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Dean Miles

President - Executive Leadership Coach at Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

LAKE JACKSON, United States

6787 Followers

Dean is the founder and president of Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group, a global executive coaching firm. He has spent his career unlocking great leaders in the process of producing exceptional results. Dean was recently invited by Marshall Goldsmith to join 100 Coaches (#MG100), an invitation-only community of the world’s leading executive coaches. Dean also serves as a member of Forbes' prestigious Council for Executive Coaches and is a member of The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) - top ranked global provider in leadership development programs. Furthermore, he has been Fellow at The Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School for the last six years. Dean was recently recognized by Thinkers360 as a Top 25 Thought Leader in Business Continuity, Top 50 Thought Leader in Entrepreneurship and Top 100 Thought Leader in both Mental Health & Startups.

Dean is a master at understanding the needs of organizations and individuals. He has been coaching and facilitating programs for groups and individuals around the country on many organizational, interpersonal and personal topics since 1996. With his extensive experience in manufacturing, mining, aerospace, financial services, health care, oil and gas, rail services and non-profits; Dean knows how to get the best out of people. Dean's knowledge of his clients’ unique needs is invaluable in identifying key areas of improvement that lead to desired outcomes.

He has been described as an intuitive risk-taker who will partner with you to uncover your strengths and opportunities.

Dean's work with Fortune 500 CEOs has been featured in publications such as Forbes Magazine, Fast Company, CareerPro, Vistage & Inc. Magazine.

Available For: Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Houston, Texas
Speaking Topics: Understanding Team Dynamics, How to Predict Exceptional Results, It's Time to be Evocative

Speaking Fee $5,000

Dean Miles Points
Academic 0
Author 40
Influencer 126
Speaker 20
Entrepreneur 20
Total 206

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Last Media Interview: 05/05/2022

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy 32.53
Change Management
Culture 30.17
Diversity and Inclusion
Entrepreneurship 37.43
Future of Work 30.10
Innovation
Leadership 32.23
Management 32.15
Mental Health 30.64
Mergers and Acquisitions
Project Management
Sales
Startups 33.22
Supply Chain
Sustainability 30.51
COVID19 32.31
Business Continuity 38.51
Health and Wellness 30.10
Health and Safety 30.33

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Chemicals
Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Insurance
Manufacturing
Oil & Gas
Pharmaceuticals
Professional Services

Publications

21 Article/Blogs
Dumbfounded
LinkedIn
May 16, 2022
We've all heard them: quotes that impact us and stick with us long after we first hear them. A quote that just makes you stop and think? One that has such a powerful message, it impacts the way you view life? I remember reading this one from my friend Robert Hargrove Realize an Impossible Future.

"If you ask great performers what percent of winning is mental and what percent is action, they will say 80 percent mental, 20 percent action. Yet, if you ask them what they are doing to create a winning mindset, they will look at you dumbfounded?"

It's been my experience that how we think directly impacts what we do and how successful we are. In fact, from that point forward I paid close attention to my mindset and the results have been outstanding.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Character Checklist
LinkedIn
May 06, 2022
Every now and then, we all need a reminder of who we are and what's important to us. Leaders are no exception. That's why I've put together a character checklist for leaders to help keep them on track. This checklist can act as a daily or weekly reminder of the values that are important to you and the behaviors that support them. Use it to self-assess and make sure you're staying true to your character. And if you find yourself slipping, use it as a tool to get back on track. So, without further ado, here is my character checklist for leaders!

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Tags: Culture, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

Remember the Heart
LinkedIn
May 06, 2022
Some people think that you should lead with your head, making logical decisions based on data and reason. Others believe that you should lead with your heart, putting emotions and feelings first. Which approach is better?

As leaders, we are always looking for ways to better ourselves and our team. We read articles, attend workshops, and try to soak up any bit of information we can get our hands on. But sometimes we can forget the most important thing – leading with our hearts. When we focus too much on the head, we lose sight of what is really important. So take a break from the books and articles for a little while, and remember to lead with your heart.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Do You Like It?
LinkedIn
May 03, 2022
Let me guess. You’re thinking of asking for feedback on that new thing you just created, but before you do, you want to make sure it’s something people will like, right? I get it. It can be tough putting yourself out there and risking rejection. But if what you ultimately want is validation, then don’t bother asking for feedback.

I was recently speaking with a friend who is in the process of starting his own business. He was telling me that he has been asking people for feedback on his product, but what he really wants is validation. He wanted to know if I thought this was a good strategy, and I told him that it wasn’t. If you’re looking for feedback, be prepared to listen to the criticism and make changes accordingly. But if you just want people to tell you that you’re doing a great job, then don’t bother asking for their opinion.

Think of the difference in these two questions:
Do you like it?
How can I improve?

One is asking for validation and the other is asking for feedback.

What are your thoughts?

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Startups

THE COMPLETE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT APPROACH THAT WORKS
Bridge Point
May 02, 2022
Highly effective leadership is critical to address the many challenges that face organizations today. One factor driving the demand for effective leadership is that businesses, organizations, hospitals, universities and health care institutions are all highly complex organizations, often characterized by numerous professional workforces, departmental silos, ever-changing regulations and global competition. Leaders are tasked with engaging and unifying the various communities, cultures and often unseen motivations within these institutions while maintaining great customer or clinical care and increasing profitability and enrollment.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Failing Up
LinkedIn
May 02, 2022
One of the most important—and least discussed—skills in the workplace is the ability to “fail up.” That is, the ability to turn setbacks and failures into opportunities for advancement. This is not a skill that is evenly distributed among employees. Some people are simply better at it than others. And, often, these people are not the sharpest minds or hardest workers. So, what is their secret? In many cases, it boils down to two things: leaders and learnings.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Leadership, Management

This or That - Be Choosy
LinkedIn
May 02, 2022
We've all heard the saying "you can't be choosy when you're starving." But what about when you're not starving, but rather seeking to lead a successful and fulfilling life? The truth is, great leaders know how to be choosy. They don't just take any opportunity that comes their way; they carefully consider the pros and cons of each choice before making a decision. This isn't always easy, but it's essential if you want to make the most of your time and energy.

You've got a lot of options as a leader. You can choose to lead with your head or your heart. You can be aggressive or passive. You can be directive or laissez faire. Sooner or later, you have to make decisions and choose.

If you want to be a great leader, you need to know how to be choosy. This means being selective about the people and things you invest your time and energy in. Here are three reasons why being choosy is so important for leaders:

1) You'll have more energy for the things that matter.
2) You'll be better able to focus on your goals.
3) You'll build stronger relationships.

So don't be afraid to be choosy – it'll make you a better leader for it.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship

Appreciate Those Who Failed
LinkedIn
April 29, 2022
Should we be more humble and appreciative of those who have failed, regardless of their status or position in life?

It seems like we are always in awe of those who succeed and dismissive of those who fail. We put those who succeed on pedestals and dismiss those who fail. We put so much emphasis on being successful and having everything go our way, that when things don't go according to plan we start to doubt ourselves.

We all know those people who have achieved incredible things. They're always in the spotlight, and we can't help but be in awe of their accomplishments. But what about the people who have failed? It seems we're quick to dismiss them and forget about them, as if their experience means nothing. We see them as failures and deem them unworthy of our time or attention. I wonder if we should be more self-aware of being so in awe of those who succeed and dismissive of those who fail, and start learning from everyone's experiences.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Business Strategy, Mental Health

National Emergency
LinkedIn
April 29, 2022
On March 13, 2020, by proclamation 9994, the President declared a national emergency concerning the coronavirus pandemic. It appears we may be coming to the end of the emergency declaration and transitioning into a state of virus management. We see many companies and leaders starting to transition to these new realities. Goldman Sachs has demanded all employees return to the office immediately to their 44-story headquarters in lower Manhattan. Only half of the employees returned. CEO David Solomon could not have been pleased. Was this an anomaly or a signal of what's to come?

There's no doubt that when a crisis hits, it's important to take stock of the situation and figure out what needs to be done. But once the immediate emergency is over, it's also important to look for opportunities that might have arisen as a result of the crisis. Whether it's reorganizing your team or rethinking your business strategy, there are always chances to learn and grow after a tough situation.

Now is a good time to assess the opportunities that have arisen as a result of the crisis. Take advantage of this time of chaos to make positive changes in your company.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Nothing is Easy
LinkedIn
April 18, 2022
Does our attitude matter when it comes to choosing our outlook perspective? In other words, can we change our attitude if we don’t like our current outlook perspective?

In life, we are constantly given choices to make. Sometimes these choices are big and other times they are small, but in the end, each choice we make has an impact on our lives. This is especially true when it comes to our outlook on life – the perspective from which we choose to view the world.

"Nothing is easy as it looks, everything takes longer than you expect, and if anything can go wrong, it will and at the worst possible moment."

OR

"Nothing is as hard as it looks, everything is more rewarding than you expect, and if anything can go right, it will and at the best possible moment."

So which perspective should you go with? And how do you make a decision?

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Tags: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Look at ME!
LinkedIn
April 14, 2022
There is often a fine line between self-promotion and bragging, especially when it comes to leaders in the workplace. While there may be some situations where highlighting your accomplishments or capabilities is necessary, such as during performance evaluations or team-building exercises, it is important to tread carefully so as not to come across as arrogant or conceited. Ultimately, whether you are self-promoting or simply bragging depends on your intentions and the context of your message. If you are motivated by a desire to improve yourself or your team and seem genuinely modest in doing so, then you are probably engaging in healthy self-promotion. However, if your words seem over the top or disingenuous, then you may be venturing into the territory of bragging. The key is to be authentic and confident without being excessive in your claims about yourself or others. After all, leaders do not need to brag about themselves in order to inspire others; their actions often speak louder than their words.


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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Management

From Uncertainty to Chaos
Leadershum
April 13, 2022
From uncertainty to chaos, the pandemic accelerated our transition from VUCA to BANI. Now add a potential WWIII.

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Tags: Business Strategy, COVID19, Leadership

Tricks of the Trade
LinkedIn
April 13, 2022
Do you ever feel like you're constantly behind the curve? Like you're trying to learn new things but never seem to make any progress? You're not alone. It can be tough to keep up with the latest trends, especially in today's fast-paced world. But there's one thing you should remember: it's better to learn the trade than the tricks of the trade.

I have coached hundreds of new managers who start their first 90 days desperate for shortcuts and hacks. Day after day they find themselves losing much needed momentum and gaining distrust from their new team.

The point - it's more important to become an expert in your field than it is to know all the shortcuts and hacks. And that's something worth keeping in mind, especially as you continue your journey towards success.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Boost Your Career - Flashing Those Pearly Whites
LinkedIn
April 12, 2022
You know how it is when someone smiles at you and you can’t help but smile back? It’s because smiling is contagious – the act of seeing a smile makes you want to smile. Research has shown that when people see happy faces, their brain activity actually changes in a way that makes them feel happier too.

In 'The Brief History of the Smile', Angus Trumble writes -
"In the early 1960s State Mutual Life Assurance of Worcester, MA initiated a merger that had bad effects on company morale. In 1964, State Mutual cooked up a "friendship campaign" to get employees to smile whenever they answered the phone, paid a claim, or typed a report. The company turned to Harvey Ball for graphic support. Ball reported that he spent about 10 minutes designing the smiley face, and he was paid $45 for it. This was the only profit that Ball ever made from his most famous creation. Neither Ball nor the insurance company trademarked or copyrighted the smiley face. In the early 1970s, the smiley face image became a symbol for an entire generation of Americans, emerging as one of the most well-known images in the country."

So the next time someone offers you a compliment, or does something nice for you, don't be afraid to smile big! Leaders who smile tend to be perceived as more competent, trustworthy, and likable. So if you’re looking to boost your career, start by flashing those pearly whites.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Excellence Is Not A Hill To Climb
LinkedIn
April 07, 2022
In 1930, a graduate student at the University of Chicago named Kurt Lewin proposed his theory of Field Theory. Field Theory maintains that we cannot understand any aspect of an individual or group's behavior without understanding their environment and the field in which they are operating. In other words, individuals do not exist in a vacuum - their actions are always influenced by their surroundings. This is certainly something to keep in mind when striving for excellence.

When people talk about excellence, they always make it sound like this big thing you have to climb. Like it's this mountain you have to surmount, and once you do, you're excellent. But that's not true at all! Excellence is right here, in the next five minutes.

Every decision we make, every action we take, has the potential to elevate us to a new level of greatness.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Winning Isn't Everything; It's The Only Thing
LinkedIn
March 31, 2022
It seems like a lot of you are cheating at Wordle! Since The New York Times bought Wordle at the end of January of 2022, cheating has been at an all-time high among Wordle users. According to a recent study by Wordfinderx.com, the biggest cheaters are in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Washington D.C. and Vermont.

Conventional wisdom says "winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." With that in mind, plenty of business leaders believe ethics and honesty are all well and good, as long as they don't get in the way of winning.

One of the most difficult things to do as a leader is to resist the temptation to cheat. Whether it's taking credit for someone else's work, cutting corners, or even outright cheating, it can be tough to stay on the right path when the pressure is on. But if you're tempted to cheat, don't give in. Not only will you likely get caught, but also cheating will ultimately destroy your integrity and credibility.

Because even if you appear to "win" through cheating, you're making your team less effective, driving away your best people, and setting yourself up to be cheated in turn.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Is your leadership developing at the pace to stay relevant?
Leadershum
March 22, 2022
In 2010, IBM interviewed over 1,500 CEOs worldwide to learn what their challenges are and their strategies for addressing them (Capitalizing complexity: Insights from the Global Chief Executive Officer Study). Two challenges emerged at the top of the list: 1) escalating complexity, and 2) building the creative capacity and leadership to deal with it.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Leadership, Management

Find Believable People
LinkedIn
March 22, 2022
As a leader, it's important to be able to see both sides of every issue. But sometimes, that's easier said than done. If you find yourself disagreeing with someone, it can be tempting to just write them off as wrong and move on. However, there is value in understanding why the other person believes what they do. The key is to find the most believable person who disagrees with you on something important, and really try to understand their reasoning. It may just change your mind. By taking the time to understand their reasoning, you can become a better leader.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Leadership, Mental Health

Create a Prosperous Future
LinkedIn
February 18, 2022
I need your help! I am working on an article and I would love to hear what you think. What trends are you seeing or anticipating in the near future when it comes to leadership and teams?

As the world continues to change and grow, so too must the way we work. For future leaders, this means being adaptable and open-minded in order to embrace new opportunities. The future of work will likely be more collaborative, with a focus on team building and social skills. Technology will also play a big role, with artificial intelligence and digital platforms becoming increasingly commonplace. To be successful in this ever-changing landscape, future leaders will need to be able to think outside the box and be comfortable with change. By doing so, they can help create a future that is prosperous for all.

The trends I am seeing are in these areas:

1. Fairness and equity will be the defining issues for organizations.
2. To compete in the war for knowledge worker talent, some companies will shorten the work week rather than increase pay.
3. Employee turnover will continue to increase as hybrid and remote work become the norm for knowledge workers.
4. The chief purpose officer will be the next major C-level role.

I need high participation on this post. I really want to know what you're seeing and thinking.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Future of Work, Leadership

If our strategy is so good, why is our performance so bad?
LinkedIn
February 08, 2022
Have you ever had one of those days where everything goes wrong? You know, the kind of day where your computer crashes, your coffee spills, and your boss is in a bad mood? Well, organizations can have those sorts of days too - except when they last for months or years. That's when you have to wonder: if our strategy is so good why is our performance so bad?

If you want to achieve exceptional results, then everything must come together. You need a clear vision, passion for what you’re doing, and the drive to work hard every day. Only then will you be able to achieve your biggest goals and aspirations.

From studying the most successful strategies ever created, the ability to execute comes down to these three things: Courage, Discipline and Humility.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Startups

4 WAYS TO GIVE FEEDBACK THAT RIPS THE BLINDERS OFF
Bridgepoint Leadership Talks
February 07, 2022
Feedback is something that we all know is extremely important, yet often we shoot from the hip. Where there should be leadership intentionality there is leadership immaturity. How can you provide feedback that makes a difference? What if your goal is to provide feedback with enough impact people drop their “I’ve got it all together act” and start to see themselves as others see you them. For this to happen you must become someone who can walk into a situation and see things that others do not see, giving people penetrating insight into the situation.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Business Strategy

1 Founder
Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group
Bridge Point
January 01, 2007
Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group is a strategic coaching firm specializing in coaching, training and leadership development. Our team of coaches are committed to working with organizations to improve their financial performance by unlocking full functionality of each person within an organization. We believe that people need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed. We partner with companies for an immediate and lasting impact on financial performance and corporate culture by engaging from the front-line to senior executives. Our process is all about people, and most definitely about results.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

4 Influencer Awards
Top 50 Thought Leader in Entrepreneurship
Thinkers360
May 20, 2022
Top 50 thought leaders and influencers in this category based on their personally-authored content, awards and recognition.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

Top 25 Thought Leader - Business Continuity
Thinkers360
May 17, 2022
The holder of this credential participated actively in building their profile, portfolio and media kit on Thinkers360 and successfully placed within the Top 25 thought leaders and influencers in this category based on their personally-authored content, awards and recognition.

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Tags: Business Continuity

LeadersHum Certified Partner
LeadersHum
April 04, 2022
Leadership has a new normal- An open gathering of leaders, thinkers and coaches.

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Tags: Leadership

Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches
Marshall Goldsmith
October 06, 2020
100 Coaches are highly accomplished and compassionate people, each one committed to using their talents to make good people and organizations better. Together, we create a unique spectrum of talent including the world’s leading executive coaches, consultants, speakers, authors, iconic leaders, entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders.

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Tags: Leadership

2 Keynotes
Complexity vs Complicatedness
Colorado Society of Association Executives (CSAE)
June 03, 2021
There is no question the world is experiencing complexity and complicatedness on unprecedented levels. Which of these should be permissible in your environment and which should not be tolerated? In the midst of this mayhem, your responsibility for coaching and mentoring leaders takes on added importance. What are the differences between leadership development vehicles? Does it matter and if it does, how much does it matter? What is the role of CLE (Collective Leadership Effectiveness)? It’s probably an unfamiliar term, but you’ll learn what happens to complexity and complicatedness when CLE is too low, and how to use coaching and mentoring to increase your CLE.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

Where Strategy Meets the Bottom Line
Salt Lake SHRM Talent Management Conference
January 10, 2017
You can look forward to the following topics:

- Economic Impact on Identifying and Hiring Great Talent
- 4 Pillars of Recruiting
- Building a Brand
- Where Strategy Meets the Bottom Line
- Data Analytics and Trends
- Social Media Recruiting Strategies
- Basics of How to Build a Succession Plan
- Retention Practices and Strategies
- Onboarding and New Hire Experience

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Tags: Business Continuity, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship

10 Media Interviews
Managing & Measuring Team Efforts
The Brand Called You
May 05, 2022
Businesses today deal with providing problem-solving goods and services. It is always the team efforts that lead to collaborative problem solutions than working alone. In order to accomplish the goals in the competitive business environment today, team leadership is key. The leaders ought to motivate their followers and lead them to follow the path to accomplish the common goals.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Management

GRACE under pressure: John Baldoni with Dean Miles
Grace Under Pressure
January 27, 2022

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Business Strategy

Great Leaders Start As Great Followers
Eternal Leadership
March 04, 2020
Join us as we talk with Dean Miles, founder and president of Bridgepoint Coaching and Strategy Group. Dean’s past experience working with the Drug Enforcement Administration paired with his sales and business experience has helped him learn about body language, management, and how we react when faced with the truth. His goal is not to heap more instruction, but to remind people of what they already know to be true.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Business Strategy

Reasons The Smartest Employees Are Underperforming
Forbes
November 17, 2017
Lack Of Incentives

In his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink highlights research confirming some incentives can cause significant impact on performance. The more "smarts" required by the employee, the more they can be negatively impacted by incentives. Managers need to look for three things: autonomy (let them make decisions), mastery (give opportunities for them to get better), and purpose (what is their "why?"). - Dean Miles, Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Signs A Manager Needs Outside Help
Forbes
February 01, 2017
Take Time To Linger

Before going outside, linger a little longer with your team. The question is, when does lingering turn to loitering? Look at the 4 C's of execution: clarify, confirm, communicate and connect. When there is a people problem one of these 4 C's is lacking. If you still find yourself unsettled, it may be a blindspot. At this point you are not running from a problem; you are running to a solution. - Dean Miles, Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Startups

For C-Suite Executives Struggling With The Blues
Forbes
November 02, 2016
Change Your Perspective

Assuming it's not clinical depression but more of discontent, it is time to get real. You must muster up the courage to change your perspective. Do you really hate your job, or have you complained about it so much to others that you think you do? Remember, you are not your circumstances, these circumstances are real, but they are not you. Remember your future is fine and your present isn't final. - Dean Miles, Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Ways For New Leaders To Develop Their Leadership Skills
Forbes
June 17, 2016
Pursue Feedback

Ken Blanchard says, "Feedback is the breakfast of champions." Excellent leaders are characterized by aggressively pursuing feedback. You will never graduate with a degree in leadership from the school of "no news is good news." After most "enlightening" experiences, circle back and ask what went well and what could've been better. Be relentless in your pursuit of receiving feedback. – Dean Miles, Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Ways To Manage Your Relationship With Your Boss
Forbes
June 15, 2016
Understand Pretty Clear Vs. Really Clear

When you go to the eye doctor he will ask you to look at a picture. He will then switch the lenses and will ask you which one is more clear, A or B? There is a significant difference between pretty clear and really clear. When you think about your relationship with your boss are the expectations pretty clear or really clear? When you think of successfully managing your relationship, think crystal. – Dean Miles,Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

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Ways CEOs Can Avoid Alienating Their Management Teams
Forbes
June 08, 2016
Clarify, Communicate, Confirm, Connect

These four C's are required for communication. Often CEOs clarify and communicate, and that's where the conversation ends and the communication wheels come off the bus. Make sure you spend at least half your conversation time confirming and connecting with your management team. A challenge: Ask your team what three areas are most important right now. You will be shocked by their answers. – Dean Miles, Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Startups

So, what is Executive Coaching and what makes it so valuable?
Mountain West Credit Union Association
December 09, 2015
Dean, what is Executive Coaching and why is it something leaders should consider?

A: In 1999 a Fortune Magazine cover story discussed the failures of prominent CEO’s and came to the conclusion that the emphasis generally placed on strategy and vision created a mistaken belief that the right strategy is all that’s needed to succeed. They found that 70% of the time, the real problem wasn’t bad strategy – it was poor execution. We can all relate to that, can’t we? For most of my clients, the problem is not a shortage of knowledge or good ideas. The problem is in the application of that knowledge and the execution of those ideas. That’s one of the main reasons why coaching is such a great resource.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Business Strategy

8 Quotes
10 Ways To Manage Your Relationship With Your Boss
Michelle Tillis Lederman
May 05, 2021
Understand Pretty Clear Vs. Really Clear

When you go to the eye doctor he will ask you to look at a picture. He will then switch the lenses and will ask you which one is more clear, A or B? There is a significant difference between pretty clear and really clear. When you think about your relationship with your boss are the expectations pretty clear or really clear? When you think of successfully managing your relationship, think crystal. – Dean Miles, Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

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Tags: Management

Underperformance and how it can be managed
Business & Financial Times
December 07, 2020
In his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink highlights research confirming some incentives can cause significant impact on performance. “The more ‘smarts’ required by the employee, the more they can be negatively impacted by incentives. Managers need to look for three things: autonomy (let them make decisions), mastery (give opportunities for them to get better), and purpose (what is their ‘why?’).” – Dean Miles, Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group.

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Tags: Business Strategy

16 Ways To Change Your Negative Outlook On Feedback
Career Pro Inc
July 27, 2018
Just Say Thank You

For most of us, the question isn’t “Do I desire feedback at this moment?” Feedback is coming our way whether we want it or not. What we can control is our response. Let the core of your response be a simple and authentic, “thank you.” This creates a mindset shift from “I am in trouble” to “I am so glad you let me know.” – Dean Miles, Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

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Tags: Entrepreneurship

More Than Just Money: Employee Incentives Drive Productivity and Improve Retention
Inc Magazine
May 30, 2018
That’s the key component in creating strong incentive programs, says Dean Miles, founder and resident of Colorado Springs-based Bridgepoint Coaching and Strategy Group. “[I]f you can add authentic recognition that’s sincere and personal, then it takes that item you select to a whole new level,” he says.

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Tags: Leadership

Blind Spots That Plague Even The Best Leaders
Fast Company
April 05, 2018
Even the most iconic leaders have blind spots. Here’s how to spot the ones that could be dangerous–and keep the ones that are actually beneficial.

Communication is another area where leaders tend to overestimate their ability, says Dean Miles, “There is a disconnect between what their leaders think has been connected, confirmed, clarified, and communicated, and what has really happened.”

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Tags: Leadership

How To Build Your Personal Coaching Brand And Get Clients To Trust You
BlueCase
December 19, 2017
Have A Great Squad
Taylor Swift made “the squad” popular again. It started with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. -- the Rat Pack. Your brand needs a squad. When your brand is associated with the ICF, Forbes, Harvard, Georgetown, these are brands they already know, like and trust. As a recent Forbes article stated, "having positive brand perception is key to being remarkable to the space." - Dean Miles, Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

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Tags: Business Strategy

19 Tricks To Shift Your Mind Toward Optimism
Medium
June 26, 2017
Get The Temper Tantrum Out Of Your System
I know a leader who gives her team 10 minutes to holler, wine, complain, moan and fully express a temper tantrum. Then once this is out of their system, the individuals come back together and look at the opportunity with a more optimistic outlook. To the level you are authentic in your challenging and complaining, the more likely you will be able to support and see what’s possible. –Dean Miles,Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

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Tags: Business Strategy

10 Tips For An Incentive Program That Goes Beyond Compensation
Forbes
March 01, 2017
Traditionally, we think of incentives as a payment or concession to stimulate greater output or investment. Instead, define incentives as a thing that motivates or encourages one to do something again and again. The greatest incentive that is both sustainable and economical for a large business is positive recognition. High performing teams give four positive pieces of recognition for every one negative. - Dean Miles, Bridgepoint Coaching & Strategy Group

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Tags: Leadership

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Crisis-proof you Talent Management Process
Bridgepoint Leadership Talks
April 21, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting many talent processes. But it doesn’t need to stop them. From talent reviews to hiring to assessments, companies are converting in-person processes to virtual formats at a dizzying pace. Learnings to apply and pitfalls to avoid when creating virtual experiences that are built to withstand COVID-19 and in the long term, accelerate the workforce of the future.

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Tags: Leadership, Sustainability

Learning To Manage Your Emotions In A COVID-19 World with Dr. Mayfield
Bridgepoint Leadership Talks
April 20, 2020
Dr. Mayfield will be discussing the importance of understanding our emotional responses during this difficult time and will provide practical tips on how to better manage our emotions.

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Tags: COVID19, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

Leading Through Economic Crisis
Bridgepoint Leadership Talks
April 13, 2020
More businesses are closing their doors, the distancing guidelines have been extended until the end of April and a 2 trillion dollar stimulus package was finally approved. People are understandably nervous and the economy is likely to get worse before it gets better. Leading in economic crisis requires clear priorities, strong decision making and a high level of compassion. Join us as we explore how the stimulus package affects you and your organization and how to lead your people through financial crisis.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Business Strategy, Leadership

Leading in a time of crisis
Bridgepoint Leadership Talks
March 24, 2020
Now is a time for leaders to remind yourselves of what your people need you to do, and to pause and think about what type of leader you need to ‘be’ for others. We won’t have all the answers, and silence isn’t an effective response. We need to meet people where they are and understand their concerns, and we want them to stay adaptable and focused as our ways of working and the work itself changes.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Business Strategy

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Leadership in the Gig Economy
Thinkers360
May 18, 2022

Entrepreneurship has always been about more than just making money. It's about solving problems, pushing boundaries, and changing the world. However, in recent years, entrepreneurship has lost some of its luster. The rise of the gig economy has made it seem like anyone can be an entrepreneur, and the challenges of running a business have been downplayed. As a result, many people are surprised to find that entrepreneurship is actually quite lonely. When you're constantly hustling to make your vision a reality, it can be hard to find time for socializing. Moreover, not everyone will understand your passion for your work or why you're constantly striving to innovate.

The rise of the gig economy has given rise to a new breed of entrepreneur. No longer tied to a 9-to-5 job, these solo professionals are free to pursue their passions and make a living on their own terms.

According to a new report from Spera, a provider of tools and resources for freelancers and entrepreneurs, 25% of the U.S. is now officially part of the freelance gig economy. This growing community of solo professionals is made up of a diverse group of people, from stay-at-home parents to retired seniors. And they're not just working in traditional freelancing fields like writing or web design.

The freedom and flexibility of the gig economy has made it an attractive option for many people. But it's not without its challenges; most freelancers don't have access to traditional employee benefits like healthcare or retirement savings plans. And because they're not employed by a single company, they don't have the same job security as someone with a full-time job.

The gig economy is a critical part of the labor market, with nearly 54 million Americans participating in some form of independent work. That's more than 33% of the entire U.S. workforce and is an increase of 700,000 workers over the previous year. Some researchers project that half of the working U.S. population will move into the gig economy within the next five years. About 1 in 12 U.S. households — more than 10 million people — rely on independent work for more than half of their income.

As the gig economy continues to grow, leaders will need to adapt their management style to fit the needs of a more fragmented workforce. One of the biggest challenges will be creating a sense of unity among workers who may not all be employed by the same company. To do this, leaders will need to understand the needs of each individual worker and find ways to address them. Another challenge will be managing a workforce that is spread out across different locations. Leaders will need to find ways to communicate effectively with workers who are not all in the same place. Lastly, leaders will need to be adaptable and willing to change their management style as the gig economy evolves. By being prepared for these challenges, leaders can ensure that they are successful in the gig economy.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship

Is Entrepreneurship Getting Harder?
Thinkers360
May 17, 2022

The Kauffman Foundation recently asked the question, "Can entrepreneurship solve environmental and social issues?" The answer, it seems, is a resounding yes. After all, entrepreneurship is all about coming up with new and innovative solutions to problems. And what could be more pressing than the need to protect our environment and improve our society? There are already many entrepreneurs who are using their creativity and innovation to make a difference. Some are developing new technologies that can help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Others are creating sustainable businesses that can help generate jobs and economic opportunity in underserved communities. Still others are developing new social media platforms that can help raise awareness about important issues. And it's not just idealism that is driving this trend. More and more consumers are interested in supporting companies that share their values, and they are willing to pay a premium for products and services that are environmentally friendly and socially responsible. What's more, many cities and states are offering incentives for businesses to adopt sustainable practices.

Let’s say all this inspires you. Imagine you have a great idea. You've done your research, created a detailed business plan, and assembled a team of passionate and talented people. You're ready to launch your business and start making your mark on the world. But then you hit a snag: you can't access the financing you need to get your business off the ground. This is a common challenge for entrepreneurs, and it's only become more difficult in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to recent research, 72% of entrepreneurs with businesses under one year old say that accessing startup funds has been a challenge during the pandemic. This is nearly double the 39% of entrepreneurs with businesses older than five years who say the same. The pandemic has caused many investors to be more cautious with their money, making it harder for startups to get the funding they need to grow.

For entrepreneurs of all business ages, finding new customers was the most common challenge reported. Among those with a new business less than 1 year old, 4 in 5 reported this as a challenge (80%), compared to about 7 in 10 owners of businesses that were 5 years or older (70% among those whose business was between 5-10 years old. Even before the pandemic, attracting customers can be difficult for startups that lack the brand recognition and customer base of more established businesses. The coronavirus outbreak has made it even more challenging for many entrepreneurs, as people have cut back on spending and made changes to their daily routines that limit opportunities for marketing and customer outreach. In addition, some potential customers may be hesitant to patronize new businesses during an uncertain economic time.

Entrepreneurship can be a powerful force for good in the world. We have seen countless examples of entrepreneurs who have taken on challenges and come up with innovative solutions that have made a real difference in people's lives. In recent years, we have seen a surge in social entrepreneurship, with more and more people using their business acumen to tackle some of the world's most pressing problems.

With the outbreak of covid-19, we are once again seeing the importance of entrepreneurship in finding solutions to global challenges. Entrepreneurs are quickly adapting their businesses to the new reality, coming up with creative ways to keep their employees safe and their customers happy. In many cases, they are also developing new products and services that can help us all get through this difficult period.

So let's make sure we support our entrepreneurs as they continue to play a vital role in making the world a better place. They very well may have the solutions we all need for a better future.

 

 

 

 

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Tags: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Foster Belonging & Leverage Uniqueness
Thinkers360
May 16, 2022

Prior to the pandemic, team collaboration gave companies a competitive advantage. Leaders spoke of the importance of fostering a collaborative environment where employees could come together to share ideas and solve problems. However, the pandemic has disrupted the concept of team, with many workers now working remotely. This has led some to question whether team collaboration is still relevant in today's business landscape. While there is no easy answer, it is clear that the pandemic has forced leaders to rethink what it means to be a team. In a remote world, team collaboration may look different than it did before, but it is still essential to driving innovation and creativity. As companies begin to bring workers back to the office, it will be important for leaders to create an environment where team collaboration can thrive.

The most effective leaders are those who can foster a sense of belonging among their team members while also leveraging the unique strengths of each individual. This can be a challenge, as it requires a leader to maintain a delicate balance between two competing goals. On one hand, it is important to create a cohesive team where everyone feels like they are part of something larger than themselves. This sense of belonging is essential for fostering motivation and collaboration. On the other hand, leadership also requires leveraging the unique strengths of each team member in order to create the strongest possible team. The best leaders are able to strike this balance, creating an inclusive environment while also maximizing the potential of each individual.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Management

The Next Crisis for Business Continuity
Thinkers360
May 13, 2022

We all know that adapt and survive is the name of the game when it comes to business. But what happens when the thing you have to adapt to is a global pandemic? For many companies, the answer was: not much. Their business continuity plans failed them, leaving them scrambling to catch up.

The thing about business continuity plans is that they are notoriously under-tested. Almost every organization has a plan and almost nobody runs regular tests. This became abundantly clear during the rapid forced transition to company-wide work from home so many organizations experienced in mid-March.

For those companies who were able to adapt quickly, the key was in their flexibility. They had plans in place that could be executed quickly and efficiently, with little to no disruption. They also had the foresight to realize that the world was changing and that their plans needed to change with it.

Today leaders are grappling with the next big question: should remote workers come back to the office? Months have gone by, and the great resignation keeps rolling along. Some people thought that people would come flocking back to the office once invited back. Wrong. The fact is, corporate America is likely changed forever.

“You're making a huge mistake if you require folks back in office full time because they see progress most companies have made in the last two years, and they'll ask, 'why?'” - Amy Zimmerman, Chief People Officer, Relay Payments.

Leaders will need to be strategic about their decisions and understand that the way we work may have changed forever. The pandemic has forced employees to re-evaluate what is essential, and for many, working in an office five days a week is no longer a necessity. It's up to leaders to decide what's best for their teams, but they will need to keep in mind that the world of work has changed forever and there may be no going back.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Business Strategy, Health and Safety

A Mathematical Impossibility
Thinkers360
May 12, 2022

In former eras, dominated by farming or manufacturing, labor could certainly be physically punishing – but it obeyed certain limits. You can’t harvest the crops before they’re ready; you can’t make more physical products than the available material allows.

But in the era of what management consultant Peter Drucker called “knowledge work”, that’s changed. We live in an “infinite world”, says Tony Crabbe, author of the book Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much. There are always more incoming emails, more meetings, more things to read, more ideas to follow up. And because modern work is often done remotely, Crabbe adds, there’s no clear boundary between when our working day starts and ends. As a result, many of us feel like we’re always on call – and that can be extremely draining.

We're always rushing around these days, trying to get everything done. It seems like there's never enough time in the day to get everything done. And digital mobile technology means we can easily crank through a few more to-do list items at home, or on holiday, or at the gym. The result, inevitably, is feeling overwhelmed: we're each finite human beings, with finite energy and abilities, attempting to get through an infinite amount. We feel a social pressure to "do it all", at work and at home, but that's not just really difficult; it's a mathematical impossibility. With that kind of time pressure weighing us down, it's hardly surprising that we live with one eye on the clock. We're always racing against the clock, trying to beat the clock, trying to make the most of every minute. But what if we stopped living like this? What if we took a step back and looked at our priorities? What if we made time for what's truly important? We might just find that we're happier and more productive when we're not always rushing around.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Mental Health

You Can't Delegate Thinking
Thinkers360
May 11, 2022

Delegation is an important skill for any leader. The ability to delegate tasks effectively can mean the difference between a successful team and an unsuccessful one. However, many leaders only delegate tasks, and not authority. This can be a mistake, as it can lead to a situation where the leader is the only one who has the power to make decisions. Private equity firms often look for leaders who are competent at delegating both tasks and authority. This allows them to see how deep the delegation goes, and whether or not the leader is truly committed to empowering their team. When done correctly, delegation can be a powerful tool for any leader.

Leaders are often so busy putting out fires and dealing with pressing issues that they forget to take time for themselves to think. However, this is the one area of their job that they cannot delegate. In today's world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, it's more important than ever for leaders to make thinking a priority. By taking some time each day to reflect on the situation and come up with creative solutions, leaders can stay ahead of the curve and avoid being reactive instead of proactive. Additionally, regular reflection can help leaders avoid making impulsive decisions that they may later regret. So next time you find yourself in the middle of a whirlwind, take a step back and give yourself some time to think.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Business Strategy, Management

Has Respect Been Canceled?
Thinkers360
May 10, 2022

Has respect been cancelled at work? Judging by recent events, it might seem like it. It seems as employers are demanding employees return to the office, employees are increasingly being treated like commodities, with little regard for their wellbeing. In addition, there seems to be a growing culture of disrespect, with people feeling free to say and do whatever they want, without repercussions. All of this is having a negative impact on morale and productivity. Research has linked workplace disrespect to a host of problems, including anxiety, depression, and chronic stress. So it's no wonder that we're all feeling a bit stressed out these days. If you're feeling disrespected at work, it's important to speak up for yourself.

The pandemic has been a tough time for everyone, and respecting each other has become more important than ever. We've had to respect each other's personal space, work schedules, and ways of dealing with stress. We've also had to be more understanding and patient with each other.

No matter what field you work in, respect is an important part of the workplace. Whether it's showing respect for your boss or coworker, or setting the tone for how you want to be treated, respect is a key ingredient in a successful workplace. But where did this concept of respect come from? Respect in the workplace has a long and storied history, dating back to the early days of the Industrial Revolution. At that time, workers were often treated like machines, and there was little regard for their safety or well-being. As the labor movement gained strength, however, workers began to demand better treatment and greater respect. Over time, these efforts led to major changes in the way businesses operate, and today, respect is an essential part of the workplace. By understanding its history, we can better appreciate its importance and continue to build workplaces that are safe, healthy, and productive.

So how will respect be invited back into the office? For one thing, companies will need to create an environment where respect is valued and encouraged. This means having policies and procedures in place that discourage disrespectful behavior and promoting a culture of mutual respect. It also means being more mindful of how we interact with our colleagues, both in person and online. And finally, it means setting the example ourselves by being respectful of others. If we want to see more respect in the workplace, we need to start by being respectful ourselves.

The thing about disrespect is that it's usually pretty easy to spot. Whether it's the way someone talks to a coworker or the attitude they bring into the office, disrespect can quickly sour the atmosphere of even the most positive work environment. And once you've noticed it, it can be hard to ignore.

 

 

 

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Future of Work

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HOW TO BUILD THE PERFECT TEAM

Location: Houston, Texas    Date Available: June 01st, 2022     Fees: 7500

Submission Date: May 09th, 2022     Service Type: Service Offered

Much of the work done at Google, and in many organizations, is done collaboratively by teams. The team is the molecular unit where real production happens, where innovative ideas are conceived and tested, and where employees experience most of their work. But it’s also where interpersonal issues, ill-suited skill sets, and unclear group goals can hinder productivity and cause friction. Google researchers applied a similar method to discover the secrets of effective teams.Code-named Project Aristotle - a tribute to Aristotle’s quote,"the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" (as the Google researchers believed employees can do more working together than alone) - the goal was to answer the question:“What makes a team effective?".

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