Leaders Review Their Values
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Group Dynamic is about to do some restructuring. It will be important to share our plans with our clients, and I will likely write more about lessons learned at a later date. But right now, I want to reflect about … Read More

Thoughts on the Traditional Exit Interview
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Last week I shared information on Stay Interviews, and DeAnne offered additional thoughts. Today, let’s talk about the traditional exit interview. I still think they can be valuable, but you have to be thoughtful. Two big concepts to keep in … Read More

Leaders Consider “Stay” Interviews
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At a recent HR conference, I heard former Disney Institute trainer Sherri Merbach share ideas on the value of replacing exit interviews with stay interviews. Merbach made the case that exit interviews are too late and employees aren’t honest during … Read More

The Five Levels of Communication
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We talk a lot about communication on this blog, because communicating well is integral to the human experience. We cannot build or maintain relationships without good communication skills. The fallout of bad communication is all around us. Part of the … Read More

Leaders Know the Role of Context and Memory
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Picture this: A man nervously fumbles through his wallet. He’s about to buy a large coffee, which costs $3.19. “Oh, oh, oh,” he started nervously, looking around and shoving his hand into a deep pocket. “Looks like I don’t have … Read More

Meeting Needs
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“He would give someone the shirt off his back before they knew they needed it.“ These words came to mind as we celebrated the life of my wife’s grandfather a couple weeks ago. Do you know the feeling you get … Read More

Leading with a Joyful Perspective
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He was in his mid-50s. Unkempt hair. Tank top. Flip flops. Ripped jean shorts. No helmet. Riding a bike with a cigar in his mouth. I confess to making a quick judgment about how his cigar—before 8 a.m.—belied any effort … Read More

People Are the Real Bottom Line
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The Tokyo Olympics is in full swing, and I am loving every second of it. Of course, the big news of this year’s games has been U.S. gymnast Simone Biles. Most people expected her to make history in Tokyo by … Read More

Leaders Trust Their Leaders
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Note from Alan: One of my best friends, Matt Pries, is a wise man and a great writer. I’ve asked him to share some of his thoughts about leadership. Matt is Iowa’s 2021 Coach of the Year, and many of … Read More

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