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Why Culture and Purpose Must Align Within the Workplace

Purpose is the why of your organization. Purpose is what gives work meaning. But purpose is in danger of becoming “GWOP” – Goals Without Plans – unless it is aligned with your culture. Putting it another way, purpose is about where your company’s journey is taking you. Culture is the combination of values and habits … Read More »

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Skill Alignment: That’s What Really Counts For Today’s Ambitious Professional

Today’s employment environment is challenging. That’s not a euphemism; it’s just extremely tough to stand out in an age of mass media, citizen journalism and with an ever-growing number of people determined to put themselves ‘out there’, reports Forbes. Inevitably, the ‘why buy?’ question lies behind every decision employers make. Among the deciding factors, there’s … Read More »

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Cameron Herold: How To Make Your Meetings Insanely Productive

If you’re a typical manager, your day is full of meetings, and most of them probably suck. They suck because they go too long, because other meetings get pushed back or because you don’t understand why you’re even present, reports Forbes. Cameron Herold, the founder of COO Alliance, who is known as “the Business Growth Guru,” … Read More »

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5 Habits That Will Make You a More Creative CEO

In 2010, IBM surveyed more than 1,500 chief executive officers from 60 countries and found the No. 1 factor that CEOs use to predict future success is creativity. Being creative allows CEOs to adapt to market changes, adopt innovative new practices and disrupt their industries, reports Entrepreneur. Despite its importance, most CEOs have little time to foster their creative skills. … Read More »

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Want to be a Great Leader for the Future? Cultivate This Skill Now

We’re all aware of the current divide in the United States. It seems like there couldn’t be a more dramatic difference in how people think or what they value, reports Inc. This growing divide, in combination with an increased diversity of thinking, underscores the importance of developing a new skill set: the ability to view differences as opportunities … Read More »

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Discover Your Biggest Business Advantage — Empathy

Bestselling author and business icon Stephen Covey once said: “When you show deep empathy toward others…That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.” These words ring true for me not just because they were spoken by one of the most influential figures in American business, but because now, more than ever, the need for empathy spans … Read More »

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