Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dr. Kevin Elko with Nick Saban

When we talk about building championship-caliber football teams, we may start with offensive and defensive lines, move into skilled positions and throw in some schemes.When inspirational speaker Dr. Kevin Elko dissects what it takes to raise a trophy he uses words like trust, commit to an identity, work ethic and leadership.
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Friday, May 2, 2014

75 YEARS WITH KEN BLANCHARD—LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING AHEAD

Celebrating his 75th birthday this month and the founding of one of the world’s premier leadership development firms some 35 years ago, Ken Blanchard knows what is enduring when it comes to leading people. Reflecting on what has stood the test of time—and what he sees moving forward with a next generation of leaders, Blanch..
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

10 Unexpected Ways the Internet Of Things Will Open Up a Future of Opportunity

A common and popular vision of the Internet of Things—which I loosely define as the connection of billions of physical objects to the Internet through the use of low-cost sensors—is the example of an alarm clock smart enough to read your daily schedule, review the latest traffic and weather reports and then communicate this..
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Become Outstanding!

Become OutstandingHave you ever worked really hard at something, only to reach your objective and then feel, "Is that all there is?"Or have you ever done a good job at something only to get reprimanded?Didn't it make you feel like you had just wasted a lot of time and energy for nothing? Did..
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

52 Questions for Insane Conversations:

52 Questions for Insane Conversations: How have you overcome a recent failure?Let’s face it, as Americans we don't like to fail! It's not in our nature to understand it, accept it, put up with it, like it, or ever get used to it. We see it as a sign of weakness, incompetence, or lack of willpower to overco..
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Monday, April 21, 2014

11 Reasons the UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals

Last week I attended the seventh World Urban Forum in Medellín, Colombia, where more than 20,000 city leaders, urbanists, and planners from more than 160 countries met to discuss the future of cities across the globe.While there, I called for the United Nations to make cities the centerpiece of its forthcoming Sustainable..
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Monday, April 21, 2014

4 Lessons from a 15 Year-Old Entreprenuer

The Define Fruit-Infused Water Bottle is all the rage.It is a fresh product idea that has already sold more than 150,000 units. The founder has been featured on Shark Tank, recommended by former President Bill Clinton, honored by Entrepreneur Magazine for creating one of the most brilliant companies of 2013, and celebrated..
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The 7-Step Iron-clad Formula That Will (Finally) Focus Your Team on Results

The 7-Step Iron-clad Formula That Will (Finally) Focus Your Team on ResultsMost workplaces are filled with people who are busy, busy, busy, but never seem to get results. They feel that a good excuse is a fine replacement for results any day. Everyone thinks there is no excuse for OTHER people not doing THEIR job, but do not unde..
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to Have Friends at Work When You’re the Boss

Girish* is a client of mine who runs a 500-million-dollar business. He gets stellar reviews and is seen as a high potential successor to the CEO.But he has a friend problem.Several of his direct reports are close friends and he doesn’t hold them accountable in the same way he does his other direct reports. Often..
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to Topgrade Those Pesky Millennials

Introduction: For starters, stop referring to them as “pesky” or … spoiled, overly entitled, lazy, self-centered, lacking in loyalty, lacking in resourcefulness, afraid of accountability, hard to manage, and pesky (oops, already said that).Topgrading, Inc., clients all over the world are st..
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS

Do you have a dream? Without a dream, how can you make it come true?People can’t help you if you don’t share your dream with them. Telling people what your dream is and how you plan to reach it is a huge step in achieving your dream.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Busy is the New Fine

You run into a friend in line at the coffee shop. You ask how they’re doing. Five years ago, I can bet their response would have been “fine!” Today? Everyone’s “busy!”No matter who I talk to, everyone struggles with feeling busy. As we’ve become more connected, we’ve also foun..
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Adequacy is Unacceptable

Adequacy is UnacceptableI recently did a program for a company that has been in business for 64 years. In researching the company to prepare for my program, I was really impressed with their Value Statement. It had such power and clarity incorporated into one short sentence. Here is their statement:In the pursuit of excel..
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Listening for Progress

Everyone wants to feel that they are significant and have meaningful things to share. Listening helps us treat others as if they were the most important people on the planet because – in their minds – they are. Good listeners absorb and reflect on what they hear. They are active in the listening process. &..
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Two Leadership Case Studies — How Do You Show Up?

One of the mental exercises I often put myself through is to look at current events from a leadership perspective and continue my lifelong pursuit of self-improvement. There are two cases that fascinate and stand out for me. One is the Captain of the Italian Cruise Liner, the Costa Concordia, the ship that ran aground and sank two year..
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Friday, January 17, 2014

PROGRESS TAKES PERSISTENCE: How to not Give Up!

Many highly revered books on the subject of selling contend that it takes five to 10 follow-up actions with a prospect to make the first sale. Obviously, persistence is a key ingredient for sales success.
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Finding Momentum in the New Year

me to his “January Attack Plan.” It was a system designed to create extreme velocity at the beginning of the year, with momentum he could ride toward bigger results and expanding opportunities as the year progressed. He put his plan into place months before the holiday shutdown, giving himself plenty of time for r..
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

The 6 Components of Work-Life Balance

New year, new events, new resolve. Everybody talks about work-life balance, right? But what does it really involve? Master these six components as a meeting planner, and ..
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

How To Hire The Right Innovation Coach

Have you ever attended an innovation workshop and wondered exactly how the inspirational hype would translate into your day-to-day work? Has a trainer ever given your employees plenty of innovation theory, but neglected to teach them the simple tools they need to create change and actually start innovating? For most organizations,..
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