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Envy or Humility — It’s Your Choice

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Some time ago, a new boy came to the neighborhood and Louie was not happy. Life was going along just fine for Louie. Everybody loved him and he thoroughly enjoyed greeting neighbors. Then Mac came along—five pounds of white fluff and super power energy. Everyone thought he was adorable… except Lou.

Coaching is a Participative Sport

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“I didn’t like you much after that,” said a former colleague and now friend as we reminisced about our early days in management. Back then, we were both newly promoted managers working for the same boss. One day, I accidently observed my colleague coaching one of her employees.

Mastering Leadership

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Is your leadership a competitive advantage—or is it costing you? How do you know? Most leaders are in over their heads, whether they know it or not. Today, escalating global complexity puts leadership effectiveness at a premium.

How to Assess the Unknown in 3 Easy Steps

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I adopted my dog Louie five years ago, and not a day goes by without a leadership lesson from that silly dog. I came across Louie’s adoption file recently as I was attempting to purge old paperwork.

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The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

What’s Your Leadership Wake?

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The term wake is a boating term that refers “to the trail of disturbed water that is left as a boat moves in the water.” It can be seen from some distance away, and the size of the wake is typically determined by the speed and the size of the boat. Whatever the magnitude of the wake, the one thing that is certain is that a wake is created. A boat simply cannot move without disturbing the water around it. It’s a physical impossibility. What Is A Leadership Wake? .

The Art of Servant Leadership

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By integrating the servant-led paradigm into their inner lives and professional thinking, today’s leaders can revolutionize heartless corporate strategies that reward the few at the expense of the many.

What Are Your Blind Spots?

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Far too many business leaders today are using outdated practices to engage and motivate their people?and and they’re failing miserably. Truly resilient, thriving organizations are those that are purpose driven and focus on more than pure profits.

Conflict Without Casualties

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When people misuse conflict energy, it becomes drama: they struggle against themselves or each other to feel justified about their negative behavior. The cost is staggering.

5 Ways to Develop a Change Strategy That Fails

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A current client wants to build a legacy business, and I was recommended to help them by their accountant, who is a colleague in my local BNI chapter. The company is run by a father and three sons. They fight, they bicker, fall out, and they are running a business in spite of rather than because of an appropriate change strategy.

The Disciplined Leader

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What do the best leaders have in common? As author of The Disciplined Leader and President of Management Action Programs, Inc. MAP), John Manning should know.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

Indivisible

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There are more people living alone than at any time in history, and more depression than ever recorded. Violence continues to cast long shadows across generations. We are fragmented to the point of vile speech and hate crimes based on false divisions.

How to Ditch Performance Reviews

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Are annual performance reviews necessary? A recent study shows that 90% of HR professionals don’t think performance appraisals are accurate or effective in improving productivity. If that’s the case, why do we still do them?

RIP: Retired in Position

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“Retired in position” refers to an unengaged employee, a term which I first heard used by Ken Blanchard. These individuals are just going through the motions, showing up to do the minimum, and would rather be somewhere else. Does this sound familiar? Well, it should. Per Gallup research, an astounding 70 percent of U.S. employees are not showing up to work fully committed to delivering their best performance.

Collaboration Begins With You

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When leaders give up their perceptions of power and start focusing on the greater good, a culture of collaboration is born. Some people think collaboration is the same as teams—but it’s not. Collaboration is an integral part of an organization’s culture.

Mindfulness Is Good, Right? That Depends!

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There have been a lot of great blogs, podcasts, and discussions recently about mindfulness.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

October 2019 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 development, engagement, productivity, team building, and more. Communication. Bernd Geropp provided The No1 feedback rule. Bernd shares: “My No 1 feedback tip for constructive and effective criticism: always formulate and view feedback as a personal gift!” ” Find Bernd on Twitter at @moreleadership.

What Lies Behind Our Fear?

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One thing I’ve learned about rescue dogs—they come with a lot of baggage. Not unlike every single one of us reading this blog. Since I’ve adopted Louie over five years ago, one thing remains constant: fear is his one of his top issues.

Hard Stops Aren’t Just Red Lights

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No one likes when the light at the intersection turns from green to yellow. It sends adrenaline coursing through veins. In a split second, several questions race through the mind: “Do I gun it and go through? Do I slam on my breaks? Is it clear ahead? Are cops around? Is this the intersection with the traffic camera?”. The anticipation of a hard stop doesn’t make everyone panic, but if your anxiety level doesn’t spike some, you need your heart checked.

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Eat That Frog!

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“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain. Do you know what the NUMBER ONE reason for failure in business and personal life is today? It’s procrastination.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

The Human Impact of Rapid Tech Change

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Companies are increasingly utilizing automation technologies to increase productivity and innovation. These companies find themselves managing complex organizational change, with challenges that will vary depending on the professional levels and geographic diversity of their human resources. Successful implementation of any change agenda, whether it is new software applications, process, or organization, is dependent on human resources. What I like to refer to as the “people side of change.”.

The 5 Enemies of Trustworthy Leadership

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For leaders, trust is a must. It’s the critical foundation for creating an environment where your team members can flourish, be engaged, and exercise their creativity and innovation to achieve their goals and those of the organization. Trust is the connective tissue in relationships and organizations, and it allows us to collaborate and achieve more together than we would independently. But trust is under attack.

Who Changes?

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One of the challenges you as leader are faced with is getting changes done in your organization. Especially influencing organizational culture, which is an arduous task, and many an attempt fails to bring about the desired cultural change. So why is that? And more importantly: how can you influence your coworkers in such a way that you increase the probability the desired changes are actually effectuated? Who is rational, who isn’t?

Lead Like Louie: Look Beyond Failure and Rejection

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Since adopting my rescue pup, Louie, in 2013, he and I have experienced many challenges as well as delightful adventures. Every interaction has given me PAWS to reflect on the leadership lessons I’ve learned over the years, many of which I will share in future articles.

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

How You Learn is How You Live

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Being a lifelong learner is one of the secrets to happiness and success. When people acquire new skills, master new capabilities, and become more mature, their personal and professional lives are enhanced. But what’s the best way for each of us to do that?

Introducing Newbies Isn’t Always Easy

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Louie, my adopted pup since 2013, has experienced a lot of loss over the last year. We wrote about two of those losses, Ellie and Mick , in previous blogs. Our neighborhood grieved over the loss of these beloved companions.

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Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work

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Regardless of your responsibilities, you will inevitably face an individual or a team who appear unmotivated. Trying to motivate them is frustrating for everyone involved and it just doesn’t work.

May 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the May Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, team building, and more. Communication. Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog contributed Silent and listen have a lot in common besides six letters.

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

Overcoming Fake Talk

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Be it in a professional or personal setting, our ability to communicate either creates respect, builds relationships, and achieves results — or it does not. John R.

Building Trust: A Leadership Imperative

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For many years trust has been considered a “soft” corporate issue, in part because it has been so difficult to measure. Whilst intuitively leaders knew that the level of trust in the organisation impacted team performance and company value, there was no concrete evidence to support this. However, new research by Accenture has quantified the impact of trust on a company’s competitiveness. And the bottom line is that trust is anything but soft. What is trust?

Daily Gratitude

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Gratitude is about attitude. It is the mindset you wake up with every morning and it guides your outlook on the world. I make a conscious effort to be positive and thankful for what I have. Gratitude is a conscious choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to think and act on it. You have to take stock of your life and appreciate all the wonderful things in it. The alternative is to focus on what is not going right, which produces a gloomy outlook and attitude.

Hitting Workplace Conflict Head-on

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“For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interactions, conflict, argument, debate.” — Margaret Heffernan. Do you remember the last time you avoided getting into an argument with your boss or your coworker? You were probably trying to maintain harmony and relationship. That is what many of us do when we try to avoid conflict. VitalSmarts’ research reveals that employees waste an average of $1500 and an 8-hour workday for every crucial conversation that they avoid.

Leadership Lessons from Great Teachers

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Master Teacher Wardie Sanders recently retired after teaching history for years at Hartsville High School. There are a lot of great teachers in schools all around the country who are only known to other teachers and in their own community. The news media are more likely to devote time to a violent crime or devastating fire than to the everyday work of great teachers. Wardie was an exception. In November 2015, the New York Times featured an article headlined The Art of the Thanksgiving Table.

Sometimes You Just Need to Ask

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How are your team members feeling? Are they stressed out? Overworked? Weary of change? On board with your strategies? How will you know if you don’t ask? Sometimes you just need to ask. I decided to ask, and I did so by going on tour – a listening tour. The ‘Listening’ Tour. We’ve undergone a significant amount of change over the last year and my team is feeling the effects. We implemented a new ERP system in our organization, and it turned the jobs of my team members upside-down.

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8 Most Frequent Change Needs of Any Organization

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For the past sixteen years, I have worked as a transformational business coach across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. In that time, I have frequently experienced the eight change needs described below. I hope that, reflecting on my list, you might identify one or more needs for you, your team, or your organisation and respond accordingly. The eight elements are offered in no particular priority, though you may see a logical sequencing of my description. Strategic Focus.

Leaders Need to Play Show and Tell

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Did you ever play Show and Tell when you were in elementary school? It wasn’t a game in the traditional sense, but more like story-time or a group activity to help the whole class learn more about the presenter. The premise of Show and Tell is a student brings something from home to show the class and tells why it’s important to them, or what it represents about them as a person. I remember looking forward to Show and Tell days with great excitement!

Choose Change!

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Common mistakes when wanting to change organizational culture are: thinking that publishing a code of conduct is enough; explaining and coercing; only doing a communication campaign with posters, etc.; and giving employees a (communication) training or a team-building session. Invest in Change. Any change, let alone cultural change, needs time to sink in and daily attention until it becomes the new habit. Change also requires role models (or change ambassadors ) and organizational facilitation.

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.