Posts filed as “Talent”

The Red Velvet Rope Policy – Choose your Customers, Find your Vision

When your by-product becomes your product we have lost our vision. Money is a by-product. Your product is what you can give to the world.   – John Hope Bryant Ever heard of the Red Velvet Rope Policy?  Ask Michael Port about being particular about who you decide to work with.  That is – the practice of…

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Leading Global Innovation and New Market Opportunity

So much has been written about Leadership.  We try to find a universal theory.  There is none.  The condition changes.  The context changes.  Some things stand out for that emerging context that most leaders have to pay attention to.  Practice them.  Inspire others, develop others, and multiply others. – Ram Charan, March 2010 The context…

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To Find Innovation, Start with your own skill, love and purpose

In late 1953 the Swanson brothers had a glut of turkey.  They were turkey wholesalers and had overestimated the market.  So now they had 235 metric tons of turkey riding around the U.S. in refrigerated rail cars and the executive team was wondering what to do.  Can’t you just imagine the CFO showing charts of…

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Step Up Change Agents

Dream well. You may find yourself there. -Neal Bushoven “Companies are people” is a popular expression to celebrate that the engine of a company is the people who work there, and it’s success or failure is built on the collaborative, innovative and actionable power of those people.  But remember, a Company is a kind of…

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Subtract for Elegance

“Exaggerate the essential; leave the obvious vague.” – Vincent van Gogh Years ago Marshall Goldsmith taught me the lesson: stop adding too much value. I’m sure you’ve been in meetings and conversations in which those around the table keep upping the ante in an effort to display their brilliance and impress. This can be fun…

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CSR as a talent attractor

We recently sat with Paul Comey, VP of Environmental Affairs for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and he shared some of the responsible practices his organization is engaged in. One of the clear messages from this interview is that, increasingly, people want to work for companies with a conscience. Individuals yearn to contribute within organizations that…

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Talent is Everywhere

Talent! It seems in every professional conversation someone sprinkles in expressions like “attracting talent” or “retaining the talent.” I first heard the expression working in television and film where “the talent” was a reference to the on-camera personality. Talent isn’t rare or in scarce quantities – talented people are everywhere in your organization. They just…

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