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Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 1 comment

The World Pays Off on Judgment

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” The article noted that the actions of many of the actors in these unfortunate events “rarely seem to have recognized the path they were going down because they decided to fool themselves.” So how do we, as leaders, avoid fooling the “easiest person to fool”?

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Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Recognition, Strategy, Transparency | 4 comments

4 Ways Successful Leaders let Employees Take the Wheel

Many organizations want employees to embrace change, but that doesn’t go far enough. They should drive it.

Employees have trouble embracing change because they have to get behind something they did not create. While some strategies appear to be effective at getting employees to embrace change, a stronger and longer-lasting solution comes from having skin in the game and constant employee involvement in the changing organization.

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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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Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency, Workplace Optimism | 5 comments

In Your Organization, Does Family Come First?

As a small business owner, you’re faced with a conundrum. You want to support your employees as they care for the people they love. But your business can’t just stop running simply because your key employee is moving his mom to assisted living or needs to stay home with a sick child.

How can you help support your employees and the challenges they face without going out of business?

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Business, Communication, Featured, Leadership, Recognition, Talent, Transparency | 9 comments

The Prosperity Conversation

You may run into a few people of any age that will tell you they’re following their dreams and their passions, but the majority of the working population will tell you that they work for the paycheck. Money is the object.

Now ask the same people if they believe that they are paid fairly compared to their employers’ pay and profits. Here’s the problem with this question: in most companies, people don’t know what the C-level managers and the boss are paid. They don’t know or understand how profits are derived, or how their own pay is represented in the big picture. What they will tell you is that they believe their own pay is not a fair slice.

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Business, Communication, Culture, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 1 comment

Communication from the Top

In organizations, there is the truth of what is happening, and then there are the stories we tell ourselves (and each other) about what is happening. In powerful organizations, the truth and the stories are closely aligned. In weaker ones, there is a disconnect, or a gap. And yes—you guessed it—having your employees making up stuff, rather than you telling them, is a sure-fire way to expand that gap.

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Business, Communication, Culture, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 0 comments

Respect Civility, Revere Candor

High performance, success, and achievement require exemplary communication skills. Unfortunately, the world has fallen in love with a mode of communication that more often than not facilitates mediocrity. Meet civility: being cordial, nice, congenial, kind. BUT, the type of communication that is required for excellence in organizational life and beyond is in fact often shunned. Meet candor: straight-talk, being a little curt, blunt, to the point. Candor is about saying what needs to be said. It’s about keeping it real. Here’s the million-dollar question: Which one is more important?

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Business, Culture, Featured, HR, Leadership, Strengths, Transparency | 1 comment

5 Ways to Find Your Authentic Self

One of the biggest problems I see when looking for talented, desirable, employable men and women, is the downward spiral of the trending “Brand You.” It can nauseate a person who watches a perfectly packaged, programmed, and plastic brand walk through the door. The saddest part is those individuals really believe I want what they’re “selling.” At the time they may think they’ve duped me, but they are only fooling themselves.

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