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1 03, 2011

Getting Past Perception

By | 2016-10-29T15:30:00+00:00 March 1st, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Fourteen senators leave the state. 60,000 plus show up to demonstrate. And, the next thing you know there’s a national debate on the role of public employee unions in the state budget crisis occurring throughout the country. Those who support the unions see this as a not-so-veiled attempt to alter the essence of collective bargaining and limit the people’s right to protest. Union members see it as a fundamental challenge to their right to organize, and in some cases, a violation of their contract. The union leadership no doubt sees it as payback for supporting Democratic and pro-labor candidates. Those who support the various initiatives view this as a much needed step to reign in spending that is out of control. They view unions as – at worst - the enemy that have secured salary and benefits that are unavailable to them as private sector employees. “Why should government employees experience no pain when they are out of work,” they ask. There are probably even Republicans who view this as the perfect opportunity to weaken a political opponent. The problem with perceptions is that it only takes one act to prove you are right. As the saying goes, “All Indians walk in single file. I know that to be true because the one I saw was doing it that way.”

31 01, 2011

Leading in the Face of Crisis

By | 2014-11-02T18:53:09+00:00 January 31st, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Every crisis presents us with an opportunity to lead or shirk from service. It either paralyzes us from moving forward, or it pushes us to take action. Here are five actions you can take to lead your organization or team through tough times:

27 01, 2011

A Love Affair With Results

By | 2016-10-29T15:30:00+00:00 January 27th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The edge is a deep passion for competing, contributing, and yes, winning. It’s being dissatisfied with the status quo and never resting on your laurels. It is caring so much that you work your tail off to deliver better results tomorrow than you did today. Passion for delivering results drives learning and embracing change as a way of life. It’s an attitude not a skill.

28 12, 2010

Resolutions for Results

By | 2016-10-29T15:30:01+00:00 December 28th, 2010|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates back more than 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians. Even then people were failing to turn intention into action. Very few of the good intentions professed as a New Year’s Resolution will ever come to fruition. The goals are noble, but the choices are wrong. For 2011, consider forgetting your typical resolutions and make this the year of better choices.

20 12, 2010

Innovation That Sets You Apart

By | 2014-11-02T18:56:04+00:00 December 20th, 2010|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Being different is easy. Being distinctive in the markeplace ... now that takes work. But, according to a study by Booz Allen Hamilton, it doesn’t require you to break the bank for new research and development.

13 12, 2010

Three Important Questions

By | 2016-10-29T15:30:01+00:00 December 13th, 2010|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Someone out there is waiting to take your customers, your best employees, and ultimately, your business. Your competitors are not just the usual suspects you know. They can come from anywhere – from a dorm room to a foreign country.

6 12, 2010

Yes, But How?

By | 2016-10-29T15:30:01+00:00 December 6th, 2010|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Consciously changing – even tweaking – a culture is hard work.. There is no twelve-step program. There are choices you can make that, over time, will help you repair a damaged culture or sustain and grow a positive one.

29 11, 2010

Leader or Liar?

By | 2016-10-29T15:30:02+00:00 November 29th, 2010|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We choose every day. Consciously or not, we make it nonetheless. Are we a leader or a liar? Here is the challenge – we know our intentions, but simply look at our behavior and performance filtered through their lens of perception. Did we do what we said we would do? We may see ourselves as a leader, but to others we are simply lying to them or ourselves.

15 11, 2010

Stupid Has Its Own Momentum

By | 2016-10-29T15:30:02+00:00 November 15th, 2010|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We have all seen and/or participated in an experience similar to my purchase of an Arabian horse. More important, we have witnessed the result of a well-intentioned idea gone bad in the communities and organizations we serve. Stupid – once in play – can take on a life of its own.

1 11, 2010

Are You Vulnerable for an Employee Exodus?

By | 2016-10-29T15:30:02+00:00 November 1st, 2010|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Your best employees are contemplating quitting. Some of them already have. Increased turnover always occurs after a recession. Pent up demand for new talent combines with pent up desire for something better, and the people with the best skills – your star employees – start listening to the offers for more money and opportunity. Are you vulnerable? Chances are the answer is yes if you are guilty of any of the following: