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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, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, leadership presence, Strategy, Transparency | 0 comments

How To Improve Your Leadership Presence

Great leaders must remain authentic.

That’s the most important thing to establishing a real presence as a leader, because people are very good at spotting fakeness. There are certain people that whenever they talk, no matter what they’re saying, everyone listens. We all know someone like this. People respect their opinions, because they have proven themselves. So how can leaders establish and increase their leadership presence?

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Culture, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, leadership presence, Strategy, Transparency | 1 comment

3 Critical Attributes of Leadership Presence

In the best leaders with whom I’ve worked, there are three consistent attributes I’ve noticed. These attributes create a presence that is strong, professional and trusted. Most importantly, the persona is unique. Executive presence can look very different from leader to leader, but the sense that employees trust an executive is the constant.

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Business, Communication, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, Transparency | 2 comments

When I Don’t Trust Myself as a Leader

A number of leaders have shared this with me, quietly, as we’ve been exploring the whole concept of trust, how it works, how it breaks down, how to build it, and how to be a trusted leader.

Fascinated by how often I’ve met leaders who really don’t trust themselves to lead, I wanted to know more. Here’s what I found…

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Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Brand Engage, Business, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Inspirational, Leadership, Transparency | 3 comments

Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength

Almost everyone seems to think that being vulnerable is a bad thing – it implies that you’re weak or defenseless. In fact, when someone is willing to admit they’re vulnerable, it demonstrates a level of trust and respect with the person or people they’re opening up to. Great leaders recognize the importance of bringing vulnerability to work because it is the foundation for open and nonjudgmental communications. The boldest act of a leader is to be publicly vulnerable.

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Business, Communication, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Transparency | 0 comments

How to Practice the MOST Human Thing

Great workplace environments have many common characteristics. But almost all of them come back to the same common denominator… respect. Great colleagues and business leaders treat people with respect. Period. Full Stop.

And one of the most fundamental demonstrations of respect is the ability to listen to what others have to say, without interrupting them, without judgment, and without disdain. If we want to be respectful of the people we work with, we have to, first and foremost, be willing to listen to their opinion and treat that opinion with respect… even if it differs from our own.

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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 19, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 0 comments

Personal Ethics and Successful Leadership

Ethics, as a general understanding, is a set of principles to be followed as an individual. Most of the organizations will have ethics as part of their core values, in one form or the other. But how different is ethics for a person and for a leader? How many of us have walked the thin line between what is right and wrong in our work?

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 5 comments

What Not To Do: 4 Life Lessons From Billionaires

Switch & Shift’s own Ted Coine was recently included on Talent Tribune’s list of 75 most popular HR articles on the web. His featured article, “8 Leadership Lessons From Billionaires,” details important lessons from moneymakers like John Rockefeller and Warren Buffet. But his list got us thinking – what are some of the worst lessons learned from billionaires?

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