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Recommitment With A 2 Month Head Start (Part 3 of 3)

November 11, 2015 | Leadership, Self Help

Photo by Stan Hieronymus on Flickr I hope your head start is going well. Mine is going ok. I have had some "life issues" derail some of my plans. We have been passing around sickness in our house so my time to commit to work out has been replaced with rest for myself or taking care of others. This happens. It is important though to bounce back and reintroduce the good habit as soon as it is possible. Just hit the pause button, not the stop button. I disengaged my pause button this morning. I want to share some best practices as…

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Recommitment With A 2 Month Head Start (Part 2 of 3)

November 2, 2015 | Leadership, Time Management

Photo by Alex de Haas on Flickr. I can hear it now. Next year will be better. I'm going to be more active. I'm going to be more healthy. I am going to lose 30 lbs so I can look good on the beach at Spring Break. Some of us have reached that goal by Spring Break, but some of us haven't made it. I've been in both categories. Did I start my recommitment on January 1st the year I failed? Yep! Did I start my recommitment on November 1st the year I succeeded? Yep! When I succeeded, did I go…

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Video Blog – Peer Interviewing

July 31, 2015 | Communication, Leadership, Trust

Want to lower turnover and build trust with your current employees? Include them in the hiring process with peer interviewing! [embed]https://youtu.be/eeo7sHSRFdU[/embed]

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Managing a Work from Home Team

July 22, 2015 | Communication, Leadership, Teamwork

Photo by brendangates on Flickr More companies are now promoting the use of an "agile workforce". My previous employer reconfigured all of their offices to an open concept where there were many small workstations, tables for collaboration, and conference rooms for meetings. However, except for directors, there was no assigned seating, and there were not enough seats to accommodate every single employee if they came to work. This change in strategy was due to the fact that after studying the matter for many years, employers found that on any given day, 25% of their workforce was absent due to work travel, vacation,…

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We’ve Always Done It That Way

July 9, 2015 | Leadership, Teamwork, Trust

Photo by Shannon Dizmang on Flickr How many times have we heard that? I am sure this was a common phrase at Polaroid and probably led to their demise. The great companies...the ones that have survived for more than a decade or two do not allow this to be part of their lexicon. IBM for instance could have said the phrase, "We've always done it that way", when their main frame business began to dwindle. They tried a few different business lines and kept trying until they found their new niche. To my knowledge, I don't even think they do much in…

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Our Independence: A Byproduct of Great Leadership

July 3, 2015 | Leadership

Photo by Wendy on Flickr We all remember the stories from our US History classes about Paul Revere, Johnny Tremain, Patrick Henry, and George Washington. All of their words and actions were inspiration to lead 13 British Colonies to become their own independent nation. Democracy was quite the experiment in those days as most established governments had some sort of monarchy and/or class system. The courage and vision that our founding fathers possessed, I hope, is never forgotten. We have had great leaders since the birth of our country and I am sure we will have many more. On the eve of…

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Business Communication Balance Requires Disciplined Email Use

July 2, 2015 | Communication, Leadership

Photo by wvs on Flickr The advent of email has unquestionably made our lives more productive. The days of putting inner-office memos in everyone's company mailbox with a new process or announcement are long gone. With this advancement, we can better communicate with teams and departments.  Email has broken down barriers of when and where we can work and in some cases allowing us to achieve a better work-life balance.  If our job requires travel, we can have access to and are able to dispense information in a much quicker manner. Now, trip reports, expense reports, quick correspondence between co-workers, and…

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At What Point is the “Human Element” Needed? (Part 2) – Explosive Growth

June 10, 2015 | Communication, Leadership, Trust

Photo by LHG Creative Photography on Flickr This the second post in a 3 part series regarding establishing a point where the human element in a business or organization. If you have not read the first post, it can be found here. If a company has not established its "human element" at its inception, a key time to examine establishing it would be in the midst of explosive growth. This situation/opportunity is a critical crossroads where we should address these soft initiatives that can make a good company great. In late 2009 Ambulatory Care Solutions (ACS), a company that I helped found, doubled in…

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At What Point is the “Human Element” Needed? (Part 1) – Start-Up Phase

June 2, 2015 | Communication, Leadership, Teamwork

Photo by Elvert Barnes on Flickr People have asked me more than once: What size of organization are you targeting in your marketing efforts? Our response is that any organization no matter the size can benefit from defining its "human element". I recently read The E-Myth Revisited and the author encouraged organizations to define organizational charts as well as policies and procedures at its inception. We believe the same goes for its "human element" and specifically leadership standardization.   Most company founders envision growing their company. Some companies grow faster than the founders' expectations. It is best to be ready…

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Changing The Culture: The Employee Opinion Survey

May 21, 2015 | Communication, Leadership, Trust, Uncategorized

Photo by David Bosshard on Flickr [embed]https://youtu.be/9uwZVyptIIE[/embed]

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