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Leadership Development

The JK Simmons 'Whiplash' School of Leadership Development

George Bradt | Posted 03.04.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Don't think about motivating people. Think about inspiring and enabling them to do what already motivates them.

Strategies to Build a More Inclusive Workplace Culture

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

In my last post, I shared reasons why it's important that inclusive cultures become the norm rather than the exception, both in corporations and the w...

The Whiplash Effect: Lessons in Business Coaching From Terrence Fletcher

JD Gershbein | Posted 02.23.2015 | Business
JD Gershbein

I went to theater knowing that I was going to be experiencing something very special. As the final credits rolled, I contemplated my own coaching approach, and to what extent a personality like Simmons's character, Terrence Fletcher, would be taken seriously in business.

Making an Inclusive Culture the Norm

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

A growing number of leaders have started to recognize that what worked for them in the past is no longer effective given today's realities. There's an "underlying force" that's causing organizations worldwide to rethink their approach to planning.

5 Ways to Shake Up Leadership Development (and Why You Shouldn't Wait to Try Them)

Jenny Dearborn | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Jenny Dearborn

You can't be a great company without great leaders, and even the best leaders aren't immortal. Sooner or later (and probably sooner) you'll need to replace them. Is your company ready?

Why You Need a Personal Brand

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 01.30.2015 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

Last week I presented at a leadership forum for nearly a hundred talented and aspirational women leaders. At this venue, I rallied a call to action for women to have their voices heard and valued by creating a "personal brand."

Two Great Tips for Developing Future Managers

Ellevate | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Ellevate

I may be biased, but I think that a process focus culture is the next big thing required in business today. If we could find these naturally process-oriented people and maximize their energy, we could shift our thinking from "process improvement OR day job" to "day job THROUGH process improvement."

Now You Can Live Your Dream

Pioneers for Change | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

He paused, reached over for his checkbook, and filled out one of the checks. "Here, take this. Now you can live your dream." It was enough money to buy 50 acres of some of Britain's most beautiful land.

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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.03.2015 | 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 02.01.2015 | 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

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Steer Meetings and Interactions (Principle #6)

Peter Fuda | Posted 01.09.2015 | Business
Peter Fuda

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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
Ellevate

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.