Engagement

Why High Tech Needs More Human TEC

“The one thing others cannot copy is our people; they cannot copy our culture.” — Gina Valenti, Hampton Inns. At a recent HR conference Daniel and I attended, we were struck by the heavy promotion of technology as the panacea for our corporate people woes. Whether you’re recruiting, hiring, reviewing or assessing, there’s a platform…

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Fallacies of a 21st Century Workplace

Small, subtle, gestures can produce a big effect. Take my habit of enjoying a glass of red wine most evenings. Back when I was thirty years old I barely touched wine. It‘s a habit that developed gradually. Now at 50 I’ve taken the decision to cut back…having something to do with an increasingly heroic battle…

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The Competitive Edge of Friction-Free Creativity

We’re living in a “friction free economy”. While the political world seems to have more friction than many of us can handle, our global economy is, according to business pundits, apparently free of the old-school realities that created barriers to growth and competition — it’s friction free. And actually we all know this. Even if…

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8 Magic Questions to Transform Your Workday

A strange thing has happened across American workplaces over the past several decades: some walls have come down, yet other walls are higher than ever before. Think about it: most of us work in open-plan offices, created, in theory, to promote openness, transparency, a lack of hierarchy. (And to save money, of course.) The physical…

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5 Precious Lessons of 2017

As the year comes to a close. As I entertain old friends visiting from abroad. As I savor hot days frolicking with my young sons in our back yard pool.  As I step back and breathe, giving myself time to recharge after a rather exhausting year filled with new opportunity and creative collaboration. I feel…excited.…

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A Gracious Leader’s Secret Skill

Creating Beauty. There, we said it.  After a month of blogging on grace, we’ve summed it up with this maybe-not-so-simple piece of advice:  if you want to be a gracious leader then become intentional about creating beauty. And yes, we said beauty. We use words like  “beauty” and “joy” and “lighthearted” that people think don’t…

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Gut Check – Be Gracious

Grace. Yes, that’s right I said “grace.” There’s so much misunderstanding and so much mistrust going around these days. Not only in the world out there but in our places of work. So what about bringing some more grace and graciousness into how we go about our business? Subscribe to our blog, CHOOSE:

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Little Tricks, Big Treats

October has been all about masks here: the masks we wear in our workplace that make us feel stronger, more capable – safer. As we said at the start of the month: “We all have masks we wear, personas we adopt. But some feel like an extension of ourselves and some like an imposition on…

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How Being Human Is Strategic

Quizzical gazes. Pursed lips. Crossed arms. Awkward silences. These are the reactions we observe from, oh, around half of the people who join one of our workshops for the first time. Within just a few minutes we’re talking about “being more human.” We’re urging everyone to reflect deeply about their sense of calling and beliefs.…

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