Category Archives: collaboration

Shift Your Mindset for Success:
Some Really Practical Tips

If you’ve ever suspected you’ve got more potential than you’re actually achieving, then part of the problem may be your mindset. The way we handle mistakes and setbacks is determined by our thinking.  Two sets of mindsets come into play, according to Carol Dweck, Ph.D., author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Random House, […]
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Leadership Challenge:
Receiving Feedback Well

I’ve been discussing the art of receiving feedback. This is key for leaders because organizations need to respond with agility to changing market needs and to do so people must be able to shift and change frequently. You can’t do that without giving and receiving feedback. Today’s businesses, their leaders and teams need to be […]
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The Challenges of Receiving Feedback

Leaders who are skilled at receiving feedback demonstrate behaviors that go a long way towards reducing workplace conflicts. This is because when leaders listen well and manage their own resistance, they show people how to be open to learning without becoming defensive. But from what I see when consulting in organizations, receiving feedback doesn’t come […]
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Why Receiving Feedback Is Hard

Most leaders are resistant when receiving feedback, in spite of what they verbalize—and from what I observe, this is a continuing leadership challenge. We generally don’t want to receive difficult information about ourselves, so issues go unresolved and challenges grow deeper. When staff are afraid to approach certain subjects, trust and unity suffer. Yet leaders […]
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The Art of Receiving Feedback

Receiving feedback with grace is a valuable leadership skill, yet many managers struggle with it. While we’re often quick to critique others, being on the receiving end involves an entirely different set of emotional and psychological skills. I observe this in the organizations where I consult. Leaders invite hearing feedback from staff, but don’t always […]
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Tackling Employee Engagement
with Technology

I’ve been reviewing the latest employee engagement survey results published by Gallup that show only slight improvements over the last decade. With so many organizations focusing on Employee Engagement, why aren’t engagement levels across the world increasing? Here is the last of seven trends in engagement programs as reported by David Mizne, on 15five.com in […]
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7 Trends in Employee Engagement

According to Gallup, when companies focus exclusively on measuring employee engagement rather than on improving engagement, they often fail to make necessary changes that will engage employees or meet employees’ needs. These shortcomings include: Viewing engagement as a survey or program instead of as an ongoing, disciplined method to achieve higher performance Focusing more heavily […]
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The Problem with Measuring
Employee Engagement

With so many organizations focusing on Employee Engagement, why aren’t engagement levels across the world increasing? The Gallup Organization has published many annual reports based on their global workforce surveys. Everyone assumes a shared meaning for the concept of engagement, but there is little agreement in how to improve it. Let’s look deeper. David Mizne […]
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Leadership Development:
From Catalyst to Co-Creator

So far, in reading authors William B. Joiner and Stephen A. Josephs in Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change, I’ve written about the Expert, the Achiever, and the Catalyst levels of leadership development. With each progressive level, a leader develops more awareness of the thoughts, feelings and assumptions that drive […]
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Leadership Development:
Leading from an Integral Level

Ongoing leadership development is the most important key to leading successfully. Anyone who has led a team or business for any length of time with any degree of success can tell you that it requires continually evolving one’s skills, of both mental and emotional capacities. What gets you to one level of responsibilities in an […]
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