Category Archives: Leadership

Getting Our Way

As a first post of 2014, a reader recommended that I talk about how we might improve our chances of getting what we want this year.  As most of us know, our chance of attaining our own wants and needs … Continue reading

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Do We Really Want High Performers?

We all at one time or another dream of possessing an “all-star” team that performs beyond expectations and never ceases to improve.  Similarly, when things go wrong, the first thing we look to is usually reasons for a lack of … Continue reading

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Good Boss, Bad Boss

Some of us are lucky enough to have worked for someone that inspired us and made us more motivated and productive than we thought possible.  Regrettably, most of us would agree that the opposite occurs much more often.  How many … Continue reading

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Leader Selection

Most of us at some point in our career decide that being a leader would be a worthwhile endeavor.  Not all of us attain a position of authority, but most of us have the thought.  The desire strikes people in … Continue reading

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Leader for All Occasions

I recently attending a planning retreat where the warm-up exercise involved picking which superhero you would want to be.  As each participant named the standards like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, those called on later in the process tried to … Continue reading

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Hiding from Change

About a year ago, I worked with an organization that “did everything right.”  As we discussed the presence of numerous organizational best practices, executives as well as team members produced examples of how each element made up their day-to-day operations.  … Continue reading

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Tired Leaders

This week I attended a series of workshops with human resource leaders and had the wonderful opportunity to learn from those that do “the incredible” every day.  Repeatedly, I heard attendees talk about how tough it is for HR leaders … Continue reading

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Ineffective Leaders and Broken Environments

Effective leadership means the difference between success and failure.  An effective leader creates an environment that brings out the best in each team member.  With few exceptions, the leader is the author and protector of an employee’s immediate environment.  Why … Continue reading

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Critics All Around

If you have been in a leadership position for any length of time, you have probably noticed that rarely will a week go by without a direct report complaining about some workplace issue. It may be about the assigned work, … Continue reading

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Narcissistic Leaders

If you work long enough, you will eventually encounter a manager whose personality is so unbearable that you will assume that you will never find a productive way to work with the person.  Although there are a variety of “unbearable” … Continue reading

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