Tag: leadership

How to Not Screw Up Your Career– #WinningWell in Fast Company thumbnail

You’re working hard to build a good reputation as a manager. So you’re taking on new projects and delegating certain tasks to others. You think you’re getting the hang of it, but then you make a remark that seems to rub someone the wrong way—and you aren’t sure why. Being decisive and knowing how to say no are important leadership skills, but handled the wrong way, they can come off as excuses

How to Launch a Successful Project

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Have you ever been handed an “impossible” project, only to realize that the next step is to convince your team it’s completely doable? In this video, I share two manager’s responses to the identical task. The project was identical, their team’s response and level of engagement is worlds apart. I imagine both scenarios will feel scarily familiar. What can you do to encourage more from

Frontline Festival: Leaders Share about the Power of Gratitude thumbnail

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our November Festival is all about gratitude. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month, in celebration of the launch of the new Star Wars: the Force Awakens movie we’re going to give you two options. You’re welcome to submit your “best of” post of 2015. Or, if you

A Powerful and Cost Effective Way to Become a Stronger Manager thumbnail

There’s no question. The best way to get better at leading is by leading. Learn some skills, get out of your comfort zone,  try them out, get feedback, take it seriously, adjust, repeat. It’s the premise behind high-end executive development programs that include action learning projects and 360 feedback assessments. The trouble is, such programs are often reserved for high-potential talent at a

Why Job Descriptions are a Dying Art

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A client called. “Karin, I’m going to send you the job description for the new role we designed, but ignore all the HR mumbo jumbo. Just concentrate on the competencies and see if they seem right to you based on the strategy we’ve been working on.” Game on. We were going to have the conversation that was most worth having: How do we find the right person with the aptitude for this vital

How to Get Employees to Care About Your Company thumbnail

Great commercials, strong PR, a brilliant social media strategy all warrant effort when building your company’s reputation. But there’s no better PR than an army of loyal employees living and breathing your brand. You know the type–folks with enthusiasm bursting from their veins–talking up your products and services with their friends at every bar, baptism and bat mitzvah they

Jack, Jill and a Slippery Hill

giving employees another chance

Antoine was an accomplished millennial retail sales professional  considered “a bit rough around the edges.” His no-BS approach created a natural bond with entrepreneurs and mom and pop companies, that left some managers scratching their heads. But, heck it worked. Antoine was maxing out his compensation and winning the big recognition trips year after year, but he wanted more. He went back to school at night

When Fear Leads to Self Deception

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On the grand scheme of deception I suppose this ranks low on the Richter scale. But early tremors are deceiving, and reveal important indicators of our fault lines.

The Backstory

Sebastian (for those just tuning in, my youngest son, age 9) came out of the womb running. The son of two marathon runners and triathletes, he was

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