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  • How to Develop a Strong Leadership Presence

    When admired, respected leaders walk into a room where others are gathered, their presence sends a message about who they are and what they represent. Those around them form judgments in a matter of seconds and the impressions are lasting. The intangible traits they emanate begin to create or reinforce their leadership presence, a critical factor separating high-performing leaders from those less successful. A strong leadership presence expands the leadership potential of every leader and here’s how you can develop yours.

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  • How to Know If You Are a Micromanager

    Micromanagement is excessive oversight of an employee’s work. When a manager hovers, it causes the employee to feel mistrusted to competently do the work assigned. It can tear down motivation since having autonomy is highly valued by most employees. Below are listed the telltale signs of micromanagement. Identify those that you frequently display to determine if you are slipping into this potentially destructive behavior pattern.

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  • Three Performance Management Blind Spots Leaders Should Avoid

    Managing staff member performance is challenging at best. Individuals come to work with a variety of skills, attitudes, and experiences that require leaders to be adept at adapting to varying needs by using customized approaches. One size does not fit all. Because performance management is complex and time consuming, it is easy for leaders to be blindsided by engaging in practices that won’t work or may even make things worse. Watch out for these attitudes and behaviors that most likely will back fire.

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  • 4 Things Leaders Misjudge During Change

    With the rapid pace of complex change in most organizations, leaders often get drawn into activities that take them away from the staff members they are leading. Frequent meetings outside of the work unit tend to be a major culprit. Absence from meaningful contact can cause leaders to misread what staff members are experiencing, some of which may be emotional and intense. Here are four critical dynamics leaders misjudge during times of change.

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  • 5 Email Mistakes to Avoid Making

    The average number of business-related emails employees send and receive each day is approximately 120. That number is projected to soar to 140 by 2018. That means you will likely be frequently communicating via email, now and in the future. While the use of email can be efficient and effective, its misuse can be irritating to others at best and damaging to relationships at worst. Avoid these mistakes that can significantly reduce the value of your communication.

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  • How to Know if Your Team is High Performing

    Not all teams achieve the elite status of being called high performing. Most are adequate, accomplishing what they need to do in order to complete a collaborative task. Few, however, become a fine-tuned machine, capable of pushing their limits and achieving beyond expectations. Here are the characteristics of truly high performing teams.

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  • 5 Ways to Be a Better Leader This Year

    A new year presents an opportunity to fine-tune your leadership skills with new ideas or to refresh what you already know that may have gone dormant. Think about what you did well in 2015 and how you could have been even more effective. Here are some ways you can significantly improve your approach, making for a happier you and a more satisfied workforce.

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  • 4 Behaviors Leaders Often Reward, but Shouldn’t

    Are you mindful of what you are reinforcing when you reward staff behavior? Are you sure it is really what you want to reinforce? Remember this important principle: People tend to do more of the behaviors for which they are rewarded. Don’t find yourself inadvertently incenting your staff to utilize the following problematic behaviors.

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  • How to Effectively Delegate to Get the Outcomes You Really Want

    To do it right, delegating should be done intentionally and thoughtfully. Randomly handing out assignments does not make for good results or happy staff members! Good delegation is at the heart of empowerment and requires giving away, not only work assignments, but also authority to make decisions. Poor delegation practice is at the core of micromanagement. Use these guidelines to develop an approach that produces great outcomes while motivating and developing staff skills.

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  • Tips for Making the Transition to a New Leadership Role

    Whether you move to a new organization or transit within your current place of work, the approach you use to begin a new leadership role can help or hinder your success. To staff members, a new leader is the source of hope as well as fear. Will you bring new insight and needed change? Or, will valued practices and relationships be damaged or destroyed? Make sure you send the right signals that calm staff anxiety and focus on building an effective collaboration that leads to a productive work environment. Here’s how.

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