Posts Tagged ‘Performance’

Business Entrepreneur Storytelling at Entre-Slam with Deb

Entre-Slam is an entrepreneurial story telling competition held in Ann Arbor. Storytelling is powerful – and is a key leadership tool.  Telling my story was also a great way to illustrate storytelling as important to change and communicating complex ideas, including my history in organization development (OD).   Explaining OD to the uninitiated is like describing […]


The Impact of a Challenging Goal, Parasailing in Key West

If you’re trying to be miserable, it’s important you don’t have any goals. No school goals, personal goals, family goals. Your only objective each day should be to inhale and exhale for 16 hours before you go to bed again. Don’t read anything informative, don’t listen to anything useful, don’t do anything productive. If you […]


TRENDS: Imagination, Passion, Innovation and Change as the New Pillars of Business

It’s not surprising to me that creativity and imagination, with social media listening, could be a key gateway to the future. I’ve certainly experienced what a lack of it does to work environments. Brian Solis, a respected author, blogger, national speaker who hits it right on regarding traits that represent the future of business.


The Difference between Management & Leading Change, Seth Godin

Leadership, what is it? Does it really exist, or is it really just another form of management, one that refrains from using implied power, as Peter Drucker has described it? This interview of Seth Godin features managing vs. leading, specifically leading change. Seth is a well-known speaker and social media author who writes about building community, […]


The Pervasive Talent Myths Meet FLOW, Using Your Strengths

The findings cited are common. Consider the Talent Myth not as a myth but as a capacity FACT. Such views that you can be ANYTHING create an economy of self-help seminars, books, academies and plenty of revenue in leadership coaching. One label for this prevailing viewpoint is Blank Slate, a you-can-be-anything view given the proper attitude, support and practice. It is also a recipe for frustration and unhappiness, often limiting full effectiveness and success. Consider a different approach.


Strategic Agility: Adapting to Now & Next

What is Strategic Agility? There’s ample evidence that, no matter how much analysis and planning is done, strategic planning is inherently flawed, quickly out of date, and rendered ineffective due to slow and incomplete execution. This post gives examples as well as an overview of three consultant perspectives highlighting principles of strategic agility and execution including tactical choices for competitive advantage.


Goals: The Finish Line & Beyond

Are your goals strategic? This is the third of three posts in the MCG series focused on the goal stage, after “membership” and “control.” At this stage, teams are fully fit and ready to act, if there is a commonly understood goal and a plan to achieve it. As some leaders struggle in defining clear and strategic goals, tools and approaches are offered.


Control Issues in Teams: How Do You Take Charge?

People don’t resist changes, they resist being controlled… The second of of the MCG series in helping leaders and teams develop skill in order to meet changing goals. Also includes “change AND die,” the Leadership Control model, and “resistance is a resource” references.


Growing Team Performance in Membership, Control to Reach Goal, MCG

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in their leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” ~ Anonymous   As teams change, status and role questions arise.  Roles shift, people leave for various reasons, e.g. the group churns.  This post is about how groups and teams FORM and SHIFT, today […]


Status Quo Shakedown Meets Right Action

There’s comfort in friendship and community. There can also be blind spots and status quo problems inherent in comfort-based systems, sometimes tragically so, when the blind spots are very large.