The New Science of Teamwork: Which Type Are You?

By on April 3, 2017

You may have heard about the Harvard Business Review’s April cover story: “The New Science of Teamwork.” In the article, the authors discuss how most organizations aren’t getting the performance they need out of their teams — and that a key reason is profoundly diverse work styles and perspectives. Deloitte created a system called Business Chemistry that identifies four primary work styles — now...

10 Reasons Your Last Presentation Was a Disaster: Part Two

By on March 8, 2017

In part one of this blog, I discussed some of the most common reasons that your last presentation went off the rails. Here’s part two of the 10 reasons your last presentation was a disaster. As mentioned before, I learned about all of these mistakes the hard way.   Big Mistake #6: You didn’t make the really hard, but really necessary, choices You tried to cover yourself by including just...

10 Reasons Your Last Presentation Was a Disaster: Part One

By on February 27, 2017

I’ve been lucky enough in my career to see some really great presentations, and even luckier that I’ve had the chance to work with some outstanding presenters. Unfortunately, for every great presentation, there are 10 that fall completely flat. To me, it has less to do with whether you are a “natural presenter” (I hate that term), confident or shy, golden-voiced or marble-mouthed...

Smarter Faster Better: A Business Book You Won’t Hate

By on February 14, 2017

I have a confession to make: While I am a voracious reader, particularly of literary fiction, I HATE business books. I went through a phase years ago of reading a bunch of the hot titles that you see lauded in the Wall Street Journal or on end-of-year “best of” lists, and to be honest, I was always disappointed. Here are my biggest problems with books about business and workplace productivity:...

Does your 2017 Recruiting Strategy Need a Premortem?

By on November 29, 2016

It’s that magical time of year when talent acquisition professionals’ thoughts turn to their recruiting goals and strategies for 2017. As you make your plans, you may want to consider a management technique that’s been getting a lot of attention recently: the “premortem.” Quite simply, a premortem is a managerial strategy where you envision a huge failure and then work backwards to determine...

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