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How to Motivate Yourself When You’re Exhausted

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Stop This Terrible Habit You Don’t Even Know You Have

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How do I know you have it? Because I have it too. Most high-performers do. It’s a sneaky little bugger, because on the surface it really feels like you’re doing the right thing. And on most levels you are. It’s a Winning Well core competency taken to extremes.

One Reason Your Employees are Rolling Their Eyes

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Have you ever had a supervisor who congratulated you for doing something that you knew wasn’t praiseworthy, or worse, something you knew actually made things worse in the long run?

Three Simple Secrets to Running a Remarkable Meeting

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“This is so stupid–they asked for my opinion and then ignored it. I don’t know why I even bother! From now on, I’m going to just shut my mouth and do my work.” ” “Arghhh. We keep rehashing the same conversations.

Frontline Festival: Leaders Share About Team Building (with video)

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Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is about team building. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Frontline Festival is all lessons learned, overcoming setbacks and resiliency.

How Do I Find a Great Mentor?

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I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me to be their mentor, and when I asked what they were looking to accomplish–I was met with a blank stare. I guess they were just looking for me to start espousing wisdom to help get their career to the next level.

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4 UGLY Conversations to With Your Team Before Year End

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The second half of December is a great time for recognition, celebration, white elephant gifts and other fun. Yes, yes, please do all that, but don’t stop there. The best holiday gift you can give your team is to “own the ugly.”

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Three Behaviors That Will Convince Your Boss You’re a Rock Star

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Yesterday “Doug,” a participant in one of our Winning Well workshops, asked, “Karin, if I were to walk into your office right now with the goal of convincing you I’m a rock star, what behaviors would get your attention?”.

How to Have More Joy at Work

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The other evening, I was sitting at the kitchen table putting the finishing touches on next week’s keynote for the American Health Quality Association.

The Powerful Organizational Trust Elixer

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It was my second time up a 14er mountain in Colorado. Oxygen was at a premium as I joined my Winning Well partner, David Dye, as he led this mission of mostly first timers up Mt. Democrat.

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5 Powerful Ways to Ensure Leadership Training Sticks

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“Don’t bother me with this crap. I don’t believe in leadership training. It’s a complete waste of time. It’s nothing against you as the new Training Director. I get that I have to work with you in some way. If you MUST […]. The post 5 Powerful Ways to Ensure Leadership Training Sticks appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Winning Well leadership training

How to Get Noticed as a Leader– Before You’ve Led a Team

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Last week “John” shared his “No Diaper Genie!” ” frustration in the middle of our high-potential leadership development program. Yeah, I get that I’m here… and the company is investing in me and all that.

The Performance Appraisal that Really Matters (Marshall Goldsmith)

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Winning Well Connection. From his books that taught us and informed our early careers, to the selflessness he consistently demonstrates, to his embodiment of professional confident humility, Marshall has been a tremendous supporter of Winning Well.

3 Character Traits That Make You a Better Leader

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A guest post from Greg Marcus. Being a better person is easy in theory – do less of the negative stuff, and more of the positive stuff. The same holds true for leadership.

5 Surprising Reasons Your Ideas Aren’t Being Heard

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Have you ever felt this way? You’ve got great ideas. You care deeply. AND you’re frustrated. Why is no one picking up what you’re putting down? Don’t give up. Take a careful look at your idea in the context of your other behaviors and interaction with the team.

5 Ways to Help a Decision Maker Decide

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My client, Laura, had invited me in to observe the spectacle. I watched as she carefully articulated her research findings and presented her “no brainer” suggestions to Mark.

4 Reasons Your Feedback is Being Ignored

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The number one frustration I hear from team leaders is that their feedback falls on deaf ears. The employee seems to get it– for a minute, and then they go right back to their old habits.

What Happens When We Really Listen

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Have you ever noticed that sometimes life rhymes? Something happens to you that fits together so well with what happens next that (as my editor would say of another one of my other rhyming days) “That story is so tight no one is going to believe it.”

5 Big Rules For Productive Conference Calls

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It’s easy to fool ourselves into the illusion that “just having a conference call,” instead of a face-to-face meeting or one-on-one, will save time. In fact, it’s that kind of thinking that leaves many managers moving from call to call with little time to connect with their team.

How to Succeed With Limited Resources

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You don’t have enough time, enough resources, or budget– or maybe you lack all three. You may be surprised to know that’s exactly what stacks the odds of success in your favor.

Why Your Team Won’t Collaborate (and What To Do About It)

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“I’m sick of this crap! Why can’t they just figure this out?” Scott was CEO of an engineering firm that produced communications hardware and software for industries around the globe. He had worked hard with his board and senior leadership team to […]. Results & Execution Winning Well collaboration Focus leadership management Mind the MIT relationships results

How to Help a Task Master Focus on People

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“I’m just not a people person.” ” “I hate this touchy-feely crap.” ” “See that! I’m a ‘C’ on the DiSC assessment this just doesn’t come naturally to me. Now let me get back to work!”

Eight Techniques to Help Your Middle Managers Cultivate Their “Sweet Spot” in Your Organization

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On paper, your middle managers are in your organization’s sweet spot. They’re the conduits between your strategic vision and the teams who implement that vision. In reality, however, your middle managers are in a tough place. They’re under increasing pressure–from above to […].

9 Ways to Improve Your Powerpoint Presentations

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I Googled “Death by Powerpoint” and got 12.6 million results. That’s a whole lot of frustrated ranting going on. Look, I get it. In most companies, if you’re serious about your project, you can’t show up to a meeting without a “deck” to explain it.

Leaders Share about New Beginnings, Fresh Starts, and Project Launches: A Frontline Festival

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Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our June Festival is all about new beginnings, fresh starts, and project launches. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Frontline Festival: January 2016 DRAFT

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Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about Vision and Strategy. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month, we turn our focus to Building Productive Workplace Relationships.

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Frontline Festival: Leaders Give Pointers on Handling Conflict

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Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is about handling conflict in your team. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about building brand awareness.

The 9 Biggest Mistakes When Presenting to Executives

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Executives are naturally a tough audience. They’ve got limited time, competing priorities, information overload, demanding bosses, and pressure to make great decisions quickly. Your job is to give them all the information they need in a way they can easily digest.

6 Competencies Your Sales Team Must Master

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My husband looked at me in bewilderment as I explained why I couldn’t buy that “perfectly good” house in the neighborhood with the great schools, close to his work, UMD where I teach, BWI airport, our church, and our gym. “I love the house. It’s a great community.

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Leading through Influence: A Frontline Festival

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Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our July Festival is all about leading through influence. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Festival is all about Effective Communication.

Frontline Festival: Leaders Give Pointers on Creating Connection

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Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about creating connection. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

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One Obvious Secret to Retaining High Performers

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Recently, I received an incredibly strong message about retaining high performers. The message came from Jennifer, a former store manager at a national women’s clothing chain. Jennifer is outgoing, incredibly gifted at making customers feel comfortable, and was considered a “high-potential” by […]. The post One Obvious Secret to Retaining High Performers appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

10 Things to Do When Your Team’s Not Listening

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Her call touched me deeply. She was trying so hard… to establish the right vision, to key in on the important behaviors, to scaffold and develop…and her team just wasn’t listening. Perhaps you’ve been there too. You’ve got vision. You care deeply. You teach.

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How to Build a Team of Inspired Followers

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Early in my career, I had a GREAT boss, Gary, who had hand-selected and developed a team of rock star leaders. It’s arguably the best corporate team I’ve ever worked on. I’m not sure how he pulled this off, but nearly every […]. Winning Well being a great follower followers key skills for followers

5 Questions to Help You Resolve Your Conflict

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We’d both been looking forward to it–our first Thanksgiving together. We’d each been the primary holiday cooks in our previous marriage, which can feel lonely and overwhelming at times. But not this year. Now we had each other.

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5 Conversations Your Millennial Employees Are Longing To Have

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Morgan (a family friend who also happens to be a millennial) was practically screaming in frustration as we began our mentoring session, “Arghhh, Karin, I’m just so frustrated.

10 Ways to Be Easy to Follow

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Are you easy to follow? Before you say “Of course!” ” please know that every where I go these days, I ask this question. “Is your boss easy to follow?” ” The #1 response is just a belly ache laugh. The #2 usually contains some expletive.

Before You Forget, Stop and Do This Immediately

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Have you ever met a truly humble person– someone who’s entire life is a sacrificial commitment to a cause they deeply believe in?

5 Ways to Tame a Bad Boss

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“Greg” called to share his news, “You know that situation with my boss is going a lot better! I decided to go on the offense and just keep him over-informed. He loves it. Now he stays off my back and I can do my work.” ” Bingo. Another “bad boss” tamed.

6 Reasons Your Team Yearns For Authenticity

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If you bring all of who you are to the leadership table, some people will hate your style. In fact, it’s likely that a few “important” people will not “like” you. Authenticity is intimidating, and scares those with the most to hide.

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