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Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in company culture, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, leadership blog | 1 comment

How to Cut Through Fake Talk to Increase Employee Engagement

The old adage around personal engagement used to be, “Managers trump companies!”, meaning that individuals joined a company, but left their boss. In the last several years, the high engagement of an organization’s employees has drawn even more attention. Recent research on engagement shows that high engagement drives financial results. Additionally, the notion of engagement has come to encompass more than just the people skills of a manager. Employees are engaged by an ever increasing number of factors that serve to attract and retain quality performers.

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 1 comment

What Not To Do: 4 Life Lessons From Billionaires

Switch & Shift’s own Ted Coine was recently included on Talent Tribune’s list of 75 most popular HR articles on the web. His featured article, “8 Leadership Lessons From Billionaires,” details important lessons from moneymakers like John Rockefeller and Warren Buffet. But his list got us thinking – what are some of the worst lessons learned from billionaires?

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strategy, Workplace Morale | 0 comments

The Shifting Workplace – Keeping Managers Out of Control

We are now on the cusp of a new revolution — something we’re dubbing: Employee Rights 2.0. “Labor” is breaking free of traditional management structures to experience unprecedented autonomy. Today’s knowledge workers demand freedom from micromanagement and the punch-clock. So how will you manage to manage them? Will employees have all the control?

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Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 2 comments

5 Questions to Create a Compelling Purpose for Change

If your change process lacks purpose, you are lost. You won’t know where you are going and you may not even know how to get there. If your purpose lacks meaning, you end up disengaging the very people you need to engage.

A hospital steering team began to address this 30 million dollar cost reduction problem by clarifying their work’s purpose. While this may seem obvious, the conversations they had were not.

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Workplace Optimism | 0 comments

A Better Way to do Business

For the last few decades we’ve become increasingly trapped in thinking of business as all about profit. That has become the driving purpose of most businesses, with all other considerations being trampled by concerns for cold hard cash.

But there’s a better way to do business. Better from the human side. Better from the customer side. And as it turns out, better from the profit side as well.

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Books, Business, Communication, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 2 comments

67 Most Inspirational Quotes EVER

Even the most inspired and active among us keep our fuel tanks filled with the wisdom of those who have come before. Throughout my life, I’ve collected quotes that mean something special to me – sometimes in my head, sometimes on scraps of paper at the bottom of my sock drawer, and sometimes bookmarked on my favorite websites or triple-underlined in my favorite books.

With this list, I’d like to share my favorite 67 quotes of all time. Starting with the mother of all motivational quotes, from the father of all motivators…

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Workplace Optimism | 1 comment

5 Steps Towards a More Joyful Workplace

Balance leads us to believe that some level of equilibrium is possible. In the case of work/life balance, we mistakenly position ourselves to pursue equal measures of fulfillment from our work and personal lives. It’s unnatural to split the two worlds. Instead, we need to find fulfillment in both worlds by integrating them. The goal may be to find fulfillment in both worlds but not at the sacrifice of the other. How do we go about doing this?

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Books, Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Social Era, Social Media | 0 comments

Let’s Drive a Stake In the Heart of the Industrial Age!

Wasn’t the Industrial Age supposed to be over in the 1970s? Oh, it was? Then why are so many companies still following the Industrial Age script?

In a word: habit. Comfort, even. Let’s face it; we humans don’t just change on a whim, just because we feel like it. Most of us… well, we stick with what’s comfortable, what’s “normal” to us; what we’re good at.

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Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Recognition | 6 comments

The Biggest Surprises of Change Leadership

When you get your first leadership position at work, what you don’t know may be more important than what you do know. Much is expected of leaders and you aren’t likely to envision it all beforehand. To help others develop in advance, I asked veteran leaders and managers to think back to their early days and answer this question

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Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strengths | 0 comments

Three Overlooked Areas To Improve Employee Well-Being

“Be kind for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” -Plato

I use this statement to anchor the beginning of each day. It reminds me that my individual challenges are but one of the many that will bump up against another’s in a day and that they are no more special than anyone else’s. My professional experience as a corporate manager and coach have shaped my belief that a collective adoption of this credo would go a long way to decrease incivil behavior in the workplace.

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