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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...

Is Your Employee Engagement Surveys a Waste of Time?

Throughout our 25 years of conducting employee engagement surveys, numerous people have told us that surveys are a huge waste of time and just don’t work. In many cases, they’re absolutely right. It’s important to acknowledge the thousands of employees and managers who believe the whole survey process is a big waste of time, and the perfectly legitimate reasons behind...

Is it Time to Ditch the Performance Appraisal?

Every year, the Wall Street Journal, New Yorker or some other reputable newspaper or magazine publishes an article touting the benefits of doing away with performance appraisals. Almost always, these articles are backed up by some study showing that performance appraisals either undermine the manager-employee relationship or are not proven to enhance performance.   Just this year, world-wide consulting firm...

Do Your Team Members Feel Valued and Appreciated?

  Employee Engagement Survey statistics tell us that 72 percent of employees feel they receive adequate recognition, and approximately 65 percent of employees tell us they are fairly compensated. Those same statistics tell us the percentage of engaged employees is still hovering around 30 percent of the workforce. Many factors are at play in the employee engagement equation. One of...

Will Your Employees Stay or Stray?

In a job market where talent shortages are increasing and employees feel more comfortable with changing jobs, the topics of retention and engagement are important priorities for leaders and organizations. It wasn’t long ago that the state of the job market meant most employees were simply happy just to have a job, but that is no longer the case. In...

Why Do You Lead?

Why do you lead?   This is the single most important question you can ask yourself as a leader, and your answer has everything to do with your success or failure.   Will your employees choose to follow you because you are successful, rich, or have a title? Probably not; they will follow you because you have a purpose bigger...

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