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Creating False Expectations

Posted on 01/14/2020 by Jack Speer

Has anyone ever created a great expectation for you–then totally blown up your hope? Was this a person who had the resources to do something life-changing for you?  Did they systematically lead you to believe they’d do what they promised–but never came through?   Then they gave no explanation whatsoever for why–nor expressed any regret. This happened to Benjamin Franklin, 18th century American Founding Father, inventor, and diplomat.  Franklin as a young man formed a friendship with the Governor William Keith, governor of Pennsylvania, who took[…]

Beyond Fast: Agile – the New Plan to Play to Win

Posted on 01/07/2020 by Jack Speer

When I think of agility I think of Shaquille O’Neal.   He had an unheard of physique for a professional basketball player, totally unsuited for the game.  At 7’1″ and 325 lbs., nonetheless, he was no lumbering Goliath–Shaq was fast and highly intelligent in his career with 6 separate teams.  He had the size of a whale with the poise and movements of a ballet dancer.  This is agile. So how agile am I?  It’s all about agility when I think about what has to happen[…]

A CLEAR VISION FOR 2020

Posted on 12/31/2019 by Jack Speer

What’s 2020 all about for you?  As we’re just about to complete the second decade of the 21st Century, how do we develop a clear 2020 vision for the organizations we spend a big chunk of our lives working for? Each year Carol and I get together to spend some time asking ourselves, “Why are we doing this anyway?  What does this all mean?” We’d like to share a few thoughts with you, which we hope will motivate you to spend an hour in a[…]

Hate Criticism? A Practical Guide to Managing and Profiting From Criticism

Posted on 11/26/2019 by Jack Speer

How you accept and give criticism will determine a great deal about how you succeed—in both life and career. Managing and profiting from criticism is a key skill at work and at home. Not becoming a punching bag for critics is equally important.

COULD A FATAL FLAW SINK YOUR CAREER?

Posted on 11/05/2019 by Jack Speer

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.  […]

Do Your Meetings Drive You Forward – or Dog-gone Crazy?

Posted on 10/29/2019 by Jack Speer

I really don’t even hate to admit it–most meetings I attend, I wish I were somewhere else.  I’m the guy you’ll find looking at my phone, staring at the clock, emailing people about a pending project. Meetings can be invaluable in driving the progress of an organization, but mostly they just drive you crazy. People are fond of saying that meetings are pointless, and that’s just not true–there’s a point to the meeting or nobody would be there.  The point of the meeting is often[…]

Decision Making – Sound or Scary?

Posted on 10/22/2019 by Jack Speer

Decision Making Skills–Your Most Important Tool One of the most important skills you’ll ever possess is your ability to make good decisions.   Decision making is something we all struggle with– yet it makes us or breaks us. How do you feel about your decision making process?  Can you make a decision–business or personal–and be happy with it?  Can you move on quickly and not look back? Decisions Then and Now–How Decision-making has Changed As a child decisions were easier–they were based on a few fundamentals: […]

Organizational Values: From Platitudes to Attitudes

Posted on 09/24/2019 by Jack Speer

Organizational Values: From Platitudes to Attitudes By Jack Speer and Carol Kallendorf, PhD | September 24, 2019 Are stated values in organizations really valuable?  Any entrepreneur will tell you that values are critical.  They give an organization direction, define its “DNA” and pull it together.  Organizations often do live their values, and we have clients that live them every day. Having said that, when you look at the format in which corporate values are written and presented, they often seem abstract, disconnected–and yes, here I said it–mostly[…]

Giving a Lift Without a Free Ride -Dream Come True

Posted on 09/03/2019 by Jack Speer

I want to make the case to you this week in the Tuesday Report that giving back to others some of what you have received makes good business sense.  It’s not just an American value, it makes sense in the  boardroom.  A shrinking middle class in American and around the world is a shrinking market, which shrinks the opportunity for business. Yet unfortunately traditional charity often does not create opportunity and all too often is part of the poverty trap.I want to make the case[…]

Agility and Resilience— When Grit and Guts Trump Intelligence and Charm

Posted on 08/27/2019 by Jack Speer

My Aunt Vera Mae Burkes died this month at the age of 96–she was a remarkable woman and she demonstrated one of humanity’s most valuable traits–agility and resilience.  Agility is the ability to adapt to surprising, unexpected changes that life can present to you, and to survive and thrive. Vera Mae and her generation modeled resilience.  She was born in rural America in the early years of the 20th Century.  Automobiles and radios were new technologies.  Electricity and telephones were game changing in their impact[…]



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