The Career Success Formula

Last week, when I provide you an update on our new book (co-authored with Michael Couch) Strategy Driven Leadership: The Playbook for Developing Your Next Generation of Leaders, I shared with you our “Career Success Formula.” In short, your career success is made up of all your Key Developmental Experiences (KDE’s), such as rolling out a new product and  where you learned the essential skills or  ]“Key Leadership Competencies” (KLC’s) that were needed to complete the job, such as getting everyone on board and behind the new product. Learning from the experiences is enhanced by regular reflection (Rfn) and feedback (Fdk), where you consider your learning and get information about how you are doing from others. For example, we have our Read More

Learn Something New…3X10

Learning something new isn’t just about concentration but is more about practice. Dr. Douglas Fields, a neurologist at NIH, reported that spaced learning which provided three learning opportunities with 10 minute intervals between each session created a much higher percentage of the learning having “stuck” in the individual learner’s mind and then being able to apply it rapidly and effectively. In practical terms  that translates to repeating a particular learning experience one time and then taking  a 1o minute break before doing it again. A bit of rinse and repeat and repeat. In our new book, Retooling Leadership Development, Mike Couch as I assert that learning new leadership skills must happen in the day to day world of the aspiring or established leader and Read More

Three Great Things

Several years ago Pittsburgh welcomed world leaders by hosting the G-20 Global Leader Conference.  I attended a “Welcoming Guests to Pittsburgh” meeting hosted by Bill Flanagan, Vice-President of the Allegheny Conference, a local economic development organization.  Bill was coaching groups of us just in case we ran into diplomats, news reporters, or even Barack Obama should he make a trip over to Pamela’s Restaurant for his favorite pancakes. Bill was describing how there were just three things we should tell folks about Pittsburgh—(1) how our history was rich with innovation and success, (2) how we’ve transformed our economic base from steel manufacturing to healthcare, education and energy and (3) how we are the world’s most livable city. While I loved Read More

Take the Bored Out of Your Board Meeting

A not-so-quiet change in happening in non-profit organizations across the country. Due to government funding cutbacks, increasing needs of clients in our communities and a need for organizations to adapt to new business models, these non-profits have to look at changes across all levels of their organizations. Among the most important change that can be enacted is how the Boards of Directors conduct business, engage in the success of the organization and support the administration in creating a successful workplace. In the past, Boards of Directors primary job was oversee their fiduciary responsibility, hire the Executive Director and perhaps help fundraise. They would attend an annual strategic planning sessions where they would conduct a SWOT analysis (identifying the strengths, weaknesses, Read More

Creating A Mindset Of Longevity

Richard discusses the reality that family owned businesses typically are the ones that last the longest. Family challenges include:  succession, sibling rivalry, not wanting to air their dirty laundry and maintaining values. Factors include sensitivity to the environment, maintaining cohesiveness across the business, maintaining a core set of values and being conservative with their money.

Using Our Knowledge To Promote The People In An Organization

Richard talks about how companies often have business recovery/resiliency plans but many organizations have not addressed resilience in regards to their staff members.

Fine Dining

Just because we’re on vacation does not mean I should not be blogging. After all, bloggers have to report their whole life and not just a part of it. As we were driving to NYC and beyond for a mini family reunion (just one side of the family and most of my favorite cousins) we were approaching the New Jersey border and realized it was time for dinner. As is the case we pack a box lunch and enjoyed our sandwiches, fruit and chips (forgot the cookies) but needed to stop and enjoy a regular meal. As we prepared to exit in Tannersville, Sheila saw a sign that said Comfort Inn Tandoor Palace Restaurant Fine Dining Now any place that Read More

The Resilience Advantage: Part 3 – Five Ways To Become Body Wise

Richard shares five tips to develop body wisdom.

The Goldilocks Approach to Decision-Making

I often find my corporate clients struggling with decision making because they get into a kind of black or white thinking They examine an issue and decide that it should either be yes or no, go or no-go or we’ve always done it that way, so let’s try something different this time. This kind of thinking typically happens because we fall back into familiar and comfortable ways of thinking. Even the most mundane kinds of decisions often lead us to this binary way of thinking. Just this morning, my golfing buddy called me to ask what I thought about getting out and playing today. Dreary, cold and wet is the only way to describe today with a late spring snowstorm Read More

The Resilience Advantage: Part 2 – How Smoking Saved A Life (A Body Wisdom Story)

Richard teaches that it is never too late to start making a big difference in your life.