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Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, leadership presence, Strengths, Transparency | 2 comments

What Ursula Andress Taught Me About Presence

My first memory of being in the presence of someone with presence.

I am 21 years old and hanging out in Rome. Like many first-time visitors to this intoxicating city, I am entranced by its history. It seems to seep out of the pores of every building I pass. The moment I am about to describe is like a cliché from a Fellini movie – except that it really happened. As I am strolling up the Via Veneto, Ursula Andress, the original and archetypal James Bond girl, is descending toward me.

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, leadership presence, Strengths, Talent | 0 comments

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…

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Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Business, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strengths, Transparency, Workplace Optimism | 3 comments

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 5, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strengths | 0 comments

Three Overlooked Areas To Improve Employee Well-Being

“Be kind for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” -Plato

I use this statement to anchor the beginning of each day. It reminds me that my individual challenges are but one of the many that will bump up against another’s in a day and that they are no more special than anyone else’s. My professional experience as a corporate manager and coach have shaped my belief that a collective adoption of this credo would go a long way to decrease incivil behavior in the workplace.

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Business, Culture, Featured, Leadership, Strengths, Workplace Morale | 1 comment

A Different Take On Workplace Morale

There is a lot of talk about how to improve morale. Morale is simply a group’s s sense of positive belief in their work and the organization. Assuming there are solid work performance standards in place, more is better. Sadly, we too often think the answer is to simply give people stuff. We give them plaques, certificates, and other trinkets by the truckload. After we figured out that rewarding others was important a few decades back, we quickly began to over do it – and the trend persists today.

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Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Inspirational, Leadership, Mini Vlogs, Strengths, Videos | 0 comments

The Future of Work Unleashes Human Potential

How will you lead in the rapidly changing future of work? Start by understanding that the workplace is changing and becoming more fluid. Organizations are beginning to resemble organic systems more than mechanical ones. People are the dominant value and system in the work-world and to succeed you must master human systems. Develop your emotional intelligence and soft-skills, and you’ll be the kind of leader the world needs in the future of work. Start with yourself.

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Strengths, Talent | 0 comments

The 6 Personalities You Need On Your Startup Founding Team

Founding a tech startup is a humbling, at times even humiliating, undertaking. There is so much that you need from others in order to make your dreams a reality and no start-up founder is able to do it all herself. Even if she has the capability to wear all the important hats, she wouldn’t have the time and bandwidth to give the different roles justice. As you select your co-founders, try to make sure you have the following roles and skills represented among the team.

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Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Business, Culture, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, Strengths | 0 comments

On Creating a Powerful Organization

What scientists call distributed control is usually called empowerment by management consultants. Management literature cites plenty of arguments in favor of empowerment, such as improving worker satisfaction, increasing profitability, and strengthening competitiveness. All of these are true, but never forget that the real reason for empowerment is to improve system effectiveness and survival. We enable the organization to have more resilience and agility by delegating decision-making and distributing control.

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Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Business, Culture, Featured, Leadership, Strengths | 2 comments

The Perils of Being A Ninth-Letter Leader

Every meeting is an opportunity: a unique moment that can bring a team closer together or shred the fabric that binds. Many leaders talk about developing teams, but few truly understand the complexities and intricacies of establishing the necessary culture of unity.

Our team prepared for weeks. Built our story presentation, cleaned the offices, straightened the pictures. The day finally arrived. Our CEO was visiting for the first time.

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