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Tame the tough discussion

Tame the tough discussion

A CEO once asked me, “Is there anything you are afraid of?” My quick reply, “Not at work.” As I recall, he just shook his head. Upon reflection, my response was an unintended exaggeration. The reality is that I’ve had my share of fears at work, but having difficult...

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Create organizations where people stay

Create organizations where people stay

Copyright: photonphoto / 123RF Stock Photo   According to the Gallup Daily U.S. Employee Engagement tracker (Gallup), U.S. employees engaged in their work was about 28% in January 2014 and 32% in August 2017. The inverse, employees less engaged, stood at 72% and...

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The power of getting in the way

The power of getting in the way

I am a tireless proponent of getting in the way. As kids, getting in the way led to admonishment from parents or older siblings. As adults, getting in the way creates our universe of opportunities. In our careers, getting in the way shows up in many places. Bringing...

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Build a stronger team after your mistakes

Build a stronger team after your mistakes

Situation A CEO focuses his growth strategy on acquisitions. Over time, some deals bear fruit while others fall short of expectations. For a while, he only shares his regret over the low-performing acquisitions with his closest aides. In time, caution subsides and, he...

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There’s power in team certainty

There’s power in team certainty

While most of us enjoy the challenge of learning and growth, our need for certainty and stability informs our daily routines. The reason we sit at the same desk in school or the same chair for a weekly meeting is that it allows us to compartmentalize and shift our...

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High performance demands safety first

High performance demands safety first

A CEO tells his team that he is not sure why everyone keeps mentioning the issue of poor company-wide communication, but nothing changes. Further, he notes as he kicks off the meeting, he is tired of talking about it. Lacking certainty, people (including leaders)...

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Focus on helping your team perform

Focus on helping your team perform

Late one evening, two leaders and the CFO met in the CFO’s office. The CFO was upset about a perceived lack of effort from his team in completing several initiatives he deemed important. His monologue devolved into personal attacks on each team member as he went down...

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Blasting through the fear of personal development

Blasting through the fear of personal development

In a recent presentation about enhancing communication and leadership effectiveness in our organizations, I spoke about the role of fear and how it prevents us from doing our best work. It inspired me to explore doing our best work on ourselves. While leading an...

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Developing courageous leadership habits

Developing courageous leadership habits

Volatility and complexity impact every organization. Leaders can prepare for the increasingly dynamic work environment by developing courageous leadership habits in themselves and their teams. First, let’s dismiss the notion that courageous leadership is fearless....

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