Timely Insights

  • Effective Decisions – the Rule of 7 . . .

According to some very recent research, once you’ve got seven people in a decision-making group each additional person you add to the process reduces the effectiveness of the decision process by ten percent (10%)!

Marcia W Blenko, Michael C Mankins and Paul Rogers, authors of "Decide and Deliver – 5 Steps to Break-through Performance in your Organization” reveal this fascinating fact that many of us have long suspected but could not verify. This means that if you have seventeen persons in the loop, you’re SOL (simply out of luck!)

  • The Psychology of Change Management . . .

Why do so many corporate-transformation programs fail? Perhaps because too few companies understand that they must transform their employees’ mind-sets and daily behavior, not just their equipment, systems, and procedures. "The psychology of change management,” McKinsey Quarterly 2003, shows how companies can renew themselves by using psychological principles that explain why people think and act as they do—and how they can learn to think and act differently.

The McKinsey Quarterly is a subscription well-worth the small investment involved Treat yourself and your organization to some valuable break-through thinking..

  • Grabbing your Audience . . .

Public speakers have a honeymoon period of just 30 to 60 seconds, according to business presentation specialists David Booth, Deborah Shames and Peter Desberg. You must use that first minute, they contend, to grab your listeners' attention and make them want to hear what you have to say. In their book "Own the Room", the three authors suggest four techniques to ensure your presentation isn't dead on arrival.

I’ve tried all of these techniques with success, depending on my audience; the differentiator I use to decide which is most appropriate is the level of conservatism in the audience – the personal anecdote always works so it’s safe bet. Try the techniques for yourself.

  • Quotable Quotes . . .

"Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams."             -- Anonymous

"I not only use all the  brains that I have, but all that I can borrow."         -- Woodrow Wilson

"If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself."                     -- Charles Schulz