Leadership Tips

What NOT to do to Make Friends and Motivate People—Backed by Science

by Ann Connor

In a world where we’ve become ingrained to expect rewards for good behavior and punishment for poor results, it may seem counterintuitive to tell you to abandon it all. But, after recent studies and years of research, that may be just the thing your company needs to boost creativity and progress within your business. Read on for the three things not to do in order to gain respect and motivate your employees.

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Your Pain Points

By Jeff Saari

Effective Leadership

In a session this morning my client told me that the reason he has become more effective in his leadership is because he had a ‘humbling’ experience last year.  This manager almost didn’t make it in his organization as his behavior over time had become toxic.  He first came to me after this humbling experience and he and I have done some really great, challenging and fun work together.  The humbling experience was getting 360 feedback in the organization which was largely critical, as well as being put on the chopping block if he didn’t turn around.  I like his story so much because it illustrates that 1. we can turn around, and 2. we need to know what our blind spots or pain points are in order to grow.

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How Old Habits CAN Die Hard (in 3 Easy Steps)

by Ann Connor

We all know the old adage “old habits die hard.” And if you’ve ever tried to break a bad habit—from nail biting to desert cravings—un-conditioning your body can be a seriously difficult task. So much so that, even the science community didn’t think it was all that possible…until now. Turns out there is hope after all!

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Focusing Forward and Being Present

by Carol Williams

The REAL answers to your Strategic Stuckness are embedded in the question: “if it’s so easy, why aren’t we all doing it?” Let’s jump into some effective FOCUSING strategies!

This is for you if ANY of these feel true:

– You start out with a plan

– Your plan is a joke by day’s end and you’re asking “why bother?”

– You start out without a plan…responding to emergencies (which somehow don’t quit)

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Best Hiring Practices

What You Can and Can’t Ask a Job Applicant

In the course of your search for your next employee there are federal and state rules you will want to keep in mind…

According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 62% of small businesses recently reported hiring or trying to hire employees. Many small businesses are stressed to find qualified job applicants and are scrambling to fill positions. If you are in the market for a new employee, there are many considerations: Does the applicant have the skills to do the job? Will he or she fit into your company culture? Can you afford the cost of a potential new employee? Great questions to ask. But in the course of your search for your next employee, be sure you don’t run into conflict with federal and state rules. If you go about it the wrong way, you not only can lose out on hiring the next best employee but can be exposed to possible legal action against you. Here are federal and state rules to observe so you can hire wisely.

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7 New Types of Leadership Models for Innovative Thinkers by Chris Viscomi

When it comes to aligning with any of the new types of leadership models, it pays to get creative and break the mold.

Why is this the case?

The fact is, the corporate structure has long been a fairly uniform thing.

Historically speaking, executives were perceived as straight-laced individuals. They wore immaculately pressed suits and carried subdued reactions. In turn, they were viewed as the quintessential professional.

Think of classic films or TV shows like Mad Men. In past eras, executives always said the right thing and were not easily ruffled.


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