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Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in company culture, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, leadership blog | 0 comments

How to Cut Through Fake Talk to Increase Employee Engagement

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.

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 0 comments

What Not To Do: 4 Life Lessons From Billionaires

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?

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strategy, Workplace Morale | 0 comments

The Shifting Workplace – Keeping Managers Out of Control

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?

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Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 1 comment

5 Questions to Create a Compelling Purpose for Change

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.

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

5 Principles of Leadership Presence

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.

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

Great Leaders Lean In

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.

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

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

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.

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

3 Essential Business Strategies to Humanize Your Startup

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.

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

A Better Way to do Business

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.

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

67 Most Inspirational Quotes EVER

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…

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