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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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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Business, Culture, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Strengths | 2 comments

Does Your Team Suffer From ‘Connectile Dysfunction’?

Why do so many startups fail – and what can be done about it?

Studies have identified various issues that contribute to the blow-up of startup teams, including competitive factors, market factors, technology churn and such, but the #1 – by a long shot – indicator of pending demise can be summarized with just one diagnosis: Connectile Dysfunction.

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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Business, Culture, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Strengths | 1 comment

Facing Two Imposters: Failure and Success

In his poem If, Rudyard Kipling described the qualities that would set a person up for success. While the tone of Kipling’s poem might be a little out of place in a modern, egalitarian age, it highlights many fine qualities, not least the benefits of a healthy perspective on failure and success.

What If doesn’t do is to point out the seeds of those qualities already lying within us all.

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Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Books, Business, Culture, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strategy, Strengths | 0 comments

DNA of Wave Makers™: The 4 Leadership Molecules that Everyone Wants

Wave Makers take that first step toward making the team feel like a team, experiment with a new product idea, or organize regular discussions for the other new college graduates. They have a meaningful idea, get others involved and act upon it. Wave Makers start the ripple effects toward important changes – even if they start with a small first step.

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