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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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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 performer […]

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Are You Time Starved? // generateleadership.com

Are You Time Starved?

An aspect of our current era is the widening experience of being time starved. We have more technology, tools, and access to media to supposedly help us, but a common experience is that we are not just “busy,” a common comment from our yesterdays, but we now feel that we don’t have any time at […]

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Your Time is Your Work of Art // generateleadership.com

Your Time is Your Work of Art

There are many ways we can think about our lives and live it. Some see their lives as prisons of obligation. Some see it as full of work that they sacrifice to. Yes, our lives can also be a work of art. Designing a good life is an ancient theme that is missing for many […]

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Take Your Leadership to the Next Level - Part 2 // generateleadership.com

Take Your Leadership to the Next Level – Part 2

In the first post of “Take Your Leadership to the Next Level,” we introduced the idea of Leadership Context, as a way to begin shifting how we see what leadership is, and how to become an effective leader. A part of creating context is identifying our cares and those of the people we work with. […]

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Snowdrop flowers in springtime season

The Time for Rest and Renewal

Ancient wisdom tells us that Winter is a time for rest and renewal. But in our culture, we turn on the lights, turn up the heat, get some caffeine and keep on truckin’. Some music with a downbeat fills the emptiness quite well. What is the consequence to have no Winter in our lives? And […]

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The Biggest Lie of the MBA // generateleadership.com

The Biggest Lie of the MBA

Just like the emperor with no clothes, many MBA programs wear the clothes of leadership through their marketing, but that leadership is invisible without the corresponding development of new skills. There is an approach that addresses that gap.

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Trust Matters and Matters of Trust // generateleadership.com

Trust Matters and Matters of Trust

Trust is crucial to success and is the very medium of human interaction and coordination. We share the future with those we trust, and we withdraw from, avoid, put up with, blame, resent, or compensate with a cost for those we don’t. Trust is crucial for effective teamwork and organizations, it’s a lubricant for smooth […]

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