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    • What Those "Lazy, Entitled Millennials" Are Actually Trying to Do

      Charlotte Ashlock posted a blog post

      What Those "Lazy, Entitled Millennials" Are Actually Trying to Do

        The five main traits attributed to millennials—entitled, lazy, disrespectful, and disloyal—are misguided assumptions that our author Crystal Kadakia argues are actually positive attributes that every business and industry should internalize. The five "faults" are in fact five qualities of...

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      November 24, 2016

    • Agile Companies Have to Treat Their Workers Right

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      Agile Companies Have to Treat Their Workers Right

      The following is excerpted from Good Company, by  Laurie Bassi, Ed Frauenheim, Dan McMurrer, Lawrence Costello. *** Business agility refers to an organization’s decision-making speed. An agile organization is able to alter strategy, change operations, develop new products, and get them to m...

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      November 23, 2016

    • 5 Myths About What Your Employees Need From You

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      5 Myths About What Your Employees Need From You

      The following is excerpted from Marcia Reynold's book, The Discomfort Zone. Many leaders operate with the assumption that if people want something they will ask for it. This belief is not true for many reasons, including cultural views on approaching authority and the negative implication ascr...

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      November 23, 2016

    • Stop Training Managers to be Bureaucrats

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      Stop Training Managers to be Bureaucrats

      The following is excerpted from Henry Mintzberg's book, Managers Not MBAs. *** It is fashionable to view the MBA as modern, progressive, change oriented. And it is certainly true that most MBA programs make great efforts to keep current. In sharp contrast is the image of bureaucracy. It ...

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      November 23, 2016

    • If it is business, it is personal

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      If it is business, it is personal

      Employees probably spend more of their waking hours connected to work and interacting with their coworkers than with family members. Yet managers believe their actions are not personal and just business. Every day you deliver information, feedback, or news to those you lead that affects their ...

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      November 20, 2016

    • Don't Let Rank and Status Get In the Way of Teamwork

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      Don't Let Rank and Status Get In the Way of Teamwork

      Edgar Schein's book Humble Inquiry outlines a way of asking questions that strengthens teamwork and improves results. In this excerpt from his book, he explains how you can navigate around rank and status issues which prevent clear communication by using the tool of "humble inquiry."  *** I...

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      November 20, 2016

    • Everyone is biased and everyone can move past bias

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      Everyone is biased and everyone can move past bias

      Have you noticed a lot of conversations, articles, and news coverage about bias? Have you questioned yourself and wondered whether you have bias or noticed places where you experience your own bias or someone else’s? Are you looking for ways to recognize whether bias is getting in the way of your...

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      November 17, 2016

    • Move Negotiations Forward by Unmasking the Underlying Interests

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      Move Negotiations Forward by Unmasking the Underlying Interests

      From Negotiating the Impossible | By Deepak Malhotra What seems like one contentious issue is sometimes composed of multiple hidden interests that are reconcilable. In such situations, you may be able to overcome stalemate by unmasking the underlying interests. For example, consider an employe...

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      November 16, 2016

    • Five Reasons Why I’m Leaving Berrett-Koehler

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      Five Reasons Why I’m Leaving Berrett-Koehler

      1.  I have made myself redundant.  Much as my ego would like me to believe I am indispensable, the fact remains: the projects I have led with passion at BK, can all move on without me.   In every case, I am able to pass on the torch to a person who really impresses me.  Diversity? The pr...

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      June 21, 2016

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    • Jeevan Sivasubramaniam

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Jeevan Sivasubramaniam's blog post Why I Endorse Marginally Unethical Behavior

      Love the post.  I agree, but maybe feel even more strongly.  I feel absolutism and dogmatism are the real gateways to evil.  To see another person’s point of view as "less than yours" is to see them in a subtle way as less human than you.   The corrupting influence of self-righteousness is the ce... ...Read more

      June 7, 2016

    • How to Get the Best Opportunity of Your Life

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      How to Get the Best Opportunity of Your Life

      Most people seem to believe opportunity is a matter of overcoming incredible odds. They are determined to collect every gold star, so they can beat out the hundreds of other candidates pushing and shoving for the same spot. I think everyone’s got it backwards. I think golden opportunities a...

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      May 23, 2016

    • Steve Hargadon

      Steve Hargadon commented on Charlotte Ashlock's wall:

      Hi, Charlotte. Great to meet you. If there's a way to send non-public messages here, I'm missing it (meaning both, can't find it and would like it :) Looking forward to further conversation.

    • Paul Salter

      Paul Salter commented on Charlotte Ashlock's wall:

      Hello Charlotte I have just joined the Community, not sure if I can request help here - I have had an error when trying to activate Dianna Booher - personal presence test.

    • We’re Way More Confident Than You Realize, Gentlemen

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      We’re Way More Confident Than You Realize, Gentlemen

      Telling Women "Be More Confident" is Patronizing Every week I see a new article: women in business— how can we build their self-confidence? Personally, I can’t sip that bland, watery cocktail of pity and condescension, without wincing in disgust. When we ask ourselves why women’s rank and pay...

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      March 9, 2016

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    • New to Twitter? You Know More Than You Think

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      New to Twitter? You Know More Than You Think

      This post was originally published as a guest post on the wonderful blog of Andy Ross, literary agent.Use what you already knowI’ve introduced a lot of beginners to Twitter, and they always have anxiety about how to behave in this new environment. My answer? Use the social skills you have been ...

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      March 9, 2016

    • Will the New Media Landscape Bring Social Justice?

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      Will the New Media Landscape Bring Social Justice?

      We live in a day where any blog can break through and make newsA book I edited on Mastering the New Media Landscape officially comes out today!!! The authors, Rusty Shelton and Barbara Cave Henricks, are book publicists who have an amazing talent for getting their authors on the news. Their book ...

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      March 8, 2016

    • Elizabeth  McKellar

      Elizabeth McKellar commented on Charlotte Ashlock's wall:

      Thanks for helping me set up my page. Now to fill it with books, interests and Unicorn discussions. ^_^

    • peterson@sacramentowriters.com

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Roger Peterson's blog post BK is not tied to old NY/Boston ways

      Part of the reason I really enjoy being on the West Coast is I feel the East Coast can be so stuck in their ways.

      January 16, 2016

    • betsypolk

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Betsy Polk's blog post Ode to the BK Way

      Thanks for your kind words, Betsy!

      January 16, 2016

    • randy@authoronestop.com

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Randy Peyser's blog post the newsletter creates community

      It's because Jeevan works a crazy number of hours per week.

      January 16, 2016

    • fong.jonathan@gmail.com

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Jonathan Fong's blog post Inclusiveness of all stake-holders and alignment of values

      I always feel grateful for being part of a community where so many people are willing to help me out.

      January 16, 2016

    • The Nonprofit Industrial Complex and Chocolate Milk

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      The Nonprofit Industrial Complex and Chocolate Milk

      "When someone knocks on my door with the intention of wanting to do good to me, I always think the wisest course of action is to attempt to climb out the window and escape." -My Grandma Jinny When I told my grandmother I wanted to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector, her reaction was surprisi...

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      January 15, 2016

    • What skills do you need to reach the top?

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      What skills do you need to reach the top?

      A book bundle to help you out This post is about a promotion that ended on January 11th, 2016. Our New Years Resolution this year is to help more of our readers get the leadership positions they deserve. We hope that one of these books will unlock the door to success for you! Below are liste...

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      January 3, 2016

    • Who’s the Boss?

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      Who’s the Boss?

      One of the biggest problems with the world is that there are too many bad people running things, and not enough good people in charge. How would the world be different if our companies and countries were universally led by people you respected? How would things be different if you were in ch...

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      January 2, 2016

    • jonathan@reams.com

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Jonathan Reams's blog post Caring Commitment

      Thanks for sharing your story! :-)

      December 23, 2015

    • Most People I Know Are Afraid of Innocent Teenagers

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      Most People I Know Are Afraid of Innocent Teenagers

      When the Black Lives Matter protests happened outside my Oakland office, many of my white friends were annoyed, worried about their commute and their safety. When I said, “We shouldn’t be avoiding the protests. We should be joining them,” my words fell into a little nervous silence.When I blogged...

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      December 15, 2015

    • michaeledesess

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Michael Edesess's blog post BK experience

      Many authors think that you MUST have an agent. We actually have many authors who were not introduced to us by agents.

      December 10, 2015

    • Old Media and New Media Have More in Common Than You Think

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      Old Media and New Media Have More in Common Than You Think

      When it comes to teaching myself web design and online marketing, I’ve tried everything: e-newsletters, podcasts, webinars, online video courses, free ebooks: I gobble those things up like a kid in a candy store. So what has actually made me a better web designer? I got my best web design advi...

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      December 5, 2015

    • Anna Leinberger

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Anna Leinberger's blog post Pictures Don't Actually Sell Business Books

      Great post!

      December 4, 2015

    • Jeevan Sivasubramaniam

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Jeevan Sivasubramaniam's blog post If I Could Reimagine My Work

      Oh my god Neal. "Who knows, maybe I would be burned to death by now."  What is wrong with you??? 

      December 2, 2015

    • Charlotte Ashlock

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Charlotte Ashlock's blog post Is "The New Leadership Paradigm" Steve wrote about part of the BK Way?

      Thanks for your comment, Katie!

      December 1, 2015

    • The Engagement Crisis on LinkedIn

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      The Engagement Crisis on LinkedIn

      Let’s be real: does anyone know of a LinkedIn group that is not a hellish wasteland of linkspam? Because I’m desperate for a professional forum where people are actually talking and listening to one another. My Bad Experience with LinkedIn Groups Online marketing is very much still the Wild...

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      November 24, 2015

    • BKpedia

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      BKpedia

      Berrett-Koehler’s new digital subscription service, BKpedia, gives immediate, multi-device access to our own publications and to resources from our partners including The Center For Creative Leadership and AMACOM, the publishing arm of the American Management Association.To learn more about BKped...

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      November 23, 2015

    • How to Get Insane Numbers of Blog Comments

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      How to Get Insane Numbers of Blog Comments

      Is your lack of blog comments giving you the blues?A friend of mine recently complained to me that his blog posts weren’t getting enough comments. He was worried having no comments made him look bad. Do you have the same worry?Time to calm down. Working for a publisher, I know a lot of best-se...

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      November 18, 2015

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    • The Foolproof Recipe for Stealing the Power of the People

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      The Foolproof Recipe for Stealing the Power of the People

      It’s a clumsy villain that needs an army of jackbooted thugs to break down doors for him. The villains who control our world, have no need to resort to such crudities.   They don’t need money or guns or threats, when they have something way more powerful going for them: the power of boredom.  ...

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      November 4, 2015

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    • Why hating on social media is a heartless thing to do

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      Why hating on social media is a heartless thing to do

      We read a lot of think pieces about how social media and technology is disconnecting us from each other and generally causing society to fall apart.  The typical mockery is a cartoon showing a table of teens texting, with a caption like, "Why are they ignoring one another?"  Here's what that shal...

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      October 31, 2015

    • The Hunger for Powerlessness

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      The Hunger for Powerlessness

      Is it true that humans are power-hungry?There may be a few people in this world who are hungry for power, and will do anything to get it. But most people I’ve met are just the opposite. They angle and maneuver to get LESS power. They say, “It’s not my decision; it’s up to my boss.” They say, ...

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      October 20, 2015

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    • Let's Give This Planet Some Goals

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      Let's Give This Planet Some Goals

      Do you think the world is becoming a better place or a worse one over time? Can our small actions today have repercussions far, far in the future? Can we live our lives in service to a positive future? When I read this headline: It's Unconstitutional to Ban the Homeless from Sleeping Outside, the...

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      August 20, 2015

    • Pro-Voice TED Talk

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      Pro-Voice TED Talk

      Aspen Baker, Berrett-Koehler author of Pro-Voice, gave a powerful TED speech which you can watch below. Share in the comments what the most powerful or emotional moments of the talk were for you! Here's what I found most powerful and emotional:  Most powerful:  "The feminist who regr...

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      July 20, 2015

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    • Stop Telling Misfits to Change Themselves

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      Stop Telling Misfits to Change Themselves

      If a person doesn't fit into a community, (for whatever reason) who has the responsibility of changing- the person, or the community? For much of history, it's been on individuals to bend or break. Can't change? Too bad. Blind? Stay home. No legs? Guess that buildings with stairs are not for you!...

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      July 2, 2015

    • What Stops Us From Giving?

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      What Stops Us From Giving?

      Common wisdom is that people feel guilty when they ignore beggars. I think it's just the reverse. I think people feel guilty when they give. There are strong societal messages that we ought to be "tough" enough to ignore the "obnoxious" beggars, so when people give change-- they feel like they've...

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      July 2, 2015

    • The Excitement When Tradition Evolves

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      The Excitement When Tradition Evolves

      I talked to a lesbian once, who said tearfully that legal marriage was what got her family to FINALLY accept her partner. The Supreme Court decision on marriage equality will make a difference to families everywhere. It also makes me feel even happier about my own wedding-- that I'm participat...

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      July 2, 2015

    • The Video: The Danger of a Single Story

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      The Video: The Danger of a Single Story

      Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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      March 3, 2015

    • David Marshall

      David Marshall commented on Charlotte Ashlock's wall:

      Hello, Miss Charlotte!

    • David Marshall

      David Marshall commented on Charlotte Ashlock's wall:

      Hello, Miss Charlotte!

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