Stellar Performance successfully conducted its Stellar Ascending Leaders Program for a Hospitality company from February 2018 to June 2018. The program is designed as a career-changing experience that transforms functional managers to business leaders, increasing potential for broader levels of leadership responsibility.

Stellar Performance successfully conducted its fourth Stellar Change Leaders Workshop for a Retailer on May 15-16 2018. The workshop is designed as a career-changing experience that prepares technologists to lead and advocate change across the technology function and the company.

Why Great Leaders Ignore Feedback

So now that I’ve got your attention, I should say I didn’t literally mean ALL feedback.  I co-facilitated a workshop recently with a group of 18 emerging leaders in technology functions.  In that workshop, participants receive feedback from a 360-survey that is designed for and indicative of what is takes to be successful in a senior technology leadership position.  We structure this workshop so that the feedback is provided on Day 1, that way participants can understand how others perceive them back on-the-job, and they can use the remainder of the workshop days to better understand the feedback and create actions plans for future development, all aimed at moving to the next-level of responsibility in their respective companies.

Pass on the Pastries

From the pastries at morning meetings to birthday cake for a colleague, it is challenging to pass up those morning goodies offered at most workplaces across America. Although the pastries may seem small, these empty calories begin to add up overtime.

Why you hate work...

I often tell people that before I launched my own business, on most Sunday evenings, I dreaded the thought of going to work on Monday morning. Literally, half of Sunday, a day off, was spent with anxiety about going back to work on Monday. I am amazed at how many people tell me that they experience similar anxiety each weekend about returning to work.

Politics - the Dirty Word

There is not a more relevant issue to managers of technology functions than their ability to influence across the business. Or at least that is the case if those managers want to be perceived as leaders in the business. For many, influence is synonomous with playing politics, and that is percieved as negative by many. Just breaking the word POLITICS into parts tells the story…poli, meaning many, and tics, meaning blood-sucking parasites!

Women Leaders in Technology (Grocery Retailer)

Stellar Performance successfully conducted its second Stellar Women Leaders in Technology Program for a Retailer from November 2017 through February 2018. The program is designed as a career-changing experience that prepares up-and-coming women leaders for the transition from doer to leader, accentuating their unique and authentic self while gaining exposure and sponsorship from senior leaders.

How to Build a Great Culture

One of the most important roles of a senior leader is certainly to create a culture that ensures the organization is able to deliver what the business needs when it needs it. To create an effective culture, a leader must understand that he or she is the chief architect of the organizational culture. Everything the leader does, from what he or she says, how meetings are conducted, what reports are requested, and how decisions are made, all collectively create culture.

Leadership Development Framework - Overview

Stellar Performance is pleased to announce that it has completed and since updated its framework for developing leaders. The framework was developed collaboratively and validated with the help of researchers at Colorado State University’s Department of Industrial & Organizational Psychology.

Bob Schwieterman, President of Stellar Performance, conducted a lunchtime work session, Influencing with Authenticity for global publisher LexisNexis on September 12, 2017. The LexisNexis Women Connected group hosted the event and it was attended by over 60 employees.

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