Successful managers understand that they must adapt their leadership style to the situation at hand. In their book, Primal Leadership, Daniel Goleman, and his coauthors identify six effective and emotionally intelligent ways to lead. The Affiliative & the Democratic Leader The Affiliative Leader puts people first, focuses on harmony and emotional connection, and encourages inclusion. […]

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Summer is the perfect time to add books on leadership to your reading list. Here are some of my favorite books for emerging and existing leaders. Tom Rath and Barry Conchie’s Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams And Why People Follow builds on their bestseller, “Strengths Finders.” Rooted in extensive research, the book identifies three […]

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Research Shows That These Leadership Skills Work Great leaders create a culture in which success thrives. Inc.com contributor Marcel Schwantes recently shared the results of research that points to six behaviors that keep leaders from failing. Schwantes contends that leaders will not fail if: They display authenticity – they’re transparent, self-aware, open to input from […]

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What Are You Good At and With What Do You Need Help? Tom Rath and Barry Conchie, authors of “Strengths-Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow,” argue that the most successful teams possess a wide range of strengths, and allow employees to use what they excel at, rather than dictate how they contribute. Where […]

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Managing People Doesn’t Always Come Naturally It’s not uncommon for someone who is very successful in one job to be promoted to a leadership position in which they struggle, even fail. Success in one role does not guarantee success in another. Admittedly, some may succeed no matter where they’re placed. But, for many, failure can […]

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Innovate By Creating Constraints At the heart of innovation lies the necessity for fresh insight and new ideas. Imposing artificial constraints on your business model is one unusual way to spark creativity. McKinsey & Company suggests injecting stark-necessity into idea generation sessions. Start by asking participants to imagine a world where they must function with severe […]

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How to Lead When You’re Not The Boss (Part 1) Even though you’re not the boss, you might be asked to lead a team of your peers on a project. Forbes contributor Lisa Rabasca Roepe offers tips on taking charge without alienating your co-workers. Start by getting everyone on the same page. Don’t assume that […]

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The Importance of Feeling Heard Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs teaches us that a sense of belonging is central. Given that basic human need, it’s not surprising that those who feel threatened by social and economic changes, like an outsider, no longer central, spoke out in this year’s Presidential election. In every aspect of our lives, […]

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Back Up Plans Can Hinder Success Having a back up plan is usually considered wise. But according to surprising research from Wisconsin School of Business and Wharton, it can actually hurt your chances of achieving your goals. Researchers instructed two groups to complete a task. Both groups were told how they’d be rewarded, but one […]

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Does teamwork and collaboration characterize your approach to managing and leading? Are you able to get your team members to contribute at levels you deem effective and desirable?  The best managers and leaders do.  Here are a few tips from their playbook: Set stretch goals – individual and team. Regularly, discuss progress, challenges and opportunities. […]

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Do you understand the importance of relationships in the workplace? Are you able to get things done in a way that doesn’t ruffle feathers?  If your answer is “Yes,” very likely you’re seen as a mover and shaker.  If “No” is your response, your effectiveness and reputation are suffering. If you work with people, in […]

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What’s top of mind for you, right now? If you’re not sure, be still for a moment.  Discover the answer.  What words, story, and physical sensations are playing in the background of your thoughts and feelings?  Don’t be surprised if concerns, worries, pressures, should’s and ought to’s dominate.  Anxiety, fear and worry are all too […]

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Research suggests offices with open floor plans can be satisfying for extraverts who enjoy convenient access to colleagues and find the environment stimulating, while introverts tend to feel less satisfied. Extravert or introvert, here are a several tips that may help you feel more comfortable and be more productive. First, know your personality and acknowledge […]

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There comes a moment when you know it’s time to leave the comforts of the familiar and move on. You may be ready to move up to the next level, a lateral into a new functional area to broaden your experience base, a leap into a new industry or company where you can apply your […]

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At work and everywhere you go this holiday season spread good cheer. The world needs your positive energy and good feeling vibes. In fact, YOU benefit greatly, psychologically and biologically, when you’re in a positive, cheerful frame of mind. So, think good thoughts.   Wear a heart-felt smile. And, practice patience, particularly when others have lost […]

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My husband likes to say, “A plan is one thing. Planning is everything.” His mantra speaks to the idea that a plan is an important tool, and being flexible and adapting as you move forward is essential to success. Do you create a plan and get locked in, when what’s really needed is the flexibility […]

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What makes a difference in the moment-to-moment quality of your life, at work and at home?   Having a sense of purpose. An inspiring mission or sense of calling. As human beings, we need something to believe in, something that feels like a higher calling. Something that adds meaning to our existence. To be more engaged, […]

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When it comes to making things happen, talking, complaining, blaming, finger pointing, won’t move the needle in the right direction. In your workplace and personal life you can enhance your impact and make more of a difference, for yourself and others, by using a strategy that guarantees success – be more personally accountable: Suggest solutions […]

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    “Happiness is in the heart, not in the circumstances.” I found that quote inside the wrapper of a miniature Dove Caramel & Milk Chocolate candy. I read it once, and then again, “Happiness is in the heart, not in the circumstances.” So true. Think about it. Those who are happy show up that […]

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