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Are You Getting an A in Social Excellence?

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Social Excellence [n]: A state of perpetual generosity, curiosity, positivity, and openness to limitless possibility. A desire to intentionally connect with others. The ability to engage in deep, meaningful conversation. Acting in a responsible and respectable manner with high expectations of others… the highest level of societal participation and contribution. What is social excellence beyond » Read More

A humblebrag isn’t the answer

humblebrags aren't the answer

Many individuals, especially women, struggle with achieving equilibrium between confidence and humility—another one of those life, love and leadership challenges of getting it just right by avoiding too much or too little of the extremes. Self-promotion advice I recently read in a leadership enews post zoomed right past confidence and into hubris. It’s a busy, » Read More

Managing Conflict

Managing Conflict

Are you someone who struggles managing conflict? Many leaders are uncomfortable when it comes to confrontation. Conflict resolution is one of the most difficult tasks leaders face. I am not one who enjoys managing conflict. In fact, if I could go the next five years without experiencing any further conflict in my professional life, that » Read More

6 Tips for Dealing with Conflicts in the Workplace

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No matter how productive, efficient, positive or friendly your work environment is, there will always be conflict.  Because of the competitive nature and the necessity to turn a profit, conflict is experienced in every workplace.  Just because conflict exists in your workplace doesn’t mean it can’t be productive or is always negative. There are times » Read More

Leadership: From Transference To Transcendence

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We all have heard these phrases and sentiments spoken from various people in leadership positions: “I’m not here to make friends; I have a job to do” “We – can’t afford/don’t have the budget for – training” “You don’t have to like me, but you have to respect me and do what I say” Dan » Read More

What Title Would Others Place on Your Card?

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Recently, we gathered as a group of leaders to discuss change and how to lead through, around, or over organizational roadblocks. Our conversations at Authentic Leadership Dallas are always engaging, honest, and fun. Just what a group should be! As we were discussing change, one of our leaders said that CEO is the title on » Read More

Master Delegation – The Secret Ingredient

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Yes, But… If you’ve been a leader for any length of time at all, you know you’re supposed to delegate. You understand that you can’t achieve big goals on your own, that leadership is all about achieving results through relationships, and that when you delegate, you multiply yourself. You may know all that, but delegation » Read More

Will this project manager make a good people manager?

Sam’s team just delivered a complex project on-time, on-budget, and with impeccable quality. His company is eying him for promotion, because they want him to “rub off” on other project managers, whose results aren’t as stellar. Maybe he can teach them a trick or two? In theory, a good project manager can become a good » Read More

The Real Battle of Leadership

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In a recent video post, I shared the 5 word secret to servant leadership…. “It. Is. Not. About. Me!”  These five simple words are easy to add as a daily mantra or prayer to ground you in servant, other-oriented leadership; however, behind those five simple words is a fierce battle.  It’s an unseen battle that » Read More

What Leaders Can Learn From the Rules of Combat

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  Hugh L. McColl, Jr. is the retired chairman and CEO of Bank of America. An ex-marine officer in the late fifties, his business leadership style was and continues to be swashbuckling, colorful, and intense. Wall Street analysts characterized him as a no-holds barred tactical genius that lead the bank as its thirty-nine year old president with » Read More

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