Spark Plug Leadership

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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When I was sixteen years old, I bought my first car.  It was a 1966 Cadillac Sedan de Ville.  The interior was blood red and the exterior paint was white.  It had a huge gas tank and a huge engine.  It burned so much gas that when riding around town with my buddies, we would just ride from gas station to gas station.  Of course, gasoline was only twenty-eight cents per gallon and I was

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‘The Lessons of History’ is a book that was written by Will and Ariel Durant who wrote the massive ‘The Story of Civilization.’  ‘The Lessons of History’ is a small work of only about 117 pages, and yet the pages therein contain the distilled wisdom of two careful scholars who possessed the great ability to investigate the deepest motivations of humans by critical observation of their actions. They wrote of the sublime and the absurd

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Developing The Leaders Around You

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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A recent leadership survey asked, “What is the biggest challenge you face as a leader concerning the development of those you lead?”  Possible answers were: a) Lack of time to train and develop those you lead b) Lack of funds to develop and train those you lead c) Not knowing how to get others to “Get on board” with you d) Lack of the ability to do the leadership training yourself 71% of those responding

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Competence: “Being Good At What You Do”

Posted by Dr. Josiah Rich on January 01, 2000
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My wife and I have six children.  Three of them are now married, and three are still at home. We chose to home-school each of them while maintaining a physical and social outlet within the context of organized activities.  There were various activities, skills and interests.  With six children, you can imagine, we tried them all. When they were very young some of our children gravitated toward Martial Arts training.  In addition to the physical challenges we

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The Underdog Goes to Harvard

Posted by David Morey on January 01, 2000
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The underdog has finally made it to Harvard. Underdogs are winners this year, according to Harvard Business School professor Anat Keinan. David Morey, co-author of “The Underdog Advantage: Using the Power of Insurgent Strategy to Put Your Business on Top,” isn’t surprised. “I’ve been showing businesses how to act like underdogs for years,” Morey says. “They must compete against the market incumbents as come-from-behind insurgent underdogs. There are plenty of examples in the real world

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Two Day Course Next Public course is March 31st – April 1st in Bellevue, Washington.  The Coaching Clinic Brochure | Training Registration Form   Coaching is the quickest and most effective method for developing your employees. A fun, highly participative and practical course designed to provide you and your managers with the tools and skills needed to become an outstanding coach. HCRI Approved Hours: 11.5 hours! Course includes a coaching session with Trainer Alicia Marie as well

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Werner Heisenberg, the discoverer of the Uncertainty Principle, couldn’t have said it better.  The only sure thing in life, and in business, is uncertainty.  In 2011, the only entrepreneurs who have a reasonable chance of success are those bold risk-takers—who embrace uncertainty, who stay ahead of trends, who are comfortable with chaos and who transform their strategies into workable plans and actions. But there are a few exceptions to the Uncertainty Principle of business; we

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Truthtelling

Posted by Neil Ihde on January 01, 2000
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David Von Drehle of Time magazine recently penned a great article on the bravery of a rookie politician to stand up and tell the truth regardless of the consequences of her political career.  Gina Raimondo is Rhode Island’s general treasurer and she inherited a public-pension mess that could have sent the state into financial ruin.  She assessed the situation and took a stand, ‘It would be much easier for me just to tell you there

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Well…conquer it! The wildly popular seminar is now a book & audio. Worker overwhelm is a real challenge in the workplace and yet with just a few tips and techniques it can be managed and results can still be achieved. And… it doesn’t have to take very much. One tip can make all the difference. Here is an example: These days our workplaces are busier and more fluid than ever and gives new meaning to

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Came across this interesting article from Jeffrey Cohn – http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/14/opinion/cohn-pick-leaders/index.html. It emphasizes the incredible importance for organizations to select great managers and leaders.  We know that a competent, respected leader has a lot to do with an employee’s morale, engagement, and job satisfaction.  Pick the wrong leader and you’ve got a big problem on your hands.  That’s why confidence, resilience, and emotional intelligence are crucial attributes for managers and leaders. And even when you have

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