Leadership Development

Soft Skills for Success Series — #3 Impacts on Leadership

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June 5, 2018
Soft Skills for Success Series — #3 Impacts on Leadership

Tweet Today’s business leaders concur that soft skills are critical to fostering employee retention and creating a meaningful workplace culture, according to Deloitte’s 2016 Global Human Capital Trends report. Unlike hard skills which are gained through education, certification, on-the-job training, etc., soft skills are interpersonal such as communication skills, adaptability and the ability to...
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Three Reasons Soft Skills Matter as Much as Smarts

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May 1, 2018
Three Reasons Soft Skills Matter as Much as Smarts

Tweet Soft skills are represented by a cluster of productive personality traits including leadership, self-awareness, communication skills and emotional intelligence. While all are important ingredients for professional success, EQ, or emotional intelligence is the focus of this article. Essentially, while IQ or a person’s intellectual ability to manage ideas, knowledge and thoughts may get their foot in the...
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Three Habits that Heighten Your Personal Productivity Potential

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April 24, 2018
Three Habits that Heighten Your Personal Productivity Potential

Tweet Both successful and unsuccessful people have 24 hours each day, however how those hours are optimized is the key differentiator. Here are three ways to accomplish more in less time. Set daily and startup activities. As author Charles Duhigg explains in his book, The Power of Habit, following routines increases productivity levels. Regardless of your role or...
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Five Ways to Engage Employees on Earth Day

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April 17, 2018
Five Ways to Engage Employees on Earth Day

Tweet Earth Day is on April 22nd and an ideal time to engage employees in a teambuilding activity. If your organization doesn’t have anything formal planned, don’t fret. Even simple activities can connect and energize employees. Celebrating Earth Day not only benefits the planet, it’s good for employees too. Here are five ways to engage...
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Four Leadership Failures that Cause Employees to Quit

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April 9, 2018
Four Leadership Failures that Cause Employees to Quit

Tweet Multiple studies have shown that employees are more likely to jump ship when they lack a strong, positive relationship with their managers. Here are four common ways leaders often fail which can cause employees to jump ship. Micromanaging employees. Employees are initially hired based on their work experience and skills, yet many managers micromanage...
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Three Reasons Nice People Finish First

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March 13, 2018
Three Reasons Nice People Finish First

Tweet The old adage, ‘Nice guys finish last,’ isn’t always true. If we could classify every single ‘giver’ and ‘taker,’ and study their career paths over time, we would witness that nice, compassionate people really do finish first. Here are three reasons why. ‘Givers’ tend to be more influential. As opposed to ‘takers,’ ‘givers’ in...
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Every Day Should Be National Employee Appreciation Day

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March 6, 2018
Every Day Should Be National Employee Appreciation Day

Tweet Each first Friday in March is Employee Appreciation Day. While not all companies observe it, some reserve it as an official day on which to honor and celebrate their employees. Whether on the official day or any other, here are four reasons to show employees appreciation. Appreciation matters as much as money to...
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Four Mistakes to Avoid When Trying to Get a Promotion

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February 20, 2018
Four Mistakes to Avoid When Trying to Get a Promotion

Tweet As if there aren’t enough sources of stress at work, why is asking for a promotion perhaps the most stressful experience? “Because you know you’re putting yourself at some level of risk,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant; How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and...
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Common, Critical Factor in Fortune’s Blue Ribbon Ranking Is Leadership

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February 6, 2018
Common, Critical Factor in Fortune’s Blue Ribbon Ranking Is Leadership

Tweet Every year, Fortune Magazine spends an inordinate amount of time rigorously evaluating companies by size (Fortune 500, Global 500), reputation (World’s Most Admired), growth (Fastest Growing), worker satisfaction (100 Best Companies to Work For), commitment to society (Change the World), commitment to the future (Future 50) and overall performance (Businessperson of the Year.) Fortune’s recently published 2017 Blue Ribbon list highlights...
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Four Reasons Leaders Should Invest Time Coaching Employees

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November 13, 2017
Four Reasons Leaders Should Invest Time Coaching Employees

Tweet When evaluating all of the characteristics of effective managers, there are two telling traits—personal character development and a commitment to developing employees.  While many leaders’ rise through the ranks is evidence of their acute personal and professional development, many lack the skills to effectively coach others.  In fact, when employees were surveyed about this topic, a...
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