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Leadership Keys to Harnessing the Power of Teams

Highly effective leaders are now showing the performance power of building a team-based organization. Where teams have been effectively organized and led, the list of team outcomes has led to dramatic improvements within the organization. 

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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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Yield of Dreams

Extensive research in the last few decades on peak performance, leadership, personal effectiveness, adaptability to change, world-class athletes, and even the healing process, clearly shows the central role vision plays in success.

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You Can’t Build a Team or Organization Different from You

We can't build a team or organization that's different from us. Successful team or organization leadership begins with successful self-leadership. The first step in improving my team or organization is improving me.

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With All My Heart and Soul

We need to be less afraid of death and more frightened by an empty life. When we feel the most love, passion, or energy is when we are the most alive. That's when our soul sings.

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Wise Managers Treat Layoffs as Last Resort

Management can be tough, but leadership takes real courage. "Dumbsizing" sometimes provides short-term relief, while hurting companies in the long-term.

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Why Smart Managers Master the Art of Listening Well

Being market-driven and customer-focused relies heavily on the ability to listen effectively to customers, and frontline employees.

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Why Real Leaders Pump Gas

Appreciation of customer and employee perspectives and understanding process from the inside requires leaders to experience things hands-on.

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Why Most Training Fails

Get training efforts off the ground through effective delivery and integration into the organization changes behavior.

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Why Most Change Programs and Improvement Initiatives Fail

Some change and improvement efforts have been hugely successful, others have been somewhat successful, and some ended up in the swamp. In reviewing the results, it is clear that a core number of execution problems or failure factors are common to all of the team, organization, and individual improvement efforts.

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When Choosing Our Thoughts We Choose Our Future

The beginning point of all our choices is our own thoughts. This is our personal source code that we execute or translate into action. Our thoughts set our programming instructions. Taking responsibility for our choices starts with choosing our thoughts.

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What’s Really Important?

The beginning point of all our choices is our own thoughts. This is our personal source code that we execute or translate into action. Our thoughts set our programming instructions. Taking responsibility for our choices starts with choosing our thoughts.

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What We Get is What We See

A few tips and traps on chosen pathways that help teams and people throughout the organization to clarify or clearly see pictures of their preferred future.

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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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Visioning Harnesses the Power of Our Pictures

The "power of positive pictures" is a skill, habit, and technique often called visioning, imagery, and visualization. It has a power for change, improvement, and energy creation that we're only beginning to understand.

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Vision at Work

A compelling vision of the team or organization's preferred future keeps people from obsessing over present-day obstacles or getting stuck in the past.

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Values-Based Leadership Has Huge Pay-Offs

Teams and organizations with well-grounded, shared values that are alive and thriving, have much higher than average performance. These leaders, teams and organizations identify and live their core values.

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Use Strategic Imperatives to Set Improvement Priorities

A key component of providing focus to an organization calls for leaders to identify "strategic imperatives" or "must-do's." There is only so much we can all give our attention to, so we need to ensure that we're aiming at high improvement targets that really matter.

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Two Keys to Adding Values

Designing statements, putting them into action and consistently showing what the organization stands for.

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