When Leaders Should Take a Tough Line

October 16, 2014

What should a leader do when a team member just doesn’t quite “fit” with the company culture? That’s the question I address in this month’s Smartblog on Leadership article. It really boils down to leadership “tough love” – you can’t make excuses for direct reports who almost adhere to the organization’s values. Smartbrief’s leadership newsletter […]

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Zen of Jen: Who are You Really Talking To?

October 9, 2014

Ever read any self-help books? If so, you’re most likely familiar with the term “self-talk” which, as its name suggests, is the act of talking to oneself. There’s negative self-talk (“I’m such an idiot – why did I do that?”) and positive self-talk (“I am excellent at giving professional presentations”). Personally, I’ve done my share […]

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Living Up to the Promise of a Leadership Title

August 4, 2014

Are the leaders in your organization living up to their titles? Yes, yes, I know. The organizational title is a dinosaur. But the reality is that very few organizations have learned to operate without the hierarchy. So, for those companies that still rely on titles, most employees have expectations about how people in senior management […]

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Leadership Courage – When Not to Fire Someone

May 15, 2014

Should you fire the person responsible for your company’s very public failure? That’s the question I explore in my latest article for Smartblog on Leadership. Earlier this week, I wrote about a very public PR failure: the NYPD foray into Twitter. Says Smartblog on Leadership of my article: “When organizations make mistakes in the public […]

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The Path to Leadership—It’s Rarely What You Plan

March 31, 2014

  What do a peace activist from Northern Ireland, a former sex trafficking victim, a Somalian parliamentarian and an Israeli teacher have in common? All are women who stepped forward to ignite astonishing change in their respective parts of the world. And, in their moment of choice to speak up, they had no formal leadership […]

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Leaders—Call Forth Your Courageous Nature

March 20, 2014

Editor’s note: this is a guest post from Dr. Kathy Cramer, author of the book Lead Positive, which came out this week. I’m delighted to help Kathy spread the word about how leaders can use “asset based thinking” to achieve greater results for their teams and organizations. Leaders know that it is important to be […]

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Leadership Belief – Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway

January 30, 2014

As a leader, would you take a bullet to the head for your beliefs? In a sense, that’s what Malala Yousafzai did when, in 2012, members of the Taliban shot her while she returned from school. What was Malala’s perceived “crime”? She dared to write publicly that girls should have a right to be educated. […]

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Leadership Self-Control – Are You About to Lose It?

January 16, 2014

When it comes to exercising restraint as a leader, think of your self-control like a car’s gas tank: you’ve got to look at the gas gauge once in a while to see if you’re running on “empty”. That’s the analogy I use on my monthly Smartblog on Leadership post about ways to avoid losing your […]

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26 Tips for How Leaders Can Use Vision and Values

October 18, 2013

How can leaders articulate and live their values at the workplace? And, how do values tie into the vision a leader creates for his or her team? Karin Hurt of the Let’s Grow Leaders blog has assembled 26 varying thoughts as answers to those questions from leadership experts around the globe. Check out Expert Advice […]

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Leadership Worry Strips Away Confidence

September 9, 2013

Last week my eldest child started middle school. As we prepared for the start of school we discussed the ways our morning routine would change, including his need to wake up an hour earlier. The day before school started he said, “Mom, you don’t even need to get up tomorrow morning with me. I’ll make my own lunch.” […]

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