Designing A Product That Doesn’t Suck

Strategy Driven

Ask your team, a focus group , and even ask people online via a social media poll. Innovation business management Focus Group Product Design strategydrivenProduct design as a small business owner has to be one of the most exciting parts of the entrepreneurial process.

How to Turbo-Charge Your Leadership with Informal Feedback

The Practical Leader

These include external coaches, reverse performance appraisals, facilitated focus groups, meeting reflections, project reviews, external assessments, informal networking, and so on. The post How to Turbo-Charge Your Leadership with Informal Feedback appeared first on The Clemmer Group.


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How Communication Strategies Can Really Engage Employees

First Friday Book Synopsis

determine significance of achieving the business objectives Employee engagement is a shared understanding of the issues that affect the business Focus group research How Communication Strategies Can Really Engage Employees identify the largest gap between what customers think and what employees think customers think Marcia Xenitelis measure the impact of the change in thinking MedfiaTec Talent Management magazine Chief Learning Officer magazine

Your Process SUCKS! I am NOT a jerk & tell me the behaviors you want.

Mike Cardus

Tuesday, November 02nd, 2010 Posted by: mike Met some friends for a focus group at a local coffee place. My friends and I sat in the coffee shop for over an hour and a half, I saw; 5 people bring their dishes to the bus tub 8 groups just leave their dishes on the tables where they were sitting and 15 people leave their dishes on the COUNTER!

Top 11 Attributes of Leaders Who Excel at Communication and How We Define Them


Through our quantitative research of more than 750,000 leaders and employees inside some of the world’s leading organizations, and in the many focus groups we conduct every year, we’ve identified 11 attributes that matter most. We’re often asked what qualities the most effective leaders have when it comes to communicating effectively.

A Simple Employee Collaboration Tip You'll Flip Over


It’s an informal focus group of sorts, where employees will periodically revisit the question and ideas, leading to great collaboration in real time (and without meeting!). Have something you want to get your employees’ input on? Post a question on a flip chart in your department or office, provide Post-its, and watch the ideas grow.

New eBook: 12 Tips for Employers to Navigate the Future World of Work


Even in just two months, our team at The Grossman Group has learned a lot by listening to leaders and employers, surveying employees and conducting focus groups to really understand how various audiences are thinking about the workplace going forward.

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How well do you maintain long-term professional relationships with those in your network?


Our reader poll today asks: How well do you maintain long-term professional relationships with those in your network?

Change Management 101: Communication Skills That Help People Change


I was moderating an employee focus group about change , and during the discussion an educator in the group shared this Buddhist quote: “When the student is ready the teacher will appear.”. It was a moment of brilliance. I could see the concept resonated with everyone. It was almost as if I was privy to a collective “ah-ha” moment.

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Defeating Work-From-Home Burnout and Zoom Fatigue

Lead Change Blog

Run surveys and do focus groups and one-on-one interviews to get quantitative and qualitative data on the virtual work issues in your organization. As we transition from the pandemic into post-pandemic life, many companies have adapted hybrid models, with many workers coming in part-time only, while others remain fully remote. When the COVID pandemic swept through the country last year, companies rapidly transitioned employees to working from home.

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How to Be a Better Team Leader: A Case Study

Let's Grow Leaders

After all this was a recognition focus group for the top reps in this enormous call center. Team Leader Turmoil “I used to be one of those disengaged reps, you’re talking about.” We were all a bit shocked by Mike’s response. Several of whom were on the short-list to become team leaders. I smiled gently, […] The post How to Be a Better Team Leader: A Case Study appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

The Three Pillars Of Executive Presence

Eric Jacobson


Lead Change Blog

When effective change management is not implemented early and consistently throughout a major change, whether focused on new technology, business models, regulations, merger, and acquisitions, or other drivers, without thoughtful attention to the people side of change, resistance inevitably will grow and harden, leading to unnecessary confusion, delays in adoption and lost productivity. Change is a permanent feature of organizations; resistance is an expected part of the journey.

“People Matter,” and that’s what matters! – (insight from Mike Muhney, VIPorbit)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Mike Muhney, CEO, VIPorbit But in the end, for something this complicated, it’s really hard to design products by focus groups. I’m going to start a company so I can have what I need. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them. Steve Jobs ———————– Look, it’s… Read More “People Matter,” and that’s what matters! – (insight from Mike Muhney, VIPorbit).

Bit by Innocent Bit, Are You Becoming a Sincere Hypocrite?

The Practical Leader

Run focus groups using a cross-section of people in your organization. Periodically do group assessments of your meeting effectiveness. Get an assessment from external consultants based on some combination of surveys, reviews, focus groups, and customer feedback.

Are You Ready for Recovery?

Leading Blog

This same approach can enable a group to be assembled to look at preparedness for the post-crisis recovery. Thus, the transpersonal leader can set the ‘future-focusedgroup up with the autonomy to use their fully conscious decision-making processes to create a myriad of ‘what if’ options.

A Manager’s Guide to Better Decision Making

Let's Grow Leaders

can take many forms, but it’s always about your group’s goal, destination, or outcome. What competencies should we focus on? And then, someone else starts talking about the need for focus groups. A group makes the decision through a vote.

The Three Pillars Of Executive Presence

Eric Jacobson

Diversifying Your Product Line: Tips for Start Up Clothing Brands

Strategy Driven

When you’re first starting out, it’s important to focus on quality over quantity. If a style is popular among a certain group, make sure to increase the quantity of that size in your next order! It’s an exciting time when you’re starting your own clothing brand.

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Closed Loop - How to make a Quality Product

CEO Blog

4 - Customer feedback and focus groups. I am coaching a newer company on how to produce high quality products. I figured it was easier to write this blog entry where it might have use to other people than just send it in an email to them. One lesson I learned years ago by going through ISO9000 certification is closed loop. Every failure needs to be analyzed and the root cause solved. Simply fixing the problem for one customer is not enough.

What Causes Promotions to Fail?

Lead Change Blog

After conducting focus group discussions and assessments of current supervisors, we were able to identify eight core skills needed for the supervisory role compared to their former roles, along with some relevant knowledge. It is unfortunately common for employees in organizations to climb up the ladder to their “level of incompetence,” a concept in management known as the Peter Principle.

Daring To Serve

Lead Change Blog

It occurred to me that our Leading Voices , Instigators , and Lead Change Group Members have touched on these principles in many of their writings. The original focus group of leaders who she asked about what needed to change all answered that they wanted to be leaders different from them. Those first meetings led to a focus from Cheryl on leadership characterized by bravery and humility. Cheryl emphasizes that our results focus is not once a year, it is every day.

5 Signs Diaper Drama Is Destroying Your Culture

Let's Grow Leaders

Encourage your team to focus on substance over form at least in their readouts to you. I’ve worked with companies where the employees tell me the unspoken rule… “Never ever bring up the the truth in a focus group.” ” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard about employees being coached (and in some cases even “bribed” with extra treats to paint a rosy picture on an employee survey or in a focus group.)

How To Ask Remarkably Better Questions To Encourage Great Ideas

Great Leadership By Dan

You ask in ways that draw out people’s best thinking, new ideas, and customer-focused solutions. Three qualities distinguish how leaders ask questions in a Courageous Culture: they are intentional, vulnerable, and action-focused.

Three Simple Secrets to Running a Remarkable Meeting

Let's Grow Leaders

I’ve heard these words so frequently, in focus groups, in one-on-ones, and even behind closed doors with seasoned managers. “This is so stupid–they asked for my opinion and then ignored it. I don’t know why I even bother! From now on, I’m going to just shut my mouth and do my work.” ” “Arghhh. We keep rehashing the same conversations. Why can’t we make a simple @#%*&% decision?”

On The Leading Edge to Cut Wasteful Employee Engagement Efforts

The Practical Leader

During a focus group with frontline team members to assess their current culture, participants weren’t participating. The post On The Leading Edge to Cut Wasteful Employee Engagement Efforts appeared first on The Clemmer Group.

Powerful Leaders Go Beyond Empowerment to Empartnerment

The Practical Leader

The consulting firm usually interviews people, runs focus groups, and gathers input from a variety of sources. The post Powerful Leaders Go Beyond Empowerment to Empartnerment appeared first on The Clemmer Group.

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An Army of One

General Leadership

All are intentionally designed to reinforce that every individual is simply one part of a larger group at work. The result of numerous focus groups and interviews with soldiers, it is designed to convey the idea that joining the Army will help someone gain not only physical and emotional strength, but strength of character and purpose as well.

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An Agile Culture Ripples Out From the Leadership Team

The Practical Leader

” A rigid leadership team stuck in traditional methods of internal focus, functional accountability, and empowerment can’t reshape their organization with more agile approaches of customer focus, horizontal teamwork, and “empartnerment” by talking about it.

3M’s SVP of HR Kristen Ludgate on a Better Way to Attract Top Talent

HR Digest

We launched a new culture framework in 2019 to articulate what our culture is – and what we aspire it to be – with a focus on building on our strengths and committing to stretch ourselves into the future. COURAGE UNDER CHANGE.

Finding Out What People Really Think Of Your Products And Services

Strategy Driven

This means getting a group of people and asking them for their opinion on your product, whilst they are actually using it. Focus groups are important and can be run along pre-determined lines.

7 Strategic Questions Your Team Should Be Able to Answer

Let's Grow Leaders

I just wish they would focus on the day-to-day work.” I ask this question every time I go into a focus group. I’ve never met an executive who said, “my team’s just too strategic. ” Nope in fact it’s quite the opposite concern. “How do I get my team to think more strategically?”

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Knowledge Is Power. Data Isn’t.

In the CEO Afterlife

At Apple, Steve Jobs never wanted research from focus groups or quantitative usage and attitude studies. How many times have you heard that “knowledge is power?” I’m guessing that without much thought, you readily nod your head in agreement. In every vocation, from academics to business to politics, the knowledge theorem and its power corollary is seemingly undeniable. . Knowledge Theorem: Information + Knowledge = Better Decision-Making. .

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The Three Pillars Of Executive Presence

Eric Jacobson

After two years of research, forty focus groups and a national survey, author Sylvia Ann Hewlett contends the three pillars of Executive Presence are: How you act ( gravitas ) How you speak (communication ) How you look ( appearance ) All three work together to help you telegraph (signal) to others that you have what it takes and that you're star material.

3 Ways to Avoid the Slippery Slope of Inconsistency

Let's Grow Leaders

In every company I work with I hear a consistent theme in focus groups: “I wish our managers had tougher and more consistent standards. Kendra is late because she was at the hospital with her sick child and barely got home to take a shower… got it. Every now and then managers must make exceptions, no doubt. But now, John is late too, and you feel bad saying something to him, since you just let Kendra off the hook.

Three Pillars Of Executive Presence And The Aspects Of Gravitas

Eric Jacobson

After two years of research, forty focus groups and a national survey, author Sylvia Ann Hewlett contends the three pillars of Executive Presence are: How you act ( gravitas ) How you speak (communication ) How you look ( appearance ) All three work together to help you telegraph (signal) to others that you have what it takes and that you're star material.

5 Ways to Ensure Your Messages Get Through to Employees


Understanding your audience helps you focus on those messages that will most resonate. For more systematic listening, targeted practices such as focus groups, surveys, and meetings with teams offer unparalleled insight into the success of any communication. There are countless ways to ensure that a message hits home the way you intended. Here are five must-do strategies to cut through the clutter and turn messages into meaning: Communicate from your audience ’s perspective.

New Leadership for a Changing Workforce

Great Leadership By Dan

So, for these Second-Wavers, I’d recommend focusing on the three P’s: Personal Attention, Professional Development, and Purpose. Purpose After observing focus groups of Second-Wavers, one thing really stands out: They want to know not just what to do and how to do it, but why.

3 Consequences of Promoting the Smart, Successful Jerk (with video)

Let's Grow Leaders

I’ve been in enough focus groups across enough companies to tell you–when you promote the jerk, people assume it’s the jerk behavior that sealed the deal. Oh he’s good. Very good. He gets sh__ done. It’s hard to argue with the results. So what if he’s ruffling a few feathers… with his team, with his peers, with HR, with IT? The better he does, the better you look.

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The Ultimate Guide to Starting Your Own Small Business

Strategy Driven

Invest in focus groups, conduct surveys with your target audience, research public data and SEO in order to make a full-proof business plan. Focus on Your Finances. Starting your own small business can be daunting.

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Executive Managerial Leadership Coaching: Case Study

Mike Cardus

Creating a renewed focus for each person to be working for shared values and commitment to the organization, teams, the community, stake holders, and each other. Within these coaching times focused development, feedback and field work assignments were discussed and explored to develop the defined objectives. Executive Coaching and peer coaching groups were established to highlight and sharpen existing great behaviors and actions.

It’s Not A Race: Don’t Rush Launching Your New Product!

Strategy Driven

Make time for focus groups. A simple way to ensure that your new product, its packaging, and various marketing materials will appeal to your target audience is to hold focus groups. This is where you bring a group of people together – usually five or six people – and ask them to discuss something, in this case, it would be your new product, and it’s branding.

Leadership Biz Cafe #6 – Andrea Kates on Fostering Innovation

Tanveer Naseer

Why leaders need to look beyond focus groups and market studies to find their next innovation. These days, everyone is talking about the importance of innovation to an organization’s future, but what exactly does it take to be innovative and how do we start? That’s the basis of my conversation with business strategist and author Andrea Kates in this latest episode of “Leadership Biz Cafe”.