Archives from December 2009

David Ulrich on How HR Transforms the Future

Building Human Resources From the Outside In

December 24, 2009 / Podcast # 09-52

David Ulrich

David Ulrich is Co Founder of the RBL Group and Professor of Business at the University of Michigan’s Raw School of Business. He’s ranked number one as a management educator guru by Business Week, and Ulrich was selected by Fast Company as one of the ten most innovate and creative leaders. He has also been named HR Magazine’s most influential person in the HR field four out of the last five years, and was most recently listed number 31 on the Thinker’s 50 global ranking of business gurus. He’s written 20 books covering topics in HR and leadership, including The Leadership Code and HR Transformation. Read more…


Alice Adams on Bridging the Gender Divide at Work

how to build a more productive work environment based on what men and women have in common.

December 18, 2009 / Podcast # 09-51

Alice Adams

Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus. This popular summation of the gender divide is given a lot of credence in the workplace. But the fact is that working women and men are far more alike than commonly realized—and managers who understand that can develop lasting, productive gender equity at work. In Playing to Strength, Alice Adams guides managers and organizations who want to achieve the type of gender-balanced environment that brings out the best in both men and women.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:

* Leadership and Team Development for Managerial Success
* Situational Leadership® II Workshop
* Leading with Emotional Intelligence

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:

* The Voice of Success by Joni Wilson


Steve McKee on What to Do When Growth Stalls

One of the toughest lessons every business leader learns is how hard it is to generate sustained growth.

December 11, 2009 / Podcast # 09-50

Steve McKee

Stalled growth is the rule, not the exception–even for the best-managed companies. That’s especially true in unpredictable economic environments such as the one we’re experiencing today. Steve McKee commissioned a study of 700 companies that had at one time been among the nation’s fastest-growing businesses. In his book, When Growth Stalls, McKee presents compelling knowledge about how and why companies lose their way, and offers practical advice about how they can rekindle growth.

Steve McKee is the president and co-founder of McKee Wallwork Cleveland, a full service marketing communications firm that has twice been awarded the American Marketing Association’s EFFIE Award, one of the industry’s highest honors. He has more than two decades experience coaching troubled companies as they look to better position themselves for success.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:

* Strategic Planning
* Fundamentals of Strategic Planning

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:

* Tough Calls by Dick Martin
* The Management 500 by Dan Coughlin


Michael Watkins on Navigating Your Career Transition

Will you sink . . . or swim?

December 4, 2009 / Podcast # 09-49

Michael D. Watkins

Transitions into new roles are the crucibles in which leaders get their toughest tests, and they’re the defining factor in professional careers today. Yet far too often, leaders fail to transition effectively into new roles. The resulting costs are high, for your career and the organization.

In Your Next Move, leadership-transition guru Michael Watkins shows how leaders can survive and thrive in all the major transitions you will face during your career, including promotion, on-boarding into a new organization, and making an international move. With real-life examples and case studies, he illustrates the defining hurdles associated with each type of transition.

Michael D. Watkins is the cofounder of Genesis Advisers, a Newton, Massachusetts-based leadership development firm specializing in transition acceleration programs and coaching. He is the author of The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels (Harvard Business Press, 2003).

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:

* Making the Transition to Management
* Making the Transition from Staff Member to Supervisor
* Fundamentals of Sales Management for the Newly Appointed Sales Manager

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:

* Reinvention by Brian Tracy
* The AMA Handbook of Leadership by Marshall Goldsmith, John Baldoni, Sarah McArthur