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“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” —Michael Jordan Companies spend a lot of time and money on training employees. Some bring in outside consultants. Others send key staff to off-site training facilities. Others even host their own. Unfortunately, too many companies see little to no return on their investment. Many times, the problem isn’t with the company or people. They try their best to incorporate the lessons into their company and see little...

“Your vision is a solution to a problem.” —Andy Stanley Vision statements can be a powerful way to lead a team to success because they help get every team member working together toward a common goal. If you’ve struggled to put together a vision statement for your team, or if your vision statement has failed to stick, it’s possible your statement is missing one of the following “Three Rs” of effective vision statements. Relatable Vision statements need to be big...

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” —Warren Bennis What is the purpose behind the work you do every day? Pretty standard responses to this question include “to provide for myself” or “to provide for my family.” Although those are important, they suggest the person saying it doesn’t know the purpose behind the work they do; they don’t suggest the people know why their work really matters. Clear, motivating vision statements challenge everyone on the team to...

“Average leaders inspire people to punch a time clock. Great leaders inspire industry and passion.” Joseph B. Wirthlin Becoming an effective leader isn’t always easy. Leadership styles are often developed unintentionally, learned from others who led before you. Additionally, with all the pressures today and multiple pulls on our time and attention, it’s more challenging than ever to lead with a long-term vision in a way that develops the next generation of leaders. Even with the best intentions,...

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and actions” - Harold S. Geenen If you’re looking to grow a leadership culture at your organization, three leadership styles can help you achieve your goal. Think about a time in your life when you really were impacted by an effective leader—someone who cultivated success, effort, and productivity. What qualities did this leader possess? It’s safe to say the leader you are thinking about was more than...

It’s one thing when your front-line team members have conflict, it is a whole new matter when your key leaders are in conflict with each other. If your leaders are “sideways” or in disagreement with each other, you would be wise to not let it just work itself out. Conflict, when handled correctly, strengthens. - Benjamin Watson We spend a lot of time at work with people most of us never choose to spend time with. Conflict is costly...

“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” ~Norman Vincent Peale As we move from summer to fall weather, we can feel the crispness in the air.  Some perennials are beginning their slow shut-down that will get them through the cooler months.  Football season is underway, along with all the festivities that come with it. What does the fresh change from summer to autumn mean...

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” ~Steven Spielberg Think back to your very first day at work.   Were you given a mentor to help you learn the ropes, speed up the process and avoid mistakes?   How could a mentor help you in your success today?  Mentoring has been happening since Ancient Greece.  A mentoring relationship in the work place can do more...

Today’s millennials really care about their work.  In a survey, 50% listed "meaning" as the #1 reason they want a job.  Amy Wrzesnieski, a Yale Management professor, explained it like this, “Students think their calling is under a rock, and if they turn over enough rocks, they will find it.” It has been proven that people understand the ultimate "meaning" in their work find more satisfaction in it and do a better job at it.  Even if...