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Adsum Insights First 100 Days Program Featured on Real Leaders Podcast first 100 days / career

Few companies and individuals have a game plan for the First 100 Days on a job and the personal and organizational costs can be enormous. 

I was recently interviewed by Sue Heilbronner...

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Walking the Talk on Teamwork: No One Conditions Alone leadership: developing others/building teams

A few years ago, I served as the Strength & Conditioning coach for a youth travel hockey team. To prepare, I reached out to some experts to get some guidance on working with a group of teenaged...

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A Rejoinder to HBR's Recent Blog on Starting a New Job and the Role of Culture culture first 100 days / career

The Harvard Business Review published a blog post with some advice about what to do in your First 100 Days. The blog was entitled When you Start a New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of...

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Did We Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater on Rank & Yank? managing call centers

Don't worry. This post is not a recommendation to bring back Rank & Yank carte blanche.

I am really excited about the paper my colleagues and I just published in the Journal of Consulting...

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First 100 Days: The Critical Role a Personal BOD Plays first 100 days / career

A lot has been written recently about having a personal Board of Directors (BOD). It's certainly true that having a group of trusted people you can turn to for counsel is never a bad idea.

But...

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Perks and Popularity Aren't Culture culture leadership: delivering operational outcomes

The New Yorker recently had an article about corporate culture: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/22/improving-workplace-culture-one-review-at-a-time

One of the key points of the article...

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Are Your 1-1 Meetings with Direct Reports Feeling Stale? Add Conscious Leadership... leadership: developing others/building teams

I co-wrote this post with Sue Heilbronner, co-founder of Merge Lane, a VC fund that invests in companies with at least one female senior leader. You can read the post on her site at: ...

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The Real Lesson in the Taoist Farmer Story leadership: managing yourself

I wrote about the Taoist Farmer story in another post Schrodinger's Cat and the Value of Uncertainty in a Continuously Connected World, but as I continue to work on myself, it reveals new...

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The Future of Call Center Outsourcing and the One Question that will Determine the Winners managing call centers

I don't have a crystal ball, and I don't know who will be the largest and most wildly profitable Call Center outsourcer in the next five or ten years, but I do know the one question the winner will...

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Facilitation, Fascism, and the Avoidance of Actual and Metaphorical Fatalities culture leadership: developing others/building teams

Many years ago, before I had much experience with facilitation, I remember reading an article on effective facilitation techniques.  I have forgotten the whole thing except for the guidance on...

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Getting Clear on Your Position in a Conflict leadership: developing others/building teams

I recently taught my Influence at Work class. The content is built around a simple model: focus on and bring out your position, focus on and help bring out the other's position, and...

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Women in Leadership: Not Just Long Overdue…In the Nick of Time. culture leadership: developing others/building teams

I recently saw Dr. Ed Schein speak at the South Bay Organizational Development Network meeting. Dr. Schein is professor emeritus from MIT and the one who practically invented OD process...

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