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The Power of Strategic Sacrifice

Do Less Better: The Power of Strategic Sacrifice in a Complex World isn’t the first book on focus, nor will it be the last. But the element that separates this book from the others is the “how” – how one finds focus in a business world that is more complex than ever before. All the way from the C-suite’s choice of markets in which to compete, to the daily to-do list, the “how” is one’s capacity to make tough strategic choices and tough strategic sacrifices…. Read More»

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Why You Need to Give to Succeed

For a brand – product or personal – to be successful, the concept of giving needs to be blended in. Giving enables a brand to be a lot less self-centered and become much more aligned to a larger purpose. Differentiated skills and talents are important, but personal branding will be strengthen more in what and how you give…. Read More»

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Role of Culture and Leadership in Employee Well-Being

Admittedly, there are more differences between corporate America and NFL culture than there are similarities — and it’s safe to say that work related stress in the office is not as likely to lead to the violent extremes that you’d see from a professional football player for whom aggression is his stock-in-trade. But both cultures operate in a broader culture where seeking out or receiving help is largely verboten — in the NFL because it betrays weakness, on the corporate side because of the fear of exposure and the possibility of negative career consequences. That said, there are valuable lessons to be learned — and applied — on the corporate side from these recent incidents, and the way the league, teams and … Read More»

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Why Belonging Is Key in Today’s Workplace

For our ancestors, belonging to a group that shared the workload and helped protect each other was essential for survival. As a result our brains are hard-wired to motivate us toward connection and belonging. In fact, recent research in neuroscience has indicated that social needs are managed using the same neural networks as used for primary survival needs such as food and water. Belonging can literally feel like a life or death matter…. Read More»

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13 Scary Statistics on Employee Engagement

There is a serious problem with the way we work.

Most employees are disengaged and not passionate about the work they do. This is costing companies a ton of money in lost productivity, absenteeism, and turnover. It’s also harmful to employees, because they’re more stressed out than ever.

The thing that bothers me the most about it, is that this is all so easy to fix. I can’t figure out why managers aren’t more proactive about this…. Read More»

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6 Ways to Know You Need a Course Correction

Some people measure success by the wealth they’ve accumulated, the power they’ve attained, or the status they’ve achieved. Yet, even though they’ve reached success beyond their wildest dreams, they still have an empty feeling — something is missing from their life.

In order to fill that void and be completely fulfilled in life, their soul may be searching for something more.
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The 3 Beliefs of Human Business

It’s all too easy to forget the human side of business. We get so bogged down in the processes and procedures, the board meetings and balance sheets, that we forget that business doesn’t exist for its own sake. Business is about human beings. It was invented to serve human beings. It employs human beings. It rewards, develops and sadly sometimes discards human beings. And any business has an impact on the human beings all around it…. Read More»

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How to Work Yourself Out of a Job

Earlier this month, I got the opportunity to interview Shannon McFayden, a former Senior Executive Vice President at Wachovia. Shannon is Wachovia’s former Head of Human Resources and Corporate Relations. Once named one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” by US Banker, Shannon now works as an executive consultant and leadership coach.

Shannon had some fascinating insights about workplace culture, worker motivation, and more. One of the most interesting – and surprising? She believes that the goal of every HR professional should be to work themselves out of a job…. Read More»

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