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Team effectiveness and Leadership Innovation is Enhanced by the Devil’s Advocate

Every team, in order to be effective, needs to have a devil’s advocate. A devil’s advocate is a member of the team that provides conflicting information and challenges the common consensus to ensure that all alternatives are considered and safety procedures are put in place to avoid the identified problems. Decision making is enhanced through […]

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Strategy Demystified

The term strategy is widely used and applied to many processes and situations in which are not strategy. The concept of strategy is misused in many circumstances and not truly understood. Most people look like a deer in the headlights when “Strategy” is mentioned. The following is a quick and concise guide to understanding “Strategy”. […]

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Preventing Cognitive Shortcuts from Damaging Leadership Relationship Building

All of us develop cognitive shortcuts to efficiently comprehend the abundance of available information in a short amount of time, but concurrently we are also creating untrue assumptions about the world around us. Our information processing is not perfect and the created incorrect assumptions create an additional workload in the future. Working with incorrect data […]

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Why Goodwill is Priceless

Goodwill is derived from an accumulation of respect and the compounding effect can inadvertently change the world. Creating awareness within communities about having an abundant possession of goodwill promotes additional goodwill through the phenomenon of social proof, and an inherent human need to join a movement.  Goodwill promotes added commitment and can catapult an average leader into the ranks […]

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Client-Centered Leadership

Rule #1 for successful client-centered leadership is to identify who are the clients. The common assumption is that business clients are customers, but the concept of client includes: vendors, employees, customers, board members, partnerships, media, and family. Satisfying everyone is an honorable achievement to strive for, but is usually impossible to sustain over time. There […]

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New Leader – Team Communication Error: Problems and Solutions

Great individual performers who are promoted to leadership positions are used to producing superior results which are the reason for their promotion. These standout performers have customized frameworks set in place that guide their performance.  Their frameworks have taken years of development and their work experience and education has created a blueprint for success. As […]

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Outsourcing Power and what it means to you

Globalization is here. Large organizations outsource work for cheaper production. Produced quality is similar when compared to higher priced competitors regarding a large variety of projects. Outsourcing has enabled more choices and flexibility for awarding work.  Outsourcing has improved our choices and fueled worldwide competition. The ability to outsource has saved valuable time, stress, and […]

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Coaching for Creating a Competitive Advantage over the Competition

The competition is comfortable with certain success levels and creates beliefs that every connecting variable will remain in a predictable specific state once they achieve their goals. They create false beliefs that the world has become stagnated and their current situation will remain stable. They choose to ignore the fact that multiple variables which affect stability are […]

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Career Coaching for Success in a Changing World

Change brings stress and its human nature to find comfort in patterns of consistency. The crutch of predictive repetitiveness is that it is unsustainable. We need to change or adapt in order to survive. The world is changing with more frequency as we enter the knowledge economy fueled by digital communications and technological advances. These […]

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The Blame Game

The basis of blame is called the Fundamental Attribution Theory. This theory describes the error involved in attributing blame and is a valuable asset for a leader’s knowledge base. The basic concept involves blaming mistakes that others make on their personality or individual qualities and the mistakes that we make are blamed on the situation. […]

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Participative Management and Leadership Success

The most influential concept of successful management is Participative management: Respecting people builds trust which fuels innovation, not institutions that advocate for coercive management. Those who are coercive will either evolve their management style or face extreme loss and eventual failure. Leadership success is judged on the six following variables: Individual achievement Team or Organizational […]

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We Are All Leaders

We are all leaders. Leadership is about influence. Leadership begins with the self and a valuable component of strong leadership is love. We specialize in leading ourselves and make choices to positively influence our present and future. To love anyone else we need to start with loving ourselves and to lead anyone else we need […]

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Changing the Way the World Works

The economy is still struggling and the job market has been less than inviting.  Prospective employees are staying on the sidelines and the employee selection process is less than effective.  People are hired for all the wrong reasons and talented individuals find themselves on the outside looking in because they fail to prepare in an […]

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27 Recommended Must-Read Leadership Books

Recommended Leadership Books On Becoming a Leader – Warren Bennis Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee The Art of War – Sun Tzu The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli The Leadership Challenge – James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill […]

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25 Most Common Interview Questions

Are you preparing for the interview of your life?   The following questions will prepare you to handle the interview with class and style.  Answer each question to the best of your ability and review the document when you’re done.  Search for inconsistencies or vague answers and correct where necessary.  Put yourself in the interviewer’s […]

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