Selecting a Coach, Consultant or Trainer is like picking a Dance Teacher

I want to share a discussion from a dance teacher about how you select a dance teacher. The funny thing is that her list of criteria applies any kind of service provider – a coach, consultant or trainer. For clarity, I have italicized her comments vs. my commentary on how it applies to coach, consultant or trainer selection. Ask for the teacher’s education and certification, or other credentials. Good teachers either have...

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Two Problem Solving Methodologies to use in Business

Every day you face problems. Sometimes the problems are easy to solve and sometimes you face a problem that throws you a curve ball. When you face those situations, what do you do? Bring in an expert? Learn a new problem solving technique? Give up and walk away? Problem solving methodologies define a process for solving a problem. The process may incorporate other skills necessary to problem solve effectively, such as decision making,...

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What becomes of failed leaders?

I can remember an old boyfriend telling me he wanted to be with me because it made him a better person. I asked him what he meant about being a better person. His response was he puts in extra effort to improve himself and feels successful when he does it. Have you thought about how your relationship with someone affects your actions and feelings? The same expectations hold true about leadership. When you think about people you admire...

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Leading with your Strengths

Deep down you know what your special strength is – I’ll bet you lead with your strength every day. The strength may even be something you take for granted because it just works. People around you take notice when you accomplish a goal or see an act of kindness and often see how or why you did it as one of your strengths. I often wonder if we tend to use our strengths when the reward at the end is something positive. What happens...

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In memory of a true leadership hero – Eliyahou M. Goldratt
Aug22

In memory of a true leadership hero – Eliyahou M. Goldratt

On June 11th, 2011, the world lost Eli Goldratt – a true leadership hero. Many call him a management visionary because of his Theory of Constraints – a management and improvement focusing approach that in retrospect most see as “just common sense.” A fact that he accepted as praise. But, or maybe in addition, I call him a leadership hero because of one of the fundamentals underlying his work – his assertion that people are...

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More innovation lessons from the classroom
Aug09

More innovation lessons from the classroom

Just read an interesting study from Dan Ariely’s book, Predictably Irrational, that adds an extra layer of value to the argument for pipelining your new product development projects – as if faster cycle time and earlier cash flow weren’t enough. If you aren’t familiar with the idea of pipelining, working on projects sequentially rather than in parallel means that more projects get done sooner. Here’s an...

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