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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.  ...

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...

When Authentic Leadership Fails

Honesty, transparency, and trustworthiness are all traits great leaders aspire to have. They are also traits that come to mind when you think of authentic leadership. Authentic leadership sounds like something we should all strive for 100% of the time.   Arguing that authentic leadership may not always be the way to go is like speaking out against America, mom...

The Chameleon Effect and the Power of Your Attitude

As leaders, we all experience stressful, less-than-stellar days at work. Even so, it is our job to realize that our attitudes have a significant impact on the people around us, and to approach tough situations with an attitude that motivates and inspires our team members.   I coached a manager recently who expressed that he was unhappy in his leadership...

Do You Trust Your Team?

We often talk about the importance of earning the trust of your team members. But, what do you do if the roles are reversed, and you don’t trust your own team members? Twice in my career, I’ve worked on projects where multiple employees on a team were actively trying to undermine their manager’s success. In both instances, team members were...

How to Handle Boredom in the Workplace

If you’ve ever had a job where you were bored, then you know the chances of suddenly becoming fully engaged in your role are extremely low. While we’re all bored on occasion, it’s a mistake for leaders to ignore boredom and the significant impact it can have on employee engagement. Boredom lowers team morale, productivity, efficiency, and quality. It also...

What if it’s Me?

In my post Are You a Coachable Leader, I talk about how my executive coaching success rate hovers around 50%. Half of the managers I coach genuinely want to develop their leadership skills, and go on to achieve great success. The other half? They usually get fired. Unfortunately, the latter was the case for a manager I was coaching up...

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