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Everyone is accountable

Accountability.  Everybody talks about it, but few really practice it.  In its purest form, accountability is a contract to carry out a specific responsibility, and if the responsibility is time-sensitive, to carry it out within a specific time frame.  The problem is, for many people,  accountability isn’t viewed as […] Continue Reading…

 
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“What Everybody Knows Is Frequently Wrong.”

In his book, “A Class With Drucker” William Cohen talks about the “lost lessons” he learned from renowned management guru, Peter Drucker, as a first-year graduate student in Drucker’s classroom.  One of those lessons was to disregard so-called “conventional wisdom,” avoid being a crowd follower, and draw your own […] Continue Reading…

 
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Using DISC for fun and profit . . . and did I mention it’s FREE?!

Would you be interested in a behavioral assessment tool that can help you:

Strengthen your communication skills?
Build your leadership abilities as well as your coaching and mentoring skills?
Reduce personal and organizational conflict, stress, and turnover?
Make better hiring decisions?
Learn to appreciate behavioral strengths, challenges and differences in yourself and in others?
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“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”

Fast Company magazine recently hosted the “Fast Company Innovation Festival” and invited fifty executives, not only from large well-known companies like GE and Nike, but also from relatively obscure companies like Grey North America and Birchbox, to attend.  The only common denominator shared by the participants was they all […] Continue Reading…

 
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“The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it’s very difficult to build and very easy to destroy.”

Renowned business author Patrick Lencioni likes numbers.  You can tell by the way he titles some of his books: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive, The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family, The Five […] Continue Reading…

 
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“Bigger isn’t better if it isn’t making money.”

In the life of every successful small business, there comes what the mathematicians would call an “inflection point” . . . it’s the point on a curve where the curve changes direction.  In a business, it’s that point where an owner must decide whether to keep the business at […] Continue Reading…

 
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“What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

Today we have more ways to communicate with one another than ever before.  Of course, we have face-to-face spoken communication which we have had for thousands of years (although we seem to be doing that less and less).  We also have old-fashioned written communications such as letters, newspapers, magazines, […] Continue Reading…

 
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“How High Is Your XQ?”

Earlier this year, Eliza Gray, a staff writer for Time magazine, wrote an article about the “era of optimized hiring.”  In it, she explains that many companies today are requiring job applicants to submit to personality tests.  And we’re not talking about just applicants for upper management jobs, we’re […] Continue Reading…

 
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Five Things To Do Before December 31

Two years ago, I wrote a piece about things that ought to be done to close out the current year cleanly, and get a strong start in the new year.  Since this is the time of year to do those sorts of things, I thought it would be appropriate […] Continue Reading…

 
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Are you a bad boss? (Part 2)

My previous posting asked, “Are you a bad boss?”  I then offered a number of bad boss behaviors (poor emotional control, indecisiveness, micromanaging, etc.) for your consideration.  Well, I apparently missed a few.  I have gotten some notes (from people, I assume, who are bad bosses themselves, who are […] Continue Reading…

 
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