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Eight Ways Mentoring Brings Out the Leader in Your Employees

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Guest post from Patty Alper “Employees want to be part of something that is bigger than a company. The business culture is internally based, but the philanthropy is external. That volunteer ethos provides something more than a quarterly return on earnings.

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Leading with Trust

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Guest post by Paul J. Zak, PhD : One-third of business leaders surveyed in 2015 said that retaining colleagues is their number one concern. Everyone knows that people are mobile. About one-quarter of employees say that they will look for a new job in the next year.

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Leadership at Two Levels

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Guest post by Mark Miller: Leadership is a fascinating quality. There are countless articles, studies and opinions about what makes good leadership.

3 Reasons Why Great Leaders Welcome Help

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Guest post from Victor Prince : A few of summers ago, I hiked the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail across Spain. It was the best month of my life for many reasons.

Effective Leadership Is Just Seven Questions Away

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Guest post from Michael Bungay Stanier: Recently, I stepped into an elevator on the way to a meeting and noticed that the button you press to close the door quickly was much more worn than the one you press to keep the door open. You’ve probably done the same as me: jabbing the button to get the door closed so I can get ON with things. And it made me laugh, really, because it’s a delightful microcosm of how we’re always trying to rush things, big and small, in business and in life.

Overcoming the “Feedback Trifecta” to Communicate Better as a Leader

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Guest post from Angela Sebaly: A recent Harvard Business Review article examined Shell Corporation’s adoption of an 18-month program designed to help the company’s offshore workers give and receive feedback before their upcoming deployment.

Leading From Within: Shifting Ego, Ceding Control, and Rising Empathy

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Guest post from Sophie Wade: Leadership is in the midst of a major makeover. The identity of an organization is shifting away from the CEO; elements of control are being willingly transferred to the employee, with empathetic and individualized attention being paid in order to increase engagement.

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Building a Culture of Appreciation

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Guest post by Paul White : Great leaders understand the value of showing appreciation to those whom they are leading.

Three Negotiation Keys to Leadership Success

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Guest post from Corey Kupfer: There are three keys to true negotiating success. If you master these three keys, not only will you have much more success in negotiating but you will be able to apply them to be a more effective leader.

Don’t Tolerate Dysfunctional Teams

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Guest post from regular contributor S. Chris Edmonds: Two key indicators of a healthy team are that they are productive (getting tasks done to standards, on budget and on time) and effective (working together with a minimum of drama.)

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How to Prevent Redundant Performance Improvement Conversations

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Guest Post from Karin Hurt: Performance improvement conversations aren’t enjoyable -- for you or for them. To make sure you don’t have to have the same uncomfortable conversation twice, take a hard look at your approach.

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How to Manage 5 Difficult Personalities at Work

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Guest post from Merrick Rosenberg : At extreme levels, our most admirable personality traits undermine us. Charles Dickens said it best in his novel Dombey and Son : “…vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!” To understand the vice , and address it, we must examine the virtue first.

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Leadership Development and the Role of Millennials

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Guest post from Philipe Bruce: More than 50% of businesses claim that they do not have the resources or time to train their employees to be leaders. As such none of those business owners and leaders have the resources they need to sustain their enterprises. How serious is this?

Why Great Leadership Requires the Courage to Accept Pain

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Guest post from Angela Sebaly : As a leadership coach, I’ve spent decades observing hundreds of people who have strikingly different backgrounds and equally diverse approaches to leadership.

Playing by the Brain’s Rules to Make Communications Stick

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Guest post from Tim Pollard: Despite the fact that the stakes of business communications are often high, it’s sad reality that most are really not very good. Survey after survey reveals that only about one quarter of internal business presentations are rated as good or better by their audiences, while 75 percent languish as mediocre, poor, or terrible. And for those critical sales presentations that companies make to customers, the score is no better.

Six Ways to Make Your Presentation a Hit

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Guest post by Ted Frank Scientists say our attention spans are now shorter than a goldfish, so it’s more important than ever to make our presentations as engaging and compelling as possible. How can we do that?

Spin vs. Sorry: How to Mess Up Well & Become Authentic

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Guest post from Bill Munn: “It was my mistake. I’m sorry. Please forgive me." It’s important to get these phrases written down, before they become obsolete. For a few decades now, the popularity of “spin,” with its tempting save-face claims, has elbowed out the use of a simple, honest apology.

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6 Essential Characteristics for Leading Simplification

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Guest post from Lisa Bodell: As leaders, we’re responsible for setting the tone of our organization through policy and strategy, as well as our behavior. I believe that leaders have an obligation to work efficiently and effectively so that others do the same, creating a virtuous cycle of simplicity.

Great Leaders Know What They Do Best – and Let Go of the Rest

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Guest post from Kathy Kolbe: “I’m a strategist,” Hank tells his management team. Like most good generals, I give you the specifics of what you need to do, and why.” Hank’s wise about what works best for him to do – or not to do. But his stereotyping of generals is not accurate.

Trying not to Lose is Different than Trying to Win

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Guest post from Michael G. Winston: Today’s winning leader is not just here to weather the storm; they are here to completely change the game.

Engaging your Team: The Science of Inspiring Others to Give their All

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Guest post from Suzanne Bates: When I started my first career in television news so many years ago, the term “employee engagement” had been invented. But it was irrelevant to me. I was jazzed about going to work every day. Nobody had to give me a speech about going above and beyond.

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Mentoring Moments and More for Millennials

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Guest post by Dianna Booher : Millennials drop an employer quicker than they leave a boring party when they see no career-growth opportunities. Career development is the cool calling card––a powerful tease to job seekers you’d like to have join your team. Today’s employees want personalized career plans that fits their goals, dreams, and lifestyle. They expect their individual leaders to show interest in their career and coach them on how to reach their potential. Leaders know all this.

Teach Millennials how to use their Power

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Guest post from Dan Negroni : When we think of leaders and when we think of millennials, there are usually conflicting descriptions. We describe great leaders as honest, hard working, empowering, transparent, generous and so many other positive traits.

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Were the Founding Fathers Great Leaders?

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Guest post from Gordon Leidner: Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers have made a splash in the news recently, thanks to Broadway’s sensational production “Hamilton.”

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What's the Secret to Becoming a Great Leader?

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Guest post from Kene Erike: That is not a question reserved for the gated playgrounds of MBA students or empty suits struggling to justify big paychecks. The concept of "Leadership" is a fixture in our daily lives that dictates the experiences we share with others. Let's start by defining terms.

Changing Where People Sit Accelerates Change

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Guest post from R. Kendall Lyman and Tony C. Daloisio: Several months ago, we took a taxi from our hotel to our client to teach a class about change. After a longer than normal ride, we realized the driver didn’t know where to go. Because we didn’t speak the same language as the driver, we found it hard to communicate that we were going in the wrong direction. After several failed attempts to find out where we were (including changing taxis), we eventually arrived in time to teach the workshop.

7 Ways to Build Trust and Confidence with Your Team

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Guest post from Karin Hurt and David Dye When John needed something, he wanted it fast, and nothing made him want it faster than when the request was coming from his boss.

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Building Commitment on Your Team

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Guest post from by JV Venable: Any man or woman you hire will come on board with a measure of uncertainty. They’ll step in wondering just what kind of commitment they can expect from you, and many will wonder if they can measure up to the standards on your team.

Managing Distraction in the Digital Era

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Guest post from Amy Blankson: In 2013, the National Center for Biotechnology Information reported that the average attention span of a human has dropped to a mere eight seconds , one second behind that of a goldfish. Why does this matter?

How Successful People Create Their Own Future

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Guest post from Shawn Hunter: “Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better?” – Carol Dweck Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words can change our brain.

Six Steps to Hiring Exceptional Talent

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Guest post from Dee Ann Turner: The best business leaders have a keen sense of purpose that drives their work. Ideally, they also have superior products and services that support that purpose.

When Listening, Avoid Making Suggestions

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Guest post from Dana Caspersen: I offer a challenge: The next time you are listening to someone during a difficult conversation or conflict and you are tempted to make a suggestion—don’t. Instead of making a suggestion, bring your attention back to what they are saying and why.

Five Things GREAT Bosses Do Daily

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Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds : Every morning, your team members rally themselves to come to work. Some are enthused about what they’ll experience that day. They feel trusted, honored, and respected.

A Leader’s First Step to Effective Influence

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Guest post from Dan Mann Leadership is about one thing: influencing adult behavior. Ironically, that’s one of the most difficult human actions to accomplish. In our positions as leaders—whether that’s as a manager, owner, coach or something less traditional—our daily task is to influence the decisions of those under our charge. We’re tasked with the job of bending their wills and actions to the benefit of the greater good of our business or cause.

Three Ways a ‘Noble Goal’ Makes You a Significantly Better Leader

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Guest post from Brandon Black and Shayne Hughes : Being a truly great and inspiring leader, who is both effective and respected, is no easy task.

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4 Moves Smart Leaders Make to Get Better Team Results

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Guest post by Victor Prince : Teams at work are like portfolios of people with different skills and performance patterns.

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Six Things Great Leadership Teams Do

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Guest post from regular contributor S. Chris Edmonds : When I consult with executives on crafting a high performance, values-aligned culture, one of the first things I do is to examine the effectiveness of their leadership team.

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Brave Leadership

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Guest post from Darrin Murriner: Most people would agree that good leaders are brave leaders. But our definition of brave may vary widely. For some bravery could mean facing a tough personnel decision or making investment decisions to enter a new market.

10 Ways to Kill Off Your Star Employees

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I wrote this post for another publication in 2014, but it appears they have deleted it. I’m preparing to do a workshop on how to nurture high potentials and found it in my archives. Still looks relevant to me! Warning: the following article contains a heavy dose of sarcasm. Read at your own risk, and whatever you do, DO NOT follow the advice! A high potential employee is one of your highest performing employees that also is showing signs of being able to handle greater responsibilities.

Servant Leadership Revisited

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Guest post from William Dann: The concept of servant leadership was introduced by Ancient Chinese philosophers such as Lao-Tzu, then found in the Christian teachings of Mark. It was popularized in modern management writings by Robert Greenleaf in a 1970 essay. To me it is more of a value system.