leadership skills

4 Keys to a Successful Team Member

In successful teams, each team member will exhibit these four traits. When we talk about the best ways to produce real company success, what is one of the first key components that come to your mind? Your team, right? Perhaps your team looks more like a group of employees than a team (more on that… read more

5 Keys to Making Teamwork Work

Teamwork requires the right mixture of production, cooperation, and celebration to really work. Now that you have a blueprint for team success, how are you going to work with your team to make sure it all works in practice? It’s a fairly simple thing to design your blueprint: write your vision, mission, values, goals, and… read more

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

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

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

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

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