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By Bob Sands

It happened in an instant. My wife was on a conference call sitting next to me, and I was driving. My kids were in the back seat looking at their phones. I was in the far-left lane on Florida’s Turnpike when the semi-truck to the right of me began merging into my lane. I couldn’t speed up or slam on my brakes because there were cars both in front of me and behind me. The truck continued to merge....

Today host Dale Dixon interviews Executive Advisor Ron Price and Writer/Creative Consultant Stacy Ennis about their new book Growing Influence: A Story of How to Lead with Character, Expertise and Impact. They talk about the inspiration behind this powerful business fable, and how their collaboration influenced the book's direction.

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5 Ways to Break Old Habits and Shake Things Up

By Whit Mitchell

Many of us have experienced times in our careers when work seemed stale and personal progress slowed. This can be particularly true for a leader, especially if you’ve been leading for a while. Leaders can find themselves sticking with a single leadership style, instead of adapting and trying new approaches. But the pace of change demands that leaders continue growing. Those who don’t will find themselves in a...

Leaders who possess diplomacy and tact treat others fairly in a sensitive and effective way, regardless of personal biases or beliefs. In this short video, Brent Patmos talks about this often misunderstood leadership competency.

Joe Smith seemingly has the whole package. He has a solid resume, great references, skills that showcase his expertise in his field and plenty of success stories to his credit. On paper, Joe seems like the ultimate “can’t miss” candidate. Joe looks the part and his appearance seems to match his resume.

During the interview, Joe is well-spoken, polite and asks great questions. Relaxed and comfortable throughout, he is both engaging and interesting. Not only...

In this short video, Executive Coach and Team Dynamics Specialist Whit Mitchel talks about Teamwork. He discusses why this leadership skill is important, offers ways to assess your present teamwork capacity, and talks about the four phases of teamwork.

Using DISC Insights to Manage Up and Manage Down

When Leadership Coach Lori McNeill first met Mike Molloy, Associate Director at Immunext, Inc., she noticed that he was experiencing frustration at work. “His speech was fast-paced, and he would strike the table for emphasis. You could physically see and hear the tension he was experiencing.”

Luckily, Mike’s frustrations were easy to get to the bottom of—and to remedy. 

Mike was among a group of leaders at Immunext that were going...

Understanding and evaluating others is the ability to see the individuality in others and to recognize a person’s unique point of view. TCL faculty member Ron Price shares his insights on this important leadership competency.

A Yin and Yang Look at the Eight Types of Leaders

By Andy Johnson 

In an interesting 2010 study, a team of researchers led by Adam Grant of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania set out to understand a nagging question in the leadership world. Who makes the best leaders?

Adam Grant and I both identify as social introvert. A social introvert is someone who is slower-paced, inward-oriented, and stimulation-averse, who loves people in usually smaller...

One of my favorite interview questions to ask candidates is “what’s your ideal environment?” If the environment is not right, skills, values and other intangibles may not matter. Different individuals thrive in different environments. The key to craft an ideal environment is to understand a person’s drivers and primary behavioral style. 

In "What's the Color of your Parachute," author Richard Nelson Bolles explains there are several variables leading whether a person will be happy with his or her job.

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