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Perspective and Reducing Assumptions in Leadership


As an effective leader, one of the key skills to develop is the ability to ask questions. More specifically, ask the right question at the right time. The key benefits of mastering this skillset are the additional perspective gained and the reduction in assumptions.

Let Go of the Legacy Myth

Lead Change Blog

In a world of billboard companies and blockbuster celebrities, it’s easy for leaders to buy into the legacy myth. The thinking goes something like this: “To leave something behind that lasts, I have to protect what my success has built.” We see this undercutting belief lived out in news headlines almost daily. Everyone from business execs to politicians, from teachers to preachers, is susceptible to self-preservation when their legacy is on the line.

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Toxic Leaders – The Toxic Trinity that Takes Leaders Down

Leadership Freak

Bill Clinton said, “It’s the economy, stupid.” In organizations, “It’s the leadership, stupid.” The problem with organizations is toxic leadership. Look around. If you don’t like what you see, look in the mirror.… … Continue reading → Leading

Aim Higher: Servant Leaders Value Diverse Opinions

Skip Prichard

Lessons from a Debate. I was only a kid. For some reason, I found myself with adults much of the time. Never one to shy away from controversy (that is still true), I overheard a conversation and jumped right into a debate.

9 Ways to Manage Costs and Prepare for Future Growth

SMB leaders are working day and night to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Successfully managing it requires the CFO and HR leader to make complex decisions quickly, without rushing into an uncoordinated response. Foremost among these decisions will be cost containment. The way organizations manage costs now will determine how well they perform during and after COVID-19. Download our guide and start preparing for the future today.

What Great Leaders Do to Be Successful

Lead from Within

What makes a great leader? What do they do that’s different? What is there about them that allows them to succeed at the highest levels? While every leader is different, there are specific traits that great leaders tend to share.

The Problem with Just Do Your Job

Let's Grow Leaders

Have you ever had a team member say something like this? “I I just want to do my job. I know you want me to care, but I don’t. It’s a paycheck and I’ve got kids.” Or perhaps you’ve heard a leader tell […]. The post The Problem with Just Do Your Job appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

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Artificial Persuasion: The Invisible Brand

Leading Blog

M ASS MEDIA has been replaced by mass personalization through the rise of Artificial Intelligence.

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The Complexity of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making (Part 6)

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton This series has explored 5 important spheres of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making. This week I'm summing it up in a checklist that will help you apply all 5 to your daily choices.

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Resilience is an Equal Opportunity Resource

Lead Change Blog

Is resiliency easy? No, it’s not — but it is worth pursuing. Consider these three examples. Susan serves as chair for an international education movement and doubles as the unofficial “mayor” of her 500-home community. Busy beyond busy, she still finds time to listen to music with her husband, watch birds feed in the backyard, and nurture friends in need. Resilient in spite of the demands? Sasha hires himself out as a handyman and watches over his aging parents.

The Power of Focus

N2Growth Blog

I am frequently asked what it takes to become more productive. My answer is simply become very, very focused. Focus has always been a powerful characteristic that has served me well in all leadership roles alike. Relentless focus results in aligned priorities, order, discipline, and productivity.

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HR Benchmark Report: How to Recruit, Coach & Develop Teams

Do you really want a team of all-stars? Instead of trying to hire all Type A high performers, research shows it’s much more effective to hire a mix of personalities. In this report, Paycor will explain why and how to go about assembling, coaching, and developing effective teams at work.

First Look: Leadership Books for September 2019

Leading Blog

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in September 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Call Sign Chaos : Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West.

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From Fragmented to Focused: Helping Your Team Stay Focused

Kevin Eikenberry

How often do you feel tugged in multiple directions during the day, driven by “something urgent?” How often do you succumb to the lure of the shiny object diverting your attention? Perhaps more importantly, how often is your team being diverted and losing focus?

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Co-Active Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Top-down, one-dimensional leadership models are hopelessly outmoded in today’s rapidly changing world, and they waste the leadership ability that is present throughout an organization. After all, if leaders are those who are responsible for their world — then everyone is a leader.

How to Receive Feedback

Leadership Freak

The most important thing about feedback is the way it’s received. How to receive feedback: #1. Aspire to improve. Aspiration makes feedback desirable. Tell me how to improve.” Poorly delivered feedback is useful… Continue reading → Feedback Leadership Development

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3 Reasons to Invest in a Learning Culture: RECRUIT, RETAIN, ENGAGE

One of the least explored and most effective ways to drive recruiting, retention, and overall employee engagement is to establish a learning culture. If this is an area where you need help (or if you could just use a refresher) let Paycor walk you through actionable tips and insights on how you can develop the learning culture that works best for your business.

The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age

Leading Blog

H OW DO YOU get people to think ahead? In a time characterized by wide-ranging change, we need to think through the consequences of what we have wrought. We need to think ahead. It is reckless not to. We can’t predict the future, so it’s hard to think about the future.

The Problems People Have With Millennials

Joseph Lalonde

Leading Millennials. Whenever I take a look at millennials and the problems people have with them, I have to chuckle. Most of the problems aren’t common only to millennials. Every generation has had its outspoken, arrogant, and “selfish” individuals.

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Stop Leading! You’re Bleeding Off Passion

Lead Change Blog

Last week I had an old-fashioned, too-much-cholesterol breakfast at an out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere diner. The walls were adorned with ads from yesteryear. One that caught my eye was for Ayer’s Sarsaparilla at the bargain rate of 100 doses for one dollar. The centerpiece of the ad for this exotic tonic was that it “purified the blood.” ” What foundational belief would make people buy the promise that the blood needed purifying, and this was the ticket?

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How to Hold People Accountable when You’d Rather Eat a Worm

Leadership Freak

12 reasons holding people accountable is distasteful: You naturally pick up the slack when someone falls behind. You aren’t accountable to your own responsibilities. Like holding people accountable.)

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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.

You Need A Career ‘Bug-Out Bag’

Rich Gee Group

When reporters are sent instantly abroad for a story, they have a ‘go-bag’ packed and ready to go. If you live near a high-risk area for disaster, many people have a ‘bug-out’ bag by the door, in-case they have to leave their home within minutes.

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What Leaders Can Learn from Airplanes – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Today’s episode is the result of a challenge that I issued earlier this year – asking viewers to give me a word, any word, that I would then tie back to leadership. And today, I am comparing leadership and airplanes.

Leading Friends and Former Peers

Let's Grow Leaders

My first formal leadership role where I would lead my friends and former peers didn’t go so well. When we ask a group of new leaders about their biggest problems, leading friends and former peers is always one of the most […].

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How to Bring Out the Best in Others

Leadership Freak

Performance can’t be improved until it’s defined. The truth about bringing out the best in others: You’re supposed to bring out the best in others, but what does that mean? How is it… Continue reading → Leading

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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.

How To Achieve A Highly-Productive Work Team

Joseph Lalonde

Productivity is key in business. Should you run your own business, this will be of no surprise to you. With a productive work team, you will meet targets, impress your customers and clients, and consequently, profit your business. But how do you achieve a highly productive work team?

Kickoff with These Leadership Podcasts

Kevin Eikenberry

Are you ready or some football? Lots of people can’t wait for the kickoff of the 100th season of NFL football. While I will watch some games, I’m not here to tout my team or flaunt my fantasy lineup (no, I don’t play). I’m here to give you access to three conversations I had with […].

Five daily opportunities to deepen work relationships


You are a leader who cares about your stakeholders, but do they know that? Your answer matters because when they know that you care, they will care about you, the work they do, and their team. Caring is a powerful way to deepen your relationships with others.

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How Negative Impulse Triggers Positive Response

Leadership Freak

Negative impulses are useful when they produce positive results. Redirect negative impulses toward positive actions. Great achievements emerge when negative impulses trigger positive responses. #1. Anger – Openness: Stop resisting anger.

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.

Would You Rather Be Effective or Be Right?

Next Level Blog

If you’re in a leadership role, there’s a pretty decent chance that when you were a kid, you were one of the smartest kids in class. If that wasn’t you, you probably remember who was. You know the smartest kid routine. They always had the right answer and wanted to make sure everyone else – especially the teacher – knew it. In organizational leadership, being right is less important than being effective. My point isn’t that you should strive to be wrong.

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What’s Up With Millennials?

Joseph Lalonde

Leading Millennials. A question that I’ve been asked frequently is: How do you lead a millennial? Many leaders find it a difficult task to effectively lead young adults in this category. Truth be told, millennials are a hard group to even define. The definition of who is and who isn’t a millennial varies from person to person. […] The post What’s Up With Millennials? appeared first on Joseph Lalonde. Leadership

How to Find the Great Idea in Your Best Practice

Let's Grow Leaders

Your Best Practice Might Not Work Everywhere Javier was a well-loved director at an engineering design firm. He was also an accomplished Italian chef. Every year he would conduct an operational excellence rally that he personally catered with spaghetti made from homemade noodles, […].

What a Success Plan Is (and Isn’t)

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Chris Meroff: Investing in your people should be the end game for you as a leader. They come to the workplace every day and invest their significant gifts and talents in an effort to help you and your organization reach an agree upon goal. Their success is your success.

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.