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Covid Conversations: The Business Voice

In our last article, we explored the personal challenges described by senior leaders in managing a pandemic-altered world – along with the approaches that have helped them find balance and keep moving forward. For our Covid Conversations project, though, we didn’t fence in our questions. When we asked about greatest challenges, for instance, our discussions […]

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Covid Conversations: The Personal Voice

As described in our previous article, we recently spoke with senior leaders across a range of industries to understand the challenges they have faced in recent months. Our discussions with these leaders gathered their business perspectives on the pandemic era, but at the same time – with a richness of emotional, social and physical layers […]

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Covid Conversations

Conversations for Covid times: how are leaders doing? In recent months, discussions with our Spark clients have taken on many dimensions that reflect our complex Covid times. To understand in more detail how people are managing, we decided to ask them directly. The conversations With intent to spark the conversation, we connected with senior leaders […]

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Brain Networks: Tune In, Turn On

Analytical vs. emotional strengths: how do you flip the switch? In our recent conversations with leaders across a range of sectors, the question of balance looms large. How to stay connected to the needs, fears and concerns of team members, for instance, while managing your own approaches to a shifting environment at the same time. […]

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Lights, Action…Camera!

Managing anxiety: how to park your “unmanageables”. In recent leadership commentary and professional newsfeeds, we see both confident outreach and anxious vulnerability. In some cases, such as Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky’s public letter on changes to his company, business-facts transparency weighs against raw emotion: “What we are about is belonging…I am truly sorry. Please know […]

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Listen Up! (Lead Like An Introvert)

Have you connected with your introverted side recently? In our discussions with senior leaders over the last two months, we continue to hear about approaches to coronavirus-related crisis management. In both business and individual situations, it is clear that leadership faces current challenges (how do we adjust right now and still keep going?) as well […]

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So You Want to Launch an App?

Core considerations matter: clarity, findability, trust   Is your company planning to launch an app, or upgrade an existing one? Are you finding challenges in the process of defining requirements and developing features? The key voices in an app launch project can reflect a range of interests. The technology group will look to leverage innovative […]

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Managing Brand Reputation

Recently, we’ve been working frequently with clients who want to change and grow their organization in ways that require them to first identify the existing brand reputation and audience perceptions. With these insights, we can begin thinking about how these perceptions will support or inhibit the desired goal. And as they plan for the future, […]

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Telling your Story – Part II

In Part I of Telling your Story, we discussed the process of identifying the foundational elements of your brand; The process beginning with listing your strengths, credentials, personality traits and professional roles. Further, you select the THREE words which, taken together, do the best job of describing you and what sets you apart from everyone […]

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Kickstart Change

At Spark, we’ve been thinking a lot about change – its benefits, what it takes to make meaningful change and what holds us back.   Typically, people make changes in their lives to improve their happiness, sense of fulfillment, health and prosperity. A quick survey of our coaching clients reveals that, in addition to realizing […]

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