elevating team performance

Management and Leadership: Actor or Expert?

  If you are in a position of management at your place of employment, you have choices to make every day. If you are relatively new to the position, whether due to sudden promotion or career advancement, you likely feel a sense of being overwhelmed. As you get your feet […]

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Who’s Going to Lead Them?

Better than anticipated results have recently been reported for the US job market.  According to a recent Houston Chronicle article, “Employers added 223,000 jobs last month, more than economists expected and an uptick from April’s hiring rate of 159,000.”  The US Department of Labor released more data. [perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” […]

A Leader’s Vision Needs Buy-In

While there are many attributes that define good leadership, we usually think of a leader’s ability to share a vision as the real indicator of that leader’s reputation. Vision is often thought of as being synonymous with leadership. Having a vision for where the team is going is what being […]

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How Does EQ Impact the Bottom Line?

The CEO was fed up. If she got one more complaint about the VP of Operations she was going to fire him.  It was obvious when he was in a bad mood because he yelled at his people and slammed doors.  The team was easily upset and often distracted which […]

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Leaders: Solving Problems Through Re-framing

Many leaders build their careers and reputations solving problems. Often, the problem as you know it is not really the problem. Finding ways to maximize success, reduce risk, and win the day is what can make a leader’s problem-solving skills so special. Yet when faced with a new challenge, you sometimes […]

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Managing “UP” the Organization or Fixing a Bad Boss

Do you have one of those hard-to-work-for bad bosses? OK, that’s too kind. Is your boss a jerk? Do you sometimes want to pull your hair out? Or even throw things after a talk with Mr./Mrs. Wonderful? Bad bosses almost always lack emotional intelligence. They play favorites, gossip, and have […]

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Making It Real with People, Productivity, and Profitability

Executive coaching is a growing business. It is no longer limited to Fortune 500 companies. Entrepreneurs and owners of private businesses of all sizes have turned to coaching for business and personal growth. Back in 2004, the Harvard Business Review reported that executive coaching got started in the 1980s, yet still […]

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Leaders – Wonder How to Blend Ink with Inc?

Tattooing is a popular way for some people to express themselves. Whether the ink someone wears is a sign of independence or a not-so-subtle message, I’ve seen a lot of really impressive artwork on forearms, calves, ankles, and shoulders. Nowadays, age doesn’t seem to be a limiting factor for all […]

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It’s Not Over til It’s Over

There’s an interesting phenomenon in business and in personal affairs. When a work project or season of life has been particularly protracted, some of us have a hard time staying the course to reach the period at the end. People don’t always finish well. There is something about sensing the […]

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What Are You Waiting For?

There comes a time in life when you’ve done all the thinking, study, analysis, and planning you can do. You reach a decision point. Then it happens. You freeze. You cannot go forward. You’re stuck. The question is then, what are you waiting for? What is it that holds you […]