Soderquist Blog

George Washington's early career mistakes provide valuable lesson

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Oct 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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In world history, the U.S. is a relatively young country but over the years of business travel, I’ve noticed anything “old” or historic in our nation’s history is essentially on the east coast and I’ve tried to take advantage of being in the area to visit some of our country’s landmarks. 
 
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to make my first trip to Pennsylvania for a leadership conference.
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Topics: Leadership

Great leaders share talent with the rest of the organization

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Oct 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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I was part of a group that was touring the back end activities of an order fulfillment operation. Our tour guide was showing us a scoreboard where a particular customer service metric was tracked. While his own numbers stood out as far beyond the rest, he spoke only of the successes of the people who report to him. I was impressed with that.

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Topics: Leadership

What if we manage down like we manage up?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Oct 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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I have worked for some managers who were gifted at managing up.  They placed an enormous amount of effort on making sure that they pre-aligned with key stakeholders ahead of key meetings and conversations.  They spent time having coffee and lunch with senior leaders selling their initiatives and ideas. 

I’m not decrying this work.  It does make me wonder what the impact would be for these leaders if they invested just as heavily into managing down.

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Ask the Experts: Working Together

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 20, 2016 10:06:00 AM

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Q: My annual reviews usually bring up that I need to work on my connecting with co-workers more. Why is this important?

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Topics: Leadership, High Performing Teams, Personal Development

Ask the Experts: Personal Values

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 15, 2016 1:42:00 PM

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Q: I want my values to be more evident in my workplace, more intentional. Where do I start?

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Topics: Leadership, Personal Development

Ask the Experts: Strategic Planning

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 13, 2016 1:42:00 PM

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Q: Why are we having trouble executing our strategic plan?

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Topics: Leadership, Personal Development

Ask the Experts: Leading Change

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 9, 2016 10:15:00 AM

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Q: How do we become more agile with change?

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Topics: Leadership, Personal Development

Ask the Experts: Company Culture

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 7, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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Q: How can we have a dynamic company culture like I see other companies have achieved?

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Topics: Leadership, Personal Development

Ask the Experts: Bridging Generations

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Sep 2, 2016 1:30:00 PM

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Q: What can I do to better relate with and motivate my Millennial employees?

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Topics: Leadership, Millennials, Personal Development

Winning the Right Way

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Aug 19, 2016 4:02:06 PM


Which came first - your values or your actions? Watch as Steve Reinemund, retired CEO of Pepsi Co., discusses the importance of not just stating your values, but living them out. That's how you truly "win."

Your values are not meant to just be beautifully written words that live on a page; they are to be practiced on a daily basis through the way you make decisions and lead your team. It's execution on what you say you value that gives that value meaning. 

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Topics: Leadership, Values, Personal Development