Eric Jacobson

The Need To Innovate

Eric Jacobson

I find this advice from Ken Goldstein (from his book, Endless Encores ) particularly helpful. He says: "You have to be innovating all the time. The only sure path to a limited repertoire is not to push yourself beyond the familiar.

How To Find Your Balance Point

Eric Jacobson

A few years ago, Brian Tracy , along with Christina Stein , published, Find Your Balance Point. The desire for peace of mind and the idea of living a balanced life are central to your happiness and well-being.

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10 Ways To Project A Professional Image

Eric Jacobson

From Jay Miletsky's book, 101 Ways to Successfully Market Yourself , here 10 tips for projecting an effective professional image : Discipline yourself to be positive and enthusiastic. In tense situations choose positive responses by maintaining perspective and getting along well with others.

How To Cultivate Enduring Customer Loyalty

Eric Jacobson

"Today's customers demand something unlike anything they have ever wanted in the past -- a connection with your business," explains Noah Fleming , author of the must-read book , Evergreen.

How To Enable Your Employees

Eric Jacobson

" Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their terrific book, The Enemy of Engagement. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.

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How To Be A Stronger Career Mentor And Coach

Eric Jacobson

Author Paul Falcone offers the following great advice for how to become a stronger career mentor and coach by helping your subordinates grow and develop in their own careers. Encourage others to engage in random acts of kindness. Find creative ways of surprising your customers.

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The Art Of Leading By Looking Ahead

Eric Jacobson

Anticipate: The Art of Leading by Looking Ahead , gives readers practical guidance and concrete techniques to help leaders become more visionary.

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How To Create A Heart, People-First Culture At Your Workplace

Eric Jacobson

If you want to create a heart culture and a people-first culture at your workplace, read the book, Advisory Leadership , by Greg Friedman.

Best New Leadership Book For 2018

Eric Jacobson

The new book, Say What You Mean , by Oren Jay Sofer , couldn’t have come at a better time. Because 2018 was a year filled with communication challenges for so many people. Often, those conversations were ineffective and unhealthy, causing frustration, conflict and distress.

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Strong Leaders Can Say These Three Statements

Eric Jacobson

In Brian Tracy 's and Christina Stein 's new book, Find Your Balance Point , they point out the necessity and power of being willing to say these three statements : 1. " I was wrong." - The authors comment that it's amazing how many people make a mistake and do or say something that they know to be wrong, but because of their egos, they cannot admit it.

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Motivation And The Friendship Factor

Eric Jacobson

Take one hour to read Brian Tracy's pocket-sized guide for managers, Motivation. You'll finish the book within that hour, and it'll be worth your time. You cannot motivate other people," explains Tracy, " but you can remove the obstacles that stop them from motivating themselves. All motivation is self-motivation. As a manager, you can create an environment where this potential for self-motivation is released naturally and spontaneously."

How To Explain Change

Eric Jacobson

When you communicate change to your team, explain the logical and rational reasons for the change: 1. Explain how the change will make employees feel before, during and after the implementation. Explain the tactical plan and goals. Answer questions from your team. Change Change Leadership Change Management Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management

Choose To Live A Life That Matters

Eric Jacobson

I recommend that all leaders every so often read the What Will Matter poem by Michael Josephson. It serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of unselfishly serving and leading with character. I've highlighted in bold and in color below my favorite parts of the poem: Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

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Flashback To Best New Leadership Book Of 2016

Eric Jacobson

Originally published in December 2016: After reading nearly 30 new books about leadership this past year, my pick for 2016's best new leadership book is, Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change , by H. James Dallas.

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Tips For Building Trust

Eric Jacobson

You can't lead if your employees, team or followers don't trust you. Building trust takes energy, effort and constant attention to how you act. To help build trust, follow these 16 tips , recommended by author Susan H.

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10 Ways To Improve Your Connection Skills

Eric Jacobson

"Connection is what transforms a dog-eat-dog environment into a sled-dog team that pulls together," says Michael Lee Stallard , author of the book, Connection Culture. Connection builds an emotional bond that promotes trust, cooperation, and esprit de corps among people in the workplace."

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Eight Ways To Value Your Employees

Eric Jacobson

There are eight specific actions business leaders can take to show that they value their employees , according to Andrew Leigh , author of the book, Ethical Leadership -- Creating and Sustaining an Ethical Business Culture. Those eight behaviors are: Attention -- Pay attention to what people say to show your interest. Listen -- Make time to hear what colleagues, peers and employees have to say to show you care. Positive Language -- Find words and phrases to show employees they're needed.

Leadership Quotes That Inspire Me

Eric Jacobson

How To Be A Humble Leader

Eric Jacobson

From John Blakey 's new book, The Trusted Executive , published just a couple weeks ago, here are these four tips from Jim Collins for how to be a humble leader : Demonstrate a compelling modesty, shunning public adulation and never be boastful.

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The Things Great Coaches Do

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How To Be A Superboss

Eric Jacobson

"Superbosses embrace certain practices that good bosses don't, and they do even more of the productive things that good bosses do," says Syney Finkelstein , author of the book, Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent.

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Encourage Peer Coaching

Eric Jacobson

Do you create an environment at your business/organization that allows peer coaching? Hopefully you do. If you don't, encourage peer coaching among the members of your team. Peer coaching can be formal, informal or a combination of both. You'll likely find that everyone on your team has a skill, technique, behavior that they can teach a fellow team member. That coaching is rewarding for both parties, and it helps everyone to learn an important skill for being a successful leader -- coaching.

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Today's Leadership Quotes

Eric Jacobson

I really like these motivating and inspiring quotes featured in a 2011 issue of Men's Health magazine: The best way to predict the future is to invent it -- Alan Kay Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm -- Ralph Waldo Emerson A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty -- Winston Churchill The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fall -- Vince Lombardi.

Use The Lunch Hour To Team Build

Eric Jacobson

According to Flavio Martins , the author of the new book, Win The Customer , the most important team building hour of the day is lunch hour. He explains (using insights from Joel Spolsky) that, "great workplace cultures and places where people love to work are environments where people are emotionally involved, happy and excited to come to work. One of the keys to achieving this is getting to know each other as individuals and a part of a team.

Nathan Magnuson's New Book Teaches, Inspires And Builds Your Confidence

Eric Jacobson

New to your leader role? Or, already a leader, but looking to hone your skills? Then, the new kindle book, Ignite Your Leadership Expertise: Become the Trusted Advisor Others Seek , by Nathan Magnuson , is the book for you.

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What The Most Successful CEOs Know About Communication

Eric Jacobson

Communications expert David Grossman of Your Thought Partner awhile back published a white paper – What the most successful CEOs know: how internal CEO communications shapes financial performance. CEOs who communicate often and well inside their organizations have better reputations – and that leads directly to better business results," explains David. They’ve also got more engaged employees – another strong, measurable driver of positive financial outcomes."

Five Tips For Writing Company Policies

Eric Jacobson

Keep these five tips in mind when you craft your next company policy: Keep the policy short and simple. Get rid of two old policies for every new policy you implement. Make sure that your organization's policy and procedures are written to serve your employees and customers--not just your organization. Don't write a policy in reaction to a single incident. The problem may never arise again. Don't write a policy longer than one-page, no matter how large your organization may be.

Learn To Take Risks

Eric Jacobson

Inspirational leadership wisdom came awhile back from Bahram Akradi, the CEO of Life Time Fitness.

A Handbook For Making Change

Eric Jacobson

David S. Pottruck 's book, Stacking the Deck , teaches readers a nine-step course of action leaders can follow from the first realization that change is needed through all the steps of implementation, including assembling the right team of close advisors and getting the word out to the wider group.

The Enemy of Engagement In The Workplace

Eric Jacobson

" Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their terrific book, The Enemy of Engagement. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.

Servant Leadership In Action

Eric Jacobson

Tomorrow, March 6, brings the release of the new definitive book on servant leadership. A curated collection of incredibly insightful and motivational perspectives on servant leadership via essays by 44 servant leaders.

How Teams Can Provide Value Beyond The Ordinary

Eric Jacobson

"It takes more than encouraging words to get a team thinking beyond the ordinary," explains Jackie Barretta , author of the book, Primal Teams. She suggests you must help team members to redefine the purpose of their work with broader and more expansive thinking. Use certain pointed questions to guide a team toward a loftier view of their purpose.

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Inspiring Leadership Quotes

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How To Be A Modern Day Legacy Builder

Eric Jacobson

Legacy in the Making is the fascinating book where authors Mark Miller and Lucas Conley provide readers a toolkit for how to be a modern day legacy builder for your company/brand.

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How To Create A High-Performance Culture

Eric Jacobson

These 10 Characteristics Make For A High Performing Team

Eric Jacobson

According to Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese , authors of the book, The Collaboration Imperative , high-performing teams have the following characteristics: People have solid and deep trust in each other and in the team's purpose--they feel free to express feelings and ideas.

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How To Lead Your Boss

Eric Jacobson

The Courage Solution , a book by Mindy Mackenzie , is all about the simple truth that the only thing you can reliably change or control is yourself.

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70 New Year's Resolutions For Leaders For 2019

Eric Jacobson

With less than two weeks before 2019, it's time to identify your New Year's Resolutions for next year. To get you started, how about selecting one or more of these 70 New Year's resolutions for leaders? Perhaps write down five to ten and then between now and January 1, think about which couple you want to work on during 2019.

How To Get The Feedback You Need

Eric Jacobson

Getting feedback is an important way to improve performance at work. But sometimes, it can be hard to seek out, and even harder to hear. Feedback is all around you. Your job is to find it, both through asking directly and observing it,” says David L. Van Rooy, author of the book, Trajectory: 7 Career Strategies to Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. As today's guest post, Van Rooy offers these six tips for how to get the feedback you need to improve performance at work.

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How To Lead In Six Moments That Matter

Eric Jacobson

The book, Step Up , shows readers how to step up to the plate during six critical leadership moments. Readers learn how to: Use anger intelligently in the workplace. Recognize and deal with terminal politeness. Make decisions when no one else is making them.

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Leading with GRIT

Eric Jacobson

Feelings of being stuck, overwhelmed and frustrated plague too many of our workplaces says Laurie Sudbrink , author of the book, Leading With GRIT.

Recruiting Your Dream Team

Eric Jacobson

Hiring Greatness is the book by David E. Perry and Mark J. Haluska , who combined have closed more than 1,800 hiring search projects. In their book, the authors share their guide for how to attract, recruit and retain star executives.

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How To Keep Innovating

Eric Jacobson

I found this advice from Ken Goldstein (from his book, Endless Encores ) particularly helpful. He says: "You have to be innovating all the time. The only sure path to a limited repertoire is not to push yourself beyond the familiar.