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Jordan Mercedes Gets to the Heart of the Matter

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Over the past 5+ years as an executive coach, Jordan has learned a lot about what it takes to be an effective leader. She enjoys working in partnership with smart, accomplished visionaries and is constantly fascinated by how they contribute to the world with the work they do.

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Melinda Rothouse, The Creative Executive coach

Unleash Mindful Creativity with Melinda Rothouse

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A multifaceted facilitator and coach, Melinda Rothouse is also a musician, a photographer, and an author. She recently published a book on how leaders can create cultures of innovation through mindfulness-based creativity and collaboration. The book, A Mindful Approach to Team Creativity and Collaborations in Organizations, reached #1 Bestseller in New Releases in several categories on Amazon on launch day. People appreciate learning about the research on mindfulness and creativity and the practical tools they can put to use with their teams.

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3 DEI Rockstars You Should Meet

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Many organizations are looking at their DEI initiatives in the wake of recent headlines. My team has been heartened by our clients’ proactivity on this issue. They have rolled up their sleeves, started the work, and are refining their efforts through action.

These three women have been doing a tremendous amount of work around DEI initiatives in organizations. Learn a bit about what excites them in their work.

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Social Justice Resources for Informed and Engaged Leaders

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As leaders in our organizations, we must be willing to engage with issues that make us uncomfortable. When it comes to racial justice, now, more than ever, our people and our communities at large are asking us to roll up our sleeves. We’ve collected a list of resources for you, whether you are just getting started or want to dig in a little deeper.
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17 Ways to Care for your Body, Mind + Spirit During Quarantine - The Creative Executive

17 Ways to Care for Your Body, Mind + Spirit During Quarantine

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We’re betting that you have been tested these past few weeks and have experienced resistance in ways you never thought possible. Here’s a curated list of all sorts of goodness for your mind, body, and spirit for this very weird time period.

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A Better Way to Meeting: Smooth Flight

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Our resident Improv Performer and Trainer, Shana Merlin, leads us through an exercise, based on the work of Dr. Rick Brinkman, that will improve any meeting, whether video, conference call, or in-person.

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What is your leadership currency? The Creative Executive

Leadership Currency: What Is It and How To Earn It

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Leadership Currency: A new leadership mindset for 2020

Carla Harris, speaker, author, and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley talks about two kinds of reputation and influence you build in your career, performance currency, and relationship currency. Combined, we like to refer to these as your leadership currency. In this video, Lead Trainer and Creative Executive Coach, Lauren Russo explains leadership currency and why effective leaders both earn it and spend it across their careers.

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Create Momentum with Structured Freedom - The Creative Executive

Create Momentum with Structured Freedom

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The most creative and rebellious amongst us bristle with the word structure. And most of us would place it at odds with the word freedom. But, the right kind of structure is a necessary element of freedom. We’re talking about structure, in its most perfect form: Structured Freedom.

Everyone understands the value of having some structure to meet our team and individual goals, but most of us tend to deploy structure in two inefficient ways: too much and too little. The key is finding the balance, finding the right structure framework, one that creates momentum for you, and your team.

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Why We Love Improv - The Creative Executive

Why We Love Improv For Teams

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Improv For The Win!

What is fun and can help you practice risk-taking and communication at all levels? Improv! In this leadership video, we’re talking about why we love this for teams.

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Navigating Conflict in the Workplace - Creative Executive

Navigating Conflict in the Workplace

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Three Tools to Help You Address Conflict

Deftly navigating conflict in the workplace is never fun, but it’s imperative to being an effective leader. In this leadership video, learn about our three favorite tools for addressing conflict at work. Get beyond the conflict by understanding priorities, scope, and social threat triggers for yourself and the other party.

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How do you motivate others - Creative Executive

Motivating People Up, Down, and Across Your Organization

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How to Motivate Others

You inspire and galvanize your direct reports, but how do you motivate people across your organization? In this leadership video, get insights into our two favorite strategies for motivating others above, below, and across your organization.

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Your people deserve better team building - Creative Executive

Level-up Without Leaving Others Behind

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Your People Deserve Better Team-Building

Team building should be more than just swag t-shirts. Design a team-building experience that’s worthy of your smart, talented, and engaged people. In this leadership video, we are talking about the three filters you should use to evaluate your next team-building experience.

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Four Resources to Think About When Creating a Leadership Development Program - Creative Executive

Create a Leadership Development Program That Sticks

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Leadership Development Programs: Four Resources to Consider

Considering creating a leadership development program for your organization? In this video, we discuss the four things you need to think about before you start.

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Why You Need A Culture Assessment - Creative Executive

Culture: How to Assess and Improve It

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Why You Need a Culture Assessment

As a creative leader, you need candid feedback on how people experience their workplace. How do you get this intel when people aren’t exactly transparent with the boss? In this leadership video, we’re breaking down the what, who, and why of culture assessments.

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Why Purpose Matters - Creative Executive

Why Are We Here? Purpose Matters

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Why Purpose Matters

Leading human teams is about much more than simply managing resources. There’s the transactional aspect of overseeing resources + workflow. There’s also a crucial relational component to managing people. In this leadership video, we’re getting relational. Let’s talk about how sharing purpose, or “the why,” with your people can lead to better work experiences and more sustainable results over the long term.

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Lead Trainer and Creative Executive Coach, Lauren Russo

Lauren Russo Rethinks Structure

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Meet our Creative Executive Coaches

At the Creative Executive, we work with some pretty amazing people. We work with teams who are striving to communicate and collaborate better. We work with corporate clients to improve the way that work gets done throughout the organization, with an eye towards a more sustainable culture and profitable outcomes. We couldn’t do any of this work without our incredible team of coaches who work alongside these clients. In this ongoing series, we’ll be profiling all of our coaches. Our talented coaching team helps fuel the magic we facilitate for companies, teams, and leaders every day. This month, meet Lead Trainer and Coach, Lauren Russo.

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How to Hire The Right Talent for Your Organization

Culture-Centric Hiring: Win the New Talent Game

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When it comes to the job hunt, it’s a buyer’s market these days. And job searchers are looking for more than just a set of benefits. They are looking for fit. What does this mean for organizations looking to hire?

It means you will need to work harder to find the right talent that will help you move your organization forward. Here are five insights to help your organization navigate this hiring frenzy and come out the other end with the right people.

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How to Scale Management and Leadership in Your Company

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We just finished a fun project with a client creating a Management and Leadership Style Guide. The partners of this company wanted to guide the development of their new managers in a way that’s meaningful both to them and to the staff they oversee.

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Our Summer Reading/Listening/Watching Spectacular

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In the midst of all the jet-setting, road-tripping, and beach-going this summer, we hope you also manage to unplug, recharge, and refill your ‘me’ tank. We put together a list of our favorite podcasts, videos, and must-read articles, our most popular Creative-Executive content, and some of the books we’re planning to tackle this season. 

Bookmark this list for your next poolside break! Read more…

10 Years, People! A LOT Happens in 10 Years

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As I’m coming across my 10-year anniversary this month, I’ve been reflecting on the immense amount I’ve learned about myself, about business, and about humans.

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