Top Transformational Leadership Posts of 2014

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Top Transformational Leadership Posts of 2014

Looking back on 2014, it’s clear that the US workforce is drastically changing. The freelance workforce is at 53 million strong and rising, women are increasingly leaving the corporate world to start their own businesses (which are growing 50% faster than new business growth overall), a new majority is in the mix (formerly known as the […]

How to Manage Difficult Employees: Six Iconic Types

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How to Manage Difficult Employees: Six Iconic Types

There sure are a lot of different personalities in the workplace. As a manager, you have to work with diverse personae on an even closer level. And let’s face it, some of those characters are difficult to deal with. The good news is, managing difficult employees doesn’t have to necessarily be difficult. In a series […]

What We Want Our Leaders To Know

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What We Want Our Leaders To Know

You don’t have to be “certified” to be a leader, like you do in order to be a CPA. Imagine we get to design a curriculum that is a pre-requisite to becoming a leader. What would the top 5 classes be? I asked this very question to my peers on LinkedIN. I played the game […]

What Courses Should All Leaders Take?

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What Courses Should All Leaders Take?

Isn’t it odd that certain professions require a certification process, yet being a leader doesn’t require one? Social workers, CPAs, lawyers, doctors and other professionals all went through some type of licensing or exam process, yet leaders don’t even require an MBA. What if there were pre-requisite courses required for leadership? What would that curriculum […]

Have You Ever Wondered How People Define Success?

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Have You Ever Wondered How People Define Success?

Success seemed really simple in elementary school. You get an A on your math test—success! You win a game of foursquare—success! You play a solo in your band concert and don’t miss a note—success! Adult life is much more complex than acing a spelling test every Friday. As a result, each person’s definition of success […]

Leadership and the Lost Art of Listening

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Leadership and the Lost Art of Listening

I heard Richard Branson on the Diane Rehm show, and he spoke about something extremely important for successful leadership: listening. I find Branson’s comments on listening to be spot-on: “I think not enough business leaders know the art of listening. They love to hear their own voices. And I was fortunate to learn from a young […]

4 Steps to Maintain Organizational Culture with Freelance Employees

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4 Steps to Maintain Organizational Culture with Freelance Employees

Organizational culture is crucial in creating a workplace where employees can work together as a team and contribute to furthering the company’s values and vision. Maintaining that culture in a shared office space is one thing…but when your freelance employees are scattered all over the country, maybe even the globe, that’s a different story. This […]

Infographic: 4 Major Workplace Trends on the Horizon

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Infographic: 4 Major Workplace Trends on the Horizon

Imagine our current workforce, minus 40% of its workers due to Baby Boomer retirement. Imagine that same workforce lacking women, because they’ve left to start their own businesses. Now add an influx of freelance workers, currently 53 million strong and growing. For the final touch, imagine that the remaining workforce will look completely different in […]

Managing Freelance Workers? How to Help Freelancers Meet Your Project’s Goals And Make Deadlines

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Managing Freelance Workers? How to Help Freelancers Meet Your Project’s Goals And Make Deadlines

There is a lot of focus on the best way to manage Millennials, the new generation of workers. Yet the exodus of Baby Boomers isn’t the only shift managers need to prepare for. There is also a spike in freelance workers, which presents new challenges for managers to consider. I’ve identified four common challenges that occur […]

How to Create a Positive Collaborative Environment for Freelance and Full-time Employees

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How to Create a Positive Collaborative Environment for Freelance and Full-time Employees

The workforce landscape is changing drastically. New generations are stepping in to replace the droves of retiring Baby Boomers, women are high-tailing it out of the corporate world to start their own businesses, the demographic makeup of the workforce is shifting the majority to the minority, and organizations around the country are hiring freelancers instead […]