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Great Leaders Keep Employees Uncomfortable

Ensuring a positive and engaging work environment is a key leadership responsibility. But, when people confuse this responsibility with keeping everyone happy and base their decisions solely on this goal, problems arise.   A manager needs to move her team off the company’s server to cloud-based software. The implementation of the cloud-based software will allow the team to lower costs...

Empowering Great Employees to Make Great Decisions

Great decision-making skills are critical to a leader’s success. What people tend to forget, however, is that trusting employees to make great decisions is equally critical to a leader’s success.   We’ve worked with many managers who have created great organizations. They are strong, technically. They make the right decisions and they produce great outcomes. But, when we interview their...

8 Habits That Hurt Your Productivity

  Not a day goes by that a client doesn’t tell me that they’re working harder, longer, and faster, but without the results to prove it.  Additionally, they lament over their lack of a personal life or quality time at home. But, before they hit the panic button or give their manager an ultimatum to hire more employees, I always...

8 Signs You May be Lacking Confidence

Confidence tops the list of important leadership qualifications. And yet, most (if not all) leaders experience a dip in confidence along the way. Unfortunately, a lack of confidence is easy to spot in a leader, and has far-reaching consequences. It is widely known that confidence is a critical trait of successful leadership. Confident leaders genuinely believe in their ability to...

7 Ways to Encourage Open Communication

An executive we work with recently mentioned that employees had not expressed concerns or recommended any organizational changes to the leadership team. This was taken as good news until I asked if the leadership team members had solicited feedback, and if they were open to input from employees.   This question caused the executive to pause. Actually, I had it...

Successfully Moving from Peer (and friend) to Manager

  You’ve just received a promotion, and you’re ecstatic.  You can’t wait to start your new leadership position, and the wheels are already turning with exciting ideas to implement.  But, it comes to your attention that not everyone on your team is as excited about your promotion as you are. Some of your peers-turned-direct reports feel they are more qualified...

Boss . . . We Have A Problem!

  No one likes to be the bearer of bad news, but life happens and problems are a reality. So how do you bring a problem to your manager’s attention without being the messenger that got shot? How you deliver the message to your manager will result in either building on the relationship you have with your manager, or potentially...

Leading Change in the Face of Opposition

  Robert F. Kennedy once said, “About twenty percent of the people are against any change.” Our findings, in working with managers and supervisors tasked with leading organizational change, support Kennedy’s theory. No matter how effective a leader you are, it is not uncommon for you to periodically find your change efforts being challenged, or even sabotaged. Some people seem...

Great Leaders Make Tough Decisions Quickly

Sound decisions are a hallmark of great leadership. But, that doesn’t make decisions, such as whether to terminate a member of the team or share an employee concern with your own leader, any easier. How leaders handle these decisions varies, but one thing remains certain: you simply can’t spend your time avoiding tough decisions.   A reporter once asked Sam...

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