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Unlocking Leadership Agility with Everything Disc® Agile EQ™ – Workshop 7-30-21

If we’ve learned nothing else in the past year, it’s clear that organizations are going to need to continually innovate and reinvent themselves by becoming more agile, flexible, and resilient in the face of relentless change and disruption. Maybe your company has become more agile by flattening the hierarchy, introducing agile project management or by emphasizing flexibility and teamwork in hiring. That’s all well and good, but without agile people who can be proactive, resilient,

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Thriving in an Era of Unrelenting Change and Disruption

How Has Change Changed? Humans have always talked about the ever-increasing rate and speed of change. Yet in the past, disruptions were usually followed by periods of relative stability. In the 21st century, change is now perpetual, pervasive, and exponential. Changes are perpetual meaning they are occurring all the time in an ongoing way. Changes are pervasive meaning changes are unfolding in multiple areas of life at once. Exponential means changes are accelerating at an

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Have You Ever Felt Left Out? Build a Culture of Belonging and Inclusion

I would venture to say that every human being, at least at one time in their life, has experienced the feeling of not belonging, of not being included, and/or of not feeling their voice is really being heard. Often this feeling arises from feeling excluded somehow either because of how you look, how you act, or how you believe. Somehow you are in opposition to the prevailing paradigm of how the “in crowd” is supposed

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Not Another Meeting? Sigh!

It is clear that many leaders in most organizations would report they participate in or lead too many meetings that don’t accomplish the intended or desired results. In today’s mostly virtual meeting rooms, Zoom fatigue is a result of more than just staring at a screen. Ask almost anyone in any organization and you will likely hear some version of the following meeting laments: “All I do is sit in meetings.” “If you want to

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Reskilling for 2021: Cultivating Agility, Restoring Resilience, and Building Trust

“Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  Albert Einstein February 2021 As a leadership and team development expert, I follow many publications and podcasts for information about trends. My team and I are always on the lookout for ways to anticipate the needs of our clients in order to better serve them. So, I am borrowing from a recent McKinsey newsletter on the trends that will define 2021. My

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The Latest Stories from GWBC Radio

Laura A. Davis & Associates, Inc. is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC),  the most relied upon certification of women-owned businesses. Click here for Laura’s latest interview on GWBC Radio where she highlights the importance of working on your strengths to be an effective leader and team worker, and working toward an Agile culture.

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New Podcast Episode on Emotional Intelligence & Leadership and Team Agility: HOW AGILE ARE YOU?

It’s clear that the CoVid 19 challenge the world is still facing has required new levels of leadership and teaming skills. People and organizations have been called to step up their game in order to lead through this crisis and beyond. Listen to Dean interview Laura on the importance of emotional intelligence, agility, and intuition to lead through change and disruption. As they discuss, we all have a natural inclination for how we handle new

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Master Effective Communication and Collaboration by Becoming a Certified DiSC Facilitator

 If these past six months have taught us anything, it is the need for effective communication skills especially in a virtual/remote team environment. Many companies found that people could be productive while working from home, but the challenges of maintaining connection and building trust are becoming more apparent over time. Some of the challenges we are hearing from clients now include: Trying to recreate the “water cooler” impromptu conversations that tend to happen in a

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Our New Capabilities to Help You Navigate the New World of Work

It goes without saying that the world has changed dramatically for all of us in these last 5 to 6 months.  Many of the well-laid plans we had in place for 2020 were disrupted if not downright demolished. We have all had to become more resilient, more agile and flexible, and certainly more digital than ever before.  Now that we have been into this crisis for more than a few months, it is apparent that

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Celebrating Success! A WPDN Panel Discussion | Wednesday July 29 | 11:00 am

Success is meant to be shared and celebrated. Small successes that lead to bigger successes are something that most women entrepreneurs hope and plan for. This month we are bringing together three, talented long-time WPDN Members, to dive deep into a frank and juicy conversation about “success”. We will explore the different faces and phases of success, staying the “long game” in business, from how they all began to what life looks like now. This

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Change Starts from the Top: Improving Employee Engagement in Uncertain Times

Coronavirus changed how we work and do business in ways we don’t even know yet. But for all the change going on, one thing hasn’t changed—the need for engaged employees. If anything, organizations require engaged employees now more than ever. Before the virus, employee disengagement levels among American workers reached as high as 70 percent—costing the US economy between $450 and $550 billion per year. In an environment of economic volatility, today’s organizations cannot afford

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Why the Pre-Hire Process is Really About Planning

Think about the last time you ventured out to find a new job. Did you come across postings that seemed as though they were written a decade ago? You know what we’re talking about, right? It’s not that the job descriptions are entirely out of date, though sometimes they are. It’s more that what was once an emerging skillset is now an accepted norm in the workplace. Yes, we do know how to use the

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What Your Personality Tells You About Working Remotely

Whether we’re fans of it or not, working from home has become a reality that’s here to stay—with or without a crisis. While some personalities lend themselves well to working from home, others have a more difficult time adjusting to remote conditions. Regardless of all the questions surrounding the work from home trend, such as, “Will this become the new norm,” one fact remains clear—remote work requires increased communication, connection, clarity, and understanding. Working from

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Shining a Light on the Unknown

Thousands of years ago, our ancestors discovered an innovation that changed the course of history—fire. Not only did fire allow people to cook their food (rendering asparagus slightly more palatable), it enabled humans to dispel the darkness and identify threats lurking in the shadows. Fire led to security. And from a place of security, humanity thrived. Although humans no longer rely solely on open flame to light the night, we still deeply rely on our

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Managing Rapid Change Through Employee Engagement

When was there ever a period in history without at least some level of uncertainty? But now more than ever, that uncertainty seems to have spread to almost every aspect of life and work. We’re experiencing times of tremendous change, and that requires us to think differently about how we lead and manage others. These circumstances require us to think about how we can engage our workforce even more and neutralize the impact of uncertainty by

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Mending the Engagement Gap in Turbulent Times | Watch Our Sponsored On Demand Webinar

Employee disengagement can be damaging and expensive especially in turbulent, disruptive times. Creating an environment where employees can remain productive and fully engage with their work while operating under uncertainty and high-pressure requires leaders to know their people on a deeper level. It also requires a commitment to recognize and meet the individual needs of every employee by understanding there is no “one size fits all” solution. When leaders take action to make these circumstances

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Make the Most of Meetings Using Work Style

As so many of us are working remotely, meetings might be the only chance we have to really “connect” with our coworkers. But the truth is, running productive virtual meetings that leave people feeling clear, comfortable, and understood can be a challenge. This post addresses how to make the most of virtual meetings through understanding everyone’s work styles. We really liked the tips given in Dori Meinert’s article on SHRM.org, “7 Steps to Running Better Meetings.”

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Making Stress Work for You

Every day, we are inundated with ideas on how to reframe our perspectives around different issues. A new diet to help reframe our relationship with food, a digital course on how to change the way we manage finances, a self-help book on how to better understand where your spouse is coming from during an argument. All of these are great solutions for certain people in certain situations. But what about an actionable way to reframe

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How to Develop an Agile Workforce with Agile EQ

Rebooting Employee Morale and Productivity Series  The events of recent months have tested the leadership mettle and the agility of people in organizations in ways we’ve not seen before. For years we have been talking about a VUCA world in which the business environment is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous and now we have that on steroids. The more disrupted our “normal” lives become, the more critical a truly agile workforce is to success. The

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Feel Like No One is Hearing You During This Rollercoaster Time?

Hopefully you caught our first communication about Managing Yourself During a Crisis. As promised, we are providing some helpful guidance on how to Manage Others. One key is to increase the quality and quantity of your conversations. By now, you have heard someone say that fear is as dangerous as the virus itself as they urge people to stay calm and not panic. In a work setting, rumors, misinformation, and all kinds of worst-case speculation

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