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Four Decision-Making Styles and When to Use Them

  Sometimes leaders make bad decisions or harm team morale by making autocratic decisions without involving others. And other times they waste their team's time by unnecessarily involving them. How do you know when and how much to involve your team in decisions?...

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Vision is about being great…

  Thursday Thoughts You can't win a race by looking sideways. You are likely to stumble or get off track. You need to keep your eyes focused on your destination. If your vision is about beating the competition, what happens once you beat them? Where do you go...

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The Shadow Side of Leadership

Once you've been in a leadership role for awhile, you develop a leadership style that is comfortable. You begin to relax in that role, feeling you are at the top of the learning curve and confident that you know how to be a leader. Beware! This is the slipperiest spot...

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Why You’re So Lousy at Problem Solving

Guest Post by Nat Greene Humans have done a good enough job solving problems throughout the ages--otherwise we would not have made it to 7 billion people on the planet. Bravo. But countless problems still plague humankind. Some are problems in your life, like staying...

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Clear Values Are a Business Imperative

It's springtime! The trees are beginning to bud, and soon they will be in full bloom. I am reminded of the "great tree service debacle" several years ago. We had several beautiful trees that required spraying to ward off disease and bugs. Our tree service would come...

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How Middle Managers Provide Leadership Everyday

Let’s set aside the boring debate about managers vs. leaders for a moment and take a look at daily life for most managers in organizations. The reality is that middle managers provide real leadership all the time. Although some middle managers think their job is to...

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The Dog that Rarely Bites: A Leadership Lesson

Guest Post by Timothy R. Clark, author of Leading with Character and Competence: Moving Beyond Title, Position, and Authority   When a dog bites, word gets out. You stay away and keep away. There’s no discussion or negotiating with the dog; you simply avoid the...

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