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The rules of the game have changed

The rules of the game have changed

Over the last 18 months, each of us has experienced a whirlwind of change due to the global pandemic. It has forced us to look directly in the mirror and deal with issues that, in the past, we might have been able to evade. In the business world, there are several...

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Hand-me-down furniture

Hand-me-down furniture

Years ago, my aunt offered me my grandparents’ dining room set. Costing something in the range of a kings’ ransom when they purchased it decades ago, receiving such a central piece of our family history was a big deal. After three moves — and a substantial home...

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The Power of Positive Work Relationships

The Power of Positive Work Relationships

Effective Workplace Relationships Retain Employees It's no secret that one of the most challenging initiatives for organizations today is to retain qualified talent. I'm not going to go into the reasons why this phenomenon is occurring. If I did so, this blog would...

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Clarity and accountability

Clarity and accountability

A recent report surveying the post-pandemic business world has suggested the average workweek has expanded by 30%. The same study also shows that productivity levels have remained the same—in other words, we are working longer but without the results to show for it....

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Performance feedback revisited

Performance feedback revisited

As I’ve traveled across the country—and recently internationally—helping our clients forge elite leadership at every level, one key aspect of World-Class Performers continues to challenge leaders at all levels. At Solutions 21, we define performance feedback as...

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Decentralized execution—also known as delegation

Decentralized execution—also known as delegation

As the leader, we make things happen through effective teams. Decentralized execution at its core depends on team members that can act and react without your immediate presence or guidance on tactical matters. A crucial part of “making things happen” is communication,...

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The long-term impact of strategic thinking

The long-term impact of strategic thinking

It will likely take decades to completely understand all of the social, financial, economic, and professional impacts the COVID-19 pandemic had on every generation. However, if history repeats itself, the global pandemic will have the most significant impact on the...

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4 ways to embrace and handle conflict

4 ways to embrace and handle conflict

In my last blog, I discussed how leaders should invite conflict to generate better results. Research supports that we don’t handle conflict well as professionals or as organizations. My experience as a professional is that conflict is rarely handled correctly because...

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Play in the absence of fear

Play in the absence of fear

Over the past year and a half, there were almost too many situations that altered our personal and professional lives. In working nationally with leaders throughout this past year, I noticed a common theme that continued to arise: pressure. We all deal with pressure...

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