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This is your source for principles to communicate, engage, and lead with greater impact. The Engaging Leader podcast, blog, videos, and more will help you inspire trust, passion, and action!

Stand-Out_revise-198x300Many people in the business world believe that working hard will be enough to move their career forward. But whether you’re trying to advance inside a large organization, or you’re an entrepreneur hoping to make a difference in your community or the global economy, you need to become recognized as an authority in your field.

Making that happen is not a matter of self-promotion, but being generous with your unique perspective and knowledge, in a way that inspires others to listen and even take action. As a result you have a bigger opportunity to change the world for the better while also giving you the ultimate job insurance. But becoming a “thought leader” seems like a mysterious process. [click to continue…]


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Do you know what it’s like to experience the pleasure of full engagement in your life’s work?

We all have “Monday blues” at least occasionally, and we all love to get away now and then for a vacation. But life is not complete unless we get that satisfied “high” that comes from productive work. Perhaps that satisfaction is part of your job or career, or perhaps it’s part of your hobby or volunteering efforts. Regardless, it comes down to being in the zone, when you know that your work matters and that you feel somehow rewarded for it. [click to continue…]


GC33: Playing a Better Game of Business | with Simcha Gluck of FreshBiz

January 26, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadGamification concepts continue to be integrated as part of normal business practices; sometimes it’s as subtle as taking inspiration from certain game elements when tweaking a business process, and at the other end of the spectrum, sometimes it’s literally creating a game for people to play. For one growing […]

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128: How to Shape Culture to Drive Performance | with Lindsay McGregor

January 15, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMost business leaders today realize that a strong organizational culture is critical to success. However, culture tends to feel like some magic force that few leaders know how to control. So most leaders try to shape culture based on their intuition, leave it to chance, or try carrot-and-stick approaches […]

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127: Let’s Get Visual: 6 Engaging Ways to Use Images

January 1, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadVisual communication always gets more attention than written or verbal alone. And with the information and media-overload that everyone now experiences, visual communication is no longer an option when you are trying to influence, lead, or even simply inform people.

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The 5 Most Important Leadership Books of 2015

December 29, 2015

Jump-start your new year with the past year’s best thinking So many books, so little time. If you’re like me, the number of appealing books published every year is overwhelming. These are the five books from this past year that I believe are the most important for leaders — with ideas and principles that will […]

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126: Holacracy – An Agile Management System for a Rapidly Changing World | with Brian Robertson

December 14, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHolacracy is a fundamentally different “operating system” for organizations. Holacracy revolutionizes how a company is structured, how decisions are made, and how authority is distributed. Perhaps the best-known examples of companies who have adopted Holacracy are Zappos and David Allen Company. “No one reports to anyone anymore,” explains The […]

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How Engaged Are Your Employees? Find Out with This Simple Test

December 3, 2015

In his book, Locked in the Cabinet, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich describes what he calls his “Pronoun Test.” I ask front-line workers to tell me about the company, and I listen for the pronouns. If the answers I get back describe the company as “they” and “them,” I know it’s one kind […]

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125: Engaging Hourly Workers

December 1, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Hourly workers make up nearly 60% of the United States workforce. They are often people who directly impact customers, such as through customer service or making the products. And improving the engagement of hourly workers can decrease absenteeism and turnover costs, while improving productivity, customer satisfaction, and the […]

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WHE27: How to Engage Senior Leaders in Wellness Communications | with Mark Snyder from Owens Corning

November 24, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download  As with any important initiative, it’s vital to have the CEO and other senior leaders actively supporting workforce health engagement. These executives can help to: Articulate why the initiative is important to the organization’s purpose and business strategy, Create buy-in from all levels of the organization, Cultivate a […]

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Going Through the Motions, or Truly Thankful? 6 Ways to Cultivate Your Gratitude as a Leader

November 23, 2015

When I was a child, my mother required me to write thank-you notes for relatives who gave me birthday and Christmas gifts. You know the kind … “THANC YU GRAMMA FOR THE WORM SOX.” It was a chore for me, and I’m sure that insincere feeling came across in both the formulaic message and delayed […]

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7 Ways Thankfulness Makes You a Stronger Leader

November 19, 2015

Several years ago, I was helping to plan workforce communications for a Fortune 500 financial services company. Early in the project, I met a leadership consultant from another firm that was serving the same client. Her research revealed amazing insights about leadership effectiveness, and I sent her a handwritten thank-you note expressing genuine gratitude for […]

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