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Invest in Leadership Development: Demonstrate Commitment to Your People

Human capital—attracting, developing and retaining the best people—is a critical source of competitive advantage. Even if you are committed to your leaders, how do you demonstrate that?

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Key Characteristics of an Effective Team

Truly effective teams all possess the same foundational competency: commitment to a common purpose. Without a common purpose, teams are misaligned and inefficient. As such, the three key characteristics of an effective team relate back to this foundational competency.

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Signs of a Bad Meeting: Why Meetings Don’t Work (and what to do about it)

We complain about meetings, but we attend more and more of them, online and in person. The problem isn’t meetings, it’s ineffective meetings in which nothing gets done. Here are the signs of a bad meeting.

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Increase Your Professional Stamina

Executive leaders must build professional stamina, focus and concentration to perform at their peak. The key here is to focus on a critical-few things and not strive for perfection. The point is to be self-aware and directionally correct. Read these four tips to get started.

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Turbocharge Your Meeting with Rules of the Road

When people that aren’t used to working together meet, when a collective decision needs to be made and time is of the essence or when there are undercurrents of friction in a group, Rules of the Road are a great idea. Here is the fastest way to establish them.

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Effective Leadership: Leading Intentionally

Effective leadership starts with intentional self-awareness. To thrive as a leader, slow down. Take time to reflect. Self-reflection is a crucial building block of effective leadership. Consider what kind of leader you want to be. How do you want others to perceive you?

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The Benefits of the Myers-Briggs Tool (MBTI) as a Leadership Assessment Tool

One of the best-known personality assessments is the MBTI, or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. This psychometric tool identifies a person’s Interpersonal style preferences.

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Thinkers vs Feelers: How Are They Different?

Thinkers are analytical. They step back from a problem and apply logic. Feelers are empathetic. They jump into a problem and are guided by personal values. People deploy both but have a preference. To be effective, know your preference and proceed accordingly.

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Sensors vs Intuitives: How Are They Different?

If your boss is a Sensor, explain your process, outline your thinking, then make your point. On the other hand, if your boss is an Intuitive, start with your point, then explain your process and outline your thinking. If you don't, you will irritate your boss.

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The Fine Art of Virtue Signaling: Leadership at the Intersection of Business and Politics

Virtue signaling – taking conspicuous but essentially useless action purportedly to support a worthy cause, but actually to show off – has become an art form this year.

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Shift the Narrative: Leadership at the Intersection of Business and Politics

A leader must learn when to push back against a narrative, and when to shift the narrative. There are certain topics that fall prey to what I call the pink elephant phenomenon.

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Everything Said is Said by Someone: Leadership at the Intersection of Business and Politics

Consider not just what is being said, but who is saying it, and why. As Chilean biologist Maturana noted, the message may be distinct from the messenger, but the two are inextricably linked.

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How to Navigate an Increasingly Politicized World: Leadership at the Intersection of Business and Politics

For the leader today accustomed to doing the right thing, simply knowing what that is, is somehow more perilous and complicated than ever.

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The Calvary Isn’t Coming: Covid Edition

Fast forward to the Wuhan virus world of wearing masks, washing our hands, social distancing et al. We’ve choked our economy, thrown millions of people out of work and closed our schools. For how long? Maybe a vaccine will be developed. But what if it isn’t?

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Virtual Is Not the Same as In Person

Everyone’s now talking about how, going forward, people will be working from home, that going into the office is passé. I don’t believe it. For business as usual, a “new normal” will suffice. For those who seek greatness, only in-person, legacy normal will do.

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Hiring the Right People: How To Spot a Great Hire

Hiring people is easy, but the challenge is hiring the right people. Every hiring manager wants to find that diamond. But, how do you recognize them, especially in an interview setting in which everyone’s best foot is forward or when you can’t even meet the person face-to-face?

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