Leadership effectiveness

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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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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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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Change is Good for You, Really!

What if we could view change as good for our health? The research tells us that it actually is – but only if we buy in to the outcome. If we don’t, we perceive it as stressful and we know that’s not good.  In other words, our belief about the benefit of change will effect…

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How to Make Your Message Memorable

If you want to change something (and don’t you?) then you simply must be concise. If you really want to get people to change their mind or take action then you’ll need to make your message memorable. Complex messages don’t drive change. Complexity can be right for some situations but so many of the business…

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Don’t be Late! Seriously, don’t be.

Of all the things that we’re willing to waste, I think for most of us, time is near the bottom of the list. So why do we waste other people’s time? Recently, I waited outside for a fellow professional – for 20 minutes. When she arrived, she muttered a half-hearted apology. Wow, after 20 minutes…

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