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The Power of Purpose

The Power of Purpose

We were working with a large retail company with a well-developed sense of identity and purpose. They believed in providing their customers with products and services to support their health and wellness. This ideology was clear and admirable, but they were...

The Blue Square of Focus

The Blue Square of Focus

I am currently in the grind of writing my second book. I’m working hard to stay focused and committed so I made a bet with myself and declared it to a friend of mine. If I don’t write for two to three hours every workday for the next 15 days (to get this...

A Rock ‘n’ Roll Leader

A Rock ‘n’ Roll Leader

One of the most significant milestones in the quest to awaken true leadership is when an individual realizes their fundamental strengths and purpose; when a leader discovers their core and true innate ability. At that moment, a person discovers their...

Smarter Leadership, Part 2

Smarter Leadership, Part 2

Last month, we looked at smarter ways to lead others in a company undergoing change. Now it’s time to explore the more “personal” side of smarter leadership that’s required for successful transformation. Three principles apply here. 1. Schedule “thinking...

Changing Change Management

Changing Change Management

A few years ago our firm landed squarely in the midst of a messy outsourcing project that ultimately experienced tremendous turnaround. Given that most of our prior work had been on projects that ranged from large-scale mergers to strategy alignment, this...

Making Time for Change

Making Time for Change

In a world where individuals are somewhat out of control, how do you help your team focus on what they can control? Consider the story of how a very small team is making a huge difference in a world they don’t have much control over; it could give you the...

Is Purpose the Solution to Inclusion?

Is Purpose the Solution to Inclusion?

What if the solution to inclusion was a better understanding of our purpose—or, said differently, our reason for being on this earth? What if we, as leaders, figured out a way to help one another live out our purpose to the fullest extent? What would be...

Leadership Skills and Leadership Qualities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cvkq_KLUdc For a new leader, even one with the perfect skills and undeniable talent, the workplace can be an intimidating place. Many professional settings are competitive and demanding, and it can be difficult for a new...

The Making of a Good Boss

The Making of a Good Boss

There is only so much work that a single person can accomplish. No matter how efficient someone is, if they give themselves more responsibilities than they can reasonably handle, and take on too large a workload, it will only lead to stress and burnout. And...

User-Generated Accountability

User-Generated Accountability

In my previous blog post (“Changing Change Management,” May 2010), I discussed the need for mavericks to transform the outsourcing industry into one that makes change happen holistically while keeping a big-picture, strategic focus. One reason change does...

Change Derailers

Change Derailers

Plenty of consultants will tell you how to make your change management strategy a success. In the interest of continuing with our maverick theme, outlined are the top 10 ways to ensure your change management strategy is a complete and utter disaster. If you...