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John Maxwell said, “Leadership is influence, plain and simple.” It’s not a set of behaviors, but the act of influencing others.

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Putting the HUMAN back in Human Resources

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This is the third post in our series:  What does HR Really Stand For:  Human Resources or Human Remains? As I thought through this series, I reached out Kevin Kennemer because I knew that he had both the passion and the data to make the case that Great Workplaces enjoy a significant competitive advantage over their competition. » Read More

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Assertions & Assessments: What Comes After Your “Ass…”?

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We all know language is key to leadership.  The subtleties, nuances, intonations, and gestures have profound effects on leaders’ credibility and on organizations’ success.  Yet, while we think about the customers of our products and services, many of us don’t think as much about the ‘hearers’ (customers) of our words when it’s our own people. » Read More When » Read More

What Every Leader Should Know About Organization Culture

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Your behaviors are contagious. Choose carefully. Perhaps you are familiar with a popular insurance company TV ad based on the concept of “paying it forward.” A woman prevents a guy from stepping off the street corner into the path of an oncoming car.  The man who observes this from a restaurant window later helps a » Read More

The Secret of Motivating Your People (Hint: It’s Not Exactly Up to You)

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If you’ve been in a leadership position for very long, you’ve probably struggled with the challenge of motivating your people. Perhaps you’ve tried various techniques like the carrot and stick, the inspirational speech, or annual bonuses. Maybe you’ve even read books on motivation like Dan Pink’s Drive or perused some of the academic literature on » Read More

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Chaos or Vision: YOU Choose!

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As expats we live in a secure compound with high walls, inside those walls we have grass, trees, flowers, beauty and order. Many local families live in their own high walled “compounds” with their extended families. And although I have never been behind those walls I have heard of their gardens. Outside of all of » Read More

Redefine Results by Redefining Career Development

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Given repeated rounds of downsizing, reorganizing, right sizing, and all of the other ‘zings’ that have befallen organizations, it’s easy to scan the landscape and come to the conclusion that career development options have shrunk… that they are few and far between for most employees.  After all: Delayering has left already lean organizations with fewer » Read More

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Leadership 101: Consistent, Fair, Explainable

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Our good friend and long time Instigator, Chery Gegelman posted this over on her Simply Understanding blog Several years ago a mentor shared his business plan with me.  In part of it he wrote something he called a STAND.  When I asked what that was, he said it was knowing what you stand for before you » Read More

The New Labor Movement

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That Sucks!

When I was 15 years old, I desperately wanted to leave home and see the world. Mom made it clear that to do that, I’d need some cash. So I did what any self-serving kid would do. I got a job. My first teenage jobs were: Church camp dishwasher Auto dealer file clerk Guitar cord » Read More

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Social Recruiting Trends And LinkedIn

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This is a guest post from Viveka von Rosen is the author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day, contributing “expert” to LinkedIn’s official “Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide” and is known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert.” Even though LinkedIn has long been known as a recruiter and job seeker social media site, it is extremely under-utilized as a recruitment » Read More

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Why Aspirational HR Drives Business

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Guest post by Kevin W. Grossman Experience outcomes. We laughed as we said it, sitting together in the mothership executive conference room at Peoplefluent planning our global domination strategy. We’d been meeting all week, meeting after meeting, a gaggle of senior leadership and marketing team leads, workshopping and brainstorming and collaborating over all that we’ve been, where » Read More

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