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What Many Leaders Misunderstand About Fairness

What Many Leaders Misunderstand about Fairness
You probably weren’t in your leadership role for a long period of time before you heard someone on your team say, “That’s not fair.” There is no doubt that that accusation stung because you are ethical, honest, and above all . . . a fair leader. The term “fair” means different things to different people. […]
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Six Ways Leaders Can Multiply Great Ideas

Six Ways Leaders Can Multiply Great Ideas
In 1982, Michael Keaton and Henry Winkler starred in the movie Night Shift. Henry and Michael played two attendants holding down the night shift at the city morgue. Henry played Chuck; an uptight, reserved, by the book employee, while Michael played Bill; an off-the-wall, self-professed “idea man.” Bill lived Steinbeck’s quote, “Ideas are like rabbits. […]
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When You’re Not a “Feel-Good” Type of Leader

When You’re Not a “Feel-Good” Type of Leader
A C-level executive once told me, “Do I really need to go to charm school and learn to become a cheerleader? I am not a ‘rah-rah’ type of leader.” He went on to add, “My job is to ensure the organization has clear goals, and that we are successful in reaching those goals. Employees need […]
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6 Words that Will Hurt your Ability to Lead

6 Words That will Hurt your Ability to Lead | Business man with caution tape on his face | I'll be honest with you
There’s one question that I have been asked hundreds of times in my career and it is, “Can I be honest with you? Other variations of the same line include: “I’m going to be honest with you.” “I need to be transparent with you.” Or, better yet, “Can I be frank?” Every time someone asks […]
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A Leader’s Attitude is Contagious – For Better or Worse

A Leader's Attitude is Contagious – For Better or Worse | Angry business man smashing office technology
What attitude did you bring to work with you today? Unfortunately, very few leaders are aware of their attitude at any given moment. We talk about attitude a lot, but what, exactly, is it? Psychologists define attitude as a learned tendency to evaluate things a certain way. Most people are aware if they don’t feel […]
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Decoding Nonverbal Communication

Decoding Nonverbal Communication
Successful leaders know that being a good communicator is at the very foundation of any meaningful relationship, whether it be personal or professional. Not only are these leaders great communicators, they also have the ability to read and decode the nonverbal communication being expressed in relationships. What is nonverbal communication? Nonverbal communication relates to everything […]
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8 Ways to Boost your Emotional Intelligence

8 Ways to Boost your Emotional Intelligence
Most people believe that if someone has a high IQ and does really well in school (i.e., they are smart), they’ll be a good leader and have a highly successful career. Although being smart and having a high IQ should help an individual’s leadership and career success, it’s certainly not a guarantee. Every HR professional […]
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Avoiding the “Either-Or” Trap

Avoiding the Either Or Trap
A manager I’m coaching recently told me, “I can either do the job right and miss the deadline, or I can produce poor quality work and meet my boss’ deadline.” On a personal note, my youngest daughter, Brianne told me, “I can either be in bed by 10, not study and fail my earth science […]
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Strong Leaders Encourage Employees to Challenge Them

Strong Leaders Encourage Employees to Challenge Them
When you think of a leader, you may think of someone who’s confident, caring, decisive, and determined. While these are all very important attributes, leaders should also leave room for employees to respectfully challenge their ideas. Some of the strongest and most successful decisions are made, or talked through, in groups. Sometimes you may think […]
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Bridging the Gap in Multigenerational Communication

Bridging the Gap in Multigenerational Communication
Our accountant pointed out an interesting bit of data related to our recent company phone bill: the youngest team member spent approximately 22 minutes on calls, and texted 1285 times, while the oldest team member spent approximately 366 minutes on phone calls, and texted only 18 times. Age wise, the employees in the middle had […]
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