Nathan Magnuson

Leading Older Employees with Confidence

Nathan Magnuson

When I think about what makes a great boss, one of my first items is someone who really knows what they are doing – a true expert.

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14 Questions to Answer Before Signing Up a Vendor

Nathan Magnuson

I love the opportunity for new partnerships. Having been on both sides of the vendor & client agreement, I’ve enjoyed some partnerships so incredible that folks were often eager to work late – and then chum together afterward.

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Creating a Leadership Culture

Nathan Magnuson

This post comes courtesy of Mark Miller, a best-selling author of 6 books, an in-demand speaker and an executive at Chick-fil-A.

How to Influence When You’re Not in Charge

Nathan Magnuson

How do you lead when you’re not the boss? It’s hard enough to lead when you are in charge. What are the other options? If you’ve wondered this, I’ve got good news for you. It’s a lot easier than it sounds. And you can get started today. Here’s a game plan for you.

Top 10 Posts from 2016

Nathan Magnuson

It’s that time again – time to mark the 5th year for the Everyday Leadership site. We’ve had more readers from all over the world and have high hopes for 2017. Thanks for making it another great year! Below I’ve compiled the top 10 posts of 2016.

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How to Be a Good Dictator (or Not)

Nathan Magnuson

In the 16th century, political consultant (for lack of a better term) Niccolò Machiavelli’s works were published in the controversial manuscript The Prince – which is still in print today.

12 Ways to Make Your Teammates Look Good

Nathan Magnuson

In the past, I’ve shared the value of being a “Kamerman teammate” – that is, going the extra mile to make your teammate look good. It’s a mindset shift for most of us, and a complete game-changer at that.

Be Known Positively

Nathan Magnuson

Recently I shared 9 Leadership themes for the new year , including one: be known positively. I’m realizing this particular theme is harder that it seems. But that doesn’t change the fact that you and I are largely responsible for our public image.

What Coaching Leaders Do Differently

Nathan Magnuson

The term “coaching” has been trending as a corporate buzzword for some time now. We’re all familiar with athletics coaches. But when someone advises us to find a coach to learn a new skill or solve problem, it’s usually in a professional context.

Listen Your Way to the Top

Nathan Magnuson

In recent years, we’ve seen a new emphasis on the art of listening. It can’t be because listening is all of a sudden more important than it ever was before. Maybe the nature of work in the information age means the the cost of misunderstanding is higher.

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Coach K: Mike Krzyzewski on Teamwork

Nathan Magnuson

As a University of Kansas basketball fan, I’ve never rooted for Duke. But there is a Duke moment that stands out in my memory. It occurred probably 10 or 15 years ago. Duke was in the process of getting upset in the NCAA Tournament. They were playing hard that day but not well.

How to Perform a High Quality After Action Review

Nathan Magnuson

You just finished a project, event, engagement or training exercise. It’s time to get some feedback. What do you do next? The After Action Review (AAR) was originally developed by the U.S. Army to analyze and report on training exercises.

What Young People Need to Hear About Leadership

Nathan Magnuson

I recently got the chance speak to several college and high school student groups about leadership. It reminded me of my college experience when the subject of leadership really clicked with me for the first time. As always, our future rests on the ability of the next generation to lead well.

Dealing in Hope

Nathan Magnuson

Napoleon Bonaparte claimed, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” ” Hope is a strangely human enigma. It can’t be handled but it can be shared. It can’t create anything on its own but it can pave the way for new accomplishments.

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What You Need to Understand About Adult Learning Theory

Nathan Magnuson

Picture yourself attending two training sessions. In the first, you sit quietly in your row as the instructor lectures on the benefits, nuances and applications of the topic.

Is “Culture” Just a Buzzword?

Nathan Magnuson

“What we really need around here is a culture.” ” I’ve heard this dozens of times. You probably have too.

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9 Reasons Your Leadership Development Program is Failing

Nathan Magnuson

A recent Bersin study reported that U.S. companies invest over $2,000 in leadership development initiatives per company leader. That’s great news. But is it worth the investment?

9 Ways Learning Events Can Flop

Nathan Magnuson

As a talent development professional, I’ve been privileged to lead, observe and participate in many types of learning and training events. I’m often invited by vendors to sit in on their training in the hopes I’ll make a purchase.

Capture Any Audience Using the “Magic Formula”

Nathan Magnuson

I was standing in front of a roomful of corporate employees about to launch into my training session. I knew the course content had the potential to make a strong impact in their communication and relationships and I had some specific learning goals for the group. But I resisted the urge to dive straight in. […].

Dramatize Your Ideas!

Nathan Magnuson

I don’t think I’ll ever forget one particular college history class. As a business major, I wasn’t extremely invested and this particular class took place right after lunch. Some students were scheduled to give a presentation on Ancient Roman civilization.

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How to Tell Who the Real Leader Is

Nathan Magnuson

I’ll admit I’ve made a lot of mistakes over the years when it comes to identifying leadership ability in others. Some I’ve thought would be great weren’t – and others I didn’t give much consideration turned out to be amazing.

Why Do We Even Have Core Values?

Nathan Magnuson

Most organizations have core values. Somewhere anyway. They’re usually posted on the website and probably printed on a brochure somewhere. But do people talk about them individually? Does anyone know them? Are they specific and meaningful enough to make a difference?

3 Continuous Improvement Questions You Ought to Consider

Nathan Magnuson

What comes to mind when you think about continuous improvement? Hopefully you believe it’s a leadership responsibility we all share each and every day. “CI” doesn’t discriminate based on seniority, title, pay grade or job function. Good ideas can come from everywhere.

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How to Host a Productive Generational Conversation

Nathan Magnuson

A decade ago, American organizations were largely unaware of the predicament they faced. The initial wave of Baby Boomers (many of whom occupied senior leadership roles) was set to begin a mass retirement. Many organizations were completely unprepared. Then something curious happened.

Your Career is Your Responsibility

Nathan Magnuson

I’ve been thinking about career selection and management a lot recently. When I’m asked how I landed where I am, I’m quick to reply that I wouldn’t wish my career path on anyone but I sure do love where I am now.

Stress Test Your Leadership

Nathan Magnuson

I recently conducted a needs assessment for a senior executive group and was surprised when one of the highest rated development needs was stress management. The topic came up again in training discussion when another executive group expressed a high desire to include stress management on the list.

Thank God for Bosses!

Nathan Magnuson

You don’t have to look far to look far to see the verbal abuse bosses take. Whether it’s water cooler gossip, happy hour banter or social media posts, people aren’t happy with their leader and don’t hold back when telling why.

Don’t Sabotage Your Own Success

Nathan Magnuson

When you’re new to the workforce, enjoying leadership success can be a far off goal. The main focus is finding the right role and doing quality work. I know that was the case for me. But with time and experience (and a lot of hard work) come new opportunities to lead at higher levels.

Trusted Leadership Advisor – Free ebook!

Nathan Magnuson

I’m happy to announce that last week I posted my first ebook Trusted Leadership Advisor: Accelerating the Leadership Journey of Others. You don’t have to be special to be a leader and you don’t have to be an expert to help other leaders succeed.

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Who Cares About Your Strengths?

Nathan Magnuson

“Well it’s good to talk with you today, Nathan. Why don’t you tell me a little bit about your strengths.” ” Now replace my name with yours. How would you respond? When was the last time someone asked you to identify your strengths?

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Great Leaders SERVE

Nathan Magnuson

I had the chance to travel to Greece and Bulgaria recently and give a series of leadership presentations to several university groups with a small team of business professionals.

3 Simple Ways to Determine Hiring Fit

Nathan Magnuson

I remember the first time I asked my supervisors if I could sit in on an interview they had scheduled with an outside candidate. I figured it would be a good learning opportunity as well as a break from crunching financial numbers. This was during my first job out of college, before I got into [.].

How to Be Generous in Business

Nathan Magnuson

I’ve written before about generosity. It’s one of the greatest antidotes to selfishness there is. Obviously there is no shortage of needs both locally and globally. I’m also convinced that it has never been easier for the everyday leader to get involved.

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12 Books that Shaped My Leadership

Nathan Magnuson

For years I’ve been asked for book recommendations. I always take them seriously because I wouldn’t be the leader I am without my library. It’s been a huge part of my leadership education.

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Be a Millenial Who Shines at Work

Nathan Magnuson

2015 was a big year for Millenials. According to Pew Research Center , Millenials became the largest generation in the U.S. workforce in 2015. I recently shared my thoughts on Eric Jacobson’s leadership website about how managers can engage their Millenial employees.

Put Fear in It’s Place

Nathan Magnuson

Fear is an intensely human experience. We’ve all felt it. We probably learn to live with most of it. But the emotion often translates into crazy, irrational behavior. For an individual, that’s one thing. But what happens when a team or an organization hangs in the balance?

The Fear of the Finger

Nathan Magnuson

I’m afraid I’ve come to recognize a serious leadership deficit today in America. It’s probably nothing new. It’s what I call “the fear of the finger.” Not the middle finger, mind you. I’m talking about the index finger.

When Taking Too Much Initiative Hurts You

Nathan Magnuson

One of my all-time favorite leadership values is being proactive. It’s Stephen Covey’s first habit. Taking initiative (and accepting responsible) is the characteristic that makes all the others possible. But can it be taken too far?

Coach Bill Snyder's 16 Goals for Success - by Nathan Magnuson

Nathan Magnuson

What can athletics teach us about success? If your coach is Bill Snyder, quite a lot! Athlete or not, look at Snyder's 16 Goals for Success

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Key Takeaways from Leadercast 2015

Nathan Magnuson

I was able to attend my fourth Leadercast seminar earlier this month. This year I attended a simulcast in Orlando, FL. As always, it inspired me with both new and familiar ideas. The theme this year was bravery.

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