• Are You Engaging Your Team?

    Book Review by on June 16th, 2017

    Peter Drucker is credited with the phrase “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” This well-known philosophy has become common wisdom in corporate America. Yet despite this wide acceptance, most companies don’t spend enough time or resources establishing a healthy organizational culture. Why? Cultural health is difficult to grasp. It will never appear on a balance sheet. […]

  • Consider Yourself Warned!

    Book Review by on December 21st, 2016

    Do you remember the first time you shopped at a mall? Essentially it was a medium at which you can meet buying needs through a variety of suppliers in a central location. A mall is a physical platform. A platform is simply a business model to facilitate value-creating interactions between producer supply and consumer demand. […]

  • Being All You Can Be

    Book Review by on September 15th, 2016

    I recall growing up and hearing the television commercial ads for the U.S. Army recite, “Be all you can be.” In my teens, I had lofty aspirations and really believed that I could not only be the best that I could be, but that I could be the best in the world. Eventually reality grounded […]

  • Do You Have The Right Stuff?

    Book Review by on March 24th, 2016

    What are the qualities that make up an extraordinary leader? Think hard before you answer this question—and don’t limit yourself to a business, location, or time. For me, it’s difficult to capture in my own words, as my heroes appear luminous and elusively magical. As I struggle to conceptualize the right qualities that they all […]

  • Set One Wildly Important Goal

    Book Review by on January 18th, 2016

    Have you ever met anyone who graduated with a degree in business execution? Strategy gets the headlines, the degrees and book shelve space. Newly minted MBAs have ambitious desires to reinvent corporations, set future enterprise direction and envision new futures for their employers. I get it. Strategy is, well, sexy. The truth though is that […]

  • It’s All Going to Turn Out Well

    Book Review by on September 16th, 2015

    You know that feeling when you’ve just come out of a coaching session with a wise, trusted and experienced friend? You feel like your perspective was expanded, with a sense of fortified optimism and find yourself renewed with a resounding confirmation that all will turn out well in the long run if you do the […]

  • What Can We Learn From Pain?

    Book Review by on June 12th, 2015

    Have you ever faced overwhelming pain? Physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual pain are parts of everyday life. Yet our reaction to pain is ultimately an exertion of our inborn free will. Moreover, our ability to positively respond to pain is a discipline we’re empowered to cultivate. It’s called resilience. “Resilience is the virtue that enables […]

  • Make Time To Strategize

    Book Review by on February 9th, 2015

    What is the number one reason that companies go bankrupt? According to a Harvard Business Review study of 750 bankruptcies over a 25-year period that reason can be summed up in one word: Strategy. A separate study of 1,053 companies showed that strategic blunders are at the root of poor performance 81% of the time, […]

  • Forget About Your Personal Brand

    Book Review by on November 21st, 2014

    Are you weary of the personal branding hype? I am. I’m seeing it bubble into a hollow mass frenzy…let me explain. For the past 18 years, I’ve had the privilege to lead and participate in numerous performance evaluation processes. In all talent evaluations, there are two parameters being judged. First, what we achieve—outcomes and results—which […]

  • To Be Productive in Your Work, You Must Take Downtime

    Book Review by on August 17th, 2014

    Are you disengaged at work? Only 1 in 3 Americans are actively engaged. The irony is that employees are working more hours and powered by more technology than ever. #Unplug: How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life (Fast Company 2013), takes on the issue of how work and technology are impacting our overall […]

  • Unleash Your Talent’s Limitless Potential

    Book Review by on May 13th, 2014

    What if you could automate data collection of employee behavioral, qualitative and performance in real time? Imagine the impact on employee satisfaction, best practice sharing and productivity. This is not the future—you can do this today. The possibilities are limited only by your organization’s willingness to embrace a new competitive paradigm. The Decoded Company: Know […]

  • Six Ways Improv Can Improve Your Leadership Skills

    Panorama by on April 25th, 2014

    Looking to take your leadership style to the next level? Try improv! Seriously. Last year, as part of my performance evaluation, I was told in kinder terms that for my career development I should boost my executive leadership presence. My review was solid, but if I wanted to take it to the next level, this […]

  • Best Personality Type for Sales

    Book Review by on March 12th, 2014

    Are you in sales? Yes, you are. Think about it, your title may not say so, but essentially you make a living selling. You may label it influencing, persuasion, cajoling, convincing, trading or exchanging—but if you use the general definition of selling, “to hand over something in exchange for money or to persuade someone of […]

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