Management and Leadership


Power of Employee Personal Branding

Utilizing the Power of Employee Personal Branding and How to Measure It

Branding is no longer confined merely to organizations.  It has become a personal way to showcase your personality and ideas online.  Personal networks have power when followers become a tribe.

Companies recognize that each of their employees probably has a Facebook account and depending on their industry, a LinkedIn account…not to mention the other social media sites like Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. So, it stands to reason that each employee could have a tribe of followers that could be influenced by company-focused information if the employee shares it with their unique perspective and in their unique way.


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Three Ways to Know If You Are a Good Leader

If you have ever worked with someone inspirational and positive, chances are you will remember them for years to come. This is especially true if that particular person was your boss, and he or she took good care of their team.

So why is it that you remember someone like this, but not a person who was the complete opposite?

The answer is simple. It is human nature to remember those who made you feel hopeful and good!


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Corner Office Lessons from an Unexpected CEO

What would it be like if one day you were sitting in your V.P. office at a very successful software enterprise company, and without any warning you were suddenly thrown into the C.E.O. role and responsible for every aspect of that company?

A similar scenario was played out a few years ago by Chris Wacker after his wife, Nien-Ling (the founder and C.E.O. of Laserfiche) was diagnosed with cancer.  Day by day as the cancer took a toll on her health, he began to take over her responsibilities as interim C.E.O.  Then when Nien-Ling lost her battle with cancer, he stepped into the role full-time.

He never dreamed he’d be responsible for the operations of the entire company along with having to lead all the people who worked there. However, to honor his wife’s business legacy over the last twenty years, he dove in and worked hard to keep the company on track.  As he continued to swim in unfamiliar waters in his C.E.O. role, he reflected often on the leadership style Nien-Ling utilized when she was running the company.


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Four Top Priorities for the New Decade

January is normally a time of new decisions, new commitments, and new goals. This January is not only the new year of 2020, but it is also a new decade. Time flies, and since 2030 will be here before you know it, it’s important to look ahead and outline your leadership priorities to be sure you end the next decade well.


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Giving Employees a Reason to Feel Proud

Do You Give Employees a Reason to Feel Proud of What They Do?

Imagine packing up an evening snack, grabbing a blanket, getting in your car and heading to the lawn of your local university. When the music starts all the visitors on campus go silent as a series of custodians, landscapers, electricians, and construction crews show off their skills to an original dance piece called “From the Ground Up.”

Yes, folks, this really happened in October 2019 on the campus of Wake Forest University in NC. Bill Taylor wrote an article about the event to highlight an important leadership skill: The importance of showing how much you value your employees and helping them feel proud of what they do.

In his Harvard Business Review article titled, “Do You Give Employees a Reason to Feel Proud of What They Do?” Taylor describes the Wake Forest event as “Think Cirque du Soleil, but with lawn mowers, trucks, ladders, brooms, hammers, and drills.”  The Campus Facilities Staff, who often work invisibly behind the scenes doing the least glamorous work, “showcased their skills, creativity and humor to the delight of the community” at three evening performances over three days.

Throughout the article, Taylor makes the point that pride in one’s work is an essential ingredient to ensure every person in an organization is working at peak performance. This is especially important in an organization that provides services to others.

As a business owner or senior leader, what have you done lately to make sure your employees feel valued and have pride in what they do for you and your company?  If you can’t remember, schedule time this week to sit down with your leadership staff and brainstorm creative ways to spotlight your employees as a step towards creating a deeper spirit of belonging and pride throughout your organization.

To read the entire article Taylor wrote, click here.  You can also watch the promotional clip about the Wake Forest event here:  From The Ground Up.


If this article was helpful and prompted you with an increased desire to improve your effectiveness as a leader so you can take your team to the next level, contact us to learn more about our Aepiphanni Ascend Leadership Development program.  Fill out the form below and we’ll be happy to schedule a Coffee & Consult to chat in more detail about how we can help.

Kris Cavanaugh Castro is the People Development Coach at Aepiphanni, a Business Consultancy that provides Management Consulting, Implementation and Managed Services to business leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to improve or expand operations. We are the trusted advisor for business leaders who are seeking forward-thinking solutions to help them plan for and navigate through the challenges of business growth.  Kris has over 25 years of coaching, training and mentoring leaders to greater success; and she periodically writes about leadership development and facilitates change management conversations.

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Why New Leaders Should Make Decisions Slowly

Climbing the corporate ladder is a “must do” for any head of household who chooses a non-entrepreneurial career.  Each step up the ladder typically means more income and benefits which supports the lifestyle they desire for their families.  In addition, advancement often requires more leadership responsibilities.

A person’s first leadership role is generally both exciting and unnerving.  Most people do not diligently watch their supervisors throughout their early career making notes of how to lead, and how not to lead, in order to prepare themselves for a future leadership role. Instead, leadership is something most people “fall into” later and figure out as they go along.


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Business Technology Assessment

How Business Technology Assessment Can Take Your Business to a Whole New Level

Let’s face it; the role of technology in business is growing, and it will only continue to flourish in the future. Organizations can no longer devalue the importance of technology in realizing their goals and driving their ventures forward.

But the thing with modern technology is that it moves and changes at such a rapid pace. Innovations pop out one after the other no matter the industry, and while that can be great for business, the critical question here is: do you know what technologies your competitors are using?


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Business Process Management or Robotic Process Automation

Business Process Management Series Part 2: Business Process Management or Robotic Process Automation

In this second part of our Business Process Management (BPM) series, we will compare BPM against Robotic Process Automation. For a slew of businesses and organizations, big and small, overseeing and implementing a streamlined digital transformation can’t be done overnight. In fact, it is a long and grueling undertaking. However, there are some very innovative and cutting-edge technologies a business can incorporate to accelerate the whole process.


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