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Resolve to solve nagging workplace conflicts

Hercules, according to legend, grew increasingly irritated by a strange, menacing animal that kept blocking his path. In a fit of anger, he struck the animal with his club, killing it. As he continued his path, he kept encountering the same animal, each time larger and more menacing than before. At last a wise messenger… Continue Reading Resolve to solve nagging workplace conflicts

Listening tours can result in engagement

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Most leaders know that listening is an important skill. Yet in nationwide surveys, employees indicate that their leaders don’t actually listen to them. What’s going on? Is the problem that leaders don’t listen or that they don’t show that they listen?In reality, it is likely that you have every intention of listening to your people.… Continue Reading Listening tours can result in engagement

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The 3-D leader

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What makes a well-rounded leader? I’m not talking about a leader’s physique, but a person’s ability to address a fuller range of the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of followers. In “The Leadership Challenge,” James Kouzes and Barry Posner define leadership as mobilizing others to want to get extraordinary things done. People will not… Continue Reading The 3-D leader

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To better compete, create a ‘we’ culture

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All things being equal, in this high-speed marketplace, the companies who will win are those who are able to access, engage, and leverage the intellect, energy, and passion of every member of the workforce. To do this, workplaces face a fundamental cultural challenge — between the prevalent “culture of me” that drives us toward silos,… Continue Reading To better compete, create a ‘we’ culture

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Strategic planning: Exercise or imperative?

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“We have a ‘strategic’ plan. It’s called doing things.” Admittedly, Herb Kelleher’s legendary Rambo-esque style of leadership is appealing. The former CEO of Southwest Airlines has a point. Few enjoy sitting in a stuffy board room victimized by droning reports and deadly dull presentations — a common perception of strategic planning. So some leaders, especially… Continue Reading Strategic planning: Exercise or imperative?

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Why leaders can’t ignore employee engagement

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Most business leaders and owners are doing everything they can to reduce costs and increase profits. If you fall into this category, one factor you cannot afford to overlook is employee engagement. Why should you care about employee engagement? Because it directly impacts employee productivity and retention, as well as financial metrics like earnings per… Continue Reading Why leaders can’t ignore employee engagement

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Obama administration vs. private colleges

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Just how deep does the Obama administration’s hostility run towards profits and private businesses? Policy attacks have been launched against the health care industry, assorted financial businesses, and energy companies. With massive tax increases on personal income, capital gains, dividends and estates scheduled for the end of this year, entrepreneurs and investors across countless industries… Continue Reading Obama administration vs. private colleges

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Leveraging the Springs’ industrial identity

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New research into the power of industry clusters to drive regional economic development has led to the term “industrial identity Continue Reading Leveraging the Springs’ industrial identity

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A cure for organizational reflux

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Yes, organizations have it, too. Leaders complain about it all the time. They can’t seem to get their people all headed in the same direction, especially at the top. The lack of alignment and ownership of the organization’s core beliefs, principles, vision, and strategy are some of the major defining symptoms of “organizational reflux.” It… Continue Reading A cure for organizational reflux

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Leverage styles when communicating change

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An understanding of human psychology can be a powerful tool for anyone in leadership. While there are many theories and tools in this realm, one of the most useful categories of tools deals with personality. Since as early as 444 B.C., observers of human nature have noticed that there are four primary personality styles. In… Continue Reading Leverage styles when communicating change

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