Part 1: Corporate Blind Spots: Is Your Brand Suffering?
by Sara Canaday - Nov, 2014
Just like our personal reputations have an enormous impact on the success of our careers, a company’s reputation ultimately determines its profitability. That concept has never been more critical than it is now in our always-online, über-connected world. Companies today are faced with a competitive playing field that has expanded exponentially. Consumers are no longer limited to product choices in their immediate areas or reg...
The Way You Talk Can Transform Your Team
by Beverly Jones - Nov, 2014
To help your team thrive, agree on some structure & communicate widely and often! When I want a quick sense of whether a team is working well, I take a look at how the members communicate. “Jenna” was an agency branch chief who wanted to help her 14 direct reports become more innovative and productive. Years ago her branch had been organized into cascading layers, with three deputy chiefs each managing two to four...
4 Steps for Extreme Feedback
by Steve Farber - Nov, 2014
It’s the oldest skill in the management texts: listen to your employees. Seek their input. But it’s not enough to ask for feedback; you have to be genuinely interested in the response—especially if you think you won’t like it. Those posing as leaders seek feedback because HR has ordered them to do it, not because they’re really interested. Extreme Leaders will not only use 360-degree assessments (which can be powerful tools...
What I Learned About Influence from Peter Drucker
by Marshall Goldsmith - Nov, 2014
“The great majority of people tend to focus downward. They are occupied with efforts rather than results. They worry over what the organization and their superiors ‘owe’ them and should do for them. And they are conscious above all of the authority they ‘should have.’ As a result they render themselves ineffectual.”—Peter Drucker You can make a positive difference, even when you do not have direct line authority. Here ar...
How to Be a Great Interviewer
by Terri Tierney Clark - Oct, 2014
Wouldn’t it be nice to finish interviewing a candidate and be able to say, “This is the one” or even “This isn’t the one!” But so often, we’re left somewhere in between. It’s worthwhile honing your interviewing skills to save your company the time and money that’s involved in making wrong talent decisions. The added benefit for you personally is that if you become a good interviewer, you will certainly become a better intervi...
Edge Walkers – Making Strategy Everyone’s Job
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Oct, 2014
Come to the Edge “Come to the edge. We might fall. Come to the edge. It's too high! COME TO THE EDGE! And they came, And he pushed, And they flew.” - Christopher Logue I’ve learned over the years that my most effective executive coaching leadership clients know the “why” of what they are passionate in achieving. They get excited in my office telling me inspiring stories of their hopes and struggl...
Executive Presence: Leading with Intention, Connection and Inspiration
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Oct, 2014
Whether you call it charisma, confidence or compelling leadership, executive presence is the new corporate “it” factor. We’re talking about more than making a great first impression. Presence is multifaceted, builds over time, and is reflected in everything you say, feel and do. In today’s competitive business environment, executive presence can make or break your ability to influence others during periods of uncertainty...
The Innovation Generation Has Arrived
by Anthony Mills - Oct, 2014
Once upon a time, in the heyday of the Industrial Age, a young marketing, design, or engineering student would graduate from college and go to work for a large corporation, slowly melding into the steady, rhythmic din of bureaucratically-managed, organizationally-structured execution work in product development. And they were just peachy keen happy with that. They got to be a part of the steady execution of the company’s slowl...
Can You Strengthen Your Team by Leading Through Vulnerability?
by Valerie Sokolosky - Oct, 2014
Vulnerability is synonymous with weakness, helplessness, and being defenseless—things that you, as a leader, do not want to be known for. Vulnerability, which is getting a lot of buzz around leadership qualities and traits discussions, is also synonymous with openness and exposure, which aren’t necessarily negative when it comes to leading a team. In a recent article in INC. magazine, the author mentions what researcher Br...
How to Hire the Best Project Managers
by Alexandra Levit - Oct, 2014
When you bring in new project managers, do you do so strategically? Interviewing is subjective, of course, but for the essential job of Project Manager, you want your process to be as bulletproof as possible. After all, ending up with a bad Project Manager could cost you big time. Fortunately, PMO director Russell Harley is here to share his best practices for making the right hiring decisions upfront. Alexandra Levit: R...
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