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Why Belonging Is Key in Today’s Workplace

For our ancestors, belonging to a group that shared the workload and helped protect each other was essential for survival. As a result our brains are hard-wired to motivate us toward connection and belonging. In fact, recent research in neuroscience has indicated that social needs are managed using the same neural networks as used for primary survival needs such as food and water. Belonging can literally feel like a life or death matter…. Read More»

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13 Scary Statistics on Employee Engagement

There is a serious problem with the way we work.

Most employees are disengaged and not passionate about the work they do. This is costing companies a ton of money in lost productivity, absenteeism, and turnover. It’s also harmful to employees, because they’re more stressed out than ever.

The thing that bothers me the most about it, is that this is all so easy to fix. I can’t figure out why managers aren’t more proactive about this…. Read More»

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The 3 Beliefs of Human Business

It’s all too easy to forget the human side of business. We get so bogged down in the processes and procedures, the board meetings and balance sheets, that we forget that business doesn’t exist for its own sake. Business is about human beings. It was invented to serve human beings. It employs human beings. It rewards, develops and sadly sometimes discards human beings. And any business has an impact on the human beings all around it…. Read More»

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6 Principles of Human-Centric Leadership

Self-evident and self-validating natural laws that don’t change or shift, providing true north direction for our lives. All are elegantly simple words that much like a compass, always show us the way. So simple however, that maybe, just maybe they are getting buried in the complexity of modern day leadership and life. Could this be what we are missing, what we are looking past when it comes to the leadership gap? I’ll let you be the judge…. Read More»

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Innovating Is Learning

Managers say they want change, improvement, creativity, and innovation. They are full of it. What they really want is mistake-free and pain-free improvement. Outside of work, people do the same thing. They say they want to get in shape or find a new job, and then one little setback stops them in their tracks. They feel embarrassed and angry and quit. The trick is to weather the storm and learn so you’re less likely to screw up again. Setbacks are supposed to be the very things that help you avoid future mistakes…. Read More»

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5 Rules to Avoid a Collaboration Hangover

In a world gone social, an ever increasing number of organizations are chasing the benefits of social collaboration, both inside and outside their own walls. With initiatives such as Google launching its high altitude balloons to wirelessly connect billions of people in remote areas, global collaboration has never been easier and is expected to surge in the next decade.

How to make sure you don’t suffer from a collaboration hangover?… Read More»

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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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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… … Read More»

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