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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[…]

Who Are You Going to Believe—Really?

Posted on 08/20/2019 by Delta Associates

Who Are You Going to Believe—Really? Spin, deception, diversion, and outright lies can take a person far on the national level. At the level of your organization, team, and job, if someone asks the question, “How are we doing?” it often depends on who’s doing the asking.  After hearing several versions of what’s being said we often want to say, “Who does a person believe? Truth and Transparency on Teams – Not Ever Easy Truth and transparency are the oxygen and water of a successful[…]

Decision Making – Sound or Scary?

Posted on 08/13/2019 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: […]

Succeeding in Life as the Real You

Posted on 08/06/2019 by Jack Speer

I’ve never known whether it was a good thing or a bad thing for people to think you look like someone famous.  For several years, however, people will approach me and say, “You look just like Mahatma Gandhi.” I’m going to say it’s probably not great for me to look like Gandhi.   It creates expectations that won’t be reinforced when the person gets to know me.  Gandhi was a wise, charismatic leader who led the fight to liberate India from the British Empire.  He became[…]


Posted on 07/30/2019 by Jack Speer

Several years ago we realized that corporate training worked poorly, if at all.  We set about creating a model that would gain 100% buy-in from participants in a session.


Posted on 07/23/2019 by Jack Speer

Does it Pay to Be the Best When Organizations Don’t Value You? Not everyone wants to be the best at their jobs–many people think that ambition and skills would be for suckers in our age, given organizations today.  Is it true that today it doesn’t pay to be the best and the brightest in the workforce? I found out that there are a good number of people out there today who don’t think that excelling in organizations is the intelligent thing to do. I recently[…]

A Conversation with My Inner 8 Year Old

Posted on 07/16/2019 by Jack Speer

I’ve thought from time to time I’d like to go back and talk to historical figures.   Who would I choose? –Lincoln, Einstein, Napoleon? Rather than famous figures, however, I’ve thought lately I’d like to go back and to talk to the young Jack Speer–at the age of 8 years old.   What would your 8 year old you be like if you could visit him or her now?  That’s a question to think about all day today, don’t you think? Visiting with Jack Speer at 8 years old[…]

RULES OF LIFE – Do you know them?

Posted on 07/09/2019 by Delta Associates

I wanted to share with you some thoughts from Babette Bensoussan, a great Australian colleague who founded MindShifts, a management consulting company that works with companies and their leaders to enable them to be successfully survive and thrive in their industries.  Babette works with organizations and their leadership in organizational strategy and as an executive coach.  She is a recognized public speaker and best selling author.  She is an adjunct professor at the University of Technology School of Business.  I loved this column that emphasizes[…]

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