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Organizational Excellence : If C.H.A.N.G.E. Was an Acronym

Posted by kevinb on 5/8/17 (139 reads)

Managing Change in Organizations.

If change was an acronym, what would it be?

C.H.A.N.G.E.: Constant Havoc Amidst Needy Grumbling Employees

or

C.H.A.N.G.E.: Challenging, Hostile, And No-Good Edicts (from management)

or

C.H.A.N.G.E.: Corrosive Headaches Arriving and Not Going (away) Effectively

We might laugh because these are funny and we might laugh (wince?) because they touch a nerve. Even organizations and employees who claim to thrive on change reach their limits and, as a rule, we all struggle with the pace of rapid change.

 

Leadership : Authority and Power

Posted by kevinb on 4/19/17 (278 reads)

Have you ever observed two individuals of equal position, rank, and authority in an organization? One seems to accomplish everything successfully and with ease, while the other seems to always be "under the gun," having a crisis and a difficult time. You are viewing the difference between a true, high impact leader and a person who perhaps has a leadership title. The true, high impact leaders in any organization are easy to recognize. They're the ones who always seem to accomplish more than the masses and with apparent ease. The key is the leader's ability to get others to accomplish more than they ever thought they could.

In the words of Dwight D. Eisenhower, "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." An ineffective leader is one who makes a simple task look difficult. This phenomenon occurs at all levels in an organization. 

Personal Improvement : Book Summary: "The Knight in Rusty Armor" by Robert Fisher

Posted by kevinb on 4/4/17 (669 reads)

The book, written 30 years ago, includes a Forward which sums it up nicely: This is a lighthearted tale of a desperate knight in search of his true self. His journey reflects our own - filled with hope and despair, belief and disillusionment, laughter and tears. Anyone who has ever struggled with the meaning of life and love will discover profound wisdom and truth as this delightful fantasy unfolds. "The Knight" is an experience that will expand your mind, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.

This book was recommended to me by a fellow business coach who frequently utilizes it when working with his clients. It is a short read, but I recommend that you not read it too quickly, as you might miss some of the superb lessons and insights that are packed into it.

Here is a summary of the story, including some of its key points and lessons (from my perspective):

Chapter 1 - The Knight's Dilemma

Although he thought of himself as a good, kind, and loving man (e.g., he fought foes who were bad, mean and hateful; he slew dragons; and he rescued fair damsels in distress), he wanted to be the number one knight in the kingdom and so he was never satisfied. Unfortunately, he neglected his wife and son because he was either away on a crusade or preoccupied with his knight business when he was home.

He had become so enamored with his armor that he wore it constantly around their castle (even to dinner and to bed) and it began to become his sole identity.

Motivation / Inspiration : The Right Attitude

Posted by kevinb on 3/21/17 (4427 reads)

Do You Want To Be More Successful? The Right Attitude is All You Need!


As we all know, one of the most important things that impacts personal and organizational results is the attitude of the people involved.

A famous quote says, "Your attitude today determines your success tomorrow." The most valuable asset you can possess is a positive attitude towards your life. Your attitude determines how much success you can achieve in all aspects of your life. Your attitude is also one of the first things people notice about you and impacts all the business and personal relationships you will have. Positive attitude is not a product of heredity; but with proper training, anyone can acquire this important trait.

If your attitude is not positive, then you can use some tools to do an "attitude tune-up."

1. Understand the power of your attitude. Your attitude is the most powerful tool for positive action that can help you become successful, so you will need to understand this before you can work on the following steps towards adjusting your attitude for the better. Your attitude impacts everything you do, the way you think, and your motivational levels. In order to turn your attitude around and get into action towards your goals, you need to be able to consistently fight any negative or pessimistic thoughts that you may get. You need to surround yourself with positive things and people, and you need to keep on your ultimate goal of achieving the success and wealth you want.

Personal Improvement : Creating Value as a Coach

Posted by kevinb on 3/7/17 (323 reads)

Coaching is a powerful, highly-tuned process of communication and problem solving. The relationship between coach and client is "co-creative." It focuses entirely on the client's interests, challenges, and goals.

Coaches come in all "shapes and sizes"; there's no one ideal profile. A great many individuals have the blend of authenticity, integrity, skills, and business savvy necessary to become a successful coach.

It would be extremely challenging, however, to be a good coach without the experience, maturity, and acquired life skills of a journey already in progress. The best coaches are, in essence, guides along the path of life for those who wish to travel in a similar direction.

As a coach, I have the marvelous opportunity and privilege to create value in the life of another. When I do that, a surprising thing happens: I create value in my own life as well.

In 2011, when I was getting certified as a coach through the Resource Associates Coaching Academy, we discussed the key attributes and time-tested principles of "coaching that creates value." We learned how to implement them so that our coaching would be powerful, effective, and valuable. I thought I'd share these attributes and principles with you here.

Coaching that creates value is ...

Organizational Excellence : Creating a Culture of Accountability

Posted by kevinb on 2/28/17 (539 reads)

I read this article written recently by Tom Loeblein, President/CEO of Healthcare Management Consultants, and it completely resonated with me. I see so many organizations that wrestle with the exact challenges regarding accountability that Tom discusses. And, I see business owners and managers struggle with (and complain about) low/non-performing employees, but take little corrective action.

These same leaders typically understand the negative impact that under-performing employees have on the organization, but often have myriad reasons and excuses why they allow the situation to exist. Essentially, they are willfully accepting lesser results -- as well as the negative impact that these situations have on their better-performing employees. So, I hope this article is the "kick in the pants" that those of you need who are allowing a lack of accountability to undermine your organization and your employees. As Tom note below: "Creating a culture of accountability isn't easy but it is absolutely critical for successful companies."

Identifying the Greatest Weakness in Your Organization

Leadership : Eating Last to Lead First

Posted by kevinb on 2/14/17 (385 reads)

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why and more recently Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't, noticed in his travels around the world that great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

Some of these teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Far more common, unfortunately, are teams that seem doomed to infighting, fragmentation, and failure...no matter what incentives are offered. But why?

Leadership : The Key Traits that Separate CEOs from other Senior Executives

Posted by kevinb on 1/24/17 (1247 reads)

A recent article in Chief Executive Magazine caught my eye, partly because of the article's title and partly because some of the research cited utilized a psychometric instrument that I am very familiar with: the 16PF. I invite you to read-on, regarding a topic that focuses on CEOs but can be of interest and value regardless of your role at work.

There are two traits that stand out when it comes to the "essence" of the CEO personality: an ability to embrace appropriate risks and a bias toward acting and capitalizing on opportunities. In other words, a CEO is significantly less cautious and more likely to take action when compared to other senior executives.

What separates the merely good CEO from an outstanding performer? In today's world of digital disruption, with markets rapidly changing and companies being upended by startups, getting this question right has become more important than ever.

Personal Improvement : Learning to Say No

Posted by kevinb on 1/16/17 (398 reads)

"No" is such a small word and yet so hard to say.

Often we don't want to say no, even when that's the right thing to do because we don't want to risk appearing unable, unappreciative, or disrespectful. We don't always act as we know we should. Many people place more value on what others think of them rather than on what they think of themselves. Their need to please others is so strong that, in pleasing others, they continue to diminish their own worth and the quality of their lives. If you, like many people, inadvertently are more concerned about pleasing others than pleasing yourself, it's time to change!

Goals / Purpose : 7 Steps to Achievable Goals

Posted by kevinb on 1/4/17 (428 reads)

How many times have you heard that being successful is all about setting goals? But, it may come as no surprise to learn there is a lot more to success than just setting your goals.

Most of us, at some time, have been told that an essential part, if not the major part, of being successful is setting goals. If that was true, we would be much more successful at achieving our goals in life. In this article, we'll talk about why many people fail to achieve their goals and how you can be successful at achieving your goals...and your dreams.

1. What is a goal? A goal is a target that is achievable in measurable, attainable steps. It is more than just a desire or a need; it has an existence of its own. A desire or a wish is less tangible and is often fleeting. For example, who doesn't want to win the lottery with all its millions in prize money? Very few would not but, despite the widespread desire, it is not a goal. A goal is a desire, wish or need achievable by actions you can take. It is more than a mere wish or desire.

2. How should you set a goal? Setting a goal is a process which starts with an achievable wish, need, or desire. First you must decide on the following:

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