How a New Manager Can be a Leader

Never been the boss and now you are? Congratulations! You’ve done well, earned trust and been rewarded with a promotion. You have an opportunity to have an impact on the lives of others now. It’s time to answer 4 big questions that can move you into the role of leader. Becoming the boss is an…

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Using Data to Build Employee Engagement

The data about employee engagement is impressive — and it’s not good. According to Gallup, approximately 70% of the American workforce is disengaged. The costs to the US economy range between $450 to $550 billion annually. It’s commonsense that dispirited and overworked employees are not productive. The question becomes how do we improve employee engagement?…

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How to Get People to Listen

Every person wants to be heard – and that is the foundation of employee engagement. That’s just how simple it is…or not. Leaders must create ways for people to contribute ideas, voice concerns or just confusion in order to engage employees.   Employee engagement has been a popular term for many years and it’s a worthy…

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4 Leadership Lessons from Jordan Spieth

Leaders inspire and motivate others. You can find leaders all around you – in all parts of your life.    We certainly found one this weekend when Jordan Spieth won The Master’s Tournament. At age 21, he demonstrates a maturity and poise that inspires others to achieve their potential – as he humbly accepts the acclaim.…

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10 Ways to Rock a Virtual Presentation

A good performer responds to and interacts with the audience.  So does a good presenter! Successful communication is interactive. It means that the message intended was the message received.  The only way to know that is to create interaction. It might be on a high-tech webinar platform or just a conference call, either way it’s important…

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Cut Through the Blah, Blah

Managers love data but people love stories.  If you want to go directly to the hearts of your listeners, tell a story. You’ll need more than just the facts to be persuasive. You’ll need to connect with feelings too. It’s been said for years and it is true that facts make us think and feelings…

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How to See into Your Future

It’s said “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” It may also be true that “the more you can see.” It’s getting quiet now. Winter has arrived. The holidays are wrapping up. It’s year-end and time to start anew. January 1 is, of course, just another day but because of that change in…

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4 Ways to Get Buy-In for Your Vision

“Hey, jump in my car – let’s go!”  You’d never do that without asking “Why and where are we going?”  We all need to know why and where. A vision is a destination – it’s just that simple. It’s your desired future state. It’s what you want your business to be. Every business and every…

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5 Must-Learn Lessons from Nike

Nike turned 50 this year. Many businesses don’t make it that long or are absorbed into larger enterprises by that time. Today, Nike is an estimated brand value of $19 billion and is the most valuable sports brand on the Forbes list. Lots of people are surprised to learn that it’s an Oregon company. If…

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How to Jump Start Action

When a new change initiative comes along, it may be greeted with a yawn and a sideways look  – another “Flavor of the Month.” So, how do you get folks to move? Using your own authority or referring to senior leaders’ authority by saying “They say we have to…” may create polite compliance but ultimately…

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