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Taking Charge in a New Leadership Role

One of the most difficult human activities is to take on something new and feel comfortable doing so, especially when your experience in the past has been limited. Remember when you were promoted to department manager or you were given responsibility to supervise another individual? Recall, if you can, how

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Under Promising, Over Performing – The Art of Being and Effective

Often we take shortcuts in doing what is required. To be recognized as true leaders and develop trust among our peers, followers, and boards of directors, we need to deliver against what we say we will do. So many of us have a hard time keeping in check the “Yes,

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Meetings, Ah Meetings: Tips To Make Them Productive

If you ever stopped to figure out how much meetings cost, you would be amazed at the staggering price of a sit-down. We need to aware of the cost of having meetings and plan carefully. I’m not referring to the three-day off-site meetings that have a specific purpose to them.

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The Leadership Journey: Becoming an Enlightened Leader (Part II)

Last month, we introduced you to the 12 lessons of the Leader’s journey. Lesson II: Seek out role models and think big: Successful leaders, whether their goal is to build a company from scratch or build a career as an executive at an existing organization, study those who have gone

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The Leadership Journey: Becoming an Enlightened Leader (Part I)

Leaders need to go beyond knowing the answers to seeking the answers. How can I become a more effective leader? What steps can I take to enhance my leadership skills? Every thoughtful executive or manager should ask such questions regularly. In this article, we’ll offer some practical approaches to answering

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Project Leadership – Is It Different Than Functional Leadership?

It is interesting to view leadership of projects through the standard leadership lens and figure out if it is different (and perhaps more difficult) than leading in a functional organization. Leaders are used to functional organizations like sales and marketing, engineering, manufacturing, operations, finance, and human resource departments. Projects, by

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Setting Your Goals The SMART Way

For many, goal setting seems to be a waste of time. Why do we need to plan where we are going when we know where we want to end up? Just think about it. Would you ever embark on a cross-country car trip without laying out a map and marking

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Who I Am Makes a Difference

This is the time of year when “I sharpen my saw” as Stephen Covey says. This is the time to step back, reflect upon what is going on in our lives, and recommit to our life’s work. As leaders in our respective vocations, our followers often will take pot shots

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Just Do It!

I can just hear my readers now. Oh, you stole the Nike phrase; you’ll have a problem. Having the ethical values I do, I went to the Nike web site and explored throughout, looking for the phrase “Just Do It” with a copyright. Nope, but I did see a phrase

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“H” Humility – the Antithesis of Arrogance

This business environment is certainly teaching us the meaning of the word humility—the antonym of arrogance. How often do we see the quality of arrogance in our business leaders? Some might call this confidence. Being confident is a good quality, but being arrogant is not, particularly when you are leading

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