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A Study of Over 19,000 People Reveals The 2 Most Critical Factors of Highly Engaged Employees

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ADP Research recently released the results of a massive global study on engagement that involved over 19,000 people across 19 countries and 13 industries.

What it Takes to be a Great Teammate

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Photo by Perry Grone on Unsplash. I was following the college baseball World Series a few weeks ago because my beloved Michigan Wolverines were in the final against Vanderbilt.

The 4 Mindsets of High Performance Teams

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Teams are everywhere. Our organizations are made up of teams in all forms—project teams, work groups, executive, and leadership teams. Teams are not just a nice-to-have perk; they’re a major strategy for getting work done.

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Show and Tell – A Game Leaders Need to Play

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Did you ever play the game Show and Tell when you were in elementary school? It wasn’t really a game in the traditional sense, but more like story-time or a group activity to help the whole class learn more about the presenter.

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11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Strong Winds Make Strong Trees – 3 Ways to Develop Resilient Team Members

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My little tree growing strong without the help of a stake. A few years ago, my father-in-law passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer. My wife decided that she wanted to plant a tree in our backyard as a way for us to remember the good memories of his life.

5 Ways Servant Leaders Stand Out From The Crowd

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Let’s imagine for a moment that you are a scientist running a grand experiment on leadership. Your laboratory is an organization with hundreds of leaders at varying levels, and with technology, you can watch and listen to them 24-hours a day over an extend period of time.

The 4 Behaviors Guaranteed to Destroy Relationships

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Photo by Lukas on Pexels.com. Dr. John Gottman is world-renowned for his work on marital stability and is one of the top thought leaders in the field of marital therapy and psychology.

Never Trust, Always Verify

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Never trust, always verify. I saw this tagline recently in an advertisement for a digital security product. The company’s message was straight-forward and clear—when it comes to digital security, you should never, ever, ever trust anyone or anything. Always verify.

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4 Principles for Building Trust in a VUCA World

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Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity…over the last several years, the term VUCA has gained momentum in everyday life as a way to describe the fast-changing, chaotic, and unpredictable global environment in which we live and do business.

Avoid the 1 Mistake Managers Make When Trying to be Fair

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I coached youth baseball for over 15 years, from five-year old kids to 14-year-old teenagers, and at least two things were common across all the age groups: 1) the kids always kept score, and 2) they were the first ones to remind me if I wasn’t being fair.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

7 Ways to Tell If You’re a Boss or a Leader

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“You’re not the boss of me!” That was the phrase my younger sister would frequently yell at me during our youth when I was being the domineering big brother. If you’ve had kids, been around kids, or were a kid (that qualifies all of us), then you’ve probably heard the phrase too.

3 Reasons to Apologize Even if You’ve Done Nothing Wrong

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“I’m not going to apologize because I didn’t do anything wrong!” ” I remember my kids uttering that phrase a number of times when they were young, and I’ve also heard it from adults in the workplace more times than I care to remember.

4 Steps to Break Out of Your Leadership Prison Cell

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I recently spent time at Alcatraz…as a tourist, of course. The old federal penitentiary hasn’t housed prisoners since 1963.

3 Reasons Why Leaders Should Pause and Take Notice

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I have to admit, it’s easy for me not to notice. I get focused on my own goals and priorities and everything else around me seems to fade from view.

Does Being a Naysayer Make You a More Powerful Leader?

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If you’ve ever wondered why so many negative and critical leaders seem to rise to power, recent research sheds a little light on the cause.

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Confronting Poor Performance is a “Moment of Trust” – 5 Steps for Success

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Addressing poor performance with an employee presents a leader with a “moment of trust” – an opportunity to either build or erode trust in the relationship. If you handle the situation with competence and care, the level of trust in your relationship can take a leap forward.

9 Warning Signs of a Failing Employee

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“I’m sorry, we need to let you go.”. Oomph! Those words feel like a punch to the gut of the employee on the receiving end, and for the leader delivering the bad news, those words create anxiety and many sleepless nights leading up to that difficult conversation.

Rising Above the Mob: 5 Leadership Lessons from 1 Hawk and 3 Crows

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A few days ago I was tidying up the back yard when the noise of several crows caught my attention. That’s not out of the ordinary for my neighborhood. Although I haven’t done an official tally, I’m pretty sure the ratio of crows to humans is 1:1 in my neck of the woods.

Just OK is not OK When it Comes to Being Trustworthy

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When it comes to trustworthiness, being just OK is not OK. You may have seen any number of AT&T’s “just OK is not OK” series of commercials touting their wireless network. Well, I’m a fan of creative and funny TV commercials, and t he first time I saw one of these I immediately saw the connection to trust. . People form perceptions of our trustworthiness based on our behavior. Acting in trustworthy ways creates the condition of trust in our relationships.

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

How to Humanize Leadership

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The 10 Stories Great Leaders Need to Tell

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W E KNOW GREAT STORIES are the foundation of great communication. It’s not the idea but the story about the idea that begets followers. The question is, are you telling the right story?

Unethical Leadership: Selective Respect

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By Linda Fisher Thornton We've seen selective respect too often. Beyond harming the people who are disrespected, it also destroys trust, and leads to chaotic environments and fear-based cultures.

Great Leadership Trains

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“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Jack Welch Dianne had always felt like more of a wallflower than a leader.

The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age

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H OW DO YOU get people to think ahead? In a time characterized by wide-ranging change, we need to think through the consequences of what we have wrought. We need to think ahead. It is reckless not to. We can’t predict the future, so it’s hard to think about the future.

No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.

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A FTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS on September 11, 2001 and on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Major General James Mattis needed to connect with every member of the 1st Marine Division.

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2019

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Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Call Sign Chaos : Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West.

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Learning to Lead with Ron Williams

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W HO IS looking out for you? “No No boss or mentor drove my success—although they did open doors for me. My success came about through a combination of hard work, continual learning, fortunate career choices, and a bit of luck—by being in the right place at the right time ,” writes Ron Williams.

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How to Assess the Unknown in 3 Easy Steps

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I adopted my dog Louie five years ago, and not a day goes by without a leadership lesson from that silly dog. I came across Louie’s adoption file recently as I was attempting to purge old paperwork.

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Go After The Puck.

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As Wayne Gretzky said a number of years ago: "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." — Where do you think your puck is going to be in the next five years? Where is your career or business going? Is it thriving or flat? Where is your industry going? Growing or shrinking?

Who’s Leading Whom?

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Louie has had an annoying habit since the day I adopted him almost six years ago. I cannot train it out of him, and I cannot coax it out of him. It’s almost as if it’s in his DNA and he seems to be clueless about this behavior. What is the annoying habit? He walks right in front of me. On our walks, he usually stays beside me, but he will cross paths in a blink of an eye right in front of my feet. This is not only annoying but also frustrating, and he will frequently trip me.

Artificial Persuasion: The Invisible Brand

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M ASS MEDIA has been replaced by mass personalization through the rise of Artificial Intelligence.

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10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You

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Have you ever noticed leaders spend a lot of time talking about people only to make the same mistakes over and over again? Without question, your top talent will leave you if you fail to lead and take care of them. Few things in business are as costly and disruptive as unexpected departures.

The Best Mentor You Can Find is Up to You!

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“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” — Benjamin Disraeli. W HEN I WAS a young Army lieutenant, I met with my Assignment (Personnel) Officer, Major Tom Montgomery in Washington D.C. on my way to Germany in the summer of 1977.

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Exploring Your Internal Landscape

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T HE CHANGING ORGANIZATIONAL and leadership environment is changing at such a pace that leaders need to develop quickly. Coaching, more than training, focuses on an individual’s specific development needs. Technical skills and talents aside, how we lead is a product of who we are.

Leaders Stop Trying to Be Efficient

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Let’s cut right to the chase; stop focusing on being efficient – it’s a waste of time. Nobody other than perhaps you really cares how efficient you are, but everyone cares how effective you are.

Building Company Culture: Alignment Leadership

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Y OU PROBABLY HEAR the word culture a lot, but what does it mean? We’ll discuss it here but I can definitively tell you this: Without a strong company culture, you can’t create a fulfilling environment for your employees. In fact, the whole idea of culture is a moving target.

Jerry Colonna on True Grit and Other Advice for Leaders

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J ERRY COLONNA helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed—molding them into highly accomplished individuals—yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being.

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The Art of Servant Leadership

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By integrating the servant-led paradigm into their inner lives and professional thinking, today’s leaders can revolutionize heartless corporate strategies that reward the few at the expense of the many.

Feedback (and Other Dirty Words)

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F EEDBACK HAS A LOT OF BAGGAGE associated with it. Feedback is not always well-intentioned and is used to punish, demean, or manipulate. When well-intentioned we don’t always do it right. We dump on people, we’re biased, we miss the overall issues, and present it in a way that doesn’t sound helpful.