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My Manager Is Blowing Me Off!

George, a leader we work with, recently shared that he’s been getting “blown off” by his manager Scott for the better part […]

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5 Questions to Create a Better Connection at Work

If you know something is inevitable and important, you can just prepare for it and work to get better at it. Below are five questions that you can use with anyone you meet, anywhere.

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Why Not Why

An old saying is that the most important question is “why.” In many cases, “why” can help uncover very useful information, leading to root cause discovery processes like the ‘5-Whys’. And, almost every time we ask “why” about a past event, we create resistance to our question by introducing fear of judgment. So when is it important that we don’t ask why, and what do we do instead?

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Speaking Truth to Power

We don’t want to bring our manager bad news, especially if that bad news is that THEY are creating an issue. One of the hardest things to manage in the workplace is speaking truth to power.

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Setting Clearer Expectations

So often leaders feel frustrated when others don't do something that we think they are going to do. What's important to know is how each of us accidentally contributes to our own frustration in these situations by providing fuzzy expectations or by making assumptions. This video can help you in setting clearer expectations that will benefit you and your team!

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How To Get Input From Others For Better Decisions

Next time you have a big gnarly decision to make, and want to take some of the stress off yourself, ask others for the input that’s particularly helpful to you. And when you do, don’t feel compelled to please everyone. Your responsibility is to make the best decision or recommendation possible.

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Why Numbers Alone Don’t “Move People”

Metrics are critical for business. They indicate how your company is performing. They drive your priorities, operations, goals, and attention. And they inform decisions big and small every single day—though numbers alone do not move people. Emotion about the numbers is what moves people—what actually influences their decisions.

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Successful Leaders Practice Improvising

Those who over-rely on the plan will inadvertently create more stress and anxiety for themselves—making the problem bigger. The game changer? Improvising. This requires a mindset and a set of skills allowing you to face new challenges, enter into new territory, and lean on when the sh*t hits the fan!