Meet Magnus. He’s one of my coworkers. We adopted him from a shelter a few years ago and our home office environment is better for it! You can throw out what Forbes Magazine said in recent years when they proclaimed that 1 in 5 employed Americans work from home. You can likely disregard expert predictions…

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I recently found myself in Tanzania setting out to hike to the highest point on the continent of Africa. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t suddenly fall from the sky or wake from a dream and ‘find’ myself on the mountain. The prerequisite planning took place and I put in extra miles to get ready,…

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In 1981, Indiana Jones ran, swung, and fought his way into movie theaters everywhere. Since then, the archeologist has taken audiences on numerous adventures in search of hidden treasure. You are likely familiar with the basic Jones’ storyline. After painstaking effort, dangerous encounters (“Snakes…why’d it have to be snakes”), and finding himself at the precipice…

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In today’s world, more and more people are working from a virtual location. It’s nice to work from home or a local coffee shop, but don’t forget that building an effective team takes time and energy. Here are 4 things you can do to get it right. 1. The Virtual Work Environment is NOT an…

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Within each of us there seems to be a ‘game on’ switch that is hardwired in our DNA.  For some of us the switch is more easily flipped than for others. When activated in the workplace, this switch can dramatically increase employee engagement. To throw the switch and drive engagement, leaders must make work a winnable game.…

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to support a learning and development initiative for Federal senior executives.  I serve as an instructional designer for this program, largely coordinating subject matter experts to speak on everything from civilian-military relations to negotiations and the role of the media in federal initiatives. I learn immensely from…

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Despite your and your team’s best efforts, things don’t always go as planned. The company may decide to penetrate a new market, but the economy elects not to cooperate.  No matter what you and your people do, the numbers aren’t met.  The efforts were gallant; unfortunately, the economy conspired against you.  The initiative is dead.…

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I invite you to suspend reality for a moment and go on an odd, but arguably informative, journey with me. Imagine that Charles Darwin, the 19th century English naturalist and geologist, sets sail from England aboard the HMS Beagle. His destination – the Galapagos Islands. A space-time continuum fluke transports Darwin to your 21st century workplace. He is…

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