May 8, 2019

When people hear the word “purpose” in a business environment, a common reaction is that it’s a good thing to include on the company website or in a brochure, but it won’t have any meaningful impact on results. I’ve heard numerous executives tell me that purpose might...

May 8, 2019

The title of this article may be contrary to what most believe about the availability of human resources. When I talk to leaders from nearly every industry across multiple geographies, I get a common response when asked “what’s your biggest challenge?” They say, “We ca...

January 18, 2018

You can go back in time to a few major advancements that have so fundamentally changed the way we live that we would consider them to be the most important products or innovations in history. They’ve not only shaped how we work, but the way we educate, communicate, int...

January 11, 2018

You’ve probably read countless articles, blogs, and posts proclaiming that to compete in a highly digital and dynamic world, your organization must become more innovative. While it’s hard to debate such a statement, much of the attention in increasing innovation is bei...

December 8, 2017

Entitlement. Why have we placed such an onerous label on a generation of people that simply desire more? We tend to believe that millennials are different than prior generations and that they expect more without sufficiently earning what’s given to them. They expect to...

December 1, 2017

So, you’ve defined your organization’s purpose and it reads something like this, “To help build a better world.” Then you anxiously sit back and wait as the thousands of opportunities and potential new employees come flooding through the door because of the natural att...

November 28, 2017

From an early age, we are taught to be restrained, to color within the lines, and to follow the rules; in short, we are told not to be disruptive. Yet many of the greatest achievements in history could not have occurred without a disruptive force behind them. The autho...

August 24, 2017

When you think of the word creativity, what image comes to mind? Perhaps Michelangelo’s David, The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby, or Apple’s iPhone? We typically assume creativity is a natural talent, that only a small percentage of the population are fortunate enough to have...

April 20, 2017

We’ve all heard it before. “We’re different.” “You can’t compare us to (name the company).” “It’s like comparing apples to oranges.” It's easy to rationalize why comparisons to organizations with high employee-engagement levels don’t apply. After all, giving any indica...

April 14, 2017

If you've ever seen Joachim de Posada's online video of the Marshmallow Test, you know it's one of the more entertaining Ted Talks available, but it also provides an intriguing study of what is a much larger issue with employee engagement levels across the world.

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