Monthly Archives: December 2016

Leadership Strengths Come in Pairs

I’ve been discussing the fact that leadership strengths training fails to recognize when strengths are overused. Most leaders are familiar with the concept of leadership competencies skill sets coming in pairs. Multiple assessment tools classify people’s preferences as either “task-oriented” vs. “people-oriented,” “big picture” vs. “detail-oriented” or “analytic” vs. “intuitive.”
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Lopsided Leadership:
When Leaders Overplay Strengths

Many leaders fear they’ll lose their edge if they stop leading with their strengths. They must instead learn to use this strength more selectively. This may be the hardest developmental work one can take on. Behavioral changes are a demanding goal, and it’s even harder to change or modulate what you’ve always done well. It […]
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Leadership Strengths:
Too Much of a Good Thing?

When leadership strengths are overemphasized, they’re often overused. This is the downside of strengths-based leadership development. It doesn’t take into account how the very strengths that leaders depend on can be detrimental to careers and to the people they manage. Who hasn’t had to work for a leader who was so exceptionally brilliant at operational […]
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Lopsided Leadership:
When Leadership Strengths Fail

In the last decade, leadership development experts have enthusiastically pushed to improve leadership strengths instead of addressing leaders’ weaknesses. This approach may have some success in growing individuals’ effectiveness, but it’s fundamentally flawed. Strengths training and coaching have somewhat of a cult-like following among HR and coaching professionals. Leaders are encouraged to develop their unique […]
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Great Presentations: Why Shorter is Better

What is the best way to craft great presentations? I’ve been discussing how to upgrade the quality of your speeches by looking at the great examples on TED Talks. These fascinating videos can demonstrate how to speak on just about every topic imaginable and they’re delivered in under 20 minutes. There is a reason why […]
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3 Keys to a Persuasive Presentation

What’s needed to craft a really good persuasive presentation? Great presentations matter. Not only do they advance your career, they sell products and services, find investors, establish trust and credibility, and gain support for new ideas. Today we have easy technology to help produce professional presentations, but that’s not what matters if you want to […]
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Great Presentations that
Persuade in 20 Minutes

What is the best way to craft a great presentation? I’ve heard it said that ideas are the currency of twenty-first century business professionals. If that is so, then our business presentations must persuade action. Unfortunately, many fall short. Presentations are critical to career success, yet we too often focus on how slides look or […]
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Great Presentation Skills:
3 Tips from TED Talks

How can you craft a great presentation like those fascinating experts on I’ve been reading Jeremy Donovan’s excellent book, How to Deliver a TED Talk, and gathering tips on how the experts refine their presentation skills (see my previous posts here and here). Here are three tips: 1. Build the Speech’s Body and Transitions We […]
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Make Your Next Business
Presentation Like a TED Talk

I’ve been viewing some fascinating videos on, scanning them for tips on how to create great presentations. And I’ve been reading How To Deliver a TED Talk, by Jeremy Donovan. At some point in your career, you’ll likely be called upon to make a presentation to potential customers, superiors and/or colleagues. Your ability to […]
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