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How to Build a Culture Rich in Creativity and Innovation

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Many managers are proficient in leading a team that has a solid reputation for maintaining the status quo and producing consistent, high quality results. These managers lead teams that are good at making small incremental improvements. For example, the changes they implement one month will lead to a 3 percent improvement in future productivity. Those […]
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The Key Ingredient of Purposeful Leadership

Hand holding sun | The Key Ingredient of Purposeful Leadership
An executive in a large manufacturing organization shared with me an example where one of his managers was treating his direct reports in a very disrespectful way. This manager yelled and used foul language when speaking to his direct reports on a frequent basis. The executive showed me an email the manager had sent out […]
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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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Many Leaders Skip This Vital Step

Many Leaders Skip this Vital Step
Recently, when provided with individual Leadership Development Assessment (360) feedback, a credit union manager replied, “I get the vision thing.” When prompted for more explanation, this leader said that she had previously tried to put into practice things she had learned in leadership training, but realized that while she was focusing on getting things done […]
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Be True to Your Organizational Culture

Be True to Your Organizational Culture - Foosball
Articles about the legendary corporate cultures of Apple, Zappos, Google and similar high tech or entrepreneurial organizations abound. In these laid back organizations, employees accomplish phenomenal outcomes, all while bringing their dogs to work, playing foosball, darts, assorted video games, pianos, ping pong, swimming in lap pools, and going to gyms that include yoga, dance […]
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6 Strategies to Improve your Leadership Effectiveness

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To be a great and effective leader, you need to be very clear on your vision, and what actions you need to take to turn your vision into a reality. And, like an organization or a team, to be an effective leader, you need to focus on the few key areas that will have the […]
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There’s More to Success than Passion

There's More to Success than Passion
There is an old cliché–and even a book–titled, Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow! If you Google “love your job” or “passion for your job,” you’ll be overwhelmed with the amount of articles that come up. Passion in your job is such a popular topic that there are even coaching companies who have […]
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7 Ways Leaders Can Make Their Own Luck

7 Ways Leaders Can Make Their Own Luck - Slot Machines
Winning the lottery is luck. Your physical size or height is luck. I even feel there is luck in meeting the love of your life. Where you’re born and who you’re born to has an element of luck. There is a lot of research that statistically documents it is easier to be born rich. Tom […]
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Mentors are Everywhere

Mentors are Everywhere | Two kids looking at a computer screen.
Will somebody please slow down this crazy world and give me time to catch up? No. That’s not going to happen. As slowing down is not an option in today’s fast-paced, competitive world, our only option is to speed up our learning process. To optimize our ability to learn quickly and efficiently, finding a mentor […]
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Top Leadership Traits, Uncovered

Top Leadership Traits, Uncovered | Man walking with open sky behind him
Are you a great leader? Here’s a test for you. Ten years ago, you were the manager of a successful employee. The company you both worked for was acquired by a larger organization and you were let go because of a duplication of your position. Today, you work for a successful company and you have […]
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