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Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Business, Communication, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 0 comments

The Key to a Successful Culture of Innovation

In order for companies to develop a culture of innovation, the people involved in innovation (from the practitioners to the executives to the broader employee base) must be able to communicate effectively about innovation — and they aren’t.

We recently conducted a survey of our global panel of innovation practitioners about the challenges associated with communicating about innovation in their companies. One topic we explored was the prevalence of companywide definitions for innovation-related terms.

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Business, Communication, Culture, Featured, Leadership | 1 comment

3-Signs You’re An Insulated Leader

If you are an insulated leader, you are missing the big picture. As a result, you are making decisions based upon poor—sometimes misleading—information. In today’s climate, you cannot afford to misinterpret the variables that make up your opportunity for a winning equation. As such, you need to remain aware of the insulation effect, or R-value, of your team by watching for these clues:

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership | 4 comments

Switch and Shift’s Top 75 List of Human Business Champions

All around us are thought leaders who know that being “human first” must be a core characteristic. That focusing on building a positive, enabling work environment makes us far more productive. That engaging with employees and customers – as fellow humans worthy of respect – pays huge dividends. And that leading from a motivating, empathetic position is good for both our people and our profits.

It is those thought leaders we honor now.

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Workplace Optimism | 3 comments

Why Smart Leaders Embrace Flexibility

When Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer, decided to eliminate telecommuting last year, there was backlash on both sides of the debate. For one side, Yahoo’s decision signaled the end of telecommuting and work flexibility as we know it. But for the other side, Mayer and her senior management team simply served as an example of the out-of-date managerial styles that will someday be far behind us. One year later, it seems that telecommuting and flexible work options are indeed growing trends, and that’s because smart leaders embrace work flexibility.

Here are three reasons why smart leaders embrace flexible work options.

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Business, Communication, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Recognition | 2 comments

Overcoming Reluctance to Express Appreciation

Most of us experience a wonderful and rewarding feeling when someone recognizes us for a meaningful contribution we have made or for a special quality or characteristic we have. Most people enjoy that warm feeling that comes when we feel special – when we know that we matter. When we feel valued and appreciated, we feel energized, are more productive, feel connected, and do our best work. When employees are engaged, organizations excel and become more profitable.

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Brand Engage, Communication, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 3 comments

Unleash the Potential of Your People With One Word

“No” is often seen as a rejection and most owners of strategies or initiatives don’t want to see their babies rejected. The challenge is that when we don’t say no by drawing the boundaries and frameworks for our people to execute, we inevitably compromise our impact and hugely frustrate our people. Here are a few ways leaders and managers can do a better job of saying no to create greater engagement and results.

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Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Business, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, Strategy | 0 comments

Discomfort and The Emerging Future of Value

A small number of public utilities are redesigning their business models, seeking to enable consumers to sell back energy by leasing tools and means to generate power. Essentially these companies are choosing to view consumers as co-creators, a vital part of a new and potentially vibrant business. If entrenched companies in a sector where innovation is capital intensive can evolve, then what’s to stop your company from doing the same?

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Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Business, Customer Service, Featured, Recognition, Strategy, Strengths, Talent | 0 comments

Who Wants to be a Resource?

The words that we use matter. They shape our attitudes, shape our behavior, shape the very way that we think about the world. Words can inform, empower and inspire.

But in an age of commerce, where the language of finance and resources seeps in to the way that we manage people, have the words led us to lose sight of our common humanity?

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