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Leadership Styles Infographic

You know I love infographics. This one created by Kelly Services on leadership styles is nicely done and confirms what almost everyone in the developed world knows. Authoritarian leaders create terrible work environments (and workplace happiness matters!) and are generally ineffective and disliked. Seems the Europeans dislike authoritarian leadership styles as well and, unfortunately, seem to have […]

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5 Ways To Make Your Strategic Communications Plan Fail

Every organization needs a strong Strategic Communications Plan. This plan should exist as a living document that is dynamic in nature. You can learn more about the concept here. The list of how a Strategic Communications Plan impact an organization is almost endless. THE PLAN CONTRIBUTES TO A LOT OF AREAS This Plan should (just […]

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How To Sound Dumber Without Even Trying

Are you a sesquipedalian? I hope not. But if you are, stop it right now. WHAT IS A SESQUIPEDALIAN? A sesquipedalian is someone who is “given to or characterized by the use of long words.” We’ve all come across them. They are usually people who value intellect above all else and feel the need to show proof that […]

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5 Traits Of A Leader That Will Set You Apart

“Leader” is not a title, it is a state of being. Peter Drucker says “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.” So if “leader” is less about position and more about personality, are leaders born or made? Honestly, it may be some combination of both but in my experience, there are far […]

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7 Ways To Give Good Feedback

Feedback is one of the basic elements of effective communication. But do we always offer criticism in the best way possible? Courtney Seiter’s recent article in Fast Company gives us some insight into The Art And Science Of Giving And Receiving Criticism At Work. Great news for those out there who are thin-skinned and/or less […]

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Your State Of Mind Influences Your Productivity

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, authors Alexander Caillet, Jeremy Hirshberg, and Stefano Petti describe their findings on how leaders around the world manage their state of mind. They have surveyed and interviewed over 740 leaders to date and this is what they found: Your state of mind matters. YOUR STATE OF MIND MATTERS Ok, […]

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Innovation Requires Strong Leadership

In a recent article on Inc.com, Patrick Lencioni writes about the importance of Leadership in the innovation space. He cites three things as important for leading in a fast-paced, innovative environment: THREE ELEMENTS FOR LEADING INNOVATION Trust – Trust is the foundation for innovation in any work environment. This is essential for the next one. […]

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Consultants – You’re Using Them Wrong

Let’s get this out of the way: I like consultants. I say this because most businesses either like them or hate them. It usually depends on where you are on the workplace food chain and how much input you have in the process. Unfortunately, most organizations don’t use consultants correctly and don’t maximize their benefit, […]

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Quit Multitasking

Multitasking was the end-all of skills until just recently. In the 90’s and 00’s, your worth as a power-leader was directly related to how many things you could keep going at one time. The thinking was that the more you could do at one time, the more valuable to the organization you were. Boy, were […]

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The Promise of Possibility

I had the good fortune of having breakfast with a young man recently, who is about to graduate from college. He is in the process of meeting with some “older” people for information and guidance on the employment landscape. I take some exception at being classified as “older,” but I guess aging is better than […]

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