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Fighting vs. working

Fighting vs. working

We have three immediate reactions when there’s sudden uncertainty: fight, flight, or freeze. We’ve evolved those responses to escape imminent danger. But what happens when the stressors are more persistent? Leadership is challenging at baseline and exhausting when...

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When strategic planning, don’t forget to execute!

When strategic planning, don’t forget to execute!

Sir Winston Churchill once stated, "However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." Arguably, the biggest challenge facing any executive leader, especially those with a strong strategic orientation, is execution. Research has shown that...

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Leader development: what’s the return on your investment?

Leader development: what’s the return on your investment?

Here's the scene: a group of executives is in a conference room debating how to best develop their multi-generational workforce. Over the past two years, this mid-level market company has struggled to train and retain its top talent because its programs continue to...

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What makes the ideal leadership development program?

What makes the ideal leadership development program?

Not long ago, leadership development was a bit different from what we see today. Typically, leadership development happened in a large group classroom format, lecture-style—almost clinical. There was little opportunity for discussion, and it didn't always directly...

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Grow your own: the benefits of promoting from within

Grow your own: the benefits of promoting from within

Today, more than ever, companies are working feverishly to hire and retain talented employees. There is not an industry immune to this challenge. Ultimately, retaining your top employees and growing your business can benefit significantly from focusing your efforts...

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How to optimize your inbox for maximum efficiency

How to optimize your inbox for maximum efficiency

Recently, a client shared with me how their inbox can feel like a weight, a constant source of stress, and how seeing 50+ (or even 500+) unopened emails can drain your energy faster than a Friday afternoon full of meetings. So how do we remove this source of stress...

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Don’t look behind the curtain

Don’t look behind the curtain

Think of the contrast between the all-powerful Wizard of Oz and the man behind the curtain. At some point in people's careers, most worry that they're the weak person controlling the levers instead of the formidable wizard. Known as imposter syndrome, 70% of...

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