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Jay Niblick, a colleague and friend, has recently published a book titled, What’s Your Genius (available on Amazoncom)...

Many employers are not aware of this, but the EEOC is currently working on new guidelines regarding the use of background checks in hiring decisions Also, there is pending action on both the legislative agenda as well as legal field to prohibit the use of credit checks in hiring processes Within 18 months the EEOC is expected to upend current hiring practices and require companies to provide empirical evidence for the business necessity of such things as driving record, criminal record, and credit checks...

A few weeks ago I watched the new TV program Undercover Boss I am not much of a fan of reality programs, but the concept intrigued me and since I am in the organizational development business it seemed like good research The premise of the show is that CEO’s from large companies go undercover in their own companies to find out what is really going on...

Imagine that these are numbers for your business: 70% of users are dissatisfied with the process 50% of customers regret their buying decision 46% turnover among new buyers 46% failure rate from the process Less than 20% of transactions ate successful If these numbers were related to customer satisfaction, a business could not survive It is clear how these numbers would have a dramatic impact on the profitability and viability of the business However, these numbers are not about customer satisfaction, but rather come from a study of recruiting and retention processes by Dr...

One of the chapters in my book, Turning Potential Into Action: Eight Principles for Creating a Highly Engaged Work Place is titled The Power of Optimism I won’t repeat the chapter here, but the gist is that an optimistic environment creates more energy in people and enables higher levels of performance I recently read an interesting article about the relationship between optimism and physical well being...

If you're reading this article, you're probably someone responsible for delivering an effective and value-enhancing leadership training programme within your organisation Given that employee turnover can be quite high in the modern age, there is the very real risk that you star employees may undergo expensive leadership training and actually leave the company within the next year, with a padded CV ready for their next big opportunity This has led for leadership training courses in the 21st century to really deliver on value-for-money, as the company will want to ensure that leadership training is a profit-enhancing actvity even if turnover of senior mangers approaches for instance, 25%...

According to Michael Maccoby, a globally recognized expert on leadership, there are three distinct roles of a leader Those roles are strategic, operational, and relational It is important for the success of any organization to have leaders who can competently carry out each of these roles...

Anyone ever tell you “You are so irrational” or maybe “You’re so predictable” How about ever hearing “Women are so irrational” and “Men are so logical” All are true and not true at the same time...

No matter how well informed you may become, no matter how much knowledge you acquire in your field, it is important to remember that very few have ever accomplished more or gone far in any endeavor without the assistance and cooperation of many people Leadership, goal achievement, and effective communication are inseparable, and they are all inextricably tied to trust Valueship provides the values, direction, and strategy that support and guide behaviors...

Transformational Leadership has recently gone from being just a nice idea an organizational imperative for any individual or company to thrive in today's world Deepening our understanding of what it means to be Transformational Leaders allows us to more effectively develop and position ourselves as successful competitors in the global marketplace...

In today's fast and volatile business environment, effective leadership is of critical importance Without skilled captains at the wheel, your organization might drift aimlessly or even flounder For your organization to reach its true potential, it needs to be guided by people with experience, vision, savvy and rigorous leadership qualities...

It is not always easy to develop effective leadership in project management, but it can be done It takes a certain drive, a lot of focus, powerful motivation, and a detailed plan Project management and leadership courses can do two things: help you become ready to lead a team by studying your own management style and learning where your weaknesses and strengths lie in order to make yourself a better leader...

Vampires are takers They cause workplace conflict as they smile and wipe the blood from their mouths They go back to their offices or cubes feeling full and satiated wondering why there is mayhem around them...

If you have a higher rank in your office, you are responsible for how your subordinates will perform How you will be able to handle them will have a great impact on their performance and the success of what you are doing in general With a good leader, the employees will know what they need to do in the working area...

Before I tell you what the latest survey on workplace peeves is, take a minute and think about what bothers you the most with your colleagues at work I’ll start with mine I hate, I mean HATE people who talk out of both sides of their mouths...

About Churchill and His Leadership During WWII Winston Churchill was born in 1874 in Oxfordshire, England Churchill is most commonly referred to as the "Indefatigable prime minister of Britain during World War II" Prior to politics, Churchill fought for the English Army in India and Sudan and served as a journalist in South Africa...

The traditional perception of project management looks at projects as goal-oriented systems created by managers and other administrators These systems are often filled with ambiguity, technical complexity, and span many diverse goals that seem to be ever-changing Project leadership attempts to organize this process and succeed in meeting goals...

HR leadership and executive leadership training both take a lot of practice and motivation To become an effective leader, you must develop a plan Whether or not you are ready to complete your own leadership development plan, there are a few tips and pointers that can help...

“Your listeners won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” - Anonymous One fundamental truth about effective communications is that people will not believe what you say if they don’t believe in you Credibility is the cornerstone of successful communication...

This is a call to action The recent oil spill underlines that we have let our old, outmoded patterns of behavior forge the way Leaders in that mess are so busy playing “CYA” that we are all witness to ugly, dirty, toxic pattern spills along with the oil, all the time every day...

There has always been workplace conflict – well before the recent economic crises, the intensity of information technology, and the coarsening of society had a chance to influence our work environments Depictions of workplace tensions are common in literature – for example, in Shakespeare’s Richard III, Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and Melville’s Moby-Dick Could it be then, that a deeper human dimension is at play...

In “Don’t Bring It to Work” there are lots of examples of how a system works One of the most interesting comes from nature It is called “The Butterfly Effect...

Did you ever wonder when you “throw something away” where “away” is Follow, in your mind, a cardboard box or a soda can from wastebasket to recycle bin to landfill Does it disintegrate quickly or stay in its original state for long periods of time...

Deadlines Commitments Obligations Time constraints...

Analog television is no more Stations are now digital broadcasters If you have an analog television you can no longer receive programming without a digital converter box, changing your television, or ordering a paid programming service...

Change is hard It’s hard in the best of times and hard in the worst of times Just ask the company that has made Wedgewood china for generations...

Everyone has the potential to be a leader because leaders are made, they are not necessarily born The people who are just happy to go where they are led by others sometimes complain, but since they cannot do anything or they do not have a choice they just let nature takes its own course rather than take control of things Fortunately, there is a choice...

There are so many aspects of running a business well There are some qualities you absolutely need to have; one of these is a good leadership instinct If you can lead your business through ups and downs alike, it is sure to succeed...

People usually hear “Network Marketing” and they run for their lives Unfortunately, this is due to the gross misconception of the business It is actually a very lucrative system, just as long as you are in a legal one...

Negotiation is an important aspect of managing and leading It can come into play during many different situations throughout your management career Due to this, it’s important to fully understand negotiation and how to work with it successfully...

 
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