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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 Leadership Skill No One Talks About

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The Secret to Transform Your Culture or Results is One Often-Ignored Leadership Skill “I’m so frustrated,” Martin, the Senior Vice President of a rapidly-growing communication hardware company serving the United States, leaned back in his chair and blew a heavy sigh past […].

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Uncover the Best Kept Secrets: Get Your To Team Share Best Practices

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The Biggest Reasons People Keep Their Best Ideas To Themselves There’s no question about it. If you want great results, you’ve got to figure out what works, be sure everyone knows it, and get them to do that too. And yet, most […].

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5 Tragic Mistakes that Will Derail Your Action Learning Projects

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Done well, action learning projects, where groups work together to address real business problems, can provide an immediate ROI that more than pays for your training investment. But let’s face it. Sometimes they can also be a colossal, frustrating waste of time. […].

Practical Ideas for Fostering True Collaboration: A Frontline Festival

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This months topic, collaboration, is particularly poignant for me, as the Frontline Festival has now been an active collaborative adventure including thought leaders around the world for five-and-a-half years. In March of 2013, while still working at Verizon and having been blogging […].

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Two Leadership Mistakes that Cripple Your Talent Development

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You Never Outgrow Your Responsibility for Talent Development “Why doesn’t anyone care? Don’t they get it? There’s no one I can trust or depend on!” We have heard those frustrated words from more than one senior leader across a range of industries. […].

A Powerful, Proven Technique for Overcoming Negativity at Work

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Your team’s rightfully discouraged and a little stymied. Their negativity is rooted in facts. The truth is, you’re frustrated too. The struggle is real. So as a leader, how can you stay positive without looking out of touch? How do you harness […].

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6 Ways to Ensure Your Leadership Training Makes You a Better Leader

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You’ve invested the time and effort to go to leadership training. So how do you ensure the work you’ve done will make you a better leader? How do you get feedback from your team on what’s working (and what’s not?) What steps […].

A Practical Guide to Finding a Great Place to Work

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Don’t Accept that New Job Until You Ask These Important Questions You’re looking for a great place to work; with people you admire and where jerks don’t survive. A place where you can get results, without losing your soul. A great place […].

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7 Steps to Stop the Drama – a Leader’s Ultimate Guide

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Life is crazy; work doesn’t have to be. Stop the drama and get back to work. Do you work with a drama addict? Are you desperate to stop the drama and focus on real work? Maybe you have a boss who thrives […]. The post 7 Steps to Stop the Drama – a Leader’s Ultimate Guide appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Results & Execution Winning Well Emotional Intelligence Focus leadership management

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 Start Team Accountability When You Never Have Before

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It’s never too late to begin team accountability. Karin and David, can I ask you a question?” We had just finished a keynote where we gave leaders the tools to have the tough conversations. Sarah, a middle-level manager, came up to talk […].

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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?

How to Know What Your Team is Really Thinking

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Are you listening to your team and the stories they tell? During times of change and uncertainty, your team is desperate for information. They’re looking for the story behind the story. They’re thirsty to listen to anyone who knows what’s REALLY going […].

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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Coworker Conflict: 7 Ways to Get Along with Other High Performers

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You’re passionate about your work and you’re nailing your role. You’re working hard and your results are on fire. And then in the middle of an otherwise raving performance review, your boss brings up the conflict you continue to have with another […].

The Art of the Tough Conversation: A Frontline Festival

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


Remote Leaders: How to Use the Right Tool at the Right Time

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Why Richness and Scope Matter to Long-Distance Leaders With the ever-increasing role of remote workers, we’re pleased to bring you a guest post from Wayne Turmel, co-author of The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership.

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What No One Tells You About Leadership

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Welcome to the Hope Business If I could give a one-page orientation manual to every person who takes a management or leadership position, at the top of the page it would say: You may have taken this job for the money (it’s […].

What Bulldozer Parents are Doing to Our Gen Z Workforce

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I’ll be honest. I didn’t even know bulldozer parents were a thing until Friday night. When did helicopter parents become bulldozer parents? Are they really bulldozing at work? I had to Google the whole “bulldozer parents” thing after having dinner with some HR execs […].


Town Hall Meetings: 6 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Leadership Message

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When done well, corporate town hall meetings are an inspiring way to get everyone on the same page, to communicate your MIT priorities, to hear what’s on the minds of the people closest to your customer, and to say thank you. We’re […].

5 Ways to Gain More Influence and Impact

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Jessica approached me after my keynote last week. “My boss is about to make a REALLY big mistake and I don’t think I have the influence to stop it. What can I do?” ” She continued: My boss says we need to eliminate […].

Why Bother Speaking Up? It Won’t Help (and other Destructive Thinking)

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Have you ever heard yourself saying those words? “Why bother speaking up, it won’t do any good?” ” Or “I’ve tried speaking up in the past, and no one cared.” ” Or “Speaking up isn’t valued around here, I’ll just keep my head down […]. The post Why Bother Speaking Up? It Won’t Help (and other Destructive Thinking) appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Winning Well


How to Motivate Your Team – Stop Treating Them Like Family

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Thinking they’re a family doesn’t motivate your team. You’ve probably heard leaders say it and you might have even said it yourself when you were hoping to motivate your team. “I I treat my team like family” or “We’re one big family here […]. The post How to Motivate Your Team – Stop Treating Them Like Family appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

Meetings that Get Results and People Want to Attend: June Frontline Festival

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Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on meetings that get results and that people want to attend. We asked thought leaders from around the world to share their very best post on this topic. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of […].

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How To Build a Better Leadership Development Program

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Don’t launch a leadership development program until you ask yourself these important questions. If you’ve been a manager for more than a minute, chances are you’ve gone to a lousy leadership development program. We’ll pause here to let you vent your frustrations. […].

How to Communicate Remarkably Clear Leadership Expectations

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“These guys are seasoned managers, and these are fundamental leadership expectations. Shouldn’t they just know the right thing to do?” ” “I’m so frustrated, my team is just not executing on what I consider fundamentals.”

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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 […].

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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The Power of Observation: 6 Ways to Show Up Helpful

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I just got off the phone with a frustrated CEO, who was fired up after a half day of observation in one of his call centers. “Karin, Why don’t these managers GET IT? I just left a visit to one of our […].

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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 […].

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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Leaders Share about Courage, Influence and Hope: August Frontline Festival (with video)

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Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on courage, influence, and hope, celebrating our new book for kids, Glowstone Peak. We asked thought leaders from around the world to share their very best post on these topics. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of […].

The Very Best Secret to Holding Tough Conversations (with video)

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So often when we’re asked to train teams on how to hold tough conversations, we find a deeper underlying issue that must be addressed first. Has this ever happened to you? Watch the Stage Version of this Story and Key Insights Here The Very […].

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5 Ways to Think Like an Entrepreneur: Even if You Work for the Big Guys

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“Entrepreneurship is a chance to trade a solution to someone who has a problem that needs solving. Solve more problems, solve bigger problems, solve problems more widely, and you’re an entrepreneur. It’s tempting to industrialize this work, to make it something with […].

Massive Failures? What Great Leaders Do Next

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What do you do when you’ve screwed up and everyone knows it? Your failures weren’t just mistakes in judgment…you let yourself down. You didn’t keep your commitment. You hurt people you are supposed to help. Your team looks at you with disappointment. […].

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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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 […].

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 […].

Frontline Festival: Best Practices in Project Management and Project Planning

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Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on project management and planning. We’ve been doing a lot of work with project managers and their teams in our corporate work as well as speaking at a number of Project Management Institute conferences and […].

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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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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How to Lead a Meeting and Make Effective Decisions

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Lead a Meeting that Gets Results by Clarifying Who Owns the Decision “This is so stupid—you asked for my opinion and then ignored it. I don’t know why I even bother! From now on, I’m just going to shut my mouth and […].

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