Contributed Blogs

How to write a thank you note

imo-blogFew things differentiate you more than the way you make other people feel when they interact with you. Many top CEOs and politicians make a point of writing personal notes to people who have done them favors. 

How to make the most of meetings

imo-blogGood meetings are the nerve centers of a good organization.  Here are the three meetings every organization should have – and how to make yours better, according to leadership coach Tom Cox.

'Lollipop' syndrome can derail managers

04.05.12_LollipopsThumbnailRemember that other people are motivated, not by your values, but by their values. Respect other people’s behavior and decisions as being illustrations of their values. Once you stop judging and condemning, and start respecting and listening, you’ll be far more effective, says leadership expert Tom Cox.

Build trust by setting expectations

imo-blogIf you’re normal, the biggest opportunity your team faces is trusting each other even more. Until they can say anything to each other, and everybody can listen open-mindedly and never ever take offense – until you build your team up to that level, they will perform below their potential.

Managing the person who can't say no

imo-blogIf you’re going to be an effective manager, you need to get results from your people. That means knowing them well enough to manage each of them based on what works for them, says leadership expert Tom Cox.

How CEOs can set effective goals

imo-blogOne of the CEO’s deliverables is creating a culture. One way to strongly influence that culture is by the example the CEO creates when she sets goals — for herself or others. Leadership expert Tom Cox shows CEOs how to set goals and how to follow up on those goals to make them even more effective.

China's economic forecast: a business perspective

imo-blogCompanies doing business with China, as well as companies doing business with other companies that do business in China, should understand both the upside and downside potential for that country’s economic outlook. Portland economist Bill Conerly shares his view on what he thinks corporate executives need to know about the Chinese economy.

Good recruiting is good marketing

imo-blogAll top people have a disproportionately high impact on the culture you are creating — so as you recruit, you are actually creating the culture as well as looking for people who fit the culture. Leadership expert Tom Cox provides a lesson on how to recruit effectively.

Lariviere firing is Pernsteiner's failed leadership

imo-blogThe firing of UO president Richard Lariviere is a smoking-gun example of failed leadership by Chancellor George Pernsteiner. There’s a lesson here for everyone in business, says leadership expert Tom Cox.