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Creating a Culture of Engagement

Do you have a culture of engagement in your organization? I wrote about measuring employee engagement in my last post, here. Adopting a philosophy that puts people first, strengthens engagement, provided it’s backed by actions. In my work as a coach, I’ve seen enthusiasm skyrocket when leaders create a positive environment, promote helpfulness, value their staff, and provide the resources necessary […]
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Here’s How a Good-Enough Culture Takes Root

In my previous post on a “good-enough” culture, I explored the many ways mediocrity wastes billions of dollars in organizations. Like most organizational culture, it flows down from the top of the organization. It takes root when leaders believe that a “good-enough” approach is acceptable.
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“Good-Enough” Cultures:
Billion Dollar Waste and Failure

In organizations with “good-enough” cultures, billions of dollars are wasted each year by leaders and staff who compromise on standards. Such leaders endanger themselves and their careers by permitting a “good-enough” mentality. This risk engenders wide-spread mediocrity, but fortunately, it has a remedy.
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Is Corporate Culture More Important than Strategy?

Anytime there’s a recession and subsequent recovery, the top executive minds huddle together to rethink strategy. Strategic planning is the formal consideration of an organization’s future course. All strategic planning deals with at least one of three key questions: “What do we do?” “For whom do we do it?” “How do we excel?” I’ve been […]
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Accountability: 4 Clear Steps for Changing Culture

I believe that accountability is the single biggest issue confronting organizations today, especially for those engaged in big change initiatives. When you build a culture of accountability, you have people who can and will achieve game-changing results. I’m reading a book right now that stresses the importance of a culture of accountability: Change the Culture, […]
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Leading Wisely with Your Values

Are you leading wisely with your values? Successful leaders who follow their values are seen as authentic, and are appreciated because they’re genuine and trustworthy. I know, because I see it in the executives and leaders I work with. They set a vision based on value-oriented choices and hone in on a path for the […]
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Friends at Work:
A Leader’s Guide to Self-Disclosure

For people to become friends at work, it’s not enough to talk shop—both people need to share personal details about themselves. But how much is enough, or too much? As any relationship between two people grows, the level of self-disclosure needs to grow.
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What You Can Do If You’re a People-Pleaser

It may be a struggle for people-pleaser leaders to identify their traits, so it’s important for seasoned colleagues or a leadership coach to employ tested approaches when working with them. According to Dr. Beatrice Chestnut, author of The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st Century Workplace (Post Hill Press, […]
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The Problem with Measuring
Employee Engagement

With so many organizations focusing on Employee Engagement, why aren’t engagement levels across the world increasing? The Gallup Organization has published many annual reports based on their global workforce surveys. Everyone assumes a shared meaning for the concept of engagement, but there is little agreement in how to improve it. Let’s look deeper. David Mizne […]
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Thoughts on the Fine Art of Smart Conversations

I’m reading an interesting book, Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results by Judith E. Glaser. In it, she observes that in some organizations executives use statements 85 percent of the time, only asking questions 15 percent of the time. And even their questions are often statements in disguise. Leaders who […]
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