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Managing the Leadership Struggle

I don’t know about you, but I’m missing the pre-pandemic days. Lately, so many of us seem to be struggling. We’re worried about health and safety, job security, childcare, homeschooling, family issues and work-life balance. And those among us managing other people may also be in the middle of a very real leadership struggle. Here

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Not Training Leaders? Here’s What You’re Risking

Some people — okay, most people — are pitched into the leadership fray without really knowing how to perform. Some have the potential to lead and have demonstrated great technical expertise. But few naturally possess the leadership skillset to be successful right out of the chute. And unfortunately, studies show most organizations don’t provide much

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Leadership Sin

People regularly lose their golden opportunity to lead for one of three reasons. They either don’t recognize, or refuse to stop doing those things followers despise.  What leadership sin do employees and followers detest? Keep reading.


Millennial Perspective — Professionalism is Not Commonsense

One of the most common frustrations among leaders and employees today fundamentally lies in differing expectations of professionalism. Ultimately, as opposing as two people’s expectations can be — it’s important to establish a cohesive expectation in order to improve your workplace culture. Let’s take a look at what leaders need to know…

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Managing Change? Use These 7 Questions

The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly a season of incredible change, great stress and heightened fear for all of us. In fact, in a recent survey, 7 out of 10 employees indicated the COVID-19 pandemic is the most stressful of their entire professional career.  Many leaders, their people and their organizations are overwhelmed managing change along

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Professional Speakers: The Overlooked Essential Service Provider

“Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close up.” No, I’m not some Hollywood diva nor do I desire to be.  I’m just a working professional speaker, trainer, consultant and author who, like most everyone I know, has had a lot on his mind recently. Since early March 2020, most of my professional colleagues have experienced professional

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Customizable Workplaces Will Win

It used to be really easy to spot the difference between the wants and needs of employees among different generations. However, the more I study the five generations in today’s American workforce, I am even more convinced of all generation’s commonalities versus differences. Because of this, here’s why customizable workplaces will win in the future.

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Walk the Talk: How’s Your Leadership Credibility?

During the leadership development training I conduct, people often share the clearest perspective on great leadership. They also come up with some of the biggest problems leaders create for themselves. One person brought up the critical issue of leadership credibility. In short, why is it important for leaders to walk the talk? And what happens

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Smart Move: Don’t Give Employees What They Want

Earning trust and respect is hard — losing it is easy. One smart move leaders should make: Don’t give employees what they want. Here’s what I mean…

Do your leaders and managers need some polish on their soft skills?