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The Role of Leaders in Leading Through Change

What kind of leader are you? It may be time to rethink your answer. In my previous post, Command-and-Control Leadership is Dead, we explored recent research, which strongly suggests that responsive leaders are much more effective at engaging employees than assertive leaders. Today’s leaders must adopt a receiver POV. It’s about listening first, modeling the…

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The New Drivers To Unlock Exceptional M&A Value

Recall the science experiment you may have done as a child, making a “volcano”: You’re given instructions to combine vinegar and baking soda at an exact ratio. You know what reaction to expect. You’re told to wear goggles and gloves to protect yourself from the risks. You may even be told exactly how to build the…

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Command-and-Control Leadership Is Dead

What kind of leader are you? It may be time to re-think your answer. Recent research strongly suggests that responsive leaders are much more effective than assertive leaders at engaging employees. As a paradigm, “leader as commander” is fast becoming obsolete. In a Huffington Post article titled 10 Reasons Nice Bosses Finish First, author Travis…

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6 Ways CIOs Will Transform Business in 2017

CIOs are well-positioned to drive dramatic, positive change in their organizations in 2017. They are both involved in and aware of the organizational strategy and they are close enough to the work flow to see potential obstacles to progress. They understand current business objectives while at the same time keeping an eye on coming innovations.…

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Astellas Pharma US & Gagen Honored as a Finalist for PRWeek Award

PRWeek has announced their shortlist for the PRWeek 2017 Awards, naming Astellas Pharma US, Inc., a finalist in the Best in Internal Communications category for their work on the “Journey to One Astellas Culture Initiative”. This award recognizes the best corporate, agency, nonprofit, and education teams in the United States as well as their work…

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Lundbeck Receives IABC Silver Quill Award

The Pacific Plains Region of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has honored Lundbeck U.S. – a global pharmaceutical company based in Denmark – with an Award of Merit as part of 2016’s Silver Quill Awards. The annual award provides an opportunity for communicators to share their best work with the region. According to IABC, a…

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Maril MacDonald Shares Career Tips in New Podcast Interview

Women get career advice all the time, whether they ask for it or not. From “you’re not assertive enough” to “you’re too aggressive,” career-minded women have heard it all. Perry Yeatman - award-winning author and host of the podcast series Pivot PointsTM

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Corporate Citizenship: Establishing a Culture of Authentic Corporate Character

“Character is like a tree, reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it. The tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln   In our current environment, corporate character and citizenship are crucial to employers creating a connection between consumers, employees and their brand. For a company to feel authentic…

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Shifting Company Culture Starts With Deeper Self-Knowledge

In a study by Salesforce, 96% of executives said that lack of collaboration is one of the main sources of workplace failures. Teamwork and collaboration are central to the future of work – and yet building cohesive teams can be incredibly difficult to accomplish. Unlocking the full potential of your team requires understanding individual behavior…

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Enterprise Risk Stewardship: Engaging Employees to Manage Risk

When you hear terms like “enterprise risk,” “data privacy and security,” or “cyber security,” do you tune out? Do you think this is for only for highly technical or compliance experts to address? These issues aren’t just a technology or compliance issue. In fact, most data breaches are caused by everyday actions employees take unthinkingly,…

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