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Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 1 comment

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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Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Transparency | 3 comments

5 Principles of Leadership Presence

The aerial maneuvers and precision coordination of the show is rehearsed hundreds of times before being viewed by millions of spectators each year. Often overlooked is the abundance of other skills which must be refined and deliberately developed in each and every team member before ‘going on the road.’ In addition to the flight demonstration on a show weekend, the Thunderbird Team accomplishes school visits, media interviews and visits to local social organizations for discussions. It is in these smaller, more personal venues that the persona…the Thunderbird Presence…truly shines. These 5 principles of presence directly carry-over to the leadership world.

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Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Business, Communication, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 1 comment

What Great Leaders Do and Don’t Do

Leadership is different for everyone. The tie that binds all great leaders is the ability to reach people on an emotional level. Even if you know that leadership is about emotion, you still need to do your best to understand the things that great leaders do and the things they avoid in order to foster the deepest possible emotional connection with their people.

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Millennials, My Story Campaign, Recognition, Strategy, Transparency, Workplace Optimism | 0 comments

5 Lessons from the “Corner” Office

More and more offices exist at the corner, situated in the messy confluences of cultures and technologies and in the borderlands of traditional disciplines. As a millennial leader myself, I see the ways our generation’s coming of age in the workforce has primed us to lead from these spaces, to support a more inclusive and empathetic framework, and, ultimately, to embrace failure as an inevitable process towards achievement.

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Communication, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 2 comments

The Case For Keeping Commitments

I suppose we can claim no harm/no foul on commitments to projects of our own choosing that we later go rogue on. Who really needs another cross stitch and if all tables were beautifully finished why would we need table cloths? The same can’t be said of commitments that we make to others, whether personally or professionally. Commitments we make to people are important – not only for they mean to them, but also for what they make of us.

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Communication, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Transparency | 0 comments

The Connection Between Employee Engagement and Emotional Intelligence

In today’s marketplace, business leaders can’t succeed without the ability to communicate effectively with others, manage their emotions and collaborate on finding solutions to pressing challenges. Perhaps most importantly, they have to be able to connect with employees on a human level, a trait that requires both understanding and empathy.

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Business, Communication, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Transparency | 14 comments

Be The Leader You Wish To Follow

Want to be trusted? Don’t seek it out. Trust is something you earn, not something you ask for or demand. It doesn’t work that way. Think of trust as a result, not an action itself.

It’s important (and far more fruitful) for a leader to strive to be trustworthy instead of trusted. But trustworthy isn’t an action either. You can’t declare yourself trustworthy, much as crooks and con men, used car dealers and self-described “trusted advisors” throughout time have tried. Being trustworthy is also a result, not an action itself.

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Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Books, Brand Engage, Communication, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Transparency, Workplace Morale, Workplace Optimism | 0 comments

Authentic Leadership from the Middle Seat in Coach

There is one thing in life that has always boggled my mind. Why is it we can have an in-depth conversation with a stranger on an airplane in coach and yet are unable to speak with the same candor and vulnerability with people we have known for years?

What happens in coach that allows us to have an exchange with a stranger that can be more captivating and intimate than the conversations we have had with a spouse, a boss or team member?

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Business, Communication, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Transparency | 2 comments

Communicating The Universal Leadership Language

I spent 9 days in Cuba last month.

Many stories to tell.

Yes, I engaged in some of the expected activities. Strolled through Havana Vieja, retracing Ernest Hemingway’s steps. Listened to infectious live music every day. Indulged in a slew of sumptuous meals prepared in the home-grown paladares, beacons of a nascent Cuban entrepreneurialism.

But the unexpected stirred me most.

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Transparency, Workplace Morale, Workplace Optimism | 0 comments

The Power of the Positives: transforming workplace morale

It’s easy to focus on the negative side of workplace morale. The problem of poor morale is such a common one that it’s become a major point of discussion for managers and executives across the economy. But this focus on the problem in itself brings us down. After all, if you’re busy trying to solve the negatives then you aren’t drawing attention to and celebrating the positives.

So how can you get this right? How can you pull out of the negative spiral?

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