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Feedback is Critical to Leadership and Organization Effectiveness

We are working with a large industrial company having big problems with a multi-billion dollar project that will make or break the company’s future. To understand the roots of this potential disaster we interviewed and surveyed key project leaders, managers, and executives. This was followed by offsite retreats with key leaders that included “moose hunting” […]

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Workers Force Reinstatement of Highly Likable CEO

Labor Day was celebrated yesterday in Canada and the U.S. “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.” Last week’s story of how fired CEO Arthur T. Demoulas was reinstated in his role by force of his employees’ fierce loyalty to him contains a powerful leadership lesson. Demoulas was fired as head of New […]

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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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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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Working ON the team versus working in the team

Taking time to step back and work on the team and the organization instead of being overwhelmed by working within the team.

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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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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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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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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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Three Core Questions That Define Organizational Culture

The 3 Ps — picture or preferred future, principles, and purpose — are critically important. Our answers to three basic questions define the team and/or organizational culture we are trying to create.

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The View from the Front Line

Customer-focused organizations build internal communication processes around the valuable players that deal directly with the public.

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The Purpose-Profit Paradox

The paradox to be managed is: Companies that exist only to produce a profit don't last long and companies that don't pay attention to profits can't exist to fulfill their long-term purpose.

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The Power of Recognition, Appreciation, and Celebration

Highly effective leaders energize others by noticing and recognizing the field of wheat. They thank, appreciate, recognize, and celebrate accomplishments. We all draw a lot of energy from sincere recognition and honest appreciation.

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The Power of Passion

Leadership is emotional. Leadership deals with feelings. Leadership is made up of dreams, inspiration, excitement, desire, pride, care, passion, and love. The areas of our lives where we show the strongest leadership.

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The Motivation Myth

Many of the symptoms and root causes of motivation and morale can be clarified by understanding the doing versus being aspects of mobilizing and energizing. We need to get beyond "do to" programs and techniques.

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The Moose-on-the-Table

The moose represents an issue that everyone knows is a problem but isn't being addressed. People are trying to carry on as if things are normal.

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The Dynamic Power of Hope

Hope is one of the most powerful sources of energy ever known to humankind. Highly energized cultures are charged with hopefulness and optimism. It's the dynamic power that mobilizes individuals and teams to make the improbable possible. It's the mark of a leader.

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The Coach’s Playbook

Effective coaches are masters at working with people to set the performance bar very high while aligning organizational, customer, and team needs with the individual's personal goals.

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