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Do you want to help make the world GREAT?

A great world is not a perfect world. A great world is a place where we pursue perfection with the ...
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The Global Leadership Summit 2012

Last Thursday and Friday (Aug 10,11, 2012) I attended The Global Leadership Summit at a satellite location here in Minnesota ...
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Great By Choice

I am in the process of reading Jim's new book, "Great by Choice" . Here is my short review.Love it ...
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The Results are in on Core Purpose and Core Values

The verdict on my testing and proving out one of the key principles of Jim Collins books. In the book ...
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Why Mission Statements Aren’t Enough

Many organizations have very well written mission statements yet, in many cases their performance has waned over time. For some ...
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Why Outcome Based Job Descriptions (c) Work

Why Outcome Based Job Descriptions (c) WorkOutcome Based Job Descriptions (c) are a key to effective organizations but if you ...
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Becoming Great with the Right People

I 've written about it before. The Right people are the most important asset your organization has. But finding the ...
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The Struggle

Becoming great is a no big deal right? Of the thousands of companies studied in all three Collins' studies, only ...
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Three Outcomes that fight against mediocrity

Does your organization suffer from the onset of mediocrity? Let us deliver these three outcomes and help you bring life ...
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Why do you do it?

I've written about this before. The great companies all get this.http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html?awesm=on.ted.com_Sinek&utm_campaign&utm_medium=on.ted.com-static&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=awesm-publisherThis will help you understand you better.Jeffhttp://onbecominggreat.blogspot.com/feeds/pos ...
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On Becoming Great! Culture and Values—whassup?-

Almost every organization has two organizational dynamics- They have Operating Values--- and they have an Organizational Culture. The Operational Values ...
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Coaching- Another step in Becoming Great!

I call the day to day process of managing people, Coaching. There are many people who have the title Coach, ...
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On-Becoming Great! The Selection Process and Non Profits-

There is a myth that somehow non-profits are not as effective as their for-profit counterparts. I call this a myth ...
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On Becoming Great! To Build Trusted Brands

This above title is the Core Purpose of a Sales and Marketing company called The Village Company. No, not the ...
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Becoming Great!

Becoming Great Enterprises, LLCHelping you to become great!The Selection Process= The RIGHT PeopleThe Right People are the most important asset ...
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Why Organizations Fail at Becoming Great!

This is a great article that talks very plainly about the main causes of failure of organizations. You will notice ...
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On Becoming Great!- Achieving Effectiveness

effectiveness DefinitionDegree to which objectives are achieved and the extent to which targeted problems are resolved. In contrast to efficiency, ...
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Hiting the NEXT Wall- On Becoming Great!

Previously I wrote about how startups hit the wall . But there is another wall that you can come to ...
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Becoming Great!- The Big Picture

Vision is the pulling force of your organization- A well defined vision statement, with a clearly articulated Vivid Description of ...
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On Becoming Great!- Why Are You in Business?

If you own a business it is vital that you know why you are in business. Your business' Core Purpose ...
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Becoming Great! Teleologically Speaking

Here is an empowering fact:Humans are teleological. Telos means end or completion. In short, we tend to act towards that ...
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Becoming Great! Effectiveness

My practice is all about effectiveness. http://www.becominggreat.com/. Effectiveness is this: when a system or person or group, performs "as intended" ...
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Becoming Great- how I can help

Why can I help you? If you get right down to it, when you are emotionally tied or linked to ...
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Coaching Your People to Effectiveness

Coaching, the day to day management of people is the incremental process of improving your organizations effectiveness and a lost ...
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Performance Leadership- On Becoming Great!

Last week I implemented a “Performance Leadership” process at a client. It took me 13 months to do it. What? ...
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Becoming Great- Retained Search

Let me ask you a question.How important is it to find and employ the RIGHT people?When I ask this question ...
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Becoming Great- Why OUTCOMES??

If you've read anything of this blog you understand that I focus on OUTCOMES.A key outcome for my clients is ...
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Hunters and Farmers- two kinds of salespeople © 2008

Sales people tend to fall in to one of two main categories that I have identified.On the one hand are ...
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Vision- BHAG- whatever

My view, in my work as an organizational effectiveness consultant, I stress that truly effective organizations are "purpose driven" and ...
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OUTCOMES- The end of Job Descriptions

The End of Job DescriptionsByJeffrey A Pelletier M.A.jeff@becominggreat.com 651-492-8540The standard job description is a list of the generalized responsibility tasks, ...
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Becoming Great! Leadership VS Management

Most "leadership" classes are really management classes. I'm not really sure why. Probably because in these times, "leadership" sells better ...
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Selecting Great Employees

Selecting Great EmployeesThe process of becoming a great organization requires key elements that must be in place- some are foundational ...
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Distinctions between a Manager and Leader

Distinctions between a Manager and LeaderWhich way do you lean?The contrast below is quite specific. Notice that the Manager is ...
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Becoming Great! One BIG Thing

In the book, Good To Great, Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't, by Jim Collins, the word ...
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The Right People and Core Ideology- and Becoming Great!

Hi, Welcome to the Better way to operate your business!Here is today’s post:It is truly amazing just how vital, life-giving, ...
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Holding Fast and Moving On

Preserving the Core and Stimulating ProgressThe above idea is a big picture concept in the book "Good to Great" Why ...
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Leading the Transformation

You just don't hear of very many examples of companies and organizations making the "leap" as Collins calls it, from ...
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More on Leadership Levels

Level 5 leadership is the tip of the spear in the transformation from Good to Great. To understand it well ...
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The Selection Process- a Key to Becoming Great!

Be proactive in your hiring.The more proactive you are, the more you can influence the outcome of your hiring decisions ...
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The Key Components of the Transformation Process

Organization ComponentBest PracticesPurpose Purpose helps determine and define the “Value Proposition” This is among the preserve the core components of ...
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Becoming Great- “Value Added”

There is much talk in business circles about "adding value". There are basically two ways of looking at this idea ...
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More on the Management Series

The Management Series©The “Management Series©” is a great tool for business owners and executives to ensure that their manages have ...
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Momentum- a key to Becoming Great

This idea of the flywheel in the Good To Great Companies is something to really grasp. Many charismatic, dynamic "Leaders" ...
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Becoming Great- A leadership secret not many leaders understand

Becoming Great- LeadershipI used to say that "I'm working myself out of a job" as a leader and people would ...
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Becoming Great- More on Leadership

Becoming Great- Leadership"Leading wouldn't be so difficult if it weren't for all these people!!!"-- Jeffrey PelletierThis post is short and ...
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Becoming Great- TheTransformation of Leadership

Saddam Hussein, like Hitler, made the trains run on time. The command and control leadership/management style that was used to ...
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Becoming Great- The Essentials

EssentialsBased on my knowledge and experience, for your company or organization to become great you must press in to every ...
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Becoming Great- TRUST

Let’s talk about trust. You may be making an ok----to-----very good living in your business right now. But as you ...
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Perpetuocity- A detour to Becoming Great

Does your business suffer from: Perpetuocity?Perpetuocity symptoms: Doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.The Law of ...
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Becoming Great- True Empowerment Anyone?

Empowerment vs Autonomy -----------------=A Job vs a ResponsibilityRegarding the importance of organizational effectiveness and establishing an effective culture: There is ...
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Synthesis-The New Paradigm to Becoming Great!

I've written previously about a book I highly recommend called "Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations" by David Warsh. In ...
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Values (morals, beliefs, principles) in Action

The following is from a Dallas Tx newspaper concerning what happened in the wake of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting. It ...
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Clues to First Who

First Who (again)To help you better understand why it’s MORE important (not UNimportant) to focus on character (who) more than ...
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Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations

“Knowledge and The Wealth of Nations”How the new economy really worksByJeffrey PelletierI was reading the Wall Street Journal, which is ...
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Change and Momentum

In the book, Good to Great-Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins, one of the ...
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Real Time Empowerment

Real Time EmpowermentEmpowerment comes from the Greek word endunamis. En means in, with, by, and dunamis means ability, power, fortitude, ...
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How do I do it?

The Components of the Transformation from Good to Great There are two types of GTG transition processes that exist. Great ...
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Don’t Settle

The process of greatness is born out of a desire to make a distinction in the marketplace. It begins with ...
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The PROCESS of Transformation

"The Book Good to Great, Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't" by Jim Collins, is long on ...
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The WALL

Every growing organization hits it sooner or later. ....... The Wall.Take these guys: “We started out and had this really ...
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The Importance of Clarity

When I sit with a potential client who wears glasses, even reading glasses, I ask him or her to take ...
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Core Purpose–Core Values— ???

Values are the principles, morals, ethics, beliefs which when added together produce a "constitution" of thinking from which to make ...
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Leadership – Strong Professional Will

Strong Professional WillThe second character trait that Jim Collins and his team found in the Level 5 leaders they labeled ...
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Becoming Great only BEGINS with the Right People

In his book "Good to Great" Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't", Jim Collins studied 2500 publicly ...
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The RIGHT Mix of Control and Freedom

The RIGHT Mix of Control and FreedomLevel 5 leadership, according to the research conducted in the book “Good To Great- ...
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The Power of Commitment

Becoming a great organization has one undeniable aspect, one bedrock principle, one single beginning point, that if not grasped, if ...
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Why We Work

We work because we are created to work.Try not doing something. Even thinking is work. Sometimes hard work. We think, ...
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The Rarity of Level 5

The Rarity of Level 5’sI’m working with a current client who wants to make the leap from being good to ...
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A Culture of Discipline

A Culture of Discipline“We based the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it.We ...
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Greatness “technology”

It occurred to me as I was reading the book, "Good to Great" by Jim Collins, that the process of ...
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The Momentum of Change

What drives momentum?All of the companies that were written about in the book “Good to Great”-Why Some Companies Make the ...
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Do you have a council group?

Do You Have a Council?Successful Level 5 leaders form and facilitate what Jim Collins in the book -“Good to Great- ...
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Levels of Leadership

Levels of LeadershipJim Collins, author of "Good To Great, Why Some Companies Make The Leap and Others Don’t”, says in ...
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The President’s Inaugural Address

The President’s Inaugural SpeechAs a Organizational Effectiveness Consultant I get to have, as they used to say, “odd hours”. This ...
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People and Vision — Vision and People

I was sitting down with a business owner the other day listening to him tell me about the problems he ...
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The Anatomy of a Vision

The Anatomy of VisionThe beautiful thing about research is that it is great OBJECTIVE canon. Canon is a measuring stick, ...
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Legal Stuff

Legal - Terms of UseLegal Notice: Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not ...
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More on the Right People

In the book, "Good to Great- Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't" by Jim Collins (Harper Business), ...
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