May, 2022

Commencement Address Answers “When Will It Get Easier?”

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton When I was asked by The University of Richmond SPCS to give a Commencement address, I did what most anyone would do - I struggled. I struggled to choose a topic, and struggled to write the remarks on a short deadline.

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Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Top Gun: Maverick

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article. The new Top Gun: Maverick flew into theaters on Memorial Day weekend in what could be the best sequel ever to be released. After years of days due to COVID-19, we were treated to a masterpiece of a movie. Tom Cruise reprises his role as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell.

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One Critical Component to Leading Change

Nathan Magnuson

I had two separate experiences with leading change recently that demonstrate a critical aspect that is often the difference between success and failure. Let me share the two scenarios – see if you can guess what it is. Of course, I’ll share it as well.

How to Help Your Team Say No at Work

Let's Grow Leaders

Help your team say no at work so they can say yes to the work that matters most. The ability to say “no” is critical for a person’s sense of agency or feeling in control of their life. That feeling of agency directly contributes to workplace morale, engagement, and productivity.

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The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

Lines for Leaders: Hire 40 Men

RapidStart Leadership

Milton Hershey had his share of failures, but he revealed one of the secrets of his success one day when he turned to his foreman and told him, "Hire 40 men.". The post Lines for Leaders: Hire 40 Men appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

How To Build Leadership Identity

Tanveer Naseer

Alisha struggled in her new leadership role. She found it difficult to think of herself as a boss when just a few short weeks before she was working alongside the coworkers now reporting to her.

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Train, Train, Train

Joseph Lalonde

As I’m continuing to make my running comeback after COVID-19, the importance of training and training has been at the forefront of my mind. COVID took me down as I saw growth in my running. My personal record for the half marathon happened days before I could not move for days.

Two Personality Traits To Focus On As An Executive Leader

N2Growth Blog

“Self Awareness” Does Your Potential Executive Hire Have It? Each year I debrief leadership assessment results with hundreds of C-Suite candidates as an Executive Coach & Consultant at N2Growth.

Leaders Coaching Leaders: One Secret to Sustainable Leadership Development

Let's Grow Leaders

As organizations flatten and people continue to work remotely, it will take more than an executive sponsor to ensure your leadership development sticks. You need leaders at every level engaged with your training as leader coaches to facilitate application and learning.

Get The Best Out Of Your Team.

Rich Gee Group

In today’s new world of work, many managers are struggling to find the best way to motivate, energize, and most of all KEEP their employees. And it’s getting harder every day.

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The Ultimate Guide to Executive Recruiting

Sourcing the right executive candidates and filling key managerial roles in an organization can be difficult, even in the best of times. Download this eBook to level up your discovery process, talent sourcing, and strategies for reaching your best-fit candidates.

3 Ways to Do What Matters Today

Leadership Freak

Everyone wants to do what matters but we’re afraid to define it. After all, when you define what matters it’s unsurprising. Think love, relationships, satisfaction, health, and making a difference (mission).

3 Insights For the Class of 2022

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton I have a special message for our 2022 graduates. The pandemic risk may be lower than it was at this time last year, but sorting out the way forward as a new graduate is still going to be a challenge. How can you gain a clear focus on your future to move ahead?

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9 Leadership Traits You Can Learn From Your Dog

Joseph Lalonde

Owning a dog can be one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet. They bring joy to our lives and teach us about friendship, loyalty, and love. But did you know dogs can also teach us important lessons about leadership? Many of you have heard of my dog, Lok. He’s a Vizsla, one of […].

Executive Hiring For a P.E. Portfolio Company – Ideals and Compromise

N2Growth Blog

Part One – Core, Hard Credential Constituents. The bar is set high. Dynamics at private equity firms are fast, aggressive, and all-conquering. As the investor leader, you are tasked with tackling senior leadership management issues at a newly acquired portfolio firm.

How to Write OKRs: 45 Effective Examples

Many companies are embracing objectives and key results (OKRs) as the best practice for committing to goals and following through. Objectives are outcomes that reflect current company priorities. Each employee should write OKRs that roll up to larger company goals.

Managing Up: Keep Your Boss Informed About a Struggling Team Member

Let's Grow Leaders

Managing up is easy when performance is good, but it gets a bit more tricky when results are down. Here are a few practical ways to show your boss you are on it WHILE giving your struggling employee the time and space to turn their performance around. How Do I Manage Up When Results are Down?

Management Tools For Leaders: Red Ocean/Blue Ocean Strategy

Rich Gee Group

Tool #5 - Red Ocean/Blue Ocean Strategy This week, let’s understand how companies position themselves in the marketplace to succeed - The Red Ocean/Blue Ocean Strategy.

3 Ways to Lean on People Without Being Needy

Leadership Freak

There’s a word for the place where people lean on each other, community. I should have leaned on more people. The lid on potential isn’t lack of talent. It’s reluctance to lean on… Continue reading → Leading

5 Unexpected Teaching Insights

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton After teaching for more than 20 years, I was surprised last week by the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies with the Itkowitz Family Distinguished Faculty Award.

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12 Plays to Kickstart Your Recruitment Process

To stay ahead in this race, every recruiter needs a good playbook. In this eBook, we lay out 12 recruiting plays that can automate key steps in your recruitment process, helping you reduce both the cost and the time it takes to hire the best candidates.

5 Leadership Books To Read In June 2022

Joseph Lalonde

A leader is always learning. One of those ways to continue to learn is to continue to read. Every book you read, you begin to consume what someone has taken years to learn. You bypass the painful learning process by allowing others to learn for you. Then you learn through them.

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Seven Ways to Immediately Improve Retention

Kevin Eikenberry

Retaining top talent should always be a focus of leaders and organizations. However, during times of high employment, or an historic Great Resignation, the topic gets more attention.

Braver at Work: Questions to Inspire Your Next Courageous Act (with Video)

Let's Grow Leaders

Gain the Confidence to Be Braver at Work. Whenever we ask participants in our Courageous Cultures or Team Innovation programs to share a time that felt particularly brave at work, the room explodes with powerful energy. People love to share times when they were scared and did the right thing anyway.

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Becoming A Good Leader Requires Practice In The Following Areas

Tanveer Naseer

Becoming a leader is pretty easy. It just requires that you get one person to follow you. Understand that it doesn’t make you a good leader. But it does make you a leader. If you want to be a good leader, you will need a lot more than people willing. Click to continue reading. Other

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12 Tips for Selling to the C-Suite

The question for sales pros is this: Are you ready for the challenge, and opportunity, of selling to the C-suite? The following 12 tips can help ensure that you and your team are.

The Path to Authentic Leadership Often Misses 1 Key Ingredient

Leadership Freak

Some things are best understood through the lens of their opposite. Authentic leadership is one of them. If you’re not authentic you are: Fake Counterfeit Phony False Unreal Synthetic Sham Untrue Fabricated False… Continue reading → Leadership Development Leading authentic leadership

Executive Hiring For a P.E. Portfolio Company – Soft Skills

N2Growth Blog

Part Two – Core, Soft Credential Constituents. In the second part of this series, we will continue this theme on executive hiring for a private equity portfolio company by examining parallel soft skill essentials and core, soft credential constituents.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Memory

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article. Memory is the latest Liam Neeson movie. If you don’t know who Liam Neeson is, he is famous for his role in Taken and other films where he has a specific set of skills. Memory follows the same formula.

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Stop Managing Conflict! – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

The title for this episode might seem a little strange. But it’s not wrong. In this episode, I am reminding you (or maybe telling you for the first time) that conflict isn’t always bad.

The Power of Conversation Intelligence

This eBook will answer all your questions and more on Conversation Intelligence (CI) by providing a complete overview and its need in Revenue organizations - delivering impact from your Sales Development Representatives all the way to the C-Suite.

Employee Complaints – 5 Questions to Ask

Let's Grow Leaders

Your number one leadership job is to support your team to achieve its goals. Employee complaints give you an excellent opportunity to support your people, build their confidence, connect them to one another, and remove barriers to a productive team.

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What You Need To Achieve Business Success 

Tanveer Naseer

Running a business is no easy feat, but starting a company can be one of the most exciting and biggest achievements of your life. It will take a lot of hard work and determination to get things off the ground, and you’ll need the right team of people working alongside. Click to continue reading.

6 Ways to Find Freedom While Leading

Leadership Freak

Leading can become a ball and chain for sincere leaders. Relentless challenge sucks the life out of everyone. Eventually you go through the motions but you’re dead inside. You cannot run at 100%… Continue reading → Leadership Development Leading energy Leadership

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Now Is a Critical Time to Create an Upward Spiral of Positivity

Michael Lee Stallard

Emotions are contagious. For that reason, you need to pay attention to your own emotions and those of the people around you. At work, how would you characterize the emotional state of your team?

The First 90 Days: Onboarding Checklist

Connect with your people from day one with this development and engagement checklist.