People are More Important than Big Data & Technology

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People are in trouble from Big Data, it’s the forefront of an attack on the importance of people in organizations. See the quotes below:

  • Expert Bernard Marr says, “…everything we do is increasingly leaving a digital trace (or data), which we (and others) can use and analyze. Big Data therefore refers to that data being collected and our ability to make use of it.”
  • “Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine.” – Peter Sondergaard, Senior Vice President, Gartner Research
  • “Data really powers everything that we do.” – Jeff Weiner CEO, LinkedIn
  • “Data are becoming the new raw material of business.” – Craig Mundie, Senior Advisor to the CEO at Microsoft.
  • “I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians. And I’m not kidding.” – Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google
  • “Without big data, you are blind and deaf and in the middle of a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore, author and consultant.
  • “Data is the new science. Big Data holds the […]
By |February 18th, 2016|Comments Off on People are More Important than Big Data & Technology

How to Create a High Performance Team

In this team leadership training video Rick will share two keys to building a high performance team: content and process. Content involves the goals and tasks of the team. Process is how people work together. This involves communication, planning, handling conflicts, problem solving, facilitating relationships and other people related skills. This is where most teams-over 60% of them-fail.

Why a Team Fails

Teams fail because they lack five primary ingredients:

1. leadership
2. group training
3. goals and plans
4. conflict resolution skills
5. problems solving skills

To overcome this you need the High Performance Formula. It’s a guide to inspiring your team without you needing to be a motivational speaker.

The High Performance Formula

Rick will also challenge your mental models to think differently. As a leader, to create a real T.E.A.M. (and not a shallow acronym), you will have to change. It’s one of the of the keys to understanding and applying the HIGH PERFORMANCE FORMULA: HP=CE X (C + C+ C). He will define these four ingredients that will facilitate creating a high performance team.

Great leaders learn to creatively renew their team’s energy […]

By |February 15th, 2016|Comments Off on How to Create a High Performance Team

Rethink Leadership or Fail: How to Change and Succeed

Abigail Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson in 1790, “These are hard times in which a genius would wish to live. Great necessities call forth great leaders.” We desperately need great leadership now, in business and all walks of life. In this leadership training video Rick will give you the keys to change and success. (See my written Blog that relates to this video for more details: Rethink Leadership for Fail. )

We are in those difficult times today with serious economic and political problems. Our leaders are increasingly incapable of dealing with these problems to make any substantial positive progress.

Businesses are confronted with quandaries within all of the above. At the same time they face a devastating lack of trust in corporate leaders, whose priorities seem out of step with employee and public concerns. Employees are more dissatisfied and disengaged than ever before.

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I believe the fundamental reason for these failures is that too many leaders are self-focused. This means they are too selfish and seemingly only want what they want. Their needs trump the […]

By |March 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Rethink Leadership or Fail: How to Change and Succeed

Rethink Leadership or Fail: It’s Time for Change

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Abigail Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson in 1790, “These are hard times in which a genius would wish to live. Great necessities call forth great leaders.” We desperately need great leadership now, in business and all walks of life. We are in those difficult times today. In the media we are confronted daily with the effects of serious global issues

  1. Dramatic climate change and global warming
  2. Never-ending conflicts and wars
  3. New and deadly plagues
  4. Widespread Terrorism
  5. Greater income disparity between the haves and have not’s
  6. Structurally high unemployment
  7. Overpopulation, poverty
  8. Political and social instability
  9. Food and water shortages
  10. Collapse of world financial institutions

We can add other issues, but let’s not get depressed. Our leaders are increasingly incapable of dealing with these problems to make any substantial positive progress. It’s true that all ages have their troubles, but in the 21st century we have an unprecedented global interdependence. Each issue also has warning signs of catastrophic potential.

Businesses are confronted with quandaries within all of the above. At […]

By |March 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Rethink Leadership or Fail: It’s Time for Change

10 Keys to Employee Engagement

Only 13% of employees are engaged worldwide according to studies. This is a disaster. The result creates lower sales, productivity, customer service and morale. This costs companies billions of lost revenue and profit. Managers careers are cut short as a result. It doesn’t have to happen to you.

This leadership training video shows you how to change all of that. You will learn 10 proven and practical ways to not only engage employees but to inspire them. For example, at a recent meeting with 25 managers I found that none of them had written plans for their teams. This means little communication about goals or expectations, minimal involvement or buy-in about how to achieve departmental goals and no creativity to accelerate results. In other words, it was “same old, same old” every day. Talk about a boring environment.

Leadership derailment studies show that at least 50% of managers fail primarily because of a lack of planning, the lack of teamwork and poor people skills. Watch this leadership video clip and take notes. Learn to do each of […]

By |December 8th, 2014|Comments Off on 10 Keys to Employee Engagement

Why Change Management Must Change

All companies go through change processes regularly today. In our explosive world it has to be done. Yet the change master, Kotter, says, 70% of change initiatives fail. Here are three quick examples:

  • We talked to one company that had over one hundred new initiatives in place. They were proud about it, but were upset with their field leadership for executing them poorly.
  • We sat in on a regional meeting with an executive who excitedly shared more than six flipcharts worth of change activities. As the she moved from one flipchart to the next, we could see all the managers slinking in their chairs with a look of dread.
  • We witnessed a horror story in a company as the “burning platform” was presented as a way to save a sinking ship, and all of the employees were filled with terror about losing their jobs.

Admittedly, changes often bring some level of progress but usually not up to the expectations expressed in initial rollout. Most change processes are poor which leads to poor execution of the change. […]

By |September 3rd, 2014|Comments Off on Why Change Management Must Change

Why Every Employee Should Become an Entrepreneur

I have come across tons of people who are tired of the way companies and their bosses have treated them. I say “Don’t put up with it!” It is time all employees-YOU- become entrepreneurs. The people I have talked are concerned about their career potential and are fed up with:

  • Being overlooked for a deserved promotion
  • Constant unending, seemingly mindless change
  • Little recognition
  • Personal abuse
  • Minimal pay increases
  • No bonus
  • Benefit cuts
  • Layoffs

Author Judith McQuown encourages everyone to Inc.Yourself, in her best selling book. Whether or not you start your own business, you are in business for yourself. All employees need to think that way, and have a sense of urgency about it. For example, while companies have been sitting on record cash, millions of the jobs lost in the great recession are gone forever. Too many companies treat employees poorly, and say one thing and do another. (See my earlier post, ‘7 Fairy Tales Companies Tell Employees’.) Today, your only security is YOUR competence, creativity, courage, and commitment. Jeremy Rifkin, author and advisor to world leaders on […]

By |June 25th, 2014|1 Comment

The Greatest Leadership Myth Ever-Busted!

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The greatest leadership myth is not just about the American culture. It’s a phenomenon that has infiltrated leadership thought globally. We see the negative side effects of it most prevalently in the media. Almost every day another leader bites the dust because of an indiscretion and receives infamous publicity. Why? What’s the underlying cause for most of these failures? Here are a few examples that give clues. You undoubtedly can add some of your own:

  • A CEO who cut employee benefits because the company’s insurance costs rose when two employees had babies born with complications that cost a million dollars each for care. He has an estimated net worth of $80M.
  • A CEO who doesn’t want fracking near his home, but his company supports it worldwide.
  • The CEO who has his name on everything he owns, and if you look at his website employees are nowhere to be found.
  • A CEO who spent $200M on his home and had a lake created to get to it.
  • The CEO who said, “I am […]
By |June 4th, 2014|1 Comment