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Don’t Be a Wuss When Managing Others

If you are tolerating way too much from your people, maybe you are really nice—or maybe there’s something else going on. As described in previous posts, it is possible: – You don’t want people to think you are bossy and you don’t think people like to be bossed around; – You’re afraid of damaging the…

Trust Under Construction

6 Steps to Rebuild Broken Trust

I believe most leaders strive to be trustworthy. There aren’t too many leaders who wake up in the morning, roll out of bed and say to themselves, “Hmmm…I think I’ll try to break someone’s trust today!” Yet even in spite of our best intentions, there will be times when we damage the level of trust…

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Have You Become A “Horton The Elephant” Manager?

In Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches the Egg, we meet Horton the Elephant, who agrees out of the kindness of his heart to sit on Mayzie the lazy bird’s egg while she takes what she calls a “short break.” Her break turns out to be a permanent relocation to sunnier climes while Horton sits on the…

Leadership Carrot

New Study Shows “Carrot and Stick” Motivation Isn’t Much Better than “Not Interested”

Carrot and stick motivational schemes may drive short term compliance, but they don’t work very well when it comes to increasing long term performance, retention, effort, endorsement, or even intentions to be a good organizational citizen. That’s what researchers at The Ken Blanchard Companies found when they looked at the impact different motivational outlooks have…

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Coaching Tuesday: 7 Guidelines for Giving Feedback

In today’s work environment, managers are increasingly asked to be more coach-like when working with their direct reports. This includes coaching for performance, coaching for development, and coaching to build skills. But one important coaching skill has proven to be a big challenge for most leaders—providing sensitive feedback to team members. Managers often find delivering…

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Are You A Workplace Freedom Fighter?

Each of us views the world through a lens shaped by our own personality and experiences.  For leaders, it takes a great deal of awareness and thought not to get caught up in the be like me syndrome. This is especially true when you are a Freedom Fighter, one of seven characters we have been…