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Networking or Not Working?

networkingThe business world is changing in every way, especially in the areas of prospecting, cold calling, marketing and productive networking.  Networking is defined as ‘a socioeconomic business activity by which groups of like-minded business people connect to act upon business opportunities’.

In the past, corporations would do this by attending networking events where they might meet people who were potential business opportunities. Some local networking business venues …

Posted February 25, 2015 by Joseph Sherren in Communication


The Drawbacks to “My Team is Just Like Family”

team like familyWhen I work with teams, I often hear the simile that their team is just like family.  While aspiring to be a tight-knit family might be nice in theory, it has some drawbacks:

Families always have drama.  I haven’t met a family that doesn’t have some drama going on – and it gets exponentially worse as the family talks about it behind each others’ …

Posted February 18, 2015 by Kristin Arnold in teamwork


The Four Most Important Decisions You Will Ever Make

decisionmakingI was recently asked to speak with students in the fourth year Entrepreneurs Business Program at UPEI.  Since my normal audiences are usually executives, managers, and professionals, I wondered what message I would share that could help scholars at this phase of their life.

It all comes down to the choices we make. When people make the “right” choices early in their life, it propels …

Posted February 11, 2015 by Joseph Sherren in Clear Direction, Critical Thinking, Decision Making


Winter 2015 Newsletter Now Available

newsletter pictureThe Winter Extraordinary Team newsletter is now available! Get your fix in full color or grayscale/black & white.

This quarter, we have featured:

Your Strategic Planning Document: Credenzaware or Useful Plan?
The Chief Reputation Officer
March 12th Webinar on 7 Success Strategies for Geographically Dispersed or “Virtual” Teams
Practical Team Activities: Personality Poker
The Peril of People Watching
What’s New at QPC, Inc.

Enjoy the newsletter and feel free to forward it …

Posted February 11, 2015 by Kristin Arnold in Newsletter


How to Turn an Enormous Strategy Document into a Daily Useful Living One-Page Plan

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For the past few months, I have been facilitating several strategic planning efforts and I am loathing to create an enormous strategy document that no one ever reads – or refers to again.  It simply becomes “credenzaware” – sitting untouched, but proudly displayed on the bookshelf or edge of the credenza.

Your strategy …

Posted February 4, 2015 by Kristin Arnold in Clear Direction, Critical Thinking


Boys in the Boat: A Great Case Study on Building an Olympic Team

My mother casually mentioned that her latest book club selection as an interesting book about how the US rowing team came together to win Olympic Gold in Berlin in 1936.

I had never heard of Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.  It’s a New York Times Bestseller (I must be living under a rock), so I immediately went to the closest bookstore (that would be …

Posted January 28, 2015 by Kristin Arnold in teamwork


Make 2015 Your Year

book cover

Here we are again, at the beginning of a new, exciting and wonderful year, full of amazing opportunities. Now is the time to look at the year ahead and visualize a book in which you are the author, entitled “My 2015”.

When you open it, the pages are all blank. Some people will fill in those pages and create their year ahead and 12 months from …

Posted January 14, 2015 by Joseph Sherren in Critical Thinking


Strategic Planning Day Is Here!

planningThis week, Joe and I are doing our strategic planning in beautiful Palm Beach Shores, FL.  We work in the morning and then “play” in the afternoon, soaking up the sun (although I hear a cold front is moving in…..drat!).

In December, in preparation for this meeting, we review 2014 metrics and trend data about our services and products.  We …

Posted January 7, 2015 by Kristin Arnold in Clear Direction, Critical Thinking


Breaking Management Myths


My last column was entitled “Leading from the Heart” and focused on how we need to change focus from command and control to a more empathetic focused management style.

Since then, I have been informed there is actually a book called “Lead from the Heart”.

In fact, some of the information I came across should have actually been accredited to this author.

Now …

Posted December 31, 2014 by Joseph Sherren in Leadership


Leading from the Heart


Christmas is just days away and many organizations are celebrating the holidays and commemorating the past year. It is also the time when managers wear more of their heart on their sleeves and display true feelings of kindness toward their employees.

Sometime I wonder, why does it take the spirit of Christmas to show kindness? Why is there not an ongoing culture of gratitude all year long?  …

Posted December 18, 2014 by Joseph Sherren in Leadership

Celebrating 20 Years