Ask some leaders to describe the last time they said, “Thank you,” and you’ll hear crickets or excuses. “They know I appreciate their work.” “I don’t want people to feel they’ve arrived.” “I can’t honor people for one thing and correct them for another.” “I don’t like saying, ‘Thank you.’” Reluctance to express gratitude, give […]

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Every teacher learns before they teach. Every teacher learns while they teach. The learner in the coffee shop: I stood and embraced Jack when he walked into the coffee shop where I was meeting with a young leader. Jack’s in his 80’s and an elder statesman in the community where I live. He looked at the young man, then […]

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Have you watched a talent show on TV when an incompetent contestant auditioned? Just because they’re passionate to sing doesn’t mean they can sing on key. The danger of passion is the illusion of competence. Competence and passion: Passion means you dream of glorious results. But passion doesn’t mean you’re able to accomplish glorious results. […]

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Please join The Diversity Project on the 18th July for a special event to explore the opportunities of building a career in the investment and savings industry. Our keynote speaker, Elizabeth Corley, Vice-Chair of Allianz Global Investors will share her personal career journey and the challenges she overcame. A panel discussion will share their experiences […]

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Employees talk more and managers talk less in successful one-on-ones. 6 reasons employees don’t talk to their managers: Cold professional culture. Caring happens outside work. Talkative managers. Curiosity about people is rare. Intimidating environments. What’s in your office that shouts, “Let’s have a conversation?” Busyness. People value results over relationships. Shift to results through relationships. […]

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Squeaky wheels suck the life out of leaders, teams, and organizations while they claim the high ground for themselves. Squeaky wheels have aspiration for others and exemption for themselves. Portrait of a squeaky wheel: #1. Squeaky wheels disapprove of others and complain about the present. But complaints turn to excuses when you ask, “What would […]

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How to Teach Your Board About Servant Leadership — Leadership Freak

Dear Dan, I’m wondering what advice you have regarding ‘selling’ humble leadership to boards, specifically School Boards. In my experience, they view humility in leadership as a lack of strength and ability to ‘make the tough decisions.’ Sincerely, Just Wondering Dear Wondering, School Boards in the United States are are growing in diversity. 44 percent […]

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The Music of Day-to-Day Leadership — Leadership Freak

If you want to be a better leader, choose better words. Power of words: People determine if you are positive or negative, backward-looking or forward-focused, follower or leader, weak or powerful by the language you use. Yes, behaviors establish your reputation. But… Language is the music of your day-to-day leadership. Dark notes: Negative language […]

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