Poor Leaders Have No Followers

Technically, a “poor” leader is actually not a “leader”. By definition, a leader must have willing followers. As John Maxwell states, “if you think you’re leading and no one is following, you’re only taking a walk”. The term leader is used, and abused, in many …

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Leading on Purpose versus by Accident

When something must get done, typically, someone with a vision and a plan steps up and takes charge – on purpose, or someone reluctantly volunteers or is told they are responsible and does what they think is right and hopes for the best. The first …

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People Will Follow if You Lead

People yearn to follow. We have an intrinsic desire to be part of something that is meaningful and will have a positive impact. Have you ever been in a situation where something needs to get done, or a decision must be made and there is …

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You Can’t Show Empathy If You Don’t Care

Much has been written about the importance, and power, of Emotional Intelligence (EI/EQ) and its role in building teams, being a good leader and creating positive corporate culture. No doubt it can be a big difference maker but what if the leader doesn’t care? What …

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We Need More “Crazy” Leaders

*Crazy Leaders haven’t lost their minds or “gone off the deep end”. They see things differently and are passionate about leading and inspiring others to a higher level of thinking and more fulfilled level of living. Status quo oriented peers such as managers and power …

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Reputation Builders For Entrepreneurs (and Intrapreneurs)

Whether you have your own business, are thinking of going on your own, or you are running a division or business unit within a large corporation, the following guidelines for reputation building all apply. Without a strong and positive reputation, the critical word of mouth …

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Walk Your Talk – Create a Tribe

It is easier to defer and deflect to others’ shortcomings or failures than to deal with our own. We often defend our attitudes or perspectives based on what we do/don’t do and how we’re different from others to justify our behaviours and beliefs.  When this …

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Don’t Put Down Your Competition – It may Backfire!

In this blog I share how a competitor’s lack of professionalism and jealousy helped me lock-in a positive, long-term client relationship. A competitor, who was being championed by an executive who had worked with him in another organization, called into question the judgement of the …

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Don’t Sugar-coat Bad News

No one enjoys delivering bad news; however, there are times when it must be done, by you, to bring about change or address difficult situations. How you present and deliver the news will directly affect how employees react to it and ultimately accept it. There …

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