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Mike Bensi

As an Advisor, Mike helps organizations build strategies that transform their culture and employee experience, as well as the leaders who support both. His former firefighter skills pay tribute to Mike’s common question, “How can I help you?” when strategizing with a company and its leaders to create a more people-centered experience.
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Leadership

In Charge vs. In Control

September 21, 2017

Life can get complex. You find someone you like and start dating, which can sometimes lead to marriage. Perhaps you want to buy a home together, which means you need stuff to fill the house. So you add kids, and they need a lot of stuff. Then you purchase the dreaded minivan. Which means you can add another kid. And a dog. Congrats, you’ve reached what’s known as the ceiling of complexity.

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Human Resources, Culture

How to Recognize Employees without Giving a Promotion

September 7, 2017

"Let's promote him!"

This is unfortunately a very common response by leaders when they have a great performer within their company. He's been with the company "long enough," and now the leaders find themselves wondering what they're going to do so he doesn't leave the company.

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Leadership

How to Regain Control of Your Day

August 8, 2017

If I asked you how you were doing today, I'd guess your response might include the word "busy.” I know I would say it.

Being busy as a leader can happen slowly over time, sometimes without us even noticing it. We get in the habit of taking on too much, which leads to too much work or too many activities. Perhaps we're covering for someone who has left or the company is growing rapidly.

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Well-Being

Six Failures You Can Make Every Day

July 25, 2017


"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
- Michael Jordan

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Leadership

Permission to Fail at Coaching

July 11, 2017

When I talk to managers about the idea of coaching , I typically get one of two responses to the idea: I don’t know how and the idea of coaching is daunting, or I don’t have time. If you feel this way, don't worry; you're in good company.

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