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Archive for October, 2017

How Does Your Company Rate?

Most Wanted: Benefits

According to Gallup, there are a lot of cool perks and benefits offered to attract the best talent, but what people really want is detailed above. Bottomline, money matters, meaning matters, and flexibility matters! How does your company rate in offering people the benefits and perks that lead to being a standout company with the best people doing their best work to make the world better?

If you want to become a brand known for what really matters, read…

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What is Sonder?

Self and Other Awareness!

Sonder defined: the realization that each random passerby is living a life as complex as your own- populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness- everyone lives their own epic story that continues invisibly around you.

If you want to be a leader, a person of positive influence and impact, you have to be on a lifelong journey of self-discovery and awareness. Without self and other awareness, we lack sonder. Leading with sonder is leading with a deep sense of self-awareness and a deep commitment to empathy and benevolence toward others, qualities every well-loved, liked, and respected leader must model.

Here is what Seth Godin said about sonder in his blog:

That everyone has a noise in their head.

That everyone thinks that they are right, and that they have suffered affronts and disrespect at the hands of others.

That everyone is afraid. And that everyone realizes that they are also lucky.

That everyone has an impulse to make things better, to connect and to contribute.

That everyone wants something that they can’t possibly have. And if they could have it, they’d discover that they didn’t really want it all along.

That everyone is lonely, insecure and a bit of a fraud. And that everyone cares about something.

Sonder might happen to you. When it does, it will help you see the world in a whole new way. Because if you let it, the feeling can persist. A feeling that can allow you to see others the way you’d like to be seen.

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It Doesn’t Work

Break the Habit

Prioritize and focus instead! Here are some reasons multitasking does not work:

                    Innovation MythBusters Part 1

                    Innovation MythBusters Part 2

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Checked Out… Or?


Employee engagement has barely budged in almost two decades. Although Gallup has been tracking employee engagement since 2000, engagement levels remain a crisis in the US and globally. According to Gallup:

Although there have been some slight ebbs and flows, less than one-third of U.S. employees have been engaged in their jobs and workplaces during these 17 years.

So, how can you influence engagement in your own business? We like to say engagement is as much the will of the people as it is the will of the CEO or senior level leaders. 

Be a change agent in your own pocket of influence, take a drip approach. You may not be able to change the entire business culture, but you can positively impact your direct environment and those around you. How? Lock arms and ask,

  • What can we do around here to make a difference?
  • What’s getting in the way of achieving our desired outcomes?

And then, as a team, tackle the high leverage suggestions and solutions for engaging more people. Keep this mantra top of mind, “How can we help each other add value, feel valued and make a contribution?” You have a choice, you can check out or standout… Engaged people standout and gain input and involvement from the top, middle and front line. It takes a team!

We have worked with countless organizations to help them build teams of influence and grow engagement. If you are interested in learning more, contact Darcy@Freibergs.com


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