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    Charting New Paths for Contribution

    Control v. Openness in a Mobile World

    I recently listened to a webinar on empowering the workforce with mobile technology and its impact on employee performance. The webinar reminded me how the flood of new tools – almost 500 million smartphones shipped in 2011 – are changing the way we all do business. Employees are using the technology to redefine their work day as 80 percent of people continue to work after they leave the office; increasing productivity and the number of hours spent on the job.

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    Slowing Down – The Next Big Cultural Challenge

    For the last twenty plus years, whenever I’ve talked to CEOs personally, or read studies about the biggest cultural challenges they report facing within their companies, a near universal concern has surfaced – they are all looking to increase speed within their organization: speed to market, speed in decision-making, speed of execution.
    The benefits of moving […]

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    History Repeating: The Role of the Trusted Advisor

    John F. Kennedy had one. So did Simone de Beauvoir. Machiavelli was one. So was Cardinal Richelieu. History tells us of the great conquerors, the leaders who changed the course of civilization as we once knew it. We learn about the genius artists and the wunderkind athletes and musicians whose singular talents could only have come from within. In many cases, these figures made the history books on their own merits – solo artists in the annals of achievement. But so often, a deeper examination reveals a close adviser just offstage, someone giving counsel, delivering criticism and providing the occasional dose of reality.

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    On Letting Go
    Jay Conger – Prolific Writer, Educator and Leadership Guru

    If you are insecure around people who are better than you, you will never be exceptional.

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    On Compromise
    Jonathan Spitz – Artistic Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    The power of the group lies in how strong individuals strengthen each other.

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    On Empathy
    Jonathan Spitz – Artistic Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    To lead, you also have to know how to follow.

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    On Motivation
    Margaret Wheatley – Paradigm Shifter, Author and Co-Founder of the Berkana Institute

    There is a misperception that people are motivated by competition. People are actually motivated by generosity and love.

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    On Humility
    Margaret Wheatley – Paradigm Shifter, Author and Co-Founder of the Berkana Institute

    Be curious. You will discover a richness of resources.

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    On A Fundamental Paradigm Shift
    Margaret Wheatley – Paradigm Shifter, Author and Co-Founder of the Berkana Institute

    To inspire performance, we must change how we lead. We must shift from hero to host.

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    On Process
    Margaret Wheatley – Paradigm Shifter, Author and Co-Founder of the Berkana Institute

    “Life seeks order but uses messes to get there.”

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    On Control
    Simon Mainwaring – Brand Strategist, Social Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author

    You cannot control the conversation. Employees and customers are the co-authors of your story.

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    On the Collaborative Model

    Jonathan Spitz
    Artistic Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Empowering Others
    When we first sat down with Jonathan, he was quick to correct us on his title—he is one of three artistic directors of the internationally acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. It’s an […]

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