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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 | 1 comment

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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Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Transparency | 4 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 | 2 comments

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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