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    February 28, 2014

    Leading in Chaos – Six Essentials to Stay Focused & Enable Success

    VUCA: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, & Ambiguity – is the new normal.

    Can you imagine anything more disconcerting than driving at 100 mph in a thick fog – with the radio blaring, cell phone ringing, and the kids in the back seat asking, “Are we there yet?”  Yet, isn’t that what it is like operating in business today?  The fog is thick, the pace is rapid, and the distractions are constant.  Where can business leaders find solutions to be able to navigate through this chaos and produce results in this very uncomfortable...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 28, 2014

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    February 26, 2014

    Time for a Tough Talk

    Four Steps to Prepare For a Tough Conversation With Your Employee

    Many leaders that I work with really want to focus on external activities.  Perfect planning.  Clear calendars.  Great goals.  It feels like you are getting a lot more done that way, right?   As a new leader, I would love it if you could avoid this trap.  Truly leading your team means that you are not just getting a bunch of work done, but there is harmony in your team.  Communication is clear.  Conflicts are constructive.  Engagement is high.   If you...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on February 26, 2014

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    February 24, 2014

    Dealing with People Not Like Us-It’s Difficult!

    3 things to do differently to make progress with “difficult” people.

    It seems to happen in a lot of workplaces. Someone is difficult. It can be a client, peer or (gulp) your boss.  Or it could be that incommunicative guy in the mailroom, the gossipy sales person, the surly receptionist or the aggressive fill-in-the-blank that puts a crimp in your day.   Might be that new Gen Y that asks too many questions, texts too much and talks too little. ENTITLEMENT! Could be the very direct Gen X who leaves the desk at 5 PM with work still to be done. UNCOMMITTED! ...Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Communication Skills on February 24, 2014

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    February 21, 2014

    Is Your Brand Geo-Smart?

    Factor your Location into your Thought Leadership Strategy

    Have you ever found similarities between the game of cricket and managing a multinational?    I have.   You see, in the game of cricket, unlike soccer and baseball, there are no specifications for the size or the shape of the field. Therefore each game presents a number of possible outcomes not only on the basis of team composition, but also where it is being played. For instance, most Cricket grounds in Australia are so large that getting boundaries is tough. Therefore they generally...Continue reading

    By Karthik NagendraPosted in Marketing & Innovation on February 21, 2014

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    February 18, 2014

    The Difference Between an Individual Contributor & a Leader

    Take this self-assessment & push yourself toward leadership.

    You may carry the title of a Senior Manager and yet struggle to truly get work done through others in a way that propels the team forward.    You may have the experience and authority to get compliance and yet fail to earn true commitment from the people on your team.    If you haven’t quite reached the rung of leadership in your ascent to your position, it may be because you are clinging to old, familiar behaviors that have served you well in the past. This is a common career...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 18, 2014

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    February 14, 2014

    Five Leadership Capabilities of Abraham Lincoln

    How do you and your leadership team measure up in these capabilities?

    As February annually asks us to reflect on our Presidents, it too allows us to reflect on our own leadership and leaders in our organizations. I cannot help but reflect on the leadership capabilities of our 16th President.  As we lament the divisiveness of our current national political dialogue and the uncertainty and ambiguity it creates geopolitically for business, political, military and global leaders, I am reminded that our nation has suffered greater challenges and pulled through them. ...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 14, 2014

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    February 10, 2014

    Building & Leading High-Performance Teams-7 Questions Leaders Ask

    What’s good for the general is also good for the corporate leader!

    Effective leaders ask many questions – and listen to the answers they receive.  Great leaders act on what they hear. A right of passage for first year cadets (plebes) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA) requires the memorization of a wide range of information and the accurate recitation of the details when requested by upperclassmen.  The objective of the exercise, according to the guidebook of the time, was to develop memory retention skills and the ability to perform...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 10, 2014

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    February 7, 2014

    Employee Conflict & the Manager’s Role: How to Facilitate Resolution

    13 questions that get employees to work things out & move forward.

    It is easy to learn how to conduct meetings, find your motivational leadership style and seek ways to engage employees.  However, learning to resolve conflict takes a bit of know-how and a bit of practice for most people.  Even after the know-how, most people do not relish the chance to resolve a conflict within their team.     As a first time manager or supervisor, what do you do when faced with an employee conflict that is now your job to help resolve?     First, take a...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on February 7, 2014

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    February 5, 2014

    5 Tips for Helping Agile Teams Avoid “Squirrel Moments”

    Here’s some great advice for any team trying to maintain focus.

    The “squirrel moment” arrives unexpectedly.  The instant message pops up with a question about functionality in a recently deployed release.  A new production support ticket arrives from the customer service team.  The product owner stops by for an ad hoc brainstorming session about a new feature that might be added to the backlog.   And the entire team stops what they are doing in order to meet the squirrel.  The squirrel provides welcome relief from the drudgery...Continue reading

    By Ron MontgomeryPosted in Project & Process Management on February 5, 2014

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    February 3, 2014

    3 Communication Practices That Will Enrich Your Life

    These few skills are the ones that we should practice everyday.

    Just as high quality ingredients make every recipe more nutritious and delicious, a specific set of healthy communication practices can make every relationship more nourishing and life affirming. Read on to learn more about foundational communication practices that will enrich your life.   “Assertiveness for Women.” “Powerful Speech.” “Being Charismatic!” The list of self-help communication titles is endless. And it is true that to be a very competent...Continue reading

    By Claire LaughlinPosted in Communication Skills on February 3, 2014

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