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The bitter stem

The bitter stem


https://www.smallfish.us/the-bitter-stem/

You know how damaging this can be to a team: someone who is always critical, unsupportive, unacknowledging. It’s no surprise that people avoid them. But here’s today’s challenge: What if YOU are that person? When you’re the leader, you set the tone for everyone’s attitude. Including how they view other organizations...

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time of tumult

Times of tumult


https://www.smallfish.us/times-of-tumult/

There are times where everything seems to blow up at once. It might be something specific to your industry, like a drastic new regulation or disruptive innovation. Or it might be something more general, like a worldwide virus threat or global financial crisis. Yeah, I know that never happens, but stay...

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The life of an industry

The life of an industry


https://www.smallfish.us/the-life-of-an-industry/

I spoke recently with a business owner who’s getting depressed about so many opportunists entering his industry. He’s worked hard to establish himself as honest and credible, while others merely come in to harvest profit and then move on. As we talked, though, we realized that this is part of the...

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Record high engagement

Record high engagement!


https://www.smallfish.us/record-high-engagement/

Here’s today’s headline from Gallup’s research: What’s Driving Record-High Employee Engagement in the U.S.? This great company has been monitoring the trends for many years, so seeing an upward trend in employee engagement is truly important. And a bit shocking, really, after all the bad news we’ve been hearing. So what’s behind...

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This is the moment

This is the moment!


https://www.smallfish.us/this-is-the-moment/

Leading in business is about planning. Creating plans, executing plans, and monitoring progress against those plans. Here’s the problem: creating plans is about the future, then everything after that is about living in the past. When are we ever in the present? Here’s why that’s important: That customer is talking with...

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Where are you starting from

Where are you starting from?


https://www.smallfish.us/where-are-you-starting-from/

Goals are great, and can inspire you to wonderful things. But I find that people often neglect to answer a critical question: Where are you starting from? With all my clients, we uncover their goals and visions and possibilities, but then we spend a good amount on their current situation. It’s...

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why it matters to everyone

Why it matters to EVERYONE


https://www.smallfish.us/why-it-matters-to-everyone/

Last week I contrasted the jobs in a large company to the more collaborative engagement in a startup business. It’s not necessary to be a startup, of course, it’s just easier because that’s where new ideas can take off and flourish. I had a chance recently to talk with a lady...

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