Are You Confident and Competent?

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We recently attended a graduation event for Leadership Journey attendees and a common outcome among graduates was a stronger sense of confidence, enhanced awareness levels, and sharpened skills. We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in … [Read more...]

Leadership Tools

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As leaders, it's up to us to keep our skills, abilities and talents sharp, and it's also up to us to find and use the tools that will enable us to maximize our potential. "We shall neither fail nor falter; we shall not weaken or tire.  Give us the tools and we will finish the job." --Winston … [Read more...]

Gender and Leadership

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Last week we shared some data about gender differences in the workplace, and asked your opinion about images and impacts of male/female leaders. We also asked if you would prefer to work for a man, or for a woman, and the reason why. Comments were provided by both sexes; here are some … [Read more...]

Does Gender Matter?

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We regularly talk about effective leadership behaviors, but have not discussed how/if the use (and success) of these behaviors is impacted by gender. Women make up more than 50% of the workforce, hold a little over 51% of management and professional positions, yet women in Fortune 500 leadership … [Read more...]

Do You Effectively Delegate?

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Effective leaders are also effective delegators.   Why? Delegation frees time and provides an opportunity to develop others. As leaders, we frequently spend too much time doing tasks; we are working in the business rather than on the business.  As leaders we need to step back from the tactical … [Read more...]

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...]