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  • Inspiration is a question of communication

    SmartBrief on Leadership
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Companies can no longer credibly promise job security, so it's vital to find ways to inspire employees, writes Venugopal Gupt -More- 
  • One Formula to Lead and Live Better: 75+/25-

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

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    Mike Figliuolo
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Do you know the difference between a “worker bee” and a senior executive? Have you ever wondered what it takes to move up in the world to those loftier roles? It’s pretty simple. You need to move from a world where you provide all the answers to a world where you ask all the questions. […] 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 you Know the Difference Between a Performance Issue and a Pet Peeve?

    Great Leadership
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    How would you like it if your manager told you that you were putting the toilet paper on the wrong way?Probably the same way your employees feel when you get on their case about your own personal pet peeves.Read my latest post at About.com Management and Leadership to find out the difference between a legitimate performance issue and an annoying pet peeve.
  • Coaching an Employee Who Doesn’t Want Help

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    Amy Gallo
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Is there someone on your team who you’d like to coach, but resists your help? A high-performer who could reach further? A hard-worker who could grow faster?  The best managers know to coach their employees, but what if someone doesn’t want your help? How can you convince a hesitant employee that your advice is worthwhile? What the Experts Say “Resistance to coaching takes many forms,” says Amy Jen Su, managing partner of Isis Associates, an executive coaching and leadership development firm and coauthor of Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership…
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    HBR.org

  • Oracle: The Worst-Governed, Best-Run Company Around

    Justin Fox
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    After 37 years in charge, Larry Ellison finally stepped down as Oracle’s CEO on Thursday. Except that he’s not really stepping down. The 70-year-old will stay on as the software giant’s executive chairman and also its chief technology officer — the latter title a formalization of a role he was already playing. And the new co-CEOs, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, will continue to do the same things they did as co-presidents, the only difference being that they will now report to the board instead of just to Ellison. But Ellison is of course chairman of that board (long-time chairman Jeff…
  • Stop Searching for That Elusive Data Scientist

    Michael Schrage
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Based purely on the data, a really good data scientist will probably tell you the odds are poor that you’ll be able to find and hire really good data scientists. Surveys say there simply aren’t enough people with the unusual blend of software skills and statistical savvy to go around. Arguably even more important, high-impact data scientists bring collaborative temperaments and business acumen to data-driven initiatives. Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of individuals with just enough statistical and software knowledge to be data-dangerous. For many organizations, a…
  • Coaching an Employee Who Doesn’t Want Help

    Amy Gallo
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Is there someone on your team who you’d like to coach, but resists your help? A high-performer who could reach further? A hard-worker who could grow faster?  The best managers know to coach their employees, but what if someone doesn’t want your help? How can you convince a hesitant employee that your advice is worthwhile? What the Experts Say “Resistance to coaching takes many forms,” says Amy Jen Su, managing partner of Isis Associates, an executive coaching and leadership development firm and coauthor of Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership…
  • Designing the Commute of the Future

    The Shortlist
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    By Testing. And Testing Again. How San Francisco Is Designing Its Metro Train of the FutureCityLabThe first San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (commonly known as BART) trains first appeared more than 40 years ago to great fanfare. They haven't really changed since. But as Nate Berg reports, the system is on the cusp of change, with between 775 and 1,000 new cars scheduled to begin service in 2017, at a cost of up to $3.3 billion. So how, exactly, do you go about such a massive redesign, which will have profound implications for commuters throughout the city? For one, collect data and survey…
  • Will Oracle’s Co-CEO Setup Work?

    Walter Frick
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Larry Ellison announced yesterday that he was stepping down as CEO of Oracle, the company he co-founded in 1977. In his place, Oracle presidents Mark Hurd and Safra Catz will share the CEO role. Ellison will remain chairman of the board and will still serve as chief technology officer. Cue the Ellison retrospectives. But what about the company’s future? Can co-CEOs work? While research has found that the market seems to like the co-CEO arrangement, there isn’t a clear-cut answer on its effectiveness. But a paper published earlier this month at least presents evidence on how to…
 
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    Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog

  • Are We Too Busy Competing to do Anything New?

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Peter Thiel’s Zero to One is a quick and engaging read, but the ideas are not as quick to digest. Zero to One is based on the idea that progress can take two forms: horizontal or vertical progress. Horizontal progress is doing more of what works—going from zero to n. Vertical progress is doing something new—going from zero to one. Thiel explains it this way: "Vertical progress is harder to imagine because it requires doing something nobody else has ever done. If you take one typewriter and build 100, you have made horizontal progress. If you have a typewriter and build a word processor,…
  • Why Reframing is Important to Great Leadership

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Leaders need to be able to look at the situations they face from different perspectives. The need to be able to reframe a situation in order to understand what it really going on and deal with it effectively. A leader’s “ability to reframe sets them free” and helps them to “avoid getting trapped in cognitive ruts,” write Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal, authors of How Great Leaders Think. “Leaders can expand how they think by using different mental models to determine what’s going on and what to do in complex situations.” Bolman and Deal are the authors of Reframing…
  • First Look: Leadership Books for September 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September.   The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership by Richard Branson   The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization by Jacob Morgan   Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success by Shane Snow   Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization by Edward D. Hess   Hard Times: Leadership in America by Barbara Kellerman For bulk orders call 1-800-423-8273 Build your leadership library with…
  • LeadershipNow 140: August 2014 Compilation

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Here are a selection of tweets from August 2014 that you might have missed: Good read > @jamesstrock 's take on Jonathan Darman's Landslide The 6 R.E.A.L. Questions Every Leader Should Be Asking by @lollydaskal via @Inc Leadership Vertigo – Understanding Why Leaders Go Off Course by @TanveerNaseer Mike Henry Sr: The Day I Got Schooled on Respect. Again. Make It A Habit To Ask Your Employees These 6 Questions by @EricJacobsonKC 7 Indicators That You're Not Leading Anymore by @RonEdmondson Kryptonite: The Thing That Weakens Leadership by @leadershipfreak Mike Henry Sr: Why Nobody Wants To Be…
  • A Road Map for Young Adults

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:39 pm
    It all began with an e-mail from his daughter, Avery, with the subject line: "Is this okay to send?" Avery had gotten her first post-college job as an assistant to the co-executive producer to a new network daytime TV talk show. She wanted to ask her new boss for a later start date so she would have more time to “tie up loose ends.” It was then her Dad, Ben Carpenter, realized that today’s young people don’t really know what is expected of them in the real world—the “big leagues”. They didn’t know how the working world actually worked. So Carpenter sat down to write The Bigs.
 
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    Management-Issues

  • Keep on keeping on

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    It isn’t motivation that spurs us on to change, improve ourselves or to live an extraordinary life. Motivation is too transient for that. The most powerful energy is force of will, the staying power to keep on keeping on even when our motivation is absent or at a low ebb.
  • Old habits die hard, new habits die easy

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Habits are efficient. Organizations can't function without them - otherwise they would be constantly struggling to find an appropriate response to every situation no matter how many times they had experienced it. But how do you change an old habit or create a new one?
  • Less ‘we’, more ‘me’

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Privacy is a universal, basic need. But after decades of open plan offices and an unrelenting drive for shared work spaces, the number one complaint from office workers is that a lack of privacy is undermining their ability to do their jobs.
  • Author, heal thyself

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    Why do some people always seem to need to run other peoples' lives? Why do they prefer to tell others how to live their lives rather than getting to know themselves? And how can they close the book on other peoples' lives and start to author the book of their own?
  • Faith, trust and teamwork

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    Having faith is a wonderful thing. But today's project and functional teams need to run on trust. Why? Because unlike faith, trust is evidence-based, built on measurable results and can be restored through hard work.
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    Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership

  • The One Thing You Need to Know to Be Happy

    Michael Hyatt
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    There aren’t many phrases in English more recognizable than “the pursuit of happiness.” But what could happen if we turned it around? That’s exactly what Chris Guillebeau does in his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/DNY59 At just 36, Chris has already led an amazing life. A self-starting entrepreneur since age 19, he felt depressed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and decided to dedicate himself to something truly significant. He began working on a medical ship off the coast of West Africa.
  • 3 Types of People Who’ve Been Tuning Out My Message about Platform University—but Who Should Be Listening

    Michael Hyatt
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I know. I’ve been posting a lot this week about Platform University. One big reason: Enrollment only happens twice a year—and today’s the cutoff for the fall semester. Tonight, after 11:59 p.m. Pacific, the doors close for another six months. Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/Kuzma But there’s an even bigger reason: I am seriously passionate about the content and community at Platform University. Based on what I’ve seen so far, every new member added means the potential to transform more lives because of the insight and experience each new person brings to the party. I’ve also…
  • No Podcast This Week [Announcement]

    Michael Hyatt
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:45 am
    No Podcast This Week Because Fall Enrollment for Platform University closes tonight at midnight, Pacific, I have decided to bump Season 1, Episode 11 of my podcast to next Wednesday, September 24. If you feel like you can’t wait until then, you can find all the episodes for Season 1 here. Thanks for your patience. Click here for more. Or, better yet, subscribe via email and get my full posts delivered to your inbox. It’s fast, free, and more convenient.
  • [Free Webinar] Pros Know What It Takes to Stand Out—Now It’s Your Turn

    Michael Hyatt
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    What do the pros know about standing out in a crowded marketplace? This Wednesday I’m delivering a live webinar for bloggers, speakers, podcasters—anyone with something to say or sell—that reveals the secret. In this webinar, I am sharing “The Standout Formula: 8 Small Tweaks for Big Growth, Impact, and Profitability Online.” If you want to build your platform and positively impact the lives of others but feel like you’re not getting the kind of traction you want, this webinar could be just the catalyst you need. I’m offering both a daytime and an evening session: Wednesday,…
  • What Would it Feel Like to Finally Reach Your Platform Potential?

    Jackie Bledsoe
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is a guest post by Jackie Bledsoe. He is an author, blogger, and speaker, but first and foremost a husband and father of three, who helps men better lead and love their families. Rebooting his platform is the focus of my latest video series, Your Platform Makeover. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. Have you felt like your platform is stuck in neutral—or worse, reverse? For about a year I’d been wanting to make some changes to my blog and platform. I was looking for something, anything to help me stand out from the crowd. But not much changed, and I felt my platform was…
 
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    Great Leadership

  • Learn to Speak Finance and Accounting!

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Managers need to be able to hold their own with the Bean Counters. See my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for a handy cheat sheet for some of the most commonly used finance and accounting lingo. You could also tell a couple of accountant jokes, but that's only going to get you so far and may backfire:Why did the accountant cross the road?To bore the people on the other side.How can you tell when an accountant is extroverted?He looks at your shoes while he's talking to you instead of his own.
  • Do you Know the Difference Between a Performance Issue and a Pet Peeve?

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    How would you like it if your manager told you that you were putting the toilet paper on the wrong way?Probably the same way your employees feel when you get on their case about your own personal pet peeves.Read my latest post at About.com Management and Leadership to find out the difference between a legitimate performance issue and an annoying pet peeve.
  • Not Everyone Appreciates Your Type of Appreciation

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest post By Dr. Paul White:One of the lessons that aspiring leaders must learn is:  to be an effective leader, you have to be able to lead individuals who are different than you.  If you don’t, you will only gather and lead those who are similar to you. This, in turn, limits what you can accomplish.  You actually don’twant to lead a group of “Junior You’s”  (although the idea seems intriguing, at first.)  You may be talented but you can’t do everything, and to accomplish significant goals you need team members who are different (and even…
  • You're Just Not Strategic Enough for Me

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you gotten that feedback? Ouch! That's almost as bad as "let's just be friends".But have no fear, you can learn to be more strategic!Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how. 
  • You know You're a Micromanager When....

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    No manager likes to think of themselves as a "micromanager"..... yet, working for a micromanager boss is one of the most frequently reported reasons employees hate their jobs or hate their bossesTake my 20 questions quiz over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out if you're a micromanager!
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    800 CEO Read

  • Good Enough for the #Girlboss

    Sally
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    TweetIronically, the reason I haven’t had a chance to write a recommendation of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, which released in is because I’ve been busy being a #girlboss. It happens to be the first book I read upon receiving my promotion to General Manager of 800-CEO-READ, and Amoruso’s fueled me during those first few uncertain days. Actually, I’m not the only #girlboss in the company either; 800-CEO-READ is a woman-owned company, and those owners are also our CEO and Board Chair. Since the retirement of our President and Founder, Jack Covert, the leaders at…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    dylan
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. The fundamental question, on which popular opinion seems to change with the economic winds, is whether the automated machines we design are labor-saving wonders that will lead us to a technical utopia of increasing leisure and prosperity, or whether they’re stealing…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How We Got to Now

    Ryan Schleicher
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Tweet How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $30.00 Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9781594632969 Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subjects such as glass and freezing, but Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) has a talent for literary, scientific explanation that connects these subjects to historically important, transformative ideas and innovations. His new release, How We Got to Now, continues Johnson’s exploration of the “hummingbird effect”—when “an…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Happiness of Pursuit

    Sally
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Tweet The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau, Harmony Books, 292 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780385348843 Chris Guillebeau didn’t know he had set out on a quest to travel to every country in the world until he had traveled to the first 50. At that point, he realized he could achieve the kind of goal that at one time might have seemed indomitable. But, Guillebeau writes: Experience produces confidence, and confidence produces success. To have traveled the world over, literally, brings to mind a super hero or…
  • Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan on Business and Books

    dylan
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet “Will we have employees in the future? Will employees work with robots?” ~Jacob Morgan If you’ve like what you’ve been hearing on The Future of Work from Jacob Morgan over the last two days, and you want to be a part of building that future and making it work for you, you may want to request an invitation to The FOW Community to further the conversation and start taking action. Before we let him go, we asked Jacob a few quick questions about the questions he has, and where he looks for answers… 1. What is the one unanswered question about business you are…
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    NOOP.NL

  • 3 Questions for Peter Morville about Intertwingled

    Jurgen Appelo
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:42 am
    Recently, I read the book Intertwingled, by Peter Morville. I liked it a lot! This was my tweet-size review: Loved the stories and insights. It’s not only about information. It’s about life. Peter’s book raised a few questions for me, and I decided to ask Peter for the answers. The post 3 Questions for Peter Morville about Intertwingled appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Write a Tagline – Win a Book!

    Jurgen Appelo
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    We recently improved the story that explains what Happy Melly is all about. We’re curious what you think! Read the story, and email your summary in 10 words or less to info@happymelly.com (deadline is Saturday, 20 September). We’ll put the taglines to a vote! Two winners will be chosen: most popular and Happy Melly choice. Winners will receive a copy of the eBook “Introduction to Agile Methods” authored by Sondra Ashmore & Kristin Runyan – and donated generously by InformIT! The post Write a Tagline – Win a Book! appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Why I Changed the Title of My New Book

    Jurgen Appelo
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    #WorkoutThe original title of my new book was Management 3.0 Workout. It was the result of a long and challenging process in which I learned that readers of my newsletter liked the Management 3.0 brand and also the workout metaphor that I used in many of my articles and chapters. So, why did I change it to #Workout for the Amazon Kindle edition? The post Why I Changed the Title of My New Book appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Define Your Target Audience

    Jurgen Appelo
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    The big checklist that I used while writing my new book #Workout contained the following items: Remove use of the words “agile” and “lean” Remove use of the words “software” and “development” Remove use of the words “Scrum” and “Kanban” The post Define Your Target Audience appeared first on NOOP.NL.
  • Hangout Interview

    Jurgen Appelo
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    Mads Troels Hansen had a some challenging questions for me in this hangout, such as… “How do your introduce change in large organizations?” Oh boy… The post Hangout Interview appeared first on NOOP.NL.
 
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    Michael Lee Stallard

  • How to Save “The Shack”

    Michael Lee Stallard
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:55 pm
    RadioShack logo, courtesy of RadioShack Corporation RadioShack is on the ropes. What can be done to save it? Over my career I’ve seen this scenario several times.  Xerox comes to mind.  In 2000, when Anne Mulcahy became Xerox’s CEO, the company was nearly bankrupt.  Her leadership helped save it.  In 2012, I spoke with Ms. Mulcahy in a series of interviews about how she led Xerox’s turnaround.  She described three behaviors that were similar to how A.G. Lafley led the turnaround of Procter and Gamble, how Howard Schultz and Howard Behar led the turnaround of Starbucks and, more…
  • Celebrate Your Organization’s Culture Through a Blog

    Michael Lee Stallard
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    #50 Create a Blog to Celebrate Your Culture – Create a blog or intranet site where colleagues can post positive examples of people who live out the core values of your organization.  This provides employee recognition, encourages everyone to bring the values to life, and spreads positive examples and practices.  For example, see the “Nuts About Southwest” blog at www.blogsouthwest.com. This is the fiftieth 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…
  • Remembering 9/11: Dave Barry’s “On Hallowed Ground”

    Michael Lee Stallard
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Where were you when you first heard the news of an airliner striking World Trade Tower One on the morning of September 11, 2001? I was in my office near Times Square in Manhattan. At first I assumed it was an accident. Then came the unbelievable news that a second plane had hit Tower Two. That night I hardly slept, concerned about the fate of people I knew who worked at the World Trade Center. In the days that followed I learned of those who did not survive the attacks and others who lost spouses, siblings, or parents. Much has been written about September 11 since that day. One piece in…
  • Leaders: Don’t Forget to Make Time for Q&A

    Michael Lee Stallard
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
                  #49 Make Time for Q&A – If you directly and indirectly lead a large number of people, set aside times for people to ask questions that you then answer.  You can have people anonymously submit questions or just ask them during the meeting. Howard Behar, former President of Starbucks North America and Starbucks International, called the sessions he held “Open Forums.” Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS Institute, holds sessions like this that are referred to as “Java with Jim.”  Vineet Nayar, former CEO of HCL, had people email him…
  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Health and Lifespan Through Work

    Michael Lee Stallard
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
                  As seen on SmartBlog on Leadership and Fox Business.  Happiness is good, right? Researchers led by Stephen Cole at U.C.L.A recently made a stunning discovery. They studied the gene expression profiles of people who experienced happiness from seeking pleasure and those who experienced happiness from seeking meaningful purpose in life. While both pleasure and purpose seekers reported experiencing happiness at a conscious level, the gene expression profiles of the two groups’ told a different story. The profiles of the purpose seekers…
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    Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage

  • Does Not Compute

    brucelynn
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
      Happy Programmers Day! Good to have one day to focus on the happy bits (yes, pun intended), because as Peter Welch colourfully embraces…“Programming Sucks” (thanks Chris). It’s less of a paean to computing failure and more of a powerful illustration of the black box opacity of it all. “Not a single living person knows how everything in your five-year-old MacBook actually works. Why do we tell you to turn it off and on again? Because we don’t have the slightest clue what’s wrong with it.” “The only reason coders’ computers work better than…
  • What’s New versus What Works

    brucelynn
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
      Yesterday was a high holiday on the technophile calendar with the latest Apple launch event.  New icons for the altar of the neophiles. So many articles focus on “innovation” and “embracing failures” is often a theme in those examinations. But innovation for innovation’s sake is not really the objective. What we are really seeking are “positive outcomes” (on a micro, tactical level), and “progress” (on a macro, strategic level). Innovation is just a tool for that progress. Curiously enough (since he normally weighs in heavily for Leadership over Management), Seth…
  • It’s a Dirty Job But

    brucelynn
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:11 am
       “I got it wrong about a lot of things. Not just the testicles on my chin.” – Mike Rowe. Happy Labor Day Americans. Time to take a day off to toast hard work with a beer and hot dog. To celebrate the good…and the bad. The dirty and difficult bits that, really, makes it ‘labor’. No better expert on the ‘dirty’ side of work than Mike Rowe, star of “Dirty Jobs”. His TED talk “Learning from dirty jobs” examines the best bits about the worst work, and underscores a premise I have written about repeatedly of embracing the failure of dreams… “What would happen…
  • Embracing the Pain

    brucelynn
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    “If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.” – Hugh Macleod Who are these people? Hundreds in the Triathlon World Championships today torturing their bodies for hours on end. MSNBC looked at triathlete pain in their piece “It’s true! Triathletes are tougher than the rest of us”. The researchers tested pain tolerance in a laboratory and found triathletes (not surprisingly) exhibited a very high tolerance. But correlation is not causation and whether pain tolerance attracted triathlon running or triathlon running enhanced pain tolerance is undetermined. One thing…
  • Roaring Twenties

    brucelynn
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
      You don’t need haters to face a bit of hate every date. Buzzfeed cites a number of self-imposed “hates” – your degree and your relationship – is its piece “Mistakes you make in the 20s that don’t actually matter” amongst other failures Getting a degree in something you hate Waiting to travel Getting yourself fired Picking the wrong career Dropping out of graduate school Being in a long-term relationship you hate Ending a friendship Leaving a job for a relationship (or a relationship for a job) For each one, Buzzfeed describes… “Why it feels like the end of the…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • What everyone reads

    Seth Godin
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    Everyone used to read the morning paper because everyone did. Everyone like us, anyway. The people in our group, the informed ones. We all read the same paper. Everyone used to read the selection of the book of the month club, because everyone did. And everyone used to watch the same TV shows too. It was part of being not only informed, but in sync. Today, of course, that's awfully unlikely. Only 1 or 2 percent of the population watch the typical 'hit' show on cable. Of course, it's entirely possible that everyone in your circle, the circle you wish to be respected by, is watching the same…
  • What are you seeking at work?

    Seth Godin
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    Some people want safety and respect. They want to know what the work rules are, they want a guarantee that the effort required is both predictable and rewarded. They seek an environment where they won't feel pushed around, surprised or taken advantage of. Other people want challenge and autonomy. They want the opportunity to grow and to delight or inspire the people around them. They seek both organizational and personal challenges, and they like to solve interesting problems. Without a doubt, there's an overlap here, but if you find that your approach to the people around you isn't…
  • Two elements of an apology

    Seth Godin
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    Compassion and Contrition "We're sorry that your flight was cancelled. This must have truly messed up your day, sir." That's a statement of compassion. "Cancelling a flight that a valued customer trusted us to fly is not the way we like to do business. We messed up, it was an error in judgment for us to underinvest in pilot allocation. Even worse, we didn't do everything we could to get you on a flight that would have helped your schedule. We'll do better next time." That's what contrition sounds like. We were wrong and we learned from it. The disappointing thing is that most people and…
  • Avoiding S-curve error

    Seth Godin
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The future is bumpy. It comes in spurts, and then it pauses. It's tempting to connect two dots and draw a line to figure out where the third dot is going to be.  In the long run, that's a smart way to go. For example, if we look at the cost per transistor in 1970 and again today, we can make a pretty smart guess about where it's going in the future. But we won't get there in a straight line. Consider this graph (from this must-read article): If you connected the first two red dots (1885 and 1925), your prediction for dynamic range today would be have been way off, far too low. If you…
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    Seth Godin
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    like this stuff. When you work in a genre (any genre), break all the rules at your own peril. Sure, you need to break some rules, need to do something worth talking about. But please understand who the work is for. If it's for people outside the genre, you have a lot of evangelizing to do. And if it's for those that are already in it, you can't push too far, because they like the genre. That's why they're here. Those who have walked away probably aren't just waiting around for you to fix it. Those who have never been don't think the genre has a problem they need solved. Blue sky thinking…
 
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    CEO Blog - Time Leadership

  • Growing Ice Cream

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

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

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

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

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

  • A New Annotated “Master” Presentation

    Tom Peters
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my last two presentations—to an HR assemblage in Indianapolis and to an entrepreneurial gathering in Edmonton. I was moved to combine the two presentations, add a bit from hither and thither, and then go on an annotation binge. (Something I haven’t done for quite a while.) You’ll find the end result here—a […] The post A New Annotated “Master” Presentation appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Edmonton

    Cathy Mosca
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    The E-Town Festival, an Edmonton Economic Development initiative, finds Tom in Canada today. Quote from their website: “E-Town Festival feeds the mind and heart of people who get excited by innovation, creativity and disrupting common thought.” Sounds like Tom is a good fit as one of the headliners! PPT presentations for downloading: E-Town Festival, Edmonton […] The post Edmonton appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • MOOC with a Cool Friend

    Cathy Mosca
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Trying to grow your organization? Spread pockets of excellence? There are two days left to sign up! Cool Friend Bob Sutton, a Professor in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford, is offering a MOOC in scaling. Bob tells us that lots of people are involved in the design of the audio/video, etc., […] The post MOOC with a Cool Friend appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Training = Investment #1

    Tom Peters
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I have ratcheted the volume WAAAAAAY up re training. I unloaded on the topic last week at Indiana HR in Indianapolis. I have subsequently upgraded a document titled “Training: Investment #1.” All yours … [Ed. And, there's an update to Excellence. NO EXCUSES! to reflect the changes to the training piece.] The post Training = Investment #1 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • A Few Quotes …

    Tom Peters
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Call me a “motivational speaker”—and I’ll be tempted to punch you. On the other hand, I have collected a passel of “inspiring” quotes over the years. I put this little set together for a colleague. All yours … “This is the true joy of Life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as […] The post A Few Quotes … appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Innovative Online Delivery Process

    sshapiro
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Ordering a product online is often like a black box. You order. If you are lucky, you get an order confirmation with a tracking number. However you typically get very little visibility into the process. A more advanced order method is the one Dominos Pizza uses. You get to see where your pizza is in... The post Innovative Online Delivery Process appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It

    sshapiro
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Over the years I have tried many methods for growing my business. I’ve hired internet marketing firms to implement direct marketing programs or improve my Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I’ve worked with PR firms who secured me key spots in national newspapers, magazines, and television. And I’ve ... The post Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Why Being Different Can Kill Your Business

    sshapiro
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Being different for the sake of being different is a losing proposition. So how do you stand out from the crowd? Find your true differentiator. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, a tourist destination known for its boardwalk and beach, you’ll find dozens of t-shirt shops, restaurants, massage parlo... The post Why Being Different Can Kill Your Business appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Welcome to Our New Website

    sshapiro
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    On Friday July 11, 2014, we launched this new website. It has been 4 years since the last website refresh. We hope you like it and welcome any comments you may have! Stephen Shapiro... The post Welcome to Our New Website appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Certified Speaking Professional

    sshapiro
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    It is with great pleasure that I can formally announce that I was recently awarded the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation by the National Speakers Association (NSA). What is does the CSP designation mean? Established in 1980 by the National Speakers Association, CSP is the speaking pr... The post Certified Speaking Professional appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
 
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    Orrin Woodward Leadership

  • Financial Fitness Pack is Breaking Sales Records

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

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

    Orrin Woodward
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Murray Rothbard is my favorite economist to read for several reasons. First, his extensive knowledge in economics, history, and business help him see connections where few others would. Second, his style of writing drives home his points in an enjoyable fashion and, even the few times where I believe he goes too far, I still marvel at his ability to muster the facts in a logical fashion to argue his point. to As Chairman of the Board for LIFE Leadership, I am constantly reading, writing, and speaking. Identifying the top thinkers to read in each field is a high-priority for me and why Murray…
  • Unspeakable by Os Guinness

    Orrin Woodward
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    As the Chairman of LIFE Leadership, I have made reading a life-long habit. Nonetheless, this year’s summer season reading regimen was particularly productive. In fact, I read so many challenging books at my Michigan house that it is difficult to choose which one was the most impactful. However, if I was pressed to choose, it would have to be Unspeakable by Os Guinness. This book tackles the question of evil and how the Judeo/Christian, Hindu/Buddhist, and secular humanist world views respond to it. Through following Guinness’s line of reasoning I was left appreciating the…
  • How Limiting Beliefs Paralyze Your Growth

    Orrin Woodward
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Life is interesting. On one hand people say they want better results in life, but on the other, they seem paralyzed to perform the actions they know need to be done to improve. Why is this? Well, after 21 years of leading communities and studying human behavior, I have concluded that until a person changes his limiting belief, he will not change his inactivity. I know. I know. You are probably thinking: but Orrin, how do you change beliefs? Great question. In fact, this is the topic of one of this months (August)  LIFE Leadership LLR talks. In effect, one must learn to stand outside yourself…
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    Crossderry Blog

  • Project’s End: The Career Progress Dilemma

    Paul Ritchie
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    In more than one project, there’s been lots of happy talk about people’s future roles in the organization. Yet everyone knew that some colleagues simply wouldn’t have a place after the project, including themselves. Beyond the formal career path discussions — if such things exist in your firm — I suggest that one should be very clear about the fact that this is a project. It’s incumbent on the project team to think about “what’s next?”. My experience is that while project may not lead to something within one’s own company, what it…
  • The Incentive/Behavior Nexus

    Paul Ritchie
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    Steve Kerr uses a General Motors cautionary tale to show us that it isn’t enough to have incentives that appear to reward desired behavior. In this HBR blog post, he notes that: Although managers’ bonuses are based partly on vehicle-quality improvements, and safety is supposed to be paramount, cost is “everything” at GM, and the company’s atmosphere probably discouraged individuals from raising safety concerns. Earlier this summer, a former GM manager described a workplace in which the mention of any problems was unacceptable. Kerr’s critical insight is that while GM could…
  • Doubts about BYOD promotion schemes

    Paul Ritchie
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    [The proposal of a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) communications campaign] strikes me as a bit too “happy/clappy” about promoting BYOD adoption. Explaining the process won’t address deep-seated privacy concerns like Peter Nolan’s. If done the wrong way, such promotions smack of the old IT “if we explain it to you lunkheads one more time it will sink in” mentality. I started as a BYOD advocate and I’m OK with it for myself, at least for certain devices (e.g.,work email on a personal tablet). However, if we in IT want to control devices, we should expect…
  • New Study on Organization Change Management Failure

    Paul Ritchie
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    [The study delivers] a tough, but needed, message. HR leaders get thrown under the bus for these projects too often, which leads them to reach for visible, but ineffective, change implementation tactics. To that end, I really like the point about realism re: expectations. Many change initiatives are heavy on marketing-style communications, which are easy to produce and point to as a tangible work product. But they’re often only one-way messages about how great the Brave New World will be. A multi-layered stakeholder management approach is a lot tougher, requires sustained effort over…
  • IT Cost Levers

    Paul Ritchie
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    Caught this post on Apptio’s blog re: optimizing IT budgets. It summarizes a Gartner report — I’ve seen earlier versions — which is interesting and Apptio will provide the report if you provide them your contact info. The analysis: …breaks down IT spending and identifies four best practices for strategic IT budget management. Of these, the recommendation to “follow the money,” is of key importance to IT leaders. Knowing where the IT budget currently gets spent is the most important part of your budget strategy. The post then highlights the top four areas of…
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    MBA Depot - Latest Content

  • Article from the Archive: Strategy as if Knowledge Mattered

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Managing knowledge is hot! Before we get carried away, why not stop to link knowledge and strategy? Author: Brook Manville, Nathaniel Foote Source: Fast Company Subject: Strategy, Knowledge Management
  • Articles: Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    New research shows that actively reallocating corporate resources is even more important in a downturn than it is in good times. Author: Stephen Hall, Mladen Fruk, Devesh Mittal Source: McKinsey Quarterly Subject: Management
  • Quotes: David S. McIntosh

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Psychologist Richard Farson observed that, although people profess to learn from their mistakes, their behavior is shaped by their successes. This is why change is hard for people. Confronted with failure, or with a new world where the old tricks aren't working any more, most people keep doing what they have been doing, only harder. Source: CGE&Y Center for Business Innovation (CBI) Subject: Organizational Behavior, Experience, Success, Failure, Personality / Behavior
 
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    The Chief Happiness Officer Blog

  • Why corporate values often have no value

    Alexander Kjerulf
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    A CEO of a large Norwegian company once told me that “you know a corporate values program is doomed to fail, when they start distributing mouse mats with the values printed on them.” Many companies today have taken great pains to identify and communicate their core values, but often this kind of thing sinks below the surface like a stone, leaving very few ripples. In this short video that I shot for one of our clients a while back, I talk about what it takes to create corporate values that have value and I give a great example from one workplace that’s done so very…
  • The #1 mistake – or your happiness is not (only) about you

    Alexander Kjerulf
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    The most common mistake people make when they seek happiness (at work or in life) is that they focus on making themselves happy here and now. This almost always fails because it becomes a meaningless, shallow pursuit of their own short-term pleasure. True happiness on the other hand, comes from doing things to make many people (including yourself) happier in the long term. This is illustrated by one of the most consistent findings in positive psychology, namely that if you want to be happier yourself, the best way is to make someone else happier. Not as a quid-pro-quo, but from a…
  • Why every company needs to give employees Free Time on the job

    Alexander Kjerulf
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    My first “real” job was for a large and very famous Danish company who’d hired me fresh out of university to work on one of their big new products. One day, about a month into my employment there, I was sitting at my desk thinking big thoughts. To other people it might have looked like I was slacking – I’d put my feet up on the desk and was staring into the air – but in reality I was considering if the approach I’d chosen to solving a particular task was the right one or of there was a smarter, faster way. And for that I was reprimanded. When my…
  • Friday Woohoo: A symphony orchestra gets the conductor of their dreams

    Alexander Kjerulf
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Recently, a Danish symphony orchestra found out who their new chief conductor would be – and went completely crazy when they found out who it was. Watch their reaction here: That’s happiness :)
  • Top 10 Reasons why Constant Complaining in the Workplace is so Toxic

    Alexander Kjerulf
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    Years ago when I was still a software developer for a small consulting company in my second job out of university, I had a boss that was… shall we say unpopular. My co-workers and I hated his guts and we complained ceaselessly about him. It got to the point where we couldn’t start a meeting, have lunch in the cafeteria, or even go out for a beer without spending half an hour complaining about him. We whined about his attitude, his stupidity, his meddling, his spinelessness … hell, even his dress sense came under fire. But then again, he is the only manager who has ever…
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • The Leadership Equation: 7 Keys To An Awesome Team

    Starbucker
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Sometimes it all boils down to math. Even for something as inherently “unmathmatical” as great leadership of an awesome team. I’ve discovered that being a successful leader involves a lot of adding and multiplying that go beyond the numbers on a financial statement, or an employee roster. The kind of math I’m talking about deals with human qualities and traits. A savvy leader knows how to use those traits in various additive and multiplicative ways, to make a team infinity better than its component individuals. How so?   Take a look at what I call the…
  • Getting From Idea To Execution: 5 Lessons From a Kickstarter Video

    Starbucker
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Last week I told you about my latest venture, Built Oregon, and how we were launching a Kickstarter campaign on Labor Day. Today, I have great news  - thanks to the help of 156 great people we hit our campaign target on Friday, only 5 days after launch. As we noted on the latest update to our backers, And now, it’s real. One hundred and fifty six people people from Oregon and outside our state lines want to hear the stories of entrepreneurship in our beautiful state. We hear you. We’ve got work to do. We’re truly humbled and grateful for the support we’ve received,…
  • The Next Great Leadership Experiment: Built Oregon

    Starbucker
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It’s been almost 4 years now since my cable TV company was sold, and my wife and I packed up and moved from Stamford, Connecticut to Portland, Oregon. We came to Portland not because of business opportunity or proximity to family & friends – we came because of what we felt during several vacations we had taken there. It was a vibe, a sense, an instinct. THIS was the place we could take the next new steps in our lives. Those steps revolved around five simple concepts I had rattling around in my head Sense of community Giving back & teaching Entrepreneurial spirit…
  • 10 Life Lessons Essential To The Making Of The More Human Leader

    Starbucker
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    In this space I usually write about the “leading” part of my philosophy of More Human Leadership. Today, I’d like to chat about the “More Human” part. Bur first, a little history:  I started this blog on December 25, 2005. It was a lark, really  - a friend of mine had showed me his Blogger account a few days before and I thought “cool, a place to put your thoughts“. Here’s what I wrote on my very first post about what I came to call “Half-Fullism“: “Call me an eternal optimist, call me a fool, but I find it’s the best way to live one’s life…
  • Assembly Required: 12 Steps To Building A Leadership Juggernaut

    Starbucker
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Once it was built, great progress became inevitable as tomorrow. Once all the pieces were in their right place, it became a leadership juggernaut destined for success. And it was a wonderful ride. I was lucky to have been part of something pretty special – a team that blossomed into one of the highest performing groups in our industry. But it wasn’t all luck.   There was some work, some “assembly” involved. It wasn’t one of those kind of things you could just “plug and play”. I’m often asked after I tell the story of how it all happened, this…
 
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    Lolly Daskal

  • The Leaders We Remember Most

    lollydaskal
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The leaders we remember most are not necessarily the ones who have a fancy office or important position. The leaders we remember most, the ones who stand out from the rest, are the ones who are different: in their actions, in their thinking, and certainly in the way they have interacted with us. The leaders we remember most are the ones who have followed the practices of leadership from within: They challenged us. They’re the ones who showed us we can always be better than we thought we could, who encouraged us to do what we thought was impossible. They acknowledged us. They took the time…
  • How To Make The Most Of Our Mistakes

    lollydaskal
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Everyone makes mistakes; that is a given. But not everyone knows how to make the most out of them. Often people are quick to blame others and make excuses, and when that happens, nothing really changes. What differentiates true leaders from blamers is the willingness to acknowledge they have made a mistake and to say they’re sorry (and mean it!). The best leaders know that it’s possible to turn a mistake into a valuable moment of leadership. Here is how to make the most of our mistakes: Mistakes are a given. Don’t hide behind the truth, but be transparent and candid and own your error.
  • It Takes Great Insight To Choose What Is Right

    lollydaskal
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
      Recently at a keynote I shared with a group of leaders a story that allowed each of them to think about their choices and how those choices affected their lives. The story had a profound impact on them and I want to share it with you. The story begins in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented a Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them. “Not very long,” answered the fisherman. “But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the tourist. The fisherman explained that his small…
  • We Choose Our Leadership By How Much We Give

    lollydaskal
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Two men shared a hospital room. One was allowed to sit up in his bed beside the window for an hour each afternoon; the other had to stay flat on his back. Every afternoon the man by the window would pass the time by describing all the things he could see outside the window. There was a park with a lovely lake, with the city skyline in the distance. There were trees and flowers and sunshine and clouds and all manner of people doing all manner of things. As the man by the window described the day’s scenes, the man on the other side would close his eyes and imagine them. It was by far his…
  • The Art Of Leadership Is Not Without Struggle

    lollydaskal
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    At the age of seven, a young boy and his family were forced out of their home. The boy had to work to help support his family. When he was nine, his mother passed away. As a young man was keen to go to law school, but had no education. At 22, he lost his job as a store clerk. At 23, he ran for the state legislature and lost. The same year, a business failure left him with a debt that took him 17 years to repay. At 27, he had a nervous breakdown. At 29, he lost an election to be speaker in his state legislature. At 31, he was defeated in his attempt to become an elector. By 35, he had been…
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    Lead on Purpose

  • What are your 5 whys?

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

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

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

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:28 pm
    As I’ve gotten older and seen more the of what the world offers, I’ve come to realize that success depends as much on the desire of an individual as anything else. Hard work, persistence and intelligence also factor in, and … Continue reading →
  • How are you using your time?

    Michael Ray Hopkin
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A common response when you ask somebody for their help or their input is “I don’t have enough time.” This is an interesting response given that we all have the same amount of time – 24 hours in a day. … Continue reading →
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    Recovering Leader

  • One Formula to Lead and Live Better: 75+/25-

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

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

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

    David Peck
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Work that works for you -- and those you love -- is a matter of selection, tenacity and patience rather than luck.  Find the intersection of the following five circles, keeping in mind the three outside factors.  Select well, stick with it, and be patient.  Over time, don't settle for less.                       Related StoriesResolution-free Fun Self-Coaching Practice to Kick Off 2014Truth About Leader Development: People Can Change4 Factors To Be an Effective Buyer of…
  • 52 Top Leadership Strengths You Need to Know

    David Peck
    23 May 2014 | 8:40 am
    Every time I start coaching someone, I interview 8-12 of their colleagues. They list for me real-life strengths and development areas.  Over 10 years, I've collected thousands, and recently analyzed them to look for common themes. Here's what you need to know: They  fell into four themes 52 of them appeared over and over, in one form or another Think of it as kind of a tried-and-tested "menu" -- behaviors and skills you should consider working on and developing, to learn, work, and lead others in better and stronger ways. Here they are in detail: Theme 1: Execute and Deliver…
 
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    George Ambler

  • Leading with the Past, Present and Future in Balance

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

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

    George Ambler
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    How you as leader see your role has a significant impact on how you think, where you spend your time and how you act. How you see your role set’s you up for success, mediocrity or at worse failure. One of the biggest areas of confusion is in understanding how the role of a leader is different to that of a manager.   How the Focus of Leadership and Management Differs The distinction between management and leadership is useful as it helps to provide a clear understanding of leadership and how it differs from the role of management. To get to grips with the role of a leader and that of a…
  • Vision is What Separates Great Leaders

    George Ambler
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    Vision is the foundation of leadership. Whilst leadership starts with being the right person – the character of the leader, great leadership is sustained by a shared and compelling vision. A compelling vision is one that describes who you are, why you exist and the future you want to create. People don’t follow leaders with fancy titles and high positions. People don’t follow leaders who have authority. People don’t follow leaders of good character. Whilst all these things are helpful and contribute to influencing others, without a compelling vision people are not moved to follow…
  • Great Leadership Starts with Mindset Not Skillset

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

  • Holey Moley (Bring me the head of Fulton Sheen)

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    If the 20th century was the American Century, then the 1950’s were the American Catholic Decade. No longer a swarm of unwashed immies, “we” had triumphed: Catholic schools, colleges, hospitals, were everywhere. Edwin O’Connor’s Last Hurrah was a best seller. “We” had given the world Joe McCarthy and Jack Kennedy, and our triumphalism was headed for a peak when “our” guy, JFK, was elected in 1960. One place where we weren’t so apparent was on TV. Oh, sure, we knew Ed Sullivan, Perry Como, and Loretta Young were Catholics – who didn’t?– but most of the characters who…
  • Walmart’s right: you really can’t have your PR guy caught lying on his résumé

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    How, in this day and age, can there be anyone in any position of seniority at all in an American corporation who somehow thinks that he or she can get away with a résumé fudge? A little white résumé lie is a double-wham-whammy in terms of risk. First off, organizations increasingly vet what you’re saying about yourself. Second, once you’re outed, you’re outed. It’s no longer just some mid-level functionary in Human Resources who knows, and your boss, into whose ear the Human Resources functionary has whispered that one or two of the sweet somethings on your c.v. are actually sweet…
  • “Four dead in Ohio,” and all I got was this lousy sweatshirt

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    It must be tough trying to keep up with a market where such primacy is given to edginess. I mean, you just have to keep out-edginessing yourself. Which for a hipster brand like Urban Outfitters is some challenging task, given that in the past they’ve brought out products that seem to be glorifying depression and anorexia. So not only do they have to top those, but they have to put up with the backlash from the boring old prudes out there who are so unedgy that they squawk at anything the least bit edgy. Sure, the no-fun brigade is fine with the hipster fedora, but the minute your fashion…
  • Rah, rah, rah…As if the NFL doesn’t have enough of a problem with women

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    Well, yesterday I quit the NFL. I hope for good. But I will nonetheless continue to follow the Billionaire Boys Club and their efforts to convince advertisers and fans that football really is superior to, say, cage boxing and ultimate fighting. One of those elements of superiority that the NFL will be able to point to, of course, is the existence of cheerleaders to root their heroes on. I’m actually guessing here, but my guess is that cage boxing and ultimate fighting don’t have young women on the sidelines working the pompoms. But most teams in the NFL do. It should come as no surprise…
  • Hub fan bids NFL adieu

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    The fall Sunday afternoons of my childhood were spent watching NFL games with my father. While baseball was his (and, thus, my) first sports love, my dad also enjoyed football  - a sport which, like baseball, he had played. We watched the NY Giants – then still called the New York Football Giants, although the baseball version had already fled to the West Coast – playing in Yankee Stadium, and wearing uniforms that were always described as “Honolulu Blue.” The AFL was just getting started, and the league – and their local entry, the Patriots – was considered something of a…
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    Ed Batista: Executive Coaching & Change Management

  • New Post at HBR: The Marshmallow Test for Grownups

    edbatista
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    As adults we face a version of the marshmallow test nearly every waking minute of every day. We’re not tempted by sugary treats, but by our browser tabs, phones, tablets, and (soon) our watches—all the devices that connect us to the global delivery system for those blips of information that do to us what marshmallows do to preschoolers... Read the rest at HBR.
  • Self-Coaching and Culture

    edbatista
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Over the past year I've been doing a series of video-conferences with a distributed management team on topics related to communication, feedback, leadership, and coaching, and last week we wrapped up with a session on self-coaching and organizational culture. The condensed deck above is from our final session, with the exercises and other material removed, leaving only the slides related to the concepts I discussed. It was a fantastic experience, and I feel grateful for the opportunity to work with this team. Many thanks to everyone who was involved.
  • My Favorite Piece of Advice...

    edbatista
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    ...comes from the wonderfully cantankerous early 20th century actor W.C. Fields: I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to. We're so quick to assume that if someone has an issue or a dispute or wants to pick a fight with us for some reason that we're obligated to reciprocate. "We've been invited to an argument," we say to ourselves, "and it would be rude to decline." We would do well to reconsider that logic. I'm not suggesting that we should be callous--just the opposite. When someone's upset with us, we should always respond with empathy and curiosity, at least initially. But…
  • The Communication Funnel

    edbatista
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    The communication funnel is a concept I regularly discuss with coaching clients, most of whom are senior leaders in constant contact with their direct reports and/or managing virtual teams. We prioritize immediacy and convenience in our communication, so we start with the fastest and easiest channels at our disposal--text, chat or email. But these channels lack bandwidth, so they're poorly-suited to conveying nuance and complexity. The obvious solution when a dialogue stalls at one level is to step up to a higher level. Stop texting and send an email. Stop emailing and talk by phone or video.
  • New Post at HBR: Should You Get an MBA?

    edbatista
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    At least once a month an ambitious and hard-working person in their 20s asks me, “Should I get an MBA?” I earned my MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 2000, and since 2007 I’ve been an Instructor and an internal coach back at the GSB, helping hundreds of students develop their leadership and interpersonal skills. Here’s how I respond to those inquiries... Read the rest at HBR.
 
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    Sanders Says

  • Why Stars Don't Always Make Good Leaders

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

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

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

    Tim Sanders
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Your work culture is a conversation, led by leaders or troublemakers, about how things are done around here.  If the leader isn't driving the conversation forward, troublemakers can move it sideways or backwards.  Troublemakers include the naysayers, doomsdayers and taker-types.   Much of our work life is spent in conversations with others. When these conversations move forward, we make progress. When they go sideways, confusion reigns. When they slide backward, conflict and negative emotions ensue. “Conversation is a game of circles,” wrote Ralph…
  • Why Today’s Leader Needs the Agility of a Downhill Skier

    Tim Sanders
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Read any recent white paper on leadership, and you'll see numerous references to agility as a key area for development.  From learning agility to innovation agility, it's clear that leaders need to focus on how to go fast but stay graceful.   Prior to my recent talk on this subject at a leadership conference, I conducted research to uncover why agility has become so critical to success.  The answer was quite simple: The time it takes for a new business concept or technological innovation to disrupt and industry is compressing ... fast.  What took a decade to wreck and…
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    Coaching Tip: The Leadership Blog

  • Your Subconscious Mind

    John Agno
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    The subconscious mind consists of a field of consciousness, in which every impulse of thought that reaches the objective mind through any of the five senses is classified and recorded, and from which thoughts may be recalled or withdrawn. The subconscious mind works night and day.  Through a method of procedure, unknown to man, the subconsious mind draws upon the forces of Infinite Intelligence for the power with which it voluntarily transmutes one's desires into their physical equivalent, making use always of the most practical media by which this end may be accomplished. You can…
  • Principles for Personal Achievement

    John Agno
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    During young Napoleon Hill's interview with Andrew Carnegie, the man who had built one of the most powerful industrial empires in human history after once being a penniless immigrant in a new land, told Hill that the world needed a philosophy of success based upon the "know-how" of men like himself who had gained their knowledge by experience over a lifetime through the trial and error method. It needed some type of blueprint that would help people make the most of their talents. The Ten Rules of Success When asked how he had done it, Hill explained the…
  • "Work/Life Balance is a misguided metaphor..."

    John Agno
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    "...for grasping the relationship between work and the rest of life."  Stew Friedman  Everyone has an opinion on work/life balance.  Anne-Marie Slaughter's famous "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" article to Marissa Mayer's revoking of Yahoo's work-at-home policy to Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" campaign urging women not to step back from challenging careers. But no one has addressed the question: Is it possible for individuals to achieve something significant in their life's work without short-changing the people who…
  • Leadership in Sustainability

    John Agno
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Mars Chocolate North America announced that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED Gold certification —an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing and operating green buildings—from the U.S. Green Building Council. The roughly 500,000-square-foot facility, which opened in March, produces M&M'S Brand Candies and SNICKERS Bars. This accolade represents an additional LEED Gold award for Mars, Incorporated, joining the Mars Chocolate North America corporate headquarters in Hackettstown, N.J., and Mars Petcare's pet food…
  • Separate Feedback from Performance Reviews

    John Agno
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
     Performance reviews enter the feedback stage once a year with a lot of fanfare. It takes a bow, and in one big show it acknowledges a year's worth of work performance--good or bad.  There's a lot of preparation time invested by bosses, with human resources (HR) directing from backstage and offering tools and props to ensure a successful event.  While the person reviewed is most interested in what salary raise s/he will receive during this once a year conversation. Performance reviews may have a define role to play.  But as feedback it is…
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    Predictable Success » Blog

  • Buffett, Bezos, Jobs: 3 Leaders in 3 Minutes

    sarahberger
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    What can we learn from some of the biggest names in business? The answer awaits you below. We’re also examining why good strategies often fail and the steps you can take to fix them – before it’s too late. Enjoy! ~ Sarah Buffett, Bezos, Jobs: 3 Leaders in 3 Minutes Put their leadership lessons into practice. What’s one major takeaway worth gleaning from Warren Buffett and his leadership at Berkshire Hathaway? Les McKeown examines this and more in this series of quick video tips. Watch as he discusses what sets Jeff Bezos apart, as well as the important lesson Steve Jobs…
  • The 4 Achilles’ Heels of Great Leaders: Could They Be Holding You Back?

    sarahberger
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    As a new school year begins, it reminds us that we should never stop learning – regardless of age. Now is a perfect time to think about which core areas you want to focus on and develop. From breaking habits/behaviors that are harmful to your business to cultivating tools to enhance your leadership effectiveness, enclosed are resources that will help. Enjoy! ~ Sarah The 4 Achilles’ Heels of Great Leaders See which behaviors could be holding you (and your business) back. Many organizations hover on the verge of greatness, yet never fully achieve it. While there are a lot of potential…
  • Watch This 60-Second Tip for Better Leadership

    sarahberger
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    This issue is all about finding solutions to business challenges and how sometimes the answer is much simpler than you may think. Watch the video tip below to see what we mean, and then read on to obtain more great takeaways. What’s your “go to” social network? Bringing valuable new content to you is a priority for us. So could you please tell us which social site you turn to the most? Simply click here to vote for Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Then be sure to connect with us if you haven’t done so already. ~ Sarah View This Quick Leadership Tip Often the best option…
  • 5 Ways to Overcome Business Blind Spots

    sarahberger
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    It’s summer (in our hemisphere) which means that many people are out on vacation. If this is the case in your office, take advantage of this temporary lull by using it to reflect on your business. Identify which policies/procedures are working, which aren’t, and make changes where necessary. Not sure where to begin? We have tips that will help in our first article below. Synergist Trivia Question In honor of our latest webinar, do you know which recent former U.S. president was known to be a massive Synergist while in office? Send us your guess! ~ Sarah 5 Ways to Overcome Business…
 
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    Management by Baseball

  • La Russa Agile Innovation #13 of 17: Channeling Pressure to Ease Pressure

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

    j
    3 Feb 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Some of La Russa's techniques are as valid beyond Agile/Lean environments as they are within strictly advanced environments. For the first time in this series, I'll cover a technique cluster that is as effective for managers who work outside Agile or Lean shops as it is within it. That cluster is around transparent decision-making that has the by-product of effort-free mentoring. I learn something useful from every manager I worked for or with. But the Gold Standard for managers I've worked for is Rachel K.E. Black, a Boeing honcha. I got a lot of lessons from her, but the one that has earned…
  • La Russa Agile Innovation #11 of 17: Using Unintentional Intention in Your Own World

    j
    19 Jan 2014 | 4:58 pm
    In the previous entry, I used the example of a La Russa tactic description to describe a managerial orientation. In this one, I'll show you how you can use this very tactic, The Unintentional Intentional Walk, in your own shop IF you face rival managers or even executives up the chain from you who care more about getting their own way or advancing their own career than the health/survival of the organization. That is, a statistically normal organization if you work in the corporate, elected officeholder or academic worlds. THE TACTIC IN BASEBALL In Baseball, many managers, especially in the…
  • La Russa Agile Innovation #10 of 17: Once You've Found an Optimal Tactic, Treat it as Sub-Optimal

    j
    12 Jan 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Adhering to a process you've proven works effectively and efficiently in the context of a team is optimal. But you need to vary the use of Optimal methods gently and continually over time. No line of work is more effective and illustrative Agile and Lean norm than Baseball. One great practitioner of the mix of art and science of knowing when to simply apply the Optimal move and when to riff off it is now Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, who desribed it in his recent. He documents it in a way any manager can "get" it in his recent book, One Last Strike (p. 231-233). In the book, he…
  • Wait Till Next Year: Hiatus until January

    j
    15 Dec 2013 | 12:41 pm
    I planned to finish the La Russa Invention of Agile series before the year expired but family events got in the way. And while I could soldier on and deliver the product on time, it wouldn't meet quality standards so there's no virtue in that. A BUSHEL OF HONEYDEWS & A TRIP TO THE BATTING CAGE I'm being called to do many projects around not only my home, but my daughter's home as well, a veritable bushel of honeydews. Ergo, I won't even attempt to trickle out a few good entries for a few weeks. I will be thinking of you though when I treat myself to an hour at the batting cage to work on…
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    Great Leadership

  • Learn to Speak Finance and Accounting!

    Dan McCarthy
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Managers need to be able to hold their own with the Bean Counters. See my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership for a handy cheat sheet for some of the most commonly used finance and accounting lingo. You could also tell a couple of accountant jokes, but that's only going to get you so far and may backfire:Why did the accountant cross the road?To bore the people on the other side.How can you tell when an accountant is extroverted?He looks at your shoes while he's talking to you instead of his own.
  • Do you Know the Difference Between a Performance Issue and a Pet Peeve?

    Dan McCarthy
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    How would you like it if your manager told you that you were putting the toilet paper on the wrong way?Probably the same way your employees feel when you get on their case about your own personal pet peeves.Read my latest post at About.com Management and Leadership to find out the difference between a legitimate performance issue and an annoying pet peeve.
  • Not Everyone Appreciates Your Type of Appreciation

    Dan McCarthy
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest post By Dr. Paul White:One of the lessons that aspiring leaders must learn is:  to be an effective leader, you have to be able to lead individuals who are different than you.  If you don’t, you will only gather and lead those who are similar to you. This, in turn, limits what you can accomplish.  You actually don’twant to lead a group of “Junior You’s”  (although the idea seems intriguing, at first.)  You may be talented but you can’t do everything, and to accomplish significant goals you need team members who are different (and even…
  • You're Just Not Strategic Enough for Me

    Dan McCarthy
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you gotten that feedback? Ouch! That's almost as bad as "let's just be friends".But have no fear, you can learn to be more strategic!Read my latest post over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out how. 
  • You know You're a Micromanager When....

    Dan McCarthy
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    No manager likes to think of themselves as a "micromanager"..... yet, working for a micromanager boss is one of the most frequently reported reasons employees hate their jobs or hate their bossesTake my 20 questions quiz over at About.com Management and Leadership to find out if you're a micromanager!
 
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    thoughtLEADERS, LLC

  • How do you deal with team members who disrupt the team dynamic?

    Mike Figliuolo
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How do you deal with team members who disrupt the team dynamic? – Coach them and better integrate them into the team: 65% – Remove them from the team for the greater good: 18% – Accept it and work around them: 17% Disruptive team members can be more destructive than […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • 5 Keys to Successfully Allocating Work Across Your Team

    Mike Figliuolo
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    As the leader of a high-performing team, how you distribute and balance work across the members of that team is a critical success factor. It needs to be done fairly. Note, I didn’t say equally. Work allocation needs to be done fairly because you want your team to operate on the basis of equality. You […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • How Embracing Risk is the Key to Business Success

    Mike Figliuolo
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Today’s post is by By Tom Panaggio, author of The Risk Advantage: Embracing the Entrepreneur’s Unexpected Edge (CLICK HERE to get your copy). The time has come for the reprogramming of American business leadership. No longer can companies simply “play not to lose” by anchoring to the archaic habit of detailed five year planning, staunchly imposing […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • How would you describe your organization’s culture?

    Mike Figliuolo
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Our reader poll today asks: How would you describe your organization’s culture? – A great deal of talking, very little doing: 43% – A good balance of talking and doing: 37% – Too much doing without talking about it enough: 20% A significant portion of you find your organizations are talking too much and not […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
  • Think Like a Senior Executive and Ask More Questions

    Mike Figliuolo
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Do you know the difference between a “worker bee” and a senior executive? Have you ever wondered what it takes to move up in the world to those loftier roles? It’s pretty simple. You need to move from a world where you provide all the answers to a world where you ask all the questions. […] This is only the beginning of the thought... Please click the article headline above or go to http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/blog for more.
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    William Matthies Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By

  • I HAD TO THINK AWHILE BEFORE DECIDING TO USE THIS

    William Matthies
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    "I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up."Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist/writer/lecturerTaking time to think things through is a good thing.I think.I'll have to think about that and get back to you.
  • SITTING IN JUDGMENT OF YOUR WIT

    William Matthies
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    "Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast."William Penn (1644-1718) British religious leaderHowever you define "wit", without an appropriate amount of judgment, too much of (w)it is too much.
  • HE SAID TACTFULLY

    William Matthies
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    "Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves."Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) President of the United StatesTact walks the line between truth and fiction, in the extreme, honesty and deceit.Do your best not to cross the line.
  • I HOPE THIS FOR YOU

    William Matthies
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    "The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise."Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist/dramatist/poetRelying solely on hope is every bit as bad as having no hope at all.The sweet spot is finding balance between the two, along with having a plan to make true what you hope to happen.
  • PITY THE UNSATIATED

    William Matthies
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    "We never reflect how pleasant it is to ask for nothing."Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher/playwrightWhat if you could never be full, get enough sleep, have enough money, enjoy those you live and work with, or any number of other things you can name?Simply never be satisfied.How unhappy you would be.
 
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    Mitch's Blog

  • 5 Reasons Why Being A Leader Is A Good Thing

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

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

    Mitch Mitchell
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Over this past weekend, one of my wife’s friends, who used to be a co-worker, stopped by the house. I hadn’t seen her in a long while, but I knew that over the past 6 months her department had undergone a management change. I asked her how things were going with the new manager. Her response was shocking to me; she said: “I don’t know if things are better or not. Whereas the previous manager was always coming upstairs barking at us to have better production times, even though she didn’t know what we did, after the new manager’s first week we almost never…
  • Written Procedures Always Work Better

    Mitch Mitchell
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Once again I’m packing up my hotel room so I can move everything to the main office and then go home once again for what always feels like a very short weekend. I absolutely hate the process of packing up my room, but last year I was paying for time that I wasn’t here and it got pretty expensive. I have better ways of throwing my money away where I actually enjoy myself. Giulia Forsythe via Compfight The strange thing is that I never feel the same stress when I’m leaving home to go out of town. You’d think that pressure would be greater and yet it never is. There are…
  • Confidence Is Empowering

    Mitch Mitchell
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    There was an ad for an anti-perspirant from a couple of decades ago with the slogan “never let them see you sweat”. It promised to keep you dry during those tense moments when you start sweating under your arms during stressful times, though it had a humorous bent to it. Bilal Kamoon via Compfight There’s nothing more powerful than being confident. When you’re confident you do your best work. When you’re confident people respond to you in the most positive ways. Confidence is infectious if it’s genuine. Just to get this out of the way, there’s a fine…
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    WordPress.com News

  • WordPressers Making a Splash

    Ben Huberman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We might think of the end of summer as a slow news season. Not so for the authors and bloggers we feature today, who’ve been hard at work on some exciting projects recently. Rebecca Hains Writer, professor, and media scholar Rebecca Hains often shares thoughtful posts on her blog, especially on topics revolving around gender and discrimination. Earlier this month, she celebrated the release of The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Sourcebooks), her most recent book. A critique of popular culture and the messages it sends to young girls, the…
  • Gmail Password Leak Update

    Daryl L. L. Houston
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users. We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the WordPress.com password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the…
  • Basis, Edin, and Forefront: A Look at Business Themes

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We add new themes to the Theme Showcase each week, including free and premium themes for businesses, organizations, and your professional projects. Here’s a trio of business themes transformed by three very different types of users: a professional travel and food writer, a Buddhist podcast host, and a fly fishing outfitter in Australia. roam & home Chicago-based travel and food curator Karen Valentine, the founder of roam & home, presents a beautifully designed site with Basis, a premium theme. Wide featured images add splashes of color to the homepage, while the Brandon…
  • Blogging 101 and Writing 101 Are Back!

    Krista
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    You’ve just started your shiny new blog and you’d like some help as you get up to speed on WordPress.com. Or, maybe you’d like some inspiration to write every day. On September 15th, we kick off two free Blogging U. courses: Blogging 101 and Writing 101. They might be just what you need to whip your blog into shape and/or establish your writing habit. Blogging 101 Each day for 30 days, Blogging 101 offers a bite-sized blogging “assignment*,” geared to helping you customize the look of your blog, start a blogging habit, and find some new blogging friends. Here’s…
  • Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

    Paul Sieminski
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    “Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing. Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in…
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    The Merrill Dubrow Blog

  • Are You Ready for Some Football? Join the Week 4 Football Pool!

    Merrill Dubrow
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Congratulations to Brooks Deaton who beat out 320 participants to win the second week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. In addition, Brooks joins Bobbie Kirkland as the second person to qualify for the championship week. According to the participants, the easiest game to pick this week is the winner of the New England Patriots (308 people) vs. the Oakland Raiders game. Week three started with a blowout as the Atlanta Falcons destroyed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the…
  • Are You Like Me? Do You Have Fake Aunts/Uncles?

    Merrill Dubrow
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Ok, let me try to explain today’s post a little better because some of you might think I am crazy. I do have fake Aunts/Uncles…but what I mean by that isn’t “fake” as in “pretend” or “imaginary”. I am actually referring to individuals who have been lifelong friends of my parents and have been very instrumental in my life but aren’t blood related to me. I refer to these people as “Aunt” or “Uncle”. I hope that makes a little bit more sense. Recently, I lost my “Uncle” Booksie (was a teacher for years) and…
  • A Quick Word Association Quiz!

    Merrill Dubrow
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Time for a quick quiz! Please tell me the first word that comes to your mind when you see the image and topic. Click Here to Take The Quiz.
  • Are You Ready for Some Football? Join the Week 3 Football Pool!

    Merrill Dubrow
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Congratulations to Bobbie Kirkland who beat out 326 participants and won the first week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. In addition, Bobbie is the first person to qualify for the championship week. According to the participants the toughest game to pick this week is the winner of the Atlanta Falcons/Cincinnati Bengals game and week two started with an upset as the Baltimore Ravens (picked by only 125 people) pounded the Pittsburgh Steelers. To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative…
  • What Are The Oldest Things You Still Have?

    Merrill Dubrow
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    A few weeks ago, I hurt my upper thigh. I wanted to work out that night and I knew that the only way I could do so was if I wrapped it really tight to try and downplay the pain. As I was looking for an ace bandage, I found a wrap that I used on my chest when I broke my sternum…40 years ago. I decided to actually use that over the ace bandage and (surprisingly!) it worked very well! This instance gave me time to pause and think: Am I pack rat? Do I keep things forever? This got me thinking about some of the oldest things that I have. Here are a few that come to mind: My First Baseball…
 
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    Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

  • Take Advantage of the Strengths Each Person Brings to Work

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

    John Hunter
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    In this clip Peter Drucker talks about Japan and his work there as well as the work of W. Edwards Deming and Joseph Juran. His discussion highlights how he remembers the Japanese were so willing to take new ideas and implement them immediately. There was not a reluctance to try things that “were not invested here.” They were also ready to abandon ideas if they were tried and didn’t work. Drucker talked about the shared importance he, Deming and Juran put on the importance of valuing all employees and creating management systems that capture all the value they can offer. He…
  • Magnetic White-Board Kanban Card Options

    John Hunter
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    Just some quick ideas for Kanban whiteboard magnetic card options from a question I answered on Reddit. Here is the best lean solution: Trying Out My Agile Kanban Board from Jon Miller. Magnetic kanban board from Jon Miller. Why, well mainly I am kidding about it being the best, but if you don’t read his Gemba Panta Rei blog you should! Go add it to your RSS feed reader, before you continue with this post. Ok, welcome back. In addition to thinking his blog is great the solution from his blog is very flexible and easy – though it isn’t quite a packaged solution (as asked for…
  • Revolutionary Management Improvement May Be Needed But Most Management Change is Evolutionary

    John Hunter
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    This month the ASQ Influential Bloggers were asked to respond to the question – will the future of quality be evolutionary or revolutionary? I think it has been and will continue to be both. Revolutionary change is powerful but very difficult for entrenched people and organizations to actually pull off. It is much easy to dream about doing so. Often even revolutionary ideas are adopted in a more evolutionary way: partial adoption of some practices based on the insight provided by the revolutionary idea. I think this is where the biggest impact of W. Edwards Deming’s ideas have…
  • Out of Touch Executives Damage Companies: Go to the Gemba

    John Hunter
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    When your customer service organization is universally recognized as horrible adding sales requirements to customer service representatives jobs is a really bad practice. Sadly it isn’t at all surprising to learn of management doing just that at our largest companies. Within a system where cash and corruption buys freedom from market forces (see below for more details) such practices can continue. Such customer hostile practices shouldn’t continue. They shouldn’t be allowed to continue. And even though the company’s cash has bought politically corrupt parties to allow…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • The Cost of Distrust

    Kevin Eikenberry
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    More and more often I find that  a centerpiece of leadership training we design for Clients has trust – understanding it and understanding how to build it – as an important component.  In thinking about trust this week I was reminded of a great quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson:  “Our distrust is very expensive.” I love […] The post The Cost of Distrust appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: What Coaches Can Learn from a Fitbit

    Kevin Eikenberry
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Everywhere I look, I see leadership and coaching lessons. Even my latest technology gadget – the Fitbit! As a coach are you helping people set goals and find valuable and easy ways to track progress? @KevinEikenberry (Click to Tweet) You can learn more about the Remarkable Coaching workshops here. If you have a question that […] The post Remarkable TV: What Coaches Can Learn from a Fitbit appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Seven Great Questions to Ask Others

    Kevin Eikenberry
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Just this morning, in a coaching conversation, I asked a question that, as stated by the other person, was exactly what would help them past their obstacle. I’m gratified that I could help. The same question, without trust between the other person and me, might have fallen flat. The intention and purpose of our questions, […] The post Seven Great Questions to Ask Others appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

    Kevin Eikenberry
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Ryan Holiday If you have ever been stuck or frustrated, this book might help. Using stories and examples from a wide range of people in history (from Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs to Laura Ingalls Wilder and more), the author helps us see how to use our obstacles as a stepping stone to […] The post The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Pigs and Coconuts

    Kevin Eikenberry
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Pigs are more than just bacon and ham and coconuts are more than just vehicles for pina coladas. And what does this have to do with coaching? Check out today’s Remarkable TV episode below to learn more. The best coaches see people for what they can become, rather than what they are today. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet […] The post Remarkable TV: Pigs and Coconuts appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
 
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    Survival Leadership

  • Preveiw of September's HBR: Post #1-Context

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Contextual Intelligence: Not all good ideas and best practices work well in different countries. Learning how to adapt to a different context helps (p. 58).
  • Collective Genius: FINAL Post--Leaders of Tomorrow

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Finding the Leaders of Tomorrow. Innovative leaders aren’t “take-charge” types; rather, they are creators of an environment where others are willing and able to innovate. A couple of examples: Steve Kloeblen at IBM and Jacqueline Novogratz of Acumen. Both are great examples to build leaders of the future for any company.
  • Collective Genius: Post #5--Collective Genius 2.0

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Collective Genius 2.0.a.    Problems have become so complex and global that leaders have to reach across institutional, corporate, and national boundaries to build innovative ecosystems to solve them. Unfortunately, competing values, interests, and cultures often war against such necessary innovation.b.    Authors use two different examples: Calit2—a collaboration of two California universities; also,  as well as the legal department at Pfizer that collaborated with its partners in an innovative way to make a big difference—using community along with a…
  • Collective Genius: Post #4--Making a Team "Able"

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    How Leaders Create a Team Able to Innovate.Leaders have to balance paradoxes. Authors use a “harness and unleash” metaphor—balancing order and creativity. Several other paradoxes: Patience vs. urgency, iterative learning vs. performance, and bottom-up ideas vs. top-down controls. Three ways leaders create an ecosystem for creativity and innovation:a.    Collaboration ~ Using Creative Abrasion. Creativity comes from ideas from diverse people colliding and combining to find something new. Options emerge “through discourse, debate and even conflict,” not through a flash…
  • Collective Genius:Post #3--A Willing Team

    4 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    How Leaders Create a Team Willing to Innovate.a.    Shared Common Purpose: Why we exist. An overarching purpose unites people. Such a vision is not just set by the leader but also bubbles from the bottom on up. Shared purpose creates the atmosphere for innovation to thrive. b.    Shared Values: What we agree on is important. Studies by the authors show that key shared values in innovative companies are: boldness, ambition, learning, and responsibility.c.    Shared Rules of Engagement. How we interact with each other and think about problems. Two…
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    The Student Affairs Collective

  • Why SA Professionals Have the Coolest Job

    nope
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I recently found myself thinking about the field of student affairs and had two recurring thoughts. (1) How in the world did I find and decide to pursue this field and (2) This is probably THE coolest and most unique profession out there. I can think of at least 100 ways that this is one of the coolest fields in the world, however I have narrowed it down to about 7 reasons. 1. Being on a college campus. When we think of college, we may refer to it as the best four years of our lives. With the social gatherings, extracurricular activities, peer groups, and of course SA professionals, it is…
  • #SACandidEx- “What just happened?” Dealing with Unprofessional Behavior as an Internal Candidate

    nope
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    source: thegrindstone.com The author of this post has chosen to remain anonymous. It was time for the campus partner panel for my internal interview.  I currently served in the interim role of the position I was interviewing for so I was familiar with everyone in the room. There was a panel of 6 individuals with whom I interviewed and had worked with in various ways. The interview began. I was ready for their questions. Then, like most interviews, it was my turn to ask questions. My first question was, “How can I support you and your office in this role? What are your needs?” Well, this…
  • Does Using “Dorms” Instead of “Residence Halls” Make Our Work Less Valuable?

    nope
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    Preface: Betteridge’s Law I saw a shirt on Facebook that read: F*ck, Sh*t, C*ck, D*rm Just another 4 letter word #reslifeprobs. First, I think the shirt is stupid. Actually, lazy. The shirt is lazy. Second, “4 letter” should include a hyphen. See, “letter” acts as a modifier to the number four. Third, it prompted me to write the following Facebook post: This aversion to using the word “dorm” is ridiculous. And, I don’t need a lesson in the origin of the word or it’s meaning versus “residence hall.” I get it. I just think…
  • #SAChat Transcript – 09/18/2014 – Social justice & social media

    nope
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Thanks to everyone who participated in our #SAchat focused on  Social justice & social media . In this week’s chat 156 Student affairs professionals, graduate students and undergraduates interested in, or working in, Student Affairs participated. Here’s a break down: DAYTIME CHAT (1-2pm EST): 598 tweets 86 contributors Transcript MOD: Erica Thompson Top Contributors Alex Fields Charlie Potts Dan Taylor Karyn Dyer Tisheika Snow EVENING CHAT (7-8pm EST): 412 tweets 70 contributors Transcript MOD: Daniel Shelnutt Top Contributors Niki Messmore Kevin Knudsen Karyn Dyer Adam Z.
  • #SACandidEx- “Non-verbals can be flags, too”

    nope
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Let’s be honest, we have sat through more interviews than we care to admit. We’ve endured the frequent anxiety, nervousness and knowing that our every little move is being evaluated and critiqued far too often. We’ve honed our listening skills to ensure to catch each question clearly and quickly all the while, we’re running the STAR acronym through our minds at the speed of lightning to ensure we’ve answered the questions thoroughly. We’ve also been on so many interviews that we know the tell-tale signs for when our interviewers have lost interest in our answers: the glazed-over…
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    Management Skills Blog

  • Not So Fast, Don’t Solve the Problem, Yet

    Tom Foster
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    From the Ask Tom mailbag - Question: We are working on team problem solving. We think it’s a good idea, but we are not getting the results that we thought we would get. In fact, sometimes the team comes up with solutions that either don’t work, don’t solve the problem or create more havoc than the original problem. The team is eager and always has suggestions, so it’s not a matter of enthusiasm. Response: The problem we name is the problem we solve. So, if the group names the wrong problem (symptom), the underlying cause may never be discovered. I work with groups all…
  • How to Think Out of the Box

    Tom Foster
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Lee Thayer tells us that whenever someone says “I think,” you can be reasonably sure that they are not. Thinking is hard work. “Thinking is like improvising music. All the fundamentals have to be at your command without thinking about them. Years of practice may enable you to think out of the box. And I stopped. How does one practice creative thinking? And that’s when I thought of Joe. Joe Anderson always cracks me up because he has a different way of looking at the world. And now he shares his secret in a new book called That Thing Between Your Ears is an Idea.
  • The Curse of a Manager

    Tom Foster
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    “You look off-balance,” I said. Renee shook her head. “Ever since I was promoted to sales manager, things are different. When I was on the sales team, things were exciting, always a new customer, a deal in limbo, a sale that closes, a sale that gets stalled. But there was always action. As sales manager, I only get to hear about that stuff from other people. I get to coach, but I never get to play.” “What else is different?” I asked. “When I was a salesperson, I was always focused on the day, or the week, at most a month or a quarter. Sure, I had my…
  • How Will You Learn?

    Tom Foster
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    The cherub faces in my leadership class looked up, all smiles, ready to take notes, write down all the answers. “Why are you here?” I asked. “Well, to listen and learn,” came a response from the back. “Listening to me will not make you a more effective manager,” I replied. “What I have to say is only my understanding, for me.” I stopped. “So, how will you learn? Listening to me will not make you a more effective manager. Reading my blog will not make you a more effective manager. How will you learn?” There was an uncomfortable…
  • Good Busy or Bad Busy

    Tom Foster
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    “Whew,” Marcy plopped into the chair behind her desk. “What a day?” “How so?” I wanted to know. “Lots of things going on. Good things. Everybody was busy. Lots of work on our plate,” she explained. “Good busy, or bad busy?” I asked. “It’s always good to have work to do,” Marcy replied. “How do you know?” I prompted. “The just dessert for hard work is more hard work. How do you know that the increase in activity is good, or not?” Marcy was just trying to follow the discussion.
 
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    The Enlightened Manager

  • Eye Contact (A Coaching Story)

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    “Go ahead Cheri.” I clutched my notebook to my chest like a shield. My black leatherette portfolio held two new pens, a yellow legal pad, and my notes from two weeks of meticulous preparation. It was my first day as a management coach, and I was determined to make a good first impression.   Mark (not his real name) was a healthcare practice manager, three months into the job. Prior to this promotion he’d been an exemplary nurse, and his background as a Marine made him a natural leader in times of crisis. But his civilian employees didn’t trust him, didn’t really like him in fact,…
  • Turn Into the Skid

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    When I was fifteen and learning how to drive, I hit a patch of ice and started to slide off the road. My Dad’s voice was calm and steady. “Turn into the skid, Cheri.” It worked.  I turned my wheels in the direction that I was sliding and felt the car come back under my control.  Once my heart stopped pounding, I stopped the car and turned to him. “I wanted to turn away from the skid.”  He nodded. “It’s instinct to turn away. But it’s usually the wrong thing to do.” His advice came back to me this week as I’ve been wrestling with…
  • Don’t Be Too Positive

    cheri@emergenceconsulting.net (Cheri Baker)
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    When does the power of positive thinking become positively annoying? I’ve been consulting with a company headquartered in France, and one of the small differences that I’ve noticed between French and American business culture is the way we communicate about problems.  I tend to be positive (even cheerful) while acknowledging problems, and this hasn’t gone over quite so well. One executive told me that being overly positive is an American cultural habit, which is interesting. It also explains a lot. When we spoke about the importance of positive feedback in the…
  • What Ethical Leaders Do

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

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

  • What Makes an Effective Board of Directors?

    Tracy Houston
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    In comparing governance practices at Fortune’s “most admired” and “least admired” companies for Harvard Business Review, Yale management professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld found little difference in board performance due to percentage of independent directors, financial literacy of audit committee members, or amounts of stock-based compensation. Sonnenfeld  suggests that what makes great boards great is not the structure in which they operate, but the culture. One S&P 500 director describes the ideal board culture as one that “…invites different opinions. It needs to have…
  • How One Simple Networking Tip Can Build Business Relationships

    Toni Nelson
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    This week I went to one of my favorite networking groups. Why is it one of my favorite groups? The women all support each other. This particular group has not met during the summer months, so it was great being able to catch up with everyone. There is a new leadership in the group and they did something I thought was fabulous and had to share it with you. When you signed in there was a deck of cards. You had to choose a card and the number on your card corresponded to the table you would be sitting at. This was done so that no one gravitated to the people they already new. Great idea! I have…
  • Building and Protecting Your Personal Brand

    Ann Gatty
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Your personal brand is the reputation you have built over time. It is what people say about you when you are not in the room. Did you know that your personal brand travels with you as you journey through life becoming more refined and defined through your life experiences? If you review your past, you can notice that the various chapters of your life have different themes. The commodity you call “you” will be continually changing and adapting with each new life chapter. Each chapter of your life builds on the last, and past experiences can offer helpful perspectives for handling new…
  • How To Employ The Right Person For the Job

    Sponsor Contributor
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    Sponsored by GlobalX: When you are looking to appoint high quality, high performing staff, you need to do more than considering their resume and job application, and relying on the impression they make at an interview. Regrettably for many businesses, particular appointments do not work out because of a lack of information about a candidate prior to their appointment to a position. How Can You Find Out More? Of course, a candidate’s resume and responses to key selection criteria will help you decide whether they could be suited to the position available and your organization in a general…
  • Is it Getting Tougher to Manage Home and Office?

    Sponsor Contributor
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Sponsored by ChameleonJohn: Balancing work and home life is challenging for everyone, but it can be particularly challenging for working mothers. Often, working mothers make sure everyone else’s needs are met before their own, but ultimately, professional and personal results suffer if you’re not taking care of yourself, too. No, you’ll probably never find complete work-life balance, but here are few tips that you can follow to make things a bit easier in your efforts to juggle home and work. Find a Support System Your spouse, significant other, relatives, friends, even…
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    NinaSimosko.com

  • Putting a STEM in STEM for Women

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    We often look at the world of tech startups through rose colored glasses. After all, these companies are the future IBMs, Oracles and SAPs – long-lived, large scale organizations that have generated not just large returns for shareholders, but massive value for customers, employees and partners. Yet despite their obvious focus on future value building and innovation, startup tech companies have a startlingly poor record when it comes to hiring women. Ann Hoang from STEMINIST explains: Women make up less than 40 percent of the workforce at Apple, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo and…
  • Are You CEO Ready? Start with a Principle not an Idea

    Nina
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Each year Inc. carries out research with some of the nation’s top private company CEOs focusing on the areas of business launch, growth and innovation. It provides a fascinating snapshot into the lives of the people behind these fast-growth companies. And for aspiring leaders, it reveals just how hard, and how much hard work, being a CEO can be. Be sure to take some time to read through all areas of the report. The sections on social media use, focus in innovation and leadership potential provide plenty of food for thought. But I’d like to focus on the first section – what does that…
  • Closing the Gap-Statistics, Perceptions and Futures for Women in the Workplace

    Nina
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Gender equality in the workplace has been a topic that I have followed with great interest for some time. Looking around the world, we can now see many women who have smashed through the glass ceiling to be recognized as leaders on a world stage. Just think of Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, and Janet Yellen, Governor of the Federal Reserve to name a few. But its not just at the top echelons of global leadership where women are having an impact. Young working women these days are making more money relative to men of the…
  • Are Your Top Executives Running on Empty?

    Nina
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:19 pm
    You know the drill … into the office to get the day started. You are beset by distractions, dramas and issues, all of which keep you away from the important work that is (or should be) your focus. Yet, each and every day you work intensely and return home drained, catching up into the evening on emails that you missed or responses that need attention. In amongst all this, there is a lingering sense that the work that we do continues to mount and that our daily efforts amount to little. Sound familiar? A 2013 Gallup report indicated that just 30% of American employees feel engaged with the…
  • The Growth Mindset for Leaders

    Nina
    11 May 2014 | 4:30 am
    I have recently been pondering the very personal way that leaders have to continually re-invest in their own capabilities. On the one hand it is as if we have a deep well of self-belief that we must constantly tend, maintain and nurture; while on the other it is this source that we continually call upon to achieve our goals. Interestingly, it seems that calling on these reserves is, in fact, a way of replenishing them. It’s very similar to physical exercise – like training for a long distance run. We set a goal, train towards that goal, and then test our capabilities and training by…
 
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    The Glass Hammer

  • Woman CFO Leads in Compensation Ranking – Signal or Noise?

    No Byline
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Beth Senko A number of articles recently touted the news that for the first time, the highest paid CFO in the country was a woman. In its fourth annual survey of CFO total compensation, The Wall Street Journal/S&P Capital IQ study placed, not one, but two women in the top 10. The study measures who got paid the most including salary, bonuses, stock awards, option awards and other compensation. Oracle’s Safra Catz topped the list of highest paid CFOs of both men and women in 2013 with total compensation of $43.6 million. Former Accenture CFO Pamela Craig placed 8th with total…
  • Movers and Shakers: Esther Yang, Vice President and Senior Trader-Derivatives at Voya Investment Management, formerly ING U.S. Investment Management

    No Byline
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Beth Senko In a recent round-table of derivative portfolio managers of the largest insurance companies, Esther Yang found herself being the only female among this male dominated profession. How did she get to where she is now? Esther Yang did not have a conventional route to success in financial services. In fact, she didn’t begin college or her career with intentions of entering the field at all. However, Yang used her instincts and willingness to try new things to guide her into the position she currently holds. From Biology to Math Yang started out with the goal of being a biologist.
  • Women as Leaders: What Is Different about Leading Other Women?

    No Byline
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Guest Contribution by Anne Litwin, PhD “I worked for a woman who was more task focused, which made it real uncomfortable for me. When a guy does that [is task focused], it doesn’t bother me as much.” (Financial Services Manager) I heard this kind of statement often from the women in my research on women’s relationships in the workplace. This research, involving women from many professions and countries, shows that many women have different expectations of how female leaders should behave. Women also often report preferring to work for men, which could be a significant problem for our…
  • Ethics at Work: Are Women Generally More Ethical than Men in the Workplace?

    No Byline
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Louise Ogunseitan With ethics and codes of conduct being so pivotal to the internal success of companies, industries and consumer based trust – a heavy onus is on organisations to foster a culture that nurtures and promotes adherence to them irrespective of gender. However, there has been many articles written about one gender being more ethical than the other; women over men. A recent conversation between Shakar Vendatam and David Greene on NPR suggests that men tend to ‘have more lenient ethical standards than women’ and The Guardian goes further to explore the constructs that…
  • Voice of Experience: Carin Pai, Executive Vice President, Fiduciary Trust

    No Byline
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Michelle Hendelman When Carin Pai joined Fiduciary Trust 18 years ago in an associate- level position within the Investment department, she knew that she was an analytical person who had a strong creative side as well. These skills, along with a strong work ethic and circle of mentors have set a strong foundation for Pai’s rewarding career. “I studied architecture at Brooklyn Technical High School and loved the combination of the artistic and technical elements,” explained Pai, who said she enjoys this same balance in her current role as executive vice president and director of…
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    RoundPegg Blog

  • [Webinar Announcement] The Secret Weapon for Sales Recruiting

    RoundPegg
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The most successful sales organizations have the best salespeople, so it is critical to avoid bad hires and to have the best talent working for you and with you. Join Brad Wilkins and RoundPegg’s VP of Sales, David Lyon, on September 25th at 12:00pm ET for “The Secret Weapon for Sales Recruiting” where you’ll learn firsthand how to attract, hire, and retain your own high performing sales team. When it comes to sales teams, hiring is critical. High performing sales reps seem to be driven by their own energy and, as a result, elevate the performance of every member of their team. The…
  • [Infographic] Unlocking the True Value of Your Sales Culture

    RoundPegg
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Focusing on your sales culture isn’t a “fluffy” or “soft” concept, it is one of the easiest ways to drive more sales and build a lasting, predictable sales system. See the difference between a sales team using RoundPegg to build, manage and optimize their sales teams vs. one that is not.It’s no secret that sales teams are critical to organizational success. No matter how cutting-edge your technology is, how tight your financial goals are or how effective and forward-thinking your management techniques are, you must still have a well-oiled sales mechanism in place, or everything…
  • RoundPegg #TChat Recap: The Talent Science Of Cultural Change

    RoundPegg
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    On 8/13, our co-founders Brent Daily and Dr. Natalie Baumgartner had the pleasure of sitting down with the show’s co-creators and hosts, Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman, to talk about how data and analytics are shaping organizational culture. TalentCulture’s #TChat show is a weekly net-based discussion that delves into what is going on in the rapidly evolving world of work. Last week, our co-founders Brent Daily and Dr. Natalie Baumgartner had the pleasure of sitting down with the show’s co-creators and hosts, Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman, to talk about how data and…
  • #TChat 8/13: The Talent Science Of Cultural Change Ft. RoundPegg

    RoundPegg
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    This week on #TChat, RoundPegg Co-Founders Brent Daily and Natalie Baumgartner talk “Talent Science” — the science of using quantifiable data to find and hire employees that will be most engaged with the company, therefore contributing more to the bottom line.The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT). The #TChat radio portion runs the first 30 minutes from 7-7:30 pm ET, followed by the #TChat Twitter chat from 7:30-8 pm ET.This week Brent Daily and Natalie Baumgartner will be featured on the TalentCulture #TChat show,…
  • [Video] How Do You Address Culture in M&A Due Diligence: 100 Culture Questions

    RoundPegg
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    RoundPegg Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, Dr. Natalie Baumgartner, answers the question “How Do You Address Culture in M&A Due Diligence?”Due diligence, in the context of mergers and acquisitions, has to be focused on organizational culture. Since organizational culture is by far the biggest reason that mergers and acquisitions fail, it's imperative for individuals who are managing that transaction to understand where they're starting from.What sits at the core for each of the two organizations? What's appropriate or acceptable from the leadership standpoint in terms of where…
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    Rich Gee Group

  • What Is Your Most Productive Workday?

    richgeegroup
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    I was flying the other day to the midwest and read this article: “39% of hiring managers say Tuesday is the most productive workday. Nearly two-fifths of managers polled deemed it the day to get things done. But beware of hump day, which grabbed just 14% of the vote. To avoid a midweek nosedive in efficiency, take a look at the big picture when planning your workweek, and truly recharge over the weekend. Too many of us fall into the trap of doing chores and running errands instead of spending quality time with loved ones.” - From Spirit Magazine, Southwest Airlines There’s…
  • How Safe Is Your Career Today?

    richgeegroup
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today, work is weird, complex, and ever-changing  but you have the talent and tools to take advantage of this situation and grow your career. Let’s get right to it: 1. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. The news is sensationalized and fear sells. Things are rarely as good as they seem and things are rarely as bad as they seem. If you allow yourself to give in to the news, you will determine your destiny. When people tell me about the bad business atmosphere, I tell them “I have chosen not to participate.” 2. Reach out to your contacts – NOW. Past and present contacts,…
  • How To Network Like A Pro.

    richgeegroup
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Last night, I was invited to attend a gala event at the prominent investment firm in NYC. There were 500-600 people there to meet, greet, and listen to great speakers talk about the market.  I was invited by one of my past clients – so I didn’t break in uninvited like I usually do. Just kidding. Here are some key techniques that I used to make the night a fruitful and productive one: 1. Don’t Go To Ask For Leads, Go There To Help People Get Leads. So many people HATE networking. Why? When you go around a room full of begging for business and connections, it SUCKS. You have…
  • Stop Hitting Your Career ‘Snooze Bar’.

    richgeegroup
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you need a ‘Wake-Up Call’ to your career? In the movie ‘Up In The Air‘, George Clooney’s character, Ryan Bingham is firing a man named Bob in his late fifties who is complaining he has no idea what to do next. Ryan replies in a powerful tone: “Look, I’m a wake-up call.”  He explains to Bob he must follow his dreams. Bob doesn’t understand. Ryan looks through Bob’s resume. He minored in culinary arts in college and worked busing tables at an Italian restaurant before working here. “When were you going to do what makes you happy?” Ryan asks.
  • Grow Your Position In Three Small Steps.

    richgeegroup
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Sometimes we feel trapped at work. Doing the same thing day after day. Handling the same issues, the same malcontents and ultimately getting nowhere. What can you do to move forward? When I work with teams, I have them perform a lot of teamwork, but I also refocus them on a series of simple exercises to help them grow their position. I call it Change-Grow-Help. Simply, take a step back and look at what you do all day and think about what three things you can do to make it bigger, better, and more engaging. CHANGE What’s one thing can I change in my day-to-day work to make it more…
 
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    Inside Personal Growth

  • Podcast 479: Nature’s Hidden Force, Joining Spirituality with Science-George Land

    Greg Voisen
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    I happen to have a very good friend recommend that do an interview with  author and scientist George Land  about his new book entitled “Natures Hidden Force“.   While I have never met George, I knew of his prior work “Grow or Die, The Unifying Principle of Transformation“.  I was exposed to his work by a very good friend whom has now passed by the name of Larry Wilson the founder of Wilson Learning. I knew this new book would be as interesting and thought provoking as the man himself.  George a General Systems Scientists by occupation, was transformed as a…
  • Podcast 478: The Hidden Spirituality of Men with Matthew Fox

    Greg Voisen
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I was so pleased with my first interview with Matthew Fox that I invited him back to do another interview.  As many of you are aware he is a prolific author with 28 titles to his name.  While I am unable to interview him for all of his works, I chose to focus on a book entitled ” The Hidden Spirituality of Men” which intrigued me. In this interview with Matthew we discuss the the current troubles that are plaguing our planet, and the role that our male dominated society has played in many of the issues and challenges our world is faced with.  In “The Hidden Spirituality…
  • Podcast 476: True North the Shocking Truth About “Yours, Mine and Ours” with Tom North

    Greg Voisen
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:31 pm
    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tom North the author of “True North-The Shocking Truth about “Yours, Mine and Ours” one of the eight North children, who together with ten Beardsley children, become the family which was featured in the 1968 film,  “Yours, Mine and Ours” starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, and again in 2005 version starring Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid. In my interview with Tom we get the opportunity to peer into the window of what truly went on in the blended Beardsley family.  As Tom explains it tremendous family dysfunction and…
  • Podcast 477: The Prayer Project with Paramahansa Jagadish

    Greg Voisen
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you are interested in changing your world, then I would recommend reading ” The Prayer Project” by Paramahansa Jagadish.   I recently interviewed Jagadish who is an ambassador for the Prayer Project.  “The world is on the brink of change and we can no longer disregard our environment, or economy and our futures and simply assume that everything will work itself out.  The world is affected with selfishness, greed and disregard for life and we can be the change for good” Paramahansa recommends prayer for three minutes, three times per day.  In just nine minutes if…
  • Podcast 475: Living in Balance with Joel and Michelle Levey

    Greg Voisen
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    It is my honor and a pleasure to have interviewed my meditation teachers Joel and Michelle Levey.  The have re-released their book “Living in Balance” which has been thoroughly updated and revised.  In our interview together we discuss the “tight rope” that we all walk on attempting to maintain a life of balance and harmony.  In our hectic world many reading this post can relate to the challenges of finding that mid-point where we establish a life filled with happiness, joy and bliss while still engaging in the world. Joel and I discuss the concept of flow, how to…
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    Free Executive & Management Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • A New Way to Safely & Quickly Move Longwall Mining Machinery

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    When moving longwall machinery, miners spend an average of 20 minutes to disassemble each traditional staple-lock and super-staple-lock coupling. Gates new iLok™ coupling can be safely disconnected in two minutes or less for dramatically reduced downtime. The new fitting also provides:Improved safety and performanceQuick, secure connectionsDamage resistanceRead this free white paper to learn more about the technology behind Gates iLok™ coupling.Request Free!
  • The Partnership Pathway to the Cloud

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Multiple organizations are increasingly using hosted services for website, email, and application hosting. Discover the best ways for channel partners to create a hosted services strategy. You will learn how to accelerate time to market, mitigate risk, ensure service quality, enhance technology upgrades, increase business development resources, and avoid service disruptions as well as:Add value to existing customer relationships Protect legacy customer bases Expand into new and lucrative marketsStart cementing your strategy innovations today.Request Free!
  • Sage ERP: The Top Five Reasons to Deploy your ERP Solution in the Cloud

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Many Small-to Medium-Sized businesses (SMBs) recognize the need to upgrade to an integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution to better manage their growth and make data-based strategic decisions in real time.This white paper describes five of the most important benefits SMBs achieve from moving to the cloud:Improved cash flow due to minimal start-up fees and a low monthly subscriptionAnytime, anywhere access for finance, operations, and other stakeholdersContinuously updated systems that enable 100% complianceEase and speed of getting startedPeace of mind through built-in data…
  • How to Simplify Your Shipping Services

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Simplify your shipping services and give yourself more time to focus on the rest of your business. Learn several tips to help you make your shipping process more cost and time efficient:Evaluate you shipping needsCommunicate with your carriersSimplify your shipment optionsReduce your shipping burden. Download this guide to learn more.Request Free!
  • 7 tips for taking control of inventory control

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    When your inventory is wrong, everything’s wrong. Maybe you lose sales because you don’t have a product on-hand. Or your money is tied up in products that don’t sell. You may even be buried in returns because you’re shipping the wrong products. Taking control of your inventory control is the answer.Just follow these 7 tips to up the accuracy of the numbers in your inventory control system. Whatever system you use, they’ll shed light on the surest ways to get your inventory right.Request Free!
 
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    N2Growth Blog

  • John Baldoni Interviewed on ESPN

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

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

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

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

    Brian Layer
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:47 pm
    By Brian Layer Chief Executive Officer, N2Growth Do you know what everyone in your organization does? To find out, you might want to change your perspective. Years ago I learned to draw reading Betty Edwards’ book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” The effort sharpened my perspective of just about everything. To draw, I learned to see differently and I walked away with a clearer, fuller appreciation of the things around me. This new perspective also improved my leadership skills. One exercise, in particular, was illuminating; I learned that if you are struggling to draw a…
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    Lead Change Group

  • Lead Change is changing – will you join our journey?

    Mike Henry
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    “Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”–John F. Kennedy When we started Lead Change Group five years ago, my intent was to create a community of people who promoted character-based leadership, in other words, leading from “who you are” and [...]Author informationMike HenryChief Instigator at Lead Change GroupMike is the Chief Instigator of the Lead Change Group and co-author with 20 other Lead Change Instigators, of The Character-Based Leader: Instigating a Leadership Revolution... One Person At A…
  • Who Carries the Flag?

    Chip Bell
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    This month was “watch a war movie month” for me. I watched again powerful movies of bravery like Glory, Gettysburg, The Patriot, The Big Red One, and Patton.  They featured great scenes of courage and dedication to mission.  One feature was the power of the flag.  When the flag carrier was killed, someone else always [...]Author informationChip BellChip R. Bell is a renowned keynote speaker, consultant and author of several national best selling books. His newest book is The 9 1/2 Principles of Innovative Service. He can be reached at www.chipbell.com.
  • Head, heart, and stereotypes

    Jane Perdue
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    The question posed to the five-member discussion panel was one of those-simple-but-loaded ones:  “How did you learn to change yourself?” The women who answered before me outlined impressive and proactive change strategies they’d used to propel themselves to positions of status and influence. One shared how she watched for unacceptable patterns in how she performed [...]Author informationJane PerdueJane founded Braithwaite Innovation Group, a professional development firm dedicated to redefining power, performance, and connection @ the intersection of the art of leadership & the…
  • You Don’t Have to Go it Alone

    Mary C Schaefer
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    I was speaking to a colleague last week about some problems he had working with his peers, and his boss for that matter. We talked about the dynamics when he and his teammates worked together. He was getting some feedback that put him in the position of “darned if you do and darned if you [...]Author informationMary C SchaeferPresident at Artemis Path, Inc.As a coach, trainer and consultant, Mary Schaefer's expertise is in helping managers and employees conquer their dread about difficult conversations, to go into them feeling equipped and confident. Personally and professionally, Mary's…
  • The Power of the Coffee Cup

    Bill Benoist
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    Okay, this really isn’t about a coffee cup. It’s a post about customer service and the difference quality customer service can make. You know, the kind of service that stays with you long after you’ve left the store or hung up the phone. The service you find yourself talking about with someone over lunch several [...]Author informationBill BenoistOwner at Leadership Heart CoachingBill Benoist is Vice President of Information Services for one of the nation's largest commercial real estate companies. He is also a certified professional coach specializing in career and leadership…
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    Crucial Skills

  • Transforming a Negative Environment

    David Maxfield
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Dear Crucial Skills, I am a mid-level manager in human services, and support a twenty-one person staff. Nineteen of these team members have a professional approach to their work, manage their emotions appropriately, and are respectful to others. However, two team members are constantly negative, complaining, and disrespectful. I have addressed these behaviors with them, but they only improve for a little while before reverting back. I am continually amazed at how these two team members can negatively affect nineteen otherwise positive people. Over the years, I have seen this on other teams as…
  • Dealing with Backhanded Compliments

    Joseph Grenny
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Dear Crucial Skills, I have a colleague who deals me backhanded compliments about my job performance as the proofreader for the firm. For example, she repeatedly congratulates me on catching errors and then says, “It’s nice to hear those things when you never hear it from anyone else. It must be awful to think your job is not valued.” First of all, my work is valued; that is not the issue or even something I worry about. I just want the backhanded compliments to stop. I don’t like this woman on a personal level because she is a gossip and has a reputation for stirring…
  • Using Our Skills in Our Own Communities

    Andrew Maxfield
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    At this year’s REACH Conference, I had the pleasure of interacting with a hundred or so VitalSmarts Certified Trainers in breakout sessions entitled “Using Your Skills in the Community.” I walked away from our conversations with a renewed interest in serving in my own community, and I think other attendees felt similarly. How will you use your skills in your community? What follows is a brief summary of our conference musings. Perhaps these will spark your own creativity and desire to serve. Be an example. Let’s say that you’ve learned a new skill, such as how to hold a high-stakes,…
  • Is Compromise a Bad Thing When You’re Trying to Create Mutual Purpose?

    Kevin Brown
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I hear this question from participants almost every time I facilitate Crucial Conversations. Here are some thoughts: I often ask participants, “When you are trying to push (interesting choice of words) your purpose? What is your strategy?” The common response, in one form or another, is usually “verbal persuasion.” At that point, I usually pull a Dr. Phil on them and ask them, “How’s that working for you?” The response is often, “Not so good!” After some gentle questioning and exploring of others’ paths, many participants come to the conclusion that verbal persuasion is…
  • Parenting a Strong-willed Teenager

    Ron McMillan
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Dear Crucial Skills, I have the privilege and frustration of being the mother of a strong-willed teenage girl. It seems my child popped out believing she was an adult and in charge. She is very verbal and says it like she sees it—for good or ill. I realize that teenagers are emotionally driven, however I’m struggling to know how to respond to her routinely rude comments. I love my child deeply but she needs a filter; her words can be very hurtful. Unfortunately, I am not the only target of her meanness. I’m concerned that she will burn bridges if she does not take greater care with…
 
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    Aspire-CS

  • Leadership practices for presence and focus

    Mary Jo Asmus
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    All leaders experience situations that surprise them, distract them, or knock them off center. These are the events that can trigger us to react in a way that is not what we prefer by assaulting our values and intent. A practice that helps you to stay present, centered, and grounded will keep you focused, ready for whatever comes your way, and can help you get through the things that are surprising and difficult with grace. This preparation is not necessarily the kind that you are familiar with. By way of explanation, if you want to be a piano virtuoso, you practice playing the instrument…
  • Five steps for having tough conversations

    Mary Jo Asmus
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
      You don’t have to look hard to see that there are tough conversations that need to be had all around you. You may tend to avoid them, which isn’t a good strategy if you’re a leader. You must model the work of a leader including stepping into uncomfortable dialog with others. Perhaps someone who reports to you is not working up to their potential or an individual on your team is disruptive to efforts to move the team forward. Maybe a peer is undermining your efforts or your boss is not supporting you in the way you think she should. Ignoring these things is not very…
  • The courage to listen

    Mary Jo Asmus
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
      People want to have your answers to even the most routine of issues. If you notice your reaction when they ask for your advice or thoughts, you might feel a little “hit” of adrenaline kicking in – your breathing and heart rates increase with a subsequent increase in energy, perhaps a feeling of wellbeing. You like it when someone wants to know something that you know, and you especially like telling them about it. You are rewarded for your knowledge. You see a direct link between your personal knowledge base, your performance rating and your pay. Your manager appreciates…
  • In praise of leaders who give meaning to labor

    Mary Jo Asmus
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
      This labor day, I’m reprising a post from 2010. I’d love to hear your stories about the leaders in your life who made a difference to you.   Although the labor movement has changed significantly since the first labor day in 1882, one thing has not changed. Work – labor – is a huge force in most people’s lives and in our society as a whole. Work can be a source of joy and celebration or it can be a source of sadness and obligation. Workforce leaders have a central role in helping to define how people feel about their work. Most leaders are unaware of the…
  • Leadership from the inside out

    Mary Jo Asmus
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
      There is an interesting story about the shortest letter sent to the Daily Mail, an English newspaper. The editor asked readers to respond to the question, “What’s wrong with the world?”. The following response was reported to have been received from C.K. Chesterton, a well-known writer in the last century:   Dear Sir, I am. Yours Sincerely, C.K. Chesterton   When I learned of that story, I wondered how many leaders realize that the impact they make begins with what’s inside of them. The good “human” qualities that are expressed outwardly by…
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    All Things Workplace

  • Communication: Where to Find the Meaning

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

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

    Steve Roesler
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Enjoyed good interview by Dr Michelle Pizer; had a chance to discuss leadership and its available today on Crack the Leadership Code. Register FREE! @steveroesler ow.ly/zpyXu
  • Crack the Leadership Code: Lead with Confidence, Inspire Performance and Make a Difference

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

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

  • Leading with the Past, Present and Future in Balance

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

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

    George Ambler
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    How you as leader see your role has a significant impact on how you think, where you spend your time and how you act. How you see your role set’s you up for success, mediocrity or at worse failure. One of the biggest areas of confusion is in understanding how the role of a leader is different to that of a manager.   How the Focus of Leadership and Management Differs The distinction between management and leadership is useful as it helps to provide a clear understanding of leadership and how it differs from the role of management. To get to grips with the role of a leader and that of a…
  • Vision is What Separates Great Leaders

    George Ambler
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    Vision is the foundation of leadership. Whilst leadership starts with being the right person – the character of the leader, great leadership is sustained by a shared and compelling vision. A compelling vision is one that describes who you are, why you exist and the future you want to create. People don’t follow leaders with fancy titles and high positions. People don’t follow leaders who have authority. People don’t follow leaders of good character. Whilst all these things are helpful and contribute to influencing others, without a compelling vision people are not moved to follow…
  • Great Leadership Starts with Mindset Not Skillset

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

  • How To Make Training Stick

    nicoledefalco
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Right around the time “training and development” was the latest in the business lexicon-replacing “corporate education,” I started my career as a facilitator. Three years later, as I moved into instructional design, “training and development” was  passé and “Global Learning” was in. Over the years, department titles may change but the goal remains the same: contribute to business results by improving employee performance through the enhancement of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or habits; otherwise known as KASH. The art in this instructional science is to motivate adult…
  • A Wordle About This Site

    nicoledefalco
    7 Nov 2013 | 10:43 am
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  • Leading People Through Organizational Change

    nicoledefalco
    19 Feb 2013 | 12:42 pm
    A Prezi on Leading Organizational Change When it comes to installing a “new” practice, system, or process and making it “the way” of producing specified results, anyone who has lead such a change initiative knows that success or failure often comes down to the conduct of leadership and the extent to which people adapt. Click this link to learn what effective change leaders know about helping people transition from the way things are to the way they need to be. When you’re done, come back and let us know what you think of the message and the medium!Filed under:…
  • Behavior Change: A Talent Development Challenge

    nicoledefalco
    15 Jan 2013 | 8:08 pm
    Many organizations today have Talent Management functions staffed with human resource professionals diligently trying to attract, train, and retain “talent” (the newish word for those paid to do a job. You know, employees.) An important mandate for these Talent Management groups is “talent development”; growing the skills, knowledge, and capabilities of the talent. Implicit in the term “talent development” is the notion that the “talent” will change their behavior in order to improve their performance levels ideally toward the achievement of organizational objectives. Netting…
  • How to Handle Frienemies

    nicoledefalco
    20 Jan 2012 | 2:37 pm
    Sun Tzu wisely advises army generals, project managers, and leaders of any ilk to “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” But what about our “Frienemies?” Where should we keep them? I’m guessing anyone who has had an initiative derailed by a frienemy would recommend a location where the sun does not shine. A frienemy is that confounding blend of a friend and an enemy. In business, the frienemy is best known for saying all the right things and doing all the wrong ones. Spinning meetings out of control with irrelevant questions or tangential diatribes, splintering teams…
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    Leadership Lessons From Triathlons

  • Be The Best YOU You Can Be

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    I was having a conversation today with good friend, Alan and we discussed the books we were reading. As I recently introduced to him the writings by Seth Godin, and Alan is a businessperson, I mentioned 'Purple Cows'. Purple Cows was a term coined by marketing-guru, Godin and he referred to uniqueness and outliers in business and industry. In other words, how do you stand out in your business or profession?One national-leader once spoke of this approach: 'We must continue to reinvent ourselves in order to stay relevant.' I took these words seriously and have applied it to my vocation,…
  • Measurements & Measuring Up To Your Excellence

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Excellence. That is a word that tends to be used carelessly and callously. The word denotes an ability to 'excel', to do better, and progress.To be excellent, you have to identify with something that you excel in. It may be a field of discipline where you demonstrate an aptitude for, or a natural ability in. It could also be an area of deep interest, study, research, and practice.With the pursuit of excellence (pursuit seems to be a word that suggests a motivation towards), comes a need for measurement. How do you know that you making progress? How do you know that you are exceeding yourself…
  • Update on Endurance Challenges

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    To wit, since early-August I completed Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Cebu Island. I scrapped through just under six hours with a nutritional malfunction. My lost bottle of fuel led me to digging deep, and learning abject lessons in the process.I did reasonably well for the Army Half-Marathon/Singapore Bay Run. I was off my personal best by four minutes, yet considering my off-season/running-averse program I arrived within the top-1 percent. I learnt that to do a better BQ timing (for Boston Marathon 2016), and be near the 3-hour mark, I would need to consider an intensive (but still…
  • The 5-Minute Challenge or the 30-Day Challenge

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:21 pm
    When was the last time you challenged yourself? It does not matter if it was big or small, gargantuan or miniscule.I read with great delight, 30-day challenges for physical fitness. For instance, doing one push-up on Day 1, and adding one more for subsequent days. By Day 30, you would be doing 30 pushups; cumulatively, that is a great number of pushups altogether. You can substitute the exercise for another of choice or circumstance.Or, you give yourself five (5) minutes, and challenge yourself to write as much as you (as I am doing now). You tease your brain to make mental connections, will…
  • Make New Excuses

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    It has been weeks since I posted on this platform*. I regret my tardiness and procrastination. No excuse on my part, however I felt I did not have much to share by way of usefulness. However, some thoughts crossed my mind. These are:1) If you have to make excuses, make them count. Use them, and commit to them.2) If you want to make excuses, make new ones. Make up new excuses nobody has thought of before. Be bold, be brave, be unique and conjure new excuses that astound others into a state of awestruck. [I learnt this from a quotation by author Neil Gaman.]3) If you have no excuses, then stand…
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    Top Executive Coaching with Tony Mayo

  • Behaviorial Economist Dan Ariely wants to help manage your time

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

    Tony Mayo
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
        These leadership insights from MCI founder Bill McGowan should sound familiar to my executive coaching clients and to readers of this blog.   INC.: You’ve taken a company from nothing and, in the span of 18 years, created a new industry and built a company doing almost $3 billion worth of business. How […]
  • Coaching from the Man Who Launched 40,000 Businesses

    Tony Mayo
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
        Failing entrepreneur: “My problem is money.” Entrepreneurship Coach: “No, your problem is trying to do everything yourself. Finding people is your job.” … One of Sirolli’s current goals is to work with business schools to shift the nature of entrepreneurial education. “Most schools teach entrepreneurs that they must have all the skills—product, marketing, […]
  • Tony’s Interview with Healthcare Finance News

    Tony Mayo
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    Tips for CFOs to survive the transition to value Give up clinging to the illusion of certainty, said executive coach Tony Mayo. Accounting is a black and white world and as such attracts people who like certainty. However, once you move from being a bookkeeper to being a CFO, you are dealing with the future […]
  • Practice Makes Us

    Tony Mayo
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    The form of [Buddhism] I study is not really a matter of beliefs. I don’t believe; I just try to practice. And I’m no better than that practice, which is in the present moment. You’re either here or you’re not, either in contact or you’re not. The Sun Magazine Interview Not On Any Map Jack […]
 
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    churchrelevance.com

  • Measuring the Intangible with 6 Symptoms of Discipleship

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

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

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

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

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

  • Communication: Where to Find the Meaning

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

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

    Steve Roesler
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Enjoyed good interview by Dr Michelle Pizer; had a chance to discuss leadership and its available today on Crack the Leadership Code. Register FREE! @steveroesler ow.ly/zpyXu
  • Crack the Leadership Code: Lead with Confidence, Inspire Performance and Make a Difference

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

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

  • What will your verse be? #theworldneedsart #artneedsyou

    Yvonne
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    The non-profit organization Art as Action means a LOT to me. I've been on the board for 2 years and counting. While I don't perform, my daughter and granddaughter do. They embody the concept of Artivism, which is to perform in support of community, to share something bigger than the individual. This organization is focused on people, and the concept that art is fundamentally a part of the human condition. We believe: the world needs ART. Art needs YOU See below: ART as ACTION nurtures & cultivates a wide range of Artivists including:  People with Parkinson's Disease who uncover their…
  • STOP Making These Writing Mistakes

    Yvonne
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess Oh the misteaks we've scene! (Please tell me you see the mistakes in that prior sentence!) I'm not certain whether it's the texting generation or pure laziness, but the mistakes I see in the daily missives I receive make me cringe -- especially when they come from #womenofdistinction for whom I have great respect. Here are five mistakes you should be aware of and eradicate from your writing: You type and then simply hit, "send." Whoops, did you even give your email a once-over? If you haven't had enough coffee before you hit reply all you may be sending along a…
  • #nevergiveup #womanofdistinction Woman of Distinction

    Yvonne
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Yes I have tattoos. Yes I am pursuing my dreams of becoming a model... I have been told on several occasions that everything about me is perfect for modeling if only I didn't have those tattoos ... I've honestly thought about removing them to advance ... I have put each and every one of these beautiful tattoos on my body for a reason. Most of them are reminders ... visual tokens that show me how far I have come in this life ... I have spent years perfecting the art of loving myself fully and I have decided to not comprise who i am because my style doesn't for into the category mold of…
  • #WomenofWIPIN - Women in the Pet Industry Rock!

    Yvonne
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    by Yvonne DiVita The women of WIPIN rock big time! WIPIN is Women in the Pet Industry. I am a member. A proud member. This past weekend I experienced such profound acceptance by a large group of business women, it made me glad to be alive. Over and over, at the WIPIN conference in Portland, OR, women were saying, "Everyone here is so friendly! I am amazed by how giving they all are!" That's the catch-phrase of the weekend... Giving. The conference itself was about Growing. But we don't grow until we GIVE, isn't that true? Each woman brought a unique set of ideas with her. Each woman was an…
  • Creating Fresh Website And Blog Content: 3 Ways

    Yvonne
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess Does the idea of the "blank screen" make you cringe? It does for many entrepreneurs. After all, you're an expert in your business niche and that niche may not be writing. If you endeavor to write your own blog posts, here are three ways you can create content that will intrigue and enchant your readers: Use photos podcasts or video. As many blog sites to, host a "Wordless" day. As in a "Wordless Wednesday" in which you ask your readers to simply submit a photo under a stated theme. "Relaxation at home" for example could prompt your readers to send photos of…
 
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    Elements of Leadership

  • Stop Serving Shit Sandwiches

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

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

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

    Gary Cohen
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    by Gary Cohen A business partnership is a system. Sometimes that system resembles a couple or family system. And like any couple or family, there may be one over-functioning and one under-functioning person in the partnership. Often the over-functioning one does a great job of compensating for the other’s dysfunction, but that doesn’t mean that it’s healthy to do so or good for the business. A normal, functional person is one who can fulfill the following job posting: “Looking for a responsible person who meets deadlines, shows up on time, keeps their promises, makes…
  • Three Reasons Why Business Leaders Fail to Use Their Bully Pulpits

    Gary Cohen
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    by Gary Cohen   A “bully pulpit” is simply an excellent platform from which to share an important (and often moral) message. You don’t need an actual pulpit in a church or chapel to be in possession of one. President Theodore Roosevelt, who coined the term, used the White House as his bully pulpit. Today’s business leaders have bully pulpits, but they’re less likely to use them than politicians or religious leaders. Here are three reasons why: 1. They have difficulty assessing their public standing. Business leaders know the power they wield in their own…
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    frame of reference

  • Gathering – Part 24

    Chris Fillebrown
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 24 – The Pinata by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 23

    Chris Fillebrown
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 23 – The Aquarium by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 22

    Chris Fillebrown
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 22 – The Reception by Chris Fillebrown
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    Robin Sharma's Blog

  • How to Sustain Your A-Game (Every Day)

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares that it is fine to play at world-class for a week...but what makes legendary is sustaining it for a lifetime.
  • Create New (And Awesome) Habits Fast

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares that the construction and installation of superior habits is a dominant focus for any epic producer.
  • A Personal Story on Turning Fear into Freedom

    admin
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares a personal story about overcoming fear.
  • The Last Days of Average

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, reminds us that we have been constructed to win, designed to wow and built to inspire.
  • Make Victory Your New Normal

    admin
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:12 am
    One of the world’s most trusted peak performance experts, Robin Sharma, shares his inspiring and practical new video, Make Victory Your New Normal.
 
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    Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership

  • The Three Main Drivers Of Motivation

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Julian Birkinshaw shares the three drivers of discretionary effort (motivation) from employees in his new book, Becoming a Better Boss:Material drivers, including salary, bonuses, promotion, and prizesSocial drivers, including recognition for achievement, status, and having good colleaguesPersonal drivers, including freedom to act, the opportunity to build expertise, and working for a worthwhile causeTake a moment now to reflect on where your business excels and where it falls short.
  • How To Listen And Learn

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    In John Baldoni's new book, The Leader's Guide to Speaking with Presence, he provides these tips for listening as a leader and learning as a leader:When Listening As A Leader:Look at people when they are speaking to you. Make eye contact.Ask open-ended questions, such as "Tell me about..." or "Could you explain this?"Consider the "what if" question:  "What if we looked at the situation like this?"Leverage the "why" question:  "Why do we do it this way?"Employ the "how" question:  "How can you do this?"When Learning As A Leader:Reflect on what…
  • What To Do After Reprimanding An Employee

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    "A reprimand should end with a reaffirmation of the person's past performance," explains authors Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge in their book, Helping People Win At Work.They provide this example:"The reason I'm upset is because this is so unlike you.  You're one of my best employees, and you usually get your reports in on time.""The reason this step is important is that when you finish giving someone a reprimand, you want him thinking about what he did wrong, not how you treated him."Thanks for this good advice Ken and Garry.
  • How Sponsors Are Not Mentors, And Why You Need A Sponsor

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    "Sponsors are not mentors.  Sponsors are powerful leaders who see potential in you and, provided you give them 110 percent, will go out on a limb to make things happen for you," explains author Sylvia Ann Hewlett in her new book, Executive Presence.She adds that because sponsors have a vested interest in how you turn out (your reputation now being linked with their own), they will give you the kind of feedback that mentors can't or won't.
  • How To Expose The Real Issues That Underlie Paradoxes In Modern Organizations

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    With the demands of technology, transparency, and constant connectedness, and calls for higher performance, leaders from the front line to the C-suite face complex dilemmas that cannot be easily denied or postponed. These perplexing, recurring issues are familiar to anyone in a leadership role today, including: How do I balance my functional or business unit goals with the needs of my peers and the whole company?  How do I support and promote others while still advancing my own career?How do I emphasize teamwork and still reward the “stars”? Can I really…
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    Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  • The Cost of Distrust

    Kevin Eikenberry
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    More and more often I find that  a centerpiece of leadership training we design for Clients has trust – understanding it and understanding how to build it – as an important component.  In thinking about trust this week I was reminded of a great quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson:  “Our distrust is very expensive.” I love […] The post The Cost of Distrust appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: What Coaches Can Learn from a Fitbit

    Kevin Eikenberry
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Everywhere I look, I see leadership and coaching lessons. Even my latest technology gadget – the Fitbit! As a coach are you helping people set goals and find valuable and easy ways to track progress? @KevinEikenberry (Click to Tweet) You can learn more about the Remarkable Coaching workshops here. If you have a question that […] The post Remarkable TV: What Coaches Can Learn from a Fitbit appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Seven Great Questions to Ask Others

    Kevin Eikenberry
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Just this morning, in a coaching conversation, I asked a question that, as stated by the other person, was exactly what would help them past their obstacle. I’m gratified that I could help. The same question, without trust between the other person and me, might have fallen flat. The intention and purpose of our questions, […] The post Seven Great Questions to Ask Others appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

    Kevin Eikenberry
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Ryan Holiday If you have ever been stuck or frustrated, this book might help. Using stories and examples from a wide range of people in history (from Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs to Laura Ingalls Wilder and more), the author helps us see how to use our obstacles as a stepping stone to […] The post The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
  • Remarkable TV: Pigs and Coconuts

    Kevin Eikenberry
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Pigs are more than just bacon and ham and coconuts are more than just vehicles for pina coladas. And what does this have to do with coaching? Check out today’s Remarkable TV episode below to learn more. The best coaches see people for what they can become, rather than what they are today. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet […] The post Remarkable TV: Pigs and Coconuts appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning.
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    LDRLB

  • 0519 | Rich Horwath

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

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

    David Burkus
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Henry is co-author (with Colm Foster) of Step Up: Lead in Six Moments that Matter. He is the founder and Managing Partner for Dynamic Results, LLC, providing coaching and consulting solutions to companies and individuals. He provides performance coaching to independent executives, as well as those in national organizations, helping each achieve their desired goals. In this interview, we talk about how to lead when it matters and how to know when it matters. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The…
  • 0516 | Edward Slingerland

    David Burkus
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Edward Slingerland is the author of Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity. He is Professor of Asian Studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia. Educated at Princeton, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, he is an internationally renowned expert in Chinese thought, comparative religion, and cognitive science. In this interview, we discuss how the modern science of cognition and influence are proving valid ancient Chinese wisdom. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This…
  • 0515 | Dean Schroeder

    David Burkus
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dean Schroeder is co-author (with Alan Robinson) of The Idea-Driven Organization. As an educator, Dean is the Herbert and Agnes Schulz Professor of Management at Valparaiso University. As a consultant and speaker, he has worked with many types of companies and organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia. In this interview, we discuss how to leverage the entire organization and benefit from the power of bottom-up ideas. Listen below or subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher. This podcast is supported by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook (including The Myths of Creativity) just for trying…
 
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    Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory

  • On Leadership and Assessing Leadership Potential in Yourself and Others

    Lee Ellis
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Carla, a Senior Vice-President of a Fortune 200 company, has the challenge of evaluating the natural leadership potential of several team members. She had worked with all of them for some time, but she’s unsure about the best criteria to match the needed skills for the job with the potential candidates. Not only does she […]
  • On Leadership and Facing a Massive Data Breach

    scottbyers14
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Data breaches are becoming a serious threat to companies of all sizes. But many business leaders are underestimating the debilitating costs associated with a hack — and paying the price for this ignorance. Data Breach on Someone’s Watch Look at what happened to Neiman Marcus. Hackers stole the credit card data of 350,000 of the […]
  • Leaders: Do You Have What It Takes to Become a CEO?

    Tom Schulte
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
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  • Adaptive Intelligence: Your Organization’s Cultural Operating System

    Gary R Coulton
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
      “This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Civilization needs a new operating system.” ~Paul Hawken Pressure Test Here is a quick test to help you understand both emotional and analytical thinking. What do you normally do when your computer has a glitch and that box pops […]
  • Management vs Innovation: Take Your Pick

    Gary R Coulton
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    “I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all. ~Alexis de Tocqueville On Innovation Let’s look at innovation. It’s […]
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    Blanchard LeaderChat

  • Are You Asking Learners To Do Too Much? 3 Ways to Improve Online Learning Performance

    David Witt
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Shorter is better and less is more when it comes to online learning. That’s the message Ken and Scott Blanchard deliver in their latest column for Training Industry Quarterly. It’s about keeping each lesson contained. “In our early designs, we had a tendency to throw everything—plus the kitchen sink—into each segment. Now we recognize that a learning design is not complete until the last irrelevant piece has been removed.” In looking at the top three reasons why online learning often fails to deliver on hoped for results, Scott Blanchard identifies two additional design…
  • 3 Psychological Needs Leaders Must Address to Create an Engaging Work Environment

    David Witt
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    A workplace can facilitate, foster, and enable flourishing, or it can disrupt, thwart, and impede it, says motivation expert Susan Fowler in a cover story for Personal Excellence magazine. In Fowler’s experience, the motivation practices used in many organizations have undermined engagement more often than they have engaged employees. Fortunately the new science of motivation has identified three psychological needs—Autonomy, Relatedness, and Competence—that can help managers create the type of environment where employees thrive. Autonomy.  Diverse studies over the past 20 years…
  • Not Making Progress on Your Employee Engagement Initiative? 3 Keys for “Moving the Needle”

    David Witt
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    While employee engagement continues to be a hot conversation topic in the HR press and throughout organizations, moving from knowing to doing has proven difficult—and even counterproductive in some cases.  In many organizations, shining a light on engagement has only made matters worse—especially when an organization has surveyed employee perceptions and then made very little effort to do something about improving those perceptions. When that happens, organizations find themselves with falling engagement scores and increasing apathy from employees about participating in continued…
  • Leading by Serving—5 Essential Ingredients to Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow

    David Witt
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Regardless of their formal title or position, people who want to be great leaders must embrace an attitude of service to others. That’s the message that Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller share in the 10th anniversary edition of their bestselling business book, The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do. Leaders can find countless ways to serve the people they lead, and they should always be on the lookout for new and different ways to do this. However, there are at least five critical ways leaders must serve if they want to be as effective as possible. See the Future. The ability to envision…
  • Making a Real Impact with Learning

    Madeleine
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    I was recently working with a new client on applying Situational Leadership® II in his organization. I suggested as a first step he meet with each of his direct reports to get clear on their goals. “But I already know each person’s goals,” he said. “We all always have goals. In fact, we just did a midyear review to make sure all the goals are still on target. How on earth would people know how they are supposed to be spending their time if they didn’t have their goals?” I had to laugh and answered, “You’d be surprised how many managers out there are not at all clear about…
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    The Executive Roundtable

  • Have you passed your “Best Before” date?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Can’t Get Support for Change? Just Hide It

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

    Heather Stagl
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    When implementing change in your organization, you may come to a point when you’re frustrated because your ideas don’t seem to go anywhere. Your suggestions are getting shot down or ignored, but no one seems to have any better ones for moving forward. How can you be heard when no one’s listening? The following tricks can open up dialogue when you’ve reached an impasse. Check Your Own Expectations When you say no one is listening, are they really ignoring you, or does it mean no one agrees with you or people aren’t doing what you want? Your frustration is caused in part by your…
  • Fuel your project with the Design & Influence Irresistible Change™ online course – Starts September 17

    Heather Stagl
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Looking for new ways to keep your change project going when the going gets tough? Would you prefer it if it weren’t so tough to begin with? Starting on September 17, join me for the Design & Influence Irresistible Change™ webinar series. You’ll learn a practical, straightforward methodology with exercises, templates and tips to help you keep your change project moving forward. In this 5-part webinar series, you will learn the steps and gain the tools to both design change in advance so it has the best chance of succeeding and influence change as you go so your initiative can…
  • Interview: Leading Change With and Without Authority

    Heather Stagl
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    Like many change agents, this month’s guest had a unique career path that brought him to that role. Danny Peterson was CEO of a large nonprofit organization. When he retired, he went back to work — this time as the Manager of Global Continuous Improvement within a Fortune 500 company. In this episode, we’ll explore Danny’s experience with influencing change as CEO and how it compared to leading change from the middle of a large company. Listen to the show here (30 minutes): Be sure to visit the radio show page to listen to past episodes and subscribe to the show.
  • The Reason for Change Management – Signed, Sealed and Delivered

    Heather Stagl
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    I was at the post office recently to mail a package. The postal worker at the counter was friendly and made funny voices at my 6 year old daughter to make her laugh. He was the picture of good customer service. Then, as he nearly completed the transaction to add postage to the package, he accidentally touched a button on the screen that apparently canceled the whole transaction. His demeanor changed. He made a noise of frustration and started inputting the information again. Me, empathetically:  “Push the wrong button?” Him, exasperated:  “Well, Management moved one of…
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    New Directions Consulting

  • Mackin Presents Leadership Secrets from a Beehive and New Adaptive Coach Competencies to Vermont State SHRM Conference

    Matthew Harrington
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Deborah Mackin, renowned team-building and leadership author, presented two presentations today at the annual SHRM Vermont State HR Conference.  Her first presentation was based off of her recent co-authored book, Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive entitled Leadership Secrets from the Beehive, while the second presentation focused on The Adaptive Coach: Identifying New Competencies Needed for New Generations of Workers. In Leadership Secrets from the Beehive Mackin led a presentation and discussion around the seven key lessons that emerged from studying the inner…
  • Trending: Employee Engagement (If not now, soon)

    Matthew Harrington
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Every so often we try to take a step back here at New Directions and analyze the landscape of organizational development.  Where are we at and where are we all going?  What will we be talking about in 3-5 years? What do our clients need to know today to prepare for tomorrow? These are some of the questions we ask, and in turn, look for answers.  Because we converse and cross-pollinate with many different types of clients, organizations and industries, it’s in our best interest to have a good pulse on what’s trending or what will be trending. We’ve mentioned it before, but recently…
  • Is Your Team like “Mom and Apple Pie?” – Guestblogger Betty DiMaria from Aras Performance

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

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

    Matthew Harrington
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Last week we had the pleasure of presenting a half-day workshop for the Vermont Association of Talent Development (formerly ASTD) at Champlain College focused on the Millennial worker.  The room had a great mix of generations and professionals all wondering about this new emerging workforce. The assortment of organizations in the room and around the world are facing an enormous challenge:  how do we engage and lead the new Millennial worker, estimated to be 75% of our workforce in the next 15 years, and how do we transfer the knowledge of our existing generation, the Baby Boomers, who are…
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    Utpal Vaishnav

  • The New Phenomenal

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

    Utpal Vaishnav
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this… App Development is a knack! Just like Ikebana is a knack. Just like Knitting is a knack. Just like Public Speaking is a knack. Knack = There are certain principles to follow and master. When you implement those principles, you get predictable results. “Open your speech with this statement, communicate these 3 points swiftly, make people think about X point and Boom! your speech is loved.” The same works in App Development. “Get Agile, create a prototype, then develop an MVP, then test it in a niche…
  • Impatient Opportunist

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

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

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

  • What Leaders Must Learn from the NFL Fiasco

    Scott
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The speed and volume of the emerging fiasco facing the NFL has been breathtaking. In the first football weekend after the League’s response to the video of Ray Rice punching his fiancé, there were players with similar charges against them scheduled to play on Sunday. One was pulled just before game time; the other played.
  • Mindful Mondays: Travel Tips for the Mindful Road Warrior

    Scott
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    My work requires a lot of travel to meet with and present to clients. As the recent news stories about high altitude disputes over reclining seats on airplanes suggest, business travel can be stressful. That stress can eat you alive if you let it. Over the years, I’ve adopted some routines that have helped me stay healthy and sane when I travel for business. I thought I’d start to share some of them with you today. Let’s call them travel tips for the mindful road warrior.
  • The NFL Shows That Culture Change (Or the Lack of It) Starts at the Top

    Scott
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    In the annals of interesting timing, it doesn’t get much better than an article that ran in the Financial Times this past Monday morning. It was a piece titled, “The HR Guy Cleaning Up NFL Locker Rooms” and described how the League’s new head of HR is on a mission to get rid of bullying, homophobia and racist language in the workplaces of the NFL’s 32 teams.
  • Join the OOTMA Launch Team and Receive Six Exclusive Benefits

    Scott
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    New research shows that the smart phone equipped professional is connected to work 72 hours a week. According to the American Psychological Association, the number one source of stress is the job pressure of a 24/7 world, so it’s no wonder that 48 percent of Americans report their stress level has increased over the past five years. It doesn’t have to be that way. I’d like to invite 100 of my readers to join the OOTMA Launch Team and help us spread the word that being overworked and overwhelmed doesn’t have to be the norm.
  • Mindful Mondays: How To Keep Your Smartphone From Taking Over Your Life

    Scott
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    As smart phone addicted people around the world await Apple CEO Tim Cook's introduction of the iPhone 6 tomorrow, perhaps this is a good day to think about how to keep your smart phone from taking over your life. While I was doing the research for my new book, I came across a lot of interesting stats about just how addicted many people are to their phones and how that affects their lives.
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    StrategyDriven

  • Advice to New Graduates in Their Job Search: ‘Put Your Baseball Cap to the Side’

    Kathy Harris
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    If you are a recent college graduate entering the job market after spending the summer backpacking through Europe or taking some downtime, you are facing a tight labor market. Now is the time to put your baseball cap to the side and look long and hard at how you can present yourself to an employer in the best possible light. Here are some basic, yet all-important, steps you can take to stand apart from the crowd as you embark on your job search in this highly competitive environment: Have a great resume – The newly minted grad should have a resume that looks grounded and substantial. It…
  • The Big Picture of Business – The Fine Art of Failure: Benefiting from Mistakes to Assure Success

    Hank Moore
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    Success and failure… it’s a matter of perspectives. Out of every 10 transactions in our lives, five will be unqualified successes. One will be a failure. Two will depend upon the circumstances. If approached responsibly, they will become successful. If approached irresponsibly, they will turn into failures. Two will either be successful or will fail, based strictly upon the person’s attitude. A 90 percent success rate for a person with a good attitude and responsible behavior is unbeatable. There is no such thing as perfection. Continuous quality improvement means that we…
  • The Advisor’s Corner – Can Ethics Be Learned?

    Roxi Hewertson
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    Question: Can you teach ethics, or are we ‘hard wired’ and born with or without ethics? StrategyDriven Response: (by Roxi Hewertson, StrategyDriven Principal Contributor) YES you can teach the principles and importance of ethics. YES, you can model the ethics you expect within your culture. And… NO, you cannot be sure someone will behave and act in ethical ways just because you’ve taught or modeled ethics for them. NO, we are not born with a particular set of ethics of what is right and what is wrong in every context. And here’s why… Whatever society you…
  • Managing a Remote Team: 12 Best Practices for Better Productivity

    Maricel Rivera
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    The remote and mobile workforce population is steadily rising. Even IBM adjusted its HR policies to accommodate remote workers. Today, it is one of the top companies that make use of a remote workforce, offering flexible work options, alongside Apple, Dell and Xerox. To ascertain staff productivity in teams that are scattered across various locations, below are twelve best practices to effectively manage a mobile/remote workforce: 1. Embrace flexibility Managing a remote workforce will require application of a diverse set of techniques and mediums to get a task accomplished. Individuals are,…
  • Tactical Execution Best Practice 7 – Clearly Defined Organizational Roles and Responsibilities

    Nathan Ives
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    All too often, duplicate effort is unknowingly expended by an organization’s various workgroups. The text above is only a small portion of this article. Become a StrategyDriven Premium Member to gain access to the entire article and the over 100 other StrategyDriven members-only articles, whitepapers, models, and tools and templates. Become a StrategyDriven Premium Memberfor only $9.95 / month or $94.95 / year ! Want to learn more? Click here to learn about the benefits of a StrategyDriven Premium Membership. About the Author Nathan Ives is a StrategyDriven Principal and Host of the…
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    Management is a Journey

  • Eight Traits of Effective Leaders

    Robert Tanner
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:27 pm
    What do effective leaders do? While there is no one style or personality profile for an effective leader, it turns out that these men and women do have something in common. Effective leaders share eight common traits. The late management expert, Peter Drucker, identified these traits. While Drucker’s traits are not new leadership information, they […]
  • How to Improve Employee Motivation with the Three Needs Theory

    Robert Tanner
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    I hope you enjoyed the above video. I’m a big fan of the Three Needs Theory because it is a simple tool that you can use to improve the motivation of your employees. Before you can effectively use the Three Needs Theory, however,  you will have to spend some time getting to know your people. Taking […]
  • Conflict Resolution – One Size Does Not Fit All!

    Robert Tanner
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    My new boss is the one that should be attending this training!   I still remember “Marty” and his protest. It occurred as I began to facilitate a training session on conflict resolution for a group of technical, midcareer professionals. Like the others, Marty had his advanced degree. He had also held a series of […]
  • Motivation – Why Winners Never Quit [Video]

    Robert Tanner
    8 Jun 2014 | 10:32 am
    As I work with managers, often their main objective for me is to help them “motivate” their teams.  I understand their concern. When employees lack motivation, organizational productivity suffers. While their employees may do their jobs, their employees won’t be committed to going that extra mile. Further, without motivation, it’s impossible for those managers to move their […]
  • Leadership Lessons from Maya Angelou, my Grandmother, and Grandmothers Everywhere

    Robert Tanner
    2 Jun 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Maya Angelou just passed and I have been struggling with whether I should write a blog post to express my feelings about her life lessons or just quietly reflect to myself on their impact.  Like so many others who have spoken eloquently about her contributions and the wisdom of her quotes, her passing saddens me […]
 
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    The Practical Leader

  • Video Clip: Focusing on Gaps 2 – 3 Times Less Effective

    Jim Clemmer
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Last week I had two separate one-on-one coaching sessions with the Provost and a key Dean at a major university. We were reviewing the 360 assessment report they’d just received from students, faculty, peers, their manager, and others. Both assessments were quite strong with many leadership competencies rated at the 90th percentile and most above the 70th percentile. These scores put them in the top 10% of leaders in both our academic and global databases. Perhaps because of their careers steeped in academia they struggled to let go of a few weaker areas (they weren’t “fatal…
  • 9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions

    Jim Clemmer
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Zenger Folkman continues to mine their growing database (over 500,000 raters of more than 50,000 leaders) for new leadership insights. Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman’s recent Harvard Business Review blog reports on their latest research study comparing the behaviors of the very best and the very worst decision makers. These nine behaviors — listed from most to least significant — emerged as the most common approaches of the worst decision makers: • Laziness • Not anticipating unexpected results • Indecisiveness • Remaining locked in the past • Having no strategic…
  • Webinar: 10 Keys to Identifying People with High Potential

    Jim Clemmer
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A critical Talent Management challenge is who to promote into leadership roles. Many organizations, either formally or informally, compile a list of people they believe will have high potential for promotion. These high potential individuals, HIPOs, often receive extra developmental opportunities beyond what’s available to the rest of their peers. But will these people succeed? From an individual’s point of view, being selected to be on the high potential list has enormous benefits. From the organization’s point of view, however, there is a great deal at stake in this…
  • Is Your Organization Facing a Talent Gap?

    Jim Clemmer
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As summer fades like the flowers in our garden and we move into a busy fall season we’re planning a series of webinars, executive briefings, and workshops focused on Talent Management. Here’s why: • 70% of executives think their organization lacks adequate bench strength • 97% of organizations report serious leadership gaps, 40% say these are severe • 65 to 75% of current senior management will be eligible to retire by 2020 • Of leaders hired from the outside, it is estimated that 40% are pushed out or leave 18 months after joining an organization • 60% of companies face…
  • Different Leadership Competencies for Each Organizational Level?

    Jim Clemmer
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Leadership competency models are now used widely by many organizations to define the skills and behaviors of effective leaders. They’re often used for “talent management” such as coaching and development, performance management, succession planning, identifying and developing high potentials/emerging leaders, and the like. Many competency models are multi-layered with differing competencies for supervisors, managers, and executives. But how useful are these layers of complexity? Zenger Folkman reviewed input from 332,860 managers, peers, and subordinates to see which…
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    Author Chris Brady's Blog

  • Handshake Etiquette

    Chris Brady
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
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  • It's FOR whom it's FOR

    Chris Brady
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Never conform to please your critics, perform to thrill your fans! It's FOR whom it's FOR!! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Communication

    Chris Brady
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    "Interconnectivity" seems to be the category in which most technological advancement is directly impacting our lives. There appears to be an over-abundance of companies, methods, and means by which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Journey of an Idea

    Chris Brady
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Ideas are funny things, and everyone seems to have some sort of idea about ideas. For instance, one famous quote (usually attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but which is actually a misquote of an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • An Old Man in Italy

    Chris Brady
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:21 pm
    When I am an old man I want to sit in Italy On a bench in the sun, With a view behind me And the town before, The reverse of my life. I will watch it all: The birds and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Forum Corporation

  • Engagement +Accountability = Performance that Matters

    Tom Rose
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    In our recent survey, we responded to client interest in accountability and what drives it.   We undertook this work because we see a connection between accountability and engagement.  We believe that Engagement +Accountability = Performance that Matters. Let me give a brief explanation.   Engagement- namely the motivation to exert extra effort to achieve results- and accountability- taking on the difficult challenges that makes a real difference- lead to outcomes that advance organizations and strengthen their cultures from “business as usual” to meaningful, sustained progress. Our…
  • Learning in a Company with Diverse Cultures

    Melissa Chiew
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I am about to reach my one year mark on board with Forum, and it has been, and still is, a learning journey for me every day. The biggest change for me was the transition from working in a local company to a global, regionally structured company. Forum is based in the United States with offices in Europe, Asia and Australia so my colleagues are truly spread across the globe! Taking up the marketing role which covers Asia Pacific (APAC) and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) was indeed a challenge for me versus marketing locally to Asia in my previous roles.  Below are two of the…
  • 1 Basket, 2 Arthurs, and 25,000 Employees: How Trust and Employee Engagement Drive (or Kill) Business Results

    Claudette Chagnon
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    “Leaders can no longer trust in power; instead they rely on the power of trust. “ Charles Green, Forbes Magazine In a small corner of New England in the United States, a huge workplace revolution is taking place.  And it is being talked about over the water cooler and dinner tables as the hottest “reality show” of the summer.  (A welcome relief from the Bachelorette…just sayin’.) Market Basket, a privately held and family-owned grocery chain with estimated annual sales of $3.2 billion, is embroiled in the eruption of a long-running family feud that has lasted for…
  • High Performance Team Working – Breaking the “Log Jam” with Senior Teams

    David Robertson
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    It is surprising that many senior leadership teams, even those that are quite mature, do not take advantage of one of their greatest opportunities for improving their effectiveness: confronting the behaviours of the people who comprise the team. Team work is a dynamic that needs to be nurtured and evolves through the active input and ownership of the whole team. Everyone knows about the importance of team development but do they understand the importance of maintaining healthy teams once they have been developed and matured? In Forum, we believe there are three stages of team development:…
  • Does Employee Engagement Impact the Bottom Line?

    Abby Smith
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    “Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first.” – Angela Ahrendts When Angela Ahrendts, now Apple’s head of retail, was new as CEO at Burberry in 2006, she put together an ambitious strategy to turn around the struggling company. An independent consulting firm hired by Burberry’s board gave her strategy a 5% chance of success. She proved them all wrong and achieved all of the goals in her strategy a year ahead of schedule. What she knew and the consulting company didn’t account for was the power of an engaged…
 
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    Stop Workplace Drama

  • Three Barriers to Strategic Communication

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

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

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

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

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

  • Forget the Bus! Develop Talent to Create a Fast, Nimble Fleet

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Organizations need people who know what they’re doing, where they’re going, and have the skills to get there. We call that “talent.” Unfortunately, there’s a common misbelief that the best way to get talent is to buy it – not build it – by ranking everyone, eliminating those at the bottom and hiring new people to replace them. This approach was first popularized in the 1980′s by Jack Welch at GE and was reinforced in 2001 by Jim Collins who told us to “get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off.” By 2012, 60% of Fortune…
  • The New Rules of the Social Age

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Guest Post by Ted Coiné, Co-author A World Gone Social What used to seem very good leadership practices in the Industrial Age was good, or at least efficient. But the Industrial Age is over. And it’s not coming back. It’s the Social Age now, and it will be for quite some time to come. New age, New rules. We humans are social down to our very core – it’s not just what we do, it’s what we are. Connecting with each other, sharing ideas, news, tips – and sometimes warnings – that’s all we’ve ever done. First our connecting was limited to the physical proximity of our tribe or…
  • Social Media Has Redefined Breaking News – For Me Forever

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    We moved from New England to the San Francisco Bay Area in the end of July. Three weeks later, I was awakened in the middle of the night by the largest earthquake in 25 years. It felt like the house was right next to a train track and a train was going by. The vibration lasted about a minute and then stopped as suddenly as it had started. No one else in my house stirred, not even the dog. So it couldn’t be too serious, right? Out of curiosity, I rolled over and typed “san francisco earthquake” on my smartphone. To my astonishment, an announcement popped up “San Francisco…
  • How to Identify Team Values that Unify and Guide Your Team

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    When you agree on your team values, you increase trust and create a language for more effectively working together. Values are deeply held beliefs about what is right and good and evoke standards that you care deeply about. They drive your behaviors and decisions. Most often your values influence your behavior unconsciously. High performance teams are clear about their values and consciously make decisions based on them. If your organization has published values, it is still helpful to identify the values that are specific to the needs and purpose of your team. It’s okay if they are not the…
  • Organizational Change Can Start Wherever You Are

    Jesse Lyn Stoner
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Do you wish senior leaders would make some changes in your organization? Instead of waiting and wishing for someone from above to provide leadership, you can make a significant impact no matter what your role is. According to Steven Covey said, “Most people think of leadership as a position and therefore don’t see themselves as leaders.” The assumption that organizational change has to start at the top is wrong. Peter Senge says to “give up traditional notions that visions are always announced from ‘on high’ or come from an organization’s institutionalized planning…
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    Braithwaite Innovation Group

  • Do these 5 things to communicate better

    Jane Perdue
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    “I’m pretty sure I’m going to get fired.” “Why do you think that?” “My boss completely lost it when I told him the lawyers were working on a settlement for the discrimination case. He acted like he’d never heard about it before.” “Had you told him settling was a possibility?” “I might have mentioned it early on. ... The post Do these 5 things to communicate better appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 4 Principles for Staying Cool under Pressure

    Robert Cerfolio
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Today’s guest post is from Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, the James H. Estes Family Endowed Chair of Lung Cancer Research and Full Professor Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, surgical training at the Mayo Clinic and at ... The post 4 Principles for Staying Cool under Pressure appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • 16 on the 15th: Power of Communications

    Jane Perdue
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    Whether they’re spoken or written, our words are powerful. They can inspire, anger, motivate, and move. They can build bridges or walls.  They can pull people to us or push them away. Here’s to choosing them wisely and well! Quotes about the power of communications The genius of communication is the ability to be both ... The post 16 on the 15th: Power of Communications appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • A secret sauce for leadership?

    Jane Perdue
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Our brains prefer simplicity. We look for ideas and solutions that support how we think—and ignore evidence that says we’re misguided at best, wrong at worst. No wonder it’s so hard to get our leadership arms (and heads and hearts) around paradox. Paradoxes are wicked hard. They’re those conflicting choices, conditions, assertions, or sentiments that demand ... The post A secret sauce for leadership? appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
  • The Information Age: 5 Essential Laws of Internal Communications

    Megan Ritter
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Today’s guest contributor is Megan Marie Ritter, an online business journalist  with a background in social media marketing. Her writing covers everything from entrepreneurship and small business strategies, to virtual communications technology and global business strategies. Connect with her on Twitter today!     A successful company is comprised of a strong team of individuals. While you might ... The post The Information Age: 5 Essential Laws of Internal Communications appeared first on Braithwaite Innovation Group.
 
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    Smart Time Management Tips

  • Punctuality and business meetings – how to take control?

    STMT
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    This article is based on a question received by a user of the Smart Time Management Tips website through the “Ask Me”-section. This is the place where I share my experience and knowledge based on questions from users. I have received a really good question from Sebastian from Hamburg in Germany. His question touches on an issue I am sure a lot of people can relate to: Lack of punctuality and business meetings. I have tried to wait for people to attend meetings and been at business meetings that have been dragged much longer than planned. This can be both frustrating, demotivating and end…
  • The essentials of taking time off – the perfect summer holidays

    STMT
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I just returned to work from my summer holidays. Holidays are a time that people spend in much different ways, depending on for instance lifestyle, age, preferences and prior experience. Talking to several different persons I realized that people both spend the holidays in different ways, but they do also have different aims and goals for their holidays. What do you expect to gain from being on vacation? How I aim to achieve the perfect summer holidays About a year ago I decided to find out, what I actually wanted to get out of my summer holidays. Why did I enjoy being on vacation and how…
  • Celebrating success

    STMT
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    “Remember to celebrate success” – a sentence you might have heard a few times throughout your life. But what does celebrate success actually mean and how does it help your motivation and time management? Why celebrate success? Reaching a personal goal can be very difficult. Very often we set serious goals in our lives and those goals require effort, dedication and hard work. Besides that, the whole process of reaching personal goals is not always “an easy sail”. We often need to overcome serious obstacles and reaching a goal or a milestone takes time. If your goal has…
  • 3 big distractions at work – especially #3 is still an issue to me

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

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

  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #7 | Showing Respect

    Dawn Lennon
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Do you have a question about supervising that you would like me to answer here? If so, please put it in a comment after this post or any that preceded it. This series will continue based on those questions, so … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #6 | Misreading Employees

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

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

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

    Dawn Lennon
    17 May 2014 | 9:02 am
    Talent is hardwired in you. You’ve got it whether or not you: Recognize it or have figured it out Know what to do about it Believe you can develop it into something Have the courage to accept or reject it … Continue reading →
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    Leadership Learning Community blogs

  • Upcoming Webinar: Cultivating Results-Driven Leadership for Meaningful Change.

    Natalia Castaneda
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 12pm PSTPresenter: Dr. Michael McAfee, PolicyLinkDr. Michael McAfee will lead the group in a discussion around the challenges of leading collective impact initiatives that aim to challenge and dismantle our nation's inequities. During this discussion, he will engage the group in considering the ways in which results-driven systems can be used by leaders to focus and accelerate sustainable change, describing the system of technical assistance that he and his team are employing in their work, and its impact within the Promise Neighborhoods movement. 
  • What The Loss of Michael Brown Means to The Leadership Development Field

    Miriam Persley
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Once again, the US finds itself facing a tragedy that is a result of the systemic racism and the implicit bias of those in power. In fact, the names of the victims of racial profiling have piled up so many of them happening after the death of Trayvon Martin. The recurring dehumanization of brown bodies has haunted Americans since before slavery and has devolved and been injected into all aspects of society. And as the divide widens among different groups, there is no doubt that in this moment courageous, collective leadership is needed most. On August 20th, I joined The Institute for…
  • Resource Review: Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World, published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

    Elizabeth Lanyon
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    At LLC, we are ambitiously reviewing research and conducting interviews in preparation for the upcoming Funders & Evaluators Circle.  We are looking for resources, feedback, innovative ideas and models for investing in and evaluating leadership development for large scale change.  This has proven quite an adventure, because large scale change requires an examination of many components – environment, populations, economic conditions, social norms, and so on.  When we look at leadership development, and in talking with a number of folks who invest in this, it is clear that…
  • A More Agile Approach to Strategic Planning

    Natalia Castaneda
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    I recently participated in a workshop by the Foundation Center on Strategic Planning.  As a small nonprofit organization, it often seems daunting to think about conducting a strategic planning process, in addition to all the programmatic work that we are already doing.  However, I do understand the importance of having a guiding strategy so I decided to participate in the workshop, even as a starting point.  I was relieved that the workshop was actually quite practical and understandable, so I wanted to share some of the key things I learned with the community. The main…
  • What are you learning about Network Leadership? Interview with June Holley

    Deborah Meehan
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Introduction:  I had a sneak preview of June’s latest synthesis of research, “What we know about Network Leadership”, drawn from extensive reading and interviews with people leading networks.  I asked to interview her about some of the big ideas as a preview to the learning summary which will be published in the next couple of months. Can you start by talking about what you mean by Network Leadership?Take an example like the response to Hurricane Sandy.  A small group of people who had been part of Occupy Wall Street converged on the Rockaways, a strip of land…
 
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    LeadershipWatch

  • A Powerful Story about Team Diversity: The Philips Founding Fathers

    Hanneke Siebelink
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    This is an episode of the LeadershipWatch Series: How to collaborate across divisions, companies and cultures and achieve your goals? Follow the LeadershipWatch Series and learn from the best experts out there.
  • Strategy Execution: A Short Checklist that Helps

    Aad Boot
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    Strategy execution is a key topic on the agenda of Boards and Executive Committees. The increased focus by senior leadership on strategy execution is a good thing. If you’re not good at it, you can get into trouble. Read more ...
  • Why Collaboration Is a Top Concern for Every Leader

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

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

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

  • How To Organize Your Real Estate CRM

    Travis Robertson
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Real estate coach and trainer Travis Robertson brings you part 3 in his series on real estate CRM tools. You now know why you need a real estate CRM and have hopefully implemented one in your own real estate business. Now follow along as Travis explains how to organize your CRM in a way that makes the most sense and will eventually lead to making more money!How To Organize Your Real Estate CRMKnowing how to organize your database and the contacts in the database so you can market them more effectively is critically important. However, it’s also important to note that the majority of…
  • How To Choose The Right Real Estate CRM

    Travis Robertson
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Choosing a real estate CRM can be difficult. Finding the best CRM for your real estate business can transform you into a top producer! Follow along as real estate coach and trainer, Travis Robertson helps YOU figure out which real estate CRM is right for you and your real estate business! Ramp up your real estate marketing today!How to Choose the Right Real Estate CRMNow that you know why it is important to have a CRM, it’s time to choose one. As someone who has trained tens of thousands of real estate agents, Travis Robertson gets asked one question far more often than any others.
  • Why You Need A Real Estate CRM

    Travis Robertson
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Real estate coach and trainer, Travis Robertson, shares why you need a real estate CRM to manage your real estate leads. Follow along as Travis shares the five reasons on HOW and WHY you should use have a CRM for your real estate business. Be a successful real estate agent by capturing your leads using targeted real estate CRM software!Why You Need a Real Estate CRMBelieve it or not there’s still the majority of the agents out there who are not using a customer relationship management tool, also known as a CRM, or a database to manage their contacts and their relationships. Outlook,…
  • 5 Things to Prevent Failure

    Travis Robertson
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Every real estate agent is going to fail. However, the most successful agents have implemented safeguards. In this video, listen to real estate coach Travis Robertson talk about the five things that successful agents do to prevent their own failure. Instead of being scared to fail, take these simple things and use them to your advantage!Preventing FailureYou can never fully prevent failure, but you can setup safeguards in your business. To go along with our last post that covered the traits of highly successful real estate agents, there are five safeguards that these agents use.Publicize…
  • How To Create True Real Estate Success

    Travis Robertson
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Become a successful agent that can provide yourself or your family with the life you have always dreamed of! In this short video, coach Travis Robertson shares the FIVE traits of successful agents. Learn what you need to do to take make your business as successful as the top agents!Finding Success in Real EstateWhat does it take to truly succeed in the real estate industry?This isn’t just a moderate level of success. This means being able to succeed to the level that you’re able to provide the life for your family or for yourself that you want to provide utilizing your…
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    Never Mind the Manager

  • Be The Cubicle Forager – how to make a huge impact at work.

    Frode Heimen
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Bring out your calculator and start looking at these numbers. By the end of this article you will have a pitch for an idea that could or should earn you a huge bonus. First of all you need to start by hunting and gathering information. Numbers are the foundation here. The hidden costs and saving potential might be huge. Gather information. Information is gold. Make sure to log all contacts and categorize them. Make sure to train your staff to categorize accurately. This information is for statistical purposes. Analyze your data. Read about the Pareto Principle, this applies very much in your…
  • Negative is not the opposite of positive

    Frode Heimen
    18 May 2014 | 2:46 am
    The big bad wolf of positive thinking is negativity. What is negativity and why is it bad? Does it need to be bad? There is a difference between being a negative person and being negative. I am not opposed to positive thinking; I have a very positive mindset myself and consider myself to be optimistic. “Negative feedback dampens or inhibits output, or causes an event to die away over time” – Williams, (1997, p. 12) (cited in Rock, D & Page, L 2009, p 76) So what is “Negative” if you look in almost any dictionary you will find the following or similar phrase: “opposed to…
  • Success is an illusion

    Frode Heimen
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:01 am
    Used under the creatice commons licence – Photo by: SalFalko I feel the need to clarify a few things in order to make this a true statement. I am not defining success an achievement, not as a result of work or a task that you successfully completed. I am talking about the society’s definition of success. However a lot of people have it all. (And you know right of the start, what I mean with “have it all”) So my definition of success is linked to happiness. Why do I link happiness to success? And why is it still an illusion? Would happy people by my definition be a success? No. I…
  • Save a lot of money and get happy customers!

    Frode Heimen
    28 Jan 2014 | 10:21 am
    I am going to show you a few different call center war tactics today. I have succeeded with this simple recipe myself. However it has not always been easy, still the formula is child’s play, and you can easily track and find results needed to guide you to a good conclusion. I will create a fictional scenario as an example. In this scenario you will have 760 contacts on average. You have 10 employees handling on average 58 contacts. Resulting in an average response of 76,32 %. Customers are not getting a good response in time, and unanswered contacts are building up into a huge pile of…
 
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    Thinking is Hard Work

  • Creativity & Full Bucket Syndrome

    Colleen Sharen
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    As leaders, we value creativity and innovation, largely because they lead to relevant, financially viable organizations in the long-term. So why do we then do everything in our power to quash creativity […]
  • Role Models: Oscar the Grouch vs. Cookie Monster

    Colleen Sharen
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    I couldn’t stop laughing. My 20 month old nephew was running around the living room imitating the cookie monster. A few years from now, he’ll still be imitating people, but perhaps with […]
  • Features vs. Functions of #Leadership

    Colleen Sharen
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    There are four “levels” of leadership we see in most organizations: The leader – developing self, developing character, being self-aware Leadership of others Leadership of teams Leadership of organizations Have you noticed […]
  • #Leadership and Time

    Colleen Sharen
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    How do good leaders think about time? I’m not talking about time management, or about speed to market. I’m talking about how we frame our decisions. Good leaders use the past, the […]
  • Don’t Major in Minor Things: Rethinking #Priorities

    Colleen Sharen
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    Enough already – I’ve been doing way too much, with way too little impact. Something has got to give. I started thinking about this over my recent summer vacation. I diligently read […]
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    TalentSpace Blog | Halogen Software

  • Improving the Accuracy and Impact of Feedback with 360 Degree Reviews

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Despite multirater feedback being fundamental in best practice performance management, 360 degree feedback is not widely used in most organizations. That’s why we’ve created an ebook to guide you in improving the accuracy and impact of feedback with 360 degree reviews.
  • Don’t Want to Get Hired? Don’t Ask Any Questions

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    When you’re asked during a job interview whether you, the candidate, have any questions about the role, the organization, etc. and you say no…chances are you won’t get hired. Because asking questions in the interview processes is a great way to demonstrate your “infinite curiosity.” Here’s why that matters.
  • How Effective is Your Feedback?

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Giving great feedback is hard work. It takes intention, focus and time to do it well. If you are serious about developing people and cultivating leadership in others, mastering the skill of giving feedback is essential. Here are three tips to help!
  • Grow, Engage, Inspire: Day Two of the Halogen Customer Conference

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Well, day two of ninth annual Halogen Customer Conference wrapped up on Friday and what a flurry of activity and learning it’s been! We had a great time networking and collaborating with customers and partners during this two-day event, and it’s surprising how quickly time flew by. Here are some highlights from day two…
  • The Gray Wave: Why Companies Refuse to Hire Older Workers

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    If hiring older workers is not part of your talent acquisition strategy, your company could be missing out on a huge opportunity to separate itself from a talent perspective. Hiring older workers has many benefits because they have experience. Oh, and they won’t panic when the internet goes down for 15 minutes.
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    frame of reference

  • Gathering – Part 24

    Chris Fillebrown
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 24 – The Pinata by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 23

    Chris Fillebrown
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:08 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 23 – The Aquarium by Chris Fillebrown
  • Gathering – Part 22

    Chris Fillebrown
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Frame of Reference presents: Gathering – Part 22 – The Reception by Chris Fillebrown
 
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  • Idea from the Vault: Executives Experiencing Line Work

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The CEO of Insituform made raising the productivity of his work force a key goal of his three-year turnaround plan. So he and his executive team decided to set up a national competition. The work crew with the best productivity improvement in the first quarter would get a week off, and be replaced by the executive team, which would work however many hours were necessary to match the average amount of pipe laid in one week. His intent was not only to boost productivity and to demonstrate to employees that Insituform’s management is in touch with its employees. He also wanted a deeper…
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  • David S. McIntosh

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Psychologist Richard Farson observed that, although people profess to learn from their mistakes, their behavior is shaped by their successes. This is why change is hard for people. Confronted with failure, or with a new world where the old tricks aren't working any more, most people keep doing what they have been doing, only harder.
 
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    Peter Barron Stark Companies

  • What to Do When your Big Vision Meets Big Opposition

    Peter Barron Stark
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, posted an article titled, “The Three Qualities of People I Most Enjoy Working With.” The qualities Jeff enjoys most in people he works with are: dream big; get shit done; and know how to have fun. Since his blog has been read by nearly 600,000 readers, we can assume his topic and the qualities he enjoys most resonated with a lot of readers. In the blog, Jeff writes that big visionary goals will always meet opposition and resistance from doubters. This comment is so true, and is the real test of how big a goal or vision really is. I have often said that…
  • What Successful Organizations Did Differently in the Recession

    Peter Barron Stark
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Time flies when you consider it has been approximately six years since we experienced the start of the Great Recession…most likely dealing organizations the biggest economic changes and impact of our time. As the recession started to take hold, how quickly did you make personal and organizational changes to align to a new reality? Here is what we have learned: The organizations and leaders who took action and made changes earliest in the recession have financially recovered sooner and stronger than those leaders who waited longer in the economic downturn. Some leaders read the economic…
  • Ban Information Hoarding in your Organization

    Peter Barron Stark
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    It was not too long ago that the unpleasant experience of going to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to do tasks such as changing title on a car, updating a registration or renewing a driver’s license, would begin with determining what line you had to stand in. You had to make this decision correctly because the DMV took great pride in having one employee handle only one type of transaction. If you had to change the title on a car you just bought and had to get your driver’s license renewed, that meant you were going to have to stand in two different lines, although, this is still…
  • Why Nice Leaders Fail

    Peter Barron Stark
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Several of the organizations and departments that we work with have leaders that we would describe as “nice” people. They are the type of people you would like to have over for dinner or have as personal friends. They would do anything to help you or support you in your efforts. When we describe this type of leader, there’s a tendency to think that the organizations these individuals lead would have employees with very high morale. After all, everyone wants to work for a “nice” manager. Well, it might surprise you to know that more often than not these organizations have evidence of…
  • The Important Roles of Fear in Public Speaking

    Peter Barron Stark
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Why is it, when someone asks us to speak before a group, that the mere thought sends quivers or convulsions through most of us? Suddenly, we lose sight of the fact that we routinely converse intelligently on a daily basis and conjure up strange notions of becoming a babbling fool in front of a crowd. Instantly, we have a severe case of “podium panic.” When people talk about what they are afraid of, their comments include: Fear of forgetting their message; looking stupid; being humiliated; shaking; hyperventilating; passing out, etc. My all-time favorite came from a woman who said, “If I…
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  • Why I Started The Modern Servant Leader

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

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

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
     “Return on Relationship = ROI”  -Ted Rubin & Kathryn Rose I heard a lot about this book, “Return on Relationship: Relationships are the new currency honor them, invest in them and start measuring your ROR” but hadn’t read it yet. I wanted to, but it wasn’t available on audio, which put it way down on my book list. Then I bumped into Ted Rubin, one of the authors, at a conference. I picked up a copy that day and finished it the next. I loved it and think you will too. Best of all, it’s now available on audio at Amazon, iTunes and Audible. You…
  • 6 Signs You’re Not Qualified to Lead

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
      It boggles the mind that current co-CEOs (James Gooch & Felicia Thornton) of Market Basket blame employees for the company’s problems. That’s a classic example of leaders who are no longer qualified to lead at the organization. Which got me thinking, when should any leader know it is time to step down? What are the signs you are no longer qualified to lead? Here’s my list: 1. You publicly blame your stakeholders for… anything Accountability is good. However, all great leaders know you praise in public, criticize in private. If you point a finger of blame,…
  • Give Feed Forward, Not Feedback

    Ben Lichtenwalner
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” - Edmund Burke In corporate life, people leaders are often told to give “feedback” to those they lead. A better way to frame these communications is “feed forward“. Here’s why: Feedback Feedback infers a focus on what happened in the past. While learning from history is important and necessary, the emphasis should be, as Edmund Burke’s quote highlights, avoiding a repeat of the negative past. To do this, we look forward more than back. The back is merely an indicator,  brief example or a…
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  • The Key to Winning in Global Markets

    Lisa Petrilli
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:08 am
    As a Kellogg Graduate School of Management alumnus, it was a true honor to receive a copy of the most recent book by Philip Kotler, our prestigious S.C. Johnson and Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing. Co-authored by Milton Kotler, “Winning Global Markets” lays out the case that, “The destiny of the economic world today is in the hands of the interplay between global MNCs (multi-national corporations) and global cities.” The book does a very effective job at proving this claim. Replete with global examples, the authors clearly show how “an…
  • Are You Sure the Life You Are Living is Your Own?

    Lisa Petrilli
    5 May 2014 | 2:44 am
    Are you living in a marriage where you have had to change who you are, or have lost sight of yourself completely, just to avoid conflict and minimize fear? Are you working in a particular job or industry because your parents or spouse told you it was the responsible choice? Are you a woman who would rather be at home with your kids but other women say your leadership role is an inspiration to many and you would be letting them down if you chose to stay at home? Or a man who would prefer to stay at home and you believe society – and your friends – would judge you negatively?
  • The Secret of Leaders Who Are Ahead of Their Time

    Lisa Petrilli
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    I did an interview a few days ago where I was asked about the importance of introverts and extroverts understanding each other in business. My response included something along the lines of, “Business is all about relationships. We create products, services, and companies by working with other people to bring these things to life. Along the way we share ideas, we negotiate, we brainstorm, we listen, and unfortunately sometimes we misunderstand each other. The more we work to better understand each other, the easier it is to reach our goals together.” I believe this premise…
 
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  • Do What You Love

    Scott
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    When I am bored with TV and having hundreds of channels with nothing to watch, I fire up the AppleTV and go to Vimeo.  That habit has given me  two videos that I think about often – one for a guy now called Slomo and another chronicling the challenges of Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi.  I can remember watching each and just smiling.  It was a smile not based on something being funny (although Slomo reminded me of a friend of mine), but more on the fact that two individuals made a choice to chart a different future – one on their own and one because circumstances forced a…
  • When we don’t react, and Listen

    Scott
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    Great conversations start with a question.  As a regular reader, you probably are tiring of hearing this statement from me. A friend reminded me yesterday of a lesson she was re-learning with her kids.  They were testing her with statements meant to shock her, and while her impulse was to react, her intuition told her to take a deep breath and simply say “Tell me a little bit more about that?”  Then keep breathing and listen. She also reminded me that I taught her that through watching me facilitate a group.  I was flattered, and also secretly glad she did not follow me around…
  • Why I Hate Job Descriptions, and 3 Things to Fix Them

    Scott
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Recently I was handed a job description for a not-for-profit volunteer role.  What hit me was the length (2 pages) and the line that said Reports to.  I know everyone reports to someone, but if I am looking for volunteer work would I look for another boss or somewhere I could have fun and be significant?  By the way, this organization is struggling to get volunteers, and when they do people are confused with their roles.  This happened because someone from outside their organization handed them a template for defining roles and they just copied it.  As we have formed organizations and…
  • What Leaders Do – To Serve

    Scott
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    What is a leader? What does a leader DO? How do I become the leader that I aspire to be? Great conversations start with a question.  Becoming a leader requires someone to ask the three questions posed above, and then commit to the work of making the beliefs you have about leadership show up in the habits and skills you develop as a leader. Six months ago I started a journey with a group of leaders in their field to launch a program designed to help a leader explore these questions, and start DOing the work of being a leader.  The group is called LeaderWork, and we are actually launching a…
  • Ignorant vs Stupid vs Agile

    Scott
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Ignorance is defined (Merriam-Webster.com) as lack of knowledge, education, or awareness.  In contrast, the definition of stupid (Merriam-Webster.com) is having or showing a lack of ability to learn and understand things.  The fine line between being ignorant and stupid is the ability to learn. Taking that one step further, in research done by Michael Lombardo and Robert Eichinger they identified one competency common to all people that became successful leaders – learning agility.  It is defined as the ability and willingness to learn from experience, and subsequently apply that…
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  • If I do not know I do not know I think I know

    mike
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
      “They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me. I must play the game, of not seeing I see the game. And: If I don’t know I don’t know, I think I know; If I don’t know I know, I think I don’t know.” – R.D. Laing “Knots” These two separate lines have been spinning in my head. This paradox of knowing that an entire company or team is playing a game, while playing at not playing a game . I may be aware of this game BUT if I question them about this game I am breaking their…
  • Visa Small Business Team Coaching and Team Building Activity

    mike
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I created Team Building & Leadership Development content for Visa Small Business The people you work with make your business. August’s small business influencer, Michael Cardus, has used his expertise in team building to build a downloadable toolkit so you can keep those relationships productive, and rewarding. http://vi.sa/VVsMn4 The Coaching Wheel is a resource for efficient decision making. If you and your team utilize the same decision making steps, it’s more likely you’ll reach the same conclusions and goals, together. Social-Network-Unplugged-Network visually connects you to…
  • Change can lead to resistance or cooperation

    mike
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    There are multiple kinds of change. I am not sure which one works best. Below I try to explore ‘First Order Change’ vs. ‘Second Order Change’. My fear is that I push thought too far into a whatever you feel is right … you can attract wealth & fame – end of the spectrum.    First Order Change Operating within the same pattern – doing more of the same. Believing that choices are limited. Example:  A manager chooses to fire everyone on the team & hires all new people. The new people do not work to the manager’s expectations, he fires all of them &…
  • Spin the Bottle Team Building Active Processing and Reflection Activity

    mike
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Spin the Bottle Team Building Active Processing & Reflection Activity Props needed: Three water bottles Dry Erase Marker(s) Several Processing Questions, either laminated for reuse or just torn into small slips. Instructions: Generally used for processing an activity. After you have finished a team building process capturing the learning & application makes the time meaningful. Spin the bottle is an active reviewing process. For this activity you will need 3 water bottles, each representing different stages of team & individual application of the team building activity. On all…
  • Team Building and Leadership Development Agenda Finding what works

    mike
    6 Sep 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Working with teams over several months allows the team to take time to test what worked, how it worked, it what context & with whom it worked; plus the same can be applied to what did not work.  Keeping me informed of their results so I can change & re-work the content & consulting to build upon what worked & muffle what did not. Below is an agenda from the 3rd full day Team Building & Leadership Development workshop offered to an IT department.  You can see Day 1 7 Steps to High Performance TeamsDay 2 Accountability and Authority Within Your Role Objectives: a)…
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  • Taking the Long View

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

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Image source: @boetter There is the assumption that because you are naturally strong at something; you don’t have to have to spend too much time on it. You should devote most of your attention to your weaknesses instead. The danger of this is that you take your strengths for granted; overcompensate on your weaknesses with little marginal gains to show for it. There are three main things you can do with any given weakness. (1) Delegate it to others who enjoy doing it. (2) Drop it completely if it wouldn’t have any major implications for your life. (3) Develop it to a manageable/competent…
  • Leaving Money on the Table

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

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

    Olaojo Aiyegbayo
    19 May 2014 | 9:27 am
    Image source: xJason.Rogersx Notice what inspires you Notice what interests you Notice what you are drawn to Notice what repeals you Notice what turns you off Notice what energises you Notice what drains you Notice the rhythms of your life Notice who you are Notice where you are Notice where you are heading Notice what is happening around you Notice the coincidences in your life Notice the things you stumble over Notice the mistakes you keep making Notice what you are feeling and why Notice what you notice Notice and Reflect  “People don’t learn from experience; they learn from…
 
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    Never Mind the Manager

  • Be The Cubicle Forager – how to make a huge impact at work.

    Frode Heimen
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Bring out your calculator and start looking at these numbers. By the end of this article you will have a pitch for an idea that could or should earn you a huge bonus. First of all you need to start by hunting and gathering information. Numbers are the foundation here. The hidden costs and saving potential might be huge. Gather information. Information is gold. Make sure to log all contacts and categorize them. Make sure to train your staff to categorize accurately. This information is for statistical purposes. Analyze your data. Read about the Pareto Principle, this applies very much in your…
  • Negative is not the opposite of positive

    Frode Heimen
    18 May 2014 | 2:46 am
    The big bad wolf of positive thinking is negativity. What is negativity and why is it bad? Does it need to be bad? There is a difference between being a negative person and being negative. I am not opposed to positive thinking; I have a very positive mindset myself and consider myself to be optimistic. “Negative feedback dampens or inhibits output, or causes an event to die away over time” – Williams, (1997, p. 12) (cited in Rock, D & Page, L 2009, p 76) So what is “Negative” if you look in almost any dictionary you will find the following or similar phrase: “opposed to…
  • Success is an illusion

    Frode Heimen
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:01 am
    Used under the creatice commons licence – Photo by: SalFalko I feel the need to clarify a few things in order to make this a true statement. I am not defining success an achievement, not as a result of work or a task that you successfully completed. I am talking about the society’s definition of success. However a lot of people have it all. (And you know right of the start, what I mean with “have it all”) So my definition of success is linked to happiness. Why do I link happiness to success? And why is it still an illusion? Would happy people by my definition be a success? No. I…
  • Save a lot of money and get happy customers!

    Frode Heimen
    28 Jan 2014 | 10:21 am
    I am going to show you a few different call center war tactics today. I have succeeded with this simple recipe myself. However it has not always been easy, still the formula is child’s play, and you can easily track and find results needed to guide you to a good conclusion. I will create a fictional scenario as an example. In this scenario you will have 760 contacts on average. You have 10 employees handling on average 58 contacts. Resulting in an average response of 76,32 %. Customers are not getting a good response in time, and unanswered contacts are building up into a huge pile of…
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    The Resiliency Group

  • 60 Years A Nun

    Eileen
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Just returned from Columbia, PA and the 60th jubilee celebration of my aunt, Sister Mary Clare Reineberg, a member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. With my sister and twin brother, we gathered at St. Ann’s, the assisted living center perched in the Amish farmland. We walked roads bordered with corn as high as the proverbial elephant’s eye. We looked with sadness at the original motherhouse that once held a bustling community and girl’s school. No longer able to support the convent with diminished resources, the sisters sold it to a non-profit for housing boys in need.
  • Oprah Gave Me a Magazine

    Eileen
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Well, maybe not the entire thing. I just found this picture. Sometime back, O Magazine had a promotion that let you substitute your face for hers. I got to create my own banners too. Fun, yes? I decided to share it. Never had so many puppies in my life. Raises the question: if your head could go on a magazine cover, what would it be? What would be your banner headlines? Everyone can dream, yes? The post Oprah Gave Me a Magazine appeared first on The Resiliency Group.
  • People Don’t Resist Change

    Eileen
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    I’m getting ready to present a workshop on resiliency for yet another organization going through change. I’m thrilled to be able to help this specific department. At the same time, larger organization could use the wisdom supplied by my colleague, Chip Bell. In fact, whether you are a business of 3 or 33,000—Chip is spot on. Let me know what you think. From Chip Bell: People Don’t Resist Change Making change happen in organizations would be a lot easier if there weren’t those pesky resistors. There are the angry types filled with long memories of pain. There are the…
  • SW Airlines puts more than heart on a plane’s belly.

    Eileen
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    News broke this week that SW Airlines spiffed up its LUV brand by rolling out a refreshed look to its planes.  Seeing this video reminded me of a blog post I meant to write weeks ago but got waylaid. My 13 year-old grandson and I boarded a Southwest plane from San Diego to Oakland, heading for an adventure of whitewater rafting on the Trinity River. Standing at the entrance to the plane was Captain  Michael Martel. Sure he had the cheery grin. But there was something else that spoke HEART and caught my eye.  It was his necktie!  Although my picture taking while juggling briefcase and…
  • Cry Me a River—the Resilient Power of Humor

    Eileen
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Watching the news today. Joan River’s death is reported everywhere. #168005644 / gettyimages.com Flowers and candles hide her star on Hollywood’s famed sidewalk. Late night pundits, fellow comedians, and talk show hosts wax rhapsodic about her ability to poke sarcastic fun at herself as well as everyone else. Can we talk? Mean humor is not my style. I agree with Jennifer Lawrence that it seems to give permission for nasty, bullying behavior. But I will also admit that humor seem to have been the prescription for getting her through really tough times: a self-induced serious rift with…
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • How to “Ace” your 360 Feedback Assessment

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

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

    Jeremy Unruh
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Like him or hate him, you’ve got to hand it to Mark Zuckerberg—there’s no denying that, at a mere 30 years old, he’s a multibillion-dollar success. His baby—the social-networking site Facebook—recently posted shares worth nearly $75, almost double its May 2012 IPO price of $38 per share. Which means that, not only did he have a solid, viable idea in social networking, he also has had some success at company leadership. And we all—millennial and office veteran alike—could learn a thing or two from his style.To start, Zuckerberg shows us that, to be a good leader, you first need…
  • Ditch the Fear, Leaders Need to Create a Culture of Fun

    Jeremy Unruh
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Many people agree: a workplace culture of fear limits employee engagement, productivity, and retention—and by turns, the bottom line. But often, leaders aren't cognizant that they've created that environment. However, Gallup surmises that lost productivity due to lack of employee engagement costs U.S. companies $300 billion annually. Other studies show that happier—and therefore more engaged—employees are more likely to be more “creative, productive, and committed.” In other words, good leadership doesn't have to be with an iron fist—in fact, more often, it shouldn't include iron…
  • Stop the Summertime Slowdown: 5 Tips to Bolster Productivity

    Jeremy Unruh
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    In summertime especially, it’s easy to let the lure of everything outside the office (blue skies, birdsong, vacation plans) distract you from being productive in the office. Luckily, summer is also the best time to start taking steps to develop new habits that can last throughout the rest of the year.To bolster productivity, try these tips:Get up earlier. Giving yourself even just an extra 15 minutes in the morning can make a huge difference to how the rest of the day plays out. It might allow you to fit in a balanced breakfast, leave home without being in a stressed-out rush, and get to…
 
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  • UFO LED Grow Light

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    UFO LED Grow Light Among the most significant items to simple in your mind is the fact that to be able to flourish, crops require sunlight, not only mild while developing crops inside. Rays is needed by them, in wavelengths that are various. Placing crops with a screen mightn’t be sufficient. UFO LED grow light reproduce the sunlight’s spectral range, unlike a traditional bulb for property use. There are lots of sorts; from fluorescent lights, through CONCEALED (high-intensity release) lights, Metal-Halide lights and UFO LED grow lights. Each has drawbacks and it is benefits to…
  • Barbour Sedgewick Casual

    admin
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:16 am
    Barbour Sedgewick Casual A period is once the coats were related to winter. The Barbour Sedgewick Casual were utilized within the clothes to obtain additional defense from the winter. Of unique quality supplies, the coats were likewise made as well as that to supply luxury and intense heat. Nevertheless, it’s no further the exact same situation. Although coats are utilized significantly for winters but in the same period, unique types of coats also have show up which may be used in virtually any period. One kind that is such may be the Barbour Sedgewick Casual. Barbour clothing is very…
  • ADS-B Receiver

    admin
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:39 am
    ADS-B receiver Whilst the quantity of connection products and lightweight processing increased, therefore does the need for connecting them to external world. To take point the computers needed to be connected to a phone wall outlet. Needing a wired link with community that was mounted intended that computers were not mobile, although lightweight. To attain accurate flexibility the computers have to utilize stereo(or wireless if so) indicators for conversation. . In this way, devoted customers could be ready to see and deliver e-mail while shifting to additional areas etc. something of…
  • MLB TEAMS Snapbacks

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    MLB TEAMS Snapbacks The MLB TEAMS snapback that is hard is somewhat a current pattern produced in 1996 with a person named Bret Atkins. The force behind its development may be the proven fact when employed in his storage that the creator might get his costly hats sloppy. The item that Atkins created fourteen years back is OSHA acknowledged nowadays. It’s formally helping american lifestyle’s whole world enthusiasts. Particularly, MLB TEAMS snapbacks have grown to be the favourite components for both women and men that work-in hazardous environments. Design and style may be to…
  • Lace Front Wigs

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    28 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    Lace Front Wigs The present pressure-filled existence that people direct and this inner program play havoc. It’s stated that one of leading a demanding existence of the follies is hair loss. Although it is simpler for males to appear bald (some actually cut their check out proceed fullly bald), it’s not too simple for females. It truly is not the very best style statement for females though Sinead O’Connor doesn’t mind wearing a pate. The very best treatment for conceal baldness is through wigs’ use. Full lace wigs and both lace front wigs are excellent items…
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  • How being indispensable is hurting your career

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

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

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

    joelgarfinkle
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” ~ Epictetus ~ When Connor walks into a room, all eyes turn toward him. He commands a presence that is unmistakable. He projects confidence, and people instinctively trust him. He speaks with authority. Connor has executive presence. As I describe the traits that Connor and other successful leaders possess, ask yourself: Where do I stand? What do I do well? What needs improvement? If you have executive presence, you have an aura or magnetism or charisma that draws others to you.
  • Want to Achieve Balance? Make an Appointment With Yourself.

    joelgarfinkle
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.” ~ Stephen Covey ~ Recently a client, Jillian, confessed to me, “I find myself working 60 or more hours each week. I have no time or energy for anything other than work. I don’t see my family, I don’t have time for friends or hobbies and I feel completely overwhelmed. I want more time and fulfillment in my life. I would rather divide my time between work, nature, people in my life and travel as opposed to oozing out meager samplings of these between…
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  • This is What I Notice

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

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

    Dan Oestreich
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    This is a tale of two higher level managers — the first all but terminated, shuffled into a secondary job without an explanation except the unstated, very real message, “your time is up — find something else.” By comparison the second is offered a dignified opportunity to leave the organization with significant feedback and as a matter of personal choice. You may ask, well, what’s the difference? In either case someone is told they no longer fit, and must exit! Yes, that’s true and I believe there is — or can be — a vast difference. If I am…
  • Breaking Patterns

    Dan Oestreich
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    My very smart wife, Carmen, noticing my restlessness, gave me an assignment: “Go photograph a still life using light from a window.” While she worked in her office, I rummaged around the kitchen looking for items, chastising myself. “I should be working,” I thought. “I should be writing. I should be making calls and sending emails.” Not helpful. And then, to make matters worse, my mind’s eye filled with images of sumptuous displays of fruits and flowers and old paintings of books, pipes, skulls and musical instruments. This is another pattern of…
  • Leadership and Co-Design

    Dan Oestreich
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Although the term, co-design, has more specific, formal meanings, I like to think of it very informally as two or more people thinking together as equals about some specific change they want to make. In my field of organization dynamics, that could be shifting how the work is done or how an organization is structured, for example. It could involve any kind of strategic project or initiative. Co-design in organizations, thought of in this simple way, is powerful precisely because of what it violates: old habits of hierarchy and our images of “leadership” and…
 
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  • Weekly Round-Up: On How A Culture of Learning Makes Teams More Productive, 7 Ways To Show Employees You Care, & How To Manage Your Email

    David Grossman
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts. They’ll provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. How A Culture Of Learning Makes Teams More Productive By KC Ifeanyi, Fast Company Quora's mission is clear: "To share and…
  • The Power of Storytelling

    David Grossman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Stories are an integral part to communicating effectively with your employees. A great story goes a long way, because it’s memorable and helps create an emotional connection with the listener.  What we feel impacts what we do, so stories can be a great way to move employees to action. So why not prepare some stories of your own.  When you do here are a few things to think about. Stories are to: An effective story should be: Inspire, galvanize, & engage Simple, easy to tell, and easy to remember Illustrate rather than assert- stories get the connections and results that…
  • Weekly Round-Up: On 7 Acts of Generosity That Help Leaders Grow Business, 4 Steps for Getting Honest Feedback & Leading With a Light Touch

    David Grossman
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts. They’ll provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. Developing Leaders: Turning Life Into Learning By Julie Winkle Giulioni, SmartBlog On Leadership According to Bersin by…
  • Corporate Recruiters Rank Communication as the Most Highly Valued Business Skill

    David Grossman
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    We can talk all day about the importance of employees with stellar communication skills but it sure is nice when an outside group – and one not even connected to the communications field – takes up the case for us. That happened this year when the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) released its Corporate Recruiters Survey report. The annual survey by this well-respected group gauges the demand for MBA graduates among Fortune 100 companies and offers insight into hiring practices and trends across industries and world regions. For the first time this year, employers were asked to…
  • Weekly Round-Up: On 9 Powerful Habits for Getting Important Things Done, How to Stop Sabotaging Your Productivity & Email Etiquette Rules Everyone Should Know

    David Grossman
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my blog. So in case you’ve missed them, here is this week’s round-up of top posts. They’ll provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you. 8 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Productivity and How to Stop By Amanda Poetker, Fast Company “Workplace productivity is no…
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  • 3 Traits of Bad Leadership

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

    Cindy Flanders
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Along with millions of people around the globe, I was deeply saddened by the passing of Joan Rivers. She brought the kind of humor I think we could all use a little more of right now. She was ground breaking, gutsy and inspired others. So despite her critics, Joan led her life the way a great leader should by: read more
  • Want to be Voted a Top 25 Company to Work For?

    Cindy Flanders
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Who wouldn’t?  How great to be in the company of the likes of Google, Twitter, Southwest, Proctor & Gamble and 21 others who seem to make the list every year in Glassdoor's annual survey.  So what do these companies have in common that make their employees love to come to work?     read more
  • The Case for the Solid B Performer

    Cindy Flanders
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    What would happen if you had a whole team of "A" players?  You’d likely be having weekly therapy sessions on your way to becoming “manager of the year”.  Is it worth the higher level of stress and anxiety?   read more
  • What Diversity Really Means

    Cindy Flanders
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    Do you have a diversity council at your company?  Are the members primarily made up of women and people of color? If you answered yes to either or both of these, I’m sure you have a very diverse workplace, right?  Maybe not.   read more
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  • Meeting Expectations: Do We Need a “Wasted Time” Fine?

    Marissa Brassfield
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    © JcJg Photography – Fotolia.comIf I look at my published work over the years, I’m quite hard on meetings. But I still believe they’re a powerful team productivity tool.The trouble is that we’ve become complacent about meetings. Somewhere along the line, we were taught that an in-person meeting (or, increasingly, a videoconference) is the only way to get things done in groups.Complacency enables stagnancy. And, as Peter Diamandis says, standing still equals death. So what used to be effective standups, or weekly check-ins, or project reviews, slowly devolve.
  • How Your Mood Swings Are Getting in the Way of Your Productivity

    Rosemina Nazarali
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Procrastination is one of those things that always seems to be brought on by a list of excuses we tell ourselves. Sometimes it’s because we are perfectionists, at other times we will blame a project’s disorganization. While there might be some truth, our excuses are usually just that — a means to get us out of doing something we just don’t want to do. One of the reasons for procrastination often gets overlooked, but is probably the most common culprit, and it’s as simple as our moodRecent research outlined by Derek Thompson in The Atlantic cites that…
  • Curation vs. Creation: Identify Your Work Process to Boost Productivity

    Rosemina Nazarali
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Photo credit: TheMuse.comWork days tend to split between two different modes. The first is when you feel super productive and fly through tasks. Other days, you feel you aren’t as productive and would rather spend your time observing, researching or curled up on the couch. However, one is not any better than the other, they are simply different parts of your own process. And by identifying your process, you can learn how to take your productivity to the next level.Everyone has their own personal process, but most seem to have at least two modes — Creation and Curation. In curation…
  • A Case for Using Good Old Pen and Paper to Take Meeting Notes

    Rosemina Nazarali
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    © anyaberkut – Fotolia.comTaking notes on a laptop is undoubtedly faster, easier and more convenient than using pen and paper, but a recent study suggests that longhand is much better if you want to actually remember some of those notes. A recent paper published in the journal Psychological Science found that those who took longhand notes performed better on quizzes than those who took notes on their laptop, even when there was no Internet connection. Researchers Princeton graduate student Pam Mueller and UCLA psychology professor Daniel Oppenheimer tested the theory on college…
  • Limit Meetings to Protect Your Well-Being

    Marissa Brassfield
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    (CC) SomeecardsIt’s no secret that I am not a fan of excessive meetings. A day full of back-to-back meetings is my personal hell, which I suppose would make a meeting-packed day with brief intermittent breaks my purgatory.I recently wrote about the first move Peter Deng made when he moved to Instagram, removing all standing meetings and then re-adding them as needed. The result was that productivity, effectiveness and innovation skyrocketed. No surprise there: when people have more time to work and think, they make better decisions and products.Researchers from the University of…
 
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  • How are you driving engagement during strategic planning?

    Jeff Brunings
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Driving engagement among key stakeholders throughout the strategic planning process takes courage, conviction and a sense of purpose. In fact, according to a recent survey of StrategyCheck readers, it ranks as a top challenge going into the 2015 strategic planning season. So recently, we asked what you’ve found effective in creating engagement among management and staff. We collected your insight, blended in a few of our own and created three actionable tips for securing the engagement you need. To ensure you’ve got the right people involved, participating and contributing their unique…
  • Be a Leader, Not a Dictator

    Heyden Enochson
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    In a recent facilitation, we saw executive leadership take a firm approach addressing the failures of their organization. Rather than burst in like a wrecking ball and rip into the team, they made it very clear failure to innovate and evolve would be the organization’s demise. Team members were encouraged to leave if they weren’t going to provide any help. We (silently) cheered from the sidelines. Sometimes as a leader you need to be firm with your team, but there’s a fine line between leading with conviction and coming across like a dictator. You have to challenge your team in a way…
  • Getting Inked by Inc.com

    Heyden Enochson
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Creating and executing a strategic plan isn’t always easy. Nor is it always fun. But remaining dedicated and motivated to the process allows you to see the light at the end of the tunnel. That light is success. It’s growth. It’s making your organization become a fully capable, well-oiled machine. There’s nothing quite like seeing the progress made because of the dedication to your strategic plan. It’s even better when a top-tier business publication identifies and recognizes your success, validating all of your hard work. ShelfGenie was recently featured by Inc.com for being one of…
  • Are you allocating sufficient time to strategic planning?

    Jeff Brunings
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    In our last issue of StrategyCheck we asked you, our readership, the greatest challenge being faced in 2015 strategic planning and performance management. We asked. You answered. We listened. We received hundreds of responses. So what was the top challenge? Obviously, there were many. You shared with us challenges like creating a culture of performance management and inspiring engagement with the right stakeholders. However, many of you were concerned by not having sufficient time to thoughtfully work the strategic management process. So, we’re tackling this challenge, since nearly half of…
  • Enough with the sucky PowerPoints

    Heyden Enochson
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Whether you’re facilitating planning sessions or having your quarterly business review, your presentation needs to resonate with your audience. Using a PowerPoint as part of it can either help you, or hinder you. We’ve seen the spectrum of slide deck presentations, from exciting and engaging to just complete duds. To help you create your next slide deck, here’s a list of quick tips to ensure your message connects with your audience. Pick a font that’s easy to read – Serif fonts, like Times New Roman, are harder to read on a screen. Pick a clean and simple Sans-Serif font, like Arial…
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  • Three Aspects of Mandela to Guide Us All as Leaders

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Frank Sonnenberg
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    This month marks the fourth year of my blog. I’d like to thank the 250,000+ people who have read these posts because if it weren’t for you, I’d be talking (or at least writing) to myself.  I’d also like to thank everyone who liked, shared, or commented on these posts. I appreciate your encouragement and support! Special mention goes to five people who perform their magic each month. Ed Berryman reviews the posts before they go live. He offers his thoughts and shares his wisdom. I listen carefully to Ed, not only because of his knowledge and experience but also because of…
  • Fair Is Fair

    Frank Sonnenberg
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    “They play favorites.” “They made their mind up before they started.” “They didn’t earn it.” “They don’t deserve it.” “It’s a popularity contest.” “They have more than me.” And the list goes on and on. So what’s fair, and how is fairness determined? Fairness affects everything we do. It shapes our judgment, impacts our credibility, affects our ability to trust, and influences our loyalty and motivation. It can bolster or damage a career, strengthen or torpedo a relationship, and advance or ruin a leader’s authority. In fact, fairness is so important, it’s a…
  • Times May Change, But Your Core Values Don’t

    Frank Sonnenberg
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Times May Change, But Your Core Values Don’t See the good in everything. Make him or her feel special. Never stop learning. Keep your promises. Do right by others. Be a loyal friend. Appreciate what you have. Be humble. Challenge yourself. Practice what you preach. Reach for the stars. Be dependable and reliable. Lead a purposeful life. Give of yourself. Be courageous. Work hard, work smart. Be self-reliant. Tell the truth. Accept responsibility. Do yourself proud. Show compassion. Do the right thing. Be strong. Meet others halfway. Play nice. Have faith. Give ’em a chance. Keep it in…
  • Forgiveness: It’s Good For You

    Frank Sonnenberg
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    We’ve all experienced some level of hurt and disappointment in our lives. It may have taken the form of a friend who betrayed us, a family member who disappointed us, a superior who exploited us, or an individual who caused some harm to our loved one. While some wounds are shallow and relatively easy to dismiss, others run deep, causing some to harbor anger or seek revenge. Others choose a second option . . . to forgive and forget. Seeking retaliation, rather than forgiveness, traps you in the anger. In fact, some become so consumed by their bitterness that it harms them physically and…
 
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  • Doggy poop story

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Sometimes I walk a friends dog when I do my beach walk. One of the less pleasant aspects of this is the collection of the dog's morning poop. There are special plastic bags got the job. Anyway, to coax the dog to be loyal to its temporary master, I bring dog pellets, little biscuits and they stink so I put them in one of those plastic doggie poop bags. So, I stop at my local cafe for a cup of coffee - I walk to the counter with said bag of biscuits, place it on the counter and order my coffee. I then sit and enjoy my coffee - but I notice people are looking at me - weird - I check my…
  • The Tea Story

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Good Morning, What is in your heart today? Love? 7 Visions? Good. So my friend received a gift in the mail. She opened it and found to her delight a box - about the size of a jewellery box labelled detox tea. She immediately opened it, took a pinch of the contents and made her first detox tea. It tasted foul but she really trusted her gift giving friend. For 5 more days she persevered, drinking this foul brew. Nothing happened as would normally happen during a detox, you know - etc. anyway on day 6 as she dug her fingers into this reched tea to create another stinky tea brew, she struck an…
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    15 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    This is where I did my VIP today - it is part of my work day to start with my VIP - if I don't start my work day with VIP I might feel productive but it could just be a waste of time - I mean anything we do without love, gratitude or even connection to our VIP will come back to bite us. I once did a whole book, took me six months to write without my VIP connected and that book sold 60 copies - 6 months work for that result? And truthfully - I refunded all - and took the book off the market. I was not in a healthy heart when I wrote it. That is bad brand management - putting out work that…
  • Wake Inspired

    13 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This is where my day begins. Where does your day begin? If my day is harsh it's because it began harsh. I don't expect my day to get better than it's start. That would mean empowering my relationship and work and sport to make my day. Then the ugly comes because those things are outside my specific frame of reference. I do however have absolute control over how I feel. I control how I feel by knowing what thoughts create good feelings and what thoughts create ugly ones. So - my everyday promise is to fall asleep thankful for my day past and looking forward to my day ahead. My…
  • 30 Days of Learning - a Lifetime of Benefit

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    From a client who just completed the Back on Track 30 day Challenge. "I was at a point in my life where there was no turning back! I had health issues which constantly troubled me, I ended my marriage because I hated the person I had become, I viewed my career as a means to an end, I took my family and my relationships for granted and I was always running away - from myself. The day before I was about to embark on a "get away trip" I emailed Chris with 4 words "I NEED YOUR HELP!!" and true to the word he called me and I'm so glad he did. "We're going to…
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  • Good Worker; Toxic Employee: What to do?

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

    Mike Brown
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Is there a way to manage the boss and get things back on track? As managers, it’s important to keep a firm hand on things. But some managers grip so tightly they create bottlenecks that choke the operations. Not only does a micromanager hurt productivity, they also stifle their staffs’ development. That’s the situation Jack Dawson found himself in when he became the No 2 to Max Logan. Looking for advice Jack was frustrated and needed some ideas on how to handle Max. So he dialed his old friend Susan Tarpley. She’d been Max’s second in command for two years before…
  • You can’t keep everyone happy – how to heal bruised egos

    Mike Brown
    12 Jun 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Report unintentionally ridicules employee Keeping morale high and productivity up can be a constant juggling act. As managers, we must motivate people to perform better, massage egos, deal with unacceptable behavior, settle conflicts, etc. But let’s be honest, sometimes we screw-up - and make things worse. That’s what happened to manager Ellen Fortson when a report she wrote unintentionally embarrassed one of her employees. Wrap-up report had negative comments Finally Ellen could catch her breath. The organization’s annual retreat that she’d been charged with running…
  • When one bad attitude chips away at morale

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

    Mike Brown
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Shy, but eager, employee lets success go to her head Part of being a good manager is coaxing average performers to overachieve. And generally that’s a good thing. But with some employees, a little success can go to their heads – and create major headaches for managers, That’s the situation Julie Lippman found herself in when the success of one of her employees turned into a departmental nightmare. ‘I’ve created a monster’ “Ken, got a few minutes?” Julie asked. “I need some friendly advice from a fellow manager.” “Sure, fire…
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  • Leadership is a Team Sport

    Joseph Lalonde
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    I feel like the most blessed person on this planet. The reason? I have the incredible privilege of leading Truth@Work roundtable groups in my region in which Christian business and ministry leaders gather together once per month for four hours. These groups (usually consisting of 12-15 leaders) act like a board of advisors to one another in helping each member to grow their organizations in a God-honoring way while at the same time challenging and encouraging one another to grow personally and spiritually. I have the privilege of leading six groups each month and it is an incredible thing to…
  • Try Something Old Again

    Joseph Lalonde
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Growing up, life was pretty good. I had loving parents. I had good friends. I had everything a kid could hope for. Except one thing. The one thing I was missing was a positive sports experience. Image via Creative Commons A memory that looms large in my mind is of being benched during my first, and only, season of little league baseball. Sitting on the bench while all of the other kids played baseball seemed like the worst thing that could happen to me. I was wrong and there were other things that have taken the place of being benched. Yet this memory looms large. It held me back for many…
  • The Real Face Of Your Business

    Joseph Lalonde
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    When you think about the face of your business, what do you think about? You might think about the way your office building looks. Or your thoughts might wander to how you look today. Or still, it could be towards the vehicle you drive. With a lot of leaders, they think the face of the business is their office building or themselves. If this is how you think, you’re wrong. And you’re heading for trouble. Image by Rowan Gillette- Fussell Getting caught up in what we think is the face of our business is so easy to do. We may see the building every day. We definitely look at…
 
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    John Maxwell: A Minute With Maxwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Toyota Kata, Team Kata, and Levels of Complexity

    Lawrence Miller
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Implementing lean management, or any other change in the culture of organizations, requires a zoom lens to see the different levels of complexity required. Toyota Kata, lean tools, and other methods operate at some focal lengths and not at others. The well informed manager will have the ability to understand complexity and to use simple methods when appropriate. If you are photographer with only a 300mm lens you will miss a lot of great photos. The post Toyota Kata, Team Kata, and Levels of Complexity appeared first on Management Meditations.
  • Engaging Everyone in Lean! A Cost Effective Solution

    Lawrence Miller
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Let's be honest about lean implementation and training. In most organizations lean training is for a select few. These same few may engage a few more. But, the dominant culture, the dominant habits of working and managing too often do not change. What if you had an effective method, and a low cost method, of training and engaging everyone in the organization? This is now available through an partnership of Lean Leadership Institute and myself. The post Engaging Everyone in Lean! A Cost Effective Solution appeared first on Management Meditations.
  • The Science of Positive Interactions – Key to the Coaching Kata

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

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

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

  • Lead With Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis

    Skip Prichard
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    On March 13, 2013, 115 cardinals cast votes inside the Vatican to elect the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church.  At 19:06 local time, white smoke could be seen drifting upwards following the election.  The new pope, who would take the name Pope Francis, emerged from the conclave as the new leader of a global organization facing a number of serious issues. Stepping onto the world stage, this new pope would inspire everyone with his humility and his concern for the poor.  And, in so doing, he demonstrated a new model for leadership.   “ “Leadership is the ability to…
  • How to Get Through Your Writing Faster

    Skip Prichard
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    This is a guest post by Laura Brown, PhD, author of How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide It is a terrific guide full of everything from writing apologies, thank you notes, and even fighting parking tickets. Dr. Brown has taught composition at Columbia University and has more than 25 years experience coaching business writing. More info.   “ Fact: we spend 28% of our time at work reading and writing email. Tweet ThisShare on Facebook   According to a 2012 study from the McKinsey Global Institute, we now spend an average of 28% of our time at work reading and…
  • To Speak Fearlessly, Take Yourself Out of the Equation

    Skip Prichard
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    Gary Genard, PhD, is an actor, communications professor, and speech coach, as well as author of Fearless Speaking: Beat Your Anxiety. Build Your Confidence. Change Your Life..  Gary helps people from all walks of life cope with speech anxiety and stage fright. We all want to speak fearlessly and with impact.  Influential public speaking is as important today as it’s ever been, despite the digital age.  Personal appearances matter.  Give a great speech and you might just change the world. So you should try to be excellent, right? Actually, you should try to be yourself.  There’s a…
  • How to Develop Your Inner Edge

    Skip Prichard
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
      “ “If you want to be your best, you need to build on what’s brilliant about you.” -Joelle Jay Tweet ThisShare on Facebook   Leading On the Edge Dr. Joelle K. Jay is an expert in personal leadership.  She has coached executives in numerous companies, written several books and numerous articles, and is a principle with the Leadership Research Institute, a global leadership development firm. Reading Dr. Jay’s new book,The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership I felt like I had hired a personal leadership coach.  She shares practices and…
  • 3 Smartcuts to Accelerate Your Success

    Skip Prichard
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    Are you looking for a shortcut?  Or the secret that will unlock your career? Why do some companies launch to huge public success while others are never discovered?  Is the secret of success hard work and determination? Or is there something else at work?   Take A Smartcut Entrepreneur, cofounder and chief creative officer of media technology company Contently, Shane Snow, has just authored a book called Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.  Every week, I’m asked by executives for the most recent, most thoughtful book I have read. I now have the answer:…
 
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    Nischala’s Space, Thoughts, Expressions…

  • Blogging for Business / Run a corporate blog? – Here are a list of topics for 1 year (for FREE!)

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

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

    Nischala
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    If you’ve ever read or followed my blogs, you’ll know that Women at Work is a topic very close to my heart. Why? Because I’m a woman, I work and I’d love to see more women at work finding their spot under the sun. I dream of a tomorrow where The workforce includes at least 50% women by default Women are given “right, fair and equal” opportunities, exposure, experiences and environment to blossom and reach their true potential Globally, there is at least 30% representation of women in business, politics, policy, education, reforms and everywhere where it counts She…
  • What is the ROI of an MBA?

    Nischala
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    The dilemma is “To do an MBA or not”.. What better way to find an answer than by looking at this good infographic on ROI (Return of Investment) of an MBA course Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment to let me know Src: http://onlinemba.unc.edu/mba-at-unc-blog/mba-roi/ http://www.inc.com/uploaded_files/inlineimage/MBAROI_28564.png
  • Online, Digital, Social – 9 Insights from the lens of a Marketer

    Nischala
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    A few months ago, I was in conversation with the CEO of a multi-billion$ global consumer goods company. One of the topics of discussion was around online, digital and social strategies that the enterprise was embarking on (yes! They are  some-what “old school” in operations even in 2014 and as I learned there are so many companies who are NOT ONLINE, NOT adopting DIGITAL, and NOT really SOCIAL – and many are successful with impressive growth targets), and the conversation got exceptionally interesting when we spoke about the below questions: Is there a boundary between…
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    Kaufman Global

  • Kaufman Global Attends SSPHA and NASMHPD Mental Health Conference

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Leader’s Influence

    S. Chris Edmonds
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A recent 24/7 Wall Street article shared the top six-figure jobs in the US. Surprising (to me), six of the ten entries were managers of people. Managing people is a big responsibility, with a huge... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Don’t Bump The Fishbowl

    S. Chris Edmonds
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was reminded recently of a Nutterism that really fit the struggles one of my culture clients is experiencing. A little background is necessary. Jerry Nutter was my best boss ever. I spent 5 of my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Tips from Lee Sklar

    S. Chris Edmonds
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m a working musician on the side. I’m blessed to be a part of a talented, values aligned band that loves making music that makes people dance and smile! I see (and have written about) a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tied for First

    S. Chris Edmonds
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Quick – note down your top four personal values, the desired principles that guide your day-to-day plans, decisions, and actions. If you’ve formalized your personal values, this exercise... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Choose Your Play

    S. Chris Edmonds
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Are you doing what you’re great at? And what you love to do? And you’re paid a living wage to do it? And – a hugely important consideration – you’re serving others well... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Switch and Shift

  • Personal Ethics and Successful Leadership

    Raghuram Sarangan
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ethics, as a general understanding, is a set of principles to be followed as an individual. Most of the organizations will have ethics as part of their core values, in one form or the other. But how different is ethics for a person and for a leader? How many of us have walked the thin line between what is right and wrong in our work? Satyam Computer Services (Satyam) in India was one of the top 4 companies during the IT boom. But when the economy crashed, a lot of companies started losing revenue, lost market share. But not Satyam, they continued to report growing top and bottom lines. This…
  • Can You Have Too Much Passion For Your Job?

    Jonathan Creaghan
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are told that being passionate about our work is important for success, but can too much passion get in the way? We can define passion in the workplace as caring, an intense desire for seeing success. There is a focused energy that goes along with passion that can be infectious. But when combined with an inability to lead, or understand how to communicate with others, then passion translates into something else. When passion combines with an inability to lead, it translates into something else This type of leader, let’s call them  a “Firecracker,” no doubt cares about their company…
  • The Thought Leadership Funnel

    Mitchell Levy
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    In an article by niche marketer Bruce Mayhew entitled Niche Marketing: Inverting the Sales Funnel, Mayhew proposed that businesses were wasting precious resources following the traditional sales funnel. In an attempt to reach the largest audience possible, marketers would usually point their efforts to as many people as possible regardless of their inherent relationship with your brand or their interest in your products. But according to Mayhew, “If you invert the sales funnel and concentrate on selling to fewer people who you know are very likely to need or want your product or…
  • How to Cut Through Fake Talk to Increase Employee Engagement

    John Stoker
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Will had worked hard for the company for about two years.  Not once in that time had his manager spoken with him about his development.  Somewhat concerned, Will approached his manager and asked if they could discuss his career development.  The manager said, “I’ll have my assistant reach out to you next week to schedule some time together.”   Nothing happened, so Will brought up the issue with his manager again.  This time the manager scheduled the appointment himself about two weeks out.  When the time finally arrived, the manager canceled the appointment about an hour before…
  • What Not To Do: 4 Life Lessons From Billionaires

    Abby Perkins
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Switch & Shift’s own Ted Coine was recently included on Talent Tribune’s list of 75 most popular HR articles on the web. His featured article, “8 Leadership Lessons From Billionaires,” details important lessons from moneymakers like John Rockefeller and Warren Buffet. But his list got us thinking – what are some of the worst lessons learned from billionaires? We did some research and compiled a list of 4 lessons in what not to do, brought to you by billionaires all over the world. From PR nightmares to legal woes, these tycoons wrote the book on how to ruin a reputation.
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    Sales Coaching Blog

  • Sales Leadership: The Top Ten Performance Limiting Comments

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    The words one uses can tell you about their behaviors.  Not all the time, but they do shed some light on coaching performance and sales team motivation.  This morning finds me in a very candid mood (perhaps our Summit presenter, Jim Keenan  from A Sales Guy Inc., had some affect on me yesterday).  As a result I want to share some of what bothers me with the following quotes.  These are actual quotes from sales leaders (not EcSell members), and if we are honest with ourselves we will likely see our own behaviors or words within these quotes—I have even been…
  • Why sales leadership lose their way?

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
      Talented coaches who are highly successful in their positions and are at the very peak of their careers often lose their bearings. Why is this? How can sales leaders who are grounded become overwhelmed and lost in the process? Whether the economic times are good or bad, many leaders get stuck in similar traps. Why is this?  
  • Sales Coaching Research: Accelerate Experience

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.  -       Carl Gustav Jung    Part of a researcher’s job is to sort through tables and numbers and pull out patterns and relationships.   As I’ve been slicing and dicing and analyzing data recently, I have found that a pattern has occurred but not exactly how I expected.  The pattern, as I have been pondering these numbers, is that the above quotation has continued to come to mind. 
  • Sales Performance: There really is a magic bullet!

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      Definition of magic bullet: A remedy, especially an undiscovered or hypothetical one, with wonderful or highly specific properties.     Does it seem sometimes in sales management that it would be nice to have a magic bullet for the sales performance of your reps?    You know the one quick answer or strategy that you could apply to everyone in your organization and always get consistent results?  Here at EcSell, we understand the way effective sales leaders coach should be unique to every individual on their team.   Still, there are certain…
  • Sales motivation: relationship with your reps

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If an acquaintance asked you to help them move this weekend would you willingly raise your hand or might you quickly come up with a reason to opt yourself out? Likewise, if one of your good friends asked you to help them move would you willingly accept because it would make you feel good to lend a helping hand to a friend in need? When it comes to sales rep motivation and engagement do those on your team view you as an acquaintance or a good friend?
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    Doug Smith Live

  • Upcoming Learning to Lead Events

    Doug Smith
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    Laura and I wanted to make you aware of what is coming up in the fall for Learning to Lead. If you are unfamiliar with Learning to Lead, it’s something we have started to invest in and resource leaders. Our desire is to create a community of  highly influential leaders who use their influence in their cities for Christ. For now, we’re doing that through monthly leadership breakfasts, a small group that meets twice a month, and our Learning to Lead podcast.If you would like to get consistent updates about what we’re doing and how you can be a part of it, sign-up for our…
  • Learning to Lead Podcast Episode #43: Becoming a 360 Degree Leader

    Doug Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is a message I recently spoke at Champion Life Church’s Business Leader’s Breakfast on how to become a 360 degree leader. In the lesson, I share 6 keys to leading from where you are at. Enjoy!Announcements: 1.) Learning to Lead Breakfast Series – Our first breakfast is this Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Pine Richland Youth Center. My good friend, Ben Rath, who is the founder and pastor of iChurch will be speaking. Register for this event here.2.) Learning to Lead Small Group –  Our small group started last week.If you’re in Pittsburgh and would like more information…
  • Learning to Lead Episode #42: Jay Slocum

    Doug Smith
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    In this podcast, I interview Jay Slocum, Founding Pastor of Jonah’s Call. In the interview, we talk about leadership and ministry. You can find Jay’s bio, the questions that I asked, my key takeaways, and ways to connect with Jay below in the show notes. I know that this interview will add value to your life! Enjoy!Announcements: 1.) Learning to Lead Breakfast Series – Our first breakfast is this Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Pine Richland Youth Center. My good friend, Ben Rath, who is the founder and pastor of iChurch will be speaking. Register for this event here.2.) Learning to…
  • 5 Simple Steps to Planning an Awesome Vacation

    Doug Smith
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    Over the past ten years, Laura and I have been able to travel to a lot of cool places. Through those experiences, we have developed a huge passion for travel. As a result, we’ve tried to develop systems and processes to ensure that when we travel somewhere, we experience everything we possible can!I thought I’d share our process for planning our trips with you in hopes that you can learn to be more intentional with your travel.  We would also love to learn from you. Please leave comments below with your best travel tips. We’re always looking to grow and develop in the area…
  • Dave Ramsey is Coming to Pittsburgh

    Doug Smith
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    Dave Ramsey is coming to Pittsburgh for two days in September. On Wednesday, September 24th, he will be doing an EntreLeadership 1-Day event at The Benedum Center starting at 9 a.m. and on Thursday, September 25th, Dave and his daughter, Rachel Cruze, will be teaching The Legacy Journey at The Benedum Center starting at 7 p.m.Dave’s principles on leadership and finances have changed my life. Laura and I are so excited to attend both of these events.  We cannot encourage you enough to attend. In fact, Dave and his team have given us a special discount code just for you.When registering,…
 
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    Empower the Leader in You » Blog

  • How Women Stay Strong At Work: Create New Rules

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

    LaRae Quy
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    As an FBI agent, I was trained to size up a person with just a glance. But here is a secret—you can too, because humans have an amazing capacity to process complex information. Our brain has an amazing ability to bring order out of chaos and place people, words, and behavior into patterns that make sense to sense to us. Below is a paragraph that raced across the Internet a few years back: Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The…
  • How Ego Can Help You Become More Successful

    LaRae Quy
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    While we all wrestle with ego, I am someone who feeds on being acknowledged for my achievement and performance. As such, image has always been very important to me. Working FBI undercover assignments was a natural transition for me because my ego thrived on changing my image so I could pick and choose my special mask of success. As with many things, moderation is important to ego. Too much ego can be detrimental to your success. Left unchecked ego can spiral out of control and become self-centered.  Successful leaders use mental strength to rein in their ego and keep it from alienating those…
  • 4 Ways Negative Thoughts Are Holding You Back

    LaRae Quy
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:24 pm
    I grew up very poor. My parents were hard working cattle ranchers in a remote area of Wyoming. There was no money to pay a hired hand, so my brother and I started helping out with chores at the age of 6. By the age of 8, I could stack bales of hay, grease the baler, and move a hundred head of cows into another pasture. As a girl, I was expected to marry and start a family, not pursue a career. The standing joke was that college was for young women looking for an MRS degree. After all, higher education was not needed to work on a ranch. Indeed, no one else in my family had attended college and…
  • 5 Great Pieces Of Advice About Success

    LaRae Quy
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    FBI agents are expected to be successful investigators. When a child is kidnapped, success in finding the kidnapper is not a desired outcome; it is a requirement. PODCAST: http://www.laraequy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/5-Great-Pieces-of-Advice-About-Success.mp3 When facing distraught parents, you know deep down that you will do whatever it takes to bring that child home. Success is possible, but it takes mental toughness to sort through the hard facts about what it takes to succeed. Here are five great pieces of advice to keep in mind about success:    1. SUCCESS REQUIRES AN…
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    Deep Imprints Coaching

  • Are you The Fixer?

    Kim
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    I am a political drama junkie. I love the intrigue, quick thinking, and the (usually) tight writing that political dramas offer. One of the best things about political dramas is watching The Fixer. After all, who doesn’t like control? The Fixer is that person who everyone knows will fix whatever problem there is. Have you […]
  • A church full of missionaries

    Kim
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if your community knew that your church is the place that people get help? If your congregants were known on the job and in the neighborhoods as people to go to when you need help? What if your computer genius was known for finding creative solutions to programs that made a difference? […]
  • Can you live up to expectations?

    Kim
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    Have you noticed? Being part of polite society means living up to expectations. So, we go through life figuring out what the expectations are, and then trying to meet them. We fear failing to meet expectations, because that is how we make ourselves okay. When we meet expectations, we are acceptable. Jesus didn’t meet expectations. […]
  • Getting rid of religion

    Kim
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    I’m reading a book that has rocked my world*. For the first time in my adult life, I’m beginning to understand a bit of this Christianity we work at. You see, as an elementary school child, my “church” was Good News Club. Every six years, CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship) goes through the whole Bible. So […]
  • How to find the positive

    Kim
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    You know the sayings. “Turn that frown upside down!” Are there days where you just can’t find the positive? That no matter how you look at things, they just seem bleak? You aren’t alone. Some days just feel bleak. We so want to reach for comfort food, a few moments of rest in a dark […]
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  • Solve a Common Problem on Virtual Teams

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Virtual teams are a terrific solution for organizations to consider in many cases, but they also offer a common problem and challenge to solve. A study by online project management technology review firm Software Advice surveyed over 600 adults and found that people on virtual teams had very similar perceived issues. Managing Editor Noel Radley wrote an article discussing the results and the three main take-aways from the study. Key Takeaways:   - Thirty-eight percent of team members said communication was difficult on virtual projects, making it the top-cited challenge.
  • Sustaining Great Results - Teleseminar!

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

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

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

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

    ipeccoaching
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    As a dad of two terrific kids, I find this time of year particularly exciting. The new school year, though it signals an end of summer vacation, also represents a new beginning. They’ll have new teachers. Meet some new friends. Have tremendous successes and probably a few frustrations along the way, which I think, both offer important lessons. Mostly, they’ll be learning. A love of learning evolves over time. I remember when I was their age…how I was sort of oblivious to what learning was all about. I got good grades and was a respectful and inquisitive student but, as a…
  • 7 Weight Loss Tips (For Your Brain)

    ipeccoaching
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Ah, the never-ending battle to stay or get in shape. Atkins, low-cal, vegetarian, South Beach, low-fat, and dozens of others all claim to work. Exercise more. Cut out junk food. Weight Watchers. Jenny Craig. The weight loss industry is a $20 billion market. Yet, obesity is at an all-time high. Is it because of the food we eat or a more sedentary lifestyle? Probably a combination of both. For some, keeping the weight off is easy, as infuriating that may be for the rest of us. For others, every calorie seems to go right to the hips or tummy. Staying […]
  • O Captain! My Captain!

    ipeccoaching
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    It’s a funny thing “losing” someone you never met. Someone you never socialized with. Someone who you never spoke with over a cup of coffee. Someone you never saw in person or even interacted with via social media. Yet, they felt like a friend or a mentor or they were an inspiration. That my friends, was Robin Williams, to me. Mr. Williams could always make me laugh, frequently to the point of tears. He could also touch me through his roles as an actor in Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society, again, frequently to the point of tears. Especially, […]
  • Scream If You Have To …

    ipeccoaching
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    These days, it takes a lot to make me angry but the story of Maggie Kudirka, an extremely talented ballerina with the prestigious Joffrey Ballet, and her diagnosis of Stage IV breast cancer at the age of 23, did just that. So pardon my rant, but here goes… Each person MUST take full responsibility for their personal wellbeing. MUST!  Everyone MUST learn to trust their intuition, be a strong self-advocate, and follow through on that intuition. MUST! Healthcare professionals downplayed Maggie’s concern about her lump, but thankfully, Maggie didn’t downplay her own lump. You are the…
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    ipeccoaching
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    I’m sure, by now, you’ve either dumped a bucket of ice cold water on your head or seen videos of some of your friends or celebrities do it, and hopefully gave a donation to ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.) Yep, thanks to my buddy, Alison, I got to take the chilly bath. My wife got it, too. My kids liked it so much they did it on their own and nominated their friends. For those not in the know, the challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others […]
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  • Effective Leaders Ask the Right Questions - Part 1

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I am always learning how to ask the right questions. And while I love watching Billy on the Street ask questions, his type of questio...
  • Ethical Leaders Do Not Say “I Know Nothing”

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Okay, I’ll admit it. I do still enjoy watching Hogan’s Heroes sometimes. In that 1960s comedy about Americans in a German POW camp, one of the most endearing characters is Sergeant Schultz. Schultz, who is happy to have this non-combat job in t...
  • 5 Lessons from The Bully Pulpit

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
     As I read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit this summer, I was awestruck - awestruck by her work and awestruck by the leadership of Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft, and Samuel S. ...
  • Three Ways Robin Williams Teaches Leaders About Inspiration

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
     Like most of you, I will miss Robin Williams. While we all know he was a comic genius and that he has wrestled with depression and substance abuse, we are also learning this week about how he personally reached out and inspired thousands of people with small acts of comic kindness. I even saw a piece...
  • Demoulas Supermarket – Can an Ego Kill Market Basket?

    5 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
     When I read this past weekend that the current executive team at Market Basket ordered their workers back to work today or they would be replaced, it confirmed for me they didn’t get it. Unless Arthur T. Demoulas gets back in charge quickly this week, employees aren’t going to return and neither are many of their c...
 
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    Trailblaze

  • Hard Work Isn’t Enough

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

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

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

    David M. Dye
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
      Recently, I had the opportunity to spend time with Craig Price, host of the excellent Reality Check Podcast. Craig is an expert in real-world thinking and we had a good conversation. We cover a lot of ground including: Fear as a poor yet popular tactic that usually only gets the least amount of effort from your team, Craig getting robbed at gunpoint, and why leaders need to humanize themselves instead of setting themselves above their employees. Bonus: near the end of the interview, Craig contemplates renaming his show! Check out the interview And if you like Craig’s podcast…
  • Your Bad Boss Didn’t Intend to Be Bad (and How You Can Avoid the Same Fate)

    David M. Dye
    19 Feb 2014 | 7:01 am
    Do You Know This Person? Have you ever met an aspiring leader who says, “I want to be a horrible boss.” No? Me neither. I’m not saying there isn’t a random psychopath or two out there, but for the most part, if you have a lousy leader in your life: Your bad boss didn’t intend to be bad. Think about that for a moment. Let it sink in; it’s important. They might have taken the position for many reasons, but their goal was never to be a jerk, to fail, or to make life miserable for their team. If you’ve ever had a bad boss, those awful outcomes are byproducts, never goals. Why It…
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  • Action Plans Lead to Success

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

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    What is the Purpose of A Business Plan? Have you ever considered the questions, “What is the purpose of a business plan, and how critical is it to your success?” As a business coach, I have met and worked with hundreds of business owners over the years who insist that having a business plan is critical. I have found, however, that most are missing the whole essence of the business plan purpose. What is the Purpose of Your Business Plan? Here is the real question, “What is more important to you when developing a business plan: the output, the process, or the outcome(s) of your business…
  • Key Components of A Business Plan

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As a Business Coach one of my essential roles is to assist you in determining what the key components of your business plan should be. My experience is that many companies do a poor job of creating their plans, costing them serious growth in revenue and profits. If you are like most leaders I’ve worked with, your annual planning process may be broken.  Often I find that leaders spend too much time focusing their attention on goals rather than on the components of their plan that will cause them to achieve those goals. Two indications that you have a problem: You do not find the need to…
  • How Does Your Level of Trust Affect Performance?

    Howard Shore
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    How Does Your Level of Trust Affect Performance? Do you consider trust as something you have or don’t have? Do you give the same level of trust to everyone and at all times? If you are really aware you will notice that you expect everyone to trust you all the time while you give varying degrees of trust to everyone else. Trust is important because the feeling of having it or not having it affects behavior, critical thinking, creativity, speed, likeability, energy, and overall happiness. In other words, the trust levels in your organization can dramatically affect your…
  • Can A Leader Be Too Trustful?

    Howard Shore
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Can A Leader Be Too Trustful? Are you mistaking trustful people as being gullible. I found this topic to be of great importance because it is commonly acknowledged that a team cannot function without trust, salespeople cannot get business if their prospects do not trust them, and that it is very difficult to earn someone’s trust without giving it. 6 Common Beliefs About Trust In John Maxwell’s “Monthly Mentoring” session entitled “Trust – The Foundation of Leadership”, he identifies research and data on 6 common beliefs about trust, and you may find the following conclusions…
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  • Ruralmind, showcasing our students’ entrepreneurial skills

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

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

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

    Eugenia Bieto
    20 May 2014 | 4:44 am
    Earlier this month I travelled to New York to attend the 2014 Spain Economic Forum. The event was organised by the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an institution that, since its founding in 1959, has expanded its reach to become a key player in the economic relations between the two countries. At the Spain Economic Forum, I had the opportunity to share ideas with several members of ESADE Alumni who are now successful professionals in the United States. I was proud to see how ESADE-trained professionals such as Daniel Landaluce (Lic & MBL‘99), Chair of the Organising Committee for the…
  • Aprende y Emprende: supporting entrepreneurship without limits

    Eugenia Bieto
    28 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    Entrepreneurship knows no limits and no borders. Conceiving ideas and creating industry-changing, custom-shaping businesses is within anyone’s reach. At ESADE, we are dedicated to promoting this vision of the world. Our students learn to assume risks in order to develop new initiatives and meet existing needs. I am therefore very proud that the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute (EEI) recently teamed up with the Prevent Foundation, to create an academic project called Aula de Emprendedores: Aprende y Emprende. This unique programme provides rigorous training and mentoring to entrepreneurs…
 
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  • Translating Vision Into Reality

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

    Susan Mazza
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If you are a living, breathing human being, you have already likely faced many challenges and have many more to come. Some challenges you consciously chose.  Others were brought on by circumstances out of your conscious control. Yet regardless of the source, with each challenge you have faced and will face comes a tremendous opportunity – the opportunity to change. As Fred DeVito says: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Sometimes you change for the better.  You become wiser so you make better choices going forward.  You become stronger and…
  • Developing Community

    Robyn Stratton-Berkessel
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Welcoming Robyn Stratton-Berkessel as a featured guest blogger.  Robyn is a world renowned expert in Appreciative Inquiry and is known as the Positivity Strategist.  We are thrilled to have her here sharing her wisdom with you. In her post, Take Action Despite your Fear, Susan shares how fear can get in the way of our own performance. Reading Susan’s insightful post triggered a lot of connections for me about fear. I’d like to build on her insights and link it to the key message of my recent TEDx talk… more about that later. Fear of failure Just to recall, Susan points out how fear…
  • 3 Coaching Practices for Taking the Lid Off of Your Leadership

    Susan Mazza
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you are someone who loves to support others in being successful, there is an important distinction to keep in mind: Are you being supportive and compassionate, or are you colluding for their status quo? tweet this Many years ago, when I began my journey as a consultant in organizational change and as a leadership coach, this was perhaps one of the hardest things for me to learn.  For whatever reason I seem to have a well developed capacity for empathy.  This capacity was perhaps the source of feedback I received from one of my early mentors, Dr. Romi Boucher, that I “loved people…
  • Take Action Despite Your Fear

    Susan Mazza
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    “True courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to proceed in spite of it.” -Unknown Leading can be simple, but it is not always easy. Sometimes just the thought of doing something as simple as raising your hand can make your heart race uncontrollably. It did for me back in school and at times it still does. What do we fear? After all, raising your hand is not usually a matter of life or death. Mostly, I think we fear being embarrassed or even humiliated. What if I say the wrong thing? What if people laugh at me? What if my boss doesn’t like what I said? We…
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    Step Up Leader with Susan Freeman

  • What are you making room for as a leader?

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

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

    Susan Freeman
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    Our theme for this month is how to live and lead in the now (also published in Conscious Shift Magazine), while creating the future you desire. It’s really very simple; when we learn to be present in the now, to every sensation in this moment, we enjoy our own aliveness. We extract the abundant juice there is for us right now without having to change it. By living in the now, we are not identified with striving for more, better, or different.   By taking care of how we are being in each moment, we ensure we are working within that … The post Leadership In the Now appeared first on…
  • Leadership Takeaways from Young Rwandan Women

    Susan Freeman
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    As the summer concludes, I thought it would be fitting to end by showing a few short clips from my trip last month to Rwanda. These young women students at the Akilah Institute for Women inspired me beyond words; they have withstood immeasurable challenges, and have a lot to share about what is possible with vision, focus, and dedication and support. I had the opportunity to serve as Guest Lecturer to the Foundation B students; young women whose English language skills were newly developing. My intention was to share the foundations of the Step Up Leader approach to leadership with ……
  • Are You Designing Moments of Impact?

    Susan Freeman
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    This week’s Step Up Leader tip offers an opportunity to explore how to consciously design moments of impact as a leader. It borrows from Leading Blog, in which a new book outlines how to have strategic conversations that have impact. One of the things we teach leaders to do is create the capacity and spaciousness for conversations to emerge. This happens when there is a vision, intention, and an invitation for collaboration among the group. “The new book, Moments of Impact by Chris Ertel and Lisa Kay Solomon shows that the real challenge is not to find the right answer … The post…
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    Leading in Context

  • 7 Definitions of “Good” (Why We Disagree About Ethics)

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton Why is it so difficult to agree on the right thing to do? One of the reasons we may not agree is that each of us may be using a different definition of what is "good." Here are 7 different interpretations of what is ethically good, based on the framework in 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership (2013). Which ones are you using in your leadership?
  • Full Accountability For Ethics: The New Normal

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton I recently blogged about trends in ethical leadership, sharing 10 forces that are fueling a movement toward higher expectations for values-based leadership. Today I want to explore how those trends help explain what we are seeing in ethics cases in the news. Recent headlines have described more severe sanctions than people have seen in the past, in response to ethics problems in sports, politics, business and beyond. Some people may have wondered, "Why are people now being convicted for doing the same things that others before them have done?"
  • Leading For Ethics Future? (Or Ethics Past?)

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton We are expected to make ethical decisions in a rapidly changing global society, where there is increasing awareness of what "ethical" means. The question of where ethics is headed has been the focus of my research over the last four years. I have learned that to be considered ethical, we must consider more constituents, honor more dimensions of ethics, and lead ethically through higher levels of complexity. How do we prepare for that? We reach higher and think longer-term.
  • “Hearing” All Stakeholders (Even When They’re Not in the Room)?

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton A quiet group of stakeholders is being considered in leadership conversations. They can't weigh in on major decisions, but they have a lot at stake in the decisions that get made. They are silent stakeholders, and the decisions we make in our meetings every day affects them directly.
  • Using Negative Examples to Teach Ethics? Why It’s Not Enough.

    Linda Fisher Thornton
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    By Linda Fisher Thornton How many times have we tried to teach people about ethics by explaining every detail of what it doesn't look like? We describe laws and regulations and ethics guidelines in great detail, then ask attendees if there are any questions. After learning in great detail how to stay out of trouble, the thought on their minds may just be "Okay, now I know what NOT to do." We can't teach ethics by giving people negative examples.
 
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    Dave Bratcher - Leadership: ENGAGED

  • Ryder Cup Lessons

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

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

    Dave
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:29 am
    How many pairs of shoes are in your closet? If you’re anything like me the answer is, “More than you can wear.”  Something interesting happens as we get older…our feet quit growing.  Once this happens, we often get tired of wearing a pair of shoes before they are worn out.  This causes our personal shoe collection to grow.  So what is the solution? Thanks to the vision of Wayne Elsey, you can now allow your closet clutter to be a blessing to someone else.  Wayne, founder of Soles4Souls and Wayne Elsey Enterprises, launched a new venture called Funds2Orgs in an…
  • Lucky vs. Good

    Dave
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:43 am
    Would you rather be lucky or good? Have you ever met anyone who just seemed to be lucky?  You know the people I’m talking about…those people who always seem to get the breaks.  The ones you hear about landing a big account, catching a foul ball at a baseball game, or always getting their name drawn for a door prize. When you stop to explore much of what appears to be luck, you find something much different than it appears to be.  Were they truly lucky, or was their more going on?  For some things, it is nothing more than luck, for most it involves something more. In…
  • Make those around you Better

    Dave
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:19 am
    Are you adding value to those around you? It today’s competitive environment, it may seem counter intuitive to give yourself to others.  Our society seems to become more selfish with each passing day, but the need for all of us to improve remains unchanged.  The real question is one which places the focus on others, while understanding what each individual brings to an organization. Each of us is gifted in certain areas, and each of us can add value to those around us.  So how do you do it?  What is an easy assessment or plan to help you accomplish this? In this week’s Jackson…
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    Simply Understanding Blog by Giana Consulting

  • Seize The Day: When it’s easy and when it’s hard!

    Chery Gegelman
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    I live in a place that looks like this: I crave places that look like this:         Our current environment sometimes feels like this: I crave environments that make me feel like this:         …A month ago we returned from an extended vacation, part of which was spent in Italy. (A place that had been on my bucket list for a very long time.)  We spent time in the hills, the valleys, in the mountains, on islands, in castles, and in a gondola drinking in life and beauty. Previous vacations at Versailles and in Amsterdam have taught me to expect…
  • Healing the Racial Gap between The Dream & The Reality

    Chery Gegelman
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Have you ever tried hard to change a situation? Have you ever gotten frustrated when change doesn’t seem to be happening? And in the midst of that frustration…  Have you ever had anyone slap a victim label on your forehead? Years ago I was dealing with a situation like that at work.  When I shared that frustration with an executive…  He told me that I needed to stop being a victim. I was shocked. I thought I had spent the past three years doing everything in my power to take ownership of a reporting process that was a potential risk to the company – a risk that was…
  • Ask 1 Question and Increase Your Connections

    Chery Gegelman
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    One of my expat friends recently moved back to the U.S. to an area she has never lived in before.  When we spoke recently she shared how hard it is to develop friendships with people in the area. When she is out walking and greets her neighbors, they look at her like she is from another planet. When she meets people at her children’s schools and they learn that she was recently living overseas the conversation ends quickly. Her interpretation is that they almost seem intimidated by the life she has lived. …While she sees herself as very average, and she knows her experiences in those…
  • Volcanic Anger… Lookout world! There she blows!

    Chery Gegelman
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Have you ever been consumed by volcanic anger? …Or worse yet been an unsuspecting victim? During our recent vacation we toured the ruins of Pompeii, and looked across the bay at the seemingly peaceful Vesuvius, the volcano that was responsible for the destruction that entire city. As peaceful as Vesuvius appeared, we were reminded that it is still a living volcano that could erupt again at anytime. People can be just like that volcano…. Several years ago my husband and I were sitting in church, and an announcement was made that a new study was being offered on the topic of anger. My…
  • 7 Quotes that Inspired a Young Leader

    Chery Gegelman
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    I was recently cleaning closets and opened a box of paperwork, re-discovering  one short story and several quotes that I found so inspiring as a young leader that I shared them with all of our front line employees, supervisors, and managers at our daily meetings. Then I purchased beautiful paper, typed them up and copied them onto that paper, cut them out, boxed them up and sent them to some of our other locations to share with their teams. When I re-discovered them, I felt like I ‘d just found buried treasure. And then I thought of the stories we all hear, about people who climb the…
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  • “We Treat Everyone The Same Here”

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

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

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

    nickiroth
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    I’m on the phone with one of my long-term clients. He’s about to leave his current CFO position for one at another company.This will be the third round for our partnership. As he prepares for the new gig he is doing his usual self-flagellation. “I worked harder in the past six years than any other […]
  • The Right Conversation: An Innovative Process for Teams

    nickiroth
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    I have recently been trained on a remarkable new tool that helps leadership teams assess the quality of their interactions and then discuss how they want to make improvements. It is called The Right Conversation and was developed by Dik Veenman and his colleagues. Instead of offering my regular two cents here I want to […]
 
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    Serve to Lead® | James Strock

  • 10 Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Lessons

    James Strock
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Theodore Roosevelt stands as one of the greatest leaders in American history. Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership distills his leadership lessons, so they can be transferred seamlessly into the 21st century. TR’s timeless example can be put to work in business, finance, the not-for-profit sector, a government agency or the military. The 10 leadership lessons that […] The post 10 Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Lessons appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Theodore Roosevelt | In the Arena

    James Strock
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    For more information on Roosevelt’s approach, please see Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership. Theodore Roosevelt | In the Arena The post Theodore Roosevelt | In the Arena appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Theodore Roosevelt | Genius for Leadership

    James Strock
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    For more information on Roosevelt’s approach, please see Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership. Theodore Roosevelt | Genius for Leadership The post Theodore Roosevelt | Genius for Leadership appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • Are You Prepared for Your Moment of Truth?

    James Strock
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Monday, October 14, 1912. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Autumn crispness was slipping in. Another demanding day dissolved into dusk, amid one of the most raucous, hard-fought, and consequential presidential campaigns in American history. That evening, former president Theodore Roosevelt would take the cause of his breakaway third party to the people in yet another speech, in yet […] The post Are You Prepared for Your Moment of Truth? appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
  • William Blake | Lion and Fox

    James Strock
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    William Blake | Lion and Fox The post William Blake | Lion and Fox appeared first on Serve to Lead® | James Strock.
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    Break The Frame

  • I Don’t Journal, I Do This Instead

    Alli Polin
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    There are tons of fans of journaling out there and you may be one of them.  I’ve tried, don’t get me wrong, but I just can’t get into it.  We’re supposed to journal, right? Ask most personal development gurus and journaling is touted as a way to tap into your hopes, fears and dreams and figure out the way forward.  I’ve read a million posts on journaling ideas and how-to, and I’ve left unmotivated.  Despite my desire to be a journaling aficionado, it’s clearly not going to happen and I’ve made peace with it. I’ve had a series of journal fails over the years.
  • Guest Post: Without Vision A People Perish

    Alli Polin
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    I don’t often publish guest posts, but John Stoker’s book, Overcoming Fake Talk is right up my alley.  Enjoy! When I was a boy growing up in Redlands, California, my father would often take me with him to view cultural events on summer evenings at the Redlands Bowl.  This outdoor venue was a wonderful place to view opera, plays, band concerts, and numerous famous singers. One evening as we sat waiting for the performance to begin, my dad leaned over and asked me, “What do you think that means?” At the top of the proscenium were these words, “Without Vision A People…
  • The Secret to How Leaders Give Feedback

    Alli Polin
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    I can remember the moment the COO looked me in the eye and she asked what I thought of the candidate we just took to dinner.  I didn’t like the candidate for many reasons, but I figured if she made it all the way to dinner with the COO, a lot of people must have loved her throughout her interviews.  I was nervous, had intense butterflies in my stomach and the clock even seemed to slow down. The moment of truth: Would I share my concerns or cave into peer pressure and say she’s great? Then I remembered that leaders give feedback in service, not fear. What did I have to be afraid of…
  • How Do You Work with Someone You Hate?

    Alli Polin
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    I’m currently working with a contractor that drives me batty.  Everything they do and say rubs me the wrong way and as a result, I’m losing confidence in their ability to be effective. They’re demanding, judgmental, secretive about their processes and promised results have yet to be proven.  Honestly, I was brought up to never use the word “hate,” but instead, say “strongly dislike,” yet this person is pushing me over the edge.  I hired this person to be on my team, and now I’m left wondering what to do when you work with someone you hate? Something strange happens…
  • Does Your Leadership Mindset Create Success?

    Alli Polin
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Over the past months, I’ve noticed a trend in the classroom, at the office and around the town: There is an assumption that people need to be filled up to reach success instead of built up to create success.  It’s led me to wonder, are most people simply filling holes or building mountains?  Do they realize that their leadership mindset is at the heart of everything they do and say? I have no doubt, we are all capable of great things.  The trick is believing that greatness is possible and putting aside saboteurs to embrace our full potential.  Still, I see daily what happens when…
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    Leadership and Communication

  • The Home Depot Breach: 5 Trust-Breaking Errors

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

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

    Kellie Cummings
    16 May 2014 | 8:29 am
    Last week I presented on this topic for the Washington, DC chapter of IABC along with Angela Beatty of Towers Watson. While Angela shared Towers Watson’s research that illuminates best practices for managing change internally, I focused on managing change with customers and the fickle role of trust. The process of assessing decisions according to […]
  • Technology and Trust: Highlights from Tim O’Reilly’s Talk

    Kellie Cummings
    13 May 2014 | 10:46 am
    Tim O’Reilly, the founder of O’Reilly media and a board member of Code for America recently posted his slides from a TEDx presentation called, Technology and Trust: The Challenge of 21st Century Government. Following are a few noteworthy highlights from his talk that examine the ethical implications of distrust. “Democracies get their strength from the […]
  • Marketing Personas Can Damage Your Brand

    Kellie Cummings
    12 May 2014 | 7:36 am
    Also referred to as “buyer personas,” a marketing persona is a lifelike representation of your customer or prospective customer and it is derived from marketing research. Marketing research and traditional “branding” activities are rooted in principles from the industrial era, a time when mass marketing and mass consumerism drove organizational design. Marketing personas are based […]
 
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    Refresh Leadership

  • The Mentor Checklist: 11 Must-Have Qualities

    Ashlie Turley
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Research has shown over and over that people involved with a quality mentor do better in their careers – and personal lives – than those who go it alone, and that applies to everyone from school-age children to top business executives. Bottom line: purposefully seeking out advice and knowledge from others is one of the characteristics of successful people. The presence or absence of mentoring can also affect the successfulness of a business. A report from the Harvard Business Review recently revealed “that the lack of training opportunities and mentorship schemes in the workplace are…
  • Peak Performer’s Life with Walter Bond: Learn to Execute

    Walter Bond
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last week, Walter Bond challenged you to “Think.” This week he shares the next step – Execute. According to Walter, this means “putting in a plan of action – and actually doing it.” He believes “everyone has great ideas, but in many cases people struggle with execution.” In this episode of Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond discusses the importance of not only learning how to execute your ideas, but also how to do it under pressure. Drawing on examples from his professional basketball career and his successful motivational speaking career, Walter will share his insight on…
  • Is Social Media Rewiring Our Brains?

    Refresh Leadership
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Social media sites are used by one-third of the world’s population. More and more of our lives are being lived out and displayed online, a trend that will likely only become more prevalent in the years to come. So, what are the side effects of living in a society that’s always plugged in? Check out this quick video from AsapSCIENCE for some interesting insight into how social media is changing our brains. What side effects have you noticed or experienced as a result of our increasingly plugged in society? How does it affect your employees or their work ethic? Let us know in the comments…
  • The Results Are In: Mixed Opinions on the Value of Education in Defining Career Paths

    Jared Brox
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In August, we asked readers how their education affected their career paths, and the results show mixed opinions about the influence education has on future success. According to the results, 42% of respondents said they wouldn’t be where they are today without their degrees. However, 35% said their education hasn’t played a role in defining their career and 15% said it helped land their first job, but hasn’t been a factor since. So, the results are split on just how big of a role education plays on our future career paths. Nearly 6% of survey respondents selected the “other”…
  • This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond Challenges You to Think

    Walter Bond
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    According to former professional basketball player and motivational speaker Walter Bond, “We work so hard that we don’t have time to think. We don’t have time to use innovation and creativity. We don’t have time to think about our position and our roles. We’re so busy ‘doing’ that we don’t leave time to think.” Does this sound familiar? Have you ever found yourself so busy in the day-to-day that you don’t take time to really think about what you’re doing, or more importantly, if you even enjoy it? In the first of a yearlong series of motivational and educational…
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    Strategies Coaching & Training Blog

  • What you need to know but do not know

    Neil Ducoff
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Being a truly effective leader means being in the know about everything that is going on in and around your company. But being in the know about “everything” is impossible and would probably cause your head to explode. Yet, every day there are forces at work that could impede growth, hinder productivity, drain cash flow, degrade your brand or cause you to miss a major opportunity. By forces, I’m referring to the people side of your company where decisions are made and where thinking and behavior deviates from the company’s vision and core values. This is where personal…
  • Perfect teams are like fuzzy benchmarks

    Neil Ducoff
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every leader has a story of that “perfect team” of people. The stories are always about a shared passion to achieve the near impossible – to overcome all obstacles. There’s camaraderie, mutual support and knowing that everyone has your back. And then there’s that sprinkle of magic that gives each and every team member the belief that, together, they are unstoppable. But gradually over time, members of the team move on and replacements are brought in. The legacy of greatness remains, but that magic and electricity is different … or else absent entirely. For…
  • How to lead through numbers. Not by them

    Neil Ducoff
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    It is true that numbers don’t lie, but they don’t tell the complete story either. The best example is “Net Profit” on a Profit & Loss Statement. You can get all excited when you see a nice net profit – but having net profit doesn’t mean you have cash in the bank. You can check your bank balance – but that balance doesn’t reflect checks that were written but have yet to clear. If you understand how to read your Profit & Loss Statement, Balance Sheet and Statement of Cash Flows…and how all three reports work together…then you know they…
  • TEN No-Compromise Leadership Disciplines

    Cameron Taylor
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    No leader is a complete package of thinking and behavior disciplines. For most leaders, being that complete package is best defined as a quest to becoming as near complete as one can get. Just how hard are you willing to work at it? Just how open are you to making profound changes in your own thinking and behavior? If you’re truly committed to becoming an authentic No-Compromise Leader, you will need to embrace the following ten No-Compromise Leadership disciplines: It’s not about you: Being a leader is innately personal. It’s about achieving your full potential by coaching…
  • The No-Compromise approach to building and protecting your BRAND

    Neil Ducoff
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every company has a vision of what it will become. That vision defines how big a company will grow, the markets it will serve, its commitment to excellence, its core values, its growth opportunities, its potential financial rewards and all those other lofty and worthy things that represent a well-crafted vision. Company visions are supposed to be enticing and empowering because they define the quest. But within those visions resides one of the most essential components to achieving any goal – your “brand.” Envision a large funnel with an incredibly tiny opening at the…
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    ManageElite Blog

  • 3 things about the future you’ll want to know now

    Rich Henson
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    Ever wonder what the world of work will look like in 2022? Do-do-do-do. Do-do-do-do (Think Twilight Zone theme here.) Well, wonder no more. The consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC have done the work for you in a newly released study. And to hear them tell it, well, you don’t need my interpretation. Their words are far […] The post 3 things about the future you’ll want to know now appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • The one downside of your open-door policy

    Rich Henson
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Rules of thumb are great, but they are not absolute truths in all situations. For instance, it’s a rule of thumb that great managers have an open-door policy. Another rule of thumb is successful organizations solve problems close to where the problem occurred. In other words, if you have a waste basket burning in your […] The post The one downside of your open-door policy appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • A proven, 9-step plan to employee greatness

    Rich Henson
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    Some people are naturally driven to excel. They don’t need much encouragement. But for all the rest, that’s where a good manager comes in. Everybody likes to do well in order to feel good about themselves. Managers can help them do that with this simple 9-step plan to greatness. Employee greatness Step 1:  Carefully remove the word “I” from […] The post A proven, 9-step plan to employee greatness appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • 40-hour work week ain’t what it used to be

    Rich Henson
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not doing your job. If a recent Gallup Poll is correct, you are probably pulling your own load, and then some. The poll, released the Friday before Labor Day, showed the 40-hour work week is a thing of the past. The average time worked by full-time employees has ticked up […] The post 40-hour work week ain’t what it used to be appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
  • Why 2 in 5 employees leave vacation time on the table

    Rich Henson
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    We love time off! So why don’t we take all our vacation time? Because American workers are too scared to go on vacation. About 40 percent of us don’t plan on using all of our paid time off this year, according to a new survey released by the U.S. Travel Association and GfK, a market research firm. […] The post Why 2 in 5 employees leave vacation time on the table appeared first on ManageElite Blog.
 
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    Let's Grow Leaders

  • Experts Chime in on Bold and Innovative Leadership: A Frontline Festival

    Karin Hurt
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our September Festival is all about Bold and Innovative Leadership. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vixwerx for the great pic and to all our contributors! Self Leadership “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost No one has the words “Bold” or “Innovative” printed on their business cards; but Bill Benoist of Leadership Heart Coaching shares that when you look, these leaders are all around us. Follow Bill. More often than not, “Leadership Failure” is simply a…
  • 7 Ways to Help Your Team Deal with Ambiguity

    Karin Hurt
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Dealing with ambiguity is a competency quickly pushing its way up on the list of most wanted executive competencies, while simultaneously working its way down as a vital survival skill down the organization chart. Acting with incomplete information, adapting to change, working without complete direction, imagining what’s possible in an uncertain future–these are skills no longer reserved for the executive floor. Every manager and team member will be more effective with greater skill in this arena. It’s not easy. But, tackling the topic head on will save a lot of wasted time…
  • How to Help Managers Become More Strategic

    Karin Hurt
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    John’s frustration had turned to exacerbation.  He’d done everything he could to position himself for the next promotion. His results were amazing. He’d taken on several cross-functional projects and nailed those, too. He was delegating more and growing the competence of his team. He’d become far more open to feedback and had truly become a team player, even navigating the tricky inter-departmental dynamics. This time, the “I’m sorry, we’ve given the position to someone else” call ended with “We’re concerned about your ability to…
  • Who’s Influencing Your Leadership?

    Featured Guest
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Pleased to welcome this guest post from Bruce Harpham. In the world of music, composers and performers are influenced by each other every day. I was recently reminded of this tendency when I enjoyed a performance by pianist Richard Rubin. He showed how Andrew Lloyd Weber, the Broadway composer behind The Phantom of the Opera and other works, liberally borrowed from musical works. In some cases, it is clear who influenced Weber’s work. Scientists are also heavily influenced by their peers. Ground-breaking scientist Isaac Newton observed, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the…
  • What Everyone is Saying About Intimidation

    Karin Hurt
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m not often intimidated by questions from my MBA students, but this one was a stumper. It’s a question I’ve been wrestling with most of my career. “Why do so many execs choose to take stances of fear and intimidation?” Why Do So Many Execs Try to Intimidate Their Followers? It started with our discussion of Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk on how your non-verbals can impact your confidence. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a powerful story. She conducts an experiment where interviewers try to be as intimidating as possible, with a stoic, non-emotional…
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    Leadership XL | Leadership XL

  • Listening or Dictating be a Better Leader

    Jason Cortel
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Do This Today to be a Better Leader   Every interaction presents an opportunity for a manager to listen or to dictate. This can happen independently or a mixture of both. Knowing when and how long to listen vs. dictate can have a profound impact on the outcome. If your goal is to have an effective conversation, frequently pause and ask for feedback then listen. Dominating the session with your own thoughts, ideas and opinions creates missed opportunities and potentially the best possible outcome. In the end you are robbing the other participates of their ability to contribute. If people…
  • Relinquish the 12 Sins of Leadership

    Jason Cortel
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Leadership requires humility, patience, openness and a free mind. When you are using any of the 12 sins of leadership and holding them ever so tightly to your very being you are not acting like a leader. These are the behaviors that kids hold on to, that teenagers hold on to and that successful leaders have learned to relinquish. The 12 sins of leadership that you need to relinquish to be a better leader: 1) The need to always be right There are so many people who have to be right all the time. They will argue their point until there is tangible evidence that shows they were wrong and…
  • They are your Employee

    Jason Cortel
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    An ode to employees everywhere. You ask a lot, they deliver a lot. Never forget that. They can bite their tongue They can fake a smile They can force a laugh They can walk the walk and talk the talk They can act and play the part If you ask them to They can do it They are your employee They crawl, they stumble, they walk It stings when they fall down Your words linger in their mind They can only take so much They fall apart – need you build them up They are your employee They can turn it on They can be a good machine They can hold the weight of your organization If you ask them to They can…
  • Tuesday Tip: Say You’re Welcome Damn It

    Jason Cortel
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    We’ve stopped saying you’re welcome and without realizing it are minimizing the other person’s gratitude. These are not ways to say you’re welcome: No problem Uh-huh Sure OK Anytime Or the dreaded right What these words are saying is that what I did for you wasn’t the sacrifice you thought it was. It also indicates that you were not happy to do the act that you are being thanked for. In other words you are a grumpy, ungrateful, agitated person but aren’t bold enough to have your actions interpreted as rude so you opted to allow your words to be rude instead. Don't be a…
  • Fixing the “I Hate My Boss” Rut

    Jason Cortel
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    There are plenty of bad bosses out there. There are plenty of good bosses that we periodically hate. The relationship we have with our boss is often a cycle of love/hate. The trick to having a successful boss/employee relationship is quickly moving from the hate cycle back to the love cycle. Stuck in the I hate my boss rut? This might help you fix it. Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule When you are in the I love my boss cycle the boss can do no wrong. You happily come to work, are eager to have your one-on-one’s and provide status updates. When they give you feedback you accept it with…
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    Kay Leadership Academy

  • How Effective Leaders guide, support or decide on a proposal

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

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

    admin
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
      Get a favorable decision Over the past few years I have been closely observing the habits of highly effective executives and how they manage to get a favorable decision for their proposal, every timeYou may call it lobbying, politicking or influencing.But this is arguably one of the most important skills to develop, especially when you want to manage “up” to senior executives. This skill comes quite handy in numerous occasions including selling a product or a concept, influencing someone, resolving a conflict, impressing in an interview, leading a team, presenting a business case…
  • How a blog can help in systematic transition from hobby to career

    admin
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
      A blog can help boost your career Systematic transition from hobby to career can be achieved by way of a blog. The future is here and you can leverage it to achieve for this transition. The following are three ways in which a blog helps you achieve a systematic transition from hobby to career: 1. Your own development, as you take your hobby into a more serious environment and consider it as your career 2. How others see your blog, and through that how they see you – the person behind the blog 3. How the blog benefits you in terms of career and opportunities Let’s consider each of…
  • Ten ways to convert your hobby into a career

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

  • Less is More – Daniel Kosmala

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: Unsplash.com   We are always trying to do too much. In our marriages, in our friendships, in our communities, and in our jobs. Out tendency is to naturally say, “Yes.”. We accept far more than we can handle. Recently, I have been asking myself, “Why?”. Why is it our tendency to overbook ourselves? To schedule two important meetings at the same time? To accept a board position for two local nonprofits when we only have time for one? To join 2 small groups at church? All of it is driven by our desire to be accepted. And to be accepted, we feel like we…
  • How to Leverage Big Data for Big Time Social Media Success – Reade Milner

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Big data has been the big buzzword in the world of technology for some time now. Basically, it is a term used to describe the billions and billions of megabytes of information that is compiled from human interactions on the internet. Every action you take on the internet from the morning Wall Street Journal articles you clicked on this morning to the Facebook status you liked this afternoon become part of this Big Data.   Photo Credit: Rodrigo Moraes  via Compfight cc   Companies are spending big money to find a way to leverage this hugely powerful asset for their own purposes.
  • Leadership is Not Perspective Art – Glenn Brooke

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    There is a Jesuit church in Rome which ran out of building money before they could finish the cathedral dome.  Andrea Pozzo said, “No problem, I’ll paint you a dome on the ceiling.”  Between 1685 and 1694 he created one of the finest examples of large scale perspective art ever produced.  From one end of the church floor the illusion is nearly perfect:     From the opposite perspective the illusion is destroyed. He also created the illusion of a high vaulted ceiling where none actually exists:     To an extent, humans love clever artistry and being fooled (witness…
  • #036: Why Is It So Difficult To Be Honest With Ourselves?

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Photo Credit: Sweet One via Compfight cc Subscribe To Podcast With iTunesSubscribe To Podcast With RSS Subscribe To Podcast In Microsoft Store   Live Life With Purpose Episode #036: Why Is It So Difficult To Be Honest With Ourselves?   http://asmithblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/036-Why-Is-It-So-Difficult-To-Be-Honest-With-Ourselves.m4a   Show Notes – Why Is It So Difficult To Be Honest With Ourselves?   When bad things happen, it’s time to stop blaming anyone and everyone besides ourselves. Stop pointing the finger out, and instead point it in. It’s at…
  • How You Can Be the Hero in Your Marriage – Jackie Bledsoe

    adam@asmithblog.com (Adam Smith)
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    As kids, most guys imagined being a super hero. We’d watch Saturday morning cartoons and then we would go get a towel and swoosh around like we were Superman or Batman. To be truthful we’ve never outgrown that. We still want to be the hero today. It just looks different after you’re an adult and have a family. Photo credit: Dimensions Photography You never outgrow it, but it changes. Instead of beating up bad guys and saving the world, being a hero becomes making the world surrounding our wives a better place. Ladies, if your husband is honest he wants you to think about…
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  • Leading On Business: Are You Making Money?

    Kaarina Dillabough
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    No, not with a press in your basement. In your business…with what you do online. Every day another new post comes out about monetizing... 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 in life. A former Olympic sports colour commentator and coach, Kaarina parlayed her coaching skills from the gym floor to the boardroom, working with business…
  • Our Greatest Strength Is Also Our Greatest Weakness

    Bob Wheeler
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    We’ve done so much, with so little, for so long, that we can anything, with nothing, forever. This phrase highlights the strength of the... Author information Bob Wheeler Author, Speaker, and Personal Career Consultant Bob is a Navy Veteran, HR Professional, and Hawk Eye Certified Veteran Development Coach. His positions have included work in training and development, leading and managing medical units, and recruiting medical professionals. Bob holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. He resides in Jacksonville, NC…
  • Your Road Ahead: Interpret These 5 Signs

    Kristine Ward
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    “If you were a kitchen appliance, which one would you be and why?” asked the woman that could soon be my new boss. “Oh,... Author information Kristine Ward Writer, Mentor at Zigzagged Path To Wholeness Kristine Ward is a freelance writer, blogger, and mentor. She is a member of Better after 50 Writers, The Women of Midlife bloggers, the prestigious Atlanta Writers Club and feels blessed to have found one of the most gifted, brutally honest critique groups in Atlanta. She blogs about spiritual growth issues and believes that if we can tune out the world's voice and listen to the still,…
  • Why Employees Are Afraid To Tell You The Truth

    Tony Richards
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    What is truth? In the context we will be discussing today, the truth will be recognized as a fact or reality. I am not... Author information Tony Richards Founder and Senior Partner at Clear Vision Development Group Tony Richards is founder and Senior Partner of Clear Vision Development Group, a leadership and organizational development company. Tony makes his home in Columbia, MO with his wife and partner, Ann Marie. In addition to Clear Vision, they also own Word Marketing, Horizon Research Services, and Fusion Production & Design. Tony was a C-level executive for 20 years, starting in…
  • How Stories About Your Workplace Shape Team Culture

    Sean Glaze
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    The content and tone of your workplace stories are powerful tools that can weaken or strengthen your team culture. What your employees say to... Author information Sean Glaze Speaker, Author, Coach, and Team Building Facilitator at Great Results Team Building Sean Glaze is an interactive speaker who delivers motivational team leadership keynotes and facilitates team building events that inspire groups like yours to improve communication skills, boost morale, and become better teammates! Sean is the author of Fistitude and Leading Teams. TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedIn The post How Stories…
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    Takis Athanassiou Blog

  • Increasing The Google+ Engagement For Your Business [Infographic]

    Takis Athanassiou
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is an excellent infographic by Quick Sprout presenting some interesting facts about Google+ in relation to your business. A must see! Do you use Google+ for your business. Check this infographic, from Quick Sprout for some interesting facts and how to increase engagement! Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Graphs.net. Question: How do you use Google+ to increase engagement for your business? -Takis Want to read more like this from Takis Athanassiou? You can subscribe to my blog by Mail or via RSS Feed. The post…
  • Leadership Can Set You Free!

    Takis Athanassiou
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Leadership as a discipline and as a daily practice is a lot different to leadership per se (or at least what everybody means, when we talking about leadership!). The discipline of leadership is a self development practice, a one can lead you to radical different ways of doing and behaving, from those you were accustomed previous. For that fact, Leadership is a deeply transformation act, that you can, only, employ freely and deliberately! Leadership As A Process Leadership is a process with many variables, no one can claim that mastered them all. Generally speaking, it is a: process of social…
  • Instructional Systems Design [Infographic]

    Takis Athanassiou
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here is an excellent infographic, from eLearning Infographics, presenting the Instructional Design (or Instructional Systems Design) process. Check it out, if you interested at instructional design, e-Learning and effective learning procedures! Instructional Design is a methodology, discipline, practice and an art of developing effective learning experiences for the learners. The effectiveness of a such methodology, is proved by the effectiveness of the learning process itself. Instructional Design: A Brief Introduction Instructional Design (or Instructional Systems Design (ISD)):  is the…
  • The Pros And Cons Of Hiring A Student

    Amy Cowen
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Amy Cowen is a professional proofreader, focusing on education, helping students achieving their goals, writing and sharing ideas. You can contact her at Google+. Hiring a student as a freelancer is not a terrible idea. It is not always fair to judge an employee by experience. There are people that work 30 years in the same job and know little more about it than they did in their fifth year. Still, there are pros and cons to taking on a student as a freelancer. Here are some of the pros and cons for you to ponder. Pro – Cheap Labor Hire a student and he or she will have a tight budget.
  • Centrallo – A New Productivity Tool

    Takis Athanassiou
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Centrallo (not affiliate link) is a new list-based productivity tool, that helps the people to organize, to centralize and to prioritize their life. Centrallo is a cross platform native iPhone, iPad and Android app that can help you be more efficient in your personal and professional life. What Centrallo Is? Centrallo is a next generation, high functional, productivity tool, that can help you to organize your life in a more simple and productive way. You may think Centrallo as a hybrid tool among Evernote and Dropbox, providing a more simple and effortless way for you to do your day-to-day…
 
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  • EP52: Why Every Successful Person Needs a Mastermind with @Justin_Carper

    Ellory Wells
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Episode 52 of the Empowered Podcast features my friend and mastermind group member, Justin Carper. Justin and I have been in a mastermind together for most of the past year. He and I talk about the value of having a mastermind and why every successful person needs one. If you’ve ever considered joining a mastermind, you need to listen to this episode! Thank Justin for being on the show! Justin’s Mission: Everyone is exceptional at something. My goal is to help you discover the “exceptional you.”  Quotes: Average people stay average because they aren’t focusing…
  • Excellence is Overrated. Focus on This Instead

    Ellory Wells
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    Are you a perfectionist? Do you strive for excellence in everything you do? You might believe focusing on excellence is working for you, but it isn’t. Excellence is overrated. Let’s look at the reality of driving for excellence in everything you do. Let’s see why it’s overrated, and what you should focus on instead. Photo Credit: kevin dooley via Compfight cc Over the past few years of doing online business I’ve created several products. I’ve written ebooks on topics such as personal branding and starting a podcast, and even created a course to walk…
  • EP51: Becoming Location Independent with Christina Canters (@CJCanters)

    Ellory Wells
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Episode 51 of the Empowered Podcast features freelance writer, world-traveler, and creative marketing expert, Christina Canters. You’ll hear Christina and I talk about how she became location independent, how she picked up and left Australia to travel the world, and how things are working out for her. She shares her ups, downs, and her passion for great food. I hope you enjoy! Thank Christina for being on the show! Christina’s Mission: To help you become a confident, creative communicator  How Christina defines empowerment: Believing in yourself and believing that you can…
  • The Biggest Risk You’re Taking with Your Career

    Ellory Wells
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Not everyone wants to start their own business. I get that. A lot of people are happy in their day jobs. I’ve been there. But if you work for one boss or one company, there’s a risk you’re taking without realizing it. You’re taking this risk all while believing you’re doing the right thing. If you’re taking this career risk, if we act now, we just might be able to save you in time. Photo credit: valeyoshino / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) In business today there’s a silent catch-22 deceiving everyone involved.
  • 12 Mistakes Driven People Make When Setting Goals

    Ellory Wells
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    You and I are driven people. Both of us are trying to make it from point A to point B. Though we travel different paths, our goals are largely the same. We both want to be happy. Since becoming a professional coach, I’ve met a lot of people. A photographer in his twenties trying to leave the family business. A single mother hoping to take what she’s learned about child care and start her own business and charity. Even a father of three who wants to share is passion for cash cars with the world. Each of these friends is extremely driven. They spend hours learning new skills so…
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  • Teach Them To Fish: 5 Leadership Lessons For Mentoring Employees

    David Hassell
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    To succeed as an entrepreneur you must constantly overcome countless factors that are beyond your control; market changes, employee attrition, and tech/product issues. You have to keep moving quickly towards execution or competitors will swallow you whole. But you can’t do it all by yourself. You need the support of employees who will require mentoring to reach a level of competency where they can work independently. In an outcome-focused business with scarce resources, it is tempting to give only as much direction as necessary to get results. Here are 5 ways to go a little further and…
  • The Top 9 Struggles New Managers Face But You Don’t Have To

    Guest Post
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Do you remember when you were first hired as a manager or were promoted from within? Perhaps you founded your first company and had to lead and support a staff for the first time. Just thinking back to those days might make some queasy. Transitioning to a management role can be a bumpy ride, and many new managers struggle with the same issues — miscommunication, delegating vs doing, and reporting up the ladder. No one gets it all right, right off the bat. While mistakes often provide excellent learning opportunities, having some guidance will save you from being overwhelmed or…
  • Custom Reports: Widening the Lens on Employee Feedback and Team Progress

    Shane Metcalf
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Ever since my days as an executive coach, my passion has been to facilitate open and honest business communication, providing company leaders with access to their greatest potential. I fulfill this passion at 15Five by guiding customers through an automated question and answer process, which leads to conversations about everything from how to improve an employee’s role to the creation of brilliant product innovations. Every question that you have ever asked your team and every answer and comment you provide are securely and permanently stored within the application. But as the days and…
  • Failed Job Interview? Blame It On Your Reptile Brain

    David Hassell
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Have you ever had a job interview or sales meeting fall through and you weren’t sure why? Within the first moments of an encounter, people begin making judgments about whether a partnership is possible and feels right, whether a candidate is a good fit, or whether to purchase a product or subscribe to a service. Think back to that meeting that quickly fell apart. What did you do to make them judge you so unfavorably? Often that foggy reason for why things didn’t go as expected comes down to authenticityA professional meeting is not that much different from a personal one. People can…
  • Why You Should Hire People Who Are Smarter Than You

    David Hassell
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Hiring intelligently is one of the most direct ways to build a company’s success. I’m not just talking about developing a detailed procedure for recruitment and interviews, I mean you should look for the most intelligent and capable candidates, ones whose brilliance exceeds your own. A hiring manager might compare a candidate’s qualifications with the job description but not sit back and think, What can I learn from her? Some managers just don’t want to be outshined by the creativity, skills and experience of a new employee. Business leaders have to be vigilant about…
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    Work Like An Artist

  • Why You Struggle To Focus And What To Do About It

    Karl Rohde
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde A subscriber to WorkLikeAnArtist.com reached out and asked me if I had any thoughts on getting focused. It got me thinking about how well I focus and how consistent I am at getting important and meaningful things done and what I could say of value on the topic. The reality for me is that I’m pretty good at initiating ideas and getting something started but quite often I find myself caught up in the busy-ness of work and life. From there I lose track, get distracted and then find myself procrastinating.
  • If You Feel Like Giving Up, You Need to Read This

    Karl Rohde
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:46 pm
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde When you start a new endeavor that involves change, growth or facing one’s fears, an entity comes home to roost. Its the pressure to give up and retreat back to the way things were. When you set upon a course to disrupt the inertia of your life to do something special, extraordinary or something that operates outside of the rules a great and imposing force comes to the fore. Renowned author, Steven Pressfield, exposes this in his must-read book The War of Art in which he aptly calls…
  • The Distinct Qualities of Achievers

    Karl Rohde
    3 Dec 2013 | 2:57 am
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde I recently read a column by Mark Bouris in the Sunday edition of the Herald Sun newspaper (in Australia). Mark is arguably the preeminent celebrity businessman of Australia. From media observation he seems to be a stern, suave, straight shooting, respectable, high integrity business owner that inspires many. Mark was also the host of the popular Australian edition of The Apprentice and more recently Celebrity Apprentice. His TV presence is compelling, placing him and his personal brand in a very…
  • How I use WorkFlowy to do my Best Work

    Karl Rohde
    29 Oct 2013 | 2:13 am
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde I believe getting organised is critical to doing your best work, consistently. As such, I’m a bit of a freak when it comes to productivity tools. It’s not always good. I like them so much it’s a form of procrastination – I have to watch myself. I’ve tried heaps of them and various iterations of analogue tools involving paper and pen. There is one tool however that seems to have kept me together in a way that really works for me. And I think that’s the key. Productivity is very personal. What…
  • Damn Good Advice from Amber Case

    Karl Rohde
    25 Sep 2013 | 2:54 am
    by Karl Rohde — Get free updates of new posts here. Photo Credit: Karl Rohde Last month I got the opportunity to meet a remarkable person. It was quite unexpected. I was speaking at the itSMF LEADit technology conference and noted that one of the keynotes was from a renowned TED speaker, Amber Case. I was slightly intrigued as I had seen her TED talk, We Are All Cyborg’s Now. Building on the theme of her work on wearable technology Amber’s talk at LEADit was, in my mind, worthy of the “grand prix” of the conference. My mind was racing and my…
 
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    Dashe & Thomson » Social Learning Blog

  • Implementing C.R.A.P. into your eLearning Design

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

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

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

    Jolene Wilson
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    According to graphic designer Von Glitschka, his industry (graphic design) has: “become creatively lazy over the last 20 years when it comes to the creative process… Instead of spending the necessary time working out concepts by drawing out the ideas and thoroughly exploring the visual possibilities in a drawn form, they instead immediately jump on the box.” Hearing Von Glitschka’s assertion made me wonder about the instructional design industry. Certainly,… The post Why Instructional Designers Should Draw appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
  • How To Extract Knowledge From Experts Before It’s Lost

    Ben Nesvig
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    If, on his last day of employment before retiring, a man tried to walk out the door with a favorite personal computer he used at work, what would happen? Even if the company appreciated his expertise and commitment, they likely wouldn’t let him leave with a computer. Now, what would happen if that same employee walked out on his last day without sharing any of his expertise? Business as usual… The post How To Extract Knowledge From Experts Before It’s Lost appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.
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    Leadership through Horsemanship

  • Body, Mind, and Soul

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:24 am
    "Health is a complete harmony of the mind, body, and spirit.  When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open." ~ B.K.S. IyengarAs River has some chronic health issues, keeping her healthy through proactive means is critical to keep the recurrence of her health issues at bay.  This involves ensuring she eats the proper diet, drinks enough water, has regular farrier and vet appointments, and gets exercise. It also requires a lot of observation on my part, since River can't tell me if she doesn't feel well.Proactively managing one's…
  • Light the Shadows

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    "Every act of evil unleashes a million acts of kindness. That is why shadows will never win while there is still light to shine." ~ Aaron PaquetteSometimes it feels like the world is against us.  People conspire to take away our self-confidence and self-esteem.  We try to treat others as we would like to be treated only to be rebuffed or trod upon.  At the end of the day, we feel demoralized.  Is it worth the effort to live by the Golden Rule? Should we become one of those same people who have, at the end of the day, sapped our sense of self?It is at those…
  • Barn Time

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

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

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    After recovering from another flair-up of laminitis, my Equine Coach, River, has been cleared by her veterinarian to be ridden again!  River's exercise had been  limited to ground work only to this point in her recovery.  Exercise is a double-edged sword for River after she is out of the acute laminitic phase -- Exercise is essential to her recovery and hoof health, but heavily monitored so as not to compromise her recovery.River and I have been down this path before, but I come this time with a new perspective -- a perspective that is borne…
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    Engaging Leader

  • 096: Bringing the Lean Startup into Your Organization: Leadership in the Age of Uncertainty | with Jeff Dyer

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you or your team ever come up with a big idea that you thought would be very cool, but didn’t take any action because you thought it would be too risky? Perhaps it was an idea for a new product or service, or a process change to solve a complex problem. Maybe you tried […]
  • 095: 3 Things Leaders Should Learn from Rock-Orchestra Superstars

    Joe Sherwood
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    “At first, we didn’t believe him, that this highly accomplished star in our field was interested in not just teaching us but in learning from us,” my wife Erin said. “But then we saw by his actions that he really meant it.” Erin had just returned from her first time attending the annual week-long Mark […]
  • WHE14: The 6 Drivers of Behavioral Engagement

    Joe Sherwood
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    This episode is the second in a two-part series about leading a health behavioral change. Episode 13 focused on leading a fairly straightforward change, such as influencing employees to get a biometric health screening or to take a financial wellness assessment. Episode 14 addresses leading a more complex change effort, such as influencing employees to […]
  • 094: Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation | with Greg Brandeau

    Joe Sherwood
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Are you a leader who builds teams that innovate again and again? Creating and sustaining an organization that is consistently innovative is extremely difficult (and rare). Conventional leaders see their role as conjuring up a vision and inspiring others to make it happen. The best leaders of innovation see their role quite differently. Former Pixar […]
  • If You Don’t Lead Innovation, You Aren’t a Leader. (And you won’t stay in business very long.)

    Jesse Lahey
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Conventional wisdom says creativity is the realm of advertising, and innovation the job of product development. We wouldn’t expect to find the IT or Finance departments bursting with innovation. But Google could never have grown from a startup in 1998 to the market dominator, with over one million servers, without an IT team that was […]
 
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    ReadyToManage

  • Are People the Key to Business Optimization?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:28 am
    Once any business has gone beyond the rollercoaster ride that can be experienced at the start-up stage, no matter what its size or type, the primary task of every leader is to optimize performance in a multitude of ways on a day-to-day, week-to-week and month-to-month basis. Most businesses try to do this on a largely unstructured basis by asking leaders to set their own broad standards and goals (in whatever way they deem to be appropriate) and then check whether or not these have been met. This usually leads to a lot of written objectives and targets, operating instructions and performance…
  • Leadership Styles around the World

    Richard Madison
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    Leadership is an ever-changing concept, and the way in which people practice leadership style varies greatly from culture to culture. From autocratic management to egalitarian practice, from the traditional Asian ‘ringi-sho consensus’ to the Scandinavian ‘Primus Inter Pares’. The infographic which can be seen by clicking hereexplores the overriding philosophies that dictate leadership styles across the globe, although it only covered some countries and naturally it is fully understood that these are very general stereotypes. Nonetheless there are some significant differences…
  • What Changes in the World of Work Are We Likely to See in the next 25 Years?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    If we think back just 25 years or so (which is only the late 1980’s) the world of work was very different. Just a few of these differences were: There were many more large companies with lots of employees than there are today Most companies (except a few very large ones) had a local city, State or at most national customer footprint (with little reach beyond their country borders) Employees worked for fewer employers over a career (only 2-3 over a career on average) Weekends were worked as an exception rather than a rule (and retail businesses were largely closed on a Sunday) Data was…
  • What’s the Best Way to Build a Strong Business?

    Dr. Jon Warner
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Not every owner wants to build or grow a business. Many owners (by some statistics, as many as 75% of them by number out of the total) operate what might be called a “life-style” business. This kind of business acts as a vehicle for an owner and perhaps a spouse or even his or her children to work in the organization and provide sufficient income to pay a living wage. Many small retail shops, consulting practices, professional practitioners (accountants, bookkeepers, attorneys etc., home based services, tradespeople, brokers of all kinds (e.g. real estate or insurance) and even internet…
  • Leadership Accountability

    Dr. Jon Warner
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Have you ever experienced any of the following when dealing with a particular leader in your organization? You send them an email asking for a response or a decision but you never hear from them He or she is regularly late for meetings (or doesn’t show up at all) He or she constantly delays on projects or procrastinates on deliverables He or she regularly makes excuses for inaction He or she is nowhere to be seen when problems in his or her area arise or conflict occurs He or she often blames or criticizes a subordinate or colleague rather than takes responsibility for the situation…
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    Coaching for Leaders

  • Why It Pays to Be a Pessimist

    Dave Stachowiak
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    A few months ago, I interviewed astronaut Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station. If you’ve read his book* or seen his TED talk, you might easily mistake him for an optimist. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines optimism as: An inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome. Chris Hadfield is no optimist. When you read books from famous leaders, there is almost always a part with a heading like “visualize success” or similar directive. In his book and in our interview, the mantra that…
  • Do This To Be The Leader People Remember

    Dave Stachowiak
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    Awhile back, I was having a chat with a client that I’ve always liked and respected. We got to talking about her career trajectory and she was telling me about the best manager she’d ever had. Her first manager was someone who was kind, consistent, and most importantly, made time to coach her to be a more effective professional. She mentioned being particularly impressed with the time he spent a few times a year to meet personally and provide her with some coaching. She was even more grateful for it now, since she had since worked for several other people in the industry and realized how…
  • How To Navigate When You’re Flying Blind

    Dave Stachowiak
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Bonni and I have started checking out local preschools for our son to attend next year. It’s a blessing and a curse that there are tons of options in our immediate vicinity. Like most parents, we’ve spent time researching and visiting schools in preparation for where we’ll send our kids. After a few weeks of this, I found myself with more questions than I had before we started. Fortunately, an old friend of Bonni’s is a preschool director and offered to share some of her wisdom with us. We had dinner recently and she asked us lots of questions and then shared her experiences. Bonni…
  • September 18th: Chicago Area Dinner Meet-up

    Dave Stachowiak
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I’m traveling with our kids to visit family in the Chicago area later this month. If you’re a Coaching for Leaders listener in the Chicago area, you’re invited to join other community members and me for an informal dinner meet-up. We’ll meet at a Bollingbrook restaurant from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18th. If you would like to attend, please contact me and I’ll forward the details. I look forward to meeting you!
  • Don’t Start Your Presentation Like This

    Dave Stachowiak
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Earlier this summer, I attended a rather formal event with several speakers slated. As the program began, there was a slight pause, followed by the first speaker suddenly running up on stage. He apologized profusely for being out of sorts and made some mention of trouble with his microphone. He explained that he was normally much more prepared, much more organized, and always timely. The apology and stumbling took half a minute before he got underway with the program. It was a bit uncomfortable to watch and an odd start to a formal event. It could have easily been skipped. Had he simply…
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  • Are You Still Waiting?

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

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

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

    Roger MacRae
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    3 Steps to Clear Out Your E-mail Inbox So You Can Be More Productive with Your Time “There are no items to show in this view.”These are nine of my favorite words that show in my Outlook Inbox when it’s empty. My clients love seeing these words – and all the white space, too – but not all professionals have reached this level of e-mail management. (And some don’t aspire to it!)Most professionals are reactively glued to their Inboxes all day long. Many let the Inbox build up and they spend their days scrolling and searching for things… wasting precious time and energy and…
  • Are You Stuck in Work Day Pinball?

    Roger MacRae
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    4 Tips to Help You Play and Win the Productive Day Game Part II Part I of this article gave you the first two tips to help you become more proactive and more productive in your work day, instead of being reactive, like the little ball that gets bounced around in a pinball machine.Never played pinball? I played a lot when I was younger and if you’ve never played, the object of the game is to try to keep the ball in play for as long as possible and hit as many different targets for more points without letting the ball go down the drain.I compare the pinball game to a typical work day…
 
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  • Intertech Announces STEM Scholarship (Post 2 of 2)

    Tom Salonek
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Second of two blog posts in this series Last time I shared news about Intertech’s new philanthropic focus on science and technology learning. I also mentioned the new $2,500 scholarship being funded by the Intertech Foundation for an aspiring computer science freshman college student. And I promised to delve more deeply into the topic of [...]The post Intertech Announces STEM Scholarship (Post 2 of 2) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Intertech Announces STEM Scholarship (Post 1 of 2)

    Tom Salonek
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    First of two blog posts in this series Maybe it has something to do with becoming a dad—or maybe it’s just the good ‘ole enlightened self-interest of a technology business owner—but in the past year I’ve help guide an expansion of Intertech’s philanthropy and the giving focus of the Intertech Foundation to include science and [...]The post Intertech Announces STEM Scholarship (Post 1 of 2) appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Building a Winning Business – Patience with New Employees

    Tom Salonek
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    With introductions and administrative formalities out of the way, it’s time for your new team member to roll up his proverbial sleeves and get to work. Understandably, your expectations are high. You’re finally going to see this genius in action! Take a deep breath,make a cup of tea, and repeat this ancient Chinese proverb three [...]The post Building a Winning Business – Patience with New Employees appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Intertech Named to Inc. 5000

    Tom Salonek
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:09 pm
    For the ninth time, Intertech was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of the fastest growing companies in America.  Intertech experienced 77% growth in sales over the past three years.  My thanks to our exceptional employees and dedicated customers.  We are not possible without you.The post Intertech Named to Inc. 5000 appeared first on Tom Talks.
  • Intertech Profiled as a Business Journal Best Place to Work

    Tom Salonek
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Intertech was profiled in the August 15th, 2014 Business Journal as a Best Place to Work. As shared in an earlier post, this was our 10th time being named to the list.  My thanks to our employees and customers… we’re not possible without you. See the profile here.The post Intertech Profiled as a Business Journal Best Place to Work appeared first on Tom Talks.
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  • 4 Customer Experience Lessons From Camping Out For An #iPhone6plus

    Brian Fanzo
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Happy iPhone 6 Day! Yes today is iPhone6day as everyone on any social network is well aware.  Living in Arizona the chore of waiting in line overnight is quiet comfortable compared to those back east in heavy coats and rain. This wasn’t my first time waiting for an Apple product as an apple fan and Mac Beta tester as I’ll explain the experience is a geek version of Christmas morning.   Last night as I was camping out or should I say sitting in a camping chair on the concrete,  I took the opportunity to survey those in line, as they are a community of fans and a loyal customer…
  • Digital Business: How To Sell On Twitter

    Daniel Newman
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    Question: Our management team really doubts the value of social media for our business (B2B). Any tips on how you can create sales opportunities using Twitter (or other social media)?   You aren’t alone. A lot of B2B companies struggle with the idea of social media. Unlike the sales channels that most B2B companies are used to, social media tends to be harder to measure the exact return. Having said that, this doesn’t mean that your company should throw the baby out with the bath water. In fact, even the most discerning management team could get more out of social media if…
  • 4 Keys To Building A Social Business From The Inside Out

    Daniel Newman
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    When talking about the explosive growth of social media, there may be nothing I hear more from small- and medium-business owners than this: “We know we need to get involved in social, we’ve tried! Our team just doesn’t buy into it. They have a way of doing things, and it’s really hard to change.” Like a perfectly thrown dart, this nails the bull’s-eye and simultaneously it depicts why many entrepreneurs are struggling to make social work for them. But before I make what would seem to be the easy application of blame on the employees, I’m going to throw a quick curveball: The…
  • Welcome To The Human Data Center

    Daniel Newman
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
      It’s hard to believe but regardless of whether you are a boomer or a millennial, the average consumer spends almost 24 hours per week online. An entire day! Other than sleeping (for most of us), there may be nothing we do for more time in a given week than search, email, and browse the Internet. However, in a world where data is fast becoming the next precious resource, 1 out of 7 just isn’t enough. So in an effort to better connect the consumer to the interwebs, the brands we love (and don’t) are seeking out ways to keep us more connected, more often. Apple Makes A Splash Just…
  • Your Vanity Is Killing Your Brand – Part 2: Linkedin

    Rachel Miller
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    aka Vanity Metrics Are Worthless & Futile – Part 2: LinkedIn There is much talk today about networks versus communities and communities versus tribes. But ultimately, to be successful you need to surround yourself with like-minded peers. Because as the saying goes “you are the company you keep.” Whether you are in the early stages of building your social army or already have a well-developed network, you undoubtedly suffer from the same pain points — how can I continuously nurture multiple mutually beneficial relationships? Social success is not built on legions of fans,…
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  • Ride the Wave of Encouragement

    PFPS
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you’re hot, you’re hot. When you’re not, you’re not. Success breeds success. You know what it’s like when there’s no stopping you. You’re on a hot streak, and your confidence carries over from one sales appointment to the next. It’s true that it’s easier to win when you feel like a winner. That’s why […]
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    15 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    Small Business Owners: Be sure to follow Stephen Lahey’s informative podcasts! http://smallbusinesstalent.com/
  • Legendary Service

    PFPS
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Service is one of the most important elements of sales, and a crucial element to get connected with your buyers. Join us for an authors’ round table with Vicki Halsey and Kathy Cuff, two of the co-authors of “Legendary Service,” a new book put out by the Ken Blanchard team! Vicki and Kathy will discuss […]
  • What’s the Difference Between Encouraging and Discouraging Others?

    PFPS
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. Therefore, when you encourage one thing you are discouraging another. Likewise, when you discourage one action, you are implying an encouragement of its opposite. It has become fashionable to only and always be encouraging. That is why every child in every activity receives a participation […]
  • The Importance of Encouraging Your Buyers

    PFPS
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In the workplace, people talk about encouragement as if it is something reserved only for managers to dole out to their employees. Nothing could be further from the truth. In sales, encouragement is essential if you are to advance the sale.  Sellers need to be effective in encouraging their buyers. To encourage means to “put […]
 
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  • Learning How to Handle Failure

    Heidi Oran
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    When I was in my twenties I experienced what I’ve heard numerous twenty-somethings lament over: The pressure to accomplish! A quick Google search of 20-Something Lists will provide you with an unlimited array of “25 Things You MUST DO Before 30,” or “50 Books You Must Read by 25,” or “30 Countries You Must Visit By 30!” (I may have exaggerated on the last one, but you get the picture.) It’s no secret that Millennials have been highly pressured since childhood. Yes, we did receive trophy’s just for showing up, but perhaps that helped to…
  • 8 Signs You Are Working Too Hard

    Robert Half
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Guest Post by Andrew Brushfield Can you remember the last time you had a holiday? What about the last full weekend you spent that didn’t involve you checking your phone or email account on a regular basis? The chances are high that you’re not alone. In this technologically-driven day and age, work and life have become inextricably linked and for many people there really isn’t ever a switch between the two, but rather a merging. While it’s fantastic to love your work and to be passionate about your career, there’s a big difference between a healthy level of interest and living it…
  • Motivated Millennial Leader Hannah Becker

    Molly Page
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    Sometimes what feels like a failure is actually just the first step toward success. Motivated Millennial Leader Hannah Becker knows that for a fact. Her career path has been a bit unorthodox but her self-diagnosed “hardheadedness” has allowed her to turn set backs into lessons that serve her well in the long run. Hannah knows, “What feels like a failure at the time is often just a high priced education that will allow for success later.” Hannah Becker is a serial entrepreneur. But she admits she hasn’t just stumbled into success with a midas touch. She has worked hard and persevered…
  • 3 Ways to Break Trust and 1 Way to Build It

    Jon Mertz
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    The conversation on leadership intentions sparked good conversations. Samantha Hall asked a key question about how we can really evaluate our intentions accurately and honestly, and Alli Polin posed a key point on what happens if an intention is good but the action is not. In other words, what happens when intentions don’t match? Samantha’s comments resulted in my post on Lead Change – How Do You Check Your Leadership Intentions? – and All’s comment instigated this post on actions and intentions. The crux of the matter is impact. However our leadership intentions and actions come…
  • 3 Reminders for Millennials Before We Climb the Ladder of Leadership

    Jeremy Chandler
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    In the next few years, Millennials will begin moving into more significant leadership roles within companies and organizations. But are we ready for it? A few weeks ago, I ran across this article from Forbes that highlighted the leadership transition that Millennials are beginning to make. Here’s one of the most interesting lessons from the article: Millennials know they aren’t ready for leadership, but we want it anyway. While I can admire our ambition as a generation to climb the ladder of leadership, it can also be a little concerning. We need to realize that becoming an effective…
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  • This Slaphappy World of Work

    Kevin W. Grossman
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    “A tired mind become a shape-shifter Everybody need a mood lifter Everybody need reverse polarity Everybody got mixed feelings About the function and the form Everybody got to deviate from the norm…” — Rush, “Vital Signs” On my flight to the third annual Candidate Experience Awards and the first-ever Candidate Experience Symposium, I fell asleep. And I sort of daydreamed… It was the year 2030. A new world of work startup called SlapHappy had developed a dramatic new biometric nanotechnology, taking sentiment analysis, work/life integration and employee engagement to an…
  • #TChat Preview: Empowering HR And The Hiring Process

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT). The #TChat radio portion runs the first 30 minutes from 7-7:30 pm ET, followed by the #TChat Twitter chat from 7:30-8 pm ET. Last week we talked about the ROI of workplace transparency and the race for talent, and this week we’re going to talk about empowering HR and the hiring process. HR carries the talent torch everyday. It’s responsible for recruiting, hiring, training and engaging their organization’s most important asset – the people. Unfortunately due to increasing corporate…
  • Empower HR: Call to Action for HR Technology Providers

    Todd Owens
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    HR Complexity at an All-Time High HR bears the responsibility of recruiting, training and engaging their organization’s most important asset of all: people. Even the loftiest of missions or the most clever business plans won’t succeed without great people to execute. Yet with increasing corporate complexity, a dynamic regulatory landscape, and a tightening corporate budget, HR has had little choice but to spend its limited time administering process first, and engaging people second. For example, consider the administration that stems from the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Wage Theft…
  • #TChat Recap: The ROI Of Workplace Transparency

    Meghan M. Biro
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The ROI Of Workplace Transparency There’s never a dull moment when you’re involved in the World of Work. Especially, when we’re talking about being transparent. But what is transparency? Or at least, what does it mean to work for an organization that has workplace transparency? This week, our #TChat Community took a deep social dive into the realm of workplace transparency. We were joined by Kim Peters, CEO of Great Rated!, from Great Place to Work®, who is an expert in the online recruitment industry and a passionate professional when it comes to building better employment brands. We…
  • Are You Hanging Onto The Ladder Of Comfort Or Climbing The Ladder Of Success?

    Lisa Ryan
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    “The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.”  Thomas Henry Huxley Life doesn’t always turn out the way you expect. After my brother, Scott, graduated from college with an accounting degree, he opened an eyeglass store with a partner. They employed a full-time ophthalmologist, and business was booming. A few years into it, Scott became intrigued with the idea of becoming an eye doctor himself, so he went back to college to pursue a degree in medicine. He applied to several…
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  • Listening or Dictating be a Better Leader

    Jason Cortel
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Do This Today to be a Better Leader   Every interaction presents an opportunity for a manager to listen or to dictate. This can happen independently or a mixture of both. Knowing when and how long to listen vs. dictate can have a profound impact on the outcome. If your goal is to have an effective conversation, frequently pause and ask for feedback then listen. Dominating the session with your own thoughts, ideas and opinions creates missed opportunities and potentially the best possible outcome. In the end you are robbing the other participates of their ability to contribute. If people…
  • Relinquish the 12 Sins of Leadership

    Jason Cortel
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Leadership requires humility, patience, openness and a free mind. When you are using any of the 12 sins of leadership and holding them ever so tightly to your very being you are not acting like a leader. These are the behaviors that kids hold on to, that teenagers hold on to and that successful leaders have learned to relinquish. The 12 sins of leadership that you need to relinquish to be a better leader: 1) The need to always be right There are so many people who have to be right all the time. They will argue their point until there is tangible evidence that shows they were wrong and…
  • They are your Employee

    Jason Cortel
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    An ode to employees everywhere. You ask a lot, they deliver a lot. Never forget that. They can bite their tongue They can fake a smile They can force a laugh They can walk the walk and talk the talk They can act and play the part If you ask them to They can do it They are your employee They crawl, they stumble, they walk It stings when they fall down Your words linger in their mind They can only take so much They fall apart – need you build them up They are your employee They can turn it on They can be a good machine They can hold the weight of your organization If you ask them to They can…
  • Tuesday Tip: Say You’re Welcome Damn It

    Jason Cortel
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    We’ve stopped saying you’re welcome and without realizing it are minimizing the other person’s gratitude. These are not ways to say you’re welcome: No problem Uh-huh Sure OK Anytime Or the dreaded right What these words are saying is that what I did for you wasn’t the sacrifice you thought it was. It also indicates that you were not happy to do the act that you are being thanked for. In other words you are a grumpy, ungrateful, agitated person but aren’t bold enough to have your actions interpreted as rude so you opted to allow your words to be rude instead. Don't be a…
  • Fixing the “I Hate My Boss” Rut

    Jason Cortel
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    There are plenty of bad bosses out there. There are plenty of good bosses that we periodically hate. The relationship we have with our boss is often a cycle of love/hate. The trick to having a successful boss/employee relationship is quickly moving from the hate cycle back to the love cycle. Stuck in the I hate my boss rut? This might help you fix it. Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule When you are in the I love my boss cycle the boss can do no wrong. You happily come to work, are eager to have your one-on-one’s and provide status updates. When they give you feedback you accept it with…
 
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  • The One Person You Forget to Forgive?

    PhilDourado
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Extracted from Kevin Eikenberry's great blog post, the 3 Types of Forgiveness, for your everyday leadership. 1. Forgive Others When we don't forgive others, we set ourselves up for animosity, reduced productivity, more conflict and drastically lowered trust. So how open to forgiving others are you? 2. Forgive Events Things that happen might not be anyone's "fault". Do you know people who continue to dwell on a past situation that caused them grief or pain, even if it was just a situation? So what was the third one? The one that we sometimes forget? 3. Forgive Yourself It's considered a…
  • Are you doing what you SHOULD be doing?

    ZenMaster
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Seth Godin has a reminder for you: The next thing you do today will be the most important thing on your agenda, because, after all, you're doing it next. Well, perhaps it will be the most urgent thing. Or the easiest. In fact, the most important thing probably isn't even on your agenda. Knowing what matters most will save you time and energy. And peace of mind. Tags: prioritize, setting priorities, Zen HabitsGroups audience: The Zen Garden
  • Stress Test: Leadership through Integrity and Humility

    jlctaggart
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    I never liked Timothy Geithner from the start when his tight-lipped, grim face began appearing regularly on the nightly news during the 2007-2008 financial meltdown and the ensuing Great Recession. Although he was the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and subsequently Treasury Secretary, he came across in the media as shifty, arrogant and a man not to be trusted. That perception held until 2014 when I became enlightened. I’m usually a very good judge of character, something passed on to me by my late dad. Tim Geithner, to me, was a fat cat, a Wall Street clone who was…
  • SLOW LEADERSHIP

    Orianne
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    SLOW LEADERSHIP Slow down to be more efficient. A blog dedicated to a new style of leadership and to collaborative economy. AttachmentSize SLOW LEADERSHIP890.13 KB Tags: SLOW ATTITUDE, NEW SYSTEMIC ECONOMY, SACRED ECONOMY
  • Tom Peters: Work and Play, Where's the Distinction?

    PhilDourado
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    It's Monday, it's midday, and your blood sugar's probably low. Luckily for us, Tom Peters has posted some of his favourite motivational quotes to chew on over lunch. Here's one of my favourites: "The master in the art of living Makes little distinction between his work and his play. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of EXCELLENCE in whatever he does. Leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both." (That's not actually a Buddhist text. It's a quote from English philosopher L. P. Jacks, but this version of the quote's much…
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  • Leadership’s Simple Secret: Consistency in Word, Deed, and Direction

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

    Nick Noyes
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
    We have it wrong.  Well, actually, we have it backwards.  What we’ve traditionally assumed about key traits for successful leadership in organizations- and implicitly and explicitly valued- is only part of the story.  For decades, organizations have celebrated the analytical skills of their leaders.  As a legacy of the industrial economy and the scientific method of management we have heralded and rewarded analytical and problem solving skills as key leadership attributes.  Indeed, most of today’s leaders grew up in a world that rewarded analytical smarts and individual problem…
  • Business Acumen: What is it and Why is it so Important for Aspiring Leaders?

    Ned Wasniewski
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    It’s a fact: Effective leadership requires both interpersonal skills and business acumen.  Even the most dynamic and well-liked leaders are likely to flounder if they lack overall business sense. That’s because without a clear understanding of how business works, their  goals are likely to ring hollow — especially when employees recognize that these goals aren’t based on a strong understanding of the marketplace or technical/functional skills and knowledge. But, what exactly is business acumen?  Well, the reality is that it isn’t a single skill, but a much broader set of…
  • Leadership Leverage:  When does day-to-day leadership really matter?

    Amanda Young Hickman
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Everyone who studies or teaches or practices leadership knows that leaders make a profound difference in moments of crisis; in periods of intense change; in the early stages of an effort; in reinvigorating an initiative that has stalled. These are moments that call for extraordinary leadership, under what we would call extraordinary circumstances. There is a lot of attention paid to leaders who step into extraordinary challenges. Less attention is paid to the day-to-day leadership moments, which simply because of their frequency, can have an enormous impact on whether a leader or an…
  • Accountability: The Nemesis of a New Leader

    Karen Maxwell Powell
    16 May 2014 | 8:34 am
    Promotions are exciting. Especially that first promotion that takes you from the status of “employee” to “management.” And then reality sets in. You have to hold people accountable. Whether someone is a newly crowned manager of people or projects, holding people accountable is often the least desired new responsibility – for many valid reasons: “She used to be my peer” “He’s worked here for ten years longer than me” “They don’t report directly to me; I’m not really their boss.” I recall a time when my long-time peer was promoted to manage the team. At our first…
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  • Listening or Dictating be a Better Leader

    Jason Cortel
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Do This Today to be a Better Leader   Every interaction presents an opportunity for a manager to listen or to dictate. This can happen independently or a mixture of both. Knowing when and how long to listen vs. dictate can have a profound impact on the outcome. If your goal is to have an effective conversation, frequently pause and ask for feedback then listen. Dominating the session with your own thoughts, ideas and opinions creates missed opportunities and potentially the best possible outcome. In the end you are robbing the other participates of their ability to contribute. If people…
  • Relinquish the 12 Sins of Leadership

    Jason Cortel
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Leadership requires humility, patience, openness and a free mind. When you are using any of the 12 sins of leadership and holding them ever so tightly to your very being you are not acting like a leader. These are the behaviors that kids hold on to, that teenagers hold on to and that successful leaders have learned to relinquish. The 12 sins of leadership that you need to relinquish to be a better leader: 1) The need to always be right There are so many people who have to be right all the time. They will argue their point until there is tangible evidence that shows they were wrong and…
  • They are your Employee

    Jason Cortel
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    An ode to employees everywhere. You ask a lot, they deliver a lot. Never forget that. They can bite their tongue They can fake a smile They can force a laugh They can walk the walk and talk the talk They can act and play the part If you ask them to They can do it They are your employee They crawl, they stumble, they walk It stings when they fall down Your words linger in their mind They can only take so much They fall apart – need you build them up They are your employee They can turn it on They can be a good machine They can hold the weight of your organization If you ask them to They can…
  • Tuesday Tip: Say You’re Welcome Damn It

    Jason Cortel
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    We’ve stopped saying you’re welcome and without realizing it are minimizing the other person’s gratitude. These are not ways to say you’re welcome: No problem Uh-huh Sure OK Anytime Or the dreaded right What these words are saying is that what I did for you wasn’t the sacrifice you thought it was. It also indicates that you were not happy to do the act that you are being thanked for. In other words you are a grumpy, ungrateful, agitated person but aren’t bold enough to have your actions interpreted as rude so you opted to allow your words to be rude instead. Don't be a…
  • Fixing the “I Hate My Boss” Rut

    Jason Cortel
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    There are plenty of bad bosses out there. There are plenty of good bosses that we periodically hate. The relationship we have with our boss is often a cycle of love/hate. The trick to having a successful boss/employee relationship is quickly moving from the hate cycle back to the love cycle. Stuck in the I hate my boss rut? This might help you fix it. Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule When you are in the I love my boss cycle the boss can do no wrong. You happily come to work, are eager to have your one-on-one’s and provide status updates. When they give you feedback you accept it with…
 
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    RW McIntyre Leadership Notes

  • Innovation Concepts – 4 Ways to Embrace in Your Company?

    Ron McIntyre
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    We love talking with people about Innovation and what it can do for a company.  We don’t believe innovation can be dictated nor can it be engineered into existence.  Our premise of innovation utilizes the idea of trial and error … Continue reading → The post Innovation Concepts – 4 Ways to Embrace in Your Company? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Do you have a Trusted Mastermind Team?

    Ron McIntyre
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    One of the keys to life is to be around the people who will empower you to reach the next level! In order to exceed your present reach, you need to be around people who will help you stretch a … Continue reading → The post Do you have a Trusted Mastermind Team? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • Is Your Purpose Powerful Enough?

    Ron McIntyre
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    A strong purpose provides a major component of your businesses foundation.  It is at the base of any successful visionary business. Some believe it might be the most important component and I happen to be one of them. It is … Continue reading → The post Is Your Purpose Powerful Enough? appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 4 Favorite Business Questions I Ask

    Ron McIntyre
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    It is standard knowledge that in the coaching and consulting world, the best people are known by the questions they ask to solicit constructive responses.  While we won’t build a whole session on only 4 questions, they actually become door … Continue reading → The post 4 Favorite Business Questions I Ask appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
  • 5 Culture Movements That Are Permeating Your Company

    Ron McIntyre
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Since well before the start of the Industrial Age, companies have existed by a command and control leadership culture model and hunkered themselves down behind corporate walls of silence.  It worked well, in many peoples minds, until we entered the Internet Age.  … Continue reading → The post 5 Culture Movements That Are Permeating Your Company appeared first on RW McIntyre Leadership Notes.
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    Paul Keijzer

  • 5 Ways to Stop Leadership Teams from Self-Destruction

    Paul Keijzer
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Building high performing teams is one thing, building high performing leadership teams is a completely different kettle of fish! If you’ve worked anywhere near a leadership team before, you know that getting the synergies of key thinkers aligned is a pretty difficult task. So how do you build high performing leadership teams? Your first understand why they’re inherently on the path to self-destruction. The 6 Steps of Self-Destruction Let’s first identify why leadership teams are different from ordinary teams. There are many reasons but the ones that stick out for me are: 1. Most…
  • 3 Demands Companies Should Make From Women to Achieve Gender Balance

    Paul Keijzer
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    I was going through the results of a Pew Research Center Survey – 10 Findings about Women in the Workplace and the results actually got me thinking: Has the Gender Diversity battle been focusing too much on what companies should be doing and not enough on what should be expected from the actual families involved? Isn’t it fair to assume that women should be meeting companies have way to achieve gender balance in the workplace? I say yes and with that in mind, I believe there are 3 very reasonable expectations that any employer can expect from women in the workforce. What Companies…
  • Speed Dating and 4 Other Innovative Team Building Activities

    Paul Keijzer
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I’ve been talking about top teams and ways to get them aligned in the past few weeks. Last week we ended with the Secret Ingredient that Ties Top Teams Together, where the bottom line is that people need to really know each other before they can become a high performing team. When team members have understood and accepted the power of disclosure I do a number of team building activities that helps them get everything together. Here area  few of these to get you started. 1. Speed dating A non evasive team building activity to kick off discussions about personal relationships is a…
  • New Free Content on The Blog

    Paul Keijzer
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    This blog is now almost 3 years old and its readership is increasing – a fact for which I’m very grateful! To show my appreciation, I’ve added some more content to the site for you to download and use for free. Downloadable Resources There’s a new Resources Page which houses all of my presentations and ebooks. Currently you can see 4 presentations and 1 eBook there. They are completely free to download and share. I will be updating this section with a few more ebooks over the upcoming months. New EBook I would like to present my new eBook: How to Build a Successful…
  • The Secret Ingredient that Ties your Top Team Together

    Paul Keijzer
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:56 pm
    “The secret ingredient of my Secret Ingredient Soup is … nothing! There is no secret ingredient! It’s just plain old noodle soup? You don’t add some kind of special sauce or something? Don’t have to. To make something special, you just have to believe it’s special.” – Kung Fu Panda Last week, when we talked about the 5 essential ingredients required for high-performing teams, I admit I left one very crucial ingredient out – the secret ingredient. The secret that determines whether your team will fall apart or stay together is … the team itself! Each…
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    SecondIron's Blog

  • 10 Ways in Becoming a Christian Man

    charles johnston
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    As a man or should I say as a male we have this vision of adulthood. We believe there is a coming of age when we become a man. Believe it or not there is not a right of passage that makes us into a Christian man. There are things we can do as Christian males […] The post 10 Ways in Becoming a Christian Man appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • Album Review – Lately by Alice Summers

    charles johnston
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Lately by Alice Summers – A music Review As a music aficionado I am always on the lookout for new and upcoming artists with a new sound. I recently had the fortune to be able to preview the newly released album Behind the Noise by Alice Summers. Disclaimer Alice Summers provided the album “Lately” free of […] The post Album Review – Lately by Alice Summers appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • When You know it is Worth it

    charles johnston
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    There are moments in life when you know it is Worth it. Ever have that moment of clarity that makes your struggle worthwhile? That moment when you are ready to throw in the towel and it happens. When you are full of self-doubt and prepared to quit. That is when He intercedes and puts someone […] The post When You know it is Worth it appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • 10 Leadership Quotes

    charles johnston
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:51 am
    I am an avid reader of books especially those that have leadership quotes that are of benefit to myself and those around me.  Generally my book choices consist of motivational, self-help, faith-based and leadership.  Sometimes the books consist of all of these and more.  When reading I look for great original quotes that I can […] The post 10 Leadership Quotes appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
  • 8 Ways Christians Make Good Leaders

    charles johnston
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    What does being a ‘Christian Leader’ really mean? Does it mean that your values and honor are above reproach? Or maybe you just take the caring route to leadership and therefore that makes you soft. Being a Christian in a leadership role comes with its own sets often challenges that many might never realize. Here […] The post 8 Ways Christians Make Good Leaders appeared first on SecondIron's Blog.
 
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    Steve Farber: Extreme Leadership

  • The Love Assessment

    Steve
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    “Love is the ultimate motivation of the Extreme Leader: love of something or someone, love of a cause, love of a principal, love of the people you work with and the customers you serve, love of the future you and yours can create together, love of the business you conduct together every day.” –  From The Radical Leap How would you rate your own ability to Cultivate Love in the way you lead and work? Almost by definition, your self-assessment will be biased, but it’s a great way to begin to hold up a mirror and reflect on where you excel, and where you may need some…
  • When I First Met Pops

    Steve
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    In anticipation of the release of the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Radical Leap, here’s another entry from my hand-written notes on the original manuscript. (Read the previous post here). This became the scene where I first meet the character, Pops Maritime, and he lectures me on the importance of Love as a business principle. And since these are my original notes, it’s not only the scene where I first met him, it’s when I actually first met him–in the world of my imagination, that is. Said another way, this really is my first encounter with Pops (a character many…
  • Looking Back to Look Forward

    Steve
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership was first published in 2004 and has become the cornerstone of my body of work. In preparing for the launch of the 10th Anniversary edition (coming in September!), I found myself looking back through my original notes and scratchings from twelve years ago, when I was first giving birth to this thing. As an avid reader, I always find it fascinating when I can get a glimpse into the creative process of writers I admire, but I’ve never shared my own process with anyone else. Until now. In celebration of the impending release of the…
  • A New Standard for Public Service?

    Steve
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    John Morgan, the founder of The Chinook Institute for Civic Leadership, is, at his core, a civil servant. An urban planner, to be precise. Given the stereotypes that many attribute to government workers, you may think that “love” and “urban planning” would be words that you’d never find in the same sentence. Think again. John recently received the Planner of the Year award from the Oregon chapter of the American Planning Association, and his acceptance speech is a primer for Extreme Leadership in service of the public. What if John’s words are a harbinger…
  • A Declaration for Your Wall

    Steve
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    A declaration is a powerful thing. By making a declaration, you not only announce something, you proclaim it to be a true and accurate representation of who you are and what you believe in. You make a vow to anyone who reads or listens that you will abide by and live up to the words. And they can count on you for it. Here in the US, we’ve just finished celebrating Independence Day, which was codified for posterity (that’s us) in the Declaration of Independence. Wherever you are in the world, and whatever tradition or history you come from, I invite you to read another…
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    Leadership Thoughts

  • How Great Leaders Grow By Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

    Bruce Harpham
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Where do leaders learn their skills and find inspiration? Do they work away, locked in an office, until inspiration strikes? It should go without saying that project managers need leadership skills. To a large degree, leaders are those who build on lessons learned from the past. German philosopher Georg Hegel said, “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.” That’s an excellent warning. Like most generalisations, there are exceptions. Learning from history and those who have gone before you is an indispensable leadership tool. Great…
  • The Essential Hallmarks of a Project Leader

    Martin Webster
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hallmarks of a Project Leader What makes a good project manager? What makes a great project leader? In this guest post for ESI International, Martin Webster shares what he believes are four essential hallmarks of a project leader, and introduces some critical skills, thinking and behaviours for leading projects. By and large it is our failures that civilise us. Our successes merely confirm our bad habits. – Clive James Now, before I begin, I think it is important to characterise the project leader and project manager. Why? Because change is the province of leadership and projects are a…
  • Top 5 Tips for Screwing Up Project Planning

    Martin Webster
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Tips for Screwing Up Project Planning Some time ago I was accused of patronising a project manager. Perhaps I was. But, I’m not apologising. Here’s why … Why Project Planning Is Critical to Success Project planning is of vital importance for achieving results. And, when I observe a project manager who fails to plan, I am compelled to speak up. Sometimes this means I say things that people don’t want to hear. But, I know from experience and observation that projects designed by one person lack vitality and are far less likely to achieve ordinary — let alone extraordinary — results!
  • 60 Reasons Why It Would Have Paid You to Use a Project Management Process Framework

    Martin Webster
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Project Management Process Framework How do your projects fair? Do they compete for scarce resources? Do they take more time and cost more money than expected? Does history repeat itself? Why Projects Fail According to the PMI’s Pulse of the Profession research, fewer than two-thirds of projects meet their goals and business intent, and about 17% fail outright. In fact, success rates have been falling since 2008. Why is this? Well, there are many reasons … and here are a few: an inconsistent approach to project management leading to confusion over what the project is expected to achieve,…
  • What Project Managers Really Need to Know About Leadership

    Martin Webster
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    The Balcony and the Dance Floor Search for project management training on Google and you’ll find lots of courses on the topic. Many refer to APMP, MSP, PRINCE2 or even agile project management. What most have in common is an emphasis on project management accreditation, project planning, risk management, reporting progress, controlling change, managing and escalating issues and suchlike. Now these things are important. They are the requisite skills of the competent project manager. But they don’t guarantee success! The Balcony and the Dance Floor Knowing how the environment is pulling…
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    Heads Up Coaching and Consulting

  • Don’t be a Bore!

    Lisa Parker
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Imagine someone is handing you a beautifully wrapped gift, all the while hinting that the treasure inside is something that you really want…would you feel bored? Of course not. But suppose the giver has a pattern of giving pretty boxes filled with sawdust? Nothing but sawdust, month after month. How would you feel now? That’s exactly how an audience feels when they are forced to sit through yet another boring monthly update, status report, or any other routine presentation where presenters have spent an inordinate amount of time making their slides look good and too little time…
  • A Management Moment With…Robin Williams

    Lisa Parker
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Words of wisdom you can implement in a minute or less “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”   –  Robin Williams Do you ever feel like your ideas are too “out there” to be expressed in a meeting? Is your work environment one that rewards conformity over originality? If so, then perhaps you’ve lost your inner Robin Williams. Who can forget Williams’ early days as Mork from Ork? We all sat open-mouthed as we watched him unleash not just a spark, but a bonfire of insanity that lifted a mediocre sitcom to the…
  • Why Empathy Might Be Your Environmental Rx

    Lisa Parker
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.” – Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, author and poet, died on May 28th at the age of 86, and her passing felt personal to me. I read her first autobiographical novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in 1975, and saw her speak a year or so  after that. Maya Angelou’s gracious presence filled that auditorium as did her rich, resonant voice. If you’ve read her writings, you understand how empathy is not evidence of weakness, but rather a sign of courage. Is there a place for empathy at work? Is it…
  • Professional presence: You know it when you see it

    Lisa Parker
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Can Your Customers Spot “Professional Presence”? We don’t always know exactly what professional presence is, but we know it when we see it. Earlier this week I traveled to the mid-West to deliver a two-day seminar on leadership effectiveness. When I arrived at the hotel I was informed  by the woman at the front desk that they had no record of a reservation for me and the hotel was very full. I showed her my paperwork and confirmation code and she said gently, “You’re right, that’s our hotel name and address, but that’s not one of our codes. ”…
  • 3 Tips for Powerful Praise

    Lisa Parker
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Leaders who provide specific praise in the moment not only reinforce desired behavior, they lead by example, demonstrating important qualities like attentiveness, gratitude, and generosity. Quite simply, it is their presence in action. Research shows that as much as 75% of an organization’s culture can be traced back to the behavior of its leaders. When you praise individuals, you’re creating a positive work environment that can elevate everyone’s performance. Be sure to: 1.  Be Specific 2.  Be Brief 3.  Be Timely Specific feedback highlights the praiseworthy action taken…
 
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    General LeadershipGeneral Leadership » | Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders!

  • 7 Essentials for Building a Dream Team

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
     “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” Babe Ruth The summer of 1992 marked the first time the United States would present a basketball team to the Olympics composed of current players from the National Basketball Association (NBA). Players selected for the team consisted of superstars Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson and Charles Barkley, to name a few. At…
  • Check Out Today’s 200-Second Soundbite™ Video Spotlight!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Take a lesson from the tiny fruit-fly and apply it to your interaction within your Team…through engagement, preparation and constructive collaboration and watch your team evolve to a higher species! Senior Curator and GeneralLeadership.com COO, Lt Col Mathew T. Fritz discusses confrontation from a fruit fly’s perspective. by … Read the rest The post Check Out Today’s 200-Second Soundbite™ Video Spotlight! appeared first on General Leadership.
  • Climate Assessment Through Feedback

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Feedback is the breakfast of champions!” Ken Blanchard Sadly, the following is a true story: I had been tasked to provide a briefing to a leader whose reputation had preceded him by a wide margin.  This particular leader was extremely powerful in his area of performance, and was widely known for a brash personality.  When my colleague and I had been appointed to share our briefing with this leader, the enmity he was rumored to feel towards our branch of the organization was at an all time high.  Contrary to what you might expect I looked forward to this brief like no other.……
  • Check Out Today’s “200-Second Soundbite™” Podcast!

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cruise over to PodBean to hear our latest 200-Second Soundbite entitled “Growing New Leaders” or subscribe to our PodCast directly via iTunes at the following link Colonel Chris Levy discusses the importance of growing new leaders. by … Read the rest The post Check Out Today’s “200-Second Soundbite™” Podcast! appeared first on General Leadership.
  • Monday Quote:

    Support@GeneralLeadership.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, …and shows the way. John Maxwell by … Read the rest The post Monday Quote: appeared first on General Leadership.
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    EPICOMM

  • My life rules. Yours?

    Elena Iacono
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Last week, I sat down with my professional mentor. We explored the nature of “principles.” You know. Those things that guide people. It got me thinking. And it got me writing. My top 10 golden rules to life might at first glance have nothing to do with leadership. However, I invite you to keep your mind open and reflect on what I’ve prepared for you. Elena’s top 10 golden rules  Rule 1: Buy yourself flowers Treat yourself. Be it a new book, a new tie clip, new coat, make it a point to recognize yourself for a job well done. Stay motivated and encourage yourself to new…
  • Motivation doesn’t work.

    Elena Iacono
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Of course I don’t think motivation doesn’t work. It does work. Motivation doesn’t work, however, when close-minded, insincere leadership is present. It just doesn’t. People can only be motivated to perform better, think differently, do x rather than y when they feel their leaders (or their peers) care about them. Having said this, here’s an equation I’m throwing out there: An open mind + good leadership = motivation  Consider something I read recently: “Motivation only works when we consider letting go of leadership practices that undermine…
  • This ice “thing”…

    Elena Iacono
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    The “thing” with this ALS ice challenge is more than just ignorant self-publicity. The movement has been in effect for a month. There are over 7 B people in the world and I have yet to see a movement be as conspicuous as the ALS ice challenge. It’s catchy. It’s funny. It propels ownership. It gets people thinking. It has led people to act. I’ve seen people who I thought were apathetic do something to help the common good. Consider this: someone tonight told me they have never even heard of ALS. My 45 second clip, where I voluntarily freeze myself with ice cubes and cold water,…
  • The change game.

    Elena Iacono
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:20 pm
    If you are like me, the word “change” conjures many different feelings. Excitement. Uncertainty. Bewilderment. Growth. Whether I am encouraged by others, or by our own self to change, it really doesn’t happen without insight, perplexity, doubt, an open mind. I don’t think I’m alone here. Many factors contribute to the process of change. My friend Ron McIntrye brought up a good point tonight as I had a discussion with him, alongside Dave Moore, Jessica Dewell and Nora Whalen. Click the image above to watch the convo I had with my friends on “change”. Change is an…
  • More than a paint job.

    Elena Iacono
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I once overheard two leaders deliberate over the choice of paint colours for a new office. “We should go with yellow – it fosters creativity.” Right – like a few coats of canary yellow, shade #874 to be exact, will foster the next best and brightest idea to help a business achieve ground-breaking results. I don’t blame these leaders in question for trying to build an environment conducive to creative thinking. A paint job alone doesn’t drive creativity, however. Connections do. I had an incredible conversation with David Burkus, author of The Myths of Creativity last week. We…
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    C-Suite Network Blog

  • The 7 Disciplines of a Successful Leader

    Brittany Nader
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Mark Sanborn Fellow professional speaker Scott Ginsberg once asked me, “What do you do each day to assure your ongoing success?” I thought it was one of the best questions I’ve ever been asked. For more than 25 years, I’ve considered what activities have given me the biggest payback on my investment of time and expertise as a leader. The biggest challenge of leadership isn’t being successful; it is being successful over the long run. Longevity trumps the temporary, and it requires daily disciplines. At different times in your business, there will be different things you need to…
  • How Much Does it Cost?

    Brittany Nader
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Mitch Joel – President, Twist Image & author of “Six Pixels of Separation” Let’s talk about money. The marketing agency business is a strange bird. Brands are strange birds too. It’s a complex web of relationships that is often confusing, evolving, thrilling, beautiful, painful and more. As the marketing industry evolves, we have all experienced massive shifts in how the business is won and done. First, there is the procurement component. More and more, the procurement department is leading the charge not only in the negotiation of fees, but in the running of the…
  • Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

    Brittany Nader
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Judith Glaser Our least-developed skill is the ability to confront each other face to face, say what is in our hearts and minds and, at the same time, build and strengthen our relationships. Confrontation is something we tend to avoid. Having difficult conversations scares most people into thinking they will lose a friendship, so they avoid the truth. When we feel frustrated or angry at someone we feel has undermined us, we get so upset we just can’t find the words to express ourselves. We end up pushing, not pulling, expressing our worst behaviors — or we may hold it all inside…
  • Why The C-Suite Needs to Get Social

    Brittany Nader
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Damian Corbet I recently gave a talk on social media to C-level executives from B2B companies. The feedback was great, but there were a lot of questions about relevance, ROI, etc. Because of that, I thought I’d jot down some thoughts about why social media is so important for B2B companies and why, without the understanding and buy-in of the C-suite, it will never really work. I can see where the doubt and uncertainty comes from. However, I think boards are looking at things the wrong way. Instead of asking what “value” can be gained from using social media, I’d turn it…
  • If You Believe It, You Can Achieve It

    Brittany Nader
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Steve Rizzo One Saturday night in 1980, I was performing at East Side Comedy Club on Long Island. I was fairly new in the comedy arena, and this was my first weekend appearance at a premiere comedy club. To say that I was a bit nervous would be an understatement. Sharing the marquee with me was a young comic by the name of Eddie Murphy. Yes, the Eddie Murphy.  I knew Eddie pretty well back in the day. We performed at a lot of one-night gigs together at bars, dance clubs and restaurants in the tri-state area. Even though I was 12 years his senior, I knew from the moment I met Eddie there…
 
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    Australian Institute of Management Blog

  • Five Things You Can Do Now to Redesign Your Career

    AIM
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Guest post by Maria Simonelli You’ve got to find what you love…The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs Why is it that in a time when we have so many job opportunities and so many ways to create a meaningful and rewarding career, we find that nearly half of those surveyed say they’re in jobs they would trade today if they could? The modern workplace is afflicted with two career dilemmas – a plague of job dissatisfaction and the related uncertainty about how to choose the…
  • Feeling Smarter: Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

    AIM
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Understanding the emotional states of yourself and your colleagues, and how to deal with them, will help you make better decisions. By Leon Gettler Being a manager requires people to be in control of their emotions, so understanding the way emotions work is critical for managers. Emotional intelligence means the ability to identify your emotions and those of others. People with emotional intelligence know how to harness emotions and apply them to tasks such as thinking and problem solving. They have the know-how of regulating their own emotions, which gives them the ability to cheer up or…
  • How to Maximise Our Choices for Ethical Business Practices

    AIM
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Guest post by Dr Mary C. Gentile Most of us would like to bring our whole selves to our work and our professional lives. But experience tells us that too often during the course of our careers, we face values conflicts – those times when what we believe is right and the way we want to manage our professional behaviour seems in opposition to the demands of clients, peers, bosses and our organisations themselves. At those times, we often feel that we just don’t have a choice. In my book, Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right, I talk about how this…
  • Management Article Round-up

    AIM
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Enjoy a weekly update of all the latest and most interesting management articles gathered by AIM’s Twitter. For daily updates follow us at http://twitter.com/aimcomau. 7 Traits of Likeable CEOs (via @inc) http://bit.ly/1txQwwD Get Productive! 15 Ideas that Really Work! (via @lifehackorg) http://bit.ly/1Blutub A Culture of Ownership: Start Small and Make it Real (via @HRDirector_au) http://bit.ly/1tDnRpQ 7 Things Stopping You From Pursuing Your Impossible Dreams (via @TMNinja) http://bit.ly/1Ao99lt Twelve Traits that Define a Truly Amazing Boss (via @danschawbel) http://bit.ly/1BlshCZ The…
  • Surfing the Career Curve

    AIM
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    By Dr Malcolm Johnson FAIM Media headlines constantly remind us of the fragility of careers. The normal fight or flight reaction to these headlines typically becomes one of hunkering down, hoping that the problem does not occur or re-occur within a workplace. Voltaire is quoted as having observed that “While uncertainty is uncomfortable, certainty is absurd”. In many ways his comments from three centuries ago still hold currency today. Regarding careers, fight or flight might be more accurately described as evolve or perish. Skills developed for technical application must continue to…
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    360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog

  • How to “Ace” your 360 Feedback Assessment

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

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

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Like him or hate him, you’ve got to hand it to Mark Zuckerberg—there’s no denying that, at a mere 30 years old, he’s a multibillion-dollar success. His baby—the social-networking site Facebook—recently posted shares worth nearly $75, almost double its May 2012 IPO price of $38 per share. Which means that, not only did he have a solid, viable idea in social networking, he also has had some success at company leadership. And we all—millennial and office veteran alike—could learn a thing or two from his style.To start, Zuckerberg shows us that, to be a good leader, you first need…
  • Ditch the Fear, Leaders Need to Create a Culture of Fun

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Many people agree: a workplace culture of fear limits employee engagement, productivity, and retention—and by turns, the bottom line. But often, leaders aren't cognizant that they've created that environment. However, Gallup surmises that lost productivity due to lack of employee engagement costs U.S. companies $300 billion annually. Other studies show that happier—and therefore more engaged—employees are more likely to be more “creative, productive, and committed.” In other words, good leadership doesn't have to be with an iron fist—in fact, more often, it shouldn't include iron…
  • Stop the Summertime Slowdown: 5 Tips to Bolster Productivity

    6 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    In summertime especially, it’s easy to let the lure of everything outside the office (blue skies, birdsong, vacation plans) distract you from being productive in the office. Luckily, summer is also the best time to start taking steps to develop new habits that can last throughout the rest of the year.To bolster productivity, try these tips:Get up earlier. Giving yourself even just an extra 15 minutes in the morning can make a huge difference to how the rest of the day plays out. It might allow you to fit in a balanced breakfast, leave home without being in a stressed-out rush, and get to…
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  • 5 Things Teams Do to Make Beautiful Music Together

    Moe Carrick
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Live music performed well is the ultimate example of team performance in action. Last weekend we made our annual migration to the Sisters Folk Festival, a phenomenal event in our home community showcasing singers from around the world sharing their talents with us in a variety of venues. Music moves me and reminds me of what coming together to accomplish the phenomenal really means. Inspired by these artists, here are my top 5 things you can do at work to move your group from barely getting by to achieving the phenomenal together 1. Listen first Great musicians watch and listen to one another…
  • Labor Day: The New (labor) Rules for Millennials

    Jim Morris
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Yesterday, those of us who live in the US celebrated our Labor Day. While the holiday has become a harbinger for the end summer, the original intent of the holiday was to honor the contributions of American workers to our country’s prosperity, productivity and well-being. For Moe and I, and I suspect for millions of business owners, Labor Day is a good reminder to stop and appreciate each other and ourselves for our “labor”. At times, we don’t do a very good job practicing what we preach in terms of life balance and the importance of rest and renewal. There is good data to support the…
  • A Better Way

    Moe Carrick
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    I am afraid for men. I have been working with them for over 30 years in a wide range of businesses. The vast majority of the contracting, coaching, consulting and interaction we do in our firm is with men. Perhaps due to the preponderance of men at or near the top of leadership roles in companies, men populate my professional world. Many of my precious people are also men.  My husband, my father (now deceased), my brother, my sons, father- and brother-in-laws, step-son, nephews, the father of my kids, and dear friends are amongst the ranks of those my heart holds the very most dear: men I…
  • Stress and the Third Metric

    Jim Morris
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    What eliminates more stress and drives higher productivity in a company: Working on creating an effective structure? Or Building a great culture? In other words, do you get more lift by having everyone understand and operate from core values, or by making sure everyone is in a role that is appropriately sized, with clear accountability and a management hierarchy that guarantees people will be well managed? Go ahead; answer if you have one… It’s a tough choice; more of an “and/both” answer than a simple pick. If the pick was simple for you, share your answer by commenting on…
  • To Become a Leader is to Become Yourself: Remembering Warren Bennis

    Moe Carrick
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Photograph © Bruce Jackson, courtesy of USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Warren Bennis, an icon in the field of successful organizational leadership, died last week at the age of 89. I find myself reflective and reminiscent of his passing in a personal way. We share the same alma mater, Antioch College, and throughout my 30 years of practice in this field, I have frequently found comfort and connection with Professor Bennis’ perpetual voice in the journey of developing a personal practice of leadership. A guiding principle on which we have built Moementum is Bennis’…
 
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    Scribble and Scrawl

  • Mumbai – A Green City Turning Grey

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Standing by the open window railing on my room, as I sip my morning tea looking at the coconuts swinging from the tree at a stone’s throw, I struggle each day to reconcile with how the … Continue reading →
  • Why some companies in India are still on a 6 day work week

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Working for 6 days a week is never a particularly appealing idea. Most people would agree that a single Sunday is not enough to wash away the fatigue of working throughout the week. Till recently when my … Continue reading →
  • 8 Powerful Ways To Build Resilience

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti At an altitude of 5,000 metres in the Siachen Glacier, the levels of oxygen in the blood of a healthy solider is similar to that of a patient with severe lung disorder at sea level. Prolonged … Continue reading →
  • Understanding the Power of Emotions on Decisions

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti Emotions exert an alluring power over us! More often than not, our emotions drive our thoughts and behavior, and come into play when we make decisions. While most of us love to believe that we work on … Continue reading →
  • 8 Inspirational Quotes on Teachers

    Somali K Chakrabarti
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    By Somali K Chakrabarti If it is true that the future of a country lies in the hands of its youth, then it is equally true that the future of the youth is shaped by their teachers. 5th September is … Continue reading →
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    Ying Ying Shi

  • Does the candidate fit with the team?

    Ying Ying Shi
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    While efficiently allocating resources is a major concern for economists, effectively selecting talents is a major concern for both managers and human resources. Everything on earth has a value – even if it does not have a price (e.g. air) … Read more →
  • Mistakes and The Dream Model

    Ying Ying Shi
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    What is your dream? A typical question in Chinese writing exams is to write about “your dream”. Dreams are not what you experiment when you are asleep, nor are they mere illusions of the future. Dreams are desired destinations we … Read more →
  • Beginnings: Challenging but rewarding experiences

    Ying Ying Shi
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
      If you are starting a new project, you know the process is hard. You feel you give in lots of energy, and yet get out so little of it. You hesitate and ask whether this is all worthwhile. You lose … Read more →
  • Management: a simple how-to guide

    Ying Ying Shi
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Achieving objectives is at the core of management. What should be done to get the desired results has been synthesised and abstracted in numerous theories. One of the most prominent theories was offered by Henry Fayol, who said that management … Read more →
  • In business, who is the king?

    Ying Ying Shi
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:23 am
    In chess as in war, there is a clearly identifiable king. We know who has the power and who we have to protect until the end. The king is the most important figure and is decisive for the end game … Read more →
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  • TED Talks Thursday: Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius

    Tim Sieck
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of ‘Eat, Pray,Love’, talks about genius and creativity and how these topics apply to work and career.  How do you find work that you love, and regenerate that passion on a regular basis?  It may be the only thing that makes going to work on a day-to-day basis tolerable.
  • TED Talks Thursday: Larry Smith – Why You Will Fail To Have A Great Career

    Tim Sieck
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    This week’s TED talk features Larry Smith discussing why most people will fail to have a great career simply because they choose not to do something they are passionate about and settle for ordinary experiences.  We believe doing things you are passionate about is a key component to success.  Watch this video and spend some time thinking about what you are doing today, and whether or not it’s where you are supposed to be. Most people will fail to have a great career simply because they choose not to.Tweet This  
  • Transparent Leadership

    Tim Sieck
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Transparency comes up often as a leadership trait that is desired from managers and supervisors.  Employees want their boss to be a human being with flaws, not a superhero, or worse yet, a machine. The difference between a great boss and a mediocre boss is the ability to admit and learn from their mistakes and shortcomings.  Not only does it place an emphasis on the fact that they are just like you and I, but it also builds a culture within the workgroup that allows for people to take risks and feel safe doing so. Below is a short list of behaviors that help a leader to be more transparent…
  • TED Talks Thursday: Drew Dudley – Everyday Leadership

    Tim Sieck
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    In this week’s TED talk, Drew Dudley talks about leadership as not so much about the big “L” leadership as in something that you aspire to, but rather the little things you do that have an impact on someone’s life.  Often times without even knowing it. Take a minute today to think about something someone did for you at some point in your life that has had a positive impact on you. Share your story in our comments.  We love a good story!
  • 3 Career Development Questions You Should Ask Yourself on a Regular Basis

    Tim Sieck
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Today, more than ever, career and individual development is in the hands of the employee.  For years we’ve advocated for employees to “own” their career and take responsibility for the things that will help them grow and develop.  Things have shifted on the employer side recently that make it even more important.  HR plays less of a role than they had in the past in creating career paths or ladders and training budgets become the first things on the chopping block when times are tough.  This means you, as the employee, can’t afford to leave career development to chance.  You have…
 
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    Ecclesia Nigeria

  • Jonathan on Boko Haram – Things Will Change Next Month

    Timi Pudie
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Jonathan on Boko Haram – Things will change Next Month Jonathan on Boko Haram – Things will change Next Month ABUJA—President Goodluck Jonathan promised yesterday that by next month, the security challenge posed by members of the Boko Haram sect who have engaged in massive killing and wanton destruction of property would change drastically. This is just as the troops have killed 60 of the insurgents. Speaking yesterday at the 66th National Executive Committee, NEC of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, President Jonathan who admitted that the nation’s greatest challenge was…
  • $9.3million Secret Arms Deal – Nigerian officials blame U.S

    Timi Pudie
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:03 pm
    $9.3million Secret Arms Deal – Nigerian Officials Blame U.S $9.3 Secret Arms Deal – Nigerian Officials Blame U.S The Nigerian government opted for a discreet purchase of arms with cash as a desperate measure after the American government allegedly blocked all legitimate arms order made by the military, high ranking military officers and top administration officials have told PREMIUM TIMES. The Nigerian government had on Tuesday admitted that it owned the $9.3million cash smuggled into South Africa aboard a private jet and seized by the authorities of that country. The…
  • Mikel – Siasia Explains why coaches fear Mikel

    Timi Pudie
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Mikel – Siasia Explains why coaches fear Mikel Mikel Obi of Chelsea FC & Super Eagles Midfielder Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has warned that anyone who wishes to talk to Mikel Obi to raise his game, should equally be ready to take a slagging from the Chelsea star. Mikel has come under intense criticisms following his recent sluggish displays for the Super Eagles. And Siasia, who lined up the midfielder for the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup and then dropped him for the 2008 Beijing Olympics,  said that Mikel does not welcome criticisms. “Someone would have to talk to him.
  • Boko Haram Attacked our Building – T. B. Joshua

    Timi Pudie
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Boko Haram Attacked Our Building – T. B. Joshua Boko Haram Attacked our Building – T. B. Joshua The founder and General overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T. B. Joshua has said Boko Haram may be responsible for the collapse of a six-storey building in the church premises. Joshua, who told members of his church on Sunday not to be afraid, said the attack was targeted at him and not at them. The prophet made it clear that the collapse of the six-storey building at around 11.45am on Friday which led to the death of no fewer than 16 persons was a Boko Haram…
  • T. B Joshua – Strange Aircraft Led to Building Collapse

    Timi Pudie
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    T. B Joshua – Strange Aircraft Led to Building Collapse T. B Joshua – Strange Aircraft Led to Building Collapse The Founder and General Overseer of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, Temitope Joshua, has linked the collapse of an uncompleted Guest House owned by his church to a “strange aircraft” which he said hovered around the building before its collapse. Mr. Joshua said the plane hovered around the collapsed building for over 30 minutes. The clergyman spoke just as emergency officials told this newspaper that 17 people died in the incident while 123 others were evacuated…
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    Leadership Heart Coaching

  • Bold, Innovative Leadership

    wbenoist
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Bold, Innovative Leadership Who comes to mind when you think about these words? Patton?   Kennedy?   Churchill?   Jobs? If you’re into football, you may think Lombardi. In most cases, we don’t think close to home when we consider bold, innovative leadership. Bold “not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring…” Innovative “introducing new ideas, devices, or methods….” For some, these are larger than life words.   Traits only big shoes can fill. Management seems so much safer.   No risk involved. All that’s…
  • Having Fun at Work

    wbenoist
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    http://www.leadershipheartcoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Humor-Post.mp3 Last month, I committed to writing a post about having fun at work. Having fun alleviates stress. It helps put others at ease. Having fun can even increase productivity. So one would think writing a piece about having fun should be a piece of cake, right? Nope. I stared at a blank piece of paper for what seemed like an eternity. I am not talking one or two hours.   I am talking days. The problem I had with this commitment – I could not relate to the topic. How do you write about something fun when…
  • The Legacy We Leave as Parents

    wbenoist
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:24 pm
    http://www.leadershipheartcoaching.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Round-2.mp3   Good or bad, there is no denying the influence we have on our children. As parents, we are all leaders. It is a role we step into the first time we see our newborn son or daughter at the hospital. As parents, our leadership will also be the most important legacy. Our influence will often play a role in the underlying beliefs our children carry with them long after they leave the nest. Will our children model the behavior and standards we set, or will our behaviors and standards be something our children…
  • Creative Leadership

    wbenoist
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:27 am
    If you are a Baby Boomer, you likely remember the matchbook cover pictured above. The advertisements were for a home study correspondence course providing training in illustration and cartoons. Both my parents smoked, so I grew up seeing these ads for years. Even at the age of seven, I was intimated by the challenges posed by the matchbook covers. You see, whereas both my parents could copy one of the drawings within minutes, the artistic gene skipped me altogether. I could barely draw a stick figure. I also struggled with music, painting, working with clay, and pretty much every art project…
  • Accepting Change

    wbenoist
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:43 am
    If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change – Wayne Dyer As leaders, we are supposed to embrace change — right? I will admit, there are times I struggle accepting change. Three weeks ago, I walked into my neighborhood grocery store and everything had changed. I’m not talking small change. Everything was moved around. Even the fruits and vegetables had been relocated to new areas. I was frustrated beyond words. As I stumbled around looking for where things were, I realized my Sunday morning was becoming less productive by the minute. Tissue paper…
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    Leadership & Lipstick

  • Tell Me. How Do You Choose an Expert?

    Brigitte Kobi
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Expertise is something that is highly in demand in most industries. Most of us are experts in something; sometimes without even realizing it. Some years ago I participated at a colloquium of the ETH Zurich. Experts were the subject of the season, so to speak. A professor delivered a speech…
  • Espresso! 6 Meeting Rules

    Brigitte Kobi
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you have been reading my artilcles long enough you already know that I am a fan of espresso. Please never try to sell me a “Lungo”, let alone a filter coffee. I believe that a good meeting has a lot in common with an espresso. It is short, highly…
  • No Monuments in Business. Why?

    Brigitte Kobi
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Exactly 136 years ago, on September 12, 1878 the famous Obelisk near the River Thames in London was placed. This monument is one of the two so called “Cleopatra’s Needles”. Cleopatra’s Needles are separated twins. One of it is New York City and the other as just said in London.…
  • The Cosmic Project

    Brigitte Kobi
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Two weeks ago we spoke about Michelangelo’s David and about change management. Well, every girl in her right mind will agree with me that David (alas made of marble) is Mr Handsome himself. But enough sweet talk. Again, this article is about change. The idea of what is beautiful shifted through…
  • 3 Types of Communication

    Brigitte Kobi
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When Your Laptop Talks To You When I started my laptop on Monday morning – meaning yesterday – it informed me that it detected an error on the hard disk and I should back up all my data immediately. Of course my data is frequently backed up on my server.…
 
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    The Ahern Blog

  • Why Benchmarking Alone Isn’t Enough for Proper Cost Analysis

    A.W. Ahern
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Carriers in the trucking industry today are actively looking for ways to combat the rising costs of operating their businesses, but they often do not fully understand proper benchmarking, cost analysis, and profit management are intertwined. Without understanding true costs and using benchmarks as just that – benchmarks – carriers and owners will struggle to effectively analyze and reduce their costs. Benchmarking A popular, and possibly overly-stressed, component of profit management is benchmarking. Although it is certainly important for carriers to review industry averages in…
  • Three Steps To Keep Your Trucking Company Ahead of the Curve

    A.W. Ahern
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Trucking companies seem to continually face pressure to continue to be profitable, compliant, and stay ahead of the curve. While we’ve covered many ways in which trucking business owners and transport consultants can try to remain profitable or improve their bottom line, we wanted to delve into three specific ways that trucking companies need to adapt in order to stay ahead of the industry and remain profitable, not only surviving, but thriving in a challenging economy. From political pressure to physical resources, we’ve outlined three ways that can help trucking businesses streamline…
  • Highway Hero Award Highlights The Good Truckers Do

    A.W. Ahern
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The Mid-America Trucking Show is one of the largest trucking shows in the USA. Far too often we forget about the great things that are happening everyday in the trucking industry. We get caught up in the complexities of new regulations and day to day operations that we forget to look for that silver living. This month, the silver lining at the Mid-America Trucking Show was the Goodyear Highway Hero Award of 2014. The Highway Hero Award brings recognition to the extraordinary feats of bravery and selflessness present in the trucking industry. This year’s winner was one Ivan Vasovic, a truck…
  • Truck Drivers’ Satisfaction Remains Strong in the Face of a Difficult Economy

    A.W. Ahern
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:17 am
    In the past, we have talked about the driver retention problems that most companies are facing, and how driver retention is one of the biggest concerns in the industry today. The times have not been particularly kind to trucking businesses over the past year: the Hours of Service regulations have exacerbated truck driver shortages, weather conditions in the United States were abysmal thanks to one of the hardest winters in recent history, and new young truck drivers entering field were few and far between when compared to other years in the past. Luckily, it looks like the trucking industry…
  • Do Trailer Tails Actually Work? Should I Invest in Them?

    A.W. Ahern
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:25 pm
    A topic that has been appearing in the news a lot lately are something called trailer tails. These gadgets are placed on the rear end of a truck in order to help reduce aerodynamic drag, and it claims to help fuel efficiency by as much as 6% when driving at freeway speeds. A New Mexico trucking business recently refitted their entire fleet with these trailer tails, ordering over 3,000 in total. In the news, it was recently claimed that 200,000 trailers are predicted to be outfitted with trailer tails in the next 3 years. (Now of course, this figure becomes a little less persuasive when you…
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