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Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Business, company culture, Culture, Featured, Leadership | 1 comment

5 Ways To Break Down The Generational Walls In Your Workplace Culture

Those of us in HR and Leadership roles have seen too many walls go up between the different generations. There’s mistrust and unease all around. The Millennials consider the Boomers a bunch of old fogeys. The Xers feel caught between. Boomers can be condescending and closed-minded. And who suffers most because of this generational dysfunction? The organization!

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Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Business, Culture, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 0 comments

Why Obsession Beats Focus

We are all permeated by the wise words of the great strategist Michael Porter: “The essence of strategy is choosing what NOT to do.” This simple but powerful phrase highlights the essential importance of focus as a condition for business success, Porter making a distinction between three generic strategies to drive sustainable competitive advantage: cost leadership, differentiation and market segmentation.

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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 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 | 12 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 7, 2014 in Business, company culture, Culture, Featured, Leadership, The Human Side TV | 1 comment

Make Culture Your Strategic Advantage For Breakout Success

Thank God for this week’s guest, Tim Kuppler, former president of Dennison Consulting, author of The Culture Advantage and founder of Culture University. Not only does Tim get it, but he’s been studying it for most of his career. He wrote a book on it, a collaborative effort with four other experts, and he’s built an insight-delivery vehicle for leaders to access the true significance of this all-important aspect of business.

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Business, company culture, Culture, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strategy | 4 comments

GM’s Mary Barra Will Lead the Greatest Culture Transformation of All Time

The subject of workplace culture was once again in the limelight with the media and political circus surrounding the massive General Motors ignition switch recall crisis that led to at least 13 deaths. I started the research for this post thinking I would share some fundamentals about true culture change and connect them to GM’s management of this safety crisis. I now believe Mary Barra, the new GM CEO, will successfully lead one of the most significant culture transformations in history. We should all watch as this live case study unfolds because the insights will be meaningful for any organization.

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Brand Engage, Communication, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 3 comments

Unleash the Potential of Your People With One Word

“No” is often seen as a rejection and most owners of strategies or initiatives don’t want to see their babies rejected. The challenge is that when we don’t say no by drawing the boundaries and frameworks for our people to execute, we inevitably compromise our impact and hugely frustrate our people. Here are a few ways leaders and managers can do a better job of saying no to create greater engagement and results.

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