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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.

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 to Prevent Redundant Performance Improvement Conversations

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Guest Post from Karin Hurt: Performance improvement conversations aren’t enjoyable -- for you or for them. To make sure you don’t have to have the same uncomfortable conversation twice, take a hard look at your approach.

Why Great Leadership Requires the Courage to Accept Pain

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Guest post from Angela Sebaly : As a leadership coach, I’ve spent decades observing hundreds of people who have strikingly different backgrounds and equally diverse approaches to leadership.

Leadership Development and the Role of Millennials

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Guest post from Philipe Bruce: More than 50% of businesses claim that they do not have the resources or time to train their employees to be leaders. As such none of those business owners and leaders have the resources they need to sustain their enterprises. How serious is this?

Were the Founding Fathers Great Leaders?

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Guest post from Gordon Leidner: Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers have made a splash in the news recently, thanks to Broadway’s sensational production “Hamilton.”

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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.

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.

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.

Engaging your Team: The Science of Inspiring Others to Give their All

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Guest post from Suzanne Bates: When I started my first career in television news so many years ago, the term “employee engagement” had been invented. But it was irrelevant to me. I was jazzed about going to work every day. Nobody had to give me a speech about going above and beyond.

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Teach Millennials how to use their Power

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Guest post from Dan Negroni : When we think of leaders and when we think of millennials, there are usually conflicting descriptions. We describe great leaders as honest, hard working, empowering, transparent, generous and so many other positive traits.

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Three Ways a ‘Noble Goal’ Makes You a Significantly Better Leader

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Guest post from Brandon Black and Shayne Hughes : Being a truly great and inspiring leader, who is both effective and respected, is no easy task.

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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.

7 Ways to Build Trust and Confidence with Your Team

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Guest post from Karin Hurt and David Dye When John needed something, he wanted it fast, and nothing made him want it faster than when the request was coming from his boss.

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Building Commitment on Your Team

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Guest post from by JV Venable: Any man or woman you hire will come on board with a measure of uncertainty. They’ll step in wondering just what kind of commitment they can expect from you, and many will wonder if they can measure up to the standards on your team.

Six Steps to Hiring Exceptional Talent

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Guest post from Dee Ann Turner: The best business leaders have a keen sense of purpose that drives their work. Ideally, they also have superior products and services that support that purpose.

Stop Measuring Employee Loyalty By Tenure: 5 Steps to Creating a Boomerang Culture

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Guest post from Lee Caraher: The great lament of so many leaders and managers today is that “no one is loyal anymore.”

Five Things GREAT Bosses Do Daily

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Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds : Every morning, your team members rally themselves to come to work. Some are enthused about what they’ll experience that day. They feel trusted, honored, and respected.

When Listening, Avoid Making Suggestions

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Guest post from Dana Caspersen: I offer a challenge: The next time you are listening to someone during a difficult conversation or conflict and you are tempted to make a suggestion—don’t. Instead of making a suggestion, bring your attention back to what they are saying and why.

Managing Distraction in the Digital Era

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Guest post from Amy Blankson: In 2013, the National Center for Biotechnology Information reported that the average attention span of a human has dropped to a mere eight seconds , one second behind that of a goldfish. Why does this matter?

A Leader’s First Step to Effective Influence

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Guest post from Dan Mann Leadership is about one thing: influencing adult behavior. Ironically, that’s one of the most difficult human actions to accomplish. In our positions as leaders—whether that’s as a manager, owner, coach or something less traditional—our daily task is to influence the decisions of those under our charge. We’re tasked with the job of bending their wills and actions to the benefit of the greater good of our business or cause.

4 Moves Smart Leaders Make to Get Better Team Results

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Guest post by Victor Prince : Teams at work are like portfolios of people with different skills and performance patterns.

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When “Fluff” Triples Revenues: Why Leaders Can’t Overlook Happiness

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Guest post from Michelle Gielan: The first time Gary Baker, president of Nationwide Brokerage Solutions heard about the research on happiness and how it affects the workplace, he referred to it as “fluff.” And why wouldn’t he?

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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Brave Leadership

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Guest post from Darrin Murriner: Most people would agree that good leaders are brave leaders. But our definition of brave may vary widely. For some bravery could mean facing a tough personnel decision or making investment decisions to enter a new market.

Six Things Great Leadership Teams Do

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Guest post from regular contributor S. Chris Edmonds : When I consult with executives on crafting a high performance, values-aligned culture, one of the first things I do is to examine the effectiveness of their leadership team.

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10 Ways to Kill Off Your Star Employees

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I wrote this post for another publication in 2014, but it appears they have deleted it. I’m preparing to do a workshop on how to nurture high potentials and found it in my archives. Still looks relevant to me! Warning: the following article contains a heavy dose of sarcasm. Read at your own risk, and whatever you do, DO NOT follow the advice! A high potential employee is one of your highest performing employees that also is showing signs of being able to handle greater responsibilities.

Culture is King

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Guest post By Dr. Linda Sharkey: “Our customers are important to us. Please stay on the line for the next available representative.” The irony of this message sinks in after the first five minutes on hold. During the next five minutes, it becomes clear the values of the organization are aligned around cost savings—with the naive hope you’ll ignore their actions and believe their words.

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Leadership Growth Starts with Courageous Communication

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Guest post from Matt Paese Talent Exec: So, we have a serious leadership shortage and it’s getting worse. CEO: So hire more people. Talent Exec: We’re doing that. It’s not enough. CEO: What about our development programs? Aren’t they working? Talent Exec: Not quickly enough.

Servant Leadership Revisited

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Guest post from William Dann: The concept of servant leadership was introduced by Ancient Chinese philosophers such as Lao-Tzu, then found in the Christian teachings of Mark. It was popularized in modern management writings by Robert Greenleaf in a 1970 essay. To me it is more of a value system.

Ambidextrous Innovation:

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How Can Leaders’ Best Explore and Exploit both Disruptive and Incremental Approaches to Innovation? Guest post from Gaia Grant and Andrew Grant: Most of us love to watch a race. We like to observe the highs and lows of others as they experience a hard-fought competition.

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.

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.

Anyone Can Train Themselves to be a Highly Effective Leader

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Guest post from Chris Hutchinson : If you’ve gotten past the title without choking on your warm office beverage of choice, you’re probably thinking something like: 1. Are you kidding? You’ve clearly never met [colleague/boss/archenemy]! Don’t think so.

Using the Billboard Effect to Develop and Obtain Employee Buy In on the Leader’s Vision

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Guest post from Jeff Wolf: Warren Bennis, acclaimed scholar, author and advisor to corporation presidents said "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." Well expressed, but it's easier said than done.

The Art and Science of Professional Development

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Guest post from Bill Bartlett : What is your position on professional development? If you are among the top 20% of all executives, you believe it is as necessary as the air you breathe whereas the remaining 80% consider it to be a waste of time or give lip service to it.

What Neuroscience Tells Leaders to Pay Attention to

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G uest post from Amy Brann : The best leaders wear many hats including a Coaching one at times. A leader can help people to grow and develop. Neuroscience may say the leader, in their Coaching role, helps facilitate self-directed neuroplasticity. We’ll explore what this means shortly.

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If Your Business isn’t Agile, You Won’t Have a Future. It’s That Simple

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Guest post from Linda Holbeche : The rulebooks of business are being rewritten. So rapid is the pace of new developments, and so diverse the forms of competition, that many large corporations struggle to be agile enough to compete.

6 Steps That Help Generate Leaders from Followers

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Guest post from Taffy Williams : Leaders must be creative and agile in their thinking in order to create the leaders of tomorrow. It is easy to stand back and give orders and assume all knowledge resides with top management of the business.