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Published: Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:13:19 -0500


7 Dynamic Project Management Methodologies for Marketing Professionals

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:30:42 -0500

From time to time, the marketing industry has grown tougher, and success is something that is hard to come by, which every marketer aims for. To differentiate and stand-out amongst their competitors in the rapidly changing world of marketing, marketers are learning project management skills to keep control of each project they undertake.

Applying Cognitive Diversity to Problem-Solving Processes

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:26:49 -0600

Andrew Parkin, former Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education of Canada, states that problem-solving skills are increasingly important for success in this dynamic, chaotic technological-based economy of the 21st century. As we move to more complex workplace problem-solving roles, we must learn to think outside the box and not jump to the first answer to any problem. One of the greatest challenges in problem-solving is resisting the temptation to accept the first answer to a problem.

How to Have a Positive Reaction to Change in the Workplace

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:29:39 -0600

It has been said that there are two certainties in life - death and taxes. There is one more certainty that you can add to this. Change! One of the most consistent certainties of our life is the uncertainty that 'change' provides. If you can learn to embrace change and see it as a consistent and positive feature of your existence, you will become a very adaptable human being which will allow you to excel in many areas of your life that others have faltered. Here's how to have a positive reaction to change in your workplace.

How To Build A Strong Customer Centric Team

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 06:07:47 -0600

Whether you are a new leader or a seasoned pro, creating a strong team is vital to your success. In this article, I will show you how to transform your team into a strong, customer centric team.

Is Coaching Worth the Investment?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:28:37 -0500

In today's global environment, change is the flavor of the day. To be effective in that environment, transformation has to be built into corporate culture and strategy. To make transformation reality, people have to learn new skills and competencies in real time. There is no time to go back to school for a new degree. To make that happen in real time, management has to incorporate a culture of coaching. Yet, many argue there isn't time. This article outlines the cost of not coaching people as well as the benefits of coaching people up to the next level of skill development.

How To Be Better At Leading Change

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 07:10:17 -0500

70% of all change initiatives fail. That's a pretty startling statistic. Especially when you consider how important change is. I mean, we all acknowledge this, right? There aren't many organizations out there saying, "You know what we need to do? We need to maintain the status quo, and we need to do it now!"

Discover the Six Critical Attributes of A Difference Maker

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:22:11 -0500

It was Steve Jobs who famously said: "We are here to put a dent in the Universe." To make sure, that when we leave, our dent will still be there with our unique name on it is a somewhat of a big challenge. It's an even bigger challenge to do what we need to do to put the dent there in the first place. This is what being a difference maker is about. I came up with 6 attributes that characterise a Difference Maker in this 21st century.

7 Remarkable Ways to Improve Your ROI Using DISC Training

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:50:54 -0500

More and more businesses are realizing the benefits of 'communication and personality styles' training amongst their leaders and their teams. We've discovered that by understanding the different personalities, you can retain good talent and help improve their productivity; resulting in a positive work environment, with less turn over and peak performers helping reach company goals. Read on to learn more!

Changing Face of the New Hotel General Manager

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:19:22 -0500

A good General Manager can be compared to Atlas, the Greek Titan. While the latter bore the sky aloft, the former carries the burden of the entire hotel on his shoulders. Juggling a variety of responsibilities with a smile, a good General Manager is the epitome of discretion and efficiency. It's no wonder that they're considered among the most valuable assets in the hospitality industry.

Process Improvement Has No Boundaries

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:00:42 -0500

Organizations should disregard this notion of uniqueness and open their minds to the possibilities of using these time-tested and proven continuous process improvement methods regardless of their origin. The goal is to adapt the tools to your organization not adopt them.

How to Overpower Anger

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:12:12 -0500

If we have anger towards someone it will hurt us more than the subject of our anger. We all humans feel anger towards someone for one reason or the other. In fact we also keep angering other people frequently. However, a good way to tackle anger is to let go of it.

Character Counts, But It Can Lead You Astray

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:11:49 -0500

Let me start by saying I place a high value on a person's character. However, unlike like many coaches and executives I have worked with, I also understand that it is not as determinative as it is often portrayed to be in the media or as much as most people think it is. Coaches often brag about a player being of high character.

Surfing the "Silver Tsunami"

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 10:32:39 -0500

The "Silver Tsunami" is what Ken Dychtwald calls the "Age Wave," and it is upon us. It's a huge wave that will reshape our communities. Read this article to get some tips about how to effectively manage, or ride this wave. Communities, states and regions can and should plan in ways that move core resources forward, along with developing new and innovative approaches.

Seven Things to Ask When Choosing an Executive Coach

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:36:58 -0500

Coaching is not cheap. How do we choose a Coach most likely to give us a great return on our investment?

Why Isn't an Open Mind Enough?

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:53:00 -0500

I have always thought that it was important to have an open mind- and prided myself on having one. However, according to Dr. C. Otto Scharmer and Theory U, an open mind is merely the second of the four levels of listening or attention necessary for movement from an I-focus to a we-focus. It is only when we reach the fourth and deepest level of listening that we are able to listen in a generative (or procreative) manner. At this level, our open will enables us to let go of fear and the baggage of the past, and let the new vision and intention come.

Are You Resistant To Change? You Should Try New Things!

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:07:17 -0500

In life, there is one constant: change. Around us the world is constantly changing.

Seven Deadly Perils That New Charity Leaders Face (And How to Overcome Them)

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:38:47 -0500

New Charity Leaders encounter common hazards when starting a new role. Here are some ways to overcome them...

Diversity & Inclusion - Will Donald Trump Erode The Gains Made?

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:48:17 -0500

Right from the time he declared his intention for the senior most political position in the USA, to its realization, many (or at least as the media made us believe) kept thinking he was the biggest joke of the century. Then he won and was sworn in as POTUS. The whole world is now watching and listening pensively every other hour for the most unpredictable "breaking news" from the White house.

Leading A Disruptive Workplace

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:58:32 -0500

The workplace has become disruptive. This article will guide you be a leader in this environment.

Three Change Facilitation Questions

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:37:41 -0500

Organizations can manage employees' psychological transition to change by answering three key questions when introducing the change initiative. The first two questions relate to the external changes taking place. The third question relates to the internal psychological transition that the employees need to make.

Objectivity Is a Keystone for Consensus

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:31:01 -0600

The keystone of consensus is agreement to support the decision. When the issue is sensitive or controversial, it will need to be depersonalized by relating it to something about which everyone agrees. Only then will the group be prepared to have an objective problem-solving and decision-making discussion. There are four steps to establishing objectivity, particularly when the issue to be considered is highly sensitive or controversial.

Three Steps to Constructive Dialogue

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:29:10 -0600

Unresolved interpersonal conflict can be characterized as a duel (where the goal is to win) rather than a dialogue (where the goal is a give and take of information). In the conflict, the individuals hold on to very different ideas, or positions. They are aware of what the other party wants because it is typically the opposite of what s/he wants. This stalemate will not be broken until the opponents depersonalize the conflict so they can engage in dialogue to uncover the reasons, or interests, that have led to their respective positions. To achieve this understanding, the individuals will need to ask each other questions and actively listen to the answers. Once they know what each person really needs, they can collaborate to find a solution that will satisfy those needs.

Business Agility in a World of Artificial Intelligence

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:48:33 -0600

Mastering Business agility must include the human factors of feeling and relating for you to be successful going forward. Artificial Intelligence will help, but it cannot replace those professions or qualities that require us to remain human. You need more...

Human Capital Development Imperatives for a Progressive South Africa

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 13:07:15 -0600

VIP MANAGEMENT SERVICES: South Africa is very unique in the world in the sense that most of its successful entrepreneurs, community leaders, and political elite are those who transitioned from non-profit organizations into self-employment. However, the challenge that most of them encounter is how to effect this transition. Some are forced to initially operate part-time, i.e. while they are employed or volunteering in other organizations in the country. In most cases they end up being ethically conflicted. Their careers are destroyed before they could achieve their objective of becoming fully self-employed. It is for this reason that I am advocating the introduction of VIP Management Services Development Programmes to these needy members of our society. This works like an incubator of professionals.

Change Management Will Change Your Life

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:52:11 -0600

Change management helps the business meet regulatory compliance and achieve stable operations. But care should be given to avoid imposing undue bureaucracy on the enterprise.

The Complete Quality Cycle

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:28:32 -0600

Present industrial models are analysed from an environmental and social perspective, including mitigating actions, sought mainly through donations. Present market rules on these aspects are revised and the question: Can a different conception by found and applied? is addressed. Can a scheme where the concept of quality, today circumscribed to materials and workmanship, can be extended to the origin of raw material, quality of work, workers, and the final destination of profit, be found and put to work? Propitiating recycled or recyclable, caring for the environment, promoting regional economies and devoting most of final sale profit for social purposes. We redefine the pillars of the market, paving the way to the future, in what we call a COMPLETE QUALITY CYCLE: A company scheme that understands quality as the care of each of its value chain links.

Get The Best Out Of Everyone

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:30:43 -0600

When you sell or transition you need to make sure your successor understands the value of getting the best from everyone and you need to help them. They might be a family member, a long time employee or an outside acquirer. In any case you want the new Owners to have as much success as possible. Particularly if part of your compensation is tied into the future financial achievement of the company.

4 Steps to Selling Your Process Improvement

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:03:24 -0600

Imagine this - you work super hard on a process improvement but people aren't using it like they should. Sound possible? The remedy may lie in a "secret" method used by the high-priced advertising geniuses from Madison Ave.

How to Get Your Team On Board With Change (Without Losing Your Mind)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:43:35 -0600

As another year comes to a close, you are probably planning for what you would like to accomplish in Q1. Undoubtedly, some of the items on your to-do list for next year involve some element of change. The idea of implementing changes among your team can seem daunting because, as the saying goes, nobody likes change. As humans, we are creatures of habit, finding comfort in the familiar - like how we always take our coffee, or the route we take to work. It should come as no surprise, then, that over 70 percent of change initiatives fails. However, as a leader you know managing change is essential for staying competitive. Research shows 85 percent of senior-level and middle managers believe their companies need to change in order to grow and win in their industry, and the same percentage believe a person can overcome their fears and get excited about change. How can you get your team on board with change without throwing up your hands in frustration in the process? Here are four tips.

Understanding How Motivation, Risk, Change and Decision-Making Are Connected

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:14:32 -0600

One of the astonishing things about motivation is that because it comes from within our psyche it is correlated with other emotional propensities - like speed of decision-making, attitude to risk, and desire for change. Further, it is also aligned with our orientation towards people, things and ideas. If this is so, which I believe it is, we have more than one compelling reason to pay attention to motivation, for it can tell us so much more; not only that, but it will have a predictive quality too. The emotions anticipate what we want to do. I need to spell this out in more detail, because it is quite staggering what I am saying; and then having spelt it out I'll add some more detail. We talk about, when we describe motivation, of 'making the invisible visible', by which we mean that like emotions themselves, our motivators are invisible to us most of the time. In some way we mostly feel them operating in the background and rarely draw our awareness to the foreground where we see them clearly. In that sense our motivators are like a fan operating on a hot day

Control: What Does It Give You? What Do You Lose? Where Is the Real Control?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:06:53 -0600

Have you ever thought about how you enter conversations to get your own needs met, or to influence an outcome? By doing so you actually lose control. Here's why, and what you can do to achieve real win/win outcomes.

Creativity in a Box of Crayons

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:36:22 -0600

Too many adults don't see yourselves as being creative. Here is a simple way to try your hand at creating something basic with crayons. If you feel more comfortable, use a pencil so you can erase any mistakes or things you draw that you really don't want. Start being creative as you most likely have many ideas that you have yet to express.

How I Turned Getting Fired Into the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:36:50 -0600

A major unwanted change like getting fired only feels like the end of the world. It doesn't have to be. Learn how to create a new beginning.

Inside Curiosity

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:00:09 -0500

We're not as curious as we'd like to be. Seems our curiosity is restricted by our biases. Indeed, even our 'Intuition' is little more than our biased judgments. But there is a way to enhance our curiosity.

Are You Ready for the High Winds?

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:09:26 -0500

Hurricane level winds. That's what they're telling us here in the Pacific Northwest. As I write this, there's a storm coming, and they're telling us to prepare for hurricane level winds. So I prepared. I bought extra food and water. I put fresh batteries in my flashlights and smoke detectors (my power almost always goes out in high winds). I made sure I had candles. And wine. Because, you know, high winds.

Leaders, Start Viewing Setbacks As Opportunities

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:16:39 -0500

Too many leaders get flustered when a business setback occurs. You need to take a step back and look at what happened and take action to move forward.

Optimization of The Structure and Management of a Bank: Systematic Approach

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:50:58 -0500

Nowadays in conditions of economic crisis and recession of banking business it is possible to assume measures for cardinal changing of the bank structure in order to raise effectiveness and profitability. It can be provided thanks to implementation of a new form of management and structure. Basic principles of reengineering and systematic approach can help to develop a new concept of bank optimization and management.

One in a Million?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:14:31 -0500

A unique idea? Any idea that has not been used by a startup? Is there any such thing as an unused idea?

Invasion of the Business Snatchers: The Business Owner's Nightmare

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:36:28 -0500

The drum beat of time continues to usher out Baby Boomers and usher in Generation X-ers and Millennials as decision makers. Boomers who led their companies through the last downturn might resign rather than rally through the next one. Commercial and industrial companies must learn to navigate generational leadership changes at companies they sell to and compete with. This article looks at how established companies in commercial or industrial sales can leverage customer feedback to improve competitiveness (market share), customer retention and revenue growth in the face of profound shifting demographics.

Stop Whining About "Change"!

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:31:22 -0500

As I look out my office window, I see the leaves on the trees are starting to change color. Believe it or not, I'm not shocked by this. Nor am I wailing about the fact that the temperature is dropping and that dusk is coming earlier than it did a month ago. Am I superhuman? Perhaps, but not because of this. The simple truth is that, if you've been alive on the planet (Earth) for more than a few years, you start to recognize the patterns. You start to realize that summer ends and fall begins. Every. Single. Year. In short, you start to realize that change is the natural order of things. Why then, do we become apoplectic when change comes to our business?

Stages of Change Can Be Challenging

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:44:43 -0500

The only constant in life is change. And it's so true! Every project you take on, regardless of size or scope, creates a change in the status quo. That kicks off several stages of change that result in a series of predictable emotions and behaviors. Regardless of how quickly you move through the stages of change, you still go through all the emotional changes similar to the Kubler-Ross Stages of Grief. As a leader, your job is to coach each team member through the process to help them move to the other side of the emotional roller coaster and get on board with the change.

Beating Problems At Their Own Game

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:49:51 -0500

There is a ladder of problem solving that makes evident the dynamic nature of problems and the progressive thinking needed to plan ahead of them. Their are six rungs on this cognitive ladder from problem identification to effective resolution.

Engaging Your Workforce Around the Work

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:58:01 -0500

Engagement with a purpose is the over-arching theme to building and sustaining a high-performing culture in a unique and measurable way. While studies have consistently found a high positive correlation between employee engagement and financial performance, the data also shows that correlation is not necessarily causation; and while employee engagement is a necessary ingredient for high performance, like flour to a cake, it is not enough.In contrast, "Engagement Around the Work" involves specific steps for achieving a culture of engagement that is inextricably linked with team productivity, performance and job satisfaction. It incorporates a clear objective of engaging people around the one thing they all have in common-and the one thing that can bring about increased profitability and a sustainable competitive edge: the work.

The Journey Within: Organisational Change From The Individual Outwards

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:33:17 -0500

Lasting change in organisations can only come about through individuals choosing to see the journey ahead, and actively taking the first steps, rather than by an external process imposed upon them. It is the 'journey within' rather than the journey 'without' that really makes overall change possible. Neuroscience is shedding more light on the process of change and how we can be more effective with change initiatives - shifting attitudes from resistance to engagement and 'buy in'. In doing so, it is bringing us closer to overcoming one of the key organisational challenges of recent times...

Brexit - How Not to Manage Change

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:47:13 -0500

I am reminded of the famous Oliver Hardy catchphrase 'Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten us into' when I think of the Brexit result and its ramifications for all of us in the UK and Europe. Or perhaps I should say for all of us in Europe as I was under the impression that the UK is in Europe!

How Emotions Can Help Drive Change

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:56:37 -0500

Some individuals are able to easily accept change, making swift decisions in order to adapt to the new circumstances that are before them. But not everyone is as welcoming of change because it often forces him/her out of his/her comfort zone. Change is unpredictable.

What Is Change?

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 07:10:35 -0500

Change. To change is to deviate from what is known, from what is familiar, in order to start something new. However, change can often cause many individuals to feel uncomfortable or anxious.

The Power of Uncertainty

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 06:48:35 -0500

The result is known, the struggle is over - at least temporarily - for the UK has decided for Brexit. There are many arguments on both sides, but one argument I do think decisive that I never heard effectively rebutted by the Remain camp was the argument of the 'democratic deficit': that unelected people, unaccountable bureaucrats, were making decisions without any mandate from the people. The best the Remain camp seemed to be able to muster in response to this point was that - and they tended to say this with ferocious glee - what about the monarchy, what about the House of Lords, these were unelected too, right? This of course is making two wrongs a right: yes, there is much wrong with British democracy unarguably, but adding another layer of unaccountability to it is hardly the way to go. Indeed, it is admitting that the EU is undemocratic; and more strongly, I would say anti-democratic. No, perhaps the strongest argument of the Remain campaign and one I deeply respect is the argument of uncertainty: that leaving the EU would create uncertainty and that uncertainty is bad for markets, bad for business, and generally speaking be bad all round.

3 Signs Your Organization Is Ready for Change Leadership

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:20:35 -0500

Change leadership is an active, progressive form of driving a business forward. While with transition comes risk, allowing your business to become stale ensures its mediocrity-or even failure. Catching the moments where change is necessary and shifting to change leadership lets you move forward, find the new opportunities, and scale.

The Changing Face of Management: Good Vs Bad

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:33:39 -0500

The business world currently is characterized by change and the best managers are those that will master, adopt and exploit change. From the changes in society to technology, to modes of business the environment remains at change that will affect the business positively or negative depending on how it is handled.

Do Leadership Training Programs Translate to Better Team Performances?

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:52:19 -0500

Do leadership training programs translate to better team performances? In a word: no. Now the important to understand is that this is not a simple black-or-white answer against the programs.

Learn How to Avoid Doing Succession Wrong

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:30:03 -0500

Succession planning is often an after-thought for most executives looking to leave the company. Many executives know skills and knowledge will be walking out of the door, yet many are content to let that happen. There doesn't have to be a skill or knowledge gap as long as management is willing to prepare for it.

Managing Change: 6 Ways to Keep Employees Committed

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:03:31 -0500

Momentum begins to wane, sapping the initiative of its power. Early on, managers build support for the change by promoting the initiative and making sure everyone is on board. However, when these change managers return to their day-to-day jobs, employees frequently lose focus and enthusiasm. I call that point the "commitment dip." It's where employees' support for, clarity about, and commitment to change falls off, sometimes dramatically. If an organization does not take corrective action in the first one to three months, there is little likelihood that the initiative will achieve its objectives. Fortunately, our research shows it is possible to avoid the commitment dip when managing change. Here are six key steps leaders can take to keep employees highly committed and focused.

How to Manage a Multitude of Change Initiatives (Including Enterprise Wide)

Tue, 24 May 2016 09:39:33 -0500

When I was a kid I used to love listening to my Walkman. I loved creating mixed tapes of my favourite music and shared these with my friends. We'd spend hours discussing the parts we loved about our favourite songs and so the 'rewind' button became very well worn.

Neuroscience and Managing Attitudes To Change

Mon, 23 May 2016 07:41:30 -0500

Is it true that people avoid change? That we prefer the status quo and that's why so many change initiatives in organizations fail? Neuroscience has helped to cast light on how people view change - and what organizations need to do to start introducing more successful change initiatives in the workplace...

The Trick to Understanding the Real Benefits of Change

Fri, 20 May 2016 10:48:43 -0500

In the corporate world, most approaches in defining the business value of change involve 'hard' benefits such as revenue, cost and time. For example, increased revenue per customer, reduced people cost and improvement in processing time. Yes, there are non-financial benefits such as capability improvement and strategic alignment. However, in practice most tend to focus more on hard benefits that are more tangible and easier to track.

Navigating Stormy Waters - The Right Way To Right-Size

Wed, 18 May 2016 09:09:28 -0500

There has been a flurry of redundancies and right-sizing RFP's in the last month, as regional organisations prepare for more fiscally challenging market conditions. As companies and government departments face these new commercial headwinds, how do they trim their sails to suit this change in the market weather conditions? Because, the truth is that so many get it so horribly wrong.

Is Our Approach Toward Change in Australia All Wrong?

Tue, 17 May 2016 13:38:26 -0500

A recent survey by the Change Management Institute (Employment Study) in 2015 indicated that 77% of all Change Management roles in Australia are contract roles. Are you surprised by this figure? Would you have expected this figure to be lower or higher? And why is it that most change roles here are contract roles?

7 Insights From Neuroscience That Will Change Your Approach To Change

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:23:06 -0500

Many change initiatives fail to meet what they set out to do - so perhaps it is not surprising that this is an area where people look to neuroscience to solve the problems; while it doesn't have all the answers, neuroscience is shedding light on why change management often ends up being a waste of time. By considering how the brain works and why people behave the way they do, we start getting to the root of the issue; and new approaches to change management are already springing forth from the research. Here are seven insights you may like to consider before initiating your next change program...

Helping Clients Manage Change

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:08:02 -0500

Managing change in any organization, no matter how big or small, can be challenging. This article provides an easy to follow, step by step approach, on how to manage change.

The Role of Leaders During Change

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:30:30 -0500

The critical aspect of any change management program is face to face communication. The role of leaders during change is very different from business as usual. It requires a greater physical presence amongst employees to reassure them that their concerns are being heard at the top of the organisation and conversely that the CEO has the opportunity to find out what is really going on. The issue is how to make that happen on a consistent basis.

How to Influence Leaders When Driving Strategy and Change

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:24:36 -0500

The key to a successful change program is management and leadership commitment to the proposed strategy. The greatest challenge therefore for change managers is to ensure that leaders stay on message and do not waiver from the challenges ahead. Change is hard, whether you are at the frontline, or at the executive leadership level. Here are 8 tips to ensure that you have that leadership commitment to drive the change.

The 3 Key Reasons Change Communication Messages Fail

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:23:36 -0500

Given the number of times organisations embark on communicating change you'd be forgiven for thinking that they would eventually get it right. But many things get in the way, not the least of which is thinking that communicating change is easy and that what works in one organisation will work in another. Here are the 3 key reasons change communication messages fail and what you can do about it to ensure that your change messages get traction.

Plan B: The Pivot

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:17:44 -0500

To pivot is to adjust your business model in response to current or impending conditions, good or bad. To increase the probability that the tweaking will be successful, trend and financial analyses, along with planning, are imperative. Market research and reality ( testing of what you think will work form the foundation of your pivot plan. If revenue has been less than stellar for two or more consecutive years, it's time to think seriously about how to respond more effectively to the business environment that your organization faces. Create a Plan B and pivot.

Business Agility Means Releasing Old Habits and Integrating New Ones

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:16:36 -0600

Mastering business agility not only requires your integration of ideas, people and departments, but also your own thoughts words and actions. The more integrated you become, the more agile you will be, ready to tackle and exploit any and all mega trends or perfect storms you encounter.

Tackling the Greatest Inhibitors to Business Agility

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 10:46:09 -0600

Your attempts at business agility are doomed unless you tackle the most important inhibitors to change. Each of the four greatest inhibitors to lasting business change are enough to sink your corporate ship. Combined you face an overwhelming challenge. What are these forces and what can you do about them? Business as usual and looking back at your achievements is not an effective strategy. Looking forward and taking a step out of your business as usual will go a long way towards your goal of building a successful and agile company.

Superbosses - Wanting the Best!

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 14:42:09 -0600

So what makes a SuperBoss? My research on Superbosses led me to a well-known academic and writer named, Sydney Finkelstein, a professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. In essences, a SuperBoss has a unique charter with limited egos and surrounds him or herself with the best talent, even if this talent is more refined or advanced than that of the boss. For the SuperBoss, the recruitment process starts with seeking out people with the highest intelligence, creativity, and flexibility. Creating a team of winners is the only priority. The Superbosses job is to coordinate the team creating a spirit of camaraderie towards the goals. A team's success does not necessarily means towards each other but the project at hand. It is also important to understand team competitiveness is not a bad thing, if managed effectively which can create better results.

Succession Planning And The Need For Recruitment Process Outsourcing Connections

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 15:28:57 -0600

Football is a great example of managers not lasting long in their jobs. The Football business is known to be unforgiving of underperforming managers.

Master Business Agility Now Or Face The Consequences Of Business As Usual

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:44:02 -0600

Mastering business agility should now be the primary goal of any serious management team. Powerful Mega trends and the gathering of a perfect storm will shortly sink any corporate ship with a crew still stuck in "business as usual". Learn what is necessary for effective change management going forward. Learn simple practical tools that will help keep you on the path of business mastery.

Leading (And Following) Through Change

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:32:29 -0600

Leading through an organizational change is a great balancing act that appears to be more of an art than a science. This act requires of leaders to have a sound skill and a strong will. Each organization has their distinct culture and history, and there is no definitive prescription to successfully lead through change. The key is to remember that as leaders we cannot tell people stop feeling what they feel. On the contrary, fighting resistance directly will just bring in more resistance. However, several time and experience proven approaches can guide us in an effective change management while embracing resistance as a part of the process.

3 Steps to Driving Cultural Change

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:28:39 -0600

Any program designed to change an organization's culture must be based on an understanding that culture is made up of the collective behavior of an organization's individual members and the process used to get work done. Organizations that are effective at achieving cultural change ensure 3 critical elements are in place.

Managing Change: Lessons Learned From Top Companies

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:30:52 -0600

Profitable companies must keep changing for continued success. Sometimes it is unexpected, sometimes it is necessary. To maintain normalcy during periods of change, employees look to their leaders for guidance. The key is to get leadership on board with the change and establish methods for helping their teams handle the change. Leaders must possess certain qualities for a smooth transition and to keep momentum in the workplace. Navigating change is difficult; even the best ideas will fail if they are not adapted correctly. Here are the top three companies that implemented major changes and what we can learn from their successes and failures.

Buying Software Solutions Means Adapting Business Processes

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:54:29 -0600

CRM, SCM, FAS, ESS, ECM and BPA are just a few of the endless stream of acronyms and buzzwords that confront small business owners searching for good software solutions to automate key business functions. The promises of many cloud-based software solutions to automate key functions of a business are impressive. The ability of the technology sales rep to speak an entirely different language using English words injected with acronyms, jargon and unique expressions is equally impressive. This creates an air of superiority as apparently only special people can know all of this stuff and make any meaning from it in business terms. Many small businesses readily adopt these solutions, believing they will accrue the compelling list of benefits.

Can Leaders Teach Resiliency?

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:10:25 -0600

Some people deal with life's challenges and tragedies better than others. This is resiliency. And some people respond faster and better in crises than others. They seem to always know what to do, while their counterparts are often paralyzed with shock. What is the difference?

Why We Tend To Resist Change

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:47:30 -0600

While change is an opportunity, the process of change is often not that easy. The most challenging component of leading through change is changing how people in an organization act and think. Change is uncomfortable and often provokes resistance. It is our natural tendency to cling to the known rather than embracing the unknown.

Confirmation Bias: Can You Prove Yourself Wrong?

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 15:56:34 -0600

While most of us are naturally more comfortable hearing information which confirms our current beliefs, the practice of seeking contrary information is what enables us to be more informed and make better decisions. However, this seemingly natural practice is not the norm. Instead, we prefer to be told what we already know or believe, which is more technically termed "confirmation bias." As you'll see, the trouble with confirmation bias begins when it gets in the way of seeking out facts.

7 Secrets of Successful Change Management

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 06:51:23 -0600

How would you grade your organization's effectiveness at managing change? Chances are, there is room for improvement. Of the 655 leaders we surveyed, just 46 percent said their organization was successful at change management. About a third also noted their companies had a poor track record of managing change. We wanted to find out what it takes to succeed in this area and what differentiates companies that do this well. Here are seven best practices we uncovered.

Positive Change in the Management Will Change the Organization Positively

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 06:45:00 -0500

Managing changes is critical in a world where everything changes. An organization has to be awake to managing the changes taking place in it. It sometimes requires the management to be changed. This article touches the outlines of how the positive changes in the management would change the organization positively.

Turning Your Own People Into Agents for Cultural Change

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 06:28:58 -0500

Cultural change is complex and almost three-quarters of initiatives attempted by organizations end up in failure, according to recent research. How do we increase the success rates? The answers are not to be found in old-style management thinking. Instead, training leadership so that they better understand the behaviour of their people and approaching the process of change with a new mindset can help turn disaffected, de-motivated, and disengaged employees into agents of change...

Cultural Change in Complex Workplaces

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:47:45 -0500

Organizations will always change but the key to success is to manage that change in a controlled, deliberate, and effective way rather than for it to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or for it to be forced. In order to do that, it helps if we consider the process of change from the correct standpoint. Most large organizations are complex environments meaning that the process of change is also complex. It can only be successful with actively engaged employees who foster understanding and respect for the organization's culture. It is impossible to lead successful change when employees are disengaged and de-motivated, as is the case in a large proportion of workplaces around the world, according to Gallup's latest State of the Global Workforce study.

Organisational Change Management

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:49:22 -0500

Organisations are bound to undergo a change mechanism periodically; this is both healthy and desired. However, something that is almost non-preventable is difficult to implement. Many organisations struggle to implement changes in a manner that is acceptable by majority of employees. A lot of dynamics play here. We need to understand all of them deeply in order to change anything successfully.

Advice on Advisory Councils

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:20:42 -0500

Get clear on the mandate for the advisory council. Is it to inspire high-net-worth people to donate? Is it to get valuable advice from professionals and experts? Is it to communicate more deliberately with stakeholders of various descriptions? Declare it - and record it. If you have diverse mandates, establish more than one advisory group.

Leveraging Change Management And Entrepreneurship With Conscious Body Language

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:38:49 -0500

The need for more entrepreneurship and to get agile or die is grounded in a crisis of confidence. You can have the best change management and business tools available from the most well known business consultants in the world, but if you as a leader do not feel and radiate confidence, you and your crew will still founder in the growing seas of uncertainty. Increase your confidence by practicing these simple tips.

Nine Ways to Increase Organizational Creativity

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 06:19:58 -0500

We all know that change is the constant that is all around us, and the factor with which we must deal one way or another. Indeed, not to choose to deal with change is a decision with far-reaching and negative ramifications. Some prefer to be the proverbial ostrich with their head in the sand. The only question, then, is whether we deal with change well or badly; and one aspect of dealing with change from my perspective is always to try to deal with change creatively. Creativity does a number of important things. First and foremost, we all feel good when we are creative - that is, whether individually, in a team, or at an organizational level. Creativity feels good. But more than that, by its very nature creativity provides compelling solutions to the outstanding problems that change always produces. And here's the extra bonus: creative solutions often mean that we can do our business either faster, more cheaply, or to an even higher standard of performance or quality. What's not to like about creativity?

What Is the Future of Work and 3 Ways to Be Ready NOW

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 06:10:43 -0500

The future of work is going to be very different than it is today. The skills required include flexibility of thought, creativity of solutions and maximizing energy over time.

Recognise the Inspiration Before "They" Leave!

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:32:34 -0500

Retention of staff is tricky at the best of times but how many have you let go assuming they were Mavericks and not the geniuses that your organisation could well have profited from? Think about (Sir) James Dyson as you read on...

Managing Change in Business Operations For the New Leader

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:14:17 -0500

You're the new sheriff in town. The owners or leaders of the business believe you are the person they can rely on to help the organization to achieve its goals and objectives. You know that your success depends on your ability to engage the team (or teams) that report to you in a manner that aligns with the goals and with you as their leader. Sometimes, the process of realignment requires substantial change in direction, practices and even organization culture.

Embracing Corporate Chaos - Keeping Your Head When It All Goes Awry

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:53:21 -0500

It happens to the best of us: you're moving right along, in a nice little groove, and then BAM! The fit hits the shan, and you lose all semblance of control over your workflow. Efficiency and productivity become too hard to say, let alone achieve. Now you're stuck in a rut, holding your head in your hands and wondering how you got there and how you're going to trudge through. Don't fight it, and don't start treating your desk like a pinata. Keep reading to learn how to deal when you get blindsided by corporate chaos.

Managing IT Department Priorities in The Internet of Everything

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:54:01 -0500

The internet first promised businesses a faster and more direct way to interact with customers from the point of sale through to the supply chain. Small businesses who mastered the web discovered that they had access to a much larger market at a lower cost than traditional methods. Over time, internet services such as IT infrastructure hosting, software as a service (SAAS), mobile connectivity and a host of new applications ("apps") has transformed the landscape for business information systems.

You Call THAT a Crisis?

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:37:55 -0500

Here's the current situation: I'm sitting in a hotel room in New Jersey, just about to depart for a cruise ship which will take me-along with 200 or so of the top dealers for Clopay Garage Doors-on a five day cruise to Bermuda. Cool, right? As a motivational speaker, I'll be doing several programs for the dealers, as well as emceeing their black-tie awards show and a few other events. I've got a couple of tuxedos packed, along with shirts, slacks, shoes-you know, the usual.

The Three C's: Change, Culture and Clash

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:04:15 -0500

I believe it is fair to say that countries the world over are experiencing a tremendous amount of change and will continue to do so. Many of these changes, whether viewed in a positive or negative light, may have impacted us emotionally, physically or even financially.

How to Develop Real Vision

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:00:54 -0500

The concept of "change" is incremental and limited. "Transformation" on the other hand, begins with a vision of the future and an organization's aspiration for its place in that future. It has to fuse practicality, ambition and aspiration. It also has to compel action that stretches people beyond what they previously thought possible, and compels them to WANT to do what needs to be done, rather than just TO DO what needs to be done.

Organization Development - Changing the Culture of an Organization

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:56:05 -0500

Typically, the culture is most visible in expressions such as the way employees treat one another, how they dress, the size and layout of office space, the look of the reception area and how customers are treated. Less visible, but good pointers of culture are the rituals and routines which staff engages in, the amount and nature of political activity and representation of certain aspects of an organization's history.

Understanding Culture - Impact on Motivation and Talent Management

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:23:19 -0500

Values are more difficult to learn than norms because they are easily observable. Yet, it is essential for business managers to study values in order to understand the reasons and motivations behind specific behaviors and cultural norms.

Work Trends Guaranteed to Change in 2015

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:51:25 -0500

For many of us today, "work" is no longer a "place". It isn't an office or an organization, but it is the freedom to explore our professional competence in a dynamically changing environment, where we have the liberty to choose from hundreds of projects and clients. Yes, Freelancing is the future of employment across the globe, as this new trend emerges triumphant from the ashes of economic disruptions.

Build the Perfect Corporation

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:31:09 -0500

We are told that nobody's perfect. As a result of this belief, we accept inappropriate behaviors from ourselves and others. We justify it with the chant of "I'm only human". When it comes to our place of work, we employ the same beliefs. And we perform our job as we complain about individuals and procedures. We believe that's just the way life was meant to be. If it were possible to build the perfect corporation, our current belief systems would most likely get in the way. This article addresses the behaviors and mental models that impede a perfect corporation. It also outlines a realistic perpetual path to an enterprise that aspires to be perfect.

Prepare For Change Or Pay The Consequences

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:00:12 -0500

Why is there such a high incidence of failure among change management? Discover a few key steps that allow for smoother corporate transitions.

Leading Change at Work

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:22:34 -0500

Leaders of change in a workplace are often surprised at the difficulty of enacting change. If change is successful, then it seems that old habits reappear after the change and the positive change is lost. This article describes some of the barriers to change and how to overcome them.

How Can You Create a More Cohesive Organisation?

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:39:09 -0500

Is your organisation segmented into small groups all looking after their own interests? Worse still, is it fractured and incohesive? Even if the performance of individuals and teams is good, unless everyone is pulling in the same direction, integrated and aligned with the overall vision of the organisation, you are not functioning at full capability and, sooner or later, there will be problems. How can you bring everything together?

Translating Some Important Management Principles Into Effective Leadership Traits

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:37:59 -0500

Progressing the professional ladder is considered the utmost important element both for an employee and the organization. While it has remained the focus for many years among a lot of aspirational individuals, it is a mystery as to what traits directly contribute to this transformation. The maze of the professional development and leadership can be unraveled by mastering certain key elements such as the ones below: