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In a toxic work culture? Three thoughts on what to do.

Our leadership students come from many different companies.  Most come from companies with great cultures that take an active interest in their employees and develop them into engaged individuals with a vested interest in organizational success. Others…not so much.  I’ve had a number of students who, unfortunately, worked in environments that could best be described as toxic.  These environments have cultures that foster unethical or toxic behavior; as a result,…

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Leadership, Conflict, and Authority

Authority. The “I am in charge and you must do what I say…or else” approach is the fallback position for many leaders. It seems like the easiest way to get things done and resolve conflict. But, can a leader lead without using overt authority? Midway through my Air Force career, I was assigned to the Air National Guard Headquarters. Up to that point I had been in the active duty…

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Problem Employees? Here’s How to Handle Them

You’ve worked hard to make your section a place people want to work. Everyone has read your leadership philosophy and you’ve had a productive coaching session with everyone. The changes you’ve madehave been well received by everyone in your section. Everyone except Jill. It seems like Jill has been with the company for a hundred years. She doesn’t like change and you’re pretty sure she doesn’t like you. Everyone knows…

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Leadership Development – The Difference Between Fair and Equal

Are you treating all your employees in a fair and equal manner? These two words are often considered synonymous; Roget’s Thesaurus even lists equal as a synonym for fair, but for leaders, they are very different concepts. Suppose you have two employees, Jack and Jill. Jack has been with the company for 18 months while Jill is a more recent addition. You’ve ensured that Jack and Jill both have everything…

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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…