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Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Business, Featured, Feed Your Brain, Inspirational, Leadership, leadership blog, leadership presence | 0 comments

When Leaders Jump In With Both Feet

Yesterday a group of talented leaders froze when I asked an experimental question. Responses called for a few facts about cortisol toxins at work, taken from a required reading on brain-based business tactics.

Our atmosphere turned stoic, eyes dropped to the floor, and I felt a sudden chill sweep over robust bonds we’d built together in this vibrant leadership group. It was as if we all gained new insights into Einstein’s claim that imagination is far more important than knowledge alone.

For a comparison test, I then asked the same question in a two-footed way and facial expressions switched back to interest again as if somebody flipped on the light. The result? Unique insights began to emerge once again and people shared novel team-building tactics with renewed enthusiasm. The difference?

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, leadership presence, Strengths, Talent | 0 comments

Leadership Presence is More Than Just Being Present

Now I’m not knocking charisma. It’s useful and people tend to be attracted to it. And, from the leader’s perspective, it can seem kind of easy. You just show up. Problem is, that approach only works for well-established and/or highly visible guru-ninja-rockstar leaders. The rest of us need to do our homework before that big day arrives.

So here’s your assignment…

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, leadership presence | 0 comments

The Cost of Presence in Your Organization

Super common, challenging to address at times, easier than it seems (from afar). All of it brought on by presence, a lack of it, or even worse, negative presence. Nine times out of ten, this is unintentional impact; people don’t even realize they’re having it. Once you have the awareness, it’s easier to shift.

So how do you create awareness of your presence as impact?

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 1 comment

7 Leadership Quotes that Challenge the Status Quo

Occasionally we all need a reminder that what we’ve accepted to be true may no longer be relevant. In management and leadership, many 20th century beliefs need to be weeded out and replaced with healthy, people-centric viewpoints.

Below are quotes to challenge management status quo. In some cases it’s kicked to the curb and sent packing, making room for radically different perspectives.

Feel free to share the quotes in your favorite social media channel. Let’s spread the word about fresher ways to view the role of leadership in making things happen.Occasionally we all need a reminder that what we’ve accepted to be true may no longer be relevant. In management and leadership, many 20th century beliefs need to be weeded out and replaced with healthy, people-centric viewpoints.

Below are quotes to challenge management status quo. In some cases it’s kicked to the curb and sent packing, making room for radically different perspectives.

Feel free to share the quotes in your favorite social media channel. Let’s spread the word about fresher ways to view the role of leadership in making things happen.

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Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Brand Engage, Business, Engagement, Featured, Future of Leadership, Inspirational, Leadership, Transparency | 3 comments

Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength

Almost everyone seems to think that being vulnerable is a bad thing – it implies that you’re weak or defenseless. In fact, when someone is willing to admit they’re vulnerable, it demonstrates a level of trust and respect with the person or people they’re opening up to. Great leaders recognize the importance of bringing vulnerability to work because it is the foundation for open and nonjudgmental communications. The boldest act of a leader is to be publicly vulnerable.

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Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership, Workplace Optimism | 4 comments

Leadership Lessons From The Deli Counter

I used to work for a guy named Larry. When Larry went on a business trip or took a vacation, we missed him. We were happy when Larry came back. I want to be the guy they miss. I want to be the guy they are happy to see back.

That’s a fine personal benchmark. I don’t know Larry, but I am pretty darn sure that this benchmark has little to do with Larry’s skill or competence. This benchmark is about Larry’s personal energy.

Are you the Gilda or Frank or Larry they miss?

Consider these simple guidelines for fueling your miss-me personal energy…

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 1 comment

Choosing Respect Over Popularity

The desire to be liked derails many people. It happens a lot to adolescents and teenagers. Kids want to be accepted. They want to be popular. It’s almost always true that they wish to maintain or improve their social standing. You never see a popular kid roll up to school in the morning, pause, and think deeply about how to become unpopular.

It doesn’t happen. The popular kids want to stay popular. The unpopular kids wish they were popular. That leads to many bad decisions for young people.

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Business, Engagement, Featured, Inspirational, Leadership | 0 comments

Rising to the Human Challenge

All business has a human side. Part of it is the obvious one – human resources. Part of it is the fundamental one – customers. Part of it is what makes work satisfying rather than draining – acting like a human being.

The human side of business isn’t easy. It can be difficult to get right and is sometimes emotionally gruelling. But those difficulties are a challenge that we have to rise to, and sometimes they’re what makes the human side worthwhile.

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