Archive | October, 2013

Not Enough Creativity; Who is to Blame?

In your organization who is ultimately accountable for creativity. Before you answer let me share a story with you. Back in 1988 when first beginning my consulting practice I was hired by the director of the new business development group at Standard Oil of Ohio (now British Petroleum) in Cleveland for a very specific purpose. […]

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5 Ways to Benefit from a Disengaged Boss

Ideally your boss is interested, eager to remove roadblocks, asking provocative questions, and helping build your career. That’s the leader I wish for you, and want you to be.   But, with 71% of workers disengaged, chances are one day or another you’ll work for a disengaged boss. On the surface it sucks.  Your team’s […]

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Success is Overrated – How to Fail Beautifully

Guest post from Lisa Demayo:   “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” —Paulo Coelhon                                             Successful people fail. And they fail with frequency. They fail not because they’re not good enough, but because they were brave enough to show up.                                                   Failure is one of […]

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Reflections From The Eye Of The Storm

I had dinner with some friends last week and they kept telling me how busy I was. I insisted that I wasn’t and said I actually felt less busy than normal. In fact, I told them I felt quite relaxed and calm. To which they replied yes, but your normal is busy – you may […]

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Can You Hear Me Now?

This week celebrates the launch of Mark Miller’s new book, The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow.  It’s an honor to have Mark as a guest blogger today. Can You Hear Me Now?      Are you a good listener? My fear is that most leaders, including myself, think we are. […]

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Have you ever been Pickled by a Half-Truth?

My mother is a great story-teller.  As I was growing up, there was one story in particular that I loved to hear her tell, especially if she told it to someone who had never heard it before because before the story ended with the people listening would usually be doubled over in laughter with tears […]

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2 Ways to Create Uncommon Customer Service

This week is customer service week!  In honor of the big week I introduced a 3-part mini-series of blog posts: The first focused on the external customer and asked the question, “ Can great customer service be taught…  To anyone?” The second focused on the internal customer and emphasized how organizational growth is limited or […]

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50 Shades of Boring: When Leaders are Bores

“The real story is actually probably pretty boring, right?  I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.” -Mark Zuckerberg It all looks so sexy.  Corporate jets.  Dramatic moves.  Microphones. When it’s a Cinderella story, it’s even better. It’s easy to romanticize leadership success.  To imagine the stroke of genius, the […]

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Are you a Trusted Leader?

Guest post from Gregg Lederman: Are you a trusted leader at work? You may be a bit caught off guard by this question, since it’s not something most managers and leaders are often asked, nor is it something managers and leaders frequently ask themselves. Take a moment to reflect on this question. Do the people […]

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We are Failing to Develop the Leaders We Need

Every business needs leadership in some make, manner or form. When you ask a business owner how they might define leadership you’ll get a range of answers but on one thing you’ll almost always get agreement…more leadership is needed and our business would be more successful be if we had more leaders. Personally I am […]

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