The current global crisis, which I’m calling the “worldwide economic mood disorder” (WEMD for short), hit right about the time I was feeling that I’d finally recovered from the dot-com bubble bust of 2001. Although that period of business convulsions did reach beyond the Silicon Valley, my neighborhood was definitely “ground zero”. My cushy job as VP of Program Management and Organizational Effectiveness at a Xerox Parc spin-off evaporated, along with my inflated six figure salary and a very snazzy Jaguar that I hastily replaced with a second-hand Mustang convertible. I watched my exceedingly brilliant, experienced and well-educated friends from Harvard, Yale, Stanford and the like, hit the job-search streets like bums looking for a place to crash for the night. I kept a list of all of the people I knew who were unemployed on my desk so I could send them job leads.Continue reading
If you are genetically gifted with the ability to get results that other people claim are highly unlikely or darn near impossible, you don’t need to read this. But if you are faced with an insurmountable “To Do” list, here are twelve predictable (and avoidable) pitfalls that could stand between you and your goals.
1. Forgetting about the customer. Henry Ford said that the company doesn’t pay employees a salary, the customer does. The employer is just the middleman. But many businesses operate as though the customer is an afterthought. If you want to be successful, be completely and unrepentantly obsessed with the customer, whether internal or external.
2. Failure to set clear goals. According to a blizzard of studies and my own observations over the past 20 years, the number one reason people don’t achieve their goals is that they don’t have clear goals. Fear of failure prevent people from clear goal setting or makes them settle for fuzzy, ambiguous goals. Double your chances of success by making sure that you and your co-workers have shared, measurable, challenging, and achievable goals.Continue reading
What SEEMS impossible, but if it WERE possible, would transform your job, your team, your company, heck . . . YOUR LIFE . . . for the better? That is the paradigm-shifting question that I learned many years ago from Joel Barker, a Futurist who made a movie called “The Business of Paradigms” a way back in the last century. The movie has been updated, and now it is cleverly called “The New Business of Paradigms – 21st Century Edition”. No matter, it’s timeless. (It had BETTER be, it is only 18 minutes long and it costs almost a thousand bucks! But the preview is free. Check it out here if you haven’t seen it. Tell them I sent you and you might even get a discount.) This question has the power to unlock possibilities that otherwise would peek out from behind the cloak of consciousness, and I have have frequently used it to achieve what seems impossible, but is merely difficult. Human beings are animals, and we spend a lot of our time on autopilot. We live many of the minutes, hours and days of our lives in some kind of trance state, highly functioning, no doubt, but not exactly highly consciously aware. I mean, really, haven’t we all found ourselves at the end of a busy day wanting to shout out “Has anyone seen where the day went?” And I have personally been on long drives in the car when I suddenly wondered who had been driving the last 100 miles. Most of my brain was off scampering around somewhere, but fortunately some part of it was driving the damn car! Continue reading
I plan to recommend attending Kimberly’s presentation to everyone I know as one of the best project management presentations I have ever attended. It gives project managers the kick in the butt call-to-action they need.
Thank you for inspiring me to be the leader I aspire to be. You are a great model of the courageous leadership philosophy in action.
Nothing is impossible in Kimberly’s world. At a point of career change several years ago, from Silicon Valley CEO to something fun, I participated in Kimberly’s “Create a Vision” workshop. We were friends through a professional organization and I just wanted to see what she did for a living. The result: I was, and still am, amazed and delighted with this brilliant woman and the results she helps others to achieve. Kimberly has a unique ability to infect her listeners with transformative optimism…
Kimberly facilitated executive offsite strategy meetings, provided executive coaching, and managed a product rollout project at Rockliffe. She’s incredibly dynamic, insightful, and motivating, with an incredible skill at using humor to get people to understand and accept what they otherwise might not. I wouldn’t hesitate to bring her into any situation where management consulting was needed.
I really liked your workshop and see great possibilities for using “breakthrough thinking” in other settings in both the corporate and educational worlds.
Kimberly has helped our company shape its global culture for the past decade. To date, over 350 colleagues from around the world [have] met together for six-month customized programs consisting of three one-week interactive sessions in our Global Team Leadership Development program. Our culture is rooted in a long history of innovative change to survive in the face of global business headwinds. We have successfully transformed our company many times in the past 90 years, but mainly as a Japanese…
Your e-mail is inspiring. You are inspiring. I’m bawling my eyes out right now just from pure awe. When I think of what we have accomplished over the last five years, who would have guessed? Thank you for your support in this Kimberly. I really mean it when I say that I could not have done it without you – because I wouldn’t have had the vision, or the courage. I really appreciate all you have given to my dream – and continue to give.
Thank you so much for the insightful, inspiring, and useful talk this morning. You have a real talent!
She expresses her vulnerabilities as a genuine person and still sums up her courage to lead by example anyway. Wouldn’t you want Kimberly to show you how to lead by example! in the face of adversities? Free free to contact me regarding Kimberly. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly helped our organization confront some key challenges we faced working as a team. She also assisted us in creating clear and shared goals, and a practical implementation plan that enabled us to overcome our difficulties in achieving results. Working with Kimberly was energizing, and her experience, practical knowledge and wisdom guided us for years after her workshop. I highly recommend consulting with Kimberly and her Silicon Valley Alliances Team, especially to achieve results in your …
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