Leadership

Are you clear on success in 2021?

  Roger Bannister set out to become the first athlete to break the four-minute mile. “Experts” told him it was impossible.  Some even suggested he was risking death; doctors told him his heart would explode! Not only did Bannister not die, but the week after he broke the barrier another runner followed in his footsteps,…

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Lead the Possible, Not the Probable

Today’s uncertain and volatile business landscape calls for new ways of thinking and working. So why do most companies attempt to solve problems and manage massive change in the wrong manner? A lot of it has to do with the way the human brain works. Our brains love certainty and predictability. So when faced with…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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3 Steps to Creating an Engaged Workforce

    What would you rather have – an organization where people show up just to punch the clock every day? Or an organization where people are enthusiastic about and committed to their work and their workplace? Obviously, this is a no-brainer. Everyone wants an engaged workforce. But most organizations either don’t make it a…

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Three Common Innovation Mistakes

    Company leaders love to talk about innovation.  When was the last time your company came out with something really new? How long has it been since you totally reinvented a critical business process that resulted in significant cost savings or productivity increases?  If you can’t remember (or you can remember but it’s been…

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How To Build Real Accountability

  Accountability –an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions Accountability is a word that gets tossed around a lot in the business world these days.  Unfortunately, most of what I hear revolves around the lack of accountability rather than how companies are winning by holding each other accountable. At…

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