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Foundations of Excellence

Great Leaders See Themselves as Others See Them – And Engage Better

Great leaders are highly adaptable to circumstances, and to people. You get more productivity from people who feel valued, and one fundamental approach leaders use to engage employees is to adapt their own behavior employee-by-employee to put people at ease and allow them to focus on the tasks at hand.

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Leadership Lessons for the Ides of March

Today is the Ides of March, and if you know your Shakespeare, you know this date is permanently tied to the tragic story of Julius Caesar, the Roman leader who famously failed to include his professional peers in his empire-building plans, and then compounded his error by ignoring clear warning signs that his decision-making was leading him to disaster. Are you headed for an "Ides of March" at work?

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Our Foundations of Excellence Refresher

Every so often we find it useful to reconnect with our own Foundations of Excellence Leadership Philosophy, to re-engage ourselves with productive leadership mindsets that foster the aligned, passionate action you and your team need to achieve your goals. Do you pursue the truth, build unshakable trust and focus your communication on what counts most? You should!

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A Culture of Agility Requires a Commitment to the Pursuit of Truth

Creating a corporate culture that is agile (responsive to events, open to the truth, collaborative in innovation...) demand a commitment to some foundational principles: Open communication, pursuit of the truth in all circumstances and relationships, and unshakable trust between employees.

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Define leadership more broadly. Anyone can lead, at any level.

We have fresh proof that organizations worldwide are coming around to the view that leadership is a mindset, a mode of behavior, that has very little to do with job titles and levels of responsibility. This “anyone can lead” mindset has been a core belief of ours, and the goal of our Foundations of Excellence development philosophy, for 25 years. It is nice to hear that increasing numbers of people are starting to adopt it professionally around the world.

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Goal Alignment Takes Work and Communication that Counts

Goal alignment seems like an obvious business success factor. Why, then, do so many departments within organizations (notably HR) struggle to achieve that alignment? It boils down to a lack of communication, and often it is because the department does not lobby to get a seat at the decision-making table.

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QBQ works well with the Bovo-Tighe Foundations of Excellence philosophy

qbq-new-small__85594_std (2)In our work with clients, we give people tools to make them more productive at work every day. We help them discover their own strengths, and how to become a transformational leader, regardless of their professional status within their organization. Our mission is to make everyone more productive, supportive and collaborative in both professional and personal lives. To that end, we borrow useful tools from collaborative partners that help …

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Drop Your Information Filters to Boost Engagement with Fellow Employees

People put filters up to speed the process of absorbing and filing information they receive, but it can short-circuit understanding and learning if the filters are too numerous and rigorous. As a leader, you want to open your mind permanently to accepting the truth inherent in each situation that you encounter on the job. Doing so really builds trust and engagement, and encourages even more truth-seeking and sharing.

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The Container Store: An Exemplar of Employee Engagement?

Survey Participants The Container Store frees its employees to produce at a high level by boiling down its corporate philosophy into seven simple-to-understand tenets. The hard part is not creating them, but taking the time, energy and money to embed these into the mind of each employee!

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