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In these days of cloud computing, online databases, Salesforce.com and tablet PCs, the humble excel spreadsheet seems to have fallen somewhat out of fashion. During a recent project requirements gathering session, the IT expert in the room was telling people almost constantly that they had “too many spreadsheets”, and that he wanted to move everything possible into a database. In some cases, this was understandable, as there really were a huge number of over-complicated, under-used…

Some time ago one of my leadership coaching clients asked me how managing change effectively would improve her business.  First off I needed to understand what level of change management procedures her company had in place.  Second, I needed to understand what her level of interest was in engaging her employees and supervisors in the process.  She indicated that she did want to involve them in the process so I described the following process and environment she needed to create in order for…

The following post is a joint collaboration between Elish Bul-Godley ( @elishbulgodley) and Christina Giliberti ( @CG_OnlineM) It’s The Environment Stupid!  A No Brainer Guide to staying on the Green and Narrow. No longer the domain of sandal wearing crusties; green, ethical and eco-friendly business practices are a sure route to sustainable business, cost-savings, improving profitability, lowering carbon taxes, raising productivity and meeting eco-targets. The biggest benefit of…

Recently one of my leadership coaching clients and I had a discussion about the dynamics of a DISC assessment and its relationship to company leadership and employee motivation. She wanted to understand how her DISC preferences impacted her ability to lead her employees and how she could use knowledge of her own DISC to motivate her employees.  As her leadership coach I used the following to inform our discussion. Since Dr. William Marston’s publication of Emotions of Normal People in 1923,…

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…