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28 Jul Leaders: 8 Ways To Promote A Spirit of “Connectedness”

Fostering a spirit of "connectedness” - open communication among leaders and employees - is a formula for success in today's workplace. Building internal connectedness by holding regular positive conversations with others can help your company execute strategies successfully. Disconnected employees don’t engage with each other, your leadership team or with your companies’ strategies so what steps can you take to...

20 Jul Leaders: How a Few Companies Make It (and Why the Rest Don’t)

While in Washington DC on a recent business trip, I had the amazing opportunity to meet and absorb the knowledge of Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles - a global executive education company.  Harnish believes only a fraction of companies actually scale up successfully and even more fail to scale at all.  When it comes to conquering complexity and...

13 Jul Leaders: The 4 Lenses of Innovation – A Power Tool for Creative Thinking

Did you know that before the Renaissance (a period from the 14th to the 17th century considered the bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history), some people attributed creative genius to divine forces outside the human domain? The Renaissance period pioneered the power of the individual mind where people were encouraged to joyously explore the world with new eyes. The...

29 Jun Leaders: 4 Guiding Principles To Achieve Success

Socrates, a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, famously said "Know Thyself" but does this idea still apply to leaders in today's workplace?  Absolutely. You have the opportunity to inspire others when you lead by example to understand, respect, and leverage your individual gifts.  Knowing yourself is a tool you can use to empower...

22 Jun Leaders: IQ, EQ, Now the XQ Trend – Does Your Personality Fit Your Career?

In 1912, German psychologist William Stern invented the concept of the "intelligence quotient" (IQ) defined as the ratio of a person's mental age to his physical age, times 100 used in business all over the world.  In 1990, psychologists John Mayer and Peter Salovey defined "emotional intelligence" (EQ) as a set of skills they believed contributed to a person's ability...

09 Jun Leaders: 10 Traits of “WOW” Leadership

Great leaders gain and nurture employee trust when they focus on the positive and provide opportunities for others to shine.   They don’t micromanage, hog the limelight or discourage risk-taking; in other words, their deeds align with their words.  A "wow" leader is someone who is honest and trustworthy says Sheri Staak, author of Tune In To WOW Leadership (10...

26 May Leaders: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

In the movie City Slickers, a mid-life crisis plagued man and his friends find renewal and purpose on a cattle driving vacation. As the story unfolds, a cowboy named Curly (played by Jack Palance) refers to these men as slickers and advises them with his quote, "One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that.”  This idea of a one-shot priority...

18 May Don’t Kill Your Dreams – Avoid These 5 Tendencies

Some leaders want to invent a game-changing strategy, grow a successful company, or even write a best-selling book yet studies show few actually follow through.  Accepting the challenge of leadership often means demonstrating initiative and showcasing determination but to inspire others to follow your lead, you must also be aware of tendencies that are counter productive in the journey.  Most people...