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6 Skills Even the Strongest Leaders Need to Practice

Great and effective leaders know that they are never done learning.  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...

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...

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...

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...

6 Words that Will Hurt your Ability to Lead

There’s one question that I have been asked hundreds of times in my career and it is, “Can I be honest with you? Other variations of the same line include: “I’m going to be honest with you.” “I need to be transparent with you.” Or, better yet, “Can I be frank?” Every time someone asks about their need to be...

The Myth of Work-Life Balance

For the last decade, work-life balance has been a hot topic of discussion, explored from all angles by HR professionals, journalists, and most importantly, overworked managers who struggle to achieve that balance between working long hours to accomplish important work and having enough time and energy for life outside of work. If you believe what you read, it seems you...

Leaders: “Get Shot Sooner” & Confront Tough Employees

I recently had a conversation with a Human Resources Vice President who was dealing with a difficult IT manager. We conducted an employee engagement survey every year, and this manager received anonymous complaints that he was verbally abusive to his employees. Several employees told the Human Resources VP that they were fearful that, if it became known that they were...

Unpredictable Leaders Make Employees Crazy

Two recent client events brought to light the importance of building a reputation as a leader who’s consistent and predictable. First, we led a strategic planning retreat with the senior team that lead a division of a global manufacturing company. These team members were wounded because everyone on the team reported to a manager who was moody, inconsistent, unpredictable, mean,...

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