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Dale Carnegie vs. Donald Trump. Is the Way People Talk to Each Other Changing?

Posted on 07/09/2018 by Jack Speer

Is Dale Carnegie “Friendly Me” Communication Out? Is Donald Trump “Fear Me” Communication in? Is Friendly in the Workplace on Life Support?

Building Big – Winning With Teams That Work

Posted on 08/27/2018 by Jack Speer

It’s the worst nightmare of a growing company—your organization spared no cost in recruiting a rock star c-suite. Yet as functioning teams they’re stuck in their ability to execute together.

Turning Performance Reviews into a Competitive Edge

Posted on 11/24/2015 by Jack Speer

Traditional employment reviews are not working. James Richards and the Porter Company have created a model that enables them to utilize their teams as their competitive edge.

How Well Do You Get Along with Yourself?

Posted on 06/15/2015 by Jack Speer

No matter what a brainiac you are, getting along with other people is a fundamental success factor of the 21st Century,  A key question that drives your career and your life is, “How well do you get along with others?” Bu even a more fundamental question than that is, “How well do you get along with yourself?” If I want to hire you, date you, marry you, or hang out with you, I need to know what your personal relationship with yourself is. . Why? If have war[…]

Good Coach, Bad Coach

Posted on 06/09/2015 by Jack Speer

Although it may seem over dramatic, your career and physical health in the c-suite can depend on finding the right guide for your ascent up the organizational ladder. According to a recent Forbes Magazine article about executive coaching, 33% of executives have coaches and 66% would like to have a coach if they could find someone they trust and believe is competent. In a climb up Mt. Everest, one in every 10 expeditions has a climber who dies. A fascinating fact is that they most[…]

W-W-F-U-D? What Would Frank Underwood do?

Posted on 04/14/2015 by Jack Speer

W-W-F-U-D? What Would Frank Underwood do? The Opposite of Whatever is Good, Fair, Honest and True Have you ever met someone in your business or personal life like Frank Underwood?  The employee who seems to take every opportunity to go around you when working through you is expected? The peer who engineers that you take the fall in a crisis situation? The boss who keeps you in the shadows to limit your opportunities? I am looking for people who have experienced someone like this man. As[…]

Aligning Leadership Teams– A Proven 5-Step Process

Posted on 12/15/2014 by Jack Speer

Aligning the Leadership Team within your organization is most often the key factor that determines whether your balance sheet will surge in value or hemorrhage red, and whether products and services nosedive in consumer popularity or gain market share. The Leadership Team determines whether the organization will scale, fold, or fail. In order to achieve leadership team alignment, face-to-face sessions that follow the alignment process are vital to put together a leadership team that functions as a dynamic unit, not as suboptimal players buried in functional silos. The process of aligning team direction, strategy,[…]

Exploring the “Imposter Syndrome” – It’s One of the Most Important Questions You’ll Ever Answer

Posted on 02/25/2014 by Jack Speer

You’ve experienced one of those people, haven’t you, that swaggers into a room like an imitation Donald Trump—just lacking the thinning dyed blonde comb-over hair.   They have a sense of superiority as gold-plated as a cheap Atlantic City casino filled with quarter slot machines. You don’t want to be that person, right?  But just who do you think you are anyway?—nothing is more critical to your career and life. The “Imposter Syndrome”—the Chronic Disease of the Almost Successful Some of us fundamentally don’t believe[…]

One Way You Must be Like Steven Jobs: Follow Your Own Unique Path to Add Value

Posted on 04/30/2013 by Jack Speer

So in what ways would I like to be like Steven Jobs?  Who would want to be like him and why? Quirky, odd, unique, contrarian to his very core, he is the model of the successful career in the 21st Century. In Walter Isaacson’s biography that he simply calls Steven Jobs, Isaacson draws his readers to a concise appraisal of the man, based on 40 personal interviews and extensive research. Jobs was creative, innovative, brilliant, and not a man I’d relish spending an afternoon with.  He was weird,[…]

The “Leadership Lifecycle”: Building on Individual Brains and Competence to Lead Teams to Achievement

Posted on 11/29/2012 by Jack Speer

By Jack Speer
In the world of Scott Adams’ Dilbert, the most useless and incompetent employees—those who are least intelligent and who add little to the team—are sent to training…



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