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9 Jun, 2013

The Scary Side of Mentoring

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:42+00:00 June 9th, 2013|Book Reviews, Business Growth, Corporate Culture, Leadership, Leadership Development, Results|

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.

27 May, 2013

Past Success Proves You Were Right … Once

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:43+00:00 May 27th, 2013|Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Innovation, Leadership, Results|

You own your logo and marketing message. Your customers own your brand relevance in the marketplace. And when your customers say you are irrelevant, no amount of advertising, positive press, or sales promotions will convince them otherwise. Two iconic American brands are proving that every day.

25 Apr, 2013

Leaders Ought to Know

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:44+00:00 April 25th, 2013|Accountability, Book Reviews, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Leadership, Personal Development|

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.

8 Apr, 2013

Opportunity Lost

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:44+00:00 April 8th, 2013|Business Strategy, Leadership, Results|

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.

12 Mar, 2013

Stop Complainers; Eliminate the Energy Drain & Get More Results

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:45+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Accountability, Book Reviews, Communication, Corporate Culture, Leadership, Personal Development|

Are your people complaining? Do you see more work drama than work? Then, you’re not unusual. Seventy-seven percent of people spend at least 3-6 hours a week dealing with complainers and energy draining situations. However, before you start polishing up on your coaching and counseling communication skills, look at what’s creating the creating the negative behavior.

31 Dec, 2012

Connected, Aware, and Relevant

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:46+00:00 December 31st, 2012|Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Communication, Leadership, Results|

My December 31, 2012 social media post drew a lot of likes and one great question. Here is the post: We shouldn’t fear getting old. We should fear becoming disconnected, unaware, and irrelevant. The response from friends, fans, and followers was great because of the age span represented. I heard from people in their twenties and people in their sixties. Here’s the great question I received: How do you change your mindset to keep from becoming disconnected, unaware, and irrelevant?

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.

19 Nov, 2012

An Attitude of Gratitude – Moving from Success to Significance

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:46+00:00 November 19th, 2012|Accountability, Integrity & Ethics, Leadership, Personal Development|

The people who have moved from success to significance in the personal lives don’t give because they are successful. They are successful because they give. They are not merely thankful for their success. They are thankful for the opportunity to strive. Research cited by Dr. Robert Emmons in his book, Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, suggests that people who operate from a heightened place of gratitude and thankfulness typically experience better overall health, fewer physical symptoms, higher income, more energy, larger social networks and stronger marriages.

12 Nov, 2012

Why There Are No “Excellent Service Day” Parades

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:46+00:00 November 12th, 2012|Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Leadership, Personal Development|

A thought struck me as I contemplated the observance of Veterans Day here in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada: Have you ever wondered why we don’t have an Excellent Service Day parade? Is it only because that excellent service is so rare? Or, is it because there is a significant difference between providing service and actually serving?