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How to Work With a Jerk

            From Joe Calloway:   OK – here’s my answer. It’s the answer for me and not necessarily for you. The answer is that you don’t work with a jerk. My vendors and colleagues aren’t … Continue reading

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Pay for Presence or Pay for Results?

How much paid vacation do you receive from your company? Do you take it all, or do you find yourself giving or banking time at the end of the year? Would you take more time off if you were allowed? Even if it meant that your team would underperform or miss important deadlines?

Sir Richard Branson is betting that the employees of his company will maintain an appropriate balance between getting the work done and taking off all of the time they want. His company is the latest to grant employees unlimited vacation time. Continue reading

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Leading Change Isn’t About the Model

There is no shortage of change models being pushed by authors and consultants. Each claims their supporters and detractors. I have one as well. It is the latest iteration of a model I developed and began using and presenting in 1989.

So is there a magic methodology?

It doesn’t exist. Each of these organizations had bought into a different well-known model as the only effective way to lead a change. Continue reading

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What is a Leader’s Most Important Job?

From Larry Winget: A leaders most important job: To lead. Duh. How do you lead? Not from behind, that’s for sure. Leaders have to get out in front with their ideas, vision, energy and presence. As I watch movies and … Continue reading

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Perspective: 5 Friends Share Insights on Success

Five award-winning authors and speakers who just happen to be great friends get together to address important questions facing business, the country, and individual success. They answer this question in this edition: What ONE thing would you do to fix the economy? Be ready to be challenged. Continue reading

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What’s in a Name Change? Part I

The majority of the world spent the last five days living their life. A small slice of the universe who make their living selling ideas, however, were agitating themselves into a frenzy.

In case you missed it, the National Speakers Association, an association of which I am a member, decided to re-brand itself and change its name to PLATFORM.

This is a first world problem. In the context of all of the turmoil in the world, the re-naming of this 41-year old association ranks right up there with … well almost nothing.

And yet, people on all sides of the argument lit up the blogosphere and social media channels supporting their positions … even if it meant refusing to consider that others might be equally right in their own stance (see my blog on “Is It Always Right to be Right” for more on that phenomenon.) Continue reading

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Challenge Your Thinking. Focus Your Execution. Deliver Your Results.

The walls of The Loomis Agency are adorned with pictures of dogs. There are so many photos and references to our beloved canine companions that conspiracy theorists might wonder if the company is secretly reviving the Egyptian practice of animal … Continue reading

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Jack Be Nimble: Sure, but how?

This would have been the message if the speaker at your last business meeting presented in nursery rhymes:

Jack be nimble.
Jack be quick.
Jack jump over
The candle stick.

You feel better, right? You now know what is expected of you and the definition of success. And, you have no real context for why it is important or idea about how to move forward. Continue reading

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Focus on What Truly Matters

These days it seems that we’re all so busy, overcommitted, and information-obsessed. Our never-ending to-do lists are long and we run around trying to “keep up” or “be important,” and in the process stress ourselves out. Unfortunately, it often takes something bad to happen to slow us down, wake us up, and force us to focus on what truly matters most in life. Continue reading

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Should You Put Lipstick on the Brussels Sprouts? How Leaders Communicate Forced Change

My presentations about leading change usually include a story about Double Stuf Oreos and Brussels Sprouts. You can view the story here, but the basic principle is simple:

A child will willingly change what they are doing to reach a jar of cookies on top of your refrigerator. You seldom see them act with the same sense of urgency to acquire Brussels sprouts.

With that in mind, leaders generate creative tension when the vision they create for change is compelling – like cookies – rather than boring like vegetables. Continue reading

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