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The Death of Integrity

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Guest post by Larry Ackerman Note from Jesse: I am honored to host this thought-provoking article by my good friend Larry Ackerman on the Death of Integrity. It’s so good I wish I had written it myself. Important and well-written!

5 Reasons You Should NOT Set Goals

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The idea that you should not set goals runs counter to what we’ve been taught. Numerous research studies over the years have established a strong link between goal-setting and success, motivation and confidence. For most people, setting goals can make the difference between mediocre and high performance. But not for everyone and not all the time. There […]. The post 5 Reasons You Should NOT Set Goals appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.

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Best Leadership Blog Posts of 2018

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In 2018 Seapoint Center published over 30 articles focused on all aspects of leadership, including communication and personal effectiveness. Using Google Analytics data and the number of reader comments, I identified this year’s five best leadership blog posts.

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The Difference Between Mission Vision Purpose Strategy and Goals

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Confused about the difference between mission and vision? or between purpose and mission? You’re not alone. I am frequently asked about the difference between mission vision purpose strategy and goals, and where do values fit?

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6 Tips for First-Time Managers

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I recently filmed several videos for accel5. Click below to watch my video on 6 Tips for First-Time Managers. Transcript: 6 Tips for First-Time Managers Are you ready to be a first-time manager? Perhaps you’ve had some bad managers in the past, and you think this is your chance to do it right?

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Is Arrogance Killing Your Leadership Potential?

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Guest post by Bill Treasurer There is no bigger turn-off than arrogance. This is especially true in leadership. When a leader’s confidence grows recklessly out of control, when their head swells to 50x its normal size, they’ve become a victim of the “leadership killer” (a.k.a.

7 Tips to Move From Vision to Reality

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Vision alone is not enough. Vision requires action. Vision without action is nothing more than a daydream. The key to success is to stay focused on your vision and also to be realistic about your current situation. And that can be a challenge.

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It’s time to pause…

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Today is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere – the darkest day of the darkest week of the year. It is the moment before the balance shifts and light begins to overtake darkness. There is a brief moment of change, a pause, as the sun changes direction from decrease to increase. This darkest day […]. The post It’s time to pause… appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership. Leadership Solstice winter solstice

Four Types of Organizational Culture

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Culture is the social environment of an organization and is determined by the underlying assumptions, values and beliefs that govern how people behave. You might think of culture as atmosphere, and it is, but it’s also more than that. It’s the organization’s personality.

How to Make an Effective Apology and Increase Trust

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If you believe that a leader is supposed to always know what to do and always be right, what do you do something goes wrong? Denying mistakes, avoiding talking about them, or blaming them on others is a surefire way to lose credibility.

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Organizational culture polarities hold the key to a healthy culture

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Too much of a good thing brings out its downside. Ever had too much team time? It makes you long for a vacation on a desert island. One of the best portrayals of “too much of a good thing” was in Black Mirror’s Nose Dive (Season 3). In what initially looks like an utopian culture […].

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8 Habits of Mentally Balanced Leaders

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Facilitating a retreat for a group of fifteen men, all in their late 30’s and 40’s, all high level executives and all high achievers, an interesting topic arose. One of the men asked for help dealing with his wife who was complaining he worked too much.

8 Principles of Collaborative Leadership

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Anyone can be collaborative leader — no matter whether you are the president, a mid-level manager or a front-line supervisor… no matter whether you are in government, a large corporation, a small business, or a non-profit.

5 Tips to Stop Overcomplicating Leadership

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Guest Post by Hank van der Merwe With all the models and frameworks out there I sometimes wonder if we have taken the simplicity out of leadership. We seem to have a knack of overcomplicating leadership to the point where it seems so complex that it’s out of most peoples reach.

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The Trust Feedback Loop

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Leadership starts with you. If you want to build a strong team, the place to start is with a look in the mirror. Your vision for your team arises from your own character, motives and beliefs. How you regard yourself determines the grandeur and scope of your vision.

Set Goals for What Matters

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Goals are powerful, especially if you choose only a few. A laundry list is almost impossible to stay focused on. But if you choose two or three realistic, specific goals, and write them down, you are likely to achieve them. But first, make sure you set goals for what matters most.

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How Positive Images (and negative ones) Shape Your Reality

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When you expect to see something, you are more likely to see it. The reticular activating system in our brains causes us to notice the things we expect to see, and not notice things we are not looking for. And seeing is believing. Literally.

Stages of Team Development and Leadership

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Teams move through predictable stages of team development, but how quickly and easily they progress depends on how well the needs of the team are being met during each stage. Teams don’t always move smoothly, and sometimes they can get stuck.

How to Keep Your Team Engaged With Meetings That Matter

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How many of your meetings begin with people opening their laptops, ostensibly to take notes and reference documents. Most of us know they are really answering email, conversing on social media and cruising the Internet because we’re doing it too.

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How to Involve Your Team in Creating Vision and Strategy

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One of the biggest mistakes leaders make is thinking they are supposed to have all the answers, especially when it comes to vision. There is a natural desire to look like you are smart and know what you’re doing.

10 Things Every Team Leader Needs to Know

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Want to build a high performance team – where the team consistently achieves its goals and where team members are proud to be members? It’s not that hard, but you won’t get far if you just try to “wing it.” ” These are 10 things every team leader needs to know.

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The Space Between Coaching and Delegating

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Your ability to develop a high performance team lies in your ability to recognize the space between coaching and delegating. When managers are coaches, everyone benefits – you, your team and your company. You get a lot of positive feedback for giving great advice and helping solve problems.

How to Recognize a Leader

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How do you recognize who’s a leader? Is it the person telling everyone what to do? Not necessarily. If he is being ignored, he is only talking to himself. Is it the person giving directions? Telling people where to go? Not necessarily.

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How To Turn Conflict into an Energy Source, NOT an Energy Drain

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Guest post by Nate Regier Ask anyone about “conflict” and you’ll most likely hear negative descriptions such as: painful, damaging, draining, upsetting, disrespectful, demeaning and relationship-destroying.

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How to Make Your Point and Be Heard When You Speak

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It’s quite frustrating to not be heard when you speak up, and unfortunately, it’s more common than you might think. Speaking up in a group setting is one of the biggest challenges many people face. You have some valuable information and opinions to share, but no one listens to you.

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Are You a First-Time Manager? 6 Tips to Start Off Right

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Are you ready to be a first-time manager? Perhaps you’ve had some bad managers in the past, and you think this is your chance to do it right. Well, it IS your chance to do it right. But you can’t wing it.

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Team Development Is a Key Leadership Responsibility

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Too many talented individuals get overlooked when managers don’t view development as their responsibility. Unfortunately, there’s a common misbelief that the best way to get talent is to go out and hire “winners.”

How to Take a Stand Without Polarizing Others

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Are you fatigued and dishearten by the current amount of polarization in the world today? Are you frustrated with leadership that divides instead of unites?

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Great Leaders Are Storytellers: How To Craft Great Stories

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Guest post by Chip Bell Great leaders are storytellers. Stories are more than just tall tales or campfire yarns. They include discussions of the enterprise in the future tense. They are visions of what can be, not just what is. They are dreams, not just plans.

Team Alignment Is For the Birds!

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Do an Internet search for team alignment and you’ll find plenty of articles – why your team needs to be aligned for superior performance, how to align your team, and what alignment looks like. And you’ll see images like these to depict high performance teams.

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Leadership of the Future: #Podcast Interview With Futurist Bob Johansen

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In this 25-minute podcast interview, I had the pleasure of talking with futurist Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for the Future about leadership of the future.

The Shadow Side of Leadership

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When it comes to learning to be a leader, there’s a real learning curve. It takes time to weather the insecurities of being a new manager, learn from your mistakes, and get to the point where you feel competent and comfortable in the role of leader.

The small business dilemma: Raising capital without selling your soul

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Did you know that small businesses make up 97% of all private-sector companies in the U.S.? What’s more, according to research conducted by the SBA government agency, they employ half of all employees in the entire private sector.

4 Dangers of Digital Communication and 8 Tips to Avoid Them

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Guest post by Naphtali Hoff It’s no surprise that we use email and text for so many of our communications. It’s often faster, it’s neater, and it can easily be saved for future reference without paper sifting and clutter. Digital communication allows us to send and reply at our own convenience.

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The Structure Culture Development Connection: The Key to Success for Organizations of the Future

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Guest Post by Julie Winkle Giulioni If you lead an organization, work in an organization, or even set foot in an organization, you know that we are living in a time of significant change. Many forces and factors are contributing to these changes, including: Competition comes from all parts of the world and from […]. The post The Structure Culture Development Connection: The Key to Success for Organizations of the Future appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.

Want Your Team More Engaged? Remove the Weapons of Mass Distraction

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Guest Post by Victor Prince I used to be a “busy executive” with two phones strapped to my belt in the office – one for work and one for personal use. In most meetings, I put the phones on the table in front of me so I could see if I had any incoming messages. […].

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Wax on or get off the seesaw

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When the moon grows, it waxes. When it declines, it wanes. Waxing is a good thing. We use it in expressions like, “He waxed eloquently“ or “She waxed lyrical.” ” But what about someone who “waxes on and on” – not so good.

5 Things I Learned Writing a Novel That I Wish I’d Known as a CEO

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Two days ago I published an interview with John Bell, former CEO of Nabob (acquired by Kraft) and recently published novelist, about his radical career change.

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A Flawed Idea Well-Executed Does Not Fail Forward

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I recently joined the board of directors of a mid-size company that had decided to drop a new business venture in which they had invested heavily. When I asked the board chair what went wrong, he said it was a well-executed project but a flawed idea.

From CEO to Novelist: A Case Study of Radical Career Change

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I just started reading John Bell’s new novel The Circumstantial Enemy and am having a hard time putting it down. Fortunately I’m traveling tomorrow and will have time to finish it on the plane. Can’t wait! I know John Bell as a leadership expert.

Four Decision-Making Styles and When to Use Them

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Sometimes leaders make bad decisions or harm team morale by making autocratic decisions without involving others. And other times they waste their team’s time by unnecessarily involving them. How do you know when and how much to involve your team in decisions?

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Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

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My year-end review has become one of my favorite posts to write. I get to take a step back and reflect on the big picture – to identify my most popular blog posts of 2017, look for patterns, and see what I can learn. Here’s what I found: ? Over 30,000 views a month. ? My […].

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Career Mobility Forces Organizations of the Future to Transform

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According to a 2012 Future Workplace Study, 91% of millennials expect to stay in a job for less than three years, and Fast Company reported a study pointing toward 4-year careers. In a recent Forbes article, Meghan Biro concludes, “career mobility should be seen as a given.”

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