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5 Ways To Ditch Top-Down Recognition For A More Personal Approach

CEOs define success in terms of revenue and money. Knowing that, VPs focus on numbers and justifying decisions. Managers worry about costs while trying to make sure the team is strong enough to accomplish goals. Supervisors want to make sure the team performs well, and so on.

The typical top-down recognition needs to change, and in its place should be a more timely, peer-to-peer recognition program…. Read More»

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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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You Can Be More Through Serving Others

The capitalism of the 1980s gave service to others a bad name. Obsessively self-serving, it tried to teach us that business and leadership were all about looking after number one, and that everything else would follow from that.

But if the past decade has taught us anything it’s that such self-centered practices, while undoubtedly still prevalent in some businesses, can be as crippling to the people who follow them as to those they prey on. … Read More»

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Five Secrets to Creative Adaptability

n the face of continuing economic challenges, a roller coaster marketplace, Congressional stalemates, and unrelenting change, leaders in every part of an organization must develop a capacity for resiliency. A cornerstone of resiliency is adaptability. Mind you, this is not the ordinary find-another-answer but rather find MANY answers.

Remember: the organizations with the greatest number of responses to any given situation is the one that survives. The good news: a leader does not and cannot have all the answers. Engaging every part of the organization breathes unknown potential into life…. Read More»

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Role of Culture and Leadership in Employee Well-Being

Admittedly, there are more differences between corporate America and NFL culture than there are similarities — and it’s safe to say that work related stress in the office is not as likely to lead to the violent extremes that you’d see from a professional football player for whom aggression is his stock-in-trade. But both cultures operate in a broader culture where seeking out or receiving help is largely verboten — in the NFL because it betrays weakness, on the corporate side because of the fear of exposure and the possibility of negative career consequences. That said, there are valuable lessons to be learned — and applied — on the corporate side from these recent incidents, and the way the league, teams and … Read More»

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What’s Really Important to Effective Leadership

Here in the United States, we’re celebrating thanksgiving today. A holiday surrounded by the idea of giving thanks. Among the many other things we’re thankful for, YOU are our greatest blessing. We wanted to extend a heartfelt thanks to our generous community. You are a people of great resolve and character, and we are honored you’ve chosen to spend so much time, talents, and treasures supporting the human-side movement. We have truly become a community of purpose and it’s a privilege to work alongside all of you. Thank you…. Read More»

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Why Belonging Is Key in Today’s Workplace

For our ancestors, belonging to a group that shared the workload and helped protect each other was essential for survival. As a result our brains are hard-wired to motivate us toward connection and belonging. In fact, recent research in neuroscience has indicated that social needs are managed using the same neural networks as used for primary survival needs such as food and water. Belonging can literally feel like a life or death matter…. Read More»

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12 Frustrating Myths About Millennials (and How to Fix Them)

YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council) surveyed some folks about frustrating Millennial stigmas. Here are the responses.   What myth about being a Millennial creates obstacles for you and how can you overcome it? 1. We’re Constantly Distracted by Our Devices Technology is changing the way everyone lives. This isn’t only true for the younger generation. While we […] Read moreRead More»

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