Monthly Archives: April 2011

Management with Positive Psychology: Smile

I’m intrigued by some of the latest findings from the study of positive psychology.  In particular, they’ve discovered three things can predict 75% of your success at work (the other 25% depends on your intelligence): How well you’re able to manage your energy and stress levels in a positive way so that your stress activates […]
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The Progress Paradox: Doing Better, Feeling Worse

There’s something called a “progress paradox” that’s been evolving for some time. As a society, we’re doing more yet feeling worse. Executives are well paid, yet almost never satisfied.  We accomplish plenty… and lack feelings of satisfaction and well-being. Let me explain. According to some experts I’ve been reading online, every metric of society is […]
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Is Corporate Culture More Important than Strategy?

Anytime there’s a recession and subsequent recovery, the top executive minds huddle together to rethink strategy. Strategic planning is the formal consideration of an organization’s future course. All strategic planning deals with at least one of three key questions: “What do we do?” “For whom do we do it?” “How do we excel?” I’ve been […]
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Accountability: 4 Clear Steps for Changing Culture

I believe that accountability is the single biggest issue confronting organizations today, especially for those engaged in big change initiatives. When you build a culture of accountability, you have people who can and will achieve game-changing results. I’m reading a book right now that stresses the importance of a culture of accountability: Change the Culture, […]
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Does “Accountability” Have a Bad Name?

Whenever I work with a high-performing organization, I encounter people who have mastered the art of accountability. Conversely, in companies having performance difficulties, when I mention accountability, responses are often defensive. In these companies, accountability is something that happens to people at work when things have gone wrong. It’s more about punishment than anything else. […]
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Leadership Effectiveness: Enhanced by a Dose of Humility

When Jim Collins conducted his research for Good to Great, humility was one of only two characteristics he found that distinguish great leaders: those who can lead top-performing companies from those who can transform their companies into great performers. (The other trait was intense professional will, or fierce resolve.) Level 5 Leadership: Leaders are humble, […]
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How to Manage Your Ego

A strong ego may help you win in business, but too much can hurt your leadership effectiveness. I think you’ll agree with me: the hardest side of business to master is the human component. Entire industries are now dedicated to providing leadership training and development to organizations challenged by the behavior of their “human capital.” […]
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How Ego Leads to Failed Decisions

Most of the leaders I work with in organizations are pretty smart, talented and competent. They got to where they are because of their strengths. But leaders have to learn to manage themselves well. By that I mean, we all have to walk that line between self confidence and big ego. When we fail to […]
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When Healthy Ambition Morphs Into a Big Ego

“In over two-thirds of comparison cases (average/good companies), we noted the presence of a gargantuan personal ego that contributed to the demise or continued mediocrity of the company.” — Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t, 2001 Why do people cling so tightly to their egos? I guess I […]
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