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Good Leaders Use Employee Engagement when Team Needs to Reengage

By Michelle Riklan Employee engagement has been a hot topic among leadership circles over the last few years. It’s estimated that employee disengagement costs the U.S. more than $450 billion each year according to a Gallup poll. More than just monetary costs, disengaged employees can also negatively affect company culture and can drag otherwise engaged […]

The Minimalist Guide to Improve Leadership Skills

Your leadership skills determine if your company achieves its goals, struggles to keep up, or falls into abyss in today’s cut-throat economy. Despite hundreds of publications about leadership skills, many managers are struggling in their role. Why? Sometimes, it’s for lack of trying. Sometimes, it’s poor business leadership, or just the wrong techniques. Whatever the […]

Four Ways that Poor Leadership Skills Can Ruin Team Morale

Poor leadership skills can ruin team morale. As a manager, you hold more power than you believe. You have the ability to hire and fire your subordinates. You can promote them, or not. You can approve their raises following their annual reviews, during which you can give them a fair review, or not. In essence, […]

What’s Your Workplace Culture Like?

When you think about your workplace, how would you describe it? Would you call it warm and inviting? Supportive? Encouraging? Does the atmosphere make it easy for your employees to grow their career? Perhaps your workplace is very accommodating to those staff members with families, like children and elderly parents, to work and take care […]

It is Better to Be Alone than to be in Bad Company-George Washington

“It is better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” – George Washington Although this quote is attributed to George Washington, it is actually one of 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation that George Washington copied by hand at the age of sixteen. (This link will take you […]

When Should a Leader Apologize for a Mistake?

We all make mistakes – even leaders. And when that happens, a leader should just apologize, right? No, not necessarily. Saying sorry isn’t as simple as all that. As a society, we are sometimes a little too polite. When you miss something that someone said to you, you say sorry. You bump someone in your […]

Ending Office Gossip is a Leader’s Responsibility

Office gossip can ruin careers. Years ago, I worked with a woman named Susan (not her real name). Susan is a lovely lady who kept her nose to the grindstone, and went home straight to her family after work. She did well at the office, and people always thought that she was going places. She […]

Provide a Map-How Effective Leaders Direct their Teams

You’ve got your company goals set on paper, in digital formats, and on signature lines of internal communication. Your team knows there is a destination but do they also know how to get there? Are you all moving toward a common direction or tugging on opposite sides? Sometimes, an effective leader has to provide a […]

Avoid Placing the Burden of Your Problems onto Other People-Leadership Tip

Daily Leadership Tip #5 For Day #5 of our daily Leadership Challenge, this is the fifth leadership principle in the Building Trust and Rapport Series, “Avoid Placing the Burden of Your Problems onto Other People“. We encourage you to apply each of the 28 daily leadership principles in this series by focusing on just a […]

Help Your Team Perform at their Peak by Helping Your Team Set Goals

If you want to help your team perform at their peak by helping your team set goals, take some advice from Michael Johnson. Michael Johnson, the Olympic champion sprinter, had a goal to win the 200 and 400 meter sprints at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The problem was that the 200 and the […]

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