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How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?” ...
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Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever. ...
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Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes. ...
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Leadership Blind Spots - What Do You See?

Leadership Blind Spots – What Do You See?

“Communication is not the message sent but the message received. But when the receiver reacts opposite to our expectations we tend to blame the receiver. We are right and they are wrong.” – Cass Thaler and Richard Sunstein –Nudge

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Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not ...
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The Butterfly Effect - Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority ...
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How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

"We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion."  - Max de Pree ...
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Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today's highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers ...
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Embracing Duality

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion ...
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Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams ...
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Warring Tribes or Working Leaders

Warring Tribes or Working Leaders

A few years ago, after the merger of two companies, employees were jockeying for new positions, withholding information, sabotaging each other and demonstrating workplace incivility ...
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Golf and Leadership Integrity

Golf and Leadership Integrity

Golf is often called the "gentleman's sport" with its own language, rules, customs and etiquette. Whether you understand what entices others to the game or not, here are five golf principles that offer leadership lessons ...
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