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So far Tim Hast has created 17 blog entries.

Kill Your Business in Five Easy Steps; Be a Blockbuster

Once upon a time Blockbuster, a thriving giant video rental store, had the opportunity to purchase a fledgling Netflix for 50 million dollars.  The leadership at Blockbuster was skeptical that this new streaming technology would catch on. They turned down the opportunity. Blockbuster didn’t survive. Netflix, no longer a fledgling, is now alive and well, [...]

By | 2018-06-22T01:33:04+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Three Things Great Leaders Do. And Do. And Do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw-jQ-_04DI   There are three elements of good leadership that are consistent at every organizational level. From team leader to CEO, when people are following you, your job is to: Cultivate and clarify your vision. Align others with that vision. Execute the vision and get the job done. Everything a leader does falls under one [...]

By | 2018-03-11T19:58:56+00:00 March 11th, 2018|The Work of Leaders, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four Facts about Effective Feedback

The Work of Leaders consists of creating vision, aligning others, and executing that vision. Getting your team aligned requires feedback. Execution requires feedback. Each member of your team needs to know what to do more of, what to keep on doing, and what to stop doing. Leaders provide feedback to ensure work gets done on time and on [...]

By | 2018-02-21T13:49:31+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Basketball and Emotional Intelligence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2XSPW9pBx0 Russell Westbrook is poetry in motion, de-facto team leader of the OKC Thunder NBA franchise, NBA Most Valuable Player for 2017, and a pleasure to watch. In action, he’s a blur all over the court, scoring, passing, guiding his team in lightening-paced action. But all that frenzy goes away when he’s been fouled. Stepping [...]

By | 2018-02-21T20:34:54+00:00 January 19th, 2018|The Emotionally Literate Leader|0 Comments

Four Steps to a Committed Team

You just assigned your team a new project. Their enthusiasm is, well, remarkably luke-warm. How do you build a fire under them to get them behind the project? Here are four steps to kindle the flames of team commitment. Build trust. Trust is the foundation for everything that is good and positive on a team. [...]

By | 2018-02-21T20:39:50+00:00 December 28th, 2017|The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team|0 Comments

Intentional listening can be the best gift to give at Christmas

  By Charlotte Lankard ---The Oklahoman When someone deeply listens to you, it is like holding out a dented cup you've had since childhood and watching it fill up with cold, fresh water. When it balances on top of the brim, you are understood. When it overflows and touches your skin, you are loved. When [...]

By | 2018-02-21T20:41:43+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Powerful Listening|0 Comments

Gut Instinct, and How Leaders Use It

The e-mail read: Can a job applicant alter their personality style profile to influence the results so that their style appears to be more like the style we’re looking for to fill this position?” The rest of the story:  This small company hires customer reps who must be creative, friendly, but also detail-oriented. The company [...]

By | 2017-12-18T04:24:50+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four Actions to Improve Your Listening Skills, Impress Your Boss and Make Your Girlfriend or Boyfriend Crazy About You.

I’m going out on a limb here: The ability to listen well is the most important tool you’ll ever put in your leadership tool kit, or for that matter, your tool kit for living well. There. I said it. What do I mean? When you listen well, you’re also learning to communicate well. When you [...]

By | 2018-02-21T20:39:08+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Powerful Listening|0 Comments

CAUTION! You’re only Five Steps Away from an RBD (Really Bad Decision)

We all make bad decisions. Sometimes the consequences of those decisions are inconsequential. Other times they can be devastating. A few years ago Blockbuster Video had the opportunity to acquire a little start-up (Netflix) for a paltry 50 million dollars. They decided not to. Really Bad Decision. Netflix has recently been valued at 32.9 billion.  Yes, [...]

By | 2017-12-02T04:20:12+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is It Time to Throw Out the Compliment Sandwich?

Bored? Looking for a little excitement? Try googling, “Compliment Sandwich.’  You’ll find a few posts that define it and a bunch of articles on why you should NEVER use one. So, what is a compliment sandwich? It’s placing critical feedback between two positive statements about a person’s performance to lessen the pain or discomfort of [...]

By | 2017-11-27T16:17:25+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments