The Most Misunderstood Aspect Of Great Leadership

I was recently asked what I consider to be the most misunderstood aspect of great leadership; in other words, what makes great leaders great? What immediately came to mind is not only misunderstood, but it also happens to be the most often overlooked element of leadership, and the one which also affords leaders the greatest opportunity for personal, professional, and enterprise growth. If you…

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The Difference Between Great Leaders And Posers

What is the difference between great leaders and posers? This may sound harsh, but the truth is I’ve witnessed far too many people in positions of leadership that wouldn’t recognize an opportunity if it hit them squarely in the face. If you cannot recognize, attract, and acquire opportunity you should not be in a leadership position. Just this week I’ve observed people in leadership roles who…

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Leadership – No Talent Required

While not all leaders will develop their talents and abilities to the same level, all successful leaders more or less begin with the same foundation. Here's the thing - the foundational elements of leadership require no skill or talent whatsoever. Clearly the difference possessed by all great leaders is that they refine, develop and build from their foundation - they don't ignore it or take it…

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Leaders Stop Trying to Be Efficient

Let's cut right to the chase; stop focusing on being efficient - it's a waste of time. Nobody other than perhaps you really cares how efficient you are, but everyone cares how effective you are. Not only do they care how effective you are, but they also care about the effectiveness of those whom you lead. It's important to remember leadership is a people business, and people are messy. Leadership…

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Why Leadership Development and Talent Programs Fall Short

Why are so many leadership development and high potential talent programs continuing to fail, or at the very least, not producing what we hope for? The answer is simple, those at the top of the organization are in denial about their own leadership capability. This is not to point fingers at the top leadership, but rather this should be a call to arms for all of us to take a good look in the…

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How To Remain a Balanced Leader

Most high-performing leaders concern themselves with that which other people value most and if they do it well those leaders usually climb the corporate ladder fastest. We have created an order, particularly in western societies, which is designed to reward the natural business hierarchies we see across our corporate landscape. Sometimes leaders become disillusioned in the process of climbing the…

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This 4-Step Formula Will Make Tough Conversations at Work More Bearable

How to prepare yourself to have a tough conversation at work We have all been there, a time when we've had to have the "tough conversation." Whether it was breaking it off with a romantic partner or having to tell roommates to pick-up after themselves, the "tough conversation" is, well, tough to have. Despite the challenge of them, tough conversations are crucial and no place are they more…

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Why Best Practices – Aren’t

My thesis is a simple one; Don't copy - create. Don't benchmark against others - benchmark against a unique and better version of you. Don't compete against how others do things, compete against your own thinking. More than 20 years ago I coined the term "next" practices in an effort to focus people forward in their thinking. I've always wondered why any business would want to adopt the same…

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What Sets “Next” Practice Businesses Apart?

Today's best businesses have embraced Next Practices which make them "different" from the rest in 6 important ways. The best businesses are the ones that have adopted a set of "next practices" that set them apart from the rest. You know that you're in a next practices business because they all exhibit these 6 characteristics: They re-imagine tomorrow They envision things that others can't……

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How to Build a Resilient Company Culture That Will Help Every Employee Thrive

A resilient culture is built one person at a time, winning companies cultivate cultures that enable their people to develop the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Resiliency is important to businesses because it's the DNA that enables the company to better anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to ever increasing market disruptions, shifts in customer preferences and challenging…

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Want to Wow Your Customers? Keep Your Promises

If you want to wow your customers simply keep your promises. Craft a culture that is dependable and trustworthy and your customers will help your business to thrive. We have all had them - inexplicably bad customer service experiences. They happen all day long across this great country of ours. Of course, this need not be the case. With focus on shifting the company culture which enables (or…

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6 Defining Values of a Leadership Culture

Twelve years after launching culture change consulting services, I am finally sitting down to write about six defining values of a leadership culture. These are factors I’ve learned that define whether an organization can improve their Culture or not. No surprise that all six values rise and fall on leadership. Before I unpack the six values, let me paint the backdrop of how it all began. In…

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Today’s Leaders All Share These 5 Traits – A Digital Mindset

The best leaders have a propensity for looking for ways to leverage digital technology for competitive gain. If you want to be a great leader, you absolutely have to develop a digital mindset. It's the only way you can help your business leverage data and information technologies in the pursuit of growth and profitability. Why, you ask? Digital technology and media are omnipresent in business…

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Follow The Leader

Does the term “Follow the Leader” still apply in today’s world?   We live in an age of “followship”, but does followship imply that a leader is the one being followed?  Success on social media is often defined by the number of followers.  I get that to a certain extent, but look at who is being followed.  We have celebrities, professional athletes and controversial figures with huge…

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The Journey of Servant Leadership: Iron Sharpens Iron

Each day I reflecting upon the journey of servant leadership, what I now define as “relational leadership”. Although I certainly do not intend to make this a post with any religious overtones, I've found the bible has an amazing quote that shapes my thinking on this topic. Proverbs 27:17 proclaims: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”. This simple statement has been a calling…

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Making the Turn: 10 Warning Signs You aren’t Shifting from Founder to Leader

You came up with an awesome idea. Your singular focus has been to make it real. You started a company. You got funding. Maybe you’re looking for Series B or C funding now. Maybe you’re prepping for the IPO. Congratulations! You’re ready to scale or go public. You’ve gotten this far. What could go wrong? Here are 10 warning signs you aren’t shifting from founder to leader. Every founder reaches…

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