2011

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5 Strategies To Free Your Team From Organizational Silos

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A few weeks ago, one of my readers left a comment on my blog asking why are there so many silos present in today’s organizations. Now before I discuss how leaders can break down various internal silos that might be present in their organizations, let’s first look at why these silos are created in the first place.

How to Create a Culture of Greatness

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The following is a guest post by Jon Gordon. “To To build a winning a team and a successful organization you must create a culture of greatness.” It’s the most important thing a leader can do because culture drives behavior, behavior drives habits and habits create the future. As the leaders at Apple say, “Culture beats strategy all day long.”

Why It’s Time to Rethink Your Company Brand’s Message

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At the moment I’m reading a book on business branding (which I’ll be reviewing in the next instalment of my “Coffee House Book Review” series ) which has lead to some thoughts about the connection between leadership and branding. So why should leaders start viewing this as an important issue to reflect on and consider? Tweet This!

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What The Marshmallow Challenge Can Teach Us About Fostering Team Success

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The reason why kindergarteners performed better than most adults is because they are more open to ideas and suggestions.

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #3 – Interview with Jesse Lyn Stoner

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Does vision still play a key role for organizations in today’s ever-changing world? That’s one of several questions which I discuss with my guest, Jesse Lyn Stoner, in the third episode of my podcast series, “Leadership Biz Cafe”. Jesse Lyn Stoner is a business consultant, former executive, and bestselling author.

Why Leaders Shouldn’t Lose Sight of the Basics

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Last week, my wife and I decided to take advantage of the kids’ being off from school for March Break (what we call here la semaine de relâche ) to go on a family vacation at a nearby resort. However, there were some drivers who made no adjustments to their driving in response to the poor weather conditions. Tweet This! Share this on Facebook.

Are Your Employees Mad As Hell and Not Going to Take It Anymore?

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Quitting your job is not something most employees would consider doing in light of today’s weak job market. Of course, fewer still would choose to hand over their two week’s notice to the accompaniment of a marching band. Here are four steps which leaders can implement to start the process of dissipating this tide of negativity: 1.

3 Ways Remarkable Leaders Get Noticed

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The following is a guest post by Joel A. Garfinkle. Being a good leader — or even a great leader — is just not enough if you want to keep moving up in your career. You must be so remarkable that no one can help but notice you. What do they want that you don’t sell? Is there already a product on the market that will meet their needs? Joel A.

Do You Lead Others Through Flattery or Praise?

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Last week, Mike Myatt wrote an interesting post on the differences between flattery and praise. After reading his piece, I got to thinking about this subject in terms of how leaders communicate and guide their teams, and the impact these comments can have on their employees. Instead, offer them concrete ideas of what they did that mattered and how.

4 Keys To Successfully Resolving Conflicts in the Workplace

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If there’s one chore I could do without, it’s having to shop at the grocery store. Regardless of the reason, a recent trip to one of our nearby grocery stores resulted in an unexpected – and pleasant – surprise in how it provided both an excellent example and inspiration on how to effectively resolve conflicts in the workplace.

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Are You Helping Your Employees Fulfill Their Higher Purpose?

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Last week, I had the pleasure to attend a presentation given by my friend S Max Brown where he talked about what employees can do about how they approach work, asking the question of what it’s like for others to work with you. Instead, Lin Hao went back to the collapsed building and searched for other children that were trapped in the ruins.

A Lesson From School on Understanding Your Employee’s Value

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A few days ago, one of my daughters shared an interesting story about a recent event that happened at her school. My daughter and a few of her friends had noticed that Peter*, the school’s custodian, wasn’t out in the hallway greeting the kids like he usually did every morning. You could just tell he enjoyed being a part of our school”.

Are You Using These 4 Steps For Organizational Success?

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With the month of September now underway, there’s an unmistakable feeling of renewed energy and determination in the air. Their ability to “deliver happiness” and release unexpected ‘must-have’ technologies respectively, are clearly not mere responses to the challenges they incur from their competition. Take Apple, for instance.

4 Reasons Why Your Boss Should Take A Vacation

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The beginning of July often marks for many the official start of summer, with children being off from school for the summer break paired with the warmer weather and sunny skies that marks this time of the year. Trust me when I say your employees will be thankful that you did.

Is Your ‘But’ Getting In The Way Of Your Team’s Success?

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Have you ever had an employee come to you with an idea or proposal to address a particular situation to which you answered with one of the following replies? All of these responses sound understanding and appreciative of the employee’s input. Are you driven by what you want or by accepting what is there? Why is this so?

Are You Following These 3 Rules For Giving Effective Feedback?

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As we slowly make our way through the remaining weeks of the year, many organizations are now shifting their focus to an exercise that is often met with disdain and apprehension – the annual performance review. I walked out of his office feeling a mixture of disappointment in myself and frustration with his leadership.

Bringing Water-Cooler Honesty to the Act of Giving and Receiving Feedback

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The following is a guest post by author and speaker Steven Smith. Voted as one of the top 100 business thought-leaders in the United States, Steve’s work has been adopted by several universities to help students gain a better understanding of how the business world really operates. In a word, fear. It’s time for some feedback on feedback.

Helping Employees Reconnect With Their Sense of Purpose

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Have you ever worked on a team project where you had concerns that the limited efforts being made by some team members was going to negatively impact the final outcome? It’s a situation my younger daughter found herself in a few weeks ago while rehearsing with her skating group for their end-of-season figure skating show.

It’s Not You, It’s Me – Is Narcissism Good for Leadership?

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When it comes to the portrayal of leadership in films and other fictional outlets, there’s a common tendency to present the leader as someone who is unmistakably confident and self-assured; who gives off an air of authority and a willingness to direct others towards the best path to take to get them out their current predicament.

Is Empowering Employees A Myth in Your Organization?

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I’m pleased to announce that I have joined in partnership with Sprint to highlight and share some of the valuable content being provided on their new small business information and community site, Business on Main, which can be found on the MSN Network. Disclaimer: My blog is a part of an online influencer network for Business on Main.

What Babe Ruth Can Teach Leaders About Facing Today’s Challenges

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Being Canadian, I’m sure it comes as little surprise that I’m not much of a baseball fan (growing up, hockey, football and soccer were the sports I preferred playing). When it comes to baseball heroes, few are as well-known and revered as Babe Ruth, or as he’s affectionately known by baseball fans “the Bambino”.

Becoming A Leader For All The Wrong Reasons

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No matter what field or industry you work in, we’ve all had the experience of working for someone who was clearly not fit for the leadership role. In some cases, this was manifested in their inability to make key decisions and in the worst-case scenarios, it was like working with the boss from hell.

How To Use Your Leadership to Inspire Greatness

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For one organization, the answer is a resounding ‘no’ and they have a number of success stories to back them up. They are my champions.

Learning To Appreciate The White Spaces

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A few months ago, I decided to update my office space in response to the growing needs of my business. One of these changes involved rearranging one of the office walls to accommodate a new whiteboard and bulletin board for brainstorming and keeping track of client projects. Indeed, according to management professor Richard L.

4 Steps To Ensure A Successful Outcome In Your Negotiations

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There’s a common saying that the one thing we fear the most is speaking in public. Given the number of conflicts we’re seeing between various parties in sports, business and political circles, it’s not hard to imagine that the next thing most of us would dread is having to negotiate a deal. In her article “ You Want What?

Taking Another Look at Leadership and Change

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A few days ago, I decided to change a photograph that’s been on display for the last several years in one of the picture frames which currently grace my desk. The photograph was a picture I had taken of my girls several years ago on one of those days from summer which we tend to look back on fondly through a soft-focus lens.

Taking Another Look at Leadership and Change

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A few days ago, I decided to change a photograph that’s been on display for the last several years in one of the picture frames which currently grace my desk. The photograph was a picture I had taken of my girls several years ago on one of those days from summer which we tend to look back on fondly through a soft-focus lens.

3 Steps To Transform Passion Into A Fulfilling Sense of Purpose

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Last week, I wrote about why it’s important that bosses take time off from work to go on vacation. In that piece, I wrote that one of the reasons why leaders need to take a vacation is to “lead by example” in showing those under their stewardship how critical it is to take care of ourselves if we are to remain effective in our role.

Are You Creating A Toxic Workplace? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions To Find Out

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Imagine working for an organization where one of the senior managers insists on yelling at his employees because he believes it’s the surest way to garner the respect of those he leads and now, the front-line managers are beginning to follow his example by yelling at their team members. What am I trying to accomplish? Why does it matter?

Women and Leadership – A Look From Inside The Boardroom

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Perhaps no issue has been stirring as much discussion in the leadership field as the continual lack of balanced representation of women in senior management. Granted, it’s difficult, if not impossible for me to truly speak with any authority as to the challenges women face in the business world. Spencer. La Femme Phobique. Quid pro quo!

4 Lessons On Team-Building I Learned From My Garden

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As a gardener, I enjoy this time in the summer because you get to step back from your garden and appreciate what all that hard work you did in the spring and early summer has given rise to. At the same, I also noted which perennials would need to be transplanted in the fall given how they were beginning to outgrow their current place in the garden.

Three Rules of Three for Successful Communications

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Today’s piece is a guest post by Mike Figliuolo , the founder and Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC. Mikes writes about leadership on the The thoughtLEADERS Blog and has an upcoming book on leadership that is slated to be released later this year. I encourage you to check out his blog, which you can subscribe to here. Structure your work.

Learning To Appreciate The White Spaces

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A few months ago, I decided to update my office space in response to the growing needs of my business. One of these changes involved rearranging one of the office walls to accommodate a new whiteboard and bulletin board for brainstorming and keeping track of client projects. Provides opportunities for contemplation and review.

Becoming A Leader For All The Wrong Reasons

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No matter what field or industry you work in, we’ve all had the experience of working for someone who was clearly not fit for the leadership role. In some cases, this was manifested in their inability to make key decisions and in the worst-case scenarios, it was like working with the boss from hell. Leaders, Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Gen Y Leaders – The “Me” Generation or the “We” Generation?

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The following is a guest post by Jack Zenger. In case you?re re worried about what?s s going to become of the younger generation, it?s s going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation.” ” – Roger Allen A favorite pastime of those in the older generations is to lament the decline among the younger generations.

Finding The Right Fit For Your Organization

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If there’s one aspect of business that’s becoming clearer as a consequence of the current challenges present in today’s global economy, it’s that the most valuable resource an organization has are the people found within their workforce. Of course, we can’t all be like Zappos nor should we even try to be.

A Springtime Reminder on Leadership, Communication, and Collaboration

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For those who live in one of the northern climates like I do, the arrival of Spring is unquestionably a welcome event on the seasonal calendar. While hanging outside in my garden, I heard the unmistakeable calls of a flock of Canada geese migrating back home from their winter sojourn. 3 Steps To Help Get Your Leadership Groove On.

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #4 – CEO Dave Balter on Humility in Leadership

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What role does humility play in today’s leadership and how does this trait benefit leaders in facing the challenges present in today’s global market? That’s one of the questions I discuss with my guest Dave Balter in the latest episode of “Leadership Biz Cafe”. Dave Balter’s Inc.

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What Has 2011 Taught You About Business and Leadership?

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As this is the last week of the year, many of us are understandably looking back at the past 12 months and discussing what we consider to be the significant events of 2011. In most cases, such discussions tend to focus on the numerous challenges and upheavals we’ve either watched from afar or witnessed first-hand. Then, take action.

What My Kids Taught Me About Inspiration and Execution

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The sand castle city my daughters built on the beach at the summer cottage Growing up, the month of August was always a bittersweet time of the year. On the one hand, it signalled that the end of summer was fast approaching and with it, the return to the school routine of homework and earlier bedtimes. Taking Another Look at Leadership and Change.