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How Clear Is Your Vision for 2019?

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At this time of year, we often find ourselves preparing for change – personal and business – based on our vision for the year ahead. Vision, Not New Year’s Resolutions! So, when speaking about vision, I am not talking here about having stuff in your head! That lies in the territory of New Year’s resolutions! However, many know that New Year’s resolutions don’t work. Michael Hyatt has some excellent research commentary on New Year’s Resolutions that backs up that view.

Pacing for Growth

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Whether you’re running a race or running a company, pacing is everything. Go too fast and you’ll burn yourself out—too slow and you’re left in the dust. So how can leaders find the right speed?

Dealing with Difficult Team Members

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Picture this: as a leader, you’re a real go-getter. And then there’s that team member who always needs to analyze everything to death before finally getting into action. And the other one who is such a perfectionist that they never get the job finished. Why do these co-workers manage to get under your skin? And more importantly, how do you deal with your irritation? Know Your Allergies. Your perspective is that your good quality is getting the job done quickly, smoothly and efficiently.

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6 Habits of High-Performance Leaders

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Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. – Jim Rohn. For many years, I have been a big advocate of focusing on your strengths as, when leaders excel at what they love, they get into a state called flow. When this happens, it often feels like time flies by and we get extraordinary amounts of work complete. Typically, we feel energized and alive because we are doing what we love. However, I have recently changed my thoughts on this.

Being Authentic Takes Work

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Since change is such a common dynamic in organizations, change leaders and/or change agents are important roles. Authenticity is really a critical element for these roles. Change is difficult for most people, and those most impacted by change look to leaders and agents as people they can trust to steer them through the “rough waters.” Trust is seriously hampered if you cannot be authentic.

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Scaling Leadership

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Are you a High-Creative leader, capable of rapidly growing your organization while simultaneously transforming it into a more agile, innovative, adaptive, and engaging workplace? Or are you a High-Reactive leader, who practices leadership that cancels itself out and seriously limits scale?

Visible Values

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“Coach Bryant had an idea about how a man should act, and if you watched him, you could figure it out.”. Howell Raines described legendary Alabama football coach Bear Bryant that way. The quote illustrates something important about values. What you do shows your values to the world. Most of us, most of the time, are sure that the way we act reflects our values. We’re often wrong.

Health and Well-Being in the Workplace

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Employees are no longer just motivated by a paycheck. Those who are there just for the money will usually work inefficiently. To improve employee morale and health, you can consider implementing these tips. Encourage Employees to Work Out. As a leader, you should encourage your employees to exercise during working hours. Physical activity will keep them mentally sharp, meaning they will be able to work more productively.

Conquering Envy in Yourself

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“Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.” ? William Arthur Ward. What is envy? A natural reaction towards someone who is a winner. It is defined by the Oxford Concise Dictionary as “discontented or resentful longing aroused by another’s possessions, qualities or luck” – occurs in the workplace and in the social settings. Workplace Envy.

4 Steps to Make Decisions on the Fly

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If you are put into a situation where you need to make decisions quickly, you may find that you react differently than you would if you had more time to consider your options. I was reminded of this familiar situation recently when I was in a local coffee shop that uses an iPad screen for payment.

The Key to Sustainable Performance

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As an organization, as a leader, sustainable performance is key to build and maintain an excellent organization. Sustainable performance means coworkers do excellent work without falling into the traps of burnout or workaholism. Sustainable performance means your organization efficiently and effectively provides quality products and services, is blessed with low absenteeism and low staff-turnover. All of this is good for the bottom line. Sustainable Performance and Engagement.

Your Leadership Heritage

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“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”. Isaac Newton said that in the 17 th century, and the idea is even older than that. Other people have helped you become what you are today. They’re part of your heritage, your leadership heritage. If you take the time to reflect on your leadership heritage, you will become a better leader. You will deepen your understanding of why you do things the way you do.

Recognize Individual Differences in Your Team

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“Change is in the air.” I chuckled at the headline in an airline magazine as I planned this article. That’s a constant, as we repeatedly hear that the pace of change will never be slower than it is today. Still, most people struggle with the reality of yet more change on the horizon. The best change leaders recognize the individual differences among their team members as they lead change. They approach each person based on his or her unique personality and preferences.

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Leadership: A Spiritual Boot Camp

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Leadership expert James MacGregor Burns, once wrote something that we think is very interesting to consider. He said, “Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth.” Since those words were originally written more than 40 years ago, we suspect that leadership has actually become one of the most observed and the most understood phenomena on earth.

Trust Inspires Growth and Success

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Trust inspires excellence. When we trust our team, we elevate their status and inspire them to exceed their own expectations. By trusting others, we can breathe life into them. Expectations and Trust. In 2000, President George W. Bush coined the phrase, “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” He was speaking to the NAACP about discrimination that results when we expect people to do less than their potential.

When Leadership Becomes Too Much: How to Unwind

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When you become a leader of a team, business, or organisation, there’s one certainty: at some stage, it’ll all become too much. This isn’t an indication of failure, either. You’re human, and leadership is tough. It requires long hours, intense meetings, big decisions, and the ever-present challenge of dealing with multiple personalities. So, you’re bound to burn out at some stage. But the biggest challenge often comes with accepting you need to unwind. The good news? You can.

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Do You Suffer from a Neglected Organization?

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You have a problem. Coworkers come to work, aren’t really involved, and generally feel themselves unappreciated. The work environment is characterized by complaining (especially amongst one another), general negativity, high absenteeism, and a large brain-drain of valuable employees who seek better opportunities elsewhere. And because they’re interesting candidates, they’re the ones who’re easily snapped up by other organizations, leaving you with the leftovers.

Vulnerability, Trust, and a Thriving Business

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Simon Sinek tells the story of a time he was waiting to board a flight when one customer committed the unforgivable sin of attempting to gain access before his group was called. The gate agent tore into the man rudely, prompting Sinek to ask her, “Why can’t you speak to us like humans?”

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The New Math of Leadership

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“You are now the leader.” It is a sentence that implies a do-something role. If it ended with word “driver” or “cook” or “host,” you would have a clear sense of the actions required. New leaders think being a leader means doing something important. So, they stretch and adjust their style and practice like a new pair of shoes that must be broken in.

Here’s What Could Be in HTC’s ‘Vive 1.5’

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HTC made a not so subtle tease today that a new version of the HTC Vive is on the way with improved resolution. While it doesn’t look like this will be positioned as a ‘Vive 2’, here’s what we could see from a ‘Vive 1.5’

Taming a Strength That’s Become a Weakness

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Darryl has a hard time seeing the new year as a blank slate opportunity for tackling issues at work. His employer went through substantial changes during the year—new ownership, new management team, new way of leading—and now wants leaders who are multi-dimensional. Because Darryl’s performance isn’t in line with their expectations, his boss told him future promotions were unlikely as long as he remained too competitive, too logical, too judgmental, too focused on results and tradition.

5 Ways To Manage Your Energy Levels

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No one doubts that we live in a world that is moving at lightning pace. In fact, the speed of change has never been faster. As a result, the most common theme I keep hearing my clients and colleagues say is “there are not enough hours in the day.” ” How can I get everything done? I need to learn to manage my time better. I need to become more productive. Yet ironically, none of us can learn to manage time. As a leader, you all have 24 hours in a day – 1,440 minutes.

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Love Is In The Air

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One year, I gave my team members a gift for Valentine’s Day. It was a small box of chocolates and a few office trinkets—colorful pens, clips, and the like. I wanted to express my gratitude and say that they mattered. I took a lot of guff from my team, colleagues, boss, and others for being “mushy” and “girlie.” I never again took Valentine gifts to work, and now I look back with regret for not standing my ground. Really, why can’t there be more love in the workplace?

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How Ergonomics Increase Productivity

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The modern office is dynamic, and it requires constant improvement. When it comes to making the conditions conducive for workers, most business owners think of listening to employee problems, work flexibility, proper remuneration, and career growth opportunities. Few think of the input that workplace ergonomics have on employee productivity. Ergonomics is the art of designing the workplace with the limitations and abilities of workers in mind.

Innovative Service Leaders Nurture Trust

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He was the CEO of one of the most innovative service companies on the planet. I asked him to write an endorsement for my new book, and used the encounter to learn more about how he created such an amazing culture. He did not hesitate with his answer: “Trust!”. He continued: “Leaders create an atmosphere of trust when they treat the work environment as the setting for special and important relationships.

October 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the October Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, creativity and inspiration, development, engagement, team building, and more. Team Building. Randy Conley of Leading with Trust provided 25 Ways to Immediately Build Trust at Work. Randy shares: “ Trust is based on perceptions which are formed by the behaviors you use.”

Variety is the Spice of Leadership

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Wouldn’t it be great if chocolate was one of the four food groups? Maybe my preference to see that happen (*smile*) is why the topic of 31 flavors keeps popping into how I think about success, civility, inclusion, leadership, and respect. I worked in corporate America for lots of years. When I look back at that time, I see how all the places where I worked managed by one flavor. That flavor was numbers, results, and the bottom line.

That’s It! Let Millennials Go

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When is the last time you used or heard the word “Millennial”? How do people say it in your leadership circles? Is it a term of endearment or a scathing word that’s akin to hearing fingernails scrape a chalkboard? If I were to guess, based on what I see floating by on social media these days, it’s probably the latter. In fact, just this morning another “Can you believe Millennials?” style video got tossed my direction, complete with eye-rolls and disbelief about younger coworkers.

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Learning through “Failure”

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There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period. – Brene Brown. Everyone experiences failure now and then. What do you do when a poor performance triggers a strong reaction of shame and regret? How can you turn performance failure into learning? Here are 9 steps to follow: 1. Cling to the belief that you are a capable learner. Manage any negative self-talk that reinforces a brittle, fixed identity by remembering your ability to learn from experience.

How Will You Still Be Improving on Sept 22?

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Tomorrow is January 1, the start of a new year. If you’re like me, you’ll weigh every word you say against the blank slate of a fresh start. You’ll be kind, reasonable to a fault, and clear-headed as you work toward your resolutions. The intensity of January 1 resolutions often fades away in the rush of obligations, as our humanity and fallibility creep back into our behavior. I suggest we take a note from Buffer’s page. The social media management application guides itself by six core values.

7 Ways For Leaders To Eliminate Blind Spots

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Blind spots, every leader has at least one, but what makes the difference between a great leader and an average one is your awareness of this Achilles heel and your openness to modifing your behavior. Before we dive into revealing seven ways to eliminate your blind spots, let’s just clarify what exactly is a blind spot. I’m sure you are all aware that you have blind spots on your car when you are driving. These are the places where you can’t see what is going on around you.

February 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the February Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, productivity, development, engagement, team-building, and more. Communication. Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership shared Things We Don’t Say Often Enough. Wally states: “We talk a lot, but there are some things we just don’t say often enough.” ” You can find Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.

Welcome Winter for All Its Worth

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When it comes to winter, are you a “love it” or “loathe it” kind of leader? Do you typically warm up to this season like a crackling fire, or weather it like an annual head cold? Does this time of year energize or deflate you and those you lead? I guess what I’m asking is this: based on your demeanor in December, would your colleagues and clients change your nameplate to “Saint Nick” or “Scrooge”? Love it or loathe it, every leader faces winter personally and professionally every year.

How To Lead Through Personal Tragedy

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In 2015, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s husband died unexpectedly. What culminated in the time afterwards was an incredible story of leading while suffering a personal tragedy. The enormity of being in leadership itself can be stressful. But how do you handle effectively leading when you have to handle a loss or tragic event in your personal life? I myself have been through such times. One of the most difficult was what should have been the greatest event of my life.

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Don’t Just Double Your To-Do’s, Delegate!

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Do you still beat yourself up when your to-do list turns into an unmanageable monster? It’s a common phenomenon, actually. You’re not alone if your inner leadership critic sounds something like this: “Why do you think you have to do it all? You really need to delegate!”. Recently I was coaching a team of leaders about the difference between doing more and delegating. Sure, you can go the traditional route as a leader and give away what’s on your task list.

5 Tips to Create High-Performance Teams

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No leader sets out to lead an ineffective team. In fact many leaders invest a lot of time and energy agonising over how to create the perfect high-performance team that works effectively and consistently delivers results. However, there is a problem. Many of the strategies leaders have adopted to improve teamwork, while well-intentioned, are not all that effective.

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Why Doesn’t My Team Get It?

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Have you ever asked yourself, “Why don’t they get it?” I can feel my own exasperation and desperation, and I’ve heard it from a number of leaders. Short Answer. The most-likely short answer to this question is “You.” If you’re the positional leader, head of a team, manager, etc. then this is probably the best answer also. If you’re a peer, a member of the team, but you ask that question of your peers, then something outside of you may be the key, but you can still make a difference.

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Trusting the Competence of Others

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You don’t generally select new employees on obedience, but on what they’re competent at (or potentially capable of doing) together with their ability to collaborate. In this post, I delve deeper into encouraging trust in others’ competence, or allowing people to get on with what they were hired for. Command and control versus trust in another’s competence.

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December 2018 Leadership Development Carnival: A Year in Review

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Welcome to the December Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share our leadership experts’ favorite posts from 2018 on the topics of communication, creativity/inspiration, development, engagement, productivity, and more. Communication. Randy Conley of Leading with Trust provided How to Tell Someone You Don’t Trust Them Without Destroying the Relationship. “ Addressing low trust in a relationship is a challenging issue.

Is it Time to Refresh the Roots of Change Leadership?

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What do you think characterises modern-day change leadership practice? In truth, a casual observer focused on media channels might be hard pressed to move beyond greed, vested interests, abuse of power, poor ethics, ‘Me first’, and a top-down targeted culture. How not to do change leadership! Those qualities stem in the main from the ‘command and control’ culture which has blighted organisations across the world for too long.

How To Leverage The 7 Universal Laws

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Did you know there are seven universal laws that influence everything we do? Great leaders do, and they also understand how to leverage these laws to create maximum impact. Since everything in the world is interconnected, whatever you do has an impact on someone else. It’s merely a question of whether you are impacting others positively or negatively. The seven universal laws show us how energy operates on a daily basis in our lives. The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy.

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Mindfulness and Focusing on What Matters

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You may have heard of mindfulness. It’s a form of meditation that businesses are beginning to embrace as a way to help employees become more efficient, productive and – most importantly – happy. As a leader, mindfulness can help you a great deal. With so much to think about in terms of people management, strategy, and your own to-do list, it’s easy to get lost in the quagmire of each day’s work.

No Formal Leadership Training? No Problem!

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To say I ‘fell’ into leadership is probably a little unfair, but when I found myself running a small sales team several years ago, I fully admit to suffering from imposter syndrome. Somehow, I’d achieved a position of authority (and a board seat) without any formal training.