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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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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 […].

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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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 […].

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 […].

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.

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 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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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 […].

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 […].

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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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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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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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. […].

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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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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The Danger When a Leader is Always Right

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When a leader is always right, they’re not effective. If you had been with me early in my career, you would have seen my growing frustration. My first job out of grad school was teaching and I had a class of students who […].

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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 […].

Inherited an Underperforming Team? What Now?

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If you’re a great leader, it’s bound to happen to you. You invest your heart and soul getting your team to peak performance, and just as you’re about to breathe a sigh of relief, you get the call. There’s an underperforming team that […].

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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. […].

Setting Your Team Up for an Amazing Year: A Frontline Festival

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Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival! This month, our contributors share their thoughts about setting up your team for an amazing year. We’ve expanded Frontline Festival to include other formats such as podcasts and artwork, and hope you enjoy the […]. The post Setting Your Team Up for an Amazing Year: A Frontline Festival appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Frontline Festival

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Transforming the Customer Experience and Great Customer Service: A Frontline Festival

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

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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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5 Ways Over-Aligning With Your Boss Can Damage your Credibility

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Building a great relationship with your boss is so important as you work to up your game, get the feedback you need, navigate organizational politics, and grow your influence and impact. A great boss can also be a remarkable career elixir. And, […].

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 […].

The Best Way to Prepare for a Successful 2019

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How will you prepare for a successful 2019? It’s tricky, right? Because you just don’t know what’s going to happen. Or do you? I’ve got some predictions… ? The truth is, you can’t always choose what you show up to, but you […].

How Do I Get the Feedback I Crave?

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Do you crave genuine feedback from your boss about where you stand and what’s getting in the way? How about your peers? If you knew a peer really had your best interest at heart, would you want to hear her feedback, even […]. The post How Do I Get the Feedback I Crave?

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Best Leadership Articles of 2018 (based on your votes)

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Welcome to our annual best-of, round-up of your favorite posts on Let’s Grow Leaders. Here is a look at the best leadership articles of 2018 (as determined by your reading and sharing). Click on the headline to view the article) Thank you for […].

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 […].

Frustrated or Focused – Leadership Tips for Managing Emotions

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“David, I know I shouldn’t take this personally, but I’m so frustrated and I just want to yell at my team and walk away. I need help managing emotions or I’m going to have a meltdown.” Amanda is a team leader for […]. The post Frustrated or Focused – Leadership Tips for Managing Emotions appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders. Authenticity & Transparency Capacity Winning Well frustration leadership management managing emotions

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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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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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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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How to Work with an Indecisive Boss

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One of the biggest “do you have a private minute” questions we get asked by managers is “how do I get anything done with my indecisive boss?” ” Okay, the conversation is actually less polite. It’s usually more along the lines of: “Aghhhhh, […].

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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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Different or Better?

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Have you ever noticed the radically different approaches people take to preparing Thanksgiving dinner? Scott might order the whole thing from a caterer just to have it done. Jenny asks what they can bring, then shows up early with extra, and offers […]. The post Different or Better?

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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?

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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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 […].

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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 […].

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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 […].

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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