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Hire Trust Builders

Dr. Paul Metler | 4/6/2017
Would you intentionally hire a new employee that is not trustworthy?
 
Of course not. That’s an easy question to answer.
 
Here’s a better question.
 
When you hire a new employee, do you have a straightforward conversation about the behaviors that create healthy trust? If not, why not?
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Championship Game Plan

Dr. Tim Brown | 4/3/2017
Recently, I was able to check off another item on my bucket list. My wonderful wife, Jen, purchased a ticket for me to attend an NCAA Men’s Basketball Sweet 16 game to watch my beloved West Virginia Mountaineers. Although the outcome was not what I had hoped for, I had an incredible experience. As I watched, I was reminded of the importance of a game plan.
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Leading from the Bench

Abbey Strachota | 3/28/2017
Most of us will never know what it feels like to win a national championship or a Super Bowl, however – we’ve all been on a team either athletically, professionally, or simply within our family. Our Final Four may have been running a half marathon, giving a big presentation, landing a huge client (and then delivering on that huge client!), starting a family – the list goes on and on.
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16 Sweet Qualities that Make Teams GREAT

Dr. Paul Metler | 3/23/2017
As millions tune in for tip off, March Madness is in full bloom. These are teams that have practiced together, travelled together, played together and now they will focus their collective energy on the opportunities before them. The NCAA basketball championships are in full view. Surely there are lessons to be learned about great teamwork. As you watch the madness, open your eyes and ears and take note of these sixteen qualities that help teams elevate their performance. How evident are these qualities in your team? Choose one for discussion in your team meetings.
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Consistency in Chaos

Brandon Buck | 3/22/2017
March Madness is such an amazing time of year. Watching upsets, buzzer beaters, and celebrations sparks our own excitement and emotions. After the recent Duke upset, Coach Krzyzewski wisely said, “At the end of the season I want my guys to either be crying because we’ve lost or crying because we’ve just won”. The heartache and joy is so powerful to see as teams and individuals reflect on all they have done to make it to this point. What I find truly inspiring, are the teams that make it to the Sweet 16. These teams tune out the noise around them, play their style of basketball and make consistent game time decisions. In other words, they do not try to become someone they are not. They’ve worked hard all season and are bringing their best to each game.
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With

Dr. Paul Metler | 3/20/2017
Leaders do not exist in isolation. Your leadership doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Neither does your organization.
 
You lead with others.
 
You connect with your clients and customers.
 
You engage, communicate and serve with others.
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Doing Based vs. Being Based Leadership

Dr. Tim Brown | 3/16/2017
Leaders can often confuse doing based leadership versus being based leadership. What we are doing is not necessarily what we are being. The InitiativeOne process forces a leader to peer within and ask the difficult questions that are a catalyst for emotional maturity and self-awareness. Self-aware and emotionally mature leaders are much more likely to make a positive impact on an organization.  And, being based leaders maintain a distinction between what they do and who they are.
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Before You Redesign Your Company

Dr. Paul Metler | 3/8/2017
If you are in business, it’s very likely that you’re thinking about the design of your organization.
 
You’re not alone.
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How Do You View You?

Nick Metler | 3/7/2017
Negative self-esteem is an aspect of life that can easily dwell in the shadows of our minds, untouched yet controlling every reaction to the interactions of day-to-day life. Brennan Manning writes in The Importance of Being Foolish that this is when, “we select from reality only those aspects that confirm our own dim view of ourselves… Every incident becomes a blanket condemnation of self and a reaffirmation of worthlessness.” It negates your ability to see the good that goes on through a day, week, month, or even year. It blinds you from seeing the joy of another day.
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Compliance or Connection?

Dr. Paul Metler | 2/13/2017
Standing in front of a group of C-Suite leaders at InitiativeOne in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin, Fred Johnson primed the group for a lively discussion. Johnson asserted that we have experienced a significant transformation in how companies are making decisions. His opening comments opened the door for an engaging conversation about leadership and the shift toward collaborative decision-making.
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