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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...

Time Management – 2014’s Biggest Time Wasters

As 2014 comes to an end, you might find your focus and time management skills slipping just a little bit as the holiday hoopla takes over. But how are your time management skills during the rest of the year? According to Salary.com, a whopping 89% of employees admitted to wasting time at work this year. Of those 89%, 62% of...

Employees – To Befriend, or Not to Befriend?

When you spend 40+++ hours a week in close proximity to your employees, forging friendships may seem like an excellent idea. Why not add the benefits and cheer of friendship and comradery to your work day? Well, here’s why you shouldn’t be friends with your employees. If you look up “friend” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is defined as: “one...

Is an Employee with a Bad Attitude Killing Your Team?

Employees with bad attitudes can be tough to deal with. These employees bring down office morale, and can do some real damage to the goals and bottom-line of your team or organization. You know these employees are not happy in some regard. They are the types of people who: Habitually complain about co-workers and customers Spread gossip and rumors about...

The Top 5 Leadership Myths

Excerpts from The Top 5 Myths about Leadership by Robin Maddell for U.S. News. The concept of great leadership is one of the most often discussed – and least understood – workplace topics. We may recognize certain people as exceptional leaders when we see them in action, yet have a difficult time pinpointing what it is that they do differently...

Leading with Gratitude

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are reminded of the importance of gratitude in our personal lives. But what about our professional lives? And what about showing gratitude the other 51 weeks of the year when Thanksgiving and turkey aren’t occupying our thoughts? When we ask survey participants in our seminars, “What are the characteristics of a great leader?” the following are...

How Great Leaders Thrive on Criticism

Great leaders know that the only way to avoid criticism is to say nothing and do nothing that upsets the status quo. But, if you’re a great leader, you’re focused on taking the necessary actions to implement your positive vision of the future and improve the condition of the world, your organization, or your team. If you’re proposing new ideas...

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