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  • LeadershipNow 140: January 2015 Compilation

    Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Here are a selection of tweets from January 2015 that you might have missed: Some of the Things I've Learned - What Will Matter by @Josephson0 Why Culture and Leadership Matter for Disruptive Innovation by James daSilva via @SBLeaders From @JohnBaldoni Presence: Your Key to Stronger And Bolder Leadership Roderick Kramer: How Do Trustworthy Leaders Behave? | Stanford Graduate School of Business From @WallyBock You’re the boss. Make a difference. How to Develop a Lifelong Learning Habit by @dorothydalton 5 Tips for Building Creative Communities by @HeidiOran via @thindifference Where Does The…
  • Why the Keystone Pipeline Is the Wrong U.S. Energy Debate

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    Andrew Winston
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    The Keystone XL — a proposed addition to a network of pipelines running from the Canadian oil sands to refineries in Texas — has become the political football of the moment. It was the first issue that Sen. Joni Ernst addressed in her response to last week’s State of the Union address, and yesterday the Senate passed a bill forcing its approval. President Obama, however, has said he’ll veto Keystone, and he should. Putting aside the divisive politics, let’s consider the pipeline on its merits, as an investment choice for the United States. In the short…
  • Here's how the Puppy Bowl gets made

    SmartBrief on Leadership
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Producing the Puppy Bowl, which re-creates the Super Bowl with puppies, takes months of planning, followed by weeks of editin -More- Chief Operations Officer Delta Community Supports
  • The creativity success manifesto

    Management-Issues
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Whether you want to start a blog, write a best-seller or launch a new business venture, success in any kind of creative endeavour depends on some common factors. Understand and accept those factors and your chances of hitting the jackpot will be multiplied.
  • Now Hear This: 9 Podcasts to Enrich Your Mind and Soul [Appearance]

    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership
    Michael Hyatt
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    I am honored to be included in this list of recommended podcasts from Success magazine. I am doubly honored to be their #1 recommmendation. 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. Event: Now Hear This: 9 Podcasts to Enrich Your Mind and Soul
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  • Why the Keystone Pipeline Is the Wrong U.S. Energy Debate

    Andrew Winston
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    The Keystone XL — a proposed addition to a network of pipelines running from the Canadian oil sands to refineries in Texas — has become the political football of the moment. It was the first issue that Sen. Joni Ernst addressed in her response to last week’s State of the Union address, and yesterday the Senate passed a bill forcing its approval. President Obama, however, has said he’ll veto Keystone, and he should. Putting aside the divisive politics, let’s consider the pipeline on its merits, as an investment choice for the United States. In the short…
  • How to Really Listen to Your Employees

    Sara Stibitz
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Let’s face it: strong leaders tend to be characterized by their strong opinions, decisive action, and take-no-prisoners attitude. These are important traits, but it’s equally important for managers to stand down and listen up. Yet many leaders struggle to do this, in part because they’ve become more accustomed to speaking than listening. So, how can you develop this muscle? What are the barriers to good listening and how do you overcome them? What the Experts Say “As a leader, you need to have a strong voice and you need to know when it’s time to listen,”…
  • The Decline of the Rural American Hospital and How to Reverse It

    Nathan T. Washburn
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    There are two kinds of health-care innovation: more-for-more and more-for-less. The American health-care system exemplifies the first kind, offering more and more value at higher and higher costs. If you have the money and can travel, the U.S. is the place to take advantage of the latest innovations such as proton-beam cancer-radiation therapy, for which the equipment and facilities cost about $1 billion. Despite these high-cost innovations (American consumers spend more on health care than their counterparts anywhere else), U.S. life expectancy ranks 34th in the world, and infant mortality…
  • Google Glass Failed Because It Just Wasn’t Cool

    Umair Haque
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    It was hailed as the greatest product since the iPod … the wheel … the car. Instead, it turned out to be more like New Coke or the Segway. So what went wrong with Google Glass? It’s not that Google Glass looked absurd — people wear silly fashions every day. It’s not that it was overpriced — people collect luxury watches and handbags every day, too. Google Glass’s failure was a story of a visionary product utterly failing to be cool. Cool is not trivial. As Apple, Warby Parker, Net a Porter, and Shinola all know: Cool is perhaps the crucial factor…
  • Accomplish More by Committing to Less

    Elizabeth Grace Saunders
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Believing that more is always more is a dangerous assumption. There’s a cost to complexity. Every time you commit to something new, you not only commit to doing the work itself, but also remembering to do the work, dealing with the administrative overhead, and to getting it all done in the time constraints involved. The unfortunate result of taking on everything that comes your way is that you end up spend more of your time managing the work and less time investing in truly immersing yourself in what’s most important and satisfying. Many people in large organizations…
 
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  • LeadershipNow 140: January 2015 Compilation

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Here are a selection of tweets from January 2015 that you might have missed: Some of the Things I've Learned - What Will Matter by @Josephson0 Why Culture and Leadership Matter for Disruptive Innovation by James daSilva via @SBLeaders From @JohnBaldoni Presence: Your Key to Stronger And Bolder Leadership Roderick Kramer: How Do Trustworthy Leaders Behave? | Stanford Graduate School of Business From @WallyBock You’re the boss. Make a difference. How to Develop a Lifelong Learning Habit by @dorothydalton 5 Tips for Building Creative Communities by @HeidiOran via @thindifference Where Does The…
  • 10 Rules for Future-Proofing Yourself

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:38 pm
    The most common problem that modern professionals face is a lack of risk tolerance and a resistance to change. Scott Steinberg writes in Make Change Work for You, Scott Steinberg offers ten rules that successful people follow to future-proof themselves. But underlying it all is how we deal with fear. We need to find a quick way to neutralize its negative influences, find courage, and take positive action. He suggests we try the FEAR problem-solving method: Focus: When you see a problem, study it closely until you’re sure you are seeing it objectively. Engage: Intelligently respond to a…
  • A Beautiful Constraint

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Typically we look at a constraint as a negative. A problem to be solved. But what if a constraint was the gift that opened up previously unimagined possibilities? What if a constraint was the gift that took you to the next level? Authors Adam Morgan and Mark Barden remind us in A Beautiful Constraint that Google’s home page is as simple as it is because that was the limit of Larry Page’s coding ability at the time. The overall-wearing hero Mario is as colorful as he is because of the challenges of eight-bit technology. And which of us would be using Twitter at all today if it had a limit…
  • When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

    17 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    100 years ago this week—January 10, 1915—Marshall Pinckney Wilder died. He was an American dwarf actor and humorist. Wilder was born with achondroplasia or dwarfism and also kyphosis or curvature of the spine. He became the first celebrity who attained fame in spite of his disability. He wrote a lot and always signed his letters, “Merrily Yours!” In 1883 he made a trip to London and performed before the then Prince of Wales who later went on to become King Edward VII. He quickly became a favorite of the English royal family. Wilder's career eventually branched into vaudeville and in…
  • Is What You Know Holding You Back?

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Investor and entrepreneur Paul Kedrosky wrote in What Should We Be Worried About? by John Brockman: "Writer William Gibson once famously said that 'The future is already here—it's just not very evenly distributed.' I worry more that the past is here—it's just so evenly distributed that we can't get to the future." What we know has a bearing on what we learn. What we know can not only limit if we learn but it limits what we learn. What we know acts as a filter to what we learn. We naturally filter out things that don’t fit with things we already know. We are quite adept at putting a spin…
 
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    Management-Issues

  • The creativity success manifesto

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Whether you want to start a blog, write a best-seller or launch a new business venture, success in any kind of creative endeavour depends on some common factors. Understand and accept those factors and your chances of hitting the jackpot will be multiplied.
  • 'Understanding' does not mean 'agreement'

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:20 am
    One of the biggest stumbling blocks many of us make in communication is equating 'understanding' with 'agreement'. When differing opinions arise, the key is to acknowledge and try to understand opposing viewpoints. But that doesn't mean you have to agree with them, too.
  • Getting virtual meetings to start on time

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    Why do webmeetings always seem to start late? The bad news is that there’s no silver bullet that will solve the problem. The good news is, there are some simple things you can do to help your odds of starting (and finishing) on time.
  • Soil, growth and the art of conversation

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    Like seeds, ideas can only germinate when conditions are right. And while most organizations aren’t short of ideas, they’re much less adept at enriching the soil to enable these ideas grow. What builds this soil is conversation. But not all conversations are the same.
  • Does your face fit?

    19 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    Chinese philosophy has long held that you can tell what sort of person someone is by studying the shape of their face. And with new research suggesting that leaders in certain fields do share similar facial characteristics, perhaps they've been right all along.
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  • Now Hear This: 9 Podcasts to Enrich Your Mind and Soul [Appearance]

    Michael Hyatt
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    I am honored to be included in this list of recommended podcasts from Success magazine. I am doubly honored to be their #1 recommmendation. 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. Event: Now Hear This: 9 Podcasts to Enrich Your Mind and Soul
  • The Surprising Success We Find in Failure

    Joel Miller
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    How Pivoting Can Snatch a Big Win from Near Defeat This is a guest post by Jeff Goins, an award-winning blogger, entrepreneur, and author. His latest book, The Art of Work, is about finding your calling. And for a limited time, you can get a copy of it practically for free here. We often look at successful people, hearing their stories of failure, and think they succeeded in spite of the fact that they failed. But that’s not true. Courtesy of iStock/technotr Successful people and organizations don’t succeed despite failure. They succeed because of it. Click here for more. Or, better yet,…
  • How to Stay Relevant in a Constantly Changing Marketplace

    Michael Hyatt
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    7 Ways to Make Sure You’re Always in Demand The recent recession taught us all an important lesson: Employment is not forever. Companies change. Jobs vanish. It might have already happened to you. Courtesy of iStock/azgraphic Some don’t mind the churn. I don’t know one single person, Gen X or younger, who thinks employment is forever. In fact, they wouldn’t even want it. It’s too constricting. Others take a job loss as an opportunity to change gears. They find more satisfaction in another company or industry, or even in starting their own business. They might be reluctant at first,…
  • Season 3, Episode 03: The Right Way to Fire the Wrong Person [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    6 Steps for Resolving Poor Hiring Decisions Welcome to Season 3, Episode 3 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the best way to handle the firing and layoff process. Letting someone go from your organization is hard. In fact, it should be. But sometimes it’s necessary, and it’s there a simple, six-step process for creating the best possible outcome. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s…
  • One Old-Tech Secret for High Achievers

    Michael Hyatt
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Why Paper Plus Evernote Beats Pure Digital for Taking Notes Everyone knows I geek out when it comes to new technology. But sometimes old tech is the best tech, and that goes for taking notes. Courtesy of iStock/kickimages Last fall information guru Clay Shirky banned the use of laptops and other digital devices in his NYU classroom. It remains a controversial move. Not only students, but even other professors have criticized him. Not me. I think Shirky’s onto something. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free,…
 
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  • Leadership and Transparency 2015: The Social Media Imperative

    Andrea Learned
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    By the time “trends” get mentioned in the new year forecast blog posts, they can be little more “old” than “news.” Though forward motion is always worth celebrating, change usually happens more slowly. Take, for example, the call for more transparency in business leadership. While today’s startups are more likely to intentionally bake this into their corporate DNA, 100+ year old companies have a lot more embedded business culture to counter. Still, no matter the corporation’s size or embedded culture, the imperative of transparency really is, to be festive about it, “nipping…
  • Get On Social Media To Become the “Source”

    Andrea Learned
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    “All things being equal” is quite an overused phrase, but there can still be gold in what follows it. Whether it’s a consumer’s evaluation of cleaning products or a way to differentiate potential business consultants, the reasons why one option is chosen over another is especially key in a world of choice gone wild. As a business thought leader, don’t you want “[your name here] is the best choice” to be the end of that “all things being equal” sentence? I got to thinking about this recently as it relates to Tweetchat guests, conference speakers, podcast interviewees and NPR…
  • Social Media and the Introverted Leader

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

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

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

  • How to Plan a Great Off-site Meeting

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    This post recently appeared on Smartblog on Leadership:To start off the New Year, a lot of leaders will take their teams “off-site” for a day or more. An off-site meeting can be a great way to develop strategy, get creative, develop a team, learn, and re-invigorate a team. Of course, they can also be like a sentence in purgatory if not planned and run well.There is plenty of advice on how to run effective meetings, but not enough on planning. A well planned meeting can prevent a lot of the problems associated with bad meetings. Given that off-sites typically involve more time and people…
  • Five Ways to Lead Product Teams More Effectively

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    In order to bring quality products to market that delight your customers and meet their needs, a company must have leaders that run the product teams effectively. Read Brian Lawley’s guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for5 Ways a Product team leader or Product Manager can be more effective in accomplishing this and leading the team and the product to success.
  • How to Hang on to your Superstars

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    The cost of turnover is often way underestimated. The obvious costs are hiring and training costs, but there is also lost opportunity, morale, reputation, customer relationships, and other intangibles that are harder to measure. The cost of turnover is even higher when you lose a great employee, one of those “A player” superstars. The results of the first one focus on the output differential produced by top performers.While top employees are hard to keep – they tend to promoted, “pulled” into better opportunities, and may have higher expectations, here are 10 things that a smart…
  • How to Become a Conscious Leader

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Guest post from Jim DethmerMany people are interested in becoming a more conscious (awake, present, engaged) leader.  At the Conscious Leadership Group we believe there are three foundational moves that are the basis of all conscious leadership.  If you want to be a conscious leader you must master these.  Move from drifting to committing  No one has ever become a conscious leader without committing to being a conscious leader.  Every October, 40,000 people run the Chicago Marathon.  No one will finish that great test of discipline and fortitude without…
  • Succession Planning Best Practices for all Levels of Management

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    Executive Coach Beth Armknecht Miller says  it is essential for companies to make succession planning a priority at all levels of management. From team leaders to the C-Suite, long-term sustainability is everyone’s responsibility. Read Beth’s guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership:Succession Planning Best Practices for all Levels of Management to find out why and how.
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  • Join Me on My Private Virtual Street Team in February!

    Jurgen Appelo
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    Do you want to join me on my Virtual Street Team in February? As my Virtual Street Team member you get: Exclusive access to me via a private channel Several exclusive on-line chats with me A free Kindle or ePub copy of the #Workout book Free signed copies of the book and my previous two books The post Join Me on My Private Virtual Street Team in February! appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Don’t Let the Incompetent Keep You Waiting

    Jurgen Appelo
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:34 am
    I don’t like it when people keep me waiting. I reply to all emails within 24 hours. I pay my bills within two weeks, often within days. Last week, when one of my team members needed credit card information that I didn’t have with me, I did my best to send it within an hour. Web orders for my book? I validate shipping addresses within hours, and we send people’s orders within 48 hours. Invoices? I usually send them twice per month, or earlier when people ask for them. The post Don’t Let the Incompetent Keep You Waiting appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • I Curse My Customers

    Jurgen Appelo
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Let me tell you a little secret: Every now and then, I curse my customers. OK, it’s not really a secret, probably. I think the neighbors can hear it when I do. But that’s the way it is. I curse them. I curse them because I care. The post I Curse My Customers appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • See You Next Year!

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

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

    Katie Russell
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    #70 Reflect Before Offering Improvements Author/executive coach Marshall Goldsmith recommends that when someone offers an idea, suggestion, opinion or plan, take time to reflect before offering a suggestion to improve it.  Many people are in the habit of quickly adding their better idea by saying “but…” or “however…” Habitually doing this undermines connection, commitment and engagement. When it’s the other person’s idea, he/she will implement it with greater enthusiasm and energy so consider if your enhancement really matters before offering it. This is the seventieth post…
  • Leaders Need to Walk the Halls

    Katie Russell
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    #69 Walk the Halls Howard Behar, the secret weapon of Starbucks, tells leaders to “walk the halls.” Howard, former President of Starbucks North America and Starbucks International, played an instrumental role in growing Starbucks then came out of retirement to help turn Starbucks around when it went off course. “Walk the Halls” is similar to “Management by Wandering Around,” or “MBWA,” a term coined by Tom Peters and Robert Waterman in their book In Search of Excellence. Walking the Halls is all about getting out of your office, getting to know the people you are responsible…
  • Advice to Taylor Swift on Sustaining Success

    Katie Russell
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia User MyCanon Taylor Swift has successfully managed living in the frying pan of fame for nearly a decade now. That is a difficult thing to do, especially for singers who come on the scene in their teenage years (ahem, Britney, Miley and Justin). Personally, I think she may become the Queen of Media who reigns for decades, akin to the first Queen Elizabeth who ascended to the throne of England at 25 and ruled England for more than 40 years during its Golden Age and was beloved by many. Because I advise leaders, I took a moment to imagine what it would be like to…
  • What Corporate Culture is Best for Change?

    Katie Russell
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Photo Courtesy of FCB Consider this: few of the 500 largest corporations from 50 years ago exist today. They failed to change and became irrelevant, left behind by emerging competitors more in tune with the market. How is it possible that so many top companies made this same fatal mistake? The answer may lie in a very simple explanation. Humans run corporations, and humans have a biological aversion to change. Change creates stress.  It boosts stress neurotransmitters in our brains and stress hormones throughout our bodies. It shifts brain activity from the cortex where we make rational…
  • To Connect, Favor Inclusiveness

    Katie Russell
    18 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    #68 Favor Inclusiveness When you are setting up a meeting, lean toward inclusiveness.  If there is someone who you believe may want to attend, invite him/her. You might send a brief note to that person indicating that you understand if other commitments take precedence over the meeting but want to keep him/her “in the loop.” Doing so is a great way to make the person feel valued. This is the sixty-eighth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and…
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  • Best Laid Schemes

    brucelynn
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
       To A Mouse “But Mousie, thou are no thy-lane, In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!”  - Robert Burns     Most Burns Night celebrations tonight will be reading out Rabbie’s “Ode to a Haggis”, though I’m obviously partial to his failure embracing poem above (that saying, I do enjoy a good haggis). Life is what happens to you when you are busy making plans. Plans are great for activities, not outcomes. Plan…
  • One Year of Experience 20 Times Over

    brucelynn
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
      “There’s a famous old quip: ‘A lot of people in business say they have twenty years experience, when in fact all the really have is one year’s experience, repeated twenty times.’ It’s not just guys in business who fall into this trap, unfortunately. It happens just as often to people taking a less conventional path.” – Hugh MacLeod Another year down. But is it another year added? Hugh expands on this question in his post “How To Be Creative”… “#32. Allow your work to age with you – You get older faster than you think. Be ready for it when it…
  • New Year Fails 5

    brucelynn
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
      A new year rolls in and once again time to recount my failures of the year. As it happens I did write down a list of about a half dozen things that I wanted to achieve in 2014. The grand total achieved…zero. The good news is that none of them are out of the running. They are all viable candidates for 2015. Have I made progress? Yes. What do I learn looking back on these aspirations? 1. Some things take longer than you hope at first. 2. I did many things that I never anticipated last January which filled my year with unexpected new growth and experiences. For example, this time last…
  • Why Lie About Santa?

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

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

  • Almost no one

    Seth Godin
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    There's a huge difference between "no one" and "almost no one". Almost no one is going to hire you. Almost no one is going to become a true fan. Almost no one is going to tell someone else about your work. Almost no one is going to push you to make your work ever better. If only 1% of the US population steps up, that's 3,000,000 people in the category of "almost no one." If only one out of 10,000 internet users engages with you, that's still hundreds of thousands of people. The chances that everyone is going to applaud you, never mind even become aware you exist, are virtually nil. Most…
  • The end of geography

    Seth Godin
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    Some of the most important inventions of the last hundred years: Air conditioning--which made it possible to do productive work in any climate Credit cards--which enabled transactions to take place at a distance Television--which homogenized 150 world cultures into just a few Federal Express and container ships--which made the transport of physical goods both dependable and insanely cheap The internet--which moved information from one end of the world to the other as easily as across the room Cell phones--which cut the wires If you're still betting on geography, on winning merely because…
  • What do you want?

    Seth Godin
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The industrialist and the one in power would like you to choose from a list, multiple choice. To interview with the companies that come to the placement office, to select from what's on offer, to ask, 'what do you have?' This is the world of "If we don't sell it, you don't want it." But in revolutionary times, when the number of options is exploding, the opportunities go to someone who can describe something that's not in stock, that perhaps has never even been described before. Custom-made does you no good if you don't know what you want.        
  • Various updates

    Seth Godin
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Late in 2014, I invited IOS app developers to submit information for a lightweight list for people seeking professional help. Thanks to Jessica and the generous folks at New York Tech Meetup, it's free and ready for you to use or share. There's a worldwide list and one focused on New York as well. Go make something. The Your Turn Challenge just finished, and it was a phenomenon. More than 4,500 posts came in from nearly a thousand people getting in the habit of shipping daily. Plus tweets. Well done, Winnie. What To Do When It's Your Turn continues to spread, inspiring stories like this…
  • The truth about admissions

    Seth Godin
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    One in five applicants to Harvard and Stanford are completely qualified to attend—perhaps 20% of those that send in their applications have the smarts, guts and work ethic to thrive at these schools and to become respected alumni. These schools further filter this 20% by admitting only 5% of their applicants, or about one in four of those qualified. And they spend a huge amount of time sorting and ranking and evaluating to get to the final list. They do this even though there is zero correlation between the students they like the most and any measurable outcomes. The person they let in off…
 
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    CEO Blog - Time Leadership

  • Wilderness Deficit Disorder

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    Life is slowly returning to normal after the death of my father. I have a blogging rule to not blog when I am not "up".  Thinking now I may be able to get back to it.  Not that I am not still sad - just that I do not feel I can do anything but let grief take its course.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++For some reason, I am thinking I need to escape to the wilderness for a few days.   Perhaps too much hectic life/travel lately.  I am setting up a new business - DDE Media Company (more on that later) and that always takes a lot of time and energy.There has been a lot…
  • Continued Inspiration from my father - Don Estill

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:12 am
    My father died exactly one week ago.  He was 87.Up to then and this week have been a blur.  Although I have grieved often since his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer in October 2014, I still grieve and actually look for "time" to grieve.I knew he was dying and asked him if I could do anything for him.  His answer was "no".  And he did not have needs so I thought of only one thing I could do.  I named my new company after him - DDE Media Company.  He alway initialed things DDE and my brothers and I would call him DDE sometimes when we spoke about him.  And he…
  • Seven Disciplines of a Leader

    2 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I am once again back to posting book reviews.  The way the holidays fell, there was lots of "reading" time.I read Seven Disciplines of a Leader - How to Help Your People, Team, and Organization Achieve Maximum Effectiveness by Jeff Wolf.It starts with a few chapters on "What is the job of a leader" including that it is not that easy.Then it gets into the Disciplines.  The first one is "Initiative and Influence".  The subtitle was the way I like to lead.  It said "Set an Example for Others".Then it moves to "Vision, Strategy and Alignment" which I thought might be a bit…
  • Moving The Needle

    28 Dec 2014 | 5:32 pm
    I like the lull of Christmas week.  Less email.  Good family time.  And time for me to start reading again.  So I am way behind in posting book reviews.  So here goes the first one:I read Moving the Needle by Joe Sweeney.  It is a particularly appropriate book to read at this time of year because much of it is about goal setting.Sweeney makes the point that moving the needle happens when you "get clear, get free and get going".  "When it comes to getting clear - first get quiet".  So true - perhaps that is why I like this time of year.  Less email,…
  • More Xavier Austen Pictures

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Xavier and I did Google hangouts yesterday.  He is a person of few words.  It means anything he does say has a lot of weight.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++I like the long time (like 20+year) bike law in Idaho that allows cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs.  Lets get that through in Guelph/Ontario.  Good video on it here.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++On Procrastination:“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”  Jerome K. Jerome
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    Tom Peters

  • Necessary Revolution: People & Profits Circa 2025

    Cathy Mosca
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:59 am
    Kissy Russell, a neighbor of Tom's in his new South Dartmouth digs, originated a winter program called The Art of Dialogue. Tom is the first speaker this year—just 36 hours prior to his winter escape to Golden Bay, New Zealand. The title of his presentation is "Necessary Revolution: People & Profits Circa 2025." You'll find […] The post Necessary Revolution: People & Profits Circa 2025 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • An Effective “Brand You”

    Tom Peters
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    This, from a brief tweetstream ... An effective "Brand You" is not a "marketing promise," it is a track record of demonstrated/sustained excellence. An effective "Brand You" is marked by understatement, not overstatement. An effective brand you is not about solos, it's about the power of your peer network. An effective brand you is 10% […] The post An Effective “Brand You” appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Tweetstreams

    Tom Peters
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    Here are a couple of recent tweetstreams perhaps worth your time and attention ... BRAND YOU MISUNDERSTOOD Many get the "Brand You" idea ass-backwards; they see it as selfish/solo/ego-driven. But effective brand you is skill and network driven; that is, it is by and large selfless. An effective Brand You learns constantly and delivers stellar […] The post Tweetstreams appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Surprise, Transformation & Excellence through “Spontaneous Discovery”:A Personal Saga

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

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

  • 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…
  • Why is it hard to get what you are worth?

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

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

  • Pink Boxes, Assumptions and Innovation

    sshapiro
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    I recently met up with a client. The first thing I noticed was the bandage on his left hand. I asked what happened. He said, “I was looking for a box that contained cloth napkins for a dinner party we were throwing. I went to the garage, remembering that they were in a box on a shelf. I saw a ... The post Pink Boxes, Assumptions and Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • The Innovation Engine Podcast

    sshapiro
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I was recently interviewed for “The Innovation Engine” podcast. The conversation was easy and a lot of fun. We discussed innovation and breakthrough thinking. During this interview I shared: how neural pathways get hard-wired into our brains stand in the way of breakthrough thinking an a... The post The Innovation Engine Podcast appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Stop the Masochistic Resolution Ritual!

    sshapiro
    30 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s that time of year again…time to set your New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately over 90% of people fail to keep them. What’s the solution? One perspective can be found in my Wall Street Journal article from several years ago. Happy New Year! Like dinosaurs and gas-guzzlin... The post Stop the Masochistic Resolution Ritual! appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Your Inner Impostor May Be Hurting You

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

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

  • Leading PM College

    Paul Ritchie
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    FYI, I just accepted a role leading PM College, which is a leadership training group based outside Philadelphia. I’ve known the firm and its owners for 15 years and I’m very excited about the fit. Thanks to all for your help, both temporal and spiritual! If you have leadership development needs, you now know where to go! 😊 http://www.pmcollege.com/content/contact-us-0Filed under: PMO
  • Tacit Knowledge Is Why Superintelligence Might Turn On Us

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

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

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

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

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

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    As IP has assumed greater strategic prominence in the boardroom, so has IP due diligence in funding and M&A activity. Part of managing diligence compliance is knowing what to expect. Cheaters ace the test by getting the questions in advance. In IP diligence, that's not cheating - just common sense. Funders and acquirers usually focus on three primary areas. [Hat tip to Themanager.org] See Related: Poachers Are Out to Plunder Your Intellectual Property - Can You Do Anything? Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset: Intellectual Property Patently Correct IP Risk Management Tools for…
  • Articles: Effectively Influencing Decision Makers: Ensuring That Your Knowledge Makes a Difference

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The 11 guidelines listed below are intended to help you do a better job of influencing decision-makers. In some cases, these decision-makers may be immediate or upper managers—in other cases they may be peers or cross-organizational colleagues. I hope you find these suggestions to be useful in helping you convert your good ideas into meaningful action. Author: Marshall Goldsmith Subject: Career/Employment, Productivity/Work Tips, Personal Improvement
 
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Thank you Iceland

    Alexander
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:12 am
    I’m back from Reykjavik where I did a workshop for Icelandic pharmaceutical company Medis (part of Actavis) at their 30th anniversary and 2015 kick-off meeting. Thank you to everyone at Medis for being tremendously kind and for being such generous hosts. I loved Iceland! People are kind and funny, Reykjavik is beautiful and the food there is AMAZING. I’ll be back :) This means we’ve now spoken in 34 countries. Awesome!
  • Top 5 Myths About Quitting Your Job

    Alexander
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    I’ve been pretty unhappy in my job for quite a while now. The workplace is fairly stressed, I feel completely unappreciated and I can’t really see the purpose of most of the work I do. I want to get out of there but whenever I discuss the idea of quitting with my friends and family, I get the same reactions: “Are you sure that’s the right thing to do? Surely your job can’t be that bad. Maybe things will get better.” My parents were worried how I would provide for my family and basically called me selfish for not just sticking with it. One friend even…
  • Happiness at work in Turkey

    Alexander
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    I spent three days in Istanbul this week launching our partnership with local company Power of Happiness who will be using some of our tools and concepts with clients in Turkey. First I did a workshop for a group of leaders from Borusan (a big Turkish holding company) and on Tuesday we did an open speech for invited HR managers and executives from some big Turkish and international businesses. Here I am with Tijen, Ferah and Diana – our new partners in Turkey. They are not only passionate about happiness at work, they also have enormous experience in coaching, speaking, facilitation,…
  • Happy Hour in Turkish

    Alexander
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    On Tuesday I signed the contract with Dögan Egmont, a Turkish publisher, to publish my first book Happy Hour is 9 to 5 in Turkish. We’re looking for an accelerated launch and hoping to get it out in late March. Thank you to everyone at Dögan Egmont and thank you to our new friends and partners at Power of Happiness in Istanbul for making this happen.
  • One of our favorite business books now has a workbook

    Alexander
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:15 am
    One of our absolute favorite books around Woohoo HQ is David Marquet’s “Turn the Ship Around” where he shares his story of taking command of a nuclear submarine and making it a happier and more democratic workplace. He also told his story at our 2013 conference: Now David has just released a workbook to help readers put the lessons from his book into practice. I just got mine and it is excellent. If you want to make your employees happier, more engaged and more effective, get the workbook here.
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • Are You Ready For Your Leadership Moment Of Truth?

    Starbucker
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    It happens to every leader at one time or another – a time when our mettle is tested in a high stress and high stakes environment, when something goes very very badly. Are you ready for your leadership moment of truth? Because HOW you handle that moment will leave a lasting and definitive mark on those you lead. My Story It happened to me 6 years ago at the cable TV company I worked for, when our entire network suddenly went down. It was a 24-hour nightmare that we’d never even fathomed – sure, smaller parts of the network went down periodically for various reasons, but…
  • Choosing Courage

    Starbucker
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Starbucker’s Note:  I’m pleased today to present a guest post by Larry Fox. Larry is a fellow partner with Social Venture Partners Portland, an organization committed to ensuring all children in the community have thriving and productive lives. A former finance controller at Intel, his passion was and continues to be helping people realize their potential. “They just shut me out of the discussion.“ The words were said with a mixture of frustration, anger, and embarrassment. The speaker was Melissa, an HR manager who felt routinely shut out of Finance Recruiting…
  • Time For Our Annual Leadership Ego Calibration

    Starbucker
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Jim Collins, going Jim Collins (photo by dov.com) OK,  it’s time to “go Jim Collins” on us. We can’t let any more days go by in the new year before we do it. Because it’s so important for great more human leadership. And it’s NEVER a bad idea to repeat it so it burns into our brains (and heart). What’s the “it”?  And what’s this “go Jim Collins” all about? I’m sure you’re familiar with Jim Collins’ great book, Good to Great. It’s THE most influential business and leadership book I ever read.
  • The Power of Story: 12 Inspiring Lessons from 12 Entrepreneurs

    Starbucker
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Last month we published our first issue of Built Oregon, a new digital magazine that is conducting what I call a “grand entrepreneurial experiment”: Can the power of story move the economic dial? Stories, as Robert McKee once said, are the “currency of human contact“. Stories help us understand the lessons we need to advance our entrepreneurial and business dreams, because they provide a necessary perspective and context. Our first issue had many inspiring lessons to absorb, but here are the 12 that impacted me the most, and the people and stories behind them.
  • 7 Ways To Great Leadership In The New Year – Without Uttering a Single Word

    Starbucker
    28 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I always appreciate this time of year because a new year is approaching, which gives us a chance to reflect on our leadership over the past 360+ days, and make important resolutions for improvement in the future. While many of these resolutions will focus on the words we need to use (both in speech and on paper) to be better leaders, I’d ask you to think today about the other, more subtle messages that we send every day through our actions (or inactions) in the workplace. These messages can strongly reinforce our words, or render them ineffective or meaningless. Every great leader…
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    ManagingCommunities.com

  • ManagingCommunities.com is 7 Years Old!

    Patrick
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Celebrate Community Manager Appreciation Day 2015 #CMAD

    Patrick
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • A-B-C. A – Always, B – Build, C – Community. Always Build Community

    Patrick
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Why Community Will Never Get the Credit It Deserves

    Patrick
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • When You Make People Choose, They Won’t Choose You

    Patrick
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
 
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Take Care of the Little Things And The Big Things Will Take Care Of Themselves

    lollydaskal
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    For many the idea of being a leader—of being in charge, of being the boss, of being responsible for a team or a company—seems overwhelming. And frankly, it can be. It’s a big responsibility. But to be successful, we must be able to get things done and do them well. Leadership is great when leaders are effective and productive. No one wakes up in the morning and says, “Today I am a leader.” Leadership is earned, built and cultivated in small steps, with small things done successfully every day. Emily Dickinson once said, “If you take care of the small things, the big things take…
  • Not Every Problem Needs A Solution

    lollydaskal
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The day started out like every other day. The bus driver went to the garage and started up his bus, just as he had done every day for many years. He drove his bus route, just as he did every day, with no problems or incidents. The bus started and stopped; people got on and got off. Around midday, however, something out of the ordinary happened: A huge, bulky man got on the bus. He looked to be nearly seven feet tall and was built like a wrestler, with long arms and heavy muscles. He was so massive that his very presence was frightening. This huge man glared at the driver and said simply,…
  • Honest Hearts Produce Honest Leaders

    lollydaskal
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are lots of ways to lead and lots of contexts for showing leadership. Leadership is as individual as the people who practice it; it doesn’t depend on your age, sex, education, or culture. But there’s one thing that all true leaders share: The best Leaders are honest and that honesty begins with, and about, themselves. They understand who they are and who they are not. It takes an honest heart to be truthful, and it takes an open mind to be straightforward. Honesty is more complex than just not lying—it’s a commitment to knowing and understanding the truth, speaking the truth,…
  • Spend Your Time Feeding Your Soul

    lollydaskal
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    A Cherokee elder was teaching his children about life. He said to them, “A terrible fight is going on inside me. “It is a fight between two wolves. One is the wolf of joy, love, hope, kindness and compassion; the other is the wolf of fear, anger, cynicism, indifference and greed. “The same fight is going on inside of you—and every other person, too.” The children thought about it for a moment and then one child asked, “Which wolf will win?” The elder replied, “Whichever one you feed.” Think about your leadership. Which wolf are you feeding? Which wolf do you need to subside?
  • The Measure Of A Leader

    lollydaskal
    30 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ask a hundred people what great leadership looks like and you will probably get a hundred different answers. But there’s only one truly important answer, and that’s the one that comes from within you. As leaders, we need to hold ourselves accountable as we do others. To accomplish that, we must assess our leadership from time to time. Think of what kind of leader you want to be and then measure yourself against these questions: Do your actions express your true character?  Do your actions express your true character?  Do you lead by your values and your beliefs?  Do you focus on what…
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    Lead on Purpose

  • How engaged are your employees?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Employee engagement means much more than employee happiness, and an engaged employee can have such a positive effect on the bottom-line of a company. Conversely, employees who are not engaged have a detrimental effect on a company. There seems to … Continue reading →
  • How accountability leads to success

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Accountability leads to success. Why? When people take responsibility for their actions they make changes that lead them to do things differently, to do new things and/or to stop doing things that held them back. This may sound simplistic, but … Continue reading →
  • The top 5 blog articles for 2014

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    Like many of you I like to take time at the end of the year to review what transpired and evaluate how I did—and that includes my blog. One of the things I do is review my top posts to … Continue reading →
  • Do you run your organization by ideas or hierarchy?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    One of the keys to a successful company is teamwork. When people to work effectivley together great things happen. Though it’s not recognized a key discipline in many organizations, companies that make it a top priority always come out ahead. … Continue reading →
  • How do you win the war for talent?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Guest post by Sarah Sladek About 40 years ago, shortly after the Baby Boomers (1946-1964) were born, demographers and industry leaders realized that someday this generation of 78 million Americans would retire and the nation would experience a shortage of … Continue reading →
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    Recovering Leader

  • 15 for 2015: Exercises to Stretch and Strengthen Your Leadership

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Rekindle Your Leadership with Rookie Smarts

    George Ambler
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:28 am
    Leading successfully in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world demands rapid learning. As Jack Welch observed “an organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” “Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work” by Liz Wiseman describes a study that explored how experienced versus inexperienced people learn and tackle problems. Wiseman’s research provides fascinating insights into how leaders can improve their learning in a VUCA world. Why Rookie Smarts Matters…
  • Leaders Need a Daily Reading Habit

    George Ambler
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    It’s frequently said that those who lead, read. Research has shown that reading keeps leaders smart, creative and social. For those who want to lead, reading is not a nice to have or a luxury, reading is a habit successful leaders consider critical to their success. “In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time – none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren(Buffett) reads – at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out”.” – Charles T. Munger, Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit…
  • Reading Keeps Leaders Smart, Creative and Social

    George Ambler
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    You and I are spending more and more time on our digital devices and watching TV. Studies suggest that Britons spend more time on tech than asleep, Americans will spend more time on digital devices than watching TV , whilst the average American watches 5 hours of TV per day. All these activities may be entertaining, but they do little to improve your leadership ability. Considering these findings “when was the last time you read a book?” If you are one of the many who don’t have a reading habit you are missing out. Reading is a great way of improving your leadership ability. 1. Reading…
  • Research Finds Leadership Quality is Barely Improving

    George Ambler
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    Recent leadership research has revealed a disturbing trend, the quality of leaders is barely improving. This is the conclusion of two independent research studies. The World Economic Forum (WEF) report titled “Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015” (pdf) and Development Dimensions International (DDI) report titled “Global Leadership Forecast 2014 | 2015”. The Challenges of a VUCA World Begin to Bite A VUCA world is one that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. The World Economic Forum (WEF) report “Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015” and the “Global Leadership Forecast…
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    Pink Slip

  • Plowa? Wowz! Finally, an app that does something worthwhile

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:25 am
    It seems as if, whenever I despair of running out of blog topics, I read about some worthless, silly must-have app that launches me into a near-Luddite swoon. Not to mention a breast-beating lament about why the Millennials are spending all their time and talent on frivolity, rather than focusing on the cure for cancer, the common cold, income inequality. Rather than putzing around with yet another ridonculous time-wasting, relationship-destroying, brain-numbing little app. (I have seen the best minds of your generation…) So I was completely heartened to come across Plowz and its companion…
  • One more reason to take the train (or just stay home)

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    Security lines are too long. Leg room is too short. Meal service – when you get it – is ghastly. Airports are too far out. Air quality is poor. Overhead bins are over-stuffed. Toilets are fetid. We fly in fear that the person in front of us will throw his seat all the way back. And now it looks like we may not even have the pleasure of leafing through the SkyMall catalog. While the company hopes that there’s a buyer out there for its catalog and its brand, SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy. Sigh. Oh, weird products will still be available. Consumer-wise, we’re living in the Age of…
  • Snowmageddon! Snowpocalypse! Snowlapolooza!

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    Well, I don’t know about you, but I do enjoy me a snow day every once in a while, and yesterday was one of them. The lead up to it was, of course, over the top. Since NYC was expected to get clobbered, the storm – which even got named: Juno – was the focus on all news attention on the 24/7 networks (CNN, MSNBC, and, I suppose Fox, although I don’t get that particular network) starting on Monday. While Juno may have been the storm’s “official” name, those of us in “the impact areas” could not help but thinking of it in more extravagant terms: Snowmageddon! Snowpocalypse!
  • Is the handwriting about handwriting on the wall?

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    On January 23rd, National Handwriting Day was observed. Not surprisingly, National Handwriting Day is sponsored by those who will stand to benefit from a national focus on handwriting. Here it’s the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association. Writing Instrument! What a charming notion, what a quaint name. None of this boring “Pen and Pencil Manufacturers Association” stuff.  And it’s no surprise that these folks have an association: pens, pencils, and markers – errrr, writing instruments – is a $4.5 billion industry. The purpose of National Handwriting Day is to alert the…
  • Balls! (Or will Ball-Ghazi ever end?)

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:50 am
    Last fall, I decided that, although I love watching sports, I would be removing football from my playlist. There were a number of reasons: concussions, wife-battering, child abuse, rape, football’s conflation with Americanism (well, yes: violent, exceptional, exceptionally violent), a hyped-up (one might even say overinflated)  sense of self-importance , etc. As I’ve maintained for years, watching football is like eating veal. If you thought about it for a moment, you wouldn’t do it. But, just as I went ahead and ordered the scrumptious orecchiette vitello at Tuscano’s, there I…
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    Ed Batista: Executive Coaching & Change Management

  • The Art of Self-Coaching at Stanford GSB, Spring 2015

    edbatista
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    This Spring I'll be teaching a new course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business entitled The Art of Self-Coaching. Today I talked about the course with a few interested students, and above is a condensed set of my slides. The deck includes links to the books and articles I'll be using as readings in the course, and a more detailed syllabus is below. CLASS 1: BEGINNINGS Neuroscience, Joyful Learning and the SCARF Model Safety, Trust, Intimacy Coaching 101 (pending publication at HBR) Christopher Peterson, Pursuing the Good Life Ch 1, pp 3-6, “What Is Positive Psychology, and What Is It…
  • The (Revised) HBR Guide to Coaching Employees

    edbatista
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:49 pm
    A revised edition of the HBR Guide to Coaching Employees is now available, and although I'm hardly an objective critic I think it's a substantial improvement on the original. I wrote the Introduction, Why Coach?, as well as Giving Feedback that Sticks and Help People Help Themselves, on self-coaching, and I'm really proud to be associated with this volume. The most obvious change is a more compact, reader-friendly format (5" x 9"), but there a number of revisions to the contents as well: INTRODUCTION: Why Coach? by Ed Batista SECTION 1: PREPARING TO COACH YOUR EMPLOYEES 1. Shift Your Thinking…
  • New Post at HBR: A Checklist for Someone About to Take on a Tougher Job

    edbatista
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:12 am
    Careers involve numerous transitions when we “step up” into a new role, typically one with greater rewards, bigger responsibilities, and higher stakes. We’re well aware that these opportunities come as the result of effort and diligence in our previous role, but we can fail to appreciate how much hard work is required after we’ve made the transition to ensure that it’s a successful one. The senior leaders in my coaching practice and my MBA students at Stanford are often in the midst of one of these transitions, and my work with them has highlighted a set of issues that we should…
  • Why Change Is Hard

    edbatista
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    Why is change so difficult? Why do we resist it? Why do we fail to adapt even when our current methods aren't working? My work with clients in my coaching practice and MBAs at Stanford often involves helping people implement, manage or respond to change, ranging from CEOs scaling up a company to students in the midst of a career transition. My thinking about how we deal with change has been significantly influenced by the work of social psychologist Kurt Lewin and management theorist Edgar Schein. Behavioral Stability In most domains of life our behavior tends to be stable and even…
  • On Firing a Senior Team Member

    edbatista
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Sadly but inevitably, a common issue in my coaching practice is helping leaders decide whether or not to fire a senior team member. These decisions are always difficult ones--the clear-cut situations resolve themselves and tend not to take up time in a coaching session. Generally speaking, I see four typical scenarios: 1) a gifted individual contributor who's struggling as a new (or newly promoted) manager, 2) a trusted and well-liked early-stage employee who's failing to keep pace with the company's growth, 3) a highly talented but abrasive exec who's alienating other senior team members,…
 
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    Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog

  • Mobile Learning at Work

    John Agno
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Podcasts and mobile learning are revolutionizing on the job training and education in general. Teams need continual training, but varied learning styles are difficult to navigate. What works for some members of the workforce is useless for others, and generation gaps in technology exacerbate the situation. Podcasts overcome these hurdles with ease. They engage audiences across demographic boundaries, and with the help of mobile learning, increasing learning speed, retention, and recall.   Develop Leadership Skills: A Mobile Reference Guide Mobile learning gives team members access to…
  • Conscious Leadership

    John Agno
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Current research on leadership shows that over the course of our career, four competencies trump all others as the greatest predictors of sustained success: self-awareness, learning agility, communication and influence.  The last two deal with how leaders interact with their world, and the first two address leaders' internal relationship to "reality." The first mark of conscious leaders is self-awareness and the ability to tell themselves the truth.  Distortion and denial are cornerstones traits of unconscious leaders. Conscious leaders are passionately committed to…
  • Mobile Social Recognition

    John Agno
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    The workforce is becoming more global, multigenerational, social, and mobile.  Employers are borrowing from consumer technologies to design new systems of employee management. Any recognition solution worth the name should be flexible enough to change with new and emerging technologies.  In social recognition, thinking globally and acting locally is absolutely necessary. People are habitually plugged into what's going on moment to moment.  Even employees who value work/life balance are habituated to answering email and checking Twitter feeds and all the rest at any…
  • The Leadership Transition

    John Agno
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    In stepping up to play a leadership role: you can only learn what you need to know about your job and about yourself by doing it--not just thinking about it. Aristotle observed that people become virtuous by acting virtuous: if you do good, you'll be good.  His insight has been confirmed in a wealth of social psychology research showing that people change their minds by first changing their behavior.  Simply put, change happens from the outside in, not from the inside out. In her contrarian new book, "ACT LIKE A LEADER, THINK LIKE A LEADER," Herminia Ibarra, Ph.D.,…
  • Unique Leadership Skills

    John Agno
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
     Good leaders have a strong effect on the success of an organization or business. That seems obvious. What might not be so apparent is that a good leader can also change the brains of people around them. "What my research has revealed is that leaders of truly adaptive organizations possess a unique set of skills and thought processes, and simply being strong and successful is not an effective basis for leading and shaping an innovative organization," Dr. Fiona Kerr says. Truly strong leaders are typically pragmatic optimists. They are trustworthy, have the ability to…
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    Predictable Success » Blog

  • Watch This 3-Minute Tip and Transform Your Leadership

    sarahberger
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    We hope that your year is off to a great start. If not, then our audio tip and video clip offer specific next actions designed to help you lead your team where you want them to be. Also, be sure to check out our exclusive workshop offer below. It’s only available for a short time, so reserve your spot soon, before it’s too late. ~ Sarah View This 3-Minute Clip & Transform Your Leadership Redefine what it means to lead within your organization. One of the signs of a great leader is their ability to cultivate and inspire contributions from others. In this video, Les McKeown…
  • Where the Secrets Lie

    sarahberger
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com. Uncover the key elements and strategies your organization needs to succeed. Here’s how. You may have noticed that there’s a landscape to leadership. Hills to climb, rivers to ford, blighted landscapes to endure and glorious heights to scale. Unexpected competition, failed product launches, opening new offices, battling legislation – sometimes it feels like we’re hacking through the jungle with only the vaguest idea of what’s coming next. And, unlike real-world treks, there’s no GPS to clearly, calmly, assuredly…
  • 4 Ways Your Strategic Plan May Be Taking You Off Course

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

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

  • How to Plan a Great Off-site Meeting

    Dan McCarthy
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    This post recently appeared on Smartblog on Leadership:To start off the New Year, a lot of leaders will take their teams “off-site” for a day or more. An off-site meeting can be a great way to develop strategy, get creative, develop a team, learn, and re-invigorate a team. Of course, they can also be like a sentence in purgatory if not planned and run well.There is plenty of advice on how to run effective meetings, but not enough on planning. A well planned meeting can prevent a lot of the problems associated with bad meetings. Given that off-sites typically involve more time and people…
  • Five Ways to Lead Product Teams More Effectively

    Dan McCarthy
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    In order to bring quality products to market that delight your customers and meet their needs, a company must have leaders that run the product teams effectively. Read Brian Lawley’s guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for5 Ways a Product team leader or Product Manager can be more effective in accomplishing this and leading the team and the product to success.
  • How to Hang on to your Superstars

    Dan McCarthy
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    The cost of turnover is often way underestimated. The obvious costs are hiring and training costs, but there is also lost opportunity, morale, reputation, customer relationships, and other intangibles that are harder to measure. The cost of turnover is even higher when you lose a great employee, one of those “A player” superstars. The results of the first one focus on the output differential produced by top performers.While top employees are hard to keep – they tend to promoted, “pulled” into better opportunities, and may have higher expectations, here are 10 things that a smart…
  • How to Become a Conscious Leader

    Dan McCarthy
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Guest post from Jim DethmerMany people are interested in becoming a more conscious (awake, present, engaged) leader.  At the Conscious Leadership Group we believe there are three foundational moves that are the basis of all conscious leadership.  If you want to be a conscious leader you must master these.  Move from drifting to committing  No one has ever become a conscious leader without committing to being a conscious leader.  Every October, 40,000 people run the Chicago Marathon.  No one will finish that great test of discipline and fortitude without…
  • Succession Planning Best Practices for all Levels of Management

    Dan McCarthy
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    Executive Coach Beth Armknecht Miller says  it is essential for companies to make succession planning a priority at all levels of management. From team leaders to the C-Suite, long-term sustainability is everyone’s responsibility. Read Beth’s guest post over at About.com Management and Leadership:Succession Planning Best Practices for all Levels of Management to find out why and how.
 
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • Do you consider your team to be “high performing?”

    Mike Figliuolo
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: Do you consider your team to be “high performing?” – Absolutely — they’re consistently excellent: 26.32% – Kind of — they’re good but have room to improve: 60.15% – Not really — they’ve got their share of issues: 11.09% – Not at all — I’m in disaster-recovery mode: 2.44% Driving […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Improve Your Team by Leading Inside the Box

    Mike Figliuolo
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    The phrase “think outside the box” makes me physically ill.  It’s trite and isn’t at all applicable.  But inside the box?  That’s where great leaders go to get more out of their teams.  You can too with a simple assessment tool that provides insights as to how to most effectively lead the unique members of […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 4 Faulty Assumptions You Have about Giving Feedback

    Mike Figliuolo
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Anna Carroll, author of The Feedback Imperative: How to Give Everyday Feedback to Speed Up Your Team’s Success (CLICK HERE to get your copy). If you are a manager, the chances are great that you dread giving honest feedback to your team members on a frequent basis. And yet it is […] 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 good are you at giving difficult feedback promptly?

    Mike Figliuolo
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How good are you at giving difficult feedback promptly? – Great — I share difficult feedback immediately: 21.53% – OK — I give tough feedback with some hesitation: 60.76% – Not good — I struggle with giving tough feedback: 16.64% – Poor — I rarely share difficult feedback: 1.07% Prompt […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • When it Comes to Strategy, are You Sitting at the Kid’s Table?

    Mike Figliuolo
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Looking back on past holidays, you may remember what it felt like to be stuck at the kid’s table. But you’re a grown up now – so how come you’re still sitting at the kid’s table at work? I was recently interviewed by Anita Bruzzese for the Intuit blog. I figured you folks would like […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
 
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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • THE MIND'S "TRUTHS"

    William Matthies
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    "The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. "D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) English writerSomething to think about the next time you're certain.
  • I INTENDED TO POST THIS YESTERDAY BUT . . .

    William Matthies
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    "I am sure of nothing so little as my own intentions."Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poetAs with offering to pay for groceries using money you intended but did not bring to the store, your intentions to do most anything are only valuable when you actually do them.
  • I'LL THANK YOU NOT TO BE INGRATEFUL

    William Matthies
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    "Too great a hurry to discharge an obligation is a kind of ingratitude."François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writerRemember to thank those who helped you on your way up while you are on your way up.
  • THE MANAGER'S CREED?

    William Matthies
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    "It is a pleasure to give advice, humiliating to need it, normal to ignore it."UnknownWere I to be cynical I'd say this applies to a lot of managers, possibly a small majority.Were I to be.
  • DID YOU KNOW . . . ?

    William Matthies
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    "Most ignorance is invincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know."Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British authorAnd I'll bet we usually don't know when we knowingly or otherwise choose not to know.You know?
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    Mitch's Blog

  • We Must Remember History…

    Mitch Mitchell
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    Today happens to be the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, where millions of Jewish people and, it turns out, other “undesirables” as deemed by the Nazis, were killed without thought or morose. It’s an acknowledgment of overcoming something so heinous that there shouldn’t be anyone who doesn’t know what happened there. Pablo Municio via Compfight Yet, in today’s world it’s become a tourist attraction. People go there, look around, take selfies and go on about their business. There are a few people who are moved by the…
  • Is Compassion A Weakness In Leaders

    Mitch Mitchell
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    There are times when certain news stories touch me more than others. The same happens with scenes in some movies. I had a period where I’d be crying all the time when I saw these things, for a few years after my dad passed away. It took a long while to gain better control over some of those emotions. London Permaculture via Compfight I don’t know if I’m all that much different than a lot of men. I didn’t cry from the age of 9 until I was 43, when Dad passed. I was proud of that fact because it got me through a lot of different situations over the years. It’s…
  • Are You Causing Your Employees Pain?

    Mitch Mitchell
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    I’m going to start this article with a strange admission, one that means nothing in the scope of things to anyone but myself. I have lots of scars on my legs and I have no idea where they come from. Scott O’Dell via Compfight Didn’t expect that did you? It’s a strange thing to say, but it’s a strange thing to be occurring. Thing is, I never notice them until I’m either going to bed or waking up. My wife thinks I’m doing it unconsciously while I sleep, probably because my skin feels dry and I might be scratching myself. She also thinks I might be…
  • Staying Calm When Reactions From Others Irk You

    Mitch Mitchell
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    As it’s the new year, like always I try to set a precedent for something to change in the coming year. It’s always based on a change I want in my life, something that helps me push forward in some way to address an issue I feel I have. Len Matthews via Compfight The particular issue I feel I have these days is my internal reaction to things I see and then the subsequent nastiness associated with it. For instance, if you’ve read any online newspapers you’ll usually see commentary after almost every post. Local news is the worst because it seems the only people who…
  • 5 Ways To Make 2015 More Productive

    Mitch Mitchell
    29 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    As another year comes to a close I can say that this was one for the ages. With all my travel and new experiences I can honestly say that if I had more of that for 2015 I wouldn’t complain in the least. TheCameraGirls via Compfight Still, I can look at 2014 and realize that I could have done more, and if I could have done more I can share how you can do more in 2015 as well. After all, I don’t write these blog posts only for myself. This is the next to the last post of 2014, and since I’m using my last post of the year to highlight some of my favorite posts of the year, I…
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    WordPress.com News

  • Press Publish Tickets

    Jen Mylo
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    It is with great excitement that I announce the opening of ticket sales for the Press Publish conference series we teased here earlier this month! After scouring the web for bloggers with inspiring stories, successful blogs, and unique voices, we’ve confirmed the speaker lineups, and are thrilled to be including popular WordPress.com bloggers like Katherine Fritz, Jerry Mahoney, Emily Austin, and Russ Crandall. Here’s our collection of featured blogger speakers: You can see who’s speaking where by checking the event pages for Portland and Phoenix. In addition to…
  • Google Analytics for WordPress.com Business sites

    Ran
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Stats on WordPress.com are a special favorite of many site owners — it’s our second-most visited screen. At a glance, you can see when you get the most traffic, which posts are making the biggest impact, who your most frequent commenters are, and more. It’s a great way to gain insights into your visitors and your site. To complement our built-in stats and to give you even more information about your traffic, you can now use Google Analytics with WordPress.com, as part of the WordPress.com Business plan. Add the Business plan to your site and get everything you need to…
  • One Theme, Three Ways: Customizing Twenty Fifteen

    Ben Huberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our default theme this year, Twenty Fifteen, draws visitors’ eyes to what matters most — the text and images you publish on your site. Crisp typography, generous spacing, streamlined navigation: Twenty Fifteen shows that less can indeed be more (and that it can look great on any device). Keeping things simple and streamlined doesn’t mean you can’t make a theme your own, of course. From free custom color schemes (pictured in the gallery above) to a vertical header area with ample space to channel your (and your site’s) personality, Twenty Fifteen is a…
  • Notifications just got a boost!

    Fred Cheng
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you’ve been tuning in to Hot Off the Press, you’ll know about recent updates to the WordPress.com interface along with some fantastic technical upgrades. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced more interactive and robust notifications throughout WordPress.com. (Coming soon to a Jetpack blog near you.) Keep an eye on the new interface and let us know what you think! Why the change? We care about giving our users a streamlined and consistent experience across their devices. Unlike the old design, our new notifications look practically identical whether you are…
  • New Themes: Cubic and Wilson

    David A. Kennedy
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    It’s Theme Thursday and today I’m happy to present two new free themes: Cubic and Wilson. Cubic Designed by WordPress.com’s own Thomas Guillot, Cubic is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. With its single-column, grid-based design crafted around large featured images, Cubic is the perfect fit for photobloggers. Read more about Cubic in the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance → Themes. Wilson Designed by Anders Norén, Wilson is minimal yet bold. It’s a clean and simple theme for personal sites and blogs — make it your own with a…
 
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • To Me, This Concept Makes 100% Sense…Do You Agree?

    Merrill Dubrow
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Do you ever ask yourself these questions?: Do my kids have the right major? What will my kids will do after college? Will my kids ever find a job? What will be the “hot” jobs in a few years? All of those questions have been on my mind and because of that, I have an idea that I think makes sense. Click the link below, read my idea and give me your thoughts. Click Here to Read my Idea. I look forward to reading your comments!
  • When is the Last Time You Found the Time and Energy to “Pay it Forward”?

    Merrill Dubrow
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    Last summer, I was with my kids visiting my family in Cape Cod and had an amazing time. One of the things we did was walk the beach really early in the morning. I was with my boys, we had finished our walk and ended up on a pier with a bunch of fisherman, all of different ages. As usual, Riley (Mr. Inquisitive), walked away and started talking to someone. The next thing I knew, he was fishing with them and catching a few crabs and sand sharks. In fact, the picture of him below, he’s holding two of his prized catches, which in a few years will be staring in the movie “Jaws”.
  • Is My Entire Life One Big Routine?

    Merrill Dubrow
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    When I’m not traveling, I get to the office by 6:15am Our Executive Meetings are the first Monday of every month I present to the company the third Tuesday of every month I work out five times a week I get my hair cut every two weeks I have a chiropractor appointment every six weeks I go to the dentist every four months I get a physical every six months I spend every Thanksgiving with my parents, siblings and their families. I ask you: Is life all about routines? Do you have this many routines? A little scared to ask this question…Is there something wrong with me that I have this…
  • Time for a Quick and Fun Quiz About The King: Elvis Presley

    Merrill Dubrow
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    A couple weeks ago would have marked the king’s 80th birthday! His music and memory has lived on for decades and will forever. I thought it would be fun to have you enjoy a quick quiz about the great Elvis Presley: As always, the quiz will be timed so no need to get any help from friends or the internet. The answers will be posted in a few weeks. Enjoy! Click Here to Take The Quiz.
  • The Big Game is 10 Days Away!

    Merrill Dubrow
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    Sorry, but my New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl again! For the 6th time since 2001 the Patriots will play for the Lombardi trophy! I can’t wait! For much of last week, I kept replaying the Seahawks miracle finish over the Green Bay Packers – an amazing game! What are you doing for the big game? Are you going to attend the game? Who do you think will win? Who do you think will be the MVP? Do you have a favorite Super Bowl of all time? I really look forward to reading your comments and predictions. PS: My prediction is a 31-27 Patriots victory with Tom Brady getting MVP honors for…
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    Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

  • Who Inspires Your Management Thinking and Action?

    John Hunter
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:44 am
    This month Bill Troy, ASQ CEO, asked ASQ Influential Voices bloggers: “who influenced or inspired your management thinking and in what ways?” He discussed Paul O’Neill’s influence on his thinking; I agree that Paul has done some very impressive work in health care. I have written about my management influences in the past: Active Management Improvement Leaders (2006) and Who Influences Your Thinking? (2005). Bill Hunter and John Hunter My largest influence by far is my father, William Hunter. Here is a good example of why: Managing Our Way to Economic Success, Two…
  • 10 Most Popular Posts on the Curious Cat Management Blog in 2014

    John Hunter
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Here is a list of the 10 most popular posts on this blog last year (as measured by views counted by my analytics applications). The posts were published in 2010 (4 posts), 2013 (2), 2014 (2), 2005 (1) and 2012 (1). The Toyota Way – Two Pillars (2010) No True Lean Thinking or Agile Software Development (2010) The Purpose of an Organization (2005) Steve Jobs on Quality, Business and Joseph Juran (2014) Why Don’t Football Players Just Thrown the Ball Out of Bounds to Stop the Clock (2010) Stated Versus Revealed Preference (2013) 94% Belongs to the System (2013) Keys to the Effective Use of…
  • Is Quality Ambitious Enough?

    John Hunter
    25 Dec 2014 | 11:25 pm
    This month Bill Troy, ASQ CEO, asked ASQ Influential Voices bloggers to explore the question – Is Quality Ambitious Enough? Bill Troy suggests a vision for ASQ of To improve the function and value of goods and services worldwide, and to facilitate the development of new products and services that improve the quality of life. He also discusses the ideas of W. Edwards Deming and the value he found in attending 6 4-day Deming seminars. I find the aim Deming used to drive his actions to be ambitious and worthwhile: “to advance commerce, prosperity and peace.” I discusses my…
  • Good Startup Ideas from Startup Weekend JB (Malaysia)

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

    John Hunter
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    This month Bill Troy, ASQ CEO, asked ASQ Influential Voices bloggers to explore the importance of leadership for every quality management professional. Leadership is important but also something that often is difficult to understand what exactly is meant by the person using the term. In Bill’s case he provides some guidance with: “Leadership encompasses… business savvy, people skills, and decisive action all are required to get results in the world.” The ability to find solutions and move forward efforts in organizations does benefit from people skills. Working with…
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    Management Excellence by Art Petty

  • For a Change, Try Embracing Change at Work

    Art Petty
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    We all know that we live in an era of constant change. And more often than not, the thought of change at work is enough to send us scurrying for cover. However, hiding or simply allowing fear of the unknown to seize your emotions is the wrong approach in a situation that stands to be both a rich learning experience and an opportunity for you to showcase your value to your managers and your firm.
  • Leadership Caffeine—Humility and the Effective Leader

    Art Petty
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    The most effective leaders I know are simultaneously courageous and humble in the face of ambiguity and adversity. Courage as we all know is essential for facing and making the tough decisions demanded in difficult situations. I referenced this attribute in my recent post, Leading into the Fog. A healthy grounding of humility serves as a powerful check and balance influence that helps effective leaders fight the pressure to make rash decisions in the drive to be perceived as omniscient.
  • The Importance of Owning Your Own Career

    Art Petty
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Too many of us wait for someone else to create the circumstances that allow us to be happy in our work. Expecting someone else to lift us up from our current situation is a fool’s errand blended with a real life frustration dream. No matter how much we sulk or complain about our lot, the only person responsible for changing the situation is the one staring back at us in the mirror.
  • Just One Thing—New Leadership Role? Try Warmth Over Strength

    Art Petty
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    Let’s face it, the new leadership role is a great testament to your prior success and the faith that your firm’s senior leaders place in your abilities to help build the future. You’ve gained their confidence and trust, but the hard work is still in front of you. You’ve got to earn the trust of your new team members. Here's a view on an approach that has an increasing body of behavioral science evidence on its side:
  • Art of Managing—The Quest to Sustain Success

    Art Petty
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    The business and management equivalent of The Quest of mythology and story is the pursuit of the secret ingredients…the behaviors, actions and approaches that if adopted, will allow one firm to outperform (measured by one or more of: growth, profitability, innovation, share price, market capitalization) a peer group for an extended period of time. Here are 7 core behaviors for successful management teams to adopt that will help them survive with their quest to sustain success:
 
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • The Importance of An Execution Software System in Strategy Execution

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
    The primary role of the execution system component is to help organizations get the right things done. To do this requires identifying execution problems as early as possible and addressing them. Think of an organization as a system for deciding what to do (a strategy, a plan) and the managing the execution of that plan. When the system (the business) makes an error, choosing to do the wrong thing or forgetting to do something that is required, the problem must be corrected. The longer it takes to detect the problem, the more it costs to fix. If the business has no system in place to set,…
  • The Importance of Shared Community Learning in Strategy Execution

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    A complete strategy execution program depends upon the power of a shared community learning. First, the power of community is required to change the economics for implementing such a program within small and midsized organizations. Second,learning is required to overcome the natural tendency of individuals and organizations to wander from the very disciplines that can deliver them from the status quo. It’s a tall order to build a community that agrees to share these attributes. Even though it’s difficult, it’s worth the effort, because well-formed communities accelerate learning.
  • Solving The One Problem That Makes Solving All Other Problems Easier

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    An organization that learns a systematic way of setting its priorities, that learns how to build detailed plans, that learns how to proactively manage those plans and communicate in an organized way is in a much better position. In such an environment, goals are clearer and new employees can understand their role sooner. They learn how to communicate more effectively. Overall, the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization will be higher; it will have better capacity to respond to the demands of growth. BOTTOMLINE: Building an organization that can learn how to execute strategy and deal…
  • Executing Your Strategy: Avoiding The Epic Fail

    9 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    With all the bad news bombarding us daily, it's time to get control over the things we can do, and do everything we can during times of uncertainty, to avoid the epic fail. To wit, here's a short refresher on why companies fail: Failure to understand the customer • Why they buy, what they want (real need for the product/service) Failure to understand the resources, time required to execute the strategy • Can the staff, equipment, and processes handle the stated strategy? • Failure to develop new employee and leadership skills Failure to obtain senior leader commitment • Failure to…
  • Deming's Fourteen Points of Quality Management

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

  • What Leaders Can Learn From Watching the Super Bowl

    Kevin Eikenberry
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Chances are, in a few days you will be watching the Super Bowl. Whether at a party, or home alone, whether you are a true fan of the game or of the Seahawks or Patriots, or are just watching for the commercials, the Super Bowl is more than a chance to relax, root, eat or […] The post What Leaders Can Learn From Watching the Super Bowl appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Boosting Your Confidence as a Communicator

    Kevin Eikenberry
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Here are two simple ways to improve your confidence as a communicator. There are two words that all leaders should be aware of and think about – and they both start with c. Communication and Confidence. When you have more of the later you will do the former more effectively. And as you communicate better […] The post Remarkable TV: Boosting Your Confidence as a Communicator appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Beating Blue Monday – the “Worst Day of the Year”

    Kevin Eikenberry
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    About ten years ago Cliff Arnall, a British scientist, reportedly created a calculation to determine “the most depressing day of the year.” The equation includes seven variables: (W) weather, (D) debt, (d) monthly salary, (T) time since Christmas, (Q) time since last failed attempt, (M) low motivational levels and (NA) the need to take action. […] The post Beating Blue Monday – the “Worst Day of the Year” appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity

    Kevin Eikenberry
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill and Leena Rinne I am regularly told how productive I am. My response is usually to thank the person and then tell them I feel far from that. I suppose by many measures I am pretty productive. If that is the case, it is because I have studied it, practiced […] The post The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Words Matter

    Kevin Eikenberry
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Why am I wearing boxing gloves in today’s Remarkable TV? Yep, there are leadership lessons in it! Check it out to learn more… Episode 53 Words matter When communicating your message, remember that the words really do matter. @KevinEikenberry You can learn more about the Communicating for Results Workshop here. Until next time … You […] The post Remarkable TV: Words Matter appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
 
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    Survival Leadership

  • Talent Management: Post #2--Obstacles and Opportunities

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
    Outside Obstacles and Opportunities. Ideal ages for emerging execs is 35-45. There’s a 30% decline in those ranks as baby boomers age out, creating a big deficit of available emerging leaders. Pipeline issues abound—aging execs, not good job rotation for high potentials, and a lack of succession planning. Globalization, demographics and poor pipelines add up to a disaster. There are huge differences between “the best and the rest,” especially in more complex jobs.  The best salesperson at Nordstrom outsells others by 8 times; the best developers at Apple are 9 times as…
  • Talent Management: Post #1--The Enemy Withing

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    The Enemy Within. “At most companies, people spend 2%of their time recruiting and 75% managing their recruiting mistakes,” says Richard Fairbanks, CEO, Capital One. Through inertia, we avoid regular reviews of people, even when we know we don’t have the best people around us. Cutting your losses isn’t easy but is necessary to move ahead. We don’t work as hard evaluating insiders as we do outsiders. However, going outside is economically justified only 6% of the time as opposed to 30% for going “inside” for talent. When possible, promote from within after benchmarking to the best…
  • HBR- Dec. Post--FINAL--Virtual Teams

    15 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    Getting Virtual Teams RightVirtual teams can outperform in-office teams if they’re the right team with the right leadership, right touch-points, and right technology (p. 120).https://hbr.org/
  • HBR - Dec--Post #8--Corporate Functions

    14 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    Why Corporate Functions StumbleThis article outlines a maturity model to help headquarters’ functions (HR, IT, Finance, etc.) as they progress from Youth to Adolescence, to Maturity, to Change cycles (p. 110). https://hbr.org/
  • HBR-Dec. -- Post #7--Groups

    13 Jan 2015 | 5:08 am
    Making Dumb Groups SmarterBased on informational signals and reputational pressures in groups, people polarize, focus on the obvious, amplify errors, and rush toward the wrong answer. Encouraging diverse points of view, expertise, and opinions thwarts these social de-railers for groups (p. 90).
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    Learn This

  • Book Review: Wins Friends and Customers

    Mike King
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Relationship and Business Success from Empathic Acknowledging Author: Lawrence Bookbinder, PH.D. This book is a short and easy to read book with what is often otherwise complex content and terminology.  Bookbinder presents a wide scope of examples and context around the idea of using empathic communication (primarily listening) as well as acknowledging during conversations to help the reader better connect and understand how to show interest in relationships.  The book jumps between numerous examples, some repeated, to highlight different aspects of conversation that teach how to bring more…
  • How and what are you learning lately?

    Mike King
    29 Dec 2013 | 3:51 pm
    Lately, I’ve been doing a lot less blogging.  I still enjoy it however, one thing I’ve shifted from is how much I actually learn from blogging now from what I used to learn from it.  It seems looking back, that learning to blog, research topics, write content, market it, share it and discuss it with others had me learning as much about that whole process as the content itself I was writing about.  That process of so many added things to learn kept me quite excited about blogging and with so much of that becoming regular work instead of something to learn each time I had…
  • Book Review: Summary of Recent Reading

    Mike King
    27 Oct 2013 | 9:08 pm
    Well, without always taking the time to make notes and write up a full book review, I thought I would blast out a summary of 14 books I’ve read recently and my major takeaways and ratings of these books.   Superfreakonomics Author: D.Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner This a great book and sequel to the first, Freakonomics.  If you are interested in some of the strange economics and statistics that lead to questions to the norm, then this book is for you.  I particularly loved the content on global cooling, altruism and the value question between pimps and realtors in regards to…
  • Book Review: The Trust Edge

    Mike King
    19 Aug 2013 | 7:39 am
    How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line Author: David Horsager This is a great book about how you can make a different in an organization by using and leverage trust in how you operate and behave in your organization.  The author stated in the book “Trust flows from individuals, not organizations” and that is a fantastic summary of the book and really the reason to read it.  You can make a difference with how you use trust for yourself, your career and your organization and the trust edge is something that is available to anyway,…
  • Book Review: Bury my Heart at Conference Room B

    Mike King
    26 Jun 2013 | 8:25 am
    The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers Author: Stan Slap This book interested me as a way to explore the passions in great managers and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.  It looks at how managers can truly connect to their jobs, their teams and their emotional commitment for their work to get real meaning from it.  It looks at what makes some of the big difference between an average everyday manager putting in time and a great manager, who emotionally connects with their team and really pushes to maximize their impact with others and the organization. The subtitle hints at…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • #MySAPath – Putting Myself in the Residence Life Box

    nope
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    I was one of those college kids who changed their majors multiple times, five to be exact.  I fervently prayed for God to reveal my calling.  When I was junior, I became a Resident Assistant.  One night, as I was reading my bible, a couple verses read like a neon sign in the desert: “Be good shepherds of the flock God has put in your care. Do not care for the flock as if you were made to. Do not care for the flock for money, but do it because you want to. Do not be bosses over the people you lead. Live as you would like to have them live.” – 1 Peter 5:2-4 (NLT) I swear I read…
  • Fat-Shaming in the Workplace

    nope
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    It’s the very beginning of our semester, and I’ve been sitting on this blog for about a month now. I wrote it as soon as I got back from Winter Break, but wasn’t sure about publishing it. My friend from NASPA @MsKelseyGamble suggested I let it sit with my soul for a while, and after almost a month I’ve realized it needs to be said. When I first wrote this, I had just had a cymbal-crashing, jaw-dropping realization: I’ve felt fat-shamed in my workplace for the past 3 months. For an intro into what fat-shaming is, I’d recommend starting here. You’re probably thinking, “What…
  • #MySAPath – From Student Affairs to Business Affairs

    nope
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Some student affairs professionals might never have imagined taking a step towards developing their own business, but that is exactly where I am now. I’m not talking about a “side hustle” here; I am talking no more student affairs status. I must admit that I never thought I would leave the world of student affairs to pursue the life of an entrepreneur, but I do believe that being a student affairs professional gave me all the skills needed to being a successful business leader. My student affairs epiphany began after interning for the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI).
  • My Own Golden Circle: Transformation in Life & Student Affairs

    nope
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    I recently came across a video on Ted.com by Simon Sinek centered on something called the Golden Circle. Essentially, it’s an individual or group’s Why, How, and What. Why do you do something? How do you do it? What comes out of it? Sinek says that successful leaders within an industry are clear about not only what products they come out with, but why and how these products come to be. People care about why and how your products came to be reality and whether or not there is meaning behind each unit you produce. This whole idea caught my attention and really got me thinking…
  • #SAChat Transcript – 01/29/15 – Being a Change Agent – How Do You Encourage Change as a New Pro?

    nope
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on Being a Change Agent – How Do You Encourage Change as a New Pro? In this week’s chat 184 Student affairs professionals, graduate students and undergraduates interested in, or working in, Student Affairs participated. Here’s a break down: DAYTIME CHAT (1-2pm EST): 1408 tweets 161 contributors Transcript MOD: Erica Thompson Top Contributors Becca Fick Sinclair Ceasar III Joseph Ginese Karyn Dyer Derek C. Bundy EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 672 tweets 95 contributors Transcript MOD: Brian Proffer Top Contributors…
 
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    Management Skills Blog

  • Which Manager is Accountable for the Output?

    Tom Foster
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Thumbnail from Tuesday’s post Which Manager is Accountable? There are three roles in play. Product Manager Marketing Manager and Marketing Services The question is, which, of the two managers listed, should be the manager of the Marketing Services role? There are four questions that must be answered before making this decision. So far, we’ve looked at two questions. What is the level of work in each role described? Which manager is in the best position to bring value to the decisions made and problems solved by the Marketing Services role? Today,…
  • Can the Manager Bring Value?

    Tom Foster
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:24 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Thumbnail from Tuesday’s post Which Manager is Accountable? There are three roles in play. Product Manager Marketing Manager and Marketing Services The question is, which, of the two managers listed, should be the manager of the Marketing Services role? There are four questions that must be answered before making this decision. Yesterday, we looked at the first question. What is the level of work in each role described? Today, the next question. Which manager is in the best position to bring value to the decisions made and problems solved by the…
  • One Stratum Separation

    Tom Foster
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Thumbnail from yesterday’s post Which Manager is Accountable? There are three roles in play. Product Manager Marketing Manager and Marketing Services The question is, which, of the two managers listed, should be the manager of the Marketing Services role? There are four questions that must be answered before making this decision. Today, the first question – What is the level of work in each role described? To be an effective manager, there must be one stratum separation between the manager and the team member. So, a role at S-III can be an…
  • Which Manager is Accountable?

    Tom Foster
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Question: What is your feeling about a manager only managing one person? Here is the scenario. We have a Product Manager accountable for new product development research and portfolio creation. Suggestion was to have a Marketing Services person, accountable for the creation of marketing collateral and advertising campaigns, report to the Product Manager. This Marketing Services person would be the only report that the Product Manager would be supervising. My fear is that the Product Manager, also accountable for major business development activities centering…
  • Too Expensive and Too Late to Train

    Tom Foster
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag – Question: Our company has a critical issue around finding skilled workers. Our community is growing fast and we cannot find the skilled workers we need to meet the demand. We are trying to connect with our community college and state & local job staffers. I am calling on my former company, an economic development corporation to talk about a recruiting program to bring skilled workers to our market. What else? Response: In South Florida, this phenomenon appeared three years ago in SWOT analysis. Most of my construction related clients clearly identified…
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    Women on Business

  • Building Momentum to Become a Public Company Board Member

    Tracy Houston
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Moving forward on your goal of becoming a public company board member requires a purposeful focus with dedicated time and effort. You can help shape your future with these four actions: 1. Separate Your Leadership Skills from the Crowd Think about what is hard to forget about you or your leadership experiences. Share this with […]             
  • Financial Benefits of Diversifying Your Business Income

    Sponsor Contributor
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    Sponsored by SBTLA: There are plenty of options for securing your business’ finances, but a sure-fire way to do so is to diversify your business income. As fancy or complicated as it may sound, it’s really just about ensuring your business has more than one source of income. If you don’t know where to start, […]             
  • Know Your Rights: Workplace Injury

    Susan Gunelius
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    Sponsored by Sinnamon Lawyers: All people in the workplace, employers and employees alike, have particular rights regarding workplace injuries. Workplace safety must be a priority for every organization and for a workplace to be healthy and safe, owners and managers must provide an appropriate environment for work. Similarly, employees should be cautious and committed to […]             
  • Give Your Office a Facelift

    Susan Gunelius
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    Sponsored by Super Amart: It’s hard to feel inspired when settling down to work in an uninspiring home office space. The sad reality is, if you don’t like your office, you’re very likely to try every excuse in the book to not get back to work. However, if you just love your office and can’t […]             
  • Ending Frustration At Work

    Ann Gatty
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    There are a growing number of reasons why individuals can experience frustration at work. If you’re experiencing budget cuts, longer work hours, unclear organizational direction, or a cranky boss, you might find it difficult to stay positive. A lot of the situations you are facing have nothing to do with you, but you still are […]             
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    The Glass Hammer

  • Learning from Others: The Toigo Foundation’s Annual Groundbreakers Summit

    No Byline
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Beth Senko In December, the Toigo Foundation, a partner of theglasshammer.com held its fourth annual Groundbreakers Summit for female leaders. This year’s theme was action-based and explored the key resources, tools and relationships needed to help women advance in their careers. Founded in 1989, the Toigo Foundation established an educational fellowship program (The Financial Services Fellowship) focused on careers in financial services for minorities. Now in its 25th year, the Toigo Foundation has provided MBA fellowships and internships for women and minority professionals, and has…
  • Voice of Experience: Pamela Click, Director and Senior Development Manager, TIAA-CREF

    No Byline
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Cathie Ericson “You will work hard, but it will be rewarding,” says Pam Click of a career in technology. Now a senior manager and respected technologist at TIAA-CREF, Click’s hard work has finally paid off. Her path to her current position at TIAA-CREF was somewhat circuitous: After earning a degree in accounting, Click started her career as a management consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), working with various clients in industries as diverse as consumer products, utilities and oil and gas. “This work was very foundational for me,” Click says. “It set the tone…
  • How to Be a Conscious Listener – What it Means for Us and Others

    No Byline
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Contributed by John Keyser Ultimately, our company’s results will be greatly affected by our organizational culture. Sure, we can drive our people on a short-term basis and can achieve significant results, but if our people are not fully engaged, enthusiastic, collaborative and proud of their work and company, and respect their boss and senior management, their contributions tail off and results become inconsistent. People want to be appreciated, feel valued and heard. That means we need to patiently listen to them to understand and learn. That is our responsibility. If we don’t, we do…
  • Career Tip of the Week!

    No Byline
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Nicki Gilmour, Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist 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. This Week’s Tip Is… Enjoy the journey, but know the destination. Like Steven Covey’s advice of “begin with the end in mind”, it is good to review how your current job is a pathway to gathering the skills and relationships needed to take you to your next job.
  • Voice of Experience: Kathryn Kaminsky, Partner, PwC

    No Byline
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Kathryn Kaminsky will be a panelist at theglasshammer.com’s 4th Annual Navigating, Negotiating, & Building Your Strategic Network Event on February 26th. By Cathie Ericson “There is a lot we can learn from men in the workforce,” says Kathryn Kaminsky, a Partner at PwC. “When they leave early to attend one of their kid’s sporting event, they do it with pride. They don’t slink out of the office — they’re excited, and women should behave that way too.” Kaminsky, who started her career with PwC in Canada before moving to the firm’s New York office, has always been…
 
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    Rich Gee Group

  • Basic Résumé Structure For Success.

    richgeegroup
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Many of my clients frequently ask me for my opinion on the do’s and don’t’s of a good résumé. Let me begin by saying résumé advice is highly subjective. Everyone has an opinion and everyone will find fault in your advice. I am going to go out on a limb and let you in on what I think is a basic, generalized format (IMHO): Contact Info: Name, Cell, Email, Address, LinkedIn URL (this is new – make it like www.linkedin.com/in/richgee) Summary Statement: 1-2 sentences that clearly define who you are and what you’re looking for. Feel free to add a few bulleted…
  • Establish A Personal Contract With Your Team.

    richgeegroup
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    You work hard and so does your team. Sometimes, a mis-alignment of communication, interpretation, or expectations occurs. It happens. It’s not a bad thing even if it happens once in awhile. But when it becomes a frequent occurrence, you begin to question your team’s ability to execute or your ability to communicate. Then again, it might be another issue. You haven’t set clear communication, timing, and delivery standards with each of your team members (and in-turn having them matriculate it down to their staff). It sounds hokey, but a simple contract (formal agreement) between parties…
  • 2015 – Essential Tips For The Year Ahead.

    richgeegroup
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    This will be a ‘user’s guide’ to help you best navigate 2015 based on the current changes in the marketplace. Headline: Business life as we know it is over. Things are changing at an ever faster rate — so you need to keep up or fall behind. No sitting still or hiding. 1. The idea of keeping your head down, working hard, not making ripples and hoping for the best is gone forever.  The world isn’t over — just the opposite — there are innumerable opportunities out there. So MANY opportunities. How? Keep your eyes peeled constantly and stay flexible with your…
  • Top 10 Most Read Articles In 2014.

    richgeegroup
    30 Dec 2014 | 5:35 am
    Every year, I go back and track my website analytics to uncover what articles really resonated with my readers. Here are my top ten for 2014 to get you ready for 2015! 1. The Most Important Thing You Should Do In The Shower. Acknowledge and feel gratitude for all the special things in your life. 2. How To Network Like A Pro. Last night, I was invited to attend a gala event at the prominent investment firm in NYC. Here are some key techniques that I used to make the night a fruitful and productive one. 3. Build The Best Standing Desk For Your Office. Lately, I’ve been reading about the…
  • Pre-New Year Is A Smart Time To Forge Your Career Strategy for 2015.

    richgeegroup
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    You’re not happy with your job. Or you might not have a job at the moment. Most people in this position will look at the month of December as a time of rest and relaxation and tell themselves that they will begin their brand-new job search on January 1, 2015. Unfortunately, they will be far behind their competition in the marketplace who are actively looking for a job. Bottom line, you need to develop a career strategy during the month of December to know who your targeting, what you will do, where you will go, when you will do it, and how you will track your progress. We know the ‘why’…
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  • Podcast 502: BOLD: How To Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact The World with Steven Kotler

    Greg Voisen
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    I recently interviewed my good friend and awesome author Steven Kotler.  Steven has co-authored another book with Peter Diamandis which pushes the needle, and really gets the reader to think and take action.  BOLD: How To Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact The World instructs the reader on the new exponential growth  in technologies and how to play the game with the best of the best.  As Bill Clinton states ” This book is a visionary roadmap for people who believe they can change the world–and offers invaluable advice about bringing together the partners and technologies to…
  • Podcast 501: Refine Your Life with Pilar Gerasimo

    Greg Voisen
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Pilar Gerasimo is someone that I will alway call my friend.  While we don’t speak to one another often, she is the kind of person that when you once meet her you bond almost immediately.  I respect Pilar for all that she is doing to make our world a better place to live and connect with others.  Pilar is the “Founding Editor of Experience Life Magazine“.  If you are not a subscriber, I would recommend that you seriously check out the magazine through the link provided. In my interview with Pilar we speak about her course entitled “Refine Your Life” which can…
  • Podcast 500: A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating with Molly Fletcher

    Greg Voisen
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:57 pm
    At the end of last year I had the opportunity to interview author Molly Fletcher about her new book entitled ” A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating“.  I must admit I learned more in 30 minutes about negotiating from Molly than I had learned in 30+ years of business.  Molly truly is a master at her business having spent the last two decades negotiating $500 million worth of deals on behalf of hundreds of the nation’s premier athletes, coaches and television commentators. Molly states that “Trust” is as the heart of negotiation if one wants long term success.
  • Podcast 499: Life Purpose Boot Camp with Eric Maisel

    Greg Voisen
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:56 pm
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Eric Maisel the author of over 30 book on creativity, writing and personal growth.  His new book entitled ” Life Purpose Boot Camp” is an eight week plan for creating a meaningful life.  In my interview with Eric we explore the life long journey that so many people take in finding meaning and purpose in their lives.  As Eric states ” “no life purpose can event exist until we step back and identify, embrace and implement the ones that we choose.  He says that their is not one meaning of life but rather a multitude of subjective…
  • Podcast 498: The Best Place to Work with Ron Friedman PhD

    Greg Voisen
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    I recently interviewed author Ron Friedman PhD the author of a new book entitled “The Best Place to Work, The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace”.  As many of you might be aware the levels of engagement in the US workforce is abysmal with levels of disengagement at about 71%.  So just why do we have such an amazingly high rate of disengagement from employees? The answer to this question and many more can be found in Ron” new book ” The Best Place to Work“.  Ron spent years studying the best places to work, he interviewed people and heard…
 
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  • The New American Workplace Research Kit - Includes a Free $8.50 Book Summary

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    The New American Workplace Research Kit brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your workforce solutions. This kit includes The New American Workplace Summary eBook that normally is $8.50. The U.S. government's Work in America report received national acclaim and front-page coverage in media across the United States when it was published 30 years ago. In The New American Workplace, the long-awaited follow-up to the bestselling Work in America, authors James O'Toole and Edward E. Lawler III provide a comprehensive,…
  • How to Link Business Strategy with Operations

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This April London will welcome 150 process professionals who will learn how to make Operational Excellence a continuous journey and not just a ‘project’. Global leaders such as UBS, Tesco Group, Shell, GlaxoSmithKline, Aviva, Barclaycard, E.ON, Siemens Energy and many more will present and discuss their success stories and lessons learnt. Request Free!
  • Business Online Visibility and Analysis Report

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Research has shown nearly 75% of people lose trust in a brand if their online listings are incorrect. In this custom report you'll receive:Listing Presence which provides a summary of online listing found for your businessReviews that show what is being said about your business and from what sourcesA Social Performance summary of likes, dislikes, followers, posts, tweets, etc.A Website User Experience detailing the overall performance of your website on mobile and desktop environmentsRegister for your Business Online Visibility and Analysis Report to discover how you can guarantee your…
  • Manufacturing Outsourcing

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    From securing the best pricing to creating a strategy that works for each of your product lines, companies that outsource their manufacturing face a myriad of challenges.This eBook will help you address four common outsourcing decision points with confidence:How much of your production process should you outsource?Two ways to lower supply chain costs – which is right for you?Can you optimize your production for multiple product lines?Should you move your manufacturing closer to customers?Request Free!
  • Why More CFOs Are Banking on Cloud-base PLM

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    What solution helped a lighting manufacturer reduce engineering change order (ECO) cycle times by 75%, a networking company improve ECO cycle times by 70%, and a digital processing business accelerate time to market by 20%?The answer? Product lifecycle management (PLM) software.In this whitepaper, Arena offers its own proprietary PLM analytics coupled with aggregated ROI metrics derived from third-parties to highlight industry-specific efficiency improvements categorized into three groups: Manufacturing and Internal Operations, Supply Chain Optimization, and Customer Satisfaction.Request…
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    N2Growth Blog

  • Get Off The Strategy Merry-Go-Round

    Brody Clemmer
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    By Mark Hefner Global Practice Chair, Strategy N2Growth Most organizations, and even most strategy consultants, are using strategic planning frameworks built for business models that were designed during the industrial age. These methods are antiquated in both efficiency and effectiveness. They are complex – they are costly – they are slow – they are broken. Whether you are a working at a company-wide, business unit, functional, or product level, formulating strategy, planning it, and executing it has become too complex, too structured, too rigid, too slow, and more than…
  • THE NINE DEADLY SINS OF LEADERSHIP

    Grant Wattie
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    By Grant Wattie President, N2Growth Australia Now, before you think I’m going to get all religious on you, let me define the word “sin.” In the original Hebrew language, sin is defined as ‘missing the mark’, much the same as an archer may miss the mark when shooting for a bull’s-eye. In my opinion, leadership starts with deep reflection to be aware of any limiting blind spots. The following nine (9) deadly sins will help you reflect on how you may be limiting yourself both personally and professionally as a leader. In my experience everyone has at least one of these primary…
  • Five Strategies for Leaders in Law to Remain Culturally Fit

    Damian Pitts
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth Albert Einstein said; “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that we used when we created them.” In thinking about this statement and in light of the events across the nation regarding the crisis in law enforcement, there are five strategies Leaders in Law can adopt to elevate their agency to the next level. Whether the agency is experiencing challenges or not, these five strategies will provide the thought-leadership to navigate the rough waters in the sea of conflict. Leaders in Law must…
  • Being A Courageous Leader

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

    Damian Pitts
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:32 pm
    By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts Chair, Organizational Development, N2Growth The extension process within the Crisis Leadership & Performance-Driven Execution framework’s Leadership GPS System evolves from the new reality in business analytics and organizational design. Preemptive Crisis Analytics, an extension of the Five Ws Agenda within the Leadership GPS System, examines incoming data and decision sciences to increase productivity, efficiency and effectiveness for leaders and organizations to make better informed decisions for their organizations to be more strategically…
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    Lead Change Group

  • Transform One Million Realities

    Page Cole
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    The confetti from New Year’s Eve has been swept up or blown away. You’ve already had enough time to break and reaffirm your New Year’s resolutions.  Before you know it Valentine’s Day will be here, Spring will have sprung and school will be out. In a year so full of possibilities and fresh potential, what are your dreams for the year? Maya Angelou once said, “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” This year will fly by, and as you gaze at 2015 in your rear view mirror, you may ask the same question then that…
  • Why Character-Based Leadership? (A Book Excerpt)

    Paula Kiger
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    In a previous post, we shared how the Lead Change Group was incubated by people who wanted to capture the idea of leadership being espoused by a group of leaders in social media and internet channels in the summer and fall of 2009.  The term character-based leadership rose out of this group’s efforts and eventually led to the book, The Character-Based Leader. In order to provide visitors to the Lead Change Group with the background about how this site came to be, and because much of the information is timeless, we are sharing excerpts from The Character-Based Leader occasionally.
  • Three Stops On The Search For Meaning

    John Smith
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I wish Viktor Frankl had been my uncle or even next-door neighbor. Such a gentle and kind spirit, accomplished, yet humble, very connected to his internal being, yet realistic in his self-appraisals, and with the ability to see how we are and to hold the mirror of words up for us to see ourselves. Yep, I’m in the Frankl Fanatics Fan group, as are many others who I respect and admire.  The presence of his small, short, and old memoir with explanation on so many book lists with titles like Important Books, Books That Changed My Life, and Books You Have To Read decades after the events…
  • Chip Shots – The Power of Interdisciplinary Efforts

    Paula Kiger
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 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 dilemma. To learn more, check out our first Chip Shots post or spend some time browsing the entire Chip Shots Series.
  • How Will CEO’s Of The Future Be Different From CEO’s Of Today?

    Susan Mazza
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Brighton School of Business shared the following infographic with me and I thought to share it here as a catalyst for conversation in the Lead Change Group. So take a look and post your answers to one or more of the following questions.  Or perhaps even ask a question of your own: Do any of the assertions below, current or predictions about the future, surprise you? If so, which ones and why? Today’s top CEO’s are not active in social media? Do you think that will change in the future? Does it need to change? If the predictions about the CEO of the future are accurate,…
 
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    Crucial Skills

  • Wild Dogs and Card Catalogues: An Ode to the Cloud

    Kerry Patterson
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    It was the wish of Bellingham School District No. 501 that starting in the seventh grade, each student write a weekly theme and an annual term paper—and continue this practice throughout all of his or her junior high and high school years. Themes were easy. I would sit down and write whatever cockamamie idea came to mind, turn it in, and then have it torn apart by college English majors who graded my work with a red pencil and hatchet. Unfortunately, we weren’t taught much about how to actually write. In fact, I don’t remember being taught anything about writing. The theory was: throw…
  • Dealing with a Last-minute Boss

    David Maxfield
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Dear Crucial Skills, My boss likes to leave things open for change until the last moment and this stresses me out completely. A few examples: (1) We were presenting to senior management and had agreed to drop several items from the presentation based on specific logical reasons. Two hours before the presentation, he decided we needed to add those items back into the presentation without reason. (2) We were launching a high-visibility product—from senior management’s perspective—and he tried to change the launch material that was already delayed going into production. If we had done as…
  • When It’s Your Word Against Your Boss’s

    Joseph Grenny
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Dear Crucial Skills, About a month ago, my director was investigated for violating policy. I provided information against her in this process. During the investigation, my director told my coworkers that the allegations were all lies. This caused my coworkers to view me as a troublemaker and a liar. I suspect she said the same to the heads of our company. As a result, she has been able to keep her job and I feel like my credibility is damaged. How do I move forward from here? Signed, Credibility Crisis Dear Credibility Crisis, Some decisions are hard. This one isn’t. You’ve got to go. The…
  • Does our Style Under Stress have any connection to our personality profiles?

    Candace Bertotti
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    The Style Under Stress Test asks participants to pick a specific person or situation where they have a hard time staying in dialogue, and then directs them to answer all the questions in regards to that specific person or situation. The results of the test are not a measure of personality i.e., scoring high on “violence” does not mean you are a “violent person,” but rather it measures our tendencies and skills in a specific situation. Put yourself in a different situation and you’ll behave differently. Sometimes we use personality type to justify our extreme…
  • A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    Steve Willlis
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    When people outside of work find out that I spend a lot of time teaching groups, they often ask about the more challenging situations I encounter. “What are the biggest pitfalls? And how do you recover when you run into these problems?” I tell them, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Some time ago, I attended a presentation from a nationally acclaimed photographer about the ABCs of photography. He expressed the idea that photography is a form of communication, and like language, has its own alphabet. While language uses letters to communicate ideas, similarly, photography uses…
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    Aspire-CS

  • Coach those who want to help themselves

    Mary Jo Asmus
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
      Does one of the following scenarios hit close to home for you? Scenario 1: You’ve been watching one of your regional managers closely for some time, and gosh, can he ever generate sales. He treats customers with great care and his salespeople are bringing in the dollars; the numbers for his region were up significantly last year. Just one little thing – his employees and peers are streaming into your office telling you that he’s volatile, “going off” on them for every little thing that they do that isn’t exactly the way he would do it. You wonder if he…
  • Is kindness as important as toughness in leadership?

    Mary Jo Asmus
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
      I once interviewed for a position where the hiring manager interrogated me mercilessly. The immediate impression I had of him as a leader was not favorable. My concern was that he would be overly demanding to his staff and possibly a micromanager. I thought he’d be very tough (in an unfavorable way) to work for. Luckily, I spoke with some of his direct reports to find out more about him after the interview. Several stories from those who reported to him illustrated his kindness; there wasn’t evidence that he would be excessively tough to work for. I was offered, and…
  • Want charisma? Know who you are and act accordingly.

    Mary Jo Asmus
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    Robert (not his real name) is one of the most charismatic leaders I’ve ever known. Simultaneously he also happens to be ethical, effective, influential and even inspiring. He is graceful in his approaches with both his board and the people he leads; in return they express great respect for him. Comfortable in his skin and able to get along with anyone, he might be considered the “ideal” leader, the one we want to be or be like in the way we lead. His charisma is just who he is. There is never a hint that he may be playing a role or putting up a false front. He is very…
  • Can you make an impact and still have a life?

    Mary Jo Asmus
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    A successful leader was seeking new ideas for his career. His life in a respected Fortune company was stressful, and he’d been at it for a while. He posed a question he’d been thinking about for a long time: Can I have a career where I can make an impact and still have dinner with my family? I had to stop and think about that. I’d spent many years in Corporate America, and felt that, honestly, I gave up a lot for both my career and my family when decisions I made were not advantageous to what mattered to me and others in my life. If you’re human, you know the feeling…
  • 5 ways to get unstuck

    Mary Jo Asmus
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
      Adrian had been looking for a solution to an issue at work in her head for months (and months). She was, in her words, a perfectionist who was looking for a way to control the issue without negative consequences. She didn’t just ponder how to deal with it, she obsessed about it. It was beginning to impact her leadership and her personal relationships. Wishing that her obsessive thoughts about the issue would stop didn’t work; in fact, it made her more frustrated. She discovered a way to find answers to the issue that worked for her and allowed her to take action. Once she…
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    All Things Workplace

  • Four Ways You Can Impact Learning

    Steve Roesler
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:22 am
    More and more, job candidates are asking the question, "What will I learn here?" If they don't like the answer they may keep looking. For leaders, managers, and heads of projects, helping people learn is a critical contribution to individual and organizational success. So, here are Four Ways to Impact Learning that will serve you well. Impact on Curiosity: For every action there's a reaction. When we say or do something, people want time to react to it, talk about it, and understand what it means to them. Practical Application:Allow  time for questions and answers. The give-and-take after…
  • 360 Feedback: All About the Conversations That Follow

    Steve Roesler
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    Finding out "how we're doing" is an important part of life, on and off the job. 360 degree feedback tools can be especially helpful when you want to know how you are doing in relation to your boss, your direct reports, and peers in the organization. I like 360's because they: 1. Let you see how others believe you are doing in specific areas that are important to on-the-job success 2. Provide a quick look at how each of your constituencies is experiencing you. For example, your direct reports may be getting everything they need, while your peer group may tell you that they need something other…
  • Your Next "Aha!" Is the Beginning, Not the End

    Steve Roesler
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    (Re-issued by request) How many times have you studied, thought, worked, conversed, or meditated in order to reach an "Aha!" moment? It seems to me that we have a tendency to treat "Ahas!" as if they are a result.  Yet when you look at them carefully, they signal a beginning; a sign that there may be a new path to pursue, something new to learn, or a situation to re-visit in a different way. In fact, I received that "Aha!" in a conversation with no less than the Conversation Agent herself, Valeria Maltoni. Some time ago we were discussing just about everything from marketing to book writing…
  • Managing a Change? Here's A Solid Solution

    Steve Roesler
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:54 am
    Is everyone getting what's needed when you make changes? Earlier this month I was working with a manager who had gotten some feedback from his boss. He was told that he didn't jump in alongside his people to get new projects and improvements off the ground. As a result, things weren't getting done on schedule. So I asked him why he managed from a distance. His response: "My people are long time employees. They're highly educated and have a lot of experience. If I start managing too closely, they'll lose their motivation." I'm thinking,"What motivation? Apparently they aren't getting much…
  • "Who Do You Want to Become?" vs. "What Do You Want To Be?"

    Steve Roesler
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    Which question are you asking yourself? Your choice will help determine the depth of your life as well as the comfort-level of your career.  I've been watching a new CEO client begin his tenure at a global company. He is very comfortable listening, talking, giving direction, and saying "I don't know. That sounds good to me. Go ahead and do it." (Whatever the "it" is). What I'm really seeing is a man who has, over a lifetime, decided to "become" the kind of person he wanted to be. I know for a fact that he didn't set out to be a CEO. In fact, he was invited into the role. The reason he…
 
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    George Ambler

  • 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…
  • Rekindle Your Leadership with Rookie Smarts

    George Ambler
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:28 am
    Leading successfully in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world demands rapid learning. As Jack Welch observed “an organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” “Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work” by Liz Wiseman describes a study that explored how experienced versus inexperienced people learn and tackle problems. Wiseman’s research provides fascinating insights into how leaders can improve their learning in a VUCA world. Why Rookie Smarts Matters…
  • Leaders Need a Daily Reading Habit

    George Ambler
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    It’s frequently said that those who lead, read. Research has shown that reading keeps leaders smart, creative and social. For those who want to lead, reading is not a nice to have or a luxury, reading is a habit successful leaders consider critical to their success. “In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time – none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren(Buffett) reads – at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out”.” – Charles T. Munger, Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit…
  • Reading Keeps Leaders Smart, Creative and Social

    George Ambler
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    You and I are spending more and more time on our digital devices and watching TV. Studies suggest that Britons spend more time on tech than asleep, Americans will spend more time on digital devices than watching TV , whilst the average American watches 5 hours of TV per day. All these activities may be entertaining, but they do little to improve your leadership ability. Considering these findings “when was the last time you read a book?” If you are one of the many who don’t have a reading habit you are missing out. Reading is a great way of improving your leadership ability. 1. Reading…
  • Research Finds Leadership Quality is Barely Improving

    George Ambler
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    Recent leadership research has revealed a disturbing trend, the quality of leaders is barely improving. This is the conclusion of two independent research studies. The World Economic Forum (WEF) report titled “Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015” (pdf) and Development Dimensions International (DDI) report titled “Global Leadership Forecast 2014 | 2015”. The Challenges of a VUCA World Begin to Bite A VUCA world is one that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. The World Economic Forum (WEF) report “Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015” and the “Global Leadership Forecast…
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    Leadership Lessons From Triathlons

  • What Is Your Inspiration?

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    President Nelson Mandela: 'What is your philosophy on leadership? What inspires you?'Captain of Springboks, Francois Pinnaar: 'I believe in leading by example.'Mandela: 'That is exactly right? But how do you inspire your team to become better than they truly are? Now, that is difficult I find!'~ INVICTUS, film.What inspires you? Where do you get your inspiration? Inspiration is a form of motivation. It is something that can sweep us off our feet, or make us stand to steadfast attention. We can be inspired through the following ways:From People Around UsPeople are real, dynamic and…
  • 10 Lessons From Films

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:55 pm
    I have always loved films. In 1990, I assumed the responsibility of reviewing videos for a magazine. Every month, I would receive a stack of videos from Warner Home Videos (WHV) from the distributor, and I would give either a deep review or one, or superficial ones were there a few. These are lessons I have gleaned over the years, as a fan and buyer of 'box-sets' and 'collection of classics'.I am not a graduate of film-school, yet I grew up loving the film of medium. With the technology of Blu-Ray and DVD, the reach of films has become one of attainment and attachment of what we term the…
  • Book-Ends: Filling Content, Not Filling Content

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    Books are a treasure trove of not just content - fiction and non-fiction - they can be our companions of our minds, hearts and hands. These cover-bound pages may conceal, yet reveal much about our past and present. They can be treated casually or seriously. We can refer to them, study them, be inspired, engaged and entertained.The sub-heading of Guy Kawasaki's book 'Enchantment' is 'The Art of Changing Hearts, minds, and Actions'. Underlined subtlety in this book on business, is the elusive art and science of leadership. [I reviewed this book on this blog, before its release in 2011.]Books…
  • Leadership Re-Booted 2015

    5 Jan 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Leadership training may sound uneventful. Who would want to attend one of 'those' events other than enjoying nice buffet meals and spectacular coffee-breaks? Being assigned a leader can be overwhelming. Why the big fuss over leading others? After all, I may have been a class-monitor, school-prefect, student-counsillor, or class-President in school.Who wants to be leader, anyway?Yet, leaders are much anticipated for their decisions, clarity, confidence, and commitment. Leaders - lead. We look to leaders for instruction, guidance, direction, and a sense of purpose. The future has more…
  • Focus: Long & Short of It

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:06 am
    Parkour runners claim to 'focus on the present'. Exponents of this dangerous but exciting sport, incorporate techniques of jumping, scaling, leaping, acrobatics, and climbing to achieve their goals of reaching a location in their space. It is as much about the journey, as it is the the destination for these 'free runners'.Focus is imminent and critical to athletic or business success. By being specific in your goals, you set your goals with clarity, precision and purpose. By being frivolous with your goals and approaches, your results may elude you. By training mostly on trails, you may risk…
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    Top Executive Coaching with Tony Mayo

  • TCTC reviews

    Tony Mayo
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    It has been one year since I delivered the talk that became my first book, The Courage to Be in Community. I have heard from many people about the positive effect its message has made on their lives. Giving the talk and writing the book has been a true labor of love, so I am […]
  • George Bernard Shaw on Excuses

    Tony Mayo
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
      People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. –Vivie, Act II of Mrs. Warren’s Profession (1893) via George Bernard […]
  • Popular Quotes from Tony Mayo’s Book on Community

    Tony Mayo
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
        I just noticed an interesting feature of the Amazon Kindle software. It can display passages most often highlighted by other Kindle users. Here are some quotes favored by readers of my first book. Our desire to belong is a life and death concern. It’s not a weakness or personal failure. I realized that […]
  • Creative Work is Food

    Tony Mayo
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy. –Bette Davis
  • Anti-Manifesto: What Executive Coach Tony Mayo is not

    Tony Mayo
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
        I am not a consultant. I do not create documents or deliverables. I do not parachute in to do the job of my client or of their employees. I do not press my advice on clients or try to make their decisions. (Click to read how a client describes being coached by Tony […]
 
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    By Tanmay Vora

  • Hector and the Search for #Happiness

    Tanmay Vora
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    “Hector and the Search for Happiness” is a novel written by Francois Lelord which was converted into a movie by the same name in 2014. I have not read the book but I am fortunate to have seen the movie last week while I was on the flight back home from Finland. Hector is a psychiatrist who loves helping people but is not happy with his own mundane life. While meeting with his patients, he realizes that most of his patients are not really ill but just unhappy. Hector, unable to help his patients because of his own discontentment, decides to take a break and travel the world to do some…
  • 3 C’s for Learning and Leading on Social Media

    Tanmay Vora
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    With advent of social media tools, our ways of learning, sharing and leading have undergone a sea change. Blogs, Twitter, Massively Open Online Courses (MooC’s) and a variety of other tools are nicely complementing books and classroom based learning. Social Media is a great platform to learn, share, be a part of learning communities and build your thought leadership. Here are three C’s that can help you do just that. Create meaningful stuff and add your unique voice to it. Share what you learn. Write regularly – it not only improves your writing but also helps in clarifying the thought…
  • Implicit Customer Expectations: Are You Addressing Those?

    Tanmay Vora
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    Customers don’t always specify everything they want. Truth is, not everything can be specified. Lets say, you go to a restaurant and order a sandwich. You specify the type of bread, filling preferences, sauces etc. That’s what you want and it can be specified explicitly. But you also want the bread and veggies to be fresh. Preparation to be hygienic. Ambience to be nice. People to be courteous and so on. How often do you specify these expectations? It has to be that way. These are implicit customer expectations and they are powerful. It starts with a decently working product but you…
  • What Enables Proactive Leadership?

    Tanmay Vora
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:56 pm
    If there is one thing that differentiates leaders from others, it is their ability to remain proactive. I have seen so many leaders in business environment who don’t fix things till they start hurting the work. They devote more time to solve the problems that could have been fixed much before they happened. The cost of solving these problems after they grow big is often very high – sometimes, as high as losing a customer or your key team members! What are the enablers of proactive leadership? Here are a few that came forth. Systemic Understanding: Understand the System when taking…
  • Better Leadership in 2015 (And Beyond): 9 Essentials

    Tanmay Vora
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    Year 2015 is knocking the door. A few hours later, fireworks in the sky will mark the beginning of another new year. Last few days of a year often pulls us into a retrospective mood and we tend to look back and look forward at the same time. As I write this, I am thinking about leadership. Our world of work is constantly changing at a rate that is almost unnerving. Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous (VUCA) best describes the times we live in. People’s expectations from their leaders are increasing all the time. Generational shifts at workplace combined with business model disruptions…
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    churchrelevance.com

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

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

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

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

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

  • Four Ways You Can Impact Learning

    Steve Roesler
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:22 am
    More and more, job candidates are asking the question, "What will I learn here?" If they don't like the answer they may keep looking. For leaders, managers, and heads of projects, helping people learn is a critical contribution to individual and organizational success. So, here are Four Ways to Impact Learning that will serve you well. Impact on Curiosity: For every action there's a reaction. When we say or do something, people want time to react to it, talk about it, and understand what it means to them. Practical Application:Allow  time for questions and answers. The give-and-take after…
  • 360 Feedback: All About the Conversations That Follow

    Steve Roesler
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    Finding out "how we're doing" is an important part of life, on and off the job. 360 degree feedback tools can be especially helpful when you want to know how you are doing in relation to your boss, your direct reports, and peers in the organization. I like 360's because they: 1. Let you see how others believe you are doing in specific areas that are important to on-the-job success 2. Provide a quick look at how each of your constituencies is experiencing you. For example, your direct reports may be getting everything they need, while your peer group may tell you that they need something other…
  • Your Next "Aha!" Is the Beginning, Not the End

    Steve Roesler
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    (Re-issued by request) How many times have you studied, thought, worked, conversed, or meditated in order to reach an "Aha!" moment? It seems to me that we have a tendency to treat "Ahas!" as if they are a result.  Yet when you look at them carefully, they signal a beginning; a sign that there may be a new path to pursue, something new to learn, or a situation to re-visit in a different way. In fact, I received that "Aha!" in a conversation with no less than the Conversation Agent herself, Valeria Maltoni. Some time ago we were discussing just about everything from marketing to book writing…
  • Managing a Change? Here's A Solid Solution

    Steve Roesler
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:54 am
    Is everyone getting what's needed when you make changes? Earlier this month I was working with a manager who had gotten some feedback from his boss. He was told that he didn't jump in alongside his people to get new projects and improvements off the ground. As a result, things weren't getting done on schedule. So I asked him why he managed from a distance. His response: "My people are long time employees. They're highly educated and have a lot of experience. If I start managing too closely, they'll lose their motivation." I'm thinking,"What motivation? Apparently they aren't getting much…
  • "Who Do You Want to Become?" vs. "What Do You Want To Be?"

    Steve Roesler
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    Which question are you asking yourself? Your choice will help determine the depth of your life as well as the comfort-level of your career.  I've been watching a new CEO client begin his tenure at a global company. He is very comfortable listening, talking, giving direction, and saying "I don't know. That sounds good to me. Go ahead and do it." (Whatever the "it" is). What I'm really seeing is a man who has, over a lifetime, decided to "become" the kind of person he wanted to be. I know for a fact that he didn't set out to be a CEO. In fact, he was invited into the role. The reason he…
 
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    Elements of Leadership

  • Coaching in a Vacuum vs. Coaching with Context

    Gary Cohen
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:06 am
    by Gary CohenIn team sports, coaches try to put their players in a position to succeed. They draw up plays that maximize their team’s strengths and take advantage of the opponents’ weaknesses. Each player on the team has a role, and they should know what’s expected of them, when, and why. The halfback knows, for instance, when to pick up a blitzing linebacker, so that the receiver has time to run the route and the quarterback time to throw. They practice together so that they can how best to help each other and communicate; they don’t just train individually with weights and blocking…
  • Leadership Lesson from an Off-Road Champion Driver

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

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

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

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

  • Online healthcare startups & how they are trying to scale

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:31 pm
    To set a bit of context, I was invited by a leading B-school in Mumbai, India to talk about Digital Marketing for their PGDM – Healthcare specialisation. This post is dedicated to the students over there! I am thankful for the opportunity as it offered me a chance to study the fledgling online healthcare industry more closely. Besides, it also gave me a quick heads up on how the ‘300 pound Gorillas’ of the healthcare industry are trying to use Online as a medium. Problems being tapped by Online Healthcare startups - While  doing my research found the following themes around…
  • Big Data Analytics Trends 2015

    Siddhesh Joglekar
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:43 am
    Evolution of Big Data from Web 2.0 to the Mobile First Age Big Data Evolution from 2010 and how it will pan out in 2015 An oft heard conversation around coffee tables - How can activity metrics in a web execution go down while those on mobile go up for the same experiment? There is something wrong with the data, lets go to the Analytics team and check up! And thus begins the march to the analytics teams of many professionals. Why that team? Because they are the custodians of something valuable and something that has changed the way companies work in the past 24 months. That something is…
  • A comment on – Customer empathy in India and my response

    admin
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    A reader published a comment on the previous post on Customer empathy – which I thought was something worth sharing with everyone – so here goes!   “I have been involved in manufacturing and sale of engineering goods for more than three decades in India now. I have certainly learnt that it helps to empathise with your customers to gain their loyalty. This empathy comes easily so long as it relates to product design, because this actually helps you to improve the utility of your products! However, it becomes impossible to empathise with customers in commercial matters of…
  • Customer empathy – The understated key to win consumers

    admin
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Customers everywhere! Everyone in their professional life has their customers. Some have enterprise customers, sales teams have their clientele, some have their bosses and their bosses’ bosses, CEOs have their investors and entrepreneurs have their customers to face up to. Where it does get interesting is everyone has an opinion about how their customers are wrong, or how they act incomprehensibly, sometimes even a touch ‘madly‘! (Guess I have struck a chord there )  But not many think about why their customers behave the way they do. This is precisely what ‘Customer…
  • Why do Indians love Youtube

    admin
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    The New Year! First things first, wishing all the readers a beautiful, challenging and a wish-fulfilling New Year! Whoa! Its already been 7 days since the year has passed. Thanks for reading Strat.in and hope you do so in 2015 as well! Youtube – the baap of all TV Channels Youtube – The Goliath The biggest trend of 2014 has to be the emergence of Youtube as the biggest TV channel (and much more) of all time! If the entire TV Set top box is an animal, then Youtube is the entire jungle and the entire countryside, from shore to shore – and that is still understating…
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    Robin Sharma's Blog

  • My Eyes Burned

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Robin Sharma shares that the real heroes are the women and men, who every day, pursue a silent personal victory. A victory over average. A win against mediocrity. And a success above defeat.
  • 20 New Rules for The New Year

    admin
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Robin Sharma, #1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title, shares 20 rules to help you make 2015 the year you breathe reality into your most beautiful dreams.
  • Robin Sharma: “My Blessing For You And Those You Love In 2015″

    admin
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    Here is a special poem I've written for you as you prepare your heart, mind, body, and soul for Your Absolute Best Year Yet...
  • The Awesome Power of Getting Wild

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

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares 50 rules to lead the field.
 
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • Full Engagement By Brian Tracy

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    Best-selling author Brian Tracy's book, Full Engagement, provides practical advice for how to inspire your employees to perform at their absolute best. He explains that above nearly every measure, employees' most powerful single motivator is the "desire to be happy".So, Tracy teaches you how to make your employees happy by:Organizing their work from the first step in the hiring process through the final step in their departure from your company so they are happy with you, their work, their coworkers, as well as in their interactions with your customers, suppliers and…
  • How To Step Up To Lead In Six Moments That Matter

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:53 am
    The book, Step Up, shows readers how to step up to the plate during six critical leadership moments.  Readers learn how to:Use anger intelligently in the workplace.Recognize and deal with terminal politeness.Make decisions when no one else is making them.Take ownership when others are externalizing a problem.Identify and leverage pessimism.Inspire others to take action.And, before you start to read the book, you can take (via a QR code in the book) a fifteen-minute online Step Up Leadership Assessment, which will give you instant feedback on your leadership…
  • Why Responding To Customer Complaints Is Critical

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    A customer who complains and receives a fast response will actually be more loyal to your company in terms of future sales and referrals than a customer who never complained at all.  That is what author Mark Thompson and Brian Tracy proclaim, and I agree with them.They also say in their book, Now...Build A Great Business!, that:a slow response to a customer complaint triggers fear and angerAnd, when that happens, the customer is afraid that he/she is going to be stuck with a product/service that doesn't work and feels angry that he/she went ahead with the purchase in the…
  • How Women Can Speak Up, Stand Out And Succeed

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    Judith Humphrey's book, Taking the Stage:  How Women Can Speak Up, Stand Out, and Succeed, is based on a program that has been delivered to over 400,000 women worldwide.Filled with practical and actionable advice, the book is ideal for women at all stages of their career and for the managers and executives committed to supporting and guiding these women on their leadership journeys."This book deals with the qualities and desires deep within all of us," says Humphrey.  "It is our birthright to be heard.  We were born with voices -- loud, penetrating voices -…
  • The Leadership Test

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    One of my favorite books about leadership is The Leadership Test by Timothy R. Clark.  You can read it in an hour and its message will guide you through your entire career.Here are some important points from the book that are particularly powerful:Leadership is the process of influencing volunteers to accomplish good things.The spectrum of influence ranges from manipulation to persuasion to coercion.Only persuasion is leadership.  Manipulation exploits.  Coercion controls.  Neither manipulation nor coercion can produce lasting results or consistent good…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • What Leaders Can Learn From Watching the Super Bowl

    Kevin Eikenberry
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Chances are, in a few days you will be watching the Super Bowl. Whether at a party, or home alone, whether you are a true fan of the game or of the Seahawks or Patriots, or are just watching for the commercials, the Super Bowl is more than a chance to relax, root, eat or […] The post What Leaders Can Learn From Watching the Super Bowl appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Boosting Your Confidence as a Communicator

    Kevin Eikenberry
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Here are two simple ways to improve your confidence as a communicator. There are two words that all leaders should be aware of and think about – and they both start with c. Communication and Confidence. When you have more of the later you will do the former more effectively. And as you communicate better […] The post Remarkable TV: Boosting Your Confidence as a Communicator appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Beating Blue Monday – the “Worst Day of the Year”

    Kevin Eikenberry
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    About ten years ago Cliff Arnall, a British scientist, reportedly created a calculation to determine “the most depressing day of the year.” The equation includes seven variables: (W) weather, (D) debt, (d) monthly salary, (T) time since Christmas, (Q) time since last failed attempt, (M) low motivational levels and (NA) the need to take action. […] The post Beating Blue Monday – the “Worst Day of the Year” appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity

    Kevin Eikenberry
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill and Leena Rinne I am regularly told how productive I am. My response is usually to thank the person and then tell them I feel far from that. I suppose by many measures I am pretty productive. If that is the case, it is because I have studied it, practiced […] The post The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Words Matter

    Kevin Eikenberry
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Why am I wearing boxing gloves in today’s Remarkable TV? Yep, there are leadership lessons in it! Check it out to learn more… Episode 53 Words matter When communicating your message, remember that the words really do matter. @KevinEikenberry You can learn more about the Communicating for Results Workshop here. Until next time … You […] The post Remarkable TV: Words Matter appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    LDRLB

  • 0602 | Edward Hess

    David Burkus
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Ed Hess is the author of Learn or Die and a host of other great books. He is professor of business administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the Darden Graduate School of Business. His current research focuses on innovation systems and organizational learning cultures, behaviors, and processes. In this interview, we talk about who to use science to build a leading-edge learning organization. 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…
  • 0601 | Joshua Wolf Shenk

    David Burkus
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Joshua Wolf Shenk is a curator, essayist, and author, most recently, of Powers of Two. His magazine pieces include cover stories in Harper’s, Time, and The Atlantic, where his essay “What Makes Us Happy?” was the most read article in the history of that magazine’s website. In this interview, we discuss how the essence of innovation starts in creative pairs, not solo work. 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.
  • 0526 | Max McKeown

    David Burkus
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Max McKeown is the author of The Innovation Book. Max holds a PhD and MBA with a speciality in strategic change and an MSc in Psychology. He teaches at Warwick Business School and consults with companies such as Phillips, Langham Hotels, Oracle, PWC, Microsoft, and Virgin. In this interview, we discuss how to manage ideas and execution for outstanding results. 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.
  • 0525 | Chris Taylor

    David Burkus
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    Chris Taylor is the founder of actionablebooks.com, a training and development company that spreads actionable insights from business books in the form of summaries and workshops. In this interview, we discuss the role of culture in leading virtual teams. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. 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.
  • 0524 | Warren Berger

    David Burkus
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Warren Berger is the author of A More Beautiful Question. He is a journalist and book author who has spent his career profiling a wide range of highly creative people and companies, sharing best practices and innovation secrets with readers. In this interview, we discuss the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it at www.audibletrial.com/lead.
 
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • On Leadership, Success and the Introverted Leader?

    Jon Rennie
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    What type of individual makes a great leader? The answer to that question is likely to cause a debate in any social circle. The truth is, leaders are people and […] The post On Leadership, Success and the Introverted Leader? appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • 5 Ways Your Boss is Trying to Kill You

    Anil Saxena
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    Statistic after static show that work is one of the biggest sources of depression and overall malaise for employees: A 20-year study by researchers at Tel Aviv University found that people who […] The post 5 Ways Your Boss is Trying to Kill You appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • On Leadership and Doing Something About It!

    Dr. Dan Roberts
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Several years ago in a former job, I developed an unwise and an inexplicable habit. What I thought was something that challenged me in a positive way was actually something […] The post On Leadership and Doing Something About It! appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • On Leadership and The Domino Effect of Kindness

    Shari Goldsmith
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:21 pm
    How does kindness impact people on an everyday way? More importantly, how does kindness impact your leadership and your level of influence on the people that you lead? Here is […] The post On Leadership and The Domino Effect of Kindness appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • On Leadership, Growth and Professional Development

    Aditi Chopra
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    When it comes to employee development, who should take responsibility? Should it be the employee, the boss, human resources, the leadership team, or a combination of either some or all […] The post On Leadership, Growth and Professional Development appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • Are You TOO Nice? 4 Ways to Be Compassionate and Fair

    Madeleine
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    I once worked with a VP who was at the tail end of a situation that had gotten out of hand. Six months prior, one of his senior directors—who I’ll call Shari, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Although she continued to work throughout her treatment, her performance suffered and team members had to take on extra work. My VP wanted to be as accommodating as possible and so he didn’t say anything. Just as Shari was on the mend, her husband was in a car accident and as a result needed extensive back surgery. Shari still claimed she didn’t need time off and could handle her…
  • 4 Principles for Using Your Leadership Power

    Randy Conley
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Power accompanies leadership. No matter how lofty or humble your title, whether you manage 3 people or 3,000, regardless if you lead a girl scout troop or you’re the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, you will be faced with choices on how to use your power. And the way you wield your leadership power will determine whether or not people choose to trust and follow you. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” ~ Lord Acton You’re probably familiar with the above quote from Lord Acton. Unfortunately, there…
  • Are You Being Clear About Expectations?

    Joanne Maynard
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today’s managers play a dual role—balancing their people management tasks along with their own work. Recently one of my clients was discussing this challenge and her specific time constraints. She was particularly frustrated about the number of meetings she needed to have with one of her solid performers to get an important task done. She felt she was spending an inordinate amount of time getting the message across to this person. I asked the leader if she had clarified for her direct report at the start what the task was and exactly what a good job would look like. There was a long…
  • Delaying Feedback? No News Is Not Always Good News

    Madeleine
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Are you so skittish about damaging a relationship or de-motivating a team member that you don’t give developmental feedback? Who can blame you, really? Everyone wants to be liked, and we all know you get more flies with honey than with vinegar. However, you aren’t doing anyone any favors if you don’t give feedback. The employee suffers, and in the end so does the whole organization. I recently spoke with a leader in a company who wanted me to coach a director-level person who had been with the organization for nine years. As he explained, “Her first manager was a wimp and no one has…
  • Leaders: Don’t Let a Little Motivation “Dip” Become a Big Performance Management “Fail”

    David Witt
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    After analyzing four years of check-in data, Gold’s Gym found that February 18th is the date with the steepest drop-off in gym attendance. By looking at the self-reported health club check-in data of Facebook users, a recent Wall Street Journal article found that gym check-ins rise 50% in January but then decline in February as motivation diminishes. It’s a common pattern anytime people take on new tasks that require time, persistence, and effort.  Initial enthusiasm turns into disillusionment as beginners realize the task is more difficult than they anticipated, progress is slower, and…
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    The Executive Roundtable

  • Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs….

    Julie
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Are you one of those people who’s always trying to do “one more thing”? Do you have difficulty slowing down, being on time (because you’re always pushing the number of activities you’re doing to the limit), or (god forbid) asking for help? Well, true confession: I’m one of those people. Last week, I came into our office to drop off a refill 18L jug of water before heading out to facilitate a wrap-up Roundtable group. I had a bit of extra time, so decided I was going to put the jug into the reservoir by myself. If you’ve ever wrestled an 18L jug of water into a dispenser by…
  • Mind the Gap: strengthen your mindset to get through tough times

    Glain
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:12 am
    Over the past year, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with some amazing leaders at Target Canada. My heart truly goes out to them as they wind down operations this week and let go of the dreams and aspirations they had when they joined that company two short years ago. As I listened to them talk through their experience earlier this week, I asked them to reflect on what positive experiences they had gained from their time at Target. Their insights were beautiful, grounding and generous. Even though the emotions they are individually processing are difficult, each leader…
  • January Blues: Motivation, Motivation, Where for Art Thou Motivation?

    Glain
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Is it just me, or does January generally suck the life out of your motivation? My birthday is in January, so you’d think it would be a month I’d look forward to. In fact, tons of awesome people I know are born in January…it should be an all-out party for me! It’s the new year, fresh starts, new beginnings! So why does it always feel like a lunch bag letdown? Is it a holiday hangover? After a couple of weeks of suspending reality with tinsel and turkey, January looms before us with to-do lists and targets. Ground zero all over again. What can we do when we’re in a motivation funk…
  • Ignore Your Mentors and Ditch the Career Plan: A Conversation with Phyllis Yaffe

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

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

  • Why I Bailed on My STEM Career

    Heather Stagl
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    There’s been a lot of talk lately in the US about building more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) capability in the workforce, and related conversations about how to increase the number of women in STEM programs, and how to keep women in those jobs once they have them. And it makes me feel a little guilty. Because I had high potential for an engineering career, and I left it. As much as I love what I’m doing now, these conversations make me wonder – should I have stuck with it?  And what made me want to stop engineering in the first place? Today I saw an…
  • Interview: How to Make Waves at Work

    Heather Stagl
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    This month, my guest is Patti Johnson, CEO of PeopleResults and author of Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change at Work and in Life. She shares how to be a difference-maker who implements lasting change at work. Listen in to hear how to know when to start a wave, what the elements of a successful wave are, and what to do when your wave hits a wall. Listen to the show here (30 minutes):
  • Fuel your project with the Design & Influence Irresistible Change™ webinar series

    Heather Stagl
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    As a change agent at work, you have two primary roles: To design the change initiative to go as smoothly as possible, and To influence it along the way when it doesn’t. When you do these two things well, your change seems irresistible. Starting on January 28, join me for the Design & Influence Irresistible Change webinar series. You’ll learn a practical, straightforward change management methodology with examples, exercises, and tips to help you keep your change project moving forward. These are the events you don’t want to miss if you’re trying to make a…
  • Balancing Power and Influence as a Leader During Change

    Heather Stagl
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    Leaders who have authority in your organization play unique and vital roles during change. They are communicators, decision-makers, and motivators of change, all while being managers of the business. Leading a team through change is not always a straightforward task with right and wrong ways to do things. Instead there are many elements that must be balanced to bring about change. Two of those elements are power vs. influence. From their position of authority, leaders can wield the lever of power to make people conform. All the ways a boss can say, “Because I said so,” either verbally or…
  • Top Change Articles of 2014 at Enclaria

    Heather Stagl
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    It’s hard to believe I’m wrapping up the seventh year of blogging about influencing change at work at Enclaria. As has become tradition, I’d like to take this opportunity to share some of the most popular posts of the year. Thank you for reading and sharing! Four Features to Look For in a Change Management Methodology Do you have trouble telling all the change management methodologies apart? Wonder how to tell which one you should use? Besides a solid, straightforward framework, there are other essential features to look for. Five Ingredients of a Successful Internal Change…
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    New Directions Consulting

  • Sidecar Leadership and the Need to Build Your Leadership Bench

    Matthew Harrington
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    According to a recent 2014 report from DDI and The Conference Board’s Global Leadership Forecast, the challenges CEOs see as most critical in the near future are human capital, customer relationships, innovation, and operational excellence. However, when asked if they feel prepared for these challenges 55%, more than half, indicated that they did not feel prepared. In our work we have the opportunity to partner and collaborate with top leaders in various organizations and when we ask them what they lose sleep about they go a bit deeper and more candid.  One of the top challenges that…
  • Harrington to Present at the Vermont Human Resource Association on the Millennial Generation Worker

    Matthew Harrington
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Leadership Speaker and Author Set to Address the Vermont HR Association about the Largest Generation of Workers in the Workplace (Colchester, VT) –– Matthew Harrington, leadership speaker and author specializing in the Millennial generation (1980-2001), will present for the Vermont Human Resource Association at their program “Fine Tuning Your Employees’ Acumen around Engagement and Effectiveness” on January 21, 2015 in Colchester, Vermont at the Hampton Inn. Harrington’s presentation titled, Strategically Understanding and Maximizing the Strengths of the Milllennial Generation…
  • Values: Why To Hire and Why To Fire

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

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

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

  • The Perfect Time to Do the Exercise

    Utpal Vaishnav
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    The perfect time to do the exercise is when you don’t feel like doing it. The perfect time to do the exercise is when you don’t feel like it will have an immediate positive impact on your belly fat. The perfect time to exercise is when you have a choice not to do it. The perfect time to exercise is when you have realized that doing exercise is important and it is more worth than the time, energy and efforts it will take. Same is the case with learning a new skill or taking your spouse on an intentional date after 15 years of marriage. Same is the case with doing anything that you…
  • My Website Has Lost Weight – Feeling Lean!

    Utpal Vaishnav
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Let me confess this – I wasn’t very excited about how my website looked in 2014. I knew that my website didn’t look bad. It wasn’t too cluttered and it was based on Genesis, an industry standard WordPress theme framework upon which I built a custom child theme in early 2013. My website looked okay (except my photo in the middle as I was carrying 8 kg more weight than what I am today). It was mobile responsive. It loaded fast. It was search optimized and it just worked. But I was feeling that the UX of my website could have been better. “The more you…
  • Educate Without Bias

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

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

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

  • Three Interesting Reads from the Week of January 26

    Scott
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    As the week wraps up, I thought I’d share three articles that have caught my eye and made me think this week. Here’s the list: Bitcoin and the Digital Currency Revolution: A couple of weeks ago I was talking with a CEO who told me that Bitcoin puts a lot of companies in the same position that Kodak was in at the beginning of digital photography. This essay from the Wall Street Journal is the best article I’ve seen for an explanation of how Bitcoin works and why it could be a game changer.
  • Mindful Mondays: What’s It Going to Be This Year? Doing or Being?

    Scott
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    One of the unexpected pleasures of completing a yoga teacher training course a couple of years ago, was that I had to learn a little bit of Sanskrit – the language of the people who first came up with yoga thousands of years ago. And when I say I learned a little bit of Sanskrit, I mean like a thimbleful. Most of my very limited repertoire is focused on the names of different poses and a few words that represent some of the key concepts from the tradition. The fun part has been making a connection between some of the ancient words I’ve learned and very modern day situations.
  • How to Uncover Happiness When You’re a Leader

    Scott
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Being a leader can be and often is a high stress job. The demands on your time, the tough calls, the conflict resolution - it can all add up. If you’re not paying attention, it can leave you feeling stressed out, burned out and even depressed. In this episode of The Next Level Podcast, I’m sharing a conversation with an expert who can help teach you how to avoid that. (Audio)
  • Mindful Mondays: Why You Should Take Time to Not Think

    Scott
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    Ah, the third week of the new year. The holiday break is an increasingly distant speck in the rearview mirror and we’re all back up to our eyeballs in work. And, of course, our brains are working overtime trying to churn through and process everything we have to do. Gotta’ stay focused, right? There’s too much to do to just let your mind wander. That’s the wrong call.
  • Seven Ways to Play a Bigger Game This Year

    Scott
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    In fifteen years of coaching high potential and senior leaders, I’ve conducted thousands of hours of colleague feedback interviews. One of the themes that I hear a lot from senior executives talking about high potential leaders is that the client needs to play a bigger game. What the executives mean by that is that the high potential needs to start making an impact beyond their immediate function and start acting as a leader of the entire organization and not just their function. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve asked around three dozen high potential leaders to answer the question,…
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    StrategyDriven

  • Leadership Inspirations – Why We Succeed

    StrategyDriven
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    “Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.” Henry Van Dyke (1852 – 1933) American author, educator, and clergyman You just finished reading Leadership Inspirations - Why We Succeed! Consider leaving a comment! If you enjoyed this article, let us keep you up-to-date on other newly published insights by signing up for our complimentary StrategyDriven Newsletter Copyright 2007-2015 by StrategyDriven Enterprises, LLC. This content is intended for personal and non-commercial use only. All rights reserved. Please consider the…
  • Foolproof Your Online Marketing Strategy

    StrategyDriven
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    The main reason you build a website is because you want people to see it. If your site has no visitors, developing it is a waste of time. The sad truth is many people struggle to learn the best ways of getting people going on their websites. If you’re one of those people, you can take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. The good news is that today’s handy guide will give you examples of what you need to do to make your site popular! Intrigued? Check out these dynamite online marketing methods. You’ll wish you had found this page sooner! Photo courtesy of Mattias Frenne Tune up…
  • Corrective Action Program Best Practice 7 – Document Reasons for Condition Report Cancellation or Closure

    Nathan Ives
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Condition reports requiring no processing past the Identification Phase are either cancelled or closed so to prevent the unnecessary expenditure of the organization’s resources. The text above is only a small portion of this article. Become a StrategyDriven Premium Member to gain access to the entire article and the over 100 other StrategyDriven members-only articles, whitepapers, models, and tools and templates. Become a StrategyDriven Premium Memberfor only $9.95 / month or $94.95 / year ! Want to learn more? Click here to learn about the benefits of a StrategyDriven Premium Membership.
  • To ensure promptness. An old and new tradition.

    Jeffrey Gitomer
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    Ever leave a tip? Sure you have. And most of the time, the amount of the tip is based on the perceived service or quality. Sometimes it’s a combination of qualities: food plus server’s performance. But these days, tipping has changed. Everyone seems to have his or her hand out, asking – no, begging – for more money. If you go into a Starbucks, there’s the familiar plastic bin by the cash register that’s always filled to some varying degree with change and a few bucks. Sometimes it’s a jar. Sometimes it’s a fish bowl, but it’s ever present where you see a counter and some…
  • Leadership Inspirations – Revealing Character

    StrategyDriven
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” Heywood Broun, Jr (1888 – 1939) American sportswriter, newspaper columnist, and editor You just finished reading Leadership Inspirations - Revealing Character! Consider leaving a comment! If you enjoyed this article, let us keep you up-to-date on other newly published insights by signing up for our complimentary StrategyDriven Newsletter Copyright 2007-2015 by StrategyDriven Enterprises, LLC. This content is intended for personal and non-commercial use only. All rights reserved. Please consider the environment before and after…
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    Management is a Journey

  • How the World of Work is Changing

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

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

    Robert Tanner
    2 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Video: Three Tips for Effective Active Listening There is a critical leadership skill that gets little respect. In fact, many leaders could immediately improve their effectiveness, if they made the time to use this skill correctly. What’s this skill? It’s old fashioned listening. This video will provide steps every manager (and person) can take to […]
  • Management and Leadership Are Not the Same!

    Robert Tanner
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    Video: Management and Leadership Are Not the Same! What’s the Difference Between Management and Leadership? For many years, many people believed management and leadership were the same. Management and leadership are related, but they are different. This video explains the critical differences in what managers do versus what leaders do.
  • A Video to Keep You & Your Team Inspired!

    Robert Tanner
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Video: Motivation – Why Winners Never Quit! Why do some people succeed despite significant odds? Why do they refuse to give up? It’s because they are motivated. Motivation is a powerful force that every manager should seek to foster. Motivation is the reason why winners never quit. Learn more about the amazing journeys of Steve […]
 
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    Exkalibur.com

  • Don’t skip this! Create Goals that You Can Actually Achieve

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    Creating goals that have meaning “It’s just a goal.” That’s a phrase I’ve heard too many times when a business leader engages in a performance review with an employee or when companies embark on a corporate planning effort. Do they mean that a goal is more like a road sign, pointing the way without regard for whether you actually arrive? Is it like the proverbial carrot dangled on the stick in front of us, with some motivational value but with no expectation that we will ever feast upon it? Make your goals realistically achievable I don’t think this helps much. When JFK announced…
  • Have You Created a Battle Plan – or is Hope your only Strategy?

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Most of us weren’t around during World War II … but D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion of all time. It involved over 250,000 troops and 15,000 ships landing along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944. Luck? Accident? … or the result of rigorous strategic planning and project management? Could this happen without planning? “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, (Our 34th President) Did General Eisenhower, the Allied Supreme Commander, lead this effort without…
  • 5 Powerful Concepts to Kickstart an Awesome 2015

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
      This year is YOUR YEAR. It’s a great time for renewal and for a fresh start … but don’t let yourself get bogged down by a bunch of new resolutions that you will most likely never keep. Be yourself. Everyone else is taken. ~ Oscar Wilde In fact, just embrace this simple mantra for 2015. Your Mantra for 2015 Be kind to one another. Embrace your colleagues. Love your family. Love yourself. Get focused. Dropkick the distractions. Get ahead of the curve and stay there. Vow to act urgently when someone calls on you for aid, be intentional about only those things…
  • 12 Holiday Morsels to Strengthen Your Business

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Yes, the holidays are here and already the list of things to do continues to grow – completing the annual budget, planning parties, visiting with friends, figuring out what to get who for when … and so it goes. Yet, my spirit remains strong, so I’ve prepared a menu of 12 holiday treats that I hope will slide down like Amaretto eggnog in front of a winter fire. I’ve even scoured some of my earlier columns to find the most delectable morsels. “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” — Yogi Berra So, here’s a smorgasbord of lessons…
  • What is Winston Churchill’s Productivity Secret?

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

  • The Performance Evaluation Meeting

    Jim Clemmer
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Focusing on Strengths and Not Weaknesses Tricia is preparing for a performance review meeting with Tom. She’s very happy with his work and sees lots of potential for him to grow further in his role and move up to higher leadership roles. Tom is a strong communicator, good at building relationships, and inspires his direct reports and others to higher teamwork and performance. Tricia is meticulous about detail, highly organized, and a model of time management. She especially values punctuality. Tom’s desk is a mess, he shows up late for meetings, and his reports are often thrown…
  • Courageous Leaders Ask for Feedback

    Jim Clemmer
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Ignorance may be bliss, but it’s deadly to leadership effectiveness. And it’s often the mark of a blind and weak leader. Feedback-impaired leaders often mistake compliance for commitment. They might, for example, proclaim an open door policy and when no one enters their office to raise problems, believe there aren’t any serious issues to be addressed. Or when their strong position and lack of approachability shuts down any serious debate on a key meeting topic, they’ll take that as agreement and push ahead. Later they’re puzzled by lack of follow through. Not…
  • Webinar: 6 Steps to Extraordinary Coaching Skills, Elevating Feedback, and Strengthening Leadership

    Jim Clemmer
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    We once worked with an organization where “coaching” was a term that meant reprimand. When a manager said to a team member “I’d like to give you some coaching” it created fear and anxiety. Coaching is a more positive term in most organizations. Many time-pressured leaders know this skill is pivotal to their team member’s satisfaction and performance but struggle with having effective coaching conversations. On February 10 I’ll be delivering a fast-paced and information packed webinar on 6 Steps to Extraordinary Coaching Skills, Elevating Feedback, and…
  • Great Coaches Inspire Dramatically Higher Extra Effort

    Jim Clemmer
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Many organizations have increased their efforts to strengthen the coaching skills of their supervisors, managers, and executives. That’s because of mounting evidence showing that coaching effectiveness dramatically improves employee engagement, levels of customer satisfaction, productivity, safety, and profitability while reducing turnover, absenteeism, and costs. Coaching skills have an especially vital impact on “volunteerism.” This is the discretionary effort that goes well above and beyond basic job requirements. Enthusiastic extra effort is at the heart of delivering…
  • Join Our Webinar to Learn How Leadership Drives Profits

    Jim Clemmer
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Most of us intuitively know that leadership affects the bottom line. But how strong and clear is that relationship? Which leadership behaviors have the strongest impact on financial results? A key reason The CLEMMER Group decided to partner with Zenger Folkman is because of ZF’s evidence-based approach to leadership development. Rather than approaching leadership development as an act of faith, ZF has built a deep research base showing which leadership skills produce organizational outcomes — and which ones don’t. ZF’s data-driven approaches have attracted a number of…
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    Author Chris Brady's Blog

  • 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! ]]
  • What We Can Learn from the Painter of Light, Part III

    Chris Brady
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Here is the third and final installment in this video series which seeks to dig into the success of the world famous artist, Thomas Kinkaide. I hope you find it illuminating. Sincerely, Chris Brady [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What We Can Learn from the Painter of Light, Part II

    Chris Brady
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    (For those who missed Part I, you can view it here.) Sincerely, Chris Brady [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Leadership Lessons from the Age of Fighting Sail

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

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

  • The Future of Leadership and Learning: 2015 and beyond

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    These predictions have been collectively authored by Forum’s leadership team and subject matter experts: Cindy Stuckey, Managing Director APAC; Graham Scrivener, Managing Director EMEA; Ellen Foley, Executive Consultant; David Robertson, Executive Consultant; Tom Rose, Executive Consultant, Viv Price, Executive Consultant; Nithya Ramaswamy, Design Consultant; Claudette Chagnon, Design Consultant; Ana Bedard, Design Consultant; Mark Edwards, ResNet  and Simon Fowler, Learning Technologist. 1. Widening of Key Skill Gaps Based on economic growth, skill requirement gaps will create challenges…
  • The Catch-22 of Female Leadership

    Nithya Ramaswamy
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    In the recent G20 Summit, the topic on female leadership caught my eye. Women taking on leadership positions are becoming a first or an emerging trend in many countries and organisations. Looking at the most extraordinary female leaders in the world, whether it is Angela Merkel, first female Chancellor of Germany, Dilma Vana Rousseff, first female President of Brazil, Sujan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube or Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, they are all authentic leaders in their own right, and aren’t afraid to think innovatively or lead differently. As promising and encouraging as this sounds, the…
  • Why It’s Better to Hire a Trainer Who Knows NOTHING About Your Topic

    Nanette Miner, Ed.D
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Subject matter experts are prized commodities. They are also a wealth of information and can be a wonderful resource for individuals in your company. Very often subject matter experts are turned in to trainers because they’re the ones that know the most about a topic. Contrary to what you might think: The best trainers are people who know nothing about your topic. Why? Because true learning comes from within. Asking learners what a concept means to them, how they might apply it on the job, or what difficulties they foresee in adopting a new practice are all ways that enable learners to…
  • Can a Classroom Trainer “Cut It” in the Virtual Learning Environment? 



    Nanette Miner, Ed.D
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Lately I’ve been doing a lot of coaching of corporate classroom trainers, helping them to transition their skills to the virtual delivery environment. It’s been an “aha moment” for me to realize that some folks just aren’t “cut out” for virtual delivery. 
Purely from my experience, here are some of the techniques that work in the classroom but do not work in vILT (virtual instructor led training). Asking Open Ended Questions
- In the classroom, open-ended questions encourage participation; online they encourage confusion. “Who has a manager who is a poor…
  • Women in the Workplace: Egg Freezing and Alternative Benefits

    Janine Carlson
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Apple, Facebook and other tech companies have recently garnered headlines with their policy to offer company insurance coverage to women who wish to freeze their eggs. Apple’s spokeswoman said Apple wants to “empower women at Apple to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones and raise their families.” Yet many see it as going too far. This debate is focusing on companies that already have the most comprehensive benefits packages available and misses an important point: at many companies here in Asia Pacific, the need for the “basics” for women is still not met.
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  • 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.
  • 15 Things to Stop Saying in 2015

    Stop Workplace Drama
    27 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you want more power in your life change your language. Here are 15 phrases to throw away in 2015 in order to step into your power.
  • We Are All Adults: The Ultimate Red Flag

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

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

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

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    Does your vision sound something like this? – Our vision is to provide aggressive strategic marketing with quality products and services at competitive prices to provide the best value for consumers. Bad news. You have a blah, blah, blah vision. Do yourself and everyone on your team a favor – take it down. You have two choices. You can decide you don’t need a vision and get on with your work. Or… you can engage with your team in creating a DRIVING vision – one that lives in the hearts and minds of everyone and naturally drives behavior and decisions. A DRIVING…
  • Guidelines to Create a Compelling Vision

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    A compelling vision helps you make choices about where to focus your energy. Without vision, you are in danger of trying to be all things to all people, scattered or adrift. In our book, Full Steam Ahead! Unleash the Power of Vision, Ken Blanchard and I explain: “Vision is knowing who you are, where you’re going, and what will guide the journey.” Who you are is your purpose. Where you’re going is your picture of the future. What will guide your journey are your values. Vision is about being great A noble purpose is inspiring and helps you stay committed when times are hard. A…
  • 4 Tips to Cultivate Resiliency Before You Need It

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    Guest post by Eileen McDargh If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that at some point this year, you will need to be resilient – whether pushed by pain or pulled by possibilities. Resiliency has become an important life skill. So why wait until you’re in a stressful situation to develop resiliency? Instead, become PREsilient ™ – develop the ability to be resilient before you are tested. Here are four things you can do to cultivate resiliency and build the muscles you will need now: 1. Develop an attitude of intelligent optimism. Nothing drains you…
  • Six Things to Keep in Mind Before Goal Setting

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    Although January is typically the time of year when we turn to goal setting, too often, it is a waste of time. Let’s be honest. How many times have you achieved all of your yearly goals? The problem is not with goals. Goals provide focus, create momentum and help us stay on track. The problem is with the goal setting process itself – choosing the right goals and setting up the right support for them. Before you set goals this year, keep these 6 things in mind: 1. Start with your current goals. When goal setting, keep your previous goals in mind to create a sense of flow. Don’t just…
  • 2014 in Review – My Top 10 Blog Posts

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    I have come to look forward to my annual end of the year blog review. It’s an opportunity to take my own advice and reflect on the big picture before I jump into the new year. It always provides some insights and some surprises. This was a banner year for my blog, averaging close to 50,000 views a month. I was included on many of the top leadership blogger lists, and in December I was included in Inc. Magazine’s 100 Top Leadership Speakers. I’m delighted my blog is so widely viewed because I put a lot of effort into crafting my posts. I aim to provide original content that is…
 
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  • How to involve the right people in the right way

    Jane Perdue
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:07 am
    Sammy worked hard to be a good leader to the nine people in his department. He was diligent in providing coaching, recognition, and advice. His door was always open to his team. He delegated work assignments to develop new skills. Sammy even handled his people’s work himself when they were sick or on vacation. His ... The post How to involve the right people in the right way appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 5 things leaders wanting to be good & powerful gotta do

    Jane Perdue
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
      Getting your leadership practices just right is like, for those who have been to Maui, traveling the road to Hana. It’s not a singular destination. Rather, it’s a journey where the mix of managing from the head and leading from the heart is always in active play. Focus and resources may shift from one ... The post 5 things leaders wanting to be good & powerful gotta do appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 7 things you need to know about you

    Jane Perdue
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
      Do you want to be one of those leaders everyone seeks out? The one whom everyone aspires to be like? Or who gets asked for their guidance or to be a mentor? If your goal is being that kind of leader, one who uses their head to manage and their heart to lead, your ... The post 7 things you need to know about you appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • How to apply networking skills to social media

    Marsha Friedman
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Marsha Friedman, a public relations expert and founder and CEO of EMSI Public Relations(www.emsincorporated.com). Marsha is an author, sought-after advisor on PR issues and strategies, and speaker.     I talk to a lot of business owners and authors who don’t “get” social media.  A year or two ago when I’d speak with them, most were quick ... The post How to apply networking skills to social media appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Ready to hack 3 “bad boy” myths about power?

    Jane Perdue
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
      “Why do you keep talking about power?” Asked an exasperated gal pal. “It’s so nasty.” Amen, girlfriend. But isn’t it time for all that to change? Bad boys and queen bees have co-opted power. Twisted it. Used it for themselves. Made it a bad thing. All the more reason to keep talking about it. You ... The post Ready to hack 3 “bad boy” myths about power? appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
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  • Farewell from Elizabeth

    Natalia Castaneda
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    As of December 31st, Elizabeth will no longer be working with LLC. This has been an exciting year for LLC and we are grateful for the support, insight and direction Elizabeth provided in fund development efforts.  As Elizabeth mentioned, "I have learned a lot and had many opportunities for growth this year.  The lessons from LLC will stick with me in my career."  We wish her the best of luck in her endeavors and her continued contributions to the nonprofit sector. Please direct all future fund development inquiries to Deborah Meehan,…
  • Tips on Leadership Program Alumni Network Efforts

    Deborah Meehan
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Many leadership programs would like to see the graduates of their programs remain connected after they complete their program.  A leadership program’s graduate network can be a source of peer learning, continuing education, collaboration, joint action, career advancement or a resource for the program itself.  I am excited to see programs experimenting with how to support these networks and wanted to spark a conversation about what groups are learning and share three early tips and cautions on network purpose, the difference between a service approach and network approach and when…
  • 2014 Funders and Evaluators Circle: Survey Results

    Natalia Castaneda
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    In October 2014 we conducted our Funders and Evaluators Circle in Baltimore, MD, which brought together 44 participants from across the country to discuss leadership strategies for large scale change.  Following up on a recent article about preliminary insights, we wanted to share the results of the survey from the meeting, which was completed by 34 participants (17 funders, 14 evaluators, and 3 participants who are both funders and evaluators):85% of survey respondents were new to the meeting97% of respondents valued the opportunity to share ideas with others74% of respondents were…
  • Join Us! Support Leadership that inspires Change

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

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

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    In another powerful demonstration of what teams can accomplish if they pull together, a group of passengers in Siberia got out and pushed a plane that was stuck in ice on the runway. Winter is a strong metaphor for companies going through some challenges. The teamwork of the passenbers demonstrates what it takes to soar to higher heights of performance.
  • Bad Team Building Photo and Video Contest Launched #baaadteambuilding

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Have you ever attended what was supposed to be team building and found that yourself instead participating in some silly activity while work was piling up on your desk? Don't be baaashful. Tweet with the #baaadteambuilding hashtag!
  • Team Building: 12 Ways to Give Back to the Community

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    How can your company offer team building delivers tangible business results and makes a contribution to the community? It is the context setting, debriefing and business applications exercises that transform a charity event into a full fledged team building simulation. This blog post shows you how to do it and offers 12 specific suggestions for giving back to the community.
  • Fallback Friday for Fine-Tuning Team Performance #teamfallbackfriday

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    8 Months ago Dr. Scott Simmerman @scottsimmerman, founder of Performance Management Company, issued a Spring Forward Monday challenge #SpringForward. I raise him and propose Fallback Friday #teamfallbackfriday. It's an ideal time for corporate teams to sit down, evaluate results achieved so far this year and generate strategies to fall back in line if results are not tracking on target.
  • Team Power: What Teamwork Can Accomplish (Video Blog)

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Perth Passengers Free Man Trapped on Subway Platform   In the perfect metaphor for teamwork, a group of commuters in Perth, Australia worked together to free a man whose leg had become trapped between a subway car and the platform. Words can’t do it justice so take a peek: A team can accomplish much more […]
 
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  • 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...
  • Leading Indian-Dutch Business Teams: 3 Insights that Help Create Results

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

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

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

    Hanneke Siebelink
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    This is an episode of the LeadershipWatch Series: How to collaborate across divisions, companies and cultures and achieve your goals? Follow the LeadershipWatch Series and learn from the best experts out there.
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  • Overcoming Fear Part 1 – Loss Pain

    Travis Robertson
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Fears and doubts set the boundaries of your life. But just as easily as you developed fears, you can unlearn the same fears. Because we were only born with the fear of falling and loud noises, everything else was picked up somewhere along the way. If you understand your fears and understand that they are indeed smaller than you make them out to be, you can begin to learn how to attack and overcome them. Loss pain, or the fear of doing something because of what could possibly be lost as a result, can paralyze your life and your business. Learn to take the “what-ifs” and flip them…
  • How to Accelerate Your Motivation

    Travis Robertson
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Accelerating your motivation comes down to controlling two things: your attitude and your environment. You have full control over how you feel at any given moment in time. You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control your response to it. Don’t let bad events dictate your attitude. Your attitude ultimately impacts the people you want to influence. Control your attitude and your environment, watch your life and your business skyrocket to that next level! How to Accelerate Your Motivation Too many people wait around for something outside of themselves to spark or ignite…
  • How to Stay Motivated

    Travis Robertson
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Part 2 on High Performance Motivation is all about sustaining. Once you’ve got your motivation ignited, or sparked, you need to go through the process of learning how to sustain that motivation throughout the journey, because that’s where most people fail. How do we fight distractions? It comes down to two things: focus and effort. You have to be focused on the things you need to be focused on and you have to put in the effort. You have to realize that you can’t just manage your distractions, you have to attack them. Once you find your focus, you can then focus on the…
  • High Performance Motivation – Part 1 – Igniting Your Motivation

    Travis Robertson
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Do you ever struggle to get motivated and stay motivated? Have you ever wondered why? You’re not alone! Most people don’t understand the power they have over their own levels of motivation. However, if you can learn how to become highly self-motivated, your business is going to explode! Igniting Your Motivation Motivation is a topic that comes up over and over and over again. “How do I get motivated?” You hear people say this all the time, “I just don’t have the motivation.” Most people don’t understand that there are three phases to motivation.
  • Love the Journey and You’ll Get the Destination

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

  • Leadership: Just Do It

    Colleen Sharen
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Every now and then I have to remember that the millennial generation isn’t all slackers and bums.  In fact, most of the millennial generation that I know are just the reverse.  Today […]
  • Leaders and the Maker Movement

    Colleen Sharen
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Leaders make meaning for their followers. But they also make meaning for themselves. And if we feel that we are not doing meaningful work, we can become angry, frustrated or disillusioned. On […]
  • The List: Inspiration and Perspiration

    Colleen Sharen
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    Ha!  I’ve finally wrestled that last sentence to the ground. The referee blows the whistle, and I get up off the mat, wiping the sweat off my brow. Like most people, I […]
  • Evidence Based #Leadership: What Makes You Say That?

    Colleen Sharen
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    The leadership competencies of the future are myriad and complex. For example, modern decision-making calls for evidence, critical thinking, complex problem solving and collaboration. Leaders are expected to be good decision-makers and […]
  • Making Leadership Visible: Noticing and Naming

    Colleen Sharen
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    “You need to show more leadership.”  Have you ever heard that or a variation of that in a performance appraisal? This feedback assumes a definition of leadership, that you know what that […]
 
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Your Five Second Trigger for Customer Engagement

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    Questions are more engaging than answers because one good question can help us generate countless thoughtful and fresh responses. This can be a beneficial strategy when tackling tough business problems. In this post, find out how you can reduce the complexity of customer engagement and improve your customer focus and engagement with one question in 5 seconds: How does what I do benefit you?
  • The 2015 Talent Strategy Playbook: Your Ultimate Guide to Organizational Success

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    To achieve winning business results, you need a solid organizational strategy and the right talent to execute on it. For this to happen, you must ensure that your talent management and business strategies are aligned. A great place to start is with our 2015 Talent Strategy Playbook — a set of four resources to help you get the job done.
  • Pay It Forward: The Importance of Building a Corporate Culture of Givers

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Can creating a workplace culture of givers who follow a pay-it-forward philosophy impact organizational success? If so, what’s the payoff and how do you get there from here? In this post, learn why it’s important to create a culture of givers in the workplace.
  • 6 Common Time Management Mistakes that Impact Productivity

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    The feeling that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day is common. The good news is that time management is a skill that can be learned. It all starts with recognizing your patterns and identifying areas where you need to improve.
  • The Power of Job Families

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    If your life is in compensation you are probably at ease with the intricacies of job evaluation. But to a manager at your organization, job evaluation points don’t mean much. You can involve managers in job evaluation by focusing on job families. David Creelman shares the power of job families in engaging those outside of HR in the rewards process.
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  • Idea from the Vault: Fiercest Competitor Workshop

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    One good way to get at these disruptive designs (innovations) is to do what we at my firm call a "Fiercest Competitor Workshop," which starts with the premise that you have been fired from your old organization but you have access to ample capital and talent. Your task is to design the fiercest competitor that could take the market from your old firm. In my experience when running these workshops, it takes people about an hour to get out of their old mindset — but when they do, they often design the most wonderfully dangerous potential competitors. No one knows their company's vulnerability…
 
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  • Compassion…Sometimes Being Soft is Really Hard

    Peter Barron Stark
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    I am writing this blog for myself, and all other leaders who would describe themselves as directors or drivers. You know who you are – bottom line, results-oriented leaders with a reputation for getting things done. Both at work and at home, my natural behavioral style is to focus on the goal, and what actions are required to achieve the goal. I have to make a conscious effort to consider when I need to listen, value the opinions of others, and be compassionate. Getting goals accomplished, for me, is easy. Being compassionate, on the other hand, can be really hard. For all my…
  • 10 Hiring Mistakes You’re Still Making

    Peter Barron Stark
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    Recently, a manager I was coaching said he was recovering from firing a P.U.R.E. This phrase was new to me. When I inquired, he translated:  Previously Undetected Recruiting Error. If you’ve been supervising people for any length of time, chances are good that you’ve likewise been challenged with a poor hire, or P.U.R.E. Most of us don’t have a 100% success rate when it comes to adding team members. Occasionally we hire a dud instead of the rocket scientist we thought we were onboarding. With advanced technology providing us with so many recruitment options and candidate transparency…
  • Great Leaders Need to Say “No!”

    Peter Barron Stark
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    I’m willing to bet there isn’t a single leader out there who doesn’t wish they had at least 25 hours in a day to get everything done. Great leaders have a compelling, positive vision of what they want to achieve in the future, and a strategic plan to get there. These leaders know that there are limited amounts of time, resources and staffing available to achieve success. As much as we wish for it, we’re not going to get more time. The key, then, is to use the time we have as effectively as possible. Saying “no” is critical to freeing up time that could, and should, be spent in…
  • Not Making Mistakes IS Your Biggest Mistake

    Peter Barron Stark
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Too many people in this world believe mistakes are bad. If fact, if you attended Our Lady of Corporal Punishment Religious School, you were physically punished for making mistakes. Punishment or a bad grade was all it took for most people to start coloring within the lines and actively trying to avoid making mistakes. If you like to color precisely, and your goal is to never make a mistake, then I have a formula for you: Do nothing, try nothing, and stay safely confined within your comfort zone. If you desire to be a great leader, however, the fear of being nothing, achieving nothing, and…
  • Are You an Unhappy Leader?

    Peter Barron Stark
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    As Oscar Wilde so eloquently described it, “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” We all experience ups and downs in our moods, but have you considered how your personal level of happiness could be impacting your team? Recently, an employee asked for advice on how to deal with a manager she described as being an “unhappy person.” Two weeks ago, the manager was out sick for two days, and the concerned employee noted that you could feel the team’s spirit, morale and happiness rise to a whole other level. This manager is the type of person that can brighten…
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  • Press Publish Tickets

    Jen Mylo
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    It is with great excitement that I announce the opening of ticket sales for the Press Publish conference series we teased here earlier this month! After scouring the web for bloggers with inspiring stories, successful blogs, and unique voices, we’ve confirmed the speaker lineups, and are thrilled to be including popular WordPress.com bloggers like Katherine Fritz, Jerry Mahoney, Emily Austin, and Russ Crandall. Here’s our collection of featured blogger speakers: You can see who’s speaking where by checking the event pages for Portland and Phoenix. In addition to…
  • Google Analytics for WordPress.com Business sites

    Ran
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Stats on WordPress.com are a special favorite of many site owners — it’s our second-most visited screen. At a glance, you can see when you get the most traffic, which posts are making the biggest impact, who your most frequent commenters are, and more. It’s a great way to gain insights into your visitors and your site. To complement our built-in stats and to give you even more information about your traffic, you can now use Google Analytics with WordPress.com, as part of the WordPress.com Business plan. Add the Business plan to your site and get everything you need to…
  • One Theme, Three Ways: Customizing Twenty Fifteen

    Ben Huberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our default theme this year, Twenty Fifteen, draws visitors’ eyes to what matters most — the text and images you publish on your site. Crisp typography, generous spacing, streamlined navigation: Twenty Fifteen shows that less can indeed be more (and that it can look great on any device). Keeping things simple and streamlined doesn’t mean you can’t make a theme your own, of course. From free custom color schemes (pictured in the gallery above) to a vertical header area with ample space to channel your (and your site’s) personality, Twenty Fifteen is a…
  • Notifications just got a boost!

    Fred Cheng
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you’ve been tuning in to Hot Off the Press, you’ll know about recent updates to the WordPress.com interface along with some fantastic technical upgrades. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced more interactive and robust notifications throughout WordPress.com. (Coming soon to a Jetpack blog near you.) Keep an eye on the new interface and let us know what you think! Why the change? We care about giving our users a streamlined and consistent experience across their devices. Unlike the old design, our new notifications look practically identical whether you are…
  • New Themes: Cubic and Wilson

    David A. Kennedy
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    It’s Theme Thursday and today I’m happy to present two new free themes: Cubic and Wilson. Cubic Designed by WordPress.com’s own Thomas Guillot, Cubic is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. With its single-column, grid-based design crafted around large featured images, Cubic is the perfect fit for photobloggers. Read more about Cubic in the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance → Themes. Wilson Designed by Anders Norén, Wilson is minimal yet bold. It’s a clean and simple theme for personal sites and blogs — make it your own with a…
 
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    The Modern Servant Leader

  • Do You Know the Dreams of Your Team?

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Do you know what your team members dream of? Here’s a clue: it’s not about you. In fact, it’s probably got nothing to do with your organization. If it does – great! Either way, do you really know?Another question: can you really be serving your team if you don’t know their dreams?If you don’t know their dreams, I do not suggest you send an email to the organization asking them to define their dreams for you! A big meeting probably won’t work either. In fact, asking them outright isn’t the solution at all. This is something that will take a…
  • Top Leadership Experts to Follow in 2015

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    Are you looking for the top leadership experts to follow in 2015? Maybe you need a leadership development expert or public speaker. Or, maybe you’re focused on personal development and want to find the best content online to help you grow as a leader. Whether you need a leadership and management expert for yourself or your team, you’ll find someone great below. If you’re interested in the details behind the list, click here. If you know someone who should be included, leave a comment by clicking here. If you want to share this list (and recognition if you are on it),…
  • Leadership – I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:23 am
    Many people do not understand leadership. They think it is an achievement to reach, rather than a commitment to serve. So this scene from “The Princess Bride” is an appropriate meme. In this scene, Inigo Montoya tells his employer, Vizzini, “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means” [Share this post: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Google+ | Pinterest]. Here are some examples when people incorrectly label something as leadership.Leadership is not……when someone needs to force the team to an action. Control, alone, is…
  • Servant Leadership Explained via Santa the Bad Boss and Rudolph the Servant Leader

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

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

  • The talent shortage – and 4 tips for what you can do today

    Scott
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Is there a talent shortage? Yes. The numbers all point to a tightening labor market. When I do an occassional project in this space here is what I see. Remember, the goal of a good search is to look more attractive as an employer than the other companies that are looking. Here are some tips . . .
  • Becoming Adaptable

    Scott
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    Are you adaptable? Success in business and in life means understanding and managing the changes that approach. Transitions as leaders, parents, spouses, friends are full of moments where the current way of doing things/reacting will not work, and we have to ask ourselves - Are we willing to change? Here are 262 words to process this a little . . .
  • The Impact of Values, and 3 Things You HAVE to do with them

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

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

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

  • Solution Finding Stimulus Facing Challenging Times

    mike
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Solution-Finding & Innovation Thinking is more than a set of tools. It is a different way of thinking and approaching work. Plus, I enjoy finding and phrasing questions that break stuckness in thinking. Thinking Looking at what you want SOLVED … Challenges arise. When they are expected we have forethought & preparation. When they are unexpected your actions, experiments taken, & next steps will influence the present. Reason Challenges come in all shapes & sizes. Being aware of when you know a challenges is present + being mindful of now, may ensure learning or at least hold…
  • Leadership Team Building and Survivorship Bias

    mike
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
      The Misconception: You should focus on the successful if you wish to become successful. The Truth: When failure becomes invisible, the difference between failure and success may also become invisible. YANSS Just watched this TED talk video from the creators of You are not so smart YANSS about Survivorship bias. How many of us are reinforcing strengths, neglecting knowledge of challenges? Comparison & learning from those ‘that have made it’ can lead us to false beliefs in actions and choices. The speaker shares examples form restaurants … and this is really appropriate to…
  • Accountability and authority cannot exist in equilibrium – If they do you are in a dieing team

    mike
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    Accountability & authority on teams cannot exist in equilibrium. The moment they do you are in a dieing organization. For years I’ve said to teams, “For people to be accountable for the work they must have the authority to do the work”. I’m beginning to wonder about that statement. It makes sense. How can we hold someone in account for something they have no authority over? And, when I ask teams Do you, as individuals & as a team, have the necessary authority to complete your work? I have only heard yes once. It happened in a heavily bureaucratic government office. As change…
  • Solution Finding Stimulus Change of Pace

    mike
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
      Solution-Finding & Innovation Thinking is more than a set of tools. It is a different way of thinking and approaching work. Plus, I enjoy finding and phrasing questions that break stuckness in thinking. Thinking Looking at what you want SOLVED …  Increasing or decreasing the rapidity (pace) of effort or the process you are seeking to amplify so the result is not too fast or slow. Small changes to how something / someone is approached will change the system & behavior patterns. Reason The capacity to act & react changes with the pace of effort or action. Question What…
  • Value Propositions and What is Working Narrative Maps

    mike
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Working with a company to develop: Value Proposition(s) that are useful to focus the board, company, customers, & staff on what the company does well. Create quality improvement plans to increase what-works while decreasing what-doesn’t. Develop ways that the company can increase its resiliency, ability to change & sustain when faced with external and / or internal threats. Co-develop data maps of 1,2,3 that will be used throughout the company as a shared process for management, change, & increasing what-works. Strong cross-functional teams that have broad boundaries of…
 
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    Horeb International

  • The Protagonist and Storyteller

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
      Image source: Mike Shaheen Life is a story we live and tell.  You are the protagonist and storyteller of your life – your auto-biographical story. A protagonist is “the most important person in a real situation” {Oxford English Dictionary}.Everybody else in your story world is a supporting cast member of varying importance and relevance. Every protagonist needs a motivating central goal or a purpose to drive him if not his story becomes meaningless. There might be smaller goals or sub-goals but there is always a central goal. The protagonist confronts obstacles along the way…
  • Building New Habits

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Image source: Mike Rhode Today is the 12th day of the month. The clock seems to be running down on 2015 already. I bet most of you have set goals, targets or resolutions for the year. How is that working out for you? Are you still on target or are you struggling? My main 2015 resolution is to build new habits and develop new skills. I aim to be realistic with myself this year. I would normally start the year with many goals, get overwhelmed, fail before the end of January and feel guilty the rest of the year for lacking discipline. This is the reason I decided to give up ineffective…
  • Looking Ahead

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    Image source: Eflon 2014 has been a year of consuming stories. Aside from watching a lot of movies this year, I also listened to a lot of podcasts. My mobile phone has functioned more as an iPod than an iPhone. Last year, I read a lot of online longform articles and blogs via Pocket but not as much this year. My big regret is I haven’t read as many books as I would like. This is something I need to address in 2015 and I may have to reduce my video and audio consumption to do this. I have blogged about storytelling several times in the past and I would be blogging more about it in…
  • Telling Good Stories

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    John Steinbeck quote – image by Jill Clardy I watched the movie, Locke, last weekend and I would rate it as the best film I have seen this year so far. This is saying a lot considering that I have seen 60 movies in 2014 already. Locke takes place in a car and the audience only sees the driver, a man called Ivan Locke, the entire film. The film involves a trip from Birmingham to London in Locke’s BMW and the hands-free phone conversations which he has with different people. This includes his wife, two sons, work colleagues, the woman he impregnated, a few hospital staff members and his…
  • Taking the Long View

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

  • The Importance of An Execution Software System in Strategy Execution

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
    The primary role of the execution system component is to help organizations get the right things done. To do this requires identifying execution problems as early as possible and addressing them. Think of an organization as a system for deciding what to do (a strategy, a plan) and the managing the execution of that plan. When the system (the business) makes an error, choosing to do the wrong thing or forgetting to do something that is required, the problem must be corrected. The longer it takes to detect the problem, the more it costs to fix. If the business has no system in place to set,…
  • The Importance of Shared Community Learning in Strategy Execution

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    A complete strategy execution program depends upon the power of a shared community learning. First, the power of community is required to change the economics for implementing such a program within small and midsized organizations. Second,learning is required to overcome the natural tendency of individuals and organizations to wander from the very disciplines that can deliver them from the status quo. It’s a tall order to build a community that agrees to share these attributes. Even though it’s difficult, it’s worth the effort, because well-formed communities accelerate learning.
  • Solving The One Problem That Makes Solving All Other Problems Easier

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    An organization that learns a systematic way of setting its priorities, that learns how to build detailed plans, that learns how to proactively manage those plans and communicate in an organized way is in a much better position. In such an environment, goals are clearer and new employees can understand their role sooner. They learn how to communicate more effectively. Overall, the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization will be higher; it will have better capacity to respond to the demands of growth. BOTTOMLINE: Building an organization that can learn how to execute strategy and deal…
  • Executing Your Strategy: Avoiding The Epic Fail

    9 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    With all the bad news bombarding us daily, it's time to get control over the things we can do, and do everything we can during times of uncertainty, to avoid the epic fail. To wit, here's a short refresher on why companies fail: Failure to understand the customer • Why they buy, what they want (real need for the product/service) Failure to understand the resources, time required to execute the strategy • Can the staff, equipment, and processes handle the stated strategy? • Failure to develop new employee and leadership skills Failure to obtain senior leader commitment • Failure to…
  • Deming's Fourteen Points of Quality Management

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    W. Edwards Deming was a supreme practitioner of quality management. He summarized his ideas in these Fourteen Points of Quality Management: Create constancy of purpose towards improvement. That means short-term out, long-term in. Adopt the new philosophy. From top to bottom Cease dependence on inspection. You don’t inspect quality into products and services - you design it in. Move towards a single supplier for any one item. Playing many suppliers off against each other is wasteful. Improve constantly and forever. However good you are, you can always do better. Institute training on…
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    i360 Insight

  • Buy Cheap Glasses Canada

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    A set of trendy cheap glasses Canada is a must, if you want to show a distinct style without endangering on the real purpose. Prada cheap glasses Canada or Calvin Klein cheap glasses Canada can be a fantastic choice. Style quotient is certainly important, however there are numerous other essential elements like top quality, defense, and form that have to be considered! Below are a few suggestions to assist you decide on the best set of cheap glasses Canada. buy cheap glasses Canada Polarized cheap glasses Canada are making their means into the marketplace. So, it’s great if you…
  • Buy Office Professional Plus 2010

    admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    What is Office 14? It is the codename of the most up to date performance suite for Microsoft Windows – Buy Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010. It is a follower to Microsoft Office 2007. You could delight in an entirely a wide range of computing experience given the number of extra attributes that it comes with ased opposed to the previous version. Features worth pointing out are user interface updates, extended file format support, and also a refined individual encounter. If you are running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, you can not utilize the…
  • Tips For Recurve Bows For Sale

    admin
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Recurve bows for sale are an ancient style. They have actually been used in the pursuit of eliminating animals for many countless years. Though in western countries it is no longer essential to hunt for meals it is still a pursuit that is taken pleasure in by hundreds of folks. A contemporary bow is usually labelled a substance bow. These have a pulley system which is familiared to draw the string back even more compared to what could be done by hand. This will certainly result in the arrowhead being pushed at a greater rate and over a further proximity than with a normal bow. Recurve Bows…
  • Project 2013

    admin
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Project 2013 Several managers and also managers involved in jobs comprehend the job that should be done. However the control of the team and the task of responsibilities for jobs is where they shed performance. It is typical for supervisors to use Microsoft Excel to list all the jobs they require to do. However, when they are tracking, they bump into difficulty as well as the limitations of Excel come to be obvious. Furthermore, Excel does not provide the capacity to analyze your source allowances. After you learn the most effective method methods educated in Project 2013 Training, you will…
  • History Of Promotional Products

    admin
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:23 am
    At the Promotional Products Association tradeshow of this year, more than 95 percent of business professionals surveyed reported using custom promotional products at events and their tradeshows. About 72 percent of respondents state that promo items are either “extremely successful” or “effective” in achieving their goals. The 2nd manner of giving promotional products will be to give the newly launched products at discounted rates. There are several companies which will declare these kinds of strategies. For instance, most of the jam-packed food items will soon be…
 
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    The High Performance Organization

  • Reward and Recognition Ideas to Build a Motivated Workforce

    jeanyahres
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    Have you ever had a bad hair day? How about a bad Hawaiian shirt day, bad hat or bad shoe day? More and more companies are putting together contests on the ugliest dressed. Another company sponsors an annual “turkey bowl” … Continue reading →The post Reward and Recognition Ideas to Build a Motivated Workforce appeared first on The High Performance Organization.
  • Hiring the Wrong Employee is the Mistake That Keeps On Giving | Workforce Trends Creating The Perfect Labor Storm

    jeanyahres
    2 Aug 2013 | 8:10 am
    Cost of Employee Turnover and a Bad Hire By admin on Apr 8, 2012 in Employee Turnover, Human resources, Recruitment, workforce trends Hiring the wrong employee is an expensive mistake. For example, let’s say a professional services firm recruits and … Continue reading →The post Hiring the Wrong Employee is the Mistake That Keeps On Giving | Workforce Trends Creating The Perfect Labor Storm appeared first on The High Performance Organization.
  • Effective Leadership Needed During Times of Change

    jeanyahres
    26 Jun 2012 | 6:22 am
    Businesses and business leaders must be one step ahead of change. Whether you run a small business or a large corporation, you need to be an agent of change. Unfortunately, many organizations suffer from a lack of leadership. Leadership is … Continue reading →The post Effective Leadership Needed During Times of Change appeared first on The High Performance Organization.
  • Using Assessments to Hire, Build Teams and Develop High Performing People

    jeanyahres
    31 May 2012 | 11:32 am
    Complimentary webseminar: Have you ever made a wrong hiring or promotion decision? Do you have people who have difficulty communicating with others? This webseminar explains how to integrate DISC and other online assessment tools into training, selection, communication and professional … Continue reading →The post Using Assessments to Hire, Build Teams and Develop High Performing People appeared first on The High Performance Organization.
  • Zip, Zap, Zowie! Employee Motivation Techniques that Improve Performance

    jeanyahres
    17 May 2012 | 6:42 am
    Here is a recent video clip of a speech I gave on employee motivation. Greg Smith | Lead Navigator | 770-860-9464 | Chart Your Course International Chartcourse.com | HighperformanceOrganization.comThe post Zip, Zap, Zowie! Employee Motivation Techniques that Improve Performance appeared first on The High Performance Organization.
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    Career Advancement Blog

  • Conducting a Job Search? Having a Plan is Critical

    joelgarfinkle
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” ~ Arthur Ashe ~ Client Garrett Asks: I’m considering a career change, but it’s been a while since I’ve had to look for a job. Is there anything I need to be aware of before I start my job search?   Coach Joel Answers: Whether you are unemployed or employed and looking for a job, you need to be prepared before the job search even begins. When you start your job search with a plan, your strategy, daily game plan and overall focus help you find the right job more quickly.
  • How Do Others Perceive You? All You Have to Do Is Ask

    joelgarfinkle
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    “People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith ~ A client—we’ll call him Steve—told me he knew a man who sucked all the oxygen out of the room. This person was brilliant, but he talked way too much and annoyed everyone around him. He never knew this because people weren’t willing to tell him and he never asked for feedback on how he was perceived. Do you know how you are perceived by others in your organization? Even if you think you do, do you really? One of the best ways find out is to simply ask. Get…
  • Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

    joelgarfinkle
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.” ~ Anna Freud ~ When Your Inner Voice Keeps Telling You “No” Client Suzanna Asks: Sometimes I think I am my own worst critic. I constantly catch myself thinking, “That wasn’t good enough” or “You really screwed up this time.” How can I turn this around? Coach Joel Answers: Self-evaluation can be a positive experience. It helps us learn, correct our mistakes and improve our performance, as well as the perceptions others have…
  • Change Your Mindset: Office Politics Isn’t a Dirty Word

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

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

  • On Cosmology

    Dan Oestreich
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
    We are all connected to mystery through our inner worlds. Each of us possesses that subjective interior window. The question is what we have chosen to do with the mystery we find there. Religions mostly attempt to reframe it into an adaptable cosmology convincing enough to spread virally, becoming a shared reality and belief system, a “shared truth” projected onto both inner and outer experience. Science does pretty much same thing — with the caveat of a more reliable empiricism — while technology translates “truth” into artifacts that reinforce that shared…
  • Leadership and Decency

    Dan Oestreich
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    We have a dream, an ideal of leadership that it should be an intelligible sphere whose center is everywhere and circumference is nowhere. Of course this idea is that we all see ourselves as leaders, that we all operate with unspoken understanding and unity derived from the best parts of who we are as people. Would it surprise you, then, to know that this definition is at least eight centuries old — with only one slight exception? It comes from a twelfth-century volume, The Book of Twenty-Four Philosophers, but the book is not about leading at all; it is about defining God. I am not…
  • Where the Trouble Is

    Dan Oestreich
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:17 pm
    I look across the empty spaces here in Arizona and realize they are anything but empty. The San Francisco peaks, home of the spirits, collect light and hold onto it as the sun sets across the vast scrub deserts and canyons below. As I watch, the light on the mountains climbs back above the peaks into the sky, which to the east seems to hide itself under a shawl of deepening blue and glowing pink. There the moon rises, full and bright. One has to respect those spirits that according to legend have emerged from the underworld through clefts in the stone to find their ultimate destination in the…
  • How We Learned Our Language

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

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

  • Weekly Round-Up: On 7 Things Employees Never Say to Their Bosses (But Should), Fostering Success in the Workplace & Learning to Tell a Great Story

    David Grossman
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts. They’ll provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. 7 Things Employees Never Say to Their Bosses (But Should) By Jeff Haden, Inc. Your employees have a lot of thoughts. Most of…
  • Starting Thought: Awaken the Full Leader Within You

    David Grossman
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    I was privileged to work with an amazing senior leader recently and her team, and she said something I thought was hugely profound about leadership and being a leader: “Leading is not something I do; being a leader is who I became.” What she meant was that she can’t separate getting work done from leadership.  It’s not something to be scheduled but part of how she operates every day.  She talked eloquently about striving to make the most of every moment to lead. Over time, it’s become part of her DNA. While this might not be possible for all of us today given where we are…
  • New eBook: Our Top 14 Blog Posts of 2014—Your Favorite leadercommunicator Posts Together in One Place to Help You Lead Even Better in the New Year

    David Grossman
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    As we begin our fifth year of the leadercommunicator blog, it’s a great time to reflect on the posts that resonated with you in 2014. I’ve compiled the most viewed and shared posts—each full of actionable leadership strategies— and created an eBook for them. The 14 posts found within touch on a variety of topics, including employee engagement, workplace culture and storytelling, all of which we will continue to explore in the new year. Some of the top 14 Blog Posts of 2014 include: Communication Is a Superpower Everyone Can Have The Key to Building a Culture of Innovation The 2 Steps…
  • Weekly Round-Up: On Human-Centered Leaders, Workplace Mentorship & the Truth about People and Change

    David Grossman
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts. They’ll provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. The New Meaning of Workplace Mentorship By Laura Vanderkam, Fast Company When it comes to generational stereotypes,…
  • What Trust Really Means, and What You Should Know to Build Trust

    David Grossman
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    We often toss around concepts without a clear understanding of what the words actually mean, and how to bring the construct to life. Take trust – a much sought-after, desired quality leaders want, and employees desire of those they follow (or not). Being trustworthy is about: Deserving confidence Being dependable Being reliable Doing what you say you will do As importantly, how does a leader behave? We might trust someone because of their position, but that’s not all too common these days.  It’s more likely that a leader needs to earn our trust.  According to the IABC Research…
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  • 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
  • Just Breathe

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

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

    Cindy Flanders
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Notwithstanding that I’ve written more than once about the importance of being mentored, if you really want to get ahead, get a sponsor.  What’s the difference, you might ask?   read more
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  • Centrallo is a List-Lover’s Haven [Interview]

    Rosemina Nazarali
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    A lot of times, us list makers find ourselves much more disorganized than we intended. Our process usually involves notebooks and sticky notes, lost lists and the overwhelming inability to identify where to start. Centrallo is an app that not only centralizes all your lists in one place, but it also helps you identify your priorities.Centrallo is available across all your devices, so you can access it from anywhere. It’s basically a list-lover’s dream, giving you the ability to make lists within lists, and import photos, videos, links, voice notes, and contacts.We spoke to…
  • Workers Would Rather Watch Paint Dry Than Go to Meetings

    Rosemina Nazarali
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:17 pm
    (CC) Victor1558/FlickrThe average worker spends just about the same amount of time preparing for meetings as they do actually participating in them. A recent survey from collaboration software Clarizen highlights just how much time status meetings require, and how they are getting in the way of productivity.According to their results, the average American worker spends 4.6 hours a week preparing for meetings and 4.5 hours in meetings. The vast majority would rather spend their time doing other activities, with half saying they would rather engage an “unpleasant activity,” like…
  • Productivity Secrets of Writing a Book in 6 Weeks

    Rosemina Nazarali
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Photo credit: Nana B Agyei/FlickrNicholas Carlson recently published his first book, Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!, a 93,ooo word book that he wrote in just six weeks. He shared with Business Insider some of the productivity tricks he used to meet the deadline. Below are the tips I found most useful.Work in hour-long bursts with frequent breaks.Carlson would set a timer for an hour and spend the next hour writing (or simply staring at his computer screen). He would pause the timer if he needed a bathroom break or got up to get coffee. When the hour was over, he would go outside…
  • This App Tracks Your Happiness While You Work

    Rosemina Nazarali
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm
    How you work has a lot to do with you how feel. Your ability to perform well and work productively is largely dependent on your mood. Now, there’s an app called Niko Niko that can actually measure your mood while you work, allowing managers to track team morale, productivity and overall performance.The app launched in 2013 by Max Webster, 24, and cofounders Alex Be and Dilyara Scerazutdinova in the hopes of helping people find happiness and fulfillment.“What will a world look like where people are tracking what actually makes them happy and fulfilled?” Webster told Fast…
  • The Balance Stool Gives You a Workout at Your Desk

    Rosemina Nazarali
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Most office jobs mean sitting down for a large portion of the day, and we all know that this inevitable sedentary lifestyle is slowly ruining our bodies. There are many ways you can fit some activity into the day, like a lunch-hour workout or swapping your desk chair for an exercise ball. Another great alternative is the Balance Stool, a wobbly seat that forces you to work your core as you type away at your computer.Designer Darryl Agawin insists the chair is comfortable, despite your inability to slump your shoulders and back Plus, it’s a lot more aesthetically pleasing than an…
 
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  • Examples of Strategic Objectives

    Shannon Sage
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Strategic Objectives are one of the fundamental building blocks of your strategic plan. For the intensive purpose of this post, we’ve put together below a short list of common strategic objectives. As a quick refresher, remember that strategic objectives are long-term and should be aligned with your organization’s mission and vision. If you need an in-depth explanation of strategic objectives and how to identify and create them, click here to watch the video. We prefer to organize these objectives into these four buckets: Financial Strategic Objectives Financial Growth: To exceed $10…
  • Talking Points: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

    Erica Olsen
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Now is the time of year where strategy should be at the forefront of your organization’s conversation. Without a clearly defined plan and set of goals, you’ll wander aimlessly throughout the next year with no clear roadmap for where you’re heading. It’s not too late to begin your organization’s strategic plan for 2015. It all starts with the conversation, which can sometimes be challenging to have with a boss or board of directors. But it’s vital that these conversations happen. Here are some points to help you make your case: Strategy allows your organization the ability to…
  • Ten Common Causes of Business Failure

    Todd Ballowe
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Failure is a topic most of us would rather avoid. But ignoring obvious (and subtle) warning signs of business trouble is a surefire way to end up on the wrong side of business survival statistics. What’s the survival rate of new businesses? Statistically, roughly 66 percent of new businesses survive two years or more, 50 percent survive at least four years, and just 40 percent survive six years or more. This isaccording to the study “Redefining Small Business Success” by the U.S. Small Business Administration. With this information as a backdrop, we’ve put together a list of 10…
  • Start 2015 Clutter Free

    Heyden Enochson
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    November and December is a blur of turkey, mistletoe, and holiday cheer. But, this territory also comes at a cluttery cost. If your organization is anything like ours, it’s been a whirl-wind. End of year reporting, prep for 2015, and wrapping up projects has kept us on our toes this holiday season. As I look around at my desk, it’s a melee of scribbled sticky notes, folders, paperwork, and general debauchery from the past few months. Being busy is a good thing, but let’s be honest here:  My desk is out of control. So is my email inbox. With the transition into the New Year, it’s…
  • Six Questions to Jump-start Strategic Planning

    Jeff Brunings
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    If you’re like most organizations you’re probably starting the 2015 strategic planning process. Too often, open-forum discussion with stakeholders and planning teams are simply a wash, spin, and repeat cycle from the previous year. Each year the same questions are asked. Don’t do it. During the design of your organization’s strategic direction what questions will you ask? What do you hope to learn differently? Here are six questions to ask, which you might have not considered. Why do we exist? How will we behave? Where are we going? How will we succeed? What is most…
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  • Who Should Receive Leadership Development?

    Ian Cook
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    All too often, when I ask a client whom they would like to include in their leadership development initiative, they respond with, “Well, we have X senior managers and Y middle managers and Z supervisors. Can we do something for all of them?” In other words, when they hear the word “leader” they think of only people at the top level plus anyone who has at least one employee formally reporting to them. I must confess, I apply this same filter a lot myself. I may influence the client’s answer by asking how many managers they have who are responsible for…
  • A Different Kind of CEO?

    Ian Cook
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    A more integrated leader? A post conventional CEO? Chad Dickerson, CEO of the online commerce site, Etsy, may well fit these descriptions. At least his mindset about leading from the top reveals some of the contours we look for in a 21st century leader. In an interview for the On Leadership section of the Washington Post he had some interesting things to say. I have picked out five that particularly caught my attention. His first annual performance review as CEO was in the form of a meeting with all of his top team managers present where he took direct feedback from them. During the…
  • Three Aspects of Mandela to Guide Us All as Leaders

    Ian Cook
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    So much has been written about Nelson Mandela and leadership that I hesitate to add to the pile. But it’s hard not to since he so exemplifies the more highly developed human being at the core of the very best leaders. Of the many examples and behaviors, I think three are central for all leaders. These three are archetypal and apply not just to this South African icon working on the national political stage, but equally to leaders of any organization, even of units within organizations. He had an unwavering dedication to his vision (for the country) and the principles by which he…
  • What Whole Foods CEO Would Advise His “Younger Self” to Do

    Ian Cook
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    John Mackey is an entrepreneur who has built his very successful business with a genuine eye on his core values. His journey to leading today’s Whole Foods is an interesting one. What began as one store in Austin Texas, is now close to 400 outlets employing  80,000 staff and grossing over $12 million. “So John,” asked the interviewer in yesterday’s Washington Post, “if you could go back to those early years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?” Having read the full interview about his story, I was really ready to hear how he would…
  • Millennials? You Still Manage Them as Individuals

    Ian Cook
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Amy Gallo, in her recent Harvard Business Review blog post, addressed what she calls four essentially false beliefs about the Millennial generation in the workplace: They are completely different from what Boomers were at that age. They want more purpose at work than previous generations do/did. They seek more work/life balance too. They need special treatment at work. She refers to several pieces of research that do not support beliefs #1, 2, and 4 and concur only slightly with #3. If you are at all interested or perhaps are struggling to manage millennials in your workplace, her piece is…
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  • The Cost of Distrust

    Frank Sonnenberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    People like talking about trust. Parents expect it, recruiters require it, and leaders demand it. In fact, whenever trust is mentioned, everyone smiles and nods their head. That’s because trust is like motherhood and apple pie. Yet, there seems to be a disconnect between the perceived value of trust and the priority that it receives. Some folks view trust as nothing more than a motivational speech, a clever slogan, or a fancy book collecting dust on a shelf. Why doesn’t trust receive the priority that it rightly deserves? In some cases, people are short-term thinkers. They’ll do…
  • Retirement: How to Prepare for Your Golden Years

    Frank Sonnenberg
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Whether we’re talking about saving money, exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, or preparing for retirement, the conventional wisdom is the same: A little is good, more is better. But most of us aren’t doing nearly enough. One of the things that we don’t like to discuss is that we’re all getting older. In fact, many of us believe that if we ignore this reality, it might go away. The problem is, failing to prepare for retirement may lead to regret — never mind adding an extra burden on family members and friends. So face the facts…and cast aside the “Maybe I’ll think…
  • Truth Be Told: 13 Ways to Demonstrate Honesty

    Frank Sonnenberg
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Truth Be Told: 13 Ways to Demonstrate Honesty Think before you speak. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Bend over backward to communicate in an open and honest fashion. Simplify your statements so that everyone clearly understands your message. Tell it like it is rather than sugarcoating it. Present both sides of each issue to engender objectivity. If you have a personal bias or a conflict of interest, make it known. Tell people the rationale behind your decisions so that your intent is understood. If something is misinterpreted, quickly correct the record. Don’t shoot the messenger…
  • Congratulations On Your Success

    Frank Sonnenberg
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Congratulations on your success. You deserve it! You’ve worked long hours, you’ve made major sacrifices, and you didn’t quit, even after witnessing many of your colleagues dropping by the wayside. I know your journey wasn’t easy. The work was hard, the pain was significant, and the temptation to quit was never-ending. So now that you’ve crossed the finish line, it’s time for you to take a bow. You made it. You earned it. And the truth is, you deserve it! Some people may mutter why you. Others may assert that it’s not fair. And still others may even get angry as their stomachs…
  • 6 Ways to Know You Need A Course Correction

    Frank Sonnenberg
    1 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Some people measure success by the wealth they’ve accumulated, the power they’ve attained, or the status they’ve achieved. Yet, even though they’ve reached success beyond their wildest dreams, they still have an empty feeling — something is missing from their life. In order to fill that void and be completely fulfilled in life, their soul may be searching for something more. Here are a few scenarios that describe this emptiness: Lonely at the top. I was obsessed with making it to the top. When I arrived, however, I learned that it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I now realize…
 
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  • Score More "Touchdowns" With the Super Bowl Method

    Laura Stack
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    By studying the game of football, you can learn a lot about how to set and achieve goals and spend your time more productively.  What does time management have to do with Super Bowl football? Everything! Football pros competing in the Super Bowl use great goal-setting techniques. By studying the game, you too can learn a lot about how to set objectives. Successful football teams devote a great deal of thought and time to planning how to move the ball down the field. And successful people devote time to planning what they’ll accomplish in business and in life. Ask the coaches who’ve led…
  • Keeping Sensitive Data Safe in the Cloud: App Mavericks

    Shell Black
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    At ShellBlack.com, we help companies maximize their CRM investment by providing elegant Salesforce solutions that facilitate how they market, sell, and support their customers. We often run into projects where our customers have extremely sensitive data that they are apprehensive about hosting in the cloud. So when offered the opportunity to talk to Willy Leichter, Global Director of Cloud Security for CipherCloud in an App Mavericks Web chat, I jumped at the chance to learn how his product can solve our customers’ problems. Quite simply, CipherCloud allows organizations to control and…
  • Time is Currency: Are You Losing or Making Money?

    Conrad Bayer
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    I admit that I have a freakish fascination with time. I’m always trying to figure out how to optimize tasks — especially recurring tasks.  Being sensitive to my own use of time has given me a deeper appreciation for other people’s time. It’s a respect thing. Time is valuable and to receive someone’s valuable time is worthy of gratitude. Yes, we can debate the quality of the interaction and whose time is more valuable, but that misses the point: everyone’s time is important.   Don’t Waste My Time From that perspective, when people (or companies) waste my time it drives me nuts.
  • Don’t Start What You Can’t Finish—the Dilemma with Prospecting

    Mark Hunter
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The days of “one-call closing” are long gone, yet that is exactly what far too many salespeople are doing. They make one call, don’t get the response they want and move on to the next prospect.  Prospecting is all about creating confidence and competence, and this is simply not going to be done with a single contact. This is why it’s so important to embrace the simple line, “Don’t start what you can’t finish.”  When building out your prospecting plan, determine the length of time and the number of messages it’s going to take to turn the prospect into a customer. Once you…
  • Companies Have No Excuse for a Fragmented Customer Journey

    Nick Stein
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Customers no longer tolerate fragmented engagement across different channels.” - Scott McCorkle, CEO, Salesforce Marketing Cloud Delivering a seamless customer experience is now a must for companies, and marketers are prioritizing omnichannel retailing as a result. That’s one of the major conclusions in Salesforce’s State of Marketing report, an annual survey of B2B and B2C marketers. The good news: companies have already made significant progress in integrating many channels—mobile in particular—to improve customer experience. Sixty-eight percent of respondents in the…
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    Christopher Walker - Wake Inspired - Innerwealth blog

  • It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to become a walker

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:33 am
    For the past 40 years I have walked to ease my mind and console those who asked for my help. Ironic that walker is my name too. I have seen the difference it makes in a client when we walk. The air, no matter what the condition, seems to open a person deeply, and it can sometimes wisen them too.In the Himalayas a walker is no different to the city walker. Both can become distracted and, as the piece from Thoreau that follows describes, have their mind in one place and their body walking in anoth [...] This is a summary only, please click on the blue header to read the full article.. Never…
  • Charles Bukowski Reads His “Friendly Advice to a Lot of Young Men

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    FRIENDLY ADVICE TO A LOT OF YOUNG MENGo to TibetRide a camel.Read the bible.Dye your shoes blue.Grow a beard.Circle the world in a paper canoe.Subscribe to The Saturday Evening Post.Chew on the left side of your mouth only.Marry a woman with one leg and shave with a straight razor.And carve your name in her arm. Brush your teeth with gasoline.Sleep all day and climb trees at night.Be a monk and drink buckshot and beer.Hold your head under water and play the violin.Do a belly dance befo [...] This is a summary only, please click on the blue header to read the full article.. Never…
  • Are YOU CARRYING INCREDIBLE WISDOM? OF COURSE YOU ARE

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    There's a video at the end of this post.You don't want to end up at the end of your life, shocked that you didn't understand life even though you lived enthusiastically every day of it. You don't want to end up divorced and then learning why divorces happen. You don't want to end up broke and then learn how important it is to be emotionless in business dealings. You don't want to end up in hospital having an organ removed to realise how important eliminating certain foods from your diet is. So, [...] This is a summary only, please click on the blue header to read the full article.. Never Stop…
  • Are you living and breathing in harmony with nature? Of course you are

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    My philosophy is based on communication with nature, this communication takes place when the person sleeps under the stars at night, hears the birds in the morning, feels the sand between his toes, smells the flowers, hears the surf. Nature can bring the mind and body into perfect harmony and balance with the universe. This is one of the factors that allows the athlete to reach new levels of excellence, the competitive corporate exec to remain calm, the artist to create. Wake up inspired, and y [...] This is a summary only, please click on the blue header to read the full article.. Never Stop…
  • Are you Filled With Unstoppable HopE? Of Course you are

    18 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    I am interested in what Seamus Heaney calls the meeting point of hope and history, where what has happened is met by what we make of it. What has happened is met midstream by people who are — among the multitude of things we are — spiritual beings and all that that implies of creativity, imagination, crazy wisdom, ancient wisdom, passionate compassion, selfless courage, and radical reverence for life. And love—for one another absolutely, and that love that rises out of us, for [...] This is a summary only, please click on the blue header to read the full article.. Never Stop…
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    The New Laws of Leadership

  • A Brain-Based Wake Up Call: 3 Steps To Optimize 2015

    Christine Comaford
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    2015 is off to a bang—is your brain and business? Is your team?   There are 3 things that will make all the difference for your company this year. Read on, and optimize your 2015. 1. Assess, Track, Increase Leadership At All Levels Our clients find it helpful to set numbered levels for leadership growth. This helps everyone to track how they are cultivating key leadership behaviors, and nicely complements the use of Individual Development Plans. A good starting point is William Oncken’s 5 Levels of Freedom. We prefer to call them Leadership Levels, as this makes more sense to the…
  • Surprising Leadership Lessons From The Sea

    Christine Comaford
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    “We’re all equal before a wave.” ~Laird Hamilton While surfing in Maui (park at mile marker 12 near Ukumehame Beach Park for nice swells!) I realized how the sport provides a perfect metaphor for how to navigate leadership and life. 1. The Hawaiians say “Never turn your back on the ocean.” This means don’t turn your back to energy, don’t be arrogant and think you are more powerful than the sea. You aren’t. Likewise, don’t turn your back on your business, your loved ones, the forces that support, sustain and influence your life. Stay aware and engaged. 2. Always…
  • 3 Things All Leaders Must Do Before The New Year

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

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

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

    Joseph Lalonde
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Goal-setting is the key to great things. But the goal is the end game and it doesn’t mean that once you’ve set it you’re done. You have to take into account what you have to do to actually reach the goal you’ve set. So, how do you set your goals? And how do you make sure that you’re able to achieve it? Image By Mark Kaminski Be SMART about it Ask any management book – goals and objectives should be SMART. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Any “goal” that does not meet these criteria is simply a dream or a wish. Take these for example:…
  • The Advice I’d Give To My 5 Year Old Self

    Joseph Lalonde
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Time flies. Before you know it, you’ve reached your 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. You’ll often wonder where the years went. I know I do. I look back and wonder how I got to where I’m at today. It seems like just yesterday that I was a 5 year old boy, having the time of his life. When you’re 5 years old, there’s not much you have to worry about. Your mom and dad take care of food and shelter. There’s always someone to play ball or run around the neighborhood with. You’ve got it all covered. Or so you think. Looking back, there’s advice…
  • Is Fear Holding You Back?

    Joseph Lalonde
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    The last couple of years I’ve had a fascination with most things aviation. From planes (I jumped out of a plane and would still like to learn how to pilot a plane) to helicopters (RC helicopters and quadcopters), I’m drawn to things that fly. These inventions that can defy gravity. They can move about in the sky unhindered. It’s absolutely fascinating. That’s why I purchased a quadcopter I could fly outside. I wanted to take something airborne and fly. After much research, I chose the DJI Phantom Vision 2 quadcopter. It’s a beauty. When you fire her up, the…
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

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

    johnmaxwell
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Minute-With-Maxwell-Signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
  • CHILDREN: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Minute-With-Maxwell-Signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
  • DREAM: Your Friday Challenge, A Minute With John Maxwell

    johnmaxwell
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Minute-With-Maxwell-Signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
  • HUMOR: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Minute-With-Maxwell-Signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
  • METHOD: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

    johnmaxwell
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Minute-With-Maxwell-Signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
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    Skip Prichard | Leadership Insights

  • Wasted Authority is Poor Leadership

    Skip Prichard
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    This is a guest post by Bruce Rhoades. Bruce is a personal friend and mentor. Having run numerous organizations, he is now retired. He reluctantly leaves his sail boat on occasion to help me with strategy, pricing, technology and product development issues. He also just joined Twitter. Follow him here. Poor Leaders All of us have experienced a leader who is controlling, arbitrary and makes decisions with little input from anyone while remaining un-influenceable.  Likewise, we have experienced a leader who does not delegate and demands that he or she make all the decisions while relegating…
  • Achieving Peak Performance by Conquering the 7 Summits of Sales

    Skip Prichard
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Climbing to the Top What’s the best formula for setting goals? How do I prepare and truly commit to achieving them? What about perseverance? How do I overcome resistance? Someone wisely once told me that to achieve something great, “Find the person who has already climbed the mountain.”  In this case, I found someone who literally has climbed mountains.  Susan Ershler has successfully climbed the elite Seven Summits and is a sought-after international speaker who has served in leadership positions for Fortune 500 companies for more than twenty years.  She is also the author of …
  • When Should Leaders Walk Away?

    Skip Prichard
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    This is a guest post by Dave Yarin. Dave is a compliance and risk management consultant to directors of large and mid-size companies and the author of the upcoming book Fair Warning – The Information Within. You can follow Dave on Twitter. The Sunk Cost Theory The supersonic Concorde jet’s tragic crash in 2000 and retirement in 2003 was the end of a troubled history for the aircraft.  Plagued by design and development cost over-runs, the British and French governments that jointly developed the Concorde also knew that the plane wouldn’t be an economically viable business,…
  • How to Make Your Next Meeting the Most Effective Ever

    Skip Prichard
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Do I Have To Go? In every corporation and social enterprise, we find ourselves in meetings.  We dread going to them.  We love to complain about them.  We poke ourselves to stay awake in them. Have you ever thought about how important meetings really are? Ever consider that how you behave in a meeting may have more of an impact on your career? What if there was a way to turn meetings into “remarkable conversations”?   Paul Axtell’s new book,  Meetings Matter: 8 Powerful Strategies for Remarkable Conversations, was a surprise.  Why a surprise?  Because I admit I have groaned…
  • 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership

    Skip Prichard
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Conscious Leadership Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman and Kaley Warner Klemp have just released The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership.  It’s a practical leadership guide designed to help leaders become more conscious, take personal responsibility, and lead others in a win-win model. If you need to pause, reflect more, and change your leadership style or behavior, this book will jumpstart your thinking.   Are You Above or Below the Line? Personal responsibility and personal accountability are vitally important to success in any endeavor. You start the book with a simple but powerful…
 
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  • Infographic | What does your color say about your brand?

    Nischala
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    I was recently involved in the UI (user interface) design of a mobile technology solution, and one one the most important discussions was around the use of colors in the end-use interface. I wondered about the importance and significance of color in design, branding and customer experience.  And here’s my opinion – The color matters.. matter a lot. More than you know, More than you think, More than you imagine Just one point : Pay heed to the colors your playing with as those very colors will play games with your business success and profitability. It is not just my view, even…
  • Infographic | Advertising predictions for 2015

    Nischala
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    In continuing with the 2015 predictions on the blog, I came across this good infographic on the 5 advertising predictions for 2015. Take a look yourself [Src: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/267753140322489355/ ]   —————————————————————————————————————————————— Connect with me on Nischala’s Social World Columnist : Huffingtonpost India | Business2Community | WomensWeb | Sheroes India | PeopleMatters | YoWoTo | 12Most.com | Parentous Blog : Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions [Featured in…
  • Infographic | 2015 Social Media Image Size Guide

    Nischala
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Rich media / Interactive media / visuals / visual storytelling are increasingly becoming vital components in marketing . And yet, I find many  brands go wrong here because they don’t have their “images” just about right. So I was mighty pleased when I came across this specification which provides details on image sizes for different social media. Worth a glance, and worth practicing. Try and let me know if it helped. [Src: http://www.setupablogtoday.com/2015-social-media-image-sizes-guide/ ]  …
  • Infographic | The 36 Rules of Social Media

    Nischala
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    A few days back a friend of mine who was just embarking on her social media journey asked me for “rules” of Social Media. I shared my personal experiences, and along the way found this wonderful resource on rules of social media. These rules are worthwhile to go through whether you are a social media newbie or even otherwise [Src: http://www.business2community.com/infographics/36-rules-social-media-infographic-0804383 ] What Social Media rules do you follow? Leave a comment to let me know  …
  • Infographic | Top 10 Digital Branding Trends for 2015

    Nischala
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Thought about what are the 2015 trends in digital branding? What trends can / should you ride on for creating / enhancing your digital brand? I came across an interesting infographic which provides food for thought. [Src: http://buzzplant.com/top-10-trends-digital-marketing-2015-infographic/]…
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    The Purposeful Culture Group

  • Delightful Decluttering

    S. Chris Edmonds
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    My storeroom was packed to the gills. My office closet was worse. It was time to clear some of my stuff out. Today’s venture started with gathering and testing my old photo studio lights so my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Behaviors Matter

    S. Chris Edmonds
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last week’s post shared the importance of clear values standards in business success. Values set the stage for workplace safety and inspiration. However, setting values expectations alone... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Values Matter

    S. Chris Edmonds
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’m always on the lookout for high performing, values-aligned companies. I’m inspired by leaders that choose to run their businesses with clear values expectations – and love... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Want Engaged Performance? Show Respect.

    S. Chris Edmonds
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ve not encountered a leader that wasn’t interested in improving their team (or department or company)’s performance. And it’s rare that I encounter a leader that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Intention Resolution

    S. Chris Edmonds
    29 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Happy New Year.” It is a well-used – and well-worn – greeting as December ends and January begins. The language of this greeting is telling – it indicates hope and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Switch & Shift

  • Transactional or Transformational – Which Leadership Style is Best?

    Simon Markland
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    In a report by SIMAD University, researchers identified two different leadership styles – transformational and transactional. According to the report, transformational leadership is ‘the ability to motivate and to encourage intellectual stimulation through inspiration.’ Transformational leaders aim to lead by example, encouraging employees to follow a set of values rather than a rulebook. Transactional leadership, on […] Read more... Read More»
  • Why Curiosity Should Trump Judgment Every Time

    Dara Goldberg
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    A curiosity mindset leaves you open to countless possibilities and perspectives, and increases your capacity for adaptability and resilience, whereas a judgmental frame of mind leaves you closed and thus unlikely to embrace other, more positive ways of seeing things.... Read More»
  • Fostering Success in the Workplace

    Lisa Shelley
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Your employees not only want to succeed, they need to feel successful. Contrary to the premise behind many traditional management approaches, people want to contribute – we all have a basic need to be productive and succeed. Your job as a leader is not to coerce your people to get the work done; rather it is to create an environment that supports their success.... Read More»
  • Seven Steps that Lead to More Effective Leaders

    Jim Haudan
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    In today’s world, these things are not merely nice to have, they’re must haves for strategy and execution success. Because your company is only going to execute as fast or slow as your leaders’ ability to adapt to change in the marketplace and to engage their teams in the business. These seven steps are critical for leadership effectiveness.... Read More»
  • How 14 Successful Entrepreneurs Discovered Their Life Purpose

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council) surveyed some folks about how Millennial Entrepreneurs found their purposes in life. Here are their responses.   Q: How did you discover your purpose in life, and how do you integrate that into your current organization? 1. Having Backstage Access from an Early Age My first job was at a radio station […] Read more... Read More»
 
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    Play BIG: Conversations For Possibility, Transformation and Leadership

  • Play BIG: Show Up And Operate From The Stand “It Is ALL invented!”

    Maz Iqbal
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    If you wish to play BIG: live a life of freedom, a life of possibility, of creativity and self-expression then Invite you to really listen to the following words of wisdom: “Since the birth of humanity, people have created many phantom worlds in which to live. In fact, our most powerful inventions are technological at … Continue reading Play BIG: Show Up And Operate From The Stand “It Is ALL invented!” →
  • Playing BIG Involves Exercising Wo/man’s Original Virtue

    Maz Iqbal
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    It occurs to me that showing up and operating from a context of possibility requires you/i to exercise our original virtue. I remember that when I chose not to have an arranged marriage, and did not permit my parents to force my younger sister into such a marriage, I exercised this virtue. I remember that … Continue reading Playing BIG Involves Exercising Wo/man’s Original Virtue →
  • Playing BIG In 2015: Optimism, Possibility, and Self-Expression

    Maz Iqbal
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    You and I are confronted with choice. You/i can play small – the default of serving, fixing, getting ahead, making it… Or you/i can play BIG: life a live of meaning and self-expression. If you are up for the latter than this conversation is for you. Invitation: Choose To Show Up With Unreasonable Optimism I … Continue reading Playing BIG In 2015: Optimism, Possibility, and Self-Expression →
  • Thank You, And A Small Gift For You This Christmas

    Maz Iqbal
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    Without listening there is no value in speaking. Which is my way of saying that I am truly grateful for your listening of my speaking. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I wish you a great Christmas. And I know that my wishing will not make the same kind of impact that your actions will … Continue reading Thank You, And A Small Gift For You This Christmas →
  • Play BIG: Exercise Choice And Control – No Matter The Circumstances

    Maz Iqbal
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Recently, I have experienced life as difficult and troublesome. The temptation is to feel sorry for myself, to sink into apathy, to make excuses. So this conversation as much for me as it is for you.  Let’s begin. I have in mind a man whose accomplishments include: becoming a respected ornithologist; making important contributions to avian pathology; … Continue reading Play BIG: Exercise Choice And Control – No Matter The Circumstances →
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    Sales Coaching Blog

  • What Makes a Great Sales Leader?

    Dr. Clint Longenecker
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    By Dr. Clinton O. Longenecker Stranahan Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Excellence The University of Toledo Wherever I travel these days everyone is talking about leadership! And it doesn't matter what type of organization or industry or organizational level. Leadership is the hottest topic in organizational America. And for good reason, as leadership has been shown empirically to have a direct impact on such key organizational performance variables productivity, teamwork, employee development, problem solving, effective organizational change, creativity, and yes,…
  • Sales Management Training: Leave your Ego at the door please

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    People in powerful positions, such as Sales Managers, tend to dismiss others' advice when making decisions,  a management study finds. Don't let your ego go to your head. Rather, welcome ideas from all levels of your sales organization by embracing a collaborative leadership style.
  • It's What You Do When You Fail that Counts

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
         It was a rough day by all accounts for Green Bay Packer, #86 Brian Bostick. During Sunday’s NFC championship, Brian now famously missed an onside kick that bounced right off the top of his head. This then locked down a drive by the Seahawks in which the scored the touchdown that allowed the championship game to go into overtime. This is singularly considered one of the biggest mistakes in an NFL game since Ray Finkle of the Miami Dolphins where they missed a field goal in the 1984 Superbowl.  Seattle recovered and proceeded to complete one of the greatest comebacks…
  • How Your Briefcase Can Make You A Better Sales Coach

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:21 pm
    A colleague recently directed me to an article titled “The Trick to Being More Virtuous” by Arthur C. Brooks, a contributing writer for the New York Times. The author discusses the idea of moral elevation, or “an emotional state that leads us to act virtuously when exposed to the virtue of others.” In Brooks’ case, he found that carrying a BYU briefcase gifted to him influenced his thoughts, behaviors and interactions with others. While this article’s thesis revolves mostly around the political world, it did create connections to sales coaching and to our place in the world at…
  • 5 Facts About Our Sales Coaching Summit

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    I’m constantly bombarded with emails about going to this and that yearly summit. Some sound interesting while some get deleted instantly. I used to think they were overrated and not a necessity. I’m also really terrible at committing to something so far in advance let alone a week in advance. I’ll admit it, I have commitment issues….to registering for events in the future that is.             I went to my first summit this summer in Orlando, Florida for an organization I’m in. It’s amazing how those two or three days are…
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    Doug Smith Live

  • Episode #53: The Top Ten Lessons I Learned in 2014 [Podcast]

    Doug Smith
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    Every year, I spend a few days at the end of the year to do a year-end review. I did an entire podcast on my year-end review, you can get the link for that in the show notes. However, one section I record is lessons learned! In this episode, I took the top 10 lessons I learned in 2014 and share them with you! I hope they add value to your life! The Top Ten Lessons I Learned in 2014 Links Mentioned in Episode:  Year-End Review  Interview with Matt Geppert  Leadership Breakfast Message from Larry Bettencourt Notes: The Top 10 Lessons I learned in 2014 1.) Faithfulness is the Key to Long-Term…
  • The Prayer I Love and Hate to Pray!

    Doug Smith
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    “God is the architect of your growth.” -Dan Dupee Years ago, I heard Keith Moore say that he consistently prays to God and asks, “God, develop me as quickly and as solidly as possible.” I love that prayer and I have been asking God to do the same thing in my life for years. It’s a great prayer because I really do want God to help me reach my maximum potential as quickly as possible, yet I want to build deep enough foundation that overtime I am able to sustain my growth. It is a tough prayer to pray because God answers it!  Recently, God has brought to my…
  • Legacy

    Doug Smith
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:55 am
    “All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end.” John 9:4 (NLT) I ask a lot of people what they want to be remembered for.  It’s one of my favorite questions to ask people. It shows me what is important to them and helps me gain perspective around how I want to live and what I want my legacy to be. Some of my favorite answers have been: I want to be remembered for the kids I raised I want to be remembered as being a servant. I want to be remembered as…
  • 6 Reasons You Should Run for a Charity

    Doug Smith
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:24 am
    I’m currently training for my 7th marathon! It’s hard to believe! I started running in 2005 and I ran my first marathon in 2008. It’s been quite a journey! The past two years, I ran for Light of Life Rescue Mission. I’ve had an absolute blast running for them. In fact, I’ve enjoyed the experience so much, that I want to challenge you to run for your favorite charity. There are several reasons why I believe running for a charity is better than just running to finish: 1.) It Gives You a Reason to Run – I believe the more reasons you have to do something,…
  • Register Now: Learning to Lead Lunch with Dr. John Stanko

    Doug Smith
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
      Once a month, we host monthly Leadership breakfasts. The purpose of the events will be to expose young leaders to seasoned leaders in order to learn from them. I’m going to be bringing in the best leaders I know to teach their best leadership content. This month, we’re actually going to host a lunch with Dr. John Stanko. Register: Click here to register for this event.  I interviewed John for the Learning to Lead podcast in 2014. You can listen to that interview here. He specializes in helping people find and pursue their purpose. He has helped me immensely in the few…
 
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    LaRae Quy | Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • 5 Effective Ways You Can Take It To The Next Level

    LaRae Quy
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    If you're new here, you may want to receive notices of new blog posts via email. Thanks for visiting - LaRae.After 20 years working counterintelligence cases, I was asked to become the spokesperson for the FBI in Northern California. My first reaction was “No”—I was very comfortable in my position as a case agent. By this time, I knew every step in the manual and had my network of informants in place so I could launch an investigation against a foreign intelligence officer with very little effort on my part. I felt the quiet pleasure of a smug satisfaction with my existing situation.
  • How To Think On Your Feet When Under Pressure

    LaRae Quy
    18 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    During a large meeting of agents at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C., the Counterintelligence Section Chief turned to me and asked what I felt was the priority target for foreign spies in the San Francisco Bay Area.  My answer was based on solid information gathered by my fellow agents. I kept my answer concise and clear. The Section Chief nodded and then asked, “What operations have you initiated to stop it?” As every head in the room turned toward me, I felt my mouth get dry and I cleared my throat so I could respond with a calm and clear voice. But the truth was awkward—I…
  • 5 Ways A Strong Mind Can Boost Your Confidence

    LaRae Quy
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:35 pm
    FBI Firearms instructors train new agents to shoot correctly. This means sight alignment, trigger control, and breath control. Focus on the sights, not the target. The target should be blurry. Four times a year agents re-qualify with their weapon on the range. The only time I handled my gun was at firearms training because I worked counterintelligence—we don’t usually shoot foreign spies! I was not feeling confident as I joined a mock arrest team with raised paint guns. I went through the back door and into the kitchen. Right, clear. Left, clear. Overhead, clear.  Firearms instructors…
  • The Real Reasons You Let Uncertainty Hold You Back

    LaRae Quy
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:20 pm
    I will never forget the first day I ever shot a gun. I was on the firing line at the FBI Academy and holding a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver. My heart was racing and my palms were sweating—I was filled with uncertainty and worried that I would not shoot well enough to qualify. Experiencing uncertainty is different than taking a risk. Risk involves a known probability that something will, or will not happen; uncertainty, however, indicates the probabilities are unknown. Therefore, we cannot predict an outcome. How many of us have missed tremendous opportunities and experiences because…
  • 5 Harsh Reasons You Don’t Seize Opportunities

    LaRae Quy
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:55 pm
    As a child, I loved taking risks. Growing up around rattlesnakes, barbed wire fences, and frisky horses that liked to kick the saddle out of my hands, there was very little I thought I couldn’t do. The key was putting my mind to it. With age comes wisdom—or so I thought. As an adult, I was less amenable to taking risk. I was very strategic about relationships, careers, and spiritual formation. And I realize that there is a place for strategy, as long as it does not make your thinking soft. Soft thinking is the opposite of mental toughness. If you suffer from soft thinking, you are afraid…
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    Great Results Teambuilding

  • What Drives Engagement and Motivates Employees?

    Sean Glaze
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    As a team leader, it is important to be aware of what drives engagement and motivates your employees and teammates. Most leaders are familiar with the 2013 Gallup poll that suggested “70% of American workers are ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’ and are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.” Employee engagement has a tremendous impact on productivity, and there are a number of factors that contribute to your people feeling connected to a compelling common goal and to other people in your organization.    Below is an image,…
  • Top 20 Fun Conference Theme Ideas to Inspire Teamwork

    Sean Glaze
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    Are you looking for fun conference theme ideas to inspire teamwork in your organization? If you are planning an annual meeting or event, one of the things you want to decide on early in your planning is a theme that will tie all of your speakers and breakout sessions and activities together under one main message.   Your speakers will appreciate having some direction when planning their comments, and your people will leave with a more clear and consistent message. So, as you begin to plan for your next gathering – whether it is for 20 people or 2,000 – consider using one of these…
  • Team Trust is Like a Three Legged Stool

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

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

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

  • When Work…Really Isn’t Work

    ipeccoaching
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:28 pm
    I’ve been in the coaching game for quite a while. At times, I wish I had found my calling sooner. Other times, I think I found it exactly when I was supposed to. Perhaps the universe had been calling me and I hadn’t heard it. Or, maybe the universe didn’t beckon until the time was right. I’m not sure. Probably a bit of both. One thing I’m sure of is that today, this moment, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. Aside from time spent with my family and friends, nothing brings me more pleasure and satisfaction. My job never […]
  • Keep The Fire Burning

    ipeccoaching
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:19 pm
    The beginning of the New Year often brings motivation for change. I see it at the gym, that’s for sure. For the first few weeks of January, it’s always more crowded than usual. Then, the crowds seem to thin out. Usually, by early February, attendance is back to normal. Has everyone met their health and fitness objectives for the year in just a few weeks? Nope. Mostly, for whatever reason, they just have lost their motivation to follow through on their goal of getting into better shape. It’s not uncommon. However, I have noticed that those who work out with […]
  • What’s Your New Year’s Revolution?

    ipeccoaching
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    Sure, losing weight, eating healthier, or quitting a bad habit, are great New Year’s resolutions. But, what are your plans for creating revolutionary changes in your life for the upcoming year? Resolutions usually focus on actions – doing more or less of something. To achieve real change, we must recognize and understand the reasons for the actions and change ourselves from the core. We must not only know what we want – we have to have a plan to get there. We need to have a clear vision of what we’re going to create. We need to understand why we […]
  • Enjoying “Christmas Present”

    ipeccoaching
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    I love being a dad especially around the holidays. The excitement around the house, with two kids who for weeks, anxiously await Santa’s arrival…creates enough energy to power Clark Griswold’s lights. Yes, all that energy is released in a feverish pitch come Christmas morning, as wrapping paper is torn from the gifts the “big guy” left under the tree. Later, we’ll get to see family and friends gather around the table for dinner. We’ll talk and we’ll laugh as Christmas carols play in the background. We’ll raise a glass of holiday cheer. As…
  • Your 2015 Goals: 6 Questions To Ask Yourself

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

  • I Wonder How We Will Manage the Robots

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    For decades fans of science fiction have only wondered when, not if, robots would someday think and act like humans. In a month or so a robot named
  • Mathematically Speaking, How Many People Should I Interview?

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:51 pm
    This past week my colleague, Jim, and I interviewed our second candidate for a technology position in our company. Like the first candidate, there were some things we liked and some things we did not. Knowing that we may never find the “perfect” candidate, Jim said to me, “I wonder what our “n” number is?” When I asked him what he meant, he gave me a fascinating answer that I thought I would share with you.
  • Two Car Questions to Start the Year

    5 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    I could not believe how many car commercials were on television this past week. It seemed like every time I turned on the television, there was another one. Since it was the last week of the year, it made me curious about two questions:W...
  • A Christmas Truce 100 Years Ago – A Brief Lesson in Cooperation

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    Something remarkable happened 100 years ago in 1914 on Christmas Day – enemy troops threw down their weapons and greeted each other in peace. It was a rare moment when the good in religion transcended the evil created by political governments. And it is a story of when front-line troops, the ones really bearing the burdens of war, took the leadership role and ignored the commands of their leaders.
  • Five Questions from Advent Season

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

  • The Redefined No of the CFO

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    To be a truly effective chief financial officer, you have to learn to be the champion of strategic discipline. Interviews with leading CFOs at Caterpillar, Philips, Sainsbury's, Verizon, and Wells Fargo bring five traits of the strategic CFO to light: value chain insight, business driver leverage, attention to talent, cultural engagement, and integrity and interpersonal skills.
  • How to Lead in Ambiguous Times

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The kind of decision making that works when you know what's likely to happen won't suffice in a world of geopolitical crises. Sustaining a business in uncertain times requires executives to prioritize stability, resilience, and relationship management. Underneath all three is a shift in strategic direction--from a focus on growth above all else to a focus on having enough.
  • Best of Multimedia: How You Give Criticism Depends on Where You Live

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    This infographic explores how people in 12 countries deliver negative feedback at work.
  • Leading, the Rickover Way

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    In Against the Tide, retired rear admiral Dave Oliver examines the management techniques of Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear navy.
  • The Quantified Self Goes Corporate

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Data can be your key strategic asset for long-term growth. Just as the "quantified self" builds awareness of progress toward health, your comprehensive data strategy can help you lead your industry.
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    peoplediscovery.co.uk

  • Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality – Les Brown

    Christina Lattimer
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    “Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality”, is a quote that  really does make sense The “Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality”  Quick Quiz 1.  When you are about to make a decision, do you hesitate because you are worried about what people think? 2.  Do you agree to do things you don’t want to do, because you feel you must be helpful? 3.  Do you find yourself acting in different ways for different people? 4.  Do you feel guilty if you want to reduce your working hours/ditch the charity…
  • Be Careful What You Set Your Heart Upon— For It Will Surely Be Yours

    Christina Lattimer
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Be careful:  How to set out your future goals It’s always amazing, when we set our goals, ask the Universe for what we want and harness the power of our imagination and subconscious minds to get what we want, and it appears, isn’t it?   Well, in reality, no, its not always amazing.  It is always revealing though!  The problem is of course, we often simply don’t know what is good for us, and that’s why we need to be careful.    When I set out on my journey, I set myself 4 goals which involved what I believed,  if achieved,  would make me happy.  Of course, I…
  • 3 Simple Ways to Make 2015 the Best Year Ever!

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

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

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

  • That’s Not Leadership – That’s Stupid

    David M. Dye
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    I can’t believe what I just read… It was a marketing message for managers and team leaders. In brief it said: Being a supervisor is a fight against human nature. I just about hit the roof. Seriously? I know there are still managers out there who think this way, but I was shocked to see it in leadership-training materials. More than shocked though, it’s disappointing. Supervisors and managers who approach their people with this mindset and “training” are guaranteed to struggle and hate their work. Let me explain: Leaders don’t fight against human nature. Slave-owners fight against…
  • Announcing…

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

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

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

    David M. Dye
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    I Don’t Care I’m sure it’s happened to you. It happens to all of us…you hear the words coming out of your mouth and before you finish the sentence, you realize you’re saying something an adult told you when you were a child. Something you haven’t uttered in decades. When I was eight-years-old, I joined a youth soccer team. When the coach asked me what position I wanted to play, I said, “Goalie.” My reasoning was that the goal-keeper didn’t have to run. It’s probably not a surprise that I didn’t last very long in that position. The next year, Coach Tom moved me to…
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  • Is Your Business Ready for the Challenges of 2015?

    Howard Shore
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Is Your Business Ready for the Challenges of 2015? Do you have plan to grow or a wish to grow in 2015? Too often, it is the latter for most businesses! The reason is that the leadership has failed to properly think through what is possible, what is required, and how they will overcome the obstacles. In business you must grow or your company cannot survive. If your business grows and that growth does not turn into cash, you have a bad business model. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, numerous things are always changing, making it more difficult to keep your existing customers happy,…
  • Are You a Leader of Influence?

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

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

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

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

  • A made-in-ESADE visionary

    Eugenia Bieto
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:21 am
    I first learned of Alfonso Zamarro (BBA 2014), an exemplary innovator whose idea has been recognized in both investment circles and the media, through the EGarage on our Sant Cugat campus. In less than half a year, Alfonso’s start-up, DEA Drones, has gone from promising project to winner of the Adecco Prize for ‘Brilliant Ideas’ and finalist for the Smart City Award, garnering features on the front pages of the leading Spanish newspapers. These accomplishments have no doubt also awakened investors’ interest in the company. The story reminds me of the twists, turns and dogged ascents…
  • The CLADEA network: necessary and more relevant than ever

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

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

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

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

  • The Downside of Positivity

    Susan Mazza
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In 1952, Norman Vincent Peale‘s famous book, The Power of Positive Thinking, was published.  The power that positive thinking can have in our lives is today an instilled cultural belief: positive thinking is a good thing and being positive is a good and right way to be. Then again, could positivity have a downside? While most of us, at least those who are passionate about making a meaningful impact wherever we go, would rather be surrounded by people who have a positive, “can do” attitude, I have seen far too many examples of this desire feed a culture of people who are afraid to…
  • Is Your Focus Narrow Enough?

    Susan Mazza
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    For the motivated and ambitious, it is easy to, as they say, “bite off more than you can chew.” For the curious and entrepreneurial at heart, the world can seem like an ever-growing candy store, introducing and provoking countless new ideas and presenting a never-ending stream of enticing possibilities. It is exciting. The intoxication and adrenaline can carry you far.  It can also be overwhelming and lead to exhaustion. Despite your desire to do it all, trying to do it all can cost you. “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder…
  • The Relationship Focus of Hidden Leaders

    Susan Mazza
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Scott Edinger is the co-author, along with Laurie Sain, of the upcoming book The Hidden Leader, which helps employers learn how to recognize and cultivate talented but under-utilized employees. Here he speaks about one such group of hidden leaders: the tech stars. In December 2014, a computer software problem caused extensive delays throughout the British airspace. In these times, we have grown accustomed to these types of delays, and to the rationale of “glitches.” In my work, I have come to believe that helping tech people learn to collaborate effectively can go a long way towards…
  • What is the Source of Your Power?

    Susan Mazza
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    Beliefs about power and where it comes from have gone through a transformation in recent history.  Popular culture supports the answer that power comes from “the inside”, but do our actions truly reflect that belief? Unfortunately, it’s hard to talk about things that go against popular culture.  After all, popular culture and psychology have been beating the drum about our personal power with messages that we control our destiny, that we can lead without a title, that we can make a difference, and the list goes on. Yet there remains an often unspoken belief lingering that…
  • A Year of Kindness, A Call to Lead

    Susan Mazza
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:40 pm
    An act of kindness is perhaps one of the smallest things you can do to make a big difference. Committing an act of kindness can also be profoundly simple to do.  It taps into our innate human drive to love.  The experience can be as profoundly joyful for the giver as it can be for the receiver.  And with each act of kindness you can cause a ripple of loving kindness in the world. Consider that the same can be true of committing an act of leadership. In 1961 a mathematician and meteorologist at MIT developed a scientific theory that eventually became known as the “butterfly…
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    Step Up Leader with Susan Freeman

  • Listen, Learn and Live With a Difference in 2015!

    Susan Freeman
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    This week I invite you to join me in the complimentary Catapult Your Career Success Summit, hosted by Linda Cattelan. The Summit runs from Jan. 20-31. Recordings are available for 72 hours after each speaker’s session or can be purchased for use at any time. I am delighted to be included in the event, on January 30 at 2 p.m EST/ 11 a.m. PST. Throughout the 11 days, you can tap into more than 20 renowned guest speakers and career experts, each of whom brings a specific focus that can help you make your professional life remarkable in 2015. If … The post Listen, Learn and Live With a…
  • Are You Uncomfortable?

    Susan Freeman
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader Tip borrows from Leading Blog. As you enter 2015, I invite you to explore how uncomfortable you are as a leader. It’s not good or bad; it’s simply a barometer of where you are. It’s not an indicator of what you may be able to grow beyond. With curiosity and openness to explore, your results and satisfaction can jump exponentially. “No one likes to be uncomfortable. But, there is a correlation between our growth and success in life and the discomfort we’re willing to impose on ourselves. Growth necessarily takes us outside of our comfort … The post…
  • 20 Career Tips to Make 2015 Your Most Successful Year Ever!

    Susan Freeman
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
    It’s time to set your intentions for 2015. Here are 20 fabulous tips from some of the world’s best career experts to assist you in taking control of your career and making this year your best year ever. Engage in the “Power of Stopping”. According to Susan Freeman, a daily centering practice can reap you huge rewards in terms of calm and peacefulness. It can also improve your relationships with others. Be a “Reflective Leader”. According to Deborah Colman corporate environments today can be chaotic and require a level of interdependence with others. It’s important to know how to…
  • Skip the Resolutions and Make 2015 Your Best Year Ever

    Susan Freeman
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to 2015! The beginning of the New Year is full of possibilities and promise. Now is the opportunity to set yourself up for what you’d like to create in the New Year. If you’re like most of us, you’ve discovered that New Year’s resolutions aren’t especially effective. According to an article in Psychology Today, approximately 50% of the population makes resolutions. By mid-February, most of us have fallen off the wagon. Why do resolutions fail? According to the article In Psychology Today from December 27, 2010, “Making resolutions work is essentially changing behaviors and…
  • Appreciation

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

  • It’s All About The Trust

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Monday I received the wonderful news that I was in the Trust Across America-Trust Around the World 2015 Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trust. I consider this a great honor because trust is critical to successful business. Trust improves communication, culture, performance, engagement and results. Today I'm sharing some inspiring quotes from recent trust reports about why "it's all about the trust" - why trust has such broad importance and impact in work relationships and organizations:
  • Imagining The Future Of Leadership

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:05 am
      By Linda Fisher Thornton Learning At 2,400 Tweets Per Hour I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to co-host the live #LeadWithGiants Tweetchat with @DanVForbes on January 19, 2015. The topic was “The Future of Leadership,” and the live chat trended on Twitter at about 2,400 Tweets per hour. Many thanks to the #LeadWithGiants community members who […]
  • Prepare Now For The Future of Leadership

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Leading with positive values and demonstrating care are becoming expected ways of doing business. Leading now is not as much about leaders as it is about bringing out the best in those they lead and serve.
  • Leader Development 2015: Human Growth Required

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:55 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton When we want to prepare leaders for success in the trenches of business leadership, we don’t get very far by providing a cushy “spa-like experience.” We can easily focus too much on creating “events” for leader education and miss the much deeper preparation that leaders need. What prepares leaders to handle their tough everyday […]
  • Top 10 Posts 2014: Changing Ethical Leadership Expectations

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton There were 52 Leading in Context blog posts published in 2014, and the ones isted below are the 10 that were most popular with readers. They are focused on learning proactive ethical leadership and building a high-trust culture. If I had to describe the theme of these posts it might be "learning how to keep up with changes in ethical leadership expectations." As you review these reader favorites, think about how you will adapt to changing ethical leadership expectations in 2015.
 
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    Simply Understanding Website & Blog by Giana Consulting

  • Endings and Beginnings

    Chery Gegelman
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    When we moved to The Sandbox, I promised to share our personal change journey – believing that even titled leaders are people with real lives that have only one constant in their lives… CHANGE!  As expected our experiences have included examining urban legends, facing fears, laughing, crying, and crazy amounts of growth!  Sometimes I hold the experience for awhile processing, healing, or trying to figure out how to share it with you.  I wrote this in May of last year and stumbled on it earlier this week… Before we moved across the ocean we really struggled with lots…
  • Discouraged that the change you seek hasn’t happened yet?

    Chery Gegelman
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    I was recently on a call with a friend that is dealing with at situation that is impacting her family and needs to change. She’s done everything she can think of to communicate their needs, to ask for consideration, and to influence that change but nothing seems to be happening. As we visited I thought of a story I heard years ago about two children that were teased every day at school by a bully. In spite of their pain, their families encouraged them to be courageous, to speak truth and to be kind and loving in in their responses. After an especially challenging day at school the two…
  • Leadership Lessons Are For Everyone

    Chery Gegelman
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    I recently visited with a CEO that read one of the articles in this blog for the first time and realized how disconnected he’d been from a big project in his organization. …That realization caused him to immediately engage with his team. Then I visited with a friend that is a stay-at-home grandmother. She said she wasn’t sure if leadership articles would be of value to her now that she is no longer working outside of the home. (Even though she is a leader in her home and does a lot of volunteer work!) …Then she went on to share her appreciation for the way the learning’s…
  • Rocks, Squiggly Things, Questions and Growth

    Chery Gegelman
    7 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Ever since I read the book Good to Great this quote by former Pitney Bowes Executive Fred Purdue has resonated with me… “My job is to turn over rocks and look at the squiggly things, even if what you see can scare the h_ll out of you.” My definition of a squiggly thing is this: Anything that is breaking down people, relationships, organizations, processes, systems and/or results. Have you ever tried to ignore, hide from, or argue with a squiggly thing?Click To Tweet When squiggly things challenge my thinking or behavior I’ve: Been tempted to ignore their existence by defending…
  • 365 Opportunities for YOU to LEAD in 2015

    Chery Gegelman
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:58 pm
    As I reviewed my blog posts from 2014, I thought about the people and the situations that inspired each one. And I realized that although I’ve often said that people don’t need a title to lead, I’ve said that imagining people at all levels of an organization that have a lot to contribute. (Like the often overlooked janitorial staff or frontline employees.) This year my eyes were opened as I realized how much we talk about leadership in the workplace and how often we ignore the need for leadership in our daily lives. Several times throughout the year, I met people with vision, talent…
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    Get Real Leadership | It's About the People | Nicki Roth

  • In Case You Thought That a Great CEO Doesn’t Make a World of Difference

    nickiroth
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    This is a great story from 2014 that may have only caught the attention of those of us in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe awarded the Bostonian of the Year award to the employees of Market Basket for their determination to reinstate the benevolent CEO who was squeezed out of the family business. It is instructive […]
  • Professional Respect on Teams, Part Two

    nickiroth
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    My end of the year statistical review highlights that an older post on professional respect on teams is number one for page views. In short, I pointed to several things that highly productive teams do and say collectively. The bottom line is that without having high regard for each person’s professional expertise, the team will […]
  • The Understated Leader, Continued

    nickiroth
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Over the past 3 years I have submitted more than 114 blog posts here. By far, the most read piece is on the understated leader. This has been a fascination to me and I have no solid ideas about why this topic has captured the imagination. Employees are tired of asshole bosses? People are looking for […]
  • Do You Need a Coach?

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

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

  • 10 Winston Churchill Leadership Lessons

    James Strock
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    One layer [of Churchill’s character and personality] was certainly seventeenth century. The eighteenth century in him is obvious. There was the nineteenth century, and a large slice, of course, of the twentieth century; and another, curious layer which may possibly have been the twenty-first.  –Clement Attlee The 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston […] The post 10 Winston Churchill Leadership Lessons appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Martin Luther King Jr | Service

    James Strock
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Who Are You Serving? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. offers a brilliant analysis of service. Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You only need a heart full of grace, a […] The post Martin Luther King Jr | Service appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Anniversary | Ike’s Military-Industrial Complex Speech

    James Strock
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    This week is the anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address. The production qualities are touchingly basic in our time, when anyone can create a film–which makes the enduring power of the message all the more clear. The New Yorker has a fine article about its creation. In their moving memoir of Ike’s final […] The post Anniversary | Ike’s Military-Industrial Complex Speech appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Charlie Hebdo Paris March | USA Leadership Fail

    James Strock
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    An unprecedented group of world leaders gathered in Paris on Sunday, January 11, 2015. Divisions of religion, nationality, ethnicity, race, and culture were bridged in solidarity with France’s extraordinary outpouring of support for free expression, following the horrific slaughter of innocents at the Charlie Hebdo magazine. What’s Wrong With This Picture? It’s jarring to scan […] The post Charlie Hebdo Paris March | USA Leadership Fail appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • G K Chesterton | New Year Resolutions Matter

    James Strock
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Thanks to my friend, the distinguished lawyer Anoop Bose, for sharing this quotation. G K Chesterton | New Year Resolutions Matter The post G K Chesterton | New Year Resolutions Matter appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
 
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    Alli Polin | Break The Frame

  • Mindfulness Basics for the Over-Stressed

    Alli Polin
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    I could not wait for vacation!  Although I struggle to let go of my day to day on most holidays, I was longing for time to unwind, relax, and leave work and stress behind – if I couldn’t do it in Fiji, it was never going to happen. However, sitting in a lounge chair was not the panacea I expected.  I was far from in the moment… In fact, I was in awe of the moment.  Immediately I knew that my choice was to either experience this holiday as an outsider or to step into my experience by practicing some mindfulness basics.  The view in front of me was unbelievably gorgeous.  I…
  • What’s in Your Success Suitcase?

    Alli Polin
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    I want you to have exactly what you need in your success suitcase and help you toss all of that unwanted baggage that no longer fits and you no longer need.  Today, I’m packing my bags for our annual family summer holiday and struggling to figure out how I can shove more into my minuscule suitcase. Physical baggage and life baggage; I’m guessing we both can let go of a heck of a lot more than we think at first blush. I’m a big fan of “just in case” packing logic. Why not throw it in as long as it’s not overweight, right?Well, for this trip we’re taking a teeny-tiny plane with…
  • Change, Leadership and Life at Its Best – Top 10

    Alli Polin
    30 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    A part of looking back on my year means understanding which posts resonated the most with my readers over the past 12 months.A few themes quickly emerged among the Break the Frame Top 10:Change, Personal Leadership and living a full life NOW while creating professional success. It also turns out that my most visited posts of 2014 were not all written this calendar year.On the list below, there are definitely some oldies but goodies that have become some of the most popular on the Break the Frame site. Instead of looking at social shares or comments to come up with the Break the Frame Top 10,…
  • How to Embrace Your Personal Leadership Truth

    Alli Polin
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    I was thinking about today’s post, deciding what I wanted to communicate and I started to feel like an imposter.  Tempted to simply share my top posts for the year, like a cherry on top of the best sundae ever, I decided to leave that for another day. Instead, I want to share the truth with you, my year was far from perfect.  My personal leadership truth is that my year was a messy adventure with ups, downs, success and um, less than success. I went from blogging twice a week to once a week, books were written, but not yet published and some new programs were launched, but made little…
  • How to Effectively Look Back and Plan Forward

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

  • Question of the Month: What is the biggest cause of workplace communication breakdown?

    Refresh Leadership
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    George Bernard Shaw said “the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” In the workplace, clear and concise communication is essential for success, and when the lines get crossed, it can easily send a destructive ripple through an entire team and derail important projects. For our February question of the month, we want to know what you believe is the biggest cause of workplace communication breakdown. Let us know by voting in our poll. Take Our Poll
  • Survey Reveals Which Sectors are Hiring in Q1

    Refresh Leadership
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Express Employment Professionals recently released survey results that reveal which sectors plan to hire in the first quarter of 2015. According to the survey of more than 400 businesses, commercial and light industrial will see the most hiring. Respondents were asked, “In which of the following areas do you plan to hire people in the first quarter?” Thirty-nine percent reported “commercial and light industrial,” 18% said “administrative and office clerical,” and 10% said engineering. Fourteen percent reported they were hiring in a sector other than the ones listed, while a full…
  • Peak Performer’s Life: Your Brand on the Line

    Walter Bond
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond continues the discussion on the importance of committing to excellence by focusing on brand management. He explains that every day you’re in the office and dealing with customers, your brand is on the line. So, it’s imperative that everything you do showcases your excellence. According to Walter: “If you want to be excellent, everything you do has got to be excellent. I recommend you do nothing and be patient until you can make sure any new offering or business is excellent, because every day and in every way, your brand is on…
  • 5 Quick Tips for Building Employee Trust

    Jared Brox
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Difficult to earn and easily lost, trust is one of the most important principles of great leadership. A team’s productivity and success is due in large part to the amount of trust they have for their leaders. So, it’s important to ensure you’re building and maintaining a culture of trust, honesty, and open communication. Here are a few quick tips to remember along the way. Get your hands dirty Sometimes it’s important to roll up your sleeves and show you aren’t afraid of a little heavy lifting. Shared experience can be a powerful tool. If your employees know you too have been in…
  • Benjamin Franklin on Mentorship

    James C. Price
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    In a study by the American Society of Training and Development, 75% of executives said mentoring was directly related to their success, and inversely, 35% of employees who don’t receive mentoring search for new jobs within the next year. Employers and employees alike understand the importance mentoring has on their personal journeys. However, according to the Society for Human Resource Management, 64% of employees who are willing to change jobs say their employer isn’t involved in their employee development. If employees aren’t receiving the training, development, and mentoring they…
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  • When you are committed to going for it

    Neil Ducoff
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    It starts as a “what if” vision of the possibilities awaiting you … if you commit to go for it. What is “it”? “It” could be your career, your company or an accomplishment that is profoundly personal and meaningful to you. The “what if” vision may take years to achieve, or it can live in your mind’s eye only for as long as you can remember, but the big question remains the same: when will you decide to go for it? When will you flip the switch from “I want to” to “I’m going to”? The “I want to”…
  • The damned if you do, damned if you do not hiring decision

    Neil Ducoff
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The situation: Revenues are falling flat and the company is missing its monthly goal more often than not. It’s not that the company is doing poorly; it’s just stretched financially. Your company has reached an awkward stage where it needs to hire someone with a specific skill set, but the financials to support adding on a new team member simply do not exist. As the leader, you’re frustrated with the feeling of being stuck because you know what needs to be done but you also know that making an expensive hiring decision can convert that frustration into some ugly financial…
  • The ultimate leadership wish list

    Neil Ducoff
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    In its most distilled state, leadership is about getting to a better place. It is about leadership of the self, leadership of other people, leadership of processes, and leadership of resources. At a deeper, cerebral level, leadership is purely about shaping the disciplines of thinking and behavior. So what does this all mean? It means that being a truly effective leader capable of achieving and sustaining forward progress and growth is more a journey of self-discovery than a destination. Leaders come in many styles. Some are great communicators while others are abrasive. Some are disciplined…
  • When the unthinkable happens

    Neil Ducoff
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Being in the coaching business for over 22 years, distress calls from owners are all too commonplace. They come by phone, email, text message, Facebook Messenger … and at presentations and seminars with a conversation that begins with, “Can I talk to you privately?” Most often, it’s about a financial crisis, employee challenges and the proverbial “staff walkout”. Next are the fires, floods and acts of god. And then there are the unthinkable crises like life-threatening or fatal diseases, accidents, and partner/employee suicides. Life and business is about…
  • Twelve No-Compromise Resolutions for 2015

    Neil Ducoff
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    As we wrap up 2014, it’s the perfect time for business leaders to reflect on the year’s accomplishments, ponder the lessons from challenges overcome, and look to the New Year with anticipation, confidence and determination. It’s also a time to address those patterns of behavior that, much like a minefield of your own making, routinely cause things to blow up. The annual practice of making New Year’s resolutions can lead to a lot of empty promises that you make to yourself. However, if you add a potent dose of No-Compromise Leadership thinking and behavior into the mix, you…
 
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  • 10 most unusual workplace gifts this season

    Rich Henson
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Now that the (holiday) dust has settled, what did you get for Christmas? CareerBuilder asked more than 5,300 managers and employees to name the most unusual gifts they’ve received from a co-worker. Here are the 10 most unusual workplace gifts (if you can call them that): A box of Hot Pockets. A chess piece (that’s […] The post 10 most unusual workplace gifts this season appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • Anyone can complain – but anyone can innovate, too

    Rich Henson
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Anyone can complain. And for the most part, they do. But anyone can innovate, too. Good managers strive to create the environment – and the opportunities – so that any employee in most any position can play the role of a problem-solving innovator. It’s far more doable than you might think. Here are some thoughts on […] The post Anyone can complain – but anyone can innovate, too appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • Resolve to engage your staff in 2015

    Rich Henson
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    If you want to give your career  and your employer (or your own business) a major boost in 2015, then you might resolve to engage your staff in 2015. It really can do wonders. Employee engagement at its simplest is the extent to which people feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization, […] The post Resolve to engage your staff in 2015 appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • The Danes love their jobs! Why is that?

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

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

    Jason Cortel
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:54 am
    Your team is the foundation of your management and the key that unlocks your success. They can power your greatness engine or they can sink you into failure. Building your team is the single most important thing that you will do and it can often be the hardest. Adopt a mindset of high standards and make sure that the team clearly knows them. Having clearly defined objectives is the best way to identify who is meeting these standards and who isn’t. These objectives will also help you outline development plans and measure each team member’s impact. Only the exceptional should retain…
  • 10 Success Factors for New Managers

    Jason Cortel
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    You finally received that promotion you had been working so hard for. You want to hit the ground running as a newly promoted manager. Surprisingly, management positions often come with very little guidance. Follow these 10 success factors to ensure your success as a new manager. Stopping gossip before it poisons your environment. Gossip will happen and can’t be eliminated altogether. Gossip that is evil and poisonous and that only serves to tear others down cannot be tolerated. Coaching, coaching, coaching is the only way you can truly grow your employees into the superstars they are meant…
  • Why Leadership is Best Behind the Scenes

    Jason Cortel
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    It takes a mature and confident leader to say I’m OK being behind the scenes. Being behind the scenes allows other people to shine. The primary objective for a leader is to bring out the greatness in others. How can a leader bring out greatness in others when the leader is shining too bright? How are they helping their followers when they are too concerned with their own advancement and achievements? When a leader is secure enough in who they are and comfortable enough with themselves they are able to operate behind the scenes. It is only when a leader is working behind the scenes that…
  • Tuesday Tip: Never Stay Silent with This

    Jason Cortel
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    We bite our tongues a lot and usually it is the right thing to do. There is one time you should never stay silent and that is when it comes to gratitude. Gratitude lifts people up. It energizes them to keep going. Gratitude can strengthen the loyalty and bond between people. You should never stay silent when it comes to gratitude. Get out your megaphone and amplify your words of appreciation. Some of the Benefits of Gratitude: Opens doors People will want to be around you when you openly express gratitude. This will open doors for you professionally and personally. Improves empathy Very few…
  • This Unequivocally Prevents Your Success

    Jason Cortel
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    “Success has no idle hands; affords no legs at rest.” – Johnnie Dent Jr. There is no greater enemy to your career success than complacency. Complacency is what keeps you from advancing, it keeps you from growing and ultimately renders you irrelevant. It single handedly will stall your engine of greatness. When you grow complacent your sense of urgency decreases. You lose your anxiety and fear, both of which are the truest drivers of motivation. I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t feel happy and content with how far you have come along. It is really important that you…
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  • How to build a compelling online presence

    admin
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
      compelling online presence A few weeks ago one of my good friends asked me why his name was not showing up in Google search results.This person has more than 25 years of solid work experience, having delivered multiple challenging projects.One of those even included involvement in a strategic move of the Liberty Bell in the historic city of Philadelphia! Not satisfied with his name not showing up, he googled two of his classmates’ names, and, to his surprise, found that they were prominently visible on Google page 1. I offered to write up something to help my friend strategically…
  • Using Anchoring as an Effective Negotiation technique

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
      Anchor – effective negotiation   Anchoring or focalismis acognitive bias that describes the common human tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information offered (the “anchor”) when making decisions. During decision making, anchoring occurs when individuals use an initial piece of information to make subsequent judgments. Once an anchor is set, other judgments are made by adjusting away from that anchor, and there is a bias toward interpreting other information around the anchor. For example, the initial price offered for a used car sets the…
  • Leadership and self-development – effective negotiation techniques

    admin
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
      Effective negotiation techniques I admit that negotiating a better deal for my own self is not my strong-point.  I do understand the power of good negotiation and how you can leverage that skill to build solid business cases. Some of my friends are quite good at garnering great deals. I have observed them quite closely for some time now and marvel at the highly effective negotiation techniques that they deploy. One of my friends religiously sets aside one week in January every year to negotiate better insurance rates on his auto and home.  Another swaps between Comcast and Verizon…
  • How to lead teams without authority

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

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

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: TEDxSKE (Lebanon) via Compfight cc As I’ve mentioned before, your creativity is highly influenced by your environment. The way that you see the world is through the lens of your experiences, both past and present. All that you’ve been through and all that you know shapes your perception of what it takes to be different. So when it comes to being different, to adding your own uniqueness to the world, it dramatically helps to bring together others who are interested in doing the same thing. There are classic examples of great thinkers, innovators, artists, and…
  • The Secret of Email: The Golden Rule – Kirby Ingles

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: utahca via Compfight cc Ever wonder how you can earn more time doing what is most important to you? Do you feel like escaping from behind your desk and away from the 126 emails the average person receives per day? There is a way for you to process through all your emails. Would you love to hear more about it? Out of 126 emails, only 77 are legitimate. How would you enjoy knowing about a golden rule that pierces through your inbox? Save Yourself from Email When I was a Human Resources Manager in Upstate New York, my days centered around email. It seemed as if I was chained…
  • Looking to Increase Social Media Productivity? You Need a Content Calendar – Reade Milner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Promoting content is already a daunting task. Having everything strewn all over the place could make it even more so. Between strategy planning and creating content, there is just so much that goes on in a social media setting that it’s hard to keep everything organized and running smoothly. And even worse, all the effort you pour into the task may be put to waste as inefficiency crawls in with all the chaos. But, what if you had a way to keep everything flowing smoothly with a seamless rhythm that puts everything in its proper place? Say hello to your social media content calendar. What It…
  • Be Happier – Right Now! – Jed Jurchenko

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Your happiness matters! In fact, it’s so important that elevating your own mood may be one of the most significant things you do today. But, just in case you’re not convinced—or are under the mistaken impression that being happy is selfish—here are three reasons your happiness matters.     1. You matter! You are wonderfully made and there is no one else quite like you. The average human body is formed from approximately 60 chemical elements and 100 trillion cells. Like snowflakes, no two human-beings are exactly alike. This means that nobody else can do precisely…
  • Good News: You’re Designed to Change! – Glenn Brooke

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Leadership is unnecessary if you don’t plan to change anything. But, life is about change, so there is always a leadership question, and it always begins with self-leadership.   The stories you tell yourself are the stories you live. The personal journey of change always begins by traversing the 6 inches between your ears – perhaps the most stubborn terrain in the universe. You hear people say “Change is hard.”  True, but there is good news:  You’re designed to change. Your body is actively regenerating itself, even while you sleep. You replace 10,000 red blood cells every…
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  • Doing It The Hard Way

    Paul Heagen
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    There is no substitute for hard work. Thomas A. Edison   I started the P90X video fitness program a couple of weeks ago. I’ve a long way to go, if my observations of my initial baseline fitness results are any indication: Pushups:  Gravity must be stronger closer to the ground. Jumping Jacks:  Are my arms supposed to move in sync ... Read More The post Doing It The Hard Way appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • “Thanks” giving

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

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

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

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

    Barbara Nixon
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    Have you ever listened to a friend, colleague or family member and just known how to fix their problem; what they should do differently... Author information Barbara Nixon Management Development Trainer, Coach and Writer at Barbara Nixon Barbara Nixon is a passionate learning and development specialist who gets a real kick out of seeing people develop and grow. Barbara is Director of Synaptic Change – a UK based training consultancy that designs and delivers bespoke management development programmes, and then embeds the learning back into the workplace -which is something that she is very…
  • Are You A “Value Added” Leader?

    Chip Lutz
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    “ARE YOU SERIOUS!?” I thought to myself as I got off the phone with my supervisor. This was the fourth time I had reworked... Author information Chip Lutz President and Founder at Unconventional Leader, LLC Lieutenant Commander Chip Lutz, USN(Ret) works with leaders who want to lead better, get more done and leave a legacy. A retired Navy Officer, he has had two command tours and served as the Director of Security for Naval District Washington, DC during September 11th 2001 – where he was responsible for the safety and security of 25,000 people on 9 different Naval Installations in the…
  • What Happens When Leaders Cannot Focus On The Business?

    Sabrina Baker
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:16 am
    Know what happens when leaders cannot focus on the business? It fails. Shocking right?!? Not really. You don’t have to be the smartest person... Author information Sabrina Baker Founder, PHR at Acacia HR Solutions Sabrina Baker, PHR is the founder and CEO of Acacia HR Solutions, a human resource outsourcing, consulting and recruiting firm located outside of Chicago, IL. Sabrina was a human resource leader for eleven years before starting her own business in 2011. She serves on the Illinois Society of Human Resources Council board and holds the position of Annual Conference Chair. She is…
  • Don’t Get Left Behind: How To Keep Up With Today’s Changing Times

    Jason Montoya
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:13 am
    After moderating a technology panel for a Christian men’s group, one of the men from the group came up to me afterwards. He was... Author information Jason Montoya Business Strategy & Communication Specialist at Jason Montoya Jason believes in embracing the life of Jesus Christ. The Life he gave and the Life he lived. A husband and father to 3, he teaches and inspires others towards a life of thriving together. He believes in sharing good, and not so good, stories from his journey as a way to process ideas and inspire others. In his journey, he has personally experienced and seen others…
  • Social Media and Content Marketing Excuses Are Dead in 2015

    Scott Murray
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
    It’s 2015. It’s a new year and many businesses have big plans. I’m sure there are several leaders who want 2015 to be the... Author information Scott Murray Writer at Great Scott Ideas Scott Murray is a creative professional specializing in marketing, writing and content production. TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedIn The post Social Media and Content Marketing Excuses Are Dead in 2015 appeared first on BEALEADER | BY LEADERS FOR LEADERS Scott Murray
 
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  • 10 Types of Learners You Can Run Into When Imparting Online Training [Infographic]

    Takis Athanassiou
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Here is an excellent infographic (developed by Shift) describing the 10 types of learners you can encounter when employ online training procedures. In a distance learning procedure, you can meet many different types of learners, each with his/her own characteristics and needs. Here is a  excellent infographic, described exactly these types of learners! Check it here! Related Posts:8 Steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard Infographic [Infographic]Instructional Systems Design [Infographic]The Rise of Online Education [Infographic]Instructional Design as a DisciplineThe Anatomy of a…
  • The Concept of Failure

    Takis Athanassiou
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:06 am
    The concept of failure is not as the failure itself. It relates on how you deal with a failure. Everyone in his/her life have to deal with one or more failures in various fields! The point is not what happens, is what you do with what’s happened! There is no fixed solutions or a standard formula relate to failure. The experience is different for different people and the way you cope with it, provide you with the  appropriate “skills” to correct the problems, you may create and remedy the situation(s) ensued! Failure is a disruptive way, forcing you to deal with a…
  • Do you know AIDA?

    Takis Athanassiou
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    Do you know AIDA? I had the pleasure to introduced to AIDA several years ago (it must be more than 20 years now. Well, time do fly!) and it never disappoint me! It,  I said? It! Yes, is not wrong! Not wrong at all. Or the act of my crazy spell-checker! You see, AIDA is not a she,  is an it! AIDA is a powerful technique and an acronym used widely in marketing and advertising, to describe the ways a viewer or reader engaged to an advertisement or to an event! Who AIDA Is? AIDA is an acronym, stands for the four basic triggers you should achieve with your writings, ads, etc in order to elicit:…
  • The Personal Cost of Entrepreneurship

    Takis Athanassiou
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:12 am
    Entrepreneurship is a complex concept with very simple (and humble) origin. It is basically the process of developing a business, company, startup, organization or venture aiming at bringing something new (and neededresource in the world! This is what I was thinking when I had finished the university and I still believe today. It is not about money. Or at least is not JUST for the money. Entrepreneurship, for me, is a disruptive process, aiming at fill in existing requirements (needs if you like) and manifest a new thingitem, commodity, resource, asset, etc) in the world. What…
  • 7 Tips To Boost Productivity [Infographic]

    Takis Athanassiou
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    This is a very interesting inforgraphic developed by Paul Manwaring of Internet Marketing Hustle. In this infographic, Paul describes various ways to help you make your mind and body more productive! 7 Tips To Boost Productivity by Internet Marketing Hustle Related Posts:What Is A Growth Hacker? [Infographic]PPC ID Card Printer Infographic7 Shocking Stats & Trends About The Internet [Infographic]The 7 Stages of Small Business Success [Infographic]Choosing The Right Productivity Tool For You [Infographic]Zemanta -Takis Want to read more like this from Takis Athanassiou? You can subscribe…
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  • EP69: Creating Magical Meetups at the Happiest Place on Earth w/ Lou Mongello (@loumongello)

    Ellory Wells
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    Episode 69 of the Empowered Podcast is Part 2 of a Live Events series and features blogger, podcaster, speaker and event coordinator, Lou Mongello. Today Lou shares his journey from attorney to Walt Disney World fanatic. He’ll teach us how to create successful (and magical) live events so we can take our businesses to the next level. Lou’s passion is contagious, and I can’t wait to share this episode with you. Thank Lou for being on the show! Lou’s Mission: To share my love of Disney with others Create Magical Live Events Enter your information below and I’ll…
  • Getting Back to Basics

    Ellory Wells
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    Over the past few week I feel like I’ve been spinning my wheels. I’ve been so focused on making tiny tweaks that I’ve ended up straying too far from the goal. It’s not about success or failure. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about losing sight of what I’m here to do. It’s about getting back to basics. Photo credit: to01 / Foter / CC BY-NC I’m a writer. I love sitting behind a keyboard, and even the occasional notepad, and writing. I love sharing my stories and lessons learned with the people who read them. However, during the last…
  • EP68: Starting a Mind-Blowing Meetup w/ Laura Elgueta (@ElguetaLaura)

    Ellory Wells
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    Episode 68 of the Empowered Podcast is the first in a series of episodes all focused on helping you grow your business, your brand, and your influence through live events. Today’s episode features mother, podcaster, speaker and Latina, Laura Elgueta. You’ll hear how you can start a local meetup in your area, the best way to do it, as well how live events can help boost your authority in any niche. Laura has created one of the most successful meetup groups for podcasters in the country. In today’s episode, she shares her best tips with us! To download Laura’s Tips to…
  • The First Things I Spent Money on as an Online Entrepreneur

    Ellory Wells
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:24 am
    After you’ve reinvested every dollar, and poured more blood, sweat and tears into your business than you could imagine, what do you do with your first dollars? While I love bootstrapping and even coach people on building lean businesses, I know sometimes you have to spend money to make money. If you’re wondering where to spend your first dollars, let me give you some insight on where I spent mine. Photo credit: Tom Wolf | Photography / Foter / CC BY-SA When I started my online business, I set it up to be profitable almost immediately. In 2012, I didn’t have any clue what a…
  • EP67: Focusing Your Energy and Eliminating Excuses

    Ellory Wells
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Episode 67 of the Empowered Podcast is all about directing our energy toward something that matters. We look at the misplaced passion people place in professional sports, as well as the excuses we come up with for not living a fulfilled life. The next 30 minutes aren’t for the faint of heart or the weak willed. I want to help you make the next 30 days your best yet, and it all starts with eliminating excuses. What you’ll hear about in this episode: Why sports could be killing your dreams Why we now have the best chance for seeing success in our lifetime Why there is no longer any…
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  • What You Don’t Have In Common With The Fastest Growing Companies

    David Mizne
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Yammer was sold to Microsoft for $1.2 Billion. Salesforce grew to $1 Billion in revenue in just 10 years. Google…well, because Google. All of these monoliths and other Inc. 500 and Fortune 100 companies practice management by objectives (MBOs) for goal-focused, company alignment. So what exactly is an MBO and how can it help you? The common themes for MBOs are: Create 3 to 5 company-wide objectives every quarter. Create 3 to 5 corresponding objectives for each team and individual employee. Implement metrics to measure the key results. Share with the entire company to increase…
  • Why I Would Rather Be A Janitor Than A Middle Manager

    David Mizne
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    I worked as a janitor once. It was the summer of 1995, between my junior and senior years of high school. Sure the job sounds glamorous, but it was actually pretty gross. The upside? I had zero supervision cleaning a beach-front mall, which meant that I spent most of my days nervously approaching bikini-clad girls and working on my tan. I bet my care-free janitorial experience is starting to look pretty good to some of you – even those in leadership positions. According to a recent Harvard Business Review Study of over 320,000 disengaged employees, middle managers are the most…
  • What Surfing Taught Me About Our Startup Team

    David Mizne
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s a warm morning in Sayulita, a sleepy town halfway down the western coast of Mexico. On this second day of our annual retreat, the entire team is walking towards the beach for a surprise adventure. A Mexican getaway may sound extravagant for a growing technology startup, but with a globally distributed team working remotely from as far away as Poland, meeting anywhere on the planet is a decent option. Our CEO David Hassell stops us under a cluster of palm trees to announce that we will all be learning how to surf in the warm waters of the Pacific that morning. David mentions that the…
  • How To Avoid Being Overworked To Death

    Tony Schwartz
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Capacity is the sort of flat, familiar word we don’t typically give a second thought. It’s also the key to a high-performance work culture and a sustainably productive life. Capacity refers to the maximum amount that something can hold or contain, but it’s also the power to produce or perform. It’s how much fuel you have available to get stuff done, but it’s also the quality of that fuel. There are no synonyms that fully capture the richness of capacity, but several antonyms hint in reverse at its power: limitation, inability, inadequacy, impotence. In practical terms, capacity is…
  • 3 Ways A Communication Tool Can Boost Employee Performance

    David Mizne
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Open, honest communication is the key to a healthy relationship. No, you weren’t accidentally misdirected to Online Dating Insider, I am talking about employee-manager relationships. For employees, communication with senior management and relationships with direct supervisors is a must. And for employers, having detailed information about their business from front-line employees can mean the difference between success and failure.“One thing almost every CEO told us is they’d like to have better visibility into what’s going on with their employees, because management often feels…
 
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  • Enlightened Leaders

    Scott Wilson
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Great leaders are often thought to be ultra-outgoing firebrands that burn the candle at both ends and postpone sleep until they are dead. While many of these leaders are highly motivated and driven to succeed, few are all-in all the time. For starters, we weren’t created to run at that pace for long periods of time. Those who try to live that stereotype generally burn out long before they really make a difference. Leaders think outside the box…Really? You dug up that old cliche?Click To Tweet Even so, the pace is definitely well above average. That is one of the traits of a leader…
  • Leadership Styles Infographic

    Scott Wilson
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    You know I love infographics. This one created by Kelly Services on leadership styles is nicely done and confirms what almost everyone in the developed world knows. Authoritarian leaders create terrible work environments (and workplace happiness matters!) and are generally ineffective and disliked. Seems the Europeans dislike authoritarian leadership styles as well and, unfortunately, seem to have even more of them than we do. LEADERSHIP STYLES MATTER!   The post Leadership Styles Infographic appeared first on Scott K. Wilson.
  • Know Your Audience – Communication Segmentation

    Scott Wilson
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    I once bought a tool that claimed to replace 7 other commonly used tools in my shop. It was a bold and audacious statement but it must have been true because they printed it right there on the box. What could be a better value? With this one reasonable purchase I could replace several other tools, saving time and money every time I used it. Unfortunately, the tool didn’t deliver. In retrospect, I probably knew that when I bought it. A tool designed to do many different things typically doesn’t do any of them extremely well. One of the biggest mistakes I see organizations make…
  • 5 Ways To Make Your Strategic Communications Plan Fail

    Scott Wilson
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    Every organization needs a strong Strategic Communications Plan. This plan should exist as a living document that is dynamic in nature. You can learn more about the concept here. The list of how a Strategic Communications Plan impact an organization is almost endless. THE PLAN CONTRIBUTES TO A LOT OF AREAS This Plan should (just to name a few): Drive communications projects (internally and externally) Clarify priorities of the organization Inform which audiences to target Drive messages to be communicated Identify and prioritize communications channels Provide a framework for media…
  • How To Sound Dumber Without Even Trying

    Scott Wilson
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are you a sesquipedalian? I hope not. But if you are, stop it right now. WHAT IS A SESQUIPEDALIAN? A sesquipedalian is someone who is “given to or characterized by the use of long words.” We’ve all come across them. They are usually people who value intellect above all else and feel the need to show proof that they are really, really smart. Unfortunately for me, these people are most prominent in academia and consulting, two fields that I work with regularly. The thinking is that the longer and more complex words you use, the more you give the appearance of intelligence.
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    Leadership through Horsemanship

  • Teachable Moment

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:33 pm
    “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”  ~ James Baldwin   Life provides a multitude of teachable moments, both for ourselves and for those children we parent and/or mentor.  And of these moments, there are many that deal with handling different types of adversity.  Some of the toughest of these are trying to provide perspective to our children about those situations where adults who are supposed to be role models are acting -- well, like children. Such a moment…
  • Selflessness

    17 Jan 2015 | 2:34 am
    “Non nobis solum nati sumus.(We are not born for ourselves alone.)” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero On Duties   One of the biggest things that owning an animal does for a us is to teach us selflessness.  Animals require constant care: feeding, bathing, grooming, exercising.  They get sick and need to be nursed back to health.  Animals require the gift of our time and our ability to observe and respond to their unspoken needs to ensure that they thrive and have a quality life.  In return for caring for our animals, we receive their loyal…
  • Reflections on the Year Gone By....

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:35 am
    "Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection." ~ Winston Churchill As we are in the Christmas Season and the end of year and with the new year just around the corner, it is a time of joyful anticipation.  It is also a time, as Winston Churchill noted, of reflection -- reflection over the year that has gone by and reflection on the year that is fast approaching. As I look back over the past year, it has been a maelstrom of events -- some of great sadness and loss but others of great joy.  I have witnessed humanity at…
  • The Season's Magic....

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

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free                    'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,And when we find ourselves in the place just right,                   'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.When true simplicity is gained,                     To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,To…
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  • WHE19: Transitioning to Tobacco-Free Workplaces | with Laura Higginbotham from Owens Corning

    Joe Sherwood
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Tobacco-free workplaces have become the norm, but what if your company still has older facilities that have permitted smoking and tobacco products for years? You may face serious resistance from employees, unions, and even local management to transition the facility to a tobacco-free workplace. How do you effectively engage employees and leaders to support the […]
  • WHE18: Redefining Chronic Disease Care | with Scott Wallace from Dartmouth

    Joe Sherwood
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Chronic medical conditions drive more than 75% of health care spending. However, people with a chronic condition typically get care through a health system designed for acute care — fragmented, episodic care triggered by an adverse health event. This episode discusses how employers can better engage the sicker portion of their employees and family members […]
  • 104: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing | with Liz Wiseman

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Is it possible to be at your best even when you are under-qualified or doing something for the first time? And after decades of experience, can you keep your skills from becoming obsolete and irrelevant, and recapture the curiosity and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges? With the right mindset, you can. For […]
  • 103: How to Use Bach Remedies to Become a Balanced Leader

    Joe Sherwood
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    On Engaging Leader, we talk a lot about who you need to be and what you need to do to be an engaging leader. But what if you keep catching yourself doing the wrong things? For example, you know you shouldn’t practice command-and-control management or act like the smartest guy or gal in the room. […]
  • 102: Storytelling for Leaders: How to Influence, Engage & Inspire | with Amanda Marko

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

    bmgadmin
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    The world is in desperate need of a new leadership model. Good leadership is, above all else, an act of service. All leaders must examine themselves to assess whether they’re acting as a servant leader or a self-serving leader. A self-serving leader will protect his or her status and respond negatively to feedback. Servant leaders consider their work for the good of others, and thus welcome feedback as a way to learn to provide better service. Servant leaders provide a clear vision, one that defines the group’s purpose-what you’re doing, how you’re doing it, and why…
  • The Best Leader We Ever Had!

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

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

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

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

    Sharad Verma
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Can India keep its promise to produce global leaders? Today, India celebrates its 66th anniversary of Republic Day. Its a great time to reflect back on the achievements of a young democracy that has been aspiring to take its place on world stage. For decades, the country has been dogged by conservative government policies, poor infrastructure, low human development factors and lack of a suitable investment environment. In this article, I look at what India has achieved, what we can be proud about and why India should aim at global leadership in the coming decade. Why India should aim at…
  • 5 single tasking activities that will increase your effectiveness

    Sharad Verma
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Single-tasking increases focus, makes us more mindful and calm. Here are five single-tasking activities that can help to slow us down and make us effective: 1) Reading books the old fashioned way 2) Gardening 3) Cooking 4) Writing – paper and pen 5) Walking Related postsBest of 2014: 15 amazing iPhone apps that can change your life32 interesting chess accounts on TwitterBeginner’s Guide to Planning Your LifeHow job hopping can sabotage your careerHow to send reminders that work: 10 surprising tips
  • 7 secrets to employee delight

    Sharad Verma
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    Employee engagement is the key to success for organizational growth. When employees are highly engaged it results in discretionary effort which in turn results in innovation, customer delight and profits. What exactly engages employees to go beyond the call of duty? Traditionally it has been pay, perks, pat on the back. Research has shown that the most talented employees look for intrinsic motivation from work. In a recent article, I wrote about such intrinsic motivators: 1. Happiness A great deal of research has been conducted on the science of happiness in recent years. Happiness is a…
  • 32 interesting chess accounts on Twitter

    Sharad Verma
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    There was a huge interest in following chess online with Magnus Carlsen (often called Harry Potter of chess) and the ever favourite, perfect gentleman and former world champion Vishy Anand battling it out for world championship. Here is a list of interesting chess accounts on Twitter that can be followed for people who enjoy chess: 1. @MagnusCarlsen – the champion himself 2. @vishy64theking – Vishy Anand 3. @anandcarlsen14 – official account of the world championship 4. @susanpolgar – fantastic commentary from a leading coach and player, very educational, extremely…
  • Best of 2014: my Top 17 talent articles across the web

    Sharad Verma
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    On SHRM global website: 1. Key HR trends for 2014 – this article talked about the key HR trends for 2014 2. 6 characteristics of high performing global teams – this article talked about the 6 characteristics that high performing teams demonstrate 3. Managing Asian talent – Asia is a diverse region and there are nuances in managing talent in the region 4. Leadership lessons from the SHRM summit – SHRM 2014 conference in New Delhi had many leadership lessonsp 5. CSR Awareness in India Raised by Legal Mandate this article features a comment from me On Head Honchos…
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  • Driving Innovation – Think Big, Start Small and Move Fast

    Dr. Jon Warner
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Clayton Christensen’s disruption theory, first introduced in 1995, suggested that major innovation redefines the segment or market it is aimed at and many start-up companies (such as Google, AirBnB and Uber to name just a few), have taken this theory very much to heart in their business models and attitude to innovation. But in recent times a new model has emerged. In the book “Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast”, three professionals from the Mayo Clinic take a more skeptical approach to disruption theory. Nicholas LaRusso, Barbara Spurrier, and Gianrico Farrugia, all of whom work for…
  • What Business Skills Are Needed to Be a Nonprofit CEO?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:56 pm
    By definition a nonprofit is a very different type of organization. In simple terms, it is one where the primary motive is not to make a profit, but to “recycle funds” so that the particular cause can receive the maximum possible contribution. Put another way, a nonprofit (NP) is an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its primary cause goals rather than distributing them as profit or dividends. This does not mean that the organization doesn’t make a profit, but rather that there are no owners to pay. To achieve this status, an NP applies for a tax exempt status with the…
  • Is De-Cluttering the Key to Greater Creativity?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:33 pm
    In the last 10 years, Neuro-science has had a lot to tell us about the process of how we think. And although we are gaining new insights every day, there are some clear implications for how we can better organize our lives, both personally and professionally. At the core of these new revelations is the knowledge that to perform at its best, our brain needs us to simplify and organize our external world or to de-clutter our lives as much as possible. If we do this well, we will reap many benefits, the greatest of which is the capacity to be much freer to be more creative. In this brief article…
  • The Meditative Leader

    Dr. Jon Warner
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:51 am
    In the business world in general, engaging in meditative practices most often tends to happen when referring to the need of a given person (and perhaps a leader in particular) who needs badly to de-stress or to find more inner peace when faced with high levels of pressure, and has tried many other approaches first. While this is often a reasonable strategy in such circumstances many business people either dismiss the idea of engaging in meditation as being too loose and “spiritual” to apply to their world or consider it to be too embarrassing to admit to as a regular and serious pursuit.
  • 7 Traits to Adopt to Become a Better Leader

    Lyndon Wingrove
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:31 am
    Any business, regardless of its industry and size, is only as strong as its staff, and for it to grow in a positive way, its staff need to grow as well. However, developing a workplace culture that allows an employee to become the right sort of leader is easier said than done, especially in a world where pressure is put on individuals and teams to achieve results as quickly as possible, regardless of the current circumstances they might be working in. In fact, there is a dearth of leaders of any kind – not just the ones who are confident, coherent in their vision and able to inspire…
 
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  • Share Like Gershwin

    Dave Stachowiak
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:56 pm
    It turns out that beginning as early as age four, we start losing our carefree inner child and begin the process of becoming skeptical and fearful of the world around us. Perhaps this is why we become more cautious about sharing, a skill virtually all of us learned as children. Today, the case for why sharing in a leadership context sets you apart from so many others. 88 Ways to Create Value One of George Gershwin’s pianos has been resorted to performance condition and donated to the School of Music at the University of Michigan. Here’s why this is news: They actually let people play it.
  • Be Brave Five Minutes Longer

    Dave Stachowiak
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    Ralph Waldo Emerson said: A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. This quote rings true when I think of great leaders I know and how they influence the world. Although many of them are bright people with solid experience, I also know plenty of bright, experienced people without effective leadership skills. The difference maker I’ve consistently noticed is in the enthusiasm and care great leaders demonstrate in asking the next question, challenging something that doesn’t seem quite right, and working for what’s best for their organization and team…
  • Changing Perspective is Maddening (and Worth It)

    Dave Stachowiak
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Monday’s Show 175: How to Know When to Move On I sent out a note to a number of people in the Coaching for Leaders community last week and asked a single question: “What are you struggling with?” to discover how to best serve you this year. A couple of people wrote back with comments and questions that centered around this theme: how do I know when to move on from a position? After giving some serious thought to my own experiences and those of my clients, I aired a show on Monday that walked through five indicators that may mean it’s time to move on. Here’s a link to the audio and…
  • The Secret to an Overnight Success

    Dave Stachowiak
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    Monday’s Show 174: Leadership Resources and More Community Questions Bonni and I kicked off the New Year with a Q&A show focused on Leadership resources. We fielded questions about attending training with your team, how to use a calendar and planner effectively, ways to engage people with online forums, handling mistakes, and more. Here’s the audio from the show and links to all our recommendations. Weekly Picks This week’s picks are intended to get you in the right mindset to hit the ground running in the New Year: 6 Ways to Be Efficient Dan Ariely has made a career out of studying…
  • My Best Conversations of 2014

    Dave Stachowiak
    31 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    For the final show of the year, I was thrilled to welcome my friend Donna Schilder back to the show. Donna has been running a very successful coaching practice for many years and we’ve worked together on a number of projects in the past. She was most recently on episode 101 to teach us how to get the most from LinkedIn. She detailed five power steps we can all take in order to handle bad behavior in meetings. The audio and notes are here and be sure to also check out the link at the bottom of this page from Donna with the downloadable PDF with even more details on the five steps. My Weekly…
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  • Replace Resolutions with Becoming Who You’re Meant to Be

    Leslie
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
     It’s that time of year again.It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions.You may try each year to make changes and improvements in your health, home, life, relationships, work, and more, but it can soon become frustrating and even overwhelming because of all things you want to fix.Usually, you hear advice about making a list of all the things you want to change or improve and then you choose the top one, two or three things to focus on. It’s not bad advice, but you can ask and answer a bigger question first so you can be more successful with fewer, but more notable and longer-lasting…
  • Smart Choices

    Roger MacRae
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    7 Essential Steps for Planning and Prioritizing with Confidence  You’ll be more productive when you make an effort to work more proactively – identifying and capturing all of your tasks and responsibilities, making informed decisions about what to do next (no matter what has recently come up), and negotiating your time.Here are 7 simple steps – including the WHY behind each step – to help you with the mental process of planning and prioritizing your tasks. When you finish these steps for the first task, you can run through them again for the next task and the next.And yes, some…
  • Vanishing Act

    Leslie
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Your Productivity Relies on How Well and How Often You Can Disappear Many professionals are uncomfortable disappearing for any length of time to get things done for fear of not being responsive or available to others, but this is unreasonable. Unless you’re in a position of customer service all day long, you don’t have to be 100% available all the time, every day.Are you 100% available when you’re…Outside of work and in the dentist’s chair?On an airplane flying somewhere?In a 1-hour meeting with a client?In a half–day or all-day conference?On vacation?If you said “yes” to…
  • Worry-Free Files

    Roger MacRae
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    What to STOP Doing with Your Files So You Can Save Time in Your Day  Over the years I’ve worked professionals who had tons of files and those who had almost none. One client referred to her credenza file drawers as “The Black Hole” and had confessed that she hadn’t been in those drawers for about three years. Now there’s a file system NOT to trust!If you don’t know how to set up or maintain a useful file system, it can cost you time later on when looking for things. Naming files can be challenging if it’s not your strong suit and over the years, I’ve worked with many…
  • How You’re Turning Your Back on Time and Why It’s Costing You

    Leslie
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Staying organized is one of the essential elements for productivity, but many people don’t really place a lot of importance on it, even though they want to be more productive and more successful. They don’t realize that NOT being more organized is costing them in surprising ways.You’ve heard the old saying before: “A place for everything and everything in its place.” It’s the backbone of organization: having reliable places to put things, where you can find them again and again, every time.But what if you’re NOT organized and you DON’T have a…
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  • U.S. Business in Cuba (Part 2 of 2)

    Tom Salonek
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    I was interested to learn Cuba has a “surprisingly robust biotechnology industry that makes a number of vaccines not now available in the United States,” along with boasting one of the largest deposits of nickel in the world. Sounds like the potential for importing may be as interesting to explore as any new Cuban exporting [...]The post U.S. Business in Cuba (Part 2 of 2) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • U.S. Business in Cuba (Part 1 of 2)

    Tom Salonek
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    Nothing seems to incite a capitalistic feeding frenzy quite as fast as the scent of a potential new market. I’m referring to President Obama’s year-end announcement about restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba. Since then, the media has been bursting with news about U.S. companies—from Iowa-based Caterpillar to global PepsiCo—that are developing strategies to introduce [...]The post U.S. Business in Cuba (Part 1 of 2) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Intertech Computer Science Scholarship

    Tom Salonek
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    With the New Year underway, Intertech’s scholarship is live. We’ll be providing a $2,500 scholarship for students entering or in computer science in a U.S. university. Here’s an excerpt from the Intertech website on the scholarship: One of the Intertech Foundation’s focuses is the inspiration of young people towards the building of science, engineering and [...]The post Intertech Computer Science Scholarship appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Giving the Gift of Health (Post 3 of 3)

    Tom Salonek
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Being innovative to create more four-way wins—integration between your roles at work, home, community and self—involves six elements: 1. Being results focused 2. Resolving conflicts 3. Not being afraid to challenge the status quo. 4. Looking for new ways of doing things. 5. Being creative with change 6. Creating an innovation culture If that list [...]The post Giving the Gift of Health (Post 3 of 3) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Giving the Gift of Health (Post 2 of 3)

    Tom Salonek
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    When 1,500 workers were surveyed by the American Psychological Association, 1/3 shared issues with their supervisor as a source of work stress. Canadian researcher Kevin Kelloway studied the effect of bad bosses and stated bad bosses can cause a human body to “pump out… stress hormones—just as it would if you were running from a [...]The post Giving the Gift of Health (Post 2 of 3) appeared first on Tom Talks.
 
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  • How to Create Strategic Relationships #iSocialTalks

    Brian Fanzo
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Relationships are important in this digital and social age we are living in but I’d argue they’ve always been important.  My good friend Ted Rubin has led the conversation on Return on Relationships and I 100% agree.  The problem is too many today are trying to take a shortcut in the relationship building process.  I share my thoughts on this and use examples from a book that had a major impact on me “Jab Jab Jab Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk.  There isn’t 1 jab in this book or 2 jabs, because each jab is important and when you take the shortcut and right…
  • Why Being An Underdog Is Great

    Cheval John
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    Being an underdog can at times be frustrating because many people do not believe that you will succeed. We see it almost every time in sporting events, especially in championship games where a team is heavily favored to win while many write off the other. Of course, being an underdog happens in real life outside of sports as well. Like when people label someone as not having a chance to succeed in life if they drop out of school and not obtain a college degree. The truth of the matter is if you are an underdog, you are in a prime position to prove the doubters wrong. Those same people who are…
  • Preparing for a Social Media PR Disaster

    Amy Tobin
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    In order to be successful on social media, companies must structure themselves to be social businesses, and use social media intelligence to make informed business decisions. That means they need to understand how to gather, understand, and implement the vast amount of information free flowing and customer volunteered through social networks. They need to be nimble enough to communicate their own messages via social channels, and they must adapt their internal structure so that this is possible. If they do, they’ll be more adept at handling the massive amount of information coming…
  • 140 Characters to (Twitter) Success

    Chris Barrows
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Earlier this year I wrote a piece  on LinkedIn about the value of Tweetchats and how they helped transform my career. I’ve referenced this particular piece on countless occasions on my own personal blog past six months and realized I wasn’t giving the full picture. It wasn’t just twitterchats that changed my career. It was the greater Twitter product as a whole. But how can a social networking tool change your life? How can a social network impact you to on such a level that you go as far as to say it changed your life? For me, this is how. Get to know the network When you…
  • Good to Great: Listen to Your Customer’s Voice

    Tamara McCleary
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:52 am
    Welcome to Part 5 of my blog series on Going From Good to GREAT.  If you haven’t read Part 1:Creating Core Values in the Relationship Economy, Part 2: Engage an Effective Vision, Part 3: Validate Your Employees or Part 4: Build a Village Through Relationships yet, I recommend that you read it for a little perspective and understanding of our conversation.  On the other hand, even if you haven’t read part 1, 2, 3 or 4, I’ve written the series so that each article is independent of the other parts.  If you have read my first piece, you might want to skip down a little lower to…
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  • Common Sense Selling: Don’t Waste Your Buyer’s Time

    Deb Calvert
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Three true stories from the past three days: 1) A lengthy email I received started with “Would it be okay with you if I sent you an email detailing all our services that you will find fascinating?” And ended with eight loooooong paragraphs detailing all sorts of services that were, for me, far from fascinating. They […]
  • Everyone Leads: A Goal and a Reality

    Deb Calvert
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Like it or not, believe it or not, everyone leads. The things we say and do have an impact on others. We influence others with our words and behaviors each and every day. It doesn’t require a formal title or a hierarchy to be in place. You lead, they lead, everyone leads. The real question […]
  • Common Sense Selling: Tell the Truth

    Deb Calvert
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    On a 4-legged sales call last week, I witnessed a seller tell a blatant lie to a buyer. The buyer knew the seller was lying, and the buyer shut down immediately after the lie was told. While debriefing the call with the seller, I asked about her rationale for saying what she did. Her response […]
  • The Most Important Part of Your Job

    Deb Calvert
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you are tasked with supervising or managing others, the most important work you do is people building. While the formal definition of a manager’s role focuses on getting work done through others, that overly simplified definition leaves out the longer-term necessity of people development. As you are getting the work done through others, you […]
  • Common Sense Selling: Every Interaction Counts

    Deb Calvert
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    It may be obvious, but it’s often forgotten. Every interaction with a customer counts. There is no free pass for a lapse in judgment. You won’t get a mulligan because you were in a bad mood. There are no second chances to preserve the image you initially constructed and conveyed. A single misstep can be […]
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  • February is the Month Dreams Die

    Jon Mertz
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    Before a year ends we gear up our resolutions. We dream about what “can be” or what we “should be” in the year ahead. For the 45% of us who make New Year’s resolutions, one of the healthy ones we make is to get fit. Thanks to social platforms we see this surge. The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook check-ins at health clubs surge 50% starting in December through late January. And then the February dip hits. There is a 10% drop in check-ins. Our resolution or dream of a healthier body and lifestyle fades quickly. Yes, February is the month in which dreams die. Is this…
  • 5 Tips for Building Creative Communities

    Heidi Oran
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    It’s no secret that Millennials are a creative bunch. In fact, we’ve been dubbed the most creative generation in history on more than one occasion. I see it clearly myself. Practically every Millennial I know is carving their own path. They’re making lemonade out of lemons. They’re diversifying themselves. They’re playing up their strengths and pushing through their weaknesses. All with the goal of expressing their creativity in some capacity. And I think creativity is inherent in all of us – not just Millennials – but unlike generations before us, we…
  • Sustaining the Conscious Millennial Leader Mission

    Jon Mertz
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    Deloitte conducted an extensive survey of Millennials around the world. With over 7,800 Millennials from 29 different countries, the voices of being conscious leaders begin to be heard. Who is a conscious leader? From a search within the Conscious Capitalism site, conscious leaders: “…understand that their role is to serve the purpose of the organization, to support the people within the organization and to create value for the all of the organization’s stakeholders. They recognize the integral role of culture and purposefully cultivate a Conscious Culture of trust and care.” Words of…
  • 10 Things This Millennial is Learning About Leadership

    Jeremy Chandler
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    There are certain things in life that you can’t fully comprehend or understand until you’ve experienced it… finishing a marathon, being married, having a child (or so I’ve heard), Disney World. Leadership is also one of those things. Growing up, I was always interested in the topic of leadership. I would ask my dad questions about it when I was young. I read books about it in high school. I minored in leadership studies in college. When I started my first job, I would take notes on things I learned from the leaders I worked for. While I’m incredibly grateful for those opportunities…
  • It Takes Two to Tango: Bridging the Boomer-Millennial Gap

    Guest Author
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Guest Post by Megan Dougherty According to Forbes, approximately one in every three employees in the U.S. will be a millennial by next year, and by 2025, they will represent 75% of the global workforce. There is no shortage of discussion about Gen Y quickly moving into the world of work. Even with just a cursory glance, it is so easy to find hundreds of articles explaining how to work with Millennials and what your company needs to do accommodate them and their desire to make a positive difference while bringing home the bacon. 4 Ways to Bridge the Gap and Tango While I cannot deny that the…
 
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  • Care About Employees, But Be Careful

    Jonathan Segal
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I have conducted a number of management training programs in which I have asked managers what they think employees expect of them. Among the most common answers: respect, recognition, consistency, fairness and open communication. All of these are necessary. But they are not sufficient. Less frequently raised is the reality that employees want to know that their manager cares about them. No employee wants to be “just a number.” Employees who feel cared for are more engaged. And, companies with engaged employees are more profitable. In her article “Lead with Love and You’ll Love the…
  • #TChat Preview: Should HR Be Split Into Two Branches?

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT). The #TChat radio portion runs the first 30 minutes from 7-7:30 pm ET, followed by the #TChat Twitter chat from 7:30-8 pm ET. Last week we talked about how authentic storytelling in the workplace impacts talent strategies. This week we’re going to talk about whether or not HR in the enterprise should be split into two branches. One of the hottest topics being discussed at the C-suite level is whether HR should be split into two distinct functions – one that handles administration and one…
  • The Connection Between Skills And Employee Engagement

    Tim Wright
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Employee Engagement: individual’s investment of wisdom, skills, energies, creativity and time in the work assigned. We have explored wisdom. Now let’s explore employee skills and their connection to positive engagement for job, team and company. What Skills Mean (definition) Skills means application of knowledge, wisdom, and dexterity to specific elements of one’s work assignments. The transition from product economy to service economy has not lessened reliance on skills. Companies hire specific abilities that achieve profitable results. These include manual or intellectual,…
  • #TChat Recap: Authentic Storytelling & Talent Strategies Define Your Culture

    Meghan M. Biro
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Authentic Storytelling & Talent Strategies Define Your Culture Authentic storytelling. Sounds like another buzzword, doesn’t it? Or is storytelling the new tenet of talent focused business in 2015? I believe stories build thriving communities and engage people to share. One might say #TChat is an example of a homegrown community of engaged people. A metaphor for what many future thinking brands see as a valuable form of communication for employees and customers alike. Authentic storytelling can be an amazing way to impact talent strategies. It takes commitment from leaders and teams to…
  • Twitter: The Great Global Collaborator

    Jessica E. Roberts
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Once upon a tweet, I was curious and a bit puzzled by the little blue bird. The social media network had a peculiar name and an even more peculiar personality. What was once a mere chirp in the cacophony of social media channels now boasts close to 1 billion registered users. Pretty impressive, until you find out only 30% of those registered users are active. Twitter, we have a problem. We are in The Social Age where cloud technology, social media, and mobile are changing how we do business and live our daily lives. We are more empowered and enabled to collaborate across time zones and…
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  • Getting Your Team to Get Stuff Done

    Jason Cortel
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:54 am
    Your team is the foundation of your management and the key that unlocks your success. They can power your greatness engine or they can sink you into failure. Building your team is the single most important thing that you will do and it can often be the hardest. Adopt a mindset of high standards and make sure that the team clearly knows them. Having clearly defined objectives is the best way to identify who is meeting these standards and who isn’t. These objectives will also help you outline development plans and measure each team member’s impact. Only the exceptional should retain…
  • 10 Success Factors for New Managers

    Jason Cortel
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    You finally received that promotion you had been working so hard for. You want to hit the ground running as a newly promoted manager. Surprisingly, management positions often come with very little guidance. Follow these 10 success factors to ensure your success as a new manager. Stopping gossip before it poisons your environment. Gossip will happen and can’t be eliminated altogether. Gossip that is evil and poisonous and that only serves to tear others down cannot be tolerated. Coaching, coaching, coaching is the only way you can truly grow your employees into the superstars they are meant…
  • Why Leadership is Best Behind the Scenes

    Jason Cortel
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    It takes a mature and confident leader to say I’m OK being behind the scenes. Being behind the scenes allows other people to shine. The primary objective for a leader is to bring out the greatness in others. How can a leader bring out greatness in others when the leader is shining too bright? How are they helping their followers when they are too concerned with their own advancement and achievements? When a leader is secure enough in who they are and comfortable enough with themselves they are able to operate behind the scenes. It is only when a leader is working behind the scenes that…
  • Tuesday Tip: Never Stay Silent with This

    Jason Cortel
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    We bite our tongues a lot and usually it is the right thing to do. There is one time you should never stay silent and that is when it comes to gratitude. Gratitude lifts people up. It energizes them to keep going. Gratitude can strengthen the loyalty and bond between people. You should never stay silent when it comes to gratitude. Get out your megaphone and amplify your words of appreciation. Some of the Benefits of Gratitude: Opens doors People will want to be around you when you openly express gratitude. This will open doors for you professionally and personally. Improves empathy Very few…
  • This Unequivocally Prevents Your Success

    Jason Cortel
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    “Success has no idle hands; affords no legs at rest.” – Johnnie Dent Jr. There is no greater enemy to your career success than complacency. Complacency is what keeps you from advancing, it keeps you from growing and ultimately renders you irrelevant. It single handedly will stall your engine of greatness. When you grow complacent your sense of urgency decreases. You lose your anxiety and fear, both of which are the truest drivers of motivation. I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t feel happy and content with how far you have come along. It is really important that you…
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  • "The issue is not the original commitment; it’s the infinite number of re-commitments."

    ZenMaster
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    What does it mean to be a Conscious Leader? To be engaged, present, and aware of what you are thinking and feeling. To be Mindful. Jim Dethmer's guest post on Dan McCarthy's Leading Blog has some down-to-earth advice about what it takes to be a conscious leader, in three steps with some choice quotes. 3. Choose to be Conscious "Conscious leadership is not accidental.  It is intentional...The issue is not the original commitment; it’s the infinite number of re-commitments." 2. Move from Blaming to Claiming "In every situation, conscious leaders notice their impulse to blame, to point a…
  • Discover Your Inner Leader: Reflections to Inspire and Motivate

    jlctaggart
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:15 pm
    1) Do you hesitate to make decisions and second guess the ones you do make? 2) Do you question your ability to motivate others and to create a team climate? 3) Do you worry that others have more talent than you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or even seemed unsure, then my newest e-book is for you:Discover Your Inner Leader: Reflections to Inspire and Motivate Each of us may put on a brave face at work, but we’re all human beings, each with our unique gifts and warts. To wonder if we have the right stuff to become a leader is perfectly normal and is actually an important…
  • 10 Characteristics that Separate Strong from Weak Business Leaders

    Vern.Marker
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Leadership isn’t new. We have always had leaders. The question is: How are some leaders more successful than others? Different practices, such as Kaizen, offer healthy approaches to making continuous improvements; while others, like micromanaging, can create very unpleasant work environments. Here are ten characteristics that undoubtedly separate strong from weak business leaders: 1. Educated New research shows that the best leaders are those whose skills are polished in classrooms. They go to school and are keen on increasingly enhancing their knowledge.  2. Adaptive Leadership is all…
  • How To Establish Leadership Through Your Personal Brand

    Amy127
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Personal branding is a difficult task in today’s age of countless options. It can be a real challenge to stand out from the crowd within your own target market. One of the best ways to achieve this differentiation is through thought leadership in your specific industry or niche. Establishing yourself as a thought leader leads to a very effective and powerful personal brand. Achieving this status takes a concentrated effort through a number of different channels, all of which can pay off not only for your personal brand but also for the growth of your business. Through Networking An often…
  • Are you guilty of any of these 20 Bad Leadership Habits? Here's a quick test

    PhilDourado
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Getting feedback in any venture you do is vital. It is impossible to truly see ourselves and what we do objectively. Fostering an environment where people feel comfortable telling you what your bad habits are is essential, but for your own sake you should be on the lookout too. These 20 bad habits are from Marshall Goldsmith's book What Got You Here Won't Get You There, which Dan McCarthy has written a blog post about this week. (It makes me feel better to think of other people I know who do these too. Then I don't mind finding them in myself.) After all, no one's perfect! Which of these 20…
 
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  • How Simulation Helps Leaders Find Their Balance

    Amanda Young Hickman
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    We see it all too often: Top level leaders who have all the strategic skills they need to make complicated business decisions, but lack the interpersonal skills required to gain them buy-in for those big ideas. For many, this lack of balance creates a real barrier to success. So, how do we ensure leaders have the balance of skills they need? It starts with understanding. While the idea of balanced leadership is one that’s widely accepted as common sense, it can be challenging to sustain. That’s because, while we understand the concept of a balanced approach, when we’re hit with an…
  • Simulating Disruptive Events: “What Happened at Sony Couldn’t Happen Here…Could it?”

    Laurel Tyler
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:46 pm
    This December the world watched the hacking drama at Sony Pictures unfold, and the real world handed us a “disruptive event” we couldn’t have made up.  When we use business simulations to teach strategic finance and strategic thinking to senior leaders, we often add a disruptive event to a final round to really challenge the participants’ strategic agility. Of course, one of the concerns with this approach is that it can seem unrealistic to suddenly encounter an unforeseen event with business changing short- and long-term consequences. Even when we do, our clients usually tell us,…
  • Two Behaviors New Leaders Must Lose

    Karen Maxwell Powell
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Being a new manager means facing new challenges and applying new skills.  However, in many cases it also means letting go of old habits.  Two of the most important behaviors that must be avoided are: 1)  being a passive bystander when it comes to strategic decisions and 2) being the “doer” in project work. Let’s start with strategic decisions. New leaders typically rise into their positions from an individual contributor role, in which they were assigned work and expected to complete that work as well as they possibly could.  As individual contributors, they may or may not have…
  • Are you a balanced leader?

    Amanda Young Hickman
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Leadership is a great balancing act: short term and long term; investment and return; innovation and efficiency; head and heart. Leaders relentlessly live F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous quote: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” Great leaders are not one dimensional. Great leaders—in politics, in society, in business, in athletics…pick your field of endeavor—function by balancing multiple dimensions of their perspective and their skill. Three dimensions are…
  • Developing First Level Leaders: Questions and Answers

    Amanda Young Hickman
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Karen Powell and I recently shared our thoughts on developing first level leaders in a webinar for members of the Human Capital Institute. The presentation generated a lot of questions and chat that we didn’t have time to answer during the session, so we’re sharing our thoughts here. Q – What is the right time in a new leader’s tenure to offer this kind of training? A – First level leaders need support at multiple points in their development. This training is most critical in the first 9-12 months a first level of leader is in the role as he or she develops her personal…
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  • Getting Your Team to Get Stuff Done

    Jason Cortel
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    Your team is the foundation of your management and the key that unlocks your success. They can power your greatness engine or they can sink you into failure. Building your team is the single most important thing that you will do and it can often be the hardest. Adopt a mindset of high standards and make sure that the team clearly knows them. Having clearly defined objectives is the best way to identify who is meeting these standards and who isn’t. These objectives will also help you outline development plans and measure each team member’s impact. Only the exceptional should retain…
  • 10 Success Factors for New Managers

    Jason Cortel
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    You finally received that promotion you had been working so hard for. You want to hit the ground running as a newly promoted manager. Surprisingly, management positions often come with very little guidance. Follow these 10 success factors to ensure your success as a new manager. Stopping gossip before it poisons your environment. Gossip will happen and can’t be eliminated altogether. Gossip that is evil and poisonous and that only serves to tear others down cannot be tolerated. Coaching, coaching, coaching is the only way you can truly grow your employees into the superstars they are meant…
  • Why Leadership is Best Behind the Scenes

    Jason Cortel
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    It takes a mature and confident leader to say I’m OK being behind the scenes. Being behind the scenes allows other people to shine. The primary objective for a leader is to bring out the greatness in others. How can a leader bring out greatness in others when the leader is shining too bright? How are they helping their followers when they are too concerned with their own advancement and achievements? When a leader is secure enough in who they are and comfortable enough with themselves they are able to operate behind the scenes. It is only when a leader is working behind the scenes that…
  • Tuesday Tip: Never Stay Silent with This

    Jason Cortel
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:04 am
    We bite our tongues a lot and usually it is the right thing to do. There is one time you should never stay silent and that is when it comes to gratitude. Gratitude lifts people up. It energizes them to keep going. Gratitude can strengthen the loyalty and bond between people. You should never stay silent when it comes to gratitude. Get out your megaphone and amplify your words of appreciation. Some of the Benefits of Gratitude: Opens doors People will want to be around you when you openly express gratitude. This will open doors for you professionally and personally. Improves empathy Very few…
  • This Unequivocally Prevents Your Success

    Jason Cortel
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    “Success has no idle hands; affords no legs at rest.” – Johnnie Dent Jr. There is no greater enemy to your career success than complacency. Complacency is what keeps you from advancing, it keeps you from growing and ultimately renders you irrelevant. It single handedly will stall your engine of greatness. When you grow complacent your sense of urgency decreases. You lose your anxiety and fear, both of which are the truest drivers of motivation. I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t feel happy and content with how far you have come along. It is really important that you…
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    RW McIntyre Leadership Notes

  • 2015 Challenge:Picture of Success?

    Ron
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Over the holiday’s I was thinking about what I believe, a picture of company success would look like if it were run in a new open and authentic way. In reviewing all the teams that I had managed over the … Continue reading → The post 2015 Challenge:Picture of Success? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 2015 Challenge: Best Practice Trap?

    Ron
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    In my experience when something is proposed as a best practice, then it implies that every other practice is inferior by default. However, if everyone is doing the same best practice, it leads to conformity. The uniqueness that makes up … Continue reading → The post 2015 Challenge: Best Practice Trap? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 2015 Challenge: When Not to Delegate

    Ron
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you struggling with making positive cultural changes? Does this look like a typical day in leadership heaven? One of your important projects is nose-diving into oblivion, it is going nowhere, and no one is calling it out. As the … Continue reading → The post 2015 Challenge: When Not to Delegate appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Revelation: It’s Not All about Authority!

    Ron
    4 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Today, many executives dream of ascending the ladder for the sole purpose of gaining more authority. Once they have arrived then they truly, believe they can make “things” happen which will create a change that they have in mind, usually … Continue reading → The post Revelation: It’s Not All about Authority! appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Loyalty – Has it ever been a factor in engagement?

    Ron
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    An interesting article by The Wharton School in June, 2012 regarding Declining Employee Loyalty started me thinking about this concept and the current management wish list of re-engaging employees. Much of what was discussed in this article had a foundation … Continue reading → The post Loyalty – Has it ever been a factor in engagement? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
 
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  • The One Question to Ask About Your Actions as a Leader

    Paul Keijzer
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Last week I was in South Africa facilitating a leadership conference for a client I’ve been working with across different countries for the past 6 years. It was a wonderful experience not only because I love working with him but also that the conference was held in the Pilanusberg Game Reserve. It’s an incredible ‘Big 5’ reserve with the opportunity to visit the animals early in the morning and have a BBQ dinner under the stars at the resort. I felt truly humbled and blessed. My client had asked me to facilitate a discussion with his leadership team on how they could…
  • 3 Controversial HR Issues You Should Think About

    Paul Keijzer
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Take a look at all the things that people are arguing about in the world of HR and you’ll have some interesting topics to think about. For example, Yahoo banned working from home last year which many felt was a step backwards for flexible work policies. Then there’s the debate on whether performance appraisals are on their death beds and the discussion revolving around whether it’s time to split the HR department or not. There’s really no right or wrong answer to any of these. It all depends on where your organization (and HR department) is in it’s level of…
  • Don’t Miss the Most Important Part of Performance Appraisals

    Paul Keijzer
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:09 pm
    If you work in a company that has some form of formalized HR, you’re most likely in the middle of your performance appraisal process. In some parts of the world, performance appraisals are on their death bed. In these places the limelight focuses on communication – regular updates that guide employees to improve throughout the year rather than a single grade at the end of the year. Whichever way you go, in my opinion, Asian companies (along with many other parts of the world) still need to heavily rely on performance appraisals. But by taking guidance from the changes…
  • 5 Common Sense Rules to Achieve Gender Diversity

    Paul Keijzer
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Did you know that a new Thomson Reuters report states that: Companies with greater gender diversity on their boards correlate with lower volatility in stock price. If anyone is still arguing about the importance of gender diversity in 2015, they should go back and read all the publications, research and reports in the past 5 years. We’re not getting into the importance of the topic. What I would like to consider today is how to use simple common sense rather than strategized programs to achieve gender diversity. This is important where budget, people and/or time restrictions can stop…
  • 2 Things All CEOs Should Do Before the End of January

    Paul Keijzer
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Many CEO’s I meet for the first time tell me they’re sure everybody in their leadership team knows the strategic priorities of the company for 2015. This is usually assumed because everybody attended a budget session where top team members presented and agreed on the numbers for the year. Unfortunately when I put this assumption to the test, by asking team members to list down the top 3 strategic priorities of the company, the results are often embarrassing. I rarely get a strategic alignment of more than 30%. Meaning that on average, out of the maximum number of priorities I could…
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  • Ways of Identifying Human Trafficking

    cjohnstonjax
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    January has been designated ‘Human Trafficking’ month. Coincidentally during the same month is an event that creates a peak season. As we near the end of January, and get ready to watch the big game on February 1st. The Superbowl is estimated to bring in excess of 500 million to the Arizona area. Under the lights of the stadium. In the shadows of the dimly lit streets. A secret lies waiting. Depending on the thousands of fans attending the game’s festivities. Innocence will be lost before the game ends. A 9.5 billion dollar industry will use the national spotlight to expand…
  • 2015 Survey Question Results Revealed

    cjohnstonjax
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    A few weeks ago I had asked my readers to provide some feedback on my blog. In creating a ten question survey I was able to get a good idea of what my readers wanted. This feedback will help me shape the blog and provide content of value. I hope you find this information of value as well and I invite you to share your insight as well. Question 1 – What is your age? This question is helpful in knowing what age group usually reads the content. 26.92% 45-54 19.23% 35-44 19.23% 25-34 15.38% 55-64 11.54% 18-24 7.69% 65-74 Question 2 – Are you male or female? 68% Male, 32% female…
  • Catty Shack Sanctuary in Big Cat Country

    cjohnstonjax
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    In the chill of the morning air, you can hear the animals awaken. As the fog breaks the crisp air comes alive. Set admidst a surrounding neighborhood in lies Catty Shack Ranch. Catty Shack has been the creation and ongoing management of Curt LoGiudice who began his journey with the big cats over 30 years ago. Curt was the first person I met that morning surrounded by chickens, horses and volunteers that were arriving. Catty Shack is run 100% by volunteers, people who have genuine passion for helping big cats have a forever home. I met with Catty Shack’s volunteer coordinator Jordan Joseph,…
  • A Dog Toy Worth Its Bite (Review)

    cjohnstonjax
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    For dog owners, more specifically for large dog owners, a good dog toy is hard to find. There is an ongoing challenge in finding a dog toy tough enough toy for your dog to play with. Many companies tout that their toys are ‘indestructible’ or ‘heavy duty’. Some even provide a ‘limited’ lifetime warranty. Anyone that has owns a bigger dog knows that well most just are biting off more than they can chew. I have had and currently have a strong chewer. Meaning no little stuffed toys with squeakers or tennis balls will do. The only toys she is allowed to play…
  • Ways to Use Excess Meyer Lemon Harvest

    cjohnstonjax
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you are like me the idea of growing your own fruits and vegetables is bountiful. Notice I said the “idea” was bountiful not always the harvest. I grew up on a farm so one would think I had a green thumb. Guess that is why it was a  cattle farm and not a corn field. I mean sure we had a garden, and a greenhouses for a while. But I did not a seem to get many of those traits. Now that I live in the suburbs there is not much space much less manure to have a harvest regularly. I have tried growing everything from broccoli to zucchini even grown fennel and Habanero. Usually the…
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    Steve Farber: Extreme Leadership

  • Come on Over to My House!

    Steve
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Some people think it’s strange that I invite my readers and clients to my home. Nothing could be further from the truth; it is, in fact, one of my favorite things to do. Here’s a little video about our next professional/personal shindig at Farberland. I hope you can join me! Watch the video here
  • A Personal Invitation

    Steve
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Attendance for The Certification Weekend is limited to a small group, so claim your spot now!   Click here for all the details!   Right now, there are only a handful of Extreme Leadership Facilitators on the planet, and you may have an opportunity to be one of the team. If you have the impulse, instinct, or inclination to get certified in The Extreme Leadership Workshop (whether you work for an organization, have your own coaching or consulting practice, or you’re just wanting to expand your own leadership capacity), I suggest that you consider joining me in San Diego this…
  • 4 Steps for Extreme Feedback

    Steve
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    It’s the oldest skill in the management texts: listen to your employees. Seek their input. But it’s not enough to ask for feedback; you have to be genuinely interested in the response—especially if you think you won’t like it. Those posing as leaders seek feedback because HR has ordered them to do it, not because they’re really interested. Extreme Leaders will not only use 360-degree assessments (which can be powerful tools when used effectively), but they seek extreme feedback face-to-face because they know they need it in order to be great. If you’re willing to hear the…
  • When Was the Last Time You Wrote One of These?

    Steve
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    When it comes to strumming the heart strings at work (or anywhere else), nothing beats a personal, hand-written note of thanks, praise, or gratitude–especially in these hyper-digital days of texts and email. Maybe it’s because of the manifest, tactile, 3-dimensional nature of ink and paper; maybe it’s because of the subtle presence of the writer’s DNA. You can hold the paper. Feel the fibers. Keep it as tangible evidence of your positive influence on others. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying the impact of the literal pen on the human heart. [Tweet…
  • The Love Assessment

    Steve
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    “Love is the ultimate motivation of the Extreme Leader: love of something or someone, love of a cause, love of a principal, love of the people you work with and the customers you serve, love of the future you and yours can create together, love of the business you conduct together every day.” —  From The Radical Leap How would you rate your own ability to Cultivate Love in the way you lead and work? Almost by definition, your self-assessment will be biased, but it’s a great way to begin to hold up a mirror and reflect on where you excel, and where you may need some…
 
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    Leadership Thoughts

  • 3 Leadership Skills I Learned From Gordon Ramsay

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

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

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

    Jeff Fernandez
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Digital Skills Transformation In a successful business people work together in unison. Even so, each employee needs the skills to succeed and the potential to develop. It is the team leader’s responsibility to grow and equip the team. Yet, there is one area often overlooked when developing employees: digital skills. A Digital Skills Shortage A McKinsey poll found that 21% of the average work week is unproductive because of insufficient digital skills. Put another way, that’s on average, a $10 Million loss each year for firms of a 1,000 or more employees. Despite companies from…
  • Tin and Wires: Data Centre Migration Master Class

    Donato Piccinno
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Ultimate Project Manager An exclusive to Leadership Thoughts, chapter 26 of Donato Piccino’s new book — The Ultimate IT Project Manager — Tin and Wires, Part 1: Data Centre Migration Master (DCM) Class. That ain’t working, that’s the way you do it – Money for Nothing, Dire Straits DCM is a three letter acronym that strikes fear into the hearts of the most hardened IT Project Manager. A DCM is probably the most complex IT infrastructure project in the world. Everyone’s doing it all the time, so best to learn all you need to know about the basics. Get it wrong and…
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  • 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,…
  • Lose (Verbal) Weight This Year

    Lisa Parker
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Because Sleek and Trim Messages Are More Popular! Yep, it’s true. Verbally skinny message are more popular, while verbally obese messages are ignored like the garlic dip on prom night. People who can be concise and still complete are 27% more likely to have their message repeated. OK, I made that number up in an effort to sound informative, but the fact remains that TMI (too much information) is a total turnoff and is one of the most frequently mentioned complaints that I hear from colleagues of the overly verbose. Since it’s January and we are bombarded with ads for diet pills,…
  • A Management Moment With…Eckhart Tolle

    Lisa Parker
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less! “The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.”  – Author Eckhart Tolle  Attention managers:   This month I have a 10-second tip for you.  Ready? Leave your Blackberry or phone in your desk when you go to your next meeting, workshop, or Town Hall event. Show people that you are most concerned with what is happening right here, right now. Set the example of presence. When we poll participants in our Executive Presence seminars, they…
  • Unwrap Your Presence

    Lisa Parker
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    It’s year-end. So many deadlines. So many distractions. We feel our attention divided between tying up loose ends from the past year, planning for next year, and managing the dozens of things that need to get done right now. Oh, and there are those holiday plans, shopping, special events…the fun stuff. Those demand attention, too. With all the stress that comes with December, how present are you throughout the day, really? If you’re honest with yourself, how often do you find yourself snapping back to attention during a meeting or conference call because your mind was busy…
  • A Management Moment With…Diane Sawyer

    Lisa Parker
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less! “It’s in the preparation — in those dreary pedestrian virtues they taught you in seventh grade and you didn’t believe. It’s making the extra call and caring a lot.” — News Anchor Diane Sawyer How did Diane Sawyer rise to the top of her profession? She put in the prep time so that her on-camera performances were both substantive and smooth. Here are 3 simple tips managers can apply right now to help their people — and themselves — achieve greater success in the limelight: 1. SET THE…
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  • Integrity is the Cornerstone of Leadership

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities.” Matthew 25:21 Integrity must be at the core of who we are as leaders if we’re to successfully inspire confidence in our teams. Because leadership is fundamentally about human relationships, integrity must be the very cornerstone of any leader’s foundation. In every aspect of our lives we depend on the integrity of others, and others do the same for us. We count on stores to give us fair prices, on students to do their own work, and athletes to play by the rules. That’s why it’s…
  • Teaser: Tune-In Next Wednesday 4Feb2015 at 9pm Eastern!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Tune in Next Week, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific) to the #GeneralLeadership Hour on the David Webb Show, SiriusXM Channel 125 for our special guest, Lt General Michelle Johnson.  Lt Gen Johnson is the superintendent of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and a 1981 graduate.  Along with being the first female superintendent of the Academy, Lt Gen Johnson boasts being the first female cadet wing commander and the school’s first female Rhodes scholar, having played varsity basketball throughout her entire tenure to become the women’s…
  • Act Like You are In Charge …Then Deliver!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    “There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power and influence. Those who lead inspire us.” Simon Sinek “Act like you are in charge.” I am sure that you have heard this at some time in your career. What does it mean to you? Does it mean that you have to storm around the office using a stern, gruff tone? Does it mean that you are unreasonable and unpredictable because you can be? Should people scurry to their desks when you arrive or walk through? My experience says that you don’t have to “act like you are in charge”; you should just be “in…
  • Monday Quote:

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” General George Patton … Read the rest The post Monday Quote: appeared first on General Leadership.
  • What If?

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    “We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs.” Bill Clinton I’ll admit I fell asleep in history class a few times. I remember one particular college professor lecturing at length about the British Corn Act of 1855 (or maybe it was some other vegetable he was talking about). Sure enough, minutes into his rambling I felt the fuzzy feeling that afflicts so many students of history begin to wash over me. My eyelids grew heavy, and before long, I was unconscious—an unwitting victim of BHA, Boring History Affliction. But history need not always be so paralyzing.
 
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  • 5 minutes with Mr. Russell Simmons

    Elena Iacono
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    I was so lucky to meet and sit down with Mr. Russell Simmons this week in Miami. Who knew 5 minutes with this man could change your outlook for life? Check out my latest YouTube clip - I share something he reminded me of.     A unique blog piece sharing my encounter with Mr. Simmons will be shared with you next week!   _______ Follow me on Twitter: @4epicomm  The post 5 minutes with Mr. Russell Simmons appeared first on EPICOMM.
  • A grammar lesson for the ages.

    Elena Iacono
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:48 pm
    It was a heavy week last week. And what happened in Paris will trickle into the future for years to come. Think about it – imagine having to second guess every expression you make throughout your day. Worse. Fearing of what could come if you say one thing over another. I mean, we go to work everyday and can count on the fact that our office places are secure. And I’m sure from time to time we all make contentious statements that raise eyebrows. Rustle feathers. But the only threat we face is a rebuttal. Do I want to comment on the political/religious/social/economical nature of…
  • The 2014 jealousy list.

    Elena Iacono
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Here’s a roundup of everything I wish I wrote this year..but incredibly glad these incredible minds did.  And yes I’ve read all.  And yes all have profoundly influenced me.   **In no specific order** Time is Relative – Tom Asacker Everything else written by Tom Asacker – http://tomasacker.com/ Everything written by Roy Osing - http://www.bedifferentorbedead.com/blog Everything written by Seth Godin – http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ What They Don’t Teach You About Mindfulness at Business School – Martyn Newman CEOs suck at trust – Barbara Brooks Kimmel The Culture…
  • Challenge recap

    Elena Iacono
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    Missed something during the 21-day communication challenge? No problem. I’ve included the links to all tips shared between December 1 to December 21. 2015 – it’s all yours. __________________________ 2015: All yours.  Free your mind.  No flex zone.  Your word.  Your best.  Know.  Be copied.  Rapport.  Stay hungry.  The problem with yes.  Your everything.  Embrace boring.  Name drop no more.  The problem with hope. Always time for input. Hear to listen. Let it go.  ____________ Follow Elena on Twitter: @4epicomm              …
  • 2015: All yours.

    Elena Iacono
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    This blog article concludes the 21-day communication challenge. Every day from December 1 to December 21, insight was shared to help you build a better workplace for 2015. How? Just start with yourself.  2015: All yours.  Leadership has nothing to do about hierarchy. Being an effective communicator has nothing to do with accreditations or godly super powers. It’s all about prioritization. About tapping into basic human elements that sometimes, unfortunately, we forget about. That’s all. 2015 is all up to you – how much you want to exceed is all up to you. Success is about numbers,…
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  • The Benefits of Being Direct

    Brittany Nader
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Lewis Denbaum One of the best ways to get what you want is to be direct. Clearly ask for what you want. Be polite, not apologetic. What do you want, exactly? Describe the end result or deliverable in as much detail as is necessary for the other person to understand what you wish for and expect, To do this properly, you need to be precise about what you want; think it through carefully so you can articulate it unambiguously. When do you want it by? Again, be precise. “By Monday” is not precise enough, unless you are OK with delivery up till 11:59 p.m. Monday night. A more…
  • Help Wanted: The Demand for Data Scientists and How to Tap Big Data

    Brittany Nader
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Bobby Koritala Data Scientist. It’s one of the most in-demand professions in the market, with major organizations clamoring to put one on their staff. Unfortunately, so few of them even exist. That’s according to statistics from the National Center for Education and the Wall Street Journal, both reporting that chief information officers are seriously struggling to fill the coveted role to analyze big data. McKinsey Global Institute consultant Michael Chui told WSJ reporter Clint Boulton that his study estimates between 140,000 and 180,000 data scientist positions will remain unfilled…
  • Michael Williams, CMO, Grand Prix America, Formula 1, Interview with Dov Baron

    Brittany Nader
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Dov Baron, host of Full Monty Leadership Radio, interviewed Michael Williams, CMO at the Grand Prix of America, Formula 1, during the C-Suite Network Conference in Marina del Rey about the importance of storytelling in marketing and while the title of CMO may need to change in the future. Did you know that there is going to be a Grand Prix Race in New York? Imagine the logistics of trying to put together a Grand Prix with the city of New York as your backdrop… mind boggling. That’s what Michael and his team are doing. What would it take for you to be the kind of leadership…
  • Executive Perspectives Launches Today on C-Suite TV

    Brittany Nader
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Premier Episodes Feature the BlogHer Executive Team and LaVar Burton and Mark Wolfe of RRKidz C-Suite TV announced today its newest business show Executive Perspectives featuring Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins, the founders of the online community BlogHer. Executive Perspectives is hosted by C-Suite TV founder Jeffrey Hayzlett, and spotlights business thought leaders and innovators in interviews recorded before live audiences at marquee business events. Executive Perspectives joins a strong lineup of business programming on C-Suite TV including C-Suite with…
  • Leading and Communicating Organizations through Big Change: Part 2

    Brittany Nader
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Bob Domenz Change occurs within organizations every day, and it is the C-Suite’s responsibility to adapt and lead their teams through it. What happens with a Big Change jolts the company and propels it in an unexpected new direction? Read Part 1 for tips on navigating the six steps of an organizational swirl and taking the first steps to prepare your communication plan. Based on our work in helping dozens of mid-market and Fortune 500 leaders and their companies use Big Change to transform their businesses and brands, we’ve identified four root causes behind failed change…
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  • Are you assertive or just arrogant?

    AIM
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Many people think of assertiveness as a form brash confidence that is used liberally to win arguments and get results that are beneficial to the individual but not the group. However, assertiveness is a very necessary trait to ensure that everyone in a group gets the results they need. Assertiveness is a way of thinking, behaving and reacting to others that allows you to stand up for your rights while also respecting the rights of those around you. The needs and feelings of others are quite often different to our own, and how we communicate our own wants and needs with consideration to the…
  • Management Article Round-up

    AIM
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Enjoy a weekly update of all the latest and most interesting management articles gathered by AIM’s Twitter. For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau. In praise of inconspicuous leadership (via @mgissues) The Small Steps That Have a Big Impact on Achieving Goals (via @knowledgwharton) Defensive Behavior and the Bosses That Provoke it (via @scramm @stratandbiz) AIM’s Young Manager of the Year @TheFinnReview gives two great tools to improve workplace culture (via @SmartCompany) The quotes that motivate the most successful people (via @gwenmoran @FastCompany) How a…
  • Two great tools to improve workplace culture and team morale

    AIM
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Guest post by AIM’s Young Manager of the Year, Finn Kelly I have learnt that most people have some value that they can add to the world. Unfortunately due to societal structures, lack of confidence, the fear that you may be wrong or someone will criticise you, often people don’t speak up and their ideas stay in their head. If you want to grow an entrepreneurial business it is vital that you create an environment where your team feel comfortable to openly say anything they feel or any ideas they have. If you do this, you will get the true value out of everyone in the team and you never…
  • Is Emotional Intelligence the Key to Effective Leadership?

    AIM
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    The concept of Emotional Intelligence exploded onto the scene in 1995 with the release of Daniel Goleman’s work “Emotional Intelligence – Why it can matter more than IQ.” The discovery of EI served to be the straw that broke the back of the idea that IQ was the sole source of a person’s success, and provided the missing link that solved the question of why those with average IQs would more often than not outperform those with high level IQs. Emotional Intelligence: The Other Kind of Smart Emotional intelligence is much more difficult to quantify than IQ, being made up of…
  • Management Article Round-up

    AIM
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Enjoy a weekly update of all the latest and most interesting management articles gathered by AIM’s Twitter. For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau. 15 Procrastination-Beating Techniques to Boost Productivity (via @Inc) Which Is More Important – Authenticity Or Charisma? (via @Forbes) Why our brains don’t respond to our attempts at habit change (via @FastCompany) What Are the Limits On Workplace Transparency? (via @HBSWK) Hiring for Cultural Fit at the Top (via @stratandbiz) To ‘Think Like a Freak,’ Start with These Three Words (via @knowledgwharton) 12…
 
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  • Coaching the Humble: Invest in Your Rookies

    Liz Wiseman
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In many organizations, coaching has become the go-to tool for executive development. For many executives, an executive coach has become a status symbol or a benefit that they are entitled to. Forbes reports that spending among corporate titans, such as GE, Goldman Sachs, and Google, totals $1billion per year in the U.S. alone.[i] Is this investment in coaching being made wisely? Most companies spend considerable energy ensuring this investment is being made with the right people. But are we making these investments at the right time? In far too many cases, precious resources are wasted on…
  • Feedback is a Two-Way Street

    Jeremy Unruh
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    For some people, the term “feedback” is like a four-letter word, perceived as a euphemism for judgment and even condemnation. Because of that, people often shy away from both delivering and receiving feedback, but that becomes a lost opportunity. Because, in fact, feedback is also about praise and recognition; it can be a very positive and powerful tool, and it can be useful for fine-tuning skills, improving communication and collaboration, and motivating your employees. Of the companies that wish to establish a developed feedback program, many engage in a 360 feedback program, but do so…
  • How to Identify your own Weaknesses and Grow as a Leader

    Jeremy Unruh
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Although some leaders might assume that their ascension to a leadership role indicates the company’s valuation of their strengths, they would do well to be ready to identify weaknesses so they can continue to learn and grow even more. Certainly, a leader’s strengths are important and a likely base for reasons behind their being promoted. However, many times (for example, in sales organizations), what’s required for success in the leadership role is much different from—or even completely opposite of—what their previous role was. To become skilled at the requirements for the new role…
  • 4 Ways to Prepare Millennials for Leadership

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

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

    Jim Morris
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    If you think it’s hard to differentiate one consulting company (like our firm, Moementum, Inc.) from another now, just wait; the market has been and is continuing to grow, and micro-consulting companies are predicted to proliferate in the next few years. Note: for the purposes of this blog, we are lumping companies that do everything from strategic growth to management and leadership training to facilitation to coaching under one heading: “consulting”. Why the sudden proliferation? There are lots of reasons, most notably, the 2008 recession. Many professionals whose positions were…
  • Heart and Head

    Moe Carrick
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” - Nelson Mandela - I always wanted to be a doctor. My grandfathers John and Ken were doctors. My Aunt and my Mother were nurses, and science and medicine fascinated me. I have clear and vivid memories of my grandfather’s pediatric office with the measuring stick and the otoscope, and when my Mom was studying nursing I delighted in learning the bones of the hands and the feet alongside her. My father was an architect, and my brother an engineer. Though medicine called to me, it seems genetics skipped a beat with math and…
  • The Value of Ah-So-Ko (Play at Work)

    Moe Carrick
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:14 pm
    When was the last time you laughed out loud at work over something spontaneously fun? Do you and your colleagues ever pause to do something that does not necessarily have a practical purpose? Have you ever thought about elevating your employee’s productivity, satisfaction, and engagement by encouraging them to play? A few weeks ago a colleague came to visit and over dinner we reminisced and laughed out loud at some of the spontaneous activities that routinely happened at our former workplace. We started playing an old favorite, Ah-So-Ko (“an ancient samurai game—Google it!) which…
  • Lipstick on a Pig: Is Your Organization Running Lean or Merely Short-Handed?

    Jim Morris
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    Many organizations that brag about being “lean” with respect to employees, aren’t. They’re short handed, and saying “lean” when  they are really short handed is like putting lipstick on a pig; you can try and make it look good but no matter what you tell yourself, its still ugly. Talk about ugly; being short-handed for too long erodes a company’s value. THAT’s ugly. In the aftermath of  the 2008 recession, companies are taking a closer look at how they manage employee headcount than ever. This of course is an excellent idea. The biggest variable expense in most…
  • Owner’s Obligation: Integrity and Profit

    Moe Carrick
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    How fortunate we are to have several clients be outrageously successful over the course of their work with our firm? It feels really good when inspired leaders in great companies succeed in getting culture, strategy, engagement, product, and leadership right and begin making money. To the CEO’s and ownership groups of these companies, however, wild financial almost always necessitates a conversation about how much to involve all employees in the material gain. Should we allocate a percentage of profit to be split amongst all employees? What amount should owners’ take off the top? Is it…
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  • Things That define Me

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:03 am
     By Somali K Chakrabarti   My experiences, learning and thinking define me As I sat down to write this post, I asked myself ‘What do I value most?’ The realization dawned upon me that what I value today is very different from what I valued some years back. Who I am as a person today is not the same as who I was even five years back. However, what has remained relevant all throughout is the fact that I have allowed myself to learn, evolve, change and challenge my own thinking. The sum of my experiences, and what I have learned from them define me. Books have broadened my horizon,…
  • 10 Quotes on Nurturing Talent

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
     By Somali K Chakrabarti How many times while reading a gripping book, or while seeing an awesome movie, or while watching an interesting game have you been completed fascinated by the performance of the artists, singer, writer or player and wondered at what makes them so amazingly talented. Blessed are the people who are born with unique talents and are more gifted than others. When talent is honed and nurtured with rigor and discipline, and presented with the right opportunities, it leads to extraordinary results. Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it,…
  • Jana Gana Mana – From Morning Song to India’s National Anthem

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:10 pm
     By Somali K Chakrabarti Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people, Thou Dispenser of India's destiny. Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people, Dispenser of India's destiny, Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind, Gujarat & Maratha, of Dravida, Orissa and Bengal, It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas, mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges, and is chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea. They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise, Thou dispenser of India's destiny, Victory, Victory, Victory to thee. English translation of India’s National Anthem…
  • The Great Indian Litterbug

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:16 am
     By Somali K Chakrabarti Litterbug is the name; to litter is his game. He is one you will adore, for his qualities galore. This is the story of the 7 year old little Litterbug Cute little Litterbug is just back from school. Hungry as hell, he throws around his bag and yells for food. His doting mother hands over an apple and some bananas to him. The little Litterbug eats the half apple and throws the other half right out of the window. ‘My son will grow up to be a great cricketer one day. See how he strives to perfect his aim!’ Mother Litterbug utters aloud drooling over the antics of…
  • Believe in the power of ‘And’

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:22 am
     By Somali K Chakrabarti ‘AND‘ –  the simple 3 lettered word represents the spirit of empowering yourself to pursue different tracks, without having to turn your back on one path for choosing the other. One dimensional labels have, for long, been used to typecast women. Time and again you are told that you can be either a successful homemaker OR a successful professional, a caring woman OR an ambitious woman, a demure woman OR a brazen woman. Unfortunately such stereotypes are painfully restrictive, leave women with little choice, and have dissuaded many women from…
 
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  • The invisible oil in business

    Ying Ying Shi
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    If we think of business as a machine, we can think in terms of its physical infrastructure and its processes. Problems might emerge in both of these fronts. In the first case, the complication could be, e.g. the dysfunction of a division. … Read more →
  • Leaders’ sight health

    Ying Ying Shi
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    With new year starting, have you done a health checkup? For leaders, health is of utmost importance, but no doctor other than you can tell how your mental sight health is. Read further to know what I am talking about … Read more →
  • Communication: What did you just say?

    Ying Ying Shi
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    “The communication we all need” is one of the most popular posts on my blog. In the following, I will expound additional ideas about the most interesting human art and the most effective lubricant for all interpersonal interactions. “Communication is the transporter … Read more →
  • Times of uncertainty

    Ying Ying Shi
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    The world does not disappear when you close your eyes. The illusion that everything will remain the same is at best temporary. When you open your eyes, the world presents itself with a new appearance and from different lights. Uncertainty … Read more →
  • Business Partnerships: The Process

    Ying Ying Shi
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    When we think about the multitude of players in the market, we tend to think about competition. This would however imply that we are the only ones pursuing our goals. If we slightly changed our mindset, we would realise that … Read more →
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  • Managing Employees in Remote Locations

    Tim Sieck
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    The art of managing a group of individuals is hard enough when they spend all day in the office with you. Now imagine  taking all those challenges and apply them to a workforce that is distributed across time and space and you get a completely different scenario that you may not have a great deal of experience dealing with.  What do you do? Remote Employees are Still Employees Don’t make the mistake of equating distance with absence.  Just because you don’t see an employee every day or talk to them on a regular basis, doesn’t mean they can be forgotten.  Just like…
  • The Night Before Christmas at The Office

    Tim Sieck
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Twas the night before Christmas and all through the office Not a keyboard was clicking not a tweet in the air The website was up and the servers were humming In hopes that new customers soon would be there.   The employees were leaving with bonus in hand with visions of vacations to far off lands. And the VPs were huddled in conference room B hoping to get out, their families to see.   When down in the warehouse there arose such a clatter We sprang from the table to see what was the matter. Down past the lunchroom we all did run right past Joe the Janitor who was dressed like a nun.
  • Is Your Engagement Survey a Strategic Tool?

    Tim Sieck
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Not too long ago, a leader of a pretty good sized organization said that she should probably think about doing an employee engagement survey at some point to see how people “feel”.  While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with finding out how people feel, this statement sums up where many leaders rank the importance of engagement or satisfaction surveys.  Often, this data becomes the property of the human resources department and that’s where it goes to die. Unfortunately, this is a short sighted view of the engagement survey process and its value to the organization…
  • Five Career Myths That Can Hamper Your Growth

    Tim Sieck
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Career advice comes in many different forms, and from a variety of sources (including your mother).  If you are not careful, the advice flying at you can become overwhelming at the least and career damaging in the extreme.  Having listened to a good amount of this advice being given and acted upon for several years now, there are five career myths that need to be debunked before they derail your professional growth. Working for an organization with a clear career path is important – Organizations that have set career paths for employees can actually limit your career growth.  It…
  • The Difference Between Praise and Feedback

    Tim Sieck
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    First, the good news.  Managers are really good at giving praise to their employees.  Now, the bad news.  Most of the time the manager mistakenly thinks they are giving positive feedback when they dish out that praise.  The problem is that there is a big difference between praise and positive feedback, and managers need to understand the difference if they hope to be effective.  Here’s a quick look at both: Praise Praise is a general “feel good” statement to your employee.  It’s not specific enough about job performance to let the employee know what he or she is…
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  • Ways of Working

    Brigitte Kobi
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Some days ago I read an article about the pros and cons of multitasking which made me think about the efficiency of the two methods. Multitasking versus Singletasking First of all it could depend on the kind of work we do. Let’s say you are an accountant and you are… Read More
  • Style. Just in Time.

    Brigitte Kobi
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:04 pm
    In this week’s post I am going to indulge my hedonism and hope you join me. As you might know I am crazy for stylish articles; no matter if it is about architecture and furniture, fashion, art or jewellery. Today we will talk about one of the most stylish traditions… Read More
  • The Power of Freedom

    Brigitte Kobi
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Quite some time ago I wrote an article about power; a positive force with a bad reputation. Last week’s events are still shaking the world since they show the worst case of misuse of power. Of course I am talking about “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris. Even Google put a remembrance… Read More
  • 101

    Brigitte Kobi
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:07 pm
    I trust that you arrived safely at 2015 and enjoyed the holiday season. May I confront you with some statistics for a start? Leadership & Lipstick proudly present article number 101. I cannot believe it myself but the last article of 2014 was indeed the hundredth one. Not that I… Read More
  • A Happy New Year

    Brigitte Kobi
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    After our last week’s excursus to the nature of happiness I hope you identified your “style of feeling great” and wish you for 2015 what you wish for yourself. I’ll be posting again on January 6th. All the best and take care. Brigitte Kobi Read More
 
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  • Pursuing a Career in Consulting? Andy Ahern Offers Advice for Success

    A.W. Ahern
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    There are more than half a million consultants who work in the United States – consultants can help in big ways with making sure a company stays on the right path, whether it be with finances and accounting or with human resource management and planning. Andy Ahern, CEO and Founder of Ahern & Associates, spoke with Gillian Kruse during a recent interview for CBS Local’s Let’s Get To Work segment and shared sound advice, tips, and information for everyone who is interested in consulting. Education and Early Beginnings Andy Ahern received a double major in business and business…
  • Why Benchmarking Alone Isn’t Enough for Proper Cost Analysis

    A.W. Ahern
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Carriers in the trucking industry today are actively looking for ways to combat the rising costs of operating their businesses, but they often do not fully understand proper benchmarking, cost analysis, and profit management are intertwined. Without understanding true costs and using benchmarks as just that – benchmarks – carriers and owners will struggle to effectively analyze and reduce their costs. Benchmarking A popular, and possibly overly-stressed, component of profit management is benchmarking. Although it is certainly important for carriers to review industry averages in…
  • Three Steps To Keep Your Trucking Company Ahead of the Curve

    A.W. Ahern
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Trucking companies seem to continually face pressure to continue to be profitable, compliant, and stay ahead of the curve. While we’ve covered many ways in which trucking business owners and transport consultants can try to remain profitable or improve their bottom line, we wanted to delve into three specific ways that trucking companies need to adapt in order to stay ahead of the industry and remain profitable, not only surviving, but thriving in a challenging economy. From political pressure to physical resources, we’ve outlined three ways that can help trucking businesses streamline…
  • Highway Hero Award Highlights The Good Truckers Do

    A.W. Ahern
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The Mid-America Trucking Show is one of the largest trucking shows in the USA. Far too often we forget about the great things that are happening everyday in the trucking industry. We get caught up in the complexities of new regulations and day to day operations that we forget to look for that silver living. This month, the silver lining at the Mid-America Trucking Show was the Goodyear Highway Hero Award of 2014. The Highway Hero Award brings recognition to the extraordinary feats of bravery and selflessness present in the trucking industry. This year’s winner was one Ivan Vasovic, a truck…
  • Truck Drivers’ Satisfaction Remains Strong in the Face of a Difficult Economy

    A.W. Ahern
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:17 am
    In the past, we have talked about the driver retention problems that most companies are facing, and how driver retention is one of the biggest concerns in the industry today. The times have not been particularly kind to trucking businesses over the past year: the Hours of Service regulations have exacerbated truck driver shortages, weather conditions in the United States were abysmal thanks to one of the hardest winters in recent history, and new young truck drivers entering field were few and far between when compared to other years in the past. Luckily, it looks like the trucking industry…
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    Todd Kaplan

  • Elizabeth Holmes: The Youngest Woman Billionaire You’ve Never Heard Of

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    She’s been named as the female counterpart of Mark Zuckerberg and the youngest self-made billionaire but less well known. Though not everyone’s heard of her, Elizabeth Holmes has taken the world by storm by revolutionizing the healthcare landscape. Like the majority of all tech billionaires, she also dropped out of Stanford University to launch her startup business making it all the way to the top while changing the lives of people. She found an enormously inefficient process that millions, if not billions, of people use, but no one ever thought of modernizing. That’s the dream of every…
  • “Corporate Raider” Carl Icahn and His Mastery of Adversity

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    Carl Icahn had been known as the world’s “corporate raider” because of his astonishing acquisitions. Fighting for shareholder’s rights, he once wrote on his blog in 1988, “A lot of people die fighting tyranny. The least I can do is vote against it.” His contributions to the financial sector were exceptional. His courage and faith in what he believed in were truly admirable. Amid the adversity in his life, he rose up out of any situation because of this bold personality. As of March 2014, he has an estimated net worth of $23.4 billion and is considered as the richest man on…
  • Halle Berry: Overcome Adversity for an Award-winning Life

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    Halle Berry is the first African American to win an Academy Award for best actress. But before reaching the pinnacle of success, she was known to have faced and overcome adversity. Halle was born in 1966 to Jerome Berry, an African American, and mother Judith, a Caucasian. Her father worked at a hospital as an attendant, where he met her mother who was a psychiatric nurse at the time. The home where the Berry sisters were raised has been described as an abusive one caused by her father’s heavy drinking habits. Her parents divorced when she was four and her mother was left to raise Halle and…
  • Reid Hoffman: Successfully Linking People Despite Adversity

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    “We were going to call it Colleaguester, but that sounded kinda weird.” — Chairman and Co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman In 2003, Hoffman and his colleagues officially launched LinkedIn, an international social networking site intended to connect professionals around the world.  As an entrepreneur, Reid believed that establishing one’s network is a vital key to succeed in the business world. As a student, Hoffman wasn’t that keen on establishing networks with people.  He even considered himself a “loner” in his college years with only five friends at most.  Clearly, he…
  • The Life and Works of Steve Jobs Through Adversity and Success

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Steve Paul Jobs (1955-2011) was one of our modern digital age’s most passionate entrepreneurs. A visionary with a passion for impeccability and relentless motivation, Steve Jobs revolutionized the way we use our computers, mobile phones, and portable music devices. Steve Jobs always had a charismatic leadership style matched by his uncanny ability, but his early days at Apple was marked by manipulative, demanding, and overly aggressive behavior. There were some upsides to his occasionally demeaning behavior because it infused an abiding passion and a strong urge to make a good impression to…
 
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  • Limit Yourself to the Essential – In Life and Work

    jeanieduncan
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    It topped 50 degrees last Sunday…almost enough to give me some early spring fever in January. I decided to curl up in my window seat, enjoy the warm sunshine, and savor a thought provoking read, “The Power of Less” by Leo Babauta. In keeping with his mantra, the book is brief enough to finish in an afternoon. Bonus! Just three days later, I can’t stop thinking about his core principles. I find them so meaningful and effective that I’d like to highlight a few. I’m especially enjoying the one “simple focus.” What a difference I’m experiencing with only a few days of…
  • Reflection

    jeanieduncan
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Each year, as one year concludes and another begins, it lures me to a place of reflection. It’s my way of honoring life events, learning from what I’ve experienced, and dreaming of what I most want. Over the years, I’ve developed a few tools that have served me well. Today, I’m sharing some favorites in hopes that you find them of value. Enjoy! Grab a blank sheet of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle of the page. On the left side at the top, write “Freedom From” (What do I want to STOP doing?). On the right side, write “Freedom Towards” (What do I want to BE or…
  • The Power of One

    jeanieduncan
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:13 pm
    I love this TedTalk, “Everyday Leadership” by Drew Dudley (http://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership). It really made me stop and think about the power one person can have on another, often when they don’t even realize it. Since watching the clip, I’ve thought of several experiences in my own life where someone has had a major impact on me. At first, it was hard to think of examples, but then several came to me. I’m trying to find ways to acknowledge and thank each person. What a powerful experience it’s been! One in particular stands out for me. Several years…
  • Practicing Gratitude

    jeanieduncan
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    During a staff meeting one day, one of my employees passed out paper bags – the kind you packed your lunch in as a child. She sat a big box in the middle of the table and lifted the lid. Inside, it was filled with magic markers, crayons, and colored pencils. She instructed us to decorate our own personal bag in such a way that would make us smile. Everyone jumped in and began the impromptu art project. Next, she passed out strips of paper and asked each of us to write something we liked or appreciated about every staff member around the table, then fold it up, and drop it in our…
  • I Got This! Creating a life of choice, resonance, and flow

    jeanieduncan
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    I spoke at an executive women’s conference recently where the program centered around the theme of  “Having it All.” Speakers and panelists offered perspectives on this topic that ranged from myth to miracle. Often, when I hear people talk about “having it all,” the conversation is about volume…as in “super-size” me. I get this image of a caped super-human individual with the mystic powers to be a deeply devoted parent, put in 12-hours at the office, work out at the gym, manage the household, and get a full night’s rest. I don’t buy in to this steel facade of “I got…
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    IzoLife : Best Source for Leadership , success and motivation

  • Inspirational Quotes About Success : Stay Motivated

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
       As leaders ,bosses, and student, we must take enough inspiration and motivation daily.At some point in life we're all faced the toughest moments more failure and sometimes the desire to commit suicide as a result of the succession of shocks For example, in just united states about 10000 people search in google about the term " I want to kill myself"Add to that most of the teenagers suffer from academic failure and depression Although I'm not a doctor or a psychologist has advanced degrees but I do search for the most quotes that motivate selfIn this article I want to share with…
  • Teamwork in The Workplace: Why is Important?

    17 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
       Most successful companies spend millions of dollars on the development of human resources, and teamwork in the workplace is the most important factor in the success story of any new project . For that companies prefer who can work in a teamwork, more than individual work even the worker has a special skill. Most of experiments, studies and Research proved that teamwork is much better for creative ideas, quality in production and effective medication in the company.Great teamwork must be characterized by the flexibility and trust between members, and provide dedicated support for…
  • Democratic Leadership : What it Is and When it Works Better

    11 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
     What is the Democratic leadership?   Democratic leadership is  based on participation in decision-making among the leader and followers.  Also known as participative leadership, is a leadership style  where the leader is not a monopoly of power in decision-making for himself, so that the main task of  the leader is to be direct and coordinate decision-making process until the end, not the decision itself. Democratic leader understands that it does not exist for the organization without their members. He looks to his position and other centers in terms of…
  • leadership models : The Top Guide

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
       Why is the study of leadership has become critical interest to young people and professionals? All became moving towards Self-Education and personal development skills. Currently, there are thousands of books, studies and research prepared for leadership abilities, qualities of leaders .. And don't forget the high price to participate in the sessions.Millions of dollars spent every month in the leadership coaching and forums.However, we will share with our readers the  best articles about leadership  for free.Leadership models enable us to comprehend the actions of the…
  • Effective Leadership : 10 Golden Rules Most Important

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
      Effective Leadership    Always  When you hear the word 'leadership', do you immediately think of someone who leads followers somewhere? That is the usual definition I find. What do you think are some abilities and skills that  people need to be identified as effective leaders ?Leadership is always linked to the spirit of change, harmony between the leader and followers to get rid of the impasse and to make success on the ground.  Effective Leadership is the ability to achieve Ultimate things of ordinary people. Good leaders are made not born. If you…
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    Passion @ Centre

  • Adjourning: Because all good things come to an end

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In one of my previous post I talked about how a team goes through the different team development phases. Remember? Refresh your memory, here’s the link: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing. These 4 are based on the research done by Tuckman. There was one other study by Lacoursière (1980) which distinguished more or less the same […] The post Adjourning: Because all good things come to an end appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • A handy tool to build trust

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    In one of my previous posts I promised to provide you with a method you can use to ‘get to know your new employee’. It’s actually also useful in other situations. Have you ever been in the situation where YOU as manager are the newbie? Or maybe, you are in a situation with your team in […] The post A handy tool to build trust appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • That Split Second that either builds or destroys trust

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
      Nobody will argue that trust is key in any relationship. What keeps amazing me is, considering how easily it can be destroyed, how underestimated that effect is. Let’s look at just a few examples of daily situations that you might be struggling with yourself. Managers’ daily struggle; should I be strict or should I be […] The post That Split Second that either builds or destroys trust appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • New year resolutions & Fear: are you settling for less?

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    So, what is it with fear that it effects our inner selves so much that we choose to settle for less in life? Scientists blame it on the amygdala and the pituitary gland. They are right. We learned to survive when we lived in caves. Obviously, we were right back then – in that horrible, […] The post New year resolutions & Fear: are you settling for less? appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • 5 Powerful Golden Nuggets to get you kick-started on Time Management

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    You would love to delegate, but you really don’t have time to mentor anyone. You want to delegate, but nobody can do the job as good as you can. You think delegating creates the perception that you are a lazy boss. You need to set an example and make sure you are always busy. You don’t […] The post 5 Powerful Golden Nuggets to get you kick-started on Time Management appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
 
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    The UPwards Leader

  • 9 Overlooked Leadership Qualities

    Paul LaRue
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The University of Oregon’s Holden Leadership Center, which is established to build leadership qualities, particularly those of their students, comprised a list of leadership characteristics that they aim to cultivate in the student body. In reading over this list, it struck me of the many qualities that were listed that are not easily measurable. Skills such […]
  • Funnels, Lasers, and Megaphones

    Paul LaRue
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Leaders wear many hats and adopt many roles. Whether a mentor, cheerleader, or analyst, leaders sometimes strive to be all things to their people. During the course of my career I’ve noticed leaders I’ve worked with take on some differing, but effective, roles. But there are three roles that stand out from these individuals that continue […]
  • The Benefits Of Encouragement

    Paul LaRue
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:07 am
    Human nature – and leadership for that matter – has an innate tendency to be critical and negative. When things go wrong we default to a blame mode. When things go right we talk about what could have gone better. This is not always the case, however, but more often than not, there is a […]
  • How To Cope With The “Yes” Person

    Paul LaRue
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Have you ever had someone in your organization who was always agreeable? Someone who never says “no”. A person who just goes with the flow. Someone who never has any issues. One who is almost robotic in their input. A type of person who never gives input on the team, but always agrees with everyone else? Even […]
  • 10 Ways A New Leader Can Establish Trust

    Paul LaRue
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    One of the most terrifying instances in leadership is coming aboard a new team as an outsider. And not just for the leader, but for the team that inherits you as well. Whether from another department or another company, it’s those first critical weeks that will set the stage for how effective you will become […]
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    ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter » ReVolve™ Blog and Newsletter

  • Coaching the Humble: Invest in Your Rookies

    Liz Wiseman
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In many organizations, coaching has become the go-to tool for executive development. For many executives, an executive coach has become a status symbol or a benefit that they are entitled to. Forbes reports that spending among corporate titans, such as GE, Goldman Sachs, and Google, totals $1billion per year in the U.S. alone.[i] Is this investment in coaching being made wisely? Most companies spend considerable energy ensuring this investment is being made with the right people. But are we making these investments at the right time? In far too many cases, precious resources are wasted on…
  • Feedback is a Two-Way Street

    Jeremy Unruh
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    For some people, the term “feedback” is like a four-letter word, perceived as a euphemism for judgment and even condemnation. Because of that, people often shy away from both delivering and receiving feedback, but that becomes a lost opportunity. Because, in fact, feedback is also about praise and recognition; it can be a very positive and powerful tool, and it can be useful for fine-tuning skills, improving communication and collaboration, and motivating your employees. Of the companies that wish to establish a developed feedback program, many engage in a 360 feedback program, but do so…
  • How to Identify your own Weaknesses and Grow as a Leader

    Jeremy Unruh
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Although some leaders might assume that their ascension to a leadership role indicates the company’s valuation of their strengths, they would do well to be ready to identify weaknesses so they can continue to learn and grow even more. Certainly, a leader’s strengths are important and a likely base for reasons behind their being promoted. However, many times (for example, in sales organizations), what’s required for success in the leadership role is much different from—or even completely opposite of—what their previous role was. To become skilled at the requirements for the new role…
  • 4 Ways to Prepare Millennials for Leadership

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

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

  • The 11 levers of Organizational Alignment

    Peter Fuda
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Transformation is not a matter of intention. It is a matter of alignment. Organizational alignment is achieved through 11 levers. You may be familiar with the so called ‘hard’ levers of strategy (focus and tactics), scorecard (metrics), structure (formal and informal), systems (HR, business and information) and skills (capabilities). However, there are also five so-called ‘soft’ levers that are critical for alignment including; standards (shared behaviours), story (communication), strengths (the organization’s existing assets), symbols (leadership time, focus and money) and…
  • Change is not the goal. We reach our aspirations through alignment.

    Peter Fuda
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The simplest way to increase the odds of a successful change effort is to stop talking about ‘change’ itself. Change is not the goal; the goal is the goal. We are yet to encounter an organisation who aspires to destroy shareholder value, disappoint customers and alienate employees. Most organisations share aspirations which revolve around the universal principles of financial performance, customer satisfaction, employee commitment, product and service excellence, and sustainability. When stakeholders in an organisation talk about change, what they are saying is that the organisation is…
  • The key to successful change is trust

    Peter Fuda
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Change efforts in the modern context are typically messy and peppered with mistakes, problems and unmet expectations. In a high-trust environment, leaders will be given the benefit of the doubt and will be able to course correct and move forward. In a low trust environment, the mistakes and problems serve as further evidence for the dire state of the organisation and the incompetence of leaders. One simple mantra for trust is that you cannot communicate your way out of a problem you have behaved yourself into. So if all change efforts are messy, and trust is a precondition for change, then…
  • Trajectory is far more important than outcome

    Peter Fuda
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In the throes of uncertainty and chaos, it is natural for leaders to articulate a new agenda; envisioning a better future can serve as an immediate panacea to the pain of the present environment. Before launching off on the new crusade, however, it is critical to understand the injuries people may carry from previous crusades and whether anyone is actually interested in going back into battle. Equally important is to understand the strengths and assets that can serve as foundations for the future organisation. Many leaders, particularly those trained in the somewhat risk-focused disciplines…
  • One part confidence, two parts humility, three parts sense of humour

    Peter Fuda
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    If you listen carefully to the language and metaphors used by most leaders to describe their journeys, you will inevitably hear talk of heroic battles and glorious missions on the path to overcoming adversity. But there is little talk of stumbling and fumbling or falling over, and the truth about change is that even the most successful efforts are far more akin to the world of Maxwell Smart than James Bond. Yet at the moment of truth, when faced with an audience of hopeful, demanding and expectant stakeholders, leaders tend to over-hype and over-commit. My doctoral research revealed that,…
 
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