Tag: Management

Practice Makes Perfect

We’ve all heard this before – “practice makes perfect”. Usually the adage is applied to playing an instrument or a sport or something of that nature. But have you ever applied it to your people skills as a leader? Leadership skills, like athletic or musical skills also need to be honed. In a post on

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But that doesn’t apply to us…

How many times have you been working on building a strategy and have looked at a solution used by someone else and said “that wouldn’t work for me or my organization”? I know I have fallen into that habit many times. You may feel that the normal rules don’t apply in your situation. It must

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A Leadership Sandwich?

Have you ever heard the metaphor of the sandwich in regards to confronting a coworker? The idea is that you start and end the conversation with praise in order to make the negative bit easier to bear. But does this actually accomplish what is desired or needed? In his article today on the Leadership Training

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Strength in Building Leadership Skills

We all know that gaining a skill takes work but it is that work that can make us the most successful. In her article on Insider’s Circle, Meredith Bell shared some insight in the strength that is necessary to be an effective leader and entrepreneur. You need to be strong as a person to make

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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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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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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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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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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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Renew your Focus on Strategy

“Will I have my job tomorrow?” I feel like I daily hear this question behind the dialogue I hear on the news, at work, with clients. We are living in a world today where with layoffs a-plenty and uncertainty around every corner. In order to rise above this constant worry, we need to focus on

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