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  • Stop Limiting Yourself: 6 Steps Toward New Solutions

    Hitting the wall? Having trouble finding new solutions? I have a suspicion you’re not aware of how frequently you limit your options. Check it out yourself. Notice how many times a day the word “or” infiltrates your conversation. Language is a key to how we think about a situation or problem. When you say “or” you declare that there are

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  • Effective Feedback Takes Practice

    Giving effective feedback is one of those skills that we expect people to know how to do well. Yet many managers admit they struggle when it comes to tough conversations. At the same time business literature is full of accounts that millennials want more feedback than annual performance reviews. Some organizations create more issues by formalizing real time feedback in a way that is formulaic and exhausting for people already burned out by

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  • Stop Smothering Their Initiative: 4 Workplace Stumbling Blocks

    I have this thing about dead eyes. It’s a look people have when they  give up thinking…and caring. They’ve smothered their initiative. They gave up trying to present new ideas because their ideas are not welcome. What do you see when you walk around talking to people in your organization? What is their energy like? I don’t mean people are busy…are they excited?

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  • Does Motivation Stem from Inspiration or Threats and Rewards?

    Leaders who need people to find new solutions should learn the difference between motivation derived from ‘power over’ vs ‘power with’. What does this mean? Traditionalists expect that a leader’s “power” to motivate is at the center of an organization’s productivity and success. Threats and rewards (coercion) are traditional ‘power over’ tools of motivation. But, how motivational do you think ‘power over’ is in organizations who need to meet emerging opportunities? In your experience, have

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  • What the Heck is Social Capital and Why Would you Want Any?

    What do I mean by social capital? Think of it as soft rewards that accrue from being tightly interconnected in mutually beneficial relationships. People who understand social capital act like pollinators. Their social relationships produce benefits like these: -insights from loose connections they wouldn’t normally encounter. -they identify and vet potential collaborative relationships. -they partner with subject matter experts who add value for their stakeholders. Should you invest in a social capital strategy to build your business?

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