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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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Is the Rate of External Change Exceeding Your Rate of Internal Change?

Change happens. We can’t control much of the world changing around us. But we can control how we respond. We can choose to anticipate and make changes or resist them. Resisting change is usually like trying to push water upstream. Generally we’re quick to point to others who resist change. It’s much harder to recognize […]

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The High-Performance Balance: Management and Leadership

Employee engagement, customer satisfaction, safety, quality, and financial performance are slipping in many organizations. That’s often because organizations are over managed and under led. “People are our most important resource” has become a worn out cliché with a high “snicker factor.” Research shows that high performing teams and organizations balance the “hard” discipline of systems, […]

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Critical Choices: Lead, Follow, or Wallow

I was booked to facilitate a development and team planning retreat with a group of vice presidents of a large company. The group had a dinner the evening before our session to provide each other with updates and discuss common issues. The company was going through turbulent and difficult times. Productivity and profitability were down. […]

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7 Keys to Leading Change

Change isn’t news. But the continually accelerating pace of organizational change is. People feel inundated, overwhelmed, and stressed. Adaptive organizations provide inspiration and practical tools to everyone in order to help deal with our rapid pace of change and uncertainty. Our turbulent times have created waves of fear, frustration, and uncertainty. When these negative forces […]

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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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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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Thriving in Turbulent Times Webcast

Topics covered: Thriving in Turbulent Times –  There is no “getting through this crazy period.” We need to deal with uncertainty and develop our teams/organizations for constant change. Shifting Perceptions: Seeing Beyond the Obstacles to the Opportunities – Whining words of pessimism or winning words of optimism set our personal and collective energy fields which […]

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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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Our Changing Times Can Be Confusing

A snippet of Jim Clemmer addressing a key dilemma in leading change.

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Navigating Change and Adversity

A very popular model Jim Clemmer uses widely with many audiences around our choices to respond on, above, or below "the line" as a Navigator, Survivor, or Victim.

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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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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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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 in a Changing World

Today's tools have changed and our society is organized differently. But the human habits and characteristics that determine our success with today's tools and society haven't changed.

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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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This Crazy Period of Constant Change is Normal

First, we need to accept that our frenzied pace of change is the new "normal." Then we must help others in our company understand why this is the case and become energized by the exciting possibilities offered by change.

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