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7 Barriers to Internal Innovation

By recognizing where your organization blocks the path of internal innovation along this IN-OVATE path, you will be able to unlock a flow of value-generating ideas.

How Employees, Not Entrepreneurs, Have Innovated the World

The well-loved entrepreneurial story, as entrepreneurial guru Michael Gerber points out in his enormously influential book and concept, The E-Myth, is far more myth than reality. The true entrepreneurial journey is far harder to generalize than we would like, and its many permutations often lead to failure. We just don’t discuss those as often.

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Employee Engagement: Analysis to Action

Engagement happens when organizational and individual paths to success meet and employees are able to experience maximum satisfaction from their jobs while contributing at a maximum level to the team and organization’s goals. You can see this in an organization when more employees are having “great days at work.”

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The Task-Time Tension

Time-task tensions will always exist. As a leader, you can move your organization to a place or progress by shifting the way you spend time. By setting the example, you’ll decrease your own feelings of being overwhelmed and create a new level of energy that’s sure to spread.

Career: Changing the Language, Shifting the Paradigm

We’ve all been there. Listening to a colleague offer way too much information about his career achievements, management prowess, and soft skills way too soon.  It’s painful, but that’s what networking mixers have typically...

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When Your Career Hands You Lemons

Throughout the course of a career today, almost everyone will, at some point, experience a change brought on by organizational shifts, layoffs, or even personal choices, such as a family move, pregnancy, or the realization that they are simply not in the right role. Still, it’s hard to let go of the idea that if we’ve done all the right things – studied, showed up on time, worked hard, and received recognition for doing well – our career still may not go as planned. Things that alter our career journey are called disruptions, and it’s not a matter of if you’ll experience them; it’s when.

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Career – The Personal and Interpersonal

Career is deeply personal.  And at the same time, it’s about everyone else. It’s this tension, between the personal and the public, self and others, that can be some of the trickiest territory to navigate.  But navigating it is essential because career development coalesces in two critical activities – introspection and interconnection. 

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Getting Real — 4 Ways to Inspire the People You Lead

Blessing White’s ongoing research underscores this: in 360 feedback data collected for thousands of managers and executives, the majority of leaders get higher ratings on the competence items than on the connection items. The leaders who were rated highest overall were not the ones who scored highest in the competence Items, but rather, the ones scoring highest in the connection items.

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Don’t Lose Sight of Competence and Connection in a Digital World

It’s important to remind ourselves that the need for competence and connection does not disappear with the rise of digital leadership. In fact, it becomes even more critical. Great digital leaders will do what great leaders have been able to figure out for years—how to connect with the mind and lead with the heart.