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Breakthrough ideas

Business Leadership: Finding Breakthrough Ideas

What is your batting average for breakthrough ideas? When is the last time you, metaphorically speaking, went outside the lines of the coloring book, out of the book altogether, and created a masterpiece on the living room wall? There’s nothing wrong with following standard procedures or well-established practices. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” […]

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rationalization and redirection

Rationalization and Redirection, and Leadership

As a business leader, are you prone to rationalization and redirection, or are you exercising true leadership? Rationalization: It’s easy to fall into the rationalization trap. Your colleague or predecessor took action which you view as inappropriate.  There may have been repercussions, but not as severe as you would have hoped, and the outcome was […]

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joy at work

How to Create Joy at Work!

Have you ever considered how to create more joy at work? Huh? Joy at work? Is this a joke? If work wasn’t work, we wouldn’t call it work, right? Well, work might not always be sunshine and lollipops, indeed, it might sometimes seem like the deepest, darkest, most inescapable imaginable bog. Yet even in the […]

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creating new products and finding new ideas

Creating New Products and Finding New Ideas: 5 Quick Tips

What is the trick? How adept are you at creating new products and finding new ideas? Nothing is more dead than yesterday’s hot item. Customers are attracted to novelty. The blockbuster movie premiere, the newest restaurant on the block or the latest viral dance craze capture the media and lock in our attention. Technology, interests […]

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professional reputation

How to Destroy Your Professional Reputation in 7 Easy Steps

Do you take your professional reputation for granted? Do you assume that others share the image you have of yourself? You might see yourself as the “joker,” or the “by the numbers” person, the “peacemaker,” the “ideas person,” the “kid” or the “father figure.” But others may see you very differently. And its the perceptions […]

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survive a bad boss

How to Survive a Bad Boss

A great boss can bring out the best in you; a bad boss can transform the best job in the world to the worst one ever. You spend half of your weekday life in the presence and under the control of your boss. If you’re fortunate, the two of you are on the same wavelength; […]

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team facilitation

9 Tips for Successful Team Facilitation

Team facilitation can make or break the best intended planning session. You gather your team together, set aside one or more major chunks of time, and launch your agenda. And you come away with a dynamic, focused plan and enthusiastic support… or not. There are no guarantees that your brainstorming or strategic planning sessions will […]

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Career success

Seven Keys to Career Success

What is Your Career Strategy? Have you ever wondered about the keys to career success? There are an infinite number of formulas and ideas, and thousands of books on the subject. Some formulas are simple, some are complex. There is no one right answer, but let me share one simple concept that I’ve found effective. […]

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management ABCs

M is for Manipulation and Other Management ABCs

We all need something to make us smile; something different, once in awhile. So invest the time now, if you please, to review the management ABCs. Give your brain a gentle jog, and enjoy this eccentric management blog.   A is for Attention. Pay attention to details. The business ignored by leadership is the business that derails. […]

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manipulation tactics

Manipulation Tactics: Ten Traps and How to Avoid Them

In business, manipulation tactics can be subtle or blatant. They can be a part of cultural norms, or press uncomfortably into the realm of the unacceptable. We can argue that almost all of business, indeed almost all of life has elements of  manipulation. A good report card might net an ice cream sundae for an […]

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