Soderquist Blog

In Memory of Don Soderquist

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 22, 2016 11:28:32 AM

We are deeply saddened to share that Don Soderquist passed away on Thursday morning from complications related to heart surgery.

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Is Your Team Overdependent On You?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 12, 2016 12:00:00 PM


I've been reading Michael Bungay Stanier and his perspectives on coaching and leadership. He mentions three viscious workplace cycles: overdependence, getting overwhelmed and becoming disconnected. The first one was particularly interesting to me.  

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Topics: Employee Development, Creating Culture

Are You Keeping Up With Change?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 7, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Watch as Chairman and CEO of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, discusses how leaders need to make sure the changes they are making
inside the business match the rate of change taking place outside the business.

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Topics: Leadership

Urgency Fuels Change

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM


Rarely do we embrace change.  Even if we do conceptually, it often fails to translate into reality. This is most certainly true in our personal lives.  Recall the countless New Year’s resolutions ranging from diet to exercise to money to career that have failed to produce tangible results.

Similarly, think of change initiatives within your organization.  How many of these fizzle out or even worse turn into mediocre warm tea?  Why is change so hard to bring to completion?

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Topics: Personal Development

Are You Bringing Your (whole) Self to Work?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM


Work/life balance continues to be a topic that leaders everywhere are trying to figure out. There have been many attempts to help us manage the stress of keeping up with a family, a career, and if there’s any time left over, a social life.

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Topics: Leadership, Personal Development

Mythbusting Work-Life Balance

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


Work-Life Balance. If you could somehow get that right, it would be the magic bullet finally putting to rest all of your worries and stresses, right? Cue the “Hakuna Matata” theme song, please.

But what if I told you there was no such thing as this mythical “work-life balance.” It doesn’t exist.

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks, Personal Development

Are You Valuable?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 23, 2016 3:30:00 PM


This is a challenging question.  It's a whole lot easier to answer when altered to "do you create value?" In a business context, we are used to this concept of value creation. Is creating value the requirement for being valuable? Well, certainly economically we could take such a rational stance.

What do we do with someone who is failing to create value in a role? In a career? Are these folks inherently not valuable?

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Topics: Leadership, Values & Ethics

Now You're Speaking My Language

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 21, 2016 4:30:00 PM


As leaders, sometimes you have important stuff to say. That’s a fact.

Whether it is in a board meeting or simply in your home, if you want your message to resonate with the receiver, it is invaluable that what you are saying aligns with what they are seeing in your actions and gestures.

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks

Shout out to all the "Dad Advice" in the world

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 17, 2016 6:00:00 PM


The man. The myth. The legend. The DAD. There is something about becoming a dad that suddenly equips one to be a fountain of wisdom in his children's life.

With Father's Day just around the corner, we wanted to give a great big shout out to our dads by honoring the best "Dad Advice" they have provided over the years. 

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Topics: Leadership

Make Your Message Matter

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 17, 2016 2:13:20 PM



Winston Churchill said, "the difference between mere management and leadership is communication." A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that employers rated verbal communication as the most important skill they look for in job candidates.

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks