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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...

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...

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 ...

Challenging the status quo or derailing your strategic plan?

Are you allowing a senior leader to coast while organizational results and revenues are suffering?  Most likely, this manager is getting enough accomplished to get by and satisfied by his performance. But, you face three major problems when your direct report is allowed to maintain the ...

Ethical Leadership: A new kind of poverty?

Every day we are bombarded with news about decisions made by leaders that cause us to question their integrity and ethics. So much so that we have banned the news in our home, especially after 7:00 p.m., to stave off the restlessness that comes with this kind of news and in the hopes of getting a sound ...

Does Your Organization Have a Shortage of Future Leaders?

When we ask CEOs if they have succession plans in place for their management team, most are quick to tell us that one of their biggest concerns is filling the leadership gap they confidently predict will happen over the next three to 10 years. Deloitte’s 2014 Global Human Capital Trends stated that 83 percent of the companies surveyed are seriously...

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...

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