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Why “Culture Starts at the Top” Is Not Enough January 16, 2020 Posted in: Blog, Holly Mitchell, Jaime Lisk

By Holly Mitchell & Jaime Lisk

You have likely heard the phrase, “Culture starts at the top.” While there is certainly merit to this statement, it’s not the full story. Organizational culture is shaped by shared patterns of values and behaviors that define the social and psychological environment within a group. You see “culture” everywhere—within your family, friends, fitness studio, department, and certainly in your company overall. The first step is acknowledging the culture. Then you must decide: Is this our desired culture or is there work to be done?

As a leader, it’s important to understand the sphere of influence you have over shaping the culture of your organization. Top-level leadership has the most influential, long-term impact on workplace culture. The decisions you make, behaviors you choose to ignore, and the way you walk, talk, and dress all impact the culture. When leaders are working in sync and living out the tenants of the desired culture, it won’t go unnoticed by the rest of the organization.

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Three Questions to Sharpen Your Vision January 10, 2020 Posted in: Blog, Jeremy Graves

By Dr. Jeremy Graves

Vision. Even the word can seem overwhelming to some. What is our vision? How will I know if my vision is in alignment with my organizational needs? How do I ensure clarity throughout my organization around vision? Do those within my organization even understand the vision?  These are the types of questions that keep many leaders awake at night.

The need for vision clarity is paramount for any organization, leader, or team. But how do you go about creating a vision that is sticky and moves beyond words on a paper to behaviors that can ultimately transform your organization? 

It Begins with Clarity
How detailed is your vision? Vision is most powerful when it is both specific and engaging. It comes alive in an organization when it connects people to something bigger than themselves. If it doesn’t, the vision is not shaping the company culture, but rather is in danger of being shaped by the loudest voice in the room—and sometimes that voice is not the voice you want shaping the vision. So how do you ensure clarity?  Here are three questions to consider when determining your vision.

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What do you REALLY want? January 2, 2020 Posted in: Blog

The ONE Thing That Can Change Everything…

By Patrick Ensign

What do you want most for your business, your family…and you? How do all of these wants align with the actual work you do and the decisions you are making for your company?

Asking yourself these questions is the first step to gaining clarity. When you have clarity about what you are working towards, you are able to both prioritize and naturally align with those life/business practices that are effective in achieving your goal.

Whether you are a business owner, leader or professional at any level, you have heard the stats by Forbes:

  • 40% of people are planning on switching jobs next year.
  • 69% of employees are searching for a new position while on the clock with your organization.

Does it sound like these employees are effectively serving customers, crushing company goals, or engaged in the organization’s culture? Seeing that people are the single greatest factor in the success or decline of an organization, it would seem there is a big problem.

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Mentoring for the Future December 2, 2019 Posted in: Articles/Media, Ron Price

Featuring Ron Price, In Trust Magazine, Fall 2019

“Wax on, wax off,” instructs Mr. Miyagi as he instills the fundamental basics to Daniel, who would grow to be The Karate Kid. The classic movie follows the developing relationship between the martial arts master and his young student. It’s a mentorship made in Hollywood heaven. But mentors provide a vital role in in everyday lives. Read More

4 Ways Leaders Can Grow Their Influence At Work November 1, 2019 Posted in: Articles/Media, Ron Price, Stacy Ennis

By Ron Price & Stacy Ennis, HR.com, October 2019

Building influence and engagement through character, expertise and position


One of the long-term challenges for leaders in the workplace is how many employees feel powerless. For many years, employee surveys around the world have measured levels of engagement as high as 70% or more. What creates levels of disengagement this high? Is it bad managers, as many experts claim? Many have heard the moniker, people leave bad managers, not bad companies. We believe this is overly simplistic. Instead, we can point to four different causes for employee disengagement. Read More

10 Ways Women Can Grow Their Influence at Work October 23, 2019 Posted in: Articles/Media, Stacy Ennis

By Stacy Ennis, SmartBrief.com, September 2019

As women, we have experienced great strides in the past few decades. But still, we’re statistically at a disadvantage: only one in five senior leaders are women, and only one in twenty-five are women of color. A staggering 93.4 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are men, and only one is a woman of color.

Those numbers might not be shocking to you—many of us know them by heart. But they are revealing.

With few exceptions, women work in companies that are permeated with conscious and unconscious biases regarding the capabilities and roles of women. Some women overcome barriers through their expertise, others through grit and courage. While there are systemic barriers—certainly hiring and promotion but also how we are parented and educated—there are ways women can grow their influence, right where they are. Here are ten of them.Read More

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CareerCast Featuring Ron Price January 13, 2020 Posted in: Ron Price

Ron Price was recently featured on the CareerCast podcast.

In this CareerCast, Ron shares lessons learned from his decades of leadership experience, character driven perspective, and insights from across the world.

Becoming an Impactful and Influential Leader with Ron Price November 19, 2019 Posted in: Ron Price

Ron was recently a guest on the podcast How to Be Awesome at Your Job.

On the episode, Ron Price delivers insights on how to build your character and grow your influence to unlock your full leadership potential.

You’ll Learn:

  • The four keys to landing your next promotion
  • Two approaches to getting excellent feedback
  • How to get others to listen to you

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TrailBlazers Impact Featuring Mindy Bortness September 18, 2019 Posted in: Mindy Bortness

Mindy was recently a guest on the podcast TrailBlazers Impact.

Mindy Bortness powered through her own fears when fighting breast cancer to come out on the otherside as an advocate for others facing-down serious illnesses and sharing her vision on how to own your life “post-recovery” with renewed vigor to achieve her dream of business ownership.
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Innovation in Finance June 5, 2019 Posted in: Video

In this short video, Michael McAllister provides insights to apply innovation and explains how ideas don’t have to shake up the industry to have an impact.

Innovation in Healthcare May 7, 2019 Posted in: Video

Looking to overcome industry barriers, grow, and serve customers? Dr. David Pate, President & CEO of St. Luke’s Health Systems, explains how thoughtful innovation keeps your company ahead of disruption.

Innovation in Government April 17, 2019 Posted in: Video

In this short clip, CIO Marshall Major explains how utilizing the innovative process in the right places brings new value to your organization.

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