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Leadership Presence Requires Being Present

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Business, Culture, Featured, Leadership, leadership presence | 1 comment

The challenge for many leaders is to give themselves space to be present to see what needs to be done and how they need to show up to make that happen. Instead of working harder to squeeze more into any given week, leaders need to be more mindful – aware and intentional – about what they’re trying to do and how they need to show up to do that.

6 Ways to Spot All Talk No Action

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Communication, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 2 comments

When you “walk the talk,” your behavior becomes a catalyst for people’s trust and faith in you. And it also emphasizes what you stand for. So, any time you make a claim, no matter how small, and display inconsistent behavior, you shatter the comfort zone –– and weaken your bond of trust with others. As a result, anything thought to be predictable in the future may be treated as suspect. The fact is, everything you do in life sends a message. So make sure to practice what you preach. As Ben Franklin said, “Well done is better than well said.”

7 Leadership Quotes that Challenge the Status Quo

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 1 comment

Occasionally we all need a reminder that what we’ve accepted to be true may no longer be relevant. In management and leadership, many 20th century beliefs need to be weeded out and replaced with healthy, people-centric viewpoints.

Below are quotes to challenge management status quo. In some cases it’s kicked to the curb and sent packing, making room for radically different perspectives.

Feel free to share the quotes in your favorite social media channel. Let’s spread the word about fresher ways to view the role of leadership in making things happen.Occasionally we all need a reminder that what we’ve accepted to be true may no longer be relevant. In management and leadership, many 20th century beliefs need to be weeded out and replaced with healthy, people-centric viewpoints.

Below are quotes to challenge management status quo. In some cases it’s kicked to the curb and sent packing, making room for radically different perspectives.

Feel free to share the quotes in your favorite social media channel. Let’s spread the word about fresher ways to view the role of leadership in making things happen.

Putting Socrates on the Payroll

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Communication, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Strategy | 0 comments

The latest vogue in some areas of the business world is to encourage employees to ask questions. This is a worthy goal, but not one without serious obstacles. The most serious being that through much of our development period in our culture, the message from both our parents and teachers is to discourage question asking. Every American child has heard at least once at home or at school the default answer of adults everywhere: Because I said so.

Why Leaders Should Focus on Employee Investment, not Engagement

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Communication, Culture, Customer Service, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Recognition | 3 comments

The modern workplace is a collection of new technologies, new business strategies, and new leadership methodologies… and the same staggering number of disengaged employees.

What was once an emerging trend is now a full-blown problem that costs US businesses an estimated $450 to $550 billion each year. However, the cost of poor employee engagement is hardly confined to a monetary figure.

How to do the Human Side of Business Right

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership | 2 comments

Making your business more human and more personal is vital to success. Customers have a more pleasant experience interacting with real people with real personalities. Employees are more satisfied if they feel like individuals rather than cogs in a machine. This creates loyalty, the willingness of both customers and colleagues to stick around when prices rise or you struggle to raise wages.

But how do you get that right?

When I Don’t Trust Myself as a Leader

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Business, Communication, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Leadership, Transparency | 2 comments

A number of leaders have shared this with me, quietly, as we’ve been exploring the whole concept of trust, how it works, how it breaks down, how to build it, and how to be a trusted leader.

Fascinated by how often I’ve met leaders who really don’t trust themselves to lead, I wanted to know more. Here’s what I found…

How Mindfulness Improves Workplace Performance

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Recognition, Workplace Optimism | 0 comments

Being more mindful simply means being more aware of what’s going on, really being “present” in the moment, and paying attention. It’s amazing to think how something as simple as this can increase employee engagement.

First, let’s look at some of the science behind how being more mindful can make you happier and more productive at work, and then I’ll give you some tips on how you can be more mindful.

Spark Emotions That Spur Us To Share Your Message

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Communication, Featured, Leadership, Social Media, Strategy | 0 comments

This headline, “Exec loses job after allegedly slapping toddler on plane,” is an anger-evoking true story that spread quickly. Understanding why can help you spread your ideas, piggybacking on certain kinds of momentous events. “High arousal” negative emotions such as anger or anxiety spur us to share messages with others, discovered Wharton professor Jonah Berger, author of Contagious.