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Are You Too Busy to Recognize the Talent That’s In Front of You? March 25, 2020 Posted in: Blog, Lori McNeill

By Lori McNeill

It is all too common for managers to have busy schedules to the point of having back-to-back meetings all day long. Deadlines have to be met. Unexpected issues arise that need to be addressed. Does this sound like an average day or week for you?

When over-packed days become the norm, leaders may not take time to develop the talents of their employees or even recognize the potential of individuals when it is right in front of them.

What’s at stake if this occurs? Great ideas may not be heard. Employees may not feel valued and may become disengaged. Talent is wasted because employees are not coached to reach their full potential.

The Washington Post did a social experiment a few years back by asking Joshua Bell, one of the world’s most talented violinists, to play in the D.C. Metro Station. He was dressed in regular clothes and the performance was unannounced. Anyone passing by may have thought he was just some guy off the street trying to make a quick buck but consider this: he was playing a violin valued at $10-$15 million, and the music he played was some of the most complex arrangements composed for violin. In fact, he was scheduled to perform those exact songs just days later to a sold-out crowd.

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Times That Try Our Souls March 19, 2020 Posted in: Blog, Ron Price

By Ron Price

One of the advantages of being 66 years old is that I don’t get as anxious I used to when unexpected, negative events occur. Depending on how each event is interpreted, the current coronavirus disruption is, at a minimum, the seventh crisis I have experienced over the past 45 years while in a variety of leadership roles. These crises have included a major fire, negative front-page press coverage, a debilitating breakdown in our supply chain, regulatory abuse, major contracts broken, the great recession, and the tragedy of 9/11. And we have survived every one of them!

What to do? How are we to respond when our world is disrupted so dramatically? As I reflect on this and shift gears into problem-solving around a seventh major crisis, here are things that guide my thinking:

Get above the noise. There are businesses (such as the media and others) that thrive on crisis. It actually increases their “product inventory” and compels their customers to engage. I’m not one who thinks everyone in the media is evil with ill-intent. However, it is a fact that they get better ratings (and more income) the more we engage with what they are selling.

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The Problems with Problem Solving March 12, 2020 Posted in: Blog, Ron Price

By Ron Price

One of the primary jobs of a leader is solving problems. We often joke that if all the problems went away, we would be unemployed. Some problems are quick and easy to solve. Scheduling conflicts, customer complaints, and equipment failures are examples of problems we can often fix quickly and move on. However, there are also many problems that are much more complex and tedious to solve. It is these tougher problems that test and demonstrate our skills as problem-solving leaders.

In The Complete Leader, Randy Lisk and I wrote about two basic kinds of problems that leaders encounter on a regular basis. The first are linear problems. These are problems that have a clear root cause. By applying a scientific approach, whether asking “why” over and over again until you uncover the original cause, or by completing a more complex root cause analysis such as the fishbone model of identifying several potential contributors, one or more causes can be identified and solved. This is often the work of process engineers and is most effectively applied with problems are primarily connected with tangible parts, processes and results.

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Articles

Strong Managers, Strong Teams: Leadership and Employee Retention March 17, 2020 Posted in: Articles/Media, Ron Price

Featuring Ron Price, Business Credit, March 2020

Taking the journey to become a better credit leader can begin at any stage in a creditor’s career, regardless of whether a position of authority is held. Leadership in the credit department takes many different forms and can be approached from several perspectives—emerging from places like employee retention and self reflection.

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4 Things I Hear From Millennials On Leadership February 13, 2020 Posted in: Articles/Media, Jeremy Graves

By Dr. Jeremy Graves, HR.com February 2020

Let’s get one thing out in the open. I am not a Millennial; I have never been a Millennial and I don’t claim to speak for them. I have, however, spent the last 10 years working with Millennials—as a professor, executive director, coach and mentor—specifically studying how multiple generations interact within the workplace. Through my work, I have met some of the brightest and most engaging Millennial leaders on the planet. I have had the opportunity to coach several, while also taking a learning posture from many. Read More

Mentoring for the Future December 2, 2019 Posted in: Articles/Media, Ron Price

Featuring Ron Price, In Trust Magazine, Fall 2019

“Wax on, wax off,” instructs Mr. Miyagi as he instills the fundamental basics to Daniel, who would grow to be The Karate Kid. The classic movie follows the developing relationship between the martial arts master and his young student. It’s a mentorship made in Hollywood heaven. But mentors provide a vital role in in everyday lives. Read More


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Podcasts

What is Missing from Your Goal Setting Process March 25, 2020 Posted in: Ron Price

Host Dale Dixon interviews Jaime Lisk today, live from the TTI Success Insights Conference. Jaime is a leadership coach, team builder, and a certified facilitator for RealTime Coaching. She gives us tips on goal setting—and goal achieving—sharing the process she uses with her clients. Jaime talks about the power of self-talk, and she also shares the two aspects you might be missing in your own goal setting.

CareerCast Featuring Ron Price January 13, 2020 Posted in: Ron Price

Ron Price was recently featured on the CareerCast podcast.

In this CareerCast, Ron shares lessons learned from his decades of leadership experience, character driven perspective, and insights from across the world.

Becoming an Impactful and Influential Leader with Ron Price November 19, 2019 Posted in: Ron Price

Ron was recently a guest on the podcast How to Be Awesome at Your Job.

On the episode, Ron Price delivers insights on how to build your character and grow your influence to unlock your full leadership potential.

You’ll Learn:

  • The four keys to landing your next promotion
  • Two approaches to getting excellent feedback
  • How to get others to listen to you

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Videos

Innovation in Finance June 5, 2019 Posted in: Video

In this short video, Michael McAllister provides insights to apply innovation and explains how ideas don’t have to shake up the industry to have an impact.

Innovation in Healthcare May 7, 2019 Posted in: Video

Looking to overcome industry barriers, grow, and serve customers? Dr. David Pate, President & CEO of St. Luke’s Health Systems, explains how thoughtful innovation keeps your company ahead of disruption.

Innovation in Government April 17, 2019 Posted in: Video

In this short clip, CIO Marshall Major explains how utilizing the innovative process in the right places brings new value to your organization.


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