This year, leaders across the country faced up to big questions about what the future of work will look like. The challenges came quickly, as The Great Resignation continued and competition for talent was high. As we approach a new year, this is an excellent moment to take a deep breath and get ready for [...]
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It’s been an amazing year of growth here at Fired-Up! Culture, filled with meaningful conversations, rewarding work, and inspiring partners. Our team has especially enjoyed the opportunity to share their reflections on leadership with you via our blog. Below I’ve included some of the top Fired-Up! Culture posts from 2022. 1. Why You Should Strive [...]
Effective leaders understand that their organization's internal communication is its lifeblood. In the absence of information, even trusted and highly loyal team members can succumb to the perils of rumor. Without the correct context, they might speculate upon the direction of the company and their own future with it. Successful leaders nearly always put protocols [...]
A group of senior leaders from several different organizations gathered together for a discussion. As time went on, the conversation turned to the criteria used to select candidates for leadership roles. While formal interviews were important, the leaders felt additional strategies were needed to gain insight into candidates. How to Identify a Strong Leader The [...]
Imagine for a moment that you’re sitting in on a focus group of new leaders. They begin to discuss the parts of leadership they’re most looking forward to. You listen as they explain how much they’ll enjoy assigning the most unpleasant or challenging tasks to the team members they oversee. This approach might not seem [...]
Healthy boundaries are about more than simply saying “no.” When you set a boundary, you’re providing yourself with the resources you need to meet your commitments, achieve your goals, and maintain your values. Boundaries allow you to be intentional and clear about where you’re going to spend your time and effort. When people ask for [...]
Do you have a memory of a favorite brand that no longer exists? Can you recall a business with a high level of service, or well-loved product that has long since closed its doors? These brands were desired because they found a way to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Somehow, they created a feeling that [...]
Productive and high-functioning teams share several traits. They almost always have a clear vision of the purpose and goals they’re striving to fulfill. They share norms around communication and levels of professionalism. They also establish values and expectations around performance and improvement. These values and expectations are not only understood by all team members, but [...]
Many people dream of stepping forward, taking on a leadership role, and leading a team to glorious victory. However, a leader cannot expect to do this effectively without first making a commitment to what we at Fired-Up! Culture call “leading self.” Otherwise, any wins or gains will be short-lived. Leading self involves cultivating self-discipline, remaining [...]
There are some actions that seem small initially, but end up paying great dividends over the long term. For example, 10% of each paycheck might not seem like a lot of money. But, if you make a habit of putting that money aside for the future, it will add up. There are plenty of small, [...]