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10 Steps a Leader Can Take to Rebuild Lost Trust

Trust is one of the most important leadership competencies a leader can develop and consistently role model for their team members. It can take weeks, months, or even years for a leader to build trust. And, unfortunately, it only takes one misstep or action contrary to the leader’s or organization’s stated values to lose all the trust you worked so...

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...

9 Habits That Drive Your Employees Crazy

Employees want to work for a consistent and predictable leader. Let me clarify – they want to work for a predictably and consistently good leader. We all have our habits and routines, but some are more desirable than others.  If you were guilty of all of these behaviors, chances are you wouldn’t be a manager in the first place. But,...

The Work/Life Balance Myth

In a recovering economy that has increasingly expected employees to do more with less, the idea of work/life balance is almost laughable to some. As engaged leaders committed to our roles, we are just as susceptible to blurring that line, if that line even exists. When you’re committed to and passionate about your job, putting in the hours isn’t as...

8 Ways to Boost Team Morale

The economy is the strongest it has been in seven years. Compared to the great recession that started in 2008, these are great times to be in business. And yet, we are still encountering organizations facing significant morale issues. Why? Morale can take a dive at any time for multiple reasons. In just the past month, we’ve consulted with leaders...

What is your Leadership Role in Employee Engagement?

If you google employee engagement, you’re going to be inundated with thousands of results trying to define and tackle the topic of employee engagement. If you click on just about anyone of these results, you’ll learn that the level of employee engagement is still, 20 years later, sadly stagnant at 30 percent of the workforce. But, what about managers?  According...

3 Ways Leaders Earn Loyalty

  In our rapidly growing, post-recession job market, ask yourself this: Does your leadership style encourage employees to stay or go?   Loyalty has never been as critical to an organization’s continued growth and success as it is in today’s post-recession job market. As the recession lifts, many companies are hiring at an accelerated pace.  To sustain the growth and...

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