The Curse of the Bad Hire…

By | 2017-05-07T19:42:38+00:00 April 10th, 2017|News|

"I just don't know how to get through to her. It's like we don't even speak the same language!" Sarah was frustrated with her new employee. She needed help and she didn't know which way to turn. "I invested all of this time in her, but she just doesn't get it! I try to explain our culture and the way we do things around here, but she ignores me and does it her own way. Should I get rid of her and start over or should I just keep trying to get through to her? It's so FRUSTRATING!!! I'm at my wits end.... " A BAD HIRE can cripple a small company and be devastating on morale... If Culture [...]

Heroes and Villains of the NBA Finals

By | 2017-05-07T22:11:22+00:00 June 16th, 2016|News|

Life comes in waves and sometimes your ready for the next wave and sometimes your still struggling with the last one. That’s why I LOVE the NBA playoffs. I see players unleashing their hero and taming their inner villain and on a nightly basis. I LOVE watching them push their leadership limits and leveraging the strengths of their teammates to WIN the game. Watching others go big or go home is refreshing. Besides giving me a break from my own stresses, I get to watch how others handle their STRESS on the big stage. I’ve always wondered….Why to some players shine while others fade away? Does Lebron James become Michael Jordan and carry the team or does he try and [...]

Would Yoda Survive in Corporate America?

By | 2015-12-16T14:53:03+00:00 December 16th, 2015|Hahndo|

©20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection Imagine your boss hired Yoda as a consultant and sent him to you to help execute on your 2016 key initiatives. “Alright Yoda, senior leadership says you have alot of wisdom and you'll be able to help me make some tough decisions. So, based on what you know, what should we try next?” “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”   “Ok, sure. I get it, so what should we DO next? You know we just suffered through our annual strategy session and I think we are ready to make some significant moves.” “Ready are you? What know you of ready?” “Well, I think we have some good strategic next steps.” Yoda pursed his little [...]

What my Uncle Carl taught me about the Ripple Effect and the Law of 5%…

By | 2015-10-02T13:30:31+00:00 October 2nd, 2015|Hahndo|

How we see life (our perspective) is driven from a series of beliefs that we acquired over time. Those beliefs drive our behavior/actions and thus provide the results (current reality) we see around us right now… When I was a young boy, I remember throwing rocks into the creek behind my grandparents house. After tossing a particularly rounded and cream-swirled stone into the creek, huge ripples began to emanate from its impact. In that moment, my Uncle Carl slid down the dusty bank and shared with me Newton’s 3rd law of motion. (In his own words…) “For every action there is an equal an opposite reaction.…” “Michael, life is a CHOICE.....You can CHOOSE to see each interaction at home, school, work and everywhere [...]

“Booger in the Nose Test…” How Top Teams Give Feedback

By | 2015-07-01T10:40:42+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Hahndo|

I’ve consulted with countless teams from various industries, sizes and levels of experience and I’ve found one test that will determine how well these teams will work together in THOSE moments. THOSE moments are the “Moments of Truth” for teams, when the “Rubber Hits the Road”, when the “Pressure is On” and when it’s “Make or Break” time. It’s called the “Booger in the Nose Test…” I know it sounds crazy, but stick with me for a minute… Top Teams provide feedback that is TIMELY, DIRECT, with TACT, and they are EMPATHETIC to their peers. Great teams will make sure to avoid putting their peers in an awkward situation, if they can avoid it, and will be the first to [...]

BEWARE: ENERGY VAMPIRES!

By | 2015-06-09T15:13:42+00:00 June 9th, 2015|Hahndo|

You know that annoying coworker who is upset at everything and everyone? They feed on DRAMA and they find the NEGATIVE in EVERY situation!        “Can you believe the weather? Uhhhhh, it’s so COLD... I hate the cold weather...”       “Well, Laurie, you have to look at the bright side... It could be WORSE!”       “NOTHING could be worse than THIS...” Katie thought to herself...       “You are RIGHT, NOTHING could be worse than WORKING with you everyday...” NO matter what you say to these people, they can always find the BAD. They point out the faults of others and cannot see their own reflection in the mirror! No matter what you [...]

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