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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.

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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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?”

Stepped Decision-Making

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Every decision at the right level. Don’t forget the rider! In a previous post , I explained why you should trust the competence of your colleagues. In this post, I go a step further and discuss stepped decision-making, or delegating responsibility for a certain task, role, or function to the lowest possible hierarchical level in the organization. Let’s start with what typically goes wrong: Scenario 1: The leader is too scared to make decisions and waits until consensus is reached within the team.

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.”

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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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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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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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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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.

I Am the Warranty

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The exterminator company we hired keeps forgetting to schedule our monthly treatments. And when we call, a polite person apologizes and puts it on the schedule “for day after tomorrow.” This always precipitates the same response from the business end of our phone, “…but, why did I have to call you again this month to get planned monthly service?”. Our last dry-cleaning business frequently pressed my two-button blazers as a three-button coat despite my constant feedback.

Prepare to Honor, Serve, and Impact

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At the Faith At Work Summit , Deb Knupp of GrowthPlay made a statement I want to remember. She said, “Preparation is the ultimate sign of honor.”. She went on to talk about how everything we do to prepare, how we gather knowledge and then deliver that knowledge through our work, is an act of service. She recommends an act of service mindset when coaching her clients. Leadership is an act of service. We serve others when we communicate their importance to us, and to our team.

Preview Thursday: Conversations Worth Having

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We are pleased to present this excerpt from Conversations Worth Having by Cheri Torres & Jackie Stavros. Any Time, Any Place, Any Situation. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a strengths-based approach used to discover the best in people, organizations, and the communities around them.

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.

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’

Blueprints Aren’t Just For Buildings

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Amazing homes connect with your soul. The rooms just feel right. I felt wonder the first time I walked through the front door of our home. I knew it was different, unique. Later on, when the prior owner gave me a set of blueprints, I finally understood why the home felt so right. The original homeowners didn’t just slap a house together—they hired a great architect to think things through, to design something timeless.

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Using Curiosity to Manage Conflict

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There’s that old saying that two things in life are inevitable, and they’re death and taxes. I think several other items can be added to that list, and one of them is conflict. Conflict is that nasty stuff that happens when we feel threatened at the intersection of imbalances in power, money, or values. Power conflict is prompted by disparities in control and influence. Economic conflict results when there’s jockeying for access to, and ownership of, limited or scarce resources.

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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November 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the November Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, customer service, development, engagement, and more. Communication. Dana Theus of InPower Coaching submitted INSIGHT: People Problems – Who’s Fault Is It Anyway? Dana suggests: “ Experiencing people problems at work?

Preview Thursday: Beyond Sizzle

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We are pleased to present this excerpt from Chapter 4 of: Beyond Sizzle: The Next Evolution of Branding by Mona Amodeo, Ph.

Are You Missing The Obvious?

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Traditionally the phrase “blind spot” refers to a part of the retina that is insensitive to light, which results in an actual spot in the eye where a person can’t see. Blind spot” is also a phrase used when the side mirrors of a car create a space to the left and right side of your vehicle where you can’t see cars passing or driving next to you.

Preview Thursday: Blind Spots

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Authors Jim Haudan and Rich Berens identify the five most common leadership blind spots that hamper success: Purpose, Story, Engagement, Trust, and Truth in their new book: What Are Your Blind Spots? Conquering the 5 Misconceptions that Leaders Back.

Do You Believe in the Planning Fairy?

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Little children believe in many things that adults don’t. You don’t believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy. What about the Planning Fairy? Sometimes, what we do and what we say don’t quite match up. Chris Argyris called that the difference between the “theory espoused” and the “theory in use.” Sure, you may say you don’t believe in the Planning Fairy, but your behavior might say something different. You might believe in the planning fairy without even knowing it.

Leverage Your Network

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Have you read Friend of a Friend: Understanding The Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career by David Burkus ? David is a friend and an accomplished author, speaker, podcaster, and professor.

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5 Fun Staff Appreciation Ideas

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A couple of recent surveys showed that half of the respondents would stay longer in their current workplace if their efforts were recognised more by their employers. The respondents stated that those who do not feel recognised would not put in more effort than their job descriptions require. Although many workplaces do have recognition schemes in place to honour their staff, many feel that these schemes are dull, insincere, or not worth the effort required.

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3 Ways to Make Power a Good Thing

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I like to ask workshop participants where they got their power. Some say from their jobs; others say from within themselves. Most people, however, say they don’t have any power, nor do they want any. Their point of view is understandable. Too often, we see those in high ranking positions use their power to control or for personal gain. Their actions turn us off, so we turn away from wanting to have power, seeing it as something negative or that corrupts.

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Feedback Loops for Excellent Interpersonal Communication

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In a previous post , I posited the seven things you as leader should do for excellent interpersonal communication: create safety , ensure feedback loops are in place, encourage trust in others’ competence, implement stepped decision-making, involve bottom-up, use transformational leadership, and match stated and actual organizational culture.

Preview Thursday: Clarity First

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We are pleased to present this excerpt from Chapter 1 of: Clarity First: How Smart Leaders and Organizations Achieve Outstanding Performance by Karen Martin. More Than a Moment.

Not All Leaders Wear Suits

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I have seen lots of stock photos in my four years of doing freelance social media work, writing, and editing. If I use a search term like “leader,” I can predict the types of images I’ll find. The one above is an example.

The Long-Distance Leader with Wayne Turmel

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Do you lead teams where members aren’t physically present? Teams become more and more geographically diverse in addition to other types of diversity. But often, geographic separation presents unique challenges to leadership.

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.

Preview Thursday-Dare to Serve

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The following is an excerpt from the updated and expanded Second Edition of: Dare to Serve by Cheryl Bachelder. Purpose is a Competitive Advantage. Why does work have such a bad reputation? Or is it just my line of work that has a bad reputation?

Preview Thursday: Transform Your Company

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The following is an excerpt from Transform Your Company: Escape Frustration, Align Your Business, and Get Your Life Back by Alex Vorobieff. The Beginning: Business Alignment. I always knew inherently that there was a place to start taking the dysfunction out of a business—and a way to keep it out.

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.

Five Steps for Business Alignment

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As we continue to explore the business alignment steps I listed in my June Lead Change Group column ( Leadership Requires Healthy Relationships with Feedback ), we’re moving from Confronting Reality to Starting on the Inside. For any real change, you start at your core.

January 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the January Leadership Development Carnival! The themes for this month are… Let’s get started! Productivity. Neal Burgis of Burgis Successful Solutions submitted Great Leaders Simplify Complexity.

Preview Thursday: Conversations Worth Having

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The following is an excerpt from Conversations Worth Having. What Kind of Conversations Are You Having? “The moment of questioning is also the moment of choice, which usually holds the greatest leverage for effective action and positive change.” ” ~ Marilee Goldberg.

Does Your Brand Pass Muster?

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In this month’s post, I consider the impact of change on your organisation’s brand. Are you hidebound by your organisation’s name? In any economy — local, regional, or national — your brand is everything. It is your reputation 24/7, 365, and it never switches off.

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Empowering your Workforce in Increments

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I currently mentor a close colleague, who has recently experienced probably the worst example of organisational restructuring and change management that I have witnessed in over forty years! While he successfully competed and secured a senior management position in the new structure, that badly-handled process has caused significant damage to his belief in the organisation, its vision, mission and values! Likewise, the same is true for many of his colleagues, most of whom I know.

Stay in Balance

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When I was a kid, my father used to take me sport fishing off the Southern California coast. I figured out fast that conditions on the water are slippery at best. While growing your business, especially as your feedback relationship changes, it is important to be aware that you are still on a slippery slope. The business alignment pyramid is inverted for a reason. It doesn’t give the illusion of assumed stability.

5 Steps To Having Courageous Conversations

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According to the 2015 Employee Trends Report by Quantum Workplace, one of the biggest areas of concern for team members is that there is often not open and honest communication with managers. So why is this? Why does miscommunication pervade at least 50% of business conversations?

Are You Learning to Lead?

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As a leader, do you ever feel like your habits automatically engage to turn a new experience into an old pattern of response? If so, you might consider using a surprising approach to personal and professional development: learning from experience.

September 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the September 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, leadership, productivity, team building, and more. We’re especially pleased to welcome Jim Haudan and Rich Berens of Root Inc. as sponsors of this month’s Carnival.