How to Ignite Your Team for 2017

By Lawrence Polsky

Ask any CEO their goals for the year and they will tell you their market growth and profitability targets. But ask them WHY these goals matter, and many won’t get beyond long-term growth and competitive advantage. These are important reasons to set goals but they won't set your team on fire. They won't give your team the energy to climb the hurdles they will face. Orga

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Leadership Is Situational

By Tim Stevenson

It's crucial to identify what kind of leadership is called forA FIRE COMMANDER leads his team into a house to fight what seems to be a simple kitchen fire. After trying conventional methods for a few minutes, the commander is puzzled to find they don’t work. He suddenly feels uneasy, and barks, “Everybody out! Now!”Just as the team reaches the sidewalk outside, the fi

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3 Principles for Building an Effective Team

By Tim Stevenson

Team development requires more than authority and answersONE OF THE most beautiful things in the world is the functioning of a self-motivated effective team. It is also one of the most challenging things in the world to develop.One bit of good news: Just is there is no “right” personality or temperament to be an effective leader, there is no “right” group personalit

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The Price of Excellence

By Tim Stevenson

Entropy is all around us. Leaders provide the antidote.LIKE MANY PARENTS, leaders are often on a search for the magic pill. While few verbalize it, they long for some method by which they can instruct people once and have them go on to function like wind-up toys, without further attention. It can’t happen.As we enter a new year, it is a good time to reexamine expectations. What does

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Fear of Failure is Dangerous to Your Job Health

By Jeff Wolf

Fear of making a mistake can cripple even the most talented leader’s efforts to succeed.  It stifles creativity and discourages risk-taking, while upping the stress ante and creating a tense work environment for everyone within a department or team.Imagine how many inventions and technological innovations would never have become realities if the people who came up with them had been a

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Never Stop Developing People

By Jeff Wolf

How can managers and leaders develop the people who report directly to them so these direct reports can assume more responsibility? • To develop people to take on more responsibility, a leader must support and coach people so they can cultivate new skills and embrace opportunities for professional development and personal growth.  Leaders must guide others to create their

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Priorities, Planning and Execution

By Jeff Wolf

We have a greater need now to be highly effective through clear focus on purpose, centered on principles, and execution around priorities.  If there is little agreement on purpose and direction, the culture is characterized by control, contention, and confusion.  The reason for this tragic ineffectiveness is a lack of focus and execution.Priorities. Focusing on priorities unleashes

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6 Essential Leadership Traits That Build Effective Teams

By Jeff Wolf

To create a fully functional team, the leader needs to exhibit six leadership traits.1. Build trust.  Trust is a three-way street: A. You must be able to trust each member of your team. B. They, in turn, must be able to trust you. C. Team members need to trust one another.  Trust is earned, so set the stage for success by creating regular and ongoing teambuilding opportunities

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Teamwork and Strong Teams

By Jeff Wolf

Effective leaders know that their organizations will realize substantial benefits by building strong teams to reach their objectives and strategic goals.  Bringing people together on the same page is highly effective because people can accomplish more collectively than individually.Every participant brings a unique skillset to the team. Some may be highly creative at coming up with new id

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Nonverbal Communication

By Jeff Wolf

Functions of Nonverbal CommunicationIt’s vital to understand how we communicate, not just the meaning of the words we speak.  As a leader or manager, you should explore how nonverbal communication serves many functions:• Repetition. Gestures, such as nodding, serve to reinforce what’s being said.  A nod of the head is, in fact, one of the most universal

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