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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...

9 Best Leadership Resolutions for 2015

It’s hard to believe another year has already flown by. Where does all that time go? The New Year inspires many with hope and resolution for a fresh start. Along with that optimism come many well-intentioned resolutions. By definition, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Do they work, though? Not for most. According...

Employee Retention – Why Inboarding is the New Onboarding

Recent research indicates that 71% of the American workforce is currently on the job market. These people are either employed and actively seeking or open to new opportunities, or unemployed/underemployed and looking for a job.  Given that our current unemployment rate countrywide was just 5.8 percent at the end of November, 2014, we can assume that the majority of those...

The One Leadership Investment You Need to Make

Far too many business leaders today fail to invest in one of the most critical aspects of successful leadership – their leaders of tomorrow. Most business executives recognize the critical importance of leadership in building the long term success of their business. Yet, many executives fail to develop their managers of today into great leaders that will successfully drive and...

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