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When I Insist, You Resist. How Not To Create Engagement

On the one hand, the old line, ‘organizations are full of people anxious to be told what to do’ may still be true. Organizations are also full of people resenting hierarchy, or at least, wishing there was less of it, especially the hierarchy that generates politics. The hierarchical types usually ask, ‘Why won’t they do what […]

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To Tell, To Mentor, To Coach? That is the question!

‘Why is it that when I ask people to do something they don’t follow up?‘ This came from an exasperated leader of a volunteer group. The organizational setting was more cross-collaboration than hierarchical, but actions that lead to outcomes were no less essential to the success of the group. The leader and I talked about […]

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How to get understanding if not agreement

Matt Ridley, the rational optimist, has a wish about, ‘economists versus ecologists and the limits to growth’: ‘If I could have one wish for the Earth’s environment, it would be to bring together the two tribes—to convene a grand powwow of ecologists and economists. I would pose them this simple question and not let them […]

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7 Steps to Build Your Personal Brand Story…Now!

If you don’t think you need to pay attention to building your personal brand, just Google your name several different ways. Chances are, you’ll be surprised by what you find. Maybe nothing. Whether you’re employed or an independent knowledge capital worker, you need to define your brand or the world will define it for you […]

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Purposeful vs. Positive Thinking: It’s Not All Buttercups and Butterflies

Your team has acknowledged their positive thinking during the session. Still, among some of the team – the realists – grudging acceptance of positive thinking comes with, ‘but…’, or politely, ‘I need time to think about this.’ There’s growing acceptance in organizations that positive thinking is useful. The move towards it seems to driven by the other […]

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How to Create Collective Impact with Solution Focus Mentoring

I recently heard ‘We’re restructuring so mentoring can’t possibly work until we’ve decided on the new structure, the organizational culture, etc.’  This from an organization that already had a successful mentoring programme in place! Part of the argument was that there needed to be better definitions of mentoring and coaching! Mentoring has been around for a […]

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How to get a notoriously siloed industry to speak bluntly

It takes a lot of trust to have an open dialogue among fiercely competitive leaders. Here’s how:  Interview with Jim Danahy: Application of Solution Focus in a Kitchen Table Roundtable Jim, you recently organized a roundtable for the RAC as part of your Centre for Retail Leadership (CRL) featuring three senior marketing leaders from large […]

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How to Help 300 People Find Something in Common

Bring together nearly 300 very diverse perspectives and you might expect some fireworks – especially when one of the discussion topics is helping politicians do a better job Here are a few tips and examples on using the Solution Focus toolbox to help your audience uncover what they want to have happen in the future, but […]

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How to Co-Create with the Customer

It wasn’t so long ago that I heard a C-suite executive say that working with staff and the customer to develop strategy was equal to communism. Ah! The good old days of single-minded hierarchy! Happily, as we seek to flatten the organization it’s even become desirable, among some circles, to talk about co-creation of strategy […]

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Ever wondered about the cost of teams at war?

Just think of the negative ROI – the waste of time, money, motivation, innovation and productivity, (not too mention employee disengagement) caused by the inability to collaborate! Podcast  Tips and tools on speeding up progress towards team collaboration   They might be skirmishing, infighting, or in open conflict. It’s a battle for power and the competitiveness is inefficient. […]

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