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Spread Positive Gossip to Ensure Engagement in a Hybrid Workplace

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

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The practice of spreading positive gossip is a sure way for leaders and teams to equally engage team members who are located at the office or worksite as well as those working remotely. 

Ken Wagner, Ph.D., Senior Principal at ALULA, shares important insights that can help leaders and teams thrive in a hybrid work environment.

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Organizational Alignment: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

By Ken Wagner, Ph.D. posted in Leadership, Leader-Led Change, Alignment

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Coauthored by: Ken Wagner, Ph.D. and J.P. Martinez

The flames are mesmerizing, the noise overwhelming, and the sheer power is remarkable. These words do not come close to illustrating the brilliance of a rocket launched on its way into space. And while truly incredible, the awe-inspiring physical representation of achieving escape velocity in some ways distracts from the true accomplishment; consider what is necessary for a successful launch. All the people, all the parts, and all the conditions must line up together, in just the right way, at the right time.

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Honoring Jewish Heritage Month

By Ken Wagner, Ph.D. posted in Culture

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As I was reading the quote on the wall, I felt a sense of pride; it resonated deeply with me. I went to the museum café, grabbed a napkin, and copied the quote. Later, I typed it, printed it on fancy paper, put it in a frame, and it’s been on a shelf in my office for nearly 30 years. It’s a quote from Albert Einstein, posted on a wall in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.  

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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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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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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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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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How to Achieve a High-Performing Culture

By Ken Wagner, Ph.D. posted in Behavior, Leadership, Operational Excellence, Team Culture, Culture, Strategy Execution, Organizational Transformation

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Successful organizations have a few things in common.  They strive to do great work, delight customers, and provide a positive return for employees and shareholders.

In this two-minute video, Ken Wagner, Ph.D., identifies the one foundational truth that must be present; a cultural set up to help people be successful in their mission.

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