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30…. Seconds on Leadership — July 29, 2014

30…. Seconds on Leadership

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Leaders have the amazingly rewarding as well as challenging task of cracking the code of greatness in followers. It is our job to use our instincts,  energies and example to draw out of others what will take them to the next level. Some are naturals but others are diamonds in the rough who require more patience and polish. A worthwhile task to be sure.

ENNA B

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5 Ways You May Be Killing Employee Morale —

5 Ways You May Be Killing Employee Morale

Doug Dickerson on Leadership

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Everything rises and falls on leadership. – John Maxwell

Addressing the topic of work many years ago, Indira Gandhi said, “My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.” While there may not be a shortage of people trying to take the credit for work, many a leader faces the challenge of a strong workplace culture and its accompanying morale.

In my research on the topic of employee morale much of the focus I’ve seen is employee driven. By that I mean the attention leans toward what can be done to make the employee happy (perks driven), motivated, etc. I see little on what I consider to be the root of the problem which is leadership driven.

In Gallup’s 2013…

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How to Tame Jerky Behavior without Having to Say a Word —

How to Tame Jerky Behavior without Having to Say a Word

How Leaders Manage

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It’s morning and the whole department is gathered up talking about the previous day and doing a little small talk about current events. Overall the atmosphere is positive and exciting. Everyone seems to have a smile on their face and in a good mood. Even the manager is happy. Sales are good. Production is good. Life is happy.
Meanwhile…..
Sitting at his desk one particular person is not feeling the vibe of positivity. He is sitting in silence with his elbows on the top of his desk and his chin buried in his knuckles. Looking down at the paperwork sitting in front of him, he takes a couple long deep breaths. The laughter and small talk about last night’s television shows are physically nauseating to him.
When he finally thinks to conversations are about to wind down so he can sulk in peace, his boss comes out of his office…

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When the Grasshopper Teaches the Master —

When the Grasshopper Teaches the Master

You're Not the Boss of Me

Little Man Business cut out 72dpi-resized-201.jpgThere is a lot to be said for learning from younger people. While we veterans can teach the invaluable lessons of the past, they can teach us the path to the future. And that is worth paying attention to.

For instance, people of my generation often grapple with the wonders of technology with varying degrees of success. Some of us are totally immersed and intrigued by what can be accomplished in a wireless world, (including all the cool toys that come along with it). Others of us are hard pressed to know how to turn on our computers, if indeed we even own one. But, no matter where we are on the technology learning curve, the one thing we know for sure is that to learn it, we have to consult those who have the skill and it’s highly doubtful that we will find this expertise in people older than…

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The One Responsibility a Leader Can’t Delegate —

The One Responsibility a Leader Can’t Delegate

Leading with Trust

Help Wanted SignSixty resumes submitted and counting. A half-dozen interviews scheduled and more in the pipeline. Key team members prepared to have hour upon hour devoured in interviews, presentations, and meetings. The thought of having several weeks consumed by the process of hiring a new team member causes many leaders to delegate the responsibility to someone else…anyone else…just so long as their lives aren’t sucked into the black hole of endless interviews.

Hiring new team members is one of the most important responsibilities of a leader and is one that cannot be delegated. You can’t leave it to the personnel manager, HR, or a head hunter. They can help in the process, but it’s up to the leader to be intimately involved in the recruitment, interviews, and selection process.

I believe there are at least three key reasons why leaders shouldn’t delegate this responsibility:

1. People are your number 1 strategic advantage – The…

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It’s not about circumstances —
What’s the Right Thing Now? —

What’s the Right Thing Now?

The 16%

When I was a teenager, I worked for my uncle and cousin as a farm boy. There are lessons that I learned during those days that have stayed with me throughout my life.

One day, I drove into a muddy patch on a dirt road. I drove into it, but not out of it. I got stuck. Really stuck. I ruined a set of tires trying to get out of that mess because I didn’t want to walk a few miles to ask my uncle to use the tractor to pull me out. So instead, I lost a lot of time trying to get out, ruined the tires, and then I still had to walk to get help from my uncle. Lesson learned? Don’t be too proud to ask for help when you need it.

That’s not the last mess that I’ve created or found myself in. I’m sure that…

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