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The Exciting Leadership Results of Trying Something New

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When was the last time you tried something new? Last week I did something that scared me. I was trying something new to me – that people in 31% of the world’s countries take for granted. I drove on the left side of the […].

What No One Tells You About Leading But You Desperately Need to Know

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Leading is tough enough without ignoring these critical truths. “I I wish someone would have told me some of this before I started leading. Life would have been so much easier. I bet my team wishes I knew it too.” We hear this […].

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How to Build a Great Culture in a High Turnover World

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What’s the true cost of high turnover? How do you stop the exodus of great talent? What if you can’t? Just a few of the questions that keep coming up with almost every senior leader I speak with. It’s tricky. You can’t control […].

The Hidden Leadership Problem with Passion

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One problem with passion is that it’s no substitute for good leadership Passion is good. You want team members who love their work and serve their customers with passion. We are big believers in the power of purpose. Connecting what you’ve asked […].

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.

How to Hold a Better Mid-Year Performance Review

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Tempted to skip the mid-year review this year, particularly with your high-performers? Read this first. Mid-Year Performance Reviews are the Half-Time Huddle of Business. Imagine you’re coaching your son’s football team. They’re up by 7. What do you say at half-time?

5 Reasons Not to Be a Jerk When an Employee Resigns

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How you treat your employees on the way out the door may have more impact than you think What do you do when an employee resigns? I’m not sure exactly why this is a thing, or if it’s getting worse in a […].

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How Leaders Can Get More Solutions from Their Team

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Invest twenty seconds to get more solutions and ideas. Recently, I donated blood through the Red Cross. What happened next is a great example of how you can get more solutions, ideas, and critical thinking from your team members. Four weeks after […].

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How to Lead Different and Diverse People

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Achieve More When you Lead Different and Diverse People You know that the ability to lead different and diverse people to come together and blend their talents is key to achieving breakthrough results. But if you’re like most leaders we work with, we […].

How Your Failure Inspires Connection and Success

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We hear all the time that learning from past failure is the key to success. But what about TALKING about failure, particularly with people who already see you as a success? Do failure stories damage your brand or make it stronger? After […].

One Surprising Secret to Being Respected as an Expert

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I was having dinner with a group of senior leaders after a strategic executive offsite. So naturally, the conversation turned to… octopus hunting. Apparently, Carlos, the senior leader sitting across from me was an expert. He described his technique in intricate detail. […].

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.

Why Your Best Performers Hate Your Great Idea

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You’re convinced you’ve got a great idea that you know will yield breakthrough results. So you call the team together to announce the new direction. But instead of being met with a spirited “game on,” your top performers are staring at you with a […].

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How to Manage the Most Difficult Stakeholders

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Difficult stakeholders are a chance to grow your influence You look at the phone and your heart sinks. It’s the night before you’re supposed to wrap up your assignment and brief the leadership team on what you’ve done. It’s Bruce, a charismatic […].

The Surprising Way to Focus Your Team on Fundamentals

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Why focus on the fundamentals? When I was defending my master’s thesis over 25 years ago, one particularly snotty professor (who had never actually worked in an organization outside of academia) leaned back in his chair and smirked, “It strikes me that […].

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One Huge Leadership Secret to Get Innovative Ideas You Need

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Get innovative ideas by asking for what you need. They’re just not thinking about the things that make a difference. I keep getting ideas about how to arrange the office when we’ve got big issues to deal with–like how we keep our […].

Lead Meetings that Get Results and that People Want to Attend

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It’s a business cliche – people hate meetings. But I don’t think that’s true – we just hate bad meetings. Why are so many meetings a soul-sucking waste of time? In this episode you’ll get several quick tools to ensure your […].

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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 to Manage Your Emotions When You Make Leadership Decisions

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Do you struggle to manage your emotions? You’re not alone. We were speaking to an international gathering of leaders from across Europe when a young man approached the microphone and asked: “How, as a leader, do you keep your personal feelings from […].

5 Poor Leadership Practices You Need to Stop

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These poor leadership practices are common but limit your influence. You’re working hard to be a great leader. You focus on results and relationships. You try to show up with confidence and humility. But despite your effort, you’re still struggling. Could one […].

How to Stop Your Internal Communications From Being So Boring

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In case you missed the memo, no one likes boring internal communications. You don’t. I don’t. And neither does your team. Oh sure, we used to tolerate it. But now we know better. Because in the rest of our lives, we’re getting information in […].

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Building a High-Performance Team: A Frontline Festival

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Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival! This month, our contributors share their thoughts about building a high performance team. We’ve expanded the Frontline Festival to include other formats such as podcasts and artwork and are always looking for new thought […]. The post Building a High-Performance Team: A Frontline Festival appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Winning Well

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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.

6 Reasons Your Staff Keeps You in the Dark

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Do you ever feel like your staff keeps you in the dark? Do you ever wonder if they’re going out of their way to keep you out of their way? That seems ridiculous. AND, it’s entirely possible. Here’s the scary part if […].

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The Most Important Question to Ask About a Leader

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“If I’m ever in doubt about whether a leader is making a positive impact on my organization, I ask myself this most important question, Would I want my child working for this person? If the answer is no, I know I need […].

Fear Factor: The Biggest Reason Managers Lead With Fear

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Most leaders know better. Leading with fear and intimidation is so old school. So why do so many managers slip back into destructive behaviors? Mark’s Story Mark, a senior executive at a Fortune 50, slams his fist on his desk as he […].

How Leaders Make the Best Ideas Work

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Do you have a plan to make the best ideas work? Joe has a new idea. The idea isn’t perfect, but with a tweak or two, it just might solve that big problem that’s driving everyone nuts. What does Joe do next? […].

What Do I Do if They Cry?

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Let’s be real. No one likes to hear what they’re doing wrong, particularly if they know you’re right. Giving feedback is tough. Hearing tough feedback is even tougher. What do you do if they cry? We hear this “What do I do […]. The post What Do I Do if They Cry?

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How to Unlock the Hidden Power of Culture

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Does the Power of Culture Propel or Punish Your Team? I fell backward off the side of a boat and descended into the Pacific Ocean where I was about to get an incredible (and frightening) experience about the power of culture. I’m […].

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One Easy Way to Have More Influence

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More influence isn’t always about what you say. I knew Gary wasn’t happy. During my first time in a mid-level management role, one of my team leaders was clearly struggling. He looked frustrated, sounded frustrated, and it didn’t take a genius to […].

How to Hold a Remarkably Effective Team Huddle

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When Karin was in her sales exec role at Verizon, she would often walk into the back door of a store to find her highest performing team huddled just before the store opened, talking about their plans for the day. When she […].

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5 Mistakes that Will Derail Your Credibility as a Project Manager

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Whether you’re a professional PMI certified project manager or juggling projects on top of your day job, you know your credibility matters — a lot. Even if you’ve got everything under control, one simple mistake can cause a cascade of doubt that […].

Decision-Making and Problem Solving: A Frontline Festival

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Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival! This month, our contributors share their thoughts about decision-making and problem-solving (and several weighed in on the choice between coffee and tea.) Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and […]. The post Decision-Making and Problem Solving: A Frontline Festival appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Frontline Festival Winning Well decision making problem solving team

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How to Be Okay When It’s Time to Fire a Poor Performer

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It takes compassion and strength to fire a poor performer Have you ever been reluctant to fire a poor performer? You might identify with Mary. She approached David as he finished delivering a leadership development program and introduced herself. “I I was the […].

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How Leaders Can Get the Most from Criticism

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Criticism: Gift or Garbage? David, I hear what you’re saying about getting the feedback you need to make good decisions. I get it – I really do. But my problem isn’t getting enough feedback – I get too much. Everybody has an […].

How to Overcome a Frustrating Setback at Work

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I know it’s painful, but take a minute to consider the most frustrating setback you’ve ever had at work. If you’re like me, you’ve got plenty to choose from. Pick the most gnarly, frustrating one. Chances are you didn’t “deserve” this thing […].

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The Surprising Reason Emerging Leaders Stop Emerging

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I met a fellow keynote speaker at a conference where we both presenting. She was a seasoned entrepreneur who had built a successful business from scratch, so what she had to share with me was surprising. Karin, I’m so intrigued by this […].

How to Succeed in Your First Job After Graduation

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Looking to make a great impression in your first job after graduation? Or perhaps you’re about to start the first job you actually care about. How do you show up strong and make a great contribution in the first sixty days? How to […].

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3 Problems with Your Open Door Policy and What To Do Instead

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An open door policy doesn’t get you what you need to lead. The intent behind your open door policy is good: a door that is figuratively always open to encourage transparency, open lines of communication, a standing invitation for your employees to […].

How to Prevent Training From Wasting Time and Money

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A Manager’s Guide to Reinforcing Training When People Get Back to Work Your employees go to training. Hopefully, they come back fired up and excited about what they’ve learned and what they can do with it. Two weeks later though, they’re back […].

How to Transform an Old School Culture to Award Winning Innovators

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There’s a lot to be said for old school culture. You’ve got a strong, respected brand. Loyal customers. Your values and mission are clear. Employees know what’s up and what to do next. They’re proud of the work that they do and […].

6 Smart Steps to Help Your Team Navigate Change

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Change is Inevitable, Strategic Change is a Choice It’s a hard truth that confounds many leaders: continued success requires continued change. But change isn’t easy. For most people (and therefore most of your team) it’s more comfortable to do what you did […].

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How to Lead When There’s Not Enough Time

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When There’s Not Enough Time Your Leadership Is More Important Than Ever Sheila raised her hand and asked for the microphone. We were near the end of a powerful leadership development program where the participants had worked hard on culture-transformation. She took […]. The post How to Lead When There’s Not Enough Time appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Winning Well leadership management Time Management time management efficiency