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How to Deal with a Difficult Team Member

Sooner or later we all have them. We don’t ever wish for them, but they show up nonetheless. Difficult people, non-performers, ‘challenging’ team members, whatever you want to call them. Whenever conflict or low performance arises, we are tempted to avoid it, procrastinate dealing with it, or ask someone else to resolve it for us. But the truth is that anytime we let conflict go – for whatever reason – it only gets worse. So we know we must deal with these people...

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How to Deal with a Difficult Team Member

Challenges of Leading from the Middle of the Organization

As top leaders we often expect the people on our leadership team to see the world the same way we do. But that is rarely, if ever, an accurate assumption (or maybe better stated ‘hope’). Leaders in the middle of an organization – those not the top leader, or the front line employees – have a unique situation. To lead them most effectively, we need to view the organization from their perspective. This article will present just three of the (many) unique challenges...

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Challenges of Leading from the Middle of the Organization

5 Ways to Become More Influential with People

Throughout my career I have certainly learned – sometimes more slowly than others – the importance and value of influence. Leading isn’t possible without influence, and only through leading effectively can we really expect to make a lasting impact on the world. Fortunately, being selected as a founding partner with John in the John Maxwell Team, I’ve enjoyed an exceptionally fast-paced and amazing journey (almost ‘super-powerful’, but I’ll leave that for another...

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The 4 Trends Driving Today’s Most Important Business Leadership Challenge

Today I’d like to share with you for just a few minutes to bring you completely up to speed on the 4 key trends, based upon my current work with a variety of business clients, that are driving today’s most important leadership challenge in business. And that challenge is…developing great leaders of great teams in the middle of your organization. Why? First, research from the Gallup organization shows that a whopping 82% of people hired or promoted into new...

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The 4 Trends Driving Today’s Most Important Business Leadership Challenge

Visionaries, Talent Managers and Achievers: What They Each Do For Business Success

In a general sense there are three major categories of personalities in the work environment. (While the right number of categories can be endlessly argued, this article is intended to describe these three types that have been identified through experience, and talk about why it is important to understand them.) The three categories are Visionaries, Talent Manager and Achievers. Let’s look at them a little more closely, based upon important characteristics of their...

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5 Powerful Ways Strengths-based Talent Management Manages Weaknesses

For fun, let’s start (warm-up, if you will) with dispelling a couple myths about strengths-based talent management that have been around for quite a while. Myth #1: A strength used to excess can become a weakness. Truth #1: Strengths are strengths. They become bad (ineffective) only when used with negative intent, to gain power or control, or cover-up for a true weakness. Have you heard this one? You know “a strength used to excess can be a weakness”. That hogwash....

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5 Powerful Ways Strengths-based Talent Management Manages Weaknesses

4 Lessons to Intentionally Living a Life of Significance

All of us, at least at some point in our lives, have a desire to be someone…to make a positive difference in the world…to make our life count…and add-value to others. It isn’t a question of intention. But, intention alone is not enough. The question is, ‘How am I going to do it?’ Question: How do I turn my good intentions into good actions? Answer: Intentional living is the bridge from intention to action. It’s almost impossible to be significant, to make a...

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4 Lessons to Intentionally Living a Life of Significance

“It’s Me. I’m the Problem.”

Said by no business leader, ever. (Well, okay. There was that one guy, but he was the exception.) Yet, it’s often one of the most powerful statements there is in business. I’ll often ask an audience, “What’s the one thing you would change to improve the performance of your organization?” As you can imagine I get all types of answers, everything from team structure and compensation to policies and procedures. Rarely, do I hear the most powerful answer: “Me. I’d...

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“It’s Me. I’m the Problem.”

The Only 2 Numbers that Really Matter for 2017

There are two numbers that mean more to your success in 2017, and beyond, than any others. Grab a piece of paper and write them down. You already know them. (No, this isn't a magic trick where I guess the numbers.) Here they are: the amount of a) money and b) time you’ve budgeted this year for personal growth. Go ahead and write them down. So what did you write? Most people’s answers are:  0 hours / 0 dollars. So I probably could have guessed your numbers after...

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The Only 2 Numbers that Really Matter for 2017

Former Navy SEALs on How Leadership Impacts a Team

Former Navy SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin explain how leadership can directly effect the success of a team. Does the quality of the leader impact the performance of the team? Watch this short video (below), hear their experience, then you decide. What can you do about it in your organization?

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Former Navy SEALs on How Leadership Impacts a Team