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You make a difference by inspiring others to make a difference

Here’s how:

1. Stop fixing.

If your passion for excellence and success drives you to constantly fix people, stop it. Problem centered fixers invite self-protective restraint in others.

2. Compassion wins.

The pursuit of personal gain and glory doesn’t inspire; it threatens. Inspiration occurs when others believe you genuinely put them before yourself.

3. Share frailties.

The frailties you’re working through inspire others to work through theirs. Avoid whining. Focus on hope, progress, and benefit.

4. Leverage weaknesses.

Your weaknesses are inspirational opportunities, especially if you’re loved. For example, acknowledging your...

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Would You Want to Work for You? (and 7 Things You Can do to Change a "No" Answer)

I asked a manager recently, “Would you want to work for you?” Stunned, he stopped, wordless for once. Then meekly, he admitted, “No, I wouldn’t.”

Why this manager (and many others) answer “No”

Manager Mike knew he was difficult and habitually gruff. Demanding and impatient, he was often accused of being in a bad mood. He was constantly complaining to his employees about his boss, his peers, the company, the policies, and even the economy and politics. He was so busy managing up to his bosses and out to his customers, that he forgot to lead...

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Your Next Great HR Hire Is at SXSW

I am just back from the SXSW Interactive Conference where I spent time with tens of thousands of geeks, nerds, dorks, and techie wizards. Not everyone at the conference was a Gen Y hipster — although it felt that way. I was tremendously fortunate to meet amazing men and women of all ages who had impressive resumes and interesting stories.

The one unifying theme? Everyone in attendance was passionate about technology, mobile devices and digital media.

It was a fun scene. I couldn’t help but think that the next great leader in Human Resources might be found...

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Let's Talk Social Media @ Work

Social media keeps changing. It’s not just Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Orkut, Bebo, Ning, Tumblr, Meetup, and Foursquare anymore. Now there’s PinterestGoogle+, Quora, Imgur, GetGlue, and Letterboxd. Tomorrow there’ll likely be some sparkly new network to drag your friends to (Psst: Just today I discovered AamigoO.com, which hasn’t been unveiled yet).

As social networking continues its expansion, it’s pretty much imperative that HR professionals have a grasp on it. The only way to do that is to jump in with both feet.

On March 21—between 3...

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We.Org: Moving Their Company Beyond Bureaucracy

The Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge, Part Two of the Harvard Business Review/McKindsey M-Prize for Management Innovation, seeks to advance progress on making organizations genuinely fit for human beings—more inspiring, open, and free. Management innovators from around the world in every realm of endeavor were invited to share the most progressive practices and disruptive ideas around. After receiving an abundance of big ideas and game-changing initiatives and experiences from management innovators in all kinds of organizations worldwide, seven finalists were selected. We are proud to announce that We.org:The Freedom to Choose, by Dan Bean, Robert Musson and Chermaine Li,...

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Developing Strong Relationships Through Intercultural Empathy

“Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion.”  Daniel Goleman knows a thing or two about developing empathy, as the author of Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships.  Showing a genuine interest in others and actively listening to them are clearly key components of empathy.  But when we are talking about global leaders who work across many cultures, how does one develop intercultural empathy?  It’s an important question, since social expressions and behaviors vary widely among cultures.  For global leaders, the answer to this question is more than just interesting.  It’s critical to leadership success,...

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Flexibility, Agility and Operational Success

Quite often, including here at We Know Next, when the term “flexibility” is used with respect to the workplace, it’s often in the discussion of worklife balance initiatives that serve as benefits to the employer and employee.  In this arena, we think about telework, co-working, ROWE, and other employer-supported program to give employees more control over how, when and where they work.  Having a flexible workplace is now viewed as something that smart companies do in order to support their culture, increase employee engagement and loyalty, and ultimately drive business success.

But flexibility, as an attribute of a...

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Why Good People Do Bad Things

There was an unscientific experiment conducted in the 1950’s by Candid Camera to determine the impact of group behavior on individuals. The experiment took place in an elevator in what appears to be an office building.  Without knowing they were being filmed, each subject walked into an elevator with complete strangers.

The first subject faces towards the closing door but he notices everyone else in the elevator is facing the opposite direction towards the rear. You could tell he was uncomfortable and confused. Without asking a question and within seconds, he turned 90 degrees and faced the rear...

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Virtual Collaboration is Not For Everyone

Many organizations have migrated toward telecommuting and virtual work due to rising travel costs, a global customer base, and the dispersion of talent. While numerous organizations have made significant investments in virtual teams and the technology to support them, a surprising number of virtual teams are not successful.

OnPoint Consulting surveyed 48 virtual teams across industries and found that specific characteristics are required to lead and work effectively on virtual teams. Unfortunately, many organizations do not put as much thought as they should into their team leader decisions. In fact, we often hear stories about team leaders who...

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#NextChat Recap: BYOD - Managing Devices for A Mobile Workforce

Smart phones, mobile sites and business applications continue to impact the way employees use technology at work. Many organizations are shifting away from company-issued devices and adopting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies, which allow employees to use the mobile technology they’re most familiar with. There's a lot of buzz around the benefits of BYOD in an increasingly mobile workforce, but little discussion around the policies needed to establish rules and guidelines for usage.

On March 7, #Nextchat invited special guest Kyle Lagunas (@KyleLagunas) to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of BYOD policies in the workplace.

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