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5 tips for designing a productive and creative home workspace

5 Tips For Designing a Productive and Creative Home Workspace

Have you ever wondered how to make your workspace more effective and more tailored to your individual ambition?

On today’s podcast we are delighted to have Susan Meier, a branding genius and acclaimed artist, and Hallie Burton, a world renowned lifestyle photographer. Together they created Workspace Studio, a website featuring the world’s most beautiful and productive workspaces. They share with us how to develop your home workspace so that it reflects who you are, emboldens your productivity, and enhances your creativity.

A Fresh Start Means a Commitment to Self-Care

Guest Post by Kimberly Thomas As the world starts to look for ways to acclimate to the “new normal,” we’re starting to see a renewed interest in healthy fitness routines and ways to become our best selves. For some, this might mean a return to a pre-COVID exercise and diet, while for others, it’s about…
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Remote Team Communication Should Be Strategic and Outcome-Based

In today’s episode, we interview entrepreneur, leader, and CEO of Aquila Capital Partners, Mark Watson.  Mark shares that the key to success for remote leaders is to understand the importance in clearly communicating the vision and having outcomes based conversations that progress towards relevant KPi’s.

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Arts Based Virtual Team Building Activities For An Innovative Remote Team

Can you teach collaboration, empathy, creativity and transparency in the virtual world? Sure, you can teach it but it won’t change behavior. To change your behavior you and your team must immerse yourselves in creative experiences. On today’s podcast, Dr. Fred Mandell and Harvey Seifter, founders of Futures that Work, demonstrate how to build the competencies required to succeed in the two dimensional zoom world by engaging our team in the three dimensional worlds of art and science.

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Remote Work Culture Ideas to Build Strong Connections

Despite the return-to-office plans, remote work is here to stay, and leaders are searching for remote work culture ideas to help build strong teams. As the founder of DistantJob, a company that finds global remote talent, and author of Surviving Remote Work, Sharon Koifman has over a decade of experience finding, hiring, and creating great remote cultures. Sharon shares that his success has been based on a clear definition of culture, building trust and caring about remote workers’ mental health.

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This Leadership Type Thrives in the Hybrid World

In today’s episode, we interview Dr. Annemarie Spadafore where she shares the leadership type that has best thrived in the pandemic, and now in the hybrid world. Annemarie is the managing principal of Powerlab, executive coach and author of, There is Only I in Team, scheduled to be published in December of 2021.

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How to Lead Virtual Teams With Humility

On today’s podcast, we interview Bert Sarkkinen, founder and owner of Arrow Timber Framing. Inside this episode, he shares with us that the secret to creating committed virtual teams is to embrace humility in leadership. As leaders practice humility, they’ll place a greater emphasis on listening rather than speaking and be more open to experimenting. 

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Create A Return to Work Plan that Fits Your Purpose

Leaders around the globe are in the midst of creating their return to work plan during the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring both vigilance and flexibility to navigate uncharted territory. Inside today’s episode, we have a brilliant conversation with Rachel Casanova, on things to consider when approaching your back to work plan.

This reboarding phase is something that we will all experience together. During this period, it’s vital for your entire staff to be authentic and open about identifying and understanding the needs of returning to work through three perspectives: the business, the individuals and the team members.

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Business Storytelling: Captivate and Engage Your Remote Team

Storytelling is one of the most in-demand and underrated skills for leaders to discover in 2021. In this week’s podcast, we interviewed Yamini Naidu, economist turned master business storyteller. The new hybrid and virtual workplace will be new, challenging and definitely a more emotional game. The greatest leaders and managers will engage their workforce through masterful storytelling to create new relationships, and create a new future and culture. Every leader today is now further away from their employees and will need to leverage storytelling to bring their employees together.

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How Remote Teams Build Resilience for Long Term Success

Today on the podcast we interview Nick Petrie, Author of Work Without Stress: Building Resilience for Long-Term Success. Whereas many teams fail under stress there are certain teams that build resilience and can actually thrive under stressful conditions. Nick shares with us the secrets of how hybrid and virtual teams confront today’s turbulence, focus on strengthening their relationships, looking for new opportunities and reframing to take advantage of the disruptions in today’s new work environment.

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Solving Problems Through Design Thinking

On today’s episode we interview Hannah Berson, Founder and CEO of the Design Thinking Consultancy, SALT Collaboratory. Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to creative problem solving. Hannah introduces us to Design Thinking and to MURAL, an online tool that allows people from all over the world to collaborate in a creative, productive and engaging way.

Hannah shares an enlightening story of how a real company used Design Thinking in solving how to bring their employees back to work. We are certain you will enjoy discovering how Design Thinking is imperative in today’s world to effectively team from anywhere.

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How Successful Leaders Use Experience Design at Events

Inside this episode, we interviewed Experience Strategist and former head of VIP events at Cirque du Soleil, Carolene Méli. Carolene has traveled the globe creating and delivering VIP experiences and now she’s here to help leaders understand more about Experience design and tips for creating unbelievable experiences. 
On today’s podcast you will learn the four essential elements to create a successful and meaningful event, the one question to ask before planning any event, and the magic of a box of popcorn.

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Increase Connection and Communication by Avoiding These 8 Virtual Meeting Mistakes

In today’s episode, we interview Gwen Stirling Wilkie, author of From Physical Place to Virtual Space. In this episode, she emphasizes that our team meetings will need to be more purposeful, build stronger connections and be open to new ways to collaborate and co-create. Inside this episode you’ll learn about eight common virtual meeting mistakes leaders make that when avoided can increase connection and communication.

Organizational Culture Secrets to How Remote Companies Build Organizational Culture from Anywhere

Secrets to How Remote Companies Build Organizational Culture from Anywhere

The best remote companies build organizational culture in phenomenal ways. In this episode, we interviewed Brett Putter, CEO of Culture Gene and Culture expert. Brett shares with us details into his research of 50 CEOs with top top performing remote and hybrid cultures. These top 50 CEOs were selected out of 500 (the top 10%) because of their unique ability to create a strong culture.

These CEO’s described with extreme clarity not only their mission and vision, but they could clearly define their culture and are actively recruiting new employees for a culture fit. These CEO’s were also able to explain how their leadership team had a framework for making decisions based on organizational culture. The leadership teams had also embedded this framework into their processes.

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7 Ways to Develop a Creative Team

One of the greatest ways to develop a creative team is to lower the fear of failure and encourage people to bring out their creativity, according to Denise Jacobs, author of Banish Your Inner Critic. Everyone has their unique creative gifts and by supporting your team to unleash theirs, you then create connectivity, closeness, and a culture of play. Denise’s most powerful strategy to unleash creativity is to promote failure. In today’s changing environment, perhaps building up a tolerance to try, fail, and try again is the best way for a team to achieve great results from anywhere.

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The Definition of Leadership

The definition of leadership might not seem important, but should it be, if it’s the foundation of your success? Get a definition that unites.

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What Theme Parks Are Teaching Leaders About Employee Experience, Events & StoryTelling

The future of work will resemble today’s most coveted theme parks. You won’t go to work every day, but you will be transported through an immersive employee experience. Leaders will immerse their teams in story. HR departments will be the designers of immersive employee experience. Companies will gather for events and meetings in a much more engaging way.
Barry Winkless’ team spent the last nine months researching The Future of Work. Barry’s team at CPL’s Future of Work Institute used this research to question, explore and design future work solutions. Along the way, they discovered some amazing insights to help us peek into the foreseeable future.

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The Leadership Ceiling No Leader Wants to Face

In today’s episode, we interview Lexy Thompson, author of the recently released book, The Power of a Graceful Leader. In the book, Lexy shares strategies to break through the ceiling that many leaders don’t want to face to reach higher levels of engagement and success. This ceiling involves deep, introspective work that demands a different mindset. Lexy lays out three common barriers that must be overcome to align who we are with how we lead.

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To Solve Team Problems Mindful Leaders Do These Four Things

Is there a connection between leadership and mindfulness? Is there a connection between profitability in mindfulness? What is the benefit of mindfulness on a remote team? And why is it crucial now more than ever? Today we interview Dr. Keren Tsuk to uncover the importance of Mindfulness Based Leadership.
We are in the midst of huge transformation and it’s transforming the way we live and work. Leaders want to be successful, creative, and innovative. To do this, leaders need to have a flexible mindset that rapidly adjusts to the changing needs of the environment. In order to do this, leaders need to practice Mindfulness Based Leadership.
Why is mindfulness important to organizations today?
Successful leaders need to be able to balance tensions.

Coach Your Multi-Generational Team to Reduce Loneliness and Increase Collaboration

Coach Your Multi-Generational Team to Reduce Loneliness and Increase Collaboration

Why is it so hard to work with Boomers, GenX’ers, Millennials, and GenZ? For the first time in history, the workplace contains four different generations. There four types of people who grew up in extremely different and unique eras, and deeply identify with that era they grew up in.
In this episode of Team Anywhere, we interviewed Generational Expert and Author of Second Wave Millennials, Warren Wright. Warren uses his experience from his work at Gallup to help bridge the divisive gap between generations in the workplace. Inside this episode, Warren shares the importance of coaching your multi-generational team to reduce isolation and increase collaboration. First, Warren discusses understanding the roles generations play in business. Then he shares mis-communication between generations that is commonly occurring right now. After that, he talks about what Millennials value in the workplace and the current issues they are facing along with incredible tips for leaders in 2021.

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How to Leverage Teamwork Skills: Curiosity and Creativity

There is a battle going on between humans and technology. How can we humans differentiate ourselves in a world of digital technology and machines, particularly artificial intelligence?
If you’re leading virtual calls, one of your main concerns is how well you are doing at keeping the attention of the people in this meeting. If we lose they’re attention, chances are that they are scrolling on social media. Greg’s framework identifies four super powers humans have to leverage in a way that keeps your team in their maximum zones of genius.

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How to Plan Engaging Virtual Meetings Part 2

This is part two of our special 2-part series on Engaging Virtual Meetings.

Engaging virtual meetings is one of the most relevant topics for leaders leading remote teams today. You can actually create stronger levels of engagement in online meetings than you can in in-person meetings. How can you do that? Well, one of the biggest keys has to do with intentional design. The reason why you can create stronger levels of engagement comes down to your ability to break people into their own breakout rooms instantaneously, much faster than what would occur in person, and create space for a quieter more personal space for people to connect with each other (and introverts love that).

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How to Plan Engaging Virtual Meetings Part 1

This week, we’re releasing part one of our 2-Part episode on Engaging Virtual Meetings. In this series, we speak with virtual meeting expert, John Chen to learn tips on how to plan engaging virtual meetings. Inside this first episode you’ll learn best practices for designing your virtual meetings and understand the role that Psychological Safety has inside your virtual meetings.

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How To Maximize Productivity Remotely Part

How do you maximize productivity while in a virtual environment? Actually, we have never been set up to be more productive. Today we speak to Jeremy Redleaf, the founder of Caveday, a social community where people unite globally to get focus work done. I went into “the cave” a couple of times over the last few weeks and got more done in three hours than I typically get done in a week. Caveday is the world’s most focused community where entrepreneurs, artists, creators, business owners, teams, and employees commit to focusing on their projects for one, two, or three hours at a time.

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How to Make Empathy Your Business

Make Empathy your business with Wayne Tarken and Stephen Hart. Wayne Tarken and Stephen Hart are agile practitioners, seasoned educators and experts on building agile HR organizations to transform workplaces. They focus on the application of Agile as a means to manage complex problems that HR leaders face and gain traction in their implementation.

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How to use Vulnerability for Business Growth

Learn how one company, Corporatefilming.com, reached its highest revenue ever by focusing on using vulnerability for business growth. By treating his customers as friends and harnessing the power of stories Trevor Rappleye shares with us his secrets on how his company had such a great year.

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How to Lead a Hybrid Team

Are you leading a team that is part remote part in-person? There are unique challenges leaders face as they lead a hybrid team.

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How to find Opportunities for Growth in This Pandemic

How can you find opportunities for growth as a leader this year while navigating leadership in remote teams? We spoke with PhD sociologist Tracy Brower to get her insights on what the pandemic has done for innovation, creating energy on a remote team, and how trust is different on a remote team.

Who Are You Becoming?

Who are you becoming? Do you have this gnawing inside of you that says right now is the time to be reflecting back on 2020 and thinking about it?

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Creating Strategy with a Remote Team: Leadership Strategy Development

Today we speak to Tara Rethore, CEO and Strategic Advisor at Strategy For Real on how to create a remote team strategy.

First, she explains how to utilize the mindset of taking a company on an adventure in a strategy retreat.

Then, she describes the keys to preparing for and leading a successful remote strategy offsite and a secret high tech tool that she uses to keep her teams engaged

As a result, her mantra, which I think we all need to adopt, is to Be Open to Ambiguity…something we all need in these times.

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To Stop Doubting Your Greatness, Remember This

There’s a voice inside your head doubting your own greatness that is lying to you.

It’s telling you that you’re not good enough, it compares you to other people in a way that gives you anxiety. And when you believe this voice as the truth, you doubt the greatness that you really have inside.

In fact, self-doubt not only limits your true greatness, it impacts your success because of how it reflects in your relationships, how you cope with challenges, and especially, how and what you actually listen for (more of this later.)

Learn about what your greatness really is, the impacts of doubting your greatness, and three steps to stop doubting your greatness now.

Leadership Community will Combat Loneliness

Our new facebook group was created specifically for leaders leading remote teams and will help combat leadership loneliness & help solve problems.

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How to Support Workplace Wellness on A Remote Team

Workplace wellness is an important and imperative topic in 2020 given the COVID Pandemic. Employers are concerned about the health and well being of their staff, which is even more difficult when their team is working remotely.

However, workplace wellness programs must be implemented with the right strategy. Hear from Elysia Hegarty, a workplace wellness expert on strategies you can use to implement an effective workplace wellness program into your company.

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How to use Vulnerability and Leadership to Connect with Your Team

Mike Robbins, author of “We’re All in This Together,” released his book right before the pandemic. In this episode he talks about how to use vulnerability to connect with your team, shares his own message on embracing vulnerability and authenticity and how the COVID pandemic has shifted his perspective on topics like video calls, and loneliness.

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How to Master Conflict From Anywhere | Workplace Conflict Management

Today on Team Anywhere, we interview Dr. Liane Davey, to learn how to master remote conflict. Known as the Water Cooler Psychologist, Liane is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and frequently called on by media outlets for her experience on leadership, team effectiveness, and productivity.

A conflict-avoider herself, (well she is Canadian,) Liane has dedicated her life to helping individuals and teams master conflict. Liane is a New York Times Bestselling author of three books, including The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Your Organization Back on Track.

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How to Partner with Our Employees to Build Trust

On today’s podcast we speak with Gary Magenta, four-time author, customer experience guru, and Senior Vice President at Root, Inc. Gary is a highly sought-after media resource and keynoter speaker for client events, industry conferences, and business strategy and human resources seminars.

Gary shares on the podcast how allowing greater flexibility, being transparent, and giving more trust to our employees is contributing to higher engagement scores.

Gary offers four questions that move management from “yell-and-tell” to being a partner who walks alongside his or her direct reports.

Remote Team Leaders Celebrate Small Wins

Have you given up on your goals and dreams this year?

If there’s one overall mood that’s being felt through this pandemic, it’s the mood of resignation.

People are tired, people are defeated, people have been up against so many barriers this year that they’re just ready to turn the calendar in December and chock 2020 up as a loss.
But I say, DON’T GIVE UP!

You can turn it around, and as a leader, the action you should be taking is Celebrating. In fact, if you dedicated this last quarter to celebrate with your team, you’d be surprised at the amount of progress you can make in the last three months.

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How to ask Questions to get to the Best Solutions

The pandemic has caused fear, uncertainty, and isolation, and Stephen shares that the only way to find solutions in this unprecedented time is to learn how to ask the right questions.

Three Steps Effective Leaders Take to Build Team Courage

Now, more than ever, our job as a leader, is to build team courage. Why? Because we are dealing with a lot of fear, and we really need leaders.

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How to Unlock Hidden Potential

How do you unlock the potential of your remote team? Phil says you can start by throwing the word “human capital” out of your tool box. He believes that to unlock potential, we need to remember the human element that goes beyond pulse surveys and comes back to simply asking people what they think.

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How to Create a Committed Remote Team

After remote work began last spring, leaders faced a new insecurity around the c-word, (commitment.) Is my team just at home napping? Are they going to stay committed at home with all of these distractions? How are they going to balance their commitments?
How can I help build commitment on this remote team?
In fact, building commitment looks different in the work-from-home environment versus the in-office environment. Your team is now in a different work setting, and so they need to take on a newer and higher level of commitment for them to succeed in this environment. They have to be proactive in commitment behaviors such as creating an optimal at-home work environment and routine, and none of this comes easy. So let’s talk about three things leaders can do to help build commitment on their teams.

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How to Be More Empathetic: Honor People’s Emotions

In today’s episode of Team Anywhere we interview Brian Fox, Founder and CEO of Nimble Learning Strategies. Brian uses many of the principles of Improv to honor people’s emotions since attention, connection, and acceptance are crucial especially right now

One of the most important rules of Improv is to Accept whatever is happening, whatever it is.  In today’s challenging environment, the greatest thing a leader or team member can do is to accept and connect to what is going on with everyone else on the other side of the screen and to demonstrate empathy.

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Leaders Follow These Three Steps to Evolve Remote Company Culture

Company culture is evolving beyond the office building. Leaders Follow These Three Steps to Evolve Remote Company culture.

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How to Demonstrate Empathy

Cindy Zhou, Chief Marketing Officer at LogRhythm, shares how to demonstrate empathy and tips on agile marketing and organizational culture.

Cindy Zhou, Chief Marketing Officer at LogRhythm, is based in Boulder, Colorado and leads a team around the globe. Cindy led teams as an executive at IMB and has worked with startups. Cindy talks about utilizing the principles of Agile by having a daily standup and doing a lot of skip level one-on-ones. Through Cindy’s interview you’ll find how to be a more connected, trusting and vulnerable leader as you “team from anywhere.

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How to Create Intentional Meetings

How to create intentional meetings with Bryan Ware. Bryan is the Assistant Director for cybersecurity at CISA and was the CEO at both Digital Sandbox and Haystax.

In this new world of remote teams, Bryan emphasizes the importance of transparency, intention, and over-communicating. He states that the most important thing you can have in a highly effective team is news traveling fast, especially bad news. Bryan encourages relooking at how, where, and when to have specific meetings. He has implemented senior leadership team on-sites where decision-makers get together (with safety precautions honored) to re-engage the strategy, engage in conflict, and to hold each other accountable.

Bryan notes that charisma is not going to take you as far as it would have Pre-COVID. We use the same camera to speak to our family, friends and leaders. Your team is looking for humility, empathy, trustworthiness and thoughtfulness. Leaders will need to spend the time to be intentional, effective, and really caring.

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How to Build Employee Engagement

Rachel Casanova, Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield, focuses on workplace innovation by helping business owners maximize the experience of their unique culture by leveraging their real estate, whether it is at the office, the home, the hub, or any combination in between.

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How to be an Authentic Leader

How to be an Authentic Leader with Jonathan Aberman.

In this episode, Jonathan shares an underlying theme of servant leadership and using the strategy as teams tackle challenging problems like transferring to a virtual work environment and dealing with despair.

Jonathan explains the importance of not letting technology work against you as you lead your virtual team. His secret to leading a virtual team is giving autonomy and expecting accountability. He points out two qualities in highly effective leaders which is empathy, and self-awareness.

He shares how asking yourself and your team one question can give you incredible feedback in leading through tough times. 

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How to Hire and Retain the Best Talent

Episode 3 How to Hire and Retain the Best Talent with Susie Japs, from Wejungo. Learn specific strategies in hiring, retaining talent, how to build an effective virtual workforce and how to be a more effective leader.

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How to Build Connection with Your Team

Episode #2 Learn five rules from CEO of Shape America Stephanie Morris to build deep connection. Learn more about flexibility when working from anywhere.

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How to Design a Remote Company from the Ground Up

Episode #1 Learn how Willory designed a Remote Company from the ground up. Major takeaways include designing your companies values to support a remote only company, making a family first environment, and how accountability works in a remote environment.

A Strategy Leaders Use to Strengthen Connection on Their Remote Team

A Strategy Leaders use to Strengthen Connection on a Remote Team

How do leaders challenge their remote teams? They use a strategy that helps the people on their team declare how they will show up, and have the team hold each other accountable for showing up that way.

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The Virtual Leader Uses Cause to Connect

5 Minute Read One of the greatest inventions in aeronautical technology was autopilot. You set your destination, and paid no attention to why you were going there, nor how you were going to get there. COVID-19 knocked most of our aircraft off of autopilot. Then the pandemic hit and air traffic control grounded all of…
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To Create Clarity Ask These Three Questions

Three questions virtual leaders need to ask their teams to create clarity.

Reinventing Leadership: Nine Things Virtual Leaders Must Focus On

All the research that has been released today on leading in our new virtual frontier says there’s something missing. The challenge is that leaders are being called upon to focus on how to create culture in a virtual world. After reviewing my week, I’ve discovered nine areas of opportunity leaders should focus on to help strengthen their virtual culture. In order to do this, leaders are going to have to stretch their authenticity, transparency and connectivity.

The Nine Areas Leaders Need to Focus on is
-Building Clarity
– Focusing on Cause
– Challenging Potential
– Demonstrate Culture
– Describe Commitment
– Be Courageous
– Celebrate
– Building a Learning Community
– Integrate Comedy

It’s time to reinvent leadership in a way that you show up as a more authentic version of yourself. Bring more clarity, raise the necessity of why people do what they do, make bigger declarations, make commitments, find the behaviors they need to take on to reach their goals, celebrate people, build a community and be the missing piece of culture that your company and your team needs right now. It’s a big request, but you can do it.

Listen here to learn more or visit https://tinyurl.com/y959f9dk to read the entire blog.

Unlock Your Passion to Maintain Your Company’s Culture

Leaders all around the world are planning and organizing around the new work environment now that restrictions are being lifted.

Some companies will go “back” and only a subset of the employees will physically retake their places at the office. For those who do go “back,” they will be spaced across floors, moved to offices, or will report from new locations.

Leaders are all asking the same question:

How do we maintain the culture we had pre-COVID-19?

Learn how to unlock your passion as a leader to maintain your company’s culture.

4 Things Leaders Need to Focus on to be More Effective

It’s the beginning of June, and we’ve officially made it through almost three months of this Coronavirus Pandemic. People are slowly beginning to head back to work as things begin to go back to normal. But are we going back? Some of you aren’t physically heading back to work and the question we want to ask is do we want to go back to normal?

The “normal” that we were living frankly wasn’t very good. We’re never going to have pre-COVID times days work like we did. It was great, we had fun, some of us didn’t. But that time is gone. We now have transformed to this world of work where, for the most part, we’re not going to be sitting in the same room. For the majority of us, we’re going to be separated by distance.

We’re not going back, we’re never going back, but we are going better.

What I want to look at is what is our role as leaders in making this time better.

Leaders can become more effective as they head back to work through these topics.

Leaders must focus on 4 P’s for effective leadership; passion, planning, personal philosophy, and personal connection.

SHIFTING WITH COVID-19

SHIFTING TRADITIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT What has occurred at the Simon Leadership Alliance because of this crisis shifting with the COVID-19 crisis is changes developing and delivering our programs. Usually in leadership development programs, the senior leaders attend one track, and the junior leaders attend a separate track. This year, we’re leading a two-track one year…
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How to Gain More Control

Is the COVID-19 crisis overwhelming you with the feeling that you’ve lost control? Right now, the thing we want most is control. We want control over our work, over our responses, and frankly to move about like we used to.
Before this crisis, I “thought” I was in control when it turns out, I actually wasn’t. I’m going to share with you my story about how I “thought” I was in control, and give you a road map that I’ve used since the beginning of this crisis to help get more control over your life.

2020 was going to be the best year of my life. And, I worked it Baby! I worked it like crazy. As a matter of fact, I worked it so hard, I started to feel sick. Then I discovered that I have a hyperthyroid.
What I had realized was that before I got sick, I “thought” I was in control, when actually I wasn’t. The truth is, I had zero control over my life.
With the help of my coach, I created a plan to get more control, and I’m going to share this with you. This plan begins by asking WHY you want to get in control in the first place and then diving deep into my 3 R process. RE-flect, RE-define, and RE-new.

Use this Quarantine to Run Your Personal Leadership Retreat

Times are crazy now and people are searching for things do to while they are at home. Many people have found themselves with extra time on their hands. Time to Netflix binge, time to be with the kids, time to take walks and think about how they want their life to be post-COVID 19.   Why…
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How to Focus on Purpose Through Chaos

What’s currently occurring right now with COVID-19 is chaos. Although the situation to the Coronavirus is new to leaders right now, the one thing that isn’t new, is learning how to lead through chaos. Learn about a unique speech in history that leaders can learn from right now as they have conversations with their team.

If You're Afraid To Seek Feedback Remember These 3 Things

Afraid to Seek Feedback? Remember 3 Tips

Most of us are afraid to seek feedback. We all want to reach success but we need to remember three things to overcome the fear of asking for feedback.

How to Share Your 21-Day Feedback on Instagram

How to share your 21-Day Feedback on Instagram Stories

Are you doing the 21-Day Fast Feedback Challenge? Learn how to use our templates to post on Instagram every day.

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How to Share Your 21-Day Feedback on Facebook

Learn how to share your Fast Feedback on for our 21-Day Fast Feedback Challenge here with our step-by-step Facebook Guide to posting on your news feed and on your stories.

The Value of Receiving Feedback

What’s the value of receiving feedback? Feedback is priceless. My life was changed when it was about five years ago when I got the best feedback sitting in a lecture, the facilitator said, “Mitch, you don’t listen.”

You don’t listen. Three words. The best feedback I ever got in my entire life encapsulated into three words.

Now what was great about that was I was listening.

Those three words really changed my future.

Those words really changed my ability to not only listen but also to see the mistakes I had made; to see what I was doing and what I wasn’t doing that could have changed everything.

The people in your life are holding the keys to your future success in life.

Feedback is a gift. When you begin seeking and receiving feedback from others for the sake of becoming a better human being, you are getting THE MOST VALUE as a leader.

Getting truly honest, transparent feedback from the people we love is priceless. It allows us to increase our own levels of self-awareness and identify areas for growth and begin to step into bigger versions of ourselves. That’s what leadership is all about.

What to Talk About at a Leadership Retreat

As I was filming a video about why things always get in the way of what we care about, I got kicked out of the lobby of the Omni San Diego hotel. After 17 years as an executive coach, I’ve had a lot of practice on what to talk about at a leadership retreat. I like to focus on three deep questions that help leaders and teams strengthen their personal identity.

What do you care about?
Do you own it?
What’s stopping you?

These questions might seem odd at first, but just as Jennifer Potter agrees in her recent HBR Article, sometimes you have to go slow to go fast. Most teams want to just dive right into planning for the next quarter or year or discuss goals, but without strong self-awareness and a sense of identity around what you care about, no one will follow you. Learn more about why I ask these questions at leadership retreats. A bonus question is one I experienced recently while I was volunteering which is, what is relevant to you? Deep questions create a strong identity to strengthen teams.

How to Fail in 2020

How do you fail in 2020? When you learn how to fail in 2020, you might just figure out how NOT to fail in 2020 too. Either choice is yours, but if you want to make 2020 the best year of your life, than we have a great free vision plan for you to make this the best year of your life.

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How Leaders Show Appreciation To Their Teams

‘Tis the season for Appreciation. O.C. Tanner, shared some research last year in their 10-year, 200,000 person study that focused on employee engagement, retention and results that shared some strikingly sad facts on Appreciation. As leaders, we sometimes miss the depths that the role appreciation really has in the workplace. In this study, 79% of people in the United States leave their jobs because they don’t feel appreciated. In fact, they found that 69% of North Americans surveyed don’t even hear one word of recognition during an entire year at work, that is just crazy. In this video/blog, learn the distinction between appreciation and recognition, how to share appreciation with people on your team, and my example of how I appreciate a person on my team.

How to Brand Your Conscious Capital Company

How to brand your conscious capital company through story using transparency, authenticity and vulnerability. A panel from Conscious Capitalism San Diego.

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Why You Don’t Share Your Dreams & What You Need to Remember

You are hiding, you don’t share your dreams for good reasons. Sharing our biggest life dreams makes us vulnerable, but here are 6 reasons why you don’t share your dream and what you need to remember to create the courage you need to share it! Sharing your dream is the first step.

FreshBiz Team Building Event Featuring Kaiser Permanente

shBiz is a one-hour board game that teaches the entrepreneurial mindset, innovation, and high-level collaboration. It’s great for team building events, sales retreats, executive retreats, and strategy retreats. We are proud to be the only FreshBiz facilitator in Southern California and would love to talk about the opportunities it could provide your team

Team Building Events San Diego: The Person Who Changed Your Life

The Person Who Changed Your Life: Team Building Workshop

Go through a Team Building activity where you experience with your team what it’s like to be the person who changed your life.

Leadership Hacks from Today's Thought Leaders

Leadership Hacks from The Art of Leadership San Diego Conference

You’ve probably watched videos about “cooking hacks” and “life hacks” but, have you ever heard of Leadership Hacks? Let’s talk about hacking for a moment. In technology, hackers are the most powerful person in a network. Hackers find the vulnerable spot, make a quick change without trying to change the whole network and leave silently.…
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Practice Assertive Leadership Through Improv

Improv is taught by leading executive training companies because it gives leaders the skills they need today. Learn about how improv teaches assertive leadership

Brain tools The free app your team needs for more innovative thinking

Brain Tools: A Free App Your Team Needs For More Innovative Thinking

Are you looking for free tools to use at work to help your team? Leaders, managers and executives alike can benefit from this free app that helps your team come up with more creative and innovative ideas.

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Is Team Building the Solution to Your Problem? The Distinction Between Team Building and Building High Performance Teams

Are you looking for help with problems with your team? Normally, the first thought is to Google team building and have an expectation that a team building activity or even is going to be the solution. However, most people go into team building events with the expectation that they will walk out becoming a high performance team and that is not the case. Learn about the distinction between team building and building high performance teams.

A team retreat for the inner game of leadership a case study

A Team Retreat for The Inner Game of Leadership: A Case Study

Team Building Meditation Retreat Where leadership meets meditation. Length of Team Building Retreat: 2 Hours # Of Participants : 8 We are in an age where there is no solitude at all and if there were any we’d grab for our phones to make sure there wasn’t any. Elisha Goldstein @mindful_living Today, everyone has so…
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Experiential Learning | Leadership Training & Team Building San Diego, CA

Why Experiential Learning is the ONLY Way to Transform Your Team

Share this: Experiential learning is the only way to transform your team because Leadership isn’t about having more knowledge. Your leaders need to practice. They need to be able to practice tough conversations and take on new actions required to strengthen their leadership capability. Leadership today is about emotional intelligence and being present. Strong leaders…
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How to Strengthen Your Influence Through Centering

How to Strengthen Your Influence Through “Centering”

In our leadership presence series, learn how to strengthen your leadership influence through “centering,” what centering even means, and why what you care about is SO important.

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Host Healthcare Team Trains for High Performance

The team at Host Healthcare, a healthcare staffing company based out of San Diego, California, has completed a leadership training program and sales coaching program, totaling over 100 hours of leadership training, with the Simon Leadership Alliance over the span of 2018. Due to the dedication of every leader and recruitment director, as well as the entire company’s drive for excellence, Host Healthcare has been able to close out their year strong with a 50% growth of travelers on assignment from July 2018 to January 2019.

How your Team is your Lifeline to Achieve your 2019 Resolutions.

How your Team is your Lifeline to achieve your 2019 Resolutions.

Are you ready to crush your 2019 resolutions for the new year?

Don’t bother.

Merely 8% of people actually fulfill on their new year’s resolutions.

Them are pretty bad odds. You have a 92% chance that whatever your write down, if you get that far, was a complete waste of your time!

Why such a low percentage?

Without anyone else holding you accountable, you probably won’t

San Diego Leadership Retreat

How to Prepare for Your Next Leadership Retreat

If you are an executive or leader looking to plan your company’s next leadership retreat, there are probably a lot of questions on your mind. But have you thought about asking, “How do I prepare how I want my people to show up at the retreat?” Learn about how to prepare for a leadership retreat.

Mitch Simon performs Standup Comedy at Comedy Store La Jolla, Dec. 9, 2018

Mitch Simon Performs Standup Comedy at The Comedy Store

Watch Mitch Simon Perform Standup Comedy Where: The Comedy Store La Jolla When: December 9th, 2018 @7:00 PM Tickets: $25 (Half-off if you purchase from Mitch in person) Buy Now Watch previous shows here

WHY DOES A LEADERSHIP TEAM EXIST_

Why Does a Leadership Team Exist?

The fundamental reason that most leadership teams don’t succeed is that they don’t stop to think about why they exist. The leadership team must discover and declare why it exists in order to truly solve the problems that they need to solve.

8 Areas A Leader Needs to Be Intentional About - Carla Harris @ GILD

Intentions of a Purposeful Leader

Purposeful leaders are intentional leaders. To be an intentional leader, you need to spend time being more intentional about authenticity, building trust, creating clarity, creating leaders, diversity, inclusivity, teaching innovation, and exercising your voice. Carla Harris, keynote speaker on stage of the 2018 Global Institute for Leadership Development shares incredible wisdom for leaders to take away with.

Because We Don’t Get Engagement Through Motivational Speeches Insight’s from Dave Logan’s Keynote Speech at the 2018 Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD)

Get Engagement Through Inventing the Future

Learn how to raise engagement levels through learning Dave Logan’s Tribes of Teams and how to create a future with your team that inspires them to step up, take action and obtain results.

The Future of Leadership Training Program: Authentic Experience

The Future of Leadership Training: Authentic Experience

Powerful experiences don’t come from Powerpoint, they come from human creation. The future of leadership training is a focus on authenticity, purpose, and memorable experiences that challenge the learner to grow, and to apply knowledge practically and courageously.

Richard Lieder on Power of Purpose at GILD 2018

Power of Purpose by Richard Leider

Richard Leider set a powerful tone for Linkage’s annual GILD (Global Institute for Leadership Development) 2018 Summit. His opening speech on The Power of Purpose, was about becoming a more purposeful version of you, and in becoming more purposeful, creating a pivotal moment in your life. Learn why purpose is so powerful, what elders say about finding their purpose, and the key to becoming more purposeful.

Lead Like A Chief 3 Lessons from Navy Enlisted Leadership

Navy Chief Leadership: 3 Lessons From Navy’s Enlisted Leaders

If you ever meet a Navy veteran, ask them to tell you a story about their favorite Chief. You will learn how a Chief has influenced them to become the person they are today. When I reflect on my time in the service there is one Chief that I will always remember. He got to work before us, left work after us and maintained the aircraft right by our side. He was never too good to perform any job, no matter how dirty. He called us out on our nonsense, inspired us to be our best, and set the standard high for our team.

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5 Commitments of Purposeful Leadership

Purposeful Leadership, developed by research at Linkage Inc, was created on research from over 100,000 leaders. It breaks down five commitments purposeful leaders have and hold themselves accountable to and the model has resulted in 2x revenue growth, 4x profit growth and 9x employee engagement. Learn more about the purposeful leadership model here.

Corporate Retreat Cushman & Wakefield La Jolla, CA

Cushman & Wakefield Corporate Retreat

We were honored when Dan Broderick, Regional Managing Principal for Southwest U.S., and Mexico Cushman & Wakefield asked us to plan their corporate retreat, and also very excited.

San Diego Team Building Leadership Workshop

3 Ways the FreshBiz Experience Changed My Game

Learn how FreshBiz, a game-based leadership and team building workshop has transformed Justine Fraley’s Leadership Game.

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Mitch Simon Accepted into Forbes Coaches Council

Mitch Simon, CEO & Founder of the Simon Leadership Alliance, a San Diego executive leadership training company that specializes in high performance teams, has been accepted into Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only community for leading business and career coaches.

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Leadership Coaching for Teams: From Tyranny to Harmony

Are you recovering from a tyrannical leader? You’re not alone, and your team can heal.

Read our Leadership Team Coaching case study from a global technology company who faced the transfer of a tyrannical leader transforms through conversations.

Converting Gratitude into Appreciation on teams | Team Building San Diego

Converting Gratitude into Appreciation

As a leader, the most powerful tool you have, is to display and have your team members display appreciation habitually. Learn how to transform gratitude into appreciation so your team knows how much you truly care about them.

How to Work With Baby Boomers, Millennials, and GenZ

How to work with Baby Boomers, Millennials and GenZ

How is our generations motivated differently due to the way we were raised? How can we include this information in our leading and coaching on our teams?

Simon Leadership Alliance Ranked in San Diego Business Journal’s 2018 Top Executive Training Companies

Simon Leadership Alliance Ranked in San Diego Business Journal’s 2018 Top Executive Training Companies

Simon Leadership Alliance Ranked in San Diego Business Journal’s 2018 Top Executive Training Companies

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Play: The Distinction in High-Performance Teams

Do you remember when you were a kid, everything was fun? You played 24/7. Play was that time when there was no rules, you imagined and created and everything, and anything was possible. You came up with radical new ideas, and you reveled in how brilliant you were!

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What is Executive Coaching?

What is an executive leadership coach? An executive leadership coach is really that outside observer who calls you out on aligning your words match your behaviors. Learn about what they can do for you.

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How Clarity Improves Teams

Improving team performance requires that team members engage in a Collaborative Quest for Clarity. Learn how to improve clarity on your team.