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7 Strategies to Successfully Navigate the Holiday Season

Posted by Rod Johnson on Nov 29, 2016 8:40:07 AM

Over the past couple of years, a popular blog we’ve published presents the various holidays celebrated this time of year by different religions and ethnicities. In addition, we provided several strategies and insights into navigating the holiday season. Welcome to the 2016 Holiday Season. A season filled with celebrations, parties, festivities and numerous other distractions. In the U.S., it starts with Thanksgiving and winds down on New Years day. Numerous religious and non-religious observances will take center stage, including:

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Topics: Talent & Leadership Development

Post Election Insight – The Dark Days of Daylight

Posted by Rod Johnson on Nov 14, 2016 6:58:34 AM

In 1971 singer-songwriter Don McLean produced the #1 hit song, American Pie. The infamous line “The Day the Music Died” referred to February 3, 1959. It was the day that rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper – J.P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

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Topics: SpotLight on the Wall

In the end - I think we'll get it RIGHT!

Posted by Rod Johnson on Nov 8, 2016 8:49:41 AM

Several years ago I had the opportunity to introduce British economist, Roger Martin Fagg to a group business leaders. At the time, there were broad-ranging discussions surrounding everything from the Affordable Care Act, to international trade, to basic economic principles regarding currency trade and the value of the U.S. Dollar. It was a great presentation that challenged attendees on numerous fronts. But there was one comment that I’ll never forget.

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Topics: SpotLight on the Wall

10 Introspective Questions To Ask Yourself Before Joining A Peer Group

Posted by Rod Johnson on Oct 25, 2016 7:57:03 AM


Peer Groups are popular. C-Level Executives frequently join one, they can be leveraged in the development of emergent leaders and they can be incorporated into most learning environment. Due to their flexibility, they possess numerous perceived and real benefits; everything from having a safe space to discuss challenges and opportunities, to improving one’s critical thinking and decision-making skills. However there is one significant caveat to realize if these benefits are to be achieved. This being, "Do you as a potential peer group member have the right stuff?

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Topics: Peer & Learning Groups

The 2 Most Important Qualities for Effective Peer Learning Groups

Posted by Rod Johnson on Oct 11, 2016 8:36:20 AM

Peer Learning Groups are an effective tool for organizations. Especially when it comes to soft skills training and leadership development initiatives – they're powerful in moving the needle in the right direction. After all, a Peer Learning Group's primary focus is focused on Discovery – personal and professional. Plus, it leads to secondary benefits related to respect, discipline, courtesy and intellectual curiosity. And it’s through this discovery process that personal and professional growth occurs in profound and long-lasting terms.

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Topics: Peer & Learning Groups

SpotLight on the Wall – Communicating so you can't be misunderstood

Posted by Rod Johnson on Sep 27, 2016 9:14:34 AM

Last night was the first presidential debate. A Nation and the World were watching. What I saw and experienced was unexpected. One candidate came prepared and confident. The other, a rambling mess at times – at least according to post-debate analysis. This leads me to this SpotLight on the Wall quote from Mark Twain. Yes, the art and science of not being misunderstood is a communication challenge we all face, and likely challenged by. And the way we avoid not being misunderstood is by being prepared, thoughtful and concise with the words, the tone and the body language we leverage in the communication process.

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Topics: SpotLight on the Wall

10 Questions to Ask Before Joining a Peer Group

Posted by Rod Johnson on Sep 20, 2016 8:52:31 AM

So, you’ve been thinking about joining a Peer Advisory Group; a group of like-minded executives that meets regularly to discuss the ever-changing climate of business, the economy and the world. Your participation would provide you an opportunity  to dissect sticky business issues, develop new relationships and could help your business grow. So you assume that surrounding yourself with a small group of smart people from the business community might be a good idea. You start to do your homework. You come across stories that are inspirational and get you excited about joining a group (i.e. this would be a really smart investment). However, you also come across a counterweight of stories - stories of group dysfunction, bad advice and/or poor results (i.e., a poor investment in time & money). And there you sit. Pondering whether to join a group, or not.

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Topics: Peer & Learning Groups

Yes, Conversation is a Learning Technology Too

Posted by Rod Johnson on Sep 15, 2016 10:18:23 AM

As an avid promoter and advocate for the use of peer groups in learning environments, I've witnessed and experienced how communication becomes a catalyst for change and personal growth. And tools like Peer Insightand SpotLight Card can initiate and guide active communication. Communication is where learning occurs.   

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Topics: SpotLight on the Wall

Peer Advisory, Peer Coaching & Peer Learning Groups – How these Peer Groups types differ, yet are alike

Posted by Rod Johnson on Sep 7, 2016 10:05:22 AM

I write frequently about Peer Groups. How to structure them. How to effectively run them. And how to leverage them across an organization and between organizations. Although I write about them, I’m unaware of any discussions, blogs or white papers that delve into how a Peer Advisory Group differs from a Peer Coaching Group, from that of a Peer Learning Group. On the surface, they would appear to operate within the principles of “What it means to be a Peer Group.” Areas related to size of a group, diversity, time, etc. are all important factors and considerations in the equation. What is less well understood however is how they differ from each other. I will attempt to demystify their differences in this article. Let’s take a look.

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Topics: Peer & Learning Groups

Altruism, Leadership, Team and other key word searches - Which is most popular? (Part 2)

Posted by Rod Johnson on Sep 1, 2016 8:35:45 AM

Everyone possesses a mental filter. A filter constructed from experiences and intuitiveness. A filter that at times acts like an early warning system, at other times like an invitation to explore and learn. Earlier this week I was looking a web search metrics for keywords and phrases related to the talent, coaching and leadership development industries I follow. What I found was a bit of a surprise (here’s the initial post).

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Topics: Peer & Learning Groups