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How organizations can help support working parents

How organizations can help support working parents

Leadership Change Process Strategy women in leadership Organizational Alignment COVID-19
Working parents are not okay. Leaders need to take bold and innovative actions to keep parents in the workforce. 
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Now is the time to snag a boatload – not a busload, but a boatload — of great people

Now is the time to snag a boatload – not a busload, but a boatload — of great people

Leadership Change Strategy Organizational Alignment COVID-19
“Today, we’ve got the greatest opportunity that we are going to have for decades to snag a boatload — not a busload, but a boatload — of great people.”
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We Need to Make Meetings Better

We Need to Make Meetings Better

Leadership Change Process communication COVID-19
By changing how we approach meetings and how we run meetings, we can connect and communicate without furthering meeting fatigue.
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27% of parents plan to leave the workforce. This is a big deal.

27% of parents plan to leave the workforce. This is a big deal.

Leadership Change Strategy communication women in leadership COVID-19
Now is the opportunity for leaders to take actions that will transform the workplace and the organization to support working parents and create a culture that will accelerate, rather than reverse, gender equality.
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Reinventing the water cooler – and why it matters

Reinventing the water cooler – and why it matters

Leadership Change Strategy communication Organizational Alignment COVID-19
The "water cooler effect" helps create and foster social bonds, drive innovation, align on truths,..>
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8 Ways Leaders Can Engage and Support Their Remote Teams – and be a more human leader

8 Ways Leaders Can Engage and Support Their Remote Teams – and be a more human leader

Leadership Change communication COVID-19
How leaders can engage and support their remote teams for the long haul.
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To energize and transform your organization, ask questions and seek input

To energize and transform your organization, ask questions and seek input

Leadership Change Strategy COVID-19
“By leveraging this moment to explore, experiment, and learn, organizations and their community stakeholders have a unique opportunity to redefine the scope of their priorities and collective actions."
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Energize your team and create unstoppable momentum

Energize your team and create unstoppable momentum

Leadership Change Strategy communication Organizational Alignment COVID-19
To create an unstoppable, energized team and enterprise—you can’t just tell the rest of the organization what to do. Instead, leaders are clear with the organization about what success looks like, what change is necessary to achieve it, and why it needs to happen. They involve diverse teams from across the organization in a dialogue about what needs to be done, and how to achieve the goal. That’s how you generate the energy necessary to make a change.
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Plan, then adjust

Plan, then adjust

Leadership Change Strategy COVID-19
In a “normal” environment, agile strategy gives the organization a competitive edge. In an environment that forces agility, such as the one we are in, the strategy (and the organization) becomes more agile.
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Strategies for Managing your time and boundaries

Strategies for Managing your time and boundaries

Leadership Strategy COVID-19
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The Core 4

The Core 4

Leadership Change Process Strategy communication Organizational Alignment COVID-19
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Move quickly and react to opportunities: Agile strategy and the path to recovery

Move quickly and react to opportunities: Agile strategy and the path to recovery

Change Process Strategy Organizational Alignment COVID-19
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Agile Strategy: Stability and Opportunity During Disruption

Agile Strategy: Stability and Opportunity During Disruption

Leadership Change Process Strategy Organizational Alignment COVID-19
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Accelerate to recovery with senior leadership team alignment

Accelerate to recovery with senior leadership team alignment

Leadership Change Process Strategy Organizational Alignment COVID-19
Aligning your senior leadership team will help drive the results needed to move your organization..>
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Put an end to the “Eternal Wednesday” and the “New Normal”

Put an end to the “Eternal Wednesday” and the “New Normal”

Leadership Change Strategy Organizational Alignment COVID-19
Move from “handling the crisis” to “moving beyond the crisis.”  “I feel like I am..>
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Protecting your business and your employees

Protecting your business and your employees

Leadership Change Strategy communication Organizational Alignment COVID-19
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Together, we denounce racism and injustice

Together, we denounce racism and injustice

Leadership Change
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Flex time has increased, so has burnout

Flex time has increased, so has burnout

Leadership Change Strategy communication Organizational Alignment COVID-19
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“We are all BBC dad now” – and for the foreseeable future

“We are all BBC dad now” – and for the foreseeable future

Leadership Change Strategy women in leadership Organizational Alignment COVID-19
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Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis

Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis

Leadership Change Strategy COVID-19
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Right Now, You Need to Lead 

Right Now, You Need to Lead 

Leadership Change Process Strategy communication COVID-19
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Be a Favorite Grown-Up: How to Lead During a Crisis

Be a Favorite Grown-Up: How to Lead During a Crisis

Leadership Strategy communication Organizational Alignment COVID-19
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Remote work is different today. Acknowledging this is important.

Remote work is different today. Acknowledging this is important.

Leadership Change communication COVID-19
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Resources for Leading During Crisis and Uncertainty

Resources for Leading During Crisis and Uncertainty

Leadership Change Strategy communication COVID-19
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Leading in Uncertain Times

Leading in Uncertain Times

Leadership Change Strategy communication COVID-19
In uncertain times, fostering an environment of certainty is critical. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the..>
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Dave Barash: A Celebration of Life

Dave Barash: A Celebration of Life

Leadership
Dave insisted on living a purposeful, love-filled and joyous life. It is with great sadness..>
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High-Impact Change Tactics

High-Impact Change Tactics

Leadership Change Process Strategy Organizational Alignment
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Why leaders need to commit to change

Why leaders need to commit to change

Leadership Change Process Strategy Organizational Alignment
Leadership begins with a personal commitment to change. People can accomplish amazing things when they..>
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Sustaining Organizational Alignment

Sustaining Organizational Alignment

Leadership Change Process Strategy Organizational Alignment
For organizational alignment to carry forward and truly take hold, leaders across the enterprise must..>
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Key Drivers for Transformational Change

Key Drivers for Transformational Change

Leadership Change Process Strategy communication Organizational Alignment
Key drivers great leaders harness to drive transformational change and realize extraordinary results. Leaders must..>
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Using Speed as a Competitive Advantage

Using Speed as a Competitive Advantage

Leadership Change Process Strategy Organizational Alignment
Speed can be not only a business’s biggest differentiator but also its biggest advantage. Effective..>
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How to Build Organizational Alignment

How to Build Organizational Alignment

Leadership Change Process Strategy Organizational Alignment
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The First 90 Days

The First 90 Days

Leadership Change Process Strategy
Strategies to help you succeed in your first 90 days of your new role. The..>
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Accelerating Your Personal Leadership Development: Focus on the Process, Not Just the Outcome

Accelerating Your Personal Leadership Development: Focus on the Process, Not Just the Outcome

Leadership Process Strategy communication
By understanding "how" you develop, you get in control of your narrative, your philosophy, and..>
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Reflections: Quotes to Guide, Inspire, and Challenge

Reflections: Quotes to Guide, Inspire, and Challenge

Leadership Change Process Strategy Insights communication
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Time is the most precious resource available to a leader. Here’s how to maximize it’s effectiveness.

Time is the most precious resource available to a leader. Here’s how to maximize it’s effectiveness.

Leadership Change Process Strategy communication
 Time is the most precious resource available to a leader. How you spend your time..>
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The Rock as the Teacher

The Rock as the Teacher

Leadership Change Process Strategy communication Organizational Alignment
Diving into the real work of change will quickly reveal what will be required of..>
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Organizational Alignment Drives Performance and Profitability

Organizational Alignment Drives Performance and Profitability

Leadership Change Process Strategy communication Organizational Alignment
Organizational alignment is a catalyst for speed and the cornerstone for growth. Most business leaders..>
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The Art of Feedback

The Art of Feedback

Leadership Change Strategy Insights communication
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Rules of Engagement: Establishing Ground Rules to Build High Performing Teams

Rules of Engagement: Establishing Ground Rules to Build High Performing Teams

Leadership Process Strategy communication
Effectively using ground rules is an essential underpinning of high performing teams. High performing teams..>
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Bad Company/Good Company

Leadership Change Strategy
A straightforward guide to transforming a company struggling with a culture of failure and underachievement...>
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How to Build A Team Of Owners

How to Build A Team Of Owners

Leadership Strategy communication
By getting your team in the game with you, you end up with a far..>
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Simplicity is the key to driving results

Simplicity is the key to driving results

Leadership Strategy communication
As a leader, your job is ultimately to drive results. To do this, you must..>
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Leadership Starts With You

Leadership Starts With You

Leadership Change Strategy communication
You can achieve much more than you think you can.  So can your team and..>
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Helping Leaders Excel at Change

Helping Leaders Excel at Change

Leadership Change Process Strategy executive coaching
Change is a constant theme for every leader, and a complex and often messy undertaking..>
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Driving Business Results

Driving Business Results

Leadership Change Process Strategy
At Brimstone, our mission is to drive valuable results through enduring change that transforms organizations,..>
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Executive Coaching Can Develop Leaders and Boost Your Bottom Line

Executive Coaching Can Develop Leaders and Boost Your Bottom Line

Leadership Change Strategy executive coaching
What Effective Executive Coaching Looks Like Our coaching engagements are structured to have a direct..>
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Supporting Private Equity-Backed Management Teams: When is it Time to Intervene?

Supporting Private Equity-Backed Management Teams: When is it Time to Intervene?

Leadership Change Strategy Private Equity
Private equity is increasingly bringing in third parties to help bend the time curve, deliver..>
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Incivility and the Bottom Line: Don’t Be a Jerk

Incivility and the Bottom Line: Don’t Be a Jerk

Leadership communication
With examples like Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, and Elon Musk dominating headlines, it is easy..>
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Communicating for Success, or the Gray Hyundai Incident

Communicating for Success, or the Gray Hyundai Incident

Leadership communication
The importance of effective communication. Last week I went to an event that required creative..>
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Supporting PE-backed management teams

Supporting PE-backed management teams

Change
Supporting leadership with highly structured processes that help keep the organization aligned and focused on its priorities This is how PE firms can de-risk their investments and bend the time-curve in their favor.
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Delegate? Not Necessarily

Delegate? Not Necessarily

Leadership Change Consulting Decision-making communication
A quick dive in to a summary of our eight-step process for change management that drives leaders and organizations to different and better outcomes. But that success depends upon agile leadership.
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Looking forward… and back to our roots

Looking forward… and back to our roots

Innovation
Each year, the Brimstone team sets a goal of reaching our namesake island, five acres of uninhabited beach, rock, and field 15 miles from the mainland on the edge of the open Atlantic. The parallels are unmistakable.
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How Fit Is Your Team?

How Fit Is Your Team?

Alignment Teams

By Todd Ragaza

For as long as people have pursued shared goals, teams have been part of the equation. In school, we work together and play together on teams. In sports, teams provide a sense of identity for the players and fans. And in the workplace, teams are the essential building blocks for getting work done. Instinctively, we all know what good teamwork feels like. But in spite of (or maybe because of) our experience observing and being part of teams, we often overlook the basics of how we practice teamwork.

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The Tension of Opposites

The Tension of Opposites

Leadership Change Alignment Process Teams
Imagine being a CEO tasked with developing a breakthrough strategy that positions your organization for future growth. No matter how brilliant your ideas, you can’t drive change on your own.
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Reigniting Leadership

Reigniting Leadership

Leadership Change Process Strategy

Most companies eventually face the moment when they need to look at their business with fresh eyes. Are the qualities that made them great the same ones that will drive future success? What do they need to do differently in a changing world?

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Playing Together

Playing Together

Leadership women in leadership

By Dyan Dyer

Conversations around the gender gap are prevalent, sparked by books like Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In that points out some of the barriers that hold women back. Recent research studies illustrate how greater gender diversity in companies’ management correlates to better financial performance and stock market valuation. There is a host of evidence that shows how women have grown more empowered over the last several decades—culturally, educationally, and economically.

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Thinking Your Way Through Stress

Thinking Your Way Through Stress

Leadership Change Process Consulting
Helping people grow as leaders is core to the work I’ve been doing over the past three decades and the most impactful area of development lies in helping people understand their behaviors, especially the ones that emerge in stressful situations.
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Frontline Leadership

Frontline Leadership

Leadership
Businesses are continually tested. Each challenge can pull leaders in multiple directions. But, in my experience, one of the most important places for a leader to focus is on the teams of people on the front lines of the business.
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Can I give you some feedback?

Can I give you some feedback?

Leadership Change Culture Consulting communication

By Jenny Gumm

For most of us, the word "feedback" conjures up memories of performance reviews. In truth, this is just a small part of the feedback we give and receive daily. Feedback is what we say to each other, and a lot more: our facial expressions, how we position ourselves around a table, different kinds of laughter, the hours at which emails travel, or the stories repeated in an organization. Consciously and unconsciously, feedback is all around us.

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