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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]