What Top Talent Really Wants

  Today I’d like to share a post that you could say is the genesis of Switch and Shift: the guest-post I wrote for Shawn’s previous blog, “How to Build a Talent Magnet.” Before guesting with him, Shawn and I were certainly in the mutual-admiration society, but we didn’t know each other all that well […] Read moreRead More»

Do You Give Yourself Permission to Play?

Play is usually discussed as though it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. It’s a way to cope with life and to prepare for adulthood. Playing is a way to solve problems and to express feelings. In fact, play is not only the real work of childhood; it should also […] Read moreRead More»

The Three Bandits of Change Leadership

Successful businesses are constantly changing. They’re introducing new offerings based on customer demand, making product updates to improve their bottom line, expanding into new markets, promoting employees and more. But unfortunately not everyone is always ready to adapt. In fact, for every supporter of change, leaders will be challenged by those who are resistant or scared to embrace the new and unknown. And because of the disharmony caused by the change-adverse, the leadership, and possibly the whole organization, is put at risk for failure…. Read More»

7 Ways to Win Against Challenges at Work

Editor’s Note: This article is a sequel to Irene’s previous post, Winning the Race with Wolves published yesterday. Think of wolves as a metaphor for the challenges we face at work and in our personal lives. Five Hungry Wolves (financial challenges, communication breakdowns, personal challenges, interpersonal conflicts, stress-related problems) are chasing even the best and […] Read moreRead More»

Optimism’s Role in Employee Motivation

Let me clear that workplace optimism isn’t about observing the proverbial glass as half-full. It’s also not about taking a Pollyannaish viewpoint that denies reality. What Workplace Optimism Is Optimism at work is a belief employees hold, including managers, that it’s possible to do good work while at work. Furthermore, employees are inspired by the […] Read moreRead More»

The Container Store: A Culture Organized for Inspired Employees

“From Day 1 I felt valued, empowered and trusted.” This is a pretty impactful statement for any employee to make. However when you consider that this is the reflection of an employee starting a job as a seasonal cashier, it’s not a surprise to learn that her company just celebrated its 14th year on Fortune […] Read moreRead More»

#SwitchandShift is the new Home of Theory Y

Welcome to the new home of Theory Y! We’re glad to have you. What is Theory Y, you ask? It’s an eminently forgettable name for a transformative new concept in leading humans. …”New,” that was, in 1960. If you went to business school, you probably had to read excerpts from Professor Douglas McGregor’s seminal book, […] Read moreRead More»

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