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Roll the dice!

That’s what leaders must do from time to time. Complacency is always problematic.

Novelist William Faulkner once noted, “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”

That’s what good leaders do from time to time, and, in the process, they push their organizations toward new goals.

John Baldoni is chair of leadership development at N2Growth, is an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. In 2014, Trust Across America named him to its list of top 100 most trustworthy business experts. Also in 2014, Inc.com named Baldoni to its list of top 100 leadership experts, and Global Gurus ranked him No. 11 on its list of global leadership experts. Baldoni is the author of more than a dozen books, including his newest, “MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership.”

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By Laura Davis on March 27th, 2015 | Comment on this post

You’re an entrepreneur, you’ve got great ideas, and business is booming. So why not be recognized as a thought leader in your industry? After all, your competition is doing it. With blogs and social sharing platforms at everyone’s fingertips, establishing a strong presence in the sea of voices is almost as important as your product or service. The big question is, how do you get your voice heard, and how do you know what to say and who to say it to?

Here are four tips on excelling in the school of thought leadership.

Articulate what makes you special

Spend some time deciphering exactly what makes your business stand out from the crowd. How are you innovative? How is your company playing the game differently? Nothing says leader more than spearheading a shift in industry thinking. It’s not as intimidating as it might sound — we don’t all have to be Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh transforming the call center into a model of corporate culture.…

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Packaging has always been important to a product’s success. Iconic bottles, boxes and other containers have helped elevate certain products to icon status, and many consumers need only a few seconds to scan the shelves to identify their favorite products by sight. With the growing number of products in the grocery channel and consumers’ evolving expectations, having the right package is essential for companies looking to differentiate their product from the competition.

“The right package is often the only thing that can help a new product stand out on shelf. In this day and age of lower spends on new product launches, they rarely have a large number of facings, or ideal placement when they first arrive on shelf. Without these advantages, the package itself has to do all of the work to get shoppers to notice it and convert to purchase,” said Rich Scamehorn, chief researcher at InContext Solutions, which conducts virtual store research for a variety of industries, including consumer packaged goods.…

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By Paul Cuthbert on March 26th, 2015 | Comment on this post

tablet on white background. Isolated 3D imageAs information and communication technologies become necessary tools for teaching and learning, schools are looking for solutions that create consistent teaching and learning experiences for students and educators. At the Evergreen School Division, opening communication among teachers, administrators, students and parents was key in developing a strategy to create a connected education environment.

With the plethora of software solutions available for schools, a considerable amount of time and research is spent on choosing the right technology to implement at schools. As school administrators work to increase communication and engagement in their education environments, they may consider these strategies:

Research and development

Teachers are focused on their classrooms and optimizing the learning experience for their students. Therefore, they often do not have the time to find the right tools that will help them manage their classrooms. A research and development approach to determine what works well for teachers, administrators, students and parents can be a good way to begin a conversation about what the school actually needs from its technology or software.…

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We all like to complain about meetings. Meetings are a waste of time, boring, inefficient, run too long, nothing gets accomplished, etc., etc., etc. Complaining is easy, but never makes things better.

The solution to bad meetings? How about a day of meeting training? How about if we improve our meeting process? Maybe it’s the leader’s fault, and they need to learn how to run better meetings. Their agendas are too long, or they don’t know how to facilitate a discussion. Maybe it’s the uncomfortable chairs or the cramped, smelly dark room, or the bagels are stale.

While any or all of those reasons can result in a bad meetings perhaps the one thing we have the most control over fixing is our own meeting behavior.

Maybe, just maybe, if we all did an honest self-assessment of our meeting behaviors and upped our own game, the time we spend in meetings might get better.…

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