Archives from April 2009

Sylvia Lafair on Breaking Family Patterns That Limit Success

How to dramatically improve professional relationships by taking control of the underlying behavioral patterns that undermine them.

April 24, 2009 / Podcast # 09-17

Sylvia Lafair

You know the type. Maybe he’s the office cut up or the woman who manages to look busy but avoids work or the guy who was the long suffering victim. There’s one in every office. Perhaps you or someone you know fits one of these profiles. These behaviors are painfully annoying and start conflict in the office.

Sylvia Lafair is author of Don’t Bring It To Work: Breaking The Family Patterns That Limit Success. Read more…


Steve Kerr on Performance Rewards Systems That Really Work

How to dramatically improve your organization's performance and create a more motivated workplace.

April 17, 2009 / Podcast # 09-16

Steve Kerr

It’s one of the thorniest management problems around: dealing with unmotivated, low-performing employees. It’s easy to point the finger of blame at them. But in most companies, it’s the reward system, not the workforce, that’s causing poor attitudes and performance: many reward systems actually discourage desired behaviors while rewarding the very actions that drive executives crazy.

In Reward Systems: Does Yours Deliver? Steve Kerr describes the steps you must take to create an effective reward system: Read more…


Jason Jennings on How New Leaders Can Hit the Ground Running

One of the toughest jobs in business is taking over as a new leader.

April 10, 2009 / Podcast # 09-15

Jason Jennings

You have to hit the ground running— diagnose the situation, pull together a strong team, decide on a strategy, and inspire everyone to execute it.

Jason Jennings and his research team searched for the new CEOs who had pulled off the most impressive transformations of this decade. He interviewed ten who, on average, had doubled revenues, doubled profit margins, and more than tripled earnings per share, at companies such as Staples, Goodrich, Humana, and J. M. Smucker.
Read more…


Forrest Breyfogle on Taking Six Sigma to the Next Level

Introducing a new organizational governance system for doing the right things the right way at the right time.

April 3, 2009 / Podcast # 09-14

Forrest W. Breyfogle III

Problem-solving or assessment methodologies such as Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, or ISO may not provide a business framework so that organizations can move toward achieving the three Rs of business: everybody doing the Right Things the Right Way at the Right Time.

In The Integrated Enterprise Excellence System: An Enhanced, Unified Approach to Balanced Scorecards, Strategic Planning, and Business Improvement , Forrest Breyfogle introduces a new organizational governance system that integrates analytics with innovation. Read more…