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8 Ways to Promote Constructive Disagreements

Disagreements are a positive, normal and necessary part of building a great relationship or a team. Therefore, as an effective leader with followers, learning how to constructively manage disagreements is critical to both your success as a leader, as well as the success of your team. A CEO I worked with was challenged by a lack of teamwork at the...

7 Ways to Give Difficult Feedback

No one enjoys receiving negative feedback, and I’m willing to bet that providing employees with negative feedback on performance issues doesn’t top the list of favorite leadership responsibilities. It’s an easy task to procrastinate, especially if you’re tasked with delivering the feedback to one of your more challenging employees. Over the years, I’ve heard many excuses for not dealing with...

7 Reasons Why Your Meetings are a Waste of Time

An executive we coach asked me if I did training sessions on how to conduct productive meetings. When I asked why he was interested, he told me, “I’ve spent 12 hours this week in meetings that were a total waste of my time.” To make this fact even more depressing, it turned out that 4 of those hours were wasted...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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