Since the pandemic, many companies have negotiated new rhythms for workplace productivity. While a number of companies are fully “back at the office,” there are many others that remain committed to remote work, or to allowing their employees some flexibility via a hybrid work option. Remote work certainly offers many perks, and studies have shown…

Nobody likes a micromanager. In fact, studies confirm that just the opposite is true: Employees tend to be much happier and more engaged when they are afforded some autonomy to make their own decisions. And leaders benefit, too, when employees are given some leeway to act independently: It tends to result in a higher-quality of…

Join our CEO Growth Workshop on Tuesday March 7 at noon EST (on Zoom) to learn about “How to have difficult and uncomfortable conversations – and how you can give more impactful developmental feedback.” 😖72% of employees think that their performance would improve with more feedback. And yet Gallup has found that only 26% of…

Trying to communicate to create connection, alignment, and action? Here’s a fantastic example from an attendee at one of our GENIUS Business Storytelling workshops who identified two important messages he wanted to communicate and used two versions of a story to do just that in a memorable way. Both versions began with the following: At…

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced companies to close their doors, sending employees home to work remotely, many leaders worried about the long-tail effects on culture, employee engagement, and morale. As it turns out, some of those concerns were unfounded. Recent research has found that, if anything, the companies that offer remote work options have stronger cultures and higher levels…

Join our FREE CEO Workshop on “How to define Core Values that improve your company culture” on Tuesday, October 4 at noon EST / 6 pm CET on Zoom. By the end of this interactive workshop you will: Know how Core Values can positively impact your company culture. Understand how to practically use Core Values on a day-to-day…

As a CEO, it can be lonely at the top and they often struggle to know whether their actions and decisions are helping their company or hurting it. How do they achieve excellence? What separates great CEOs from the good ones? These questions often leave new CEOs overwhelmed and frustrated. Every CEO deserves to have a strong…

According to the Microsoft report titled The Next Great Disruption is Hybrid Work 62% of all frontline workers say leadership does not prioritize building culture 53% of the workforce is prioritizing health and wellbeing over work than before the pandemic 3.5X – New hires whose managers played an active role were much more likely to say they were…

Conflict avoidance and mitigation create artificial harmony, and by contrast, teams that are comfortable with “creative conflict” will find that the best ideas emerge from debate.  In our 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team training, we discuss how the best teams not only have conflict but actually embrace it. However, when we talk about conflict,…

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“Conflicts look bad. I always prepare touchy agenda points with my 2 senior leaders before leadership team meetings. This way senior leadership presents a united front,” recently mentioned the CEO of a 200-people company. Most leadership teams have too few open, healthy conflicts. This makes them less effective, reduces decision quality, and ultimately slows down business…

I wrote earlier about the value a closed loop employee suggestion program can provide. These do provide significant benefits, but there is no need to limit continuous improvement suggestions to those inside the company. Customer and supplier surveys can provide great insights into such opportunities while also enabling the company to collaborate better with key…

During my first visit to one factory, I quickly noticed on a wall in the lobby a collection of cards with employee suggestions – normally a good sign of a facility’s commitment to continuous improvement and employee engagement. A closer look revealed the opposite – improvement ideas that were months and even quarters old without…

Wealth managers and financial industry observers have pointed out that we are in the midst of a great wealth transfer driven by Baby Boomers. As Boomers (the generation born between 1946 and 1964) have aged, the savings and investments they worked hard to accumulate are now passing via inheritance to younger generations. Yet, what happens…

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