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How to Lead Change You Don’t Agree With

Leading change that you support — or, better yet, created — is easy. When it’s your idea or initiative, your energy is positive and you are 100% focused on successfully implementing the change. But, what happens when you’re put in charge of implementing a change you disagree with? Consider, for instance, the following scenarios:   You have to downsize your...

7 Undeniable Signs it’s Time to Fire an Employee

We’ve all dealt with challenging employees at some point in our careers.  As a leader, it can be extremely difficult to know when you’ve gone from dealing with a challenging employee, to dealing with a challenging employee that needs to be fired. Promptly. You know the employee I’m talking about. You think about this employee and their actions every day...

10 Ways to Destroy Team Morale

In the world of executive coaching, you get to witness the highs and lows of leadership. Here’s an example of a low: I am working with a team that recently hired a new leader. Through one-on-one interviews, I have witnessed the devastating impact one leader can have on the spirit and morale of a team in just 90 days. If...

8 Leadership Myths We Need to Bust

 What does it take to be a great leader? That’s a loaded question to answer, and far too many people base their incorrect answers on popular myths and misconceptions about leadership. For years, I’ve asked participants in my seminars, “What’s the difference between a manager and a leader?” Participants commonly answer that there is no difference, and this is by...

6 Ways to Banish Boss Bashing

An employee recently told me about her boss’s lack of empathy and ability to relate to his team. She concluded by saying, “I don’t wish him any ill will.  But if he were to die first, I would want his heart, because it’s never been used.” Ouch! Hopefully, you’re not nearly as awful as this boss, and your employees don’t...

Compassion…Sometimes Being Soft is Really Hard

I am writing this blog for myself, and all other leaders who would describe themselves as directors or drivers. You know who you are – bottom line, results-oriented leaders with a reputation for getting things done. Both at work and at home, my natural behavioral style is to focus on the goal, and what actions are required to achieve the...

10 Hiring Mistakes You’re Still Making

Recently, a manager I was coaching said he was recovering from firing a P.U.R.E. This phrase was new to me. When I inquired, he translated:  Previously Undetected Recruiting Error. If you’ve been supervising people for any length of time, chances are good that you’ve likewise been challenged with a poor hire, or P.U.R.E. Most of us don’t have a 100%...

Not Making Mistakes IS Your Biggest Mistake

Too many people in this world believe mistakes are bad. If fact, if you attended Our Lady of Corporal Punishment Religious School, you were physically punished for making mistakes. Punishment or a bad grade was all it took for most people to start coloring within the lines and actively trying to avoid making mistakes. If you like to color precisely,...

Are You an Unhappy Leader?

As Oscar Wilde so eloquently described it, “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” We all experience ups and downs in our moods, but have you considered how your personal level of happiness could be impacting your team? Recently, an employee asked for advice on how to deal with a manager she described as being an “unhappy...

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