Persuasion/Influence

Getting Real About Leadership

Published on October 10, 2014 by

I'm happy to feature a guest post from Bill Treasurer, Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting and author of the book Leaders Open Doors. It's a refreshing book on what makes extraordinary leaders and it's a short read.

 

Originally published at Thin Difference on 5/15/2013.

 Getting Real ...

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Leaders: What Your Followers Are Afraid to Say

Published on January 31, 2014 by

When it comes to leadership, the higher you go, the more isolated and insulated you become from your followers. That means you're not likely to even know the one question that's on the mind of every one on your team or in your organization.

What question is that, you ask? ...

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Listening and Self-Delusion

Published on September 12, 2013 by

I received a group email from a colleague the other day and I couldn't stop laughing. The topic of the email was on communication and this is how he summed up his communications skills:

"I love to hear myself talk. It's nice to have others hear me sometimes, too."  

He ...

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Enlightened Leadership

Published on August 24, 2013 by

A few weeks back I spent a couple of days with a senior leader who wanted to develop his "leadership intelligence." He has produced outstanding results in many ways and he has superb "technical skills,"  but his people skills were suffering. As a result, his relationships were suffering as well. Great leaders produce ...

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“Shut Up and Listen”

Published on August 17, 2013 by

Families and companies have a lot in common.

After all, both families and companies are made up of people. That means there are plenty of opportunities for misunderstanding,  unresolved conflict and power plays. On the positive side, there are plenty of opportunities for connection, collaboration and the option of sharing power.

When we aren't ...

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The Magic Of Asking For What You Want

Published on June 5, 2013 by

I had an interesting conversation with my client Paula* yesterday. The week before had been tough at work, and she was down on herself for not “doing better.” Then, yesterday, Paula was in a much different place and told me about all of the great things that had ...

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Creating a Culture of Engagement: Why It’s Both Simple and Hard

Published on March 30, 2013 by

Creating a culture of engagement isn't a matter of rocket science--it's pretty simple. It's not that we don't know what to do to solve our employee engagement problems--it's that we fail to do what we know. For instance, most every leader knows how important it is to:

  • Have a ...
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Who Owns Employee Engagement?

Published on March 26, 2013 by

Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen was recently interviewed by businessjournal.gallup.com on employee engagement and said, "Engagement is a state of mind. People either are engaged or they're not. You can feel it. I can walk into any company, and I can tell you in 15 minutes whether people are engaged or not ...

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Leading an “Employee Engagement” Revolution

Published on March 15, 2013 by

A consulting colleague told me today about a four day leadership meeting he facilitated. Everyone was excited. The CEO had been talking the event up and made sure everyone knew he would be there ready to participate. But the leadership event came and went--without the top leader--and without any explanations ...

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Employee Engagement: Where Do We Start?

Published on March 11, 2013 by

"Employee engagement" is a hot topic in the workplace today--and for good reason. More and more "employees" are feeling stretched beyond their capacity, feeling under-appreciated and under-valued. (Please note that I didn't say "under-paid." For the most part, money isn't the problem and more money isn't the solution to the ...

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