The Simplicity—and Power—of Stop, Start, Continue

Guest post from Rodger Dean Duncan:Whether you’re a leader, follower, partner, or service provider, clarity is always important.Let’s say you’ve delegated a task to someone else. If a deadline will be missed or a key deliverable won’t be ready as expected, you want an honest and timely report. Honest in that it contains all the…

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The Three Keys to Being a Great Leader

Guest post by Raymond Houser:Being a great leader means getting people to do things that they didn’t think possible. It’s as simple as that.Many people confuse leadership style with true leadership. You don’t have to be an extroverted, rah-rah motivator to be a great leader. If that’s your style, fine. But some of the greatest…

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Learn Leadership

Guest post from Leo Bottary:Leadership lessons exist all around us, all the time.  All we have to do is pay attention.  Let me offer two examples – one is about growth and the other involves the power of declaring victory.One of my favorite fictional characters provides a profound lesson in leadership in a wonderful book…

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10 Essential Facilitation Skills for Meeting Leaders

A lot of meeting leaders think they know how to “run” a meeting. They may set an agenda, do most of the talking and make the decisions. While this may feel easy and efficient, it’s often a waste of people’s time and does not tap into the creative potential of the team.There are a lot…

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Leaders: Choose Your Own Reality

Guest post from Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair and Dr. Jeanie Cockell Just about every leader has had an employee who was, to say it diplomatically, a “handful” to manage. We have. One example was a person Joan worked with – let’s call her Jane Doe. Jane saw policies and procedures as mere suggestions. She irritated her…

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Radical Accountability

Guest post by Stephen J. Cloobeck:I was determined not to be a CEO who was content to preach to my team. And so, against the advice and admonishments of “foolishness” from my executive team, and just about everybody else, I decided to do something that would show not only our guests but also our team…

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The Questions Most Leaders Have Never Asked

Guest post by Marcia Daszko:It’s essential for courageous leaders to ask the bold, imperative questions about performance appraisals! What’s our purpose and aim in using appraisals? What are our strategies? Are they effective? What are the outcomes? Do they help us get closer to our vision or further away? Do they help create collaboration and…

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How to Retain your Star Employees

In today’s low unemployment, employee-driven job market, employee retention is more important than ever! It’s hard to find great employees – heck, it’s hard to find warm bodies – so is makes sense to do everything you can to hang on to the ones you have.The cost of turnover is often way underestimated. The obvious…

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What Kills Great Leadership?

Guest post by Bill Treasurer:Leadership is a powerful thing, one that comes with a unique set of stresses, challenges, privileges, and responsibilities. Our leadership journeys begin starry-eyed and well-intentioned, but the path to leadership power is one that can lead even the best of us astray if we aren’t careful. “What kind of leader will…

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5 Traits Every Leader Should Have to Achieve Hero Leadership

Guest post from Jeffrey Hayzlett:What’s leadership? What makes for an effective leader? The answers to both these questions are relative to every organization — big or small. There is no one set of rules that makes for an effective leader, but leadership encompasses a slew of characteristics and different people embody different sets of traits. The fact…

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