How To Start Next Now

Joseph Lalonde

Bob co-founded Faithlife Corporation (formerly Logos Bible Software) at 19 years old. In just 24 years, he’s landed on’s Top-25 CEOs list, won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and led the company to a Top-10 Best Employer on

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How to Make Your Management Process More Agile

Strategy Driven

In contrast to startups, which often experiment until they gain their footing in the market, established businesses are notoriously slow to change. That’s how you maintain your competitive edge. Competition to find and recruit new talent.

How To Write Effective Performance Appraisals

Eric Jacobson

Today''s guest post is by: Peggy Pedwano Solutions Specialist at Halogen Software As performance appraisal time draws near, managers are all too likely to be dreading the exercise. Ask your employees to send you their own written thoughts about their performance.

How to Compete Like the World’s Most Innovative Leaders

Skip Prichard

A great idea may not be enough to build a great business. That’s why I enjoyed talking with Jeff Dyer who, along with Nathan Furr and Curtis Lefrandt, wrote a new book, Innovation Capital: How to Compete and Win Like the World’s Innovative Leaders. to 6 p.m.,

How To Write Effective Performance Appraisals

Eric Jacobson

Today''s guest post is by: Peggy Pedwano Solutions Specialist at Halogen Software As performance appraisal time draws near, managers are all too likely to be dreading the exercise. Ask your employees to send you their own written thoughts about their performance.

How to Lead an Online Business

Coaching Tip

As a young entrepreneur just starting out , you may have a great product you wish to retail, or a service you wish to provide. Online businesses tend to fall into one of two categories, selling products or services to the general public, or providing technical assistance to other online businesses. To this end, unless you are very web-savvy, contracting the services of a good website builder is the first thing required. Managing a Successful Career.

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How To Disrupt the Tech World

Mills Scofield

Three years ago, Whitney Johnson asked me how I felt as the only female partner in my VC firm. From how I was raised through my education and my career at Bell Labs and AT&T, I never felt any gender bias. ALS) I am privileged to see changes first-hand.

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5 Tips On How To Treat New Employees.

Rich Gee Group

home about rich our team news our fans services executive coach business coach speaking inspire media knowledge books affiliates contact Rich Gee Group 203.500.2421 5 Tips On How To Treat New Employees. Any inclination or occurrence to upset the apple-cart might make them flee quickly.

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Guy Kawasaki: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

After having earned an undergraduate degree at Stanford, Kawasaki embarked on a career in business (counting diamonds for a fine-jewelry manufacturer called Nova Stylings) while at work on an MBA degree at UCLA. (He Kawasaki later went to work for an educational software company called EduWare Services. [.].

How to Beat Mid-Career Malaise

Harvard Business Review

” These questions are especially agonizing for mid-career professionals who may be searching for fulfillment while juggling demands at home and intense financial pressures to earn. How should you address a mid-career crisis? What actions can you take to improve your professional satisfaction? How can you combat the dullness and tedium of your workaday life? And how can you tell if it’s time to make a drastic change?

How To Get Better? Focus on ‘Touch Time’


In a factory, more capacity to produce does not yield results if “touch-time” is low. In lean methodology, it is also referred to as “processing time”. As a professional, you have required skills and knowledge that increases your capacity to deliver. But that is of no use if your “professional touch-time” is less i.e. time when your unique abilities and talents are at work to produce meaningful results. You start spotting opportunities to improve.

When We Understand Our Work and We are Given the Ability to Improve It – We Will

Deming Institute

Jim Benson’s presentation at our 2015 International Deming Research Seminar explored how to manage the workload better to improve results. We want to help people become happy so that they will build better products. We don’t have to be told to, we just do it.

How to Explain a Career That Looks Stalled

Harvard Business Review

People hold on to jobs too long for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it’s loyalty to co-workers at a company you’ve outgrown, or maybe you spent a long time thinking you were just about to get promoted… but never got the call. During the downturn, many people decided to stay in whatever job they had, figuring that any job was better than no job. When asked about your learning, your challenges, and your career plan, your answer cannot be a variant on “I played it safe.”.

10 Pointers to Build Comfort Within The Team


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer 10 Pointers to Build Comfort Within The Team It pains to see teams where people work on a common goal but don’t get along well with each other. We work in teams and knowing how to get along well with others is extremely crucial.

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Training Middle Managers On People Management Basics


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer Training Middle Managers On People Management Basics Here is a simple idea: Whenever you have a new manager (project manager/departmental leader) joining in your organization, put him/her through a simple training program on how to manage people.

Experience and Expertise – A Few Thoughts


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer Experience and Expertise – A Few Thoughts When a kid learns how to play music, he develops “ability” to play music. He is able to play the music according to notes. To be able to think beyond tactics of work.

How to Manage Managers

Harvard Business Review

When you’re managing managers, your responsibilities are two-fold: you need to make sure they’re producing good work (as with any employee) and that they’re effectively supporting their teams. You might know how to do the former, but how do you do the latter?

3 Ways to Break Out of a Zero-Sum Game of Growth with Your Competitors

Leading Blog

How true disruptors use innovation, including digital, to grow the market and create new business models. Many digitally native startups seem to find a third way - a digitally enabled non-disruptive creative growth.

10 Guaranteed Ways That Can Get You Fired

Lead from Within

Nobody starts a new job hoping to be fired. The most important thing, of course, is to do good work without making trouble—but there are lots of factors that can make or break your success. If you disrespect those in charge, you shouldn’t be surprised if they ask you to leave.

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Talent Wins

Coaching Tip

Written for all leaders across organizations, TALENT WINS by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton and Dennis Carey, provides a much-needed framework for transforming how companies acquire, manage and deploy talent for today's agile, digital analytical, technologically driven strategic environment. In TALENT WINS , the authors combine their distinct perspectives to provide a seven-part plan for leaders with insight into how to: Forge the tools of transformation.

Life is Luck — Here’s How to Plan a Career Around It

Harvard Business Review

Chance plays a much greater role in our careers than we might wish or even realize. Most of us can live with the upside of this observation: we tend to claim credit for good luck anyway. But the downside — the thought of our careers as the playthings of fate — is almost unbearable. If you imagine a game of “career roulette,” you end up a starving artist 99 times for every time you end up a rockstar. One went to Stanford; the other, Harvard.

How to Avoid Impossible Assignments

Harvard Business Review

What usually follows is another even more impossible assignment and so on, until sooner or later you fail , or burn out trying not to. This cycle not only causes burnout, but can also be a real career killer. Listen for flattering phrases like, "Only you can rise to this challenge."

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How to Apply for a Job You’re Overqualified For

Harvard Business Review

You may be switching industries , or trying to get into a particular company. You may be relocating to a new city, or looking to maximize flexibility in your personal life. “Hiring managers are not always eager to bring on someone who is overqualified.” “The manager might think you’re not going to stay, so it is a waste of time and effort. ” Here are some tips to help you get them on your side. Principles to Remember.

How to Work for a Workaholic

Harvard Business Review

Some people just can’t seem to get enough of work. If your manager keeps this sort of schedule, do you have to also? How do you set the right expectations and boundaries? What can you do to make sure you don’t look like a slacker in comparison?

How to Spot a Bad Boss During an Interview

Harvard Business Review

So when you’re considering a new job, it’s important to know how you’ll get along with your new boss. This can be hard to assess in an interview when you’re working hard to demonstrate why she should hire you. ” “How will I learn?”

How to Brand a "Useless" Degree

Harvard Business Review

For some, the path forward is clear: the math experts will be snapped up by hedge funds, the software engineers will have their pick of start-ups, and elite investment banks and consultancies will duke it out for the top MBAs. How so? You''ll also want to cite your work experience.

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How to Fall Back in Love with Your Job

Harvard Business Review

And when you’ve been doing the same tasks, going to the same office, and working with the same people day in and day out, you’re bound to fall into a rut on occasion. When that happens, how do you recognize what’s happening and counteract it?

Carnival of HR – April 22, 2015 Edition

Lead Change Blog

At the Lead Change Group, we are thrilled to host the Carnival of HR again. As our turn to host approached, we started thinking about Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day 2015 or TOSADTW. David Richter of Octopus HR Software submitted 5 Truths I Have Learned In My Time In HR.

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When The Right Channels Lead to Dead Ends

Lead Change Blog

After reading that post, one of our Lead Change Group members shared a time when the only recourse seemed to be taking an issue public within the organization after multiple attempts to bring the issue to management’s attention more privately had failed.

How to Make a Great First Impression

Harvard Business Review

The saying “You only have one chance to make a first impression” holds true in many situations, from job interviews to sales calls. How can you make sure that you start off on the right foot in any of these scenarios? And what’s the best way to follow up? First impressions matter so much because they happen fast, and they are stubborn , says Whitney Johnson , the author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.

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How to Manage a Toxic Employee

Harvard Business Review

There’s that one person on your team — the bad apple who has nothing positive to say, riles up other team members, and makes work life miserable. If you can’t fire him, how do you respond to his behavior? How do you mitigate the damage he inflicts? “I call them toxic because not only do they cause harm but they also spread their behavior to others,” she explains. Here’s what to do instead.

The Aim Should be the Best Life – Not Work v. Life Balance

Curious Cat

I visited Davidson College in North Carolina because he was consulting with a client in Charlotte before we went up to Duke and North Carolina for visits and asked the CEO what school I should visit. The sensible aim is to optimize your life. They see it as a way to fund their life.

How to Stop Worrying About Becoming Obsolete at Work

Harvard Business Review

As individuals, we’re afraid of being left behind in our careers. And the fear has spread to the C-suite: a study by Adobe found that 40% of marketing executives feel the need to reinvent themselves but only 14% feel they know how. Here are a few to get you started.

How to React to Biased Comments at Work

Harvard Business Review

Do I have a right to be?” Bias’s sometimes slippery nature also makes it difficult to eradicate in the workplace. How do you legislate status assumptions, eye contact, and silent perceptions? Clearly, organizational cultures need to change. But in the meantime, what’s an individual to do who suffers daily from subtle inequities? The soil is the organization that isn’t as unbiased as it wants to be.

How to Manage a Team of All-Stars

Harvard Business Review

When Bain & Company asked senior executives from 308 large companies how they form teams for their most important initiatives, most told us they assemble teams based on whoever is available. Only a small minority indicated that they consistently create all-star teams , comprised of their very best talent, to tackle their company’s highest-priority issues. But we may not fully recognize just how much better they are. It’s remarkable to watch.

How to Know If Joining a Startup Is Right for You

Harvard Business Review

You’re thinking about making a career change (or perhaps getting your first real job out of grad school), and you’re looking at different types of organizations. How can you evaluate whether that’s the right work culture for you? Here are some tips on how to do that.

Development of Coaching Competencies at SAP

Coaching Tip

SAP (Systems-Applications-Programs) AG , a global provider of business software, has implemented coaching programs based on effective personal development accomplishing business goals while meeting the challenges of the coachee''s professional role in an optimal way.

22 Tips: Improving Business Communication Skills in the Workplace

Miles Anthony Smith

The Ultimate Guide of 22 Tips: How to Masterfully Improve Business Communication Skills in the Workplace Are you wrestling with any of these issues? Unsure of how to talk to management? Breakdown can also begin to occur with customers as well.

Everyone is a product manager

Lead on Purpose

You have spent years learning, working and driving to become market experts, and have accumulated significant experience releasing products and solutions. Because every person is responsible for managing his or her own contribution to the world. This contribution is, in a sense, the product they provide to the world — the product called “Me.”. But that focus on the big brands was starting to change. Everyone has a chance to be a brand worthy of remark.&#.

How to Be Good at Managing Both Introverts and Extroverts

Harvard Business Review

As the boss, your goal is to have all your employees operating at their peak level of energy, efficiency, and motivation—which can be a challenge when it comes to leading a team comprised of introverts and extroverts. They prefer to concentrate on a single task at a given time.”

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How to Deal with a Chronically Indecisive Boss

Harvard Business Review

Managers who can’t seem to pick a course of action — or who constantly change their minds – can be maddening. You’re left spinning your wheels, or abruptly switching directions, and your team’s credibility across the organization is likely to suffer. So how can you help a wishy-washy boss make decisions? If your manager isn’t willing to steer, is it OK for you to take the driver’s seat? Try to have empathy.

How to Manage a Needy Employee

Harvard Business Review

But sometimes certain employees seem to need more than their fair share of your time. Maybe they repeatedly ask you to review their work, look for constant feedback, or regularly show up at your desk to chat. How do you balance being a responsive manager with the need to get your own work done? And how should you manage your frustration? It’s your job to figure out how to address the root cause. Talk to your employee.

How to Tell Your Boss You Have Too Much Work

Harvard Business Review

So how do you tell your boss you simply have too much to do? No one wants to come across as lazy, uncommitted, or not a team player. How can you protect your image as a hard worker while saying uncle? No matter how busy you are , it can feel exceedingly difficult to talk to your boss about your heavy workload. The reason is twofold, according to Julie Morgenstern, productivity expert and author of Never Check E-Mail in the Morning.