Communication

Tips for Maintaining Your Focus as a Leader

June 18, 2015

In the new book The Disciplined Leader, John Manning writes about the importance of focus—and how it drives leadership success. After reading the book, I had the opportunity to ask John some follow up questions. What follows is an edited version of our conversation. Jen: In the book’s introduction, you write that leaders must learn […]

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16 Discussion Questions to Help You Lead Better Meetings

June 16, 2015

Does leading meetings frustrate you? Maybe you have someone in your meeting who has ideas— lots of them—who can’t seem to shut up. Or perhaps it’s the opposite issue: meeting participants are shutting down good discussion in the interest of “keeping things moving.”  If either of the scenarios sounds familiar, then you will want to […]

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52 Messages for Becoming a Disciplined Leader

June 15, 2015

As a leader, are you committed to “relentless self-control and positive work habits?” In the book The Disciplined Leader, author John Manning makes the case for discipline, writing that effective leaders employ “consistent application of certain mindsets and actions that are vital for [their] success.” Yet, as Manning found when he began conducting research for […]

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23 Leadership Lessons About Energizing Yourself and Others

May 15, 2015

How do you derive energy from the task of leading? Many times, being in a leadership role is draining, not energizing. As with many other things in life, one needs to actively seek out ways to overcome flagging energy. This month’s Frontline Festival blog carnival, hosted by Let’s Grow Leaders’ Karin Hurt, assembled 23 stories […]

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What Type of Engaged Leader Are You?

May 14, 2015

Are you a Plugged-In Leader or an Otherwise Occupied Leader? To find out, go on over to Smartblog on Leadership and read my May post, Are you the wrong type of “engaged” leader? A hint: while researching the meaning of “employee engagement” and “engaged” employees, I discovered an intriguing nuance in the definition of “to […]

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4 Ways to Get More Out of Meetings with Your Manager

May 11, 2015

Are you getting the most out of your 1:1 meetings with your boss? According to a recent study, about 73 percent of employees meet with their team leader at least once a month. That’s not a lot of face time, so be sure you make the most of this important interaction with the following tips: […]

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The One Minute Manager – A New Leader’s Story

May 7, 2015

In 1984, as a college senior, I was employed by my university as an Assistant Residence Hall Director (AD). It was the first job in which I had a staff that (dotted line) reported to me. During the day, everyone answered to the full time Residence Hall Director. On the evenings and weekends, I rotated […]

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19 Essays About Achieving Breakthrough Results with Your Team

March 20, 2015

This month’s Frontline Festival is about how leaders can inspire breakthrough results with their teams. Hosted by Karin Hurt of the Let’s Grow Leaders blog, you’ll find 19 essays written about both the internal and external elements leaders need to help inspire their teams to greater heights. Topics include: – Business results takes more than […]

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New Series – Your First 100 Days as a Leader

March 9, 2015

Most leadership transition experts agree that the first 100 days of a leader’s tenure sets the tone for one’s leadership effectiveness. I wrote a new series for the leadership category of the HR Answers.com page. The series is called “Your First 100 Days as a New Leader – Tips for Launching a Successful Transition”, and in it you’ll […]

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What’s Your Trust Building POV?

January 29, 2015

Welcome to Trust-Building Thursday, a new series on The People Equation. Each month, we’ll explore trust in the workplace and offer practical tips for building trust with your boss, colleagues, peers and team members. You can see other installments of the series here. When I was sixteen, my family moved across the state. It was […]

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