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6 Things Really Compelling Leaders Do

Many leaders can inspire, but strong leaders move people to action. Here's what makes them special.<p>Every day you encounter leadership: Some are trying to master it; others are simply trying to be good followers. Examples of leadership both good and bad are all around whether you actually recognize …

8 Tips For Collaborative Leadership

Today’s corporation exists in an increasingly complex and ever-shifting ocean of change. As a result, leaders need to rely more than ever on the intelligence and resourcefulness of their staff. Collaboration is not a “nice to have” organizational philosophy. It is an essential ingredient for …

Empowerment Play: Why You Should Put People First

People-centered businesses often outperform their profit-centered competitors. Here are seven ways to unleash the full potential of your people.<p>Organizations today are moving and reacting to their environments far more quickly than ever before. While this increased speed has led to tremendous gains …

10 Easy Ways to Know You're Not a Leader

Last week I shared some advice for young leaders in my article on “10 Simple Practices to Help You Experience Your Future Dreams.” As I was writing, …

A Simple Rule to Eliminate Useless Meetings

Ask your team to identify their biggest productivity killer and inevitably two issues will rise to the top of the list: managing their inboxes and …

What Inspiring Leaders Do

What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire.<p>Our own …

11 Ways to De-Clutter Your Day

Do less and achieve more--starting today. Adopt some of these easy habits to make it happen.<p>Success tends to create clutter: more meetings, more projects, more decisions, more items on your to-do list. But often doing more can mean achieving less.<p>That's why subtraction can be the best addition, …

The Right Task vs. The Right People

If you’re the “complete the right task”-type of leader, you better be real smart. You’ll need to know how to do everything. Then you’ll have to make …

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

Many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room at the start of every day. You should, too–here’s how.<p>Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home …

Senior Leadership Teams: 7 Strategies to Empower Leaders

In the last article on senior leadership teams, I talked about seven questions to identify who should be on the team. Once you’ve assembled the team, …

10 Traits of Great Leaders (and Their Followers)

Without great followers, no leader would achieve greatness. See here if you have what it takes to be both.<p>Much is written and taught about becoming a great leader. Many strive for leadership and many actually become great. As Shakespeare said in <i>Twelfth Night</i>: "Some are born great, some achieve …

5 Building Blocks of Great Company Culture

Want to improve people's lives, not just your business agenda? Invest in your company culture for the ultimate win-win. Here's how.<p>The fall of 2010 was a transitional year for me. In August of that year, I finished six labor-intensive years of doctoral work in Counseling Psychology. In November, a …

6 Questions to Shape a Healthy Organizational Structure

One of the three core areas of consultation that The Unstuck Group provides to organizations is a staffing and structure review. Because we produce a …

Connect, Then Lead

<b>Is it better to be loved or feared?</b><p>Niccolò Machiavelli pondered that timeless conundrum 500 years ago and hedged his bets. “It may be answered that one should wish to be both,” he acknowledged, “but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”<p>Now …

How Criticism Creates Innovative Teams

It’s tough to find examples of successfully challenging the boss, even tougher to find stories of leaders who specifically ask to be challenged. The most common is a tale of Alfred P. Sloan at General Motors. During a meeting in which GM’s top management team was considering a weighty decision, …

If You're Always Giving Orders, You're Not a Great Leader

The best leaders spend five times more time teaching with questions than telling people what to do. What's your ratio?<p>Think about a leader and chances are your first image is of someone giving orders -- maybe it’s the quarterback in a huddle outlining the next play for his teammates, maybe it’s an …