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Constructive or Destructive: Is Feedback Stoking or Stifling Performance?

At our youngest daughter’s sixth birthday party, a five year- old boy hit Vanessa on the head. Asked to apologize, he politely refused: “Mr. Clemmer, I don’t apologize unless I see teeth marks or blood.” Many managers don’t realize the problems they’re creating unless they see teeth marks or blood. The most insensitive managers are […]

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The Power of Collaboration and Teamwork

Every CEO we work with wishes that there was more collaboration in their organization. At the same time, many of their managers complain that they are overwhelmed with poorly planned meetings, ineffective group events, and a never-ending stream of emails asking for information and assistance. Instead of synergy, organizations get dysfunction.

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Answering Questions About Powerful New Approaches to Leadership and Coaching Development

Last week, I delivered a 45-minute webinar on Powerful New Approaches to Leadership and Coaching Development. This webinar condensed the key research and approaches from The Extraordinary Leader and The Extraordinary Coach workshops. An 11-minute Q & A session followed the webinar presentation. I was able to answer just seven questions and couldn’t get to […]

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Powerful New Approaches to Leadership and Coaching Development

Jim Clemmer provides an overview of the key lessons learned from developing thousands of leaders. Many lessons are counterintuitive and challenge conventional thinking. But they’re build on a firm research foundation with proven, measurable results. Same Old Approaches = Same Old Results. Traditional development approaches fall woefully short on delivering those outcomes. Numerous studies report […]

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Don’t Start the New Year Losing Touch With Reality

What if you invited me into your house and I sprayed a noxious gas that made you and your family sick? What if I also dumped a big barrel of stinking sewage on your kitchen floor? You’d likely have me arrested. You’d get out of the house until the mess is cleaned up and the […]

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Lose those News Blues and Leave the Dark Side: The World’s Never Been Better

It’s the most wonderful and inspiring time of year. After many hours of researching books, articles, and websites, let’s kick off 2020 with what’s become my annual New Year’s blog on how the world keeps getting better, and better, and better, and better… This tradition started six years ago with “A Dose of Reality: Our […]

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Review of “The New Extraordinary Leader”

Almost 20 years ago, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman began a two-year research project to review 360 assessments on over 20,000 leaders. They sought to pinpoint the leadership competencies differentiating the top 10 percent of leaders from the bottom 10 percent of leaders. Jack and Joe correlated assessments of the best and worst leaders against […]

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The Leading Edge: Transforming Good Managers Into Great Leaders

In this webinar Jim Clemmer cuts to the core of how to elevate results. Using evidence-based and practical approaches, Jim updates, consolidates, and translates proven principals into action that you can apply immediately to move your team/organization to peak performance.

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Steps to Go Beyond Discovering Strengths

Through some combination of interests, experiences, and genetics, most people show more capability at some behaviors than others. Helping people identify those capabilities is useful. However, are we limited to those being the only strengths we can possess? Can individuals at a later point in life make conscious decisions that they want to excel at […]

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Back to the Future of Feedback

We live in an age where it seems like everyone is pursuing the next big thing. Today’s technology explosion has created an array of options for employees to give and receive feedback. And when everything is disruptive, digital, and artificially intelligent, it’s easy to lose sight of the basic needs in a feedback experience. Presented […]

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Magnetic Attraction: Building a Culture that Attracts, Engages, and Retains Top People

Is your team or organization experiencing: High “snicker factor” about values Diminishing discretionary effort Rising absenteeism Turnover of top people Declining customer service Resistance to change Lower trust and teamwork Slipping quality levels Reduced health and safety These are symptoms of the cultural malaise or dysfunction many teams and organizations are experiencing today. How many […]

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Leadership Strengths That Matter

Think you know about strengths-based development? Learn new insights that take strengths-based development to the next level. Emphasize relevant strengths rather than focusing on any strength. Learn how strengths are not innate talents but behaviors that can be developed through focused effort. Finally, explore a unique and proven approach for developing strengths that matter. In […]

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Are You Taking Care of Busyness?

How many times has this happened to you? You FINALLY take the time (often not that much) to learn a skill or connect with an expert and wind up with time savings that pay back again and again: You’re struggling to find a shortcut in MS Word that you think will save time. After endless […]

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Stop Pushing a Coaching Culture

Why the push for a coaching culture may be detrimental, and share two important ideas on how to use pull to create a coaching culture that can spark a cultural evolution.

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Leadership Lift: Significantly Boost Effectiveness by Raising Strength Clusters

A block and tackle is a system of pulleys with a rope or cable threaded between them to lift heavy loads. This amplifies the force applied. With enough pulleys or by threading the rope through them a few times, you can pull on the rope and lift 3, 4, or more times the weight you’d […]

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Poor Leaders Are Me-Deep in Fooling Themselves

André Gide, French writer and Nobel Prize winner for literature said, “The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.” Sincere hypocrisy came to mind when a workshop participant complained about how badly his manager and their bosses needed that very leadership development session. He said […]

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Manipulating Isn’t Motivating: Use These Powerful Approaches to Engage and Energize

Jake, a busker, walked into a bar and saw a crowd gathered around a table. On the table was an overturned pot with a duck doing a lively dance on top. Jake immediately saw the huge potential of this act. He negotiated with the bar owner and, agreed to buy the duck and pot for […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm on…Enlightenment Now

Bill Gates calls this “my new favorite book of all time.” Read my review here. Here’s a small taste of Steven Pinker’s forceful case for reframing where the world is today: “…although the world remains highly unequal, every region has been improving, and the worst-off parts of the world today are better off than the […]

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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

One of my favorite bedtime stories as a kid was the story of Chicken Little. It’s a very old folk tale about a little chick who was hit on the head by a falling acorn. The chick believed the world was coming to an end, and set out to warn the King. “Despair springs eternal,” […]

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What to Do About the Performance Review?

How management styles impact the work environment and the practice of performance reviews.

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