5 Traits Every Leader Should Have to Achieve Hero Leadership

Guest post from Jeffrey Hayzlett:What’s leadership? What makes for an effective leader? The answers to both these questions are relative to every organization — big or small. There is no one set of rules that makes for an effective leader, but leadership encompasses a slew of characteristics and different people embody different sets of traits. The fact…

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Leadership Development Goals for 2019

One of my most read series of posts is my somewhat yearly list of New Year’s development goals for leaders. I don’t go back and check previous years, so there may be duplicates, as there should be. Things like “striving to be a better listener” come up each year as I work with leaders from…

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Elon Musk, Joking Around is Serious Business!

Guest post by Jamie Anderson and Gabor George:Truly creative leaders tap ideas from all ranks, and are typically skillful at fostering innovation. They are open to diverse perspectives, and willing to take risks. These leadership characteristics can be further enhanced by humor. In the words of IDEO founder and CEO Dave Kelly, “If you go into…

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8 Steps to Jumpstarting a Truth-telling Workplace Culture

Guest post from Jim Haudan and Rich Behrens:What do a water cooler, bathroom, and hallway all have in common?These are three places in the workplace where people feel “safe” to tell the truth.Many leaders believe that their people feel safe in telling them what they think and feel. But this is a misconception—or a blind…

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3 Moving-Target Issues Every Leader Must Be Following

Guest post from Alexandra Levit:As a futurist, it’s my job to track the evolution of the 21st century organization, and as of latewe’ve come upon new challenges in reputation management, intellectual property, and digital transformation and disruption. Your challenge as a leader? Strive to fit these pieces together as the realities of our future workforce become…

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6 Reasons You’re Not Thinking Clearly

Guest post from Karen Martin:Ambiguity has become the status quo in most of our organizations. And, it’s the enemy to efficiency, productivity, and a healthy bottom line. Achieving clarity is the only way to defeat this enemy. But getting clear on everything, from why your organization exists and what its priorities are, to how people…

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How to Build Trust with Your Employees

Guest post by Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss: “I didn’t tell the complete truth, and our relationship hasn’t been the same since.” This may sound like the confession of a person with marital issues, or the breakdown in a long-term friendship. But it’s a quote from a CEO client of ours. Someone who learned the…

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Leadership and Work Teams

Guest post from Simon Mac Rory:If you work in an organization today as a leader you will lead a team. 90% of what we do in an organization happens through collaborative effort, making the team the most important production unit.For two years (2016 and 2017) Deloitte’s Global Human Capital trends survey has positioned organizational redesign…

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New Leadership for a Changing Workforce

Guest post from Warren Wright:If you’re hiring and leading a team of freshly-minted college graduates, you may be noticing some differences in their behavior and preferences compared to previous graduates. That’s because they’re from a new generation—we are calling them Second-Wave Millennials(Second-Wavers). The fact is, they still share many of the same traits as their…

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6 Reassuring Truths About Public Speaking

Guest post by Allison Shapira:Even if you’re not afraid of public speaking, I’m betting you still get butterflies in your stomach before you speak. As a public speaking coach for over 15 years, I’ve seen it up-close: most people get nervous before a speech, presentation, or important meeting.                                                 Yet the fact remains: whether you…

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