Skills for effective leadership: Correcting communication breakdowns

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca

Communications break down for many reasons—messages go undelivered, are misunderstood,…

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Skills for effective leadership: Owning communications—for better or worse

“The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” Sidney J. Harris

Effective communication…

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Step 3 of 3 steps to hire and retain leaders who fit your culture: Prove

You’ve clarified job requirements, assessed candidate capabilities, and now it’s time to put your findings to the test.

We’ve looked at the first two steps in hiring and retaining effective…

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Step 2 of 3 steps to hire and retain leaders who fit your culture: Assess

Assessments guide you in determining whether and how a leader candidate may match your needs.

In our last post, we covered Step 1 of hiring and retaining best-fit leaders: clarifying…

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Steps to hire and retain to culture

Step 1 of 3 steps to hire and retain leaders who fit your culture: Clarify

Step 1 may seem basic, but a lot of trouble can stem from skipping basics.

What happens when the leader you hired doesn’t turn out to be the leader you…

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Positive first impression

Creating a Positive Impression

No do-overs! Make the most of your one chance to make a positive first impression.

Did you know you are pre-programmed to think a certain way when you first meet…

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Resiliency matters (because nothing in life is perfect).

Resiliency: The idea is how to be a good leader in an imperfect environment, not trying to create the perfect environment to be a good leader.

When we talk about…

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your choice

The leader you are–or will be–is a choice. Your choice!

How comfortable are you with being uncomfortable? 

So much of our day-to-day life as leaders doesn’t involve (consciously) making choices about how to be a great leader. We start each…

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no excuses

What it takes to be a “no excuses” leader.

You have to be able to say “pass or fail” to yourself. Banish the “buts”! 

One of the key ingredients of ownership–essential to being a great leader–is a no-excuses approach.…

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How are you measuring yourself against the accountability bar? 

The leader is the high bar of the group; very few times is the team going to be more accountable than you. 

If you expect good people to follow you…

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