This 4-Step Formula Will Make Tough Conversations at Work More Bearable

How to prepare yourself to have a tough conversation at work We have all been there, a time when we've had to have the "tough conversation." Whether it was breaking it off with a romantic partner or having to tell roommates to pick-up after themselves, the "tough conversation" is, well, tough to have. Despite the challenge of them, tough conversations are crucial and no place are they more…

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What Sets “Next” Practice Businesses Apart?

Today's best businesses have embraced Next Practices which make them "different" from the rest in 6 important ways. The best businesses are the ones that have adopted a set of "next practices" that set them apart from the rest. You know that you're in a next practices business because they all exhibit these 6 characteristics: They re-imagine tomorrow They envision things that others can't……

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How to Build a Resilient Company Culture That Will Help Every Employee Thrive

A resilient culture is built one person at a time, winning companies cultivate cultures that enable their people to develop the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Resiliency is important to businesses because it's the DNA that enables the company to better anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to ever increasing market disruptions, shifts in customer preferences and challenging…

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Today’s Leaders All Share These 5 Traits – A Digital Mindset

The best leaders have a propensity for looking for ways to leverage digital technology for competitive gain. If you want to be a great leader, you absolutely have to develop a digital mindset. It's the only way you can help your business leverage data and information technologies in the pursuit of growth and profitability. Why, you ask? Digital technology and media are omnipresent in business…

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10 Exceptional Strategies For Extraordinary Executives

Most extraordinary executives would agree that business practices evolve over time, and our experiences turn into knowledge. My such experience has inspired this article, 10 exceptional strategies for extraordinary executives. As a coach, my goal is always to see my client succeed. I want to high-five them when they hit a home run or score a touchdown. I want them to have experiences that will…

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Apple’s Latest Diversity Report A Big “So What”

Last week, Apple released its latest Diversity Report.  Apple claims that from July 2016 to July 2017, half of its new hires in the U.S. were from historically underrepresented groups in tech (including black, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian & women).   In the U.S., Apple is 54 percent white (down two percentage points from last year), 13 percent Hispanic (up one percentage…

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Company Culture is a Game of Follow the Leader

Company culture is driven from the top-down. While not often designed and constructed deliberately, company culture is truly a game of follow the leader. If leadership lacks integrity, the culture will run fast and loose when it comes to the facts. If leadership distrusts its staff, the culture will lack trust. It's really that simple. Many times, leaders don't realize the havoc that they wreak…

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How to Manage Business Transformation and Keep Your Sanity

Transforming a business is a lot like changing the tires on a truck while it is slamming down the highway at 90 miles an hour. The business world doesn't stop just because you need to optimize your operations. No, your business still needs to be able to quickly respond to customer demands with high quality service delivery even when it's in the midst of great transformation. In fact, your…

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Forge An Ecosystem…And, Secure Your Fit in The New Economy

Here is simple assumption for you to get your head around: Businesses will always seek to establish new types of partner relationships that clearly define mutual gain for the parties involved. Fairly straight-forward, right? Of course it is! And, it's because of this hypothesis that businesses of all sorts and sizes are forging new commercial arrangements with one another. As a result, immense…

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10 Reasons to Forgive a Colleague This Holiday Season

The holidays are a great time for reflection. They allow us to think back and review the past year and appreciate all of things that we can be thankful for. They also allow us to consider some of things that didn't go so well this year and determine opportunities for improving them. One thing that we all can do to improve things for next year is forgive someone that we work with. After all, we…

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Corporate Culture Is No Joke!

You may have read my 3 part-series on Culture By Design. The final installment was published just last week. The response was so overwhelming that I thought it may be worth offering one more piece on the subject of corporate culture. With that, let's explore what happens to an organization that fails at its cultural transformation work because it chose not to craft its Culture by Design. I hope…

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How to Get to What Happens Next

All of my strategy, culture and organizational design work over the years comes down to one thing - enabling my clients to differentiate themselves from their competitors so to dominate the markets that they serve.  Consequently, the topic of industry best practices always comes up.  Most leaders want to be sure that their organizations are remaining competitive within their industry.  While the…

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10 Signs Your Company Culture Needs a Fix

There is little doubt that the best performing firms on the planet have exciting and healthy cultures - think Google, Southwest and Nike - while other organizations seem to be in a constant state of struggle to reach their full potential.  The Leadership teams at struggling companies are often confounded to understand the reasons for their firm's underperformance.  Not surprisingly, company…

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Preparing Your Organization for the “Big Change”

Organizational change is inevitable. Like all living things, it's vital that organizations regularly adjust in order to accommodate the ebb and flow that goes on within the ecosystems in which they thrive. Every so often, though, a "Big Change" is needed to better position an organization for long-term success. In those times, proper preparation is required. Here are 6 steps that you can take to…

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Thinking Ahead – Millennial Leadership

Leadership is a hot topic today and will continue to be for a while. I don’t want to tell you the things that you already know, but make you think about the things you don’t. Let’s stop discussing trends, predictions, and statistics, and let’s focus on people. The individuals that will shape the next generation of leadership are not a group of millennials, they are a group of leaders just as the…

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A Chief What Officer? The Truth About Titles

I have been a Digital Marketer, a Genius, a Business Representative, and a Shift Manager. I have guided through the titles that life has graciously provided me, without a true understanding of what it meant. Now, I find myself in this position again as a Chief Innovation Officer. When people ask me, “Brody, what do you do?” I tell them my respective title. When they look at me with a puzzled…

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