Tag: leadership

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

When Fear Leads to Self Deception thumbnail

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

How To Bring Out the Best In People

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The story he shared in a recent workshop I led stopped my heart. We were talking about leadership and “bringing out the best in people,” when John (obviously not his real name) confided, “I’ve never seen anyone do what you’re talking about better than my wife.” We smiled. “No. You don’t understand,” he continued.  (His eyes got bigger and his posture took on

7 Roles of an Exceptional Team Leader

team leader many hats

Your strategy is only as strong as the ability to execute at the frontline. You can have all the great plans, six sigma workouts, and brilliant competitive positioning in the universe, but if the human beings doing the real work lack the competence, confidence, and creativity to pull it off, you’re back to muddling through. The team leader role is a tough gig. Team leaders are uniquely squashed between

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