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Are You the Leader the World Needs You to Be?

The world is in desperate need of good leaders – leaders who base every action and decision on their values. Leadership is based on integrity, innovation and relationships. Your effectiveness as a leader is not based on your title or your technical expertise, but rather on your ability to uphold your values in the face of resistance, the capacity to...

Caring is Crucial in Motivation

We recently worked with a manager who had multiple employees who went out of their way in exit interviews to tell Human Resources the negative feelings they had about their manager. The employees had two major complaints. One, the employees felt the manager did not communicate with them the important information they needed to do their jobs. Second, the employees...

Will following your passion bring you riches or ruins

There is an old cliché–and even a book–titled, Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow! If you Google “love your job” or “passion for your job,” you’ll be overwhelmed with the amount of articles that come up. Passion in your job is such a popular topic that there are even coaching companies who have it as their mission to help you find...

What Makes Leaders Great

Do you have the missing link? When we survey participants in our seminars and ask, What are the characteristics of a great leader? The following are the most shared comments: Has a clear positive vision of the future Provides clear goals and strategic direction Good communicator Hires strong team members Builds a great team Defines clear goals and responsibilities Values...

Attitude Is Everything in Conflict

Conflict is a natural part of life and can’t always be avoided. Sometime conflict has positive outcomes, other times conflict has negative outcomes. When it comes to conflict, a lot depends on your attitude. An unwillingness to resolve conflict creates tension, frustration, worry, anxiety and usually, a lack of positive, constructive communication. But what is most important to managers to...

Is It Possible to be Too Open Minded?

“My boss tells everyone that he always has an open door,” an employee recently told me. “Technically he is correct in his statement. His door is always open. The problem is his mind is shut tight.” The employee went on to add, “My boss is horrible at accepting feedback and assumes he is always right–even in areas in which he...

6 Tips to Increase Your Reputation as a Fair Leader

Throughout my years as an executive coach, I’ve learned that scoring low in the area of fairness on a 360 Leadership Development Assessment prompts the same response from just about every leader: disagreement and/or astonishment. Some of this may stem from the fact that leaders feel that their core values have been attacked when others describe them as unfair. One...

Are Your Coworkers Driving You CRAZY!

Do you have people on your team that drive you nuts? In twenty years of consulting, I have learned that people described as “difficult” often times are not difficult at all, they are just different in their interaction and communication style. As a leader, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to ...

Can You Change Fast Enough to Not Become Obsolete?

In this rapidly changing world, one of the keys to being a successful leader is to be adaptable with a strong willingness to learn and change. A few of the powerful changes that are impacting today’s leaders include: technology; workforce demographics – the baby boomers are beginning to leave the ...

8 Steps to Rebuild Trust Before It’s Too Late

Trust is one of the most important leadership competencies a leader can develop with their team members. It can take months or even years for a leader to build trust. And, unfortunately, it only takes one action contrary to the leader’s or organization’s stated values to lose all the trust they worked ...

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