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7 Casualties of Being a People Pleaser in Leadership

Ron Edmondson

Leadership is hard and every decision a leader makes is subject to opinion. Different opinions. Lots of different opinions. Every hard decision a leader makes excites some and upsets others.

What’s Your Leadership Wake?

Lead Change Blog

The term wake is a boating term that refers “to the trail of disturbed water that is left as a boat moves in the water.” It can be seen from some distance away, and the size of the wake is typically determined by the speed and the size of the boat. Whatever the magnitude of the wake, the one thing that is certain is that a wake is created. A boat simply cannot move without disturbing the water around it. It’s a physical impossibility. What Is A Leadership Wake? .

Aim Higher: Servant Leaders Develop Other Leaders

Skip Prichard

The Importance of Leadership Development. Talk to most people about the importance of leadership development and you will likely hear why it’s so important. Studies have proven that leadership development efforts help you: Retain emerging leaders. Improve engagement and job satisfaction.

How Your Bright Shiny Objects Derail Your Team — and Damage the Business

Leading Blog

I N COACHING VISIONARY LEADERS, I hear a common pain point: Their team isn’t moving fast enough or focusing on the right things. As we dig deeper, however, we inevitably discover that their team isn’t the problem. Instead, it’s their own preoccupation with bright shiny objects — or what I call BSOs.

The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

Communicating Unpopular Decisions

Kevin Eikenberry

Communicating unpopular decisions is a task that all leaders will tackle at some point in their career. In a recent workshop, I was asked for tips to do this with greater confidence and skill. I wanted to share my answer here so you could benefit also.

Envy or Humility — It’s Your Choice

Lead Change Blog

Some time ago, a new boy came to the neighborhood and Louie was not happy. Life was going along just fine for Louie. Everybody loved him and he thoroughly enjoyed greeting neighbors. Then Mac came along—five pounds of white fluff and super power energy. Everyone thought he was adorable… except Lou.

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Make Learning New Skills And Behaviours More Effective In 3 Simple Steps

Tanveer Naseer

Key to succeeding at leadership in today is our ability to learn new skills to improve the way we lead. But how can we consistently apply these new skills over the long run, instead of falling back on old habits? In this episode of Leadership Espresso Shot, I share 3. Click to continue reading.

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How to Maximize Your Greatest Point of Influence

Leadership Freak

“Why did you hit your sister?” “She She hit me first!” The people around you reflect your relationship with them. The stronger the connection, the deeper the reflection. The people around you are –… Continue reading → Taking others higher Leadership Development leadership journey

The 5 Enemies of Trustworthy Leadership

Lead Change Blog

For leaders, trust is a must. It’s the critical foundation for creating an environment where your team members can flourish, be engaged, and exercise their creativity and innovation to achieve their goals and those of the organization. Trust is the connective tissue in relationships and organizations, and it allows us to collaborate and achieve more together than we would independently. But trust is under attack.

Creating Environments Millennials Want To Work In

Joseph Lalonde

Leading Millennials. What does it take to get a millennial to want to come work in your organization? That’s the question that goes through the minds of many leaders. It’s a fearful question. Thankfully, this question can also be answered.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

The Gut-Brain Axis (Ethical Questions)

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton I am a long-time advocate of systems thinking. It has risen in importance as an increasing number of our greatest human challenges can't we understood or resolved without it.

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When to Give Second Chances and When to Cut Someone Loose

Leadership Freak

Second chances are endorsements. Second chances are investments of personal collateral. Second chances strengthen relationships. Leaders – who don’t give second chances – waste potential.

How Much Do You Invest in Leadership Development?

Lead Change Blog

We all live in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world. When cultural change abounds, the irony I frequently observe is organisations engage in less leadership development, rather than more. Leaders work in increasingly leaner organisations. They are more diverse, culturally and generationally. Their collaborations may be virtual, and navigating the virtual world brings additional demands and benefits. High on leadership, low on resources.

Leadership & Mirrors – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

My series on leadership from unlikely sources continues today and it includes something we likely see every day – a mirror! Here are four reasons why I love this metaphor of mirrors as it relates to leaders. Tweet it out: The self-aware leader is a better leader.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

How to Help All Your People Contribute Great Ideas

Let's Grow Leaders

Don’t Let Assumptions Limit People Who Can Contribute Great Ideas “I’m looking at my people and I just don’t think they can get there from here.” Vivian was a gung-ho CEO exploring what it would take to build a more Courageous Culture […].

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How to Have Grit When You Want to Quit

Leadership Freak

Grit matters when quitting is easier than pressing forward. Perseverance isn’t grit until you want to quit. But what keeps you going when the path is steep? Conundrum: Grit isn’t grit until quitting… Continue reading → Commitment Personal Growth Success Leadership Development

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You Might Be Practicing Band-Aid Leadership

Lead Change Blog

You’re in the exam room telling the doctor about the awful stomach pain you’ve suffered for weeks. “I’ve I’ve tried everything. I can’t eat, sleep, or function normally. Please help.”. After intensely listening to your concerns, the doctor lifts your shirt, unwraps a jumbo-sized adhesive bandage, slaps it onto your belly, and, walking out the door, says, “Okay. You’re good to go.”. Wait, what? How’s a band-aid going to fix a belly ache?!”. Now, imagine.

Millennials Aren’t The Problem. You Are.

Joseph Lalonde

Leading Millennials. Ouch, did that hurt to read as much as it did for me to type it out? The title stings. It’s accusatory. And, more often than not, I believe this is true. Millennials aren’t the problem. Just like the Baby Boomers or Gen Xers weren’t the problem either when they began to invade the workforce. […] The post Millennials Aren’t The Problem. You Are. appeared first on Joseph Lalonde. Leadership Leading Millennials millennials ownership

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

Leadership – No Talent Required

N2Growth Blog

While not all leaders will develop their talents and abilities to the same level, all successful leaders more or less begin with the same foundation. Here’s the thing – the foundational elements of leadership require no skill or talent whatsoever. Clearly the difference possessed by all great leaders is that they refine, develop and build from their foundation – they don’t ignore it or take it for granted.

Attention Management: How to Create Success and Gain Productivity Every Day

Kevin Eikenberry

Productivity. Most of us on most days would like more of it. If you are vacationing at the beach, maybe not. But for the most part, creating productivity is something we would like to be better at. I’ve been studying and trying to get better at this myself for a long time.

The Danger of Public Criticism and the Power of Social Confirmation

Leadership Freak

I was greeting audience members before a presentation when one asked, “What makes you qualified to give this presentation?” Thanks for asking,” is my typical response when I need a second to think.…

Three Keys to Values-Aligned Experiences

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds : Being around values mis-aligned people lowers trust, discretionary energy, and performance. Our research suggests three key steps you can take to ensure values-aligned experiences: 1) Be clear on your own values.

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

This is What Makes the Introverted Leader So Successful

Lead from Within

Leadership is a practice that often involves constant stimulation, socializing and communicating, all at a fast pace. It sounds like the last profession an introvert would want to pursue or would be successful in.

Leaders: 4 Ways to Connect with your Employees


When you ask employees, they want to be able to connect with their leader —today more than ever before. Employees want to know what you have to say; they also want to know what you stand for. Employee Engagement Leadership Communication

How to Strategically and Effectively Find a Sponsor at Work

Leadership Freak

NEW BOOK GIVEAWAY! 20 copies available! Leave a comment on this guest post by Bonnie Marcus to become eligible for one of 20 complimentary copies of her book, “The Politics of Promotion: How… Continue reading → Author Book Notes

Boost Innovation by Strengthening the Organization’s Immune Systems

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Kris Oestergaard: Today, every business is looking to find ways to streamline its innovative abilities. Those successful in establishing a culture of innovation have addressed their organization’s “immune systems.”

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Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

The Best Survival Guide for A Toxic Workplace

Lead from Within

A toxic workplace culture—in any type of organization and industry—can take a toll on your mental health, and in time even your physical health. If you’re enmeshed in a toxic culture you may feel you don’t have many options, but there are ways to survive with your health and outlook intact.

Want A Better Strategy? Don’t Talk To The Same People.

Strategy Driven

Alan Gozdalski has taken care of the landscaping on my property for over 20 years. He treats my property like his own. When a devastating fall storm hit Buffalo, NY in October of 2006, Al was one of the first people who called me to check on how his (my) yard fared.

How to Prepare for a Better Development Discussion (Free Tool)

Let's Grow Leaders

Development discussions always go better when your employee comes prepared to engage in conversation. We’ve designed this guide to help your team members think more deeply about their development goals and key actions. Give it to them in advance and ask them […].

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Leadership – No Talent Required

N2Growth Blog

While not all leaders will develop their talents and abilities to the same level, all successful leaders more or less begin with the same foundation. Here’s the thing – the foundational elements of leadership require no skill or talent whatsoever. Clearly the difference possessed by all great leaders is that they refine, develop and build from their foundation – they don’t ignore it or take it for granted.

Weekly Round-Up: 5 Ways Not to be a Weak Leader, 4 Cs for Even Better Leadership, 4 Employee Engagement Tips, 6 Insights for Communicating Unpopular Decisions, 5 Essentials to Team Building


Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts.