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When Good Teams Go Bad–What to Do You Do When Trust Is Gone?

Posted on 03/28/2013 by Jack Speer

As in the iconic 1972 movie, The Godfather, every team you’ve ever been on begins with a wedding.  It’s not just that the bride and groom are getting married–it’s the marriage of everyone on the team. The wine is flowing, the outfits are lovely, there is dancing, speeches and toasts. As a team member, it’s after the wedding reception is over that you have to keep the team relationship alive.  There are few human experiences that produce a greater high than working on an effective[…]

Breaking the Devilish Tyranny of the Double Bind

Posted on 03/27/2013 by Carol Kallendorf

“We’ve got to get the new product release out by Q3, but we can’t, because the product team is incompetent and no one will admit it.”  “I know this design is horrible, but I can’t say anything because the VP of Marketing will explode.”  “The customer will be furious that we can’t deliver this product when promised, but you can’t tell that to Sales or you’re branded a ‘nay-sayer.’   So we’ll just have to lose that customer, I guess.” I must … but I[…]

Who Can you Trust on Your Way to the Top–Do the Right People Have Your Ear?

Posted on 02/12/2013 by Jack Speer

David Axelrod, hair challenged and rumpled suit,  is President Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor.  He will never be elected President, yet he understands the science of campaigns and is a master counselor.  When Obama has a serious issue, he calls past presidents and elected officials, but he relies on Axelrod’s advice.

Does Your Dog Bite?

Posted on 01/31/2013 by Carol Kallendorf

It’s a classic scene of comedy.  Inspector Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, asks the hotel clerk, “Does your dog bite?” Clerk:  “No.”  Clouseau reaches out to pet the dog, who attacks him savagely. Clouseau:  “I thought you said your dog does not bite!” Clerk:  “That is not my dog!!” It’s funny, because we all see it coming, and yet we don’t.  It’s funny, because we’ve all been there a million times:  Asking questions to get the information we need[…]

It’s The Silent Killer of Growing Companies: Your Inability to Achieve Alignment

Posted on 11/18/2012 by Carol Kallendorf

By Carol Kallendorf, Ph.D.

Jamie Dimon Had A Diamond Studded Career. What Happened? As a senior executive at a mid-size management consulting firm in an industry where scaling is difficult and uncommon …

Running From the Robots!

Posted on 08/21/2012 by Jack Speer

By Jack Speer
They’ve Fundamentally Changed The Nature of Employment, Unemployment, Future Employment, and Markets The term “Robot” was coined in 1920 in the stageplay, R.U.R. In this story, the robots take over …




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