The Biggest Mistake Leaders Make (and what to do about it)

"Celebrate what you want to see more of." ~Tom Peters "Negativity breeds negativity. The wise focus on the positive in every person and every situation." ~Philip Arnold One of the things that leaders tend to put a disproportionate amount of focus on is what is going wrong in the organization....

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Take This Leadership Challenge and Get Instant Results

"If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing." ~William Edwards Deming "You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions." ~ Naguib Mahfouz One thing sited over and over again when speaking on leadership and...

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How to Avoid The Worst Trap Leaders Fall Into

“Most discussions of decision making assume that only senior executives make decisions. This is a dangerous mistake.” ~Peter Drucker Never assume you hold all of the cards or have better information than a person with a counterargument or the one bringing a new idea to you, especially when...

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How to Raise Expectations in 4 Easy Steps

"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." ~Steve Jobs “The best performers across every field have an unwavering desire for excellence for what they do, the way they think, and the way they work.” ~Unknown Do you have an environment...

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4 Reasons Employees Quit Managers, Not Companies

"Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence in how you react. If you're in control, they're in control." ~Tom Landry "To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he is going." ~Joe...

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7 Reasons to Fire Toxic Employees

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” ~Unknown "One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested." ~E. M. Forster Letting someone go is one of the worst things any leader faces. As leaders you are supposed to develop the people in your charge, and if necessary...

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7 Reasons Jerks Succeed (and what you can learn from it)

“Nice guys finish last.” ~Leo Durocher "Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don't like to do." ~Albert Gray Does winning trump everything? Including some of the basic tenets of leadership, like collaboration, respect, and thinking long-term? It’s a fair question, as...

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The Reason Promoting The Wrong Person Destroys Companies

"The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership." ~Harvey S. Firestone "First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people." ~Leo Rosten There is a huge amount of focus on hiring the right people in most organization, but an area that...

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Top 10 Ways to Spot a Lying Boss

“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” ~Abraham Lincoln “The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool.” ~Stephen King Trust is something that all of us should have with our boss, but we aren’t always lucky enough to have it or there is a time where we are...

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How to Ensure Your Shortcuts Don't Backfire

"It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong." - Henry Longfellow "If you don't have time to do it right, what makes you think you will have time to do it over?" ~Seth Godin Our incredibly busy schedules often create a lot of quick and dirty...

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