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7 Deadly Time Traps for Leaders

Recently I was asked to speak at a CEO forum on strategic use of the CEO’s time. This was a great opportunity to review the common themes emerging from our  keynotes and workshops and leadership team retreats. These time traps apply to anyone in a leadership role, but especially to senior executives. How many of […]

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9 Key Behaviors Transforming Good Managers into Great Leaders

Balancing management and leadership has been a focus of our work stretching back through many of my books and our keynotes and workshops and leadership team retreats. Zenger Folkman’s research on the “differentiating competencies” that separate the bottom 10% from the top 10% shows that emotional intelligence is a major factor in leadership effectiveness. Good […]

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Leaders Care for Organization Culture and Context

Redefining a leader's role from operational manager to context leader, can be one of the key factors in the success of dealing with change in the organization. They spend less time managing the day-to-day business and time caring for the organization's culture.

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Leadership and Culture Development for Higher Health and Safety

Leadership and organization culture are THE critical X factors. “Soft” leadership and culture boosts or BLOCKS health and safety improvement efforts. Safety is a leadership and culture issue. There are very few strictly “safety problems.” But there are many leadership and organization effectiveness problems that show up in accidents, sickness, and other symptoms of organizational […]

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Managing Things and Leading People

An overview of Jim Clemmer's popular Management- Leadership chart and how Emotional Intelligence research is proving that these skills are central to leadership.

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Management Team Exercise on Finding the Right Balance

A very brief overview of an exercise Jim Clemmer often uses to help management teams check their balance and analyze where they are spending their time.

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Weak Leaders Try to Use Money as a Motivator

Pay gets people to show up for work but money is rarely an effective rallying point for high performance. Concentrate on building a culture of success and forward momentum with lots of recognition and appreciation for everyone's contributions.

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Visions Provide the Energizing Context to Reach Our Goals

Goals need to be energized and focused by the larger context of exciting visions. These paint us into the big picture and draw us forward to the future of our dreams.

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Timeless Leadership Principles

Both management and leadership are needed to make teams and organizations successful. Trying to decide which is most important is like trying to decide whether the right or left wing is more important to an airplane's flight.

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Technomanagement: A Deadly Mix of Bureaucracy and Technology

Technomanaged organizations have things backwards. They are organizations where people serve the systems or processes and customers are made to fit the organization.

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Stop Managing and Start Leading

Truly good corporate leaders, know how to remove barriers between themselves and their staff.

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Steering Our Leadership Wheel

The wheel represents the circular nature of leadership – there is no beginning nor end. Each of the supporting leadership principles around the outside of the Leadership Wheel are interdependent and interconnected.

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Soft Skills, Hard Results (Part 2)

Research on emotional intelligence (EI) shows that a leader's personal characteristics and leadership competencies have a direct bearing on his or her personal performance – as well as on that of their team and organization.

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Soft Skills, Hard Results (Part 1)

Leadership deals with the world of emotions and feelings. It is of an art rather than a science. Now there is hard evidence that those "soft" leadership principles are the major factor in what makes a high-performance team or organization

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Paradoxical Balancing Acts in Organization Improvement

Too often, we see the world in narrow binary, either/or terms, but top performers look beyond either/or, to and/also. Much of life consists of two opposite and sometimes opposing forces, the key is finding a balance that's right for the conditions and circumstances.

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Management vs. Leadership

One key distinction between management and leadership is that we manage things and lead people. When dealing with things, we talk about a way of doing. In the people realm, we're talking about a way of being.

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Manage Things, Lead People

To manage is to control, handle, or manipulate. To lead is to guide, influence, or persuade.

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Leaders Invest in Growing and Developing People

Leaders demonstrate by their actions that people are the most critical factor in an organization's performance. That's why they invest heavily in growing and developing people.

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Leaders Help People See Beyond What Is to What Could Be

Successful entrepreneurs are leaders with vision who predict the future by inventing it.

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Leaders Give People Space to Grow

Leaders treat each person in their organization as an individual with his or her own unique aspirations, strengths, and characteristics; and then work to put people in the best place for them to thrive and succeed.

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