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Management by Talking Around

In the 1980s, MBWA was the rage. It involved the radical notion that leaders could drive better results by stepping out of their offices and engaging with employees and the work flow in a less formal, more impromptu fashion. “Management by walking around” changed the cadence of business — in large part through greater leadership…

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Leadership Advice…for the Ages (ALL Ages)

What is it about the human experience that draws us to focus on our differences rather than our similarities? Does it come from our need to simplify the complexities of the world around us? Or is it a survival-based carryover from times when unfamiliar forces were synonymous with threats? Whatever the reason, for decades we’ve…

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Give ‘Em Some Space (For Possibilities)

A significant dimension of leadership is coaching… engaging in conversations that help others make the leap from where they are to where they want (or need) to be. Whether the focus is on correcting a performance problem, expanding capacity, improving relationships, or developing within one’s career, coaching is a powerful tool for supporting others as…

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Symbolic leadership: What do you stand for … or where do you sit?

“Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut, “Breakfast of Champions” Sandra described the past week of headaches associated with a systems conversion that took place in the call center in which she works as a customer service representative. She outlined the many hiccups and problems they encountered, the way data dropped out of…

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No Fair!

Nothing is fair in this world. You might as well get that straight right now. – Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees   Babies as young as 15 months grasp fairness, according to Jennifer Welsh in Live Science.  So does every employee in your organization. (And they may grasp unfairness with even greater clarity!)…

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From Team Building to Team Bonding

How much does your organization spend each year to hire, train, support and bring together the right team? How much time is invested in off-sites, ropes courses, style profiles, and other events designed to build team cohesion and results? How happy are you with the outcome? Most organizations invest heavily in activities designed to build…

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