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How Effective is Your Communication?

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Guest post from David Hiatt : Lack of effective communication skills has done more to keep good people from being promoted into leadership roles than any other skill deficiency.

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Hit Songs and Great Leadership

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Guest post by Brant Menswar and Jim Trick: While on the surface, you would think the goal of any songwriter is to write a song that dominates the airwaves, flies up the charts, sells millions of records and wins a coveted Grammy Award.

How to Address Sticky Workplace Office Etiquette Issues

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A Pennsylvania man was allegedly fired for farting too much at work. Seriously. Apparently he had some medical issues, and he’s now suing his former employer. Given that I write advice for managers, my immediate reaction to this story was to put myself in the manager’s shoes who had to deal with this sensitive breach of office etiquette. How would you like to have that conversation?

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10 Traits of Great Leaders in This New World of Work

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Guest post from Glenn Elliott and Debra Corey : The world of work has and continues to change. Our workforce, which now consists of five generations working side by side, expects and demands different things from its organization, its job, and most certainly its leaders.

The Power in Vulnerability

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Guest post by Rick Miller: “Never let them see you sweat.” Like many baby-boomers, I heard this and many other similar phrases growing up. The message was clear. Don’t show weakness because it will be exploited. Fast forward to today and you see the opposite is true.

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Out-of-the box Leadership / Leadership From Within

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Guest post by Pratima Rao Gluckman : My daughter once told me, “Mom, I am awesome. I am good at math. I run fast. I am better than my brothers. Right?” As I looked into her darling eyes as she was desperately seeking validation, I thought, “This is where the problem lies.”

When Work Has Meaning, The Culture Changes

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Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds: In order to value team members, or help them find meaning in their work - that is, contribution to the greater good, to their community or even society - you don’t need to start a formal organizational initiative.

Indy 500 Races Can Be Won or Lost in the Pit. How’s Your Pit Crew Doing?

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Guest Post from Glenna Crooks, PhD: If you are a leader today you face a faster pace of change and far greater complexity than at any time in human history. As if the technical challenges, required skillsets and necessary mindsets were not enough to master, there’s more.

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A 5-Step Training Plan to Think like a Navy SEAL

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Guest post from Mark Divine : The world is more complex and faster than ever. As a retired Navy SEAL and founder of several multimillion-dollar companies, business seems increasingly like a “VUCA” battlefield in Afghanistan or Syria—it’s Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous.

Active Listening: the Key to Leadership Success

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Guest post by Richard Lindenmuth: Leaders are often thought of as the individual undertaking the most personal risk.

The 9 (or 99?) Ps of Leadership

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Likability in Leadership—Necessary for Some, a Liability to Others

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Guest post from Cassandra Frangos : We had a handy rule of thumb for hiring in my first job in management consulting.

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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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A Leadership Lesson from D-Day: Foresight

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Guest post by John Antal : F oresight is one of the most critical skills of a leader. Foresight is the capacity to accurately focus on the key factors of a rapidly changing and chaotic situation without losing sight of the big picture.

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.

Pitch the PowerPoint – and Speak as an Impromptu Leader

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Guest post by Judith Humphrey: In my career as a corporate “ghost writer,” I produced a ton of speeches and PowerPoint presentations for senior executives. The top spokespersons loved those “ready to go” talks which they delivered from behind the podium – often to large groups. All that has changed.

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.

Ten Years After Ford’s Spectacular Turnaround, What Alan Mulally Reveals About Brand-Inspired Cultural Revolution

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Guest post from Denise Lee Yohn: It's been 10 years since Alan Mulally pulled off what has been considered one of the greatest corporate turnarounds in U.S. history.

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The Servant Leader vs. the Human Ego

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Guest post by Ken Blanchard: Most people who consider themselves servant leaders spend the majority of their time thinking about how to help their people get what they need to achieve their goals and live according to the organizational vision.

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.

Leaders Returning to their First Love

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Guest post by Janet Britcher : Entrepreneurship: Exploring When professionals demonstrate excellence in their chosen field, they are often promoted to leadership, leaving behind their foundational expertise and for some, their first love. Some scientists give up the joys of the lab, some physicians the satisfaction of clinical work with patients, some cooks give up the creativity in the kitchen, for leadership or entrepreneurship. Can you have it all?

Acquiring the Entrepreneurial Skills You Need

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Guest post from Derek Lidow: Entrepreneurs can come into their livelihood already possessing some vital skills, but no one shows up being the total package. Skills are learned over years of embracing self-improvement and education.

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What's Your Leadership B Side?

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Guest post by Suzanne Vickberg and Kim Christfort: Some of you will remember the days when listening to music didn't mean streaming it on your phone but instead putting on a record.

Multiplying the Effective Intelligence of Your Organization

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You Don’t Have to Be Gates (or Buffett) to Shake the World

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Guest post from Steve Farber : How do you become a great leader and a better person? Just do one simple thing: Help others achieve greatness. Here’s how. Some of the world’s richest and most powerful people already know one thing you might not: philanthropy is so much more than a tax dodge. In fact, philanthropy is a way of showing that success is not measured by money alone, but by how money can help enrich the lives of others. You probably aren’t in the Forbes Billionaires List. (If

Beyond Self Awareness: Leadership’s Next Frontier

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Guest post from Glain Roberts-McCabe: This year, I published my first book. When I was trying to think of a book title, I reached out to our community of ambitious leaders for advice.

The Seven Signs of Great Leadership

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Guest post from Bruce Hartman : The CEO of Footlocker, Matt Serra, once said to me, “It’s lonely at the top. Being the leader is a big responsibility.” Over the years, I have thought endlessly about this quote and what it means.

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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.

Working on Working Together

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Guest post by Chad Littlefield and Will Wise: Vulnerability is natural. It’s human—so much so that the word “human” is often used to point out or help us come to terms with our vulnerabilities. So when we enter a new situation, we often search for something to protect us.

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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Intergenerational Leadership Begins with Us: We Have More in Common Than We Thought

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Guest post by Mark H. Fowler & Noal McDonald: Leadership is a complex idea: one that is not consistently easy to wrap our minds around. We know good leadership when we see it. Most of us have experienced great leaders somewhere in our lives. It could have been at work, in school, on the athletic field or with a group of friends. If we think of what these experiences have in common, we might think of this quote by Harold Koontz and Cyril O’Donnell: “Leadership molds individuals into a team.”

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Why Being an Ethical Leader Can Help Your Organization

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Guest post from Andrew Leigh: First let’s get a little clearer about what being an ethical leader means. It’s someone who promotes and upholds workplace integrity and values. You may not be able to “see” someone is an ethical leader.

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Leaders: Take the “Blind Spots” Test!

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Guest post from David Mattson: If something bad were to happen to you or one of your key team members, something that took you or that person out of action for a month or more, would your business be in crisis? Would its performance suffer? Would its survival be in question? Did you hesitate before answering any of those questions? If so, your company may be suffering from “blind spots syndrome.”

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Ethics Is Serious Business

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Guest post by John Hooker : Everyone knows that an organization can’t function without physical infrastructure communications, transportation, computer technology, and the rest. Yet we rely equally on social infrastructure. It consists of the social practices that allow us to relate successfully to coworkers, customers, investors, and the community at large. Building and maintaining physical infrastructure requires a certain kind of know-how, which we call engineering.

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How to Propel Your Career in 10 Minutes

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Guest post by Dr. Dawn Graham : Spring cleaning, New Year’s resolutions, summer vacations, back to school—these days, everything has a season. But what about career management?

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How to Be A Leader As An Individual Contributor

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Guest post from Pam Didner : When I speak at conferences, I frequently talk to young marketers. One common question they ask is “As an individual contributor, how can I be a leader, if I don’t ‘lead’ a team?” It certainly would be nice if you have a team that you can lead, but it’s not absolutely necessary. I tell them that the pre-requisite of leadership is not having a team to “lead.” Leadership comes in different facets.

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Why You Can’t Pick the Winners!

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Guest post by Soulaima Gourani : I’ve conducted (or participated in) countless conversations with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world through the years.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.