A special feature this week to commemorate the top 10 greatest blog hits of this year. It has been our goal in creating this blog series to be a venue for professionals to gain insight and clarity around what it truly means to be a manager and leader in today’s world. Hopefully we have accomplished this by providing our weekly tips, tactics, stories and strategies. As of today, we have over 3,000 subscribers including managers, supervisors, leaders, trainers, students, executives, young professionals and many more and the list is growing.
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10. It’s Time To Revisit Good To Great: I think it’s time that we all take a moment and revisit some of the key principles of Good To Great. Not because we don’t instinctfully know them, or because we face a new business climate with new rules and demands, but because the principles will help us get back to the basics, back to what made us go from good to great [read more]. 215 reads
9. 5 Ways Training Can Cut Cost & Increase Revenue: For most, the idea of training is one that revolves around mandates and requirements, or as a solution to a problem one is experiencing. However, we also know that training is a great way for organizations to build the competencies of their staff, and specifically, can be used to cut cost and increase revenue [read more]. 218 reads
8. Exploring the Role of Coaches & Mentors in the Workplace: A few years back I was speaking with someone about the role of the coach in the workplace and the individual was adamant about the coach not providing any advice. She suggested that the coach was simply to ask questions and allow individuals to make self-directed discoveries and decisions based solely on their own analysis and know-how. I suppose it could be described as a “learn by doing” approach [read more]. 219 reads
7. The 3 Foundations of Business Decision Making: Mission, Vision, Values: Decisions. We all make decisions; we make decisions about our lives, our families, during our jobs and for our company. This morning I decided to stop and let a pedestrian cross the street. Now why do you think I decided to do that? Was it because I’m a stickler for the rules, or because I have a belief that we should do unto others? Whatever the reason, the idea is that I made that decision because I have some belief that’s driving it [read more]. 267 reads
6. The 5 Essential Skills For Employee Course Correction: When we operate in crisis mode and an employee comes to us with a problem, we are quick to give the solution. The employee goes on his/her merry way and fixes the problem. A little bit later, the next one comes with another problem and so on. If the situation warrants immediate and quick decisions (i.e. is truly a crisis situation), this may be the best method of handling the problem. However, if it becomes the standard operating procedure, then you are establishing a pattern that not only limits your ability to be successful as a manager, but does little to develop your staff as well [read more]. 272 reads
5. The Battle for Personal Efficiency: 6 Tips to Regain Control of the Workload: The emails are backed up, the inbox is full, voice mail messages are piling up on both the office phone and the blackberry, the next three days are packed with meetings and two reports are already past due. At this rate, you mutter, “there is no way I am going to get out from under this mess.” Since the layoff of people in the department, the situation is hopeless, even laughable at points. It would be laughable, except that somewhere, someone is expecting that the work will get done. So, how to begin [read more]? 297 reads
4. MBTI: In The Grip: One of the exciting, new pieces of research to come out of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool, is an exploration of the notion that sometimes our personalities go into a response pattern that can be characterized as “in the grip.” The grip response occurs when we’re at a low ebb, experiencing fatigue, physical or psychological stress, illness and life transitions. Any of these can occur at any point in our lives, but the research also suggests that we often experience this grip response during midlife [read more]. 327 reads
3. The Future of Training & Development: New Social Learning: Massive transformations are taking place in our economy, our businesses and the way we communicate and filter information now more than ever before. The transformations may not be much of a surprise to most as Thomas Friedman warned us exhaustively in The World Is Flat five years ago; however I’m not always sure we’re aware of the transformation that is taking place right within the very walls of our own organizations. The transformation I’m talking about has little to do with fiscal legislation or the current recession or even healthcare (all transformations that we are seeing and hearing about a lot these days). I’m talking about the transformation in how we learn, as adults, as employees, even as a community. Learning is the art of gathering information, processing that information and then reflecting upon that information. Learning is under massive transformation as we enter a new “culture of sharing.” [read more] 391 reads
2. BP Oil Spill, the Challenger and Columbia Explosions, and the Deaths on Mt. Everest: Key Decision Making Tragedies and What We Can Learn From Them: What is it about our decision making that becomes so horribly skewed in the wrong direction? Why do good leaders make bad decisions? And why do we keep repeating ourselves with such catastrophic results? Interestingly, experts have identified specific characteristics that we possess that cause our minds to be biased in certain directions. These “cognitive biases” prevent us from seeing the situations as they need to be seen; our minds make errors in the way we process information. All the risk management strategies in the world won’t prevent problems if the information going in is being distorted. The old saying, “garbage in; garbage out” is more than apt here. Let’s take a look at a few of the dangers in our thinking [read more]. 669 reads
1. No-Nonsense Goals for 2010: Developing a Lean & Mean Strategy: Someone once said, “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” For many organizations, the time is approaching to set goals for 2010. There’s always lots of debate about how to set goals and whether they should be stretch goals. So, let’s look at the goal setting process to make sure we’re doing it correctly. Fundamentally, goals occur at three different levels. Some are strategic in nature, usually representing 3-5 years out. A strategic goal might sound like what President Kennedy said, “Land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.” Most organizations have five or six high level strategic goals that they are working on each year related to productivity, new market development, process efficiencies, quality, staff development and customer service. Most strategic goals are cross-functional and therefore require the creation of focus teams or multiple initiatives to move the goals forward [read more]. 671 reads
We hope you enjoyed. We look forward to a new calendar year with fresh topics and discussions. Many successes in 2011.