Rick Maurer, author of Beyond the Wall of Resistance and other books on leadership and change, developed the Energy Bar™ as a free tool to help people in organizations get their ideas across in ways that get people committed and engaged. RickRick has advised leaders from many countries on ways to apply this new tool successfully.

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Leadership Success Story: Restoring an ill-fated major capital investment

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What do you do when you’re the leader of a company and a major capital investment isn’t turning out as planned?

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What Street Performers Can Teach Us About Making Presentations At Work

What Street Performers Can Teach Us About Making Presentations At Work

Last weekend I was in Scotland and attended the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. There were close to 350 performances in theater, music, circus arts, etc. etc. scheduled for that day.

Although I did attend one of those performances (which was very good), I was most attracted to the street performers. These buskers try to earn money by performing for people who are just passing by.

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How to Build a Culture of Appreciation in the Workplace

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A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of presenting along with Dr. Paul White at the CPH Change Conference. Paul is a speaker, international business consultant and licensed psychologist, as well as a bestselling author including his book, Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace and newly released book The Vibrant Workplace.   Paul joined me for an Energy Bar Podcast to talk about The Vibrant Workplace and how to get past the common obstacles to building a culture of appreciation in the workplace.

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Values At Work Begin With You

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You are already living your values whether you’ve ever thought about them or not.

When someone asks your employees, “What’s it like to work here?”

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What happens when groups of people in a company resist change?

What happens when groups of people in a company resist change?

Most major changes in organizations demand a high degree of cooperation between groups. And if there has been antagonism in the past, say decades old management and union mistrust, building cooperation can be extremely challenging.

Washington Post Columnist Shankar Vedantam’s once wrote that 54 percent of wars between nations end in negotiated settlements, but only 24 percent of civil wars end that way. Drawing on the research of Barbara Walters, he wrote, “opponents in a civil war usually have to lay down arms before peace is reached. Once they do so, they both have to trust that the newly formed government will protect them. Since that government is likely to be under the control of the stronger side, however, the weaker side is left with no recourse. . . if the peace breaks down."

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