November 18, 2017


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The Beacon Commentary Library

No One Leads All the Time: A Series on the Power of Followership – Part 1: Challenging Your Assumptions – February 2014
Conventional wisdom about leadership says that leaders always lead and never follow. This maxim has been repeated so often that it’s accepted as truth without question. Well, the time has come to question what we think to be true. To succeed in the 21st century workplace we need to redefine leadership and embrace followership. At the Latimer Group, we have long held that no one leads all the time, which means that everyone follows at least some of the time. In this issue of The Beacon, Dean Brenner offers Part 1 in our series on the power of followership. Get ready to challenge your assumptions.

No One Listens Anymore, Part 2: A Series on the Challenges of 21st Century Teambuilding – October 2013
Globalization, technological advances, social media connectivity and the ubiquity of information all make it harder than ever to lead. People are better informed, more opinionated, more ambitious, and less loyal to and trusting of leadership than ever before. If you are a business leader trying to align your organization, these are mighty challenging waters to navigate.

No One Listens Anymore, Part 1: A Series on the Challenges of 21st Century Teambuilding – April 2013
In this and subsequent issues of The Beacon, we identify and examine the realities of 21st century communication that make building and leading teams harder than ever.

Fingerprints – July 2012
An excerpt from Dean’s latest book, Sharing the Sandbox.

Influence or Authority – March 2012
This is the second excerpt from Dean Brenner’s new book, Sharing the Sandbox: Building and Leading Great Teams in the 21st Century.

21st Century Realities that Cannot Be Ignored – December 2011
The first excerpt from Dean Brenner’s new book, Sharing the Sandbox: Building and Leading Great Teams in the 21st Century, which will be published in May 2012.

Teammate Archetypes, Part 3: The Survivalists – October 2011
We examine The Survivalists – four personality archetypes that carry the common trait of an unwillingness to do the hard work and take responsibility.

Teammate Archetypes, Part 2 : The Individualists – June 2011
We examine The Individualists – four personality archetypes that carry the common trait of self-centeredness.

Teammate Archetypes, Part 1: The Emotionalists – March 2011
We examine The Emotionalists – four personality archetypes, all of which carry the common trait of emotional excess.

Understanding Teams, Part 4 : When Things Fall Apart – December 2010
Six ideas for you to consider when your team starts to fall apart.

Understanding Teams, Part 3 : Leading the Team You Inherit – September 2010
Six leadership principals to consider when you inherit an existing team.

Understanding Teams, Part 2 : How to Build a Great Team from the Ground Up – June 2010
Six steps you need to take when building a new team.

Understanding Teams, Part 1: Why Certain Teams Fail – March 2010
The five most common reasons why teams fail.

Death by PowerPoint 2 – November 2009
Five ways to organize your content and make it more memorable.

Death by PowerPoint – August 2009
There are 30 million PowerPoint presentations given each day in the United States. We’ll help you make your next one stand out.

When Does “Management” Become “Micromanagement”? – April 2009
Understanding the realities and challenges of micromanagement.

President Obama’s Inauguration Speech – February 2009
Analyzing President Obama’s Inaugural Address, and his transition from the language of candidacy to the language of leadership.

Lessons from the Olympic Games – December 2008
Five keys to drawing great performances from your team.

Lessons from the Olympic Games: How to Build a Great Team – October 2008
Five essentials to building great teams.

What Great Leaders Do – July 2008
Five critical, simple concepts that apply to leadership in all situations and all industries.

Attention and Retention: The Art of Making Your Message Memorable – May 2008
Make your message clear and memorable with a strong opening and powerful closing.

The Psychology of “I” vs. “We”: Hillary vs. Barack – March 2008
This issue is about the words we choose and what we can learn about others when we listen carefully.

Leadership Communication in the 21st Century – January 2008
As business gets more complex, great leadership is more dependent than ever on simple and clear communication.

The Real Value of Effective Communication – September 2007
Regardless of your industry and your company’s value proposition, effective communication will provide you with great leverage.

In Pursuit of a Powerful Presence, Part 2- Can You Be Too Confident? – July 2007
Understanding the fundamental distinction between confidence and arrogance.

In Pursuit of a Powerful Presence – May 2007
Where does true presence come from? It’s more than polish.

Nature vs. Nurture – March 2007
Many of the characteristics that define a great speaker can be developed and nurtured.

Simply Speaking: Five Resolutions for 2007 – January 2007
Five resolutions to make you more articulate, effective and persuasive.

Credibility: The Elusive, Intangible Currency – November 2006
Successful persuasion requires earning and maintaining your credibility.

Don’t Distract Me… I’m Trying to Listen to You – September 2006
Debunking some commonly-held myths about effective delivery skills.

If I Had a Hammer – July 2006
Owning the tools of a carpenter does not make me a carpenter. The same is true for communication.

To Inform or To Persuade – May 2006
We encourage you to use every communication as an opportunity to persuade your audience.

Reason and Emotion – March 2006
We take persuasion a step further to consider how effective verbal communication can change not only minds, but also actions.

Adding Deeper Value – January 2006
The Latimer Group looks in the mirror, in an effort to add deeper value to our clients.

Leaders and Followers – October 2005
The five rules of being a good follower.

Sharing the Sandbox – August 2005
The five rules of effective team communication.

Applying the GAP Method – May 2005
Expanding on the GAP Method and understanding your professional audience.

Applying the Concept of Leverage – March 2005
Examining the concept of leverage and the three variables available to you as you attempt to persuade your audience.

Understanding Leverage – January 2005
Using the concept of leverage to dramatically improve your ability to persuade your audience.

Move the World – October 2004
Introducing a method to develop your message and increase your powers of persuasion.

Executing Your Brand Correctly and Consistently – July 2004
Successful marketing has two requirements. Developing the correct message is only half the battle. Consistency and correctness go hand in hand.

Velocity Made Good – May 2004
The reality in the modern business world is that many businesses focus too narrowly on the short-term future… While seemingly logical, this is not advisable.

Balancing Strategy and Tactics – March 2004
Good strategy and good tactics are required for success – on the water, in the board room, on the shop floor or in a sales meeting.

Shaping Audience Opinion – January 2004
Regardless of our professional role or the nature of our audience, a common goal for any communication opportunity should be to shape audience opinion.

The Leadership Challenge – Fall 2003
There are many ways to define Leadership, but if you cannot communicate with your multiple “masters,” all your other Leadership skills will leave you short of the finish line.

Your Words, Your Actions, Your Total Message – Summer 2003
Sales success depends on your words and actions being consistent, and a focus on the “little things.”

Translating Your Ideas Into Performance – Spring 2003
The creation of your own unique Narrative is critical to your ability to persuade your audience.

The Power of Your Voice – Winter 2003
The most important aspect of effective public speaking is having the confidence to speak in your own voice and with your own style.