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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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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.

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.

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.”

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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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.

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.

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 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

How To Reignite Our Inspiration At Work

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Let’s face it, all of us want to be inspired at work. So why do studies show that over 70% of us feel uninspired about the work we do? And more importantly, what can we do about it?

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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A Leader’s Story On How To Truly Care For Your Employees

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What would you do if your role as a leader lead to the accidental death of one of your employees? It’s a scenario that, thankfully, most of us might never have to consider.

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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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?

Are You Helping Employees Find Purpose In What They Do?

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As the clock starts to wind down on 2017, I’ve been spending some time reflecting on some of the recurring themes and ideas I’ve written and spoken about over the past 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.

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.

Leaders, Want To Master Innovation? Then Get Funny!

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The following is a guest piece by Jaime Anderson and Gabor George Burt. In the beginning, there was humor and there was laughter. And it was good. But then, work became suffocatingly serious. Until now.

How To Increase Trust With The Power of Intention

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The following is a guest piece by Will Wise. Have you ever been in a meeting and wondered, “Why am I here?” Or worse yet, have you ever lead a meeting while others quietly asked themselves, “Why am I here?”

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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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7 Strategies To Lead With Abundance

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The following is a guest piece by Dr. Naphtali Hoff. People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me.

5 Simple Steps For Cutting Your Work Addiction Habit

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The following is a guest piece by Dave Crenshaw. Have you become allergic to fun? I suppose it’s an abrupt question to ask. If I were to ask that of someone, I can understand them taking it personally and responding with “buzz off” or some incantation of that phrase. But, have you?

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.

Why Expressing Gratitude Through Our Leadership Matters

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This past weekend marked the celebration of Thanksgiving Day here in Canada, our last holiday long-weekend before the inevitable cold blast of winter arrives to blanket our country in snow and ice.

7 Steps To Becoming A Happier, Higher-Performing Leader

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The following is a guest piece by CEO Elizabeth Crook. From growing a successful start-up, to writing a book and speaking internationally about workplace culture, to making a solid attempt at being a decent wife and mother of three kids; I require an enormous amount of mental bandwidth.

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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Becoming More Self-Aware To Improve How We Communicate

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No matter what field or industry you work in, one thing that all leaders share in common is the necessity of having an extensive toolkit at their disposal.

7 Ways Leaders Excel – And 7 Ways They Get In Their Own Way

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Leadership is much more than what you know or even what you do. Your personality in great part determines how you influence the people around you. That’s why it’s important to know who you are as you lead if you want to understand how you go about the work of managing, delegating and leading.

4 Steps To Move Past Setbacks And Drive Success

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In today’s faster-paced, interconnected global environment, there’s no question that there are greater demands on leaders in terms of what they need to deliver. And those demands become more apparent when an organization suffers a setback in achieving its long-term goals.