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5 Business Strategy Questions Every Effective Leader Should Follow

By Freek Vermeulen If you can’t find time to think, it probably means that you haven’t organized your firm, unit, or team very well, and you are busy putting out little fires all the time. It also means that you are

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Posted in Decision Making, Leadership, Organizational Development, Strategy

Avoiding Layoffs By Improving Your Organizational DNA

Organizations tend to fall into a perilous trap of thinking that transforming their organization is the secret sauce of turning their company around. Most certainly they can reduce costs by eliminating positions from said chart. Invariably, short term efficiencies erode

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The Steve Jobs #HR and #leadership Video You Must See

This video should bring tears in your eyes when you consider the latent talent of those of whom you terminated, listed as aberrant, or whom you refused to hire because they didn’t fit in. Every notable person in this video

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Posted in Decision Making, Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship

4 Ways Great Leaders Mitigate Risk for Their Companies

By Jim Woods Bill Gore founder of W.L. Gore & Associates said this concerning risk taking: “You can try anything as long as it’s above the waterline.” Waterline as in ships is anything not affecting the basic integrity of the

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Making Change Work: Effective #Leadership is looking Inward As Well As Outward

Lessons learned from Mark Sanborn, Michael McKinney and John Baldoni. Very few change initiatives actually succeed. A woefully heart wrenching thought considering organizations embrace some form of change on a daily basis. The change in and of itself is, forgive

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A Practical Approach to Decision Making

Decisions drive performance, and the companies that make decisions well are the ones that outperform their competitors. This Bain video provides insights from the authors for an effective decision based organization. You’ll notice the importance of values and engagement. Nevertheless,

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Posted in Competitive Advantage, Decision Making

The High Costs Of “Sleepwalking” Employees

The differences between engaged employees and those who aren’t are striking. Contrast this with actively disengaged employees, who are more or less out to damage your company. Not only are they unhappy at work, but they are intent on acting

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7 Trust Building Leadership Attributes That Make Employees Go the Extra Mile

Frequently, my outburst on the subjects of leadership and hr can run the risk of provoking ire. I become easily incensed when I hear the same things repeated as though there aren’t any original thoughts. The article below by Drew

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Take This 10 Question Test To See If You Can Be An Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur is perhaps similar to being an explorer. No matter who has gone before you, you be assured your sacrifice will be long and unique.  So, how can you figure out whether you’re suited for self-employment? We spoke

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How To Drive Decisions by Listening

Getting to buy-in on your decisions isn’t the same as motivating or shall we say compelling your employees to execute. One of the ways to do this is to help them see it is in their best interest to do

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