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Are Your Communication Strategies Really Engaging Employees?

The frequency at which the word "engagement" appears in any discussion about employee communication has begun to make me wonder whether we clearly understand what the term means. More importantly, do we understand what it means to our clients, particularly CEOs, when they talk about engagement? We have engagement tools, but can we really say that these tools actually engage employees in the pro

Marcia Xenitelis Articles
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Me? In La-La Land? Brain Engagement and Discretionary Effort

If the organization provides safety and security for employees, then employees will provide the organization with their brawn. But what about the brain? That is a different issue.   Money buys employees’ brawn: at least you can see them at their desk by 8:00 a.m. and see them leave at 5:00 p.m. You observe them walking the halls with papers in hand, working at

Karla Brandau Articles
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A Powerful Sales Technique Courtesy of Honest Abe

If you ask any historian to name the greatest leaders in western civilization, there's a good chance the 16th president of the United States will make the list. He willed his country to victory in the gut-wrenching Civil War, issued the Emancipation Proclamation and facilitated the eventual ratification of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery.   A number of tra

Jeff Beals Articles
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Women in Power: Leadership Differences by Gender

As women progressively enter leadership roles and management positions in organizations that traditionally used to be held by men, many pose questions about leadership styles and gender.   The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that nearly one of four chief executives and one out of twenty top-management positions in Fortune 500 corporations, are women. These stati

Yulia Vinnytska Articles
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Traits of a Leader

How do we define leadership in the 21st century? One of the first systematic attempts to study leadership was the “trait theory.” Early trait theories were called “great-man” theories. They focused on the innate traits and characteristics possessed by great social, political, and military leaders (mostly men).    Ongoing research, however, shows that le

Paul B. Thornton Articles
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Leadership Next: Mentoring and Discipling Gen X and Gen Y

“This is boring,” Ty muttered as he sat through yet another management training session. “I could be showing my new team member, Jeff, how to do the social networking piece of our project,” he mused. Happily ignoring the trainer, Ty thought, “Now THAT would help the company, not to mention Jeff. And, I want to learn that new technology—this session needs to hurry up and end.”

Lisa R. Fournier Articles
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The Leader I Would Like to Have… and Be

Let me be so bold as to say that you will never find or be the perfect leader. To be human is to make mistakes. But I hope we all strive to continuously improve our intrapersonal, interpersonal, technical, and managerial skills. This inevitably leads to a happier and correspondingly more productive workforce. The aim I believe is to transition from being a boss (driving the employees and inspir

Dr. Chris Maharaj Articles
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Anxious for Results and Too Busy to Lead

Mainly because a great many among us continue to misunderstand the far reaching implications of effective leadership, I find myself amazed at the number of middle and senior level managers who are dying and desperate for results and through poor planning and time management,  find themselves too busy to lead. That leadership is one of the most valuable assets any manager could bring to the tab

Brian Canning Articles

How to Create a 20/20 Business Vision and Why it Matters

At some point in his or her career, every politician gets tarred with a catch phrase--and usually not a flattering one.   George Bush, Sr. is stuck with two. There was "Read my lips, no new taxes," of course.  But only slightly less unfortunate was his dismissal of what he called, "The 'vision thing.'"   He was trying at the time to shake t

Roxanne Emmerich Articles

Growing the Leader in Us

"For what we've discovered, and rediscovered, is that leadership isn't the private reserve of a few charismatic men and women. It's a process ordinary people use when they're bringing forth the best from themselves and others. Liberate the leader in everyone, and extraordinary things happen."   — James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, The Leadership Challenge: How to Kee

Jim Clemmer Articles
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