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Leadership

When the Conditions Lead You

April 20, 2015
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Leading to the conditions is essential to being an effective leader in every situation. When we lead to the conditions, we adjust our leadership style and tactics to meet the demands of the current reality. This means we lead new teams differently than established teams. We lead top performers differently than we lead low performers. […]

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4 Excuses for Skipping One-on-Ones

April 17, 2015
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Do you have regular one-on-ones with your direct reports? If not, you should start. Like immediately! One-on-ones are essential for leaders to have with their employees for so many reasons. And if you’re already thinking of reasons why you don’t or can’t have them, here four of the most common excuses used to avoid one-on-ones, […]

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6 Mistakes Leaders Under Pressure Make

April 13, 2015
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The pressure to simultaneously produce and lead well. The pressure to serve your leader, your peers, and your teammates while still meeting the needs of your clients. The pressure to meet all those deadlines and fulfill all those demands in the midst of unforeseen challenges and unexpected changes. The deadlines loom. The work piles up. […]

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Being Besties with the Boss

March 23, 2015
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Last week a webinar attendee submitted the following question on the subject of critical conversations: “What’s the best way to approach your boss regarding the way they go back and forth between being your “Director” and being your “Buddy”…When they constantly go between being besties and then letting you know that the two of you […]

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Leading Out of Fear

March 5, 2015
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I had a great conversation with a leader last week. He was discussing his successes as well as his challenges in business, and he shared a great insight that he’d come to realize: for quite some time, he’d been leading out of fear. I understood what he was talking about. I’ve been there. Maybe you […]

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What to Do When You’re Fed Up

February 26, 2015
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I had a great conversation with a colleague the other day, and like many coaching moments, it began with a great question: When you’re fed up leading a “problem” employee, how do you not let your frustrations impact the way you lead that person as well as the other people on your team? The truth […]

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Where Do You Draw the Line?

February 17, 2015
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What are your boundaries? Have you ever taken the time to define them? And if so, does your team know what they are? If you’re thinking, “I don’t need boundaries,” well maybe you don’t, but your team does! While the term “boundaries” might sound constraining, boundaries at work and in leadership actually give us more […]

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When Doubt Impedes Your Ability to Lead

January 18, 2015
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Here’s a little secret your leader might not want to admit: He deals with doubt. No matter how confident he might seem on the outside, even the most self-assured leaders wrestle with doubt on the inside from time to time. Doubt is a natural characteristic in leadership – and that’s okay. I’d be cautious of […]

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D is for Defensive

January 12, 2015
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Last week I wrapped up my leader performance/growth reviews. I had some great conversations with my leaders, and in addition to discussing their growth, I thoroughly appreciate their feedback on where they see opportunity for me to grow. One of the questions I ask each of my leaders to answer about me is, “What three […]

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10 Leadership Actions to Live Out in 2015

January 5, 2015
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Before the New Year I crafted a message that I wanted to share with a few key leaders at one of Impacting Leaders’ clients. Though crafted for some particular leaders, we can all work to live out these ten actions as we strive to grow in 2015.

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