Organizational culture

How a New Manager Can be a Leader

Never been the boss and now you are? Congratulations! You’ve done well, earned trust and been rewarded with a promotion. You have an opportunity to have an impact on the lives of others now. It’s time to answer 4 big questions that can move you into the role of leader. Becoming the boss is an…

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Using Data to Build Employee Engagement

The data about employee engagement is impressive — and it’s not good. According to Gallup, approximately 70% of the American workforce is disengaged. The costs to the US economy range between $450 to $550 billion annually. It’s commonsense that dispirited and overworked employees are not productive. The question becomes how do we improve employee engagement?…

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5 Must-Learn Lessons from Nike

Nike turned 50 this year. Many businesses don’t make it that long or are absorbed into larger enterprises by that time. Today, Nike is an estimated brand value of $19 billion and is the most valuable sports brand on the Forbes list. Lots of people are surprised to learn that it’s an Oregon company. If…

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Don’t be Late! Seriously, don’t be.

Of all the things that we’re willing to waste, I think for most of us, time is near the bottom of the list. So why do we waste other people’s time? Recently, I waited outside for a fellow professional – for 20 minutes. When she arrived, she muttered a half-hearted apology. Wow, after 20 minutes…

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Never be Thrown Under the Bus

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s a bus! …and it might be coming your way. To be “thrown under the bus” is a phrase so commonly used it seems that we don’t even question it. It’s part of our daily conversations and that means it’s part of our thought process.  What we’re talking about is…

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