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Leadership Development

Don't Procrastinate, Evaluate! Timely Tips to Effectively Implement the Right Talent Management Strategy for the New Year

Dana Smith | Posted 01.23.2015 | Small Business
Dana Smith

While you may cringe at the amount of time it takes to develop the right words to say that both inspires staff, while at the same time, provides constrictive criticism for areas of deficiency, don't discount the importance and power of evaluating employee performance.

How to Work for a Narcissist: A Question of Balance

Gregory Stebbins | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business
Gregory Stebbins

A grandiose self-view frequently contributes to vision statements that can significantly motivate others. As a narcissist works his or her way to the top, bizarre things start to happen.

3 Habits of Ineffective Women's Leadership Development

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 12.04.2014 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

We've spent a lot of time in recent posts focusing on the best ways to approach women's leadership development. But sometimes, knowing what not to do can be as instructive as guidelines on how to do things right.

How to Develop Innovative Leaders at Every Level of Your Organization

Matt Tenney | Posted 12.04.2014 | Small Business
Matt Tenney

At age 22, Jennifer Prosek started a public relations company. She was highly motivated and talented, and was able to start building a team of people to work with her. But the addition of new team members seemed to stall the growth of her company.

Leading Mindfully? Make It Practical. Feel It to Believe It.

Suzanne Bigelow | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
Suzanne Bigelow

Logistical confusion and last minute overflow seating only heightened excitement among the 500+ attendees at the inaugural Mindful Leadership Summi...

The Importance of On-The-Job Learning for Women

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 01.19.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

How much time do you spend learning on the job? If we look to the standard "70:20:10 ratio," we might think that we spend a lot more time engaging in on-the-job development opportunities than we actually do.

Leadership Matters: Relevancy Is the Key

Stedman Graham | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

"Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes." -- Peter Drucker Leadership is NOT like riding a bike. You d...

Oops to Eureka! Turning the Unexpected into an Advantage

Karen Hough | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Karen Hough

One aspect of improvisation that is so helpful to leaders is the ability to deal with the unexpected. That flexibility and the sense that anything can happen keeps us on our toes and ready for anything. It's a critical skill in an ever-evolving, global professional world.

6 Leadership Myths and Realities

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter

There are many false impressions of what makes a great leader. Many people think that it's baked into your DNA whether or not you are destined to become an effective leader. Well guess what, they are wrong. I've shattered the top leadership myths and am giving you the reality.

Currently Not Promotable

Gregory Stebbins | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business
Gregory Stebbins

Engagement is both collaborative and consensual. It's the leader's job to ensure that their direct reports are engaged. Unfortunately, your 360 feedback results indicate that others frequently see you as the "boss from hell" who is better at commanding than leading.

Stay on Track Under Pressure (Principle #7)

Peter Fuda | Posted 01.09.2015 | Business
Peter Fuda


Steer Meetings and Interactions (Principle #6)

Peter Fuda | Posted 01.09.2015 | Business
Peter Fuda


The Missing Link: Moving Beyond First-Level Solutions to Women's Leadership

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 01.04.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

It has been a hectic but exciting fall packed with travel and speaking engagements at executive forums and conferences nationwide. At these events, I'...

Missing the Warning Signs of Career Derailment?

Gregory Stebbins | Posted 01.04.2015 | Business
Gregory Stebbins

Failure to create and sustain effective interpersonal relationships (social intelligence) with others is often the driver of executive derailment. Personality clashes with subordinates or other executives and an inability to adapt can drive a wedge between colleagues in a team environment.

Is Your Imagination Undermining Your Success?

Gregory Stebbins | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Gregory Stebbins

As leaders, imagination is a vital tool. Often the organizational visions we paint originate right from of our imagination. As Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge.

The Myth of the "No Ego" Leader

Gregory Stebbins | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Gregory Stebbins

Ego carries out life's directive to survive by adapting to adverse environmental or organizational conditions. Senior leaders often have large egos; it's what helped them survive the trip to the top of their organization.

The More Distressing, Less Noticed Message From Microsoft CEO Nadella

Ellevate | Posted 12.21.2014 | Women

Recognizing, discussing, calling out, debating, arguing about, examining this perhaps-innate gender bias against women who negotiate is a first step. We should be having these discussions publicly, and managers should be having them privately.

Shared Understanding: Bringing Together Many Voices Using Collaborative Tools and Processes

Great Work Cultures | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Great Work Cultures

I fell in love with technology when I met my first computer and learned to program. But my husband has no cause for jealousy because my love of technology is instrumental.

How Women Can Learn to Stand in Their Power -- and How Men and Companies Can Help Them

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

I think it's high time that we move beyond belaboring the challenges, and instead focus on real solutions that can help free women from this pervasive double standard in Corporate America.

Chief Culture Officer Business Case

Val Jon Farris | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Val Jon Farris

While our technology is advancing rapidly into the stratosphere of "automated clouds," none of us likes the vaporous experience of being jerked around by a litany of automated phone options that never lead to what we really need. And what is that?

Lead from Within: Become a Leader with a Personal Mission

Marion Chamberlain | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Marion Chamberlain

When you think of a great leader who comes to your mind? Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Tony Hsieh, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Nelson Mandela, or Martin Luther King, Jr.? What are some of the characteristics that we are able to witness from these wonderful leadership role models?

Loving Leadership: Does Our Definition Do Us a Disservice?

Gregory Stebbins | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Gregory Stebbins

My last blog considered how it's likely that a leader who has inspired us did so because of their loving, but that our beliefs and conditioning may get in the way of our being more loving in our leadership.

Loving, the Key for Wise Leaders

Gregory Stebbins | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Gregory Stebbins

There seem to be two primary blocks to engaging in loving leadership within our organizations. The first has to do with our beliefs and the second is based on our limited or limiting definitions.

A Five-Step Action Plan for Women to Land a Board Seat

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 11.04.2014 | Women
Rebecca Shambaugh

Many women miss the boat because they don't understand the steps to take early in their careers to best position themselves for board membership. Here are five practical steps you can start taking today to increase your future chances of getting on a public company board...

Why Aren't More Women Landing Board Seats?

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 10.20.2014 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

Whatever the primary reason behind the disturbing gap, there are concrete ways that women can better prepare themselves for board membership to overcome both of these perceived obstacles.