Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Looking For a Silver Bullet? The Problem is Converting It to Success

I am just looking for that silver bullet.
I remember attending SHRM a few years back, and I met a gentleman who was diligently taking notes in each session. He had sheaf of paper and was taking so many notes you would have thought that he was a stenographer.
I just had to wait for the right moment before I casually introduced myself. As the session ended, I noticed him sitting next to a wall reviewing his notes. As I looked over at him, I thought back to my days in college before the big exam. Everyone would be scurrying around with notes all over the place taking last minute glances before they went in.

“Looking for a silver bullet” from the presenters

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Who Holds the Real Keys to the Organization, Anyway?

What is the narrative of your movie reel?
The rank-and-file workforce had weathered layoffs, had their commissions slashed, and on top of that, their salaries had been frozen over the past five years.
However, the chief executive’s decision was this — let’s have the senior management team take a lavish trip down to Bermuda and live it up.
That was the story over at Benjamin Moore, where the CEO and top executives recently took that fateful trip.
How does clueless look?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Sweet Spot: Helping Others Find the Inflection Point in Their Career

I have always been a people watcher.
I watch the way people react while in conversation. I watch emotions. I watch the dynamics of groups and how people respond.
Since I commute to work, I always watch the interaction of people on public transportation. You see the ones who know everyone and everything; you notice the ones who are consumed in thought. You talk with some that always have the “deer in the headlights” look.
More importantly you notice the ones that are eager and can’t wait to get to work.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lessons From The Pitch: 9 Steps to Building a Top-Notch Team

How is your pitch being developed?

Are you ready for your pitch? This past weekend I became fascinated with the TV show The Pitch on AMC.

The Pitch gives an inside view of advertising agencies. Each week, two agencies compete to win a new client by giving a presentation called the Pitch.

It gives a close-up view of the brainstorming process as they seek that moment of inspiration that will win them the job. To add drama to the mix, they are given just seven (7) days to prepare, so the pressure to perform is intense.

Analyzing the team effectiveness