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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 3, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Workplace Optimism | 3 comments

Why Smart Leaders Embrace Flexibility

When Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer, decided to eliminate telecommuting last year, there was backlash on both sides of the debate. For one side, Yahoo’s decision signaled the end of telecommuting and work flexibility as we know it. But for the other side, Mayer and her senior management team simply served as an example of the out-of-date managerial styles that will someday be far behind us. One year later, it seems that telecommuting and flexible work options are indeed growing trends, and that’s because smart leaders embrace work flexibility.

Here are three reasons why smart leaders embrace flexible work options.

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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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Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Strategy, Workplace Optimism | 4 comments

Finding Your Own Motivation

If you’re just starting out in your career, or you’re in the middle of changing careers, then one of the most important things you can do is to understand your own motivation. Not just to accept the things that you’re told you should find motivating, whether they’re inspiring words or big cash bonuses, but what’s really important to you. It’ll help you strive harder, understand what motivates others, and find a path that can satisfy you.

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Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Business, company culture, Culture, Engagement, Featured, HR, Leadership, Strategy | 2 comments

5 Employee Questions Every Company Should Answer

When companies tell me their workplace culture and trendy furniture build employee engagement, I try to help them see that they’re focusing on the wrong part of the equation. They’re focusing on what, not why. The “what” can reveal a lot about a company, but it’s the “why” that tells you it’s a good company to work with. What factors contribute to the “why” of employee engagement? Here are the top 5 questions I ask business and HR leaders to answer. They’re intentionally written from an employee’s point-of-view. If you answer honestly, your organization’s engagement strengths and weaknesses should become more clear:

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Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Talent | 0 comments

How to Attract Top Talent

Every company wants to know how they can create and sustain a profitable culture that attracts and retains top talent. Fortunately, there are many companies that are experiencing tremendous growth due to some intentional shifts in culture. If you’re looking to shift gears a bit, here you will find a preview of several best-practice takeaways that can inspire engagement, loyalty, and profitability.

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Social Media, Strategy | 3 comments

We Is Bigger Than You

You may have witnessed it yourself: living clouds created by thousands of starlings flying together, commonly referred to as ‘murmuration’. The way in which all the birds suddenly change direction or speed as if they were a single entity still remains one of nature’s secrets, with most scientists assuming starlings undertake this unique collective motion in order to reduce predation risk. In a similar way, great organizations are more than just the sum of great individuals: organizational strength, progress and resilience are determined by the extent to which individual employees ‘fly together’ as if they were a single entity working towards a common goal.

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