“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” – Theodore Roosevelt Going into business is a high-risk game. It is not for the faint of heart. The success rate of surviving more than five years is remarkably low, and the first year is the […]
Category: Leading Others
“My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat–or in film’s case ‘run on’–manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.” - Andy Warhol Say it 7 times to make it so. There is a reason this became an adage. It works. It works so well that […]
Blind Spots One of my early Electrical Engineering professors (this was in the early 1980′s) always talked about the knowns, unknowns, known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns (blind spots). This can also be written as follows: I know I don’t know I know that I don’t know I don’t know that I don’t know Keeping […]
“Like Achilles, the hero who forgot his heel, or like Icarus who, flying close to the sun, forgot that his wings were made of wax, we should be wary when triumphant ideas seem unassailable, for then there is all the more reason to predict their downfall.” ― Dwight Longenecker, The Romance of Religion: Fighting for […]
As an Executive Coach, I work with leaders who are already very successful. They come to me because they want to further succeed and sometimes because they feel overwhelmed. They feel like they’re working too much. Even when they’re not working, they feel like they should be–which takes some of the fun and happiness out […]
Cognitive Reflection Test Explained The Cognitive Reflection Test was developed by Shane Frederick, Professor of Marketing at Yale School of Management. Dr. Fredrick makes a strong case for the predictive capacity of this three-question test as it relates to decision making. In particular he suggests that it can be a predictor for those who are […]
How to conduct a meeting is accomplished by a small amount of deliberate practice and training and will save significant costs to the business. Businesses are spending billions on meetings and do little to improve them. In this post you will begin your exploration of effective meeting strategies.
Educational Rubrics Educational institutions have long struggled with performance evaluation of employees. They have succeeded, however, with developing some useful rubrics to evaluate the performance of students. Rubrics provide a vertical set of performance criteria against horizontal measures of effectiveness. They tend to work best when the evaluation is complex and somewhat subjective–when students may […]
Types of Meetings breakdown into four major categories: Decision Making meetings; Creative meetings; Informational meetingsand; Planning meetings.
Become a Committee of Two in Your Mind The split-brain research done by Roger Sperry in the early 1960′s led many pop psychologists to conclude (incorrectly) that the left and right halves or our brains had largely separate functions. Logical and mathematical people were said to be left-brained, and creative people were said to be […]
Previously Undetected Recruiting Error (PURE) “PURE hire” was a term Anderson Accounting leaders used when they realized that they had made a “Previously Undetected Recruiting Error.” Anderson made a number of mistakes during its peak, not the least of which was its handling of Enron. The term “PURE hire” was a mistake, too. It sounds […]
“Human live in two worlds–the world of events and things (the territory) and the world of words about events and things (the map).” –Karl Weick As a leader, you use words (mission statement, vision, strategic plans, and models) to help members of your organization negotiate the territory in front of them—to get where you want […]
“A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.” – Gandhi Social context affects the way you behave, think, and interpret the world. It affects whether you feel comfortable or uncomfortable. It can affect whether, in a particular environment, you succeed or fail. Relative Deprivation Theory We take our cues […]
There’s a thread that you follow. It goes among Things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you […]