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Can you Change your Company Culture?

Image via Phil Whitehouse, Flickr | Arrow pointing right
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 […]
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6 Words that Will Hurt your Ability to Lead

6 Words That will Hurt your Ability to Lead | Business man with caution tape on his face | I'll be honest with you
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 […]
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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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The Myth of Work-Life Balance

The Myth of Work/Life Balance | Image via Flickr, Slimmer Jimmer
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 […]
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Leaders: “Get Shot Sooner” & Confront Tough Employees

Get Shot Sooner
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 […]
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Unpredictable Leaders Make Employees Crazy

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 […]
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Little Things that Make a Big Difference in Leadership

Little Things that Make a Big Difference in Leadership
Although so much about leadership deals with big things, like vision, values and strategic goals, what builds a leader’s reputation of greatness or tears them down to the point where some lose their job, is sometimes the little things. Maybe that’s what makes a leader’s job so difficult. To be successful they have to excel […]
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Is Technology Undermining Your Ability to Be a Great Leader?

Is Technology Undermining Your Ability to Be a Great Leader?
Technology brings us so many great things. It brings us the ability to access information quicker than we have ever done in the past. My daughter is studying the presidents in school so I asked her who the 13th president was. I fully expected her to recite the answer right then and there, but I […]
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How Bad Bosses Kill Employee Engagement

How Bad Bosses Kill Employee Engagement
If you’ve ever worked for a bad boss, you’ve probably uttered these famous words …. “I don’t get paid enough to put up with this crap!” Bad bosses destroy morale and employee engagement and, more often than not, they brighten up the whole company when they quit or are finally fired. So what makes someone […]
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Effective Managers Do Things Differently

Effective Managers Do Things Differently
Eight Guiding Principles for Great Leadership Over the last twenty years, we have had the opportunity to work with thousands of managers. Some of these talented people seem to have one success after another in their career. When we use the term success, we are talking about success in both the “hard” or profit side […]
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