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This is what happens in most brainstorming sessions:

Someone throws out an idea and then it gets picked to pieces. We light it on fire, burn it to the ground, and move on, “Nope, not that, any other ideas?”

That’s not an environment where people will throw out creative ideas and actually allow themselves to be creative.

When brainstorming sessions involve tearing ideas to shreds, you are essentially trading creativity for perfection and shutting down…


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Culture is as much of a buzzword as “marketing” is, in that if organizations don’t know how to approach it effectively, or if you’ve never seen it tangibly implemented in a successful way, then of course it’s easy to label as a buzzword.

You won’t be shocked to learn that I don’t think culture is a buzzword at all. It’s critical to the success of teams and…


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If you’re a human being, it’s inevitable that there will be times that you cause harm to someone else that you did not intend through your words or actions. Learn how to effectively say that you’re sorry and make amends. Your relationships with other people are more important than your ego. …


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Managing overwhelm and reducing stress is an extremely important conversation. This year has brought many challenges and changes and it’s easy to become overwhelmed or completely burnt out if you are not aware of or intentional about your workload and stress levels.

Here’s a list of 16 different ideas and methods that either work for me, or I’ve heard other people having a lot of success with…


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Q: What advice do you have for a first-time or newer leader?

A: Don’t be the leader that you think leaders have to be.

When you step into a leadership position, it’s not something you have over people like, “I’ve arrived here at this higher, elite level.” You’re just a human being.

You have a different function in the organization and that function involves you supporting the people you are leading so that they can be successful.

Forget what you’ve learned about leadership from what you’ve seen, and (terrible) bosses you’ve had.

Don’t step into that role just to imitate what you’ve seen around leadership from…


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The currency and impact of looking for ways to say yes to things when we can is so important. This applies to roles and relationships of all kinds, including customers and customer service, as a leader, as a colleague, as an employee.

Say yes to everything? No.

I often get push back with this conversation around the fact that “You can’t say yes to everything.”

I understand that.

This is not about…


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When it comes to professional career development and advancement, a very simple concept that I am in love with is the idea of building an invisible resume.

Every single thing that you do when you show up at work; in your behaviors, how you treat other people, impact people around you, and perform your role, you are building an invisible resume about yourself. …


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With many teams working remotely and leaders trying to navigate managing those teams and individuals, a topic that has come to the forefront is micromanaging.

Leaders, for the love of all that’s good in the world, stop breathing down people’s necks and getting in their hair. Micromanaging is a sign of incompetence; it’s deflating and absurd. …


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With so many teams and employees working remotely, the conversations about keeping remote employees engaged and motivated have come to the forefront. Building and maintaining team culture from afar is important, here are five ways companies and leaders can up their game and awareness.

1. Establish routines.

Obvious, but important. Put systems in place for regular communication and check-ins, and establish a clear schedule. …


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The paradox in team productivity: You’ll be less productive if all you ever do is be productive.

Stop working for a second and take time to connect, play, and have some fun with your team. Your people need it and it’s good for the health of your team. Being in a good headspace is more beneficial to productivity than nonstop working.

“Being in a good headspace is more…

Galen Emanuele | Shift Yes

Keynote speaker, thought leader, and author on team culture and leadership. shiftyes.com

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