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8 Ways to Boost Your Happiness

As a leader, you are both directly and indirectly the Chief Morale Officer, and it’s your job to create an environment where team members love coming to work. When you get to work in the morning, does you attitude and mood raise the spirit of your team, or lower it?   An employee I worked with confided in me that...

How Great Executive Teams Embrace Conflict

Executive team members are not immune from conflicts with their fellow executives. How these executives choose to handle conflicts, however, is a factor that separates great executive teams from average ones. As coaches, a good portion of the coaching process with executives centers around the conflicts they find themselves experiencing with other members of the team. Some of the most...

When Authentic Leadership Fails

Honesty, transparency, and trustworthiness are all traits great leaders aspire to have. They are also traits that come to mind when you think of authentic leadership. Authentic leadership sounds like something we should all strive for 100% of the time.   Arguing that authentic leadership may not always be the way to go is like speaking out against America, mom...

The Chameleon Effect and the Power of Your Attitude

As leaders, we all experience stressful, less-than-stellar days at work. Even so, it is our job to realize that our attitudes have a significant impact on the people around us, and to approach tough situations with an attitude that motivates and inspires our team members.   I coached a manager recently who expressed that he was unhappy in his leadership...

Do You Trust Your Team?

We often talk about the importance of earning the trust of your team members. But, what do you do if the roles are reversed, and you don’t trust your own team members? Twice in my career, I’ve worked on projects where multiple employees on a team were actively trying to undermine their manager’s success. In both instances, team members were...

How Do You Rate Yourself as a Leader?

In our 25 years of leadership coaching, we’ve come across an interesting fact about the many different leaders we’ve worked with. The great leaders don’t know how great they are, and the bad leaders don’t know how bad they are. Why is there a disconnect, and how can you ensure you fall in that first category? We run across all...

How to Handle Boredom in the Workplace

If you’ve ever had a job where you were bored, then you know the chances of suddenly becoming fully engaged in your role are extremely low. While we’re all bored on occasion, it’s a mistake for leaders to ignore boredom and the significant impact it can have on employee engagement. Boredom lowers team morale, productivity, efficiency, and quality. It also...

7 Ways to Effectively Deal with Constructive Feedback

Negative feedback is hard to accept, no matter who you are. As leaders, however, our ability to develop our skills and become strong, successful leaders depends on our ability to listen to feedback effectively and act on it appropriately.   Last week, I gave a leader his 360 Leadership Development Assessment results. Over 30 people participated in his assessment to...

What if it’s Me?

In my post Are You a Coachable Leader, I talk about how my executive coaching success rate hovers around 50%. Half of the managers I coach genuinely want to develop their leadership skills, and go on to achieve great success. The other half? They usually get fired. Unfortunately, the latter was the case for a manager I was coaching up...

Is Your Employee Engagement Surveys a Waste of Time?

Throughout our 25 years of conducting employee engagement surveys, numerous people have told us that surveys are a huge waste of time and just don’t work. In many cases, they’re absolutely right. It’s important to acknowledge the thousands of employees and managers who believe the whole survey process is a big waste of time, and the perfectly legitimate reasons behind...

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