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Leading High Performance Teams – Do You Understand Them?

It was an interesting question. I was enjoying breakfast with my National Speakers Association Chapter and the subject turned to team dynamics and the best ways to understand the various types of people in a group. Of course, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to explain the Energize2Lead Profile™ which I use in leadership development programs. That’s when Jill asked the question: Does the profile help people change to make the…

The Leadership Forge: The Impact of Mentors & Relationships on Success

Take a moment and think about a teacher, coach, or mentor that had a major positive impact on you.  Often the best mentors are those that do it out of love, a sense of duty, or the desire to give back.  The impact that a person has had is sometimes not realized until later in life.  Fellow Academy Leadership affiliate Michael Paczan tells this story about “one of the greatest…

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Stop Asking for Feedback!

Most of us have done it. We get towards the end of a one-on-one meeting with a team member and we ask, “So, do you have any feedback for me?” Response? Most often, you can hear crickets playing outside, followed shortly by, “No, I can’t think of anything.” Occasionally, however, you get 20 to 30 minutes of everything you’ve ever done or said wrong! The first isn’t very helpful; the…

Civilian or military, leadership rests on the same basics

A good leader doesn’t have to bark orders to get good work from their team There was a time when most business executives had previous service in the military. Broadly speaking, that was good news for their companies. A study by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University found that firms run by CEOs with military experience
 perform better than those run by CEOs without military experience. But with…