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Talent Reality Business Simulation introduction video

Hi everyone, getting real excited about our upcoming business simulation on Talent. Yes, you know I’m a huge fan of business simulations since they are so effective in teaching major principles of business to your managers and staff.

In this video below, I’m going to explain the major learning points and why you and your team should look into this amazing workshop. I realize I’m biased about this, yet, I’m seen first hand the opportunity to self-discover why things work well and why they fail – without costing me any extra money! Yes, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly things happen on the board – yet, once people learn the right way to do things in business, the only thing you will get is the “good” decisions for your organization.

Talent Reality is all about the Financial Impact of Talent issues upon a business. Participants learn how to effectively communicate with team members; make decisions regarding talent; make decisions regarding the production efficiency of the business; and learn the importance of optimization of people and processes for your organization.

Take a couple of minutes to watch this introduction and take action to join into this highly interactive business simulation takes you on a course of running a business for three years during the one day workshop. Check it out here…

5 Reasons Teams Fail

Teams are still a hot topic in the business world. I remember the impact of total quality movements on team development and functionality. And, likewise there were both successes and failures on the business side.

There were consultants and researchers studying the reasons for success and failure in total quality teams. There results were also all over the board so success was harder to grasp.

While there are many reasons for team failures including two of the bigger issues – lack of a common or shared goal and a lack of individual responsibility or accountability to get their share of the results. The latter reason is my focal point for this article.

There are Five Reasons Teams Fail, check these out and see if your teams have any of these issues to correct.

15 Questions for Strategic Profile creation

Got a question about how to establish a Strategic Profile for your organization. While the exact process takes some time and practice, I thought I could share the key 15 questions executives need to ask regarding their organization. The answers to these questions will begin the process of creating a strategic profile for your organization.

So here are the 15 Question for looking at your current Strategic Profile…

Take a Holistic View to Strategic Planning

One of the most important things I have learned about the Strategic Planning process is how it can impact ALL areas of the organization. This is more that a top group think tank exercise. It will truly impact every area of the organization. One of the trailblazers of the understanding this interrelationship was the consulting firm of McKinsey.

They promoted and used a model referred to as the Seven S model of organizational effectiveness. Within this model, they determined there were no hierarchical boundaries – meaning each S was equal in need and priority – and as an organization you could rarely work on one area without impacting another. In fact, all seven S’s work together to create your effectiveness as an organization and as a leader, you must be prepared to work on all seven areas or elements to be successful in today’s competitive environment.

So what are the Seven S’s of this model? Here is the list of the seven, remember there is no one element with a priority over the other…

Success and Character – Part Two

Character is the twelfth C in the twelve part series of the C’s of Success. Part two covers the organizational side of character.

Character can be considered the ultimate indicator of true success at both the individual and organizational level. Character can dramatically separate organizations and are usually a mirror image of the leadership’s character.

What is Character?

What is character? The dictionary defines character as…

The aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing; moral or ethical quality; qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity; reputation, having a good repute; refers to the distinctive qualities that make one recognizable as a person differentiated from others; refers particularly to the combination of outer and inner characteristics that determine the impression that a person makes upon others.

When you get down to the real bottom-line, character is about integrity. It seems people and organizations either have it or don’t have it. The black-white comparison is due to the use of integrity – you either have it or don’t have it. Selective integrity or ethics is really not having it.

Why is character so important to success? Well, if we don’t have character, then anything goes which can be a bad thing if totally unchecked. I will give examples of unchecked character and integrity later in this post. For the time being, just remember that character is an accumulation of your beliefs and values regarding life and business. These same qualities (or no qualities) are transferred to organizations from the leaders and management of the organizations.

What is Organizational Character?

Success and Commitment

Commitment is the eleventh C in the twelve part series of the C’s of Success.

Commitment is the one factor or element that truly separates individuals and organizations. The individuals who understand the value of commitment will flourish with purpose and positive outcomes – the ones who hold back on commitment will seldom reach their full potential. And if there is one thing I hear more often from leaders – I wish we had more commitment. Interesting the impact of commitment.

What is Commitment?

The dictionary defines commitment as…

Success and Courage

Courage is the tenth C in the twelve part series of the C’s of Success.

Courage can be considered the catalyst for getting higher levels of performance. It really is about the willingness to take a calculated risk to get the higher returns. Without courage, individuals and organizations would be under performing on a regular basis.

What is Courage?

Success and Consistency

Consistency is the ninth C in the twelve part series of the C’s of Success.

Consistency can be considered the catalyst for getting things done at both the individual and organizational levels of performance. Many people have the misconception that flash is more effective, yet, those who are consistent in their work seem to always get things done – completely and on time. There is merit to the ones who appear to plug away working on projects until it is completed.

What is Consistency?

Success and Creativity

Creativity is the eighth C in the twelve part series of the C’s of Success.

Creativity can be considered the catalyst for competitive advantage at both the individual and organizational levels of performance. Creativity can separate individuals and make one unique or seen to be unique in the eyes of others. This perception is sometimes the only thing that separates the individual from others in the eyes of customers, managers and peers.

What is Creativity?

Wikipedia defines Creativity as…

Creativity is a mental and social process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts. Creativity is fueled by the process of either conscious or unconscious insight. An alternative conception of creativeness is that it is simply the act of making something new.

This is about as accurate as I’ve seen regarding the pure definition of creativity. While this definition is universal in nature, and research studies have shown that all individuals possessed high levels of creativity during their youth – yet, only a small percentage of people consider themselves as creative or possessing creative skills.

Success and Continuous Development – Part Two

Continuous Development is the seventh C in the twelve part series of the C’s of Success. Today will review the core from Part One and then discuss Continuous Development at the Organizational level.

Continuous Development can be considered the catalyst for all current and future growth and improvement. Without it, the status quo would rule the day and very little improvement or growth could occur in both individuals and organizations. There is a strong need for purposeful continuous development at all levels of organizations. Individuals who get ahead in life do so by improving themselves either by improving skills or their wisdom.

What is Continuous Development?