16
Dec

Instead of wondering if there are enough leaders to carry on in our organizations, why don’t we look for and appreciate the strengths that each team member brings to our organization?  Then we can develop those strengths and use them to benefit both the employee and the organization.  We might just find some strengths that […]

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19
Nov

As leaders, it is easy to get caught up in performing well enough to get the next promotion. If that performance helps both you and the organization, then it is probably the right way to lead. If it helps only you, then you are leading no one but yourself. Reflecting on the leadership legacy of […]

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10
Nov

One of the leaders we profile, Bob Lintz, will be at East Carolina University week as the Cunanan Leadership Series speaker for 2014. Since my MBAs are not able to meet Bob, I showed them a video from his days as plant manager. The video highlights many people from his plant: Bob; his HR manager, […]

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21
Oct

We have worked with teams before who were having trouble getting along. Yes, they all got their work done and received their bonuses, but they were not really communicating with each other. It turns out that their boss was undermining their relationships with each other, yet not realizing it. He would talk to one, and […]

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16
Oct

Trust goes both ways. Leaders want to be able to trust their employees, but employees have to be able to trust their leaders, too. As in any relationship, you know you can trust someone when they tell you (or show you) “I’ve got your back.” It’s a simple, yet effective way of letting someone else […]

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9
Oct

Whenever we work with teams at small companies or large, the first thing we look for is how well the team communicates. Of course, teams don’t always volunteer how well (or how lousy) they communicate, but we can quickly tell how the team is communicating, based on their level of respect with each other and […]

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30
Sep

When you have invested in a relationship–with your team, your boss, or your colleague, and something goes wrong, is it worth it to rebuild that relationship? You have to ask yourself: * Is this relationship worth it? * What will happen if I don’t value the relationship? * How can I take the long view to […]

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11
Sep

Whether you have broken someone’s trust or had your trust broken, you might wonder–can broken trust be restored? There are times when we know that we have said or done something that has hurt someone, and we have apologized and worked hard to earn back their trust. There have been many times when another party […]

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17
Aug

Our friend Bob Schoeni has been battling ALS for six years. If you want to witness a true leader who is humble and courageous in the face of a challenge, look no further than Bob Schoeni. Despite getting this tough break, he continues to have a positive attitude and has inspired so many people in […]

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6
Aug

Trusting your doctor is critical: we are at our most vulnerable when we are sick or need medical care. What is the best way to find out if you can trust your doctor? 1) Try him/her out. You can learn from experience. Go and meet your doctor, ask for his/her perspective and find out what […]

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