• Time for a Vision Check

    Written by: Ted Coiné | January 5, 2012

    Most of us go to work without really knowing why. Oh, we have to feed our families. And our company needs us to fill out TPS reports. But beyond that, the question of “Why” often never even bubbles to the surface of our conversations and thoughts. Why does this company exist? …This department? (…This family, […] Read moreRead More»

  • Unleashing People Potential

    Written by: Shawn Murphy | January 4, 2012

    Yesterday Ted Coine gave us a compelling reason for tapping into our idealism. It’s a belief and frame of reference essential to a better way to do business in the 21st century. At the heart of Ted’s point, in my opinion, is a dramatic shift in how companies view their workforce. The shift in view […] Read moreRead More»

  • Idealists Wanted

    Written by: Ted Coiné | January 3, 2012

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead There is a powerful change afoot in the world, something that no one alive today has ever experienced. The world is opening up; connecting. It is flattening; democratizing. And […] Read moreRead More»

  • ExchangeGain: A Better Way to Manage and Lead

    Written by: Shawn Murphy | January 2, 2012

    In science fiction movies it’s not uncommon to have a human inhabited planet in danger of extinction: alien takeovers, colliding planets, or a star threatening super nova. Such peril is exaggerated to highlight some humanitarian message. That message often seeks to enroll us in a better way of living or thinking. The good stuff imbued […] Read moreRead More»

  • The Law of The Umbrella

    Written by: Ted Coiné | January 2, 2012

    A lot of my focus on this blog is advice for CEOs – present and aspiring – on how to transition their firms from 20th-Century organizations to 21st. But the Law of the Umbrella dictates that what is good for the organization as a whole will also work for any team within that org. Leaders: anywhere you […] Read moreRead More»

  • Build A Talent Magnet

    Written by: Ted Coiné | January 2, 2012

    20th-Century Myth: Humans are a Resource. Like any resource, to maximize profits they must be exploited.  The company that manages its human capital most efficiently, most cost-effectively, will be most profitable. It’s simple math. Welcome to automation. Welcome to outsourcing. Welcome to eliminating positions and cramming the ex-employees’ work onto the remaining-employees’ to-do lists. Welcome […] Read moreRead More»

  • 3 Ways Managers Create Meaning

    Written by: Shawn Murphy | January 1, 2012

    How do you help employees pull meaning from their work? Ultimately it’s the employees choice to derive meaning in their work. There needs to be, however, an environment that enables this to occur. You hold much of the responsibility to foster an environment that lets employees apply their strengths to challenging work, act autonomously, and […] Read moreRead More»

  • We Don’t Need to Change the World

    Written by: Shawn Murphy | January 1, 2012

    Leo Tolstoy stopped me in my tracks last week with a powerful reminder about change. He spoke to me, Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. The nobility imbued into changing the world cannot be something done outside ourselves. No. Changing the world is noble because it begins with […] Read moreRead More»

  • Leadership Oath

    Written by: Shawn Murphy | January 1, 2012

    Our doctors take they Hippocratic Oath swearing to ethically treat their patients, and to follow an ideal conduct as a physician. In a conversation with a client, she casually suggested that leaders should take a Leadership Oath. Ethics and ideal conduct are not limited to physicians and are fitting for leaders. So what follows is […] Read moreRead More»

  • Dear CEO: Who Tells You When Your Baby Is Ugly?

    Written by: Ted Coiné | January 1, 2012

    We leaders have a big, big problem. It’s called information filtering, and every social group does it – family, circle of friends, and certainly staff. The larger a company gets, the more layers of management separate the CEO from the front line staff and customers, the more egregious this can become. We leaders, with our […] Read moreRead More»

  • There’s a more human way to do business.

    In the Social Age, it’s how we engage with customers, collaborators and strategic partners that matters; it’s how we create workplace optimism that sets us apart; it’s how we recruit, retain (and repel) employees that becomes our differentiator. This isn’t a “people first, profits second” movement, but a “profits as a direct result of putting people first” movement.

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