Let's say you own a race car and have tuned it to win, but there are roadblocks on the track that slow you down or cause you to take a different route as you race. You can never go as fast as you want to and you never really get to tap into the upper end of what the car can do! The change process is like that! Process improvement work is like that race car – companies work hard to make their processes and equipment performance better (sometimes nearly perfect with Six Sigma and Lean), but barriers on the

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ROPES… Resolving differences in the workplace

Posted by Jill Scala on January 01, 2000
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TOOL KIT:  R.O.P.E.S.:  A must have simple tool to being Proactive It’s easy to be reactive when something happens at work.   Dr. Covey,  author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has as the first Habit:  BE PROACTIVE. He asserts that being proactive “means more than merely taking initiative.  It means that as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. “ Think about this:   “When you choose your actions you choose your consequences! Imagine if every consequences, positive or negative, that we experience are a direct result of actions we choose.    QUOTE: “How people treat you is their

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Diversity Training–Delighting in Differences

Posted by Al Foxx on January 01, 2000
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    Delighting in Diversity Do you know how it feels to be different than the people you want to blend in with? Have you ever wanted to  blend a diverse population or team together?    My debilitating motorcycle crash saddled me with diversity and plunged me into a world for which I was totally unprepared. Dealing with other people who have disabilities is easier for me than for most people; my obvious impairments puts us on common ground   Don't get any ideas, acting impaired in order to increase your efficiency interacting with people who have impairments makes about

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Addictive Attitudes

Posted by Al Foxx on January 01, 2000
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  Can Your Attitude be a Solution to Addiction? Addiction Attitudes can have holds of supernatural power; their grip feels strong as death. This post is about the solution many people have discovered to be the only LASTING SOLUTION.   Addiction Attitudes can involve anything from drugs and alcohol to food, resentment, self pity, hyper sensitivity or any other selfish, self serving behavior.   The person in the grip of addiction may give up on living. They can feel dead, like they should be buried. Living a happy or productive life may seem like the impossible dream.   Family and friends may give up on the addicted and

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The Absence of Leadership

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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  The Absence of Leadership   Lee Iacocca asks “Where have all the leaders gone?” (Scribner; 2007).    John P. Kotter says, “Most U.S. corporations today are over managed and underled” (Harvard Business School Press; 1998).  Harry K. Jones says in the near future “…leadership skills would be the asset in shortest supply in most organizations” (http://www.achievemax.com/blog/March 05, 2009).   Wow!  These three leadership heavyweights say much in three sentences.  When thinking of the weight of these words, we cannot afford to abandon the task of leadership.  So, I leave you with these thoughts:   Leaders must stand up and speak

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Leadership That Goes Somewhere

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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An old Chinese proverb says something similar to this: "He who thinks he is leading and has no-one following, is only going for a walk."  This proverb teaches that it is important for leaders to occasionally look behind them to see if anyone is following.  What is it a leader does that causes others to follow?  A good leader has purpose.  A good leader has a destination in mind.  A good leader knows where he or she is going.  Therefore, good leadership is leadership that goes somewhere; but not just anywhere.  Good leaders know where they are going.  Many leaders stumble around trying to lead from their position,

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What Is The Future Of Live Leadership Training?

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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  WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF LIVE LEADERSHIP TRAINING?   During the late 1990s and early 2000s the word in auto sales was that due to the advent of shopping and buying via the internet, soon there would be no need for car salesmen and women.  But I have taken notice that there are still many people who make their living selling cars.  As a matter of fact, I know a dozen or more of them myself!  Sure, there may be fewer salespersons than there were and most dealerships have someone dedicated to internet sales.  But the fact remains that

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An employee once told me that a crew member spoke up about a recurring safety issue and was chastised by the safety department for bringing it up for discussion. This may sound impossible to believe, but at that site, the safety department was afraid that recurring safety problems would make them look incompetent to higher-ups. Their reaction to an employee's willingness to speak about a safety concern sent a mixed message that would damage any safety program. The workforce began questioning what management really cared about and came to the conclusion that it is certainly was not them. The best

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What Is The Size of Leadership?

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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  What Is The Size of Leadership?   What is the size of leadership? Does one size fit all? Are the skills needed to lead an organization of 10,000 any different from those needed to lead a group of 100? These are legitimate questions.   As one grows in his or her understanding of leadership, certainly vision and the ability to see what others do not, increases. This maturation process often times is what opens the door for a leader to move from leading 100 persons to leading 10,000. But in reality, leading 100 persons calls for good character, personal

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Goal Setting? Try a sticky goal

Posted by Devona Williams, Ph.D. on January 01, 2000
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How many times do you get to Friday and realize that you have not achieved what you set out to do?  Many of us have written plans and goals and even "To Do" lists but getting the major goals accomplished is often difficult.  Time management can be challenging for business people today as our personal lives morph into our business lives and vice-versa. Out biggest goals are often the most difficult so we push them aside and focus on trivia and time wasting activities.  In the long run this only increases our anxiety and stress. So how can you set

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