You Can’t Handle the Truth!

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Let me ask you a question: As a leader, how do you handle an underperforming team member? Do you wish, hope, and pray that they will improve their performance, that they will change their ways, that they will have some mystical epiphany and correct all of their performance shortcomings? Do you turn … Read more

You Might Be a Leader If…

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The debate has swirled for years about the difference between leadership and management, with some swearing that there is no difference whatsoever. Well, I'm in the camp that believes there is a distinction between the two, and it's not just semantics. Now, don't get me wrong, I believe that … Read more

Leaders: To Get Ahead, Give it a Rest

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In business – and life – today most of us wear our exhaustion as a status symbol and our “bizziness” like a badge of honor. We put a high value on employees who are so dedicated that they put in beaucoup (that’s a highly technical Cajun term meaning lots and lots) of hours at work. I’m no body … Read more

Do You See “Dead People?”

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Do you see “dead people?” No, not in the sense of the movie “The Sixth Sense.” I’m talking about the walking dead – also known as disengaged employees. … Read more

Seven Steps Successful Leaders Take Every Day

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If I know you – and I think I do – your “To Do” list is as long as your arm. And the last thing you want or need is me giving you more stuff to add to your list. BUT, I also know that you are always looking for ways to be a more effective leader. Well, having learned lots of lessons the hard way, … Read more

The Buck Stops Here

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Accountability. We talk about it. We toss the word around. We say we believe in it and we have it in our organizations. But what is it, really? Put simply, accountability is one's responsibility for one's obligations. Basically, you hold true to the promises you make. With true accountability … Read more

There’s an App for That!

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Sometimes I have to wonder if modern technology has brought us too many conveniences. I know that statement is pure blasphemy to some people, but too much of a good thing can be, well, not so good. When you think about all of the technology gadgets we have at our disposal for keeping in touch. … Read more

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast!

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First of all, I'd like you to take a deep breath in and slowly exhale. There. Didn't that feel good? You may want to repeat the process a couple times, but do so slowly. (Otherwise, you'll end up hyperventilating, which would defeat the purpose.) I have to be honest, with all I have going on this … Read more

The Circle of Trust

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In the movie, Meet the Parents, Greg Focker, (played by Ben Stiller) spends the weekend at his girlfriend's parents' home and has to deal with her intimidating father, Jack Byrnes, (played by Robert DiNero). If you've seen this movie, you'll recall that Jack constantly watches Greg and repeatedly … Read more

Six Easy, Quick, and Pain-Free Ways to Increase Employee Engagement and Your Own Happiness

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Yup. You heard me right. Increase employee engagement AND your own happiness. You're probably wondering how on earth are those two connected? Well, as it turns out leaders, the level of engagement in your organization (read: company, division, department, family, etc.) is directly proportionate … Read more