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What About the Old Advice, “Don’t Reinvent the Wheel?” Is it Stupid or Smart?

Posted on 09/23/2013 by Jack Speer

Who hasn’t heard this old piece of advice – “Don’t reinvent the wheel!” You can certainly make a case for not reinventing the wheel. The fundamentals of the wheel have literally not changed in over 5,000 years. It began round in shape and made it easier to move something rather than dragging it over the ground. Then someone added the axle‚ and that was that. So the wheel has become a symbol today of the way you move things forward in organizations. Therefore, do we[…]

Change? Really? Do I need to? Do I Want to? Is Change a Temporary State?

Posted on 07/31/2013 by Jack Speer

Every year I get misty eyed when I see the latest production of Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol.  I follow Ebenezer Scrooge through the evening of ghosts in and out of his bedroom showing him his terrible future.   I’m inspired that the very next morning Scrooge is a changed man.  He buys a Christmas turkey and ends up at the home of his poor, long-exploited employee, Bob Cratchit,  loving Bob’s family and the suffering Tiny Tim. I have to tell you, however, that the cynic in[…]

What I Should Have Said–the Skillset of Saying the Right Thing

Posted on 06/10/2013 by Jack Speer

Jack Speer Publisher/CEO I love to think of myself as a great communicator, always saying the right thing at the right time–I like to see myself as someone who has a black belt, not in karate, but in tongue. But I still get caught flat footed sometimes by someone who takes me on verbally when I’m on my best behavior, minding my own business. It happens at places like the gym when I’m at the top of my game, hoisting my my heaviest. Then some[…]

The Power of Not–How Saying No Can Paralyze an Organization

Posted on 04/19/2013 by Carol Kallendorf

Carol Kallendorf, PhD, is founder of Delta, Inc.  She is a top-rated organizational consultant, executive coach, and facilitator/negotiator.  Carol is a Master Practitioner in the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI®), the highest level of recognition attainable.  In my childhood and young adult years, I spent a lot of time with people who said “no” most of the time.  Some of them I am related to.  It wasn’t so much that they said to me, “No, you can’t do that.”  Instead they said a lot of[…]

Can People Really Change?

Posted on 03/07/2013 by Carol Kallendorf

You often hear the question, “Can people really change?”  Given my line of work, not surprisingly,  I come down on the side of saying, “Yes people can change and yes they do change.”  But clearly, a lot of people are more talk than action and conviction when it comes to personal change. Last Saturday, I ran into a woman at the Farmer’s Market who is my poster child for the human capacity to make life-changing, positive change and sustain it over time. When I first[…]

Getting Heard Today–Do People at Work Make You Feel Invisible?–

Posted on by Jack Speer

Do you sometimes feel you’re the smartest person in the room–and the last to get heard? Are you the invisible person in the room? I know people from CEO to entry level players in organizations  that often feel that way. Chronic Invisibility is serious. Not being able to get heard and to influence the direction of a conversation can dampen the future of the brightest of people.    The person  might as well be the unused chair in the corner. How can you take immediate action?  Here[…]

OMG Sequester! Don’t Let Them Hijack Your Future For a Disaster Drill!

Posted on 03/02/2013 by Jack Speer

Can national and world crises impact your life and career? It’s all too easy to become distracted from your family, job, your personal and spiritual development if you get distracted by the barrage of crises driven information that not only comes to you through media, but from all the people who surround you. Because of sequester, does the world for all practical purposes end for you, your family, and your job? Will the sequester be kin to a nuclear bomb?  Well, it just might.  But[…]

Capitalism With Integrity

Posted on 08/12/2012 by Lane Taylor, Cari Natvig, Lauren Button, and John Netherton

University Students Speak Out
Students from the University of Arizona share their argument concerning the Nike Corporation’s problems of capitalism and human rights.

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