I was watching the television show The Voice recently. One of the contestants was about to go out on stage to audition. Right before this 18 year old girl turned to walk out she faced the camera and said, “In the next 90 seconds I could change my life.” Then, she walked out, sang her song, was selected by the judges and just like that, 90 seconds later, her life had changed. It was a very powerful moment.
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Before Steve Jobs, former president of Apple, Inc., passed away he told Tim Cook, the new president, “Never ask the question, ‘What would Steve Jobs have done?’ Just do the right thing.” This powerful message delivered to the new president of Apple freed Tim Cook from having to worry about his predecessor. It freed Cook from having to make decisions in the future based on trends, opinions and leadership styles that were cemented in the
I am always inspired by people and organizations who aren’t willing to sit around and let everyone else dictate their future. Game changers know that they can utilize products, services and ideas to shape and own their markets. Here’s a television interview that I did recently on Game Changers. What can you do to change the game in your industry and give yourself a competitive advantage? Are You a Game Changer? from Sam Silverstein on
SIX STEPS TO BETTER CHANGE MANAGEMENT In a theology class at a major university a professor told her students that each week they would study a different piece of ancient text. On Monday, the professor would give her interpretation of the text, and on Wednesday, one of the students would give their interpretation of the same text.The professor would then drill the student unmercifully. Students began to panic with the thought of being chosen. One
Quality is required. There is no longer a question of whether or not to implement a quality program. You must have one to survive. Yet, many are failures. The question is why? Quality is like any other business process. It must be managed to be successful. Too often, a business will spend all of its resources on the quality program (TQM, CIP, and other three letter acronyms) and nothing on managing for results. Management is
Values, veneration and vision are the three elements of quality leadership. Used individually, your organization can expect to see a minor impact. Used together, these concepts create a powerful synergistic force that can turn failing organizational environments into profitable and marketable companies. This synergistic force is the difference between the organization that will be going out of business and the one that will dominate and lead the industry into the next millennium. Using values, veneration
Where would you like to be in six months? One year? Two years? How do you get there? The first step is to clearly define what it is you want to achieve. The next step is to determine what you will have to change to get to where you want to be. Sound easy? Well, it can be. If change is the catalyst that helps us grow and achieve at a higher level, then knowing
Change is the essence of progress and in order to have growth at work and in our personal lives we need to be willing to commit to change. However, change can only be initiated as the result of a primary desire. Lasting change is possible only when the need and desire for change is both understood and internalized. People will not change until they are ready to change. No one can force you to change.