The One-on-One Meeting:
Go From Trepidation to Appreciation

One-to-One MeetingsMany leaders dread or avoid private, one-on-one meetings because they are viewed as uncontrollable, unpredictable, or risky. They seem to require an almost perfect use of soft skills and techniques, and swing with as much variation as the personalities with whom you’re meeting. Read More »

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World’s Best Boss:
Manager AND Leader

Worlds-Best-Boss-Leader-AND-ManagerDo you have the best blend of manager and leader skills to be called the “World’s Best Boss?”

Administrators who cling to a sole management or leadership approach handicap their organizations, and are not likely to be nominated the best boss of anything. Read More »

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Management and Leadership:
The Best Blend

Management-Leadership-BlendAs a business administrator, do you have the best blend of management and leadership skills?

After reviewing the distinctions between managers and leaders, should we assume that one administrative model is superior to the other? Should you adopt a purely managerial or leadership model? Read More »

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Management vs. Leadership:
Your Authority and Behavior

Management-vs- Leadership-Authority-BehaviorAs a business administrator, authority is one of the clearest distinctions between managers and leaders.

I’ve been writing about this in my recent posts because the definitions of managers and leaders are far from straightforward, and they’re the subject of much debate. Any complex comparison reveals a definite overlap between managers and leaders.

But the distinction is important because employees’ impressions of their administrators can spark or sink both parties’ careers.  And how you oversee, direct and assess completion of staff activities radically affects your direct reports. Read More »

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Management vs. Leadership:
Your Purpose and Focus

Management-vs-Leadership-Purpose-Focus As a business administrator, what’s your purpose and focus? Is it management, or leadership?

As I wrote in my last post, the definitions of managers and leaders are far from straightforward, and they’re the subject of much debate. If you’ve categorized yourself as one vs. the other, you’ve likely been influenced by specific definitions you’ve read and the ones you prefer.

Mindset is the primary distinction, business executive and philanthropist Vineet Nayar states in a 2013 Harvard Business Review article, “Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders.”

Mindset influences purpose and focus. The purpose behind your actions defines your legacy. Each of us has a purpose, regardless of whether you fully recognize it, and it manifests as specific priorities, or areas of focus. Read More »

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What Type of Administrator are You:
Manager or Leader?

Manager-vs-Leader-AdminstratorWhat type of administrator are you? Are you a manager, or a leader?

Business administrators have the greatest impact on employees’ careers and well-being, as work remains a significant aspect of people’s lives. Administrators determine whether employees enjoy or detest what they do. They’re also responsible for the organization’s prosperity. Read More »

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Overturn Negativity:
Reframe and Restructure

Overturn-Negativity-RallyI’ve been writing about negative thinking and how to overturn negativity. (If you missed these posts, you can view them here.) Your first steps are to observe and assess thoughts and responses to identify negative thinking. Read More »

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Overturn Negativity:
Observe and Assess

Overturn-Negativity-Observe-AssessNegativity affects everything and everyone. Negative thinking can be a pervasive handicap, but as I shared in my last post, it is possible to overturn negativity.

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4 Steps to Overturn Negativity

Overturn-NegativityIs there a problem in your organization with negativity?

I think we all can agree: a leader with a negative mindset is toxic to organizations. In their view, efforts are rarely good enough, things just don’t ever seem to go right, plans will likely fail, people are unreliable, and/or problems are beyond fixing.

If you work with or report to someone like this, or, more importantly, if you are known for being a person like this, there is a way to address it. Read More »

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Lead Beyond Your Authority:
Show Initiative

Lead-Beyond-Authority-Show-InitiativeI’ve been writing about how to lead beyond your authority.

No matter what your organizational model, your success as a leader depends on knowing how to influence people and breed a desire to follow (as opposed to trying to mandate it via formal authority). Following a leader­—whether it’s buying in to a philosophy or supporting a solution— is a choice based on desire; trying to mandate it is misguided and ultimately doomed to fail.

Are you prepared for leadership opportunities beyond your current authority?

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