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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

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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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The Role of Workplace Optimism in Building Trust

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Without trust extraordinary results aren’t possible. Without trust and extraordinary results workplace optimism is absent. Without workplace optimism talented people stay away from or leave companies. What’s left? Mediocre results, missed goals and unhappy people.   Workplace optimism is not a viewpoint or belief system. It’s a cultural vibe that influences a positive work experience. » Read More

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Can You Take a Vacation from Leading?

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I am in the midst of my annual “working” vacation. For the past six summers, I’ve brought my daughters to visit my parents for a week or longer, with the understanding that I’ll work while we’re away. In the early years, balancing work with vacation on these trips happened easily. I spent time writing at » Read More

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Writing a Leadership Wrong-Smarter Emotions Matter

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How do you manage “emotional moments of truth”? Do you fight, flight, or flock? The way you handle these moments sets the stage for the entire conversation, and they can either lead to positive change or negative responses. Leaders must intentionally increase their own emotional triggers as well as awareness of others’ emotions in order » Read More

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8 tips for effective employee praise

If praising employees does not come naturally to you, here are a few tips for crafting words to motivate your team…

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Emotional Intelligence: Ten Things You May Not Know

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Regardless of the situation, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is critical. Managing one’s own emotions as well as adequately and appropriately responding to the emotions of those around us is vital to solid leadership. How is your knowledge of Emotional Intelligence? Read ten interesting facts about Emotional Intelligence here…

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When Working Together Works

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Here’s a thought: when everyone agrees, there isn’t much growth. Disagreement, to a certain extent, inspires critical thinking. That critical thinking is what brings progress. By encouraging people to get behind their ideas, and in a sense fight for them, ideas are considered more thoroughly and perspectives understood. Read more…  

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How to Crush Departmental Silos

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Often times it is a lack of communication between departments within church ministry that leads to  a poor working relationship and a lackluster work effort. There are many small yet effective steps departments can take to better their relationship, from more open lines of communication to simply eating lunch together. Read more…

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Plain Vanilla Leadership

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If you browse the titles of some of the most searched and rated leadership books on the web, you will find a variety of themes and trends. There is 5-D Leadership. Results-Based Leadership. Leadership for the 21st Century (amassed from over 580 books). Leadership for different races, genders, and also for people groups and disciplines. There » Read More

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