Three Steps to a Bully-Free Workplace

By S. Chris Edmonds / October 31, 2011 / 4 Comments

I’ve been reading Steve Jobs biography and have compared what I’ve learned so far in the book to what I know about his career. I’ve been pondering two powerful insights: Jobs was a passionate genius for well-designed tools and for making those tools available to everyone Periodically, Jobs was a complete bully, prone to yelling, […]

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Creating a Motivating Work Environment

By S. Chris Edmonds / October 24, 2011 / 4 Comments

The Ken Blanchard Companies is a research-based firm. Blanchard comes up with all kinds of cool ideas, hypotheses, and strategies – but only those ideas that are tested in real world environments and hold up under the scrutiny of proof are shared with our customers. A recent article in Training magazine by Blanchard associates Drea Zigarmi, Jim Diehl, […]

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Managing "Retired On Active Duty" Employees

By S. Chris Edmonds / October 17, 2011 / 0 Comments

(Chris’ video of this blog post was featured on Blanchard’s Leadership Livecast on January 25, 2012.) At a recent leadership training session, some of the managers and supervisors taking the course revealed they were struggling with direct reports who were getting close to retirement age. Some of these team members weren’t working hard. Some weren’t […]

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Lead from Your Heart, Intentionally

By S. Chris Edmonds / October 10, 2011 / 6 Comments

I reflect regularly on my best bosses. I analyze how they took widely varying players with differing skill sets, experiences, and personalities and helped each of us genuinely contribute while we immensely enjoyed our work environment, our peers, and our customers. That’s a pretty remarkable task – and this kind of leadership is exactly what […]

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Does Your Team Have a Healthy "Locker Room"?

By S. Chris Edmonds / October 3, 2011 / 2 Comments

For USA Major League Baseball fans, Wednesday night, September 28, goes down in sports history as the date of two of the biggest baseball team collapses ever. The Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves lost big division leads during September. Pressure mounted heading into Wednesday evening; the losses they each experienced that night kept them […]

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