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The Best Leadership Books of 2021

Leading Blog

The political environment in the United States as elsewhere is driven by fear-based narratives. And that feeds our approach in society at large. It leads to short-term thinking. That’s not the way to lead. Leadership is about hope.

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What Are the Three Things That Leaders Do?

Lead Change Blog

No matter what the situation, setting, or method of communication, leaders frequently and consistently do these things. . Leaders challenge us. They believe every person has hidden potential and is capable of growing and achieving more. They challenge us by: Expanding our vision.

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In Praise of Praise: 5 Ways to Enhance the Power of Your Appreciation

RapidStart Leadership

Praise is one of the most powerful tools available to a leader; here are 5 ways you can use it to inspire, motivate, and even change lives. The post In Praise of Praise: 5 Ways to Enhance the Power of Your Appreciation appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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Essential Steps for Leaders Who Feel Overwhelmed

Joseph Lalonde

Leaders in business may often find themselves feeling overwhelmed. When you have a lot to do and only a limited amount of time to use, it can seem like you’re never really going to be able to get everything done.

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.

Bosses and Burnout: Three Things Leaders Should Know

RapidStart Leadership

Burnout on the job is costing us more than we think; here are three things we need to know to protect our teammates and minimize the damage. The post Bosses and Burnout: Three Things Leaders Should Know appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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10 Powerful Phrases For Positive Leaders

Joseph Lalonde

The world is full of negativity. You turn on the TV to a news station and you quickly discover this. Negativity sells. It’s a sad state of affairs. We’re inundated with negativity and it brings us down. I was thankful to recently be a guest at a BNI networking meeting.

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Crutch Phrases That Weaken Our Leadership

RapidStart Leadership

The crutch phrases we use often weaken our efforts to lead instead of strengthening them; here are three examples to avoid. The post Crutch Phrases That Weaken Our Leadership appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

Setting Stretch Goals? Build in Ethics

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton Employers using stretch goals to motivate employees to higher levels of performance need to take note of the ethical risk. If the push for higher performance doesn't come with an emphasis on ethical behavior, it may be encouraging cheating.

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Why Content Isn’t King in Leadership Communications

Leading Blog

S OME of my executive clients believe, instinctively, that content is king. They maintain that “useful information” is a crucial driver of effective leadership—that their job is primarily to educate and inform their teams with facts and figures.

The 5 Most Important and Critical Skills for Jobs of the Future

Career Advancement

“Personal development is the belief that you are worth the effort, time and energy needed to develop yourself.” – Denis Waitley. According to the World Economic Forum, five years from now, over one-third of the skills that are important on the job today will have become irrelevant.

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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.

How to Give Difficult Feedback to Your Boss (Even When You’re Scared)

Let's Grow Leaders

To Ensure Your Upward Feedback is Received Well, Start with Connection and Intention. You have some difficult feedback for your boss, but you’re not quite sure they’re ready to hear it. It might feel safer to stay silent.

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Balanced Effectiveness at Work

Lead Change Blog

Do you hold on to an internal belief that “somehow, someday” you’ll get caught up? Do you constantly have an internal dialog about not doing enough?

4 Reasons Why Creating Space In Your Workday Will Help You Grow And Succeed

Tanveer Naseer

One of the interesting, but not surprising findings to come out of this current global pandemic is how much people have appreciated being able to have breaks in their work day to just take a break, unwind, and maybe spend some time with their family. In fact, a big reason. Click to continue reading.

5 Ways to Serve a Stressed Out Team

Nathan Magnuson

Stress and resilience have been my most requested leadership topics for over a year now. Just recently, I received another request. ( You can join this one on 9/23! Leaders want to know: how can I lead my team when they’re at a breaking point?

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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.

TD Magazine Shines Spotlight on Emotional Compensation in October Issue

Michael Lee Stallard

I’ve shared my thoughts about the importance of emotional compensation several times on the blog this year. It’s one of the strategies firms can use to create an environment where employees truly want to be – an essential asset during the “Great Resignation.”

7 No-Nonsense Questions that Challenge People without Being a Jerk-Hole

Leadership Freak

Successful leaders challenge people. Jerk-holes are just pushy. But the opposite of pushy – being a push-over – isn’t an option for leaders. 7 fundamentals of assertive challenge: Rushing to challenge is pushy.… … Continue reading → Leading

5 Books Leaders Should Read In April 2021

Joseph Lalonde

It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of March. April is just around the corner. And you know what that means. Today is the day I bring you 5 books leaders should read in the following month.

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Delegate Better: Three Ways to Get the Results You Want

RapidStart Leadership

To delegate better, it helps to put more energy into the start of the process. With the help of a story about a naturalist stranded on a frozen lake in the Canadian sub-arctic, here are three ways to begin so that we get what we need at the end.

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.

How Values Change Everything

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton of values as a critical element in enabling and focusing individual and collective success. Values shape your life, leadership, career and relationships.

Leading Thoughts for December 16, 2021

Leading Blog

I DEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I.

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How to Become Your Boss’s Favorite Employee

Career Advancement

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” ” – Andrew Carnegie.

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How Smart Leaders Help a Team Work Better Together: Plan Breakdowns

Let's Grow Leaders

Expect common breakdowns to help your team work better together. Does your team get derailed by miscommunication, hurt feelings, customer service challenges, or another department’s dropped balls? These common relationship breakdowns don’t surprise effective leaders.

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.

Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring

Lead Change Blog

As the workplace has become more diverse, mentoring has become more challenging. Mentors and mentees may come from very different backgrounds and have a limited understanding of each other’s cultures and outlooks.

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Use Your Influence To Inspire A New Generation Of Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

One of the hallmarks of a great leader is their ability to raise up and inspire a new generation of leaders. They don’t hoard their talent, instead they look for opportunities to invest in others and they find ways to mentor and produce new leaders. Using your influence to build.

6 Barriers to Achieving Your Dream Job

Nathan Magnuson

Photo by Randy Tarampi on Unsplash. One of the highlights of last year was the time I spent hosting a webinar on dream jobs with my brother, U.S. Marine Harrier pilot Capt Cale “Rowdy” Magnuson.

Lasting Change = Head Knowledge + Heart Knowledge

Michael Lee Stallard

It’s one thing to know something intellectually—to learn interesting new data, to gain an understanding of why something works the way it does, to be inspired by a message—but if it stops there and you don’t develop heart knowledge, then you’re less likely to see meaningful or lasting change as a result.

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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.

Tech-Savvy Youth and the Future of C-Suite Leadership

N2Growth Blog

Did you know that American youth spend an average of six hours or more a day on screens ? As a result of increased social media use and continuous screen time, young adults have become more reliant on the internet for information, learning, working, communication, and entertainment.

How To Get Your Team To Take Risks

Joseph Lalonde

Leaders are risk-takers. They push the boundaries and plow new paths. They know this is the way to new success. Your team, however, may not be as excited about risk as you are.

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Courage to Lead: Re-looking the Role of Courage in Leadership

RapidStart Leadership

Having the courage to lead is more than just stepping forward, there is something else we have to do with that courage if we really want to lead well. The post Courage to Lead: Re-looking the Role of Courage in Leadership appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

Navigating Paradox: Shift Your Perspective

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton What is a Paradox? "A A paradox is a statement that contradicts itself, or that must be both true and untrue at the same time." --Literaryterms.net. Just like the many facets of a cut gem, there are multiple dimensions to issues and problems.

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The First 90 Days: Onboarding Checklist

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