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8 Ways to Promote Constructive Disagreements

Disagreements are a positive, normal and necessary part of building a great relationship or a team. Therefore, as an effective leader with followers, learning how to constructively manage disagreements is critical to both your success as a leader, as well as the success of your team. A CEO I worked with was challenged by a lack of teamwork at the...

Why Leaders Need to Ignore the Golden Rule

Most of us grew up with parents and teachers who taught us the Golden Rule; treat others the way you want to be treated. That is an awesome rule of thumb for most aspects of life, until you try to apply it to leadership.  When your goal is to be a leader who builds strong relationships with a wide spectrum...

4 Mistakes Really Nice Leaders Make

We all want to be liked and accepted in both our personal and professional lives. But when it comes to effective leadership, a high need to be liked most often leads to disaster. I’ve encountered many leaders who were genuinely “nice” people, and would do absolutely anything to support their people and make them happy. Sounds like a wonderful person...

7 Ways to Give Difficult Feedback

No one enjoys receiving negative feedback, and I’m willing to bet that providing employees with negative feedback on performance issues doesn’t top the list of favorite leadership responsibilities. It’s an easy task to procrastinate, especially if you’re tasked with delivering the feedback to one of your more challenging employees. Over the years, I’ve heard many excuses for not dealing with...

7 Reasons Why Your Meetings are a Waste of Time

An executive we coach asked me if I did training sessions on how to conduct productive meetings. When I asked why he was interested, he told me, “I’ve spent 12 hours this week in meetings that were a total waste of my time.” To make this fact even more depressing, it turned out that 4 of those hours were wasted...

Does Your Organization Have a Shortage of Future Leaders?

When we ask CEOs if they have succession plans in place for their management team, most are quick to tell us that one of their biggest concerns is filling the leadership gap they confidently predict will happen over the next three to 10 years. Deloitte’s 2014 Global Human Capital Trends stated that 83 percent of the companies surveyed are seriously...

9 Habits That Drive Your Employees Crazy

Employees want to work for a consistent and predictable leader. Let me clarify – they want to work for a predictably and consistently good leader. We all have our habits and routines, but some are more desirable than others.  If you were guilty of all of these behaviors, chances are you wouldn’t be a manager in the first place. But,...

The Work/Life Balance Myth

In a recovering economy that has increasingly expected employees to do more with less, the idea of work/life balance is almost laughable to some. As engaged leaders committed to our roles, we are just as susceptible to blurring that line, if that line even exists. When you’re committed to and passionate about your job, putting in the hours isn’t as...

The Great Debate: Are Extroverts or Introverts Better Leaders?

At some point in your life, you’ve probably been identified as an introvert or extrovert by yourself, or someone else. Maybe you identify with the reflective introverts, and prefer to work on your own, in solitude. Or maybe you identify more strongly with the gregarious extroverts, and you are energized and inspired by social interactions and team brainstorming sessions. When...

Are You a Coachable Leader?

Recently, I had a conversation with an executive coach who was new to the business and I asked her a pointed question; “What is your rate of success with coaching managers?” This new consultant immediately shot back, “100 percent successful. Every person I coach benefits and succeeds from my expertise.” After 25 years of being an executive coach, I had...

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