Are We Being Big Data Stupid?

The biggest buzzword in Human Resources these days seems to be “Big Data”—the idea that we can now gather so much complex information about our workforce processes and can churn that data into a meaningful analysis that will help us better manage our business. Like our federal government, however, we […]

Happy 4th

We’re taking a break to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. May you and yours be blessed with the freedoms we have. Time to put aside petty differences. Make a difference right where you are.

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Leaders: Looking for Advice? Where Do You Go?

Leaders are looking for advice. Business people often need it. New challenges and ever-changing priorities leave us looking for fresh ideas. Businesses operate at such a fast pace that owners and leaders are looking for advice wherever it is available. More often than not, you may reach toward the wrong […]

Who’s the Brightest Bulb?

This is a question I’ve heard asked far too many times in a boardroom or around the table when trying to select new managers. It comes from the full phrase “He/she may be the brightest bulb in the string (string of lights)”. It runs in the same vein as “Sharpest […]

Today’s Business Landscape – Filled with Paradox

Leading an organization has never been easy. Increasing productivity pressures and demographic shifts have undeniably made it more difficult to be in executive leadership. During an economic boom, as long as organizations are in a prevailing growth mode, board members, shareholders, and the media take a hands-off approach. However, when […]

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Management and Leadership: Actor or Expert?

  If you are in a position of management at your place of employment, you have choices to make every day. If you are relatively new to the position, whether due to sudden promotion or career advancement, you likely feel a sense of being overwhelmed. As you get your feet […]

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Leadership Starts at Home

If you are already in a leadership position or want to be in one, you should reflect why? Are there certain skills you demonstrate? Have you always been in leadership? Or do you know you have potential that others may not yet recognize? While our adult life and the effort to […]

A Leader’s Vision Needs Buy-In

While there are many attributes that define good leadership, we usually think of a leader’s ability to share a vision as the real indicator of that leader’s reputation. Vision is often thought of as being synonymous with leadership. Having a vision for where the team is going is what being […]

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How Does EQ Impact the Bottom Line?

The CEO was fed up. If she got one more complaint about the VP of Operations she was going to fire him.  It was obvious when he was in a bad mood because he yelled at his people and slammed doors.  The team was easily upset and often distracted which […]

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Leaders: Solving Problems Through Re-framing

Many leaders build their careers and reputations solving problems. Often, the problem as you know it is not really the problem. Finding ways to maximize success, reduce risk, and win the day is what can make a leader’s problem-solving skills so special. Yet when faced with a new challenge, you sometimes […]