leadership skills

Unusual Persuasion Tactics You’ll Find Hard to Believe

(This blog first appeared on Forbes.com here.) Life unfolds as a series of persuasive interactions—to get a date, a mate, a job, a promotion, a sale.  What can you do to influence how others think or act as a result of your encounters? Here are 3 counter-intuitive principles of persuasion that most people find hard [...]

2018-04-16T19:13:02+00:00 By |0 Comments

How to Stop a Micromanaging Boss

If you haven’t worked for a micromanager, you’ve heard about them. Employees buzz about these bosses over lunch, complain about them around the water cooler, and chew them up at the dinner table with their family. At the worst situations, frustration leads to deep-seated resentment that triggers a job change or career move. (A Gallup [...]

2018-04-02T18:27:55+00:00 By |Comments Off on How to Stop a Micromanaging Boss

5 Mistakes Leaders Make in Responding to Questions

Whether delivering a presentation to clients or your own executive team, delegating, or passing someone in the hallway, leaders get questions. Some challenging, some trivial. But all responses leave an impression: As a leader, you know that people either trust you for the truth—or think less of you than before they asked. What makes the [...]

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Are You Emotionally “Up” As A Leader?

Anybody who’s managed people can tell you about good days and bad days. On the good days, you feel like a winning coach at the Super Bowl. On the bad days, you feel like you’re skiing just a few yards ahead of an avalanche. Most days fall somewhere in between. To increase your odds of [...]

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12 Communication Habits to Become Better Team Leader

Let’s face it: Most professionals don’t have the gumption to point out to their boss habits that are killing morale, draining productivity, and building an emotional wall. In consulting with organizations for three decades and hearing clients complain about the communication—or lack thereof––from their boss or coworker across the hall, I’ve compiled the following list [...]

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5 Lines Employees Hate to Hear From New Managers

Leaders want to make their mark on operations, stamp their philosophical footprint on minds, leave their legacy on hearts and in hallways.  They hope their leadership will be unique, profitable, and pleasant.  Understandable goals. All too often, however, they start out with similar comments—lines that set their employees up for disappointment and disengagement rather than [...]

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