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Category: Leadership Matters

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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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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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How to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day this Year

March 5 is National Employee Appreciation Day – a time to celebrate your most precious resource, the people who toil day after day to build products, sell and deliver services, help customers, solve problems, and drive business results. While cards, flowers, muffins or Starbuck gift cards on Friday are a lovely gesture, what employees want…

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Developing Leaders: Turning Life into Learning

According to Deloitte, organizations and individuals globally spend more than $50B annually on leadership development. Last year, these dollars were spent on a wide variety of activities designed to build leadership competencies and skills. These activities range from external educational programs and partnerships to internally developed face-to-face webinars, and e-learning. They include everything from development…

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