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Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Workplace Optimism | 0 comments

A Better Way to do Business

For the last few decades we’ve become increasingly trapped in thinking of business as all about profit. That has become the driving purpose of most businesses, with all other considerations being trampled by concerns for cold hard cash.

But there’s a better way to do business. Better from the human side. Better from the customer side. And as it turns out, better from the profit side as well.

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Workplace Optimism | 1 comment

5 Steps Towards a More Joyful Workplace

Balance leads us to believe that some level of equilibrium is possible. In the case of work/life balance, we mistakenly position ourselves to pursue equal measures of fulfillment from our work and personal lives. It’s unnatural to split the two worlds. Instead, we need to find fulfillment in both worlds by integrating them. The goal may be to find fulfillment in both worlds but not at the sacrifice of the other. How do we go about doing this?

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Business, Featured, leadership blog, Social Era, Talent, Workplace Optimism | 1 comment

How Equality is Changing the Face of Business

Equality typically suffers from a bad reputation in capitalist environments, even to the extent that some consider it to be the biggest threat to capitalism itself. Looking at equality as the even distribution of wealth, it is indeed painstakingly clear that “all animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others”: the 85 richest people in the world have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest, less than 15% of women hold Executive Officer positions in Fortune 500 companies and the US income inequality is at its highest peak since 1928. Yet, is it right to look at equality only in terms of wealth distribution?

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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 Business, Customer Service, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strategy, Workplace Optimism | 4 comments

How to Measure Success $20 at a Time

Do you want to know how to identify a truly successful person? It isn’t the car they drive, the title on their business cards, or the heft of their wallet. All of that stuff is fleeting, and all of that stuff is about them. It’s ego food.

No, the way a wise person measures her own success is more like this…

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, Strategy, Workplace Optimism | 0 comments

Busting Up Career Plateaus: How to Avoid Complacency and Remain Engaged in Your Work

You’re stuck. You feel frustrated. You hate what you are doing. You begin to feel resentment towards others at work. Does any of this sound familiar? These are feelings that are often wrapped around career plateaus. You’re not alone – everyone inevitably hits a plateau of some degree during their career. And when it happens, this can be very damaging if you are not careful.

My job is to bring you the good news…

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

Six Criteria to Test Your Leadership Engagement

People sense your level of engagement. They read you like a book, carefully interpreting every facial expression. They read your lines, and in between the lines. People react to what you say and the way you say it. They hear and interpret the subtlest undertones in your voice. They know how engaged you are, as a leader, employee number one, head of the pack.

You are the CEO, chief engagement officer. How engaged are you? What’s your level of your emotional commitment to the organization and its goals? How much discretionary effort do you apply?

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