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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...

How Great Leaders Thrive on Criticism

Great leaders know that the only way to avoid criticism is to say nothing and do nothing that upsets the status quo. But, if you’re a great leader, you’re focused on taking the necessary actions to implement your positive vision of the future and improve the condition of the world, your organization, or your team. If you’re proposing new ideas...

How to Play Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul

Playing politics simply refers to the dynamics of, and struggles for, power. Politics exist in every organization, and we should expect its presence in the workplace. Politics are even played at home when a child lobbies one parent, or plays one parent off the other parent to achieve their goals. Building relationships to create momentum and power is how we...

Leading a New Team – How to Ensure a Successful Transition

Congratulations on your new leadership position! Next — reality. Research over the past 15 years has consistently shown that approximately 40% of managers newly hired, or promoted into bigger leadership roles, fail. That’s a scary statistic. So, how do you avoid becoming a part of this statistic? Here’s how to not only survive your hiring or promotion, but how to...

How to Build a Vision for Today and Tomorrow

Which is more important: a short-term or a long-term vision? The answer is… both. A vision is a clear mental picture of a future desired state, preferably written. A great analogy for a vision is a jigsaw puzzle. Before you even begin to organize and assemble the small puzzle pieces that are inside of the box, you will see, very...

Great Leaders Love Being Uncomfortable!

I am fond of the words, “Great leaders get bored quickly.” As I have studied great leaders, I have observed that once they learn to do something, they love delegating what they have learned to someone else and then focusing their energy on thinking strategically and/or learning something new. The challenge of thinking strategically or learning something new is that...

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