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Four Questions For Your Direct Reports

July 15 @ 5:06 pm

As you grow as a leader you find yourself spending more time developing people and less time knee-deep in the weeds. Here are four questions to ask your direct reports on a regular basis. If you do so, they will evolve in their ability to deliver results and you will develop as a leader.

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The Business of People

July 15 @ 5:06 pm

Running a business with employees is messy and fraught with challenges, not the least of which is the challenge that so many employees are also people — people who have dreams, fears, families, loneliness, hope, illness, optimism, and all of whom want to be part of a successful endeavor.

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Good Boss / Bad Boss

July 15 @ 5:06 pm

Good bosses matter. The context you create for your top talent can mark the difference between a mediocre and a top performer.

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Developing People is the Heart of Management

July 15 @ 5:06 pm

Good managers structure the work that must be done in ways that develop the people doing the work. Linda Hill and Kent Lineback, Being the Boss, The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader

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The Difference Between a Coach and a Mentor

July 15 @ 5:06 pm

A coach helps you be successful in business. A mentor helps you be successful in this business, — in this company, in this industry.

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People follow you because…

July 15 @ 5:06 pm

I believe, however, that pitches are won — and people are willing to follow you — not because you’ve twisted someone’s arm, but because people see that you understand them, that you’ve applied the time and the sensitivity to do so, and that you possess a special gift that can help them reach their heart’s desire. — Kevin Allen, Win the Pitch: Tips from Mastercard’s “Priceless” Pitchman

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Lessons from Carol Bartz

July 15 @ 5:06 pm

The unceremonious and poorly executed firing of Carol Bartz last week has pundits and leadership experts debating whether we are entering a new age of transparency in the upper echelons of leadership. While a new age of transparency may be upon us — and indeed would be most welcome — there is no question that Ms. Bartz handled herself poorly on several fronts. Lucy Kellaway, of the Financial Times, nails it (ft.com). She says that…

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Innovative Leadership

July 15 @ 5:06 pm

I just started reading Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. I hadn’t even made it out of the preface when I came across this gem:  Innovative leaders share a trio of fundamental traits: A deep and abiding recognition that their people bring their humanity to work with them every day. An understanding that the absolute division between the work realm and the personal realm is naive and unhelpful. A belief that twenty-first…

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Cohesive Leadership

July 15 @ 5:06 pm

A spotlight post highlighting some research on, what I call, Cohesive Leadership, reinforcing what I mean by an aligned organization and a cohesive leadership team. A cohesive leaderhsip team trusts one another, leverages each other’s skills to innovate, commits to a common agenda, and delivers results.

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Review: What Got You Here Won't Get You There

July 15 @ 5:06 pm

A little bit of success is a dangerous thing. It lulls us into believing that we are savvy and invincible, that what got us to this point will continue to propel us forward.

I learned so many things from this book. Goldsmith is the preeminent executive coach of our time. I learned as much about my craft as an executive coach from reading between the lines as I did from digesting the text.

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