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Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Workplace Optimism | 2 comments

The Culture Change Journey Essentials: a compass, a roadmap, and a guide

Part one of this article covered the importance of understanding how cultures evolve as a foundation for improving how leaders manage work on specific performance priorities, challenges, or goals. These insights serve as a “compass” for leaders and dramatically increase the likelihood of achieving results. Leaders also need a clear roadmap and guide to manage the performance improvement journey, especially if a major culture issue (teamwork, discipline / organization, creativity / innovation, etc.) is impacting results.

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Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Business, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strengths, Transparency, Workplace Optimism | 1 comment

10 Ways to Build Happiness

The greatest experiment is one that speaks to each man and woman who seeks to realize their potential. It is an experiment that starts with a simple question…Are you happy?

You may be keeping strong and carrying on, but are you also finding ways to extract a sense of fulfillment, happiness and purpose when the going gets tough?

The imperative to focus on true happiness, on what truly gives one fulfillment (as opposed to a cursory rush of adrenaline or a momentary ego boost) is the stuff that great lives, great careers and great accomplishments are made of.

Here are some facts you need to know:

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 0 comments

Personal Ethics and Successful Leadership

Ethics, as a general understanding, is a set of principles to be followed as an individual. Most of the organizations will have ethics as part of their core values, in one form or the other. But how different is ethics for a person and for a leader? How many of us have walked the thin line between what is right and wrong in our work?

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Business, Communication, Culture, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 1 comment

Can You Have Too Much Passion For Your Job?

We are told that being passionate about our work is important for success, but can too much passion get in the way?

We can define passion in the workplace as caring, an intense desire for seeing success. There is a focused energy that goes along with passion that can be infectious. But when combined with an inability to lead, or understand how to communicate with others, then passion translates into something else.

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in company culture, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, leadership blog | 3 comments

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 | 2 comments

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 | 2 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 12, 2014 in Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Transparency | 3 comments

5 Principles of Leadership Presence

The aerial maneuvers and precision coordination of the show is rehearsed hundreds of times before being viewed by millions of spectators each year. Often overlooked is the abundance of other skills which must be refined and deliberately developed in each and every team member before ‘going on the road.’ In addition to the flight demonstration on a show weekend, the Thunderbird Team accomplishes school visits, media interviews and visits to local social organizations for discussions. It is in these smaller, more personal venues that the persona…the Thunderbird Presence…truly shines. These 5 principles of presence directly carry-over to the leadership world.

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Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Business, Featured, Future of Leadership, Inspirational, Leadership | 5 comments

Great Leaders Lean In

The horrific events of September 11th will forever be remembered as one of the first, and certainly the largest terrorist attack on American soil our country has ever seen. America has significantly changed, and since then, our country’s leaders have courageously declared how we will not be intimidated by terror, how we refuse to live in fear, and now most recently, how America will continue to respond to acts of terror. But yet, many of us do live in fear.

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