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Increasing Employee Autonomy

This article was first published on BestCompaniesUSA’s website. If you haven’t read Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace report, I encourage you to. Its findings are fascinating. Only 33 percent of the 100 million Americans working today are engaged. These people love their jobs and employers and proactively work to make their situation, and those around them, better. ... Read More
 

How to Connect an Employee’s Purpose to Your Organization’s Purpose

This article was first published on BestCompaniesUSA’s website. Helen Keller once said, “True happiness… is not attained through self gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Purpose may be defined as the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. This can take many forms, but is built ... Read More
 

Mass Customizing Employee Learning

This article was first published on the BestCompaniesUSA Institute website.  I’m amazed at how traditional learning institutions have evolved in the last decade. Universities are altering their knowledge delivery experiences to keep up with advances in technology, globalization and social norms. In the Phoenix area, the Thunderbird School of Global Management recently announced it is ... Read More
 

5 Actions To Take When Your Truths Disintegrate Before Your Eyes

Self acceptance is difficult when you’re told you have to be something you don’t actually desire to be. I support a number of influencers who are creating a wonderful new world for us to live in, but they’re continually told they should change who they are to fit society’s mold. I find this terribly disheartening. ... Read More
 

We Become the Opposite of Our Parents

“The road to success is uphill, unless your father owns the business.” I think it was 1987. My dad had taped a notecard with this handwritten quote on the dashboard of his new pickup truck. I was too young and naive to understand the meaning(s) inherent to the quote, but it is still a vivid ... Read More
 

Why You Need To Know Your Epigenetics

I don’t remember when I first read it, but I remember reading an article (this one) about a Chinese company named Shanghai Biochip Corporation (SBC). In 2009, they conducted DNA testing on roughly 30 children aged 3 to 12 to identify genetic gifts. By reviewing genetic code, SBC was able to extract information about IQ, ... Read More
 

Creating Connection With Emerging Leaders

This article was first published by the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants in the November AZ CPA magazine. This July, I traveled to Bend, OR to deliver a talk about aligning cross-generational communication. The audience, predominately Baby Boomer, thought younger generations struggled with managing their time, delegating tasks, professionalism when interacting with key stakeholders, and ... Read More
 

How Shifts in Societal Norms are Improving Human Gratitude

Our world is safer, healthier, and richer than ever before. This is a fact-based statement. If you’re an ardent supporter of and watch the corporate-controlled mainstream media, you’re likely to believe the world is in rough shape. Parts of it certainly are. I encourage you to visit Public Radio International’s website to read the article ... Read More
 

The Best Influencers Manufacture Experiences

Grades. Networking. Job. Money. Career. Time management. Failure. The future. Experience. Relationships. Family. Direction. Opportunity cost. Differentiation. Framing my value. These were a handful of the responses from 100+ Thunderbird School of Global Management students when I asked them what they were most nervous about as they entered, or returned to, their degree program. I ... Read More
 

Every Generation Has Been The Me Generation

Two Fridays ago, I was in Bend, OR delivering a talk to the Oregon Association of School Business Officials at their summer conference. I was asked to speak about aligning cross-generational communication. I am so thankful for OASBO as I’m not sure I could’ve met a kinder, more welcoming and wholeheartedly supportive group. Side note: ... Read More
 

Meeting People Where They Are

Benjamin Disraeli once said, “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” In the late 1800s, Disraeli served as Prime Minister for the United Kingdom and is most well known for his role in helping to create the conservative party. I ... Read More
 

We All Fear Success, Here’s How To Overcome It

I admit it. I’m addicted. Addicted to checking things off a task list. I go to the gym four days each week. I can’t resist sugary treats. And, I seek comfort in my cat, Cleopatra… but don’t tell anyone else about how I can walk her on a leash. I think there are pictures and ... Read More
 

8 Questions to Ask When Everything Goes Wrong

I have a good friend who’s been a successful business owner for nearly two decades. Recently, in the span of one week, her most valuable employee resigned, one of her children experienced a medical condition relapse and a major client decided to not renew their contract with her company. That week, everything that could go ... Read More
 

8 Factors for Optimal Career Decision Making

I recently coached a VP of Business Development through finding a new role that truly aligned with his life’s mission. Let’s call him David. Like many of us, David had seen his share of ups and downs. Pre-2008, he owned multiple homes, drove luxury vehicles and took international trips annually. He was part of the ... Read More
 

For Better Time Management, Take These 5 Steps

What percent of your day is spent living your life’s mission? Many executives I interact with seem to be distributing their time towards activities they think will make them money, make them appear powerful or give them a synthetic boost of confidence. Unfortunately, our society’s maniacal focus on this personality ethic produces poor outcomes for ... Read More
 

Balancing Ambition and Patience

Have you ever thought about how most of our lives seem to be focused on waiting? When we’re pre-teens, we can’t wait to get braces for that perfect smile. When we’re high school, we can’t wait to begin college to live on our own. When we enter the workforce, we can’t wait for the right ... Read More
 

Advancing Your Emotional Intelligence

In 1995, Daniel Goleman published Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. Goleman’s research suggested that conventional intelligence, or IQ (intelligence quotient), was too narrow a spectrum to determine an individual’s level of success. IQ sets a foundation, but ignores how a person’s behavioral profile, motivators and life experiences help shape decision making ... Read More
 

Using Your Behavioral Style to Acquire Self Confidence

Have you noticed the things that make people great in one area of life often make them miserable in others? Success in one area seems to be tied to failure in another because we go to such extremes to be accepted. If you devote extra hours to a job, you are likely spending less time ... Read More
 

How Coachable Are You?

I invest significant time each week deepening relationships with interesting people and opening my network to new people. Towards the end of a handful of these discussions, I’m asked to describe my ideal client. I appreciate this opportunity and can provide a reasonably specific avatar of the potential client’s functional expertise, industry experience, level of ... Read More
 

Building Relationships for Professional Advancement

Note: this article first appeared in the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants July/August 2016 magazine. In 1995, Steve Jobs said “Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you … shake off this erroneous notion ... Read More
 

It’s Okay to be the Smartest Person in the Room

Michael Dell gave a speech at the University of Texas in 2003 and said “Try to never be the smartest person in the room. And, if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people… or find a different room.” You’ve likely heard different iterations of this phrase. It may have motivated you to work hard ... Read More
 

Creating a Leadership Pipeline

In recent months, I have been interviewing senior finance executives and subject matter experts, exploring university case studies and reading other existing literature about the millennial generation. I partnered with Financial Executives Research Foundation and Robert Half to publish a white paper about millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, and what can be done to prepare ... Read More
 

Why Doubt Is Important

If you haven’t listened to Casey Gerald’s TED Talk, The Gospel of Doubt, I strongly encourage you to. Gerald is a Harvard MBA, entrepreneur and brilliant orator. He tells multiple stories about his life’s journey and the lessons he’s learned along the way. From his recollection of being robbed at gun point to joining Lehman ... Read More
 

Hire Not For Fit, But For Contribution

Too many organizations fall victim to groupthink. Groupthink occurs when a group makes faulty decisions, ignores viable alternatives and takes irrational action due to various internal and external pressures. Often, group members try to minimize conflict and isolate themselves from outside influence to remain harmonious and loyal to the group’s cause. As a person who ... Read More
 

What Makes Millennials Different

Have you noticed the mainstream media gravitates towards stories that divide people? My guess is you’ve read numerous articles discussing how generations differ and the dysfunction the supposed differences cause. Instead of thinking the differences are negative, let’s leverage the unique traits to uplift people, construct stronger teams, and create more productive organizations. There are ... Read More