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Are Your Words Diluting Your Message?!

Ever hear of a word that’s the opposite of the same word?! The name for that is a contronym. Perfect for 2020, wouldn’t you say?! Now I didn’t know this, but sometimes contronyms are called Janus words because Janus was the “ancient Roman god of doorways, of beginnings, and of the rising and setting of …

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They Won’t t Learn From Their Mistakes If You Don’t Take These Six Steps

Problems come in all shapes and sizes. Don’t get mad. Get learning! Sure, proper planning, resources, and discipline, can prevent many problems from ever happening. But no matter how hard we try, some will slip through, anyway – that’s just reality. So how best can we learn from the bad things that happen? Mistakes are …

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When Will You Stop Sabotaging Yourself Like This?

A leader’s success can easily be predicted by how pressure affects performance. But while the pressures that organizations routinely place on leaders can be tremendous, it’s the pressures leaders put on themselves that are often more powerful…and debilitating. Pressures Imposed by the Organization The list of pressures that organizations put on leaders is near-infinite. Here …

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Venting vs. Clearing

“I just HATE when they complain like that,” one leader said exasperatedly. Sure. I get it. People grouse, grip, grumble, moan, bellyache, carp, whine, and yammer all the time. Especially at work. And all that negativity can all-too-easily negate an otherwise decent mood you’re in. So what to do? What CAN you do? Definition of …

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Assessing An Interviewee’s Conflict Management Skills

Being able to effectively handle challenging conversations is an essential leadership skill. But is there a way to assess someone’s conflict competence – or any other leadership competency, for that matter – BEFORE you hire them? Absolutely! Here, as example, are some conversation-starters you can easily add to your upcoming interviews: “People don’t always agree. …

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Leadership Move #15: Be Bolder

Here are seven leadership moves to help you be bolder, more easily: Purposefully Push The Envelope – Show what you’ve got…and to see what happens. You can always apologize (mop up?!) later if someone thinks you went too far. (Remember: You have been given leadership responsibility for a reason – so lead.) Be More Visible …

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