Managing Your Quiet Boss

Have you ever tried to communicate with your boss and wondered if he or she has heard a word you said? Or cares? Ever had the courage to speak up… and had it go well? Managing your boss is not always easy, but they need your participation. Especially the quiet boss. Read More »

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Are You a Quiet Boss?

I’ve been writing about the pros and cons of a quiet boss. While there are many benefits in working for or employing a quiet boss, the uncertainties and challenges are costly. Fortunately, those who understand the quiet personality can help quiet bosses adopt more effective approaches. Read More »

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The Dangerous Dysfunction of a Quiet Boss

Quiet-Boss-DangerThe quiet boss may see harmless in appearance, but look again: you’ll find indications of dangerous dysfunction. Ask anyone who has worked for a quiet boss. Read More »

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Pros and Cons of the Quiet Boss

Effective bosses know it’s sometimes best to leave people alone. When you ask frequent questions you interrupt people’s work. It’s annoying and ineffective. But bosses who are too hands-off create uncertainty and unanticipated challenges. I wrote about this in my last post, here. There are many pros and cons of the quiet boss. Read More »

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Longing for a Quiet Boss?
Be Careful What You Wish For…

Do you long for a quiet boss, one who’s thoughtful, reserved and capable of creating a peaceful culture? If you’re working for an ego-driven, obnoxious leader, you probably are. But be careful what you wish for: behind the deceptive façade, quiet leaders incite uncertainties and unanticipated challenges.

I know, I’ve seen it happen all too often. Accompanying the more obvious benefits are surprising detriments that can be as debilitating to the organization as those inflicted by their overbearing counterparts. Too much of a good thing has served as a generic warning for generations, and it can hold especially true for the quiet leader. Quietness in leadership is better in some ways and worse in others. Let me explain. Read More »

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Are We Redefining Executive Presence?

Are we redefining executive presence? When I consider how our work environments are morphing (remote/virtual offices, work hubs/collaborative spaces, casual work attire, flex work hours, technology/AI), the speed at which we’re doing business and the pressure on resources, it would be no surprise to see a redefinition of executive presence. Read More »

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Conflict Resolution:
5 Best Practices for Leaders

 

Conflict-Resolution-Best-PracticesAs a leader, what are your best practices in conflict resolution? Let me ask you this: How much time do you spend putting out fires, particularly interpersonal ones?

If you’re anything like the leaders I work with, it’s probably in the ball park of 20%. That may feel like a lot, but consider the alternative: unresolved conflict leads to disruption, disunity, lowered morale and diminished productivity.  That’s why it’s imperative that leaders become astute in conflict resolution. Read More »

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Conflict Resolution at Work:
What’s Your Goal?

Conflict-Resolution-at-WorkDiverse perspectives are beneficial for organizations. They challenge tunnel vision and the status quo, and promote learning and innovation. When issues are constructively debated, new solutions emerge. But too often I have seen organizations with opposing points of view turn to unhealthy conflict. What’s worse, many leaders are ill-prepared for effective conflict resolution. Read More »

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Conflict Resolution:
How the Best Leaders Measure-up

Resolve-ConflictWhen I see conversations escalate into conflict, I don’t have to look far to see competition, egos and rivalries in action.

That’s not to say that competition is a bad thing; far from it. Innovation and positive change often begin with those who refuse to “go along to get along.” But when healthy debate turns into a power struggle, finding a solution loses focus and winning the point becomes the goal.

The best leaders understand this. They are prepared with a dual approach to conflict resolution:  they take measures to minimize conflict triggers and mitigate conflict once it becomes apparent. Read More »

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Do You Have Genuine Leadership Humility?

No-Excuse-Leadership-HumilityDo you have genuine leadership humility ?

This has been a frequent topic in leadership development discussions. It seems we’ve gotten ourselves stuck in a focus on “me”, rather than “we.” To shift this mindset, humility must become a more popular leadership practice. Read More »

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