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The Great Resignation: what the news missed

The Great Resignation: what the news missed

In recent news, the lead story featured on an episode of 60 Minutes focused entirely on the Great Resignation and the problems the work world is currently facing with mass exodus of employees in traditional roles, seeking more flexible or more independent...

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Productive meetings: what great organizations do

Productive meetings: what great organizations do

Here’s the scene: you’re in a room full of people trying to make a decision or get work done. Two hours you’ll never get back in yet another meeting without purpose. Then you start asking yourself, “Why am I here?” You realize how much work must be piling up in your...

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Understanding the motivation behind asking “Why?”

Understanding the motivation behind asking “Why?”

The answer to “Why?” is not as easy as a simple logical explanation. Leaders must work at accepting the question “Why?” and developing the skill of proactively explaining the why of an assignment as it relates to the big picture. Many Gen X and Baby Boomer leaders...

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Perfect all the time

Perfect all the time

Do you have people around you that will ask the hard questions? Or have you surrounded yourself with “yes men”? Remember this: if you only have yes men, you have to be perfect every time, because no one will disagree with you. As an aviator in an airplane with several...

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The Great Resignation’s real driver

The Great Resignation’s real driver

One of my favorite lines is, “The plural of anecdote is not evidence.” It means that the story you might hear from your friend or the person-on-the-street interview might not be a good representation of what is actually happening.  However, those data points are great...

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Transparent Leadership: a 21st-century superpower

Transparent Leadership: a 21st-century superpower

Greater Transparency Increases Employee Happiness Perhaps the most critical quality next-generation talent desires in a strong leader is transparency. High-potential employees do not just want to be told what to do at the office. This group wants to know why they are...

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Great leaders know when to delegate

Great leaders know when to delegate

Empowerment Through Proper Delegation When I was younger, cutting corners on a specific task for my dad never saved me any time. You see, Dad had a knack for detail and process, and he wanted me to get it right the first time versus getting it done quickly. He held me...

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Leaders control outcomes by focusing on the process

Leaders control outcomes by focusing on the process

When asked to give a reason why he’s been so successful, University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban stated, “One of the things I always struggle with is we live in such an outcome-oriented world. People want to focus on outcomes, and I think outcomes are a...

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