Management and Inspiration

Leadership Lessons from Silicon Valley: How to Survive and Thrive in Disruptive Times

Silicon Valley companies set the standard in many industries. They have created some of the most popular products in the world. Their pace is fast. They either create disruption or respond rapidly to it. What can you learn from how their leaders create a climate to encourage innovation?

To be successful leading or responding to disruption depends on deep trust with your team. How can you create a trusting environment that welcomes disruptive change?

You’ll read key ideas from some of Silicon Valley’s most admired companies, like Airbnb, Facebook, Intel, Pixar, and others. You’ll learn the details of Google’s study of what made its most productive teams. These ideas can be applied to any organization, especially those seeking or reacting to disruption.

Key topics:

  • Airbnb and Pixar’s environment that encourages innovative thinking
  • Ideas from successful Silicon Valley companies that keep their teams humming
  • Google’s 5 top elements for creating an effective team and how to apply these to your organization
  • Facebook’s surprising findings on why good employees leave

This interactive guide will help you apply the information to you.

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Grow Your Key Talent: Thought-Provoking Essays for Business Owners, Executives and Managers on Developing Star Staff (book or eBook)

Grow Your Key TalentAre your best performers ready to step up? Surveys show that top employees want to grow, learn and acquire new skills. They value development and want to be continuously sharpening their expertise.

Many executives believe that only HR needs to think about how to expand their staff’s competence. By completely offloading this they stunt their company’s growth. This book helps you examine what to consider when helping your people successfully take on more responsibilities.

Most companies’ development plans are merely to task someone to do new work and let them figure it out. Then executives are disappointed when the new role isn’t fulfilled expertly from the start. The employee is embarrassed and frustrated and may even leave as a result.

What can you do to ensure star staff are successful when taking on new responsibilities? How can you help them succeed, not set them up for failure? The essays in Grow Your Key Talent will help you explore your own philosophies about expanding your star staff’s skills.

“I read Grow Your Key Talent and found it very helpful and will be applying to two people we have just hired. The ‘8 Steps’ section was particularly useful for me.” —Andrew Grossman, Creative Director,

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Life’s Lessons: Insights and Information for a Richer Life (eBook)

Rebecca imparts her wit and wisdom in this captivating book as she shares her experiences and discusses sage lessons with her readers. She uses her experiences to spawn life’s lessons — giving yourself a motivational talk, taking a calculated risk, or the parallels of hiking a muddy trail on Molokai with how we live life. She speaks as if she were sitting next to you, sharing her insights conversationally and with humor. She is simultaneously humorous and profound.

“I’ve listened to the Life Lessons recording and have really gained some insight and “tools” as to how I should be navigating my way through life and interacting with others.” –Claudia Trujillo

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Managers Discussion Guide Program

Make your staff meetings come alive in 20-30 minutes per month, with no prep by you! The Managers Discussion Guide Program focuses on 12 customer service topics.

“We are getting much better comments from our customer base and I attribute it to these sessions!” —Barbara Laskin

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