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Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Business, company culture, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, Strategy | 0 comments

Embracing the Core of Your Culture

You already have the ingredients to make your company far more powerful. You might not realize it, but there is something in the makeup of your company that a strong, dynamic culture can be built around. Something that can focus your whole organization on its prime purpose.

The key is identifying that thing.

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, leadership presence, Strengths, Talent | 0 comments

Leadership Presence is More Than Just Being Present

Now I’m not knocking charisma. It’s useful and people tend to be attracted to it. And, from the leader’s perspective, it can seem kind of easy. You just show up. Problem is, that approach only works for well-established and/or highly visible guru-ninja-rockstar leaders. The rest of us need to do our homework before that big day arrives.

So here’s your assignment…

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, leadership presence | 0 comments

The Cost of Presence in Your Organization

Super common, challenging to address at times, easier than it seems (from afar). All of it brought on by presence, a lack of it, or even worse, negative presence. Nine times out of ten, this is unintentional impact; people don’t even realize they’re having it. Once you have the awareness, it’s easier to shift.

So how do you create awareness of your presence as impact?

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Culture, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, leadership presence, Strategy, Transparency | 1 comment

3 Critical Attributes of Leadership Presence

In the best leaders with whom I’ve worked, there are three consistent attributes I’ve noticed. These attributes create a presence that is strong, professional and trusted. Most importantly, the persona is unique. Executive presence can look very different from leader to leader, but the sense that employees trust an executive is the constant.

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Business, Culture, Featured, Leadership, leadership presence | 1 comment

Leadership Presence Requires Being Present

The challenge for many leaders is to give themselves space to be present to see what needs to be done and how they need to show up to make that happen. Instead of working harder to squeeze more into any given week, leaders need to be more mindful – aware and intentional – about what they’re trying to do and how they need to show up to do that.

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Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Communication, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Strategy | 0 comments

Putting Socrates on the Payroll

The latest vogue in some areas of the business world is to encourage employees to ask questions. This is a worthy goal, but not one without serious obstacles. The most serious being that through much of our development period in our culture, the message from both our parents and teachers is to discourage question asking. Every American child has heard at least once at home or at school the default answer of adults everywhere: Because I said so.

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Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Communication, Culture, Customer Service, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Recognition | 3 comments

Why Leaders Should Focus on Employee Investment, not Engagement

The modern workplace is a collection of new technologies, new business strategies, and new leadership methodologies… and the same staggering number of disengaged employees.

What was once an emerging trend is now a full-blown problem that costs US businesses an estimated $450 to $550 billion each year. However, the cost of poor employee engagement is hardly confined to a monetary figure.

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Recognition, Workplace Optimism | 0 comments

How Mindfulness Improves Workplace Performance

Being more mindful simply means being more aware of what’s going on, really being “present” in the moment, and paying attention. It’s amazing to think how something as simple as this can increase employee engagement.

First, let’s look at some of the science behind how being more mindful can make you happier and more productive at work, and then I’ll give you some tips on how you can be more mindful.

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Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Business, Culture, Customer Service, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Talent, Workplace Optimism | 0 comments

Five Timeless Qualities We Should Be Encouraging in Employees

Times have changed. We are quick to explain the change by putting it down to the way our needs have altered over the years and how technology is constantly adapting to meet them. However, when it comes to what an employer expects from their employees, are things really that different?

I often think they shouldn’t be. When you strip away all the new technologies, modern processes and latest innovations much of what makes good management is still the same as what it was 100 years ago.

Here are some timeless skills and qualities we should always be thinking about when we hire, train and manage employees.

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