Does Soft Skill Training Work? Of course it does; for a few – (Remember the bell curve!)

The term ‘management development’ means the same general thing is ‘management training.’ It’s the idea of making managers better at their jobs. We already know from research that this doesn’t happen very much. Ted Bauer, Management development is hot garbage ——————– So, for a Saturday morning, let’s ask again a question that is often asked: “Does… Read More Does Soft Skill Training Work? Of course it does; for a few – (Remember the bell curve!)

Donald Trump Could Have Used More Vocal Variety – a Reflection about his Speaking Voice

Crescendo, abbreviated cresc., translates as “growing”, and diminuendo, abbreviated dim., or decrescendo, abbreviated to decresc., mean “gradually becoming softer”. From Wikipedia ——————– It seems to be a unanimous evaluation – Donald Trump was loud on Thursday night; maybe too loud; maybe too loud in almost every sentence. This is not a post about his politics… Read More Donald Trump Could Have Used More Vocal Variety – a Reflection about his Speaking Voice

Save the Date! CCN to Sponsor Domestic Violence Workshop on October 21

Save the date! I am excited to announce that Creative Communication Network will sponsor a half-day workshop on Domestic Violence this fall.  The exact date is Friday, October 21, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.  This is purple shirt day.  We will meet at First United Methodist Church in Garland, Texas. The exact title is… Read More Save the Date! CCN to Sponsor Domestic Violence Workshop on October 21

Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) by Marion Nestle – My Lessons and Takeaways

I don’t drink coffee. I start there, because it helps explain why I drink soda. Here’s a brief history of my soda drinking life: Dr Pepper when younger. Shift to misc. diet drinks as I could no longer afford the calories of the real stuff. For the last few years, I’ve gone with Dr Pepper… Read More Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) by Marion Nestle – My Lessons and Takeaways

“Discipline is hard” – Reminders from The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

Not much time for blogging today. But here are three excerpts from The Checklist Manifesto: 
How to Get Things Right
 by Atul Gawande that are worth re-reading: Failures of ignorance we can forgive. If the knowledge of the best thing to do in a given situation does not exist, we are happy to have people… Read More “Discipline is hard” – Reminders from The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

“Someone to know; Something to do” – a formula for Engagement for Retirement Communities, and for All Organizations

  I speak, many times a month, to leadership teams and business groups of different kinds. But I also do this: for over two decades, I have spoken to residents at Independent Living Retirement Communities – a number of different communities each month.  I speak on “Current Events,” present book reviews, and an occasional patriotic… Read More “Someone to know; Something to do” – a formula for Engagement for Retirement Communities, and for All Organizations

14 CEOs with their Summer Reading Lists – a Chart (from McKinsey)

McKinsey asked 14 CEOs what they will be reading in coming months. I’ve created a chart to peruse the list. Note: the #1 book for the summer is The Seventh Sense by Joshua Cooper Ramo, named by three different CEOs. No other book was named twice. It is definitely a book worth reading. From the… Read More 14 CEOs with their Summer Reading Lists – a Chart (from McKinsey)

“That stretched distance between ideal and reality” – Maybe the True Knowing-Doing Gap (Insight from The Seventh Sense)

I am fully into my reading of The Seventh Sense:  Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks. In it, the author Joshua Cooper Ramo described struggles that consumed Plato, and the issue of all issues. This brief excerpt from the book captures it: An amateur philosopher might dream of a perfect Syracusan government: literate,… Read More “That stretched distance between ideal and reality” – Maybe the True Knowing-Doing Gap (Insight from The Seventh Sense)

Why Chaos Monkeys Flew in to the Best-Seller List at # 5

Only one new book debuted on the Wall Street Journal business best-selling list, published on July 16-17, p. C10. The book is entitled Chaos Monkeys:  Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez (New York:  Harper, 2016).  The book was distributed on June 28, 2016, and debuted at # 5 in the… Read More Why Chaos Monkeys Flew in to the Best-Seller List at # 5