Be Gone Fraudulent Dictators! The Need for Integrity in Leadership

Oct 9, 2012

Have you heard the expression “Be your brand”? It’s the new “Practice what you preach”.

It’s not enough to be a manager and brandish your authority like a scepter: in order to accomplish our goals, we have to lead by example. If we don’t believe in our own message, we can’t expect others to commit themselves to its success.

Leaders are Role Models:

The 3C’s of Successful Leadership

Oct 1, 2012

With the chaotic pace of business these days, the art of leadership is under continuous scrutiny. I remember 32 years ago when I spent the summer working in an automotive plant; when the leader came and told me to do something, I just did it. It wasn’t about what I thought, they just wanted my brawn. But we all know it is not the same world anymore. Leadership in the past was more of a right. If you had tenure in a business and you were ‘tough enough’ you got promoted into a leadership or management role. Your focus was simple: push as much work out the door as you can.

Are You Focused on Your Core Competencies?

Sep 24, 2012

What are your customers looking for? They want the best quality, on-time delivery and the best price for what you provide to them. They want an easy-to-do-business relationship. And if you can't deliver this, there is someone else out there that can. That is one of the biggest differences in today's world: your customers are more enlightened and knowledgeable than ever before.

Finding Balance to Achieve Greater Performance in Changing Times

Sep 17, 2012

We’ve all heard the message that change is inevitable; it is growth that is optional. Let’s face it Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. The day of stable, predictable business has gone by the wayside. To thrive or survive is about embracing change and not to accept the status quo.

Change - Are You Agile?

Sep 10, 2012

I was reading an article the other day on budgeting for 2013 and the author was talking about the need to keep the IT budget flexible because many Executives are anticipating a recession or worse in 2013. The reason for the expected downturn is Europe and all of its financial woes. I’m not sure that this will come to pass, but then I’m not sure it won’t. Today nobody knows what tomorrow holds. When we are playing in a global economy there are so many factors that now impact us like never before.

Change - Learn to Love Learning

Sep 4, 2012

What is one of the scariest aspects of change? Having what you know and are comfortable with become obsolete. If you think about it, most of our fear boils down to this. If we know what the future is going to be like and we have a comfort level about being able to participate and contribute in that environment then we are more relaxed about the future and what it holds. When we don’t know what to expect or we know that we don’t have the knowledge at this time to participate in that future we become anxious about the future.

Change, Stop Fighting It

Aug 28, 2012

Are you one of those individuals that doesn’t like change? Do you resist it, fight it, hope it will go away? Are you waiting for things to return to normal?

5 Ways to Cope with Change

Jul 30, 2012

If you feel that things are speeding up you are not alone. Is this reality or just perception? Perception is reality. Time really isn't changing but the rate of change is and therefore it feels like things are speeding up. This new rate of change is the new constant. I don't believe we are going to return to the old comfortable pace of 3, 5, 10 years ago.

3 Ways To Make Confident Decisions & Put an End to Second Guessing Yourself

Jul 30, 2012

Let’s face it, not everyone has the ability to make confident decisions. How many times have you been faced with a decision and not known which path to take? What emotions were running through your body? I can guarantee you there was a rush of frustration and anger because you find you doubt yourself. We make decisions constantly throughout our day, whether it’s deciding what to eat for breakfast or what television show to watch after work.

The Readiness Factor: A balanced approach to strategic planning

Jun 25, 2012

I was facilitating three separate strategic planning sessions over the past couple of weeks. The success of each planning session was impacted by one important factor: Readiness.

According to definitions.net the word readiness is defined as the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action and it is also defined as prompt willingness. These are two different perspectives that quickly can change the outcome of the facilitation if not balanced appropriately.

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