Are You Afraid You're Not Doing the Whole Leader Thing the Right Way? Stop Worrying.

Are You Afraid You're Not Doing the Whole Leader Thing the Right Way? Stop Worrying.

Early in my career, I was promoted and overnight, I was a manager with a team of new direct reports. Thrown into a new role with a team to go along with it was a difficult transition. My boss thought I was ready, so that was that. While I was focusing on the tactical and operational responsibilities of my new role, I was struggling with the nuances of the whole leadership thing.

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How to Easily Strengthen Your Leadership Skills and Build Better Relationships in the Process

How to Easily Strengthen Your Leadership Skills and Build Better Relationships in the Process

If you are a manager of people, you know how important leadership can be on the job. If you're a team lead you know how challenging it can be to lead others without that dotted line responsibility. You may wonder if you're an effective leader and look to leadership programs that cost an arm and a leg.

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You Need a Vacation, and This Is How to Make Sure all Hell Doesn't Break Loose While You're Out of the Office

You Need a Vacation, and This Is How to Make Sure all Hell Doesn't Break Loose While You're Out of the Office

If you want to alleviate your worst fears about what’s going to happen when you’re out of the office, here are some business tips for you. This article is written for managers and leaders in mind, but it applies to anyone who needs to assign tasks to other people at work when they schedule a vacation or take a staycation.

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If You're a Manager, This Is the Reason Why You Need to Take Some Time Off This Summer

If You're a Manager, This Is the Reason Why You Need to Take Some Time Off This Summer

It's vacation season, but if you're a manager with direct reports, you may not plan to take any time off this summer. That’s unfortunate, but it’s not unusual. Most American workers don’t take all their vacation days for whatever reason. You may have plenty of accrued paid time off, yet find it challenging to schedule the right time to be away from the office.

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If People Think You’re Rude, They May Have a Point

If People Think You’re Rude, They May Have a Point

It may be hard to wrap your brain around this, and you may not agree, but if people think you’re rude, you probably are. It’s their perception, and that’s what counts. Your perception of you doesn’t really matter. Only theirs. Somewhere along the line, your intention to be polite and respectful to others and get stuff done has gone awry…

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What You Need to Know About Manager Credibility

What You Need to Know About Manager Credibility

In my role as a talent development professional, I have been helping managers become better leaders for longer than I like to admit (think decades, not years).  When I facilitate leadership sessions, participants are often surprised to learn that I believe credibility is the most essential trait of a leader. I am not surprised to learn…

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Straight Talk About Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace and What You Can Do

Straight Talk About Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace and What You Can Do

We've always had sexual harassment in the workplace. It’s not a new phenomenon. What’s become painfully obvious is we are still so confused over what it is, exactly.  The term sexual misconduct is getting a lot of attention lately.  Whereas some people may understand it’s the broad term to encompass…

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How to Be a Better Leader in 10 Minutes

How to Be a Better Leader in 10 Minutes

You may be kicking some serious ass around the office, but to what degree is leadership part of your day-to-day? It’s an important consideration. If you’re an individual contributor leadership may not even be on your radar because it’s not an expectation of your role.  If you’re a team lead or manager with direct reports, you may be so busy managing that you have little time for leading.

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