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The Key Ingredient of Purposeful Leadership

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An executive in a large manufacturing organization shared with me an example where one of his managers was treating his direct reports in a very disrespectful way. This manager yelled and used foul language when speaking to his direct reports on a frequent basis. The executive showed me an email the manager had sent out […]
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Six Ways Leaders Can Multiply Great Ideas

Six Ways Leaders Can Multiply Great Ideas
In 1982, Michael Keaton and Henry Winkler starred in the movie Night Shift. Henry and Michael played two attendants holding down the night shift at the city morgue. Henry played Chuck; an uptight, reserved, by the book employee, while Michael played Bill; an off-the-wall, self-professed “idea man.” Bill lived Steinbeck’s quote, “Ideas are like rabbits. […]
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When You’re Not a “Feel-Good” Type of Leader

When You’re Not a “Feel-Good” Type of Leader
A C-level executive once told me, “Do I really need to go to charm school and learn to become a cheerleader? I am not a ‘rah-rah’ type of leader.” He went on to add, “My job is to ensure the organization has clear goals, and that we are successful in reaching those goals. Employees need […]
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Why your To-Do List is Failing You

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When you do a Google search for to-do lists, it’s just as easy to find information supporting the benefits of a to-do list as it is to find information that document why to-do lists are a waste of time. You don’t have to go far to encounter people who are more than willing to share […]
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Many Leaders Skip This Vital Step

Many Leaders Skip this Vital Step
Recently, when provided with individual Leadership Development Assessment (360) feedback, a credit union manager replied, “I get the vision thing.” When prompted for more explanation, this leader said that she had previously tried to put into practice things she had learned in leadership training, but realized that while she was focusing on getting things done […]
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Here’s How to Succeed Despite Moving Goals

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Luckily for the players in the 2014 World Cup, the goal posts don’t move. However, in real life, goals are a moving target. Sometimes, the following monologue plays in my head: Won’t somebody please give me the playbook and tell me what’s next, and how it all ends? I’ve got great goals and a good […]
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6 Strategies to Improve your Leadership Effectiveness

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To be a great and effective leader, you need to be very clear on your vision, and what actions you need to take to turn your vision into a reality. And, like an organization or a team, to be an effective leader, you need to focus on the few key areas that will have the […]
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Can you Change your Company Culture?

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There’s a lot of talk about cultures these days, and for good reason. Culture is the collective values, behaviors and habits displayed by those who work for the organization. While two competitive organizations may have the exact same mission, their cultures can be radically different. An organization’s culture is a large driving force in how […]
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Small Decisions and their Big Impact

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Most of us are well aware of the big decisions we have made and the significant impact those decisions have had in our lives. The decision to attend a university and graduate is a big decision that most people would agree had a positive impact on their life (with the exception of the student loan […]
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Playing it Safe Might Be the Riskiest Strategy

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A senior level manager we are coaching shared with me a powerful story. One of her peers had secretly confessed to her that she was leaving the company after she received her annual bonus check. When I asked the leader we were coaching if she had let her CEO know this important information, she said […]
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