Power Moms: Useful Skills at Home and in the Office

May 24, 2021

Let’s begin with this stipulation: the term “working mother” is redundant. It’s typically used innocently enough—like “added bonus,” “each and every,” “difficult dilemma,” and “new innovations.” But those redundant phrases are simply careless use of language. The term “working mother” is not only careless language, it’s potentially insulting. After all, what mother doesn’t work? Okay,…

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For Career Success, Pay Attention to the ‘Unspoken Rules’

May 17, 2021

Some people spend much of their lives—especially in the workplace—navigating unspoken rules. You know, those cultural guidelines that never appear in a published handbook and rarely even come up in conversation. Everyone just seems to “know” the rules, so they’re simply followed. Over time, the unspoken rules become fossilized as unchallenged traces of the past.…

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Human Connection: Stand Out in a Zoom-Fatigued World

May 10, 2021

If we’ve been reminded of anything during the Covid pandemic, it’s that—for most of us—genuine connection with other people is a critical need of the human species. Unfortunately, in our new world of virtual business meetings, a lot of people apparently missed the memo. “Zoom fatigue” is a real thing. It’s caused by the cognitive…

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For Culture Change: Think ‘Renovate,’ Not ‘Transform’

May 3, 2021

Even for people who were once skeptical about business issues that aren’t tangible, culture’s critical role in an organization’s success is no longer up for debate. Culture matters. It affects every behavior and every performance metric in the workplace. Kevin Oakes understands that more than most. He’s CEO and co-founder of the Institute for Corporate…

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So, You Want to Lead? Lift Where You Stand

April 26, 2021

As you’ve no doubt heard countless times, effective leadership is not about title or the location of your box on the organization chart. It’s not about the authority you wield. Or your family pedigree. Or the school you attended. Or any other demographic data point. Effective leadership—especially extraordinary leadership—is all about strategic influence. Strategic influence…

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Does Your Culture Have Know-It-Alls Or Learn-It-Alls?

April 19, 2021

Culture, it’s been said, eats strategy for lunch. Why does one auto dealership perform much better than another when both sell the same cars, have access to the same lending resources, and can hire from the same labor pool? Why does one consulting firm continue to outpace a competitor when both have the same portfolio…

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Tough Times? This Navy SEAL Can Teach You to Thrive

April 12, 2021

Every day we hear someone say something like “we’re living in unprecedented times.” If there were ever an “oh, duh” comment, that would be it. In the age of a worldwide pandemic, it’s hard to find an adjective that does justice to the heartache and damage. As of this writing, some 2.8 million people have…

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Climbing the Leadership Ladder? Some Steps You Can’t Afford to Miss

April 5, 2021

Dwight Eisenhower gave us great food for thought when he defined leadership as “the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Still, the recipe for effective leadership is one of the most elusive questions in the worlds of relationships and organizational behavior. It’s safe to…

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Struggling to Solve a Problem? Think Like An Alien

March 29, 2021

If you’re like a lot of people, you’re tired of being told you have biases. But you do. We all do. Some of those biases affect the way we solve problems. They can be so entrenched that we remain stuck in well-worn patterns of thinking. The result is missed opportunities. Three innovative professors at the…

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