Thursday, January 31, 2008

Inspiring Talent on Recruitment

There is a wonderful quote from Steve Jobs. He is quoted as asking John Sculley

"Do you want to sell fizzy water for the rest of your life or do you want a chance to change the world?"

John Sculley was inspired not by the job but the purpose to unleash the creativity in all of do you inspire talent to come and work for you?

Friday, January 25, 2008

A Thought on Arguments from De Bono

This year I was lucky enough to hear a speech from Edward De Bono. He talked about how argument is a primitive tool and asked us to think as business leaders of changing our thoughts during a discussion.

He talked about how in an argument we concentrate on the 5-10% that we disagree upon and not the 90-95% upon which we do agree....

If there is one thing that we could do as leaders is play angels advocate......instead of looking for what we disagree upon lets look at the shared agreements...a wonderful thought.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Carnival of Leadership Development

I am always looking to share ideas of how business leaders can grow and reach their career potential.

Anna presents 10 Skills to Develop the Leaders of the Future posted at The Engaging Brand

Dr. Joe Capista presents A Mentor Can Change Your Life posted at The Success Triangle, saying, "Building a successful business and life does not happen overnight. It can take years to reach the point where you achieve what you want. Often, the journey is one that requires the guidance of someone who can lead us in ways we cannot even imagine.A mentor will show us insights that can shave literally years off our learning curve. Discover how my mentor, a gentleman who is nearly ninety taught me the value and power of goals."

GreatManagement presents ‘Only 3% Of Your Staff Are Talented’ posted at The GreatManagement Blog, saying, "I was at a conference recently, where the CEO of a large UK Corporate stated only 3% of the company’s staff was talented. That implied 97% were not. Poppycock!"

GreatManagement presents New Years Resolution Articles 31 Dec 2007 posted at The GreatManagement Blog, saying, "So what are you planning to better in 2008?"

Alan K Rudi presents Successful Business Leadership » Warren Buffett posted at Successful Business Leadership.

Ralph Jean-Paul presents Hunter,Scavenger or Prey:Which Life Are You Living posted at Potential 2 Success, saying, "Are you actively pursuing your goals or passively waiting around for them to come to you? Learn to how passionately achieve your goals with the skills of an efficient hunter."

Dr. Joe Capista presents Total Success is Determined by Your Thoughts, Beliefs and Actions posted at The Success Triangle, saying, "Many people say they want success, yet they are not willing to do what it takes to achieve their desired outcome. There is success and there is Total Success. Total Success is about having a balanced life, giving back and enjoying what you do. Few people will ever experience what is called Total Success. Total Success requires more then a successful business and a great income. It is about a state of mind, your beliefs and your actions."

Matthew Paulson presents 4 Reasons to Become a Generous Giver posted at American Consumer News.

Sagar presents Against the Grain: 50 Unconventional Ways to Increase Productivity posted at Bootstrapper.

Michelle Cramer presents Good Listening Skills Mean Success posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, "An analysis of a salewoman on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress" reveals what not to do in order to be successful at making the sale."

Life. Money. Development. presents Goals posted at Life. Money. Development..

GreatManagement presents 7 Quick Tips For Managing Your Friends At The Workplace posted at The GreatManagement Blog, saying, "Have you been promoted recently? Is some of your staff also your friends? Do you know how easy it is to loose all respect when you show favoritism?"

Marcus Hochstadt presents First Class Progress, Or The Power Of Deadlines posted at Marcus Hochstadt, saying, "Many of us have encountered times where we are working on a project every day and it seems, somehow, we do not proceed in the way we intended to. What's the cause? Why is that so? In this article, Marcus Hochstadt provides two techniques that can catapult your accomplishments to new heights, once and for all."

Vishal Gupta presents Mike Huckabee and Servant Leadership posted at A Business Professor's Weblog, saying, "Servant leadership"

Louise Manning presents Effective leadership revisited posted at The Human Imprint.

Hueina Su presents The 212 Degrees Attitude posted at Intensive Care for the Nurturer's Soul.

Jeremy Neal presents Opportunities Make Work Fun posted at Thoughts on Quotes, saying, "Recognizing opportunities when they arise is exciting, and most people are highly motivated during the initial phase of acting upon something new to benefit their lives."

Charles H. Green presents Employee Engagement, Fog Sculpting, and Measuring Love posted at Trust Matters, saying, "The number 1 predictor of employee engagement is how good the manager is, but is that something you can actually manage?"

Vahid Chaychi presents To Succeed As a Business Owner, You Have to Be Tough posted at, saying, "If you have a business owner or you work for the others businesses, you have to learn how to be organized and disciplined. Otherwise you will not have any success."

Carol Bentley presents I hereby give you permission to. . . posted at Carol Bentley.

Jose DeJesus MD presents Motivating Top Performing Employees posted at Physician Entrepreneur.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

A Thought on Listening

I love this quote from Dr Joyce Brothers

"Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery"

Remember LADDER as a way of developing your listening skills

L = Look directly at the person
A = Ask questions periodically
D = Don't interrupt the speakers train of thought
D = Don't change the subject
E = Empathise with the feelings of the speaker
R = Respond both verbally and non verbally

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Understanding Your Customer

Some may say the only way to understand customers is to do market research, well I like this approach that is free and accurate

"I used to hold meetings in the aisles of my supermarkets. Customers would constantly interrupt to talk to me, to give me feedback. Then I'd attend meetings back in the office with colleagues who spend all their time compiling customer research and wading through consumer behaviour reports. And I'd tell them things about our customers I'd picked up from random conversations in the aisles. And they'd say 'We didn't know that.' " - Feargal Quinn, founder, Superquinn supermarkets

How often do you get from behind your desk and speak, yes speak to customers...wonderfully old fashioned concept that is so overlooked in business.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Being First Does Not Mean Being the Most Successful

Ever heard the phrase "The early bird catches the worm?"

Well, as true as that might be in parts of life, it does not necessarily ring true in business. We can often feel that as leaders we need to be the first to market, the first with innovation - well, yes that can be great. But never forget that many companies such as Google, Pampers - even the iPod from Apple were not the first to market.

What these companies did was to build on the innovation - to build on an idea and then deliver something innovative for consumers. They usually simplified the experience.

The lesson is that don't dismiss an idea because it is not "new". Think about how you can create a better experience for the consumer, for the employee.......the slightly later bird may catch an even juicier worm!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Carnival of Leadership Development

I hope that you have had a great holiday season and that the New Year is starting well for you. Here are some articles to inspire you in 2008

Dan-O presents Have You Benefited from the Revolutionary Magic of Internet Self Help? posted at - Discover. Inspiring . Media, saying, "Highly informative article about how the Web has changed self help and a huge resource of online personal development information."

K T Cat presents A Post-Mortem on a Lean Six Sigma Training Disaster posted at The Scratching Post.

Ryan Russell presents Don’t Waste “Budget Leftovers”! posted at My Money Thinks, saying, "Exactly what are “budget leftovers”? Budget leftovers from individual spending categories are likely to be small amounts. Consider a budget leftover to be extra money. Can I increase the amount of leftovers?"

GreatManagement presents Happy with your 2007? Will your 2008 be better? posted at The GreatManagement Blog, saying, "It’s getting close to the end of 2007. What did you achieve in 2007? Everything you wanted to? Now is a great time to start reflecting on 2007 and then invest some time on your plans for 2008."

John Crenshaw presents “He Tells Me To Burn Things” posted at Dominate Your Life, saying, "How do you distinguish good advice from bad, how do you know when someone is just telling you to “burn things?”"

Mark Riffey presents Lessons in Serendipity and consistency posted at Business is Personal, saying, "No matter how successful you are. No matter how good you were yesterday. No matter how much smarter you are than your competition... None of that matters if you royally screw up today and haven't crossed the T's and dotted the I's."
Dan McCarthy presents How to Maximize Your Return on Investment from a Leadership Development Program posted at Great Leadership.

Warren Wong presents Conversation Skills / Tips: How To Have A Good Conversation posted at Personal Development for INTJs, saying, "Tips to improve your conversation skills and help you have a good conversation!"

GreatManagement presents Having A Great Career Means You Have To Have Passion posted at The GreatManagement Blog, saying, "Do you wake up on Monday morning and dread going into work? Are you constantly watching the clock all day waiting till you can go home? Can you not wait until Friday comes around? If this is the case, you most probably hate your job and have no passion for it."

Terry Dean presents Overcome Fear posted at Integrity Business Blog by Terry Dean.

SpiKe presents How To Regularly Rate Your Performance posted at Organize IT.

Charles H. Green presents Trust and Corporate Change posted at Trust Matters, saying, "When you need your organization to change, doing it fast and doing it well will require that your people trust you."

Erek Ostrowski presents Tips for Aspiring Leaders (#1 Keeping Your Word) posted at Verve Coaching, saying, "Keeping your word builds people’s confidence in your leadership, which extends and expands your reach and influence as a leader."

Mark Riffey presents Does your business run at the speed of trust? posted at Business is Personal, saying, "During our campout this past weekend at Lake McDonald in Glacier Park, I had an incident that reminded me of Covey's article about the "speed of trust" which if you think about it, speaks to everything from day to day business to systemic health care issues in the United States..."

Rachel Grover presents Stop the Mediocrity in Teamwork posted at Teamwork, saying, "Teams often suffer from modiocrity and this article discusses why. Don't let the 'some one will do it' attitude destroy your team."

Jeremy Neal presents Great Leaders are Great Listeners posted at Thoughts on Quotes, saying, "You can be a better communicator and leader, as well as let others know that you value them, by learning to listen more effectively."

Wanda Grindstaff presents Adding Rocket Fuel to the Law of Attraction - Success with Major Goals posted at Creating Abundant Lifestyles.

Dan McCarthy presents Relocation: A Serious Barrier to Talent Management posted at Great Leadership.

Matthew Spears presents Trusting Perceptions and Higher Communication posted at Loving Awareness, saying, "One of the most fundamental aspect of any growth or leadership development is the trust in one’s own perception. There is no question it is an incomplete perception; as a human, you will not see even a minuscule fraction of the totality of what's out there, or that of your self. But it is still your perception. It is your link to your power. It is the basis for all growth, for if you rely on someone else’s eyes and intuition, you are not living your own life, discovering your own power, but are being a guinea pig for other’s experiments."

Dr. Joe Capista presents The Truth About Achieving Total Success! posted at The Success Triangle, saying, "Many people strive for their dream of success, but often miss the one element they absolutely must have in order to achieve their outcome - balance. How many people base success on the outward measures, but if you were to look deeper it would be evident there is much that is missing? What I now know in my mid-fifties is that true success consists of more than what we can achieve financially or materially. Succeeding only on the material level can often leave other areas of a person’s life completely out of balance. Even though outwardly they appear to “have it all” their life is in turmoil and their lifestyle is killing them. They lack inner-peace and balance."

Karl Goldfield presents Building a plan Part 5: Seeing the results first - Thank you Mr. Covey posted at Coaching sales champions.

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