New Year’s Resolutions for Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Every year, millions of people around the world make New Year’s resolutions.

10 Immutable Laws Of Leadership

Terry Starbucker

There are some things about leadership that we cannot change, no matter how hard we try. They are the immutable laws of leadership, forming the backbone of any successful foray into this honorable vocation. Live by them, build on them, and lead by them, and you give yourself a fighting chance.

A Leadership Trait that Saved America

N2Growth Blog

By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth. Today the U.S. Army celebrates its 238 th birthday. Looking back, its growth into comfortable old age seems inevitable but in its youth that outcome was far from certain.

Better, Not Bitter… Got hope?

General Leadership

“Let your past make you better, not bitter.” ” Unknown. Louis (Louie) Zamperini deeply understands the transformative power of hope to make us better, not bitter.

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.

A 236-Year-Old Lesson in Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Before he could become father of a country, George Washington had to create a new way to lead – and his example is still worth following.

Let’s Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Often the words collaboration, coordination, and cooperation are used to describe effective teamwork. But they are not the same, and when we use these words interchangeably, we dilute their meaning and diminish the potential for creating powerful, collaborative environments.

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3 Simple Ways to Determine Hiring Fit

Nathan Magnuson

I remember the first time I asked my supervisors if I could sit in on an interview they had scheduled with an outside candidate. I figured it would be a good learning opportunity as well as a break from crunching financial numbers. This was during my first job out of college, before I got into [.].

How to Handle Change

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development As market conditions, budgets and consumer needs change, companies will have to adjust to remain successful. However, change is one five letter word that often strikes fear into teams and employees.

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How to Lead a Successful Sales Meeting

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Sales meetings are an important process to organizing and motivating staff in order to increase sales and maintain business relationships. Ideally these meetings should be productive and inspirational.

4 Tips to Help You Make an Effective First Impression

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Whether you are in a business meeting, speaking with a customer, or interacting with a new acquaintance, first impressions are crucial.

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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.

Being a Better Leader through Public Speaking

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development When holding a leadership position in an organization, it is important to be a good public speaker. Not only is this important to be able to get your points across clearly, but because it improves credibility as a leader.

Why Leadership Needs To Be More Human

Terry Starbucker

I was always uncomfortable on a pedestal. Call me modest, or humble, or whatever, but it just doesn’t suit me. There’s something so detached about it. There’s a real physical separation between you, the leader, and they, the people you lead.

To Hear the Truth, You Have to Listen

N2Growth Blog

By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth. Thoreau wrote: “It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak and another to hear.” Most of us are great at the former but at the latter, not so much. Truth be told, most of us are poor listeners.

Be Willing to Shake the Tree

General Leadership

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances freedom for others.”. Nelson Mandela. Recently, the world experienced the passing of a leadership icon.

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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.

The Best Collection of Advice for New Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the August 5 th , 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! For this month’s Carnival, I asked an all-star collection of leadership experts the following question: What is one piece of advice would you give to a new leader/manager?

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Stop Waiting for Someone Else to Provide Leadership

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

The assumption that change has to start at the top is wrong. You don’t have to wait for senior leaders to make it a better place. Managers don’t have to wait for senior management to start a process of organizational revitalization.

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The Secret to Leadership Growth

Leading Blog

The number one way leaders grow is listening. Leadership feels like a talking role, but it is predominately a listening role. That can be hard to accept. It feels counterintuitive.

What a Rock Star Taught Me About Perseverence

Nathan Magnuson

For the record, I never wanted to be a rock star. But as a college freshman I decided I was going to make an album. I hadn’t quite grown out of my belief that I could do absolutely anything I set my mind to. It was a good sentiment from my growing up years, but [.].

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.

5 Important Tips for Successful Sales Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Sales managers are some of the most critical leaders at a company.

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Resolving Conflict in the Workplace Part II

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development In our last post, we discussed the importance of effectively resolving conflict in the workplace. The ability to resolve conflict will not only mitigate the existing issue but help lead to increased collaboration and even innovation.

It’s Not Impossible – It Just Hasn’t Been Done Yet

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. How many times in your career have you witnessed someone say, “that’s impossible – it simply can’t be done.” Perhaps you’ve even been guilty of uttering such a phrase yourself. Here’s the thing – leaders don’t accept impossibility as a valid thesis.

Tips for Professionalism in the Workplace Part II

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development “There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world.

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15 Big Differences Between Acting Like a Boss and BEING a Leader

Terry Starbucker

In fast paced, high stress business environments it can be all too easy sometimes for leaders to slip into what I call “ Boss Man ” mode. What I mean by that is that they stop being a leader, and start acting like a boss. A boss who supervises a staff.

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Leadership and Memorial Day

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Executive Officer, N2growth . Is Memorial Day weekend just another holiday, or does it mean something more to you? While this weekend simply signifies a long awaited prelude to summer for some, it is much more than that for others.

A Christmas Battlefield Miracle

General Leadership

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James. In the early months of the First World War millions of servicemen, believing this would be a quick war, rushed from all over the continent to join in the fight. By December of 1914, most realized they had been wrong.

6 Types of Bosses

Great Leadership By Dan

I''ve been involved in leadership development for a long time, so I''ve been exposed to a lot of bosses from all walks of life.

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What Brain Science Can Teach Us About Leadership

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Much of your brain is hardwired from birth. Our primitive reflexes make us hyper-alert for bad news. Our brains detect negative information faster than positive information, and we have a stronger memory for painful experiences than pleasurable ones.

4 Reasons We Struggle with Ethics

Leading Blog

Ethics is about who we are. Ethics is not so much about what is happening around us, it’s much more about what is going on inside of us. Understanding the difference is critical to being a person with good ethics. Ethics are not concerned about what we can do, but what we should do.

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With gratitude, a gift from Enlightened Leadership


We have much gratitude for all our clients, subscribers, and friends. At this time of year, we’d like to celebrate by giving you a process that can greatly enhance this holiday season for your family and loved ones. The spiritual and year-end holidays often involve bringing family and friends together. It’s so much about relationships. This is a great opportunity to show a whole new level of support for the special people in your life.

5 Harsh Truths Every Aspiring Leader Needs to Know

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Self Leadership So Easy to Forget Whether you’ve led teams for decades or just started in your first leadership role, if you want to be effective, there are fundamental truths you cannot afford to ignore.

The No-Boss Workplace: Can Great Leadership Be Crowdsourced?

Terry Starbucker

There’s an interesting leadership experiment going on right now here in Portland.

Leadership Profile: George Washington Carver

Nathan Magnuson

You never should have heard about him. His story defies the odds. He was born into slavery, kidnapped by raiders as an infant, was not expected to live beyond 21 years of age because of his poor health and was a black scientist in the age of racial segregation. But after his death, the United [.].

6 Distractions Leaders Need To Resist

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Development Do you get distracted? Everyone does. You do. Distractions are everywhere. Social media has made distractions the norm. Distraction. Distraction. Distraction. Distraction. Distraction. Now go home and help yourself to some more distractions.