Abolish the Intern: Join The Apprenticeship Movement

Imagine a world where young people are escorted, protected, and paid as they find their place, their work, and their lives. This is the difference between a system based on temporary, exploitive internships and a system based on long-term development of a mentor, apprentice, and protégé…. Read More»

Switch & Shift’s Top 10 Guest Posts of 2014

Several themes emerge when you look over the top guest posts of 2014. Whether it be deepening your understanding of Millennials and what this much-talked about generation is changing in the workplace, or a need for some positivity. What delights us, and apparently you, too, is a focus on human-centered business practices. When you look […] Read moreRead More»

5 Reasons Why Rookies Outperform Experienced Execs in the Workplace

Do you remember the thrill you felt when you just joined a firm or project team? The intellectual sparks that brought feelings of untapped, incredible possibilities? Possibilities of what you could create, the impact you could generate, or the difference you could make with the resources at your disposal? You were ready to lead, run with it, engage with others, and prove yourself. The sky was the limit. At least until you ran into that someone we’ve all met in our careers – the person who has “been there and done that.” They were too focused on the roadblocks to see the possibilities you saw so clearly…. Read More»

3 Reasons Why It’s Not Your People Skills That Are Lacking

We’re not lacking in people skills. We’re lacking in the understanding of what really makes individuals tick.

The knowledge of our human minds is increasing everyday, by leaps and bounds. We can use this knowledge to adapt our own leadership behaviors.

We can learn to fuel employee performance, lead effective change, drive increased job satisfaction and become the influential leaders we all strive to be…. Read More»

The Paradox of Pursuing Trust

Trust is the foundation on which most (admittedly, not all) relationships are built and maintained.

In business, a wide range of research validates that trust is also a powerful driver for competitive advantage and for most organizational success measures. However, before you rally the troops to form a circle of trust, a warning in this post to get clear on the Paradox of Pursuing Trust, because without an understanding of this fragile paradox, you may just receive the reverse of that which you intend…. Read More»

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5 Actions of Transformational Leaders

As a business leader, inspiring people to follow you in pursuit of your company’s mission is your job. After all, your personal success is directly linked to the success of the company. If the top and bottom lines don’t improve, you don’t have a winning team. And if your culture and organization aren’t wired for sustainable growth, you won’t succeed…. Read More»

Are Millennials The Most Engaged Generation?

Our conventional wisdom about millennials is often proven false when we look at the research. While millennials get a reputation in the media for being lazy or noncommittal, research from Modern Survey shows that Gen Y is actually the most engaged generation in the American workforce. 18% of Millennials are fully engaged at work (compared to just 12 or 13% of Gen Y and Baby Boomers)…. Read More»

The 3 Beliefs of Human Business

It’s all too easy to forget the human side of business. We get so bogged down in the processes and procedures, the board meetings and balance sheets, that we forget that business doesn’t exist for its own sake. Business is about human beings. It was invented to serve human beings. It employs human beings. It rewards, develops and sadly sometimes discards human beings. And any business has an impact on the human beings all around it…. Read More»

How to Leverage Succession Planning to Drive Strategic Change

Talent management professionals design succession management/talent review processes that help leaders set, monitor and recalibrate their efforts to align people and strategy. Yet there is a great opportunity for improvement in these processes. Only 57 percent of leaders who named succession planning a current top priority are confident in the results produced by the process…. Read More»

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