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Frontline Festival: Leaders share about favorite apps, technology, and productivity hacks thumbnail
Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival gives tips about favorite tools and technology.   »  Read More
 
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One Common Interviewing Mistake That Will Cost You the Job thumbnail
My phone rang. Colin was exasperated. “Karin, I thought I NAILED the interview. The owner seemed pleased with all my answers, and I had great stories for all his behavior-based interview questions. But I just got an email from him saying that although I was qualified, he was worried about my passion for training!!! You KNOW how passionate I am about training– it’s my life! I was energetic throughout the whole process. Where could this have gone wrong?” I had an inkling, but probed further. Sure enough, Colin had made one of the most frequent and well-intention mistakes that so often tank a solid interview. He appeared desperate. When asked if the training job was not available if he would take a call center manager job for a few years. Wanting to appear flexible and interested in learning the business he said, “Sure.”  »  Read More
 
Filed Under:   Career & Learning

What Your Is Team Saying Behind Your Back

What Your Is Team Saying Behind Your Back thumbnail
Have you ever talked about your boss behind your back? If you haven’t complained to at least someone… you’re a saint. Call me. I’m sure you’ve got some wisdom we can share here at LGL. For the rest of us… you know… right? Just like you’re complaining about that boss whom (you might even like a lot of the time) there are behaviors you wish they would improve–SOON. And chances are you haven’t told them. Here’s the real deal. No matter how wonderful you are… I guarantee you, your team is talking about you (in some way that would surprise you) too.  »  Read More
 
Filed Under:   winning well
Ask Don’t Tell: 3 Questions That Will Make You a Better Leader thumbnail
You know that asking the right questions will make you a stronger leader. But it’s hard. Not all questions have the same impact. And it’s risky, you never know what the response will be– which means you need to stay fully present to be helpful. In my continued quest to surround myself and learn from others aligned with the Winning Well philosophy, I had an opportunity to interview Michale Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, & Change the Way You Lead Forever. I asked him which of he recommends in his book, he thinks offers the biggest impact  »  Read More
 
Filed Under:   Communication
How To Create a More Optimistic Workplace thumbnail
You can’t win well if you’re not optimistic. And one of the most important parts of being a Winning Well leader is inspiring confidence that the scene and results can and will improve– and identifying the vital behaviors to make it so. Today, I share with you a video interview with my friend and kindred spirit on the Winning Well journey, Shawn Murphy. Shawn’s book, The Optimistic Workplace, is so completely aligned with Winning Well, that our Kindle version comes with a link to some free chapters of his book. In this 20 minute interview, Shawn shares a bit about his philosophy as well as practical approaches to making your workplace (or team) more optimistic.  »  Read More
 
Filed Under:   Energy & Engagementwinning well
Don’t Let This Relationship Undermine Your Success thumbnail
Megan approached me as soon as I left the stage. “Karin, I’m so with you on this not losing your soul thing… I resonated with everything you said… but for me it was the reverse. I wasn’t losing my soul at work, I was finding it. You see my boyfriend was always tearing me down. Or worse, acting like everything I was accomplishing was no big deal. I would come home from work so excited, but the minute I started sharing my day, he made me feel like crap… like I was stupid to care that much.  »  Read More
 
Filed Under:   confident humilitywinning well
Frontline Festival: Leaders share tips about professional development thumbnail
Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival gives tips about professional development for leaders. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about favorite apps and technology. What tools do you use to stay productive? There are two ways to participate…either submit a blog post on the topic, or your 1-2 sentence answer to the question. Click here to participate! This month, we invited leadership experts to either submit a blog post, or answer the following question  »  Read More
 
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When Transparency Goes Too Far

When Transparency Goes Too Far thumbnail
My phone rang, “Karin I’ve just been told there’s going to be a restructure and significant downsizing. My team may or not be impacted. I have NO additional information, just that it will be months before all the dust settles.” Now, if you’ve been following my writing for any period of time you know I’m the poster child for transparency. I believe strongly in telling the truth, avoiding spin, and never making crap up  »  Read More
 
Filed Under:   winning well
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