Can people change?

  A question for the age’s… Can people really change and do assessment profiles change?  The short answer…Yes, if they want to and if one really works hard at it. You actually track and measure the change and growth in people over time using tools like assessments. The reality is change and growth takes work, hard work. The path to change is a long one! Can it be measured? Yes…assessments as an example can show the change in people over time. With assessment profiles over a period of time the changes in a person’s assessment profile are tangible and visible even to the...

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Your Personal Credibility

  Building Credibility   I was asked the other day by a client, “How do I build on my credibility?” The simple answer I said was live this statement everyday – “Do what you say you will do & do it when you said you would” If we did little else that would be good enough to build one’s credibility. At least you will be known as someone who does what he or she says they will. Now, if you are interested in building on that then; 1) Be present and truly listen when you are with people…do not allow your distractions (thoughts and otherwise)...

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Watch out for over-managing!

  Managers – Are you turning your people off by over managing?   No question most people can articulate what they think micro-management is. Can we describe what over-managing is and why is it similar and yet very different from micro managing? Over-managing is similar to micro-management in that just about everyone you talk to will tell you that they do not like either. Both turn engaged people off. At best productivity suffers and at worst the good employees find a way to leave the department and often the organization. Over-management is different in that it is far harder for...

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Thinking & Acting Differently – The Power of Negative Thinking!

Thinking and acting differently to achieve success! At a recent strategic planning session with a client one of my guest speakers talked about his method of thinking and acting that he believed had a significant impact on his success in both life and at work. As I have heard before he said he always begins with the “end in mind” and then work backwards, or as he put it “reverse engineered from the end to the start”. Now this is not new to most of us. But what was interesting is he spoke about his reverse engineering by thinking about what could go wrong at every stage...

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Developing the people around is your responsibility!

Developing, Coaching, Mentoring, & Advising People  You owe it to your organization and to the people you work with to develop and coaching, mentoring, and advisor mindset. Most of all you owe this to you. One of the best ways to learn, refreshes, and solidify knowledge and experience is to help others help themselves and grow! We are all in a position to coach, advise, & mentor. At times we may not realize it but it’s true. From the book “Invisible Spotlight” comes the realization that we are all in the spotlight. People are watching us all the time and learning...

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10 Rules for getting it right in creating high functioning teams!

  High Functioning Teams – 10 Rules to getting right! 1 – Keep it simple. Getting it right and building a great team is not rocket science. In fact it’s really quite simple. Simplicity also means lean. Only have people who should on the team, anyone else is moved off the team. Unnecessary team members complicates and slows the team down. Decide on what needs to be addressed by the 2 – When in Doubt there is no doubt If you doubt if someone should be on the team there is no doubt. Strategically work to remove the individual from the team. At times roles and the...

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