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Organizational Excellence : How To Run An Excuse-Free Office

Posted by kevinb on 10/16/08 (2359 reads)

Is excuse-making a problem in your office?

Excuses are really just defense mechanisms because employees fear blame, embarrassment, reprimands, and firings. As a manager, it is your job to turn mistake-making into a learning experience for your employees.

Here are some suggestions to help you reduce the amount of excuse-making that goes on under your command:

Goals / Purpose : Book Summary: "The Compassionate Samurai", by Brian Klemmer

Posted by kevinb on 10/12/08 (8775 reads)

Brian Klemmer writes that, in life, there are two types of people. The first are those who are nice, good-hearted, and compassionate but can't make much happen. The other kind can make everything happen - they're the creators, the go-getters, and the aggressive producers in society. However, they're often self-centered, greedy, and unethical. Wouldn't it be great if you could make things happen in a really big way but not lose your integrity? The Compassionate Samurai will show you the way to produce extraordinary results in a dog-eat-dog world and still maintain the highest levels of ethics.

Organizational Excellence : Understanding Hiring And Retention Challenges

Posted by kevinb on 10/8/08 (3147 reads)

Our friends at Target Training International (TTI) are experts in understanding what organizations need to do to be sure you are attracting and retaining the right employees for your business.

TTI has found that employee brand is a hot topic and is important for attracting top talent and to be the employer of choice. Building a positive employee brand is not only important in recruiting new employees, but it is vital in retaining superior performers.


Motivation / Inspiration : The Definition of Success

Posted by kevinb on 10/3/08 (7697 reads)

Note: This resource is part of our Moving the Bar in Your Career and Your Life, a unique approach to professional development series: My 3 Ps: Passion, Purpose, Potential. Click here to see the entire series.

Almost everyone I know or can think of wants the same thing: Success. How about you? Could anyone not want to be successful? Well, there's been a lot written on the subject over the years, including some useful quotes:

  • Woody Allen opined that "Eighty percent of success is showing up."
  • The oft-quoted William Feather said that "Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go."
  • Someone else once said "The road to success is always under construction."
  • And Vince Lombardi, the immortal coach of the Green Bay Packers, noted that "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."

Goals / Purpose : Book Summary: "GO FOR NO! YES is the destination. NO is how you get there.", by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

Posted by kevinb on 9/22/08 (10653 reads)

This book is an easy read and is intended for anyone who is striving for success. Told in a story format from the perspective of a salesperson, it tells of how he discovers that the way to success is to fail bigger and more often. "80% of most people never get past the intense desire to avoid any form of failure at all costs" and therefore do not realize their dream.

Personal Improvement : Kick the Habit

Posted by kevinb on 7/14/08 (10056 reads)

Here are some quotes to reinforce the formation of good habits ...

  • The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. ~Samuel Johnson
  • Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. ~Mark Twain
  • A habit is something you can do without thinking - which is why most of us have so many of them. ~Frank A. Clark
  • Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Ryun
  • The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change. ~Eng's Principle
  • Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it. ~Horace Mann

So are YOUR habits worth keeping or breaking?

Personal Improvement : “The Old Black Hen” (Anonymous)

Posted by kevinb on 7/2/08 (4950 reads)

Said the little red rooster, "Gosh, all hemlock, things are tough! Seems that worms are getting scarcer and I cannot find enough. What's become of all those fat ones is a mystery to me. There were thousands through that rainy spell, but now where can they be?"

Personal Improvement : Finding Yourself Overcommitted

Posted by kevinb on 6/2/08 (3316 reads)

Overcommitted is an interesting term I hear often. Use of the term and your underlying assumptions may be a problem. The verb "commit" means "to obligate or pledge oneself," so you may have pledged your time and energy too broadly. You are likely involved in a number of activities and roles at work, at school, in the community, and at home. You probably struggle "finding the time" and energy to keep your obligations.

 

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