Effective leadership essential Skill #1 – Understand the times
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Effective leadership essential Skill #1 – Understand the times

You just have to know what’s going on while it is going on. You have to have some grasp of why it is happening, and you need to understand the implications of what it means for you and your team! You cannot get where you want to go if you do not know where you...
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4 ways to get clutter out of your in-box and off your desk
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4 ways to get clutter out of your in-box and off your desk

Every professional soon discovers that his or her name resides on dozens, maybe hundreds of mailing lists. Not only does the normal flow of correspondence find it way to you, so does tons more: catalogs, flyers, sales offers, opportunities to win $10 million, newsletters, magazines, newspaper clippings, contracts, receipts, bills, memos, notes, legal documents, and...
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When to use email, how to use email, when not to, why
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When to use email, how to use email, when not to, why

Email is fast, easily filed and retreived, simple to reply to. It has replaced written correspondence in nearly every situation. It makes communication possible and expedient between distant centers and it is relatively reliable as a record of converstations because most email programs will notify you when your message has been received and read. But...
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7 Mistakes you can easily avoid
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7 Mistakes you can easily avoid

Some mistakes are almost unavoidable, but there are others that you can avoid entirely. I am sure you have your own list of things you don’t want to do again. Here’s mine. 1. Tinkering when things are running smoothly. If your team is working well, leave them alone. If objectives are defined and mutual (everyone knows what...
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Power of decisive action
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Power of decisive action

General McLellan was President Lincoln’s first choice to lead the Union army against Confederate forces. McLellan was a terrific organizer, a great logistics man.  His main vulnerability was that he could not muster the will to fight. He was a man of planning and organization but not of action. He just could not garner the...
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7 Keys to lighting a fire under your employees or associates
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7 Keys to lighting a fire under your employees or associates

Jeff (not his real name but this is a true story) is one of the best in the business. He works for a big box store selling appliances and has been there for ten years. We were having lunch when he told me how unhappy he is at his job and that he is seriously...
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This week in the world of leadership blogs

There are so many talented leaders sharing insight, it is not always easy to get to them all. Here is a summary of some of what's been posted this week on leadership and management blogs: Is kindness your weakness as executive director? Natasha Golinsky explores what it means to maintain your integrity as a leader...
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6 action traits of effective leaders
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6 action traits of effective leaders

There are, of course, many traits found within successful and effective leaders. The six I've listed here are almost universal. 1. Make others feel important. If your goals and decisions are self-centered, and obviously so, followers will lose their enthusiasm quickly. Be certain to emphasize their strengths and contributions not just your own. 2. Promote...
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How we learn – and what you should do to get the most out of what you need to teach
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How we learn – and what you should do to get the most out of what you need to teach

"How to Light a Fire Under People Without Getting Burned," one of the seminars I offer, demonstrates the art of multiplying your efforts through others. I sometimes conclude the seminar with a role-playing exercise where each participant must list the tasks he or she presently does that could possibly be done by someone else, then...
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Small Group Dynamics – How to Detect Emerging Leadership
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Small Group Dynamics – How to Detect Emerging Leadership

Studies have shown that 2 weeks after hearing a lecture, only 2 people out of 100 will have even a vague idea of what you said.  Discouraging, isn't it? Lecture may be the most efficient way to transfer information to your listeners, but it is one of the most ineffective ways. Effective leaders are learning...
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