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Making Your 360 Leadership Development Assessment Work for You

You asked for feedback on what you could do to be a stronger leader. The most important thing you can do now is take action. Leaders who diligently act on their 360 survey results make great strides toward becoming strong leaders that people want to follow.  Leaders who take the feedback seriously build invaluable trust and support among their team...

The New Definition of Professionalism

If you’re looking to ruffle some feathers, try telling someone their conduct at work is unprofessional. The indignant reply will most likely be something along the lines of, “what do you mean I’m not professional? I dress in expensive designer clothes, I wear shoes nicer than yours, and I always arrive at work on time. How can you possibly tell...

Is Your Employee Engagement Strategy Falling Short?

Employee engagement is a top concern for today’s organizations, and for good reason. With only 30% of the workforce engaged, disengaged employees are costing the U.S. an astounding $450-550 billion annually. Despite the vast resources poured into employee engagement, efforts to engage employees are not working. These efforts haven’t worked for the past 20 years, and it’s safe to assume they...

How to Lead Change You Don’t Agree With

Leading change that you support — or, better yet, created — is easy. When it’s your idea or initiative, your energy is positive and you are 100% focused on successfully implementing the change. But, what happens when you’re put in charge of implementing a change you disagree with? Consider, for instance, the following scenarios:   You have to downsize your...

7 Undeniable Signs it’s Time to Fire an Employee

We’ve all dealt with challenging employees at some point in our careers.  As a leader, it can be extremely difficult to know when you’ve gone from dealing with a challenging employee, to dealing with a challenging employee that needs to be fired. Promptly. You know the employee I’m talking about. You think about this employee and their actions every day...

10 Ways to Destroy Team Morale

In the world of executive coaching, you get to witness the highs and lows of leadership. Here’s an example of a low: I am working with a team that recently hired a new leader. Through one-on-one interviews, I have witnessed the devastating impact one leader can have on the spirit and morale of a team in just 90 days. If...

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%...

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