Month: August 2011

Sticking to the Facts

How many times have you assumed the reason behind someone else’s actions? I know I do this all the time but, in reality, how do I know what they are thinking or what their motives are? I don’t. But I do know how their actions affect me. In Bill Stinnett’s latest post on the Leadership

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What We Can Learn from a Great Leader – Steve Jobs

A quick post for today but I had to share this excellent article about Steve Jobs and the amazing impact that his work as CEO of Apple has had on the business world as well as the world as a whole. Enjoy and lead with confidence!     Related articles Beyond the iPad: What’s Next

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Let’s Hope Hard Work will Work

On the Management Excellence blog today, Art Petty wrote about all the different things that we like to rely on occasionally as leaders. Sometimes it is luck, sometimes it is hope, sometimes it is magic – but does any of that work? What is better to rely on is hard work. Hard work, common sense

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How Many Leaders are Really Effective?

If you are reading this blog, chances are you are looking for ways to be a more effective leader and improve your leadership skills. But what percentage of leaders are really doing that? As pointed out in a great article I read today on HR Magazine.com by Helen Giles, we are constantly told what it

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Methods to De-Stress

I don’t know about you but I typically am able to keep my stress level under control. But there are occasions, usually when those around me are letting their stress get to them, when my stress overboils and everything that could be stressful rises to the surface. On such occasions, I am happy that our

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A Leader Should Start Counting…

Leaders are required to show evidence for their successes. How do they do this? Using metrics and evidence. But we aren’t always measuring everything that we could be to give us the full picture of our effectiveness. In his blog “Eight Unusual Things Leaders Should Measure”, Kevin Eikenberry gives ideas for different variants that we

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Questions: Do They Help Leaders?

in·ter·ro·gate [in-ter-uh-geyt]  verb  – to ask questions of (a person), sometimes to seek answers or information that the person questioned considers personal or secret. How often do you refer to asking questions of your employees as an interrogation? I know I don’t because to interrogate tends to have a negative connotation and I do not

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Four Ways to Lead with a Purpose

Echoing the thoughts of my post yesterday, today I enjoyed a post by Michael McKinney on the Leading Blog about leading with a common purpose.  As leaders, we all know that it is easiest to get real work done and make a real impact if we have everyone on board with us on our strategy

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Resolving Conflict Starts with Listening

Isn’t it nice to have a vacation every once in a while? Especially one where you can unplug completely. Ahh…ok, but now I am back. Today in my reading I got to enjoy this excellent post from author Lisa Earle McLeod on the Keith Ferrazzi blog. In the post, Lisa gives some tips for defusing

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