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Is Your Organization Engaged in Self-Sabotage?

Productivity is becoming more important every day. Fundamentally, it means doing much more with much less. And to be sure, there is scope for making, not only workers, but also

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Going the Extra Mile, or Taking a World Cruise: Did TQM Turned Perfectionism into a Virtue?

Following the Second World War, the allies determined that if the enemy nations were going to be able to make meaningful contribution the world’s economies, then they would have to

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Matrix Organization: At Best, a One-Off

Whenever volatility occurs in the market, companies start thinking about how to reorganize themselves so that they can cope with those changes effectively. But since they’re trapped by traditional thinking,

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Get Rid of Negative Self Talk for Good

The endless assortment of messages, feelings, and attitudes we bring from our past into our present influences how we see ourselves. It also directly impacts our ability to relate to

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Is Hierarchical Thinking Inhibiting Performance?

Companies like to think of themselves as having up-to-date thinking. They assume they are of the 21st century ilk because they’ve flattened their hierarchies, removed unnecessary levels of management, and empowered

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Criticism: Behind Closed Doors or in Plain Sight?

Nearly every company revolves around the central idea of team performance.  The synergy created by having multiple personalities and motivations can help any project be completed with efficiency and with

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Skip Your Email Before You Go To Bed

There’s a new habit in our info-life.  A stop on our way to lala land every night.  Our Inbox. Sometimes,

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The Army's After Action Review–a Model for Performance Feedback

The US and Canadian armies (among others, I’m sure) are famous for its post-event after action review (AAR). Whether it’s

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The Numbers Are Coming

The October 2012 issue of Harvard Business Review features “Big Data” as the theme. There are a number of articles

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Leadership Development and Succession Planning: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Leadership development and succession planning are often seen and treated as separate activities. Yet they really should go hand in

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It's What They Don't Do that Makes Them Bad

This post was triggered by a great post in the HBR Blog Network by Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman. This

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Dial Up the Underdeveloped Ego

I don’t know about you but it pains me to see so many people in organizations not contributing near to

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Dial Down the Overblown Ego

How often have you heard that our favorite topic is ourself? This is certainly true but a few people go

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Make Sure You Don't Define Yourself Via Feedback

In our lives, we get feedback from others.  Positive, negative and befuddling. It’s too easy to let that feedback become

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Dialing the Ego Just Right

Ego Problem #1 You’ve seen this individual many times. The employee who regularly shares with you how great he (she)

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Sitting Is The New Smoking

The above image is taken from a great infographic on Techcrunch. It’s message is simple: The more you sit, the worse you’ll feel.  Recent studies suggest that of all of

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