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Volunteer to Improve the World and Yourself

Act Intentionally...Persist Variously
Act Intentionally…Persist Variously

While putting full attention on accomplishing one thing increases the odds that the thing will be done well, it is all too easy for the career minded professional to end up doing nothing other than their work!

They would be wise to realize that top performers at all levels make time for other things such as family, recreation, exercise, spiritual development, and even volunteer work.

Participating in volunteer work can add a healthy perspective to life and position for growth which makes it all the more rewarding to find a way to pitch-in. Continue reading

How to get core leaders clear about whose problem their organization solves.

Get ClearAny organization that performs and grows, exists to solve a problem for a customer.  Its mission explains why it exists and its vision explains where it is headed but neither, individually or together, necessarily explains the solution (WHAT) it provides customers (WHO) and the problem their solution solves (WHY) for those customers.

While it may at first seem simple or obvious, it is usually surprisingly difficult for leaders to sort out and agree on how to describe all three dimensions. Employee surveys invariably reveal that the most urgent need across the organization is to get a better handle on: Who are we and what do we do? which reveals the importance of clearly and consistently communicating all three dimensions to everyone in the organization. Continue reading

National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Washington, DC Capital Area Chapter to Host Manage to Lead presentation.

NACDOn November 13, 2013 IntelliVen CEO, Peter DiGiammarino, will present Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World at the monthly meeting of the National Association of Corporate Directors  Click the figure at left to register.


Hogan Lovells LLP
555 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


Leesburg, VA Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to host Manage to Lead dinner presentation.


SHRMOn November 12, 2013 IntelliVen CEO, Peter DiGiammarino, will present Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World at the monthly dinner meeting of the Leesburg Society for Human Resource Management.  If you would like to attend, please click the figure at left to register.

River Creek Country Club

43800 Olympic Blvd.

Leesburg, VA 20176

5:30 to 8:00 PM




Introducing BusinessBecause

BusinessBecauseOne of the top-5 most popular IntelliVen posts ever published (based on number of views) is on why top MBA students should consider a career in operations instead of in finance.

The post includes a video interview on how operating leaders participate in venture success which was suggested, filmed, and first published by BusinessBecause. BusinessBecaue launched in late-2009 as the first “niche network” connecting business students, employers, business school applicants and business schools around the world.

BusinessBecause publishes fascinating, people-focused stories and provides useful information on choosing a b-school (e.g. Why MBAMBA rankings) and finding a job.  BusinessBecause now has more than 100,000 monthly visitors and a vibrant 20,000-member worldwide community that shares information with each other and that use the network to build valuable career connections internationally.

BusinessBecause also runs EngineeringBecause, for the world’s top engineering students, and a technology business, NetworkBecause, building alumni platforms for organizations.  This IntelliVen post is to announce that IntelliVen subscribers that sign up before October 6, 2013 with the following code receive a free, one-month premium membership to

Premium code: HO7R85RY. 

Expires on October 6, 2013. 


Business Guru Terry Schmidt reviewed Manage to Lead for the Association for Strategic Planning; here’s what he had to say:

Review by Terry Schmidt, Management Pro



Manage to Lead, by Peter DiGiammarino, presents a structured approach to plan and implement next steps for an organization as it strives for long-term growth and performance.

I’m a business author and consultant who has read just about everything on management and leadership, but this soft cover book blew me away. It’s full of fresh content, practical exercises and an innovative linkage to on-line strategic planning templates and support resources. Gadzooks – this book verges on disruptive technology for strategic planning consultants!

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Make Strategy Real: Manage to Lead and The Seven Truths


FlyerOn September 25th the Northern California Association for Strategic Planning hosts IntelliVen CEO, Peter DiGiammarino as their luncheon speaker in Palo Alto, California.

Register now to attend from noon to 1:30 pm west coast time on September 25th in person or via webinar.

Event Details

When: Wednesday Sept. 25

  • Webinar: 12-1:30 pm Pacific;
  • In-Person: Networking starts at 11:30 am Pacific


  • Webinar: Virtually via the Web (attend as a group for best experience)
  • In-Person: Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303

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How a new top executive can gain respect and affect change by being an aggressive listener.

Most people cannot listen until they have been heard.  As a consequence, wise leaders who want to affect thinking and behavior learn to first listen to those they aim to impact.

Holding back from jumping-in when a key point comes to mind in the middle of a fast-paced conversation can be a challenge but it is also essential in order to avoid being written-off as one who does not listen or understand, especially if the leader is new to the organization.

The following steps help a leader stay in-tune and attuned and dramatically improve their odds of success:

  • When someone talks, give undivided attention and do not interrupt.  While s/he is talking you may think you know what they are going to say and what you want to say next rushes to mind.  In that instant you experience an irrepressible urge to interrupt and jump-in.  Following the urge causes many bright, successful senior executives to often unintentionally and repeatedly use the power of their position to hijack conversations.  The pattern wears on those in the organization and soon the leader is written-off as one who never listens and who does not get, or care about, those they lead. Continue reading