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Why Change When Things Have Been Successful in the Past?

We recently began work with a fortune 1000 company whose sales have quadrupled over the past four years and who now boasts a more than 6,000 employee workforce. Despite that enormous growth and success, the company is deciding to make massive changes within its culture and the way it conducts business. Why? Why change when […]

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Delegation: 11 Tips, Tactics and Tools to Effectively Harness the Power of Your Team

Last week we wrote about the need for both a steering team and a design team in order to delegate the heavy demands on leadership to run both operations and designing cultural shifts within an organization.  We argued that having both the steering team (senior leadership team), as well as a design team (a team […]

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High Performance Teams – The Benefits of Creating Both a Steering Team and a Design Team for Maximum Output

Recently, an organization expressed interest in transforming from a traditional top-down, supervisory model to a high performance, high engagement, lean organizational model.  These types of challenges place a heavy demand on leadership in terms of finding the time to run the operations and concurrently design, plan and implement something totally new.  As much as leadership […]

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These Aren’t Predictions or a Top 10 List. These are Focusing Points We Plan To Embrace In 2014

We’re not sure what next year will bring.  We hope great business success, new technology to add to our services and new insight and key relationships to grow and expand our organization.   These aren’t predictions (a usual buzzword around this time of year), but rather vital ‘focusing points’ that we think are important, game-changing and […]

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Strategic Planning: Just Fanning the Fire or Planning for Transformational Ignition?

Are your strategic planning sessions too complicated?  Do you even hate the phrase FMEA or Risk Analysis?  When you think of the future, is everyone aligned to the 1-month plan…the 1-year plan…or the 3-year plan?  Is there even a plan? At this point in many leaders’ daily activities, 95% of their time is most likely […]

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7 Things to Make Your Next Strategic Retreat and Discussion Actually Produce Something

Jeremie Kubicek, well-known blogger, author and speaker in the leadership circuit, recently wrote a post about strategic retreats. Here’s what he said, “…what I have noticed is that most people come into the retreats like they come into a 10AM meeting – not prepared and a bit frazzled.” Does that seem like it’s the case […]

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10 Leadership Tools Every Leader Should Know How to Use in the Workplace

It’s amazing/startling to see, when we go into an organization and begin to work with their leaders, managers or teams, the lack of knowledge people have around basic leadership tools that they could be using to produce better results.  Tools that if applied correctly and for the right challenge, can quickly turn a long, results-lacking […]

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STRATEGY: Values for Hire

In a 2012 study from the Center for American Progress, they reviewed 11 research papers and 30 case studies on employee retention, and concluded that it costs businesses about one-fifth of a worker’s salary to replace that worker. This includes direct costs such as:   Separation costs (exit interviews, severance pay, higher unemployment taxes); Costs […]

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The Workplace Accountability Trail Guide

It’s time to be a trailblazer in your department, team and organization!  As a leader how can you move the ball just a little bit forward and become the leader everyone is expecting you to be?  Finding an effective and long-lasting way to get people to be more accountability under your leadership speaks volumes about your […]

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SURVEYING: Beyond SurveyMonkey – Critical Questions To Ask Before Sending Out a Survey

Wiki contends that Survey Monkey had 14 million users in 2012. If you are nodding your head in agreement, you won’t be surprised that since its business launch in 2009, Survey Monkey has become a household name. Here at New Directions, we have been conducting surveys for close to twenty years; everything from designing and […]

Thumbnail : STRATEGY: Focus – Using the 20-Mile March to Maintain Focus in Your Organization

STRATEGY: Focus – Using the 20-Mile March to Maintain Focus in Your Organization

It seems in this day and age with an app for everything, or a new leadership book that tells you how to be great in under 100 pages, or a pithy, quick, 10 step blog (yes we’re guilty of all them too) – we still struggle to move the needle on actually getting anything done.  […]

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STRATEGY: An Extra Dose of Courage When Dealing with Personal and Organizational Values

There are two types of values that affect your day-to-day life, especially when that life involves working for a living. Personal and workplace values help guide you when it comes to making decisions or dealing with conflict. Personal values are the standards to which you hold yourself to, like moral and ethics. Whereas workplace values […]

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STRATEGY: How Strong Shared Values Will Transform the 2013 Organization

Last month I was working with a great management team in a small plant that is part of a larger Fortune 500 business.  We were exploring how to re-energize a teaming initiative that had started years before, but took a pause after some staffing changes had occurred.  I had interviewed a number of employees about […]

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LEADERSHIP: 13 Leadership Skills the Next U.S. President Has To Have

Today is Election Day in the U.S. and we thought it would be timely to address some of the leadership requirements of any Chief in any office.  As we go to the polls and elect our next president, we want him to know that there are key leadership skills he needs to have and/or build […]

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TIME MANAGEMENT: The Newest, Coolest Time Management App: YOU

Download our article building a time management philosophy that doesn’t focus so much on the newest, coolest app but how to discipline yourself to build an effective time management strategy, philosophy and goal.

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Time Management In A Complex And Demanding World Workshop

The average worker gets interrupted every 8 minutes and a person with a cluttered desk spends on average 1.5 hours per day looking for things. In our time-pressed work, learning how to manage multiple priorities is critical to success. The learner will be able to: Understand the four components of “time” Employ tricks for expediting […]

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TIME MANAGEMENT: Time Management and Getting More of What You’ve Got

Sometimes it flies, sometimes it crawls, but it always passes inexorably. We mark it, save it, waste it, bide it, race against it. We measure it incessantly, with a passion for precision that borders on the obsessive. Time is so vitally enmeshed with the fabric of our existence and yet we’re not always good at […]

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TIME MANAGEMENT: The Newest, Coolest Time Management App: YOU!

Are you ready for the new iphone 5? Have you seen all the new apps? Did you catch the recent Fast Company story about the “5 apps to Help You Swing Back into the Productivity Mode?” It seems like there are more and more resources to help us manage our time better – books, articles, […]

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Teaming in the Workplace: Building a Team That is "Great By Choice"

We’ve been helping organizations implement teams for nearly three decades, with quite frankly, mixed results.  While the approach for designing a high-performance workplace is quite well known, the variables that influence success are often not recognized or given the importance necessary for success. I recently finished Jim Collins and Morton Hansen’s book, Great By Choice, […]

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LEADERSHIP: How To Be a Strategic Thinker In a Crisis Economy: 5 Core Skills

On a regular basis people in leadership are asked to think at a strategic level, to identify a vision for the future, define key strategies to achieve the vision and convert those strategies into long-term objectives.  For some people, this type of thinking is fun, easy and energizing.  For others, who prefer to focus on […]

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STRATEGY: The Starbucks Way: Rediscovering Your Mission

I recently finished the book, Onward, by Starbucks’ founder Howard Schultz.  Schultz does a great job, not only at explaining where Starbucks was at the time that he retook control of the company (after stepping down as CEO 8 years earlier), but he also created a road map on how he methodically brought Starbucks back from […]

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LEADERSHIP: How I Met Your Brand

Over the past year, I have been discussing in my blog posts this idea of the ‘larger story’ of your department, organization and your professional life and some of the new and fresh ways to tell that story. As I once heard someone say, “To be a person or a company is to have a […]

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LEADERSHIP: The Us vs. Them Mentality – Bridging the Gap Between Operation & Administration

Judging by the amount of times I’ve run into this phenomenon it’s probably safe to assume that most people have found themselves, somewhere along the way, in the midst of a battle between the operations side of the house, and the corporate / executive side.  Now you might be asking yourself, I’m not really sure […]

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LEADERSHIP: Back to Basics – Guest Post by Jared Eckler, President of Townsend Leather

Guest Blogger: Jared Eckler is the president of Townsend Leather located in upstate New York. Townsend Leather makes beautiful upholstery leather for interior designs in business and commercial aircraft, in yachts, automobiles and luxury motor coaches, and for residential, hospitality and office furniture applications. Not to be mistaken as mere distributors or marketers of leather, […]

Partnering with the Capital & Saratoga Region

As a region poised to be the next tech hub of the nation, New Directions is ready and able to meet the needs of the surrounding tech, manufacturing and service industries.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: A Crowdsourced Event – Top Trends in Marketing & Communications Heading Your Way

Crowdsourcing: is the act of outsourcing tasks to an undefined, large group of people or community (a “crowd”), through an open call. Crowdsourcing is channelling the experts’ desire to solve a problem and then freely sharing the answer with everyone. (Wikipedia) It came up in one of our latest Weekly Action Meetings (WAMs) that I […]

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Top Trends In Marketing & Communications (Matt's Picks)

We had great participation by some leading experts on what trends they’re watching in the field of marketing and communications in our crowdsourced blog (I encourage you to read their insights here).  I wanted to also provided some of the areas that I will be keeping an eye on this year.  As you look to strengthen […]

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DECISION MAKING: 3 Foundations To Business Decision Making

Click Here To Download NDCPodcaster: 3 Fundamentals To Business Decision Making By Michael Harrington, Director for New Training and Strategic Initiatives Featured in the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce’s Business Library (October 2010)

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STRATEGY: 3 Tips For Tactical Planning

As September approaches and kids head off to school or college, it is a ripe time to adopt healthy work habits. What about adding a focus on planning to that fresh start? If you are game, here are 3 tips to get you started: 1. Commit: a six-letter word that transforms “dreams” into “results.”  There are […]

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GOAL SETTING: 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 […]

STRATEGY: 25 Years and Growing

It’s quite amazing how things turn out. As we’ve been developing our new website, social networking capability, and increasing our marketing efforts, we’ve been relying more and more on the expertise of my younger son, Matt Harrington, who’s been working for us on weekends. Matt secured a job last year with a marketing firm in […]

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