Author Archives: Mark Bowling

Author: Mark Bowling

Mark Bowling
Permalink to The Sixth Pillar – Deliver “WOW”

The Sixth Pillar – Deliver “WOW”

Posted July 5, 2015 by Mark Bowling

I often feel that in today’s profit-driven corporate atmosphere that, many times, I am simply pleased when I get what I expect from a vendor – whether that is at a restaurant, lawn service or buying a product at retail.  That so often seems to be the norm that  when I encounter a person or...

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Permalink to The Fifth Pillar – Innovation

The Fifth Pillar – Innovation

Posted June 28, 2015 by Mark Bowling

Many people and leaders of companies and organizations believe that as long as they change, they can stay one step ahead of their competition.  But while change is necessary for any person, company or organization to grow, change in-as-of-itself does not guarantee success. In their book Blue Ocean Strategy, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne...

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Permalink to The Fourth Pillar – Team Development (Part 2)

The Fourth Pillar – Team Development (Part 2)

Posted June 21, 2015 by Mark Bowling

In the last post, I explored why companies should provide the tools that are necessary for team members to do their job effectively and why organizations should develop their team members professionally.  This post is to be focused on the personal development of team members. Although this has been the topic that I most love...

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Permalink to The Fourth Pillar – Team Development (Part 1)

The Fourth Pillar – Team Development (Part 1)

Posted June 7, 2015 by Mark Bowling

The fourth pillar of team development goes beyond simple training or continual education.  Many very good companies are committed to these types of programs.  To strive for preeminence, companies should go beyond ensuring team members know how to best do their job and pursue programs that can help them become all they can be –...

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Permalink to The Third Pillar – Selection versus Hiring (Part 2)

The Third Pillar – Selection versus Hiring (Part 2)

Posted May 31, 2015 by Mark Bowling

In the last post, we explored the difference between selecting and hiring.  In this post, I want to explore this topic a bit further and think about how organziations can select. So, how can organizations select?  Here are some ideas – I welcome you to list any others you might have in the comment section...

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Permalink to The Third Pillar – Selection versus Hiring (Part 1)

The Third Pillar – Selection versus Hiring (Part 1)

Posted May 24, 2015 by Mark Bowling

Almost all of us have been hired for a job. Someone posted a job description, we prepared our resume, filled out an application, set up a meeting, sat for an interview (or two) and the person with decision making authority made a choice based on the requirements of the job and the qualifications of all...

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Permalink to The Second Pillar – Unity

The Second Pillar – Unity

Posted May 17, 2015 by Mark Bowling

Unity is defined as “the state of being one” or “combining parts into one.” One common illustration for the concept of unity is that of a rope.  Individually, the strands of a rope can be brittle and easy to break.  However, when they are unified by twisting or braiding the individual strands together, the resultant...

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Permalink to The First Pillar – TRUST (Part 2 – Examples)

The First Pillar – TRUST (Part 2 – Examples)

Posted May 10, 2015 by Mark Bowling

As I explore each of the Pillars of Preeminence, there will  be an opportunity for readers to give examples about other people, organizations and companies that exemplify the characteristics of that pillar. I will refrain from giving specific examples of how we at BlackSheep are attempting to build on that pillar.  (But I welcome our...

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Permalink to The First Pillar – TRUST (Part 1)

The First Pillar – TRUST (Part 1)

Posted April 26, 2015 by Mark Bowling

Trust is the foundation of all relationships – personally and professionally.  When trust is broken, the relationship is not necessarily doomed, but certainly faces a long and arduous struggle to regain any semblance of its former self. Everyone wants to be trusted.  But what does it look like? Ultimately, trust comes down to confidence.  The antonym of trust is doubt or...

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