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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 […].

How to Lead a Team on Different Schedules

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How do you build a high-performing, cohesive team when people are working on different schedules? Clarity is even more important as you get everyone working toward the same goals and it takes extra effort to build relationships with little face-time. Here are […].

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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 […].

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 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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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 […].

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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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 […].

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 […].

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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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 […].

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 […].

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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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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Inspiring Creativity and Innovation on Your 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 inspiring creativity and innovation on your team. We’ve expanded the Frontline Festival to include other formats such as podcasts and artwork and are always looking for […]. The post Inspiring Creativity and Innovation on Your Team: A Frontline Festival appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Creativity Frontline Festival creativity innovation

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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Leaders: Welcome to the Hope Business

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Leadership is the belief that together, we can have a better tomorrow. Are you in the hope business? The post Leaders: Welcome to the Hope Business appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Leadership is the belief that together, we can have a better tomorrow. Are you in the hope business?

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 Take Charge of Your Remote Meetings

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Lead remote meetings that get results and build relationships Tired of shadowy silhouettes, screechy feedback, and multitasking participants? It doesn’t have to be that way. Remote meetings are a daily fact of life for most leaders. When you lead them well, they […].

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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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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A Remarkably Easy Way to Get Better Customer Feedback

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Do you have a good way to tap into the customer feedback your employees are hearing every day? Are your frontline employees trained and equipt to be true customer advocates? Do they feel like their voice is being heard? If you’ve been […].

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 […].

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 Get Your Boss Excited About Your Idea

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You’ve got a great idea you just know will improve the business. How do you get your boss excited? Okay, let’s be real, not just excited, but as excited as you are? 7 Ways to Get Your Boss Excited About Your Great Idea […].

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5 Frustrating Mistakes That Will Derail Your Leadership Training

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Have you ever spent money on leadership training that was a colossal waste of time? We feel you. We have too over the years. It’s incredibly disappointing to invest time and money in a training program that doesn’t change behavior. Do know what’s […].

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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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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How to Unlock Your Team’s Best Ideas

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To get your team’s best ideas, ask courageous questions. Have you ever watched a team member do something insightful, helpful, or creative and asked them why they hadn’t shared it with everyone else? Their answer holds the key to unlocking your […]. The post How to Unlock Your Team’s Best Ideas appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Communication courageous cultures courageous questions ideas leadership management problem solving solutions

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7 Icebreaker Questions to Melt Frustration and Build Trust

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Done well, an icebreaker can be valuable & strategic If the word icebreaker conjures up images of toothpicks and marshmallows and other fluffy activities that feel like a waste of time, you’re not alone. We’re not huge fans of icebreaking without meaning. But […].

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How to Respond When You Can’t Use an Idea

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When You Can’t Use an Idea, Pivot to Get More Ideas “I need people to think.” Mattias, the CEO of a mid-sized human service provider, leaned back in his chair and sighed. They have all kinds of idea that just don’t work. […]. The post How to Respond When You Can’t Use an Idea appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. courageous cultures Creativity FOSU: Fear of Speaking Up Winning Well communication ideas innovation leadership management micro-innovation problem solving

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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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Leadership Formula for Sustained Results

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The four-step cadence that forms the backbone of your leadership credibility, influence, and keeps you and your team focused on results. The post Leadership Formula for Sustained Results appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

3 Ways to Be a More Productive Leader

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To be more productive, embrace the secret of every time management system. You want to be a productive leader, but your to-do list has more tasks, projects, and goals than you can possibly achieve. The never-ending list can feel overwhelming. Leadership means […].

The Smartest Way to Ensure Your Leadership Message Sticks

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Taking your management team out of the field for a leadership offsite or kick-off meeting can be an incredible way to provide clarity around your leadership message, to get everyone focused on what matters most, and to encourage the sharing of best practices. […].

Frontline Festival: Best of 2018 Edition

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Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival! This month we are celebrating each blogger’s favorite post of the year (as identified by them). It’s always so much fun to see what emerges as the very best, and which topics rise to […].

Building a Great Corporate Culture: A Frontline Festival

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Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on building a great corporate culture. We asked thought leaders from around the world to share their very best post on culture and to answer two pertinent questions in the process: what does a great corporate […].

How to Be a More Courageous Manager

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Most moments of managerial courage come down to the micro-decisions you make when you’re just a little bit scared, and the stakes really aren’t that high.

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. […].

Career Development May Mean Career Disruption

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Today we’ve invited our friend and author, Julie Winkle Giulioni, to share some career development expertise from her book Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want. Julie has offered a FREE download of the book […].

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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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How to Ensure Your Business Storytelling Makes an Impact

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If you’re using business storytelling regularly, how do you assess the impact? How do you ensure you craft the very best stories that leave your audience not only inspired, but with an inkling of what to do next? There’s no question, stories […].