Leadership (general)

Creating a Culture of Accountability, Not Blame

If you’re a leader, you’ve probably heard the quote “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Unfortunately, when it comes to which one gets more attention from executives, it’s strategy, without question. This is perhaps because, to most executives, strategy is easier to manage. What many leaders fail to realize is that if they aren’t managing their…

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6 Essential Leadership Qualities

Since the dawn of the industrial revolution the most common criteria for promoting people to leadership positions has primarily been their technical ability.  Naturally, new managers tend to do the things that got them promoted, that is, they do the most challenging work themselves and leave the leftover tasks to less technically competent workers (those…

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Surprise! You’re a Mentor.

Whether you know it or not, people are watching you.  They’re learning from you and trying to infer the motives of your actions.  Now, if you’re a leader, its safe to assume that others are watching you about five times more closely than they normally would—dissecting, analyzing, and categorizing everything you say and do, as…

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Greatness Lies In The Answers To These 3 Questions

What is greatness?  Most of us want to be great in some way, but we all know that it’s a pretty exclusive club to get in to.  So most people don’t go for it.  Some because they don’t feel they could ever attain greatness.  Others might want to attain greatness but do not know how.…

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5 Essential Practices of Great Second-in-Commands

I served as the third-in-command in a large branch of a fairly dynamic service organization.  When I recently told my leader that I was transferring to serve as the second-in-command at a different branch of the same service organisation, he told me “Go show them what it means to be a first follower.”  I was…

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A Talent Revolution Is Coming

Do you love your job?  On Sunday nights, are you chomping at the bit to tackle that project on your desk, or do you mostly feel grief for the loss of your fleeting two days of freedom?  Employment surveys and workforce studies keep telling us that the vast majority of people are in the second…

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5 Parenting Practices Every Leader Should Adopt

Have you ever contemplated the parallels between leadership and parenting?  Some of my clients have.  After a thoughtful and reflective discussion with clients about leadership, I have occasionally observed them come to the conclusion that leading is like parenting.  Although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed those conversations, I’ve rarely seen them devolve into any actionable take-aways or…

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Holacracy: A Complicated Solution to Bad Leadership

When it comes to leadership and talent management, no concept has garnered as much attention in recent years, and no topic is quite as polarizing, as Holacracy.  Holacracy is a company that has developed a new form of organizational governance based on self-managed teams which replaces the traditional top-down leadership model predominant in today’s corporate…

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5 Rules That Will Free Up Your Time

Guest Post by Scott Friesen When you’re a manager, your time is at a premium. Meetings, emails, reports and more meetings fill up most of your day. So how can you find extra time in an already jam-packed schedule? Here are 5 rules that every manager can use to get more time out of their day.…

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