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Bring Out the Best:
Maintain Excellence in Uncertain Times

How can busy managers bring out the best in people? Nothing is as difficult as managing people in uncertain times. With the rapidly changing competitive environment and new technologies, it’s hard to keep up. Dr. Edward Hallowell, in his book, Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People suggests five steps to […]
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A Habit of Excellence:
Change Keystone Habits for Big Results

As a leader, how can you achieve big changes in your organization? Here’s an example of how focusing on one small habit can bring big results. I’m reading The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, who writes about some amazing examples of “keystone habits.” In 1987, Alcoa faced challenges. One of the largest companies on […]
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Creating a Culture of Engagement

Do you have a culture of engagement in your organization? I wrote about measuring employee engagement in my last post, here. Adopting a philosophy that puts people first, strengthens engagement, provided it’s backed by actions. In my work as a coach, I’ve seen enthusiasm skyrocket when leaders create a positive environment, promote helpfulness, value their staff, and provide the resources necessary […]
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How Values Impact Your Leadership Success

The problem with reminding people about core values, and how they impact your leadership success, is that it often comes across as preaching or judgmental. But given the trend in headlines, the question remains: How could so many smart people get it wrong?
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Your Values Determine How You Lead

Leadership starts in the mind and with your most worthy intentions and core values. Your values—your personal principles— direct your thoughts, priorities, preferences, and actions. The aspects of life that you value shape your character, which determines how you do everything. Your values determine how you lead. Unfortunately, many leaders haven’t identified their values and often […]
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The Compulsive Leader Mindset

There are unique challenges when working for a leader with a compulsive mindset. I’ve been doing some reading and writing about this in my recent posts. Understanding the compulsive leader mindset—their perspectives and motivations—can go a long way toward healthier behavior.
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The Signs of a Compulsive Leader

Do you recognize the signs of a compulsive leader? Some are subtle and need to be observed over time. Others are obvious when first experienced. Either way, certain outward behaviors signal to people they’re working for a compulsive leader. I wrote about this in my last post, here. Compulsive leaders demonstrate high energy and dedication […]
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Lead Beyond Your Authority:
Be a 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.
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How to Overcome a Good-Enough Culture

Yes; you can overcome a good-enough culture. Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. ~ Theodore Roosevelt I’ve been exploring how organizations suffer from a culture of “good-enough.” It’s typically a top-down job, and just like the frog in the kettle, can take you by surprise. But the good news […]
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Overcoming Mediocrity in a
Good-Enough Culture

If your organization suffers from a good-enough culture, take heart: there are steps leaders can take in overcoming mediocrity.
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