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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...

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...

What Successful Organizations Did Differently in the Recession

Time flies when you consider it has been approximately six years since we experienced the start of the Great Recession…most likely dealing organizations the biggest economic changes and impact of our time. As the recession started to take hold, how quickly did you make personal and organizational changes to align to a new reality? Here is what we have learned:...

How to Build a Culture Rich in Creativity and Innovation

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 improvements are all good, but...

Can you Change your Company Culture?

There’s a lot of talk about cultures these days, and for good reason. Culture is the collective values, behaviors and habits displayed by those who work for the organization. While two competitive organizations may have the exact same mission, their cultures can be radically different. An organization’s culture is a large driving force in how decisions are made and why...

How All Leaders Can Embrace Technological Change

According to Michael Cox, vice president and chief economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the rate of technological adoption spreading throughout the population is incrementally speeding up. While it took over 25 years for half of the U.S. population to have a telephone in their home, it only took five years for cell phones to be adopted by...

Change is All About Perspective

What’s the difference between seeing a change as negative or positive? Your world view. Your attitude. The only thing you have 100% control over is your attitude. Everything else happens around us, happens to us, but each day we wake up and we get to make a choice about what kind of attitude we have. Some of you who know...

Strong Leaders Continuously Learn

The world and the economy are changing in ways that make most people say, “I have never seen times as challenging as these.” As we have said before, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The time is now for saying, “Whether it is perfect, not broke, partially broken, or completely broken, we need to change the way we do...

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