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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

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

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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

How to Confront Situations You Should Have Dealt with Sooner

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If you think it’s difficult to have a tough conversation today, waiting makes it worse. Time makes elephants fat, complacent, and harder to confront. Patience: It’s not patient to tolerate poor performance. It’s… Continue reading → Accountability Anger Personal Growth Taking others higher Leadership Development organizational success

The 7 Biggest Blunders of The Experienced Leader

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Forgetting who serves who. Leaders serve others so others can serve others. It’s easy to begin thinking the people around you are there to serve you. Repeat to yourself, “I’m here to… Continue reading → Mistakes Leadership Development

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

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

The Feeling of an Organization is Leadership’s Responsibility

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The feeling of an organization is leadership’s responsibility. Left to chance, the lights go out. Organizational morale evaluates leadership. I’ve seen people smile, wave, and shout hey, when leaders walk through a plant.… … Continue reading → Humility Motivation Purpose Leadership Development leadership success organizational success

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

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

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

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

How Quick Answers Make Us Stupid

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Leaders who give quick answers end up surrounded by low-functioning sleepwalkers. Quick answers propagate shallow thinking, irresponsibility, and low engagement. The need for quick answers makes us fear the disruption of new thoughts.… … Continue reading → Curiosity Fear Personal Growth Growth Leadership Leadership Development

21 Ways Dumb Leaders Drain Everyone’s Energy

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Sometimes success is about what you don’t do. 21 ways a leader drains everyone’s energy: Laugh with the inner circle. Frown with the fringe. Pound your own chest. Complain about others. Spring new… Continue reading → Influence Purpose Success Leadership Development leadership success

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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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

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

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

Secret Sauce: Jenny Dearborn Chief Learning Officer of SAP

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I asked Jenny Dearborn, SVP and Chief Learning Officer of SAP, to talk about her secret sauce* – the principles and practices that guide her leadership. “It’s It’s my deepest responsibility to give purpose,… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Optimism Purpose Secret Sauce Growth Leadership Development

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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

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

Lousy Leaders Enjoy Swinging the Stick of Accountability

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Lousy leaders enjoy swinging the stick of accountablilty. Ineffective leaders might ask, “How do I hold people accountable?” Their real question is, “How do I pressure resistant people into doing what I want… Continue reading → Accountability Growth Leadership Leadership Development

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

Cracking the Mystery of Self-Leadership

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All the ugly stereotypes of bad leadership are expressions of lousy self-leadership. Ken Blanchard says, “You can’t lead others if you can’t lead yourself.” Painful clarity: Self-leadership felt confusing to me until I… Continue reading → Marks of leaders Personal Growth Success Growth Leadership Leadership Development

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

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

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

A Conversation with a Critic

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Leaders don’t have to search for critics. They attract them. I’m often in the position to hear negative feedback about leaders that I coach. Everyone judges a leader’s performance. Even those who think… Continue reading → Criticism Feedback Growth Leadership Development

3 Steps When Good Intentions Blow Up

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Every leader knows what it’s like to saddle up and ride into a hurricane of personal attack. Storms are tipping points for success or failure. The issue isn’t the storm, it’s how you… Continue reading → Complaints Criticism Encouragement Feedback Growth Leadership Development leadership success

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

5 Ways to Build Your Reputation as a Leader

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People justify their judgement once they tag you with a reputation. Character is more important than reputation. But leaders ignore the latter to their peril. You have one: Reputation is the way people… Continue reading → Influence Marks of leaders Personal Growth Leadership Development leadership success

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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How to Improve Your Vibe and Flourish as a Leader

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Leaders send vibes to everyone in their proximity. If you want to flourish, choose how you show up. Leadership vibes: Inner thoughts and attitudes radiate through facial expressions, body language, tone, and language.… … Continue reading → Influence Personal Growth Growth Leadership Development