Many people in our country have been hurt and are hurting for way, way too long.  Yes, wounds are inflicted as people engage in the broader society.  And we have to be honest and say, they’re also inflicted in the workplace…in your workplace.  You, especially if you’re a leader, have the power to make significant, […]

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Even the Best Team Members Benefit from Basic Skills Training Some leaders believe that because they manage their time well and prioritize with ease that doing so comes naturally to everyone. For these managers, any employee who procrastinates, misses deadlines or is disorganized is a source of frustration. Leaders have a responsibility for developing employees, […]

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Spirit of Purpose · 6 Ways to Manage Remote Team Members It goes without saying that managing remotely differs from managing in-person.  No more managing-by-walking-around.  There are fewer opportunities to give spontaneous feedback.  Standing and ad hoc meetings may still happen, but the rules are not exactly the same. Harvard Business Review contributor Sabina Nawaz offers 6 great […]

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When crises like the Coronavirus impact the business world, it’s important to have a good structure for decision-making.  McKinsey & Company offers 6 tips to ensure your decision-making remains solid when battling the unprecedented and unbelievable.  First, take a breath.  Step back, take stock and prioritize.  Consider the long-term implications – look beyond what’s happening right now.  This alleviates […]

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It’s challenging for leaders to keep up with industry trends, changes in market forces, as well as workplace dynamics.  Often, executives push their own personal growth needs aside, when that’s the very thing that will yield success.  Lolly Daskal, CEO of Lead from Within, says a coach can support executives in two important ways. Interpersonal skills education, which […]

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C-level executives who seek out coaching support do so to improve their skills beyond those needed for their specific industry. Lolly Daskal, CEO of Lead From Within, says these five things are among the ways executives benefit from coaching. Assistance with self-awareness. They seek to build self-knowledge that can help them identify and address blind […]

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Leaders who are managing part or all of their teams remotely may be doing so for the first time.  Gallup suggests keeping these four things in mind as you chart these untested waters.  Individualize your approach.  Doing this from a distance may require greater intentionality.  Find out what conditions each team member works best under, their workflow concerns […]

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Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and Cal State Fullerton say that mindset is a leadership quality that is too often overlook.  Mindset, they say, drives why and what leaders do. They identified a series of mindsets that affect one’s ability to lead.   A growth mindset is the belief that people can learn and grow, while a fixed mindset believes they […]

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Wouldn’t an extra hour or two feel great today?  Think of what you might accomplish.  You could make progress with an important project.  Polish your presentation. Attend that networking event. Enjoy dinner with family or friends. Take that spinning class. Or sit on the sofa with your cat. Delegation helps you create time that you […]

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Although no one listening is likely to be on the 2024 moon mission, we can all learn a lot from the astronauts NASA has chosen.  In a recent Inc.com article Psychologist James Picano shared the three qualities — besides the technical skills and abilities — that made these women and men ideal for the job.  They […]

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If your meetings are rambling and unfocused, it may be time to learn or relearn what makes a meeting effective and meaningful.  Start by identifying the meeting’s objective.  Are you looking for updates, ideas, or decisions?  Are you communicating changes or educating about plans?   Often times meetings have more than one objective. In that case, clearly identify what […]

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While personal styles among those who occupy the C-suite can vary dramatically, from the reserved and analytical to the warm, outgoing people person, exceptional leaders – those who get results in the short run and long-term – all share a special set of common characteristics.  And, it’s not technical competence, nor the gift of exceptional intellect.   […]

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In a recent Harvard Business Review article, the Dalai Lama shared his thoughts on ways leaders can contribute to a happier world and workplace.  He offered three ways leaders can BE to cut down on stress and anxiety, as well as build cultures of cooperation. Be mindful.  Don’t let destructive emotions like anger and attachment cloud your ability to […]

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Strong problem-solving skills are not only crucial in business, but also in life.  Some people do it well instinctually, while others could use advice on where to start or how to improve. Success.com consulted members of the Young Entrepreneurs Council to see how they hone their problem-solving skills.  Here are three of their suggestions. Reflect on your worst […]

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According to Gallup, only 34% of US employees say they’re engaged.  And when they are, they behave differently.  Gallup sees these four patterns among employees who are engaged. They don’t use challenges and barriers as excuses for inaction or to hinder their ability to perform.   They look for ways to operate at their best, focusing on their […]

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Relationships between leaders and their followers are driven by how leaders communicate their expectations.  Gallup recommends using a coaching style that creates engagement. To accomplish that, try asking process-oriented questions. Ask questions that give you perspective on each individual employee’s experience.  For instance, if someone is struggling to complete a report, you might say, “This report has […]

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When things go wrong, rather than focusing on identifying who made the mistake, focus on the situation and the solution.  Put your energy and attention into what happened, how best to fix it, what process improvements, training, and checks and balances are needed to insure it doesn’t happen again. Resist finger-pointing or blaming.  Don’t go on a […]

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Steven Cohen, author of “Leading from Within,” says regular meditation maximizes leadership performance by strengthening your capacity in what he calls the four leadership pillars: Build Awareness. Through meditation, you learn how to observe your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, without judgment.  Enhanced awareness will help you see situations more clearly, solve problems more readily.   Make Connections with people […]

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In addition to airing these reports on KYW Newsradio, they’re also posted as podcasts.  As the year wraps up, I’d like to share the hottest Office Talk topics for 2019. The number one podcast was “When Is It Time to Stop Emailing and Call?”  Email can be efficient, but sometimes it slows progress, creates confusion and overwhelm. […]

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To wrap up the year, I’d like to share a list of the three most popular videos on my YouTube channel and what I believe they say about where our collective heads are right now.   “How to Listen More and Talk Less” continues to be the most-watched video. It has topped the chart since 2017.  Although […]

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