Archives from August 2008

Howard Guttman on Building High-Performance Teams

How a powerful new high-performance organizational model has changed the way leaders lead, team members function, decisions get made, and challenges are met.

August 29, 2008 / Podcast # 08-35

Howard Guttman

Standout performance is what it takes to be a top business team. In Great Business Teams, Howard Guttman examines the inner workings of over 30 business teams, at top-management, business-unit, and functional levels, to offer a radically new vision of the emerging horizontal organization and of the high-performing teams that are the cornerstone of its success. Read more…


Robert Bloom on Finding Your Company’s Inside Advantage

Growth and success in business amounts to a simple formula: Knowing what you're good at and doing it better than anyone else.

August 22, 2008 / Podcast # 08-34

Robert Bloom

Every enterprise has at least one strategic asset-one existing strength-that can form the foundation for future growth. Finding this hidden potential and becoming well known for it will grow the business. Robert H. Bloom calls this the Inside Advantage, which happens to be the title of his new book. Read more…


Terrence Gargiulo on Taming Difficult People

How timeless tales teach us how to handle beasts at work.

August 15, 2008 / Podcast # 08-33

Terrence Gargiulo

From Tibet to Mexico to the Balkans, every culture has its own cherished folktales. While originally made up to reinforce morals and good behavior, these stories aren’t just for kids. Many fables featuring whimsical creatures and talking animals have much to teach grownups about handling slackers, connivers, ogres, and other dreaded real-life figures in our workplace.

In the Land of Difficult People: 24 Timeless Tales Reveal How to Tame the Beasts at Work (AMACOM 2008) by Terrence L. Gargiulo and Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D. presents 24 fables taken from around the world, Read more…


Beverly Kaye on Keeping Ideal People in the Workplace

The retention of top employees is every manager's concern.

August 8, 2008 / Podcast # 08-32

Beverly Kaye

With every employee who walks out the door costing the company up to 200 percent of their annual salary to replace, retention is one of the most important issues facing businesses today. Because finding the ideal person for every workplace position has become an increasingly difficult task, the retention of top employees has become every manager’s concern. Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em, by organizational-development specialists Beverly L. Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans, proposes that this “race for talent” can be effectively run only by those who adopt programs and policies that truly support their personnel. Read more…


Edward Lawler on Making People Your Competitive Advantage

How should organizations be designed to make talent their key sources of a competitive advantage?

August 1, 2008 / Podcast # 08-31

Edward Lawler

In today’s global business environment, it’s more and more difficult to gain a competitive edge, but it’s not impossible. Talent, potentially the most powerful source of competitive advantage, is available. In Talent: Making People Your Competitive Advantage, the follow up to his best selling book, Built To Change, Edward Lawler shows how organizations can combine the right organization design, management practices, and talent to gain a critical performance edge.

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