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Though we know not all of our readers are football fans, we think it's a pretty safe bet to assume many of you are passionate about teamwork in any context.
These guides to becoming a powerful public speaker belong in the library of every entrepreneur. Make no mistake about it: Your ability to give an engaging and memorable presentation is crucial to the success every business enterprise. There are thousands of "how-to" books about presentations, but these, IMHO, are the best and most useful:
Many business magazines (including Inc.) publish lists of the most profitable, most successful, or fastest-growing companies. Naturally, readers will be tempted to conclude that the people running these organizations must be "smarter" than those whose companies didn't make the list. But in many cases--in fact, in most cases--that's not true.
The scandal enveloping the Department of Veterans Affairs was years in the making, as patient-eligibility guidelines expanded without corresponding funding, swamping health centers with sick veterans whom dishonest bureaucrats chose to ignore rather than treat.
That old axiom "grow or die" might apply to certain aspects of human development or the natural world, but be very careful how you apply it to your business. The truth is that "grow or die" can be, and often is, devastating.
When it comes to providing service, especially in the world of consulting and workplace training, there is one quality that I believe is more powerful than any other for enabling us to transform the lives of the people we serve. It's not something you'll find on a list of strengths in a personality profile or a Myers-Briggs assessment, though it can liberate us like nothing else - the ability to be vulnerable, or as I like to call it, "naked."
Imagine two lists: One contains the qualities that a business person should have, and another includes the attributes that most business people would say they wouldn't want to have. There's only one term I can think of that might top both lists: vulnerability.
As we move into the season of television reruns, I thought I might share a thought I had about a TV show I've watched recently.
The truth is, I don't watch a lot of television. That's probably due in equal parts to my busy schedule these days and my distaste for most of what I see coming out of Hollywood. I hope that doesn't make me sound like a grumpy old man. In any case, when it comes to knowing what happened on Lost or 24 or American Idol, I will admit I'm woefully uninformed.