4 Tips to Leverage Your Voice as a Small Business for Political Causes

by Edgar R. Olivo

Hot political issues happening across the country like voter restriction legislation, social and racial justice, and the climate crisis have exposed the need for businesses to examine the risk of taking a stand or remaining silent. Businesses leveraging their voice for a political cause is nothing new. As the pandemic forced countless business closures across the country in … [More]

CFA Introduces the Inaugural Greater Phoenix Workforce Leadership Academy Fellows

Center for the Future of Arizona

The Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) introduces the inaugural class of the Greater Phoenix Workforce Leadership Academy Fellows who are participating in a new program designed to improve local economic mobility and workforce development efforts and create innovative solutions to the challenges faced by workers and businesses. The Greater Phoenix Workforce Leadership … [More]

11 Important Things to do when Going into Business with Family and Friends

by Angela Civitella

When companies started laying people off due to the pandemic, one business leadership coach says a trend she saw was friends and family coming together and going into business together. And now the new trend: Many of those businesses and relationships are coming crashing down. The following tips will help you avoid this happening to you: Set Rules and Boundaries Early: … [More]

Quick Tips to Cool Hot Heads in the Office

by Doc Elliot 

Face it, the times we are in are rife with conflict. If you work in an office — any office — you are well aware of office politics. People don’t get along well; Human Resources always has a challenge up their sleeves and yadda yadda yadda. What happens when the headlines are bubbling over with tense internal conflict?  Serious social and political issues divide households … [More]

Embrace the Unknown

by Bruce Weber

“If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity.” —Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose In 1959, “The Twilight Zone,” a TV program, debuted in the U.S. The show was built around creating an experience surrounding the unknown. The show’s actual … [More]

Managing Employees Without Fear

by Mike Hunter

Managing without fear is the ability to make personnel decisions, from hiring to separations and everything in between, without fear of breaking the law and with the goal of creating a work environment employer and employees are proud to be part of. Adam Rosenthal expertly delivers every manager’s comprehensive, go-to practical guide for managing a legally compliant workplace … [More]

Leading at a Distance

by Mike Hunter

Although working remotely is not new, the global pandemic has placed virtual work at the center of everyday life. And it has thrust workforce strategies to the core of business operations globally. As the shift toward large-scale virtual work continues to grow and become a permanent fixture — by some estimates, 30% of the workforce will be working virtually — leaders must … [More]

7 Strategies That Promote DEI Principles in Your Business

by Edgar R. Olivo

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are no longer buzzwords in the business world, they are commitments and keys to success. Business leaders are realizing that when DEI is made a priority, it makes a difference in every facet of a company. A study by McKinsey & Company and the Society of Human Resource Management showed that a commitment to diversity correlates with … [More]

Rules to Being a Really Lousy Leader: 5 Ways to Have ‘Em Hate You

by Mark Oristano

Bad leaders have something over the good ones. Bad leaders have much better job security. Why? Simple. They run off anybody who is a threat to them before any damage can be done. Bad leadership is an art form. It’s not easy to make yourself into the kind of leader who nobody wants to follow anywhere. And because this underrated art form and the job security that goes with it … [More]

Can Your Company Stay Aligned in a Virtual Setting? 5 Tips for Leaders


Working from home is the new normal for many companies, and it will continue to be after the COVID-19 pandemic passes. The shift brings with it many changes, and how leaders adapt to guide their employees through the virtual environment will be critical to companies’ results, says Doug Meyer-Cuno, ForbesBooks author of The Recipe For Empowered Leadership: 25 Ingredients For … [More]

3 Tips for Leaders to Steady the Ship when Employees Lose Their Balance


Company leaders and managers have a big responsibility in overseeing employees. But they can’t see everything, and sometimes there’s more going on in a worker’s life than meets the eye. Employee disengagement or burnout isn’t always apparent, and some employers may be in for a surprise if and when the COVID-19 pandemic winds down. One study shows that 57% of U.S. employees … [More]

5 Necessities to Navigate Your Team through the Fog

by Jason V. Barger

It’s been quite foggy out the windshield for many teams and organizations lately. The last years have been blurry with a fast-moving and often divided world. We’ve experienced differing modes of communication; the expansion of remote workers; a global pandemic; issues of racism, social injustice and equity; and political and economic uncertainty; all while continuing the … [More]

How Living with Gratitude Grows Great Leaders

by Doug Meyer-Cuno

Living with gratitude isn’t easy. Being a leader who lives with gratitude is even more difficult.  Sometimes, we’re angry or upset because of a personal crisis or an employee’s bad decision. And when we’re in that negative place, we can’t be grateful.  In order to be at our best as leaders, living in gratitude is essential. Why is that? Coming from a place of appreciation … [More]

Make the Workplace Safe for Open and Honest Dialogue about Mental Health

by Doc Elliott 

When a crisis strikes in the workplace, the first question that’s typically asked is whether or not there were signs of mental health issues at work. The answer is almost always yes, and, even more concerning, not much is typically done to address it. Now more than ever employers are taking mental health seriously and providing resources that help employees who may be … [More]

Feedback: April 2021

by Linda Luman, Sean Reeves, Christa Robinson, Joel Winant

Q: Continuing to engage employees at home is more important than ever as many workforces approach one year out of the office. What are some team-building programs or events you’ve organized to help ensure individuals remain productive and successful at work and home?    Linda Luman  SVP of Human Resources Freedom Financial Network Sector: Financial Freedom Financial … [More]

The Magnetic Leader

by Mike Hunter

Global crises produced by countless causes have cried out for our attention. Nations and politicians continually blame or attack each other. Corruption is rampant in public and private sectors. Disengagement levels remain unacceptably high in the workplace. People are weary and skeptical. It’s challenging to find a place where people value one another. Leaders are burning out. … [More]

Leadership Ethics, the Only Standard

by Garry Barnes

It seems the public’s faith in many U.S. businesses, banks and financial markets has been eroded because of reported management failings, continued bankruptcies and repeated financial crises. Sadly, trust in corporate management, boards of directors and political leaders seems to be at a low point.  What led us to such a low point in our moral beliefs and our moral conduct? … [More]

What You Need If You Are Called to Lead

by Rhea Seddon, M.D.

At some point in their life, most people will be called upon to lead. Whether it was being the line leader in third grade or the president of a large corporation, specific required skills come along with the job. Today’s world offers significant challenges for both emerging and experienced leaders. Many people don’t start out to be a leader but the paths they have chosen … [More]

Employers, What’s Your Vaccination Strategy?


At long last the COVID-19 vaccines are here. While employers everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief, they are also wondering how to best handle the sticky subject (pun intended) of getting their employees vaccinated and back to work ASAP. The good news is many employees appear to want the vaccine. Recent poll numbers indicate that 71 percent of those surveyed are willing … [More]

Motivating the Un-Motivated: Don’t Give Up Too Soon

by Liz Uram

When Mary started with the company, she was enthusiastic, energetic and consistently the top sales person on the team. She got along well with her co-workers and was known for her superior customer service skills. Over time something changed. Mary began starting work late, leaving early and taking long lunches. The brief interactions with her co-workers usually turned into … [More]

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