How To Get Everyone To Return Your Calls.

Rich Gee Group

You’re not going to believe this, but I hate the phone. It’s when I have to either cold call or play the dreaded phone-tag. That’s when I want to throw my phone out the window. I try to call them and follow up leaving voicemails, email, etc.

How To Succeed At Leadership – Inspiration From An Unlikely Source

Tanveer Naseer

When it comes to leadership, there’s a common understanding that true leadership doesn’t require formal titles or roles. In accepting his award, Kutcher shared three lessons he’s learned in his work life that he wanted to share with the throngs of teens watching the show.

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Five championship strategies

Lead on Purpose

This is the career record of Larry Gelwix, coach of the Highland High rugby team (Salt Lake City) for more than three decades. What struck me the first time I listened to this podcast is how beautifully these principles apply to product management, to leadership and to life in general.

Three steps to the next big opportunity

Lead on Purpose

Here are three steps to help you prepare yourself for the next big opportunity: Demonstrate flexibility: The word ‘flexible’ has various meanings; in this context think of ‘willingness.’ Don’t balk when things don’t go the way you want them to go.

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The 4 Most Powerful Leadership Words You Can Use

Career Advancement

And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” Client Taylor Asks: I asked my employees for honest feedback on my performance, and a few of them said I’m too authoritative in the way I speak to them.

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Embrace, then apply

Lead on Purpose

How long did it take to put into practice the things you learned? Conversely, how long did it take to forget the details of the information conveyed in the training? In many cases they also have to help executives do the same.

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Credit comes later

Lead on Purpose

Product managers have to be looking months or years into the future. By the time the fruits of their labor are apparent to others in the company (e.g. management), the work the PMs did to make the release happen is long forgotten.

Leaders, What's Your Vocation?

Next Level Blog

Hopefully, I’m catching you with this post at a time when you still have a bit of that post-holiday season reflective, what am I trying to do with my life thing going on.    By vocation, I don’t mean your job or your career.  I had to do that for me."

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Stuck as a Leader


At first you blame it on the company, then it may turn to blaming it on your people, and finally it seeps in ever so slowly that it may be you. You may think that there is nothing you can do about it because you have tried everything you know to get your careers moving again.

The Changing Landscape Of Education And What It Means For Your Organization With Derek Magill

Joseph Lalonde

And a successful career is not made from humanities courses. Then, he went on to work on a campaign for a US congressional race. To selling guns. To doing photography. Listen To The Answers From Leadership Podcast. . I would say I could add to that a little.

Stuck as a Leader


At first you blame it on the company, then it may turn to blaming it on your people, and finally it seeps in ever so slowly that it may be you. You may think that there is nothing you can do about it because you have tried everything you know to get your careers moving again.

AARP – The Last Membership Card You Will Ever Need!


I remember when I was at the beginning of my career and calling on AARP as a direct marketer to do their work. My wife, Chris , thought it would be quite amusing to put the direct mail on my desk, yes, including the membership card. Have you been invited to join the club yet? How do you feel about it? RSS Feed Schedule a Call Free E-Book Assessment Test Coffee Schedule Coaching Lunch About Us CO2 Story Our Approach Our Successes Our Executive Coaches Gary B.

What Leaders Can Do To Encourage Learning And Growth

Tanveer Naseer

After attending this conference, I wanted to encapsulate some of the perspectives shared by these presenters, along with some of my own thoughts on what you can do to create a learning environment for your employees and with it, create conditions that will help your organization to evolve and grow in meeting the challenges and needs found in today’s global economy. ‘Focus on behaviours to change culture.

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Book Review: Halftime

Lead on Purpose

In his book HALFTIME: Moving from Success to Significance , author Bob Buford explores three stages of life: The first half: On average, the first 40 years of your life. This is the time when most people focus more on their careers and less on others (and other significant causes).

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31 Work Productivity Hacks To Make You Twist & Shout

Miles Anthony Smith

Boost Productivity Using These 31 Hacks  For most of us, we wonder how our work hours fly by, and still it seems that our jobs require us to get more done with each and every day just to keep pace with business competition. Elbows Supported and Close to Body 9.

Lead on Purpose featured « Lead on Purpose

Lead on Purpose

In the spirit of thanking these friends and introducing my audience to their web sites, here are a few links to sites you should take a look at: Leadership Digital : An aggregator of the best content on leadership and management. Lead on Purpose is slated to join their ranks shortly.

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Leadership and Product Management

Lead on Purpose

Their success depends on their ability to build consensus and inspire the other team members to do great things. Therefore, a product manager must earn the trust of people in the organization and influence them to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.

Forward progress

Lead on Purpose

This applies not only to your progress as a leader, but also to the progress of the people you lead. To make progress you have to look at each situation and determine what you can do improve to your success given the circumstances.

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Leaving the nest

Lead on Purpose

My wife and I took our oldest child to the university where she will pursue a degree in architecture. I’m very proud of how well she did in high school and am impressed with her clear understanding of what she wants to pursue as a career. Even with all her smarts and the confidence she had in high school, it was still somewhat difficult for her to take this new step in her life. Congratulations to your family.

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Realities of change

Lead on Purpose

In his post The Realities of Change , Mark presents ten truths to help you progress in your career. Filed under: Leadership , Learning Tagged: | change , growth , Mark Sanborn , truth « Taking chances Forward progress » Like Be the first to like this post.

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Where to start

Lead on Purpose

If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. When it comes to your career and your ability to become a great leader, the word ‘invest’ is perceptive.

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The price of leadership

Lead on Purpose

In their recent Wall Street Journal article Do You Really Want to be a Leader? You will not know whether you have what it takes to be a leader until you try really hard to express it. Get a feel for the time, energy and capabilities required to do those jobs.

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Ethical Dilemmas: Free Choice or Corporate Memes

Coaching Tip

In " Giving Voice to Values ," author Mary C. A good example of a corporate meme expressed during the financial crisis (even as the subprime crisis worsened) by Charles Prince, former CEO of Citigroup: "As long as the music is playing, you've got to get up and dance," he said.

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Keeping the best

Lead on Purpose

The Wall Street Journal tackles the issue of retaining executives in a recent article How to Keep Your Best Executives. The key, according to authors Elizabeth Craig, John R. Kimberly and Peter Cheese, is this: “make it easier for them to leave.&#

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Five ways to make yourself more valuable

Lead on Purpose

The people who are the most secure in their careers follow similar patterns of behavior. They recognize the steps they need to take to succeed. They know life is a journey and look forward to every turn. And equally important, you need to trust others.

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'Tis the Season for (Product) Camping

Lead on Purpose

It’s also a time to step back and take a fresh look at the direction your career is headed. Product camps are a great place for product management professionals and leaders to step away from the day-to-day and engage in a day of learning and networking.

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy

Harvard Business Review

If the next generation is to use AI and big data effectively – if they’re to understand their inherent limitations, and build even better platforms and intelligent systems — we need to prepare them now. People design AI systems by carefully decomposing a problem into lots of small problems, and enabling the solutions to the small problems to communicate with each other. Then millions of possible answers to those queries are sorted and ranked.



It is an extremely frustrating situation for today’s leaders, who are accustomed to finding answers and whose ability to find the right answers got most of them into leadership positions in the first place. Leaders need to ask questions that move others to action and answers.

Change Your life in by Changing Your Question : Blog | Executive.


to “What should I do with my life?&# Our self-esteem, relationships, and careers are all profoundly affected by the kinds of questions we ask. Change Your Questions, Change Your Life introduces “QuestionThinking,&# an easy-to-use methodology for transforming thinking, action, and results through intentional and skillful question asking.

A History of the Job Listing and How It Just Died [Infographic]

Kevin Eikenberry

The largest generation of people in the workforce today (millennials) has come to value different things; you can’t convey how thoughtful a team is, how inspiring a workplace is, or what a company actually stands for in a job listing alone.

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Why Do So Many Women Who Study Engineering Leave the Field?

Harvard Business Review

For decades, to attract more women to the field, engineering educators have focused on curriculum reform (e.g., While these efforts have brought in more women to study engineering, the problem is that many quit during and after school. Why women start to change their minds.

Followership : Blog | Executive Coaching | CO2 Partners


We believe the strength of any team is in the followers and there can be no leaders without followers, but the vast majority of research to date has focused on the leadership side of this equation. It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

The Management Thinker We Should Never Have Forgotten

Harvard Business Review

Gothenberg, Sweden, is a long way to travel from Boston for a breakthrough idea in management — especially one that is more than 40 years old. Berwick’s talk began by deftly comparing Frederick Winslow Taylor and W. Work to constantly improve quality and productivity.

HBR's Most Popular Blog Posts of 2011

Harvard Business Review

As 2011 comes to a close, the editors of are taking a look back at the most popular blog posts of the year to find out what most preoccupied you, our readers. These 11 posts all hit a common nerve and went viral; it's no surprise that most of them contain advice about how to succeed and be happy at work. If you have some free time during the holidays to catch up on your reading, we hope you'll find this list a good place to start. by Bill Taylor.

Case Study: How Hard Should You Push Diversity?

Harvard Business Review

It had appeared in a special online supplement of Businessweek on the subject of diversity, and it concerned the company's efforts to increase female and minority representation in management. But of course, when it comes to the executive committee, we both know he's right.".

To Avoid the Customer Recency Trap, Listen to the Data

Harvard Business Review

The trick is figuring out which story to listen to. Companies that are planning marketing campaigns typically look at their data on past responses to figure out which customers are most likely to react favorably, and they spend their marketing dollars accordingly.

More Data Won’t Turn Employees into High-Performing Machines

Harvard Business Review

Today, we talk about giving employees a consumer-like experience: not “jobs,” but meaningful careers; not “roles”, but a sense of purpose. A new era of Taylorization has begun, thanks to the widespread penetration of technology at work. competencies, skills and personality) in their talent management practices is now “critical” (although merely 25% believe they have been able to do this). So it is probably too soon to get carried away by HR technologies.

What to Do After a Bad Performance Review

Harvard Business Review

It can be hard to recover from a less-than-stellar performance review, especially one that you didn’t see coming. How do you regain your professional confidence? And how do you make the best use of the critical feedback? Here’s how to bounce back from a negative review. It’s tempting to get angry or defensive, especially if you’re accustomed to positive reviews. But it’s important to “hold your emotions in check,” says Marks.

Happiness Isn’t the Absence of Negative Feelings

Harvard Business Review

We put so much emphasis on the pursuit of happiness, but if you stop and think about it, to pursue is to chase something without a guarantee of ever catching it. Still, I couldn’t seem to find the joy. Happiness feels intolerably elusive for many of us.

Making Room for Reflection Is a Strategic Imperative

Harvard Business Review

Umair Haque Blogs Umair Haque On: Global business , Competition , Economy Making Room for Reflection Is a Strategic Imperative 11:52 AM Wednesday November 24, 2010 | Comments () Email Tweet This Post to Facebook Share on LinkedIn Print Business is, above all, busy. What most companies (and economies) dont do is to stop doing — and thats a self-defeating problem. We seem to be clueless about making room for deep questioning and thinking: reflecting.

Entrepreneurs: You're More Important Than Your Business Plan

Harvard Business Review

And we are often happy to review these start-up plans — which include the typical elements such as a product description, competitive analysis, estimate of market size, and projected financials. We use other criteria to find new people and ideas that can create large-scale social change.