A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

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What’s That I See? Employee Engagement!

  I recently traveled to Chicago and Seattle and during this trip, had ample opportunity to observe the two cities’ workforce engaged or otherwise in their work.  Whether it was in retail, hospitality, government, banking, or one of the many other industries, there were many employees to observe. I like to watch for something specific…and…

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Tactical Mistakes

I had the pleasure of listening to Hillary Clinton’s keynote during SHRM 2013 and while there are plenty of bloggers highlighting the five main points of her presentation, I will simply share with you my key, although indirect, takeaway. Mrs. Clinton, Madame Secretary…whatever we should be calling her, told a story about making a tactical…

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The Frontier Project…a reflection

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy:  Am I or the others crazy?” Albert Einstein   I had the distinct pleasure this week to be a part of an event put on by Talent Anarchy called The Frontier Project. Nearly impossible to explain correctly, I will describe it as a think tank. Forty or so…

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Employee Engagement, Part Two

My posts this month all center around employee engagement as, like many of you, this has been on my mind. I’ve developed/presented classes on engagement for years and have coached many leaders on how they can increase employee engagement, which we all know is directly related to discretionary performance.  I’m confident the activities I have/will suggest…

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Employee Engagement, Part One

“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup   Last week, I wrote about employee engagement – and I suggested that “engagement” had become a hot potato that neither Human Resources or Leadership was willing to grab. I offered easy ways to grab the potato……

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Hot Potato, Hot Potato

Employee Engagement Two words Managers know they want but don’t know how to get. Two words HR loves to say but doesn’t know how to get. The potato that no one wants (or knows how) to catch. Except me…I intercept that spud every chance I get.    It is not Rocket Science. First, NEVER forget…

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Coaching ’em

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Vince Lombardi   Last week I had the pleasure to present my thoughts and ideas on performance management to a large group of Human Resource professionals on behalf of the Northwest Human Resources…

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Tow Trucks

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” John Holmes   At mass today, our choir needed a Cantor for the Psalm.  I hadn’t yet read the reading, I had never heard the Psalm, I obviously hadn’t practiced it, and to be honest, I wasn’t really in the…

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From Death Do I Start

Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men. Quintus Ennius   I had the pleasure, and the torture, of attending a memorial service yesterday for a young girl not yet 15. While the death of anyone…

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Modeling Diversity

young, curious, kind wise beyond her fourteen years Carolyn Kinzie   I had the pleasure of having lunch with my daughter this afternoon.  I eat with her all the time but today, it was just us and there was no rush.  Nice doesn’t begin to describe it.   I only have my kiddos one-half of…

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