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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 15, 2014 in Communication, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, leadership presence | 1 comment

Leadership Lessons from Preschool Story Time

During a recent trip to the local bookstore with my 4-year-old daughter, Avi, we sat down for a storytelling session in the children’s section. The facilitator, looking like a giant on a pint-sized, blue chair, began with a simple question: “What do we need to do to get started, kids?” she asked the preschoolers and kindergarteners seated in a semi-circle in front of her.

In unison, they responded: “Open our ears, close our mouths, eyes on me (the facilitator).” I thought to myself, “Holy cow! That can work for leaders, too!”

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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 Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, leadership presence, Strategy, Transparency | 0 comments

How To Improve Your Leadership Presence

Great leaders must remain authentic.

That’s the most important thing to establishing a real presence as a leader, because people are very good at spotting fakeness. There are certain people that whenever they talk, no matter what they’re saying, everyone listens. We all know someone like this. People respect their opinions, because they have proven themselves. So how can leaders establish and increase their leadership presence?

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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 Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, leadership presence, Social Media | 0 comments

21st Century Secrets of Leadership Gravitas

You know if you are in the presence of someone with gravitas because they hold everyone’s attention instantly and hypnotically, even if you don’t always know why. There are now two rooms in the 21st century. How does a leader own the room when the room is virtual and the audience can be global?

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 1 comment

7 Leadership Quotes that Challenge the Status Quo

Occasionally we all need a reminder that what we’ve accepted to be true may no longer be relevant. In management and leadership, many 20th century beliefs need to be weeded out and replaced with healthy, people-centric viewpoints.

Below are quotes to challenge management status quo. In some cases it’s kicked to the curb and sent packing, making room for radically different perspectives.

Feel free to share the quotes in your favorite social media channel. Let’s spread the word about fresher ways to view the role of leadership in making things happen.Occasionally we all need a reminder that what we’ve accepted to be true may no longer be relevant. In management and leadership, many 20th century beliefs need to be weeded out and replaced with healthy, people-centric viewpoints.

Below are quotes to challenge management status quo. In some cases it’s kicked to the curb and sent packing, making room for radically different perspectives.

Feel free to share the quotes in your favorite social media channel. Let’s spread the word about fresher ways to view the role of leadership in making things happen.

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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 5, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership | 2 comments

How to do the Human Side of Business Right

Making your business more human and more personal is vital to success. Customers have a more pleasant experience interacting with real people with real personalities. Employees are more satisfied if they feel like individuals rather than cogs in a machine. This creates loyalty, the willingness of both customers and colleagues to stick around when prices rise or you struggle to raise wages.

But how do you get that right?

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