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10 Words Entrepreneurs Should Use Every Day

Jay Goltz writes a blog on small business and entrepreneurship for the New York Times. His March 10, 2014 posting was titled “10 Words Entrepreneurs Should Use With Caution.” In that piece, Goltz shared 10 words that he believes have … Continue reading

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What Political Races Can Teach Us About Standing Out in Our Marketplace

Who do you choose when there is very little difference between the choices?

Do you take the time to understand the small factors that might distinguish one choice from another, or do you go with what is easy or the name that you hear the most often?

There are four individuals running to represent their party for the office of state representative in the area where I live. All four seem like nice people, and all four are virtually indistinguishable in their stance on the issues. Seriously, you could copy and paste any of their individual responses onto the web site for any of their competitors, and no one would notice. Continue reading

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The Missing Measure that Drives Culture Change

Culture change follows behavior and performance change not the other way around. If you buy into that premise, the behavior and performance you expect, enable, measure, reward, and hold people accountable for will become the habits that define the culture. The best organizations have clarity, alignment, and execution across each of these areas.

And that leads to the question of “how do you know a change is taking place?” Continue reading

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Three Lessons About Leading Change from the Debt Ceiling Chaos

There has to be something we can learn from Washington’s failure to address the debt limit, right?

There are three very important lessons about leading change you can take from the chaos over approving the federal budget and raising the debt ceiling.
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Another Book About Change?

Why did you write a book about change?

The host of a recent radio interview was being polite and, I suspect, genuinely interested. But the question is an important one—a quick search on Amazon.com found over 150,000 book titles that have something to do with change.

Let’s assume that some of those titles are duplicates for hardcover, paperback, Kindle, etc. That still leaves thousands of books written on the subject. Aren’t those enough?

The short answer is, “No.” Continue reading

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The Problem and Opportunity with Change

Another blog post about change? Really? The last three I posted aren’t enough? How about the thousands of other books, blogs, and articles on the subject?

I am with you. I don’t need to hear another message that changes are coming and I need to get on board.

And yet, we are confronted with this reality: Most of our efforts to make change work don’t work as well as we had hoped … or even at all. Continue reading

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The Scary Side of Mentoring

The old-fashioned view of mentoring is someone outside a learner’s chain of command who equips that learner with new skills and knowledge. It is an archaic expert to novice or smart to unwise philosophy. The goal is the transfer of information or expertise, much like pouring knowledge into the head of a passive learner. It is the model that antiquated teachers used to teach facts students only recalled long enough to score favorably on the test. Continue reading

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Leaders Ought to Know

Have you ever watched a leader make a decision or take an action and think, “They ought to know better.”

I find that sentiment to be especially true when it comes to people issues. Leaders ought to know how to motivate others. They ought to know how to treat people with respect and act with honesty. They ought to know how to take action and make good decisions.

That is where Phillip Van Hooser comes in.

Phil knows what leaders ought to know, and he shares it in his new book, Leaders Ought to Know: 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership.
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Opportunity Lost

In its “Economic Prospects for the Year 2000,” the writers at Business Week saw a glass half-empty and chose to see it as mostly full.

The world painted in its 1989 article would have been a great place. The vision that they created was completely possible. We missed the opportunity. We lacked the rigor in our thinking and failed to consider all the possible implications of our choices. We lacked the discipline to execute toward the vision. And, we lacked the courage to confront reality and put long-term success ahead of short-term reward. Continue reading

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Congress, the President, the Sequester, and You

This week’s blog is a rant about the sequester that went in place in March. If you are sick and tired of the discussion, check back next week for something else. If you want to understand the impact of irresponsible leadership, read on. I promise this will step on everyone’s toes. Continue reading

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