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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Dec 29, 2016 3:22:00 PM

It's that time of year again! As 2016 comes to a close and we gear up for a new year, we wanted to take a look back and share with you our top blog posts from this past year.

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Topics: Leadership, Company Culture, Employee Development, Personal Development

Is Your Team Overdependent On You?

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

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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

Diverse Just Like Me

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 4, 2016 3:00:00 PM

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Have you ever heard a senior executive say that they were looking for diversity in their organization as long as it looks, sounds and thinks like them?  Well, you’ve likely not heard them verbalize such a claim, but actions speak louder than words.  The ethnic, racial, and gender aspects of this have been decried - and rightfully so.  

What has received less attention is the oft lack of diversity in thought and style.  Just as destructive, but perhaps less observable on the surface.

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Topics: Leadership, Employee Development, Creating Culture

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, Employee Development

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

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: Practical Tips & Tricks, Employee Development

The Secret to Winning Your Follower's Commitment

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 21, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Keep your promises.

I would suggest it is that simple.

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Topics: Leadership, Relationships, Values & Ethics, Practical Tips & Tricks, Employee Development

What's Your Job As A Leader?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 7, 2015 4:40:00 PM

 

 

Watch as Steve Reinemund, retired CEO of Pepsico, talks about the importance of leadership development within the Pepsico culture, and how leaders should be developing other leaders.

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Topics: Leadership, Powerful Influencers, Employee Development

The Importance of Building Bench Strength in Your Organization

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 2, 2015 3:54:00 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, Powerful Influencers, Employee Development

What is Your Business?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 30, 2015 10:57:00 AM

 


Watch as retired CEO of ServiceMASTER, Bill Pollard, recalls the time Peter Drucker told his entire board they were all wrong about their business.  

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Topics: Leadership, Powerful Influencers, Relationships, Employee Development, Creating Culture