Soderquist Blog

Managing Your Most Valuable Commodity: Time

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Apr 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM


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Time's limitation makes it a valuable commodity for today's working professionals. We consistently hear from leaders that they struggle with time management. This is something we all experience and deal with on a daily basis, so here are some helpful tips to help you manage this area of your life so you can focus on the important stuff.

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Topics: Leadership, Purpose

Making the Leap: From Contributor to Manager

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Apr 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM


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Think about great bosses you have had and make a list of reasons why they were a great boss. Now, think of bad bosses you have had and, similarly, make a list of reasons why they were a bad boss. As you look at each of these lists, how many of the descriptive words have anything to do with IQ, technical competency, or skill? My guess: zero.

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Want to Engage Your Reports?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Apr 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM


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Set them free.  Give them the rope to tackle projects and initiatives without your constant intervention and management.  The reasons to do this are numerous but engagement has to be right there at the top.  So how do we go about this?

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Topics: Leadership, Purpose

KC Royals: Building a Winning Team

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Apr 12, 2016 3:30:00 PM


Spring is in the air, which means one thing. Baseball season is upon us. In the interview below, Kansas City Royals Owner, David Glass, discusses the killer combination of patience and strategy associated with building winning teams. These principles are applicable to both sports and business.

David Glass and his General Manager had the vision to believe the long-term commitment associated with turning the KC Royals Organization around would be worth the investment. Turns out they were right. 

Watch the full interview below. 

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Topics: Leadership, David Glass

Millennials: 5 Ways to Rebrand Your Image at Work

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Apr 6, 2016 2:00:00 PM


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Alright, millennials. Listen up. We have a tough stereotype being made about us in the workplace. Fair or unfair, there it is. You all know what it is. We come into work plugged into Spotify with our nonprescription glasses and pointy shoes ready to dominate the world. Great! “You go Glen CoCo!”

However, (when sticking to our established stereotypes) older generations by and large look at us and perceive our generation to be cut from a very different cloth than themselves. Thankfully for us, stereotypes function much like most things in life and there is always an exception to the preconceived rule of thumb. #Blessed

Below are FIVE ways to rebrand your image as a millennial and prove to others (#YourMom #YourBoss #THEWHOLEWORLD ) that you ARE the exception and you are NOT the traditional millennial. Here they are.

You’re welcome.

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Millennials: Entitled or Emergent?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Apr 1, 2016 2:30:00 PM


How many adjectives have you heard defining the Millennial generation? Lazy. Entitled. Arrogant. Narcissistic. The list goes on—and the characteristics are not normally associated with positive things.

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3 of our Favorite Leadership Videos

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 24, 2016 4:00:00 PM


Here are some of our favorite leadership videos from our collection. Check them out below!

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Topics: Leadership, Don Soderquist, Roger Staubach

The Importance of Building Bench Strength in Your Organization

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 22, 2016 3:02:03 PM

 
In this video, Don Soderquist, retired COO of Walmart, talks about how leaders often fail to establish bench strength by not preparing new leaders as the organization grows.

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Topics: Leadership, Don Soderquist, Employee Development

This Is the Work

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 16, 2016 4:39:43 PM

 
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Client meeting.  Presentation to leadership.  Line review with an account.  Shift run at a plant.  A project management review. This is not the work.  Sure these are the activities that make up our days.  It is what most often is listed in a job description.  But it is not the work.  The work is how you are showing up in all these activities. 

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Topics: Leadership, Values, Purpose

Team Building Exercises: Foster Laughter & Trust

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

"The shortest distance between two brains is laughter." -Daniel Goleman

Connectivity through shared experience is often lost in the tasks required to make strides toward the bottom line. Gallup research shows positive connectivity with co-workers in the workplace creates a higher sense of well-being and productivity.

Eighty percent of fortune 500 company employees say they like where they work because it is a fun place to work. Why not foster well-being through short, fun, team building activities at the beginning of meetings and or training? Below is an activity to help you get started.

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Topics: Tips, Organizational Change, Learning

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