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Five Reasons Job Seekers Should Study Lean Management

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Even seasoned senior managers look to continually enhance their skill sets to differentiate themselves from other job seekers. Management job seekers with lean management experience can separate themselves from the competition.

The Best Leaders Use These 3 Hard Words

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I see it with my clients. I see it with my colleagues. I see it in myself. It’s damn hard to admit when we don’t know something. Somewhere along the line, we came to believe that being a leader meant being sure. Knowing the answers. Having the best and rightest solution to every problem.

The Secret Ingredient for Extraordinary Leadership

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Do you (or your organization) use the vending machine approach to leadership? That approach is when someone asks the boss a question (inserting the coins) and out pops (like the candy bar, soda, or bag of chips) the correct answer. Fitting the mold.

The Difference Between Good and Great Leadership

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Goodness isn’t really celebrated. Only greatness is. Great leaders aren’t just better at being good leaders. They’re in a class apart. To watch them work can be awe inspiring.

Building a Mentoring Culture in Your Organization

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There are a ton of benefits to establishing a culture of mentoring within your organization. This post will share those benefits with you and explain how to cultivate the mentoring culture within your organization. Learning is a two way street.

Using Conflict for Good—a Conversation with Nate Regier

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Conflict, from your home to the workplace, is inevitable. In fact, did you know that according to a Gallup Poll, negative conflict drains the U.S. economy by $350 BILLION a year in lost productivity and wasted energy? But conflict gets a bad rap.

4 Things That Will Increase Your Optimism

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Respond to the following statements with always, sometimes, and never: In uncertain times, I usually expect the best. If something can go wrong for me, it will. I hardly ever expect things to go my way. I rarely count on good things happening to me.

6 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your Style

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The first thing you’ve got to let go in order to be a great leader is the stereotype in your head. Good leaders come in every shape and size. Some are indeed smartly dressed, tall and authoritative. Others, however, might be short, introverted or less domineering in their approach.

Leading a “Mozart”

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He was arguably the greatest composer who has ever lived. He wrote over 600 scores during his short 35 year life span. He was performing advanced piano works before kings at the age of five.

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Business Leaders Need This Fourth Grade Teacher

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If you face disengaged employees, low productivity, low morale, and trying to get teams to do more with less: listen up! This elementary school teacher is turning the tables on traditional thinking and in the process, modeling steps that can also get results with an adult workforce.

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10 Insights on Inspirational Leadership

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Is inspirational leadership the holy grail of leadership? I define such a pinnacle – the holy grail of leadership – as that which engenders the highest levels of employee engagement and commitment. So, by that definition, then yes, hands down, inspirational leadership is the summit.

Use Emotional Intelligence To Address Speech Anxiety

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What do you feel when you imagine standing up in front of an audience? Visualize the bright lights in your face, see all those people looking at you and expecting you to deliver a top-notch performance. Do butterflies start fluttering about in your stomach? Do your palms start to sweat?

The Five Most Valuable Leadership Skills

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Quality leaders are in high demand today in almost all areas of professional business, education, science, politics, and also generally in day-to-day life.

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Leadership Hinges Upon What You Do – Not Who You Are

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There are hundreds of thousands of resources that tell people about what it takes to be a leader. Everyone has an opinion on how it should be done. Studies have been conducted to prove that leadership is achievable. Former leaders are emulated. Current leaders serve as inspiration.

7 Qualities Of Outstanding Leaders

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Leadership is putting a face to management science. A good leader is an able manager. And an able manager is someone who can recruit, hire, train, and mentor. He or she is someone who can motivate, engage, and monitor. And he or she has the ability to envision, plan, clarify, evaluate, and revise.

A 30-60-90 Day Plan For New Leaders

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Leaders new to a team have the unenviable task of getting results, building trust and establishing credibility. All the while they are learning their new role, and possibly even a new company. For some leaders, doing one or the other is attainable, but doing all simultaneously can be a daunting task.

Is Leadership Listening a Lost Art?

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This question is not reserved for those who hold high positions on an org chart or a title on a business card. You don’t need a title to be a leader.

How Great Leaders Value People

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Organizations of all sizes and industries are reimagining work cultures in this relationship economy. It’s all about the people. Consequently, servant leadership quickly is becoming the preferred practice for some of the biggest and best companies in the world.

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6 Qualities of Great Leaders

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What is the point of good leadership? Shouldn’t all team members be considered and treated equal? Why do people need someone to look up to at all?

Dysfunctional Leadership: 10 Thinking Habits to Avoid

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Certain aspects of thinking and behaving like a good leader can be tough for many on the leadership development path. Our brain doesn’t develop neuropathways at the flip of a switch. New habits may takes months, if not years, to become second nature.

How Mind Maps Removed Stress From My Working Day

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We have so much stuff swimming around in our heads; half-baked ideas, things promised to others and that ever-growing list of to-dos that require attention and feel ever-present yet are ultimately unachievable.

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7 Tips on Becoming an Exceptional Leader

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Leadership is a nebulous concept. I mean, we all know when we’ve got a good leader or when the person in charge doesn’t know what they’re doing. But that’s not the same as defining leadership. I mean, there are leaders that are outspoken and there are leaders who listen patiently.

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11 Reasons Fear Screws Up Your Leadership and What To Do About It

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It’s a question that has perplexed me for many years: With the wealth of leadership wisdom available, why do we continue to struggle to lead well? Why do employee engagement rates continue to hover around 30% despite the obvious advantages for leaders who choose to lead well?

How to Move Beyond “You’re Either With or Against Us”

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“Remove people from your life whose beliefs, ideas, and values aren’t aligned with yours. Make no compromises here.” That passage from a book a local businessman had written and asked me to read stopped me cold. As that position was opposite from mine, I wanted to explore his view in more detail.

February 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the February 2017 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! In a recent webinar, Jack Quarles, author of Expensive Sentences , talked about the trap of “we’ve always done it that way” and how that can adversely impact productivity and morale.

The Two-Way Street of Leadership and Respect

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Respect. It’s such a simple word that carries so much power. It commands: “Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.” Eldridge Cleaver). It empowers: “We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.”

The Most Cost Effective Way To Engage Your People

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Do you remember Bob Nelson’s series of books “ 1001 Ways “? The titles ran the gamut of 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work to 1001 Ways to Energize Employees and 1001 Ways to Energize Employees.

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The Best Leaders Have the Best Systems

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Leaders are difference makers. They are catalysts who make positive things happen with available people, ideas, and resources. Which is why the world judges leaders first on what they actually accomplish, not the quality of their ideas or the strength of their vision.

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3 Strategies for Spectacular Leadership

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Leading today isn’t easy. Changes abound. We work virtually. We work globally. Our hierarchies are flatter. Our environments are more collaborative. On top of that, there are so many different models of leadership out there.

To Develop a Culture of Trust and Loyalty, Try Sharing Your Leadership

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The term “drive performance” is popular in a bottom-line, transactional world made up of managers and executives who lead through their positional authority. Yet over the years I have learned that leadership culture has changed. Driving no longer holds a favorable place, especially with Millennials.

How to Structure Your Day for More Success

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We all want to have a successful day. Not only one day but as many successful days as possible. We every minute of our lives to count and bring us one step closer to achieve our dreams. When we lead others, they are looking to us to set the tone.

Five Leadership Lessons from the Garden

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The flowers that are in full bloom are wonderful. The weeds that have taken over one corner are terrible. To get my garden in world class condition and ready for the competitive eye of my neighbor is exactly what every leader must do: seed, feed, and weed. Consider the “season.”

9 Strategies to Become a Fantastic Listener

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Not long ago I was reflecting on a conversation that I had with my spouse. I thought that I had not been a very good listener in a conversation that we had about an hour earlier.

The Characteristics of A True Leader

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What makes a great leader?

Leading From “Sloppy Joe’s”

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If a movie had the role of “bar” in it, Sloppy Joe’s would win the Academy Award. It is situated in bar heaven—on Duval Street in the middle of Key West, Florida. It is dark, smelly, and loud. It is no diner with a bar; it is a bar with an attitude.

Are Servant Leaders Obsolete?

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It’s a question that has many of us in the leadership resiliency field pondering with great uneasiness. The current public personas of people whom we would title “leaders” are a far cry from the model Robert Greenleaf developed during his 40 years with American Telephone and Telegraph (now AT&T).

3 Skills That Set Successful CEOs Apart

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There are three competencies that are necessary to have if a CEO is to be successful. A CEO clearly needs to be good at the many competencies that all good leaders need, but these three aren’t quite as critical for leaders at other levels.

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Why Tomorrow’s Leaders Shouldn’t Mimic the Leaders of Today

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I’m a big believer in leadership development. Early in my career, I had a manager who noticed my potential and nominated me for training programs that kick-started mine.

Creativity: An Undervalued Leadership Skill

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There is much to be said about leadership, and there is no shortage of descriptive words one uses when talking about leaders – influential, dedicated, globally thinking, focused, etc. – but how often do we describe leaders as creative?

Rewards and Recognition Done Right

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Not all forms of Rewards & Recognition (R&R) are created equal. In actuality, as human beings we aren’t profoundly motivated by the tangible reward or recognition itself. It’s about the meaning behind the reward. In fact, an international employee survey by Make Their Day!