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Increasing Meeting Participation
If you feel like your meetings are not productive enough because people won’t or can participate, the people in your meetings are unprepared or after meeting conversation are bigger then the meeting itself, the problem might lie in your preparation. What follows are some ideas about ways you can...
Communications
\n“When Aeschines spoke, they said, ‘How well he speaks.’ But when Demosthenes spoke, they said, ‘Let us march…”\n~Famous Greek Quote\n \nLet’s be clear here about communication methods for leaders. Face-to-face communication is best. Not just best, it is best by a mile. A phone conversation is next best, but it is...
Delegation
“…as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that\nhe should share the passion and action of his time…”\nOliver Wendall Homes, Jr.\n \nThe final test of leadership is to leave behind men and women with the conviction, commitment and competency to carry on in your absence. This can...
Mind-Mapping
“In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.”~Louis Pasteur \n \nThe more we teach this technique, the more people like it. We took it for granted for years because we used it so often, and it is still one of the best tools to bring the creativity out...
What Leaders Can Learn from the Movies
There’s a scene in the Oscar winning movie Annie Hall that provides an important lesson for leaders. If you saw the movie, you may recall when the characters played by Woody Allen and Diane Keaton go to their psychiatrist because their romance has hit a snag. They appear in a...
Problem Solving Methods
\n“It is common sense to take a method and try it.”\n\nFranklin Delano Roosevelt\nOver the years I have seen problem solving methods offered in five-step models, six-step models, and in the early 80s I learned from quality circle work an eight-step model. Before I overwhelm you, they are all about the...
Tools That Work
\n“Give us the tools and we will finish the job.”\nWinston Churchill \n\nIn our work, we learned long ago that the audience is always split. Many want to learn the “why” of business and people, and many want tools to help them execute. This section is filled with some of our most...
October's Note From the Author
Welcome back. Another month in the books and Maine is displaying all of its color and beauty.  God only knows, it has been a trying year. So, as we wait for remedies and possible vacines, here is the fourth installment of The Leadership Maker. \nThis month we bring you the important...
Follow the Leader
“Look in the mirror and decide what you see.”\nThis advice from an acting coach to his young theater student could have the same impact as an experienced leader instructing a novice follower.\nIt would seem simple enough. Take a long, hard look into a mirror and see who is looking back....
September's Note from the Author - Values
Values\n “Value is the life-giving power of anything…”\n~John Ruskin\nAdopt a set of values and get them out publicly \nNow I don’t expect that you have access to your own show on PBS, NBC, or Fox, but if you are going to lead, people need to know what you believe. They need...

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  • Update to our Workshop Series

    Update to our Workshop Series

    Ralph, Craig, Mary and I are very excited to announce that we are changing our series from 5- to 8- day workshops to 10-day workshops within a year’s time and we plan to start in August of this year.

  • Increasing Meeting Participation

    Increasing Meeting Participation

    If you feel like your meetings are not productive enough because people won't or can participate, the people in your meetings are unprepared or after meeting conversation are bigger then the meeting itself, the problem might lie in your preparation.

  • Communications

    Communications

    Let’s be clear here about communication methods for leaders. Face-to-face communication is best. Not just best, it is best by a mile. A phone conversation is next best, but it is no substitute for face-to-face connection.

  • Time for a Paradigm Shift

    Time for a Paradigm Shift

    Perhaps it is time for a paradigm shift, a shift in how people think and learn about what is out there for career opportunities.

  • Delegation

    Delegation

    The final test of leadership is to leave behind men and women with the conviction, commitment and competency to carry on in your absence.

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