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Jim Taggart

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Researcher, writer, thought leader

Ottawa - Ontario

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in Communication and Relationships

Rethinking Teams and Teamwork: Getting Over the Guilt Complex

As organizations continue to evolve as a consequence of socio-economic changes, technology, demographics, global markets, virtual distributed work, etc., so too must their internal structures change. Work still needs to get done, regardless of external and internal changes, and s ...

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Jim Taggart

2 years ago

Turning People On to Teamwork

A great deal has been written on leadership, to the point where it is used loosely without a clear understanding. The distinction between a leader and a manager can be explained this way: One is given management responsibilities–power and control over people and things. Leadershi ...

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2 years ago

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The Four Stages of Team Development

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What Kind of Team Player Are You?

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The Five Levels of Teams: Where Are You on the Team Performance Curve?

1) The Working Group · The members interact mainly to share information and best practices and to make decisions. There are no common purpose or performance goals that require mutual accountability. The purpose of this group is only to specify the roles of its members and to dele ...

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Lessons in Teamwork: Winning Despite Trenchfoot, Leeches and Hunger

Many years ago, I watched Eco-Challenge 2000 on the Discovery Channel (a show that ran from 1995 to 2002), a fascinating event encompassing teamwork and leadership. This was my first experience watching Eco-Challenge, the highlights of which were broadcast over five evenings. I w ...

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2 years ago

Accountability and the Role of Leadership: Are You Sharing the Power?

It’s important to underscore the distinction between empowering people and people empowering themselves. Too often, we hear about staff being empowered by managers. But are people really ‘empowered?’ Or is it a process of self-initiation, in which the individual personally assume ...

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2 years ago

The Aspirational Class as Tomorrow’s Leaders

The human race is an odd species. Adaptive to immediate threats and catastrophes, we as humans have also time and again shown ourselves to be slow learners. Whether it’s the sickening loss of life from war (eg, Vietnam, Iraq-Afghanistan), hurricane disasters on America’s East and ...

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2 years ago

Constructive Conflict: Advice from the Mother of Modern Management

When we look back to the 20th Century and reflect on great leaders, whether leading nations, organizations or social movements, there’s a tendency to produce a list with mostly male names. However, when one attempts to create a list of who were the great management thinkers durin ...

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If I Empower You, You are Still Within my Power

Your faithful correspondent has been a long-time proponent of self-empowerment, writing extensively about its role in effective leadership. It’s something many of us have struggled with during our careers, getting locked into subservient mindsets and behaviours. · Heroic Leadersh ...

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2 years ago

in Career Advice

Smart Leaders Play the Long Game

We live in the age of instant gratification. We want it now as consumers—hence the exponential growth of credit since the 1960s, whether in credit cards, conditional sales contracts, automotive loans or mortgages. And when it comes to business, the mindset of short-term financial ...

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2 years ago

Meet FDR’s Backbone: Frances Perkins–An Extraordinary Woman Leader

Franklin Delano Roosevelt rates as being one of America’s greatest presidents, probably in the top three. Yet he was despised by many during his ascendancy to president and during his four term tenure. And he is still reviled by right-wing conservatives and some Republicans. · FD ...

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2 years ago

The Best Manager, Ever: Tales from the Management Crypt

We’ve all had good bosses, and more likely bad bosses that outnumber the former. This post is a more provocative commentary on leadership; however, it has important lessons for those people wanting to become effective, well-rounded leaders. · Your contribution is therefore import ...

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in Leadership, Culture, Strategy

Are You an Authentic Leader?

I am your servant. I do not come to you as a leader, as one above others. · When you read these words did the person who uttered them come to mind? Admittedly, the world is adrift in leadership quotations. But what makes these words special is that they were said by Nelson Mandel ...

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Jim Taggart

2 years ago

Leading in a Post-Heroic World: Do You Have What it Takes?

Date Line: 1994, · Forbes Magazine · THE NEW POST-HEROIC LEADERSHIP ”Ninety-five percent of American managers today say the right thing. Five percent actually do it.” That’s got to change. · Post-heroic leadership has gone by many names: shared leadership, participative leadershi ...

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2 years ago

Inter-generational Leadership: What’s Myth and What’s Reality–and Does it Matter?

The literature on inter-generational differences has been in hyper-drive for a while. Think tanks spew out analyses; book authors produce their take on the situation; bloggers convey their perspectives; and consultants beat the bushes for contracts to tell organizations how diffe ...

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2 years ago

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Back to the Future: Are You a Theory Xer or Yer?

The leadership field—and its cousin management—has an over abundance of information, from books, periodicals, business articles, blog posts, web sites and more. Much of it is repetitive, and many prominent book authors have regurgitated their works in subsequent editions. One mig ...

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2 years ago

10 Valuable Lessons for Aspiring Leaders

  · The following 10 lessons are not aimed at just those who wish to move into managerial positions; they’re also for those who work as project managers, team leaders, thought leaders, relationship builders, etc. And of particular note is that those holding senior positions in or ...

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