Leadership

Sooner or later, no matter the job title or the company, people are going to experience stress at work. In fact, the American Psychological Association conducted surveys recently which indicated nearly two-thirds of Americans list work as a prime source for stress. Further studies showed about one-third of employees experiencing chronic work stress, while only 36 percent of those surveyed indicated that their place of...

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Have you ever put off doing something because you weren’t sure of how it might turn out? If so, you're not alone. So many of us are afraid of failing the neurosis has its own medical diagnosis (atychiphobia, the irrational fear of failing).   The thing is, it's almost impossible to go through life without experiencing some kind of failure. Most of us fail at the micro-level...

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Since the dawn of mankind, communication has been a necessary skill. Whether in grunts and groans or more formal sounds, the ability to communicate was needed for everyday survival. There was a means of expressing danger, anger, happiness, and sorrow in sounds that other people recognized and understood. Today language is sophisticated and precise in both verbal and written forms. With a vocabulary of over...

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For a business to grow and improve, managers must set stretching goals or objectives for their people. Scorecards and personal objectives are a common tool in the modern workplace, but many managers still don't really understand how to set the right goals. Make sure you set your team up for success with this simple guide to setting the best possible annual objectives. Align with the bigger...

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Nobody can succeed all the time. Failure goes right in hand with success. Warren Buffet is a great example of this. His Berkshire Hathaway fund took a $3.5 billion hit in 1993 when he invested in Dexter Shoes. Buffet claims that this was the worst investment he ever made. Explaining his failure to investors, he humorously quoted country singer Bobby Bare saying, "I've never gone...

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Being a great leader isn't easy. It's a tricky balancing act, which many struggle with; the numbers don't lie. Employees across the USA are uninspired and uninterested in their jobs. A recent Gallup poll of 25million+ employees reported over half were not engaged at work. Since Gallup published the study in 2013, employee engagement numbers in the US stagnate. Worse still, around 20% of employees were actively disengaged. This slice of...

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Leadership is not something that can simply be read from a textbook, or taught in a classroom. It is not easy to describe a good leader with just a couple of words. A desirable leader has that special "something" that just seems to exude from them. Something that makes you want to follow them. So, what is it?  What makes a good leader? I speak from both sides...

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It's that dreaded time of the year again: time to take your workplace survey. Oh, how the time is going to drag as you click from page to page answering "strongly agree" to everything just to make the big bosses smile. It doesn't really matter anyway. It's not like your opinion will matter. They probably don't even look at them anyway. It's just a way...

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There are unspoken rules of leadership that are rarely visited once the one seeking high position gains what is requested. To lead others is a privilege that most often is not reached by those that seek it out. The misconception of being a leader is that you are to take the position without hesitation no matter what the cost. Hostility is viewed in duality with...

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Have you ever witnessed a manager or supervisor openly and publicly shaming an employee for doing something wrong? Whether you work with these people or not, if you see it happen, you likely experience the same thing that everyone else does – embarrassment. There’s no doubt that it’s embarrassing for everyone involved to see a leader handling a problem this way, but have you ever...

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