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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Lead Beyond Your Authority:
Challenge the Status Quo

Lead-Beyond-Authority-Challenge-Status-QuoWhen you lead beyond your authority, the toughest test you may face is challenging the system.

I’ve been writing about how to lead beyond your authority in recent posts. Your success depends on how well you influence and inspire others.

You see, by questioning the status quo, you insinuate that change is needed. Read More »

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Build Relationships and Credibility to Lead Beyond Your Authority

Lead-Beyond-Authority-Build-RelationshipsDo you show genuine interest in people, and regularly communicate how much they’re valued? If so, you’re on the right track to lead beyond your authority. Read More »

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Lead Beyond Your Authority:
Be a Worthy Leader

Worthy-Leader

When you lead beyond your authority, it’s critical to demonstrate that you are consistently reliable, trustworthy and respectable. Anyone you are attempting to lead will expect this; noble leaders naturally exude these attributes. Read More »

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Can You Lead Beyond Your Authority?

Lead-Beyond-Your-AuthorityCan you effectively lead beyond your authority?

No matter what your organizational model, your job frequently requires buy-in from people outside your direct authority. I see it all the time: in today’s complex and dotted-line cultures influencing people who report to someone else can prove daunting—and an even greater challenge if you confuse the principles of leadership and authority. (They’re not the same.) Read More »

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5 Steps to Make Change Stick

Make-It-HappenAs a leader, how effective are you with personal change management? Can you make change stick?

What I’ve found is that one of the best ways to ensure successful habit change is to be clear about your reasons and priorities. This may seem easier said than done, even for the most successful leaders, because we’re hard-wired to keep on doing the same things the same way. But here’s the good news: there are brain-friendly action steps that can work in your favor. Read More »

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Make Change Stick: 3 Questions for Success

Qs-for-SuccessEven the most successful leaders have tried and failed to make change stick, while others seem more successful. What makes the difference?

As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, we humans have far less personal control than we like to think we have. We largely go about our days operating out of automatic patterns and impulses. When we decide to change our routines, some of us are more accomplished than others. This topic comes up from time to time with my executive coaching clients. To make changes stick, start by answering three very important questions. Read More »

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Make Change Stick: Knowing Isn’t Enough

Brain-functionsWhen it comes to personal change, like breaking or making a new habit, even the best leaders can struggle. It is difficult to make change stick.

A hallmark of great leadership is adaptability and growth. I’ve written about this type of mindset, here. But changing habits—making changes stick—can be one of the hardest things to do. Once we decide to lose weight, quit smoking, get fit, or do anything differently, it takes a lot of effort and persistence before we can claim success. Anyone who tells you it only takes 30 days to acquire a new habit doesn’t know human nature. Read More »

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Leadership Resilience:
The Will to Win

Leadership-Resilience-Will2WinI’ve been writing about leadership resilience, and the steps great leaders take in overcoming setbacks and adversity. You don’t have to look far to see great examples (as I write this, I am thinking of all the leaders who worked so hard to keep people safe during this hurricane season!) As solutions are attempted, ups and downs will occur. Leaders often take their people into new territory. Things don’t always follow the plan. Read More »

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