Thank you to all of our readers who have made this a fantastic year! It is wonderful to see the posts that resonate most with you. Below you will find the top 10 read blogs from 2015. If you haven’t checked them out yet, here is your chance. If you already read them – feel free to use this as a refresher for your development.

Happy New Year!


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Meet Them Where They Are
By Tom Epperson

When we talk about adaptability and Values Based Leadership, we often say, “meet people where they are.” It means diagnosing their values, their style, their needs, and their emotions, and connecting with them in a way that is effective for them. (Some call it “the platinum rule.”)

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So You Declare Creativity a Company Value, Now What?
By Tony Vengrove

“We have to innovate or die!” It seems every Chief Executive Officer has trumpeted a version of that tune in the last decade. It’s easy to stand before employees and confidently declare a commitment to innovate, until you realize it’s really a subpoena to foster a creative culture. The problem […]

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The Selfish Side of Leadership
By Mark Fernandes

“I’m getting way too much sleep, spending a ton of time with my friends and family, and I’m in the best physical shape of my life,” said no corporate executive ever. In his book Betterness Umair Haque writes, “Why is business chronically and often unashamedly at odds with what is […]

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Millenial Magic: Let Them Believe
By Mark Fernandes

Commitment is defined as a willingness to give your time and energy to something you believe in, a state of being dedicated to a cause. PWC Chairman Bob Moritz says the following about Millennials and their commitment to work in his article Keeping Millennials Engaged; “Millennials are often stereotyped as […]

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3 Steps to Seeking Excellence Rather Than Perfection
By Nicole Pallai

Often when I speak with a client who has worked to exhaustion and arrived at burnout, we find a specific kind of inner critic at the root of the problem – the perfectionist. While the liabilities of perfectionism as well as its constructive potential are well-researched, and I’ve written about them […]

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Employee Retention and Why They Stay: 5 More Simple Truths from the Front Lines
By Mark Fernandes

A few months back after reading the continued tough news on the current state of leadership and the often referenced “leadership gap,” we decided to head to the field of our predominantly blue-collar company to get their thoughts and opinions on the subject. After sitting down with the team from […]

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Propel Yourself Forward
By Danielle Aaronson

I recently joined 250+ young professionals from the Richmond, Virginia area for the annual 804UM (said like “8 oh forum”… I think that is so clever! I should mention for the readers outside of Virginia – 804 is our area code). The theme for the event was “Past, Present, Future” – and […]

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Self-Awareness: Stop. Replay. Redo.
By Richard Luck

Everyday is filled with opportunities to have a positive impact on someone’s life. However, life can become so busy, so fast paced, and so pressured, we often miss these opportunities. We rarely take the time to slow down, to think about our behaviors, and to see if we are acting […]

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Preparing To Lead: 5 Practices of High Performing Leaders
By Mark Fernandes

Back in 2002 we started our Valued Based Leadership journey at Luck Companies. The objective was to re-engage our associates (we had lost our way a bit due to unprecedented growth) by transforming our culture. And our belief then, as it is today, was that the culture is a shadow […]

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CHOICES: 4 Practices to Ensure the Best Possible Outcomes
By Mark Fernandes

In his book The 8th Habit Dr. Stephen Covey wrote, “The essence of being human is being able to direct your own life. Your power to choose the direction of your life allows you to re-invent yourself, to change your future, and to powerfully influence the rest of creation.” I […]



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