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An Easy Way to Check on Your Culture

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Check your culture by looking at shared resources Is there anything more gross than a neglected break-room microwave oven? If Marvel needs another super-villain, I’d recommend someone spawned from the splatter of last night’s warmed up spaghetti and powered by the fumes […].

How to Lead When Your Team Resists Change

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When Your Team Resists Change, It’s an Opportunity for Ownership You’ve noticed a problem, spent the last four days meeting with finance, strategizing, and building an action plan. You’re energized about what your team will achieve, your boss and peers are on […].

A Case-For-Change Story That Works

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Today, we’re excited to bring you a guest post by Paul Smith, one of the leading experts in business storytelling. As an experienced leader, no doubt you already tell a few stories. But how do you know you’re telling the right stories? […].

How to Lead in a Caustic Culture

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To lead in a caustic culture, focus on your influence It’s a question we hear after every keynote we deliver: “I want to build a Courageous Culture, but I don’t know if it will work at my company. It’s not a healthy […].

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The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

Don’t Let Limited Perspective Destroy Your Team

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Limited perspective traps leaders and drives apart teams Recently, I’ve watched an organization of passionate and caring people disintegrate. The limited perspective of leaders and team members has frustrated communication and problem solving. They’ve devolved into camps of us vs them. It […].

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Avoid These Infuriating Phrases in End-of-Year Feedback

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For most managers, the only thing they dread more than going to their own end-of-year performance appraisal is holding end-of-year feedback discussions with their team. Because the performance appraisal system is unnatural by design. Imagine if we burdened our home relationships […].

How to Encourage Your Team When Results are Disappointing

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What do you do when everyone gets an “A” for effort, but the results are disappointing? How do you encourage your team while building a recovery plan? 6 Ways to Encourage Your Team When Results Are Disappointing It’s easy to lead when […].

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How Managers Can Reclaim Their Lost Soul

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In a recent leadership development program, we talked about “manager soul loss” – the isolation, bitterness, and despair that seeps into many leaders’ hearts. We share the stages of soul loss and symptoms to look out for to help leaders identify and prevent them […].

How to Stop Wasting People’s Courage

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Eliminate courage sinkholes to energize your team When you think about inspiring courage at work, what comes to mind? Encouraging your team to… Speak their truth in meetings? Challenge your thinking? Share new ideas? Question the way we’ve always done it? Find […].

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One Question Leaders Ask to Build Better Ideas

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To build better ideas, point people toward solutions. You can’t possibly come up with the solution to every problem. You know you need your team’s input. And even when you’ve got a good idea, it can improve. Your team can help you […].

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How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

How to Build a Better Boss

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A better boss starts with a good relationship and great performance A listener to a recent episode of my Leadership without Losing Your Soul podcast asked a question about how she could tell her leader about the content she’d learned. Her heart […].

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Best Practices in Leadership and Productivity: A Frontline Festival

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Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival! This month, our contributors share their best practices in leadership and productivity. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! The August Frontline Festival will be […].

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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A Big Mistake Leaders Make When Answering Questions

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The wind shifted, the mainsail swung over the boat, and the deck leaned until I found myself staring at water where the horizon used to be. It looked like we were all going to get wet – but I was actually about […].

The Most Important Factor To Ensure Your Feedback is Heard

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Last week we shared reasons employees might resist your coaching. There’s one other vital factor to ensure your feedback is heard. Ground Yourself Here Before Giving Feedback Steve had thrown every ounce of energy into launching his most important strategic initiative. Everyone […].

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.

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 […].

7 Questions to Ask Yourself to Be a Better Leader

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To be a better leader, start with you. When we work with leaders, the first questions we ask usually produce a pause, followed by a thoughtful, “That’s a great question.” If you want to be a better leader, you can use these […].

How Do I Deal With a Passive Aggressive Co-worker?

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Have you ever dealt with a passive-aggressive turkey like this? On Monday your passive-aggressive peer says, “We girls have to stick together. You know there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women. I’ve got you.” ” And then […].

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11 Inspiring Leadership Secrets from Bonsai

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A mature bonsai tree commands attention. With a single tree, a master evokes an entire landscape and tells a story of power, perseverance, struggle, or abundance. As I’ve studied bonsai, I realized there are many leadership secrets available for leaders who want […].

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.

5 Reasons Your Employees Ignore Your Coaching

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Have you ever had (what you thought was) a great coaching conversation—your employee seems to get it—but fifteen minutes later they’re back to their old habits? So you give them more coaching, this time “louder” either literally, or through progressive discipline. But […].

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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Stop Emailing When You Should Have a Meeting

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Have a meeting for more bandwidth and speed Recently we were delivering a leadership development program when Annia, a senior leader in the firm, raised her hand and addressed the room: “I’ve noticed that many of us quickly send an email rather […].

How to Help Your Team Bring You Better Ideas

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You don’t just want ideas—you want GOOD ideas. There’s no time for half-baked solutions to trivial problems. But if you stop listening, they’ll stop sharing, and you’ll miss the good ones. How you respond to incomplete, off-base, or inelegant ideas makes all […].

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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 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 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?

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 […].

How to Stop the Destructive Power of Sarcasm at Work

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An audience member asked us recently, “Can you talk about the danger of sarcasm? Our VP uses it all the time it ruins presentations, derails meetings, and shuts people down.” ” We thought, “We know that guy.” ” We bet you do too. Sure, […].

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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.

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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Great Leaders Have No Rules-Interview with Kevin Kruse

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What are the rules you’ve created that get in the way of you and your team’s success? What if there were a better way? In this powerful interview with serial-entrepreneur, New York Times best selling author, and LEADx founder, Kevin Kruse, […].

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 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 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 […].

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 […].

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 […].

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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9 Creative Ways to Develop Your Managers

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You’ve done your talent assessment work, completed the nine-box grid, and now it’s time to create specific plans to develop your managers.

How to Get Your New Team to Trust You

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Helping your new team to trust you takes time. Do you ever wish your new team would talk to your last team? That would save so much precious time. If you could just get your new team to trust you, you’d get […].

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