How Pragmatic Leaders Can Transform Stuck Organizations

Guest post by Samuel B. Bacharach:A stuck organization is one that might meet conventional measures of success but it is not necessarily thriving. It cannot quite reach that next level of innovation. It just misses the big breakthrough or is too focused on old business models that it cannot make the leap forward.There are two…

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The Future Is Where Brands Must Focus

Guest post from Sean Pillot de Chenecey:Brands are built on trust, but in a post-truth world, they have a serious problem when so much of modern life is now defined by mistrust.A weakening of the vital trust connection between brands and consumers is causing enormous problems for businesses. The ramifications for brands in sectors of…

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Leaders Need To Believe In Their People

Guest post from Jose R. Costa:Henry Ford once said “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right,” which goes right to the heart of how crucial belief is to achieving success in any context. Though this quote refers to people’s belief in themselves, from the leader’s perspective, the same could…

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Values in Dynamic Tension

Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds:Have you prioritized your values so you know which ones are more important than the others? Or are all of your personal values “tied for first?”Here’s a way to test this idea. Note down your top four personal values, the desired principles that guide your day-to-day plans, decisions, and actions.If you’ve…

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Creating a Winning Corporate Culture Through People Power

Guest post from Eric Tetuan:Creating a winning company culture starts with an investment in people. Not just investing in staff, but in relationships with clients as well as the people you serve. It requires having a deep understanding of human connections, of bonds, and of ways to break down barriers. Adopting a policy focused on…

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Great Leadership: The Power of I’s

Guest post from Bob Nelson:In my new book, 1,001 Ways to Engage Employees (Career Press) I examine the top ten factors that most impact employee engagement in order of their priority, according to a regression analysis of 3 million employee surveys, and then provide specific real-life examples of what each factor looks like in practice…

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Enduring Uncertainty

Guest post from Chris Lewis:Go on admit it. You’re busy, right? Busier than last year. Busier probably than five years ago. In fact, you’re busier than you can ever remember being. You’re now so busy most people couldn’t even begin to understand how busy you are. And you don’t have time to tell them anyway. There…

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Letting Go of the Big Chief Motif

Guest post from Bishop Joseph Warren Walker, III:Discipline, focus and drive got you where you are today. You lost count of the sacrifices long ago – free weekends, discretionary purchases, a good night’s sleep – all to achieve your vision. You did it. Now get over it.We all want to be effective leaders so that…

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Why Managers Don’t Listen (Poor Listener Syndrome): and the Cures!

One of the most important skills for any manager is listening. Listening demonstrates respect, concern, an openness to new ideas, empathy, compassion, curiosity, trust, loyalty, and receptivity to feedback – all considered to be qualities of an effective leader.Listening isn’t rocket science. We are born with the ability to listen, yet somehow managers, at some…

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