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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?

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


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

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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.

Creating a Reality That Doesn’t Exist

As humans, we make sense of our world through story.  In other words, we create a reality for ourselves that doesn’t exist, in reality.

I attended a workshop last weekend with Human Change Technology Expert, S. Lane Pierce, and he cited Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi the author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience who theorizes that we are bombarded with two million bits of input each second, and we process about 126 of them.  We do that through a process of deleting, distorting and generalizing.

Is Humiliation a Leadership Tool?

When I first got my Saint Bernard, Ponca, the biggest behavioral challenge we had was that she beat the other two dogs up.  Bloodfang and Knight, the existing members of Team Dog, didn’t understand her boundaries and rules because their rules were different.  One rule on Team Dog was that water is an infinite, shared resource because Alpha Dog kept them fully supplied.

You Couldn’t Pay Me Enough to Do This Job

Update:  Col. McCraw from DPS did respond to my email.  The short version is that the mental and physical demands tend to weed out a portion of the new hires, and they are studying other reasons why trainees leave in the first year.

I was watching a news story the other night about Texas DPS.  Seems that 21% of their trainees are leaving DPS, and one of the reasons cited was that the pay isn’t competitive.

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