Resources for Feedback, Productive Meetings, Leadership and Career

November 10, 2014

Last month’s article for HR Answers was a bit of a smorgasbord. I covered meetings, giving feedback to a colleague and reviewed a total of nine books on popular HR and Leadership themes such as employee engagement, organizational culture, and establishing a thriving career. People love to hate meetings. I tend to swim upstream on […]

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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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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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How do You Build a Culture with Integrity When Your Product Has None?

May 30, 2014

First of all, let me say this: I’m an American. I believe in free enterprise. If a company wants to offer a ridiculous product and people buy it, then let the market decide. But sometimes, I just have to wonder. For example, does the world really need not one, but two smart phone apps (called, […]

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THINK: 15 Ideas to Help You Talk Less and Listen More

February 10, 2014

A few years ago, my friend Erin Schreyer posted this saying on her Facebook page. That afternoon, the image found its place onto our family’s refrigerator, where it remains to this day. We’ve had many meaningful conversations using the “THINK” model. From spats with siblings, to ways to talk to a friend about a difficult […]

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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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Essays on Gratitude – How to Give, Receive and Share at Work and Home

November 18, 2013

How do you give gratitude? How do you receive it? The American holiday of Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Karin Hurt of the blog Let’s Grow Leaders has compiled an excellent gratitude-themed compilation of essays to help honor the holiday. Topics include: – How to Give Thanks and Praise – The State of […]

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7 Ways to Improve Internal Communication at Your Business

April 29, 2013

This post was contributed by Dale Carnegie Training, founded in 1912 on the principles of one of America’s most influential speakers and leaders. I agreed to publish this guest post because even after all these years, Dale Carnegie philosophies have stood the test of time for how to influence with integrity. I liked this post […]

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April 2013 Leadership Development Carnival – It’s No Joke

April 2, 2013

  Yesterday was April Fool’s Day and Dan McCarthy of the blog Great Leadership hosted yet another fantastic round-up of leadership essays from bloggers around the world. Dan called it the “No Joke” carnival, because even though it was April Fool’s, there was some serious content being featured such as: 5 questions to ask before […]

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Hate Sheryl Sandberg if You Must, But Still Lean In

March 11, 2013

Sheryl Sandberg’s much-talked about book Lean In drops today. Judging from the commentary in the pre-launch media blitz, the general population isn’t buying Ms. Sandberg’s assertion that by “leaning in” women can achieve greater career satisfaction and possibly even a wider leadership role. She’s been vilified as a “raging egomaniac” and a coat-tail rider by some […]

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