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The Day After is Your Choice Too

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Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year occurred during the last week of September and always precedes Yom Kippur (October 4, 2014).

This period is one of the most introspective time frames in the year.

It is an opportunity to review our behavior of the past year: with whom were we mean, antagonistic, uncooperative, […]

Want Respect? Show Respect

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A CEO who wanted to show employees appreciation for their “stick-to-it” attitudes, dependability, and loyalty during tough economic times–but didn’t know how—distributed a survey. The result was an overwhelming request from the employees for an on-site barbeque lunch.

The CEO has a manager coordinate the event. This manager understands the employees well and knows they […]

5 Reasons Why Reviews and Feedback are Essential

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Two of the greatest fears people have are “the unknown” and “change.” Put them together in the workplace and the result is the “fear of failure.”

When employees, who are already concerned about their performance, see their boss’s caller ID, or the boss shows up unannounced at the cubicle or office door, the initial reaction is […]

History Repeats Itself

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Great leaders, regardless of needs, should give credence to the fact that history repeats itself. While this is important to note throughout the year, this is especially true at the start of the first quarter.

It is important to ask:

Did you achieve the results you were pursuing?
Have you reviewed the past year?
What worked?
What didn’t work?
What […]

5 Tips to Make a Cultural Fit  

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Workplace experts tell us that 80 percent of employees do not want to manage people, make decisions, be accountable for results, or own businesses. Further, while most employees insist they want to grow and develop to get to the next level, they expect someone else (usually an employer) to provide the path and the […]

5 Tips to Conduct Meetings that Matter

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Meetings can be effective platforms for sharing results, collaborating to improve performance and generating new ideas. But like an orchestra, a meeting is only as good as the “conductor.” A poorly conducted meeting can just as easily demoralize, de-motivate, and create disrespect and resentment among attendees.

Are people inspired and motivated by your meetings? Do […]

StartUps Only: 10 Absolute Hiring Tips

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The greatest challenge for start-ups is hiring the right people into the right positions. Many times, when you have limited people on a team, hiring individuals with broader knowledge and experience who will do anything to get the job done will be far more important than hiring specialists.

As the leader of a start-up or […]

Blame Comes in the Form of an Arrow: Though the Tip Points at Someone Else, the Feathers Point to the Shooter

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A client of mine has a business that’s grown in four years from the couch of her living room and three customers to 40 clients and millions in revenue. Can you say rapid expansion? Now this CEO/owner has more problems to solve than she has time and energy (or so she thinks).

Too often, success […]

Great Leaders Know That Changing Their Environments to Achieve Results Requires Cultural Change

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In general, Pat has been satisfied with the growth of her company over the years, and the current rate of 18 to 20% incremental revenues has the CEO pleased going into the third quarter of 2013.

Pat, however, tends to be impatient and wants greater growth sooner. For her “pleased” and “satisfied” aren’t good enough.

Two […]

Great Leaders Make Cultural Shifts to Make Shifts in Expected Results

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Pat the CEO has been accepting of the growth of her company over the years. The rate of 18-20 percent incremental revenues has Pat pleased going into the third quarter. The issue is that Pat is somewhat impatient and wants greater growth and sooner.

Two years ago Pat was at a similar position with her […]