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7 Ways to Encourage Open Communication

An executive we work with recently mentioned that employees had not expressed concerns or recommended any organizational changes to the leadership team. This was taken as good news until I asked if the leadership team members had solicited feedback, and if they were open to input from employees.   This question caused the executive to pause. Actually, I had it...

Successfully Moving from Peer (and friend) to Manager

  You’ve just received a promotion, and you’re ecstatic.  You can’t wait to start your new leadership position, and the wheels are already turning with exciting ideas to implement.  But, it comes to your attention that not everyone on your team is as excited about your promotion as you are. Some of your peers-turned-direct reports feel they are more qualified...

Boss . . . We Have A Problem!

  No one likes to be the bearer of bad news, but life happens and problems are a reality. So how do you bring a problem to your manager’s attention without being the messenger that got shot? How you deliver the message to your manager will result in either building on the relationship you have with your manager, or potentially...

Leading Change in the Face of Opposition

  Robert F. Kennedy once said, “About twenty percent of the people are against any change.” Our findings, in working with managers and supervisors tasked with leading organizational change, support Kennedy’s theory. No matter how effective a leader you are, it is not uncommon for you to periodically find your change efforts being challenged, or even sabotaged. Some people seem...

Great Leaders Make Tough Decisions Quickly

Sound decisions are a hallmark of great leadership. But, that doesn’t make decisions, such as whether to terminate a member of the team or share an employee concern with your own leader, any easier. How leaders handle these decisions varies, but one thing remains certain: you simply can’t spend your time avoiding tough decisions.   A reporter once asked Sam...

Are Your Managers Well Prepared to Lead?

Over the last 5 years, we’ve all participated in the recovery from the Greatest Recession since the Great Depression. During this time, we learned that in order to meet the budget, we need to:   Get strategically focused with a crystal-clear vision and goals Become more efficient and effective in how we do our job Be willing to change the...

4 Easy Ways to Recognize and Celebrate Success

With the million and one things that keep us busy every day, it is far too easy to forget to take the time to celebrate our many successes along the way. George Burns said it best: “I get up every morning and read the obituary column. If my name’s not there, I eat breakfast.”  Every day we wake up and find...

9 Leadership Goals for 2017

Yet another year has flown by, and 2016 was admittedly a tough year for many. But, the New Year is a time for fresh starts. It’s a great time to take stock of what we have achieved, and what may have fallen by the wayside. It is a great opportunity to set leadership resolutions and intentions for the year ahead,...

How to Achieve a Balanced Life

With ever-increasing demands in both our professional and personal lives, work/life balance can feel impossible to achieve. And yet, achieving a balanced life is critical to our health, happiness, and success. Many, if not most, would agree that they’re being asked to take on more responsibility…usually without additional staff or resources. The good news is that your boss likes your...

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