How My First Boss Saved Me From Failing

I was 23 years old, in my first professional job and I was failing big-time. My boss had recently handed me a list of five-hundred names and phone numbers and instructed me to cold call them. I picked up the phone and started dialing. I felt a palpable sense of fear and anxiety as I[…]

Innovation, Risk & Failure at Pixar

In a recent interview, Ed Catmull, the cofounder of Pixar, shares his views on risk, failure and culture. The entire interview is worthwhile, but I found Ed’s perspective on these three issues to be especially insightful and applicable to all industries. Taking Risks The nature of innovation requires risk taking. This creates a fundamental tension[…]

5 Essential Tips for Coaching Talent Through Storytelling

Research  shows that adults are particularly well-suited to learn through stories. The right story told at the right time can be much more powerful than just telling people how to do their job differently. Think of the best speeches or presentations you’ve heard. What do you remember most? Maybe you can recall a statistic or[…]

3 Phrases that Kill Trust in the Workplace

A key ingredient for establishing trust in the workplace is being accountable for your actions .  Accountability involves claiming your own power and marshaling your internal resources to achieve better results. Accountability asks, “What do you need?” Or, “What can I do to make a difference?” Accountable behavior enables you to take charge of your[…]

3 Leadership Blogs We Follow

Finding powerful, useful and inspirational resources about leadership is what we do every day at RealTime Performance. We look for content related to leadership that will resonate with our clients’ employees, managers and executives. With the popularity of blogs and self-published content, we’ve noticed there’s a lot to read about leadership out there in cyberspace.[…]

Three Leadership Blogs We Follow

Finding powerful, useful and inspirational resources about leadership is what we do every day at RealTime Performance. We look for content related to leadership that will resonate with our clients’ employees, managers and executives. With the popularity of blogs and self-published content, we’ve noticed there’s a lot to read about leadership out there in cyberspace.[…]

Marissa Mayer Under the Spotlight: What Can Leaders Learn About Trust?

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, was hired to fix a broken organization. She came into the spotlight recently with her decision to remove the option to work from home. This caused a huge uproar – tweets, blog posts and articles spread like the flu within minutes after a copy of the memo was released. Never[…]

3 Videos to Inspire Your Resolutions

Even if you haven’t created a formal list of New Year’s Resolutions, it’s likely you’re thinking of things you’d like to do differently in 2013. Feeling successful, communicating effectively and creating meaningful relationships are at the core of our lives at work and at home. As such, there is always room for improvement in these[…]

Resource Round-Up: Questions and Conversations

Journalists know the importance of the Five W’s (who, what, when, where, why…and don’t forget how). They understand that the difference between a good or bad question can make or break a story, and potentially their career. As leaders we also need to be intentional about the questions we ask and the conversations we have[…]