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New: Creating Team Success through Data Driven Performance

Posted on 03/03/2020 by Jack Speer

Everything of any importance in the world is measured.  It’s fundamental, isn’t it?   In your monthly bill paying cycle, you measure your utility bill, your mortgage and other expenses to be sure they add up to less than your income. But in our professional life, we don’t often know how our performance as managers or team members is measured.  Sure, we likely have some sort of evaluation….some more insightful than others.  But are we moving the dial for the organization?  Unfortunately, teams and their members[…]

EXECUTIVE COACHING: UNLOCKING PERSONAL POTENTIAL

Posted on 02/25/2020 by Jack Speer

Most of us began with a dream of the person we wanted to be.  We could see it in our minds and it felt so real to us, within our reach. For many of us, that dream is alive and well within us right now today.  You may find yourself in a position that can take you to the top or you many be on the verge of finding that position. If you ever believed you could be more happy, effective and more successful in your[…]

FINDING HERBIE–WHAT’S SLOWING DOWN YOUR LIFE AND BUSINESS?

Posted on 02/18/2020 by Jack Speer

How can a chubby little scout on  a straggling, dragging hike give us guidance in how our lives and businesses can unfold more easily–with greater efficiency and effectiveness? His name is Herbie, and if he can help me, I’m all ears. Herbie came along in the 1980’s before cell phones and the Internet.  An Israeli son of a Jewish Rabbi, Eliyahu M. Goldratt, wrote one of the most unlikely, influential business books ever written. Originally published in 1984, the book was called The Goal, and even the[…]

Self-Talk: Those Critical Things You Tell Yourself

Posted on 02/11/2020 by Jack Speer

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 Jack Speer

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[…]



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