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How Leaders Effectively Listen To Their Team

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Listening. In my humble opinion is one of the most undervalued aspects of leadership, yet most important. There’s nothing more frustrating and downright rude than talking to someone who can’t or won’t listen. Maybe you have a leader that constantly interrupts. How about the person who checks their phones or laughs at inappropriate times? Check out our brand new book F.M.L.

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The Mindset Shift Modern Leaders Get Right

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When you see a red light on the stove, you assume the stovetop is hot, and therefore, don’t place your hand on it. In this case your assumption is correct and it protects you from harm. That’s because, we process information through filters that help us make decisions based on previous experiences and information. But making assumptions doesn’t always have positive outcomes. Leadership

3 Vital Questions Your Leader Must Answer this Year

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To say being a great leader is hard would be an understatement. That’s exactly why the saying “people leave managers, not companies” became not just popular, but true. People are fed up with leaders who make their professional lives harder or downright miserable. They desire people who contribute value to their life not just take value from them. The leader/employee relationship is important because it impacts pay increases, job movement, skill development, and engagement at work. Which is why you should never settle for bad leadership. Where are we going? “No really, what’s the future vision?

Why We Have Too Few Young Leaders

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Life is made up of many choices.  We make massive choices like where we go to college, who we marry, where we live, what profession we pursue, or what kind of parent we are. We make small choices like what we eat, what car we drive, how we respond to an event, or what show we pick out on Netflix. But what about leadership? Not enough people want to choose leadership, and. 2. Leadership

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How to Protect Yourself from becoming a Bad Leader

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Nobody starts out wanting to be a bad leader. Yet, in research we conducted, more than 50% of respondent rated their leader as being below average (based on success and effectiveness). What gives? Nobody wants to be a bad leader, but the majority don’t seem to be getting the job done. Before I give you some ways to protect yourself from becoming a bad leader, it’s important to provide the context of how I define leadership: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams. It clouds their leadership judgement. A Leadershi

3 Ways to Improve Confidence in Yourself

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When I joined the 10 million people who have discovered their strengths through the Gallup Assessment , I wasn’t all that surprised to see my results. Strategic. Command. Belief. Responsibility. Maximizer. There is no doubt we are all more confident when we know our strength’s and then play to them in our professional life. One of my strength’s stood out to me though; Belief.

Leadership isn’t Just for ‘Old’ People

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Have you ever had an experience that changed the way you viewed the world? Last week, I had one when I watched a video from AARP titled ‘Millennials Show Us What Old Looks Like’. In just a couple weeks, the video received over 375,000 views on YouTube. When I shared it on LinkedIn, it received more than 55+ positive comments and over 350 likes. Clearly, the message hit a nerve #ageisjustanumber.

The Key Performance Indicator’s Great Leaders Measure

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The old expression that still carries a lot of weight in the world of business. What gets measured gets done’. If you can measure something, you can work on it and you can improve it. The problems come when you measure the wrong thing. It sounds like an amateur mistake but is surprisingly easy to do. Most management information focuses on historic performance. In fact most organizations often concentrate on revenue, costs and profit as indicators of success. These are easy to establish and used by everyone – but they are historic indicators of past performance. The same applies in business.

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The Value of Values

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It’s always been important to me to have good values, and I try to show them by making good decisions, giving to others, and sharing my talents. As human beings, that’s just what we are supposed to do, right? Well, what about businesses? Can businesses have values that that make a difference in the world and propel them to higher levels of success? recently saw a quote that says: “Corporations don’t have values, the people that run them do.”. The truth is, an organization’s core values aren’t based on the executives that run it. great example of this is the NBA franchise the Detroit Pistons.

Reigniting Creativity When You’re in a Rut

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Whether you’ve just come off a huge project that ended with a thud or are running at full pace in repetitive execution mode, there comes a time where you take a step back and ask yourself, “Why am I doing this? I don’t have anything else to give!”. We’ve all been there. Stuck in a rut. have a feeling creatives, more than others, fall into ruts because we are asked, on a day-to-day basis, to use our minds to make something from nothing – and that will be put out there to be judged by everyone. The entire process is an emotional rollercoaster. This is where the creativity starts to dwindle.

Why You MUST Stop Following Your Bad Boss

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At some point in our careers, we’re all guilty of settling for a bad boss. Deep down, we knew we weren’t growing or moving forward because of this person, but why did we stay? Or rather, why didn’t we leave sooner? There are at least two reason I can attribute: The “Golden Handcuffs” Predicament. There is no denying most of us adapt our lifestyle to the amount of money we make.  So when I ask the question, “what do you want to do next” and the answer is “make more money” I know no matter what they do “more” will never be enough. The “I Can’t Do Anything Else” Lie.

Why Great Leaders are Never Totally Satisfied

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It was like he was playing a mean joke.  I had sent him three different versions of the proposal and every time he came back with the same answer, “You Can Do Better.” Nothing more, nothing less. It was really starting to get to me as he wasn’t providing any coaching or direction just 4 simple words: you can do better. It wasn’t until my 6th version and 20+ hours of work that he gave it his blessing to send to the client. The reason is crystal clear now. He had high expectations of me, and he knew I could do better. They’ve forgotten their job is to get the best out of their people. Leadershi

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6 Ways to Be an Authentic Leader

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You aren’t a perfect leader. You probably don’t claim to be because you know you never will be. You know this because leadership is a skill that can be improved but never truly mastered. Similar to golf, just when you think you’ve improved, it brings you to your knees and humbles you. So it’s simple, leadership isn’t a destination, it’s a journey because economies evolve, the competition gets better, people change, and life happens. Mike Krzyzewski, the famous Duke Basketball coach famously said: “Leadership is an ever-evolving position.” finally put it all together.

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Why Modern Leadership is So Hard

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In many ways the current beliefs and thinking around leadership seem amazing compared to the leadership beliefs of prior generations. No longer does it feel like leaders have to rule with an iron fist, not care about the people being lead, or are afraid to show vulnerability in front of those people. Instead it is encouraged to be a servant leader, to be committed to the development of people, and to try and create more leaders, not more followers. So their first line leadership team must get results and make an impact quickly or they are deemed a failure. On Consequently, 60% of them fail.

The Simple Essentials for Fulfillment at Work

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Every professional has struggled being fulfilled in his or her profession at one point or another. recent report by The Conference Board showed that 53% of Americans are unhappy in their work and a Gallup report showed 71% of millennials are not engaged (or actively disengaged) at work. We’ve discovered a formula for professional fulfillment that we call the PEG factor. The G stands for Growth.

Leadership Boils Down to Two Choices

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Just this week I have had five different people tell me they were struggling to be an effective leader. wasn’t surprised; leading other people is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. What did strike me as odd was that when pressed, each person mentioned various challenges, but always ended the conversation with the same response; “It’s fine.”. Act Courageous. Stay Humble. Leadershi

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The Critical Thing Great Leaders Bring to Work

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It didn’t take long to realize that morale was at 3 on a 1-10 scale. The team had been beat up by poor business performance, selfish leadership, and unrealistic expectations. My first reaction was to jump right in and try to start solving problems, but I knew from my mentors that solving problems was only part of the equation. What everyone needed was hope and confidence about the future. didn’t realize it at the time, but that was the exact definition of optimism. So if you find it, latch onto it. If you have it, much love.”. SINGLE. People Will Follow You. People Will Emulate You. Encourage.

What You Must Do To Get Your Next Promotion

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It didn’t take long to realize who would be on the short list for promotions. They stood out like a lightning bug at night because they were doing things differently than the others. Instead of immediately putting anyone on a pedestal, I wanted to better understand their tactical moves to help codify their behavior to create more people like them beyond the few that stood out. After spending multiple weeks watching their every move and interviewing them, here are the things outside of the obvious (results) they did that made them stand out over their peers. They Served Others. Leadershi

Why Strong Leaders are a Massive Blessing

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As I stood up to shake his hand, it hit me like ton of bricks. This man had come into my life for a purpose. His overwhelming love and support for my development as a professional was on display in every interaction we ever had both in good times and in bad. Being a Strong Leader is a Massive Blessing to Your People. So the question is, As a leader, do you know how much of a blessing you are to your people? Have you thought about the long lasting impact you will have long after you are gone? They won’t forget that you put them first. Most importantly, commit to improving your mind. Leadership

5 Useful Truths for New Leaders

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Here’s a story I’ve heard too often: A professional has finally arrived at a leadership position because of their relentless pursuit of achievement. To their surprise, the moment is bittersweet. While they alone bear the responsibility for their team’s success, they find that they’re unable to control what determines it. The realization hits them that they finally have authority, but they can’t seem to use it to move their team in the right direction. Not to mention, they are impacting people’s lives – both positively and negatively based on the decisions they make every day.

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Powerful Characteristics Leaders Look For in Employees

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We had been looking at Salesforce.com for the last hour when my leader finally turned to me and said something I will never forget:  “I know you are proud of your sales performance, and you should be, but it’s far from all I care about.” When he said this, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  I had gotten so caught up in performance and results I had missed an opportunity to differentiate myself over other sales reps based on the things he actually cared about. Whether you’re currently a leader or you’re part of a team, understanding what and how great leaders think is incredibly valuable.

3 Things Leaders Gets Right to Ensure Alignment

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When I left the Royal Marines, one of the biggest differences I noticed between the military and civilian world was how poorly leaders in the civilian world was at getting their teams aligned. It was evident people tended to challenge their leader but didn’t proceed in alignment once a final decision had been made. They held on to the fact that a decision was made that they didn’t agree with and then passed that on other employees or their team members. If those team members get the sense that their team lead is not happy with the decision, it will breed misalignment. Colin Powell.

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5 Ways to Make Your Outdated Training Methods Effective

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Many organizations struggle with outdated training methods that are no longer effective for various reasons. Whether it be generational differences, technology enhancements or stale content, the need to change and adapt has become a requirement to stay aligned to the modern learner. But the transition from making old technology and old content work for modern learners is not only a time consuming process, it’s a hard one. So, where do you start? Here are 5 simple ways to be more effective in aligning to the modern learner. Leverage Video – Video popularity doesn’t even need stats anymore.

5 Ways to Make Your Outdated Training Methods Effective

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Many organizations struggle with outdated training methods that are no longer effective for various reasons. Whether it be generational differences, technology enhancements or stale content, the need to change and adapt has become a requirement to stay aligned to the modern learner. But the transition from making old technology and old content work for modern learners is not only a time consuming process, it’s a hard one. So, where do you start? Here are 5 simple ways to be more effective in aligning to the modern learner. Leverage Video – Video popularity doesn’t even need stats anymore.

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How Leaders Maintain Accountability

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Holding your team accountable to the standards and expectations you’ve agreed upon can be challenging to say the least. There’s a fine line between coming across as a draconian overlord or a feckless pushover. To help you find just the right balance, we’ve put together an infographic on what the best leaders do. Leadership

Why Bad Leadership is So Common

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As the first set of survey results came in, I was surprised. As As the second batch came in it became clear — most people don’t believe they have a great leader. What What was worse, the majority think they have an average to bad leader. It It was hard to believe because Dave Redding’s definition of leadership seemed so simple: “The ability to influence men to movement”. But Why?

Simple Habits Making you a Bad Leader

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Everyone has habits. Some are good, some are bad and they range in how severely they affect your daily life. As a smoking habit can hurt you and your loved ones, a non-productive habit you keep in the workplace can do major damage. As a leader, its important to be aware and concentrate on the habits you have that negatively affect others. Team members and clients need and want interaction.

Simple Habits Making you a Bad Leader

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Everyone has habits. Some are good, some are bad and they range in how severely they affect your daily life. As a smoking habit can hurt you and your loved ones, a non-productive habit you keep in the workplace can do major damage. As a leader, its important to be aware and concentrate on the habits you have that negatively affect others. Team members and clients need and want interaction.

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Signs Your Ego is in the Right Place for Leadership

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It has been present as long as I can remember.  As a 5-year-old playing sports, a 13-year-old running for class president, an 18-year-old deciding on colleges, a 23-year-old playing professional golf, a 28-year-old getting married, and now, as a 33-year-old leading a family and a company… “it” is always something I have battled. Until recently (thanks Ryan Holiday ), I didn’t know how or even why I needed to overcome “it”. By “it” I’m referring to the enemy that lives inside of all of us all – ego. Ego is simply our own self-centered, self-serving, ambition. You’re truly impressive.