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2022

How To Navigate From The Great Resignation To The Great Reinvention

Honestly, even some of the most brilliant minds did not see it coming. Last year stunned so many of us. Especially as we were living through the last quarter of the year, we started experiencing a fascinating new monumental trend: the Great Resignation. As so many are still waiting for the dust to settle or wrap their minds around what is going on, others took a proactive approach to recover from it as fast as possible and lessen its brunt by changing the course of action with a new strategy and direction. 

2021

12 Smart Ways A Business Can Stand Out In A Saturated Market

The opportunity to be innovative, transformative, and bold will help with timely and relevant service offerings and stand out from the crowd. If you are utilizing new technology, a unique way to make yourself and your business visible is by targeting your audience with daily posts on LinkedIn. This is the quickest way to gain needed traction and value-based attention.

15 Ways To Keep Company Culture Intact When Key Leaders Depart

It’s important to engage and communicate both with the leader(s) departing from the organization and the ones staying to keep the organizational culture intact despite any changes. When we create a healthy environment of sharing and learning, we can discover the root cause of someone’s departure, as well as opportunities to improve and stabilize core cultural elements, by gaining the support of the team and leadership.

Key Topics To Kick Off ESG-Centered Conversations With The C-Suite

A starting point for the conversation would be, “Taking your corporate ESG into consideration, what is your key objective for 2022?” It is essential to understand not only the organizational nomenclature, but also what the leaders have already implemented and what they wish to add to meet their success criteria and complement their organizational social responsibility efforts.

12 Coaching Strategies For Handling Clients Who Won’t Follow Through

Human behaviors such as arrogance are often expressed due to internal emotional issues. Understanding the triggers and root causes of a client’s behavior can make all the difference for them and help them to come around through increased self-awareness. Only then can they be helped in a meaningful way. The key is not to take their behavior personally and to seek to understand by asking relevant questions to discover more.

How To Discover And Unlock Your Legacy DNA

Have you ever wondered what makes other people more successful, impactful, influential? With over 7.9 billion people globally, we have a tremendous shortage of exceptional leaders, especially legacy leaders. But the more significant questions are, why is that, and how we can remedy this deficit?

In my book, The World Messenger: From Fear to Greatness: Business, Sports and Life Lessons, I share a path forward from fear to greatness, including discovering your dream, purpose, mission, vision and, ultimately, your legacy. A stepping stone on the path to greatness, the legacy!

10 Ways To Decide Whether To Tweak Or Eliminate Underperforming Products

This is an excellent opportunity to conduct a key performance indicator analysis to discover the root cause of why the service or product is underperforming before making any decisions. Gaining a better understanding of how initial projections were made in the first place and the key issues related to current customer expectations, industry trends and competition will lead to the best decision.

How To Discover Your Organizational And Leadership DNA

Nothing can move in the right direction without dividends of trust accumulated and demonstrated consistently over the years. Sadly, that is also one of the most depleted ingredients within organizational DNA today! Why? We are missing responsible leadership capable of navigating and awaking dormant cultures resisting much-needed change while operating with high ethical standards. As a result, we see painful evidence of how it affects their biggest asset — their people. 

14 Things Business Owners Wish They Knew Before Getting Started

Despite being fairly knowledgeable about what it takes to run a successful business, I was not focused on diversifying my service and client portfolios as much as I should have been. The most recent effects of the pandemic and global economic shift forced my colleagues and I to look at things from a new perspective. Having conversations with veterans in the business allowed me to pivot in new ways while positioning myself for success.

12 Mistakes Marketers Commonly Make In Corporate Social Ad Strategies

Large corporations make a common marketing mistake, especially during current events, due to the gap in understanding ever-changing customer demands. Because of this, companies are driving ineffective ad strategies that are not tracked well and aren’t producing desired results. The need to close that gap is at an all-time high and offers a great opportunity to adjust accordingly.

15 Steps To Take To Stay Cool When You’re Upset At Work

When things get heated too quickly, we have an excellent opportunity not only to pause but also to rewind. The rewind tactic is one of the best because it not only forces you to slow down, but also ensures that you can develop a shared understanding of what just happened by asking a question. This way, you can defuse the situation and get more information and time to cool off before you respond calmly. 

12 Creative Ways To Sustain The Energy You Need To Reach Your Goals

It is essential when setting up a new goal to calculate needing more time and anticipate that extra effort will be required in addition to specialized support. This not only will ensure that the new goal gets accomplished, but will also maintain momentum in the process. By preparing for a marathon, it will help you ensure consistency while preserving energy over a long period of time.

12 Ways For Organizations To Leverage Experiential Learning Opportunities

Experiential learning, especially for adults, is the key factor in fostering leadership excellence. It is often mistakenly thought of as an activity only, but in reality, it is one of the four key elements, which also include reflection, conceptualization and application. However, it is most importantly reflected in the four Fs—facts, feelings, findings and futures—which are essential to exceptional leadership and decision making.

12 Unique Well-Being Initiatives That Can Positively Impact Employees’ Lives

With so much data and supporting evidence, we need to institute a customized mental health and wellness program to support talent across the organization. Companies focused not only on creating improved, robust mental health services but also on tailoring them to each individual are increasing more than just overall well-being and engagement. They are also increasing performance and retention. Win-win! 

13 Ways For Companies To Successfully Recover From Bad Press

Dealing with bad press is a huge lesson for everyone involved in the organization, but more importantly, it can be a morale booster when done right. When we learn from situations through honest and transparent conversation, we can better understand what occurred and why. Only then can we work on the organization’s future state and seize the tremendous opportunity to strengthen internal relationships.

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15 Effective Ways To Transition From Team Member To Manager

Leading your former peers is an excellent opportunity to maintain a close personal relationship with them and gain their support by asking for their honest feedback and participation. This shows that you value them and their opinions and will support them going forward. As a result, it will help you build your credibility as a new boss and earn the team’s approval.

How To Inspire And Transform Your Business Talent In 2021

The more we know where we and our business stand in talent experience, skill and engagement, operating efficiency and thought leadership, the more successful we will be. Our ability to have thought-provoking, engaging, inclusive, intellectual, individualized and diverse conversations are some of the best ways to accomplish that.

How To Handle A Client Leaving: 13 Valuable Lessons

I strongly believe that things always happen for a reason. I discovered that my client had a pattern of using and abusing people (besides me) with expectations of working 80-plus hours a week, resulting in high talent turnaround. Also, he was using our network and relationships with false promise. When I questioned his and his partners specific behaviors, it resulted in their quick departure.

Seven Ways Job Seekers Can Find The Right Recruiter

Are you getting the results that you are looking for during the biggest economic downturn? Most likely not. Therefore, in the current, highly competitive job market, it is more important than ever to have an informational interview with a recruiter. Knowledge is power and can save you so much time, especially as the majority of jobs are not posted online. Who knows you is the new game!

Changing Paths Mid-Career? 12 Ways To Find A New Direction

Through the self-discovery process with my clients, I focus on their strengths, passions, desires, values, goals and motivations. After completing that process, we typically work on finding companies and roles that strongly align with those traits. Then, we outline the path forward, ranging from informational interviews to specific positions and much more, to increase their chances of landing a “dream job.”

13 Effective Tactics For Creating Offline Brand Exposure

With the current restrictions in mind, one of the best ways to create offline exposure with customers is to mail personal notes with small personal touches that will make them feel appreciated. Great examples would be gift cards or flash drives loaded with resources that are specifically valuable to them and their business. Nothing captures people’s attention and loyalty as much as making them valued and remembered will.

14 Mistakes Leaders Make That Set A Bad Example For Team Members

One of the leaders I worked with interrupted his co-worker during her presentation by taking abrupt control of the room and conversation. The worst part was that the mood in the room shifted, creating an undesired outcome. This was a huge learning opportunity for this leader and his team moving forward, especially in the use of power and leadership and communication style.

Why Emotional And Social Intelligence Are Must-Have Leadership Traits

EQ, or emotional quotient, is an individual's capability to recognize emotions and feelings, both their own and others'. You develop EQ by experiencing, understanding and labeling different feelings. It also involves using emotional information to guide your thinking and behavior. The key is to adjust our emotions to adapt to the environment that we are in at any given time, as reflected daily in our behaviors.  

13 Ways To Discover And Realign Priorities Around Personal Values

Regardless of the reasons why values get lost or out of alignment with priorities, having periodic assessments and real conversations with the client and/or leadership team helps tremendously to realign their values with their mission. The proactive approach is most desirable, especially after the organization's rapid growth or M&A. Paying attention to the first sign of the misalignment is the best policy.  

14 Signs That Tell Owners It’s Time To Pivot Their Business

Based on my clients and my experiences, there are many reasons to pivot in the business, especially in the current economy. The key is to know why and how, especially when you hit a plateau with a highly demanding product or service or when there is a little response from the marketplace. Pay close attention to data, trends and competition, as these are some early indicators. – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

14 Strategies To Keep A Growing Startup’s ‘A-Players’ On Board

To keep A-players in your organization, it is essential to know what attracted them to it in the first place. As the company grows, they do too; so knowing what keeps them motivated, engaged, committed and loyal to the organization and the C-suite is a must. Keeping a pulse on their needs by having trusted conversations will ensure their longevity with the company. – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

13 Ways To Ease Into A Job Hunt While Still Employed

Scheduling and blocking specific times for your job search each day is essential. Plan your weekends well so that you can do more when you are free from your regular job. And make sure to utilize LinkedIn and network with others virtually as much as possible. It will help you to stay focused and optimistic. Game on! – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

Want To Know How CEO Style Impacts Hiring? Here Are 9 Ways.

CEOs who develop a guiding, overarching philosophy about how they add the best value to the organization and its culture will create tremendous success and buzz about the company from its internal stakeholders. They will then attract high-quality, committed talent. It is all about how they show up daily through their leadership, reputation and integrity. Otherwise, their success will diminish. -

2020

15 Ways To Convince Employees To Utilize An Open-Door Policy

More specific expectations around preferred ways of communication supported by the open-door policy will create a win-win situation for everyone. Too many interruptions, face-to-face meetings and calls will no longer hinder productivity or effectiveness. As a leader, you want to be approachable and accessible to others. The key is to decide on an effective process that can engage and support everyone.  – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

12 Ways For Business Leaders To Make More Proactive Decisions

Anticipate your talent, organizational and customer needs based on current and upcoming events and trusted and transparent conversations, and then adjust accordingly. As a leader, you need to know what is happening outside of your organization, within the industry and with your competition. This will allow you to stay proactive while solving problems and finding innovative solutions. 

4 Leadership And Transformation Opportunities To Round Out 2020

Granted, it is not easy to be a stand-alone leader during significant uncertainties, but it is still possible to produce valuable results and tangible success. When we maximize the opportunities that we have control over, so much is possible. Here are four high-impact leadership and transformational opportunities you can capitalize on to exit this year feeling like a true champion:

15 Trends That Are Expected To Drive Small Business In 2021

An excellent digital footprint and visibility will be a must for the small business next year. As everyone is spending significant time on the internet, having a great digital presence and branding will help when competing for new projects, contracts, partnerships and opportunities. This is an excellent way to highlight your product or service, engage and build community. – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

13 Powerful Reasons To Diversify Your Marketing Channels

Diversifying your marketing channels, especially at this time, offers an opportunity to engage with existing customers and attract potential customers at the same time. You can accomplish this by earning the attention of target audiences and retaining their interest with impactful and engaging content and solutions. – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

14 Ways To Build A Solid Crisis Management Strategy

Creating a solid communication plan that clearly identifies the team members involved and their roles is one of the most important steps to take in crisis management. This plan should be integrated into an overall contingency plan, and it should be shared with all team members. The desired outcome happens so much faster when you focus on finding effective solutions. – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

8 Market Optimization Tips To Find Success In A Shifting Economy

Besides focusing on branding and product or service value, as everyone tries to do in a shifting economic landscape, we also need to pay close attention to existing competitive alternatives and unique attributes or solutions that we bring to the table. The more we can distill what is truly needed and deliver that in a very enticing way, the better our market optimization. – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

Future Leadership In The Global Digital Age

We can't allow this chaos to stop us from creating a path forward for future leaders who will save the day on such a large scale. Why? We have so much on the line! We owe stability and success through future leadership to our people and our global communities, beyond our companies and traditional stakeholders. 

14 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Display Human-Centric Leadership

To exhibit healthy and effective human-centric leadership, leaders need to allow upward feedback from their talent. This is needed today, especially, with so many disruptions in the workplace and a lack of leadership and management accountability. As a result, valuable input from talent can lead to modified behaviors, new policies, and streamlined processes, making the organization much stronger. - Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

2020 Has Been A Leadership Game Changer

This year has proven to be a huge game changer! Regardless of whether we are talking to young or seasoned veterans in business, 2020 stands out the most from our previous experiences — which can be alarming. It can stretch us outside of our comfort zone to the point that we may be unsure of what to do next, paralyzed, fearful or uncertain. – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

15 Essential Things To Do Before An Important Stakeholder Meeting

Be willing to improvise and able to innovate based on who you are meeting with. Knowing as much as possible about the background of each stakeholder attending the meeting is paramount. As a behavioralist, knowing more about individual personalities, motivations and key drivers helps me to address their questions and position conversation in the meetings for success. - Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

Make Your Meetings More Efficient And Effective With These 13 Strategies

As regular meetings shift to virtual ones, it is essential now more than ever to have a meeting agenda with a clear objective and set time limits in advance. The key to effectively executing the meeting is to have the organizer who is owning the meeting utilize the tools of the platform. That way, everyone can adjust to the new format and meeting style or expectations while creating a big win-win. - Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

14 Social Skills Every Business Leader Should Master

To deal effectively with current complexities on a personal and professional level, every business leader needs to exhibit positive emotional responses. Offer support and a safe haven for others through extended emotional and social capacity. This will help to strengthen relationships as well as create a thriving culture and organization. – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

15 Smart Ways To Facilitate Better Brainstorming From Your Team

Set the stage and set the best framework for your team and for the topic at hand. Focus only on one thing at the time while probing and asking impactful, thought-provoking questions that are engaging and resonate well with everyone. The key is to deliver exceptional facilitation, capture everyone's contribution, and have a clear sense of the next steps and desired outcomes. – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

Identify What Is Missing

It is great to know the client’s “why” or end goal, but that would be impossible to do without assessing what is missing in their business today. Often, what is preventing them from accomplishing their desired results is not always clear or understood. Golden key to their magical pivot! - Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

15 Steps To Take When A Company's Profits Plummet

Assess, adjust, and regroup as quickly as you can! After that, focus on things that you can do while dealing with challenges at hand until the situation improves or gets corrected. Seek professional advice and/or assistance, as talking with someone externally can help to effectively process issues and identify quick solutions with you. - Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

Leadership Excellence: Fostering Human Connection And Dialogue

The importance of focusing on human connection is that it is a powerful force allowing everyone to look at what connects us versus what separates us. It is endlessly giving ROIs and KPIs, in addition to high performance and engagement in a healthy working environment or community. The best part is that it is achievable. - Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

14 Questions Job Seekers Shouldn't Ask During Interviews

This question would be great as a follow-up question to how long did the previous person hold the position. As we are experiencing a massive shift in organizations due to current events, it may be interpreted as insensitive or irrelevant. As many people were let go, working and cultural environments changed, too. Instead, focus on the present moment and how you can contribute starting today. – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

Relocating? 15 Concrete Strategies To Impress Out-Of-State Employers

The key is to act quickly by starting right away with your new job search. As you reach out to your connections and hiring managers, lead with the value and expertise. Make your expertise and knowledge evident, relevant, and easy to spot and hard to resist. Lastly, you will save everyone time by applying and considering jobs that you truly qualify for that match your skillset. 

- Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

8 Ways To Conquer Change And Transformation Like A Pro

Our world looks so much different today than it did just three months ago at the start of 2020. As the global, national, state, and local landscape shifted and continues to shift, we need to stay grounded. We need to remind ourselves of how strong and capable we are and how we are equipped to adapt, adjust, and act accordingly. - Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

8 Lessons In Leadership From A First-Generation American

Respect always starts with family, friends and the community, as they are the ones who reflect our values and character. Self-discipline, sacrifices and years of practicing to lead with the utmost respect for others has taught me you must be proud of the place that you live in, as well as be the pride of where you live.

- Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

8 Lessons In Leadership From A First-Generation American

Even though opportunities don't present themselves in the same way, we can create our own.

- Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

Foster Knowledge Transfer

When the key leadership is departing, it is essential to have an open session of knowledge transfer regardless of the reasons for their departure. It is so empowering, healthy and a symbolic way of passing the torch to a new assembly of leaders for organizational success. - Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

You Don’t Have A Foundation Of Organizational Stability & Sustainability

The most important organizational foundation lies in its stability and sustainability. When that is intact, we can still foster steady growth and expansion without the urgent need to innovate by scaling our business. If that service or product model works, keep it going! Trust your instincts, as you know the best for your business. – Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

Business Lessons From The Cannes Film Festival

Today, we see so much content on the market, as well as more competition than ever before, making it essential to rise to the top to succeed.

- Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

7 Forward-Thinking Leadership Attributes Your Organization Needs Today

The way individuals and the organization respond to change provides a snapshot of how successful an organization is, and it will dictate how successful it will be in years to come. - Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute

Three Keys To Attracting And Retaining Top Talent

In the end, companies (regardless of how small or large) can't afford to sit on the sidelines.

- Izabela Lundberg, Legacy Leaders Institute