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How to Lead On Purpose

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Guest post from John Izzo Ph.D. and Jeff Vanderwielen Ph.D.: Why are some leaders effective at truly engaging with their teams? And why do many, despite their best efforts, manage to motivate top performers but can’t get the whole team rowing in the same direction?

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Successful Leaders Are Great Communicators: How to Connect with Your Employees

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Guest post from Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss: To be an effective leader and run a high-performing company, you need to be great at communicating with your employees.

3 Reasons Why Your Company’s “Superhero” Leadership Strategy Isn’t Working

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Guest post from Mark Busine: Would you describe your company’s CEO as Wonder Woman, or your executive vice president as Batman? Do the regional managers remind you of the Fantastic Four? I’d guess it’s unlikely that you think of your leadership team in this way.

Great Leaders Know Core Business Model Vision

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Guest post by David A. Duryea : Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Jack Welch, and even Thomas Edison are a few of the great visionary leaders in their respective industries. What made them such great leaders was not just one aspect of their management style or their respective innovations.

What Messages are You Sending?

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Guest post from Kimberly Davis : I couldn’t believe it was the same woman. As she shared her presentation, she was warm, charming, gregarious, with a whip smart sense of humor. In less than two minutes, she had the audience in the palm of her hand, laughing so hard we were wiping tears from our eyes.

Leadership Can Sometimes Come from Where You Least Expect It

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Guest post from Scot Hunsaker: Back in 2000, my company, Counsilman ? Hunsaker was in need of a receptionist. After our interview process, we found Macy to be the best fit for the position. It would be an understatement to say that when she interviewed with us and was hired, she was inexperienced in the industry. From day one, however, she displayed a natural curiosity for how the business worked and, most importantly, how it could be improved and what role she could play in that improvement.

Leaders of Great Teams Don’t Rely on Luck

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Great Leaders Build Great Teams with Intention Guest post by Linda Adams, Abby Curnow-Chavez, Audrey Epstein and Rebecca Teasdale: If you lead a team, you know that the best ones don’t happen by happy accident.

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When Employees Quit, Take a Good Look in the Mirror

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Guest post from Jeff Hyman : It’s hard to say goodbye. But understanding why people leave your company is a crucial part of developing a best-in-class workforce. Regardless of whether the individual is an underperformer or a Rockstar, departures frequently point to broader organizational issues that need to be addressed. Managers often react emotionally when an employee gives notice.

Using Humor to Fuel the Success of Your Organization

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Guest post by Jamie Anderson & George Gabor Burt: In business situations in which collaboration is an important driver of organizational success, lacking a sense of community can be a formidable barrier to delivering results.

The 5 Rights All Humans Have—Are You Honoring Them At Work?

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Guest post from Christine Comaford: Tania is a brilliant CEO of a super successful accounting firm. Carlos, her VP of operations, is a bright and solid asset to the firm.

Built to Win

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Guest post from regular contributor S. Chris Edmonds: Built to win doesn't mean you're going to win. It means that you are setting your team up to win more often than not. Recently, I spoke to 300 leaders at a client's annual conference.

Are you a Leader or a Lemming?

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Guest post from Sandy Coletta: I know what you are thinking - a lemming is a follower and by its very definition, a leader isn’t a follower. It is absolutely true that within a given group, the leader is setting the direction and guiding those who follow.

Leading through the Identity Paradox

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Guest post from Larry Ackerman: Change, and the need to keep pace with it, has been a dominant leadership challenge for at least three decades.

3 Reasons Why Great Leaders Welcome Help

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Guest post from Victor Prince : A few of summers ago, I hiked the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail across Spain. It was the best month of my life for many reasons.

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The Key to Productive Relationships: Honoring Separate Realities

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Guest post from Larry Senn: Think about the last argument you had with a colleague or even a loved one. Chances are, it was because you saw, experienced, or truly believed something that was different from the other person.

Hey Leader… PHAT is Good For You!

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Guest post from Dean Lindsay : I read a funny cartoon in Fast Company magazine a good while back. It was of two fish swimming next to each other. One of the fish had a hook dangling from its mouth.

Leave No Doubt Leaders

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Guest Post from Paul Cummings : Leave No Doubt Leaders focus on people, not power, as they build and develop their teams. In this period of rapid and disruptive change to the makeup of the employment base, leaders must focus on empathy and trust as a means of building genuine “equity”.

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The Right to Work Place Inspiration

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Guest post from regular contributor S. Chris Edmonds: You’ve heard of them. Key performance indicators. If I were to ask you to list your company’s top five key performance indicators, you’d probably be able to tell me at least a few of them. However, there may be some that are unclear.

Leadership Tips from Mankind’s Best Friend, the Dog

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Guest post from Dr. Garry McDaniel : For over three decades, the Gallup organization has been conducting surveys to illuminate the role leader’s play in creating a workforce of engaged employees to organizational leadership.

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Your People are the Hard, not the Soft Side, of Change

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Guest post from CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke : If you want your organization to successfully embrace your strategic change, focus on the human aspect. That’s right. People will be the ones implementing the change. So, get them involved, listen to them, and work together. If you do, you’ll build tremendous loyalty, trust, and engagement, which is priceless.

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Leaders Can’t Execute Strategy

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Guest post from Robin Speculand: Leaders across the world have been taught how to plan but not how to execute. Every university offering a business degree has on their faculty a professor teaching strategy but almost none have a professor teaching its execution.

Leading with Trust

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Guest post by Paul J. Zak, PhD : One-third of business leaders surveyed in 2015 said that retaining colleagues is their number one concern. Everyone knows that people are mobile. About one-quarter of employees say that they will look for a new job in the next year.

Ask Not What Your Habit Can Do for You, but What Your Habit Can Do for Others

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Guest post from Michael Bungay Stanier: For those in a leadership role, the responsibility to lead and direct employees falls to you. Let’s assume that your employees respect you, like you and feel that you’re leading them down a good path. You work hard and your workplace runs smoothly.

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Trying not to Lose is Different than Trying to Win

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Guest post from Michael G. Winston: Today’s winning leader is not just here to weather the storm; they are here to completely change the game.

5 Tips to Increase Workplace Engagement

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Guest post by Naphtali Hoff: The statistics about worker disengagement are staggering. We read all the time about how workplace engagement levels are low here in the U.S. and even lower around the world.

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Eight Ways Mentoring Brings Out the Leader in Your Employees

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Guest post from Patty Alper “Employees want to be part of something that is bigger than a company. The business culture is internally based, but the philanthropy is external. That volunteer ethos provides something more than a quarterly return on earnings.

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Leading From Within: Shifting Ego, Ceding Control, and Rising Empathy

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Guest post from Sophie Wade: Leadership is in the midst of a major makeover. The identity of an organization is shifting away from the CEO; elements of control are being willingly transferred to the employee, with empathetic and individualized attention being paid in order to increase engagement.

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Six Ways to Make Your Presentation a Hit

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Guest post by Ted Frank Scientists say our attention spans are now shorter than a goldfish, so it’s more important than ever to make our presentations as engaging and compelling as possible. How can we do that?

6 Essential Characteristics for Leading Simplification

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Guest post from Lisa Bodell: As leaders, we’re responsible for setting the tone of our organization through policy and strategy, as well as our behavior. I believe that leaders have an obligation to work efficiently and effectively so that others do the same, creating a virtuous cycle of simplicity.

What's the Secret to Becoming a Great Leader?

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Guest post from Kene Erike: That is not a question reserved for the gated playgrounds of MBA students or empty suits struggling to justify big paychecks. The concept of "Leadership" is a fixture in our daily lives that dictates the experiences we share with others. Let's start by defining terms.

Leadership at Two Levels

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Guest post by Mark Miller: Leadership is a fascinating quality. There are countless articles, studies and opinions about what makes good leadership.

Empowering The Quiet Team Leader

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Guest post from Ilene Marcus : It’s crunch time. Your team is on overdrive. Each decision matters. Every moment counts. You can’t afford to be distracted and yet, there it is – the workplace annoyer. A team member with a trait, a quirk that gets under your skin.

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How Successful People Create Their Own Future

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Guest post from Shawn Hunter: “Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?” – Carol Dweck Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words can change our brain.

Leaders Should Define More Than the Mountain Top, but Less Than the Whole Plan

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Guest post from Hamish Knox : When it comes to defining their vision, leaders tend to fall into two camps. Camp one can clearly articulate a mountain top they want to reach, but create zero clarity on how they’re going to get to that mountain top.

Leadership – Unsafe at Any Speed?

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Guest post from John R Childress: In 1965, when I was a junior in high school and sporty, stylish and innovative cars were all the rage, Ralph Nader, a Harvard trained lawyer, published a book that was both highly controversial and highly influential.

Three Negotiation Keys to Leadership Success

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Guest post from Corey Kupfer: There are three keys to true negotiating success. If you master these three keys, not only will you have much more success in negotiating but you will be able to apply them to be a more effective leader.

Gaining Trust on Day One

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Guest post by Paul Smith : It happens every time you join a new company, or even when you change roles at the company you work for now. You have to spend months winning the trust and respect you’d already earned with the last group of people you managed. Or do you?

Leading the way to Sustainable Negotiation

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Guest post by Dr. Eliane Karsaklian A sustainable negotiator is a leader. S/He is fueled with challenges and novelty because they are curious and restless. Real leaders believe that change should be disruptive rather than incremental. Sustainable negotiation disrupts from all old negotiating techniques that have been ruling negotiation teaching and practice since the 1980s. What researchers call a paradigm is the way we view the world. There are some guidelines and everyone sticks to them.

Why Make Managers A Strategic Priority?

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Guest post from Larry Sternberg and Kim Turnage: What would your organization be like if every employee had a great manager? What would happen to productivity, quality, morale and customer satisfaction? In every organization, managers are a key leverage point to drive higher performance and better business results. Managers maintain service and quality standards and ensure adherence to company policies and regulatory requirements. They also drive engagement and retention of employees.

Great Leaders Embrace Innovation, and Innovation Demands Risks

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Guest post by Randal Moss : Great leaders consistently talk about the need for their organization to ‘be innovative’ in their thinking. They recognize that innovation is a strategy for growth and that being able to harness that power will drive their organization’s success and their own as well.