Practical Leadership Advice for Managers and Leaders

The Number 1 Reason Your People Are Afraid Of Change

Mistakes. People fear change because they are afraid they are going to make a mistake and, as a result, get in trouble for it. Humans are creatures of habit and our brains are hardwired to avoid making mistakes. But making mistakes is an inherent part of transition and change. There’s an engineering principle that understands… read more

Following the Platinum Rule to Negotiation Success

“Do unto others as they would like done unto them.” ~The Platinum Rule Coined by Dr. Tony Alessandra in his book, The Platinum Rule, the Platinum Rule is a different approach than the Golden Rule, which tells us to treat others the way we want to be treated. The Platinum Rule recognizes that people are… read more

Taking the Heat is the Leader’s Responsibility in Change Management

Change management requires taking the heat for your team’s heroic efforts. They say that the only constant in life is change. Businesses need to be flexible in order to adapt to the often shifting environment we live in today. But change doesn’t always come easily. There are many stakeholders with different views and ideas that… read more

Components Of A Successful Team Blueprint

Quickly developing a highly successful team takes some simple planning. What would happen if you tried to build a house without a blueprint? The results at worst would be disastrous and at best inferior. Could that possibly explain why managers are often unsuccessful in building a team? They have team players, they have tools and… read more

Afters Ask the Right Questions to Deliver Results the First Time

How many times have you delivered a project, task or report only to have it sent back for a re-do? After putting tons of time, research and effort into delivering on a project, I just hate seeing the ol’ “This is a good start…” response hit my inbox. We’ve all been there, and it is at… read more

6 Conflict Resolution Barriers

Overcoming these six conflict resolution barriers will improve your leadership communication skills and reduce the amount of time invested in conflict resolution. Managers end up spending a large amount of time on resolving a variety of different types of conflict in the workplace, whether it be from the people they lead, clients, vendors, colleagues, or… read more

Building Relationships in the New Year

Resolve to invest in building relationships to attain your personal and professional goals in 2016. Mark your calendar now to remind yourself at specific times in the year to contact and reconnect with key people. Staying in regular contact is the least expensive way to building relationships, and to opening doors to new ones. Learn… read more

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