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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 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 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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Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Millennials, My Story Campaign, Strategy | 1 comment

3 Keys to Successful Marketing

As someone who studied and practiced sales and marketing for the last 25 years, I’ve had the opportunity to observe many of the changes that have happened in the field. Marketing answers questions like “How do we choose when we buy?” “How do sales and marketing teams influence consumers?” “ Why do we become fans of some brands versus others?” and “Which companies are successful in selling and why?” and that is what excites me. It is all about human beings and their behavior.

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Workplace Optimism | 1 comment

5 Steps Towards a More Joyful Workplace

Balance leads us to believe that some level of equilibrium is possible. In the case of work/life balance, we mistakenly position ourselves to pursue equal measures of fulfillment from our work and personal lives. It’s unnatural to split the two worlds. Instead, we need to find fulfillment in both worlds by integrating them. The goal may be to find fulfillment in both worlds but not at the sacrifice of the other. How do we go about doing this?

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Business, Culture, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Millennials, My Story Campaign | 3 comments

5 Ways to be a Fearless Leader

Each step of the way, I lost a little bit of fear. Fear about things falling apart, fear about making mistakes, fear about over-reaching myself. How did I do this? Because each of those things happened. Worst case scenarios played out and the world kept turning anyway. Even more, the biggest mistakes often led to the biggest opportunities. Here’s what I know now…

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Books, Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Social Era, Social Media | 0 comments

Let’s Drive a Stake In the Heart of the Industrial Age!

Wasn’t the Industrial Age supposed to be over in the 1970s? Oh, it was? Then why are so many companies still following the Industrial Age script?

In a word: habit. Comfort, even. Let’s face it; we humans don’t just change on a whim, just because we feel like it. Most of us… well, we stick with what’s comfortable, what’s “normal” to us; what we’re good at.

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Business, Featured, leadership blog, Social Era, Talent, Workplace Optimism | 1 comment

How Equality is Changing the Face of Business

Equality typically suffers from a bad reputation in capitalist environments, even to the extent that some consider it to be the biggest threat to capitalism itself. Looking at equality as the even distribution of wealth, it is indeed painstakingly clear that “all animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others”: the 85 richest people in the world have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest, less than 15% of women hold Executive Officer positions in Fortune 500 companies and the US income inequality is at its highest peak since 1928. Yet, is it right to look at equality only in terms of wealth distribution?

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Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Recognition | 6 comments

The Biggest Surprises of Change Leadership

When you get your first leadership position at work, what you don’t know may be more important than what you do know. Much is expected of leaders and you aren’t likely to envision it all beforehand. To help others develop in advance, I asked veteran leaders and managers to think back to their early days and answer this question

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