Leadership Articles

Love – a 4 Letter Word at Work?

The love that I am referring to is not office romance or sexual. What I mean is the love that we need as humans as much as we need food and drink.
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Stakeholder Satisfaction

Do you know how healthy your business, contract, or program is? How do you know for sure? Your financial reports and performance ratings are commonly used as a metric to determine the answer.
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Customer Retention

What is the most important part of doing business? There are probably hundreds of answers to that question. All based upon the phase your company is in its maturity cycle and if there is a crisis looming.
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The Point of Employee Development

How could a business owner believe that firing someone was better than offering him help with professional development. What is the cost benefit here?
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Leading Yourself - Getting Unstuck

When we want to achieve goals of any kind, change is usually required. Even if you have product schedules to meet, there are problems that come up that need to be dealt with.
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Implementing Strategies

How do you get the best performance from your team or company? Hands down my experiences with clients and my business have been through creating and executing specific Strategic Plans.
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Gaining Loyalty through Employee Appreciation

Many people give their loyalty to their employer because their livelihood depends on it. What if you could get your employees to really follow you?
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Intentional Leadership

As leaders some times we get caught up in analysis paralysis. We wonder - do we have enough information? Is this the right action to take? Really this inaction stems from indecision and/or fear.
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Leading from Gratitude

What does gratitude have to do with leadership anyway? Well like John Grey says "Every man knows that when his wife is grateful for the little things he does, he wants to do more." So it is with most people.
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Intentional Influence

Why is Intentional Leadership relevant? Effective leadership is about being more deliberate or "intentional," as I like to say. Lead yourself first to become more effective, innovative and better enjoy your work with less stress.
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Learning

It is in the Harvard Business School list of behaviors for highly effective leaders - learning. I think it is, at its most essential meaning, the value for learning.
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Intentional Being as a Leader

We show up as leaders in two ways - doing and being. We tend to focus on the doing part of our work. Without a doubt, action is essential for accomplishing our goals. Much of the available literature and research on leadership is focused upon action.
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Collaboration - Share Power and Achieve Excellence

For those of us in leadership positions with and without titles we know what we know and are confident in most of our decisions. It is usually the vehicle of our success and reward.
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Leverage Your Resources and Increase Your Flexibility

When we think of resources we tend to think of employees, money, time and energy. There are other resources that many people tend to disregard as real resources perhaps due to the nature of them.
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Trust in Relationships

Although trust is essential in any relationship, we seldom give conscious thought to improving it. Trust is the underpinning that allows you and your team members to become more open.
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Factors That Make People Effective

Previously it was believed that performance was the product of motivation multiplied by ability. What we know now is that trust is the exponent of that equation. This is true at the individual, team and organizational level.
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Exercise - What perspective do you have?

To enrich your understanding of the previous article this is an invitation to explore your own experience of how you use your perspective to make decisions within your organizations.
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3 Steps to Improve Accountability

If you could rate your level of accountability to your organization - on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being lowest, what number would you give? You might be thinking - "Is she kidding? Of course, I'm accountable - on a scale of 1 to 10, I'm at 15". How do you know?
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Managing without Authority

This is a position many a project manager finds themselves in with a complex outcome and no direct reports to make it happen. In this situation, it is critical knowing how to develop and bank social capital.
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Are You Hiring the Right People?

How many times in the quest to get a technically competent employee to deliver on an important project do we get sucked into the skills and credentials listed on their resume?
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Dealing With Conflict

For many of us, dealing with conflict is scary and something that is avoided like the plague. Unfortunately, when we attempt to avoid it, the avoidance holds the door open to have conflict become a dominant feature of the culture.
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2 Common Mistakes in Dealing with Workplace Conflict

For many of us, dealing with conflict is scary and something that is avoided like the plague. Unfortunately, when we attempt to avoid it, the avoidance holds the door open to have conflict become a dominant feature of the culture.
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Managing Change & Uncertainty - Course Correction

By human nature we resist change, no question about it. However, if we want a different set of circumstances like a new client base, etcetera, then obviously we must put change into motion. The problem is that many want the benefits of these kinds of changes without the change part.
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Managing Stress During Change

Unresolved stress, which accumulates during times of change, affects our ability to think and be effective - usually because of some fear or worry. To maintain forward momentum it's important to have a strategy to deal with fear and worry.
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