How to Prevent High-Performing Team from Becoming Toxic Silo

“Their silo didn’t work like our silo; instead of looking at the possibilities, they looked at the problems.” – Hessie Jones describing what happened when her team collided with another. In “A Revealing Look at the Impact of Silos“, Ms. Jones shows how a team that begins as a highly motivated creative unit can quickly become an…

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Good End, Bad Means: 3 Powerful Lessons Via Hollywood

Ray Donovan is a fixer. When one of Hollywood’s rich and stupid makes a mess, he cleans it up. We’re not talking about dirty dishes. Ray’s in a bind. His ex-con father owes big money to the Armenian mob. And Mrs. Minassian and her boys are losing patience fast. Incidentally, Ray hates his father. However,…

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How To Successfully Implement Change The Human Way (part 3): Practice SMART Communication

FUN FACTOR. “…as psychological researchers discover more about how the human brain works, we’re gaining insights into exactly how to crank up the enjoyment factor…” – Laura Vanderkam, Fast Company. “THE SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN WAY TO HAVE THE BEST VACATION EVER (IN 9 SIMPLE STEPS)” shows you how Planning (step 1) and Doing New Things (step 3) can…

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How To Successfully Implement Change The Human Way (part 2): Engage Workforce

FRESH START. Do you want to save everyone time, energy and other valuable resources the next time you implement a change in your team or organization? If so, change the message from “Get on board or get out of the way!” to “How can we together make this Change Initiative successful?”. As covered in part…

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How to Implement Change the Human Way (part 1): Create Vision to Engage

COLD HARD FACT. Do you recognize this picture? Change Initiative fails* External experts brought in to determine “what happened and what happens next”. Colossal waste of resources for everyone (time, energy, money). If you’d like to change this vicious circle in your team, group or organization, your #1 goal should be to build partnerships that…

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3 Shocking Thinking Mistakes You Make & 3 Giant Pitfalls to Avoid for BETTER DECISIONS

MISFIRE! How did I get this one wrong?  It was by far the biggest decision of my career. A hell of a lot was at stake – If I got it right I’d be a forward-looking genius, willing to risk everything for what I believe. If not, it would be a financial disaster for the…

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HOW TO CHECK YOUR BLIND SPOTS FOR REAL CHANGE

There’s a BIG MISMATCH between how you think you’re viewed by others and how they actually see you. In fact, you really have no idea how you come across.  “What matters about you, to someone else, is whatever has the most meaning for them – not for you,” according to The Guardian’s Oliver Burkeman. First and…

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4 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Valuable Feedback from Others

Fact A:  Feedback is a gift; hands down, the best way to grow and develop yourself. Fact B:  People hesitate from giving open and honest feedback. Conclusion:  If you really want to grow, you need to make sure the feedback you get is real.  If not, it has no real value. Valuable feedback is the…

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How to Motivate Others through the Feedback You Give Them: 5 Key Ingredients

“Do it better!” How would you feel if your boss gave you this feedback after a big presentation that you’d slaved over?  How would it affect your motivation? Probably not great.  And most likely confused about how exactly you should do it better. Giving valuable feedback isn’t easy.  However, for feedback to be of real…

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How To Cultivate CURIOSITY ~ The Powerful Force Behind Innovation

BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT   From Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the evidence that curiosity was the driving force behind many great creations is indisputable. Mr. Disney even called it the key to his company’s success. In Curious: The Desire To Know and Why Your Future Depends On It, Ian Leslie puts things…

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Strategic Approach To Setting Boundaries & Managing Your Workload (part 1)

“Take a strategic approach to setting boundaries and managing your workload.” Within a week of posting this sentence, it had 300 views on LinkedIn – double what most posts get in 2 weeks. It got me thinking: “Have I lost touch with this topic as I’ve become better at saying ‘no’ and managing my own…

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How to Say What You Do with Impact: The Human Elevator Pitch

The Perfect Elevator Pitch…6 Tips for Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch…The Key Components of a Powerful Elevator Pitch… You know the advice.  You know it’s in your best interest to have a short “pitch” ready in case you bump into someone with influence in your professional sphere, right? “Jein” as the Germans say (“ja” + “nein”).…

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