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How to answer the dreaded “Got a Minute?” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Edward G. Brown   
Friday, 07 November 2014 00:00

Got a minute?

 

The fact is, unless you are a great rarity today, you not only don’t have a minute, you have a yawning deficit of minutes. There is work unfinished on your desk. You have personal aspirations of all kinds that you never find time for and obligations you barely find time for. You’re already stretched for time; so no, you don’t have a minute.

 

Yet when almost anybody asks, “Got a minute?” you automatically answer, “Sure, how can I help?”

 

How do you stop doing that?

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 08:39
 
How to lead like it matters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roxi Bahar Hewertson   
Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:56

Whether you’re a manager, executive or CEO, your leadership style matters. Whether you’re running a large global firm, a small project team or an entrepreneurial venture, it’s the way you communicate and connect to other people that can, and will, make or break your success.

 

The key lies with making each and every connection count — to develop and leverage your skills and play on your strengths — in order to lead like it matters … because it does. There are problems, pressures and pain points that plague managers at every level — and most of them are solvable. Understanding that each and every leadership choice you make has some kind of ripple effect throughout your team and organization at large is critical to your success. As leaders, we need to know how to ensure that the ripples we make have the intended impact, whether it’s running meetings, handling conflicts, making confident decisions or instituting needed changes in the workplace. When leaders approach and execute effective leadership correctly, they often gain greater control of their organization’s future, build highly productive teams and can institute changes that stick.

 

Here are four core tenets of leadership that, when mastered, best assure the desired ripple effect that can revolutionize the way one leads and succeeds:

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:48
 
The four pillars of seeing opportunities in problems PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gerry Sandusky   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:33

Standing on the football field in the fall of 2011, hours before a Baltimore Ravens game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, I reached out to shake the hand of former NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol and introduced myself.

 

“Nice to meet you. I’m Gerry Sandusky.”

 

He snatched his hand back, a flinch reflex as if my hand were on fire. Before I could say, “Gerry with a G, no relation to the former Penn State coach,” Ebersol had disappeared into a nearby crowd of people, a safe distance from the awkwardness caused by the sound of my name, an identical sounding name as a convicted child molester. Problem.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:38
 
The new science of leading, energizing and engaging PDF Print E-mail
Written by Susan Fowler   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 14:47

Every leader knows the statistics. The vast majority of their employees – as high as 70 percent, according to Gallup – are not engaged in their work. Leaders understand the bottom line consequences of a disengaged workforce, so they implement engagement strategies to boost survey scores, believing that increases in productivity, morale, innovation, safety and retention will follow. This approach seems reasonable, and leaders are held accountable for the results. The problem? Most engagement strategies employed by organizations simply don’t work.

 

Most of the current approaches to engagement have not caught up to the science of motivation, resulting in short-term practices that undermine the long-term engagement they hoped to generate. Building upon the latest scientific research on the nature of human motivation helps to explain why traditional approaches don’t work.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 14:50
 
Average is not an option! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marvin Montgomery   
Monday, 03 November 2014 09:23

If you were not able to attend the 2014 COSE Small Business Convention at Kalahari you missed an opportunity to hear some excellent keynote speakers like Bill Taylor co-founder of Fast Company.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 09:25
 

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