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  • Cult Of Meeting Culture
    by Debra Wheatman - May 24, 2017
    Collaboration. Teamwork. Group brainstorming. Knowledge sharing. All are great ideas that can help spur innovation. However, the execution of these concepts generally takes on a much less inspiring form–the Meeting. You know that when you see a meeting invitation pop up, your first thought is not, “Wow, what an excellent opportunity to collaborate with other folks and share ideas!” More than likely, you echo...
  • Some Thoughts on Recognition for Blue-Collar Workers
    by Kris Dunn - May 24, 2017
    Recognition. We've been trained to believe that everyone needs it. Do they? I think so, but something that's lost in the recognition/engagement market is that for many blue collar workers, getting recognition in front of their peers actually makes them feel Blue collarlike a dork/brown-noser. Some notes from my life follow... My dad, Kent Dunn (RIP CKD), was a lifetime telephone/telecom lineman. One of the gr...
  • Why Leaders Need Term Limits
    by Marshall Goldsmith - May 24, 2017
    Normally, successful people are highly committed to their work. Here is the problem: the more committed we are to a given path the harder it is for us to admit when it’s time to leave. This is why leaders need term limits – it is often just too difficult for them to set these for themselves. I have had the privilege of working with more than 120 CEOs. I’ve also had the unfortunate privilege of working with...
  • Shifting From Manager To Leader
    by Sara Canaday - May 23, 2017
    Shifting from Manager to Leader Just because you have a management title doesn’t automatically mean you’re a great leader. But making that sometimes-subtle shift is essential for the success of your career and your organization. There’s a lot at stake. So what’s the real difference between management and leadership? Effective managers are task-focused and might be described as dependable and or...
  • Authenticity: A Crucial Skill for Changing Times
    by Carole Kanchier - May 22, 2017
    The word, 'authenticity' comes from the Greek root authentikos, meaning 'original, genuine, principal.' Authentic people are genuine, self actualizing and have a sense of purpose. Along with fearless passion and courage, they possess strong mental discipline. Authenticity does not come from title, social stature, or wealth, but rather from how we live. That is, how we go about pursuing our purpose and making a contributio...
  • Three Ways to Show You Believe in Others
    by Steve Farber - May 22, 2017
    The last person who had a stellar career without help from anyone whatsoever was … well … no one. So it makes no sense to lead as if the people around you never need help getting where they, and you, want them to go. In fact, just the opposite is true. If you want to create leaders who are Greater Than Yourself – and that should be your goal, by the way – then you need to express a deep belief in peop...
  • Are You Lucky?
    by Carole Kanchier - May 18, 2017
    Do you look at the bright side of life and anticipate good fortune and success? Or, do you feel that you are missing something when it comes to good luck and fortune? Do you have winning personality traits? Answer “Yes” or “No” 1. I expect to win. 2. I often follow my intuition. 3. I see the bright side of a problem. 4. I seize opportunities in unexpected situations. 5. I'm open to ne...
  • How To Lower Stress At Work
    by Lindsey Pollak - May 18, 2017
    What stresses out your employees? Deadlines? A never-ending to-do list? An overflowing inbox? While the concept of work-life integration is designed to reduce workplace stress, sometimes it can have the opposite effect, as schedules become blurry and we try to cope with being “always on.” And of course, stress isn’t limited to our schedules. Work itself can be a pressure cooker – a 2017 survey by...
  • Productivity Versus Being Busy
    by Debra Wheatman - May 17, 2017
    Super busy. Crazy busy. Overloaded. A to-do list that’s a mile long. Busyness has become a cult in Western culture. Maybe that’s because humans are hardwired with a bias toward action. Maybe it’s because it feels satisfying to cross items off that to-do list. Or maybe it’s because we operate under a self-imposed feeling that we should always be doing something. Idleness is bad. Don’t want to waste...
  • The Myth of Balance
    by Nan S. Russell - May 17, 2017
    I tried time management, increased efficiency, being more productive, working more hours plus weekends-and-nights during a first-act career that took me from a minimum wage employee, through various management roles, to a Vice President of a multibillion dollar company. At the same time I was a wife, mom, and sometimes elder care giver, seeking to have 'balance' in my 'real life' while trying to squeeze in time to work on a fe...