A Leading Perspective

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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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What’s Your Legacy?

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”  Benjamin Franklin   I have a new friend, Michael Wagner.  Michael is the CEO of White Rabbit Group and he’s a delight.  He’s intelligent, insightful, and darn fun to talk to.  I met…

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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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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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Mover of Things

A Post Inspired by a Not So Biker Dude   When I hung out my shingle many years ago, I found myself working from client to client, project to project, without any real sense of accomplishment other than getting the work done and keeping the bills paid.  For many, this would be enough, but I…

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If We Look Hard Enough…

I didn’t get along very well with my siblings…just ask them, they’ll tell ‘ya!   My mom, a single parent, grew tired of me and my siblings bickering all the time and would often look up to the heavens and ask, “What did I do to deserve this?  Can you please help my children love…

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That Which Doesn’t Suit Us

Years ago, I bought a suit. The cut was classic. The color would go with anything! The price was right. And, more importantly, it fit!   The only thing wrong with the suit was that it didn’t look good on me.  I don’t know why…it just didn’t.   But I bought it anyway. Like most…

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