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3 Strategies to Build Inclusive Teams

If you’ve ever played a team sport like soccer or basketball, you quickly learn that while it is helpful to have an “all-star” player, the best teams leverage the talents of all their players on the field and elevate everyone’s game in order to consistently win. The following are 3 strategies to build inclusive teams: Align on values - focus on what we share (common goals, work ethic,…

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President’s Day – Part Two

Today's post is the second in a two-part series celebrating President's Day by examining the leadership traits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. In yesterday's post, I looked at the unimpeachable character of our first President, and in today's post, I'll examine the resolve of America's sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln. It is an astute person who studies history and applies the…

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A President’s Day Look at Leadership

Since we're headed into President's Day weekend, I thought I'd take this opportunity to author a two-part series in which I'll examine the leadership characteristics of the two Presidents for which the holiday is celebrated; George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. In today's post, I begin by taking a brief look at the life of George Washington in an attempt to quickly offer some leadership tips…

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More Than a Buzzword: Let’s Be Honest About Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion is a buzzword in the business world, countless company websites tout their commitment to building diverse teams and inclusive cultures. Human resource departments are instilling D&I training for hiring managers and discussing their role in hiring diverse employees and creating a culture of inclusion. But what does this all really mean and why should companies care?…

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Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on

Many would say if you're in the leadership business, you're also in the business of dealing with adversity. After all, leadership means facing challenges head-on. Regardless of where you are in your life and your career, I can promise you one thing; you will consistently be faced with challenges and obstacles along the way. In today's post, I will take a brief look at the beliefs that cause some…

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Leadership Interview: Ego Versus Eco with Ronald van Weegen

While traveling the world seeking answers on global leadership perspectives, we stopped in the Netherlands. I met with Ronald van Weegen, a seasoned senior executive in both Leadership Development and Human Resources. I asked Ronald to reflect upon his professional development and overall experience in life and provide us the one thing that he would recommend to younger executives on their…

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Interview Tips for Executives

Job interviews: these two words conjure a range of emotions and reactions.  Whether those sentiments are anxiety, dread, excitement, or something else entirely, the fact is that job interviews are an indispensable part of professional life, especially for executives.  Even so, there is still an incredible amount of ambiguity and conflicting advice when it comes to interviewing.   There are the…

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Leadership Interview: Stef du Plessis on Culture & Unwritten Ground Rules

While in Johannesburg, South Africa, I had the opportunity to sit down with a leading global authority on employee engagement and workplace culture, Mr. Stef du Plessis. Stef and I began to dive into the differences between employee engagement and corporate culture. I was interested to understand from his point of view if there was a difference (which we both agreed there was) and if he could…

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The Engagement Secret of Great Leaders

Show me a great leader and I'll show you a talented storyteller. Leadership and storytelling go hand-in-hand. In fact, leaders who lack the ability to leverage the power and influence of storytelling are missing the very essence of what accounts for compelling leadership- the story. Give me a few minutes and allow me to share this message with you - it may just change your life. If you’ve ever…

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Salary Negotiation Tips for Executives

If you’re reading this article, you’re either curious or at the winning end of a long and competitive hiring process. Either way, congratulations! Below, I distill thoughts for people navigating executive compensation negotiations. I encourage you to read my notes on why compensation before jumping to how to negotiate. Why compensation? For employers, the goal of compensation is to buy labor that…

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The Art of Following Up for Executives

Many say there is an art to the follow-up. Could they be right? Does it really matter? The selection committee is going to hire the most qualified person for the job, regardless, so why take the time at all?  For starters, follow up action is a signal many employers look for in judging candidates on their professionalism, general organization, and cultural fit. In fact, one in five hiring…

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Leadership Interview: Edward Kieswetter, Commissioner S.A.R.S.

I was privileged to speak at the 2019 Africa Employee Engagement Conference and had the opportunity to sit down and discuss leadership with one of South Africa's most respected public figures, the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service, the honorable Edward Kieswetter. As we discussed the various issues of employee engagement, we continued to come back to the topic of leadership. Both…

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The Guide for Senior Executives to Stand Out on LinkedIn

A simple Google search will yield countless articles on how to make your LinkedIn profile stand out and optimize for visibility. You’ll see tips for making the perfect new headshot, suggestions to add your high school Spanish class, and recommendations for taking a new online certification. All are very basic recommendations to beef up your profile and, generally speaking, they are indeed great…

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Leadership: A Global Perspective

This fall, I embarked on a worldwide quest to gain insights and perspectives on global leadership in the 21st century. My goal was to meet with a globally diverse group of thought leaders and top executives to discover what is required to lead in today's volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment. To do this effectively, I sought to understand two things: Elucidate the emerging…

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Leading with Gratitude

At N2Growth, we aspire to practice what we preach when it comes to taking care of each other and caring for our clients in a way that is unparalleled. As we look ahead to the upcoming holiday season and ringing in the New Year, we reflect over the past year's opportunities for growth, learning, and overcoming. While doing so, we realized there is a key ingredient in leading that is embodied in…

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Help – It’s Not a Dirty Word!

With a new year staring us right in the face, I thought I'd dust off an old post as a useful reminder for leaders planning the year ahead -  "help" is not a dirty word. I have always believed asking for help is a sign of maturity as a leader. I think John Lennon said it best: "I get by with a little help from my friends." So my question is this - are you easy to help? Think about it...do you…

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