Interactive leadership

Are you a genius or a genius-maker? We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. [click to continue…]

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155: How to Inspire Lifetime Loyalty | with Lee Caraher

by Monica Harrison on April 15, 2017

As millions of millennials and the even younger GenZers come into the workforce with very different expectations and definitions of loyalty, companies need to shift to make the most of those workers’ energy, skill sets, and incredible potential. Those companies that shift now for the long game of allegiance will have a strategic talent and efficiency advantage over those that don’t. [click to continue…]

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145: Rethinking Accountability — How to Use It to Help Your People Unlock Their Strengths | with Jonathan Raymond

October 1, 2016

Leaders everywhere talk about accountability, but nobody is defining what it really means — and more importantly, breaking it down into a set of skills that people could learn and apply. Accountability is about helping people unlock their strengths.

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142: That’s Not How We Do It Here! — How to Stay Agile and Innovative as a Mature Company | with John Kotter

August 15, 2016

Increasingly, large organizations are finding their competitive landscape changing so quickly that they’re unable to respond fast enough to survive and thrive. Most mature organizations have a built-in tendency to kill off anything agile, innovative, and entrepreneurial — which often is exactly what’s needed to stay ahead of today’s ever-increasing pace of change in the […]

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141: Hire, Develop, and Keep Great Employees | with Paul Falcone

August 1, 2016

People power your business — and success can hinge on your hiring, inspiring, and keeping the right ones. As a leader, are you cultivating this vital resource? Is there more you could be doing? Are you just winging it? Every HR executive has a laundry list of things they wish managers knew: best practices that […]

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135: How to Lead Meetings That Get Results (and That People Want to Attend) | with Karin Hurt

May 1, 2016

Horrible meetings are a cliché of the business world, and with good reason. Most meetings are a waste of time and don’t accomplish much, if anything. Everyone leaves frustrated that they could be doing something more productive with their time — and not only do your results suffer, so does your credibility as a leader.

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069: 9 Telltale Signs of Influence 3.0

December 26, 2013

What used to work for leaders in the past is no longer as effective today. Today’s workforce is more diverse, with more women and more ethnicities represented. New technologies make information accessible to everyone. And globalization means greater competition and opportunities. As a result, the leaders who are producing the best business results are now […]

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Engagership: Stop leading. Start engaging.

October 14, 2013

Since the 1980s, there’s been constant discussion about the difference between a manager and a leader. The basic distinction has been: Manager: Works through people to get things done. Leader: Sets direction and inspires people to get the RIGHT things done. Both are needed, but the consistent message has been that a great leader – […]

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Flexible Thinking: New Research on How Great Leaders Inspire Better Decisions

August 23, 2013

In the past, leaders who made fast decisions inspired confidence and often produced excellent results. In today’s more complex, rapidly changing environment, great leaders use and encourage a different skill that I call “flexible thinking.” New research from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business confirms the importance of flexible thinking, one of the five […]

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030: Why Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Isn’t Enough for Superior Leadership | with David Burnham

March 28, 2013

David Burnham has been a researcher for over 40 years on superior leadership in industry, academia, and governments around the world. He was one of the first thought leaders who called for a new style of leadership, including the necessity of emotional intelligence (EQ). The rest of the world eventually picked up the message about […]

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Impact Thinking: Will Your Leadership Make a Difference?

January 2, 2013

As I’ve shared before, the most powerful mindset for a leader is an impact orientation – being motivated primarily to make a difference in people’s lives. This is in contrast to an achievement orientation (focused on getting tasks done or beating the competition) or affiliation orientation (focused on being liked and accepted by people). Leadership […]

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3 Ways to Enjoy Work and Achieve More in 2013

December 26, 2012

I like to make an impact. And I’m very good at getting things done, solving problems, and achieving excellent results. As a result, on any given project or initiative, my natural tendency is to become the project team’s hub rather than one of the spokes. That means practically every decision or significant activity will require […]

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