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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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    January 29, 2014

    Three Effective Online Job Search Strategies

    Make that time you spend online count.

    In last month’s article we talked about 4 job search strategies to get you started. The strategies are designed to help get you out of the online centric “spray and pray” approach to job searching.    Those 4 strategies that will get you started are:    Set your goal. Develop your self-marketing profile.  Target companies and organizations you’d like to work for.  Begin reaching out to your network.    This month...Continue reading

    By Lea McLeodPosted in Career Change, Job Search on January 29, 2014

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    January 27, 2014

    7 Ways to Engage Your Team

    Improve Employee Engagement & Reduce Turnover

    According to the 2014 Conference Board CEO Challenge, “Building a culture that supports engagement, employee training, leadership development, and high performance is something companies can control, and can mean the difference between growing market share and simply surviving in 2014.” But that lofty statement includes more than just the CEO’s effort. That means managers – at every level – have got to build some intention around how to better stimulate and engage...Continue reading

    By Lea McLeodPosted in Management on January 27, 2014

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    January 22, 2014

    Leading With Integrity-From West Point to Chairman of the Board

    Executive Insight from William Murdy, Chairman, Comfort Systems USA, & Thayer Leader Development Group

    Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing a fellow West Point graduate, William F. (Bill) Murdy, Chairman of Comfort Systems USA  (Houston) (NYSE: FIX), a $1.3 billion company providing heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) installation and services in the commercial/industrial/institutional sector. In addition to his extensive experience and knowledge in the corporate world, his recent venture into executive training through the creation of The Thayer Leader Development Group brings a...Continue reading

    By Dan WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 22, 2014

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    January 21, 2014

    Are Sales Enablers Disabling You?

    Sales people should be selling…so why overload them with other tasks?

    On average, salespeople spend less than 35% of their time actually selling.    This finding, reported in Clearslide’s "4 Reasons Why It’s Time to Reboot Technology,” is not a big surprise to most sales professionals. But it certainly gets the attention of sales managers and senior sales leaders.     No one wants it to be this way. Everyone knows that more time spent selling adds up to more goods and services being sold. More revenue. More profit. So why is this the...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Sales & Business Development on January 21, 2014

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    January 19, 2014

    Hey, Hot Head, Don't Say It!

    5 Steps to Better Emotional Intelligence

    You know you want to.  In fact you're dying to pop off some expletives that would make Mom turn ten shades of red.  Whether you receive news about a coming reorganization, unrealistic client deadline or one of your peers being absent AGAIN, you've been triggered. Whatever you're thinking at this exact moment, don't say it.  And, please, please, please don't e-mail it or text it either. Easy up on that trigger finger, pard’ner.      The news you received is out of your...Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Communication Skills on January 19, 2014

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    January 17, 2014

    Marketing in the ‘New Normal’: Inspiration from fairy tales & fables

    5 Marketing Analogies That Can Improve Your Business

    It’s no longer round the corner. It’s here.     We are wading through it… neck deep… feeling for pointers, directions and clues to help us move in the right direction.   Marketing in the ‘new normal’ has surely got us all worked up. And there are no signs of the challenges letting up.   What do we do?   Regress, I suggest, into childhood. Into the land of fairytales and fables.   No, seriously! Marketing analogies can be found...Continue reading

    By Karthik NagendraPosted in Marketing & Innovation on January 17, 2014

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    January 14, 2014

    7 Mini Conversations to Have with Your Team

    Important discussion topics for effective managers.

    I am rarely shocked anymore when a client tells me they aren’t clear on the key deliverables of his or her job. Or that they don’t have regular conversations with their manager. Or that the relationship is difficult.    As a manager you must be able to deliver results by working with and through other people. So part of becoming a great manager, is developing good relationships with your employees. Relationships are how work gets done in today’s workplace.    One...Continue reading

    By Lea McLeodPosted in Management on January 14, 2014

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    January 12, 2014

    Crafting Your Own Personal Leadership Philosophy

    What It Takes To Be Credible As A Leader

    “Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share. Be bold. Proclaim it everywhere. They only live who dare.”  - Voltaire   To be effective and inspiring as a leader, you must do what Voltaire describes in this quatrain.  Developing a Personal Leadership Philosophy (PLP) will empower you to declare YOUR truth and stand tall within it, to operate from a position of strength that ennobles you.    It is a common practice in all...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 12, 2014

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