Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Employee Motivation: A Model to Move Mountains

Employee motivation has become more and more of a challenge. We are a world of cynics. We don’t trust what we read, hear, or see. We tend to believe everyone has an ulterior motive. Bring this culture into the workplace and there are undoubtedly going to be issues when it comes to employee motivation. How do […]

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So You Say You are a Good Communicator…

Strategic communications come in many forms — one we all use is email. Email is a key strategic communications pathway to clients, business partners, vendors, and customers. When it comes to email, I feel your pain. Inboxes are flooded with unread, burdensome email demanding attention. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to handle […]

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Choose Pain in Career Management and in Life

Well that doesn’t sound like a very positive, up-lifting title, does it? Choosing pain? Considering how common wine-related memes are on the Internet, I’m pretty confident most of our lives are about making choices that help us escape pain, minimize confrontation, and maintain the appearance of control. This past weekend I heard a presentation from […]

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5 Articles I Loved This Week

I want to know more about what my audience is reading and I want you to know more about what’s inspiring me. Here are 5 articles I connected with this week. Network Events Not Your Thing, Try This! People hear the word “networking” and cringe. Those awkward conference rooms and unfamiliar faces can be painful. This […]

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Executive Value Creation — It’s Not Only the Numbers That Matter

Leadership in a job, industry, or community is defined by delivering something no one else can. If you are an accountant, maybe your knowledge of technical GAAP is far superior because of the types of transactions you’ve led. Maybe you are a cabinet maker. And maybe you can prove you have the highest quality wood and […]

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HOW Leaders Communicate Means Everything

HOW leaders communicate is more important than the words themselves. Leadership communication is as simple as that. Tone (spoken or written), body language, and facial expressions tell the real story. Leaders who don’t get this miss out on HUGE teaching opportunities with staff and management. It is a cop-out to pride oneself in “just being honest” or using frank, matter-of-fact […]

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Remarkable Leaders Rarely Have Jobs

There’s a difference between doing a job and having a brand. A job is mechanical, generic. With a job, a person is a cog in a system run by others. Someone else brings the employee the opportunity. It’s generally work that anyone with some basic training can do and leaves little room for empowerment. People […]

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Leaders Who Focus on Relationships are Built Strong

Why is relationship building so important? By design, we are meant to live connected to each other. Connections bring balance to our lives and increase our individual strength and confidence in ourselves. We live in relationship to each other, our environment, our culture, nowadays, even our technology. Ironically, I think it’s pretty safe to say […]

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Great Leaders Do Great Work

Top leaders, strong athletes, successful entertainers, and industry gurus who changed the way we all live our lives (thank you, Steve Jobs) do NOT achieve what they do because they strove hard to fit in. Their identity came from battering down the loud voices around them that told them they needed to follow the path their […]

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Great Leaders and the Penalty of Success

The penalty facing successful and consistently employed professionals is that they may have never before needed to do a full-scale job search. They were the type who was always headhunted. Recruiters jumped at the chance to work with them. Now executives find the job market is different. Recruiters are playing less of a role. Job search itself […]

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