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Need to Unify? Remarkable Ways to Create Community

On the second floor of the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC is a holy place. David Best’s Temple invites quiet contemplation in a huge ballroom completely dressed with intricately carved wood. Thoughts spill onto the surfaces as visitors are invited to take a small piece of wood and write what’s on their mind. These tiny
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • May 13, 2019

The Surprisingly Best Day for Change

I’ve been travelling in Italy this past week for business constantly moving from plane to hotel to train and back again. It’s hard at times to push myself to keep up work routines let alone work on a new idea. Wouldn’t it be easier to do all that once I’m connected to a network, had
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Apr 29, 2019

Are You Approachable? Take This 3-Point Assessment!

I checked in at my hotel in Washington, DC and headed to the elevator like I’ve done a million times before. Reaching out to press the call button, I stopped suddenly. What’s the problem here? A single button with flames rising from it. RED flames. Graphics with actions crossed out. The only text is Use Exit.
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Apr 15, 2019

Great Leaders Tell Great Stories: 4 Ways Storytelling Makes You Stronger

Recently I received a lovely surprise from my parents – a copy of The Gingerbread Man. Well worn, this was one of several stories I demanded be read to me again and again (thanks Mom!). Listening to a good story is not just a delight for kids, adults love them, too. To be an effective leader, you
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Apr 01, 2019

4 Keys to High Performance Goal-Setting

It’s shocking how many companies end the year without reviewing progress against goals, or with merit increases completely divorced from actual goal attainment. No wonder we have employees with entitlement issues. If you want to spur high performance and reward for performance, it’s critical to set a strong foundation of clear objectives. Regardless of the
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Mar 18, 2019