Mississippi Superintendent was Fired Because he Failed to Apply the First Law of the Grapevine

Posted by Scott Barron on Dec 6, 2016 8:04:15 PM

Last Friday (Dec. 3, 2016) In Greenville, Mississippi, the superintendent was fired. The problems began with how he managed communication regarding a teacher who was accused of abusing a student. Because of a lack of trust and effective leadership habits, the poor relationship between the board and the superintendent has created a mess!

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Topics: Communication, Laws of the Grapevine

What's the Missing Ingredient? Wisdom

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 16, 2016 9:11:24 AM

One of the joys of my work at Yabwi is daily learning from very talented people. Over the last few weeks I've enjoyed conversations with some remarkably successful business executives and a common theme emerged.

While reflecting on the challenges and successes of their respective organizations, each and every one of these leaders spoke about the difficulties in managing a multi-generational workforce that is geographically dispersed. And they all independently reached the same conclusion: that too often there is something that is lacking in their employees--even among extremely intelligent and talented people.

What's the missing ingredient? Wisdom

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Topics: Learning, Culture, Human Resources

She Overcame the Obstacles to Create a High Peforming Team

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 29, 2016 9:28:31 AM

Last week I had the privilege of visiting a very unusual school. I was there with a group of executive leaders who had traveled across the country to learn from the advanced architectural design and the successful implementation of an emerging education philosophy and culture.

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Topics: Engagement, Leadership, Faculty, Culture

What is the Story of Your Legendary Team

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 21, 2016 6:22:06 PM

If your expert methods for building and engaging your team were made into a book or a movie, how would the audience respond? Would they gasp in awe? Hide under the seats in horror? Fall asleep? Give a standing ovation? Write a raving fan review?

You can build a remarkable, all-star team this year, and the best way to get started is to write out the story of your talent strategy. Most leaders like you have a vision, but Champions of Talent express it through story that relates and motivates. You are the author and director. You get to decide if there will be more excitement, more victories, more drama, and/or more heroes. 

What is the story of your legendary team?

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Topics: Leadership, Culture

The Consultative Business Officer is a Game Changer

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 14, 2016 10:53:19 PM


Have you ever heard of The Consultative Business Officer (CBO)? No? Well this person can be a critical part of any organization to achieve sustainable growth. This person is very different from the traditional CFO/COO/Business Manager/etc. What makes the CBO unique is his/her commitment to the mission and leaders of the organization, serving as an internal consultant that enables greatness. 

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Topics: Leadership

Three Keys to Become Champions of Talent

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 13, 2016 2:24:57 PM

The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 and in the process demonstrated some best practices for leadership and management. Their organization exemplified the three keys to maximum engagement and success to join the Champions of Talent.

Have you noticed that some teams and some companies have the unusual ability to attract great talent AND then they create an environment that achieves a remarkable level of results? (i.e., they WIN!) They have a HUGE competitive advantage because they've learned how to energetically engage their people, which results in an increase in productivity, innovation, and overall performance while also reducing costs related to hiring, operations, and retention. 

But how does the Broncos success translate into your world? How do you replicate the ability of like-minded Champions of Talent to benefit from this advantage? Below are three keys to help you win.

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Topics: Engagement, Leadership, Culture

In a Landslide Communication Skills are Critically Important for Success

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 20, 2015 3:00:49 PM

Communications Survey 
In the Spring of 2015 we initiated a survey of business executives regarding the importance of communication skills. These questions were submitted to leaders from a broad range of industries in order to gauge the quality and key issues around building effective relationships

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Topics: Communication

3 Life-Changing Lessons I Learned from Truett Cathy

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 20, 2015 10:27:00 AM

The Legacy Leader

In 2008 I had the privilege of taking some high school students to the headquarters of Chick-Fil-A to visit with  Truett Cathy, David Salyers, and a few other executives at this uniquely successful company. Our goal for this visit was to gain insight into how their leadership had created such a healthy corporate culture and consistent profitability. 
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Topics: Purpose