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21 Ways to Put Yourself in Line for a Promotion
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. We would all like to get ahead on the job, but some of us are better than others at actually doing it. What sets the “haves” apart from the “have-nots”? A number of things. The following are twenty-one ways to get ahead: 1. Make the... Read More...
 

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10 Success Strategies for Surviving Stressful Stages
By Debra Miller Ken Chapman and Associates, Inc. “These are times that try men’s souls”, penned Thomas Paine more than 200 years ago. It could have been written last week. Never in our lifetime has the need for leadership been more apparent. Greed and an absence of ethics from Wall Street t... Read More...

A Farmer Answers the Call
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. On June 15, 1775, the eve of the American Revolution, John Adams rose from his seat in Congress and made his nomination for the appointment of general and commander- in-chief of the United Colonies. His fellow statesmen quickly c... Read More...

Act—Don’t React
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. The great American humorist, Will Rogers, once said, “Life is hard under the best of conditions, but it is harder if you are stupid.” I do not think that Will Rogers was talking about people who are terminally dumb. I think, instead, tha... Read More...

Confidence
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. Two men were traveling together through a forest when, without warning, a huge bear came crashing out of the brush near them. One of the men, thinking only of his own safety, shoved the other aside and scrambled up a tree. The other, unable t... Read More...

Decision Making
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc.“Decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision, a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind.” Gordon Graham As a team member and a leader, one of your r... Read More...

Developing Your People Through Goal Setting
By Ken Chapman, Ph. D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. As you have begun to discover throughout this process, the wellspring of personal motivation comes from within yourself. In the very strictest sense, no one can truly motivate another person. A leader can guide another individual toward sel... Read More...

Fearless to a Fault
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. Several years ago the movie, Gladiator, appeared in theaters. It told the story of a great Roman general named Maximus who served the emperor, Marcus Aurelius. During the emperor’s last days, he fought the barbarians to the north of the R... Read More...

Finding Hope Through Humor
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. President Ronald Reagan’s popularity in the polls rose and fell like a roller coaster. Shortly after an attempt was made to assassinate him, his ratings soared to nearly ninety percent, the highest on record. But one year later when the U.... Read More...

Goal Setting
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. In November 1976, Time magazine invited two hundred “leaders” to Washington, D.C. to deliberate on the nature of “leadership.” Represented was every sector of American life–business, industry, education, athletics, the arts, the pres... Read More...

Good Manners- Why They Matter
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. Did you know that polite executives are more in demand these days than abrasive ones? That’s a switch from earlier years when greed was big and barreling over the opposition was the way to go. Basic things don’t change that much, but it... Read More...

Managing And Controlling Your Use of Time
This article includes time management worksheets. To open or download the article and worksheets, click below: > Word version click here > PDF version click here... Read More...

Nobody Trusts the Boss Completely
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. Leaders who head off serious problems before they blow up in the company’s face are two steps ahead of the game. Their employers avoid needless expense or outright disaster and they themselves receive the recognition they deserve for stoppin... Read More...

Performance Management and the Disciplinary Conversation
By Ken Chapman Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. Almost inevitably, one or more of the people who report to you will act in an unacceptable way. An hourly worker is repeatedly late; a service rep blows up at a customer; a manager makes an inappropriate comment to a report. Occasionally, such acti... Read More...

Righteous Among the Nations
By Ken Chapman Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. One morning in late July of 1940, Japanese Consul General, Chiune Sugihara, awakened to find a throng of Jewish refugees outside the gate of the Japanese Consulate in Lithuania. Most of them had fled from Poland, barely escaping the grasp of the Naz... Read More...

Simple Solutions
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. Dr. Thomas Edison’s fame had become international. He was advised to have scientists come to his lab and help him understand scientifically why some of his inventions had worked. Edison didn’t see much use in this, but being open-min... Read More...

The ABC’s Of Handling Mistakes
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. A grizzled old sea captain was often spotted by his crew opening a small, locked box on the bridge, peeking inside at its contents, and shutting the lid before anyone might glimpse inside. The crew’s curiosity grew and on the da... Read More...

The Art of Body Management
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. When looking closely at civility, it is amazing how many ways there are of showing respect for others and those around us. Minding our bodies is one of them and certainly not a minor consideration. We all know that we can offend others with... Read More...

The Art of Delegation
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. Delegating work properly does a lot more than make your life as a leader easier. It builds teamwork, increases efficiency, develops careers, raises morale, and boosts productivity. But it is not always easy to do. Here are some simple strat... Read More...

The Art of Listening
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. Once you learn how to listen, your leadership skills will improve dramatically. You will communicate better and solve more problems. Here are some exercises that will improve your listening skills and help you get the most out of each meeting... Read More...

The Art of Respecting Others’ Opinions
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. Respecting others’ opinions is part of a larger attitude of respect. As we grow older, we are expected to develop respect for the whole person. Respect for opinions is not an easy art at all. It requires self-esteem, self-control, sensitivi... Read More...

The Common Good
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. President Abraham Lincoln once remarked, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Few people have more power than an American President. Being the leader of the free world can ce... Read More...

The Gift of Service
By Ken Chapman Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. Shortly after Booker T. Washington became President of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, he was walking past the house of a wealthy family. The woman of the house, assuming Washington was one of the yard workers her husband had hired, asked him if... Read More...

The Kind of Leader Others Want to Follow
By: Ken Chapman, Ph.D. Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. What gives a man or woman the right to lead? Certainly, being elected or appointed or having a position, rank, or title does not qualify anyone to lead other people. And the ability does not come automatically from age or experience either.... Read More...

Upsizing Your Culture When Downsizing Occurs
By Beth Lanier Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. Layoffs, job cuts, downsizing or rightsizing: no matter how you phrase it – or how necessary it may be - letting people go is difficult and disheartening. Living through a severance process is hard; leading others through one may well be the bigges... Read More...

What If Your Employees Gave You A Performance Review
By Ken Chapman Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. From all appearances, performance reviews are a one-way street. The leader always appraises the employee. Even so, it is a beneficial procedure in which both leader and employee benefit. If you are among the fortunate leaders, you get an occasiona... Read More...

When Friends Become Direct Reports
By Ken Chapman, Ph.D Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. Changes are difficult for many workers to accept, but when your status as a friend and coworker changes to that of team leader, the switch can often strain even strong working relationships. That is what one team leader soon learned after her... Read More...

When Leaders Sabotage Teamwork
By Ken Chapman Ken Chapman & Associates, Inc. A man took his young daughter to a carnival and she immediately ran over to a booth and asked for some cotton candy. As the attendant handed her a huge ball of it, the father asked, “Sweetheart, are you sure you can eat all of that?” “Don’t... Read More...