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Leading Through Uncertainty With Clear Expectations - Kevin Black MA MBA Forbes

Forbes – “Leading Through Uncertainty With Clear Expectations”

Uncertainty is a major challenge for any leader or manager, as it results in confusion or distracts people from the mission. But the show must go on, no matter what. You cannot let unwanted surprises or obstacles significantly slow you down.

Forbes Kevin Black - Why Behaviors Are A Critical Yet Largely Untapped Resource For Leaders

Forbes – “Why Behaviors Are A Critical Yet Largely Untapped Resource For Leaders”

Behaviors are an incredibly important area in leadership development, and yet they are, in my opinion, largely untapped. They describe the “how” of our leadership. If you can understand what you’re naturally inclined to do when you lead others, and how it affects the team, organization and customer, then you’re in a position to increase the odds of success.

Forbes Kevin Black - The Art Of Profiling Leaders

Forbes – “The Art Of Profiling Leaders”

Profiling plays a critical role in leadership development. Our challenge as consultants is being able to balance the science available with subjective observations that are necessary when assessing people. In this respect, profiling leaders is more often an art than a science.

Positive Arguments: 16 Ways To Foster Innovation Instead Of Conflict

Forbes Expert Panel – “Positive Arguments: 16 Ways To Foster Innovation Instead Of Conflict”

Disagreement in the workplace is to be expected. Whether it’s with your co-workers or your boss, a disagreement is bound to happen once differing opinions are introduced. However, these arguments don’t need to be destructive. There are multiple ways to approach disagreement that can end in positive change and innovation.

Forbes - Kevin Black - Personal Development: Eight Routines That Can Help Busy Executives Who Are Looking To Grow

Forbes Expert Panel – “Personal Development: Eight Routines That Can Help Busy Executives Who Are Looking To Grow”

Personal development is an important part of any healthy, well-balanced life. Devoting time to continuing education, hobbies, side projects or other fulfilling activities can ultimately make you a stronger professional, and person.

Forbes Expert Panel - Kevin Black - Keep Your Stakeholders In The Loop With These 14 Communication Tips

Forbes Expert Panel – “Keep Your Stakeholders In The Loop With These 14 Communication Tips”

Managing a business is not a solo project. As a leader, it’s your responsibility to inform all relevant internal and external parties about what’s going on in the company.

15 Leadership Lessons Coaches Wish They Knew When They Started Their Careers

Forbes Expert Panel – “15 Leadership Lessons Coaches Wish They Knew When They Started Their Careers”

Being a leader in your industry can be highly rewarding, but it can also come with its own unique challenges. Sometimes, though, these challenges may not become clear until you’re actually in a leadership position.

LinkedIn - Leadership Lessons from DUNE

“Leadership Lessons from Frank Herbert’s, DUNE

Leadership books don’t have to be your primary source of professional development. Fiction plays a critical role as it gives you concrete examples about people, behaviors, strategies and leaders, all wrapped in exciting stories. This is also true of science fiction. I recently read Frank Herber’s, Dune, and was struck by so many great examples of strategy and leadership.

When Teens Get an Executive-level Leadership Education: Some Results

“When Teens Get an Executive-level Leadership Education: Some Results”

I hosted an Advanced Leader Camp, June 1-5, 2015, for young people, ages 15-20. A total of six students, high school and college, participated. Each received 40 hours of this executive-level leadership education that blends leadership, management and strategy. The purpose of the camp was to give these young people a competitive edge as leaders in order to help them excel in school and/or work.

When Executives and Teens Play Wargames

“When Executives and Teens Play Wargames”

It seems that the majority of coverage on Millennials (born early 80s to early 2000s) focuses on their differences from other generations in the workforce, the Baby Boomers and Gen X. Here is a different perspective: they share four major similarities with their bosses when placed in leadership positions during real-time strategy games (Think of RISK on steroids). Here are our observations (non-scientific) using our advanced leader program.

Increasing your value as a leader to your organization

“Increasing Your Value as a Leader to Your Organization”

Recognizing that helping their organization achieve its goals is a means of improving personal success, leaders should have one fundamental question in mind, “How can I increase my value to the organization?” Volumes of literature exists to support thinking about this question. This article provides you five simple, time-tested Dos and Don’ts.

Argument Advantage: Gain Credibility By Defending Your Ideas

“Argument Advantage: Gain Credibility By Defending Your Ideas”

Besides achieving results, the next sign of a leader’s value is their ability to articulate – and effectively defend – their ideas. Resources, authority, and reputation can be won or lost in a moment’s notice. Here are some “Do’s” and “Don’ts” to help you this master this critical, but too often ignored, skill for leaders: argument. Gain the #argumentadvantage!

Invest in your business success with an executive education program

“Invest in Your Business Success with an Executive Education Program”

Today’s technological, fast paced world is characterized by speed and innovation. As business owners and leaders your primary responsibility is to elicit the best out of your people, especially in terms of innovation and creativity. A significant source of support is an effective executive education program. Here is a compilation of “Dos” and “Don’ts” to support you in increasing your odds of success.

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WP Carey School of Business – “My 2 Cents”

You are going to fail. It happens to everyone some time or another. How we deal with failure significantly affects our success and, ultimately, our happiness. In my professional experience as a leadership consultant and entrepreneur, I’ve found four lessons to better manage it.

Amazon review - The Sales Boss - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

Amazon Review – The Sales Boss: The Real Secret to Hiring, Training and Managing a Sales Team

I wanted to elevate my knowledge of running sales teams and I came away very satisfied after finishing this book. [Note: I truly do not enjoy reading business books; this one, however, was an exception.] My five-star rating is based on three factors: is the content helpful? Is there an added value? And most importantly, is the book readable?

The Trust Initiative: Creating Win-Win Partnerships for Attorneys and Businesses Auxana Kevin Black MA, MBA Forbes Coach

The Trust Initiative: Creating Win-Win Partnerships for Attorneys and Businesses

Being in a role not suited for you can be an uncomfortable experience. If you’ve ever taken on a role or responsibilities that weren’t a match for your interests and abilities, then you know the stress involved. Likewise, if you’ve simply worked closely with someone who was not well-suited for their role, then whew, you’ve probably experienced your own frustrations interacting with that person!

SPOTLIGHT PROFILES

AzBusiness July/August 2018

AzBusiness – July/August 2018

The story, “Game Plan,” (page 49) covers the new AZ HR Games we’re launching this Spring. We’ve teamed up with AZSHRM-Professional Development & Certification to revolutionize HR professional education. We’re combining SHRM’s behavioral competencies with leadership development, eSports gaming and digital marketing.

Voyage Phoenix - Meet Kevin Black

Voyage Phoenix – “Meet Kevin Black”

Every neighborhood from Phoenix to Scottsdale to Tempe has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common. We’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call the Greater Phoenix area home. Check out some of the inspiring stories we’ve discovered throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and the surrounding areas.

COMMERCIALS

Auxana Inc – “3 Ways to Increase your Value as a Legal Professional”

Join Auxana co-founders Beth Lebowitz and Valerie Spengler, joined by Forbes Leadership coach, Kevin Black, where we will discuss 3 ways to increase your value as a legal professional or related entrepreneur. Introducing our new Trust Initiative, we talk about 3 ways our community helps legal entrepreneurs and growth companies increase their value, modernize hiring processes, and set themselves up for success.

Video for Auxana Inc – “Behaviorally Profiling Attorneys”

Auxana (Auxana.co) is a disrupter in the legal market. Besides advocating for flat fee legal and saying NO to the billable hour, Auxana is taking another step forward in supporting their clients’ success with the new “Trust” initiative. Companies will now be afforded the rare opportunity to evaluate their GC, based not solely on skill and experience, but also on behavioral compatibility.

Video for Auxana Inc – “Leader Development”

Join Auxana co-founders Beth Lebowitz and Valerie Spengler, joined by Forbes Leadership coach, Kevin Black, where we will discuss 3 ways to increase your value as a legal professional or related entrepreneur. Introducing our new Trust Initiative, we talk about 3 ways our community helps legal entrepreneurs and growth companies increase their value, modernize hiring processes, and set themselves up for success.

Overview – EDGE Challenges – Kevin Black Consulting – Experiential Leader Program

Kevin Black MA, MBA (kevin black dot co) has 20 years in the leadership development industry. He’s noticed several things about it. There’s a lot of fluff out there! A lot of content is recycled stuff, usually overloaded with the buzzwords of the moment. Probably most shocking to Kevin, being a veteran army officer, is how many programs divorce leadership from strategy. Bottomline: many programs are not as effective as they should be.

Advantages and Benefits – EDGE Challenges – Kevin Black Consulting – Experiential Leader Program

BESIDES THE ADVANTAGES of being 100% engaging, learning thru “ah-ha” moments instead of listening to Power Point lectures, and gaining near- instance awareness of your unique strengths, the EDGE Challenges program has four MAJOR BENEFITS.

How it Works – EDGE Challenges – Kevin Black Consulting – Experiential Leader Program

Teams of no less than five people and no more than fourteen come together for one and half or two day workshop. And it can be done on your premises. Each person validates the advanced curriculum through practical application, using real-time strategy (RTS) simulations. Everyone works as a team and each team is assigned a mission.

Arizona’s HR Games – Introductory Video for Sponsors

The Arizona Society of Human Resource Management (AZSHRM) is positioning itself to become a national leader in HR student education. The new AZ HR Games combines education with the burgeoning industry of computer gaming competitions. This new model not only brings real excitement to traditional student competitions, but it also satisfies a strong demand for developing leadership capabilities among the newer, tech-savvy generations.

Executive Command® Advanced Leader Program Pilot – Final Video

Executive Command® offers an elite leadership education to young and high potential leaders in the form of workshops and online learning. Our goal is help gain that competitive edge that will make all the difference in school or in the workforce. Our specialized curriculum supports developing the critical competencies that are in the highest demand (and not often associated with junior leaders), such as strategic thinking, communication, planning and execution of strategies.

PODCASTS

Adam Torres interviews Kevin Black

Adam Torres interviews Kevin Black Principal Consultant at Kevin Black Consulting in this episode.

Money Matters Top Tips with Adam Torres

Kevin Black Principal Consultant at Kevin Black Consulting is interviewed in this episode. Kevin is a veteran US Army officer and seasoned entrepreneur, nationally recognized for learning and development services in leadership and strategy.

Next Level Leadership With Kevin Black|128

The Tactical Businessman Episode 128

In today’s episode of the Tactical Businessman Gerritt Brings on Leadership Expert, Forbes Coach, Speaker, and Author Kevin Black. Kevin Black is a veteran US Army officer and seasoned entrepreneur, nationally recognized for learning and development services in leadership and strategy. Kevin takes leadership education to the next level. His workshops apply eSports-like wargame competitions as a learning platform for an advanced leadership development curriculum.

Forbes Coach, Inga Bielińska, PCC, MA, interviews Forbes Coach, Kevin Black, MA, MBA #2

Forbes Coach, Inga Bielińska, PCC, MA, interviews Forbes Coach, Kevin Black, MA, MBA #1

The Question of the Day: Is there any relationship between leadership and strategy? Yes! We examine the deliberate and emergent strategies, and the latter’s premium on leaders on the ground.

Forbes Coach, Inga Bielińska, PCC, MA, interviews Forbes Coach, Kevin Black, MA, MBA #2

Forbes Coach, Inga Bielińska, PCC, MA, interviews Forbes Coach, Kevin Black, MA, MBA #2

The Question of the Day: Is there a resource in leadership development that is untapped? Yes! It is behaviors.

Forbes Coach, Inga Bielińska, PCC, MA, interviews Forbes Coach, Kevin Black, MA, MBA #2

Forbes Coach, Inga Bielińska, PCC, MA, interviews Forbes Coach, Kevin Black, MA, MBA #3

The Question of the Day: Are there resources for leadership development other than business books? Yes! Many exist, to include fiction, YouTube and streaming services, such as Netflix.

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West's Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #1) - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West’s Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #1)

This is the first of thirteen videos in a series dedicated to Karl von Clausewitz, the West’s most famous (and least read) philosopher of war. If you like Sun Tzu, then you’ll love learning about Clausewitz.

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West's Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #1) - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

Why Stress Culture over Strategy? Clausewitz has the answer: Napoleon and Irrationalism (Video #2)

This is the second of thirteen videos in a series dedicated to Karl von Clausewitz, the West’s most famous (and least read) philosopher of war.

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West's Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #1) - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

Focus Leads to a Competitive Advantage: Clausewitz and the Nature of War (Video #3)

This series is dedicated to Karl von Clausewitz, the West’s most famous (and least read) philosopher of war.

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West's Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #4) - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

Clausewitz on the Nature of War(Video #4)

This series is dedicated to Karl von Clausewitz, the West’s most famous (and least read) philosopher of war.

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West's Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #5) - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

Is there a formula for success? Or should you make it up as you go along? Clausewitz #5 on the Art of War. (Video #5)

The Enlightenment made scientific thinking and inquiry the dominant intellectual trend. Thinkers explored and examined the world, seeking to explain the universe in practical, intelligible ways. New intellectual disciplines emerged and the sciences flourished. The advancement of war as a science was no exception.

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West's Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #6) - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

What slows down armies and businesses during execution? Clausewitz on the Fog of War and Friction (Video #6)

This series is dedicated to Karl von Clausewitz, the West’s most famous (and least read) philosopher of war.

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West's Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #8) - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

The Remedy for the Uncertainty and Friction in Daily Operations? Clausewitz on Leadership and the “Strike of the Eye” (Video #7)

This series is dedicated to Karl von Clausewitz, the West’s most famous (and least read) philosopher of war.

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West's Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #8) - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

Clausewitz on Operations (Video #8)

This series is dedicated to Karl von Clausewitz, the West’s most famous (and least read) philosopher of war.

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West's Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #9) - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

Clausewitz: Operations and the Types of Offensive (Video #9)

This series is dedicated to Karl von Clausewitz, the West’s most famous (and least read) philosopher of war.

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West's Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #10) - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

Clausewitz: Operations and their Relationships (Video #10)

This series is dedicated to Karl von Clausewitz, the West’s most famous (and least read) philosopher of war.

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West's Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #11) - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

Clausewitz: War and Politics (Video #11)

This series is dedicated to Karl von Clausewitz, the West’s most famous (and least read) philosopher of war.

Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The West's Most Famous Philosopher of War Most Likely Agrees: Introduction to Clausewitz (Video #12) - Kevin Black Forbes Coach

Clausewitz: Recap & Lessons Learned (Video #12)

This series is dedicated to Karl von Clausewitz, the West’s most famous (and least read) philosopher of war.

The Archetypes of Strategy (1080p)

This excerpt is from the presentation, “Leaders Behaving…Strategically: Linking Executive Leadership behaviors to Strategy Development (ORG-PROGRAM-162252) at the Arizona Society of Human Resources Management State Conference, August 2014.

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