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Yes, Google. When you search the keyword “leadership training” there are 328,000,000 results returned in 1 second.  So, Google can teach you a lot about leadership training, meaning, there are lots of results to choose from.  You’ll need a lot of time to sort through them, so let’s see if I can make the task a tad easier.  Time?  What’s that? Narrow Your Search Term Those results are astronomical, would you agree?  So what if we searched instead for some more narrowly focused…

Witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy has been sobering with the damage ranging from West Virginia to Maine. But natural disasters can happen anywhere. Planning ahead by setting up any emergency arrangements (charging up electronic devices, food, water, sandbags, etc.) is important for the duration of the severe event. However,  the recovery period is where you see if your risk disaster recovery plan will keep your small business from elimination. Using a disaster recovery…

There are lots of approaches to leadership development, with most focused on developing the leadership abilities of individuals.  You have your options – college courses, leadership development institutes, executive certificate programs, online training, coaching, the list goes on, and they are all pretty good. But what if you’re one of those business owners, managers, or supervisors who, well, are just not too excited about developing your leadership skills?  Is there actually a way that…

Consider the global business community today, and ask yourself: who is the most courageous leader out there?  I would vote for Sergio Marchionne, the Fiat-Chrysler CEO. Sergio Marchionne and Fiat Let’s review what this amazing guy has achieved.  In 2004, Fiat was on the verge of bankruptcy.  The century-old Italian company, founded by Giovanni Agnelli, had traditionally been run by a member of the Agnelli family. From 2000 to 2004, Fiat had four different CEO’s, all family members…

I work with a number of clients who continually ask me – what’s next?  Sort of reminds me of Bugs Bunny asking: “What’s Up Doc?”  I usually respond with a question – seems fair since my clients are catching on that I’m the guy with questions.  The question usually reflects the constancy of change in our environment and how career evolution becomes important to accommodate that change. For instance: Have you anticipated everything that will happen tomorrow, the next day, and the…

According to research published in the October 2012 issue of Psychological Science, people who experience awe: feel they have more time, are more likely to help others in need, volunteer their time and donate money to charity, and are more likely to choose positive experiences over material rewards. These findings have big implications for managers and their organizations. What is Awe? According to the Oxford American Dictionary, awe (n.) refers to “a feeling of reverential respect mixed…

Leadership is HOT right now. We all strive to be better leaders, whether in our work, or in our business. If we are not leading, we are following and most people have negative connotations about being a “follower”. For instance, a manager could be described as a follower, because they just take orders from the leaders, right? Well, kind of right. Leader vs Manager A leader is always at the helm, and the manager is at the helm of his/her own tribe, but ultimately guided by a leader A leader…

“Good luck and thanks for all the fish”, the final communication between the Dolphins and Mice just prior to Planet Earth’s destruction. This was to make way for an Inter-Galactic Highway, in Douglas Adams’ “five part trilogy” The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. What has that got to do with Management and Innovation? In this post I have taken the liberty of equating Adams’ book with management’s fear of change and innovation. As the book…

Wow, so I’m now the Managing Editor of TweakYourBiz.com.  I’m really proud to be doing this job and Niall Devitt has left such big footsteps to follow so I’m treading carefully. To befit my new job I need a new avatar so I’m asking for your help with this to choose one from the three below. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border:…

In my job placement business these days we see an increasing number of applicants who are facing a career in transition in their professional career.  Their long-time job has disappeared, perhaps their employer went out of business, their job was deemed unnecessary with advances in technology, or perhaps their employer did not have the resources to bring them back from a layoff. Whatever the reason for their unemployment they need to find work that can use their expertise.  Sometimes they…