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What is One Way You Can Challenge People to Try Out New and Innovative Ways to Do Their Work?

When a direct report walks into your office with an issue, challenge or answer they need, what do you do? Do you give them the solution to the challenge, and answer to their problem? Then, is the next thing you do is complain because you can’t find the time to get your own work d ...

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How Does One “Challenge the Process?”

https://contents.bebee.com/tmp/2021-06-09/users/id/12205957/article/zW633nqpVsh5/ZcjqTKouzes & Posner break down Challenge the process in this way. Leaders who make extraordinary things happen in organizations “search for opportunities by seizing the initiative and by looking out ...

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The Six Inner Leadership Selves

  · Being a leader, in whatever capacity, is not a one dimensional affair. There are many ways that each of us can practice leadership: at work, in our community, at home, or in an unexpected crisis situation. One thing’s clear: you definitely don’t have to be in a management pos ...

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What Does It Mean to Speak with Genuine Conviction About the Higher Meaning and Purpose of Our Work?

This is the sixth and final vlog on Kouzes and Posner’s second practice of the five practices of exemplary leadership from their book The Leadership Challenge.  We are talking about vision. We are talking about where we want to take our organizations, what the is vision of the wo ...

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Leadership Is A Survival Skill

I wouldn’t consider myself to be the world’s greatest expert on leadership, but I have held leadership positions. I’ve seen examples of good leadership and poor leadership.   · Leadership is a skill that can be used everywhere. When we are hanging with our friends, someone in the ...

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A bit of cynicism is fine but don’t dismiss the awesome reality

Someone commented on LinkedIn that purpose at work is just a con – a way that profit hunger managers and owners can get their staff more engaged, simply so they can earn even more profit. · Owning a business called The Optimistic Cynic, I totally understand the point they’re tryi ...

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Have You Ever Been a Protégé?

The word protégé is a fancy French word that we use in English. It makes us sound posh whenever we use it and really extraordinary if the word is used to describe us. I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about what it means to be a protégé being mentored by someone ­— not tr ...

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Thinking of the Big Picture: What Do We Aspire to Accomplish?

In this week’s Vlog post I explore how Vision is about the big picture. We start with the big picture and from there start developing how we get there, but we need to start with looking forward and upward. It is also about bringing others along with you on your journey. One way t ...

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Strong Leaders Initiate Action—Do Something!

Dateline: March 1933 · “Old people were particularly vulnerable. Guaranteed pensions were a rarity in the 1930s; workers expected to save for their retirements or work until they died. But bank failures stole their savings, and unemployment their liveihoods….Some moved in with th ...

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A Call for Leadership: Building Hope, Expectations and Delivery during a Pandemic

“Out in the farm country, anyone connected to liquidation lived in fear of being lynched. A Kansas lawyer who handled a foreclosure was found dead in a field. An Iowa judge was dragged from the bench, stripped and beaten. Soon, spiked telephone poles and logs blocked the entrance ...

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Effective Leaders Engage in Collaboration and Respect

Many lessons are and will continue to be learned from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and resulting Covid-19 illness. In particular, the history book will not be kind to our society, notably the contradictory and inconsistent leadership shown by national and sub-national leaders around t ...

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Can You Inspire and Engage Employees?

What does a business owner or manager have to do to get people · motivated these days? Are Millennials · really that lazy and entitled? Are Boomers truly destined to work arduously in jobs they hate? · It is a fact that strong leaders know how to maximize the strengths of their ...

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From Transactional Leadership to Reflective Leadership

“Hi Dan,” Sheila called as she poked her head into the office of one of her managers. “Are you interested in taking a two day coaching course next week? It’s aimed at helping managers become better coaches.” · “Sure, why not. Sounds good,” Dan replied. “I could learn a few tips t ...

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Leadership is... Three Theories of Leadership

As you read the literature on leadership, you soon realize that there are many theories on leadership’s defining characteristics and its practices. The following are three of the most prevalent ones. · The Great Man Theory · Developed in the 19th century, this model was promote ...

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The Ripple Effect of Leadership

Several months ago, I decided to join Toastmasters so that I could improve my public speaking skills and build connections with people in my local community. This blog is based on a speech I gave about leadership. As it turns out, my leadership style is a coaching style and I am ...

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