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  Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | 12:04 PM ET

A New Corporate Crisis: Lack of Loyalty

Posted By Jeremy Kingsley, Author, “Inspired People Produce Results"
Inspired People Produce Results, by Jeremy Kingsley
Source: amazon.com

Guest Author Blog by Jeremy Kingsley author of "Inspired People Produce Results - How Great Leaders Use Passion, Purpose, and Principles to Unlock Incredible Growth,"

Lack of loyalty is a serious problem in organizations everywhere today.

No longer do people join a company and devote the rest of their working lives to it. Companies are, of course, not exactly known for offering up thirty or forty years of employment, a gold watch and pension plan.

Times have changed. Businesses appear and disappear at a dizzying pace. So do the jobs they offer. Organizations preoccupied with short-term, bottom line thinking often view their employees as little more than resources to be hired, fired, and manipulated as the need arises. Workers are naturally less happy on the job when they sense little or no loyalty from their employer.

Both sides pay a price for this lack of loyalty. What can you do to avoid this terrifying outcome? Learn from others.

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  Saturday, 6 Apr 2013 | 2:33 PM ET

Disney University: The Power of Free Popcorn

Posted By Doug Lipp, author of 'Disney U'
Source: amazon.com

Are the people who pay for goods and services "Customers," "Patients," "Students," "Residents," or "Guests?"

Are the people working in an organization "Associates," "Team Members," "Partners," "Employees or "Cast Members"?

The debate about how to best address customers and employees consumes valuable time, energy and money in many organizations. Yet, merely changing nouns or verbs won't ensure a culture dedicated to world class customer service or create a motivated and engaged workforce.

(Read More: Killing the 'Sacred Cows' That Are Killing Your Company)

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  Saturday, 6 Apr 2013 | 11:11 AM ET

CEOs: Act Like a Local and Avoid Global Blunders

Posted By Gayle Cotton, Author of "Say Anything to Anyone, Anywhere"
Say Anything, to Anyone, Anywhere by, Gayle Cotton
Source: amazon.com

Cultural etiquette, politeness, and good manners are passed down through societies from generation to generation.

Etiquette refers to the cultural guidelines for what is appropriate or inappropriate and polite or impolite. It gives a culture structure, integrity, grace, and finesse—all of which are uniquely adapted from one culture to another.

Fortunately, simple business and social etiquette are often based on basic common sense. Although etiquette styles and fads may come and go, the fundamentals of global etiquette remain essentially the same.

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  Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 2:35 PM ET

Killing the 'Sacred Cows' That Are Killing Your Company

Posted By Jake Breeden, Author of, "Tipping Sacred Cows"
Books: Tipping Sacred Cows
Source: Amazon.com

Guest Author Blog by Jake Breeden author of, "Tipping Sacred Cows: Kick the Bad Work Habits that Masquerade as Virtues."

Sometimes collaboration hides a lack of accountability and balance masks an unwillingness to make a decision. Collaboration and balance are two virtues that can combine to cover up some nasty virtues. Leaders must take a hard look at the virtues they are proud of to make sure no vice lurks within.

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  Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | 1:07 PM ET

Five Steps to Brilliant Innovations

Posted By Debra Kaye, Author of "Red Thread Thinking"
Red Thread Thinking by, Debra Kaye
Source: amazon.com

Guest Author Blog by Debra Kaye author of book, "Red Thread Thinking: Weaving Together Connections for Brilliant Ideas and Profitable Innovation,"

How many times have you thought, "I wish I'd thought of that!" or wanted to know how to successfully connect to a winning concept? Great innovators create new ideas by making connections between seemingly unrelated experiences and observations to uncover surprising, unique insights. Now you can have the genius quotient, too.

My new book, "Red Thread Thinking: Weaving Together Connections for Brilliant Ideas and Profitable Innovation," proves insights are no accident. It helps you tap into your own resources and knowledge to help create big, successful, fresh ideas or improve on existing ones.

Here are just five examples.

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  Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | 10:46 AM ET

Want More Productive Workers - Give Them Hope

Posted By Shane J. Lopez, Author of "Making Hope Happen"
Source: amazon.com

American salespeople, Swiss mechanics, and Chinese factory workers all are more productive if they are hopeful.

In an effort to learn more about the universality and nature of the hope-productivity link, I worked with a team of researchers to meta-analyze more than fifty studies on hope and work.

We were able to quantify hope's contribution to productivity. Other conditions being equal, hope leads to a 14% bump in workplace outcomes. Drawing upon my research and findings from studies around the world, I found that there are five characteristics of hopeful employees that make them more productive than other people.

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