The Strategic CEO – What is the right ratio of strategic versus operation activity for a CEO?

    The CEO Strategic Ratio – 75/25%     If you as the CEO or your organization’s CEO is not spending 75% of the time in strategic activity, you should be. As a results you and/or they are potentially not focused on the right activities (this is true over the long term and does not apply to start up organizations and/or organizations having to deal with short term business needs that require all hands on deck). The reason this is stated as strongly is because if the leader is not spending the time in strategic activity to this magnitude the...

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How to take feedback from others – Logan Stix

Thanks for the Feedback This technique is one of my personal favorites and I use it in a number of situations. There are several useful variations on this techniques some longer then others and in more depth but with the same underlying message. The “Thanks for the feedback” technique is ideally suited for situations when you are perhaps getting critical feedback and you really should not or cannot respond with an appropriate response. In these crucial situations saying nothing can be as bad as our automatic response which can be negative, defensive, and attacking. Complimenting...

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Tip 125 – Stop Using the word “but” – The Doctor!

  Loose the “Yes but” and replace it with “Yes and…” Technique There are few more important words to manage in our everyday communication the the words “yes, but”. These two words can single handily break down a conversation, derail and relationship, and shut down creative brainstorming sessions. The word “but” has such a negative defensive meaning to it. It should really be taken out of our vocabulary. The use of “yes, but” while often not used in a defensive negative manner is potentially just as destructive. If you are...

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The Power of “I Statements” in everyday communication

  The Power of the I Statements The use of the “I statements” in our conversations are a under used technique many people simply do not know and understand. The “I statements” can be used to express frustration, stress, anxiety, disappointment, uncertainty, lack of understanding, etc. The benefit of using these statements is that they get your thoughts out in the open for all to see and hear without the potential negative impact that often comes when one confronts another individual’s behaviour, thoughts, opinions, etc. You are better able to manage the...

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Thoughts on Delegation from Ray Caissie

Thoughts on Delegation From my Friend Ray Caissie Delegation is all about absolute common sense!  You choose the right path. Some thoughts that may help…           Delegation – Rules of Thumb            Start With the End In Mind            Scope Definition, It’s a Project            Have a Plan            Communication is Key, Along With Clarity                                                                     Make Performance Visual Start with End in Mind “I always step back and think through what I want done or what needs to be done. This is a strategic activity, thinking...

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