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Stephen Lynch

Author of the award winning business book Business Execution for RESULTS & President of RESULTS.com, Lynch is an internationally known Strategy Consultant and a contributing writer for The Economist magazine.

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Employee Engagement and Productivity

By Stephen Lynch on Aug 14, 2018

I was recently asked to write a guest article for another software company here in San Francisco. They wanted to know how I would answer the following 2 questions:

Topics: Management
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The Meeting Facilitator's Role

By Stephen Lynch on Jul 17, 2018

In my opinion, the meeting facilitator’s primary role is to optimize meeting productivity. Well-structured meetings chaired by a competent facilitator can help keep attendees focused and engaged, hold people accountable for performance, support the decision-making process, and assign clear tasks to advance progress. Before giving you some of my recommendations for meeting facilitators, let’s review The 5 P's of Productive Meetings:

Topics: Meetings
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Don't Be Fooled By Survivorship Bias

By Stephen Lynch on Jul 11, 2018

I remember the first personal development book I ever purchased. It was called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. I was going through a low point in life and the promise on the book jacket jumped off the bookshelf: “Millions of readers have acquired the secrets of success through The Magic of Thinking Big. Achieve everything you always wanted: financial security, power and influence, the ideal job, satisfying relationships, and a rewarding, happy life.”

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Beware the Nantucket Sleigh Ride

By Stephen Lynch on Jul 3, 2018

As a young boy, I was enthralled with Herman Melville's book “Moby Dick”. The daring tale of Captain Ahab and his crew hunting the giant albino sperm whale captivated my boyhood imagination.  

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Lynch on Hiring, Part III: The Topgrading Face-to-Face Tandem Interview

By Stephen Lynch on Jun 26, 2018

As I have written previously, when hiring for any role in your company, it is vital that you follow a proven process. That’s where the Topgrading methodology made a huge difference for me. I learned to follow a disciplined hiring methodology to significantly increase my chances of hiring A-Players for every role.

Topics: hiring growth
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Lynch on Hiring, Part II:The Importance of Reference Check Interviews

By Stephen Lynch on Jun 19, 2018

Reference Check Interviews are a vital step in the hiring process, and many employers conduct this step poorly, if at all. My firm recommendation is that reference checks must be conducted before any hiring decisions are made. No reference check interviews = No job offer. It’s that simple.

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Lynch on Hiring, Part I: How To Interview and Hire A-Players

By Stephen Lynch on Jun 12, 2018

As I have written previously, when hiring for any role in your company, it is vital that you follow a proven process. That’s where the Topgrading methodology made a huge difference for me. I learned to follow a disciplined hiring methodology to significantly increase my chances of hiring A-Players for every role.

Topics: hiring growth
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Business Lessons from Navy SEALs

By Stephen Lynch on May 29, 2018

Some authors write dismissively of military leadership and its applicability to modern business. I wonder how familiar they are with how modern elite military units actually operate? They might be surprised to know that military leaders have overcome many of the challenges of managing people in the modern era, challenges that business leaders are only just beginning to understand.

Topics: Strategy
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Working Efficient Hours vs Working Long Hours

By Stephen Lynch on May 1, 2018

I read the following scenario in a New York Times article titled, “They work long hours, but what about the results?”.

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How To Create a "No Excuses" Culture

By Stephen Lynch on Apr 17, 2018

Steve Blank is a silicon valley author, entrepreneur, university lecturer, and pioneer of the Lean Startup movement. I read an interesting blog article by Steve about creating a “No Excuses” culture and thought I would explore the concept further.

Topics: Management
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