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3 Ways to Shrink a Bighead

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“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” Ann Landers 7 reasons humility is a brilliant idea: You’re not as smart as you think. Make room for ignorance.

The Top Ten Toxic Behaviors of Lousy Leaders

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“Most leaders don’t need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop.” Peter Drucker Top Ten toxic Behaviors of Lousy Leaders: #1. Neglecting relationships. A short conversation about someone’s… Continue reading → Success Leadership Development leadership success

The Surprising Discovery of my Waving Experiment

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I’m doing a waving experiment while I walk and have made a surprising discovery. We live in the country. Sometimes I don’t see any cars. But during “rush hour,” I wave several times.… … Continue reading → Influence Leading Leadership Development leadership success

Ten Ways to Screw Up Your Next Meeting

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When meetings go off the rails, the person at the head of the table is incompetent. Ten ways to screw up your next meeting: #1. Don’t state the purpose of the meeting. #2.… … Continue reading → Meetings and agendas Leadership Leadership Development Meetings

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.

Toxic Leaders – The Toxic Trinity that Takes Leaders Down

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Bill Clinton said, “It’s the economy, stupid.” In organizations, “It’s the leadership, stupid.” The problem with organizations is toxic leadership. Look around. If you don’t like what you see, look in the mirror.… … Continue reading → Leading

How to Hold People Accountable when You’d Rather Eat a Worm

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12 reasons holding people accountable is distasteful: You naturally pick up the slack when someone falls behind. You aren’t accountable to your own responsibilities. Like holding people accountable.)

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How to Bring Out the Best in Others

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Performance can’t be improved until it’s defined. The truth about bringing out the best in others: You’re supposed to bring out the best in others, but what does that mean? How is it… Continue reading → Leading

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How to Receive Feedback

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The most important thing about feedback is the way it’s received. How to receive feedback: #1. Aspire to improve. Aspiration makes feedback desirable. Tell me how to improve.” Poorly delivered feedback is useful… Continue reading → Feedback Leadership Development

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How to Rise Above Problem-Based Thinking

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Good days turn bad quickly. Eight hours of good performance are ruined by five minutes of tension with a colleague. Everything in your day went well, but you have a bad experience –… Continue reading → Courage Curiosity Solutions courageous leaders Leadership Leadership Developmen

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The Ultimate Pursuit of Leadership isn’t Success

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The ultimate pursuit of leadership is humility, not success. The more I think about humility, the less I know about it. The more I pursue humility, the more it escapes my grasp. Everything… Continue reading → Humility Marks of leaders Personal Growth arrogance

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.

Results-Only Leaders Have Empty-Tank Teams

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Managing energy is more important than managing time. It doesn’t matter how much time you have if your energy-tank is empty. Results-only leaders have empty-tank teams. 4 unbreakable rules of energy: #1.

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7 Rules for Giving Feedback to the Boss and Surviving to Tell About It

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Few things in organizational life are more dangerous than speaking truth to power. But isolated leaders become arrogant, indulgent, and authoritarian. Incompetent leaders count on reluctance to maintain their position and power.

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How to Find the Power to Step into Anxiety

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Confidence isn’t the absence of anxiety. Confidence is the ability to step into anxiety and see what good might result. Where does confidence to face anxiety come from? Anxiety: You’re anxious when you… Continue reading → Leading

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Partly Cloudy or Partly Sunny – How to Energize Others

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You see yourself as sunny. Others think you’re cloudy. The way you occur to others and the way you perceive yourself are two different things.

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What Lies Behind Points to What Lies Ahead

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The road ahead looked narrow, but when I looked back I saw the future. Kierkegaard wrote in his journal, “Philosophy is perfectly right in saying that life must be understood backwards. But then… Continue reading → Leading

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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.

The Big Mouth Problem

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You’re less likely to say something stupid if you listen more and speak less. Leaders need big ears and small mouths. Warnings and wisdom: Fools plug their ears and press forward into disaster,… Continue reading → Listening Leadership Development organizational success

How to Become an Otherish Leader

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It’s lonely at the top because leaders lack otherishness. Otherish leaders focus on the success and well-being of others. You’re lonely because: #1. You wear a mask. Masks prevent people from knowing you.… … Continue reading → Leading Feedback leadership success

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The Four Guiding Principles that Every Successful Leader Employs

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Don’t decide to be a professional basket-ball player if you love basket-ball, but you’re a shrimp. Someone will mention Muggsy Bogues was 5-3. Hero Sports lists 24 NBA players who stood between 5-3… Continue reading → Menotoring Strengths Success weaknesses Growth Leadership Development

Why Some Leaders Stick and Other Leaders Quit

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Grit isn’t the reason people endure. Grit is disappointing because it develops as-you-go, not before you go. Context: Grit is irrelevant when you already feel strong, capable, and confident.

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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.

Miserable Leaders Spread Misery

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Miserable leaders spread misery everywhere they go. Enjoy leading or get out of leadership. Stop spreading misery. Decide to enjoy leadership. You won’t enjoy every aspect of leadership but choose happiness every chance… Continue reading → energy Leadership Development

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Reject Fast Solutions – Solve Problems Slowly

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Reject first solutions unless the barn is on fire. Fast-solution leaders: #1. Choose done over working on creative solutions. Choosing the fast solution restores the status quo.

How Negative Impulse Triggers Positive Response

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Negative impulses are useful when they produce positive results. Redirect negative impulses toward positive actions. Great achievements emerge when negative impulses trigger positive responses. #1. Anger – Openness: Stop resisting anger.

The Secret to Bringing Out the Best in Others

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Support too little and challenge too much – you kick butt. People are stressed and discouraged. Challenge too little and support too much – you coddle. People are comfortable and sleepy.

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How Humility Serves You Well

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I sent the following text message to a leader I’m mentoring. He’s scheduled for a job interview and I thought I’d give him something to think about. “I I wonder what humility looks like… Continue reading → Humility Growth Leadership Development leadership journey leadership success

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The Four Powers of Courageous Leaders

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The courage of leadership is seldom seen and never understood by those who choose safety over adventure. Real courage is a decision made without fanfare. Courageous leadership is the power to: #1. Live… Continue reading → Courage vulnerability courageous leaders Leadership Development

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How to Navigate Weakness on Your Team

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It’s not the work; it’s the people that drive you crazy. Love and hate at work: You love working with the people on your team.

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10 Ways to Spot Toxic Employees

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10 ways to spot toxic employees: Team members are afraid of toxic employees. Ask a toxic person what they’re getting done and they’ll tell you what they plan to get done. Conversations have… Continue reading → Gossip

4 Reasons Leaders Don’t Notice Good Performance

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What goes unnoticed gradually loses value. What gets noticed improves. 4 reasons leaders don’t notice good performance: Ignorance. Upper-level leaders don’t know what front-line employees and middle-managers are doing. Personality.

The 7 Seductions of Leadership

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Position, status, and success don’t magically make you superior to others. Know-it-all leaders become less than they could be. The 7 seductions of leadership: Knowing ‘about’ is the same as knowing ‘how’.

How to Ignite Fire in Others

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We spent time on the Maine coast in a rustic cabin this summer. Even though it was July, one morning was cool enough to start a fire. Actually, I attempted to start a… Continue reading → energy Passion Leadership Leadership Development

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The Five Practices of Smart Teams

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Teams, like individuals, can be stupid or smart. Stupid teams consists of smart people who engage in stupid behaviors. The 5 practices of smart teams: #1. Team members disagree with the team leader.… … Continue reading → Teams Leadership Development Organizational Development

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Creating a Moment of Enlightenment that Energizes and Liberates

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Some people just don’t get it. You’re trying to help someone see the light, but nothing changes.

How to Build an Organization Where People Take Care of Each Other

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You might believe that taking care of each other is weak or silly. But think of the alternative. Care is nurtured. An uncaring team is a symptom of neglect. 5 expressions of care… Continue reading → Encouragement energy Success Taking others higher Leadership Leadership Development

The Right Way to Make a Taco

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Tacos are made with crunchy shells. Soft shells are acceptable only when crunchy shells are unavailable. The only acceptable taco shell is Old El Paso’s “Stand N Stuff” flat bottom taco shell. Cheese… Continue reading → Leading

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How People Weasel Out of Change and Justify Staying the Same

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Aspiration or frustration drives you to seek advice. But you end up rejecting advice in favor of staying the same. How to weasel out of change: You’re frustrated when others do it. Maybe… Continue reading → Leading

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An Energizing Conversation any Manager can Lead

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The energy of conversation points to the relevance of the topic. There’s no guarantee of follow-through, but if heads nod around the table, follow-through will be like pulling teeth. Step #1: Discuss, in… Continue reading → Leading

New Books that Hit my Mailbox

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Cicero I thought you might be interested in some new books that recently hit my mailbox. Nincompoopery – Why Customers Hate You… Continue reading → Author Book Notes

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The Number One Factor in Employee Satisfaction

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The Secret to Navigating the Volatile Path to Success

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The path to success is messy. You’ve seen straight-line growth arrows, as if success is neat, safe, predictable and always in the upward direction. The path to success is a volatile ocean that… Continue reading → Leading