Tag Archives: manager

Storytelling as a Leader’s Art

So the executive looked at me askance, wondering if what I was saying was really true. “So you want me to learn to tell stories…really?!” Yes, and I wanted him not just to tell stories, but to be a storyteller, … READ MORE

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Why some managers don’t learn from experience & 3 ways to fix it

Often despite attempts to provide developmental experiences for people, by all accounts the learning doesn’t happen. Perhaps you’ve heard of people like this? Jane had been given a plum assignment helping her new company ramp up its marketing function. This … READ MORE

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Research Reveals the 2 Most Important Competencies for Success

Thousands of leaders from all over the world attend our leadership development programs, and as a result we have vast amounts of data about leaders from all over the world. As a quant-geeky researcher who also trains, I see how our … 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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5 Steps for Leadership Behavior Change

What do leadership faculty do when they’re not teaching others about leadership?  They sit around their offices talking to each other about leadership!  Here’s a video of Phil Willburn and me discussing what leaders who change do differently from leaders … 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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Tossed, Lost, and Still a Great Boss

I love baseball. It’s a sport that has bonded my family together. In particular, it’s been one team: the Atlanta Braves. My parents and I watched the Braves throughout the 1980s when they were horrible. In the 1990s and the … READ MORE

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