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The importance of exercising courage

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I’ve recently had several experiences that required me to get out of my comfort zone. The subject of courage has becoming particularly important and meaningful to me in recent weeks and months. Different situations in my consulting work and with … Continue reading → Team Building clarity confidence courage decisiveness strength teamwork

How gratitude expands leadership

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Today is Memorial Day in the United States. While many here gather as family and kick off the summer season, Memorial Day goes much deeper. We recognize those men and women who have both dedicated and given their lives for … Continue reading → Leadership Trust appreciation gratitude peace sacrifice success

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Why successful plans include a learning component

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We’re almost done with the first month of 2017. Most statistics I’ve read about people who set new year’s resolutions show that more than half have already given up by this point in the year (in less than one month). … Continue reading → Learning Product Management business processes products sales success

Building effective communication channels

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The word ‘channel’ has various and differing meanings. I grew up on a ranch, and we had to get water to the grass and to the cattle. My dad and grandpa built ditches and canals to channel the water to … Continue reading → Team Building channels Communication decisiveness discipline motivation relationships

How to create successful Change Leadership

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Guest post by Braden Kelley Change efforts are an expedition, a sometimes perilous journey that must be collaborative. And in our ‘always-on’ society, where the pace of change has accelerated to a point where we as humans can barely cope, … Continue reading → Leadership Team Building change credibility expertise influence momentum success winning

How you become the ideal team player

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Teamwork is critical for the true success of everything we do. Think about it, every venture we undertake requires help from someone; that’s the way it’s supposed to go. If we rely on others for our success, others rely on … Continue reading → Leadership Team Building humility hungry motivation people smart success teamwork

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How leaders navigate change

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We live in a fast-paced world. Things are changing around us at such a fast a rate it’s difficult to keep up. There are so many factors that come into play in the ever-changing world. What is a leader’s role … Continue reading → Learning ambitions change Knowledge pendulum

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Why we need to re-think learning

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Long-time readers of Lead on Purpose have seen this quote by Eric Hoffer: “In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no … Continue reading → Learning Techology Communication discovery interactions learners thinking

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How to create a culture of innovation

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Disruptive and incremental innovations: How to ascend the ladders and avoid the snakes Guest post by Gaia Grant and Andrew Grant Current realities are harsh. Whereas once it was enough to bring out slow incremental improvements, to give time to … Continue reading → Innovation culture disruption improvement markets

How to lead with commitment

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I recently became aware of a CEO who believes he’s a great leader. He’s smart with a solid educational background, and he has the charisma to do great things. However, most of the people in his organization don’t see him … Continue reading → Leadership commitment decision focus

Why great leaders are learners

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Learning is one of the key tenets of leadership. Great leaders are learners. They read voraciously. They write and teach what they learn. Learning is as much a part of their life as eating. Learning is key to coming up … Continue reading → Knowledge Leadership Learning business growth learnering progress success

Why we trust leaders who admit their mistakes

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Guest post by Steven J. Stowell Ph.D. Anyone in a leadership position knows that mistakes are inevitable. They can hit at any time and it may not even be a direct result of your actions. But there is one mistake … Continue reading → Leadership Trust security talents transparency

How a Disengaged Workforce is Costing You Money

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Guest post by Jüri Kaljundi As a CEO, I make sure that at the end of the week I know what every member of my team is up to and they know that I know. Because I believe that … Continue reading → Leadership Team Building Communication engagement teamwork

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How discipline creates great leaders

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“Discipline equals freedom.” This statement sounds like a contradiction because the word ‘discipline’ is most often used in the context of punishment or reining in improper behavior. In leadership, however, discipline creates power. Discipline leads to more flexibility and control … Continue reading → Leadership Team Building humility business confidence endurance discipline ownership courageous

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Why it pays to show gratitude

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No matter what we are facing in life right now, there are things for which we can, and should, express gratitude. The act of focusing on the good things helps us keep moving forward during the tough times. In the … Continue reading → Purpose Trust achievers collaboration gratitude peace success value

The 8 Kinds of Leadership Your Team Needs from You

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Guest post by Victor Prince We hear the phrase “think outside the box” a lot. If “the box” is something that is stifling creativity, it sounds like something to avoid. But when “the box” is a framework that smart leaders … Continue reading → Leadership Team Building behavior performance

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How to improve employee performance

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How to improve employee performance Leaders often wrestle with how to best motivate their employees to rise above their current performance and execute at a higher level. One of the keys to helping employees in this regard is to have … Continue reading → Knowledge Learning collaboration employee performance performance productivity

Why leaders need to engage employees

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Many managers have an unspoken expectation that employees are responsible for motivating themselves. Their idea goes like this: since the company pays them, they should do what they’re told, and happily complete any task put in front of them. When … Continue reading → Leadership Speed Reading employee engagement motivation optimism

2021: What Will Your Legacy Be?

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Guest post by Bill Jensen The next five years are likely to be the most crucial in your entire career. If I’m not careful in how I pose the question, when I ask leaders about their legacy, I might get … Continue reading → Innovation Leadership Learning future leaders legacy passions priorities progress strategy transformative disruption Uber

What I’m doing to make 2017 the year of action

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It’s been on my mind for the last few months. Everything I’ve read lately seems to speak it to me. Over the last few weeks as I’ve been planning 2017 this word keeps coming back with force. The word is … Continue reading → Purpose #YearOfAction action collaboration commit commitment leaders success

Great leaders engage and communicate

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Guest post by Annabelle Smyth Learning how to communicate with your employees is vital to being a great manager. A leader that knows how to communicate and understands an employee’s situation is one that employee’s want to work for. Communication … Continue reading → Leadership Team Building Uncategorized Communication engagement productivity team unity

Why emotional intelligence is essential to leadership

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What makes a good leader? Experience? Vision? Knowledge? These traits are all traditionally associated with effective managers. But nowadays, there’s another factor that is slowly gaining reputation in the workplace: Emotional Intelligence. It’s been a big buzzword recently, but what … Continue reading → Leadership Learning effective intelligence

The workforce is changing, is your leadership ready?

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We see changes around us all the time. Some things change so often we become blissfully unaware. One of those areas of rapid change is the people making up the workforce. With the challenges facing the economy, and Baby Boomers … Continue reading → Leadership Techology Millennials technology trends

Taking ownership—leading with accountability

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Accountability is a key leadership principle. Those who do great things, or do small things in a positive way, succeed because they apply the right principles, they do the right thing. Taking ownership of every aspect of aspect of your … Continue reading → Product Management accountability ownership responsibility

Why leaders need an attitude of abundance

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An end goal of every leader is to leave a long-term, lasting contribution on the people we lead. Doing the right things to move us toward that goal, consistently and effectively, is not easy. Developing the right attitude makes all the … Continue reading → Leadership Trust abundance gratitude opportunities principles vision

Developing influential leadership

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How do you effectively motivate others to do their best work? One of the keys to becoming an influential leader is learning the skills—you can practice every day—that will establish your leadership. Finding ways to get yourself, your colleagues and … Continue reading → Leadership Product Management influential leadership productivity program skills Steve Johnson

The value of hard work and perseverance

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Recently I was reminded of a story about a young man who lived during the 1849 Gold Rush. An older, wiser man observed him passing by obvious ‘flecks’ of gold in the stream, and asked him why. The young man … Continue reading → Purpose Uncategorized hard work perseverance success

Building effective communication channels

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The word ‘channel’ has various and differing meanings. I grew up on a ranch, and we had to get water to the grass and to the cattle. My dad and grandpa built ditches and canals to channel the water to … Continue reading → Team Building channels Communication decisiveness discipline motivation relationships

Leadership and motivation

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So much productivity is lost in businesses because the people who are hired to do the work are not motivated or even worse are demotivated to give their best effort. Have you seen this in your organization? What is the … Continue reading → Leadership Purpose accountability dedication inspirational leadership management motivation passion

How to build a world-class sales team

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Guest post by Adrian Terry A world-class sales team is a lot like a world-class football team. Think about it – they’re both competitive, talented, driven to be the best and big fans of the social side of the job … Continue reading → Team Building balance competitiveness sales sales team

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The Relationship Between Positivity and Productivity (And How to Make It Work for You)

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Guest post by Annabelle Smyth Many companies still hold tight to the old way of doing things. They put you in high-pressure situations and hope that you get all your work done out of fear. Fear that you will miss … Continue reading → Purpose Trust Communication creativity positivity productivity

Increasing employee morale, the smart way

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Guest post by Joe Flanagan Boosting employee morale doesn’t need to be complicated and as a leader, ownership of this responsibility belongs to you. Given the extensive variety in personal and professional experiences, teamwork doesn’t necessarily occur naturally. A talented … Continue reading → Leadership Team Building employee morale partnerships productivity stakeholder

The executive leader of the FUTURE: Trusted Steward

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Guest post by John Blakey Stewards inspire trust by re-defining the purpose of business to deliver in a new way—triple bottom-line goals—and then putting themselves and the organization in service of those goals. The triple bottom-line creates a vacancy for … Continue reading → Trust commitment leader responsibility stakeholder stewardship

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3 actions to building a culture of trust

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Gaining and keeping the trust of those you lead is one of the top factors to your company’s ongoing success. To work successfully as a team, the leader must create a culture where people can rely on the strengths and … Continue reading → Trust collaboration culture listening values vision

Getting the Results You Want – 7 Things to Consider

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Guest post by Paul Axtell One of the toughest jobs in the universe is to be a product or project leader with people who do not work directly or exclusively for you. Every team leader has faced these two questions … Continue reading → Trust commitment Communication influence

Why it pays to show gratitude

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No matter what we are facing in life right now, there are things for which we can, and should, express gratitude. The act of focusing on the good things helps us keep moving forward during the tough times. In the … Continue reading → Purpose Trust achievers collaboration gratitude peace success value

The importance of leadership in effective management

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There are many elements that make a good manager, however, one of the critical qualities is leadership. Leadership and management must go hand in hand, but they are not the same thing. Leadership and management are complementary, but it is … Continue reading → Leadership Innovation management productivity structure systems

How Strong Leadership Leads to Business Longevity

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According to Business Week, the life expectancy of a multinational corporation (typically on the Fortune 500 list) is only between 40 and 50 years on average. Many companies do not even last that long. Yet, there are a few selective … Continue reading → Leadership Product Management business longevity revenues

Why leadership is a choice

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Are leaders born or are they made? Think about some of the great leaders you know…were they born with the ancestry, knowledge or foresight to reach what they have accomplished? Perhaps in a few cases some had extra help. However, … Continue reading → Leadership choice humility hungry hustle learner success

Launching winning products and services

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One of the more difficult tasks for a company is launching new products and initiatives. It’s easier to focus on designing and building products than getting them successfully into the market. Launching your new products and services is critical to … Continue reading → Leadership Product Management #prodmgmt product launch products