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  • Millennials in the Workforce
    Millennials: Underuse Them at Your Peril
    Are you taking your young employees seriously enough? Too many companies aren’t.Case in point: In my consulting work, I once visited a large—strike that, very large—company, one of the leaders in the tech sector. Something stood...
  • Be a leader
    6 tips on managing the anxieties of being a leader
    Fear and anxiety can overwhelm us when we have to be a leader. Being a leader requires the ability to lead people in doing a certain task. This can sometimes be a little scary.As a result, here are six tips on how to reduce the fear and anxiety of...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Innovation Starts in the Belly of the Beast
    In the Biblical parable, God commands Jonah to make a journey to a foreign land and preach against the wicked. Instead Jonah sets sail in the opposite direction believing that the unrighteous were unworthy of salvation. The almighty raises a storm...
  • Power Story Instead of PowerPoint
    Leadership Learning: Power Story Instead of PowerPoint
    When you think about the people who have crossed your life path, what do you remember most?I asked this question to several hundred folks in the past year and while I did not do a statistical analysis the answers were similar.People remember...
  • How to act your way into a new type of leadership
    How to act your way into a new type of leadership
    In her new book, Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader, Herminia Ibarra explains that you have toactyour way into a new type of leadership thinkinginstead of thinkingyour way into it. To do this, you need to develop and practiceoutsight(versus...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Critics Make the Best Innovation Evangelists
    Smart people can make bad innovators. The brilliant thinkers at the top of their field are often the individuals least willing to take the risks required to implement deep change. Innovation is a highly iterative process based on trial and error....
  • Understanding the brain science of leadership
    Brain science and leadership
    One can say the brain is probably the most enigmatic organ in our body. During the past 10 years the understanding of this complex center of our mind has grown exponentially. Behavioral scientists have just begun to put these notions together to...
  • Show your Emotions
    Leadership Development: Can You Show Your Emotions?
    Remember the kid’s song, ‘When You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands?’How did all that fun energy go by the wayside when we entered the workplace? It seems we have to be serious and responsible and any real display...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Innovation in Higher Education: Here We Go Again
    According the Chronicle of Higher Education and National Public Radio, competency based education is the new thing. Actually, it’s the old thing. Vocational education, once the main road to middle class prosperity in America, has returned...
  • King Abdullah II of Jordan
    Which trip is better for a leader, the golf course or Gunsite?
    While Jordanian King Abdullah II is being widely admired for his swift and decisive retaliation for the murder of one of his citizens by ISIS terrorists – though this morning the Independent newspaper reported he will not actually...
  • Maximize Your Organization's Return on Investment on Conferences
    Maximize Your Organization's Return on Investment on Conferences
    The biggest hidden expense to your organization's conference is the cost of people being away from their workspace to attend it. When staff is attending a 2 or 3 day conference, they are not focused on their day-to-day activities, which means...
  • 5 Reasons Why Leadership Matters In Business
    5 Reasons Why Leadership Matters
    The fact is that without a great leader your company won’t manage to be a success. A genuine, good leader is always necessary in order to provide the best possible outcome for a business because goals can be achieved quickly and in a more...
  • Networking
    Next Network After Work meets in Kansas City on February 11
    This month's Network After Work will meet on Wednesday, February 11at McFadden's, 1330 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Network After Work, launched in 2009, is one of the country's premier face-to-face business...
  • KC Chamber seeks new Centurions program applications
    KC Chamber seeks new Centurions program applications
    TheGreater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurionsprogram is currently accepting applications, now throughJune 1, 2015. Interested professionals around the Greater Kansas City region can attend upcoming informational sessions to learn...
  • Deer in the Headlights
    How Successful Leaders lead: What really Matters - Part 5
    Question: Why is it so hard to give up a long held belief even when we know it is wrong?Answer: Most of us would rather be right than happy!!!At the root of all strategy lies the ability to make good choices. So, why do so many of us keep doing...