FT Press :: Lonnie Pacellihttp://www.ftpress.com/authors/authorblog_rss.aspx?a=8c60801b-671d-43d9-8a15-680f8c5be602The latest blogs from Lonnie Pacelli on FT Pressen-usBlog :: Leading on the Edge Report - December 1, 2008http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--December-1-2008&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--December-1-2008&WT.rss_ev=a<p>For those of you in the United States I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and that you had plenty of time to spend enjoying your loved ones.&nbsp; We spent the week in Phoenix where we enjoyed time with terrific family and friends.&nbsp; I planned on doing my newsletter over the holiday but had too much fun doing little things with my wife and kids. Precious times indeed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>Mon, 01 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--December-1-2008&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--December-1-2008&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Leading on the Edge Report - November 15, 2008http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--November-15-2008&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--November-15-2008&WT.rss_ev=a<p>The United States and the rest of the world has been watching the Presidential election with a wide range of emotions including fear, excitement, uncertainty, angst, and wonder.&nbsp; History was made with the election of Barack Obama.&nbsp; Many were elated, many were disappointed.&nbsp; Regardless of political affiliation, my faith tells me to respect the authority of our leaders and to pray for them.&nbsp; President-elect Obama has many challenges facing him and he deserves our respect as leader and commander in chief.&nbsp;</p>Mon, 10 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--November-15-2008&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--November-15-2008&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Leading on the Edge Report - November 1, 2008http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--November-1-2008&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--November-1-2008&WT.rss_ev=aI hope that during these times you are keeping your head above water and keeping good balance in your work and personal life. It&rsquo;s going to be a busy couple of months for me between writing, speaking engagements, and consulting aside from my important role as a husband, father and friend. I talk a lot about keeping work/life balance not only for you but also as a reminder for me. Heaven knows I need it!Wed, 29 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--November-1-2008&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--November-1-2008&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Getting Invited Back for a Second Interviewhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Getting-Invited-Back-for-a-Second-Interview&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Getting-Invited-Back-for-a-Second-Interview&WT.rss_ev=a<p>It's happened to many of us.&nbsp; We go through a first interview thinking we've nailed it but the phone doesn't ring for a second interview.&nbsp; Sometimes it's due to poor job fit, but at other times there's something we've done which leaves a bad taste in the prospective employer's mouth.&nbsp; Watch for these problem areas and increase the likelihood of a call-back...</p>Mon, 20 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Getting-Invited-Back-for-a-Second-Interview&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Getting-Invited-Back-for-a-Second-Interview&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Leading on the Edge Report - October 15, 2008http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--October-15-2008&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--October-15-2008&WT.rss_ev=a<p >So like many of you, I&rsquo;ve watched my portfolio get absolutely hammered over the past months.&nbsp; Since my last report the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped over 2000 point despite the most significant financial bailout in history.&nbsp; These are very sobering times and cause many to reflect on what is truly important; faith, family, and friends. My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you.Sat, 11 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--October-15-2008&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--October-15-2008&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Managing Outsourced Relationships http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Managing-Outsourced-Relationships-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Managing-Outsourced-Relationships-&WT.rss_ev=a<p>More and more companies are outsourcing everything from IT to call centers to facilities management.&nbsp; Measuring the effectiveness of the outsourcer is crucial and can mitigate tons of downstream issues for both companies.&nbsp; Consider the following to help you better measure outsourcer effectiveness: </p>Sat, 04 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Managing-Outsourced-Relationships-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Managing-Outsourced-Relationships-&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Diffusing Conflict Between Co-Workers http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Diffusing-Conflict-Between-Co-Workers-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Diffusing-Conflict-Between-Co-Workers-&WT.rss_ev=a<p>So everything isn't always peachy keen when it comes to working together.&nbsp; At times co-workers are going to get in each others'&nbsp; face and have some conflict.&nbsp; As a bystander, there's some things you can do and <i><b>not do</b></i> to help put out the co-worker fire:</p>Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Diffusing-Conflict-Between-Co-Workers-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Diffusing-Conflict-Between-Co-Workers-&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Leading on the Edge Report - October 1, 2008http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--October-1-2008&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--October-1-2008&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Wow, what times we live in now.&nbsp; As I write this the United States Legislature is about to embark upon the most significant financial bailout of Wall Street in world history. Companies thought to be bullet-proof are now no longer in existence. FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) is prevalent amongst businesses large and small today. </p>Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--October-1-2008&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--October-1-2008&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Leading on the Edge Report - September 15, 2008http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--September-15-2008&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--September-15-2008&WT.rss_ev=a<p>This edition of the Leading on the Edge Report:&nbsp; Using Project Guides to Define Your Project in MS Project...The Top Ten Attributes of a Great Project Sponsor...Hail to the Chiefs:&nbsp; United States President Mischief, Morals, and Malarkey from George W. to George W.</p>Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--September-15-2008&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Leading-on-the-Edge-Report--September-15-2008&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Putting Some Balance In The Work Life Balance Equationhttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Putting-Some-Balance-In-The-Work-Life-Balance-Equation&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Putting-Some-Balance-In-The-Work-Life-Balance-Equation&WT.rss_ev=a<p /> <div>With the vacation season coming to a close, many of us are going to get back to the grind of working too much, not getting enough sleep, eating poorly and not getting enough exercise.&nbsp;&nbsp; The concept of work life balance&nbsp;to most is just a bunch of theoretical baloney espoused by a bunch of talking-head motivational speakers and organizational leaders.&nbsp; There&rsquo;s simply no way out of the imbalance, right?&nbsp; </div>Mon, 11 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Putting-Some-Balance-In-The-Work-Life-Balance-Equation&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Putting-Some-Balance-In-The-Work-Life-Balance-Equation&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Are You A "Squeaky Wheel" Leader?http://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Are-You-A-Squeaky-Wheel-Leader&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Are-You-A-Squeaky-Wheel-Leader&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Several years back I managed a group of very high-energy, spirited, vocal managers. One of the managers was particularly vocal on just about every issue. This manager, who I'll call &quot;Vox&quot;, frequently complained to me about other managers, about how Vox's organization wasn't being rewarded appropriately, and how Vox's organization needed more people than Vox's peers.</p>Tue, 07 Aug 2007 07:19:18 GMThttp://www.ftpress.com/blogs/Are-You-A-Squeaky-Wheel-Leader&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Are-You-A-Squeaky-Wheel-Leader&WT.rss_ev=a