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    March 31, 2014

    Stop Doing It All & Start Leading Your Business

    4 Actions to Transition From “Doer” to “Leader”

    I don’t have time to do the things I know I should be doing. I can’t expect others to do what I do..the way it needs to be done. My clients like to work with me directly and if I rely on my team, my business is going to suffer.   Do any of these statements sound familiar? What about this one…When I do delegate, my employees either screw up, or come to me for every little thing, in the end, it’s just easier and faster if I do it myself.   Or this...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 31, 2014

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    March 25, 2014

    Re-imagine Risk, Accelerate Innovation

    5 Characteristics of Innovative Organizations

    Nothing daring happens around here! Where’s the creativity? Where’s the innovation? Where’s the courage? Fortune favors the bold!    Of course we’ve heard that before. Every organization’s senior leadership longs for something great to happen, for the next great idea to emerge and propel the organization forward into a position as a market leader.    So we stimulate creativity….at least we think we do. We attend creativity sessions. We post our...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 25, 2014

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    March 21, 2014

    Leader Engagement – 4 Steps to Ensure Your Commitment to Lead Change

    Crafting a Successful Business Strategy vs. Committing to One

    Whether you are leading a corporation or building your small business, crafting a successful business strategy is bound to be one of your key objectives. But when executives are asked if their strategies will be successful, the results are impressive...in an unimpressive way. According to a 2011 Booz & Company Executive Survey, 53% of executives do not believe their company’s strategy will lead to success, 63% say they have too many conflicting priorities and 54% say their company’s way of...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 21, 2014

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    March 5, 2014

    Servant Leadership & The Agile Leadership Transformation

    Do you Think Like a Servant Leader or Act Like The Smartest Guy in the Room?

    Leaders in countless I.T. organizations see themselves as “the smartest person in the room.”  They solve problems that exceed the grasp of their direct reports.  They position themselves as decision-makers and information traffic cops.   They established their reputations for brilliance early in their careers and were promoted quickly because so many I.T. organizations value subject matter expertise over “soft skills” and promote people accordingly.     So...Continue reading

    By Ron MontgomeryPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 5, 2014

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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 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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    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 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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