not

    Kim
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    "God, you are God and I am not." This is perhaps one of the most challenging prayers to ever pray. After all, we are the one who has control over if we get out of bed in the morning, what we eat for breakfast, etc. When people make us angry, we have a choice to […]
 
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  • How to Build Accountability With a Team Character Draft

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

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

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

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

    Sean Glaze
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    A few weeks ago I experienced my first Spartan Sprint. The “Sprint” is a 4-5 mile obstacle course race created by Joe De Sena, an entrepreneur and extreme endurance race enthusiast.  In 2012, Outside magazine designated it the “Best Obstacle Race,” and hundreds of thousands of people have participated in Spartan race events around the world. I figured it would be a fun experience for my family and I to share. So on the Saturday morning of the race, my wife and I, along with our three children (ages 16, 14, and 11) hopped in our SUV and made our way to the race site, prepared…
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    Coaching Excellence

  • Five Tips to Encourage Collaboration in Your Business

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

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

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

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

    ipeccoaching
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Unlike Major League baseball players, in my playing days, we didn’t get to travel to the sunny climes of Florida and Arizona for spring training. Nope. We tolerated the freezing temps in beautiful and scenic South Orange, NJ. Sometimes the snow would still be falling as we ran through drills or took batting practice. On terribly bad days, we’d retreat to the school gym to practice. Though it would have been nice to bask in Tampa’s sunshine, truth be told, it didn’t matter. If the coaches would have let us, we would have been out there in a blizzard to […]
 
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  • The One Thing Your Success Depends On

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

    Susan Mazza
    14 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    You may have heard of the Peter Principle:  essentially it is that people tend to rise to the level of their incompetence. Mostly this is referenced when someone is perceived to be in a position that is way over their head and they are thought to be failing or expected to fail. In my early days as a manager I was faced with being promoted over 2 young men who were masters at writing code in a language I didn’t know.  They were very upset I was promoted to be their manager.  In their opinion I was the poster child for the Peter Principle, and for many months they gave me a very hard…
  • May 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

    Susan Mazza
    4 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Welcome to the May 2015 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival. The theme for this month’s carnival is Leading Yourself. When asked his greatest leadership challenge, renowned leadership expert John Maxwell is reported to have said, “Leading me!” He went on to say, “If I could kick the person responsible for my problems, I wouldn’t be able to sit down for a week!” None of this month’s 20 contributors were sitting down on the job when it came to sharing their ideas! We asked for recent posts that offer wisdom to people who need support in leading themselves…
  • How Energized Are You?

    Susan Mazza
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On a scale of 1 – 10 how energized are you right now? …Do you wake up Monday mornings ready to seize the day? …Are you using your gifts to make the difference you want to make? …Are you experiencing that sense of satisfaction that comes from living true to your values? …Are you fueling the energy of the people around you? …Are you at work on inventing and realizing a future that energizes you to invest yourself fully? 16 leaders from around the world have come together to share wisdom from their personal quests to ignite and re-ignite their energy in a book…
  • Values Based Leadership in ‘Wind In Your Sails’

    Susan Mazza
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    In his book Wind In Your Sails: Vital Strategies That Accelerate Your Entrepreneurial Success, David Greer features ten entrepreneurs who have overcome incredible challenges to lead their companies in new ways. Today’s guest post from David highlights how two of those entrepreneurs overcame their challenges by staying true to their values.  In reading their stories, consider: how can you leverage your values to lead the way in transcending the challenges you face? Bart Copeland, CEO ActiveState How cool is it to lead a company where everyone is known as Activators? At ActiveState, Bart…
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    Step Up Leader with Susan Freeman

  • Are You an Evolutionary Leader?

    Susan Freeman
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    What’s the one thing of which we can be certain?  Change is happening and is a constant.  The question is: “How are you leading in relationship to the rapid rate of change?”.  Are you evolving faster than the environment around you?  If you answered negatively or are unsure, you may want to learn more about the Darwinian Law of Organizational Survival. I recently heard a talk by Peter Hawkins, Professor of Leadership at the University of Reading, U.K. He stated that there are three aspects of systemic change that determine an organization’s ability to survive (and…
  • Leadership Lessons from an Exceptional Rwandan

    Susan Freeman
    13 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    This week we feature leadership wisdom from an extraordinary young Rwandan woman, Nadine Niyitegeka. She is a staff member and graduate of The Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda. Nadine has been touring the U.S. for 9 months as an Akilah Ambassador, representing her alma mater and her country. Nadine is one of those remarkable human beings whose beauty, intelligence, and determination draw you in. While hosting her at my home last weekend, we spoke about her perspective on leadership. She survived the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, yet lost many family members. What follows are her words of…
  • What is mindful leadership and why does it matter?

    Susan Freeman
    6 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Reposted from my Conscious Shift Magazine article. Our theme this month is mindful leadership.  What is it exactly and why should you care about it as a leader. Mindfulness seems to be everywhere.  Books, articles, and videos tout the benefits of mindfulness.  Although the topic is “hot”; attaining it seems elusive for many people.  We are comfortable with its absence. We are constantly multi-tasking, plugging into our electronic devices anywhere and everywhere, texting during meetings; both in-person and on the phone.  We are addicted to everything but mindfulness.
  • The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

    Susan Freeman
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
      This week’s “Step Up Leader Tips” borrows from Leading Blog. I chose this topic because it is one of the most frequently requested topics in my coaching sessions with leaders; increasing productivity without increasing hours worked. I would add that obtaining crystal clarity on vision, objective and goals precedes your ability to work with the 5 choices model effectively.   “The 5 Choices is a nuts and bolts solution to greater productivity.” Ironically, while we live in a time of unprecedented opportunity, we spend almost half (40%) of our time attention and energy…
  • What Walking a Labyrinth can Teach us About Leadership

    Susan Freeman
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    The labyrinth is a unique and absorbing invention. They have been used for thousands of years throughout the world, in different cultures and religions. The simple act of walking a labyrinth can shift ordinary linear perception because they are designed along curving circuits. Usually the walker can see the center, yet because there are many turnings along the way, your sense of time and space is altered. You may feel close to the center, yet in the next moment feel far away. It can be disorienting and orienting at the same time. It is training for your brain and body … The post What…
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    Leading in Context

  • With Ethics PREVENTION is the Cure

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    20 May 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Have you heard the expression "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" Eating healthy foods, exercising and getting enough sleep will help us prevent health problems. In the quest for good health, preventive habits make all the difference. It is generally easier for us to establish healthy habits than to resolve persistent problems once they start. There is an important parallel we can draw between human health and organizational health - prevention is also the best way to deal with ethics in organizations.
  • Leadership Development S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S To Prepare for the Future

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    13 May 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton In a recent post, I acknowledged that "leaders face information overload, globalization and increasing complexity. And they hold the key to your organization’s future. Make it a priority to help them be ready." How can we prepare leaders to succeed in a socially and globally connected world? What are the strategies that will help them handle a wide variety of unpredictable situations while making ethical choices?
  • Helping Young People Become Ethical Leaders

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    6 May 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton How do we help young people become ethical leaders? This is an important question because our long-term future depends on how well we prepare young people to make positive ethical choices and honor multiple dimensions of ethical responsibility.
  • Three Questions – Are Our Leaders Ready For The Future?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Our future success is in the hands of our leaders. They will be the ones to notice and remove roadblocks, mentor employees and foresee future opportunities. They will be the ones to tackle the seemingly unsolvable problems of the future. Are they ready?
  • 300th Blog Post: Answering Big Questions About Ethical Leadership

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton I have spent the last six years answering the big leadership question "What does it mean to do the right thing?" The support, the unsolicited testimonials and the social shares of this work have been widespread and global. Could it be that the world is ready for a clear answer to this important question? I wrote the book 7 Lenses because I believed that we needed a clear answer to what it meant in a global society. I believed that the answer had to be there, somewhere, if studied the question across disciplines, religions and geographic boundaries. It was a question…
 
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    Giana Consulting |Understanding & Growing People, Leaders & Organizations

  • What are you speaking, hearing and believing?

    Chery Gegelman
    13 May 2015 | 4:16 am
    What your mouth speaks, your ears hear and your brain believes! I was recently helping my 9-year-old neighbor with her homework. She’d had a long day at school, and we’d been studying for an hour and her brain was tired!  As I pulled out the last book we needed to study she said, “I can’t do this!” Immediately I interrupted, “Oh honey, don’t say that! Because… Whatever your mouth speaks, your ears hear and your brain believes!”Click To Tweet She immediately plugged both of her ears and said, “I can’t do this!” I doubled over in laughter! And then asked if we…
  • The Impact of Vision without Ownership

    Chery Gegelman
    4 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Two real cities. One has it and one... Not so much! A little over a week ago my husband and I rode motorcycle to a city that is about an hour away from where we are living. It’s a city we visited for the first time nearly one year ago.  A city that provided such a powerful visual of how leadership or the lack of it, impacts our world that I wrote about it right after our first visit, and have continued to talk about it throughout the year… A lack of a vision compared to a shared vision. Chaos compared to order. Anxiety compared to peace. Darkness compared to light. Read More About…
  • Are You a Rule Maker, Rule Breaker or a Rule Faker?

    Chery Gegelman
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
    Who are the rules for? Why were they created? Are they working? A series of events has me thinking about rules. First I thought about the Rule MAKERS I know. We’ll make this rule because it will make MY job easier! Then I thought about the Rule BREAKERS I know. I follow ALL the rules… EXCEPT Then I thought about the Rule FAKERS I know.   This rule is here just for our protection – I don’t care if it is followed or not, but if the authorities ever come, I can show them our rules. Do you know any Rule Makers, Rule Breakers or  Rule Fakers? Click To Tweet And then I started to…
  • You’re Invited: To Celebrate Our Book Launch & Beyond!

    Chery Gegelman
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    In September of 2012 I launched a book with 20 other co-authors that are deeply passionate about the overwhelming need for Character-Based Leaders to Instigate A Leadership Revolution in our world. The need is still there. Our passion was spot on. And the book received great reviews. However, it was a first book for most of us and there was so much we didn’t know. One of the biggest learning’s was that after more than a year of collaborating, writing, and editing our book…   Getting it published and celebrating wasn’t the end of the story – it was only the beginning. It was hard…
  • How Are First Impressions Impacting Your Organization?

    Chery Gegelman
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    A few years ago my husband and I moved to a new city in a new state. Shortly after our move we began visiting churches. (In all of our other moves we visited one church and kept coming back.) This time we decided that we wanted to know what all of our options were before we joined one. And if we liked some of what we observed we attended more than once. That decision quickly became a fascinating opportunity to observe towering strengths, glaring weaknesses, powerful vision, synergy or the lack of it – and a whole lot more! Our observations apply to workplaces too!   …Which one sounds…
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    Get Real Leadership | It's About the People | Nicki Roth

  • No More Jargon: Stop the Madness

    nickiroth
    11 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    I’ve never been a fan of business jargon and acronyms but lately I just want to scream every time I hear it. My inner dialogue is getting louder and nastier by the day. I fear that one day soon I will slip and say something out loud. It’s clearly me and not you. There is […]
  • “I’m Not A Very Good CEO”: A Refreshing Voice

    nickiroth
    4 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    In case you didn’t catch this interview with Diane von Furstenberg in the Sunday Times for the Corner Office article, you’ve got to read this. Here is an exceedingly successful business person who knows herself so well that she is comfortable declaring what her true strengths and weaknesses are. Her whole message is to have […]
  • Cross Functional Teams in Reality

    nickiroth
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    You can’t work any place or at any level without a mandate to work with folks outside your primary discipline. We can all agree that this is essential, a great advance, produces good results and just makes common sense. But we can also agree that it is great in theory and very tough in reality […]
  • STOP BEING SO EMOTIONAL!!

    nickiroth
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    Which translates to, “All you women, don’t cry or get upset. I can’t stand it!” This trips off the tongues of men at work on a routine basis. Please hear the inflection of their pleas to women to stop expressing emotions. Can you hear the anger? Can you hear the discomfort? Can you hear the […]
  • Mean Men via Mark Lipton

    nickiroth
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    As a follow up to my last post, I have discovered the work of Mark Lipton. Finally there is a man talking about male misbehavior or, more accurately, psychopathology in the work place. I urge you to check out his blog. http://marklipton.com/meanmen/Filed under: Culture, Leading, Self/other awareness
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    Serve to Lead Group | James Strock

  • Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

    James Strock
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn rain.   When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift […] The post Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep appeared first on Serve to Lead Group | James Strock.
  • Edmund Burke | Governing Far-flung Enterprises

    James Strock
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Does Burke’s admonition have new relevance in the Internet Age? How is decentralization, disintermediation and the ubiquity of information affecting your business, not-for-profit or governmental enterprise? How does you adapt your leadership and service, reflecting these trends? Edmund Burke | Governing Far-flung Enterprises The post Edmund Burke | Governing Far-flung Enterprises appeared first on Serve to Lead Group | James Strock.
  • 21st Century Britain Emerging

    James Strock
    14 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    As people take stock in the aftermath of the British elections, it’s natural that columnists and academics look beyond the personalities of the moment. Anne Applebaum, of the Washington Post, is an acute observer of English and European affairs. Her take is headlined: “The End of Britain as We Know It.” This is most certainly […] The post 21st Century Britain Emerging appeared first on Serve to Lead Group | James Strock.
  • Sophie Scholl Ennobles May 9th

    James Strock
    7 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    May 9th is the anniversary of the birthday of Sophie Scholl. Scholl is a celebrated heroine of modern Germany–indeed the world–for her historic service and sacrifice in resisting Hitler’s Third Reich. Scholl was part of the White Rose student resistance movement.  At the University of Munich she, along with her brother and others, determined to […] The post Sophie Scholl Ennobles May 9th appeared first on Serve to Lead Group | James Strock.
  • 21st Century Leaders List

    James Strock
    4 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    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 Group | James Strock.
 
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  • Presentation Delivery Tips To Get Your Message Heard

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

    Tammy Sweeney
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Peter Drucker once said that Culture eats Strategy for breakfast. Skeptical? Isn’t it an effective strategy that gets business results? Intuitive yes…realistic…no. Culture drives the “why” behind the “what”. An engagement culture is what inspires your team members to take action, think differently, and doggedly pursue innovation and change. Yet, culture is not an easily packaged “thing” that you implement, and it is difficult to measure to assess any kind of ROI on your actions. You know that engaged employees bring more good things to work…you know they produce more, stay…
  • Onboarding Employees – 5 Top Tips

    Tammy Sweeney
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    Onboarding employees is about making the right first impression. We spend so much time trying to find the right employee and once we get them in the door, we don’t spend the time to ensure they are successful. It’s called shooting yourself in the foot. And it is costly. But you can change that with these five simple steps to help with onboarding employees to engage them from the start. Five Top Tips for Onboarding Employees 1. Start with WHY. Too often we start with the WHAT without engaging a higher purpose. Don’t assume that the conversations you had during the interview process were…
  • How to Engage Employees

    Tammy Sweeney
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    Discovering how to engage employees can help your team bring more good things to work. Engaged employees produce more, have better ideas, put their heart and soul into their job and willingly do more than what is required of the job. Disengaged employees do the bare minimum, stay but don’t contribute, and often negatively impact the client or customer experience as well as the experience of other team members. A staggering 70% of employees are either disengaged or neutral. What a wasted opportunity to do amazing things! Companies like Google, Zappos, West Jet, and SAS Institute, have…
  • How To Jump-Start Your Culture Transformation

    Tammy Sweeney
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    You’re not seeing business results where they need to be, whether it is delivering outstanding guest service, patient-centred care, or sales. Your team members are doing “their job”, but not really looking or thinking forward. You find yourself spending too much time and energy trying to get them excited about delivering at a high level. It’s just not working. So, what do you do? 1. Gather your front line team members and leaders in a room to share successes, challenges and their vision for what is possible. Allow them to share their stories – good and the bad, and encourage them…
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  • When Is Living in the Past a Good Thing?

    Alli Polin
    19 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Yesterday morning when I made my coffee, I swirled in some hazelnut flavor and sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top. I held it in my hands, enjoying the warmth, as I opened my computer and breathed deeply. With my first sip, I was momentarily back at brunch at Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia. It was as if I could almost hear the music and certainly felt the energy of those special Sunday mornings. For a micro-moment, I was living in the past, deeply breathing it in and capturing its essence to bring back into my present moment.  I remember the positive anticipation, walking down the steps into a…
  • Learn to Be Seen for Who You Are

    Alli Polin
    14 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    When I was traveling last week, copies of my new co-authored book, Energize Your Leadership, arrived at my house. My kids were so excited to show me on FaceTime that evening. I was even surprised when they said that they wanted to read it – it’s atypical reading for elementary age kids. They quickly flipped to my chapter, Be Seen for Who You Are, and offered to start reading immediately. I let them know it was okay to wait when we could sit together instead of screen to screen.  Now back home, I had just cleaned up from breakfast and was relaxing at the table with a cup of coffee…
  • Why Your Next Step Isn’t What You Think

    Alli Polin
    12 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    I watched my son’s eyes open wide when he saw his new LEGO set.  He begged to start immediately building and invited his good friend from across the street to join him. Together, they unloaded all of the packets of LEGO and instruction books.  I could hear from down the hall as his friend took control, “This is what we need to do first, sort by color than shape.”  At dinner, our son told us in no uncertain terms, this is how you do LEGO, his friend told him so. Funny to hear because he’s put together countless LEGO sets before this afternoon and did just fine.  My response? “So…
  • 4 Ways to Overcome Indecision and Find Your Next Step

    Alli Polin
    5 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Who hasn’t been stuck in an endless decision loop? Should I or shouldn’t I? One of two things inevitably happens; you make a decision, or you do nothing and let things fall where they may, which is ultimately a decision too. Still, along the way, it’s a painful process filled with made up stories in lieu of the certainty. Speaking of certainty, tell me I’m not alone occasionally wishing I had a crystal ball to show me I’m making the right choice. I’m not talking about a Magic 8 Ball either, flipping it over and over until you get the answer you want. Instead, I’d love to gaze…
  • A New Way to Think About How to Achieve Your Goals

    Alli Polin
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Change is hard. Don’t believe anyone who tells you it’s not. Ideas, dreams, wishes, that’s easier. Sitting on your couch thinking big, who hasn’t done that? “I should quit my job and become a location independent blogger. I’d love to travel the world.” “I always make people laugh. It would rock to perform at Second City someday.” “I could write a book that’s better than this one. In fact, I should.” “I don’t need this many headaches. I’m totally going to quit my job.” Whoa. Before you quit you job tomorrow, it’s important to understand if…
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  • Infographic: 10 Days to Better Productivity

    Refresh Leadership
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Think you’re a great multitasker? Well, studies show that you actually probably aren’t. Check out this infographic from InfographicWorld.com, an infographic design agency, for some interesting insight into our productivity habits.  
  • Peak Performer’s Life: Are You Likable and Trustworthy?

    Refresh Leadership
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond continues his discussion on integrity: the importance of doing the right thing and treating others the right way. As Walter puts it, “you need to bake integrity into your culture.” According to Walter: “Are you someone that people know, people like, and people trust? If you can nail those three, you will be unstoppable.” How have you built integrity in your business? What have you done to ensure your employees feel they work for a trustworthy company? Let us know in the comments section below. New messages each week! Walter Bond and…
  • Would you want to work for you?

    Refresh Leadership
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bob Funk, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Express Employment Professionals, Shares Leadership Advice Along with Top Business Brand Icon Daymond John Entrepreneurs underestimate how powerful a threat poor leadership is to businesses, especially those who are just getting started. Poor leadership ranks right up there with government regulations, sluggish demand, healthcare reform and competition. “I would challenge entrepreneurs and those considering business ownership to ask this one question,” said Bob Funk, CEO and chairman of the board for Express Employment Professionals. “Would…
  • The Results Are In: 54% of Companies Do Not Have a Comprehensive Succession Plan

    Jared Brox
    15 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    In April, we asked our readers if their companies have a comprehensive succession plan in place, and the results showed that more than half (54%) are not prepared to lose a top leader. It’s a surprising statistic that indicates many businesses could be setting themselves up for a difficult situation should a shake up among the ranks unexpectedly occur. The full results to the poll are as follows: 54% do not have any succession plans in place 27% have a general consensus of succession, but nothing official 19% are prepared with succession plans in place Succession plans are an important part…
  • Marlene Chism Discusses Her New Book, “No-Drama Leadership”

    Jared Brox
    14 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Consultant, international speaker, and author Marlene Chism has a passion for developing wise leaders and helping people discover, develop, and deliver their gifts to the world. In her new book, “No-Drama Leadership,” Marlene “introduces the mind-set shifts and practical skills you need—whether you are a high-level executive, a first-level manager, or a front line team member—to develop a decision-making approach that converts obstacles into opportunities for growth.” We talked to Marlene about the new book and what readers can expect to learn. How can drama be transformed into a…
 
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  • Your business. Your creation. Your dream.

    Neil Ducoff
    18 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    What you read in these Monday Morning Wake-Ups is about real life entrepreneurial leadership. I write for you, the small business owner, because you were crazy enough and bold enough to risk everything for the dream of building a company your way. I write for you because tough challenges come along with building a company that test your tenacity and capacity to manage stress. I write for you because you are wise enough to know that the decisions and business disciplines you avoid and procrastinate on the most are the ones that always get you into trouble. I write for you because I know all…
  • Time to remix and drink your Kool-Aid

    Neil Ducoff
    11 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    As kids, we loved to drink Kool-Aid. Just water sweetened with sugar, tart fruit flavors, artificial coloring and absolutely no nutritional value, it was just fun to drink. Maybe that’s why “drink the Kool-Aid” became a metaphor for a group’s shared belief in some intangible thing. If you drink the Kool-Aid, you believe and instantly become a group member. If you don’t drink the Kool-Aid, you’re with the non-believers. When we were kids, mom mixed the Kool-Aid … and it tasted good. In business, leaders mix their own Kool-Aid for their followers to…
  • The Choice: Take control or make excuses

    Neil Ducoff
    4 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Things happen for a reason. There is always an explanation for an outcome … whether it is good or bad. It can be an inspiring story of a leader stepping up and taking control of his or her reality to create the best possible outcome. In contrast, it can be a docudrama describing all of the real, and perceived, obstacles and hurdles that prevented the most desirable outcome. Before the elements of the inspiring story or docudrama explanations begin to unfold, the leader makes a choice to take control or begin manufacturing excuses. It’s a choice to take control your own destiny or…
  • Tapping into Team Bonus

    Neil Ducoff
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    In every conceivable way, business is a competitive endeavor. You compete against other companies for market share. You compete to beat last year’s numbers. You compete to hit monthly and quarterly goals. You compete to improve productivity, efficiency and to reduce costs. You compete twelve times a year to drive profit to the bottom line on your monthly Profit and Loss Statements. As a leader, you compete to maximize your strengths and overcome your weaknesses. And … you compete to keep your team engaged, motivated and inspired to deliver their best every day, because excuses,…
  • Because it is about The Cause

    Neil Ducoff
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Call me crazy, but I have never gone to work for the money. If the work I do is meaningful to others, the money will come. If the work I do is specialized and addresses urgent issues, the money will come. If I do my work with passion, integrity, respect and a profound sense of caring, the money will come. If the work I do is for a worthy cause with higher purpose, the money will come. To me, money is an outcome. Money is a measurement of the effort, results and quality I put into the work I do. My work has always been about a very personal cause. The cause is about helping entrepreneurs to…
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  • Tuesday Tip: A Farmers Work Ethic

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

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

    Jason Cortel
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    Working out isn’t just good for your body. It improves your well-being and greatly impacts how you carry yourself. Working out is proven to change an “off day” into a productive one. Doing sit-ups, taking a 20 minute brisk walk or 10 minutes of jumping jacks will boost your ego by giving you a greater feeling of control which ultimately boosts your self-confidence. Here are 6 ways working out will help your leadership presence: Working out provides a sense of accomplishment Refreshed and a sense of pride are two of the greatest things that come from having an intense and…
  • How Leaders Encourage Harmony

    Jason Cortel
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:24 am
    It is natural for people to form groups at work. They group and bond with others who share similar backgrounds, interests and job functions among other reasons. Usually these groups are formed with good intentions but as time goes on these groups could evolve into cliques and if they do the effects can be damaging to the health and prosperity of an organization. These cliques become especially disruptive to the harmony of the organization in two primary areas: 1) When new people join Companies invest a lot of money in finding new talent. When new talent is treated like an outsider their ramp…
  • Tuesday Tip: 5 Ways to Show Them How Great You Are

    Jason Cortel
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:41 am
    Every day you need to have the mindset that you are going to show people how great you are. This has to be what motivates you through the tough days and times. When you walk into a room, when you are on a call, when you are making a pitch and even when you are just passing by. Do these 5 things to always show people how great you are. Listen better We are moving faster and faster. People are busier than ever hopping from one thing to the next. Business is moving at the speed of light. Listening has become more important than ever. Listen to yourself, your peers, your employees and your…
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  • The 4 Areas To Apply Creativity For Entrepreneurs – Ryan Bonaparte

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    23 May 2015 | 11:01 pm
      Entrepreneurship is by definition a very creative endeavor. From coming up with the idea for the company, to solving day-to-day problems, entrepreneurs are constantly challenged and looking to figure out how to make the best out of what little resources they have. I’ve mentioned before how important creativity can be to a business, but I want to focus on new businesses in particular, and add one more element to the list. Products and Services: Businesses have a product or service that was the inspiration and started it all. Finding that idea for the product, taking it to…
  • DIY: Focus on Commitment – Kirby Ingles

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    22 May 2015 | 11:01 pm
      Many issues with focus are self-inflicted. Many of these are developed during childhood and continue into later stages of life. If you want to change your behavior, you have to change your mindset. Many of life’s roadblocks are obstacles we have placed in our own paths that hinder our progress. Our perspectives and attitudes are entrenched in how we live our lives. These gremlins sabotage our ability to fulfill our purpose. We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are. – The Talmud Stress is an inevitable part of your life. You are going to experience it in every…
  • Create Your Own Self-Hosted WordPress Blog – Reade Milner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    21 May 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Loaded with awesome, easy-to-use features, WordPress is the perfect platform for the would-be blogger. Here is a step-by-step, beginner’s guide to create your own self-hosted WordPress blog. Look for a web host. The host is where your website or blog “resides.” It is your property, but you have to pay a small fee to keep it. It’s essentially similar to when you pay the government for a property tax. Oqobo is who we recommend because of their 24/7 customer support and excellent service. Register your domain name. You can get your domain name (ex. thisismyblog.com) through your…
  • When Life Happens – Jed Jurchenko

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    20 May 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Life happens. This is normal. Press forward. Use adversity to grow, and begin preparing now by assembling a good team. Life Happens This was one of those weeks where life happened. Things were supposed to go much smoother than they did. My wife was away for the weekend at a leadership conference. The two older girls were with their mother. This left myself and Addison, my ten-month-old daughter, with the house to ourselves. We were going to hike (with Addison in the baby backpack), eat plenty of snacks, watch a copious amount of cartoons, and I was going to write. Saturday morning came, and…
  • The Best Way for Leaders to Use “Us vs. Them” Thinking – Glenn Brooke

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    19 May 2015 | 11:01 pm
        I tried unsuccessfully for years to get my teams to stop thinking in terms of Us vs. Them. “Please,” I would say, “let’s collaborate!” Head-nods of agreement, even a promise of change, and… the same behaviors. Lather/Rinse/Repeat. Watch the leader bang his head against virtual walls. Watch the frustrated leader threaten to bang his head against real walls. Recognize that we are deeply wired to see the world in Us vs. Them. It’s practically genetic. People identify with groups, and they unconsciously define Us. People need a target to work against in order to make…
 
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  • Finding Your Voice

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

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

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

    Paul Heagen
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Ah, these Irish are a clever and resourceful lot. On the eve of St. Patricks Day, I recall a trip to County Cork a few years ago where my wife and I explored some of the more modest and oft-overlooked feudal castles. The tours served to dissuade me from any romanticized notions of life in a medieval castle (they hung ... Read More The post Breaking Down The Door To Growth appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • The Road Less Traveled to Succession Success

    Paul Heagen
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    What are the milestones in making sure our succession candidate is ready to step up to the CEO role? A good friend of mine called me a few weeks ago to toss around some ideas for one of his clients who was wrestling with what “mile markers” would best help prepare the person being readied for the top job. Milestones, ... Read More The post The Road Less Traveled to Succession Success appeared first on Defining Moments.
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  • Ideas Are Worthless, Execution Is Priceless

    Don Stanley
    22 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    One of my favorite sayings is “ideas are worthless, execution is priceless.” By the same token intentions are worthless and execution is priceless. I’ve heard numerous leaders (including myself 😉 talk about what we INTEND to do, but never do what we talked about. So, are you one of those people who have uttered phrases[...] Author information Don Stanley Owner at 3Rhino Media Don Stanley is owner of 3Rhino Media, a digital marketing consultancy dedicated to helping companies and individual share their expertise and connect with the right clients online. He’s personally worked with…
  • The Power In Sharing Your Lollipop Moments

    Karrie Landsverk
    21 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    Recently, I kicked off a leadership development series and during our first program we shared a video called, “Lollipop Moments” with speaker Drew Dudley. The message of the video centers on those moments where you make a significant impact in someone’s life, or when they impact you. You’ll have to watch the video to understand[...] Author information Karrie Landsverk Partner, Trainer, and Professional Speaker at American Way University Karrie Landsverk is a Partner with AmericanWay University, Trainer, and Professional Speaker who brings humor and engagement to any training event or…
  • Perspective: Be There!

    David Clarke
    20 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    My son is graduating high school this weekend. He is the youngest of our three children. He was very active in school performing in theater, marching band, symphonic band, steel band, rubber band, lap band, band-aid…ok, I made up the last three. His older sisters were active in school, too—very active. They had their fair[...] 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…
  • Perspective: Love Versus Fear

    Tony Richards
    13 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    This may seem a little unusual for a leadership article. On the other hand, the first person you must lead is you. The person you have the most influence with is you. I’d like to start by telling you a short story about a leadership act by my Father to illustrate my point and without[...] Author information Tony Richards Founder and Senior Partner at Clear Vision Development Group Tony Richards is founder and Senior Partner of Clear Vision Development Group, a leadership and organizational development company. Tony makes his home in Columbia, MO with his wife and partner, Ann Marie. In…
  • Is your new Team Leader ‘one of the gang’?

    Barbara Nixon
    11 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    Being promoted internally to a Team Leader can be a challenge at the best of times, but even more so when you have to continue to work in the same department or building as your old team. Stepping away from being ‘one of the gang’ is often a really difficult thing to do. They might[...] Author information Barbara Nixon Management Development Trainer, Coach and Writer at Barbara Nixon Barbara Nixon is a passionate learning and development specialist who gets a real kick out of seeing people develop and grow. Barbara is Director of Synaptic Change – a UK based training consultancy that…
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  • Habits That Lead Students To The Path Of Success

    Melody Wilson
    20 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Melody Wilson is a writer with a strong background at business and training! Today she writes about the “Habits That Lead Students To The Path Of Success“. Success does not come easily. It is something that has to be strived for and a struggle has to be there in order to gain applause and achieve one’s goals. Hence, for students who are still in the process of getting an education, it is extremely important that they realize what some of the rules are that can lead to success and not consider it as something that can happen by chance. In very rare cases that may be so, but it is…
  • Moving Is Not Enough

    Takis Athanassiou
    18 May 2015 | 1:32 am
    The previous week was very demanding, from a business point of view! On top of that, I had to meet a friend of mine because he was asked me for an appointment! He wanted to discuss some problems he was facing in his job! As a general rule, I try to avoid meetings (of all kinds), especially at the periods of demanding work! But he was a friend (and a client), and I was really interesting in listening to what he had to say! The topic of our meeting was that he had spent numerous hours trying to lift up his business and promote his solutions, he had spent a lot of time in phone calls talking…
  • 5 Old-school Habits That Are Slowing Your Business Down

    Gary Gould
    13 May 2015 | 12:27 am
    This is a guest post by Gary Gould! Gary Gould is the Co-Founder of Compare Cloudware, one of the leading cloudware comparisons websites. Gary wants to help small business owners and start-ups to enter the world of cloud computing that will help them grow, including cloud-based financial tools, project management and CRM. Running a business is hard work. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re managing a multi-million pound enterprise, you need to be willing to put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into making a success of your company. But what if your own worn-in habits are actually…
  • Entrepreneurship is Not Business

    Takis Athanassiou
    11 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    “What makes a good entrepreneur?” was the topic of the discussion! “Who is an entrepreneur“, it was my answer! I was in my mastermind group trying to invigorate the spirit of some of my associates. I was a “First among equals“ (Primus inter pares) in a specific group of people and the one, admittedly, with the lesser skills and abilities among the participants! I am the person who want to know the “ropes and ties” (so to speak) about what’s happening! One of my habits in such gathering is to take something ordinary and make it an example…
  • eMail Productivity & Unroll.Me

    Takis Athanassiou
    8 May 2015 | 3:25 am
    One of the most important drainages of today’s productivity is your mail inbox. Everybody, we know the feeling of checking mail after mail to check what’s happening! Of course is wrong and, of course, costs you a lot of time and energy. You should stop checking all the time your email, and you should start developing some good habits to help you do the things are important to you and your business. One of the best ways to do that is the developing of good habits and the adoption of excellent tools to help you do what must to be done! Focus on what’s important and get it…
 
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  • EP85: How to Save Money When Starting a Business w/ Lauren Gaggioli (@LaurenGaggioli)

    Ellory Wells
    20 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Episode 85 of the Empowered Podcast features teacher, business owner and my friend, Lauren Gaggioli who recently did an audit for her growing online business. Lauren examined the business tools she used every day to build and grow her Higher Scores Test Prep site and found that she could save over $1000 a year by making some changes. In today’s episode, we talk about what changes she made, plus the tools to help her put some cash back in her pocket. If you’ve been saving up to start your business, or want to know how to save money in your current business, this episode is a…
  • How to Start a Mastermind Group, Part 4 – Boosting Member Engagement

    Ellory Wells
    18 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    Mastermind groups are used by the ultra successful to help them become even more successful. If you’re wondering how to start a mastermind group of your own, this 5-part series will show you how to do it! … One of the coolest things about a mastermind is what happens after the meeting is over. After you stop recording and shut the doors on your meeting, that’s when the real fun begins. Since the mastermind meeting has more structure, once you put the business and accountability chat on hold, members kick back and relax, sharing everything else that’s on their mind. In…
  • EP84: How to Side Hustle Your Way Out of Your 9-5 w/ Nick Loper (@NLoper)

    Ellory Wells
    13 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    Episode 84 of the Empowered Podcast is all about the possibility of the side hustle and how to get started with the Chief Side Hustler himself, Nick Loper. I was absolutely fascinated by all the ways Nick makes money. From ebooks and gigs on Fiverr, to affiliates and micro-lending, Nick has tried it all. If you are in search of a fun side hustle to make some side cash, this episode is a must-listen. Thank Nick for being on the show! Nick’s Mission: To help you steer your own financial destiny In this episode you’ll hear about: Nick’s side hustle story Do you follow your…
  • How to Start a Mastermind Group, Part 3 – Organizing Your Meetings

    Ellory Wells
    11 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    Mastermind groups are used by the ultra successful to help them become even more successful. If you’re wondering how to start a mastermind group of your own, this 5-part series will show you how to do it! … Masterminds are a meeting of the minds. So, if the minds are going to meet, you must have a meeting. Whether virtual or in person, the meetings are a key component of any successful mastermind group. In order to break down this series on how to start a mastermind, I’ve broken it down into manageable chunks. Part 1 – Determine Your Purpose Part 2 –…
  • Over Delivering and Creating Experiences that Wow

    Ellory Wells
    7 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    Think about the last time you had a really wonderful experience. The last time you said “Wow!” and meant it. Was it because you got what you’d paid for? Was your “wow” the result of a company or person delivering on their promise? Experiences that wow are the ones when we get value above and beyond what we expect. When our needs are anticipated and our pains are removed before we feel them or know they’re there. In a world of getting what we pay for, and sometimes not even that, it’s actually pretty easy to stand out. If you can not only deliver on…
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  • 5 Lessons To Align Your Team and Achieve Astronomical Results

    David Hassell
    21 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Imagine a flock of birds flying in a V-formation, travelling thousands of miles together against the resistance of the wind. Have you ever wondered why they do this and how this could possibly be relevant to your business? Alignment is the most efficient way to fly, and a strategy your team can also employ as it tackles challenges. But, unfortunately, teams sometimes get out of alignment; infighting develops, frustrations flare, and projects get derailed. The brilliance of the V-formation is that synchronized movements allow each bird to ride the windbreak of the other birds in front of them.
  • Why Your Team Success Is Our Business

    David Hassell
    19 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    In April of 2013 we officially launched the 15Five blog with a post simply titled, “Start With Why”. Back then our WHY was to help individuals and organizations reach their highest potential. But something vital was not being expressed – the human element, the relationship between managers and employees. Today our WHY is to create the space for people to be their greatest selves. That space may look and feel different in every company, but it is always created by leadership communicating regularly with employees and supporting their teams in being successful. We offer this blog as…
  • 5 Activities That Drive Unexpectedly High Productivity (Infographic)

    David Mizne
    18 May 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Great work. It’s the one desired business outcome that transcends all industries, roles, and management styles. Company leaders try to predict it when they hire, and they often struggle to sustain high levels of productivity over an employee’s tenure. What are the specific traits to look for in an employee that drive unexpectedly high results? The employee recognition gurus at O.C. Tanner analyzed 1.7 million cases of award-winning work. They discovered that great work doesn’t necessarily come from any particular traits, but rather results from performing 5 activities and…
  • Why Your Bad Mood is More Toxic Than You Think

    Nicole Lipkin
    6 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Nicole Lipkin, Psy.D., MBA is a leadership expert, keynote speaker and author of What Keeps Leaders Up At Night. Emotions can spread like wildfire in the workplace. One negative, difficult person can bring down the whole team while one optimistic, friendly team member can lift the whole team up. Psychologists call this emotional contagion. One famous example was in 2004 when football player Terrell Owens signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. With Owens’s help, the team won 13 of 16 games, the best record in the NFL, and finally made it to the big game. Though the Eagles lost, they turned in…
  • 10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders

    Travis Bradberry
    4 May 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Dr. Travis Bradberry is an award winning author and the co-founder of TalentSmart. No one ever became a great leader without first becoming a great communicator. Great leaders connect with people on an emotional level every time they speak. Their words inspire others to achieve more than they ever thought possible. Great communicators are intentional about it, and there are 10 secrets they rely on to deliver a powerful message. Put these secrets to work in your communication and watch your influence soar. 1. They Know Their Audience Great communicators don’t worry about sounding important,…
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  • The Most Important Step to Working in a Vocation You Love

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

    Karl Rohde
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde The terms to describe the economic era we are presently contending with are varied. The Digital Era, the Internet Age, the Connection Economy are but a few new terms for the ever evolving economic era that is defining a new world of work. If you've been following my writing you'll know I refer to it as The Social Age. Once you recognise we are living in a new and ever changing economic era you'll begin to see that the way we've been working needs to change too. The workplace and businesses are being disrupted and…
  • Overcoming Fear About the Uncertainty of Work

    Karl Rohde
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:47 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Original Photo: Jonas Nilsson Lee. Photo Edit: Karl Rohde This article is a continuation in a series of articles on the Social Age. You can start reading it here. When I look at people in the workforce I see fear. Mostly it lies dormant when things are predictable, comfortable and when we are distracted by small things. This fear is however, quickly activated. It becomes more pronounced when businesses change and peoples jobs are impacted. It could be a re-structure, a new operating model, downsizing, offshoring, merging and more. The fear…
  • 5 Disruptive Challenges for Workers in the Social Age

    Karl Rohde
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde This article is a continuation of a series on the Social Age. You can start reading it here. As the Social Age gains momentum it's becoming more and more important to recognise the impact it is having on our work and our ability to maintain our viability in the economy. When the practices we were taught to run our careers start to wane in effectiveness and value its prudent to consider where we need to change, improve and adapt. Once we understand the defining characteristics and business shifts of the Social Age…
  • How to Read Like an Artist

    Karl Rohde
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:12 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde In every interview I conduct I ask this question: What book are you reading or have you recently read? It's with good reason. With the pressure of the Social Age bearing down on us keeping sharp and savvy is a fundamental expectation for any knowledge worker. In today's modern workforce creativity and innovation is paramount to preserving one's value proposition. It naturally follows that I emphasize the mentality of the artist. Why? To be an artist you must create. To support this capability a source of…
 
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  • ILT Instructor Guides: Are You a Helicopter or a Free-Range Instructional Designer?

    Andrea May
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    It is hard to escape all of the news and opinion stories I have seen in recent years arguing for and against Helicopter Parenting and, conversely, Free-Range Parenting. In the unlikely event you have not been privy to this debate, Helicopter Parenting can be defined as a style of child rearing in which an overprotective parent discourages a child’s independence by being too involved in the child’s life. On the… The post ILT Instructor Guides: Are You a Helicopter or a Free-Range Instructional Designer? appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • The Ten Commandments of Elegant and Effective PowerPoint Design

    ericberget
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
      1. Thou shalt know thy audience and context Good design is good communication. PowerPoint is used in a variety of contexts and despite the rigid and inherently presumptuous title of this blog post, the specifics of how to follow these rules might change based on the purpose of the presentation. A keynote (TEDtalk-style) presentation should look different than a data report-type presentation. “To what degree does this presentation need to stand on its own.”… The post The Ten Commandments of Elegant and Effective PowerPoint Design appeared first on Dashe &…
  • Top 5 Favorite Blog Posts of 2014

    Andrea May
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    It’s that time of year again. Time to reminisce about the year that was and reflect on the high points, or at least the things that stick out in memory. For our final post in 2014, I wanted to take a look back and compile a list of our top 5 favorite blog posts from around the industry in 2014.  If you missed these the first time around, they are… The post Top 5 Favorite Blog Posts of 2014 appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • The Productivity Killer No one’s Talking About: Self-Control

    Jon Matejcek
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    A New York Times article articulated a problem recently in a way that had never occurred to me before. The problem, stated simply, is one of self control (or a lack of therof) in the workplace. From the article Looking at Productivity as a State of Mind, by Sendhil Mullainathan: When we look at productivity at the macro level, we tend to limit ourselves to issues like skill shortages, new technologeis, or appropriate… The post The Productivity Killer No one’s Talking About: Self-Control appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • It’s Vegas, Baby!

    davidberget
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    (Note: Please use your best Brat Pack accent when reading that title. I’m partial to Sammy, myself.) Although normally I would agree that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” what would be the fun in that, given that the Dashe Contingent just got back from tearing it up at DevLearn 2014? We had a lot of fun meeting so many of our colleagues at the Dashe & Thomson booth,… The post It’s Vegas, Baby! appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
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    Engaging Leader

  • 112: Are You Fully Charged? 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life | with Tom Rath

    Joe Sherwood
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Being an engaging leader starts with engaging your own work and life optimally. When you are fully charged, you get more done, your mind is sharp and creative, you feel fully alive – and you are a better leader, parent, spouse, and friend. Does that happen by accident, or are there specific actions that create […]
  • 8 Key Skills of Empathy

    Jesse Lahey
    13 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    We are not thinking machines. We are feeling machines who think. ~Richard Restak, George Washington University neurology professor As leaders, we need to make emotional connections with our target audience if we hope to influence their thoughts and actions. One very important way to connect positively with people is with what I call powerful empathy. […]
  • GC30: The Game of Benefits | with Dr. Ann Clark and Erin Krehbiel of ACI/MacroLife

    Joe Sherwood
    7 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Gamification and mobile technology can both make it easier for employees to use their benefits, and provide the motivation to make it want they want to do. In past episodes of Game Changer, we’ve looked at some gamified applications related to certain health benefits – such as episode 3 with UnitedHealth, episode 7 with Movable, […]
  • How to Use the Two Tools of Powerful Empathy to Engage People

    Jesse Lahey
    6 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    As you probably already know, yawns are contagious. Right now, the image below is causing many of you to feel the need to yawn. This even works with animals. A study by the University of London observed that 21 of 29 dogs yawned when a stranger yawned in front of them. Why? The answer is […]
  • 111: Getting Things Done (GTD) for Leaders | with David Allen

    Joe Sherwood
    1 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Being an engaging leader starts with engaging your own work and life optimally. Five years ago, Jesse had given up on the umpteenth system he’d tried for organization and productivity. As he went back to the drawing board, he discovered that a new approach had taken the world by storm. It was called Getting Things […]
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  • Your Network is your Net Worth

    Ather Imran
    14 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    We love to live in silos. Silos are our comfort zones where we do what we like. We stay in familiar surroundings. We meet with whom we are comfortable with. We do things that make us secure. This is typically our default behavior. Well that is very – for lack of better word – comfortable. […]
  • Hiring for a Marathon or Sprint?

    Ather Imran
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    An executive’s life is rife with decision making. Small or big, strategic or tactical, he seems to be always deciding. The worst backlog is that of pending decisions. The worst executive is one who is stalled and paralyzed. Of the decisions that get to his desk, most critical ones are on people: promotion, hiring, firing, […]
  • The Story of Story-telling

    Ather Imran
    3 Feb 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Jeff is a great guy. He has a knack of making others get his point. He is an excellent communicator. He engages others. He is convincing and persuasive. He generously quotes stories, anecdotes, historical events, personal experiences and real world examples. He uses these examples to get his point across. His narratives are realistic rather […]
  • NOT YET – and not NO – is your largest enemy

    Ather Imran
    23 Jan 2014 | 11:26 pm
    I have frequently written about change. Change sucks because its difficult to get out of our comfort zone, no matter how uncomfortable that comfort zone may be. We sometimes simply change at a superficial level when what is really needed is a Change of Heart. And what we are most scared of is not the final […]
  • How productive is the knowledge worker?

    Ather Imran
    1 Jan 2014 | 11:27 pm
    So here is the million dollar question that everyone asks – how productive is the knowledge worker? I think the question is way over priced. In some ways, it is misleading; in others its disastrous. Lets take a quick history tour. 19th and early 20th century were defined by blue-collar workers. It was the era […]
 
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    ReadyToManage

  • What is the Best Way to Manage a Virtual Team?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    21 May 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Even as little as 25 years ago the vast majority of teams worked together in the same physical location (and for the most part in close proximity to one another), but slowly and surely, the need for greater flexibility on both the employer and employee side have led to more and more team members being able to work remotely and now having whole teams working at completely independent locations. For individuals this trend has meant savings in commuting time and schedule flexibility, whereas for organizations it has led to lower employee travel costs and lower office accommodation costs (and…
  • How Does Our Brain Make Decisions?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    15 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Although psychologists all over the world have been seriously trying to determine this for well over a hundred years now, it is neuro-scientific research in the last decade or so that has provided the most compelling and interesting findings on how the adult human brain works in terms of decision-making. In broad terms this reveals that emotional decisions (or ones that are often made the most quickly) are mainly made by the older parts of our brain (the so-called reptilian and mammalian brain) and the generally slower and more rational or considered ones made by the modern brain or…
  • Is the “5 Why” Method Still a Useful Tool?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    8 May 2015 | 1:50 am
    To solve anything other than a simple problem properly, you need to drill down through the symptoms to the underlying or what are often more commonly called the root causes. A simple but effective way to do this is to use the “5 Whys” technique. This is a relatively straightforward tool, but it can be a very powerful one. The 5-why approach had its beginnings in Japan in the late 1940’s when Sakichi Toyoda, one of the fathers of the Japanese industrial revolution and the establishment of the car company Toyota. While the technique was used as only one part of its internal process…
  • Why Does “Customer Development” Matter to Every Organization?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    1 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    Customer Development (as opposed to the more familiar Customer Acquisition or Product development models) is a four-step framework developed by entrepreneur and business school Professor Steve Blank. The model aims to help companies (especially new start up ones) discover and validate the right customers and market for their ideas, and to build the right product features that meet real customers’ expectations. Blank’s model has four parts to it (shown in the diagram below) although in this article we will be mainly concerned with the first two steps of “customer discovery” and…
  • HR Bureaucrats, Bleeding Hearts and Nerds

    Anne Sandberg
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:36 am
    Human Resources professionals come in all shapes and sizes; we wear different hats and often experience conflicting priorities. Over my own career I have found that success working in HR is a balancing act and comes from knowing your own biases, strengths and motivation. The particular blend we each favor often leads us into different specialty areas – from employee benefits to OD work, for example.  When too far out of balance on each of the three realms described in this article, we risk becoming stereotypic – I call these types Bureaucrats, Bleeding Hearts and Nerds. This article…
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    Coaching for Leaders

  • How to Stop Worrying

    Dave Stachowiak
    20 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    At the end of this week’s member spotlight, Tom mentioned that he’d like to know more about how others handle stress. As luck (or not) would have it, the past week was a particularly stressful one for me too. I’ve spent time during the past few days considering what clients, colleagues, family members (and me) have done in the past to combat stress. Here are key things I’ve found that worked and may be helpful to you as well. Seal Off Your Troubles In Dale Carnegie’s classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living*, a central lesson is to live in day tight compartments. Carnegie…
  • 6 Quotes to Help You Lead

    Dave Stachowiak
    13 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    Sometimes a sentence or two says more than an entire book. This week, here are six quotes to help you lead and why they’re relevant: Ralph Waldo Emerson Who you are stands over you and thunders so I cannot hear what you say. Many people will take you at your word early in the relationship. Most people will also give you the grace for an honest mistake (in fact, getting comfortable admitting when you’re wrong is a core trait of an effective leader). However, actions speak way louder than words. Emerson contends that if you actions don’t align with your words, they ultimately drown…
  • 5 People Worth Following on Twitter

    Dave Stachowiak
    6 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    A year ago, I gave a presentation at a client site on some of the best, free professional development resources. One of them was Twitter. Whenever I mention Twitter to someone who doesn’t use it, a common response I hear is, “I don’t care what people are having for breakfast.” That may have been valid five years ago, but today Twitter is hugely influential (and big business itself). You’re missing out if you haven’t given it a first or second look. Even if you never tweet, following key professionals in your industry will give you instant insight into what they see as relevant.
  • 5 Tips to Coach Better

    Dave Stachowiak
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:46 am
    I changed the name of this podcast in 2012. It was called “Coaching Skills for Leaders” for the first six months. For a lot of reasons (including getting a web domain name that matched) I shortened the title. But my intent to help leaders become better coaches has not wavered. In today’s guide, resources that will help you coach better. Thank You, Madam Toastmaster The recommendation to consider Toastmasters International for public speaking skills came up on a recent show. I was a Toastmaster for five years and it did a lot for my speaking and self-confidence. One task that every…
  • 4 Realities of Learning

    Dave Stachowiak
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    A few months ago, I hired a guitar teacher for weekly lessons. The results of learning guitar sound great: playing songs for our kids, embracing my creative side, stretching my boundaries. After a few months, I’m keenly reminded why I first quit guitar a decade ago: It’s painful to be bad at something. In today’s guide, four realities of learning. That’s All I Need You’d be hard-pressed to identify a more successful comedic career than the one of Steve Martin. All told, he spent 18 years doing stand-up. He’s said that one of the lowest points in his career, when he most doubted…
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    Tom Talks

  • Can Business Save the World?

    Tom Salonek
    19 May 2015 | 12:51 am
    Have you noticed all the articles and blog posts lately about corporate responsibility, sustainability, philanthropy and ethics? I was especially intrigued by a post on Fortune magazine’s website by author Rob Asghar about the 2015 Oslo Business for Peace Summit and a subsequent Business for Peace award ceremony. Asghar writes that the participants “described a new, [...]The post Can Business Save the World? appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • 6 New(er) Drivers of Growth

    Tom Salonek
    14 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    There was an interesting article on Inc.com titled “Up Next: The Greatest Era of Entrepreneurship and Small Business The World Has Ever Seen“.  It points out six trends that will drive growth and entrepreneurship: . . . Micro-entrepreneurs.  If you’ve sold on eBay, Craigslist, or Etsy, used Uber or Airbnb, or used a service like [...]The post 6 New(er) Drivers of Growth appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Asking for Support to Get Things Done

    Tom Salonek
    12 May 2015 | 12:28 am
    If you need cooperation on something, ask for support before you go public. People want to follow thru on commitments. In 1987, a social scientist named Anthony Greenwald asked voters on election-day eve if they’d vote. 100% said yes. On election day, 86.7% of those asked went to the polls compared to 61.5% of those [...]The post Asking for Support to Get Things Done appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Intertech Named to Top 25 Development Firms List

    Tom Salonek
    7 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    Thanks to our customers and employees Intertech was named to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s List of Top 25 Web Development Firms.    The post Intertech Named to Top 25 Development Firms List appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Communicating Good vs. Bad News

    Tom Salonek
    5 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    When communicating good vs. bad news, use the following approach: Have good news?  Share it has it happens.  Research says we like winning.  Winning $5 twice feels better than $10 once.  In business, if you have good stuff to share, share it has it happens. Have bad news?  Bunch it up.  Research says we don’t [...]The post Communicating Good vs. Bad News appeared first on Tom Talks.
 
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    Millennial CEO

  • How Applebee’s is Bringing Sexy Back with Live Streaming

    Vincenzo Landino
    22 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    “What’s your handle on Periscope?” This was a question asked to me by one of the 2,000 people in Times Square for Applebee’s “Taste the Change Fest”. “Applebee’s“, I said without so much as a stutter. When I was asked to handle a live streaming feed for Applebee’s at their huge, new-menu party in Times Square, I was floored. Not only was a major national brand asking me to takeover their live-streaming handle, they were trusting me to deliver excitement and engage with an audience they hadn’t yet tapped into. Interviewing Jason…
  • How to build a Superb Team: Chemistry is Almost Everything

    Amy Tobin
    22 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Over the past 20 years of my career I’ve worked in many different arrangements; as a sole proprietor, as the manager of a small business, as a wholesale road rep out there on my own with nearly complete autonomy, as a Sales Manager, and then, right before we started ArCompany, as a sole proprietor again for a few years. The primary lesson I’ve learned over the years is that I do not like operating alone; I get my energy from people, like all true extroverts. Although I enjoy working on some projects alone, working by myself full time drains me. That doesn’t mean that working with any…
  • #Cloudtalk: Which Came First, Mobile or The Cloud?

    Brian Fanzo
    21 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Make sure to RSVP here, via G+ Hangout, or watch the interview live on the YouTube Channel below. As always, you can join the conversation on Twitter during the live broadcast using the hashtag #CloudTalk. Come on by and share your knowledge, submit your own questions for our guest, or simply hang out and learn from our community. Watch the discussion live on Google+, YouTube, or Meerkat. (If you miss it live the replay will be available on YouTube) Which Came First: Mobile or the Cloud Q1. Cloud is a super hot topic today. What do you think the biggest drivers of cloud growth are…
  • The Age of Geekdom – Is It Cool To Be A Geek?

    Chris Barrows
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you look up the definition of “geek” on the internet, you’ll find a very wide range of descriptions. Merriam Webster went as far as defining it as “a person who is socially awkward and unpopular.” It’s fair to say I disagreed with that particular definition… and with good reason. Let’s take a moment to be realistic here. Simply look around and you’ll see that geek culture is thriving. If you don’t believe me, take a quick look at a few facts: Lootcrate has over 200,000 subscribers to its’ $20 per month service. New York…
  • Create More Options For Your Future

    Cheval John
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I remember the day I “received” my first college degree. The atmosphere was really cool on that May of 2008 evening. Mind you, I had already graduated with my Associates Degree in December of 2007. The community college system I had graduated from, holds one ceremony for all people who had graduated the previous fall, and those about to graduate in the spring and summer time. For four years, I was working towards obtaining the first degree which led to me receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in 2009. I had started college late at an age where most were already receiving their degrees. I was…
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    People First

  • Lead to Succeed in Selling: Do Unto Others…

    Deb Calvert
    20 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    We’ve been writing for quite some time here about the need to reposition yourself as a seller. In fact, we advocate that you stop selling and start leading. In this post, it’s time to clarify. Leading your buyer doesn’t mean doing too much for them. It doesn’t mean doing anything to them. Some recent examples […]
  • 5 Ways to Boost Team Effectiveness by Being More Transparent

    Deb Calvert
    18 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Transparent: Easily seen through, recognized or detected. Business transparency is openness, communication and accountability. It is the full, accurate and complete disclosure of information in a timely manner. If you are not being transparent, it will seem as if you are: Not forthcoming, candid, open. Not trusting others. Hoarding information for self-serving purposes. Not seeking […]
  • Lead to Succeed: The Importance of Being First

    Deb Calvert
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Consumer habits have changed dramatically. Some readers will remember what it was like just 20 years ago shopping for a car, an appliance or furniture. These major purchases were usually made after much deliberation and after visiting numerous sales outlets to compare products, prices and options. The average shopper, research tells us, visited at least […]
  • How to Boost Your Effectiveness by Reducing Your Number of Followers

    Deb Calvert
    11 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are your followers holding you back? As a leader, pushing forward to make things happen, are you sometimes mired in managing too many people? What could you do if you were liberated to lead? The choice to do so is your own to make. You can easily reduce the number of followers you have and make […]
  • In Sales, You’ve Got to Lead to Succeed: Start by Doing a Little Extra

    Deb Calvert
    6 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    If you are in sales and haven’t yet seen the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson movie “The Internship,” put it at the top of your must-watch movies list. The movie concludes with a classic sales lesson, one that too many sellers are forgetting in their struggle to simply sell. The movie’s sales lesson is simple: you have […]
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    Thin Difference

  • Go to a National Park This Summer!

    Jon Mertz
    23 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    Our urban worlds are filled with wires, traffic, devices, and digital distractions galore. To regain our soul, nature floods in with renewing powers. More than the air that clears our lungs, the beauty sparks something deep inside and we feel at ease. All distractions disappear, other than our thoughts and what we absorb from the mountains, streams, prairies, and skies. This is what our national and state parks deliver – a moment to reconnect with awe and wonder. The current issue of Time underscores our lack of time away with a cover story asking “Who Killed Summer Vacation?” Some of…
  • Top Trends In Leadership Development For 2015

    Guest
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Guest Post by Alison Brattle Many companies spend a significant chunk of their training budget on executive-level training, and it’s usually money well spent. In 2014, the human side of leadership and business featured prominently in general and sales training. Many companies began to develop a more democratic style of leadership, with huge potential for positive results. Staying abreast of current leadership trends can provide positive results too; so what’s happening in 2015? Smaller Companies Making Larger Investments Investing in employees, with training opportunities such as…
  • Graduation is Just a Phase

    Jon Mertz
    16 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    Graduation is often viewed as a launching point to solve complex problems and tackle big challenges. After years of learning, graduates are prepared and ready to take over. The stark reality is graduation is just a phase, like a trimester. (tweet to share) Graduating means another development phase has passed. Viewing graduation as a completion is wrong. Yes, a diploma was given but it really should be a learner’s permit, renewed often. (tweet to share) What I am saying is simply this. Graduation is just one development phase you have passed through. There are more to come, which is right…
  • What Millennials Should Know About Fear and Chasing Dreams

    Jeremy Chandler
    13 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    Life as a Millennial can feel unpromisingly complex at times. We wrestle through questions about work and what we’re supposed to with our lives. We struggle with the challenges of adulthood, trying to overcome the fears that with relationships, mortgages, and trying to make it on our own. We start our twenties sprinting toward the idea that we can change the world only to reach a point where we feel like we’re stumbling through life most days. Despite the frustration, I’m starting to realize that these challenges and questions can be a good thing if we leverage them in the right way. My…
  • Crafting a Conscious Culture

    Jon Mertz
    9 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    A good thing is happening. More companies are awakening to what a conscious culture can mean for their business, and Millennials will be instigating more change on how purpose and profit are intertwined within an organization. Achieve, in partnership with the Case Foundation, added to their 2014 Millennial Impact Report with a six-month research update entitled “Inspiring the Next Generation Workforce.” What inspires Millennials to join an organization? A career search now includes a review of what an organization’s cause is, if any. In fact, 39% of Millennials take a look at this…
 
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    TalentCulture

  • How To Convert More Candidates Using Psychology

    Ben Slater
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    In today’s hyper-competitive recruitment market, the secret to convincing great talent to apply is often as simple as understanding exactly what they want (and expect) from your company. Unfortunately, we’re too busy to get to know all candidates personally. So, what do we do? Well how about a secret weapon?Try to convert candidates using psychology. Developing a basic understanding of the subtleties of the human mind can give you a major headstart in the hiring process. Our brains often react in the same way to certain impulses, so there is plenty of scope for finding creative…
  • #TChat Preview: How Improving the Candidate Experience Empowers a Better Workforce

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at its new time from 1-2 pm ET (10-11 am PT). Last week we talked about how disruptive technologies will empower the future of HR, and this week we’re going to talk about how improving the candidate experience empowers a better workforce. The hiring economy today is highly complex. Even though job growth has improved dramatically in the past 14 months, employers still struggle to fill jobs due to talent shortages. The Candidate Experience (CandE) Awards were created to provide a universal measure of the candidate…
  • #TChat Recap: How Disruptive Technologies Will Empower The Future Of HR

    Meghan M. Biro
    21 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    This week we were joined by Alexandra Levit, Future of Work speaker, author of “They Don’t Teach Corporate in College” and long time friend of #TChat. Alexandra talked with us about how disruptive technologies will empower the future of HR. The next decade will huge change to the world of work. We discussed those disruptive digital HR technologies that will influence the form and function of HR in a various ways like how and where we work today, how we recruit and hire, and how we train and develop the workforce. The podcast also touched on which tools, such as email and those…
  • Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Employee Engagement

    Mark Lukens
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Employee engagement is ever more vital for modern businesses. As social media and big data make it easier for us to hunt out potential employees and try to lure them to work for us, so we face the growing risk of having our own best talent lured away. Employee engagement remains largely about getting the most from your staff, but it is also becoming ever more important for hanging on to the staff you have. So how can you get the most out of engagement and avoid its most common pitfalls? A long Term Investment Shifting from thinking about employee engagement to employee investment might sound…
  • Don’t Let Bad Reviews Get You Down In The Dumps

    Greg Rokos
    18 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    You can’t guarantee every employee is going to have a perfect experience with your company. Job dissatisfaction is bound to happen no matter how great the company culture and management team are. Bad reviews will happen and disengaged or unhappy employees will surface. Unfortunately, 50% of job seekers look online for reviews when they research companies to work for, so it’s inevitable they will come across a bad one. In the case there are bad reviews of your company, don’t let this distract from the positive ones. Instead, use these 4 effective ways to ensure quality employer…
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    Leadership XL | Leadership XL

  • Tuesday Tip: A Farmers Work Ethic

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

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

    Jason Cortel
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    Working out isn’t just good for your body. It improves your well-being and greatly impacts how you carry yourself. Working out is proven to change an “off day” into a productive one. Doing sit-ups, taking a 20 minute brisk walk or 10 minutes of jumping jacks will boost your ego by giving you a greater feeling of control which ultimately boosts your self-confidence. Here are 6 ways working out will help your leadership presence: Working out provides a sense of accomplishment Refreshed and a sense of pride are two of the greatest things that come from having an intense and…
  • How Leaders Encourage Harmony

    Jason Cortel
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:24 am
    It is natural for people to form groups at work. They group and bond with others who share similar backgrounds, interests and job functions among other reasons. Usually these groups are formed with good intentions but as time goes on these groups could evolve into cliques and if they do the effects can be damaging to the health and prosperity of an organization. These cliques become especially disruptive to the harmony of the organization in two primary areas: 1) When new people join Companies invest a lot of money in finding new talent. When new talent is treated like an outsider their ramp…
  • Tuesday Tip: 5 Ways to Show Them How Great You Are

    Jason Cortel
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:41 am
    Every day you need to have the mindset that you are going to show people how great you are. This has to be what motivates you through the tough days and times. When you walk into a room, when you are on a call, when you are making a pitch and even when you are just passing by. Do these 5 things to always show people how great you are. Listen better We are moving faster and faster. People are busier than ever hopping from one thing to the next. Business is moving at the speed of light. Listening has become more important than ever. Listen to yourself, your peers, your employees and your…
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    The Leadership Hub

  • Are You Finding Your Leadership Voice?

    Jim Taggart
    24 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, including gender and race. The prevailing myth in much of the Western world, as well as in most developing countries, is that leadership is a man’s game, whether in politics or corporations. Furthermore, in such countries as Australia, the United States, Canada, Great Britain and France, leaders have tended to be white, tall guys. Bad habits are hard to break. Eliminating the myth that leadership resides at the top of organizations and bureaucracies, skewed heavily towards men, is a particular challenge. Click here to continue…
  • "You’re not only a leader, you are a leader of leaders."

    Inspector Gadget
    22 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    800-CEO-READ invited America's first four-star female general, Ann Dunwoody, to talk leadership and her book. A wonderful attitude to your work. Here's 3 points to take from the interview: 1. There is no 'cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all solution' Despite first impressions of the army, Ann's leadership style encompasses not only discipline and codes, but empathy, understanding; the human element: "With a baseline of treating everyone with dignity and respect, leaders need the ability, the instincts if you will, to act accordingly to individual situations. Leadership really does involve the…
  • Who said it? "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new" (Infographic)

    The Architect
    21 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    Submitted by Successstory.com. Tags: inspiration, Great Quotes, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, Albert EinsteinGroups audience: Be Inspired
  • One Woman’s Fight to Reform Islam: Heretic

    Jim Taggart
    18 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    We often associate the word leadership with politicians (primarily males) or big shot CEOs and entrepreneurs. However, leadership comes in another form: people who aren’t leading an organization but rather a cause. Witness the courageous work of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai in advocating the right for girls to receive an education. Her advocacy almost got her killed by the Pakistani Taliban when she was only 15 years old. Her fight goes on.Consider Ayaan Hirshi Ali, a Somalian-born woman who was a practicing Muslin for some 20 years, but who later as an adult made an…
  • A Learning Distillery: Whole leadership books in 5 min animations

    Phil Dourado
    12 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    From 30SecondsMail (who have undercut me by 30 seconds, but I don't care as it's a great idea). We recently launched our "Book Distillery": We create super short and crisp 5 minute animated video abstracts of famous business books. There's no easier and funnier way to digest a whole book in such a short time. And it's 100% free (and always will be) :) We thought maybe your readers would like to know about it. There will be one new "video-book" every week. Here is our first video "Zero to One - by Peter Thiel" Coming up: The Lean Startup, the 4-hour work week and many many more. - Ajie Check…
 
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    Insight Experience

  • Business Simulations Transcend the “World’s Dumbest Idea”

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

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

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

    Amanda Young Hickman
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    The end of a brand is often a rotten confluence of events—economic trends, smart competitors, and changing technologies can all be the death knell for a company.  However, leaders or leadership teams that stay balanced in their approach improve the odds of seeing potentially fatal challenges early enough to address them. There is an interesting interplay between business failure and “unbalanced” leadership.  An article in the Huffington Post recently chronicled the downfall of 9 iconic brands that “could soon be dead.”  These brands vividly tell stories of leaders who either lost…
  • Catch the Tidal Wave: Coaching the Coach

    Karen Maxwell Powell
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Actor Victor Webster is quoted as saying, “If you throw a pebble in the water on one side of the ocean, you can create a tidal wave on the other side.” The same could be said for the actions of a leader. The question for many mid to senior-level leaders is not whether their choices make an impact, but how big a difference can they make. With greater span of control, they move further and further from the operations of the business (and often the direct contact with the customer). Ironically, from a position of more power they must rely not on themselves to effect change, but on the…
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  • 3 Ways a Leader’s Attitude Impacts the Team

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

    Jason Cortel
    19 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    Farmers have a strong work ethic. Rarely will you see anyone on a farm slacking, procrastinating, complaining or carelessly completing a task. How can you instill a farmer’s work ethic in your employees? Work must be valued You need to get your own attitude in the right place about all of the tasks that your employees are responsible for. Even the most mundane tasks need to be viewed as necessary and important to the continued operation of the business. When they see that you value every task they are responsible for they begin to accept having to do them and they do so with skill and take…
  • Tuesday Tip: 8 Things Smart Leaders Have Given Up

    Jason Cortel
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:26 am
    Success can be based on a number of factors. Most often we are told what we need to be successful when it reality it is what we need to give up. My list of 8 things smart leaders have given up to be successful in life and work. 1) Fear While fear can help us stay out of trouble it can also prevent us from accomplishing the great things in life. Everyone feels fear when faced with the unknown or something new. To be successful you have to project confidence and take action despite your feelings of fear. 2) I’m not good enough You are where you are today because you earned it, not by some…
  • How Working Out Improves Leadership Presence

    Jason Cortel
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:05 am
    Working out isn’t just good for your body. It improves your well-being and greatly impacts how you carry yourself. Working out is proven to change an “off day” into a productive one. Doing sit-ups, taking a 20 minute brisk walk or 10 minutes of jumping jacks will boost your ego by giving you a greater feeling of control which ultimately boosts your self-confidence. Here are 6 ways working out will help your leadership presence: Working out provides a sense of accomplishment Refreshed and a sense of pride are two of the greatest things that come from having an intense and…
  • How Leaders Encourage Harmony

    Jason Cortel
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:24 am
    It is natural for people to form groups at work. They group and bond with others who share similar backgrounds, interests and job functions among other reasons. Usually these groups are formed with good intentions but as time goes on these groups could evolve into cliques and if they do the effects can be damaging to the health and prosperity of an organization. These cliques become especially disruptive to the harmony of the organization in two primary areas: 1) When new people join Companies invest a lot of money in finding new talent. When new talent is treated like an outsider their ramp…
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    RW McIntyre Leadership Notes

  • Without Workforce Planning, Your Company Could Become Extinct

    Ron
    24 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Having discussed employee engagement the last couple of weeks thought I would take one element and expand it to a brief discussion. Have you ever thought about workforce planning? In my opinion, it is a key, proactive, step for long-term … Continue reading → The post Without Workforce Planning, Your Company Could Become Extinct appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Engagement to Innovate

    Ron
    17 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Last week we discussed eight suggestions that could put vitality into your company through innovation. These ideas really focused on the triggers for empowering innovative thought and action so today I want to take this a bit deeper. To really … Continue reading → The post Engagement to Innovate appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Sustaining Innovation is Critical

    Ron
    10 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    If you own a business today and you want it to be around for a long time, you need to spend at least 33% of your time (my number) innovating. In our hyper-connected, fast-moving world, where people expect things to … Continue reading → The post Sustaining Innovation is Critical appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 6 Building Blocks for Employee Engagement

    Ron
    3 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    A high level of employee engagement in an organization is linked to excellent business performance, including increased profitability, productivity, employee retention, customer satisfaction and safety levels. Senior leaders often discuss the need for all of the results but find it … Continue reading → The post 6 Building Blocks for Employee Engagement appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Surveys, Still Valuable to Your Business?

    Ron
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are surveys still valuable in your business? I have been asking myself this question for the last six months to a year. The sad problem is that I answer myself with the paradoxical “Yes” and “No”. On the telephone, in … Continue reading → The post Surveys, Still Valuable to Your Business? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
 
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    Paul Keijzer

  • 3 Terrific Books on Delivering Happiness to Your Employees

    Paul Keijzer
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I recently read Tony Hsie’s semi-autobiography on his journey to fame and success in Zappo’s. It’s a fascinating read because the premise of trying to deliver happiness is a far cry from my experience in and with most companies. Also, the book reminded me of two other books I read that opened my mind. Maverick, Ricardo Semler First Maverick by Ricardo Semler who in 1988, yes in 1988, wrote a book about how he transformed a Brazilian traditional family food business into one of the most unusual workplaces on the planet. Borrowing from Andrew Schonbek’s review of the book,…
  • Are Men Really Important in HR?

    Paul Keijzer
    18 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Have you ever heard anyone refer to HR as the parent figure of an organization? Well, most likely they’re thinking of a mother and not the father (even if they don’t say so). HR is the department that plays middleman between the employees and management of the company. To achieve this, it really takes a certain balance of skills to be perceived as the person who’s taking care of the employees while in reality you’re constantly thinking in terms of the benefits for the organization. HR is one of the rare fields where I think women have achieved a leg up on the gender…
  • 4 Lessons to Learn from Bad Employees

    Paul Keijzer
    13 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    There are times when instead of learning form the perfect leader or amazing person, you learn from the people who are actually misfits in an organization. These are the people who step on everybody’s toes, do stupid things, have a “can’t be bothered attitude” and are simply not interested. They’re just there to collect a pay-check. Rather than a “Role Model” they’re bad employees or what I like to call “Rogue Model”. Over the span of my career I have come across plenty of Rogue Models – people you don’t want to emulate.
  • 4 Team Collaboration Tools You Need to Try Today

    Paul Keijzer
    11 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This topic never gets old for me. Maybe it’s because the ability to coordinate with team members spread all across the world is crucial for my success. Or maybe it’s because I know that there are better ways than using only email to work on team projects. Though the list of team collaboration tools are endless, I’m only getting into the details of the 4 which I feel are most valuable: Asana for team collaboration without email Slack for team communication without email Google Drive for real time team collaboration Evernote for long term team collaboration That’s the…
  • 5 Proven Ways to Successfully Restructure a Company in Asia

    Paul Keijzer
    6 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    One of the main reasons I decided to make Asia my home was the opportunity to help companies and people to grow. We were able to focus on development rather than restructure a company and improve efficiency that was (and still is) the need of the hour in Europe. Frontier markets in Asia and Africa are all about growth, capturing opportunities, developing people, building organisations and creating value. However this doesn’t mean that people always get it right. More often than not, leaders and companies get it wrong and have to attune their business model in order to survive.
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    SecondIron's Blog

  • Thank a Veteran This Memorial Day

    cjohnstonjax
    22 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Time for parades and barbecues. Meanwhile let us not forget to say thank you. As we celebrate the long weekend. Make plans for picnics, parades and food. It is not without our veterans that we have this luxury. I personally come from a family of veterans. Both my grandfather's served in the military as did my mother. Many that will read this have lost family members and friends in the many wars that have been served. When we decide to show gratitude for these men and women of our armed forces. It goes beyond throwing a parade or flying our flag. Many of these…
  • 5 Things Every Graduate Needs

    cjohnstonjax
    19 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    Another school year is coming to a close. Many students are graduating from college this month. Many will be running out into the streets with eyes wide open full of ambition. These graduates both young and old share a common thread. Great aspirations for their future. Met with fear and anxiety. The stark realization of the next steps dilemma has begun. All the recruiters, advisers, family and friends will share what your next steps should be. As someone that just went through graduation, albeit a little unconventionally, I have some tips to share. You have your whole life ahead of you.
  • How are You Going to Share Their Story?

    cjohnstonjax
    13 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    All of us have a story to tell, some are just looking for the ears to listen. How are you going to share their Story? How are You Going to Share Their Story? Some of you may remember shortly after I started SecondIron's Blog I shared a story about a gentleman I met out in the rain. This man had nothing to offer and yet I had all to gain. He was homeless and looking for company more than a handout. I told his story of how he was needing a few dollars in order to find a place out of the rain to stay. I ran into this same man yesterday. I will call him Joe, as to not give away his real name that…
  • Self-Acceptance: Is It Truly Possible?

    cjohnstonjax
    11 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    Today I am wrapping up the graduation celebrations and starting a new chapter in my journey. As I turn the page, once again I am turning over my blog to another talented blogger. My guest today, Debra Hennesy will share with you her thought on self -acceptance many can relate to. Join me in giving a warm welcome to Debra. Self-Acceptance: Is It Truly Possible? A couple of years ago, I was approached by our high school class president about heading up a committee for our class reunion (okay, I actually brought the subject up to him, so technically I volunteered…WHY do I bring these things on…
  • Capes and matching red tights not required

    cjohnstonjax
    6 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Once again as I prepare for my upcoming graduation I am handing the reigns over to a guest blogger. Today’s post is by Tom Swan, who usually blogs at ask Tom Swan. Take a moment and welcome Tom to the conversation and read his contribution. Capes and matching red tights not required Ask any child under the age of three what they want to be when they grow up.  Most likely they will tell you they want to be a super hero.  You might even be lucky enough to hear about all of the super powers they will have. Somewhere between the age of three and adulthood, we stop dreaming.  We lose the…
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    Steve Farber: Extreme Leadership

  • Burn Your Vision Statement

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

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

    Steve
    14 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
        OS!Ms (Oh Shit! Moments) are often done publicly, and they should be. When leaders put themselves out on a limb, even in the face of fear, they send a message to their people that everyone should be pursuing growth. Leaders should relish making mistakes in public–when you show you can publicly acknowledge mistakes made in the effort to grow, people see you as a human being, not a drone, and they will follow you and your lead, and pursue OS!Ms themselves.
  • Got Your Attention?

    Steve
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    To put it simply, Sam Horn is the most brilliant idea-extractor I’ve ever met. Every conversation I’ve ever had with her goes like this: She asks me a laser-focused question about what I’m working on. I stammer out an attempt at an answer while… She pulls out her notebook and starts jotting All followed by more questions (from her), more stammering (from me), more jotting (by her) for several rounds. And at the end, out pops some incredibly insightful, practical, and fantastic ideas from her and crystal clarity for me. She’s a freakin’ savant, is what she…
  • A Special Video for Readers of The Radical Leap

    Steve
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:47 pm
    This special video is for you ONLY if you’ve read The Radical Leap. (If you haven’t, you can pop over to Amazon to get the new, 10th Anniversary Edition, read it, and then watch the video ) If you have read Leap (or listened to it as an audiobook) then please watch this video. I’m announcing something that I’ve never done before, and I’d love for you to be a part of it. Piqued your interest? Then have a look:                  
 
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    Heads Up Coaching and Consulting

  • When Being Right Is Sooooo Wrong

    Lisa Parker
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    How to disagree without being disagreeable A few years ago, I was hired as the executive coach for Roger, a VP and the supply chain manager for a mid-sized manufacturing company. (Click here to see the story.) Roger was hired to increase efficiency in dealing with vendors. An extremely dedicated and results-oriented individual, he accomplished his main goal – to trim the list of approved vendors – within his first six months. Unfortunately, not everyone was happy with the result, and at one meeting Roger was publically challenged by the VP of the company’s flagship product.
  • A Management Moment With…Nelson Mandela

    Lisa Parker
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less! “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” – Nelson Mandela Managers: It’s not often we are reminded to bring our good hearts to work, and so as long as we are talking about giving people feedback, remember this one thing: As long as your intentions in providing the feedback are honorable, and you have your facts in hand, delivered with the sincere desire to help your colleague improve, then your head and your heart are in the right place. The post A Management Moment With…Nelson…
  • Do You Deliver “Fight or Flight” Feedback?

    Lisa Parker
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    How to keep everyone poised and present! Why is it that even though we crave feedback, we still cringe in anticipation of the discussion? Because it is stressful to hear that some aspect of our performance is sub-par, and fight/flight/freeze is a stress response. Even if it’s only a little thing, when we hear the feedback we may still feel embarrassed, or disappointed in ourselves, or even ashamed if we let someone down. These are powerful emotions, and it’s difficult to manage strong emotions and still remain poised, confident and fully present. How does the stress response show…
  • A Management Moment With…Winston Churchill

    Lisa Parker
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less! “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Winston Churchill Attention managers: Difficult conversations are difficult for both parties, but they are especially difficult when the parties involved do not have equal power or authority. Of course it takes courage to say the difficult messages that bosses often have to say. But it takes at least as much courage for bosses to sit back and listen. You might hear some things that you don’t want to hear, but…
  • A Management Moment With…Steven Spielberg

    Lisa Parker
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less! “All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.”                                                                   — Steven Spielberg Attention Managers:  Very soon most of you will be delivering performance reviews. If you’re good at it, you’ll concentrate on WHAT your team members achieved, HOW they got it done, and WHY it matters. But have you thought about the WHO? Who do you need them to be,…
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  • Social Media: A Professional’s Best Tool Used Wisely!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com “Smart phones and social media expand our universe. We can connect with others or collect information easier and faster than ever.” Daniel Goleman They say, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks!”  If the “new tricks” are related to social media, “they” are wrong!  I was never a fan of social media until I assumed my current position and, to this day, “tweeting” makes absolutely no sense to me, but I…
  • I Like Hot French Fries

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop In this world of high technology, it’s important to give employees and customers what they want: High Touch!  It’s all very simple.  For some reason, we all insist on being human, and I (for one) think that’s great.  I don’t want to be a robot–plugged into a computer and expected to act like an extension of some…
  • Time Machine Tuesday: Work is Honorable

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com From Our Early Files: Originally Published 2 July 2013 “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of my generation worked their way through college as I did. But I had an advantage as I had already worked my way through high school. During those four years, I worked 540 hours each summer to pay tuition and 20…
  • Monday Quote

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    18 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com   “Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.“ Dwight D. Eisenhower                          How did you enjoy today’s post? If you liked what you read, sign up for our frequent newsletter by clicking HERE — and you’ll also receive our handy Leader’s Reference List … Read the rest The post Monday Quote…
  • What Does It Mean to Be a Leader?

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    15 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com Dont explain your philosophy. Embody it.” Epictetus I love reading all of the great blogs here on generalleadership.com.   It is like having your own staff of great military leaders to learn from. Just recently, blogs on 6 Foundations of Followership and From Technical Expert to Successful Leader (both great reads) have been published. Have you ever wondered as a reader, how can I do that? How can I act with integrity and…
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  • A principled character.

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

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

    Elena Iacono
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    I work in communications and can attest to the power of a carefully crafted message. Moschino put out their Spring / Summer 2015 collection and I was immediately drawn to the following bag – see image below.   If you know me, I only do black. Black nails, black clothes, black car, black on black everything. Would I realistically wear this bag? My best friend told me no. Would my husband appreciate me dropping over $800 on a PVC bag? Probably not. What is it about the bag? The Mattel font. Duh. I don’t have kids nor do I have kids in my life who play with Barbies. So…
  • Lean heavily on you.

    Elena Iacono
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:20 pm
    The parallels between leadership and the business machines that bring us what we watch and listen to fascinate me like no other. You can say I’m really into observing the subtle lessons pop culture has to offer. Take Lady Gaga. She’s a powerhouse. But recently reviews suggested she lost her lustre.

What does she do? She very simply focuses on her core offering. Takes the stage and delivers. No fuss, no muss. The point is this: We try hard to stay fresh, to stay relevant, to stay revered. But if we cycle too far away from what truly defines us we lose credibility. From a…
  • Create. Then manage.

    Elena Iacono
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:15 pm
    I wrote this piece in 2010 as part of the requirements for my Masters degree at Ryerson University. My professor laughed at me initially – but then I got an A…I was happy. (And just in case you don’t know..I live, breathe, love Madonna). The creation and management of audiences – the success of Madonna’s career. Written by: Elena Iacono  Wednesday December 15th, 2010 Presented to: Professor Dan Rowe Course: Audiences and the Public Program: Masters of Professional Communication, Ryerson University “Let’s forget your life, forget your problems, administration, bills…
 
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  • 10 Fun Facts about Laughter and How it Can Help in the Workplace

    Jeremy Unruh
    20 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    Have you noticed increased absentee, tardy, and turnover rates in your office? When employees are bored and fatigued from the same daily repetition in the office, they become burned out and simply don’t want to go to work. This can make a person feel disconnected from their company, and lead to more absences and sometimes even push an employee to start looking for a more interesting and challenging job. How can you create a more stimulating work environment that will keep your employees happy and focused? The post 10 Fun Facts about Laughter and How it Can Help in the Workplace appeared…
  • Leadership Inspiration: 4 Quotes from Mad Men’s Don Draper

    Jeremy Unruh
    13 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    As the hit TV show Mad Men comes to an end, here is a look back at some of the more memorable and inspirational quotes that come from the show’s main character Don Draper. Sure, Don has issues with adultery, alcohol, and his own identity. So, yeah, on a personal level, he’s basically morally corrupt. But as a business leader, he’s actually quite successful. Just look at the team he has developed over the years—particularly up-and-coming star writer Peggy Olson. As displayed in her character’s growth throughout the show, one of Don’s skills is to see talent and help it develop to…
  • 5 Activities for Team-Building Outside of the Office

    Jeremy Unruh
    6 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    High-performing teams don’t just happen. They require cultivation. The right people with the right skills, the right habits, good communication. And trust. Trust is one of the most important components to a well-functioning team. One way to grow it is through team-building exercises. For some, the mere mention of team-building exercises elicits groans, eye rolls, and pessimism. But team-building exercises don’t have to be the same tired old ice-breakers, trust falls, or role-playing games. There are many different avenues to build trust—often at off-site venues. Here are a few ideas.
  • 6 Tips to Reduce Negativity in the Office

    Jeremy Unruh
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Just a small amount of poison can make an entire lake toxic, and the same can be true when it comes to negativity in the workplace. You might have experienced this in your own office—one pessimist, one whiner, one complainer, or one troublemaker can infect the attitudes of an entire team or even department. And, because those behaviors are often perceived as inherent and unalterable personality traits, they go unchecked. But that’s an assumption that can have damaging results, including declining morale, decreased productivity, disengagement, and ultimately, turnover. It’s best to…
  • Leading 360 Feedback Provider TBC, Redefines the Value of Partnership

    Jeremy Unruh
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:25 am
    The Booth Company (TBC), a global assessment company with over 4 decades of experience, specializing in 360s and survey customization, has unveiled a new Reseller Partnership Program that bridges the divide between Leadership Development Consultants and the validated 360 solutions that their customers demand. Based on early and strong demand, this program appears to be the long awaited answer for the many consultancies that need quick access to a validated 360 solution that is price competitive and ready to launch. This program is simple, has a low cost of entry and it’s powered by TBC’s…
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  • Worth and Women: Is asking for higher pay the real issue?

    Moe Carrick
    15 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Research confirms that women earn less money than men. Despite equal opportunity legislation, assertiveness training, and increased transparency about pay scales to ensure equality, women consistently earn less per hour, per week, per month for the same work, than their male counterparts. Many point to women’s hesitation to ask for a raise as a key cause of their generally lower starting and regular earnings. I have coached many female clients on the nuance of asking for what they want to make when being considered for a job, as well as how to continue to receive bonuses and…
  • Women at Work: An Interview with Cammie Dunaway

    Allegra Keith
    15 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    With Mother’s Day, TEDWomen, TEDxBendWomen and more happening in the month of May, Moementum is taking time to focus on the theme of “Women at Work.” What better way to explore the opportunities, successes and challenges created by the ever present gender dynamic at work than sitting down with Cammie Dunaway, a bonafide expert on juggling multiple complex roles as a professional, mother and partner. Cammie has served in executive roles such as Global CMO and US President of KidZania, EVP of Sales and Marketing at Nintendo, CMO at Yahoo! and VP of Kids and Teens Brands at Frito-Lay.
  • Overwhelm: More than a Woman’s Issue

    Jim Morris
    12 May 2015 | 9:11 pm
    I just finished reading Bridget Schulte’s “Overwhelmed: Work Love and Play When No One Has the Time.” I liked the book very much, but I am uncomfortable with its premise.  Like any great self-help author, Ms. Schulte ties together research, stories and perspectives to draw a number of conclusions that help us combat overwhelm. And though she says overwhelm is an issue for both genders, the implication is that women are clearly at the leading edge of the issue and feeling the greatest burden from it. I hear a lot of people talk about feeling overwhelmed – more so all…
  • Working Mother: Friend or Foe?

    Moe Carrick
    6 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    The innocuous term “working mother,” descriptive of me for 22 years, still leaves me feeling pushed up against the wall, it’s metaphoric hand on my throat. Inherent in the expression is the profound double bind that I, and many (white*) women, feel at the exact intersection of two of the most vital roles of our lives. First, let’s examine “working.” In our western society today, the common exchange of productivity through goods and services is money, which translates to safety and freedom. We make something, grow something, or do something, and this allows us to provide for our…
  • Seven Classic Missteps Men Make at Work

    Jim Morris
    3 May 2015 | 11:40 am
      When it comes to working with women on their teams, many of the male leaders we work with tell us that they aren’t blind to gender; they just don’t know how to acknowledge it without making a “misstep” – saying something with the best of intentions, but actually causing offense or some equally undesirable emotion. I recently publicly acknowledged the contribution of the only female on an otherwise all-male work team. Instead of feeling positively recognized, she felt embarrassed because I had not singled-out any other member of the team for their work. “Look,” she said,…
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  • Waves

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    23 May 2015 | 7:25 pm
     By Somali K Chakrabarti   Woken from slumber,  Waves welcome the rising sun  Joyous abandon!       If you like this post, please consider following the blog. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Please like, share and/or leave feedback in comments below! Filed under: Leadership, Miscellaneous
  • Sublime

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    22 May 2015 | 10:40 am
     By Somali K Chakrabarti   Cloak of cloud makes A sublime view, oblivious to Gloom that engulfs the crew     Image source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/481463016389635533/ If you like this post, please consider following the blog. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Please like, share and/or leave feedback in comments below! Filed under: Miscellaneous
  • Moon

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    20 May 2015 | 11:40 am
     By Somali K Chakrabarti   Does not heed to the dark,  With its shimmering light, Moon,  Quietly bathes the ocean     If you like this post, please consider following the blog. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Please like, share and/or leave feedback in comments below! Filed under: Inspirational, Leadership, Miscellaneous
  • When Problems are opportunities in disguise

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    18 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Problems are only opportunities in work clothes! ~ Henry J. Kaiser. This comment from Kokila on my post ‘Being Unreasonable may lead to Innovation’ triggered the thought for this writeup. We often whine about the no of problems that surround us and the difficulties that we face in our day to day lives. But then there are those who persevere under trying circumstance and turn the constraints into opportunities. Here’s the story of Toyota, a business that emerged successfully out of severe constraints during its formative years, guided by people who sought new…
  • Bold

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    13 May 2015 | 11:45 am
     By Somali K Chakrabarti https://www.pinterest.com/pin/481463016389745412/   Lone bystander,  Dares the freezing cold,  Red, hot, bold!   Thanks to all your encouraging comments on Braveheart. Here’s another haiku; this time following the rules (3-5-3 syllable count).   If you like this post, please consider following the blog. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Please like, share and/or leave feedback in comments below! Filed under: Inspirational, Leadership, Miscellaneous
 
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  • Introduction to “Mr. Business”

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

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

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

    Ying Ying Shi
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    We are often offered the opportunity to talk about ourselves. When those times come, we need to have a short introduction ready. The question is: how do you introduce yourself? As with most questions in life, there is no unique … Read more →
  • A day in my life

    Ying Ying Shi
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Today I am talking about a day because our life is formed by days. As we examine a cell to better understand organisms, we can also examine a day to better understand our lives. This is also one of the … Read more →
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  • What is Rapid Learning?

    Mindy Seiffert
    19 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    As a company that provides training, we keep watch over the trends that are making news, and rapid learning is on the rise.  While we know from what our clients tell us on a regular basis that learning in the classroom is not going away any time soon, we can’t ignore the upswing in demand for more just-in-time training experiences. How We Learn is Changing In his book, It Starts With Passion, Keith Abraham tells a story that illustrates this trend.  He says that he was trying to learn a new video editing software program and was having trouble figuring it out when his 12 year old…
  • How to Delegate Work to Your Team Without Being Annoying

    Mindy Seiffert
    12 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Tim Sieck, Organizational Development Consultant for On Target Talent, recently published this article on themuse. As a manager, one of the best ways to prepare your staff for future assignments is to delegate tasks that will (kindly) force them to stretch outside of their comfort zones. These stretch assignments often produce at least as much learning and growth as a training class or seminar would. In fact, author Cynthia McCauley says, “When managers and executives are asked to describe their careers, 50-75% of the experiences they describe are challenges encountered in their assignments…
  • Focus On Strengths: A Lesson From The School of Animals

    Tim Sieck
    12 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Do a quick search for the Parable of the School of Animals and you’ll likely encounter a dozen different versions of the story about focusing on strengths.  The one I rely on is attributed to George Reavis from 1940. The Parable of the School of Animals Once upon a time, the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of the “new world,” so they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming, and flying; and to make it easier to administer, all the animals took all the same subjects. The duck was excellent in…
  • Should You Post Your Company Values on the Wall?

    Mindy Seiffert
    6 May 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Do you know what the core company values are in your organization?  It has them.  All companies have core values.  They should be evident just by spending time in and around the work being done.  The thing that continues to puzzle me is the number of times I sit in the lobby of a company and read the poster on the wall declaring the company values, only to find no evidence of those values when I interact with the people who work there. Employee Behavior Must Be Consistent with the Values of the Company This became evident several years ago when we were working with a company in the…
  • It’s Time to Stop Talking About Soft Skills

    Mindy Seiffert
    6 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Recently, there has been a flood of articles about the importance of developing soft skills as a way to enhance your career. While there is truth to the premise of all these articles, I take exception to the phrase “soft skills”. There is nothing soft or easy about the skills of communicating, leading, and building relationships. In fact, they are often the hardest skills to master. To make matters worse, it’s an unfortunate truth that until we stop referring to any training that isn’t technical in nature as a soft skill, the training will never be seen as important enough to invest…
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  • Trucking & Transportation Industry Update: Speed Limiters, Drive-Cams, Healthcare Reform & More

    A.W. Ahern
    5 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Speed Limiters The Department of Transportation is about to mandate the use of speed limiters. Speed limiters are also known as electronic control modules on certain trucks traveling across US highways. The rule would apply to trucks weighing over 26,000 pounds and trucks traveling on roads with a speed limit of at least 55 mph. The American Trucking Association has requested limiters on all new trucks, and the Safety Advocacy Group has proposed retrofitting all vehicles manufactured since 1990.   Drive-Cams Swift Transportation, the 3rd largest carrier in the country and the largest TL…
  • Trucking & Transportation Industry Update: Consolidation, Lawsuits & More

    A.W. Ahern
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Consolidation continues to be very active this year, due to a variety of reasons: CSA compliance, Hours of Service, e-logs, the speed limiters, the cost of equipment and plaintiff lawsuits. Many small to medium-sized trucking and logistics companies have made the decision that they want to protect their net worth, while they can.  The continued pressers of consolidation, rules and regulations, and continual government intervention, have prompted many to sell. Freight companies expand services to meet demand.  More and more transportation companies are broadening their services to offer both…
  • Trucking & Transportation Industry Update: Driver Shortage, Speed Limiters & More

    A.W. Ahern
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    Overall, the trucking industry has shown growth and stability in recent years. Despite news of job losses in March, which we responded to, some companies are increasing rewards for employees. CR England increased its pay scale starting March 19 for company team and experience drivers. While the average increase for a team with more than six month of experience was 26%, the exact size of the increase will vary based on several factors, such as driver tenure, length of haul, etc. CR England also announced bonuses for select drivers and contractors earlier this year. The Celadon Group also…
  • Acquisition Targets for 2nd Quarter of 2015

    A.W. Ahern
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Each quarter, I provide the needs of Ahern’s clients so that my readers can determine if they are ready to “begin the process”.  2014 was a very profitable year for many Carriers, but also a very challenging year.  The 1st quarterof 2015, has been very active for my firm; as such, our clients have advised us of their needs through August of 2015. In each instance, Ahern has been retained in an advisory capacity to introduce clients to parties interested in selling; CLIENT 1:  Client 1 has been in business since 1949. They are primarily a provider of logistics solutions for…
  • Transport Topics: Trucking, Logistics Acquisitions Expected to Continue in 2015

    A.W. Ahern
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    Following a strong 2014, expectations for the trucking industry in 2015 are mixed – some expect continued growth, while others remain wary. In a recent article from Transport Topics, CEO and founder Andy Ahern offered his insight, stating “There is a lot of activity. I don’t know if it will reach everybody’s expectations.” Ever the realist and an industry figurehead from nearly 30 years, Andy knows that factors, such as the aging driver population and increased regulations may take a toll on growth trends.   If you would like to print the article, please…
 
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  • Margaret Heffernan: Small Steps to Huge Change

    Sarah Frye
    18 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    by Margaret Heffernan, Mentor, Merryck & CoSocial Capital Running a software company in Boston, I recognized — and my board told me — that we needed to reposition the business. Our product was too bland, too generic to stimulate excitement or loyalty. I needed a team to help me and ended up working through the problem with a motley crew: a young web developer, a seasoned and eccentric media executive, a visual artist, and myself. We spent a week, ensconced in the private room of a burger joint, exploring options, rejecting easy answers,pushing one another to find something none of…
  • Percy Harvin and the Three Questions Every Business Leader Must Ask

    Sarah Frye
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    by Harry Feuerstein, Practice Lead, Merryck & CoAs football fans know, Percy Harvin is a player with tremendous talent for whom the Seattle Seahawks traded multiple high-level draft picks. On a pure talent level, he is a game-changer. But on October 18, less than halfway into his second full season with the ‘Hawks, he was traded to the lowly Jets for a conditional mid-level draft pick. His sudden exit raises three key leadership questions for executives of all stripes. What Game Are You Playing? Great coaches do more than make locker room speeches. Masters of their game – men and women…
  • Decision Making Amidst Complexity

    Dennis Kerslake
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    by Dennis Kerslake, Mentor, Merryck & Co Decisiveness has always been seen as one of the key attributes of a successful leader.  Boards and organizations expect the ability to process information, see the forest for the trees, and set a clear course of action. Everything the CEO does affects the entire business. But in a world that is changing faster than ever, and with greater volatility, how does the leader of today demonstrate decisiveness?  Based on feedback from our clients, senior leaders today face five recurring themes as they approach efficient decision-making in the face of…
  • Why Your Merger Failed

    Sarah Frye
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    by Margaret Heffernan, Mentor, Merryck & CoThe failure rate for mergers and acquisitions, or M&As, is anywhere from 40 percent to 80 percent. That means that most deals fail to achieve the strategic aims for which they were initiated. They make money only for the lawyers who conclude them. The major reasons for failure are simple: Deal fever. Momentum, personal ambition, and public headlines make it difficult to stop a deal once it gets going. Politics and ego make it hard to assess the objective merits of a negotiation once it has started. This applies to boards, too. Implementation.
  • How Empathy Leads to Excellence

    Sarah Frye
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    by Margaret Heffernan, Mentor, Merryck & CoAre you sensitive enough? MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence found that the teams that are best at problem solving are distinguished not by IQ but by social sensitivity. This is measured by the “Reading the Mind in the Eye” test, which is also a test for empathy. The researchers’ findings conclude that highly effective teams pay a lot of attention to each other and thus get higher levels of equal participation. When I was discussing this work at a conference last month, one of the attendees asked a great question: But…
 
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  • Leading After The Reprimand

    Paul LaRue
    24 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
    You have done everything you could and are faced with the task of disciplining a staff member. Whether it’s a formal write-up, a verbal reprimand, or other form of re-direction, it is just as much what you do after these unfortunate occurrences as how you administered them. Let’s assume you have done everything to train […]
  • When Others Won’t Tell You The Problem

    Paul LaRue
    19 May 2015 | 7:16 pm
    You hear the news that someone – an employee client, hotel guest, patient, upper management – is unhappy with you or a situation you’ve involved in. In order to qualify this, you go to the source and engage them in dialogue to find what the concerns are. And what they tell you is, basically, that […]
  • Leading Is More Than Putting UP Numbers

    Paul LaRue
    17 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    One of the oldest and still more pervasive leadership camps is the one that focuses on results, and primarily bottom line numbers. While it’s implied overall that meeting revenue and profit goals, as well as other numerical metrics, is the report card for a leader’s success, this is a one sided and most often short-sighted […]
  • The Door To A Second Chance

    Paul LaRue
    12 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    One of the more recently released books that I highly recommend is “Leaders Open Doors” by Bill Treasurer. Bill takes us through the challenge and amazing opportunities that exist when leaders, quite literally, open doors for others move forward on their own accord. While every chapter is full of vibrant leadership principles, one chapter that particularly […]
  • Are You Really Ready To Serve?

    Paul LaRue
    11 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    One night last week I had to stop into our local supermarket chain to pick up a few items. It was about 30 minutes before closing and I needed to grab a few items before the end of the day. When I got to the entrance, which was inside a mall, I was greeted by […]
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  • 10 Fun Facts about Laughter and How it Can Help in the Workplace

    Jeremy Unruh
    20 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    Have you noticed increased absentee, tardy, and turnover rates in your office? When employees are bored and fatigued from the same daily repetition in the office, they become burned out and simply don’t want to go to work. This can make a person feel disconnected from their company, and lead to more absences and sometimes even push an employee to start looking for a more interesting and challenging job. How can you create a more stimulating work environment that will keep your employees happy and focused? The post 10 Fun Facts about Laughter and How it Can Help in the Workplace appeared…
  • Leadership Inspiration: 4 Quotes from Mad Men’s Don Draper

    Jeremy Unruh
    13 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    As the hit TV show Mad Men comes to an end, here is a look back at some of the more memorable and inspirational quotes that come from the show’s main character Don Draper. Sure, Don has issues with adultery, alcohol, and his own identity. So, yeah, on a personal level, he’s basically morally corrupt. But as a business leader, he’s actually quite successful. Just look at the team he has developed over the years—particularly up-and-coming star writer Peggy Olson. As displayed in her character’s growth throughout the show, one of Don’s skills is to see talent and help it develop to…
  • 5 Activities for Team-Building Outside of the Office

    Jeremy Unruh
    6 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    High-performing teams don’t just happen. They require cultivation. The right people with the right skills, the right habits, good communication. And trust. Trust is one of the most important components to a well-functioning team. One way to grow it is through team-building exercises. For some, the mere mention of team-building exercises elicits groans, eye rolls, and pessimism. But team-building exercises don’t have to be the same tired old ice-breakers, trust falls, or role-playing games. There are many different avenues to build trust—often at off-site venues. Here are a few ideas.
  • 6 Tips to Reduce Negativity in the Office

    Jeremy Unruh
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Just a small amount of poison can make an entire lake toxic, and the same can be true when it comes to negativity in the workplace. You might have experienced this in your own office—one pessimist, one whiner, one complainer, or one troublemaker can infect the attitudes of an entire team or even department. And, because those behaviors are often perceived as inherent and unalterable personality traits, they go unchecked. But that’s an assumption that can have damaging results, including declining morale, decreased productivity, disengagement, and ultimately, turnover. It’s best to…
  • Leading 360 Feedback Provider TBC, Redefines the Value of Partnership

    Jeremy Unruh
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:25 am
    The Booth Company (TBC), a global assessment company with over 4 decades of experience, specializing in 360s and survey customization, has unveiled a new Reseller Partnership Program that bridges the divide between Leadership Development Consultants and the validated 360 solutions that their customers demand. Based on early and strong demand, this program appears to be the long awaited answer for the many consultancies that need quick access to a validated 360 solution that is price competitive and ready to launch. This program is simple, has a low cost of entry and it’s powered by TBC’s…
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  • Leveraging the power of symbols to encourage positive change

    Peter Fuda
    13 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Symbols tell us what’s really important in an organization. One leader I knew dictated a spending freeze in every fourth quarter in order to make the numbers, but continued to fly around in the company jet – often for personal reasons. This sent a very strong symbol to his employees that executive privilege trumped delivering on financial commitments. Not surprisingly, this organization continually struggled to hit its numbers and the CEO was eventually fired. In a contrasting example, the 6 foot 7 inch CEO of a multinational IT company sent a very different symbol to employees when he…
  • If you want to transform your organization, play to your strengths

    Peter Fuda
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:24 pm
    It is human nature to look for what’s missing rather than focus on what we have. In our organizations, this tendency is exacerbated by leaders who are often trained to look for exceptions and who must manage a vast array of risks and stakeholder groups. But what if the shorter path to success is to focus on the strengths that will help your organization to win? We define organizational strengths as the collective assets and core competencies that can be leveraged towards your aspirations. Aligning strengths to your organizational goals is as much a shift in mindset as it is a program or…
  • People don’t want more communication; they want meaningful communication.

    Peter Fuda
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Despite our best efforts over 75% of people are disengaged or actively disengaged at work. The natural leadership response is to communicate more, when that often just exacerbates the problem. What people are really seeking is context and meaning to navigate the intense challenges of the workplace, not more information, facts and figures.  To truly engage people, we must speak to their emotions; their hopes and dreams, and their fears and worries.  The simplest way to capture hearts and minds is through sharing stories.  Long before Facebook and Twitter, people communicated through story…
  • Don’t just talk about your values; live your standards

    Peter Fuda
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    All organizations have values; the challenge is that these values are usually quite different from the ones articulated on the poster. Even Enron articulated the values of communication, respect, excellence and – you guessed it – integrity! Compounding the challenge, leaders often state “this is our vision and these are our values”. In doing so, they position the values as an aspiration. They might as well say “we hope to have integrity one day.” Articulating your values is a good start, but if you want to transform your organization, then you need to get clear on your standards.
  • Skills are an under-utilised lever for enabling transformation

    Peter Fuda
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Traditionally, skill development in organizations is approached as a program of activities designed to increase individual capability. The effort is typically led by HR learning and development professionals, the content is shaped by conducting training needs analysis, with the desired outcome being a measurable improvement in the targeted skills. This traditional approach addresses the question of how to design and deliver suitable training programs to develop people. It encourages employees to think about what training do I need to complete in order to advance my career? The challenge with…
 
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  • 4 Tips To Help You Overcome The Fear of Failure

    Jason Hoover
    8 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success If you have never failed, then you have never tried. The fear of failure is something we all face. It’s a part of our lives and will always hold us back if we allow it to. The good news is there are ways I have found that help to overcome that fear and win! Photo courtesy of © afxhome – Fotolia.com First, you should know that I’ve always been one that’s very ambitious but also one that could not stand the thought of failing. These two traits were not a good combination as it would hit me hard when something did not…
  • Bridging the Gap to Success

    Jason Hoover
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success Have you ever traveled a career path only to encounter a cliff with no way to advance over to the other side (hypothetically of course)? If so, did you set up camp and think that this is as good as it gets or did you become determined to reach your destiny and started “bridging the gap” to your success? Image credit: Depositphotos by Wavebreakmedia To be successful, you will find yourself in situations similar to this many times and will need to know how to build those much needed bridges. You’ll need to make those…
  • 5 Quick Tips for More Sales

    Jason Hoover
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success There’s no doubt that selling is a well crafted art that takes talent and practice. Your skills will be refined over the years and through intentional learning you will get better. And because we sell to peoples’ emotions, there are limitless factors and influencers that differentiate each sell. However, there are some that stretch across the majority. Image credit: Depositphotos by konradbak When selling to a customer, no matter the product or service, you want to touch on their purchase points. These points are the keys that…
  • 3 Keys for Building Team Unity

    Jason Hoover
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success When I was a young boy, my parents took me to a science museum one Saturday. Upon arriving, I was quickly in complete awe of all the amazing and fun exhibits. There was a large water tornado, some full size dinosaur displays, and even an indoor hot-air balloon. But there was another exhibit that I found fascinating and is  actually a perfect example for team unity. Image credit: Depositphotos by trialhuni This particular exhibit was a tall and massive collection of metal rods and gears. It probably stood two stories tall and on top was a…
  • 3 Proven Steps to Increase Your Sales

    Jason Hoover
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success As you are aware, selling is an art that’s crafted through education and experience. It takes time and training to master the process. And though there are different styles of selling, there are some basics that seem to work well for most. These are grouped into three parts that when implemented, can produce great results! Image credit: Depositphotos by Sepy Before we jump into these import parts of selling, it must be said that there is a difference between skillfully selling and order taking. Selling is the journey you take with a…
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  • should you photobomb at presentations?

    20 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    I am guilty of photobombing. Yup. I do it with participants in my classes or presentations, as the evidence above shows*. And you should too. Why photobomb? 1.     Most participants experience a tiny bit of speaker worship  - if you are any good at public speaking – and yet are too timid about approaching you. They love the idea of having a photo with you, but don’t want to ask. They are afraid you might see it as an inconvenience or beneath you. Photobombing gives them the bonding moment they were looking for and a memento of your time together. It also…
  • Generational profiles for professional learning

    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Being “generationally savvy” is all the rage. Books, blogs and chats are popping up everywhere to explore the issues of working with employees from multiple generations. Jennifer Abrams book, “The Multigenerational Workplace,” provides a practical overview of how to respond to the different lenses and styles that might be present on the job. With Abrams permission, I have adapted her work to include tips for professional learning facilitators. Here is a chart you can download that captures key characteristics of each generation and some things to keep in mind if…
  • When is it OK to tease your Participants?

    7 May 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Want an easy way to activate your participants’ thinking before you ever start your presentation? Create a teaser slideshow- slides with trivia questions about the content that is set to auto-advance in a loop.  Alternate each trivia slide with a title slide for the class –about eight trivia questions should be sufficient.  Set this to run during the half hour before class begins. As participants settle into their seats, the questions on the slides will activate prior knowledge and prime them for your content. 
  • 4 Books I'm reading this week

    5 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Each of these books has sparked some wonderful ideas for me, ideas which will improve my personal and professional life. I'm going to pay it forward by sharing one idea that jumped out at me today.Nudge : Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness, by Richard Thaler and Cass SunsteinResearch shows that "People become more likely to conform when they know that other people will see what they have to say."  As a presenter, I frequently use a backchannel chat for my participants to share ideas. Backchanneling allows everyone to see each other's comments. Based on this…
  • 3 Lessons Learned from Bad Presentions

    29 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Whenever I go to a conference, I set up 2 column notes for each session or class I attend. On the left side, I take notes on the content being discussed. On the right side I jot down presenting or training tips. At a recent conference, I had the opportunity to learn from some of the best presenters, and some of the “not quite ready for prime time” presenters. While I am still learning lots from skilled presenters, even after 20 years on the stage, I find that I also learn from presenters who are not yet the best. Their methods provide me with an opportunity to reflect on my…
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  • The Three Glasses of Your Life

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    17 May 2015 | 8:41 pm
      Think of the major areas of your life as being represented by three glasses. The first glass is your family life; the second your work life; the third, your spiritual life.   How would you balance out these three areas?   One very wise and effective coach I once heard advised that wherever you are, be there 100%.     When you are at work, be fully there, and when you’re with your family, be there 100%; totally gone from work. And never forget that third glass, and the importance of living out
  • A dirty little secret; The ultra-important character trait that managers are rarely evaluated on!

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    9 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
      Have you ever worked for a boss who had some issues with losing their temper? Or conversely, one who appeared to not have emotions, no matter what?   The role that emotional response and control play in effectively leading a team is rarely evaluated or discussed, unless it’s way out of whack. It’s a “dirty little secret” that may be overlooked if production and profit are okay.   But what about the team that is suffering behind the scenes with an emotional basket case for a leader? Or the team
  • The ONLY reason we fail and how to get rid of this spoiler forever!

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    3 May 2015 | 5:23 pm
      Achieving what you want appears quite simple on the surface:   Set your sights on what you want to achieve. Make a plan. Follow the plan.   1, 2, 3 – easy; except for step 3.   We all know that step 3 is where we fail, and eventually abandon our dreams and goals. In fact, in the long run, step 3 is virtually the only reason we fail.   To get rid of this spoiler, take the following step. It will make all the difference, even if you’ve failed many times in the past:   Only set goals of true
  • The acid test: What Makes You a Genuine Leader?

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:04 pm
      This is not a “feel good” article. This is a straight-forward challenge for you; one that flies in the face of what has unfortunately become acceptable these days. It is embodied in this simple truth:   “Genuine leaders devote their best efforts to leading every individual in their charge effectively - every last one.”   Anyone can lead the willing. True leaders lead everyone, regardless of how difficult, different, un-relatable, or challenging they are. There are as many issues as there are
  • How to take a proper vacation and leave your work behind!

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
      I don’t know about you, but working while on vacation can be something of an issue.  Recent surveys indicate that about two-thirds of us find it hard to leave our work behind. God bless our smart phones and pads!   Here are three simple ways to help us take proper vacations.   Delegate, vacate, and recreate.   Delegate to eliminate work you feel like you must do while you’re away; put everything else on hold. If you’re an excessive hands-on type, this is a great time to shed some of that
 
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    Dr. Maria Church Irresistible Leader Training, Coaching and Mentoring

  • Increasing Intuition Improves Big Business Success

    DrMaria
    19 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    Intuition is a power tool that all successful leaders use, like an internal GPS. I found through working with my clients that many of these leaders have to re-learn how to use intuition because in many of our corporate and work experiences, we learn how to not listen to it. It’s true, increasing intuition improves... Keep Reading >>
  • Three Steps For Leadership To Build Mindfulness

    DrMaria
    12 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    Are our minds, hearts, and spirits truly present? So often, we are replaying in our head the argument we may have had with a spouse, the traffic on the way to work, or the e-mail we just read. How different would it be if we really showed up—mind, body, and spirit? How would our mindfulness,... Keep Reading >>
  • 3 Ways To Build Leadership With Self-Awareness

    DrMaria
    5 May 2015 | 6:18 am
    I worked with a client who wanted to improve her leadership skills. She was very bright, had an MBA, and was in a mid to high-level leadership position in her organization. Her challenge was connecting with people. We started working, as I always do, with awareness. She was so joy-filled in her practice of awareness,... Keep Reading >>
  • Three Ways Building Your EQ Changes Mental Models

    DrMaria
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a relatively recent discussion point in leadership development. Today we are talking about three ways to build EQ within leadership mindsets and positively shift our mental models (which we use each time we develop policies and procedures). Did you know our mental models are so powerful and deeply ingrained we are... Keep Reading >>
  • Why Your Leadership Needs To Understand Personality Types

    DrMaria
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:52 am
    As we continue our understanding of leadership, today I want to expand our Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, by discussing the importance of understanding personality types in the workplace. Now, we’ve been hanging out together for a while and I just have to ask, Are you a square? No, not that kind of square! Maybe you’re... Keep Reading >>
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  • World Laughter Day!!

    GESTATION - Training for Better future
    3 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Every Year in May , the first Sunday is celebrated as - WORLD LAUGHTER DAY around the world . To my surprise and may be to many of you readers , this moment was started by , Dr. Madan Kataria , Founder of World wide Laughter Yoga moment , in Mumbai in 1998 .But the question arises do we need a laughter day? Isin`t laughter should be a part of our every day life style .In our busy life styles we have some where forgot the art of relaxing and laughing . There is too much competition around . Be it Kids whose parents are after them to excel and succeed and…
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    GESTATION - Training for Better future
    1 May 2015 | 5:52 am
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  • 5 years Back, in APRIL2010

    GESTATION - Training for Better future
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Actually,I never thought this would be a post . But Today FB reminded me What I was doing some 5 years back and I thought I should share the same with the rest of the world.
  • New Year !!, Fresh Hopes!! , Sincere work!! , High Achievement !!

    GESTATION - Training for Better future
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    And so the much awaited Financial year ends.all those long battles of Customer Acquisition,Target Achievement, Market Share, Competitors and their competitive strategies and talks of 2014 -15 financial year ends. Some of the sales people may get a weeks more time from their respected companies to finish the leftovers from the financial year gone by . Now is the time to look for fresh avenues both for the employers and the employees. A new year to look forward , promise one self to work harder and perform better. For some it is the time to…
  • राम नवमी की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं

    GESTATION - Training for Better future
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    जग व्यापक राम रजा के दो निवास हैं ख़ासदिवस ओरछा में रहत , शयन अयोध्या वास
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