White Papers and Articles

Are you looking for material to distribute to your leaders? The articles below contain bite-sized nuggets of useful information and tips on a variety of topic. And they’re yours to distribute (just keep our copyright and contact info intact).

We’ve had the privilege to work with some of the world’s greatest leaders and leadership gurus including Marshall Goldsmith, Sir Richard Branson, Jack Welch, Captain Mike Abrashoff, Dr. Warren Bennis, Dr. Henry Mintzberg, Bill George, and over 50 others! Through our work with Linkage Inc., we help support their broadcasts of these famous people by designing and developing participant and facilitator guides that many clients use to turn a 90-minute presentation into a true learning and growth opportunity. We’ve taken our interview notes and created focused articles that you can use to round out the development of your leaders.

Leadership Training that Sticks – 23 Lessons Learned Over 23 Years

By Terence Traut, Entelechy, Inc. Abstract: Despite billions spent on leadership development, the investment doesn’t seem to be having the impact one would expect. This may be due to the lack of traction these programs typically have when it comes to lasting behavior change. This updated white paper provides 23 lessons that will help increase …Learn more

Why I Don’t Need Leadership Development – 10 Excuses

Terence Traut, President of Entelechy, Inc. has worked with hundreds of organizations creating customized management and leadership development programs training tens of thousands of leaders since 1992. He’s heard all the reasons from leaders trying to excuse themselves from leadership development … and in this paper he suggests ways for those responsible for leadership development …Learn more

The Most Important Management Skill

By Terence Traut, Entelechy, Inc. Abstract: Terence Traut from Entelechy, Inc. draws from interviews, research, and extensive experience to identify the most important management skill. I’ve been teaching management and leadership skills now for over 20 years to new managers and supervisors as well as to seasoned veterans. I’ve worked with some of today’s leadership …Learn more

What Workers Want

“On-site training tops the lists of what workers want, according to a recent survey of office workers and HR managers. More than one-third of those surveyed say that in-house, instructor-led workshops are the type of professional training they value most.” OfficeTeam – a division of Robert Half – conducted the survey, which was featured in …Learn more

Coaching for Talent Development and Employee Engagement

By Terence Traut, Entelechy, Inc. If you wish to improve the skills of your employees, you must plan to observe them (or their results) and provide them with feedback. If you’re like most supervisors or managers, you have limited time and are looking for employees to become proficient — and independent — faster. Entelechy’s Coaching …Learn more

Coaching: An Interview with Terence Traut

Recently, we had the opportunity to interview Terence Traut, President of Entelechy, Inc., a company that specializes in customized skills training programs for its clients. We talked to Terence about coaching, its importance in today’s workplace, and Entelechy’s approach to coaching. Performance Today: What exactly IS coaching? How is it different than, say, mentoring or …Learn more

Effective Feedback

By Terence Traut, Entelechy, Inc. Feedback is the breakfast of champions! Effective feedback is like the GPS on your employee’s performance journey. You provide ongoing information — both positive and constructive — to help your employee. Wouldn’t it be great if employees had their own internal performance GPS that would let them know immediately when …Learn more

High Performing Teams

By Terence Traut, Entelechy, Inc. Entelechy conducted research of over 50 different studies on high performance teams. Some studies focused on motivation; some on trust; some on leadership; others on vision; still others on many other topics. The more we investigated, the more the characteristics of high performing teams fell into place. Several important themes …Learn more

Entelechy Speaks to Pat Mitchell about Mentoring

By Terence Traut, Entelechy, Inc. Pat Mitchell recently was hired as President and CEO of The Museum of Television and Radio and International Media Center. Before that, she was President and CEO of PBS. Recently, as part of our work with Linkage, Inc. in support of their 2006 Excellence in Management & Leadership distance learning …Learn more

Entelechy Speaks to Mike Abrashoff about Grassroots Leadership Principles

By Terence Traut, Entelechy, Inc. At the age of 36, Michael Abrashoff was selected to become Commander of the USS Benfold – at the time, the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet. The immediate challenges that faced him were staggering: Exceptionally low morale with unacceptably high turnover. Few thought that this ship could …Learn more