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Stepping into the Fray

If you know me, you know that I’m a fan of the Buffalo Bills. And you can guess how I felt after our tragic Monday night loss to the Denver Broncos in the last seconds of regulation. I was at Highmark Stadium for the game, and those who’ve seen a tough loss in person understand…

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Outstanding Hybrid Meetings

Those of you who know me know I’m not afraid of broaching controversial topics, and today I’ll be discussing one of my favorites. Politics? Religion? Nope–hybrid meetings! Like many organizations, Emergent has been holding, hosting and facilitating hybrid meetings more and more since 2020. For sake of clarity, hybrid meetings are those in which some…

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America, Where’s Your Team Spirit?

I’ve been a sports fan my entire life, but recently my interest has waned. The money is really getting out of hand, and even in team sports the focus has shifted from collective vision and shared leadership to individual star power and inflated egos. The magic moments so celebrated in the best sports movies seem,…

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Circle of Influence

When I first heard the phrase, “Leaders bring the weather,” it brought me back to wrestling practice in high school. Always eager to get a leg up on our future opponents, we made a literal change to our training environment: to increase the temperature in our small upstairs gym, we wrapped ice packs around the…

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Inspirational Gratitude

At Emergent, we often discuss the transformative power of gratitude.  True gratitude is much more than a polite gesture. It is a deeply-felt expression of appreciation and acknowledgment born from the knowledge that our success is made possible by the support and encouragement of others. We want to take this moment to express our gratitude…

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The Pressures of Change

Many of our parents and grandparents stayed in the same job for most of their career because their jobs provided a sense of security. Perhaps you, too, are a “lifer” in your organization. There was a time when American workers chose a job, whether consciously or subconsciously, because of the employer’s ability to shelter them…

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Behavior is a Choice, Not a Skill Set

I was recently listening to an interview with Frank Slootman, CEO of Snowflake Computing. When discussing his company’s culture and what he looks for in employees, he said, “Behavior is a choice, not a skill set.” Said another way, the culture of a company is the sum total of its employees’ actions. Fancy language and…

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Begin With the End in Mind

“Begin with the end in mind.” It’s a phrase that has been stated and restated for decades. I first came across this concept while reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I was highly intrigued by the way the author framed this particular practice. The best way to describe his approach…

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It’s Natural Leadership

We spend so much time on the Internet. We are constantly connected to a complex artificial environment, surfing the web, streaming media content, and accessing the cloud. It’s no secret that this technological addiction is affecting our productivity, leadership and well-being. What about the real waves and streams, the real webs spun in the wilderness…

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Trust

Trust is one of the most important indicators of organizational success. It is also one of the least-developed faculties in the business world. Distrust abounds in many organizations. An executive lacks faith in their manager’s ability to take on a bigger responsibility; workers on the shop floor don’t believe in the strategy the higher-ups are…

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