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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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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 Moves #31: Use Your Authority to Make Good Things Happen Sooner

Great bosses use their authority to unlock important doors for their staff. Is another department causing problems for your team? Use your authority (by calling who needs to be called) to get things moving in the right direction, again. Is there some sort of roadblock that’s slowing down an important project? Use your authority (by …

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Leadership Move #12: Master the Difficult Conversation

Conversations are an essential part of your job, especially those difficult conversations. Difficult conversations are the ones where you know you need to talk with someone about something, but you expect that they’ll either: (a) want to vociferously disagree with you, or (b) become upset, agitated, or disgruntled by what you are saying. Said another …

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Leadership Move #10: Be Courageous

Unlike many (most?) people, leaders are often seen as being truly fearless. Even the most challenging of circumstances, whatever they may be, seem to create little to no fear for (or in) them. But that’s not always (read: actually) the case. Don’t Fear the Fear Sometimes, leaders feel a LOT of fear. Even if you …

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