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Is Your Past Ruining Your Leadership Skills? Sometimes the past just seems to bubble up without you realising it.

Is Your Past Ruining Your Leadership Skills?

I went to a hockey game last winter (ice, not field) and something strange started to happen: my Canadian accent made a firm re-appearance. I do sound largely Canadian normally, but with a certain Aussie twang after over 15 years in the land Down Under. For some reason, sitting in the crowd of a hockey game completely erased any trace of Aussie from my pronunciation. Leadership skills will help you increase your profits –improve your Leadership. The cold shoulder is it the right way to treat staff misbehaviour? Leadership in a small business is important – Here’s how to improve it. Motivating your staff: Does money motivate staff? 13 Ways to Encourage Conflict at Work.

Have you sabotaged your team’s results by playing peace-keeper?

13 Ways to Encourage Conflict at Work

While no one wants to spend their time in a hostile work environment, a certain amount of conflict is healthy. It’s the friction that creates the fire. If you give your people permission to disagree respectfully, they’ll come to better solutions, solve more problems, and spot more gaps than they would if playing nice was their highest priority. Here are 13 ways to encourage healthy conflict at work. All change involves some pain. So ditch the peace-keeper mentality and avoid stagnation by encouraging healthy conflict.

Does your firm live your values? Why should it? Motivating your staff: Does money motivate staff? Leadership in a small business is important – Here’s how to improve it. A tip to improve your Leadership. Are all professionals coachable? How does coaching help grow your firm. Leadership and Change in small Law Firms. Leadership skills will help you increase your profits –improve your Leadership. The cold shoulder is it the right way to treat staff misbehaviour? 4 Ideas to enhance your firm’s performance – then get more from your team. Motivating your staff: Does money motivate staff? A tip to improve your Leadership. 4 Ideas to enhance your firm’s performance – then get more from your team. Are all professionals coachable? How does coaching help grow your firm.

Leadership in a small business is important – Here’s how to improve it. Leadership and Change in small Law Firms. Does your firm live your values? Why should it? The cold shoulder is it the right way to treat staff misbehaviour? Leadership skills will help you increase your profits –improve your Leadership. Strategic Thinking Exercises - 6 Characteristics the Best Ones Have. There is, not surprisingly, a lot of activity on the Brainzooming blog on strategic thinking exercises since they are vital elements in effective strategic planning. As The Brainzooming Group looks at it, strategic thinking exercises are devices to help individuals or teams imagine and address ways to advance organizations / products / programs toward important goals .

What are the characteristics of the best strategic thinking exercises? Here are six characteristics we design into the strategic thinking exercises we create for strategic planning engagements with clients. They all need to: 1. We preach the importance of multiple thinking perspectives in developing great strategy. 2.

It does not necessarily matter which emotion strategic thinking exercises incorporate. 3. If everyone comes into and leaves a set of strategic thinking exercises without having thought in new ways, there is a major disconnect. 4. 5. 6. This goes along with triggering new questions. {*style:<b><i> Are Your Workplace Tears Teaching You this Leadership Lesson? When is the last time your emotions got the better of you at work?

Are Your Workplace Tears Teaching You this Leadership Lesson?

I remember being in a meeting with a senior manager who consistently cut me off every time I began to speak. It would happen in every meeting we were in, and I increasingly dreaded attending meetings with him. In one particular meeting, after he cut me off again, I spent the rest of the meeting intently looking at the agenda, because if I made eye contact with the rest of the attendees, they would have seen the tears welling up in my eyes, and I didn’t want anyone to know how hurt I felt. What women often want when I coach them Very often, when I’m coaching or mentoring women in leadership positions, one of their objectives for our work together is to learn to manage their emotions at work.

And that was what was happening with me. Strategic Thinking Exercises - 6 Characteristics the Best Ones Have. How to Win a Customer for Life (After You Screw Up) Have you ever screwed up in a personal relationship?

How to Win a Customer for Life (After You Screw Up)

Ave you ever said the wrong thing, missed a deadline or otherwise disappointed someone? When that happened, if you cared about the relationship, what did you do? Your answers may vary, but I’m confident you were most successful when you apologized, and when you showed your sincerity with more than just words or an “I’m sorry” card. How to safely let an under-performer know there is a problem.

Is Your Past Ruining Your Leadership Skills? Are you Making this Critical Leadership Mistake? What mistake has your team losing trust for you by the second?

Are you Making this Critical Leadership Mistake?

I spent a good part of this past weekend helping my 8-year-old memorise his two-to-three minute public speaking assignment for school and speak it with expression. 13 Ways to Encourage Conflict at Work. Do you destroy your credibility in front of your team? Does your firm live your values? Why should it? 4 Ways to Create a Cool Company Culture. The war for talent at start-ups is notoriously intense, so how can you lure the best and brightest brains to your team?

4 Ways to Create a Cool Company Culture

Perks help, of course, but free food and massages in a dreary atmosphere clearly isn't going to get the job done. 4 Ideas to enhance your firm’s performance – then get more from your team. How to Gain Authority as a Problem Solver. Have you noticed that with authority comes the assumption that you have all the answers? Legendary leadership guru John C Maxwell says, “Your problem-solving skills will always be needed, because people always have problems.”

But helping people with their problems doesn’t mean having all the answers. If that was the case, then you’d only be able to help people with an incredibly finite number of problems, since you don’t know everything. (No, you really don’t.) It does, however, mean having strategies that work with all types of problems, whether you’ve got an inkling of the answer or not. Here are 5 tips for tackling the problems that present themselves to you or your teams. Don’t solve problems for people, solve them with people John C. Ideas to helping your staff deal with change. Is Your Brand Headed for Trouble? 5 Strategic Warning Signs. Several years ago I started doing a presentation on lessons in turnaround brand building . The presentation features strategic lessons in building a brand from the brink of collapse to tremendous success. The lessons are applicable to not only brands, but also to departments in companies, projects, and even personal life.

With the subsequent dramatic economic meltdown, for various reasons and a new niche has developed in predicting whether a brand will vanish in the near-term based on various warning signs. {*style:<b> In these cases </b>*}, any type of attempted . When the economy is in crisis, it seems almost fashionable to abandon strategic efforts. I know, the IBM CEO study said CEOs value and want more creativity to deal with uncertain times . A disdain for thinking certainly runs through the other items on the list. Making decisions in a challenging business situation is hard, especially for a big corporation. Founder of The Brainzooming Group.

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5 Core Skills Your Life Depends On

―Douglas Adams Life has no purpose; you have a purpose and you bring it to life. There isn’t one big cosmic purpose for everyone either; there is only the one you give to yourself – a personal purpose, an individual meaning, a distinct plot to the story that is your life. Often this plot is difficult to follow; yet it is never impossible to follow and it is worth every bit of effort you can muster. Each moment, each situation, each turn of events presents you with an opportunity to build the self you are capable of being. How to get get your team to understand you. Why You Should Break the Golden Rule Every Chance You Get. What’s wrong with treating people the way you want to be treated?

Why You Should Break the Golden Rule Every Chance You Get

It’s the Golden Rule, after all. The first year I was married, I bought my mother-in-law an expensive bouquet of cut flowers for Mothers’ Day. We didn’t know each other very well, and I was hoping to build the relationship by wowing her with the gift. When she opened the door, I handed her the flowers with a huge grin on my face, waiting to see her light up with joy and gratitude. I didn’t quite get the response I expected, though. “Nice flowers,” she said calmly, “but cut flowers are such a waste. The next year I gave her a cheap pot of chrysanthemums that I picked up from a petrol station on the way to her house and she was in Mothers’ Day heaven.

Constructive Feedback – Are You Using All 7 Steps? You’ve seen something in a staff member that warrants feedback and you cringe, because now you’ve either got to step up and give that person feedback or pretend you never saw it and lose a bit of respect for yourself.

Constructive Feedback – Are You Using All 7 Steps?

Management guru Ken Blanchard calls feedback “the breakfast of champions.” Organisations around the world have formalised the giving of feedback with annual and semi-annual performance appraisals. Do You Have A Psychopathic Organization? Before his untimely death, Heath Ledger put together an amazing performance as the Joker.

Do You Have A Psychopathic Organization?

He played a psychopath intent on creating mayhem as a part of his personal agenda in his warped sense of reality. We have developed a fascination with psychopathic behavior. Some of the most popular films and shows are focused on psychopathy: CSI, Criminal Minds, Silence of the Lambs, Friday the 13th, etc. We seem obsessed with it. When this psychopathy leaves the large or small screen and enters our reality, we are appalled by it and can’t imagine how an individual could perpetrate such heinous acts. Are you Making this Critical Leadership Mistake? A Leadership Lesson from The Boston Marathon. On May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister set a new world record, as the first to break the four minute barrier for one mile – running it in 3:59.4 (the current record is 3:43.13). While the common myth says that people didn’t think the 4 minute barrier was physically possible, the reality is it was a barrier that stood for a long time – and was a big deal when it was broken. picture from Jeff Wilcox and the Boston Herald On April 18, 2011, Geoffrey Mutai broke the Marathon record in Boston (though it doesn’t officially stand yet as the World record, a detail not important of this post – this isn’t a sports blog after all!)

, running the 26.2 miles in 2:03:02. This record time equates to about 4:43 for every mile for over 26 miles ! Let’s put Mr. 11 Personal Leadership Ideas - A Series on Managing Relationships. Does your firm live your values? Why should it? 8 tips to make you more inspiring in your business. Helping staff deal with change – part 5. Meeting as equals; overcoming the Imposter Syndrome with confidence. Meeting as equals-are you?

The Imposter Syndrome-the feeling of being a fake and a fraud. It’s incredibly common, and frighteningly debilitating. 6 Time Management Tips for Content Creators. 106 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Buffer 44 Google+ 27 LinkedIn 35 inShare35 106 Flares × To Do List Not Working? How to Manage Your Time When You Hate The List. How to get your staff to work more harder. Ideas to give your team more purpose and work smarter. 3 tips to help your motivate your staff. Do you destroy your credibility in front of your team? How to Develop Genuine Gravitas. Can you spot a fake? When it comes to gravitas, I believe that anyone with a reasonable amount of experience can easily detect when someone is pretending, even if they cannot quite put their finger on why they think that.

Sure we can see their aura, but perhaps not the one they intended. Gravitas and presence is a key topic within leadership development circles. Maybe you have been told you need to develop gravitas if you want to get promoted to the higher levels. Certainly, talent spotters and recruiters always have at the back of their mind, “Has this person got the gravitas required of this role?” Help your team to change and be more efficient. Help, I’m out of control. How to get get your team to understand you. 4 Ideas to enhance your firm’s performance – then get more from your team.

Ideas to helping your staff deal with change.

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Change. Staff diffuculties. Lead v manage. Managing. Vision. Team. Strategy & Leadership. Leaning down the hill. Back when I was a coder, writing software for a big systems house, one of my assignments took me to Switzerland for a year. I’d originally learnt to ski by going on the odd school skiing trip; however living in Switzerland gave me lots of opportunity to improve. However my progress soon plateaued when I got to the black runs. Standing there on a steep slope looking down, my natural tendency was to lean back into the hill; if I did fall it wouldn’t be too bad. It felt safer. What it actually meant was my weight went to the back of the skis, I became more unstable and cornering was difficult at best, if not a disaster. Then a realisation hit me – I can still picture the slope – an almost nirvana moment. The result was transformational. Of course this isn’t just something you find with skiing. In the words of Susan Jeffers, “Feel the fear and do it anyway“.

Leadership skills will help you increase your profits –improve your Leadership. Leadership in a small business is important – Here’s how to improve it.