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Employee Too Valuable to Fire? 6 Leadership Strategies

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Is Anyone Ever Too Valuable to Fire? Have you ever worked with an obnoxious colleague who seemed to be protected because the employee was considered too valuable to fire? Maybe you’re a team leader who has one of these brilliant bullies on […]. The post Employee Too Valuable to Fire?

Firing With Compassion: How Do I Fire Someone and Still Win Well?

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Managers often have to fire people, but there is a huge difference between managers who do it well and those who make it a terrible, humiliating experience. Firing someone is one of the most difficult things most managers will ever do. Even […].

Imposter Syndrome: 4 Ways to Defeat Self-Doubt

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Do you ever feel like you’re just a bit under-qualified for your current role? Are you constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop? Do you lie awake at night, thinking of ways to cover up your weaknesses so no one will […].

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9 Questions to Help Your Team Solve Problems On Their Own

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“David, I just don’t have time. My team constantly needs my help, but I need them to do more and solve problems on their own. There’s so much to do that some days I just want to give up!” Lynn was a […].

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How to Run a Better Project: A Communication Tool For Project Managers

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Whether you’re a PMI certified project manager working to spearhead several large-scale projects, or a manager balancing a critical project while still doing your day job, you know the importance of communication. And yet, people typically don’t communicate well. Especially not about […].

Communicating With Executives When Your World’s on Fire

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When your world’s on fire, and you’re working around the clock to survive, it feels like the last thing you have time for is formal updates. And of course, the bigger the fire, the more the senior team needs to know what’s […]. The post Communicating With Executives When Your World’s on Fire appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Communication Customer Service Project Management Winning Well communicating to executives communication

Executive Visits: 4 Strategic Approaches for Influence and Impact

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You know executive visits are important. And let’s face it, they come more naturally to some of us than others. Executive visits can backfire, or they can be brilliant. They can be casual or deliberate. Sometimes just wandering around is exactly what […].

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 […].

5 Ways to Drive Results Through Fear and Intimidation

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You’re on the fast track. You don’t need sustained results, you need quick wins. Results matter. You’ve got a review coming up. With a few simple tactics, you can get your organization performing in no time. You’ll be promoted and someone else […].

Ceremonies, Celebration, and How to Create Meaningful Beginnings

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Imagine the Olympics without the opening ceremonies. What if the games just started. No torch. No sexy flag carriers, no dancers. No music. No costumes. No human interest stories. No ceremonial coming together of divided political interests. Just, “Up first, curling.”

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Employee Engagement – Avoid This Tremendous Leadership Mistake

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Employee Engagement – Play the Game, Don’t Game the Score When you see low employee engagement scores, what is your first reaction? I spoke with a company executive who was upset with his engagement scores. The numbers are horrible,” he said. Can […]. The post Employee Engagement – Avoid This Tremendous Leadership Mistake appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

Leadership Retreat Idea: Speed Mentoring To Build Trust and Connection

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Are you looking for a meaningful activity to build trust and connection at your next leadership retreat? Do you have high-potential employees who need greater exposure? This easy-to-facilitate exercise can go a long way in jump-starting connection and conversation. An Easy Leadership […].

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Trust Builders: Five Ways To Convince Your Team You Trust Them

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If your team doesn’t think you trust them, there’s no way they’ll trust you. And of course, when results are lagging or stakes are high, you’re only human if your first inclination is to be just a little skeptical. After all, there’s […].

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Get Things Done – Leading When Life Isn’t Fair

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Get Things Done by Changing Your Question Sara leaned back, crossed her arms, and sighed. “It’s It’s not right! My VP expects me to hit these numbers, but customers want updates, and research is focused on new products and won’t give me the […]. The post Get Things Done – Leading When Life Isn’t Fair appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Winning Well fairness questions

How to Interview For Winning Leadership Competencies

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You’re working hard to build a Winning Well culture. You’ve identified your MIT leadership competencies and are working to cultivate and encourage the right behaviors. How you staff your key leadership roles matters more now than ever. How will you identify the […].

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How to Have Tough Conversations at Work: An Interview

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As we travel the world keynote speaking and working with leaders across a variety of organizations and contexts, we find one of the biggest challenges across cultures is how to have productive, difficult conversations. I was delighted to grab a few minutes for […].

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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 Do I Stay Motivated When My Peers Are Lazy?

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Dear Karin and David, How do I stay motivated when my peers are lazy? I’m working twice as hard as them and I’m sick of picking up the slack. My boss doesn’t seem to notice. Signed, Tired and Frustrated #AskingForAFriend Do’s and […].

52 Tips to Be the Leader You Want Your Boss to Be

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Be the Leader You Want Your Boss to Be You’ve got this. You care, you want results, and as a leader you’re committed to Winning Well. But life gets busy and complicated. Sometimes you just need a quick reminder to get you […].

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Developing Leadership Skills in Children: 11 Ways to Grow Your Kids

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When we talk about developing leadership skills in children, we’re often met with a sigh, “Oh my kids not ready for that…” And yet, most of us take a deliberate approach to developing other skills in our kids early on. We teach them […].

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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

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5 Vital Behaviors That Will Impress Your HR Team

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What does your HR team say about you? Does it matter? As we engage in our long-term leadership development programs, we inevitably spend time talking to the HR team about who’s in the program, why, and how we can best help. For […].

Managing Remote Teams: How to Increase Engagement and Performance

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Managing Remote Teams: Relationships First Dear Karin and David, Do you have any best practices for managing remote teams? I’m finding it hard to build genuine connection and to stay on top of performance when the team is so dispersed. Signed, On […].

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Critical Thinking: 5 Ways to Build Your Team’s Capacity to Think

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“Karin, TRUST me. I would LOVE to delegate more of these decisions and loosen up the reigns, but then I go out into the field and find all this crap. I just don’t think we have the critical thinking skills we need […]. The post Critical Thinking: 5 Ways to Build Your Team’s Capacity to Think appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Winning Well critical thinking executive leadership

End-of-Year Meetings: How to Make Yours Remarkable

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In one way or another, your team has had an incredible year. Fill in the blank: It was incredibly __(successful, challenging, stressful). Maybe it was all you hoped and planned for. Maybe you got thrown a whopper of a curve ball. Or […]. Winning Well

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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

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.

5 Secrets of a Utility Player: How to Hire For Indispensable

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It’s easy to hire for rock stars—the folks with the exact niche skills you need in the marketplace. But don’t underestimate the value of a true utility player for long-term success. How (and Why) to Find, Hire (and Promote) a Utility Player […].

9 Ways to Strengthen Your Personal Brand

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If you Google you, do you like who shows up? Do you feel like you’ve got a powerful message to share, but without the right positioning, find yourself talking to the metaphorical mute button? Are you having trouble outgrowing an outdated reputation at work?

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Frontline Festival: Leaders Share about Strategy and Alignment

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Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on Strategy and Alignment. We asked thought leaders from around the world to share their very best post on strategy. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to […].

7 Things Your High-Performing Employees Long To Hear You Say

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These are all real statements I’ve heard in the last few weeks: “Oh we don’t worry about observing our high-performing call center reps. We just focus on the ones who are struggling.”

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19 Questions to Grow Confidence in Children

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Questions are a remarkable way to grow confidence in children. Great questions work because they cause children to stop and think. To reflect. To pause and consider what’s going on in their lives and in the world around them. Kids are natural questioners. […].

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Motivate Your Team – Avoid This Mistake

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Early in my career, I made a critical mistake that’s very common, even when you’re a leader who cares and wants to motivate your team. I discovered my mistake when Joanne handed me an envelope. Inside was a single page. I unfolded […]. The post Motivate Your Team – Avoid This Mistake appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Winning Well

How Do I Convince My Manager I’m a Professional

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“Why does my manager care if I go directly to his boss with an idea? Good ideas are good ideas, right?” ” “Customers don’t need all that formality. They’re chill. Why can’t I just show up and give them an update?” ” “When the […]. The post How Do I Convince My Manager I’m a Professional appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Career & Learning executive presence manager professionalism

Collaboration – Can We Really Trust You?

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It’s easy to talk about collaboration. It’s much harder to do it. After visiting one of our clients in Guatemala City, Karin, Sebastian, and I traveled to Antigua, Guatemala where my daughter owns a clothing design business. She took us to Hobbitengango, […]. The post Collaboration – Can We Really Trust You? appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Relationships Winning Well collaboration confidence humility leadership management relationships results

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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.

Innovation and Creativity at Work: A Frontline Festival

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Are you searching for ways to bring more innovation and creativity to your team? In this month’s Frontline Festival, thought leaders from around the world share their insights on how to foster innovation at work. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of […].

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.

How to Dramatically Improve Your Team Communication

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The best way to improve your team communication is to talk about it. Most team frustration stems from expectation violations, not just about what we’re communicating, but how. It’s always inspiring to see a team carve out some time, shut the door, […].

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What’s Really Killing Morale and Employee Engagement

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Janice shared: I’d had enough: the gossip; the veterans scaring the new hires; more and more people doing just enough to get by… And I was frustrated because we’d done so much to foster employee engagement. I changed out some toxic leaders.

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