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Elizabeth Bower

Hello! I am the founder of The Workplace Word. My passion for helping people to be more creative leaders, to be more resourceful at work, and to cultivate a people-first mindset in the workplace, lead me to create this blog and community.

The Complexity of Leadership & Its Moving Parts

Leadership is complex. It can’t be simplified into a singular academic thought process (Johnson & Hackman, 2018). Effective leaders build effective cultures, therefore, ‘followers’ prosper.  Building a culture, be it workplace or community, has so many moving parts and nuances. Many of these moving parts can be learned, refined, and […]

How to have a Productive Meeting

How many meetings do you have in a week? According to MIT Sloan Management Review, senior managers attend nearly 23 hours of meetings every week. Meetings are good ways to collaborate and create action amongst a team. However, bad meeting practices can waste time and affect productivity. Which ultimately […]

Instagram Inspiration: Selling Your ‘Why’ Through Social Media

“People don’t by what you do, people buy why you do it.” This quote by Simon Sinek is a part of his well-known TedTalk, with over forty-seven million views, called ‘How Great Leaders Inspire Action.’ In this powerful video from 2009, Simon lays out an idea called the golden circle, which gives people an insight into how a company can inspire people to take action (TedTalks, 2009).

A Fable – Versions of Reality

Here’s a famous Indian fable about six blind men that come across different parts of an elephant.  Each creating their own version of the elephant from their perspective. Is what we perceive actually the reality of the situation? This fable is a great reminder to consider multiple perspectives […]

Failed Business

First, watch this video: Failed Business: A Reflection by Elizabeth Bower Here’s a story of a failed business.  To be more specific, it’s a story of one of MY failed business ideas.  This failure is a great example of how Simon Sinek’s golden circle truly taps into the […]