Alexa, “What is a Conversation for Action?”

Coordination as a Series of Conversations for Action “Hey, can you have that report for me by Friday?” It sounds like such a simple “ask”, and yet that request triggers a series of complex conversations necessary for people or teams to work together. And, when not done well, could cost businesses billions in lost productivity […]

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When Quitting is Winning // generateleadership.com

When Quitting is Winning

“I’m not a quitter.” This is a virtue that is widely held in our culture. We don’t quit, we just forge on even harder. Unfortunately, this virtue is too easily overdone and can become the real problem in our work and lives. When we do quit, it’s often late and with a cost. In our […]

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Manage Promises, Not Activities // generateleadership.com

Manage Promises, Not Activities

We live in a culture that thinks about actions in concrete frameworks. That means people tend to think in terms of activities, tasks, the stuff you can see that gets produced. What is missing is that every professional action is intended to satisfy someone and that someone wants to be assured that they will be […]

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Creating Breakdowns That Add Value to Our Organization // generateleadership.com

Creating Breakdowns That Add Value to Your Organization

Interruptions that require a reorientation to the future are a natural part of life. The universe and life are so huge and beyond us that we can never control life, nature, and the flow of the universe. But, what we do with these interruptions determines our power to create our future. We’ve used the name […]

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Manage Capacity, Not Time, to Avoid Overwhelm

Two huge problems in our work world today are overwhelm and over-commitment. Both lead to exhaustion, stress, anxiety, and poor performance for employees and teams. If you or your team feels overworked, overcommitted, and stressed out by work demand managing your capacity can help. I am saying something that is crucial and new for many […]

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Conversations and the language of leadership

Conversations and the Language of Leadership

Conversations don’t just describe actions; they generate them – if you know the structure and have the skill. Because generative conversations are the source of actions and results and are the very fabric of coordination, they are not discretionary. And, in the performance art of leadership, you must learn through action, buying the book isn’t […]

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Herb Johnson, CEO of HVJ Associates

Generative Success Profile
Herb Johnson

I’m the founder and owner of HVJ Associates®, a Geotechnical Engineering Services consulting company headquartered in Houston, Texas. My company has been the major place for my learning and the learning of my staff. I’m pretty proud of what we have accomplished so far, so let me share some highlights with you of our last […]

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Generative Success Profile
Alex Lindblad

While working to obtain my PhD I was living the story that in work you did whatever was asked of you or required. “Do what you are told”; I did not know where this rule came from but I did know this rule was not optional for me. That was until I learned how to […]

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Generative Success Profile
Andy Robbins

My career journey has been one of corporate executive assignments that led me to discover my passion for helping people form high performing collaborative teams. My journey in corporate life spanned over twenty five years in Intel including managing organizations of hundreds of employees, hundreds of millions of dollars of budget, and finally as a […]

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Why the Best Performers Fail as Managers – 15 Keys to Success

  Why are promotions potentially dangerous for both the person being promoted and the organization promoting them? Why do great performers fail as managers? Let me share some key learning about these issues that come from over three decades of addressing them in our teaching, consulting, and coaching. In many organizations, the current top individual […]

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