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Communication is a critical practice in any leadership effort. How are your messages received? And how are you at receiving the proper message?

Will this project manager make a good people manager?

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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

Ten Things You Will Learn from Writing on LinkedIn

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Leaders should write, not for the sake of writing — but to influence, inform, inspire, and engage a wider audience. Writing often also forces you to maintain clarity in your thinking, and sustain your perspective. I’ve been writing on LinkedIn for a few months, with some specific goals: Create a wider audience for my thought » Read More

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This Seems Like a Lot of Work For a Free Banana

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 Brian Sooy helped me raise my voice when I started on my own.  His voice is powerful. So please read this post and his book, Raise Your Voice: A Cause Manifesto, if you want to change your business…and yourself.  At age 52, I ran my first half marathon. Not 100 yards from the starting line, a child sat » Read More

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Great Work = Great Career Development

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What actually contributes to great work? What questions should be asked? How should connections be expanded? How do we go about growing together? How do we set ourselves apart as “the best”? Read more…

3 Tips to Deliver Bad News Like a Leader

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Clients often come to me when they have to deliver what they considered “bad news” to an employee. It might be something like: Her job is changing and she doesn’t have a say. He has this behavior or performance issue that is starting to cause a serious problem. You’re giving her a performance rating she’s » Read More

Taking Time to Breathe

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Breathing is automatic. Without breathing we cease to be. So if breathing is automatic, what on earth do I mean by this statement: Taking Time to Breathe? Well, it has to do with leaders and how so often they are in the mode of fast and quick because they are being measured on results. And, » Read More

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Communicate Vision – A Case Study

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Author’s note: This is a story from my first management position, not my first “leadership” position. I think you’ll agree, I was a manager with a leadership problem. My first management opportunities came with very small groups of people. This story is about the time I became branch manager of a small trucking company. The » Read More

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When Did Accountability Become Passé?

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From customers’ and suppliers’ viewpoint, Company X is fast growing, exciting, and high-energy. Inside, though, it’s a tornado. Fighting fires, arguing over who committed to what, why it didn’t happen, and noticing things that fell through the cracks in just enough time is normal. How can this happen when they have weekly departmental meetings, keep » Read More

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Assertions & Assessments: What Comes After Your “Ass…”?

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We all know language is key to leadership.  The subtleties, nuances, intonations, and gestures have profound effects on leaders’ credibility and on organizations’ success.  Yet, while we think about the customers of our products and services, many of us don’t think as much about the ‘hearers’ (customers) of our words when it’s our own people. » Read More When » Read More

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5 reasons to re-examine how leaders communicate

The average person tells four lies a day, or 1,460 a year; a total of 87,600 by the age of 60. And the most common lie is ‘I’m fine.’” This quote appeared in a friend’s recent blog post and got me thinking.* Does the average manager tell four lies a day? Read more here….  

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