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How to Gain More Control as a Leader: Let Go

How to Gain More Control as a Leader: Let Go
As a manager, just how controlling are you? Many managers have a high need to control the environment and their team’s work. In fact, managers with the highest need for control are labeled micromanagers. Other managers lean in the opposite direction and give their team members so much control that they lose sight of either […]
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Do Your Goals Have Wiggle Room?

Do Your Goals Have Wiggle Room?
I recently met a successful business owner on a flight from New Orleans to Los Angeles who said something about setting goals that challenged my way of thinking. When I asked him about his goals to grow his business, he replied, “This year I set a goal not to set any goals because I don’t […]
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Is Technology Undermining Your Ability to Be a Great Leader?

Is Technology Undermining Your Ability to Be a Great Leader?
Technology brings us so many great things. It brings us the ability to access information quicker than we have ever done in the past. My daughter is studying the presidents in school so I asked her who the 13th president was. I fully expected her to recite the answer right then and there, but I […]
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10 Ways Organizations Can Stay Relevant

Stay Relevant
Thirty years ago, when you had a unique product, you knew you were probably going to be safe from a competitive price war for two or three years. Today, the time it takes a competitor to figure out what you are doing, copy your product or service, and have it on the market competing head […]
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Decoding Nonverbal Communication

Decoding Nonverbal Communication
Successful leaders know that being a good communicator is at the very foundation of any meaningful relationship, whether it be personal or professional. Not only are these leaders great communicators, they also have the ability to read and decode the nonverbal communication being expressed in relationships. What is nonverbal communication? Nonverbal communication relates to everything […]
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How Bad Bosses Kill Employee Engagement

How Bad Bosses Kill Employee Engagement
If you’ve ever worked for a bad boss, you’ve probably uttered these famous words …. “I don’t get paid enough to put up with this crap!” Bad bosses destroy morale and employee engagement and, more often than not, they brighten up the whole company when they quit or are finally fired. So what makes someone […]
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Bureaucracy: Who’s Responsible for the Red Tape?

Bureaucracy
When we think of power, we almost always think about people at the top of the food chain inflicting their power on others, and not the powerless employees on the front lines. The Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner, recently resigned over allegations of sexually harassing multiple women. Filner, a former Congressman for 20 years, […]
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Effective Managers Do Things Differently

Effective Managers Do Things Differently
Eight Guiding Principles for Great Leadership Over the last twenty years, we have had the opportunity to work with thousands of managers. Some of these talented people seem to have one success after another in their career. When we use the term success, we are talking about success in both the “hard” or profit side […]
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Make Time for Fun at Work

Make Time for Fun at Work
Annually, The Great Place to Work Institute asks thousands of employees to rate their experience at work. Their rankings result in the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” 81% of employees working in these “great” companies responded positively that they are working in a fun environment. By comparison, only 62% of employees in good companies, […]
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How Constant Change Can Bring You Success

Butterfly
If you’re happy with the way everything currently is with your team or organization, and you don’t have plans to raise the bar, create new processes or products, improve services, or build an even stronger team, then it’s probably a good time for you to leave. If your organization hires the right person to replace […]
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