5 Reasons You’re Over-Thinking Your Leadership Decisions

June 1, 2015

How much time each week do you spend making decisions? Likely, many of the choices you make are almost automatic, requiring little thought: attend that meeting or not? Stay late to finish the report tonight, or come in early tomorrow? And then, there are more challenging choices, such as whether or not to terminate an […]

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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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A New Book for a New Generation: The New One Minute Manager®

May 4, 2015

Note from Jennifer: I’m honored to host this guest post from Ken Blanchard, business consultant and international best-selling author. Ken and his co-author Spencer Johnson have updated their classic management book “The One Minute Manager.” Here is Ken’s outline of the new book and why it’s as relevant as ever. Guest Post by Ken Blanchard On […]

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Are Loose Cannons Driving Down Your Employee Engagement Scores?

March 30, 2015

Have you ever worked with a “loose cannon”? This high-energy person moves ahead too quickly without checking facts. Loose cannons mean well, but their unpredictability causes collateral damage.   Typically, loose cannon employees are seen as a liability—and management is often looking for ways to help them “find new employment opportunities.” Frankly, I’ve not had a lot […]

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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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Why Leaders Must Go Beyond Strategy to Grow Their Business

March 11, 2015

Research indicates that once a company grows beyond the entrepreneurial phase, new leadership traits are needed to continue along the growth curve. Most senior executives in mid-size organizations have a solid handle on strategy and how to go to market, but they often lack vital people skills to build their growing workforce. If you are […]

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5 Things a Leader Needs to Successfully Launch a New Job

February 12, 2015

When you start a new job, what’s your plan for getting acclimated to your new role? Do you even have a plan? Throughout the years, I’ve observed leaders – either coming in from the outside, or transferring departments – launch their leadership journey. The most successful ones start their new job before they walk in […]

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The Benefits of a Structured New Leader Transition Process

February 3, 2015

Do you remember what your first day on the job was like as a new leader? Was it a chaotic blur of new names and faces? Did you attend a jam-packed orientation session, with stacks of paperwork? Leaders who are starting a new job — be it transferring internally to a new department, or joining […]

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New Leadership Articles at HR Answers

January 5, 2015 has added a “leadership” category to my HR Answers page. As you might imagine, this is exciting news because it’s a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. So for December, I jumped right in and wrote two leadership articles. The first is 7 Ways to Engage and Motivate Your Team which outlines […]

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28 Essays on Leadership Character, Management Issues, and Culture

December 2, 2014

This month’s Leadership Development Carnival is hosted at Michael Lee Stallard’s blog. Michael organized the posts into four categories for easier reading: – Leadership skills – Character of a leader – Management issues – Company culture – Other practical insights There are nearly 30 great essays on leadership, management, employee engagement and company culture, so […]

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