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The Problem with Using ‘Either-Or’ Language

We rarely consider how powerful the simplest of words can be. But the words we choose to navigate challenges in the workplace can substantially impact our successes. A manager I’m coaching recently told me, “I can achieve the results they’re paying me to achieve, or I can be nice to people and make everyone happy.” Another manager I worked with...

6 Ways to Eliminate Fear From Leadership

We all make mistakes and we all fail at times. But how you respond to your mistakes and failures will go a long way towards determining your success as a leader.  Fear-based leadership leads to a debilitating environment where trust is diminished, creativity and innovation are stifled, and people are unwilling to speak up, take risks, or try new things....

When Top Performers Lose Their Edge

What do you do as a leader when your top-performing employees lose their focus and motivation?  If members of your team are not as engaged as they once were, several factors could be impacting their change in performance. I highlighted some of the leadership reasons behind employee disengagement in my article, 8 Ways to Convince Your Top Talent to Leave.  ...

Leading Through Crisis and Change

From time to time, every supervisor or manager will find they are in charge of a team in crisis. Crises come in many shapes and sizes. A few of the crises we have seen supervisors struggle with include team members who do not get along; company financial problems; morale or motivation at an all-time low; quality problems; customer service problems;...

Arrogance is Leadership Kryptonite

There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. When leaders are confident, they have a deep belief in their ability to make a difference in the world. Confidence is an important competency in leadership, and it’s critical to leadership success. Confidence is motivating and inspirational to others. It gives them the ability to take the risks needed to stay innovative...

Is Great Leadership Enough to Keep Your Top Talent?

In an economy where great employees have an array of options, retaining top talent is becoming a challenge for some organizations. Are you doing what’s necessary to keep your top talent happy and engaged?   The worst of the bleak economic downturn appears to be behind us. Almost 9 million jobs have been added since the great recession started, and...

9 Ways Leaders Maximize Their Time

It often feels like there aren’t enough hours in a day to get all the daily tasks done, let alone strategize and further your leadership vision. Almost every manager can safely say, “I don’t have enough time to get everything I want to accomplish done.” There’s always another task to complete, or something more pressing that needs attention. Being an...

From Peer to Supervisor…Managing the Minefield

Congratulations! You’ve just been notified by your boss that you received the promotion. You’re both excited and scared. Excited because your hard work is paying off, and your salary just increased by 35 percent. Nervous because three other peers on your team also applied for the job and will be notified this afternoon that they didn’t receive the promotion. These...

Turning Intention into Action

Intentions are great when they inspire and motivate you to take positive actions to better yourself, or the condition of your team, family, house, etc. But when it comes to realizing those intentions, the brief moments of motivation aren’t always enough to spur any real action and change.   A manager I’m coaching told me emphatically, “I’m angry. My boss...

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