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Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 0 comments

Personal Ethics and Successful Leadership

Ethics, as a general understanding, is a set of principles to be followed as an individual. Most of the organizations will have ethics as part of their core values, in one form or the other. But how different is ethics for a person and for a leader? How many of us have walked the thin line between what is right and wrong in our work?

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Business, Communication, Culture, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 1 comment

Can You Have Too Much Passion For Your Job?

We are told that being passionate about our work is important for success, but can too much passion get in the way?

We can define passion in the workplace as caring, an intense desire for seeing success. There is a focused energy that goes along with passion that can be infectious. But when combined with an inability to lead, or understand how to communicate with others, then passion translates into something else.

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Communication, Featured, Future of Leadership, leadership blog, Social Media | 1 comment

The Thought Leadership Funnel

In an article by niche marketer Bruce Mayhew entitled Niche Marketing: Inverting the Sales Funnel, Mayhew proposed that businesses were wasting precious resources following the traditional sales funnel. In an attempt to reach the largest audience possible, marketers would usually point their efforts to as many people as possible regardless of their inherent relationship with your brand or their interest in your products.

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in company culture, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, leadership blog | 3 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 | 2 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 | 2 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 | 2 comments

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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