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Leadership

5 Leadership Lessons for Graduates

May 27, 2015
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Graduation season is upon us! Whether your child is graduating from high school or college, the anxiety can easily mount as we get used to loosening our reins (Note: I did not say let go! Ha!). I’ve been a blessed mother of three beautiful children, two who graduated from college and now our baby of […]

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Bridge Your Workplace Generation Gap

May 15, 2015
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How well are you doing at bridging the generation gap inside your organization? No, I’m not talking about Gen X and Gen Y. I’m talking about your Legacy group and your Accelerate group. You may not be familiar with the terms, but after I explain you’ll know exactly who I’m talking about. Legacy Group Your […]

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Does Your Team Feel Like a Burden?

May 6, 2015
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Performers hate being burdensome. Most will go out of their way to avoid feeling like they are inconveniencing or saddling their teammates or leader with problems or projects. Yet, many times we make our teammates feel like they are a burden by unintentionally communicating that we are too busy to serve them or too important […]

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8 Things Better Than Making People Happy

April 29, 2015
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Making people happy. Sometimes that’s a leader’s ultimate goal, and it’s a nice one. What’s the flip side – an unhappy team? Nobody wants that! It feels good to know the people you lead feel good about their work. But happiness? I guess it’s all in how you define it. I view happiness as an […]

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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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