Whether or not leaders realize it, their organizations have a collective consciousness – one that is dictated by common language and shared values of executives, leaders, and employees. Throughout the 20th century, organizations generally developed collective consciousness that can be placed into three categories: (1) energy and power, (2) order and conformity, and (3) success and achievement. These…

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A recent survey of professionals, managers and executives titled “What’s Your Style of Change Management?” uncovered a significant discrepancy between how employees and executives perceive change in the workplace. While 37% of executives believe employees want to remain in the status quo, 63% of them believe their employees want to reach for something bigger and better.…

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Leaders and executives are often looking to external stakeholders – such as customers, investors, and market forces – to boost their organization’s bottom line. However, leaders are missing out on one of the most valuable group of stakeholders they have – their employees. Cultivating stakeholders within your organization is key to boosting engagement, efficiency, and…

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Since the economic recession in 2008, leaders have reverted to primal instincts – managing their employees and organizations out of fear. In doing so, companies have instituted heavy-handed management and left authentic, inspiring leadership on the backburner. Unfortunately, strict management practices are misdirected – managing their people rather than their culture. Time and again, studies show an…

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The Engineering Leadership Institute is excited to welcome Joshua Plenert, MBA, MS, PE as our most recent guest blogger. Joshua currently works as Regional Manager at Cartwright Architects and Engineers, has been an adjunct professor at California State University – Sacramento, and is an engineering management and leadership expert, author, and lecturer.  Engineering firms will…

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WATCH THIS VIDEO! – to get the details on our upcoming seminar, How Soft Skills Drive High Performance, presented in Bozeman on Tuesday, March 20, and Missoula on Thursday, March 22. Soft skills are part of a larger set of high-performance skills that we at ELI call Success Enabling Skills. Come and learn how soft…

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According to WikiJob, interpersonal skills – strongly linked to emotional intelligence – are essential to understanding what motivates your employees and how they tap into their knowledge to produce optimal results. As a leader, understanding your employees’ motives, strengths, and knowledge – and encouraging your team members to do the same – will increase your ability…

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According to the Governance Report at Brookings titled “How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America,” millennials will comprise 75% of the workforce by 2025. The growing millennial presence in the workforce challenges traditional practices, changing the landscape of how we work and what creates high-performing teams and organizations. With the evolving workforce comes major changes…

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Although American companies spend upwards of $14 billion on leadership development each year, only 19% of organizations feel they are “very effective” at developing leaders. What’s worse, only 18% of organizations feel their leaders effectively meet business goals. Where is this discrepancy coming from? How can organizations effectively develop leaders throughout their organization? With approximately 10,000 baby boomers retiring each day,…

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In 2009, Google’s people analytics team launched Project Oxygen – a multiyear research program seeking to answer the fundamental question: Do managers even matter? That seems like a crazy question, doesn’t it? Of course an organization needs managers! Well, let’s rewind a bit. In its early years, Google, like many other tech-based companies, struggled to get their…

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