Posts made in June, 2015


It is a popular theme in today’s culture to try and understand the uniqueness of each new generation of workers, and then try and figure out how to make the workplace more accommodating for them. I read a recent article, directed to the young generation of workers, that promoted the idea of just “chucking it all and living a simpler and low-stress lifestyle in a tropical location, and scooping ice cream cones for...

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“It just isn’t who I am.” Teams fail to achieve their goals when their leader adopts the above belief, and feels that he “needs to stay true to himself” and is unable to imagine himself implementing a personally uncomfortable but situationally appropriate leadership methodology. I’ve been a member of multiple teams comprised of highly-compensated technical professionals, and the team leader is...

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Personality tests like the seemingly ubiquitous “Myers-Briggs personality type testing”, are a fun exercise.  These tests provide each of us a tool to evaluate ourselves and how we relate to and are perceived by others.  The question posed here by this blog entry is “Do leaders emerge mainly from a particular subset of personality types?”  Before I provide you with our viewpoint, what is your immediate...

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New business failure rates are always high. In fact, I’m going to prove that actual business failure rates are even higher than reported, but then I’m going to offer you a way to turn around a failing business. First let’s look at the research. Search for “business failure rates” and you’ll find estimates like the one from Forbes Magazine that estimates “8 in 10 new businesses fail within 18...

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Work teams are change agents–working to achieve their marketplace goals. The team leader provides the plan, and each member of the team proactively does their part to further the plan’s objectives. This pattern describes a team using an evolutionary change strategy, one that makes steady progress according to a well-considered Plan. What does the team do when it encounters an unexpected obstacle to it’s goals, one...

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