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Three (3) Phrases Effective Leaders Don’t Use and the Better Option for Each Phrase

Strong, confident and effective leaders don’t say things that make them look weak, closed-minded and unapproachable.The following three phrases serve to do just this: (1) Mistakes were made; (2) We’ve always done it this way; and (3) I’m sorry if you were offended.  If you want to increase your leadership effectiveness, you’d do well to refrain from using such phrases and, instead, apply the better …

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The 7-Step Change Management Methodology that Helps Leaders Effectively Navigate and Sustain Organizational Change

Change is not always necessary, and it definitely isn’t always good. I advocate against haphazard and random change or change just for the sake of it. Instead, I recommend working with leaders and executives to perform a thorough analysis of pressing issues and organizational strategy and, if so deemed, formulating global change efforts that will positively impact the organization and …

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Leadership in the C-Suite: Management Consultants Who Improve Processes Trump Those Who Solve Problems

An excellent problem solver may actually end up creating deeper organizational rifts and systemic financial, structural or human capital problems if he is prone to knee-jerk reactions and has an inclination to find quick-fix solutions and short cuts aimed at saving time or elevating his profile. When seeking to improve management and organizational processes, it is imperative that we distinguish …

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The Perils of a Toxic Organizational Cutlure

Startling language – I know – but this is precisely how many of the people working right next to you and/or within your organization feel every single day. They bring these feelings in the office with them; they are serving your clients, your patients, your constituents, your students, your customers, your teams, your staff, your faculty, your directors, your leaders, …

A Test of Ethical Standards – Close the Gap Between Actions and Ethics

Ethical leadership has become a topic of increasing prominence among organizational leaders, professionals and employees across varied industries and organizations. In recent years, we have witnessed wide-spread leadership and ethical failures in some of our most long-standing and financially profitable people and organizations. There are too many instances to mention here, but just to name a few there was the  …

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The Leadership Landscape Has Changed: The 21st Century Model Demands that We Lead People and Manage Things!

The Article Made Me Do It I didn’t want to write this post; I didn’t plan to write yet another thing about the definition, value and distinctions of management and leadership. I thought we were passed this (by “we” I refer to the collective group of leadership and management development professionals, educators and organizations out here). After reading a wonderfully well-intended …