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Everything Looks Like Failure in the Middle

Failure In The Middle

A large company invited me to work with a department that is taking on a new project and needed help with skill development.  The department had a history of solid performance due to talented people and a strong-willed leader with a clear vision.

Department history suggested that this new project would be a success, however early setbacks caused concern about the department’s ability to be successful.  After a few months, even though the project is not finished, there are signs indicating a turn-around. The project’s completion appears to be on the not-too-distant horizon.

A large company invited me to work with a department that is taking on a new project and needed help with skill development. The department had a history of solid performance due to talented people and a strong-willed leader with a clear vision. Department history suggested that this new project would be a success, however early setbacks caused concern about the department’s ability to be successful. After a few months, even though the project is not finished, there are signs indicating a turn-around. The project’s completion appears to be on the not-too-distant horizon.

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Ode To The Hack

Hacking the System

 Is Student Hacking Awesome or Awful?

A December 2012 article by Forbes magazine on The 10 Skills That Will Get You Hired In 2013 listed Critical Thinking and Complex Problem Solving as the top two in-demand skills for new hires.  A presentation done by McKinsey & Company at the World Economic Forum highlighted data that said 70% of educators say young people are prepared for work while less than 50% of young people and employers say young people are prepared for work.  [click to continue…]

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The Problem with Transparent Leadership

Transparent Leadership requires Accountability

There is a trend among restaurants to be transparent about the ingredients and nutritional information in their menu items.  For example, in 2011 McDonald’s launched a transparency campaign designed to promote health consciousness by posting the ingredients and nutritional values of their products.  [click to continue…]

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Why Shared Values Matter

Shared Values and Rainbow Zebras

Last week I came across a Micro-management leadership lesson from Jim Kouzes on Leadership and Zebras, which I found interesting.  The lesson, which explored the power of shared values, was based on the concept, “Good is not enough when you dream of being great.”

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3 Reasons Your Marketing Plan Sucks

3 Ways To Improve Your Marketing

Marketing plans by nature are a “squishy” subject.  For most businesses, developing a marketing plan is a crucial component of success, but quite often it becomes a secondary thought due to the daily grind of running a business.  This causes many business owners to rely on outside sales reps to help put together marketing plans.  Because of this diversity of input, many marketing plans become fragmented and unfocused.

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