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Fantastic Leadership Resource Summary – 8/18/17

  Welcome to the Fantastic Leadership Resource Summary!      This week’s summary includes: Failing forward, how to help others deal with change, being a good learner to improve leadership, leading in uncertain times, best leaders are the best coaches, do you need to make a change on your team, helping your team connect with you, are you encouraging risk, approaches to having difficult conversations   Articles/Ted Talks/Quotes:   Did you ever fail forward? http://goo.gl/NdYbVs  via @MarcellaBremer Failing forward implies moving…
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Are You Ready to Run With the Bulls?

Today’s article is by guest contributor Mona Reiser and also includes a few of my own thoughts. Once again she has such a gift for seeing leadership in so many different places. Do you remember hearing “Don’t touch, it’s hot!” when you were younger? It usually happened right before you touched the stove, hot food or a hot drink. Once you grew up, you probably said that same thing to young children trying to do something similar. How often have…
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Are You Willing to Ask for What You Want?

With a daughter in college now, I have seen shifts in how things work from when I went to school.   Colleges have far more focus on “field experiences and internships” now.   My college roommate had an internship, but she was one of very few that had one.  Now there are many more opportunities to get those experiences and the students are “highly encouraged” to do them.  Part of it is to discern if they are going to be happy in…
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What are the beliefs that you have about yourself?

I was working with one of my clients the other day and he shared that he didn’t think he had what it took to perform a senior level role.   This is a person who has accomplished a lot in his career.   Even though we detailed out his background and all the things that he accomplished, he still struggled to feel like he was qualified.   This is how strong a belief can be for a person.  Even with all the facts…
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Can changing your job make you happy?

 How many of you have thought about changing jobs or looking for a whole new career?  I think that we all consider it when we are having a bad day, but how many people actually do it?   I will share with you a bit about my story.  I worked at the same company for 20+ years and had created a good reputation for getting things done, bringing teams together and as a leader who was a good people developer.  I…
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Are you scared of ghosts and goblins?

Since it is Halloween, I thought it might be good to talk about things that are scary.   No, I am not really talking about ghost and goblins, but what are the things that scare us and hold us back from moving forward? It is pretty common to be scared when you are trying something new.  For example, I remember when I was little and I rode a bike without training wheels or swam in the deep end of the pool…
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The 24-Hour Rule

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  I have been lucky enough to have some new opportunities come my way.  I was obviously pretty excited about each of them.  My first impulse was to just say yes immediately.   If these were things that I had been working towards, then saying yes would have been absolutely the right thing to do.  But these opportunities came out of the blue.  How do I decide whether or not to take them? I have a rule that I use…
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What will your leadership legacy look like?

As I read the article, The Leaders Imprint by Scott Mabry, it struck me how much every decision and action we take as a leader can leave in Scott’s words, an “Imprint” on others who work for us.   Being critical of our team members on a regular basis has a lasting impact on them.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, people don’t leave organizations, they leave managers.  Being too critical causes people to doubt themselves, shut down, become disengaged or…
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Are you ready to flex?

The beauty of having a diverse team is that each person brings different experiences to their unique roles.   They also have different perspectives and leadership styles.   As the leader, you need to find the best way to motivate the team to accomplish the goals.   So how do you do that? This was my dilemma about 16 years ago.  I had a team that was made up of internal employees, external contractors, differing levels of expertise and different leadership styles.   Did…
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Are you one of the many leaders who has had an accidental career?

When you think about your career, have you planned it all out or has it been mostly accidental?  When you are asked to take on a new role, do you consider whether the role is a good fit for you or do you just agree to take it? Many people just take it.  Why is that?  Maybe you are flattered that someone picked you for the role, you are ready for a change, you are happy to learn something new or you…
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