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The Myth of Work-Life Balance

The Myth of Work/Life Balance | Image via Flickr, Slimmer Jimmer
For the last decade, work-life balance has been a hot topic of discussion, explored from all angles by HR professionals, journalists, and most importantly, overworked managers who struggle to achieve that balance between working long hours to accomplish important work and having enough time and energy for life outside of work. If you believe what […]
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How to Build Your Confidence in Your Employees

Leaders: Show Your Confidence in Your Team
The biggest difference between a manager and a leader is a leader may or may not have a formal title and a place on the organizational chart, but a leader always has a relationship where people willingly follow them. People don’t follow people who they don’t respect or trust. When it comes to trust, it’s […]
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Strong Leaders Continuously Learn

Strong Leaders are Continuous Learners
The world and the economy are changing in ways that make most people say, “I have never seen times as challenging as these.” As we have said before, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The time is now for saying, “Whether it is perfect, not broke, partially broken, or completely broken, we need to […]
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11 Habits of Strong Leaders

11 Habits of Strong Leaders
Habits, either good or bad, make the leader. Here’s a simple example: An employee comes into your office to speak with you. You have a few choices of how you handle this situation. You can tell the employee you’re too busy to talk right now and you’ll get back with them later. Or, you could […]
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Leaders: “Get Shot Sooner” & Confront Tough Employees

Get Shot Sooner
I recently had a conversation with a Human Resources Vice President who was dealing with a difficult IT manager. We conducted an employee engagement survey every year, and this manager received anonymous complaints that he was verbally abusive to his employees. Several employees told the Human Resources VP that they were fearful that, if it […]
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Great Leaders Have a Laser Focus

Laser Focus
To become a great leader, you need to be focused on achieving your vision, living your core values and accomplishing your goals. To be able to accomplish these ambitions and dreams, you need to have a laser focus on how you spend your time. If the task adds value to accomplishing your vision, living your […]
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Unpredictable Leaders Make Employees Crazy

Unpredictable Leaders Make Employees Crazy
Two recent client events brought to light the importance of building a reputation as a leader who’s consistent and predictable. First, we led a strategic planning retreat with the senior team that lead a division of a global manufacturing company. These team members were wounded because everyone on the team reported to a manager who […]
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Our Most Read Posts of 2013

To start your year off right, here are our top five most read posts of 2013: Little Things that Make a Big Difference in Leadership How Bad Bosses Kill Employee Engagement Effective Managers Do Things Differently Are you a Good Role Model? How to Gain More Control as Leader
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Characteristics of a Great Team

The Characteristics of a Great Team
If you’ve been in business for any length of time, it’s likely that you’ve been a part of a dysfunctional team. On this dysfunctional team, there’s a good chance team members don’t communicate well, or even at all. The lack of communication leads to a lack of trust. The lack of trust leads to negative […]
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Little Things that Make a Big Difference in Leadership

Little Things that Make a Big Difference in Leadership
Although so much about leadership deals with big things, like vision, values and strategic goals, what builds a leader’s reputation of greatness or tears them down to the point where some lose their job, is sometimes the little things. Maybe that’s what makes a leader’s job so difficult. To be successful they have to excel […]
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