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DIY Strategic Planning: Creating Meaningful Engagement

One of the most critical ingredients in building a successful organization is to have a clear strategic agenda, which helps the company focus its energies and resources to create competitive advantage and also gives guidance on the number and scope of internal projects and initiatives that must be funded and resourced.

There are two schools of thought as to how to develop your strategic agenda…… Read More»

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Strategy Is Easy. Here’s How To Earn Buy-In

What a treat! Today’s guest on ExchangeGain TV is one of my all-time favorite authors, and one of the most popular contributors here at the site as well. Like me, Jim Haudan is an educator-turned-CEO. His book, The Art of Engagement, is one of my all-time top 5 favorite business books in large part because it’s all about people, specifically about how to engage their hearts and minds by working with them to make corporate strategy come to life!… Read More»

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Do it for the Team

Somewhere there is a team that needs your specific, personal way of making a meaningful contribution, but there is a problem. We have interests, and skills that we are good at, and we acquire ideas about things we think we will enjoy doing. If they happen to be on target, terrific. But our accuracy in determining such matters is generally hit or miss. Consequently, a large percentage of the workforce is doing work that is not in tune with the deeper sense of meaningful.

Before I explain further, let me put some context around this…. Read More»

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Embrace The Amateur Within

Am I an amateur? I try my best to be one.

To many, amateur is a dirty word today.

In a much-discussed 2007 column in The Weekly Standard, and a subsequent book, Andrew Keen argued “Web 2.0 technologies…enable amateurs to make dumbed-down replicas of professional work,” and crowd out professional creative types. This fear goes well beyond the creative world. Journalism, finance, medicine and law are among the many professions whose members have been, to some extent, crowded out by tools and enhanced access to content that enable amateurs to demand less of their services…. Read More»

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ROI on Conversations #socialmedia

You’ve seen them many times. Stickers on the cover of people’s laptops. Some proclaim an allegiance to a movement, team or brand. At Sprinklr, we have a few different stickers we’ve made over the course of the years. Expensive? Not particularly, but if we went into the purchase of these stickers with the question of “What’s the ROI going to be?” we never would have bought them. Recently, however, I had an experience that made me glad we did…. Read More»

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Why Your Employees Aren’t Helping You Change

Here’s some startling news: More than 70% of change initiatives fail. According to both Harvard Business Review’s, Cracking the Code of Change, and Gallup Business Journal’s, Most Change Initiatives Fail – But They Don’t Have To, this 70% failure rate stands as the norm. But, there’s more: the HBR article was written in 2000, the Gallup article written in 2013. What does this tell us? Something hasn’t changed, and it’s not just change initiatives…… Read More»

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Why Telecommuting Should Be Part of Your HR Strategy

It’s not hard to sell the benefits of telecommuting to employees; it’s the employers who need convincing that working from home can actually translate into increased profits. Telecommuting offers many benefits to an employer, including increased employee satisfaction, reduction in operating costs and the ability to tap into a broader talent base – one no longer limited by geography…. Read More»

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There’s Nothing Realistic About Winning

I’ve got something urgent to declare: I’m tired of being reasonable. It isn’t working for me. And if you count yourself among the ranks of the reasonable, I can almost guarantee without even knowing you that it isn’t working for you, either.

There is nothing realistic about success. There is nothing reasonable about winning – at anything. The truth of the matter is that you have to be a bit self-deluded in order to break out of life’s expectations and make something phenomenal of yourself…. Read More»

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