Archive for April, 2009

It’s Time to Get Fresh

Now, more than ever, your team, organization and peers need you to be positive and forward-looking. The best way to begin looking ahead is to begin with yourself.

It’s spring. The time of growth, rejuvenation, and excitement for the future. Let’s start fresh – today! Consider where you are at in your leadership journey at this moment with these questions:

Here & Now

  1. What are you doing well in your leadership?
  2. What can you improve in your leadership?

Tomorrow & Beyond:

  1. If things were as great as you’d like them to be, what would they look and feel like?
  2. What is your role in creating a great future?
  3. What are others saying about you in the future?
  4. What immediate action can you take to move toward a great future?
Categories: leadership

Did You Know?

My Training Philosophy

Some managers wonder why so much planning, questioning, testing, and evaluating has to go into training our people. Some may even believe there isn’t value to dedicating someone to this role, or that it’s even necessary to work this hard to “just share information”.

Well, here’s why it IS important:

How Do Humans Learn? I’d venture to say that 90% of managers think that sharing information is the same as training. Sorry to tell you folks, TELLING AIN’T TRAINING. In a sense, learning is like an ecosystem. We’re continually influenced by information, our social interactions, and experiences. These shape who we are and what we know. And this ultimately determines how we act. Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me, and I’ll knock your socks off!

When Do Humans Learn? I get this question occasionally, and most of the time managers are trying to determine the best time to hold a training session, or whether offering eLearning can be taken anytime will really be effective for retaining information. Somewhere out there is the belief that people learn the best between the hours of 9a-11a, Tues-Thurs. But that’s not the case!! As humans, we’re always in learning mode. We don’t turn learning on or off.

My Training Philosophy: We don’t learn just because someone gives us information or tells us that we’re in a training course. We learn because that’s how we’re wired. So when we do take a course, we fold it into our learning ecosystem and make it part of how we understand the world around us.

Photo Credit: The Rapid eLearning Blog

Categories: learning

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Categories: fun 'n games

Self-Confidence for Leaders

This article was shared with me by fellow Double-Take employee, Steven Miles. Thanks, Steven!

Self-Confidence for Leaders, By Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Succession: Are You Ready? as well as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, a Harold Longman Award winner for Business Book of the Year. He can be reached at, and he provides his articles and videos online at

I was recently teaching in a seminar for MBA students at the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. A young second-year student seemed anxious to talk with me. He finally asked: “I have read your book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. In the book you talk about classic challenges faced by your clients. I noticed that you never discuss self-confidence problems. How do you deal with your client’s self-confidence problems?”

This was a great question. It made me realize that I rarely encounter self-confidence problems in my work with CEOs and potential CEOs. It is almost impossible to make it to the top level in a multibillion-dollar corporation if you do not believe in yourself. On the other hand, I am frequently asked to speak at business schools (in fact five this month), and I have noticed that students in my seminars often want to talk about it.

Read the rest of the article here.

Do You Know the New Rules?

We live in a world of dramatic, tumultuous, and unpredictable change—change that is wiping out time-honored businesses and long-standing institutions and ushering in unprecedented opportunities for creative individuals and entrepreneurial organizations. So pervasive is change today that it has redefined our first task: The job is no longer figuring out how to win at the game of work and life; the job is figuring out the new rules of the game.

Rules of Thumb, Alan M. Webber (co-founder of Fast Company)

Rules of Thumb, featuring 52 “rules,”is a guide for individuals in every walk of life who want to make sense out of these confusing, challenging, and compelling times. The book is practical, philosophical, and fun. And, it is ever so wise. Here is a sampling of a few of the new rules we should all be getting familiar with:

#10 A good question beats a good answer.
#14 You don’t know if you don’t go.
#16 Facts are facts; Stories are how we learn.
#26 The soft stuff is the hard stuff.
#29 Words matter.
#45 Failure isn’t failing. Failure is failing to try.
#50 On the way up, pay attention to your strengths; They’ll be your weaknesses on the way down.
#52 Stay Alert! There are teachers everywhere.

Is It Broken?

Watch this entertaining video from Seth Godin and ask yourself the same question, “Is it broken?” If it is, whatever “it” is then see what YOU can do to fix it.

Categories: learning