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We All Fear Success, Here’s How To Overcome It

I admit it. I’m addicted. Addicted to checking things off a task list. I go to the gym four days each week. I can’t resist sugary treats. And, I seek comfort in my cat, Cleopatra… but don’t tell anyone else about how I can walk her on a leash. I think there are pictures and ... Read More
 

Creating a Leadership Pipeline

In recent months, I have been interviewing senior finance executives and subject matter experts, exploring university case studies and reading other existing literature about the millennial generation. I partnered with Financial Executives Research Foundation and Robert Half to publish a white paper about millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, and what can be done to prepare ... Read More
 

Instant or Long-term Gratification

Are you a “strike while the iron is hot” or a “good things come to those who wait” type of person? Washington University in St. Louis conducted a study, the first of its kind, that focused on brain responses after a person made a decision and was waiting for his/her reward. While waiting for the ... Read More
 

Driving Personal Change

I’ve been very fortunate to deliver a presentation entitled “Organizations Don’t Change, People Do” at multiple conferences nationwide in the last six months. Its content is focused on different structural changes occurring in society, interactive discussions about who is responsible for change, identifying where someone stands emotionally in the three phases of change, correlating the ... Read More
 

Learning Through Challenging Experiences

In the June 2013 edition of Inc., an article entitled 7 Traits of True Leaders detailed how character traits that have been historically perceived as feminine are required for 21st century success. A leader’s ability to be empathetic, vulnerable, humble, inclusive, generous, balanced, and patient will drive his/her to achieve goals. A separate study by ... Read More
 

Everyday Leadership

Popular culture has continually framed our idea of leadership to be something that is bigger than the individual. Because of this, we treat the title “leader” as something that one day we’ll deserve while giving little thought to the small things we do daily and how they are transformational to the lives around us. Leadership ... Read More
 

Use Hardships to Develop Your Career

Technological changes have been impacting humanity for thousands of years. Although agricultural advancements allowed for population growth and urbanization, industrialization shifted focus away from the creation of sustenance to a primary focus of the development of goods, services and information. A technology-driven society fosters significant changes in the lives of the average man as more ... Read More
 

An Oath of Honor

In 2006, the Thunderbird School of Global Management was the first business school to institutionalize a pledge for responsible management. Although it was not warmly accepted at that time, attitudes changed quickly two years later when a focus on short-term profits led to the global economic meltdown. Much of the same behavior that caused our ... Read More
 

Project Team Communication

I had the good fortune of spending yesterday evening at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Professor Denis Leclerc led a discussion on cross-cultural communication when working in project teams. Through many of his international travels in recent months, he has been surveying individuals and has collected data from over 640 individuals who are actively ... Read More
 

From Success to Significance

Although the debate about the cause of The Great Recession rages on, you can’t help but recognize that life is being conducted differently. Large organizations continually push productivity measures and try to do more with fewer human resources. Individuals are spending more time at work constantly striving for the mythical place termed “work-life balance”. Constant ... Read More
 

Steps to a Successful Interview

I can’t tell you how many executives I know that are content in their work who still interview with other organizations regularly. They don’t do it because they want to change employers, they do it because they want to ensure their interviewing skills are current. In an economy where 84% (according a recent Manpower survey) ... Read More
 

Management By Absence

You’ve heard of management by walking around (MBWA), but have you heard of management by absence (MBA)? Yvon Chouinard, founder of outdoor clothing brand Patagonia, uses the MBA approach to manage his ever-growing employee base. In a direct assault on Milton Friedman’s idea that companies should never get involved in charitable efforts and being socially ... Read More
 

Management by F.E.A.R.

“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.” – Eric Hoffer I have had my share of bosses that manage with fear. I’m sure you have to. The thing that irks me is how those individuals don’t see how destructive it is. Managing through fear rarely leads ... Read More
 

20th Century Leaders vs. 21st Century Connectors

Greg Smith, former Goldman Sachs employee, wrote a scathing letter about the cultural change that had occurred at his former employer. In it he stated that the culture of the firm switched from being customer-centric to money-centric. He described meetings where no time was spent brainstorming about how to help clients, rather the entire meeting ... Read More
 

Be The Change You Wish To See

I spent much of last Saturday painting a Habitat for Humanity home in the northwest part of metro Phoenix. We’ve all donated our time, talent, and treasure at various times to one cause or another. Some give to their chosen religious institution, to get tax write-offs, and others for the sheer intrinsic joy of being ... Read More
 

Building Relationships Takes Time

Every relationship, personal or professional, requires significant investment. The investment includes our time, money, and talent. Those of you who are already great at building relationships know that the process doesn’t stop after you’ve collected the business card. In fact, the process never ends. It requires constant attention. For those of you who are still ... Read More
 

Becoming Great Through Humility

“Even if you be otherwise perfect, you fail without humility.” –The Talmud In Jim Collins’ best selling book, Good to Great, he wrote about how organizations move from being good to great. Besides focusing on hiring the right people, confronting brutal facts, and developing a culture of discipline, Collins describes how the organizations were led ... Read More
 

Personal Integrity

“In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” – Warren Buffet So why did Buffet say that? I’m guessing you can think of numerous reasons why. MCI Worldcom. Tyco. Enron. Arthur Andersen. Firms on Wall ... Read More
 

Employee Turnover – What is it Costing You?

In MetLife’s 9th Annual Study of Employee Benefits Trends, researchers found that 36% of employees hope to work for a different employer in the next 12 months. Snagajob.com recently conducted a survey and found that 44% of respondents quit their job in the past year did so because they believed they would find a better ... Read More
 

How to Build Your Work Ethic

I read Malcom Gladwell’s book, Outliers, a few years back. It includes many memorable stories of The Beatles, Bill Gates, and Robert Oppenheimer, to name a few. A common theme that runs throughout the book is the “10,000-Hour Rule”, which claims that recognition and success come after an individual works in excess of that time ... Read More
 

Accountability

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” –Benjamin Franklin Grad school was such a great place to learn about accountability. As a student, how many times did you work on a project and 20% of the team’s members did 80% of the work? Thank you Pareto Principle. It seemed ... Read More
 

Plan the Work, Work the Plan

When my father was a boy, he, his three sisters, and his parents would take road trips. Often, the headlights were pointed west as they traveled to explore states on the left side of the Mississippi. I think back to stories he shared with my sister and I about how adept my grandfather was at ... Read More
 

About Motivation

Mikhail Baryshinikov, arguably one of the great dancers of last century said “I try not to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” You may have heard similar quotes on your journey through life, but the message being sent is one of motivation. We are all motivated by different ... Read More
 

Active Listening

Employee retention is a significant issue in a time of fierce competition for talent. In an economy where unemployment is high (8.6% as per the BLS in mid-December) and the country is allowing less talent in (the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office received sufficient H-1B petitions to reach the cap of 85,000 for FY ... Read More
 

Becoming Indispensable

This is what Seaver Consulting is all about. Working with talented individuals, unlocking their potential, and helping them become indispensable. We live in a society more focused on positive perception than on true character. On fitting the mold, following the herd or keeping up with the Joneses. Being remarkable isn’t about what everyone else is ... Read More