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Leading a New Team – How to Ensure a Successful Transition

Congratulations on your new leadership position! Next — reality. Research over the past 15 years has consistently shown that approximately 40% of managers newly hired, or promoted into bigger leadership roles, fail. That’s a scary statistic. So, how do you avoid becoming a part of this statistic? Here’s how to not only survive your hiring or promotion, but how to...

How to Build a Vision for Today and Tomorrow

Which is more important: a short-term or a long-term vision? The answer is… both. A vision is a clear mental picture of a future desired state, preferably written. A great analogy for a vision is a jigsaw puzzle. Before you even begin to organize and assemble the small puzzle pieces that are inside of the box, you will see, very...

Great Leaders Love Being Uncomfortable!

I am fond of the words, “Great leaders get bored quickly.” As I have studied great leaders, I have observed that once they learn to do something, they love delegating what they have learned to someone else and then focusing their energy on thinking strategically and/or learning something new. The challenge of thinking strategically or learning something new is that...

Are You a Leader People Want to Follow?

The difference between a leader and a manager is simple. A leader may or may not have a title, but, what they always have are relationships where people are motivated to follow them. Throughout our careers as consultants, we’ve coached many leaders who have struggled to build effective relationships with either bosses, direct reports, or peers who don’t have a...

The Top Six Characteristics of Great Leaders

A participant asked me in a seminar, “If you had to boil down the characteristics of a great leader to just the top six, what would they be?” It is easy to make a long list of characteristics of a great leader. You could probably generate 20 or more traits. For example, being ethical or moral is a given. Narrowing...

The Benefits of Being a Questioning Leader

My 94-year-old father is fond of saying, “Remember, people like you better when they are talking.” Great leaders have figured this out. They have a well-defined ability to lead by asking, rather than telling. These leaders ask great questions, especially when they don’t know the answer. They know that if you ask enough of the right people the right questions,...

The Critical Connection Between Confidence and Leadership

During the past twenty years, our research and hands-on experience with leaders has led us to feel strongly that there is one aspect of leadership that is so critical, that without it, real leadership cannot exist. That one critical component is confidence. Confidence is the foundation of leadership. You can teach a leader to be an effective problem solver; become...

9 Steps to Build Your Reputation as a Great Decision Maker

At best, being a leader is tough and gets increasingly tougher as you move up in rank. Although some aspects of leadership get easier with experience, most of us never get to the point where we can say we’ve mastered leadership. In our roles as leaders, we are consistently called on to make tough decisions, and frequently the decisions that...

What to Do When your Big Vision Meets Big Opposition

Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, posted an article titled, “The Three Qualities of People I Most Enjoy Working With.” The qualities Jeff enjoys most in people he works with are: dream big; get shit done; and know how to have fun. Since his blog has been read by nearly 600,000 readers, we can assume his topic and the qualities...

What Successful Organizations Did Differently in the Recession

Time flies when you consider it has been approximately six years since we experienced the start of the Great Recession…most likely dealing organizations the biggest economic changes and impact of our time. As the recession started to take hold, how quickly did you make personal and organizational changes to align to a new reality? Here is what we have learned:...

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