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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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
08/09/2016 08:00:00 AM
Below is an emoji-based infographic from
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.
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.
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.
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.
05/10/2016 08:00:00 AM
Multi-generational WorkersHarvard Business Review asks business "Are your managers ready for five generations of workers?"
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
01/12/2016 08:00:00 AM
The below infographic from
12/15/2015 08:00:00 AM
The Leadership Zone Model from
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.
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.
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.
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.
09/29/2015 08:00:00 AM
In my previous post on the book Think to Win, the principles of the book were provided.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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
04/13/2015 10:00:00 AM
When reading the article on Challenges CEOs Will Face this year.
03/10/2015 08:00:00 AM
I find it interesting that there are still bad meetings in corporate America.
02/02/2015 15:33:00 PM
I am always looking for ways to help the environment.
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.
12/09/2014 08:00:00 AM
I have done a few popular posts related to quality improvement.
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.
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.
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.
09/23/2014 09:00:00 AM
Below is an approximately 6-minute video on Business English by engVid.com.
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.
08/26/2014 13:00:00 PM
Which is better value-based leadership or ethical management?
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
02/11/2014 08:00:00 AM
There are all sorts of quality improvement methodologies (ISO, 6Sigma, SPC, TQM, QC, and etc.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12/10/2013 08:00:00 AM
Looking for free well-written business articles for your organization’s newsletter?
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?
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. ...
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.
11/12/2013 08:00:00 AM
With the holiday season approaching, we know there will be lines for many types of businesses.
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?
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.