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The Art of the Tough Conversation: A Frontline Festival

Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on the art of the tough conversation. We asked thought leaders from around the world to share their very best post on this topic. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic […]

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Courage: 5 Ways to Show Up Stronger (Even When You’re Scared)

Have you ever wanted to take a stand, but kept quiet? Have you had a moment of bravery you found hard to explain? Where does courage come from? A Courageous Guest Post from Selvia of Glowstone Peak Karin and David asked me to share […]

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The Power of Observation: 6 Ways to Show Up Helpful

I just got off the phone with a frustrated CEO, who was fired up after a half day of observation in one of his call centers. “Karin, Why don’t these managers GET IT? I just left a visit to one of our […]

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Why Bother Speaking Up? It Won’t Help (and other Destructive Thinking)

Have you ever heard yourself saying those words? “Why bother speaking up, it won’t do any good?” Or “I’ve tried speaking up in the past, and no one cared.” Or “Speaking up isn’t valued around here, I’ll just keep my head down […]

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How to Avoid the Most Seductive Leadership Mistake

This leadership mistake is seductive–we know because we’ve been there. It feels good. It feels logical. And it’s the fastest way to stunt your growth as a leader. Have you ever sat in a leadership meeting or training and thought, “Oh, it’s so […]

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Forced Ratings – Awful Problems and What Leaders Do Instead

Forced Ratings Cause More Problems Than They Fix Recently we were working with senior leaders in a global company who faced a challenging morale problem. They hired talented capable people who were producing good work – but their talent was leaving. Leaders […]

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5 Ways to Think Like an Entrepreneur: Even if You Work for the Big Guys

“Entrepreneurship is a chance to trade a solution to someone who has a problem that needs solving. Solve more problems, solve bigger problems, solve problems more widely, and you’re an entrepreneur. It’s tempting to industrialize this work, to make it something with […]

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Remote Leaders: How to Use the Right Tool at the Right Time

Why Richness and Scope Matter to Long-Distance Leaders With the ever-increasing role of remote workers, we’re pleased to bring you a guest post from Wayne Turmel, co-author of The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership. Technology is critical to leading a long-distance […]

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Meetings that Get Results and People Want to Attend: June Frontline Festival

Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on meetings that get results and that people want to attend. We asked thought leaders from around the world to share their very best post on this topic. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of […]

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Firing With Compassion: How Do I Fire Someone and Still Win Well?

Managers often have to fire people, but there is a huge difference between managers who do it well and those who make it a terrible, humiliating experience. Firing someone is one of the most difficult things most managers will ever do. Even […]

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Executive Visits: 4 Strategic Approaches for Influence and Impact

You know executive visits are important. And let’s face it, they come more naturally to some of us than others. Executive visits can backfire, or they can be brilliant. They can be casual or deliberate.  Sometimes just wandering around is exactly what […]

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Employee Too Valuable to Fire? 6 Leadership Strategies

Is Anyone Ever Too Valuable to Fire? Have you ever worked with an obnoxious colleague who seemed to be protected because the employee was considered too valuable to fire? Maybe you’re a team leader who has one of these brilliant bullies on […]

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