Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

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Some people say leaders are born, others say leaders are made. Regardless of your position on this, leaders possessing certain behaviors and skill-sets obtain greater results and are more likely to have satisfied, higher producing, and more collaborative team members. As leaders we need to be … [Read more...]

Interview Preparation

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We're frequently told to have an updated resume on hand (not too hard, right?). But when's the last time you interviewed for a new job/position? Are you prepared? Preparation begins with anticipating what you'll be asked, and formulating your responses in advance. There's no way to be sure how … [Read more...]

A Barrier To Success

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Over the past few years we've been working with various leaders and teams and have observed patterns for effective leadership, as well as patterns that trip us up and impede our ability to succeed. It turns out that while fear can be a motivator, it's more often than not a de-stabilizer. "The … [Read more...]

Challenges; Accept or Avoid?

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Journalist Fareed Zakaria wrote the book The Post-American World.  One area of concern that was addressed was the belief that organizations are not adapting well to emerging challenges. This is only one of themes but one we feel readily applies to leadership skills and styles. Zakaria supplied … [Read more...]

5 “Must Haves”

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How much change are you observing in the workplace? The need for team work is stronger than ever; leading by intimidation is pretty much a thing of the past, the leader may or may not be the subject matter expert, and the need to collaborate is at an all time high. So, how is this working?  Quite … [Read more...]

Succession Planning

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What do you do when a key member of your team announces they're making a career move? Are you prepared to fill that position?  Can you readily identify the value and contributions that individual provided you and your organization, and do you have a replacement in mind? "The key to sustained … [Read more...]

MLK’s Leadership Insights

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This week the United States celebrated the life and memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King represents many things to many people. He was: A great preacher A civil-rights activist An advocate of nonviolence A GREAT LEADER! Average leaders focus on results, and that's it. Good leaders … [Read more...]

Innovation and Growth – What Can you Do?

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In keeping with our innovation and growth theme, we want to talk again about General Motors new CEO, Mary Barra. On Monday, Ms. Barra was featured on Good Morning America and said something that is worthy of sharing. During the interview she was asked "did you think that you would ever be CEO"? … [Read more...]

Innovate and Grow

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Innovation and growth starts with self discovery, a purpose, and a vision. A real leader of growth and innovation has key objectives they want to reach, and they have a workable plan. An innovative and growth oriented person gets others involved in their plan because they know it can't be done … [Read more...]

2014 Resolutions?

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Have you made any resolutions for 2014? Some Common Resolutions: Eat healthier Regularly exercise Spend less, save more Keep in touch/increase time with family and friends Live in the moment Get a hobby What about from the work perspective? Is there anything you want to STOP doing, and … [Read more...]

CEO Mary Barra – A Leadership Breakthrough!

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Mary Barra has been named the new CEO of General Motors, (effective January 15, 2014); she's the first female chief executive officer in a major automotive company. Quite the break through! Joining GM at 18 as a co-op student, Ms. Barra continually climbed the corporate ladder during her 33 … [Read more...]

Celebrating Mandela

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We recognized Nelson Mandela for his leadership qualities in August, and with his passing, feel it's only right to once again highlight his accomplishments. He is considered to be one of the world's greatest leaders, and he certainly exemplifies courageous leadership. South African President … [Read more...]