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  • 4 Things Newly Promoted Leaders Need to do Right Away
    by Steve Farber - November 5, 2018
    When the company taps you on the back, don’t look back. Think about what you need to do (and what not to do) to make yourself successful in your new role. If this scenario hasn’t happened to you, or not recently, it is surely something you dream about. You’re called in to the boss’s office for a meeting. There, you get the happy news that you’ve been tapped for a new role at your company, poss...
  • Why Work-Life Balance is a Lie, and What Should Take Its Place
    by Steve Farber - October 29, 2018
    Striving for work-life balance isn’t a zero sum game. Being fully present wherever you are is what matters. Right up there with “win-win” in the office lexicon, you’ll be familiar with the tired term, “work-life balance.” But, in truth, there is no such thing. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the very idea is an insidious lie. It implies that “work” and “life&...
  • See Your Company from the Employees' Point of View (and Fix It)
    by Steve Farber - October 22, 2018
    Have you ever seen the reality show Undercover Boss? I highly recommend it. On the show, the CEO of a company, disguised in casual clothes and with a made-up back story, spends time working incognito alongside his or her front-line employees. There are the predictable inter-employee spats, miniature crises, and times when the CEO just doesn’t “get” how to do some simple task. It's all in good fun....
  • Your Challenge as a Leader is to Find Strength in Differences. Here's How
    by Steve Farber - October 15, 2018
    Wouldn’t it be nice if the world was made up only of people who are just like us, who like us, and who think exactly the way we do? Well, no. Because (1) we’d be wasting iconic truisms like “opposites attract,” and (2) it would be monumentally boring, and (3) it would be just plain un-American. Anyone in a leadership position ought to have as a goal–especially here in the U.S. with our natio...
  • Want Your Employees to Follow You? Here Are 5 Ways to Build Trust
    by Steve Farber - October 8, 2018
    People respect you. But do they trust you—and should they? That’s the question anyone should be asking, but especially those of us who are mentoring others in a quest to build future leaders. So ask yourself this question: What did you do today to deserve the trust of others? In these interesting times, there’s no big surprise that someone–the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer–is surveying Americans...
  • Using Social Media to Engage Employees and Share Your Company Values with the World
    by Steve Farber - October 3, 2018
    72 percent say social media is meaningful in business. Here’s my four-point plan to use it to engage employees and show the world what your company values. We’re well past the time when social media is optional. You already know that and are probably looking to improve your reach and influence . . . and you’re right. Training magazine’s 2018 survey of more than 500 learning and development profession...
  • The Average Person Wastes 50 Minutes a Day in the Car. Here's How to Reclaim That Time.
    by Steve Farber - October 2, 2018
    It’s understandable that a lot of people complain about their commutes to and from work, appointments, or client meetings. I don’t. It’s not that I like being cut off in traffic or sitting at stoplights; it’s just that I have learned to see the time I spend driving as an opportunity. A recent AAA survey says the average American adult drives 17,600 minutes—that’s almost 300 hours—ev...
  • Hack Your Brain to Become A Better Leader
    by Steve Farber - August 8, 2018
    The entrepreneur’s brain at times can resemble the grand finale of a million-dollar fireworks show. Music’s blaring and things are blowing up all over the place. And while it’s pretty and entertaining, it’s also out of control, hard to follow, and a bit exhausting. It’s easy during these times for leaders to end up mentally drained and emotionally overwhelmed by the high-speed, explosive challe...
  • Pursue Your Goals With Passion
    by Steve Farber - June 5, 2018
    The summit of Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) is 20,310 feet above sea level, and Werner Berger was 200 feet from the peak. Just another 20 minutes of climbing and he would cross the tallest mountain in North America off his list. The weather, however, had turned nasty. And rather than risk getting caught in a whiteout, Berger’s group turned back. “Everybody was so disappointed for me and wondered how...
  • How to Illuminate and Eliminate the Problems Haunting Your Company
    by Steve Farber - May 3, 2018
    Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers first recorded the song “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” in 1944, and many stars have covered the tune–Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, and, for you punk fans, The Vindictives, just to name a few. But for David Corbin, it was a version by a dancing bear that stood out. Corbin, a friend I’ve grown to respect as a fellow professional speaker...