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The Quality of our Communication Determines the Quality of our Lives and Workplaces

Ironically, in today’s age of instantaneous communication and technologies that have made us a global village, communication breakdowns are the single biggest complaint we hear from our Clients. It’s a complex issue with both cause and effect tightly intertwined. In many cases, people don’t have the skills to address tough issues with each other. And […]

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Powerful Combination: Technical Expertise and Relationship Building Skills

Craig was a brilliant young engineer who aspired to be the go-to technical leader in his company. He studied journals and books, attended professional conferences, enrolled in technical courses, and was active in his professional association. He prided himself in his outstanding academic ratings. He routinely aced technical exams and scored in the top 10% […]

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Upward Leadership: 7 Tactics to Influence Your Boss

One of the most read articles on our web site is “Bad Boss: Learn How to Manage Your Manager“. Upward leadership is a crucial and often underdeveloped skill. Many people give far too much power and control to their boss. If they’ve won the “boss lottery” and report to a great leader, work life is […]

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Are You Seeing Through the Eyes of Your Customer?

It’s all about perception. Eons ago the ancient Greek Philosopher, Epictetus, mused, “What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are.” We so easily mouth the words “perception is reality.” But do we seek out and work from our customers’ reality? Or do we tend to dismiss […]

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Whose Definition of Customer Service Are You Using?

Customer service and quality is highly talked about and rarely delivered. Consequently, many companies pay a high “marketing tax” to counteract damaged brand perceptions and bad buzz from poor customer service. Part of the problem is because service/quality is a very slippery concept. It’s exasperatingly difficult to define and a source of great confusion to […]

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Archived Webinar now Available: 6 Steps to Extraordinary Coaching Skills, Elevating Feedback, and Strengthening Leadership

Are you concerned about building leadership skills in your organization’s supervisors, managers, or executives? Would you like to help leaders… Increase employee engagement by up to 8 times? Double/triple their motivation to implement a personal development plan? Build coaching and leadership skills around natural strengths? Make performance appraisals an inspiring event people look forward to? […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on…Expectations Impact Performance

My last blog “How Leaders Cause Their Direct Reports to Sink or Soar” gave examples and research on the power of expectations. The impact of teachers, coaches, parents, or manager’s expectations of the people they were leading on their performance has been well documented. “Leaders Have Great Expectations” reports on the pioneering work of Robert […]

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How Leaders Cause Their Direct Reports to Sink or Soar

“Tell me about the people at the organization you just left,” said the senior manager who was screening candidates to fill a key leadership role. “They were uneducated and lazy,” the candidate responded. “You always had to keep an eye on them because they were constantly trying to goof off or rip off the company. […]

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Avoid the Either/Or Performance Management Trap

As I was preparing my slides for next week’s coaching and leadership development webinar I rediscovered a powerful description of coaching I’d cited decades ago in one of my first books. In A Passion for Excellence: The Leadership Difference, Nancy Austin and Tom Peters write, “Coaching is the process of enabling others to act, of […]

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This is a Leadership and Coaching Conference You’ll Want to Attend

Are you interested in learning from world class leaders and practitioners in coaching and leadership skill development? Would you like insights to new and ground breaking approaches you can apply immediately and bring back to your organization? Do you want to see the latest research and practical applications that break traditional molds to produce measurably […]

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How to Positively Correct Negative Behavior (Video)

Many managers either don’t address performance issues and negative behavior or do it poorly. Both cases lead to disengaged and demoralized team members. Survey after survey shows that a great source of frustration for most of us is not being given effective feedback when our behavior creates problems or performance falls short. It’s one of […]

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The Performance Evaluation Meeting

Focusing on Strengths and Not Weaknesses Tricia is preparing for a performance review meeting with Tom. She’s very happy with his work and sees lots of potential for him to grow further in his role and move up to higher leadership roles. Tom is a strong communicator, good at building relationships, and inspires his direct […]

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Courageous Leaders Ask for Feedback

Ignorance may be bliss, but it’s deadly to leadership effectiveness. And it’s often the mark of a blind and weak leader. Feedback-impaired leaders often mistake compliance for commitment. They might, for example, proclaim an open door policy and when no one enters their office to raise problems, believe there aren’t any serious issues to be […]

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Webinar: 6 Steps to Extraordinary Coaching Skills, Elevating Feedback, and Strengthening Leadership

We once worked with an organization where “coaching” was a term that meant reprimand. When a manager said to a team member “I’d like to give you some coaching” it created fear and anxiety. Coaching is a more positive term in most organizations. Many time-pressured leaders know this skill is pivotal to their team member’s […]

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Great Coaches Inspire Dramatically Higher Extra Effort

Many organizations have increased their efforts to strengthen the coaching skills of their supervisors, managers, and executives. That’s because of mounting evidence showing that coaching effectiveness dramatically improves employee engagement, levels of customer satisfaction, productivity, safety, and profitability while reducing turnover, absenteeism, and costs. Coaching skills have an especially vital impact on “volunteerism.” This is […]

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Join Our Webinar to Learn How Leadership Drives Profits

Most of us intuitively know that leadership affects the bottom line. But how strong and clear is that relationship? Which leadership behaviors have the strongest impact on financial results? A key reason The CLEMMER Group decided to partner with Zenger Folkman is because of ZF’s evidence-based approach to leadership development. Rather than approaching leadership development […]

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Double Your Resolution Success by Building Strengths

A University of Scranton study on New Year’s resolutions reports that 2/3 of Americans make one. 47% of these are “self-improvement or education related.” The study found that only 8% are successful in achieving their resolution! Many New Year’s resolutions are aimed at correcting our deficiencies or shortcomings. So is it any wonder that 92% […]

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Our Picks Jest for the Fun of it

Happy New Year! To help you ring in 2015 with some fun and frivolity we asked our team to offer their favorite bits of “brain candy” and funny bone ticklers! Below are links to some amusing, clever or inspiring videos, podcasts, and website favorites from all of us to you. Enjoy! Video clips: Even monkeys […]

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Season’s Readings and Holiday Viewing

I am publishing just one blog post this week as I enjoy holiday relaxation with family and friends. So I’ve packed this blog post with enough resources to last the week! Here is a recap of our most popular resources over the past year. I hope you’ll have a little extra time over the holidays […]

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Surprising Research Results Show We Should Lead Like Scrooge

After Ebenezer Scrooge has his life-changing Christmas Eve experience, he enthusiastically sets out on a new pathway to personal growth on Christmas Day. When he gets back to work what would you suggest he do to increase Bob Cratchit’s workplace engagement? In his entertaining and insightful Forbes column, “Lead Like Scrooge: The Surprising Research Results“, […]

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