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How to Cut Through Fake Talk to Increase Employee Engagement

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in company culture, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, leadership blog | 4 comments

The old adage around personal engagement used to be, “Managers trump companies!”, meaning that individuals joined a company, but left their boss. In the last several years, the high engagement of an organization’s employees has drawn even more attention. Recent research on engagement shows that high engagement drives financial results. Additionally, the notion of engagement has come to encompass more than just the people skills of a manager. Employees are engaged by an ever increasing number of factors that serve to attract and retain quality performers.

What Not To Do: 4 Life Lessons From Billionaires

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy, Transparency | 5 comments

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?

The Shifting Workplace – Keeping Managers Out of Control

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Strategy, Workplace Morale | 2 comments

We are now on the cusp of a new revolution — something we’re dubbing: Employee Rights 2.0. “Labor” is breaking free of traditional management structures to experience unprecedented autonomy. Today’s knowledge workers demand freedom from micromanagement and the punch-clock. So how will you manage to manage them? Will employees have all the control?

5 Questions to Create a Compelling Purpose for Change

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Strategy | 3 comments

If your change process lacks purpose, you are lost. You won’t know where you are going and you may not even know how to get there. If your purpose lacks meaning, you end up disengaging the very people you need to engage.

A hospital steering team began to address this 30 million dollar cost reduction problem by clarifying their work’s purpose. While this may seem obvious, the conversations they had were not.

5 Principles of Leadership Presence

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

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.

Great Leaders Lean In

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Business, Featured, Future of Leadership, Inspirational, Leadership | 6 comments

The horrific events of September 11th will forever be remembered as one of the first, and certainly the largest terrorist attack on American soil our country has ever seen. America has significantly changed, and since then, our country’s leaders have courageously declared how we will not be intimidated by terror, how we refuse to live in fear, and now most recently, how America will continue to respond to acts of terror. But yet, many of us do live in fear.

Let Us Do Good: Three Lessons on Living with Purpose from 9/11

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 0 comments

There are various events that occur in our lives that significantly shape the way we make sense of the world around us. For example, marriage, birth of a child, loss of a loved one, a significant illness, or the achievement of some extraordinary dream or objective. Each of these moments forever influence our thoughts, decisions and actions. In other words, they transform us from who we were before the event to who we are today.

3 Essential Business Strategies to Humanize Your Startup

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Leadership, Millennials, My Story Campaign, Strategy | 0 comments

While the launch of innovative small businesses could have a tremendously positive impact on the US economy, are we developing a startup scene based on quantity or quality? Whether for-profit or nonprofit in structure, companies must generate revenues to be viable, sustainable, and to grow. Companies and organizations that focus first on developing a product that uniquely solves a human challenge will create the most efficient, sustainable social and financial value. This is the human-centered model.

A Better Way to do Business

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

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.

67 Most Inspirational Quotes EVER

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Books, Business, Communication, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 2 comments

Even the most inspired and active among us keep our fuel tanks filled with the wisdom of those who have come before. Throughout my life, I’ve collected quotes that mean something special to me – sometimes in my head, sometimes on scraps of paper at the bottom of my sock drawer, and sometimes bookmarked on my favorite websites or triple-underlined in my favorite books.

With this list, I’d like to share my favorite 67 quotes of all time. Starting with the mother of all motivational quotes, from the father of all motivators…

3 Keys to Successful Marketing

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Business, Featured, Leadership, Millennials, My Story Campaign, Strategy | 1 comment

As someone who studied and practiced sales and marketing for the last 25 years, I’ve had the opportunity to observe many of the changes that have happened in the field. Marketing answers questions like “How do we choose when we buy?” “How do sales and marketing teams influence consumers?” “ Why do we become fans of some brands versus others?” and “Which companies are successful in selling and why?” and that is what excites me. It is all about human beings and their behavior.

5 Steps Towards a More Joyful Workplace

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Workplace Optimism | 2 comments

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?

5 Ways to be a Fearless Leader

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Business, Culture, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Millennials, My Story Campaign | 3 comments

Each step of the way, I lost a little bit of fear. Fear about things falling apart, fear about making mistakes, fear about over-reaching myself. How did I do this? Because each of those things happened. Worst case scenarios played out and the world kept turning anyway. Even more, the biggest mistakes often led to the biggest opportunities. Here’s what I know now…

Let’s Drive a Stake In the Heart of the Industrial Age!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Books, Business, Engagement, Featured, Leadership, Social Era, Social Media | 0 comments

Wasn’t the Industrial Age supposed to be over in the 1970s? Oh, it was? Then why are so many companies still following the Industrial Age script?

In a word: habit. Comfort, even. Let’s face it; we humans don’t just change on a whim, just because we feel like it. Most of us… well, we stick with what’s comfortable, what’s “normal” to us; what we’re good at.

How Equality is Changing the Face of Business

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

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?