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Published on: Friday, September 14, 2012

Moving Beyond Broken Promises and Finding Grace

Posted By: Joseph Daniel McCool
Filed Under: leadership, joseph daniel mccool, engagement, reputation, relationships, promises
There really are few faster ways to injure a great reputation — outside of committing a crime or building a career on false education or experiential claims — than to promise what you cannot, or simply fail, to deliver.

Can you remember the last time someone you know promised you something and then failed to deliver? Maybe it was to recognize a good deed you had done on his behalf. Maybe it was in a response to an immediate need or hoped-for outcome. Perhaps it was just a matter of circumstance. When was the last time you promised something you didn't deliver?


ExecuNet's exclusive Recruiter Confidence Index (RCI) dipped lower in August and continued for the third consecutive month below 40 percent. Recruiters continue to say that there is no broad-based expansion in hiring in this slow growth economy. An RCI above 50 percent would signal a broad-based expansion.


Published on: Monday, September 10, 2012

While You Were Out…

"How much of a link, or perhaps cause and effect relationship, is there between the senior leadership in an organization and what the internal culture looks and feels like to employees and other constituents?" asked ExecuNet Senior Contributing Editor Joe McCool of the leaders in the General Management member Roundtable.

"Senior leadership needs to help in setting direction for the company. It needs to be a direction in which all senior leaders are going and striving for. Without such, there is chaos which leads to low morale, less productivity and potentially higher turnover rates," replied a director of a large electronic components company. "Senior leadership should be setting and living the culture of the company in my mind. The cause and effect is how they act is how others will start acting, not everyone mind you, but many will."


I participated in my first 5K recently and, in doing so, learned more about myself than I expected. Most specifically, I learned that I don't like running — but that won't prevent me from probably doing it again. There were many parallels between how I trained and completed the 5K and how I approach much of everything else in my life, and during this self-assessment I learned lessons that can be universally applied:


Published on: Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Follow the Leader: Henry Chesbrough

Henry Chesbrough, globally recognized expert on open innovation, shared his unique perspective on revisiting and renewing the process of innovating with ExecuNet in this video interview, taken at the 2012 World Innovation Forum. His views on open innovation and cross-functional collaboration can raise engagement with customers in many markets around the world.


What World Renowned Business Leaders Have to Say

Many of the world's top business leaders, from a variety of industries, gathered in New York City to share their views on business and the challenges today's leaders will face in the coming years. Attendees learned how visionaries from a wide range of management disciplines define the process and commitments required to realize the potential for raising organizational performance in a time of lingering economic uncertainty and a changing global economy. These are can't miss insights for any business executive!

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