Mar 07 2018

In our attention deficit world, how does one get noticed?  Develop a leadership brand. You can no longer rely on your hard work and great results to get you promoted.  A client of mine worked his whole life getting all the degrees and certifications he could. He got on all the right committees and demonstrated […]

Feb 21 2018

A great mission statement, developed and implemented the right way, engages employees, defines priorities and guides daily work.  However, most people equate mission statement development with getting a root canal.  Mission statements fail for five reasons:  1.  Leaders develop them without involving those who implement them.  2. They choke off growth because they focused on […]

Feb 01 2018

  Mission driven organizations sometimes frown upon self-promotion. I think it stems from our puritan/religious traditions that one is called to serve, not advanced through self-promotion. I’ve noticed this cultural trend over the years with several of our non-profit and healthcare organizations in particular. I recall how difficult it was for a coaching client from a non-profit healthcare […]

Jan 16 2018

Where do you go to get quality work done? If you’re like the people Jason Fried interviewed for his book “Rework” your answer might be a coffee shop or a special room in the house, or while traveling on a train or a plane. You wouldn’t mention the workplace being a good place to get […]

Jan 11 2018

The holidays are over and we’re tempted to do what we do every January: Make resolutions for the New Year.  But let’s face it: How many of you acted on the resolutions you made last year? For many, great plans start with a bang but end with a fizzle. Why is this? Why do well […]

Jan 10 2018

John Rampton –  December 31, 2015 Leaders have a lot to do, so sometimes they forget things—important, big-picture things. Leaders might seem superhuman at times. They aren’t. They’re mortals, just like anyone else. And with a lot on their plates, caught up in the details of their role, they can forget to do things—big-picture […]

Jan 09 2018

When processing dozens, if not hundreds, of resumes, decision makers at the corporate level look for a personal brand that sets the candidate above all the competition.   This goes beyond any checklist of credentials or skills. Others may have exactly the same list. Instead, we’re talking about the personal characteristics you will bring to the […]

Jan 04 2018

When we insult each other we damage relationships and that is why direct verbal insults aren’t socially acceptable. But some individuals use body language to hurt others either intentionally or unintentionally. Dismissive gestures vary from culture to culture and they can be used in a variety of ways to: •    minimize or ignore the other […]

Jan 03 2018

To be successful in business, it is critical to build and maintain relationships. Not just with customers, but also with vendors, employees and competitors. You need to have long-term customers and good vendor relationships especially during challenging times or tight deadlines. Good relationships with other business owners allow you to share your struggles, resources and […]

Jan 02 2018

Business keeps score with hard facts because its survival is hard cash.  Decisions, feedback, brainstorming, employee development operate under this paradigm of “facts are King”.  Meanwhile, businesses are stepping up to the idea of being agents of social change.  Because we spend most of our time at work, we are ever-increasingly aware of the effects […]