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Blue Ocean Strategy – Fair Process

In their book, Blue Ocean Strategy, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne address the difficulties of implementing strategy of any kind – blue, red, or any other color for that matter. They maintain that “fair practice” is the key variable that distinguishes successful strategic moves from those that have failed.

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Larry Bossidy on Leadership

In his book, Execution, Larry Bossidy mentions that Leadership is not about strategizing and creating vision then dispensing it on managers to do the grunt work. Leadership is not about presiding. Leadership is about being actively involved in the business. To Read more, click here.

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Performance Appraisals - No Weaknesses?

In Larry Bossidy's book, Execution, Larry offers up the following comment on performance appraisals.

“If you have a boss that gives you an evaluation and doesn’t have anything to say about your weaknesses, go back and get some additional information from them. Otherwise you are not learning anything.”

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Interview with Nick McCormick on the Team Approach's Meet the Author Series

Tune in to an interview with Nick McCormick on The Team Approach's Meet the Author Series on May 30th from 11:00am to 12:00pm EST. Click here to register.

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The Effective Executive

Peter Drucker wrote this book back in 1966 and it is as pertinent today as it was then. It concentrates on a small number of practices to help executives manage themselves – a precursor to managing others.  Drucker makes the point that, “No one is born an effective executive. No one is a natural… It must be learned…In addition, it is not exceedingly difficult.” That’s welcome news for all of us. We simply need to follow the practices outlined in this book.

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Act Your Way Into a New Way of Thinking

In Larry Bossidy's book, Execution, he references Richard Pascale's quote when describing how to "operationalize" culture.

 

"People are much more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking, than think their way into a new way of acting."

 

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More Phil Martelli - Manager as Bartender

In his book, Don’t Call Me Coach: A Lesson Plan for Life, Phil Martelli states the following...  

“I believe that whether you’re a parent, a coach, a teacher, a CEO, an office manager, a professional, or several of the above, you want the people wh

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Phil Martelli on Teamwork

Phil Martelli, coach of St. Joseph University men’s basketball team, wrote a book recently called, Don’t Call Me Coach: A Lesson Plan for Life. In it he lists the pillars required for creating teamwork. 

 

  1. Compete
  2. Share
  3. Take your shot when it comes
  4. Know your strengths and weaknesses

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Coaching Directs

I was over on the Manager Tools website and listened to a podcast on the importance of coaching direct reports. The hosts explain some of the reasons managers seem to have an aversion toward coaching. They dispel the myth that it takes a tremendous amount of time. According to them, all it takes is 5 minutes per week for each direct report. Click here for more