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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

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

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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

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

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

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 Listen Like a Leader

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Listening like a leader enables you to make the world about others. An outward mindset precedes leadership. Get started: Take out a pen and paper. Write your responses to the questions that follow.… … Continue reading → Listening Leadership Development

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

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

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

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

The Secret Ingredient to Reaching the Next Level

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The secret to reaching the next level is discomfort. Discomfort is where improvement begins. You must allow others to work through discomfort if you expect them to reach the next level. Allow discomfort:… Continue reading → Change Taking others higher Growth Leadership Leadership Development

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 Stretch People Without Breaking Them

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I asked Mary to talk in front of a group. She texted back, “You are kidding, right?” Later she said, “I nearly puked on my desk, when I got your text.” Don’t judge… Continue reading → Marks of leaders Personal Growth Strengths Stress Taking others higher weaknesses Growth 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

The Power of the Leader’s Calling

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Goals and strategies are useful, but nothing trumps calling. Leadership is the calling to bring your best self in service to others. Define success in terms of personal excellence, not results. Achievements are less… Continue reading → Marks of leaders Personal Growth Stress Success Growth Leadership Development

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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 to be Tough When You Prefer Being Kind

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Stress increases when leaders can’t bring kind and tough together. Kind without tough makes you a pushover. Tough without kind makes you a jerk. Accountability is candy to some leaders. It’s easy for… Continue reading → Accountability Personal Growth Success Leadership Development leadership success

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

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

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

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 Deal with Monkey Throwers and Other Irritants

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The people who take you further may irritate you the most. Conformists provide steady progress. Contrarians, complainers, and irritants innovate. Complaints: People who want change tend to complain. But some complaints come from… Continue reading → Complaints Criticism Growth Leadership Development

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

An Amazingly Practical Approach to Practicing a Growth Mindset

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Without exception, growth is a lifelong process for all successful leaders. You may be mature in a few areas of leadership, but we’re all infants in many. Community: Growth requires community. We… Continue reading → Feedback Humility Marks of leaders Personal Growth Success Taking others higher Growth Leadership Leadership Development

Candor that Strengthens Relationships and Delivers Results

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Set a tone of candor early in relationships. Let people know you’re frank, open, forthright, and kind from the moment you meet them. Candor is difficult because: You wait for big hairy issues… Continue reading → Feedback Marks of leaders Taking others higher 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

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

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

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

7 Profound Benefits of Navigating Storms

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There will come a time when things get worse, even when you try to make them better. Optimism is an attitude toward storms, not exemption from them. Don’t be startled when skies grow… Continue reading → Failure Optimism Personal Growth 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

15 Ways to Talk so People Will Listen

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We’ve all had leaders we wished would sit down and stop talking. Don’t be one. 15 ways to talk so people will listen: Decide if you care about great communication skills. Are you… Continue reading → Communication Leadership Development

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

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 Ways to Live Your Life Up The Mood Elevator

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New Book Giveaway!! 20 free copies of The Mood Elevator. Leave a comment on this guest post by Dr. Larry Senn to become eligible to win one of TWENTY complimentary copies of The Mood… Continue reading → Leading

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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

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

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