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Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions

All great leaders make regrettable decisions and mistakes. In fact, if you’re not making mistakes or bad decisions, then you’re not taking enough risks or learning enough to continue growing as a leader. When Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, was asked by a reporter, “How did you become so successful?” Walton answered, “I’ve made a lot of good decisions.” When...

What Will Your Leadership Legacy Say About You?

Leadership is often messy and unpredictable. Leaders today are trying to do more with fewer resources, and in a shorter timeframe. In addition to managing limited resources, leaders are expected to build solid professional relationships, coach and mentor employees, be in tune with team morale, manage conflict, and successfully navigate corporate culture . . . and that’s just the short...

8 Ways to Convince Your Top Talent to Leave

When it comes to supervisors and managers, I would confidently state that about half of them have the desire to learn, grow and become great leaders, and the other half suffers from Popeye Syndrome. These managers rationalize all their leadership actions with Popeye’s go-to quote, “I am what I am.”  These Popeye Syndrome managers believe that the world needs to...

The Arrogant Leadership Test

Arrogant leaders operate under the belief that they are simply confident go-getters. Actually, arrogant leaders believe a lot of things about themselves that are; A) false, and B) severely detrimental to their success as a leader. Arrogance is leadership repellant. There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. When leaders are confident, they have a deep belief in their ability...

The 5 Signs of a Thriving Workplace Culture

Most people would agree that the culture of your organization is critically important to its success. As Peter Drucker said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Consider these examples for a minute. Zappos has a culture famous for delivering WOW levels of customer service. Southwest Airlines is known for being fun and rewarding employees who draw outside the lines.  Apple has...

Top 10 Traits of a Confident & Competent Leader

If you were to write down all of the traits a strong leader should have, you could create quite an impressive list. No matter what traits you write on that list, though, confidence needs to be at the very top of it. People don’t follow those who lack confidence. You can be the most technically competent individual in your respective...

These Employees Are Stealing from Your Organization

We love asking the leaders we work with, “How much can an employee steal from your organization before they get fired?” The response is almost always, “If an employee steals, they’re fired immediately.” And yet, most of these leaders continue to employ disengaged employees who are “stealing” valuable time and resources. These leaders generally don’t consider their employees’ disengagement to...

Making Your 360 Leadership Development Assessment Work for You

You asked for feedback on what you could do to be a stronger leader. The most important thing you can do now is take action. Leaders who diligently act on their 360 survey results make great strides toward becoming strong leaders that people want to follow.  Leaders who take the feedback seriously build invaluable trust and support among their team...

How to Lead Change You Don’t Agree With

Leading change that you support — or, better yet, created — is easy. When it’s your idea or initiative, your energy is positive and you are 100% focused on successfully implementing the change. But, what happens when you’re put in charge of implementing a change you disagree with? Consider, for instance, the following scenarios:   You have to downsize your...

7 Undeniable Signs it’s Time to Fire an Employee

We’ve all dealt with challenging employees at some point in our careers.  As a leader, it can be extremely difficult to know when you’ve gone from dealing with a challenging employee, to dealing with a challenging employee that needs to be fired. Promptly. You know the employee I’m talking about. You think about this employee and their actions every day...

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