3 Ways to Build Trust and Gain Followership

Guest post from Tarra Mitchell: If we want our teams to follow us willingly, they first need to trust us. To gain trust, we have to learn to connect with people in a meaningful way. People want to be seen and heard. They want to know that we will be there for them if they…

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Why Make Managers A Strategic Priority?

Guest post from Larry Sternberg and Kim Turnage:What would your organization be like if every employee had a great manager? What would happen to productivity, quality, morale and customer satisfaction? In every organization, managers are a key leverage point to drive higher performance and better business results. Managers maintain service and quality standards and ensure adherence…

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Why Every Organization Should Focus on Making Managers More Coach-Like

Guest post from Michael Bungay Stanier: “Coaching” is one of those buzzwords that has been flying around human resources and leadership conversations for a few years now. By now we know how effective coaching can bridge the gap between HR and talent development. Trouble is, not everyone really knows what coaching means. It’s easy enough…

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Turning a Vision into Reality

Guest post from Joseph Paris: What does it take to get from the idea to the realization of that idea? How do we get from a dream or the scribblings on the back of a napkin or some vivid imagery that is concocted in our mind’s eye—perhaps the result of a peyote-induced haze—to something tangible…

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Happiness: A Leadership Imperative

Guest post from Ray Zinn Having value is the essence of human happiness, and the essence of leadership.In life, we have amusements, distractions and entertainment galore. In the United States, we have great wealth – loads of money. And yet none of these things are happiness, nor do they achieve it. But tour the Silicon…

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Who’s On Your Board of Directors?

Guest post from regular contributor S. Chris Edmonds: Many companies have a board of directors, but we often don’t think about having a personal board to invest in our professional (and even personal) life. I ask you–do you have a group of people around you that are committed to your success, who push you to…

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The Profit Potential of Investing in 20 Minutes of FUN Each Day

Guest post from Dave Crenshaw:  Are your employees having fun?A business is a reflection of its leadership. How we choose to take charge shows up in company culture, for better or for worse. This is demonstrated in the research, but it also makes logical sense. Ruling with an iron fist inevitably leads to employees reporting…

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Changing Where People Sit Accelerates Change

Guest post from R. Kendall Lyman and Tony C. Daloisio: Several months ago, we took a taxi from our hotel to our client to teach a class about change. After a longer than normal ride, we realized the driver didn’t know where to go. Because we didn’t speak the same language as the driver, we…

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3 Reasons Why Great Leaders Welcome Help

Guest post from Victor Prince: A few of summers ago, I hiked the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail across Spain. It was the best month of my life for many reasons. Along with a lot of other great things I got by walking almost 500 miles, it also taught me some valuable lessons in…

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