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How to Know if You’re a Manager or a Leader

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You’re not managing just because you run meetings or have a title. You might own the place, but that doesn’t make you a leader. Think of leadership and management as distinct ways of… Continue reading → Managing Marks of leaders Leadership Development Management

Solution Saturday: I Don’t Get Paid to Do That

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Dear Dan, I am trying to deal with individuals who continually say I don’t get paid to do that. In addition to that, they are never satisfied with bonuses received. When I emailed… Continue reading → Solution Saturday Leadership Development Organizational Development

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5 Powerful Ways to Answer Self-Doubt and Step into Your Greatness

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The Little Engine kept saying, “I think I can,” until he climbed the steep hill. But the story is wrong. Thinking you can is helpful, but never enough to step into your greatness.… … Continue reading → Author Book Notes Leading

The Five Components of Negative Leadership

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Paychecks buy compliance, but no one is energized by negative leadership. Uncertainty and insecurity give birth to some of the most negative aspects of leadership. You end up with toxicity when you stir… Continue reading → Courage Optimism pessimism Leadership Development

The Three Dumbest Things Leaders Do When Things are Going Well

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Play to win or get out of the way. Successful leaders focus on success. Progress, momentum, and growth are precious things. Fuel them with all you have in you. The three dumbest… Continue reading → Marks of leaders Passion Success Taking others higher Leadership Development leadership success organizational success

10 Strategies that Re-energize Demoralized Teams

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Layoffs, complaints, stress, cutbacks, unrealistic expectations, shortfalls, and more, demoralize teams. 10 Strategies that Re-energize Demoralized teams: #1. Complain a little and move on. “We’ve We’ve talked about this the last three times… Continue reading → Motivation Optimism Passion Teams Leadership Development

You Aren’t Fit to Lead if Your Greatest Strength is Seeing Weakness

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You aren’t fit to lead if your greatest strength is seeing weakness. Smart talented leaders find it easy to point out inadequacies, describe what’s wrong, and explain disagreements. There’s no creativity in pointing… Continue reading → Courage Criticism Marks of leaders Strengths Taking others higher weaknesses Leadership Development organizational success Questions

12 Sentences that Prevent Reverse Delegation

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Reverse delegation happens when delegated tasks end up back in your bucket. Reverse delegation stalls the trajectory of your career, the growth of your team, and the success of your organization. Why reverse… Continue reading → Delegation Leadership Development

4 Ways to Make 2018 the Best Year of Your Life

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If 2018 was your last year on earth, and you had to keep your job, what would you do differently? Brevity simplifies priority. #1. Enjoy. You’d feel an urgency to enjoy life if… Continue reading → Personal Growth Success Taking others higher Leadership Development leadership success

12 Sentence Starters that Inspire Courage

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Any bully can kick someone in the pants. It takes real leadership to inspire. If you encouraged a team member once a week, you’d do it about 50 times a year. Allowing for… Continue reading → Courage Encouragement Motivation Leadership Development organizational success

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10 Heart-Based Questions that Produce the Very Best Decisions

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The future is shaped by today’s decisions. Failure to make decisions ends leadership. Forward-facing decisions always impact behaviors. If behaviors don’t change, everything stays the same. Decision making tools are useful and necessary, but fall short. … Continue reading → Decisions Marks of leaders Leadership Development

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7 Questions that Answer the Ultimate Opportunity of Leadership

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The easiest thing leaders do is get things done. The hard part is the people. Leaders are ineffective if all they do is get things done. The true focus of leadership: Leaders focus… Continue reading → Leading Personal Growth Growth Leadership Leadership Development

How to be the Inspirational Leader you Aspire to Be

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Criticism and complaint seldom inspire people to take on new challenges. 4 essential for inspirational leadership: Belief: You must believe in people in order to inspire them. Everyone who has achieved anything owes… Continue reading → Influence Insecurity Motivation Growth Leadership Development organizational success

Why Leaders Get Stuck at Average

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Some leaders think they’re good leaders when they’re stuck at averaged. We don’t automatically improve as time passes. The longer we do something the more likely we are to do it like we’ve… Continue reading → Feedback Marks of leaders Success Growth Leadership Leadership Development

How to Serve First, Build Trust, and Live Your Values

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New Giveaway!! 20 free copies of an 18 week journal for leaders!!! Leave a comment on this guest post by Art Barter to become eligible to win one of twenty complimentary copies of his… Continue reading → Author Leading Servant-leadership Book Notes Leadership Development

3 Prevailing Beliefs that Limit Leadership

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What you believe about yourself, others, and events governs your attitudes and behaviors. Limiting beliefs produce limited results. 3 prevailing beliefs that limit leadership: #1. Leaders are tough. Leaders do tough things. Successful… Continue reading → Lies Leaders Believe Marks of leaders Success Leadership Development leadership success

10 Ways To Be a Leader People Choose to Follow

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Authority, position and title won’t make you a leader. Don’t worry about being a leader. Worry about being a person worthy of being followed. 10 leaders people choose not to follow: Tippy-toe leaders who… Continue reading → Marks of leaders Leadership Leadership Development

Nearly 40% Never Give Positive Reinforcement

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For many, it’s easier to talk about what sucks than what’s great. There’s a negative voice in our heads. Personally, you can’t speak well of yourself. Humble leaders don’t brag. They talk about… Continue reading → Appreciation Encouragement Leading Marks of leaders Taking others higher Leadership Development organizational success

89% of Employees are Demotivated by Ineffective Managers and Leaders

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It might hurt, but look in the mirror if people around you are low energy slugs. The greatest ability is the ability to develop abilities. 98% of employees who have good leaders are… Continue reading → Feedback Gratitude Motivation Personal Growth Taking others higher Growth Leadership Leadership Development organizational success

Where Foolish Leaders Become Wise

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The pain foolish leaders inflict on teams and organizations is tragic. The damage foolish leaders cause warrants the uncomfortable term.) But there’s exciting news. Anyone with average intelligence can develop wisdom. Wisdom… Continue reading → Success Growth Leadership Development wise leaders

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How Leaders Defeat Insecurity and Build Bold Teams

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You produce weakness in others when you exercise power unless you use power to fill others with confidence. You cannot empower people by exercising power over them. The work of successful leaders is… Continue reading → Personal Growth Power weaknesses Leadership Development organizational success

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How to Accept Imperfection Like a Leader

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If I could begin my leadership journey again, I’d accept imperfection. Leadership begins after you accept imperfection. If I could take back the time I wasted on searching for perfection – before I… Continue reading → Personal Growth Success Growth Leadership Development organizational success

5 Powerful Leadership Behaviors Any Leader Can Do in 2017

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Distill challenges and opportunities into one word. Create focus. All high performance requires focus. Chasing urgencies dilutes success. Choose what matters. Ignore what doesn’t matter. You can’t have it all. You can’t do it… Continue reading → Success Leadership Development organizational success

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How to Stop Wasting Time in Meetings

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If high blood pressure excites you, call a meeting with an ineffective, malfunctioning, low-performing, time wasting team. The problem of waste is compounded because high level leaders spend most of their time in… Continue reading → Leading Meetings and agendas Teams Meetings

How to Stop Wasting Time in Meetings

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If high blood pressure excites you, call a meeting with an ineffective, malfunctioning, low-performing, time wasting team. The problem of waste is compounded because high level leaders spend most of their time in… Continue reading → Leading Meetings and agendas Teams Meetings

How to Build the Future by Asking Four Forward-Facing Questions

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Frustration with teams and organizations is the result of avoiding questions that many leaders don’t dare to ask. Successful leaders ask forward-facing questions that define a future distinct from the past. 4 backward-facing questions: What’s… Continue reading → Change Courage Curiosity Mistakes Success Leadership Development organizational success

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The 12 Assets That Elevate and Expand Every Leader’s Influence

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Everything you have today began with someone else. Leadership is stewardship. Now the question is, “How are you bringing value to others.” Leadership isn’t about status, position, salary, or title. Stewardship is about… Continue reading → Leading

How to Show Compassion and Get Results

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Done poorly, compassion prolongs weakness, propagates irresponsibility, and validates destructive behaviors. Compassion, like all great virtues, requires insight to be practiced skillfully. People first: Compassion is a ‘people first’ approach to leadership. It’s… Continue reading → Leading

Seven Steps to See and Solve Blindspots

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Blindspots let you blame others for your shortcomings and feel superior while doing it. 5 common leadership blindspots: Evaluating yourself as a good listener, even though you can’t wait for others to stop… Continue reading → Feedback Leading

3 Wise Sayings You Need to Stop Saying Today

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Some ‘wise’ sayings are evil affirmations that staying the same is a good thing. They’re dangerous because they’re half true. #1. We did our best. Bull crap! You didn’t do your best. You don’t even know what your best is. “I I did my best,” is an opiate that affirms performance that didn’t go as you … … Continue reading → Failure Leading Taking others higher Growth Leadership Development organizational success

Don’t Say, “It’s Not That Bad,” to Someone Who Thinks it’s Bad

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Don’t say, “It’s not that bad,” to someone who thinks it’s bad. You’re right: When team members say, “Things are bad,” say, “You know, you’re right.” And then ask, What’s bad about it? What makes you say that? What decisions/behaviors are making it bad? If it was good, what would it look like? Where … … Continue reading → Accountability Coaching Criticism Encouragement Solutions Leadership Development organizational success

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How to Transform Meetings That Suck the Life Out of You

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When was the last time you left a meeting ready to charge hell with a squirt gun? Lousy meetings are problem-solving activities with the wrong people in the room. The… Continue reading → Meetings and agendas Meetings

A Five Step One-on-One Any Leader Can Do

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When you know what’s next you can prepare and perform. Structure provides predictability. Predictability enables preparation. Preparation raises confidence. Confidence is energy. A 5 step one-on-one any leader can do: #1. Provide brag… Continue reading → Coaching Leading Leadership Development organizational success

7 Smart Things to Do When Your Team is Smarter Than You

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Leaders who move up, end up leading people who are smarter than they are. Be thankful, even if it’s stressful. Leaders who need to be the smartest person in the room: Propagate dumb… Continue reading → Coaching Curiosity Decisions Insecurity Taking others higher Leadership Development organizational success

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How Leaders Change People By Simply Seeing Them

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One summer, years ago, my wife and I stopped yelling at each other when we noticed the windows were up. People change when someone’s watching or listening. I read that people are more… Continue reading → Gratitude Leading Growth Leadership Development organizational success

10 Questions Humble Leaders Ask Themselves

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Self-importance blocks leadership. The difference between self-importance and knowing you matter is ego. Humble leaders know that others make their leadership. Humility enables confidence. Self-importance reflects ego. 7 indications you might be egotistical:… Continue reading → Humility Servant-leadership Leadership Development

A Simple Pattern for a Powerful Conversation

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It’s too easy to point out weaknesses. Successful leaders know the top three strengths of everyone on the team. Peter Drucker wrote, “A person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance… Continue reading → Strengths Leadership Development organizational success

How to Maximize the Seven Levels of Leadership

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Leaders rise or fall at points of execution and completion. 7 levels of leadership: #1. Believe you can make a difference. Roots of belief: Someone saw something in you that inspired you to… Continue reading → Humility Marks of leaders Personal Growth Success Taking others higher Growth Leadership Leadership Development

7 Powerful Performance Conversation Starters

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Have performance conversations so frequently that they feel natural. Repetition builds confidence and culture. Cheer, clap, and pat: If you wait until something goes wrong to give positive feedback, it’s too late. I’m… Continue reading → Feedback Culture Leadership Development

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3 Secrets to Giving Corrective Feedback with Ease and Confidence

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Every time you shoot yourself in the foot, you do it with good intentions. Someone needs to say, “If you do that again, you’re going to shoot the other foot.” Corrective feedback enables… Continue reading → Feedback

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