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Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership | 1 comment

Turn Good Work into Great Work with One Simple Question

In a small, sunbaked office building on a fish farm in southern Spain, Miguel Medialdea spoke with us about the gap between work that merely fulfills an assignment and work that makes a difference people love.

Several years ago, Veta La Palma fish farm, where Miguel works as a mid-level biologist, was a relatively eco-friendly farm located on an island in the Guadalquivir river. While Miguel and his supervisor, Narciso Mazuelos, shared a passion for running the farm “close to nature,” they were met with the same pressures many of us face in our jobs. They were expected to increase yield, productivity and profits.

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Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Communication, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Recognition | 4 comments

7 Powerful Motivators to Improve Workplace Performance

A recent research study of 200,000 plus individuals concluded that 79% of employees who quit their jobs cite a lack of appreciation as a key reason for leaving. When employees don’t feel valued for who they are or what they bring to the workplace, they disengage and often leave. Disengaged employees have a negative impact on the work environment. Turnover is disruptive and costly to companies, and it’s also disruptive to all the individuals involved – to those who leave and to those who stay behind. The statistic is disheartening – but the condition is easily preventable.

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership | 3 comments

The Three Evils of An Old School Workplace

Does your company’s work save your workers from boredom? Or have you dumbed it down so much that even a monkey would yawn?

Does your company’s work save your employees from vice? Or is the work itself a vice, as your whole organization swindles your customers, deceives your recruits, and outsmarts the communities in which you operate?

Does your company’s work save your workers from need? Or are their jobs actually J.O.B.s – as in, Just Over Broke?

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, Strategy | 1 comment

Why Followership is the New Leadership

Followership is essential to efficient operations and administration. There is zero time (or extra capital) for backstabbing, drama, or dishonest agendas. True teamwork and innovation require transparent, unbiased, on-point followership via every desk in the organization. In Col. Larry Donnithorne’s classic, “The West Point Way,” followership is expertly defined in three ways

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 0 comments

Lead with an Intergenerational Mindset

Ted Coiné posted a quiz to see if we are all Millennials. Ted made some excellent points, and his challenge sparked a thought. Aren’t we all generations? If not, shouldn’t we be? The reality is we are a sum of all generations, and we should be. Each generation has fought battles, won, failed, learned, invented, wrote, led, and tried to leave a better place than those before them. We need to embrace the lessons from each generation.

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership | 0 comments

The Top 10 Reasons To Be Trustworthy

“Be Trustworthy: Act with integrity and always keep your word.” Sounds fairly straightforward, doesn’t it? And to many of us, this is our default position already; being trustworthy is a matter of pride. But we can all probably think of a person right now who could use a couple of reasons to behave in a more honorable manner, huh? For that shifty schemer in everyone’s life, our friend Barbara Kimmel came up with this terrific list of ten reasons to be trustworthy…

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Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership | 0 comments

Leadership Ethics: It Doesn’t Depend

Imagine recent outcomes at GM, and Toyota before it, if some frontline engineer – or even assembly line worker – used the company Intranet to say “Hey, CEO, there’s a fundamental design problem with (fill in the blank),” …and the CEO stopped production while the glitch was fixed, even if that meant months of stalled production.

Ethics today save you money tomorrow. But that’s not all.

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Communication, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership | 1 comment

The Secret to Feeling More Powerful

We all want to feel powerful. But is there a shortcut we can take to get there? We all know some roles are more powerful than others. Managers, CEOs and leaders usually feel more powerful than their employees or their followers since they are the ones who control promotions, salaries, hiring and firing of their less powerful subordinates. Studies have shown that when a person feels powerful it activates certain behaviors and cognitions.

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership | 0 comments

Holacracy: Putting Employees in the Driver’s Seat

Holacracy as an organizational method assumes that all employees are capable of working in flat teams, called ‘circles’ that are self-regulating. Authority and decision-making are distributed throughout these circles; managers and executives are no longer placed in a pedestal.

In a Holacracy, the organization puts emphasis on iterative governance, adaptive processes, and self-organization – and puts the employees comfortably in the driver’s seat.

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