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Do As I Say, Not As I Do’ Doesn’t Cut It Any More

Managers express frustration over the behavior of the people they lead. When it comes to their own behavior, many of those same managers aren't acting any differently than the people they complain about.

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Developing a Team or Organization Vision

We can't really motivate others, but we can create a high-energy environment that dramatically magnifies and expands the energy of individuals, teams, or organizations.

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Decentralized Organization Structures Empower and Energize

High performing organizations that are thriving in today's chaotic world, are adapting and pioneering a wide variety of highly decentralized structures. They are giving up control of people so that people can control their own and the organization's destiny.

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Customer Satisfaction is a Reflection of Employee Satisfaction

A company's external customer service is only as strong as the company's internal leadership, and the culture of commitment that this leadership creates.

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Customer Intimacy and Empathy are Keys to Innovation

Through living in and empathizing with our customers' world, our innovation leaders focus the organization's development capabilities on solving problems or meeting needs that our customers may not realize could be done.

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Culture Change Starts with the Management Team

When change fails, it can almost always be traced to dysfunctional leadership.

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Communication Strategies, Systems, and Skills

Effective communication is no more a natural skill than leadership is a born trait. However, strong communication strategies, systems, and practices are necessary to keep everyone focused on goals and priorities while providing feedback on progress.

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Cheer Leaders Inspire Others

Effective leaders understand the power of sincere recognition, genuine appreciation, and celebration. These are what provide the atmosphere of encouragement that develops confidence and builds on strengths.

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Change Management Can Lead to Rigidity and Resistance to Change

"Change Management" is an oxymoron. A successful change/improvement path will evolve as we approach each fork in the road and take advantage of the unforeseeable opportunities that quietly present themselves along our journey.

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Change Checkpoints and Improvement Milestones

Many paths lead to higher performance. By using change checkpoints and improvement milestones we can chart our path's success as we blaze our own trail toward ever-higher performance levels.

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Celebration is the Pause that Refreshes

The relentless drive for ever-higher performance often leaves us too exhausted to enjoy what we have achieved. We, as leaders, must learn to break the endless improvement journey into a series of short exciting trips by celebrating and savoring our successes

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Casual, Moderate, and Intense Levels of Customer/Partner Focus

To make our teams or organizations into high performers, we need to "intensify" our service/quality levels. This can begin with management team exercises and comparing ratings from customers and/or internal partners.

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Bridging the Council-Staff Gap

Building a strong partnership between staff and council is essential to effective municipal management. In many instances this lack of harmonization is caused by lack of agreement on the defined roles for both staff and council members.

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Bolt-On Programs or Built-In Culture Change

Over the past few decades of working with hundreds of senior management teams while leading The Achieve Group (now AchieveGlobal) and The CLEMMER Group, I've seen the strategic, the tactical, and the totally lost.

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Blocks to Customer Focus

Several considerations for an effective customer service program as part of your core strategy to serve customers well.

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Blame Management for Poor Service

Several issues face declining service levels. Find 'what' rather than 'who' went wrong.

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Balancing Top-Down and Bottom-Up Change Processes

Managers' behavior is the single most important variable in the success or failure of any organization's change or improvement effort. This starts with recognition that the organization is full of current or potential change champions.

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Authentic Communication: Dealing with Moose-on-the-Table

The moose represents an issue that everyone knows is a problem but isn't being addressed. People are trying to carry on as if things are normal. By failing to declare the issue, they further empower it.

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An Educational Process for Change and Improvement Efforts

The best approaches, to help everyone in the organization understand what's going on and why, are personal and interactive. Workshops or seminars featuring presentations and discussions by senior managers are an effective educational tool in the improvement process.

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A Process for Continuous Innovation and Controlled Chaos

Continuous innovation comes mainly from implementing the four stages of controlled chaos — exploration, experimentation, development and integration — into the organization.

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