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

The Era of Average is Over – 4 Insights How NOT to get Left Behind

In the past 30 years, millions of people have lost their jobs to the rise of computerized automation, technology and robots offering unparalleled efficiency, reliability and performance benefits. Experts state that we are at the crucial tipping point often referred to as the ‘great decoupling’, with economic growth for the first time not followed by a similar increase in job creation. Bold predictions state that a robot journalist could win a Pulitzer within 5 years, that all human work will be fully outsourced to robots by 2045 and that humans can even fall in love with and marry robots by 2050.

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, Strategy, Talent | 4 comments

3 Vital Lessons from the Pesky Millennial Generation

In 2007, I started speaking about Those Pesky Millennials. It seemed that every business I walked into shared the same great pain:

“No work ethic. Entitled. Pain in the ass. Kids—what’s wrong with them?”

It was the pain du jour. So I added my voice to the choir of help. And what I added distilled down into this: The millennial generation may be a pampered lot, but they have a lot to teach us.

Consider these messages from Gen Why…

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Business, Featured, HR, Leadership, Talent | 2 comments

Why You Should Pay Your Employees More Than You Must

If you’re a consultant, contractor, speaker, or some manner of service provider, and if you’re really good at what you do, then the following is for you.

If you’re an employer, and you aren’t struggling financially, and if you want to attract, keep, and get the most out of top talent, then it’s also for you, though you’ll have to take your employee’s perspective as you read.

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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 28, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Recognition, Talent | 0 comments

Do You Have Game-Changers on Your Team?

Every business is looking for the “game-changer” — the new approach, the new product, the new account. Something that radically shifts the financial prospects of the Company. To become stable, sustainable and grow, most companies have to do it the old fashion way – hardwork, sound management systems and processes, and making good decisions.

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Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Business, Customer Service, Featured, Recognition, Strategy, Strengths, Talent | 0 comments

Who Wants to be a Resource?

The words that we use matter. They shape our attitudes, shape our behavior, shape the very way that we think about the world. Words can inform, empower and inspire.

But in an age of commerce, where the language of finance and resources seeps in to the way that we manage people, have the words led us to lose sight of our common humanity?

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Business, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strategy, Talent | 2 comments

Hacking Into the Super You

My friend Erich and I have probably logged thousands of miles cycling together. In all conditions – cold, wet, early, or in the fading warm July sunlight – we have ridden these Maine roads together. And when you train with someone for long enough you recognize their strengths (he climbs like a scalded cat), odd proclivities (he prefers riding on the right side of someone else), and their hesitations (he often descends cautiously).

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Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Business, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strengths, Talent | 1 comment

Sourcing Creativity

We met for breakfast in the ground floor restaurant of the antique Foshay Tower (now the W Hotel) in downtown Minneapolis. My breakfast guest was the renowned cartoonist, John Bush. Now deceased, his syndicated cartoons were at that time white-hot. I was there to learn how his mind worked since my co-author, Ron Zemke, and I were in search of someone to illustrate our new business book.

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Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Recognition, Strengths, Talent, Transparency, Workplace Optimism | 5 comments

The Power of a Grateful Leader

How would you like to go to work every day never feeling appreciated? How long would it be before you stopped trying? How long would it take for you to quit?

When employees don’t feel appreciated, their work suffers. As a leader, it’s your job to make sure that the company is successful. A successful company is made of employees who put forth their best effort every single day. Being a grateful leader is the easiest, cheapest way to make them want to do that.

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