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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.

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.”

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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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25 Powerful Coaching Questions to Get Where You Want to Go

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Coaching is not just for problems. Coaching helps you avoid problems by providing space to think and be more intentional about your goals and actions. And coaching is especially helpful for getting clarity on where you want to go.

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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.

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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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.

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 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.

Don’t just set SMART goals, set the RIGHT goals

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Goal setting is powerful. Research shows you are likely to perform at a higher level if you set SMART goals. But how do you know what are the right goals to set? Goals are milestones that mark the way on your journey. If you set the wrong goals, you will get sidetracked.

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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?

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.

How to Stop Procrastinating and Manage Your Scarcest Resource

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Peter Drucker, often considered the father of modern management, described time as a “unique, irreplaceable and necessary resource.” Noting that most people take time for granted, Drucker observed, “Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time.”

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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.”

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.

How Middle Managers Provide Leadership Everyday

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Let’s set aside the boring debate about leaders vs. managers for a moment and take a look at daily life for most managers in organizations. The reality is that middle managers provide leadership, or at least have the opportunity to provide leadership, all the time.

5 Questions to Surface Your Leadership Beliefs

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What you don’t see CAN hurt you. and your team. Unexamined beliefs can undermine your good intentions. Here are five questions to help surface some important leadership beliefs and to consider how well your actions reflect them. What do you stand for? What do you care deeply about?

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Why you over-manage, under-manage, and sometimes do both

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Let’s face it, when you delegate, the buck still stops with you. You’re still accountable for any screw-ups. When the stakes are high, no wonder you want to be in the middle of things and over-manage.

Criticism, Boundaries and Useful Feedback

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Larry was clearly angry. Carl had used his tools (again) without asking, and even worse, hadn’t returned them (again). Larry told me he had given Carl some “tough feedback.”

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Self-disclosure, Leadership and Trust

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One of the leadership dimensions that often gets marked lowest on 360 assessments is the one related to “disclosing information about self.” When reviewing assessment results with coaching clients, I have noticed that those who are rated low on this trait are often confused.

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Propel Your Team To High Performance

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What is a high performance team? –> a team that produces outstanding results, where everyone works in synchronicity, appreciates each other’s contributions, and is proud to be a member of the team. Research has revealed the characteristics of high performance teams.

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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?

How to Create a Dynamic Strategic Plan in an Unpredictable World

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The traditional approach to strategic planning might be obsolete in this fast-paced, unpredictable world. But it does not mean that planning is useless. Creating a dynamic strategic plan will enable you to respond quickly and to be creatively proactive.

A definition of leadership for pressing conversations

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It’s pretty common these days to hear complaints about lack of leadership, poor leadership, and disappointment with those who are in leadership roles. In a recent World Economic Forum survey, 86% of the respondents reported they believe there is a leadership crisis in the world today.

The 4 Dimensions of Trust

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Trust is like a bank account. You start a new relationship with a certain amount of trust, and then over time you add to that account to build a solid foundation. And like a bank account, it can be emptied overnight, if you’re not careful about your investment. Why does it matter?

The 4 Decision Styles: When to Involve Others in Decisions

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When you assume responsibility for work, you face countless decisions each day. You must determine which decisions to make on your own and when to involve others.

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How the Benefits of Team Vision Can Revitalize Your Team

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Has team performance been less than spectacular lately? Has team energy been waning? It might be time to rekindle your team vision. Sometimes teams assume that their vision will continue to guide them, and they can get caught in team drift without realizing it.

Vision and Execution Are Not Sequential

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One of the biggest mistakes leaders make is moving from vision to execution as though it’s a linear process. The widely held assumption is they are two ends of a spectrum: Vision is about planning. Execution is about action.

Why Smart People Make Dumb Decisions

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Did you ever find your self in a mess and wonder how you got there? There’s no guarantee your decisions are always going to be good ones. Too much is unpredictable. However, many of us have had the experience of looking back on a situation and thinking “I should have known better.

The 10 WORST Popular Leadership Quotes

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Leadership quotes inspire and guide us. Some become part of our mainstream language. They become instilled in our culture, and we accept them as a true reflection of the ideal. We use them when teaching others about leadership, and we aspire to live these ideals.

The Gift of Humiliation

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No one likes to feel humiliated. It hurts. And along with hurt usually comes anger. It’s a natural reaction. It’s your ego’s way of protecting itself. You might be angry with the person who caused your humiliation, or your might turn your anger inward toward yourself.

How to Talk about Politics at Work

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The recent US elections might have been the most contentious ever. And strong feelings continue to abound. Even though the elections are over, many people are deeply worried about what will happen next. Each side was very concerned about what would happen if their candidate did not win.

Situational Team Decision-Making: Collaboration Does Not Require Consensus

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There are six ways teams can make decisions. Some people believe that in a collaborative environment, consensus is the best. But that’s a big mistake. Pushing for consensus when it’s not needed actually makes collaboration more difficult.

10 Awful Truths Every Leader Needs to Know

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You might get away with ignoring these truths for the short term. You can rally people with charisma and through fear for the short term. But if you care about the long term, to successfully face today’s challenges, leaders need to know how to deal with these 10 truths. You can’t go back.

Dialogue Bridges the Divide

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We had not discussed politics since the election, treading warily with each other, neither of us wanting to trigger an unpleasant scene. But tension was just under the surface and seeping out in other forms.

Take Down Your Corporate Ladder and Support Career Disruption

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Traditionally, career paths have been based on the idea of “moving up the ladder.” Success is measured by how high you get. A lateral move is usually not seen as a smart career move.

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Master Your Brain’s Response to Stress for Leadership Success

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I’m delighted to host this guest post by one of my favorite authors, psychologist Dr. Melanie Greenberg, in honor of the release of her excellent new book The Stress-Proof Brain. In her post, she explains how our brains produce and control stress and shares three proven techniques that help you master your brain’s response to […]. The post Master Your Brain’s Response to Stress for Leadership Success appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.

The 40 Best Leadership Quotes

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There’s a good reason leadership quotes are popular. A few lines can pack a lot of information that teach and inspire. In A Tweet, a Blog Post, and a Profound Teaching I shared quotes from my own writing. These are the top leadership quotes by others. (If

7 Fail-Safe Steps to Increase Responsibility and Develop Your Team

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If you’re not offering your people the opportunity to grow – to increase their responsibility and learn new skills – you are going to lose them. According to a large-scale study conducted by INSEAD, millennials in the workplace care most about opportunity for growth, meaning and relationships.

Why You Might Be a Micromanager and It’s Not Your Fault

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Marissa was frustrated. As district manager of a large retail chain, she was responsible for ten stores. Her district was doing well, meeting sales goals and store operations were generally smooth. The problem was that her boss, the regional manager, was a micromanager. Every time an issue arose, her boss was right in the mix […]. The post Why You Might Be a Micromanager and It’s Not Your Fault appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.