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The Culture Change Journey Essentials: a compass, a roadmap, and a guide

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Workplace Optimism | 0 comments

Part one of this article covered the importance of understanding how cultures evolve as a foundation for improving how leaders manage work on specific performance priorities, challenges, or goals. These insights serve as a “compass” for leaders and dramatically increase the likelihood of achieving results. Leaders also need a clear roadmap and guide to manage the performance improvement journey, especially if a major culture issue (teamwork, discipline / organization, creativity / innovation, etc.) is impacting results.

10 Ways to Build Happiness

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Business, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strengths, Transparency, Workplace Optimism | 1 comment

The greatest experiment is one that speaks to each man and woman who seeks to realize their potential. It is an experiment that starts with a simple question…Are you happy?

You may be keeping strong and carrying on, but are you also finding ways to extract a sense of fulfillment, happiness and purpose when the going gets tough?

The imperative to focus on true happiness, on what truly gives one fulfillment (as opposed to a cursory rush of adrenaline or a momentary ego boost) is the stuff that great lives, great careers and great accomplishments are made of.

Here are some facts you need to know:

Can You Have Too Much Passion For Your Job?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Business, Communication, Culture, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 1 comment

We are told that being passionate about our work is important for success, but can too much passion get in the way?

We can define passion in the workplace as caring, an intense desire for seeing success. There is a focused energy that goes along with passion that can be infectious. But when combined with an inability to lead, or understand how to communicate with others, then passion translates into something else.

The Thought Leadership Funnel

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Communication, Featured, Future of Leadership, leadership blog, Social Media | 1 comment

In an article by niche marketer Bruce Mayhew entitled Niche Marketing: Inverting the Sales Funnel, Mayhew proposed that businesses were wasting precious resources following the traditional sales funnel. In an attempt to reach the largest audience possible, marketers would usually point their efforts to as many people as possible regardless of their inherent relationship with your brand or their interest in your products.

How to Cut Through Fake Talk to Increase Employee Engagement

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in company culture, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, leadership blog | 3 comments

The old adage around personal engagement used to be, “Managers trump companies!”, meaning that individuals joined a company, but left their boss. In the last several years, the high engagement of an organization’s employees has drawn even more attention. Recent research on engagement shows that high engagement drives financial results. Additionally, the notion of engagement has come to encompass more than just the people skills of a manager. Employees are engaged by an ever increasing number of factors that serve to attract and retain quality performers.

What Not To Do: 4 Life Lessons From Billionaires

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 2 comments

Switch & Shift’s own Ted Coine was recently included on Talent Tribune’s list of 75 most popular HR articles on the web. His featured article, “8 Leadership Lessons From Billionaires,” details important lessons from moneymakers like John Rockefeller and Warren Buffet. But his list got us thinking – what are some of the worst lessons learned from billionaires?

The Shifting Workplace – Keeping Managers Out of Control

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strategy, Workplace Morale | 2 comments

We are now on the cusp of a new revolution — something we’re dubbing: Employee Rights 2.0. “Labor” is breaking free of traditional management structures to experience unprecedented autonomy. Today’s knowledge workers demand freedom from micromanagement and the punch-clock. So how will you manage to manage them? Will employees have all the control?

5 Questions to Create a Compelling Purpose for Change

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 2 comments

If your change process lacks purpose, you are lost. You won’t know where you are going and you may not even know how to get there. If your purpose lacks meaning, you end up disengaging the very people you need to engage.

A hospital steering team began to address this 30 million dollar cost reduction problem by clarifying their work’s purpose. While this may seem obvious, the conversations they had were not.

5 Principles of Leadership Presence

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Transparency | 3 comments

The aerial maneuvers and precision coordination of the show is rehearsed hundreds of times before being viewed by millions of spectators each year. Often overlooked is the abundance of other skills which must be refined and deliberately developed in each and every team member before ‘going on the road.’ In addition to the flight demonstration on a show weekend, the Thunderbird Team accomplishes school visits, media interviews and visits to local social organizations for discussions. It is in these smaller, more personal venues that the persona…the Thunderbird Presence…truly shines. These 5 principles of presence directly carry-over to the leadership world.

Great Leaders Lean In

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Business, Featured, Future of Leadership, Inspirational, Leadership | 5 comments

The horrific events of September 11th will forever be remembered as one of the first, and certainly the largest terrorist attack on American soil our country has ever seen. America has significantly changed, and since then, our country’s leaders have courageously declared how we will not be intimidated by terror, how we refuse to live in fear, and now most recently, how America will continue to respond to acts of terror. But yet, many of us do live in fear.

Let Us Do Good: Three Lessons on Living with Purpose from 9/11

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 0 comments

There are various events that occur in our lives that significantly shape the way we make sense of the world around us. For example, marriage, birth of a child, loss of a loved one, a significant illness, or the achievement of some extraordinary dream or objective. Each of these moments forever influence our thoughts, decisions and actions. In other words, they transform us from who we were before the event to who we are today.

3 Essential Business Strategies to Humanize Your Startup

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Leadership, Millennials, My Story Campaign, Strategy | 0 comments

While the launch of innovative small businesses could have a tremendously positive impact on the US economy, are we developing a startup scene based on quantity or quality? Whether for-profit or nonprofit in structure, companies must generate revenues to be viable, sustainable, and to grow. Companies and organizations that focus first on developing a product that uniquely solves a human challenge will create the most efficient, sustainable social and financial value. This is the human-centered model.

A Better Way to do Business

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Workplace Optimism | 0 comments

For the last few decades we’ve become increasingly trapped in thinking of business as all about profit. That has become the driving purpose of most businesses, with all other considerations being trampled by concerns for cold hard cash.

But there’s a better way to do business. Better from the human side. Better from the customer side. And as it turns out, better from the profit side as well.

67 Most Inspirational Quotes EVER

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Books, Business, Communication, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 2 comments

Even the most inspired and active among us keep our fuel tanks filled with the wisdom of those who have come before. Throughout my life, I’ve collected quotes that mean something special to me – sometimes in my head, sometimes on scraps of paper at the bottom of my sock drawer, and sometimes bookmarked on my favorite websites or triple-underlined in my favorite books.

With this list, I’d like to share my favorite 67 quotes of all time. Starting with the mother of all motivational quotes, from the father of all motivators…

3 Keys to Successful Marketing

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Millennials, My Story Campaign, Strategy | 1 comment

As someone who studied and practiced sales and marketing for the last 25 years, I’ve had the opportunity to observe many of the changes that have happened in the field. Marketing answers questions like “How do we choose when we buy?” “How do sales and marketing teams influence consumers?” “ Why do we become fans of some brands versus others?” and “Which companies are successful in selling and why?” and that is what excites me. It is all about human beings and their behavior.