How Relating to Others Makes a Good Leader Great

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Genuine. Authentic. Natural. You’re used to seeing these words on the labels of leather shoes or handbags. Yet, these adjectives are also used to describe great leaders. When you are with them, work with them or are simply influenced by them, their style of leadership is often described by how it feels: Genuine. Authentic. Natural.   Some Leaders are Naturally Authentic. While any leader has the potential to engender these feelings in others, those with …

How do you keep the right talent at the table?

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With the U.S. economy supporting over 156 million workers, unemployment levels are now at a record low not seen in over 17 years. While that’s great for our economy, it strains resources and creates challenges to find, recruit and retain talent. Strong salary, benefit and signing offers tempt employees to jump ship. Turnover and recruitment are expensive. So, just how do you keep the right talent at the table? Do you know talent when you …

Book Review: The Dream Manager – Employee Engagement Done Right

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For those who regularly follow my blog, you’ve come to know that my book reviews are not a detailed review of the book. You can get that on Amazon. Rather, they are an understanding of the application of what is in the book and why it may be beneficial for you. If you care about making the most of the greatest asset in your organization, then you will want to continue reading on…   I …

Are you a Strategic leader?

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Strategic™ as a talent theme occurs frequently in the population, showing in the top 5 for 4 million of the 18 plus million people who have taken the Clifton Strengths® Assessment. That is a really great thing. Why? As we learn from the full definition, the ability to sort through the clutter and find the best route is not a skill that can be taught. Strategic leaders shine at establishing a path forward. Just ask …

Power Dynamics: How to Get YOUR Seat at the Table

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Like the childhood game of musical chairs, getting a seat at the table can seem like a rare mix of chance and luck. Colleagues and friends pull out a chair for one another socially. In the real world of business, however, this rarely applies. Getting a seat at the table can be complicated Instead, you often find there is not an available seat – or it is obvious (not to mention awkward!) that you are …

Magic Happens When You Capitalize on Everyone’s Talents

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Need a solution to a problem? Find someone on your team with the talent theme of Restorative™. The short definition of this theme is: People especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.* Not only are they adept at solving problems – they can get energy from it! The talent theme of Restorative ranks #9 of the 34 themes, …

What Do You Do When Others Aren’t Watching?

accountability | accountable

Provocative, yes? Pull your mind back from the gutter. This is not that type of message! In fact, it is about what we don’t do when others aren’t watching. When we’re not accountable to someone, we can easily slack off. My fitness tracker recently stopped charting my exercise and steps taken. While it did not stop me from doing my early morning workouts, the lack of tracking stopped my extra steps during the day. You …

3 Key Coaching Skills for Leaders (and How to Implement Them)

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  “Coaching conversations” are all the rage for leaders, especially when providing feedback on performance. Case in point: in 2013 Deloitte replaced “performance review” with coaching conversations that focus on an employee’s learning and performance.   Major organizations are implementing “coaching conversations” Many other major organizations have followed suit, including Microsoft, Google, Accenture and Adobe. These are large organizations with “large” resources making it easy for them to implement, right? Not so fast. This is …

What’s your leadership style?

  Do you know your leadership style? Do you understand why others follow you? Are you looking to become a leader?   We are all leaders in some form or another You’ve heard the platitude that we are all leaders in some form or another. If we accept the generality of that statement, then we accept that leadership is a talent that we all possess. Yet is it really that generic? If we all have …

Significance: A Rare and Powerful Leadership Talent.

Significance | CliftonStrengths

Significance. The word conjures up an impression of importance. “It was a significant milestone in his life” or “She played a significant role in the product launch.” Not a bad thing indeed. Significance and the CliftonStrengths® Assessment Until Significance™ shows up in the top 5 or 10 talent themes of someone who has taken the CliftonStrengths® assessment. People especially talented in the Significance theme want to make a big impact. They are independent and sort …

A Rant on Leadership Coaching

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The topic was risk and its importance to the process of building or creating something. Whether as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur, uncertainty would be part of the formula. As the attendees weighed in with the ways in which they had taken risks, a handful of the 30 or so in attendance shared that the risk they had taken was to leave a six-figure career to become a leadership coach. Leaving the six-figure career was not …

Want to find employees? The secret might be simpler than you think.

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Is that all it takes to find employees…really?   A recent article in the Houston Business Journal caught my eye: How this Houston tube distributor draws in young employees. An “old” industry – oil and gas – is attracting younger workers. The average age of the company’s employees is 31. This is unusual for an industry that often conjures up images of stodgy, old-fashioned ways of working. Is this how you find employees? The industry …

The Best Leaders Focus on What is Right

Leaders | Leadership strategy

Leaders, I have a question for you. I want to know what the outcome was of your most recent: Performance review Team retreat Strategy meeting Did it close with energy, enthusiasm and expectation? Be honest here… Or was it “Rah-rah! See you at the office tomorrow.” “Thank goodness this is over.” We’re leaders. We aim to inspire and unite. But… For so many workplace activities, the latter response is prevalent. As leaders we want to …

You’ve committed to taking a career risk. Now what?

Career Risk | Risk

  So, you have gone and done it. You’ve committed to taking a risk in your career. Woo-hoo!  Kudos to you. Now I have an important few words of advice for you… GO ALL IN!   When it comes to taking a career risk, do these statements sound familiar? When taking a risk in your career, even a calculated and planned one like yours, so many people start with: I am going to try… I …

The greatest risk you’ll take in your career isn’t what you think.

Risks | Career Risks

We often desire to get to a state of harmony or balance, where we feel we know what needs to and will happen; that it is knowable, planned and foreseeable. While this may be a possibility for relatively immediate outcomes, most of the time our lives do not look like this. The world around us continues to spin and change – and emphasizes the importance of taking risks in our career. What career risk should …

Why Should You Take a Risk in Your Career?

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Why bother? Why take a risk in your career? Things are rolling along. You get along well with your boss and teammates, for the most part. Compensation is fair, benefits are a plus, and you are learning and growing. Why rock the boat? Where do you want to be in your career, really? Is what you are doing now moving you in the direction you want to go? What is the end game for your …

No Risk, No Reward: How to Advance Your Career

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  The art of successful risk-taking involves the ability to identify (and even, create) the right career opportunities that are in alignment with your values and goals. Step 1 is choosing the “right” risks to advance your career… But how do you know which risks are the “right” risks – the ones that are “worth the risk” and move you in the direction you want to go? The first step is to identify what risk …

Transitioning into a new leadership role? Get in and get known!

leader | leadership | moving up | moving forward

A client recently took on a new position in an organization. She has been identified as a potential leader and is given the task of rebuilding a department decimated by turnover. Those remaining are there not by choice; they are there for the paycheck. Stepping in to a “new” leadership position To top it off, the “new” of the position means it is new to my client. She is coming in from the outside with …

How to Share Your Accomplishments Without Sounding Like a Braggart.

Accomplishments | Share your accomplishments

Let your accomplishments speak for themselves. Don’t get a big head. Nice girls don’t brag. Have you heard any of these from well-intentioned parents or teachers? In a general sense, these statements are not bad advice. What Happens When You Let Your Accomplishments “Speak for Themselves”?   But your career – and your success in it – is not general! It is very specific to who you are and the talents that you bring to …

Care About Diversity at Your Organization? Put How Women Rise on Your Must-Read List.

How Women Rise | Women in the Workplace | Women in Business

If you care about diversity and a stronger representation of women in your organization, How Women Rise needs to go to your “must read” list. Released in April 2018, How Women Rise is a collaboration between Marshall Goldsmith and Sally Helgesen. How Women Rise: A Brief Look at the Authors Marshall is an executive coach to leaders of many major organizations and is the author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, a …