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To Lead or Not to Lead: Most Employees Say “Not”… but Many Go For It Anyway

Most workers don’t aspire to leadership roles. That’s the key finding of a study conducted earlier this year by CareerBuilder and Harris Poll. Based upon the responses of more the 3500 workers across the United States, only about one-third (34%) aspire to leadership positions. This is interesting data for organizations and leaders everywhere. First, it…

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Closing the “discretionary effort” gap

Be honest. If you had a gas or water leak, you’d fix it. If an investment was draining your portfolio, you’d sell. So, why are so many smart leaders willing to accept “discretionary effort” as an inevitable feature of — and drain on — business today? Why do we allow employee energy — a precious…

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What You Need to Know… about the CEO

For many, CEOs are an enigma.  Where do they come from? What are they thinking?  What is their special brand of business magic? GetVoIP has conducted extensive research to answer these and other key questions. Since I’m on vacation, this week’s post is more of a ‘post-card’ or picture – an info graphic developed by…

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Ruining Recognition

It’s hard to imagine that in the workplace something as constructive, positive, and uplifting as recognition could go wrong. After all, it’s free. And research consistently points to how effectively appreciation builds morale, engagement, and bottom-line results. But each and every day, well-meaning managers inadvertently ruin it. Last week I worked with two managers whose…

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Brand Boring

A prospective client asked to talk with me recently. (To protect her identity, we’ll call her Lara.)  Lara’s executives wanted to clarify and begin driving a leadership brand throughout the organization. What unfolded during our conversation was a plan whereby their values, credo, code of conduct, and core competencies would converge into a leadership profile…

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How Well-Populated is Your Pipeline?

Last year, the Aberdeen Group conducted a research study exploring the business impact of building learning capability. Using three key performance criteria to distinguish best-in-class companies, it was found that: 83% of employees in these companies received performance ratings of ‘exceeds performance expectations’; 13% experienced year-over-year improvement to revenue per full-time equivalent; and 78% of…

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