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Why Belonging Is Key in Today’s Workplace

For our ancestors, belonging to a group that shared the workload and helped protect each other was essential for survival. As a result our brains are hard-wired to motivate us toward connection and belonging. In fact, recent research in neuroscience has indicated that social needs are managed using the same neural networks as used for primary survival needs such as food and water. Belonging can literally feel like a life or death matter…. Read More»

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How to Bring Your Organization to Life

A vibrant and effective business culture creates a palpable energy that you can feel the moment you walk in the door. It’s more than employees who enjoy their work and it’s more than employees with a single-minded focus on execution. What you feel is a sense of purposeful activity, passion and commitment. You feel the dynamic resonance of a group of people with diverse talents and perspectives, joined by a common passion. You feel the energy of a group of people who have come alive…. Read More»

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The Essential Communication Strategy: Are You Willing?

It’s difficult to understate the importance of interpersonal communication in almost every aspect of our lives. Communication builds relationships – and relationships form the basis of any successful collaboration, be it business or personal.

Why then, aren’t we better at it?

Like me, you’ve probably encountered many different teachings on the topic of effective communication over the course of your career. Most of these correctly identify listening as the process where most communication breaks down, and therefore focus on techniques designed to help us improve our ability to listen effectively. However, the following operating rule from the Improvisational Theater community more succinctly captures the essential element of true listening than anything I have ever come across in a traditional training:… Read More»

Why An Executive Leadership Role Isn’t Worth the Sacrifice

In large corporations, women continue to be under-represented in executive leadership roles, with many self-selecting out of the running for these jobs by mid-career. What can we learn from this continuing trend? Could it be a call to re-evaluate the corporate culture and potentially even how businesses are managed? The dominant paradigm of today is […] Read moreRead More»

Women and the C-Suite

I find it interesting how business forums tend to frame the discussion of the low numbers of women in C-level leadership positions. One perspective is the “establishment” is holding women back, the Glass Ceiling theory. The premise of which is that there are discriminatory practices at work preventing women from rising beyond a certain level […] Read moreRead More»

Leadership Is a Social Business

Somewhere along the line, leadership forgot who it was leading. Leaders are often selected based on their business acumen and “results,” – not necessarily their ability to lead people. Unfortunately, the ability to produce results as an individual does not always scale to effectively lead others. In addition, leadership development has evolved to focus on […] Read moreRead More»

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