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Whoa! What are Today’s Most Common Leadership Mistakes?

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In today’s highly complex and fast-paced environment, leaders constantly navigate a wide margin of error. Given globalization, heightened competition, and ever-shrinking budgets and cycle times, the potential for leaders to make mistakes is great. Some leaders err by commission—actively undertaking acts that undermine team or organizational success. Others err by omission—failing to do something that’s necessary. But there’s another group of leaders who, with the best of intentions, may do the most damage of all. These are the leaders who err by whoa-mission. (“Whoa,” as in the command riders use to pull a horse back, slow it down, or make …

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The Engagement Ring

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Engagement continues to be a big topic in leadership circles… and a bit of a mystery to many. We assign numbers to it. Chart it. Analyze it. Fret over it. All because we know how just how critical it is in business today – the key to individual satisfaction, leadership success,  and sustainable organizational results. In this brief animated video, we’ll crack the code on engagement.  Specifically, I’ll outline exactly why leaders need to make enabling engagement job #1…. and what they can expect to gain if they do. I hope you enjoy the video… and I would love to hear your …

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Goal Setting Requires BUY-IN

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The beginning of the new calendar year frequently corresponds with the start of a new performance period. As a result, managers and leaders everywhere are preparing for those annual conversations designed to establish the goals and objectives that employees will work toward for the next twelve months. Today, few managers make the overt mistakes that characterized goal-setting in the past. In 2017, leaders typically know better than to simply roll their own objectives down, assigning them to the next level via one-way communication. They appreciate the value of dialogue, clarity and even negotiation in some cases. Even still, many managers …

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Supervision Means Having to Say…

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Supervisors are the lynchpins in any organization. They are the link between management and the employees who build the products, deliver the services, and take care of the customers day-in and day-out. They are on the frontline, the leading (and sometimes bleeding) edge, closest to the action and the realities of business. Supervisors are also one of the top reasons employees give for leaving their jobs. Classic Gallup research (based upon more than one million employees) found that the number one reason for quitting a job comes down to the boss. Researchers summarized it with the much-quoted phrase: “People leave …

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Top 3 Gifts Employees Want Most this Holiday Season (and All Year Long)

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Despite the fact that I wrote this a couple of years ago, the suggestions continue to hold up well. Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday season. ‘Tis the season… when leaders everywhere scramble to find the perfect holiday gift for their staffs. This year, will it be: The latest business title? A gift card for designer coffee? An outing featuring laser tag, team building and pizza? Perhaps you’d like to do something entirely different.  Why not give employees something they really want this year – a gift that will keep giving long after the egg nog is gone?  Consider something …

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The “Engagement Ring”

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You’ve seen the research. Read the reports. Talked to leaders and employees alike. You know that despite our quantifiable understanding of the bottom-line impact of employee engagement, it continues to elude most organizations. The reason engagement is such a sought-after commodity is because it’s a powerful contributor to a cycle that every business wants and needs for long-term success. Here’s how it works: Engagement unlocks discretionary effort. It creates the conditions that encourage individuals to volunteer more of themselves, their time, their creativity, and their talents to the organization. Discretionary effort at its core is a choice people make to …

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Ruining Recognition

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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 mindsets – while diametrically opposed – were each responsible for ruining recognition… but in very different ways. The first was a mid-level manager at a manufacturing and sales facility. He heads a large department charged with reducing costs, increasing output, and expanding sales. Staff is …

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Before Competence

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I finally got around to reading Before Happiness by Shawn Achor over the holidays. It’s an insightful book that describes how we must learn to see the world through a more positive lens which allows us to summon the motivation, emotion, and intelligence necessary to achieve happiness and success. The reading prompted me to begin considering the precursors of other fundamental success-driving factors… like competence. Competence is essential to workplace (or any-place) success. The ability to perform well and efficiently, proficiency, mastery, and expertise – it all lays a solid foundation for accomplishment and results. But competence doesn’t spontaneously appear; …

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Top 3 Gifts Employees Want Most this Holiday Season (and All Year Long)

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I wrote this last December… but, the suggestions hold up well a year later. Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday season!   ‘Tis the season… when leaders everywhere scramble to find the perfect holiday gift for their staffs. This year, will it be: The latest business title? A gift card for designer coffee? An outing featuring laser tag, team building and pizza? Perhaps you’d like to do something entirely different.  Why not give employees something they really want this year – a gift that will keep giving long after the egg nog is gone?  Consider something from my 2012 Holiday …

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Hard Data about the Soft Skills Gap

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 Which of the following do you feel best defines the ‘gap’ in the US workforce skills gap? Lack of soft skills Lack of technical skills Lack of strong leadership skills Lack of computer-based technology skills NA – I don’t think there is a gap in the US workforce This is the question recently asked by Adecco Staffing in a telephone survey of 500 top executives. Disturbingly, 44% of those surveyed reported that the gap they most experience is in soft skills. Employees simply aren’t able to demonstrate sufficient communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration to be optimally effective in their …

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