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Why The Time Is Right To Simplify Work

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The following is a guest piece by Jesse Newton. Our organizations have become complicated messes. In a recent study 74% of respondents rated their organization as complex.

Is Conventional Wisdom Diminishing Your Ability To Successfully Lead Others?

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When it comes to leadership, many of us have developed habits or strategies that have served us well in not only achieving our organization’s goals, but driving future growth and success.

10 Simple Steps That Will Help You Overcome Adversity And Achieve Success

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The following is a guest piece by Fred Stuvek. All of us will face some degree of adversity in our life, this is inevitable. You can’t run from it. You can’t hide from it. It will find you. You have to deal with it, embrace it as a learning experience, Click to continue reading.

3 Steps To Create An Organizational Vision That Energizes Employees

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Some of you may not know this, but I’ve been writing this blog for over 10 years now, which of course, means that you end up covering a lot of different topics and ideas around leadership. But what it also means is that after a point, you get the urge. Click to continue reading.

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What Women Do That Holds Them Back From Succeeding At Leadership

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There’s been a number of studies that have illustrated the challenges and obstacles women face that men don’t in trying to move into leadership positions. But are there actions and behaviours women are doing that are also impeding their ability to grow into effective leaders?

Forget Global – What Leaders Really Need Is A “Worldly” Perspective

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The following is a guest piece from McGill Professor (and fellow Montrealer) Henry Mintzberg. Do we need more globalization on this globe? How about more worldliness in this world?

4 Powerful Questions That Will Improve Your Leadership And Drive Success

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3 Easy Steps To Energize Collaboration And Drive Success

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If you’re like most leaders, the arrival of Fall marks the perfect opportunity to assess where we are today in term’s of achieving our yearly goals, and what we should be focusing on to ensure a successful outcome for the end of this year.

Are You Missing This Critical Element In Your Leadership?

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When it comes to leadership in today’s faster-paced work environment, there’s no question that leaders are expected to wear many hats. Not so much in terms of tasks, but in terms of function.

My Top 10 Leadership Insights For 2018

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The beginning of a new year is often equated with new beginnings or with a fresh start. It’s in that vein that I’m sure you’ve noticed a very big change here on website. It’s been over 10 years since I started this site and it just felt like it was. Click to continue reading.

4 Ways To Fortify Your Courage To Lead

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The following is a guest piece by Shelly L. Francis. Are you passionate about your work or cause, but trying to sustain yourself in the midst of heavy demands and the urgency you feel about making a difference?

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5 Steps To Cultivate Compassion In Leadership

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The following is a guest piece by Stanford professor Dr. Leah Weiss. Modern leadership training is being taken over by a clever but misguided trend. One that’s filled with yoga rooms and entertainment-infused buffet lunches.

Is Being Absurd The Secret Ingredient Behind Innovation Success?

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The following is a guest piece by Jamie Anderson and Gabor George Burt. As Albert Einstein once said “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it”. But in the business world, there is a disdain for absurdity.

Do You Have The Courage To Change How You Lead?

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If there’s one constant to doing business in today’s global environment, it’s that things inevitably change.

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3 Powerful Benefits That Come From Empathy In Leadership

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A few days ago, I was interviewed by a reporter about the topic of empathy in leadership.

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4 Critical Leadership Traits That Drive Success And Growth

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This past summer, my daughter Malaika worked at her first summer job, which also happened to be her first time in a true leadership role.

Strong Leaders Need A Healthy Relationship With Feedback

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The following is a guest piece by Alex Vorobieff. A healthy relationship with feedback exists when you can unemotionally assess the results of your business and then rationally determine what inputs or actions you need to change. Denial is a very frequent manifestation of an unhealthy relationship.

The One Thing Exceptional Leaders Never Forget

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Recently, Tesla and Space X founder and CEO Elon Musk shared a powerful message on Twitter about his company’s recent launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket with the Tesla-driving Starman inside: Why Falcon Heavy & Starman? Life cannot just be about solving one sad problem after another.

Do You Allow Your Employees To “Own The Suck”?

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Of the many issues leaders have to address, failure has to be one of the most challenging. No doubt this is why we love sharing motivational quotes about failure, like this one from Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

What We Get Wrong About Authenticity In Leadership

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When it comes to improving the way we lead, there’s a number of approaches that have been championed by both leadership experts and researchers looking into understanding what makes someone a successful leader.

3 Uncommon Strategies For Achieving Your Goals

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A few weeks ago, I was the invited guest on CBC Radio’s Daybreak where I shared advice on how to successfully achieve your goals for this year.

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How Failure Taught Me To Become A Better Listener

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In my work with various leaders, one of the strategies I often share is employing the art of asking questions.

4 Questions Every Leader Should Ask To Be Successful

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One of the common concerns most leaders have revolves around employee engagement. Of how to encourage employees to be fully committed to the organization’s vision and long-term goals. Without question, this is a critical factor to an organization’s success and long-term growth.

Are You Curing Only The Symptoms Of What Ails Your Team?

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“What do you do about the meeting after the meeting?” That’s a question I was asked recently in one of my Q&A sessions held after a corporate training event I conducted recently.

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Uniqueness And Company Culture – A Renewable Cycle

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The following is a guest piece by Chris Dyer. Which comes first: a distinctive business identity or its underlying culture? That’s a trick question. The culture that drives recognition has no beginning or end point, but is instead a continuum.

9 Strategies Of Uncommon Wisdom For Fuelling Top Performance

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The following is a guest piece by Larry Sternberg. Fuelling top performance is the goal for most leaders and managers. The best managers know their people are the key to achieving top performance on every metric of success they track.

My TEDx Talk – A Personal Journey To Find Meaning In Success

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In writing this leadership blog, I’ve had the opportunity to share several personal stories that help to illustrate some key insights into how we can succeed in our role as leaders.

5 Summer Books That Will Make You A Better Leader

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As a leadership writer, I get asked from time to time to share a list of my favourite leadership books; books that I found to be the most informative either for those new to leadership, or for those looking for new insights on how they can build on their existing leadership skills.

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How Healthy Is Your Organization’s Culture?

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The following is a guest piece by Marcella Bremer. A CEO invited a group of people to a meeting who were at two different levels of the corporation. He asked a question and then went around the table in an orderly fashion getting input from the attendees.

6 Steps To Strengthen Team Cohesion

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If there’s one point all of us can agree on today, it’s that we’re living in increasingly divisive times. As a writer, I can certainly appreciate the irony of this statement.

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What Will You Do To Make Next Year Better?

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With just a few days left on the calendar, the time has once again arrived for that annual event of compiling retrospectives for the year that was.

How Leaders Can Get More Comfortable With Taking Risks

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While there’s little question that organizations need to be more responsive change, the real question today’s leaders need to address is are they at ease with taking risks, and more importantly, are the risks they’re taking the right ones?

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3 Key Steps To Finding Purpose In What You Do

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A few days ago, I got to live one of my dreams. That’s something that not all of us get to say, which is why I realized that it’s worth taking the time to share this important milestone here on my leadership blog. So what was this dream that came true for me?

Forget Passion – What Employees Need Is Purpose-Led Work

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These days, it seems like the world is facing scarcity in a wide range of areas – from something as basic as access to food and clean water, to something more personal as a lack of time to get through our various daily tasks.

My Top 10 Leadership Insights For 2017

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With the New Year now well under way, many of us are understandably creating goals and developing plans for what we’d like to achieve over the course of the next 12 months.

What Happened To Trust And Integrity In Today’s Organizations?

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Over the past several weeks, there has been a recurring theme in the news of organizations being caught at their worst and with it, how often leaders drop the ball in owning up to these failures incurred by those they lead.

Building The Bench Is Everyone’s Job – Including Leaders

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The following is a guest piece by CEO David Mattson. Over the years, we’ve worked with a lot of CEOs and others in senior leadership positions, and I’m often asked what the very best corporate leaders have in common when building their teams.

Integrity – A Critical Cornerstone To Effective Leadership

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The following is a guest piece by Terri Williams. The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” – Dwight D.

Listen Up! 5 Ways To Improve Your Leadership Listening Skills

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The following is a guest piece by Jackie Edwards. Are you part of the 25 per cent of leaders who aren’t really listening to their employees? It could be harming your reputation and career.

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Does Your Leadership Bring Out The Best In Those You Lead?

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Over the past few weeks, there’s been a noticeable uptick in leadership and management articles focusing on the topic of how leaders can ensure that they are providing a ‘safe’ environment for all of their employees.

4 Steps To Becoming More Inquisitive As Leaders

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In my previous piece, where I shared the story of how a past leadership failure helped me to learn to become a better listener , I pointed out that one of the keys to effective leadership is learning to be more inquisitive.

Ideas Are Not The Keys To Entrepreneurial Success

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The following is a guest piece by Derek Lidow. Most people assume that successful entrepreneurs are created solely based on how innovative and groundbreaking their new idea is.

3 Keys For Building Relationships With Those You Lead

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For almost 10 years, I’ve been writing about leadership and in that time, perhaps one of the most significant shifts I’ve seen has been the willingness to recognize that the key to our success as leaders stems from the relationships we foster and nurture with those we lead.

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