Month: July 2011

Innovate to Grow

Innovation. I don’t know about you but when I read that word, I think of Steve Jobs. Maybe I am just a Mac-head but Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc. are prime example of innovation and the success that comes from constant improvement and striving to find the next big thing. On the Gordon Training International

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Focusing on What’s Really Important

In our work we are served with a constant barrage of projects, deals, potential solutions, etc. How do we choose what is worth the time and effort to pursue? On the Fast Company Leadership blog today, Peter Bregman wrote about this dilemma – the why not? dilemma. If we don’t think through the ramifications of

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Ask and Listen

How often do you put words in someone else’s mouth? Give them a reason for their actions without asking their real reason? I know I have been guilty of this before. It can be a small matter but it can cause a large amount of conflict if aggravated. In a recent post from Guy Harris,

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Expressing Humility as a Leader

While it is good to take pride in  your work, it is important as leaders that we remain humble and acknowledge all of the work that goes in to making our work a success. In a recent post on the Leadership Now blog, Michael McKinney discussed this important part of leadership that needs constant attention.

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How to Solve the Problem of a Horrible Boss

You may have heard about the recent film called “Horrible Bosses” that was released last weekend. In the film, the premise is that a few guys have terrible leaders who take immoral and unethical actions and the only solution that the guys come up with is to kill their leaders. Can this really be the

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Defining Leadership

What is Leadership? What does it mean to be a leader? These questions are at the core of finding how to be an effective leader. I recently read a post on the Linked 2 Leadership blog from Scott Crandall that defined leadership through six keywords. Crandall defines leadership as… the ability to influence people so

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Managing Change

I can’t begin to tell you how many articles I have read over the years about change and the difficulties of managing any change – minor or major. And why do you suppose we see this subject come up time and time again? “The only thing constant is change.” – have you heard that one?

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Creativity in Leadership Takes Strategy

In my work, the overwhelming majority of people I encounter do not feel that they are “creative”. And while there are those who are labeled as “creatives”, everyone does have creativity they can bring out of themselves. Rae Ann Fera of the Fast Company Leadership Blog wrote today about Sir Ken Robinson’s thoughts on leadership

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