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  • Begin Meetings on a Positive Note

    Michael Lee Stallard
    Katie Russell
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    #81 Begin Meetings on a Positive Note Research has found that groups generate more potential solutions when meetings begin with positive comments. Be the person who starts the meeting out with a positive comment. This is the eighty-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 also apply to your relationships at home and in the community. The post Begin Meetings on a Positive Note…
  • Carve Out Social Times to Connect at Work

    Michael Lee Stallard
    Katie Russell
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
    #79 Carve Out Social Times Schedule regular social time for people to connect. Genentech has weekly Friday afternoon social times where they serve drinks and snacks. We know a manager who orders pizza and salad for his team every other Friday. During the warm summer months, organize an ice cream social on Friday afternoon to bring your team together for conversation (include fruit for the those who prefer a more healthy alternative). You should help serve those in attendance and once everyone is served make your way around to say hello to everyone. Avoid talking about work matters and instead…
  • New Leaders Don’t Have To Clean House

    The UPwards Leader
    Paul LaRue
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    It’s a common misconception that a newly appointed leader to a team or organization has to overhaul the team, or “clean house” so to speak. It’s the practice that reveals the thinking that because there is a new leader, things must change radically, and that includes the team as well. And then goes the disruption […]
  • Find Your Best Project Leaders

    Crossderry Blog
    Paul Ritchie
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    My last post noted that filling gaps, improving skill mastery, and driving behavior change are the improvements that organizations need. But how can you design these objectives into your talent improvement program? If you have had a program in place, how do you know you have the right mix? And how do you  measure its impact on the organization? Who are the truly competent initiative leaders in your organization? And how do you know? Any competency improvement plan starts with identifying what the “truly competent” project or program manager looks like for the particular organization. We…
  • Your First Leadership Job

    Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog
    John Agno
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    Tens of thousands of new leaders are promoted into jobs managing people for the first time every year. Since no one steps into leadership knowing everything they need to be successful, authors Tacy M. Byham, Ph.D. and Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D. created a step-by-step resource, Your First Leadership Job: How Catalyst Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others, that explores the mindset, toolkit and practical advice first-time leaders should employ to become better and more productive leaders. It draws on the authors’ unparalleled research, experience and lessons learned helping companies…
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  • The Remedy for Unproductive Busyness

    Francesca Gino
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Raise your hand if you feel busy. Keep it up, still, if you think the busyness is hurting your productivity. If your hand is still up, then you should keep on reading. It’s very easy to succumb to the temptation of staying busy even when it is counterproductive: It is the way our brains are wired. But there is a remedy that we can employ to translate that predisposition into productivity. Research points to two reasons we often feel busy (but not necessarily productive) — and they are both self-imposed. People have an aversion to idleness. We have friends who will, by choice,…
  • An Anti-Creativity Checklist for 2015

    Youngme Moon
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Five years ago I published a version of this tongue-in-cheek checklist on HBR.org that highlighted how organizations kill creativity. It really touched a nerve​—​people flooded the post with examples from their own organizations of how their managers and colleagues stifled innovation. Even clichés like “We’ve always done it this way” seemed to be alive and well back then. Given all the talk in recent years about unleashing creativity in organizations, I wondered whether the same creativity killers are still at work today.  So, I’m posting a…
  • Video Metrics Every Marketer Should Be Watching

    Kristen Craft
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Roughly half of companies currently use video in their marketing strategies, and two-thirds of marketers expect to do so in the near future. But how do they actually measure the success of these videos? For many marketers, the key focus is view count. But if you look under the hood of what really drives a video strategy, it becomes clear that view count is primarily a vanity metric. You have no guarantee that these views are driving your business forward. Even if  your goal for the video is simply nebulous “branding” or “exposure,” there are better ways to measure…
  • Assessment: Are People Likely to Misunderstand You?

    Heidi Grant Halvorson
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
  • CEOs, Stop Trying to Manage the Board

    Liam McGee
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s understandable that most CEOs try to manage their boards. With directors often attempting to take a more active role in decisions these days, CEOs naturally feel a bit threatened. They’re trying to lead a group of people who typically lack the time or expertise to fully understand what’s going on — but who have real power. At most companies, despite all the best intentions, managing the board usually means keeping directors at arm’s length. Most CEOs I’ve known are inclined to give out just enough information to satisfy their fiduciary obligations,…
 
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    Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog

  • How a Lean CEO Thinks and Why You Should Too

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:54 pm
    The Lean CEO by Jacon Stoller gets to the thinking behind why Lean management works. I think "Lean" is a poor moniker to give the approach. It tends to make people think of cost-cutting or how to get the most work out of the fewest number of people. It sounds like a manufacturing thing. But that is misleading. It is a holistic approach to management. It produces excellence because it is good leadership. It is “a fundamental overhaul in the way companies manage people.” To be sure it is about creating the most value from the resources you have whether it be time, money, people, or…
  • Cleaning the Toilet Can Make You a Better Leader

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Leadership doesn’t make you better than anyone else, it make you more responsible. As a leader you are more than an individual contributor. Leaders think about the context—the big picture—not just their function. Focused on the outcome, they do whatever needs to be done to move the organization forward. They do whatever they can to facilitate the work of others. Leaders are connected to what others are doing. And we can accomplish this be asking, “How can I help you?” And then doing what needs to be done. Michael Janda Founder of the creative agency RiSER, put it this way in Burn…
  • First Look: Leadership Books for April 2015

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in April.   Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win by Fred Kiel   Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock   Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal   Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out by John Calipari and Michael Sokolove   A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America's First Female Four-Star General by Ann Dunwoody with Tomago Collins For bulk orders call 1-800-423-8273 Build your…
  • LeadershipNow 140: March 2015 Compilation

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Here are a selection of tweets from March 2015 that you might have missed: Who are the greatest business pioneers of all time? 7 Practices Of Your Organization’s Top Performer by @BrianKDodd Holawhat? Meet The Alt-Management System Invented By A Programmer And Used By Zappos by @rzgreenfield Stanford's Most Popular Class Isn't Computer Science--It's Something Much More Important via @FastCompany Learning from the Persuasive Genius of Great Leaders by @Elizdo Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure via @Inc From @WallyBock “Fail fast and often” is really dumb advice…
  • Getting the Attacker’s Advantage

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:28 pm
    To Ram Charan, The Attacker’s Advantage is the ability to detect ahead of others those forces that are radically reshaping your marketplace, then position your business to make the next move first. The key is not fearing uncertainty but immersing ourselves in it. It is in the uncertainty that we find the possibilities we can combine to create something new and immensely valuable. We miss the possibilities says Charan because we’re flying at low altitude—immersed in the daily minutia. The other problem is that we gravitate towards being comfortable. Uncomfortable and uncertainty is where…
 
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    Management-Issues

  • Are you a builder or a climber?

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:16 am
    Over the years, dozens of different types of leaders have been identified. But as someone who believes that simpler is usually better, you can forget all of those because I've boiled down all those styles to just two basic types: Builders and Climbers.
  • Employee engagement? Forget it

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Engagement isn’t something that organizations can foist upon people or buy with better benefits or free pizza. People are engaged (or not) because they choose to be; it’s something that comes from within them. If you don’t believe me, just consider your love life.
  • Fight the fear

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:47 am
    After every boom comes a bust. And when a bubble bursts, optimism is replaced by pessimism and fear. Fear makes bad decisions. It stops people working. It encourages short-termism, protectionism and hostility towards others. If we want growth, we need optimism. We need to fight the fear.
  • Leadership and the curiosity quotient

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:55 am
    Curiosity is one of the most vital - but least acknowledged - of leadership values. It is the catalyst for creativity and innovation, the building block of relationships and the magic ingredient that can lift a business from medocrity to wild success.
  • From factory to farm: the future of leadership

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:35 am
    Leaders often don’t have the answers we’re looking for. So what is leadership for and what should leaders think, do and imagine to address the new challenges we face? Perhaps the answer is not about more, but about more.
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Pictures from my trip to Berlin

    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    After my visit to Stuttgart, I went to Berlin to speak for Russell Reynolds. Berlin is a very interesting city with many places to visit. The post Pictures from my trip to Berlin appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Pictures from my trip to @Porsche

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    These are pictures from the Porsche factory in Stuttgart. I even got a ride in a 918! The post Pictures from my trip to @Porsche appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    These are my pictures from the Mercedes-AMG facility. This is where the AMG GT is made. The post Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of Branding

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the real world, you don’t have infinite resources; you don’t have a perfect product; and you don’t sell to a growing market without competition. You’re also not omnipotent, so you cannot enforce what people think your brand represents. Under these assumptions, most companies need all the help they can get with branding. This is my advice to help you. Seize the high ground. Establish your brand on positive conditions like “making meaning,” “doing good,” “changing the world,” and “making people happy” —not doing in your competition. Think about it: when is the last…
  • Pictures from the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

    Guy Kawasaki
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    These are pictures from my trip to the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace in Germany. It is one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Germany. The post Pictures from the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • Your Last Chance to Register for Platform University Ends Tonight

    Michael Hyatt
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:45 am
    What Would You Give for an Audience of Thousands of People Eager to Hear What You Have to Say? I’ve been talking a lot this week about Platform University. There’s one simple reason: Enrollment only opens twice a year—and today’s the cutoff. Tonight, after 11:59 p.m. Pacific, the doors close until fall. Can your message wait that long? Courtesy of iStock/Timurpix If you have something to say or sell but feel like you can’t get the traction you message deserves, now’s your chance to join the one online community that can help you get the visibility you need, increase your traffic,…
  • Want to Blog Faster, Smarter? More Webinar Slots Opening up Now! [Announcement]

    Joel Miller
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Want to Blog Faster, Smarter? More Webinar Slots Opening up Now! Registration for today’s free webinar, Blog Faster, Blog Smarter, is maxed out. But we’re expanding registration for two additional webinar times tomorrow. Click HERE to Register If you missed your chance today, don’t worry. I’m presenting the same great material Thursday, April 23, at 1 p.m. Central with an 8 p.m. Central replay. If you want to blog faster and smarter, now’s your chance. But don’t delay. These spots are already moving fast. Once the registration is full, you won’t be able to attend either of the…
  • How to Defeat the Terrible Tyranny of Tiny Tasks

    Michael Hyatt
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:45 am
    5 Simple Solutions to Get Back Your Time—and Your Sanity Too My wife, Gail, recently purchased a DVD set of The Jetsons. Remember that? The cartoon imagined what life would be like in the future: robots, flying cars, and other conveniences—like minimal work hours. But it hasn’t panned out like that, has it? Courtesy of iStock/Peeter Viisimaa Believe it or not, since the 1930s economists and others predicted a future where workers had loads of free time. And while work hours have gone down for some, despite what we know about overworking, many of us regularly put in fifty hours a week or…
  • What It Takes to Get a Publisher’s Attention and Ink a Deal for Your Book

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    My Newest Resource Shows You How to Craft an Irresistible Book Proposal Odds are good you have a story to tell and a message to share. But do you know how to get the attention of a publisher? Along with a powerful personal platform, you also need an irresistible book proposal. If you had just one shot to hold a publisher’s interest and sell them on your book, what would you say? What would include in your pitch? To discover the nine essential elements of irresistible book proposals, sign up for Platform University® today before 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Click HERE for Details Click here for…
  • Why You Don’t Need a Huge Platform to Get Published—And What it Really Takes Instead

    Michael Hyatt
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    If You’re a New or Aspiring Author, the Answer is within Your Reach These days everyone knows that you need a platform to get published. But if you’re like a lot of people I meet, you’re overwhelmed, short on time, and not sure where to begin. It feels impossible. But what if I told you it’s easier than you think? Part of our problem is that we blow things out of proportion. We think we need a massive celebrity-sized platform. I used to think that. Maybe you think that too. But here’s the good news. It doesn’t take huge platform—just an engaged one. And that’s within your…
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    Learned On by Andrea Learned

  • Climate Action Means Business – My Next Step

    Andrea Learned
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    The fantastic but perhaps little understood thing about social capital building through Twitter is that you truly DO develop what feels like a warm, supportive in-real-life style community – with each member looking out for one another. Like any other community (in churches or schools, for example…), it can then be pretty jarring when an active member doesn’t show up as often. That’s why I wanted to share my current work transition. As of April 1, I have taken a full-time social media strategist position with the incredible We Mean Business Coalition communications team. The seven…
  • Listen to Learn, Learn to Lead

    Andrea Learned
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    How often do you hear a leader described in the media as a “good listener?” Not often. That may be because, both in theory and by tradition, descriptions of leadership still tend to focus more on the output (decisive! charismatic!) than the input. But, the best leadership in practice today gets noted for its calibration toward the latter. And, social media is an incredible source for that. One business leader currently well representing the listening and learning “input” approach is Deidre Paknad , founder and CEO of Workboard (her third company). I first came across…
  • The Unheralded Beauty and Power of Social Capital

    Andrea Learned
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:49 pm
    What drives you? This question emerges at key transition points in most career journeys. When that gets nailed down, the world opens up – and a person’s potential impact as a change agent is likely to explode. So, what has made the difference and brought an ever-increasing sense of purpose to my own work? The combination of writing and connecting via social media with so many different kinds of people from diverse fields with a range of expertise. What a world this has opened up! Emphasis On Social Capital Social capital is the broader term used these days for the sort of relationship…
  • Leadership and Transparency 2015: The Social Media Imperative

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

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

  • Learning from the Innovation Leaders

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Rowan Gibson: Not since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution has there been a greater need to learn the art of innovation leadership. In today’s hyper-accelerating, value-based economy the churn of “creative destruction” has become more intense than even Joseph Schumpeter could have imagined. Successful products, services, strategies, and business models now have a shorter shelf-life than ever before in business history, which means that “innovate or die” is not just a cute bumper sticker; it’s a brutal reality of twenty-first century competition.As innovation…
  • 10 Tips for Hiring Awesome Employees

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Management is easy when you have great employees! Invest the time in hiring the best people and you won’t have to invest the time later in in dealing with difficult employees. Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 10 tips to select great employees 
  • Poor Listener Syndrome (PLS): 7 Causes and Cures

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of the most important skills for any leader is listening. Listening demonstrates respect, concern, an openness to new ideas, empathy, compassion, curiosity, trust, loyalty, and receptivity to feedback – all considered to be qualities of an effective leader.Listening isn’t rocket science. We are born with the ability to listen, yet somehow we seem to forget how to use this natural born gift. Listening is one of the most consistently lowest rated behaviors in 360 degree feedback assessments for managers. It’s a management disease – Poor Listener Syndrome (PLS)!Read my…
  • 8 Tips to Leading a Great Strategic Planning Session

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    Guest post from Patrick Thean:In business, a leader’s ability to strategically plan for the company’s future is of the highest importance. Your company will not be successful if you don’t have the strategies and execution plans in place to reach your objectives.Great plans stem from great planning sessions. However, planning sessions are traditionally viewed as boring and unproductive. In fact, according to a recent survey, 71 percent of professionals in the U.S. felt that meetings were fruitless. This is a direct result of poorly executed meetings.The key to leading a great planning…
  • 10 Things That Employees Can do to Annoy Their Managers.

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    I recently published a list of 30 things that managers can do that are sure to annoy their employees. It only seems fair that I should give equal time to management, so read my latest post over at About Management and Leadership for a list of 10 things that employees can do to annoy their managers.Why 30 and 10? It was way easier to come up with annoying manager behaviors. Hmmm..., wonder why?Take a look at both lists and come back and comment.
 
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    NOOP.NL

  • No.

    Jurgen Appelo
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Last week, I had a nice Skype call with a reader who was seeking my advice on becoming an author and speaker, and I gave him some pointers. I normally don’t schedule calls with random people asking for a favor, but this time I made an exception. I had a good reason. The post No. appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Best Creativity Books

    Jurgen Appelo
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    After my lists of mindfulness books and happiness books, here you can find the 20 Best Creativity Books in the World. This list is created from the books on GoodReads tagged with “creativity”, sorted using an algorithm that favors number of reviews, average rating, and recent availability. The post Best Creativity Books appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • How to Improve OKRs (Flow, not Sync)

    Jurgen Appelo
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    After failing dramatically with my professional OKRs in the first quarter of this year (hint: I was no exception in my team), I want to take a moment to evaluate how the practice works for me, and how it doesn’t. Let’s do a Perfection Game with OKRs! The post How to Improve OKRs (Flow, not Sync) appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • How to Be More Productive: The Chunking Technique

    Jurgen Appelo
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    “You’re so productive!” “You’re so disciplined!” “You’re so handsome!” OK, I may have misremembered that last one. But I did receive the first two compliments more than once. I usually accept this positive feedback reluctantly, given my ongoing frustrations about “never getting anything done around here!” The post How to Be More Productive: The Chunking Technique appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • How to Turn a Bad Presentation Into a Good One

    Jurgen Appelo
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    For three weeks, I had been working on a new presentation: New stories, new message, new visuals, new format, new jokes… everything was new. Even my hair was new. The idea was to reinvent myself as a public speaker. Raising the bar! The post How to Turn a Bad Presentation Into a Good One appeared first on NOOP.NL.
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    Michael Lee Stallard

  • 3 Surprising Ways to Succeed in Self-Leadership

    Katie Russell
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:01 pm
    It’s ironic that successful self-leadership has more to do with others and less to do with self. I learned this later in life. The sooner you see it, the better. Following are three lessons I learned from personal and professional experiences over the course of my life. My hope is that they will help you be more successful over your career and journey in life. 1. Serve a Cause Greater than Self The first surprise about self-leadership is that working for money, power and fame is, ultimately, an unfulfilling pursuit. Frances Hesselbein, the amazing woman I’ve written about who led the…
  • Begin Meetings on a Positive Note

    Katie Russell
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    #81 Begin Meetings on a Positive Note Research has found that groups generate more potential solutions when meetings begin with positive comments. Be the person who starts the meeting out with a positive comment. This is the eighty-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 also apply to your relationships at home and in the community. The post Begin Meetings on a Positive Note…
  • New Connection Resource

    Katie Russell
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    I am thrilled to announce the launch of a project we here at E Pluribus Partners have been working on for quite some time: a brand new website dedicated to helping you foster Connection Cultures in your workplaces. ConnectionCulture.com is a publishing site that features content from the best and brightest thinkers on connection. You’ll find thought-provoking articles on leadership, wellness, workplace issues, career advice, examples of great connectors and more. Additionally, the site features a Culture Quiz to help you determine what type of culture is dominant in your organization.
  • Managers Can Connect by Offering to Help

    Katie Russell
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    #80 Ask: “What Can I Do?” Periodically ask your direct reports what you can do to help them do their best work. Choose an action or actions they suggested and then follow up. In particular, look for obstacles that you can help remove. This is the eightieth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see that they also apply to your relationships at home and in the community. The post Managers…
  • Carve Out Social Times to Connect at Work

    Katie Russell
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
    #79 Carve Out Social Times Schedule regular social time for people to connect. Genentech has weekly Friday afternoon social times where they serve drinks and snacks. We know a manager who orders pizza and salad for his team every other Friday. During the warm summer months, organize an ice cream social on Friday afternoon to bring your team together for conversation (include fruit for the those who prefer a more healthy alternative). You should help serve those in attendance and once everyone is served make your way around to say hello to everyone. Avoid talking about work matters and instead…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • To overcome an irrational fear...

    Seth Godin
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    replace it with a habit. If you're afraid to write, write a little, every day. Start with an anonymous blog, start with a sentence. Every day, drip, drip, drip, a habit. If you're afraid to speak up, speak up a little, every day. Not to the board of directors, but to someone. A little bit, every day. Habits are more powerful than fears.         
  • Terroir

    Seth Godin
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    You can taste it. Heinz ketchup has no terroir. It always tastes like everywhere and nowhere and the same. A Dijon mustard from a small producer in France, though, you can taste where it came from. Foodies seek out this distinction in handcrafted chocolate or wine or just about anything where the land and environment are thought to matter. But we can extend the idea to you, to your work, to the thing you're building. Visit the City Bakery in New York. Every square inch contains the DNA of the whole place. The planking of the floor. The sound as you sit on the balcony. The parade of…
  • Reckless abandon (is neither)

    Seth Godin
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    It's not reckless, because when we leap, when we dive in, when we begin, only begin, we bring our true nature to the project, we make it personal and urgent. And it's not abandon, not in the sense that we've abandoned our senses or our responsibility. In fact, abandoning the fear of fear that is holding us back is the single best way not to abandon the work, the pure execution of the work. Later, there's time to backpedal and water down. But right now, reckless please.        
  • Thanks

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    In just two days, my new course for freelancers is the fastest-growing one of its kind in Udemy's history. I'm thrilled to see that so many of my readers are eager to dig in and make a difference. The course has already transformed the work of thousands of people. The half-price discount expires soon, and this will be my last post about it. I hope it resonates with you, and thanks again for leaping.        
  • People are real, but the crowd disappoints

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Every crowd, sooner or later, will let you down. The crowd contains a shoplifter, or a heckler, or an anonymous boor who leaves a snarky comment. The crowd loses interest, the crowd denigrates the work, the crowd isn't serious. Worst of all, sometimes the crowd turns into a mob, out of control and bloodthirsty. But people, people are real. People will look you in the eye. People will keep their promises. People can grow, can change, can be generous. When in doubt, ignore the crowd (and forgive them). When possible, look for people instead. Scale is overrated, again and again.
 
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    CEO Blog - Time Leadership

  • The High-Speed Company Review

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

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

    8 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    We are new (since Dec 1/2014) in our new business - DDE Media.   We have almost 10 full time writers working at our office now (plus the bookkeeper, Graphics Designer, etc).  So the office has a bit of life.I now am suffering for a start-up syndrome I have seen play out often.  I am really the only person who sells for us right now.  But I do some of the work (especially around SEO) and much of the orchestration.  So I am the limiting factor - the funnel point that limits growth.What happens is one month, we close sales but the next we are scrambling to deliver on…
  • And then there were 4 (Grandkids that is)

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    I am not really a graphics designer.  I certainly have no training in the field.  So I suspect I break most design rules.That is why Creative Anarchy - How to Break the Rules of Creative Design for Creative Success appealed to me.This summary is from one of my writers at DDE.Denise Bosler’s “Creative Anarchy" is a helpful and engaging read on modern graphic design. The text is cleverly divided into Bosler’s two fundamental principles of the subject: learning the rules and breaking the rules. Bosler is adamant that graphic designers need to be both rigorously unique…
  • Trackimo - GPS Track anything

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:20 am
    We have been reviewing a new GPS tracker called Trackimo at DDE Media. In all honesty it’s a pretty good product. It is small (like a small post it note size).  Fits in or attaches to anything.  Then you can track it with your phone or computer.It is used to keep things safe.  Attach it to cars, bikes, luggage, pets - even kids.  And then watch real time where they are.It’s a little eerie as well. My assistant tested it out before we started hiring writers and the device pinpointed him exactly at our work address. It claims a 50 foot margin of error but it hit the nail…
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    Tom Peters

  • Tom in Chicago May 5th

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

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

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

    Cathy Mosca
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Today, Tom's in Florida escaping the New England so-called spring—two feet of snow still on the ground in places. He's speaking to the Firebirds Annual Managers Awards Meeting in Fort Lauderdale. Presentations: Firebirds Managers Awards Meeting, Final Firebirds Managers Meeting, Long Version The post Firebirds Meeting appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Management: The Arrangement and Animation of Human Affairs in Pursuit of Desired Outcomes

    Tom Peters
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    I have been tweaking and twisting the attached document. Here's the latest. The post Management: The Arrangement and Animation of Human Affairs in Pursuit of Desired Outcomes appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Stories not Scoring

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

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

    shapiro
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
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  • The Uberization of Everything

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

    sshapiro
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I don’t have many vices. But I’ll admit that I do enjoy a Diet Coke from time-to-time. And my latest hedonistic pleasure is Diet Coke blended with orange soda. The cola/orange blend isn’t something I ever “make” on my own. I could buy a bottle of diet coke and a bottle ... The post The Soft Drink Printing Machine appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
 
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    Crossderry Blog

  • Sportsfolio Management: What Project Executives Can Learn From the Draft

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

    Paul Ritchie
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    My last post noted that filling gaps, improving skill mastery, and driving behavior change are the improvements that organizations need. But how can you design these objectives into your talent improvement program? If you have had a program in place, how do you know you have the right mix? And how do you  measure its impact on the organization? Who are the truly competent initiative leaders in your organization? And how do you know? Any competency improvement plan starts with identifying what the “truly competent” project or program manager looks like for the particular organization. We…
  • Now THIS Is What I Mean By “Advanced” Training

    Paul Ritchie
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    We’ve had a ton of discussions with clients after the Project Management Institute (PMI)announcement that it would soon demand business and leadership training from its certification holders. Some organizations wanted just the facts – who, what, where, when, why, and how — then were on their way. A few weren’t interested for personal reasons: their organizations don’t require or reward PMI certification. The most interesting talks, however, were with customers who didn’t really focus on the requirements at all. The original blog post or email had merely…
  • PM Skills Benchmark Study

    Paul Ritchie
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    PM Solutions and PM College are pleased to announce our latest research initiative: The Project Manager Skills Benchmark Study. This study is designed to help us understand current skill levels of project managers in the areas of project management, leadership, and business. What skills do project managers have, and how do these skills impact project and organizational success? This survey should take about 10 minutes of your time. Complete survey results (which includes the full data and cross tabulations) will be sent to all those who finish the survey. Filed under: PMO Tagged: PM College,…
  • The Biotech IT PMO 2.0

    Paul Ritchie
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    As a CIO, you have either made – or heard – recommendations to create an IT project management office. Perhaps you have implemented one, and your department is reaping the benefits of project planning, monitoring, and controlling. IT delivers its projects on time, on budget, and to spec. Congratulations! You and your IT PMO have put the foundation of consistent innovation in place. Nevertheless, it is no more than a foundation. A PMO must… For more, see the full article at CIO Review.Filed under: Agile, Innovation, IT Strategy, PMO, Portfolio Management, Project Management Tagged:…
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    MBA Depot - Latest Content

  • Article from the Archive: Necessary Evil

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Traditional budgets are odious to business managers and, worse, can undermine a company's strategic objectives. Here's how progressive companies are reengineering budgeting into a value-added process. See Related: Birth of a New Budget Culture The Top 10 Traps of Budgeting Leading Practices in Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting Stuck in Neutral: 2005 Budgeting and Reforecasting SurveyCompanies continue to use outmoded budgeting and forecasting processes and tools even though they know this policy impedes progress. Why are they so slow to change? Can the Budgeting Competency Gap Be Narrowed?
  • Articles: How to Avoid Corporate Middle-Age Spread

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    As organizations go from birth to maturity to middle age, they tend to become flabby and fail to spend enough time on the things that made them successful in the beginning. This article looks at how to measure and manage the time your employees and partners spend on valuable versus possibly time-wasting activities. Author: Mark Graham Brown Source: Business Finance Magazine Subject: Management
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • I’m speaking in Spain in June

    Alexander
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:54 am
    In June I’ll be speaking at the 5th International Conference on Happiness at Work in Coruña in Northern Spain. Considering that I’m also speaking in Chile later this year and possibly in Colombia, I should probably get cracking on learning Spanish :)
  • Make a difference – or do something else

    Alexander
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    If you can not honestly say that your job is overall making life better for someone somewhere in some way that is meaningful to you, then you should be doing something else.
  • We now have Woohoo Partners in 10 countries

    Alexander
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:53 am
    A short while ago we announced our new Partner program. The basic idea is simple: You can get access to all of the materials that we have created and refined over the years with clients like LEGO, Microsoft, IKEA and Shell and use them to  go create happy workplaces. You can use all of these materials as an external consultant with your clients or you can use them internally with employees, managers and teams inside your organization to make it a happier workplace. And we just reached a cool milestone: We now have partners in 10 different countries. There are now partners in Denmark,…
  • Why every company should have a CHO (Chief Happiness Officer)

    Alexander
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    My business card. Does your workplace have a CHO? I think every company should have a CHO – a Chief Happiness Officer. Here’s why. The CHO title is modelled on all the other CXO titles. The CTO is in charge of technology, the CFO is responsible for the financials, the COO is head of operations, etc. And once you realize that employee happiness may be the most important success factor for a business today, it becomes essential to have a Chief Happiness Officer, someone who is the main driver in making and keeping the workplace happy. I see more and more CHOs which is fantastic…
  • Join me in Nassau, Bahamas in May

    Alexander
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:35 am
    On May 14 I’m doing a workshop on happiness at work together with the amazing Roosevelt Finlayson, who has been researching and promoting “Festivals in the workplace” for years. Is that a perfect match or what? :) If you’re in the Caribbean, this will be an awesome event to attend. Read all about it here.
 
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • The Easiest Way For Leaders To Do The Hardest (and Right) Things

    Starbucker
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    There’s a big return on investment for leaders who are willing to do the right thing, even when it’s very hard to do. A great example is letting someone go who you just know isn’t going to go gracefully or easily. Or, to change a policy or program midstream, knowing that it’s going to inconvenience a lot of people, people who have families and personal lives that will also be affected. It’s a simple and core fact, worth restating over and over: Doing the right thing, and promptly, is paramount to leadership success. If it’s not done, or done quickly, it…
  • The Nightmare In The Executive Suite: 10 Scary Things A Leader Never Wants To Hear

    Starbucker
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    How do leaders know if they’re building a sturdy and flourishing house, or a haunted and doomed one? All it takes is a good set of ears (ones that have been properly calibrated, of course), because there are 10 sentences that should cause nightmares for any leader, and push them towards the cold hard reality that their team is in trouble. Let’s step inside this haunted house, if you dare…  1. “It can’t be done” Nothing like a room full of doubters to spoil an otherwise great staff meeting, tossing off the most useless word in the English language. 2. “Is it time for a…
  • Why Respect HAS To Be A Two-Way Street

    Starbucker
    5 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    This morning I was reading the business section of the Oregonian and I saw these survey statistics – 86 percent of employees trust their leadership less today than they did 5 years ago, and 70 percent of people say they are “disengaged at work”. What’s going on? As usual for me, a song played in my head as I digested that information. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T  Find out what it means to me” When Aretha Franklin sings, I listen. Especially to her biggest hit. I love the conviction behind the lyric – it’s respect that she wants, and it’s respect that she’ll get. Or…
  • The 5 Best Pieces Of Advice Any New Leader Will Ever Get

    Starbucker
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Jack Kent Cooke, my boss back in 1987, when I had my first leadership job “Terry, my boy….” When I heard those words from Jack Kent Cooke back in 1987, I knew he was about to teach me something. I had a lot to learn, since he had plucked me from the accounting ranks to be the COO of a cable company at the ripe young age of 27. What was amazing at the time was how little I really knew about leadership. Sure, I was young and fearless enough to figure I could make it up as I went along, but all I had to work with was a short stint as student body president in college, and some…
  • Fighting The Good Startup Fight (Without a Unicorn In Sight)

    Starbucker
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Kjell van Zoen and his wife, Kim (image by Faith Cathcart) Kjell van Zoen isn’t looking for unicorns. The founder and CEO of Portland company Plywerk, Kjell has been fighting the good startup fight for nearly 8 years, handcrafting beautiful wood photo displays with his crew in a warehouse on the east side of the city. It is a classic startup story. When Kjell’s wife Kim, a photographer, needed to mount a photo, she simply took some wood glue to the photo and pasted it on a piece of wood.  Kjell saw this, had the light bulb go off, and saw an business opportunity. A product was…
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    Lolly Daskal

  • The Divided Will Always Be Separated

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

    lollydaskal
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:14 am
    There is an old fable by Aseop about a man, the wind, and the sun. One day the wind and the sun were talking about which was stronger. When they saw a man walking below in his overcoat, they decided to see who was more powerful. They dared each other to a contest: who could get the man’s coat off? The wind blew harshly down on the man, but the more powerfully it blew, the more tightly he wrapped his coat around himself. Then the sun came out and started warming the air. The man started to unbutton his coat, and then as the sun grew brighter he took it off and sat down in the shade. The…
  • Wear Your Life Like a Loose Garment

    lollydaskal
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    We all know life can be hard and leadership can be difficult. And far too often we add unnecessary negativity and unwarranted pressure with our stress. So why not think of life as a garment—something you wear, something that covers and protects you. You don’t have to wear it tight and taut. And you don’t have to treat it solemnly and seriously. You can make it comfortable, functional, and something that reflects who you are. When you wear life as a loose garment, you can… Get to the naked truth. The false beliefs and distortions that keep you from your best self are not your truth.
  • At The Risk of Being Changed

    lollydaskal
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    She was an successful leader in charge of a large global team, revered but also feared. Her success had not come overnight but after great challenges and enormous difficulties. When I met her in her office she was negative, cynical and angry, so edgy and tense and defensive it was hard to talk to her. I had been hired as her coach to help her. In time, she was able to overcome the marks of her troubling journey. But to do so, she had to face an element of risk: letting go of her familiar defenses and opening herself to the possibility of change. We are not born into cynicism, anger, tension,…
  • Why Do We Have To Make Others Wrong To Be Right?

    lollydaskal
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    People sometimes have to make others wrong to be right. They do it not to be rude, not to be mean, not to be hateful but because they fear their own bad feelings. Simply put, when we think we’re right we feel good, and when we’re wrong we feel bad. But it’s not always about right or wrong. How can we relate to others without making them, or ourselves, feel bad? We must lead with an open and nonjudgmental heart. Wronging others is a way of protecting ourselves. Instead we must allow ourselves to feel what we feel without pushing it on. It means we must accept ourselves and others—even…
 
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    Lead on Purpose

  • Are You Building ‘Best’ Teams?

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

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

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

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    Guest post by Jon Spivey The best employees help your company to thrive and achieve its greatest potential. So to reach your potential, you must put effort into finding and choosing the best employees for your company. Consider these six … Continue reading →
  • Great Leaders are Made, Not Born

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Guest post by Allen Kors While some may be born with an innate knack for great leadership skills like confidence, communication, and creativity, I’d like to argue that great leaders are made not born. Even if you are born with … Continue reading →
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    George Ambler

  • How to Use a Journal to Keep Focused 

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

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

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

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

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

  • They don’t call it a junk drawer for nothing

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:28 am
    A couple of weeks back, I sorted through my main junk drawer. Oh, I go to this particular junk drawer all the time since I shrewdly decided to always keep a comb there.  But I seldom go through it. Apparently, I keep a lot of things that I’m always looking for there, as well. As in: A couple of small pocketbook-sized hairbrushes More combs than I thought were in there A couple of pairs of nail clippers Several tubes of lip goop/lip balm/Chapstick/whatever. Included in the bunch was a tube of Napoleon Dynamite lip balm which, given that the movie was out 10 years ago, must be ossified…
  • You’re driving me crazy, work edition

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:10 am
    The biggest thing I miss about working full-time is having colleagues around. I don’t lack for contact with my clients, but it’s not the same as being there. You don’t have impromptu conversations, coffee breaks, lunches out, or walks around the parking lot. On the other hand, you don’t have to put up with those annoying little co-worker habits, as I was reminded the other day when I saw a piece on the topic on iMedia. First on the list was whistling. This, of course, reminds me of a sales guy I once worked with who used to whistle the theme from Gilligan’s Island. Constantly. Not…
  • Britty Woman. (Lose some attitude, baby girl.)

    22 Apr 2015 | 1:15 am
    I have been casually following the travails of one Britt McHenry, the ESPN reporter caught on candid security camera berating a towing lot attendant. McHenry left her car overnight in a restaurant parking lot, and when she went to retrieve it (post-tow) ended up in quite the heated call-and-response with the woman she had to get through to get her car back.  Actually, what we see and hear on the widely available video of the incident is mostly the response. It appears that some of the call may have been edited out. But whether McHenry was baited into her appallingly snotty comments by…
  • Top of the World, Ma! (Yes, there are jobs that are worse than yours.)

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:57 pm
    There was a fascinating – and horrifying – article by ultra-intrepid journalist William Finnegan in last week’s New Yorker on the Peruvian gold-mining town of La Rinconada, and on the gold miners who labor there. La Rinconada is no one’s idea of a tourist getaway, even for travelers who pride themselves as getting off the beaten track. First off: The town is seventeen thousand feet above sea level—the highest-elevation human settlement in the world.  (Source: The New Yorker – may need subscription to access the full article.) Which means that you’ll be gasping for air when…
  • Twenty years ago Patriots’ Day. (Oklahoma Strong.)

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:29 am
    Today, Massachusetts celebrates Patriots’ Day. The official observance is on the third Monday in April, but “real” Patriots’ day is April 19th. Yesterday we observed the twentieth anniversary of the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, a horrific incident that killed 168 people, including a number of very young children who were in the building’s day care center. Over 700 people were injured. On the day of that bombing, I was on a business trip in Illinois. My colleague George and I had spent April 18th and 19th in Bloomington, Illinois, with calls on a prospect and a…
 
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    Ed Batista: Executive Coaching & Change Management

  • The Art of Self-Coaching @ Stanford GSB, Class 4: Happiness

    edbatista
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Here's a condensed set of slides from the fourth session on Happiness in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below. If you'd like to learn more about the topics being covered, here's my syllabus. CLASS 4: HAPPINESS The How of Happiness (Sonja Lyubomirsky) Chapter 2 (excerpt), pages 38-68, “How Happy Are You and Why?” Chapter 3, pages 69-79, “How to Find Happiness Activities That Fit Your Interests, Your Values, and Your Needs” Pursuing the Good Life (Christopher…
  • On Teaching

    edbatista
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:04 pm
    The irony of teaching is that it makes clear how little I truly know. The beauty of teaching is that what little I know may still be useful.                    
  • The Art of Self-Coaching @ Stanford GSB, Class 3: Emotion

    edbatista
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Here's a condensed set of slides from the third session in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below. Six more sessions coming up, and I'll post my decks as we go. If you'd like to learn more about the topics being covered, here's my syllabus, and if you'd like a good laugh at my expense, here's a funny story from the first day of class. CLASS 3: EMOTION The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Richard Davidson) Chapter 1, pages 1-12: “One Brain Does Not Fit All” Chapter 3, pages…
  • The Art of Self-Coaching @ Stanford GSB, Class 2: Change

    edbatista
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Here's a condensed set of slides from the second session in The Art of Self-Coaching, a new course I'm teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business this Spring, and the readings for this session are shown below. Seven more sessions coming up, and I'll post my decks as we go. If you'd like to learn more about the topics being covered, here's my syllabus, and if you'd like a good laugh at my expense, here's a funny story from last week's first day of class. CLASS 2: CHANGE Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives (Maria Popova) Why Change is Hard Blocking and…
  • Erin Meyer on Culture and Communication

    edbatista
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:43 pm
    One of the best books I've read recently is Erin Meyer's "The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business," a thoughtful and detailed exploration of the ways in which differences in national culture affect our efforts to communicate across borders. Meyer, an American who teaches at INSEAD, draws on the work of previous researchers in the field, most notably Geert Hofstede, and she shares credit generously, but her own significant contribution is the Culture Map itself, a framework that looks at communication on multiple dimensions and locates various national…
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    Sanders Says

  • Stop Being Medium Quality Maximum Quantity

    Tim Sanders
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    Too many <entrepreneurial> people I know are constantly multi-tasking in their careers.  Sure, when Benjamin Franklin endorsed pursuing "a network of enterprises," he was promoting career and interest diversity.  It was good for our creative thinking.  But he emphasized they be "networked" with each other.  Lately, I've wondered if our constant spreading out of business ventures is good for our level of quality.  Some have a career consulting, supplanted by writing, overlaid with blogging, and then they develop myriad products on top of that.  The result?
  • Are You Letting The Voices Around You Crush Your Effectiveness?

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

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

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

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

  • What is Your Life Signature?

    John Agno
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Many of us believe we are spiritually driven.  But that energy can be dissipated if our actions are scattered and we feel pulled in various directions. Once we know who we are and what we're meant to do, we have new-found energy that pulls us forward.  When we don't know, we feel we are spinning our wheels, we're tired and not accomplishing much. Defining our life signature begins by tracing our talents back over the years.  There is a growing percentage of people thinking about the meaning of their life.  This genuine spiritual concern is broader than…
  • Your First Leadership Job

    John Agno
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    Tens of thousands of new leaders are promoted into jobs managing people for the first time every year. Since no one steps into leadership knowing everything they need to be successful, authors Tacy M. Byham, Ph.D. and Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D. created a step-by-step resource, Your First Leadership Job: How Catalyst Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others, that explores the mindset, toolkit and practical advice first-time leaders should employ to become better and more productive leaders. It draws on the authors’ unparalleled research, experience and lessons learned helping companies…
  • The Skill of Focusing

    John Agno
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Do you have trouble focusing? Some of us have brains that constantly scan the world for new opportunities and thrive on the adrenaline rush that comes with juggling may balls in the air.  If we are one of those people, we find focusing on the present and doing the most useful tasks (but not necessarily the most exciting tasks) a major challenge.  That kind of personality finds distractions to be temptations. The upside is that distractible people will often see the big picture, connections, and opportunities that others miss.  The downside is the reverse side of the coin:…
  • Mindfulness

    John Agno
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    "Mindfulness" may be a word that can't readily be dismissed as trivia.  Yes, it's current among Fortune 500 executives who have "leadership coaches" as well as with the moneyed earnest, who shop at Whole Foods, where Mindful magazine is on the newsstand. "Mindfulness" became an American brand when the be-here-now Eastern-inflected explorations of the '60s came to dovetail with self-improvement regimes.  In the 1970s, Jon Kabat-Zinn, a molecular biologist in New England, saw in "mindfulness" a chance to scrub meditation of…
  • Put to the test to get a job.

    John Agno
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Managers said a new test, administered online, has reduced turnover and allowed Delaware North Cos., a hospitality company, to more accurately select applicants who best fit the job. “Now we understand better what makes a great reservation sales applicant,” said Andy Grinsfelder, vice president of sales and marketing for the Buffalo, N.Y.-based company’s parks and resorts division. Pre-hire assessments have been used for years, but never have such tests been deployed so widely at companies across the U.S. The automation of the job application process, combined with powerful data…
 
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    Predictable Success » Blog

  • Cultivate Your Challenge Function

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

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

    sarahberger
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:02 am
    This article is written by Predictable Success Consultant Alex Thatcher. In order for any organization to break through Whitewater and ultimately achieve Predictable Success, there is one essential process that needs to change – the organization needs to begin making better, higher quality, team-based decisions. It’s as simple (and as difficult) as that – it’s all about decision-making. A key component of making better decisions is intentionally slowing down the decision-making process. Specifically, rather than making determinations based purely on anecdotal evidence, the…
  • Vision 2020: The Near-Term Future of Leadership

    sarahberger
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:35 am
    A version of this article appeared at Inc.com Recently the editors of Inc. (generally a kindly and helpful bunch) asked their column writers, your correspondent included, if we would apply our communal thinking to a single topic: What will leadership look like in the year 2020? Now, given that by 2020 I will likely be well into what might politely be called my dotage, and that when I first entered into the world of business I never imagined I’d see the year 2000, let alone 2020 (or that I would be typing this column at 30,000 feet, in full communication with everyone below using only a…
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    Management by Baseball

  • La Russa Agile Innovation #17 of 17: Crowning Lesson To Succeed at Agile, "Pitch With What You Got"

    j
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    In the last entry, I reasserted the critical success factor for successful Agile project staffing is having the balanced blend of skills on the team (that is, copy Baseball). But any project (and Agile ones in spades) is not static. If you've built the perfectly-balanced team, the right people with the right balance of skills & personalities, it's inevitable that as the project evolves/ rolls-on, that on any given day the team'll be unbalanced. You already know that the ideal management tactics on one project will be different from the next, even with the same team. You probably already know…
  • La Russa Agile Innovation #16 of 17: Nepotism, Nasty Talent and Nitrates

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

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

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

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

  • Learning from the Innovation Leaders

    Dan McCarthy
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Guest post from Rowan Gibson: Not since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution has there been a greater need to learn the art of innovation leadership. In today’s hyper-accelerating, value-based economy the churn of “creative destruction” has become more intense than even Joseph Schumpeter could have imagined. Successful products, services, strategies, and business models now have a shorter shelf-life than ever before in business history, which means that “innovate or die” is not just a cute bumper sticker; it’s a brutal reality of twenty-first century competition.As innovation…
  • 10 Tips for Hiring Awesome Employees

    Dan McCarthy
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Management is easy when you have great employees! Invest the time in hiring the best people and you won’t have to invest the time later in in dealing with difficult employees. Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for 10 tips to select great employees 
  • Poor Listener Syndrome (PLS): 7 Causes and Cures

    Dan McCarthy
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of the most important skills for any leader is listening. Listening demonstrates respect, concern, an openness to new ideas, empathy, compassion, curiosity, trust, loyalty, and receptivity to feedback – all considered to be qualities of an effective leader.Listening isn’t rocket science. We are born with the ability to listen, yet somehow we seem to forget how to use this natural born gift. Listening is one of the most consistently lowest rated behaviors in 360 degree feedback assessments for managers. It’s a management disease – Poor Listener Syndrome (PLS)!Read my…
  • 8 Tips to Leading a Great Strategic Planning Session

    Dan McCarthy
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    Guest post from Patrick Thean:In business, a leader’s ability to strategically plan for the company’s future is of the highest importance. Your company will not be successful if you don’t have the strategies and execution plans in place to reach your objectives.Great plans stem from great planning sessions. However, planning sessions are traditionally viewed as boring and unproductive. In fact, according to a recent survey, 71 percent of professionals in the U.S. felt that meetings were fruitless. This is a direct result of poorly executed meetings.The key to leading a great planning…
  • 10 Things That Employees Can do to Annoy Their Managers.

    Dan McCarthy
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    I recently published a list of 30 things that managers can do that are sure to annoy their employees. It only seems fair that I should give equal time to management, so read my latest post over at About Management and Leadership for a list of 10 things that employees can do to annoy their managers.Why 30 and 10? It was way easier to come up with annoying manager behaviors. Hmmm..., wonder why?Take a look at both lists and come back and comment.
 
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • Do your team members bring you problems or solutions?

    Mike Figliuolo
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: Are your team members more likely to bring you problems or bring you solutions? – All they do is come to me with problems: 11.03% – They mostly bring problems with an occasional solution: 66.91% – They bring more solutions than problems: 20.07% – They always bring me solutions: 1.99% […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 7 Great Leadership Lessons in Less than 10 Minutes Each

    Mike Figliuolo
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Today’s post is the third in a series by Paul Smith, thoughtLEADERS instructor and bestselling author of Lead With a Story As I’ve shared previously, I’d like to provide you some more great leadership lessons that you can immediately apply to the work you do.  Below are seven great lessons in easy-to-digest 10-minute podcasts you […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Eliminating Your Blind Spots – Your Worst Enemy is Within

    Mike Figliuolo
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    Business blind spots can lead intelligent leaders to make uninformed, poor decisions. Having regular access to new perspectives is key to avoiding blindspots. Today’s post is by Dr. Ben Gilad, author of Business Blindspots. In September 2014, RadioShack announced that it may be closer to bankruptcy than previously thought. The venerable electronic retailer which opened […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Do your team members focus on the positive or the negative?

    Mike Figliuolo
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: Do your team members focus more on what worries or what excites them about their work? – They constantly focus on their worries: 67.56% – They spend their time focused on what they’re excited about: 23.06% – I have no idea what they focus on: 9.38% Too much negativity. While […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • A Better Way to Resolve Conflict

    Mike Figliuolo
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Conflict is a part of life. Being a great leader requires you to stop being a mediator of that conflict and instead teach your team members how to resolve the conflict themselves. More often than not, high performing teams operate in high pressure environments. Many times on a high performing team you have some strong […] 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)

  • April letter: Head scratchers

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    (Note: This originally appeared as a client e-letter on April 8th.)    Dear Clients and Colleagues:   Following are some head scratchers (noun: conventional ideas or practices that beg further review) in Short Burst (SBs) form. Welcome your thoughts as always.     1.) Social media is dead. Long live social media. There has always been a certain follow the crowd mentality in business
  • "I Hate Christian Laettner": Personal rebranding genius

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    There are a lot of individuals, job seekers, executives, political candidates, etc., who work tirelessly to present themselves in the best potential light. For the most part they can carve out a position in people's minds that leads to a desired outcome over time: A new job, coveted position or winning a race for office. Some take longer than others. Then there are the brand names, or the
  • Bibi Netanyahu: Leadership POV 101

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    This week's speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "Bibi," was the most fundamental display of resolute geopolitical leadership backed by a point of view (POV) since former President Bush's address to Congress following the September 11th terrorist attacks. It was similar yet different from a speech Bibi gave back in 1996 when passengers could still board airplanes without taking
  • DHR/CT Partners Merger: Who cares?

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    Generally speaking, when owners of a business form a committee to consider their "strategic options," everyone needs to take cover or head for the exits because it's a clear sign no one knows what they're doing. Except, of course, if you represent middle market firms active in executive search, or Search as the industry's long-time players like to refer to themselves. Recent news http://
  • Dupont: Quote of the year (even though it's early)

    10 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/stock-sales-by-dupont-ceo-raise-eyebrows-1423528311?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_management Following is a quote from a governance expert commenting on recently disclosed stock sales by Dupont CEO Ellen Kullman, which coincided with activist Nelson Peltz's announcement that he and his firm, Trian, were seeking a split of Dupont's main businesses as well as additional board
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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • HOW CAN YOU NOT BE INTERESTED IN ME???

    William Matthies
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    "Egotist. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than me."Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman/short-story writer.Be careful; taken one way the speaker is not an egotist while taken another s(he) is.Which way would you take it?
  • YOU MIGHT WANT TO RETHINK WHAT YOU THINK IF THIS IS WHAT YOU YOU THINK

    William Matthies
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    "Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; he thinks too much; such men are dangerous."William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet/playwright.This thought Shakespeare attributed to Julius Caesar, reflects the management style of far too many.Good managers know the problem is not employees who think too much but rather those who think too little.
  • THE PERILS OF PARTIAL ENTRENEURISM

    William Matthies
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    "Definition of an entrepreneur: One who is willing to live a few years like most people won't, so they can live the rest of their life like most people can't."UnknownOne of the best partial descriptions of an entrepreneur I've ever come across.However if you're contemplating doing something on your own or with others, with none of you having attempted a startup before, beware!It is only a partial description alluding to the good stuff.There's good reason most people won't try what you're thinking of doing.That doesn't mean you shouldn't try; only admonishment to get experienced help…
  • WHAT IS YOUR DUTY?

    William Matthies
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    "Without duty, life is sort of boneless; it cannot hold itself together."Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist.We all need to be responsible for something and what that is changes over time.Identify what is and will be for you.
  • HOW YOU WILL GET IT ALL DONE

    William Matthies
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:25 am
    "Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer."Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian/essayist.Good advice when you have much to do.
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    Mitch's Blog

  • Is There A Place For Competent Leaders?

    Mitch Mitchell
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    Often in this space I write about what it takes to be a good or great leader. Truthfully, it’s a topic many of us who write about leadership do. If we look at things properly, I think we all know that there will only be so many great leaders in the world. Why do I say that? San Francisco LGBT Community Center via Compfight Let’s look at how the world breaks out now. We always hear about the 1%, the richest of the rich, the elite people who have it all… or at least seem to have it all. It’s a very exclusive club and it’s hard to break through for most of us. That…
  • Being A Leader Takes Authenticity

    Mitch Mitchell
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Many years ago I had an interim assignment at a hospital in New York City. The reason I got it was because it was in Harlem and all of the employees except one were black. I knew it as soon as I got there, but I embraced the opportunity anyway. US Army Garrison Red Cloud – Casey via Compfight The problem is that I was set up before I got there. It seems there was a minor battle brewing between the employees in the department and the Chief Operating Officer. He thought bringing in a black leader would smooth things over. In reality, the union leader had told the employees not to…
  • Mentoring Part Tres, Cuatro?

    Mitch Mitchell
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    Mentoring seems to be the thing on my mind lately. So much so that I wrote an article on LinkedIn about it last week. It also follows up my 2013 post on the subject and my original post from 2006. Yup, I’ve been blogging a long time. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – PNNL via Compfight That’s why I’m not sure whether to call this part 3 or part 4, although I’m glad I had the opportunity to look it up because I always assumed “cuatro” was spelled with a “Q”; the things I learn when I think I know it all… In any case, I thought…
  • When Motivational Messages Go Astray

    Mitch Mitchell
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    I’ve seen a lot of articles lately telling people one of three things. The first is to never quit, no matter what, because success is just around the corner. Arya Ziai via Compfight The second is that it’s okay to quit if you feel like you’re failing at something and want to try something new. The third is that you should quit doing whatever it is they’re doing and go do something else that makes you happy. All of these are good and bad at the same time. Each speaks to a different audience member, which means that those who are ready for that particular message at the…
  • Can You Be Fired From A Volunteer Job?

    Mitch Mitchell
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    Let me tell you a story; it’s true of course because it involves me. Last Thursday I listened to a message on my business line. It was from a guy who’s a higher ranked board member that I am within a national organization I’m a part of. I’m a local chapter president, a position I’ve held for 12 of the last 16 years, mainly because no one else wanted the position and were happy doing what they were tasked to do. Anyway, he was calling to tell me that he’d had a conversation with a chapter member who went to a national event the group has every year in…
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Your Account

    Eric Binnion
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Because we want to make WordPress.com accounts as secure as we can, we’ve made it easier for you to set up two-factor authentication for your account, so you can take advantage of the top-of-the-line security standard. WordPress.com has supported two-factor authentication (2FA) since 2013. Also known as two-step verification, two-factor authentication allows you to protect your WordPress.com account with both a password and a time-sensitive code you get from your mobile device. To enable two-step authentication, tap your profile picture to jump into the “Me” section and hit the Security…
  • New Themes: Ecto and Coherent

    David A. Kennedy
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Today, we’d like you to meet the two newest themes added to the WordPress.com collection: Ecto and Coherent. Ecto With a light color scheme, bold typography, and full-width images that draw readers straight to your content, Ecto is perfect for blogs of all kinds. Inspired by the Casper theme, Ecto lets you add a personal touch to posts and pages with large featured images in the header area. Ecto also includes these features: Social Links Menu Featured Images Site Logo Post Formats Custom Menus Widgets Custom Background and Custom Header Read more about Ecto on the Theme…
  • Ensuring Your Site is Mobile-Friendly

    Krista
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Today, Google released a change to its algorithm that gives higher search scores to sites it deems “mobile-friendly.” Curious WordPressers might be asking: How can I be sure my site is mobile-friendly? What can I do if my site is not mobile-friendly? 1. See if your site is mobile-friendly Visit Google’s mobile-friendly test link and enter your site’s address (e.g., http://dailypost.wordpress.com or http://automattic.com). Google will then analyze your site and declare it mobile-friendly or not. Did your site pass? YAY! Pass GO and collect $200 from the Community Chest.
  • Social Media Icons Widget

    Chris
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Now available in a widget dashboard near you, we present the Social Media Icons Widget! No longer do you have to fiddle around with complicated HTML code to add beautiful social media icons to your blog or website. With this new widget, you can add icons for the most popular social networks in no time. The icons are linked to your social media profiles, making it easy for your readers to follow your latest status updates. The Old Way The New Way Currently, we support adding social media icons for the most popular social networks, including: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn…
  • New Theme: Cyanotype

    Takashi Irie
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s the time of the week again, Happy Theme Thursday! We’re pleased to present a new free theme, Cyanotype: Cyanotype Cyanotype, designed by yours truly, is a monochromatic blog theme with a bold, yet simple look that sets your blog apart from the rest. Pick your favorite background color or image to lend your personal flair. Cyanotype also supports the following popular features: Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Cyanotype on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!Filed under:…
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • Who’s Coming to Dinner Quiz

    Merrill Dubrow
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The dinner will be wherever you want and money is no object. The dinner will be for three hours and you get to invite three people to join you. Those guests can be anyone from Presidents to athletes or Noble prize winners. Additionally, your three guests can be living or deceased. My question is: who are you inviting? Click Here to Take The Quiz.
  • Beer Sampler?! What a Great Idea!

    Merrill Dubrow
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Although I don’t often drink alcohol, I do enjoy beer. When I drink beer I really enjoy a beer taster which, if you’re unfamiliar, is 4 to 6 beers 3-5 ounces each. The key to a beer taster is that it allows me the opportunity to taste a number of different brands. Well, a few weeks ago I hosted some out-of-town guests so I went to purchase some beer and noticed the coolest thing! A sampler six pack! The six pack was comprised of 3 different varieties of beer, 2 bottles of each. This was the first time I had seen this and loved the idea! Of course, I bought the variety pack…
  • A Quick Quiz About Celebrities and College Football!

    Merrill Dubrow
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    Time to take a fun and quick quiz about celebrities and the great game of football! Good luck to all. As usual, the quiz will be timed so no need to use the web or call any friends for help! Click Here to Take The Quiz.
  • Red and Green Lights: I Say Brilliant! What Do You Say?

    Merrill Dubrow
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Does this sounds familiar? You’re at the airport driving around looking for a parking spot and with each second that passes you are getting a little more aggravated & irritated. A few minutes pass by and now you are dizzy from driving around in circles and concerned about missing your flight! Sound familiar? So now you can look down a long row of parking spaces and know, without having to drive the row, if there’s a free parking space! If the light above the space is red, it’s occupied. If you see a green light, head on down there and the space is yours!” I think this…
  • Was This Strategic, Negotiating, or Something Else?

    Merrill Dubrow
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    Recently, I got my bill from my lawn service. I have been using the same guy for over 4 years and times I have noticed his pricing to be a little…let’s just say…creative. As I was reviewing the bill I noticed it was for 6 visits over 3 months and all he did was rake leaves. For that service alone, the monthly breakdown was $180 for January and $160 for February & March…which seemed very high. I checked back in my records to see what I was charged for that exact service and number of visits in 2014. Turns out, I was charged $270…clearly significantly less than…
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    Management Excellence by Art Petty

  • Leadership Caffeine™—To Be Effective, Your Do Must Match Your Tell

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

    Art Petty
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    I’ve talked to many 40 and 50-something professionals on how their perspectives and attitudes on personal and career issues have changed over time. Their insights are instructive and inspirational. Enjoy! (note: this post originally appeared at the Management Excellence blog. Copyright 2015 Art Petty.)
  • At Least 10 Unnatural Acts of Misguided Management

    Art Petty
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Note: this post originally appeared at the Management Excellence blog by Art Petty. The pursuit of effective management is a noble calling. It's too bad that too many managers give it a bad name. Here are at least 10 unnatural acts of less than brilliant managers:
  • It’s Your Career—Strengthening Your Perceptual Acuity

    Art Petty
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    From Art Petty, writing at the Management Excellence blog: The ability to see around corners or, see over the horizon, are two phrases that relate directly to the idea of perceptual acuity. While we’re barred by physical faculties from literally achieving those feats of optical gymnastics, as professionals, we are accountable for attempting to translate the external noise from our customers, our competitors, the new developments in technology and the many other forces propelling our world and our industries and then making decisions to either exploit opportunities or mitigate risks. Those…
  • Leadership Caffeine™ —The Inner Game of Leading

    Art Petty
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    A great deal of what’s written and spoken about leadership focuses on describing the actions most often associated with effective leaders. The actions are tangible…we can see them and observe their impact on people and we can mimic them in our own attempts at guiding, motivating and developing others. It’s good to mimic good behaviors. However, it’s important to remember that these actions of effective leaders are backed by a strong, personal belief in purpose...
 
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Two Resources with One Overriding Goal – Helping you Lead More Effectively

    Kevin Eikenberry
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Normally here each week I share one resource for your consideration. Sometimes it is something we have produced, sometimes not. Sometimes it is something free, sometimes not. Always they are things I recommend to you whole-heartedly, and with you in mind. Today, I want to briefly recommend two resources and I’m covering the gamut of […] The post Two Resources with One Overriding Goal – Helping you Lead More Effectively appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Helping Remote Workers Reach Their Goals

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Here are four easy tips for helping your remote workers be even more successful! Today I’m going to share one key to setting goals with a remote team member. Are you ready? Remote people are: • Remote • Isolated • Sometimes unclear • Less chance for interaction When these things are true, the importance of […] The post Remarkable TV: Helping Remote Workers Reach Their Goals appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Ten Ways to Turn Individual Contributors into Collaborative Colleagues

    Kevin Eikenberry
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    It happens often. You are leading a team and some (maybe all) of the members see themselves as individual contributors, not necessarily members of a team. They state (and show) that they’d rather work alone, and prefer individual accomplishments and results to tying their fortunes to a team. But you want a cohesive team – […] The post Ten Ways to Turn Individual Contributors into Collaborative Colleagues appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • ME, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Business and Life

    Kevin Eikenberry
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Gene Simmons Famous people from all walks of life write books about how they have achieved success. Many aren’t very good at all. If you don’t know much about KISS lead man and reality show star, Gene Simmons, you might put this book in that “less than good” pile. And that would be a […] The post ME, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Business and Life appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: The Power of Incremental Improvement

    Kevin Eikenberry
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Here’s a leadership lesson from Albert Einstein that shows us the power of continual and incremental learning. Many years ago when asked what the most powerful force in the universe was, Albert Einstein said, “compound interest.” What I am writing about today, might be, with all due respect to Albert, just as powerful. The reason […] The post Remarkable TV: The Power of Incremental Improvement appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    Survival Leadership

  • Creativity: Post #1--Overview

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:14 am
    Overview: This is a book about the journey of creativity as seen through the eyes of a man who created an entire industry—animated films. Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar and president of Pixar and Disney Animation, has written a book to guide other companies that need to innovate in an uncertain environment—like today.  Readers get a mini-autobiography starting with Catmull’s childhood dream of one day being a Disney animator to his assent to president of animation. We also get a world-class explanation about how to foster creativity in diverse groups by listening to input from…
  • Physics of Growth: FINAL Post--Portfolio Management

    2 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    Managing the Growth Portfolio: As some learning launches show success, they will be entered into a portfolio of experiments—like a stock portfolio.  The manager might well balance these initially successful experiments in the portfolio as short- and long-term. Also, other criteria in balancing are: 1) Improvement initiatives (better, faster, cheaper); 2) New products or business models; 3) Acquisition (buying other companies or products).
  • Physics of Business Growth: Post #5--Learning Launches

    1 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    Identifying New Idea and Learning Launches: “Creativity is a team sport.”  The two stages of creativity are discovery and development. Contact with customers is critical. To create ideas use: Challenging, connecting, visualizing, collaborating, improvising, reframing, and playing. Idea generation math: 1,000 ideas, to 100 experiments, to 10 initiatives that produce one or two successes! Experiment only on high potential ideas that create value, can be executed well by the company, are defendable from competitors and are scalable.  A learning launch is a low-cost, low-risk, small…
  • Physics of Business Growth: Post #4--Structure

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:07 am
    Structure and Growth: Successful systems-aligned companies create innovative strategies, policies (especially HR), and cultures that are structured for change. Such companies celebrate success and “console” failure with lessons learned, ask questions, and are respectful, playful, open to new ideas, and curious. Best Buy serves as a good example with its innovative inverted pyramid—customers on top, employees next, finally servant leaders. Three approaches to innovative structure that promote growth: 1) Structure innovation initiative inside the company. Example: At Best Buy, the front…
  • Physics of Business Growth: Post #3--Systems

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    Growth Systems: Alignment accelerates growth. It does no one any good to have internal systems bumping into each other—stifling growth. Thus, HR policies, reward systems, culture and structure (to mention just a few) need to be tested and aligned to facilitate growth, not frustrate progress. For example, if CEOs are rewarded for quarterly growth, they’ll likely take short-term gain over the long view—creating just the opposite of growth. “Asking for new behaviors in a system that still encourages, measures, and rewards the old behaviors is a complete waste of time or, worse, engenders…
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    Management Skills Blog

  • How to Evaluate Effectiveness in the Role

    Tom Foster
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    “You have a hunch this team member has potential,” I told Maryanne. “What did you see, what did you observe that gave you the hunch?” Maryanne was not convinced about her hunch. “This team member always seems to finish her work on time. It rarely contains errors. Occasionally, I will see her toying with other ways to accomplish the work, shortcuts that save time, but don’t impact quality or quality improvements that don’t take extra time. Whenever there is an extra project, she always volunteers. She is helpful to other people she works with,…
  • Should I Promote Based on a Hunch?

    Tom Foster
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:17 am
    “I have someone that I have been watching,” Maryanne started. “I think they have the potential to move into the open manager spot on my team.” “What makes you think this person would be successful?” I asked. “What is the evidence of potential that you see?” “It’s just a hunch,” she replied. “So, you are going to give someone a promotion based on a hunch?” “Okay. I know you want me to slow down,” she agreed. “So, tell me. What evidence of potential do you see?” I repeated. “How can you…
  • The Go-Go Stage

    Tom Foster
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:27 am
    “That which does not kill you, makes you stronger,” Jim Dunbar grinned. “Our momentum told us we were not likely to die, at least not in that fiscal year,” he said. “We were invincible. So, I signed a lease on the second plane. “Passenger loads picked up, and I had to hire more people. And that led to a predictable stumble. There was no rhyme or reason for the way we did things. We survived on our tenacity, but our tenacity began to fail us. My wife described our behavior as improvisation. Invincibility and improvisation make for a toxic cocktail. We…
  • Who Should This Person Report To?

    Tom Foster
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:28 am
    “I think we have these roles sorted out,” Peter proclaimed. “I like the picture. It makes sense. But how do these roles relate to each other? I mean, who decides who is whose manager?” Johnny jumped in. “It’s true. Whenever someone new joins the company, that’s always the first question. Who will this new person report to?” Jim Dunbar knocked gently on the door. “Hope I’m not disturbing. How are things going?” “We have a problem,” Johnny declared. “Who decides who reports to whom? Whenever we have a new…
  • It’s All About Empowerment, Really?

    Tom Foster
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:52 am
    But, as the budget dollars piled up, Kevin DuPont could smell trouble. “Look, guys and gals, boys and girls. I know you all have important projects, but all this costs money. And you know very well, I am accountable to the board to make sure this company is fiscally sound. I am afraid that I have to take issue with the budget you have presented.” There was silence in the room. After all, the executive team just followed instructions. They followed Al Ripley’s instructions, before. They followed Kevin DuPont’s instructions, now. Finally, one person had the courage to…
 
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    Women on Business

  • Top 50 Companies for Diversity in 2015

    Susan Gunelius
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    The annual ranking of the top 50 companies for diversity was released by DiversityInc this week, and for the second year in a row, Novartis Pharmaceuticals took the top spot. I always say, “A diverse team is a strong team,” but it’s important to remember that diversity doesn’t only refer to gender, ethnicity, and so on. A diverse team will include members with different skills, knowledge, experience, and education. The DiversityInc ranking doesn’t focus on all of...Read the whole entry... »…
  • 3 Key Steps When Transitioning to Full Time Entrepreneur

    Brittany Love
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Moving from a full-time job to becoming your own boss as an entrepreneur is both challenging and exciting. Here are three important things to keep in mind as you make the transition to ensure it’s smooth and successful. 1. Soak up Information Corporate America has tons of information to offer. If you are working a 9 to 5 job with the intent to become an entrepreneur, be sure to learn all that you can about the business and its principles. Regardless of what field you are in, there are...Read the whole entry... »…
  • Take Control of Your Business Career with Self-Education

    Susan Gunelius
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    Sponsored by lynda.com: Mark Twain once said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education,” and that insightful quote is even more valid today than it was when Twain first stated it. Today, business people who focus on continuing their education outside of traditional classrooms are uniquely positioned to seize new opportunities and reach the highest levels of success. The reason is simple. The world is changing faster than ever, and there’s no going back now! To...Read the whole entry... »…
  • Does Your Website Need All the Bells and Whistles?

    Toni Nelson
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    In this day and age everyone knows you need a website. The problem comes into play when you don’t know the first thing about website development. The other day I was working with a client who wants a new website. After I performed  a website review, she realized why her website wasn’t working for her. As we talked about changes, she asked me to visit a site she really liked. She thought we could incorporate some of these elements. When I went to that site it was so distracting I had no...Read the whole entry... »…
  • Want to be a Freelancer? Read This First

    Community Member
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Last year, the number of freelancers reached a 40-year high: 15% of the U.K. workforce identifies as freelancers. In September 2014, I joined the ranks of the 4.6 million people who choose to be their own boss. If you’re yearning for the greener pastures of a life spent working independently, now may well be a good time to make the switch. What Will You Do as a Freelancer? While there are opportunities to work freelance in a whole range of sectors, some jobs and industries lend...Read the whole entry... »…
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    NinaSimosko.com

  • Great Tech Doesn’t Guarantee Innovation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Being Connected on Wall Street Reaps Big Career Benefits, If You’re a Man

    Content Team
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you’re a female analyst on Wall Street, you’re probably achieving lower returns on your social connections than your male peers. Because who you know matters when it comes to firms you handle, but it matters way more if you’re a man. A new working paper by Lily Fang, an associate professor of finance at INSEAD, and Sterling Haung, a PhD candidate at the school, focuses on the links between gender, connections, and career outcomes among 1,815 Wall Street analysts and their work across 8,242 firms between 1993 and 2009. Analyst-firm connections (41,000) were defined as…
  • How Can Values-Based Leadership Improve Your Effectiveness

    Content Team
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a leader, do the values of your organization speak through your actions? A recent article in The Journal of Values-Based Leadership reminds us that Steve Jobs said, “The only thing that works is management by values.” It’s no surprise that companies like Apple who foster a values-based approach in their leadership culture create connections that have a significant impact on company performance. Your ability to focus on and motivate through core organizational values can have an impact on your effectiveness as a leader, too. Inspiring leaders motivate us towards a common goal.
  • About That Positive Mindset…

    Content Team
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’m sure you’ve heard of the power of positive thinking or the Law of Attraction by now. But if you’ve somehow escaped the daytime talk shows, multitude of online articles, and your friends’ comments about the subject, the idea in a nutshell is that your thoughts determine your circumstances. In other words, you attract positive or negative situations into your life by the way you think about things. It’s along the same lines of these familiar adages: You reap what you sow. Be careful what you wish for because you may just get it. What goes around comes around.
  • Career Tip of the Week

    nickigilmour
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    This Week’s Tip Is… “After Action Reviews” or AAR are great ways to unpack a recent project with your team or boss. What went well? What could have been done better/differently? This is a great way to seek out feedback. Welcome to Career Tip of the Week. In this column we aim to provide you with a useful snippet of advice to carry with you all week as you navigate the day to day path in your career. By Nicki Gilmour, Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist The post Career Tip of the Week appeared first on The Glasshammer.
  • Voice of Experience: Kelli P. Washington, Managing Director at Cambridge Associates

    Content Team
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Kelli Washington knows the value of understanding an organization inside and out. She began her post-undergraduate career in the financial services industry, where she spent 10 years at Edward Jones as a due diligence analyst and portfolio manager. She began in a rotational program that gave her an inside view of departments like operations or marketing, and she knows that background knowledge increased her value to the firm. “I would attend meetings where people wouldn’t know where to find answers, but I became a go-to source since I knew different parts of the organization that others…
 
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • ​Announcement: RoundPegg Featured in Forrester Beyond the Resume Report

    RoundPegg
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    In a report last month on Beyond the Resume, Claire Schooley highlighted RoundPegg as an example of vendors that are turning recruiting into a science. As a Forrester analyst who follows strategic HCM including Performance, Succession, Learning, Recruiting, and Career Development, Claire Schooley is continually writing on different aspects of this fast-changing market.In Claire’s report last month on Beyond the Resume Claire highlighted RoundPegg as an example of vendors that are turning recruiting into a science. Here’s a brief excerpt of RoundPegg’s section:“Using technology…
  • [Video] How Do You Deal with Millennials: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Do You Deal with Millennials?” Millennials are a hot topic. This generation that's entering the workforce right now is often a source of confusion or concern to employers. Truthfully, millennials are not so different from any other generation. They want to be understood, and they want to be incorporated into decisions that influence and impact their lives. One of the unique qualities, however, of millennials, is that they very much value being known as a unique person, and the ways to…
  • (REAL) Facts About Millennials [Slideshow]

    RoundPegg
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Otherwise known as Generation Y, those born between 1982 and 2003 are a force whose dominating presence and behavior (everywhere, but especially in the workforce) will define American life and culture in the next decade and beyond...Millennials. Ready or not, here they come.Otherwise known as Generation Y, those born between 1982 and 2003 are a force whose dominating presence and behavior (everywhere, but especially in the workforce) will define American life and culture in the next decade and beyond...To get the most out of the millennials (or anyone for that matter) try the following:Hire…
  • #TBT: Millennials in the Workplace

    RoundPegg
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    A collection of some prior posts about millennials and their unique place in the world of work. Topics include how to work with them, what they want, and whether or not they're really so different from previous generations. We’ve done a couple pieces on Millennials that we think are worth a read. You can check out some brief synopses along with the links to their respective posts below.Culture Through the AgesSome generational characteristics (or stereotypes, I suppose) may be true to some degree, but just like any employee from any age bracket, there are simply certain things that…
  • Tenet 3: Culture is Bottom Up and Top Down

    RoundPegg
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    In terms of how things get done within the company, we have to pay attention not only to the culture that the leadership desires, but also to who makes up the company and whether their values are aligned with those that the leadership has set. Last week we wrapped up RoundPegg Tenet 2. Everyone Contributes to Culture. This week we are going to talk about how culture also comes from the bottom up and not just top down and then later this week, how that relates to Millennials. Tenet 3: Culture is Bottom Up and Top DownIn order to understand RoundPegg’s take on culture, the first thing you…
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    Rich Gee Group

  • How To Become A Billionaire.

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

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

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

    richgeegroup
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m not pulling any punches here. Why? Because I think most people who are looking for a job need a dose of reality instead of ‘good thoughts’ and ‘quick tricks’. Here are Rich Gee’s 10 Commandments Of Looking For A Job: 1. It’s going to be HARD. You will push yourself farther than you’ve ever pushed yourself before — into areas that are uncomfortable — networking, connecting, selling, negotiation, schmoozing, etc. Get used to it. WHY? Most job-seekers are afraid of the process. They want the limo to pull up to their house and whisk them…
  • My Favorite Podcasts — John Lee Dumas.

    richgeegroup
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Here’s a little coaching secret: Some of my best ideas and strategies come from my clients. Let me introduce you to John Lee Dumas, host of Entrepreneur On Fire. Awarded Best Of iTunes in 2013 because of his dedication to serve his listeners and share incredible insights to help guide us on our Entrepreneurial journey. Failure is part of every journey, and on EntrepreneurOnFire, the first story John shares is his guest’s biggest failure and their lessons learned. The second story he dives into is his guest’s AH-HA moment and the steps they took to turn that moment into…
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    Inside Personal Growth

  • Podcast 512: Do the KIND Thing with Daniel Lubetzky

    Greg Voisen
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Every year for the last six years I have been attending the Natural Products West Expo in Anaheim, CA.  This event is a blast, loaded with new food products that are designed to be healthy and nutritious.  My intention in going to this event as a press person is to find up and coming organizations and authors that have a great products and cause for being in business. This year I felt that I hit the jackpot.  I happen to come across the KIND Healthy Snacks.  I know that almost anyone reading this blog entry has heard of KIND, but do you know the story behind the organization?  I know…
  • Podcast 511: Connected to Goodness with David Meltzer

    Greg Voisen
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    I had the pleasure of meeting, then conducting this interview with author and sport agent David Meltzer.  His new book entitled ” Connected to Goodness” is about David’s personal journey, with life lessons that will inspire, inform and get the reader to take a new look at how they view the world. Most people would assume that a sport agent needs to be tough and a ruthless negotiator.  David Meltzer is calm, peaceful, compassionate, empathic and a totally understanding person, and these qualities  he learned throughout life have shape him into a person who is…
  • Podcast 510: The Secret of Your Immortal Self with Guy Finley

    Greg Voisen
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    My good friend Guy Finely has released a wonderful book entitled ” The Secret to Your Immortal Self“.  I recently had the opportunity to have a very deep conversation with Guy about the book, and the key lessons that he teaches throughout the book.  One thing you alway know for certain is that when I interview Guy  you are in for a very deep exploration about your spiritual beliefs which will test your intellect and get you to search for you soul. What I appreciate about “The Secret to Your Immortal Self” is that each of the lessons are just a few pages, and they…
  • Podcast 509: Unretirement with Chris Farrell

    Greg Voisen
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    I happen to listen to National Public Radio a lot, and I was listening to an interview with Chris Farrell about his new book entitled “Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing The Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life.”  I was so intrigued that I reached out to Chris and he granted me an interview. You will find that Chris does not buy into the gloom and doom that most economists believe, the sky is falling– Social Security is going to fail and there’s not enough money.  Chris is quite the contrarian and believes that if we the retirees shift our…
  • Podcast 508: Refire Don’t Retire with Ken Blanchard & Morton Shaevitz

    Greg Voisen
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    I recently was invited to a presentation by Ken Blanchard and his co-author Morton Shaevitz about a new book entitled ” Refire Don’t Retire: Make the Rest of your Life the Best of Your Life.”  I was certainly inspired by what Ken and Mort has to say about aging and how we need to shift our paradigm about retirement. The reality is that baby boomers are living longer and are healthier than previous generations.  It is not uncommon to see baby boomers working into their 70′s and 80′s with more zest and vitality for what they are doing.  Some are required to work…
 
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    First Friday Book Synopsis

  • Dan E. King: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Dan is the founder and principal of CloseReach Consulting and has developed a proprietary growth acceleration model designed for business leaders and senior teams striving to outpace the competition. The model consists of and numerically scores three growth drivers: Strategy Planning, Execution, and Talent. Dan developed this data-centric concept for assessing critical aspects of an […]
  • Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull – Key Thoughts, and My Five Lessons and Takeaways

    Randy Mayeux
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    “What is the best book you’ve read?” I get that question a lot. I never have a good answer. It’s like asking “what’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?”. There are so many ways to think about that question – the most memorable (one in Alaska), the best food (ok – maybe that same one […]
  • Isaacson’s Short List of Three: Edison, Ford, & Jobs – Ed Catmull Helps us Understand Why Steve Jobs Deserves to Be on that List

    Randy Mayeux
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    Yes, I’ve read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (I presented my synopsis of that book shortly after it came out). Yes, I am reading Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli which I will present next week at the May 1 First Friday […]
  • Dorie Clark on How to Stand Out: An interview by Bob Morris

    Bob Morris
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    Dorie Clark is the author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013) and Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It (Portfolio/Penguin, 2015). A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Entrepreneur as […]
  • TED Talks on 60 Minutes – Remember, these are “Talks” (Should we call them TED Speeches?)

    Randy Mayeux
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    What we’re trying to do is to make difficult knowledge accessible. Chris Anderson, Curator of TED (from 60 Minutes Overtime) ——————– Last Sunday night, on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Charlie Rose profiled the TED Talks.  View and read the segment here. What a terrific segment! Here’s how it started: It has become a place where big ideas […]
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  • 2 New Ways to Utilize Office Workspace

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    To capture business and workforce efficiencies, organizations are evolving the workspace to allow for enhanced mobility, collaboration and flexibility – all while saving money. At the forefront of alternative workspace solutions are two key innovations which untether workers from pre-assigned offices, cubicles or desks.Request Free!
  • Mindhacker: 60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level (Free eBook!) $16.99 Value

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Don't you wish you were just a little smarter? Ron and Marty Hale-Evans can help with a vast array of witty, practical techniques that tune your brain to peak performance. Founded in current research, Mindhacker features 60 tips, tricks, and games to develop your mental potential. This accessible compilation helps improve memory, accelerate learning, manage time, spark creativity, and hone math and logic skills.Request Free!
  • Preparing for Management Interviews - Developing Your Management Skills

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    It explains why most of the factors that determine whether an interview is a positive experience or an ordeal are decided well before the interview itself and what you can do to make your interview a success.You will learn:What research you need to do before applying for a job and where to find the information.How building up a rapport with a respected employment agency can get you into interviews you would otherwise miss out on.What competency-based questions are and why they are such an essential part of the management interview process.How to use the job ad, role description, and employee…
  • Leadership Models - Developing Your Leadership Skills

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    You can use these as inspiration and a potential toolkit from which you can develop your own leadership style based on your own personality, the task at hand and the team that you are leading.Request Free!
  • Leadership Theories - Developing Your Leadership Skills

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    You can use these theories as inspiration and a potential toolkit from which you can develop your own leadership style based on your own personality, the task at hand and the team that you are leading. Request Free!
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    N2Growth Blog

  • 60 Top Leadership Quotes Of All Time

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

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

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

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

    Grant Wattie
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    By Grant Wattie President, N2Growth Australia While having lunch with a number of writers, Ernest Hemingway claimed he could write a short story that was only six words long. When the lofty group of writers scoffed at the notion, he invited each of them to put ten dollars on the table, saying that if he was wrong he’d match it. But if he was right he’d keep the money. He quickly wrote six words down on a napkin and passed it around: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.”  Of course, he won the bet because his “story” had a perfect beginning, middle and end. I first…
 
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    Lead Change Group

  • Lead By Thoughts, Not Feelings

    Paul LaRue
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the most tremendous truths about being human is how our thoughts, feelings, and desires interconnect. Through our internal connectedness of mind, body, and soul, we can harness greatness within ourselves and develop each aspect to become stronger and more in tune with the other aspects. Yet our humanness comes with a flaw, in that we can get our feelings out of proportion to rational thinking. When that occurs, we are governed by only one part of us which, if not checked and balanced with the rest of our being, can lead us and others astray. Feelings are great for motivation,…
  • Let’s Talk About Lead Change!

    Paula Kiger
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Tomorrow, the Lead Change Group will hold a conference call at which members (and interested parties) can learn about Lead Change and contribute to the group’s future direction. Before I give you the specifics and a personal invitation, a bit of background: How Lead Change Started Mike Henry, Sr. founded the Lead Change Group in 2009 as a non-profit dedicated to instigating a leadership revolution. Mike’s passionate belief that “we bring energy, even life, to our world when we bring the best of who we are and give it away” fueled this movement. Under Mike’s leadership, the Lead…
  • Carnival of HR – April 22, 2015 Edition

    Becky Robinson
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    At the Lead Change Group, we are thrilled to host the Carnival of HR again. As our turn to host approached, we started thinking about Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day 2015 or TOSADTW. This year’s event will take place tomorrow, April 23. In honor of that, we asked bloggers to send in submissions that address timeless lessons, things a child could see at work while visiting their parent for TOSADTW that will still hold true for when they enter the workforce. We weren’t looking for technology, but rather for values that held true yesterday, hold true today, and will hold…
  • Making A Comeback In A Go Away World

    Page Cole
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s out there – the headlines are printed, the paper is printed and the world is reading the news over morning coffee. Information once hidden is now fairly public. Someone has messed up and the consequences are splashed across the information landscape. The conversation might be as broad as the news media, or as narrow as the office gossip around the snack machine. So how do you react as a leader when this happens? OMG! How do you react as a leader when this happens and it’s you that messed up? I’ve been there and done that. Before you start scanning this article…
  • Do You Make These 3 Delegation Mistakes?

    David Dye
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you’ve been leading for any length of time, you know you should delegate. My earliest leadership memory is of delegating household chores to my younger brother and sisters when I was eleven. Even then, I knew I should delegate…and you know it now. You know you should delegate because: You can’t do it all yourself. Other people have talents and abilities beyond yours. When you share responsibility, it helps your people to grow. You know you should delegate, but it’s a struggle to do it well. Three Delegation Mistakes Most Managers Make In my work with thousands of leaders I…
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    Crucial Skills

  • Rebuilding Family Relationships

    Joseph Grenny
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Dear Joseph, I was raised in an abusive home—both physically and emotionally—and after many years of estrangement, my abuser would like to have a relationship with me. Now that I am expanding my own family, she is very interested in doing what it takes to be part of my and my children’s lives. I don’t know if she has truly changed, but if she has, I would love for my children to have a grandparent in their life. I am well versed in Crucial Conversations, but I honestly have no idea where to start. How do you rebuild Safety and Mutual Respect that has degenerated to the point…
  • Delivering Bad News

    Editor
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    To help more of our readers with their crucial conversations, accountability discussions, and behavior change challenges, we introduced the Community Q&A column! Please share your answers to this reader’s question in the comments below. Dear Crucial Skills, How do you tell someone that they are no longer a fit for the demands of their current position? I need to tell an employee that they should step down into a lesser role or else they may end up losing their job due to poor performance. Sincerely, Stuck Manager
  • Energizing the Undervalued and Overworked

    Emily Hoffman
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Have Dear Crucial Skills, I have a team of three individuals. They are all hard workers and have been with the company for a long time. I have been their manager for almost five years now. Over the last year, we have gone through some organizational changes that have made them feel, as they have stated, “undervalued” and “overworked.” In an effort to boost morale, I have tried to provide them with random perks to show how valued they are and how much I appreciate them. However, it seems like they are now starting to take advantage of my kindness. For example, I gave each…
  • Best Practices for Job Seekers

    David Maxfield
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Dear David, I’ve been looking for a job for over two months now, and I think one of my main problems is answering the question, “Why did you leave your last position?” I resigned, but felt forced to because of a toxic environment following my reporting of sexual harassment by my boss. For the first time in my thirty-four-year career, I was suddenly being written up repeatedly. Still, despite letters of support by other supervisors, the bad behavior by my boss continued. Human resources was no help, so I left. It is difficult to answer these questions in a positive way to…
  • Can You Respect an Unrespectable Boss?

    Joseph Grenny
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Dear Joseph, You have previously written that, “Bosses will listen to anyone if they feel safe with them.” You’ve also said that one of the conditions for safety is that the boss feels respected. Here’s my problem: I DON’T respect my boss. Should I try to fake it? Signed, Working for an Oaf Dear Working for an Oaf, You are asking a profound question and I will treat it with all the reverence it deserves. You are absolutely right that THE barrier to you creating safety with your boss is your own disrespect for him or her. What you may not realize is that your disrespect might…
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  • Who are you really helping?

    Mary Jo Asmus
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:28 am
      I love it when I come across true servant leaders. They know how to connect with others and how to develop the kind of relationships that have the power to move their organizations into the extraordinary zone. These humble leaders seem hard wired to assist their stakeholders to become the best they can be through coaching and mentoring those who need a boost in their ability to connect and deepen relationships. Jan was one of those leaders. People were drawn to her style that brought out the best in them. She was a positive force with a great deal of “helper” in her; much…
  • How to be a successful leader

    Mary Jo Asmus
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
      “I believe that human beings are desperate, always, to belong to something larger than themselves.” David Whyte The traditional idea of success in our organizations has everything to do with playing the game, dressing the part, and doing what’s expected. You work hard, you climb the ladder and make oodles of money that can buy you all the trappings of success as defined by external forces rather than your own internal calling. If you’re not careful, you get swept along in the definition of success as defined by everyone else. You aren’t everyone else; this…
  • Being realistic

    Mary Jo Asmus
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:39 am
      I often get inquiries from people who want to become an executive coach and don’t know where to begin their journey. I’m more than willing to talk to them, because I have some opinions about what it takes not only from personal experience, but from watching this profession expand and shape over the years. And just maybe, they’ll take away something that will be helpful. They often come to me believing that being an executive/leadership coach is what they’ve wanted their whole lives; a starry eyed approach similar to the one I started out with. I completely…
  • How to have conversations like a jazz musician

    Mary Jo Asmus
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
      Winton Marsalis has said that the best listener in an improvisational jazz session often ends up contributing the most to the music because they are able to play off whatever is being offered by the other musicians. And so it could be with the conversations you have within your organization. How often have you been in a meeting where everyone is vying for attention and waiting for their turn to speak? The dialog is disjointed, with disparate pieces of information coming in from all sides. If you’re leading the meeting, you have to work doubly hard to make meaning of the…
  • The leader you will be

    Mary Jo Asmus
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
      Perhaps it hasn’t occurred to you to consider that the leader you are now is highly linked to who you are. You are unique, and what is both obvious and hidden to you about who you are greatly impacts your behavior and actions. You, as a human being, are the leader you are because of a multitude of things that make up you: personality, history, education and beliefs among others. Likewise, the leader you will become is highly linked to the human you will become. A day from now, a week, month, year and decade into the future you will be someone different because you will be…
 
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    All Things Workplace

  • Handle Objections With Questions

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

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

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

    Steve Roesler
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Influential people create compelling images. But of what? Of the benefits those around them will gain from the ideas they propose. They take time to let us know what we'll see, hear, and feel. You can do this, too. Take time to choose words that create pictures, sounds, and feelings that will make your ideas connect in different ways all at once. For example: "Using this plan offers clear benefits that are in total harmony with our goals and will have an impact on customer satisfaction." In one sentence, you've touched the visual, auditory, and feeling senses of your listeners. It's…
  • Consistency and Trust

    Steve Roesler
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    "Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you say." That line was spoken by an associate to a speaker at a recent business business event we attended. The interaction between the speaker and the audience was totally out of sync with what he was professing. The result: Great words, no credibility. A few attendees even referred to him later as a "liar." Not good for his business. Consistency We communicate through our actions, not just our words. Which policies you decide to enforce or ignore, what you say and don't say, what you reward and what you punish, what you fund and what you…
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    George Ambler

  • How to Use a Journal to Keep Focused 

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

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

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

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

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

  • Boston Strong: Boston Marathon 2014

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    Boston Marathon was not on my bucket list (and I have one, which has been updated umpteenth times and is now in the nth version). I completed Berlin Marathon 2010, enjoyed it as I crossed the line in about 3:37. What I did not know was 7,700-plus runners were ahead of me. Talk about depth of field in European marathons!So, after two BQs later I took the lottery (after an excited yet excruciating wait of several days), waited a couple of weeks, and I was stoked when I was admitted into the 118th edition of the race. Friends who had completed the 2012 edition assured me that my margin of…
  • My Boston Marathon Journey: Qualifier (BQ) For 2014

    9 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    I qualified for the Boston Marathon 2014 at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon (GCAM) 2013. My first Boston Qualifying (BQ) time was at the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2011. I came in at 3:29:59, one minute the qualifying time for my age group (45-49 years). My second BQ was 3:16:49, earned while preparing for the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.I was running then on a meagre diet of 3-4 sessions per week, with my short runs averaging 10km and my longest from 15-21km. On a long week, I hit about 51km (or 3X10km plus 21km), supplemented with the pool swimming and long…
  • My Boston Marathon Journey

    7 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    I am not a big fan of running. I love watching runners. I enjoy watching competitive runners on television. I enjoy the big sprints to the finish-line by Olympic-Distance triathletes.I began long-distance running in 2003, having never gone beyond one 10km race in my life. I had assumed a middle-distance running career in my youth; mostly self-trained and driven by personal motivations. I studied all I could about running and runners. I lived and breathed Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovette, Jim Fixx (The Complete Book of Running), Dr. George Sheehan, Abebe Bikila, Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Alberto…
  • Communities of Practice

    3 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Communities of practices (CoP), are tribes of practitioners who share their learning wisdom through a shared platform. Most of such CoPs are based as online forums and chat-groups (including WhatsApp private groups). Hobbyists, geeks, sports-fans, amateur athletes, and professionals belong to such communities to network, extend their marketing reach, and establish their credibility.Why would you want to belong to such a CoP?Essentially, you can enjoy the stories of successes as well as disappointments. Much can be gleaned from another professional's experiences learning and applying. I have a…
  • Twitter Conversations: Shifting Thoughts

    3 Apr 2015 | 3:41 am
    Twitter: A platform for text-based communication online.Tweets: A short, text-based, message not exceeding 140 characters.I have been back on Twitter over the past two months. I was focused on using Facebook as my main platform of communication, sharing my knowledge, tacit wisdom, and opportunities. My Followers have increased by about 1,000 since I activated my account. It was a passive 660, but the growth has been spectacular with many active connections.I use Twitter to share my stories about my races, training, leadership perspectives, and social media insights. With the advent of…
 
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    Top Executive Coaching with Tony Mayo

  • How to Apologise. And, Why.

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

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

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

    Tony Mayo
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
        Everyone loves to hate performance evaluations, and with good reason: Research has shown them to be ineffective, unreliable and unsatisfactory for seemingly everyone involved. They consume way too much time, leave most workers deflated and feel increasingly out of step with reality. …more than half the executives questioned (58%) believe that their current […]
  • Marriott: Happy Employees = Happy Customers

    Tony Mayo
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
    It’s always been the major belief of our company, take good care of your people, they’ll take good care of the customer and the customer will come back. And we celebrate them. We train them. We teach them. We provide opportunity for them. You’ve got to make your employees happy. If the employees are happy, […]
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    By Tanmay Vora

  • Lessons from 9 Years of Blogging

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

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

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

    Tanmay Vora
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    “The tools of the mind become burdens when the environment which made them necessary no longer exists.” – Henry Bergson When solving problems, we love standard solutions and tools. What worked for us in the past becomes our tool to solve problems in the future. A psychologist named Raymond Cattell termed this as “crystallized intelligence” – ability to use learned knowledge and experience. It is much like water frozen in to pieces of ice. It cannot flow. But, we cannot solve problems of today with techniques of yesterday. With rapid changes all around us, it is even more crucial…
  • In 100 Words: Heaven or Hell?

    Tanmay Vora
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    A Rabbi used to tell a story of his tour to the heavens. He first went to the Hell and it was horrible. Tables were laden with sumptuous food yet people looked pale and hungry. Their arms were strapped with wooden planks such they could not bend their hands to put food in their own mouth. It was the same story in Heaven, except that people looked contented and happy. When he closely observed, he saw that people were using strapped arms to feed each other! Hell or heaven is not about circumstances but about how we treat each other. Also Read: Other 100 Word Parables
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    churchrelevance.com

  • Join Open Church

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

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

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

    Kent Shaffer
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    As a designer, updating the list of our favorite church logos is always a fun process. This year’s list has grown to 138 terrific logos. Check it out and enjoy the creativity of God’s Kingdom. The post 138 Creative Church Logos appeared first on churchrelevance.com.
  • Did you hear what Open Church is doing in 2015? (infographic)

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

  • Handle Objections With Questions

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

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

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

    Steve Roesler
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Influential people create compelling images. But of what? Of the benefits those around them will gain from the ideas they propose. They take time to let us know what we'll see, hear, and feel. You can do this, too. Take time to choose words that create pictures, sounds, and feelings that will make your ideas connect in different ways all at once. For example: "Using this plan offers clear benefits that are in total harmony with our goals and will have an impact on customer satisfaction." In one sentence, you've touched the visual, auditory, and feeling senses of your listeners. It's…
  • Consistency and Trust

    Steve Roesler
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    "Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you say." That line was spoken by an associate to a speaker at a recent business business event we attended. The interaction between the speaker and the audience was totally out of sync with what he was professing. The result: Great words, no credibility. A few attendees even referred to him later as a "liar." Not good for his business. Consistency We communicate through our actions, not just our words. Which policies you decide to enforce or ignore, what you say and don't say, what you reward and what you punish, what you fund and what you…
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    Latest solar energy news

  • Energy Efficiency: The Impact Of Renewable Power

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:09 am
    For most of the past decade, the term “global warming” has been tossed around, but just what does that mean exactly? Simply place the global warming is the gradual increase of the temperature of the atmosphere of the earth. Due to the greenhouse effect global warming is attributed to carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants to the harmful effects of sunlight to pass through the earth’s atmosphere. With NASA confirms that over 90% of the experts agree that global warming is due to human causes, we must act! Although many activists and organizations constantly urging people…
  • Build Your Own Solar Panel System

    25 Apr 2015 | 3:02 am
    The failure of the North 2003 affected 45 million people in eight US states. Those who use alternative energy sources like solar panels have been able to benefit from its independence from the network. No food is spoiled in refrigerators, not sitting in the dark for them. The Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank, said the electricity consumption and production have steadily expanded, resulting in increased load on a system is not designed for such a large load, which means that many people are turning to solar panels for security, as well as financial and environmental reasons. Solar…
  • What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Solar System Installer

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    With non-renewable sky rising energy costs each year, people are turning to solar energy. As you can see, the trend now is to focus on going green and most companies and private owners are on the lookout for green energy production. Now you can create, either of their own solar panels or hire a solar panel installer qualified to do the work for you. But remember that before putting hire a solar installer, there are a number of things you need to know to get the full benefits. With the popularity of installing solar panels to generate electricity, the solar system has become a very lucrative…
  • Pros and Cons of Employing Solar Powered Lighting

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Solar landscape lighting is an excellent choice to decorate and brighten up your home garden and pathways of the night. Like other types of outdoor lighting, solar lights also have their own strengths and limitations. The advantages and disadvantages of using solar garden lights: Benefits He uses renewable energy Solar garden lights allow us to exploit the sun’s energy, a renewable source of energy. As the sun shines solar lamps have the energy to light up the night. This lighting system is working at its best when it receives plenty of sunlight during sunny days. Easy to install Solar…
  • Americas Electric Grid Left Unprotected!

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:56 am
    Red electric left unprotected against EMP and solar flares; It would take the US $ 2 billion to fix … -Opinion- We here in America do not realize how old our infrastructure. See were the first in a number of areas. It was good, it gave us a great advantage over the rest of the world. The problem is that now a disadvantage. Its been over 50 years since our main electrical infrastructure has been established. Hurricane Sandy showed a flash of vulnerability. When the storm hit New York and New Jersey, which has almost erased all coastal areas of both states. But there was another…
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    Elements of Leadership

  • Crack the Leadership Code

    Gary Cohen
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    by Gary Cohen 25 leadership experts from around the world will soon be providing their insights on how to crack the leadership code. They will provide their successful models and strategies so that you, too, can grow you and your organization’s leadership skills and abilities. Here are the details: From April 27 – May 17, you will receive a daily e-mail at 6a.m. EST with a link to that day’s podcast. The podcast will feature an interview with Jim Kouzes (author of The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, the bestselling classic…
  • The Secret Business Partner

    Gary Cohen
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    by Gary Cohen The Secret Business Partner is not the same as a silent partner (who puts in capital and provides little to no advice). And the Secret Business Partner I’m referring to isn’t someone who needs their identity hidden–either because they’re famous or infamous. The Secret Business Partner I am talking about is highly influential and often outspoken, but also invisible and unheard from when it comes to 99% of the organization. As an executive coach, I speak to clients about their impediments, opportunities, influences, fears, strengths, and goals. Because…
  • ADHD At Work For Leaders

    Gary Cohen
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    by Gary Cohen Scaling our company to one of the top 5,000 companies in the US while managing undiagnosed ADHD was a challenge. People would come in to my office and start telling me what was on their mind. Eventually they would get to the point of the story, but meanwhile my mind would race—seeking a place to put my focus. “Can you get to the point already?” I would be thinking, but I would try to engage active listening, too, since I’d had a lot of training in that area. I would try hard to stay present and engaged, and to demonstrate that engagement to others. But it was a real…
  • Top 10 Questions Business Partners Fail to Ask

    Gary Cohen
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    by Gary Cohen As a business leader who built a company from 2 to 2,200 employees with a business partner, and as a business coach who has work with many business partnerships for over a decade, I know what gets said between business partners and what is often left unsaid. Today’s post is about the questions business partners should, but often fail to ask. Business partners usually value honest communication, but when they’re busy or just starting out, they don’t always know what information to ask for or to volunteer. They tend to rely too much on assumptions and…
  • The Well of Grief

    Gary Cohen
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:24 pm
    by Gary CohenThose who will not slip beneath the still surface on the well of grief turning downward through its black water to the place we cannot breathe will never know the source from which we drink, the secret water, cold and clear, nor find in the darkness glimmering the small round coins thrown by those who wished for something else. – David Whyte from Where Many Rivers Meet ©2007 Many Rivers Press   The post The Well of Grief appeared first on Elements of Leadership.
 
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    Robin Sharma's Blog

  • How to Grow Self-Discipline

    admin
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Robin Sharma shares that learning the latest methods to improve your willpower is one of the best ways to create immense success.
  • The Real Reason We Fail

    admin
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Robin Sharma shares some insights to help you not only take your performance to the next level but to make your life exponentially more meaningful.
  • How to Remember How Powerful You Are

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Robin Sharma reminds us that we were each born into greatness and that no evidence exists to suggest otherwise.
  • Why Mandela Won

    admin
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    To really LEAD your life, you and I absolutely must own that all that's in our lives right now is the result of our own actions. Every movement we've made has created a consequence. Every cause has had an effect...
  • Great Quotes for Hard Times

    admin
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:36 am
    Robin Sharma shares the 8 quotes that inspire him amid times of deep change and epic uncertainty.
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • How To Evaluate Your Customer Service Phone Team

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Every business leader should periodically call his/her company to observe how their customers are being treated by their employees -- because, all too often a phone conversation becomes a customer turnoff rather than a relationship builder.So, here's a checklist that is primarily from sales expert and author Paul R. Timm that you can use to evaluate your organization's customer service via the phone:1. Was the phone answered after two rings or less?2. Did the employee use an appropriate greeting?3. Did the employee identify himself or herself by name?4. Was the employee's tone of voice…
  • Be A Manager Who Makes Decisions

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A manager who can't make a decision or who can't make a timely decision will frustrate his/her employees. Equally bad, a lack of decision will impede the progress of the manager's team.Some managers make endless requests for data as a way to postpone their having to make a decision. Employees end up spinning in circles, slicing and dicing the information far beyond what is truly needed for the manager to make a decision.Some managers are simply afraid to make a decision in fear of making a "wrong" decision. These managers don't necessarily request needless data, but simply just never…
  • How To Know When You Are Ready For Your Next Professional Challenge

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Liz Wiseman's latest book is Rookie SmartsIt's all about living and working perpetually on a learning curve. She contends that we do our best work when we are new to something. And, she teaches us how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible and youthful mindset called "rookie smarts.""Something magical happens when a skilled veteran successfully re-learns his rookie smarts and is still able to retain his veteran acumen," explains Wiseman.Wondering if you are ready for a new challenge?  Take a look at this list from Wiseman of the 10 signs that indicate you are ready…
  • The Ten Golden Rules Of Leadership

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Have you checked out the relatively new book, The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership:  Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders?As you dig in, you'll step back in time to learn philosophies of the past and how to apply them today.Authors M. A. Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas offer a fresh approach to becoming a great leader by learning from antiquity's great thinkers, such as Aristotle, Hesiod, Sophocles, Heraclitus, and others.Each chapter in the book is devoted to one philosophy of leadership that equate to ten simple rules:Know ThyselfOffice Shows the…
  • How To Lead During Six Moments That Matter

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    The book, Step Up, shows readers how to step up to the plate during six critical leadership moments.  Readers learn how to:Use anger intelligently in the workplace.Recognize and deal with terminal politeness.Make decisions when no one else is making them.Take ownership when others are externalizing a problem.Identify and leverage pessimism.Inspire others to take action.And, before you start to read the book, you can take (via a QR code in the book) a fifteen-minute online Step Up Leadership Assessment, which will give you instant feedback on your leadership…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • Two Resources with One Overriding Goal – Helping you Lead More Effectively

    Kevin Eikenberry
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Normally here each week I share one resource for your consideration. Sometimes it is something we have produced, sometimes not. Sometimes it is something free, sometimes not. Always they are things I recommend to you whole-heartedly, and with you in mind. Today, I want to briefly recommend two resources and I’m covering the gamut of […] The post Two Resources with One Overriding Goal – Helping you Lead More Effectively appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Helping Remote Workers Reach Their Goals

    Kevin Eikenberry
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Here are four easy tips for helping your remote workers be even more successful! Today I’m going to share one key to setting goals with a remote team member. Are you ready? Remote people are: • Remote • Isolated • Sometimes unclear • Less chance for interaction When these things are true, the importance of […] The post Remarkable TV: Helping Remote Workers Reach Their Goals appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Ten Ways to Turn Individual Contributors into Collaborative Colleagues

    Kevin Eikenberry
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    It happens often. You are leading a team and some (maybe all) of the members see themselves as individual contributors, not necessarily members of a team. They state (and show) that they’d rather work alone, and prefer individual accomplishments and results to tying their fortunes to a team. But you want a cohesive team – […] The post Ten Ways to Turn Individual Contributors into Collaborative Colleagues appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • ME, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Business and Life

    Kevin Eikenberry
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Gene Simmons Famous people from all walks of life write books about how they have achieved success. Many aren’t very good at all. If you don’t know much about KISS lead man and reality show star, Gene Simmons, you might put this book in that “less than good” pile. And that would be a […] The post ME, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Business and Life appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: The Power of Incremental Improvement

    Kevin Eikenberry
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Here’s a leadership lesson from Albert Einstein that shows us the power of continual and incremental learning. Many years ago when asked what the most powerful force in the universe was, Albert Einstein said, “compound interest.” What I am writing about today, might be, with all due respect to Albert, just as powerful. The reason […] The post Remarkable TV: The Power of Incremental Improvement appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
 
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    David Burkus

  • 0608 | Chris White

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

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

    david
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Herminia Ibarra is an expert on professional and leadership development. She is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning at INSEAD, the founding director of The Leadership Transition executive education program at INSEAD. She is the author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader. In this interview, we discuss how managers and executives at all levels can step up to leadership by making small but crucial changes in their jobs, their networks, and themselves. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook…
  • 0605 | L. David Marquet

    david
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    L. David Marquet is the author of Turn The Ship Around and the new workbook Turn YOUR Ship Around. He is a former submarine captain in the US Navy and sought-after leadership authority. In this interview, we discuss how to turn followers into leaders. Listen below or follow via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying it at www.audibletrial.com/lead.
  • Win a Malcolm Gladwell Box Set

    david
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    I blame Malcolm Gladwell. As an undergraduate English major, I read Blink for the first time. Not only did it relieve me to learn that I didn’t have to be a novelist to be a “writer,” but it also sparked my interest in social science. I blame Gladwell for setting me down the road I am on. His books are beautiful and this box set is the first book designed to match that beauty. Enter now to win a FREE copy of this box set. You’ll also win the book I wrote as a result of his work, The Myths of Creativity. Click here to enter I’ve designed this giveaway so that if you share the…
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • Is It Organizational Culture or Is It Just a Cult?

    Julie Diamond
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:40 am
    Earlier this month Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins successfully defended itself against a discrimination lawsuit filed by former partner Ellen Pao’s by embracing a defense rooted in “culture fit.” […] The post Is It Organizational Culture or Is It Just a Cult? appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • Elon Musk Isn’t Known For His Leadership, But That’s Okay

    Robert Cordray
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    Elon Musk is moving the ground underneath our feet. He has visions that are creating a new reality for us all. For the CTO and CEO at SpaceX, the CEO […] The post Elon Musk Isn’t Known For His Leadership, But That’s Okay appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • On Leadership and The Decision Before The Decision

    Dr. Dan Roberts
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:07 pm
    “Pay at the Pump” is perhaps in the top five of greatest things to ever happen in my life. Not because now I don’t have to carry enough cash to […] The post On Leadership and The Decision Before The Decision appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • L2L Weekender: Leading Your Personal Wealth

    Tom Schulte
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    L2L Weekender is a new occasional series that provides a deeper dive into topics that can help leaders grow and expand in their personal and professional lives. To Plan or […] The post L2L Weekender: Leading Your Personal Wealth appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
  • L2L Infographic: The Self-Made Billionaire

    Tom Schulte
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    L2L Infographic: The Self-Made Billionaire Infographic Courtesy of Brighton School of Business and Managment The post L2L Infographic: The Self-Made Billionaire appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • New Job Making You Crazy? Ask Madeleine

    Madeleine
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    Dear Madeleine: I have recently been transferred to be the principal of a college. I am tasked with lecturing as well as ensuring that the curriculum is quality assured and that financial management and procurement systems are in place.  My challenge is that I can’t find time enough to lead. When I came, I found nothing in place. I spend my days literally fighting fires ‎and troubleshooting. I need some structure so that I can have meaningful time to get to know my colleagues as well as the students. Please advise how to deal with the madness that is my work. Once I get a grip on…
  • Leadership Transparency: 3 Ways to Be More Open with Your People

    David Witt
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
      Leadership is not something you do to people, it’s something you do with people. Letting people know what they can expect from you underscores the idea that leadership is a partnering process. That’s one of the messages that Ken Blanchard highlights in his work with senior leaders. Blanchard underscores the idea that leadership transparency is a key element of success in today’s organizations. That’s because transparency gives employees a chance to see the “person behind the position” in their organization. This willingness on the part of leaders to share a little bit of…
  • What Do Workers Want? Better communication with their leader for starters

    Mary Ellen Sailer
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    Earlier this month, I noticed that a few of my Facebook friends were posting a link to a Wall Street Journal post titled What Do Workers Want from the Boss? The article describes the results of a Gallup study showing that employees want communication, a trusting relationship, and clear measurement standards from their immediate supervisor. I messaged some of my friends to learn why they posted the article. They all replied that the findings matched their own experience and they wanted to share. In fact, each of them told me about how a negative experience in one of these areas had resulted…
  • Dealing With Someone Who Has Quit and Stayed: Ask Madeleine

    Madeleine
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    Dear Madeleine, I’ve got a member of my team who has “retired in place.” No matter what I try, I can’t get him to engage. Any thoughts? Frustrated Dear Frustrated, I think the only thing to do in this situation is to have a serious sit-down with your disengaged team member. First, put the facts as you see them on the table and let him know you’re looking for a substantial change in attitude and behavior. Be prepared with: A clear vision of what it would look like if he were to “come out of retirement”—a picture of a job well done. Concrete observations of how his…
  • Virtual Team Too Big? 3 Warning Signs

    Carmela Southers
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    Because of the diversity of ideas and perspectives, virtual teams are the ideal forum to gather best practices and implement changes across geographical and organizational boundaries. Unfortunately, time zone challenges and large group meetings with little time for involvement mean most virtual teams do not live up to their potential. How do you as a virtual team leader balance the need for team member involvement with the need to accomplish results in a timely manner? You create the right team structure to efficiently leverage diversity of thought. Instead of inviting everyone to every…
 
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    Ravi Pratap Singh

  • 15 Quotes To Inspire Employee Engagement

    Ravi Pratap Singh
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:14 pm
    “When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” The above quote by Betty Bender aptly sums up what we, at Learnnovators, unrelentlessly strive to make our workplace into… a home away from home for our employees. A place where our team members are respected, valued, empowered, recognized, motivated… and engaged! Today’s forward-thinking organizations are no longer content with keeping their employees “satisfied”… instead, they are spending more and more time designing innovative methods to keep their employees “engaged”. So what exactly is…
  • Do You ENJOY Or ENDURE Your Job?

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

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

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

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

  • Three Ways We Make Resistance More Frustrating Than It Really Is

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

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

    Heather Stagl
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    The dictionary definition of resistance is: Any force that slows down or prevents motion. So, naturally we define resistance to change as any force that slows down or prevents change. The funny thing is that we don’t really detect resistance unless people aren’t changing as quickly or as enthusiastically or as smoothly as we expect. Otherwise we would think that everything is fine. But instead we see behaviors that we interpret as people digging in their heels, trying to keep change from happening, and we label it Resistance. Because people are creative about pushing back without being…
  • Interview: Creating a Deliberately Developmental Organization

    Heather Stagl
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Andy Fleming, CEO & Founding Principal at Way to Grow, Inc. joined the show this month to tell us about Deliberately Developmental Organizations. Listen to learn what they are, and why you’d want your organization to be one, and how to go about implementing it in your organization. Listen to the show here (30 minutes):
  • Ten Types of Organizational Change

    Heather Stagl
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    Organizational change, or the change that happens at work, encompasses many different types of projects. While the general approach to influencing change is similar across projects, the specific details of how you implement each project will depend on what you’re trying to change. The first step towards customizing your change management approach is defining your change. To help you identify the type of change you’re implementing, here are ten examples of organizational change projects. Do you see yours on the list? Increasing Engagement In order to improve results, a manufacturer sought…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • Mediocrity Is Not an Option

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

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

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

    Utpal Vaishnav
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    Do you know what’s your self worth? Are you in search of things that are beyond the logical boundaries of sorts? Do you believe in … yourself, your vision, your co-founders, your product idea … … and your startup so deeply that others find your beliefs highly opinionated, unreasonable and outside the generally accepted norms? If so, then chances are you might be creating your destiny in a way you won’t regret later. But if your default is to never sound opinionated, unreasonable and you always strive to act within the accepted norms, then you’re probably…
  • Startup Founders And Social Validation

    Utpal Vaishnav
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    What is your first response when you encounter a tremor? You wonder if anyone else has also noticed the tremor. The need for “validation” is widespread and happens for incidents that don’t involve tremor as well. If those in your group feel something, you’ll too. That’s the reason we look around before we start clapping on really good speech by that inspiring guest speaker. Why should it matter if people in  your group felt the way you did about the episode? Because it matters. A lot. Social validation matters. Startup founders are no different. They…
 
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    It's Worth Noting | By Levi Smith

  • Where I’ve been

    Levi Smith
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:08 pm
    I owe you an explanation. If you’ve followed It’s Worth Noting for very long you’ve probably noticed that 2014 was a relatively quiet year in terms of new posts. The reason is pretty simple – I’ve been busy working on launching a new company while also running Luvo Group, Woodpile BBQ and trying to be a good husband, father and friend! I miss writing. With new lessons and insights to share from my latest entrepreneurial adventure, I’m excited about getting back into the writing routine this year. I appreciate you coming along for the journey. A bit…
  • A simple “Is it worth my time to improve?” calculator

    Levi Smith
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    I’m an optimizer by nature. I notice opportunities for small improvements to save time or money that are only motivating when you think about the time or money saved over the course of a year. I call this the “Accumulated Efficiency Effect“. I’ve also written a related post about the “Power of 10x Problem Solving“. But how do you know whether a small inefficiency is actually worth the time and effort to improve with a better tool or automation? Well, I’ve got a calculator for that. This little gem will help you figure out whether saving a minute or…
  • Are all your leaders worth following?

    Levi Smith
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:13 pm
    What if you walked into your business tomorrow, tossed the handbook and told your employees that from this point forward they should simply mimic the behavior of their supervisor or manager? Aside from giving HR and Legal a heart attack, would this shift result in better or worse behavior? Better or worse performance? Probably depends on the leader. If your company is like most, you have a least a few managers or supervisors that you don’t want to replicate. They may be high performers on paper, but they don’t align well with the company’s mission, vision and values. They…
  • Stop paying for performance

    Levi Smith
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    It’s a best practice of countless companies and a recommendation from even more consultants, advisors and the like. Identify the key metrics for success in your business, measure them and incentivize your team to hit or exceed those metrics with a reward, usually monetary. Pay for performance. The trouble though with typical pay for performance programs is that they only measure and incentivize outcomes. Sales quotas are a classic example. New revenue is measured and if a salesperson meets or exceeds their revenue quota, they get a reward. The measurement and reward system can be…
  • Do you have any canaries to warn you of trouble?

    Levi Smith
    20 Feb 2014 | 10:04 am
    You’ve probably heard about how miners used to bring caged canaries with them deep into mine shafts. If any harmful gases emerged, the canaries would die, giving the miners sign of trouble while they still had time to get out. Having easily observable indicators of coming trouble is really helpful, not just in mines, but in all areas of life. As we go about our days, weeks and months it’s easy to get lost in the details and fail to see trouble brewing until it hits us hard and has significant consequences. If you can identify a few leading indicators or “canaries” that…
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    Eblin Group

  • What’s the Difference Between Executive Presence and Leadership Presence?

    Scott
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    The title of this post is a question I was asked yesterday during an interview for the book summary service Get Abstract. (Audio excerpts from the interview will be available in a few months.) While I guess I’ve thought about the difference between executive and leadership presence over the years (I wrote a book on the latter after all), I have never had the question put to me that directly.
  • Mindful Mondays: Look for the Space Between the Waves

    Scott
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    One of the great things about having old friends is that they can remind you of things that you said once but have since forgotten. That happened to me last week when I spent time with my dear friend, Rae Ringel, at a training program for faculty members of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program. In an early conversation last week, Rae told me that she still remembered what I had shared with her about “bardo” when she was a student in the program 9 or 10 years ago. The blank look on my face said it all. I had totally forgotten about bardo.
  • Are You Ready to Change the Way You Think About Leadership?

    Scott
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    When you think of the word “leader” what comes to mind? For lots of people, the picture that comes to mind is the charismatic visionary that sets a direction that people want to follow. All too often, that model of leadership fails because the followers inevitably end up disappointed and disengaged when the leader is incapable of delivering everything he or she promised. (Audio)
  • Mindful Mondays: What Are You More Likely to Remember?

    Scott
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    So the original plan for this past weekend was to get caught up on some work while my wife, Diane, was away at a conference in Las Vegas. To some degree, that was the plan for both of us. We have a couple of big new projects coming on line so Diane took her computer with her and planned on doing some work in the evenings as well. And that’s pretty much how Friday night went down. She had dinner, played roulette for an hour or so and went back to her room to work on our website. Meanwhile, I was in our apartment in Los Angeles clearing out emails and other tasks while an HBO documentary on…
  • Three Signs That You Have Too Much Executive Presence

    Scott
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    It’s common for leaders who want to make a bigger impact to work on building their executive presence. It’s so common, in fact, that my company offers a seven month group coaching program for high potential leaders slated for executive roles. Our goal in that program is to make the often discussed but rarely clearly defined topic of executive presence a tangible and actionable thing to develop. We try to move away from the “I know it when I see it,” definition of executive presence by focusing on specific behaviors and tactics related to factors like showing up with an appropriate…
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    StrategyDriven

  • Motivation Is An Inside Job

    Sharon Drew Morgen
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    Why do we do what we do? What causes us to succeed, fail, procrastinate? Is it our environment? Our biology? Our New Year’s resolutions? There’s much debate why our motivation goals fail and how to resolve them. I believe we’re addressing the wrong issues. Why Promoting Behavior Change Causes Resistance Everything I’ve read on resolving ‘motivation’ issues focus on behaviors: why, how, when. Courses, keynote speakers, books, attempts to pump up, stimulate, and otherwise inspire. All trying to cause the ineffective behaviors to change to effective ones. But change doesn’t…
  • 3.5 BIG Questions and 3.5 BIGGER Answers

    Jeffrey Gitomer
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    1. How come people don’t call me back? People not calling you back is not a problem, it’s a symptom. Here are some of the real reasons people don’t call you back: 1. Boring message. 2. Insincere message. 3. Sales message not a value message. 4. Self-serving message. 5. No humor employed. 6. Non-compelling message. How should you leave a voicemail? Answer: Give your name and number first Offer facts and valuable information on what they want to hear (not what you have to sell) – 30 words or less and ASK for a callback or text Give your name and number AGAIN NOTE: If you have nothing of…
  • The Big Picture of Business – The Fatal Flaws of Corporate Thinking

    Hank Moore
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:21 am
    Barriers to Progress and Business Growth Every business, company or organization goes through cycles in its evolution. At any point, each program or business unit is in a different phase from the others. Every astute organization assesses the status of each branch on its Business Tree™ and orients its management and team members to meet constant changes and fluctuations. It’s not that some organizations ‘click’ and others do not. Multiple factors cause momentum, or the lack thereof. As companies operate, all make honest and predictable mistakes. Those with a willingness to…
  • Using Buyer Personas During Pre-Sales Stages

    Sharon Drew Morgen
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    Buyer Personas do a great job targeting marketing and sales campaigns to reach the most probable buying audience. But it’s possible to make them even more efficient. Here’s a question: Do you want to sell/market? Or have someone buy? The belief is that if you can sell/market appropriately – the right campaign to the right buyer with the right solution at the right time – buyers will buy. If that were true, you’d be closing a helluva lot more than you’re closing. Sure, Buyer Personas make a difference in your close rate. But it could be higher. Currently, your targeted campaigns…
  • Proper, pointed, precise, purposeful response shortens the sales cycle.

    Jeffrey Gitomer
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    How do you respond to your customer’s words and barriers? The answer is: CAREFULLY, TRUTHFULLY, and with AUTHORITY. Whether it’s a bold statement in response to a challenge, or a it’s promise you make in order to gain buyer confidence, or it’s a guarantee that provides the prospect with peace of mind, whether it’s an irrefutable fact to prove your point, or it’s your ability to communicate passionately to the perspective buyer, the right words can create a buying atmosphere and complete a sale in a very few minutes. The challenge to you, the salesperson, is to be prepared to…
 
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    Management is a Journey

  • What Great Leaders Have In Common!

    Robert Tanner
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    VIDEO: What Great Leaders Have in Common!  
  • Presidential Leadership Quotes

    Robert Tanner
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:18 pm
    A great way to learn how to do something is to talk to someone who has already done it. Having already traveled your path, they have an invaluable perspective that you can apply to your efforts. This is true for leadership also. You can become a better leader by taking sound advice from people who have […]
  • How the World of Work is Changing

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

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

    Robert Tanner
    2 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Video: Three Tips for Effective Active Listening There is a critical leadership skill that gets little respect. In fact, many leaders could immediately improve their effectiveness, if they made the time to use this skill correctly. What’s this skill? It’s old fashioned listening. This video will provide steps every manager (and person) can take to […]
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    Exkalibur.com

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    Lary Kirchenbauer
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
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    Lary Kirchenbauer
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
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  • Does Your Meeting Look Like This? Gee, I wonder why nothing is getting done?

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    As we begin the countdown to Leadercast 2015, we get an inside look at a typical office meeting. Share your best story from one of your crazy meetings on our Facebook page. The post Does Your Meeting Look Like This? Gee, I wonder why nothing is getting done? appeared first on Exkalibur.com.
  • Are you a Successful Leader? Are you a Lifelong Learner? Pick Two!

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    When we’re in the Spotlight of Leadership, our behavior is always on display. What are these behaviors and where can we get Inspiration to be a Leader Worth Following? As a leader, you don’t have the luxury of paying attention to just a few things, or only to what you most enjoy. There are simply too many issues that confront you as a leader working hard to build a successful organization: How can I develop a world-class leadership team to make sure we’re growing in a competitive environment? How can I build an accountable organization that collaborates to achieve the best…
  • 16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am

    Lary Kirchenbauer
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The post appeared first on Exkalibur.com.
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    The Clemmer Group » Blog

  • Feedback Webinar: You Need It, Your Employees Want It !

    Jim Clemmer
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    We are often asked, “What is the one thing a person ought to do to be a better leader and have a more successful career?” While it is difficult to narrow down the list to just one thing, there is one that seems to surface over and over again in our research. That one thing is having the ability to ask for and respond to feedback from others. When we look at our 360 survey data we can see an absolute correlation between the ability to ask for feedback and the overall effectiveness of leaders. And giving effective feedback is a cornerstone coaching skill with major impact on…
  • 9 Problems with 360 Multi-Rater Assessments

    Jim Clemmer
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Feedback is critical to leadership effectiveness and development. That’s why 360 Multi-Rater Assessments are used by over 90% of Fortune 500 companies. But many organizations are now experiencing these problems: Focusing on a leader’s weaknesses and skill gaps — many participants find the 360 process negative and punishing. Some executives are now banning 360s from their organizations because of the pain and suffering they can cause. Pre and post-tests prove that “Building Leadership Strengths is 2 – 3 Times More Effective Than Fixing Weaknesses“. Survey…
  • Re-Fired with Building Strengths

    Jim Clemmer
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    It’s been three years since Jack Zenger and I had one of our periodic update conversations after we headed off in different directions over 20 years ago. Our previous companies, The Achieve Group and Zenger Miller, had worked together for more than a decade. When this conversation took place with Jack, my wife, Heather, and I were just back from a one month dream cruise of Hawaii and the South Pacific to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. In addition to warm reflections on our decades together since our Hawaiian honeymoon as newlyweds barely out of our teens, Heather and I were…
  • New White Paper: How Developing a Coaching Culture Pays Off

    Jim Clemmer
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Most people know that the difference between incompetent coaches and extraordinary coaches is huge. What’s often more surprising are these big differences between OK or mediocre coaching at the 50th percentile and outstanding coaching skills at the 90th percentile: 28% versus 46% of employees willing to “go the extra mile.” Employee commitment jumps from the 58th to the 89th percentile. A drop from 35% to 22% of employees thinking about quitting. An increase from 3.4 to 4.6 on a 5 point scale in response to “I am giving a real opportunity to improve my skills in the…
  • New Survey Showing a Strengths Revolution in our Workplaces

    Jim Clemmer
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    In 2001 only 2 out of 10 people reported that they had a chance to do what they do best every day at work. In 2015 this more than doubled to 5 out of every 10 people. Michelle McQuaid is an honorary fellow at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education, holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently completing her PhD in Appreciative Inquiry. Michelle has just published the results of a survey of over 1,000 employees representing a cross-section of American workplaces. She’s compiled the results in powerful infographics…
 
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    Author Chris Brady's Blog

  • Orrin Woodward: Financial Matrix Scam Exposed

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

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

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

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

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

  • Leadership Lessons to Draw from Lee Kuan Yew in an Era of Change

    Cindy Stuckey
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    “We have created this out of nothingness, from 150 souls in a minor fishing village into the biggest metropolis two degrees north of the equator.” – Singapore founding father, Lee Kuan Yew.  Overcoming numerous challenges post-independence and moving the country forward amidst tumultuous times, the late founding father of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, devoted his entire lifetime to building what is now regarded as one of the world’s most economically strong and resilient nations. In the weeks since Mr. Lee died, I’ve seen countless articles and reflections extolling his leadership…
  • Taking Pride in Using the “S” Word

    Ainsley McLeod
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Sales in the English language is defined as “the exchange of a commodity for money” Unfortunately it is often perceived as buyer manipulation. Hence the reason many sales professionals can sometimes feel hesitant to talk about their roles in anticipation that they will be perceived negatively.However, quite the opposite is true. Selling represents the foundation and life blood of every private business and the discipline requires a complex set of consulting skills, including the classic skills of asking questions and listening to address the buyer’s needs and expectations. Sales is a…
  • Leadership Lessons from the Rugby Pitch

    Martin Slattery
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The recent Six Nations Rugby Championship was a demonstration of high team performance and great leadership across the board….well at least from Wales, Ireland and England! This was best demonstrated on the last day of the championship or “Super Saturday” as it was called, with one game after another. It saw extraordinary pace maintained from beginning to end with the three teams (Wales, Ireland and England) all in the frame to be crowned 6 Nations Champions. Each result had a direct impact on how the next game had to be played out and the pressure built with each point scored. The need…
  • Celebrating Women in Business – Part 2

    Janine Carlson
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Launched last month to mark the International Women’s Day, we continue our series to inspire aspiring female leaders – this month with Janine Carlson, our APAC Marketing Director, who looks at her own aspirations, challenges and experiences that lead her to where she is today. Janine Carlson, Marketing Director, Forum APAC What did you want to be when you were a kid? When I was a child I was intrigued by a pretty broad range of things I could be when I grew up. Tops on the list were pilot, electrician, archaeologist, actress and Olympic gymnast. So naturally I became a marketing…
  • Forum Named a Top 20 Sales Training Company by TrainingIndustry.com for Fifth Consecutive Year

    Brian Hawthorne
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The Forum Corporation is once again pleased to announce that we have been named a Top 20 Sales Training Company by TrainingIndustry.com for a fifth consecutive year! This award would not be possible without the continued relationships of our exceptional clients and partners who work with us to help salespeople develop strategy-specific skills and improve their overall performance. TrainingIndustry.com compiles its annual Top 20 Sales Training Companies list to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of outstanding service, and a proven track record for…
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    Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership

  • What is Vision?

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

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

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    Your questions determine the quality of your answers. They determine the quality of your day. A good question will get you a lot farther than a quick answer. Powerful Morning Questions Start your day with focus and energy by taking a few moments to answer these questions. 1. What will give me joy today? 2. What am I excited about accomplishing today? 3. Who needs my help today? Powerful Evening Questions Your day will take on greater meaning and will end on a better note if you take a few moments to answer these questions before you go to sleep. 1. What am I proud of? 2. Who do I love?
  • The 9 Essential Leadership Strategies in The Age of Information

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:50 am
    Once upon a time, in a land called Industrial Age, the leaders of organizations resided at the top of a hierarchy, managers were in the middle, and workers were supervised. It was the job of leaders to do the important thinking and the job of managers and supervisors to make sure it was implemented. Because no one cared what the managers, supervisors and workers thought, many of them parked their brains at the door as they came to work. Others only used part of their brains, limiting their focus to implementation without regard for the impact on the larger organization. Eventually the…
  • How to Change Someone Who Doesn’t Want to Change

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:08 am
    The post How to Change Someone Who Doesn’t Want to Change appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.
 
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    Braithwaite Innovation Group

  • Leaders Go First!

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

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

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

    Debora McLaughlin
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Debora McLaughlin, CEO of The Renegade Leader Coaching and Consulting Group, executive coach, and author. Debora helps business owners, executives, and managers ignite their inner renegade leader to unleash their full potential, drive their visions, and yield positive results both in business and in life.     I’d like to see business ... The post Women, High Heels and L.E.A.D. appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • Solitude: a surprise tool for making important decisions

    Edward G. Brown
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    Edward G. Brown is today’s guest contributor. He is the author of The Time Bandit Solution: Recovering Stolen Time You Never Knew You Had and co-founder of Cohen Brown Management Group, the #1 firm in culture change management consulting and training for the financial services industry. You can connect with Edward on Twitter.   “What? ... The post Solitude: a surprise tool for making important decisions appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
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    Leadership Learning Community blogs

  • Building Networks and Movements for Social Justice

    LLC Staff
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Building Networks and Movements for Social JusticeLessons from the Pioneers in Justice Leadership ProgramBy Heather McLeod Grant and Daniel Lee As leaders of nonprofits know, the social sector is at a critical inflection point, with external forces challenging many of our old ways of working. As the Leadership Learning Community (LLC) and others have written, new technologies are disrupting traditional approaches and breaking down silos within and between organizations. Simultaneously, collaboration and "networking" is becoming the new norm, rather than the exception. In response to…
  • Walking The Talk

    Miriam Persley
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    As Americans continue to explore racial disparities, we are seeing an increase of conversations. This month alone, coffee-giant Starbucks wanted to jump into the conversation. Although the execution failed for many reasons (haphazard decision without enough preparation, failure to fund a strong execution, did not plan for their customers’ time constraints, and more[1])  the conversations continue every day.I’ve noticed more media outlets have are giving air time to engage on this conversation. For instance this week, National Public Radio engaged people through Twitter in their…
  • Sneak Preview: Leadership Development and Large Scale Change

    Deborah Meehan
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Over the past six months, LLC has taken a deep dive into the question of “leadership for what?”  For example, leadership development programs are often designed with the hope that participants will make more progress on tough social issues; like climate change or income disparities; and that the leadership development  support they have provided will have played some part in this progress on what we are referring to as large scale change.  We are challenging ourselves to raise our expectations; that in addition to individual growth and development we can and should…
  • Sharing Our Progress towards Strategic Goals

    Natalia Castaneda
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    In 2000, the LLC team and Advisory Board developed a set of strategic goals for 2017.  The goals were divided amongst the core areas of our work, which include knowledge development and network engagement.  To prepare for our next board meeting, we have reflected on our progress towards those goals and have thought of ideas for continuing to accomplish them.  We wanted to share our progress with you, our community, since you are an integral part of our work.Knowledge DevelopmentOur goal was to develop five additional thought-pieces by 2017 to compliment the publications that we…
  • Upcoming Webinar | Leading for Results: From Collective Impact to Large-Scale Social Change

    LLC Staff
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
     Presenters: Ashley B. Stewart, Senior Associate, Talent and Leadership Development, Annie E. Casey FoundationMichelle Martin, Chief Operating Officer, Northside Achievement Zone2015-04-17 LLC Webinar Series | Leading for Results: From Collective Impact to Large-Scale Social Change from Leadership Learning Community on Vimeo Suggested Donation $30 Description:What is the best way for leaders in the field of social change to move from intention to action? How can diverse groups work together to improve outcomes for children and families? For more than 20…
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    LeadershipWatch

  • What Western Business Leaders Learn in China

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

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

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

    Aad Boot
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Not so long ago, I was asked by a client to help with the rollout of a large corporate transformation program. One thing quickly became clear: producing tangible results will in large part depend on the quality of collaboration between...
  • Leading Indian-Dutch Business Teams: 3 Insights that Help Create Results

    Aad Boot
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I advised and facilitated newly formed Indian-Dutch business teams – this in the context of a recent acquisition of a Dutch and very innovative SME by an Indian multinational in the pharmaceutical sector. I (myself...
 
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    Travis Robertson » Travis Robertson - Robertson Coaching International

  • Overcoming The Sales Wall

    Travis Robertson
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Do you ever encounter a sales wall? When people encounter a sales person, or are about to be sold, they have a wall that quickly goes up. Figure out what you need to be doing when a lead comes in to make sure you get around their own personal sales walls! The post Overcoming The Sales Wall appeared first on Travis Robertson.
  • Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

    Travis Robertson
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    In business and in life, success is going to come on the back side of discomfort. It comes after we’ve pushed and challenged ourselves. But somewhere along the line, a lot of people started believing that success should come easy. That it’s all champagne, private jets and Bentleys. It’s not. Success is hard. But it’s the hard work that makes everything worth it in the end. So step out of your comfort zone and get comfortable being uncomfortable! Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable The Navy SEALS have an inspiring principal which is this: get comfortable being…
  • How to Negotiate Your Commission

    Travis Robertson
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Commission negotiation is something that scares a lot of agents. But did you know that you can set yourself up to get the commissions that you want and more importantly that you deserve? We know how hard you work, now it’s up to you to show your clients that so that they don’t fight you, but actually appreciate what you do, and are willing to pay whatever commission you want to charge! How to Negotiate Your Commission When the topic of commission comes up, a lot of people freak out because they don’t know how to handle the downward pressure that we’re experiencing on…
  • Creating a Daily Routine

    Travis Robertson
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Have you ever wondered how the most successful agents structure their days? It’s a question that comes up a lot so, I’m going to walk you through how to create a daily routine just like the top agents in the industry. Having a routine may be the most important step you can take if you want to grow your income. Yet so few agents actually have one. Develop yours today! Creating a Daily Routine Have you ever wondered how to create a daily routine they can help ensure your success, that can help put you on the right path every single day that you wake up, and move you towards the…
  • How to Convert More Listing Appointments

    Travis Robertson
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    If you want to ensure that when you walk into a listing appointment you’re walking away with the listing, there’s a few things you have to be doing. Whether it’s implementing a strategic marketing plan, creating testimonial videos, or mastering your professional listing presentation, you need to develop a strategy to stay in front of your leads before and after the appointment! How to Convert More Listing Appointments Converting on listing appointments are something a lot of agents could use some help on. Have you ever wondered what you could be doing to improve your…
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    Minding Gaps

  • Seven Things I Learned From Losing My Temper

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

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

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

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

    Minding Gaps
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:05 pm
    By Thomas J. Lee Anyone who watched the Academy Awards the other night — and 36 million people did — had to be struck by the courageous candor of Graham Moore, the 33-year-old writer who won an Oscar for The Imitation Game screenplay. The movie starred Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the brilliant British mathematician who is remembered today as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. Turing did as much as anyone to win World War II for the Allies by cracking Enigma, the Third Reich's complex, mechanized process of encoding messages. In spite of his intellectual…
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Hooray! Celebrating Your Leadership Strengths

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    Oftentimes, leaders focus on their skill gaps, the things they need to work on. But what about focusing on strengths instead, and finding ways to leverage those skills and talents within the organization? Halogen’s VP of Human Resources, Dominique Jones, shares why it can be a good idea to stop and take time to smell the roses.
  • Branham300 Shows ICT Talent Is Fueling Growth

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:58 am
    The Branham300 list of top Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies was announced yesterday. With so many news reports about tech talent shortages in Canada, it’s positive to see that there are so many technology companies thriving and growing.
  • Before You Start Succession Planning… Do This

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    There’s no doubt that succession planning will be a top priority over the next few years. If organizations want to be prepared for the future, they have to create succession plans. However, by definition, a succession plan is about understanding the components of jobs, the talent landscape, and bringing those together to fill future positions. Job descriptions are an essential first step.
  • Are You an Effective, Trustworthy Leader?

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    The most effective leaders are those who have built a relationship of trust with their employees. Sounds simple, right? But building trust can be a huge challenge. Find out how to do a self-assessment of your leadership skills, and determine the best ways to build your employees’ trust in you as a leader.
  • Why Resumes are Bad for Business

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Resumes are bad for business because of the transactional behaviors that they elicit from people and organizations. Meaning, the traditional means of people and organizations finding each other is transactional. Don’t believe us? Check out what our very own “Recruitment and Talent Branding Magician", John Fleischauer, had to say at a TEDxKanata event.
 
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    mgmtideas.com - Latest Content

  • Idea from the Vault: Telling Your Company's Story in Video

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    There's a new story at your business every day. Maybe you dreamed up a great idea or shot down a bad one. Maybe a customer surprised you with the way he or she uses your product. Perhaps a client or an employee came to you with a suggestion for something you'd never thought of before. There are hidden opportunities in these everyday moments. They make great stories—and in today's business world, you're missing an opportunity if you ignore a good story. That's because great brands are the ones that tell the best stories. Sure, good products and service matter, but stories are what connect…
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  • New Article: How to Avoid Corporate Middle-Age Spread

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    As organizations go from birth to maturity to middle age, they tend to become flabby and fail to spend enough time on the things that made them successful in the beginning. This article looks at how to measure and manage the time your employees and partners spend on valuable versus possibly time-wasting activities. Author(s): Mark Graham Brown Source(s): Business Finance Magazine
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  • Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    On the playing field or in the boardroom, high performance depends as much on how people renew and recover energy as on how they expend it, on how they manage their lives as much as on how they manage their work. When people feel strong and resilient-physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually - they perform better, with more passion, for longer. They win, their families win, and the corporations that employ them win.
 
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    Peter Barron Stark Companies

  • Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions

    Peter Barron Stark
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    All great leaders make regrettable decisions and mistakes. In fact, if you’re not making mistakes or bad decisions, then you’re not taking enough risks or learning enough to continue growing as a leader. When Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, was asked by a reporter, “How did you become so successful?” Walton answered, “I’ve made a lot of good decisions.” When he was then asked how he learned to make good decisions, Walton replied, “By making a lot of bad decisions.” Decisions, which can lead to either acts of genius or some pretty impressive mistakes, are judgements…
  • What Will Your Leadership Legacy Say About You?

    Peter Barron Stark
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    Leadership is often messy and unpredictable. Leaders today are trying to do more with fewer resources, and in a shorter timeframe. In addition to managing limited resources, leaders are expected to build solid professional relationships, coach and mentor employees, be in tune with team morale, manage conflict, and successfully navigate corporate culture . . . and that’s just the short list of expectations.  The ways in which you handle these expectations are the daily deposits you put into your leadership legacy account. Many leaders think that their legacy will be built much later in…
  • 8 Ways to Convince Your Top Talent to Leave

    Peter Barron Stark
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    When it comes to supervisors and managers, I would confidently state that about half of them have the desire to learn, grow and become great leaders, and the other half suffers from Popeye Syndrome. These managers rationalize all their leadership actions with Popeye’s go-to quote, “I am what I am.”  These Popeye Syndrome managers believe that the world needs to be completely responsive to them and their expectations, and place little value on others’ expectations of them. When the economy is as bad as it was during the Great Recession, employees were not leaving their positions, no…
  • The One Sentence Innovative Leaders Should Fear

    Peter Barron Stark
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    “We’ve never done it that way before.” Nothing cripples change and innovation faster than these 7 little words, and the mindset of the person who spoke them. The individuals pointing out the obvious are, in fact, usually correct. If it’s a change, chances are it hasn’t been done in that way, at that company, with that team, before. Change is uncomfortable, and hesitation is to be expected. When that sentence is used to justify why change shouldn’t happen, however, you’ve got a problem. As a leader, it is your job to successfully lead and implement the changes needed to keep your…
  • The Arrogant Leadership Test

    Peter Barron Stark
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Arrogant leaders operate under the belief that they are simply confident go-getters. Actually, arrogant leaders believe a lot of things about themselves that are; A) false, and B) severely detrimental to their success as a leader. Arrogance is leadership repellant. There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. When leaders are confident, they have a deep belief in their ability to make a difference in the world. Confidence is an important competency in leadership, and it is critical to your success. Confidence is motivating and inspirational to others.  It gives you the ability to…
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    WordPress.com News

  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Your Account

    Eric Binnion
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Because we want to make WordPress.com accounts as secure as we can, we’ve made it easier for you to set up two-factor authentication for your account, so you can take advantage of the top-of-the-line security standard. WordPress.com has supported two-factor authentication (2FA) since 2013. Also known as two-step verification, two-factor authentication allows you to protect your WordPress.com account with both a password and a time-sensitive code you get from your mobile device. To enable two-step authentication, tap your profile picture to jump into the “Me” section and hit the Security…
  • New Themes: Ecto and Coherent

    David A. Kennedy
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Today, we’d like you to meet the two newest themes added to the WordPress.com collection: Ecto and Coherent. Ecto With a light color scheme, bold typography, and full-width images that draw readers straight to your content, Ecto is perfect for blogs of all kinds. Inspired by the Casper theme, Ecto lets you add a personal touch to posts and pages with large featured images in the header area. Ecto also includes these features: Social Links Menu Featured Images Site Logo Post Formats Custom Menus Widgets Custom Background and Custom Header Read more about Ecto on the Theme…
  • Ensuring Your Site is Mobile-Friendly

    Krista
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Today, Google released a change to its algorithm that gives higher search scores to sites it deems “mobile-friendly.” Curious WordPressers might be asking: How can I be sure my site is mobile-friendly? What can I do if my site is not mobile-friendly? 1. See if your site is mobile-friendly Visit Google’s mobile-friendly test link and enter your site’s address (e.g., http://dailypost.wordpress.com or http://automattic.com). Google will then analyze your site and declare it mobile-friendly or not. Did your site pass? YAY! Pass GO and collect $200 from the Community Chest.
  • Social Media Icons Widget

    Chris
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Now available in a widget dashboard near you, we present the Social Media Icons Widget! No longer do you have to fiddle around with complicated HTML code to add beautiful social media icons to your blog or website. With this new widget, you can add icons for the most popular social networks in no time. The icons are linked to your social media profiles, making it easy for your readers to follow your latest status updates. The Old Way The New Way Currently, we support adding social media icons for the most popular social networks, including: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn…
  • New Theme: Cyanotype

    Takashi Irie
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s the time of the week again, Happy Theme Thursday! We’re pleased to present a new free theme, Cyanotype: Cyanotype Cyanotype, designed by yours truly, is a monochromatic blog theme with a bold, yet simple look that sets your blog apart from the rest. Pick your favorite background color or image to lend your personal flair. Cyanotype also supports the following popular features: Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Cyanotype on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!Filed under:…
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    The Modern Servant Leader

  • Real Time Listening in Digital Media for People Leaders

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    Click here if you are unable to see the video.In Paradigm Flip, I introduced three types of listening in digital media for people leaders to monitor the online conversation about their business or non-profit and it’s industry:1. Real Time: A real-time monitor streams content as it occurs in real-time online, from a specific source.2. Comprehensive: The comprehensive monitor captures new content, anywhere publicly available online, but runs in batches. So you might not see it for days or even weeks after the content posted.3. Analytic: Analytic listening is similar to comprehensive,…
  • How to be a Bad Boss

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    We can be really stupid leaders sometimes and that leads to being a bad boss. I can say this because I’ve done it. I still do it sometimes. I can be a bad boss and I bet you can too. Here’s how:1. Focus on what your boss thinks of you more than what’s right for the organization.2. Take the big, “important” projects for yourself rather than provide them as opportunities for the team.3. Spend a lot of time “heads down” on your “work” rather than “heads up” with your team.4. Talk too much5. Listen too little6. Assume7. Ignore…
  • Our Leadership Failure in Academia

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    Every high school senior has one goal in common when applying to college: displaying leadership qualities.Every higher learning institution has this as an “expectation” of applicants. Then, these same institutions all claim they develop students to be great leaders by the time they graduate. They may describe it in a different manner. They may even define leadership different. However, they all claim to be a great institution for building future leaders.Now, how many of these institutions actually have a course in leadership as a core requirement? Very few. A tiny percentage of…
  • You Must Serve to be Great

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:33 pm
    You don’t have to be great to serve, but you must serve to be great. -Jon GordonIf you want to be a great leader, you must serve. Jon Gordon got it right when he said this at the World LEADERS Conference. Service comes before greatness, but greatness is not a requirement to serve. I’ve said time and again, to lead you must serve because if you’re not serving others, you are self-serving and that’s not leadership.Why Greatness Requires ServiceJon takes that view a step further: greatness requires service. How right that is. Here’s why:1. Great results are…
  • Afraid? Stop Being So Selfish!

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    One of the hardest lessons I ever learned was that I couldn’t lead what I needed. I was reminded of this when I recently heard Ken Blanchard say, “Fear and self-doubt is an ego problem. Why? Because you are focusing on yourself.”As a leader, you should be prepared to face your fears and self-doubts then dismiss them for what they are: a self-serving view. As a servant leader, you are called to serve others. This means doing what’s right for all stakeholders and putting the needs of others before yourself.In your service as a leader there will be times when you need to…
 
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    The trU Group

  • Passion and Art: Why does it matter?

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

    Scott
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    I connect students to parents and grandparents. What do I do? When there is a purpose, cause, passion around our work - it looks different. Leaders who have it lead differently.
  • Leadership and EGO: Words of Wisdom from Alan Mulally

    Scott
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    In a recent Inc. editorial, advice from Alan Mulally (past CEO of Ford and Boeing) was direct and simple - It's not about you. It is all about the plan. The biggest trap for leaders is EGO, and Mulally gives some simple advice for battling that in how you lead and in the culture you create. Inc. Magazine is a must read for leaders in my opinion, and here is a great excerpt to share with others at your next leadership meeting.
  • Good Question – Great Question

    Scott
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    What if we asked more questions? You might be thinking that you do ask more questions, at least compared to the people around you. Here is some research on kids that I believe applies to adults. Do you really think the graph starts going back up AFTER the age of 18? It comes down to being aware of how our EGO gets in the way and committing to asking GREAT questions vs GOOD questions.
  • 3 Questions that help create a culture that SUPPORTS performance

    Scott
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    Is a performance conversation you are having with your own leader, peer, or direct report laced with adjectives and/or emotions? Too often they are, and it clouds the real issues that need to be talked about. Here are some tips for creating a culture that supports performance - whether you are a leader or someone being led.
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    Create-Learning Team Building & Leadership

  • Team Building Grounded in Reality or Activities?

    mike
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    2 Extremes in Corporate Team Building Team Building focuses on real problems anchored in reality. Activities and Simulations are a waste of time! Team Building explores work in a non-reality focused way. Activities and Simulations are the most effective way! There are benefit to both sides. Thinking, how to use team building to break teams out of their perceived stuckness to something different. Exploring what did and did not work to achieve a shared task / goal, and see what ,if any, can be put into their existing team work. Moving closer to the team building activity & simulation end…
  • How Teams Work is your data persuasive

    mike
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:07 pm
    About 2 years ago I created 12 on-line Team Building & Development sessions for a company. We called it ‘Helping Teams Work’. It was meant to be short, less than 5 minutes, & give 1 concrete action step people can apply to their work on teams… They liked it & I enjoyed trying to make content that did not require me to be present. Below is the 9th of 12 ‘Helping Teams Work’ content sections. Biggest Team Leader Mistake Team Meetings Making them good enough to get work done Making team decisions through consensus Team Based Conflict Management Approaches Teamwork Through…
  • Leadership is choices

    mike
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:20 pm
      Teams consist of people working together towards a goal that 1 person cannot complete by themselves. Thinking of a team as a system, changing 1 part (person) in that system will affect the team as a whole. This is where we focus in the Create-Learning 1 on 1 Leadership Development Coaching & Learning. Coaching a manager we developed 3 goals for time together. Now that we have the goals, she asked “What’s the next step?”  My response, “I’ll type  the goals into a project plan with some blank spaces, and email you a task-assignment.” I thought these…
  • 8 Causes of Team Stuckness

    mike
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    Create-Learning’s Innovation Consulting & Development creates learning teams of problem solvers providing solutions to increasingly complex problems. Developing and designing new and innovative products and processes. 8 Causes of Team Stuckness from Michael Cardus   Teams Stuckness can be defined as psychological inertia. Psychological Inertia The psychological meaning of the word “inertia” implies an indisposition to change – a certain “stuckness” due to human programming. It represents the inevitability of behaving in a certain way – the way…
  • Are personality profiles effective for determining employee competencies?

    mike
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Are personality profiles effective for determining employee competencies? Assessments are just an easy way for managers and human resources directors to avoid being accountable for their decisions and work. You are not a psychologist, you are a manager. Personality factors in individuals are something that every company seems to want to assess and change. There is a false belief that is reinforced by management “I have these certain personality traits therefore for people to be successful like me, they must also have these traits.” Bullshit and if you think that way your are probably seen…
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    Shearing Layers

  • Its larger context

    Nick
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    Eliel Saarinen (1873–1950), a leading architect and sometime collaborator with Charles and Ray Eames, is now perhaps best remembered for a single quote: Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan. As for chairs and rooms and houses and environments … so for every design. New products should not just be possible, they have to make sense in use. Less, can we build it, more, will they want to use it when they come? Skippy Strategy: Next time you start out on a new…
  • Flying blind

    Nick
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    Sitting behind the controls of an aeroplane for the first time is humbling and scary. What worked to get you to this seat won’t work once your in it. Relying on confidence and sureness of foot won’t fly when there is no ground beneath your feet. Out of your comfort zone, unusual environments make you slow down, ask questions and pay attention. You have a beginners mind; wide open. Sometimes though, familiar situations fool us into flying blind. Many sales people are a soft-touch as buyers, and most professional buyers make lousy sellers. The situation is familiar – sitting across…
  • Choosing to choose

    Nick
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:21 am
    Leading means being out front. Exhilarating and scary, self reliant and lonely – never exactly what it says on the packaging. Doesn’t matter if you’re employed or not, the queen of a mega corporation or the king of a garage, leadership is personal. It’s about making choices you don’t have to make, when no one’s asking, because you believe. The first step is choosing to choose, not to accept the cards you’re given, to change the game, the team, the field. The second is taking action, organising to win. Skippy strategy: Next time you see lack of initiative, remember the first…
  • Will they perform?

    Nick
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
    Anytime you rely on, work with, or commit to someone else, there’s that worry … will they perform? Raising funding, is the cash available, what about the goodwill and desire? It’s all talk and term sheets until the final signature and the cash turns up. See any red flags? It’s easier to hire badly than well and the cost of getting it wrong multiplies with the date. Are they adding energy or taking it away? Negotiating contracts can take months and things always change along the way. Sweep assumptions into the open, deal with difficulties and watch for signs of regret or stretching…
  • The joy of rejection

    Nick
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:24 am
    Taking products and services out the meet the market, you get a lot of rejection. It may not feel great in the moment, but there are few things more helpful in the long term. If you pay attention. It’s tempting to think the early days are all about the product. About late nights and darkened rooms and individual efforts as you craft something where there was nothing. About turning a brilliant idea into a game changing offer. Of course they’ll buy it. When rejection clangs, you realise the biggest early step is learning how to sell. There’s learning in a, “Yes,” but the fastest and…
 
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    Horeb International

  • Game Changer or Status Quo Manager?

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

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

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

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Image source: B4bees I was invited by a lecturer in the Business School to do a session of guest teaching on one of his modules. The students on this module were full-time International MSc and MBA students. Long time subscribers of this blog might remember that the same lecturer had invited me to do a guest teaching session a couple of years ago. You can read the blog post I wrote about that session here.  He requested that I teach the same topic, The power of organisational and leadership metaphors, which I did two years ago. At the end of last week’s lecture, one of the students asked…
  • The Protagonist and Storyteller

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
      Image source: Mike Shaheen Life is a story we live and tell.  You are the protagonist and storyteller of your life – your auto-biographical story. A protagonist is “the most important person in a real situation” {Oxford English Dictionary}.Everybody else in your story world is a supporting cast member of varying importance and relevance. Every protagonist needs a motivating central goal or a purpose to drive him if not his story becomes meaningless. There might be smaller goals or sub-goals but there is always a central goal. The protagonist confronts obstacles along the way…
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    i360 Insight

  • DFO Gold Guide

    admin
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Farming gold in Dungeon Fighter Online can obtain aged very swiftly. Fortunately, there are a few hot places in the game where you could grab massive quantities of gold so you can invest more time progressing. Right here are 6 of the most effective DFO gold farming spots to conserve you time and cash. 1) Azshara – Azshara is just one of the much more prominent DFO gold farming areas as well as for good factor. There are a couple of different strategies you could take here, but I would certainly recommend visiting the north mid geographic area first. You could start out with the Massive…
  • Making 80,000 Gil An Hour With Alts

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:48 am
    It’s an unsafe world in “Final Fantasy X,” and as you advance through the land of Spira, your enemies seem to end up being ever stronger. Having a backpack filled with products is often the distinction in between life and death. For instance, If your team is having a hard time in fight, utilizing one Mega Phoenix picks up all knocked out characters and fully restores their health. This very unusual item is not sold in stores. If you know the Bribe command, though, it is possible to acquire a Mega Phoenix from two unique enemies. Plenty were learnt in FF 11. Now that the STF…
  • Runescape Gold

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

    admin
    5 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Fiberglass profiles is used for a selection of functions. It has an outstanding weight to surface area ratio makings it a resilient material for all type of usages. Furthermore, it is a highly versatile product that could be utilized to make glass panels, car windows, solar batteries and outdoor tents poles. It is consequently quite usual to discover fiberglass profiles in various factors around us. In the United States of America, fiberglass profiles products are needed in big amounts. For this function, a multitude of fiberglass profiles companies have arised in nearly every part of the…
  • Booster System kit

    admin
    4 Apr 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Over the previous couple of years an increasing number of people now have a smart phone. The minimizing expense of mobile phones has indicated that ordinary individuals can now afford them. This will certainly frequently impact the high quality and also toughness of the mobile phone signal. There are still lots of dead zones around the world meanings that that a signal is merely not feasible and also in these locations cell signal boosters are important. Phone producers intend to guarantee that you can utilize their item whatsoever times as well as that they’ll be the most effective…
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    Thank God It's Monday!® Blog

  • Make the Choice to Engage

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

    Roxanne Emmerich
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    There was a time when a suit and tie for men, and a skirt, jacket and blouse for women was the norm for business. Then came Casual Friday. Soon it spread into the rest of the week as employers started giving “casual days” as rewards for performance. On any given day, most offices are now a crazy quilt of business and casual dress. But decades of research have shown that “business casual” can quickly become “business casualty.” Dress for Success author John Malloy puts people in various scenarios to see how they react to others in various types of dress. Time after time, the more…
  • To earn trust, honesty is the best policy

    Roxanne Emmerich
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Too many employees think that in order to have a smooth, drama-free workplace, they have to sugarcoat their communications with others in the company. In fact, the opposite is often true. Spinning bad news or sugarcoating feedback can lead employees to distrust what you say. That road leads not to engagement but to disengagement. Great employees at every level respect those around them enough to be direct and truthful. That doesn’t mean harsh, of course. You can and should tell the truth in a kind and empathetic way. Just don’t let your kindness and desire to avoid conflict get in the way…
  • Boost your company’s online reviews

    Roxanne Emmerich
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    You know that online reviews on sites like Yelp and Yahoo can make or break a business. As an employee who cares about the company’s success, you’ve recruited every friend and relative to boost the reviews, but your company’s competitor across town has 500 reviews and counting. How do they do it? The odds are good that they are actively recruiting reviews from actual customers. No matter where you are in the company, you can do the same. If you’re on the front line, ask every single customer to leave a review about their experience. Put the request on every receipt, all paperwork, and…
  • Employee engagement is not yesterday’s news – it’s tomorrow’s

    Roxanne Emmerich
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    It’s as predictable as the sunrise. Now that employee engagement has been on everyone’s lips for a while, it’s time for the backlash. Countless articles and talking heads are now saying employee engagement is a flash in the pan, the flavor of the month, yesterday’s news. That’s not just a concern for management. It’s a concern for employees. After all, it’s YOUR engagement they’re talking about! Don’t believe the naysayers for a minute. The research says otherwise—not just one or two studies in obscure journals, but hundreds of studies by major researchers published in the…
 
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    Career Advancement Blog

  • Take a Vacation From Work!Benefits Include Health and Productivity

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

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

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

    joelgarfinkle
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “The person who says ‘I’m not political’ is in great danger…. Only the fittest will survive, and the fittest will be the ones who understand their office’s politics.” ~ Jean Hollands ~ Sabrina is an introvert who was intimidated by office politics. She tried to avoid them completely, but the result was that she felt like she was losing. She was right. Office politics is a game, and you can’t win if you don’t play! Whether you work for an international corporation, government agency, small business or non-profit, office politics are…
  • Is email sucking up your time? Do these 3 things and save an hour every day

    joelgarfinkle
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” ~Peter Drucker~   If you’re thinking that the Inbox Zero craze will never work for you, you’re not alone. But consider the alternative. Can you let email continue to have so much control over your time? Do you want to keep feeling overwhelmed and demoralized by your Inbox? What else could you be doing with an extra hour a day? How would it feel to be aware of everything on your plate or to complete a project that you actually enjoy? Start changing the way you manage your Inbox today with these advanced common sense…
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    Unfolding Leadership

  • The Work With No Name

    Dan Oestreich
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    The work with no name is from one angle just the humble work of humanizing our workplaces, our working civilization. It cannot have a name lest it go the way of all programs, destined to be judged by whether or not it makes money for some corporation. (This came up for me last week via one of Louise Altman’s powerful posts on how even the current movement in mindfulness can be subverted into a means to deliver productivity and profit.) What Louise described is not different than what has happened to other efforts I’ve seen in the last twenty-five years, ones that seemed to have…
  • Pelvis with the Distance

    Dan Oestreich
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    An ekphrastic poem is a poem about another piece of art, often visual art — in this case a painting by Georgia O’Keeffe called “Pelvis with the Distance.” I saw the painting last weekend at the Tacoma Art Museum here in Washington State, part of a collection called, “Eloquent Objects” about O’Keeffe’s still life paintings and those of her contemporaries in New Mexico. ON “PELVIS WITH THE DISTANCE” BY GEORGIA O’KEEFFE You said they have more life than the animals they came from, the bones placed against the sky so that others…
  • Reflections at Palm Canyon

    Dan Oestreich
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    At the bottom of a rocky canyon grow the native California Fan Palms, in clusters along an unexpected watercourse. It is a winding oasis under the brilliant, raw sun, an ancient home of the Cahuilla people. I have to be careful of the rattlesnakes here, for the water attracts them, but in theory, assuming I look where I step, I’ll be okay. As I enter the grove of towering, long-skirted palms I realize this is truly a sanctuary, quiet and shady and full of bird songs rising above the background trickle of the creek. I am out of my ken, far from home. The canyon seems to be a metaphor for…
  • On Soul Sparks: A Postscript

    Dan Oestreich
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:02 pm
    The concept of “soul sparks” comes from Jon Mertz’s great new book, Activate Leadership: Aspen Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders. Jon defines soul sparks this way: “Soul sparks are those small ignitions of inspiration that fan into big changes, new directions, or fresh works. They come from deep down inside.” At his request, I’m honored to share an example from my life and career. One soul spark for sure showed up in my senior year of college. I was pretty much wandering in the desert of what to do with my life. I was a history major, the default major…
  • On ‘Soul Sparks’

    Dan Oestreich
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:12 pm
    I am honored to share my view of ‘soul sparks’ at the request of Jon Mertz of Thin Difference. This is a concept Jon has developed as part of his wonderful new book, Activate Leadership: Aspen Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders. As someone whose life work is devoted to helping others in leadership roles, the very idea that there are such moments of awakening insight is an indelible part of my coaching and consulting practice. Without such moments when our soul comes forward, not just in our work, but in our lives, too, we lose personal meaning. We become, more or less, objects.
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    leaderCommunicator blog | David Grossman

  • Weekly Round-Up: 12 Ways to Be an Engaged Employee, Building Open Communication with Your Team & the Power of Value Based Leadership

    David Grossman
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog. This week you’ll see articles on improving your public speaking, four steps for building open communication with your team and ways to be an engaged employee.  These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you.
  • 6 Guiding Principles of Enterprise Social Media

    David Grossman
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    The best Enterprise Social Media (ESM) strategy is guided by the same principles that govern the most effective internal communications.  Just because you turn on a social media tool does not mean you can turn off these principles of effective communications. In fact, in our experience, Enterprise Social Media benefits most from the 6 following guiding principles: Nothing is more important than building trust. In the best communication environments, two-way channels that welcome deliberation and authentic dialogue offer a powerful way to build trust. And trust is a big risk mitigator: if…
  • Starting Thought: Communicating Change Well Means Dialogue With Employees

    David Grossman
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    It’s easy to speak in platitudes and general terms when you’re looking to inspire change inside an organization. But the problem is those general messages get lost amid all the other sources of information flooding employees today.  What’s more, we often resist what we’re not part of creating.
  • New eBook - Enterprise Social Media: 5 Ways to Maximize Trust and Master Social Media on the Inside

    David Grossman
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    In the world of internal communications, few tools have enhanced the way employees learn and interact, as much as social media.  No matter where I travel, leaders and communicators wonder the same thing: When it comes to social media, are we doing enough at our company to keep up?
  • Weekly Round-Up: 7 Skills to Be a More Influential Leader, Stress Management Techniques & How to Simplify the Way We Work

    David Grossman
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.
 
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    CUTE ME!(キュートミー)あいにゃんゆんころプロデュースダイエットサプリ

  • 逆援助完全無料名古屋

    美意識
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    遊びじゃない出会いを希望する方に向けて、数多くの人気逆えんじょ交際サイトを徹底解析します!サイトをランキング順に完全公開!感覚的に、「真剣かつ真面目な逆えんじょ交際サイトならどこがいいのか?」すぐに分かっていただけます。 […]
  • 益田 神待ち

    美意識
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:40 am
    友達に紹介された集まりや飲み会等には、なるべく出席してみましょう。他人と話す事に慣れるのが肝心なのです。これによって、少ない知人から数多くの出会いへ、広げていくことができるはず。 いい人との出会いがウリのSNSサイト等に […]
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    Ridiculously Efficient | Superhuman Productivity

  • Surprising Stats on Scheduling, Sleep and Success

    Marissa Brassfield
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
    A wave of recent research reveals a close link between sleep and success. Essentially, the more sleep you get, the more likely you are to be successful and financially comfortable. Let’s dive into the statistics.1. Wealthier Households Sleep More.In the startup world, we tend to glorify the extreme schedules of small teams and entrepreneurs (not at Ridiculously Efficient, of course). But for one-third of those who live around the poverty level, sleeping less than six hours a night is the norm.Here’s what Centers for Disease Control lead author Lindsay Black found when she analyzed…
  • Jia Collection Provides Multifunctional Clothing for Efficient Fashion [Interview]

    Rosemina Nazarali
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Living a life of efficiency isn’t just confined to your work life — here at RE we try to make all aspects of our lives as efficient as possible. In some cases, that means streamlining our wardrobes to help rid ourselves of decision fatigue and keep us from getting overwhelmed by the mundane. We’ve already talked about using a simplified subscription service for all your fashion needs. Now we bring you Jia Collection, a brand dedicated to providing busy women with multifunctional clothing.Each item from Jia Collection serves more than one purpose — it’s a dress…
  • Millennial Monday: Gen Y Wages, and Why We’re Turning Down $150,000 Jobs

    Marissa Brassfield
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    © atoss – Fotolia.comIn this week’s edition of Millennial Monday, I’m sharing my take on two recent articles regarding Gen Y wages.A key reason I procrastinate is if I just don’t like doing something (either the activity itself or the context around it), so it’s telling that I put off writing this Millennial Monday post for an extra week.I’m just not motivated by money. Of course, I want to make plenty of it — I’ve got a house and lifestyle that I’d love to keep above water — but it’s not the driving factor that makes me push…
  • TaskRabbit Research Reveals the Secret Way We Get More Done During the Workday

    Kelley Lujan
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    (CC) TaskRabbitRecent TaskRabbit research uncovered a surprising secret behind how some of us get more done during the workday than others: we outsource. The outsourcing company found that 50% of tasks on its service are booked in the middle of the workday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time.These findings make sense: the middle of the day is often that point in the workday when we reflect on our day and start to think about what we still have to do later.If you work a traditional 9-to-5 job, you have to be at work day in and day out at 9 a.m. and cannot leave until 5 p.m. For most people,…
  • Inside Ridiculously Efficient Founder Marissa Brassfield’s Backyard Officebar Sanctuary

    Marissa Brassfield
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    As much as I talk about the importance of an inspiring work environment, I don’t think I’ve ever shared mine. In honor of my new officebar sanctuary, I’d love to show you around.The ShedWe started off with a Costco shed, thinking it’d be easy to assemble in an afternoon. Imagine our surprise when a truck arrived and dropped off stacks on stacks of perfectly cut wood and a thick instruction guide.Many, many trips to Home Depot later, we got this. The whole process took two guys in their late 20s a couple weeks to build, insulate, roof, paint and finish. (Brian and Mike…
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    OnStrategy

  • You Have to be Terrible to be Great

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

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

    Heyden Enochson
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Austin’s famous South by Southwest conference brings thousands into Texas every March. A mecca for music, technology, and film buffs, the 10-day affair represents one of the country’s most dynamic and progressive interactive festivals. With it brings a crowd that tests societal, cultural, and technological norms. Austin’s dynamic culture is nearly the perfect setting to host such an event. Southwest Airlines, on the other hand, supports a very different set of cultural values in fulfilling their mission of getting people from all walks of life happily and safely to their…
  • Talking Points: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

    Erica Olsen
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Now is the time of year where strategy should be at the forefront of your organization’s conversation. Without a clearly defined plan and set of goals, you’ll wander aimlessly throughout the next year with no clear roadmap for where you’re heading. It’s not too late to begin your organization’s strategic plan for 2015. It all starts with the conversation, which can sometimes be challenging to have with a boss or board of directors. But it’s vital that these conversations happen. Here are some points to help you make your case: Strategy allows your organization the ability to…
  • 3 Reasons You’ll Fail Without a Q1 Strategy Review

    Erica Olsen
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:31 am
    It’s the end of the first quarter. As a football coach, would you skip a huddle with your team? Probably not. So, then why are you skipping a quarter-end huddle with your organizational team? Strategy reviews bring your team together to look at your playbook and see what’s working and what isn’t. By looking back you’ll see how to move forward; what needs to change, adapt and evolve. Skip the huddle altogether and you’ll probably be posting a loss on the books. Still skeptical? Here are three key reasons you’ll fail without a Q1 Review. You’ll miss the opportunity to discuss if…
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • 45 Surefire Ways to Torpedo a Customer Relationship

    Frank Sonnenberg
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    You work hard to attract new customers. Why not invest the same effort in retaining them? Here are 45 surefire ways to torpedo a customer relationship: Employees treat customers as an inconvenience. Internal meetings detract from customer face time. Customers are nickeled-and-dimed to death. CYA is more prevalent than problem solving. Communication is nonexistent. Everything is a SURPRISE! Company needs are placed ahead of customer needs. Customers are charged extra as a result of a supplier’s inefficiency. Customers are sold more than they need. The end result is excellent, but the process…
  • Now or Never

    Frank Sonnenberg
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    For some folks, living in the “here and now” means seeking instant gratification. So they buy pills to lose weight, go under the knife to look young, and purchase lottery tickets in hopes of striking it rich. In business, they request favors five minutes into a new relationship, hold “fire sales” rather than building customer loyalty, and bark orders at employees rather than leading with trust. They believe (or should I say, hope) that taking the quick-and-easy route is the optimum path to success. The problem is, if you think trust, respect, and credibility are easy to obtain,…
  • 28 Common Decision-Making Mistakes to Avoid

    Frank Sonnenberg
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    28 Common Decision-Making Mistakes to Avoid We make a lot of decisions every day. They have a huge impact on our happiness and success. Yet most of us never question whether our decision-making process is flawed. It stands to reason that the only way to avoid the land mines is to know where they’re located. Here are 28 mistakes to avoid: Shoot from the hip. Failing to consider relevant information. Yesterday’s news. Basing decisions on outdated information. Define the problem. Losing sight of the key objectives. Learn your lesson. Failing to apply lessons learned from previous…
  • 5 Qualities of Great Leaders

    Frank Sonnenberg
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    The world is changing at a blistering pace. In years past, the health of a company was measured by the size of its balance sheet. While that still may be true today, great leaders know that an organization’s competitiveness is clearly determined by its ability to harness the power of intangibles –– often referred to as “soft issues.” The truth is, any organization that wants to achieve excellence must emphasize the importance of intangible factors such as empowering its workforce, communicating in an open and honest manner, building trust among employees, promoting continuous…
  • How Are You Viewed on Social Media?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    How Are You Viewed on Social Media? Social media is a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family. We share wonderful memories, hilarious jokes, breathtaking photos, and interesting articles. Sometimes we even raise controversial subjects and rant over things that get under our skin. The interesting thing is that many of us post things on social media that we wouldn’t dare say in person. Have you ever thought about the image that you present to your friends and colleagues on social media? You ARE Your Message. Additional Reading: Reputation: You Can’t Run from Your Shadow…
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    Innerwealth by Chris Walker Blog

  • Skills for More Romance and Love

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The next time you argue with your one true love, consider this sobering but freeing thought: Results from a recent study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology suggest that couples who see themselves as “soul mates” end up being less satisfied with their relationships than those who don’t. “When problems inevitably arise, ‘soul mates’ start to feel they aren’t a great fit after all,” says Spike Lee, PhD, the study’s coauthor and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. What’s more, couples who think of love as…
  • Easy Meditation Method … Short, simple, doable.

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Thoreau called us sleepwalkers. Have you ever found yourself walking along a path in the woods and then suddenly realizing that the whole forest around you has changed? You start out among conifers but now you find yourself surrounded by deciduous trees. Or you realize that the birds are active and noisy, and you don’t know when the change took place. You have awakened. You let the smell of a fern leaf wash through you. You realize why you were asleep. You were talking to yourself, caught up in a familiar endless dialogue…”I have never met a man who was truly awake,” Thoreau said…
  • Some great exercises to develop nature inspired awareness with your team, kids or group.

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:34 pm
    “I have never met a man who was truly awake,” Thoreau Thoreau called us sleepwalkers. Have you ever found yourself walking along a path in the woods and then suddenly realizing that the whole forest around you has changed? You start out among conifers but now you find yourself surrounded by deciduous trees. Or you realize that the birds are active and noisy, and you don’t know when the change took place. You have awakened. You let the smell of a fern leaf wash through you. You realize why you were asleep. You were talking to yourself, caught up in a familiar endless…
  • Choose Your Mentor Coach Advisor Wisely

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Mental and emotional health, the two core elements of life satisfaction, are more easily achieved if you turn off the computer, get outside, sit under a tree and reconnect with nature. 99% of all the advice you get from friends who have done a few weeks of therapy or a self help workshop/yoga retreat is separated from nature, it’s loving kindness protecting you. But it is potentially damaging…. RUMI – THE CORE OF MASCULINITY The core of masculinity does not derive from being male, nor friendliness from those who console. Your old grandmother says, “Maybe you shouldn’t…
  • We are Nature – This is Our Home – Why You need a Different Approach

    alive@chriswalker.com.au (chris walker)
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    https://youtu.be/jqxENMKaeCU Since the industrial revolution, the development of a lifestyle lived predominantly indoors has resulted in less contact with the natural world. In the USA this equates to less than five minutes of free-time spent outdoors. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS, 2006) found comparable results for Australia with less than 19 minutes spent outdoors each day. Most free time is spent indoors with the major recreational activity being audio-visual media (ABS, 2006). Explanations for this startling trend include the fact that as humanity has become more educated,…
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    The New Laws of Leadership

  • Get Behavior Change That Lasts Using Neuroscience

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

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

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

    Christine Comaford
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    Are you overloaded by emails? Most of us are. Here’s how to get control of your inbox and your brain. Effective Emails Emails, like meetings, can be handled effectively. End “bottom up” attention grabbing: turn off sounds/visual indicators that new emails have arrived Set the intention of the email – what exactly do you want to accomplish – have a clear agenda Send to the doers, decision-makers, impacted parties only Use the subject line and email coding system below Manage communication and feedback: optimize the subject line for your response   Step 1: Use Our Proven Email…
  • Leadership Lacking? 3 Fast Fixes To Boost Brains (And Hearts)

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

  • The Difficult Path To Finding Your Purpose

    Joseph Lalonde
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Everyone was born for a purpose. That’s right, even you. You are here for a reason. There’s something special about you. And you must find out what makes you, you. Image via Creative Commons You’ll find people out there who will tell you the path to purpose is easy. By following 3 simple steps you can know you purpose and begin living it out. I’ve found this to be a bunch of bunk. I’m pretty sure you have too. Finding your purpose isn’t easy. In reality, this will be one of the hardest things you’ll do. Forces will come against you. You’ll tell…
  • How To Gracefully Exit Your Leadership Position

    Joseph Lalonde
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Leadership is a temporary position. For a limited time, you’ve been granted the honor of leading people. Whether this position is within a business, non-profit, or a church, one day your time as a leader will come to an end. What do you do when your leadership position ends? You must exit gracefully. Image via Creative Commons Leaving a leadership position isn’t always easy. You may have been shown the door. Maybe you felt God leading you in a different direction. Or it could be you outgrew the leadership position. Whatever the reason for leaving leadership, the key is to leave on…
  • 40 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Netflix’s Daredevil

    Joseph Lalonde
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Netflix revolutionized the way people rented movies. Shipping DVDs straight to a viewer’s home had never been done before. They saw a need and created a solution. This was just the start of Netflix’s innovation. Since then, they’ve made mistakes but they’ve also continued to be on the cutting edge of new media. Most recently, Netflix saw the need for original content. They’ve begun creating their own TV series but for the digital media streamers. Not only have they created their own unique shows but they’ve teamed with Marvel Entertainment to bring us new…
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

  • PEACEMAKER: Your Friday Challenge, A Minute With John Maxwell

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

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

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

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

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

  • 28 Quotes to Celebrate Earth Day

    Skip Prichard
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Our planet Earth has its own day of celebration: April 22nd.  In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day.  Now celebrated around the world, it’s a day when we pause to think about the environment.   “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”-John Muir     “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”-Gandhi     “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for…
  • 5 Lessons on Innovation from Outlander’s Diana Gabaldon

    Skip Prichard
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. A Creative Force One of the most innovative people I have ever met is my friend Diana Gabaldon. Last year, her wildly popular Outlander novels became even more popular as the new television series was released. Whether you are reading her Outlander series or her Lord John novels, you will be hard pressed to categorize her writing. Most critics give up and classify her work with a list of descriptive words ranging from historical fiction and romance to mystery and adventure. However you describe her novels, you…
  • The Real Reason Leaders Win: Return on Character

    Skip Prichard
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:59 am
    Cash or Character? Not too long ago, I was asked to give a talk about organizational culture and why it matters. Before I walked up to the podium, one of the attendees cornered me. He wanted me to know his strongly-held position. In an emphatic tone, he nearly shouted: “Skip, cash matters, not culture, not character, not creativity! Cash is the only thing you can spend.” How fortunate that my slides started with financials so I could demonstrate the power of culture change. But, what I wish I had was the book that crossed my desk a few weeks ago:  Return on Character: The Real Reasons…
  • 12 Rules for Managing Your Employees As Real People

    Skip Prichard
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
      Think your people are your greatest asset? Do you survey your employees but ask the wrong questions? Is corporate engagement one of your goals?   Widgets, FTE’s and Assets What I think I love most about Rodd Wagner’s new book WIDGETS: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They’re Real People is his clear, unambiguous writing that calls it like he sees it. He upends common practices and wisdom, throwing out what you know and replacing it with what just makes sense. Our conversation is likely to change your position on a few subjects and have you rethink your…
  • Leaders Require No Fine Print

    Skip Prichard
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:53 am
    No Fine Print Required There I was, staring at the clock. It was late at night, or really early in the morning, and I had a meeting the next morning. Sleep was eluding me. Like a surfer, I would almost catch the wave to take me where I needed to go, but then it would dissipate before I could get going. I tried deep breathing. Prayer. Meditation. I have never sought pharmaceutical help, but I have tried various herbal remedies. That’s when I remembered that I had purchased a new product that had melatonin in it. Melatonin is a hormone that supposedly helps with sleep. There have been times…
 
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • Bored of blogging? Tips and Tricks to recover revive and renew your blogging MOJO

    Nischala
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    I finished 5 years of blogging in March 2015. It’s been an evolving, enjoyable and enriching experience. While there have been many highs (ranging from media coverage, to awards, to heart-warming comments and appreciation on how my words transformed a reader’s life), I’d also have to confess that there have been times when I have been bored of blogging. Sometimes because it gets monotonous, sometimes because writing is lonely, sometimes because I don’t get the feedback / responses that I expect, and sometimes because I just hit a ‘blogging plateau’ or ‘the writer’s…
  • 5 Questions to answer before you start BLOGGING!

    Nischala
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Now a days, I get a lot of calls, mails, messages and questions about blogging. As a case in point, a friend called a few days back and said “I want to start a blog. Should I even do it?”. A work colleague was inspired by my blogging journey and accolades, and asked me “I want to start blogging. You make it seem easy. Is it that easy?”. A relative read the media coverage my blog received recently and wrote to me saying “I want to blog, How do I go about it?” While I appreciate the interest, intent and spirit behind all these questions, let me lay out some facts before you. I…
  • Among the Top 10 Marketing Blogs of India

    Nischala
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Look what the news brought in.. Happy and Honored to be featured in the list of Top Marketing Blogs of India published by SEJ (Search Engine Journal). The list includes some of the best / most reputed Indian brands / blogs like Digital Vidya, Social Samosa, Lighthouse Insights, Blogworks . Full reading here For those who don’t know, Search Engine Journal was launched in 2003 and publishes fantastic articles by marketing experts. They spotlight the important trends, news, strategies and personalities in the industry. They have ~95K Twitter followers and 1 Lakh+ likes on FB.
  • The 3 Questions I’m always asked around Blogging – And my answers!!!

    Nischala
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    “Blogger” – That is the latest new addition to my identity. Be it in my social / professional network – I am many times introduced as “That blogger?!” After an exchange of pleasantries – I’m almost always asked some questions around blogging. I’ve seen that the questions for a vast majority of the people I interact with are very very similar. So I thought why not put my responses in a post? Connect with me on Nischala’s Social World Columnist / Byline in : Economic Times | Huffingtonpost | Business2Community | WomensWeb | Sheroes India | PeopleMatters | YoWoTo | 12Most.com…
  • Infographics for Dummies | 5 Steps to create your first Infographic

    Nischala
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    Regular readers of my blog know that ‘infographics’ are my latest muse. Over the last few weeks, I’ve received a lot of requests asking me how I’d created my infographics. So I thought why not write a blog answering this. I’ve spent all of January and February browsing / sharing infographics on the blog, and spent significant time in March to create my own infographics. Based on all these experiences, I created a simple infographic in response to “How to create your first infographic?” I hope you find it useful in creating your infographics. And as they say, Practice makes a…
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    The Purposeful Culture Group

  • Trust and Respect Require More Than Training

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

    S. Chris Edmonds
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    What is the leader’s reason for being? I see quotes and posts from all corners of the globe on this topic. I’ve been lucky enough over the years to engage a number of leadership thinkers on this idea. The range of responses is wide! Some suggest that the purpose of leadership is to deliver results through others. Others see the leader’s purpose as developing more leaders. Even others see the leader’s primary responsibility is to make the vision come to fruition. I believe that effective leaders do all these things and more. What is missing for me in most of these…
  • Poor Practices Doom Workplace Inspiration

    S. Chris Edmonds
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been helping leaders create high performing, values-aligned organizations for over 17 years. My first blog post – on April 17, 2010 (I was slow coming to the blogosphere!) – outlined the foundation of my proven culture refinement process: crafting clear performance expectations and clear values expectations, then holding everyone accountable for both. This is my 263rd weekly blog post – and 178th weekly podcast. All of those efforts have promoted one big idea – that leaders must be as intentional about values as they are about performance. My latest book,…
  • Love Your Life & Love Your Job

    S. Chris Edmonds
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Does your job bring you joy? Do you experience the pure pleasure of serving others beautifully, work well done, and cooperative interaction with team members, every day? Do you relish the learning and discovery your work provides? Or is work a source of consternation for you, with more politics than pleasure, more battles than beauty? Does your life bring you joy? Do you experience the pure pleasure of serving others beautifully, work well done, and cooperative interaction with family members, friends, and neighbors, every day? Or, not exactly? Current research on happiness (Happy Planet…
  • The Authenticity Factor

    S. Chris Edmonds
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    To what degree are you genuine and authentic with your work colleagues – bosses, peers, and team members – in daily interactions? Dictionary.com defines authentic as “not false or copied; genuine; real.” If we ponder how our great bosses behaved with us, it is extremely likely that they were real. They demonstrated authentic care and service to us. They interacted with no hidden agendas. There was no smoke and mirrors; there was simply honest discussion, transparent decision-making, and in-depth engagement. Our great bosses kept their commitments, delivering on their…
 
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    Play BIG: Conversations For Possibility / Leadership

  • Play BIG: What Showed Up On My Recent (51st) Birthday?

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

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

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

    Maz Iqbal
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:15 am
    Have you read Homer’s The Odyssey? If you have you will know that the hero, Odysseus, undergoes ten years of struggle/hardship to return to Ithaca – his kingdom, his home, where his family awaits him.  His ten years are not years of ease, pleasure and happiness. The ten years are full of everything that life […]
  • Play BIG: Be Strong, Give Into Life, Give Into Love, Give Into Hope, Give Into Trust..

    Maz Iqbal
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:25 am
    Back has been troublesome for two weeks now. Pain. Pain. Pain. Difficulty sleeping. Difficulty sitting. Difficulty moving. Quality of living lacking that quality that goes with good health. Took action to loosen back and cheer myself up: listened to long forgotten dance music. Came across Lysa Stansfield singing People Hold On. Find the lyrics soulful: […]
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    Sales Coaching Blog

  • Average Leadership...the #1 Threat to Your Company

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Business leaders spend an inordinate amount of time these days trying to understand how to protect an organization from its own demise.  Is a better marketing strategy needed, new product development, adding to your sales force?  Sometimes the answer is right in front of our face. The best way to strengthen an organization is investing in your greatest asset--your team.
  • Sales Coaching in 3 Steps

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:43 pm
    I have to brag. Last week, my bracket won my neighborhood’s NCAA college basketball bracket competition. My winnings were a pair of Utah Jazz basketball tickets and I happily sent my husband and son off with them to stuff themselves with concessions junk food. Regardless of the win, the real joy of March Madness is watching the games with my 8-year old son. He’s such a sports nut that he takes in every second of every game. At the end of the Kentucky versus Notre Dame game, he was asking how Notre Dame could have knocked off a number one seed with a perfect record. His logical brain just…
  • Sales Coaching: Learning from the best

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    I'm thankful for all of the average teachers and coaches I've had in my life, for without them I would not know what it felt like to have a truly great coach. Also, I would include all of the crappy teachers and coaches in this mix as well because learning from the worst has its merits too. However, for the sake of this brief flow of consciousness I am only going to focus on the elite.
  • 5 Quick Sales Coaching Tips

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
      Why coach? It's really the same question as 'why lead?' But how best can one sift through all of the information available today for sales leaders in order to find that nugget of information that will enable you to create opportunities for sales growth? It's easy. There are 5 simple coaching activities that can help you drive sales by executing on a regular basis. The motivation for a sales rep to perform all begins with the quality of relationship that they have with their manager.
  • A New Sales Coaching Best Practice

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:39 am
    Everyone in a leadership role should take the time to look outside of their own market for growth opportunities.  There are so many ways we can grow from learning why and how others do things, for new development ideas can come from anywhere as long as we are bright enough to look and ask for them.  As a result, I feel sorry for those who work for leaders who do not continually stretch their own minds and are open to new ways of growing sales. Having said that, we should all take the time to dream, to think about the future, look for possibilities of what could be and not just what…
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    Doug Smith Live

  • Episode #59: Dave Profozich – Managing Yourself and Others

    Doug Smith
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    This episode comes from our Learning to Lead breakfast series. Our speaker was Dave Profozich, a VP at Oracle. He taught us how to manage ourselves and manage others. It’s an excellent lesson. Dave’s professional bio is in the show notes below. I have also interviewed him in the past for this podcast. You can listen to that interview here: http://dougsmithlive.com/learning-lead-episode/ To listen to other interviews, go to our Learning to Lead podcast page. To learn more about what we’re doing through Learning to Lead, sign-up for our e-mail newsletter here. Our next leadership…
  • Episode #58: Jason Wolfe, CEO of GiftCards.com

    Doug Smith
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    In this episode, I interviewed Jason Wolfe, CEO of GiftCards.com. Jason has an incredible story. He grew up in an orphanage and attended Milton Hershey School.  He graduated high school with a suit case of clothes and $100. He ended up bring in a horrific car accident and had to get two major spine surgeries. After the surgeries, Jason started to teach himself how to code and started his first online company, mycoupons.com. In the interview Jason will share how he went from there to where he is now with 95+ employees and well over $100 million in annual sales. He also shares the leadership…
  • Dollar for Dollar Marathon Match up to $5,000!

    Doug Smith
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    Happy Easter Everyone! I hope you had a great day celebrating what Christ has done for you yesterday! We are less than 30 days away from running the Pittsburgh Marathon for Light of Life! I have some very exciting news to share with you! A generous donor has offered to match every donation I get for the marathon from now on up to $5,000! That means that your donation will instantly double!  To date, I’ve raised $5,659. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! My new goal is $10,659. If I get there, with the match, I will have raised $15,659 for Light of Life! Will you help me get…
  • April’s Learning to Lead Events

    Doug Smith
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    I could not be more excited about the two events we have coming up in April! I can’t encourage you enough to register for these and make the commitment to attend them. These events are for leaders of all ages. Whether you are 15 or 65, we would love for you to attend. here is what you need to know: April’s Leadership Breakfast with Oracle VP, Dave Profozich Our next leadership event is on Friday, April 17th at 7:00 a.m. at North Way Christian Church’s Wexford Campus. Our speaker will be Dave Profozich, a VP at Oracle. I’ve known Dave for three years. He is an…
  • Episode #57: Mike Steidel Learn | Lead | Launch

    Doug Smith
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    This episode comes from our breakfast series. Our speaker this month was Director of Admissions at Carnegie Mellon University, Mike Steidel. Mike’s lesson was called “Learn, Launch, Lead”. It was one of the best lessons I’ve heard on leadership in a while. Mike’s professional bio is in the show notes below. I’ve also interviewed Mike in the past for my podcast. You can listen to those interviews here: http://dougsmithlive.com/interview-with-mike-steidel-part-1/ http://dougsmithlive.com/interview-with-mike-steidel-part-2/ To listen to other interviews, go…
 
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    LaRae Quy | Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • Why Highly Successful People Have A Plan B

    LaRae Quy
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:41 pm
    If you're new here, you may want to receive notices of new blog posts via email. Thanks for visiting - LaRae.Excerpt from my “Energize Your Leadership” chapter. For me, becoming an FBI agent was Plan B. PODCAST: http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Why-Highly-Successful-People-Have-A-Plan-B.mp3 Growing up on a cattle ranch in the middle of Wyoming, I yearned for a life of excitement. I graduated with a Business Degree because I thought it would open doors in the world of fast-moving finance. It didn’t take long for me to find the routine of an office job terribly…
  • 8 Powerful Secrets For Self-Improvement

    LaRae Quy
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    After a brief hiatus, the FBI has reinstated the annual FIT test so they can assess the overall health and fitness level of field agents. On a yearly basis, the continued maintenance and development of each agent’s physical fitness will be placed into their personnel file. http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/8-Powerful-Secrets-For-Self-Improvement.mp3 The FBI is concerned about the breakdown of their most precious asset—the agents. The inevitable fact of deterioration is true not only for FBI agents, but for you as well. You need to continually refresh, renew, and stretch…
  • 9 Body Language Signals Successful Business Owners Never Ignore

    LaRae Quy
    5 Apr 2015 | 3:46 pm
    A young man recently asked me what I considered to be the most important skill he would need to develop if he wanted to become a successful FBI agent. I told him that emotional intelligence—being able to pick up on the moods of others—would be one of the most essential skills he would need. The reason? The ability to accurately pick up on the stress and vulnerability of people gives you an immediate advantage in how to move forward most successfully. It varies from, “Maybe this is not the right time to pitch a new deal” to “This is the perfect time to push harder on this issue.”…
  • 6 Habits Smart Leaders Never Forget

    LaRae Quy
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Over a 24 year career, FBI Firearms instructors made us repeat the same series of actions on the firing range. After awhile, it got so repetitive that I wondered how I would fare in a shootout if I didn’t have my firearms instructor barking out orders on what to do next! PODCAST: http://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/laraequy.com/audio/6-Habits-Smart-Leaders-Never-Forget.mp3 In fact, our repeated behavior patterns became involuntary. In short, they became a habit. I no longer needed to think about what to do when pulling my gun and aiming it at a target. My actions were involuntary so my mind…
  • 5 Powerful Ways A Strong Mind Breaks Through Barriers

    LaRae Quy
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:25 pm
    As an FBI agent working counterintelligence cases, I learned that ignoring problems in investigations will not make them go away. They must be worked through and not allowed to become a barrier in finding the answer. Working through problems is not limited to FBI investigations. Breaking through the barriers that show up in life and business takes mental toughness to face them so you can manage your emotions, behavior, and thoughts in a way that will set you up for success. In our country, barriers are synonymous with failure and shame. Barriers are things to be avoided so we can keep moving…
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    Great Results Teambuilding

  • 8 ways to get your team to listen (when you don’t have a whistle)

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

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

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

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

    Sean Glaze
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:06 am
    A LETTER TO ATHLETES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF TOUGHNESS:   “Dear Player: I am glad you have worked to build skills, and skills will serve you well when you are on the floor competing against other talented athletes… but it is not skill alone that separates successful achievers from the mediocre masses. The greatest divider of players in basketball, or in business, is toughness. If you were an office manager, it would be nice to have people with terrific skills – but if you had an employee who was very skilled and experienced, but who also whined and complained or was negative or…
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    Coaching Excellence

  • Six Ways to Help Employees Voice Their Concerns

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

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

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

    ipeccoaching
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    Setting our intentions is a good place to begin when we want to get on the path to maintainable wellbeing, but it takes more than that to make long-term changes. In my last post, I talked about being aware of the changes you want to make in your life. Today, I’ll cover two more factors that go into sustainable wellbeing: confidence and consistency. It’s important to note they are interdependent. Confidence In Yourself—And In Your Plan Let’s say you are trying to commit to healthier eating, for example. Choosing to eat a nutritious lunch can make you feel great, but […]
  • Warmth on a Cold Day

    ipeccoaching
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    OK, I’m not going to complain when it’s cold outside. Some days it’s just cold. That doesn’t mean it sure doesn’t feel good to warm up after being outside for a while. Is there anything better than wrapping both your hands around a cup of hot chocolate? (You can call it cocoa if you prefer.) If it’s made with water, it’s tolerable. But, for full, creamy deliciousness, you gotta mix your Hershey’s syrup with milk. Soooo good! It should be served just a little too hot to drink, too. That gives you time to hold the mug under your nose […]
 
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    strategy+business: STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP

  • Welcome to the Marijuana Economy

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    The CEO of a leading recreational marijuana company argues that the industry is green in more ways than one.
  • Forget the Vision, Make the Connections

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Executives in transition often spend too little time on what matters most: building relationships.
  • The Imagination Gap

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    To profit -- indeed, to survive -- in 2015 and beyond, companies must adopt new, unanticipated, and more decentralized forms of digitization and technological innovation.
  • The Foundation of CEMEX's Success--In Pictures

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    How the Mexican company developed the global capabilities needed to support its international business strategy. For more insights, read the related article.
  • CEMEX's Strategic Mix

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    One of the most profitable materials enterprises in the world has redefined itself as a solutions provider, particularly in emerging economies and focusing on environmental sustainability. This roundtable with CEMEX senior executives tells the story of how the Mexican cement company developed its remarkable global capabilities and its international business strategy.
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    peoplediscovery.co.uk

  • Live Your Best Life

    Christina Lattimer
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:57 am
    Live Your Best Life   Hi my name is Christina Lattimer and I’d like to welcome you to our wonderful “Live Your Best Life” sessions coming at a location near you soon! As a certified coach, Myers Briggs practitioner and with a wealth of experience in leading and managing teams as well as advising others for many years, I am now in the great position of being able to help others to live their best lives.   Drawing on my own experiences and that of coaching hundreds of others my mission is to be able to help as many people as possible to live their best life.   If any of the following…
  • Never Was There A Springtime, When The Buds Forgot To Bloom

    Christina Lattimer
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Springtime is a time for new beginnings Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom. —Margaret Elizabeth Sangster Springtime is the essence of new beginnings.  The days are becoming longer, if we are lucky, temperatures become a little more palatable, and we begin to shake off the winter blanket of hibernation.  The cycle of seasons is a micro-cycle of life itself, it’s no mistake that when the sun appears, the lambs are born and the leaves on the tree start sprouting.  It’s a time of rebirth and renewal. As children, the seasons seemed long and meaningful and…
  • No-one Can Hurt Me Without My Permission – Ghandi

    Christina Lattimer
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    When we are hurt If you’ve ever felt the sting of someone’s negativity towards you or someone you love, you will understand that awful feeling of hurt experienced.  This hurt invariably we cover up firstly with anger, and then quite often by attacking back.  This hurt/attack/counter attack dynamic plays itself across micro and macro scenes across the world’s stage.  From small family tiff’s to world wars, the dynamic of hurting and attacking then counterattack is rife. Like many dynamics, there is always an alternative.  Collectively, the world will only come to…
  • Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality – Les Brown

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

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

  • Universities as spaces of freedom

    Eugenia Bieto
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    The 9th century saw the birth of the first universities committed to the idea of academic freedom. Many centuries have passed since then. With great sorrow, I see that history often not only elevates the place of universities and their countless contributions to society but also stains it, condemnably, with blood and violence. The recent massacre of 148 Catholic students at Kenya’s Garissa University College by a group of Islamic fundamentalists leaves one feeling absolutely dumbfounded and powerless. When I heard the news on 2nd April, I was moved to denounce this atrocity and say ENOUGH…
  • Music on the ESADE campuses

    Eugenia Bieto
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    Throughout the month of March, various pianos stationed at strategic locations in Barcelona and nearby towns have reminded us of a woman who played a key role in our country’s cultural history: Maria Canals. This music instructor and concert pianist was committed to educating society through music. She created one of the world’s most prestigious musical competitions: Barcelona’s Maria Canals International Music Competition. Maria Canals is an example of how, through hard work and persistence, it is possible to achieve a dream conceived and developed over the course of many years:…
  • Women Executives

    Eugenia Bieto
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    In the Bissagos Archipelago, in Guinea-Bissau, women are usually the ones with the authority to manage the economy, social welfare and the law of the land. The anthropological history of the world contains a few specific cases like Bissagos, as well as a number of different schemes. In Western society, there has been a centuries-long movement towards schemes that are increasingly egalitarian in every way. In recent years, the percentage of women on boards of directors has increased significantly throughout the world. According to a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in…
  • Alumni Giving Back, committed to helping alumni collaborate with the third sector

    Eugenia Bieto
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:33 am
    Projects come to life and flourish like never before when the people involved make them their own. This has certainly been the case with Alumni Giving Back, which, ten years after its launch, continues to thrive thanks to the desire of ESADE alumni in the private sector to volunteer their time and skills to support non-profits. The idea of offering knowledge to make the world a fairer, more sustainable place is one of ESADE’s core values, and it can be seen in the school’s unflagging efforts to promote social leadership. Alumni Giving Back offers an increasingly wide range of activities…
  • A made-in-ESADE visionary

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

  • Values Based Leadership in ‘Wind In Your Sails’

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

    Susan Mazza
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    A young boy was sitting in church with his parents. He noticed there were large brass plates being passed up and down the rows and saw that people were putting money into them.  He asked his father if he could take some out. His father replied: “Yes, you may take some out, but remember to always put more in than you take out.” Gary Gruber shared this memory of his dad with me after reading the story behind the idea of Random Acts of Leadership. Some might say following this principle is not actually leadership. It’s simply being a good citizen or a decent person. Perhaps…
  • The Power of Declaring Your Purpose

    Susan Mazza
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Every few years I reconsider my purpose. Each time I am reminded of two things. First, few people achieve clarity of purpose without working hard for it. Said another way, your purpose doesn’t usually just come to you out of thin air. The best reason I can come up with for why purpose is so challenging to connect with and craft, is that it requires you to separate yourself intellectually and emotionally from your life experiences, as well as the expectations of those who have power in your life. Second, doing the work until you achieve that “aha” moment – that moment when you have…
  • 3 Simple Steps to Achieve High Performance

    Susan Mazza
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    As a professional the demands on your time and attention are intense. Unfortunately, the commitments you make to yourself likely get put aside more often than you intend. Of course, it is your level of commitments to others, your willingness to go above and beyond, and drive to deliver with excellence that sets you apart. Yet are you investing the time, energy, and mind-share in your own growth and development that will take your performance to the next level? In the E-Myth Michael Gerber offers a potent distinction whether you are an entrepreneur or a professional working for someone else.
  • Recognizing Leadership in Action

    Susan Mazza
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Think of someone whose leadership stands out for you. If no one comes to mind, take a moment and consider those around you right now.  Is there someone you can identify whose leadership is noteworthy? Now that you have a specific person in mind, ask yourself: what is it that they have done or provided that has you name them as a leader? It can be far easier to name those things for someone like Martin Luther King, Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, or whomever your favorite historical leader might be.  After all you can see the culmination of their life’s work and the legacy of their leadership in…
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    Step Up Leader with Susan Freeman

  • What Walking a Labyrinth can Teach us About Leadership

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

    Susan Freeman
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader Tips comes from Inc. Magazine. Lolly Daskal reinforces the Step Up Foundational Principle of leaders learning to access a neutral, centered place. Leadership begins where freneticism ends. “If life’s pace is too fast and frantic, practice being mindful and meditating every day, even briefly, to unclutter your mind.” – Lolly Daskal. For most us, life and leadership can be stressful, and success comes at a big price. In the Chinese language, the word for busy is made up of the two characters for heart and killer. And being busy really…
  • Does Your Leadership Explore What’s Possible?

    Susan Freeman
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    How often do we bring an empowering mindset to the challenges before us? It’s so easy to stay within our comfort zone and maintain our habits; both in belief and in action. Habits are a way to simplify the complexity of what we process each day. Remember how much concentration it took to first learn to drive a car; every aspect of the experience required focus and attention. After driving for some time, however, what was once taxing becomes less so; it still requires concentration, yet habits are now formed that make it easier, so much so that we often … The post Does Your…
  • Happy and Productive Organizations are a Leaders Choice

    Susan Freeman
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    “Leadership is not a rank; it’s a decision,” according to Simon Sinek. I’m a big fan of his work. His previous book, Start with Why, is a simple yet profound look at the missing ingredient in bringing passion and purpose to our work. Circle of Safety In his new book and video, “Leaders Eat Last,” he discusses the biological component of working with and building trust with people. He shows how we are biologically wired to connect. Leaders need to tap into that through empathy by creating a “Circle of Safety”, an environment where everyone feels…
  • Overcoming the Challenges of Responsible Leadership

    Susan Freeman
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader tip comes from Leading Blog. I chose it because my executive coaching clients will find the themes very relevant. Several of these clients and their companies are on the threshold of the next stage of growth. Making this leap requires the qualities outlined in the book.  These can be challenging to already-successful leaders. “There has always been a call for responsible leaders, but perhaps we just hear the call more clearly today.” In The Responsible Leader, author Tim Richardson begins with a well-written overview of how we got where we are in our…
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    Leading in Context

  • 300th Blog Post: Answering Big Questions About Ethical Leadership

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

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Last week I blogged about 40 Ethical Culture Gaps to Avoid. This week, I'm sharing a 'What To Do" list of 40 Ways to Build an Ethical Culture. This list includes many ways to incorporate ethical values into daily organizational leadership. Each one of these 40 Ways to Build an Ethical Culture can improve an organization. Leaders paying attention to all of these factors will reap rewards that include improved employee engagement, better financial performance, increased productivity and job satisfaction, improved competitive position and more. Use this "ethical to do…
  • 40 Ethical Culture Gaps To Avoid

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Leaders set the tone for how ethical values are applied. They mentor those they lead, and serve as positive role models. It is not enough, though. for them to talk about ethical values and model what they look like in action. They must also fiercely protect the ethics of their organizations. They are the caretakers of ethical culture.
  • 12 Trends Shaping the (Responsible, Human) Future of Learning

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Much of our success in a rapidly changing world will come from our ability to learn our way through difficult situations that have no clear solutions. Since we can't use a scripted response for unexpected situations, we need to help people learn how to handle complexity and information overload and still make ethical choices. This graphic pulls together 12 important trends in learning that will be important to our success in the future. I believe that the transition from a focus on content to a focus on learner success in the real world is already underway. It…
  • What is Authentic Leadership?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:05 am
    How Do We Define Authenticity in Leadership? Most people would agree that authentic leadership is a good thing. But what does it mean? What qualities do authentic leaders possess that set them apart from other leaders?
 
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    Giana Consulting |Understanding People, Life, Leadership & Change |

  • You’re Invited: To Celebrate Our Book Launch & Beyond!

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

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

    Chery Gegelman
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever had someone that works for you ask you for a meeting? …Try to share a concern with you? …Or passionately try to share an idea? How do you react when that happens?  Have you ever considered that they are bringing you a gift? The person that is coming has chosen to take a risk and invest in you and in the organization. No matter what their title is – they have knowledge and experiences that you don’t have. No matter what their role is – they see things in your organization that you don’t see. ~ Thank them for their courage. Courage is what it takes to stand up and…
  • Energize Your Leadership [Book]

    Chery Gegelman
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Energize Your Leadership by By 16 Authors including Chery Gegelman (Charleston: CreateSpace, 2015) NEW BOOK!  Energize Your Leadership! (From 16 Authors in 16 Different Locations…) Written for real people that work, that have loved ones, that want to make a difference and have meaningful lives… People that sometimes struggle with the pressure to lead, perform and inspire. We’ve chosen to honor your humanity instead of ignoring it or treating it as something seperate from your professional life.  Our stories aren’t written from the clouds, they are written with our feet…
  • Leading Up: When to accept, speak for change or move on…

    Chery Gegelman
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sooner or later we will all find ourselves in a situation where we could be leading up… And will will need to choose to either accept what is happening, speak for change, or move on. Each time I find myself in that situation the words below grow more powerful… Got grant me…  The serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change those I can. And the wisdom to know the difference..  Last week I read a very powerful article by Alli Polin that emphasized how leadership thrives when two people work closely together and titles don’t matter. This is some of…
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    Get Real Leadership | It's About the People | Nicki Roth

  • STOP BEING SO EMOTIONAL!!

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

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

    nickiroth
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    Much has been written about the why’s and wherefore’s of leaders who abuse their power. Think banking as a starter. But very little has been discussed about the people who work in organizations with one of these narcissistic and manipulative leaders. Lately I feel like I am watching a film on a continuous feedback loop. […]
  • Huffington Post Blog Entry: Nonprofit Leadership

    nickiroth
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Deep commitment, extensive knowledge and abiding passion to make a difference on a specific issue are baseline traits of countless nonprofit leaders. This is necessary but not enough to achieve bold changes in the world. Effective leadership skills are needed to realize the full impact of these far-reaching missions. Beyond Passion is the story of […]
  • Who is Your Glue?

    nickiroth
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Every organization has that one person who provides the connective tissue that makes things run. S/he is usually not the formal person in charge and may not even have a senior role. This person brings order to the chaos, sanity to the craziness, direction to the pinball-like ADD, wise counsel to those on the verge of […]
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    Serve to Lead® | James Strock

  • Timing | Jon Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, the Beatles & Ronald Reagan

    James Strock
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Jon Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, the Beatles, Ronald Reagan…. Very different people, alike in being compelling public performers. Each mastered a transition that so many get wrong: they knew when it was time to go. The Moment According to a recent report in the Guardian, “There was no one moment when Jon Stewart knew it was time […] The post Timing | Jon Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, the Beatles & Ronald Reagan appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Lincoln Leadership Failure | Succession Planning

    James Strock
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    It’s currently fashionable to diminish or dismiss the part played by individual leaders. Nonetheless, there are a few leaders whose actions and visions are decisive by any reckoning. Things would have been demonstrably different but for their service. Their legacies reach far into the future. Abraham Lincoln is such a leader. His incomparable example inspired […] The post Lincoln Leadership Failure | Succession Planning appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Dueling Dualities | Contrasts and Contradictions

    James Strock
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    The simplest theory of Warren Buffett is that a lot of his value-add comes from his ability [to combine characteristics that many suppose to be contradictory]. The trick is to be rigorous while seeming sentimental, to drive a hard bargain by looking like a teddy bear. –Matt Levine, Bloomberg View. Our world is often comprehended, given order, by our sense […] The post Dueling Dualities | Contrasts and Contradictions appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Brian Williams | Who Are You Serving?

    James Strock
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    The sad denouement of the career of NBC anchor Brian Williams continues apace.  On the plus side of the ledger, Williams has recently garnered a high-profile defender: Fox anchor Bill O’Reilly. More tellingly, the number of apparent misrepresentations and inaccuracies has mounted. One anticipates that ongoing reviews may unearth additional misstatements by the news anchor whose stock […] The post Brian Williams | Who Are You Serving? appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Frank Sonnenberg | 8 Reasons Why Money’s Not Worth What You Think

    James Strock
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    If you live for money, it’s time to get a life. The truth is, many people are actually poor because the only thing they have is money. Are you in it just for the money? 8 Reasons Why Money’s Not Worth What You Think Are you willing to sacrifice your dreams for more money? Some […] The post Frank Sonnenberg | 8 Reasons Why Money’s Not Worth What You Think appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
 
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    Learn2 Solutions

  • How to Engage Employees

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

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

    Amy Dano
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Welcome to the Strategy Blog The post Welcome to the Strategy Blog appeared first on Learn2 Solutions.
  • Welcome to the Engage Blog

    Amy Dano
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Welcome to the Engage Blog The post Welcome to the Engage Blog appeared first on Learn2 Solutions.
  • Competitive Innovation with Strategic Intent

    Gail Johnson Morris
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:06 pm
    You can gain significant competitive innovation through leveraging new opportunities with strategic intent.  What is strategic intent?  Shared through-out all levels of an organization, and sustained over 15 – 20 years, strategic intent is the collective will to achieve inspirational stretch targets.   Case Study: Strategic Intent at Komatsu Just how much gain can be achieved through competitive innovation?  Let’s dial back to Japan in 1970 – struggling with lower basic resources, smaller manufacturing numbers, and lagging both Europe and the US in technology. …
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  • Aha! You Can Energize Your Leadership

    Alli Polin
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    We should write a book. That’s how the idea took shape. One person, asking another person to join them on an adventure. Quickly, five of us started to have weekly calls to brainstorm and shape the book’s content. Ultimately, we invited 11 other leaders to join us on the author team and today, our book, Energize Your Leadership is available on Amazon.  From the start, this project took my day to day work and gave it a jolt of energy. Collaborating with smart and engaged colleagues from around the globe on a new project with complexity and heart – it got mine beating.  Step out…
  • 7 Must-Dos for Editing Your Writing (and Leadership)

    Alli Polin
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    This month I’ve made a commitment to editing the book I wrote during last November’s NaNoWriMo. Every day I spend somewhere between 20 minutes and two hours diving into my work, do my best not to cringe, and enjoy playing with a creative spark. I remind myself, first drafts are not meant to be perfect, they’re just meant to be written… you go from there. That’s the gift of editing your writing, it takes the rocks and cuts and shines them into gems.  As I use different techniques to edit my writing, I realize that many of the editing approaches can and should be used by leaders. …
  • The ONE Reason to Make Meaningful Choices Now

    Alli Polin
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    I know that for many of you this will sound backward, but it’s fall break here for my children. We’re heading into our winter season Down Under.  My kids are home from school and for the past few weeks I was worrying about how I was going to fit in my work and keep my children engaged, without letting them watch 92,000 hours of television.  This weekend, I logged on to Facebook to see what was happening with people I know. I rarely post but love lurking and catching up on the lives of friends and family.  It was Sunday morning when I saw a post from one of my Facebook Friends, someone…
  • The Key Difference Between Partial Truths and Whole Lies

    Alli Polin
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    This weekend we had beautiful weather and my son was eager to go outside and kick his soccer ball around.  Instead of going to the park, he ventured onto our tiny patch of green in the back of our house and within a few minutes had kicked the ball over the neighbor’s fence. What happened next was eye opening.  My son knocked on the neighbor’s door to get back his ball, but they weren’t home.  Finally, about an hour later, they pulled into their driveway, and he zipped to their door to ask for his ball.   He was told: “I threw it back over the fence.” Simple!  Great!
  • Leadership Thrives With the Power of Two

    Alli Polin
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    So many people aspire to be top dog, the Big Kahuna, the CEO, that they cease to realize that sometimes it’s more fun, fulfilling, and energizing to be Number Two.  The person who sits on the top of the org chart does not have a monopoly on influence, nor does a box determine your value.  I often work with clients who want their boss’s job. They want to do everything they can to set themselves up for success. I always suggest that the first thing that they should do is to lean into the relationship with their boss and set the team up for success… good things will follow. Some…
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  • 3 Ways To Retain The Best Professionals

    David
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am
    On The Business: Feature I have always been troubled by the high turnover rate among service professionals. It’s not the same across the board, but attrition is certainly high among the junior ranks of many investment banking, law, accounting and consulting firms. Losing the best professionals is costly (an average of 150% of salary) and is a huge hit to morale. It is a sign that organizational health isn’t what it could be. Professional services aren’t the only industries with this reputation – others include hospitality, food service and retail. While many companies and…
  • How To Build a Healthy (and Wealthy) Service Organization

    David
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    On The Business: Feature thrive verb | (thrīv) 1. to make steady progress: prosper 2. to grow vigorously:flourish Whether we’re examining nature, individuals or organizations, nothing can thrive, prosper or flourish without being healthy. And when it comes to health and organizations, Patrick Lencioni’s latest book says it all – The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business. When an organization is healthy you can tell right away – politics are minimal, morale and productivity are high and good people don’t leave. Healthy companies…
  • The Truth About Hours, Productivity and Health

    David
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    On The Business: Feature Long hours have become the norm in professional services. The hours are often attributed to the effort required to deliver the highest levels of customer service, and other times simply due to genuine love for the work and desire to succeed. Happy clients are a must and getting the work done right takes time, but much of what we believe about hours and productivity just isn’t true and the effect on our health (not to mention, employee attrition) is something we can’t ignore. Public Service Announcement: You may dislike or find controversial some of the…
  • Win More By Pitching Less

    David
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:54 am
    On The Business: Feature In many service industries “pitching” is part of the business. Pitching requires a lot of time, costs a lot of money and too often doesn’t result in new business. What if I told you that you could actually win more if you pitched less? You may think I’m crazy, but this is just some of the advice given by Peter Levitan in his book “Buy This Book, Win More Pitches.” Peter, a former agency owner and head of business development for Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, wrote the book primarily for agencies, but the principles apply to other service…
  • Staying In The Moment

    David
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:30 am
    If Steve and Mary are having lunch in a crowded restaurant and Steve is constantly looking over Mary’s shoulder, scanning the room for other people he knows, she notices. Mary feels slighted and a bit of trust is lost. Or, if Mary is pushing to end the conversation, cutting Steve off or regularly checking her watch, Steve notices. He feels hurried. He can tell she doesn’t really want to be there or has somewhere more important to be. Again, trust trickles out of the relationship. Instead, Steve could stay with the conversation. He could give Mary his undivided attention for 45 or…
 
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  • Infographic: Work-Life Balance Realities, Threats, and Motivators

    Refresh Leadership
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Is your work-life balance out of whack? Studies show you’re not alone. Check out this infographic from Wrike, an online project management software company, for some insight into our work habits and how they affect  our productivity and work-life balance.
  • New Survey: Does Minimum Wage Hike Help or Hurt?

    Refresh Leadership
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Over 1/3 of Businesses Would Reduce Hiring If Wage Raised To $10.10. More Favorable View of Wage Hike Than in 2014 Express Employment Professionals recently released a new study on raising the minimum wage and its effect on businesses, employees and the unemployed. In March of 2015, Express Employment Professionals surveyed 837 business owners, HR professionals, and employees about the positive and negative impacts of a minimum wage increase. Of those surveyed, 59% said a minimum wage increase would be bad for U.S. businesses, down from 63% in 2014, while 66% believe it would be good for…
  • Peak Performer’s Life: Don’t Wait to Invest

    Walter Bond
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond discusses the importance of investing and why it’s imperative to start early. According to Walter: “The only way we can all be peak performers is that we have to invest and we have to become producers versus consumers.” Check out Walter’s inspirational message below: Are you a producer or a consumer? How have your investing practices affected your life? Let us know in the comments section below. New messages each week! Walter Bond and Peak Performer’s Life is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals. Don’t forget to check…
  • The Scientific Power of Meditation

    Refresh Leadership
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    April is stress awareness month, and for many people the answer to their over-stressed lives lies in meditation. Check out this informative and entertaining video from ASAPscience for some insight into how meditation works and how it can positively affect many important parts of our lives. Have you ever tried meditation? How has it affected your stress levels and overall health Let us know in the comments section below.
  • The Results Are In: How Does Your Company Promote Employee Health and Wellness

    Refresh Leadership
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    In March, we asked our readers how their companies promote Employee Health and Wellness, and more than 400 of you weighed in. Coming in first, 26.59% said “We don’t have any initiatives in place to promote health and wellness,” followed by “We have a gym or offer discounts for outside gym memberships” at 20 %, while “We offer discounts on health insurance for people who participate in wellness programs” came in third with 16.24% of the votes. The rest of the results were as follows: We have a cafeteria or vending machines that offer healthy meals and snacks – 11.76% We…
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  • Because it is about The Cause

    Neil Ducoff
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Call me crazy, but I have never gone to work for the money. If the work I do is meaningful to others, the money will come. If the work I do is specialized and addresses urgent issues, the money will come. If I do my work with passion, integrity, respect and a profound sense of caring, the money will come. If the work I do is for a worthy cause with higher purpose, the money will come. To me, money is an outcome. Money is a measurement of the effort, results and quality I put into the work I do. My work has always been about a very personal cause. The cause is about helping entrepreneurs to…
  • When your business does not feel well, you do not feel well

    Neil Ducoff
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Like humans, businesses can have serious health issues too, like being cash starved, burdened with crushing debt, and a toxic culture. I always say, “My heart beats along with my business.” When it’s healthy, profitable and fun, I feel great. When it’s sick, I feel sick. If you’re a business owner, you know exactly what I mean. If your business hasn’t been feeling well lately, then you’re feeling it too. Maybe your business is just out of shape and lethargic because it’s carrying too much baggage. You feel concerned, a bit stressed and perhaps even…
  • Are you working harder for less?

    Neil Ducoff
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    This Monday Morning Wake-Up is for all the owners and leaders that are stuck in survival mode and growing weary of being in a state of working harder for less. Owning and leading a successful business has always been about giving it all you’ve got. You willfully give your time to the point where working a forty-hour week would feel like a vacation. You give your personal resources in terms of money, taking on debt and using personal assets as collateral. More than any other factor, you give your passion, energy and emotional capacities to pursue your business vision. In so many profound…
  • Are you a control freak leader?

    Neil Ducoff
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you want it done right, do it yourself. That’s the motto of a control freak leader. You oversee everything. You need to approve everything. You come up with the ideas that everyone else needs to execute. Your definition of delegating is allowing others the freedom to get things started, then stepping in, taking over and doing it the way you want. You’ve got your tentacles embedded into every nook and cranny of your company. Yes, you are a proud and worthy control freak leader. You are also the most frustrating, smothering and energy sapping leader to work for. There are varying…
  • Do not be a business maintenance man

    Neil Ducoff
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    When I was a young man starting out on my first job, I thought to myself, “I want to be the manager.” I was always fascinated with business and what made it work. I love the energy that comes from a team of people working together and believed that I had the ability to “manage” a team. From the beginning, I worked closely with the manager to learn everything I could about being a “manager.” I learned about handling money, scheduling for productivity, setting goals, inventory control, filling out reports, performance evaluations and keeping everyone on task.
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  • The Power of a Change of Venue

    Karin Hurt
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s tricky for all of us. I’m teaching the only leadership course these accounting students will take as part of their masters programs. The class runs from 5-10 PM after most have worked all day in their internships, and we’re crammed into a room too small for the big moving around that is critical under such conditions. All but a handful are on visas from China. This is their final semester, and most who are not finding a job, face a fast-ticking clock that matters. A good number name public speaking as their greatest fear, and of course it’s a leadership class, and…
  • How to Inspire Behavior Change

    Karin Hurt
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    You’ve tried everything, and the bad behavior continues. You don’t want to say “You need to change this behavior or else,” but the truth is–there will be consequences. Keep that “feedback-is-a-gift-and-I-care-about-you” loving feeling in mind, while having a direct conversation about specifically what must change. Don’t linger. Don’t sandwich. Do document. The INSPIRE Method Use the INSPIRE method to have a short, to the point, specific conversation about what must change. I-  Initiate Initiate the conversation in a respectful manner.
  • 37 Questions to Ask Yourself When Your Team Lacks Energy

    Karin Hurt
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    I was giving a keynote on Saturday to large group of administrative professionals. My speech followed the recognition lunch. In addition to their formal awards, they did one of my favorites, “Stand up if _____.” “Stand up if you’ve received your certification (nearly everyone in the room stood).” “Stand up, if you’ve achieved another important professional milestone (again, the room looked like a standing ovation).” “Stand up if you made a significant contribution as a volunteer this year (nearly all again.)” “Stand up if…
  • Experts Share Their Thoughts on “Spring Cleaning:” A Frontline Festival

    Karin Hurt
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our April Festival is all about spring cleaning. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pics and to all our contributors! Next month’s Festival is all about energizing leadership. New contributors welcome. Spring Cleaning Our Priorities, Attitudes and Skills “We are used to cleaning the outside house, but the most important house to clean is yourself–your own house–which we never do.” -Marina Abramovic David Dye of Trailblaze acknowledges that whether you’re a veteran…
  • 3 Ways to Avoid the Slippery Slope of Inconsistency

    Karin Hurt
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Kendra is late because she was at the hospital with her sick child and barely got home to take a shower… got it. Every now and then managers must make exceptions, no doubt. But now, John is late too, and you feel bad saying something to him, since you just let Kendra off the hook. Before you know it, late is the new black… to work, to meetings, and the envelope is being pushed in other arenas as well. Or, you’re a Sales Director implementing a new customer information system. Your rock star, Janice, refuses to use it, and you figure it’s no big deal. You don’t…
 
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    Leadership XL | Leadership XL

  • How Working Out Improves Leadership Presence

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

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

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

    Jason Cortel
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    The other day in our training class we started by playing Seal’s Fly Like an Eagle. It got me to thinking how can you fly like an eagle if you’re always with the same flock? The other thing that is of important note is that this class is full of women who are encouraging each other and pushing each other out of their comfort zones, getting each other to do things they have never done before. This is very different from other training classes I’ve observed in the past. Sure there are groups who encourage each other or pairs of people who do this for one another. This is different…
  • How to Have More Meaningful Coaching Sessions

    Jason Cortel
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    Do you find that your coaching sessions are more one-way in that you are doing all of the talking? Does it feel like the coaching isn’t working no matter how much time you spend with a particular employee? Next to hiring, coaching is the most important thing you will do in a given work week. Following this simple guideline will help you have more meaningful coaching sessions. The purpose of coaching is to push someone harder than they would push themselves. Employees have hopes of achieving optimum performance and dreams of advancing their career. Coaching is where those hopes and…
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  • My Favorite Creative Times of The Day – Ryan Bonaparte

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
      Creative thinking can hit you at any moment. You might be driving along the road and suddenly get the inspiration that would shape your business or other work. I love the moments, but since creativity is so critical to what I do on a regular basis, I’ve had to understand how I work best and when I can expect to be at my peak creative performance. As with any part of performance, whether it is physical, mental, or spiritual, it can be extremely helpful to know when you’re at your peak, and when you may not be doing your best. Here are some of my favorite creative times of…
  • 13 Habits to Increase Focus – Kirby Ingles

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
      Do you spend your day with a clear plan or strategy? What has the most emotional impact on you? How are you spending your time? On the Urgent or the Important? How Do You Contribute to the Problem? You will normally do the things that distract you like checking email, answering phone calls, sending text messages and responding to notifications on your smart phone. Productivity requires you to focus on your day. Analyze the key components of your day, create a plan and focus on what you can control. We live in an age of distraction. Everyone wants your attention and you are connected to…
  • Has Social Media Replaced the Resume? – Reade Milner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
      For years, professionals have taken the art of making the perfect resume seriously, creating impressive images of themselves every single time they hit the job market. Today however, it seems that more professionals are focusing more on making their online portfolios through their social media profiles even more impressive, instead of working on the traditional resume. Is this really the new professional norm? Has social media really taken the throne from the resume? Why Social Media is Replacing the Resume Social media’s power is undeniable, especially when you use it to enrich your…
  • Want Happier Relationships? – Jed Jurchenko

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
      I have been a fan of the UFC since the beginning. When I was in grade school, my parents told me to pick a sport. Andrew, my next-door neighbor, and best friend, had recently enrolled in karate classes, and I was eager to join him. This was the beginning of my journey into a style of martial arts called American Kenpo. Then, in 1993, everything changed. I was fifteen years old when the first Ultimate Fighting Championship took place. Royce Gracie, stepped into the octagon-shaped UFC ring and dominated the competition. Royce used his skill, agility, and famous Brazilian Jujitsu to win…
  • How to Learn While You Talk – Glenn Brooke

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:01 pm
      There is an old saying “You aren’t learning when your mouth is open” sometimes coupled with “God gave you two ears and one mouth.” It’s true that if you want to influence others, you can’t be a steady babbler. You must listen, observe, and listen more. This is an important path for leaders to learn how to work with others and lead organizations. However, the idea that you never learn when you’re talking is simply wrong. We learn by experience that self-talk and journaling are important disciplines to discovering what we think, and how to solve the problems we face. I…
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  • The Power of Question

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

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

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

    Paul Heagen
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    It has become inescapable to me that I have a problem. I have disgraced my family, let down my teammates, dishonored the trust of the team owner and coaches, and have betrayed the loyalty of the fans. It is time that I confront my failures in how I have lived my life to this point. I can only ask for ... Read More The post The Catharsis of Truth appeared first on Defining Moments.
  • Doing It The Hard Way

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

    Brian Dakin
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    Ok, maybe I’m old school. Maybe, for as much as I have embraced the advantages of technology I still like the simpler things. However, one thing I feel rather certain about – technology advances are eroding our general ability to engage in dialogue with one another. I’ll admit it, I text when I need to,[...] Author information Brian Dakin Founder and Principal at Rhombus Consulting, Inc. at Rhombus Consulting, Inc. Brian Dakin is the founder and Principal of Rhombus Consulting, a provider of project management services and subject matter expertise for technology initiatives in the life…
  • Three Ways to Leverage Listening with Content Marketing

    Don Stanley
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    In my two previous posts, I talked about how you MUST become a great listener if you want to become super successful with content marketing and leadership. But what do you do with everything you learn by listening? Listening is only the part of the puzzle. In this short video lesson, I share the next[...] Author information Don Stanley Owner at 3Rhino Media Don Stanley is owner of 3Rhino Media, a digital marketing consultancy dedicated to helping companies and individual share their expertise and connect with the right clients online. He’s personally worked with a wide range of…
  • Are You Talking To Me?

    Karrie Landsverk
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    Who are you really talking to when you communicate? The whole point of communication is to engage someone else in one of two ways being: to influence or persuade them to agree with you in some way, or to gain information from that person(s) you did not have before. Logic would tell us, if we[...] Author information Karrie Landsverk Partner, Trainer, and Professional Speaker at American Way University Karrie Landsverk is a Partner with AmericanWay University, Trainer, and Professional Speaker who brings humor and engagement to any training event or conference. As a professional member of the…
  • Four Good Reasons to Treat People Right

    David Clarke
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:23 am
    Awesome leaders have tremendously influenced me throughout my life. The leaders who impressed and impacted me the most are those who demonstrated qualities most people look for in their leaders: Honesty Fairness Decisive Intelligent Forward thinking There are numerous qualities to add to that list. But, one more that was critical to me was they[...] Author information David Clarke Dreamer, Encourager, Life-Changer, Believer at Pastor David Anthony Clarke, SR Flint, MI native, David Anthony Clarke, is a pastor, speaker, self-published author of two books, honorably discharged U.S. Marine, and…
  • Perspective: Ideas Are Worthless

    Kaarina Dillabough
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:16 am
    “Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it that makes a difference.” ~ Nolan Bushnell I so relate! If I had a penny (no, forget that…we don’t have pennies in Canada any more)… If I had a nickel[...] Author information Kaarina Dillabough Business Life Coach at Decide2Do Kaarina is a business/life coach living in Ontario. For over 25 years her high-voltage energy, expertise and experience has inspired those she has worked with to reach beyond their grasp, to attain great things in business and…
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  • 5 Must-Have Qualities of a True Leader

    Naomi Witter
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Naomi Witter is a talented young writer, determined to succeed in writing circles. Currently, she is finishing her degree in Management and writes about the “5 Must-Have Qualities of a True Leader“. Simple structure, clear thought. In total, an article must read! A powerful leader is not someone that his team is afraid of, he is someone that his team respected. And to be able to gain respect means having valuable qualities. It is not easy to lead a team. It is not easy to make them listen to you. And it is not easy for them to follow everything that you are saying. That is why it…
  • These Things Should Be Present In Every Leader!

    Katherine William
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Katherine William has been writing reviews and news about leadership for over a decade now. Read today, her article on the “Things Should Be Present In Every Leader“! Fancy being a leader? Want to lead a group of people to success? These golden fundamentals need to be present in you then! Everybody is born with something special in their souls. There are certain talents present in every person that just remain concealed for some time, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. A life of a person should normally revolve around trying to figure out the real reason of their…
  • Select Your Associates Carefully

    Takis Athanassiou
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    As Project Manager in many projects, I have come to appreciate the value of well-selected partners for the implementation of a project! In business is not always at your hand to select your associates (that term includes business partners, vendors, collaborators, freelancers, outside contractors, anyone assist you to provide the best possible – business – result). Other situations, usually determine the “who is doing what” in a project (business, endeavor, venture, startup, etc.). But their selection, is vital for the success of every business venture! A Like-Minded…
  • Setting Boundaries

    Takis Athanassiou
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:17 am
    Setting boundaries is not always easy and, most of the times, depends on the conditions you have to face. But, many times, the activity of setting personal and professional boundaries is of major importance! On today’s podcast, I provide some useful strategies for effectively setting your boundaries in life (NOTE: This is a podcast, derived by an older post of mine with the title: On Personal Boundaries! I hope you would like it!). In this podcast, you would learn: What are boundaries. Why you need personal boundaries. Where do you need to set boundaries. How to build and sustain better…
  • My MITs!

    Takis Athanassiou
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:47 am
    MITs stands for Most Important Tasks (or most important things as many authors suggest) and it is one of my most important tools for doing my work better (and faster). I introduced to the concept by Leo Babauta in his excellent post “Purpose Your Day: Most Important Task (MIT)” but the principle has been suggested by many other productive experts (as Jason Womack in his “Put attention on the MIT’s – the Most Important Things” post, James Clear in his post “The Only Productivity Tip You’ll Ever Need“, Josh Kaufman in his “What Are ‘Most…
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  • When Employee Engagement Turns Into Employee Burnout

    Tony Schwartz
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Tony Schwartz  is the CEO and founder of  The Energy Project and bestselling author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, published in 2010. Is there a company of any significant size that doesn’t seek and venerate “employee engagement?” Twelve years ago, a colleague and I wrote a book called “The Power of Full Engagement.” The concept now needs a major overhaul. For the last two decades, measuring employee engagement has been the primary way that large companies try to determine their employees’ level of commitment and productivity. In turn, dozens of studies have…
  • How To Use Your Company’s Most Powerful Business Tool

    David Mizne
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    With new software applications coming out every day, technology continues to offer a solution for any business need. Slack is shifting the way teams communicate, Hackpad allows for collaborative creation, and this blog wouldn’t exist without WordPress. But the most powerful business tool was actually invented long ago and was only recently perfected through technology – it’s the question. That’s right, questions. Just think about the most successful companies. Google began as a search engine, literally your one stop resource for any answer. Apple continues to astonish…
  • 11 Creative Ways To Transform Your Startup’s Culture

    Luke Ryan
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    “Culture” was Merriam-Webster’s 2014 Word of the Year. While it seems a bit odd that words are given accolades, the fact that this word was the winner comes as no surprise. According to Fortune, business leaders are focused on workplace culture to draw the best talent and to make lists like the 100 Best Companies to Work For. More business than ever before are blogging about their successes and failures in this arena. This trend in transparency is showing that it’s less about ping pong tables and free beer. Strong cultures focus on providing meaning, building relationships, and seeing…
  • How Being “Unprofessional” Increases Employee Engagement

    David Hassell
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    A recent Forbes article asked the question, “Does Crying Kill Your Career?” This sparks an important conversation about the necessity for an authentic human experience in the workplace. Crying is viewed by many as unprofessional, regardless of gender. However, behaving professionally does not mean that we cease to be human.  Stoicism has little value in the modern workplace as connection and a sense of safety allow employees to perform their best, most creative work. Sometimes emotions get the better of us, and it is far better to release by crying and seek help than to just…
  • Why You Should Share Your Goals & Accomplishments

    David Mizne
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    The other day I crumpled up a piece of paper and threw a perfect hookshot from across the room with my eyes closed. Swish! I jumped up, exclaimed “YEAH”, and then looked around to see who had witnessed my legendary feat of office athleticism. Nobody cared except the team in the next pod who clearly missed my shot, but were wondering why I was standing there with my fist in the air. If throwing out garbage with style makes us feel great, imagine doing something of consequence like closing a big sales deal or completing a new marketing campaign. The flavor of success is sweeter when shared.
 
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  • How to Win in the New World of Work

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

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

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

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

    Karl Rohde
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde I’m guessing for most of us, we would like to think that we are driven by goals, a higher purpose, meaning, fulfillment and passion. The reality is that these things really do not drive us. There is a difference between our aspirations and what really goes down in the history book of your life. The reality that’s hard to hear is that our lives are not a product of some great vision. It’s rather something un-sexy and a little staid. And it’s why true change can be a tough challenge. What really drives us is…
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  • Culture Meets Strategy

    Scott Wilson
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Peter Drucker famously once said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The point he was making was that culture is probably one of the most important ingredients of success and that strategy alone won’t cut it. I agree with the concept, although maybe not as strongly at Peter Drucker’s statement implies. Both culture and strategy are required but I do agree that organizations with a strong and vibrant culture that supports and drives strategy will win out every time. Both culture and strategy are needed for organizations to succeed over the long haul.Click To Tweet…
  • Leaders Inspire Shared Purpose

    Scott Wilson
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Former 4-star General Stanley McChrystal gave this Ted Talk back in 2011 but it is still relevant today. In fact, it may be even more relevant. In today’s organizations you will usually find multi-generational teams. Millennials, Gen-X’ers, and Baby-Boomers share positions in the same company. With all these different kinds of people, how do you build a shared purpose to achieve common goals? General McChrystal tell us about building trust, listening to your people, and understanding your team. Good advice for any organization. A leader isn’t good because they’re…
  • 7 Bad Habits You Should Drop Right Now

    Scott Wilson
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    We talk a lot about habits and the need to establish good ones. Unfortunately, a habit is a habit, both good and bad. John Meyer from Lemonly wrote a good post about 7 bad habits that are likely holding you back. Here’s his list. BAD HABITS ARE…WELL…BAD Touching emails more than once Meeting just to meet (a personal pet peeve of mine) Meeting without an agenda Repeating Mistakes Using a phone as an alarm (Not sure I can go along with this one) Allowing app notifications Being a chameleon Point 6 is particularly salient to me. I turned off notifications last year and I’ll…
  • 10 Secrets of Great Communicators

    Scott Wilson
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Everyone has their “trade secrets” and great communicators are no different. The ability to educate, instruct and inspire others to great things through words sets great leaders apart from the mediocre ones. We should all take advantage of opportunities to learn from the greatest of these. Whether it was Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address or Churchill’s Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat, the great communicators motivated the masses to do great and difficult things. While personality and opportunity played a role in these situations, there are some principles that we can…
  • Enlightened Leaders

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

    Jesse Lahey
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    At most organizations, a workforce health strategy includes communication and education to motivate and equip employees and their families to reduce health risks, improve wellbeing, and prevent the development of serious (and expensive) health problems. But according to research scientist Tom Rath, the typical health messages aren’t very effective in motivating people on an ongoing […]
  • 110: Turning Followers into Leaders | with David Marquet

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    How do you move people from being passive followers doing what they were told, to becoming proactive, engaged leaders themselves? We’ll give you a hint: It’s not about being visionary or giving the right orders. David Marquet is the author of Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders. David was […]
  • GC29: GamifiKaizen: Using gamification for continuous improvement | with Gal Rimon of GamEffective

    Joe Sherwood
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Longtime listeners of Game Changer know that gamification isn’t about rewards and competition. The most effective gamification makes use of intrinsic drivers to engage employees. GamEffective strives to be the “Fitbit of work,” taking the place of traditional performance management, feedback, and even continuous improvement practices such as kaizens. Gal Rimon is CEO of GamEffective, […]
  • 109: Act Like a Leader. Think Like a Leader. | with Herminia Ibarra

    Joe Sherwood
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s sort of a chicken-or-the-egg question. To take your next step toward great leadership, do you start with introspection and learning to think like a leader? Or do you put yourself into positions where you are forced to learn by doing? Most leadership books and courses give you one answer. But a contrarian and counter-intuitive […]
  • WHE21: Can Behavioral Economics Solve Your Company’s Health Care Problems? | with Derek Yach from Vitality Institute

    Joe Sherwood
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    A recent study found that the U.S. lags behind other countries in improving disease prevention and life expectancy. America’s weak link? The workplace, according to the study. But it’s also one of the easiest to strengthen, and the workplace provides a unique platform for engaging people to adopt healthier habits. In particular, the still-evolving field […]
 
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  • The Power of Your Thoughts

    bmgadmin
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    “Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” Benjamin Disraeli The human mind is an amazing tool. It can work for you or it can work against you. Years ago Norman Vincent Peale was walking through the twisted streets of Hong Kong when he strolled by a tattoo studio. Glancing in the window he marveled at images of the artistry offered. If one was willing to sit long enough he could have an anchor, a flag, a mermaid, or any number of emblems inscribed on his arm or chest. What captured Dr. Peale’s attention that day were three words: “Born to…
  • Wisdom Chasers

    bmgadmin
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    How To Maximize The World Leaders Conference So you’re attending the World Leaders Conference. Smart move. What is your plan to maximize this event? Solomon would say, “Become a wisdom chaser.” According to Solomon, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Solomon was a wealthy man. In his day he would have topped Forbes’ list of billionaires. He had money in abundance, but that wasn’t his treasure. Solomon valued something more than a few more coins in his pocket. He valued wisdom. Solomon said wisdom “is more precious…
  • The Servant Leaders Disappearing Act

    bmgadmin
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    By Tommy Kiedis Would you be willing to give up your lifelong dream for a greater cause? If achievement were within sight, would you let it go for “the bigger picture”? That was Abraham Lincoln’s dilemma in 1855. Just four votes separated Lincoln from a coveted seat in the United States Senate. The votes were within his grasp because in 1855 the 100-member state legislature, not the populace, elected senators. Lincoln had forty-seven votes wrapped up, just four shy of joining Stephen A. Douglas as a senator from Illinois. Lincoln’s victory was in no way guaranteed. A number of men…
  • THE ENCORE EFFECT

    bmgadmin
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    In Sanborn’s book The Encore Effect, he delves into the concept of going beyond the extraordinary. Comparing our lives to a stage, he explains that we should live in such a way that our performance is worthy of being called back for an “encore.” Our “stage” is wherever we play a role: at the office, at home, in our communities. Within those roles, we have important audiences who depend on us to perform at our best. When we perform well and from a place of authenticity, those audiences will “shout for more.” What elements make performers remarkable? What makes them so valuable…
  • THE NEED FOR SERVANT LEADERSHIP

    bmgadmin
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    Leaders have the choice to command or to serve. Using one’s position for self-indulgence, rather than in a way that heals the world, is a destructive use of power. Commanding leaders will lose their influence as soon as they lose their title. A servant leader will never even need a title to be effective. The greatest leaders earn their influence through humility. Jesus said, “The greatest among you will be your servant.” The leader who serves first will have a powerful, lasting influence on the people around them. People choose a leader they can trust, someone with integrity who…
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  • HR Bureaucrats, Bleeding Hearts and Nerds

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

    Dr. Jon Warner
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    No matter what its size or type, every business always wants to find ways to boost its sales or revenues. However, this need often translates into encouragement to those responsible to “sell more of what we’ve got” which they often interpret as “work longer, harder and smarter to beat the competition.” This is the “dog-eat-dog” race to the bottom sales approach and the resultant “battle” in the marketplace is often a bloody one, with endless product claims and counter claims between the players (which may or may not be valid) with price perhaps playing a more powerful…
  • The Benefits of a Peer Advisory Group to the CEO

    Dr. Jon Warner
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:59 am
    Whatever its type or size there is always one unique role in every organization – the General Manager or to use the best catch-all term, the Chief Executive officer or CEO. Although it also often is given several other different titles (such as President, Managing Director, Managing Partner, Executive Director and others) this “chief decision-maker” inevitably does not have direct peers that perform a similar role. Although some decisions are inevitably made alone from time to time, CEOs of all kinds are often left to seek input, advice and support from a range of people who may have…
  • Why Most Company’s Market Segmentation Strategy Doesn’t Work

    Dr. Jon Warner
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:45 am
    Whether they are re-targeting existing products or services or planning completely new ones, most companies often start by segmenting their apparent markets and then position their offerings accordingly. This segmentation typically involves either dividing the market into product categories, such as a product’s function or price perhaps, or dividing the customer base into target demographics, such as age, gender or income level etc. Unfortunately, neither way works very well, according to Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, who notes that around 95% of new product or…
  • The “Triple” Bottom Line

    Dr. Jon Warner
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:10 am
    The term “the triple bottom line” (often abbreviated as TBL or 3BL) has been around for around 20 years now. In essence it is an accounting framework with three parts to it: social, environmental and financial. These three divisions are also called the easier to remember three Ps: people, planet and profit. In traditional business accounting and common usage, the “bottom line” refers to either the “profit” or “loss” that has been achieved by an organization. But over the last few decades a new debate has gained more and more interest, which essentially…
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  • 4 Realities of Learning

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

    Dave Stachowiak
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    I was a bit stunned the first time a prospective client did this. We were being considered for a training project, but the company didn’t share any goals. They said pretty much any topic would do, as long as it got scheduled this quarter. We spent several minutes asking questions about their strategy and goals, only to get confusing responses. After several polite attempts to discover exactly how we could help their bottom-line, we ended up handing them a menu of topics (since that’s what they asked for). They picked a topic that “sounded good.” We conducted the training to rave…
  • 5 Practices to Free Your Time

    Dave Stachowiak
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    A few lawyers finally figured out time travel. I was just listening to The Legal Seagull podcast, hosted by my friend Neer Lerner. He notes in his recent episode on unethical attorney billing that a few lawyers have actually documented more than 24 hours of work on a single day. It’s disappointing that people set aside all the potential fun of time travel just to work more. If you still don’t have your time machine working, here’s what you can do in the meantime to free your time. Do Some B Work Awhile back I had a chat with a client about management strategy. He said that a lot of his…
  • Get People to Read Your Stuff

    Dave Stachowiak
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    The ability to get people to read what you write online is essential. Most organizations rely heavily on email for both internal and external communication. In addition, many professionals rely on their audience to read their online proposals, webinar slide decks, or websites. In this guide, how to get people to read your stuff more consistently. Half of You Won’t See This How many unread books do you have on your shelf? How about half-read? Turns out that our online reading habits aren’t any better — and probably worse. Take this leadership guide you’re reading. My mail service tells…
  • 4 Apps That Will Save You Time

    Dave Stachowiak
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    If you’ve been listening to Coaching for Leaders for any length of time, you know that one focus of the show is productivity — and you also know that I’m a bit of a tech geek. Like any geek worth their stripes, I enjoy new technology, but what really gets me excited is when I can put technology to work to be noticeably more productive. These apps/services get results and will help you too. Here are four apps that will save you time: TimeTrade Every week, at least one appointment I have with someone starts with this comment: Wow, that’s a cool scheduling system you have. That must save…
 
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  • Delays and Detours

    Leslie Shreve
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    How to Stop Interruptions from Holding Up Your Productivity and Progress   What’s more damaging to your focus and productivity improvement efforts: ringing phones, new emails, or unexpected visitors at your office door? It’s a trick question. The answer is: None of the above. That’s because none of them are problematic when you’re in charge of managing them. But if you’re like many professionals, you think you have to be at the mercy of interruptions all the time. And if that’s what’s happening in your day, then yes, these interruptions can ALL be very damaging. But…
  • Email Driven

    Leslie Shreve
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Are You Driving Your Work Day or Just Along for the Ride?   OK, quick quiz: Who’s in charge of your work day? YOU! That’s right. Now, who’s in charge of all of your other stuff, like tasks, papers, calls and e-mail? Right again… it’s you. And who’s in charge of making decisions? Yep… you! (You’re on a roll!) So, why are you letting your e-mail Inbox call the shots and drive your day?   The E-mail Treadmill You know how it goes… you reply to e-mail after e-mail as they pour in, and you respond to e-mail notifications, even when they pull you away from something…
  • What to Do When Fear Gets in The Way of Productivity

    Leslie Shreve
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
      E-mail is pouring in, the phone is ringing, and others are coming to you with requests. You want to be helpful, responsive, and a team player. But lately, you feel like your whole day is being lost to interruptions and “squeaky wheels,” and you’re wondering how to get some time for yourself so you can finally make some progress – on your priorities. If we look at the word “react” in the dictionary it says “to act in a reverse direction or manner, especially to return to a prior condition,” which means you can stay stuck very easily and not make noticeable progress. As…
  • Replace Resolutions with Becoming Who You’re Meant to Be

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

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

    Tom Salonek
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:19 am
    Dan Sullivan, the person behind Strategic Coach, many years ago stated the four fundamentals for success in life: Show up on time Do what you say Finish what you start Say please and thank you He goes on to say, and I agree, that while many other pieces are required for success, continually skip one [...]The post The Four Fundamentals for Success in Life appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Creating Employee Engagement

    Tom Salonek
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    On April 21, I spoke on the topic of employee engagement.  Below is the slide deck from the presentation: Creating Employee Engagement from Intertech TrainingThe post Creating Employee Engagement appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Being a Leader: Telling Time or Clock Building?

    Tom Salonek
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:23 am
    In Built to Last, Jim Collins says “…being a charismatic visionary leader is ‘time telling’; building a company that can prosper far beyond the presence of any single leader…. is ‘clock building.’” . . . . Clock building leaders: Focus on organizational design Stay out of day-to-day details Focus on the long term vision Reinforce values Builds [...]The post Being a Leader: Telling Time or Clock Building? appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Microsoft Turns 40

    Tom Salonek
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:20 am
    Microsoft turned 40 last week. In a letter to employees, Bill Gates said, “I believe computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before” Wow… quite a statement about what’s coming ahead from the founder of a firm with one of the largest market caps in the world on par with [...]The post Microsoft Turns 40 appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Breakfast with Values Champions

    Tom Salonek
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:16 am
    On April 21, from 7:30 to 9:00, I’ll be speaking at the Breakfast with Values Champions.  It’s held at the College of St. Catherine and all are welcome to attend.  Please see speaker line-up and more information below.   Breakfast with Values Champions Breakfast is a learning community for forwardthinking leaders and organizations interested in [...]The post Breakfast with Values Champions appeared first on Tom Talks.
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  • The Role of Company Culture in Technology Integration Success! #SMACtalk Ep 28

    Brian Fanzo
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    Brian and Dan attempt to change the current technology discussion from what’s the best technology solutions available to, what technology is my company using today and what solutions best fit in my company culture.  The goal for businesses embracing technology must be around implementing the best tools and solutions to empower our employees to be most productive when solving business problems. Listen Here or on iTunes: Brian explains his background and experiences as a technology evangelist and why he believes the focus on culture and people training and change focused him to changed his…
  • You Can’t Possibly Control Big Data…. NOT Now Anyway

    Hessie Jones
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I was recently asked a question that I had heard before: “Could we provide the raw data results from Big Data into a usable format so that it could be analyzed and validated using traditional methods?” The question was posed by a traditional researcher who had minimal exposure to Big Data Analysis. In essence what he was asking was: “Could we transpose the filtered data into a standard format?” It got me thinking about the larger question: Could we fit big data into the existing practices that we’ve all conformed to and have accepted? To me, right now, at a time when use of Big…
  • What Businesses Can Learn From Target’s Failure In Canada

    Cheval John
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    The main goal for businesses is to make a profit. If they don’t make money, then everyone suffers. And even if they do make money, the only question is did they achieve their success the right way? Target shut down operations in Canada earlier this year due to losses in revenue. The decision affected over 17,000 employees including the executives in the Great White North. It was understandable why the second largest retailer in the United States aimed to go international. Their biggest competitor, Walmart is in 27 countries around the world. and are making revenues like never before. My…
  • The High Costs of Dirty Data

    Shelly Kramer
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every day, businesses collect a mountain of data about their existing and potential customers — vital information that is rightly seen as the lifeblood of sales and profits. While resources have often targeted data quantity, the focus on quality is moving up on the agenda. Executives recognize that inaccurate or “dirty” data can have a negative impact on revenue, as well as the reputation of a business. Data fuels sales and marketing, unless its wrong A survey by Experian Data Quality highlighted that, despite the draw of email and social media marketing, traditional methods still hold…
  • The Power of Being Real

    Ross Quintana
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I know people may think, “Hey I’m real, isn’t everyone real?” In the digital age and even before that, companies and brands have been portrayed as having human traits. They were your friend, thoughtful, fun, or serious. The fact is they are none of those things, that….. is just marketing. With social media, things are changing. Most companies are either trying to ignore the power of social media, or they are trying to use it like a marketing channel instead of a communication and relationship management tool. There is great power for both companies and…
 
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  • Stop Selling & Start Leading: 5 Steps to Competitive Differentiation, Part 4

    Deb Calvert
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Sellers are subject to stereotypes about selling. It’s just something we have to expect and handle. What we don’t have to do, though, is fuel those stereotypes. Chief among the negative stereotypes about sellers is the one that suggests we can never be trusted. It’s out there. And it’s in the back of every buyer’s […]
  • Leaders: Submissive, Subservient and Selfless?

    Deb Calvert
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    The concept of servant leadership is often misunderstood and misrepresented. Leaders who buy into the myth that they are supposed to be submissive, subservient and selfless often miss the point entirely. The point of servant leadership is to serve others by thinking of their needs, recognizing their needs and supporting efforts to meet their needs. […]
  • Stop Selling & Start Leading: 5 Steps to Competitive Differentiation, Part 3

    Deb Calvert
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    There’s no such thing as a dried-up pipeline. New business is out there, just waiting for you to develop it. But when’s the last time you looked in a new place for a sales lead? How often do you sell something to a prospect that everyone else overlooked? Are you going back to the same […]
  • Leaders: Command & Control or Heart & Soul?

    Deb Calvert
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    In order to lead, you must be authoritative and absolutely in charge at all times. That’s a dangerous myth that derails would-be leaders and prevents them from becoming the type of leader that others willingly and eagerly follow. Images abound of the classic command-and-control leader. Think Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan Jessep in the movie, […]
  • Stop Selling & Start Leading: 5 Steps to Competitive Differentiation, Part 2

    Deb Calvert
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    If you’re going through the motions of selling, your presentations aren’t compelling. All too often, sellers present buyers with proposals and offers that are described as: Ho Hum. Rote. Boooooring. Trite. Generic. Cookie Cutter. Irrelevant. That’s why, despite all the time you’ve spent to craft a glorious PowerPoint deck or bells-and-whistles presentation, buyers get distracted and […]
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    Thin Difference

  • What Drives Employee Engagement?

    Guest
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Guest Post by Doug Brown With the overwhelming evidence indicating employee engagement is critical to business success, why is it that overall engagement continues to be such a challenge for many businesses and industries? One would think that organizations would have employee engagement on the top of their agendas with considerable budgets and strategies in place to ensure that they do everything possible to maintain high engagement levels. Unfortunately this is not really the case and we see a wide range commitment levels to building high engagements levels. Three key roadblocks to employee…
  • Self-Awareness and Leadership: 4 Things to Consider

    Heidi Oran
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    It has become quite fashionable over recent years to find quizzes and self-assessments on a number of things; something that stands out to me are those based around personality. For example: 10 Things Only Introverts Will Understand, 25 Frustrating Things About Being an Extrovert, or What’s Your Personality Type? I would venture to guess many Millennials know if they’re INFJ or ENFP — and most importantly, what exactly those awkward letters pushed together mean. We are a society that loves labels, which I believe has its pros and cons. Do we all remember the London riots…
  • The Self-Leadership Golden Rule and Law

    Jon Mertz
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Self-leadership receives decent attention, as it should. Leadership does begin from within and then is exemplified through collaborative relationships, interactions, and work. Faisal Hoque in a Fast Company article highlights many essential ways to improve and become a more authentic leader. Many other good articles can be found through various searches. So why write another article? Two reasons. First, self-leadership is vital to empowering positive leadership capabilities. Second, there is a rule and a law often overlooked when it comes to self-leadership. The rule and law are: The Golden…
  • Workplace Flexibility: From Conversation to Implementation

    Molly Page
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Lauren Rikleen’s book “You Raised Us – Now Work With Us” began to take shape while she was promoting her previous book. “I began to notice in so many presentations this real negativity in the questions being asked about the younger generation in the workplace,” Rikleen explains. She admits that the tone of the questions didn’t resonate with her. At the time, Rikleen was very hopeful about data she was seeing regarding Millennials. She was encouraged by a generation that seemed to be looking at work/life integration in a very new way. For the first time data suggested…
  • Entrepreneurs in the Information Age

    Guest
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Guest Post by David J. Greer People often ask me how will the Internet change the world in the next 50 years. As someone who created one of the earliest web sites in the world, my response is that in the fifteen years since I created that web site we have seen far less than 5% of the impact and change that the Internet will have on our world over the next 50 years. I wrote Wind In Your Sails: Vital Strategies That Accelerate Your Entrepreneurial Success to help entrepreneurs think differently. So that they will act in a way that is aligned with their purpose, values, and culture. I hope that…
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  • #TChat Live from Ireland: The IT@Cork European Technology Summit

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    We’re very excited to announced that the TalentCulture #TChat Show will be live from the IT@Cork European Technology Summit in Cork, Ireland on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, from 6-7pm GMT (1-2pm ET, 10-11am PT). This special #TChat will focus on the impact of gender diversity on technology business performance around the world. A University of Cambridge study has observed that Ireland is fifth in the world for female economic power, ranking just behind Australia, Norway, Denmark and Finland. In Ireland, women are in positions of seniority in a staggering number of large global tech…
  • #TChat Preview: Why Internal Customer Service Is So Important

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at its new time from 1-2 pm ET (10-11 am PT). Last week we talked about how to deal with bad bosses, and this week going to talk about why internal customer service is so important. When we think of “customer service” we usually think of those to help us throughout the sales process, but service must be a total commitment not just for the front line, but for every employee of any business, from individual contributor to CEO. Everyone has a customer. If it is not the outside customer, then it is the internal customer…
  • Is There An “Encore” In Your Career’s Future?

    Tim Collins
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I live in New York City in Midtown Manhattan, within easy walking distance of world-class performing arts venues Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Encores are highly prized and sought after in my neighborhood. When it comes to your career, or the recruiting you and your firm are doing, is there an encore in your future? I’m not referring to curtain calls, grateful bows or curtsies, or a bouquet of roses. Who wouldn’t love any of those? I’m talking about encore careers. The Wikipedia definition is “work in the second half of life that combines continued income, greater personal…
  • #TChat Recap: How To Turn Horrible Bosses Into Happier Relationships

    Meghan M. Biro
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    A bad boss can undermine our ability to work happy and hard. Poor communication skills, micromanaging, lack of direction, bullying — any of these characteristics can make a boss difficult to work with leading to stress, anxiety, frustration, absenteeism and even depression. This week we interviewed Tony Deblauwe, Founder of consulting firm HR4Change. Tony spoke about how to turn horrible bosses into happier relationships. Tony offered a relaxed and engaging dialogue with lots of practical advice and research mixed in with real life experiences like his startling encounter with a new…
  • Internal Communication Strategies for Work (That Work!)

    Shawn Parr
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Great leaders inspire their people and provide focus by setting a clear vision, a mission, and actionable values that fuel an environment for individual and company-wide success. A strong company culture is fueled and inspired by leadership actively involved and connected to the realities of their teams and their business. It’s no secret that ineffective communication is one of the main drivers behind workplace failure. Poor, nonexistent, misdirected and dysfunctional communication are among the biggest reasons companies fail to accomplish their missions. Building a strong culture takes…
 
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    Leadership XL | Leadership XL

  • How Working Out Improves Leadership Presence

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

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

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

    Jason Cortel
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    The other day in our training class we started by playing Seal’s Fly Like an Eagle. It got me to thinking how can you fly like an eagle if you’re always with the same flock? The other thing that is of important note is that this class is full of women who are encouraging each other and pushing each other out of their comfort zones, getting each other to do things they have never done before. This is very different from other training classes I’ve observed in the past. Sure there are groups who encourage each other or pairs of people who do this for one another. This is different…
  • How to Have More Meaningful Coaching Sessions

    Jason Cortel
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    Do you find that your coaching sessions are more one-way in that you are doing all of the talking? Does it feel like the coaching isn’t working no matter how much time you spend with a particular employee? Next to hiring, coaching is the most important thing you will do in a given work week. Following this simple guideline will help you have more meaningful coaching sessions. The purpose of coaching is to push someone harder than they would push themselves. Employees have hopes of achieving optimum performance and dreams of advancing their career. Coaching is where those hopes and…
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    The Leadership Hub

  • Back to the Future with Management by Objectives

    Jim Taggart
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    The management-leadership field, as vast as it is with perspectives and theories aplenty, still finds a need to recycle ideas from the past. There are only so many ways to slice and dice theories on how to motivate people; manage–make that lead–them; and link the organization’s mission, vision and operating goals to employee development and performance. It’s clearly a task for Superman, or Superwoman. Indeed, it was McGill University management guru Henry Mintzberg who made reference to this many years ago in a CBC interview. Mintzberg’s point was that society has unnecessarily…
  • Three Strikes…You’re Out! Six Lessons in Customer Service

    Jim Taggart
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I liked my old HP Envy laptop. When I bought it in 2010 it was state of the art. I used it for almost five years for personal use and for contract work. It was well built, powerful and compact. But technology moves on, and things that spin (like hard disks) eventually start balking. So I decided finally early in 2015 to start shopping for a new lap top. This time, however, I wasn’t looking for state of the art but just a well-made laptop.This proved not to be as easy a gig as I initially thought.There’s a bewildering array of laptops, notebooks and what I’ll call crapbooks out there.
  • Are you a Responsible Leader? This'll help you find out

    Phil Dourado
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:31 am
    Being a responsible leader is about considering: Your employees, your customers, and what effect your actions will have on those people. From this blog post on Leadership Now, Author Tim Richardson has 4 traits you can measure yourself by. 1. Internal Assuredness The starting point is to be humble and self-aware. Responsible leaders have "... a real understanding and acceptance of one’s uniqueness— personality, motivations, strengths and weaknesses.” 2. Be comfortable with not knowing Next, recognise that you do not know a lot. And you should seek to learn from those who disagree with…
  • Been There, Run That: Women in Leadership

    Jim Taggart
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    Kay Koplovitz has certainly been there and run that. The founder of USA Network in 1977, she was the first woman to lead a television network. Her success as the head of USA Network was demonstrated by its 13 year run as the number one ranked cable network in prime time. Later, in 1992, she led the creation of the Sci-Fi Channel, serving as chair until 1998 when it was sold to become a public company. She subsequently co-founded and served as chair of Springboard Enterprises, a non-profit that has garnered over $6.6 billion in venture capital investments in some 560 women-run companies.
  • The Ethics of Leading a Nation: Fake Leaders Need Not Apply

    Jim Taggart
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    Your faithful correspondent of many years and leadership posts, moving towards the 500 mark, has attempted to stay above the political fray. However, today he’s delving deeply into the leadership political arena. What needs to be stated at the outset is that your correspondent has NO political affiliation; he’s voted across the political spectrum over the past 40 years.Many, many years ago, when I was a young economist with the Government of Canada, a colleague who was an immigrant from Turkey remarked to me that “Canadians are sheep.” Over the succeeding decades I’ve never…
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    Insight Experience

  • Real life data: Successful leaders take time to plan

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

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

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

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

    Nick Noyes
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    The value of Balanced Leadership is clear: balancing your Orientation (organizational vs market), your Approach (analytical vs interpersonal), and your Horizon (tactical vs vision) makes you and the organization you lead more effective.  Balance is good… or is it? You can’t get far in considering the virtues of Balanced Leadership without running into a sticky question: what about our natural strengths? Strength-based leadership has become a widely researched and accepted concept, supported by the work of Gallup (Clifton, Buckingham, Coffman, Rath) and Zenger-Folkman, among others.  The…
 
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    SupervisorBlog.com

  • The best way you can add value to your organization is by learning.

    Rafael
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Being a supervisor in any organization is not a stagnant position. You are always being challenged with available time and resources. You don’t enough time and you may not have enough people but at the end of the day you make it happen. This is pretty common among many of supervisors or front line leaders […]
  • Are employees telling you to “stop being a micro manager”. First, know the difference.

    Rafael
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Have you been told by your employees that you are micro manager? Or maybe they said they did not like being micro managed so “back off”? This response typically occurs when employees feel they are being managed. The feel as you are coming around too often and checking on them. In some cases, they feel […]
  • The best way you can add value : Lost time pareto system explain

    Rafael
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:58 pm
    How are you adding value today? Did you make a difference in your organization? What problems or issues did you resolve? Do you have a system of continuously solving issues in your department? Why reinvent the wheel where you can purchase the following system and add value immediately in your organization. You can be a […]
  • I would like introduce our new contributor : Miguel Morales-Arazoza

    Rafael
    28 May 2014 | 5:27 pm
    SupervisorBlog.com is focused on answering the question “Why Supervisors Fail?”  There are many reasons why supervisors fail in many industries in this country or in the world. All supervisors experience the same issues related to productivity and quality.  I know there are many individuals who believe by helping supervisors succeed will help the organization succeed […]
  • Why Communication is Critical

    Miguel Morales-Arazoza
    21 May 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The following article was contributed by Miguel Morales-Arazoza. He has taken on a new role as manager in a large organization but has worked in the past as Management Operating System Consulting assisting organization improve. “Tell them what your going tell them, Tell them, then Tell them what you told them”. -Corlette Roberts Communication comes […]
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  • How Working Out Improves Leadership Presence

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

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

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

    Jason Cortel
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:34 am
    The other day in our training class we started by playing Seal’s Fly Like an Eagle. It got me to thinking how can you fly like an eagle if you’re always with the same flock? The other thing that is of important note is that this class is full of women who are encouraging each other and pushing each other out of their comfort zones, getting each other to do things they have never done before. This is very different from other training classes I’ve observed in the past. Sure there are groups who encourage each other or pairs of people who do this for one another. This is different…
  • How to Have More Meaningful Coaching Sessions

    Jason Cortel
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Do you find that your coaching sessions are more one-way in that you are doing all of the talking? Does it feel like the coaching isn’t working no matter how much time you spend with a particular employee? Next to hiring, coaching is the most important thing you will do in a given work week. Following this simple guideline will help you have more meaningful coaching sessions. The purpose of coaching is to push someone harder than they would push themselves. Employees have hopes of achieving optimum performance and dreams of advancing their career. Coaching is where those hopes and…
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    RW McIntyre Leadership Notes

  • Surveys, Still Valuable to Your Business?

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

    Ron
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    This is a brief excerpt from our newest book released in March, 2015 entitled; “A Field Guide to the Workplace Jungle” In this section we are responding to those possible “elephant” behaviours in a team and how to work with … Continue reading → The post Excerpt: A Field Guide to the Workplace Jungle appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Leadership is About Alignment!

    Ron
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Much is being written and even more is being discussed today around the topic of leadership. Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion and defensive posturing that takes place in the business world. Often, when the topic of leadership is … Continue reading → The post Leadership is About Alignment! appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 21st Century Personal Branding

    Ron
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    Depending on whose numbers you look at there is a tremendous paradigm shift taking place in terms of the workforce worldwide. More and more people are shifting from employee of a company to independent contractor, some by choice and others … Continue reading → The post 21st Century Personal Branding appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Behold the Remarkable Leader!

    Ron
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In her 2011 book, “Behind the Executive Door: Unexpected Lessons for Managing Your Boss”, Karol Wasylyshyn advanced the idea that leadership could be seen as a continuum that ranged from Toxic, to Perilous and then Remarkable. The book was the … Continue reading → The post Behold the Remarkable Leader! appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
 
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  • 3 Popular Talent Management Trends in Asia to Watchout For

    Paul Keijzer
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    If you follow my blog you know that one thing that truly excites me is how management in Asia differs from the rest of the world. I believe that the cultural elements of the region that affect how management works makes it the ideal example for other frontier markets. From family ties, to respect for elders and of course pride in the past all play a part in management style. So, without further ado, here are 3 major talent management trends that are successfully working in Asia. 1. Skillpreneurs A recent research article from PWC on the Future of Work indicated that 50% of young…
  • How to Launch HR as a Powerful Strategic Business Partner

    Paul Keijzer
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:21 pm
    It still amazes me that the majority of people in HR have to struggle to be seen as major decision makers in the business. Sure, we’re normally not a function which directly impacts the bottom line of a company, but “directly” is used very loosely here. Can you image what would happen to the financial numbers of your company if HR didn’t provide guidance on how much to pay employees, how many employees are needed or what benefits to provide? And that’s just the direct financial impact. What about things like employee engagement, costs and returns on employee…
  • 5 Stages to Help You Unlock the Power of High Performing Teams

    Paul Keijzer
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Today I’m going to be discussing the 5 stages that can take you through the inception of a team to achieving it’s goals and finally to review and learning. As you go through these stages, you’ll see that any team has to consider both it’s Goal and Soul – the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ side of a high performing team. If you haven’t already got it, download the High Performing Team Spiral to help you understand how you can create a powerful team for your business. The High Performing Team Spiral guides team leaders, team sponsors or HR…
  • 3 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Team Members So You Can Finally Achieve Your Goals

    Paul Keijzer
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:23 pm
    I’ve quoted Kung Fu Panda before when talking about Top Teams – seems like there’s a lot to be learned from a misunderstood panda and his team of very different Kung Fu masters. You have to wonder what the creators of the film were thinking when they put together a tiger, monkey, praying mantis, viper and crane under the guidance of a red panda and then tossed in a giant panda. What I do know, is Grand Master Oogway, the wise old tortoise said something that we can apply in business: But no matter what you do, that seed will grow to be a peach tree. You may wish for an apple…
  • The Goal and Soul of High Performing Teams

    Paul Keijzer
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Last week I talked about The Characteristics of Team Flow and how having “the best team in the world” doesn’t always guarantee the best outcomes. Instead, the level of success of the team is more dependent on how groups of people come together and commit themselves fully to achieving the team’s goal. Based on my extensive hands-on experience in supporting CEO’s transforming top teams in organizations across Asia and Africa and being inspired by true gurus like Lencioni, Drexler and Sibbet, Dave Ulrich and of course the original work of Katzenbach and Tuckman, I’ve…
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    SecondIron's Blog

  • High School Reunion

    cjohnstonjax
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Another High School Reunion is upon me and this time well… A couple of months ago I got an invite to my high school reunion. First there was the Facebook announcement of the tentative dates. Then came the official dates and then  the agenda… First of all… out of all the people who I hang out with from high school…oh that’s right beyond the occasional awkward bumping into someone we don’t stay in touch. We were probably not greatest of  friends then so probably would not be now either. Don’t get me wrong I have fond memories of high school. Being…
  • How Biblical Adoption Changed Me

    cjohnstonjax
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Adoption is something that is near and dear to every believer’s heart, Biblical Adoption changed my life forever. Ever meet someone who appears to be standoffish?  Maybe the walls they have up are blocking you from getting to know them. Whenever you ask them how they are you get one word answers like ‘fine’ or ‘okay’. They resist seeking relationships, going after goals or things that they want. Many people consider these behaviors as odd or even antisocial. Hopefully you will recognize that these behaviors may represent more than how they appear. Do you know…
  • The Age of Adaline Movie Review

    cjohnstonjax
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    Lionsgate Entertainment production The Age of Adaline movie hits select theaters on April 24th. The Age of Adaline tells the story of a young woman by the name of Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) who miraculously remained 29 years old for almost eight decades. Until a chance encounter with her past threatens to uncover her secret. She falls for philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman). When visiting his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) one weekend her secret is almost exposed. This leaves Adaline to make a decision that will change her life forever. Many women joke around about…
  • Dumpster Diving Solution

    cjohnstonjax
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    In every city in America you can find dumpster diving. With the economy in shambles over the last few years, need has grown. More homeless people are searching for their next meal. Many cities struggle for a solution. Soup kitchens have become common in the urban core. Yet people still go hungry. Many are children, veterans and the elderly that get ignored. People ignore them, walk past then as if they were not there. We complain about them, yet do little to help. One restaurant owner in Oklahoma had a brilliant idea. Rather than turning a blind eye as many do. They opened their heart to…
  • Little Hero Ant-Man Full Trailer

    cjohnstonjax
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Ant-Man may just not get any bigger for Marvel and Disney. Marvel is gambling on bringing out Ant-Man after such successes as Avengers Age of Ultron. They recently resurrected Daredevil on Netflix. Hopefully it will be better received than the original movie starring Ben Affleck was. Now a gamble with Ant-Man, one of Stan Lee’s heroes that many have never heard of. Gamble or not I am looking forward to it. The updated full trailer that was released today gives a bigger look into the little hero. Ant-Man played by Paul Rudd hits theatres July 17th. This trailer gives a bit more of the…
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    Steve Farber: Extreme Leadership

  • Got Your Attention?

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

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

    Steve
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    I’m thrilled to officially announce that The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership is finally available on audio. Lots of folks have been asking for this for years, now, so it’s been a long time a-coming. Even better, this recording marks the arrival of Leap’s 10th Anniversary Edition, which includes a new self assessment. We’ve decided to forgo the CDs-in-a-box format and stick with the strictly digital route. You’ll find it at the most formidable digital haunts, that is Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. Now you can drive, go for a walk, work out at…
  • The Cure for Toxic Employees? [Infographic]

    Steve
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    You’ve known them–the energy-suckers in your midst that appear to be out to ruin your day or drain the life out of your team or company. Not only are they expensive, demoralizing, and infuriating, toxic employees can bring teamwork to a grinding halt, jeopardize goals, and potentially become an enormous liability. In this infographic, Reuben Yonaton of GetVoIP, categorizes these folks and offers ways to cure their respective maladies. Have a look, and let me know if it rings true for you. Hopefully, you won’t see yourself in here:
  • I Ordered A Sandwich and was Served this Lesson on Customer Service and Leadership

    Steve
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    I ordered a hot turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, and was served a lesson in customer service and leadership, instead. Click here to view the embedded video.                                        
 
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  • A Management Moment With…Nelson Mandela

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

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

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

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

    Lisa Parker
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Because Sleek and Trim Messages Are More Popular! Yep, it’s true. Verbally skinny message are more popular, while verbally obese messages are ignored like the garlic dip on prom night. People who can be concise and still complete are 27% more likely to have their message repeated. OK, I made that number up in an effort to sound informative, but the fact remains that TMI (too much information) is a total turnoff and is one of the most frequently mentioned complaints that I hear from colleagues of the overly verbose. Since it’s January and we are bombarded with ads for diet pills,…
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  • Authenticity Is The Secret Sauce

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com Nothing develops trust more than vulnerability…great leaders, authentic vulnerable leaders, require the ability to develop deep human connection Dov Baron, Author of ‘Fiercely Loyal‘ Just be yourself. How many times have you heard this statement in development sessions or during leadership training? I like this statement but it’s hollow. It’s missing something. Employees and subordinates are…
  • Isn’t It Time To Rethink Time?

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com “The trouble is… you think you have time!” Unknown When time becomes the transactional measure of merit you’d think the more we have of it the more valuable we become – to others and ourselves.  Not! Every day we hear self-important boasts declaring how busy we are, how little time we have, the degree of demand we are under, and how much others need us.  The lens of time in these cases has become…
  • Monday Quote

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Abraham Lincoln                          How did you enjoy today’s post? If you liked what you read, sign up for our frequent newsletter by clicking HERE — and you’ll also receive our handy Leader’s Reference List … Read the rest The post Monday Quote appeared first on General Leadership.
  • Cubs and Aspirations – Humor from Section 220

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com “Cubs win world series … against Miami?” Marty McFly Back to the Future II 58 degrees, virtually no wind, unusual this time of year close to Lake Michigan.   It’s the perfect day for Game 6 of the 2015 World Series and the millions of Cubs fans are in a frenzy, a frozen state of anticipation. Ernie Banks would surely say, “Let’s play two,” in an attempt to capture the excitement…
  • 3 Steps to Becoming a More Effective and Empathetic You

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at http://generalleadership.com “The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitudes.” Victor Frankl This Article Has Been Reposted in conjunction with Days of Remembrance (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Viktor Frankl was an incredible person by many measures. He was a brilliant academic, a survivor of three years in four different concentration camps during the Holocaust, a pioneering neurologist/psychiatrist in Vienna following World War II,…
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  • Watch your font.

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

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

What does she do? She very simply focuses on her core offering. Takes the stage and delivers. No fuss, no muss. The point is this: We try hard to stay fresh, to stay relevant, to stay revered. But if we cycle too far away from what truly defines us we lose credibility. From a…
  • Create. Then manage.

    Elena Iacono
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:15 pm
    I wrote this piece in 2010 as part of the requirements for my Masters degree at Ryerson University. My professor laughed at me initially – but then I got an A…I was happy. (And just in case you don’t know..I live, breathe, love Madonna). The creation and management of audiences – the success of Madonna’s career. Written by: Elena Iacono  Wednesday December 15th, 2010 Presented to: Professor Dan Rowe Course: Audiences and the Public Program: Masters of Professional Communication, Ryerson University “Let’s forget your life, forget your problems, administration, bills…
  • The next best.

    Elena Iacono
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:03 pm
    So here’s a question: Out of all the people you know and work with, who is the most effective communicator? I’m not talking about the person who builds the best powerpoint decks. I’m not even talking about the person who keeps meetings on track. I’m talking about the person who helps people open up so much that they listen, nod their heads, alter their behaviour (for the better). Is this person in a senior position? I suppose your mind naturally thinks about that Director, or that Senior Manager. Great. But let’s put titles aside. And tenure on hold. Consider…
  • 5 minutes with Mr. Russell Simmons

    Elena Iacono
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    I was so lucky to meet and sit down with Mr. Russell Simmons this week in Miami. Who knew 5 minutes with this man could change your outlook for life? Check out my latest YouTube clip - I share something he reminded me of.     A unique blog piece sharing my encounter with Mr. Simmons will be shared with you next week!   _______ Follow me on Twitter: @4epicomm  The post 5 minutes with Mr. Russell Simmons appeared first on EPICOMM.
 
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  • What Does Your C-Suite Say About Your Company?

    Brittany Nader
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Jeffrey Hayzlett Benjamin Franklin once said, “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” We all know that a fall from grace is not a pretty sight, but this is especially the case when you’re at the executive level of a company and all eyes are on you as a leader. Although some people do recover from their failures and move forward by carving out successful careers, others can find their work lives derailed. As business executives, we’re seen as the figureheads of our company, and our actions can directly affect how the public not only…
  • Uncle Sam’s New Chief Data Officer a Sign of the Times

    Brittany Nader
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Jeff Brown via Joi Ito Data analytics is transforming the way organizations do work, and one clear indication of its widespread impact is its recent spotlight within the public sector with the announcement of the White House’s first Chief Data Officer, Dr. DJ Patil. Patil was most recently an engineer and entrepreneur who helped create Silicon Valley’s first data science team at LinkedIn in the mid-2000s. He played an instrumental role in the development of the “People You May Know” button, now synonymous with the business focused social networking service. And while Harvard…
  • Kevin Jonas (Jonas Brothers) Founder of the Yood App

    Brittany Nader
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Dov Baron sits down with global-celebrity-turned-entrepreneur Kevin Jonas at the C-Suite Conference in Boston to talk business and his latest venture into the world of mobile apps. Kevin Jonas was of course part of the pop group The Jonas Brothers. However, you may be surprised to discover that he is also a serious business head, who knows how to leverage is celebrity status. Aside from investing in building and rebuilding homes. He now has an arm of his business dedicated to developing App’s. On the weekend he released it, his “Yood” app became the #1 downloaded app in…
  • Is Your Job Who You Think You Are?

    Brittany Nader
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Steve Rizzo Years ago I was watching a Barbara Walters special on television. She was interviewing a major personal comedic influence of mine, Johnny Carson. Of course, Johnny Carson was an inspiration to an entire generation of performers. As the host of “The Tonight Show,” Carson spent 30 years as the top dog in television comedy. To me, at least, it seemed like no one on Earth could have been happier and more successful, and I tuned in eagerly to hear what such a fortunate man might say. The interview came during Mr. Carson’s last year as the host of the program. As you…
  • New C-Suite Network Report: Responsibility for Enterprise Digitization Should Shift From IT to C-Level Executives

    Brittany Nader
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    A new report questions the traditional role of IT leading enterprise digitization planning and calls for C-level executives to develop and implement digitization strategies. The C-Suite Network, the world’s most powerful network of C-Suite leaders, today announced, in conjunction with leading global IT services company HCL Technologies, the release of a white paper on the critical imperatives of enterprise digitization and the role of the C-Suite in assuring companies’ competitive positioning through new strategic initiatives. While digitization touches every aspect of business,…
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  • 6 Tips to Reduce Negativity in the Office

    Jeremy Unruh
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Just a small amount of poison can make an entire lake toxic, and the same can be true when it comes to negativity in the workplace. You might have experienced this in your own office—one pessimist, one whiner, one complainer, or one troublemaker can infect the attitudes of an entire team or even department. And, because those behaviors are often perceived as inherent and unalterable personality traits, they go unchecked. But that’s an assumption that can have damaging results, including declining morale, decreased productivity, disengagement, and ultimately, turnover. It’s best to…
  • Leading 360 Feedback Provider TBC, Redefines the Value of Partnership

    Jeremy Unruh
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:25 am
    The Booth Company (TBC), a global assessment company with over 4 decades of experience, specializing in 360s and survey customization, has unveiled a new Reseller Partnership Program that bridges the divide between Leadership Development Consultants and the validated 360 solutions that their customers demand. Based on early and strong demand, this program appears to be the long awaited answer for the many consultancies that need quick access to a validated 360 solution that is price competitive and ready to launch. This program is simple, has a low cost of entry and it’s powered by TBC’s…
  • What Mad Men Can Teach Us About the Importance of Diversity

    Jeremy Unruh
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    AMC’s popular series Mad Men started its final season this past weekend and although fictional, depicts some of the realities around a lack of diversification in the workplace during the 1960s. The agency is led and largely staffed by Caucasian men; the few women (also Caucasian) in the office are generally part of the typing pool or some other lower-level (read: nonparticipatory) position. Although fictional, the agency portrayed is actually pretty spot-on when it comes to how business was run half a century ago. And while we might be able to say that in the intervening 50+ years we’ve…
  • Tips for a Smooth Transition into a Leadership Role

    Jeremy Unruh
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    You got that promotion you've been gunning for—which means that someone was impressed by how you performed in your previous role. But it doesn't mean that you get to just sit back on your laurels and enjoy the fatter paycheck. Instead, it means you now are beginning the work of transitioning from one role you did well to a new role that most likely requires new skills. And it probably means that now you’re supervising the people who were recently your peers. Here are some tips to help make your transition as smooth as possible. The post Tips for a Smooth Transition into a Leadership Role…
  • Are you being a Lumbergh? Yeah, if you could stop, that would be great.

    Josh Sheets
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    If you've seen Office Space, then you’re familiar with Bill Lumbergh, the smarmy, overbearing manager and his passive-aggressive approach to assigning tasks (“Yeeeeaaaaahhhh…I’m going to need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow.”). His managerial tactics are nauseating at best, and destructive at worst. Aside from getting us to laugh, this character serves as an excellent cautionary tale for leaders. However, the moral of that tale is not what you might think. Sure, Lumbergh was the ultimate example of the self-serving micro-manager and we’re all well advised to avoid those…
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    Work Smart Blog, Moementum, Un-Consultants

  • Bringing Earth (Day) to Business, Every Day

    Jim Morris
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    Yesterday we celebrated Earth Day’s 45th anniversary. Of course, every day is actually earth day because every living thing depends on the planet for survival. Earth’s ecosystems provide not some, but ALL of the essential requisite services that sustain life: air, food, water, shelter, energy. Everything. As Paul Hawken, Amory and Hunter Lovins wrote in their landmark book, Natural Capitalism, “society is the wholly owned subsidiary of the planet.” One could argue that every business should play a role in paying back some or all of the capital reserves it “withdraws” from…
  • Work In America

    Moe Carrick
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Overwhelm. It is the new hot topic. To my knowledge, each of us gets the same 24 hours in which to manage our lives, and yet we seem to act in business today as if we can stretch time in all directions by doing more, faster, while still seeking “work life balance.” We now call it an “integrated life.” The terms have changed but the phenomenon remains the same. Brigid Shulte writes about it in Overwhelmed, How to Work, Love, and Play When No One has the Time. Others expound with solutions for managing the massive volume and pace of work and life: Overwhelmed: Winning the War against…
  • What’s Missing in Collegiate Leadership Development

    Allegra Keith
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Joining the Moementum team has heightened my awareness of what tools exist for developing leaders at all levels, and has caused me to reflect deeply on my own leadership experiences. Acquiring various tips and tools through working with our clients and immersing myself in the processes we teach led me to re-examine my previous experiences in leadership development or leadership trainings. Here is what I have come to realize: Despite the presence of national student leadership summits, leadership development programs through Student Life organizations such as NASPA, Leadership majors and…
  • When Bonuses are a Bad Idea

    Jim Morris
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    Last week, a businessman in Western Michigan named JC Huizenga shared nearly $6M in “thank you” bonuses with the 575 employees of his two companies, JR Automation Technologies and Dane Systems, as he sold them. In his words, “It was very appropriate when we sold the company that employees should participate in the wealth we created… It is a team of people — I’ll take people over assets all day long.” The act, framed as a story of inspiration and generosity, made the national news. I admire and respect Mr. Huizenga’s decision and I like to think I…
  • Working With Men

    Moe Carrick
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    During a recent talk I gave based upon my curriculum, “Women who Dare,” I shared with the audience my own journey of assimilation to the dominant North American culture of work and subsequent journey away from acting like a model image “white guy” to a leader with my own unique (and feminine) style. The topics resonated with the women there, and one gal near the end asked, “But can you just give me the recipe for how to work with men?” After the laughter died down, I realized the challenges inherent to the question itself. First of all, men are not all the same. They are unique…
 
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  • Hydro~Jal Plus – Perfect Water for Perfect Health

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Drinking water is like washing out your insides. The water will cleanse the system, fill you up, decrease your caloric load and improve the function of all your tissues.  Kevin R. Stone In the sweltering heat of summer when you feel unnecessarily tired, irritated and lack the motivation or enthusiasm to do anything, it helps to remind yourself, time and again, how important it is to drink sufficient amount of water. Hydration is the most important gift you can give to yourself   Yes, your body needs water for every function.  A 5% drop in body fluids can cause…
  • Global brands that we identify with – Part 4

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Continuing the series of Global brands that we identify with, in this post I will write about three global brands. I have taken these brand stories from my my new blog Life11.  The brand stories were written for the #AtoZChallenge. The focus today is mainly on brands starting with the letters J, K, L. Get a complimentary eBook with 11 brand stories.   Johnson & Johnson Founded in 1886, by three Johnson brothers, living in New Jersey, Johnson & Johnson which started with a line of ready-to-use surgical dressings, is now is among the world’s…
  • Global brands that we identify with – Part 3

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:37 pm
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Continuing the series of Global brands that we identify with, in this post I will write about three global brands. I have taken these brand stories from my my new blog Life11.  The brand stories were written for the #AtoZChallenge. The focus today is mainly on technology and Information Technology. Get a complimentary eBook with 11 brand stories.   Google Founded in 1998, by Larry Page and Sergey Bin, Google has literally shaped up our internet experience. So used we are to searching things on Google that life without Google is unthinkable now for any…
  • Hari’s Boat School in Varanasi

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:57 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Illiteracy is a major problem that impedes the development of a country. At 287 million, India has the highest population of illiterate adults. According to a report by UNESCO, India is one of the ten countries with more than 10 million illiterate adults. Due to poverty, marginalization, and inadequate facilities many children in India do not have access to primary education, which impacts a child’s overall development. Expanding access to education, through formal or informal programs, is therefore vital for improving children’s development, increasing the…
  • Navigating through Mumbai at ease

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti In continuation with my posts on the Beaches in Mumbai and Heritage Structures in Mumbai, here I tell you about cab services that help you to move around Mumbai at ease. A typical trait of Mumbai that sets it apart from any other city in India is that the city never sleeps.  Full of people that traverse up and down the city, Mumbai continues to be one of the busiest cities in India, where folks are always on the move. The hectic pace of the city, coupled with the fact that it is often difficult to find spaces suitable parking space (that is unless you go to a…
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  • How “it” is changing us

    Ying Ying Shi
    5 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Who is responsible for the change in your habits and your way of life? If you say it is you, I want to congratulate you for being so responsible! You no longer need to read the hundreds of self-help books … Read more →
  • The backstage of an investor presentation

    Ying Ying Shi
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    It was a sunny day and we just finished a one-hour meeting with a potential investor. We shake hands and everybody goes back home or back to business. One has the impression that the show started when the meeting room’s … Read more →
  • The art of introducing yourself

    Ying Ying Shi
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    We are often offered the opportunity to talk about ourselves. When those times come, we need to have a short introduction ready. The question is: how do you introduce yourself? As with most questions in life, there is no unique … Read more →
  • A day in my life

    Ying Ying Shi
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Today I am talking about a day because our life is formed by days. As we examine a cell to better understand organisms, we can also examine a day to better understand our lives. This is also one of the … Read more →
  • The Andes and Life

    Ying Ying Shi
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:34 am
    The Andes, with its 7,000 km length, is the world’s longest above-ground mountain chain stretching from north to south through seven countries in South America, along the west coast of the continent: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. … Read more →
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  • Would You Ride In The Boss’s Wheelbarrow?

    Tim Sieck
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    How much faith do you have that your manager is looking out for your best interest.  If you are the manager, how trusting are you in the abilities of your people?  The answers to these questions will tell you a great deal about the engagement and cohesiveness of your work group. In the late 1850s, a 34 year old French acrobat who went by the name of the Great Blondin attached a rope   from one side of Niagara to the other in an attempt to tightrope walk across the falls.  1300 feet long and only two inches in diameter, and without any of the safety precautions found in today’s…
  • Do You Need a Career Coach?

    Tim Sieck
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    When Robert lost his job a few years ago due to a company restructuring process, he asked a friend of his whether he needed to think about getting a career coach.  His friend answered with an enthusiastic “yes”, followed by, “two years ago”.  Unfortunately, we hear some variation of this story on a regular basis.  The truth is, most people could benefit from having a career coach at different points during their professional journey.  It’s also true that we don’t think about it until catalytic mechanism, like losing your job, causes us to seek help.
  • Is Turnover Driving You Crazy?

    Mindy Seiffert
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    High turnover rates is one of the most difficult challenges that companies face. It costs more money that organizations realize. It reduces organizational efficiency. It creates frustration for current employees. Sometimes the answer is a change in process.  Take a look! Learn more about SELECT Assessments or download a free sample report. The post Is Turnover Driving You Crazy? appeared first on On Target Talent.
  • 5 Tips To Make Your Next Staff Meeting Better

    Tim Sieck
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    The number one complaint of employees everywhere is that they spend too much time in meetings.  There never seems to be enough time in the day to get work done because we are moving about between conference rooms or bouncing from one telephone call to the next. As a manager, you need to be sensitive to this issue and do everything you can to not add to the problem.  One good place to start is with your staff meetings.  These meetings, while critical, need to be laser focused and value added in the minds of your team. 5 Tips To Make Your Next Staff Meeting Better Use an agenda – This…
  • Business Development From The Customer’s Perspective

    Tim Sieck
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    If you are reading this, you and I share something in common. We are both invested in the business development process.  Maybe it’s your job and you are trying to pick up some pointers.  Perhaps you manage a sales team and you want to help them grow.  Either way, you are here because sales is part of your job.  If it’s a direct part of your role, we may or may not share another trait.  I don’t love prospecting and making calls.  There, it’s out on the table.  If I want to stay in business, I have to find new customers and it’s one of my least favorite things to do.  Our best…
 
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  • Trucking & Transportation Industry Update: Consolidation, Lawsuits & More

    A.W. Ahern
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Consolidation continues to be very active this year, due to a variety of reasons: CSA compliance, Hours of Service, e-logs, the speed limiters, the cost of equipment and plaintiff lawsuits. Many small to medium-sized trucking and logistics companies have made the decision that they want to protect their net worth, while they can.  The continued pressers of consolidation, rules and regulations, and continual government intervention, have prompted many to sell. Freight companies expand services to meet demand.  More and more transportation companies are broadening their services to offer both…
  • Trucking & Transportation Industry Update: Driver Shortage, Speed Limiters & More

    A.W. Ahern
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    Overall, the trucking industry has shown growth and stability in recent years. Despite news of job losses in March, which we responded to, some companies are increasing rewards for employees. CR England increased its pay scale starting March 19 for company team and experience drivers. While the average increase for a team with more than six month of experience was 26%, the exact size of the increase will vary based on several factors, such as driver tenure, length of haul, etc. CR England also announced bonuses for select drivers and contractors earlier this year. The Celadon Group also…
  • Acquisition Targets for 2nd Quarter of 2015

    A.W. Ahern
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Each quarter, I provide the needs of Ahern’s clients so that my readers can determine if they are ready to “begin the process”.  2014 was a very profitable year for many Carriers, but also a very challenging year.  The 1st quarterof 2015, has been very active for my firm; as such, our clients have advised us of their needs through August of 2015. In each instance, Ahern has been retained in an advisory capacity to introduce clients to parties interested in selling; CLIENT 1:  Client 1 has been in business since 1949. They are primarily a provider of logistics solutions for…
  • Transport Topics: Trucking, Logistics Acquisitions Expected to Continue in 2015

    A.W. Ahern
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    Following a strong 2014, expectations for the trucking industry in 2015 are mixed – some expect continued growth, while others remain wary. In a recent article from Transport Topics, CEO and founder Andy Ahern offered his insight, stating “There is a lot of activity. I don’t know if it will reach everybody’s expectations.” Ever the realist and an industry figurehead from nearly 30 years, Andy knows that factors, such as the aging driver population and increased regulations may take a toll on growth trends.   If you would like to print the article, please…
  • Acquisition Targets for 4th Quarter of 2014

    A.W. Ahern
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Each quarter, I provide the needs of Ahern’s clients so that my readers can determine if they are ready to “begin the process”.  2014 has been a very profitable year for many Carriers, but also a challenging year.  The first 3 quarters of 2014 have been very active for my firm; as such, our clients have advised us of their needs through December 31st of 2014, as well as the first quarter of 2015.In each instance, Ahern has been retained for the following searches:  CLIENT 1:  This is a family-owned company that generates in excess of $750M of annual revenue.  The client is a…
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  • Fit the Way You Live—Liz Claiborne- Business Innovator

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    In the early 1970s, women at work did not have a lot of options for clothing. This all changed when business innovator Liz Claiborne introduced stylish outfits at affordable prices to contemporary businesswomen. Liz Claiborne, a fashion pioneer and a design visionary, not only revolutionized the fashion industry but also filled a void in the fashion marketplace of the late 20th century with her unique approach to design and quality. Early Life Anne Elisabeth Jane Claiborne, popularly known as Liz, was born on March 3, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium to American expatriate parents. Her father,…
  • Jerry Jones Standing Boldly in the Face of Adversity

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Dallas Cowboys, better known as the “America’s Team,” is the most valuable franchise in the National Football League’s history. Behind the team’s on-field successes and their $3.2 billion worth is their feisty owner and general manager, Jerry Jones. Learning the Value of Hard Work Unlike other professional sports team owners, Jerry Jones always makes appearances in his team’s game, making him equally popular as the Cowboys. He improved not just the team’s on-field functioning but also its financial performance.J The drive for success and the value of hard work were instilled…
  • Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong’s Adversity-Driven Vision

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, age 62, is considered as the wealthiest doctor in history.  He dedicated his career into developing new methods, medication, and treatment to battle health-related diseases, most especially diabetes and cancer.  Dr. Soon-Shiong is a visionary who only wanted to improve the healthcare system through advancement of science and technology.  As a surgeon, physician, and scientist, he values accountability in the medical field and continues to conduct various researches to develop new way of curing illnesses.  Moreover, he is an influential icon in the medical and…
  • Celine Dion: Adversity, Big Voice, Big Heart

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Celine Dion was born into an impoverished but happy family on March 30, 1968. She was the youngest of 14 children and was raised in the small town of Charlemagne, Quebec in Canada. Her childhood was filled with music as she learned to sing with her older brothers and sisters, so she never lacked musicians to accompany her. While still enduring adversity in her early years, Dion already felt the influence of her family’s love for music. Making of a Star At the age of 12, she composed “Ce N’était Qu’un Rêve” (“It Was Only a Dream”) with the help of her mother and brother…
  • J.K. Rowling’s Magical Success despite Adversity

    Todd Stuart Kaplan
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    “There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place,” says J.K. Rowling, the author of the best-selling children’s fantasy novel, Harry Potter. Joanne Rowling was born in England in 1965.  She grew up in Chepstow, Gwent with her family, who had average socio-economic means at that time.  Despite this, they made sure that Rowling got proper education.  She studied at Michael’s Primary School in Gloucestershire then moved to Chepstow at age nine.  In school, Rowling grew enthusiastic towards English and Languages subjects. At an early age, Rowling already…
 
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  • A Process for Managing Peer Conflict

    jeanieduncan
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    Recently, I was engaged with a client that had undergone a merger. The transition was going reasonably well overall; however, the combined management teams were entangled in challenge and conflict as they attempted to bring together organization functions, structures, and policies. Conflict among peers brings with it unique nuances that are different than conflict with a boss or direct report. In this situation, it’s generally a relationship of equals and, as such, it’s especially important to consider positional and personal power, influence, and interpersonal savvy. And like all…
  • Into the Storm: Mastering team conflict

    jeanieduncan
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    As a sailor, when I see a storm building on the horizon, I intentionally alter my path to circumvent the system – tacking to port or starboard, or identifying a cove or marina to head into for safety…anything to escape the danger that lies ahead. In the business setting, our human tendency is to do the same – avoid the storm, the conflict, that we see brewing. We are a conflict-adverse culture and society. Often, our last (or near last) resort is moving directly into the issue, tension, and challenge to attend to what must be addressed. So, why is this? Why do we avoid addressing and…
  • Team Trust – Critical Yet Rare

    jeanieduncan
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    The foundation of any highly functioning team is trust. While critically important, it can be rare among teams, and we all know it takes time and intentional practice to build. Trust is all about vulnerability – get comfortable being open, honest, and ‘exposed’ to one another around failures, challenges, and areas for development and trust begins to emerge. The process is well worth the effort invested and can be cultivated with sustained intention, purpose, and focus. In many workplaces, what we find is a group of individuals who have been hired over time and are expected to begin…
  • When You Know Your Why

    jeanieduncan
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    I recently completed some forecasting and goal setting for my business. As I went through this process, I pulled from several resources that inspire and motivate me, a favorite of which is Simon Sinek’s “Start With WHY.” He expresses his message through what he calls The Golden Circle: His premise is that you must begin with your WHY, and from there figure out your HOW and WHAT. When Sinek studied successful leaders, he found a common denominator – they inspire through a clearly and passionately articulated WHY. They hold their WHY front and center – like a North Star – to guide…
  • Limit Yourself to the Essential – In Life and Work

    jeanieduncan
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    It topped 50 degrees last Sunday…almost enough to give me some early spring fever in January. I decided to curl up in my window seat, enjoy the warm sunshine, and savor a thought provoking read, “The Power of Less” by Leo Babauta. In keeping with his mantra, the book is brief enough to finish in an afternoon. Bonus! Just three days later, I can’t stop thinking about his core principles. I find them so meaningful and effective that I’d like to highlight a few. I’m especially enjoying the one “simple focus.” What a difference I’m experiencing with only a few days of…
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  • Management resistance to change

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:47 am
      The environment in which most organizations operate has become more dynamic and complex over the last decades. As a reaction to this change in the environment, organizations realized they had to create a culture in which empowered and self-reliant teams took the lead in accomplishing the ultimate goal towards betterment of the organization. What a […] The post Management resistance to change appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • Do You Like Power?

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
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  • Servant Leadership in Healthcare – Who cares, serves…

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    I started looking for a new career opportunity. More specifically, I started to investigate what the current state is of leadership in the healthcare realm. I interviewed a few contacts I have in that area and I am still recovering from the shock. Call me an idiot. Here, I’ll be totally transparent: If you were looking for […] The post Servant Leadership in Healthcare – Who cares, serves… appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • Cultural Change: dream or reality?

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    What most of the guides and other resources often forget to mention is, that a cultural change does not happen overnight. We are not born with the same talent as chameleons, quickly adapting to a new environment. There are so many reasons things can go wrong during the process, so many parameters that need to […] The post Cultural Change: dream or reality? appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
  • Adjourning: Because all good things come to an end

    Luisa Carou Ferreiro
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In one of my previous post I talked about how a team goes through the different team development phases. Remember? Refresh your memory, here’s the link: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing. These 4 are based on the research done by Tuckman. There was one other study by Lacoursière (1980) which distinguished more or less the same […] The post Adjourning: Because all good things come to an end appeared first on Passion @ Centre.
 
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  • 5 Sayings From Bad Leaders

    Paul LaRue
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    Over the course of my career I have noticed certain phrases from those in leadership that made people cringe. I often mulled those sayings over, at times consciously but many times unconsciously. And when another phrase was uttered and got an indifferent response, that would stick in my memory as well. As the years went […]
  • New Leaders Don’t Have To Clean House

    Paul LaRue
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    It’s a common misconception that a newly appointed leader to a team or organization has to overhaul the team, or “clean house” so to speak. It’s the practice that reveals the thinking that because there is a new leader, things must change radically, and that includes the team as well. And then goes the disruption […]
  • What You Say About Your Competitors Reveals Alot About You

    Paul LaRue
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    In a competitive marketplace, companies work diligently to find that advantage over their rivals. It is only natural given people’s nature that individuals and companies as a whole should find ways to denigrate or marginalize their competition. By painting the competition in a negative light, one hopes to wins the customer’s favor and gain their business. […]
  • Leaders, Laugh It UP!!

    Paul LaRue
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Leaders have a tremendous responsibility all the time. At any given moment, the decisions, behaviors, and attitudes they display affect outcomes, get scrutinized, and set an example to be emulated. Leadership is hard work, and if one is not careful they can get so drawn into results, urgencies, and deadlines that stress can takes it’s […]
  • Book Review: Chess Not Checkers

    Paul LaRue
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Mark Miller is well known as a business leader, best-selling author, and communicator. As VP of  Leadership Development for Chik-Fil-A, Mark has taken the best principles of leadership and built both a strong organization as well as a loyal reading audience. Mark’s latest book, Chess Not Checkers, brings timeless leadership truths to a new light as […]
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  • 6 Tips to Reduce Negativity in the Office

    Jeremy Unruh
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Just a small amount of poison can make an entire lake toxic, and the same can be true when it comes to negativity in the workplace. You might have experienced this in your own office—one pessimist, one whiner, one complainer, or one troublemaker can infect the attitudes of an entire team or even department. And, because those behaviors are often perceived as inherent and unalterable personality traits, they go unchecked. But that’s an assumption that can have damaging results, including declining morale, decreased productivity, disengagement, and ultimately, turnover. It’s best to…
  • Leading 360 Feedback Provider TBC, Redefines the Value of Partnership

    Jeremy Unruh
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:25 am
    The Booth Company (TBC), a global assessment company with over 4 decades of experience, specializing in 360s and survey customization, has unveiled a new Reseller Partnership Program that bridges the divide between Leadership Development Consultants and the validated 360 solutions that their customers demand. Based on early and strong demand, this program appears to be the long awaited answer for the many consultancies that need quick access to a validated 360 solution that is price competitive and ready to launch. This program is simple, has a low cost of entry and it’s powered by TBC’s…
  • What Mad Men Can Teach Us About the Importance of Diversity

    Jeremy Unruh
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    AMC’s popular series Mad Men started its final season this past weekend and although fictional, depicts some of the realities around a lack of diversification in the workplace during the 1960s. The agency is led and largely staffed by Caucasian men; the few women (also Caucasian) in the office are generally part of the typing pool or some other lower-level (read: nonparticipatory) position. Although fictional, the agency portrayed is actually pretty spot-on when it comes to how business was run half a century ago. And while we might be able to say that in the intervening 50+ years we’ve…
  • Tips for a Smooth Transition into a Leadership Role

    Jeremy Unruh
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    You got that promotion you've been gunning for—which means that someone was impressed by how you performed in your previous role. But it doesn't mean that you get to just sit back on your laurels and enjoy the fatter paycheck. Instead, it means you now are beginning the work of transitioning from one role you did well to a new role that most likely requires new skills. And it probably means that now you’re supervising the people who were recently your peers. Here are some tips to help make your transition as smooth as possible. The post Tips for a Smooth Transition into a Leadership Role…
  • Are you being a Lumbergh? Yeah, if you could stop, that would be great.

    Josh Sheets
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    If you've seen Office Space, then you’re familiar with Bill Lumbergh, the smarmy, overbearing manager and his passive-aggressive approach to assigning tasks (“Yeeeeaaaaahhhh…I’m going to need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow.”). His managerial tactics are nauseating at best, and destructive at worst. Aside from getting us to laugh, this character serves as an excellent cautionary tale for leaders. However, the moral of that tale is not what you might think. Sure, Lumbergh was the ultimate example of the self-serving micro-manager and we’re all well advised to avoid those…
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  • People don’t want more communication; they want meaningful communication.

    Peter Fuda
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Despite our best efforts over 75% of people are disengaged or actively disengaged at work. The natural leadership response is to communicate more, when that often just exacerbates the problem. What people are really seeking is context and meaning to navigate the intense challenges of the workplace, not more information, facts and figures.  To truly engage people, we must speak to their emotions; their hopes and dreams, and their fears and worries.  The simplest way to capture hearts and minds is through sharing stories.  Long before Facebook and Twitter, people communicated through story…
  • Don’t just talk about your values; live your standards

    Peter Fuda
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    All organizations have values; the challenge is that these values are usually quite different from the ones articulated on the poster. Even Enron articulated the values of communication, respect, excellence and – you guessed it – integrity! Compounding the challenge, leaders often state “this is our vision and these are our values”. In doing so, they position the values as an aspiration. They might as well say “we hope to have integrity one day.” Articulating your values is a good start, but if you want to transform your organization, then you need to get clear on your standards.
  • Skills are an under-utilised lever for enabling transformation

    Peter Fuda
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Traditionally, skill development in organizations is approached as a program of activities designed to increase individual capability. The effort is typically led by HR learning and development professionals, the content is shaped by conducting training needs analysis, with the desired outcome being a measurable improvement in the targeted skills. This traditional approach addresses the question of how to design and deliver suitable training programs to develop people. It encourages employees to think about what training do I need to complete in order to advance my career? The challenge with…
  • When your aspirations and systems are in conflict, your systems will win.

    Peter Fuda
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    There are many types of systems in organizations; these include people and performance systems (e.g. recruitment, performance management), management systems (e.g. financial reporting, customer data), and business systems (e.g. resource demand forecasting). Not surprisingly, it’s the people and performance systems that influence behaviour in our organizations the most. For example, an organization espousing teamwork but with systems that exclusively reward individual achievement will get competition, not collaboration. Systems are important transmitters of culture, and many companies have…
  • The futile search for the ‘perfect’ structure

    Peter Fuda
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In most organisations, ‘structure’ means the distribution of power and accountability through formal reporting lines. But what would happen if, starting today, the only way you could get work done in your organisation was through the formal hierarchy? Not much, right? The search for the ‘perfect’ structure is elusive at best, and can be expensive, demoralising and futile at worst.  All structures have inadequacies that must be managed. And while structure may be seen as a rational extension of the aspirations, the most rational structures usually land in a sea of human emotion,…
 
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    Jason Hoover

  • Bridging the Gap to Success

    Jason Hoover
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success Have you ever traveled a career path only to encounter a cliff with no way to advance over to the other side (hypothetically of course)? If so, did you set up camp and think that this is as good as it gets or did you become determined to reach your destiny and started “bridging the gap” to your success? Image credit: Depositphotos by Wavebreakmedia To be successful, you will find yourself in situations similar to this many times and will need to know how to build those much needed bridges. You’ll need to make those…
  • 5 Quick Tips for More Sales

    Jason Hoover
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success There’s no doubt that selling is a well crafted art that takes talent and practice. Your skills will be refined over the years and through intentional learning you will get better. And because we sell to peoples’ emotions, there are limitless factors and influencers that differentiate each sell. However, there are some that stretch across the majority. Image credit: Depositphotos by konradbak When selling to a customer, no matter the product or service, you want to touch on their purchase points. These points are the keys that…
  • 3 Keys for Building Team Unity

    Jason Hoover
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success When I was a young boy, my parents took me to a science museum one Saturday. Upon arriving, I was quickly in complete awe of all the amazing and fun exhibits. There was a large water tornado, some full size dinosaur displays, and even an indoor hot-air balloon. But there was another exhibit that I found fascinating and is  actually a perfect example for team unity. Image credit: Depositphotos by trialhuni This particular exhibit was a tall and massive collection of metal rods and gears. It probably stood two stories tall and on top was a…
  • 3 Proven Steps to Increase Your Sales

    Jason Hoover
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success As you are aware, selling is an art that’s crafted through education and experience. It takes time and training to master the process. And though there are different styles of selling, there are some basics that seem to work well for most. These are grouped into three parts that when implemented, can produce great results! Image credit: Depositphotos by Sepy Before we jump into these import parts of selling, it must be said that there is a difference between skillfully selling and order taking. Selling is the journey you take with a…
  • 3 Keys to a High Performance Team Machine

    Jason Hoover
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Jason Hoover Jason Hoover - Equipping You For Success Years ago I sold cars for a living. It was a job I thoroughly loved because I enjoyed both selling and vehicles. This combination contributed to my being one of the top performing sales consultants each month. Now, many years later, I’m still learning valuable lessons from those days. Image credit: Depositphotos by minervastock I was fortunate to work for the top automotive group in our region. Being so, I and the other consultants experienced what it’s like to be apart of an award winning team year after year. And we didn’t get…
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  • presenting nightmares (and how to avoid them)

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:52 am
    Last night I had the strangest nightmare. It was wintertime, with blustery snow outside and frigid temperatures. I had arrived a bit early for a presentation I was going to give at a national conference. I ducked into a nearby restroom to shed my winter coat. When I did, I realized that I also had on a bulky jacket. Taking that off, I found that underneath I was wearing a thick wool sweater. I pulled that over my head and found another layer, and so on and so on and so on. Waking in a sweat, I tried to figure out what I could learn from this presenting nightmare (pick out my clothes the night…
  • 3 Secrets of The Best Presenters

    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’ve all been there – a room filled with colleagues, listening to a presenter talk about the latest idea. But this time is different. What’s different is that the presenter is not only good – they’re GREAT! Everyone is engaged (translate this as “mobile devices are down”), the mood in the room is intensely enthusiastic and, as we go to break, the energy level is off the charts. Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint what it is that makes a presenter great instead of good, inspirational instead of just informative. The techniques are usually subtle…
  • 1 Proven technique for boosting retention

    7 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Memory champions know it. Chess masters use it. Successful students do it. What do they all have in common? They all know one proven technique to boost memory. In Joshua Foer’s bestselling book, “Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything,” the journalist shares his journey from average guy to US Memory Champion. Foer did a thorough review of the research and received coaching from international memory champions during his year long journey. All things pointed to one common technique:                 …
  • What's the most dreaded question?

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:17 pm
    What's the most dreaded question for most facilitators? It is usually the one you don't know the answer to. But don't panic! Instead, throw the question back to the audience by saying, "Thanks for the question. Take a minute and talk with someone nearby about how you would answer it." This allows you some quiet think time, perhaps even a chance to do a quick Internet search, and honors the potential contributions of the participants. If no one in the audience knows the answer, and you have come up blank, promise the group that you will research it and get back to them. Find more tips for…
  • 5 Smart ways to maxi-mingle

    11 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    You've arrived early enough to your presentation site to set up all you materials, check your technology and have a cup of coffee. The first participant is likely to walk in the door any moment, followed by groups of people as the room fills up. What are you feeling?Many presenters want to take these last moments to hide in a bathroom or wander an empty hallway. Don't do this! Instead, maxi-mingle. Maxi-mingling lets you maximize the success of your training or presentation by greeting people with a smile, introducing yourself and asking key questions. As you do this, you are gathering…
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  • How to take a proper vacation and leave your work behind!

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
      I don’t know about you, but working while on vacation can be something of an issue.  Recent surveys indicate that about two-thirds of us find it hard to leave our work behind. God bless our smart phones and pads!   Here are three simple ways to help us take proper vacations.   Delegate, vacate, and recreate.   Delegate to eliminate work you feel like you must do while you’re away; put everything else on hold. If you’re an excessive hands-on type, this is a great time to shed some of that
  • Resisting change; It really is all in our heads!

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:47 pm
      Many people tend to choose the concrete and predictable over the abstract and unseen; Comfort over Creativity.   Think about this when you ask someone for new ideas and creative visions. Then be prepared to give them your empathy, patience, and understanding.   Allow time for things to sink in; be patient.   The net result is likely to be better, more creative ideas and easier acceptance to the changes that may result.   Why?   Because resisting change is actually in our minds - specifically
  • The best first step in giving performance feedback, yet almost nobody does it!

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:27 pm
      Giving feedback (constructive criticism) is so difficult for some managers, that they avoid it at all costs. One dominant reason is fear that it may lead to confrontation. What if I told you that there is a simple step that almost nobody does which can go a long way toward relieving those fears?   Here it is: Start by asking for the other person’s self-assessment of their performance. Let me say that again, because it’s so simple. Ask the person what they think about how they did before you
  • The True Benefits of Being a Great Listener

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
      When I was young, ambitious and motivated, I remember having what I thought was a “brilliant” idea about how to do something better. I don’t remember what the idea was, but I do remember that when I tried to share my great insight with my supervisor, I was cut off in the middle of a sentence and told that my idea wouldn’t work. “We’ve done that before,” or “We’ve tried that before and it didn’t work,” I don’t remember the exact words my supervisor used, but the message was clear.   However, I
  • Take a Strategic Timeout; Imagine the Future of Your Business

    Robert S. Walsh, MBA
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
      Many top leaders have been influenced and shaped to some extent by a man they never met named Earl Nightingale. He has been hailed as the “Dean of Personal Development” and his body of work is extensive.   One of the many impactful things he advocated we each do as leaders, is to take out a blank sheet of paper and spend some time, say 15 or 20 minutes, to brainstorm where our business will be in the future.   How will your business change in the next 5, 10, or 20 years? What will those on the
 
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