Stressful situations in business, at work and at home tend to show our true colors as leaders. Who we really are comes through in the heat of the moment. Our struggles and insecurities often make life's challenges more rather than less stressful. Long-time friend and business associate, retired USAF Colonel Lee Ellis, shares leadership lessons learned from his five years as a POW in Vietnam in his latest book, Leading with Honor (2012). His "leadership engagement model" helps us understand how our underlying emotions cause us to lead and respond to stress in three different ways: withdrawal, engagement, and domination.
This simple exercise is a great way to pause, be mindful, reflect, and take action. It can be easily applied to your business, work or personal life. Read more
Self-deception is like this. It blinds us to the true causes of problems, and once we’re blind, all the ‘solutions’ we can think of will actually make matters worse. Whether at work or at home, self-deception, obscures the truth about ourselves, corrupts our view of others and our circumstances, and inhibits our ability to make wise and helpful decisions. To the extent that we are self-deceived, both our happiness and our leadership are undermined at every turn…
Tools for strengthening your relationships and teams at work and home.
Here are eighteen work-life strategies sure to improve the retention of your Millennial workforce. Read more
It’s time to retire the saying “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” Even though advocates of this approach believe it reduces whining, increases empowerment, helps employees manage up, and boosts careers, it’s fraught with challenges. Read more
I also struggle to make fun a priority. How about you? Thanks Charlie Paparelli for an insightful blog post! Read more
Not only are they extremely powerful words, they pay huge dividends for your employees -- and for you. These four words will make a real difference. Read more
The raw emotions of a polarized electorate are taking a toll on employee relations. How can leaders promote peace, love and understanding? Business owners, executives and HR leaders can help ease workplace tensions that are negatively impacting collaboration, engagement and organizational performance. Read more
How can senior managers create teams that feel trusting enough to enable challenging discussions that can move their organizations forward? These four steps apply to companies of all sizes from any industry. Read article
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