ALULA Honors African American Leaders Who Led the Right Way

By Delores (Dee) Conway posted in Leadership

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Co-authored by:  Dee Conway and Alycia Diggs-Chavis

African culture and history offer much wisdom for the world to live by, whether at work, at home, or in society at large . . . and what’s one of the key lessons?

Good behavior must start from the top. — South African Proverb

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Be the HEART of Your Organization During American Heart Month

By Bridget Russell, Ed. D. posted in Leadership, Workplace Health

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With the rapid transitions that COVID-19 forced upon all of us, and the evolving needs of today’s workforce, there’s been a great deal of discussion around maintaining the health and wellness of employees. As leaders, we have a responsibility for maintaining workforce wellbeing. In such an unprecedented time, it’s crucially important to look out for the mental health of your employees—but I feel that there’s another vital part of employee wellbeing: cardiovascular health.

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2021 New Year’s Resolutions Teach a Powerful Lesson About Organizational Change

By Amy Durgin, Ph.D. posted in Change Management

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Despite our best intentions at the start of the January, it’s widely known that over 75% of resolutions fail by the second week of February.

Most articles on the topic endlessly rehash “how to really make it stick this time” or “why we should stop making resolutions in the first place.” But we’re overlooking a valuable lesson these failures teach us about how little we understand about humans and change in general.

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The Power of Positive Gossip: Building a Culture Defined by Successes

By Ken Wagner, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Culture

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“Most coaches study the films when they lose. I study them when we win—to see if I can figure out what I did right.”

—Paul “Bear” Bryant, University of Alabama Head Football Coach

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Performance Coaching Brings Sustained Results to Canada’s Top Commercial Property Developer

By Delores (Dee) Conway posted in Behavior, Leadership, Culture, Coaching

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In 2020, Carmen Klein, VP Organizational Effectiveness and Systems (HR) at Cadillac Fairview graciously shared her thoughts and experiences using ALULA's Performance Coaching and Feedback as an enabler for their OneCF Culture. 

Cadillac Fairview is one of the largest owners, operators, and developers of best-in-class office, retail, and mixed-use properties in North America, valued at over $32B. Their real estate portfolio also includes investments in retail, mixed-use, and industrial real estate in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.

Cadillac Fairview’s employee engagement ranks in the Global Top 25% Most Engaged Companies. The firm has received accolades for their OneCF Culture, including Waterstone Canada’s Most Admired Cultures and Achievers Most Engaged Workplaces in North America.

The company’s journey to make its people and culture a competitive advantage began years ago, when company CEO John Sullivan made this observation: “Cadillac Fairview’s success is partly defined by the results we achieve (EBIT, returns, growth). But our success also is defined by how employees achieve those results, and the mindset and behavior of every employee. Behavioral leadership is key.”

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Stop Feeling Like a Pinball: Four Foundations of Effective Performance Coaching That Take Just a Few Minutes a Day

By Ken Wagner, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Communicating with Teams, Coaching

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A new year brings the opportunity to apply learnings from the previous year and plan for areas where you want to improve. One thing I’ve seen over my years of coaching are leaders who go through their days bouncing from place-to-place and task-to-task, at the end of the day, feel as though they’ve not accomplished any of the work they planned.

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Eight Steps For Maximizing Your Relationship With Your Manager

By Ken Wagner, Ph.D. posted in Behavior

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Coauthored by: Ken Wagner, Ph.D. and Amy Durgin, Ph.D.

Leaders have long been encouraged to empower and engage the people around them. But usually it’s talked about as a one-way approach – the leader as the provider and the employee as the recipient. What if there was a reciprocal strategy on the part of the employee to further capitalize on the empowering approach the leader provides? In other words, what’s the analogous work-smarter-not-harder response for the employee in this situation?

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Sustaining High Performance in a Work-From-Anywhere World – How’s Your Company Doing?

By ALULA posted in Leadership, Operational Excellence, Change Management, Leading Remote Teams, Organizational Transformation, Change

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ALULA is conducting a survey of business leaders across many industries to analyze and understand the impact of the various changes in work environments on employee performance. And we are asking for your participation.

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Business Communication Skills for Leaders That Engage & Activate Teams

By Debbie Kramer posted in Leadership, Team Building, Communicating with Teams

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Tamika was recently promoted into a role where she became responsible for multiple teams. She had been working with her team leaders to create a vision and plan aligned with the organization’s strategy and plan. It was time to share it with the employees in her department.

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Twelve Leadership Practices to Help Others Excel

By Ken Wagner, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Operational Excellence

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Leadership is all about helping others to excel. As a leader, how do you achieve that?

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