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Two Ways to Become a Best Place to Work

Your company can start to become a best place to work with two simple improvements. These two fixes, research for the Oregon Best Places to Work award shows, have the greatest impact on workers’ job satisfaction. Have a Purpose Employees at

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Leader Bookshelf – Old and New

My mornings are best when I start them off reading something stimulating, challenging and enlightening. These are the books I couldn’t put down over the past few months. Each has an Amazon links, and many are available at your local

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How to add Merit Selection in a Family Business

I was recently asked: Our family is in diversified businesses across our state. We don’t insist that family members (3rd generation) join the businesses, but they always have a place if they choose to. Unfortunately, this has led to two

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Smarter Hiring and Work, Life, Family

It is surprisingly easy to out-compete other firms in hiring top people. You just need to think differently. Most hiring managers unconsciously build a ‘box’ of expectations that unintentionally omits large numbers of qualified applicants. These expectations can include: Full

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Should we Introduce Napping?

I was asked, “Would a nap during your shift make you a more productive worker? If yes, what measures do you recommend to avoid the abuse of this facility?” Yes, napping when I need to has made me more productive.

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Write a Perfect Thank-You Note, Again

One of my most popular articles is “Three Steps to Writing a Perfect Thank You Note“. If you already write thank-you notes regularly, it’s a great reminder of the basics. For the rest of us who don’t, it provides a

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On being Firm

It’s better to be consistent than to be fair. (Especially if “fair” means some agonizing custom decision that’s decided at laboriously and at great length from first principles every time.  That turns every issue into a question, and every question

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Why your Employee is Always Right

I learned a lot about humans from studying pigeons. It was 1985 and I worked at Professor Israel Goldiamond’s behaviorism lab at the University of Chicago. (And yes, pigeons are a lot different from people.) The biggest thing Professor G.

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Strategic Execution – Please Stop Innovating

Want more real breakthroughs faster in your firm or department? Here’s an easy way:  stop “innovating” so much. That counter-intuitive approach is the unavoidable conclusion of a fresh look at how most firms approach innovation.  You’re probably making one or

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Connecting Strategy to Workforce Management – Feb 17,2012

I interview Carl Hoffmann and Tim Ringo, authors of the new book “Calculating Success: How the New Workplace Analytics Will Revitalize Your Organization.” Carl Hoffmann is a former Partner and Vice President of IBMs Global Business Services group. Cur…

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Goal Setting for CEOs – beyond SMART and HARD

One of the CEO’s deliverables is creating a Culture. One way to strongly influence that culture is by the example the CEO creates when she sets goals — for herself or others. Here’s how to set goals even better than

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Mentoring for Competitive Advantage – Dec 15,2011

Mentoring is the sort of soft activity often pushed aside for “more important” things — yet a modest commitment to mentoring can have big impacts across an organization — impacts that have huge bottom line impacts, like retaining senior staff, incre…

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Absolute Honesty – with Bob Phillips – Nov 21,2011

Absolute honesty is more than a good idea or even a great goal — its the only way to achieve the highest levels of organizational effectiveness. Former Intel HR honcho Bob Phillips shares his Six Steps for creating Absolute Honesty in the workplace.L…

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Candid Feedback Saves a Life

I recently saved someone’s life by giving him really candid feedback. On a recent Wednesday night I was at my weekly Toastmasters meeting, giving the General Evaluation. We were 62 minutes into our 75 minute program, and my job was

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Creating a Culture of Action – with Rick Pay – Apr 29,2011

“Lean” expert and turnaround executive Rick Pay describes the importance – and the steps involved – in Creating a Culture of Action.Linked2Leadership | TomOnLeadership | CEO | Rick Pay | Culture of Action

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