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9 Strategies Of Uncommon Wisdom For Fuelling Top Performance

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The following is a guest piece by Larry Sternberg. Fuelling top performance is the goal for most leaders and managers. The best managers know their people are the key to achieving top performance on every metric of success they track.

5 Summer Books That Will Make You A Better Leader

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As a leadership writer, I get asked from time to time to share a list of my favourite leadership books; books that I found to be the most informative either for those new to leadership, or for those looking for new insights on how they can build on their existing leadership skills.

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How Failure Taught Me To Become A Better Listener

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In my work with various leaders, one of the strategies I often share is employing the art of asking questions.

Listen Up! 5 Ways To Improve Your Leadership Listening Skills

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The following is a guest piece by Jackie Edwards. Are you part of the 25 per cent of leaders who aren’t really listening to their employees? It could be harming your reputation and career.

Why Expressing Gratitude Through Our Leadership Matters

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This past weekend marked the celebration of Thanksgiving Day here in Canada, our last holiday long-weekend before the inevitable cold blast of winter arrives to blanket our country in snow and ice.

Where Do We Go From Here?

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As 2015 begins to wind down, many of us – myself included – are understandably eager to wrap up the remaining work threads of this year so we can shift our focus to what we’d like to achieve and move forward with in the New Year.

Why Storytelling Matters In Today’s Leadership

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With this latest piece on my leadership blog, I’m delighted to announce a new partnership with The Economist Executive Education. The opportunity to collaborate with such a respected and renowned publication is both an exciting opportunity and a great honour.

3 Keys For Building Relationships With Those You Lead

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For almost 10 years, I’ve been writing about leadership and in that time, perhaps one of the most significant shifts I’ve seen has been the willingness to recognize that the key to our success as leaders stems from the relationships we foster and nurture with those we lead.

Building Emotional Competencies In Our Leadership

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3 Factors That Prevent Leaders From Creating Workplace Optimism

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The following is a guest piece by Shawn Murphy. For too long people have been taken for granted in the workplace. Leaders attempt to control, manage, dictate, coerce people to do what is needed.

A Lesson On Bringing Out The Best In Those You Lead

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about the various characteristics and perspectives leaders need to have to be successful in bringing out the best in those they lead.

This Is What Real Leaders Do

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve had several fascinating discussions with leaders from different organizations and industries about the various challenges they’re grappling with within their workplace.

3 Storytelling Elements That Successfully Drive Change

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Leaders face an ever-growing number of challenges leading their organization in today’s faster-paced, increasingly interconnected world. One of the more common issues a leader has to address is dealing with change.

3 Big Mistakes That CEOs Must Fix To Inspire Employees

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The following is a guest piece by CEO Ben Decker. Across every business vertical and level, we all tell ourselves little white lies when it comes to communicating: “People tell me I’m pretty good at communicating.” “I I don’t need to prep; I can wing it.” “If If I say the words, people will get it.”

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Why Compassion Is Key To Succeeding At Leadership

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With the arrival of September, many of us are returning to our regular routines now that our children are back in school and the period for taking summer vacation breaks has come to an end.

Bringing Out The Best In Those You Lead

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Image © Wharton Magazine Of all the seasons of the year, summer is without question my favourite.

Leaders, It’s Time To Make Work Meaningful Again

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve had numerous conversations with leaders in both the private and public sector, discussing some of the key issues they face today and what they see as the main challenges they’ll face going forward.

Creating A Workplace Environment Where Employees Matter

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One of my favourite stories from the time of NASA’s Apollo space missions involves a visit by a group of guests to Mission Control.

How To Be The Kind Of Leader Your Employees Need You To Be

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Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the Management Grand Rounds held at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Why Emotions Matter In Today’s Leadership

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In recent years, there’s been a growing focus on the importance of emotional intelligence in today’s leadership.

Why Leaders Should Depersonalize Communication

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The following is a guest piece by Dr. Derek Roger and Nick Petrie. It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it Talking comes so naturally to us we tend to forget just how much skill is involved.

Does Your Leadership Bring Out The Best In Those You Lead?

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Over the past few weeks, there’s been a noticeable uptick in leadership and management articles focusing on the topic of how leaders can ensure that they are providing a ‘safe’ environment for all of their employees.

Understanding The Power Of Our Words

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If I were to ask you what you thought was the greatest invention in human history, what would be your reply? I imagine for some of you, your answer would be the personal computer and all the technological marvels that now make up our digital world.

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10 Principles For Developing Strategic Leaders

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The following is a guest piece by Jessica Leitch, David Lancefield, and Mark Dawson. Most companies have leaders with the strong operational skills needed to maintain the status quo.

Why Leaders Need To Stop Using Performance Reviews

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The following is a guest piece by former Disney executive Ken Goldstein. I don’t like performance reviews. I never liked giving them, and I never liked getting them. They are like school report cards, only less well-meaning and more poorly formed.

My Top 10 Leadership Insights For 2015

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In my penultimate article from 2015, I made the point that in answering the question “ where do we go from here? ”, we have to look back on the journey we’ve taken and what lessons and insights we’ve learned that can help us as we move forward.

5 Behaviours Successful Brain-Aware Leaders Practice

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The following is a guest piece by Amy Brann. Most leaders we work with are passionate, committed, intelligent and dedicated. They want to make their organization the best it can possibly be. They want to support their employees and enable them to do their best work.

7 Ways Leaders Excel – And 7 Ways They Get In Their Own Way

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Leadership is much more than what you know or even what you do. Your personality in great part determines how you influence the people around you. That’s why it’s important to know who you are as you lead if you want to understand how you go about the work of managing, delegating and leading.

Understanding Leadership And The Meaning Of Life

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Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of being invited to participate in a number of projects and initiatives looking at collecting the thoughts and perspectives from a diverse set of experts, thought leaders, and personalities.

How Leaders Can Cure A Toxic Workplace

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One of the things I enjoy about sharing my writings and insights on leadership is the opportunity it creates to interact with my readers – to hear their stories and what they’ve learned along the way, as well as some of the challenges they are trying to overcome.

4 Secrets To Making Time For Leadership

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The following is a guest piece by New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Kruse. Do you ever feel like you know what you should be doing as a leader, but there just isn’t enough time to actually do it?

Why We Fail At Leadership

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When it comes to studying leadership, the natural tendency is to focus on those leaders whose successes and achievements continue to inspire us and drive so many to emulate them in the hopes of replicating their accomplishments.

How Successful Leaders Use Culture To Influence Behaviour

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The following is a guest piece by James O’Toole. Increasingly, business consultants, scholars, and executives are coming to the conclusion that culture is the prime driver of organizational performance.

Are You Inspiring Those You Lead To Be Extraordinary?

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As a writer, one of the things that I enjoy discussing and sharing are stories. After all, a great story can entertain, inform, and inspire us, and sometimes even shape our understanding of how we can make a real difference in the world around us.

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How Feedback Can Help Your Employees Succeed And Grow

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With August now coming to a close, many of us – myself included – are feeling that bittersweet tinge that comes with the end of the summertime period.

Compassion – A Cornerstone In Today’s Leadership

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In this month-long celebration of my first book “ Leadership Vertigo ”, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of having some of the top leadership experts – Doug Conant, Liz Wiseman, Jim Kouzes, and Barry Posner – share their insights about three of the four leadership principles discussed in my book.

Understanding The Power Of Expectations

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A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter and I were watching one of our favourite dramas when a scene came along that spurred on a conversation about leadership and the expectations we have about those we work for.

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How Leaders Can Manage The Perception Of Progress

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In much of my work with leaders and organizations in various industries and disciplines, there’s a common issue that they seek help on addressing. Specifically, how do we keep employees invested in the long-term goals of our organization?

What’s The Truth About Your Leadership?

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In my previous piece, I looked at an underlying theme found among the numerous issues leaders in every industry face today and what this tells us about how we can be more successful in bringing out the best in those we lead.

How Do You Inspire Others Through Your Leadership?

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As a people person, I always enjoy visiting new places and new cities as it provides the opportunity to meet new people and spark new conversations, some of which can lead to some very thought-provoking discussions.