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Gauge the impact of change with two simple questions

Change is HARD! Change is RELENTLESS! The pace of change is ACCELERATING! We hear these messages all of the time, while glossing over the following: The rate of change has been high for a long time. Nothing new here. We are built to adapt. We incorporate change into our lives all the time with minimal disruption. Change is not a doom and
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Nov 10, 2018

Values kill careers: How leaders tune in to avoid derailment

Quick Quiz: When a woman presents an opinion at work, do you give her the same attention as you would a man? Do females get the same promotion opportunities as men in your company? If you witnessed a woman being treated unfairly, inappropriately would you step in and end it? In front of the CEO?
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Oct 28, 2018

How You Demean Employees and the Key to Stopping it

I hate riding exercise bikes. In fact, I consider all machine-based cardio to be evil. It’s boring, even with a TV in place, to be working so hard to get nowhere. No one associates the word “engaging” with cardio equipment. Gallup’s engagement data is often quoted for it’s mind-numbing finding that 87% of employees are
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Oct 15, 2018

How to Avoid The Number One Mistake in Corporate Communication

Calgary is famous for its annual Stampede celebration, which features a fantastic fireworks show every evening for a week, visible across the city. It’s nice to watch from your home, but something incredibly different to experience sitting up close at the Stampede grounds as fireworks explode above your head in an awe-inspiring display of colour and
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Oct 01, 2018

From Survive to Thrive: How to Align People on Success

When companies want to grow, differentiate, or compete effectively, they don’t take baby steps. They transform. If your involved in a transformation initiatives, your success will be directly correlated to how well you engage people. Without having everyone pulling in the same direction, your chances of reaching your goals are minuscule at best. You need
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Sep 20, 2018