Lessons Learned from a Motorcycle Skills Test

Owning and riding a motorcycle has been on my bucket list for several years. I had been hesitant to move forward because of the obvious safety hazards. No doubt this hesitancy was helped along by both my cousin, an emergency room physician in Boston, who calls them “donorcycles,” and Patti, who reminded me of my family responsibilities. Last month with the encouragement of Patti, who apparently is now less worried about family responsibilities and more worried about me sitting around the house after I retire in a few years, I bought a Honda PCX 150. Okay, technically it is a [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Learning Styles & Skills|

Why Leaders Should Care About Strategic Inflection Points

Strategic inflection points in industries are caused when changing external forces meet viable, disruptive innovations and then a completely new industry structure forms. Like a line of dominoes, once one falls, it’s just a matter of time until everyone is affected.

By | May 15th, 2014|Human Behavior, Learning Styles & Skills|

How Early Yearnings Can Give Insight into Your Talents

Have you identified your yearnings? If you have children, pay close attention to their yearnings. And, finally, talk to your teams of people and learn their yearnings. It can be fun and you might just learn how to best apply their talents for the benefit of your mission.

By | March 13th, 2014|Human Behavior, Learning Styles & Skills|

Great Idea? Two Tips on Using Persuasion

So, imagine how you would go about persuading senior executives or investors to “invest resources” in an idea?

By | March 27th, 2013|Human Behavior, Learning Styles & Skills|

Does the Tree Know It’s Feeding the Squirrels?

There is one thing I know for certain - people always try to reduce uncertainty. Effective leaders help their teams deal with uncertainty while effective managers help their teams deal with certainty. I was visiting a car service facility the other day and a lady said to me, “I think we’re going to have a snowy winter. There are a million acorns on the ground and the squirrels are storing them away. I think this is the most acorns we’ve had in years because the squirrels need them to survive the winter.” And I said, “Do you think the oak [...]

By | October 29th, 2012|Human Behavior, Learning Styles & Skills|

Why Should You Care About Paradigms? (Part 2)

It seems only logical to start with Captain Ahab, but I’ll get to him in a moment. Last week I wrote about personal paradigms and how they impact our personal beliefs and actions. This week I will briefly tackle two types of leadership paradigms that I think affect organizational outcomes significantly – what I call the flawed leader paradigm and the entrenched bureaucracy paradigm. (Paradigms in individuals are the mental models we have developed over the years to help us make judgments and take action. In organizations, paradigms are the procedures and practices people have developed over time to achieve [...]

By | October 23rd, 2012|Human Behavior, Learning Styles & Skills|

Why Should You Care About Paradigms? (Part 1)

Last week my aunt sent out one of those cute e-mails that I have to admit I don’t usually read, but the title snagged me. You know the one – “what love means to 4-8 year olds.” The first few were cute and then one caught my eye. A four year old named Lauren said, “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Life is so wonderful and innocent when you are four - Lauren hasn’t developed a paradigm for judging actions, yet. Paradigms. [...]

By | October 15th, 2012|Human Behavior, Learning Styles & Skills|

Can You Hear the Soft Skills? – Part 2

Many business leaders, recruiters, and trainers are very good at recognizing, evaluating, and dealing with “hard skills” – these are the technical competencies of a person. Hard skills might include: ability to use certain software, ability to use tools, ability to repair equipment, or ability to use smart phones. There are many ways you can evaluate people for and train people in these skills.

By | June 15th, 2012|Human Behavior, Learning Styles & Skills|

Can You Hear the Soft Skills? – Part 1

Many business leaders, recruiters, and trainers are very good at recognizing, evaluating, and dealing with “hard skills” – these are the technical competencies of a person. Hard skills might include: ability to use certain software, ability to use tools, ability to repair equipment, or ability to use smart phones. There are many ways you can evaluate people for and train people in these skills.

By | June 11th, 2012|Human Behavior, Learning Styles & Skills|

Lead the Learning

As a leader you need to know how you best process and understand information if you want to be successful.

By | May 15th, 2012|Human Behavior, Learning Styles & Skills|