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Change: Embrace It or Resist It

If your company is going to stay in business, it has to change, and that can be scary. For many people, change is more threatening than challenging. They see it as the destroyer of what is familiar and comfortable rather than the creator of what is new and exciting. Most people, and organizations, would rather […]

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Are You a Creative or a Reactive Thinker?

The other day I was talking to a CEO about the educational and development needs of his corporation, and he remarked, “You know, Nido, leadership isn’t what it used to be. I used to think I knew what to look for in leaders. Now I’m not so sure.” He continued: “When I first went into […]

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From Training To Education

Let me make a suggestion that at first may sound strange, coming from a management consultant. If your company has a training department, do away with it. Replace it with a Department of Education and Development. The reason: The new business environment needs fewer people who are trained to do things a specific way and more people who […]

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Solid Strategies = Solid Success

Success results from a solid strategy. Even the greatest ideas are of little value unless they are backed up by a practical and workable plan of action. The word strategy comes from an ancient Greek term which literally means to be a general leading troops into battle. Setting up a good strategic plan involves five […]

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Controlling Change

If a company is going to stay in business, it has to change, and that can be scary. Many people see change as threatening. To them, it is the destroyer of what is familiar and comfortable rather than the creator of what is new and exciting. Unfortunately, comfort can be the enemy of excellence. It […]

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Work Strategies For Winners

When your company’s employees work together as a team, they multiply their effectiveness. A study of high-tech workers in a California laboratory showed that the star performers outperformed their mid-range co-workers by a margin of 8 to 1. When researchers looked for the reasons, they found that the star performers were more adept at working […]

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Effective Time Management

“Time is your most valuable resource!” says internationally known management expert Peter Drucker. Then he makes a very astute observation: “Unless time is managed, nothing else can be managed.” In other words, if time gets away from us, every other part of our business will get away from us, too. Your effectiveness in time utilization, […]

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Investing In Your Future

I’ve counseled a lot of professionals over the years on the need to market consistently. The excuse I frequently hear is, “I can’t afford it.” I’ve never quite understood that mindset. It’s a little like a farmer who buys a helicopter to cruise around his holdings, but never has enough money for fertilizer. In business, […]

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Create Your Own Future

Some people wait for the future to happen. Others create their futures. The former depend on the luck of the draw. The latter cut their own deal. How do you create your own future? By forming a vision and expressing it through a mission statement. Your dream now glitters on the horizon of the future. But you are standing in […]

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Proactive Success

Some people think success comes effortlessly, with no need for effort or conscious planning. All you need to do is be in the right place at the right time–and at some happy moment, success will fall into your lap. Such people are usually called “failures.” Successful people know that in business or any other undertaking, […]

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