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Individual and organizational brains in constant, unexpected change If you are like many, you were certain in April that by June we would see a settling in to the ‘new normal’.  And then in May, once again, many of us were sure that by the end of June, our norms would be reset, and we…

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Boosting Your Productivity Is Easier Than Ever

contributed post – If you are looking for ways to boost your productivity during work hours, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we are going to be looking at ways that you can boost your productivity that are simple and easy to do. This means that you don’t have to…

Business Arrogance Is A Real Problem – Here’s How To Avoid It

contributed post –  For all the business advice hosted on blogs, entrepreneurs that turn into business consultants, or the vast array of business case studies out there, you would think that running a business is a cakewalk. But it isn’t. And often, the people who believe this can easily fall into their own sense of…

Fascinating SEO Tactics That Can Help Your Business Grow

contributed post – Search engine optimization (SEO) is a bit like the engine in a car. We all know what it does, but few of us understand all its processes in detail. The thing about SEO is that some folks assume they have to pay an expert to handle it all for them. What they…

Compete With Your Rivals in 3 Easy Steps

contributed post – Being competitive in an industry that already has well established rivals can seem nigh on impossible when you are first launching your startup. Your competitors may have been in the game for decades, they may have a monopoly on your target market, and they may have an exceptional reputation. You need to…

Opening A Business In The Golden State

contributed post – D https://unsplash.com/photos/HukxHhrVeiM It’s no secret that California can be a good place to do business. With a bustling population, loads of exciting companies, and a wealth of different business options to choose from, this part of the world is great for those who want to make a good start in life. Of…

Say No More To Your Dull Career!

contributed post – A dull career is not what any of us need in our lives, but it’s the life that we seem to choose for ourselves. If you think that your career is fine and you’re not really sure what we’re going on about, then all you need to do is skip this article,…

Keeping Employees Connected

During times of uncertainty, human beings seek community and safety, and many find it in the workplace. Work typically provides a much-needed sense of stability and control over at least one aspect of our lives when everything else has gone topsy-turvy. Yet, millions of people have lost their jobs, either temporarily or permanently, due to…

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Executing with Excellence in Uncertainty

Why is it so hard to keep up with the pace of change these days? Some ascribe it to the overwhelming amount of information we try to process every day. Others point to the rapid pace of change. Both are partly to blame. But the primary reason is our brains were not constructed to work…

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How to Use Your Brain During Unexpected Change

The human brain is an amazing tool. But there’s one thing it doesn’t handle very well – change. Especially change of the magnitude brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nobody saw this virus coming, but it has turned our world upside down. Our challenge as leaders is how we respond to it – a task…

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Strategic Agility – 3 keys to getting clear in ambiguity

In today’s hyper-paced and chaotic world, few things are more important to success than the ability to respond quickly to sudden changes in external forces, market conditions, or customer needs. Whether the disruption comes from a pandemic, the introduction of a new technology, a new competitor that nobody saw coming, or drastic changes in economic…

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Why We Need Adversity

Are you feeling like everything is out of control; like you can’t imagine a successful future right now; like the wheels keep falling off the bus over and over again; like the other shoe is about to drop… When the going gets tough, the tough get going. It’s an old cliché. And like most clichés,…

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Beating Your Biases: How to Become Your Own Devil’s Advocate

In our culture, the word “bias” holds a decidedly negative connotation. Not surprising considering the definition of the word: prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. Nobody wants to be considered prejudiced or unfair. As business leaders striving to lead our organizations to success,…

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Is Your “Smart” Phone Making You 25% Dumber?

According to a recent study, the answer is yes. In fact, it’s doing it to all of us – even when we consciously ignore our phones. Today’s smart phones have become such an integral part of our daily lives that most of us feel uncomfortable without them. More than just a portable tool for talking…

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Rearrange Your Brain to Win

As business leaders, we have many tools at our disposal to produce the results our organizations need to win. As the world moves at an ever faster pace and the demands placed on today’s leaders increase, I’m convinced the most important tool is developing an elite brain. By elite brain, I don’t necessarily mean being…

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Are You Productive or Just Busy?

In our fast-paced world we’re all busy, to the point where we spend time we swear we don’t have to complain about how busy we are. At the same time, “busy-ness” feels good because it seems like we’re getting stuff done. The question is, are we getting done what we need to get done day…

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How To Fail At Cultural Change

According to the human capital research firm I4CP, more than half of the surveyed companies had recently or are currently undergoing a major cultural change. Unfortunately, less than 15% rated the change initiative as highly successful and only 1 in 25 said the venture was very highly successful. Not exactly what I would call a…

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GBG: The Positive Acronym that Works

OMG! Acronyms – the practice of abbreviating words or short phrases using the initial letters of each word – have been around hundreds or thousands of years, depending on who you believe. As often happens, there are multiple sources on the Internet about the origin and early use of acronyms, and none of them agree. One…

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Solo-Tasking to Win

  Many moons ago I wrote a blog about the dangers of multi-tasking – how it robs us of our creativity, makes us less efficient, and raises our stress levels. At the time, the business world was starting to recognize that the constant digital interruptions from email, cell phones and social media were not simplifying…

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Balancing the Big Picture and the Details

By Holly G. Green, CEO, The Human Factor, Inc. Every business needs two very different types of people to succeed over the long term or people with two, often contrary skill sets – big-picture thinkers and those who focus on the details. Big picture people live at the 30,000-foot level, constantly exploring possibilities and potential to…

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Building a Culture of Accountability

    Imagine a business where the right things consistently get done on time, most of the time (nobody’s perfect). Where people regularly follow up on what they say they’re going to do. Where everyone in the organization – from senior leadership to front-line employees – are expected to uphold commitments to each other and to…

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Is Winning a Secret in Your Organization?

It feels really good  to win – in business as well as sports and almost any other endeavor. We all know winning when we see it or feel it. It’s that moment of excitement and exhilaration. It’s the urge to jump in the air and pump our fists; to give high-fives to our teammates. It’s…

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Have You Done Your 1st Quarter Checkup?

Spring has sprung (according to the calendar, anyway) and April is upon us.  For those who operate according to the calendar year, that means it’s time for an end-of-quarter checkup in regard to the strategic plan. More specifically, it means we should begin asking questions like:  Are we making progress towards the goal? Is it…

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Get More Done – Interrupt Your Interruptions

If you’re feeling the need for more peace and quiet these days, you’re not alone. One of the latest trends sweeping the business world is the “pod” – a small, free-standing soundproof space that can comfortably hold one or two people.  If you look around, you’ll notice them sprouting up in offices, airports and other…

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What You Can Learn from Playing With Your Brain

The human brain is a remarkable organ. As anyone who reads my blog knows, I’m a big proponent of playing with it. First of all, it’s a lot of fun. The human brain is inquisitive by nature, and it enjoys finding answers and solving problems. This is especially true with ‘brain teasers,’ questions that are…

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