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Effective Communication is about Understanding Emotion

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Imagine a world in which you wouldn’t experience any emotion whatsoever. What would your life look like? No, it wouldn’t be drab, as that’s an emotion. Nor boring, peaceful or any other state of mind which implies an emotion is being experienced.

10 Signs Your Leadership Strategy Doesn’t Work

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In any professional environment, management is composed of a leader and a group of colleagues working collaboratively. Together, they work towards their team’s goals. Ideally, the team should meet their targets and perform well under an effective management.

How Leaders Can Invest in the Power of Differences

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In a world in which we expect the neighborhood ice cream shop to offer up at least 31 flavors, why do we insist on “fixing” people so their point of view matches one flavor—ours?

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The Best Leaders Use These 3 Hard Words

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I see it with my clients. I see it with my colleagues. I see it in myself. It’s damn hard to admit when we don’t know something. Somewhere along the line, we came to believe that being a leader meant being sure. Knowing the answers. Having the best and rightest solution to every problem.

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The Secret Ingredient for Extraordinary Leadership

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Do you (or your organization) use the vending machine approach to leadership? That approach is when someone asks the boss a question (inserting the coins) and out pops (like the candy bar, soda, or bag of chips) the correct answer. Fitting the mold.

Why Leaders Give Feedback

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An important task you have as a leader is giving feedback. Not only in terms of task performance (so that the other knows how he or she is doing), but also in terms of social behavior.

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The Difference Between Good and Great Leadership

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Goodness isn’t really celebrated. Only greatness is. Great leaders aren’t just better at being good leaders. They’re in a class apart. To watch them work can be awe inspiring.

Got questions?

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When I was growing up, I envied the little boy next door. His mom asked him questions. Would you like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or soup for lunch? Will you spend the afternoon reading a book or playing? My mom told me how it was going to be.

Five Reasons Job Seekers Should Study Lean Management

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Even seasoned senior managers look to continually enhance their skill sets to differentiate themselves from other job seekers. Management job seekers with lean management experience can separate themselves from the competition.

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’

Using Conflict for Good—a Conversation with Nate Regier

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Conflict, from your home to the workplace, is inevitable. In fact, did you know that according to a Gallup Poll, negative conflict drains the U.S. economy by $350 BILLION a year in lost productivity and wasted energy? But conflict gets a bad rap.

4 Things That Will Increase Your Optimism

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Respond to the following statements with always, sometimes, and never: In uncertain times, I usually expect the best. If something can go wrong for me, it will. I hardly ever expect things to go my way. I rarely count on good things happening to me.

Building a Mentoring Culture in Your Organization

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There are a ton of benefits to establishing a culture of mentoring within your organization. This post will share those benefits with you and explain how to cultivate the mentoring culture within your organization. Learning is a two way street.

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How Great Leaders Unleash Passion

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Picture this. You walk out of an airport to take a taxi cab to your hotel. The taxi driver has a sullen look, seems completely disinterested in you, plays music you dislike, and talks to his buddies on his phone all the way.

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Dysfunctional Leadership: 10 Thinking Habits to Avoid

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Certain aspects of thinking and behaving like a good leader can be tough for many on the leadership development path. Our brain doesn’t develop neuropathways at the flip of a switch. New habits may takes months, if not years, to become second nature.

How to Reduce Employee Turnover with 7 Critical Leadership Skills

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Poor leadership is often at the root of high employee turnover. In fact, according to a recent CMOE infographic , nearly 50 percent of employees were likely to leave their jobs if they didn’t feel recognized by their managers.

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How Great Leaders Value People

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Organizations of all sizes and industries are reimagining work cultures in this relationship economy. It’s all about the people. Consequently, servant leadership quickly is becoming the preferred practice for some of the biggest and best companies in the world.

10 Insights on Inspirational Leadership

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Is inspirational leadership the holy grail of leadership? I define such a pinnacle – the holy grail of leadership – as that which engenders the highest levels of employee engagement and commitment. So, by that definition, then yes, hands down, inspirational leadership is the summit.

The Five Most Valuable Leadership Skills

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Quality leaders are in high demand today in almost all areas of professional business, education, science, politics, and also generally in day-to-day life.

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The Most Cost Effective Way To Engage Your People

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Do you remember Bob Nelson’s series of books “ 1001 Ways “? The titles ran the gamut of 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work to 1001 Ways to Energize Employees and 1001 Ways to Energize Employees.

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Leading a “Mozart”

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He was arguably the greatest composer who has ever lived. He wrote over 600 scores during his short 35 year life span. He was performing advanced piano works before kings at the age of five.

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A 30-60-90 Day Plan For New Leaders

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Leaders new to a team have the unenviable task of getting results, building trust and establishing credibility. All the while they are learning their new role, and possibly even a new company. For some leaders, doing one or the other is attainable, but doing all simultaneously can be a daunting task.

If We’re Not Human at Work, What are We?

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I’ve been receiving a series of emails lately from a highly regarded organization with the subject line “How to Be More Human at Work.”. Funny. Aren’t we being human all the time? Now, for most of us it’s not that we’re being inhuman at work, but I understand the point.

Use Emotional Intelligence To Address Speech Anxiety

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What do you feel when you imagine standing up in front of an audience? Visualize the bright lights in your face, see all those people looking at you and expecting you to deliver a top-notch performance. Do butterflies start fluttering about in your stomach? Do your palms start to sweat?

11 Reasons Fear Screws Up Your Leadership and What To Do About It

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It’s a question that has perplexed me for many years: With the wealth of leadership wisdom available, why do we continue to struggle to lead well? Why do employee engagement rates continue to hover around 30% despite the obvious advantages for leaders who choose to lead well?

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It’s About What You Add to the Interaction

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What really makes a good leader? Many theories and models try to show us the way. The discussion may be approached from several perspectives.

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9 Strategies to Become a Fantastic Listener

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Not long ago I was reflecting on a conversation that I had with my spouse. I thought that I had not been a very good listener in a conversation that we had about an hour earlier.

How to Move Beyond “You’re Either With or Against Us”

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“Remove people from your life whose beliefs, ideas, and values aren’t aligned with yours. Make no compromises here.” That passage from a book a local businessman had written and asked me to read stopped me cold. As that position was opposite from mine, I wanted to explore his view in more detail.

The Best Leaders Have the Best Systems

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Leaders are difference makers. They are catalysts who make positive things happen with available people, ideas, and resources. Which is why the world judges leaders first on what they actually accomplish, not the quality of their ideas or the strength of their vision.

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Five Leadership Lessons from the Garden

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The flowers that are in full bloom are wonderful. The weeds that have taken over one corner are terrible. To get my garden in world class condition and ready for the competitive eye of my neighbor is exactly what every leader must do: seed, feed, and weed. Consider the “season.”

Is the Time Right For You to Speak Out?

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Google “songs about money” and entries like “40 best songs about money” and “12 best songs about money. EVER” pop up. The search results are less abundant if you google “songs about ethics.” No 12- or 40-best lists appear. Top 10 social and political songs of our times” is as close as it gets.

Business Leaders Need This Fourth Grade Teacher

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If you face disengaged employees, low productivity, low morale, and trying to get teams to do more with less: listen up! This elementary school teacher is turning the tables on traditional thinking and in the process, modeling steps that can also get results with an adult workforce.

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Why Tomorrow’s Leaders Shouldn’t Mimic the Leaders of Today

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I’m a big believer in leadership development. Early in my career, I had a manager who noticed my potential and nominated me for training programs that kick-started mine.

The Characteristics of A True Leader

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What makes a great leader?

Is It Fun Being Led by You?

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Few American presidents were more fun loving than Theodore Roosevelt. He hunted wild animals in Africa and, as a naturalist, started the U.S. Forestry Service. The Nobel Peace Prize winning president was a championship boxer at Harvard and the author of thirty-eight books.

Rewards and Recognition Done Right

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Not all forms of Rewards & Recognition (R&R) are created equal. In actuality, as human beings we aren’t profoundly motivated by the tangible reward or recognition itself. It’s about the meaning behind the reward. In fact, an international employee survey by Make Their Day!

The Power of Presence

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Have you ever heard of an “absentee leader” or manager?

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What Millennials Need in a Leader

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I will be honest—it took me a while to catch on to the fact that the title “millennial” was referring to me and my peers.

How Mind Maps Removed Stress From My Working Day

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We have so much stuff swimming around in our heads; half-baked ideas, things promised to others and that ever-growing list of to-dos that require attention and feel ever-present yet are ultimately unachievable.

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7 Qualities Of Outstanding Leaders

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Leadership is putting a face to management science. A good leader is an able manager. And an able manager is someone who can recruit, hire, train, and mentor. He or she is someone who can motivate, engage, and monitor. And he or she has the ability to envision, plan, clarify, evaluate, and revise.