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The Case for Developing Internal Talent


It was only a short while ago that pools for open positions, particularly leadership positions, were overflowing with talent. We sorted applicants into A, B, and C categories, then considered only those in the A category. The market for good talent leaned so heavily in favor of employers that excellent candidates were even willing to [...]

The Case for Developing Internal Talent2022-01-15T18:01:27+00:00

The Cost of Thinking Out Loud


There are very few things less productive and more damaging than rumors, unfounded speculation, and gossip.  If we could accurately calculate their negative effect within a work environment, many leaders would be shocked and moved to action. It is surprising, after all, that such commonplace occurrences could fuel extreme reductions in efficiency and productivity. Each [...]

The Cost of Thinking Out Loud2022-01-10T00:59:14+00:00

Climbing Through an Inflexible Company Culture


On a day in February, my son Luke and I headed to Old Rag, a mountain in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. The weather was cold and windy, but the sun still shone. I had heard that this was a great 10 mile hike with some rock scrambling at the top, the kind Luke and [...]

Climbing Through an Inflexible Company Culture2022-01-06T13:24:40+00:00

Our Top 5 Posts from 2021


There’s no denying that 2021 has been a year of great change, one that tested leaders across the world and presented numerous challenges to the traditional methods of doing business and building teams.  At FiredUp! Culture, it’s also been an opportunity to see the foundations of the FiredUp! model in action, spurring growth and evolution. [...]

Our Top 5 Posts from 20212021-12-28T02:01:41+00:00

Stop Wasting Time: 5 Ways to Make Your Meetings Count


What is it about meetings? The mere mention of the word can send team members into fits of apoplexy or cause them to descend into resigned despair. Instead of viewing meetings as an opportunity to spend time together and work collectively toward a shared goal, now they’re frequently considered an institutional waste of time. It’s [...]

Stop Wasting Time: 5 Ways to Make Your Meetings Count2021-12-23T17:16:14+00:00

Foundations of the FiredUp! Model


At FiredUp! Culture, we believe that leadership isn’t a state of being, but it is a journey. While there are many different types of leaders, very few people are born with all the abilities of a natural leader. Most of us need to learn, develop our skills, and improve on a daily basis. Leadership development [...]

Foundations of the FiredUp! Model2021-12-20T18:28:13+00:00

Improving Workplace Culture Starts with You


It’s harder than ever to make genuine connections with people. The pandemic has isolated many of us from our workplaces, communities, and families. Perhaps you’ve felt the sense of disconnect take hold as you stare at a screen for hours at a time, wondering if any of your digital interactions really matter on a human [...]

Improving Workplace Culture Starts with You2021-11-11T16:27:18+00:00

Building Better Connections Through Compassionate Leadership


It’s easy to get caught up in big plans and new strategies, but leaders must understand that the key to leading effectively is to lead compassionately. If you don’t cultivate a work environment where compassion is a priority, communication breaks down, resentment builds, and team members struggle to get on the same page. When compassion [...]

Building Better Connections Through Compassionate Leadership2021-11-11T16:27:53+00:00

Your Team Is Waiting: Why You Must Step Away from Your Desk


Your desk and computer screen cling to you like an anchor. These two pieces of office equipment provide familiarity, closeness, and connectivity. Everything you need is right at your fingertips and a false sense of productivity settles upon you. Overall, it’s getting harder and harder to step away from our desks and an imperceptible shift [...]

Your Team Is Waiting: Why You Must Step Away from Your Desk2021-11-11T16:28:42+00:00

Don’t Let Go! Increasing Your Influence Through Inclusion


Control. Influence. Let Go. These words have become a hot topic in many circles, where arguments abound that it’s important to recognize what we can control, what we’re able to influence, and the things which must be let go. It’s a valid framework, but it can also tempt leaders into inertia if they’re not careful. [...]

Don’t Let Go! Increasing Your Influence Through Inclusion2021-11-09T01:27:50+00:00

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