The Soundtrack of Your Career…

Kathy Rapp Career Paths, Kathy Rapp, Leadership

It’s a phenomenon not uncommon to most – how music ties into certain points in your life.  I hear a song and can tell you with decent accuracy the year it came out and what I was doing at the time.  On a long plane ride recently, I started thinking about the music on my iPod.  Hearing the first few …

The One Management Skill We Don’t Really Teach…

Paul Hebert Leadership, Paul Hebert

As the dining room fills up with boxes marked “College Stuff” I’m continually reminded that my oldest is going away to college soon.  She’s not going to be living in our house much longer.  She will visit (I hope) often – but she won’t live with us anymore.  And, while she is getting ready to move out – my son …

Are You Ready For Some Football? Your Players Won’t Take You to the Playoffs Without Development…

Sean Conrad Leadership, Sean Conrad, Succession Planning

What do Tom Brady, Rich Gannon and Steve Young all have in common?  Let me give you a hint. It’s not just their NFL all-star status.  It’s their similar early-career history.  Each of them had a lackluster start to their careers.  They were not necessarily high performers with their first teams (or in college, in Brady’s case) and little was done by …

What My Sucky Family Vacation Has To Do With Your Change Effort…

Jessica Lee Leadership

It’s been weeks since we jettisoned our summer vacation, bailing early to lower our eventual therapy bills. Since coming home, I’ve pondered what happened so I’d be sure to not do that again. I now realize our vacation was a failed change effort. Forgotten Lesson #1: Don’t think everyone’s going to be excited just because you are. I found the …

How to be a Successful Rapper…I Mean Leader…

Tim Sackett Leadership, Tim Sackett

I love Fast Company (Mag and on-line) primarily because they tend to focus on companies and people who do things differently and are successful – whether those companies and people are popular or not (if you haven’t checked them out do so, often).  Last week they had a piece on-line “The Kanye Curriculum: 7 Ways to be successful” by Kanye West …

How to Self-Destruct During a Management Training Session…

jasonseiden Jason Seiden, Leadership

There are many ways to make the least of a training session. Some of them are quite colorful, thank you very much. But it’s some of the more subtle forms of self-destruction that are so fascinating to me. Like the building suspense of a violence-free Hitchcock movie, self-destructive behavior can grow from an innocent comment to an undeniable pattern that …

10 Minutes That Mattered in the Founding of SuccessFactors…

Kris Dunn Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn, Leadership

Forbes has been running a piece on "10 Minutes that Mattered", where they ask CEOs and other influencers in the business world to recall a situation that taught them a lot about life and shaped who they are in the business world.  Every once in a while, you have the big moments in life.  You know the ones – maybe your grandfather imparted some …

You’re Not Rational. You’re Rationalized…

jasonseiden Driving Productivity, Jason Seiden, Leadership

It’s one of the cruel ironies of human nature that we are blind to our own rationalizations. We think we’re rational, reasonable, logical… but we’re anything but. True, our brains possess the ability to overrule emotions through something called an “executive process,” but the power of the executive processing part of the brain, relative to the power of our emotional …