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Are You in a Leadership Rut?

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... read more
 

Diplomacy and Tact: Considering Other Opinions

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.
 

Hire the Right Candidate Every Time with These 3 Steps

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-... read more
 

Creating a Common Goal

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.
 

Help Your Boss Understand Your Work Style

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.”... read more
 

Recognizing Other Perspectives

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.
 

Who Makes the Best Leaders?

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... read more
 

5 Keys to Creating the Ideal Work Environment

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. ... read more
 

How to Master Self-Management; Prioritize Goals, Specify Actions and Be Accountable

In this short video, Founder and President of Bluewater Advisory, Mark Debinski discusses the four different realms of self-management and why this skill is so important for a leader to master.
 

Persuasion: The Business of Influencing People

In this short video, The Complete Leader faculty and executive advisor, Dr. Lisa Aldisert discusses some of the characteristics that a leader should possess in order to persuade effectively.
 
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