40. Realize Your Passion

You know what I think about achieving goals? Everyone has a passion for something, a powerful, compelling drive to achieve a goal. I saw a meme recently that speaks to this quite well:

“When it’s time to fight, you fight like you’re the third monkey on the ramp to Noah’s ark…and brother it’s starting to rain.”

If you’re passionate about something, you’re willing to fight for it. You don’t take “no” for an answer and you won’t let anything stand in your way. The fight can be a hard one or easy depending on the process you employ in realizing your passion.

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37. Change Management

You know what I think about change management? There are a number of change management theories and processes “on the books” today. And each and every one are more or less just variations of Kurt Lewin’s foundational three phase change process of unfreezing, transitioning, and refreezing. In this podcast, I share various techniques manager’s utilize in carrying out Lewin’s change model.

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36. The Hypercompetition Paradox

Hypercompetition is a state of perpetual change in the rules of competition within an industry. Since these rules are in a constant state of flux, organizations can’t sustain competitive advantage forcing them to vigorously and continuously compete in cost and quality, timing and know-how, strongholds and market invasion, and the deep pockets of competitors. Requiring a constant reinventing of competitive advantage, an organization achieves the greatest advantage by competing against its own areas of strength. But in a global economy, this can result in an exhausting treadmill.

34. Motivating Employees

You know what I think about motivation? Anyone can be motivated and motivating others is a skill that can be learned. Motivation is an essential ingredient for effective performance and how well employees perform will determine the organizations success or failure. In this podcast I share some employee motivation techniques and some advice on employee engagement to increase motivation.

33. Ten Rules For e-Business Success

You know what I think about e-business strategy? According to e-commerce analytics firm, Ever Merchant, e-commerce generates almost 2 and a half million dollars every minute.. Think about that number for a second: Two and a half million dollars. Almost two million of those sales are done over the desktop, while the remaining 500 thousand dollars are generated over mobile device. Almost 1.4 million dollars is spent on credit, debit, prepaid, and store cards, and just over a million dollars are alternative payments, like e-wallets, direct debits, bank transfer, or cod. It’s not surprising that Amazon soaks up almost 200 thousand dollars a minute all by itself, while eBay does 150 thousand, and Apple processes about 36 thousand dollars every minute. And let’s not forget social media, which generates a ton of sales, with Facebook bringing in 11 thousand dollars a minute, and Pinterest and Twitter bringing in just under 10 thousand, each. Without a doubt, the Internet is a powerful tool to facilitate commerce, but to be truly effective, it must be in the forefront of business strategy.

29. Hiring The Right People

You know what I think about the hiring process? If you do a Google search for “how to hire the right people” you’ll find a plethora of posts on leadership qualities and attributes, but there’s not a lot of process-oriented information. There’s a lot of advice for job candidates, but if you’re a hiring authority, well, we just never really got a lot of training, did we? During the course of my career, I’ve hired hundreds of people, and for various level roles, entry-level, mid-level managers, and professionals. I’m certainly no expert, and although I didn’t always get it right, more often than not, especially at this point in my career, I do get it right. So, today, I’d like to share with you my process for hiring the right person. I’ll explain each step in the process, and provide real-life example of that step in action. Although, there’s really no way to eliminate all risk when hiring, these five steps will help you mitigate the risk.

28. Servant Leaders Don’t Do Baseboards

From time-to-time, you’ll find me reminiscing about my days in the Air Force. This is one of those times. I can remember working as a young Airman in an Air Force hospital when the announcement came down that the Health Services Inspection would occur within the next month. The Health Services Inspection or HSI is a medical compliance inspection conducted jointly by the AF Inspector General and the Joint Commission. Anyway, for myself and my follow airmen, the announcement meant more work and a scramble to get programs updated to meet compliance standards. It was also the only time in my 24-year Air Force career that I had to clean baseboards. So, what does this have to do with servant leaders? Listen-in to find out…

25. The Amazing Me Project with Paul Gallagher

You know what I think about project management? Historically speaking, project management was around long before it was known as “project management”. Although we don’t know exactly how the pyramids of Egypt were constructed, we do know the Pharaoh had managers overseeing their construction. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that we started to explore Project Management as a formal scientific process. Since then it’s evolved into a field of study and a career path. And it’s still evolving. In this podcast, I’m pleased to share an interview with Paul Gallagher, who has applied the basic tenets of project management, namely managing resources, maintaining schedules, and coordinating different activities and tasks, into a framework for life. He calls it “The Amazing Me Project”.

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24. Stimulate Conflict and Improve Performance

You know what I think about conflict? People don’t stop being people at work. And because people are people conflict is inevitable. Conflict is the natural result of human interaction that begins when one member of the organization believes his or her goals, values, needs, or attitudes are incompatible with those of other members of the organization. Conflict can arise within a member, between two members, or between groups of the organization. Traditionally, conflict was viewed as a detriment to the organization, it was something that should be resolved quickly or avoided all together, but if properly managed, conflict can drive positive change and it can raise the organization to the next level.

23. Get Momentum

You know what I think about Momentum? Mark Twain once said “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” The frog in this quote represents the one thing you have on your to-do list that you have absolutely no motivation to do. The biggest frog would be the most important of two undesirable tasks. If you don’t eat them right away, you’re likely to put-off doing them the rest of the day, and guaranteed they’ll be a distraction until you get it done and will impede your momentum.

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