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Identify your employees by The Theory of 21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chuck Reaves   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 07:59

“For every person who will say yes, there are 20 who will say no. For a positive response you must find the 21st person.” – The Theory of 21

 

The CEO of an electronics company had an idea. He was a solid businessperson but was not as well versed in electronics as some of his engineers. He came up with an idea and did not know if it was feasible. He asked two engineers to explore how it could be done so he could test the feasibility of the idea becoming a new product line.

 

One engineer made an appointment, and delivered a formal presentation to the CEO explaining why the idea would not work. He had color charts and graphs and even some data that suggested no one would want the product even if it were to make it to market.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:05
 
Blunt leadership lessons learned over a lifetime PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard J. Bryan   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:51

Frank was ex-special forces with a fine arts degree — an unusual mix. He achieved a lot in his business career by following five simple principles that he was able to apply to any business, and many have achieved a lot by learning to do the same.

 

If you can apply these same principles consistently to your organization, you will find that you are able to move away from being a micromanager and instead become far more strategic in the way your run your own business.

 

So what are these magic principles? Really, they are just good common sense, but as Frank was fond of saying, “Good business is just common sense, unfortunately common sense is not common practice.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:56
 
Public speaking in business: Fear and fact PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ruth W. Crocker   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:16

Larry’s boss was so pleased with his work performance that he asked Larry to give a 15-minute presentation to the entire department. Larry felt confident about his work, but not about standing up and talking about it. In fact, it was the last thing he wanted to do.

 

“Everyone will be laughing at me when they see me up there,” thought Larry, flashing back to the nightmare he had in junior high when he dreamed he gave a science report to his entire class and forgot to wear clothes.

 

Even Jerry Seinfeld quipped that public speaking is the number one fear for most people. “If you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy,” he joked. Unfortunately, this is the sentiment of many, including Larry.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:21
 
Improvement requires practice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marvin Montgomery   
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:44

Learning something new isn’t easy. Research shows that it takes time to learn something new — anywhere from one to 10 times of practicing the new behavior. Even more challenging, is change — it can take anywhere from one to 110 times of practice to change a behavior.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 08:56
 
Opting out of workplace drama PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anne Grady   
Friday, 24 October 2014 08:40

Depending on your lifespan, how young you were when you started working and how old you'll be when you retire, you will spend between 10 and 20 percent of your life at work. If you’re lucky enough to reach the average life span of 75, you’ll have spent seven and a half to 15 years working. For something that we spend this much of our lives doing, it's amazing how many people are unsatisfied, or worse, downright unhappy in the workplace. Too often, this is due to office drama and other negative office communications, including office bullying.

 

Here’s four tips for anyone who would like to break down the miscommunication train, nix the negativity and ditch the workplace drama to create a more calm and supportive working environment for themselves.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 08:43
 

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