Avoid ASAP and Urgent in Your Deadlines

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Looking for Success in 2013? Acknowledge Your Employee Efforts Now

Recognize and acknowledge good work wherever you find it…As a Grateful Leader, your gratitude and appreciation motivate and inspire [employees] to go beyond what they perceive as their limits. They will want to give you their best performance and give whatever it takes. – Judith W. Umlas In Judith Umlas’ book, Grateful Leadership: Using the[…]

Leadership and Accountability

The letter “A” may be for accountability but research shows that implementing it is not as easy as you’re a-b-c’s. While it’s one of the skills that is lauded as most important for leaders, experts are finding that it’s difficult for people to execute. A recent Harvard Business Review post by Darren Overfield and Rob[…]

What We can Learn from the Olympics

We watch the Olympics and are fascinated by the athletes who have devoted years to practicing and improving their abilities. We marvel at the parents, coaches, teachers and mentors who have helped them get to the pinnacle of their athletic careers. How can we take that wonder and demonstrate the same respect in our everyday[…]

The 8 Most Important Qualities of Leadership at Google

For most of Google’s history, and especially in the early years, it took a laissez-faire policy toward leadership. The company hired smart engineers, promoted the most brilliant into leadership positions and then pretty much left them alone. The assumption was that they were smart and would figure it out or ask questions if they needed help.[…]

Feedback is a Gift

“Get a feedback loop and listen to it. … When people give you feedback, cherish it and use it.” – Randy Pausch (1960 – 2008) was a Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and a best-selling author, who achieved worldwide fame for his speech The Last Lecture, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer[…]

Something to be Thankful for: Your People

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow with our families, now is an appropriate time to take account of the many things to be thankful for at work.  As a leader, what comes to mind for me is the debt and gratitude I have for the people I have the honor to work with everyday.  So[…]

Leadership and Time Management

Earlier this month, while catching a flight home to Seattle from New York City after a long week on the road meeting with clients, I made it to my seat, sat down and breathed a huge sigh of relief.  For a moment, it was bliss.  I knew in a few hours I would be home[…]

A Netflix Competition Highlights Trends in Talent Management

In October 2006, Netflix announced a competition to significantly improve the recommendation system currently used at the popular movie rental site.   Teams and individuals were competing for a $1 million prize.   Last week, an article in the New York Times reported that two finalist teams have been selected and a winner will be declared in September. There was[…]

Deliberate Practice

The common attribute of high performers in sports, music and chess is not talent, as is so often assumed, but 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.  This begs the question, what is deliberate practice and can it be applied to individuals and organizations to improve the quality of business leadership?  The following is an adaptation of[…]