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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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10 Ways That Data Helps Your Business

Data is a powerful thing, and thanks to the wonders of the internet, we have access to so much of it. A lot of businesses might not know how to best utilize all this information for the benefit of the company, and if you’re not already doing so, you are missing out on a goldmine…

How To Save Money On Your Business During COVID-19

  There is no denying that 2020 has been a difficult time for all of us. We have faced many challenges from a business standpoint, and to keep running, you need to save costs without compromising quality. With that in mind, we’re going to take you through some of the different steps you can take….

How Insurance Companies Can Compete Better Online

There’s no industry that isn’t being impacted by the online shift being driven by a variety of factors in 2020. Competing with other businesses today means beating them online, and there are lots of ways in which you can go about doing that. Below, you’ll learn more about what you can do to compete better…

Reputation Is Everything: Simple Ways To Enhance Your Business Image

Did you know that around 90% of online buyers now consult reviews before deciding which products to pop in their cart? In the modern world, reputation is everything in business, and we hang on the words of others. If your brand has got a brilliant reputation, you’re going to find it a lot easier to…

Why Possessing IT Skills In This Day And Age Is Pretty Essential

When it comes to our abilities in this day and age, we all need to possess at least a basic understanding of the way digital systems work. We don’t need to become the perfect coders or engineers, but a slight knowledge is important. The world has become a lot more digitized and will continue to…

How to Breathe New Life Into Your Business

Running a business requires plenty of time and energy to make it a success. When you first started your business, you were probably motivated by the excitement of the new challenge. However, dedicating so much time to building your business can take its toll; you may find yourself falling out of love with it. It…

How To Fail At Cultural Change

In my previous blog, I noted that 56% of the organizations that participated in a survey by I4CP, a human capital research firm, reported recently or currently undergoing a major cultural change. What I didn’t mention was that less than 15% rated the change initiative as highly successful (12.2%) or very highly successful (2.5%). Nearly…

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Building a Winning Employment Brand:How to Recruit, Engage and Retain Top Talent in a Talent-Scarce World

Every once in a while I happen across a thought leadership piece that causes me to pause and think, “Wow, these folks really get it!” A recent white paper titled “The 2019 Hiring Guide” did just that.  We included it in our last newsletter and since I know most of you are struggling with this,…

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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 public…

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Leading Cultural Change

  Is your organization currently going through (or recently undergone) a major cultural transformation? If so, you’re like more than half (56.8%) the organizations that participated in a survey by I4CP, a leading human capital research firm. On the one hand, I’m surprised to see the number that high. After all, transformational change is really…

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Winning in 2019: Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty

As we look ahead to the coming year, a few words sum up what business leaders can expect in 2019 – more chaos and uncertainty. With the Democrats having won the House of Representatives, the political environment will likely become more contentious and dysfunctional. Tariff wars are driving raw material costs higher. Interest rates and…

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Never Trust an Atom (and Sometimes Your Brain)

  While browsing in a bookstore the other day (yes, I prefer real books to digital readers for business reading), I saw a young person wearing a tee shirt that gave me a good laugh. The front of the shirt had a colorful graphic of an atom, with electrons swirling around the nucleus. The caption…

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The Simple Approach to Employee Engagement

  News flash! Creating an engaged workforce where employees bring all their skill, talent, passion and energy to work every day isn’t rocket science. It doesn’t involve brain surgery. And you don’t need a Ph.D. in human resources development. Which leads to the question, if employee engagement is so simple, why do so many companies…

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Pause, Think, and Focus to Win

  In chaotic and fast changing times, the lack of predictable behaviors in all areas of our life may not serve us well, says University of Maryland psychologist Arie Kruglanski – especially for people with a high need for certainty and closure. Cognitive closure, or the desire to have a firm answer to a question…

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Implementing Big Business Leadership In A Small Business

Running a successful business, no matter how big or small, starts and ends with effective leadership. This involves defining a clear destination; getting everyone focused on reaching that destination; informing, inspiring and engaging people to get there; and then measuring results and adjusting as necessary along the way. These leadership principles apply to all types…

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8 Traits of Winning Product Managers

Do you wish your product manager could get more done? Chances are they’re missing some or all of the critical winning traits. Product managers play a critical role in many organizations. However, judging from the number of complaints I hear when working with CEOs and company leaders, good ones are hard to find and even…

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Work Less, Get More Done

    Are you working longer and harder but accomplishing less? One of the great ironies of our times is that the more we learn about the importance of uninterrupted focus in human performance, the more distractions and interruptions we face on a daily basis. Voice mail. Email. Telemarketing. Spam. Tweets. Snapchats. Texting. Instant messaging….

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Integrity as a Competitive Advantage

    Remember when we used to look up to our political and business leaders as role models for honesty, integrity and good character?  Me neither. Actually, I do. But it seems like a long time since leaders displaying integrity was the rule rather than the exception. Instead of working together to effectively govern the…

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Get Ready to Win in 2018

One of the deepest instincts for adult humans is to achieve excellence. In other words, to win. Yet, winning in business doesn’t happen by itself. It requires hard work, dedication, focus and, most of all, a desire to win. All organizations will tell you they’re in it to win. But if you look behind the…

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Don’t Let Brain Misinformation Lead You Astray

There’s a lot of media coverage, particularly on those morning “news” shows these days about “new” brain research. Unfortunately a lot of it simply isn’t true. Anyone who has read some of my blogs or my, latest book Using Your Brain to Win!  (click to order book) knows that I am a huge fan of using…

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Change Your Perspective to Win

As a leader, your perspective on winning may be very different from that of your employees. If someone offered you a trillion dollars for counting to a trillion by ones, would you accept the challenge? If so, you’d better be genetically wired to live a long time, because it’s going to take a while. Assume…

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The Future’s So Bright

To prompt your ‘thunking’ today… Remember Kodak, they used to make photograph film? What happened to them will happen in many industries in the next 10 years and most people won’t see it coming. Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world….

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Let Your Brain Take the Road Less Traveled

   Do you often find yourself doing the same things over and over and wondering why you get the same results every time? Contrary to the popular adage “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results,” it doesn’t mean you’ve lost your marbles. In fact, you’re probably doing exactly…

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Why Happy Employees are Winning Employees

  Many would say that in life, happiness is winning. Quick, name the single most important contributor to happiness in life. Chances are you said things like family, friends, achieving your goals, or having a good job and nice place to live. Or for the hedonists in the audience, perhaps you said fame, money, good…

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