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Playing for Results

All to often, we confuse activity with success, as if being busy is the objective. In other words, we often miss the need for results as...

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Measuring and Utilizing Skills

Upskilling is a critical consideration when it comes to dealing with shortages of talent to fill our jobs. As this article points out,...

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Communications is Not One Size Fits All

We all respond differently to communication. That simple statement begs the question, how does the person I'm communicating what to be...

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Letting Others Have Their Way

A leadership role can be intoxicating. It comes with power, authority, and maybe some autonomy. Yet sometimes, as laid out here, giving...

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Listening is a Critical Skill

A coworker shared this with me. Part of me wonders if he'd been talking to my wife.  :)  

Listening takes focus and it takes...

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Leaning in to Lead

It's about the skills. There are many for leadership, and the three listed here resonate with me.

Taking on discomfort, because discomfort...

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Creating and Maintaining Trust

Trust, so valuable to any leader. Very hard to acquire, very easy to lose. Without it, your team will not function effectively, perhaps...

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Five Generations Together at Work

The 55 and older demographic is the fastest growing segment for many employers. McDonald's is embracing this with a partnership focused...

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What Was Your Intent?

We all know what we mean, right...? And yet, that's not the message that the recipient understood, and clear communication goes out the...

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Ask Another Question

I have to remind myself to inquire rather than espouse. Doesn't it seem easier to give the answer rather than tease it out of someone else?

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Learning and Exercising Courage

This article hit home, confronting an issue displaying courage. All too often, it’s easy to sidestep a challenging situation, which leads...

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Leading Through Influencing

Leading by influence is a very current topic, as we continue to recognize the importance of convincing, rather than directing. I see it...

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Building Executive Presence

Sometimes it’s called gravitas, sometimes just presence. It’s that “thing” that some seem to just have and exude naturally that makes...

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Tackling the Elephant in the Room

This article really speaks to me; I generally don’t like to play politics in the workplace. And, all too often, there are situations,...

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Tackling Performance Management

All too often, performance management is a painful topic. Be honest, if it weren’t for deadlines and robo-emails from your performance...

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Weathering the Storm

Is a recession coming? Some think so (as a sort of inevitable downturn). What should we do to prepare? What will happen to us afterwards?

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Providing Feedback the Right Way

We all are faced with difficult conversations throughout our workday. Preparing for the conversation takes empathy and trust that you can...

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Organization...or Social Enterprise?

Does your organization identify as a true social enterprise...? Admittedly, this piqued my interest—just what is it that defines a social...

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Not Saying Your Sorry in Sales

“I’m sorry.” How many times a day do you hear that? You brush by someone, a car door slams next to you, the wind blows a piece of paper...

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A New Way of Thinking

Innovation.  

Kind of sounds like a buzz word. Yet, it's a requirement for any company to survive in this day and age. I am in awe of...

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Trusting Your Team

Trust is such a critical element in any organization. There are some very prescient and poignant examples in this article that allow us...

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Getting A Little Help

When I read this article, the Beatles song, “With a Little Help From My Friends” popped into my head. We can do work to determine our...

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What You Get From Being Optimistic

I find optimism easier, and more fulfilling, than the alternative. It’s so depressing to me to look for the downside, because it’s always...

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What it can take to lead

This author says it takes courage to lead. The world is changing, your people are changing. You are changing as well. And, are you in...

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Never Stop Learning

Learning is great. Learning is fun. Learning can keep you young (my personal favorite). The key is to never stop. That means seeking out...

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When to Keep Emotions in Check

Coaching sales people is a challenge. I find I work to balance critique with encouragement to keep them motivated in the face of the...

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Being My Best Me

What's it mean for me to be my best? I don't think it means always being #1 or first. I think it's a combination of things that all lead...

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Are Managers Necessary?

In a previous role, I was responsible for delivering on projects to clients where someone else was building the plan. Often, the solution...

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How Are You Reacting

Emotions often result in an emotional response. This is especially true if we react negatively to feedback, as described by the author.

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