How Feedback is Delivered is Key to a Successful Business Culture

In a recent article, we talked about the litmus test for any business culture…how does your organization handle feedback? This final article in the series builds on the original, focusing on this leadership assumption:   Followers only follow business leaders that they respect and feel they are respected by; leaders they feel have their best interests at heart and that they have a voice with.  Business culture benefits from frequent oral feedback  In our third and …

Leadership Attitudes & Behaviors Drive Business Culture

In a recent article, we talked about the litmus test for any business culture…how does your organization handle feedback? This article builds on the original, focusing on this leadership assumption:   Leaders’ attitudes and their observed behaviors with their followers will drive a business culture.  When 360 degree feedback is part of the performance system culture  In this scenario, 360 degree feedback is part of the performance system culture, completed electronically, and provided to leaders in …

The Litmus Test For Any Business Culture: How Does Your Organization Handle Feedback?

“How can you tell if the organization you are leading has a healthy business culture?”  While there are many ways to measure business culture and determine how healthy it is within an organization, these questions often come from leaders who expect a concrete answer. I hear that question all the time. For any business culture, my litmus test is: “What is the expectation for 360 degree feedback in the organziation – at all levels – …

Leaders, Can You Identify Your Blind Spots?

Driver’s education provides hand-on experience maneuvering a vehicle on roads and through traffic. Warnings about blind spots are given in training, yet the reality of their existence is hard to fathom. “How could you not see another large vehicle to your side?” Yep, we all know that feeling of “oh my gosh…a near miss!” That is the blind spot. Newer model cars include a blind spot detection system that activates to warn the driver if …

Self-Assurance, Last on the List of Strengths…Really?!

Imagine awakening each morning with a deep knowing – confidence in your ability to manage your own life – that you possess an inner compass that affirms the decisions you make throughout the day are the right ones. That would be a reassuring feeling, wouldn’t it? Why Does Self-Assurance Rank Last on the List? Self-Assurance® is the talent theme described above and identified by the Clifton Strengths Assessment®. The assessment identifies 34 distinct talent themes …

Talent & Trust = The Building Blocks of a High Performing Team

What do you see in the photo above? A team that appears to be interested and engaged in what is being discussed. But a picture can be misleading…very misleading. What if the leader is simply telling the other members of the team what will occur? That changes the entire dynamic of what we think we see. And that is just what many have experienced when working as part of a team. Perhaps you can relate. …

How and Why To Build High-Performing Teams

By: Michael Shook | EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AT ENDEAVOR MANAGEMENT High-performing teams start with high-performing individuals.  In any business, people make the difference. And people make the difference when they operate as a team, but only if they operate as a high-performing team. One of the most elusive outcomes is that of creating a high- performing team. Why is this so? As it has been said many times, if it was easy… every leader would do …

Endeavor Management Announces Launch of Endeavor Institute

HOUSTON, Texas – (February 21, 2019) Endeavor Management announced today that it is partnering with the Department of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at St. Mary’s University to launch the Endeavor Institute. The Endeavor Institute’s mission is to explore emerging science and theory regarding organizational culture and leadership, to create advanced methods and instruments, and to provide for the professional development of pioneering leaders. According to Dr. Gregory Pool, Chair of the I/O Psychology Dept. at St. Mary’s …

What Leader Wouldn’t Want to be Known as an Achiever?

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Can you think of a leader who wouldn’t want to be known as an achiever? Most of us – leaders or not – would appreciate that moniker following behind our name. And for the 6 million plus people of the 20 million who have taken the Clifton Strengths® assessment, they can rightly claim the talent of Achiever®. But wait…isn’t “leader” synonymous with “achiever”? Specifically, Achiever® is defined by Gallup as: People especially talented in the …

Leadership Development & Executive Coaching Firms Combine

Accelus Partners LLC now part of Endeavor Management January 31, 2019:  Representatives from Endeavor Management and Accelus Partners LLC announce today that they are merging to better serve executives and entrepreneurs. Endeavor Management is an international consulting firm known for accelerating revenues and optimizing business performance. Accelus Partners LLC is a woman-owned executive coaching and leadership development firm that helps leaders maximize individual, team and organizational productivity. The merger represents an alignment in values, expertise …

Want that promotion? Change your mindset.

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Did Two Sides of the Same Coin get you thinking? Was it an “ah-ha” or an “uh-oh” moment when you recognized that your ability to earn income is likely your greatest asset? If you want a different experience, change your mindset. Perhaps it was “Duh, I knew that. Why doesn’t my boss? Good luck prying an additional dime for my paycheck or professional advancement.” You’ve come to a fork in the road. You can commiserate …

The Ability to Generate Income: Two Sides of the Same Coin

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A client’s greatest asset is the ability to generate income. That’s an early lesson I learned as a financial advisor. For most, this income generating ability comes from employment. For the few with investment assets great enough, it is still the ability to provide income – from their assets or otherwise – without depletion of assets before the end of the life cycle (cycles for a couple). What strengthens income generating ability Most of us …

How Relating to Others Makes a Good Leader Great

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Genuine. Authentic. Natural. You’re used to seeing these words on the labels of leather shoes or handbags. Yet, these adjectives are also used to describe great leaders. When you are with them, work with them or are simply influenced by them, their style of leadership is often described by how it feels: Genuine. Authentic. Natural. Some Leaders are Naturally Authentic. While any leader has the potential to engender these feelings in others, those with the …

How do you keep the right talent at the table?

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With the U.S. economy supporting over 156 million workers, unemployment levels are now at a record low not seen in over 17 years. While that’s great for our economy, it strains resources and creates challenges to find, recruit and retain talent. Strong salary, benefit and signing offers tempt employees to jump ship. Turnover and recruitment are expensive. So, just how do you keep the right talent at the table? Do you know talent when you …

Book Review: The Dream Manager – Employee Engagement Done Right

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For those who regularly follow my blog, you’ve come to know that my book reviews are not a detailed review of the book. You can get that on Amazon. Rather, they are an understanding of the application of what is in the book and why it may be beneficial for you. If you care about making the most of the greatest asset in your organization, then you will want to continue reading on… I wish …

Are you a Strategic leader?

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Strategic™ as a talent theme occurs frequently in the population, showing in the top 5 for 4 million of the 18 plus million people who have taken the Clifton Strengths® Assessment. That is a really great thing. Why? As we learn from the full definition, the ability to sort through the clutter and find the best route is not a skill that can be taught. Strategic leaders shine at establishing a path forward. Just ask …

Power Dynamics: How to Get YOUR Seat at the Table

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Like the childhood game of musical chairs, getting a seat at the table can seem like a rare mix of chance and luck. Colleagues and friends pull out a chair for one another socially. In the real world of business, however, this rarely applies. Getting a seat at the table can be complicated Instead, you often find there is not an available seat – or it is obvious (not to mention awkward!) that you are …

Magic Happens When You Capitalize on Everyone’s Talents

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Need a solution to a problem? Find someone on your team with the talent theme of Restorative™. The short definition of this theme is: People especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.* Not only are they adept at solving problems – they can get energy from it! The talent theme of Restorative ranks #9 of the 34 themes, …

What Do You Do When Others Aren’t Watching?

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Provocative, yes? Pull your mind back from the gutter. This is not that type of message! In fact, it is about what we don’t do when others aren’t watching. When we’re not accountable to someone, we can easily slack off. My fitness tracker recently stopped charting my exercise and steps taken. While it did not stop me from doing my early morning workouts, the lack of tracking stopped my extra steps during the day. You …

3 Key Coaching Skills for Leaders (and How to Implement Them)

“Coaching conversations” are all the rage for leaders, especially when providing feedback on performance. Case in point: in 2013 Deloitte replaced “performance review” with coaching conversations that focus on an employee’s learning and performance. Major organizations are implementing “coaching conversations” Many other major organizations have followed suit, including Microsoft, Google, Accenture and Adobe. These are large organizations with “large” resources making it easy for them to implement, right? Not so fast. This is something you …