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4:25 pm

Your Strategic Plan Doesn't Mean a Hill of Beans to your Most Important People - Your Employees

Great strategic plans have been written on the backs of envelopes and on napkins. Honestly, they aren't that hard to come up with. There are a lot of smart people with great insights on how to serve customers. Putting those ideas down and calling it a plan isn't rocket science.

And your employees could care less about it.Read More


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4:18 pm

Leaders Must Look at Themselves to Build Employee Motivation

I just read an interesting article on Harvard Business Review from leadership coach Monique Valcour about employee motivation and how we as leaders play a much more decisive role with it than we'd like to acknowledge.

Monique talks about the vicious circle that occurs when we leaders decide a person is no longer motivated in their job to the extent we believe they should. That leads to our withdrawal, which leads to even less motivation, and so on.Read More


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9:58 am

Emulate the Key Traits of Your Favorite Boss or Coach

I just got done reading a marvelous blog post from a friend of mine, Danita Bye. This outgoing Finn regularly inspires me with her concepts on sales development and leadership.

The post mentioned above talks about a boss/coach/mentor she had when she went to college and how this person's commitment to service has impacted her for 35 years.

I ask of many people this question. "Who is your favorite boss, coach, teacher and mentor? What did they do with you that makes them your favorite?"Read More


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12:52 pm

Why Students and Young Adults NEED Mental Training To Thrive in Today's World

We are not setting up our future leaders to see and experience properly.

We train our children and young adults to become proficient at a lot of things, hopefully some of them are engaging to them. We give them training to become better athletes. We put them in tutoring to do better on their college entrance exam. Each one of their classes tries to get them to a certain standard of knowledge to pass tests. When they get into the workplace, we teach them how to do specific tasks and handle a narrow set of projects.

Technical, tactical ability in these areas is NOT really where it's at, however. Read More


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8:57 am

Why Mental Connection Training for your Employees Pays Off in Sustained Success

For 300 years, our society has looked to develop people that could do tasks proficiently. For the most part, that era is OVER.

Because of automation and the freer movement between various jobs and careers, organizational success depends much more upon employees being able to think, reason, create and communicate effectively. Learning agility is a new buzzword to capture this concept.

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2:57 pm

What's Love got to do with Work?

The workplace has always seemed to be a place where regular human needs and interactions have been suppressed for fear of what might happen - risk mitigation.

Love is paramount on the list of feelings and actions that is shied away from. However, I would contend it is the most important aspect for making one’s job and customer interactions as fruitful and successful as possible.Read More


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10:53 pm

Business IS Personal. Don't Forget That.

Today, we had our monthly Afila Group meeting. There was great discussion surrounding various strategic issues. However, I think the most poignant moment of the morning was a conversation I had with our host for the day.Read More


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11:40 am

Why do we Adults need to Close Life Chapters

My youngest son finished his youth traveling basketball experience yesterday with a loss. He will be moving to the high school ranks next year and it's possible he won't be playing with the boys he's been playing with for upwards of 5 years.

However, my son didn't exhibit any semblance of remorseful feelings and was surprised that I was sad.

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