Monthly Archives: August 2018

Doubts, Insecurities and Fears, Oh My!

Leadership is a tough job that requires courage. Doubts, insecurities and fears make organizational challenges more difficult and, in extreme cases, insurmountable. I have seen some seemingly confident leaders wrestle with anxiety and successfully overcome their fears. But there are many who don’t, taking down their company with:
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The Hard Truth About Leadership

In business, some say the most effective leaders are those who bring about maximum financial results. Others would point to charismatic, larger-than-life CEOs who inspire followers with vision. Still others would say effective leaders are high in emotional intelligence, skilled at making tough decisions, focused on execution, and strong in building trusting relationships to achieve and […]
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3 Critical Factors to Develop and Engage Employees

How many of your employees are truly engaged? Perhaps we should stop asking this question, and start asking what we’re doing to develop and advance employees. I wrote about three critical employee engagement factors Julie Gebauer identified in a Global Workforce Study conducted a few years ago. Employees must have: Opportunities to learn, grow and advance […]
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Defining Effective Employee Development

Gone are the days of command-and-control leadership; today’s most effective workforce is made-up of employees who are competent, creative, passionate and take initiative. They know what they’re doing, apply what they know, enjoy what they do and grow to do more. Unfortunately, studies still show that workers are not happy with their level of professional […]
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Employee Development: How Great Leaders Create Real Value

Leaders need more productivity and progress than ever before. Staff is required to have higher expertise, commitment and dedication. Ironically, leaders often fail to recognize the need to develop their people to attain the very goals they have set. Moreover, staff wants to be competent at their jobs and have the ability to succeed. This […]
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Real Power Lies in Positivity

Tough negotiators are just that: tough. The real strength, and power, lies in positivity. I’ve been writing about the power of leadership positivity. Did you know that negotiators who strategically display an authentic positivity are more likely to gain concessions and close deals?
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Build a Positive Culture

I’ve been writing a lot on leadership positivity. And with good reason: negativity impacts families, communities, institutions and workplaces. Turnover rises, projects fail to hit their goals, and productivity falls short of expectations. But it doesn’t have to be that way; you can build a positive culture.
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Build Your Leadership Positivity

Do you have a bias for negativity? Or do you tend to be more positive? Consider these three questions:  
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The Hallmark of Great Leadership:
Authentic Positivity

We humans have a strong survival instinct that draws on our ability to spot threats. We react quickly and intensely to warning signs. But too much focus on negativity saps our energy and compromises our ability to find necessary solutions. I wrote about this in my last post, here. The hallmark of great leadership is the ability […]
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