I’m No Susan Boyle or Captain Kirk

One clear impact of this recession is that people, businesses, and leaders are getting back to basics. People are questioning, and in some cases are being forced to question, what’s important in their lives. Businesses are examining their business models, delineating between what used to work in the past, from what must work in the future. Leaders are focusing on performance now more than ever. Their staff and resources have…

Leadership Lessons from The Economic Meltdown

Issue:  Corporate Extravagance & Excess during an Economic Crisis Leadership Lesson: Values flow from the top.  Period.  People grow numb listening to platitudes and well worn speeches.  Look at what you say and how you act on a daily basis.  What would your employees say about your integrity:  “No question, he/she’s got” or “She/he likes a more flexible truth”?  Put what you regularly say and do on YouTube for all…

What You Learn by Playing Poker

In this post, I interview my friend and colleague Bob Silverstein (organizational crisis and change consultant), who discusses the practical applications of studying and playing No Limit Texas Hold ’em poker. Bob, please tell us about your professional background. I’m a clinical social worker and consultant with over 25 years of experience as a crisis manager, organizational change consultant, employee counselor and executive coach.  Currently I work primarily in a…

Experience is Teaching, Now.

In the last post, I cited the work of Lombardo and Eichinger in discussing the type of experiences that lead to significant personal development.  These experiences have four qualities in common: 1)  You know very little about the experience as you go into it. 2)  You have to make a difference. 3)  You feel a chance of significant failure. 4)  You feel a tremendous amount of pressure. I realized, however,…

Fear: Maybe not a Friend, but a Reliable Companion

This past weekend at a local conference, I delivered a presentation on overcoming barriers to effective talent development.  I also had the chance to attend other presentations too.  At one, the facilitator split the room into sections, and labeled each one with a specific emotion.  He then asked people to stand in the section that best described the atmosphere in their company.  Would it be surprising to say that 70…

How Will You Be Successful in 2009?

Woody Allen Okay, so are we all glad that 2008 is almost over?  If you’re reading this, I congratulate you for making it through a most challenging year. Woody Allen is quoted as saying “80% of success is showing up.”  I’d have to agree with him this year. If you showed up day after day, did your job as best you could, and didn’t give up, notwithstanding the insanity that was happening…

Think Outside the Buzzword

I recently came across an article from the Telegraph noting that “Thinking outside the box” was the most hated piece of business jargon in the UK.  We couldn’t agree more.  In fact we did, back in January of 2007.  Here’s the link to popular consultant doublespeak and their true meanings.

Are You Staying Relevant?

My local dry cleaner’s specialty is breaking buttons. If your shirt has buttons, they will break them. Their 2-for-1 special is bring in two shirts, and we’ll break the buttons of at least one of them. In by 9:00, broken buttons by 5:00. Coming in a close second is burning collars. Don’t have ring-around-the-collar? No problem; we’ll burn one in for you. Consider it a shirt tattoo. Lastly, the icing…
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