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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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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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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 […].

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 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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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 […].

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 […].

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

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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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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 […].

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 […].

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 […].

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 […].

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 […].

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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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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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. […].

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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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 […].

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 […].

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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 […].

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 […].

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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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 […].

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

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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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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Forced Ratings – Awful Problems and What Leaders Do Instead

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Forced Ratings Cause More Problems Than They Fix Recently we were working with senior leaders in a global company who faced a challenging morale problem. They hired talented capable people who were producing good work – but their talent was leaving. Leaders […]. The post Forced Ratings – Awful Problems and What Leaders Do Instead appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

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How to Take Your Retention Strategy to the Next Level

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There’s no question, the downside of a good economy is that it’s harder to retain your best talent. The challenging underperformers stick around, while your rock stars are suddenly the hottest ticket on LinkedIn. If you’re like most executives we talk to, […].

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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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.

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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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 […].

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 […].

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

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

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.

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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