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Leading Remote Teams to Peak Performance During the Global Pandemic By Jessica Sager Senior Consultant Delta Associates, Inc. Reaching out to you: In this special edition of the Tuesday Report, we thank you, our readers, for the opportunity to serve you. Our mission and passion is to stand with you as we move through the COVID-19 crisis. Our goal is to not only survive but to thrive in these challenging circumstances. Please contact us and let us know how we can help. Carol Kallendorf, PhD, Founder,[…]
Being Yourself?–or Fitting In? “Being yourself” is one of the most popular themes in articles about personal development. And who doesn’t want to just be themselves? “I Just Gotta Be Me,” sung by Sammy Davis, Jr., struck a chord with people in the 60’s and soared to the top of the Billboard charts and is still heard today. “Being you,” a unique individual, is often thought of as an important part of living a successful, meaningful life. “The need to fit in,” at the same time, is[…]
How did you feel the first time you walked into your boss’s office for your first review? Truth be told I thought I was the one who should be evaluating my boss. I was certainly smarter and more competent than he was. He was very fortunate he hired me. I’d really saved this organization. Yet on the other hand, this boss evaluating me had the total ability to fire me on the spot–it had happened before. He could give me a raise or promote me. […]
Everything of any importance in the world is measured. It’s fundamental, isn’t it? In your monthly bill paying cycle, you measure your utility bill, your mortgage and other expenses to be sure they add up to less than your income. But in our professional life, we don’t often know how our performance as managers or team members is measured. Sure, we likely have some sort of evaluation….some more insightful than others. But are we moving the dial for the organization? Unfortunately, teams and their members[…]
Most of us began with a dream of the person we wanted to be. We could see it in our minds and it felt so real to us, within our reach. For many of us, that dream is alive and well within us right now today. You may find yourself in a position that can take you to the top or you many be on the verge of finding that position. If you ever believed you could be more happy, effective and more successful in your[…]
How can a chubby little scout on a straggling, dragging hike give us guidance in how our lives and businesses can unfold more easily–with greater efficiency and effectiveness? His name is Herbie, and if he can help me, I’m all ears. Herbie came along in the 1980’s before cell phones and the Internet. An Israeli son of a Jewish Rabbi, Eliyahu M. Goldratt, wrote one of the most unlikely, influential business books ever written. Originally published in 1984, the book was called The Goal, and even the[…]
Self talk . . . what you tell yourself, is the key factor of your life. . . you may be degreed from an Ivy League university, a distinguished member of Mensa, and voted most likely to succeed . . . . but what you say to yourself moment by moment, day by day–will determine your happiness and success. What is the Committee Telling Me? Robert Fulghum, (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten), described his inner conversations as “The Committee.” In[…]
The process of alignment in most organizations today is episodic and often crisis-driven, rather than an organizational strategy. Organizations must embrace a system of aligning and coaching their top talent as a business strategy.
Several years ago Carol Kallendorf (Delta Associates Founder) and I had it dramatically impressed of upon us how a unique ability we possess can be overused, negatively impacting a life and a career. We found this point powerfully illustrated when we were visiting the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the southeastern U.S. https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/aquarium. There we saw our first electric eel, six feet long, 40 pounds, menacingly staring at us from the other side of a thick, glass aquarium wall. Long before[…]
Who’s skin is in your game–really? In any event of life we are spectators, watching the outcome with little to lose, or we have a great deal personally on the line–we have skin in the game.