Business Management

Talking Talent Development with DriveThruHR

September 5, 2013

Well, the third time’s the charm as they say – and today will be my third time as a guest on the  popular blog talk radio show, DriveThruHR, hosted by William Tincup and Bryan Wempen and Nisha Raghavan. The format is informal – so the general topic is “talent development” (my area of specialty within the […]

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5 Ways to Kill Your Chances of Making a Fair Deal

September 3, 2013

I don’t watch a lot of reality TV, but one night we happened upon The History Channel’s Pawn Stars.  The escapades of Chumlee, Old Man, Rick and Corey are hard to resist, even if their scenarios are heavily scripted. A few minutes into it and I was hooked. Here’s the thing that drew me in: […]

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Influence and Persuasion – A Reader’s List

August 26, 2013

When I read the book Influencer (now in its second edition) a few years ago, I became fascinated with the topic. So much so that I did quite a bit of research on influence and even put my own spin on the topic and created an e-book. (See sidebar to download your free copy.) One […]

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7 Ways to Improve Internal Communication at Your Business

April 29, 2013

This post was contributed by Dale Carnegie Training, founded in 1912 on the principles of one of America’s most influential speakers and leaders. I agreed to publish this guest post because even after all these years, Dale Carnegie philosophies have stood the test of time for how to influence with integrity. I liked this post […]

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Female Entrepreneurs Gaining Traction in Start-Up Success

March 18, 2013

Every so often I get sent a cool infographic like this one that features information on women who start tech companies. The stats that leap out at me are the ones in the section called “Challenges and Support”. See how 80% of women said they had a mentor? This is good news. But, only 45% said their […]

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Is Employee Performance a Train Wreck at Your Company?

March 13, 2013

Employee performance – it’s something that leaders and HR professionals grapple with on a daily basis. When you’re dealing with people and their performance, the resulting conversations are not always simple or easy. But help is on the way! Recently HR pro Ben Eubanks of UpstartHR reached out to a few people to see if […]

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Small Business Owners – The Difference Between Managing and Leading Your Company

March 1, 2013

Today I have the pleasure of having a guest post featured on the Biz Thinking blog. This site features savvy business strategies for small business owners. My post is called “Small Business Owners – Are You Leading Your Company or Simply Managing It?” Go check it out and tell me what you think. Food for Thought […]

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Surly Name Tent Ice Breaker

November 12, 2012

Do you lead meetings on topics that cause strong emotions and opinions amongst the meeting attendees? If so, you may want to consider this unique way of surfacing concerns prior to starting the actual meeting agenda. I’ve used this process many times and find that it can add a bit of levity to a “heavy” […]

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4 Ways Young Professionals Can Quash Gen Y Stereotypes

November 1, 2012

Mr. People Equation went to a company training session where the topic was “how to manage the Millennial workforce”. He even brought home a handy reference sheet* with tips for managing members of the Gen Y workforce. A few of the more interesting suggestions were: Unbundle complex tasks- teach them what they need to know, […]

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What Six Year Old Twins Can Teach Your CEO about Leading Change

October 19, 2012

Guest Post by Paul Smith, author, Lead with a Story   Human beings are creatures of habit. Change is an unwelcome visitor. But what is it about change that’s so unattractive? Seattle-based author and workshop leader Evelyn Clark learned an insightful lesson on the cause and cure for human resistance to change from an unusual […]

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