Leadership

If only my business ran like an Orchestra! (part 2)

If only my business ran like an Orchestra! (part 2)

Written by on January 14, 2015 in Leadership

Lesson 2: Have a vision and share it with your performers. In part 1 we looked at this picture and talked about the importance of staying in your leadership role as the conductor stays in his. Now let’s look at this picture again. Do you see all of these music stands? As I am sure […]

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If only my business ran like an Orchestra! (part3)

If only my business ran like an Orchestra! (part3)

Lesson 3: Put the right people in the right seats. What would happen if the conductor took his world class violinist and asked her to play the trumpet? Perhaps she had played before in high school and had some working knowledge so surely she should be able to play the Trumpet for the symphony. It’s […]

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If only my business ran like an Orchestra!  (part 1)

If only my business ran like an Orchestra! (part 1)

Written by on December 15, 2014 in All, Leadership, Organizational Development, Performance

Photograph by Don Hajicek Photography Lesson 1: Stay present in your leadership role, full time.  While watching and listening to the Boulder orchestra several years ago, I started thinking about how an orchestra is one of the best models I’ve ever seen for running a business. It is the utopia I was always searching for […]

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Communication

Communicating with Social People

Written by on February 20, 2014 in Behaviors, Communication, Personality with 0 Comments

Social people are people oriented. These great communicators and/or connectors are highly social. Being around others energizes them.  They tend to be optimistic and enthusiastic. They are usually wonderful story tellers.  At parties and social gatherings they can keep things lively.  They do tend to do more talking than listening, but they also have the […]

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Communicating with Assertive People

Communicating with Assertive People

Written by on February 20, 2014 in Behaviors, Communication, Personality with 0 Comments

Communicating effectively with everyone requires you to understand how others communicate out and how they wish others to communicate with them.  This will differ with different behavioral styles. Most Assertive people will talk fast and directly.  When communicating with them: Be direct and to the point. Keep stories and details to a minimum unless requested. If […]

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How Assertiveness Impacts Patient People

How Assertiveness Impacts Patient People

Written by on February 20, 2014 in All, Behaviors, Communication, Leadership, Personality with 0 Comments

Patient people make a great addition to any team.  They tend to be methodical, committed and loyal. Their level of assertiveness helps determine what role they should play on that team. If they’re highly assertive, they are resourceful and purposeful. They can be blunt and have a thick skin so they appreciate straightforward direction. They […]

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Behaviors

Communicating with Social People

Written by on February 20, 2014 in Behaviors, Communication, Personality with 0 Comments

Social people are people oriented. These great communicators and/or connectors are highly social. Being around others energizes them.  They tend to be optimistic and enthusiastic. They are usually wonderful story tellers.  At parties and social gatherings they can keep things lively.  They do tend to do more talking than listening, but they also have the […]

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Communicating with Assertive People

Communicating with Assertive People

Written by on February 20, 2014 in Behaviors, Communication, Personality with 0 Comments

Communicating effectively with everyone requires you to understand how others communicate out and how they wish others to communicate with them.  This will differ with different behavioral styles. Most Assertive people will talk fast and directly.  When communicating with them: Be direct and to the point. Keep stories and details to a minimum unless requested. If […]

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Are People Just Stupid?

Are People Just Stupid?

Written by on February 20, 2014 in Behaviors with 0 Comments

The following comment came in on my blog that may be a common belief so I thought I would address it as a new blog post. “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” First I would like to note that posts on behaviors aren’t about intelligence. […]

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Hiring

If only my business ran like an Orchestra! (part3)

If only my business ran like an Orchestra! (part3)

Lesson 3: Put the right people in the right seats. What would happen if the conductor took his world class violinist and asked her to play the trumpet? Perhaps she had played before in high school and had some working knowledge so surely she should be able to play the Trumpet for the symphony. It’s […]

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Right Person, Right Role

Right Person, Right Role

Written by on February 20, 2014 in All, Behaviors, Hiring, Performance, Recruiting with 0 Comments

The value of having the right people in the right roles can’t be underestimated. Yet we continually hire people we like, people who are similar to us, people we feel share our interests. We take their qualifications at face value without using any real system to assess them. Our good intentions can leave us wondering […]

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What is the Cost of a Bad Hire?

What is the Cost of a Bad Hire?

Written by on February 20, 2014 in Hiring, Leadership, Organizational Development, Recruiting with 0 Comments

When you hire someone and they don’t work out—resulting in either you firing them or with them quitting— it’s usually the result of a bad hire.  Bad hires are the result of not having a great system for recruiting and selecting the right people for the right jobs. Have you ever considered how much a bad […]

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