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How to Turn the Dysfunctional Workplace into an Environment Where People Actually Want to Work

We've all been there.  You walk into a bank, restaurant, or store and suddenly feel it, that vague sensation that all is not well.  It drips from the ceilings and sits in puddles on the floor.  The employees are lost in thought, unable to decide whether they'd rather be somewhere else or stay and kill each other.  And you're the lucky one bathing in all the poison they can ladle up.  

Roxanne Emmerich Articles
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Turn “Socializing” into “Networking”

Most professionals know they must network in order to achieve long-term business success.  I remember as far back as high school being told by my guidance counselor that I needed to "meet a lot of people and build a network."  That was great advice back then and even better advice today.   It's critically important to participate in the public arena and interact with

Jeff Beals Articles

Change, Moral Courage and Doing Right by Your People

There is no doubt that for the past couple of years the economy has been a major source of concern, not only for individuals like you and me but also for business owners, broad industries and entire governments around the world. Suddenly banks were failing; real estate values were plummeting, housing foreclosures skyrocketed and unemployment rates nearly tripled. Job security was suddenly a thi

Brian Canning Articles

Why Buyers Don’t Like Salespeople

If buyers could get by without salespeople, do you think they would?  It is an interesting question if you stop and consider the role of the salesperson. Of course, considering the role in an abstract way is one thing, but what about when you consider it from a personal perspective?  What happens as a salesperson when you put your emotions aside for a moment, relax, take a deep breath and hon

Mark Hunter Articles

10 Ways to Realize Hidden Opportunities

 "Great moments are born from great opportunities," said the late Herb Brooks, one of the world's most famous hockey coaches.    Brooks certainly seized opportunity during his career.  He agreed to coach the 1980 U.S. Olympic team that beat the "unbeatable" Soviet Union in Lake Placid, New York during the famous "Miracle on Ice" game on the way to winning the

Jeff Beals Articles

The Three Driving Forces of Change

It's mind boggling, to say the least. If you took all the accumulated knowledge in the history of the world and put it into a pile, you'd have an enormous pile. But 3 years later, you could put another pile of the same size next to the first one, and it would consist of all the new knowledge that has accumulated in just those 3 years.  

Alan Zimmerman, CSP, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Articles

Complacency as a Crisis of Leadership: "Sapient Ramblings"

Very likely the result of my military background, I confess to being very demanding of the leadership structure within a business or organization. Part of this is because I have seen and experienced the incredible things we can accomplish with just the slightest smattering of leadership and part because I have seen and experienced the disastrous effect of our being unwilling to lead.

Brian Canning Articles
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Leadership Lessons From the Life of Thomas Jefferson

One Leader's Perspective The greatest complement I have ever read was directed toward Thomas Jefferson. President John F. Kennedy was speaking at a White House dinner given to honor Nobel Prize winners throughout the Western Hemisphere. Kennedy looked out over the distinguished guests and stated that they were “the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that ha

Greg L.Thomas Articles
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Is Servant Leadership Part of Your Worldview?

Leadership is about the way you perceive and treat yourself and how you perceive and treat others. Personal leadership involves the former; social and organizational leadership involves the latter. The two are interrelated.   Each of us has a unique, complex “thinking system” which has developed since birth. This complex system is believed to actually be a composite of

Dr. J. Howard Baker Articles
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The Time To Cross a River is Before It Gets Too Wide

One Leader's Perspective I am fortunate to live in the great state of Ohio. Anyone who has traveled the state or studied geography knows that much of this beautiful land is encircled by the Ohio River. This majestic river is formed by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers at Pittsburgh, it flows northwest out of Pennsylvania, then in a southwesterly direction to join

Greg L.Thomas Articles
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