Leadership

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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Employee Engagement: Where Do We Start?

Published on March 11, 2013 by

"Employee engagement" is a hot topic in the workplace today--and for good reason. More and more "employees" are feeling stretched beyond their capacity, feeling under-appreciated and under-valued. (Please note that I didn't say "under-paid." For the most part, money isn't the problem and more money isn't the solution to the ...

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Progress, Not Perfection!

Published on February 8, 2013 by

A few years back I had a phone appointment – but not just any phone appointment. I was scheduled to be interviewed by Matt, a reporter for The New York Times for a piece he was writing on influencing others at work. I have to tell you, I was excited about being ...

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Influence Tips From Elvis Presley”s Back Up Singer (Ray Walker)

Published on June 29, 2012 by

I never saw Elvis in concert, much less met him. The closest I ever got to the King of Rock and Roll was in meeting Ray Walker of the Jordanaires, who sang backup for Elvis for 14 years. After seeing Mr. Walker perform at an event, I joined the small ...

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How To Influence And Lead At Work: Getting What You Want

Published on February 27, 2011 by

Our careers are important for many reasons. We spend a great deal of our life at work and it represents an investment of our talents, passions and desires to make a contribution. If you are like most people, you want to do work that is meaningful and that allows you ...

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Who Makes A Better Leader, Women Or Men?

Published on September 30, 2010 by

There are certain topics that can quickly turn discussions into heated debate. Whether women or men make for better bosses and leaders is such a topic.

Attitudes and thinking about leadership in general have been changing over the past number of years. It seems that a high percentage of men ...

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Are Your Leading Your Boss? Why You Should Be

Published on September 30, 2010 by

We all know that a boss is expected to lead his or her team. But what about your responsibility to lead your boss?

You might be thinking, "What do you mean, lead my boss? I'm not the boss!

Fair enough, yet, look at it this way: Anytime two people are ...

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