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Self-Talk: Those Critical Things You Tell Yourself

Posted on 02/11/2020 by Delta Associates

Self talk . . . what you tell yourself, is the key factor of your life. . . you may be degreed from an Ivy League university, a distinguished member of Mensa, and voted most likely to succeed . . . . but what you say to yourself moment by moment, day by day–will determine your happiness and success. What is the Committee Telling Me? Robert Fulghum, (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten), described his inner conversations as “The Committee.” In[…]

Alignment—the “Piece Missing” from Organizational Success

Posted on 02/04/2020 by Delta Associates

The process of alignment in most organizations today is episodic and often crisis-driven, rather than an organizational strategy. Organizations must embrace a system of aligning and coaching their top talent as a business strategy.

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[…]

Handling the Loose Cannon

Posted on 12/24/2019 by Jack Speer

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[…]

Building Teams on Transparency

Posted on 12/17/2019 by Jack Speer

Getting teams right is critical to organizational success.  Nothing is more important.  I recently sat down to talk with Matty Wishnow, founder of Clearhead, headquartered in Austin, Texas to talk about Matty’s model of team success.  Clearhead began with less than a million dollars in annual revenues and sold to Accenture, a large International consulting firm. Matty has developed an effective team model for 21st Century organizations. Getting teams right is not only not easy, getting teams wrong has sunk many organizations with large burdensome employee headcounts and ambiguous[…]

WHO GETS UNDER YOUR SKIN?

Posted on 12/10/2019 by Jack Speer

How do you create a workplace where people don’t get under your skin? It’s really interesting to research the reasons people creep each other out at work.  Complaints generally range from messy desks, condescending manners, goody two shoes suck ups, employees who don’t care, and many more.  The ways we get under each others’ skins are endless. Sometimes we just can’t deal with a person we work with because they’re untruthful, deceptive, and conniving to their very cores.  I have only dealt with a handful[…]

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.  […]

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[…]



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