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Checkpoint 2021: The Top Read Blog Posts

2020 is safely (and thankfully!) in our rearview mirror. And now we’ve made it through the first half of 2021.  This seemed the perfect time to look back at our most popular blog content over the past six months.  The most popular posts were not surprisingly focused on leadership and career development.  This past year…

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Remote Relationships: How Far Can You Coast?

I can’t count the number of times my dad’s car ran out of gas when I was a kid. Every single time, it was the same sputtering, then a period of coasting, followed by a full stop (and generally a few disapproving words from my mother.) While remote workers may not need to worry about…

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Employee Engagement: One Size Can’t Fit All

Employee engagement is consistently one of the most discussed and written-about leadership topics.  And it will likely continue to be in the years to come — with good cause. Engagement has been positively correlated with employee retention, customer service/satisfaction, productivity, and profitability. But, have you ever wondered about all of the information that exists on…

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gravitational pull of weaknesses

The Gravitational Pull of Weaknesses

In many organizations, the bulk of a leader’s performance management efforts focus on improvement opportunities (aka ‘weaknesses’.) And this parallels the tendencies that many of us have to place considerably greater emphasis on our weaknesses rather than our strengths. In response, some people advocate for focusing exclusively on talents and superpowers –  to balance out…

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Work from Where? 3 Leadership Practices that Support Employees Working From Home, Work, or Somewhere in Between

Over the past decade, there’s been increased pressure for organizations to offer greater flexibility regarding when and where work gets done. The COVID-19 pandemic poured rocket fuel on the grand social experiment called ‘work from home’ (WFH.) Nearly every organization now has experience with at least a portion of its workforce performing work outside the…

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5 Work-From-Home Rituals that Will Reduce Burnout and Improve Productivity

Well into a second year of the fallout from our global pandemic, organizations continue to adjust their work-from-home (“WFH”) strategies. Although some offices have opened up, many more remain fully WFH. And still others are moving to a hybrid format. Given that a recent slack survey of 9,000 knowledge workers indicated a strong preference for…

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