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Blog Post: A Day-by-Day Program for Achieving Your Leadership Aspirations

Why Great Leaders are Entrepreneurs at Heart

Friday, September 19, 2014

Can you be a leader and an entrepreneur? In this interview, Dr. Maryann Baumgarten of Lit Up Leadership asks how Workboard CEO Deidre Paknad has built success as both, and how you can too.

Blog Post: Build on Strengths, Avoid Weaknesses

Build on Strengths, Avoid Weaknesses

Monday, September 15, 2014

Enhance your team’s productivity through strength-based coaching.

Blog Post: Getting to the Truth of What Motivates Millennials at Work

Getting to the Truth of What Motivates Millennials at Work

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Invest on developing talented young people: you will be developing the next great workforce.

Blog Post: A Day-by-Day Program for Achieving Your Leadership Aspirations

A Day-by-Day Program for Achieving Your Leadership Aspirations

Monday, September 8, 2014

Align time, skills and effort to build leadership skill and capacity.

Blog Post: Goal Alignment: Job One for Managers

Managing, Mentoring & Working with Millennials

Monday, August 18, 2014

5 Management Tips to Bridge Differences.

Blog Post: Goal Alignment: Job One for Managers

Goal Alignment: Job One for Managers

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

8 Tactics to Prevent Career and Goal Gaps Between Managers and Team Members

Blog Post: Where Your Time Goes, So Goes Your Impact

Where Your Time Goes, So Goes Your Impact

Develop Your Management Skills  •  Friday, August 8, 2014

Time invested in higher-value leadership activities is essential for both company performance and engaging employees in the mission of the organization.

Blog Post: The 5 Dynamics of Low Performing Teams

The 5 Dynamics of Low Performing Teams

Deidre's Blog  •  Thursday, August 7, 2014

Don’t let freeloaders or fear undermine your team.

Blog Post: 6 Hallmarks of High Performing Teams

6 Hallmarks of High Performing Teams

Deidre's Blog  •  Monday, August 4, 2014

Great Teams Exhilarate — What Sets Them Apart?

Blog Post: When It Comes to Setting Goals, Less is More

When It Comes to Setting Goals, Less is More

Deidre's Blog  •  Wednesday, July 23, 2014

3 tips for managers to set, stick to and achieve business goals.

Blog Post: Invest Your Intelligence Where It Matters; Stop Wasting It on Things That Don't

Unthinking Thinking

Deidre's Blog  •  Thursday, July 17, 2014

Invest your intelligence where it matters; stop wasting it on things that don't.

Blog Post: 500 Billion Reasons to Help Managers Be More Effective Leaders

500 Billion Reasons to Help Managers Be More Effective Leaders

Deidre's Blog  •  Wednesday, July 9, 2014

There is a tremendous engagement and execution gap in companies today. Only 13% of employees are actively engaged in their work. Disengaged employees may actively undermine the value created and customers acquired by their more engaged peers – whom they far outnumber.

Increase your career velocity

The Difference Between Getting Things Done and Making an Impact

Deidre's Blog  •  Thursday, June 26, 2014

5 career velocity strategies.

Blog post: Achieve Bold Goals, Don’t Just Set Them

The Difference Between Dreamers and Doers

Increase Your Career Velocity  •  Monday, June 23, 2014

In many ways, setting goals is similar to dreaming of success – goals are desired outcomes. But achieving goals is infinitely harder and more complex.

Blog Post: An Execution Framework for Achieving Ambitious Goals

An Execution Framework for Achieving Ambitious Goals

Develop Your Management Skills  •  Monday, June 23, 2014

How are your planned outcomes versus actuals monitored week over week and how much does your approach vary over the course of the year? Without a consistent execution framework, it’s easy to lose time and hard to achieve ambitious goals.

'Hey Kid, Want An Opportunity to Excel?'

"Hey Kid, Want An Opportunity to Excel?"

Deidre's Blog  •  Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Workboard CEO Deidre Paknad on how to engage mentors and make the most of the growth opportunity.

Blog post: Make Opportunities to Cultivate Excellence

Make Opportunities to Cultivate Excellence

Develop Your Management Skills  •  Monday, June 9, 2014

It's good to consider our roles as managers in helping people achieve their potential. In addition to assessing what they've done, take the time to consider what you've done — and can do — to help them achieve.

Blog post: The Seduction of the Inbox

The Seduction of the Inbox

Deidre's Blog  •  Monday, June 9, 2014

CEO Deidre Paknad on why our inbox seduces us into executing on the most recent rather than the most important work.

Customer Service

I Have a Thing About Customers …

Deidre's Blog  •  Thursday, June 5, 2014

Workboard CEO Deidre Paknad offers her short list of values and behaviors that inspire crazy customer love.

Blog post: Is Your Communication Style A Drag On Your Team’s Productivity?

Is Your Communication Style A Drag On Your Team’s Productivity?

Increase Your Career Velocity  •  Monday, June 2, 2014

Our verbal and listening habits have a direct effect on our productivity and our professional outcomes. When ideas and facts flow easily and teams engage in authentic business-driven discussions, productivity and results soar.

Blog post: Use your time wisely - you don't have as much of it as you think!

Use your time wisely — you don't have as much of it as you think!

Develop Your Management Skills  •  Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Time is the greatest lever we have to achieve business goals, yet most leaders don’t manage it as scarce capacity — setting up employee engagement challenges and fatigued thinking.

Blog post: The Art of the OKR

The Art of the OKR

Develop Your Management Skills  •  Monday, May 19, 2014

The OKR approach to setting goals is key at high growth Silicon Valley companies. Coach, consultant and guest velocity guru Christina Wodtke offers a template for masterful goal achievement.

Blog post: How to Embrace Failure and Make It Work In Your Favor

How to Embrace Failure and Make It Work In Your Favor

Increase Your Career Velocity  •  Monday, May 19, 2014

We all know failure isn’t the end of the world, but it is not easy to embrace. Without clear thinking, fear of failure and failure itself can undermine our leadership styles, performance, judgment and even our happiness. Here are three tips for embracing fear and failure and getting value from them.

Blog post: Use OKRs To Achieve Bold Goals

Use OKRs to Achieve Bold Goals

Develop Your Management Skills  •  Monday, May 12, 2014

Objectives and Key Results or OKRs have helped hyper-growth Internet companies like Google achieve phenomenal success.  Use OKRs to embolden your goals, define how success is measured and achieve execution excellence.

Blog post: Taking Time for Yourself Will Help You Get More Done at Work

Taking Time for Yourself Will Help You Get More Done at Work

Increase Your Career Velocity  •  Monday, May 5, 2014

Executive coach and guest velocity guru Cherie Healey reviews three habits that help you be well to do well.

Blog post: 6 Lessons for a First Time Manager

Six Lessons for a First Time Manager

Develop Your Management Skills  •  Friday, April 25, 2014

As a manager, you need to work with and through your team coordinating, prioritizing and delegating work to achieve results. These tips can help you quickly transition to a great manager of a high velocity team.

Blog post: How to Achieve More Next Quarter

How to Achieve More Next Quarter

Increase Your Career Velocity  •  Monday, April 14, 2014

It's goal setting time and many of us are also self-assessing accomplishments against last quarter's goals. Nail this quarter with these 3 tactics for goal achievement.

Blog post: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Increase Your Career Velocity  •  Monday, March 31, 2014

Executive coach and guest velocity guru Cherie Healey offers more guidance on building Brand YOU — ways to move beyond obstacles, build your personal brand, and harness your full leadership potential.

Blog post: Find Your Calling, Don’t Wait For It To Come To You

Find Your Calling, Don’t Wait For It To Come To You

Increase Your Career Velocity  •  Monday, March 10, 2014

Author and blogger Michael Hyatt discusses the three essential ingredients that turn a person’s vocation into their calling.

Blog post: Dump Corporate Jargon for More Impact

Dump Corporate Jargon for More Impact

Develop Your Management Skills  •  Monday, March 3, 2014

Short cuts like corporate acronyms are great when they help you get to the intended goal faster, but here are three ways they undermine communication and how to break the habit.

Blog post: Three Steps to Grow Your Personal Brand and Build Happiness

Three Steps to Grow Your Personal Brand and Build Happiness

Increase Your Career Velocity  •  Monday, February 10, 2014

Executive coach and guest velocity guru Cherie Healey offers her sage advice on how to build career velocity and happiness with three essential actions.

Blog post: Building a High Velocity Team

Building a High Velocity Team

Monday, February 3, 2014

Coretechs CEO Andrew Adelman offers 4 tips on using fact-based interviews for making better hires.