Category Archives: First Time Managers

Advice to First-Time Leaders – in Only 6 Words!

In July CCL hosted an online contest called “What Matters Most” which consisted of a weekly discussion question focused on what matters most to today’s leaders.  Each answer earned an entry to win a weekly prize.  Our most popular question … READ MORE

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Mentoring is a Gift

I still hear what my Mom told me when I was young: it is better to give than it is to receive. One gift that is just as good for leaders to give as it is to receive, is mentoring. … READ MORE

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Want to Write Well? Learn to Write Badly

In communication, if you want to write well, first write badly. [tweet this]. Counter-intuitive I know. Our research at CCL shows that communication is a highly valued competency for leaders in organizations, and it’s also a big challenge that leaders … READ MORE

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What are the characteristics of a good leader – Infographic

Leaders shape our nation, communities, and organizations. We are in need of good leaders to help guide us and make the essential large-scale decisions that keep the world moving. Our society is always quick to identify a bad leader, but … READ MORE

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It’s All About Strategy: Leadership Lessons from the Fantasy Football Draft

Every year a dozen of us from CCL meet at a local sports bar and hold our fantasy football draft. For those of you who don’t know what fantasy football is, you can go here to find out more. And … READ MORE

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Leadership Lessons from the Tennis Court

I picked up tennis last year. I always wanted to play, so I signed up when I saw that the Greensboro Tennis Program has adult clinics for beginners every month. Loved it. So when this year’s season picked back up … READ MORE

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Leadership Lessons from the Eiffel Tower

What do you see when effective leadership happens? I’m willing to bet you see DAC: Direction, Alignment and Commitment. On my second installment of videos from the Eiffel Tower, I thought about this as I took in Paris from the tower’s … READ MORE

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The Difference Between Knowing Leadership and Doing Leadership

The CCL Leading Effectively blog is a great way to learn about what people are thinking about leadership and to get some insights about leadership. Attending CCL programs are another great way to learn about leadership. You can read books … READ MORE

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From BFFs to BOSS

One day you and your friends are complaining about the boss. The next, you are your friends’ boss. So how do you successfully go from being BFFs to BOSS? It’s definitely a tricky situation. Here are some thoughts: Be clear. … READ MORE

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Mentoring Matters for Managers – Infographic

Mentoring has its benefits, usually for the one being mentored. CCL research has shown that mentoring can also benefit the manager who does the mentoring. Managers who provide career-related mentoring to their direct reports by providing sponsorship, coaching and challenge are actually rated … READ MORE

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