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Innovation Is Combination

Innovation Is Combination

Guest post by Greg Satell, author of Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age. Much has been made about the difference between innovation and invention. One writer went so far as to argue that Steve Jobs’ development of...
Intuition, Innovation & RQ

Intuition, Innovation & RQ

Guest post by Anne Marie Knott, author of How Innovation Really Works: Using the Trillion-Dollar R&D Fix to Drive Growth. Everyone knows innovation is hugely important—not just for companies, but for the economy as well. That’s why US companies invested...
More Is Less In The Team Sale

More Is Less In The Team Sale

Guest post by Michael Dalis, author of Sell Like a Team: The Blueprint for Building Teams that Win Big at High-Stakes Meetings. Have you noticed recently that more people are involved in your clients’ purchase decisions? You may have wondered:...
7 Steps To Networking Effectively

7 Steps To Networking Effectively

Guest post by Debra Benton, co-author with Kylie Wright-Ford of The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead in the New World of Work. When it comes to big pictures, networking is the way you link your vision for your...
Creating A Bully-Free Workplace

Creating A Bully-Free Workplace

Guest post by Peter J. Dean, co-author with Molly D. Shepard, of The Bully-Proof Workplace: Essential Strategies, Tips, and Scripts for Dealing with the Office Sociopath. While there are yet no general civility or anti-bullying laws in place at the...
6 Killer Conference Call Tips

6 Killer Conference Call Tips

Guest post from Dr. Rick Brinkman, author of Dealing with Meetings You Can’t Stand: Meet Less and Do More. I teach seminars and consult on how to run effective meetings. Many of my clients must attend conference call meetings because...
Quick Tips For 2017 Tax Season!

Quick Tips For 2017 Tax Season!

Quick tips For 2017 Tax Season  Put your tax return on extension if you face any ACA penalties – it’s quite likely you won’t have to pay them. Send change of address notices to all former employers and vendors and...
3 Ways a Potential ACA Repeal Will Influence Your Taxes

3 Ways a Potential ACA Repeal Will Influence Your Taxes

By Eva Rosenberg, author of Small Business Taxes Made Easy. This week, our new president is being sworn into office. While Trump has a lot of things on his agenda to accomplish in the first week, we are concerned about the...
Enjoying the Journey Not Just the Destination

Enjoying the Journey Not Just the Destination

A fresh voice on leadership and a senior leader at one of the world’s largest communications networks, Elise Mitchell author of Leading Through the Turn reveals why success comes by focusing on the journey, not just the destination. Going full throttle The...
How Many Stocks Should You Really Own?

How Many Stocks Should You Really Own?

Excerpted from How to Make Money in Stocks, 4th Edition, by William J. O’Neil. Once you have decided to participate in the stock market, you are faced with more decisions than just which stock to purchase. You have to decide...
5 Things Your Bank Won't Tell You

5 Things Your Bank Won’t Tell You

From Building Wealth One House at a Time, Updated & Expanded, by John Schaub. When I started investing in houses, I was a self-employed real estate salesman with no steady income. Not one banker in my town would loan me...
How Companies Are Mastering Disruption In the Workplace

How Companies Are Mastering Disruption In the Workplace

Article by Jeanne C Meister and Kevin J Mulcahy, Co-Authors, The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules For Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees.  The future is happening now. It’s not waiting for you or your organization. In times of constant...
Manipulating Crucial Skills with Vital Smarts

Manipulating Crucial Skills with Vital Smarts

Crucial Conversations from the team at Vital Smarts: Dear Joseph, My boss is a big fan of yours, but I think he’s misusing his understanding of your material to bully people then patting himself on the back for being a...
4 Questions to Ask Before You Negotiate

4 Questions to Ask Before You Negotiate

From Building Wealth One House at a Time, Updated and Expanded, by John Schaub. 1. Is the person with whom I am negotiating able to make a binding decision? If not, ask who can make that final decision and negotiate...
How to Find Your 'Why' in Life

How to Find Your ‘Why’ in Life

How to Find Your ‘Why’ in Life By John Addison, Author of Real Leadership: 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose In 1981, after I’d been working at Life of Georgia for about a year, I was moved...
A Case Study in Cultural Change

A Case Study in Cultural Change

From Innovating Lean Six Sigma by Kimberly Watson-Hemphill. A plastics manufacturer that was trying to come out of bankruptcy acknowledged that it had a culture of command-and-control management. The unstated mantra was, “Do as I say.” The company was turning...
Steve Forbes has a plan for National Revival

Steve Forbes has a plan for National Revival

Excerpted from the Introduction of REVIVING AMERICA by Steve Forbes How do we revive America? Both left and right agree the nation has lost its way. The Great Recession that followed the historic financial meltdown of the mid-2000s officially ended...
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Three Secrets To Creating A Compelling Workplace Experience

Three Secrets To Creating A Compelling Workplace Experience

The Future Of Work: Three Secrets To Creating A Compelling Workplace Experience Jeanne C Meister and Kevin J Mulcahy Co-authors, The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules for Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees, The Future Workplace Experience was named by 800CEOREAD as a Business Book to Watch in November, 2016 The future of work...  LearnMore
The 2 Key Lessons to Create Customers-as-Partners

The 2 Key Lessons to Create Customers-as-Partners

From The Startup Equation: A Visual Guidebook for Building Your Startup, by Steven Fisher and Ja-Nae Duane When you begin building relationships between your business and customers, understand that there are really two ways to create that relationship. Staying Casual: You have something a potential customer may need. You make the sell and an exchange...  LearnMore
8 Ways to Better Engage Your Customers

8 Ways to Better Engage Your Customers

Excerpted from THE COMMUNICATION CLINIC: 99 Proven Cures for the Most Common Business Mistakes, by Barbara Pachter and Denise Cowie. Ways to Engage with People—for People Who Don’t Like to Engage! My customer complained to my supervisor that I answered the phone, “Yeah. What’s up?” I was told that if I wanted to move up...  LearnMore
Should You Buy Real Estate Now, or Wait?

Should You Buy Real Estate Now, or Wait?

This is a guest blogpost from John Schaub, author of BUILDING WEALTH ONE HOUSE AT A TIME, Updated and Expanded. There are two arguments for buying sooner. One is today’s low interest rates and the second is the strong rental market. Any decision to buy an investment property should be based on the amount of...  LearnMore
Rise of The New Alpha Leaders

Rise of The New Alpha Leaders

Article by Danielle Harlan, author of The New Alpha: Join the Rising Movement of Influencers and Changemakers Who are Redefining Leadership. Raise your hand if you’ve ever worked with a terrible leader. If so, you’re not alone—psychologist Robert Hogan found that up to 75 percent of people believe that their boss is the worst and...  LearnMore
The Value of Culture: Culture Multiplies Results

The Value of Culture: Culture Multiplies Results

Excerpt from People First Leadership by Eduardo Braun. One reason that culture has not been as studied and spoken about in analyses of management and leadership as strategy may be because the soft variables of people and culture are arguably harder to measure than so- called hard variables. But if they are, in fact, harder...  LearnMore
What Makes a Great Boss? Test Your Assumptions!

What Makes a Great Boss? Test Your Assumptions!

Excerpt from Skills for New Managers, Second Edition by Morey Stettner. Think of the best boss you ever had. If no one pops to mind, consider a strong leader you know such as a sports coach or a volunteer coordinator at your community center. Complete these sentences: When faced with adversity, this manager will ____________....  LearnMore
Taking Medical Solutions To the Patients

Taking Medical Solutions To the Patients

Adapted from The Innovator’s Prescription, PB: A Disruptive Solution for Healthcare, by Clayton M. Christensen. In most industries, when radically new technology emerges that enables people to do things that previously were impossible, the technology is so expensive and complicated, that provision of the service must be centralized. The people and the problems flow to...  LearnMore
The Physician Champion of the EHR

The Physician Champion of the EHR

Adapted from IT’s About Patient Care: Transforming Healthcare Information Technology by C. Harris, MD, Chief Information Officer of Cleveland Clinic. The physician champion is a professional personification of the “like attracts like” idea that says that human beings tend to be attracted to other people who are like themselves. It is by no means a...  LearnMore
The Potential For Customized Learning in Student-Centric Classrooms

The Potential For Customized Learning in Student-Centric Classrooms

Excerpt adapted from Disrupting Class, Expanded Edition: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson, and Michael B. Horn. If the goal is to educate every student—asking schools to ensure that all students have the skills and capabilities to escape the chains of poverty and have an all-American...  LearnMore
An Analogy is Like a Doorway to "Aha!"

An Analogy is Like a Doorway to “Aha!”

Adapted from Communicate to Influence: How to Inspire Your Audience to Action, by Ben and Kelly Decker. An analogy is a comparison that reveals an underlying (and surprising) commonality between two dissimilar objects or ideas. Analogies use familiar examples to explain ideas and concepts that are less easily understood. They are concrete and matter of...  LearnMore
The Blueprint That Fixed a Doomsday Scenario

The Blueprint That Fixed a Doomsday Scenario

From the book SECOND SHIFT: The Inside Story of the Keep GM Movement. (Or you can watch the trailer for the companion PBS documentary, also entitled Second Shift: http://www.secondshiftfilm.com/) The problem: Saving the Lansing, Michigan, region from a doomsday scenario, where the major manufacturer in the region (General Motors) would be closing its plants and...  LearnMore