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14 Oct, 2013

Three Lessons About Leading Change from the Debt Ceiling Chaos

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:38+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Accountability, Business Strategy, Communication, Corporate Culture, Government & Politics, Integrity & Ethics, Leadership, Leading & Managing Change|

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.

3 Dec, 2012

Advertising, Congress, and Car Sales – Oh My!

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:46+00:00 December 3rd, 2012|Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Government & Politics, Integrity & Ethics, Leadership|

The Gallup organization just released its latest survey results about the perceptions of honesty and ethics for 22 professions. There are honest and ethical people in every profession. Rankings such as this reinforce a very important principle: Scandal paints with a roller not a brush. When enough people in any profession act dishonestly and unethically, it hurts everyone in the profession.

16 Sep, 2012

If They Don’t Trust You

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:48+00:00 September 16th, 2012|Accountability, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Government & Politics, Integrity & Ethics, Leadership, Results|

Two incidents occurred in the past week that reinforces a critical factor in every leader’s effectiveness: The impact of mistrust. Both incidents prove this truth about the ability to influence others: If they don’t trust you, everything you say will be twisted against you and nothing you say will be given the benefit of the doubt.

31 Aug, 2012

The Presidential Election & Defining Integrity

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:48+00:00 August 31st, 2012|Accountability, Communication, Government & Politics, Integrity & Ethics, Leadership|

There are several guarantees in the campaign for President of the United States: • The other side – regardless of the side you are on – will be portrayed by their opponents as completely out of touch with the “average” American • Every candidate will make promises that can only be kept with the cooperation of Congress, and every candidate will pledge to work with their opponents across the isle • Personal attacks will be plentiful and usually cloaked in an argument about policy implications • The choice between candidates will always be framed as two distinct visions that will determine the destiny and fate of the country • Integrity – or specifically the lack of it – will be called into question by the candidates, their surrogates, and the media pundits There is little any of us can do to change the first four items on this list. They are going to happen regardless of any efforts to restore civility and common sense to the campaign.

1 Aug, 2012

Is Temporary the New Permanent?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:49+00:00 August 1st, 2012|Accountability, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Government & Politics, Leadership, Results|

A friend emailed me late last week with a question: Are temporary jobs replacing permanent jobs as the standard in the workplace? The answer is it depends on how you define a temporary job. The use of temporary jobs is definitely increasing as companies work to keep their flexibility. Employers learned a lesson during the past recession: You don’t want to be caught with a huge overhead when the economy starts faltering.

12 Feb, 2012

Right Number – Wrong Measure

By | 2014-10-19T22:25:01+00:00 February 12th, 2012|Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Government & Politics, Leadership, Personal Development, Results|

What if the unemployment rate is the wrong measure? The U.S. economy added 243,000 jobs in January 2012, and the unemployment rate dropped from 8.5 percent to 8.3 percent. That’s huge, and everyone should be excited regardless of their political affiliation. This is the type of employment gain that solidifies the economic recovery. But, what if the right number turns out to be the wrong measure?

30 Jan, 2012

Mitt, Newt, and Leadership Lessons from the Campaign

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:51+00:00 January 30th, 2012|Business Presentations, Business Strategy, Communication, Government & Politics, Integrity & Ethics, Leadership, Leadership Development|

So what have we learned after nine months of almost continuous campaigning; over twenty debates; and three different contests (with a fourth coming soon)? If you are a leader, the on-going battle between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich offers two important lessons about selling yourself and your ideas.

9 Jan, 2012

Pennington Performance Group 2012 Economic & Workplace Predictions

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:51+00:00 January 9th, 2012|Business Growth, Business Predictions, Business Strategy, Government & Politics, Leadership, Results|

We’ve been doing annual business and workplace predictions for our clients since 2005. This is the second year we have posted them here for wider distribution. We are different from others who publicize their predictions in one very important way – we let you know how accurate we were the previous year.

22 Nov, 2011

Leadership and the Occupation

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:52+00:00 November 22nd, 2011|Accountability, Communication, Government & Politics, Integrity & Ethics, Leadership, Results|

Two months and counting. Truthfully, did you believe that the Occupy movement would have lasted this long? Protests happen all the time in this country. Travel to Washington, DC on virtually any day and you will see some group making their presence felt and beliefs known. The freedom to assemble and communicate your opinion is a sacred right in our country that was founded on a protest movement. And yet, we haven’t seen a movement like since … last year if you understand that the Occupy movement – while different in its goals – was born out of a frustration that shares striking similarities to the Tea Party. So what can leaders learn from a movement that has captured the news and proven to be more than just a group of people gathering to share their dissatisfaction? Here are four lessons:

30 Sep, 2011

Want Growth? Part IV: Try Some Confidence

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:53+00:00 September 30th, 2011|Business Growth, Business Strategy, Government & Politics, Leadership, Personal Development|

The numbers are in, and people lack confidence. Not all people, but enough of them to slow consumer spending and business investment. Lack of confidence changes behavior. Confident consumers spend more money because they believe the future will be positive. Confident sales people make more sales because they trust their ability and the value of their product. Confident companies invest in innovation, talent development, and new equipment because they believe that they will be rewarded for their investment.