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McKinsey, Interrupts and Change

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McKinsey, Interrupts and Change


Recently I’ve been blogging more about leadership and what’s involved, from brain functioning to actual tactics, to help improve your own and others performance.  Occasionally someone comes along in life and directly corroborates what you’re talking about.  That happened this last month for me, with an article Nate Boaz and Erica Fox posted in the McKinsey Quarterly, underscoring the value of working on yourself.  The article is a good read, entitled, Continue Reading →

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Leadership Realities and You

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Leadership Realities and You


What if you had a mental map for what constitutes effective leadership?  You know, a way to verify if you are in the zone, when you care to check.  In fact you probably already have one, but it may not be that clear.  So in this blog I’d like to give you one, a map that is, so you’ve got something to go by.  But I’d like to give you ...

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6 Management Behaviors that Can Grow or Hurt Your Business

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6 Management Behaviors that Can Grow or Hurt Your Business


As an executive or business owner, you know that working on your business process instead of in your business is so important, because it can pay off in many ways. It’s the root of what Gerber in his book, the E-myth, writes about.  It’s the idea that you’ll be more successful if you make sure to develop processes for hitting all your key business deliverables, and avoid getting caught up ...

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Change the Consequences to Launch Change

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Change the Consequences to Launch Change


In this blog, I’d like to reveal a tip for how to be the most effective you can be at bringing about change, with whomever you work .  In short, the most effective way to communicate and get a change in others is to extend more effort than just talking, and change the contingencies, the consequences, the reinforcements to fit with the new behavior patterns that comprised the desired change.   But there’s an ...

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Strategic Planning, Lies and Making it Fun

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Strategic Planning, Lies and Making it Fun


Two very different articles, crossed my desk recently, both have a bearing on how to approach strategic planning, and even more so when you get around to implementing strategy and making it real.  The second one is a research study out of Queens University in Canada following the effects of 22 women exercising.  You’re probably thinking, “What, I thought this blog was on strategy?”  It is.  And I’ll explain in a minute, but let’s begin ...

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Solving the 4x Problem in Outsourcing, Re-Orgs & M&As

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Solving the 4x Problem in Outsourcing, Re-Orgs & M&As


Solving the 4x Rule or problem (outsourced projects take 4 times as long as projected) with freelancers and independents has a lot to do with what makes acquisitions and re-org’s work, and then again, it ties into what makes or breaks blended families.  Have you ever thought of how those all link together?  Buckle up and keep reading, the solution involves a elephant in the room and it may surprise you.

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The 4x Rule and the Big Lie in Outsourcing

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The 4x Rule and the Big Lie in Outsourcing


90% of mid-sized companies outsource one or more job functions (starting with HR & IT).   And it is predicted that by 2020, the current 16 million freelancers, consultants and other independent workers in the US, will become the majority, not the minority, of the workforce.  In just 6 short years down the road, over 50% of the workers in America will be independent or freelancers.  That means if you aren’t ...

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What are the top things your team could do to improve performance?

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What are the top things your team could do to improve performance?


If someone asked you what are the top 3 maybe even 10 things any team, including yours, could do to improve performance in less than an hour a day… what would you say?  I found this old interview I did over a decade ago, coming back from Rome and working with the United Nations.  The interview was about what are the most common questions and mistakes, if you will, that present themselves ...

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5 Things to STOP Doing – to be more Successful in 2014

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5 Things to STOP Doing – to be more Successful in 2014


Sometimes it’s a relief to find out you don’t have to do stuff, especially when it’s tied into how to be more successful in 2014.  Sometimes it’s clarifying to see that there’s stuff you actually need to avoid, which is another way to say you don’t have to do it.  Either way it’s freeing and if you’re like me, can sometimes makes you laugh as well.  I pulled these 5 ...

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90% Don’t Get What ManagePro is About… Do You?

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90% Don’t Get What ManagePro is About… Do You?


We buy various productivity tools, including ManagePro, with all sorts of expectations, but if everyone just understood better how it relates to their garage or vacuum cleaner, we would all get more of what we are expecting.  You are probably wondering… “What is he talking about now?”  I’ll explain in a moment, but first let me ask you a question:
> “What makes garages stay clean and easy to use?  Or if ...

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