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Leading on the Edge Report - December 1, 2008

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.  We spent the week in Phoenix where we enjoyed time with terrific family and friends.  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.    

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Leading on the Edge Report - November 15, 2008

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.  History was made with the election of Barack Obama.  Many were elated, many were disappointed.  Regardless of political affiliation, my faith tells me to respect the authority of our leaders and to pray for them.  President-elect Obama has many challenges facing him and he deserves our respect as leader and commander in chief. 

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Leading on the Edge Report - November 1, 2008

I hope that during these times you are keeping your head above water and keeping good balance in your work and personal life. It’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!

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Getting Invited Back for a Second Interview

It's happened to many of us.  We go through a first interview thinking we've nailed it but the phone doesn't ring for a second interview.  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.  Watch for these problem areas and increase the likelihood of a call-back...

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Leading on the Edge Report - October 15, 2008

So like many of you, I’ve watched my portfolio get absolutely hammered over the past months.  Since my last report the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped over 2000 point despite the most significant financial bailout in history.  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.

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Managing Outsourced Relationships

More and more companies are outsourcing everything from IT to call centers to facilities management.  Measuring the effectiveness of the outsourcer is crucial and can mitigate tons of downstream issues for both companies.  Consider the following to help you better measure outsourcer effectiveness:

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Diffusing Conflict Between Co-Workers

So everything isn't always peachy keen when it comes to working together.  At times co-workers are going to get in each others'  face and have some conflict.  As a bystander, there's some things you can do and not do to help put out the co-worker fire:

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Leading on the Edge Report - October 1, 2008

Wow, what times we live in now.  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.

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Leading on the Edge Report - September 15, 2008

This edition of the Leading on the Edge Report:  Using Project Guides to Define Your Project in MS Project...The Top Ten Attributes of a Great Project Sponsor...Hail to the Chiefs:  United States President Mischief, Morals, and Malarkey from George W. to George W.

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By Lonnie PacelliSeptember 15, 2008
Topics: Management & Leadership

Putting Some Balance In The Work Life Balance Equation

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.   The concept of work life balance to most is just a bunch of theoretical baloney espoused by a bunch of talking-head motivational speakers and organizational leaders.  There’s simply no way out of the imbalance, right? 

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Are You A "Squeaky Wheel" Leader?

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 "Vox", 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.

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