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Twin Cities Business Book Authors Speak July 24th

Twin Cities Business Book Authors Speak July 24th

A Business Book Bonanza of Minnesota Based Authors In January, the Business Book Breakfast began— and groups of 25-50 exciting, high energy, curious and fun people have gathered at 6:45 AM the 4th Wednesday of every month, to share thoughts and ideas about five very amazing books. It was decided to make this more relaxing […]

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The Decision Model

The Decision Model

Decision Model A model can be anything that defines a process (iterative, linear, or chaotic) in which you move from a particular starting point to a desired destination. Some models are rather straight forward. Take, for instance, planning a business trip from Rochester, MN (my home town) to Los Angeles, CA to attend a conference. […]

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Leadership Goals Happen with Intention

Leadership Goals Happen with Intention

Leadership Goals are accomplished by great leaders by using the process known as GPSing. You must first begin by asking goal questions, then position Q.

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Increase Your Klout Score (Part 14)

Increase Your Klout Score (Part 14)

How much Klout do you have? Klout measures your level of influence online. To increase your Klout score, you must drive action online (by getting lots of “likes” and comments on Facebook and LinkedIn, retweets on Twitter and reshares on Google+, for instance). Just generating online content isn’t enough; people have to engage with your […]

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Social Contagion

Social Contagion

Leaders want to stand out. They want to separate themselves from other leaders, their coworkers, and their predecessors. It’s helpful for leaders to remember, however, the importance of fitting in with the group and the power of social contagion. In order to maintain our social bonds, we mimic others. We buy what they buy, watch […]

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What would you do if you were on a plane for the next three hours?

What would you do if you were on a plane for the next three hours?

When I ask leaders where they are most productive, they often say on the plane. They enjoy being unplugged for several hours, and they get more done.  Avoid using wifi on planes if you can. And if you’re not on a plane, imagine you are for the next few hours. What might you be able […]

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Do you feel like you belong?

Do you feel like you belong?

Sometimes not feeling like you belong has more to do with you than with the others in the group. Try changing the question. Instead of asking yourself “Do I belong?” or “Why don’t I belong?” ask, “How do I belong?”

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Choosing Criteria for Effective Decision Making

Choosing Criteria for Effective Decision Making

It is strategic planning season for businesses. As an executive coach and strategist I am spending a great deal of my time working with companies on their planning for 2011. It is always amazing to me how many executives have decision making criteria in their head to evaluate what is or is not a good decision. And yet what they do not due is build this capability into the organization as a whole. Additionally, when you begin to be deliberate about the criteria for decision making you move from unconsciously competent to consciously competent.

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