Salute!

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Veteran's Day was November 11th, so it seems to be the perfect time to once again recognize Audie Murphy, one of America's most noted and decorated soldiers from World War II. Talk about courageous leadership! Mr. Murphy earned 33 awards and medals from the U.S. Army, as well as 5 decorations … [Read more...]

Feedback’s For Champions

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As 2014 winds down, there are a few things to do before the year comes to an end.  We need to take a check-point on the status of our goals and begin to set 2015 goals, we need to assess development planning actions, and one that is not always consistently conducted is the need to provide, and … [Read more...]

Transformational Female Leaders

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Fortune magazine created a "A Most Powerful Women" list (October 6, 2014), celebrates their successes, and highlights some of the challenges encountered by these transformational leaders. Alan Murray, Fortune's Managing Editor says: It's no surprise some cynical observers have concluded that the … [Read more...]

Leadership, Like Life, Is A JOURNEY

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"Growing other leaders from the ranks isn't just the duty of the leader, it's an obligation."-- Warren Bennis There's no denying that life is a Journey, and as a result requires care and attention. Along with this is the need for self reflection; what are we doing well, and what would we like to … [Read more...]

“Must Have” Traits

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Like all skills, leadership must be continually honed.  As we've stated before, what got you to where you are today will not allow you to continue to thrive and be impactful "tomorrow". Think in terms of the bottom line.  Much is required of leaders.  Strong leaders: lead through and … [Read more...]

Listen – Engage – Prosper

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Many leaders are faced with the exciting challenge of starting a new organization or leading a new team or project. Some leaders have the skill to make a great first impression and know how to best engage their team members. Others not so much . . . "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping … [Read more...]

Invest In Your People

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Have you seen this posted in social media sites: The CFO asks: What if we invest in our people and they leave? To which the CEO responds: What if we don't and they stay? How do you interpret this? We believe that a job needs to be a good fit for the person seeking it, and equally … [Read more...]

To Develop or To Train?

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As a leader, would you say provide training for your staff, or do you develop them through coaching (either via group or one-on-one programs), through mentorships, and by providing timely and meaningful feedback? If what you desire is a robotic, static thinker - train them. If you're seeking … [Read more...]

Difficult Conversations

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Conducting a difficult conversation is quite frankly, difficult! Even though productivity, morale, and retention decrease when managers avoid these types of conversations, surveys have found that many organizations do nothing to build skills that will help. How are you at conducting difficult … [Read more...]

The Art of Humor

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Did you know that the most effective and successful leaders use humor to increase productivity, build relationships, and improve results? Humor, when properly used, will positively influence those around you, promote a sense of comfort and confidence, and reduce tension in individuals and teams. A … [Read more...]

Passion Is Energy

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Passion is Energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. -Oprah Winfrey  We talk about passion a lot; what we enjoy doing, what we do well, what comes easy to us, what behaviors/actions we get most recognized for.  (For those that have attended the Leadership Journey®, we … [Read more...]

Transformation – A Process Not An Event

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Transformation is a process, not an event. Why? Because it happens over time, and it is ongoing. We always have the need to improve quality, enhance customer/client relationships, do more with less, cut costs, and continually develop skill sets. Think back three years - How have you changed? How … [Read more...]