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The Great Experiment – A Lesson in taking a risk

Back in February of last year, a former colleague that I'd worked with at two companies and had known for thirteen years called me out of the blue. He said he'd just taken over a team at his company and things were bad. Really bad. Highest attrition rate in the company bad. Poor quality of work bad. To say morale was low and attrition high was an understatement. Read the rest of this entry »

Inspired Middle Management: The Komen PR Nightmare

Inspired Middle Management, Leadership Development, Executive CoachRegardless of where you stand on the issue of Komen’s funding of Planned Parenthood, rarely do we get such a public example of a personal agenda being pushed to the detriment of the organization, which is why it’s our topic for discussion today.

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How Could They Have Been So Stupid?

Vivid EpiphanyWe’ve all witnessed debacles in decision-making, decisions so bad that we on the outside knew at first blush how bad they would turn out to be the second we saw them.  I’ve always been curious about those kinds of decisions, the one’s where we all knew better, and yet the people making them thought it was a good idea.  (I’m also curious about the converse of that, the one’s that no one thought was a good idea that turned out to be world changing like the iPad. And, we’re not talking about that today.)  Recently, I’ve studied critical decision-making and the latest neuroscience in much more depth so that I can upgrade our Improve Performance NOW!™ Executive Leadership program for 2012, and I can’t resist sharing some of the juicier observations.

Leadership Development: Using Your EQ to Avoid Unnecessary Conflict

Leadership Development, DFW, Executive Coach, Carolann Jacobs, Improve Performance NOW!

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My leadership development clients hear me say this so often, they say it for me before I can get the words out of my mouth, “I hear that you feel very strongly about that… what value did that person step on?”

Many times, we have our ideas of right and wrong, fair and not fair, and (oh my goodness!) they may not match someone else’s.  Does that make us absolutely right?

Leadership Development Gaps Derail Organizations and Careers

What happens when you or your organization have gaps in leadership development? Study after study shows that employees go the extra mile for managers who are highly effective leaders. What makes an effective leader? Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Unstuck: Leadership Development Tools For Better Results

Getting Unstuck, Leadership Development, Carolann Jacobs, Vivid Epiphany

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Who wants to know how to get yourself and your teams unstuck?  Wouldn’t that be a valuable skill to have in your leadership development toolkit?

To get ourselves and others unstuck, first we have to explore what’s getting us stuck in the first place.

Avoiding Career Limiting Moves at This Year’s Holiday Party

Jennifer Luney and I had just a little too much fun on the last segment of the Lunch and Learn TV show today. We skipped over over-imbibing at the holiday party and started right off with holiday party rule #1: No casual sex with your co-workers.

For more shocking leadership development, watch the segment on Justin.TV


Watch live video from vividepiphany on Justin.tv

Or watch the segment here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6aoQlMMsoU

Be Your Best You Today,

Celebrate You 2011

Every year I plan a party a little after the New Year.  January is kind of a dull month after the holidays anyway, so one more party to kick off the new year right seems right.

I bring this up because, if you’re not local, it become difficult to come to my Celebrate You Party.  And so, I invite you to host one of your own.  Even better, host one at your company.

Ever Have that Gut Feeling?

This is for your leadership development.  Trust your gut!  Really interesting video about the hidden brain in your…wait for it… intestines.

Leadership Development Happens Daily

This article came to me via my friend Sharon Armstrong from Stampin’ Up.   It’s a good reminder that by taking intentional steps daily, we grow over time.  So many people sleepwalk through their day.   The reason vary.  Some are too busy with lives that are unsustainably full of stuff to do.  Others are in jobs that are boring.  Others are in so much pain they shut down.  I argue that’s no way to live , let alone work.  And, increasingly, it may mean the difference between being in demand and being irrelevant.   Which is why I leave you with “Be Your Best You Today”.

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