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Three Ways to Energize Your Organization

Three Ways to Energize Your Organization

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An energized, engaged, committed, and insistent organization is remarkable, and possibly unstoppable. Here are three things you can do to energize your organization.
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How Leaders Can Increase Employee Engagement and Energize Their Organization

How Leaders Can Increase Employee Engagement and Energize Their Organization

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Engaged employees perform better, experience less burnout, and stay in organizations longer. Here's how leaders can increase engagement and energize their organization.
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If you think your top leaders know your strategic priorities, think again

If you think your top leaders know your strategic priorities, think again

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Research shows most leadership teams are not aligned. Why does this matter? Organizational alignment is a catalyst for accelerated growth.
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To be a great leader, do these two things

To be a great leader, do these two things

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Great leaders know that it’s important to learn to lead themselves before they lead others. They begin by understanding themselves.
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How Business Acceleration Teams Can Help You Get Results – Fast

How Business Acceleration Teams Can Help You Get Results – Fast

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When faced with critical issues in their organization, a leader does not have the luxury of time. Business Acceleration Teams can drive results - quickly.
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Most transformation initiatives fail. Here’s how to make yours successful.

Most transformation initiatives fail. Here’s how to make yours successful.

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74% of transformation initiatives fail. When organizations get people and alignment right, their transformation efforts are more likely to be successful.
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Why new CEOs should use Strategy and Leadership Team Alignment

Why new CEOs should use Strategy and Leadership Team Alignment

Leadership Organizational Alignment Process Strategy
Our process, Strategy Leadership Team Alignment, uses tactical planning and strategic thinking to align the leadership team around the organization's vision, and if necessary, their key strategic imperatives, critical issues, operational plans, and key leadership behaviors/values.
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How to nurture your team to high-performance

How to nurture your team to high-performance

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It is likely that your team (even if it is an established team) is in the forming stage. Here's how to nurture your team to high-performance.
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KPIs and OKRs: Don’t let buzzwords get in the way of success

KPIs and OKRs: Don’t let buzzwords get in the way of success

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Don’t get bogged down in KPIs and OKRs. Instead, establish trust and gain alignment on a few key critical (and simple and measurable) goals. Here is where you will find success.
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When it comes to strategy, aim for perfection, execute with precision

When it comes to strategy, aim for perfection, execute with precision

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Too often, I see leaders and their teams create strategies, and fail to execute them because they are focused on perfection, not precision.
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Designing a hybrid workplace? Avoid this mistake.

Designing a hybrid workplace? Avoid this mistake.

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When designing a hybrid workplace, communication guidelines are critical to creating an effective and thriving workplace – skipping this step could lead to increased burnout and collaboration fatigue.
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9 inspirational videos on leadership and change

9 inspirational videos on leadership and change

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The following 9 inspirational videos on leadership and change have been helpful for us and the leaders with whom we work.
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8 New Leadership Books

8 New Leadership Books

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8 leadership books published in 2021 (and one in 2020). Each is timely, insightful, and one to consider adding to your reading list.
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ZRG PARTNERS ACQUIRES BRIMSTONE

ZRG PARTNERS ACQUIRES BRIMSTONE

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ZRG Partners has announced its acquisition of Brimstone. ZRG’s acquisition of our organization is an exciting step forward for Brimstone.
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Accelerate results in your first 90 days

Accelerate results in your first 90 days

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How a leader leads in their first 90 days can build a foundation for success or create a hole that will be difficult to climb out of.
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The real reason people are quitting

The real reason people are quitting

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The real reason for “The Great Resignation” is that employees are fed up with not being listened to and not being valued.
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Here’s why at least 7% of your organization should be involved in transformation initiatives

Here’s why at least 7% of your organization should be involved in transformation initiatives

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How many people are needed to drive transformation? New research finds that 7% of the organization is the tipping point for better results.
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Don’t Let Today’s New Hire Leave Tomorrow

Don’t Let Today’s New Hire Leave Tomorrow

Change COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment Strategy
Vibrant companies are using this time of resignation and turnover to improve their talent, build stronger teams, and better results.
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The Upside of the Great Resignation

The Upside of the Great Resignation

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The silver lining of the Great Resignation is an unprecedented opportunity to build a stronger organization – one poised to thrive
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Beware of the meeting trap: how leaders should manage their time

Beware of the meeting trap: how leaders should manage their time

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Be intentional with your time. And beware of the meeting trap. Time is the scarcest..>
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Just one Moment: Mindfulness for Busy Leaders

Just one Moment: Mindfulness for Busy Leaders

Change communication Leadership Strategy
Mindfulness can be an effective tool for leaders. Here's how leaders can bring mindfulness into their lives and into their work.
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Report: The Future of the Best Place to Work

Report: The Future of the Best Place to Work

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The report outlines expectations for the future of work, and actions leaders can take to make their organization a “great place to work.”
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How are organizations deciding where and how people work? CHROs share their strategies.

How are organizations deciding where and how people work? CHROs share their strategies.

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How are organizations deciding where and how people work? A group of CHROs share the strategies they have helped develop for their organizations.
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Do you think culture and collaboration require an office? Think Again

Do you think culture and collaboration require an office? Think Again

Change communication COVID-19 Strategy
While there is the recognition that the great work-from-home experiment effective, there is also the belief that it hurt organizational culture and belonging and that it does not support collaboration and innovation. A growing body of research debunks these beliefs.
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You really do need a vacation.

You really do need a vacation.

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Why taking a vacation and truly unplugging is so important - to you and to your organization.
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How to build a mentorship program that actually works

How to build a mentorship program that actually works

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Building a mentorship program? Here's what to consider so your mentoring program will be more likely to transform lives, careers, and the organization.
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More effort doesn’t always yield better results

More effort doesn’t always yield better results

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In leadership and in life, more effort doesn't always yield better results. And often, when you do less, you enjoy what you do more.
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Few organizations have communicated their plan for hybrid work. This is anxiety producing.

Few organizations have communicated their plan for hybrid work. This is anxiety producing.

Change communication COVID-19 Leadership Strategy
Only 1 in 10 executives say they have communicated what hybrid work will look like for their organization. Employees are feeling anxious.
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10 inspirational videos on leadership

10 inspirational videos on leadership

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10 inspirational videos on leadership. Insights and knowledge that will help leaders to learn, grow, and lead.
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Stress and decreased engagement are just two reasons we need to stop scheduling back-to-back meetings

Stress and decreased engagement are just two reasons we need to stop scheduling back-to-back meetings

Change communication COVID-19 Leadership Strategy
Back-to-back meetings need to stop. A new study shows they are causing fatigue and stress, and negatively impacting engagement and focus. 
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Survey: The Future of the Best Place to Work

Survey: The Future of the Best Place to Work

Change COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment Strategy
We have partnered with Entromy, an organizational assessment platform, to conduct a survey to learn about new expectations for organizations and the work environment.
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The next six months will define you as a leader

The next six months will define you as a leader

Change COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment Strategy
Now is the time to tackle the nascent issues that were accelerated by crises, to take advantage of new opportunities and new ways of thinking and working, and to focus on aligning and strengthening your organization. What you choose to do over these next six months and over the next year will define you as a leader.
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Meditation is What You Do When You Meditate

Meditation is What You Do When You Meditate

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Meditation builds our capability to slow down, stop, and look deeply into our habitual patterns of thinking and action.
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The Upside of the Burnout Crisis

The Upside of the Burnout Crisis

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There is a silver lining to the burnout crisis. Leaders who recognize burnout as an organizational problem, take action to create an organizational solution, and make systemic changes will build a stronger organization - one poised to thrive.
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Lead with Courage

Lead with Courage

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You have to commit to living and leading with moral courage. Because morality isn’t optional. And courage isn’t someone else’s job.
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A Quiet(er) Mind

A Quiet(er) Mind

COVID-19 Leadership Strategy
Mindfulness practice can produce a quieter mind, one that is not pushed and pulled so relentlessly by our involuntary attention.  Even a few minutes of meditation or mindfulness practice daily allows the mind to rest a bit, leaving us refreshed and able to lead with more energy, clarity, and focus. 
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Build Trust to Lead

Build Trust to Lead

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You either love someone or you don’t. And you either trust someone or you don’t. Building and sustaining trust is crucial to effective leadership.
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“Return to work” makes no sense. Here’s why.

“Return to work” makes no sense. Here’s why.

Change COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment Strategy
It's critical to frame the future as a return to the office, not a return to work. People have been working – a lot.
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The Power of Mindfulness: Remember, Recenter, Re-engage

The Power of Mindfulness: Remember, Recenter, Re-engage

Change Leadership
When we can remember to be in the present moment, we can more and more quickly and without judgment recenter ourselves and re-engage with more peace and clarity.
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Social connection is a leadership priority. Here’s why.

Social connection is a leadership priority. Here’s why.

communication COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment Strategy
Social connection impacts trust, productivity, engagement, and job satisfaction, and anchors teams in times of complexity. Whether your team is in-person, remote, or both, fostering social connection is critical.
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A Partner in Change and Transformation

A Partner in Change and Transformation

Change communication COVID-19 executive coaching Leadership Organizational Alignment Process Strategy
This past year has been full of challenges, opportunities, and transformation. The year has demonstrated our team's resilience and has enabled us to partner with clients in new ways.
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Mindfulness in the midst of a busy day: becoming aware of first responses

Mindfulness in the midst of a busy day: becoming aware of first responses

Change Leadership Strategy
How can a busy leader incorporate mindfulness into their day? Why should a leader practice mindfulness? What is the value of mindfulness?
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Mastering the Hybrid Workplace

Mastering the Hybrid Workplace

Change communication COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment
Success in the next normal requires mastery of the hybrid workplace. It requires leaders to manage technology, discussion, and information.
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Managing Career Transitions

Managing Career Transitions

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Managing your career needs to be done on an ongoing basis. Those who consistently manage their career are more likely to achieve their professional and career goals than those who don’t.
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The Power of Mindfulness

The Power of Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is a tool that can help place attention where it is most needed and then keep it there as long as required to reflect, plan, decide and act.
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Zen and The Art of Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons Learned from the Appalachian Trail

Zen and The Art of Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons Learned from the Appalachian Trail

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In my work with corporate leaders on diversity and inclusion, I often think back to my experience (and lessons learned) hiking the Appalachian Trail.
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11 Trends Shaping the Future of Work

11 Trends Shaping the Future of Work

Change COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment Strategy
2021 (and beyond) will not be a return to the status quo. These 11 trends are shaping the future of work.
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31 books on leadership and change

31 books on leadership and change

Change Leadership
Recent publications and books that have stood the test of time - 31 essential reads on leadership and change for your library.
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How to build resilience when you are feeling tapped out

How to build resilience when you are feeling tapped out

COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment Strategy
Feeling tapped out? Here's how to build your personal resilience so you can help cultivate your team's resilience.
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How the racial reckoning of 2020 has cracked open my heart and hobbled my ego

How the racial reckoning of 2020 has cracked open my heart and hobbled my ego

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“If we wait for perfection, we will never break the silence. The cycle of racism will continue uninterrupted.”
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Lead to the future: leadership imperatives for success

Lead to the future: leadership imperatives for success

Change communication COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment Strategy
To lead to the future, place focus on building agility, aligning the organization, operating as a team of teams, and developing your people.
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To Lead, You Need to Listen

To Lead, You Need to Listen

communication Leadership
Great leaders ask questions and listen - to everyone. Our rule of thumb is one part talking, four parts listening. When you listen, you learn.
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Patagonia’s ‘Vote the A**holes Out’ Tags Are a Story in Organizational Alignment

Patagonia’s ‘Vote the A**holes Out’ Tags Are a Story in Organizational Alignment

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How did a designer get the four-word phrase on the tags of Patagonia's Stand Up Shorts? Organizational alignment.
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Be the Change; Change Begins With You

Be the Change; Change Begins With You

Change COVID-19 Leadership Strategy
Change and leadership are intrinsically intertwined. I can’t say this enough: If you’re not leading change, you’re not leading.
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A strong coaching culture matters. Here’s why.

A strong coaching culture matters. Here’s why.

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Organizations with strong coaching cultures report revenue growth well above their industry peer group and significantly higher employee engagement.
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How organizations can make remote work a success

How organizations can make remote work a success

Change COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment Process Strategy
Remote work and hybrid work are the future of work. To make your transformation successful, you need to be strategic.
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How to attract talent when location is no longer a differentiator

How to attract talent when location is no longer a differentiator

Change communication COVID-19 Leadership Strategy
With the shift to remote work, employee experience and culture are crucial to attracting and retaining talent. Here's how to stand out.
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Why mentoring is more critical than ever

Why mentoring is more critical than ever

Change communication COVID-19 executive coaching Leadership Organizational Alignment
During the pandemic, mentoring programs have been helping organizations continue to deepen their adaptive capabilities, even within organizations that have an established expectation of disruption. 
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Developing Yourself As A Leader

Developing Yourself As A Leader

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How can you develop yourself as a leader? Here are lessons learned from our work with extraordinary leaders.
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FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton on Flexibility and the Future of Work

FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton on Flexibility and the Future of Work

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FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton shares her views and insights on the Future of Work and offers recommendations on implementing flexible schedules.
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How organizations can help support working parents

How organizations can help support working parents

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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 acquire top talent

Now is the time to acquire top talent

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“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

Change communication COVID-19 Leadership Process
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.

Change communication COVID-19 Leadership Strategy women in leadership
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

Change communication COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment Strategy
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

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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

Change COVID-19 Leadership Strategy
“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

Change communication COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment Strategy
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

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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

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The Core 4

The Core 4

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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

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Agile Strategy: Stability and Opportunity During Disruption

Agile Strategy: Stability and Opportunity During Disruption

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Accelerate to recovery with leadership team alignment

Accelerate to recovery with leadership team alignment

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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”

Change COVID-19 Leadership Organizational Alignment Strategy
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

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Together, we denounce racism and injustice

Together, we denounce racism and injustice

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Flex time has increased, so has burnout

Flex time has increased, so has burnout

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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

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Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis

Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis

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Right Now, You Need to Lead 

Right Now, You Need to Lead 

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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

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Remote work is different today. Acknowledging this is important.

Remote work is different today. Acknowledging this is important.

Change communication COVID-19 Leadership
A transition to remote work typically includes preparing by preparing a home office space, acquiring the necessary technology, lining up childcare, and mapping out a schedule. The COVID-19 pandemic eliminated preparation.
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Resources for Leading During Crisis and Uncertainty

Resources for Leading During Crisis and Uncertainty

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Leading in Uncertain Times

Leading in Uncertain Times

Change communication COVID-19 Leadership Strategy
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

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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

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Why leaders need to commit to change

Why leaders need to commit to change

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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

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Key Drivers for Transformational Change

Key Drivers for Transformational Change

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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

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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

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The First 90 Days

The First 90 Days

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The first 90 days in a new leadership role are critical. Here are proven strategies to help you succeed in your new role.
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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

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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

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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.

Change communication Leadership Process Strategy
 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

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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

Change communication Leadership Organizational Alignment Process Strategy
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

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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

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

Change Leadership 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

communication Leadership Strategy
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

communication Leadership Strategy
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

Change communication Leadership Strategy
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

Change executive coaching Leadership Process Strategy
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

Change Leadership 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

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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?

Change Leadership Private Equity Strategy
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

communication Leadership
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

communication Leadership
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

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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

Alignment Change Leadership 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

Change Leadership 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

Change Consulting Leadership Process
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?

Change communication Consulting Culture Leadership

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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