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The #1 Management Imperative for 2021

Well, we made it. We’ve turned the page from 2020. After last year, surviving the year feels like a milestone to celebrate. We certainly toasted the end of the year at our house. Now a new year begins with at least the promise that the end of this pandemic-fueled era of disruption is on the horizon. There might be a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. However… Many of the problems that plagued us in 2020 did not vanish at...

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The Right Way to Support Employee Productivity

Given where we find ourselves at the end of 2020, it’s not surprising that one of the biggest concerns being discussed by managers and leaders everywhere is employee productivity. Whether your work requires you to be face-to-face with customers or patients or it confines you to a home office, there are more stressors and distractions to deal with at work today than ever before. And as we settle into the cold winter months with...

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Please Don’t Fake It (The Authentic You is Worth the Work)

Last week, I opened the weekly email from a thought leader I really admire, Marc Effron. Marc is probably best known for writing the genius book, One Page Talent Management. I first crossed paths with Marc in 2006 when we were both speaking at the same event. We were both corporate HR execs at the time. From the beginning, I knew this guy was the real deal.  And, I’ve been following his work ever since. His company, Talent Strategy...

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Employee Engagement Essentials Post-COVID

I originally wrote this post for my friends at Workhuman. I asked their permission to share it here as well because I thought you might find it valuable. If you’d like to view the original post, you can find it here:  https://www.workhuman.com/resources/globoforce-blog/employee-engagement-essentials-post-covid.  This week, all over the U.S., schools are reopening and millions of kids are heading back to the classroom. As...

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Sending My Kids Back to School Broke Me

I thought I was doing pretty well. When our lives (and my business) got turned upside down in March, I hunkered down. I’ve been through some tough times before, so I knew that I could survive whatever was to come. My wife and I figured out the “school from home” mess and made the best of it. And I went to work on pivoting my business for this new world. It felt like a puzzle to solve. While the circumstances sucked, they...

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No. The Future of Work is NOT Work From Home

A lot has changed over the past several months at work. This virus showed up and lit the status quo on fire. A majority of office workers now work from home. And we’ve been scrambling ever since.  The most intense disruption has been felt in jobs and work that once happened in an office setting but is now happening outside the office, primarily in what we call “work from home” (WFH).  According to data published by Stanford in...

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Embrace the Suck

Embrace the suck. This is a familiar phrase for those who have served in the military. It’s a way to remind yourself or others that what you are doing is hard but important and that you need to keep going. The difficulty and discomfort of the experience are a necessary part of the mission or process, so there’s no point in wasting energy complaining. My oldest son, Dylan, served as a United States Marine. If you know a Marine, then...