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3 Ways Leaders Earn Loyalty

  In our rapidly growing, post-recession job market, ask yourself this: Does your leadership style encourage employees to stay or go?   Loyalty has never been as critical to an organization’s continued growth and success as it is in today’s post-recession job market. As the recession lifts, many companies are hiring at an accelerated pace.  To sustain the growth and...

Millennials Are Raising the Bar for Leaders

We’ve heard plenty of managers gripe about the entitled Millennials and the impact they’re having on the workforce. But before I get to that, let’s start with some statistics. Millennials (18-34 years old) currently make up 36 percent of the workforce according to research from the University of North Carolina. This research also predicts that by 2020, 46 percent of...

Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions

All great leaders make regrettable decisions and mistakes. In fact, if you’re not making mistakes or bad decisions, then you’re not taking enough risks or learning enough to continue growing as a leader. When Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, was asked by a reporter, “How did you become so successful?” Walton answered, “I’ve made a lot of good decisions.” When...

What Will Your Leadership Legacy Say About You?

Leadership is often messy and unpredictable. Leaders today are trying to do more with fewer resources, and in a shorter timeframe. In addition to managing limited resources, leaders are expected to build solid professional relationships, coach and mentor employees, be in tune with team morale, manage conflict, and successfully navigate corporate culture . . . and that’s just the short...

8 Ways to Convince Your Top Talent to Leave

When it comes to supervisors and managers, I would confidently state that about half of them have the desire to learn, grow and become great leaders, and the other half suffers from Popeye Syndrome. These managers rationalize all their leadership actions with Popeye’s go-to quote, “I am what I am.”  These Popeye Syndrome managers believe that the world needs to...

The One Sentence Innovative Leaders Should Fear

“We’ve never done it that way before.” Nothing cripples change and innovation faster than these 7 little words, and the mindset of the person who spoke them. The individuals pointing out the obvious are, in fact, usually correct. If it’s a change, chances are it hasn’t been done in that way, at that company, with that team, before. Change is...

The Arrogant Leadership Test

Arrogant leaders operate under the belief that they are simply confident go-getters. Actually, arrogant leaders believe a lot of things about themselves that are; A) false, and B) severely detrimental to their success as a leader. Arrogance is leadership repellant. There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. When leaders are confident, they have a deep belief in their ability...

The 5 Signs of a Thriving Workplace Culture

Most people would agree that the culture of your organization is critically important to its success. As Peter Drucker said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Consider these examples for a minute. Zappos has a culture famous for delivering WOW levels of customer service. Southwest Airlines is known for being fun and rewarding employees who draw outside the lines.  Apple has...

Top 10 Traits of a Confident & Competent Leader

If you were to write down all of the traits a strong leader should have, you could create quite an impressive list. No matter what traits you write on that list, though, confidence needs to be at the very top of it. People don’t follow those who lack confidence. You can be the most technically competent individual in your respective...

These Employees Are Stealing from Your Organization

We love asking the leaders we work with, “How much can an employee steal from your organization before they get fired?” The response is almost always, “If an employee steals, they’re fired immediately.” And yet, most of these leaders continue to employ disengaged employees who are “stealing” valuable time and resources. These leaders generally don’t consider their employees’ disengagement to...

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