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How to optimize your inbox for maximum efficiency

How to optimize your inbox for maximum efficiency

Recently, a client shared with me how their inbox can feel like a weight, a constant source of stress, and how seeing 50+ (or even 500+) unopened emails can drain your energy faster than a Friday afternoon full of meetings. So how do we remove this source of stress...

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Don’t look behind the curtain

Don’t look behind the curtain

Think of the contrast between the all-powerful Wizard of Oz and the man behind the curtain. At some point in people's careers, most worry that they're the weak person controlling the levers instead of the formidable wizard. Known as imposter syndrome, 70% of...

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The new rules of attracting top talent

The new rules of attracting top talent

It is no surprise that attracting top talent has become more of a strategic chess game than anything at all. With limitless recruitment tools available, organizations are often forced to turn up the heat and sometimes become radical, offering much more than they have...

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What do Millennials want in the workplace?

What do Millennials want in the workplace?

Organizational leaders across the country are battling through the difficulties of hiring and retaining highly qualified talent in today's employee-driven job market. With COVID recovery now in full swing, how can organizations adjust to the demands of the available...

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Connect, communicate, cultivate: a remote leadership process

Connect, communicate, cultivate: a remote leadership process

In my former leadership roles, I had the great opportunity to lead culturally diverse teams worldwide. Some of those teams were remote as each entity existed separately from our parent headquarters. Each was “remote” and self-sustaining, but remote by location--not...

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Everyone needs to understand why—especially Millennials 

Everyone needs to understand why—especially Millennials 

Not that long ago, leaders told people what to do, and they did it. They didn't ask many questions. When they did, most of the time, the direct answer was, "Because I'm the boss and told you to."  We all understand that doesn't work anymore, and it hasn't for several...

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Presence and the importance of engaged leadership

Presence and the importance of engaged leadership

Several years ago, I worked in an organization where the hashtag #LeadershipMatters was a top-down message communicated in everything we did. I certainly agreed and echoed the "Leadership Matters" message, but I added a dimension to the Leadership Matters hashtag:...

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The art of influence: leadership from an alternate universe

The art of influence: leadership from an alternate universe

I learned a great deal about influential leadership from my father, even as he had severe Alzheimer’s and dementia. He was a strong, hard-nosed, no-nonsense man, but he had a fascinating talent for connecting with people. He seemed to have a unique knack for combining...

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Leading through change, disruption, and uncertainty

Leading through change, disruption, and uncertainty

A few years ago, I was part of an organization that was successfully striding toward accomplishing our strategic goals when unexpected external forces imposed a drastic direction change. Our strategic goals, operational efforts, and daily routines devolved into...

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