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The question every great leader asks

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Sara leaned back, crossed her arms, and sighed. “It’s not right! My VP expects me to hit these numbers, but customers want updates, and research is focused on new products and won’t give me the time of day.” She shook her head. “I guess I’ll go down to R&D and tell them they’ve got to » Read More

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Should executives take an oath of office?

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Forty-four years ago, economist Milton Friedman changed the way corporations did business with his declaration that “there is one and only one social responsibility of business — to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game.” Power-suited corporate executives turned their attention » Read More

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Are you overlooking your secret workforce?

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You know those things that get done, and you really don’t know how they happen, until they don’t? Or those employees you see only once or twice a year in performance reviews? When you look at the data, they are clearly getting their jobs done, but otherwise, they seem invisible. Meet your secret workforce. You » Read More

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Take teams from to low to high trust

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When something goes seriously wrong, it’s often first announced by subtle signals. The two of us are living proof of how important it is to listen and act on those signals. At different points, we each found ourselves feeling a little bit off physically — nothing specific, just a sense that we weren’t up to » Read More

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Build a culture of economics and inclusion

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A Department of Labor report on the glass ceiling noted that “what’s important [in organizations] is comfort, chemistry, and collaboration.” Chris Argyris, business theorist and professor, says there’s a universal human tendency to organize our lives around remaining in control and winning. Might these hidden needs be the reason most companies have failed at incorporating diversity as a » Read More

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How to lead when your employees don’t have to follow

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How long can you hold your breath? Better yet, unless it’s dangerous to your health, try it right now: hold your breath as long as you can. I’ll wait… How long did you make it? 30 seconds, one minute, maybe two? Before long, you couldn’t help yourself – you just had to breathe. In fact, » Read More

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21st century leadership learnings from 2,500 years ago

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Diversity is finally getting beyond discussions of race and gender to include experiences, talents, and ways of thinking. I’d like to add another type of diversity to the conversation — virtues. More than 2,500 years ago, Aristotle “created” the Virtues as a guide to leading a “happy life.” They still hold true; that’s why they’ve » Read More

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The reverse commencement speech to leaders

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We are entering the time of commencement speeches. Some may go viral while others will evaporate as soon as the words are spoken. It is an important time, nonetheless, as a younger generation enters the next phase of their life and leadership path. Read more here on SmartBlog.

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Build a team of superheroes

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One of my favorite topics is character-based leadership, or leading from who you are rather than your power or position. When we’re challenged to be something we’re not, it drains us. But when we get to be our best self, we bring our best energy and we can become superheroes, solving problems and saving careers even » Read More

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How to develop a flexible leadership style

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CCL’s Nick Petrie writes, “Hindsight does not lead to foresight since the elements and conditions of the system can be in continual flux”? If so, it’s time to hang up on heroic leadership — the notion that a single person has all the answers — and embrace a new orientation to leading yourself and others: » Read More

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