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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 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: […]
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[…]
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.
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Have you ever dealt with a “Loose Cannon?” He or she can be one of the most dangerous threats to your career. Simply defined, the Loose Cannon on your team is the person who is apt to do anything or say anything that causes devastating and immediate damage to your team. Their blasts don’t come from behind enemy lines–they fire at point blank from within, right at you and your team. Often the Loose Canon doesn’t give you a hint of what they are capable[…]
How Do You React When You Look in the Mirror—Happy or Horrified? What’s Your Self Concept When You Look at You? Some people can’t get enough of their own face in the mirror—other people avoid looking at all. What about you?
How to have a Bigger Brain Using Technology By Jack Speer | June 18, 2019 I think everyone grapples with managing our day with the volume of information we process. I think all of us live in a perpetual state of being overwhelmed with the technology we’re learning to manage our work and lives. Moses and the IBM Summit Computer We are at a period of huge inflection as a race of people. Growing up in a religious tradition in small town, Tomball, Texas, I learned[…]