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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…

The bad news is that, globally, only 11% of employees are actively engaged (Gallup, 2012). That means just better than one in 10 employees exerts discretionary effort to “wow” customers, generate innovative ideas, accelerate a change, and/or go the extra mile to help out a member of their team. The good news is that there are simple strategies that have been proven to boost employee engagement. Sadly, most leaders don’t know what to do to boost engagement. That’s where you…

This may sound obvious, but performance coaches don’t only exist in sports. No, they exist in our business lives too, but (and I oughtn’t to generalise too much) they don’t necessarily look like sports coaches. They’re unlikely to be wearing a track suit, probably won’t be shouting across a sports field, and may well not have the type of physique which we’d usually associate with a coach. However, exist they do, even if the coach doesn’t actually know…

Sandy Pentland of MIT and his team discovered that great teams are built on communication. This seems to be common sense so how does the business owner create the environment that fosters good communication leading to high productivity? The Communication Buzz Factor Some small businesses just seem to buzz. When you interact with them, people seem to genuinely like their workplace and what they are doing. Innovation seems to flow. They effortlessly attract customers and they are often found on…