Category: planning

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Employee Development Plans with Power

It is often difficult for individuals to succeed at anything without a plan. At work, employees are often encouraged to participate in a professional development process to facilitate their success. While development...

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Focus on the Future and Get Ready for 2016

John F. Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” One thing businesses—large and small—know for...

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Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” Applied to Leadership

The American poet Robert Frost is lauded as one of America’s greatest modern poetic talents. During his life, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry not only one, but four times (1924,...

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Formulating a Personal Strategic Plan

Strategy is often thought about as the direction that an organization intends to proceed, according to the senior leaders. While this is true, it does not mean that individuals cannot be strategic...

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Sales Coaching Takes Good Preperation

Although good coaching can happen “in the moment,” to get the best results, it’s recommended that managers prepare for their coaching conversations.  World-class sales managers start by creating a short list of...

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In Case of Emergency

As I travel around the country meeting with clients to talk about their leadership development plans and initiatives, I spend hundreds of hours on a plane. I go through a routine of...

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What a Good Strategy looks Like

In my last blog, Template Strategies Don’t Work!, I discussed the problems associated with plugging generic information about your organization into a generic strategy and operations template and calling it “good enough.”...

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Template Strategies Don’t Work!

Too many organizations use poor strategic methods during their planning meetings and come away from them having essentially wasted valuable time, effort, and other resources only to leave the process with a...

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Elegy for Poor Management

A friend of mine is a decent person but a terrible manager. I know this because I have been both his friend and his employee in the fifteen years I have known...

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How Would You Rate Your Goal?

Whether you love them or hate them, goals are necessary.  Goals unleash a powerful force that keeps organizations, teams, and individuals growing and improving, both professionally and personally.  Without continuous regeneration, jobs...

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