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  • What Makes Successful Senior Executives Tick?

    Great Leadership
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over the last few weeks I’ve been spending time with quite a few successful senior executives and have been asking them a lot of questions about what makes them tick.I’ve noticed they seem to have a lot in common in regards to the way they approach their careers and job.Read my latest article over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out the 20 Characteristics of Successful Senior Executives.
  • Your Success Depends on This Skill

    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning
    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My hope is that this headline makes you wonder. Perhaps you are guessing what the skill is. Perhaps you are thinking I am pretty presumptuous to suggest I know the most important skill you need, after all, I don’t know you, your experience or what you do for a living. This skill is so ubiquitous […]
  • Once Upon a Time: Tell Your Story, Inspire Others and Build Your Teams

    The Glass Hammer
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    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Nneka Orji “Over the years I have become convinced that we learn best—and change—from hearing stories that strike a chord within us…Those in leadership positions who fail to grasp or use the power of stories risk failure for their companies and for themselves.” John Kotter The idea that storytelling can be a powerful tool to convey important messages and inspire is not new, but its impact in a business context is only more recently gaining traction with the wider management community. While data and analysis go some way in convincing audiences of the need to act, on their own…
  • Top 2 Myths Leaders Have About Igniting Employee Passion

    Great Leadership
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is a lot of information out there about employee passion - and some of it's not so good!Regular guest contributor Beth Armknecht Miller debunkstheTop 2 Myths Leaders Have About Igniting Employee Passion over at my About.com Management and Leadership. 
  • No One Should Have to Choose Between Caregiving and Work

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    Jody Gastfriend
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Years ago, I regularly saw a neurologist who was treating me for chronic headaches. On one particular appointment, my doctor deviated from his usual laconic manner and asked me a few questions about my daily life. I explained that like many 40-somethings, I had a busy schedule. I worked full-time, had three kids and a husband who traveled. And by the way, my father had dementia and was going to stay with me during my mom’s recuperation from hip surgery. “Hmmm,” the doctor muttered disapprovingly. “That’s too much.” “Well that’s my life.” I replied defensively. “No…
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  • Don’t Let Your Head Attack Your Heart

    Peter Bregman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I had been planning a dinner party for weeks. There were twenty people coming, some family, some friends, to celebrate my wife Eleanor’s birthday. I designed a ritual for her:  my goal was to create a space where people spoke from their hearts in a way they don’t usually do. I prepared questions I wanted us to explore together, questions like: What do you feel grateful for in your life? What new things do you feel are struggling to grow and be born in you? What do you want to let go of, so that the new can be born? Before I go any further, pause for a second, imagine yourself at the…
  • Design Offices to Be More Like Neighborhoods

    Max Chopovsky
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As more people flock to urban areas (about 80% of the U.S. population lives in cities), government officials and academics are becoming more interested in the study of urban space. This has coincided with a boom of new methods to study cities on a macro scale – but many of these techniques can also be used on a micro level to understand and improve workplaces and employee conditions. One practice in particular – integrating urban physics in workforce planning – has the potential to make waves. Urban physics, a more recent addition to Urban Studies, is currently being used by researchers…
  • Should Couples Go into Business Together?

    Nicole Torres
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s a ton of advice aiming to answer whether or not couples working together is a good idea, as more and more couples are choosing to open joint firms. It’s been estimated that 3 million of the 22 million U.S. small businesses in 2000 were couple-owned, and that number has likely gone up. But to really answer this question, we have to ask: Why do couples choose to go into business together – and what are the benefits? New research from the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) looks into this. Using a sample of 1,069 Danish couples that established a joint enterprise between 2001…
  • Xenophobia? What Xenophobia?

    The Daily Stat
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    A study in Germany shows that the presence of partially assimilated immigrants increases native Germans’ general satisfaction with life: A 1-standard-deviation rise in the percentage of immigrants in a given region is associated with a 0.142-standard-deviation increase in natives’ subjective well-being, says a team led by Alpaslan Akay of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. The reasons are unclear but may have to do with natives’ liking to live in a society that includes immigrants who hold jobs and can speak German, the researchers say.
  • No One Should Have to Choose Between Caregiving and Work

    Jody Gastfriend
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Years ago, I regularly saw a neurologist who was treating me for chronic headaches. On one particular appointment, my doctor deviated from his usual laconic manner and asked me a few questions about my daily life. I explained that like many 40-somethings, I had a busy schedule. I worked full-time, had three kids and a husband who traveled. And by the way, my father had dementia and was going to stay with me during my mom’s recuperation from hip surgery. “Hmmm,” the doctor muttered disapprovingly. “That’s too much.” “Well that’s my life.” I replied defensively. “No…
 
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  • Six Critical Areas Where You Need to Be Grounded

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Good leaders are healthy leaders. We can’t separate our leadership from who we are inside. “Your well-being, success, and organization depend, first and foremost on who you are. You need to examine the internal stuff—what goes on in your mind and heart—before doing anything,” writes Bob Rosen in Grounded . Faced with the speed of change today, staying aligned with who we are is very difficult making us feel stressed and defeated. We can deal with the winds of change in one of three ways: ignore the change, deal with it head on with uninformed short-term fixes, or get ahead of it.
  • Relationships Matter

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    “At the center of every success,” writes Brian Church in Relationship Momentum, “you will find a pivotal relationship. Conversely, you can trace the cause of most failures to a relationship vacuum or breakdown.” Relationship Momentum is a book about how to create momentum for moving your ideas (or your career) forward. Church begins by stressing that at the foundation of any success is relationships. It explains why seemingly less skilled or talented people can blow right on by their more gifted peers. Or why an inferior idea might dominate over your “better” idea. The resulting…
  • First Look: Leadership Books for July 2014

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July.   How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead   Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O'Connell   The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh   The Curve Ahead: Discovering the Path to Unlimited Growth by Dave Power   The Leadership Playbook: Creating a Coaching Culture to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail For bulk orders call…
  • LeadershipNow 140: June 2014 Compilation

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    Here are a selection of tweets from June 2014 that you might have missed: All Our Patent Are Belong To You by @elonmusk Technology leadership is not defined by patents. @TeslaMotors Ten Things You Will Learn from Writing on LinkedIn by @briansooy 30 Things You Need To Know To Be Successful via @Inc Learning organizations are less about IQ and more about EQ What it Takes to be Excellent Those who AREN'T committed find fault. Those who ARE find a way. Creating Happiness by @Leadershipfreak Developing your leadership presentation by @JohnBaldoni Increase Your Awareness by Predicting Results in…
  • What it Takes to be Excellent

    20 Jun 2014 | 10:30 pm
    The Bleacher Report created this well done video: Cristiano Ronaldo—Greatness Awaits. It’s an inspiring look at what it takes to be excellent—at anything. The video concludes with: And legends aren’t born from mediocrity. They are born from excellence. They are born from being the best. From being the hardest working. Legends are born from failure. They are born from falling down time and time again and having the grit to get back up again. Legends are born from adversity. They are forged in the crucible of struggle. Heroes come and go. But legends, legends live forever.
 
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    Management-Issues

  • How do I handle my nit-picking negative boss?

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Bill's boss focuses only on the negative, dishing out a regular diet of nit-picking criticism that is as demoralizing as it is unfair. Coach Chris Welford explains how he can break the pattern by doing something different.
  • Cultivating social capital

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Social capital is the currency of teamwork, lubricating the flow of knowledge around organizations. As people work together over time, you might assume this is something that develops naturally, but that’s not always true. So social capital needs to be nurtured if it is to grow.
  • Leading remotely is still leading

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Virtual teams may be shaking up organizational dynamics, but the fundamentals of how to lead a team are the same whether its members are all based in the same building as you or scattered across four continents.
  • Practice doesn’t make perfect

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Can putting in 10,000 hours of practice make you a master of your craft? Malcolm Gladwell claimed it could, but sadly his assertion simply doesn’t hold water. Practice can’t make up for a lack of natural ability - which is why playing to your strengths is so important.
  • Silencing your inner critic

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    Inside every one of us there is a little voice that criticizes, judges and shames us, telling us that we’re deficient, bad or wrong. It’s merciless, damaging and it needs to be silenced.
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • Episode 3: Three Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift

    Michael Hyatt
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this third episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about the power of ‟The Drift” and how leaders can avoid it. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Most of my readers and podcast listeners are doing what they are doing because they want to have an impact on the world around them. But often times, they they wakeup to discover that they are far from where they intended to be. Listen to the Audio Podcast: Subscribe in iTunes | Play in browser | Download Click here for more. Or, better yet,…
  • How to Make a Big Change Without Blowing Up Your Business

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Whenever an organization rolls out a major change, clarity and alignment are essential. Without those two things all the best intentions amount to little more than heartburn and headaches. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/GlobalStock As a leader responsible for a large company, I have experienced the difficulty of getting clarity and creating alignment with my team. In one instance, we shuttered more than a dozen division of our publishing operation and restructured the entire business. But I’ve also found myself on the other side of things—outside of the leadership seat and in the role…
  • Perceived Scarcity in a World of Outrageous Abundance

    Michael Hyatt
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    When we see what others have, is our basic reaction to notice what we’re missing or express gratitude for what we have? Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/SKapl I’ve thought a lot about about this question over the years but came back to it recently when I found myself feeling a little jealous over all the vacation posts popping up on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. At some point the serene beaches, beautiful lakes, and mountaintop views started getting to me. I felt like I was missing out. Maybe you’ve felt this way too. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get…
  • Episode 2: The 6 Rules for More Effective Slide Presentations [Podcast]

    Michael Hyatt
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the new season of This Is Your Life. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt, my co-host, and I talk about how to make your slide presentations more effective. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. As leaders, communication is essential to success. In this episode, Michele and I discuss how to use slides to enhance your presentations and make a greater impact on your audience. 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…
  • NSA Drops the Platform Name: My Response

    Michael Hyatt
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    As you may know, a few weeks ago the National Speakers Association (NSA) announced it was changing its name to ‟Platform.” Many of you were, understandably, upset. Many of you were also vocal in your opposition. Your support meant more than you know to me. If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. However, I am pleased to report the matter has been resolved. Shep Hyken, the NSA board president, called me last night. He told me the NSA board had held an emergency meeting and voted to drop the name and go back to the drawing board. He also apologized to…
 
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Do The Time: “Social” Relationship Building

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

    Andrea Learned
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    The definition of business leadership has changed, a lot, since the 1950s. The fact that there are many more women in leadership positions these days is rightly getting plenty of coverage now. But, beyond celebrating that women are bringing “it” to the table, what “it” is has yet to be been given its full due. What I’m talking about are relational skills and traits. Things like practicing empathy and understanding communications nuances are the secret sauce for business leadership success. But, while these have long been typed as “women’s ways”…
  • On Making Ethical Business Decisions: My Guardian Post

    Andrea Learned
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:12 am
    If we knew what kept people from making values-based decisions in business situations in the first place, we could surely create the conditions that support increasing corporate social responsibility. So, what’s stopping us? A recent NPR story about UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business research conducted by Professor Laura Kray (studying behavior of MBA students) showed that men make less ethical business decisions than women. Needless to say, this made me wonder. As I wrote in my May 15, 2014, piece in The Guardian (Do women have stronger ethical business principles than men?): If the…
  • Profiles in Sustainability Leadership

    Andrea Learned
    17 May 2014 | 11:43 am
    In the past few years, we’ve seen a lot more attention paid to women in CSR and sustainability. Needless to say, I’m all for it, but perhaps not for the obvious reasons. While I do have a deep marketing to women background (I co-authored a book on the topic), it isn’t so much that I celebrate the recognition for women. It’s more that I celebrate the stories of people demonstrating the universal leadership traits that seem especially critical in today’s economy. The various collections of stories about these women do something very important: they “norm-alize” a…
  • Social Media for Professional Development: The Next Wave

    Andrea Learned
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
      Knowing that social media integration is crucial for your company and knowing how much can be gained when individual leaders learn to comfortably engage with it are two different things. I’ve only recently come to understand the distinction, and particularly in relation to business-to-business (B2B) purposes. Social media engagement – as professional development – is the next wave in leadership. My own enlightenment came about during a lively phone conversation with a higher education leader who had challenged me to help her see why she should make time for writing blog…
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    Great Leadership

  • What Makes Successful Senior Executives Tick?

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over the last few weeks I’ve been spending time with quite a few successful senior executives and have been asking them a lot of questions about what makes them tick.I’ve noticed they seem to have a lot in common in regards to the way they approach their careers and job.Read my latest article over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out the 20 Characteristics of Successful Senior Executives.
  • How to “Coach an Employee Out of a Job"

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is an alternative way to address an employee performance problem without having to go through a long, drawn out formal disciplinary process, and avoids the stigma of having been fired from a job.It’s called “coaching someone out of a job”.Read my latest article at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.
  • Is Your Business's Digital Communication Culture Working?

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest post from Daniel Patrick Forrester:Too often leaders of companies fail to recognize the Pavlovian habits of constant connection and the opportunity cost of think time and ingenuity that it creates. Recently in Davos, Marissa Meyer, CEO of Yahoo  smiled and shared that she checks her mobile device over a hundred and fifty times a day -- as though that many interruptions (within a work day) in her leadership rhythm and ability to focus were some badge of honor. Innovation never comes from chaotic interruption. As a strategy consultant, I've worked with the top leaders of…
  • Top 2 Myths Leaders Have About Igniting Employee Passion

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is a lot of information out there about employee passion - and some of it's not so good!Regular guest contributor Beth Armknecht Miller debunkstheTop 2 Myths Leaders Have About Igniting Employee Passion over at my About.com Management and Leadership. 
  • 10 Models for Leading Change

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Change, change and more change. What's a leader to do? Try using a change model to give you a framework for organizational and individual change.Read my latest article at About.com Management and Leadership for an overview of 10 popular change models. 
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  • ChangeThis: Issue 119

    dylan
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internalized Moore’s Law. Its beat is now our heartbeat; its pace of change is now the heartbeat of civilization.” The Road (to Reinvention) Is Calling by Josh Linkner “Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the…
  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf. “When am I going to use this?” This is the quintessential complaint-cum-question from elementary school students the world over. It is also the introduction to Jordan Ellenberg’s new book dedicated to explaining exactly when and how we can and do use…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world have received an enormous share of the past decade’s business and cultural limelight, and with good reason: they, along with a growing number of Silicon Valley tech innovators, have altered how we as individuals exist within a larger cultural context, how we gather and digest information, and how we interact with one another. Often…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How the World Sees You

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Tweet How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead, HarperBusiness, 428 pages, $29.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9780062230690, July 2014 The massive amount of research that went into Sally Hogshead’s new book, How the World Sees You, is staggering. For the past decade, she’s been scouring books and source materials, conducting polls and surveys with hundreds of thousands of people, and working with teams in the real world social labs of companies like AT&T, General Electric, and Cisco to discover how fascination works in both the…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Alliance

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, Harvard Business Review Press, 193 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9781625275776 As I read The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, I wondered if I was really the right person to be reviewing this book. In the first few pages, I learn that referring to your company as a “family” isn’t appropriate; and that the assumed employee/employer fidelity founded on a sort of professional monogamy is archaic. (“It’s just business” has become the ruling philosophy. The…
 
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  • Business or Pleasure? Boy or Girl?

    Jurgen Appelo
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Someone emailed to me, “I’m sorry to see you had to work on Saturday night.” I don’t understand why because the “work” was only a couple of emails that I sent. And I was happy to do that on a Saturday night, just like I was perfectly happy to spend the entire Tuesday morning shopping for a mountain bike. The post Business or Pleasure? Boy or Girl? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • My Zero-Tolerance to Bureaucracy Policy

    Jurgen Appelo
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Sometimes, event organizers ask me to fill out a form asking me for my company name, address, bank account number, bank name, tax number, and much more. They tell me they need this information in order to make their payment to me later. But I think this is a bit silly. The post My Zero-Tolerance to Bureaucracy Policy appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • What About Cleaning Toilets?

    Jurgen Appelo
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    I often promote work-life fusion, quitting jobs that are not fulfilling, and seeking work that is a calling instead of just a career. But, I hear some people think, can this be true for everyone? Is there a great job, somewhere, for every person in the world? What about cleaning toilets? How can this work be fulfilling to anyone? Well, that depends… The post What About Cleaning Toilets? appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Work-Life Fusion, not Work-Life Balance

    Jurgen Appelo
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Sometimes people ask me, “What do you mean with work-life fusion? How is that different from work-life balance?” Well… Work-life balance means using Twitter for your work-life and Facebook for your private life. Instead, I have friends, family, and business contacts everywhere! My 13th happy anniverselfie on Facebook was liked by 86 people, half of them were friends and family, and the other half were business contacts. I call that work-life fusion. The post Work-Life Fusion, not Work-Life Balance appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Registration Opens for More Workshops

    Jurgen Appelo
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am
    I’m very happy to say that the Management 3.0 Workout sessions so far have been well received, and they’re getting better every time! I’m almost ready for the summer break, but registration has opened for the remaining workshops this year. Please remember, I will personally visit each city only once! It was a very joyful and insightful workshop The post Registration Opens for More Workshops appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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  • Leaders: Know Your Direct Reports’ Career Experiences and Aspirations

    Michael Lee Stallard
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
                  #42 Know Your Direct Reports’ Career Experiences/Aspirations – Ask your direct reports about their prior work experiences, and what they liked and didn’t like about those experiences. Ask them about their career aspirations and how you can help them make progress toward those aspirations.  Write down what you learn and identify specific actions you can take to help them.  These actions may include job or project assignments, coaching or mentoring, or training. This is the forty-second post in our series entitled “100 Ways to…
  • Why Employee Engagement Matters: An Infographic

    Michael Lee Stallard
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Why does employee engagement matter? Check out this handy infographic for key reasons why every organization should care about this important topic. Feel free to share with your leadership team! The post Why Employee Engagement Matters: An Infographic appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard.
  • E Pluribus Partners is Now on LinkedIn

    Michael Lee Stallard
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I’m happy to announce that my company, E Pluribus Partners, is now on LinkedIn! LinkedIn is another wonderful platform for sharing and discussing ideas about employee engagement and leadership, and we look forward to sharing helpful advice through this practical channel. Follow our company page today and join the conversation! Follow Now   The post E Pluribus Partners is Now on LinkedIn appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard.
  • Connect by Celebrating Team Successes

    Michael Lee Stallard
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
                  #41 Celebrate Team Successes – When your team accomplishes a major goal, celebrate as a group with a party, meal, or outing. Ask people for suggestions about how to celebrate.  If you can afford it, invite them to bring a significant other to join in the celebration. This is the forty-first post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see that they…
  • 7 Best Practices to Boost Employee Engagement

    Michael Lee Stallard
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
                    As seen on Fox Business and SmartBlog on Leadership. What separates the best leaders from the rest when it comes to employee engagement? Our research shows the best leaders communicate an inspiring vision and live it, value people and give them a voice. Here are seven of the 100+ best practices that leaders can use to engage people. 1. Set “Top Five” High Level Annual Priorities – Many leaders today are overwhelming the people they lead by trying to do too much.  Both individually and as a team, set no more than five high level…
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    Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage

  • Embracing Bad Beats

    brucelynn
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
      “You have to go with your reads. There’s no sense second-guessing yourself afterwards.” – Worst AKo Ever In today’s World Series of Poker Final Table, 9 highly successful players are going to head home having failed to nab the big prize. I’ve selected a few choice words from the oracle of all-in, Aidan Lloyd on persevering through this final hurdle… “Playing poker can be likened to being on a long bus ride. You want to stay on the bus, and go as far as you can. Sometimes, though, you’re forced off the bus, dropped off essentially in the middle of nowhere. How…
  • Traits of a Successful Failure

    brucelynn
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
      “Pivoting” is an example of the “failing properly.” Failure is not the problem. Doing it properly is. A failure that drives a pivot to a new opportunity is one good way. Leadership guru John C. Maxwell offers a prescription and a proscription in his piece “Traits of Successful Failure”… Optimism. Find the benefit in every bad experience. Responsibility. Change your response to failure by accepting responsibility. Resilience. Say goodbye to yesterday. Initiative. Take action and face your fear. And by contrast, the 5 traits of poor failing… Comparison. Either measuring…
  • Embracing Serendipity

    brucelynn
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
      Seth-urday sequel to my Seth birthday post on a concept near and dear to my heart – “The Pivot”. The “Pivot” is not just the most powerful feature of Excel. It is an agility to respond to failure with an adaptation which “pivots” to a new direction. In so doing in business, it exploits one of the most critical concepts in product marketing – “adjacency”. It is the spirit of Scott Adams’ goal-less system focus (“Fail At Almost Everything…”). Or as Seth describes it… “A pivot is when a start-up quickly changes from one product to another or from one…
  • It’s Not For You

    brucelynn
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
      Seth Godin, this post IS for you. It’s been a while since, I’ve had a “Seth-urday”, so I thought I would mark Seth’s birthday with a post on a topic he returns to regularly – embracing the failure of unanimity. The adage says “you can please all of the people some of the time,” but Seth would dispute that. And even if you could, you probably wouldn’t want to. Here are some choice post excerpts on this subject… “For the one person who didn’t get the joke”: “Unanimity is impossible unless you are willing to be invisible. We can be unanimous in our lack of…
  • Death Race of Dreams

    brucelynn
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
       One of the ways and reasons to embrace the death of dreams is to dream new dreams. The Sunday Times Magazine article by Matt Rudd “Why Didn’t I Just Buy a Porsche” (paywalled) examines an increasingly popular mid-life catharsis – extreme racing. “That’s the problem with middle age: you stop getting new boxes to tick. Day in, day out, it’s the same boxes. You can’t just change to a different box, not unless you are one of those cavalier types who enjoys reading leadership books and still wears jeans at your age. For normal people, middle age is a time of growing…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Same as it ever was

    Seth Godin
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Here are two of the first photographic portraits ever taken, far more than a hundred years ago: They could have been taken with Instagram, no? I'm all in favor of self-driving cars and advanced robotics that will change everything. But few of us get to do that for a living. Mostly, we find new ways to do old things, better. No need to fool yourself into holding back just because your innovation or product doesn't contain a flavor that's never been tasted before or an experience previously unimagined. Find something that will touch us, move us, improve us or change us. Then ship.
  • Where's your bumper?

    Seth Godin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    If you spend just a few minutes listening to a great radio station, you'll know it's them. They've worked hard to make sure that the promos they run sound unique and welcome and friendly. You're home. People in radio call these little promo moments, "bumpers." Now that we're all in the media business, we can have them too. During their glory days, MTV understood this. Anyone could run music videos, of course, but the promos, the little in-between shorts, those could only belong to one network. Many listeners to Sirius/XM recoil when they hear the incessant bumpers that run on channels devoted…
  • Finding your peer group

    Seth Godin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They're not in your business, but they're in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience.        
  • Go first

    Seth Godin
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    Before you're asked. Before she asks for the memo, before the customer asks for a refund, before your co-worker asks for help. Volunteer. Offer. Imagine what the other person needs, an exercise in empathy that might become a habit.        
  • Two new videos

    Seth Godin
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    No content online is 'rare', but here are two presentations you might not have seen before: ...from the Maker Faire, and here's a speech I did last year at Nearly Impossible in Brooklyn: Seth Godin | Nearly Impossible 2013 from Nearly Impossible on Vimeo.        
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    CEO Blog - Time Leadership

  • The Goal - Reducing Stuff Quotient

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    I recently moved from a large home in Long Island to large home in Guelph - but a home that is half the size.    So now, everything is a mess with too much stuff.  So I am committed to a negative Stuff Quotient.  I commit to get rid of more stuff than I bring into the house every day.  And to add to it, I would like to get rid of one more thing per day - this will add up to 1000 less things in 3 years which might put the house into an equilibrium.Stuff has a great cost - the worst of which is stress - usually caused by time.  Stuff takes time.  Time spent on…
  • 99% of Marketing Spending is Wasted

    24 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    John Wannamaker is credited with saying "50% of the advertising spending is wasted - the problem is I do not know which half".  But he was wrong.  99% or even more of the advertising $ that are spent are wasted but the 1% more than pays for the advertising.The Atlantic printed an article that basically says internet advertising does not work.  See the article here.  They used examples of people searching for a product who already had decided what to buy.  I agree, this is a high % of the people.  What they did not use as examples of people who had non-buying…
  • Simplicity

    11 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    “Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.”Edsger W. Dijkstra  He wrote an all time classic book on programming called "A Discipline of Programming". I have not done much programming for a long time but most of the same principles apply today as applied when Dijkstra wrote his book.  In his book he emphasizes common sense. Programming is one area that complexity kills.  The greater the complexity, the greater the chance of error, the more difficulty to make changes and the less scalable things become.The biggest mistake most companies and programmers make that I see is…
  • Accomplishment Guilt

    5 Jun 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I suffer from accomplishment guilt - or perhaps better said - lack of accomplishment guilt.  I feel bad if I do not get enough done.  Some of this is good - it can drive great things.  It helps my self discipline.  It helps my productivity and efficiency since I know I need to be efficient to accomplish things.Part of it is bad - it can lead to feeling unsettled and stressed.One of my favourite sayings is "people tend to over estimate what they can accomplish in a day and underestimate what they can accomplish in a decade".  I have seen this to be true.One way to be…
  • With Love and Quiches

    2 Jun 2014 | 2:57 am
    I read an awesome and inspirational book by Susan Axelrod - With Love and Quiches - A Long Island Housewife's Surprising Journey from Kitchen to Boardroom.  Susan calls herself and "accidental success".  She simply had some time on her hands and started reading recipe books and gourmet magazine.  And she cooked and baked.  And she shared some of what she made with friends who complimented her.  So she baked some more. She joined a gourmet cooking club.   She started to teach some cooking as a volunteer and then paid.The book starts with her childhood and works…
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    Tom Peters

  • Some StuffTweets18 July 2014

    Tom Peters
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Brief snippets FYI … Topic ONE: Generational management. I’m sick-to-death of the “How do we manage ‘Gen Whatever’” bullshit. My response thereto: As leader, commit yourself fully to helping everyone grow every day. Gen A. Gen B. … Gen X. Gen Y. Gen Z. Nothing new. Damn it. People you work with can smell your […] The post Some StuffTweets18 July 2014 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Detroit

    Shelley Dolley
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Did you see the recent article, “The Post-Post-Apocolyptic Detroit”? Before I met Tom Peters, I lived in Detroit. My husband had an idyllic, cookie-cutter suburban ’60s upbringing there with a family full of auto workers. All his grandparents were immigrants, happy to see their children thrive in post-WWII Detroit. He spent the ’80s in downtown […] The post Detroit appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • “Mastery”Total Real Estate TrainingAnnual Education ConferenceSydney, 15-16 July 2014

    Cathy Mosca
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Tom is addressing a group of the most successful realtors in Australia and New Zealand. He and Rupert Murdoch are the principal keynoters. (Mr. Murdoch is in town to, among other things, celebrate the 50th anniversary—15 July—of the launch of his national newspaper, the Australian.) “The pattern is one I’m familiar with,” Tom says of […] The post “Mastery”Total Real Estate TrainingAnnual Education ConferenceSydney, 15-16 July 2014 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Excellence. NO EXCUSES! Update

    Cathy Mosca
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Tom has continued to tinker with his now super-sized document, Excellence. NO EXCUSES! He asked the opinion of his Twitter followers, and they approved the addition of “Moral Bedrock of Management,” available here. It is now item number 6 in this latest version of Excellence. NO EXCUSES! We encourage you to download it, or one […] The post Excellence. NO EXCUSES! Update appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • New Master Slideset

    Cathy Mosca
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    After a year of self-education, Tom has lots of new observations to include in his Master slides. Get the newest PPT here, or on excellencenow.com. The post New Master Slideset appeared first on Tom Peters.
 
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    Management Craft

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

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

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

    Lisa Haneberg
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:03 pm
    A friend sent me this picture - it's my latest book, Double the Love, with a nice shelf space at the International SHRM Conference. Woohoo! I particularly love that my book is shelved higher than, How to Work for an Idiot (What an idea for a book...Who's going to keep that on his or her desk?... Only idiots, clearly. How ironic!). We writers LOVE it when people send us pictures of our books (unless they're in the Super Bargain bins, then we don't want to know) so feel free to take a picture and send it to me anytime! I received another bit of good news on the bookfront today, my publisher put…
  • Secret #11 - The secret to performance velocity is design.

    Lisa Haneberg
    15 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    I thought I would do a few posts sharing a few editorial comments on the "Secrets" I shared in Double the Love. There are 11 secrets in the book, and this post discusses the last one. The secret to performance velocity is design. Be intentional and create the world you seek. In the book, I talk about this secret using the metaphor of the bento box. Like this one: Doesn't this look yummy? Thinking about it now, I bet I was really hungry when I selected this metaphor. I might not get all the way through this post before suggesting to hubby Bill that we go for some great Japanese food! I love…
  • Feeding Your Community

    Lisa Haneberg
    8 Jun 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Oh, golly, I have not been doing a very good job for my blog community. It has been far too long since I posted. Or better said, it has been far too long since I contributed (there is a difference - I could post every day with something that sounds like "buy my new book" but that would not contribute to you at all.) I am a lax blogger. I have not shared a new post in FOREVER! And I am a lax book marketer (all writers must be marketers or risk being unread - the ultimate failure). Ideally, I would be "out there" with book-related posts and readings and speeches but I am nowhere. And it is not…
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    Rajesh Setty » Blog

  • Three Things to Think About Before Making a Request for an Introduction

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    First, let us clear a myth It may be true that you may have only six degrees of separation from anyone else in the world. So, theoretically speaking, if you wanted to reach ANYONE all you had to do was to find the right six-degree chain and voila, you will be right in front of that person. That rarely happens and for most part, will remain as a myth. LinkedIn has made it easy to break the boundaries a bit. For starters, you can definitely see who is in your extended network. Again, mostly the power ends right there. Just because you can now see who is connected to whom does not make you…
  • Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    Mini Saga #134 – In a Fix Jenny almost knocked off Rich as she rushed out of YMCA. She was on the phone, “Hey, sorry for the delay. I was with a client.” As Rich recovered, he found Jenny rushing back inside. She was still on the phone, “Oh you are going to YMCA…let’s talk later then.” Sometimes you are in a fix because you chose to be in one of them… 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 Wisdom for…
  • Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Mini Saga #133 – Boomerang Tom and Jack were arguing about a bug in the program. The argument escalated as they vehemently disagreed with the approach to solve the problem. Jack was angry and said, “It doesn’t matter what you say next Tom because you will be wrong.” Tom smiled and said, “You are right.” Watch what you say – you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot. 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:…
  • Mini Saga #132 – Banter

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Mini Saga #132 – Banter At the end of the second over, the batsman walked aggressively towards the slip fielder. Andrew, the Umpire promptly gets him back. Batsman asked, “Why?” Andrew said, ‘Thou shall not get into a fight with the fielder!” Puzzled batsman replied, “But… I just asked him to tie my shoe laces!” Sometimes, we overdo our jobs (not intentionally, of course) 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:…
  • Why MANY Smart People Don’t Get the Support They Deserve

    thinksulting@gmail.com (Rajesh Setty)
    22 Feb 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You may have experienced this (or might have seen someone go through this situation) – you are on to something big and need a LOT of help but even people who have known you for a while are not actively supporting you in your quest. They seem to listen to everything and say encouraging words about your adventure but when it comes to doing something, they shy away from it. It bothers you because you have known these people for a LONG time and these are some people that you would totally expect 100% support from. They should be the ones that should fully understand your potential and lend…
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    Orrin Woodward: Life Leadership Orrin Woodward: Life Leadership

  • Wisdom for Families: Part II

    Orrin Woodward
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    Here is Part II of Mike Hartmann’s powerful story of faith, hope, and wisdom. LIFE Leadership isn’t just our business built on purpose; rather, it’s our purpose built on business. Wisdom and truth cannot eliminate pain in this fallen world, but it does provide the perspective and perseverance to overcome instead of succumb to the challenges life presents. Unfortunately, in modern culture’s pursuit of happiness, many have forgotten that true happiness is an inside job, not an outside one. LIFE Leadership intends to change this one life at a time. Here is part II of one…
  • LIFE Leadership: Wisdom For Families

    Orrin Woodward
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    My good friend Michael Hartmann sent me the best message on how he applied some of the LIFE Leadership principles within his family.  This is another example of why I believe the true successes in LIFE Leadership are not just the people who reach LIFE Coach levels. Rather, the true successes in LIFE and life, are those who seek wisdom everyday to improve themselves personally and professionally. For when a person improves themselves, he/she makes life better for everyone around them. In the early days, Chris Brady, Terri Brady, Laurie Woodward, and I, once we realized what an impact the…
  • Western Civilization’s Debt Trap

    Orrin Woodward
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Western Civilization is in the midst of a life and death struggle with its monetary system. The financial elites have bound society with the most oppressive monetary system ever created, where over 90% of the money supply exists through debt. This is a recipe for disaster as people, companies, and governments at all levels are chronically insolvent. Money Supply Explodes Without Gold Standard While reform of the total monetary system is essential, individuals should not wait for global reform to begin household reform. Indeed, the best thing for each person to do is launch a financial…
  • No Dream; No Guts; No Story

    Orrin Woodward
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Here is a short segment from the LIFE Leadership Summer Convention. Cinderella Man is one of my favorite movies because it is based upon the true story of James J. Braddock. Don’t tell me the size of your obstacles, tell me the size of your dream! Chris Brady, Tim Marks, Claude Hamilton, Bill Lewis, Dan Hawkins, and George Guzzardo have dreams that power them past their obstacles. How about you? Sincerely, Orrin Woodward
  • William Bradford on Property and Prosperity

    Orrin Woodward
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:08 am
    Private Property and Prosperity And Justice For All The right to private property, as I discuss in my recently released Guinness World Record breaking book And Justice For All: The Quest for Concord, is an essential part of a working civilization. Without it, injustice and apathy quickly destroy the Six Duties of Society productivity. This isn’t just my opinion, it has been proven over and over again throughout history. For instance, the Pilgrims (a Godly group of Puritan separatist) attempted a communal approach to land when they first arrived in Plymouth, The catastrophic results…
 
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    MBA Depot - Latest Content

  • Article from the Archive: The Cash Flow, Return & Risk Characteristics of Private Equity

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    *** Abstract *** Using a unique dataset of private equity funds over the last two decades, this paper analyzes the cash flow, return, and risk characteristics of private equity. Unlike previous studies, we have detailed cash flow data for each fund, rather than aggregate or accounting returns. We also know the exact timing of investments and capital returns to investors and the number and types of companies each fund invested in. We document the draw down and capital return schedules for the typical private equity fund, and show that it takes several years for capital to be invested, and over…
  • Articles: Nine Easy Ideas on How to Perform Behavioral Segmentation

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today's key to subscriber engagement is personalized and relevant email content. Behavioral segmentation is one of the best ways of reaching your target audience and sending exactly what they want. Email list segmentation by email opens allows you to discover who hasn't opened your recent campaign and who has stopped reading your newsletters already for some time, so you can resend unopened campaigns or prepare compelling re-engagement campaigns for inactive users. Segmentation by email clicks allows you to track how active and interested your subscribers are in your email campaigns. If the…
  • Prospective MBA Resources: Putting Critical Reasoning in 'Context'

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The context is meant to ensure that the critical reasoning section is not a vocabulary test. It also serves to distract test-takers. Source: BusinessWeek Subject: GMAT
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Weird Al’s Mission Statement

    Alexander Kjerulf
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    How could I possibly NOT share Weird Al Yancovic’s latest song called Mission Statement: I mean, look at it. It parodies both business jargon and those ubiquitous RSA-style whiteboard videos. Brilliant. The sad thing is that his parody lyrics are only slightly less comprehensible than some actual mission statements I’ve seen :)
  • 5 Ways Positive Thinking Makes Us Miserable at Work

    Alexander Kjerulf
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    One German IT company has come up with the perfect solution to whining in the workplace – it’s made cheerfulness a contractual obligation. What’s more, the CEO has declared that those who don’t measure up to the prescribed level of jollity in the morning should stay at home until they cheer up. The idea of positive thinking (and therefore banning negativity) is not new, but is affecting us now more than ever – at home and at work. And ironically, its effects are mostly negative. Yes, forced positive thinking makes us less happy. Positive thinking is a poorly defined concept…
  • Voting on new employees

    Alexander Kjerulf
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    This WP article shares an interesting and rare practice from US grocery chain Whole Foods, that has me feeling a little conflicted: New hires are voted in — or out — by their teams after their first 90 days at the company. A two-thirds majority is required to keep an employee on board. The employees quoted like the system because: Existing employees can get rid of new coworkers who don’t pull their weight New hires get a sense of acceptance themselves because their coworkers have actively chosen to keep them I’m torn on this. On the one hand I see obvious benefits but on the…
  • When the boss says, ‘Don’t discuss your salary’

    Alexander Kjerulf
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    The Atlantic has an excellent article by Jonathan Timm on how companies try to keep employees from discussing their salaries with coworkers and how this perpetuates unfairness and lets them underpay some people. From the article: … about half of American employees in all sectors are either explicitly prohibited or strongly discouraged from discussing pay with their coworkers. In the private sector, the number is higher, at 61 percent. … We don’t know whether gag rules directly cause wage discrimination, but they undoubtedly open the door to it. Employers who keep pay secret…
  • You are the difference

    Alexander Kjerulf
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    In this video I talk about emotional contagion, i.e. the fact that we tend to take on the emotions of people around us and explain about a fascinating British study that showed just how widespread the effect can be.
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • Profit First: Reverse Engineer Your Way To Financial Success

    Starbucker
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “Profit is not an event, it’s a habit. Profit happens through small wins, strung together.” – Mike Michalowicz My guest on the latest edition of the More Human Podcast is Mike Michalowicz.  By his 35th birthday Mike had founded and sold two multi-million dollar companies. Confident that he had the formula to success, he became an angel investor… and proceeded to lose his entire fortune. Then he started all over again, with a new “Profit first” formula. Michalowicz now operates his third million dollar venture, is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal;…
  • 7 Things You Can Do Right Now To Be a Better Leader

    Starbucker
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    You know it when they walk into the room.  There’s a gravitational pull towards them.   Call it charisma, call it gravitas, call it whatever you want, but they have it. It’s the look and sound of an effective leader. How do they do it? The secret lies beyond just the words and actions, to the more subtle messages that leaders send every day through their actions (or inactions) with their teammates. These subtleties are critical, but yet they can be incorporated into your leadership practice almost immediately. Here’s a list you can start working on right now to be a…
  • An Audio Journey To The Heart of More Human Leadership

    Starbucker
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Recently I was honored to do a podcast with Richard Rierson, former Marine Corps Officer, leadership coach, trainer, speaker, & entrepreneur. His blog, and podcast, is called “Dose of Leadership”. Richard has done over 150 interviews with leadership experts “who pursue excellence, truth, & common sense”. I love his passion for leadership: I believe that it is central to every aspect of our lives. I believe that all of our leadership challenges should be met with the lifelong dedication & pursuit of becoming calmer, confident, consistent, & courageous.
  • Paradise By The Green Dashboard Light – A Leadership Short Story

    Starbucker
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Of the 8 core principles of More Human leadership, it’s #6 - Measuring, monitoring and managing with the right metrics - that presents the biggest “nuts and bolts” challenge to any leader.   After all, after you’ve spent so much time and effort to set up the right values and build a great culture of accountability that should lead to greatness, how do you know you’re getting there – or better still, how can you show your team you’re getting there?  The answer, as this leadership short story shows, is to think green.    Lead well! Prologue…
  • MacGyver It: 77 Ways To Quickly Fix Your Profit Machine

    Starbucker
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:30 pm
    On this edition of the More Human Podcast, my guests are Jeremy Eden and Terri Long. They are co-founders and co-CEOs of Harvest Earnings Group, Inc.  Jeremy has decades of consulting and performance improvement experience in business and government, including McKinsey. Terri was in the corporate banking world for 18 years before joining Jeremy in 2000. Jeremy and Terri are considered two of the most practical and straightforward business thinkers in the field. This has made them very sought after advisors. They co-authored Low-Hanging Fruit, 77 Eye-Opening Ways to Improve Productivity and…
 
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    ManagingCommunities.com

  • Key Takeaways from How CNN and The New York Times Moderate Comments

    Patrick
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • How CNN and The New York Times Moderate Comments

    Patrick
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Changing Your Community Software Won’t Save You

    Patrick
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • Employee Advocacy: Don’t Inject Your Brand Into Another Brand’s Positive Story

    Patrick
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
  • I’m Looking for a New Opportunity

    Patrick
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Please Update Your ManagingCommunities.com RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: http://feeds.managingcommunities.com/managingcommunities I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you.
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    Lolly Daskal

  • Leadership Acceptance: Letting Go Of The Controls

    lollydaskal
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    In Chuck Yeager’s book The Right Stuff, he describes a time in the 1950′s when an elite group of US Air Force pilots set out to fly at altitudes beyond anything that had ever been attempted before. As they left the familiar dense atmosphere of Earth, they found that everything they knew about aerodynamics no longer applied. Nothing they could do would keep their planes under control. By the time Yeager took off, several had already died in the attempt. Yeager seemed headed for the same fate, with his plane violently out of control—so much that he was knocked unconscious in the…
  • How Does EGO Edge Greatness Out

    lollydaskal
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    How many times have you heard it said of someone talented that they could really go places if they could learn not to let their ego get in the way? You might be nodding and thinking Yes, I know that person. Or maybe Yes, I am that person. How can you tell if ego is leading the way? If you are constantly defensive. If you are always looking for approval. If you always have to be right. If you are constantly comparing yourself to others. If you have to be one up on people. If you have to be the center of attention. When you allow ego to lead the way, you are Edging Out Greatness. Ego is not…
  • The Shortest Possible Course in Communication

    lollydaskal
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Everyone is busy and pressed for time, but we all want to make an impact—so here is the shortest course in communication I can give you. The seven most important words: I am sorry I made a mistake. The six most important words: I will learn to listen better. The five most important words: I truly believe in you. The four most important words: What do you think? The three most important words: I appreciate you! The two most important words: Thank you. The one most important word: We And the last, least important, word: I If you want to have impact—if you truly want to make a…
  • Courage Is The Key To Fearless Leadership

    lollydaskal
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Wu Feng was a Manchurian diplomat in the 1700s who was posted with an aboriginal tribe in the outskirts of Taiwan. He befriended the aboriginal chief, whose tribe beheaded one of its members every year as a form of sacrifice. Each year Wu Feng pleaded, with all his compassion and reverence for life, for the chief to put to an end to this custom. The chief would listen respectfully, then summon the chosen tribe member and without hesitation behead him. Finally, after living with the tribe for 25 years, Wu Feng once more pleaded with the chief to stop the killing. But this time, when the tribe…
  • Great Leaders Serve With Great Returns

    lollydaskal
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Most of us—myself included—believe that the best leaders are those who help, support, guide and serve. But what we don’t always realize is that the more we give, the more we help, the more we guide, and the more we serve, the more we get back in return. Great leaders serve with their time. The precious resource of time is among the greatest of gifts. When we give freely of our time we get gratitude in return. It’s a reward that can rarely be bought, and it has great value. Great leaders serve with empathy. When we think about those who matter to us most, those who have made the…
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    Lead on Purpose

  • How are you using your time?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A common response when you ask somebody for their help or their input is “I don’t have enough time.” This is an interesting response given that we all have the same amount of time – 24 hours in a day. … Continue reading →
  • How can leaders use 360-degree feedback to boost employee engagement?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    5 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Guest post by Steve Brown One of the popular approaches to improving performance and employee engagement is to set up 360-degree reviews. With this process, a person gets feedback from their peers, as well as their manager. Management people also … Continue reading →
  • The importance of leadership in effective management

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    21 Jun 2014 | 7:53 pm
    There are many elements that make a good manager, however, one of the critical qualities is leadership. Leadership and management must go hand in hand, but they are not the same thing. Leadership and management are complementary, but it is … Continue reading →
  • How you can inspire others to do great things

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    7 Jun 2014 | 11:15 am
    I’ve been thinking lately about how to motivate people and inspire them to step up, to take action, to do great things. I see so much opportunity for people, and yet so little motivation to make a difference. So what … Continue reading →
  • How Leaders Deal Effectively With the Security of Their Company and People

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    24 May 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Guest post by Rebecca Gray Today, the most valuable commodity many companies have is not a product, but information – proprietary systems, processes, patents, or financial information, and the damage inflicted by a security breach goes far beyond its immediate … Continue reading →
 
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    George Ambler

  • Great Leadership Starts with Mindset Not Skillset

    George Ambler
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Leadership begins with mindset. What is mindset you may ask? Mindset refers to the ideas, beliefs and attitudes with which a leader approaches a situation. As such mindsets for the foundation of great leadership. Mindset forms the basis for action. The VUCA environment of today is rewriting the rules of business. The result is that leaders desperately need new mindsets and new ways of looking at the world. Consider the cause of some of the biggest leadership failures of the past decade: Kodak created the first digital camera, an 8 pound, 0.01 megapixel still camera, in 1975. Despite…
  • Why You Should Stop Working So Hard

    George Ambler
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:15 pm
    You and I have been led to believe that hard work produces great results. If you keep you head down, work hard the results will follow. The only problem is if you look around there there seems to be more and more people with high levels of activity but make little progress. There are limits to what can be achieved through hard work and sheer determination. You quickly reach a point where more work fails to produce better results. The reason is that in most situations it’s only a vital few activities actually yield better results. There Are Limits to Hard Work The belief that more work leads…
  • Lessons from a General for Leading in a VUCA World

    George Ambler
    31 May 2014 | 5:35 am
    We are living in VUCA times. VUCA is military term that describes the challenging leadership context of today. The term VUCA stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. This is a helpful way to make sense of and understand the leadership context of the 21st century. The challenge is that leading in a VUCA world requires a new way of thinking and a whole new set of skills. General George Casey, 36th U.S. Army Chief of Staff and former Commanding General of the Multinational Force in Iraq, knows all about leading in a VUCA world. The General recently shared his experiences in the…
  • 5 Ways to Persuade with Character (Ethos)

    George Ambler
    27 May 2014 | 1:20 pm
    When Nelson Mandela spoke people listened. When Winston Churchill spoke people listened. When Warren Buffet speaks people listen. When Jeff Bezos speaks people listen. When leaders speak people listen. When you speak do people listen? Do you have the character and credibility to persuade others with your message? Ethos refers to an audience’s perception of the character, authority and credibility of the speaker. Ethos concerns itself with answering the questions of “What do you know about this topic?” and “Why should I trust you?” as asked by the audience. Character is based on the…
  • Leader Provocation: What Can One Person Do?

    George Ambler
    17 May 2014 | 3:03 am
        Now. It’s in your hands.  
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    Pink Slip

  • Nice way to derail your future, bro

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    Every few months, whether we need it or not, it seems that there’s some teenager putting a stake in the heart of his or her future by doing something truly dreadful. Something truly dreadful that generally involves sex. Last week’s sordid story comes out of one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country, St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. SPS has been around since 1856, and is 100% residential. None of those down-market day-duckers mucking things up and detracting from the 24/7 SPS experience. Anyway, the story currently making the news rounds involves a senior male…
  • Put a needle in this Haystack, why don’t you

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:16 am
    As someone who has actually owned a car in a densely occupied urban environment where the parking ain’t easy, I well understand the frustration surrounding the hunt for a parking space. When I had to commute by automobile – never, ever, ever my preference – I initially tried to get by without paid-for parking. I did get my Beacon Hill sticker, which entitled me to park on our fair neighborhood streets if and only if I could find a space. Which sometimes took a long and brutal search, which generally ended in my giving up and paying for overnight parking in the nearest garage. After a…
  • Flightmare

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:14 am
    Perhaps because I was never a super heavy business traveler, I escaped my full time career with relatively few travel horror stories. Oh, there were the three hours spent broiling on the tarmac at Newark Airport waiting for the weather to clear at wherever we were headed. To conserve fuel, they turned the engines, and, hence, the AC. It was 95 and sunny. Excellent! Sadly, I never got to Frankenmuth, Michigan. After hanging around Logan for about 3 or 4 hours, that game was called on account of snow. I had been looking forward to getting a glimpse of Frankenmuth, which is not only to home of…
  • My kind of town, Chicago is

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    While I am, first and foremost, a Worcester girl, I am also, quite proudly, “half Chicago,” the town my mother hails from. (Actually the town she originally hailed from was in the complete and utter back arse of Mitteleuropa, but she arrived here when she was three or four years old, and grew up in Chicago.) Anyway, thanks to my cousin Ellen (and her good-natured and gabfest-tolerant husband Mike), I just spent an absolutely wonderful few days in Chicago. This is one beautiful city and, while Boston is home and, quite naturally, one of my favorite places on earth, I have to put Chicago…
  • Shocked, I’m shocked. (Not really.)

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:08 am
    The other day, I had lunch with a friend, a woman my age. Like me, K is a widow. Unlike me, she’s been a widow for more than a decade, while today I’m marking my fourth montliversary. One topic covered in our rambling conversation was what aspects of widowhood were difficult, and which ones weren’t especially bothersome. Although K has been at it a lot longer than I, we both hit upon not being able to go on trips with our husbands as one of the most painful things to go through. (Going on vacations had been important to both K and myself.) But we also both talked about how, in general,…
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    Ed Batista: Executive Coaching & Change Management

  • Startup Communication

    edbatista
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    On Friday I facilitated a workshop on Startup Communication aimed at helping an early-stage company's employees work together more effectively. I feel privileged to work with all my clients, but in this case it's fair to say that it was particularly rewarding to work with a company whose mission I hold in such high regard. Thank you to the 22 people who made it such a special afternoon, and particular thanks to the team at Flixster for making us feel so welcome.
  • New Post at HBR: The Art of Saying a Professional Goodbye

    edbatista
    7 May 2014 | 8:33 am
    My latest post at HBR: The Art of Saying a Professional Goodbye Saying "goodbye" is one of those activities that seems so simple it hardly requires advance thought--and so endings creep up on us and catch us unprepared. We tend to default to our habitual responses whether or not they’ve been effective in the past. As a result we often miss opportunities to enjoy truly meaningful endings--instead they’re rushed and poorly planned--or we skip over them entirely, casting the old aside as we race toward the new... Read the rest at HBR. Photo courtesy of HBR Blog Network.
  • Startup Communication at Flixster

    edbatista
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Today I volunteered to facilitate the third workshop in an ongoing series on Startup Communication aimed at helping co-founders 1) communicate more effectively with each other, 2) establish group norms in the company that support better communication and 3) model better communication with their employees. Twenty co-founders from 10 ventures participated, and I felt privileged and grateful to be involved. It's always a privilege to invite people to have more meaningful, intimate conversations with each other and to have them accept the offer--and I certainly walked away feeling a lot of…
  • Riding the Wave (Conscious Competence)

    edbatista
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    What happens when we learn new skills that take us out of our comfort zone? When we're striving to be authentic, is it OK when we act with intention and forethought? The Conscious Competence model, developed by Martin Broadwell in the late 1960s, offers a useful framework to address these questions. In most areas where we face a challenge, we start out in Unconscious Incompetence (quadrant #1 above): We're screwing up, and we don't even know it. In the context of my work with coaching clients and MBA students, this usually involves difficulties in working relationships and interpersonal…
  • Coaching Your Employees (HBR Webinar Video and Summary)

    edbatista
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    A few weeks ago I conducted a 1-hour webinar for HBR on Coaching Your Employees, and an archived video of my talk is now available. HBR has also produced a well-written 7-page summary of my comments [PDF, 480KB], and you can view my slides separately. Thanks again to Angelia Herrin for inviting me to participate, to Lisa McMullen for her tremendous help and support, and to all their colleagues at HBR and Citrix/GoToWebinar who made it happen. Two further notes of appreciation: First, my slides conclude with a section on Resources, linking to the authors I mentioned in my talk; if you're…
 
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    Sanders Says

  • The Changing Face Of Leadership

    Tim Sanders
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    What it takes to succeed as a leader has been redefined by changes in the workforce and mega trends. Gen Y is more motivated by identity, mastery and purpose than they are by money, power and stability.  Tech-Globalism accelerates the rate of change, be it in consumer attitudes, retail habits and government regulatory actions.  As the world gets faster and deeper, leaders will face unique challenges, requiring a retooling of the traditional hierarchical models of yesteryear.    Leadership development needs to change, adjusting to these trends.  According to a…
  • Your Schedule Is Killing Your Creativity

    Tim Sanders
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Most people I know sabotage their career by being to efficient with their time.  They fill up their daily schedule with meetings and phone calls, thinking that they are being highly productive.  The result is a week of conversations, with little time left to "work on work."   A recent IBM survey of over 1000 CEO's found that creativity was the top skill required for leadership success.  This makes sense, as innovation is the prescription for dealing with a highly disruptive business environment.  Technology, media, globalization all come together to put creative…
  • Call For Interviews: Have You Bought From A Sales Genius?

    Tim Sanders
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    I'm writing a new book on creativity in the sales process.  Its premise is that in today's business environment, it's getting complicated to get good deals done.  Standard approaches or tactics aren't working.  This is why creativity is needed in deal making and sales.   While the book will share some of my personal experiences, it will mostly feature profiles of creative sales geniuses.  They have exhibited the tendency to employ creative thinking to move the deal forward.   Right now, I'm looking for sales genius nominations from buyers.  You've purchased…
  • The Three Flavors Of Mentorship

    Tim Sanders
    29 May 2014 | 6:50 am
    The concept of mentor first appeared in Homer's Odyssey, and since then has grown into a widely talked about concept.  Many of us seek mentors, especially during the beginning of our career. Many of us act as mentors, helping others on their journey to greatness.  What I've learned through my mentorship practice is that not all engagements are the same.  There are three distinct flavors:  Flash Mentor - You encounter someone that lacks a piece of information you possess.  You give it on the spot, without any requirements for follow up.  This is my favorite…
  • If You Don't Expand This Annually, You Are Getting Lapped

    Tim Sanders
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    These days, it's believed that the youth have all the advantages when it comes to technology.  They start companies like facebook in their 20's, run television shows and represent true progress.  Companies I work with talk about "aging down" their workforce, so they can stay nimble.   The reality is that youth is a state of mind, not a counting of years.  In my experience, the secret to eternal youth is lifelong learning...the constant expansion of one's resume of experiences and insights.  Henry Ford once quipped, "Anyone who stops learning becomes old, whether at…
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    Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog

  • New Organizational Triangle: Internal Communications, Employee Engagement and HR

    John Agno
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    The triangle of internal communications, employee engagement and HR sees employees as whole persons, not just as numbers or functions.  The aim is constantly to understand how individuals receive and deal with information and engage with the content being communicated. Information needs to flow freely crossing professional boundaries within the organization, with engagement up, down and across the organizational structure.  The triangle of internal communications, employee engagement and HR needs to be effective across the organization, appealing to both the…
  • Time Management and Customer Service

    John Agno
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    When it comes to time, people in power believe they have more of it at their disposal than others. But positions of authority give people a sense they are better able to control time than subordinates, even though both groups are equally at the mercy of the clock.  In an era of day planners, deadlines and billable hours, there are far more clocks than people. Business executives, policy makers, healthcare insurers and hospital administrators, engineers and others in power are far more likely to underestimate the time required to complete work, ignoring past experience, according to four…
  • 45 Years of Leadership in Outer Space

    John Agno
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    The concern of Americans effectively began with the Soviet launch of the Sputnik 1 artificial satellite on 4 October 1957 and kicked off the strained relations between the USSR and the U.S.   Due to the U.S. public's concern of USSR domination of America through its control of outer space, engineering college attendance expanded throughout America....while America searched for a leader in the presidential election of 1960.     On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced, before a special joint session of…
  • Lead with Humility

    John Agno
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Pope Francis believes that authentic humility empowers leaders like no other leadership quality. "If we can develop a truly humble attitude, we can change the world," wrote Jorge Mario Bergoglio before becoming pope.  And he misses no opportunity to show that a person can never be too humble and that people can learn to be more humble.  In doing so, he has altered the standards by which we measure our leaders. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis rose from humble beginnings to become the head of the largest Christian church in the…
  • My Favorite Business Book by Bill Gates

    John Agno
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    "Business Adventures by John Brooks is as much about the strengths and weaknesses of leaders in challenging circumstances as it is about the particulars of one business or another.  In that sense, it is still relevant not despite its age but because of it.  John Brooks' work is really about human nature, which is why it has stood the test of time."  Bill Gates, Co-Chairman of the Bill and Belinda Gates Foundation and co-founder of Microsoft. in the Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2014 Related articles World Aid Metrics Bill Gates's Favorite Business Book Bill…
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    Great Leadership

  • What Makes Successful Senior Executives Tick?

    Dan McCarthy
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over the last few weeks I’ve been spending time with quite a few successful senior executives and have been asking them a lot of questions about what makes them tick.I’ve noticed they seem to have a lot in common in regards to the way they approach their careers and job.Read my latest article over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out the 20 Characteristics of Successful Senior Executives.
  • How to “Coach an Employee Out of a Job"

    Dan McCarthy
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is an alternative way to address an employee performance problem without having to go through a long, drawn out formal disciplinary process, and avoids the stigma of having been fired from a job.It’s called “coaching someone out of a job”.Read my latest article at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how.
  • Is Your Business's Digital Communication Culture Working?

    Dan McCarthy
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest post from Daniel Patrick Forrester:Too often leaders of companies fail to recognize the Pavlovian habits of constant connection and the opportunity cost of think time and ingenuity that it creates. Recently in Davos, Marissa Meyer, CEO of Yahoo  smiled and shared that she checks her mobile device over a hundred and fifty times a day -- as though that many interruptions (within a work day) in her leadership rhythm and ability to focus were some badge of honor. Innovation never comes from chaotic interruption. As a strategy consultant, I've worked with the top leaders of…
  • Top 2 Myths Leaders Have About Igniting Employee Passion

    Dan McCarthy
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is a lot of information out there about employee passion - and some of it's not so good!Regular guest contributor Beth Armknecht Miller debunkstheTop 2 Myths Leaders Have About Igniting Employee Passion over at my About.com Management and Leadership. 
  • 10 Models for Leading Change

    Dan McCarthy
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Change, change and more change. What's a leader to do? Try using a change model to give you a framework for organizational and individual change.Read my latest article at About.com Management and Leadership for an overview of 10 popular change models. 
 
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    IMD Business School - Tomorrow's Challenges Articles

  • WILL MODI METAMORPHOSE INDIA?

    Jean-Pierre Lehmann
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    Can India re-find its past glory and draw on its formidable brain power – including that big chunk which constitutes its incomparable “diaspora”?
  • THE WORLD CUP AND FAIRNESS

    Karsten Jonsen
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    The game’s over but were all the matches really fair? IMD explores why FIFA refuses to incorporate better technology for making calls in the World Cup.
  • TO BE, OR NOT TO BE, THE NEXT-GENERATION FAMILY BUSINESS LEADER

    Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez,Anne-Catrin Glemser
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Family businesses must build and train a critical mass of potential successors. But what questions should next-generation members ask themselves before joining the family firm? We would suggest four.
  • RETHINKING THINKING ABOUT STRATEGY

    Bill Fischer
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Disruption should not mean a wholesale rejection of the traditional five-forces approach to strategy, but rather a more balanced approach that incorporates dynamic change-centered thinking.
  • BRAZIL: WHY SO GLOOMY?

    Carlos A. Primo Braga
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    Unless the next administration can foster a private sector-led investment recovery, Brazil will continue to underperform. To break the vicious cycle of below-potential growth rates feeding into negative expectations and vice versa, a competition “shock” is required.
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • 5 Phrases that Make You Sound Ridiculous

    Mike Figliuolo
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    “At the end of the day…” You sound ridiculous.  You just don’t know it. Word choice matters.  We spend countless hours in meetings with colleagues discussing big, important ideas.  We write hundreds of documents making our case for one initiative or another.  We write thousands of emails.  We give dozens of presentations.  And you know […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Tuning Up Your Strategy so the Wheels Don’t Fall Off

    Mike Figliuolo
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Rich Horwath, author of Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking (CLICK HERE to get your copy). We’ve all heard the phrase, “The wheels came off,” to describe a situation where things went bad. Meetings, projects and even relationships all have the potential for “the wheels to come off.” Ironically, […] 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 clear is your organization’s mission and vision statement?

    Mike Figliuolo
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How clear is your organization’s mission and vision statement? - It’s crystal clear, simple and compelling: 43% - It’s generally clear but could be better worded: 25% - It’s full of meaningless buzzwords or we simply don’t have one: 21% - It’s not clear and it’s hard to rally behind: […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Deliver Your Technical Message with a Human Voice

    Mike Figliuolo
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Today’s post is by Frank Pietrucha, thoughtLEADERS instructor and author of Supercommunicator (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Who would you rather watch deliver a presentation on Youtube: Steve Jobs or Bill Gates? Most likely you’ll pick Steve Jobs. The late co-founder of Apple had a magical touch in discussing technology in a friendly, accessible […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Business Execution Lessons from the Kitchen

    Mike Figliuolo
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by Patrick Stroh, author of Business Strategy; Plan, Execute, Win! (CLICK HERE to get your copy). After 20 plus years of life in corporate America, it was time for a bit of a sabbatical. Or maybe better said, it was time to knock some stuff off my bucket list. You know, that […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
 
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    The Garlington Report (TGR)

  • Three truths, one season

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

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

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

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:27 am
    Full disclosure: TGR has never, repeat never, addressed the subject of executive dress. Image is not a hot button -- at least not from the point of view of personal dress and hygiene. While our look can always be updated, we wear decent threads, nice dress shoes and always will remain clean cut until it's no longer in fashion to do so in executive leadership circles. That could be a good long
  • First outsider, retiree and non-industry exec. to take reins at venerable search firm

    4 Feb 2014 | 7:17 am
    For the first time in their 60-year history, Chicago-based Heidrick & Struggles has named both an industry and firm outsider to lead the newly re-branded leadership company. Tracy Wolstencroft, a former Goldman Sachs executive who retired in 2010, replaces interim CEO Jory Marino who exits the position after replacing Kevin Kelly (2006-2013), one of the longest serving CEOs in Heidrick &
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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • BIG SMALL THINGS

    William Matthies
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    "For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great."José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish essayist/philosopherI'm not sure it as much a matter of not having as it is not paying attention to small things, details if you will.You don't at your own risk.
  • ACCEPT, REDUCE, AVOID, TRANSFER?

    William Matthies
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    "Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age."Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American WriterAnd not just for people; this is just as true for companies.The longer they've been around the more risk averse they become, often without realizing it.That isn't necessarily a bad thing, just reality.
  • WHAT WAS, NOT IS OR WILL BE

    William Matthies
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    "Study the past if you would divine the future."Confucius (BC 551-BC 479) Chinese philosopherHe said "study", not "live in".Learn from the past, it has much to teach you, but what has been will not necessarily be.
  • REQUEST DENIED

    William Matthies
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    "Although they posses enough, and more than enough, still they yearn for more."Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poetSounds like Ovid might have been a CFO, reacting to his company's budget requests.There's only so much, it's never enough; the trick is to allocate what are always limited resources.How do you do that?
  • DIGGING DOWN DEEP

    William Matthies
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    "Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant."Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poetYour "silver lining" the next time you face difficult circumstances.
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    Mitch's Blog

  • Evaluating What’s Worth Fighting For

    Mitch Mitchell
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    When LeBron James decided a couple of weeks ago that he was going to return back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, I had a very strange reaction to it. I was confused; that’s it. I wasn’t confused because he was going to a bad team. I wasn’t even confused that he was going back to his hometown. Tony Fischer via Compfight I was confused because he was going back to work for someone who openly castigated him in a letter when he made his initial decision 4 years ago to go to another team, a letter that, until a month before LeBron decided he was going back, still sat out there on the…
  • Don’t Be Lazy In Your Career

    Mitch Mitchell
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Maybe it’s me, but I don’t think so. It seems like there are people who want big careers yet don’t want to work for it. I’m not talking about 18 to 20 hours a day kind of work; I’m talking about the kind of work where you put in some time researching and learning something before you just go at it. Let me explain with a little story. Tambako The Jaguar via Compfight As some of you know I have 5 blogs. I’ll accept advertising on a few of them, but over the years I’ve only ever had advertising on two of them. One of those is my finance blog, which used…
  • 13 Business Lessons

    Mitch Mitchell
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In my previous post, which was on my business anniversary, I talked about 13 leadership lessons I’ve learned over 13 years. I’ve learned a lot more but I wanted to highlight those 13. On the same day I did a video on my business YouTube channel giving 13 business lessons that I’ve learned in the same time period. I’m sharing that particular video below:   http://youtu.be/roOzb1sdqYA Although I want people to go watch the video, where I went in more depth on the 13 lessons, I thought I’d share those lessons here as a list so that, if you go there,…
  • 13 Leadership Lessons From 13 Years In Business

    Mitch Mitchell
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:49 am
    Today is my 13th year in business as T. T. Mitchell Consulting; the incorporated part came in 2006. Last year I was a day late and only had 3 leadership lessons that, as I look back on it, weren’t really leadership lessons but more motivational lessons. I was also more under a time gun last year, which I wasn’t the year before when I did 11 business lessons, and I did something the year before that also. The best thing about each anniversary is that I’ve proven that I could make it this far; something like 85-90% of all business end within the first 5 years. Not that…
  • Many Concepts In Leadership

    Mitch Mitchell
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    I’m doing something a little different this month, which has kept me from having as many blog posts as I usually have. Every day this month I’ve created a new video on my business blog; after last night it makes 18. Almost all of them have been on a leadership topic, with a couple on diversity and one on motivation. Some have dabbled in two topics, such as communications and employee relations along with leadership; that still counts. World Bank Photo Collection via Compfight Truth be told, for those of us who think a lot about leadership concepts, we start to realize that there…
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 2

    Mike Dang
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.) As a reminder: If you read or publish a story on WordPress that’s over 1,500 words, share it with us: just tag it #longreads on Twitter, or use the longreads tag on WordPress.com. Before You Know It Something’s Over (Riese Bernard, Autostraddle) On grieving after the loss of a parent at a young age: My father died on November 14th, 1995, when I was 14. Every day since…
  • Just Pressed: New Books by Authors on WordPress.com

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Gabrielle Bell, a cartoonist based in Brooklyn, New York, has published a new book, Truth Is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries. Raw, revealing, and sometimes surreal, this comic diary serves up what Gabrielle is known for — her humor and introspection — as she muses on daily life and chronicles her travels around the world, from France to Sweden to Colombia. Gabrielle is a WordPress.com blogger to watch: in the past, her work has been selected for numerous notable anthologies (such as the Best American Comics series) and her last book, The Voyeurs, wasnamed a best…
  • Heading to BlogHer ’14 next week? So are we!

    Michelle W.
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    BlogHer 2014, the 10th anniversary celebration of the popular women’s blogging network, kicks off next Thursday, July 24th in San Jose, California. There’s still time to register, and we hope you do — we’ll be there, too! This year, along with a Happiness Bar offering in-person support for your WordPress sites, we’re hosting a series of short workshops on the topics you care about most. We’re also excited to welcome some of the amazing WordPress bloggers nominated as BlogHer Voices of The Year — they’ll join us for a series of informal…
  • Attention, Writers: The Next Blogging U. Challenge Is Here

    Ben Huberman
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last month, more than 4,000 bloggers joined us for Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, where they challenged themselves to carve out time to write regularly, and to experiment with new forms and styles. The result? Thousands of posts, comments, and follows, and countless new friendships. We’re excited to announce Blogging U.’s next offering, which begins next Monday, July 21st. Writing 201: Finding Your Story will invite participants to take their craft to the next level by focusing on more advanced storytelling and self-editing tools, from finding the right angle from…
  • Street Art: Around the World in Eight Photos

    Krista
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whenever I get the chance to travel, I always photograph local street art. The topics, colors, and scenes help me absorb the feel and atmosphere that makes each destination truly unique. Join me for a tour of some amazing street art from around the world, right from the comfort of your armchair. Welcome to Berlin, Germany, our first stop on the tour, where we find Christine Estima‘s photo of street art by ElBocho. I love the bold lines and striking expressions: #ElBocho Berlin Baby (Photo by Christine Estima) And now, over to Cardiff, Wales, for something slightly more muted. DIFF GRAFF…
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • What’s on Your Bucket List?

    Merrill Dubrow
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about my bucket list. At the top of my list was going on a African Safari…which I still haven’t done, but I’ve crossed off a few other items from my bucket list in the past few years: Going to Lambeau Field with R.H. and experiencing the frozen tundra in December was an amazing experience and something I had wanted to do for a very long time. It snowed the entire game which made it even more fun and the Green Bay fans were the nicest in the country! The other bucket list item I have checked off was going to all three final four games with…
  • What Do All of These Teams Have in Common?

    Merrill Dubrow
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Have you heard of these teams?: Austin Aces, Boston Lobsters, Philadelphia Freedoms, San Diego Aviators, Springfield Lasers, Texas Wild & Washington Kastles? What do they have in common? Well, all of these teams are part of the WTT I’m sure many of you are thinking, “What is he talking about? What is the WTT?” The WTT is…the World Team Tennis League! Aside from being in the league together, these seven teams have something else in common…they’re all FUN!!!! A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to a match with a few co-workers a few miles from…
  • Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? You Tell Me!!

    Merrill Dubrow
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    There’s nothing like a fun, mindless quiz on a Friday to pass a little time. Let me know if you’re “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” on these things! Click Here to Take The Quiz. Thanks for playing!
  • Are You Ready to Take this Challenge? I am NOT!!

    Merrill Dubrow
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    The Verrückt, the world’s tallest water slide, has finally started testing and should be open very soon. This monster ride, located at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, is over 168 feet tall. To put that height into perspective: it is taller than Niagara falls. For those people who like to walk, it is 264 steps to get to the top of the ride and will travel up to 65 miles per hour! Please watch the 90 second video and let me know if you would go on this ride! In case you’re curious: I’m a “no-go” on this! Would you ride Verruckt? What’s the…
  • I Don’t Usually Find Humor In Cabs…but this Made Me Chuckle

    Merrill Dubrow
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Last month, I was in Chicago and took a cab from the airport to downtown. I am not a big cab guy because of all of the starting and stopping that most cabs tend to do…but this trip brought a smile to my face. Due to my boredom, I started to read the rules, regulations and fare description for the cab. Most of it was pretty standard…except for one charge. This charge was a little different and clearly not ordinary (or at least not ordinary to me). That was the $50 charge for vomit clean up. Yes, I am serious. I had never seen a charge like that in a cab before and can imagine it…
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    timmilburn.com

  • Why Can’t Anyone Motivate Me?

    tim milburn
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    When it comes to motivation, you might think this requires giving something to someone else that pumps them up (like a pep talk, a bonus, an ultimatum, etc). But motivation actually comes from the inside of a person. It’s a person’s own desires and energy that fuels action. photo credit: Calidenism via photopin cc You can’t actually motivate someone else. But you can influence the motivation that already exists inside of another person in order to help that person get something done. People possess internal motivations like worthy causes, values, beliefs, interests, and fears. Everyone…
  • Excellence Is An Attainable Goal

    tim milburn
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’d like to talk to all of the student leaders in the room for a moment. (Everyone else can listen in if you’d like). As a student leader, you bring a unique set of strengths, abilities, and weaknesses to the table. You may or may not feel like you possess the “leadership” gene. But the one quality each and every student leader can demonstrate is excellence. photo credit: anjan58 via photopin cc Excellence is within your reach if you are willing to pursue it. You may not be the best, but you can definitely do your best. It is when you do your best that your effort stands…
  • How To Do One Thing For 90 Days In A Row

    tim milburn
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    January 1 is such an exciting day. Sooo many people are all geared up to make changes. They start writing. They start working out. They start eating vegetables. They start… Then there’s January 11. Not such an exciting day. And not very many people doing what they set out to do on January 1. Why can’t we find the self-discipline to do the one thing we promised ourselves we would do? It’s because we don’t have a plan. We don’t have a framework to follow. We made a decision but we have no idea how to manage that decision. Today I’m releasing a new free…
  • Self-Discipline Isn’t Multiple Choice

    tim milburn
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:10 pm
    If I’m going to take a test, I like to take multiple choice tests. That way I know the correct answer is there…somewhere. Even if I don’t know which one is correct, I can still guess. But self-discipline isn’t a multiple choice test. It’s a True / False test. I either have it or I don’t. I either do what I’m supposed to do or I don’t. It’s not about options. It’s about making a decision and then managing that decision on a daily basis. I either do or I don’t. Let me back up a bit. Self-discipline is the ability to keep the…
  • Self-Discipline Isn’t Automatic

    tim milburn
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Miranda Lambert has a song out entitled, Automatic. You can watch the music video below. The chorus of her song seems really appropriate for this next post on self-discipline. It goes like this: Hey what ever happened to waiting your turnDoing it all by hand, ’cause when everything is handed to youIt’s only worth as much as the time put inIt all just seems so good the way we had itBack before everything became automatic I’m a big fan of tools and technology that can actually carry some of the heavy lifting of my everyday tasks. That’s the beauty of those…
 
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    Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

  • Children are Amazingly Creative At Solving Problems

    John Hunter
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    This story at NPR reminded my of Russell Ackoff talking about the creativity kids show in solving problems* – and how school often stifles that creativity. Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets Children try a variety of novel ideas and unusual strategies to get the gadget to go. For example, Gopnik says, “If the child sees that a square block and a round block independently turn the music on, then they’ll take a square and take a circle and put them both on the machine together to make it go, even though they never actually saw the experimenters do…
  • The Benefits of Blogging

    John Hunter
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    ASQ interviewed me, and several other ASQ Influential Voices bloggers for an article published in the current issue of Quality Progress magazine: The Blog Boom. A couple of my quotes from the article: I have been blogging for 10 years, which is more than enough time to convince me it is right for me. Blogging fits my personality—I like short delivery cycles. I don’t like the idea of working on a project that takes a year to reach the audience or customers. With blogging, I can have an idea, and in an hour I can share that with people across the globe. Blogging is similar to agile software…
  • Gerald Suarez on Creating the Future

    John Hunter
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:30 am
    I was lucky enough to be hired by Gerald Suarez to work for him at the White House Military Office. The webcast below is speech he gave at TedX Loyola Marymount. The illusion of knowledge is more dangerous that ignorance. Without the proper foundation for planning for the future (contemplation and desire), our design will be incomplete. It will be like trying to build a house with no foundation. We become addicted to shallow metrics of success where more and bigger is better. In talking to a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company about a promotion to VP that the executive doesn’t…
  • Root Cause, Interactions, Robustness and Design of Experiments

    John Hunter
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:23 am
    Eric Budd asked on The W. Edwards Deming Institute group on LinkedIn If observed performance/behavior in a system is a result of the interactions between components–and variation exists in those components–the best root cause explanation we might hope for is a description of the interactions and variation at a moment in time. How can we make such an explanation useful? A single root cause is rare. Normally you can look at the question a bit differently see the scope a bit differently and get a different “root cause.” In my opinion “root cause” is more a…
  • George Box Webcast on Statistical Design in Quality Improvement

    John Hunter
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    George Box lecture on Statistical Design in Quality Improvement at the Second International Tampere Conference in Statistics, University of Tampere, Finland (1987). Early on he shows a graph showing the problems with American cars steady over a 10 years period. Then he overlays the results for Japanese cars which show a steady and significant decline of the same period. Those who didn’t get to see presentations before power point also get a chance to see old school, hand drawn, overhead slides. He discusses how to improve the pace of improvement. To start with informative events (events…
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It

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

    27 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    For better or worse, why do so many companies veer off their strategic plan? Look for a disconnect between strategy and how resources are allocated, say Harvard Business School's Joseph L. Bower and Clark G. Gilbert, in their article "What Really Drives Strategy Their assertion? "Organizations of any size are built around a series of building blocks, and the bigger the company the more responsibility in those building blocks. Today they are called SBUs—Strategic Business Units—or they are country organizations. If you add up what those people actually do, which ideas they choose to bring…
  • Your Dream Job - And Your Passion

    20 Jun 2014 | 5:10 am
    What would be your dream job? If money were not a consideration, what would you do? A recent Harris Interactive survey among almost 8,000 employees over the age of 18 found the following: 45% of workers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs 55% of workers said they were not satisfied Furthermore... 20% were passionate about their jobs 33% believed they had reached a dead end 21% were eager to change to something different The above statistics paint a vivid picture of how elusive passion can be in careers. Here are some more observations about dream jobs: Dream jobs…
  • The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution

    13 Jun 2014 | 5:48 am
    "A brilliant strategy, blockbuster product, or breakthrough technology can put you on the competitive map, but only solid execution can keep you there So begins the Harvard Business review article "The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution" written by executives from management consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc . According to the authors, "Execution is the result of thousands of decisions made every day by employees acting according to the information they have and their own self-interest." Their research identified four fundamental building blocks executives can use to influence…
  • The Five Secrets of High-Performing Organizations

    6 Jun 2014 | 5:33 am
    The best performing small businesses have five factors in common: A strong leadership team The ability to attract and retain quality people A disciplined approach to their business The ability to strategically use technology The wise use of trusted outside providers Top-performing organizations rate not just a little better in these five areas -- but at least 100% better. This whitepaper looks at the results of the research, and identifies five factors that the top 25% of all high-performing organizations have in common. More ...
 
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  • By: Building Team Trust

    Building Team Trust
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    […] often used buzz words are creativity, innovation and engagement. When I read Steve Farber’s great blog article on trust this week, it got me thinking about how integral that is to everything we do with teams. […]
  • By: Leadership Blogs Map - Sources of Insight

    Leadership Blogs Map - Sources of Insight
    19 Jun 2011 | 1:06 pm
    [...] Extreme Leadership, Inc., by Steve Farber [...]
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: Leadership Lessons from the Shower

    Kevin Eikenberry
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to coaching others, we often make the same mistake that I made with a “backwards” shower faucet. Intrigued? Check out this episode of Remarkable TV for my leadership lessons from the shower. Successful coaching starts with understanding and empathy of the other person, not with our agenda or normal approach. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet […]
  • Your Success Depends on This Skill

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My hope is that this headline makes you wonder. Perhaps you are guessing what the skill is. Perhaps you are thinking I am pretty presumptuous to suggest I know the most important skill you need, after all, I don’t know you, your experience or what you do for a living. This skill is so ubiquitous […]
  • Announcing a Fascinating Learning Opportunity

    Kevin Eikenberry
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    About a month ago, I recommended a new book titled How the World Sees You (read that recommendation here). Since that recommendation and the release of the book on July 1, the book has made #2 on the New York Times Best seller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal list. This book helps […]
  • Five Thoughts on Persuasion

    Kevin Eikenberry
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Persuasion. I’ve written about it recently, and yesterday I posted a Remarkable TV episode on the same topic. When I start teleseminars (like the ones at RemarkableLearning.com), I often start with quotations from others to give greater perspective. Today, I’ve decided to do what I sometimes do at the start of our teleseminars, by sharing some […]
  • Remarkable TV: Want to Be More Persuasive?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Persuasion cannot happen until we understand one thing. Watch this video for tips on influencing your audience and having more effective persuasive communications. The art of persuasion starts with understanding your audience. Until you do you can’t persuade anyone. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about the Communicating for Results workshop here. If you […]
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    Survival Leadership

  • Being Coached: Post #7--Team Coaching

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Team CoachingCoaching a team you work with that has similar collective goals. Much of the same rules (confidentiality, honesty, and trust) and techniques used in group coaching are also used in team coaching: the meeting rhythm—check-in, discussion, and check-out; meeting with coach prior to team meeting to establish a personal leadership development goal (about how to show up as a leader); and peer coaching. Some differences: Peers also discuss strengths of the team and changes that need to be made to get even better as a team.
  • Being Coached: Post #6--Confidentiality

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Confidentiality Confidentiality is critical on both the part of the coach and all participants. Participants can share anything about themselves—but what happens in the group and with peer coaches stays with them. Clients are strongly urged to share their developmental plans with their leaders. Finally, the coach will share the general themes with the corporate sponsor—how well the group members are participating—but only in the aggregate. Coaches make this clear up front to the sponsor.
  • Being Coached: Post #5--Discussion

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    Discussion: Talk about homework—reading, videos, etc. 3) Check-Out: One word about how you are feeling now.--First Meeting—After intros (and check-in) and initial stage setting by coach, participants meet and share with peer coaches to work on personal development goals. Later, everyone reveals his/her developmental goal to the group. Then, the group discusses pre-meeting readings or videos. The group ends with a check-out exercise.
  • Being Coached: Post # 4--Feedback

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    Feedback. Each participant is required to get 3-5 people they trust to give them feedback on their leadership (how they show up as leaders) to help their developmental program. Questions can include: What leadership qualities do you admire? How do I stack up? When have you seen me at my best? What is the one thing you’d like me to keep doing? What one thing do you recommend I do differently? After parsing out the top three leader qualities, responders are asked to rank you 1-10….low to high on how participant stacks up. Participants take their direction for change from there.
  • Being Coached: Post #3--The Individual Meeting

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Individual Meeting with the coach and each group client. Coaches work with clients by asking questions like: Tell me about yourself—bio from birth to now; having each client take an assessment instrument before meeting, then asking: Does anything stand out? What would you like to work on during the group coaching and how do you want to show up as a leader? How will you describe that goal in your coaching action plan? 
 
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Best of #SAchat Tweets – Week of 07/21/2014

    nope
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Every day the #sachat feed is full of great resources, professional musings, and important questions that have been posed to the community. Here is a highlight of some of the tweets from the stream during the last week. We know this list is only scratching the surface, but we hope it will encourage you to keep the conversation going. Chat on! "People want to be freed in an organization to be excellent." @tablegroup #orghealth #sachat #highered #studentaffairs — Shane Cadden (@scaddenFNL) July 18, 2014 Don't shoehorn every pop culture phenomenon into your training theme.
  • #SABeginnings: Learning to be Vulnerable

    nope
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I was that student who was pumped for graduate school back in January of my senior year (before interviews even started). I wasn’t quite sure where I was going, but I had my #1 school and frankly believed—it’ll just work out. For the most part this will be a minimum tear shed reflection, so yes I am at my #1 school. The transition to graduate school wasn’t one that I struggled with. I had always worked 20-30 hours a week in undergrad, academically I felt prepared (besides Law), and mentally I about an 8/10 (that’s a win). My first year of graduate school started off as expected,…
  • #SABeginnings: Dustin’s New Professional Journey Toward Jedi Mastery

    nope
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I have to admit, it feels weird to no longer formally be a student. I graduated from my master’s program at the end of May so by the posting of this, it has been about two months since I finished 19 straight years of school (K-12, undergraduate years, and master’s). That is most of my life as a twenty-five year old finally getting out into the world as a full-time professional. I am no longer a humble Padawan learner, but a certifiable Jedi Knight ready to take on the world with all that I have learned. For those who didn’t read my series of job search posts on this very…
  • Preparation before Promotion

    nope
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Taken from: http://ow.ly/zssMX I can remember when I first discovered the field of higher education. I was an undergraduate student finishing up my senior year. As positions became available at institutions in the area, I remember reviewing the job descriptions and thinking, “I can do this job”. After all, I was a marketing major, that had done a few marketing internships. I was fairly confident in my ability to perform the job responsibilities. I could bring a unique perspective to the higher education environment. It bothered me though, that many of the job descriptions required a…
  • The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast Episode #21: Brian MacDonald on Orientation, Family Programs, and Serving New Students

    nope
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Welcome to another great episode of The Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast! Our guest on the podcast this week is Brian MacDonald, formerly the Director of New Student Orientation & Family Programs at Rutgers University – New Brunswick and soon to be the Director of Residential Education at UCLA. Brian chatted with Dustin about his outlook working to welcome thousands of new students and families at Rutgers every summer, how to best serve your constituents, and the exciting things he is doing at San Diego Comic-Con this year! We appreciate Brian taking time out of his busy schedule…
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    Managing Leadership

  • Here and there – everywhere

    Jim Stroup
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:57 am
    We’ve covered two key elements of the 5-paragraph order used by the modern US military to not only transmit operational instructions to subordinates, but to ensure they have the perspective and context necessary to properly and intelligently carry them out. These are principally the “mission-oriented” nature of this order transmission system, and the detailed situation analysis provided – both of which precede the actual delineation of the tasks to be performed. This system, and the decentralizing, push-authority-down approach it expresses, are key to the phenomenal performance under…
  • Putting it all in context

    Jim Stroup
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:48 pm
    We’ve been working to offer concrete examples to explain why a primary management task is to impart perspective to the organization. Last week we looked at just one way the military does that through what is sometimes known as the mission-oriented order. We saw how military commanders don’t simply give “orders” – or instructions – to subordinate units as is often assumed. Rather, they put those instructions in context with a detailed explanation of the mission those tasks are intended to help achieve – and not only that: but also provided are the commander’s intent and concept…
  • Making sense of it all

    Jim Stroup
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:04 am
    We’ve been arguing that perspective is a principle managerial task. Of course managers need to have perspective themselves – but the actual point here is that a major responsibility they shoulder as managers is to make sure that the organization as a whole has it as well. They do this in two broad ways, and we will take a brief look at the first today and next week. This is the manner in which management disseminates the general organizational mission and specific instructions. As mentioned periodically here, the extraordinary circumstances in which military commanders operate make their…
  • Haste makes waste

    Jim Stroup
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    When managers have worked hard to develop complex plans, and then even harder to get them approved for execution, they sometimes become a little over-eager to cross the starting line. Impatience at the prospect of any further delay sets in. No need to brief-up the employees on this. The plan is management-stuff anyway – above their pay-grade – the staff’s relationship to it is only to do the designated work. Explaining it all to them would take still more time, quite possibly just create confusion, and – heaven forfend – might even produce yet more unanticipated criticisms and the…
  • Actual work

    Jim Stroup
    29 May 2014 | 10:50 am
    The previous series looked at the many fallacies in the unfortunate concept of individual leadership in organizations. This current series is intended to take a closer look at the actual role of management in them. We began by posing our broad definition of management as “the development of organizational objectives and the identification and deployment of resources to accomplish them.” Now, let’s break that down a bit. To begin with, we should note that inherent in any activity or role undertaken by management is the responsibility for execution and, of course, decision-making. These…
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    Management Skills Blog

  • Are There Limits to Creativity?

    Tom Foster
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    “I think we need to create a circle,” Russell explained. “What’s a circle?” I asked. “I was reading about this new management thing called holacracy. It’s a group of people in the company who get together to solve a problem,” he replied. “Why do you call it a circle, rather than a project team?” I wanted to know. “A project team is too limiting. It stifles thought. This circle would be free to think in brand new ways, without limits,” Russell smiled at his new idea. “So, if the circle thought the best way to solve a…
  • Holacracy, the Latest Management Craze

    Tom Foster
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    I have been reading about this latest management fad, holacracy, for some months now, but it was Gregory Ferenstein’s post on July 11 that finally sent me over the edge. For the record, here are two other articles that tee up this management craze. Zappos says goodbye to bosses by Jena McGregor and a more reasoned explanation, published in the Economist, The holes in holacracy. Also note that the word holacracy is a registered trademark. It is a brand, which always raises red flags in my world regarding its methods. Is it really something new or is the word made up to muddy the already…
  • “Zappos just abolished bosses” – Baloney

    Tom Foster
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    “The latest management trend to sweep Silicon Valley requires CEOs to formally relinquish their authority and grants special protection for every employee to experiment with ideas. It’s called holacracy and big name tech leaders have jumped on the bandwagon,” proclaims Gregory Ferenstein in his post on Vox, July 11, 2014. “Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh announced that he will transition his entire Las Vegas company — with a billion dollars of revenue and 1500 workers — to holacracy by the end of 2014.” Holacracy is described as the latest management craze and it is…
  • How to Build a Team, Where to Start?

    Tom Foster
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    “So, Roger. I am not going to give you all ten projects,” I repeated. “Not yet. Before I do that, we have some growing to do. You handled three projects superbly, the fourth you began to be late and by the fifth project, things really began to slip. But, you have potential. Ten simultaneous projects will require a different approach from you.” “You said I would have to build a team,” Roger replied. “Yes, and building a team is more complex than building a checklist.” “I think I can step back from all my projects and see the things about…
  • The Shift in Becoming a Manager

    Tom Foster
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    “What would you have to do differently to accomplish ten projects in the same time that you now run five projects? No overtime,” I challenged. “One thing is for sure, I can’t keep it all in my head,” Roger mused. “You know, some projects, you can manage with sticky notes. When you gave me my third and fourth project, I had to start making lists. When you gave me my fifth project, I realized my lists had similarities and I created a template with all the possible elements. Given another project, I can start with my template rather than creating a list from…
 
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    The Enlightened Manager

  • What Ethical Leaders Do

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    What does it mean to be an ethical leader?  Let’s break it down. Ethics in Childhood One afternoon when I was about seven years old, my dad and I were playing Super Mario Brothers. He had promised me a turn to play after his character died, and so I was waiting as patiently as a seven year old could wait.  After several minutes, Mario was killed by the boss monster, but he refused to hand over the controller. “Hang on… I need one more turn.” He did this twice more, and so I reached up and hit the power button on the console and ended his game. He was angry, but I…
  • The Joy of Coworking

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Working in a big room with a bunch of strangers.  It sounded like such a terrible idea until I tried it. It’s been an interesting month in the Baker household.  Over the course of two weeks we decided to downsize into a much smaller home, eliminate my home-office, and start moving towards a simpler “car-free” lifestyle. Yeah, we can be impulsive sometimes. There are some huge benefits to our move (financial and personal) but it has created a slew of problems to solve.  How will I get around to my clients?  What will I do with my facilitation supplies? Where am I going to…
  • The Financial Side of Employee Engagement

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Is there a relationship between employee engagement and personal finance? Darn straight there is. Employee engagement has been all the rage these last ten years.  Organizations want employees who actively care about the business and the quality of the work.  In short, they want to employ people who choose to be there. That goes for managers as well as staff – when we actively choose to do our work because we care about it at a personal level, we do better work.  Our productivity is higher. We make fewer mistakes. We are less likely to quit and we are probably less likely to…
  • When You Are Verbally Attacked

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    6 Jun 2014 | 12:45 pm
    When someone unleashes their fury at you, how do you respond? Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Never Hurt Me. Were you taught this nursery rhyme as a child? I was, and my mother encouraged me to sing it like it was a deflection shield against insults.  Like most childhood rhymes it has an undertone of gruesomeness. What if someone did come with sticks and stones to break our bones? That’s some creepy imagery for a five year old. No one can offend you without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt said that one.  The message is similar, of course. We can’t directly…
  • Facilitating Blind Participants

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    19 May 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The first time I facilitated a retreat with a blind participant, I realized that I had a lot to learn. It’s easy to get complacent when running meetings.  We assume that the tools that worked before will work well in the future. But imagine attending a meeting when you cannot see the visual cues that you are used to relying on.  No flipchart.  No screens. No facial expressions. No reading of gestures. Facilitators need to create an open and welcoming space. How else can we leverage all those ideas and personalities present in the room? When we rely too heavily on visual…
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    Women on Business

  • Why Your Trademark Registration Might Be Useless – Infographic

    Susan Gunelius
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Did you know that registering a trademark doesn’t always mean you can protect your brand name, product name, logo, or other marks? Believe it or not, you can obtain a trademark registration but in the future, if someone infringes on your trademark rights, you might not actually be able to do anything to stop them. The reason is simple. If your trademark is too descriptive, then it’s really hard to enforce your trademark rights. For example, if you owned a candy company and managed to trademark the name “Candy Bar” as the product name, your trademark would have far less…
  • Apprenticeship: A Positive Solution for America’s Future

    Sponsor Contributor
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Sponsored by American University: For most people, attending college pays off in big ways: lifelong friendships, invaluable mentorships and better earning potential. However, not everyone wants to go to college, and not all jobs require the completion of a degree. On-the-job training is declining in the U.S., even though people without college degrees could be trained onsite to perform many needed and good-paying jobs. Between 2003 and 2013, formal apprenticeships in the U.S. declined by 40 percent even as CEOs and hiring managers bemoaned the shortage of skilled employees. To fill in…
  • Are Staff Meetings a Waste of Time?

    Virginia Ginsburg
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    With more and more high-tech ways in which to communicate, some business owners are wondering whether face-to-face staff meetings are worth their time and energy. After all, can’t a text, e-chat or email accomplish the same thing in less time? The Value of Face-to-Face Meetings The fact is that many specific actions can be accomplished through digital interactions, but at the end of the day, voice-to-voice and face-to-face meetings will accelerate your business faster than purely digital interactions. This is because: 1. We Are Human While technology continues to develop at lightning…
  • 70+ Experts Reveal How to Expand Your Business with Social Media

    Susan Gunelius
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Social Media Summit East is coming to the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida on November 3-5, 2014. Women on Business readers can register now and get a special 25% discount. Dozens of Sessions Led by Recognized Experts You’ll learn from Brian Solis, Pam Moore, Neil Patel, Heidi Richards Mooney, Patty Farmer, Sally Falkow, and more! Women on Business Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Susan Gunelius, will present a lecture on building a brand with staying power in the social media age. Something for Everyone – From Beginners to Advanced Whether you’re just starting out and…
  • Increasing Board Effectiveness in Strategy and Risk Discussions

    Tracy Houston
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    “How do we increase our board’s effectiveness in strategy and risk discussions?” I am often asked to provide insights and ideas to this question. Here are a few ideas: 1. Identify Training Needs Conduct a review of the board’s risk management skills and relevant industry experience. If deficiencies exist, schedule industry or risk-management training. 2. Review Key Assumptions List all the key assumptions implicit in the company’s strategy and revisit them on a set schedule. 3. Assign a “Devil’s Advocate” Appoint one director to the role of “devil’s…
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    The Glass Hammer

  • Inequality in Filmmaking, and What Women are Doing to Break Through the Gender Barrier Behind the Camera

    No Byline
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Hadley Catalano In 2013, according to Celluloid Ceiling, women accounted for only 16 percent of behind-the-scenes employees on the top 250 (domestic) grossing films. Similar to financial services and technology, women in Hollywood lack the exposure and access to capital needed to finance their films. Like other industries, organizations and individual content creators are working to combat and change the mindset of the traditional jobs assigned to filmmakers through pragmatic initiatives, mentor programs, and networking partnerships to promote, educate and empower women in film. One of…
  • Office Gossip: How It Can Actually Help You in Your Career

    No Byline
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Mary Chung How many times have we been told that there is no place for gossip in the office? Let’s be honest, we are all guilty of it, and now we may not have to feel so bad for engaging in it. According to a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science by researchers from Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley, there can be positive effects to gossiping in groups because people learn through gossip about the behavior of others. The study showed that individuals readily gossiped reputational information about others, and groups used that gossip to…
  • Voice of Experience: Susan C. Frunzi, Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

    No Byline
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Michelle Hendelman “I didn’t have a master plan or a clear vision of my career path,” explained Frunzi. “Instead I went with my gut instincts, I focused on the things I liked to do, and I knew that no decision I made was irrevocable.” Following her instinct has been one of the most important lessons that Frunzi has learned and applied to her career. “Coming out of law school, I did not follow everyone who was chasing big firms. I had a hunch about Schulte Roth & Zabel –which was a smaller firm with about 50 lawyers at the time –and I felt like it was the right fit for…
  • What Should Leaders Do About Stereotype Threat?

    No Byline
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) There are many organizational mechanisms that push women and people of color out of the professional workplace. Not least of these is a subtle, systemic bias toward white males that gives people who are part of the dominant group the benefit of the doubt, while those on the outside seemingly have to prove themselves over and over again. Perhaps the most insidious factor driving women and minorities out of the professional workplace is the subtle, gnawing anxiety created by stereotype threat. Dr. Maya Beasley, an associate professor of sociology at the…
  • Once Upon a Time: Tell Your Story, Inspire Others and Build Your Teams

    No Byline
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Nneka Orji “Over the years I have become convinced that we learn best—and change—from hearing stories that strike a chord within us…Those in leadership positions who fail to grasp or use the power of stories risk failure for their companies and for themselves.” John Kotter The idea that storytelling can be a powerful tool to convey important messages and inspire is not new, but its impact in a business context is only more recently gaining traction with the wider management community. While data and analysis go some way in convincing audiences of the need to act, on their own…
 
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Video] How Do You Overcome Differences Between Executives and the Rest of the Culture?

    RoundPegg
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Do You Overcome Differences Between Executives and the Rest of the Organizational Culture?”When we survey organizations to understand what's really happening in the culture, we often find differences between the executives or the senior leadership and the rest of the company. And it's a good data point, it's important for us to know that those differences exist. And it doesn't mean that they're right or wrong.What's critical is to look at those, understand them, be able to tease them…
  • [Video] What’s Wrong With Most Companies’ Stated Values Today: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What’s Wrong With Most Companies’ Stated Values Today?”Organization's stated values often are not a great reflection of what's really happening within the company. So typically, the values have been created by a leadership team that has gone on an off-site or sat down during a strategic meeting, and have identified who they want to be, who they wish they were -- and then those are delivered to the organization as the culture.The problem with that is that those are often not aligned whatsoever…
  • [Video] What is the Best Type of Culture for Performance: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “What is the Best Type of Culture for Performance?”We are often asked how to create a high performing culture, but high performing cultures can actually look many, many different ways. There isn't one way to be a high performing culture.What we know predicts high performance is an organization that understands what their unique company culture is and ensures that all of what they do, how they grow their company, how they develop the people, how they keep their employees motivated and…
  • [Video] How Does Culture Affect Turnover: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Does Culture Affect Turnover?”Culture is the key driver in understanding turnover and churn rates within an organization. Individuals tend not to leave organizations because of differences around skills and abilities. They tend to leave companies based on their differences or on culture with the company, the team, or the manager.So when we start to understand, try to understand why we have high churn rates, why we have high turnover, the first place to look is culture. If the culture is broken,…
  • [Video] If We Want an Aligned Culture, Won’t We Have Clones: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “If We Want an Aligned Culture, Won’t We Have Clones?”We are often asked when we talk about achieving culture alignment if, by focusing on culture alignment, we won't inadvertently create a company for clones. People who all function and think in the same way. And what we like to say is, if we could do that, we would have a great business on our hands.But it's actually virtually impossible, because people are so complicated. And what we're really looking at is how do we identify a very small set…
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    Rich Gee Group

  • Good Service vs. Bad Service – A Parable.

    richgeegroup
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Once upon a time there was a coach. He woke up every morning at 4:30 AM and worked until 5 PM. Some days he worked at his office in Stamford — some days he worked at his home office. Some days he coached all day long with wonderful clients — some days he was on the road connecting with old and new friends to build his business. During these wonderful times, this coach would make a small detour and pick up a few foodstuffs for his family (it’s the least he could to to help his ravishingly beautiful and infinitely smarter wife). This day, he stopped off at a supermarket,…
  • Be A Better Leader – 30 Leadership Hacks For Managers.

    richgeegroup
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    I managed large teams for over 20 years in corporate and have been coaching C-Level clients for 14 more. During this time, I’ve probably run into every scenario a manager can experience. Here are my top 30 hacks to make you a better leader (in no special order): 1. Motivate people, don’t command them. It’s a lot harder, but you will like the results a lot more. 2. Identify your key employees and reward them so they know they’re valued. Don’t worry about losing poor talent. 3. Translate upper management’s vague directives into things your team can…
  • How to Be an Effective CEO.

    richgeegroup
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    It’s quite simple - unfortunately, there are many critics, books, and know-it-all’s out there trying to ‘complexify’ (my word) the basic responsibilities of a CEO or C-Level executive. It really comes down to three skills: 1. Motivate Your Team This is the most important skill – everyone goes to work, but it’s how you manage their expectations, keep them focused, and acknowledge them for their efforts that win the game. This is not a one management-style fits all – you need to directly motivate each direct report on your team AND teach them how they…
  • Is Your Competition Waving As They Pass You?

    richgeegroup
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:16 am
    On with one of my oldest clients this morning and came up with a spot-on analogy about a lot of organizational management today: Your company is a ship on the open sea and your mission is to navigate and guide it into port. Your captain (management) wants you to take it in slow and steady, so they hit their schedule perfectly. They don’t want to expend any more fuel, any more people, or take a chance by accelerating the ship to get to the port faster. It’s the way they’ve done things for years and they are not changing. Unfortunately, you’re guiding the ship and…
  • Why Your Good Leadership Isn’t Great.

    Rich Gee
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:15 am
    Good To Great. An incredible book by Jim Collins — relates how certain companies overcame their obstacles and pushed themselves from being just good companies to the stars of their industry. It chronicles how they made the leap, what they did, and what they didn’t do. How can you make the leadership leap with your team and go from just being a good leader (and that isn’t bad) to a great leader? Here are some basic qualities most leaders use and how to kick each one up a notch to great: Integrity When was the last time you really assessed YOUR performance? Do you stand by what…
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    First Friday Book Synopsis

  • Be Sure You Know How Your People Learn about Ethics

    kjkrayer
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Before you decide upon an ethics program for your organization, consider how the facilitator conducts it, and what content he or she exposes your people to. We don’t think training people about ethics should be from a situational or conditional perspective.   We don’t believe in excuses or promises.  We don’t believe in people sitting […]
  • Our Book on Organizing Change Features Three Key Principles

    kjkrayer
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    When Bill Lee and I wrote Organizing Change (San Francisco:  Pfeiffer-Jossey Bass, 2003), we did so from a large-scale perspective.  Our premise was that it is easier to consider change from a high-level such as a one that affects an entire organization, then, whittle it down to whatever level you want to use, such as a […]
  • When Your Ethics Are Unethical – A Lesson From History (“Restrictive Covenants,” Including from Right Here in the Heart of Wealthy Dallas)

    Randy Mayeux
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Ethical: Adjective following accepted rules of behavior : morally right and good ——————– So, here’s a question. What happens when your ethics are unethical? What happens when “following accepted rules of behavior” actually means following utterly unacceptable rules of behavior? Try this line of thought: Property values must be protected Anything that threatens property values must be […]
  • Sam Ford: An interview by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Sam Ford is Director of Audience Engagement for Peppercomm. His 2013 New York University Press book, Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture, was co-authored by Henry Jenkins and Joshua Green. The book was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Booz & Co.’s Strategy+Business and was voted one […]
  • Horizontal Connections; Vertical Connections – What Good Networkers Can Learn from a Great Journalist (A Networking Lesson from Lawrence Wright)

    Randy Mayeux
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    This is great advice for all who what to become better at “networking.” And, who doesn’t want to become better at networking? Lawrence Wright won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. His latest book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, is also an […]
 
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  • A New Vision for High Velocity Application Delivery: How an Automated Lifecycle Approach to DevOps Supports the Agile Business (EMA Analyst Paper)

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The report looks at key concepts to support an Agile business and the foundational role enterprise management tools play in automating the “ideas to action” cycle. It approaches these topics from a lifecycle perspective, encompassing modern DevOps products and practices.Read how CA Technologies approaches developing a DevOps strategy that enables Agile application delivery through Service Virtualization, Release Automation, Data Mining and a key differentiator to a complete lifecycle approach, Application Performance Management.Request Free!
  • The New American Workplace Research Kit - Includes a Free $8.50 Book Summary

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    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,…
  • Creating a Smarter Workforce for Market Leadership

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    With a smarter workforce, your company can drive innovation to bring great products and services to market faster, resolve problems before they arise to improve customer satisfaction, and deepen sales relationships with new and loyal customers who routinely come back for more. Learn how to quickly and easily identify the right people for the right jobs at precisely the right time.Hear how personalized and social experiences can help activate your workforce to improve teamwork, unleash innovation and engage customers. Discover how to build a framework to empower a vibrant workforce that…
  • Quick Guides for Managers: Write to Influence

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    No matter how good you are at your job and how much you know about doing it well, those who communicate their management prowess through the written word and influence others will be more successful than those who don’t—or can’t. To reach your full management potential, you must be able to communicate well via the written word and achieve results by influencing with those words. This book is the first step. Sections include: Write to Influence Techniques that Influence Looks Matter The Mechanics of Writing The POWER System for Writing Writing Memos, Letters and Postings…
  • SECURITY LEADERSHIP SERIES: Security Strategies for Success

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    For IT leaders, these security strategies for success are essential reading.Request Free!
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    N2Growth Blog

  • Do You Speak the Language of Performance Driven Execution?

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

    John Childress
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    By John R. Childress Chair, Cultural Transformation – President, N2Growth Europe, N2Growth “If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings”  ~Dave Barry Everywhere I go I hear complaints about Business Review Meetings.  Whether they are held monthly, quarterly or some other cadence, the comments from participants tend to be the same. “What a waste of time.” “Now I’ve lost another day of work.” “I flew to the East Coast for this? At least they had a decent movie…
  • English Football (Soccer) and Executive Development

    John Childress
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:07 am
    By John R. Childress Chair, Cultural Transformation – President, N2Growth Europe, N2Growth For the past 20 years  I have been living in London and to say that the English are football crazy would be an understatement.  There are multiple football leagues, as well as club teams in almost every village.  The latest statistics show there are more than 140 individual leagues, containing more than 480 divisions, with an estimated average of 15 clubs per division, giving this tiny country more than 7,000 teams in the English men’s football league system. The leagues are structured…
  • The Leadership ‘X’ Factor That Creates ‘It’ Companies

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

    John Childress
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:50 am
    By John R. Childress Chair, Cultural Transformation – President, N2Growth Europe, N2Growth The dinosaur’s eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good, an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better.                   ~ Eric Johnston Thanks to Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard University and his 1997 landmark book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, we have a new way of understanding the life cycle of companies and why some market leaders maintain their dominant position and other one-time market leaders disappear. Here’s how it works: Dominant companies that…
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    Lead Change Group

  • The Real Battle of Leadership

    Jeff Harmon
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    In a recent video post, I shared the 5 word secret to servant leadership…. “It. Is. Not. About. Me!”  These five simple words are easy to add as a daily mantra or prayer to ground you in servant, other-oriented leadership; however, behind those five simple words is a fierce battle.  It’s an unseen battle that [...]Author informationJeff HarmonJeff Harmon is the president of Brilliance Within Coaching & Consulting which specializes in developing principled, character driven business leaders while helping them translate their strategies into focused, actionable plans that…
  • What Leaders Can Learn From the Rules of Combat

    Chip Bell
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
      Hugh L. McColl, Jr. is the retired chairman and CEO of Bank of America. An ex-marine officer in the late fifties, his business leadership style was and continues to be swashbuckling, colorful, and intense. Wall Street analysts characterized him as a no-holds barred tactical genius that lead the bank as its thirty-nine year old president with [...]Author informationChip BellChip R. Bell is a renowned keynote speaker, consultant and author of several national best selling books. His newest book is The 9 1/2 Principles of Innovative Service. He can be reached at www.chipbell.com.
  • The Second Most Important Leadership Trait

    Bill Benoist
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    It’s no surprise research has shown one of the characteristics people most want to see in their leaders is honesty. Honesty is not geographically bound. This characteristic is listed as one of the top five most important leadership qualities from people around the world. Do you know what the second most important leadership trait is? [...]Author informationBill BenoistOwner at Leadership Heart CoachingBill Benoist is Vice President of Information Services for one of the nation's largest commercial real estate companies. He is also a certified professional coach specializing in career and…
  • How Embracing Risk Is Vital For Your Leadership

    Georgina Stewart
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    When it comes to business, no successful leader has made the big time by being overly hesitant and inhibited. Being bold and brash is not necessarily the key to success, but taking chances and embracing the notion of risk is. Playing it safe can certainly lead to profitability in the short term, but it greatly [...]Author informationGeorgina StewartGeorgina Stewart has worked in the executive search business for a number of years and has been lucky enough to recruit for various international and local organisations. She currently works for Marble Hill Partners, who help provide interim…
  • Pass the Tolerance, Please

    Jane Perdue
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    We joined the conversation just as Matt was defending the right to be quirky and go against the mainstream. He was calm, gracious, and articulate—speaking his mind without being in anyone’s face, urging respect for different values and opinions. His message of tolerance went unheeded. As the threads of conversation began anew, anyone who disagreed [...]Author informationJane PerdueJane founded Braithwaite Innovation Group, a professional development firm dedicated to redefining power, performance, and connection @ the intersection of the art of leadership & the science of business.
 
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    Crucial Skills

  • Respecting Part-time Coworkers

    Ron McMillan
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Dear Crucial Skills, I am a middle-aged, part-time worker by choice and work very hard while I am at work. I have a great attendance record, I’m dedicated, meticulous, and take initiative without drawing attention to myself. I try to do everything I can to make my coworkers’ jobs easier. Per my supervisor and coworkers, I am a “great team player.” However, I am still bothered by some comments along the lines of “she’s just a part-timer,” and I don’t get the same treatment as full-time employees regarding things like perks, raises, etc. What can I do to help my employer and…
  • Kerrying On: Taking Control of Our Stories

    Kerry Patterson
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    http://static.vitalsmartscdn.com/kerryingon/KerryingOn_200601.mp3 Somewhere in deepest rural America, a man driving along a dark, lonely stretch of country road blew his right front tire. After pulling over and scrambling out of his BMW, he walked to the trunk, opened it, and noted with disgust that his jack was missing. After ten minutes of nothing but frog and cricket noises, our traveler concluded that he was on his own. It was then that he noticed that off to the west, across a long stretch of open ground, was a lone farmhouse. It was late, but there was a light on in the front window…
  • When Cultures Clash

    Joseph Grenny
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    During the month of July, we publish “best of” content. The following article was first published on August 3, 2005. Dear Crucial Skills, Our city has been struggling with a diversity initiative, and we’ve been going through the Crucial Conversations Training to help address issues that keep our employees from working together because of cultural misunderstandings. It’s been interesting to see people’s reactions to the terms “silence” and “violence” used in the training. It seems to be a matter of interpretation. For example, several people from different ethnic backgrounds…
  • What if the other person refuses to open up?

    Stacy Nelson
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    When trying to commit to seek mutual purpose, what if the other person refuses to open up and share his or her meaning to find and/or create a mutual purpose? It can be difficult when the other person seems to be holding back what it is they really want. There are a couple of things you might keep in mind when dealing with this situation. Sometimes the refusal to open up is a sign others are not feeling safe. One of the first things you may want to do is ask yourself a couple of “heart questions”: A) Do you really care about what they care about? B) Do you really care about them? If you…
  • The Silent Spouse

    Al Switzler
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    During the month of July, we publish “best of” content. The following article was first published on February 2, 2005. Dear Crucial Skills, Whenever my husband and I get into a conversation that he doesn’t want to continue, he will resort to a comment like, “You always have to have things your way,” and will refuse to continue the conversation. This approach leaves issues unresolved and interferes with other areas of our life. How can I get around this? Signed, Unresolved Dear Unresolved, When we teach Crucial Conversations Training and ask for the kinds of…
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    Aspire-CS

  • Your sources of real power

    Mary Jo Asmus
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Leadership just isn’t what it used to be. Thank goodness! We’ve all known of organizational cultures where the managers’ use of command and control is a source of power. Because we are now in an age of flattened organizational structures, global broad based knowledge, and speed of light decision making, real leadership power lies in work relationships that are formed and intentionally sustained. In the next 20 years, we’ll see more change in how managers lead. Although here are still pockets of managers who grasp for power through force and strength, they’ll…
  • Leading through uncertain times

    Mary Jo Asmus
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
      The announcement last week that Microsoft would be laying off 18,000 employees washed over me. Emotions emerged of a time several years ago when I was working in a company that had made several major mergers over the course of a decade while trying to survive in a marketplace that was relentless. The final blow culminated in massive layoffs. Many employees who would lose their jobs had spent a lifetime working for “the only employer in a small town” known for good pay, benefits, and treating employees with respect and dignity. While many employees certainly experienced the…
  • Don’t make them cry

    Mary Jo Asmus
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
      If you’ve been in the corporate or business arena for any period of time, chances are that someone has done something to you that was unthinking or insensitive, making you feel like you didn’t matter. This can be particularly upsetting if that someone is your boss. I shed a lot of (silent) tears because of some of the insensitive ways I was treated by some managers:   The first day I returned from maternity leave, I walked into my office and found someone else sitting at my desk. My manager had forgotten to let me know that an office had opened up across town where my…
  • How to be a leader without faking it

    Mary Jo Asmus
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    What makes it important to understand and stay connected with the core of who you are as a human being? How do you become an authentic leader? How do you know when your actions are less than genuine? These are some intriguing and deep questions that you may not have thought about. I have – for the simple reason that I believe the answers are important for leaders to be able to sustain the energy and dedication that are necessary for them to continue to inspire themselves and the people they lead. Inspiring others is part of what you must do, because it keeps people engaged and…
  • Are we there yet? Managing your impatience

    Mary Jo Asmus
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Do you remember those childhood family trips to a vacation spot, a parade, or Grandma’s house? A sense of excitement seemed to slow time down and we continually asked our parents, “Are we there yet?” from the back seat of the car. Those parents who were patient knew how to deal with that question by playing a game (“how many out of state license plates can you count?”) or otherwise focusing the attention of impatient children elsewhere. As an adult leader, you may have been promoted to a position of authority because you were able to get things done quickly. Your…
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    All Things Workplace

  • Crack the Leadership Code: Lead with Confidence, Inspire Performance and Make a Difference

    Steve Roesler
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Hosted by Dr. Michelle Pizer The 21-day event has just begun--and it is FREE! Click to reserve your seat! <www.cracktheleadershipcode.com> We hear all the time about the suffering of employees, but what about the silent suffering of leaders? The truth is, leadership can be lonely and we need a place to reflect and learn. Thats why Im speaking at Dr. Michelle Pizers special summit, along with 20 other leadership experts. Dr. Michelle Pizer is an executive coach and organizational psychologist bringing credibility and compelling strategies to the idea that great leaders arent born -…
  • Nobody Follows A Tentative Person

    Steve Roesler
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    I was standing at the meat counter at the local market and watched a leadership principle unfold before me: Nobody Follows a Tentative Person. Normally, they have little slips of paper with numbers that make the process run smoothly: take your number and wait for it to be called. But they ran out of numbers. Which meant we had to figure out for ourselves who was next. The nice part: people were concerned about not "butting" ahead. The bad part: as a result, when the butcher yelled, "Next", there was a lot of shuffling, faux self-deprecation, and confusion. No meat was moving out of the…
  • Self-Awareness Matters

    Steve Roesler
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    Organizations gain a lot more from leaders who take responsibility for what they know they don't know than from leaders who pretend to know everything. What recently occurred to me in an "aha" moment is this: self-awareness is one of the most valuable leadership competencies, yet it is one of the least discussed. In an effort to appear task-focused and "business-like," organizational feedback often gravitates toward hard skills and competencies that are more easily measurable.  Have You Thought About This? People who don't know their strengths and weaknesses actually tend to overestimate…
  • Changing Something? Start It Right

    Steve Roesler
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    If you're about to change something, remember that it's your change. You've thought about what you want to do--most likely for a long time. You've weighed the risks and benefits. You've visualized what things would look like if your new idea/project/improvement is implemented. You've even thought about at least some of the details. But most of all. . . You are convinced of it's worth and you feel good about it. Hey, I'm pumped up! Why isn't everybody else feeling good?  When you introduce your new thing, you are at the end of your process. Everyone else is at the beginning. They…
  • Tell The Truth About Talent

    Steve Roesler
    29 May 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you want to be the person who offers real value in a Talent Management discussion, then be the person who demands the truth about performance. Organizations are all about power and equilibrium. Over time, "conventional wisdom"  creates the list of high potential candidates. Then, at "developmental discussion" time the same names often keep popping up, unquestioned. Preparing for a keynote at a healthcare conference, I interviewed some CEO clients and their direct reports. The question: "What would make a manager or HR director a leader in your eyes?" The answer: "Ask the hard questions…
 
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    George Ambler

  • Great Leadership Starts with Mindset Not Skillset

    George Ambler
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Leadership begins with mindset. What is mindset you may ask? Mindset refers to the ideas, beliefs and attitudes with which a leader approaches a situation. As such mindsets for the foundation of great leadership. Mindset forms the basis for action. The VUCA environment of today is rewriting the rules of business. The result is that leaders desperately need new mindsets and new ways of looking at the world. Consider the cause of some of the biggest leadership failures of the past decade: Kodak created the first digital camera, an 8 pound, 0.01 megapixel still camera, in 1975. Despite…
  • Why You Should Stop Working So Hard

    George Ambler
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:15 pm
    You and I have been led to believe that hard work produces great results. If you keep you head down, work hard the results will follow. The only problem is if you look around there there seems to be more and more people with high levels of activity but make little progress. There are limits to what can be achieved through hard work and sheer determination. You quickly reach a point where more work fails to produce better results. The reason is that in most situations it’s only a vital few activities actually yield better results. There Are Limits to Hard Work The belief that more work leads…
  • Lessons from a General for Leading in a VUCA World

    George Ambler
    31 May 2014 | 5:35 am
    We are living in VUCA times. VUCA is military term that describes the challenging leadership context of today. The term VUCA stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. This is a helpful way to make sense of and understand the leadership context of the 21st century. The challenge is that leading in a VUCA world requires a new way of thinking and a whole new set of skills. General George Casey, 36th U.S. Army Chief of Staff and former Commanding General of the Multinational Force in Iraq, knows all about leading in a VUCA world. The General recently shared his experiences in the…
  • 5 Ways to Persuade with Character (Ethos)

    George Ambler
    27 May 2014 | 1:20 pm
    When Nelson Mandela spoke people listened. When Winston Churchill spoke people listened. When Warren Buffet speaks people listen. When Jeff Bezos speaks people listen. When leaders speak people listen. When you speak do people listen? Do you have the character and credibility to persuade others with your message? Ethos refers to an audience’s perception of the character, authority and credibility of the speaker. Ethos concerns itself with answering the questions of “What do you know about this topic?” and “Why should I trust you?” as asked by the audience. Character is based on the…
  • Leader Provocation: What Can One Person Do?

    George Ambler
    17 May 2014 | 3:03 am
        Now. It’s in your hands.  
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    Leadership Lessons From Triathlons

  • KM Duathlon

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    The KM Duathlon was held on 20 July, 7.00am, at the Changi Exhibition Centre. It attracted a few hundred endurance athletes to this boutique-race comprising a run-ride-run. We had not enjoyed a Duathlon for a few years, so this was a surprising treat. The format included a relay event, 5km-20km-5km (30km), or 10km-40km-10km formats. I elected to completed the 10-40-10 (60km) category, as a prelude to Ironman 70.3 Cebu (on 3 August). Sante sets off - fast! (I was just behind - see my finger?)The calm before the storm...(I am wearing the official Compressport tri-top).The 60km race was…
  • The Benefits of Training Solo (Part 1)

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    I have been training, predominantly, alone for the last two years. My race performance has been mixed, yet I have ticked off a few boxes on my Bucket List. Here are some salient advantages of training solo:1) You respect other people's time, by not wasting their time waiting for you to arrive.2) You save time, as you can start/stop at your own will and decision.3) You enjoy greater flexibility of activities and duration.4) You can integrate a workout at any time of your waking hours.5) You decide on your routes, pathways and course of action.6) You determine your own pace and speed.7) You are…
  • A First Time For New Experiences

    13 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    I tested my first aero-helmet this morning: the Rudy Project Wing 57, complete with snap-on visor. Perhaps, due to poor mounting on my part, my visor popped out halfway during my ride.I have not used an aero-helmet as I never thought I was fast enough to use it. In recent weeks, while preparing for my A-races, I decided to use this 'advantage'. I felt that my head was tighter, warmer, and I could hear the wind whistling in my ear (against the head-winds). I am reminded of the cliche of 'There's a first time for everything'. I must admit that I perceived i had a raised self-esteem. This was…
  • Racing Season Has Begun

    16 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    Racing has begun!In recent weeks, I have resumed racing with a 60km riding race and 21km run. With a schedule of races in July through September, I will be participating in a duathlon, Olympic Distance triathlon, half-Ironman, 10km and 21km races.It is assessment time, and I will be building up to Ironman 70.3 Cebu; I hope to earn a PB. My main goal in 2015 is to earn a sub-3-hour marathon, or somewhere near that time. A Boston Marathon slot in 2016 will be my main goal. Next year, I may attempt my third Ironman Lanzarote and aim for my best time there.Much to do, but happy work,…
  • From Less Functional To More Functional

    16 Jun 2014 | 8:13 am
    During the years 1990-1993, I was national-level bodybuilder (also known as a 'muscle-head') on its B-team. In my first competition, I spent eight weeks to prepare and packed on 7kg of lean muscle. I won third placing in the Middleweight division, and that was the start of a frustrating and tumultuous relationship with barbells, dumb-bells and weight-satck machines. I experienced strength, fatigue, stretch-marks, stinky gym-clothes, hyper-nutrition (over-nutrition by pissing out expensive urine) and revelations.Having won three 3rd placings, and one runner-up award I retired completely from…
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    Talent Talk

  • Building deep capabilities

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    ‘Deep capabilities’ is a buzzword being used a lot within companies at the moment to describe a type of skillset that is both ‘deep’ (i.e. where an employee has strong expertise in one area) and ... Read more on the Talent Technologies website
  • What makes great training?

    admin
    1 Jun 2014 | 11:53 pm
    What makes great training? Those of you who have been on training courses in the past will know that not all training is the same. This statement may sound like the blindingly obvious, a truism, but ... Read more on the Talent Technologies website
  • What does HR have to do with your company’s Brand?

    admin
    26 May 2014 | 6:14 am
    HR is typically seen as the ‘cost centre’ of a company’s activities. While Marketing might command as much as 30% of a company’s internal expenditure, Human Resource Departments routinely operate on as little as 1% ... Read more on the Talent Technologies website
  • The building blocks of collaboration

    admin
    12 May 2014 | 4:50 am
    ‘Collaboration’ is a word used a lot in companies these days – yet few professionals find it easy to articulate exactly what it is. There’s a sense collaboration has something to do with teamwork, but even ... Read more on the Talent Technologies website
  • Execution AND Engagement

    admin
    5 May 2014 | 5:53 am
    A key challenge facing leaders at every level of an organisation is how to execute on their strategy. They may take tens of thousands – even hundreds of thousands – of man hours defining and articulating ... Read more on the Talent Technologies website
 
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    QAspire Blog by Tanmay Vora

  • Leadership in VUCA World: Perspectives on #IndiaHRChat

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

    Tanmay Vora
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:47 pm
      Namaste! Welcome to the June 02nd 2014 Carnival of Leadership Development. I am thankful to carnival leader Dan McCarthy for allowing me to host this event -  a wonderful collection of very practical insights on Leadership Development. It is always a great privilege to host a Leadership Development Carnival because it allows us to explore so many different facets of leadership at one go. In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment where technology is constantly changing how people collaborate and work, the paradigms of leadership are changing. In…
  • Fostering Emergent Leadership: Bite Sized Insights on #IndiaHRChat

    Tanmay Vora
    25 May 2014 | 8:25 pm
    One of the skills that Google looks for before hiring is “Emergent Leadership”. In a connected, volatile, networked and virtual world of work, it is crucial for us to step out of traditional definitions of leadership and look at leadership as a role and not as a title. I was honored to be invited to share my insights on #IndiaHRChat on the topic “Emergent Leadership”. My fellow guest was Jesse Lyn Stoner, who is a business leader, executive coach and co-author with Ken Blanchard of International best seller “Full Steam Ahead: Unleash the Power of Vision”. It was such a great…
  • In 100 Words: The Formula for Success

    Tanmay Vora
    20 May 2014 | 10:04 pm
    A man approached JP Morgan with an envelope and said, “Sir, in my hand I hold a guaranteed formula for success, which I will gladly sell you for $25,000.” JP Morgan replied, “I don’t know what is in the envelope, however if I like it, I will pay you what you asked for.” JP Morgan opened the envelope, and extracted a single sheet of paper. He gave it one look, a mere glance and paid him the agreed-upon $25,000. The Paper: 1. Every morning, write a list of the things that need to be done that day. 2. Do them. Hat Tip to Tom Peters’ collection of Top 41 Quotes (PDF), which is also a…
  • Indispensable Traits of a Collaborative Leader: Part 3

    Tanmay Vora
    11 May 2014 | 11:24 am
    “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” — Ryunosuke Satoro Generally, traits such as vision, charisma, thinking, intellect, decisiveness, clarity, confidence and action-orientation characterize leadership. All of these are important and necessary, but not sufficient. The biggest challenge for a collaborative leader is to drive results from a diverse set of people across geographies who may or may not have a direct reporting relationship with the leader. Leading in such a distributed and diverse environment demands one key skill which, in a way, binds everything else.
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    churchrelevance.com

  • Texting Your Way to Healthier Church Communication

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

    Kent Shaffer
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    Special thanks to Church Relevance’s June supporters. They help fund the work and research that goes into the reference lists that Church Relevance has come to be known for. Call-Em-All // Church Community Builder // Church Office Online Digital Bible Platform // Ekklesia 360 // Elexio // eResources FaithWebsites // Graceway Media // Leaders Book Summaries Open Church // Shelby Systems // Rock RMS If you would like to learn more about sponsoring Church Relevance, check out our sponsors page for the latest rates, options, and traffic stats.The post Thank You June…
  • What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2014 & 2015?

    Kent Shaffer
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:14 am
    Church Relevance’s list of 2014 & 2015 church conference recommendations has been updated to over 80 ministry conferences throughout 2014, 2015, and even 2016. It is not too early to start planning which ones you can attend. So check out the list, and please leave a comment letting us know which conferences we forgot and which ones you’ll be attending.The post What Ministry Conferences Are You Attending in 2014 & 2015? appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Resources to Check Out

    Kent Shaffer
    31 May 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Two new resources have been added to our sponsors to check out – Rock RMS (a free church management software) and the Digital Bible Platform (a free Bible API with over 1,600 volumes). Bible Digital Bible Platform Church Management Software: Active Faith // Church Community Builder // Church Office Online // Elexio // Shelby Systems // Rock RMS Church Websites: Ekklesia 360 // FaithWebsites Communication Tools: Call-Em-All Education: Leaders Book Summaries Media Resources: Graceway Media // Open Church If you would like to learn more about sponsoring Church…
  • The Geneva Bible: 1560 Edition by Hendrickson Publishers

    Kent Shaffer
    26 May 2014 | 7:54 am
    Touted as the Bible of the Protestant Reformation, Hendrickson Bible Publishers offers a facsimile of the University of Wisconsin’s edition of the 1560 Geneva Bible. The Geneva Bible was the first English Bible to fully be translated from the original languages. It includes the Apocrapha and also includes extensive commentary and annotations in the margins from the scholars who translated it. Such benefits made it the preferred Bible among the English settlers who voyaged to the New World in the early 1600s. S. Iohn 3:16 For God fo loued the worlde, that he hathe giuen his onely…
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    Management Craft

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

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

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

    Lisa Haneberg
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:03 pm
    A friend sent me this picture - it's my latest book, Double the Love, with a nice shelf space at the International SHRM Conference. Woohoo! I particularly love that my book is shelved higher than, How to Work for an Idiot (What an idea for a book...Who's going to keep that on his or her desk?... Only idiots, clearly. How ironic!). We writers LOVE it when people send us pictures of our books (unless they're in the Super Bargain bins, then we don't want to know) so feel free to take a picture and send it to me anytime! I received another bit of good news on the bookfront today, my publisher put…
  • Secret #11 - The secret to performance velocity is design.

    Lisa Haneberg
    15 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    I thought I would do a few posts sharing a few editorial comments on the "Secrets" I shared in Double the Love. There are 11 secrets in the book, and this post discusses the last one. The secret to performance velocity is design. Be intentional and create the world you seek. In the book, I talk about this secret using the metaphor of the bento box. Like this one: Doesn't this look yummy? Thinking about it now, I bet I was really hungry when I selected this metaphor. I might not get all the way through this post before suggesting to hubby Bill that we go for some great Japanese food! I love…
  • Feeding Your Community

    Lisa Haneberg
    8 Jun 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Oh, golly, I have not been doing a very good job for my blog community. It has been far too long since I posted. Or better said, it has been far too long since I contributed (there is a difference - I could post every day with something that sounds like "buy my new book" but that would not contribute to you at all.) I am a lax blogger. I have not shared a new post in FOREVER! And I am a lax book marketer (all writers must be marketers or risk being unread - the ultimate failure). Ideally, I would be "out there" with book-related posts and readings and speeches but I am nowhere. And it is not…
 
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    All Things Workplace

  • Crack the Leadership Code: Lead with Confidence, Inspire Performance and Make a Difference

    Steve Roesler
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Hosted by Dr. Michelle Pizer The 21-day event has just begun--and it is FREE! Click to reserve your seat! <www.cracktheleadershipcode.com> We hear all the time about the suffering of employees, but what about the silent suffering of leaders? The truth is, leadership can be lonely and we need a place to reflect and learn. Thats why Im speaking at Dr. Michelle Pizers special summit, along with 20 other leadership experts. Dr. Michelle Pizer is an executive coach and organizational psychologist bringing credibility and compelling strategies to the idea that great leaders arent born -…
  • Nobody Follows A Tentative Person

    Steve Roesler
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    I was standing at the meat counter at the local market and watched a leadership principle unfold before me: Nobody Follows a Tentative Person. Normally, they have little slips of paper with numbers that make the process run smoothly: take your number and wait for it to be called. But they ran out of numbers. Which meant we had to figure out for ourselves who was next. The nice part: people were concerned about not "butting" ahead. The bad part: as a result, when the butcher yelled, "Next", there was a lot of shuffling, faux self-deprecation, and confusion. No meat was moving out of the…
  • Self-Awareness Matters

    Steve Roesler
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    Organizations gain a lot more from leaders who take responsibility for what they know they don't know than from leaders who pretend to know everything. What recently occurred to me in an "aha" moment is this: self-awareness is one of the most valuable leadership competencies, yet it is one of the least discussed. In an effort to appear task-focused and "business-like," organizational feedback often gravitates toward hard skills and competencies that are more easily measurable.  Have You Thought About This? People who don't know their strengths and weaknesses actually tend to overestimate…
  • Changing Something? Start It Right

    Steve Roesler
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    If you're about to change something, remember that it's your change. You've thought about what you want to do--most likely for a long time. You've weighed the risks and benefits. You've visualized what things would look like if your new idea/project/improvement is implemented. You've even thought about at least some of the details. But most of all. . . You are convinced of it's worth and you feel good about it. Hey, I'm pumped up! Why isn't everybody else feeling good?  When you introduce your new thing, you are at the end of your process. Everyone else is at the beginning. They…
  • Tell The Truth About Talent

    Steve Roesler
    29 May 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you want to be the person who offers real value in a Talent Management discussion, then be the person who demands the truth about performance. Organizations are all about power and equilibrium. Over time, "conventional wisdom"  creates the list of high potential candidates. Then, at "developmental discussion" time the same names often keep popping up, unquestioned. Preparing for a keynote at a healthcare conference, I interviewed some CEO clients and their direct reports. The question: "What would make a manager or HR director a leader in your eyes?" The answer: "Ask the hard questions…
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    Lip-Sticking

  • How Networking Can Change Everything

    Yvonne
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Guest post by Georgina Stewart We all have a sizeable personal network, which can be made up of family, friends, neighbours, ex-work colleagues, or fresh acquaintances. While, in terms of a successful application, networking will often play a vital role. If an employer is uncertain about employing you, then a ringing endorsement from someone in your network can be the decisive factor. "It's not what you know, but who you know" is a general truth for a reason. It often happens to be true. Networking has always been important. In the age of social media it's also possible to build up contacts…
  • Where are they now? They're Still with Me!

    Yvonne
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Yvonne and Susan at BlogHer by Yvonne DiVita "There she is! Oh my GOD! It's really her!" I wasn't the only one throwing my arms up with loud cries of excitement as I rushed across the gleaming lobby of the hotel, that fated day back on the ancient history days of that initial launch of the great BlogHer community. Women of all sorts flung themselves across the lobby, roaring like wild waterfalls, cascading into each other, full of sincere passion and delight, that morning. The rush was never ending, each woman eager to make sure she could find the right 'her' and 'her' and 'her'; so many…
  • Just Like a Girl

    Yvonne
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Bloom Shopper diva blue by Yvonne DiVita *I received a free bike bag as compensation for this post. I received it because I wanted to test the bag out - I told the folks who sent it that I'd do an honest, genuine review. So, these are my honest thoughts on the Basil bag...  I do a good bit of traveling, as, I expect, do many of you. We travel for business and pleasure and generally bring that obtrusive laptop along because...well, we want to stay connected.  Until recently, I had not found a good laptop bag, one that was easy to carry, attractive (yes, I care about that stuff), and roomy. I…
  • Not Enough Women Business Leaders: Is it Our Fault?

    Yvonne
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    by Megan Totka Despite the fact that women now account for nearly 60 percent of the U.S. workforce, just 4 percent of the CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are female – and women make up just 17 percent of Congress members and 12 percent of state governors. But why? A sttudy recently released from Florida International University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte doesn’t have the answers, either. Researchers set out to find the “why” behind the lack of women in leadership positions by looking at data from several previous studies and analyzing it. Some factors considered…
  • The Art of Poetry and Life in Your Business

    Yvonne
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    And a child shall lead us... to step away from the dull, to be silly and outrageous, to live the poetry of our lives by Yvonne DiVita I've been recommending folks step away from their business books and their seminars, from their social media and their conferences; step away and find a quiet corner to read... something inspiring. A classic novel. A story about life gone wrong, saved by a child or a dog. And, poetry. Yes, even poetry. Poetry, so says Wikipedia, "...has a long history, dating back to the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. Early poems evolved from folk songs such as the…
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    Biz Growth News - branding, business development and new media tips to attract more clients in less time

  • Exploring social commerce opportunities and Shoppable Google Hangouts with the new Promotions app

    Krishna De
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    I have written about the exciting opportunity for social commerce made available through Shoppable Hangouts which has been available only to a few selected Google Plus partners, so I was delighted last week to see that a new app will be available in the future for Google Hangouts users called the Promotions app. You can read the review I did of the tool here. If you are not familiar with Shoppable Hangouts here are some examples of brands hosting Shoppable Hangouts where people watching the Hangout can click through to make a purchase of your product – this is a great example of social…
  • Visual Content Marketing Show Episode 6 – How to take the production of your Google Hangouts to the next level

    Krishna De
    2 Feb 2014 | 10:41 am
    The sixth epsode of The Visual Content Marketing Show will take place on Monday 3 February 2014 at 3 pm /10 am EST and my guest is The Hangout Helper, Ronnie Bincer. Ronnie supports entrepreneurs and small businesses who want to learn how to use Google Hangouts in their business and I will be talking to Ronnie about how to take your Hangouts to the next level, following on from the previous episodes where we have talked to business leaders using Hangouts for their own online communications. You can watch the show live streaming on this page – see the video below. If you prefer, you can…
  • Visual Content Marketing Show Episode 5 – How to use Google Hangouts to boost your online visibility

    Krishna De
    25 Jan 2014 | 6:01 am
    The fifth epsode of The Visual Content Marketing Show will take place on Monday 27 January 2014 at 7 pm /2 pm EST and my guest is entrepreneur Denise Wakeman. I have know Denise for many years (since 2005) and through that time she has not only grown her own online visibility but that of her clients, and for the last year she has also included using Google Hangouts in her marketing and communications plans for a number of different projects and programmes which is she is involved with. Denise will be sharing with us her experience of using Google Hangouts as a platform to enhance your online…
  • Visual Content Marketing Show Episode 4 – How to use Google Hangouts if you are a chef or food blogger

    Krishna De
    18 Jan 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The fourth epsode of The Visual Content Marketing Show will take place on Monday 20 January 2014 at 7 pm /2 pm EST and my guest is chef, and culinary instructor Chef Dennis Littley. I first became aware of Chef Dennis when he was hosting Google Hangouts sharing recipe tips and since then he has gone on to be a guest on many shows and has hosted several other series of Google Hangouts to support his network and communities. Chef Dennis will be sharing with us his experience of using Google Hangouts as a platform to market your business is you are a chef, culinary instructor or food blogger.
  • Visual Content Marketing Show Episode 3 – How to use Google Hangouts to market your service based business

    Krishna De
    13 Jan 2014 | 7:43 am
    The third epsode of The Visual Content Marketing Show will take place on Monday 13 January 2014 at 8 pm /3 pm EST and my guest is Stephan Hovnanian. I first became aware of Stephan in 2013 when he posted some useful tips about how to optimise your Google Plus cover image. He recently started a a Google Hangout series where he is interviewing small business owners in the US who are using Google Hangouts in their marketing which you can subscribe to on YouTube. Stephan will be sharing with us his experience of using Google Hangouts as a platform to market your professional services practice.
 
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    Elements of Leadership

  • Be Kind

    Gary Cohen
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    by Gary Cohen “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato The post Be Kind appeared first on Elements of Leadership.
  • 5 Reasons to Pause Before You Answer

    Gary Cohen
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    by Gary Cohen The right word may be effective, but no word is ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.– Mark Twain   Pausing is undervalued and underutilized by leaders. There’s a tendency when someone asks us a question to enter a “me” mindset. “Now it’s my turn,” our brains tend to think. As a result, we might make the following “me” mistakes: 1. We project our own feelings onto the asker–either our feelings on the topic or whatever feelings we have carried into the conversation that have nothing to do with the topic/asker.
  • Invisible Leaders

    Gary Cohen
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    by Gary Cohen“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”–Jonathan Swift As leaders, we can feel too visible–both when things go wrong (and people seek someone to blame) and when things go well (and people want to give us too much credit). More often, though, we don’t feel visible enough. We feel like we’re not getting the attention we deserve or expect–from our coworkers, families and friends, or the public. Leaders tend to want to be seen. They’re the ones on camera, in the headlines, and on the dais. They seek out these…
  • 21 Obstacles to Leadership

    Gary Cohen
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:46 am
    by Gary Cohen21 Obstacles to Leadership Great leaders are constantly working on themselves in order to better lead. Sometimes they get stuck, however. They can’t overcome a particular obstacle or may not even be able to identify what the obstacle is. It helps for them to have someone who can speak truth to power, like an executive coach or a mentor. Coworkers may speak truth to power, too, but they’re more likely to avoid undiscussable subjects for fear of reprisal or harming the leader’s ego. Coaches and mentors don’t have the same obligations, vulnerabilities, and…
  • To Unleash everyone’s knowledge, let go of your own.

    Gary Cohen
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    by Gary Cohen The post To Unleash everyone’s knowledge, let go of your own. appeared first on Elements of Leadership.
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    frame of reference

  • Gathering – Part 18

    Chris Fillebrown
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 18 – Back Home for Lunch by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 17

    Chris Fillebrown
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 17 – Paying for the Book by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 16

    Chris Fillebrown
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 16 – A Mother and Her Children by Chris Fillebrown
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    The Complete Innovator

  • CEO Challenges Part 2: Incentives, Scalability, and Overcoming Barriers

    Boris Pluskowski
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    In my previous blog post, I discussed the effects of emerging social technologies, and what it means for leaders to execute CEO challenges — top-down initiatives that solve a high-level business problem — through managed innovation, collaboration, and employee engagement. These types of collaborative challenges come in many forms; a necessary approach considering the multitude of variables that exist from company to company. And, as expected, each brand of challenge comes with its own unique hurdles, benefits, needs, and potential outcomes. The Grand CEO Challenge When working within the…
  • CEO Challenges Part I: Rallying the Troops to Solve a Common Goal

    Boris Pluskowski
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:55 pm
    The recent convergence of social technologies in the CEO bag of tricks is great to see, bearing in mind the advancement of these technologies over the years. Nowhere more can we see the growing acceptance for social technologies and business practices than in the emerging trend and desire for CEOs to finally see their world expanding beyond their direct reports, and straight down to the grassroots level. The emergence of social tech platforms like Facebook, Yammer, and Mindjet SpigitEngage have flattened the modern-day organization like nothing has ever been able to do before. This flatness…
  • The Myth of the Millennial Social Movement

    Boris Pluskowski
    7 May 2013 | 11:36 am
    Hardly a day goes by without me hearing a senior executive at some major company cite the growing influence of the upcoming “Millennial Generation” as the reason for their foray into the enterprise social world.  But I wonder if they’re missing a trick here – look at almost any study of who actually uses Social Media in the modern world – and you’ll see that the major users are not those born in 2000+ (who are yet to get into the workforce) – but rather you see an almost even split between those in the 25-34 age and those in the 35-44 range.  Compare that then with the average…
  • Are you listening? The return of Employee Engagement

    Boris Pluskowski
    23 Jan 2013 | 9:17 am
    “Employee Engagement” used to be a term reserved for the hollow halls of HR departments across the land. You’d hear a client say that was their main goal, and you knew a program was doomed to fail – usually because it was code word for “I haven’t got a clue what to do with this type of social application”.  My eyes would roll, my sleeves would get rolled up, and I’d get down to work teaching them the need to rethink the requirement for innovation goals that would drive focused value and strategic change through their organization. But that was 10 years ago – and today, as I…
  • Gamification in Innovation

    Boris Pluskowski
    23 May 2012 | 3:02 pm
    A few months ago I wrote a post on the promise of Gamification in the Enterprise. You can read the whole piece but as a recap, here are some of the more salient points: 1) Gamification in the enterprise is not about trivializing business processes or activities, but rather about embracing a design methodology that taps into an inherent “addiction” inside all of us to the engagement mechanics and format of  “good games” 2) Games surround us everywhere, if we choose to see them as such. Just because we don’t envision the business (and other) systems around us as games; just because…
 
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • The 4 Things To Ask When An Employee Leaves

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    As a leader, it's critical that you understand the real reasons employees leave your company. To do that, you need to ask specific questions that may not be ones you currently include in your exit interviews.Fortunately, Richard Finnegan, shares in his book, Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad, four key questions you should include in your exit interviews:Why did you decide to leave us?Of all the things you've told me, what is the top thing that caused you to resign?It's great that you've found such a good opportunity, but why did you look?What one thing could…
  • The New Beta Way To Lead

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    It's these chapter headings in the book, The Fall of the Alphas, that first grabbed my interest:Corporate AnthropologyPlows and PrimatesBoomers and BonobosInformation Changes EverythingThe Top of a Different PyramidEliminating ElitismManaging EgoIt Takes Two to BetaNext, it was author Dana Ardi's premise that convinced me to read her book:“Today’s American corporate world is a tale of two cultures.  One, more traditional and common, is centralized and hierarchical.  I call it Alpha.  The other, smaller and rarer, is decentralized, horizontal, and inclusive. …
  • 4 Questions To Ask To Ensure You Are Always Innovating

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    I'm a big fan of the magazine, Experience Life.  Particularly the monthly Perspective column by Bahram Akradi, the founder and CEO of Life Time Fitness.Akradi tackled self-reflection in a recent issue of the publication.  He firmly believes the business model that if you aren't innovating you are dying.  And, to innovate, you have to regularly fine-tune both your business and your life.What better way to do that than to ask yourself each day these four questions, says Akradi:Where did I do some good or make some progress…
  • Today's Five Quotes For Leaders

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    Some of my favorite quotes for leaders are:A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit -- Arnold H. GlasgowI praise loudly, I blame softly -- Catherine II of RussiaHonest disagreement is often a good sign of progress -- Mohandas GandhiA long dispute means that both parties are wrong -- VoltaireThe least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable -- Paul BrocaThese and many more compelling quotes can be found in Susan H. Shearouse's book, Conflict 101.
  • Book Review & Highlights: Leadership Conversations

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    When I read business books, I turn the corner of every page that has something I really like, want to remember and easily reference in the future.Halfway into the 300-page book, Leadership Conversations, I had turned the corners of nearly every fifth pages.  So, you can see why I believe this is such a good book.  There is so much to learn from Leadership Conversations.  It's a must read for today's business leaders.  Leaders who are leading multi-generational workforces.  And, leaders who want the skills to get…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Remarkable TV: Leadership Lessons from the Shower

    Kevin Eikenberry
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to coaching others, we often make the same mistake that I made with a “backwards” shower faucet. Intrigued? Check out this episode of Remarkable TV for my leadership lessons from the shower. Successful coaching starts with understanding and empathy of the other person, not with our agenda or normal approach. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet […]
  • Your Success Depends on This Skill

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My hope is that this headline makes you wonder. Perhaps you are guessing what the skill is. Perhaps you are thinking I am pretty presumptuous to suggest I know the most important skill you need, after all, I don’t know you, your experience or what you do for a living. This skill is so ubiquitous […]
  • Announcing a Fascinating Learning Opportunity

    Kevin Eikenberry
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    About a month ago, I recommended a new book titled How the World Sees You (read that recommendation here). Since that recommendation and the release of the book on July 1, the book has made #2 on the New York Times Best seller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal list. This book helps […]
  • Five Thoughts on Persuasion

    Kevin Eikenberry
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Persuasion. I’ve written about it recently, and yesterday I posted a Remarkable TV episode on the same topic. When I start teleseminars (like the ones at RemarkableLearning.com), I often start with quotations from others to give greater perspective. Today, I’ve decided to do what I sometimes do at the start of our teleseminars, by sharing some […]
  • Remarkable TV: Want to Be More Persuasive?

    Kevin Eikenberry
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Persuasion cannot happen until we understand one thing. Watch this video for tips on influencing your audience and having more effective persuasive communications. The art of persuasion starts with understanding your audience. Until you do you can’t persuade anyone. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about the Communicating for Results workshop here. If you […]
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    LDRLB

  • 0515 | Dean Schroeder

    David Burkus
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dean Schroeder is co-author (with Alan Robinson) of The Idea-Driven Organization. As an educator, Dean is the Herbert and Agnes Schulz Professor of Management at Valparaiso University. As a consultant and speaker, he has worked with many types of companies and organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia. In this interview, we discuss how to leverage the entire organization and benefit from the power of bottom-up ideas. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying…
  • 0514 | Christoph Lueneburger

    David Burkus
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Christoph Lueneburger is the author of A Culture of Purpose: How to Choose the Right People and Make the Right People Choose You. He is a partner at Egon Zehnder, where he founded the firm’s Sustainability Practice and now heads the firm’s global private equity practice. In this interview, we discuss how innovative leaders create meaningful cultures that attract and retain top talent. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it…
  • Top Professors 2014 Nominations Are Open

    David Burkus
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Every year as part of the LDRLB podcast, we assemble a list of the top professors on twitter in leadership, innovation, and strategy. The list recognizes some amazing thinkers and has garnered some outstanding attention from media outlets like BusinessWeek and The Globe and Mail. If you want to see last year’s list, you can check it out here. As with prior years we need your help in widening our search. If you follow a favorite professor (or two or three) on Twitter, let us know about them below: Fill out my online form. Fill out my Wufoo form! Nominations will stay open until July…
  • 0513 | David Craig

    David Burkus
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    David Craig is a Senior Vice President at CannonDesign in New York, where he leads the firm’s Workplace Strategy Practice globally. Craig is a recognized expert and leader in developing, implementing and promoting innovative workplaces for a wide range of global organizations. In this interview, we talk about the history of workplace design and its effect of workplace design on culture and performance. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it…
  • 0512 | Aubrey Daniels: Full Transcript

    David Burkus
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:43 am
    This is a full transcript of LDRLB episode 0512, an interview with Aubrey Daniels. DAVID:            Who are you and what do you do? AUBREY:         Well, I’m Aubrey Daniels and I have a company that works with organizations to help them bring out the best in people. DAVID:            And author of now the fifth edition of the book “Performance Management” which is the source for performance management research, for insight on performance management. A lot of times here on LDRLB, we feature authors that take a lot of really in-depth research, really…
 
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • Hey Leaders: 5 Tips to Positively Powerful Presentations

    Robert Cordray
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Great leadership requires great communication skills. And one of the most challenging forms of communication is presenting in public! Public Speaking Hosting a work or group presentation often comes with a great deal of anxiety attached. Many people do not like to stand up in-front of groups because they wonder how they are going to […]
  • On Leadership Styles, Philosophies and Where You Live

    Tom Schulte
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Infographic brought to you by Brighton School of Business and Management
  • How to Be a Really Stupid Leader

    Jim Hopkins
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:45 pm
    What makes a leader stupid? Most believe it is a combination of a number of unattractive and unproductive behaviors that are incorporated into their style that makes them unsuccessful, along with a refusal to change. A stupid leader is a committed self-serving leader. They see every situation and activity from their own vantage point and […]
  • Lessons From Argentine Reaction to World Cup Loss

    Joyce Kaduki
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    VIDEO: Riots erupted in Argentina after World Cup loss. High hopes and expectations gave way to defeat, shock, dejection and finally to pain, anger and destruction. This was the 120-minute journey taken by Argentina’s national football team’s supporters who had gathered at a public square viewing area in Buenos Aires, to watch the final 2014 […]
  • How to Be a Rock Solid Leader

    Loreen Sherman
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    The en masse exodus of Baby Boomers alarms some in the business community as retirement encroaches. Varying reasons exist for the multiple reactions to retirement. The energized and ready can’t wait to quit the daily pace of dutiful work obligations in exchange for a more relaxed pace. Others are uncertain, wary and intimidated about this […]
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • Performance Management Process Gaps: New Research and Four Action Steps

    David Witt
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Performance planning, coaching, and review are the foundation of any well-designed performance management system, but the results of a recent study suggest that leaders are falling short in meeting the expectations of their direct reports. A survey of 470 human resource and talent management professionals by Training magazine and The Ken Blanchard Companies found gaps of 24–39 percent between what employees wanted from their leaders and what they were experiencing in 10 key areas (see chart.)     Performance management is a key leadership responsibility. This survey suggests that…
  • Promoting and Selling Your Ideas — 3 Steps to Success

    Dick Ruhe
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Ever get a good idea? It starts out as a feeling that you might have a solution to a problem. A few days later you’re thinking Hey, I’ve got something here. This could really help. And the cost is well within reason. I owe it to myself and the organization to get this on the radar. But how do you go about it? There are three phases in selling ideas or initiating a new approach. There is the pre-sell. Then there is the sell. And then there is the after-sell. The actual sell may be the least important element. Persuading people to adopt something new is tricky. It requires them to move away…
  • Coaching to Support Learning? Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes

    David Witt
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Coaching as a follow-up to a traditional one- or two-day leadership development program can greatly improve the transfer of learning. But to be successful, sponsoring executives need to avoid a couple of common mistakes that even the best-intentioned organizations can fall into. In a recent interview for The Ken Blanchard Companies Ignite newsletter, Master Certified Coach Patricia Overland’s identifies three of the biggest mistakes she sees executives make when implementing coaching to support learning. Underestimating the amount of attention and follow-up that is required for people to…
  • Are You Forgetting This Customer Service Basic?

    Vicki Halsey
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    Yesterday, I went to my favorite retail store to pick up a pair of silver hoop earrings for my friend’s birthday.  While there, I saw a lot of little things that felt new and fresh.  I asked my usual salesperson (who has been there forever), “What is different around here? It feels spacious and inviting!” She lit up and shared that there was a new manager and he was empowering store associates to take charge of their departments and share their best ideas for “wowing” customers. We chatted about how the new direction had impacted her and she said that she now looked…
  • Every Day at Work is an Interview to Keep Your Job – 5 Tips for Career Success

    Randy Conley
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    The dress code in my office is business casual, but every once in a while I like to wear a tie. You know…look good, feel good…dress for the job you want, not the job you have…all that good stuff. Actually, there are times I just like to dress up for no special reason. But whenever I do, invariably I hear the same wisecrack from one or more team members: “Why are you all dressed up? Got a job interview today?” My response is always the same: “I interview for my job every day!” Although I say that somewhat jokingly, there is an element of truth…
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    The Executive Roundtable

  • Lessons Learned: how to manage a virtual team

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

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

    admin
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Managing family obligations alongside work responsibilities can be challenging at times, but leaders at all levels can achieve balance by bringing some basic work strategies into the home. The key to success is delivering on both fronts, so that neither aspect of your life suffers at the hand of the other. Here are some tips for those seeking to gain a little more balance between work and home: Delegate for Success High performing leaders often take-on a wide range of responsibilities within their organizations and look to drive performance up to their own high standards. While micro-managing…
  • The downside to playing to your strengths

    Glain
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:15 am
    In 1999, I heard Marcus Buckingham first talk about the work that he and colleague Curt Coffman had done in their seminal book First Break All the Rules on the benefits of a strengths-based management approach.  Since then Buckingham has gone on to be the self-styled guru of the strengths-based movement.  The pitch goes: work with your strengths and you’ll be happier, more productive and more successful.  As more and more individuals turn their focus to their strengths, it’s worth noting that, you can have too much of a good thing. One of the things I love about working at The…
  • Why changing your behaviour won’t guarantee you that promotion

    Glain
    28 May 2014 | 12:14 pm
    My 10 year old daughter is the Queen of Straw Wrappers.  For the past 7 years, she’s left those little plastic sleeves lying all around our house. It drives my husband insane.  Recently, I got sick of hearing him complaining about it so decided to institute some consequences.  I find a straw wrapper and her iPod goes away for a day.  The second time I find one, it goes away for 2 days.  Amazing how quickly the straw wrappers started to find their way into the garbage after that point.  One day, she was asking me about gaining more independence by being able to walk to the store by…
 
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    Leader's Beacon

  • 5 Ways You May Be Killing Employee Morale

    Doug Dickerson
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Everything rises and falls on leadership. – John Maxwell Addressing the topic of work many years ago, Indira Gandhi said, “My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there [...]
  • Six Ways To Enhance Organizational Structure

    Doug Dickerson
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The productivity of a work group seems to depend on how the group members see their own goals in relation to the goals of the organization. – Ken Blanchard When was the last time you took a hard look at the effectiveness of your organizational structure? While most organizations have one, do the people in [...]
  • The Power of Presence

    jjacoby
    21 May 2014 | 9:16 am
    Deadlines, conference calls, last minute items that pop up, personal commitments—there is a multitude of things that we have to accomplish each day.  It is easy to fall into the habit of just crossing things off of our to do list, without being fully present as we get them done. Of course we are physically [...]
  • Time To Let It Go

    Doug Dickerson
    18 May 2014 | 1:59 pm
    I don’t care what they’re going to say. Let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway. – Lyrics from Disney’s’ movie, Frozen.   Call me slow, but 229 million people beat me to the YouTube viewing of Let it Go, the enormously popular song from the Disney movie, Frozen. For the record, [...]
  • Six Ways to Rise Above Your Critics

    Doug Dickerson
    10 May 2014 | 7:48 pm
    To escape criticism- do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard A story is told of Winston Churchill and his extraordinary integrity in the face of opposition. During his last year in office, he attended an official ceremony. Several rows behind him two gentlemen began whispering. “That’s Winston Churchill. They say he is getting [...]
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    Enclaria: Influence Change at Work

  • Get Your 12 Free Change Management Templates!

    Heather Stagl
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    Next month, I’m relaunching the Irresistible Change Guide change management toolkit in a new format with several new templates and even more e-templates. As part of that launch, I’m changing the bonus people get when they subscribe to my newsletter:  12 free change management templates! That’s one PDF template per month for the next 12 months. It’s like a free template-of-the-month club! If you’re a regular reader of this blog, make sure you get your templates too! All you have to do is sign up using the form to the right to add yourself to the list. (If…
  • Interview: How to Avoid and Manage Change-Related Overload

    Heather Stagl
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    In this episode, Dr. Linda Hoopes, President at Resilience Alliance, returns to the show to discuss the impact of change-related overload. She’ll share tips on how to avoid it, and how to manage it when you can’t. She answers questions like: Why does change cause overload? How can you tell when people are overloaded? How do you avoid overload? How do you help people deal with overload? Listen to the show here (30 minutes): Be sure to visit the radio show page to listen to past episodes and subscribe to the show.
  • Five Valid Reasons People Are Mad at Your Change Initiative

    Heather Stagl
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    As change agents, we tend to believe our change initiatives are worthwhile and important. Any negatives we see are eclipsed by the benefits. Otherwise, why would we try to implement them? But even the best change can annoy or anger those whom it impacts. Why? From our vantage point, we don’t always see the negatives that others will experience. And all the benefits and cheer leading don’t make the negatives go away. Just because your change initiative is going to do great things for the organization, and even for individual employees, doesn’t mean they are going to like it. The…
  • A Declaration of Independence from the Status Quo

    Heather Stagl
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    I originally published this post on July 4, 2010.  I think you’ll find it bears reposting. Have you ever read the U.S. Declaration of Independence? It is as much an official document to the King of England as it is a case for change to the rest of the fledgling country it created. (Click the image to the right to read the full text.) It’s a great model and anyone who would like to compel people to break away from the current state of things. Here are the key parts of the document: Connection to values “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,…
  • Interview: CQ: How to Develop Your Change Intelligence

    Heather Stagl
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    What’s your CQ?  This month, Barbara Trautlein, author of Change Intelligence and Principal at Change Catalysts, joins the show to discuss the types of change intelligence and how to develop yours to become more influential at work. Download the white paper Barbara mentioned here:  Five Strategies for Leading Change in Challenging Times. Listen to the show here (30 minutes): Be sure to visit the radio show page to listen to past episodes and subscribe to the show.
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    Vineet Nayar

  • You need to own the change you want to see

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

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

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

    admin
    8 May 2014 | 12:32 am
    Former HCL Technologies CEO Vineet Nayar has turned seed capitalist to promote social entrepreneurs in rural India. Nayar is looking at disruptive innovations and promising entrepreneurs a guaranteed return on their investments for the first five years to create sustainable social enterprises. Nayar had raised Rs 133 crore from selling his stake in HCL Tech, India’s fourth-largest IT services firm, and is now employing it in his non-profit Sampark Foundation. “Everybody is obsessed with money. If you take that incentive away, entrepreneurs will not put their hearts into social…
  • Vineet Nayar’s outlook for Indian IT Services

    admin
    5 May 2014 | 5:18 am
    Vineet Nayar is something of a legend in the Indian IT space. He took HCL, a primarily second rung IT Services company and made it one of the stars of the space today—I wrote about the company recently here and some time ago in Business Standard newspaper here. In that article journalist Rajiv Rao describes how Nayar realized the huge opportunity in renewal deals and took giants like IBM head on in trying to win them, allowing for new verticals like infrastructure services (which he guided the current CEO Anant Gupta in building). Source: www.zdnet.com
 
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    New Directions Consulting

  • Is Your Team like “Mom and Apple Pie?” – Guestblogger Betty DiMaria from Aras Performance

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Guestblogger: Betty DiMaria, CEO of Aras Performance - Betty has over 30 years experience in organizational performance, management, and technology.  She has worked in the corporate, nonprofit, and municipal sectors—in industries including insurance, health care, manufacturing, technology, government, and association management. In 2012, DiMaria founded Aras Performance Group, and serves as CEO and Performance Strategist. The mission of Aras Performance Group is to help organizations and their employees reach peak performance. The company’s core services include leadership development,…
  • Creating a Dual-Operating System – The Star Point System of High Performance Teams

    Deborah Mackin
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Organizations are always looking for structures that will help drive the necessary changes as well as improve the integration between various functions.  There is an option out there – called the Star Point System – that creates a “dual-operating system” which takes responsibility for crossing over functional areas and linking them all together. Years ago Proctor and Gamble developed the Star Point System to distribute the cross-functional workload (such as safety, quality, training, continuous improvement, technical, communication/HR) to team members as Star Points with an expert…
  • How to Motivate, Lead and Retain the Millennial Worker

    Matthew Harrington
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Last week we had the pleasure of presenting a half-day workshop for the Vermont Association of Talent Development (formerly ASTD) at Champlain College focused on the Millennial worker.  The room had a great mix of generations and professionals all wondering about this new emerging workforce. The assortment of organizations in the room and around the world are facing an enormous challenge:  how do we engage and lead the new Millennial worker, estimated to be 75% of our workforce in the next 15 years, and how do we transfer the knowledge of our existing generation, the Baby Boomers, who are…
  • 90% of Millennials Don’t Plan to Stay with an Employer for more than 5 Years. Now What!?

    Matthew Harrington
    29 May 2014 | 10:00 am
    The vast majority of Millennials (90%) do not plan to stay with any given employer for more than five years.  More than a third of Millennials (37%) say they plan to stay no more than two years.  Almost 40% of Millennials start a new role already planning their next career move in the immediate future.  These were the recent numbers coming from a five-year survey of Gen Y (Millennials) done by Adam Kingl and Richard Hytner of the London-based newspaper, The Guardian. As it has become custom when discussing the Millennial generation (1980-2001), these numbers are disturbing to many…
  • Millennials and Teams: The Perfect BFFs?

    Matthew Harrington
    20 May 2014 | 10:33 am
    Next month on June 19th, we’ll be presenting Leading Millennials: How to Motivate, Lead and Retain the Millennial Generation in Your Workplace at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.  It’s been a while since we’ve done a blog post on this newest workplace generation (born 1980-2001), although our commitment to understanding and interest in the Millennial generation is never too far away.  It’s just that we’ve been doing a lot with teams recently! And in doing a lot with teams, we’ve been able to see firsthand how Millennials are flourishing in teaming environments.  Let us…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Impatient Opportunist

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

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

    Utpal Vaishnav
    23 May 2014 | 2:40 am
    I used to do it wrong. I was investing my energy in collecting books rather than in making something remarkable out of reading them. It was so dumb. And, I thought I was smart: I knew how to acquire the gems from which I’ll learn one day. The thought of “Learning One Day…” was fascinating but not very helpful. Better thought, as it turned out, was to pick one good book, read it till you get the crux of it, apply what you have learned from it in your life and let the book go. Once the right thought picked my attention, I immediately aligned myself and altered my book…
  • Truth of App Development

    Utpal Vaishnav
    10 May 2014 | 5:50 am
    How would you deal if you discover the truth of App Development? “Dear Stakeholder, the code I’m going to produce will take your App to a level you have never thought of. The code is not commented. I haven’t yet thought about making the code reusable. I have copy/pasted some code from Stackoverflow. Well, Only a few functions. But I’m going to delete all unnecessary code soon from the codebase. The App delivery is going to be delayed. Coding is done. Yes, coding is done, Optimization is pending. And some fixes. Good thing? Most bugs are not visible in major devices. But what if we…
  • Return On UX

    Utpal Vaishnav
    4 May 2014 | 4:30 am
    You’ve heard about Return on Investment, I know. But have you heard about Return on User Experience or RoUX as I call it? Or, if you’ve heard, have your attentively thought about it? ROI is easy to measure. You invest your dollars, measure the metrics, optimize and win (or lose). But RoUX? It takes sense, guts, resourcing, intention to serve the humanity and more important, willingness to act on face of criticism … all these and what do you get in return? It’s easy to hire the most expensive UX expert. It’s not that difficult to train a junior who has guts. But it’s not easy to…
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    Eblin Group

  • Mindful Mondays: Don’t Burn Your Calendar at Both Ends

    Scott
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Perhaps you think I meant to use the word candle rather than calendar in the title of this post. Nope, calendar was what I meant but the idea came from a brain blip I had recently. I was conducting interviews with about a dozen colleagues and friends of a new executive coaching client. One of my questions was, “What do you hope he gets out of this coaching engagement?” and someone answered, “I hope he’ll quit burning the candle at both ends.” When I went back to review my conversation notes to write the report, I saw that what I had actually written down was, “I hope he’ll quit…
  • ESPN’s Stuart Scott Brings You the Best 15 Minutes of Your Day

    Scott
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Last night at the ESPY awards, SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott took up the mantle of Jim Valvano when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Scott has battled multiple forms of cancer for seven years now. As recently as last week, he had four surgeries in seven days because of complications from his latest round of treatment. And yet, he stood on stage last night and delivered a speech on living and loving that you need to watch. It will be the best 15 minutes of your day - even if it makes you cry.
  • Mindful Mondays: Six Things to Admire in LeBron James Letter to Cleveland

    Scott
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Long time readers of this blog may have noticed that I don’t write as often as I used to about leaders in the news. There are different reasons for that. One of the biggest is the great examples seem fewer and farther between. Another is that I’m skeptical about being spun. You may have heard about the way NBA superstar LeBron James shared the news last week that he’s returning to his hometown to play again for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rather than staging a press conference or a media spectacle like the classless The Decision broadcast in which he announced four years ago that he was…
  • Three Executive Productivity Hacks That Any Leader Can Use

    Scott
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    One of the things I love about my work is getting to meet and learn from some very talented top executives. That happened again recently when a senior vice president in a Fortune 500 client company stopped by for a lunch conversation with participants in our Next Level Leadership® development program. She was one of the clearest thinkers and communicators I’ve met recently. Her organization is responsible for billions of dollars in sales so, as you might imagine, she has a very full plate. Recognizing that her time and attention is a limited resource that she must deploy as effectively as…
  • Mindful Mondays: Put the Phone Down and No One Gets Hurt

    Scott
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    If you’re reading this while you’re on vacation or getting ready to go on vacation, this post is for you. Please, please, please, give yourself and your family a break. As I wrote a couple of years ago, the Europeans have it right. They don’t go on vacation, they go on holiday. Here in the States, we don’t holiday, we vacate. As in vacate the office and take your work with you. I hear way too many stories from clients who insist on checking in every day and keeping up with their email and conference calls while they’re gone. I hear too few from people who actually let their team and…
 
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    StrategyDriven

  • 5 Ways Women in the Private Sector Can Turn the Economy Around

    Michelle Patterson
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Women are making a powerful difference in business, in today’s economy, and in family life. The adage that there is power in numbers definitely applies. The Bureau of the Census states that women currently outnumber men in the United States by six million. With such incredible power in their hands, women have a number of ways within their reach where they can help turn the economy around. Entrepreneur: Charles D. Vollmer, the founder of Jobenomics, a national grassroots movement dedicated to creating 20 million new US private sector jobs by year 2020, noted the potential women have as…
  • Self Assessment Program Best Practice 14 – Separate Fact from Opinion

    Nathan Ives
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Self Assessment findings drive organizational actions. Consequently, a great deal of care must be taken when deciding what to include within a self assessment report. The text above is only a small portion of this article. Become a StrategyDriven Premium Member to gain access to the entire article and the over 100 other StrategyDriven members-only articles, whitepapers, models, and tools and templates. Become a StrategyDriven Premium Memberfor only $9.95 / month or $94.95 / year ! Want to learn more? Click here to learn about the benefits of a StrategyDriven Premium Membership. About the…
  • The NEW TRUTH about closing the sale.

    Jeffrey Gitomer
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Every salesperson is looking for the fastest way, the best way, and the easiest way to ‘close’ a sale. More than human nature, for salespeople, closing the sale is both a desire and a need. And the results are totally measurable. Either you win, or you lose. There is no second place in sales. Many people think that ‘closing the sale’ is the fulcrum point of the process. All of those people are wrong. Closing the sale begins when the sales presentation begins. A sale is not ‘closed.’ A sale is earned. In my career I have learned two powerful words that…
  • 7 Ways to Build Muscle and Teamwork in the Office

    Shana Schneider
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    We often spend more than a third of each day at the office. That’s a lot of time to often be sitting at a desk or in front of a computer. It’s to our advantage to make those hours more active not only for our health, but for our professional life, too. Even simple activities like walking help to get blood and creative juices flowing. If your office has a gym, definitely use it. Get some colleagues together for a workout or walking group and make it your own recurring ‘meeting.’ Here are 7 more ways you can get active and build office camaraderie while you’re at it: Replace…
  • Treat Job Interviews on the Phone, Via Skype or Video Conference as You Would In Person

    Kathy Harris
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    With nearly half of all interviews for technology-related jobs being conducted remotely, job seekers should prepare for them just as they would for an in-person interview at the company’s own offices. More companies are conducting interviews with job candidates via phone, Skype or video conference, especially for first interviews where a hiring manager is simply trying to pre-screen candidates for the team or when a candidate lives too far away to justify flying in for a quick interview at this early stage in the process. But job seekers are not always comfortable with the virtual aspect of…
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    Business Ethics and Leadership

  • Team Building Exercises to Build Trust Among Employees

    Josephson Institute
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Guest post by Monica Gomez Theologian and poet Isaac Watts said, “Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.” That may be especially true in the competitive environment of the workplace, where jockeying for position and battling over turf are often widespread. Suspicion and mutual mistrust at work sap creativity and productivity. But, according […]
  • How to Generate Trust Through “Good Growth”

    Josephson Institute
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Guest post by Dennis Nally Lack of trust in business is still a major concern for CEOs. Indeed, half of the respondents to PwC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey, published in January 2014, identified this lack of trust as a threat to their growth prospects. This number is up sharply from the 37 percent who cited […]
  • VIDEO: Michael Josephson on Creating an Effective Compliance Program

    Josephson Institute
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    On March 31 in San Diego, California, Michael Josephson addressed attendees of the Health Care Compliance Association’s 18th Annual Compliance Institute. The title of his speech: “Compliance Plus: Creating an Effective Compliance Program Using an Ethics Framework.” Click on this video to play the entire presentation:
  • The Greyhound Principle: Ethical and Practical Aspects of Stretch Goals in Business

    Michael Josephson
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:47 pm
    A common management strategy to spur achievement is to set aggressive performance objectives that, like the mechanical rabbits that pace racing greyhounds, push employees to maximum effort. Using “stretch goals” can be successful, but unreasonably high performance goals often spawn dishonesty and irresponsibility. Believing that “it’s a matter of survival,” a disturbing number of employees conclude […]
  • Nine Rules for Making Good Decisions

    Josephson Institute
    3 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    Josephson Institute’s Making Ethical Decisions booklet presents a decision-making model and examines what leads to good choices (and what steers us off course). Here is a list of rules that will help you keep your moral compass calibrated. These are not taken directly from Making Ethical Decisions, but they draw on many of its themes. […]
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    Exkalibur.com

  • The One Big Change You’re Sick of Hearing About

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Who are you lookin‘ at? Are you talkin‘ to me? There is at least One Irrefutable and Universal Truth You may not know Tom Allender, but you’d be lucky if you did. Several years ago, my wife mentioned that Tom had a reputation as a very insightful and heartfelt speaker and was appearing at the local parish in a few weeks to talk about relationships. I was a little skeptical of getting “preached to” about relationships, but my wife was eager to attend, so I agreed to join her. He was terrific and wasn’t at all “preachy” … and as he got…
  • 25 Jun 2014 | 5:01 pm

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:01 pm
    There’s little doubt that the world is moving at Mach 10 these days and on many fronts. It’s not always a good thing, but it’s a’comin’ whether we like it or not. That’s why we need to adapt, to be eternally vigilant about what’s ahead and be prepared to accept, embrace … and even endorse …the changes coming our way. It sure beats the alternative, doesn’t it? The post appeared first on Exkalibur.com.
  • We Salute Our Heroes ….

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    26 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today, we pay tribute to the young men and women who defend the freedom we hold so dearly. And, it is never more poignant and meaningful than when our men and women are serving overseas in harm’s way. For me, this quotation on an Arlington National Cemetery memorial states exactly why they deserve our respect, admiration and support. Our soldiers don’t wonder “why”. They “do their duty” and selflessly accept their mission to defend our freedom and the values we cherish. Take a moment from your busy day . . . shed a few tears as I always do . . . and…
  • Does anyone know WHY you’re in business? Wanna tell ‘em?

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    http://youtu.be/qp0HIF3SfI4 Simon Sinek is one of the speakers at Leadercast 2014 taking place on ONE DAY ONLY on Friday, May 9. His TED talk, “How Leaders Inspire Action” is the 3rd most watched video on TED with over 16.5 million views. His latest book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, was just published. Real Leaders Love this Message I have shown this video to CEOs and business leaders over the last 3 years, and each of them has responded with great enthusiasm to what Simon calls the “world’s simplest idea”. He uses…
  • Be a Leader Worth Following: Leadercast 2014

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Every year for the last 12 years, Leadercast has organized a ONE DAY ONLY event focused on Leadership. This year, you can join over 120,000 leaders from around the world at this exclusive event. The theme varies every year. Last year, it was “Simply Lead”. This year, it is “Beyond You”. “Our jobs ask much of us. And so do our lives. Employees, families, our boss. We have every reason to focus on our own success. And yet, leadership calls us to more. Leadership is beyond the confines of our daily tasks. Beyond the borders of our roles and responsibilities.
 
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    The Practical Leader

  • Book Review: “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl

    Jim Clemmer
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I often find biographies of accomplished leaders or thought pioneers inspiring and instructive. Having read the Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl’s, classic book, Man’s Search for Meaning years ago I recently came across his autobiography Viktor Frankl Recollections. I enjoyed reading about his story and it drew me back to reread Man’s Search for Meaning. Meaning is far more inspiring and relevant than his meandering, disconnected, and poorly written autobiography. Maybe something was lost in translation. The first part of Man’s Search for Meaning…
  • Is your Leadership Audio in Sync with Your Video?

    Jim Clemmer
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s really annoying to watch a video with the audio slightly out of sync. Too often this is what people see from their leaders in matching their behaviors to their bold proclaimed core values. Here are a few examples of how leaders in extraordinary organizations ensure they’re role models of the organization’s values: The CEO of a contact lens manufacturer begins each executive team meeting with a report from each executive on what they have personally done to advance the service/quality improvement effort in the past two weeks.  This includes such activities as senior…
  • An Hilarious Illustration of How Perceptions of Fairness and Equality Are Relative

    Jim Clemmer
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As part of a larger culture development effort, we’ve worked with dozens of executive teams over the years to articulate or revise their core values. An almost universal core value is some variation of respect, integrity, or equality, or fairness. Whether our espoused or aspirational values become the real or lived values to everyone inside an organization is all about perception. That’s especially true with equality or fairness. How does the individual or team feel they’re dealt with relative to how others are treated is the critical question. So I might be perfectly fine…
  • Talent Management and Global Leadership Development

    Jim Clemmer
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Talent Management including succession planning, developing high potentials, and attracting and retaining top people is now a critical issue. During the financial crisis and economic downturn of the last few years organizations slowed or stopped leadership development. As executives now face a wave of retiring Baby Boomers and take a longer term view, “leadership bench strength” has become a choking constraint to organizational growth. We’ve recently published a Zenger Folkman white paper on Global Leadership Development. The paper reports on one of our studies on the topic that looked…
  • Coaching and Feedback are Vital to Continuous Improvement

    Jim Clemmer
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    There’s an old story about a man walking into a drugstore to use the pay phone: “Hello, ABC Company, sometime ago you had an opening for an operations manager.  Is the position still available?”  After a slight pause, he continued: “Oh, you have.  Six months ago, huh?  How’s he working out?” A somewhat longer pause. “I see.  Well, thank you. ‘Bye.”  The druggist, having overhead the conversation said in sympathy; “I am sorry you couldn’t go after that job.”  The man, surprised, turned and said; “Oh, I’m…
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    The Forum Corporation

  • Mid-year Review: Top 6 Blog Posts

    Abby Smith
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Seems nearly impossible to believe that we are already at the half way mark for 2014, and yet, here we are. So before I get all misty-eyed about where time has gone, lets turn our attention back to the matter at hand, a mid year review of our most popular posts. To date, our most popular posts have ranged from the importance of preparation to engagement to the future of leadership, but they all come down to a similar theme: Great leadership.  All of the posts below focus on the tools leaders can use to engage employees and become better leaders. How do Great Leaders Drive Employee…
  • Manager Misconduct

    Abby Smith
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Last fall, Forum conducted a survey of over 1000 business professionals from around the globe to see how managers gain and lose employee trust and and how that impacts employee engagement. In an open ended question, we asked employees to tell us what mistakes managers make that erode trust in the workplace, and seven clear trends emerged. In fact, these seven types of mistakes accounted for 80% of all the responses from employees. In this article for T+D Magazine, Forum CEO, Andrew Graham, outlines the seven mistakes managers most often make that erode trust. For more on the data from…
  • How Do Great Leaders Drive Employee Engagement? [Infographic]

    Abby Smith
    20 May 2014 | 8:44 am
    The benefits of an engaged workforce go beyond just happy employees. A team that is engaged is more productive, produces higher quality work and directly impacts the bottom-line. However, globally, only about 20% of workers are highly engaged at work. What can you, as a leader, do to improve and maintain employee engagement at your office? Forum’s latest infograpic based on our recent webinars and whitepaper, outlines the steps leaders can take to make sure that they are driving engagement and impacting revenue.
  • What Impact do First-Line Leaders have on Employee Engagement?

    Michael Frisbie
    15 May 2014 | 8:52 am
    2014 represents a time of significant change for many industries – the healthcare industry is finding ways to engage new stakeholder audiences, an estimated 20-25% of the oil & energy workforce will be retiring in the next five years and financial services serve a more fickle customer base than ever before. However, one theme remains constant: employee engagement resonates across all industries. In fact, the results were alarming – 53% of respondents in our recent survey indicated this was a top concern. You can consult this article for more comprehensive data. Forum’s research…
  • In the Future, We Will All Have the Chance to be Leaders

    David Robertson
    7 May 2014 | 7:42 am
    I was asked recently to comment on the suggestion that organisations are becoming more social in terms of their structure and what this might mean for leadership development. I believe the move to flatter, less hierarchical, more project based organisational structures, where individual contribution is sought out by project teams looking for relevant experience and expertise, and where the ability to collaborate at all levels is critical to success, is slowly gathering momentum. Some of our clients are thinking about moving ‘beyond the matrix’ and starting to de-layer and considering…
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    Stop Workplace Drama

  • The Myths and Realities of Being Too Busy

    Stop Workplace Drama
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you are good at something, or you have done something yourself for years, you become unconsciously competent. In other words, you can do the job without thinking. The drawback is that you do not understand the step by step process needed to break the job down into “modules” so to speak, so that you can effectively train someone else to do it for you. For years I handled all of my own posting on social media, and blogging, booked my own travel, and formatted my own contracts. When I hired an executive assistant to do those things for me, it was difficult to know where to start and…
  • 14 Freedoms for 2014

    Stop Workplace Drama
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often take for granted our real freedoms that are available to us every day. I’m not even talking about patriotism, the American way, or work-life balance. I’m talking about the even more subtle freedoms we fail to recognize and enjoy, for example the freedom to make a choice versus being a prisoner to our addictions, old ideas, and patterns that bind us. To celebrate Independence Day here are 14 freedoms to recognize and embrace now.
  • How to Lead by Listening

    Stop Workplace Drama
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Listening is the single most important communication skill. When people feel “heard” they also feel understood. In personal relationships listening is an act of love. As a leader, listening is a way to acknowledge or show respect. It takes great listening skills to coach someone to clarity, or to help them redirect their energy from complainer to creator. When someone is on the “Drama Triangle” they have a high need to be right. Although you may not agree with their complaint, your ability to listen helps them to feel acknowledged so they can move through the problem and into an act…
  • Lesson #3 Drama Shows Up As A Person

    Stop Workplace Drama
    28 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Drama shows up in three ways: An emotion, a situation and through other people. If you missed the last couple of articles, you can click on the hyperlinks to access them. This lesson is about how drama shows up as other people. From a drama perspective, dysfunctional relationships are all about how the other person behaves. We lose power when we obsess about what they should have done that they didn’t do, what they shouldn’t that they just did. We miss the gift when we fall for the beliefs that our lives would be better, easier and more fulfilled if not for the shark called, my boss, my…
  • Lesson #2 Drama as the Situation

    Stop Workplace Drama
    21 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Drama often shows up as a situation. Situations come in many forms, from a speeding ticket, to an unexpected delay at the airport, to the announcement that your department is downsizing. When a wanted situation changes to an unwanted situation there will be drama. When an unwanted situation stays the same, there will be drama. Last week I talked about how drama manifests as an emotion. The emotion may be resentment, anger, anxiety or sadness. This week’s lesson is about how drama manifests as a situation and how to turn drama situations into gifts of leadership growth.
 
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    Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership

  • Stay Focused on Your Vision

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Stay focused on your vision and take the first step. The post Stay Focused on Your Vision appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.
  • What I Learned about Vision Casting

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    Guest Post by Dan Rockwell @LeadershipFreak (Jedi Master of leadership lessons in less than 300 words) I thought vision casting was about me. Jesse Lyn Stoner taught me that vision is about us. I used to craft the vision and spring it on my team. I’d declare, “Here’s where we’re going.” It’s the only model I ever saw. Casting vision as a solo act reflects top-down, disconnected leadership. In the end, it isn’t leadership at all. It’s declaration. Vision that’s about us takes openness, courage, candor, transparency, and flexibility. The declarative approach is easier at…
  • An Interview with Jake Jacobs on Real Time Strategic Change

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    I was delighted to catch up with Jake Jacobs, the creator of Real Time Strategic Change (RTSC), the approach that brings hundreds of people together to make collaborative decisions about their organization in real time, which I described in Try Collaborative Change for a Change. I had an opportunity to ask Jake about how change has changed since he first developed RTSC. Jesse: Jake, you wrote the first edition of your groundbreaking book Real Time Strategic Change twenty years ago. I’ve used RTSC many times over the years and am always impressed with what happens when you bring a large…
  • Tune In and Turn Off

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:06 am
    Just because technology makes it possible to be always available, doesn’t mean you should be. There’s tremendous pressure on us to be “always on.” But it’s not healthy, and in the long run you will be less productive. Even if you understand this, it can be hard to resist the pressure unless you make intentional decisions to create “off time.” Here are 7 habits that can help. 1. Stop multi-tasking. Many people view the ability to multi-task as an admirable skill. They believe they are able to accomplish more. But studies have shown that you actually accomplish less and do it less…
  • How to REALLY Listen

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:10 am
    My friend Jake said, “When someone tells me about a problem, I used to try to help them solve it. But I’ve learned that simply listening can be more helpful than the best advice I might give.” Jake is not alone. Many of us equate listening with problem-solving, and we don’t even realize it. We believe that when someone shares a problem, the best response is to help them find a solution. Do you know how to REALLY listen? … to listen without feeling responsible to help the person find a solution? The REAL listening skills. Some years ago during a YPO Forum moderators training…
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    Smart Time Management Tips

  • 3 big distractions at work – especially #3 is still an issue to me

    STMT
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    There a lot of different distractions at work – no matter if you are working alone or at the office along with colleagues. The types of distractions at work vary depending on environment, number of people nearby and other things. In this post I have identified 3 big distractions which are not related to where or how you work. These are 3 types of distractions, which I think most people are experiencing all the time. Distractions at work #1: Phone We have become addicted to checking our phone constantly and answering calls and text messages right away. The phone is a great tool that can help…
  • The 80/20 rule and how it can increase your effectiveness

    STMT
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    The 80/20 rule is mentioned and used in a lot of different areas and circumstances. From an overall perspective it tells that 80 percent of the output comes from 20 percent of the effort. This applies to your life as well. Being aware of the 80/20 rule and putting it into a time management context you will probably be surprised how it can change your way of working and increase your effectiveness. The 80/20 rule in time management Breaking down what the 80/20 rule actually means in relations to time management I will set up the following example: Every time I start a task or a project I…
  • Setting goals and direction for yourself

    STMT
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:46 am
    Could you imagine training for a marathon without knowing the distance? Or trying to score a touchdown without knowing where the end zone is located? The above examples show the importance of having clear goals and direction – otherwise you will probably end up circling around and spending a lot of time getting nowhere. I want to bet you have better things to spend your time on than getting nowhere. Setting goals is a simple and easy way to get away from this track and start to take control of your life and time. Setting goals is fun To me most parts of time management is fun. I love trying…
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    Business Fitness

  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #6 | Misreading Employees

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

    Dawn Lennon
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Distracted? Never, you claim, always fully tuned in, just multitasking. It’s a popular self-deception. We’re all guilty to a degree. Research has long debunked the notion of multitasking, our claim of being engaged in multiple things (aided by our digital … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #5 | Boundary Mistakes

    Dawn Lennon
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    “What are the boundary mistakes that supervisors make and how do you fix them?” That’s the question I left you with at the end of Episode # 4. A boundary is border or a limit. At work, boundaries are about … Continue reading →
  • When Talent Foreshadows Your Genius, Would You Know? | Becoming Extraordinary

    Dawn Lennon
    17 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    Talent is hardwired in you. You’ve got it whether or not you: Recognize it or have figured it out Know what to do about it Believe you can develop it into something Have the courage to accept or reject it … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #4 | Setting Boundaries

    Dawn Lennon
    10 May 2014 | 10:06 am
    “What do good supervisors do to set boundaries that minimize mistakes?” That’s the question I left you with after Episode #3. We unwittingly set the stage for our supervisory mistakes. Setting boundaries helps us minimize them and avoid a chain … Continue reading →
 
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    Leadership Learning Community blogs

  • LLC Embarks on a Taproot Grant

    Elizabeth Lanyon
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:23 am
    LLC is excited to announce that we have been awarded a Taproot Service Grant for a Salesforce Implementation!  The Taproot Foundation provides pro-bono service grants to support the capacity of nonprofits to more effectively achieve their mission.  LLC has our sights on a strategic expansion over the next few years, prioritizing fundraising and relationship management as critical elements to successful growth and engagement.  Salesforce is an ideal solution for our organization as we have 15 years’ worth of data and contacts representing leadership development practitioners,…
  • We Are Developing Modules on Network Leadership and We Hope You Will Help!

    Deborah Meehan
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:59 am
    LLC is about to embark on a cool new project and we want to invite you to join us.  We are going to be convening a community of practice on network leadership to examine what has worked to develop network leadership capacity and develop/prototype tools as well as practice approaches that build the capacity of leadership programs to better equip their participants to effectively utilize network strategies and tools.  The focal point of the Community of Practice will be a one day Design Lab to be held in September in the Bay Area lead by Heather McLeod-Grant who is a well-recognized…
  • The Beloved Community: Systemic Change Starts with Systems

    Elizabeth Lanyon
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:53 pm
     Cross sector partnerships. Collaboration.  Building coalitions. Networking.  All these concepts speak to the human experience, which by nature is social.  We desire to be connected to others who share our values, who live and work with us; we desire understanding and human contact to remind ourselves that indeed we are sharing this existence.  In writing this piece, I am inspired by (1) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beloved Community and (2) the White House Initiative, My Brother’s Keeper.  The overlap is undeniable if not critical to the success of our…
  • Looking back at Creating Space 2014: Did we accomplish our intended outcomes?

    Natalia Castaneda
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:49 pm
    According to the event survey responses (25% of CSXI participants), the answer is yes!  According to participants, we accomplished our three main goals: create the opportunity to seed and sustain ongoing learning and collaborative opportunities, engage participants in a fun, interactive learning experience, and develop new knowledge, potential tools and approaches to support leadership practice.  For example, 64% of participants believe that the focus on practical tools and applications was very effective. Some of the tools that participants found most valuable included the network…
  • Making Time For Reflection: Lessons From History

    Miriam Persley
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Leaders strive to have a clear vision and purpose in their work. Without it, they risk being distracted, inefficient, and/or ineffective. To build this framework, they need to constantly act intentionally and evaluate themselves, their organizations, community, networks, and movements with this lens. Intentionality means being purposeful and deliberate in action. It is a great metric in the work and yet it can be very hard to make those intentional decisions when the results can be greatly unknown and the work vast. Recently, I have been really reflecting on the journey towards marriage…
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    Team Building - Corporate Team Building Tips & Strategies

  • Fake Slum for “Team Building” in Very Poor Taste

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:31 pm
    As I scrolled through my tweets, I caught something out of the corner of my eye. I figured I wasn't seeing properly so I scrolled back. Sure enough, a website is advertising a shanty town as a venue for weddings and team building. Does this strike anyone else as being in extremely poor taste?
  • Team Building is not a Meeting Plus a Social Event

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:45 am
    I've been noticing a trend for some time that is becoming so common that it will soon be the order of the day. All too often the meeting + social activity scenario is yet another example of the trends towards substituting recreational activities for real team building. It's yet another sign that executives are missing the mark for team building.
  • 9 Tips for Facilitating Small Team Building Retreats

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    29 May 2014 | 8:33 pm
    We've fine-tuned a number of strategies to ensure that participants and their organizations get full benefit. Here are some strategies that are highly effective with groups of 6 - 25 participants.
  • Is there value in extreme team building?

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I have addressed the topics of frivolous team building and extreme team building a number of time in this blog and on other blogs.  I thought it was important to devote some more quality time to the issue.
  • Team Building: 12 Ways Executives are Missing the Mark

    Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis
    29 Mar 2014 | 11:28 am
    Team building is one of the most powerful vehicles available to executives. It's an opportunity to break down silos, improve cross-functional teamwork, and brainstorm to generate solutions for business challenges. Unfortunately, this opportunity is often missed and many companies fail to get full benefit from team building. It's important to think of team building in terms of R.O.I. instead of viewing it as an "activity" divorced for organizational goals and objectives.
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    LeadershipWatch

  • Why Collaboration Is a Top Concern for Every Leader

    Aad Boot
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Originally published on LinkedIn (read original). Senior leaders regularly share with me their concerns about the level of collaboration in the company. They often mention the lack of cross-organizational collaboration they experience, and how this is hindering the company to...
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership: The One Secret Success Ingredient

    Aad Boot
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Do business leaders and HR departments pay sufficient attention to equipping people preparing for international assignments, as well as managers leading cross-cultural teams, with sound cross-cultural leadership skills? Research conducted at Dutch Neyenrode Business University suggests they don’t. And that’s...
  • Strategy Execution: Why It Often Fails

    Aad Boot
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:02 am
    A senior executive recently shared with me: “I have been explaining our new strategy for months, and last week in a leadership meeting I got astonishing feedback. The main message was ‘we have no clue where we’re going with our...
  • Why Great Leaders Read Books

    Hanneke Siebelink
    22 May 2014 | 7:08 am
    Business leaders do not often take the time to read (e)books. Are they making a mistake? Why do great leaders read books? “Each employee is required to read one recommended book per year.” Here is what Chinese business tycoon Wang...
  • 4 Tips to Make Your Team Embrace Accountability

    Aad Boot
    11 May 2014 | 3:11 am
    Accountability is a crucial ingredient of successful collaboration, and it is often underestimated. For multinational (and other) enterprises, competitive advantage and successful strategy execution increasingly depend on getting cross-company collaboration right. Executives understand that creating a culture of collaboration and...
 
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    Travis RobertsonTravis Robertson - Robertson Coaching International

  • 5 Things to Prevent Failure

    Travis Robertson
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Every real estate agent is going to fail. However, the most successful agents have implemented safeguards. In this video, listen to real estate coach Travis Robertson talk about the five things that successful agents do to prevent their own failure. Instead of being scared to fail, take these simple things and use them to your advantage!The post 5 Things to Prevent Failure appeared first on Travis Robertson.
  • What Does It Take?

    Travis Robertson
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Become a successful agent that can provide yourself or your family with the life you have always dreamed of! In this short video, coach Travis Robertson shares the FIVE traits of successful agents. Learn what you need to do to take make your business successful!The post What Does It Take? appeared first on Travis Robertson.
  • The First Few Hours

    Travis Robertson
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:38 am
     Feel like you could use a few more hours in your day? Always feel busy but can’t seem to stay focused?In this quick video, learn HOW and WHY the first few hours can set the pace for the rest of your day. Follow along as Travis Robertson shares his thoughts on how to make your morning more productive!Hey guys! Coach Travis Robertson here from beautiful Del Mar, California again and what we’re gonna be talking about in this video is the importance of those first few hours when you get into the office each day.You see, those first few hours are gonna set up the trajectory of…
  • 3 Steps to Creating Your Real Estate Dream Team

    Travis Robertson
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Don’t sacrifice your life for your business! In this video, Travis Robertson shares the three steps to scaling your business without sacrificing your life. Become a master lead generator, develop and implement your systems and build your dream team! Learn how to build a business that supports your life, not a business that runs your life!Hey guys! Coach Travis Robertson here from beautiful Del Mar, California and what we’re gonna be talking about today are the three steps to scaling your business without sacrificing your life.Because what’s going to happen as your generating…
  • How to Create Real Estate Systems

    Travis Robertson
    12 Jun 2014 | 11:49 am
    At some point you’re gonna have to create systems that are going to allow you to scale and serve more people and make more money and do it in less time. In this video, Travis Robertson shares a step-by-step approach that will help you to create systems for your business. Take the stress out of your days and run your business more smoothly!Hey everyone! Coach Travis Robertson here with you again to talk with you about the five steps for creating systems that work in your business. Now, as you’re building your business, as you’re getting going, we’ve talked about it in…
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    Thinking is Hard Work

  • The Woozle Effect

    Colleen Sharen
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Do you remember the 100 Acre Wood? In A.A. Milne’s first book, Winnie the Pooh, Pooh Bear and Piglet go hunting a woozle.  They follow the woozle’s tracks, and over time find […]
  • 8 Path Factors of Buddhism and Leadership

    Colleen Sharen
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Mindfulness is a buzz word these days. So you can imagine that I’m a bit skeptical of all of the woo-woo stuff that I hear around the water cooler. So when I […]
  • Are we really so different after all?

    Colleen Sharen
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    So much of our recent research on leadership focuses on differences between people. A lot of research suggests that women and men are different in leadership style, in that women are relationship […]
  • Happy Canada Day

    Colleen Sharen
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Did you know that 2014 is the 5oth Anniversary of the adoption of Canada’s flag? Yes, the Canadian flag as we now know it is only 50 years old. Yet is one […]
  • Does Image Matter?

    Colleen Sharen
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    Quick, which of these photos conveys leadership?           Both photos were taken by the same photographer on the same day.  I thought that the photo with the evil […]
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • 5 Things Candidates Wish Your Hiring Process Had

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Talent Acquisition, whether it’s retail, restaurants, IT, Healthcare, Manufacturing, etc., it’s all the same.  We are all trying to put bumms in seats! And while our hiring processes might vary from organization to organization, those are basically the same as well. Here are the top five things that candidates want that Talent Acquisition Pros aren’t delivering.
  • Lessons Learned in Mentoring

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    How do you identify high potential talent in your organization and develop them to assume leadership roles in your organization? Talent pool-based succession planning is a best-practice approach and so too are formal mentorship programs. Read on for lessons learned in mentoring.
  • Aligning Our Self-Perception with Reality Using Performance Feedback

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Illusory superiority is a natural and pervasive human tendency that causes people to overestimate their achievements and capabilities, and to underestimate their negative qualities, in comparison to others. So here's a proven method to get the honest feedback and perspective you need to improve your performance.
  • How Job Descriptions Can Help Attract the Right Talent

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    There are many ways to attract the right candidates to your organization, but a key, yet often overlooked element of this process is the value of the job description. Here’s some tips for how a great job description can help your organization attract the right talent!
  • A Strategic Approach to Employee Performance Drives Overall Productivity

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Employee performance is vital to the success of any organization. While the usual focus is on ensuring individual employees do their best work – adopting a holistic approach can leverage the potential of the collective to transform the entire organization.
 
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    frame of reference

  • Gathering – Part 18

    Chris Fillebrown
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 18 – Back Home for Lunch by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 17

    Chris Fillebrown
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 17 – Paying for the Book by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 16

    Chris Fillebrown
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 16 – A Mother and Her Children by Chris Fillebrown
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    mgmtarticles.com - Latest Content

  • New Article: Nine Easy Ideas on How to Perform Behavioral Segmentation

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today's key to subscriber engagement is personalized and relevant email content. Behavioral segmentation is one of the best ways of reaching your target audience and sending exactly what they want. Email list segmentation by email opens allows you to discover who hasn't opened your recent campaign and who has stopped reading your newsletters already for some time, so you can resend unopened campaigns or prepare compelling re-engagement campaigns for inactive users. Segmentation by email clicks allows you to track how active and interested your subscribers are in your email campaigns. If the…
 
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    Peter Barron Stark Companies

  • The Key Ingredient of Purposeful Leadership

    Peter Barron Stark
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    An executive in a large manufacturing organization shared with me an example where one of his managers was treating his direct reports in a very disrespectful way. This manager yelled and used foul language when speaking to his direct reports on a frequent basis. The executive showed me an email the manager had sent out to the entire management team: the email was full of accusations which laid the blame on other managers and their departments for the lack of success on a project. Unfortunately, this had been an ongoing pattern with this manager and despite employees turning to the executive…
  • Six Ways Leaders Can Multiply Great Ideas

    Peter Barron Stark
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In 1982, Michael Keaton and Henry Winkler starred in the movie Night Shift. Henry and Michael played two attendants holding down the night shift at the city morgue. Henry played Chuck; an uptight, reserved, by the book employee, while Michael played Bill; an off-the-wall, self-professed “idea man.” Bill lived Steinbeck’s quote, “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” In fact, he even carried around a portable cassette player so he could record all of his great ideas. In one scene of the movie, Bill is eating a tuna…
  • When You’re Not a “Feel-Good” Type of Leader

    Peter Barron Stark
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    A C-level executive once told me, “Do I really need to go to charm school and learn to become a cheerleader? I am not a ‘rah-rah’ type of leader.” He went on to add, “My job is to ensure the organization has clear goals, and that we are successful in reaching those goals. Employees need to be self-motivated. If people around here are looking for a touchy-feely, feel-good type of leader, they are working for the wrong company. I just expect people to do their jobs.” I’ve written and spoken for years on the role of a leader’s attitude and communication style and its impact…
  • Why your To-Do List is Failing You

    Peter Barron Stark
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:01 am
    When you do a Google search for to-do lists, it’s just as easy to find information supporting the benefits of a to-do list as it is to find information that document why to-do lists are a waste of time. You don’t have to go far to encounter people who are more than willing to share why they refuse to create a to-do list. Maybe you’re one of these people, or maybe you live with someone who doesn’t see value in the structure of consistently creating a list. Over the past 25 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with hundreds of leaders, some who swore by their to-do list, and…
  • Many Leaders Skip This Vital Step

    Peter Barron Stark
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:13 am
    Recently, when provided with individual Leadership Development Assessment (360) feedback, a credit union manager replied, “I get the vision thing.” When prompted for more explanation, this leader said that she had previously tried to put into practice things she had learned in leadership training, but realized that while she was focusing on getting things done right on a daily basis, she was lacking a bigger picture. She cheerfully admitted that, the way she got things done when faced with a challenge in the past was to, “Set my hair on fire and jump up and down on a table to get people…
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    The Modern Servant Leader

  • 3 Common Business Words That Should be Shot

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    “I need to manage my resources.” When referring to a team, this sentence should make our stomaches churn. Yet this phrase is uttered every day, by thousands of business executives, everywhere. Below are the three words that should be dragged out behind the woodshed and shot. My / Mine Unless you are a sole-proprietor with no investors, you own very little – if anything – in your organization. Instead, you are a steward of that money. You are responsible for those people. Next time, instead of “my” or “mine”, try these: Our The Company’s /…
  • You Cannot Lead What You Need

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    If you need your job, you cannot lead the organization. The problem is a leader who is dependent upon income from their employer will be influenced by the perception of their decisions. In other words, if a leader thinks a tough decision has to be made that could negatively impact the perception of their boss, they may fear losing their job. As a result, they make a decision based upon the perceptions of a select few, rather than what’s best for all stakeholders. So, how can anyone, employed by a company, be a leader in that company? You have two options: 1. Independent Wealth Okay,…
  • Servant Leadership 101 – An Introduction to Authentic Leadership

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Want to learn about servant leadership? Want to know what servant leadership is, how it got started, where it’s in practice today and more? Then you’ve come to the right place. This is the first (and only) course like this I am aware of. Because it’s new though, I’m offering it for free – at least until I get all the kinks worked out. So please, sign up below and tell me what you think! When you finish, I’ll even send you a digital Certificate of Completion. Course Outline The course includes 6 lessons, delivered weekly to your inbox. All you have to is…
  • Facebook Leadership: We Don’t Need Trust

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Facebook leadership recently decided to conduct a psychology experiment, with you as the test subject. They didn’t tell you this, but in essence, they tried to manipulate your emotions. It’s okay though, because buried in the 9,000 words of their legal agreements, contracts and use policies, it said somewhere they may use the information they receive from you, for “research” (UPDATE: Forbes discovered this term was added months after the study. So it turns out, maybe you didn’t agree to it after all.) The experiment sought to influence subscriber’s…
  • Keep Your Fire Burning

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:43 am
    We’re only silenced by our refusal to keep our fire lit.” – Martin Sheen, World Leaders Conference That fire inside you, burning bright – it’s what keeps you up all night or rising first thing in the morning. That fire is the passion you hold for a change. That’s core to your leadership. Without that fire, you’re just another person with another idea. With that fire, you are a force to reckon with, a wind of change, a person on a mission. Therefore, you must keep that fire lit, at all costs. There are two ways you can lose that fire… Consuming…
 
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    The trU Group

  • Inviting the Voice of Ownership

    Scott
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    I remember the conversation vividly.  His call came two weeks after my Situational Leadership class and his frustration was evident. I am asking all the questions you gave us in the training, but they are not giving me any answers.   The How can I support you? question is just creating awkward silence, when I know they are buried and complaining.  I feel like that training was a waste of time. That conversation was over a decade ago, and started me on a quest to better support leaders and those they lead in having more meaningful conversations. So here is my response after years of…
  • Relationships: Building vs Maintaining

    Scott
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    Relationships are tricky.  They start at random places – soccer games, first days of a new job, school functions, board meetings.  They only actually become a relationship, a thing that we can point to or hold up as something that has been created if we continue to deal with each other or are connected in some way.  See the basic definition: Relationship (noun) – (Merriam-Webster.com) the way in which two or more people, groups, countries, etc., talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other the way in which two or more people or things are connected We have to be careful to…
  • Just Add Joy – Just ask Rich Sheridan

    Scott
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:56 am
    A book that I really like right now is from Rich Sheridan, and it is called Joy, Inc.  How We Built a Workplace People Love.  Two reasons I like it. It is from a CEO/leader who built his business from scratch and he is intimately involved in his business.  99.9% of businesses in the United States are less than 500 people, and I love a leadership voice from the leader that most people can identify with.  Rich is CEO of Menlo Innovations. It reintroduces emotions into the conversation, not just theories and actions.  Joy, Love, Excitement, Jubilation – - – we need more of these…
  • Just Add Fear – Is this a line in your Leadership Recipe?

    Scott
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:19 am
    Do you ever intentionally try and scare your people?  Is it a tool you use in your leadership toolbox? Let me rephrase that: Have you ever initiated changes without an adequate explanation  to anyone why the change is important? Do you go long periods of time without bringing the team together to celebrate wins of the past and talk about what the focus is for the future? Does your travel schedule dictate how often you bring your team together? Do customer needs always trump team communication/gatherings? Do you allow months to pass without giving people feedback on their work and asking…
  • 4 Words That Frame the Succession Conversation, 2 Tips to Reframe it

    Scott
    27 May 2014 | 6:43 am
    Great conversations start with a question.  A question I asked to a group recently during a keynote was What one word comes to mind when you think of succession planning?   The answers tell a pretty clear story – it is hard, it carries with it a message that we do it when we are old, and it is a future thing. I agree with two of the issues highlighted:  It is challenging and it is future focused. The two pieces I would like to reframe for a more effective conversations are old and training. Old to Valued:  The #1 reason we do not do this – getting old is hard and minimizing…
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    Create-Learning Team Building

  • Creating and Sustaining Skeptical Teams–CFI Leadership Conference

    mike
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    I will be speaking at the Center for Inquiry Leadership Conference ‘Reason for Change’.  The conference runs from July 24-27, 2014. Learn more about the Reason for Change Leadership Conference my workshop will last 3 hours  – Creating and Sustaining Teams How can you create & sustain teams of skeptical people that are able to keep their diverse knowledge and expertise while avoiding group think and spinning into an asphyxiating death spiral? Overview: In this workshop Team will mean a group of people who come together, either through self-selection or appointment, to…
  • What do I do when I don’t know what to do

    mike
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I often find myself stuck or confused or unsure where to start or the next step to take or scared that the choices I make will impact others in a negative way or unsure of what to do with a particular person, team, challenge.   This is common. At least that is what I tell people in my coaching & development work. 8 questions that may help you figure out what to do, when you are not sure what to do.  What are the hard boundaries that contain this work?Boundaries being lines that cannot be crossed OR the bigger picture things that keep this work contained. What is the…
  • Choices–Defining Shared Boundaries Within Work

    mike
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
      Choices from Michael Cardus   Here is an opening activity used in many workshops. It leads to  discussion & content & framing of shared boundaries about Goals.  Who sets them Who is responsible for them How are they used Without a Shared Goal or a what am I doing here? what are you doing here?  what are we expected to accomplish? – defined as a what by when. People will choose what they feel is best, or they choose what those around that feel is right. When goals are set organizationally & personally you must decide and define the problem being faced,…
  • This Naturalistic Paradigm, I hope, is a Trust Attracting solution

    mike
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    In preparation for the Buffalo Niagara Solution-Focused Conference.  I keep rethinking steps of changing views of work from Machinist theory & practice to Ecological theory & practice. We cannot know + control + understand all the outcomes that may / will happen. This is where judgment & using process (actions) while examining results (outcomes) shows that when a group of smart people work together, with the proper context & tools, great things can happen. This is innovation & people working to their full capacity.  Work is interactional Systems-Drive-Behaviors.
  • Finding Solutions with Minimal Change–Skeleton Keys

    mike
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In Transforming Complaints Toward Solutions & Understanding Complaints May Point to Solutions. I introduced 12 General Areas of complaints & 10 Skeleton Keys that may open the door to solutions from the complaints. 10 Skeleton Keys Imagine that you have a key ring of 10 Skeleton Keys. As you hear the complaint a co-discovery process of ‘what does better looks like’  happens. From this Skeleton Key ring you are able to hand the best Skeleton Key to the person. The Skelton Keys are: Direct Task Assignment; Reframing the Situation; Exceptions to Rule; Symptom Prescription; Past…
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    Business Ethics and Leadership

  • Team Building Exercises to Build Trust Among Employees

    Josephson Institute
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Guest post by Monica Gomez Theologian and poet Isaac Watts said, “Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.” That may be especially true in the competitive environment of the workplace, where jockeying for position and battling over turf are often widespread. Suspicion and mutual mistrust at work sap creativity and productivity. But, according […]
  • How to Generate Trust Through “Good Growth”

    Josephson Institute
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Guest post by Dennis Nally Lack of trust in business is still a major concern for CEOs. Indeed, half of the respondents to PwC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey, published in January 2014, identified this lack of trust as a threat to their growth prospects. This number is up sharply from the 37 percent who cited […]
  • VIDEO: Michael Josephson on Creating an Effective Compliance Program

    Josephson Institute
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    On March 31 in San Diego, California, Michael Josephson addressed attendees of the Health Care Compliance Association’s 18th Annual Compliance Institute. The title of his speech: “Compliance Plus: Creating an Effective Compliance Program Using an Ethics Framework.” Click on this video to play the entire presentation:
  • The Greyhound Principle: Ethical and Practical Aspects of Stretch Goals in Business

    Michael Josephson
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:47 pm
    A common management strategy to spur achievement is to set aggressive performance objectives that, like the mechanical rabbits that pace racing greyhounds, push employees to maximum effort. Using “stretch goals” can be successful, but unreasonably high performance goals often spawn dishonesty and irresponsibility. Believing that “it’s a matter of survival,” a disturbing number of employees conclude […]
  • Nine Rules for Making Good Decisions

    Josephson Institute
    3 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    Josephson Institute’s Making Ethical Decisions booklet presents a decision-making model and examines what leads to good choices (and what steers us off course). Here is a list of rules that will help you keep your moral compass calibrated. These are not taken directly from Making Ethical Decisions, but they draw on many of its themes. […]
 
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    Horeb International

  • Leaving Money on the Table

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Image source: massdistraction leave (something) on the tablev. phr. to refrain from taking the utmost advantage of something; to not address every aspect of a situation; in the form leave money on the table... (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)  I frequented Foodco supermarket when growing up in Ibadan because it was close to my dad’s old office which made it accessible and convenient for grocery shopping. I went to Foodco during my recent trip to Nigeria. The supermarket had moved a stone’s throw down the road from it’s original site. The moment I walked into the new Foodco, I…
  • Breaking the Rules

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:42 am
    Image source: rmanoske I was in Nigeria for 13 days a couple of weeks ago. The last time I was in Nigeria was 2002. Some things have changed in the intervening years but a lot still remained unchanged. The enforcement of the rule of law is one thing that hasn’t improved. It was a Thursday evening and I was due to fly back to the UK the following day when my sister suggested we visit my cousin who lives in one of those gated Lagos estates. This particular estate was like an American suburb where residents were expected to abide by certain rules and regulations. My cousin’s wife told us a…
  • Notice & Reflect

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    19 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    Image source: xJason.Rogersx Notice what inspires you Notice what interests you Notice what you are drawn to Notice what repeals you Notice what turns you off Notice what energises you Notice what drains you Notice the rhythms of your life Notice who you are Notice where you are Notice where you are heading Notice what is happening around you Notice the coincidences in your life Notice the things you stumble over Notice the mistakes you keep making Notice what you are feeling and why Notice what you notice Notice and Reflect  “People don’t learn from experience; they learn from…
  • Life is like a Rose

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    5 May 2014 | 9:43 am
    Image source: Jim the photographer Almost all roses have thorns. Yet we don’t tend to focus on the rose’s thorns rather we concentrate on the beauty and fragrant smell of its petals. The rose’s thorns does not diminish the flower’s perceived worth or value. Life like the rose has its petals (positive things) and thorns (negative things). You have the choice on what to pay attention to in your life. Remember that what you focus on will magnify and multiply. Related Posts:Attention!Planting for the FutureHobbies & VocationsLiving a Life of Excellence (2)Living a Life of…
  • Amazon’s Leadership Principles

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    28 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Image source: paulswansen I watched a BBC documentary on Amazon a few days ago and learnt about the company’s 14 leadership principles. These principles were crafted to build a strong organisational culture within Amazon. An organisation’s long term success is based on its culture. The ones with strong cultures thrive while the ones with weak ones die. Every Amazon employee is expected to adhere to these principles or find a new employer. I believe that the sustainability of a strong organisational culture is dependent on effective organisational leadership. The documentary stated that…
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    The Six Disciplines Blog

  • If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It

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

    27 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    For better or worse, why do so many companies veer off their strategic plan? Look for a disconnect between strategy and how resources are allocated, say Harvard Business School's Joseph L. Bower and Clark G. Gilbert, in their article "What Really Drives Strategy Their assertion? "Organizations of any size are built around a series of building blocks, and the bigger the company the more responsibility in those building blocks. Today they are called SBUs—Strategic Business Units—or they are country organizations. If you add up what those people actually do, which ideas they choose to bring…
  • Your Dream Job - And Your Passion

    20 Jun 2014 | 5:10 am
    What would be your dream job? If money were not a consideration, what would you do? A recent Harris Interactive survey among almost 8,000 employees over the age of 18 found the following: 45% of workers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs 55% of workers said they were not satisfied Furthermore... 20% were passionate about their jobs 33% believed they had reached a dead end 21% were eager to change to something different The above statistics paint a vivid picture of how elusive passion can be in careers. Here are some more observations about dream jobs: Dream jobs…
  • The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution

    13 Jun 2014 | 5:48 am
    "A brilliant strategy, blockbuster product, or breakthrough technology can put you on the competitive map, but only solid execution can keep you there So begins the Harvard Business review article "The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution" written by executives from management consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc . According to the authors, "Execution is the result of thousands of decisions made every day by employees acting according to the information they have and their own self-interest." Their research identified four fundamental building blocks executives can use to influence…
  • The Five Secrets of High-Performing Organizations

    6 Jun 2014 | 5:33 am
    The best performing small businesses have five factors in common: A strong leadership team The ability to attract and retain quality people A disciplined approach to their business The ability to strategically use technology The wise use of trusted outside providers Top-performing organizations rate not just a little better in these five areas -- but at least 100% better. This whitepaper looks at the results of the research, and identifies five factors that the top 25% of all high-performing organizations have in common. More ...
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    The Resiliency Group

  • My Interview On The Coaching Show

    Eileen
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    My interview on The Coaching Show 1/8/14 is now available on line for your listening pleasure.  I’m discussing resiliency in both of the sections below.  I hope you enjoy the show! Segment 1 – Eileen McDargh - What is Resiliency?  Why is it an Essential Daily Life Skill? Segment 2 – Eileen McDargh - Eileen McDargh shares about The Well Being of Organizations and Working Effectively with Teams, and more. The post My Interview On The Coaching Show appeared first on The Resiliency Group.
  • The Law of Diminished Returns Kills Productivity, Profits, and Tragically – Sometimes People

    Eileen
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    In a recent Bloomberg article, “Vacation-Phobic Americans Donate a Million Years of Work Annually,” (June 30, 2014), writer Ben Steverman commented that the American workplace culture has developed into a mix of job insecurity and sincere workplace devotion which has led to about 429 million unused vacation days per year nationally, according to a 2014 study by Oxford Economics. American workers do NOT take time off. Not a smart idea. Lack of time off and fatigue results in what I call “the law of diminished returned”. The quality of your efforts and the quantity of your efforts are…
  • How to Cultivate Radical Resiliency

    Eileen
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    Have you ever wanted to learn How to Cultivate Radical Resiliency? Good news! In my new online class, I’ll walk you through my Top 10 Big Ideas on  “How to Cultivate Radical Resiliency.” This is my absolute best stuff shared in a really fun, high energy, 30-minute video format (you can also download MP3s and a PDF for the class). Check it out here! Here’s a sneak peek at the Top 5 Big Ideas: * Create Many Options * Look for Viewing Points – Not a View Point * Go for the Glow Not for the “No” * Reframe * Develop a Support Group Check out my class at the Academy for Optimal…
  • I’m a New Mom—Kinda…

    Eileen
    15 Jun 2014 | 5:51 pm
    To my complete amazement, about one week ago, I discovered I was pregnant — pregnant with the possibility for the birth of a Monarch Butterfly. Here it was, hanging onto the lip of a fountain.  Another one hung under the ledge of our concrete wall.  The green color reflected the sky and the tiny gold dots surrounding the cocoon were, I discovered, air hole.  Last night, the cocoon had turn black. Under closer inspection, I could see the orange black colors of a wing. Then, this morning, I ran out… my baby had squeezed itself out of the cocoon and was patiently hanging, waiting for…
  • Two Men – 350 Women. Courageous or Crazy?

    Eileen
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Just returned from Hobbs, New Mexico. For the second year in a row, URENCO USA sponsored a Women’s Symposium under the theme “The Energy to Succeed”.  Perfect theme for the only uranium enrichment plant in the U.S!!! What caught my attention was difference. Two men attended— a manager from Walmart and a Baptist minister. I believe they were both courageous and crazy like a fox! We applauded them and then asked what prompted their participation. The gentleman from Walmart explained, “I manage 30 women and I need to understand them better.” The Baptist pastor said he had many women…
 
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • Good Corporate Culture Extends Beyond the Walls

    Jeremy Unruh
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Corporate culture is nebulous—different for each company and sometimes hard to develop, especially in the shifting sands of the business world. But the companies that get it right, the companies that not only champion culture but truly cultivate it, and demand the same of their employees, are the ones that stand out and thrive. Take Southwest Airlines, for example, with an uncompromising focus on its three Ps of culture: Performance, People, Planet. The company’s determination to drive every decision, every sale, and every interaction based on its distinctly defined culture has made the…
  • Sales Leadership: It Starts with Feedback and Coaching

    Jeremy Unruh
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    In many companies, leaders and managers are promoted to their roles because they have, or appear to have, the foundational characteristics of certain leadership traits. They are good communicators: they share the goals of the company, they listen to and understand their employees, and they don’t shy from the difficult conversations. The good ones are mentors, supporters, and advocates. They surround themselves with talent, and figure out effective ways to develop those staff who lag in performance. Promoting these types of leaders makes sense for many companies. Unfortunately, in sales…
  • 6 Types of Bad Bosses

    Jeremy Unruh
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    In the 2011 movie Horrible Bosses, the main characters declare, “Our lives would be better if our bosses weren't alive!” Showing blatant hostility, trickery, sexual harassment, discrimination, and abuse, the bosses in that film are, if not complete caricatures of terrible managers, then certainly at the far side of reality’s spectrum.Still, bad bosses do exist, and even if they aren't dragging a department or a company down completely, they are surely keeping the unit from truly thriving. While a good boss can inspire a team, instill loyalty, and motivate hard work by making each…
  • Communicate the Big Picture: Millennials are Motivated by Feedback

    Jeremy Unruh
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    The generational composition of the nation’s workforce is constantly changing, and, at certain times, it seems the landscape creates an entirely new snapshot. Such will be the case by 2020, when nearly half (about 46 percent, by most estimates) of the workforce will be comprised of millennials. Which is a particularly important statistic for today’s leaders, who are, by and large, boomers or gen Xers, with a few veterans still sprinkled in.                Making room for the next generation has often been…
  • The Art of Delegation: Empowering your Managers for Success

    Jeremy Unruh
    14 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    Running a business demands a varied set of important skills and the experience to make the most of these skills. The overall progress of your company depends on your ability to make sound decisions that will grow your business in the long-term by taking prudent and diligent steps in the short-term. One key to managing the success of your company lies in your ability to fill a wide array of roles that are essential to handling each aspect of your business at a level that yields progress. As your company grows and reaches further into the areas that will be instrumental in long-term growth, you…
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    i360 Insight

  • Triphenyl Phosphite

    admin
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:42 am
    Triphenyl Phosphite A triphenyl phosphite  functions whilst the perfect fireproofing for office or your home. Ostensibly this can be a specifically developed material that helps you to avoid the item which it’s applied’s combustion. It’s among the most typical materials utilized by fire practitioners once they are faced i.e. fireplace, with their adversary. Flame retardants’ use isn’t any longer limited to fighting with fires once they broke. Instead they’re today getting used on the wide-scale in workplaces and houses to avoid items from permitting…
  • Rune Gold – I Made $10,000 Rune Gold Free in 1-5 Minutes!

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:57 pm
    runescape gold Let us face it, money is power, and exactly the same goes for gaming. When you’ve money inside the game, you’ve got the strength to buy the finest equipment there’s to yourself and ensure it is easier for avatar or your character to gain the amounts you want it to acquire. While getting degrees is really one of the significant reasons for you yourself to perform Runescape and combating monsters is one of many ways for one to gain experience to level up, Rune gold producing and using this gold to make your character more powerful is another one of the goals you…
  • FFXIV Leveling Guide

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:11 pm
    ffxiv gil Final Fantasy XIV is the newest MMO game created by Square-Enix. It really is centered on the Final Fantasy franchise that was well-liked and incredibly well received with millions of gamers and lovers. Most gamers think very highly of the game, although final Fantasy 14 may not appeal to everybody and provides many intriguing elements to the genre. The largest grievance players have yet is slow leveling. This is exactly why I decided to start my FFXIV gil buying experience through the use of a leveling manual. Leveling is done fairly differently in FFXIV than in most other MMORPG…
  • How To Treat A Yeast Infection

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:31 pm
    remedies to cure their yeast infection After I believe I’ve a disease I personally am fearful sometimes to visit a doctor, so I search over the web for home remedies and attempt to discover if I really have an infection or other diseases. Yeast infection is an infection on your own skin or in the places where you should first look for yeast infections are vagina, mouth, intestines and some other areas and mucosal membranes. Most common home remedies for yeast infections are: the most significant high hygiene, and the famous garlic, yogurt, vinegar. As you see they are all natural…
  • Capacitors

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:08 am
    In the vacuum capacitor, two alloy (copper usually) electrodes are divided by a hoover. The outer part is made from ceramic or glass. They usually have a low capacitance in high voltages, higher and generally 5000 volts and the range of 10 to 1000 pF. Vacuum capacitors find broad use in industrial applications. They’re used in equipment like Amateur radio RF Amplifiers, high powered broadcast transmitters and big antenna tuners. Vacuum capacitors can also act as the impedance variation component in automatic matching. Editions of vacuum capacitors comprise variable and fixed. The chief…
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    Career Advancement Blog

  • Good News on the Salary Front: More Companies Plan Increases

    joelgarfinkle
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Asking what I considered an impossible salary when I didn’t want to work for someone has boosted my pay again and again.” ~ Ethel Waters ~ Will has been working the same job for three years without any raise in pay. Due to the downturn in the economy, his company claims that it just can’t afford to pay more to its employees. I’ve got some good news for Will and for everyone else who has been working longer hours and hasn’t been rewarded with a bonus or an increase in salary. That might be changing, according to Mercer, a worldwide consulting firm. In their…
  • How to Deal with Gossip at Work: 7 Steps to Dispel the Drama

    joelgarfinkle
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~ Client Jonathan Asks: Several of my co-workers like to spread stories without checking to make sure they are true. Recently, someone shared an inaccurate and favorable story about me. What can I do to mitigate the damage? Coach Joel Answers: Everyone is susceptible to gossip stories at work. But what if the stories are about you? And, even more disturbing, what if they are erroneous and could harm your reputation? Chances are, this won’t happen to you. But, if it…
  • Are You Annoying Your Co-Workers? Employees Share Their Biggest Gripes

    joelgarfinkle
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “I’m aware that I can be annoying.” ~ Sandra Bullock ~ Client Eva Asks: As an HR professional, I hear a lot of petty complaints from various employees about their co-workers. Most of the time, the offending party has no idea that he or she is being annoying. How can I be sure that I am not inadvertently aggravating my own co-workers without realizing it? Coach Joel Answers: Annoying co-workers are a common problem. Fortunately, most people realize that there are frustrating people everywhere, so unless the situation is severe, it is unlikely that they will leave over minor…
  • Be Advised: More Employers are Searching Social Media Sites!

    joelgarfinkle
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    “You are what you share.” ~ C.W. Leadbeater ~ Client Isaac Asks: I work in the IT industry, and I’m preparing to search for a new position. I know that some companies are using Google to check out prospective employees. Should I be worried about this, and if so, what steps can I take to make sure prospective employees don’t find anything that could hurt me? Coach Joel Answers: Employers don’t just use Google to check out job candidates, they’re relying more on social networking. In fact, a study conducted by CareerBuilder found that 37 percent of employers use social…
  • The “Swiss Army Knife” Tool for Optimum Leadership Development

    joelgarfinkle
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
      “Using coaching instead of sending executives and managers to seminars two or three times a year can be more beneficial to ongoing career development, not to mention less expensive…” ~ PC Week ~ Client Fahad Asks:  There are so many programs out there claiming to develop leadership in people. It’s hard to know which are effective and which are money-stealers.  Isn’t there one tool that can do it all?  Can’t it be simple? Coach Joel Answers:  Great question, Fahad. When you’re looking for a tool, you want something simple, effective, and right for the job. …
 
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    Unfolding Leadership

  • The Side Effects of Hierarchy and Other Perils

    Dan Oestreich
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    A few days ago, in a conversation with Amy Edmondson of the Harvard Business School, she sagely shared with me how hierarchy “does not intend” its negative side effects. She was speaking specifically of ingrained dynamics that cause people to seek approval and avoid rocking the boat rather than asking for help and speaking up more freely. She also expressed the notion — and I agree — that getting rid of hierarchy is really not feasible for most organizations. Jeffrey Pfeffer, venerable professor of organizational dynamics at Stanford, backs up exactly that view in a…
  • A Spiral Model of Change

    Dan Oestreich
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    I have always felt that organizational change simply could not be linear. Somehow the notion that shifts in structure, culture, technology, processes and systems could be introduced according to some fixed recipe has always grieved me, as if it missed the most important components, the deeper humanity of changing what is toward what can or should or must be. Recently I have been working with a client on an overhaul to rationalize a critical internal service system that is disorganized, boundary-less and somewhat political — and it is a complete joy to watch and listen to the…
  • To Grow, Stay Within Your Comfort Zone

    Dan Oestreich
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Wait a minute! Isn’t it the other way around, that to grow into our potentials we need to get out of our comfort zones or at least operate at the “top” of them much of the time? That does seem to be the common belief, yet let me play the devil’s advocate a little. We’re all familiar with the theory, articulated so well by the title of Susan Jeffers’ 1988 book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Surely there’s truth in the notion that repeatedly pushing back the fear and doing things in the face of anxiety can lead to changes — in relationships,…
  • On Interconnection…And Yet

    Dan Oestreich
    29 May 2014 | 6:15 pm
    We know, at bottom, that everything is connected. It’s like the joke about the monk who orders a hot dog: “Make me one with everything.” We’re already there. We get that. And yet. Indeed. In fact. And yet. We treat ourselves as individuals. We operate in a competitive, psychologically entrepreneurial world of “best ideas,” “best knowledge,” “best having my act together.” It isn’t, in fact, all that truly collaborative. Even in the wisdom market, we want to hawk our wares. Ego dominates and tries to deliver, shouting out among…
  • Having Tea with the Dragon

    Dan Oestreich
    1 May 2014 | 12:10 pm
    In a transactional world where on-time, within-budget results are the Holy Grail, it is no wonder that what we often seek most is not how to grow as leaders but simply how to get other people to do what we want them to do. The study of our leadership too often becomes the study of our barriers: the unrealistic demands, the power politics, the poor treatment and irrationality, the hierarchy and the intractable, complex, silted-in and siloed bureaucracies, not to mention the failures of top leadership to create meaningful, strategic, engaged change. Of course, we assume we’re not…
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    yourthoughtpartner.com

  • Guest Blogger @David_Shindler: 5 Ways To Be An Everyday Inspiring Leader

    David Grossman
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    Most of my clients look terrified when we talk about how they inspire others. It’s like the very word has magical powers to which they personally can’t relate. “Being inspiring is what other people do”, those endowed with another scary attribute, charisma. Usually loudly. Of course, they don’t say this to me. I can tell by the tell-tale gulp or uneasy shuffle in their seat. There are degrees of being inspiring from the nation-moving of a Mandela to the everyday shift in a school kid in the classroom. I believe we all have the capacity to inspire. The challenge is to know what that…
  • What makes a great story?

    David Grossman
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, often tells of his trip to Milan and the passion for the fresh, richly brewed espresso he discovered there and carried home with him. He shares the story with his employees to reinforce the message that their job goes beyond selling coffee and is also about sharing the passion in coffee that fills the cup. Like Shultz, many Fortune 500 leaders commonly use storytelling to engage employees around corporate initiatives. Psychologists note that utilizing storytelling is a way to engage and manage attention, but is important to do so effectively. In order to…
  • Weekly Round-Up: On Building a Fulfilling Life and Career, 15 Body Language Mistakes & Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity

    David Grossman
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:33 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. 4 Common Vocal Mistakes Leaders Make By Lisa Evans, Fast Company “Commanding respect as a leader means more than having a…
  • Starting Thought: Communication Is a Superpower Everyone Can Have

    David Grossman
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    On a recent trip to Target, my 4-year-old daughter Avi wanted to buy some superhero figures.  Like I was as a child, she’s hugely interested in superheroes.  So much so that during an interview with a school psychologist for junior kindergarten, her answer to the question, “Name a planet,” was “Krypton.”  Fortunately, when asked then to name a planet from our solar system, she said, “Earth.” We regularly watch, “Justice League Unlimited” and have every superhero book that’s part of the “I Can Read,” early education series.  I have to smile when she…
  • Se7en Deadly Sins Blog Post Series: Sin #4 Detachment

    David Grossman
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    It sounds so simple. Employees follow leaders because of how leaders make them feel. Leadership is personal, but in their focus on business goals, leaders often detach themselves from the human element of the workplace, thereby failing to show they care about their team members. Is Detachment a sin you’re guilty of? Ask yourself how well you know your team. What are they passionate about? What are the little things that matter to them? When are their birthdays? When was the last time you interacted with them as people, not simply as your employees? When was the last time you said thank you?
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  • 5 Reasons Start-Ups Fail

    Cindy Flanders
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Here’s an interesting statistic: over 6 million new businesses get started every year,(Forbes). But even more telling is that after 5 years, only half of those businesses survive. As a commercial banker, I worked with a variety of companies for over 25 years.  I've witnessed lots of reasons some of them failed, but when it comes to the smaller, more entrepreneurial ventures there are a few common denominators:   read more
  • How Game of Thrones is Like Corporate America

    Cindy Flanders
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    I tried to watch the ubiquitous Game of Thrones when it first came out.  But the myriad of characters, the special language used and constant change in direction completely confused me. Sound familiar?   read more
  • 6 Phrases Successful Leaders Should Always Use

    Cindy Flanders
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:51 am
    I recently came across a Business Insider article on phrases successful people never use. Trying to put a positive spin on the issue, here are phrases that every successful leader should use: read more
  • Are You Self-Sabotaging Your Career?

    Cindy Flanders
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:58 am
    I recently saw a segment on Good Morning America that profiled a  commercial around women saying they’re sorry too much.  It was eye opening as I find myself doing the same thing and realized it really is a form of self-sabotage.  But self-sabotage isn’t limited to women and it isn’t limited to your home life.  How many other little things do we do that can derail our careers? read more
  • Need Funding? Start with Friends & Family

    Cindy Flanders
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am
    If you’ve ever thought about starting a business and tried to find funding, the first thing anyone and everyone will tell you is you have to start with friends and family.  This is of course after you’ve depleted your own resources.  Depending on the crowd you hang with, this could be easy or hard. But first and foremost, it must be a business transaction.  read more
 
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    Ridiculously Efficient | Superhuman Productivity

  • Second Richest Person in the World Suggests 3-Day Workweek

    Rosemina Nazarali
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Photo credit: WBIR.com The second richest person in the world, Mexican businessperson Carlos Slim, says people work way too much and the workweek should be shortened to just three days. Slim made the statement at a business conference in Paraguay, in which he said it was time for a “radical overhaul” of the way we work. “With three work days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life,” said Slim, who is the CEO of telecommunications company Telmex. “Having four days [off] would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of…
  • How Disorganization Can Hurt Your Small Business

    Rosemina Nazarali
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    © gemenacom – Fotolia.com This is a guest post by Kevin Flanagan. If you own and operate a small business, getting organized is vital to the survival of your venture. Disorganization has many hidden costs to your business; Insightly reports that the average worker spends up to half an hour every day trying to locate a client’s information or searching for a lost email, resulting in up to $6000 in annual costs to their employers. If you want to be productive, secure, and efficient, here are some ways disorganization can suck the life from your business and how you can beat it: It…
  • Key Differences Between US and UK Employment Law

    Rosemina Nazarali
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    © Christopher Nolan – Fotolia.com This is a guest post by Samuel-James McLoughlin. “You’re fired!” might be the catchphrase of Sir Alan on The Apprentice, but it’s much more likely to be uttered by his US counterpart, Donald Trump. That’s because when it comes to employment rights, the US model is much more geared towards making employment easy for the employer. The more British employees learn about US employment law, the more US employees can appear to resemble commodities to be exploited. Some would say, of course, that tipping the balance in favour of employers allows…
  • This is Why Every Company Should Allow Telecommuting

    Rosemina Nazarali
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    © a4stockphotos – Fotolia.com If you’ve ever thought that telecommuting hinders companies more than it helps, I’m here to change your mind. Telecommuting has been a topic of debate for a while now, especially with high-profile companies like Yahoo dismissing the very idea. However, it is hard to deny that more and more workers are looking for positions that offer flexible work, and it is slowly becoming the norm for employers to offer such perks. Aside from benefits such as improved work-life balance, telecommuting can also save employers a lot of money. Here’s how:…
  • Workplace Deal Breakers [Infographic]

    Rosemina Nazarali
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    © sokolovsky – Fotolia There are many aspects of people’s jobs that they don’t necessarily like, but they deal with. These are usually things that bug them, that they will go home and complain about, but it’s not quite enough to push people to leave. Then there are the workplace deal breakers. These are the things that frustrate workers to a point of no return, pushing them to leave their jobs. A recent survey conducted by BambooHR reveals the top five annoyances that lead employees to their breaking points. The top reason why employees leave their jobs is because of…
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    OnStrategy

  • Lead only towards the best – Eagle Scout Challenge

    Heyden Enochson
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    With over 280 councils across the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is an incredibly impactful youth-serving organization.  As a non-profit it provides expansive, character-forming experiences to individuals and at the same time is focused on serving our communities and country. Organizationally, the BSA is similar to a franchise in that each council is managed separately by its own board and “CEO”, known as the Scout Executive.  Yet they all have the same expectations to meet in order to fulfill the purpose of the Boy Scouts:  to prepare youth in America to…
  • Strategy High – Yeah, it’s a real thing.

    Heyden Enochson
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    It’s the 20th mile in the marathon. You’re bruised, beaten, and blistered, yet you continue moving forward. Why? The feeling of crossing that finish line is like nothing else. Closing the gap between strategy and execution is the same way. Between miles 1-20, you’ve seen inclines, declines, plateaus, and valleys. Your team has worked relentlessly collaborating ideas, refocusing your efforts, and deciding the future of the company. You’re on mile 20 and you hit the block – your strategic plan is complete, but now it’s time execute and you’re left gasping for air, unable to finish…
  • Blood, guts, and bonding

    Heyden Enochson
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    In an office environment, it can be easy to forget a single common denominator – everyone is human. While productivity is important, the most successful and cohesive teams are bonded together beyond the walls of the meetings they attend. Six years ago, The North Slope School district in Barrow, Alaska began their strategic planning session with an activity well beyond the classrooms of the district. Leveraging your surroundings It’s important to understand that North Slope is culturally influenced by the Inupiaq Indian tribe.  A subsistence hunting tribe, the community relies heavily…
  • Closing the Gap Between Strategy and Execution Begins Today.

    Heyden Enochson
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    It’s the age old challenge in strategic planning – how do you close the gap between your strategy and execution? Strategic planning is never linear, making execution even more difficult. We have three considerations to get your strategic plan from start to finish: Step 1: Engagement Before strategic planning can even begin, it’s vital to engage all of your key stakeholders. Without them onboard, you’ll just spin your wheels trying to get your plan started. Investment begins when your stakeholders understand what’s in it for them. It’s all about the relationship between you and…
  • The Power of Trust

    Heyden Enochson
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Sure, strategic planning can be a catalyst to great organizational growth. That being said, a strategic plan is useless unless those who are directly connected are involved. Washoe County Regional Animal Services in Nevada did just that. Bringing together nearly ten distinct entities Animal Services realized it was time to tackle past organizational changes by engaging, aligning and restructuring for the future.  With direction to initiate a process with all stakeholders and the general public to identity and evaluate new organizational structure options for the Washoe County Regional Animal…
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    Fulcrum Associates | Micro Leadership Macro Results

  • 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…
  • Physician (Manager), Heal Thyself Too

    Ian Cook
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    You probably sit down at least annually with each of your staff to have a conversation about their growth and development in their current job and perhaps with an eye to future roles. You look at an array of possible learning vehicles, such as external courses, internally provided workshops, special assignments, job shadowing, coaching, mentoring, webinars and so forth. If you are serious about supporting them you schedule at least a quarterly check in as to what they have been learning and how they are applying this in their work. And I salute you if you are one of those rare managers who go…
  • The “Tyranny of the Immediate” Tyrannizes Leaders Most of All

    Ian Cook
    27 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    You’ve probably had a time and priority management course somewhere along the way. Or, maybe you’ve read a book about it. You learned about how often the less important tasks take up too much of our time, to the detriment of our not tackling the more significant areas of our job duties. There’s a reason for this. The less important tasks are usually easier and take less time. In addition, we get to enjoy the repeated satisfaction of checking things off our to-do list. And we look back over our day and say to ourselves, “This has been a good day. Look at all that I got…
  • What Does Virtue Have to Do with Leadership?

    Ian Cook
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The ancients, particularly Socrates (through Plato) and Plato, believed “Virtue” to be an absolute that one came to understand through the application of reason. For Aristotle, Virtue was something you didn’t deduce in the abstract but rather something you lived, to the best of your ability. In particular, it was about living fully the life that nature has enabled you to. So, the cobbler should live a cobbler’s live fully and a teacher the best teaching life he or she can. In the US in the eighteenth century, Virtue was a big deal for the founders of the new republic.
  • Slow Flow: Ignore it at Your Peril

    Ian Cook
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    “Once we get our new Marketing VP in place and fold the regional Customer Service units under that executive at headquarters, things will finally be settled and everything will be OK.” But things in any organization are never really “in place,” are they? Our organization charts with a date stamped in the corner fool us. They insidiously pander to our deep human desire for things in life to STOP CHANGING! I think a healthy attitude for managers and leaders is to see the workplace not as static but, in fact, in a state of slow flow. Organizations are dynamic systems.
 
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    Great Leaders Serve

  • The Fine Art of Facilitation

    mark
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you been in a great meeting recently? I know for some of you that may sound like an impossibility. My fear is many of you can’t remember the last time you went to a great meeting. One reason we attend so many low impact meetings is absence of a skilled facilitator. Although many elements must come together to create a successful meeting – none are more important than a good facilitator. Being a great facilitator is not hard to do if you clearly understand the role. Have you ever thought about what the word facilitator actually means? The origin of the word reveals an individual who…
  • How Much Is Good Design Worth?

    mark
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My wife and I are in the process of building a new house. Well… we’re not actually building yet; we’re still in the design phase. We’re at the point where the builder asked us to pick out plumbing fixtures. For those of you who’ve never built a house, this probably sounds like an easy step in the process. What we discovered were hundreds, if not thousands, of options. We started with the faucet for the kitchen sink – how hard could that be? As we stood looking at this overwhelming array of options, the salesperson said, “They’re basically all the same.” Really? They didn’t…
  • Today’s Challenge: Team Size

    mark
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the many decisions every leader must make is what structure will best enable his or her organization to accomplish its work. If you decide a team approach makes sense, then you get to wrestle with the question… How many people should be on a team? The answer is: there’s no right answer. However, if you’re trying to create a high performance team charged with managing work and improving performance, a smaller team increases your likelihood of success – Five to ten members is a good rule of thumb to optimize performance. If you do decide to create a larger team,…
  • You’re Not Crazy… Leadership Is Hard

    mark
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Leadership is hard! You may read these words and think: “Is this supposed to be news?” It was to me. As a young leader, I had the misplaced belief that if I learned to lead well, it would be easy. What I’ve discovered – if I learn to lead well, I’ll be more effective and have greater impact, but it still won’t be easy. Does leadership have to be hard? Yes, the role we play will always be hard. That’s what we signed up for. And, if we were honest with ourselves we’d probably confess, the difficulty factor is one reason we love to lead – we love a challenge! Here…
  • Invest in Something That Will Outlive You

    mark
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    We just finished our annual Leadership Talent Reviews. If you’re not familiar with the idea, it’s a very straightforward concept. The process involves a systematic review of all leaders in an organization. Leadership Talent Reviews are not a new idea. Most organizations do this in one form or another. If yours doesn’t, perhaps you should start. Here are a few of the many benefits we’ve experienced: We calibrate on what’s expected of our leaders. We use the SERVE model as our baseline for conversation and comparison. We calibrate on performance expectations. We talk about actual…
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  • Doing Nothing Is Time Well Spent

    Frank Sonnenberg
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We live in a hyperactive world in which active lifestyles and overachievers are celebrated. In fact, we try to squeeze as much as we can into the day — with no time to spare. When we’re not busy multitasking, we’re racing from activity to activity. Right? So when was the last time you did nothing, simply because you thought doing nothing was time well spent?The truth is, we’re so busy keeping busy that it’s easy to reach a point of diminishing returns –– we lose more than we gain. You’d think we’d learn something from watching a hamster run around on a treadmill. What do we…
  • Dilemma: Have To vs. Want To

    Frank Sonnenberg
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ever hear a person approaching retirement say, “Now I’m going to start doing what I want to do –– not what I have to do”? It got me thinking. How much time do we spend doing what is expected of us rather than doing what we really want to do? It’s a tough dilemma that we face every day.Unfortunately, we do what we “have to” do all too often. We dress up for dinner even though we’d rather go casual; we stay after hours to impress the boss; we go to the annual party, yet again, even though it was boring last year; we ditch the girlfriend because the parents don’t approve.
  • Moral Character Matters

    Frank Sonnenberg
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some folks have a split personality . . . on the one hand, they believe that being unscrupulous leads to success, but on the other hand, they also recognize that a solid reputation provides ancillary benefits. So they’re ruthless most of the time and rely on a few PR maneuvers to promote their decency. In their eyes, moral character doesn’t contribute directly to success –– for them, strong moral character is a sideshow, not part of the main act.The fact is, there’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated…
  • The Haves and Have-Nots

    Frank Sonnenberg
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some people have an “unfair advantage” in the marathon race called life. This advantage will enable them to climb the ladder quickly and enjoy all the benefits that success offers. You may be thinking that these lucky folks won’t earn their achievements; that they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth and are being given assistance that only a few receive. Welcome to the world of the haves and have-nots.The fact is, the “unfair advantage” that will give these folks their head start can be found in the strong foundation they are receiving: nurturing parents or caregivers,…
  • 50 Ways to Lose Trust and Credibility

    Frank Sonnenberg
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whether you’re a salesperson, manager, teacher or leader, trust is everything. Here are 50 ways people lose trust and credibility every day.50 Ways to Lose Trust and Credibility1.    Act nice only when you need something. 2.    Base decisions on bad or incomplete information. 3.    Fake an answer rather than admitting you don’t know. 4.    Claim to be an expert in everything. 5.    Fail to stand behind your product. 6.    Tell two people two different stories. 7.    Make self-serving recommendations. 8.    Fail to follow up promptly. 9.    Make careless…
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    Chris Walker Innerwealth

  • Do Your Daily Power Hour - Make it your religion

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    You do want to enjoy life. You do want to love more. You do want to make more money. You do want to contribute more. You do want your family to be comfortable. You do want to live long and happy. So, you do want to do your daily power hour.In the Back on Track coaching programme you are taught 30 skills that, in one hour a day, spread over the time from wake till sleep, you can guarantee the quality of your life. Why not?So I thought this article below would help put a few more ideas into your life for your power hour. 12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans This is a post from Marc…
  • Using the Laws of Nature to Get Over A Heart Break or Break Up

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    There are a few things you can be guaranteed of in life. One is you will eventually leave the planet (die) and the other is you are going to get your heart broken. You might not get heart break because of a relationship, it could even be money that’s the cause, but either way, sometime in the future, you are going to deal with a heart break at least once, if not, more.I’ve helped people through relationship heartbreak, financial heartbreak, being fired heartbreak, getting serious disease heartbreak. And I’ve gone down those and many others myself. I am, at the end of the…
  • Health, Wealth and Relationship Cannot Be separated

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Worry kills everything. Including you. Most people die of worry. That's a guarantee. 95% of people do not reach old age before they die. They die of worry and symptoms of worry: parkinson's, heart attack, obesity, suicide, -- you name the illness, I'll link it to WORRY.So, when people say to me, "why oh why is my health or my relationship in the shitter" I answer, "money."Worry makes everything turn dark, and what do most people worry about most? Money.It worries people who are wealthy, healthy, in love, out of love, with a partner, out of a job, in a job. Worry about money. It worries…
  • Breaking up without heartbreak

    5 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Why are more relationships breaking up now than ever before? The answer is simple: people are growing faster than ever before but the skills to handle that, in relationships, are not evolving.Google breaking up, and you will be shocked to find that breaking up is the most googled phrase, dealing with break-up pain. Yet, most of the advice is rhetoric from 50 years ago, spiced with religious dogma about right and wrong, loaded with psychology about pain management. None, not one will reflect on the fact, that relationships are not important.Relationships reflect you. If you are stuck the…
  • The Brand Called You

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In the 30 Day Challenge - Back on Track Programme, step four is MIND... Reinventing yourself, your value, your brand, your personal power base. Here is a brilliant article about WHY that is a critical key in the seven steps of BACK ON TRACK.Tom Peters August 1997Big companies understand the importance of brands. Today, in the Age of the Individual, you have to be your own brand. Here's what it takes to be the CEO of Me Inc.It's a new brand world.That cross-trainer you're wearing -- one look at the distinctive swoosh on the side tells everyone who's got you branded. That coffee travel mug…
 
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    Manage Better Now

  • Promescent Review: Knowing More About This Great Product

    admin
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    About 50% of the population of men experience premature ejaculation. Though this is a common issue on men, it does not mean that you simply live with it. To those who are having some problem in dealing with this condition, a product that could help is Promescent. This product is a delay spray which is quite popular today when it comes to helping men temporarily address quick ejaculation. It is the reason why this Promescent review was made. Promescent Review: Causes of PE Problem The first possible cause of this problem on men is genes. It is possible that this condition was passed to you…
  • Increase Seminal Fluid for a Better Sex Life

    admin
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:59 am
    If you aim to improve your sex life, it is a good idea to know more about how to increase seminal fluid. Men do not only feel better about their orgasm when they could increase the amount of their semen, it could also help intensify the orgasm of their partner. It has also been found that the more semen a man has, the longer time he could stay in erection without ejaculating. This means great pleasure for your lady. How to Increase Seminal Fluid: Eating the Right Foods See to it that you know the foods you need to eat that could prevent the better development of semen. With this, you know…
  • Ejaculation by Command Review

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Too Fast Again: Not Anymore With Ejaculation by Command All men have moments when they are stressed or too tired for anything. Yes, anything except sex as men are said to think about it at least ten times a day if not more. For some men this thought is what makes them look forward to the end of the day while for others it is a nightmare that happens each time they are with their female partner. About some 30% of men ejaculate too soon in not more than 2 minutes after or before penetration which has a negative impact not only on their love lives, but also on their overall confidence. Premature…
  • Ejaculation Guru by Jack Grave

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Premature ejaculation is something most men are familiar with either because they suffer from it or they know someone who does. Men often think other guys can last in bed for hours or for as long as they wish, which is only a myth that makes those quick in sex more miserable about their premature ejaculation condition. The problem with PE is that about 30% of men ejaculate before the penetration or soon after it leaving their girlfriends dissatisfied and even they do not say anything, men know things are terribly wrong in bed. One man admitted he had not done anything about his PE until the…
  • Ejaculation Trainer Review

    admin
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:49 am
    When Men Fail For about thirty to forty percent of men this is a familiar scenario. You prepared everything for a romantic date, cleaned your flat and made dinner for that special woman in your life. She finally arrives and you are so excited you cannot wait to make love to her. When the moment comes for you two to enjoy you just fail again. This leaves you both disappointed and what is more you do not have any reasonable explanation for your weakness. You may have it for the first time in your life or it may have happened before. The condition called premature ejaculation is not a disease…
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    The New Laws of Leadership

  • 4 Content Marketing Mistakes That Will Wreck Your ROI

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

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

    Christine Comaford
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Are your team members taking initiative and owning their roles or are they cowering in the corner? Wherever they are, rest assured you helped to put them there. It is time for leaders to learn to be agile, to fail forward, to live in their Smart State (where emotional engagement, innovation, collaboration reign) and ultimately, guide their teams there too. Unfortunately, we aren’t always aware of what sends us into our Critter State  (fight/flight/freeze) and what sends us into our Smart State. In a previous blog I covered what happens when performance hijacks occur. Our Critter State is…
  • Stop Being So Predictable As A Leader: 6 Ways to Change this NOW

    Christine Comaford
    10 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Does your team “have your number?” Do your kids? Your significant other? Sure they do. Because it only takes a short period of observation to find the harsh truth: people are predictable. Yet as a predictable leader, you compromise your ability to influence and to shift another’s behavior, which is often crucial to accelerate results, boost revenue, ensure sustainable growth. While a large part of influencing is about making people feel a sense of safety, belonging, and mattering, sometimes we need to bluntly lay out the facts. Being able to switch from one stance to the other is an…
  • Brain-Based Proof That You’re More Effective Working At Home

    Christine Comaford
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:58 pm
    It’s time to ditch the office. It’s time to have more control over your brain as you work, and the best way to do that is to work from home. Over the past 3 years we’ve been tracking how our clients, executives in senior leadership, sales, marketing, finance, operations, improve performance in three key areas by working from home .5 to 2 days per week. The results are surprising. The secret is to forge these new positive habits when working from home, then bring the benefits to the workplace. 1-Make Better Decisions—Faster 40 = the number of hours per week that companies expect people…
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    JMLalonde.com

  • Everyone Won’t Be Cool With You

    Joseph Lalonde
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    There’s an inner longing to be loved and adored. We all want people to like us. You even feel that way, right? I’m pretty sure you desire to have people like you. I know I want people to like me. But there’s a problem with wanting everyone to like you and be cool with you. Image by Gail Gray So, what’s the problem? Why shouldn’t we want everyone to be cool with what we’re doing? That problem is simple. People are going to disagree with you. Your ideas may not align with the beliefs of others. Your methods may be different from what has been seen. Your…
  • Napoleon

    Joseph Lalonde
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    A leader is a dealer in hope.The post Napoleon appeared first on Joseph Lalonde.
  • 5 Things A Leader Should Pray For

    Joseph Lalonde
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Faith plays a major role in my life. According to my reader survey, faith also plays a major role in your life as well. That’s cool! It’s exciting to see other leaders living out their faith as well. Image by C. Jill Reed Being leaders of faith, I must raise the question: Are you praying daily in your leadership roles? If not, why not? If so, are you praying for the right things? Every leader is different so the right thing to pray for may be different for you. Yet, I think every leader will see overlap in certain things they’re praying for. 1. Their family: First and…
 
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

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

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

    johnmaxwell
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    http://johnmaxwellteam.com/minute-with-maxwell-signup is where you can subscribe to receive free daily leadership coaching videos from John C. Maxwell such as this one.   To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program, go to http://JohnMaxwellTeam.com/Join-Us.
  • UNYIELDING: A Minute With John Maxwell, Free Coaching Video

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

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

    johnmaxwell
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Words are an essential part of communication and leadership. John C. Maxwell’s “A Minute With Maxwell” video coaching program will help you gain insight on a different word every single day, add value and make a difference in your life, or you can suggest your very own word, too.  John Maxwell is an author, coach, speaker, teacher and leadership communication expert.   Subscribe at http://johnmaxwellteam.com/minute-with-maxwell-signup. To learn more about how to partner with the John Maxwell Team as a speaker, coach, teacher, leader or professional in the certification program,…
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    How to Do Marketing with Ease & Integrity | Radical Entrepreneurship

  • Is This Keeping Your Business Down?

    Marlee
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:54 am
    It’s been a crazy three weeks. Photo Credit: Andrea_R I’m on the heels of a move, so while things are starting to settle down, they’ve been really hectic. And while I’m used to running a busy schedule, I’m also used to my ROUTINE. Do you have a routine? Does it keep you comfortable? Getting thrown out of my routine has been really good for me personally (and for my business too). It’s forced me to look at the roles and value of the activities in my life. It’s forced me to question the roles and value of people, activities, and things in my business. It’s forced a comprehensive…
  • The Truth About Negative Copywriting

    Marlee
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The other day I watched a video of a “bigwig copywriter” who presented at a highly attended mainstream business conference. In his presentation, he covered what he considered key elements to writing copy that converts. One of these elements was to leverage the emotions associated with the “seven deadly sins” in your copy. The seven deadly sins are: Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, and Sloth. It’s well known that humans base purchasing decisions on emotions, and attempt to justify those purchases with logic. But what does it mean for your business when you leverage emotions…
  • Promotion in Business. What’s Faith Got to Do with it?

    Marlee
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    If you’re wondering what faith might have to do with promotion as an entrepreneur, let’s just say a lot. By the world’s standards “getting ahead” and getting what you want in business can seem like a real dog fight. One that involves social climbing, unhealthy personal sacrifices, and a penchant for more prestige. But what if I told you there’s another way to promotion that doesn’t involve any of that? That’s the subject of this month’s Faith. Business. Fun podcast. In this month’s episode you’ll learn: Where true promotion…
  • This Is How You Give Your Business Legs

    Marlee
    26 May 2014 | 1:06 pm
    This is Dave’s Killer Bread. Boy, did they hit the nail on the head when they named it because it’s not just good…it’s killer. It’s also made by an ex-con, but more on that later. What I want to point out is that, normally, I don’t eat bread. Not because I don’t like it. Not because it’s mostly carbs that make you fat (unless you’re my husband). Not because I’ve got an allergy, or medical condition, that prohibits bread consumption. I don’t eat bread because it’s mostly bad for you, and I’m very committed to being…
  • How to Move from $3M to $5M in Revenue a Year

    Marlee
    20 May 2014 | 12:19 pm
    “Marlee, we are doing lots of advertising. We’ve got sales people in the field. We are building referral relationships. We are really trying, but we just aren’t seeing the revenue. What else can we do?” When my (at that time prospective) client asked me, “What else can we do?” I immediately and instinctively knew that they didn’t need to do more. They needed to do certain things better. Maybe you’re not trying to move from $3M to $5M in revenue a year. Maybe you’d just like to move from $3000 to $5000 a month. Wherever you stand the same truth applies. Better results in…
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    Management Meditations

  • The Science of Positive Interactions – Key to the Coaching Kata

    Lawrence Miller
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Neuroscience now confirms why both learning and motivation on the part of employees is optimized when the ratio of positive to negative interactions with managers lean toward four positives to one negative. Higher rates of negative interactions reduce learning, increase fear, increase avoidance behavior, rather than problem-solving and experimentation. The post The Science of Positive Interactions – Key to the Coaching Kata appeared first on Management Meditations.
  • The Coaching Kata

    Lawrence Miller
    31 May 2014 | 3:46 pm
    I developed my Team Kata Udemy.com training course to provide a solution to training a large number of people, self-paced and over an extended period of time. But, coaching is essential to the learning process. Here are examples of the coaching kata that follow well proven methods of behavior based training. The post The Coaching Kata appeared first on Management Meditations.
  • Lean Training: An Efficient Solution

    Lawrence Miller
    19 May 2014 | 7:54 pm
    The problem for most organizations developing lean management is two fold: first, how to change the culture in a significant way, in a reasonable period of time; and second, how to provide the needed training to a large number of people in a consistent and quality manner. Team Kata is an effort to solve both of those problems. The post Lean Training: An Efficient Solution appeared first on Management Meditations.
  • The Lean System of Motivation

    Lawrence Miller
    23 Feb 2014 | 7:23 pm
    One aspect of lean that has not been given enough attention, in my opinion, is how lean is an organization wide system of motivation that creates a high performance culture. Too many lean implementations suffer from a focus on problem solving skills, but a failure to attend to the system or culture of motivation. Too many rely on the "they oughtta wanna" assumption which usually results in disappointment. A highly motivated work force is not an accident. It is not the result of being in one part of the country or another, have having a union or non-union. It is the result of systematic…
  • Abraham, Isaac, and the Ethics of Followership

    Lawrence Miller
    22 Jan 2014 | 6:50 pm
    In this post I would like to discuss the cultural root of obedience in the great church of our organizations and how we need to rethink the assumptions of loyal followership. Or to put it another way, a bit more disloyalty may be advantageous to the leader's reputation and bank account. The post Abraham, Isaac, and the Ethics of Followership appeared first on Management Meditations.
 
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    Skip Prichard | Leadership Insights

  • 3 Common Mistakes of Strategic Planning

    Skip Prichard
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
      I’m always looking for ways to improve the strategic planning from a dreaded annual activity to a meaningful, helpful process. Recently, I had the opportunity to read Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking by Rich Horwath.  Rich has helped numerous companies and managers with the strategic planning process and evaluating strategic capabilities.  I had the opportunity to talk with Rich about the most common mistakes leaders make.   “ “If your strategic plan isn’t driving daily activities, then you’ve wasted time doing the…
  • The 8 Biggest Mobile Mistakes Companies Make

    Skip Prichard
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
      Over 6 billion people around the world have access to a mobile device.  Time points out that more people have access to a mobile phone than toilets.   These devices are now so important to us that they are almost an extension of our bodies. As a lawyer, I was captivated to see what the Supreme Court would rule in Riley v. California.  In a rare 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court recognized the importance of mobile devices and held that the police need a warrant to search cell phones.  Even the Supreme Court knows: Mobile is changing everything.   “ Fact: Half of all local…
  • Why Winners Take Risks

    Skip Prichard
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
      Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Tom Panaggio, entrepreneur, strategic advisor, speaker and amateur race car driver about taking risks, winning, and using failure to propel success. Tom is the author of The Risk Advantage: Embracing the Entrepreneur’s Unexpected Edge.   The 2 Big Advantages of Risk   “ “A leader who accepts risk is setting the stage for long term success.” –Tom Panaggio Tweet ThisShare on Facebook   Why is risk an advantage?   There are two big advantages to risk. First and foremost risk is directly connected to…
  • 7 Tenets of Taxi Terry

    Skip Prichard
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. It Started With A Question   “Are you ready for the best cab ride of your life?” When the door slammed shut, Scott McKain wasn’t only taking a cab ride to his hotel.  He was embarking on one of the greatest customer experiences he could imagine.  Not only would Scott enjoy a memorable cab ride, he would exit that taxi with lessons that can make a difference in every business.   “ “Passion without effort equals failure.” –Scott McKain Tweet ThisShare on Facebook   The taxi driver,…
  • At A Tipping Point: The Future of Education

    Skip Prichard
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. Online Education is Changing the Game Just over a year ago, I was named the fifth President & CEO of OCLC.  OCLC is a global technology company dedicated to connecting libraries in a global network to share the world’s knowledge.  Part of our not for profit mission includes a research division dedicated to original research on a wide range of topics involving education, libraries and technology. Cathy DeRosa, Vice President for the Americas, recently released a fascinating market research report about…
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • How to be the most organized person in this world?

    Nischala
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    So I’ve set a milestone of sorts on this blog.. From consistently posting at least 1 post / week for 32 weeks, I DID NOT publish a post last week.. As I look back to connect the dots on why I skipped the post, I came up with a zillion excuses.. No time, busy at work, too tired, .. etc.. All lame I agree, because I did find the time to do what I wanted to (both professional and personal).. On deeper introspection, I recognized that I had become a tad bit disorganized for my own good.. Just when I wondered what I could / should do, I came across this comprehensive solution.. I am yet to…
  • Why entrepreneurship? – 36 Reasons I discovered

    Nischala
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    The decision or choice to be an entrepreneur is no easy one (usually).. – whether you are a new kid on the block or you’ve had a corporate career for some (or large) part of your life.And yet, I increasingly read see and hear of so many people taking the deep plunge into entrepreneurship.. I always wondered “Why entrepreneurship?“…And I discovered 36 compelling reasons (1) To create something new / unique / innovative (2) To have a fair chance to make money that a corporate job can probably never really pay you (3) To fell the thrill / high of building a new…
  • Colors, Marketing and Colorful Marketing

    Nischala
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:46 pm
    This week at work has been a lot of creating marketing assets and planning an integrated marketing campaign. Suffice to say, it was busy and I don’t know how time went by.  The one point which was much debated and discussed was COLORS!! I can’t emphasize the role importance and significance of colors in any communication, and more so if it is a marketing related corporate communication. Colors can be the one and only reason why you and I read something or not, why I feel or think something after we read a specific communication. I guess it is the same for you.. So on my (delayed)…
  • Social Media Marketing Mistakes – Are you making these too?

    Nischala
    12 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    Social Media is everywhere. In the morning news, in the paper, in the bus / train / car, in the clothes, in the phones, in the here and there and everywhere. Almost everyone I know thinks Social Media is the new age God / Goddess if you will. The mantra (or myth) is that if one embraces Social Media, then it is one step in the right direction, specially in a business context. And yet, so many companies make some very fundamental social media mistakes. So what are those mistakes that i’ve heard or seen. Are you making them too? Read below to figure it out (1)    I hear about Social…
  • Corporate Communication 101 | The Do’s and Don’ts

    Nischala
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    Corporate Communication is an important channel of communication within any organization. It is probably the fastest and most cost-effective channel for efficient and effective one-many information exchange. Many organizations use corporate communication “mails” to share news, views, achievements, highlights, milestones and general organization updates which employees need to know on a regular basis. Now whether employees read or not – That is the topic for another post (or debate) Having been responsible for several kinds of “E-Mail” Corporate Communication for…
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    Kaufman Global

  • Relearning Jidoka From a Robot Vacuum Cleaner

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

    Jerry Timpson
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The following is an excerpt from Kaufman Global’s new white paper, On Procedural Adherence. In this paper we discuss how complexity thrives in the middle of the organization where change is often most difficult, and what you must to do address it. One sure way to optimize performance is to identify and standardize best known practices and have all adhere to that new standard. This is a primary objective for organizations that strive to win in competitive markets. Despite their best intent, it’s an elusive achievement for many. It needn’t be. Procedural adherence means executing against…
  • Change Advocacy: The Ultimate Immunity Challenge

    Jeremy Ecenbarger
    13 May 2014 | 11:18 am
    Change is inevitable. Whether you’re leading it, supporting it, or it feels like it’s being forced upon you, uncertainty can make change a painful process. A new reporting structure, the arrival / departure of an employee, or a company acquisition can make you feel like your world is turned upside down ― but only if you let it. The challenge lies in being able to more easily (and gracefully) consider, accept and adapt with the changes that occur. A part of you must become immune to the fear that stems from the unknown or unfamiliar. Ultimately, you have to learn to take an active role…
  • Kaufman Global Welcomes New VP of Business Development Edward Koczan

    Media Alert
    28 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Kaufman Global welcomes Edward Koczan as a new Vice President of Business Development. With more than 15 years of business experience, Ed brings expertise in sales strategy, project management, product development, and customer service to the team. Kaufman Global’s Vice President and Principal Amy Howard said, “With new solutions in development and a continued focus on key industries, the next logical step in our trajectory was to add an additional business development executive with a record of success in driving expansion and growth.” Koczan comes to Kaufman Global with a history in…
  • Kaufman Global to attend 2014 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston

    Media Alert
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Kaufman Global, an implementation partner of Lean, Continuous Improvement and proprietary change management techniques, will join more than 90,000 attendees, from more than 120 countries, at the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) being held from May 5-8 at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. OTC is an internationally-recognized event that provides access to technical information related to the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. The event also includes the oil and gas industry’s largest equipment…
 
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    The Purposeful Culture Group

  • Prioritize Your Values

    S. Chris Edmonds
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    When values are clear, decision-making is easy. This week a Russian TV reporter quit her job over the coverage of the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane over war-torn Ukraine.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Demand Nice

    S. Chris Edmonds
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A recent news story about a local diner caught my eye. The owners and staff are creating a comfortable customer experience that diners love. The food is terrific, the staff is modeling great service,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cause and Effect

    S. Chris Edmonds
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    My wife does our laundry. Recently she’s been frustrated that my t-shirts came out of the dryer inside out. She’s said on more than one occasion, “I need you to put your t-shirts in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • July ’14 Leadership Development Carnival

    S. Chris Edmonds
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to the July ’14 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival. I’m honored to host this month’s issue. Thanks to the Carnival’s founder and “keeper of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Speak Their Language

    S. Chris Edmonds
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you ever found yourself in a foreign land, trying to communicate your needs in a different language? It’s a disquieting feeling, to say the least. I recall doing client work in Osaka,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Switch and Shift

  • The Secret to Feeling More Powerful

    Thalma Lobel
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We all want to feel powerful. But is there a shortcut we can take to get there? We all know some roles are more powerful than others. Managers, CEOs and leaders usually feel more powerful than their employees or their followers since they are the ones who control promotions, salaries, hiring and firing of their less powerful subordinates.  Studies have shown that when a person feels powerful it activates certain behaviors and cognitions. For example, merely recalling an experience of power made people take more frequent action, make a first offer in negotiations, take more risks, and even…
  • Holacracy: Putting Employees in the Driver’s Seat

    Ruben Timmerman
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The term Holacracy comes from ‘holarchy’, a system composed of ‘holons’ or units that are autonomous and self-reliant, but also dependent on the greater whole of which they are a part. Holacracy as an organizational method assumes that all employees are capable of working in flat teams, called ‘circles’ that are self-regulating. Authority and decision-making are distributed throughout these circles; managers and executives are no longer placed in a pedestal. In a Holacracy, the organization puts emphasis on iterative governance, adaptive processes, and self-organization – and…
  • 5 Things You Need to Ask Your Employees Today

    Mark Feldman
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    While the most effective ways in which managers can impart knowledge on staff is a never-ending discussion, perhaps too little time is spent considering the ways in which employees can improve managers’ understanding and awareness. I recently spent some time reflecting on some of the topics employees may know more about than managers and this article aims to summarize them, as well as highlight how this adds value to a company. Furthermore, research also suggests that if you listen and act on your employees’ ideas, then they will respond by taking more initiative and increasing…
  • Using Customer Service as a Competitive Differentiator

    John Spence
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    It is my opinion that delivering consistently superior customer service is one of the ONLY competitive differentiators left for most businesses and should be a key area of strategic focus by the leader. In this video I will share with you several important ideas around how to build a culture of delivering great customer service to drive higher levels of success in your business. (Can’t see the video? Check it out here) Did you like today’s post? If so you’ll love our frequent newsletter! Sign up HERE and receive The Switch and Shift Change Playbook, by Shawn Murphy, as our thanks…
  • 6 Essential Leadership Skills for Today’s Leader

    Eileen McDargh
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As of this month- July 2014, log on to Amazon and you’ll find 116,796 titles under the heading “Leadership”. But if you’re in too big of a hurry to read a book, open up the American Heritage Dictionary. A careful examination of the various definitions of “leader” presents a fascinating and brief explanation of great leadership. 1. Has the Power to Influence  Leaving behind the standard definition of “one who leads or guides”, consider the second definition: “one who has power or influence”.  Have you known people in a leadership role who seem unable to influence the…
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    Leaderisticality

  • Changing The Culture Of Our Team...

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    What Does It Take To Build And Develop A Truly Great Team?  Part 8 of a series…We’re winding down in our series on how to hire for, and develop a great team.   We’ve talked about hiring our hourly team members (from no experience/entry level to Store Team Leader level) for qualities rather than skills, indoctrinating those new hires, and changing the expectations of our ‘old’ team members to begin the transformation from average to great.Hiring only the best is a mandatory starting point.  I believe indoctrinating them is also mandatory to have a truly great…
  • Moving Towards Great… Changing behaviors that were acceptable in the past

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    What Does It Take To Build And Develop A Truly Great Team?  Part 7 of a series…Next time we will talk about how expectations for behavior and performance will be changing, and how to make this process as painless and blameless as possible.(Cue into music)  So we’re back with part 7 of what seems to be a growing series on how to hire for, and develop a great team.  We’ve talked about hiring for qualities because they can’t be trained; about how and why we welcome (indoctrinate) our new hire; and how to start removing roadblocks that are keeping our current team members…
  • Repost from Tanveer Naseer "5 Important Keys For Taking On New Leadership Challenges"

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    More great advice from Tanveer...http://www.tanveernaseer.com/5-leadership-measures-for-successfully-guiding-established-teams/
  • Great Doesn’t Happen By Accident… Changing expectations

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    What Does It Take To Build And Develop A Truly Great Team?  Part 6 of a series…Welcome to part 6 of this series on hiring and developing a great team, specifically with an hourly workforce.  We’ve talked about hiring for qualities, correctly welcoming (indoctrinating) your new hires, and now we are moving to the next steps necessary to keep your great new hires great, as well as changing expectations for your current team members.  In part 5 we talked about helping people who do not belong on your team find their happiness elsewhere, and deciding if they really have to go,…
  • Great Doesn’t Happen By Accident... Helping People Find Happiness Elsewhere

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    What Does It Take To Build And Develop A Truly Great Team?  Part 5 of a series…Welcome back!  Here we are, working on building a great team of hourly team members, from no experience/entry level to Store Team Leader.  We’ve talked about hiring the best people by hiring for qualities rather than skills, because we can teach pretty much anyone almost any skill, however we cannot teach qualities.Last time we talked about the need to indoctrinate (or whatever you choose to call it) your new hire just as soon as you make the decision to hire them.  The importance of this…
 
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    PLAY BIG: SING POSSIBILITY / TRANSFORM LIFE

  • Play BIG: Welcome Difficulty and Cultivate Hardiness

    Maz Iqbal
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    I have been fasting for 10 days. Given that it is the summer and I live in the UK, this fasting means eating once a day.  This Sunday the family (including me) went for a country walk and picnic. For some of the day it was hot. When we stopped for lunch, after walking up a hill, my fellow family members drank and ate. I did not. Later on, upon returning to the car park, the family ordered drinks and ice cream. I did not. Why do you do this to yourself? This is the question that has been posed to me more than once. I can see why this question is asked: I am not religious so am not obligated…
  • Play BIG By Appreciating & Enhancing The Beauty Of This World

    Maz Iqbal
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    At one level the world works. It is beautiful, wondrous, and inspires awe.  This I experienced this morning. Awake at sunrise I found myself present to the blueness of the blue sky. I found myself in awe of the vastness of the sky. The decorating (of the sky) being performed by the white clouds.  I found this body, this skin, delighted at the warming touch.  How soothing-refreshing the gentle breeze. How fragrant-delicious the smell of the strawberries ripening in the garden. How beautiful the flowers are: red roses, white roses… How soothing the sound of the chimes and chirping of…
  • Who Am I? Who Are You?

    Maz Iqbal
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:03 pm
    What Kind Of A Being Is A Human Being? There are so many lenses through which you/i can look at this question and answer it: - We can look at it through the Judeo-Christian lens: a human being is fashioned in the likeness of God and is here to create something like a paradise on earth. - We can look at it through the enlightenment lens: man is the rational being who defines himself through his ability to exercise reason and act on the basis of reason as opposed to dogma/superstition. - We can look at this question through the psychoanalytic lens: man is never ending interplay of dynamic…
  • What Is The Foundational Practice Of Love?

    Maz Iqbal
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:35 am
    What Is The Foundational Practice of Love? In his book, ‘True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart’, Thich Nhat Hanh says that the foundational practice of love is to be there: “To love, in the context of Buddhism, is above all to be there….. If you are not there how can you love? Being there is very much an art …… bringing your true presence to the here and now. The question that arises is: Do you have the time to love?“ What Is The Foundational Practice Of ‘Playing BIG’? It occurs to me that many of us (including me) misunderstand…
  • A Priceless Gift On Father’s Day

    Maz Iqbal
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Today, I wish to ‘record’ and share with you the song that my daughter sang for me yesterday. A song that shows up as priceless for me. And which left me deeply moved, tears rolling down my eyes. Why? Put simply, over the last couple of years I have experienced a deep sadness and loss. Why? Due to a certain distance with my daughter where once there was simply love and laughter, hugs and connection. Perhaps, you are experiencing that which I have experienced. Perhaps this song will touch you as it touches me. Perhaps, this song will awaken possibility. What possibility? The…
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    Sales Coaching Blog

  • A preliminary glimpse at the Sales Manager Activity Survey results

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    My blog today ushers in what I believe will be one of the most unique and valuable research ventures we conduct here at the EcSell Institute.  Over the past few months, many of our team discussions have seemed to meander to a point were we ask ourselves questions about the sales coaching world where having empirical data would be quite useful. To help us expand, explore, and improve, we have created a plan for periodically releasing web-based surveys designed specifically for sales managers.  These surveys will be extremely precise containing only a handful of questions on very…
  • Sales team motivation: sales people can be like children!

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Often times at EcSell Institute coaching summits and on sales calls I will hear senior sales leaders speak to the similarities between parenting and coaching sales people. Sometimes jokes are made at the sales reps expense, but it is light hearted and much to my chagrin generally these leaders are fair with their assessments. At times, sales people can be like children, and this includes me as well. I was reminded of this point recently when I was doing some reading from my late grandfather, who was quite literally, the smartest and most profound person I have ever spent time with; he was…
  • Sales Coaching: Mindset Number 2 of Superstar Coaches

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mindset Number 3  last week showed us that Superstars can work backwards.   Many people approach life with the thought that others can help them solve their problems.  Superstars however reverse that thinking and instead wonder how they might be helpful in solving others.
  • Sales Manager Training

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Think for a minute, not about training sales people, but about sales manager training. The average sales rep is accountable for approx. $2M in revenue… We know where they’ve been We know how many customers & prospects with whom they’ve visited We can measure their effectiveness and performance We know what talents and skills lead to sales success We can accurately screen for those talents and skills We continually provide them skills development We provide and ask them to follow a process/method that leads to more predictable sales outcomes We train them to the…
  • Sales Leader Time Management: What Are Your Obstacles?

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    If there’s one thing that we hear from sales managers on a regular basis, it’s how busy they are.  And when you look at everything on their plate, there’s no doubt that statement is true.  From sales trips with reps to company meetings to responding to customers to putting together sales plans to monitoring their pipeline, sales managers are pulled in many directions from numerous groups of people who need their time and help.
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    Doug Smith Live

  • Singular Moments in Someone’s Long Life

    Doug Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:54 am
    I am currently going through a sales training program through Sandler Peak Performance in the South Hills. It has been excellent so far. A few weeks back, we devoted an entire hour and a half to talk though making cold calls. Even though I love connecting with new people, making calls to people I do not know can be scary, which makes it easy to procrastinate.During the training, the trainer made one comment that changed my entire outlook on cold calling and caring about what people think. He said, “We are singular moments in someone’s long life.” That statement set me free…
  • How to do a Better Job than Your Leader

    Doug Smith
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:47 am
    Have you ever thought you could do a better job than your boss or leader? I know I have thought that before. Unfortunately, thinking like that often leads to bitterness, complaining, and gossip. We think or worse yet, we tell our coworkers things like, “Can you believe they are doing that? I could do so much better! I can’t stand the way they do that! If I was in charge, things wouldn’t be this way!”I’ve been there more often than I’d like to admit. However, I read a quote recently that has really helped me in this area of my leadership journey. Andy…
  • Six Years

    Doug Smith
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    I started this blog on July 1st, 2008. Six years and 1,166 posts later, I am still at it! This was my first blog post. This blog was originally named “The Intense Life” (what was I thinking?) then went to BubbaSmith.net before it became DougSmithlive. Blogging has led to podcasting and podcasting is going to lead to something else that I will start in the fall of this year.Mark Batterson once said, “I feel as called to write as I do to pastor. For me, writing is an act of obedience. It’s not about how many copies you sell. It’s about writing for an audience of…
  • What is the Worst that Can Happen?

    Doug Smith
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” -Mark Twain I was listening to Tim Ferris’s podcast last week. He did an episode called Practical Pessimism, you can watch his talk here. I’d encourage you to take 5 minutes to watch it.In the talk, Tim encouraged listeners to define their worst fears. When I went home that day, I took a project that I am working on that I was experiencing a lot of fear around and made two lists. One list was worst case scenarios (what I feared) and the other was best case scenarios (what I hoped…
  • Where Confidence Comes From

    Doug Smith
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    On Saturday, I was having a bunch of bad thoughts run through my mind. They were the same thoughts that I typically get attacked with, “You’re not good enough, you’ll never make it, you’ll never be successful, you’ll never be this, you’ll never do that..” Those thoughts started overwhelming me, so I decided to spend some time with God. I read the book of Philippians.Philippians 3:3 stuck out to me. It says, “We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort…”When I read that verse, I started thinking…
 
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    Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • How To Get Your Voice Heard When Leadership Doesn’t Listen

    LaRae Quy
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Dean had a tendency to dominate every meeting or briefing he attended. As a supervisor, he surrounded himself with other like-minded male FBI agents who frequently ignored, dismissed, or interrupted others whose opinion they did not respect. As a woman I was tired of not getting my voice heard in meetings where louder voices drowned out what I had to say. How could I change the behavior of leadership? When I looked around the room, I saw that Dean and others of his ilk were also ignoring some of the other male agents who did not stand out as exceptional performers or leaders. While being a…
  • 4 Easy Ways To Get People To Cooperate With You

    LaRae Quy
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Igor was a Russian spy in the United States to steal proprietary economic information. I was the FBI undercover agent assigned to recruit him to work for the United States. My job was to sell Igor on the merits of moving forward with the FBI instead of the KGB.     It was a tough sell. If caught and his perfidy discovered, Igor risked imprisonment, loss of pension, and abandonment by friends and former KGB colleagues. For 24 years, I made my living by getting people to cooperate with me. If it wasn’t Russian spies it was supervisors, colleagues, and members of the business…
  • 5 Science-Based Tips For Building Your Resilience

    LaRae Quy
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:26 pm
    My brother almost died from a heart attack a few years back. Both his mind and body were resilient, and he is now in great health. Nothing gets your attention quite like a life or death situation.  PODCAST:  http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/5-Science-Based-Tips-for-Building-Your-Resilience.mp3 Whether a person hangs in or gives up during tough times depends on their mental toughness and ability to bounce back. Resilience is harnessing your response to stress when you’re faced with adversity. Since setbacks are part of any endeavor, success hinges on resilience. Here are…
  • Why Grit Can Predict Success Better Than IQ (PODCAST)

    LaRae Quy
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    My grandmother was born on the kitchen table. She was a very sensible woman who had a special baseball cap reserved just for wearing into town, once confused Dom Perignon with a mafia leader, and told me to “suck it up” when I complained about my teachers. PODCAST: http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/WHY-GRIT-CAN-PREDICT-SUCCESS-BETTER-THAN-IQ.mp3 I resented the fact that she didn’t take my part when I came home crying that Mrs. Archie was telling—not asking—me to finish my math homework. It wasn’t that grandma couldn’t be sweet when she wanted, it was more than…
  • 7 Ways Strong Minds Tackle Big Goals

    LaRae Quy
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Our ranch house was located at the bottom of a canyon, cut deep into the earth over the years by the North Laramie River. Several times a year my Dad would climb the steep south mountain of the canyon to visit an elderly neighbor woman named Sophie. The cliffs of the canyon rose 2,000 feet on either side of the ranch house, covered with boulders and littered with the debris from an occasional landslide.  When I turned 8, Dad finally relented and allowed both my brother and me to climb with him on one of his visits to Sophie. He had not heard from her for a while and she had no telephone.
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    Deep Imprints Coaching

  • Midlife-teen transition

    Kim
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Midlife-teen years are no fun. This is the moment when you want to take back every mean thought you ever had towards your mom during your teen years. Seriously – I didn’t like the teen years the first time around, and I’m not liking them any better today. To add to the complexity, I get […]
  • Why God Can’t Use Me

    Kim
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    There are many times in life when I come up with reasons why God can’t use me.  Maybe my circumstances feel too out of control…or my hormones…or…well, you get the picture. It turns out that God uses willing people, not perfect people. God uses people regardless of their situation, ability or connections. God used Esther […]
  • How to Stick With it

    Kim
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Let’s face it – some days, we just don’t want to stick with our exercise program. In fact, I’d say our “wanter” is broken more often than not. Who wants to go running first thing in the morning? And once you’ve gotten out of your work clothes, hauling yourself out the door for a jog […]
  • Looking for Normal?

    Kim
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:54 am
      Are you hunting for normal? What does normal look like? I saw a post recently where a reporter asked graphic artists from 25 different countries to edit her photo. The results were astounding. Similarly, I find that I want to look “normal,” act “normal,” and lead a “normal” life. Yet, I find that “normal” is […]
  • Need Emotional Control?

    Kim
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:42 am
    “If it’s everybody else, it’s probably you.” One day I suddenly realized that it was not possible that EVERYONE in my life was against me. That was the day I started to get control over these crazy things we call chemically-induced emotions. Whether it is from lack of sleep (the toddler years…followed by the teen […]
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  • Sustaining Great Results - Teleseminar!

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    You don't want to miss an opportunity to listen in on an upcoming teleseminar, where I will be sharing three key areas of focus for sustaining high-performance results with your team. As Mark Sanborn has said, "The greatest danger a team faces isn't that it won't become successful, but that it will… and then cease to improve.” This will be a 45-50 minute live teleseminar on July 30, 2014 from1:30 – 2:30 pm ET for @kevineikenberry  that will share ideas and take-aways to help you maintain engagement and keep your people energized as contributors. Whether your team has been together…
  • UConn Basketball and a Championship Lesson in Patience

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    The 2014 men’s basketball national championship was a well-documented contrast in team dynamics. The UConn starting five consisted of two seniors, two juniors, and a sophomore, while Kentucky started five freshmen – most of which likely planned to use the game as a springboard into the NBA draft. And more than a story of free throws or defensive execution, the game was a story about patience. The comments that UConn players made following their 60-54 victory were focused on the struggle that they had endured together than anything else.  Their team had been saddled with NCAA…
  • 28 Great Quotes to Inspire and Manage Change

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Change is a continuous and ongoing process. For organizational teams and for individuals, it is the ability to change and grow and adapt to new circumstances, teammates, challenges that determines our competitive advantage. This list of 28 great quotes to inspire and help manage change may be useful to remind yourself and your coworkers of the needs and benefits that motivate successful people to not only welcome it, but to become advocates and champions for progress.   1. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy 2. “Change…
  • Alaska, Bad Weather and Building an Oil Pipeline

    3 May 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Have you ever work with somebody - or live with somebody – that always seems to be making excuses instead of making an effort? Next time you see them, tell them this story about the Trans-Alaskan Oil Pipeline… Oil was discovered on the northern slope of Alaska in 1968. After the 1973 American oil crisis, and a few legal battles with environmentalists, oil companies started planning the pipeline’s construction. The first section of four-foot-wide pipe was laid in the spring of 1975. By 1977 all 800 miles of pipeline had been welded together at a cost of over $8 billion dollars. About…
  • Three Secrets to Help Your Team Finish Strong

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:43 am
    When I was coaching basketball, one of the key requirements to the team’s success was the ability of our athletes to finish strong and make layups around the rim.  As a team, success ultimately came down to our players finishing strong. Over the years, it became clear that there were three main reasons that players finished weakly around the rim and were unable to score. Find those 3 secrets, and the rest of this article to help your team finish strong, published as a guest post on the #leadwithgiants website. Many thanks to Dan Forbes for sharing it with the #leadwithgiants audience!
 
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    Coaching Excellence

  • Six Ways To Shorten Your “To Do” List

    ipeccoaching
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    We live in a busy world that can, at times, be challenging to keep all our ducks in a row. There are work commitments and deadlines that we need to stay on top of. There are family responsibilities that have to be met and social activities we need to attend. Sometimes it feels like there really aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. With all the tasks and errands we need to fit in, “To Do” lists aid in prioritizing and keeping a sense of order. Like anything else, the more you practice, the better you usually […]
  • Don’t Miss The Spectacle!

    ipeccoaching
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Last weekend the family and I were out at my sister-in-law’s place for a day of barbecuing and relaxing by their pool. They live in Hunterdon County, New Jersey so it’s pretty rural. It’s always a fun time and the kids love having a sleepover at their aunt’s house. A nice perk is after we put them down for the night we hang out and share some time with just the grown-ups. After a day in the pool with a bunch of kids, it’s a well-earned treat. After tucking in my daughter, I returned poolside while my wife stayed inside […]
  • The Reality Is…Do What You Love

    ipeccoaching
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    I have a job that I absolutely love. Call it fate. Call it luck. Call it fortune or karma or whatever you’d like to call it. I’m where I want to be. I have the right skills for the position. I work really hard – though most of the time I honestly don’t think of it as “work.” I still have goals and ambitions that keep the fire lit, because we always need to be looking and moving forward. I can’t imagine doing anything else. That is reality. Since I’m involved in coaching, I get to meet a wide range […]
  • Unplug and Go

    ipeccoaching
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Americans work more than their European counterparts. Fewer people in the U.S. are working traditional 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM hours; even if that is what they are hired to do. The virtual office has taken over our lives and, for some, makes it impossible to unplug and go. According to a study from the Huffington Post, nearly half of the salaried employees surveyed felt pressure to continue working during the evening, over the weekend, and on vacation. The study also concluded that for the typical American worker: • 3 in 4 are stressed about their jobs • 1 in […]
  • Ready, Aim, Focus!

    ipeccoaching
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:22 am
    I’m frequently amazed how, at times, a few words can sum up so much. I came across this anonymous quote recently, “A person who aims at nothing is sure to hit it.” Pretty simple sounding, right? No real great message here. Perhaps, at first glance, it’s even a bit trite. Something you might see on a motivational poster over an archery picture. I get it…have goals. Nice. Okay, moving on. Ah, but, there is so much more to it. At least I think so. Let’s see if you agree. When we talk about “aim” what I think of is “focus.” […]
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    Leadership and Management

  • 3 Changes of Expression to Change Your Business Forever

    Christina Lattimer
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
      Business “Speak” Can Close Down Employees My son had a bit of an “Aha moment” at the weekend.  He has been struggling with motivation, which isn’t uncommon for a 17 year old with his life before him and a multitude of opportunities to choose from. We were sitting in the car and he was talking about going to University.  Of course, being practical I trotted out my singular mantra “You only want to go and get £36k + in debt if you know what you want to do”.  Little did I realise my flippant and black and white logic was actually paralysing him from moving…
  • How a Director Can Play a Pivotal Role in Organisational Change

    Christina Lattimer
    19 May 2014 | 3:10 am
    As a Director or a senior team member, you have a pivotal role in leading the way for change in your organisation. You’ve set the strategic direction, and the project initiation is underway, your organisation is going through a huge change.  There is an expectation from the majority of employees, stakeholders and customers that transformation is going to happen.  You know it starts with you, but how can you personally do the right thing when navigating change?   Ghandi wasn’t wrong when he said words which have been condensed to the famous quote “be the change you want to…
  • Strategy – Set Your SAT NAV

    Christina Lattimer
    7 May 2014 | 3:15 am
    Set  Your Strategy: Set  Your SAT NAV I am afraid I am a strategy geek.  What’s wrong with that? You might ask.  Well nothing except when you start developing a healthy eating strategy instead of a diet, or a university funding strategy instead of saving for your child’s uni course, it’s a bit sad. Well no, even I’m not that bad, although it’s been proven that many of us take our work pattern home with us, but that’s a whole different blog post! I wish there were other words in the dictionary to describe strategy.  The Oxford dictionary definition of a strategy is “A plan…
  • Building Reputation Through Your Employees

    Christina Lattimer
    7 May 2014 | 2:58 am
    Building Reputation through your Employees is always the first step It is even more important to encourage behaviours and demonstrate values which enhance your reputation.  There is a lot of competition out there.  Businesses are growing stronger through the power of networking, collaborating and becoming social.  Great businesses have already caught on to the fact that building reputation is a multi-faceted process which of course includes customers, but also stakeholders and employees.  Increasingly employees have a voice and it is being heard. You and I both know that when we do…
  • 7 Ways to Get It Right And Give Management The Credit They Deserve

    Christina Lattimer
    5 May 2014 | 7:37 am
    A Management role is a multi-talented one! I have read so many negative reports about management over the last few months that I felt I had to stand up and hurl in a different perspective.   In the past few months, I’ve read quotes such as: “three quarters of employers report a lack of leadership and management skills and too many managers have an inflated opinion of their ability to manage people” “More than six out of ten people employed in customer facing sales and service roles say that their managers’ behaviour towards them [Negatively] affects the level of customer service…
 
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    Random Acts Of Leadership™

  • 3 Keys to Listening Better

    Susan Mazza
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    We were in a three day meeting. The first one and a half days had gone great. And then we met an enemy of progress head on – that enemy was the all too human need to prove we are right. We had reached an impasse in which neither side would give.  We had actually believed we were very much aligned and thought the next conversation would be easy. It wasn’t. When we dug deeper into applying the principles we had developed and chosen to follow together, an intense debate began. It wasn’t that we didn’t have a shared commitment or that we didn’t agree on the…
  • The Step After Getting Clear

    Susan Mazza
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Clarity is power. There is, however, a step beyond clarity that you can take to channel that power productively.  Whether you get clear about something, including what you need to do next, the thing you realize you need to learn, the solution to a vexing problem, etc., you’ll likely experience a surge of energy. The energy from an “aha” moment can be potent. The problem is that this surge of clarity, and the energy that comes with it, can also be fleeting. In those immensely gratifying moments in which you become clear about something important to your progress, the…
  • A Leader’s Perspective

    Susan Mazza
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “Great leadership is a mindset. It’s not just about getting the job done; it’s about how you get it done.” - Michelle Pizer, host of Cracking the Leadership Code There is only so far “how to” advice will get you as a leader. Until you start to think like a leader, your actions will likely not pass for acts of leadership. Without the right mindset, attempts to lead can even occur like you are trying to control, coerce, or manipulate people rather than actually lead them. Position, power, and authority may get people to follow you, but it’s because they have to and not because…
  • Mindless vs. Mindful Generosity

    Susan Mazza
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Generosity is certainly an admirable quality. To be generous means to give freely and liberally. An act of generosity is both an act of kindness and an act of contribution. Except there are times when an act of generosity goes awry.  By that I mean you act with the intention of being generous, yet somehow are left feeling resentful, taken advantage of, depleted, or just plain unappreciated after the fact. Now one might argue, if this is how you are left feeling despite your intention to be generous, you had some kind of emotional strings attached.  This could call into question whether it…
  • Got Rhythm?

    Susan Mazza
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Today’s guest post is from Beth Armknecht Miller, author of the recently released book, Are You Talent Obsessed? Unlocking the secrets to a workplace team of raving high performers. She offers some great advice and a terrific process here for becoming a high performer. Definition of Rhythm: Any sequence of regularly recurring functions or events So why is rhythm so important to developing yourself as a leader? Because rhythm provides you with flow and helps you to build momentum in developing both personally and professionally. It’s also important to developing yourself as a leader. As a…
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    Step Up Leader with Susan Freeman

  • More Leadership Lessons from Rwanda

    Susan Freeman
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    Step Up Leadership traveled to Rwanda this month to share our principles with the young women of the Akilah Institute for Women. Akilah means “wisdom” in Swahili. I cannot think of a more fitting word to describe this remarkable place. Akilah is a college that offers a unique model of market-relevant education empowering graduates for success in careers and leadership roles.  I first learned about Akilah upon hearing Co-Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes, speak about her vision. At the age of twenty-four, this extraordinary young leader foresaw an opportunity. Upon reading about…
  • Are You an “Engaged” Leader?

    Susan Freeman
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    Last month’s topic was Leadership in the Mirror.   Here we explore how leaders can engage and participate after their reflection using the Step Up Leader framework. Engaged leadership requires a high degree of self-awareness. Leaders who learn that the way they are being impacts every single interaction, conversation and relationship are ahead of the game. It may sound obvious, but it is the first step towards truly engaged leadership. Being The first principle of “Step Up Now: 21 Powerful Principles for People Who Influence Others” outlines the importance of Be. Know. Do. Being…
  • Are You Intentionally Connecting as a Leader?

    Susan Freeman
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader Tip borrows from Leading Blog, reviewing a new book.   It supports my Step Up Leader foundational principles; using – Connection Mindfulness and Authenticity to access your powerful inner leader.  Everything Connects And because it does, “the depth of understanding that we have of ourselves and others will be the asset that we use the most throughout our working lives.” Everything Connects, by Faisal Hoque and Drake Baer, is a book about how to create an innovative, sustainable organization. But it is much more. It’s about being intentional about…
  • Are You a Learning Leader?

    Susan Freeman
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    It may seem like an obvious question because we are ALWAYS learning. However upon closer inspection are you learning intentionally? This question became super relevant as I was doing some work on my business, identifying the ideal clients I want to work with. I feel grateful in that I already HAVE ideal clients; yet in the interests of growth and scaling, I wanted to be sure I was clear about who I wanted to serve and was qualified to best serve. I am attracted to working with clients who are highly intelligent, focused, successful and articulate. In addition, my clients … The post Are…
  • Leadership Impact: Where it Comes From

    Susan Freeman
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader tips come from Leading Blog. We appreciate how others in the field of leadership are writing about the importance of Leadership Impact – leading from the core. This is a cornerstone principle of the Step Up Leader process. Clients discover that creating influence and effectiveness begin with this subtle yet powerful “inner dimension.” “Why do some leaders make an impact, while others flounder after initial success? Tim Irwin says “leadership failures rarely reflect a problem with the leader’s competence. Most often the fall occurs because of a…
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    Karen Catlin

  • Whose Gifts Are Going Unnoticed?

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

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

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

    karencatlin
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Did you know there is a parenting phrase that brings student athletes happiness, confidence, and a sense of fulfillment? It’s just six words: “I love to watch you play.” Years ago, I first came across a variation of this phrase in the program for a local Nutcracker performance. My friends’ daughter was playing Clara, and […]
  • A mantra for leadership

    karencatlin
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Watching Anne-Marie Slaughter’s TEDGlobal 2013 talk Can we all “have it all”?, I was impressed with her mantra on leading people with families: As a leader and as a manager, I have always acted on the mantra, if family comes first, work does not come second — life comes together. If you work for me, […]
 
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    Leading in Context

  • Is Your Leadership Net Positive?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Generating an intentional positive ethical impact is the successful ethical leadership of the future, and it's already here. The Forum For the Future describes it as net positive leadership - making a positive contribution to society and leaving things better than we found them.
  • How to Build an Ethical Culture

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Today I'm sharing hand-picked resources about how to build an ethical culture. The most recent one was just published this week by Government Executive magazine. They acknowledge complexity, and are based on performance improvement and ethical principles. This collection provides practical advice for how to build high trust cultures and keep the ethics conversation alive. Use it to create workplaces where people thrive and where "ethical" is a way of life.
  • 10 Things Trustworthy Leaders Do

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Trustworthy leaders know how to create a workplace where everyone is valued, where leadership is sincere and respectful, and where great work can get done. How do they do it? What is it in particular that trustworthy leaders do?
  • Getting Past Murky Uncertainty

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Workplace issues are complex and opinions vary about the right thing to do in challenging situations. This complexity and uncertainty combine to create a "murky uncertainty" that may keep people from giving us their best, most ethical performance.
  • 5 Reports Say Business Ethics is Improving

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:55 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton What do Deloitte, Strategy & PwC, Dow Jones, The Ethics Resource Center and LRN have to say about trends in business ethics? Get ready for some good news:
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    Simply Understanding Blog by Giana Consulting

  • Together You Stand, Divided You Fall [Slide]

    Chery Gegelman
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Together You Stand, Divided You Fall from Chery Gegelman "Together You Stand, Divided You Fall"Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule …You’ve heard it before, maybe a million times.  Does it mean anything to you? This slideshare was one of the first articles I wrote when I started blogging and it carries a very important message for our world. It also sets the stage for an important post about how to deal with manipulators that will be out next week. I’m curious, have you pondered the importance of those words before?  PLEASE Share!   “Together You Stand, Divided…
  • Is it a strategy or manipulation?

    Chery Gegelman
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    Several years ago I worked for an organization that invited several key customers to a meeting that would last several days. The company invested a great deal of time and resources in the event, flying in the customers, planning the event, and entertaining them. When the invitation was sent, the company said they wanted to better understand their customers’ needs and brainstorm ways to better meet them. After the customers arrived, many were frustrated to discover that the company wasn’t really seeking to understand their needs at a higher level.  Instead the company was just asking…
  • Energized: By Human Connection

    Chery Gegelman
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    My husband and I are preparing for an extended vacation and made a quick trip to the store to pick up a few things for the trip and a few basics for the remainder of the week we are here. We were barely in the store when the call to prayer sounded.  (Which means that for the next 30 minutes we are free to wander around the store, but we can’t receive any assistance from the staff or checkout.) After gathering all that we needed we joined a group of families in a semi-circle around a produce weighing station, which was already surrounded and now three layers deep. As a western woman, I…
  • Curious Leaders Grow Organizations [Slide]

    Chery Gegelman
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    5 Reasons Curious Leadership Will Strengthen Your Organization from Chery Gegelman Below are several REAL examples of opportunities that curious leaders won’t miss:  1. Managers that work in different departments have daily opportunities to serve each other at a high level. However the executives they report to frequently talk smack about each other and go out of their way to avoid working together. So the managers follow the example that has been set for them – spending more time in turf battles than aiding each other. Their teams become ropes in a tug-of-war. The result?  Daily…
  • DEEP Understanding Drives Change

    Chery Gegelman
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Several years ago I sat in a room full of volunteers that were being trained to go into schools and work with children that were at risk of dropping out. One of our exercises was a simulation that was designed to help us better understand the day-to-day realities for their families. We were divided up into small groups. Each one of us was given a role to play. Then we were given a real life problem that needed to be solved. And a name of a place we needed to go to for help. In the simulation I was the small child of a single mother that had no car. “My mother” needed food and a…
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    Get Real Leadership | It's About the People | Nicki Roth

  • The Right Conversation: An Innovative Process for Teams

    nickiroth
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    I have recently been trained on a remarkable new tool that helps leadership teams assess the quality of their interactions and then discuss how they want to make improvements. It is called The Right Conversation and was developed by Dik Veenman and his colleagues. Instead of offering my regular two cents here I want to […]
  • No More Drama

    nickiroth
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Are the interpersonal or political dynamics in your organization making you nuts? Is everyone jockeying to be seen as top dog? Is too much of your management time being spent as a referee? Are you sick and tired of all the disruptive craziness around you? Take a bit of advice from Mary J Blige: No more […]
  • The Unspoken Aspect of Offering Feedback

    nickiroth
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    Someone asks you to provide feedback about a colleague for a performance review or a 360 or succession planning discussions. Your knee jerk reaction is probably to say Yes. Or you feel prompted to offer feedback based on an encounter you had with someone. Not so fast grasshopper. Take a deep breath and step away […]
  • Is It Important To Be Liked As A Leader?

    nickiroth
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:45 am
    In a word: Yes. And you have to be much more than Liked. Let me illustrate with a couple true stories. Meet CEO #1. Very smart, deep thinker, focused on quality products and respected in his field. An extreme introvert to the point of making everyone around him uncomfortable and unsure about where he stood on […]
  • Office Politics. Who Can Keep Track?

    nickiroth
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    It is a fact of life: if you work in an organization there will be political dynamics as individuals jockey for status, power and influence. There is no way around this. You can get fed up and decide to go to another company but, sadly, the grass won’t be greener. In my experience people fall […]
 
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    Serve to Lead® | James Strock

  • Make One Change Now

    James Strock
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    The year is halfway over. Have you met your goals for personal improvement for the year? Are you performing better than last year? Have you accomplished goals that will set this year apart from others? Like many other leaders, you may have set stretch goals that are hard to meet. And, if you’re like many […] The post Make One Change Now appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Orison Swett Marden | Take One Step

    James Strock
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Take One Step As a leader, you may be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the tasks before you. Or, perhaps, you’re paralyzed into well-meaning inactivity because of uncertainty just where to begin. As Orison Swett Marden reminds us, we cannot know where our journey will take us. But we can take one step at a […] The post Orison Swett Marden | Take One Step appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • 21st Century Leadership vs 20th Century Leadership

    James Strock
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Serve to Lead argues that 21st Century Leadership, Management and Communication are quite distinct from the 20th Century model. The graphic below catalogs the changes that are ongoing. What do you think? 21st Century Leadership vs 20th Century Leadership The post 21st Century Leadership vs 20th Century Leadership appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Would You Have Signed Declaration of Independence?

    James Strock
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Would you have signed the Declaration of Independence? Before you look up from your relaxing holiday rituals in appalled disbelief that anyone would manifest such egregious effrontery as to ask such a question, reflect on it: Would you have signed the Declaration of Independence? Declaration of Independence Might Well Have Been a Suicide Note We, therefore, […] The post Would You Have Signed Declaration of Independence? appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs | New Media

    James Strock
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Serve to Lead is all about the new world of 21st century leadership. There are a number of blogs that I admire and learn from. My take on the best is presented below, updated for Summer 2014. The list that follows includes entries focused on specific applications and competencies, as well as general leadership-related blogs. […] The post Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs | New Media appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
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    Break The Frame

  • 5 Leadership Lessons from Travel with Kids

    Alli Polin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    I just wrapped up one of our biggest family trips of the year, from Australia back to the USA, with a few stops for some pre and post family visit adventures.  In total, our family spent close to 60 hours in the air as we moved around for our nearly three-week whirlwind.  Before we left, I bought tickets, had rough plans for each day, and big ideas for what we needed to see and do.  I think we all know what they say about the best laid plans…  Now that I’m home, I’ve been reflecting on the leadership lessons from travel with kids as I mentally replay the highlights of our incredible…
  • Speaking Up for Leaders: How to Have Difficult Conversations

    Alli Polin
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    I’ve been following Michelle Mazur for a long time on social media and have always been impressed with her wit and deep expertise in public speaking.  While this post is far from funny, I’m honored to introduce you to Michelle!   Layoffs. They were calling people up to HR – one-by-one to lay them off. We gathered around our phones just waiting for the call that we lost our jobs. Hands were shaking. Tears were flowing. We didn’t know who was getting the call to the executioners office next. Finally, a VP came down stairs and announced that the rest of us were “safe”…
  • How Can Parents Inspire Leadership?

    Alli Polin
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    This morning none of us wanted to get out of bed to start the day.  There was a chill in the air and the covers were cozy.  Still, the kids had to get to school, I had to get working and we all had to get moving. We stayed quiet, lazily resting, until the very last moment when we all knew we had to move or be late for school drop off.  That’s when I started furiously racing around trying to get them into action.  I was not a mindful parent-leader, focused on how parents inspire leadership, I was in full stress mode and leading the push to get us all out of the door. Where are your…
  • One Bad Experience

    Alli Polin
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    Today was a great day.  There was a huge rainbow over the town in the early morning and after school my son found a $50 note on the ground.  We were having such a lovely day, I decided to take the kids for a big treat at the local sweets shop; definitely a shock to the children.  This is the kind of shop where bins of every lolly imaginable line the walls.  It’s kid heaven and unfortunately, not somewhere I’ll be returning.  One bad experience has written them off of my list for good.  It’s not like my kids need gobs of sweet treats anyway, so giving it up is hardly a hardship.
  • Break Free from Your Lies

    Alli Polin
    13 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    It feels easier to lie sometimes than tell the truth, doesn’t it?  After all, you’re being kind, sparing someone’s feelings.  You don’t want anyone to think you’re a bad person or someone that isn’t thoughtful.  The interesting thing is that when you lie, you’re not being kind or thoughtful or anything else other than someone who is covering their behind.  Make today the day you answer the wake up call to break free from your lies and create a life and leadership legacy built on integrity, honesty and vulnerability. Remember, any action, hard or…
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    Refresh Leadership

  • 4 Ways to Hone Your Presentation Skills

    Ashlie Turley
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The ability to give a great presentation is worth more than gold to business leaders or anyone who wants to progress in their career. In the Inc. article “7 Traits of Highly Effective Leaders,” three of the traits were closely linked with being a good speaker – communication, confidence, and the ability to inspire. Those same three traits were also listed in Forbes “Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader.” Whether you’re presenting to employees, colleagues, clients, or the general public, you want to be seen as a competent, successful professional. And, giving a presentation that…
  • Halftime – Maintaining Your Goals

    James C. Price
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    With July in full swing, we are officially halfway through 2014, and with it comes the realization that you only have six months to decide where you want to be when the crystal ball drops on New Year’s Eve. At the start of each year, millions of people create resolutions to become better versions of themselves, and companies are no different. More than likely, you and your team developed goals for 2014 that would take your business to the next level. Whether it’s hitting a sales target, developing a new product, or transitioning into small-business ownership, most of you have set certain…
  • How to Impress in Meetings

    Refresh Leadership
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Regardless of your title or tenure, it’s important to maintain a high level of professionalism in business meetings. However, standing out among a large group of people can be easier said than done. Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire points out that there is a simple mind trick to help give you a competitive advantage in group gatherings. Check out the video below to learn how you can impress in meetings! Did this video help? How do you stand out in the crowd during a meeting? Let us know in the comments section below!
  • The Big Reason You Should Encourage Smart Risk-Taking

    Ashlie Turley
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When was the last time you exhorted your staff to “go take some risks today?” How would you react if you heard a supervisor chiding an employee for “playing it too safe?” The truth is that risk-taking has become a bit of a hypocritical subject. Taking calculated risks is part of business and part of leadership, yet most employers have indoctrinated their employees with the idea that all risk should be avoided at all costs. As an article from Forbes explains, when interviewed, the strongest and most consistent message from individuals in the business world was that people, at all…
  • The Results Are In: 52% Want to Own a Business, But Don’t Know Where to Start

    Jared Brox
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    For our June question of the month, we asked readers if they’ve ever considered starting their own business, and with 52% of the votes, “I’d like to start my own business, but I don’t know where to start” was the most popular answer, followed by “I’m already a business owner” with 20%. “I’m in the process of starting my own business” and “No, it’s not financially feasible for me” came in next at 10% each. And 9% of people who took part in the poll said “No, business ownership does not appeal to me.” Small businesses are the backbone of a healthy economy, so…
 
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  • How to control your time bandits

    Neil Ducoff
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    You worked hard all day on a bunch of stuff. There were emails, phone calls, tasks, interruptions – and some fires that would have burned out of control had you not stepped up to play fireman. You’ve had a busy day, but what meaningful work did you truly accomplish? How much progress did you make on those gotta-do projects scattered all over your plate? Fact: being “busy” does not translate into being productive and making forward progress. Being busy can mean you’re procrastinating on work you should be doing. Being busy can mean that you’re doing work that…
  • How thinking and behavior patterns shape your culture

    Neil Ducoff
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A person’s thinking and behavior patterns make them extremely predictable. That’s how you know certain employees are going to be late for work, that their projects will miss deadlines, and how they will react during a tough conversation. It’s why some people are detail oriented and highly organized while others are “big picture” and all over the place. It’s why some people work for a paycheck while others work to build a career and make a difference. It’s why some people fit your company culture and others do not. For leaders, the challenge is to…
  • When it is personal, it matters

    Neil Ducoff
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    On June 28-29, five riders on Team Strategies departed the UMass Campus in Boston and began a 155-mile, two-day ride to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. This was the sixth time I did the MS Cape Cod Getaway Ride. As in past years, I managed to convince two new riders to join our team. I tell them it is an experience of a lifetime that they will never forget. I tell them the hills aren’t too bad on Cape Cod. And I tell them that we’re riding to raise money for a worthy cause. One of the new riders was Ronit Enos, a salon owner from Hingham, MA. The other new rider was my…
  • Why the best business fix is rarely the first choice

    Neil Ducoff
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    The road to success is rarely a freshly paved superhighway. It’s more like an off-road trail that contrasts the easy stretches with obstacles, steep cliffs and, of course – lions and tigers and bears. Surviving the obstacles and hazards demands a good plan and the ability to adapt quickly should the plan go awry. And depending on the severity of the danger, sometimes the best plan is the toughest to execute. In do or die situations, you have to go with the best plan – no matter how tough it appears. When things go wrong in business, decisions need to be made. Maybe it’s a…
  • Why some succeed and others do not

    Neil Ducoff
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been coaching business owners and leaders for 40 years. I’ve written four books, one of which is an award-winner, on No-Compromise Leadership and business growth. It is a joy and deeply fulfilling to see leaders transform their companies from “OK” to being productive, efficient, and profitable – and vision/purpose driven. It’s even more rewarding to see leaders tenaciously and courageously leading their companies out of the fiery pits of cultural and financial hell to the daylight of teamwork, profits and cash reserves. But yet… there are those that…
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  • Why employees quit … it really isn’t pay

    Rich Henson
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    It’s always been a good piece of advice for managers to remember that compensation is usually NOT the biggest reason why employees quit on you. After all, people know what they’ll be paid when they sign on. So what does take the top spot? No Opportunity The No. 1 reason employees leave a  job is a lack of […] The post Why employees quit … it really isn’t pay appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • Can’t we do away with rush hour, once and for all!!

    Rich Henson
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    We don’t often wade into legal workplace disputes, but this one seems like an outrageous employee complaint. Or is it? What’s your take? A Lancaster, PA, company is being sued by a former employee who wanted to be able to drive into work late and leave early — so she could avoid rush hour. Instead the […] The post Can’t we do away with rush hour, once and for all!! appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 4 employee bonus programs that work wonders

    Rich Henson
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:23 am
    Employee bonus programs have regained their luster, and if you don’t offer any, you might reconsider. A survey by WorldatWork  found that the popularity of employee bonus programs, which had been steadily falling, is now at an all-time high. The four most popular incentives are sign-on bonuses, spot bonuses, referral bonuses and retention bonuses. “The uptick […] The post 4 employee bonus programs that work wonders appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 3 steps to working with people you dislike

    Rich Henson
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:47 am
    Will Rogers said he never met a man he didn’t like. For the rest of us, well, you know you have. And when you are stuck working with people you dislike day in and day out, all bets are off. Well-trained managers with good intentions know better than to let personal feelings get in the […] The post 3 steps to working with people you dislike appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • Go ahead and gripe: What bugs you about work?

    Rich Henson
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:37 am
    It’s said you can’t fix it if you don’t know what’s broken. True enough. And that goes for the workplace as well. If you don’t know what’s driving your people nuts – or driving them away – you can’t help. Recently, a London-based animal-welfare group called  The Brooke surveyed 2,000 of its employees and asked […] The post Go ahead and gripe: What bugs you about work? appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
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  • 64 Promises That Every Leader Should Make

    Todd Nielsen
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I have come to believe that as leaders we need to make promises to ourselves and to those we lead. Earlier this year as I was working on a project, I thought to myself, “What are the promises I make as a leader?” I have always had ideals and ways of doing things, but I had never written them out as promises and made them official. I thought about this for quite some time and after a while I came up with this list of 64 promises that leaders should make. I believe it is fairly encompassing; although probably not a complete list, nor is it in order of importance, per se. You…
  • Leadership Trait to Ponder: Adaptability

    Todd Nielsen
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today the leadership trait to ponder is Adaptability.  The dictionary defines Adaptability as: the ability to change (or be changed) to fit changed circumstances; the ability to change your ideas or behavior so that they are suitable for different conditions, a new environment, or in order to deal with a new situation successfully. Below are some of my favorite quotes to help inspire and illustrate Adaptability. As you read these quotes on Adaptability, think about how you can exemplify this leadership trait in yourself. Quotes on Adaptability All living things contain a measure of…
  • Leadership, Do You Seek Excellence Only in Extremes?

    Kate Nasser
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    When we picture leadership, we often visualize strength, courage and boldness. All worthy traits. Yet great leadership also has its roots in listening, understanding, perspective, good judgment, and balance. This moderation provides a solid base of support for bold leaps that  prevent disasters. Some leaders focus mostly on the elements of strength and boldness because they mistakenly believe that moderation means mediocrity, (It doesn’t!)  As they seek excellence only through extremes, they destabilize the organization with wild swings and are surprised when the business slides.
  • Won’t the real YOU please stand up? – Authentic Leadership

    Peter McKelvie
    13 Jun 2014 | 5:55 am
    All any of us want deep down is to be ourselves and to know that those with whom we have a working relationship are the real deal, what to expect from them and that we can trust them. The Corporate Metamorphosis - It’s 6:00am Monday morning and you’re washing away the last thoughts of the weekend when you were a mother, a father, a partner, the laugh of the party, the bookworm, the sports coach for the local kids’ team. You set your hair in stone, select your corporate power suit, and then in the time between waltzing out your front gate and marching through the revolving glass door,…
  • Leaders – Be Sure, Not Right!

    Jason Davis
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:47 am
    We live in a society that values being right above everything else. Starting at a young age, we teach our youth that it is better to have the right answer than it is to question, experiment and take risks. This has created an environment where people are scared to be wrong and terrified to fail! Is this why so many leaders are scared to death of being wrong? Business owners and leaders are called upon to make a monstrous number of decisions every day. Throughout my time consulting with businesses, I’ve witnessed leader after leader buckle under the immense pressure of always trying to…
 
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  • If You Manage People You Need a Work-Life Balance

    Jason Cortel
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    When you look around the office you will often see those in senior management roles being first in and last out. You rarely will get an OOO email from them. These are the people who lead critical departments and teams who are likely responsible for revenue and product development. Employees look to their managers to set the pace. They will model the behavior thinking that is what they need to do to advance or be seen in a good light. Normally I’m an advocate for this type of mirroring but when it comes to work-life balance the effects can hinder yourself and the team. 4 reasons a manager…
  • Before Firing An Employee Who Contributes

    Louise Haller
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    Consider The Five Things That Set the Performance Pace to “Super-Achiever” A Contributor does just that…contributes.  The minimum contribution expectation is what must be defined.  Once defined, and if the minimums are achieved then there are no justifiable grounds for termination.  Why?  Because, Barely Meeting Expectations = Meeting ExpectationsIf we say that an employee is just meeting expectation then; according to the definition of just (actual,real, or genuine), they have done all that we really stated our expectation to be. It is the responsibility of management to redefine…
  • 5 Sign’s You Have Already Quit Your Job

    Jason Cortel
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    No one wakes up in the morning with the goal of being a quitter. But sometimes you have quit without even knowing that you have done so. This isn’t another article about moving on, stagnating or moving up. This is an article about stepping up and realizing you have already quit your job. This is an article about realizing the grave disservice you are doing to yourself, your team and the organization by staying. It is time to step up and leave your job when: You stop holding people accountable to the mission, vision and values of the organization. This is the greatest tragedy of all.
  • Encourage Your Employees to Say These 10 Things

    Jason Cortel
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    No news is good news. That is what people who despise conflict say. That saying is not welcomed on a team that is striving to achieve greatness. Saying no news is good news is just like saying Bloody Mary 3 times in the mirror at night when you are home alone. No news is good news is scary because of what your employees aren’t saying. These are the 10 things you need to encourage your employees to tell you: 1. I’m looking for a new job Why it’s important: Primarily succession planning but also if their skill-set or organizational knowledge is hard to replace. They are involved in…
  • The 4 C’s of High Employee Performance

    Jason Cortel
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Regina was nervously waiting for her weekly status meeting with her boss. She had reviewed the numbers of her team all weekend desperately searching for a reporting error that would explain the low performance of a majority of her staff. Taking one final look at the data Regina had to face the facts, her team was in trouble and that meant that she was to blame. Regina takes her role as their leader seriously and fully embraces the fact that when there are issues it is her failure. Regina rises from her desk, adjust her clothing, grabs her reports and heads to David’s office. As she…
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  • If self-talk works for a Wimbledon champion, why not you?

    Editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    How did he do it? Did he have some magic potion in his Gatorade bottle? Did he seek out his world champion tennis coach Boris Becker, winner of six grand slam titles himself, for sage advice that would give him the edge on Federer, the author of 17 Grand Slam titles, that would lift him to the top of the tennis world?
  • How to attend a conference or event

    Editor
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    The average salesperson spends hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year on trying to get better at what they do.
  • When you go fishing, you should be fishing!

    Editor
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:41 am
    People don’t do what they should when they do something. Why? Why wouldn’t you do the things you know you should be doing instead of doing all the other stuff that don’t matter.
  • Be a Chief Reminder Officer all the time

    Editor
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Part of being a leader is reminding people what they should be working on and doing constantly. All leaders are Chief Reminder Officers. It sounds simple and silly, but ask yourself if you are actively practicing this? Are you doing it every single day? You can’t do it once because people are human … they forget things.
  • The Wilson Effect: ‘Why Not You?’

    Editor
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:09 am
    Russell Wilson doesn’t fit the profile. But, then again, he never really has. And that’s never stopped him from proving people wrong either.
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  • Ten ways to convert your hobby into a career

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
      Jason Gillespie – passion, belief, effort! In the previous three posts, we progressed from thinking about hobby as a career, to the possibility of going from hobby to career, to considering 8 aspects of a hobby before it can become a career. Once you are firmly fixated on converting your hobby into a career, the next step is to carefully build a strategy around it.  In this post I will lay out 10 ways to convert your hobby into a career. But before that, I want to reproduce an insightful quote from a very successful Australian fast bowler.  Jason Gillespie, pictured above, had…
  • From writing passion to career – self-development

    admin
    28 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Merry Farmer In continuing with our series on going from passion to career, I have just the person to describe firsthand how this is done.  I have great pleasure in introducing my friend, Merry Farmer, a published fiction writer.  Merry Farmer has long cherished her passion to be a writer.  Her passion is in romantic novels and she is a great fan of romantic Bollywood movies as well. Pursuing her passion, Merry is now the proud author of several romantic novels. In this interview, Merry provides some great insights, specifically the value of having clear focus, finding support from others…
  • From hobby to passion to career – 7 examples

    admin
    14 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
      Swiss Alps – travel photography Following up on the last post on going from hobby to career, my friend Beth-Ann commented on the need to bridge the gap between hobby and passion.This bridge is necessary before one can even think about transforming the hobby into a career. In that post, I gave a few examples of some activities which, on the surface, do not have the potential of becoming solid careers. In this post, I will list seven such examples and how those can be converted into solid careers. Before that, there are two requirements for such conversion (from hobby to passion…
  • From hobby to career – 8 things to think about

    admin
    31 May 2014 | 6:20 am
      from hobby to career In “hobby as a mainstream career”, the thought of having a hobby as a mainstream career was initiated.With two examples, I promoted the concept of entertaining the thought. The next step is to assess one’s hobby and then understanding whether it is capable of that conversion. After all, a career has to have certain minimum attributes, defined quite well by businessdictionary.com as follows:   “A career is the progress and actions taken by a person throughout a lifetime, especially those related to that person’soccupations. A career is often…
  • Hobby as a mainstream career

    admin
    17 May 2014 | 5:31 am
      Hobby as a mainstream career One of my earlier posts, “How to prepare for a Solid Career in a Dynamic Environment” elicited numerous discussions.As I read and thought more on this interesting topic, the one topic that keeps coming up is about one’s hobby as a mainstream career.The idea of having a hobby has been passed on as good advice for generations.While I have been fortunate in receiving that advice, I have been guilty of passing it on “as is”. Generally a hobby is perceived as a “cost” and a “stress-relief”.A popular example is of Einstein who used to play the…
 
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  • 52 Great Questions to Ask Your Direct Reports – Glenn Brooke

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Good supervision of others, and developing their skills and capabilities, requires listening. One of the best ways to promote good listening is to ask great questions. This list is not in any specific order or grouping. My suggestion is to skim the list, pick one or two that grab your attention as a good question, and practice asking that question this next week. Bookmark this page and then come back in a month to find a few more questions to use. Here are 52 great questions to ask your direct reports: 1.“Do you need anything from me?” 2.“When should I ask you about that again?”…
  • #030: The Power of Minimalism

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: Nick-K (Nikos Koutoulas) via Compfight cc Subscribe To Podcast With iTunesSubscribe To Podcast With RSS Subscribe To Podcast In Microsoft Store   Live Life With Purpose Episode #030: The Power of Minimalism   http://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/030-The-Power-of-Minimalism.m4a   Show Notes - The Power of Minimalism   Minimalism is a concept that isn’t looked at often, because people want more and they want it now. Most people find themselves in a busy lifestyle and want a way out, but they keep adding more. Very rarely does someone take the…
  • The Equation for ONE Extraordinary Marriage – Jackie Bledsoe

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    photo credit: dullhunk via photopin cc   Last week my wife and I connected with a couple from San Diego, CA and about eight other couples here in Indianapolis. We co-hosted a meetup for married couples as part of the ONE Extraordinary Marriage Midwest Tour. Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo are the co-hosts of the ONE Extraordinary Marriage podcast, which happens to be the #1 marriage podcast on iTunes. They were visiting the midwest, where Alisa was born and raised and attended college, and wanted to connect with married couples in the area. We had a great time connecting with them and the other…
  • Risky Creativity – Nate Turner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
      I remember sitting in a chair in my living room when I first had the idea for a strategic planning curriculum. But it was just that…an idea. It wasn’t the first idea I had in that chair and it probably won’t be the last idea I have in that chair. But, something different happened that day. I got up out of my chair, and I picked up some blank printer paper. I began to quickly sketch out the process with words and pictures. I let all of the good ideas, and probably some really bad ones as well, flow out of my head and down onto those pages. I then took those pages, added…
  • 3 Reasons You Need a Reverse Mentor – Daniel Kosmala

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: iStockPhoto.com   A new trend is beginning to gain some traction in the business world and it is called reverse mentoring. You not only need to be aware of the trend, but involved in it. Traditional mentoring is viewed as a one-way street. Older, wiser people invest in the lives of younger, less-experienced people to help them curate the lives and careers that will get them where they want to be. The only problem is people like me (Millennials) often know quite a bit that is completely foreign to our older counterparts. I know that comes off as arrogant and assuming,…
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  • Put Your Name On It

    Bill Dorman
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    If you follow pro sports and are familiar with Herm Edwards, previously the coach of the AFL New York Jets; today’s title comes from... Author information Bill Dorman CPCU, CIC, AAI Principal, Producer at Lanier Upshaw, Inc Bill Dorman is a commercial insurance broker/owner with the Lanier Upshaw, Inc firm. He specializes working with mid-sized businesses who do not have a full time risk manager and helps control their insurance and operational costs through performance based strategies. Bill is a graduate of Florida State University's Risk Management-Insurance degree program. He and his…
  • What Blocks Humility?

    Kristine Ward
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    I recently read a Twitter post from apologist author Timothy Keller that said, “True gospel humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation... Author information Kristine Ward Writer, Mentor at Zigzagged Path To Wholeness Kristine Ward is a freelance writer, blogger, and mentor. She is a member of Better after 50 Writers, The Women of Midlife bloggers, the prestigious Atlanta Writers Club and feels blessed to have found one of the most gifted, brutally honest critique groups in Atlanta. She blogs about spiritual growth issues and believes that if we can tune out the…
  • 10 Things You Hate About Your Boss

    Barbara Nixon
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Unless you work for yourself or are the MD, having a boss is often a necessary evil. Just like your family, it’s usually not... Author information Barbara Nixon Management Development Trainer, Coach and Writer at Barbara Nixon Barbara is a passionate Management Development specialist who gets a real kick out of seeing people grow and achieve their potential. She enjoys working with teams as well as individuals and is inspired by people who have a goal and ‘go for it!’ She really understands the importance of how great managers and leaders can drive a business to success, which is why…
  • How To Manage The Remote Employee

    Chip Lutz
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    I had worked tirelessly on my end of the month report to let my boss know what I had done. I didn’t see him... 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 National Capital…
  • Six Signs You’re Doing HR Wrong

    Sabrina Baker
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    If Any of These Sounds Like You it Might Be Time to Re-Evaluate… HR pro’s come in all shapes and sizes – company shapes... 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 also a member of the…
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  • Best Resources and Tools for More Productive Writers

    Robert Morris
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Writers have always been attached to their preferred tools. Some of them have purely practical reasons to use a particular writing tool or technique, while others are driven by mere superstition. Best Resources and Tools for More Productive Writers Even if you are an established and respected writer who has mastered the fundamental writing techniques, you can still use great tools that will make you more productive and help you relate to your readers. The following list will provide you with writing tools and techniques that are worth exploring. 1. Checkvist This is a minimalistic, but…
  • ADDIE Model

    Takis Athanassiou
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The ADDIE model is a framework of reference and of processes that can facilitate the work of e-Learning Process Designers, Training Developers or/and of instructional designers! It help you to channel efficiently the various processes comprising an effective learning process and focused on the issues, require your most attention! The ADDIE Model The ADDIE model is: a framework that lists generic processes that instructional designers and training developers use.[1] It represents a guideline for building effective training and performance support tools in five phases.(Wikipedia: ADDIE Model)…
  • Audrey Hepburn’s Life Lessons You Can Apply

    Amber Stanley
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a guest post by a young writer, Amber Stanley. Amber is blogger, book lover, and traveler. Please check here, her article on the Life Lessons Audrey Hepburn can provide, via her sayings! Almost everyone fell in love with Audrey Hepburn’s innate class and sophistication in her movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her exceptional beauty, timeless style, and kindness remains in every heart of people who dearly loved and admire her. For some, Hepburn is an epitome of beauty and grace. Apart from her lasting appeal which transcends the generation, her wonderful nature of caring for…
  • 8 Steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard Infographic

    Takis Athanassiou
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here is an excellent inforgraphic of elearningbrothers.com, demonstrating the steps for developing an excellent and efficient e-Learning Storyboard. A must,  for the instructional designers! Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics Question: Do you find interesting the information contained in this infographic? You are going to use the 8 Steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard? -Takis Want to read more like this from Takis Athanassiou? You can subscribe to my blog by Mail or via RSS Feed. The post 8 Steps for an Awesome eLearning Storyboard Infographic appeared first on…
  • MarkdownPad 2 For Windows

    Takis Athanassiou
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the most valuable tools in my toolbox is the MarkdownPad 2 editor for windows (not an affiliate link). MarkdownPad is a Markdown editor suitable to handle efficiently the “writing needs” of modern bloggers. What Markdown Is? Markdown is: a plain text formatting syntax designed so that it optionally can be converted to HTML (Wikipedia: Markdown). Markdown is a minimal markup language can be easily used (read & write) with a simple text editor in any platform (Windows, Mac, Unix, iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.). But for a more specific usage have been developed more markdown…
 
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  • EP43: Offline Expertise to Online Dominance with Chris Cerrone (@bluegeno)

    Ellory Wells
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am
    Episode 43 the Empowered Podcast features professional podcaster, media mogul and all-around awesome dude, Chris Cerrone! I’m really honored to have my friend Chris on the show today. He and I talk about how he took the podcasting world by storm, how he’s creating a brand online, and why he got started in the first place. With hundreds of thousands of people in his audience, Chris Cerrone is taking his offline expertise and turning it into online dominance! This episode is awesome. Grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy the show! Thank Chris for being on the show! Chris’s…
  • EP42: Success Begins in the Mind with Dr. Lawana Gladney (@DrGladney)

    Ellory Wells
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Episode 42 of the Empowered Podcast features renowned speaker, author, and emotional wellness doctor, Dr. Lawana Gladney. Though she started her career as an elementary school teacher, she now shares her message through her best-selling books and on TV shows across the country. Dr. Gladney owns her own company and changes the world with her message of positivity and emotional wellness. Thank Dr. G for being on the show! Lawana’s Mission: I became the Emotional Wellness Doctor. I teach people to manage their emotions and stress to have an amazing life. How Lawana defines empowerment:…
  • Why Businesses Fail (And What You Can Do About it)

    Ellory Wells
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    We’ve both heard the crazy statistics about how most small businesses fail. Whether they fail in the first eighteen months or over the next four years, whether it’s because of poor leadership or bad products, the odds of success are stacked against us. Every day, people like you are heading out into the unknown. Their goal is to change the world with what they know. Their mission is to control their future instead of turning it over to someone else. But, just as some entrepreneurs charge ahead and give it their best, others throw in the towel and call it a day. Over the past…
  • EP41: Building Online in the Off Hours with Jeff Stephens (@CrazyDadLife)

    Ellory Wells
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today I talk with Jeff Stephens of Crazy.Dad.Life. Jeff has a wife and kids plus a full-time job, as well as a full time job as a daughter-chauffeur. I wanted to talk to Jeff and find out how he’s able to blog, podcast, and build an online business all while juggling so many other responsibilities. If you think you’re too busy to pursue your dreams, you need to listen to this! Thank Jeff for being on the show! Jeff’s Mission: To help you survive the madness and navigate your daily family chaos  EPIC Question: What is one tip, or one piece of advice you can give people who…
  • When I Was Laid Off in 2009

    Ellory Wells
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:21 am
    Each of us has a point in our life that changes who we are or who we’ll become. While they’re happening, we wish they were over and hope we’ll make it through clean on the other side. In 2009, an event like that happened to me and it not only taught me a valuable life lesson, but it shaped, in part, who I am today. Photo credit: reid.neureiter / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Living the Dream I had just gotten my first major corporate job at IBM. I was going to make more money than I’d ever made, and I was…
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    15Five

  • The 3 Conversations You’re Not Having In Your Meetings, But Should

    Guest Post
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Ever wonder why people leave meetings feeling so frustrated?  It’s not just that most meetings waste a tremendous amount of time, it’s also because people have an intuitive sense that it doesn’t have to be that way. They sense that if only this group of people were having a different set of conversations than the ones they just had, maybe the meeting could have actually been a productive, even satisfying experience. The conversations before the meeting One major issue in many meetings is that so much time is spent providing information that could have easily been shared beforehand.
  • Swipe To The Right (And Power-Off)

    David Mizne
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Summer is in full swing. The weather is warm and you are just a flight away from the powder-like sand and gentle waves of a tropical paradise. But before you spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on that dream vacation ask yourself, Am I really ready to step away from my desk for an entire week? Many managers, executives, and employees take their work with them while on vacation. If your body is out of the office but your face is buried in your inbox, the rejuvenating effects of down-time are completely negated. The name of the game is total immersion. Leaving the work world behind for days…
  • Fulfilling Purpose: The Ultimate Success Factor for Your Business

    David Hassell
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Employee disengagement and turnover have become a costly nightmare for companies worldwide. Not only are millions of dollars wasted every year, but organizational growth is stifled. Businesses are unable to produce at peak efficiency, and valuable company resources must be re-allocated into recruiting and hiring replacements for people who leave because they are not supported or satisfied in their work. Every employer’s dream is to find employees who desire to dedicate themselves to the company — where their efforts are not draining but sustaining, and they seem to access an endless…
  • How Do You Deal With Poor Employee Performance?

    David Mizne
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    You’re fired! Unless you are sadistic or Donald Trump, those are two words that no employee wants to hear and no manager wants to say. Yet every day employees are terminated for failing to live up to the express or implied expectations of management. Don’t be too quick to drop the axe. There are many reasons why employee performance suffers, and you need to assess the problem first.  Ask yourself, “Is the underperformance due to a lack of ability or lack of motivation? Did I give this employee everything he needed to do his job and contribute to the growth of the company?” After some…
  • The Best Kept Leadership Secrets You Haven’t Already Heard

    David Hassell
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. Bill Gates, Microsoft Empowering others. To some leaders who prefer micromanagement over trust and autonomy,  those are dirty words. But no matter how great an idea or how skilled and experienced the entrepreneur, every successful business relies on the efforts of dedicated employees. All who seek success will eventually have to hire brilliant people and empower them to implement their vision. With all of the theories circulating around effective management, how can you be sure that you’ve adopted a style and…
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    Dashe & Thomson » Social Learning Blog

  • How To Extract Knowledge From Experts Before It’s Lost

    Ben Nesvig
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    If, on his last day of employment before retiring, a man tried to walk out the door with a favorite personal computer he used at work, what would happen? Even if the company appreciated his expertise and commitment, they likely wouldn’t let him leave with a computer. Now, what would happen if that same employee walked out on his last day without sharing any of his expertise? Business as usual… The post How To Extract Knowledge From Experts Before It’s Lost appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • Minimum Viable Products Meet Learning and Development: A Match Made in Heaven or Hell?

    Andrea May
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    I am part of an international crew of L&D professionals that organizes and facilitates a bi-weekly chat on Twitter under the hashtag #chat2lrn. Over the past couple of years I have gained many new ideas and perspectives from both the #chat2lrn crew and those who take part in the chats. In our chat last week, we focused on what L&D can learn from start-up culture and methodology. I will admit… The post Minimum Viable Products Meet Learning and Development: A Match Made in Heaven or Hell? appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • 22 Free e-Learning and Graphic Design Resources

    eric
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    Everyone loves a freebie. The problem with many free resource sites is that you are often inundated with so much unusable garbage that it’s hard not to feel like you are wasting your time. Below is a collection of design resources that I have personally found useful as an e-Learning, web, and graphic designer. Free Stock Photography Photo Sites When I say “stock photography” you’re probably picturing a multiethnic  group of… The post 22 Free e-Learning and Graphic Design Resources appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • The Power of Chunking: How To Increase Learner Retention

    Ben Nesvig
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    In 1980, K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues published a fascinating experiment. They took a student of average intelligence, memory capacity, and IQ and had an experimenter test the limits of his memory. The experimenter read a series of random numbers and then had the student recite them back in the exact order. If he was able to recite the numbers in the correct order, the experimenter would add another… The post The Power of Chunking: How To Increase Learner Retention appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • 5 Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn

    Ben Nesvig
    28 May 2014 | 6:12 am
    If you want to create powerful learning experiences, it’s very helpful to get an understanding of how the brain works. While technology changes at an incredible rate, the brain evolves slowly. The following “brain facts” will help provide a more thorough understanding of the mysterious muscle that is the brain. 1. The unconscious mind rules the conscious mind There is an experiment that shows what happens when the conscious and… The post 5 Brain Facts That Influence How People Learn appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
 
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    Leadership through Horsemanship

  • "Share and Share Alike"

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    I just finished reading the latest racing romance, Share and Share Alike, by Hannah Hooton.  If you love horses, romance, and a great mystery story, this is the book for you!  Great character development and vibrant descriptions make the books just come alive.  I was right there as a virtual member of the Syndicate.  While it was sad for the book to end (always a sign of a great read!), I can't wait to read more of Hannah Hooton's books!To find Share and Share Alike, check out the links below:AmazonBarnes and NobleKobo Apple Scribd Inkterra 
  • Embrace the Mundane

    19 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
     "I like to make the mundane fabulous whenever I can." ~ Rufus Wainwright This past week was a departure from the mundane.  Events that were not pleasant for the most part, which made me realize how much I appreciate my normal, daily routine and how much I take it for granted.  We tend to go on autopilot through our days until something shakes up our routine -- sometimes for the better, sometimes not.  While it is good to shake things up, it also behooves us to be more aware of our daily routine, to embrace  and revel in how special "the mundane" really is. …
  • Bullies

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    There are bullies in the horse world,  horses that seem to plainly not like each other and take every opportunity to take it out on the other horse through biting and kicking.  The "bullied" horse takes pains to stay away from the horse doing the bullying.  In a domestic horse environment, humans can help the process by keeping the "bully-er" and the "bully-ee" in separate pastures.  In a wild horse environment, that type of behavior can result in expulsion of the horse from the herd.As always, the human world is more complex in this arena.  Bullying can take many…
  • It's Deja Vu -- All Over Again...

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:26 am
    With a nod to Yogi Berra as I love that quote....It was a not so welcome reminder of the past when my equine coach, River, was a little "off" as she trotted in the round pen last weekend.  A worried call to the vet and a vet visit later in the day confirmed my fears -- River had a flare-up of laminitis.  Laminitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, the lamina, between the hoof and the bone in the hoof, the coffin or pedal bone.  The inflammation chokes the blood supply in the hoof and the forces on the bone can cause it to rotate.  In extreme cases, the bone can…
  • Not Horse Related -- But A Great Story of People Pulling Together...

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:31 pm
    The closest I can relate this to a horse story is that takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, the home of the Kentucky Derby -- this story is truly human in all respects.After a brief visit to Louisville to celebrate the graduation of my oldest nephew, my family and I arrived at the Louisville airport and settled in at the departure gate for a direct flight to Orlando.  About an hour before the flight, it was announced that the plane had mechanical issues and was delayed for five hours.  Now, being that the plane was heading to Orlando -- home of Disney World and other favorite family…
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    Engaging Leader

  • 092: 7 Keys to Clarity and Conciseness

    Joe Sherwood
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Back in episode 89, about the Power of Brevity, we discussed why brevity works and provided four tips for being brief yet powerful. In these tips, clarity leads to brevity, and vice versa. Now, contrast that with most of the corporate-level communication that companies provide their employees. Whether it’s a letter or email from the […]
  • 091: Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change | with David Maxfield

    Joe Sherwood
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    All successful leaders have to be good at leading progress. And science has found that successful leaders, from CEOs to parents, have a common set of principles and skills that help create quick, profound, and lasting change in people and organizations. David Maxfield, New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and social scientist for organizational change, […]
  • WHE12: Beyond “Biggest Loser” Contests: Creating a True Culture of Health | with Mary Pitman from Norfolk Southern

    Joe Sherwood
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    The popular weight-loss reality TV show “The Biggest Loser” has inspired many companies to hold weight loss contests for their employees. People love the idea of experiencing fast weight loss, and the idea of a friendly competition seems fun. But while “The Biggest Loser” makes for great reality TV, does it make for a great […]
  • 090: How to Bridge the Workplace Generation Gap | with David Maxfield

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Can people of different generations work together productively, or do their differences lead only to conflict? According to a new study from the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and social scientist for organizational change David Maxfield, unaddressed tension and resentment between Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials is sapping productivity in corporate America. […]
  • GC27: Gamify New Hire Onboarding | with Mohit Garg from MindTickle

    Joe Sherwood
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    MindTickle enables businesses, trainers and individuals to transform their existing online content (presentation slides, videos, and documents) into an interactive learning experience. MindTickle engages the learner and makes learning efficient, effective and delightful through a unique combination of gamification elements and social tools. Mohit Garg is the Co-Founder of MindTickle. Prior to co-founding MindTickle in […]
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    iSharad

  • 10 unforgettable lessons I learnt from participating in codeathon

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

    Sharad Verma
    25 Feb 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Are you getting the time to do what you know is really important? Of late, I have heard from a number of people how they want to do something but just don’t find the time. This is in important areas like: · Following a passion · Dedicated time for reading · Setting up a learning […]
  • Leadership lessons from Ranbir Kapoor’s movies

    Sharad Verma
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Ranbir Kapoor has the genes for acting with the talent and looks to match! Son of two of the most loved actors of Indian cinema – Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, grandson of the legendary Raj Kapoor, Ranbir started his acting career at the age of 25 in 2007. Over the next seven years, he has […]
  • 5 Ways to Benefit from Reverse Mentoring

    Sharad Verma
    9 Feb 2014 | 2:30 am
    I came across this term – “Reverse Mentoring” recently and then realized I had benefitted from it for a long time. Simply put, it means a junior or younger person mentoring someone older or more senior in management. The moment you hear it, you think ‘why not” that makes perfect sense! That was exactly how […]
  • Inside the magical world of dragons with Dionne Lister

    Sharad Verma
    9 Oct 2013 | 1:17 am
    Interview with Dionne Lister, writer We all have a fascination for the world of dragons and alternate realms full of magic, mystery and wonder. Dionne Lister is the bestselling writer of the series The Circle of Talia. The first book in the series is called Shadows in the Realm and the second book is A […]
 
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    ReadyToManage

  • Is Your Business Optimized?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    “Optimization” is one of those words that we tend to associate with websites these days, and in this narrower respect it suggests that we may be missing quite a few opportunities to get more from our effort than we have previously realized by pulling on what might be several “levers” to get a better result. Optimizing an entire business follows the same principle by suggesting that any commercially oriented organization is much more than one single and simple entity, and is therefore best improved by becoming aware of its key “performance levers” and then learning to “pull” on…
  • How Much Organizational Transparency is Sufficient?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    “Organizational transparency” is one of the subjects that tends to demand time and attention (when it does) for two main reasons: The organization has not been transparent enough and it may have got into trouble as a result, with employees, shareholders or even public bodies such as the tax authorities (think Enron or Worldcom in recent times). The subject has come up with a few employees, either informally or more formally, such as through the vehicle of an opinion survey, for example. Both of these catalysts to the transparency debate tend to suggest that the organization is not sharing…
  • 50 Top Leadership Blogs of 2014

    Dr. Jon Warner
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    Welcome to the annual update on the 50 Best/Top leaderships blogs on the web as of July 2014. This is our third year of putting this list together. As readers will see once again, this list has changed quite markedly in just a 12 months period.  These significant changes result from a number of factors including: Alexa rankings of individual blogs have changed considerably. As in previous years, this mainly arises not only because of the time invested by individual blog authors in the last year but because many more web sites and blogs have been launched (and Alexa estimates that there are…
  • Is Silence a “Dangerous” Tool in Communication?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:35 am
    Communication theory typically has a lot to say about how we should transmit our messages (in carefully chosen, clear and concise language) and how we should receive messages (with appropriate eye contact, gentle acknowledgement and good attention to words and body language). However, “silence” as a tool within the communication exchange in both transmission and/or receiving rarely rates much more than a passing mention and we are often left with the impression that it is either an afterthought or an accidental occurrence. Perhaps this lack of attention to silence is because most of us…
  • The Myth of Leadership Strength

    Dr. Jon Warner
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:54 pm
    In recent years, the need for leaders to be “strong” has become more and more of an important if not pre-eminent requirement, in business and society in general, in many books and articles that have been published. But why is this and what does it mean to be a strong leader? Let’s first start with the second of these questions and make an attempt to define what “strong leadership” is supposed to look like in practical terms. According to many of the authors on and researchers concerned with leadership behavior, people who are described as being “strong leaders” have the…
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    Coaching for Leaders

  • The Best Action For A Personal Memory Upgrade

    Dave Stachowiak
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    When I was about five years old, my dad bought our family a Tandy 1000 personal computer. It came with 128K of memory on board, and one floppy disk drive. Although we were all overwhelmed with the technology at first, we slowly began to push the computer to do more. We soon bought a space shuttle simulator game that required a lot of memory to run. The Tandy could hardly run the program and the simulation experience was awful. I clearly remember the day we upgraded the computer from 128K to 640K. Suddenly, I was in the astronaut business. Our Minds Are Finite Resources Ahhh, if only we had…
  • How To Be Efficient With Organizational Change

    Dave Stachowiak
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    When I was a kid, I was never satisfied with the performance of my Fisher-Price walkie-talkies. In my early teens, I finally made the case to my parents that I needed something more powerful. I saved up and purchased two Radio Shack TRC–219 citizens band walkie-talkies. Five full watts of transmitting power meant I could theoretically reach people on the other side of town. It also resulted in my constant search for 10 AA batteries (yes, 10) that each radio needed to run. I was constantly digging around for batteries in the junk drawer in my parents’ house. Inevitably, there would never…
  • Sorry For The Podcast Download Issue This Week

    Dave Stachowiak
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    I’m fully aware that many people in our listening community still haven’t received episode #149 that I aired on Monday. We migrated the site to a new platform late last week and, despite tons of planning to avoid it, the podcast feed that gets to mobile devices is still having issues. Our web folks are working hard to resolve the issue and I’m confident the shows will start showing up again soon on your devices. For now, no need to take any action – the issue is on our end and should be resolved shortly. A number of old links are broken as well (and will also be fixed…
  • Develop Confidence and Trust By Minimizing Interventions

    Dave Stachowiak
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last summer, our son Luke was about year and a half old and just learning to walk down the stairs. One afternoon, he suddenly decided on a strategy for a faster trip. He stood at the top of the staircase, raised his arms up high into the air, straightened his body, and begin to fall forward. I caught him in mid air. My position a few steps under Luke rescued him from a certain fall. His good intentions aside, the jump would certainly have caused injury. We Remember Missteps A year later, he’s never attempted it since. He’s old enough now (and fallen enough times in other places) to know…
  • Answering This Question Makes Difficult Conversations Easier

    Dave Stachowiak
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I recently met with a client who was planning for a conversation with a senior leader. She was preparing to convey some of her ongoing concerns about the culture of their organization. She asked my advice about what to say and, as she spoke, it seemed apparent that the organization had wronged her in many ways and this was a relatively rare opportunity to address it with a senior leader. What’s The Outcome You Want? I asked her this question: What is outcome you want to see come out of this conversation? She said that she wanted to help the organization correct its mistakes and have a…
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    Productive Day» Blog

  • Are You Stuck in Work Day Pinball?

    Roger MacRae
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    4 Tips to Help You Play and Win the Productive Day Game Part II Part I of this article gave you the first two tips to help you become more proactive and more productive in your work day, instead of being reactive, like the little ball that gets bounced around in a pinball machine.Never played pinball? I played a lot when I was younger and if you’ve never played, the object of the game is to try to keep the ball in play for as long as possible and hit as many different targets for more points without letting the ball go down the drain.I compare the pinball game to a typical work day…
  • Are You Stuck in Work Day Pinball?

    Roger MacRae
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    4 Tips to Help You Play and Win the Productive Day Game Part I  Have you ever played pinball? When I was younger and played with friends, I remember it being such a fun pastime, trying to keep the ball in play for as long as possible and hitting as many different targets for more points without letting the ball go down the drain. (The one pictured here is called “Junkyard” – one I used to play all the time.)While playing pinball is great fun, if you were stuck inside the game as the ball itself, it wouldn’t be much fun at all. And that’s what a typical work day can be like for…
  • Memory Malfunction

    Roger MacRae
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:05 am
    Tips for Being More Productive without Relying on Your Memory  Do you ever get interrupted by someone or something and completely forget what you were originally working on or what you were thinking about just seconds before?Some professionals are proud of how well they can rely on their memory, and maybe you’re one of those people. But has your memory ever let you down? It can easily be short-circuited and won’t hold up in the face of distractions, interruptions, multi-tasking, and constant reactivity. And as we get older, your memory is the LAST thing you want to rely on to help…
  • Systems Refresh

    Roger MacRae
    2 Jun 2014 | 3:41 am
    5 Easy Steps to Be More Strategic with your Work Day Plans Do you agree or disagree with this statement?“Following rigid organizational systems and living life driven by a day planner means you’re operating with blinders on.” 1This is from an old article I saved and recently re-read and I actually agree with half of it.I agree that any paper list or paper planner can put blinders on you – absolutely. I also believe these are inefficient and outdated methods for tracking tasks and time. Specifically, you’re not going to get a complete picture of all the tasks you’re…
  • Productive E-mails

    Roger MacRae
    19 May 2014 | 8:33 am
    8 Secrets to Make Your E-mails More Valuable and Easier to Read Part 2 With the high volume of e-mails professionals receive, it’s little wonder you probably open your e-mail and get annoyed on a regular basis. Bu what about when people open YOUR e-mails? Are you guilty of some of the same habits that annoy you?In Part 1, I talked about how it’s more important than ever to lay a foundation that sets you and your team up to write effective, timely, concise and meaningful e-mails. The foundation happens before you type the first word.In Part 2 I’ll address how to type e-mails people…
 
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    Tom Talks

  • Building a Winning Business – Only Hire Top Performers

    Tom Salonek
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Maybe this sounds like a tall order (especially if times are good and great employees are hard to find). Regardless of the business climate, making a commitment to hire only top performers is a strategy worth pursuing. It’s the only way to ensure that you can deliver the best service or product to your customers—and [...]The post Building a Winning Business – Only Hire Top Performers appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Voice App Helps Hungry Customers – and keeps a major fast-food chain on top

    Tom Salonek
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Remember my post a few weeks back about the explosion of mobile apps? I recently read that Domino’s pizza has pushed the envelope a bit further by becoming the first major fast-food chain to offer a phone app that lets you order by voice. (If the last time you experienced Domino’s was in college, you [...]The post Voice App Helps Hungry Customers – and keeps a major fast-food chain on top appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Uber. Indeed.

    Tom Salonek
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Wikipedia defines Uber as “denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing” I agree.  Uber–a new service for getting a ride–is a great example of a business addressing the shortcomings of an industry.  As covered in last Sunday’s Star Tribune article, cab companies have dropped the ball.  Uber is getting push back from [...]The post Uber. Indeed. appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Building a Winning Business – Bias in Hiring

    Tom Salonek
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:58 am
    Building A Winning Business — Section: Hiring To improve your interviews with job candidates, be aware of your own biases and the tendency to make snap judgments. Author Malcolm Gladwell, in his best-selling book Blink, chronicles the human tendency to make huge decisions in the “blink of an eye” based on a person’s appearance, the [...]The post Building a Winning Business – Bias in Hiring appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Learn How to Say Your Name Like a Leader… in a Minute

    Tom Salonek
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The following Tedx Talk gives a great tip–strategic tonality–on  how to say your own name when introducing yourself:The post Learn How to Say Your Name Like a Leader… in a Minute appeared first on Tom Talks.
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    Millennial CEO

  • How Omni-Channel Marketing Shapes The New Buyer’s Journey

    Daniel Newman
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    With the rapid growth of digital consumption and what seems like daily proliferation of social media channels, marketers are faced with more choices than ever when considering how they want to reach the consumer. With each choice comes a certain amount of risk as marketers choosing to put a heavy investment in one channel may miss the untapped potential of another. This leaves a smaller margin for error as highly informed consumers have become acutely aware of how to seek out information, poll their networks and complete transactions across a plethora of interactive channels. With this…
  • What Millennials Can Teach The World? by @ArcIntel

    Daniel Newman
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    When my friends at ArCompany started the Millennial Think Tank project, it inspired me to share, and connect this audience to a place where they can communicate and share their ideas. For more on how to be a part of their Think Tank, visit their community and jump in the conversation If you missed the first edition of our Millennial Think Tank, it was an eye opening and thought provoking experience. Despite some technical and domestic pet related issues (broadcasting from a home with an English Bull Terrier and Fireworks outside was not my wisest move), it was a very worthwhile…
  • Why Mobile Will Take Video Communication to #1 by @VisitecMktg

    Daniel Newman
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Being in the video business, we have grown accustomed to the pervasive nature by which video can be consumed. With applications running on our desktop, laptop and mobile devices we are not only used to having access to easy video conferencing, but are actually quite comfortable with it.  In fact, at times, the idea of picking up the phone isn’t only burdensome, but seemingly disappointing when we know how much better communication can be. In a recent report in the Digital Journal, a study found that by the year 2016 video conferencing is going to be the number one way that businesses…
  • John Legend: Insights On Modern Marketing #Interact14

    Daniel Newman
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    “To write a great love song, be in love,” says the man, the myth, the John Legend, as he mixes words of wisdom with unaccompanied brilliance behind a 9-foot grand piano on stage at Interact 14. The event? It was hardly a concert, in fact, it wasn’t a concert at all; rather a room full of marketers, “Modern Marketers” to be more specific. So when 1500 marketers from across the globe came to San Francisco for this event, you would have to wonder what they would expect from a keynote delivered by a multi Grammy award-winning artist with more talent in his hands than in most peoples’…
  • Cloud Cappuccino: Why SMB’s Should Think Cloud Computing

    Daniel Newman
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    An Entrepreneurial Approach To Emerging Tech For any small or midsize business owner, the costs of doing business are every bit as important as the revenues created. With sometimes-limited buying power, it has to be this way because small upticks in volume rarely yield great decreases in cost. Over the past decade, technology has been as disruptive as ever to the SMB landscape. Social media, digital marketing, Big Data, and other emerging trends have brought new capabilities to business while shifting the investment in many cases from capex to opex. Another rapidly emerging trend that is…
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    People First

  • Managing Up instead of Kissing Up

    PFPS
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your sales manager has a lot to offer you. You’ll miss what your manager offers if you are overly focused on “kissing up” to your manager to try and gain favor instead of managing up in a way that gives you learning opportunities. Because so many sellers prefer to work autonomously and have a high […]
  • A Different Way of Looking at Your Sales Performance This Week on CONNECT! Online Radio for Selling Professionals

    PFPS
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Tune in to CONNECT! Online Radio for Selling Professionals this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. PDT for an enlightening and entertaining interview with sales author and actress Julie Hansen to learn how performing can enhance sales performance. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 Sellers are under a lot of pressure to improve their performance. But […]
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    Deb Calvert, President of People First Productivity Solutions
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Call in with your toughest selling challenges! July 26, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time: Working on Your Sales Performance with guest Julie Hansen August 2, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time: Your Recipe for Success to Feel Good About Selling with guest MK Mueller August 9, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time: So… You Wanna Be a Sales Manager? with […]
  • An Update from Your Host, Deb Calvert

    PFPS
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    A brief message from Deb Calvert, your host on CONNECT! Online Radio. Find Additional Business Podcasts with CONNECT1 on BlogTalkRadio
  • 7 Tips for Time Allocation in Leadership Communication

    PFPS
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the workplace, the allocation of the leaders time on communication shapes the environment and impacts morale and workflow. Here are seven tips to consider so you will allocate your time spent on communication more effectively. #1- Spend less time communicating up Many leaders make the mistake of keeping their bosses well-informed while neglecting to […]
 
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  • Rob Bellenfant: A Millennial Leader Learning to Speak Millennial

    Molly Page
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    A Millennial leading a team full of Millennials sounds like the perfect complement, right? It seems as if it would be such a great match! The leader and team presumably speak the same language. They must have the same motivations and instincts. Communication must be simple, right? Not necessarily. Sometimes it takes more than similar birthdays for a leader to perfectly gel with his or her team. Millennial leader Rob Bellenfant is proof that not every Millennial is stereotypically Millennial and occasionally even Millennial leaders need to learn how to lead Millennials well. At first…
  • VUCA: What Does This Mean for Future Leaders

    Jon Mertz
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Development Dimensions International (DDI), jointly with The Conference Board, conducted a survey of 13,124 leaders across many organizations, industries, and countries. An extensive study. The work was released as the Global Leadership Forecast 2014 | 2015. One of the focus areas is on VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous – and the importance of having leaders capable to navigate these waters with skill, talent, and character. Although there is much to the study, this is a core element since leaders will either succeed well or fail miserably in how they step up to the VUCA…
  • 3 Leadership Lessons for Millennials from Moneyball

    Jeremy Chandler
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    I’ve got to be honest… I’m not a huge baseball fan. However, I love baseball movies. If you’re anything like me, you grew up hoping you’d suffer an injury and become a major league pitcher like “Rookie of the Year” and quoting “The Sandlot” all summer with your friends. I’m sure those movies had something to do with deciding to watch Moneyball when it released 2011. Since I didn’t remember anything about the story from when I was growing up, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But as I was watched, I realized there were a lot of lessons I could learn as a young leader. 3…
  • 5 Characteristics That Most Successful People Possess

    Guest Author
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Guest Post by Andrew Brushfield Education, training, experience and continually updating your skills are all vital to success in the workplace and to your future employment trajectory. However, there are many less readily definable factors that influence success in the workplace. If you observe successful people in your own profession closely, you will notice they have many characteristics in common that make them stand out from the crowd, accomplish great things and solve problems efficiently and effectively. Here are the top five characteristics that have been identified as the key…
  • Expanded Generational Perspectives

    Jon Mertz
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Life does not stay static and, most importantly, it should never remain so! Change happens. We adapt. We learn. We expand our perspective and a spark ignites within our minds and soul. A little dramatic. Maybe. But I am excited about this next, new phase of Thin Difference! Expanded Generational Perspectives From the call for applications several weeks ago, new people are being added to the community here. I have always encouraged other voices to chime in on lessons learned and insights earned. Through sharing of experiences and perspectives, we create a strong foundation for the next…
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  • Find Your Meaning, Find Your Motive

    Mark Lukens
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    It can be hard sometimes to find meaning in our work. Filling in forms, typing code, stacking shelves, sitting through the thirteenth meeting of the same committee, these activities throw so many trees into view that we really do lose sight of the woods. The problem is that without meaning it’s hard to stay motivated. Detached from its purpose, work is just one more task to trudge through, not something you can feel passionate about or bring your best to. If you want to stay motivated, and to keep others motivated, you need to find meaning. Finding your meaning It used to be that motivation…
  • Under What Circumstances Would You Let Your LeBron Come Back?

    Sean Pomeroy
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    “We could not be happier to welcome LeBron James home. Yesterday LeBron, though his essay, told us he wasn’t going anywhere except Cleveland and that ‘Cleveland is where he always believed he would finish his career.’ These words and commitment put all of us, including LeBron, in the best position to build our franchise the right way and achieve the kind of goals we all know are possible. Expectations will be at the highest levels but no one should expect immediate and automatic success.” – David Griffin, Cavaliers General Manager LeBron James recently announced his return to his…
  • The Craft VS. The Art Of Leadership

    Justin Locke
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    I think it’s fair to say that I am an expert, or at least, very exper-ienced, in the realm of arts education. Since leadership is an art form of sorts, I thought I would weigh in with an artistic perspective on leadership and management training. When people talk about “arts education,” most of the time they are really referring to “craft education,” e.g., learning how to find the notes on a keyboard or a clarinet. That is an essential element of arts education, but it is not the same as the “art” part of it, which has much more to do with perception,…
  • Redefine Culture By Leaving The Jerk Zone

    Mark Lukens
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Would you tell your other half, your housemate or your child not to tell you what they think? Or to rearrange their day for you without telling them why? Or order them out to buy you a sandwich? Those might sound like stupid examples, but they’re real cases of ways people behave in the workplace, and they raise questions about the power of corporate culture. A colleague of mine was once sent out to buy a sandwich by an executive in her organization. This colleague wasn’t his PA or an administrative assistant. It wasn’t her job to smooth out his day. She was a trained project leader, a…
  • Kudos To You: 10 Top To-Do’s To Keep Those Customers Coming

    Lisa Ryan
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Every day we spend our precious time and hard-earned money out in the market searching for new customers.  We advertise, we network, we use social media strategies – all for the purpose of finding ever-elusive hot new prospects and turning them into profitable new customers. With all this emphasis on attaining new customers, what we are doing to retain our current customers?  According to a study conducted by marketing guru, Dan Kennedy, here are the reasons that a customer leaves: 1% die 3% move away 5% follow a friend or relative’s advice and switch to their recommended supplier…
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  • The Fine Art of Facilitation

    mark
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you been in a great meeting recently? I know for some of you that may sound like an impossibility. My fear is many of you can’t remember the last time you went to a great meeting. One reason we attend so many low impact meetings is absence of a skilled facilitator. Although many elements must come together to create a successful meeting – none are more important than a good facilitator. Being a great facilitator is not hard to do if you clearly understand the role. Have you ever thought about what the word facilitator actually means? The origin of the word reveals an individual who…
  • How Much Is Good Design Worth?

    mark
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My wife and I are in the process of building a new house. Well… we’re not actually building yet; we’re still in the design phase. We’re at the point where the builder asked us to pick out plumbing fixtures. For those of you who’ve never built a house, this probably sounds like an easy step in the process. What we discovered were hundreds, if not thousands, of options. We started with the faucet for the kitchen sink – how hard could that be? As we stood looking at this overwhelming array of options, the salesperson said, “They’re basically all the same.” Really? They didn’t…
  • Today’s Challenge: Team Size

    mark
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the many decisions every leader must make is what structure will best enable his or her organization to accomplish its work. If you decide a team approach makes sense, then you get to wrestle with the question… How many people should be on a team? The answer is: there’s no right answer. However, if you’re trying to create a high performance team charged with managing work and improving performance, a smaller team increases your likelihood of success – Five to ten members is a good rule of thumb to optimize performance. If you do decide to create a larger team,…
  • You’re Not Crazy… Leadership Is Hard

    mark
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Leadership is hard! You may read these words and think: “Is this supposed to be news?” It was to me. As a young leader, I had the misplaced belief that if I learned to lead well, it would be easy. What I’ve discovered – if I learn to lead well, I’ll be more effective and have greater impact, but it still won’t be easy. Does leadership have to be hard? Yes, the role we play will always be hard. That’s what we signed up for. And, if we were honest with ourselves we’d probably confess, the difficulty factor is one reason we love to lead – we love a challenge! Here…
  • Invest in Something That Will Outlive You

    mark
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    We just finished our annual Leadership Talent Reviews. If you’re not familiar with the idea, it’s a very straightforward concept. The process involves a systematic review of all leaders in an organization. Leadership Talent Reviews are not a new idea. Most organizations do this in one form or another. If yours doesn’t, perhaps you should start. Here are a few of the many benefits we’ve experienced: We calibrate on what’s expected of our leaders. We use the SERVE model as our baseline for conversation and comparison. We calibrate on performance expectations. We talk about actual…
 
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  • Employee Motivation:   Talent Management, Purpose, & High Performance

    Lois Moncrief
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:34 pm
    When talking about employee motivation, talent management, purpose, and high performance, some managers fail to see that they can be closely interrelated. In this article I want to cover a story from my own situation that shows how employee motivation, talent management, purpose, and high performance are connected. I had an employee who I will call Bob. Bob had worked for me for a few years. He greatly excelled at the quality of his work frequently re-running his quality control samples several times to make sure he had the right answer (which he always did) BUT he had difficulty with the…
  • Enhance Employee Motivation and Teamwork With This

    Lois Moncrief
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Some managers rely on negative forms of employee motivation – threats and punishments. This does not work in the long term but may work  in the very short term. Eventually, you will probably have Mutiny on the Bounty or sabotage as well as having all or most of your best employees leaving for other companies. Some managers rely solely on money for employee motivation but this puts them in a continual mode of giving more and more money to get less and less improvement in performance and if you don’t keep giving then employees slow down their performance.  A few weeks ago I…
  • World Cup of Employee Motivation – Which Would You Use to Win?

    Lois Moncrief
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:34 pm
    So what does employee motivation have to do with the World Cup? Read and see. The World Cup 2014 is on now and many of you are watching and enjoying the games.  But have you wondered exactly what it takes to be the best?  What does it take for a team to beat the other team?  Obviously, the team that makes the most goals wins. Right?   BUT how does that happen? Does each team just go out there and try their best to score goals? The answer is “yes but”. “Yes but” because if that is all they did they probably would not win. So setting a goal of making the most goals…
  • Are Leaders Like Fathers? Are Fathers Also Leaders?

    Lois Moncrief
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:09 pm
          The word “father” has always had a special meaning for many Americans. We consider George Washington the father of our country.  We talk about our “forefathers” who built our great nation. We even use the term for those who were responsible for starting great causes or responsible for groundbreaking discoveries or events such as Nelson Mandela, who is considered the founding father of South Africa’s democracy. At times our use of the term father almost seems similar to our understanding of the term “leader”.  Certainly, George…
  • Employee Motivation With Money?

    Lois Moncrief
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:31 am
    Many managers think that money is the key to employee motivation.  If you just give your employees more money they will work harder and harder. There is some truth to the second sentence. There are also some pitfalls. Employees like more money. Who doesn’t? More Money? More Employee Motivation? More Performance? Experience shows that, yes, you will get better performance for a while UNTIL the “high” wears off. After that, the employee starts seeing this extra money as yesterday’s gains and the new ‘normal’. Now you need to give him more money. If you do…
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  • If You Manage People You Need a Work-Life Balance

    Jason Cortel
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    When you look around the office you will often see those in senior management roles being first in and last out. You rarely will get an OOO email from them. These are the people who lead critical departments and teams who are likely responsible for revenue and product development. Employees look to their managers to set the pace. They will model the behavior thinking that is what they need to do to advance or be seen in a good light. Normally I’m an advocate for this type of mirroring but when it comes to work-life balance the effects can hinder yourself and the team. 4 reasons a manager…
  • Before Firing An Employee Who Contributes

    Louise Haller
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    Consider The Five Things That Set the Performance Pace to “Super-Achiever” A Contributor does just that…contributes.  The minimum contribution expectation is what must be defined.  Once defined, and if the minimums are achieved then there are no justifiable grounds for termination.  Why?  Because, Barely Meeting Expectations = Meeting ExpectationsIf we say that an employee is just meeting expectation then; according to the definition of just (actual,real, or genuine), they have done all that we really stated our expectation to be. It is the responsibility of management to redefine…
  • 5 Sign’s You Have Already Quit Your Job

    Jason Cortel
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    No one wakes up in the morning with the goal of being a quitter. But sometimes you have quit without even knowing that you have done so. This isn’t another article about moving on, stagnating or moving up. This is an article about stepping up and realizing you have already quit your job. This is an article about realizing the grave disservice you are doing to yourself, your team and the organization by staying. It is time to step up and leave your job when: You stop holding people accountable to the mission, vision and values of the organization. This is the greatest tragedy of all.
  • Encourage Your Employees to Say These 10 Things

    Jason Cortel
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    No news is good news. That is what people who despise conflict say. That saying is not welcomed on a team that is striving to achieve greatness. Saying no news is good news is just like saying Bloody Mary 3 times in the mirror at night when you are home alone. No news is good news is scary because of what your employees aren’t saying. These are the 10 things you need to encourage your employees to tell you: 1. I’m looking for a new job Why it’s important: Primarily succession planning but also if their skill-set or organizational knowledge is hard to replace. They are involved in…
  • The 4 C’s of High Employee Performance

    Jason Cortel
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Regina was nervously waiting for her weekly status meeting with her boss. She had reviewed the numbers of her team all weekend desperately searching for a reporting error that would explain the low performance of a majority of her staff. Taking one final look at the data Regina had to face the facts, her team was in trouble and that meant that she was to blame. Regina takes her role as their leader seriously and fully embraces the fact that when there are issues it is her failure. Regina rises from her desk, adjust her clothing, grabs her reports and heads to David’s office. As she…
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  • Discover Your Leadership Trail

    jlctaggart
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    400th Post on WordPress! We’re living in a technological age where almost any type of work can be outsourced to far-away countries, where labor market skill needs of employers are out of balance with the supply (what people have to offer) and where instantaneity and multi-tasking are robbing us of the down-time so important to personal reflection, inquiry and learning. And it’s having dire effects on productivity and innovation at the nation-wide and company levels. What’s especially sad–and shocking– about this scene is that no one seems to particularly care, whether CEOs or…
  • Communication Break-Down

    Staceyduke01
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    The headlines are jam-packed with international news. Sometimes it seems like we cannot understand the who/what/where/why of the news today. People have names that we cannot pronounce, from regions that we have no idea where they are located. They wear different clothing and are sometimes fighting for things that we take for granted. Global news now takes seconds or minutes to reach worldwide recognition, when it once took days, weeks or even years for people to know what was happening on other continents. The more we communicate, the more we increase the opportunity for communication…
  • Leadership and Three Success Keys for the City of the Future

    jlctaggart
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Cities come in all shapes and sizes. Trying to rank cities by size gets rather difficult because of municipal boundaries. What’s relevant is using accepted urban boundaries to define a city. In other words, a common labor market is the key driver in determining a “city” and its socio-economic composition.In North America, the largest cities (urban areas ) in descending order are New York City (20.6 million), Mexico City (20.2), Los Angeles (15.1), Chicago (9.1) and Toronto (6.2). Dallas-Fort Worth is hot on Toronto’s heels with an urban population of 6.0 million. For more on…
  • How to live longer and lead better

    The_Architect
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
  • Leaders Pay Close Attention…and Then Act

    jlctaggart
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Hardly any faculty is more important for the intellectual progress of man than ATTENTION. Animals clearly manifest this power, as when a cat watches by a hole and prepares to spring on its prey.– Charles Darwin (The Descent of Man, 1871) We humans consider ourselves to be the superior beings on Mother Earth. Indeed, we don’t like to think of ourselves as animals, though that is what we are in effect when it comes to behavior, given our propensity for violence, whether against other humans, wildlife or the environment. Perhaps, however, it’s an insult to other “animals” to say…
 
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  • What Makes You Tick?

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    In my own journey of self-discovery, I’ve learned how important it is to discover what drives you internally—what makes you tick. When I speak to young people, I like to ask what subject at school really engages and excites them. Surprisingly, many have no clear answer. They haven’t really gotten to know themselves, which makes me wonder how they will make wise career choices for themselves. Life is too precious to spend it doing work that does not make you feel alive every day. This process of self-discovery begins with looking at and listening to yourself. It requires the ability and…
  • Five Key Trends for Leadership Development

    admin
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:13 pm
    The driving force behind the success of any organization is the leadership strength of its employees. In today’s rapidly changing business environment, the concept of leadership development is critical for the success of the businesses. Therefore, the article focuses on discovering and nurturing the seeds of leadership in an organization. We are highlighting here, a list of five trends for leadership development that business leaders need to focus on today. Boot-camp Training A recent study shows that 91% of the employees feel that they have too much work on their plate. When it comes to…
  • Climbing the Leadership Ladder…The other side of Corporate Governance

    admin
    13 May 2014 | 1:48 am
    Hawkamah 7th Conference – Dubai, UAE (Nov 24th, 2013) – By Sheikh Hussein A. Al-Banawi   To characterize Corporate Governance as simply a tool to manage corporate risk and to coin it as such, falls way short of the true essence of what Corporate  Governance is all about. Surely, the enactment of Corporate Governance helps Shareowners to achieve organizational longevity, which in turn allows our enterprises to evolve and  grow even when faced with the inevitable state of change at the helm. Many of us agree that organizational longevity is a prerequisite to a sustainable…
  • 7 Key Traits to Develop Leadership Strengths

    admin
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Recognizing and developing the strengths within you is crucial to become a successful and effective leader. Leading with your strengths will not only help you develop a strong management style but also in achieving your highest potential. Here is an article that will give a glimpse of how leaders within the organization can develop their leadership strengths. “In a recent study, it has been observed that people who use strength based leadership skills at work are more likely to perform at higher levels.” • Identify Your Strengths Every person has a certain knowledge and talent that make…
  • Six Tips To Develop The Leader Within You

    admin
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    Leadership is not bound to achieving fame or glory; it is about contributing towards the enhancement of society. Leadership can be defined as the process of inspiring and motivating others to achieve a common goal. The modern view is that a leader is a person who is admired for their work. Today there are some youth who immensely lack leadership skills and the great work done by them remains invisible. No one is a leader by birth. But through hard work and firm determination you can improve your leadership skills and can become an effective leader. The article here delivers some tips which…
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  • If You Manage People You Need a Work-Life Balance

    Jason Cortel
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    When you look around the office you will often see those in senior management roles being first in and last out. You rarely will get an OOO email from them. These are the people who lead critical departments and teams who are likely responsible for revenue and product development. Employees look to their managers to set the pace. They will model the behavior thinking that is what they need to do to advance or be seen in a good light. Normally I’m an advocate for this type of mirroring but when it comes to work-life balance the effects can hinder yourself and the team. 4 reasons a manager…
  • Consider This Before Firing An Employee Who Contributes

    Louise Haller
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    The Five Things That Set the Performance Pace to “Super-Achiever” A Contributor does just that…contributes.  The minimum contribution expectation is what must be defined.  Once defined, and if the minimums are achieved then there are no justifiable grounds for termination.  Why?  Because, Barely Meeting Expectations = Meeting ExpectationsIf we say that an employee is just meeting expectation then; according to the definition of just (actual,real, or genuine), they have done all that we really stated our expectation to be. It is the responsibility of management to redefine minimums…
  • 5 Sign’s You Have Already Quit Your Job

    Jason Cortel
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    No one wakes up in the morning with the goal of being a quitter. But sometimes you have quit without even knowing that you have done so. This isn’t another article about moving on, stagnating or moving up. This is an article about stepping up and realizing you have already quit your job. This is an article about realizing the grave disservice you are doing to yourself, your team and the organization by staying. It is time to step up and leave your job when: You stop holding people accountable to the mission, vision and values of the organization. This is the greatest tragedy of all.
  • Encourage Your Employees to Say These 10 Things

    Jason Cortel
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    No news is good news. That is what people who despise conflict say. That saying is not welcomed on a team that is striving to achieve greatness. Saying no news is good news is just like saying Bloody Mary 3 times in the mirror at night when you are home alone. No news is good news is scary because of what your employees aren’t saying. These are the 10 things you need to encourage your employees to tell you: 1. I’m looking for a new job Why it’s important: Primarily succession planning but also if their skill-set or organizational knowledge is hard to replace. They are involved in…
  • The 4 C’s of High Employee Performance

    Jason Cortel
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Regina was nervously waiting for her weekly status meeting with her boss. She had reviewed the numbers of her team all weekend desperately searching for a reporting error that would explain the low performance of a majority of her staff. Taking one final look at the data Regina had to face the facts, her team was in trouble and that meant that she was to blame. Regina takes her role as their leader seriously and fully embraces the fact that when there are issues it is her failure. Regina rises from her desk, adjust her clothing, grabs her reports and heads to David’s office. As she…
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  • Good Communications Solves Problems

    Ron McIntyre
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Communications aren’t just the key to self-organization–they also solve or simplify a bunch of other hurdles that your growing company may face. 1. Training is easier. When effective communication–not hierarchy–is the glue that holds businesses units together, it’s easy for new employees … Continue reading → The post Good Communications Solves Problems appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Leadership POV – TLG’s Point of View

    Ron McIntyre
    5 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    If you want to step up to the plate and help shape the future at work, in an organization, as a teacher or anywhere else, you need to be willing to work at mastering a number of traits.  I have … Continue reading → The post Leadership POV – TLG’s Point of View appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Vision to Tactics – Stay Focused on What Really Matters

    Ron McIntyre
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:56 am
    The biggest issues that leadership faces today are burnout, stress, lack of vision and overwhelm. Leaders must do so much with limited resources, while keeping up with technology, managing a virtual and global workforce that spans multiple generations, and do … Continue reading → The post Vision to Tactics – Stay Focused on What Really Matters appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Great Growing Leaders – 7 Attributes

    Ron McIntyre
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    In today’s world, there is a lot of discussion around what makes up a “Great” leader but in my mind there is no such thing as a “Great” leader.  The term “Great” seems to imply that the person has arrived … Continue reading → The post Great Growing Leaders – 7 Attributes appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Resilient Leaders – 12 Shared Characteristics

    Ron McIntyre
    15 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    Resilient Leaders – As I have studied leadership throughout my career I have been able to isolate a number of characteristics that I find common amongst the group I call “Resilient Leaders”.  This group is usually found at the head … Continue reading → The post Resilient Leaders – 12 Shared Characteristics appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
 
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  • 3 Effortless Communication Secrets of a Leader

    Paul Keijzer
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I’ve been known to tell many people that confidence is the key to landing your dream job. Personally, I believe that conviction in your personal communication skills makes up at least 80%, if not more of that overall confidence. In countries, where English is usually the second and often the third language, communication skills is something that most Westerners take for granted. So, let’s look at some tips to communicate like a leader. It’s not about whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, whether you speak English with an accent or not – it’s about how well you’re able to…
  • How to Get your Team Aligned: The Importance of Growth Strategy

    Paul Keijzer
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” – Winston Churchill So after 5 blogs in the ‘Alignment series’, today we’re going to talk about crafting your strategy. Having spoken about knowing where you come from, where you currently stand and where you want to go, it’s finally time to discuss how to get there. There are millions of books on company strategy and as many models to use. In my work, I primarily use two complementary approaches: The Inside Advantage from Robert Bloom Must Win Battles from Peter Killing and Thomas…
  • From Brain Drain to Brain Gain in Asia

    Paul Keijzer
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    When I google “Brain Drain”, the first recommendation I get is “Brain Drain Asia” How appropriate! It’s a very prominent challenge that both local and expat leaders have to face in frontier markets – keeping key talent not only in the organization but in the country itself.  Though there are some countries such as India and China which are beginning to feel the reverse – the return of talent into the country, the exit of the young generation still weighs heavily on the talent scale. The Brain Drain Effect across Frontier Markets Where the Asian brain drain began, it…
  • Reality Before Future – Get Your Leadership Team Aligned

    Paul Keijzer
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Lately I’ve shared the first steps in getting a leadership team engaged, rationally and emotionally committed and aligned towards a collective envisioned future. The whole process starts with : A Clear Purpose, Vision and Mission, Values That Capture the Soul of the Organisationand A Joint Aspiration That Captures the Imagination and Fuels the Desire to Achieve the Vision Having created clarity and agreement on what you want to achieve as a leadership team, the next step is to plan how you get to your desired future. Often leadership teams immediately start planning what needs to…
  • 5 Amazing Blogs Driving Gender Diversity

    Paul Keijzer
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Here’s another list blog on well, blogs. Not because it’s easy to put together – believe me, with gender diversity as the topic this one wasn’t. I actually compiled this list while looking for other people who felt the urgency of getting more women into the workforce, especially in emerging economies. Who realized that if gender diversity wasn’t consciously driven, the injustice done to both the organization and the women who were being left behind could be devastating. The list is in no particular order – and the ones who are included are those who are doing a good job at…
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  • Ways to make a move to make a difference

    charles johnston
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    We all have the ability to make a difference we just need to choose to move. No matter what your career or job may be that should not limit us from finding our passion.  Some people are lucky enough to love the job that they do, the rest of us have to search elsewhere. Whatever […] The post Ways to make a move to make a difference appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Becoming a Leader by Living Second

    charles johnston
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    Becoming a Leader by Living Second takes the faithful following and serving of others first… Many of us think that in order to be a leader we must also carry a title.  Titles in fact mean very little in the business world as they no longer garnish you with guaranteed respect or esteem they once may […] The post Becoming a Leader by Living Second appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Ways in Becoming an Authentic Christian Man

    charles johnston
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Ways in Becoming an Authentic Christian Man in today’s world. Becoming an Authentic Christian man and walking the path of righteousness with morals and values has become a long journey for many Christians to walk. There has been a great deal of discussion lately regarding the role of the Authentic Christian male in the family as well […] The post Ways in Becoming an Authentic Christian Man appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Faith, Freedom and Fireworks

    charles johnston
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    How Faith, Freedom and Fireworks became a Holiday Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago we adopted the Declaration of Independence and in turn walked away from the sovereign rule of Great Britain.  We now celebrated this day with parades, barbecues and fireworks. Where we now fill our day with picnics, baseball and reunions with family […] The post Faith, Freedom and Fireworks appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • How to take a stand …Even with No Backbone

    charles johnston
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Our future generation depends upon us to correct their paths and stand up for them. Ever walk into the grocery store and have to dodge the kids skateboarding on the sidewalks at lunchtime when they should be in school.  Does the addiction to cell phones and other technology make you feel there is an insurmountable […] The post How to take a stand …Even with No Backbone appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
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    Steve Farber: Extreme Leadership

  • Looking Back to Look Forward

    Steve
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership was first published in 2004 and has become the cornerstone of my body of work. In preparing for the launch of the 10th Anniversary edition (coming in September!), I found myself looking back through my original notes and scratchings from twelve years ago, when I was first giving birth to this thing. As an avid reader, I always find it fascinating when I can get a glimpse into the creative process of writers I admire, but I’ve never shared my own process with anyone else. Until now. In celebration of the impending release of the…
  • A New Standard for Public Service?

    Steve
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    John Morgan, the founder of The Chinook Institute for Civic Leadership, is, at his core, a civil servant. An urban planner, to be precise. Given the stereotypes that many attribute to government workers, you may think that “love” and “urban planning” would be words that you’d never find in the same sentence. Think again. John recently received the Planner of the Year award from the Oregon chapter of the American Planning Association, and his acceptance speech is a primer for Extreme Leadership in service of the public. What if John’s words are a harbinger…
  • A Declaration for Your Wall

    Steve
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    A declaration is a powerful thing. By making a declaration, you not only announce something, you proclaim it to be a true and accurate representation of who you are and what you believe in. You make a vow to anyone who reads or listens that you will abide by and live up to the words. And they can count on you for it. Here in the US, we’ve just finished celebrating Independence Day, which was codified for posterity (that’s us) in the Declaration of Independence. Wherever you are in the world, and whatever tradition or history you come from, I invite you to read another…
  • 4 Steps to Tracking Your Commitments

    Steve
    16 May 2014 | 9:20 am
    In response to the challenge in my previous post, Bob “Batch” Batcheler launched himself on a personal Do What You Say You Will Do campaign. He shared his experience in the comments: “One of the things that I am trying to do is to write down EVERY commitment/promise that I make. While that may sound obvious, it is a real change in habit for me. It makes each commitment much more real, much more like a contract. I am capturing them in Evernote, so they are always with me. I will let you know how my progress goes.” True to his word, Batch reported back the following…
  • A 7 Word Sequence that Changes Everything

    Steve
    25 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I’m 56 years old and I’m embarrassed to say that it’s taken me so long to figure this out: People who consistently follow through on their words are exceedingly rare. Unfortunately, most of us, no matter how well-intentioned we may be, let our words fly out of our mouths with reckless abandon without realizing that the person we’re talking to is hearing us with critical precision. We think we’re just spewing words; they’re hearing a commitment, a pledge, a vow to follow up and deliver. I believe that we’ve let ourselves get away with mindless lip…
 
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  • Lead Like Winston Churchill

    Bruce Harpham
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Winston Churchill I love to learn from the most successful people in life. It’s one of the best ways to gain new insights and accelerate your learning. When it comes to leadership, it’s hard to find a better example than Sir Winston Churchill. I’ve been fascinated by him ever since I visited the Cabinet War Rooms in London, England years ago. Many know Winston Churchill from his exceptional leadership during the Second World War. That is only part of the story. Churchill has much to teach us, whether you are in politics or not. When you choose to study Churchill, you have a great wealth…
  • Body Language Tips For Business Meetings

    Mariel Norton
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Body Language In Business Meetings They say actions speak louder than words, and when it comes to business meetings, this is most definitely the case. After all, it’s easy to hear the person who speaks the loudest, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that what they say sinks in. There’s a big difference between hearing something and listening. What’s more, you really don’t want to be that person who feels the need to shout to be heard — business meetings require a certain amount of etiquette and shouting just doesn’t fall into that category. 5 Body Language Tips for…
  • Does Your Business Make These Three Common Mistakes When Motivating People?

    Martin Webster
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    In Leadership and Motivation I started writing with the premise that leadership is about producing more leaders, not more followers. So, I thought it worthwhile to look at three common mistakes businesses make when motivating people. You see, many organisations are contradictory  On the one hand, businesses like the notion that people work because they need accomplishment. They set up developmental systems that support learning and encourage people to innovate. And on the other hand, the business uses the heavy hand of standard operating procedures to reward and punish. Their aim is to…
  • Leadership and Motivation — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories

    Martin Webster
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Leadership and Motivation Our next sortie into leadership models and theories brings us to leadership and motivation. We’ll first take a quick look at some commonly held theories and views of motivation — Maslow, Herzberg and Fayol — before considering the work of John Adair. Theories of Motivation So, let’s take a look at the work of the twentieth century motivation gurus. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar There are many competing theories and models of motivation that all help to…
  • How to Get Your Team to Embrace Change

    Roy Man
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Embracing Change Using the Backseat Technique As a manager, every now and then there’s no way around it — you have to introduce change. And after years in web startups, I’m still amazed by how resistant people can be to even the slightest of changes; replace your site’s font, and you’re bound to get as many as dozens of complaints from users who liked the old font better. Embracing Change The work of a team should always embrace a great player but the great player must always work. – Alex Ferguson But sometimes change is necessary, and I’m not even talking about change for…
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    Heads Up Coaching and Consulting

  • How would you rate your executive presence?

    Lisa Parker
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Executive presence is the ability to project certain “executive qualities,” such as confidence, grace under pressure, courage, and decisiveness, combined with important skills, like effective communication and the ability to read an audience or situation and respond with emotional intelligence.  Thus, presence is the sum of actions and behaviors, and because everyone behaves differently, presence manifests differently. There is no single definition of “correct” presence. Instead, leaders must make conscious choices about the kind of presence they want to project.
  • A Management Moment With…Bill Gates

    Lisa Parker
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    A Management Moment with…Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less Photo: Wikimedia Commons “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how It butter 1 when online loans to LOVE Moisturizer very peri-oral http://louisvuittonoutleton.com/ days tangles was scalp cialis daily use damaged. Two Like running times payday loans oshkosh wi the am coat held buying viagra online with hold. Back louis vuitton outlet store value. Straighten smell I payday color tried multi-colored free viagra looking sticky produces. Well had cash loans Then answer noticed up plastic…
  • Write Your Own Ending: Midyear Reviews and Your Future

    Lisa Parker
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:22 am
    Earlier this year, one of my coaching clients (let’s call him Dennis) was given a surprising and difficult performance review. While his sales numbers were excellent, his new regional sales manager (RSM) was becoming increasingly frustrated by Dennis’s “frat boy” behavior. The company was putting real pressure on their sales organizations to demonstrate more professional, polished behavior both internally and externally. At first, Dennis was angry and resentful that he was being labeled as “unprofessional” when he worked so hard to deliver big numbers and…
  • 3 Reasons Why Every Moment Matters

    Lisa Parker
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:03 am
    What your prospects, clients and employees are thinking in key moments when you aren’t paying attention Imagine this: You’re in a hurry. You’ve got to go to the bank, the post office, and the printer and be back in the office in time for the computer repair specialist. You see one open parking space. Another car is slowly, haltingly coming towards the same space. You decide that they are not really interested in the space and zoom into it, jumping out of your car and running into the bank. Out of the corner of your eye you see the other driver’s upset face. You’re a good person,…
  • Managing Your Career: It May Be Your Most Important and Lucrative Asset

    Lisa Parker
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    If you’re like most of us, you watch your 401(k) account like a hawk, especially through the bumpy ride retirement accounts have taken over the past few years. The advice from financial advisors: implement a long term strategy and your diligence will pay off. Photo: (cc)2014 slgckgc via Flickr Now here’s a question about an even bigger asset. How well have you managed your own career? Over the long term, workers earning the median US income of approximately $50,000 per year could earn more than a million dollars during their lifetimes. As important as the earnings, a career also brings a…
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  • LeaderView™ Leader Profile: Maj Gen Ronald R. Ladnier

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
     GeneralLeadership enjoys the opportunity to highlight leaders who our readers believe provide excellent examples worth taking note of. Through our LeaderView™ Leadership Profile series, we reach out to identified candidates and ask for their insights as to what makes them tick as a leader. In our latest LeaderView™ Leadership Profile, we caught up with Ronald R. Ladnier, former Air Force Major General and now the President of Flight Safety Services Corporation to ask him a few questions about leadership and personal motivation.  Click on the link below to learn more about Gen…
  • Check Out Today’s “200-Second Soundbite™” Podcast!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cruise over to PodBean to hear our latest 200-Second Soundbite entitled “Refining Your Leadership OODA Loop” or subscribe to our PodCast directly via iTunes at the following link Speed, as any fighter pilot will tell you, is life!  Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Col Matthew T. Fritz shares the rivoting story of Captain Boyd’s Fighter endeavors and the model that emerged and changed our decision matrix. Matthew discusses how operating inside your opponents OODA loop—outmaneuvering, reacting quickly to their attempts to outmaneuver you, and confusing their attempts…
  • Why Courage Is A Skill

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill Richard Branson’s first business venture was a mail-order company started with funding accumulated by handing out leaflets outside of concerts. A 15-year old Bill Gates ditched school in Seattle to develop a traffic-measurement program called Traf-O-Data, netting $20k for himself and fellow student, Paul Allen. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle led 80-men in sixteen B-25 bombers to barely leave the deck of the USS Hornet on a Tokyo raid in 1942, when landing—even return—was tenuous, at…
  • Lessons on Tossing Out the Rule Book

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.” Rosabeth Moss Kanter “Houston, we have a problem!” These five words, originally spoken over forty years ago by astronaut Jack Swigert of Apollo 13 on April 14, 1970, immediately captured the attention of citizens the world over. The warning to the Houston Space Center of a major technical fault in the electrical system of one of the spacecraft’s oxygen tanks certainly caused well founded concern. It also immediately sent technicians and scientists into a full-fledged search for innovative solutions to this unexpected…
  • Check Out Today’s 200-Second Soundbite™ Video Spotlight!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    “Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” With this in mind, I challenge you to ask yourself the following questions about your leadership: “What type of seeds am I planting as a leader?” Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Lt Col Mathew T. Fritz reminds discusses the leadership harvest. by … Read the rest The post Check Out Today’s 200-Second Soundbite™ Video Spotlight! appeared…
 
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  • The case of the penny.

    Elena Iacono
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:43 pm
    I’m not a gardener. And if you came to my house you’d see the pitiful state my cucumber plants are in. After all, I’m Italian! My grandparents would be mortified. But good thing I try to nurture those plants because I get a chance to speak with my neighbours. Tonight, I had a ground breaking connection with a neighbour and it revolves around a single penny. Forget that it is copper, my neighbour said: “My dad gave me a penny when I was 13. And he told me to never lose it. Of course I had no idea what he was talking about. But for him, the penny represented a critical leadership…
  • Q vs. Q

    Elena Iacono
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Introspection. You know – that process where we look within to see how we are doing or how we can get better? We seem to always be asking ourselves whether how much of what we are doing at work, or in life, is enough. I know I ask myself. As we constantly move from one conversation to another, one new interaction or another, how often do we stop, think and consider whether what we are saying or doing is of value? Ah – “enough” vs. “value”. Interesting. Someone I admire and respect very much brought together some incredible minds this weekend. We chatted about a variety of things…
  • YES to jeans, relationships, results.

    Elena Iacono
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Can a leader be casual yet still be effective? This is a major question leaders in today’s workplaces are asking. New generations, Gen Y, are making their mark and with that comes a need to adjust our approach when connecting. Old “top-down and command” is out. It’s about being and appearing to be unplanned, informal, inclusive of feedback. In turn establishing trust and strengthening a willingness to perform. Interesting enough, someone challenged me recently on this point: “Elena, being casual shows that you lack rigour, are nonchalant, not…
  • The T factor.

    Elena Iacono
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Ah, trust. Something we all value, need, command. And something we all, at one point in our lives, lose, break, evade. It happens. We are human. The question becomes, how do we repair someone’s trust after we’ve compromised it? Well, for starters, we have to be patient. Rebuilding trust takes work and great commitment. It takes time and patience. Chances are if trust is broken, then someone is hurt. Negative feelings take time to work through. If the relationship is important to you it is imperative to be patient. Second, you have to be prepared to, as Kate Nasser puts it, radically…
  • The “feeling”: ours to manage.

    Elena Iacono
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:18 pm
    I spent time in Ottawa to mark Canada Day 2014 and I thought I’d drive by the Communications Department at the University of Ottawa. Didn’t you have more exciting things to do with your time, Elena? I can hear you asking it. I drove by my old stomping grounds for two reasons: Reason 1: Because I wanted to remember what it felt like when I graduated at 23, degree in tow. “Like I could make a difference! That I was willing to take on any challenge, no matter how big or how small!”  Reason 2: Because I want to propose the idea that it is our responsibility, as leaders, to preserve…
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    C-Suite Network Blog

  • Learn to Dance in the Rain

    Brittany Nader
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Steve Rizzo A few years ago, I spent four wonderful days at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kona, Hawaii, where I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderful group of Top Sales Performers and spouses of a well-known financial group. My job was to give them the tools they need to embrace the changes and intense growth they were currently experiencing and will inevitably continue to experience in the coming years. I knew the tension was high, but I was prepared. One morning, two hours before my speech, I was having breakfast at a restaurant with a captivating view of the ocean. As the waitress…
  • Core Values are the Key to Customer Service

    Brittany Nader
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Shep Hyken Photo by Malone & Company Photography What are your company’s core values? If you can’t answer that, it’s worth taking some time to figure it out. One of my clients recently asked how core values should come into play when hiring and firing, and it got me thinking about the importance of the overall concept. Core values affect the customer service experience for external customers, as well as internal customers (employees). They can attract customers to do business with you and be a motivating factor for employees to enjoy their work and do it well. If you are at the…
  • Is Customer Service the New Marketing?

    Brittany Nader
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Willis Turner This question of whether customer service is the new marketing isn’t just about the increasing importance of social media and customer reviews, or rising consumer disenchantment with traditional marketing. For some, it’s about making the decision between long-term reputation and short-term profit. This topic was at the center of a Google+ Debate research firm Software Advice hosted titled “Is Customer Service the New Marketing?” A panel of experts discussed what kinds of companies should embrace a customer-centric strategy as a form of marketing, and how they…
  • 7 Ways to Solve a Conflict With Your Team

    Brittany Nader
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Sally Hogshead You’ve probably experienced that tense moment when conflict arises… when furious glances dart across the conference table, or screaming matches erupt in the hallway. (Awkward!) Yet, conflict can be a healthy part of team communication. Conflict can spark creativity. It can provoke discussion, for better results. So how do you tend to communicate during a conflict? Here are 7 ways to positively deal with conflict: Power: Think through points before taking a strong stand. Passion: Be considerate — care for feelings and emotions involved. Mystique: Ask questions to…
  • Is it Time to Rename Direct Marketing?

    Brittany Nader
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Carol Wolicki, WebbMason Ginger Conlon, editor-in-chief of Direct Marketing News and a respected journalist who has been at the helm of venerable customer relationship and marketing publications such as CRM magazine and Sales & Marketing Management, recently asked me to spar with Tim Suther, the Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer of Acxiom, a marketing data company. She wasn’t asking me to get into the boxing ring with him. Instead, she presented the opportunity to contribute to one of my favoriteDM News columns, “Gloves Off,” a regular feature where two marketing…
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    Australian Institute of Management Blog

  • Message in a Bottleneck

    rpanitapu12
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    When used correctly, email is one of the most efficient, effective and reliable forms of communication. Unfortunately, too few use it optimally. Whether treating it like instant-messaging software or as an alternative to a phone call, inboxes are becoming increasingly clogged with correspondence best suited to other modes of delivery. Not only does this mean spending more time dealing with those unnecessary messages, it also means you’re being distracted from more important emails. But if you’re one of the many people who can’t resist attending to it every time your computer tells you…
  • Playing by the Rules of Tomorrow to Stand Out Today

    rpanitapu12
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Guest post by Caroline Lindsay Having recently been asked to give a presentation on the future of the workplace, I spent some time wading through various reports and futurist thinking on the topic. I put the lights on high beam and looked down the road myself and tried to define what I predict for the future. And you know what I found? I found that the future is here already. It’s here for the bold, the innovative, the nimble and the smart. Allow me to explain. Below I’ve put together the top five predictions from futurist reports by global consulting firms and then commented on how you…
  • Management Article Round-up

    rpanitapu12
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Catch up on all the latest management topics, issues, trends and tips with these articles gathered via AIM’s Twitter. For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau. Culture Starts at the Top (via @mgissues) http://bit.ly/U8JheT How Music Affects Your Productivity (via @fastcompany) http://bit.ly/1nlqHXR Think You’re Too Old to Be An Entrepreneur? Think Again. (via @entmagazine) http://bit.ly/1qyaDWt What We Can Learn From the Worst Thing a Manager Must Do (via @tlnt_com) http://bit.ly/1oTZZrO In Case You Think Taking A Vacation Isn’t A Good Idea For Your Work, This…
  • Key Findings From the 2014 AIM National Salary Survey

    rpanitapu12
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    By Matt Drinan Now in its 50th year, the AIM National Salary Survey (large companies edition) is based on the responses of 458 companies throughout Australia, covering over 300 job roles. Offering a definitive reflection of the salaries, pay movements, forecasts, HR policies and trends of Australian companies, the 2014 edition revealed some interesting findings: The skills gap is closing According to the recently released findings, the skills gap in Australia appears to be closing. The Survey revealed that less than half of large companies (42.9%) reported finding difficulty recruiting staff…
  • Three Keys to Attracting and Retaining Millennial Employees

    rpanitapu12
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Guest post by Charlie Caruso According to the Population Institute, by 2030 over 50 percent of the world’s population will be under 30; therefore engaging today’s emerging youth has become the 21st Century imperative for employers. The global community is facing an unprecedented demand for effective succession strategies; as the Baby Boomers, the largest generation ever to transition into retirement are searching for their replacements. The survival of so many organisations around the world depends on the outcome of these succession plans, and growing legions of employers have accepted…
 
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • Good Corporate Culture Extends Beyond the Walls

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Corporate culture is nebulous—different for each company and sometimes hard to develop, especially in the shifting sands of the business world. But the companies that get it right, the companies that not only champion culture but truly cultivate it, and demand the same of their employees, are the ones that stand out and thrive. Take Southwest Airlines, for example, with an uncompromising focus on its three Ps of culture: Performance, People, Planet. The company’s determination to drive every decision, every sale, and every interaction based on its distinctly defined culture has made the…
  • Sales Leadership: It Starts with Feedback and Coaching

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    In many companies, leaders and managers are promoted to their roles because they have, or appear to have, the foundational characteristics of certain leadership traits. They are good communicators: they share the goals of the company, they listen to and understand their employees, and they don’t shy from the difficult conversations. The good ones are mentors, supporters, and advocates. They surround themselves with talent, and figure out effective ways to develop those staff who lag in performance. Promoting these types of leaders makes sense for many companies. Unfortunately, in sales…
  • 6 Types of Bad Bosses

    24 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    In the 2011 movie Horrible Bosses, the main characters declare, “Our lives would be better if our bosses weren't alive!” Showing blatant hostility, trickery, sexual harassment, discrimination, and abuse, the bosses in that film are, if not complete caricatures of terrible managers, then certainly at the far side of reality’s spectrum.Still, bad bosses do exist, and even if they aren't dragging a department or a company down completely, they are surely keeping the unit from truly thriving. While a good boss can inspire a team, instill loyalty, and motivate hard work by making each…
  • Communicate the Big Picture: Millennials are Motivated by Feedback

    11 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    The generational composition of the nation’s workforce is constantly changing, and, at certain times, it seems the landscape creates an entirely new snapshot. Such will be the case by 2020, when nearly half (about 46 percent, by most estimates) of the workforce will be comprised of millennials. Which is a particularly important statistic for today’s leaders, who are, by and large, boomers or gen Xers, with a few veterans still sprinkled in.                Making room for the next generation has often been…
  • The Art of Delegation: Empowering your Managers for Success

    14 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    Running a business demands a varied set of important skills and the experience to make the most of these skills. The overall progress of your company depends on your ability to make sound decisions that will grow your business in the long-term by taking prudent and diligent steps in the short-term. One key to managing the success of your company lies in your ability to fill a wide array of roles that are essential to handling each aspect of your business at a level that yields progress. As your company grows and reaches further into the areas that will be instrumental in long-term growth, you…
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  • The Microsoft Layoff Letter: A 239 Word Alternative

    Jim Morris
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Last week, Microsoft executive and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop sent an 1,111 word email to Microsoft employees explaining why the company was initiating the largest layoff in the company’s history. Elop’s email went viral with shocking speed as pundits, employees and industry analysts weighed in and piled on about the impact of the move. When I read the email, I was struck with how long it was, and why so many people took the time to comment on its poor quality. In it, Mr. Elop shared no words of empathy, regret, remorse, sympathy, concern or grace. None. If you haven’t read it…
  • Mountains and Other Metaphors for Leadership    

    Moe Carrick
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I have been an adventurer my whole life. From my early years riding horses hell-bent for election through the woods near my home, to becoming a guide for Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School in my 20’s, to fly fishing adventures with my dad in the Lamar River Valley in Wyoming, to sailing across the Atlantic and the Pacific—stretching myself, being in the wilderness, and working with others to achieve things beyond my own perceived ability have been part of how I roll for as long as I can remember. My career as a wilderness guide and addiction counselor with youth in…
  • It’s Not About the Rider

    Jim Morris
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Image courtesy of Janus Kinase www.flickr.com/photos/janus_kinase/5890057487 Twice every summer in the ​Italian​ town of Siena, there is a horse race in the the town’s center called the Palio di Siena. ​​The Palio began in medieval times ​and is ​a ​horse race, with each ​horse​ representing the civic pride of one of Siena’s city wards, or contrade. The race takes place in Siena’s town center, the Piazza del Campo, which I am told is one of the most iconic public spaces in the world. Courtesy of a barter with our friends and clients Monica and Maria Elena…
  • WAY Offsite, the Wilderness “Advance”

    Jim Morris
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:03 am
    Retreat (n): A meeting in which participants withdraw, escape and remove themselves in order to plan together for the future. Usually accompanied by data projectors, flip charts, post-it notes and presentations. Matching pens and notepads are complimentary. Advance (n): An immersive experience specifically designed to proceed, progress and improve the state of individuals and their group as they move towards new unforeseen possibilities with curiosity and courage. Always accompanied by unique, awe-inspiring places, rigorous and unique experiences, powerful reflection and deep intentional…
  • Getting Unstuck

    Moe Carrick
    23 May 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The problem? The team has heavy lifting in front of them.  As senior leaders of a small non-profit, they are all impassioned about their organization’s mission, as well as committed to performing heroic acts in order to keep serving their clientele. The years have taken a toll.  Engaging the board is challenging, particularly in the work of ensuring financial strength for the future, and day-to-day business at times pre-occupies their focus, limiting their ability to “get on the balcony” and consider their future. In addition, their diverse styles of working at times interfere with…
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