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Resilient Leadership Starts Before Needed

Seven months ago, the Rustic Crust was on track for record sales of its all-natural pizza crust. Investors were enthused about soon-to-launch products that were gluten-free, thin crusts, and basil pesto. Founder and CCEO Brad Sterl was thrilled.

Then-disaster! Fire burned the rural New Hampshire factory to the ground on March 6…. Read More»

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Is Having a Great Job the Next Human Rights Issue?

Yes, our organizations are many things. One thing they are NOT, however — at least for most of us — is a center of wellbeing.

People who write (and obsess) about the things I write (and obsess) about often reference statistics and studies about things like employee engagement. You’ve probably heard stats like two out of every three people in the US are not engaged at work. This is true, terrible, and a helpful measurement for us to understand what’s going on, but what if there’s an even bigger problem to contend with?… Read More»

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Does Your Work Suck? Make It Into A Game!

Just last week I found a new favorite radio show on NPR: Snap Judgment, hosted by Glynn Washington. And here’s the segment of his show that hooked me: Tatyana Brown’s “National Holiday Project.”

Tatyana, a poet, found herself in a situation very familiar to most of the poets and other artists in the world through time immemorial: working a “real” job to pay the bills.

In Tatyana’s case…… Read More»

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Self-Doubt is Overrated

I shared recently how I’ve been holding myself back lately, trying to appear reasonable in order to bring more doubters over to The Human Side of Business. I think a big part of that was my own fear of being rejected. But finally it occurred to me, you know what? That’s enough. Like the Far Side cartoon, Noah’s Ark is casting off from the dock. If we leave a couple of dinosaurs behind… well, you can only help the willing…. Read More»

Return on Morale FREE This Week Only #Humanbiz

Great news!! Just in time for the Holidays, my Snippet, Return on Morale, is absolutely free today through Monday, December 9. Return on Morale is part “Ted’s Greatest Leadership Hits,” from my most popular blog posts here on Switch and Shift, and part original bonus material. Plus, every short chapter has video embedded right in […] Read moreRead More»

3 Trends Behind Worker Dissatisfaction

  Editor’s Note: We are honored to run a mini-series called The Values Revolution authored by our very own leaguer, Dana Theus. This is article 2 in the series. Be sure to check out the rest of the series HERE. In Part 1 I outlined a growing problem leaders in large organizations face today, which is the […] Read moreRead More»

Fail Forward and Other Lessons in Entrepreneurialism

Recently, I was interviewed by two different ambitious Millennials on the topic of entrepreneurial success. It’s a huge honor to be interviewed, to have the chance to talk about yourself for a few minutes – but really, the “about yourself” part is far from the point. For an interview to work, it has to be […] Read moreRead More»

Reflection: An Essential Leadership Practice

“One of the greatest moments in anybody’s developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.” – Norman Vincent Peale Robust reflection is a prerequisite to personal and professional development. To produce meaningful reflection, it takes sufficient time and conscious effort. From a […] Read moreRead More»

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