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How to be a Great Boss: 9 Ways to Get a 5-Star Rating From Your Team

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What does it take to be a great boss? Some bosses are more memorable than others, and some perhaps you’d like to forget. But what does it take to be a great boss? What distinguishes the one that people remember years later as the leader who made a difference?

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New Leader Checklist: 4 Questions to Ask if You Want to Lead Effectively

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Whether it’s your first leadership position or your fifty-first, taking over can be a challenging business. One key to success? Don’t start out by answering questions; start by asking them.

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Sharpen Your Thinking: 25 Ways to Hone Your Thinking Skills

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Leaders should be independant thinkers. Whether you are trying to develop a vision statement, solve a problem at work, or influence the team, leaders have to think about where they are going and how they are going to get there.

Leader Isolation: 6 Ways to Conquer Loneliness at the Top

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We are not alone… …but sometimes it can feel that way. Leadership can bring with it a sense of isolation. You seem to be the only one bearing the burden of responsibility, setting the standard, and trying to balance the demands of your boss with the realities on the ground.

Stop Social Loafing: 6 Ways to Get Everyone Working

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How come 1+1+1 does not equal 3? You would think that the more people on a project, the greater the output. Sadly, that’s not always the case. A phenomenon called Social Loafing leads some team members to do the minimum possible. They drag down group productivity like a boat anchor.

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How to be Decisive: 9 Ways to Make a Decision You Won’t Regret

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How can you be decisive if you don’t know what decision to make? Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” ” That sounds like good advice, but how do you decide which fork to take? Which one will have the greatest payoff?

Master the Habit Cycle and Achieve Your Goals

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What if you could turn making good choices into a habit? It’s easy to set a goal. It’s much harder to actually achieve it. Part of the problem is that to make progress, every day you have to choose to put in the effort.

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The Golden Rule, With a Twist

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No written word nor spoken plea, Can teach your team what they should be, Nor all the books on all the shelves, It’s what the leader is himself. – from Wooden on Leadership. The most powerful form of leading is personal example. It’s a simple idea. Be the way you want others to be.

Mind the Gap: 8 Ways to Close the Trust Gap on Your Team

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People will only willingly follow you if they trust you, and believe in your destination. But like boarding a train, there comes a moment when they have to step from the platform into the passenger compartment and join you for the ride. Crossing that gap is a leap of faith: It requires trust.

Don’t Fear the Elephants

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Nobody said he was a great mathematician. But he may be the greatest general you never heard of. His actions over 2,000 years ago are a great example of how you can influence your future by the way you react to whats coming at you.

Howling at The Moon: One Way to Handle Criticism

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It can be tough to handle criticism. As leaders we need to be open and ready to listen to the good, the bad, and the ugly. How we respond to that criticism after listening can take many forms. The story is told of a man out walking with Abraham Lincoln one day.

How to Build Team Culture One Test at a Time

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We all recognize that building team culture is important We know a strong team culture can have a huge positive impact on team effectiveness, employee engagement, and overall productivity. The question is, where does it come from? How do we build it?

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Wading the Mississippi: Six Surprising Secrets of Success I Learned from Ol’ Man River

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What does it take to achieve great things? Last week, I waded across the Mississippi River. Really. And as I thought about that accomplishment, it seemed this great river had a lot to say about what it takes to achieve something great.

Grandma’s Law: How to Put the Power of Incentive to Work for You

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There’s a simple law you can apply to your goal setting that will definitely help improve the amount of things you’re able to get done. It’s called Grandma’s Law. Today we’ll talk about how you can put Grandma’s Law to work for you and your team. You Gonna Eat That? transcript).

Climbing Solo

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When I hear of the exploits of amateur climbers who somehow manage to summit Mount Everest, it makes me wonder – how many more times has his guide been to the top?

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Why You Should Value the Nonconformist

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I’m not paying you to agree with me. I’m paying you to think. That’s Colin Powell’s approach to leadership. When it’s time for planning and problem-solving, the best leaders aren’t looking for unity and agreement. They want the opposite. They want dialogue, a clash of ideas.

Leading Virtual Teams: 12 Powerful Ways to Lead a Team You Can’t See

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How do you lead a team that’s not there? It’s hard enough to be a good leader when your teammates are in the same room. But what about when they aren’t even in the same time zone? When you can’t look someone directly in the eye, things get much more challenging.

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Modeling Success: Three Ways to Communicate Effectively Without Words

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Success doesn’t come easy, and the more complex the challenge, the harder it can be to communicate effectively with your team. Sometimes, the more you talk, the more words can get in the way. One way to cut through the noise is modeling success.

3 Ways You Might be Sabotaging Your Team’s Culture on Day 1

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Your team’s culture is it’s life-blood, its soul. It’s who you are and how you interact as a group. If it’s a good one, your culture can directly contribute to increased employee engagement, rising productivity and decreased turnover.

How to be Successful: The 9,051-Step Plan

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Can you imagine climbing a staircase that is one mile high? Seems like a lot, right? It would be the same as climbing the Empire State Building more than four times, the Washington Monument nine times, or Niagara Falls 31 times.

How to Tell if You Are Sinking or Swimming as a Leader

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How can 80% of people believe themselves to be above average leaders? One of the many challenges of being a leader is knowing how well you are doing. Are you sinking or swimming? It can be hard to really know, and yet knowing is the key to becoming better at it.

Creating Unexpected Wins: Leadership Lessons from “Team Short People”

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[Guest Post*] Everyone loves an underdog story, but much of the time, we only perceive the underdogs as such because we are overlooking the strengths that really matter.

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How to Stay Optimistic: 3 Questions to Ask Before You Give Up

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How can you stay optimistic in the face of failure? Failure is a natural part of doing business, of being human, and of attempting to do things you haven’t done before. And when we fail, there’s a natural tendency to want to give up. It’s hard to stay optimistic.

White Gold: A Story of Persistence

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With obstacles, frustrations and nay-sayers, how do you find the persistence you need to succeed? It’s one thing to have a great idea or an inspiring vision. Sticking with it until you are successful can be an entirely different matter.

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Influencing Outcomes: 3 Ways to Get the Ending You Want

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Can we change opinions by changing expectations? A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology seems to think so. He conducted a simple but revealing experiment that speaks volumes about how humans form opinions. Spoiler alert: we are not nearly as independent-minded as we like to think.

The Role of Fear in Leadership: Is it Better to be Feared or Loved as a Leader?

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Is it better to be feared or loved as a leader? It’s an age-old question that seems to keep cropping up. Authoratative writers talk about how leaders need to be open, transparent, empathetic, and willing to listen.

Leadership Mistakes: 3 Things to Do When You Really Step In It

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What should the leader do when he makes a mistake? Nobody likes to “step in it,” but leadership mistakes will happen. What you do when they occur makes all the difference. Do these three things well, and you may end up with a stronger team than you started with. Stepping In It.

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Independence Day: 7 Ways to Defuse Conflict and Assert Your Freedom

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Do our reflexive reactions cause unnecessary fireworks? Conflict is inevitable in any human enterprise; how we handle that conflict is where leadership comes in. Too often we seem bound to react instinctively: voices rise, pressure grows, and soon it’s fireworks like the 4th of July.

Everyday Winners – How to Build Mental Toughness One Day at a Time

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How do you win the daily struggle to get out the door? Temperatures have been dropping lately. Now it takes more effort to get out the door for my morning run. Yesterday I had to analyze the weather. Contend with warm clothing decisions. Wrestle them all on.

Delegating Effectively: It’s Not Tennis

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If I’m delegating effectively, why do I always seem to have the ball? We all know that as leaders we need to delegate effectively. As one boss even told me, “You have to delegate or die!” ” But sometimes it can seem like that ball keeps bouncing back into your hands.

Skills for the Introverted Leader: 6 Ways to Expand Your Comfort Zone

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What skills does an introverted leader need to develop? Statistically, about half of us tend towards introversion (I’m definitely one of them). That fact doesn’t exclude us from being effective leaders.

Building Bridges: How Leaders Grow Loyalty

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Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across. – Sun Tzu, Art of War. How do you grow loyalty? Consider this story. A marketing specialist was given her first major assignment to test market a new product. She worked on the project diligently, giving it her best effort.

Listening Skills for Leaders: 8 Ways to be Sure You Get the Message

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Have you ever been in a situation where you had something to say, but people didn’t seem to be listening? How did that make you feel? I’m guessing your response would not include words like “understood,” or “respected.”

Flight Lessons: Preparing Your Leaders for Success

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Are you giving your teammates flight lessons? As leaders, the best indicator of our success is the success of those we are responsible for.

Leading Spaghetti – Using Your Noodle to Get Your Pasta to Cooperate

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“If you’re a leader, you don’t push wet spaghetti, you pull it.” ” – Bill Mauldin. Bill Mauldin was a famous cartoonist for Stars and Stripes, the newspaper widely read by American GIs during World War II.

The Simple Secret to the Best PowerPoint Presentation I Ever Saw

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It was the best PowerPoint presentation I had ever seen. It happened over 10 years ago, but even now I can remember specifics. What made it so memorable? So effective? In this post, I’ll tell you the simple presentation secret, and how you can use it to add power to your presentations.

Book Notes: It Worked for Me

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I hope you have problems. That’s a good thing, really. A book I read recently cast a whole new light on what it means to have problems as a leader, and what you should do about them.

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Play Your Part

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Are you giving it your best? I was watching The Tonight Show recently – the opening monologues are often funny, and other parts of the show can be entertaining. The musical guest that night seemed interesting, so I fast forwarded to watch their performance.

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6 Steps You Should Take Immediately as a New Manager

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They made you a new manager. Now what? Whatever you did to become a new manager is probably not enough to help you be successful there. Leading well is a skill set of its own. To help you make the adjustment successfully, it helps to have a plan.

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Stage Magic: 3 Ways to Amplify Your Leadership Message

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Getting our leadership message across to the team can be a challenge. But as leaders, we can forget that by virtue of our position, we are up on a stage. And like the stage occupied by actors and musicians, there are some great tools available to us, if we’re smart about how we use them.