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Check Your Mindset

I’m sure you’ve noticed that for some leaders, identity is defined from the outside-in, and requires external validation in one of three ways: relationship strength, intellect, or results. I think this is partly due to cultural messaging that occupation determines identity, and productivity indicates value. Technology often reinforces this mindset. Leaders can be accessed virtually […]
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Mastering Leadership: Lead with Intention

Leaders are facing unprecedented levels of stress, dysfunction and disappointments, taxing their energy and productivity. Some leaders have even shared with me that keeping up with the chaos has become an acceptable achievement. But great leaders are strategic about their time and energy. They lead with intention. You see, leaders can’t be busy just to […]
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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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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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Strengthening Leadership Grit

As a consultant and coach, I can attest that leadership personality and style are the most crucial factors in organizational strength. Today―and especially for the future―we need leaders who can engage the workforce, manage people, and inspire collaboration and innovation. Leadership personality is critical. The spectrum of human personality is extremely complex, with experts debating […]
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Employee Engagement: A Partnership Mindset

Do you have a partnership mindset? Nothing extinguishes employee engagement more than feeling controlled, used or disrespected. But when employees are regarded as partners rather than subjects, they have the highest sense of value. Their performance matches their engagement, and they can accomplish amazing feats.
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The Risks of Working for a People Pleaser

Working for someone who is a people-pleaser may seem fairly innocuous or even desirable, but such leaders pose daunting challenges for their organizations. If you work for a people-pleaser, you most likely see the inherent problems and confess to seeking ways to maneuver around them. People-pleasing leaders have some beneficial traits, but their behaviors can […]
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Emerging Trends in Reinventing Work: Self-Management

According to experts and as reported in Frederic Laloux’s book Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness (Nelson Parker, 2014), humans are constantly reinventing work and revising organizational structures. Throughout history, we’ve seen several models: Impulsive-Red: Tribe, crime cartels, gangs run by a powerful chief. Conformist-Amber: Religions, […]
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The Key Social Signals that Trigger Trust

According to some very intricate data on how we communicate, there are four kinds of social signals that are strongly predictive of future behavior. These signals unconsciously change our impressions of other people’s attention, trust, interest, and focus. But because signaling behaviors happen so quickly in conversations, we’re rarely conscious of how we intuitively sense […]
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Zombies at Work: Are You Living on Autopilot?

More than two-thirds of us are living and working on autopilot, according to even the most conservative estimates. You’ve probably noticed a few zombies at work in your office. A pattern of behavior can become so habitual that one barely notices anymore what it prompts one to do. One feels automatically, thinks automatically and acts […]
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