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6 Ways to Know You Need a Course Correction

Some people measure success by the wealth they’ve accumulated, the power they’ve attained, or the status they’ve achieved. Yet, even though they’ve reached success beyond their wildest dreams, they still have an empty feeling — something is missing from their life.

In order to fill that void and be completely fulfilled in life, their soul may be searching for something 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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8 Lame Phrases Bad Bosses Say

Some employers tend to underestimate the effect of their words and expressions on the morale of their workers. The truth is that what managers say and how they say it impacts employee engagement and loyalty, to the point when the supervisor’s comments become the prime motive for leaving the company. Here are some examples of things responsible employers should never say to their workers…. 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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How Great Leaders Become the Glue That Sticks Us Together

In the most fluid and high-performing workplace cultures, the differences in people, their cross-functional roles and department duties and the dynamics of hierarchy and rank are perfectly in sync.

Simply put, it’s about how the ‘dots connect’ within the workplace’s interconnected field of diverse personalities, capabilities and skills sets, competitiveness and expectations. Those leaders who can connect the dots become the Opportunity Makers with whom others most want to work. They enable colleagues to use best talents together more often, thus boosting performance, collective learning and a sense of meaning…. Read More»

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When to Step Down As a Leader

I must be frank and honest that a knee injury caused my premature honorable discharge from the Army so I never commanded a team let alone saw combat. But that experience has given me a special connection with the men and women I went through basic training with and also provided me the ever-so-small window into a very different life. That said, I can see that any military service relies on those in command to always assess their ability to complete the task at hand given that the lives of our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters hang in the balance. But professionally, is it as black or white?… Read More»

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Trust as the Differentiator

Brad Katsuyama was a trader at the Royal Bank of Canada when he discovered how high-frequency traders were front running the market and using milliseconds to take advantage of just about everyone. Brad’s response to this inequity was to start his own exchange called the Investor’s Exchange (IEX), which comes with “speed bumps” that eliminate the advantage of high-speed investors.

While I found this story as intriguing as the other topics Michael Lewis has brought to light, it was Brad’s final comments on 60 Minutes that really caused pause and reflection. He said…… Read More»

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