Archive | October, 2012

Is SHRM Fiddling While HR Goes Down in Flames?

As a former HR professional and now OD practitioner I work alongside HR executives day in and day out. I have become increasingly concerned in recent years at what I perceive is a posture of withdrawal from the core of the business on the part of many of these staff groups. “If I had a […]

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In Search of Joy: A Saturday Salutation

“To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.” ― Mark Twain Most people have big and small joys in their life. Many are busting to share them. Could you find more ways to draw out the joy on your team? What would be the side effects of more joy […]

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When is the Moment Employees are Developed?

“A long journey requires lots of mango.” Dan and Chip Heath, ‘Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard’ How many of us have heard these questions: ♦  Could you do that training in one day instead of two? ♦  I thought these people had been trained? ♦  Can we get by pushing that […]

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5 Ways Leaders Bust Confidence

Leaders work hard to build confidence in their teams.They know that building confident teams and people is vital to success. Confident team members are more creative, communicate more effectively, and take more risks. Plus, it’s easier to delegate to a confident person. Sometimes the very actions leaders take to create confidence, can backfire. How does […]

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The Power of Reflection

If I could give you a tool or resource that would change your life in positive ways, change your results, create more happiness in your life, and help you get better at anything you desired . . . And if I could promise you that this tool would cost you nothing, require only yourself, and […]

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Are you Ready for the Next Level?

At my last company, where I was responsible for leadership development and succession planning, I once received a phone call on a Friday afternoon from one of my favorite managers. It went like this: “Dan, I just found out I’m going to promoted to a senior manage on Monday. Is there a senior manager school […]

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Slow It Down Pal

Many business leaders are just too darn busy these days. They tend to spend less time thinking about themselves and their employees, but rather use that time thinking about the bottom line, goals and strategies. You, maybe? By spending so much time on the “work” aspect, they tend to get more physically and emotionally drained […]

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Silence Hurts and Sometimes it Kills

Silence! You ask a question to the group assembled in front of you, your team, and the response is silence. “Any questions?” you ask. Again, silence. The meeting is over and you leave with an expectation of what…? The thought running through your mind is familiar, “I know they don’t agree with what I have […]

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