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10 Hiring Mistakes You’re Still Making

Recently, a manager I was coaching said he was recovering from firing a P.U.R.E. This phrase was new to me. When I inquired, he translated:  Previously Undetected Recruiting Error. If you’ve been supervising people for any length of time, chances are good that you’ve likewise been challenged with a poor hire, or P.U.R.E. Most of us don’t have a 100%...

Not Making Mistakes IS Your Biggest Mistake

Too many people in this world believe mistakes are bad. If fact, if you attended Our Lady of Corporal Punishment Religious School, you were physically punished for making mistakes. Punishment or a bad grade was all it took for most people to start coloring within the lines and actively trying to avoid making mistakes. If you like to color precisely,...

Are You an Unhappy Leader?

As Oscar Wilde so eloquently described it, “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” We all experience ups and downs in our moods, but have you considered how your personal level of happiness could be impacting your team? Recently, an employee asked for advice on how to deal with a manager she described as being an “unhappy...

9 Best Leadership Resolutions for 2015

It’s hard to believe another year has already flown by. Where does all that time go? The New Year inspires many with hope and resolution for a fresh start. Along with that optimism come many well-intentioned resolutions. By definition, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Do they work, though? Not for most. According...

The One Leadership Investment You Need to Make

Far too many business leaders today fail to invest in one of the most critical aspects of successful leadership – their leaders of tomorrow. Most business executives recognize the critical importance of leadership in building the long term success of their business. Yet, many executives fail to develop their managers of today into great leaders that will successfully drive and...

Employees – To Befriend, or Not to Befriend?

When you spend 40+++ hours a week in close proximity to your employees, forging friendships may seem like an excellent idea. Why not add the benefits and cheer of friendship and comradery to your work day? Well, here’s why you shouldn’t be friends with your employees. If you look up “friend” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is defined as: “one...

Is an Employee with a Bad Attitude Killing Your Team?

Employees with bad attitudes can be tough to deal with. These employees bring down office morale, and can do some real damage to the goals and bottom-line of your team or organization. You know these employees are not happy in some regard. They are the types of people who: Habitually complain about co-workers and customers Spread gossip and rumors about...

The Top 5 Leadership Myths

Excerpts from The Top 5 Myths about Leadership by Robin Maddell for U.S. News. The concept of great leadership is one of the most often discussed – and least understood – workplace topics. We may recognize certain people as exceptional leaders when we see them in action, yet have a difficult time pinpointing what it is that they do differently...

Leading with Gratitude

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are reminded of the importance of gratitude in our personal lives. But what about our professional lives? And what about showing gratitude the other 51 weeks of the year when Thanksgiving and turkey aren’t occupying our thoughts? When we ask survey participants in our seminars, “What are the characteristics of a great leader?” the following are...

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