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Permission to Fail, Sir?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Organizations whose cultures forbid failure are organizations that will become stagnant, lacking the resourcefulness and innovation necessary to succeed.

When failure isn’t an option, there’s no incentive to take even the smallest risk in trying something new.  If an employee knows he’ll be punished for failing, he’ll be careful to stay well within the boundaries of accepted practice.  And then it’s not just failure that isn’t an option; it’s any kind of change or improvement.

Obviously you don’t want to encourage wildly impractical risk-taking or invite catastrophic failure.  So how can you encourage employees to take sensible risks, learn from their mistakes, and – as the saying goes – “fail forward” into success? (more…)

What Makes a Goal Worth Achieving?

Monday, November 19th, 2012

How successful is your organization in meeting the objectives set by your leaders?

When teams are energized, motivated, and inspired, they can achieve amazing results.  On the other hand, we’ve all seen what happens when teams are de-motivated, disengaged, or unenthusiastic about their goals. (more…)

5 Key Elements of Successful Management

Monday, October 15th, 2012

People who succeed as organizational managers understand that once they take on the responsibility of leading a team or department, their mindset has to change. For a manager, success management is no longer about what they can achieve on their own, and getting ahead isn’t a journey made alone. Managers are successful when group goals are met because subordinates are properly motivated and contributing at their highest level.

So what does it take to be a successful manager? Read on to learn five of the most important mindset changes managers need to adopt from day one. (more…)

To be a Great Leader Takes Courage

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

A common characteristic of all great leaders is their willingness to take risks. This takes courage. Just being a leader doesn’t give you courage, but courage can give you a position in leadership.

Why is courage an important quality to have as a leader?

When leaders inevitably come to a place where a tough decision is required, it is their personal courage that enables them to stand firm and get through difficult situations. (more…)

Life, in 5 Short Chapters

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

by Portia Nelson

Chapter 1

I walk down the street.
There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk.
And I fall in.
I am lost. I am helpless. It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out. (more…)

How to Talk to Anyone: Free “How To” Guide

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Your personality, culture, needs and personal challenges collectively affect your ability to communicate with others. To effectively communicate with anyone in social or professional settings, you must develop a specific set of skills. Here are some ways that you can improve your ability to talk to people from a variety of backgrounds. (more…)

Diversity Scavenger Hunt: Free Activity

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Instructions to the Trainer: Put the following questions on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper. Make enough copies for everyone. Tell the group they have 10 minutes to complete this exercise.

Group Instructions: Attempt to fill in your sheet by finding a person who can say “yes” or can respond appropriately to each question. Write their first name in the space provided. You may use each person’s name only once. (more…)

Tearing Down the “Walls of Sameness”

Friday, September 30th, 2011

By Steve L. Robbins, Ph.D.

Who out there knows everything?”  (Recognize that I didn’t ask, “Who thinks they know everything?”) No human knows everything. None of us has had ALL experiences. All of us have incomplete knowledge when it comes to our world and the people and ideas in our world. All of us are missing some data—a lot of data relative to the universe of data. And if that’s the case, (that we lack sufficient knowledge in many areas and subjects of which we have little experience), do you suppose we could be wrong every once in a while, maybe even more than every once in a while? I think you know the answer to that question. (more…)

Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce: Moving Beyond Cultural Context

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The culture in which someone grows up is only part of what drives their needs, capabilities and limitations on the job. “Stage in life” and overall psychological development are an important part of the equation. (more…)


 

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