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Question Everything

Published on May 2, 2013 by

We have beliefs about everything, but not all of our beliefs are helpful or defensible:

  • Beliefs about self ("I'm not a risk taker.")
  • Beliefs about others ("He's an idiot!")
  • Beliefs about our future (I can't get a better job in this economy.")
  • Beliefs about money ("Money doesn't grow on ...
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The Success Trap

Published on April 26, 2013 by

Robert is the CEO of a multi-million dollar company. It's not the biggest company around by far, but it's not tiny either. He brought me in and said, "Our sales are down this year and I have to do something now." I asked Robert, "How were sales last year." He ...

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How To Influence and Lead Your Boss, Colleagues, Team Members…and Yourself

Published on April 24, 2013 by

The word "Leader" is usually a title given to someone with official leadership responsibilities--that's unfortunate, because the truth is we are all leaders. We need to lead and influence those "above" us, "across" from us, "down" from us (if that applies) and let's not forget that it all starts with ...

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Change Now–It Might Be Too Late Later

Published on April 19, 2013 by

A little over a week ago, CPI Corp shut it's doors. CPI who, you say? You might not know the name, but I bet you've seen them taking family portraits with the babies and small kids squirming and crying in their studios housed in Sears, Walmart and Babies R Us. ...

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Employee Engagement: The List and The Mirror

Published on April 12, 2013 by

Every company wants to be on The List—you know, the list of companies employees and customers rave about. Every leader and team member wants to be on The List of engaged, exceptional employees. If that’s so, why don’t we have a longer list? The reason is simple: To be on that list takes ...

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Employee Recognition: A New Paradigm

Published on April 10, 2013 by

I am happy to introduce you to Stan Phelps as my guest blogger today. Stan is the CMO (Chief Measurement Officer) at 9 Inch Marketing and the author of “What’s Your Green Goldfish – Beyond Dollars: 15 Ways to Drive Employee Engagement and Reinforce Culture”

You don't have to be a ...

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Employee Engagement: Lessons From the Army

Published on April 3, 2013 by

Alan's Note: I'm happy to post a guest blog today by Army Sergeant T. J. Trent. I want to take this opportunity to thank him for his service--and for the personal story and leadership insights he is sharing with us. If you think being a leader in the ...

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Creating a Culture of Engagement: Why It’s Both Simple and Hard

Published on March 30, 2013 by

Creating a culture of engagement isn't a matter of rocket science--it's pretty simple. It's not that we don't know what to do to solve our employee engagement problems--it's that we fail to do what we know. For instance, most every leader knows how important it is to:

  • Have a ...
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Who Owns Employee Engagement?

Published on March 26, 2013 by

Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen was recently interviewed by businessjournal.gallup.com on employee engagement and said, "Engagement is a state of mind. People either are engaged or they're not. You can feel it. I can walk into any company, and I can tell you in 15 minutes whether people are engaged or not ...

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Leading an “Employee Engagement” Revolution

Published on March 15, 2013 by

A consulting colleague told me today about a four day leadership meeting he facilitated. Everyone was excited. The CEO had been talking the event up and made sure everyone knew he would be there ready to participate. But the leadership event came and went--without the top leader--and without any explanations ...

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