Implementing This Business Process Requires Play, Relaxation, and Fun

I really enjoyed a video I recently came across from TEDx Victoria. It was Improviser Dave Morris presenting what he coined, “The Ways of Improvisation”. In the video, he describes improvisation as a way of doing things that can be used in everyday life. He makes the clear distinction that improvisation is not a single thing, but rather a process that is followed.

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When “Tried and True” becomes “Old and Boring” – It’s Time for a New Script

I stood in front of the National Sales Team I managed and could feel the cynicism

photo courtesy of - DGlodowska

photo courtesy of – DGlodowska

staring back at me. Certain they knew the script, they braced themselves for the “start of the fiscal year motivational speech”—the speech delivered by every sales leader since the dawn of quotas. The basic format of the speech goes something like this:

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Get a Grip – On Leading with “YES”

Get a gripIn the last week, I have received a few comments from people who have been introduced to the concept of leading with “Yes” and they have expressed how challenging it can be. I think it is an interesting topic worthy of additional exploration and so in this post I will do my best to uncover what it really means to lead with “Yes”. Continue reading

Release the Prisoners (of Meetings)!

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During my frequent incarcerations, I’ve texted friends to find out where we are meeting for dinner, checked stock market quotes and calculated whether I can afford a European vacation next summer.   My detainers were paying no attention and had no idea that these activities were going on right under their noses. On behalf of corporate prisoners of meetings being held captive in board rooms for countless hours around the globe, I’m pleading for release.  Continue reading

Setting the Stage for Success: Managers & Team Building

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Setting the Stage

I attended a webinar by Human Capital Institute recently on the theme of manager accountability and performance management. I enjoyed the session and afterwards found myself thinking about the responsibilities of a manager that go beyond getting the task done and driving business results. In particular, the need for managers to build strong and effective teams. Continue reading

Fight , Flight or Improvise? A New Way to Approach the Wild Kingdom of the Workplace

LionA last minute cancelation by another speaker resulted in my first opportunity to come in contact with the Transportation industry at the recently held Transport Conference. Preparing my talk, I asked the conference chair about the attendees and the nature of their business challenges. He described a highly competitive and constantly changing environment where survival is usually the first item on the daily agenda. I’ve asked this question quite a few times and have learned that the safest bet I can make is that I will get this same answer whenever I ask about workplace challenges. It seems that whether it is public sector or private; large or small organizations, everyone is feeling pressure and stress. While we are a more complex version, we have the same reactions to stress as the animal kingdom. Continue reading