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Accountability Leadership - Manage and Teach Accountability at Work

Former American football coach Lou Holtz once said, “The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.” It’s understandable why the term accountability has such an ominous sound to it. It implies blame, shame, and atonement. However,...

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Feeling Stress as a Manager? You are not alone.

Feeling Stress as a Manager? You are not alone.

Stress is inevitable and surprisingly necessary because it helps us build resilience. However, it’s safe to say that it has taken on new dimensions in the aftermath of the pandemic and the resulting changes. Almost nothing in our lives has...

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Team Collaboration

Team Collaboration

Together is the operative word when discussing team collaboration. A group of individuals works collectively toward a goal or on a project where everyone contributes to its completion. The work happens seamlessly because everyone is on the same page. The benefits are...

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Team Communication

Team Communication

If we can say anything about today’s workplace, it’s that it’s not the same as it was pre-pandemic. The benefit of hindsight tells us that our focus has changed as we’ve endured stress at levels many of us may have never experienced. Mental health,...

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7 Leadership Traits to Cultivate

Leadership Traits

Napoleon Bonaparte referred to a leader as a “…dealer in hope.” General Colin Powell took it one step further, saying they are “almost always great simplifiers.” Issac Newton recognized the importance of innovation, attributing his achievements as...

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What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence Test

Imagine this scenario. You’ve overslept and will undoubtedly be late to work. You try to make up the extra time by pushing the speed limit driving to your job. As luck would have it, you get into a fender-bender. How would your morning affect the rest of your...

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5 Steps to Creating a Succession Plan for a Key Leader in Your Organization

Something unexpected happened when the pandemic forced us to work remotely—if possible—and stay home. It was a collective wake-up call to reevaluate our lives and the things that are most important to us. Some called it the Great Resignation, with an estimated 4.3 million leaving...

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Using Employee Scorecards to Clarify Employee Expectations

Think about how coaches use scorecards in sports. They track how a player is doing faced against several challenges. The pitcher, the pitches, the setting, and even the weather affect their performance. The team’s staff compiles this information to guide the individual’s training and...

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Are Certain DISC Profiles Better Suited for Leadership or Management?

Some people are born leaders. They possess the soft skills that life teaches them, such as conflict management and teamwork. They connect with their staff in a myriad of ways. The question that organizations ask is, where are things breaking down? Are some personalities better suited to...

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Psychological Safety at Work

Imagine this scenario. Your company launched A/B testing on a new product line and has decided to move forward with a plan. Being the analytical thinker, you noticed something wrong with the data just before its public debut. Do you arrange a Zoom meeting with your manager ASAP to point out the...

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Communication Styles in the Workplace

The workplace has an employee-employer relationship problem. And it’s starting to show in the numbers. A mere 13% of employees say they are fully satisfied with their jobs. Less than 20% are wholly engaged at work. Even more disturbing is that only 60% feel they understand what’s...

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OKRs vs. KPIs: Determining the Right Team Goal Setting Framework

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Nothing is more true when it comes to an organization’s road map for its future. Many goal-setting frameworks exist, and rightly so. They provide structure to a company’s vision by creating...

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