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Is your job spiraling into (un)planned obsolescence?

By Rich Jones | January 16, 2019

Will robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, the buzzwords of this decade, disrupt your job? Here are the types of situations that are at risk: Tasks that are simple and repetitiousFunctions that take require decisions that can easily be taught to anotherJobs that involve data entry from disparate sourcesTasks that provide reactive service versus proactive…

5 Reasons to Define Leadership

By Rich Jones | January 9, 2019

Leadership is too often leadership is seen as the job of the chosen few as dictated by the org chart. Let’s move past this arcane concept and change our paradigm. Leadership isn’t for the few; leadership is for the masses. Here is why I know this to be true: Marine Corps boot camp taught me…

How to Create a High Performing Team

By Rich Jones | January 7, 2019

The largest expense line on the income statement is compensation and benefits. This expense must be maximized and leveraged. To accomplish getting the most from your comp and benefit’s expenses starts with performance management. Unfortunately, performance management has become an annual or semi-annual exercise in futility for too many organizations. When performance management becomes a…

So You Want to Be a Leader; A 3 Step Primer

By Rich Jones | January 2, 2019

First, let’s define leadership. Leadership IS NOT about title, rank, direct reports or hierarchal power. Leadership IS about creating change. A person that is not creating change is maybe good at tasks and people management but not a leader. Being a leader requires the individual to have the courage to take risks, use her/his voice…

White Papers

By Rich Jones | January 1, 2019

Career Setback or “The Sky Is Falling”?

By Rich Jones | January 1, 2019

If it hasn’t happened yet, it will. Suddenly, seemingly out of the blue, you get; pick one: Demoted, laid off, fired, passed over, or criticized for your execution of a project. What happens next will determine your future for a long, long time. When a career setback happens, it will most likely be very emotional.…

Lifetime Acheivement

By Rich Jones | January 1, 2019

2019 is not a year for Wimps

By Rich Jones | December 31, 2018

Are you a resolutions person? Personally, I’m not a big fan of resolutions. It seems they are just another way to procrastinate what you should have done days, weeks, months, or even, years ago. What I prefer to do to celebrate a new year is to evaluate, reinvent, and re-energize my focus and attention. How…

Make your Strategic Plan a Hero’s Story

By Rich Jones | December 4, 2018

When doing a strategic plan, most organizations really are good at thinking with aspiration, hope, and promise. Where the “failure” happens is on the execution of the plan. If you think about engaging movies, they all seem to be stories that include a variation of the hero’s journey. “Lord of the Rings”, “Star Wars”, and…