Practical Leadership Advice for Managers and Leaders

Using the Dialogue Method to Resolve Conflict in the Workplace (and in Personal Relationships)

Research shows that managers spend as much as 25 to 40 percent of their time working to resolve conflict in the workplace. Imagine what you could achieve if you could spend this time doing something else! The dialogue method is an effective communication process that you can learn to use to resolve conflict in the… read more

5 Myths About Conflict To Get Over And Get On With Conflict Resolution

1. All conflict is bad Conflict that is approached constructively and in a healthy way can be good conflict. It causes us to consider other people’s perspectives and opinions while also reflecting on why we are holding so tightly to our own views and opinions. Conflict can help us to try to find a way… read more

Your Leadership Strategy Needs to Consider These 4 Leadership Traits

Does your leadership strategy take these key leadership traits into consideration? If you were to Google “leadership strategy”, a whole list of articles and services will provide you an array of leadership strategy definitions and “proven” processes to help you increase employee engagement, improve bottom line results, achieve your goals, etc., etc., etc. The reality… read more

Time Management for Managers: The See-Through Schedule

Time Management can seem like a pipe dream in the face of our daily lives as managers. W. Clement Stone, the owner of a large insurance company, said, “There is little difference between people, but the little difference makes a big difference.” Learn more about effective time management and improving other core leadership skills by… read more

Adapt Your Management Personality Type to Your Team

What can you do with your management personality type so others find it easier to work with you? Over the last couple weeks, we’ve discussed how to identify the four primary personality types and how to manage different personality types on your team. Today, we will take a closer look at your management personality type,… read more

How to Fail at being a Forward-Thinking Leader

Are you truly being a forward-thinking leader, or do you simply think you are one? Research has shown that one of the key leadership traits that leaders need is to be a forward-thinking leader. The disturbing finding is that many people chronically fail at being a forward-thinking leader in two fundamental ways.   Forward-Thinking Leader… read more

How to Manage Different Personality Types

Learn how to manage different personality types to lead your team to greater productivity. Last week, we discussed traits that help you identify different personality types in your organization. Today, we’re discussing how to manage different personality types to help you communicate with and lead your team more effectively. One of the interesting things about… read more

4 Personality Types that all Leaders Should Learn to Recognize

Different personality types work and communicate in very different ways. Learning how to identify and understand personality types based on common characteristics is a key component to effective, practical leadership. The Golden Rule states: Treat others the way you want to be treated. While this is generally a good rule of thumb, the reality is… read more

4 Things You Need To Do To Influence Employee Accountability and Responsibility

A lot of the problems that you face as managers and leaders tend to take care of themselves in an environment of high employee accountability and responsibility. But how do you mold your organization into such an environment? In his play, Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare wrote, “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great.… read more

Gauging Employee Engagement With 12 Questions

Employee engagement is one element in gauging how effective you are as a manager. In their book, First Break All the Rules, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman determined 12 questions matter more than any others when determining how engaged employees are. Consider asking these questions and getting some honest feedback. The best managers, Buckingham and… read more