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    people in the right seats, strategically manage up, down and across peers… and make their bonus.
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    M&A Lessons from Blended Families

    If you are participating in a merger or acquisition, and it’s a genuine merge or consolidation, not a raid, there are some important guidelines for “How to do a merger the right way.”    Take a look at the research on blended families and you’ll find very powerful insights into the process as you look at the parallels between the experience of children and parents in the blended family

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    The Back Side of Employee Engagement

    You're probably familiar with the research on employee engagement.  Things like only 30% of US employees are actively engaged, 45 - 50% are showing up but not engaged, and 20-25% are actively dis-engaged, doing the minimum and ready to leave.  And most other areas of the world are worse.  If this is new to you, don't worry, I'll share a couple of findings below, but this blog is

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    The Myth Behind Using Inexpensive Software

    Inexpensive software holds a lot of attraction. Lots of features combined with a very low price. It's got to be the answer right? If we looked on your desktop, would we find a number of packages from Goo.., Zo.., Ji... and other's installed? Probably so. I'm not very good at walking on tip toes, and forgive me if I step on yours, but in my opinion most

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    Guidelines for Optimally Using Your Brain at Work

    Before I  got immersed into consulting to businesses and ultimately ManagePro, I was a clinical psychologist for 20 years .  During that two decade stint I consulted with brain injury patients at the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in the middle of a lot of private practice hours spent doing therapy, and became very interested in the brain and how it works.  I want to take a moment to share 4 things about

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    What the Research Says About You & Goals

    What if I could guarantee that you'll learn something valuable that you didn't know before... if you read this blog?  I think I'm pretty safe making that guarantee with what you'll find below.  In the past I've covered a number of topics on goals, ranging from smart goals to engaging goals, and the impact of conflict/discomfort avoidance on the pursuit of goals.  But I'll know you will

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    Your Brain and Motivation at Work

    This blog probably started 30 years ago when I was a psychologist and consulting at Rancho Los Amigos hospital in the return to work department for brain injured patients.  I'm fascinated with how our brain works, and the implications for how to better structure work around what naturally motivates us and fits how our brain processes experiences most easily.  This is stuff that can change your whole

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    Making “First Things First” Work

    Priorities.  We all know that it's better to set and work what's priority.  Most of us are familiar with Stephen Covey's priority statement or directive that to be more successful you need to work "First Things First"  - which affirms the value of focusing on priority.  Maybe some of you are familiar with David Allen's "Getting Things Done" approach, which further expands on working what's priority.  But here's

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    Project Management in Small Businesses

    A just released report from project management technology reviews and research company Software Advice on Project Management Software, found that roughly 60% of the businesses interviewed are still using paper and pencil, spreadsheets, non-project management software and/or nothing at all to manage projects.  Beyond interesting, doesn’t it make you wonder “Why?”... just a bit?  In this blog, let’s look at one model for understanding what’s happening for

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    What Are The 3 Keys to Implementing with Success

    How many initiatives are you in charge of initiating? I bet you have several, most people in management do. Here's a pithier question. How do they typically end up?  What does the End of the Trail look like?  How many initiatives, or change efforts have you initiated and worked hard at, but they ended up getting derailed? That's a tough one isn't it, because having initiatives derailed

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    Performance Appraisals, Performance Improvement and the Big Disconnect

    Performance Appraisals are supposed to improve performance.  I mean that's why we do them, right?  So why do they so often seem like an unpleasant waste of time?  In fact if you reviewed the value of doing performance appraisals, you know, did a performance appraisal on doing performance appraisals, what do you think you would find out?  Keep reading. Geert Mortier, co-founder of Amplexor, suggests we “Get

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