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  • 3 Lessons in Leadership From Sting (yes, Sting)

    By Kevin on July 1, 2014
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    The following is a guest post from Meridith Elliott Powell. Meredith is is the author of Winning in the Trust and Value Economy (Global Professional Publishing, 2013) and is the founder and owner of MotionFirst. — Well like it or not, British musician’s Sting’s children are going to have to work for living....

  • Leadershift (Guest Post)

    By Kevin on June 5, 2014
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    The following is guest post by William McCoy, School District Superintendent and Tech Start-Up Founder. I think you’ll find that he is raising an interesting and important topic around our multiple roles as leaders. You may be a leader in two or more different companies, like William, or you...

  • Why Pepsi’s CEO Writes To Her Employees’ Parents

    By Kevin on March 24, 2014
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    We’ve all heard about the value of writing thank you notes to our employees (Doug Conant being a role model having sent 30,000 handwritten notes to employees while he was CEO of Campbell Soup Company). I’ve written previously about the US Marine Corps’ tradition of including family members in...

  • Feedforward Coaching in Switched on Leadership Magazine

    By Kevin on February 25, 2014
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    I’m in great company with Dan Pink and Peter Bregman in the new issue of Switched On Leadership magazine. The publisher did a great job on the design of my article “Feedforward Coaching Instead of Annual Reviews”. Click here to download PDF of Feedforward Coaching article.. To access the...

  • Should Engagement Be Company Level or Team Level?

    By Kevin on February 23, 2014
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    A reader emailed me today with a very good engagement question. She is getting ready to deploy the short survey I include in Employee Engagement 2.0 and asked, Should I ask them about the whole company, or our specific department? For example, “I am extremely satisfied working at Acme.”...

  • Becoming A Self-Reliant Leader

    By Kevin on February 21, 2014
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    At 5’ 4” tall and weighing only 114 pounds, Jan Rutherford may have been the smallest soldier to have ever served in the US Army Special Forces.  In his book, The Littlest Green Beret, he offers his own life stories of adversity to convey how we can become better...

  • 7 Business Tips From Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff

    By Kevin on January 19, 2014
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    Behind the Cloud is Marc Benioff’s account of how he started and grew Salesforce.com into an industry giant. A few of my take-aways: 1) Be visionary. Customers and the press love visionaries, and the bigger, more audacious your vision, the more attention you will get. Salesforce.com was known for...

  • No Cell Phone Sign

    By Kevin on January 8, 2014
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    After reading “Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings” in Forbes, by Kevin Kruse, you may be interested in downloading his Smartphone Free Zone sign. This PDF file is designed in color and ready to print on standard letter size paper. Display this no cell phone sign in...

  • Model Employee Engagement Committee Charter / Mandate

    By Kevin on January 2, 2014
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    Are you forming a new committee at work to improve employee engagement and morale? The following is a model committee charter (i.e., mandate) that can be used as a template for setting up your organization’s new employee engagement committee. Feel free to download and modify at will without further...

  • Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

    By Kevin on January 2, 2014
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    Do you check your phone for text messages or emails during business meetings? According to new research from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, you are probably annoying your boss and colleagues. Furthermore, the research indicates that older professionals and those with higher incomes are far...

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