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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Looking Back Provides Understanding for Moving Forward

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

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In 1982, W. Edwards Deming published his 14 Points of Management and described what he called the System of Profound Knowledge. His ideas and writings continue to revolutionize manufacturing and organizational excellence by influencing innovators, thought leaders, and organizational teams throughout the world.

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What Do We Know about Advancing as a Female Leader?  A Lot!

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Leadership

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Recently I had the pleasure of co-chairing the 5th Annual Advancing Women’s Leadership Skills and Opportunities in Pharma and Healthcare - East.  The three-day event was filled to the brim with great speakers, learning opportunities, and activities—like dancing! I loved the energy of the event, and the passion of both the speakers and the very engaged audience, despite it being a virtual event.

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Trusting Your Remote Teams to Do the Right Things (Even When No One is Looking)

By Ken Wagner, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Communicating with Teams, Working Remote, Leading Remote Teams, Managing Remotely

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“How do I know my remote team is just as productive as when I was able to see them in the office?”

“How do I know they are doing the right things in the right way? Are there metrics I can use?”

“How can I be sure my remote employees are fully engaged, even though I’m not around?”

I’m hearing these questions a lot as remote work has become the “new way of work.” As a leader, what can you do? Do you use keystroke counters and always-on cameras to see them—because you can’t fully trust them? Or, maybe you should “trust but verify?” Or, “trust and hope for the best?”

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Checklist for Virtual Conference Attendees and Participants

By ALULA posted in Leadership, Working Remote

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Virtual conferences, in some form, are here to stay. And they come with unique challenges and benefits. With that in mind, ALULA developed a checklist of how best to prepare for—and engage in—virtual conference activities. These will ensure you get the most out of the experience—and hopefully you avoid some common pitfalls that may occur with this new way of engaging in virtual events.

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Can Your Culture Drive Your Digital Transformation?

By Danielle Geissler, Ph.D. posted in Behavior, Leadership, Digital Transformation, Team Culture, Culture

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Culture can make or break your digital strategy. At ALULA, we define culture as patterns of behavior that have been either reinforced or discouraged by people, systems, and processes over time. No two cultures are the same, and an organization’s digital culture can be best defined by the people within it.

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