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Second Chance Leadership

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog, Creativity, Leadership, Sucess, Vision

© 2015 Mark T. Sorrels Having provided color commentary for ten years with Joe Ammerman at WJCP radio, we have witnessed the local high school football team secure a winning season for the first time since 1997. As of today, the team’s won/loss record is 6-2 with one regular season game to play. This is only the fourth team since 1970 that has experienced winning more games than it lost. This is (kind of) Coach “Z’s” first year. Coach “Z” feels a sense of accomplishment. The community and athletic director are pleased. In a way this is Coach “Z’s” first

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Since APLS Group is a woman-owned company, I forget that business hasn’t progressed to the point that women can expect a level playing field at work. According to recent studies, about 75% of men and 78% of women come into an organization with the desire to eventually be promoted. However, once on the job, women tend to be 15% less likely to be promoted than men. What’s going on? LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company collaborated on a study entitled Women in the Workplace, aimed at collecting data about career paths, including promotion and attrition rates, from 118 North American companies

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We’ve all been there — Coming out of a meeting where you felt beat up but you never saw the punches coming. Watching someone win over a group of leaders with inspiring plans that actually only promote their own agenda. Sitting with co-workers and listening to elaborate conspiracy theories about why certain people haven’t been fired yet (she knows what they did last summer!). Yep, we’ve all had our 15 minutes up close and personal with dysfunction. And for many of us, it has lasted a lot longer than 15 minutes! So, how do you survive a leader or environment

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My colleagues and I are often brought into corporations to do teambuilding. Whether the audience is executive management or employees that work on the manufacturing line, the purpose for hiring my organization is to help teams strategize how to be more cohesive and productive. Early in my career it was theory, structure and small group exercises that illustrated effective teambuilding, but that has all changed. Talk is out the window: taste, touch, feel and experience are in. I recently read an article in a popular business magazine that suggested video games and online gaming are responsible for the change in

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“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”  – African Proverb Today, roughly 70% of businesses change efforts aren’t successful. This means that 70% of the well intentioned efforts to transform businesses, improve customer experience and redesign operations fail. Luckily, we know a lot about what the 30% do that don’t fail!  It comes down to resisting the temptation to “go it alone” and instead build, manage, and sustaintogether. To avoid failure, it’s helpful to ask oneself the following question: How can I assure my change effort are in the 30% of change efforts

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Corporate dressing for success; it works for the President and it can work for you   President Obama when interviewed openly declared that he had his very own uniform, better known as signature style; he always wears a grey or blue suit.  Why?  He didn’t want to waste valuable time choosing a different outfit every morning.   Obama’s not alone, Steve Jobs had one, Mark Zukerberg has one so does Anna Wintor and there a many more well known names in all walks of life wearing their signature style.  Once you know what you are looking for you will spot

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You are what you wear.  Appearance speaks volumes about an organizations vision, values, achievements and work ethic.  But how does this translate into the real world?  With article overload found everywhere, a simple search on Google can overwhelm you with thoughts and ideas about what you should have hanging in your closet to constitute a perfect corporate work wear look. Why is it important? We all lead busy lives, both in and out of work so why shouldn’t we make dressing easier and create our own authentic self!  How do we achieve this success?    Recently I worked with a corporate

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We all know that bullying has been going on in our schools for years and we also know that it creates an unpleasant school experience for the victims. Over the recent past, we have certainly become more aware that it is important to try to create and maintain a more positive environment in the schools for all students. But are we doing enough? Many schools around the country have now incorporated processes and procedures for reporting incidents of bullying. It is also visibly recognized (through posters and signs on various walls) in most schools that bullying is not an acceptable

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Continued lack of acceptance of cultural diversity is a critical problem for our society. We cannot take our country to the next level if we are not able to overcome this issue. This country was built on the concept of freedom and the concept of diverse population, with people bringing in different skills and backgrounds from various countries around the world. But are we truly able to channel all our strengths in the right direction? There are continuing significant issues in schools, colleges, and workplaces (and in our society in general) that have to do with non-acceptance of cultural diversity.

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Years ago when I developed the workshop “18 Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Make,” one mistake failed to make the list: not establishing an onboarding system. I addressed the importance of taking an idea to the marketplace, securing cash reserves, finding the right location, and using effective communication among other topics, and I still stand by my initial advice. Yet as I review the final edit for the book based on the workshop, I know onboarding must be included. It has been my experience that many small business owners, including me, have overlooked onboarding for new employees. That is definitely

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