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Learning to Shut Up & Listen

One challenge inherent in fusing a team together around a shared Mission (Fusion Leadership) surfaces when one of your team members processes information and generates ideas more slowly than you do, walks when you want to run, ruminates and digests when you want to gobble and go. In the early days of Zulily, when Darrell Cavens, CEO, was first getting the hyper-growth on-line retailer off the ground, he noticed that one of his management team members constantly exhibited go-slow behavior,...

Fusion Leaders Cherish Our Freedom

Fusion Leaders cherish our freedom and honor those who make our freedom possible. Freedom allowed Darrell Cavens and his team to re-invent the on-line retail shopping experience, powered by Zulily. Freedom allowed Colleen Abdoulah and her team to re-think the customer approach that delighted so many and catapulted WOW! to the top of JD Powers ranking of best-in-class service providers among the national cable TV operators. Freedom allowed Ray Davis and his team to fundamentally transform the...

During Your Meetings Who Becomes The Smartest Person in The Room?

“I don’t trust you!” And, “I certainly don’t value your opinion!” Would you communicate that message to one of your vital team members, who you rely upon to make your organization succeed? Of course not, neither would I. At least, that is what I thought, until Jim came storming into my office, red in the face, pounding his fist on my desk and demanding “why do you always do that to Tom?” My confrontation with Jim ultimately changed my leadership approach with regard to how I conduct meetings,...

Who To Prioritize On Your Calendar- A Fusion Leader’s Dilemma?

Who To Prioritize On Your Calendar? Leaders who prioritize the needs of frontline employees at the top of their priority list are the leaders who get results. They understand that when the organization wins, they win. They know how to walk the tightrope over the selfish-ego-vs.-collective-ego chasm, devoting considerable focused time and energy to the frontline workers, just as they do for investors, board members and other execs. Prioritizing frontline workers communicates the message that...

Great Leaders Show Weakness, According to Forbes

Show Weakness – Build Trust Great leaders show weakness because they understand that trust underpins the foundation of an engaged organization. “Too many old school leaders believe ‘leadership is acting’ or we must always wear a mask to project confidence and optimism. The best leaders today realize that authenticity and vulnerability are the fastest ways to earn trust. And as Stephen M.R. Covey [stated] ‘Trust is the one thing that changes everything,’” according to Kevin Kruse in a...

Making The Case For Being Selfish At Work

Let me clarify what I mean by “selfish”. Being “selfish” at work means doing something that benefits you. When you think about it, prioritizing the needs of our organization over (or at least at an equal level to) our own needs is actually a very selfish thing to do. This is self-serving. It makes us look good to our bosses, which ultimately means promotions and higher earnings. It also makes our organizations more successful and makes us feel good about ourselves. In this context, its ok to...

The Cure For Our Nation’s Ills – According To The Wall Street Journal – Worker Engagement

Great Job Means Great Life: And It’s All About the Managers, “No other single factor even comes close!” Creating a population of engaged workers would not only improve our economy and national prosperity, it likely would also solve the political malaise that disaffects our younger population and contributes to millennial’s growing interest in an alternative political system, like socialism, according to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal. After all “if you have a bad boss and a...

How To Help Employees Look Forward To Mondays

Helping employees look forward to Mondays begins with providing employees a “sense of purpose,” according to a recent article by the Gallup organization. Why Mondays Matter According to Gallup, employee wellbeing sinks to its low point on Mondays and low levels of employee wellbeing associate with higher absenteeism, higher healthcare costs, higher turnover and lower organizational effectiveness. How Do Leaders Instill A “Sense of Purpose” “When your people feel like they’re part of something...

Defining Fusion Leadership In 2019

Why Fusion Leadership in 2019? Fusion Leaders show up every day, driven to flip the percentages and create engaged employees, defying the national norm of some 70% of workers who dread their jobs (as I mentioned in my earlier blog post). But what is a Fusion Leader? Simply put, Fusion Leaders are those who place their selfish ego needs and their organization’s collective ego needs on the same level of importance. They are self-aware enough to understand that working for the greater good of an...

Flipping The Percentages To Save The World- Now! In 2019

Flipping the percentages now will save the world (in my opinion). Consider that some 70% of the workforce in the United States hates their job, according to recent polls by the Gallop organization. And how about this bit of depressing news: these surveys have been conducted for over 20 years and the trends are the same, year over year and on and on!! Why isn’t this sad trend the subject of national headlines? Is it because it is not newsworthy? Is this just “the way it is”? Many are quick to...

Inside Personal Growth- Fusion Leadership with Greg Voison

Inside Personal Growth Podcast (access the podcast) Offers Insights to Drive Employee Engagement The majority of the nation’s workforce hates their job, and these employees could be working in your organization.   I know many of you have heard this statistic before,...

Monday Morning Radio | Fusion Leadership

Fusion Leadership Unleashing The Movement of Monday Morning Enthusiasts (Access Radio Show) When business owners and leaders align their personal interests with the best interests of their companies and employees, the resulting “Fusion” becomes a powerful force for...

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