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Amazon's core principles

Learning from Amazon’s core principles is now over half a million people. For such an incredibly automated service, this is an astounding number of employees. But you’d be hard pressed to find ANY business where its success doesn’t lie in the hands of its people. So how do they manage this? At its heart, Amazon...

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Who are your motivated employees

Who are your motivated employees?

You know exactly why employee motivation matters. Productivity. Teamwork. Customer service. But I run across a whole lot of people who don’t know how to build and nurture that innovation. They think it’s just a magic thing that some people have and some don’t. That’s why I was excited to read...

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starting out fresh

Starting out fresh!

Here we are, staring down the barrel of a new year. Fresh and shiny and unspoiled like the new-fallen snow. I find it really helpful to focus on the opportunity, to use this as a chance to be optimistic. If that leads you toward making resolutions or reviewing your plan, wonderful!...

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time to have a life

Time to have a life!

It’s wonderful to be the boss, right? You get all the recognition and glory while your people do all the hard work. Yeah, I don’t see that either. The truth is that if you want to have time for your life, in any position at all, you have to create it....

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Curious as a child

Curious as a child

Do you have the whole world figured out? I sure don’t. There are days when I’m not sure I understand anything. That’s where it pays to be curious. Like a child. You see, a child doesn’t know that they’re supposed to look like the one with all the answers. And new...

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the end of the known

The end of the known!

At some point, you reach the end of your knowledge and expertise. You’re feeling exposed and vulnerable. Especially if you feel you have to be the expert in the room. The simplest, most powerful way out of this problem is just to … admit it. Tell the others that you’re at...

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grace matters

Grace matters

You have the power to make things easier or harder for your customers. And for your employees, partners and community as well. We all seem to complain a lot about how busy we are, how difficult life is, and how we feel everything is so complicated. A lot of that is...

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