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    Why Do Businesses and Leaders Fail?

    Why Do Businesses and Leaders Fail?
    I hate the term "soft skills". To me, it's a weak and misleading label that attempts to categorize everything that really matters about leadership and business success into a bucket of fluff. Any leadership development professional should know better. Given that, I know it's a common term used by every day people. It's because they don't know what else to call ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Can You Be a Good Manager if You're Shy?

    Can You Be a Good Manager if You're Shy?
    A reader writes: I'm shy. Sometimes people misinterpret this as aloofness or snobbery. Being outgoing and making friends with everyone I meet has never been a part of my personality. I just have a hard time making casual conversation (which is necessary for good relationships with coworkers), and I have a hard time in difficult/important professional conversations (which are necessary for ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Business Case for Managing Ourselves

    The Business Case for Managing Ourselves
    The Harvard Business Review published a post by Vineet Nayar on Who is the New CEO? The article is a well-thought out vision that, in the future, successful CEOs will focus on building decentralized organizations and enabled employees. This makes total sense to me. I'm sure businesses right now don't want to build extra layers and structure. That can be very ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Sharing Your Expectations

    Sharing Your Expectations
    I’m sure most Great Leadership leaders have been though management 101 classes, read books or blogs, and have heard about the importance of setting expectations. We’ve all heard about SMART goals, inspecting what we expect, the importance of job descriptions, and yada, yada, yada. All good stuff, and I’ll tell you, it’s true. So why don’t more managers do it? Is ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Greening of Executive Pay

    The Greening of Executive Pay
    There's a new metric in town when it comes to determining executive pay - at some companies at least. Now, in addition to earnings per share and stock prices, some executives are earning incentive pay based on a series of sustainability measures. The trend is a bit more common in Europe than it is in the U.S., with the Dutch leading ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Discuss an Employee Performance Problem

    How to Discuss an Employee Performance Problem
    The thought occurred to me the other day that while I’ve written a lot about the importance of accountability and dealing with poor performers, I’ve never actually written a post on exactly how to have a performance discussion. I have, however, written about how not to deal with underperformers. Knowing how to sit down with an employee and have an effective ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    4 Ways to Use Learning Journals for Leadership Development

    4 Ways to Use Learning Journals for Leadership Development
    I’ve had a couple recent requests from readers for information on learning journals: "I’ve been intrigued by the idea of using journaling & reflective writing, but can’t find any resources for how to get that off the ground. I’m worried about pitching it to people who may feel like it’s simply a teenage “dear diary” and am wondering how to provide ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How Do You Replace an Employee Who Doesn't Know She's Being Fired?

    How Do You Replace an Employee Who Doesn't Know She's Being Fired?
    A reader writes: I’ve been going through your archives to see if you had any advice on replacing a current employee before they know they are being replaced…when that employee is HR. In a small company with one HR person we certainly can’t place an ad – and they want to have viable candidates before this person is let go. This ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    10 Tips for Developing Your Leadership “Cojones”

    10 Tips for Developing Your Leadership “Cojones”
    Note from Dan: while I normally write a PG blog, this post is rated PG13, parental discretion is advised. Sarah Palin recently said on Fox News Sunday that President Obama doesn't have "the cojones" to effectively address the issue of illegal immigration. Yikes, when’s the last time you heard a political leader accused of that? Actually, according to my extensive 10 ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Lead by Example

    Lead by Example
    It sounds so easy. Lead by example. We can't expect others to do something we don't do ourselves. This applies to any aspect of our lives. — If we aren't punctual, we can't expect others to be. — If we expect others to pick up their shoes around the house, then we need to pick up our own. — If we ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    6 Illegal Interview Questions You Shouldn't Ask

    6 Illegal Interview Questions You Shouldn't Ask
    Need a refresher on which questions you can and can't ask when conducting a job interview? There's no shame in reusing the old standbys, such as "Where do you see yourself in five years?" and "What's your greatest weakness?" And the more colorful questions, such as "What animal best describes you?" and "If you were stranded on a desert island, what ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    A New Training Program for New Managers

    A New Training Program for New Managers
    If I were asked to develop a training program for new managers, the first thing I’d want to do is ask a lot of questions. I’d want to understand the business challenges, interview or survey a bunch of newly promoted managers, their employees, and their managers, and talk to HR and others who could provide me some insight. In other words, ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Getting the Most Out of International Assignments

    Yes, we're still on a global economic roller coaster (who said the world is flat?), with good and bad news from the U.S., Europe and Asia causing markets to shoot up and down weekly or even daily. But, at the end of the ride, it still looks like we'll all be doing much more rather than less global business. Case in ...
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    Confusion About The War For Talent

    Confusion About The War For Talent
    I was at a family reunion this last weekend and we were talking about recruiting issues. They were mentioning that despite unemployment numbers, they still had a hard time finding the right people for the most critical positions that were open. And it isn't a question of technique, or pay or anything along those lines. It's a situation where there is ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Assess Your Leadership Development

    Assess Your Leadership Development
    What's the #1 differentiator between companies that excel at succession planning and leadership development and those that simply "go through the motions"? It's the ownership and commitment of the senior executive team. They believe in its strategic importance and treat it as a high priority. Without this, the typical reaction from every manager is likely to be "What's the point? We ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Leaders, Watch Out for Blind Spots

    You’re driving down the highway and need to make a lane change into the left lane. You glance at your rear view mirror, side view mirror and look to your left. All is clear, so you put your turn single on, begin to make the change, and all of a sudden, you hear a horn blow. You turn again to the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Reassure Top Performers in Times of Change

    Reassure Top Performers in Times of Change
    I’ve been writing a lot about high potential, high performing employees lately. Although some hate the use of labels, I’ve referred to these employees as “hipos”, “A players”, and even “self-licking lollipops” (ugh!). A lot of managers make the mistake of thinking that during times of change, their top performers would be the least likely to need reassurance. That’s a major ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Inclusion Measurement - Tracking the Intangible

    Inclusion Measurement - Tracking the Intangible
    Diversity and inclusion are, in some ways, like peanut butter and jelly. They're not the same but are often combined, making up a whole that's more than the sum of its parts. So when i4cp - on behalf of its members-only Diversity Accelerator group - decided to look at inclusion metrics, we first had to carefully define, identify, and separate the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Career Competent Employees

    Career Competent Employees
    Every day, it seems like a new depressing story pops up about the unemployed. Some employers won't hire them or think being unemployed is a scarlet letter. Others who are disproportionately impacted because of their age, race, disability or veteran's status tell stories of months without an interview. Still others who are stuck in the never ending cycle of submitting a ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Managing the “Toxic High Performer”

    Managing the “Toxic High Performer”
    In a recent post, I was surprised by the number of SmartBrief leaders (11.74%) that chose “The high performer who is rapidly rising” as their most challenging team member to lead. My response was “really?!” Yes, it can be somewhat challenging to keep a high performer challenged and motivated, but come on, that’s the fun part of leadership. When you have ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?