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Best-In-Class! Look Outside

June 24, 2011

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We live in a world where things are relative and benchmarks are established through comparisons. A lot has been written in support of Best-In Class programs. I have been a fan for many years as it’s a great way to define what can be and to help set goals oriented towards realizable stretch goals. There […]

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Leadership Tough Love

February 2, 2011

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“Leadership is about disappointing your people at a rate they can absorb,” says Martin Linsky, faculty chair of Leadership for the 21st Century. “It’s about delivering losses. The resistance comes when people experience your initiatives as a threat.  To be a leader, you sometimes have to be the bad guy and give up any dreams […]

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The Impact of Emotions on Business

January 14, 2011

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If I asked you would you take $100 from me with no strings attached in 1 year or instead take $110 in 1 year and 2 days what which would you pick? 95% of people asked would wait the 2 extra days and take the $110. Why not? An extra $10 in only 2 days. […]

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Building the Right Team

January 3, 2011

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In a previous blog I spoke about how important is in in getting the right people in the right seats of the bus. This of course is an analogy of putting the traditional organization structure aside and placing people in jobs or requirements that align fulfilling immediate needs. The bigger mission is how to build a great […]

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Performance Reviews

December 20, 2010

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There was an article in yesterday’s NY Times about the pitfalls of personal performance reviews written by Samuel Culbert. The article argues that performance reviews are unnecessary and, in fact Culbert wants them “put out of their misery”. http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/109343/yes-everyone-really-does-hate-performance-reviews?mod=career-worklife_balance I have a few issues with Culbert’s message he is sending. While he does raise a […]

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The Power of Confidence

November 14, 2010

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I was listening to a news report today about the economy and there was a reference to the consumer confidence index. The analyst giving the report was explaining how when confidence is higher the more spending will occur at both the consumer and corporate level. What’s interesting is that there isn’t a quantifiable relationship between […]

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Trust in Leadership

September 10, 2010

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I know a lot has been written over the years about leadership and trust and the importance of both. Lately I have been witness to a number of situations that have highlighted what happens when trust is in question around the ability of the leader to be effective. Seeing this prompted me to get my […]

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Employee Stimulus Package

July 16, 2010

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This economic period of time is tough. Most of the key indicators are lousy. Revenues are down, margins are off, and unemployment is high. Seems like no matter where you look there is some impact tied to the poor economy. Check Your Attitude “So I see Sales are down 25% over the same quarter last […]

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