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Leading Authentically

on Mar 9, 2022 9:30:00 AM By | Terri Klaas | 0 Comments | Leadership Authenticity
Imagine a situation in which someone worries that they would be less admired (or perhaps even shunned or literally booed!) for saying what they honestly think about a difficult situation their team is facing. Unfortunately, this scenario plays out far too often, with many people opting simply to agree with the rest of their team -- and not explaining what other actions or decisions they would make -- even when they think it's the wrong choice.
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Why "Microleadership" Doesn't Exist

on Mar 2, 2022 9:30:00 AM By | Brian Formato | 0 Comments | Leadership Management Microleadership
The term micromanage -- "to manage especially with excessive control or attention to details" -- often comes up in discussions about how to run organizations and manage employees. No one wants to be seen as a micromanager, but overly controlling management styles are, unfortunately, pretty commonplace. Interestingly, there's no comparable term to describe similarly negative behaviors in leadership practices. Why?
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Leadership Essentials: Empathy

on Feb 9, 2022 9:30:00 AM By | Valerie Grubb | 0 Comments | Leadership Empathy
"Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives."
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How to Get Better at Strategic Thinking

on Nov 17, 2021 9:30:00 AM By | Valerie Grubb | 0 Comments | Leadership Strategic
The ability to be a strategic thinker is a key characteristic of an effective leader. But one common mistake people make is to assume that strategic thinking is the exclusive domain of C-suiters or other positions with a senior title. That isn't true at all! Anyone can be a strategic thinker!
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Learning in Times of Change

on Nov 13, 2020 10:00:00 AM By | The ReWork Editors | 0 Comments | Leadership Change Management
Even before the COVID-19 crisis, companies were already facing several challenges, such as the growing skills gap and the continued rise of technologies (in particular, AI and automation) in the workplace. Recognizing that encouraging and enabling skill development on an organization-wide level can foster an environment for growth, more and more companies seek to provide employees with learning opportunities to help them adapt to these shifts. Expanding employee skill sets increases organizational adaptability and prepares the business world for the next version of “normal.” But learning during times of change—such as during a pandemic—can be extremely difficult.
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How to Develop and Hire Leaders That People Want to Follow

on Aug 5, 2020 10:00:00 AM By | Whitney Johnson | 0 Comments | Leadership Management Professionalism
Some people are born leaders–naturally charismatic and able to attract and motivate followers to high achievement–seemingly without effort. But most are made.
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Leading in Turbulent Times

on Jul 23, 2020 9:51:00 AM By | Richard Fagerlin | 0 Comments | Leadership
My wife and I have four boys: Christian, Preston, Jackson, and Lincoln. When they were little, the street in front of our house was completely off-limits. The risk was too great. But if they were still afraid to cross the street as thirteen-year-olds, or twenty-year-olds, we’d have a problem. I want my boys to wisely take risks that are worth taking, and to not live in fear. But I don’t want them to walk across the street with their eyes closed. I want them to have their eyes wide open and look both ways. And then to walk forward.
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Making Your Gains Permanent

While many businesses continue to struggle during this trying time, others are experiencing a level of teamwork, engagement, and strategic ingenuity like never before. As we continue to check in with our clients more and more, we hear about the remarkable things organizations are accomplishing during the pandemic. Examples range from a healthcare provider that converted in-office visits to a virtual format in just six weeks, to a small non-profit that completely overhauled operations to continue to deliver on their mission, to an investment platform that launched a new cash product in record time. So how do you, as a leader, capture the lessons that your business is experiencing now and make them sustainable? 
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Successfully Leading During Protests and Civil Unrest

on Jun 24, 2020 9:45:00 AM By | Kevin Eikenberry | 0 Comments | Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership
The events of the past few days have been emotional for everyone. A glance at the news will leave you horrified, hurt, angry, sad, or one of many other emotions. I am not qualified to offer solutions to the anger, protests, and violence. Rather, I write to you as a fellow leader and someone who trains and coaches leaders. Here is what is on my heart and mind.
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Leaders vs. Managers: What Is In Your Toolkit?

on May 27, 2020 10:15:00 AM By | Ron Thomas | 0 Comments | Leadership Management
Which one are you? Maybe you are a hybrid or a little of both with other ingredients added in for flavor.
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