How Hammers Become Screw Drivers

Leadership Freak

Little Mary just knocked a glass of milk on the floor. That’s what two year old’s do. There’s a group of five leaders at the table. Bob waves the waiter over and says, “Could someone clean this up?” Mindy says, “That happened because the milk was too close to the edge.” Joe says, “Don’t worry, [.]. Change Marks of leaders Personal Growth Vision default responses Growth Leadership Development screw driver

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Michael Hammer Sets the Agenda – Reminding us of the Business Basics

First Friday Book Synopsis

Customers no longer exist to buy your products; you exist to solve your customer’s problems. The company that remains self-rather than customer-centric cannot endure. In the customer economy, yesterday’s innovation is baseline today and obsolete tomorrow. What was once unimaginable quickly becomes routine, and then expectations are even higher. Anticipation is an edge that every […]. Randy''s blog entries

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Is Thought Leadership the Same as Change Leadership?

Lead Change Blog

Her articles are featured and syndicated today on InPower Women , Smartblog/Smartbrief on Leadership, The Glass Hammer and Success in the City and she’s gained warm receptions as a trainer to leadership teams and motivational speaker to women’s groups.

8 Ways to Have a Successful Partnership

Leading Blog

Getting executives into a room and hammering out a contract doesn''t make a deal. This is a post by August Turak, author of Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks : One CEO''s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity. In a marketplace gone global, productive partnerships are more crucial than ever.

The Impact Of Leaders On Personal Transformation

Tanveer Naseer

One of the ways that a good leader can help bring about personal transformation is by being a Velvet Hammer. The following is a guest piece by Bill Treasurer. A lot has been written about Transformational Leadership.

The Promise and Problems of Outstanding Teams

Great Results Team Building

The “Whack-a-Mole” game is one where you grab a large padded hammer - and you score points by hitting the plastic moles when they pop up their heads. Society holds that hammer high, and delights in crushing any head that sticks itself out above the crowd.

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Willingness of Many, Importance of One

Dave Bratcher

Multiple boxes of vinyl siding had been developed along with the corresponding nails, nail pouches, and hammers needed to complete the task. Do you know how to hang vinyl siding?

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The Small Business Advantage

Six Disciplines

This importance was hammered home to me in a lunch meeting with “Sandy,” who recently moved to a much larger organization. Those who have worked both in small and large organizations have a much better appreciation for how fundamentally different large companies are from small ones. Each has its strengths, and the savvy small business owner understands what those are and takes advantage of them aggressively. They include: 1. Connecting People to Purpose.

Self-Esteem and University of Miami Basketball

Your Voice of Encouragement

They hammered the then-#1 ranked Blue Devils, outscoring them by 27 points (final score 90-63).

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Take Initiative and You’ll Stand Out

Your Voice of Encouragement

You don''t learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking, and getting well-hammered yourself." "A My daughter Alison is now a successful broker in a financial services company.

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Are You Addicted To Tools And Allergic To Work?

Tim Milburn

I have the same love affair with productivity and organizational tools as I do with hammers, drills, and mitre saws. No matter how fancy the hammer, you just need something to pound a nail. I need to make a confession. I like tools.

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The Small Business Advantage

Six Disciplines

This importance was hammered home to me in a lunch meeting with “Sandy,” who recently moved to a much larger organization. Those who have worked both in small and large organizations have a much better appreciation for how fundamentally different large companies are from small ones. Each has its strengths, and the savvy small business owner understands what those are and takes advantage of them aggressively. They include: 1. Connecting People to Purpose.

Leadership and Straight Talk

You're Not the Boss of Me

Taking the hammer out of the communication toolbox allows for more open and meaningful conversation. This post is from June, 2011. I happened across a movie the other day called Straight Talk. It’s about a young woman who was accidently hired by a radio station to be an Agony Aunt.

Give Yourself A Chance

Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith has been nominated for the Thinkers50 Top Management Thinker Award for 2013. Bob asked, “Why is it that you can shoot pool, but you can’t hammer nails?” To cast your vote (before September 1st): [link]. The stories that we tell about ourselves can turn into traps. by Marshall Goldsmith. “I am a terrible listener. I’ve been told that for years. People at work tell me I’m a bad listener. So does my wife.

Consulting, Content and Context: A Fable


It is said that when only thing you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Consultant was trying to nail the problems with the only hammer he had – the best practices. It was the first day of his job as a consultant with this large consulting house.

How to Make Your Performance Review Process Suck Less

Next Level Blog

If you’ve done a good job of staying engaged with your people throughout the year, you shouldn’t have to use the annual review to deliver a surprise message or drop the hammer about something that didn’t get done. Check out this post I wrote back in 2013. This is the time of year when a lot of the leaders I work with are buckling down to write up annual performance reviews for the people on their team.

Four Major Changes in Global Prosperity

Harvard Business Review

It was Abraham Maslow who gave us that famous observation — “when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” This – to borrow Maslow’s terminology – provides the policymaker with tools beyond just a hammer with which to fix problems.

The Best Morale Boost $3 Million Can Buy

Harvard Business Review

“There were catchphrases that had to be hammered into the head of the employees, just like advertising does to the general public.” The extravaganza takes place in the bathroom.

Would Customers Pay for Your Sales Calls?

Harvard Business Review

As the old saying goes, "When you sell hammers, every problem looks like a nail." When I speak to audiences of sales professionals and ask, "How many of you sell value versus price?" everyone raises their hand. But my next question "So how do you do that?"

From Zipcar to the Sharing Economy

Harvard Business Review

Led by the writings of Michael Hammer and Tom Davenport , firms realized that they didn't need to organize work the way they used to. So the reengineered consumption models of the sharing economy are now well poised to go mass-market, and the battle cries of Hammer and Davenport won't be necessary this time around. In 2013, corporate America will need to pay very close attention to this new paradigm.

Will Netflix Flourish Where Hollywood Failed?

Harvard Business Review

Even very talented people (the Weinstein brothers or Bonnie Hammer, for instance) make mistakes. It's not hard to imagine why Netflix has decided to focus on original programming (most recently with House of Cards and now with an animated children's series ).

A Problem Shared Is a Company Aligned

Harvard Business Review

We followed up with weekly review meetings to discuss progress, analyze problems, and hammer out solutions. It’s seldom easy to achieve alignment around challenges in any business. Even agreeing what the challenges are can be far from straightforward. Companies are complicated places; the different stakeholders all have different agendas and are motivated by different norms and incentives.

Don't Hire Entrepreneurs; Hire Entrepreneurial Spirit

Harvard Business Review

This can take many forms — an agreement that an employee can use office space and resources outside normal business hours to hammer out a side project over time, for instance, or a month-long sabbatical to let them dig into their passion all at once. We want people with entrepreneurial spirit on our team, and actively seek it out. These are the people that challenge the norm, have original opinions that move a discussion forward, and act with tenacity and determination.

33 Best Pump Up Songs About Jobs

Miles Anthony Smith

Hard Hat and a Hammer by Alan Jackson (2010) While this song was originally performed by Harry Chapin, Ugly Kid Joe recorded it in the early 1990s.

Morning Advantage: The Taco that Created 15,000 Jobs

Harvard Business Review

There's something dangerous about romanticizing "the idea of a nerdy, bespectacled guy in seclusion, hammering out a problem that others have yet to crack," says Matt Novak. Admittedly, I haven't actually experienced one of these culinary wonders. But the Doritos Locos Taco, a faux cheese-caked calorie coffin, is seemingly an innovative job creator. “It

How We Learned (Almost) Everything That’s Wrong with U.S. Census Data

Harvard Business Review

Our field research showed that some traditional physical stores were rapidly blending the best of physical, web, and mobile to serve their customers, while others were simply being hammered by the growth of e-commerce. The U.S.

Recruiting Strategies for a Tight Talent Market

Harvard Business Review

But a few years ago, delays in signing new hires were impairing its expansion; in 2013, the average time to hire was 100 days. ” In his family’s living room, his proud parents give him his “grandpappy’s” giant hammer. “Feeling pinned down?”

A Survey of 3,000 Executives Reveals How Businesses Succeed with AI

Harvard Business Review

Total investment (internal and external) in AI reached somewhere in the range of $26 billion to $39 billion in 2016, with external investment tripling since 2013. Compartmentalizing accountability for AI with functional leaders in IT, digital, or innovation can result in a hammer-in-search-of-a-nail outcome: technologies being launched without compelling use cases. Photo by Aaron Burson.

How to Write a Resume That Stands Out

Harvard Business Review

Don’t think you’re going to sit down and hammer it out in an hour. When Glover Lawrence was searching for his next job in the fall of 2013, he started by dreaming up the ideal position. The resume: there are so many conflicting recommendations out there. Should you keep it to one page? Do you put a summary up top? Do you include personal interests and volunteer gigs? This may be your best chance to make a good first impression, so you’ve got to get it right.

Why Those Guys Won the Economics Nobels

Harvard Business Review

And that’s what these guys [the 2013 Nobel winners] did. Shiller hammered away on this point in the ‘80s, and in fact Fama also published some of the same observations. When the Riksbank Prizes in Economic Sciences (a.k.a. the economics Nobels) were announced last fall , the news was greeted with some confusion and amusement.