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Why You Need to Maximize Your Millennials

Millennials are already the majority generation in the workforce, and several million more are entering the workforce this summer. What does this mean to today’s business? How do we lead and mentor Gen Y? How do our cultures and communication styles need to adapt? Consider the following…… Read More»

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Should a Thank You Note Make National News?

Almost two weeks ago now, a thank you note from JJ Abrams, the director of the new Star Wars movie, made national news. As the movie made some additional cast announcements, that note was front-and-center again today.

No doubt, this was a really good thank you note. See for yourself…… Read More»

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Stop Confusing Innovation with Technology

As anyone who is paying attention knows: “innovation” is important to every single brand on the planet.

How do we know? Because nearly every CEO talks about “innovation” as a differentiator. Every start-up, it seems, refers to their value proposition as “innovative”. And don’t even get me started on all the “innovative” ninjas, gurus and self-anointed experts that sell based on the importance of being… you guessed it… “innovative.”

With all this talk about innovative innovation, you may have noticed a few things:… Read More»

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BOLD: Are You Bold Enough to Be Different?

“I’m following all the great advice. I’m working my butt off. Yet I’m struggling to find my niche. Why?” Sound familiar? In this economy, there is one way to stand out among hundreds of would-be leaders, consultants and subject matter experts. You must be BOLD enough… to be different. By “different” I don’t mean dye […] Read moreRead More»

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Are You Suffering from Social Media Fatigue?

What happens when you genuinely tire of posting, friending and Instagramming? When you remember that tweeting is what birds do and that InMails are just emails delivered by a branded interface? When you’ve been diagnosed with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome – of your opposable digits? When your “love” of social media becomes a primary source of […] Read moreRead More»

Turning Next Year’s Resolution into Today’s Revolution

  Today, I was talking to a CEO buddy. Apparently, the evangelism that surrounds him is rubbing off. Fairly new in his position, he is absolutely dedicated to changing his company’s culture. Next year. The new year. 2014. In other words: not now. So, as I am prone to do, I pushed back: “Why wait until the […] Read moreRead More»

Talent Acquisition: The Primary Benefactor of the “Big 3”

  When we talk about leadership, culture, and engagement – the “Big 3” – we often refer to existing team members… those who already contribute to the success of our organizations. And that makes sense; we certainly want current employees to feel valued and to contribute to a positive, productive company culture. However, the Big 3 […] Read moreRead More»

The Not-So-Surprising Lessons from Top-Down Employee Engagement

Most of us understand the benefits of sincere employee engagement. After all, data is everywhere supporting the importance of making team members feel valued – and we can’t open a leadership-oriented blog post without seeing a dozen thoughts on the subject. And yet, there remains a disconnect; it’s almost as if CEOs, board members and […] Read moreRead More»

Washington’s New Brand of Leadership

  Here on ExchangeGain, we talk a lot about the various forms leadership can take. Servant leadership. Empathetic leadership. Motivational leadership. Charismatic leadership. Even autocratic leadership (although, to be honest, we usually give those old-schoolers a lot of crap). We never, however, talk about the kind of leadership we’re seeing from Washington DC […] Read moreRead More»

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