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Do Expectations Set You Up to Fail?

“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” — Stephen W. Hawking, English Physicist “Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.” — Brandon Sanderson, Author   Expectation Management: Key to Your Success Whether aware or not, …

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Stop Making the Top 3 Dangerous Listener Assumptions

No matter how skilled, charismatic, or engaging a person may be, it is difficult to keep listeners engaged on Zoom, teams, WebEx, etc. Since listeners have the power to decide whether to listen or not, leaders must avoid making the following dangerous listener assumptions. Dangerous Assumption #1 Speakers control communication. With most employees working remotely …

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Guide to Giving Better Feedback

Giving helpful feedback is challenging for new and experienced leaders alike. Few leaders (or people, for that matter) do it well. Yet, effective feedback is essential to develop and maintain high-performing employees and teams.  When giving feedback, it is especially important that we be aware of our biases. Do you deliver critical feedback to women …

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Leaders, Don’t Make the Same DE&I Mistakes

As a nation, our differences create a rich tapestry of influences, innovations, insights and perspectives. Yet all around us, we see increasing attacks on Asian Americans, Blacks, Hispanics and people of differing religions and cultures. Many of our colleagues, family members and friends live in fear, anxiety and uncertainty. Some might say, “We’re doing better …

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Are Positive Leaders Really Toxic?

Although a number of articles recently have focused on the damaging consequences of going overboard with Toxic Positivity, for years social scientists have documented the benefits of positive leadership especially during times of uncertainty. Yet, executive coaches and leadership consultants frequently encounter cynical attitudes when positive leadership is associated with being “soft” without an eye …

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Staying Connected: Overcome Anxiety of Going It Alone

To demonstrate the power and strength gained through collaboration, we brought thin metal rods to a team in conflict. We gave one rod to each team member and asked each person to bend their rod. The rods bent easily. Next, we gave one team member ten rods bound together and asked her to bend those. …

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