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What Is Agile Leadership? Core Agile Principles

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The dictionary defines “agile” as, “able to move quickly and easily.” Effective agile leaders exercise this definition at organizations every day. For leaders, new to this approach, let’s look at some key principles: Incremental delivery of usable product – Part of moving quickly is developing products or services quickly, and then iteratively developing improvements in…
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Agile Leadership: Playing to Your Strengths

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The “Agile Manifesto” was published more than a decade ago, but agile leadership is here to stay.  Originally designed to help leaders create better software, the manifesto emphasizes the importance of individuals and interactions, working products developed in an iterative approach, customer collaboration and responding to change (Agile Manifesto, 2001). Agile leadership calls on a…
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Agile Leadership in Times of Rapid Change

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As we write this post, leaders throughout Texas, Florida and Georgia are guiding recovery efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They are making tough choices about where to send resources; leading teams of people that have experienced personal loss; and making decisions in the moment that impact thousands of lives and that shape policies for…
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Negativity in the Workplace: How to Deal – Video

Transcript In every workplace there are negative attitudes that eat away at the productivity of everyone associated with the organization. These people may go unidentified for some time, all the while causing major damage. Quite often they’re good at their jobs, but like an infection, their attitudes can spread rapidly, without major symptoms, until the…
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Navigating FOUR Generations in the Workplace – Video

Transcript Nowadays companies find themselves handling four generations of American workers. Each group has its own distinctive characteristics, ethics, and approaches toward work based on its generation’s life experiences. Let’s take a look at the four generations in the workplace and how they interact with one another. The first set, veterans. These folks are born…
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5 Tips for Surviving a Costly Audit, Investigation or Lawsuit – Video

Transcript Let’s discuss five tips that will help your company navigate tricky HR issues, and hopefully avoid a costly audit, investigation, or lawsuit. Tip number one, know the law. HR laws vary from state to state, so be sure that you’re enforcing the appropriate laws if your company operates in more than one state. Having…
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Employers Must Have a Written FMLA Policy (Video)

Does your organization currently have a written FMLA policy? In the short video below, Lisa Smith discusses the Department of Labor’s new FMLA requirement. Transcript Well, it looks like the DOL is at it again. In June of 2016 the Department of Labor released a 76 page guide regarding the FMLA– Family and Medical Leave…
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