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Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Social Media | 0 comments

12 Steps to Earn 100,000 Followers

Social media results come from three things in equal measure: good karma, daily practice, and a ton of experimentation to see what works (or as I like to call it, “kicking the tires”).

I wrote an earlier version of this article when I had recently reached a really cool, completely arbitrary milestone of 100 thousand followers on Twitter. Now that I’m nearing 350,000 do you know what I’ve found?

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Business, Culture, Featured, Future of Leadership, Inspirational, Leadership | 2 comments

Survival of the Smallest: The Evolution of Our Global Workforce

Those working in business, steeped in the depths of economics and the logic born by Adam Smith, like to think that we look at the world through more enlightened eyes. We see invisible chains of cause and effect all around us, built on supply and demand.

But there are hidden hands suggested by other fields of study, like the theory of evolution.

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Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Business, Communication, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 4 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 | 9 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 13, 2014 in Business, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 3 comments

Monkey in the Mirror

The only way you can ever expect to be more and do more with your life is to understand that sometimes, you have to be willing to go above and beyond what others are doing around you. Taking the path of least resistance or settling for “good enough” just because that’s what everyone else is doing just won’t bring home the bananas.

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 0 comments

Out With The Up, In With The Flat

First, I think it’s important for everyone to understand what a flat hierarchy really is. Essentially, what it means is that everyone is on the same level. In a traditional hierarchy, there are multiple levels of authority, and usually the hierarchy will dictate who to report to, who makes the decisions, etc. A flat hierarchy is a complete restructuring of this way of thinking – it’s not a simple change.

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