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Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape ...
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Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

"Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort."  - Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash - "target fixation." They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents ...
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What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support. ...
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Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they've inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to "clean-up" what other leaders have left behind. A leader's future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they've been dealt ...
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Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” - Erma Bombeck If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year. ...
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How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected ...
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Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities ...
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Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship ...
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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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