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Do Your Meetings Destroy Morale?

Do your meetings destroy morale? Do your staff members suffer a slow “death by meeting?” Meetings, whether face-to-face or electronic, are entrenched in business culture. We feel we need to keep people informed, and solicit input, feedback and buy-in. We feel meetings build morale. But do they? Are your meetings building morale or tearing down […]

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5 Leadership Landmines and How to Avoid Them

When you are in a position of responsibility, leadership landmines are everywhere. One misstep can land you in an embarrassing, humiliating and costly trap. The harder you try to rectify things, the worse things become. While some crises are unavoidable, many landmines can be anticipated and sidestepped. Just a little thought in advance can steer […]

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Boomer Time vs. Millennial Time: Bridging the Gap

Comparing the Baby Boomer sense of time to Millennial time can lead to the very logical conclusion that the generations exist in parallel universes. “They’re never on time!” wail the Boomers “They’re always on my case!” grumble the Millennials. In a stab for intergenerational harmony, here is one take on mutual understanding and narrowing the […]

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Quiz: Are You on Track for Leadership Success?

  The core of leadership success Leadership success can be elusive. The promotion, the title, the salary boost do not make a leader. Even the ability to give orders and demand action do not constitute leadership success. Leadership success means serving the staff, the organization, the clients and customers, as well as your career. Leadership success is built […]

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Find Your Leadership Batting Average

In the leadership game, are you batting 500 or struggling at the bottom of the league? You are playing in the majors. And like any major league player, you skills need to be razor sharp. Rate yourself onthe following ten items; each is worth 50 points.   Do you have the financial and other reports […]

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Inspirational leadership

15 Traits of an Inspirational Leader

Are you an inspirational leader? How would you describe yourself? What would your staff say? An inspirational leader brings out the best from staff members. The staff resonates with energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to go the extra mile. So how does a leader achieve this? Inspirational leaders: Respect their staff. Inspirational leaders hire talented […]

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Profit and People: The Bottom Line

What is the bottom line for business? Revenues minus expenses is the stock answer, and it is absolutely correct. But what are the true expenses, and what is the true bottom line? Expenses are the payments made to generate profits. When profits are threatened, expenses may be cut.  And sometimes, to save the company, the sacrifices […]

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5 Traits of an Inspirational Leader

What makes an inspirational leader? What causes staff members to feel appreciated and valued, and willingly strive to do their best for the organization?  Inspirational leadership doesn’t come from poring over the last ten best selling, popular management books. It isn’t automatically bestowed with the corner office. Inspirational leadership is the product of a person’s values and […]

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Process Improvement? Don’t Settle for “Yes”

We’ve all been there – trying to improve processes, making things better, more efficient, smoother running, only to have the great solution explode into the great catastrophe. What went wrong? We had input from all stakeholders, discussed the issues fifty dozen times, and had buy-in. We moved forward with excitement, enthusiasm and confidence… and got […]

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