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Are You Ready for the Changing Workplace?

How are you incorporating social media into your workplace? Is your workplace attracting or repelling the next generation of workers? Are you engaging and retaining frontline team members through effective employer brand management? Are you living your brand from the inside out? Do you lead with What or even How and miss the energizing power […]

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The Ten Things Managers Need to Know from “The Leader’s Digest”

It’s always very interesting to see what readers identify as the most significant messages in my books. Occasionally I wonder if they actually read the book I wrote. Maybe they mixed it up with another one? But most often I am pleasantly surprised at what a reader has learned from the book. Through the power […]

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“Shift Happens” Video Ignites Discussion on How We Need to Change or We’ll be Changed

Last week I ran a highly customized Peak Performance Leadership workshop and facilitated a strategy session in beautiful Colorado Springs. It was the perfect place to discuss climbing to higher levels of personal, team, and organization performance — especially during these fast changing and turbulent times. We also got to experience their first heavy snowfall […]

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A Good Time to Check Your Balance and Timeless Leadership Learning

As students head back to school this is a good reminder to check our balance and leadership learning. It’s so easy to lose our personal, team, and organizational balance and not recognize that it’s happening. Have you become trapped as your team’s chief technical problem solver? Are work days an endless series of fighting fire […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on… “Beyond Performance”

As reviewed in my last post, Beyond Performance is an excellent new book chockfull of solid research on the key elements to successful leadership and organization development. Here are a few of highlights of Keller and Price’s findings: “What we might think of as the usual suspects — inadequate resources, poor planning, bad ideas, unpredictable […]

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Book Review: “Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage” by Scott Keller and Colin Price

This is an outstanding book that should become a classic for its extensive research on leadership and organization effectiveness. It’s based on “surveys on the drivers of organizational performance and health from more than 600,000 respondents from 500 organizations across the globe, surveys on the experience of transformational change from more than 6,800 CEOs and senior executives, reviews of […]

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Defining, Measuring, Living, and Teaching Leadership

What is leadership? How can I tell if I am a good, bad, or mediocre leader? How can I develop my own leadership? How can we measure and build leadership effectiveness in our organizations? I’ve discovered the ancient secrets and answers to these questions and have created a magic pixie dust that you can sprinkle […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on….. Leadership Reflections from Warren Bennis

Excerpts from Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership: “…stories are a powerful tool for engaging others. All of us present ourselves to the world through the stories we invent about ourselves, consciously or not.” “The leader of a group must never get overly involved with its sickest member… the temptation is always […]

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Change Lessons from The Dutch Golden Age

Heather and I have just returned from ten wonderful days in The Netherlands. We began our trip by attending a three day Global Speaker’s Summit in the quaint village of Noordwijk on the shores of the North Sea (about 45 minutes from Amsterdam.) The conference brought together speakers, trainers, consultants, and facilitators from across Europe […]

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Leadership in These Turbulent Times is More Critical than Ever

Turbulence, uncertainty, and lightning quick shifts sure are rocking our world these days! Leading in these turbulent times — and dealing with fear and stress — is on my mind lately as we prepare for my only public workshop this year, Leading @ the Speed of Change: Navigating Turbulent Times. The CLEMMER Group is in […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on… Coaching and Development

"Coaching is the process of enabling others to act, of building on their strengths…To coach is to facilitate, which literally means ‘to make easy’ — not less demanding, less exciting or less intense, but less discouraging, less bound up with excessive controls…Coaching is face-to-face leadership that pulls together people…encourages them to step up to responsibility […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm on… Leading Through Uncertainty

My last few blog posts dealt with our predictable New Year’s “Silly Season” filled with useless forecasts and predictions. This multi-billion dollar industry is built around our deep insecurity about dealing with uncertainty. But life doesn’t come with any guarantees and nobody knows what triumphs or tragedies await us around the next corner of our […]

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Are You a Management Hedgehog or a Leadership Fox?

In Dan Gardner’s fascinating new book, Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail – and Why We Believe Them Anyway, he cites the research of Professor Philip Tetlock, in dividing the expert forecasters he studied into hedgehogs and foxes. This comes from an essay entitled, “The Hedgehog and the Fox” by political philosopher Isaiah Berlin. The […]

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Book Review of Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail – and Why We Believe Them Anyway

Once again we face a fresh New Year with countless possibilities stretching out far beyond the horizon. Will this year be filled with triumphs or tragedies? What changes lay ahead? Is the uncertainty daunting or exciting? Are we creating a new earth or witnessing the end of history? Will this be the year of “The […]

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Emotional Intelligence is a Strong Predictor of Job Performance and all about Leadership Smarts

I’ve extensively quoted and cited the expanding body of emotional intelligence research for many years in my writing and workshops. This rigorous and ever deepening research provides hard evidence for the catalytic power of “soft skills” in personal, team, and organizational performance. EI brings empirical science and greater clarity to the fuzzy topic of leadership. […]

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Kouzes and Pozner Book Proves That “What’s New in Leadership?” is the Wrong Question

During decades of work in this field I’ve seen many new approaches burst on the scene only to fade away. I have dozens of studies in my database library showing the high failure rates of these “hot” programs. What’s most important when dealing with change and turbulence is not to be on the leading edge […]

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Survey Shows Inadequate Leadership Skills Main Reason Executives Derail

I just read about the results of an OI Partners (a global talent management firm) survey with these sobering statistics; “Inadequate management skills such as leadership, motivating people, and building team work are the top reasons why executives and managers today are not working out. 65% of surveyed companies cited deficient management skills as the […]

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Lessons in Leadership and Change from South Africa

With the eyes of the world on South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup there have been many media stories on the remarkable progress of the country since abolishing Apartheid in 1994. Last Saturday night Heather and I were looking for a movie to watch at home. We happened upon Invictus starring Morgan Freeman […]

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Implementing IT Systems: “Change Management” Is Usually Too Narrow and Unbalanced

We’ve recently run into another wave of problems with implementing new organizational computer systems. In one case, the term “change management” became a derogatory euphemism for having inflexible and ineffective systems forced on divisions and departments. When frontline staff pointed out deficiencies with the system and how it caused problems for customers – and most […]

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Characteristics of Admired Leaders

I am a member of a LinkedIn leadership group that recently discussed the characteristics of admired leaders. This is a topic very near and dear to my heart. I’ve studied, worked to apply, written books, developed keynotes and workshops, and provided coaching and consulting on leadership for many decades. There’s a lot of jargon and […]

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