Our meetings often suck ... the life out of everyone. How can we stay energized and on track during hard team work?

Our meetings often suck ... the life out of everyone. How can we stay energized and on track during hard team work?

We know leaders want the precious time they have with their teams to be productive and full of connection. It’s challenging to keep energy up when the stakes are high. Combat common issues leaders juggle when staring down the challenge of holding effective meetings with these helpful ideas.

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What are You Growing at Your Company?

What are You Growing at Your Company?

As a leader, you’re something of a gardener. It’s your job to nurture people and the culture so there’s a positive environment - a place where people are growing into their best selves, cultivating their talents, and working together for everyone’s benefit. Without tending, your company can become as unwelcoming as that gravel-strewn back lot of weeds.

Consider these five steps to tend your cultural garden as you work and lead.

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Setting limits without saying no

Setting limits without saying no

Whether you are an individual contributor, a department head, or a CEO answering to a board, you can often find yourself in the position of being asked to do more work than is possible given the time and resources available.

The bad news is I don’t have a magic formula for adding infinitely more work capacity.

The good news is I do have some magic phrases for responding to requests (or demands) for more work in a way that manages your capacity while still being a good team player.

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Why biz owners get stuck working in biz instead of on biz

Why biz owners get stuck working in biz instead of on biz

A little mea culpa is in order here. 

The good news is that I've been working with some amazing clients alongside colleagues, and making a real difference to leaders and teams around the country.

The bad news is - yep - I got stuck working in the business instead of on the business. I've posted updates and started discussions in LinkedIn, and have tweeted occasionally, yet I have not done much marketing beyond doing the best job possible for the clients we have right now. 

It's completely addicting, and yet...

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Are you promoting people who do things better or help others do better?

Are you promoting people who do things better or help others do better?
In my recent article, I share how people in leadership positions tend to bring along more of their old habits than is helpful. This is a common pitfall people face when they move up into positions that need leadership more than management or technical expertise. If you are experiencing this challenge, another negative side-effect may be that you are promoting other people because they are great at doing things.
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Follow-up to our newsletter on how employees understand your vision

Follow-up to our newsletter on how employees understand your vision
Studies show – and you probably know – given the choice between the words someone says and the actions that person does, people trust most what a person does. This applies to non-verbal communication like voice tonality and body posture, yet it applies even more strongly to those actions a person takes that can only be seen.
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