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What’s The Word and The Force of Your Leadership?

I’ve loved the Beatles for decades. Saturday has been Beatles Day at our house for many years. A big reason I subscribe to Sirius radio is because of Channel 18 — The Beatles channel. Our son, Chris, is now a Beatles fan after all those years of relentless exposure to their music. There are many […]

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Love Them and Lead Them

In his book, Lovemarks: The Future Beyond Brands, Kevin Roberts, CEO of the global advertising agency, Saatchi & Saatchi, explains that fads attract, but without love, it’s a passing infatuation. He shows that the most successful organizations create fanatical loyalty that goes way beyond reason to highly charged emotional connections. Chapter titles include “All You Need is Love,” […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on… Strong Leaders Boosting Positive Emotions

Adding to last week’s blog on Emotions at Work… If you ask subordinates what they want in a leader, they usually list three things:  direction or vision, trustworthiness, and optimism. Like effective parents, lovers, teachers, and therapists, good leaders make people hopeful. – Warren Bennis, An Invented Life: Reflections on Leadership and Change   Leadership […]

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Emotions at Work: How Soft Skills Produce Hard Results

Emotions are the heart of life and leadership. Health, happiness, and high performance are highly dependent on emotions. In their seminal book, Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee explain the book title by pointing to emotional impact as being at the very core of leadership. Emotional […]

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New Studies Show “Soft Skills” Are Now a Critical Priority

“The whole human side is now more important than skills or IQ. Everything we hear from clients is about the human aspects of leadership,” reports Rajeev Vasudeva, CEO of the Egon Zehnder executive recruiting firm. In a feature article on today’s “ultra-tight job market,” Fortune magazine concludes, “across industries, employers are prizing people skills, the […]

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The Unlikable Leader: 7 Ways to Improve Employee/Boss Relationships

Can a leader be highly effective (increase productivity, profitability, service/quality levels, boost safety, etc.) without being liked? Less effective leaders often think so. They might declare “it’s not a popularity contest, I don’t care if people like me; my job is to get results.” Unlikable leaders get results alright — poor and unlikable results. Zenger […]

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Contagious Leadership: What Are You Spreading?

Martin Luther King, Jr., American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement once said: “In a real sense all life is inter-related. All persons are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what […]

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Why Overly Technical Managers Often Fail

Building on the Emotional Intelligence research to look at seemingly promising managers who fail when their technical skills become a liability.

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Thermometer Manager or Thermostat Leader?

Thermostat leaders believe they can make a difference, they work to define and create what could be rather than just reflecting what is. Thermometer managers put the blame on their circumstances for poor results.

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Strong Leaders are the Real Deal

Strong leaders maintain a close connection between what they say and what they do. They don't try to make others into something that they are not themselves.

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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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Purposeful Leaders Make Meaning

As we contribute our work to our team or organization, we also need to contribute a deeper sense of meaning or purpose. If we're going to be leaders, we need to take ourselves and ours to the Emotional and Spiritual levels.

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Persistence Goes the Distance

There are no "success secrets." However, there are success systems, success habits, and success principles applied through discipline and persistence. Failure often results from following the line of least persistence.

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People Live Up or Down to a Leader’s Expectations

The behavior we get, in those who look to us for leadership, is often shaped by the picture we have of them. They become what we expect.

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Our Fate is in Our Own Hands

“People who want milk should not seat themselves in the middle of a field in hope that a cow will back up to them.” — Elbert Hubbard, 19th century American editor, lecturer, and essayist A few years ago, a friend had Ned, a small independent contractor, do extensive renovations to his home. Being a very fussy […]

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Our Attitude More Than Our Aptitude Determines Our Altitude

A well researched book, Emotional Intelligence, brings together the scientific proof that it's our attitude more than our aptitude that determines our altitude.

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Moving Out of a Career Rut

For professionals “on the grow” middle age can be a time of career renewal. Others can find their careers stagnating. Here are a few symptoms of stunted growth and how they can be rectified.

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Life Accumulates in Our Personal Choice Accounts

Now is the time to prepare for our next harvest. We can't wait until harvest time to plant the seeds. We can't strike a bargain to plant seeds once we see whether the harvest is worth the effort. Our choices accumulate in our personal choice accounts. We're accumulating deficits or surpluses with each decision we make.

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