Christine Comaford’s Blog

Three Keys To Effectively Managing Remote Workers [Infographic]

In a mere 3 years the mobile workforce is projected to comprise roughly three-quarters of U.S. employees. Is your organization ready? According to Gallup, remote working has been on the rise since 2012: from 39% in 2012 to 43% in 2016. The desire to work remotely is here to stay and it isn’t limited to a few select […]

The Surprising Link Between Customer Experience And Employee Engagement

How would your customers describe their experience with your firm? Please take a moment and rate the Customer Experience (CX) that you believe you deliver: Better than all companies in any industry The best in our industry Considerably above average in our industry Slightly above average in our industry Average for our industry Slightly below […]

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Competitive Advantage: The Power of Embracing Neurodiversity

“Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what form of wiring will prove best at any given moment? Cybernetics and computer culture, for example, may favor a somewhat autistic cast of mind.” Harvey Blume, Journalist & Autism Advocate We all know […]

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3 Common Mistakes That May Be Killing Your Sales

We all want better sales results—so what’s the secret? It lies in the brain, and knowing how to guide our sales people out of their Critter State, where they are overwhelmed, stressed, in fight/flight/freeze, and into their Smart State where they have fresh insights, are ready to tackle the day, are motivated and psyched to […]

Right Person, Wrong Role? Or Wrong Person, Period?

People get into the wrong roles for a number of reasons. Perhaps there was a reorganization and the company didn’t want to lose them, so they were reallocated without consultation or training. Maybe they were promoted beyond their capability without a training plan. Or maybe they were hired to do a project that’s now irrelevant […]

Two Myths About Strategy — And Two Tools To Make Yours Work

We all know that setting a strategy matters. It’s one of the first steps to steer your company to achieve its goals and fulfill its mission. So why do strategies so often fail? Because making strategies work requires execution. Why Strategies Fail Strategies fail when the average bear doesn’t know how to execute, and they aren’t […]

Ready To End Silos, Sabotage And System Dysfunction In Your Organization?

Got silos? How about sabotage? System dysfunctions like these are generally symptoms of low cultural alignment. The two founders of Company Z were at war. The CEO was aggressive, the CTO often sabotaged the CEO, and the company was divided into two camps. In addition to their personal strife, there had been recent technological breakthroughs […]

3 Practices To Become A Great Listener

Are any of these phrases familiar to you? “You just don’t understand.” “How many times do I have to repeat myself?” “I can’t tell if you’re distracted, or you just don’t care.” Whether you’re hearing these phrases or saying them, they’re all signs of ineffective listening. And ineffective listening can lead to damaged relationships, inefficient […]

The Only Effective Way To Deal With Conflict

What leadership and organizational behaviors would you like to change? I had the great good fortune in 2010 to spend a week with the Dalia Lama on his tour, supporting him behind the scenes as he interacted with thousands of people. One of the things he likes to say is “recognition is liberation.” When we […]

This Is What Generation Z Wants From The Workplace

Just when you thought you figured out Millennials, Generation Z is now entering the workforce. A whopping 72.8 million individuals are included in this group born between the mid-1900s and the early 2000s. Are you ready? While we have learned how to create a culture where Millennials can thrive, what Generation Z needs can be […]

If You Aren’t Doing Content Marketing, You’re Missing The Boat

The Content Marketing Institute together with Marketing Profs and Curata released an essential study recently. You need to read it. Why? Because it found that 75% of companies are increasing their investment in content marketing, and 43% are increasing staff levels. Content marketing works, and I’ll show you how and why in the next 3 […]

Why Smart People Make Stupid Decisions

We’ve all been there. We make what we think is a rational decision. And then seconds, minutes or days later we wonder “What was I thinking?!” Was it a temporary lapse of sanity? Were we just distracted and decided anyway? We knew it wasn’t the right decision or the best decision, but in that moment, […]

Employee Appreciation Day — Do You Do These 5 Things?

Friday, March 3, 2017 was Employee Appreciation Day. Sure, it’s a day for companies and leaders to thank their employees for their hard work and effort throughout the year. But while having cake and an office party are always fun, shouldn’t employees feel and experience appreciation all year long? Here are five epic ways to […]

Organizational Distrust Is Rampant: Why Leaders Should Be Worried

Distrust is rampant. It’s worldwide. It’s pervasive across all types of organizations in the business world. Even though the trust of CEOs is at an all-time low, we can help heal the distrust that may exist in your organization and boost your trust-factor among your tribe. Are you ready?   You Can’t Buy Trust As […]

How To Leverage Newly Reported Job Outlook Optimism & Recruit Great Talent

Optimism regarding finding a quality job is at an all-time high. “For the first time since Gallup began tracking the question in 2001, a majority of Americans (54%) say it is a ‘good time’ to find a quality job.” What’s created this massive upward swing? Also per Gallup: “People’s optimism is affected by the political lens […]

63% Of Employees Don’t Trust Their Leader — Here’s What You Can Do To Change That

Trust is toast, according to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer. It’s worldwide, it’s pervasive across business and government, and trust of CEOs is at an all-time low. CEO Credibility plunged by 12 points this year. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents said CEOs are somewhat or not at all credible. Whoa. Wow. How Trust Is Broken… Lack […]

The Power Primer: Lessons From Andy Grove, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates And Larry Ellison

  In my experience, leaders either use power well or they don’t. Thankfully, I’ve met more that fall into the “use power well” category. Here are four powerful leaders and the lessons they taught me. I hope their wisdom will touch you too. Andy Grove: Be Gracious Andy Grove always tried to feed me. He was […]

5 Signs Your Top Performers Are Going To Quit And What You Can Do To Retain Them

How many of your top performers have quit, leaving you, their leader, wondering why or what happened? People will quit before they ask for what they want or tell you what is wrong. That’s why knowing what to look for is so powerful. Red Flag Behaviors 1. Productive And Accountability Drop: They are missing deadlines, not […]

Four 2017 Topics That Bad Leaders Will Ignore And Great Leaders Will Embrace

Are you ready for 2017? What will make it your best year yet? Will it be tackling key goals? Finally getting those long-delayed “to do” items off your list? Or will it be taking your leadership to an entirely new level? I’m hoping for the latter—and if you’re on board, I’ll be right there with […]

Career Advice

The Only Career Advice You Need For 2017

“The indispensable employee brings humanity and connection and art to her organization. She is the key player, the one who’s difficult to live without, the person you can build something around.” Seth Godin Are you ready to have your career soar in 2017? If the answer is yes, do you have a plan? Buckle your […]

Want Your Boss To Respect You? Do These 6 Things

Want Your Boss To Respect You? Do These 6 Things

Do people respect you? Respect is often defined as a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. The key word is elicited. Our actions and the outcomes we create are directly proportional to the amount of respect we think we should have and the amount of respect […]

Headed Towards Burnout? Here's What You Need To Do

Headed Towards Burnout? Here’s What You Need To Do

As leaders we are expected to be highly present, have clear and consistent insights, maintain significant levels of energy, and stay grounded regardless of circumstances. Yet in today’s world of relentless change this can be challenging. When’s the last time you focused on you? It’s not selfish… it’s necessary. There’s an infinite amount of work, […]

Games Get Goals Met - Here's How

Games Get Goals Met – Here’s How

Are you using games to help your team achieve their goals? Gamification creates healthy competition, learning, communication and incentives. When used properly, gamification can change the face of goal attainment in your organization. We Are Wired To Game Gaming puts the user in a state of flow. “In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental […]

The Link Between Exercise And Boosting Brainpower

The Link Between Exercise And Boosting Brainpower

Are you making exercise non-negotiable? Before you skip a workout, remember that exercise is the key to a healthy brain. When I first start working with my executive coaching clients, before we dive into proven neuroscience-based tools that will help them with their challenges, I ask them “Do you have an exercise routine?” Executives and leaders […]

4 Steps to Becoming a More Emotionally Intelligent Leader

4 Steps To Become A More Emotionally Intelligent Leader

The CEO tells the VP Marketing candidate he’d hire her if she lost 20 pounds. She’s “too fat to represent our company.” The VP Operations tells her team if they were competent they would’ve achieved their quarterly goals. The CFO sends the Controller an angry email saying his budget “sucks and is pathetic.” The VP […]

How Leaders Can Rock Rejection & Finesse Failure

How Leaders Can Rock Rejection & Finesse Failure

What holds us back from our dreams more than anything else? Fear of failure. So let’s tackle it head on. Sooner or later you’re going to fail. In fact, you may fail over and over. The key is to fail forward, where the pain of the failure is reduced by the benefit of the lessons […]

Why Performance Management Is Dead And Performance Motivation Is Here To Stay

Why Performance Management Is Dead And Performance Motivation Is Here To Stay [Infographic]

How’s your team performing? Before you start the process of performance evaluations, take 10 minutes and discover why performance management is dead and performance motivation is here to stay. As we know, performance management is the term used to refer to activities, tools, processes, and programs that companies create or apply to manage the performance […]

Networking, whether it is in person, via Linked In or in another manner, can have a lasting effect on future referrals.

Deepen Your Relationship With Centers Of Influence

Our favorite door opener Caryn Kopp discusses the importance of relationships with Centers of Influence— thought I’d share! Networking, whether it is in person, via Linked In or in another manner, can have a lasting effect on future referrals. This is your opportunity to deepen the relationship with Centers of Influence. If done properly and with […]

How To Lead And Empower Your Team Through A Crisis

How To Lead And Empower Your Team Through A Crisis

According to a recent Harvard Business Review Management Tip Of The Day: A leader sets the emotional tone and the example both in good times and, perhaps more important, in bad. I agree. As a leader, how do you help your team deal with and move through a time of crisis? Before we go any […]