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How to Overcome the Dangers of Entitlement

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The source of entitlement is arrogance. If you aren’t grappling with arrogance, you’re blind to its influence. You’re arrogant if: Offenses come quickly and frequently. Are you easily offended?

The Smallest Investments that Yield the Biggest Returns

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If you could improve something that matters to you in three minutes a day would you do it? Small investments make a huge difference. Hugging: We’re doing a hugging experiment in our home.…

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How to Rise Above Pessimism and Lead Optimistically

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If you’re a pessimist, the only thing worse than dying young is living a long miserable life. Pessimistic leaders focus on faults and weaknesses. Success with people requires optimism.

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Big Shot, Bureaucrat, or Servant Leader

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The way you view yourself sets the trajectory of your leadership. You might pressure people into conformity, but that never wins hearts. You must choose between short-sighted coercion and servant leadership.

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.

How to Listen – Best Tip Ever

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If you think listening is easy, you aren’t doing it. Listening is hard: Listening is hard because some people can’t stop talking. Perhaps a talk-timer would help, like a chess timer with a… Continue reading → Humility Listening Leadership Development Questions

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Gratefulness isn’t about Rose-Colored Glasses – the Real Practice of Gratitude

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Gratitude expands leadership. Ingratitude corrodes everything it touches. Ingratitude is too dangerous to ignore. The alternatives to gratitude include: Self-absorption. Disappointment. Entitlement. Anger. Accusation. Bitterness. Anxiety.

The 10 Laws of Trust from the Chairman of Jet Blue

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(This post is based on my conversation with Joel Peterson.) Every leader learns that success requires trusting others. “I believe in trusting. Trust begets trust.” ” Mahatma Gandhi A trust-lesson from Joel Peterson, the… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Trust

3 Ways Busy Leaders Master Connection

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It’s not rude to yell, “Get out!” when the house is burning down. But when everything’s a crisis, you’re just a jerk running around with your hair on fire. Frantic busyness makes you… Continue reading → Marks of leaders Personal Growth Leadership Development leadership success

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How to Discover and Leverage the Value You Bring

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Know the value you bring. Find a situation where others value the value you bring and bring it. If you want to bring your value, explore the value you currently bring to others?…

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4 Ways to Build Capacity in Yourself and Others

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In 2015, I started sending an email every Friday to our employees. I focused on the concept of inspiration and self-improvement. I thought my Friday emails would be skimmed, or even ignored. To… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Leading

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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.

How to Have Grit When You Want to Quit

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Grit matters when quitting is easier than pressing forward. Perseverance isn’t grit until you want to quit. But what keeps you going when the path is steep? Conundrum: Grit isn’t grit until quitting… Continue reading → Commitment Personal Growth Success Leadership Development

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What Shape is Your Leadership – A Team Activity

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What shape is your leadership? This isn’t about being physically thin or round. What shape is most appealing to you? Pick a shape you prefer before you read further.) Yesterday I gave a… Continue reading → Leading

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How to Maximize Your Greatest Point of Influence

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“Why did you hit your sister?” “She She hit me first!” The people around you reflect your relationship with them. The stronger the connection, the deeper the reflection. The people around you are –… Continue reading → Taking others higher Leadership Development leadership journey

When to Give Second Chances and When to Cut Someone Loose

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Second chances are endorsements. Second chances are investments of personal collateral. Second chances strengthen relationships. Leaders – who don’t give second chances – waste potential.

How to Move from Stupid to Smart when You’re Stressed

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You do some of your old job and some managing too. It’s a pressure cooker of tasks and responsibilities. Stress isn’t all bad: No stress is boring. Reasonable doses of stress challenge you… Continue reading → Stress Success Growth Leadership Development

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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.

How to Respond to Good News Like a Leader

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Don’t expect high performance when you sabotage enthusiasm. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” ” Jewish Proverb Words have consequences. You don’t have to be a genius to identify words… Continue reading → Leading

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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 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

5 Leadership Styles – Which Best Suits You?

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All ethical styles of leadership have a place in organizational life, including benevolent dictatorships. High school football coaches and symphony conductors often require obedience with little discussion. Diversity: I ask audiences to… Continue reading → Leading

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.

How Identity is Influence

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The extent and limit of influence is identity. Identity is impact. You can’t inspire confidence when you’re timid and doubtful. Become what you expect. Do you expect optimism? Become optimistic.

How to Respond to a Pestering Nagging Boss

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I always hated people checking up on me. I felt insulted. I thought: Leave me alone. Get off my back. Mind your own business. Don’t you trust me?

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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

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

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.

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 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 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 Stop Crushing Dreams and Maximize Aspiration

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Energize people by speaking into their aspiration. A young employee says they aspire to become a manager. You view them through the lens of “NEEDS to IMPROVE.”

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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.

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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.

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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