The Missing Piece of the Succession Planning Puzzle

By Michael Timms | February 23, 2015

How did you learn to be a manager? Just about everyone I’ve asked that question to have said some variation of “I was thrown into the deep end and it was up to me to sink or swim.” How often does that method of leadership development work out? Answer: about 16% of the time. The…

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5 Keys to Unlocking Employee’s Discretionary Effort

By Michael Timms | February 17, 2015

In the book Strengths Based Leadership, the authors cited a major study that determined the basic needs followers want their leaders to meet. The top 4 follower needs are: Trust Compassion Stability Hope The commonality among these needs is that they are all emotional needs primarily influenced by the relationship employees have with their immediate…

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The Subtle Difference Between Feedback That Develops vs Demoralizes

By Michael Timms | February 10, 2015

Have you ever tried to give an employee performance feedback and had the discussion go sideways on you? If so, you’re like most managers. Giving performance feedback rarely ends well, and can often end up damaging the relationship. That’s why most managers avoid giving performance feedback or wait until the next scheduled performance review to…

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How to Overthrow the Dictator in the Corner Office

By Michael Timms | January 27, 2015

Dictators don’t just live in North Korea and Russia. They are alive and well in the corner offices of many companies great and small. Sure, they may not threaten to blow up movie theaters or invade neighboring countries, but corporate dictators do rule their domain through the strategic use of fear and punishment. Here is…

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5 Ways Leaders Can Generate More Innovation

By Michael Timms | January 20, 2015

In the book the 8th Habit, business author Stephen Covey recounted a story told to him by Bill Marriott, founder of the Marriott hotel chain. Bill told Stephen that his son John was working in a hotel that Marriott had just acquired. John went into the hotel kitchen and asked one of the kitchen staff…

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The Most Common Leadership Pitfall

By Michael Timms | January 13, 2015

Having the freedom to make our own decisions is one of our most fundamental human needs. It’s like oxygen for the soul. The desire to exercise our agency becomes acutely evident in toddlers as soon as they learn to say the word “no”. It is such a fundamental human need that restricting a person’s ability…

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New Year’s Resolutions for Managers

By Michael Timms | January 6, 2015

New Year’s resolutions are usually things you want to start doing to improve yourself, such as working out more, eating more healthy foods, or reading more good books. But when it comes to being a better leader, it’s actually those behaviours that you stop doing that will bring about far more prosperity in the New…

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I Really Am More Important Than You

By Michael Timms | December 9, 2014

I used to think that arrogant people were attracted to positions of power because it gave them license to act out their true narcissistic nature. As it turns out, holding a position of power brings out the arrogance in all of us. Dr. Dacher Keltner, a leading researcher on the effects of power, asserts that…

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