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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone to Achieve Success

01/15/2018 16:00:00 PM

We all know that setting personal or professional improvement goals requires work.  The hardest part of the work is the change we may have to go through.  Changes require we get out of our comfort zones.  With that in mind, I have collected ...

Fifteen Ways to Manage Time Wisely Infogrpahic

12/19/2017 08:00:00 AM

Here is a time management infographic from Custom Writing that contains 15 Ways to Manage Your Time Wisely.  These ways include many standard techniques for time management, which are tried and true.  Tip# 2 can be done in the morning ...

Are You Driven By Checking Off Your To Do List?

12/05/2017 08:00:00 AM

Below is a 3 minute video on not just checking off items your To Do List.  This may seem different from what I share in my time management articles and my book TAPP Steps in Time Managementabout priorities  However, it is really not different.  ...

Social Media is Changing Public Administration Infographic

11/07/2017 08:00:00 AM

???Social media has had significant impacts on government?al entities, ?forcing them to respond, ?refine  and ?reconsider  governance in a digital age. Effective social media usage ?is much more than an ROI ?and? increasingly i

Productivity Hacks that Every Leader Should Know

10/18/2017 16:03:00 PM

It seems like we are always trying to get more work done with the limited amount of time that we have in a day. As we find ways to save time, we also have a tendency to fill that time with more work. It's a cycle that can unfortunately often ...

NFL Makes BIG Business Blunder

09/28/2017 07:00:00 AM

For a business to succeed, it must have customers.  If a business is fortunate enough to have repeat customers, they try their best to understand how to keep them coming back. What, Where, and When was the NFL business blunder? Sports is ...

Behavior Change Models for Organizational Performance

09/26/2017 08:00:00 AM

Mgmt of Organizational BehaviorBusiness managers have been aware of Management of Organizational Behavior by Hersey and Blanchard for decades because it continues to be updated, reprinted, and part of MBA programs. In this book, they first ...

10 Questions When Choosing an eLearning Authoring Tool

08/19/2017 22:13:00 PM

With each eLearning authoring tool boasting its unique selling features, it can be tough finding one that fits your specific content creation needs. Since we all have different needs, backgrounds and proficiency with new technology, there is ...

Quality Management – Where Are We Now? Survey Questions

08/01/2017 08:00:00 AM

I was reading a “Leadership vs Management” reportfrom Sweden’s LUND University that used Total Quality Management (TQM) models to arrive at their conclusions.  The latest reference in the report was 2006.  After doing an internet search, ...

Three Top Soft Skills Leaders Need Training On

07/11/2017 07:30:00 AM

 Have you ever wondered what benefit your business leadership gets from attending training workshops?  Did they not learn everything they needed in their MBA program that included finance, running a business, and strategic thinking? The answer ...

Fifteen Common Design Mistakes in Creating Visuals

05/16/2017 08:00:00 AM

Since my most popular seminar and  articles are on how to create and deliver presentations, I was intrigued when Payman Taei (Founder of Visme) offered to let me share parts of his video series called "Make Information Beautiful" on my blog. ...

Career Transitions: No Job Too Small

04/25/2017 08:00:00 AM

I have heard people say you need to dress for the job you want.  I have also heard others say you should not settle for a job that is not in your desired career path as it will slow you down or prevent you getting there.  I agree with the ...

Millennials in the Workforce: Learn To Use It or Expect To Lose It

04/04/2017 09:00:00 AM

A Message to Millennials is a book that merges Charlie Jones’ 7 Tremendous Laws of Leadership  advice with lessons on followership learned and shared by author Tracey C. Jones.  Tracey calls each of the seven lessons of success targeted ...

Babysitting Teaches Ten Management Skills

03/28/2017 08:00:00 AM

As a teen, I was a babysitter.  Back then; this was simply a way to earn extra money.  I recently realized that a lot of what I learned babysitting (especially when working with multiple children), I also applied to working with business teams ...

Twenty-three Productivity Hacks Infographic

03/07/2017 08:00:00 AM

There will be days that you will not feel as productive or inspired as you would like.  On those days it can be hard to make decisions, get things done, or even get motivated to achieve small or big goals.  It is not that you are no longer ...

Who will do the job?

02/21/2017 10:29:00 AM

After hearing that immigrants were encouraged to walk-off their job to show how much America needed them to fill jobs that Americans themselves supposedly refuse to do. I first asked, what makes the politicians think immigrant people can afford ...

Is the Era of Incivility Going to Destroy American Business?

02/09/2017 08:00:00 AM

Mastery Civility bookRecent rude demonstrations from the vocal minority trying to instill political unrest and doubt had me wondering how this could impact businesses.  I was looking for ways other than inconsiderate protests that block airports ...

Five Common Leadership Challenges

01/20/2017 13:30:00 PM

Each year a new list of challenges facing business leaders comes out.  This post will just take a look at what seems to be common among the lists for last year that most likely will continue into this year.  I looked at four respected sources ...

Five Differences between Good Leaders and Bad Leaders

11/11/2016 16:24:00 PM

With all the political “foul” crying that is going on in the USA right now, I thought it might be interesting to look at how leadership works in business.

Office Ergonomics Stand-up for Back Relief

09/08/2016 10:01:00 AM

I have written blog posts on computer work areas and general work surfaces, primarily for organization with a few tips here and there on ergonomics.

Top 9 Tools for Recruiter’s Productivity

08/29/2016 01:31:00 AM

Modern Recruiters face an increasingly challenging landscape. Finding great talent in today’s noisy recruitment market requires a lot of efforts that can be sometimes frustrating and time-consuming. As recruiters gear up for their talent hunt ...

Procrastination Types and Prevention Tips Infographic

08/09/2016 08:00:00 AM

Below is an emoji-based infographic from

Meeting Time and Cost Infographics and Statistics

07/26/2016 08:00:00 AM

I was recently asked to provide some references for all the meeting statisticsflying around in the business world.

Meeting Application for Smart Phones

07/12/2016 08:00:00 AM

In my book R,A!R.A! A Meeting Wizard’s Approach, I share tips for preparing and evaluating meetings, as well as how to run them effectively and efficiently.

Forty-Seven Principles Leaders Use To Reach High Levels of Success

06/30/2016 14:45:00 PM

Shu Hattori, former management consultant with McKinsey and Company consulting, put together a book that focuses on principles her learned while working with them.

Bring America’s Money Back to a Gold-based Economy

06/07/2016 08:00:00 AM

Reviving AmericaIn reading the book Reviving America by Steve Forbes (editor of Forbes Magazine) I found his ideas on the gold standard for money interesting.

Managing Five Generations of Employees

05/10/2016 08:00:00 AM

Multi-generational WorkersHarvard Business Review asks business "Are your managers ready for five generations of workers?"

Ten Differences between Leader and Manager Tasks

04/07/2016 11:00:00 AM

Over the years, I have read various books and articles that say there is a difference between a leader and a manager.

Google Notes Five Building Blocks as Keys to Team Effectiveness

03/08/2016 07:00:00 AM

An on-line article from World Economic Forum (released in December 2015), Google shares what they believe to be the five keys to effective teams within their organization. I agree with them from my experience teaching team-building and facilitating ...

Speaking for Mugs or Money: Do you want to be a motivational speaker?

02/23/2016 15:31:00 PM

I have been a trainer/facilitator for about 30 years and a “expert” speaker since the 1990’s.

List of Team-building and Training

02/09/2016 19:04:00 PM

I put this together as a reference for my friends and associates from ATD.Quick List of Team-Building posts by Shirley Fine Lee:Who and what has your team meetings hung up?Start Virtual Team Meetings with a Little Business ImprovTeam Rebuilding ...

Ten Habits of Effective Sellers

01/12/2016 08:00:00 AM

The below infographic from

Six Success Zones for 21st Century Leaders

12/15/2015 08:00:00 AM

The Leadership Zone Model from

Nine Plus Apps for Time Management

12/01/2015 08:00:00 AM

I wrote a time management book (T.A.P.P.) and several blog posts on ways to save time.

Leadership Training – Report Indicates Top Four Needs

11/17/2015 08:00:00 AM

People have told me the “To Be Productive” (aka 2bproductive) blog is often spot on to their current business and leadership needs.

Three Value Conversations for Making Sales

10/27/2015 08:00:00 AM

Three ValueConversationsBookFor years now, sales trainers have been telling their trainees they need to sell value over price if they are to make money for their organizations when selling products or services.

Sales Quiz to Get Past the Gatekeeper

10/06/2015 08:00:00 AM

If you are a sales representative, you should check out this 8-question quiz "Getting past the gatekeeper" from a Sales Training company in the UK.

Strategic Thinking to Win: Process

09/29/2015 08:00:00 AM

In my previous post on the book Think to Win, the principles of the book were provided.

Strategic Thinking to Win: Principles

09/15/2015 13:30:00 PM

Think to WinThe book Think to Win by: Butler. Manfredi, and Klein return the business leader to the critical thinking of plan and check before execution concepts taught in quality improvement using a slightly newer and more strategic framew ...

Leadership Development – Report Confirms Top Three Needs

09/01/2015 07:30:00 AM

After reviewing 2014 Trends in Executive Development survey by Executive Development Associates and various summaries of it and passed reports.

Preparing for Presentations by Playing the Part

08/20/2015 08:00:00 AM

Play the PartAs a person who has given many presentations and taught others on how to do so, I review books on the subject to see what is new.

Creating a Business Plan for Your Start-up Company

07/23/2015 07:00:00 AM

Below is a clever 3+ minute video that explains why you need a business plan and what the main components are.

DiSC model: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Conscientiousness videos

06/27/2015 07:00:00 AM

I often suggest the Everything DiSC assessments to customers who want a way for their teams to learn to better communicate at a 1-on-1 level.

Responsibilities of Self-directed Teams from the Team Coach

05/07/2015 08:00:00 AM

The Team Coach bookAfter finishing my team start-up book, Team Building Primer, I was considering writing a second team building book based on my experiences with teams at TI in moving from beginning quality circles and cell teams to SMWT and ...

Social Selling Infographic

04/23/2015 08:00:00 AM

According to a recent post from Sales for Life blog "Social Selling has become a massively important aspect of the modern sales process." I

CEO Challenges: What is different and still the same?

04/13/2015 10:00:00 AM

When reading the article on Challenges CEOs Will Face this year.

Meetings Remove the Madness and Save your Sanity

03/10/2015 08:00:00 AM

I find it interesting that there are still bad meetings in corporate America.

eBook or Print Book? Infographic on Eco-friendliness

02/02/2015 15:33:00 PM

I am always looking for ways to help the environment.

Talent Development Is a Key Element in Talent Management

01/06/2015 08:00:00 AM

We hear the terms “talent development” and “talent management” more and more in Human Resource (HR formerly personnel) circles.

Quality Tools Explained and Templates Provided

12/09/2014 08:00:00 AM

I have done a few popular posts related to quality improvement.

Do Business Books Make Good Gifts?

11/25/2014 08:00:00 AM

When people ask me what is a good gift to give clients or employees for holidays or business anniversaries, a good book is always on the top of the suggestion list.

To Blog or Not to Blog…that is the expert’s question

11/11/2014 08:00:00 AM

I have been blogging for over 8 years now and get lots of questions from other speakers, authors, or small business owners about whether it makes sense for them to create a blog.

Start-up Guide for Developing Effective Business Teams

10/14/2014 09:00:00 AM

Team Building Primer - bookJust released - a new team building book by Shirley Fine Lee that provides what leaders and team members need to know to start a team off correctly so they are more effective from the beginning.

Speaking Professionally

09/23/2014 09:00:00 AM

Below is an approximately 6-minute video on Business English by engVid.com.

GROW Model for Personal and Professional Coaching

09/16/2014 14:00:00 PM

Coaching for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose bookThere are many versions of the GROW coaching model out there.

Value-based Leadership verses Ethical Management

08/26/2014 13:00:00 PM

Which is better value-based leadership or ethical management?

Business Commnication Secrets to Connection

06/30/2014 12:39:00 PM

In video interview below with Mark Jeffries, in approximately 6 minutes he shares 6 business communicaiton tips on how to connect with other people.

The Role of the Leader in Five Team Behaviors

06/17/2014 19:05:00 PM

Last week, I attended a briefing on a new team training program called The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team.

How can you use your day effectively?

04/22/2014 08:00:00 AM

Check out this 2 minute video where Stever Robbins, author of Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More,

Short Reads to Help You Learn to Succeed

04/08/2014 08:00:00 AM

I want to let all my readers know about the Life-Changing Classics series of leadership booklets and CDs that are now an extension of the Read to Succeed program at Tremendous Life Books.

Four Challenging Questions for Your Business

03/25/2014 08:00:00 AM

In 7-minute Business Blueprint video, Murray Priestley says you need to really THINK about the challenges facing your business.

Pareto Principle: The 80/20 Rule for Business

03/12/2014 14:28:00 PM

If you have not heard of the 80/20 rule, simply put it is that 80% of work is trivial and only 20% is vital.

Time Management with RAC Method

02/25/2014 08:00:00 AM

In 4-minute Well Cast video below, a cartoon is used to explain the RAC Method: Record, Analyze, and Change.

Three Key Business Components for Quality Improvement

02/11/2014 08:00:00 AM

There are all sorts of quality improvement methodologies (ISO, 6Sigma, SPC, TQM, QC, and etc.).

Brainstorming Tips for Quality Improvement Teams

01/28/2014 08:00:00 AM

In 8+ minutes of training video from David Hutchins International below, tips to enhance your teams' skills for quality improvement and problem solving through brainstorming meetings are presented.

Ten Benefits of Social Collaboration

01/21/2014 08:00:00 AM

Almost every time I speak on social media, someone mentions that they are trying to implement a social networking tool at their place of business and that it just is not being embraced by all workers.

Will Your Strategic Planning Event Be the Best Yet?

01/07/2014 14:02:00 PM

It may seem as if I am writing this a little late since most organizations already have plans for yearly strategic meetings set before the previous fiscal year-end.

Five Tips for Business Goal Setting

12/31/2013 14:09:00 PM

In just over 4 minutes, the video below shares details on 5 Secrets to Making Your Business New Year's Resolutions Stick.

Upgrade Your Life and Work with 7 Principles of Success

12/17/2013 15:10:00 PM

Upgrade bookThe book Upgrade: Taking Your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary by Rana Florida, provides seven principles of success utilized by all types of people who have reached the pinnacle of their professions.

Free Business Articles for Organization Newsletters

12/10/2013 08:00:00 AM

Looking for free well-written business articles for your organization’s newsletter?

Next Generation Training - Mobile Learning?

12/03/2013 08:00:00 AM

Manager's Guide toMobile LearningWhen designing training, does it matter if you are training a traditionalist, baby boomer, gen X, or millennial?

Five Components of a Business Strategy

11/26/2013 08:30:00 AM

In his 6-minute YouTube video, that may be played below, Ian Heller defines components of good business strategy.In summary the components are:1. Current or desired company core competencies2. How to differentiate business from competitors3. ...

Customer Service: How can you make the wait profitable?

11/19/2013 08:00:00 AM

In last week’s post, we looked at communicating with the customer during their wait in long holiday lines.

Customer Service: How long will they wait in line?

11/12/2013 08:00:00 AM

With the holiday season approaching, we know there will be lines for many types of businesses.

Emoticons as Training Evaluations

11/05/2013 16:14:00 PM

Have you ever had a medical doctor or nurse show you a pain chartand ask you to indicate the level you are currently at?

Six Useful Tips for Office Organization

10/29/2013 13:35:00 PM

In the 5+ minutes of video below, you will get great office organizing tips from a professional decorator.