Category Archives: collaboration

Create An Environment of Trust

I believe that trust is the single biggest issue confronting leaders today, especially for those engaged in adjusting a culture. Too often, I see leaders undermine trust, with predictable consequences. But when you extend trust and are trustworthy, you create an environment of trust, where people can count on each other, take risks together and […]
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Spark, Connect and Ignite: The Power of Purpose

As a leader, how are you connecting with your employees on a personal level? Think about it: if you can’t spark, connect with and ignite your employees, how can you expect customers to become loyal followers? That is the power of purpose: when great leaders connect with our hearts, emotions and what truly matters to […]
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Balance for Visionary Leaders

While leadership has evolved over time, a key function for visionary leaders is to answer the question “Where are we going?”  This requires a balance between a widescreen view and in-the-trenches focus; conceptualizing and executing. When too little attention is paid to daily business needs, all the bright ideas in the world cannot keep the […]
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The Allure of a Visionary Leader

We look to our leaders to envision a future, to figure out where the organization needs to go to succeed, to evaluate ideas for pragmatism and fit for the company’s core mission. Productive visionary leaders understand how people, money, resources and organizational capabilities will work together to get from the present to a desired future. […]
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Unified Teamwork: How Leaders Go From “Me” to “We”

Have you noticed how teams composed of individuals who vary in their strengths, skills and personalities feed synergy and motivation? When paired with other skill-sets, people inspire one another and learn from each other. The sense of unity reduces barriers and creates a collective drive to solve problems with creative solutions. In a culture of […]
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Forward Thinking Leadership: Cultivate a “We” Mindset

If we’re going to successfully grow organizations for the future, we need to take a serious look at the way we manage people and work together. As Einstein saw it, we can’t solve problems using the same level of consciousness with which we created them. So how do leaders create an organization that can thrive and grow today, […]
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Tempering Leadership Dominance

Most of us intuitively recognize different personality types. We routinely notice personality quirks in coworkers that baffle us, challenging our responses and relationships. Of the four key personality dimensions, dominance has the greatest potential to impede organizational effectiveness. Have you experienced this? Self-centered by nature, dominant leaders need to control everyone and everything around them. While […]
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The Art of Leadership Persuasion:
An Honest, Positive Approach

A truly great leader creates loyal customers, engaged employees and inspires them to go beyond self-interest. Do you? I have been writing about this in recent posts. The crux of leadership persuasion is an honest, positive approach, involving everyone in the organization. People know they are valued and respected when their leaders are transparent, engage in two-directional communication, […]
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Dealing with Leadership Consensus Dependency

You don’t have to look far to see the signs of leaders who aren’t comfortable dealing with disputes. Unfortunately, this only reinforces consensus dependency.
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Consensus Leadership: Mind the Gaps

I’ve been discussing consensus leadership and the many drawbacks it presents. When I discuss this with my coaching clients, those who overvalue consensus and unity identify conflict as their primary source of managerial tension. Disharmony causes them anguish, so the prospect of confrontation troubles them. They work overtime to establish and maintain a peaceful environment, […]
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