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“Let it go:” A Disney Dimension of Leadership

April 14, 2014

   “Let it go:” A Disney Dimension of Leadership By Dr. Lucille Maddalena One of my favorite statements is that “every meeting should have equal parts dissension and humor.” Easy to say…sometimes hard to do. When you are angry, lonely, or feeling unsupported in your leadership role, what can you do to find a balance and lead your team? The Disney group is known for outstanding management development as well as delicate commentary on human dynamics. The Disney film “Frozen,” can easily be...

Stealth Mode

March 26, 2014

Stealth Mode by Braun C. Kiess You just had it. The BIG idea.  The, “Oh my God this is the greatest thing since electricity” idea. Next comes the question that haunts every entrepreneur in his or her sleep. Whom should I tell? If I tell person x, will he steal my idea? “Maybe,” you tell yourself, “I mean this idea is so great that perhaps I’d better keep it a secret while I develop the business.”  You have just entered what is referred to as “stealth mode.” Right now, all over the world, there...

WANT TO CONVINCE SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING? FORGET ABOUT YOU!

March 17, 2014

WANT TO CONVINCE SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING?  FORGET ABOUT YOU! By Elaine Kamm The poet Robert Lewis Stevenson wisely said “Everyone lives by selling something.” Nowhere is this more so than in organizations where managers and professionals spend a lion’s share of their time trying to convince others to support and get behind their ideas, requests, and directives. Yet, when trying to influence and motivate others to see things as they do, they, like most of us, often make the fatal mistake of...

Change is possible!

March 6, 2014

Bold results start with a clear vision. Many of the examples of creating customer centric organizations with agile management are from smaller companies with enlightened and modern leadership (like Rovio, the maker of the “Angry Birds”). But large organizations can transform, too, with clear vision and leadership.  The change requires more than solid leadership, though.  It goes deeper with processes being transformed, modern technologies and methodologies leveraged, and people empowered to...

Joy and Work: the Secret to a Longer Life?

February 17, 2014

Joy and Work: the Secret to a Longer Life? By Dr. Lucille Maddalena If you enjoy laughing while learning, check out The Happy Secret to Better Work on YouTube.  Shawn Anchor uses humor and impressive scientific data to tell us what we all probably know on an instinctual level: people perform better and live longer when happy. Sure we all want to live a happier and longer life. Are you happy at your job, comfortable with the routine, or do you find it a chore to even think about the drudgery of...

Hire the Unemployed for a Change

February 10, 2014

Hire the Unemployed for a Change By Terrence Seamon In the past year or so, there have been many discussions on LinkedIn groups devoted to change management, about the best approaches to change. What are the best models for change management? How does one improve the success of change initiatives? I have a suggestion. Call it a “modest proposal,” if you will. Businesses should start hiring the unemployed. Let me explain. In brief, job hunters know something that is very valuable about...

Patience, Persistence, and Persuasion—Pave the Way for Progress

January 30, 2014

Patience, Persistence, and Persuasion—Pave the Way for Progress By Kim Callinan, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Health Communications, IQ Solutions You’ve emerged from a lecture, with a great idea on how to use digital and social media to transform your organization’s communications platform. You quickly put together a plan, working overtime to get it done, present it to your boss, and she or he smiles nicely with what seems like a dismissive “thank you.” That’s it? You think…it’s a...

IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

January 22, 2014

  IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS By Donna C. Coulson, M.S., PCC Psychologists say less than 25% of people stick to their New Year’s Resolutions. (Ian Sample, The Guardian, 12/27/2009). A whopping 78% focused on the downside of what they didn’t achieve--like giving up smoking, losing weight, or growing their business. Will power, fantasizing, or visioning will not make a Resolution happen. Making a change in your behavior has a better chance if you take smaller steps—...

DEFENDING AGAINST DEFENSIVENESS

December 19, 2013

DEFENDING AGAINST DEFENSIVENESS By Elaine Kamm It’s inevitable that in our interactions with others at work, there will be times when we hear things that make us feel that we are being unfairly criticized or attacked.  A natural reaction to a “perceived assault or threat” is to become defensive, and yet defensiveness can damage relationships as well as our ability to hear things that we might need to be aware of. Here are some tips to guard against defensive communication. Reframe your...

So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Here’s Your Job…

December 12, 2013

So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Here’s Your Job… By Braun C. Kiess   When teaching entrepreneurship I tell my students, regardless of what business it is they intend to start, they have 3 primary jobs as an entrepreneur. JOB #1 – IDENTIFY and Mitigate Risk It’s the risk that kills you. It’s the risk that will keep investors from investing in your business. It’s the risk that keeps you up at night. That is why the single most important job you have as an entrepreneur is to learn how to...

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