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    August 5, 2013

    Strategic Leadership-How Strategic Are You?

    Three Key Components To Transform Strategy Into Results

    When we talk about being strategic we focus more on thinking and planning, than on leading and achieving.  The reality is that “being strategic” requires both; it’s the full transformation from dream to result.  It’s not that we forget to transform our vision, but often our approach to leading that change is not effective enough to generate our desired results.  Here is a model for strategic transformation-how to make your vision real.     Thinking &...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on August 5, 2013

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    July 21, 2013

    Gadgetry SOS? Two Rules in Response

    Communication Etiquette-The receiver reigns as we try to connect.

    By Sherri Petro, President of VPI Strategies & California Miramar University (CMU) Professor Hey Dick Tracy, Maxwell Smart and Inspector Gadget, I have a beef with you.  I thought all this gadgetry was supposed to help us communicate better and solve problems.  Why are we still having communication issues?  User error, you say?  It’s not the gadget itself, it’s how we use it?   Here’s the tip of our very large communication iceberg. We leverage...Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Communication Skills on July 21, 2013

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    July 14, 2013

    Are You a Manager or Are You a Leader? 23 Distinctions

    Identifying the differences between what a manager does and what a leader does.

    By Deb Calvert, President, People First Productivity Solutions Your job title is meant to be an indication of the role you play in your organization. Supervisor, Manager, Director, VP, GM and C-suite titles signify differing levels of responsibility and authority. Climbing the ladder usually includes a progression through titles like these.   But there’s another role that people in these jobs often adopt. It’s a role that is not bestowed by title. In fact, sometimes this role is...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on July 14, 2013

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    July 11, 2013

    3 Focus Strategies For First Time Managers

    New Kid on the Block: Skills for First Time Managers in New Organizations

    By Emilie Shoop, Creator and Leader of Shoop Training & Consulting Sometimes the first opportunity someone gets to step in a supervisor or management role is with a new organization.  Based on your past experiences, you now have been hired to take on a new role with new people.  How do you fit in and begin to lead at the same time?   Any time an individual starts at a new company, there is a learning curve.  What is the culture all about? How do they handle this or that?...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on July 11, 2013

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    June 27, 2013

    The Mind Of An International Manager – Open or closed for business?

    Three essentials to pave the way for unity & success.

    By Debbie Nicol, Managing Director, 'business en motion" As international managers are often ‘on the move’, they can find themselves in unknown territory, affording many opportunities for open minds to show respect, understanding and empathy.  Conversely, facing unknown territory with a closed mind can communicate ignorance and arrogance, as sadly demonstrated in this video.     To pave the way for unity & success during international assignments, take care with...Continue reading

    By Debbie NicolPosted in International Management on June 27, 2013

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    June 25, 2013

    Back to Sourcing Fundamentals: Re-Organizing the Purchasing Function

    3 Common Misconceptions for Your Organization to Avoid

    Successful sourcing of goods and services is a continuous improvement process that can provide a competitive advantage for any organization.  It ensures shorter cycle times through the use of master supply agreements, increases the supplier base to reduce supply risk, and improves costs due to market price competition.  Although a consistent sourcing system sounds like it should be fundamental to any business, over the past several years disorganization of the purchasing function has prevented...Continue reading

    By Julie BrignacPosted in Purchasing & Supply Chain on June 25, 2013

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    June 23, 2013

    Gen X-PECTATIONS: 3 Lessons for Communication Turbulence

    Understanding the expectations of those born between 1965-1980.

    By Sherri Petro, President of VPI Strategies & California Miramar University (CMU) Professor We’ve got turbulence brewing. Please take your seat and fasten your seat belts. Make sure your seat back and folding trays are in their full upright position. Generation X (born 1965-80), the first generation of latch-key kids, is taking over the leadership reins. And it’s going to be different kind of ride.  We can navigate well if we understand their expectations of communication and...Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Communication Skills on June 23, 2013

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    June 20, 2013

    Breaking The Rules: Ensure Rules Are Not Limiting Your Effectiveness

    Unleash the creative potential of each and every individual.

    By Claire Laughlin, Consultant & Trainer, Leadership 4 Design As managers, most of us spend a fair bit of time trying to move our organizations forward by orchestrating behavioral change. We look for ways to enhance some behaviors, while minimizing others. We work hard to create the conditions in which our people can perform at their peak, and in concert with each other, thereby creating satisfaction for the individual and success for the organization. One way to improve our effectiveness in this...Continue reading

    By Claire LaughlinPosted in Communication Skills on June 20, 2013

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    June 16, 2013

    6 Approaches to Problem Solving For You & Your Team

    Make your team’s problem solving strategy a competitive advantage.

    Your ability to solve problems impacts success in life, as a team, and ultimately, the success of your business. That’s why it is so important to understand your strengths and weaknesses as you approach problems.  This awareness can help you gage whether or not the situation requires your skill, the skill of another team member or a combination of the two.  Effective problem solving is an opportunity to move forward, rather than mitigate a setback.  If you approach it in that light,...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on June 16, 2013

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    June 9, 2013

    7 Habits of Highly Sustainable Leaders

    Learn how to build your brain to last for the long haul.

    By Christina Haxton, Speaker, Author & Executive Coach, Sustainable Leadership, Inc. Your brain is not designed to hold ideas, your brain is designed to have ideas.” – Robert Allen, ‘Getting Things Done”   Because you are paid to think, to prioritize, to make the right decisions quickly … if you are a senior manager, your brain is your greatest asset.  Especially if you want avoid burning up or burning out in your career.    An...Continue reading

    By Christina HaxtonPosted in Professional Development on June 9, 2013

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