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The Upside of Maintaining a Healthy Work-Life Balance

The Upside of Maintaining a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Increases in employee engagement and performance occur through the aligning of the organization’s culture and mission (Katzenbach, Steffen, & Kronley, 2012). This arrangement creates synergies that positively reinforce the firm’s cultural values, beliefs, and behaviors. A healthy high-performance culture leverages the tools and techniques brought about by the technology revolution to experience significantly higher levels of productivity but at the expense of employees work-life balance (Butts, Becker, & Boswell, 2015, p. 763). There is insufficient research that definitively demonstrates negative social,…

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Developing professional personal KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)

Developing professional personal KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)

KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) can be used for companies, departments, and individuals. At the person level, KPIs are valuable tools in both professional and personal aspects of life. In the past, I have discussed KPIs for departments, but I found that the discussion applies equally well to individuals. This goes beyond the traditional annual goal-setting process. However, it does start with a deep understanding of those goals, and the outcomes the goals are designed to create. After annual goals are…

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Two Leadership Styles in Action

Two Leadership Styles in Action

Recently, I read a couple of examples of excellent leadership styles, and I took some time to think about the benefits of the style and how they overcame resistance to change. I believe that leaders are responsible for the success or failure of change initiatives within their organization. As such, they have multiple leadership styles to utilize in support of a change initiative. For example, leaders at any level may act as the change initiator and orchestrator; communicators and motivators; or the…

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A Solution’s Implementation May Be Its Key to Success

A Solution’s Implementation May Be Its Key to Success

In my last post, I discussed a theoretical debate that I had with a friend. This person is an attorney and has some very strong beliefs regarding the importance of protecting his corporate clients. We had a lively and very respectful conversation that highlighted the differences in our positions. In full disclosure, I was sandbagging in this conversation because I have written on this topic before for an entirely different purpose. I pulled from that content in our conversation and…

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A Hypothetical Debate – Concerns over Conduct at Company Events

A Hypothetical Debate – Concerns over Conduct at Company Events

I recently had an interesting discussion with a professional friend regarding the issues of alcohol at company events and the legal liabilities they may ensue. This was a purely hypothetical conversation over a glass of wine and involved no particular companies. Below is a brief discussion of some of my thoughts on the topic. In full disclosure, I was sandbagging in this conversation because I have written on this subject before for an entirely different purpose. I pulled from that content in our…

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Time…We Never Seem to Have Enough

Time…We Never Seem to Have Enough

I have a little more time at night now and have started to write once more.  I forgot how much I enjoy writing even though I think I am a bit of a hack. I am envious of all the good authors I read all the time. I know the only way to improve it to write, so I will write here and torture the people who stop by and visit. 🙂 Thank you all. Mike

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More Learning from Change Management

More Learning from Change Management

Change is perpetual in the business world, and its pace is accelerating. As business leaders, I feel we must be prepared to be an active force in identifying, planning, enabling and sustaining change initiatives. This is a core part of our function inside of the business. However, a long-lasting change that improves business outcomes does not happen by chance.  The use of change tools helps improve the planning and execution of change actions. Several change management tools exist to aid…

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